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Will of Edward Wells

of Edenbridge, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury prob/11/207
Submitted by Evelyn Vigeon
In the name of God Amen the seaventeenth day of March Anno Domini 1647
Edward Wells of Eaton Bridge, in the County of Kent, payle maker being sick and weake in body, yet of good and perfect remembrance (God be praised for it) doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following First I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God and ... my bodie to be decently committed to the Earth from whence it came whensoever it shall please the same? my God to call mee out of the miseries of this sinfull world
Item I give unto the poore of the sayd parrish of Eatonbridge twenty shillings of lawful English money to be paid within one moneth next after my decease and to be distributed amongst them at the discrecon of the Churchwardens and Overseers for the tyme then being

Item I give and bequeath unto Jane my welbeloved wife all my goods and household stuff which shee brought with her when I married her
Item I give and bequeath unto the sayd Jane my wife five pounds of lawful English money soe that shee the sayd Jane shall and doe seale and deliver unto William Wells my sonne a Lease of all such land as is allready assured unto her for her joynture for and during the whole terme of her naturall life at the yearly Rent of tenn pounds of lawfull English money

Item I give and bequeath unto Anne Allen the daughter of my sayd wife twenty shillings of like lawfull money to be payd within one whole yeare next after my decease
Item I give and bequeath unto my three godchildren that is to saye Edward Wells, William Douglas and Anne Head tenn shillings apeece of like lawfull money to be paid within one moneth next after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my three yonger sonnes that is to saye Edward, John and George fifty pounds a peece of like lawfull money to be paid unto my Overseers hereafter named or the survivor or survivors of them within one whole yeare next after my decease and by him or them to be putt out or imployed to the best advantage of my sayd three sonnes and soe together with the interest profitt and increase thereof comeing and arriseing to be paid at their severall ages of one and twenty years
Item I give and bequeath more unto sayd John and George my sonnes eight pounds a peece for and towards the putting of them out apprentice
Item my will and true meaning is that my Executor hereafter named shall well and sufficiently bringe up and maynteyne my sayd two sonnes that is to say John and George untill they shalbe put out Apprentice as aforesayd
Item I give and bequeath more unto my sayd three sonnes that is to say Edward John and George to every of them one joyned chest of the best in my house excepte those three in my bedchamber

Item I give and bequeath more unto my said three sonnes that is to say Edward John and George fiftie pounds a peece of like lawfull money to be paid unto them by William Wells my sonne and Executor hereafter named at their severall ages of one and twenty years
so that the sayd Edward John and George my sonnes at their severall ages aforesayd shall and doe by their severall deedes in writing under hand and seale remise and release (in due forme in lawe) unto the sayd William Wells my sonne his heyres and Assignes forever their severall rights tythes claymes properties and demands whatsoever of in and to all that my messuage or tenement lande and premisses with their appurtenances whatsoever [deletion] late William Wells my father scituate lying and being in Eatonbridge aforesayd and not otherwise anything before menconed to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding
Item All that my messuage or tenement lands and premisses with their appurtenances aforesayd and all and singular other my lands tenements hereditaments with all and every their and every of their appurtenances whatsoever in Eatonbridge aforesayd I give and bequeath unto the sayd William Wells my sonne to have and to hold unto the sayd William Wells my sonne his heyres and assignes for ever.

All the residue of my goods Cattell Chattells and houshold stuff whatsoever unbequeathed (my debts legacies and funeral expences being discharged borne and paid) I give and bequeath unto the sayd William Wells my sonn whome I doe make and ordayne sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament

And I make and ordayne and hartily pray my wellbeloved frends William Wells my brother, William Dowglas my kinseman and William Head my brother in lawe to be the Overseers of this my present last will and testament to see the same proved and well and truly performed to whome I give in remembrance of mee six shillings and eight pence a peece of lawfull English money over and above the charges they shalbe at in and about any needefull businesse concerning this my last will and testament which I will to be borne and paid them by my sayd Executor

In witnesse whereof I the sayd Edward Wells the testator to this my present last will and testament (the same conteyning two sheetes of paper) have to the first sheete thereof subscribed my hand and my marke and to the other sheete have subscribed my hand by my marke and seale the day and year first above written.
The marke of Edward Wells the Testator read sealed published and acknowledged to be the last Will and Testament of the said Edward Wells the testator in the presence of
the mark of Elizbeth Wallis and Nich: Wicking

Proved at London 23 January 1648/9 by William Wells natural and legitimate son of deceased and Executor [Latin]


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