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Will of William Woodyer

of Cooling, Kent


Source: 1605
Transcribed by John Woodger
In the name of god amen The Fifte day of January in the yere of our lord god one thousand six hundred and five accordinge to the computacon of the church of England I William Woodyer of the p(ar)ish of Cowlinge in the county of kent yeoman sicke in Body but of sownde and p(er)fect mynde and memorie {god be therfore praised} ordeine and make this my p(re)sent testiment and last will in maner and forme following First I bequeath my sowle into thandes of Almighty god hoping throughe the blood of Jesus crist my saviour and Redeemer to save Free Remission of all my sinnes And my body if wilbe to be buried in the p(ar)ish church of Cowlinge at the discretion of my Executors hereafter to be named And as concerninge such woerldly goodes wherof it hath pleased god to make me his steward I bequeath them as followeth

Imprimis I give and bequeath to the church of Cowlinge to be paid to the thandes of the churchwardens of the said p(ar)ish for the time beinge towardes the Repacions of the said p(ar)ish church the som(m)e of fowre poundes lawfull monie of England over and above twenty shillinges remayning in my handes ??? to the said p(ar)ish church , such som(me) of 5 wilbe paid by my Executors( before ) at Whitsontyde next after my death.
Item I bequeath to every poore howsholder inh(ab)itinge in the p(ar)ish of Cowlinge conteyninge in all nyne howsholdes half a eane of wheat a peece to be paid to them at the feast aforesaid.

It(e)m I give and bequeath to my welbeloved wife mary Woodyer one hundred poundes of good and Lawful monie of england to be paid to her w(i)th(i)n one yere next after my death.
It(e)m I give and bequeth to the said Mary my wife tenn kone to tase? houswife one of the twentie atonego cire ince parke and property Exae I and so much off my howsholde stuffe Except such ymplements of howsholde stuffe now standing in the hall of my dwellinge house w(hi)ch I will shall whole remaine to Robert my sonne as she shall thinke fitt to take for her own use.
It(e)m I give to her the tithe of the corne w(hi)ch shall from time to time give sowen upon westbrookes now in thoccupac(i)on of George Page Gent duringe the term of her life naturall the keping her self my widowe Buyinge the rente {if the lease be not before expired}and after her decease I bequeath the said lease to Robert my sonne.
Ite(e)m I give and bequeath to the said Mary my wife thoccupation of Long feild conteyninge by estimacon twenty Acres, and three other feildes called Netty ioyninge to Coneyfeild conteyninge by estimacon 17 Acres more or lesse duringe the terme of yeres therof amongest other landes, to me lately Demised by the countesse of kildare if she so longe live and keepe herself my widow she payinge therfore to Robert Woodyer my sonne or his assignes the som(m)e of nyne poundes five shillinges by the yere At the feastes of St Michael tharchangell and the An(n)unciasion of the blessed lady the virgine Mary by even porc(i)ons.
It(e)m I give to the said mary my wife my Bay mare and my Gray mare.

It(e)m I give and bequeath to Thomas Woodyer fiftie poundes lawfull monie of England to be paid within one yeare after my death to the said Thomas my eldest sonne my flocke of ewes at Sharde in the p(ar)ishe of halstow in the county of Kent.
Item I give and bequeath to the said Thom(a)s my sonne one marshe called Gillingham hope situate in the p(ar)ishof Frinsbury in the county of Kent duringe the terme of yeres yet to come and unexpired in the said marshe to me demised as afore by the countesse of Kildare, he the said Thomas payinge to my sonne Robert or his Assigns the yerely Rent w(hi)ch is now paid for the said marshe called Gillingham hope at the feasts of St Michael and thann(uncia)cion as abovesaid

It(e)m I give and bequeath to William Woodyer my sonne the s(om)me of (?erased) > two < hundred poundes lawfull monie of England to be paid to the said William my sonne w(i)thin one yere after my death.

It(e)m I give and bequeath to George Woodyer my sonne all my stocke of sheepe in howsewicke and westwicke situate in the p(ar)ish of halstow aforesaid he the said George payinge to my sonne ( Richard ) > Robert < Woodyer or his assigns one hundred poundes of good and lawfull monie of England w(i)thin one yere after my death.

