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Wills -transcribed sundry wills 

1599 will of Arthur Godfrey - shepherd of Hastingleigh

Arthur Godfrey of the parish of Hastingleigh, three or four days before his death, 

which was about the beginning of Aprill in anno dom 1599 being of good and ......

memories made and  dictated this his last will and testament   ............... in form

following. That in having first commended his soule to Almighty God hee gives and bequeathes

his following viz.

To Margaret Coveney daughter of John Coveney his maisters daughter, his best sheep.

To John Coveney and Henry Coveney sons of John Coveney aforesaid to each of them two sheep.

He gave to Maria Coveney his maisters daughter two sheep.

He willed and gave to Goodman Philpott of Wye his best breeches and doublet and his blenet coate.

He gave to his godson the said Philpot's son his chest and a jerkin to make him a coat.

He gave to William his fellowe shepherde a new paire of stockings and a new paire of shoos.

He willed to George Curling his best hat and a girdle.

He willed to Agnis Boothe his best leather breeches and his dublet, a new paire of stockings and a new shirte.

He gave to Leonard Hodgeman of Wye his oldr apparel.

He gave to the three Maide Servants of John Coveney his maister to each of them twelve pence.

He gave to Thomas Feather two shillings and for sake that if it pleased God to take him away then

hee appointed Edward Coveney of Hastingleigh to see this will performed and to have the ordering

and dispersal of all his goods according to this his will

these being witnessed William Epps and Paul Impette(?) and others.

Probate 21 April 1599




1881 will of Cubison Stickles:

This is the last will and testament of me Cubison Stickells of Hastingleigh in the county of Kent, shoemaker.
I give and bequeath unto each of my nephews and nieces:

Edward Stickells of North Leigh in the said County of Kent, carpenter
John Stickells of the city of Canterbury, coach builder,
Rosa Sutton the wife of Alfred Sutton of Elham in the said county of Kent, Farmer
and Frances File the wife of Stephen File of Bossingham in the same county Farmer
a legacy or sum of nineteen guineas
And I give and bequeath all the real and personal estate of or to which I am or at my death shall
be seized posessed or entitled at law or in equity or which I have or at my death shall have power to dispose of by this my will or any codicil
hereto (except what I otherwise dispose of by this my will) unto and to the use of my dear sister Frances Pibus of Elham aforesaid - widow,
her heirs executors administrators and assigns And I appoint my said sister Frances Pibus and my friend George Tappenden of Hastingleigh
aforesaid Grocer Executrix and Executor of this my will and I hereby revoke all former wills. In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand
this twentieth day of August One Thousand eight hundred and eighty one.
Signed and acknowledged by the said Cubison Stickells as his last will and tesament in the presence of us present at the same time who at his
request in his precence and in the precence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Edward Plummer Solicitor
Canterbury, Thomas Bunce his Clerk, Cubison Stickells.


Will of Stephen Mihell of Waltham 1709

[ a moiety is a part portion or share or division ]
In the name of God Amen

- The ffourth day of June in the year of Jesus Christ 1708 I Christopher Mihell of
this parish of Waltham in the County of Kent ... weak in Body but
strong in mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament
in manner and form following that is to say ffirst i command my soul in to
the hand of God my maker and redeemer hoping  aforesaidly through the only
merits of Jesus Christ my saviour to be made partaker of life everlasting and
my body commanded in to the earth whereof I was made desiring to be buried
the parish churchyard of Waltham near unto the body of my wife in a
decent order and manner by mine executors hereafter named. Item I give and
bequeath unto George Legget my son the one moiety of all my house and with
all the appertains therein to belonging that purtiase a moiety which I
purchased of Richard Browning I give it unto George Leggett and to his heirs
forever had owning up and giving a just amount at the time of my decease
of all the money that he hath disbursed for my use in the time of my life and what
money is over and above the value of the moiety my will is it shall be divided in the three
equall parts to be equally divided betwixt Dorothy Athorne, Mary Legget and
Elizabeth Ffavell my three daughters. Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas
Ffavell my son the other moiety of all my house and land with all the appertains
thereunto belonging that purchase or moiety which I purchased of George
White and his sons my Deeds of purchase will distinguish their moities -
apart the drawing up and giving a just amount at the time of my decease of
all the money he hath disbursed for my use in the time of my life and what
money is over and above the value of the moiety my will is it shall be divided
into three parts to be equally divided betwixt Dorothy Athorne, Mary Leggett
and Elizabeth Ffavell my three daughters and to be paid out of the land by my-
executors hereinafter named. Item all my moveable goods whatsoever and in
whose hands soever I give to be equally divided in to four parts betwixt
my four children that is to say Dorothy Athorne a part, Mary Legget a part,
Elizabeth Ffavell a part, my three daughters and my son Thomas Mihell
his .... a part after my decease. Item I nominate and appoint -
George Leggett and Thomas Ffavell to be my executors to pay my debts and
.... and to bury me ... and ... In beliefs .... ....
here unto set my hand and seal to this my last aforesaid will and testament
revoking all former Wills and Testaments by memade dated the day and year
the mark of Stephen Mihell sealed and confirmed
-Probate 1709-

(16 Oct 1692 Dorothy married John Athorn at Waltham, 9 Oct 1693 Mary married George Leggett at Waltham,
17 Oct 1699 Elizabeth married Thomas Fowell - in the Waltham records the surname is spelt Miles not Myhell or Mihil.)
George Legget and Mary Mihil's children were baptised at Hastingleigh, and they were buried at Hastingleigh.)

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