Extracts from Kent Wills
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 110, Probate 9 Sep 1837
John Norwood of Broadstairs, gentleman, will dated 25 Jun 1825
Wife Mary, executrix
Brother Richard, executor
Witnesses Willm Solly - John Cowley - George Wareham.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 139, Probate 18 Oct 1837
William Jordan of Milton next Sittingbourne, gentleman, will dated 25 Apr 1835
Sons John (executor) and William
James Taylor of Milton, sadler, executor
Lawrence Jordan of Milton, painter
Occupiers Edward Rossiter, Thomas Rossiter, John Pretty, William Rossiter, Thomas Gore and Edward Phillips
Housekeeper Mary Taylor and her son Thomas
Robert Hinde, gentleman
Elizabeth Taylor daughter of said Thomas Taylor and his wife Lydia
Witnesses Robert Hinde - John Hinde - Henry Hyder.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 158, Probate 11 Nov 1837
John Clarke of St George the Martyr, Canterbury, taylor, will dated 19 Mar 1836
Wife Ann, executrix
Witnesses T. Wilkinson - Charles Dunn.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 161, Probate 30 Nov 1837
Isaac Clarke of St Mary Bredman, Canterbury, yeoman, will dated 25 Feb 1831
Mary wife of my brother Thomas Clarke, executrix
Brothers Thomas and William
Sarah wife of my late brother Edward Clarke
Nephew Richard son of my late brother Richard Clarke
Nephew Isaac son of my late brother Edward Clarke
Cousin Charles Prebbel
Friend John Penn, executor
Witnesses Jas Cooper sen'r - Jas Cooper jun'r? - George Churchill.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 164, Probate 9 Dec 1837
Susanna Culmer of St Laurence, Thanet, widow, will dated 23 Jan 1834
Grandsons Josiah Culmer Wilson and John Wilson
Daughter Sarah wife of William Collins of Gravesend, pilot
Daughter Mary wife of John Wilson the elder of St Laurence, gentleman
Son in law John Wilson, trustee and executor
Granddaughters Susanna Ainsworth Tennant, Sarah Salter Tennant and Mary Lyon Boosey wife of George Brocket Boosey of Fenchurch St, London, printer
Witnesses Joseph Judge jun'r, 17 St James's Street, Dover - J B Judge, solicitor Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 169, Probate 4 Jan 1838
Robert Sandwell of Broadstairs (Nelson Place), will dated 1 Dec 1825
Daughter Mary Jane widow of Richard Foat, executrix
Occupiers Widow Fagg, Robert Smith at 1 Nelson Place, Stephen Knock near Nelson Place, John Sandwell,
James Wales at Lyon Place
Son Robert Baker Sandwell, executor
Elizabeth wife of Edward fagg, executrix
Susanna wife of William Hurst, executrix
Witnesses Willm Solley - Marther Penfold - James Wood
Probate to Elizabeth Fagg, Susanna Hurst and Mary Jane Peake wife of William Jones Peake (late Mary Jane Foat, widow) the surviving executors.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 594, Probate 30 Oct 1841
Philadelphia Nairn of Milkhouse, Cranbrook, widow, will dated 11 Sep 1827
Niece Susanna Balderston, executrix
John Charles Abbott of Canterbury, executor
Nieces Elizabeth Abbott, Mary Balderston, Maria Balderston and Jane Balderston
Witnesses R. White - William Blackman.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 590, Probate 4 Sep 1841
Joseph Skinner of Ashford, taylor and draper, will dated 31 Dec 1830
Occupiers James Bright and Widow Mason at Ashford
Brother in law Joseph Banks at Wye
Wife Sarah, executrix
£50 for enlarging the Baptist meeting at Brabourne known as Bethel Chapel
Brothers Jacob and Samuel
Mr John Watts of Brabourne and Thomas Swaffer of Smeeth, executors
Witnesses Jas Hamilton - John Worger - John Hodges
Codicil dated 3 May 1833
Wife Sarah of Brabourne and John Watts, carpenter of Brabourne, executors
Witnesses Ed. Hughes of Smeeth Hill - James Cook of Sellinge - Francis Godden of Smeeth
Codicil dated 6 May 1841
William Banks, farmer of Ashford, third executor
Witnesses Henry George - Daniell Buss.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 577, Probate 31 Jul 1841 to Daniel Elliott, surviving executor
Anne Part of Godmersham, spinster, will dated 13 Aug 1837
Daniel Elliott of Wye, carpenter, trustee and executor
Richard Skillman of Wye, draper, trustee and executor
Maria Hills of Godmersham, spinster
John Hills the younger of Godmersham, park keeper to Edward Knight Esq.
John Part of Wye, shoemaker
Witnesses Elizabeth Anne Crothall, spinster Godmersham - Mace Greenstreet, game keeper Godmersham.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 575, Probate 30 Jul 1841
Susanna Newby of St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, widow, will dated 18 Jan 1836
Relation and friend Abraham Rowe Newby of Margate, gentleman, trustee and executor
Daughter Susanna Newby
Son William, executor
Daughter Marianne wife of John Ford
Daughter Martha Newby
Witnesses Edw'd Dering - Wm Brooke - Hy Brooke of Margate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 571, Probate 7 Jul 1841
Edward Manby of Ramsgate, Commander in H M Navy, will dated 7 Jan 1839
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Witnesses J B Judge sol'r Ramsgate - Thos Anth'y Ladd his clerk.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 562, Probate 5 Jun 1841
Agnes Drayson of Sittingbourne, widow, will dated 28 Mar 1840
Brothers Valentine Court and Stephen Court, executors
Daughters Mary Ann and Jane Drayson
Daughter Sarah Harnden
Granddaughter Agnes Drayson
Witnesses Henry Melach - Jas Taylor.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 573, Probate 24 Jul 1841
John Webb of Faversham, late Foreman in the Powder Works, will dated 4 Dec 1832
William Maytom of Faversham, dredgerman, executor
Niece in law Rosanne wife of William Maytom
Occupier Henry Jennings at Davington
Occupier John Bonnett at Faversham
Niece Sarah wife of Nathaniel Carey of Faversham, dredgerman
Witnesses Wm C Morgan, sol'r Faversham - Chas Tucker - Wm Molyneaux, clerks to Mess'rs Jefferys & Morgan, sol'rs Faversham
Codicil dated 25 Apr 1836
Occupier John Maytom at Abbey Street, Faversham (purchased from David Tritton deceased)
Occupiers Scoones, Tidderman, Smith, Fowler, Wraight at Davington
Witnesses Wm C Morgan - Chas Tucker - William Molyneux
Codicil dated 7 Jun 1841
Witnesses J F Chittenden, surgeon Faversham - M Wright gardener Faversham - Willm Jefferys, att'y at Law Faversham.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 570, Probate 5 Jul 1841
Marianne Hughes, spinster of Mersham, will dated 1839
Brothers Edward and George Hughes
Sisters Ann Hunt, Elizabeth Fagg and Jane Wilkins
Property in Mersham, Smeeth, Brabourne, Sandgate and Stone in Oxney
Brother William Marshall Hughes at Stanford, executor
Nieces and goddaughters Emily Hughes daughter of Edward, Ellen Pearse Hughes daughter of William Marshall Hughes
Sisters with whom I live - Charlotte Hodgson, widow, Catherine Hughes, Sarah Hughes and Frances Hughes, executrices
Occupier Mr James Stonham at Isle of Oxney
Witnesses Caroline George - Mary Quested - Thomas Banks.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 564, Probate 16 Jun 1841
Elizabeth Durrant of Cranbrook, widow, will dated 8 Sep 1840
Son in law William Winch of Cranbrook, auctioneer, trustee and executor
Daughters Elizabeth Durrant and Christianna Durrant, trustees and executrices
Occupier Mr John Wilson of Hawkhurst
Daughter Anne wife of William Winch
Witnesses Jno Upperton, sol'r Hawkhurst - B Minter, wine merchant, Folkestone.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 556, Probate 22 May 1841
Mary Norwood of Broadstairs, widow, will dated 4 Apr 1840
Friends Samuel Potter, surgeon and John Philpott of Broadstairs, trustees and executors
Thomas Danton of Margate
Sarah wife of Edward Green of Margate
Nephews Richard, Charles, John and Peter Wootton
Niece Margarette wife of Edward Toldridge
Niece Jane wife of Erasmus Simpson
Nephew Edward Wootton
Witnesses Thos Blackbrow - Ann Gibbons.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 25th October 1676
Stephen Russell, tailor of Lamberhurst, Sussex, will dated 10th October 1676
To be buried in the parish church yard of Lamberhurst
Unto Mary Russell my first daughter 10 pounds at her age of 20 years
Unto Catherina Russell my daughter 10 pounds at her age of 20 years
Unto that child which my said wife is at child withall at this present the sum of ten pounds ... at the age of 20 years
I make & ordaine my well beloved wife and Stephen Russell my sonn my full & whole executors
if my said moveable goods shall not pay for ... then my said executors shall sell my said houses and land lying in Lamberhurst towne for the discharging of it
And further I would have my said wife give unto Richard Russell my eldest brother one sute of my oldest appareil & some other appareil
Signed Stephen Russell in the presence of _ Mary Bull her mark _ Thomas Luck
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 10th March 1785
George Jarvis the elder, Carpenter of Tenterden, will dated 4th February 1785
My messuage etc in the Town of Tenterden, adjoining the Church yard, now in the occupation of my son William Jarvis, unto my said son William Jarvis
My woods & woodlands in the several parishes of Warehorne, Orlestone, Shadoxhurst & elsewhere,
unto my grandson John Jarvis & my daughter in law Elizabeth Jarvis
Also unto my said son William Jarvis 75 pounds
Unto my son George Jarvis 275 pounds
Unto my said daughter in law Elizabeth Jarvis 15 pounds
Unto my very good friend Jeremiah Cuteis of Tenterden ... whom I appoint sole executor
Signed George Jarvis in the presence of Thos Samson & Sarah Samson
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Rochester Consistory Court (Drb/Pwr 32.154), Probate 2? Jul 1724
John Foreman of Horsmonden, will dated 26th April 1724
I John Foreman weak in body but of sound mind …
All my household goods, ready money & stock on the land that I use
to Mary my loving wife (for the term of her natural life) and
to Richard Foreman my only son.
Executor: said Richard Foreman, my son
Signed John Foreman
Witnesses: Ed Maplesden ___ John Ollive
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 3 June 1652
William Maynard yeoman of Brenchley, will dated 16th July 1651
To be buried in the Church yard of Brenchley
Unto the poore of the said parish 40 shillings to be payd unto the Minister & Church Wardens & then by them distributed
& whereas a fourtune for Mairie my beloved wife hath not b?y?to setled my expresse will now is
that my executors shall pay unto her quarterly during the terme of her life 5 poundes good money
of England att or upon the landes which are named for her ??????? in certaine ?Ritueles whereto
I have formerly put my hand & seale ... & the use of all my lynnen during the terme of her life,
then after her decease the same unto Anne Maynard my daughter
Unto Francis Maynard my eldest daughter 100 poundes to bee payd to her at her age of 21 by Richard my sonne
Unto Anne my youngest daughter 100 poundes to be payd to her by Richard my sonne
... after hee [son Richard] shall come into the possession of all those landes which have bin
named for the fourtune or dowry of his mother – my landes lying in Brenchley, I give & bequesth
the same with all howssing thereon to the said Richard my sonne
– but if it should happen the said Richard my sonne together with both my two daughters to
depart this life under age (which God forbidd) then I give & bequeath unto William Maynard sonne
of my brother Richard my present mansion house with all the landes that bee situate on this side
the three towards Brenchleytowne which three passeth by the gate of the said howse, provided
that hee the said William shall paye 100 poundes to Ann his sister & 50 poundes to Francis the
daughter of my sister Woodgate; as for my landes, should all my children die, I give these to
John the sonne of my said sister Woodgate.
Any goods Chattels not devised I give unto Francis Maynard my good mother, which said Francis I
doe make sole executrix of this my will
I doe make my 2 brothers in law Edward Woodgate of Brenchley & Robert Allen of Mayfield, Sussex,
overseers of this my last will & give them 10 shillings each
Signed William Maynard in the presence of _ John ?Coppins _ Nicholas Welland his marke
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 27 June 1674
William Maynard, mercer of Goudherst, will dated 27th April, in the 26th year of the reign of Charles II
I give to forty old people men & widdowes of Goudherst aforesaid 20 shillings to be divived
amongst them by Mercy my loving wife
Also my said wife shall give unto my brother Thomas Allen or his children in cloathing to the
value of 20 shillings
Unto my sister Ann the now wife of Edward Hollyman butcher of Hunton alias Huntingdon, Kent, 40 shillings & to the said Edward 10 shillings to buy him a ring
Unto my brother & sister Abraham Allen & Mary Allen & to my 2 nieces Frances Gower & Ann Gower,
all of Goudherst, & to Richard Maynard yeoman of Brenchley, 10 shillings a piece to buy every of
them one ring
Unto my brother in law William Wildish woollendraper of Maidstone, Kent & to my brother Richard
Maynard yeoman of Hunton, Kent & to Mr Thomas Martin of Lamberherst, Kent, 40 shillings a piece
I devise the said William Wildish, Richard Maynard my brother & Thomas Martin to be overseers of this my will
I make my said wife & William Maynard my sonne my executors
Unto my said wife all the rents issues & proffitts of my messuage lands & tenements being in the
parish of Mayfield, Sussex, commonly called Pennybridge Farm, untill such time as my said sonne
shall attain his age of 21 ... with the money arising out of my personall estate doe educate &
maintaine in all things fitting for children of their ranke & quality my said sonne untill hee
attaine that age & alsoe my daughter Elizabeth untill she attaine the full age of 18 years ...
I give to my said daughter Elizabeth all the residue of the said rents issues & proffitts ... to
amount to 400 pounds
To my said wife Mercy my goods chattles & personall estate & if my estate should be considerable,
then instead of 400, 500 pounds to my said daughter Elizabeth
& lastly I give unto my said sonne William Maynard all my messuage lands & tenements situate in Mayfield, Sussex, to have & to hold forever from his age of 21
Signed Willm Maynard in the presence of _ George Streater _ William Weller _ Thos Martin
Note: PCC wills online states Wm Maynard of Brenchley(sic), instead of Goudhurst
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 6th July 1767
Alice Maynard widow of Cranbrook, will dated 13th March 1761
I allott the sum of 20 pounds for my burial
To my cousin William Comber of Nettlested, Kent, my messuage, lands & farm called Newhouse being in the parish of Seale in the said County now in the tenure or occupation of Richard Hills
Unto John Maxted, son of Jeremiah Maxted & Alice his wife my late niece, my clock
Unto Anne Maxted, daughter of the said Jeremiah & Alice Maxted, one piece of needle work with the glass & case thereto belonging
To my cousins John Austen of Loose, Elizabeth Austen of Langley & Anne Austen of Maidstone, one guinea each
To my cousin Alice Muddle, wife of Edward Muddle shipwright, my book of the exposition of the New Testament by ?Beckett
& all the rest of my goods & chattels unto Mary, Anne & John Maxted the 3 children of the said Jeremiah & Alice Maxted
I appoint my sister Mary Parris widow of Cranbrooke & my cousin Mary Austen wife of [blank] Austen cheesmonger of Chatham, joint executors of this my last will
Signed 13th March 1761 Alice Maynard in the presence of _ Jn Beckett _ Ann Boorman _ Richd Willis
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 2 March 1671 to Richard Caishe?/Combe
Richard Peirson, gentleman of Biddenden, will dated 13th July 1664
Unto my cozen Mr Richard ?Caishe? my executor hereafter named the summe of 2000 pounds due to me from Sir John Henden the elder Knight deceased as by severall deeds made for security thereof
To such child or children of my loving sister Dame Margarett Whitfield
& to such child or children of my halfe brother Sir John Henden begotten by his late wife Anne deceased
Unto my loving sister the Lady Monthamptonia Henden 100 pounds
My messuage & lands lyeing in ?M??ther?en, Kent late purchased of William Smith 100 acres in the tenure of Thomas Hammon unto Dorothy Whitfield daughter of Sir Herbert Whitfield & my said sister Dame Margarett Whitfield
My messuage & lands in the parish of Hope All Saints in Romney late the lands of Sir Walp?? Whitfield Knight deceased in the occupation of John ?Winter? unto my cozon Mr ?Henry Whitfield sonne of Sir Herbert Whitfield knight
My messauge & lands in Romney Marsh, Kent, now in te occupation of Edward Harrison & John Miller unto my cozon Richard ?Caishe?
Annuity of 10 pounds a yeare which I purchased of Thomas Fludde of Ottam, Kent, unto my coson Charles Leeds (Anne his late wife deceased)
I appoint my said coson Richard ?Caishe? of Greyes Inne in Holborne sole executor
Signed Richard Peirson in the presence of _ Moses Leo? _ John Richards _ Charles Leeds _ John Pickering _ Daniell Ward
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 13th Dec 1655
Robert Peirson, husbandman of Brenchley
that Robert Pierson late of Brenchley in the Countie of Kent Husbandman being sick in bodie
but of good & perfect mind & memorie with an intent to make his will & to settle his estate
did on or about the 13th day of October 1655 utter & declare these words following or the like
in effect viz. The little which it hath pleased God to bestowe upon me I leave unto my wife
for the bringing up & educating of my child And I make her my executrix. And if my wife
now be with child of another Then I will that child shalbe provided for in like manner as
th’other. Which wordes or the like in effect were uttered & declared in manner & forme
aforesaid in the presence of & hearing of Elizabeth his wife, _ Willm Charie & John Bowles.