It(e)m I give to Robert my sonne (two) > one < hundred poundes lawfull monie of England to be paid to the said Robert my sonne w(i)thin one yere after his maryage if he marrie before my death or within one yere after my death.
Item I give and bequeath to the said Rob(er)te Woodyer my sonne the lease of the land to me lett by the countesse of kildare {except before ( excepted ) > bequeathed < and all the terme of yeres yet to come and unexpired in the said lease.
It(e)m I give to the said Robert my sonne the lease of the tithes of coof brooke after
It(e)m I give to Robert my sonne my best peece of silver and doble gilte two silver bowles and halfascore of silver spoons (my wifes decease or marriage)

It(e)m I give bequeath to the foresaid Richard Woodyer my sonne the som(m)e of one hundred powndes lawfull monie (thirteen words scribbled out, illegible ) w(hi)ch somme of will shalbe (also) payde to him w(i)thin one yere after my deceasse.

It(e)m I will and bequeath to William and Abigall Woodyer the two children of my sonn(n)e Thomas Woodyer the s(um)me of threescore fine poundes Lawfull monie of England to be paid to them at their several ages of one and twenty yeres or dayes of marriadge w(hi)ch shall first happen and if either of them dye before the time and or times before limmitted then my will is (t)h(a)t the ptes porcon of his or her so deceassinge shall Remaine to the survivor.
It(e)m my will is that the said som(m)e of monie shall Remayne in thandes of thom(a)s Woodyer their father untill they accomplishe their severall ages of one and twenty yeres or dayes of marriadge as aforesaid so the said Thom(a)s puttinge in sufficient security to the ordinary of the dioces of Rochester for the time beinge for the Repayment of the am(oun)t unto his children or the survivor of them at their severall ages or dayes of marriadge as abovesaid.

It(e)m I give to Agnis Pettitt and Mildred Scott my servants to each of them a two yeringe bullock and half a seame of wheat.
It(e)m I give to Jone? Gilsone? two yeringe bullocks.
It(e)m I give to Robert Tew a seame of wheat
It(e)m I will that theise severall legacies before bequeathed shalbe paid by my Executors hereafter to be named outof the cattell and corne specified in a Schedule to this my pr(e)sent testament bequeathed and subscribed w(i)th my hande.

The rest and Residew of all and singular my goodes corne and catle whatsoever not before in this my pr(e)sent testament and last will given and bequeathed , my debtes and legacies paid and my funerall expences dischardged , I give and bequeath to be equally devided betwixt my three sonnes Thomas, George, and Robert Woodyer whom I constitute and make the Joynte executors of this my pr(e)sent last will and testament w(h)om as a father I Require as they will answer the contrary before god to joyne together in brotherlike love as well in the sale of my cattle and corne specified in the schedule before mentioned towardes the payment of my legacies before bequeathed as also in the devision of the overplus {if anie shall Arise}

It(e)m I ordeine and appoint Mr Stephen Phillipps of the citty of Rochester and George Page gent Sup(er)visors of this my pr(e)sent testament and last will to whom I give 20s a peece.
It(e)m I give and bequeath to Mary Woodyer the wife of my sonne Thom(a)s Woodyer the som(m)e of six poundes thirteen shillinges fowre pence lawfull ... of England to make her a gowne
William Woodyer

This is the last will and testament of me the said William Woodyer made and declared the Daye and yere aforesaid to makinge the disposic(i)on of all and singular my landes tenements and hereditaments scituat lyinge and beinge in the sev(er)all p(ar)ishes of Cowlinge Frinsbury and Hoo in the county of Kent or elsewhere.

