The will of Mary Bedlake née Adams ( -1665/66)

Most that Mary left was to be equally divided between her 4 daughters, the exception being that Marie, the eldest did not inherit £4 like the others. Perhaps there was friction between them: Mary was anxious to prevent a law suit arising, but saw sufficient possibility to appoint others to arbitrate, if necessary. The income from property, sold or let, could be divided without argument, but the value of household items etc. would not be so easy to determine.

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The will of Christopher Bedlake ( -1653)

Christopher wrote a simple will, leaving almost everything to his wife for her lifetime and then equally between his four daughters. The one exception was that eldest daughter Mary was to receive one bedsted and a table. He allowed for the possibility of a dispute between his daughters or their husbands, and said that any starting a suit would get just five shillings.

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The will of Cicely Sladden née Bedlake (1630-1714)

Cicely left everything to her surviving child, Richard. This included two tenements described as ‘on the beach’ in Deal, which she stipulated he should pass these on to his children, doing nothing to hinder this without good reason.

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The inventory of George Wildbore (est. 1534 – 1606/07)

The probate inventory of George Wildbore, one of my 11 x gt grandfathers, who died in Minster in Thanet in Kent in 1606/07. It lists the houses moveable items and values them, and also the livestock, the main farm implements, and the crops – harvested and sown.

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