William Charie one of the witnesses, & Elizabeth the executrix or legatee were sworn the 29th
day of Novembr 1655.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 553, Probate 12 May 1841
William Rablin of Milton next Sittingbourne, yeoman, will dated 26 Aug 1840
Daughter Eliza wife of James Riddle of Milton, mariner
John Hinde of Milton, gentleman, trustee and executor
Witnesses Jno. Hinde - Henry Hyder.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 550, Probate 11 May 1841
Sarah Sharpe of Ashford, widow of William, will dated 29 Jun 1835
My late husband's sister Elizabeth Belsum of Bapchild, widow
My late husband's niece Celia wife of William Filmer of Canterbury, labourer
Brother Thomas Butler of Lenham, labourer
Sister Ann Tillen of Maidstone, widow
Sister Mary Good of Lenham, widow
Nephew Thomas Butler of Pluckley, cooper
Niece Mary Ann Butler of Ashford, spinster, now residing with me
Draper Fowler of Ashford, carpenter, executor
Witnesses Mary Lushington, Ashford - Jno. Rogers, clerk to Mr Cruttenden, solicitor, Ashford.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 542, Probate 11 May 1841
James Buckland of Benenden, yeoman, will dated 29 Apr 1839
Cousin John Buckland the elder of Goldwell, Biddenden, executor
Witnesses Cha. Willis jun'r, sol'r, Cranbrook - Hy King his clerk.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 529, Probate 1 Apr 1841
Edell Penny of Margate, victualler, will dated 23 Jan 1841
Wife Sarah, executrix
Friend Robert Stranack Holloway of Rotherhithe, Surrey, master mariner, executor
Nephew Edward Charles Hayward of Margate, mariner, executor
Witnesses Robt Foat, carpenter, Margate - Charles Dixon Dixon, painter, Margate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 513, Probate 23 Feb 1841
John Beale of Margate, bather, will dated 14 Jan 1841
Wife Arabella, executrix
Witnesses John Creed, Margate - Catherine Mussared.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 506, Probate 17 Feb 1841
Charles Austen of Ramsgate, tailor, will dated 5 Dec 1840
Mother Elizabeth Austen, widow
Sister Elizabeth Austen, spinster
Friend Thomas Bax of Ramsgate, butcher, executor
Witnesses Jno. Mercer jun'r, sol'r, Ramsgate - Edward Maxted, Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 504, Probate 9 Feb 1841
Stephen Bates of Branden Farm, Cranbrook, yeoman, will dated 1 Jul 1839
Son John, executor
Grandson Stephen son of my late son James, deceased, executor
Daughter Susan Bates
John and Ann, children of my son Samuel
William son of my late son William, deceased
James and Elizabeth, children of my late son James, deceased
Occupiers James Rolfe and Charles Larkin at Milkhouse Street, Cranbrook
Property at Frittenden purchased from Douglas Moodie and his wife, now occupied by George Rose,
Thomas Fuggle, James Taylor and John Butcher
Occupier Robert Tucker at Marden Beach, Marden
Witnesses R. White - Wm Stevens jun'r, both of Goudhurst.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 476, Probate 8 Jan 1841
John Durban of Ramsgate, carpenter, will dated 4 Sep 1839
2 children of my late nephew Henry Durban, deceased
Daughter Mary Ann wife of Edis Cureton of Chatham, shipwright
James Bourne? Judge of Ramsgate, gentleman, trustee and executor
Edis Cureton of Chatham, trustee and executor
Witnesses Thos Bayly, grocer, Ramsgate - Thos Anth'y Ladd, clerk to Mr Judge, sol'r, Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 470, Probate 26 Dec 1840
Fanny Bradley of Whitehall, St Laurence, Thanet, widow of Martin, will dated 31 Aug 1840
Brother in law Nathaniel Bradley of Dane Court, St Peters Thanet, farmer
Brother Isaac Belsey of St Margarets Rochester, miller, trustee and executor
Brother John Belsey of Coome, Woodnesborough, farmer, trustee and executor
Sons Martin and William Fenny? Bradley < 21
Brother George Belsey
Witnesses John Mockett Cramp, Dissenting Minister, Bromston, Thanet - Daniel Edwards, labourer, St Lawrence Thanet.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 468, Probate 12 Dec 1840
Bridget Norwood of Ashford, spinster, will dated 18 Apr 1840
Walter Murton of Ashford, gentleman, trustee and executor
Brother in law Rev. George Norwood of Mersham, clerk, trustee and executor
Edward and Mary, children of my brother Weller Norwood
Mary Anne and John Dobree, children of my late brother Edward Norwood
Elizabeth Anne Sarah John, Edward Curteis and Charles Young, 5 children of my said brother George Norwood
Charles Morgan, Anne Elizabeth and John Francis, 3 children of my late brother Charles Norwood
Cousin Mrs Nayler
Sister Ann wife of said George Norwood
Witnesses Mary Curteis, Ashford, widow - Rob Furley, sol'r, Ashford.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 453, Probate 3 Nov 1840
Norah Dunn of Hinxhill, widow, will dated 24 Oct 1840
Son Henry Dunn of Alborough, Suffolk, executor
Daughter Eliza wife of John Barker of Hinxhill, executrix
Witnesses Isaac Blackburn - Charlotte Pearson - William Whitewood.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 448, Probate 12 Oct 1840
Mary Apps of Hereson, St Lawrence, Thanet, widow, will dated 30 Jan 1833
Daughter Harriet Apps, spinster
Sons William and James, trustees
Son in law Richard Atwell, trustees
Daughter Mary wife of William Woodward
Daughter Elizabeth wife of Richard Atwell
Daughter Ann wife of Daniel Bing
Grandchild Sally Mary daughter of my deceased daughter Sally Prescott
Witnesses Martin L Daniel, Ramsgate - Edw'd Miles his clerk - William Bing, Hereson.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 27th September 1652
Stephen Pearson, clothier of Brenchley, will dated 28th August 1651
5 pounds to the poor of Brenchley
100 pounds to Mary Amherst my now servant & my wives kinswoman
To the children of my sister Dorothy ??rrall that shall live to the age of 21 each 50 shillings
To the 4 younger chldren of my Mary Tasker my sister, 10 pounds each when 21
5 pounds to my sister Huggens
To Anne my loving wife 200 pounds & half my beddings etc & half my woodland lying about my house, the other half to my only daughter Anne, but if she should die unmarried ...
I appoint my loving freind & neighbour Michael Hartridge clothier of Pembury overseer of this my last will & give him 40 pounds
Messuage & lands that I purchased lately of Mr Courthop[e] & that messuage wherein Widdowe Pearson now dwelleth & those lands etc in Brenchley & Capell & Pembury given unto me by my late deceased father
All messuage & lands purchased of Richard Wood & Catherine his wife & of Mr Stephens & of Francis Holden & of our Mr Purchase, Brenchley, Capell & Tudeley & Pembury
To John Tasker my sisters sonne
To Stephen Huggens my sisters sonne
Witnesses: John Pattenden _ William Masters _ George H?o?er.
Proved 27th September 1652 on oath of Anne Children alias Pearson the natural & lawful daughter of
the said deceased & sole executrix named on the will
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 1st October 1658
Roger Peirson, yeoman of Brenchley, will dated 25th March 1658
4 bushells of wheat to the poor of the parish
to my son John 5 shillings
to my son Matthias Peirson 5 shiliings
unto my son Edward 80 pounds
unto Judith my daughter the wife of Nicholas ?Wells 20 shillings
unto Roger Peirson my grandchild, the son of my son John 20 shillings
unto Thomas Peirson my grandchild, son of my son Thomas Peirson late deceased, 60 pounds
unto my daughter Mary Tourt 5 shillings
unto the minister that shall preach my funerall sermon 10 shillings
my chattels goods etc unto my son Roger Peirson, whom I appoint sole executor
the messuage lands etc wherein I now dwell, & which were late by Walter Peirson deceased, unto my son Roger Peirson
unto my daughter Mary Tourt widdow that part of the little messuage which came unto me from my grandfather situate below Peirsons green for & during the terme of her natural life & the other part to my son Roger & his heirs
The marke of Roger X Peirson in the presence of _ Thomas Tomlyn _ the marke of John X Knoll _ the mark of Elizabeth X Smith _
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 13th September 1768
Thomas Pearson yeoman of Capell, will dated 15th May 1768
Unto my brother Peter Pearson 5 pounds
Unto my brother Isaac Pearson 50 pounds
Unto my brother David Pearson 50 pounds
Unto my sister Mary Pearson 50 pounds
Unto my brother Samuel Pearson 5 pounds
Unto my sister Deborah the wife of David Harris 50 pounds
Unto my nephew Thomas Wells oldest son of my sister Margaret Wells deceased 10 pounds
unto my nephew William Wells 2nd son of said Margaret Wells 10 pounds
unto my nephew Samuel Wells youngest son of the said Margaret Wells 10 pounds
Unto my nephew Peter Pearson oldest son of my said brother Isaac Pearson 10 pounds
unto my nephew Isaac Pearson youngest son of my said brother Isaac Pearson 10 pounds
Unto my nephew Samuel Pearson the son of my said brother David Pearson 10 pounds
unto my niece Mary Pearson the daughter of my said brother David Pearson 10 pounds
Unto my niece Deborah the daughter of my said sister Deborah Harris 10 pounds
Unto my nephew & godson John Pearson oldest son of my said brother Samuel Pearson 50 pounds, unto my nephew Samuel Pearson 2nd son of my said brother Samuel Pearson 10 pounds,
unto my nephew Thomas Pearson 3rd son of my said brother Samuel Pearson 10 pounds
unto my niece Fanny Pearson daughter of my said brother Samuel Pearson 10 pounds
unto my nephew Peter Pearson youngest son of my said brother Samuel Pearson 10 pounds
Unto my housekeeper Elizabeth Relph 150 pounds
My 2 messuages, land, stables, outhouses, buildings, orchards, gardens, yards of about 16 acres
in the parish of Tudely, now in the tenures of James Wooley & William Glazier, which I purchased
of Thomas Skinner & about 20 acres in the parish of Capell, now in the occupation of Thomas
Relph, & all other messuages etc unto my brother John Pearson & residue of my goods, ready
money, chattels etc & do make him my said brother John Pearson sole executor of this my last
will & testament
Signed Thomas Pearson in the presence of _ the mark of William Maplesden, farmer at Capell _
Nathaniell Hoad, husbandman in Capell _ Geo: Scoones _
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 441, Probate 23 Sep 1840
Susanna Cowland of Sittingbourne, widow, will dated 5 May 1832
3 sons George, Thomas and John
8 children of my late daughter Ann Ruff
3 daughters Sarah White, Maria Lansell and Susanna Louisa Gatland
Thomas Gatland of Sittingbourne, butcher, trustee and executor
Richard White of Sittingbourne, brazier, trustee and executor
Witnesses Jno. Hinde - Denwood Harrison - Ann Harrison - George Wood.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 440, Probate 23 Sep 1840
John Henry Garey Harms of Sittingbourne, confectioner, will dated 5 Dec 1838
Sons John and Henry, executors
Wife Mary, executrix
Sons Charles, Frederick and George
Widow of my late son Garey
Daughter Mary wife of Henry Milway
Daughters Sarah and Ann Harms
Witnesses Robt Hinde jun'r - John Smith, Sittingbourne - John Dean, Sittingbourne.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 435, Probate 8 Sep 1840
Ann Anderson of Whitstable, widow, will dated 7 Aug 1840
Daughter Mary wife of William Griffiths Lawson
Daughter Frances wife of William Merritt
Daughter Charlotte wife of John Allen
William Griffiths Lawson of Seasalter, executor
Witnesses James Edwd Mitchell Williams, surgeon of Whitstable - Ann Lewis.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 430, Probate 26 Aug 1840
John Price of Ramsgate, yeoman, will dated 28 Jul 1838
Grandson John Price
Granddaughter Sarah Vannier
Friend Thomas Bayly of Ramsgate, grocer, trustee and executor
Friend George Hurst of Ramsgate, brazier, trustee and executor
Daughter Fanny Fox, widow
Daughter Mary wife of George Doughty
Daughter Harriet Laws, widow
Witnesses Martin L Daniel, Ramsgate solicitor - Edwd Miles his clerk - Jno. Lewis, Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 426, Probate 19 Aug 1840
Zebulon Stanley of Marden, farmer, will dated 14 Nov 1839
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Eldest son David
Daughter Caroline wife of James Gilbert of Marden, labourer
Children Charles, John, Elizabeth, Henry and Maria Stanley
Witnesses Robt Tucker, farmer Marden - Robert Perrey, surgeon at Marden.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 426, Probate 18 Aug 1840
Sarah Nethersole of Buckland near Dover, widow, will dated 9 Jul 1839
Daughter Sarah Nethersole of Dover, spinster, executrix
Witnesses Jno. Baker of Dover, parish clerk - Henry Baker, clerk, Savings Bank.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 421, Probate 24 Jul 1840
Frances West of Faversham, widow, will dated 2 Jul 1840
Brother Edward Crispe/Cuspe? of Maidstone, gentleman, executor
Sister Sarah Crispe of Bapchild, spinter, executor
Nieces Sarah Ann Elvey and Mary Elvey
Nephew Thomas Elvey
Witnesses Mary Hills of Faversham, widow - Willm Jefferys of Faversham, att'y at Law.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 393, Probate 26 May 1840
Richard Goodwin of Seasalter, carrier, will dated 29 Apr 1840
Truth Goodwin Culver and Ann Goodwin Culver daughters of Mary Culver of Seasalter
Friends Thomas Reeves and James Reeves, executors and guardians
Witnesses William Bronger - Mary Culver.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 391, Probate 19 May 1840
Thomas Fuller of Minster, will dated 4 Jul 1837
8 children Thomas Peirce Fuller, Mary Dye, John Fuller, William Fuller, Stephen Fuller, Sarah Fuller,
Lewis Fuller and Henry Castle Fuller
Witnesses William Hutchinson - Elizabeth Hutchinson - Mary Cramp.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 389, Probate 28 Apr 1840
Edward Honeysett of Smarden, farmer, will dated 24 May 1837
Thomas Sharp Hope son of my wife
Nephews Edward and Thomas Honeysett, sons of my brother James late of Warbelton, Sussex
Nephew Thomas Honeysett, son of my brother David late of Staplehurst
Lydia Witherden of Biddenden, widow, daughter of my wife
Nephews James Mitchell and Henry Mitchell of Dollington, Sussex, sons of my late sister Elizabeth
Nephew William Honeysett of Headcorn, son of my late brother John
Nephew William Pettit of Maidstone, son of my late sister Sarah
William Honeysett of Charing and Mary Murton of Egerton, children of my late brother William
Friends Benjamin Elgar, farmer and John Wood the elder, farmer, both of Smarden, executors
Witnesses Samuel Law - Harriott Law - Samson Button.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 380, Probate 14 Mar 1840
Mary Knott of Ashford, spinster, will dated 13 Mar 1837
Elizabeth Knott, spinster, daughter of my nephew John Cullen Knott of Ashford, schoolmaster
Nephew John Cullen Knott, executor
Witnesses Rob. Furley, solicitor Ashford - George Furley his clerk.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 379, Probate 11 Mar 1840
Charles Newbolt of St Peter the Apostle, Thanet, gentleman, will dated 27 Nov 1838
Daughter Sarah Newbolt, executrix
Witnesses John Price - J B Judge solicitor Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 367, Probate 29 Jan 1840
Jane Tucker of Hothfield, spinster, will dated 19 Aug 1838
Sister Grace wife of John Standen, executrix
Sisters Mary Sweetlove and Ann Tucker
Niece Charlotte Standen, executrix
Niece Mary (Standen?)
Nephew John Standen
Niece Charlotte Sweetlove
Witnesses Sarah Pearson - Barbara Pearson.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 349, Probate 4 Oct 1839
Margaret Elizabeth Gold of Ramsgate, widow, will dated 13 Sep 1839
Son in law Charles Stuart Benton of Ashford, carrier, executor
Witnesses John Cobb, Ashford - Hum'y Wightwick of Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 347, Probate 9 Sep 1839
Thomas Brice of Ramsgate, malster, will dated 2 Jul 1839
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Witnesses John Godden, blacksmith - Thos Ant'y Ladd clerk to Mr Judge solicitor of Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 203, Probate 26 Apr 1838
William Green of City of Canterbury, gun maker, will dated 29 Jan 1833
Daughter Mary wife of John Thomsett
Sons William and Richard, executors
Capon Weekes of City of Canterbury, gentleman, executor
Son in law John Thomsett
Witnesses William Bushell - Ann Dean - John Dean.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 220, Probate 4 Jun 1838
Elizabeth Clark of Folkestone, widow of James, will dated 21 Jul 1826
Daughter Elizabeth Clark
Grandchildren Elizabeth Spearpoint and Thomas Spearpoint, children of Thomas and Ann
Thomas Spearpoint of Folkestone, gentleman, executor
William Major of Folkestone, gentleman, executor
Witnesses Thos Dangerfield - J Boxer - Cs Dangerfield.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 240, Probate 24 Jul 1838
John Vinten of Ramsgate, gardener, will dated 5 Feb 1838
Daughter Mary wife of Benjamin Sackett of Ramsgate, gardener, executrix
Witnesses John Dunk - William Goodwin Mockett - William Cull jun'r.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 240, Probate 24 Jul 1838
Jeremiah Sackett of Northwood, St Laurence Thanet, yeoman, will dated 12 Mar 1838
'being in advanced age and weak in body'
3 messuages purchased of the Darby family, on Sacketts Hill, Ramsgate
Son Benjamin, executor
Occupiers John Spong?, Daniel Bushell, ___ Brett, Stephen Solly
Jeremiah and Hannah Eliza Sackett, children of my son Benjamin
Son Edward Newing Sackett
Edward Jeremiah Sackett and Maria Sackett children of my son Edward
Occupiers Widow Hoodly?, Thomas Young, Mrs Hobbs
Solicitor Mr Boys of Margate
Grandson Benjamin Sackett otherwise Benjamin Sackett Cox of Northwood, miller, natural son of my son Benjamin
Niece Ann Robson Darby, my housekeeper
My aged brother Edward
Kinsman Vincent Andrew Sackett of Northwood, yeoman, executor
Witnesses John Boys - Martha Boys - Thomas Packer.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 253, Probate 30 Aug 1838
Ebenezer Bayly of Ramsgate, baker, will dated 4 Apr 1838
Brother Stephen Bayly of Ramsgate, grocer, executor
William Woodland of Ramsgate, surveyor, executor
Witnesses Martin L Daniel of Ramsgate, solicitor - Edwd Miles his clerk.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 266, Probate 16 Oct 1838
Mary Smith of Ramsgate, spinster, will dated 3 Sep 1838
Gilbert Caught sen'r of Ramsgate, executor
George Bayly (I think) of Jamaica Row, Bermondsey, executor
William Gray, Lieutenant R.N.
