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Will of Arthur Watts

of Hollingbourne, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/50/80
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
In the name of God Amen the 21st day of May in the year or our Lord 1626. I Arthur Watts of the parish of Hollingbourne within the County of Kent, aged and weak of body but of good and perfect remembrance, thanks be given unto God our maker and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following
First I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Hollingbourne aforesaid

Item I do give and bequeath unto John Watts my eldest son my best chair standing in the parlour. Item I do give unto the said John Watts my son four pounds to be paid unto him by mine executors within two years after my decease which money my will and meaning is that it issue out of my lands

Item I give and bequeath unto William Watts my son my Kersey loom with all such stayes tackles and appurtenances as there unto belongeth as also my flock bed one pair of sheets and one oaken chest which was his mother's, as also the sum of twelve pounds to issue out of lands as aforesaid all which to be paid unto him within one half year after my decease.
Item I do give unto the said William my son one annuity or yearly rent of twenty shillings by the year during his life, the said annuity to issue out of my land the first payment whereof to begin when my son Edward shall come out of his apprenticeship, provided always and my will and meaning is that if the said William my son shall at any time sell, alien, set over or assign the said annuity to any person or persons whatsoever then this grant of the said annuity cease and be void.

Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Watts my son all my wearing apparel and the sum of eight pounds in money to be paid unto him within one year after my decease, the said money to issue out of my land as aforesaid.

Item I give unto Henry Watts my son all such moveable goods as stand in the hall and there unto belong together with one bedstead standing in the parlour and also one great brass pot.

Item I do give Nicholas Watts my son the sum of forty shillings to be paid out the lands as aforesaid. I give unto the said Nicholas my son the sum of three score pounds to issue out of my lands and the said sum to be paid when he the said Nicholas shall come out of his apprenticeship.

Item I do give unto Edward Watts my son one wine cupboard and one wine table and one form belonging thereunto and standing in the parlour. I give unto the said Edward the sum of three score pounds which my will is shall issue out of my lands as aforesaid and the said sum of money to be paid unto the said Edward when he shall come out of his apprenticeship

And if it shall happen that either of the said Nicholas or Edward shall die before the said sum of money shall be and grow due to either of them my will is that the survivor shall enjoy the one half and my and my son Henry the other

Item I devise unto Ann Austen the wife of Paul Austen the sum of six and forty shillings and eight pence and also I give her one pair of sheets and unto her two children twelve pence a piece the said money to issue out of my lands and to be paid within three months next after my decease

Item I do give unto Mildred Mantle the daughter of Bennett Mantle my bright brass pot presently after the decease of Dorothy my wife. I do give unto the son of the said Bennett Mantle twelve pence to issue out of the lands and to be paid within three months after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto Judden Meriam the daughter of Judith Meriam my daughter one feather bed and bolster after the decease of Dorothy my wife. Item I do give unto Dorothy Mariam twelve pence to be paid within three months after my decease

Item I give and bequeath among all the children of John Watts my eldest son two yearling sheep to be paid within six months after my decease by mine executors. I give among the children of Thomas Watts two yearling sheep to be delivered by mine executors within six months

I do give and bequeath to all the children of Mary Crettall my daughter twelve pence a piece to issue out of my lands to be paid within six months after my decease

Item my will and meaning is that my dying copper, brewing furnace, my great brewing tub, one malting ton, two beer firkins, one bounting hutch, one kneading trough and all my glass and shelves to remain to Henry Watts my son as also all other things belonging unto husbandry and all boards and timber to remain to Henry for the better repairing and maintaining of my dwelling house

Item all the rest of my goods household stuff, cattle and chattels, within doors and without, not before bequested I do give and bequeath unto Dorothy my wife.

Lastly I do ordain and appoint Dorothy my wife and Henry Watts my son executors of this my last will and testament also. Also I Appoint John Crettall and James Mantle overseers of the same and for their pains I do give them five shillings apiece. And my will is that my aforesaid executors shall pay unto Bennett Mantle Judith Meriam and Mary Crettall my daughters twelve pence to each of them within one month after my decease to be paid

Concerning my lands and house in Hollingbourne. This is the last will and testament of me the said Arthur Watts. All my lands and tenements in Hollingbourne I do give unto Henry Watts my son and the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten, for ever and for default of such issue to Nicholas Watts, and to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten for ever, and for default of such issue to Edward Watts and to his heirs male lawfully begotten for ever, and for default of such issue to the right heirs of me the said Arthur for ever. My meaning and will is that if Henry Watts shall die without heirs male that then they or their heirs unto whom the said land shall descend shall pay unto the daughter or daughters of the said Henry, if he shall have any, the sum of one hundred pounds within one year next after the said Henry's decease. Lastly my meaning and will is that for and in consideration of the said lands so bequeathed unto Henry my son he the said Henry shall well and truly pay satisfy and discharge all such sum and sums of money before given and bequeathed within the time there limited and appointed

In witness whereof I the said Arthur Watts have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written, Signed Sealed and Published in the presence of
William Cray? Edward Poore? the mark of Arthur Watts

"Memoranda" that the words (one half , and my son Henry the other) were interlined by the will and appointment of the testator and before the sealing and signing thereof witness William Cray Edward Poore

A codicil made and declared by me the said Edward (Arthur) Watts the --- day of January AD 1626 to be annexed to the said last will and testament of the said Arthur Watts bearing date the one and twenty day of May last.

Imprimis When I have by my said will bequeathed to my son Nicholas Watts 60 pounds to be paid unto him when he shall come out of his apprenticeship and have thereby declared my will to be that if it shall happen that either of the said Nicholas or Edward shall die before the said sums of money shall be and grow due, that the survivor shall enjoy the one half and my son Henry Watts the other half, I do further hereby declare my will to be and do appoint that if the said Nicholas and Edward shall both die before any of the said sums of money shall be and grow due, that then all the said money shall due in my executors hands and be paid to no other person.

Item I will and bequeath unto Dorothy my wellbeloved wife the moiety on one half of all my dwelling house in Hollingbourne and of all the barns, stables, buildings, gardens or lands and yards, thereunto belonging during her widowhood and the other half thereof I will and bequeath to her after the death of my said son Henry without issue during her widowhood

Item I give and bequeath unto my said wellbeloved wife Dorothy during her life an annuity or yearly rent of 6 shillings issuing out of all my other land in Hollingbourne not hereby bequeathed to my wife, payable at feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the nativity of St John the Baptist, the feast of St Michael the Archangel and the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ by even and equal portions the first payment thereof to begin at such of the said feasts as shall first happen next after my decease, with liberty to distrain for the same in all every or any of my said lands if the same shall be behind in part or in all by the space of 7 days next after any of the said feasts at which as aforesaid the sum owing to be paid.

In witness whereof I the said Arthur Watts have hereunto put my seal the day and year above written, Arthur Watts Sealed Signed and Published the day and year above said in the presence of
Edward Philpott John Dench his mark

Probate July 23rd 1633 - Executors Dorothy Watts widow and Edwards Watts son?

October 1633 Will subject to Consistory Court hearing and ruling (Latin)


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