WILL: P.P.C. FHL Film #092161, p.139
dated 4 April 1642, proved 23 Oct 1646
PROBATUM FUIT TESTAMENTUM
The entering of the will for probate is in latin and states it was done at London at the Perogative Court by scribe Nathaniele Brent knight 23 Oct 1646 (vicesimo tertio die Mensio Octobrio Anno Din' Millesimo sexcenimo quadragesimo sexto) by Robert Barnham son of the deceased and executor in Testament, etc.
IN THE NAME OF GOD amen
this fourth day of Aprill 1642, in the eighteeth yeare of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King Defender of the faith: I ffrancis Barnham of Maydeston in the Countie of Kent knight, being of perfect health both of bodie and minde, thankes be given to God therefore,
FIRST revoking and quite Disannulling all wills whatsoever made by mee at anie time before the date hereof, do ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following. First I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God most humbly beseaching him of his infinite mercie, and for his Sonne my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ his sake in whose merritts' only I putt the whole hope of my salvation to forgive my great & grievous synnes committed against his heavenly Majesty and to make me partake of his heavenly and eternall kingdome.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my sonne ffrancis Barnham the somme of sixteene hundred pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be payd unto him within six months next after my death, and an allowance of five pounds in the hundred for that somme during these six moneths if hee doe within three months next after my death surrender into the hands of his Brother Robt Barnham ye Annuitie of fiftie pounds a yeare which I have formerly settled upon him and his heires by deed, and take an assurance from his sayd Brother of fiftie pounds a yeare during his life in such manner and forme as the Annuities of fiftie pounds a year during life are severally graunted by mee to his three younger Brothers'. But if hee shall refuse to surrender within the tyme before mentioned, the sayd Annuitie setled upon him and his heires by deed, and to take an assurance from his sayd brother Robert of fiftie pounds a yeare during his life, Then I give and bequeath to him no more than ye somme of one thousand pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be payd him within six moneths next after my death, and an allowance of five pounds in the hundred for that somme during that time
ITEM I give and bequeath to my sonne William Barnham besides the annuity of fiftie pounds a yeare which I have already settled by deed during his life the somme of five hundred & fiftie pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be payd unto him within six monethes next after my death, and for those six moneths an allowance of interest at ye rate of six pounds in the hundred, But if my sonne Robert Barnham shall as I hope hee will doe and desire hee should do within three moneths after my death settle by good assurance an Annuitie upon him of fiftie pounds a year besides the other fiftie formerly setled during his life, Then my will and pleasure is That hee shall have but one hundred pounds of money to be payd him within three monethes next after my death.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my sonne Dudley Barnham besides the annuity of fiftie pounds a yeare during his life which I have already settled upon him by Deed the soome of five hundred and fiftie pounds of gooda and lawfull money of England to be payd unto him within six moneths next after my death and for those six monethes an allowence of
interest after the rate of six pounds in the hundred, But if my sonne Robert Barnham shall as I hope hee will and desire hee should doe within three moneths after my death settle upon him by good assurance one annuitie of fiftie pounds a yeare during his life besides the other fiftie formerlie setled, Then my will and pleasure is that hii shall hae but one hundred pounds of money to be payd him within three monthes next after my death.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my sonne John Barnham, besides the anuity of fiftie pounds a yeare during his life, which I have already setled upon him by Deed the somme of five hundred and fiftie pounds of good and lawfull money of England, to be payd unto him within six monethes next after my death, And for those six months an allowance of interest after the rate of six pounds in the hundred, But if my sonne Robert Barnham shall within three monthes next after my death settled upon him by good assurance an Annuitie of fiftie pounds a yeare during his life, besides the other fiftie pounds formerly settled, Then my will and pleasure is that hee shall bave but one hundred pounds to be payd unto him within three monthes next after my Death. And whereas I am now possessed of one Annuitie or yearly payment of Threescore and Tenne pounds by the yeare & which I bought of Sir John Culpeper Knight which annuitie is to continue for the terme of eleaven years from Lady day last, and is to be payd half yearly by the Expenditer of the five waterings within Romney Marsh at every Michaelmas & Lady day during the sayd terme, My will and pleasure is that from & imediatly after my death my sonne ffrancis shall have during that terme fifteene pounds a yeare of ye sayd Annuities or yearly payment by the equall porcons of seaven pounds tenne shillings to be half-yearly payd, my sonne William fifteene pounds my sonne Dudley fifteene pounds a yeare, And my sonne John fifteene pounds a yeare to be payd in the same manner, And the tenne pounds a yeare remayning of that annuitie of Threescore ad tenne pounds a yeare I give and bequeath to my good servant Joane Deane idf shee shall live to thee end of that terme, and if shee happen to outlive it then I give and bequeath unto her one Annuitie or yearly rent of Tenne pounds by the yeare to be issuing and going out of my Land in Maydston to be payd her half yearly during her life which power to [distreyn ?] for the same if it shal be behinde and unpayd for the space of fiftie dayes next after either of the sayd ffeasts.