Sister Martha wife of Isaac White of St Peters
Occupier Joseph Page, shoemaker in Meeting Street, and the late William Baker
Occupier William Mathews
Mary Smith Hurst, second daughter of Ebenezer and Lydia Ann Hurst
Hannah Peake of Cowes
Thomas, Joseph, John, Elizabeth and Robert, 5 children of Thomas White of Cowes
William son of William and the late Margaret Sarah Miller
William Forwood, shoemaker
John Forwood of Broadstairs and his 2 sisters Mary and Elizabeth
Sarah Forwood, widow of St Lawrence and her daughter Elizabeth Bradford
Martha wife of William Butler
Mary Pierse, widow of Margate
Servant Sarah Miller
Witnesses David Price - Percival? Price
Codicil dated 3 Sep 1838
Mary Ann wife of Barmham Austin
Witnesses Ann Brett - Martha White Pearce.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 268, Probate 31 Oct 1838
George Philpott of Ashford, innkeeper, will dated 24 Oct 1837
Wife Elizabeth, executrix
Brother Nicholas of Faversham, executor
Witnesses Charles Cordeaux MD - George Fred'c Wilks - Jas Lester sol'r Ashford.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 274, Probate 21 Nov 1838
Ann Maria Carpenter of Bapchild, widow, will dated 9 Sep 1834
Ann Maria Lake, daughter of my nephew William Lake
Nephews George Lake and William Lake, trustees and executors
Sisters Elizabeth Griggs and Sarah Mantel
Nephews and nieces William Mantel, Elizabeth Mantel, Elizabeth Wellsted, Young Lake, Thomas Lake and Launcelot Lake
Witness Alfred Goddard articled clerk, Radfield
Appeared personally Edward John Laker of Teynham, coachmaker ... well acquainted with Ann Maria Carpenter
formerly of Bapchild but late of Sittingbourne ...
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 275, Probate 13 Nov 1838 Ad + W
Sally Maxted of Walmer, spinster, will dated 22 Feb 1838
Sister Ann Dobbin of Walmer, widow
Witnesses William Watt, surgeon Deal - Mary Dobbin - Mary King.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 276, Probate 4 Dec 1838
John Baker of Broadstairs, will dated 26 Dec 1837
Wife Frances, executrix
Property in Charlotte Street in own occupation
Occupier Henry Smith, fruiterer in Charlotte Street
Witnesses John Philpot - Henry Newby - Mary Hall.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 278, Probate 10 Dec 1838
James Jarratt of Margate, victualler, will dated 6 Jun 1834
Wife Ann, executrix
Liverpool Arms in Charlotte Square
Witnesses Thomas Saunders - John How - Geo. Anderson.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 281, Probate 15 Dec 1838
Frances Beaumont of Rainham, singlewoman, will dated 26 Apr 1838
Sister Jane Beaumont
Mary Hinge of Newington, daughter of my late brother John Beaumont
Maria wife of John Wells of Bromton
John Beaumont of Newington and Edward Beaumont of Rainham, sons of my late brother John, executors
Sister Catharine Mc Can
John Wells, husband of Maria and son of my late sister Sarah Wells
William Beaumont son of my sister Jane
William Hinge son of the above Mary Hinge
William Beaumont of Milton son of the late William Beaumont, son of my late brother John
Witnesses James Taylor - Edward Barham.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 285, Probate 26 Dec 1838
Nanny Hadler of Ramsgate, spinster, will dated 7 Feb 1838
Sister Mary wife of John Hope
Brother Thomas Hadler, trustee and executor
Nephew John Hope son of Mary, trustee and executor
Niece Mary Ann wife of Charles Barling
Nephew George Hope
Niece Harriot Hope
Richard and Thomas Hope, sons of my late nephew Richard Hope deceased
Witnesses Martin L Daniel, Ramsgate solicitor - H J E Parker his clerk.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 300, Probate 2 Mar 1839
Winefred Bromley of Cranbrook, widow of Stephen, will dated 23 Jun 1836
Two youngest daughters Mary Ann and Elizabeth
Friend James Perrin of East Peckham, executor
Witnesses Thos Austen - Thos Blackman - James Perrin.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 302, Probate 7 Mar 1839
Sophia Strivens of Ramsgate, widow, will dated 4 Nov 1837
Daughters Harriet Strivens and Sophia Strivens, executrices
Witnesses Willm Hurst - Elizabeth Small, spinster - Mary Hooper, spinster.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 302, Probate 13 Mar 1839
John Kennett of Ramsgate, butcher, will dated 9 Feb 1839
Wife Marianne, executrix
Sons John (executor) and Robert (<21)
Daughter Marianne Kennett
Son in law Richard Page of Ramsgate, grocer, executor
Witnesses Jno Mercer jun'r solicitor ramsgate - Geo. Griggs his clerk
Codicil dated 11 Feb 1839
Witnesses Jno Mercer jun'r - R W Page, wine merchant, Ramsgate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 306, Probate 22 Mar 1839
Rachel Perkins of Whitstable, widow, will dated 19 Aug 1834
Occupier Mr Austin, grocer at Whitstable street
Son Thomas, executor
John Foreman of Whitstable, fisherman, executor
Witnesses Thomas Reeves - John Humphrey - Sarar Hoult.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 307, Probate 26 Mar 1839
James Brooman of Margate, gentleman, will dated 30 Nov 1836
Wife Susanna Smart Brooman, executor
3 children Sarah Slodden, widow, Susanna Brooman and James Brooman, Lieutenant in RN (executor)
Witnesses George Yeates Hunter - George Scratton - Sarah Bate.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 310, Probate 12 Apr 1839
Elizabeth Ladd of Wye, widow, will dated 28 Dec 1838
To be buried at Wye with husband
Friend John Hall of Wye, tallow chandler, executor
Son Richard (unreclaimed)
Sister Mary wife of Frank Allard of Wye, labourer
Witnesses John Allen, draper Wye - Robert Coleman Hall, Wye grocer.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 312, Probate 18 Apr 1839
Stephen Philpot of Sturry, miller, will dated 31 Jul 1838
Son Stephen, executor
Friend William Simmans Thornton, executor
Daughter Eliza Philpot
Witnesses Henry Kingsford, solicitor canterbury - John Hancock, Sturry, miller.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 312, Probate 20 Apr 1839
John Smith Bailey of Margate, victualler, will dated 25 Mar 1839
Friend Edmund Thompson of Walmer, brewer, executor
Witnesses William Adams, plumber Margate - James Gravener, solicitor Deal.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 313, Probate 23 Apr 1839
George Willson of Bearsted, victualler (Royal Oak), will dated 5 Nov 1838
Property in Maidstone of my late brother John deceased
William Beale of Maidstone, gentleman, trustee
Daughter Ann Willson, executrix
Sons George, Stephen and William
Daughter Jane wife of Robert Paxton
Daughter Mary wife of Stephen Hollum
Witnesses Chas Hoar, Maidstone - William Kettle, Bearsted.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 317, Probate 24 Apr 1839
Thomas Philpott of Sittingbourne, bricklayer, will dated 22 Jul 1831
Friend John Dean of Sittingbourne, draper, trustee and executor
Children Thomas and Harriet Philpott
Witnesses Rich'd Bathurst, Sittingbourne - Rich'd Bathurst jun'r.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 330, Probate 2 Jul 1839
James Willard of Milk House Street, Cranbrook, clog & patten maker, will dated 15 Nov 1838
Mr William Foreman, grocer of Milk House Street, executor
Witnesses William Heath - James Shoebridge.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 332, Probate 13 Jul 1839
Sarah Bax of St Lawrence, Thanet, widow, will dated 14 Apr 1838
Thomas Stokes of St Lawrence, yeoman, executor
Witnesses J B Judge, solicitor Ramsgate - Thos Anth'y Ladd his clerk.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 110 folio 333, Probate 13 Jul 1839
Benjamin Bottle of Harrietsham, miller, will dated 16 dec 1838
Niece Mary Bates now residing with me
Grandsons John Hudson and William Hudson (executor)
Granddaughter Mary Pye late Hudson
John Smith now residing with me
Friend William Peckham of Harrietsham, schoolmaster, executor
Occupier William Matthews at Mill
Occupier Robert Matthews at Lenham
Late Occupier William Head, now Thomas Cruttenden at Lenham
Nephew William Bottle of Lenham, saddler
Niece Clarissa Prebble daughter of my eldest brother Robert deceased
Witnesses D J Sweetlove, attorney at law Maidstone - Jno Crump, Harrietsham farmer -
Edw'd Mercer, Harrietsham grocer.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 16th July 1810
Elizabeth Twort, widow of Horsmonden, will dated 14th Feb 1810
Sole Executor: my son William Twort
My daughter Elizabeth Baker, wife of Henry Baker of Horsmonden
My grandson William Twort Baker, son of my said daughter Elizabeth Baker
Witnesses: Mary Hubble __ R.White, attorney at Goudhurst.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 31st Jan 1722
Thomas Twort the Elder of Lewes Hoath, yeoman of Horsmonden, will dated 15th Jan 1716
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Bishop, now the widow of John Bishop late of Aylesford in the said
county tanner deceased, the sum of Five Shillings
I give and devise unto William Twort my son … all that one Barn one Stable and one Stall together with the Mill
House Mill Tann Yard ?ates and appurtenants … and also all those three pieces or parcells of land therewith
commonly used called the Tann Yard Mead and the two little hilly Sielos(?) situate … in Horsemonden aforesaid
and now in the occupation of the said William Twort
I give and bequeath unto Harry Twort my son the sum of two hundred pounds
I do hereby make and declare Thomas Twort my eldest son sole and only executor ... I devise give and bequeath unto
my said executor Thomas Twort all and singular other my messuages tenements lands and other my ready money
plate cattle and chattels whatsoever and all the rest residue and remainder of my estate … immediately after my
Witnesses: Tho. Stephens, Henry Stephens, Tho. Stephens Junior.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 25 Nov 1697
Richard Maynard, yeoman of Brenchley, will dated 13th April 1697
Unto Ann Maynard my loving wife, half my linnen in the house & 3 beds & bedsteds, also all
the silver plate that she brought with her
Unto Mary Maynard my daughter, the bed & bedsted , where she ... to lye
Unto William Maynard my son, all that my messuage ... wherin I now dwell and Orchards &
Backsides & several pieces of land ... called ... Stubfields Furtherland Churchfield Long
Marlings Little field Orchard field Close Meadway Croft ... & one piece of land for 3 yrs
after my decease called the Hope garden or Mokketts and after the said 3 yrs shall be expired
... unto Richard Maynard my eldest son
Unto william my sonne ... 6 pieces of land called great fields lying on the other side of the
way over against my house where I now dwell upon condition he sjhall pay unto Steven
Maynard my son ... the summe of 20 shillings a year
Also I give to John Maynard Elizabeth Maynard Anne Maynard and Sarah Maynard my
children, the life summe of 20 shillings a year a piece
Unto Mary Maynard my other daughter the summe of 40 shillings a year
Unto my son William Maynard several pices of land called Gileshill land
Unto the poor of the parish of Brenchley 40 shillings to be distributed amongst them 1 yr after
Unto Steven Maynard my son all those boards and loams and them O?en boards at Mayfield
which I bought for him
Executor: William Maynard my son
Witnesses: John Pattenden _ Thomas Pattenden _ and George Martin.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26th January 1657
Elizabeth Pearson, widow of Walter Pearson of Brenchley, will dated 19th December 1657
My daughter Joane, wife of John Copper
Elizabeth the widow of my [late] son Robert Pearson [deceased]
Unto the 2 children of my [deceased] son Robert Pearson
Unto 3 children of my son Walter Pearson, Elizabeth, Walter & Sarah
Unto Sarah & Elizabeth the daughters of my [said] son Walter (when 16)
Unto Walter & John the sons of my [said] son Walter
Executor my kinsman John Bowles of Bocken?oul?
Witnesses: William Pearson; John Pearson; Joane Copper’s marke.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26th January 1657
Walter Pearson, husbandman of Brenchley, will dated 13th December 1657
My sister Joane, wife of John Copper
My daughters Elizabeth & Sarah (when 18)
My sons Walter & John (when 21)
Executor my kinsman John Bowles, yeoman of Bocken?oul?
Overseer Thomas Capsell, broad weaver of Brenchley
Witnesses: William Pearson, carpenter; John Pearson, hempe dyesster?; William Pearson,
taylor; the marke of Jone Cayman(e).
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 19th March 1806
Richard Packham of Plaxtol, will dated
I give to Elizabeth Baldwin of Plaxtol all my real estates lying the several parishes of
Wrotham, Shipbourne, Trotterscliffe and Knockholt
Messuage known by the name Hawks plain, now in the occupation of Saml Burr, to Elizabeth
Stedsuian?, the wife of James Stedsuian? of West Malling, for the term of her natural life &
afterwards to her son Richard & if he should die before his mother then to his brother James
To Thomas Taylor, son of Thomas & Ann Taylor my moiety of lands in the parish of
Knockholt, after the death of the said Elizabeth Baldwin
Also after the death of the said Elizabeth Baldwin, 4 acres of land in Trotterscliff, now in the
occupation of John Parks, unto William Packham of Trotterscliff for his life & then to his
eldest son (& if his said eldest son should die without hiers, then to his other sons)
Elizabeth Taylor the daughter of Thomas & Ann Taylor … land in Plaxtol called Collylands
& lands late in the occupation of Richard Smith, together 16 acres with house
Ann Taylor 30 pounds when she is 21
Thomas Smith of Trosley
William Smith of Assington
Elizabeth Oakes wife of John Oakes of Trosley
Margaret wife of Henry Letly? of Chatham
Codicil June 5th 1804
Appeared personally December 26th 1805 Thomas Taylor, farmer of Plaxtol, & Henry Saker,
blacksmith of Plaxtol to confirm they knew the deceased Richard Packham …
Sole executrix Elizabeth Baldwin
Signed Richd Packham in the presence of William Drummond, Frances Drummond, Henry ?Saker.
Source: Brian Fisher, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 11 Mar 1839
William Chapman Morgan of Faversham, Gentleman, will dated 17 Mar 1838
Henry Wreight of Faversham, gentleman, executor
Giles Hilton of Lords?, Sheldwich, gentleman, executor
Frederick Francis Giraud of Faversham, surgeon, executor
my messuage or tenement with the coach-house and stable and buildings garden orchard grounds
land and appurtenances thereto belonging situate lying being in Preston Street in the town of
Faversham aforesaid late in the occupation of my departed father and now in my own occupation
my messuage and tenement and farm called Cambridge with the buildings lands and appurtenances
thereto belonging containing in the whole by estimation forty acres more or less lying and being
in the parish of Linstead and being in the occupation of Isiah Anders
for use of my dear mother Elizabeth Morgan of Faversham aforesaid widow for life
my brother Giles Chapman Morgan (and children by his late wife Charlotte)
Friend Charles James Hilton and his wife Anna Maria
Edwin Charles Hilton and Herbert Hilton, sons of Charles James Hilton.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 9 Nov 1781
Elizabeth Petman (widow of John Petman) of the City of Canterbury , will dated 31 October 1781
gives her marshlands in the parish of Ash next Sandwich to "Edward Taddy son of my
late kinsman James Taddy deceased who was one of the sons of my late uncle
James Taddy also deceased."
She leaves money bequests to " my kinsman Roger Taddy who was another of the
sons of my said uncle James Taddy: and to "Christopher Taddy the son of my
kinsman John Taddy deceased."
She leaves a "messuage in Canterbury to her "kinsman Emerson Mussared son of
my uncle Edward Mussared."
And a "messuage and lands in the parish of St. Peter, Isle of Thanet to Elizabeth Underdown
daughter of my said late kinsman James Taddy."
Money bequests to "Sarah Taddy widow of my late kinsman James Taddy": to
"Sarah Frend wife of the Rev. Mr. Frend":to "my kinswoman Jane Abbot wife of
Rev. Mr. Abbot": and to "my goddaughter Mary Frend": and to "William Cooper
of Ramsgate son of my kinswoman Elizabeth Cooper deceased": and to "my
kinswoman Elizabeth Peacock wife of Mr. Peacock and dau. of my kinswoman
Sarah Moverley": and to "Ann Bush ye wife of William Bush now living at or
near Pool in Dorsetshire and who is the great-granddaughter of my aunt
Stevens late of Ramsgate aforesaid deceased": and to "Jeremiah Moverley and
William Moverley ye two children of ye said Ann Bush by her first husband":
and to "John Hudson the son of Thomas Hudson of Canterbury, carpenter": to
her "servant Susanna Read": to her "servant Ann Vandonie(?)": and to
"Emerson Mussared her sole executor".
Her body is to be buried "in the church of St. John Isle of Thanet" (This is
now referred to as Margate parish church -DSO).
Source: Richard Weller, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 59 folio 41, Probate 23 Sep 1606
Alexander WELLER, broad-weaver of Cranbrook, will dated 16 July 1606
To my brother-in-law John BLIST my worst loom and three stays. To the said John BLIST a
bed that my apprentices lie upon, with the things thereunto belonging.
To my brother Stephen WELLER my other loom with stays.
To my sister Jane WELLER 40s within three months after my decease.
To my wife Mary, £5.
Executors: my wife Mary and my brother Thomas WELLER, and to them the residue of my
goods, equally divided.
Whereas my brother John WELLER owes me and my brother Stephen WELLER £3 15s 0d I
will that my part of the debt, which is 45s, shall never be demanded of him by my executors,
for I do wholly remit it.
Witnesses: Richard WILDINGE, Simon VALE, George MARTYN the writer.
Source: Richard Weller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury 158 Fairfax, Probate 3 Nov 1649
Richard WELLER of Cranbrook, clothier, will dated 3 March 1647
being weak in body but of good memory …
Peter MASTER of Cranbrook Manor 20/-
To widow HOWALL of Cranbrook 20/-
To Goodman WRIGHT broadweaver that married Joan BURGE 20/-
To Tho WELLER clothier in Doggowe [?] house so-called 20/-
Widow EAGOMAN of Cranbrook 10/-
The wife of John DOWNHAM 4/-
Widow GOODMAN … Widow LANSDALE of Cranbrook … John HAWKINS of Cranbrook … etc.
