Wills of the Huckstep Family

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The Will of John Huckstepp the elder of Tenterden in the County of Kent, yeoman, 4 November 22 James I [1624]. To my kinswoman Lydia Tilden, wife of Nathaniel Tilden, 5 pounds. To Thomas son of my brother Stephen Huckstepp 5 pounds. To my brother Stephen Huckstepp 3 pounds. To John son of my brother Stephen Huckstepp 10 pounds. To my kinswoman Susanna Witherden, wife of henry Witherden, 10 pounds, and to their son Richard 20 pounds at twenty-one. Residue of all my goods and chattels to my son Lawrence Huckstepp at twenty-one, my executor to have the use of said goods until that time, paying to my son for the use thereof 6 pounds for every 100 pounds worth, the money to be used to buy lands for my said son. If my son die before said age, reversion of said lands or money to John Huckstepp, whom I make my executor.
My last will concerning my lands and tenements in Tenterden and Shargate, which I give to my son Lawrence at twenty-one, and if he die without issue, reversion to my bother Stephenís son Thomas Huckstepp. [Signed] The míke of John Huckstepp. Witnesses: Garret Haffenden and Robert Haffenden. Proved 17 February 1624/5 by John Huckstepp. The will as contested, but was upheld 5 April 1625. (Archdeaconry of Canterbury, vol. 66, fo. 381)

The Will of John Huckstepp of Tenterden in the county of Kent, yeoman, 6 November 6 Charles I [1630]. To my wife Alice 30 pounds, household goods to the value of 40 pounds, wearing apparel, cloth, wheat, bees, poultry, etc. The residue of my household stuff to my children, equally divided, to my sons at twenty-one and to my daughters at nineteen or marriage. To my brother Thomas Huckstepp 10 pounds, and I make him executor. To my daughters, Sara and Joane 40 pounds each at nineteen or marriage. To my son Stephen at twenty-one the lease of the farm where I dwell, he paying to my father Stephen Hucstepp, if he be then living, 16 pounds a year for life. My brother Thomas to have the letting of said farm during the minority of my son Stephen, he paying the said annuity to my father, and the overplus to be used to apprentice my sons, with the consent of my wife, to some honest and lawful trade.
My last will concerning my lands and messuage in Appledore and Tenterden. To son Stephen at twenty-one a messuage and three acres of land in Appledore in the occupation of Anthony French. To my son Thomas Hucstepp at twenty-one my other two pieces of land in Appledore called Barueland and lower wish, containing ten acres and in my own occupation. To my four youngest sons, Nathaneall, William, Joseph, and John, at twenty-one, my two pieces of land in Tenterden at Sherleys Moore, containing nineteen and a half acres. My brother Thomas to have the letting of my farm, paying the profits to my wife Alice for the maintenance and education of all my children. [Signed] John Huckstepp. Codicil, 15 August 1631, makes provision for any possible posthumous child. Witnesses: Samuel Curtis and Nathanaell Tilden. Proved 2 December 1631 by Thomas Huckstepp, gení, brother of the deceased and executor named in the will. (Consistory of Canterbury, vol. 49, fo. 248)

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