Stephen Halke is a 3rd cousin 11 x removed 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 second
of October 1607 I Stephen Hawk of the p[ar]ishe
of Ste. Mildrede within the Cittie of Canterburie of
p[er]fecte remembrance make my last will & Testamente
in manner and forme followinge First I bequeathe
my soule to Christ my Redeemer and my body to the
Earth Item I gyve and bequeathe unto my wife Tomsen
Hawke all my moveable goods whatsoever and where-
soever unto her proper use Item I gyve & bequeathe
unto my wife Tomsen Hawke duringe her naturall
life all my lands and Tenements howses and p[ar]tes
of howses rights remainders and reversions at a place
called Garlindge in Petham within the Countie of
Kent And after the deathe of my said wife I gyve
all my said lands and tenements houses and parts of
howses rights reversions and remainders unto my sonne
and his heires if it be a sonne wherewth my wife
goeth so that my said sonne shall paye or cause to be
paid unto my daughter Elizabeth Hauke twentie
pounds when she shalbe of the full age of eighteene
yeares But if my wife be with child with a
Daughter then I gyve unto that Daughter and my
other daughter Elizabeth Hawke all my said lands
Tenements howses p[ar]ts of howses rights reversions &
remainders To have and to hold all and singuler the
said lands tenements howses p[ar]ts of houses rights rev[er]sions
and remainders with all and singuler theire appurteans
unto them two and theire heires for ever and of this
my last will and testament I make my wife Tomsen
Hawke my sole Executrix Witnes my hand & seale
the daye & yeare above written Stephen Hawk by
his marke Witnesses Raphe Bodors by his m[ar]ke
Edward Stronge by his marke
[probate statement to be added; probate granted 3 Nov 1607]
CCA ref: PRC/17/54/291 (more details about source will be on Stephen’s page)
The original will also survives (CCA ref: PRC/16/130 H/7); I have not yet viewed this.
Thomasine followed Stephen to the grave 2 months later, probably as a result of childbirth, as the burial a few days later in the same parish (St. Mildreds, Canterbury) was of John, son of Stephen – presumably the child with which Stephen wrote ‘my wife goeth’. Hence, Elizabeth was left to inherit everything. She should have had a comfortable upbringing and a good education.
It seems that the wishes of this will may not have been carried out, as Elizabeth’s guardian, John Hovenden, brought a case in the Court of Chancery on her behalf in 1622, which claims that Stephen’s brother John and his wife used Elizabeth as a servant instead of making proper use of the money that should have been used for her education.
(Both bill and answer survive, but so far I have only read and transcribed the bill, Elizabeth’s side).
So far I have not managed to identify Elizabeth’s marriage or death, so I don’t know what became of her after 1622 …