Hartley Wills - Edwards Family

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The Edwards were c17th landowners in Hartley. They owned Hartley Cottage, Stocks Farm and Hartley Wood Corner.

Peter Mayer, 2002

Will of John Edwards of Hartley (1667)

He leaves his soul to Almighty God.

To poor of Hartley: 10 shillings at his burial.

To George Eves, minister: 20 shillings to preach a sermon at his funeral.

To John his son, of Dartford: his land at Hartley, with reversion to executrices, and annuity of 5 to any widow)

To his two daughters, ie. Dennis Alchin widow, and Annis Kettle, wife of Francis Kettle of Stone (executrices): lease of 2 pot? houses at Milton next Gravesend.

To grandson, Barnaby Alchin: 5

To Dorothy Goldsmith of Boxley widow, beloved sister: 5

To Matthew? Goldsmyth, beloved kinswoman, daughter of his sister: 5

To all godchildren: 5 shillings each.

To Denise and Annis, executors: the remainder of his personal goods.

To George Eves, overseer: 20 shillings for his pains.

John Edwards (X)

29 August 1664

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Will of Thomas Edwards of East Malling, yeoman (1673)

He leaves his soul to God and his body for a decent burial

To poor of East Malling: 20s in cash and 20s in bread.

To wife Ann: 10 or a year's boarding with his executor; wearing apparel; 5 sheets and 5 pairs of coarse sheets; 12 fine napkins and 12 coarse napkins; 1 fine tablecloth, 3 coarse tablecloths; 2 fine and 3 coarse pillowcases; 4 towels and 6 coarse towels; 1 new hanging press for clothes; 1 great joined chest called the wooden chest; 1 plain chest and 1 trunk covered with leather etc. - for life only then to grandson William.

To grandson William: various gifts of bedding etc.

To Mary, Anne and Joan, daughters of William: 30 each.

To grandson William: land at Riarsh and East Malling and all other land (not specified)

Executor to be William, overseer his friend Francis Twisden.

Dated 7 March 1672/3

Proved at London 6 May 1673