John Smalham
(-Bef 1565)
Alice
(-Bef 1562)
Francis Smalham
(Abt 1554-)

 

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Francis Smalham

  • Born: Abt 1554

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Will, 9 Dec 1565. In dei nome amen. The 9th day of December in the year of our lord god 1565, I, John Smalham of Seal in the diocese
of Rochester, yeoman, being sick and weak of body yet of a perfect mind and good remembrance, thanked therefore be god, do or
dain and make this my present testament and last will in manner and form as followeth. First and principally I give and bequeath my soul
to god Almighty, mine only Saviour and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, And my body to be buried in the churchyard of Seal aforesaid beside
my late wife there buried. Item: I will to the chest of the poor in Seal aforesaid 12d. Item: I give and bequeath unto my son James
Smalham my folding silver spoon. Item: I will and bequeath unto my daughter, Amy, one Gold Ring with a Tur? which was late her mother's,
one joined bedstead now standing in the parlour?, my second best feather bed with its bolster and two pillows of feathers, my second best coverlet, my
second best pair of blankets, two pairs of sheets, my great brass pan, 3 pewter platters, 3 pewter dishes, 2 salvers and a salt cellar of bone or
ivory. Item: I will and bequeath unto that child which my wife now goeth, whether it shall please god that it be a man or woman,
my silver salt cellar with the cover and half a dozen of silver spoons, a Spresse Table with the foot wherein it now standeth and also a ??
to set a ?? to be delivered unto him or her by mine executor at th'age of 21 years. Item: I will and bequeath to John Johnson
servant to my Lord of Canterbury's Grace, mine ambling colt with the flaxen mane and flaxen tail. Item: I will, give and ?? unto
my trusty friends and wellbeloved in Christ, John Stace and William Polhill, yeomen, and to either of them jointly and severally, full power
and lawful authority by virtue of this my present testament and last will to bargain, ??, sell and assure all those my land, meadows,
pastures and woods called Shinglehills with appurtenances, lying and being in Seal aforesaid, now in the occupancy of me the said John and of
one John Stephen, to whatsoever person or persons, in fee simple, to and for the most profit and advantage that they, and either of them, shall or can do.
And also to sell to and for the most profit and advantage mine 3 fat oxen, my 20 fat wethers and my two best geldings and the money and
profit whatsoever coming by them to be employed to the only use and behoof of my 4 sons and daughter, that is to say, Francis?, Henry,
Walter, James and Amy. And to be paid, delivered and equally to be divided between them, and only of them, in manner and form hereafter following
?? to my said sons at their several age and ages of 23 years at the mansion house of the said John Stace now situated in Leigh
next to Tonbridge in the said county. And to my said daughter Amy at her full age of 20 years at the said place or within 28 days after
notice given of the said age and ages of my said sons and daughter being full being full past. And if it shall happen any of my said sons or daughter to
decease before their said several age, ages or payment aforesaid made that then I will that the part, portion or portions of him, her and them so
deceased shall be equally divided between the survivor or survivors of them to be paid to them, and every of them, by the said John Stace and William at the
said place within one month after notice given of the said age and ages being full past. Provided always and my very will is that mine
executor hereafter named shall have the occupation and use of the money which shall rise and grow of the said sale of the 3 oxen and 20 wethers,
she, my said executor, putting the said John Stace and William Polhill in such sufficient assurance as by them shalbe devised for the repayment
thereof to them or either of them (to the use aforesaid) at or on this side the feast of the nativity of our lord god 1567.
The residue of all my goods and cattalls, moveable and unmoveable, not before by me limited and devised to the said John Stace and William
Polhill to the use of my said sons and daughter in manner and form aforesaid to be paid, I wholly, fully and with effect will, give and bequeath unto
Margery, my wellbeloved wife, whom I do constitute, ordain and make my whole and sole executrix of this my present testament
and last will. And also I do desire and ordain my worshipful friend, Mr. Robert Rogers, Esquire, to be supervisor of this my present testament
and last will to be assistor and an helper to my said executrix to the better performance of the of the ?? by me above devised, to whom for his pains
and diligence therein taken I give and bequeath my grey, young, ambling gelding.
Item: I will that my trusty friends, John Stace and William Polhill, shall devise, give and let farm all the said lands called
Shinglehills (before willed to be sold) to the most advantage and profit until the time of the said sale thereof in form aforesaid devised to be made.
And the money and rent thereof coming and issuing to be employed by them to the only use and behoof and bringing up of my said children. Item: I will that my said
executrix shall keep to school? and bring up my said son James Smalham during the time of 4 years next ensuing after my decease.
And shall keep and bring up my said son Henry during two years next ensuing. Also I will that the said John Stace and William
Polhill shall account unto my said 4 sons and daughter of all the money and profit by them received of and for my said lands and cattall.
Item: I will to the said John Stace for his payment ?? my black colt going in Nothlands and to the said William Polhill, my
little hang? or woodbrif?. Witness hereof the said John Stace, William Polhill, Robert Godden and John Hooper with others
yeven the day and year above written.


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