Thomas was the husband of Maria BECON, a 9 x great aunt of mine. In this will Thomas refers several times to relations being the 'naturall sister', etc. 'Natural' is often used to mean illegitimate, but really it means biological. Often the only reason to refer to e.g. a son as natural was when he was illegitimate and so not also a legal son. Here I believe there is no suggestion that these relations are connected by illegitimate links, rather it is to distinguish his blood relations from those by marriage (who at this time were often simply referred to as 'sister', 'brother' etc. without the qualification of in-law or similar). [Page numbers are included and line breaks as in the document to make referring to or from images of the will easier]
[p.1] In the name of God Amen Thomas Terry thelder of Braburne in the County of Kent yeoman beinge weake in body and consideringe the frayle estate of man which is cut downe as the grasse doe make and ordeyne this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme followinge, And first I bequeath my soule unto God haveinge through the Death of his sonne Jesus Christ to have my sinnes pardoned, and my body to the earth from whence it came to be Decently buried and my funerall expences paid with this probate of this my Will, and then for my temporall estate I bequeath as followeth Imprimis I give unto my sonne Thomas five shillinges Item I give unto my sonne Basill or Barzillai Five shillinges Item I give unto my sonne John Five shillings Item I give unto my Daughter Katherine Five shillinges Item I give unto my daughter Jane Five shillings And more I give unto my Daughter Jane the sume of Forty shillinges by the yeare and quarterly to be paid by equall portions to bee issueinge and goeinge out of all that Sixteene acres of land of mine (be it more or lesse) lyinge in Brabourne and usually called the Cow pasture, to receive the same yearely dureinge her naturall life, And further I give unto her my said daughter Jane for her life tyme that Annuity of Twenty shillings by the yeare (after my Sister Strowds death) issueinge out of the said lands called the Cow pasture which was formerly given unto my naturall sister Elizabeth Strowd by the last Will and Testament of my naturall father William Terry deceased, Item my Will is that my Welbeloved wife Dorothy shall yearely receive and take as part of her Joynture the sume of Forty shillinges by the yeare out of the said Sixteene acres called the Cow pasture Item I give unto my ^ {said} sonne Basill or Barzillai the aforesaid Sixteene acres of land (be it more or lesse) called the Cow pasture he payinge the aforesaid sumes given out from the same which beinge kindly performed I give the said [p.2] premisses unto him the said Basill or Barzillai and to his heires for ever Item I give unto my naturall daughter Katherine the sume of Forty shillinges by the yeare in Currant money to be levied issueinge and goeinge fourth of all that Messuage or Tenement of myne in Brabourne aforesaid and in Stowting(?) Cant Lyminge Eight acres thereof (be it more or lesse) alwayes exceptinge the Cow pasture and potten feelds to be paid her yearely dureing her naturall life at the fowre usuall quarter dayes in the yeare of Christmas day, our lady day, Midsomer day and Michaellmasday by equall portions Item I give unto my grandchild Thomas the sonne of my daughter Katherine Five pownds in Currant money to be paid him out of all that ^ {my} Messuage Tenement and lands of myne in Brabourne and Stowtinge (except the Cow pasture and potten feeld at his age of one and twenty yeares, Item I give more out of my said messuage and lands in Brabourne (except the ^ {Cow} pasture and potten feelds) the some of Forty shillinges to be paid unto my other two grandchildren of my daughter Katherine beinge James and Edward at their severall ages of one and twenty yeares Item my Will is that my Welbloved wife Dorothy shall yearely and quarterly receive accordinge to her Joynture dureinge her naturall life out of the said messuage and lands in Brabourne and Stowting (except the Cow pasture and patten feilds) the some of Eight pownds by the yeare accordinge to the quarter dayes by equall portcons, at Christmas day our Lday Day Midsomer day and Michaellmas Day, Item I give unto my sonne John and to his heires for ever (if he take not to wife Kathern Beckett) all that my said Messuage and lands belongeinge to the same in Brabourne aforesaid and Stowtinge (exceptinge the Cow pasture and except potting or Tyle lodge feelds formerly given and now againe confirmed by this my Will) which land premisses conteyne Eight acres (more or lesse) but if my said John shall take to wife her the said Katherin Beckett then I give unto him my said John Forty shillinges and noe more, and I give all the said Messuage and lands of mine in Brabourne and Stowtinge (except before excepted) unto any sonne Thomas and Barzillai equally betwixt them and to their heires