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Will of Thomas Woodyeare

of Cooling, Kent


Source: Rochester Consistory Court Vol.20 folio 244 1611
Transcribed by John Woodger
In the name of God Amen the Seventeenth day of March in the year of our lord god according to the Computation of the church of England one Thousand six hundred and Tenn, I Thomas Woodyeare of Cowling in the Countie of Kent gent do make and ordayne my Testament and last will in manner and forme following, First I give and bequeath my soule into the hands of Allmightie god my only Creator and Redeemer and my bodie to Christian buriall. And as concerning my worldly goods I bequeath them as followeth

Imprimis I give and bequeath towarde the repairs of the p(ar)ish church of Cowling to be delivered to the Church Wardens for the tyme beinge Forty shillings To the poore of the p(ar)ish of Cowling to be bestowed at the discracon of my Executrix Twenty shillings.

It(e)m I give and Bequeath to Abigall Woodyeare my daughter for her parte and porcon in my goods and in ?? and full satisfaction of her legacies to her given and bequeathed in the testament and last will of William Woodyeare my Father and Robert Woodyeare my brother late deceassed the some of Three hundred pounds lawfull money of England to be payed to the said Abigall my daughter when ?? so soone as she shall accomplish and come unto the full age of one and twenty yeares or day of marriadge wch shall first happen.
It(e)m my will and mynd is that the said some of Three hundred pounds shalbe by my two overseers having ?? ?? / during the minoritie of my said daughter Abigall maringe ymployed to the best use and p(ro)fit of her ?? in marriadge .
It(e)m I give and bequeath (unto) said Abigall my daughter a dossen of ?? wth lres for my name and my wines upon them twentie paiers of sheets wth the the fyve paier he(r grand ) mother give her.

It(e)m I give and bequeath to ... Woodyeare my sonne my bell salt of silver & doub... fower silver bowles wherof two the best and t(wo the) least, my best Cryett, Two chests in the Ch(amber) where I lye, one of Cixasse thetherof first was his grandfathers
It(e)m I give and be(queath) to the said Will(ia)m my sonne twentie paier of s(heets) wtth the Fine paier his grandmother gave ...

It(e)m my will and mynde is that the Thirtie Five Remayning in my hands and given and bequeathed ... the testament and last will of John Bathy Hoo decessed to Jane Bathy his daughter Likewise decessed shalbe satisfied and paid ... said sonne William Woodyear according to an obligation Remayning in the Regtie of the ... of Rochester wherein I stand obliged for the ... of the said some of Thirtie and Five pounds

... my mynd and will is that neither of children ... make clayme or challenge to any legacie to th(em) either of them given or bequeathed in the test(ament) and last will of W(illia)m Woodyear my father .... Woodyear my brother in Regard of the bequeath(s) them by me in this my testament and last will ?? ?? yf they doe my will is that Mary ... shall by my overseers have paid unto her out of my daughter Abigalls porcon before Bequeathed her some of one hundred pounds lawfull mony of England taken by them out of the Rente of my lande and leases ... this my will given and bequeathed to my sonne Will(iam) and by them to (del)yvered and ?? to his who h... some of one hundred pounds.

It(e)m I give and bequeath to my brother George Woodyear my petconell.
It(e)m to my brother Mr Wm Woodyear Twenty shillings.
It(e)m to my brother Mr Richard Woodyear Twenty shillings.
It(e)m to my Sister Beeston twentie shillings.
It(e)m to James Taylor Twenty Shillings
It(e)m to Robert Lynche my best cloke and hanger

The Residue of all and singular my goods cattels creditts Redy monies plate houshold stuffe & impl(ements) of houshold whatsoever not given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath to my wellbeloved wiffe Mary Woodyear wch Mary Woodyear my wife I make and ordaine the sole Executrix of this my testament and last will She paying my debts & legacies not appointed otherwise to be paid by this my last will and testament and p(er)forming my funerall expenses

It(e)m my will and mynd is that my said Executrix shall prove one bond obligatory wherein my late father Wm Woodyear standeth obliged and bounden to Wm Lynch gent her ... in the some of Two hundred pounds wch condicon endorsed to be cancelled wthin two month after my deceasse, wch if she refuse or neglect to do ? make not a sufficient Release thereof my brother George for the ?? of him harmless and indempnified therefrom then I give and bequeath to my said brother George Woodyear to be paid him by my said Executrix wthin one quarter of ... after my deceasse the some of one hundred p(ounds) of lawfull monie of England.

It(e)m I constitute (and) appoint my brother in law Mr Simon Lynch and my brother Mr George Woodyear the ov(erseers) of this my last will and testament to whom ... and Bodywatch Twenty shillings a poore ?? above choir charge whom I also ordayne ... Guardians to my two children W(illia)m and Abigall ... their minorities