Imprimis I give and bequeath to Thomas my Woodyer, my son(n)e and to his heires for ever All and singular my Landes and tenements whatsoever or whersoever scituate lyinge and beinge in the p(ar)ishe of Hoo in the county of kent w(i)th aall and singular their app(u)rtenances.
It(e)m I give and bequeath to George Woodyer, my son(n)e all and singular my Landes and tenements scituate lyinge and beinge in the p(ar)ishe of Frinsbury in the county of Kent to have and to holde the said tenement and Landes w(i)th all and singular their app(u)rtenances to the said George Woodyer my son(n)e and to his heirs for ever
It(e)m I give to Robert Woodyer, my son(n)e all and singular my Landes and tenements and hereditaments scituate lyinge and beinge in the p(ar)ishes of Cowlinge and Cliffe in the said county of kent to have and to holde all and singular the said Landes and tenements w(i)th all and singular their app(u)rtenances to the said Robert Woodyer my son(n)e {ymmediatly after my death}and to his heirs for ever.
It(e)m my will and mynde is that Mary Woodyer my wife shall have thoccupacion of all and singular my landes and tenements last before mentioned and by me in this my last will bequeathed to Robert Woodyer my sonne duringe the terme of her naturall life {if she so longe keepe herself unmarried and my widowe} she payinge to Robert my son(n)e duringe the said terme the som(m)e of tenn shillings a yere by even porc(i)ons Att the feasts of thann(un)ciacion and St Michael tharchangel the first paym(en)t therof to begin at the feast of St Michael tharchangel next com(m)ing after my death. And so the said Mary my wife makinge neither stripe nor waste duringe the terme aforesaid upon the pr(e)misses or anie p(ar)te of them.
In wittnes wherof I the said William Woodyer to the my pr(e)sent testament and last will have subscribed my name and sette my seale the day and yere above written.
William Woodyer
Sealed subscribed and acknowledged by the said William Woodyer has his last will and testament withe pr(e)s(enc)e of
Stephen Phillipps George Page Signd X Langton caste me Jacobo Tayler

A schedule to bee anexd to the last will and Testament of mee William Woodyer of Cowlling in the county of Kent yeoman contayning an Estemate of the severall prises of the Cattell and corne in the barnes, and growing on the grownd made and taken the fifte daye of January 1605

                                                  s   d
Imprimis   38 two yering bullockes              69 13 04
Itm   11 three yering bullockes                 22 00 00
Itm  10 kine and one bull                       25 13 04
Itm  13 three yering bullockes and beastes 2    26 00 00
Itm   6 beastes at chattenden                   14 00 00
Itm    4 other beastes                           9 06 08
Itm  20 kine and one bull in yd p(ar)l(o)r      49 00 00
Itm  40   ???                                   96 00 00
Itm  24  oxen                                   84 00 00
Itm  50  twellmonthing bullockes                50 00 00
Itm  08  mares and eight colts by the(i)r sides 32 00 00
Itm  04 two yering coltes                       06 00 00
Itm  01 colt of foure yere old                  04 00 00
Itm  08 cart horse and one mare                 30 00 00
Itm  02 other horses                            06 00 00
Itm  240 Ewes at sharde                         84 00 00
Itm  260 Ewes at howseweeke                     91 00 00
Itm  520 Wethers and Rames at West weeke       260 00 00
Itm  110 twellmonthing sheepe                   33 00 00
                                               999 13 04

Itm  66 ackers of wheat lyeing
  Shattend on barne                            132 00 00
Itm  72 seams or quarters of wheat
   lyeing in the barne in Cowling               72 00 00
Itm  Ottes in the barne                         16 00 00
Itm  16 seames of Rye                           12 16 00
Itm  65 akeres of wheat uppon the y(a)rdland   130 00 00
Itm  25 akeres of Rye uppon the y(a)rdland      25 00 00
                                             ______________
                                               387 00 00
    
                      Sum(m)a totalis        1387- 09-09
William Woodger

A schedule to be annexed to the testament and last will of me the said William Woodyer.
And that wheras the house at Cowlinge street is now thatched my will and mynde is that the same house shalbe tiled and sufficiently Repayred by my executors att their owne p(ro)per costes and charges w(i)thin one quarter of a yere after my death.
It(e)m I will and bequeath to Mary my wife the grasse of six Acres of meadow ground yerely duringe her life if she do longe continew my widow , to be ??? and taken at her choise out of Rosty meades or the meades adioyning unto them.
It(e)m I will that the said Mary my wife shall have p(ar)te of the lower Barne to her use during the terme of her life naturall {if she so longe continue my widowe} anie thinge in this my pr(e)sent testament ande last will to the contrary in anie wise notwithstanding
It(e)m my will and mynde is that William Woodyer my sonne shall have all halfe the > barley w(hi)ch shall grow upon the < profittes of the Fifty Acres of fallow lyinge in the p(ar)ish of Cowlinge the w(hi)ch I will shalbe this next season sowen with Barley at the costs and chardges of my Executors
William Woodger
Subscribed in the pr(e)sence of us
Stephen Phillipps George Page sigmm X Lo Langten testo in Jacoba Tayler
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