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Will of George Tilbie

of Lenham, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/Vo59/Fo198, 1610
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God amen the 23rd day of September the year of out Lord 1609. I George Tilbie of the parish of Lenham and in the Diocese of Canterbury being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance thanks be to almighty god do ordain and make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First I commit my soul into the hands of almighty god trusting assuredly by his mercy and by the passion & merits of our saviour Jesus Christ my only redeemer and advocate to attain the place of everlasting salvation.
Item my body my soul departed to be buried in such place as shall seem good to them that shall see the doing therewith.
Item I will that there shall be given at my burial unto the poor 3 shillings and 4 pence

Item I give & bequeath unto Dorothie my Daughter thirty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid to her when she shall come to the age of eighteen years or day of marriage which shall first happen, and one chest to be paid to her by mine executor.
Item I give and bequeath unto Susanne my daughter thirty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid to the said Susanne when she shall come to the age of eighteen years or day of marriage which shall first happen, and one chest to be paid to her by mine executor.
And if either of them die before they come to age the one to be the others heir.

The residue of all my moveable goods, my debts and legacies paid, I give and bequeath unto Susanne my wife except one joined bedstead standing in my parlour and also one table with the frame and one form standing in the hall and all such shelves as stand in the buttery. And also I do ordain and make Susanne my wife my sole executor to see this my last will and testament executed according to right & equity of conscience and I devise my brother Richard Tilbie to be my overseer.

This is the last will and testament of George Tilbie of Lenham made & declared the day & year above written concerning the disposition of all my lands & tenements lying in Lenham and Westwell. First I will that Susanne my wife shall have the issues and profit of all my lands and tenements for the term of five years keeping the reparations and paying the Lords rent to bring up my children withal,

And my will is that when five years are ended or after the decease of my wife which shall first happen that Thomas my son shall have the house which I now dwell in with the south end of the barn and with the ?hepp and close adjoining unto it and one orchard lying to the house with one piece of land containing one acre and one yard lying to the orchard and one meadow by estimation 2 acres adjoining unto Cuckoo? Lane and 2 pieces of land called Broome land by estimation 2 acres and a half and four pieces of land called woodland by estimation eleven acres paying out of it unto his mother three pounds by the year to be paid quarterly, that is to say, at the feast of St Michael and the nativity of our saviour Christ and at the Annunciation of the virgin Mary and at the nativity of St John the Baptist beginning at the feast which shall first happen

And also my will is that when five years are ended or after the decease of my wife which shall first happen that Hugh my son shall have my house which Harrison doth now dwell in with the stable and the stall and also the north end of the barn from the end of the house to the orchard and one close and the like house joining to the orchard and one Hemplott and one orchard and one field by estimation 2 acres & a half and also 2 piece of of land more called Broome lands by estimation 4 acres and also one piece of land more called Edrich by estimation 6 acres paying unto his mother 40 shillings by the year quarterly by even portions to be paid that is to say, at the feast of St Michael the Archangel else nativity of our saviour Christ and the Annunciation of the virgin Mary and the nativity of St John the Baptist beginning at the feast which shall first happen

And when five years are ended or after the decease of my wife which shall first happen I will that Robert my son shall have my house with a piece of land called Hamorth? and one piece of land called Wallingams? by estimation 3 acres and 3 yards of meadow lying in Barnes Meade & one piece of land called little barn land by estimation one acre & one yard and other 2 pieces of land lying in Westwell called Charewells by estimation 6 acres paying unto his mother 20 shillings by the year quarterly to be paid. The mark of George Tilbie Present at the making thereof
David Atwater William Atwater Edmund Clarke.

Probate: 21st June 1610 - Susanne Tilbie Executor


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