ITEM I give to my Daughter the Lady Wildgoose the somme of fiftie pounds of goods and lawfull money of England to be payd unto her within six moneths after my death.
ITEM I give and bequeath ot my good Couzin Mr. James Rudston Tenne pounds to by him a gelding.
ITEM I give & bequeath unto the poore of Boughton Mounchelsey Tenne pounds To the poore of Bilsington six pounds thirteene shillings foure pence. All these sommes to be payd within one yeare after my death and to be distributed according to ye discreson of mine Executors.
ITEM I give & bequeath to my servant Joane Deane the somme of Twentie Pounds to be payd her within halfe a yeare after my death is shee be then in my service, and to my servant John Mustard all my wearing clothes and fortie pounds of good and lawfull money of England. To be payd him within six monethes after my death if hee be then in my service, And to Augustine Ludlow if bee in my service or my sonne Roberts service at the time of my death thirteen pounds six shillings eight pence To be payd him within six monethes after And to my servant John Martin if hee be in my service at the tyme of my Death tenne pounds to be payd him within six monethes after. And my will and pleasure is That the somme of Twentie Pounds be distributed among myne other servants that shall be in my service at the tyme of my death according to the discrecon of mine Executors. desiring that Mary Fowse may be considered in the first place as having bin more yeares in my service then anie of the rest.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my sonne Robert Barnham all the interest I now have or at the tyme of my death I shall have in the land which come to mee by the unfortunate bargaine I made with Mr. John Gibbons, And also all my money plate goods Chattells leases [& personal estate] whatsoever saving the annuitie of seaventie pounds a yeare disposed of as is formerly ______and saving the wrought Clark and white bedd, the canopy bedd of Watchett damaske and the white Chm'a quilt which I have given to my Daughter Wildgoose And of this my last will and testament do make him my sole Executor Not doubting but that mine interest in Mr. Gibbens his lands [nereby ?] graunted unto him my personal estate with mine _____ Lands in Maydston which I have by deed conveyed unto him in trust as is therein specifyed will more than plentifully suffise for the payment of all my legacies and debts (if anie shall be by mee owing at the time of my death) and being most confident that will dutifully carefully & cheerfully performe all this my will.
ITEM I will that my body be very privately buryed without anie manner of ceremonial ffuneralls either in Boughton Church, or in the parish church where I shall dye as shall seeme best to my executor. In witnesse whereof I the sayd Sir ffrancis Barnham have to each of these two sheets of paper subscribed my name and have hereunto sett my hand & seale and published the same to be my last will and testament the day and yeare above written.
Sealed subscribed and published in the presence of John Davy, Richard Thomas, Thomas Mustard, Concordat cum testaments (the rest is in Latin and refers to the nortorial Thomas Pynfold and Judge Johannes Nayor)