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Will of William Muddle

of Leysdown, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/73/390
Transcribed by Derek Miller
In the name of God Amen I William Muddle of the parish of Leysdown in the Isle of Sheppey in the County of Kent Labourer being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory praise be God for it do constitute make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. First I bequeath my soul to God who created it trusting through my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ that he will have mercy upon it and my body to the Ground to be decently buried.

Item I give and bequeath my house in Thurnham with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging unto my sister Anne the now wife of Christian Arres and to her heirs lawfully begotten of her body to have and to hold forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Walter Muddle of the parish of Boxley in the County of Kent the sum of fifteen pounds of Lawful English money to be paid to him the said Walter Muddle out of the money which he owes me on bond and payable Michaelmas Last past.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Cousin Nicholas Muddle the son of my brother Walter Muddle the sum of twenty shillings to be paid to him by my Executor hereafter mentioned when the aforesaid money upon bond is paid and satisfied.
Item I give and bequeath to my Cousin Stephen Muddle the sum of twenty shillings to Elizabeth Hope the daughter of Daniel Hope the sum of twenty shillings.

Item I give and bequeath unto my Cousin Thomas Kingsmeal the sum of four pound of lawful English money to my Cousin Mary Kingsmele four pound of the like lawful English money to my Cousin Sarah the now wife of William Clare the sum of forty shillings of lawful money of England which sum and sums of money I allot to be paid by my Executor when they attain to the age of one and twenty years and the forty shillings to Sarah Clare a twelve month after my natural decease.

Item I give and bequeath to my brother Walter Muddle his wife two pair of Sheets and half a dozen of Napkins remaining with Mr John Austin of Maidstone to my Cousin Nicholas Muddle his wife one pair of Sheets to my Cousin Elizabeth Hope one sheet and tablecloth to my sister Anne Arres two pair of Sheets and half a dozen of Napkins all which remaining as aforesaid with Master John Austen of Maidstone.

And lastly I do constitute make ordain and appoint John Huggins of the parish of Leysdown within the Isle of Sheppey and County of Kent aforesaid Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness hereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the twenty sixth day of January in the year of our Lord 1675. The mark of William Muddle Sealed and signed in the presence of
Thomas Higgens, John Rigden, John Tuder.

Dated 26 January 1675/6 and proved 1 February 1675/6


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