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Will of Richard Wood

of Maidstone, Kent


Source: Consistory Court of Canterbury, PRC32/50/114, Probate 1 Sep 1631
Submitted by Mary Connaughton
Richard Wood of Maidstone, Woollendraper, will dated 16 Aug 1631
In the name of God Amen, I Richard Wood of Maidstone in the County of Kent, Woollendraper, beinge sicke in body but of good and perfect remembrance thankes be given to allmighty god, doe make and declare this my present testament and last will in maner and forme following That is to say
First and principally I comitt my soule into the hands of allmighty god my Creator that gave it, hopeinge through the meritts, death and passion of Jesus Christ his sonne and my onely Saviour and redeemer to be saved and my body to the earth out of which it was taken, to be buried in decent maner And for the disposeinge of my temporall and worldly estate (which it hath pleased god of his goodnes to lend mee) I will give and bequeath them in maner and forme followinge

First I give and bequeath unto the poore people of the parrish of Leeds in the said County of Kent, where I was borne, forty shillings of lawfull money of England to be distributed amongst them within one moneth next after my decease, at the discretion of mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto William Wood my uncle and master, twenty pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto Jane Wood, my aunt (wife of the said William Wood) tenn pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto William Wood, sonne of my said Uncle William Wood, of Maidstone, Forty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my decease by my executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto my said Uncle William Wood his foure daughters, Jane, Ann, Francis and Mary, five pounds a peece of lawfull money of England to be paid unto them and every of them within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto Mathew Wood, sonne of my Uncle Mathew Wood of Canterbury, twenty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto Christopher Wood, sonne of my said Uncle Mathew Wood, Twenty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto Jane Wood my sister, Twenty pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto Ann Clarke, wife of William Clarke of Harrittisham, my sister, twenty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Curlinge, wife of John Curlinge of the parish of St Laurence in the Isle of Thanet and County of Kent, twenty shillings of lawfull money of England to be paid unto her within one yeare next after my decease by mine executor hereafter named

The residue of all my goods, Chattells, ready money and whatsoever other goods I have not before willed, given or bequeathed (my debts being first paid, my legacies fullfilled and my funerall expenses discharged) I will give and bequeath unto John Curlinge my brother in law, whome I ordaine and make my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament

This is the present testament and last will of mee the foresaid Richard Wood made and declared the day and yeare first above written Touching and concerninge the disposeinge of all my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever, scituate, lying & beinge in the parish of St Laurence aforesaid in the Isle of Thanet or else where in the said County of Kent

First I will and my very will and minde is that the said John Curlinge mine executor, shall take and receave to his owne proper use and behoofe, all the rents of my messuage, lands, tenements and hereditaments hereunder menconed that are or shall be due for Michaelmas Rent next ensueing after the date hereof

Item I will give and bequeath unto my said three sisters Elizabeth (now wife of the said John Curlinge), Anne now wife of the said William Clarke and Jane Wood, all that my messuage, two barnes, one stable, one poder house, one garden, one orchard and one hundred twenty and three acres of land, arable and pasture, whether more or lesse there of to be hadd, with all & singuler theire and every of their appurtenances what soever, scituate, lying and being in the said parish of St Laurence in the Isle of Thanet and County Kent and now in the tenure or occupacon of the said John Curlinge or of his assignes, To have and to hold to them the said Elizabeth Curlinge, Ann Clarke and Jane Wood and to theire heires and assignes for ever, To the onely proper use and behoofe of them the said Elizabeth, Ann and Jane and to their heires and assignes forever

In witnes whereof I the said Richard Wood have hereunto sett my hand and seale dated the day and yeare first abovewritten
Richard Wood, his marke
Witnesses hereunto, John Pope and John Lutwicke


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