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Will of William Willmanton

of Great Chart, Kent


Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/Vo89/Fo16, 1732/3
Transcribed by Mike Cozens
I William Willmanton of Great Chart in the County of Kent Yeoman being aged and infirm in body but of sound and perfect Mind Memory & Understanding God be praised and Calling to Mind the Mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in writing in manner following (that is to say) First I yield my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body I leave to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor herein after named and as to my Estate both Real and Personal which it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and devise the same as followeth

I give and devise unto my well beloved son William Willmanton and to his heirs and assigns for ever all that such mouth? or Tonsure? of Two Acres and a half of Meadow Land be the same more or less in a certain meadow commonly called or known by the name of Pasture Meadow lying and being in the parish of Ashford in the said County and I do further give and bequeath unto my said son William Willmanton the sum of Twenty pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to him by my said Executor in twelve months after my decease and I likewise give unto my Daughter in Law wife of my said son one pair of Fine sheets and one pair of New sheets

Item I give and bequeath to every one of the sons of my said son William Willmanton that he now hath living at the time of making this my Will a piece of Gold Called a Guinea being in Value One and Twenty shillings to be severally paid unto them by my Executor in twelve months after my decease and I also I give unto the Two Daughters of my said son William Willmanton that he now hath living the sum of Ten pounds a piece of lawful money of Great Britain to be severally paid unto them by my Executor at their respective ages of one and twenty years or days of Marriage which shall first happen

Item I give and devise unto my son in Law Richard Mascall of Great Chart aforesaid Yeoman for him to stand and be seized of Immediately upon my decease so as to make a good Title thereof all I these my several pieces or parcels of Arable Meadow and Pasture Land Containing by estimation Sixteen Acres more or less with Appurtenances lying and being in the parishes of Willsborow and Hinxhill or one of them in the said County and now in the Tenure or Occupation of Richard Cook or his assignees to the end and Intent that in the first place he my said son in Law Richard Mascall shall and will so soon as he can conveniently after my decease by Mortgage or otherwise as he shall think fit raise so much money out of my said Lands in Willsborough and Hinxhill aforesaid now devised unto him as shall be sufficient to pay all the Legacies that I shall Give and bequeath in this my Will and after such Legacies shall be fully paid and satisfied then the said Lands with their and every of their Appurtenances before mentioned to be lying and being in Willsborough and Hinxhill and in the occupation of the said Richard Cook shall be and remain as a fee simple Estate unto him the said Richard Mascall and to his heirs & assigns for ever

Item I do further Give and devise unto my son in Law Richard Mascall all that my Messuage or Tenement and the lands thereunto belonging with their and every of their Appurtenances situate lying and being in Charing in the County aforesaid now or late in the tenure or Occupation of John Frederick? or his assigns in Trust to be sold by him the said Richard Mascall when he shall think fit for the better providing for putting out and portioning the Children which he now hath by my daughter his late wife deceased

Item I do further Give and bequeath unto my son in Law Richard Mascall for him to dispose of Equally among the said Children One Silver Tankard One Silver Salt Two little Tables all my Chairs all my linen and woollen brass and pewter and all other my household goods and wearing apparel and all my Wood and Wheat as I shall have by be at the time of my Death ( excepting such particular Goods and Chattels as I shall in this my Will give and dispose of or hereafter in my life time Give away and deliver )

Item give and devise unto my daughter Mary Marsh Widow and her Assigns for and during the Term of her Natural Life all that my Messuage or Tenement and the Lands thereto belonging with their and every of their Appurtenances situate lying and being in Shadoxhurst in the said County and now or late in the Tenure or Occupation of John Smith or his assigns and which I purchased to me and my heirs of John Haynes deceased and after the decease of my said daughter Mary Marsh then I Give and devise the said Messuage Lands and premises in Shadoxhurst aforesaid with their and every of their Appurtenances unto my Two Grandsons Mathew Marsh and Stephen Marsh the Two sons of my said daughter Mary Marsh and to their Heirs and Assigns for ever Equally to be divided between them as aforesaid

