|Dated:||6 October 1488|
|Proved:||23 July 1489|
|Sons:||George, Thomas, Richard, Nicholas, Michael|
|Others:||‘the widow of my son’ (not named),|
|Robert Graunt (feofee/co-executor)|
|Witnesses:||Nicholas Easton the elder (feoffee), Robert Lasynbye (vicar of St Peter),|
|John Undyrhill, John Mathew, William Yoklett and others.|
In his testament dated 6 October 1488,
Michael leaves his soul to Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all saints,
and wills that his body be buried in the churchyard of St Peter in Thanet. To the
high altar for forgotten tithes he leaves 7d and to the work of the said church, a
further 20d. To each light of which he is a brother, he leaves the sum of 4d
To each of his godsons he leaves 4d and to his sons, George, Thomas, Richard
and Nicholas, he leaves 4 ewes and 4 lambs each. The residue of his goods, he
bequeathes to his wife Christina, to dispose of for the salvation of his soul as shall
seem to her to be best pleasing to God and for the profit of his soul. He appoints
as his Executors his wife Christina and Robert Graunt.
Additionally dated in the 4th year of the reign of Henry VII, the Will concerns
all his lands and tenements with their appurtenances, in which Nicholas Easton
the elder and Robert Graunt are enfeoffed. Immediately after his death, his feo-
ffees are to enfeoff his wife Christina in specifically named parcels of land lying
separately in the parish of St Peter, these to be held to Christina, her heirs and her
assigns in perpetuity.
His feoffees are also to enfeoff his son Michael when he reaches the age of 16,
in the tenement and 2½ acres of land in a close annexed at ‘Solestrete’, to hold
to Michael, his heirs and assigns in perpetuity. Until the time that Michael attains
16 years, Christina his wife, sons George and Thomas and ‘the widow of my son’,
are to have the profits of the said tenement and land which they are to keep in
sufficient repair and discharge all burdens of the same.
Should Michael die before reaching 16 years of age, his feoffees are to enfeoff
George, Thomas and Richard his sons in the tenement and 2½ acres of land in
a close annexed, which is to be divided between them equally and to have and to
hold to themselves, their heirs and assigns in perpetuity.
Immediately after his death, his feoffees are to enfeoff his sons George, Thomas,
Richard and Michael (when he reach 16 years ) in all his other lands with their
appurtenances, to be shared between them in equal portions and they, their heirs
and assigns, are to have and to hold them in perpetuity; saving the right of dower
in her widowhood of Christina his wife.
Witnessed by Robert Lasynbye (vicar of St Peter), Nicholas Easton the Elder; John Undyrhill; John Mathew; William Yoklett and others.
Summary of Latin Testament and Will: PRC 17/5/100 held at Kent History and Library Centre Maidstone
Feoffment or enfeoffment was the transfer of land or property in return for pledges or conditions.