To John WELLER my brother son whom I make sole executor. The messuage or tenement I
lately bought of Thomas WELLER my kinsman butcher situate by Davids Bridge in
The son to the said John WELLER and his heirs for ever in fee simple.
Admon + Will to Bridget Weller, relict of nephew John
Source: Richard Weller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Fairfax 158, Probate 1852
John WELLER of Cranbrook linnen weaver, will dated 9 Apr 1649
being very sick and weak and not like to live but finding himself somehow weaker than other
thought good in himself to aquaint his wife with the debt which he owed when that he hath thus
spoken paid to his wife and Joan ??MMANDON that attended him, that he would give to his brother
Thomas HOWWALL 5/- & to his kinsman John and to his son Thomas WELLOR next he gave to his wife
his house and all his ?? whatsoever, provided that if she were with child and if she kept herself
a widow then so long the house should be hers, but if she marry then the house be willed to his
Probate to Bridget Weller.
Source: Richard Weller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury 239 Bowyer, Probate 30 Sep 1652
Thomas WELLER of Cranbrook in the county of Kent, yeoman, will dated 13 Jul 1652
being of sound and powerful memory do make … my last will and testament ...
The poor people of Cranbrook 40/-
I lately purchased of Sir Walter Robert … COURTHOPP Esq and others or from some or one
of them the Manor of Choyne als Choyne Court als the Manor of Old Choyne, and diverse
lands and tenements … in Modley [?Midley] Indichune [?Ivychurch] and Brookeland in the said Co. of
Unto John RABSON and Richard RABSON of Cranbrook aforesaid.
& unto Thomas WELLER of Tunbridge, Richard WELLER of Salthouse and John BAGODON
of Cranbrook in trust for me the said Thomas WELLER …
My cozen Stephen OSBORNE son of Alexander OSBORNE …
My cozen Jane [or Jone] SPRINGOTT the wife of [blank] SPRINGOTT daughter of the said
My cozine William OSBORNE … my cozen Alexander OSBORNE the younger son of the said
Alexander OSBORNE … my cousin Thomas OSBORNE …
My cousin Richard WELLER of Salthouse and my cousin John BAGODON of Cranbrook …
Thomas POYLE sometime my servant …
my lands which I purchased of Alexander WELLER in Woodhouses and Konarton [?Kennardington] …
my cozen Thomas THURSTONE … my messuages and tenements and ye appurtenances
situate in Fonesham [?Faversham] in the said County of Kent in the Churchland there …
cozen Stephen OSBORNE … John BAGODON and Richard WELLER … cozen Thomas
THURSTONE until the said Thomas attains to the age of 21.
John BAGODON of Cranbrook and Richard WELLER of Salthouse …
My cosin Thomas KLIFT [?] of Maidstone…
My loving wife Agnes… , executrix
My cozen Isaark WALTER and his wife …
my cozen John WELLER and his wife …
Stephen WELLER and Thomas WELLER, Katterin WELLER and Sarah WELLER (sons and
daughters of the aforesaid John WELLER) …
my cozin Thomas BOTTINGE and his wife ...
my cozin Stephen WELLER Taylor and to his wife …
William OSBORNE, son of the aforesaid Alexander OSBORNE …
John ROBOTHAM ..
Thomas WELLER his mark.
Source: Richard Weller, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury vol.59 folio 42, Probate 15 Jul 1607
Elizabeth Weller of Cranbrook nee Dence, will dated 28 February 1606/07
To be buried in the parish church of Cranbrook.
Executor: my son Alexander Cowchman.
Overseer: my brother William Weller, he to receive 10 shillings for his pains.
To my three daughters: Agnes Baseden, Elizabeth Couchman, and Catherine Dentwood, all
the chests in the house where my son Richard Weller now dwells, with the money and goods
within them. Also to my three daughters, all that is of mine in the house of my son Alexander
Cowchman. To my said three daughters, £100 which my son Richard Weller owes me, and
also £10 which my son Stephen Weller owes me. To my three daughters and my son Richard,
all my pewter, equally divided among them.
To my son Richard Weller, all the wood-work household stuff that I have in his house, except the
chests given away above. Also to him a featherbed and its bedding, my carpet, my brand-irons in
his parlor, and two woollen coverlets.
To my brother William Weller, a cloak.
To my son Dence Weller,10 shillings.
To my son Stephen Weller, 10 shillings.
To my son John Weller, 10 shillings.
To my son Alexander Weller, 10 shillings.
All the goods bequeathed to my daughter Catherine Denwood shall be sold and the cash given
to her children after the decease of my daughter Catherine and her husband Francis Denwood.
And similarly for the bequests to my daughter Elizabeth Cowchman and her husband
Alexander COUCHMAN, and to my daughter Agnes Baseden and her husband Thomas Baseden.
Witnesses: John Weller and Stephen Weller.
Source: Richard Weller, Consistory Court of Canterbury, Vol. 42 folio 113, Probate 2 April 1612
Alexander Weller of Cranbrook, clothier, will dated 19 Jan? 1611/12
To my son Alexander Weller, my messuage wherein I now dwell, with orchards and gardens,
and three pieces of land which I lately bought of my brother Stephen Weller.
Also to my son Alexander, my messuage wherein Allen WILDISH now dwells.
Also to him, two pieces of land in the tenure of SPRINGAT of Hawkhurst.
Also to him, my messuage and land in the tenure of Alexander ELLIBANCKE of Cranbrook
To my son Richard Weller, my messuage and land in the tenure of Thomas COUCHMAN and
John ASHDOWNE, with two gardens and two pieces of land.
Also to Richard, four pieces of land which Alexander Weller my father bought of Richard PORTRYFE.
Whereas my wife has a jointure of £16 per year coming out of the lands bequeathed to my son
Richard, if she will release the jointure, then she can have £10 per year from the land of my son
Richard and £10 per year from my son Alexander.
My wife Eleanor shall have her dwelling in the house wherein John ASHDOWNE now dwells,
during her widowhood.
The tables and other furniture shall remain in the house until my son Alexander is of age, and his
mother shall have the use of them in the meantime.
To my wife Eleanor, £20.
To my daughter Eleanor, £200, when married or at 21.
To my sons Alexander and Richard, £80 each.
If all three of my children should die without heirs before receiving their legacies, then my wife
Eleanor shall have the messuage and all my goods for life. After her decease, everything shall
remain to my brother Stephen Weller and his heirs, he paying my brother John Weller £200
and the heirs of my brother Richard £200.
To each of my sisters and sisters-in-law, a gold ring of 10s.
Executor: my brother Stephen Weller, and to him, the residue of my goods.
Overseers: my brother John Weller and my cousin Peter COURTHOPP of Godderd’s Green.
Source: Richard Weller, Consistory Court of Canterbury, Vol.51 folio 199, Probate 9 April 1635
Stephen Weller of Cranbrook, will dated 3 June 1634
To each of my three sons-in-law: Mr. William Plummer, Thomas Pooke, Robert Taylor, a ring
of value 20 shillings.
To my three daughters, wives of my said sons-in-law, to each a silver cup worth 30 shillings.
To my son Richard, 20 shillings, besides the money I have already given him from time to time,
to buy a ring.
To my son John, 20 shillings for a ring, besides the gifts I have already made him.
To my youngest son Henry £80 when 21.
My eldest son is bound to pay my son Henry £80 when Henry reaches 21, the which £80 I lent to
Stephen for his furtherance in making broadcloth.
Although by deed I have already settled my principal messuage and land thereto on my son
Stephen, yet I give him 20 shillings for a ring and to his wife 10s for a ring.
To my wife Joan, all my plate, pewter, linen, household stuff, except such silver spoons and
cups as have already been given to my children.
Executor: my wife Joan.
Overseers: my sons-in-law Mr William Plummer, Thomas Pooke, Robert Taylor, and my sons
Stephen Weller and Richard Weller.
Witnesses: Stephen Weller Junior, Thomas Pooke, Richard Weller.
Will: To my wife Joan, my little house called Little Beech with closes, court and garden, and the
little foot-way field, and another foot-way field, containing about 7 acres, in occupation of Thomas
BEECHEING, in full of her jointure and dower, for the better bringing up of my children.
My wife shall have the freedom to bequeath or give the above property to my sons in any
proportion she sees fit, i.e., to my sons Richard, John, Alexander, Dence, Thomas, William,
To my wife, a field of 5 acres called Floatfield, she to keep or sell the same.
To my son Thomas, £10, 3 months after my wife’s decease, if he is 21.
To my sons Alexander, Dence and William, and to my daughters Jane and Elizabeth when
21, the residue of the money of Floatfield.
Witnesses: Stephen Weller, Thomas Pooke, Richard Weller.
In probate the Will was contested.
Party of the first part: Joan Weller, relict of the testator.
Party of the second part: The natural and legitimate children of the testator, as follows:
Richard, John, Alexander, Dence, Thomas, William, and Henry Weller. Eleanor Weller alias
Plummer, Mary Weller alias Pooke, Joan Weller alias Taylor, and Jane and Elizabeth
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/1119, Probate 8 July 1784
Robert Pett of Sevenoaks, turner, will dated 31 January 1778
...my four sons Thomas Geoffery George and Charles
Monies are to go to ".. my brother in law Thomas Taylor of Orpington in the
county of Kent shopkeeper" and to "...my son in law John Baker of St Mary
Cray wheelwright" and they are to act as " and executors and trustees to pay
and divide equally to and among my eight children...".
He mentions his "five oldest children... Mary the wife of John Webb
Elizabeth the wife of John Baker Thomas Pett Margaret Pett and Geoffrey
Pett" and " his three youngest children Martha Pett George Pett and Charles Pett".
Robert Pett signed.
Witnesses: George Clarke and Geoffrey Mills.
Source: Richard Weller, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.58 folio 167, Probate 23 April 1612
Richard Weller of Cranbrook, yeoman, will dated 18 October __
To my dear and loving wife Susan, the use and profits of £225 in the hands of my brother
Dence Weller, for life. From this, she shall receive £20 per year annuity. After her decease, I
will that the £225 be equally divided among my children, as they reach 21. Until that age, the
profits from the £225 shall be used towards their education.
The lease of my house wherein I now dwell shall be sold and the money divided equally
among my children, when 21, or in the case of my daughters, when 21 or married.
To my wife Susan, half my household goods.
The rest of my goods, towards the education of my children: William, Richard, John,
Thomas, and Susan.
Executor: my brother Stephen Weller.
Overseers: my brother Dence Weller, Alexander Weller.
Witnesses: William Eddye, Dence Weller, Alexander Weller.
Source: Richard Weller, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.49 folio 298, Probate 30 Sep 1630
Alexander Weller the Younger of Cranbrook, clothier, will dated 3 September 1630
To the poor of Cranbrook, 40s.
To Mr Abbott, minister of Cranbrook, 20s, to preach my funeral sermon.
To my sister Ellen Weller, £200.
To Jeremy, John, and William Gylles, my mother’s sons, £20 each when 21.
To Mary and Joan Giles, my mother’s daughters, £20 each when 18.
These five brothers and sisters are one another’s heirs
To my loving mother Eleanor Basden, £5.
To Joan Allchine of Wadhurst, daughter of James Allchine of Reatherfield [Rotherfield ?],
My executor shall pay my mother’s three sons and two daughters that she had by John Giles,
20s per year each, towards their maintenance until they come to their several appointed ages.
Executor: my loving brother Richard Weller, and to him, the residue of my goods, and my
house and lands in Cranbrook.
Witnesses: Thomas Weller, Elizeus Martin.
Source: Richard Weller, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol.45 folio 65, Probate 16 Sep 1619
Dence Weller of Cranbrook, clothier, will dated 27 May 1619
Exors: my wife Joan, and to her the residue of my goods.
My wife Joan shall have the profits of the messuage and lands for the education and bringing
up of my son Alexander.
After the decease of my wife, my son-in-law Thomas Hovenden and his wife shall have the
keeping of my son Alexander, they to use the profits from my messuage and lands for the
purpose, during the life of my son if he does not marry. If he does marry, with the consent of
the majority of his uncles Weller and Hovenden, then he shall have the profits from my
messuage and lands himself.
If my son Alexander should marry without the consent of his uncles, then the property shall
remain to my daughter Elizabeth Hovenden the wife of Thomas Hovenden, after the
decease of my son Alexander.
Witnesses: John Weller, George Martin the writer.
Source: Richard Weller, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.70 folio 398, Probate 10 Jan 1637/8
Joan Weller of Cranbrook, widow, will dated 10 November 1637
To my grandchild Dence Weller, my great bedstead and my truckle bedstead with their
mats and cords, my featherbed and feather bolster with my flockbed now lying upon my said
bedstead, my two best down pillows, and other bedding including curtains and curtain rods.
Also to my grandchild Dence, three joined forms, my three high joined stools, my great chair
with turned staves, and my pair of brand-irons, all these being in the parlor. Also to him, a
diaper table cloth, a dozen diaper napkins, a diaper towel, a pair of sheets, etc., one of my
silver spoons [and much more furniture itemised].
To my grandchild Alexander Weller, a pair of sheets, a pair of pillow coats, a dozen
napkins, a diaper table cloth, a silver spoon.
My grandchildren Dence Weller and Alexander Weller shall be one another’s heirs, if either
should die before receiving his legacy.
To my grandchild Anne Weller, a dozen napkins, a table cloth, a towel, a pair of sheets, a
pair of pillow coats, a flockbed and bedding, a silver spoon, my chest standing at the top of
the stairs, a pewter candlestick and other items.
To my grandchild Elizabeth Weller [a collection of items similar to that of Anne Weller
Anne and Elizabeth are one another’s heirs, should either die before receiving her legacy.
To my son Alexander, my silver bowl.
To my daughter Osborne, a silver spoon; and to my son-in-law Alexander Osborne [? item
To the wife of Robert Hovenden of Cranbrook, clothier, the daughter of my brother Samuel,
a silver spoon.
To Judith King, wife of John King of Staplehurst, my new cloth gown.
To Anne Hovenden, daughter of my brother Richard, my new petticoat.
To Catherine Baytup, wife of James Baytup of Newchurch, my new lawn ruff.
To Elizabeth Sergeant, wife of Loyton Sergeant of Cranbrook, my silver coloured waistcoat.
To Anne Weller, daughter of my brother John Weller, my white apron of home-made cloth.
To Mary Fosten, wife of Richard Fosten, my new smock and my old gray petticoat.
To Margaret Cushman [Couchman?], widow, a silver spoon.
To Mr Abbott, my revered pastor, 20s, provided that he preach a sermon at my burial.
Witnesses: Thomas Ferrall, Peter Master.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester DRb/PW50 31.319, Probate 9 Sep 1720
Alice Foreman, widow of Tonbridge, will dated 15th June 1715
Unto Robert Foreman my son
Mary Foreman my daughter
My granddaughter Alice Webb
To William Webb my son in law
Henry Foreman my grandson
Mary & Alice Foreman my granddaughters
2 sons John & Henry Foreman, my executors
Alice Foreman her mark.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester (DRb/PW6 12.346), Probate Sep 1558
Mathew Forman of Brenchisley [Brenchley]
My soule to almighty god, to the holy virgin Marye & unto all the holy …
My body to be buried in the churchyard of Brenchisley
All my goods unto Elizabeth my wife, also whom I appoint sole executrix
My house & alnds lying & being ay Gyllie Hill Brenchisley, unto Elizabeth my wife
John Humble of pei??m
John my sonne
& put to ?nae??ss for my sonn & daughter Ann? To the time my sonn come to full age of 22
years & my daughter to day of marriage.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester (DRb/PW7 13.919), Probate Sep 1563
William Forman of Yalding
My wife and children [not named]
Margaret Forman my daughter
William Forman my son
John Forman, brother & executor.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester (Drb/PW14 – R 17.215), Probate 27 July 1587
Richard Forman of Brencheslie [Brenchley]
To Maryei Ittenberie my daughter in law 30 pounds
To Jone Forman my daughter my best gown
Unto Alice Forman my daughter the best bed
I give to Jane Ittenberi …
Jone Forman my daughter 8 pounds
Alice Forman my daughter 8 pounds
My brother Clement Forman & William Hart(n/m)ox (Hartnop?) of the parish of Brencheslie [overseers]
Burial Brenchley Richard Forman 1586 Dec 7
Burial Brenchley Ursula wife of Richard Forman 1586 Nov 24
Marriage Brenchley Richard Forman & Ursula Etenbery, widow, 1572 Apr 27
Baptism Brenchley Alice d/o Richard Forman 1576 Jul 20
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester (DRb/PW21), Probate Feb 1611/2
Margery Forman widow of Brenchley, will dated 8th May 1610
to the poore of Brenchley [note edge of document missing]
Margaret Jeffery the wife of Thomas Jefferi
??? Chittenden the wife of Antoni Chittenden
Unto Elizabeth my sister the wife of Thomas ????