Item I further give and devise unto my said daughter Mary Marsh widow for the term of her Natural life as aforesaid all that my Messuage or tenement and Hempland with appurtenances to the same belonging situate lying and being in Great Chart aforesaid and now in my own occupation and after the decease of my said Daughter Mary Marsh then I Give and devise the said Messuage lands and premises in Great Chart aforesaid to my Granddaughter Mary Marsh the daughter of my said daughter Mary Marsh Widow and to the Heirs of her body lawfully begotten and for want of such Issue then I Give and devise the said Messuage land and premises to my Granddaughter Elizabeth Mascall one of the Daughters of my said son in Law Richard Mascall and to her heirs and Assigns for ever she the said Mary Marsh during her life keeping the Two last mentioned Messuages & premises so devised unto her in good Tenant like repair
I also give and bequeath unto my said Daughter Mary Marsh one Silver Spoon One Silver porringer Two pair of Sheets the chest of drawers in my parlour and the Great table and Standing Cupboard in the First Room of my said Dwelling house ( which said Table and Cupboard my desire is shall remain and Continue to the said house as long as the same shall last and inure )

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne wife of Jonathan Tucker Two pieces of Gold called Guineas in value Two pounds and Two shillings and one pair of sheets to be paid and delivered unto her by my said Executor in one month after my decease and I hereby Order and appoint my said executor to pay my said daughter Ann Tucker the Further sum of One Hundred pounds for which I gave my Bond to be paid at my decease

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Grandson William Hughes the son of Humphrey Hughes the sum of Twenty pounds and to my Grandson Thomas Hughes the sum of Ten pounds and One Silver Spoon to be paid and given to them by my Executor in one year after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Anne Hughes the sum of Fifteen pounds and one Silver Spoon to be paid and delivered unto her at her age of one and Twenty years

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Grandson Humphrey Hughes the sum of Twenty pounds and One Silver Spoon to be paid and delivered him at his age of Five and Twenty years

Item I give and bequeath unto my said Granddaughter Elizabeth Mascall who is and hath been a Faithful Servant unto me the sum of Ten pounds and Three of my biggest pewter dishes Twelve pewter plates One Clock and Jack and my Feather bed with all that belongs unto it as it now stands in the parlour in my said Dwelling house Two pair of Sheets Two Silver Spoons and my Great Bible to be paid and delivered unto her in three months after my decease by my said executor

Item I Give and bequeath to the poor of Great Chart aforesaid Twenty shillings to be distributed amongst them by my said Executor in one Month after my decease and Whereas upon a marriage Contract with my said Son William Willmanton and Mary his wife I have heretofore settled my Messuage or Tenement Mill Barn Stable Outhouses and the Lands thereto belonging situate lying and being in Great Chart aforesaid upon my said son and the said Mary his wife and their Heirs I do hereby Confirm the Settlement Accordingly

Item I give and bequeath to all and every other my relatives or kindred not herein before mentioned in this my Will who hath or shall pretend to have any Claim of into or out of any my Lands Tenements or personal Estate whatsoever herein in this my Will Given and devised the sum of One Shilling a piece to bar and defeat them from all such pretended Right or Title

Item After my just Debts Legacies Funeral Expenses the probate of this my Will & other Incident Charges are paid I Give and bequeath all the residue of my Ready moneys and moneys justly due and Owing unto me on Book Bill Bond Mortgage Rents or otherwise to my son in Law Richard Mascall who I make and ordain Sole Executor of this my Will and my Will and Mind Further is that if my said son William Williamson (Willmanton) shall hinder or molest my said executor in the due executing and performing this my Will and paying the Legacies I have Given herein or Commence any suit or suits against him Either Common Law or Equity or in the Ecclesiastical Court with an intent to Overthrow and disannul this my Will that then and in such Case the Legacy of Twenty pounds herein before given unto him my said son and the several Legacies herein also Given to his said Children shall not be at all paid but shall rest and remain in the hands of my said Executor and be as his own proper Moneys to defend such suit as shall be so brought against him

And Lastly I do hereby revoke disannul and make void all other and former Wills by me heretofore at any time made and do publish and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament contained in Two whole sheets and this part of a sheet of paper In Witness whereof to the said Two first sheets I have set only my hand but to this third Sheet my hand and Seal this Nineteenth day of April in the Fourth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith Etc and in the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty One William Willmanton signed sealed published and declared by the said William Willmanton the Testator for and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of Us who have hereunto in his presence Subscribed Our Names as Witnesses
Wm Hern Susanna Mede? Fra Whitfeld?

Probate: 6th February 1732/33 - Richard Mascall Executor

Notes:
William Wilmanton buried at Great Chart on 23rd January 1732/33
Ann [1] buried at Great Chart on 17th April 1681
Ann [2] buried at Great Chart on 4th June 1721


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