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Will of Henry Watts

of Hollingbourne, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/32/53
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God Amen the 26th day of October in the year of our lord god 1573 and in the 15th year of the reign of our most gracious sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth. I Henry Watts of the parish of Hollingbourne being sick of body but of good remembrance thanks be to god do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following.
First I bequeath my soul to almighty god my savior Jesus Christ trusting by his blood shedding once for all for me and all mankind thereby to be saved among his elected.
Item I will my body to be buried in the churchyard of Hollingbourne beside my wife
Item I will to the poor people in Hollingbourne 3s 4d to be given to them at the day of my burial

Item I will to Edmund Watts my son a flock bed and bedstead and a yellow coverlet standing in the boys chamber. Also I will to Edmund Watts my sonne 2 pairs of sheets and a brass cauldron that was twist bound.
Item I will to Edmund Watts 4 daughters either of them a pair of sheets.
Item I give to Mattill Watts my goddaughter a plain chest of oak standing in my bed chamber and a pewter platter and a pewter dish all which things above said I will shall be delivered to Edmund Watts my son within one month after my decease by my executors.

I will to Gregory Watts my son a pair of sheets and a fringed coverlet with a panel of blue in it and a fire chaser and a kettle without a bail?
Item I will to Thomasine Watts his daughter a pair of sheets all which bequeathed I will shall be delivered to Gregory Watts my son within one month next after my decease.

I will to Joan Tanner my daughter 2 chests, the one standing in her bedchamber the other standing in my bedchamber against the stairs, also I give her one pair of christening sheets and 3 pairs of sheets that hung in her chamber when she was churched and a white hanging and 5 pair and a sheet of other sheets so with the hanging the sum is 10 pairs and 3 pillow coats that were her mothers. And I will to Joan my daughter 2 table clothes and 4 table napkins, the bed, bolster, bedstead and the hangings that hang about the chamber that she lies in and the flock bed and bolster, blanket, yellow coverlet, truckle bedstead with fringed coverlet that lies on my bed, and I will her 2 hanging brass cauldrons and the middle brass pot and a brass kettle pierced ground? above and I will her 4 latten candlesticks, 2 of the best and 2 of the worst, and 6 pewter platters and 4 pewter dishes, 2 saucers, 2 salt-cellars, also I will to Joan my daughter all my wooden vessels, tubs, barrels, dishes and all other wooden vessels whatsoever they be except the malting tun and the great pail and I will her 6 pewter posset

I will to John Watts my son 2 pair of sheets a new tablecloth, 2 table napkins, I will John Watts my son a single cauldron, a little brass pot, 2 pewter platters, 2 pewter dishes, 2 saucers, 2 pewter porringers, I will to John Watts my son my centre? table standing in my bedchamber

I will to Arthur Watts my son my bed and bolster and joined bedstead with a pillow a blanket and a green coverlet and the hangings, coverlet 2 pairs of sheets, 2 table napkins a pillow coat, a short table cloth of the best and a chest made of elm, 2 pewter platters, 2 pewter dishes, 2 pewter saucers, 2 pewter porringers, 3 pewter spoons, and I will to Arthur Watts my son my great brass pot with a stupnet and my best cloak and one Latten candlestick and all the hanging about my bedchamber

This is the last will of all my lands and tenements within the parishes of Hollingbourne and Harrietsham in manner and form following. Item I will to Edmund Watts my son my house and lands with all appurtenances lying in the parish of Harrietsham to him and his heirs in fee simple forever.

I will to Arthur my son my house and all my lands, barn, stable with their appurtenances lying in the parish of Hollingbourne to him and his heirs of his body lawfully begotten, and if it happen that Arthur my son to die without heirs of his body lawfully begotten then I will it shall remain to John Watts my son and to his heirs of his body lawfully begotten, and if it happen that John my son to die without heirs of his body lawfully begotten then I will it shall remain to Gregory Watts my son and to his heirs of his body lawfully begotten, and if it happen that Gregory my son to die without heirs of his body lawfully begotten then I will it shall remain to Edmund Watts my son and to his heirs in fee simple for ever.

I will that Arthur Watts my son shall pay to Nicholas Tanner my son in law and to Joan his wife 10 pounds? of lawful money of England in manner and form following, that is to wit 5 pounds within one year after my decease and the other 5 pounds to be paid within 2 years after my decease and if it happen that Joan my daughter to die before the 2 years and after my decease then I will that shall be due to be paid after her decease of the 10 pounds shall remain in the hands of Arthur Watts my son to the use of William Tanner, the son of Nicholas Tanner till he come to the age of 21 years with the profit thereof coming.

I will that Arthur Watts my son shall pay 15 pounds of good and lawful money of England to Gregory Watts my son in manner and form following, that is 5 pounds to be paid in the third year after my decease and 5 pounds in the fourth year after my decease and 5 pounds in the fifth year after my decease

Item I will that Arthur Watts my son shall pay 10 pounds to John Watts my son in manner and form following, that is 5 pounds in the 6th year after my decease and 5 pounds in the 7th year after my decease, and if it happen that Arthur Watts my son die before my bequests above named be paid. Then I will that the next heir of my house and lands in Hollingbourne according to my will before mentioned shall pay my bequests so much as shall be unpaid according to my will above mentioned.

Item I will to Arthur Watts my son all my glass and my cupboard in the hall my great table with the form, the malting tun with the quern and all the shelves whatsoever they be about the house and the whole shop and all things thereto belonging saving two woollen harmes? I will to John Watts my son to take with the said John Watts my son 2 bare woollen redes? with 3 sets of shafts.

Item I will to Henry Watts the son of Edmund Watts 20s to be paid to him at 23 years of age
Item I will to Henry Watts son of Gregory Watts 20s to be paid to him at 23 years of age
Item I will to William Tanner my daughter's son 20s to be paid to him at 23 years of age by my executors

The residue of all my moveable goods not willed nor bequeathed I will shall evenly be divided between Edmund Watts my son and Arthur Watts my son and John Watts my son and Nicholas Watts my son and Nicholas Tanner my son in law by the oversight of Thomas Reynold, William Dorne, James Whatman within one month next after my decease, also I make and ordain Arthur Watts my son and Nicholas Tanner my son in law to be mine executors and Thomas Reynold to be my overseer and to have for his labours 8d

Item I will that if Arthur my son die before the end of fulfilling of this my will and testament then I will that he that shall be heir of my house and land in Hollingbourne shall see all my bequests fulfilled and paid and shall discharge Nicholas Tanner my other Executor of all payments.

These being witness John Wade the elder, William Dorne, James Whatman, Thomas Reynold, John Willmote and others

Probate 28th March 1574 Arthur Watts & Nicholas Tanner Executors.


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