Unto ???? my sister the wife of ?Sinen Burt
Unto Margeri Lewis my god daughter
Unto Jaimes Lewis, John Lewis
Witness: George Lewis my son in law
Codicil: to Dennis Lewis my daughter …[wife of] George Lewis all my land in Brenchley
which I purchased of Thomas Ward … her children George Lewis, Jiames[sic] Lewis, John
Witness: ???? Borman his mark B.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Court of Rochester, Probate 15 May 1641
Lettice Forman widow of Brenchley, will dated 27th May 1640
Unto Robert Forman & Alexander Forman each 20 pounds
Unto Richard Forman sonne of Richard Forman 10 shillings
Unto Dunstone Forman my sonne, appointed as executor, all that messuage & lands etc lying
in Tunbridge, and to his heirs & assigns forever
Lettice widow buried Brenchley 1641 Mar 3rd
Dunston Forman & Lettice Barram [Barham] married Brenchley 1600 Apr 27th
Dunstan Forman buried 1639 Oct 9th Brenchley
Dunston s/o Dunston Forman baptised 1618 Oct 4th Brenchley
Robert s/o Dunston Forman baptised 1603 Aug 7th Brenchley
Alexander s/o Dunston Forman baptised 1605 Mar 9th Brenchley
Richard s/o Richard Forman ?baptised 1632 Oct 28th Brenchley
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol. 87 folio 19, Probate 4 Sep 1728
Richard Maynard, yeoman of Cranbrook, will dated 17th July 1728
John Buss of Cranbrook overseer
Unto my eldest son Robert Maynard messuage, lands, woodlands, premises called Londwell
in Mayfield, Sussex, now in the occupation of John Luck
Goods, chattels etc to my son Richard Maynard, executor, my said other 2 sons William
Maynard & Stephen Maynard, & my 2 daughters Ann & Mary Maynard, of which 2/5 to
Richard my son, residue to be equally divided between William, Stephen, Ann & Mary
Alice Paris the daughter of my sister Mary Paris in Cranbrook, widow
My wife Alice – [pre-nuptial] schedule of goods she owned before our marriage & 5 pounds 5
shillings & to be allowed to live in my dwelling for 1 year after my decease
My messuage in Mayfield Town now in the occupation of Novice & Relfe shall descend to
my said executor after my wife’s decease
Also all messuage called Parkland in Rolvenden shall descend to my executor
Witnessed: Hen: Austen _ Ann Austen _ Richd Relfe
Proved 1728 September 4th on the oath of Richard Maynard
Admon 1729 June 9th William Maynard, son, Richard Maynard, son & executor had died
Note: Burial Richard Maynard, dissenter, Cranbrook 1728 Dec 21 [possibly the son/executor]
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester (DRb/PW38 25.463), Probate 9 Dec 1687
John Maynard, husbandman of Tonbridge, will dated July 1687
To the poore of Southborough 10 shillings
To Elizabeth my sisiter the wife of William ?Harden
To Susan my loving wife all lands, 7 full & sole executrix
Witness: Richard Roots _ John Jeffery _ Thos Jefferys
Note: will of Susannah Maynard, widow of John Maynard
husbandman, Tonbridge, probate 1692 (DRb/PW39)
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb /Pw31, Probate Aug 1643 [?}
Dinah Pearson, widow of Brenchley, will dated 4th August 1641
To Stephen my son
To Elizabeth Huggen my daughter, wife of Thomas Huggen
To Elizabeth ?Choke/Stoke?, wife of John ?Choke/Stoke? & daughter of the said Thomas Huggen
My executor William Huggen her brother [?]
Also mentioned Stephen Ferrall
Mary Tasker, my grandchild
Mary Huggen, Mary Tasker my granddaughters
John Ferrall, executor of …
Dinah Pierson her marke
Witnesses: Walter Pierson his marke _ Thos Lake
Note: Brenchley parish register transcripts, burial
Dina Personn (Pearson), widow 21st Aug 1641
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb/Pw31
Walter Pearson, carpenter of Brenchley, will dated 12th September 1644
To be buried Brenchley churchyard
Unto Marcy my daughter
Unto Elizabeth my well beloved wife
Unto my three daughters Elizabeth Burton, Agniss ?????, Dinah Bound
Unto Stephen Pierson my son, all my carpenters tools etc
To Elizabeth my wife
Walter Pierson his marke
Witness: John Pierson
Also mentions Catherine/Jane the daughter of my son Robert Pierson
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Dra/Pw16, Probate 2 Dec 1785
John Pearson, yeoman of Horsmonden, will dated 10th June 1783
To my daughter Elizabeth Foreman of Marden widow 2 pounds per annum
To my daughter Margaret Pearson of Goudhurst Marden spinster 3 pounds per annum
To my daughter Mary, now the wife of John Burr farmer of Horsmonden, my messuage, lands
etc in Horsmonden – all goods, chattels etc, & made executrix
Signed John Pearson
Witnesses: Thos Hopper _ Jn Pope _ George Fishenden
Proved 2nd December 1785 Archdeaconry of Rochester on the oath of Mary Burr (wife of
John Burr) – goods & chattels do not amount to the nature of 100 pounds [index records
probate on 9th December]
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC/17 Vol 101 Fol 332, Probate 13th June 1788
Margaret Pearson, spinster of Goudhurst, will dated 22nd March 1788
Executrix: my natural daughter Philadelphia Pearson, who now lives with my sister Mary the
wife of John Burr of Horsmonden, farmer
I give unto said Philadelphia Pearson my daughter all that my third part & share messuage,
lands, premises situate in Rolvenden & now or late in the occupation of Joseph Austen.
Also to Philadelphia Pearson my daughter all goods chattels …
The mark of Testatrix Margaret Pearson
Witnesses: Jno Pope _ George Fishenden _ Richard Fishenden
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb/PW23 (20.409), Probate 27th May 1614
John Holland, Senior, yeoman of Lamberhurst, will dated last day of March 1612
33 shillings to the poore of Lamberherst
Unto John Holland my sonne, my gowns, the table with … now standing in …, my joined
bedsted? In my chamber, …, residue of all my moveable goods
Unto Joyce Holland my wife, my home …, my executrix
Richard Wood & George Homsbye alias Nicholas, my sonnes in lawe, as overseers
Witnesses: Edmond Harmon? _ Alexander ???????
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Archdeaconry Court of Rochester Dra/Pwr 3.158 (DRa/PW6), Probate 2nd April 1723
Thomas Holland, carpenter of Horsmonden, will dated 6th June 1722
My wife Joanna Hollands, sole executrix
My sons Thomas, Edward & John
My daughters Ann & Elizabeth
Thomas Hollands his marke
In the presence of _ Stephen Osborne _ John Knight _ Richard Knight
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Archdeaconry Court Canterbury PRC/17 Volume 102 Folio 350, Probate 1st December 1795
Richard Southon, famer of Marden, will dated 30th April 1794
My wife Mary 12 pounds
250 pounds to be divided among my children: Stephen, Richard, William, David,
Mary the wife of Thomas Maynard, Elizabeth the wife of Thomas Barton,
Sarah the wife of George Masters
Thomas Barton has had 150 pounds, his wife Elizabeth …
& Stephen Southon has had 100 pounds
& Thomas Maynard has had 25 pounds …
Farm lands of Lady Twisten
My sons Stephen & Richard Southon joint executors
Signed Richard Southon
In the presence of Wm Luck _ John Spratt
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/51/37, Probate 21st November 1637
Richard Baker of New Romney, will dated 15th January 1633
Wife Ann Baker (executrix)
Sons Richard, Thomas, Henry, John
Richard Jenkins, Robert Flood of London, William Cooper
Richard Godfrey (overseer)
Witnesses Richard Godfrey and William Morries
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/33/70, Probate 3rd of April 1578
Elizabeth Carter of Boughton under Blean, will dated 17th March 1577
Brother John Bayly (joint executor)
Sister Jane ?
Sons William, Richard, John (joint executor)
Alice Badkin, William Bissett , Ann Elstone, John Cooper, Margaret Smythe
Cousin John Spencer (overseer)
Witnesses Albert? Bissett, William Ruck, William Blanckett
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/39/9, Probate 10th February 1603
John Carter of Boughton under Blean, will dated 10th November 1603
Wife Alice (executrix)
Sons Matthew and Siriak
Daughters Catherine and Margaret
Witnesses John King and Ralf Partridge
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/39/235, Probate 16th October 1604
Matthew Carter of Boughton under Blean, will dated 29th June 1604
Sister Margaret and Catherine
Brothers Isaac, Richard and Siriak (joint executors)
John White, Austen King, Cousin James Worceter of Faversham (overseer)
Witnesses James Worceter and William Plane
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/33/77, Probate 25th February 1577
Richard Carter of Boughton under Blean, will dated 13th November 1576
Wife Elizabeth (executrix)
Sons William, John, Richard
Brothers William Carter and John Bayly (overseers)
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/44/187, Probate 19 March 1616/17
Barnabe Church of Ash next Sandwich, Single man, will dated 19 August 1616
Brother Richard Church
Elizabeth Baylisse? Bayliffe
Henry Hafleete, Master, (executor)
Witnesses Edward Solley and Ellen Bourne
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/49/213, Probate 13 May 1631
David Church of St Nicholas at Wade, Husb., Will dated 21 April 1631
Brothers Richard Church, William Church, Roger Church (executor)
Elizabeth Feles wife of Joseph Feles
William Percival of Chislet
Witnesses: Daniel Church, John Hild, Nicholas Swinford
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/50/15, Probate May 1632
Edward Church of Herne, will dated 21st April 1632
Wife Joane Church (executor)
Son Edward Church
Daughters Elizabeth and Mary Church
Overseer: Robert Boxley
Witnesses: Francis Astilby Vicar and Robert Boxley
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/50/38, Probate: 13 October 1632
Richard Church of Ash, will dated 3rd September 1632
Wife Margaret Church (Executor)
Daughters Elizabeth, Ann, Mary Church
Wife’s son Daniel Underdown
Wife daughter Marie Underdown
Witnesses Stephen Solly and John Bax
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/12/171, Probate 15th December 1519
Adrian Dyne of Lydd, Fisherman, will dated 15th September 1518
Wife Florence (joint executor)
Sons Richard and John Dyne (joint executor) Robert, John the younger
Daughters Johan and Alice
Brother John Dyne
John Godfrey, Thomas Inglett
Thomas Smythe, Thomas Quested, Adam Dyne, Richard Humphrey, John Warde
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/31/280, Probate 1st July 1571
Adrian Dyne of Lydd, Taylor, will dated 13th May 1571
Brother Henry Potten
Sister Syboll Potten
Sisters son Robert Belland
Godson Edmund Wyndaye
Nephew Robert Dyne
Uncle Richard Nicholls & his children William, Edward, Alice
Brothers John Dyne, William Dyne
Witnesses John Berry, James Martyn, Richard Nicholls
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/23/35, Probate 12th May 1552
John Dyne of Lydd, Fisherman, will dated 2nd April 1551
Myldred Myles wife of Edmund Bolland
Pleasance Wytherlt? Daughter of Myldred Myles
Son Bartholomew Dyne - Executor
Brother Robert Dyne – Overseer
Witnesses Robert Dyne, Edmund Bolland, Nicholas Pix
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/29/96, Probate 11th November 1562
John Dyne of Lydd, will dated 5th November 1562
The wife of William Andower
My mother sick at Canterbury
Robert Dodd, Catherine Godfrey, Susan Godfrey, Nicholas Godfrey, William Wyet, John Brandford
My Father John Dyne
Peter Godfrey, ( executor)
Witnesses James Knoll, Godley Knoll, Catherine Berry
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/35/220, Probate 10th April 1586
John Dyne of Lydd, Fisherman, will dated 12th March 1585/86
Wife Bridgett (Tipp) Dyne
Brother William Dyne (executor)
Brother in Law Thomas Haull
Daughter Susan Dyne
Son Thomas Dyne
Witnesses Parnell Wyndmonde, Robert Dyne, Robert Tippe
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/33/73, Probate 17 February 1577
Robert Dyne of Lydd, Fisherman, will dated 12th January 1576/77
Wife Bennet Dyne (joint executor)
Son Robert Dyne (joint executor)
Overseers Clement Shipping? John Bateman
Witnesses Thomas Knight, Richard Send, Richard Nycholl
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/46/275, Probate 16 January 1625/26
Thomas Dine of Lydd, Yeoman, will dated 18 November 1625
William Ballon, Thomas Ballon sons of Ralph Ballon deceased
Son John Dyne
Daughter Elizabeth Dyne
John Tipp son of Robert Tipp of Lydd
Edward Godfrey of Lydd
Kinsman Elizabeth, wife of Jeremy Samford of New Romney
Robert Puckle and John Tipp (executors)
Witnesses Hugh Harrison and Marcella Flintstone
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/36/188, Probate 10th November 1590
William Dyne of Lydd, Fisherman, will dated 1st June1589
Wife Julian Dyne
Daughter Elizabeth Dyne
Unborn Child of William
Brother (John’s?) son Thomas Dyne
Brother (John’s?) Daughter Susan Dyne
Witnesses Edward Revast? Robert Dyne, Vincent Dyne
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/28/80, Probate 14th October 1560
Benedict Huffam of Ash next Sandwich, will dated 2nd April 1560
Johan, Elizabeth and Margaret Solly daughters of my daughter Elizabeth & Stephen Solly
Stephen Solly the elder
Bennett Huffam daughter of my son Michael Huffam
Sons Michael and Richard Huffam (executors)
John Mutches? Mary Hollande, Simon Cocke, Henry Cocke, Dennys Betforde, Thomas Snowde,
John Broke, Mary & Robert Style, Mother Galowe, Mother Solly, Johan Clevland, Bennett
Goldstone, John Wollett, Johan & Woodward Stacke, Johan Spycer, Laurance Dade, John Branchlye
Witnesses George Slaughter, Laurance Dade, John Broke the younger
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/35/79, Probate 12 December 1583
Michael Huffam of Ash Next Sandwich, will dated 6 December 1583
Sons Michael Huffam, Stephen Huffam, Richard Huffam – property and lands around Ash at age of 20
Daughters ?? Bateman, Ann Paramour, Bennett Country - £20 each
Wife Edith Huffam (executor) - retains properties until sons reach 20 then annual payment by
sons of £40
Overseers Valentine Austen, Thomas Country
Witnesses John Stibbing Minister, Valentine Austen, Thomas Country, Robert Austen
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/48/199, Probate 26th May 1629
Stephen Huffam of St Nicholas at Wade, will dated 24th April 1629
Wife Mercy Huffam (executrix)
Daughter Susan Huffam
Son John Huffam
Brother Edward Huffam
Overseers Thomas Paramour, Mr Partridge, Stephen Huffam the elder, Cousin Edward Huffam,
Witnesses Andrew Simson and Robert Question?
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/26/90, Probate 23rd March 1556
Stephen Hougham of Ash next Sandwich, will dated 20th November 1555
Wife Bennett (Benedict Huffam)
Brothers John Brook and Thomas Hougham
Sons Michael and Richard Hougham (executors)
Stephen Solly the younger husband of my daughter Elizabeth Solly
Joane, Margaret & Elizabeth Solly daughters of my daughter
Brothers John Brooke and Thomas Hougham
Thomas Engham Gent.
James Bollinger, John Mothe? Laurence Musred, William Wingham, Julian Awood, John
Gaulston, John Gayson, William Alman, Richard Mannings, Thomas Rolffe, John Payton
Witnesses Thomas Harflett, John Brooke, Thomas Hougham, Stephen Solly the younger, William Solly
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/25/23, Probate 18th May 1553
Andrew Knolden of Charing, will dated 12th January 1552
Wife Rose (executor)
Sons John and Robert
God daughter Joan Wood
Son in Law John Wood
God Son Andrew Snothe
My daughters children Mary and Thomasin Snothe
Witnesses John Spyce and Thomas Polhill
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/46/250, Probate 19th October 1624
Andrew Knowlden of Charing Yeoman, will dated 11th August 1624
To be buried at Westwell
Sons Thomas and Richard (executors)
Richard’s wife Susan
Witnesses John Sharpe, Robert Frouchbourne?
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/35/185, Probate 4th September 1585
Robert Knowlden of Charing, will dated 19th July 1585
Sons Edward, Andrew, John, Richard (executor), Robert, Angel
Witnesses William Walker, Thomas Downe, Anthony Honiwood
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/66/666, Probate 15th February 1794
Thomas Knowlden of Ivychurch Yeoman, will dated 28th January 1794
Good friend Thomas Fisher (trustee and executor)
Mary Fisher mother of Thomas Fisher
Children of Thomas Fisher, Thomas and John
George Boys of Tenterden
Nephew James Knowlden Carpenter
Brother Peter Knowlden
Witnesses John Stephen and Mary Shorter
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/52/13, Probate 10th November 1638
Mildred Mantle of Stodmarsh Widow, will dated 2nd October 1638
Husband deceased William Mantle
Sons William, James, Thomas, Edward, John Mantle
Daughters Elizabeth and Mildred
Children of son James Mantle, Mildred, Mary Dorothy, James,
Children of son William Mantle, James, Thomas, Mary, Misell
Mildred Anderson daughter of Christopher Anderson
Esther Adams daughter of Ann & Isaac Adams deceased
Executor Thomas Mantle
Witnesses Thomas Woodruffe and Phillip Long
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/29/127, Probate 13th March 1562/3
Thomas Norlye of Wittersham, Husb., will dated 23rd January 1562/3
Sons Ingram Norlye, William Norlye, John
Wife Wenefryde, (joint executor)
Brother John Norlye, (joint executor)
Witnesses Thomas Dennyes, Thomas Sampson, Andrew Denne, Robert Smith
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/47/67, Probate14th July 1627
Edward Shrubsole of Boughton under Blean, Yeoman, will dated 24th Feb. 1624
Sons William Shrubsole (joint executor) and Stephen Shrubsole.
Daughters Susanne Shrubsole, Thomasine Shrubsole, Anne Shrubsole
Wife Eleanor (joint executor)
Witnessed by Thomas Payne Clerk and John Ovenden
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/27/375, Probate 11th March 1563
Hammond Shrubsole of Boughton under Blean, will dated 9th December 1558
Wife unnamed (joint executor)
Sons Nicholas, William, Moses, John, Richard (joint executor)
Daughters Ann. Thomasin, Joan
Witnesses John Tenaker, William Shrubsole, Richard Ivse
Source Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/31/70, Probate no date
William Shrubsole of Hernehill, Labourer, will dated 29/6/1559
Wife Agnes (executor)
My wife to have house, garden and approx. 3 acres of land in Boughton under Blean during her
natural life, then to be equally divided among my 3 sons
Sons William Shrubsole, Edward Shrubsole, Christopher Shrubsole
Witnesses Reynold Gateman, Christopher Shrubsole, Alexander Joyens?
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/27/337, Probate 13th February 1558
Stephen Solly of Ash next Sandwich, will dated 28th September 1558
Daughter Ames Chapman and her daughter Margaret
Daughter Joan Moote
Overseer William Moote
Son Stephen (executor)
Son William and his children Stephen, Thomas, Joan, Ellen, Margaret, Mary
William Quilter, William Dade
Witnesses William Lynch Vicar of Ash, William Moote, Gilbert Waters, John Fowle
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 7 Sep 1784
William Lemon of St Johns, Thanet, husbandman, will dated 29 Dec 1783
Brother Friend Lemon
Sister Lavinia wife of Robert Grant
(First Page only)
Source: Lionel Cole, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb, Probate 2nd June 1735
John Jackson of Westerham the elder, yeoman , will dated 12th May, 1731
I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it.
To my loving wife one guinea.
To my son Richard Jackson all my wearing apparel both linen and woollen, also one pair of good sheets.
