The will of Jane Halke (d.c. 1618)

Jane Halke is a 10 x great grandmother of mine.

Line breaks are as in the register copy, not indicated by ‘/’ which are as in the document.


Draft transcription – not checked for typos and other errors – and not yet linked to tree


In the name of god Amen,

the fourtenth day of October in the yeares of the

reigne of or sov[er]eigne Lord James by the grace

of God kinge of England, France, and Ireland

defendr. of the fayth &c the thirteenth and of Sc=

=otland the nyne and fortith I Jane Halke

of the p[ar]ishe of Bircholt in the County of Kent

widdowe beinge of good and p[er]fect remembrance

I prayse god therfore doe make this my last will

and testament in manner and ^ {forme} following, First

I Comend my sowle unto Allmightie god my only

savior and redeemer, my body to be buryed after

the manner of Christians in such sorte and place

as to my executor shalbe thought meete, Touching

the disposicon of all my moveable goods, Chattels

and money, whatsoevr, Firste I doe give unto my

sonne William Halke the some of ten pounds

of lawfull money of England he to staye the same

out of that money wch is remayinge in his hands

and hereafter is expressed Item I further give

unto the said William Halke one Little table

my gould ringe, and ten shillings in money more

in respecte he shall putt this and his ri^{n}ge wch

he now weareth in one ringe, Item I doe give

to Elizabeth Halke his now wyfe the some of

ten shillings of Like money, Item I doe give

to Elizabeth Halke, Jane Halke and Agnes Halke

daughters of my said sonne William Halke

to each of them the some of twenty shillings

of like money to be payd to them wthin six weeks

next after my decease Item I doe give unto

my daughter Alice Smyth als Browne one

livery Cubbard and my best gowne;

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Item I doe give to my dayghter Jane Morrice

the wyfe of Richard Morrice my beesteddle

one fetherbed one fether boulster one flockbed

one pare of pillowes, three blanketts wherof two

of them ar white, the other red, one payer of Cur=

=taynes and one Coverlett, Item I give to Gedyon

Osborne and [blank space] Osborne sister of the said

Gedyon children of he daughter of Elizabeth

Gray my sister these p[ar]cells followinge, vizt to

Gedyon Osborne the some of twenty shillings of

like ^ {lawfull} money and to [blank space] Osborne his sister my

stuffe gowne and my best petycote. Item I doe

give unto ev[er]y one of the daughters of Alice

Smyth als Browne my said daughter the

some of twenty ^ {three} shillings and fower pence of like

money, And to all the Children of my daughter

Jane Morrice to each of them the some of twenty

shillings of like money to be putt forth by my

executor for ther best advantages and the same

to be payd to them and either of them at ther

severall ages of xxitie yeares or dayes of ther

marryages, Item I doe give to the poore of the

p[ar]ishes of Braborne and Bircholt the some of

ten shillings in money Item I doe ^ {further} give to my

said sonne William Halke the some of three

pounds of like money in respect that he shall

see my body buryed and my fuenerall expences

discharged. The residue of my moveable goods

Chattles and money whatsoever not before given

or bequeathed I give unto the said Alice Smyth

als Browne, and Jane Morrice my daughters

to be equally shifted and devided betweene

them, and for asmuch as ther is more remayning

in the hands of my said sonne William Halke

the some of one hundred pounds in money my

meaninge is that the said William Halke

shall pay wthin six weeks next after my decease

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unto the said Richard Morrice above expressed

the some of thirtie pounds of lawfull money of

England and the residue remayinge to be

payd unto him the said Richard Morrice yearly

by twenty pounds by the yeare untill the remainder

be fully payd And I doe appoynt the said

Richard Morrice to pay the some yearly to my

said daughters Alice Smyth als Browne

and Jane Morrice equally betweene them and

if the said Alice Smyth als Browne doe

happen to decease this mortall lyfe before

the money be all payd and satisfyed wch is

or shalbe due to her for her portion by this

my will willed and bequeathed, then I will

and my meaninge is that such money goods and

Chattles whatsoever to her before in this my

will willed or bequeathed shalbe equally devided

betwene the daughters of the said Alice Smyth

als Browne the saide to be payd to them and

either of them at such tyme or tymes as ther

sev[er]all legacies in this my will ar expressed

to be payd Item I doe make ?? app=

oynte and ordeine the before named Richard

Morrice my sonne in Lawe my sole executor

of this my last will and testament he paying

and discharginge the sev[er]all legacies and be=

queathes in this my will expressed and sett downe

Item my will is that my executor shalbestowe

at my buryall a sermon In witnes herof I

the said Jane Halke to this my p[re]sent writing

my marke and seale have sett to dated the day

and yeare before expressed; The marke of

Jane Halke; Witnesses at the readinge

and publishinge of this will these underwritten

Boys Ower The marke of Edmond Ellis

The marke of Jane Cheeseman ./.

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Probatum fuit … [3 July 1618]


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

CCA ref: PRC/17/56/57 (more details about source will be on Jane’s page)

The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC/16/162 H/8); I have not yet viewed this.


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