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Will of John Paine

of Tenterden, Kent

Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/99/95
Submitted by Kevin Yeats
In the Name of God Amen I John Paine of Tenterden in the County of Kent being in perfect Mind and Memory Make this my last Will and Testament
First I desire to be buried in a Vault Erected by my Executor near Mr. Munn’s Grave and a Tomestone set over me as good as Mr Bretts
My Temporal Estate I bequeath and dispose off in the following manner

Imprimus To my Niece Mary Morphett I bequeath one hundred Pounds

Item To my Niece Ann Paine I bequeath four Pounds ayear, so long as she remains a Spinster and in lieu thereof I bequeath my said Niece Ann Paine on her day of Marriage One Hundred Pounds / Provided she doth not Marry Mr. James Munn of Tenterden And my Will is that if she Marries the abovenamed Mr. James Munn she shall receive only one Shilling

Item To my Niece Sarah Nash I bequeath four Pounds ayear during her Natural life
Item to my Godson John Morphett the son of John Morphett I bequeath Ten Pounds at his Age of Twenty one years

Item To my Servants Joseph Breade I bequeath Fifty Pounds and to his Brother John Breade I bequeath Twenty Pounds And all my Wearing Apparell Linnen and Woollen to be equally divided between them Share and Share alike (except one pretty good Suit of Cloaths Which I bequeath to my Workman Thomas Lovitt

Item To my Housekeeper Lydia Bayden I bequeath fifteen Pounds ayear / to be paid her by my Executor half yearly / Also the use of my Green Bed where she now lodges and Furniture for a Small Room during her Natural life
The above Legacies to be paid by my Executor one Year after my decease
Item To my Servants Lydia Bayden Joseph and John Breade I bequeath five Pounds each for Mourning to be paid by my Executor at my decease

Item To the Vicar of Tenterden then being I bequeath one Guinea ayear for Twenty years from my decease to Preach a Sermon on St. Matthias Annually that being my Birth day I also bequeath Twenty Shillings ayear for Twenty years from my decease to Purchase Twenty twelve penny Loaves of Bread to be distributed on St. Matthias day Annually to twenty poor people of the Borough of Borzile in Tenterden at the Discretion of the Minister and Churchwardens then in office
And my Will is That my Lands shall be Chargeable to the Payments of my said Housekeepers Legacy of Fifteen Pounds ayear And for the one Guinea ayear to the Vicar and for the twenty Shillings ayear for the Poors Breade

Item The Residue and Remainder of my Estate Lands Tenements Etc. with my Goods and Chattels and all other Properties of what kind soever to me appertaining (except before reserved) I Give devise and bequeath ( after my Just Debts and Funeral Charges are paid ) To my Nephew Nathaniel Paine and his Heirs and Assigns for ever

And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said Nephew Nathaniel Paine sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament requiring my said Nephew to execute the same according to my true Intent and Meaning, without reserve

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this ye 30th Day of January in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Seventy two
John Paine
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the within named Testator John Paine to be his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto in Presence of the said Testator and of each other
John Milsted - Humphry Wightwick - Thomas Relf

The before Registered Will of John Paine deced was proved the Eighteenth day of June 1773 before the Revd. Thos. Morphett Clerk Commissioner to the Worshipful Francis Simpson Doctor of Laws Official General to the Revd. the Archdeacon of Cantry lawfully constituted By the oath of Nathaniel Paine the Sole Executor named in the said Will He being first Sworn Duly to Perform the same

John Paine wanted a tombstone “as good as Mr Bretts”. The MI for Mr Bretts is online (Leland L. Duncan, from Kent Archaeology site)
It does not appear that any MI, let alone an altar tomb, was erected for John Paine at Tenterden (based on MI transcriptions).
John Paine appeared not to approve of James Munn as a suitable groom for his niece Ann Paine. Nevertheless, Ann Payne did marry James Munn of Tenterden on 15 May 1775.
Ironically, there was an altar tomb erected for James Munn and his family.

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Will of John Paine
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