To my son Anthony £5 and three pairs of good sheets, one dozen of napkins and one silver spoon.
To my son George Jackson £5, two pairs of good sheets.
Residue of goods and chattels, corn etc to my son John (executor)
Witnesses: Thomas Palmer, Michael Cosham, Thomas Freebody.
Source: Lionel Cole, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb, Probate 7th March 1734/5
John Holmden of Westerham, yeoman , will dated 16th October 1734
I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator hoping through the merits death and passion of my redeemer Jesus Christ
to have remission of all my sins.
To my four children Michael, Ann, Elizabeth and Sarah all that my messuage and farm called Blowers Hill in Penshurst, occupied by
Richard Erridge equally divided at age 21.
To son Michael all that my messuage called Tizzards in Westerham, he paying to his sisters £50 each at age 21.
Also to my four children all my plate, linen, brass and pewter and the four best feather beds equally divided at age 21.
My brother Michael Bassett yeoman of Cowden and my kinsman Richard Wolfe of Oxted yeoman to be executors.
Residue to executors for use of my son Michael.
I give authority to my executors to fell 20 of the best timber trees now growing on Tizzards when they think it a proper time and can have the best market for them.
It is my desire that Mr Jeffrey Taylor should furnish my funeral with the gloves and what else is necessary but I would have no hat
bands nor the children to be put in mourning.
Witnesses: Charles West, George Pigott, J Dawling
Source: Lionel Cole, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb, Probate 27th May 1733
Edmund King of Edenbridge, yeoman, will dated 17th May, 1733
I assign my soul to God that gave it me.
To Elizabeth my loving wife her dwelling in the parlour and parlour chamber of my now dwelling house with the use of the oven and
other conveniencies for life or for so long as she remain a widow, and an annuity of £6. Also one moiety of all my household goods.
To son John King all my lands in Limpsfield.
Residue of my farm lands tenements etc to my son Edmund.
To Edmund all my outdoor stock and goods and all other my estate whatsoever not hereinbefore disposed of.
Edmund to be executor.
Witnesses: John Basset, Thomas Holmden, Adam Farmer
Source: Lionel Cole, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb, Probate 16th April 1729
James Smith of Westerham, gardener, will dated 9th June 1726.
I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it.
To my two daughters Ann and Audrey Smith all those two messuages with barns stables outhouses etc in Westerham 2 acres occupied by
John Bradbourne and myself and all other lands in Westerham belonging to myself equally divided.
Also all my household goods etc and personal estate equally divided.
To daughter Elizabeth Hampton, wife of William Hampton £20.
To son James Smith 1s and no more.
To daughter Sarah Artigne, wife of Robert Artigne, £20.
Daughters Ann and Audrey to be executrices.
Witnesses: Mary Freebody, Thomas Wallis, Thomas Freebody.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.107 folio 106, film 0189008, Probate 1 Mar 1824
William Foreman yeoman of Cranbrook, will dated 15 Aug 1822
Appoint Thomas Pairson? Dealer & Samuel Kennard carpenter, both of Cranbrook, executors.
Messuage in occupation of William Rofe Ahold
My brother Richard Foreman
My nephew William, son of my brother George deceased
Unto the other children of my brother George deceased
The children of my brother Thomas deceased
The children of my brother Richard
Signed Wm Foreman 1822 Aug 15
Witnessed Jas Skinner, Thomas Batholomew, Abigail Dobell
Codicil 1822 Aug 16
Also John son of John Iggulden busker,
And Susanna daughter of John Dann innkeeper,
And to the daughter of Thos Jenner farmer, all of Cranbrook
Proved ACC 1824 March 1st by Samuel Kennard on oath, Thomas Pausen not applying
Note: Thomas Pairson/Pausen could be Pearson, Pawsen, Parson or similar
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/59/261, Probate 12th February 1717
Joseph Marsh of Lyminge, Yeoman, will dated 7th July 1716
Wife Willmett Marsh (Nee Spaine, Nee Hobday), all the goods that were hers before marriage and
left in her house called Sharps in Elmsted Kent, together with all the household goods belonging
to her and 2 bushels of wheat, 4 bushels of malt, 20lbs of butter, 40lbs of cheese and £3 yearly
during her natural life.
Children of son Richard Marsh deceased.
William Marsh £10.
Joseph Marsh £15.
Elizabeth wife of Stephen Kennett £10.
Richard Marsh residue of estate and Executor
Niece Sarah daughter of deceased brother John Marsh, the wife of Michael Minter of Folkestone
fisherman £20 pounds, owed to Joseph by Michael Minter.
Daughter Elizabeth Bayly of Folkestone widow the sum of £200 together with a bed, half of the
linen and half of the pewter
Poor people of Lyminge 20 shillings
Witnesses: Benjamin Cloake, D Penvold?
Note: See also the will of Richard Marsh son of Joseph PRC32/58/404
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 29th March 1615
John Perryn clothier of Horsemonden, will dated 14th March 1614
Unto the poore of Horsemonden 20 shillings.
Audrey my wife.
Richard Perryn my sonne (< 23 yrs old).
Robert Perryn my sonne (<23 yrs old).
John Perryn my sonne (sole executor).
Elizabeth my daughter (<20 yrs old).
I appoint my loving brothers Robert Saxby, John Saxby & Edmund Saxbye, & my loving friend John
Horsmonden clothier of Gowherst overseers.
John Perryn his marke in the presence of Willm Perryn his marke _ Richard Hove his marke _ Henry
Smighte his marke.
Probate PCC London 29th March 1615 on the oath of John Perryn son, named in the will.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 21st September 1653
John Peryn the elder clothier of Horsmonden, written 5th September 1653
Unto the poore people of the sayd parish 40 shillings
Unto my fine daughters viz. Joane Elizabeth Mary Susanne and Allice one joined chest of linen to
be equally divided between them; all my household stuffe to be divided equally among all my
children, i.e. John Joane Elizabeth Mary and Suzanne and Allice
Unto each of my sayd daughters Joane Elizabeth Mary Susanne and Allice 120 pounds a peece.
Unto the sayd John Peryn my sonne all my moveable goods, chattels etc not otherwise disposed &
appoint him my executor.
I appoint my loving friends John Horsemonden Gent of Goudherst & Francis Anston my brother in law
to be overseers & give them 40 shillings a peece
Disposition of all my lands & tenements:
I give an annuity or yearly some of 4 pounds to my sayd daughter Joane, issuing from my parcels of
land called the Greate Few & the Little Few with their appurtenances (7 acres) in the parish of
Horsemonden now or late in the occupation of mee the sayd John; the lands bequeathed to John Peryn
my sonne …
Other messuage, lands etc in Hormonden mentioned bequeathed to sonne John.
Signed John Peryn his marke in the presence of John Anston _ Will. Anston _ Hugh Laker
Proved PCC London Westminster 21st September 1653 on the oath of John Peryn the sonne & executor.
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 15th Nov 1694
John Perren yeoman of Goudhurst, written 28th June 1692
Unto Robert Merchant & Mary his wife, daughter of my brother Richard Perren, my messuage, lands
(30 acres) etc situated in Cranbrooke, now in the occupation of Richard Heath
Unto Thomas Perren my nephew, son of my brother Richard Perren, my messuage lands etc situate in
Cranbrooke after the decease of the said Richard Merchant & Mary his wife & the longest heir of
To John Waters my nephew, son of my sister Margaret, my messuage, barn, garden, orchard, lands (40
acres) etc situate in the parish of Tenterden, now in the occupation of Thomas Draynen(?).
Unto the said John Waters half of my householdstuff, to be divided by the said Robert Marchant &
Robert Tobe clothier of Goudhurst & Joseph Blewett.
Unto said John Waters all my tackling & handling tools, tallow & candles& half my husbandry
Unto my brother Richard Perren one yearly sume of 5 pounds during the term of his natural life.
Unto my brother Samuel Perren one yearly sume of 5 pounds during the term of his natural life.
Unto Elizabeth Perren daughter of my brother Richard Perren 20 pounds.
Unto Mary & Elizabeth Perren daughters of my brother Samuel Perren 20 pounds each (when 21 or
Unto William, George & Mary sons & daughter of my said sister Margaret late deceased 20 pounds each.
Unto Thomas Ware my kinsman 20 pounds.
Unto Thomas Waters my nephew, son of Thomas Waters deceased by my said sister Margaret, yearly
sume of 20 shillings.
Unto John Perren & to his sister (the wife of John Allen) son & daughter of my uncle John Perren
deceased, 10 shillings each.
Joseph Blewet my kinsman oweth me 20 pounds, my will is that he should pay this unto his daughter
Anne, if otherwise then unto Joseph her brother.
Unto Judith Briggs my kinswoman, wife of Thomas Briggs, 10 shillings.
To the poore people of the parish of Goudhurst 40 shillings.
All other messuages etc unto said Thomas Perren, son of my said brother Richard Perren, & whom I
make my executor.
Signed: John Perren in the presence of Stephen Dawson _ John Waters _ Jane Master her marke _
Probate PCC London 15th Nov 1694 on the oath of Thomas Perren executor named in the will
Source: Jeremy Stroud, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 12th March 1674
Thomas Ongly, blacksmith of Horsmonden, Written 21st Feb in the 27th yr of the reign of Charles II, 1674
Unto my dear & loving wife Ann 20 pounds, 1 bedd, 1 bolster covering bedsteddle & all things there
to belonging standing in the outer chamber & all the cheste usually therein standing. Also half
the pewter & half the brasse.
Unto my loving kinsman John Hones 20 pounds.
Unto my sister Sarah Hones 10 pounds (when 21 yrs old)
Unto George my sonn, all my household stuff not before given to be & remaine to him in my now
All other goods unto my said wife Ann & said John Hones (my executrix & executor).
I doe remitt & discharge unto James Besbeech of Goudherst Gent the money he oweth mee.
I doe hereby desire & appoint my trusty & well beloved friend Edward Stringer of Goudherst
aforesaid Gent overseer of this my will to whome I give 20 shillings for his care & paynes therein.
Unto the said George my sonn my house land & appurtenances wherein I now live called by the name
of Millash (if he should die without … then unto my wife Ann).
Unto the children of my kinsman John Chamberleine …
Unto my sister Joane 40 shillings
Sealed Thomas Ongly his marke in the presence of Elizabeth Remington _ James Besbeech
Probate PCC London 12th March 1674 on the oaths of Ann Ongley relict & John Hones executor.
Notes: from IGI marriages
Thomas Ongley & Anne 1671 May 18 Horsmonden
Thomas Ongley & Mary Buds 1664 Jun 06 Horsmonden
Thomas Ongley & Alice Edmitte 1610 Jun 06 Horsmonden
Source: Consistory? Court of Rochester original will 23
William Hodsoll the elder of Ash, gentleman, will dated 30 Sep 1616
Wife Ellenor and her son Mr Richard Parker
His sons William, John, Hewe and Henry
Daughters Hester <24, Ellenor <20
Source: Consistory Court of Rochester Drb 27/176, Probate 24 Jun 1700
Henry Hodsoll of Shipbourn, yeoman, will dated 1 Dec 1699
Land at Ivy Hatch, Ightham to son John
Second son William
Wife Mary to have possessions in Addington and Ryarsh for life
then to son Thomas
Residue to third son Henry, executor.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 18 Mar 1709
Captain James Hodsoll, Commander of HMS Squirrel, will dated 23 Jan 1709
Brother Henry £100
Brother Thomas £100
Sister Mrs Mary Hodsoll, wife of Mr James Ax £100
Sister Madam Ann Hodsoll, wife to Captain William Passenger £100
Nephews John & Edmond, sons of my brother Edmond Hodsoll deceased £50 each at 21
Nephew James son of my brother William deceased
Brother Mr John Baynard, husband to my sister Mrs Jane Hodsoll.
Source: Mike Cozens, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/44/186, Probate 16th May 1582
Margaret Cloake of Elmsted Widow, will dated 1581
Late Husband John Cloake
Wife of son Sampson unnamed
Son Thomas, all the lands belonging to his father John
Sons, Thomas, Sampson, Edmund, Josias, John, Daniel
Daughters Alse? Bett, Susan?Bullfinch, Agnes, Katherine
Witnesses John Cloake, Sampson Cloake, John Clarke, John Mounte
Probate Testament Thomas, Sampson & Josias Cloake, Hammon Bett.
Source: Mike Cozens, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/50/213, Probate 5th March 1596/7
Thomas Cloke of Elmsted, will dated 20th January 1596
Wife Joan, sole executor, All lands, houses, orchards, farmland, tenements, rents and debts
owing to me in the parishes of Elmsted and Waltham for the rest of her natural life unless she
remarries. (She did)
Sons Christopher, Edward, Thomas, John
Daughters Sarah & Margaret
To John my son and his male heirs after my wife Joan’s death all my lands etc and pay all my
legacies in full. If John dies without issue then all passes in turn to Christopher, Edward,
Thomas then divided between daughters.
Witnesses Brother Daniel Cloke, Nephew Thomas Bett son of my sister (Alse Bett?).
Source: Mike Cozens, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury PRC17/68/490, Probate 30th July 1633
Daniel Cloake of Elham, will dated 24th December 1627
Wife Elizabeth, Land at Elmsted, House, Livestock, Household effects
Nephew Richard Woolet, sole executor, inherits land after wife’s decease or remarriage
Samuel Cloke son of Edmund, Edward son of Thomas, John son of Edward, the occupation of lands
at Elmsted paying rents to my wife Elizabeth and then my nephew Richard Woolet. (Son of sister Katherin?)
Witnesses Henry Barnte, Samuel Cloke.
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/58/267, Probate 8th June 1710
Thomas Paine of Wittersham, Yeoman, will dated 28th July 1707
Cousin Edward Goddard’s children unnamed
Cousins Elizabeth, Susan, Mary & Henry Williams
Grandaughter Elizabeth Paine daughter of son John – Lands & Property bought from Mr Gorham & John Leigh in the occupation of Robert Hosmore and myself in Wittersham & £100
Son John – all other lands in Wittersham in the occupation of Robert Hosmore, lands in Beckley purchased from George Baker, lands in Wittersham purchased from Stephen Baines.
Son Thomas Paine sole executor – Personal Estate and lands bought from Mrs Park in Great Chart and the my lands lying in Stone in Oxney and Playden in Sussex.
Witnesses Richard Holinsby, William Rude, Francis taylor.
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/36/57, Probate 22nd November 1587
Thomas Short of Smeeth, Smith, will dated 13th June 1579 signed 1580
Poor of Smeeth & Brabourne
Wife Elizabeth, executor, residue of goods chattels etc. House and lands in Smeeth and Brabourne named Borstall, which pass to John and Symon on her death. If one wants to sell he must sell to the other at £5 less than any other shall give him. Elizabeth to increase profits of house and lands at Stonehill in Smeeth & Sellindge after the death of my mother in law Joan Brice, to pass to son Thomas on wife Elizabeth’s death. (note this land is later passed down in the family by a Thomas Short in 1680 – no Smeeth parish records)
Sister in law - £60 to be raised from the sale of 2.5 acres of land (£24/Acre)
Daughters, Joan and Amy £10 to be divided between them at age of 20 or marriage, if both die money goes to sons John & Symon
Sons John, Thomas and Symon £9 15s to be divided between them at age of 15years and lands etc on the death of their mother as above
Overseers Edward Smyth and Richard Baylie of the parish of Sellindge 5s 8p for their paids – divided between them
Witnesses, Symon Smith, John Smithson, William Rolfe and Thomas Frenlynn
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/54/563, Probate 26th November 1680
Thomas Short of Smeeth, will dated 19th November 1680
Daughter Wraight - wife of Richard Wraight – mother’s clothes and their box
Grandson Thomas Wraight son of Richard £5 at age of 21
Son Thomas Short – executor - house and lands at Stone Hill & in Smeeth value 12 acres, a little parcel of land joining Robert Parnell’s land in Sellindge, all my houses and lands he hath at Brabourne
Witnesses Alice Thompson, Mary Hogben, Henry Canell
Source: Mike Cozens, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC32/64/268, Probate 10th Dec 1759
John Dunk of Hythe, will dated 17th February 1757/58
Son in Laws George Huntley and John Minis, executors, Goods chattels and interest in property below.
Daughter Mary late wife of Edward Baker deceased and now the wife of Thomas Avard (of New Romney), Messuages Tenements or Dwelling House with Stable Garden and Backside in Hythe in the occupation of Thomas Gray for the term of her natural life. On her death the property to go to my grandchildren John Baker, Elizabeth Baker and Susan Avard children of Mary Avard
Witnesses, Redding pierce, David Dubeics, Thomas Mercer
Note - John Dunk, House Carpenter of Dallington Sussex – from marriage licence Canterbury
Source: Patricia Salter, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 23 Oct 1744
John Cogger of Sevenoaks, yeoman, will dated 31 Dec 1738
Nephew John Cogger son of my brother Francis
Nephew Isaac Burgis son of my sister Jane Burgis
Nephew William Cogger son of my brother Thomas
Brother Thomas and my nephew Richard Hills, executors
Witnesses Thomas Gyles - Thomas Horton - Math. Pearston.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/2142, Probate 6 November 1851
Edward Pettman, MA, Chaplin of Her Majesty's Dockyard at Chatham, will dated 5 April 1848
Wife Sophia, sole executrix
3 sisters Mary Anne, Elizabeth and Kate
Brother in law Major James Whitcomb of the Royal Marines.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/979, Probate 6 July 1772
William Pettman of Chatham, bricklayer, will dated 2 Dec 1770
two daughters, Ann "the now wife of Thomas Assiter and Susan Pettman"
Wife Elizabeth sole executrix.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/1232, Probate 2 May 1793
Elizabeth Pettman of Chatham, widow, will dated 9 November 1792
Messuage or tenement in Chatham unto Francis Harrison and Susannah
his wife my Son in law and daughter
On their death this is to go to William Francis Harrison son of the
said Francis Harrison and his wife Susannah
Francis Harrison and Susannah exors and administrators
John Barrow and Thomas Ady of Chatham gent exors.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/1391, Probate 9 April 1803
Thomas Petman of Ford Farm in the parish of Folkestone, Gentleman, will dated 29 September 1802
Mentions "my late brother Robert Petman".
