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Will of Alexander Weller

of Cranbrook, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/88, 1596
Transcribed by Richard Weller
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The Sixtenth daye of June Anno D[omin]i 1596.
I Alexander Weller thelder of Cranbroke in the Countie of Kente Clothier … make this my present Testamente conteynynge herein my Laste will …
… to Mr William EDYE Vicar of Cranbroke Tenne Shillinges of Lawful monye of Englande to make a Sermon at the daye of my Buryall.
… toward the erectinge and buidlinge of an house of Correcc[ti]on in the Parrishe of Cranebroke aforesdaide or towarde the makinge of a Stocke to be ymployed to sett the poore on woke, the Some of One Hundreth Markes … To be paide … into the handes of Mr Thomas ROBERTES Esquyer, Mr William EDYE vicar of Cranebroke aforesaide, Thomas SHEAFFE, Robert BRIKENDEN, Richarde HOVENDEN and Richarde TAILOR of Cranebroke aforesaide yeoman or into the hande of anie Two, Three of foure of them.

… to my servaunte Margarett BURGES Twentye shillinges …
… to my Brother William Weller one of my Dublettes, A paire of my Venecions and two paire of my Stockinges.
… to my brother Nich[ol]as Anaway my Cloake with the Sleeves of mallarde Cullor.
… to Elizabeth my wyfe, All my householde stuffe, and One Hundreth Poundes …
… to the saide Elizabeth my wyfe Two of my best kyne, And I will that my sonne John shall keepe them for her freelye duringe the tearme of my Leasse in the Beech house yf she live so longe, as he shall keepe his owne.
… to my sonne Dence Weller the some of foure hundreth Poundes …
… to my sonne Richarde Weller the Some of Twoe Hundreth Poundes …
… to my sonne Alexander Weller the Some of Twoe Hundreth Poundes … when he shall accomplishe his age of Twentye and Three yeares …
… suche Rentes or Somes of money to them due, by reason of any Matter of thinge expressed and declared in the Last will and Testament of my late uncle Alexander DENCE deceased (whose Executor I am) …

… to my daughter Agnes Weller the Some of Twoe Hundreth Poundes … to be paide to her in the daye of her marriage, uppon Condic[i]on that shee the saide Agnes shall not in any wise marrye with Richarde WATERMAN of Cranebroke aforesaide Clothyer ... Yff it shall happen the saide Agnes my daughter not to marrye with any man That then I will myne Executor and Overseers shall putt the said Twoe Hundreth Poundes to proffytt into some good mens handes, and take sufficient Bondes for the same And the saide Agnes to have the Proffytt thereof yerelie towardes her maintenaunce duringe her liefe And att the tyme of her deathe, or any time before, the saide Agnes to devyse and will the same att her will and pleasure.

… to my daughter Elizabeth Weller the Some of Twoe Hundreth Poundes …
… to my daughter Katheren Weller the Some of Twoe Hundreth Poundes …
… to my sonne Richarde Weller the Leasse of the Messuage and gardeyne, the which I bought of Richarde PORTRIFFE of Rye in the Countye of Sussex …
… to my Brother William Weller the some of Fyve Poundes …

The Resydue of all my goodes debtes and Chattells whatsoever … to my sonne John Weller The which saide John Weller my sonne I ordeyne and make my sole Executor …
And I ordaine and make my Two Brothers John Weller and Lawrence Weller myne Overseers of this my presente Testament and Last will to be Ayders and Assistauntes to my saide Executor … and I give to either of them Fortye Shillinges … for their paynestakinge in this behalfe.
… to Nicholas ANAWALE for his paines takinge with me in my sickness the Some of Twenty Shillinges …

