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Will of George Woodyeare

of Rochester, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Coventry 140, 1640
Transcribed by John Woodger
In the name of God Amen I George Woodyeare of Bully Hill neare Rochester gent, sick in body butt whole of mynde, make my last will and testament in manner following; I bequeath my soule to god and my body to christian buryall
Imprimis I give to the poore of Rochester fforty shillinges

To my daughter Mary Five hundred poundes to be paid to her when shee attaineth to her age of eighteen years
To my daughter Anne Three hundred poundes when she attayneth to her age of eighteen yeares
To my daughter Elizabeth Three hundred pounds at her age of eighteen yeares
To the childe my wife now goeth withall Three hundred poudes at the age of eighteen yeares , Which three hundred pounds my will is shalbe paid by my sonne George out of the profits of my Marsh Landes to him in this my last will given and bequeathed My will is, that if any of my daughters depart this (life omitted) before they attaine to their severall ages aforesaid the portion of the deceased to remayne and be equally devided to the survivors or survivor And if the child my wife now goeth withall doe dye before eighteen then that portion to remayne to be disposed as at the discretion of my Overseers.

I gyve to my three younger sonnes Richard William and Robert Twoe hudred poundes apeece to be paid to them by the Overseers of this my last will and testament when they shall attaine to their severall ages of One and twentie yeares And if any dye his portion to remayne to the survivors or Survivor.

I give to my mother Mrs Mary Wardegar Five poundes lawfull money
To my sister Alles and my sister Prisilla Wardegar Five poundes apeece
To my brother George Wardegar Twenty shillings
To my nephew Smith and my neece Abigall his wife Twenty shillings a peece
To Mr John Codd of Rochester Twenty shillings
To Mr Thomas Bostocke of Chatham and his wife twenty shillings a peece
To my nephew Thomas Woodyeare Twenty shillings
I bequeath Nyne poundes to my "five" (inserted) servants to be disposed at the discretion of my Overseers.

I give to Mary my wife One hundred poundes
I give to Mary my wife all my houshold stuffe whatsoever during her widdowhood , and full power before her death to dispose of Three Bedstedds, three Bedds, boulsters pillows, blankets, coverlets three pair of sheetes and pillow beeres curtins and curtin rodds and vallence at her owne election and choice I give her the use of all my plate during her widdowhood Except one bason and Cruete and twoe silver flaggon pots which I give and bequeath to my sonne George to whom I bequeath all my houshold stuffe after my wives death [the three bedds excepted with their furniture.) My will for these is that my plate after my wives marriage or death which shee is soe longe to have the use of , shalbe equally devided among my three Executors.

I make and ordayne George Woodyeare, Richard Woodyeare and William Woodyeare my sonnes the Executors of this my last will and testament And I nominate and appointe Mary Woodyeare my wife and Mr Thomas Bostock of Chatham my Overseers of this my last will and testament to whom I remitt the tuition, Guardianship, government and Education of my children; of my sonnes untill they attaine unto their severall ages of One and twentie yeares and of my daughters untill they attaine unto their severall ages of Eighteen yeares. And my will further is and I give full power and authoritie to them to receave the rents and profits of all and singular my landes tenements and hereditamts whatsoever for and towards the education of my children and the raysing of their portions soe to them given and to receave the rents of all my landes of what kindes soever given to George my sonne untill hee come to his age of One and twenty yeares without accompting to him for any the rents soe to be by them receaved, or to accompt to any of my other sonnes for the rents of the houses or landes to them severall devised but they to rest satisfied wth the rents to be by them receaved as they shall attaine to their severall ages of One and twentie yeares My will is that my Overseers aforenamed shall sell all my corne and Cattell towards the payment of the portions by mee in this my testament bequeathed And I give to them my Lease which I have at Frindsbury to be likewise sold as above paid by them towards the payment of my childrens portions.

This is the last will and testamt of mee the said George Woodyear, made and declared concerning the disposition of all my landes, tenementsand hereditaments whatsoever. First I give and bequeath to George Woodeyeare my eldest sonne and to his heires forever All that my Mannor of Shorne in the hundred of Shamwell in the countie of Kent with all landes, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever thereunto belonging when hee shall attaine and come unto his full age of One and twenty yeares.