"my servant Graham Spearpoint"
Robert Avery Webb
"my brother William Petman of Staple in Kent Gentleman"
"my neice Elizabeth Petman daughter of the said William Petman"
"my neice Martha Petman another daughter of the said William Petman"
"Stephen Penfold the younger of Folkestone"
"my said nephew Robert Avery Webb" to be sole executor.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, PROB 11/1509, Probate 8 March 1810
Richard Pettman of the town and port of Sandwich, will dated 9 October 1809
"my dear and beloved wife Ann Pettman"
"my four children Sarah Leggatt, Elizabeth Hatton Curling. Richard
Pettman and Mary Jane Pettman"
Wife Ann Pettman and son Richard Pettman to be joint extx and exor
Witnessed by John Denne, John Cronk, Edward Busnap.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 11 May 1835
Ann Fowle of Maidstone, widow, will dated 8 Mar 1833
Thomas Fowle of Yalding, gentleman, executor
Lawrence Starnes of Yalding, gentleman, executor
Daughter Caroline wife of Harry Stoe Man and her children
Daughter Ann wife of Henry William Leigh and her children
Son George Fowle
Daughter Jane Fowle
Witnesses: H A Wildes, solicitor, Maidstone - Wm White his clerk.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 31 Dec 1803
Edward Fowle of Cobtree, Allington and Boxley, yeoman, will dated 10 Aug 1803
Daughter Ann wife of William Henry Leigh
Daughters Jane, Elizabeth and Caroline (<21) Fowle
Thomas Cooper Esq. of Panton Square, London, merchant, executor
Brother Thomas Fowle of Fant, yeoman, executor
Lawrence Starnes of Yalding, yeoman, executor
(unsigned and unwitnessed)
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 10 Oct 1840
William Fowle of Boxley, farmer, will dated 19 Sep 1833
To be buried in vault as my late father was at the mill in the field called the poor field,
part of my estate at Boxley
Brother in law William Sharp Avery of Boxley, yeoman, trustee
Edward Simmonds of Woodchurch, salesman and farmer, trustee
Property in Boxley, Aylesford, Chatham, Gillingham and Strood
Witnesses: H A Wildes - B Harrison - Jos'h Harrison, clerks to Mr Wildes, solicitor, Maidstone
Codicil dated 25 Mar 1836
Witnesses: Thomas Fumer - William Dickin - H A Wildes.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 26 Apr 1784
John Fowle of Maidstone, gentleman, will dated 28 Mar 1774
Son in law Richard Ward
Daughter Margaret Fowle
Son Edward, executor
Friends Edward Ellis the younger and Henry Ellis, both of Maidstone, trustees
Witnesses: Edw'd Ellis - Abr'm Cherry - Tho's Nevill
Codicil dated 22 Aug 1775
Witnesses: Edw'd Ellis - Henry Ellis
Codicil dated 20 May 1776
Daughter Ann Ward
Witnesses: Edw'd Ellis - Henry Ellis.
Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 13 Oct 1840
James Finley, boatswain of HMS the Cumberland lying in the River Medway, will dated 17 Feb 1820
Wife Mary, executrix
Property at Minster, Sheerness
Witnesses: Tho's Morson, Attorney, Chatham - George Acworth his clerk.
Source: , Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 28 May 1764
Nicholas Middleton of Ash next Ridley, yeoman, will dated 11 Dec 1758
Son John, executor
Grandsons Nicholas Wray and Richard Wray
Daughter Mary wife of Richard Wray
Witnesses Susanna Clarke her mark - Robert Clarke - Jas Trumball
Codicil dated 5 Apr 1764
Witnesses Mary Boyer her mark - John Jury his mark - Jas Trumball.
Source: David Olby, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.109 folio 383, Probate 20 May 1835
William Pettman of Sandwich Esq., will dated 21 February 1833
Son, Frederick Pettman of Deal County Collector of Customs
Friend, John de Bock of Sandwich
Son, Henry Pettman of Sandwich surgeon
Daughter, Sarah Baley Pettman
"My three sons, Frederick, Richard and Henry Pettman."
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 7 November 1830
William Robert Ashley Pettman Esq. , of St Clements, High Street,
Sandwich, Captain HM Royal Navy
bachelor, leaves all his estate to his father William Pettman.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 6 November 1830
Caroline Pettman of High Street Sandwich
"All to my father William Pettman"
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.30 folio 61, Probate 1554/5
James Drowley of Bredgar, will dated 1 Jan 1554/5
John Mills, overseer
Sons Thomas and John, executors
Daughters Katherine, Agnes and Johan
Witnessed by William Lambe, Curate of Bredgar, Thomas Peder? the elder, Thomas Harrys.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.41 folio 316
William Denne of Kingstone, yeoman, will dated 2 Jun 1572
Sons Vincent (executor) and Thomas
John Coppin, overseer.
Source: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.47 folio 337, Probate 29 Apr 1588
Agnes Denne, of Beakesbourne, widow of William of Kingstone, will dated 14 Jun 1583
To be buried at Kingstone
Daughter Mary Coppin, widow of John
Grandchildren Katherine, Margaret, Martha, William, Thomas and John Coppin
John son of Vincent Denne of Kingston, gent
Daughter Catherine wife of John Gookin of Ripple
Grandchildren Anne, Marie, Thomas, John and Daniel Gookin
Grandchildren Henry, Agnes, Margaret children of Thomas Denne
Elizabeth, Margaret, Alice and Jane daughters of Vincent Denne
Vincent Denne, executor
Thomas Denne and John Gookin, overseers
Witnesses Thomas Gookin, William Brent and Thomas Haverden.
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol 57 f.382?, Probate 13 Mar 1697
Edward LeKeux of St Mary Northgate Canterbury, silk weaver, will dated 1696
Cozen James? LeKeux
Wife of William Cowley, Magdeline of Spittefield Mdx
Sister Esther Lansell wife of late John Lansell, Canterbury silk weaver
Cozen Peter LeKeux of Canterbury silk weaver
Nephew Peter LeKeux
Executrix and Executor sister Esther Lansell and nephew Peter LeKeux
Witnesses Edward Crayford, Thomas Pyper?, Martha Debille.
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol 58 f.139, Probate 2 Jul 1707
Esther Lansell of St Alphage Canterbury, widow, will dated 13 June 1707
Children: Edward, John and Rachael Lansell
Sister in law, wife of brother Edward LeKeux deceased
Nephew Peter LeKeux
Witnesses: Edward Frayford, John Mercier, Lea LeHeen, Jacob Fedarb
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 98 f.523, Probate 27 Aug 1772
John Homersham of Chartham Kent, taylor, will dated 22 July 1722
John Lansell of St Michael Harbledown, yeoman, husband of my mother Elizabeth Lansell
Sister Sarah wife of John Hobday
Sister Esther wife of Timothy Burch
Executor and executrix John Lansell and his wife Elizabeth Lansell
Witnesses: Richard Jenkins, Edward Lawrence, Henry Pelham
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol 64 f.329, Probate 26 Mar 1760
John Lansell of City of Canterbury, silk weaver, will dated 6 April 1748
Children John, Henry, Jane and Elizabeth Lansell
“…. and if my said son Henry shall have attained the age of twenty one years
(my said other children having each of them already attained the said age)…..
Executors and Executrixes all four children
Occupier Edward Burgis
Witnesses: Ann Loubert, Peter Legrand, Peter Loubert
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol 65 f.256, Probate 28 March 1768
Henry Lansell of City of Canterbury, silk weaver, will dated 25 June 1762
Wife, Sarah Lansell, executrix
Witnesses: Peter Dalesaux, Richard Gorely, Peter Loubert
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol 65 f.605a, Probate 14 June 1774
John Lansell of Borough of Staplegate within wall of Canterbury, will not dated
Son William Eustes alias Lansell
Wife Martha Lansell
Son Henry Lansell
Sister Phoebe Amis of St Dunstan Kent
Cozen Jacob Ferdarb of Holy Cross Westgate Kent
Witnesses: George Browning, John Gendire
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 103 f.658, Probate 12 Sep 1805
John Lansell of City of Canterbury, plumber and glazier, will dated 12 April 1805
Wife Susanna Lansell, executrix (and guardian of my sons until they attain age twenty one)
Sons John and William Henry Lansell
Witnesses: Mark Tiddeman, Henry Goldfinch, John Cumming
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 104 f.116, Probate 26 March 1808
William Luddington of City of Canterbury, gentleman, will dated 23 December 1807
Wife Elizabeth Luddington
Children, Charlotte, William, Joseph and Harriet Luddington
Brother in law William Lansell of St John the Baptist, Isle of Thanet grocer,
and friend William Moss of Canterbury, builder, executors
Witnesses: William Fish, William Henry Abbott, Thomas Stover
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/2048, Probate 2 January 1847
William Lansell of Margate St John the Baptist, Isle of Thanet, gentleman, will dated 10 February 1834 and codicil 4 March 1837
Wife Elizabeth Lansell, her late father Gibon Rammell deceased
Sons Thomas and Henry Lansell
Daughters Mary Ann Lansell, Elizabeth wife of William Thomas Matthews of Dover, grocer, Charlotte wife of John Bayly of Margate, grocer, Susan wife of Charles Benjamin Gorely of Dover, farmer
Ann Bing, housekeeper
(Mention of properties from the late Daniel Jarvis and the late Joseph Elson.)
Witnesses to Will Edward Dering, George Anderson, Samuel Pointon
Witnesses to Codicil William Brooke, Samuel Pointon
Surviving executor Richard Jenkins
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 94 f.406, Probate 4 November 1752
Gibon Rammell of Tilmanstone, Kent, yeoman
Wife Mary Rammell
Sons Edward, Thomas, Gibon, John Rammell
Daughter Mary Rammell
Witnesses John Knott, ……, William Lane
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 103 f.541, Probate 18 May 1793
Gibbon Rammell of St John the Baptist, Isle of Thanet, yeoman, will dated 19 December 1791
Wife Mary Rammell
Sons Gibbon and Thomas Rammell
Daughters Margaret, Susanna
William Lancell son in law, husband of daughter Elizabeth
Witnesses: Thomas Carne, Susanne Tilley, Richard Tilley
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 103 f.541, Probate 9 May 1803
Thomas Rammell of Tilmanstone Kent, yeoman, will dated 28 June 1801
(and North Court Farm between Tilmanstone and Eastry)
Elizabeth Keeler, housekeeper
Occupiers Thomas Roust, Thomas Files, Thomas Norris, Richard Rogers, Michael Whitewood
Nephews and Nieces, children of my late brother Gibbon Rammell deceased: Thomas, Elizabeth, Margaret and Susanna Rammell
John Spain and his wife Mary my niece, daughter of my late sister Mary Tilley deceased
Children of John Spain and his wife Mary, Elizabeth, Thomas, John, Edmund, Sarah, William, Susanna, Marie and Ann Spain
Nephew Thomas Smith
Mary Marsh, servant spinster and now servant to John May of Deal gentleman
Executor Sir Narbrough D’aeth of Knowlton, Baronet
Witnesses: John May of Del, Thomas Seeming, Thomas White, his clerk.
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob 11/1960, Probate 31 March 1842
Gibon Rammell of Dent de lion St John the Baptist Isle of Thanet, gentleman
Wife Elizabeth Rammell
Trustees and executors Francis Gillow of Wey Minster Thanet gentleman, James Thomas Selby of Margate gentleman and nephew Thomas Rammell of Sturry gentleman
Sons Gibon the younger of Nash Court, Thomas, Charles Rammell
Witnesses: Thomas Martin 23 High St Margate, Sophia Bishop housekeeper to Mr. Selby solicitor Marine Terrace Margate.
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 94 f.429, Probate 28 October 1752
Andrew Wootton of Minster, Isle of Thanet, yeoman, will dated 3 April 1741
Sons John and Edward Wootton
Late wife Elizabeth Wootton deceased
Occupiers Henry Knott and Henry Harnett
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury Vol 101 f.273, Probate 18 June 1787
John Wootton of the City of Canterbury, gentleman, will dated 17 May 1787
Occupiers George Cullen, Minster St. Minster Isle of Thanet, and John Twyman, and ... Hoslo?
Daughter Mary wife of Gibbon Rammell of the parish of St John the Baptist, Thanet
Son Henry Wootton of Minster Thanet, executor and trustee
Son in law Edward Smith and his wife Martha, my daughter
William Slodden of Canterbury, trustee
Witnesses: Charles Sharp, Thomas Starr, W. Furley
Source: Elizabeth Brooker, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob 11/1644, Probate 4 May 1821
Henry Wootton of Thorn, Minster, Isle of Thanet, gentleman, will dated 27 August 1815
Wife Mary Wootton [PCC Will of Mary Wootton probated 9 Sep 1853]
Nephew Thomas Rammell of Ramsgate St Lawrence, grocer
Thomas Dougerty my bailiff and his wife Sarah
Friends, John Garbett of Margate, Latham Osborn and Latham Osborn the younger both of Margate
Nieces and nephews of my wife Mary [Keble], John, Ann Mary, Henry, Richard Keble
Children of my nephew Francis Smith of Wingham Kent
Nephew Wootton Smith now or late of Rye, Sussex
Children of niece Margaret Birnie
Children of my niece Elizabeth Lansell of Margate
Executrix and Executor, wife Mary Wootton and nephew Thomas Rammell
Witnesses: John Boney, John Boys, John Adams
Source: Derek Miller, Consistory Court of Rochester Drb/PW/28, Probate 1631
Edward Mudle of Sydenham in Lewisham, Husbandman, will dated 5 November 1631
… being sik of body but of perfect mind and memory did thus make and ordain his last will
and Testament ………….. in manner and form following first he gave and bequeathed to
Margerie ………… Lenden a black steer bullock and a black white faced …. Bullock.
Item he gave to Stephen Thomad his ….man a gray mare and the … …… of her.
Item he gave to the poor of the parish of Lewisham twenty shillings.
All the rest and remainder of his goods
and chattels of which nature …… he gave and bequeathed to Anne Mudle his loving wife
and d… her the said Anne to be executrix of this his last will and Testament
…………………… Nicholas Fundell and Joane the wife of Robert Wallis and ……… Fundell
Source: Derek Miller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/1659, Probate 12 July 1822
John Muddell collarmaker of Harrietsham, will dated 31 July 1816
To my grandson John Muddell Willet bricklayer of Harrietsham all and singular my dwelling
house shop stable buildings garden and premises with all and every the appurtenances
thereunto belonging situated in the West Street in the parish of Harrietsham aforesaid and
now in the occupation of myself and Edward Mercer together with all the writings relating to
the same to have and to hold the said premises to my said grandson John Muddell Willet and
to the sons of his body lawfully issuing and for default of such sons then I give and bequeath
the aforesaid house premises and all the appurtenances then unto belonging unto and
between my four grandsons (namely) Thomas Willet of the King’s Town of Maidstone, Kent,
brewer, Robert Willet of the parish of Farleigh, Kent, servant, William Willet of the King’s
Town of Maidstone, Kent, servant, and James Willet of the parish of Wrotham, Kent, share
and share alike equally between them.
Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Caroline Willet the wife of Thomas Willet of the
parish of Wrotham, Kent, miller, the annuity or yearly sum of £3 clear of all taxes and other
deductions whatsoever for and during the term of her natural life to be paid to her half yearly
at Ladyday and Michaelmas and I charge all my real estate with the payment thereof.
Also I give and bequeath to my grandson John Muddell Willet aforesaid all my household
goods and furniture china and plate linen wearing apparel books debts chattels and all my
other effects whatsoever to and for his own sole use and benefit.
Also I give and bequeath to my grandson Thomas Willet aforesaid £10.
Executors:- grandsons John Muddell Willet and Thomas Willet.
Trustee:- my friend William Peckham schoolmaster of Harrietsham.
Witnesses:- William Bottle collarmaker of Harrietsham, Edward Mercer grocer of
Harrietsham, George Gladdish cordwinder [cordwainer] of Harrietsham.
(Name Willet is Willect in probate)
Source: Derek Miller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/1783, Probate 14 March 1831
William Muddle the elder shipwright of Brompton, Kent, will dated 20 April 1826
To my wife Christian Muddle all my household furniture, plate, linen, and china that shall be in
my dwelling house and premises at the time of my decease, for her absolute use and benefit
All those my three freehold messuages or tenements and premises situated in the High
Street of Brompton and now in the several tenures or occupations of Simon Bays, William
Bouirwell and myself, unto Henry Wilsted of Brompton shipwright and my wife Christian
Muddle and to the survivor of them upon trust, and that during her natural life my wife shall
have the rents, issues and profits from them for her absolute use and benefit.
Then after my wife’s death the said three premises to go to my sons and daughters, William
Muddle, Charlotte Conjuit wife of John Conjuit Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Royal Navy,
Elizabeth Muddle, Sarah Muddle, James Muddle and John Muddle, their heirs and assigns for ever in
equal shares for their own absolute use and benefit as tenants in common and not as joint
All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate to my wife Christian Muddle for her own
absolute use and benefit for ever.
Executor & Executrix:- the said Henry Wilsted and my wife Christian Muddle.
Witnesses:- Thomas Church, Richard Rowell, Thomas Church junior.
Source: Derek Miller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/1877, Probate 3 April 1837
John Muddle Willett of Harrietsham, Kent, will dated 25 January 1837
I give devise and bequeath unto my mother Caroline Willet all my house in Harrietsham for her
to have the rents thereof (except 3 pounds of the Rent of the house occupied by Saml Parking)
for her life after her death the whole rents (except the 3 pounds) I will to my Sister Mary
Ann Styles of Eltham but 1 year rent to be drawn at a time after her death the same rents to
go to Thomas the Son of my Brother Robt Willet.
I give unto Mary Ann Willet two hundred pounds all that house and
Land at Trottiscliff occupied by Roots.
I give to my Brother Wm Willet the house at Siverton
Street occupied by Js Ottaway the Rents thereof to Sarah Bentley Widow as long as she lives
and also the 3 pounds rent of Parkins house also the bed bedsted and Furniture and Chest
for her own use
my brother Thos and James Willet Executors
Jon Mue Willett
Witnesses Wm Peckham, Richd Fermer.