This is the Laste will and Testament of me the abovesaide Alexander Weller … Concernynge the order and disposic[i]on of all those my Messuages Tenementes Landes and heredytamentes whatsoever scituate lyenge and beinge in the Parrishes of Cranebroke Hawkeherste Gowdeherst Frittenden Rucikinge and Newe Churche in the County of Kente … Enfeoffed my Cosen William Dence of Hawkeherst aforesaide yoman and my Brother Lawrence Weller of Cranebroke aforesaide yeoman of and in dyvers messuages Tenementes Landes and heredytamentes … to the yearelie value of Fyftye Poundes … or thereaboutes to and for the use of the abovesaide Elizabeth my Wiefe and her Assignes For and duringe the terme of her Natural liefe … … the saide Elizabeth my Wiefe shall have and houlde to her and her Assignes … the Messuage and Gardeyne with thappurtenaunces the whiche wydowe PORTRIFFE dwelleth in scituate and beinge in the Towne of Cranebroke aforesaid, keepinge the same sufficientlie repayred, and payenge the Rente goinge oute thereof to the vicar of Cranebroke and his Successours …

… to my sonne Dence Weller All my Landes Tenementes and Heredytamentes whatsoever … in … Gowdherste … to Dence Weller .. and his heires and Assignes forever.
… to my sonne John Weller my Messuage and Landes with thappurtenances now in the tennor and Occupac[i]on of Edwarde COUCHMAN … in … Cranebroke … and my Landes Called the Mershe Landes nowe in the tenure and occupac[i]on of William GIBBON … in … Ruckenge and Newchurche …
… to my sonne Richarde Weller my Messuage, Dyehouse Copper and vessells to the saide Dyehouse belonginge, and the Landes to the saide messuage belonginge nowe in the tenure and occupac[i]on of my brother John Weller … Also my messuage & garden nowe in the tenure and occupac[i]on of John NOWER and Henry SAWYER … scituate …in … Cranebroke … … to my sonne Richarde Weller all my Landes … in Fryttenden aforesaide, and now in the tenure and occupacon of one Thomas BATHURSTE …
… to my sonne Stephen Weller my Messuage and Landes … of John DAVIES, My Tenementes and gardeyns … of William Foster MAYLAM and John BARNES, and my Croste of Lande … of Nicholas PARCKE … all in … Cranebroke …
… to my sonne Stephen Weller my Feilde called Agnes feilde nowe in the sev[er]all tenures and occupac[i]ons of my brother John Weller, John SHAWE and Stephen ROGERS … Also my WOODE and woodlande called the Breeche Woode …payenge yearelye & everye yeare in due and seasonable tymes in the yeare to Elizabeth my Wyfe … Tenne loades of Billett woode and Sixe loades of Fagott woods …
… my sonne Stephen Weller … my Annuytie or yearlie Rente of Tenne Shillinges with the aucthorytie of the distress for the same goinge out of messuage and landes sometyme Robert FORSTERS … in … Cranebroke …
… my Brother John Weller shall have and holde the saide messuage Barne and Landes Called Davyes and the parcell of the Feilde called Agnes feilde for … Twentye yeares yf he the saide John Weller shall happen so longe to liyve Yeldinge and payenge therefore yerelye to my saide sonne Stephen … the some of Fourtene powndes … at the feastes of Saincte Michaell Tharchangell and the Anunciac[i]on of blessed Marye the virgen …
… my sonne Alexander Weller my Messuage Gardeyn and Two peeces of Lande with thappurtenaunces now in the tenure and occupac[i]on of Stephen ROGERS … and Thomas PHILLIPPE, my foure peeces or p[ar]celles of lande … which I late purchased … of one Richarde PORTRYFFE of Rye … Also my Tenements and Landes … of COOKE the Sawyer … in … Cranebroke …unto the saide Allexander Weller my sonne … when he shall accomplishe his age of Twenty and Three yeares.
… my sonne Alexander Weller my Tenemente and Landes … of Allen WELDISHE … Also my Tenement and Landes with thappurten[an]ces nowe in the tenure … of HOPPER … All and singuler the which saide Tenementes and Landes … beinge in … Hawkeherste … when [23] … my sonne John Weller shall take upp the Rentes of my said sonne Alexander … until [23] And then to be accomptable to hym and paye hym … the saide Rentes soe by hym receaved.
Witnesses: Nicholas Anaway, and Lawrence Weller Scriptor.

Proved: London 15 July 1596 with administration granted to John Weller, son of the deceased.


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