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Will of Robert Woodyeare

of Cooling, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Rochester Original Will 21, 1608
Transcribed by John Woodger
In the name of god amen. the 16th daye of marche. the fift yeare of The Raigne of o(u)r soveraigne Lord Kyng Jeames in 1607. I Robert Wodyeare of the p(ar)yshe of Cooling in the county of Kent yeoman am sicke in Body but of good and perfit memory thankes be given unto all mighty god ther f(at)her and I do make and ordayne this my last will and testament in maner & forme folowing first & most prinsipally I bequeath & comend my soule unto all mighty god my maker and unto Jesus Christ my only saviour & Redeemer by hose presious blood sheding I hope to be saved.

Item I will & bequeath unto my Brother William Wodyear the sum of 80 pounds of good & lawfull monye of England
Item I will & bequeath unto my Brother Richard Woodyeare the sum of 40 pounds of good & lawfull monye of England
Item I will & bequeath unto my Brother George Woodyeare the sum of 30 pounds of good & lawfull monye of England upon this condition thate he doth paye the hundred pounds to myne executor which is given to me out of house wicke stocke by the last will & testament of my father.

Item I will & bequeathe unto Mary Woodyeare my mother my lease of the marshe & uplands which I hould of the rectory? of Rochester which my father bought of Wibourne paying the ???? the sum(m)e of 14 pounds which I do owe unto my Brother Thomas Woodyeare and my Brother George Woodyeare.
Item I will & bequeathe unto Mary Woodyeare my mother tenne pounds of good & lawfull monye of England yearly so long as she livethe out of the lease which I hould of the countys of Kildare lying in the p(ar)yshe of Cooling & frindesbury.

Item I will & bequeathe unto my brother Thomas Woodyeares two children william & Abygall forty pounds to eyther of them of good & lawfull monye of England to be payd unto them in halfe a yeare after my death & their fourty pounds a peece to be put out into some stocke to be increased for them by that they shall come to their ages of 21 yeares or at their dayes of maryadge.

It(em) I will and bequeathe to all my servants both men and women 2s 6d a peece.
Item I will & bequeathe unto the Church of Cowling 10s.
It(em) I will & bequeathe unto mother good 10s.
It(em) I will & bequeathe unto mother walker of Cooling 10s.

It(em) I will & bequeathe {"my lease" crossed out}unto my brother Thomas Woodyear my lease which I hould of the coun[tes]s of Kildare laying in Cooling and frindesbury to hi? [ ]s heyrs
It(em) I will & bequeathe unto my brother Thom[as ]Woody[ear ] all my landes in Cooling with all the lands & [ ..... ] thein in Cooling or in any other place ...??? for ever.
It(em) I will & [....] my brother [..........] my full & sole Executor this my ........

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and to paye all these my bequeaths debts leagacie unto whom I do give all my goods chattels & debts. In wittnes hereof I have sette my hand & seale the daye & yeare above writteninge the p(re)sente of W(itnesse)s
It(em) I do make John Browne minister of Coling & Benjamyne Phipp of the same p(ar)yshe overseers to this my last will & testament. .... it .... & ... & to have 3s4d a peece for their paynes
It(em) I will & bequeath unto my housewoman Alice Parker the sum(me) of fyve pounds of curant monye of England.
It(em) I will that all these my bequeathes to be paye w(ith)in halfe a yeare after my deathe Robart Woodyer
Wittneses John Browne cleric, the marke of X leynye Backhouse


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