Also I give and bequeath to the said George my sonne and to his heires forever All my Marsh landes whatsoever in the parish of Halstow in the hundred of Hoo when hee shall attaine and come unto his full age of One and twenty yeares, paying Three hundred poundes lawfull money to the Child my wife now goeth withall as afore I have bequeathed

Item I give and bequeath to Mary my wife an Hundred poundes a yeare during her life if shee remayne soe longe myne widdow, and if shee marry againe I give her Forty poundes a yeare during her life half yearly to be paid, the first payment to be given at the Feast of Saint Michaell and shee to distraine for the same uppon my landes given to my sonne George as aforesaid and the distresse to impound untill shee is satisfied, at the two usuall Feasts of St Michaell and the Annuntiation or within twentie daies. My will is that my sonne George shall allow her fewell during her widdowhood. Item I give to my said wife Mary my howse on Bully Hill wherein I now dwell during her naturall life, and after her decease to George Woodyeare my sonne and to his heires forever I give unto the said George Woodyeare my sonne my howse at the Wharf and deporte (?) and to his heires forever.

I give to Richard Woodyeare my sonne and to his heires forever my howse on bully Hill which which I lately purchased of my Father Wardigar when hee shall attaine to the age of One and twentie yeares. Item I give to him the said Richard Woodyeare my sonne my howse on Bully Hill wheren Mr Allen now dwelleth when hee shall attaine to the age of One and twentie yeares. I give to Mary my wife during her widdowhood seaven quarters of wheate and seaven quarters of barley yearely and every yeare at Michaelmas out of my landes belonging to my Mannor of Shorne

Item I give and bequeath to my sonne William Woodyeare and to his heires forever All those my landes and tenements with the appurtenences lying and being in the parish of Cooling in the countie of Kent when hee shall attaine to the full age of One and twentie yeares.

Item I will and bequeath to Robert Woodyeare my sonne and to his heires forever All those my landes and Tenements in the parish of Frindsbury in the countie of Kent when hee shall attaine to the full age of One and twentie yeares. Item I give and bequeath to Mary my wife and Mr Thomas Bostock my Overseers one peece or parcell of land at Broomehay in the county of Kent to be by them sould towards the raysing of the portions given to my children

In witnes whereof I have unto this my last will and testament sett my hand seale this Tenth day of September in the yeare of our lord God One thousand sixe hundred and forty and in the Sixteenth yeare of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles - George Woodyeare. Reade sealed, published and declared as the last will and testament of mee the said George Woodyeare in the presence of George Wardegar, the mark of Luke Capon. Signum Maria Austen, Signum Anne Lambert. Ssit Jacobo Tayler

A Codicill to be annexed to the testament and last will of George Woodyeare gent

Memorandum that the Seaventh day of September One thousand six hundred and fortie the said George Woodyeare after the making and publishing of his last will and testament, did declare and pronounce That whereas hee had by his said will, nominated and appointed his wife and Thomas Bostocke guardians unto his children during their minoritie, That in case hee dyed, his said wife Mary Woodyeare for the good of his children should alone present the rents of all his houses and landes during their severall minorities and should have the sole letting and setting of all the said houses and landes whatsoever and that Mr Thomas Bostocke the other guardian should bee but an assistant onely to Mary his wife, which wordes, or the like in effect hee did utter and pronounce to his said wife diverse and sundrie tymes being in perfect minde and memorie in the hearing of Ann Allen wife of Thomas Allen Clarke, Priscilla Wardegar and Mr James Tayler Notie Publike The said George Woodyeare did likewise in the presence of Thomas Allen abovesaid ( being there unto by the said George Woodyeare especially called ) affirme and say, That whereas hee had by his testament and last will made his wife and Thomas Bostocke Guardians to his children during their minorities, That in case hee dyed, the said Mary his wife, should bee sole guardian to the said children, and should have the sole disposing of his houses and landes and receiveing of the rents thereof during the said childrens minorities And that as hee trusted her, See the Office should by takeing her owne Bonde in that behalfe, or used wordes to the same effect, being in his perfect minde and memorie, which wordes hee uttered true on theire own in the pr(esen)ce of Thomas Allen and others.

14th day of November 1640 George Wardegar to adminster during Minorities George, Richard, and William Woodyeare.

26th May 1641 new grant to Thomas Bostocke during minority of said sons.

22 January 1673/4 new grant to George Wardegar son and administrator of George Wardegar deceased, sons the administrators having died


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