The will of William Halke (d. 1558)

William Halke is, I believe, my 11 x great grandfather.

Line breaks are as in the register copy.


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


 

In the name of god Amen.

The viith daie of November in the yere of

or Lord god a thowsand five hundreth fytie

and Eighte and in the fifte yeres

of the Rainge of or soverann Lorde and Ladye

Philipp and Marye bye the grace of god Kinge

and Quene of Ingland Spaine France bothe

Cicells? Irem? and Ireland Defendors of the faithe

Archedukes of Austria Dukte of Burgundye

Willame and Brabante Counties of Haspinge

Flanders and Tiroll I William Halke of the

parishe of Burcholte in the Countie of Kente

yoman beinge hole of mynd and in good remebrance

do ordene and make this mye present testament

[p.2]

and Laste will in Mannor and forme folowinge

Firste I Bequeathe my soule to almightie

god to or blessed Ladie and to all the holy

Compaine of Heaven and my bodie to be Buried

in the Churche of wie besades mye wiff Item I

geve and Bequethe to the poore people xxs

to be paid or geven bye the discrecion of myne

Executors at mye Buriall theone halfe in

The parishe of wie theother half In the

parishe of Braborne And at mye monethes

mynd xxs more to the poore people to be

geven bye the discrecion of mye Executors

at the places aforesaid Item I geve and

Bequethe to John Manntagwe xls to be paid

bye Richard Halke mye sonne Immediatlie after

mye monethes mynd Item I do geve tothe said

John Montagew one Cowe Item I do geve and

Bequethe John Halke mye sonne Twentie

pounds to be paid to the said John by christapher

William and Sampson eche of them xxvis viiid

bye the yere bye the space of five yeres the

firste payments to Begyn one yere after my

Decesse Item I will Richard my sonne to

paie yerelie bye the space of xx? yeres ev[er]ye

yere iiis iiiid Item I will Christopher William

and Sampson everie yere iiis iiiid to Be geven

To the poore in dedes of Charitie Item I will

That mye Executors shall yerelie Bye the

space of Eighte yeres at the feaste of St

Luke the Evangeliste geve and Bestowe

To the poore people in the parishe of wye

iiis iiiid whereof theone half to be paid

Bye Richard mye sonne And thes ther half

To be paid by Christopher William and

Sampson mye said sonnes The residewe

of all mye goodes monye and detbtes over &

about this mye present Laste will and

Testament parformed And mye debts and

Legacies paid I do geve and Bequethe unto

Richard Christopher William and Sampson

mye sonnes Equallie to be Devided betwene

Them Allso I Doo ordeine Co[n]stitute and

make myne Executors to be this mye last

Will parformed mye Debts and Legacies

[p.3]

paide Richarde Halke and Christopher Halke mye

sonnes and William Jenkin of folkeston to be mye

oversear

This is the laste will of me

William Halke of Burcholte made and declared the

Daie and yere firste abovewritten as concernynge

mye mannor of Burcholt with all mye Landes

and Tenementes Rentes reversions and s[er]vices

patronages Customes Advousons Comons and

other hereditamentts lyinge and Beinge in the

parishes of Burcholte with the patronage and

geve and Bequethe unto Richard mye sonne my

Mannor of Burcholte with the patronage and

gifte of the advouson of the parsonage there

with all Mannor of Services Rentes Customes

Landes pastures medoues woddes underwodds

Comons feadings with all and singuler there

appurtennces to the same Mannor belonginge

or heretofore knowen taken or reputed as parte

parcell or Member of the same Mannor To have

and to holde the same mannor with all and singler

The premisses before Refuted to the said Richard

By me geven and bequethed to him and his heires

for ever Allso I Do geve and Bequethe unto

The foresaid Richard mye sonne mye Landes

called Sperfeilds Colmans mede and sixe

acres of Land called Tilloge and vii acres

of Land called Burcholte Mede lyinge and

Beinge in the parishe of Braborne to be had

To him and to his heires for ever Allso I will

and Bequethe unto Sampson mye sonne Imediatly

after mye Decesse mye Tenemente at Peterosse [1]

in the Towne of wie and mye garden lyinge

bye Helgate in the same parishes and mye lands

called Hardend and my Lands called woodmans

Pette Wodmanshill seven yeardes at Colman

Gate and seven y nexte Kingmandowne in the

parishes of Elmested And also thretene acres

of Land in the parishe of Braborne whiche I

Late purchased of Peter Dall to have to him

and his heires for ever yf it fortune the said

Sampson to Die withoute Issewe that then

The premisses Before to him Bequethed

shall remaine to Christopher and William my

sonnes and to there heires for ever Equallye

[p.4]

To be Devided betwene them Allso I will and

Bequethe to Christopher and William mye

sonnes all those mye Landes lyinge and Beinge

In the parishes of Newechurche and Rokinge

within the Romneye Mershe called Erevfiags?

Immediatlie after mye Decesse to be hand to them

and there heires for ever And if it happen

The said Christopher and William mye sonnes

to Die wthoute Isshewe Then I will all my

Landes before to them Bequethed shalbe &

Remaine unto Sampson mye sonne and his

heires for ever And then I will that the

foresaid xiii acres of Land whiche I Late

purchased of Peter Dodd in Braborne And

Before bequethed And geven unto Sampson

mye sonne shall remaine to Richard mye sonne

To be had to him and to his heires for ever

And if at fortune anye two of the thre that

is to saie Christopher William or Sampson

To Die withoute Isshewe Then I will the sd

xiii acres whiche I Late purchased of

Petar Dodd unto Richard mye sonne to be had

To him and to his heires for ever And if it

shall fortune anye of mye sonnes xpofer William

or Sampson to die withoute Isshew Excepte

Before Excepted then I will his or there

parte shall remaine to them or him of the said

Christopher William and Sampson over

Lyvinge and to his or there heires forever

And if it shall fortune mye sonnes Christopher

William and Sampson to die withoute Isshewe

Then I will all mye Lands and Tenementtes

Before geven or Bequethed to them shall

Remaine unto Richard mye sonne to be had

To had to him and to his heires for ever

Item I Will that William Christopher &

Sampson shall sell no parte nor p[ar]cell to them

Before bequethed untill theye come to the full

age of xxxti yeres Further I will that if they

sell anye of Those Landes to them before

Bequethed Then theother two Brothers

shall Enter in the same untill he Comethe

To the age of xxxti yeres These Beinge

Wittnes Sr Roberte Carter Vicar of braborne

[p.5]

Roberte Allard Petar Cheseman Stephen Dodd

William Munds and John Montagew with otherma[n]

[Probate statement to be added; probate granted 19 April 1559 ]


[1] looking at the scribes ‘cs’ and ‘ts’ the house could be called Pecerosse or Peterosse; in other wills mentioning it it appears to be Petterosse (original of this will appears not to survive to check)


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 of the will, archives ref: PRC/17/31/124 (more details about source to be added to John’s page)

The original will appears not to have survived.


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