The will of Thomas Halke (1645 – 1728)

Thomas is a distant cousin (5th cousin 9 times removed) of mine

In the Name of God Amen
I Thomas Halke the Elder of Petham in the
County of Kent Yeoman being well in Body and of
sound Mind and Memory, Praised be God! considering
the Incertainty of this Mortal Life do make and
ordain this my Present Last Will and Testament
in manner following First I bequeath my Soul to
Almighty God my Creator hoping to be saved by the
Merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer And my Body
I commit to the Earth to be decently interred according
to the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named
Item I give to the poor of the Parish of Petham
aforesaid the Sum of Five Pounds to be paid and
distributed amongst them at the discretion of my
Executor within Six Months next after my decease
Item I give and devise to my Grandson John Halke
Son of John Halke my Late Son deced All that my
Moiety or half part of all that Messuage or Farm
called Garlinge with the Lands Woodlands & Appurtences
situate lying and being in Petham aforesaid at or near
a certain place there called Garlinge Green and now
in my own Occupation and in the Occupation of John

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Noble And also all that my Messuage or Tenement
with the Buildings Garden Land and Appurtences
to the same belonging situate and being in Chilham
in the said County of Kent and now or late in the
Occupation of John Knock or his Assigns And
also all that other Messuage or Tenement formerly
called the Chauntry House and now known by the
Sign of the Chequer with the Garden Orchard and
Appurtences to the same belonging situate and being
in Waltham in the County aforesaid And now or
late in the Occupation of the Widow Pilcher or her
Assigns To have and to hold the said Moiety Messu=
=ages Lands Tenements and Premisses with the
Appurtences unto my said Grandson John Halke
his Heirs and Assigns forever Item I give to my
said Grandson John Halke the Sum of One Hundred
Pounds of lawful Money of Great Britain to be
paid by my Executor within One year next after
my decease Item I give and devise to my Grandson
William Halke
another Son of my said Son John
Halke All that my Messuage or Farm called
Scarpes with all the Lands and Tenements to the
same belonging with the Appurtences situate lying
and being in Lympninge and Elmsted or One of
them in the said County of Kent and now or late
in the Tenure or Occupation of John Hobday his
Lessees or Undertenants And also also all that my
Messuage or Tenement with the Buildings
Garden Orchard Lands Woodland and Appurtences
to the same belonging situate lying and being in
Waltham aforesaid and now or late in the Tenure
or Occupation of John Keeler his Lessees or Underte=
=nants To have and to hold the said Messuages Lands
Tenements & Premisses last mentioned with the
Appurtences unto my said Grandson William Halke

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his Heirs and Assigns forever Item I give to my
said Grandson William Halke the Sum of One
Hundred Pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain
to be paid by my Executor within One Year next
after my decease Item I give and bequeath to
my Grandaughter Abigail Halke Daughter of
my said Son John Halke the Sum of One Hundred
Pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain to
be paid her by my Executor at her Age of One
and Twenty Years or Day of Marriage which
shall first happen Item I give and bequeath to
my Grandaughter Hester Halke another Daugh=
=ter of my said Son John Halke the like Sum of
One Hundred Pounds of like money to be paid by
my Executor at her Age of One and Twenty Year
or Day of Marriage which shall first happen Item
All other my Messuages Lands Tenements & Estate
whatsoever both real and personal not hereinbefore
given and bequeathed I give and devise to my Son Tho==mas Halke his Heirs Executors and Assigns forever
He paying all my Just debts and Legacies according
to the true Intent and Meaning of this my Will
And I do make constitute and appoint my said
Son Thomas Halke full and sole Executor of this
my Present Last Will contained in One Sheet
and this part of a Sheet of paper I have to each
sheet set my Hand and to the Top and Last Sheet
thereof set my Seal the Twenty Sixth day of
June in the Eleventh year of the Reign of our
Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great
Britain France and Ireland King Defender of
the Faith &c. Annoq[ue] Dni 1725. Thomas Halke.
Senr. Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said
Thomas Halke the Testator for and as his Last Will

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and Testament in the presence of us who have
subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the Presence
of the said Testator John Robinson John Keeling
John Sawkins. Whereas I the said Thomas Halke
in and by this my Will have given to my Grand=
=daughter Abigail Halke the Sum of One Hundred
Pounds to be paid at her Age of One and Twenty
years or Day of Marriage which should first happen
And whereas I have already given and advanced the
said Sum of One Hundred Pounds upon the
Marriage of the said Abigail with Nicholas
Swaine her now Husband Therefore I do hereby revoke
and make void the said Bequest and Legacy of One
Hundred pounds, any thing in my said Will menconed
to the contrary notwithstanding Witnes my Hand
this Third Day of June Anno Dni 1728. Tho: Halke.
Witnes hereinto. John Sawkins, The marke of Susanna
Curd.

Probate statement – to be completed

Probatum fuit huiusmodi
antescriptum Testamentum Thomæ
Halke Senr. nuper de Petham infra Archinat
Cant defuncti Sexto Die Mensis Julii Anno Dni
1728 Coram Mro Jacobo Henstridge Clico Surrto Venlis
Viri Georgii Paul Legum Dcoris Vicarii in Spualibus Genlis
ac Offilis Prinlis ltime Constitut Rev.? in Xpo Patris
ac Dni Dni Gulielmi Providentia Divina Cant Archiepi
totius Angliæ Primatis et Metroponi Visitationem suam
Ordinar exerien Juramento Thoma Halke Filii nralis
et ltimi dci defunct et Executoris…

Translated from the probate statement:

[This before-written will of
Thomas Halke Senior, deceased,
late of Petham in the Archdeaconry of Canterbury
was proved the Sixth Day of the Month of July in the Year of Our Lord
1728 Before …
By the oath of Thomas Halke natural
and legitimate son of the said deceased and Executor named …]

Source

The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury and is viewable on microfilm at the CCA or CKS. It should also be possible to see it on FamilySearch at an FHC or affilicated library.

CCA ref: PRC/17/87/17d


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