John Woodgreene, the elder, is my probable 11th great-grandfather. I say "probable" because I would like a little bit more evidence. I have obtained his will through The National Archives UK and here is my attempt at transcription (I started to get a migraine trying to decipher a few words so I just drew blanks!):
Source: National Archives, prob/11/85In the name of god Amen the twentith daye of September 1 thousand five hundred and nintie five I John Woodgreene thelder of Higham in the countie of Kent yeoman beyng sick of bodie but of good and perfect memory thanks be given unto Almighty god I Do make and ordaine my last will and testament in manner and forme following First I bequeath my soul unto the hands of Almightie god my maker and Redeemer hoping by the Deathe and passion of Lord and savyoure Jesus christ to be saved and my body to be buryed in the churchyard of higham afore sayed : Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Johane Woodgreene ___ pounds of lawfull money of England to be payed unto her by my Executors at the daye of her marriage or at her age of one and twentie years which of them shall first happen. Item I give and bequeathe unto my Daughter Agnes Woodgreene _______ pounds of ___ like lawfull money to be paid unto her at her daye of marriage or age of one and twenty years as aforesayed. Item I do give and bequeathe unto Elizabeth Lambe daughter unto my sonne in lawe Lambe twentie Shillings of like money. Item I do give unto the ____ ___ which shall cary my bodie to churche eighte pence apiece. Item I do give and bequeathe unto my sonne John Woodgreene all ___ somme and sommes of money as are due and owing unto me by my sonne Lambe in as simple manner as I might have had and ____ the Same; And all my lands tenements and hereditaments lying and beying in the parishe of howe als hoo in the countie of Kent which I lately purchased of my sayed sonne Lambe to have to hym and to his heyers for __ uppon suche conditions as I hould the same except one ___ tenement with the appurtenance which now is in the tenure or occupation of James Bonham or his assigns Item I do give and bequeathe unto my sonne william woodgreene and to his heyirs for ever all that my like messauges or tenement with the appurtenance in the sayed parish of howe ___ in the tenure or occupation of James Bonham or his assignes. All the residue of my goodes unbequeaathed (my debts and legacys payed and performed I do give and bequeathe unto my beloved wife Margaret woodgreene and unto the sayed John woodgreene my sonne ____ I do make constitute and appoynte my full and equal Executors of this my last will and testament. And I do desire my loving friendes Robert Miller of Higham and William Pate of ffrindsburye to be my overseers to see this my last will performed as my trust is in them Item, my will is that my sonnes John and william and Johane my daughter shall not demand any legacys which were given to them by the will of theire grandfather, Allso my will is that my said executors shall within one yere after my decease enter into band unto my Sayed overseers to see that my last will and testament performed in all thinges according to the same _____ thereof John woodgreene in the presence of Richard wilkenson and william Pate
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