forever Item I give unto my welbeloved wife Dorothy one Bedstedle with bedd boulster Coverlett blankett and all of her furniture as it stande nowe in Smeex [Smeeth] parrish (beinge formerly her owne before she became my Wife) Item I give more unto my said wife the value of Tenn powndes in householdstuffe accordinge as it shall be apprized in the Inventory which shee shall best accept off And my Will is that my said wife shall have her dwellinge in my said house at Brabourne where I now live, and to have the Hall or kitchin freely to her selfe dureinge her life tyme with such other roome as she shall Chuse for her owne dwellinge and free passage to the same and about the house for washinge dryinge of Lyninge and other necessaryes Item my Will is that all such debts which of right I owe unto my man shalbee truely paid out of my goods and estate and then I give further as followeth Item I give unto my sonne John Tenn pownds worth of house hold stuffe as it shall bee apprized in the Inventory (if he take not to wife Katherin Beckett) And all other my householdstuffe which is not disposed of by this my Will I give unto these three of my Children Thomas Katherin and Jane to be equally devided betwixt them Item I give unto my sonne Thomas and my Daughter Jane all that Sixeteene pownds and odd money (accordinge as ane writtinge sheweth) which is due unto me from my naturall sister Martha Terry beinge due for householdstuffe, and I give them likewise all such use and interrest which shall arrise and growe payable thereon from my fathers death untill the same shalbee [p.3] paid And all the remanieinge part of my goods Cattle and Chattles unbequeathed I give unto my said wife Dorothy And my Will is that if any of my said sonnes or daughters shall refusse the fullfillinge of this my Will and Testament, that is, of any of my sonnes shall refusse to pay such somes of money given out of the lands bequeathed them, or if they or any of them or of my daughters shall not bee satisfied with such legacies and portions herein given that then those and entry of them shall have either or each of them twelve pence, and soe utterly to loose all benefitt whatsoever elce of this my Will and their part or partes to bee devided amongst the other here with contented, And my said Wife Dorothy I doe hereby make full sole and whole Executrix of this my last will and Testament And my sonnes Thomas Terry and Basill or Barzilai Terry I make overseers of this my Will, And further whereas heretofore I did give and grannt by deed unto my sonne Thomas those two feelds called pottings or Tyle lodge feelds in Brabourne aforesaid Conteyninge Eight acres of land (more or lesse) now for further sure makeinge and full security thereof I will as followeth Imprimis I give unto my said sonne Thomas and to his heires far ever All that North feeld of those two feelds called pottins or Tyle lodge feelds in Brabourne aforesaid as it is bounded from the other and conteyninge Fowre? acres (more or lesse) Item I give unto my sonne Thomas and to his wife Elizabeth all that South feeld of those two feelds called pottins or Tyle lodge feelds conteyninge fowre acres (more of lesse) to have hold and use the same duringe their naturall lives and then after their and each of their decease I give the said Southfeild unto my Granchild Thomas the sonne of him my said naturall sonne Thomas and to his heires forever And this is the last Will and Testament of me the said Thomas Terry thelder made and written this sixt day of June conteyninge three sheets of paper beinge in the yeare of or Lord Christ one Thousand six hundred Fifty and three Thomas Terry by his seale and marke, Sealed signed published and declared to be the last Will and Testament of him the said Thomas Terry in the presence of us Witnesses William Britten Cr The marke of Anne Rigden wife unto Nicholas Rigden Elizabeth Everden her marke /
This will was proved att Westminster the Thirtieth day of September in the yeare of or Lord God one thousand Six hundred Fifty three before the Judges for probate of Wills and grantinge of Administracons accordinge to an Act of Parlyment entituled an Act for probate of Wills and grantinge of Administracone by the oath of Dorothy Terry the Relict and sole Executrix named in the said Will To whome was comitted Administracon of all and singuler the goods Chattles and debts of the said Deceased she beinge by Comission legally swarne faithfully to Administer the same, Exr./
Thomas Terry’s will was proved during the interregnum when there were no Bishops or Archdeacons, and all wills had to be proved centrally in London. There was no Prerogative Court of Canterbury (PCC) either, as that was the Court of the Archbishop of Canterbury, but the wills proved in London at that time are deposited with the PCC wills at the National Archives. TNA ref: PROB 11/230/717 (more details about source on Thomas’s page)

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