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Wills of Caulkers of Chatham and Gillingham 1638-1841

Thomas DUCKE 1638

Somewhat confusingly there are 2 wills for Thomas Duck, with slightly different probate dates. They seem identical, so I have chosen the clearest one

this twenty five
of September 1638 of ye fourteenth yeare of ye reigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by ye grace of God King of England Scotland France & Ireland defender of ye faith etc I THOMAS DUCKE of Gillingham in ye Countie of Kent Ms Caulker of England being very weake & sicke in body but of sound & perfect memory praised be god doe make & declare this my last Will & Testament in manner & forme following that is to say
& above all things I commend my Soule into ye handes of almighty god my maker & blessed redeemer my body to ye earth to be buried after ye manner of Xtian buriall
I give & bequeath unto my daughter MARY DUCKE unto my other children what god pleaseth by reason unborne man or woman I give bequeath unto these my heires all ye Landes tents & hereditaments whatsoever being in Upchurch     ?     ?     after ye death of ELIZABETH BLESSENDEN equally to be devided to them & likewise ye Longer Lived of these my heires to     ?     ?     ?     ?     executors to fell trees for ye     ?     repair of ye said house barne & stables & noe other use whatsoever
   further more I will & ordaine that my executors hereafter named shall layout or purchase so much Landes as shall be bought for ye full sume of three hundred and four score pounds which I give unto my wife MARY during her naturall life & after her decease to ye heires of my body Lawfully begotten & for want these heires unto the heires of me THOMAS DUCKE aforesaid
I will & bequeath unto my well beloved Mother MARY DUCKE XX pounds to be paid within 6 months after my decease
I bequeath unto my Sisters JANE DUCKE & ANN DUCKE XV pounds apeece to be paid within 6 months after my decease by my executors likewise
likewise for my wife her goods which she brought to be disposed to her & her childe & my other goods to be disposed to my childe MARY DUCKE
ordaine RICHARD GARDINER & MARY my wife to be my executors of this my last Will & Testament & moreover I ordaine my Mother MARY DUCKE to have my Cosyn ELIZABETH BLESSENDEN in her Keeping during her naturall life & to receive ye rents & proffitts of ye same house & Land att Upchurch Keeping of it in good repaires & after ye death of my cosen BLESSENDEN to my heires aforesaid provided alwaies that my said Mother is not to sell my timber but for ye repaires of ye said house     ?
In Witness [thereof] I have hereunto sett my hand & seal this 25th of September Anno 1638 THOS DUCKE Sealed & I do in ye presence of NATH. AUSTYN the mark of RICH. GARDINER CHAS. GRANT
Proved 1st November 1638 Power reserved to RICHARD GARDINER

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