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 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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