Source: Derek Miller, Prerogative Court of Canterbury PROB 11/2058, Probate 30 June 1847
William Muddell/Muddle Boatswain’s Mate, HMS Wolverene, will dated 17 February 1847
To Joseph Denison and William Merratt able Seaman serving on board the HMS Wolerene
all my cloths and personal effects which shall actually be onboard ship at the time of my
To my father William Muddell and my mother Mary Ann Muddle supposed to be now residing
at or near Chatham all wages, prize money, Batta money and all other money or monies
which shall or may be due to me at the time of my decease as also any property arising from
any source whatsoever or howsoever which shall become due to my estate now of hereafter
saving and excepting all my Cloths and personal effects which shall be onboard the
Wolverene at the time of my decease as before provided for.
Sole Executor:- my father, except that I request the Commander of the Wolverene to dispose
of my Cloths and effects as herein directed.
Will made onboard HMS Wolverene at sea.
Witnesses:- John Bewer M D Surgeon, John Dalrymple Hay Commander HMS Wolverene, P Wilness.
Source: David Olby, Consistory Court of Canterbury Vol 68 f.48, Probate 17 August 1808
Thomas Pettman Esq of Ham Manor and Eastry, will dated 7 February 1801
Daughter, Mary Ann wife of Edward Sherwood of Purley Berkshire, 3,000 pounds
Grandsons, Thomas Pettman 500 pounds at 21: Edward Pettman and John Sherwood.
Son in law, Edward Cowley "if alive and behaves well at my decease"
Mention of a mortgage of a house at Folkestone.
"To my dear son William Pettman the farms at Ham and Eastry"
Son in law Edward Sherwood and William Pettman his son to be executors.
Source: David Olby, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 17/92/103, Probate 22 October 1745
Susanna Petman of Walmer Castle, Kent, Spinster, will dated 3 September 1742
"I desire that my body may be conveyed in a hearse attended by one coach to
the Parish of Ickham in the said County of Kent and deposited in my Fathers grave".
"I give all my wearing apparel of every sort to Susanna Edwards my mother".
The wife of my brother Thomas Pettman
Susanna his daughter
Elizabeth the daughter of my brother Zachary Pettman
Elizabeth the daughter of my brother William Pettman
Susannah the daughter of my brother Zachary Pettman
Jane the wife of Henry Nevill
"My house and land at Butts Sole in the Parish of Eastry to my brother
Thomas Pettman and Thomas Cable to hold to them and their heirs for and
during the life of my mother Susanna Edwards".
Thomas son of my brother Thomas Pettman
Richard another son of my brother Thomas Pettman
Elizabeth and Susannah daughters of my brother Zachary Pettman
Margaret another daughter of my brother Zachary Pettman
"half-brothers James and Henry Lindridge".
Thomas Pettman my brother to be sole Executor.
Source: David Olby, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, PRC 17/81/499, Probate 13 October 1712
Thomazine Petman of Holy Cross Westgate, Canterbury Widow, will dated 24 May, 11 Anne 
"I give and bequeath unto the poor of the Parish of Holy Cross Westgate
aforesaid the sum of Twenty Shillings".
"... unto my granddaughter Thomazin Petman daughter of my son John Petman
the sum of twenty Pounds". "I likewise give unto her one silver salver which
was left and given unto me by my cousen Proud lately deceased".
"... unto my granddaughter Elizabeth Elizabeth Petman daughter of Robert
Petman my son the sum of five pounds...to be paid unto her when she shall
attain to her age of eighteen years or day of marriage".
"I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary Petman another of the
daughters of the said John Petman my son four silver spoons to be kept by
her ffather untill she shall come to years of discretion".
"I give and bequeath unto my son in law Thomas Lanes one guinea to by him a
"I give and bequeath all the rest of my Linnen Household stuff and plate
which was left to me by my cousen Proude unto my two sons John Petman and
Robert Petman equally to be divided".
"I likewise give and bequeath unto their wives two pair of Homeward made sheets apeice".
"I give and bequeath unto the widow Amos and Goodwife Barratt two of my
Ancient Neighbours ffive shillings apeice".
"I will Nominate and Ordain my two sons John Petman and Robert Petman Joint
Witnesses: Hannah Spenser. Thomas Denne.
Source: David Olby, Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, Vol.94 folio 523, Probate 12 March 1753
John Petman of St Stephens Hackington otherwise St Stephens, Kent, Tanner, will dated 27 July 1748
"...to my son Robert Petman ffive pounds of Lawfull money of Great Britain".
"...to my daughter Thomn. the wife of ... Lawson Gentleman the sum of one hundred pounds of
lawfull money of Great Britain".
"...unto my son Edward Petman" "all my" property " in Hackington
Holy Cross Westgate St Dunstans and Bonnington in the County of Kent or
elsewhere" and " ...all the rest and residue of my goods and chattells ready
money and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever".
Son Edward to be Sole Executor.
Witnesses: John Petman James Lawson Jon. Pomfret Jnr. Thomas Browne.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 29 October 1816 PCC 11/584
William Castell of Margate, St John the Baptist, Thanet, mariner, will dated 24 April 1807
My son William Castell of Margate, cordwainer and William Adams of
the same place, painter to be "Executors Admors and Assigns".
My dear wife Sarah Castell - to have income from the estate in her lifetime.
Son William Castell to receive a legacy partly for the bringing up of his "lawful issue".
From the estate fifty pounds is to used "to pay the creditors of my son Thomas Castell who
will not have access to capital and part of the estate must be used to the bringing up of
any "lawful issue" he may have in the future.
Witnessed by Robert Edward Hunter MS/Thomas Chapman atty Margate/ James Rossway clerk to Mr Chapman
Codicil dated 17 Aug 1815.
"Whereas since the date and execution of my will hereintofore
written and bearing the date the fourth day of April 1807 my son Thomas
Castell has been for a considerable time in his Majesty's service and absent
from this kingdom and during this time the wife of the said Thomas Castell
cohabited with another man and has been delivered of a child Now I do by
this codicil to my will direct and declare that neither such child nor any
other child which may be born to the Wife of the said Thomas Castell unless
they shall hereafter habit together as Man and Wife and any Issue of their
bodies shall be born who may become considered as lawful children shall take
any ...(blank) nor any Interest in or benefit under my said will..."
Witnessed by John Pickering// James Clarke// Thomas Chapman".
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury ref 11/1092, Probate 8 June 1782
Stephen Petman of Chatham, Kent, carpenter of his Majestys Sloop the Swift, will dated 12 Jan 1756
...as for such worldly Estate and Effects which I shall be possessed of or entitled to
at the time of my decease I give and bequeath them as followeth that is to say
to my beloved wife Susanna Petman I devise and bequeath and to her heirs
and assigns allowances Money... and constitute and appoint my said wife
Susanna Petman to be executrix...
Witnessed by: Stephen Perriman // William Dixon // Step Diar
Proved PCC 8 June 1782 by the oath of Susanna Petman widow and relict.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 24 November 1727
John Mussred of Margate, St John, Isle of Thanet yeoman, will dated 11 Feb 1725/6
I give and devise all my Messuages Lands and Tenements and hereditaments ... unto my brother Edward Mussred...
I give and bequeath unto my brother in Law John Petman and unto my sister Sarah his
wife the sume of fforty pounds apiece...
I give and bequeath unto my godson John Petman
son of the said John Petman and Sarah his wife the sume of fifty pounds...
unto Robert Petman another of the sons of the said John Petman and Sarah his
wife the sume of twenty pounds...
unto Elizabeth Taddy one of the daughters of Roger Taddy two guineas
and to her sister Sarah Taddy one guinea...
I give and bequeath unto my Godson William Pipkin two guineas...
I give and bequeath unto Henry Wallis of Margate aforesaid chirurgeon two guineas...
I give and bequeath unto ffrances ffarbrace of Margate aforesaid
spinster my now maid servant ...the yearlie sum of fouteen pounds per anno..
My said Brother Edward Mussred and William Jarvis of Margate aforesaid Maltman Executors
Witnessed by: Thomas Huffam Jnr // John Johnson // James Hanson
A list of the persons to whom I give rings ... my
Bother John Petman my sister Sarah his wife John Petman my Godson Edward
Petman one other of his sons Thomazine Petman Mary Petman his daughters //
William Jarvis // ffrances ffarbeare Witness my hand John Mussred.
Probate granted PCC to Edward brother of the deceased 24 November 1727.
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Probate 4 February 1779
Edward Petman of Hackington, Kent, Tanner, will dated 12 October 1778
I give ...my messuage or tenement with the yard garden and
appurtenances...in the parish of Holy Cross Westgate... Kent in a certain
lane there called North Lane and now or late in the tenure or occupation of
Anne Lilly or her assigns unto my servant Mary Giles... for her natural life
and after her decease ...to Tamsen Rufford
my sister Tamsen Lawson wife of James Lawson £10
Elizabeth Petman the widow of my Brother John Petman deceased £10
I give unto my ffriends John Cumming of the City of Canterbury Gentleman and
Henry Denne the elder of Littlebourne yeoman and unto each the sum
of five pounds apiece
all the rest and residue of my goods chattels
stock in trade and personal estate to Tamsen Rufford
appoint... John Cummings and Henry Denne Guardians of the porton of the said Tamsen Rufford
and of the estates herein before mentioned... until she shall have attained
the age of twenty one years
And I do... appoint the said Tamsen Rufford John
Cummings and Henry Denne Executors of this my last Will and Testament
I the said Edward Petman...set my hand and seal the twelth day of October in
the eighteenth year of the Reign of ...George the third ... and in the year
of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight...Edwd Petman (SS)
... in the presence... as witnesses J Pearce// E Norwood // Willm Gibbon//.
Proved PCC "... fourth day of ffebruary in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and seventy nine ... by the oaths of Tamsen Rufford John
Cummings and Henry Denne the elder the Executors"
Source: David Olby, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 32/69/170, Probate 11 July 1825
John Pettman of Herne, yeoman, will dated 17 June 1823
I give devise and bequeath all my Lands Tenements and
Hereditaments and real and personal Estate ...to my beloved wife Ann Pettman
and immediately after the Decease or remarriage of my said wife unto my
sons James Pettman Robert Pettman and William Pettman...
land at Blacksole ... yearly interest of the sum of Two Hundred Pounds...to my son Thomas
Pettman ... unto...his child or children ...at the respective Age or Ages of
twenty and one years...
to my daughter Mary Thorp...Four Hundred Pounds
unto my daughter Elizabeth Pettman...
unto my son John Pettman...ffive Pounds...he having received from me in my lifetime more than his due
proportion of my (defective copy - DSO) with his brothers and sisters...
The rest and residue ...unto my said sons and daughters Thomas Pettman Jame
Pettman Edward Pettman Henry Pettman Robert Pettman Ann Lawrence Mary Thorp
William Pettman and Elizabeth Pettman equally
my wife Ann Pettman and my said sons James Pettman Robert Pettman and William Pettman executors
Witnessed by John Thorp//Thomas Sturges// Elizabeth Sturges.
"The before registered will... was proved the Eleventh Day of June 1825
...by the oaths of Ann Pettman widow the Relict James Pettman and Robert
Pettman the sons the three Executors".
Source: David Olby, Consistory Court of Canterbury PRC 32/66/326, Probate 29 March 1783
Sarah Petman of Deal, Widow, will dated 15 June 1782
I give... unto my son Zachariah Petman ... fifteen pounds...
I give ... unto my daughter Sarah Fellerar the Wife of John Fellerar of the Town of Folkstone ... Kent
unto my daughter Margaret the wife of John Selth of Deal aforesaid Mariner...fifteen pounds
to my three grandsons Zachariah Petman William Petman and John Petman children of my
late son William Petman deceased the sum of five pounds
my daughter Frances Petman full and sole executor
The Mark of Sarah Petman.
Witnesses: Henry M.../ Robert Miller/ John Cumore.
Proved ..." the twenty ninth day of March 1783... by the oath of Frances
Petman the sole executrix..."
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury ref 11/1426, Probate 13 May 1805
John Petman of City of Rochester, Kent, Ironmonger, will dated 13 November 1803
my brother William Petman of Staple, Farmer all my wearing apparel
my Niece Martha Petman daughter of my Brother William Petman...£25
whereas upon my marriage with my dear wife
Elizabeth I received by my Bond to and for her disposal the sum of £200 payable at my decease
I hereby direct the same to be accordingly paid and I give...my wife...£300 ...
to Wiliam ffrench of Shorn, Shopkeeper and John Chaplin of the City of
Rochester Coach Master the legacy of £5 apiece for their trouble as trustees
all my silver and plate to be equally divided between my said
wife Elizabeth and such child or children as shall be living at the time of my decease
in case there should be no children living...or...21 years ...to be equally divided between
my two Nieces Elizabeth Petman Daughter of my Brother William Petman and the said Martha Petman
To my said wife Elizabeth my silver watch and trinkets thereto belonging ...
and all my messuage or Tenement with the Back Office... and Premises...
situate... at the end of Meeting House Alley in High Street Strood
...now in the Tenure of (blank) Reynolds Baker... and also ...the
Estates and premises which are now vested in me by way of Mortgage and all
the rest... of my household Goods Tools Implements and Stock in Trade..
they my said trustees ... may sell... and lay out and invest the same on other
stocks ffunds or securities ... and take the interest... and pay and apply
unto my said wife Elizabeth until my youngest child for the time
being...Attain the Age of Twenty One years ... that my said wife shall
maintain bring up educate and place out to Apprenticeships or other suitable
stations such my children.. the sum of £500 ... to put and
place out ...the interest to be received by my wife Elizabeth... for her
and their own use and benefit ... and in case I should not ... any child ...
then after her decease unto ... my said two Nieces Martha and Elizabeth Petman
It is my will ... that my Body shall be interred in my ffamily
grave in St Margarets Church in the City of Rochester ... it is my intention
to have no pomp but that the same should be decent and becoming a person in
my situation in life
I do hereby constitute ... William ffrench and John Chaplin and my said Wife Exors
Witnessed by Jn. Lockwood Attorney in Law Strood// Ann Lockwood // J. W. Goldsmith Clerk to Mr
"This will was proved at London the thirteenth day of May in the Year of
Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Five ... by the oath of Elizabeth
Petman widow the Relict off the Deceased and one of the Exors..."
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury ref 11/866, Probate 26 June 1761
Sarah Taddy of the City of Canterbury, spinster, will dated 2 March 1761
unto Sarah the wife of Nicholas Moverley of Ramsgate ...Twenty pounds
such rest and residue unto my sister Elizabeth Petman ...whom I make... sole executrix
but if ... my said sister shall happen to die in my life then ... I give...
unto my kinsman Roger Taddy ... two hundred pounds
unto John Taddy son of my late kinsman Richard Taddy deceased and unto my cousins Elizabeth Taddy and Anne
Taddy Daughters of my late uncle Nicholas Taddy deceased ... One Hundred Pounds apiece
unto Christopher Taddy Son of my late kinsman John Taddy deceased ... three hundred Pounds
unto Roger Taddy Son of my kinsman James Taddy and nephew of my aforesaid Kinsman Roger Taddy ...One hundred
and unto Elizabeth Taddy daughter of my said Kinsman James Taddy the sum of Two Hundred Pounds
and all the Rest and Residue ...unto my Kinsman James Taddy and my Kinsman Emerson Mussared
equally to be divided between them ... and in such case ... I make them Executors
I give unto my servant Mercy Tiddeman ... during the term of her natural
life one annuity of twelve Pounds ... from ... my Real Estate ... in the
parish of St Margarets Canterbury ... in or near a certain Lane there called Hawks Lane
Witnesses: John Jehon, Thos. Smith, Hen. Hatcher//.
"This Will was proved at London the Twenty Sixth day of June in the year of
our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty One ... by the oath of
Elizabeth Petman Widow the Sister of the Deceased and Sole Executrix..."
Source: David Olby, Prerogative Court of Canterbury 11/835, Probate 23 January 1758. Admon 7 June 1782
Mary Everard of Faversham Widow, will dated 1 October 1743
"Whereas I am intitled immediately after the death of Thomas Lane of the City
of Canterbury to one third part the whole in three equall parts to be
divided of and in one moiety or half part of a messuage ffarm and lands ...
situate at Bonnington ... Kent now in the Possession of John Gothers ...I
hereby give ... the said third part ... unto my Neice Thomasine Lawson wife
of James Lawson Gentleman"
unto my Neice Mary Petman daughter of my Brother John Pettman of the City of Canterbury Tanner
the sum of £1000
unto my Neice Thomasin Lawson all my Capital Stock and South Sea Annuities...interest and
dividends...either in my name of my Late Husband Stephen Everard deceased
unto Edward Pettman Son of my said Brother John Pettman ... One Hundred Pounds
unto my Brother John Pettman and Sarah Pettman his wife the Sum of Ten Pounds for Mourning
unto my said Neice Mary Pettman my Gold Watch and Chain
unto my old servant Susannah Jeffreys ...five pounds by the year...
all the rest residue ...of my real and personal estate...I give unto my said Neice Thomasin Lawson
and do nominate ... the said Thomasin Lawson full and sole Executrix
witnesses: / Thomas Whitlock // Ann Sporgen // Michl. Bothem //
Codicil dated 10 Oct 1753
I give ... my nephew Robert Pettman One Annuity of Twenty Pounds par Annum
I give to my said nephews Robert and Edward Pettman the sum of Ten Guineas each to buy Mourning
to my old servant Susan Jeffryes ...the red bed in the garrett with the furniture two pairs of
sheets six napkins six towells my six Turkey work chairs one copper boiling pott and
one sauce pan six pewter plates two pewter dishes ...together with five pounds in money
and to each of my servants as shall live with me at the time of my decease five pounds apeice
Witness // Natha: Bothem.
" This Will was proved at London with a Codicil annexed the twenty third Day
of January in the Year of our Lord One Thousand and Fifty Eight by the oath
of Thomasin Lawson wife of James Lawson the Neice and Sole Executrix ..."
" On the 7 day of June 1782 Admon with the Will and Codicil annexed ... of
Mary Everard of the Town of Faversham Widow decd ...by Thomasin Lawson the
Neice of the said decd. Sole Extrix. and Residuary Legatee named in the sd.
Will now also Deced. were granted to James Lawson Lawson Esqr. the Husband
and Rlict of the said Thomasin Lawson decd. having been first sworn duly to
Admr. the said Thomasin Lawson dying Intestate".
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