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Will of Henry Huffam (1582-1658) transcribed



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In the name of God amen The eighth day of February AD one thousand six hundred and fifty eight [8 Feb 1658] I Henry Huffam in the parish of Preston in the county of Kent yeoman though weak of the body yet of good and perfect memory the Lord be praised for it and for all his mercies and favours bestowed on me from time to time do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following

first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God assuring myself by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to have full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and by no other means and my soul to inherit everlasting life and my body I commit to the earth from whence it was taken to be decently buried within the church yard of the parish church of Preston aforesaid and as for my worldly goods that God lent me here in this life I give them as followeth:

I will and give to my son Henry Huffam two Hundred pounds of current English money one hundred pounds xxx of which he the said Henry hath given me bonds for my will and meaning is that the said bonds shall be delivered unto him within one month next after my decease and the other hundred pounds my will and meaning is shall be paid unto him within one year next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named

Item I will and give unto my son Richard Huffam one hundred pounds of like lawful English money to be paid unto him within three years next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named

Item I will and give unto my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Steven Woodland five pounds to be paid unto her within six months next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named

Item I will and give unto my daughter Sarah the wife of William Harris thirty pounds of like lawful English money to be paid unto her within three months next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named which said sum of thirty pounds which is in the hands of the said William Harris

Item I will and give unto my daughter Margaret Johnson twenty pounds of current English money to be paid unto her within three months next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named

Item I will and give unto my daughter Erme Huffam sixteen pounds of like lawful English money to be paid unto her within three months next after my decease to be paid by my executor hereinafter named

Item I also will and give unto the said Erme my daughter one bedstead with the bed and all the furniture thereunto belonging standing in the great loft to be delivered unto her within one month next after my decease by my executor hereinafter named

Item I will and give unto the three daughters of Steven Woodland namely Mary, Margaret and Sarah unto each of them five pounds apiece to be paid unto them when they shall attain their several ages of one and twenty years or at their day of marriage which of them shall happen first to come

Item my will is that if either of these sisters shall depart this life before they shall accomplish their several ages as aforesaid then I say my will and meaning is that her or their parts so dying shall remain and be paid unto her or them which shall be then alive by my executor hereinafter named

Item I will and give unto Mary the daughter of Andrew Hollness five pounds of current English money to be paid unto her when she shall attain the age of one and twenty years or at her day of marriage which of them shall first happen to come by my executor hereinafter named

Item all the residue of my moveable goods whatever not bequeathed in this my will kettles and chattels bills and bonds and ready money whatever which I own at the day of my death after my legacies are paid my creditors satisfied my funeral expenses and the probate of this my will discharged I will and firstly give unto my son Michael whom I do make and ordain to be my heir and sole executor of this my testament and last will

This is the last will and testament of me Henry Huffam of Preston in the County of Kent yeoman as aforesaid made and declared the day and year first above written of all my houses and lands orchards and gardens with all and singular the buildings edifices and hereditments thereunto belonging situate and lying and being in the parish of Minster in the Isle of Thanet and Ash near Sandwich in the County of Kent aforesaid

Item I will give and bequeath unto my son Michael Huffam all my lands lying within the parish of Ash next Sandwich to him and his heirs for ever on condition that he the said Michael Huffam his heirs and assigns shall pay unto my sister Mary Paramour ten shillings a year for and during the term of her natural life in manner and form following that is to say at two times in the year at the end of every six months five shillings and the first payment of five shillings to be made and paid the Wednesday six months next after my decease and for every six months after five shillings for and during the rest of her natural life as aforesaid

Item I will give and bequeath unto my son Richard Huffam all my houses and lands orchards and gardens with all and singular the buildings edifices and hereditments thereunto belonging lying and situate in Minster in the Isle of Thanet and county of Kent aforesaid unto him and his heirs forever on condition that he the said Richard Huffam his heirs and assigns shall xxx and truly pay unto my daughter Anne Huffam three pounds a year in manner and form following that is to say at two times in the year at the end of every six months thirty shillings and the first payment of thirty shillings to be made and paid the Wednesday six months next after my decease and for every six months after thirty shillings for and during the term of her natural life and further my will and xx meaning is that if my son Richard shall either neglect or refuse to pay the legacy of three pounds per year before given in this my will at any time or times when my daughter says it ought to be paid then I say and my will and xxx meaning is that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said daughter Anne or any other person or persons whatsoever for and in her name and stand rightly enter in and upon the land before given unto my son Richard xxx my will xxx or on any part thereof to enter and xxx for the same and the difference or differences or xxxx had and taken to drive board or carry away and the same to xxx hold and keep until the said legacies of three pounds a year with the arrears and any charges if any be fully satisfied contented and paid

Item I also will and give unto the said Anne Huffam my daughter forty four pounds of lawful English money to be paid unto her within one year next after my decease by my said son Michael Huffam afore named executor and Anno Fat Quiate assuring myself that when death hath seized on this my body my soul shall rest in peace with Christ my saviour and I do publish this to be my testament and last will which is here written in xxx and xxx of three sheets of paper revoking and utterly making void all other wills that I have formerly made or intended to have made in writing in witness thereof I have onto the two former sheets set my hand and onto the third and last sheet I have set my hand and seal the day and year first written

HH

signed in the presence of Henry Paramour and Roger Elliott

This will was proved at London the sixth and twentieth day of May in the year of our Lord God One Thousand six Hundred and fifty-nine [20 May 1659] before the Judge for probate of wills and granting administration by the oath of Michael Huffam the son and sole executor to whom was committed administration being first legally sworn duly to administer

[Transcribed by Robin Young]


Linked toMarie Consant; Henry Huffam (Will)

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