This is the last will and testament of me th... Thomas Woodyeare made and declared the day and yeare first above written, concerning the ord... disposition of all my lands tenements & hered(itaments) whatsoever situate lying and being wthin the p(arish) of Cowling Halstow and Cliffe in the Countie (of) Kent or elsewhere. Imprimis I give & bequeath to William Woodyeare my sonne all and singular lands tenements and hereditamts whatsoever (to) have and to holde to the sayd william Woodyeare (my) sonne and to the heiers of his Bodie lawfully b(egotten) And for want of such issue I give and bequeath (all) and singular my lands tenements and heredita(ments) whatsoever wch I late puchased of Thomas (Y...) of the p(ar)ish of Gravesend in the Countie of (Kent) Inhold or situate in the p(ar)ish of Hoo aforesaid (to) my daughter Abigall Woodyeare and to her hei(rs of) her body lawfully begotten for ever, And for ... issue aforesaid I give and bequeath all sing(ular) my lands tenements and hereditaments situate and being in the p(ar)ish of Cowling aforesaid to W(illiam) and George Woodyeare my brothers to be equally devided betwixt them and to the heires of their ... bodies lawfully begotten for ever. And for want of issue of the Bodie of the said Will(ia)m my sonne I give and bequeath Brickendes meade and the Tenement and Tenn Acres of land lying at deanes gate in the p(ar)ish of Hoo aforesaid [ym(m)ediately after the decease of Mary my wife] to Richard Woodyear my brother during his natural life and after his decease to the heires of his bodie lawfully begotten for ever. And to want of such issue to my daughter Abigall and to her heires for ever.

It(e)m my will and mind is that Mary my wife shall for and during the Terme of her naturall life pceve receve and take to her owne use the yerely Rente and p(ro)fitte of Brickenden Meade and of the house and Tenement situate in the p(ar)ish of Hoo aforesid and Tenn acres of land lying at Deane Gate, the keeping repcons & making restripe nor waste nor felling any Tymber ... her p(er)misson

It(e)m my will and mynd is that my Two overseers shall by pestire of this my will pceve Receve and take up as well the Rente of all and singular my lands tenements & hereditaments by me in this my last will and testament given and bequeathed to Wm Woodyear my sonne as also the Rent of Abbotts court to me due and the Rent of the lease wch I got of the Countesse of Kildare for certaine yeres yet to come untill my sonne Wm Woodyeare attaine and come unto his full age of one and twentie yeres [except the Rent to be Reteined by my wife] if he so long live, if he do... his life before he attaine to the said age the my daughter Abigall attaine to her age of o(ne and) twentie yeres or day of marriage wch shall happen to her uses and purposes hereafter ... fied and declared my will and mynd is the som(m)e of Three hundred pounds given and beq(ueathed) to my daughter Abigall by my overseers paid unto my said daughter Abigall out of profitts of my lands and leases [except before cepted] upon she attaynest unto her full age (of) one and twentie yeres or daies of marriage .... first happeneth, and during her minoritie .... my will is that my said overseers shall ymploy convert the said som(m)e of three hundred pounds best use profitt and com(m)oditie of my said dau(ghter) towards her advancemt in marriage for her tim... ment whereof according to my intencon my wil(l) and mynde is that my said overseers shall enter unto the Lord Bishop of Rochester for the ty(me ) being.

It(e)m my will and mind is that my sai(d) overseers shall out of the p(ro)fitte of the Rente (afore) said pay and allowe unto my said daughter for yerely maintenace during her minoritie or m... the some of Thirteen pounds six shillings (eight) pence lawfull money of England quarterly by e(qual por)tions the first payment to com(m)ence begin first Feast usuall after my decease Further my will and meaning is that my said overseers cause my sonne Wm during his minoritie to (be) brought up at school untill in their discret(ion) shalbe brought meete for the universitie and by them allowed sure yerely maintenence out of Rents and p(ro)fitts by them to be pceved and taken as above ... as they shall think convenient my will and mynde is that my daughters legacies being first paid her twenty marks by the yere for her mainteance , and my sonne Will(ia)m his yerely maintenance during his minorite defalled, and all quitt Rents and all other charge allowed, that the Residue and Remainder of all the Rents and offices of my lands Tenements hereditaments and leases to be pceved Receved and taken up by virtue of this my will by my overseers shalbe faithfull paid and Redelivered upon accompt to my sonne Will(ia)m when and so sone as he shall attaine and come unto his full age of one and twentie yeres if he so long live, if he die before he attaine his said age then ... my daughter Abigall when she attayneth her full age or marriage as before.

And my ... to my said overseers is is that for the better explanacon of the truth they will cause to be bought a chest wth two locks and keayes [whereof either of them to keep one] therein to putt all my Evidences what then to the use of my said sonne Will(ia)m during his minoritie, and likewise to be keep therein a booke of their yerely Receipts of the Rents of my lands and leases and expenses in that behalfe , every page theeof to be subscribed wth both their hands and by them wth my evidences to be delivered to my sonne when he cometh to age if he so long live, otherwise to my daughter Abigall as aforesaid.

It(e)m my will and mynd is th(at) f my wiffe do clayme or make anie challenge to any legacies or donor out of or in my land... she k? have no benefit of this my will but legacies to her bequeathed I give and bequeath Will(ia)m my sonne [anie thing in this my will (to the) contrary notwthstanding] In witness whe(reof) I have unto this my Testament and last will conteyning Twelve sheets of paper subscri(bed my) name and sette my Seale, The Fyve & tw(entieth) day of March in the yere of our lord god one Thousand six hundred and eleven. Sealed (sub)scribed and published as the testament and last will of the said Thomas Woodyeare in the p(resence) of us
James Taylor Rob: Lynche William Cadman

Probate 19 July 1611


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