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Wills of 17th Century Gentlemen of Chatham 1647-1698

John WANLER 1648

In the Name of God Amen
I John Wanler of Chatham in the County of Kent gent being of perfect mind and memorie thankes be given unto almightie god doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner following
   First and the chiefest of all I comitt my soule into the hands of my Creator hopinge steadfastlie of my salvation onlie in and through the merritts of Jesus Christ my onlie Saviour and redeemer
   And as touching my estate which itt hath pleased God to give unto mee through his care and providence I doe will and bequeath in manner and forme following
   First I give and bequeath all my lands which I now stand seized of in Higham, Halstow and St Margaretts neere Rochester all in the County of Kent unto my onlie daughter Elizabeth Somer now the wife of Richard Somer of Clifford's Inn London gent and to the heirs of her bodie lawfully begotten by the said Richard Somer
   And as for the fowre hundred sixtie and fowre pounds in my Sonne Somer his hands which I deposited to him for     ?     the purchase of his land in Milton neere Gravesend of Mr Turkes called Poundsfield my will and desire is that soe much of that land accordinge to the rate of the purchase as hee bought itt more? bee estated? and settled upon my said daughter and their heires in the same manner if itt shall please god I depart this life before itt bee otherwise settled
   Item I give and bequeath to one Mrs Priscilla Steggen? dwelling neere Lymehouse bridge the sume of twentie pounds
   Item I give unto Goodwife Pulman the wife of Robert Pulman foure pounds
   Item I give unto Robert Pulman twentie shillings
   Also I give and bequeath unto my maid servant Jane Popple twentie shillings
  Also I give and bequeath unto Robert Walker of St Margaretts and his now wife each of them twentie shillings
   Also I give unto Mr Rosewell the Minister of Chatham twentie shillings
   Item I give unto the poor people of the Parishe of Saint Margaretts neere Rochester the sume of three pounds to be distributed att the discretion of Mr Thomas and Mr William Somer desiringe them to have respect to the ancientest dwellers there and poorest
   Item I give unto the poore of the parish of Chatham the sume of Fortie shillings to be distributed by the Churchwardens for the time being
   And the rest of my goods and chattels moneys plate and household stuffe my debts being paid Legacies and funerall expenses discharged I give unto my Sonne Richard Somer whom I make executor of this my last will and Testament
   And I desire my good friend Mr Miles Troughton and Mr Edward Hayward to be overseers of this my last will and for their paines I doe give unto each of them twentie shillings to buy either of them a Ringe
   In witness of this to bee my last will and Testament I have this one and twentieth daie of September in the three and twentieth yeare of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles of England Scotland France and Ireland Kinge defender of the Faith etc Anno Domini One thousand six hundred fortie seaven sett my hand and Seale John Wanler Signed sealed and published in the presence of Mayles? Troughton E. Hayward
   Proved 1st April 1648

The Halstow mentioned in the will is High Halstow, where, in the churchyard is the tomb of William Somer, erected in 1607. This tomb was repaired and "beautified" by Wanler's son in law and William Somer's grandson, Richard Somer in 1672. Richard Somer has a mural monument in Rochester Cathedral (see my Monumental Inscriptions of Rochester Cathedral on this site), on which his father in law's surname is given as Waller not Wanler. A John Wanler is a witness of the will of Sir John Hawkins, 1594

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