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Will of James Tong

of Tunstall, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC16/24 T/4
Submitted by Mary Connaughton
17 October 1556
I James Tong of Tunstall, yeoman
12d to every one of my godchildren

Agnes Tong my wife £8 a year to be paid of my house or tenement where I now dwell
I bequeath my sayd hows or Tenement to James my son & all my lands with thappurtenances belonging to yt, scituate lying & being in the parish of Tunstall aforesaid & Sittyngbourne… (a fold in the parchment…)

I give and bequeath to John Tong £3.6s 8d by yere, and after my wife Agnes’s decease, £5 by yere
I give and bequeath to Symon Tonge my said lands & ---- called Byxley lyeing in the parish of Tong
I geve & bequeath to Robert Tonge my Tenement and lands … in the parish of Mylksted called ----- Bodik?

I give and bequeath to Agnes my wife 2 cows, 15 sheep, 3..?.... a seame of wheat and all my household stowff which she brought…

I give & bequeath to William Tonge my son £5 which I lent unto him
I geve & bequeath to James my son all my cowe & catall not formerly bequeathed…
I geve & bequeath to John my son 10 sheepe to be delivered immediately after my decease by my executor
I bequeath to Symon my son 20 sheepe of the ------- within Byxley & my son William to
I bequeath to Robert my son 10 sheep to remayne in the government of James his brother & of the residue? of his lyveing I bequeath to the governance of my son William unto such tyme as he hath henefe (enough?) destraint tenseyng that he will be god brother & frend unto hym

I give and bequeath to my daughters
Jane Spachurst 20s
Elizabeth Cusshman 20s
Agnes Henman

Martyn Hooker 8 sheep & £5
To Edmond Tomelen, a seame of wheat
A bawsshell of wheat to Phylipp Church

Rest of goods to James my son
Sons James & William Tonge - executors
Witnesses Thomas Croft, Phylipp Churche, Wyllyam Bunker, Symon Spachurst

Dettes owyng to the foresayd James Tong

John Porege (Pordage) oweth £ 4
Thomas Henman the younger £ 4. 6s.4d
Thomas Henman thelder £10
William Tong his sone 20 marks?
Anthony Spachurste £20
John Cole the yonger 20s
Robert Coushman ---- & olde? money the which I do hereby forgyve it hym upon? other peenyanges? by there hym & ned? for cloth? doth? & other wyse ---
Nicholas Hocheford?

The dette the which the foresaid James doth owe

Fyrst to Symon spachurst 40s
Item to the parson for ------ -------

Note: According to the parish register of Tunstall, cited in the Visitation of Kent, the burial (or death) of James Tonge "a good householder, aged 71, worthy of perpetual memory" is noted on 18 October 1556 - just one day after his will was written...


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