The will of Joane Grigsby née King (d. 1635)

Joane Grigsby is a 10 x great grandmother of mine.

In the name of God Amen
Anno Dom: 1635 I Joane Grigby of the
P[ar]ish of Marden in the county of Kent, widdow
sicke in body but of good and perfect remem=
=brance thanks be given to God therefore
doe make and ordayne this my last will
and testament (renounceing all other wills
and testaments whatsoever) in manner
and forme following First I bequeath
my soule into the hands of Almighty God
my saviour and redeemer trustinge in his
mercy to bee an Inheritour of the Kingdome
of glory and my body to bee buryed in the
churchyard of Marden Item I give unto
my sonne William Grigsbey 12d: to be
paid unto him by my executrix Joane
Grigsby within a month after my decease
Item I give unto my sonne Edward
Grigsby all those moneys which shall re=
mayne in his hands after my decease
onely out of the said moneyes my sonne
Edward shall disburse towards my buryall
twenty shillinges Item I give unto Joane
Grigsbey my daughter that sixteene
pounds of English money lent unto
William Jowell by bond and also all
my goods and houshold stuffe whatsoever
again whom also I doe make and ordayne to bee
my whole and sole executrix of this my
last will and testament and I intreate
my loveinge Minister Mr. John Wood
to bee my overseer of this my last will
and testament and give him for his
paynes therein two shillinges In wittnes
whereof I have set to my hand and
seale the 22th day of June and in p'[re]sence
of John Hernden his marke Edward
Benskin his marke Joane Grigsby
her marke
Probate statement shows the will was proved 1 October 1635

It’s important not to read too much into wills like this. Both of Joane’s sons were married by the time she wrote her will while her daughter was not. Her sons had therefore probably received their shares at the time of their marriages.


The will was proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury and is viewable on microfilm at the CCA or KHLC.

This is a transcript of the register copy, CCA ref: PRC17/69/127a (more details about source will be on Joane’s page). The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC16/209 G/4); I have checked the register copy against this, and they are word for word the same, with just a few spelling differences .

With thanks to Ann Ross for sending me copies of this will and transcribing it.


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