The Will of Constance Honnisett of Newenden with a memorand concerning her late husband William Honnisett

Will dated - 9th March 1650/1

In the name of God Amen I Constance Honniset of Newenden in the County of Kent widdowe being sick in body but of good and perfect mynde and memory doe this present nynth day of March in the yeare of our Lord one thousand sixe hundred and fifty make and ordayne this my last will and Testament as followeth

First I bequeath my soule to God that gave it and my body to the Earth from whence it came to receive a decent buriall at the discretion of my Executor herein after named

Item I give and bequeath unto Thomas Mercer my sonne the joyned bedsteddle and all the bedding and furniture to the same as it doth now stand in the chamber where I doe now lye and one of my Iron potts at his choyce to be all delivered unto him within sixe weekes next after my decease

Item I give and bequeath unto Stephen Marshall my sonne Tenn pounds which I will shal be payd out by my Executor in and about the maynteynance schooling and putting forth apprentice of my sayd sonne Stephen

Item I give and bequeath unto Mary Marshall my daughter five pounds which I will shal be Payd out by my Executor in and about the mayntenance and bringing up of the sayd Mary

Item I further will that my sayd Executor shall receive and take the interest and profitt of the portions of my sayd sonne and daughter Stephen and Mary given them by the will of William Marshall my late husband their father towards the mayntenance and bringing up of the sayd Stephen and Mary untill their sayd portions shall be due to be paid unto them

The residue of all and singular my goods and Chattells whatsoever (not herein before bequeathed) my debts legacies and funerall expences and all other charges and expences which my executor shall be at in or about the performance of this my will with reasonable allowance for his paynes and loss of tyme in or about the same being first deducted (all which my will is shal be afforded) I doe give and bequeath unto my sayd children Thomas Mercer Stephen Marshall and Mary Marshall to be equally divided between them by my Executor That is to saye to the sayd Thomas Mercer within two yeares next after my decease And to the sayd Stephen Marshall at his age of one and twenty yeares And to the sayd Mary Marshall at her age of one and twenty yeares or day of marriage which of them shall first happen And if any of my sayd children shall happen to dye before his her or their portions shal be due to be paid as aforesayd That then the portion or portions of him her or them soe dyeing shall be equally divided between the survivors of them

And I doe hereby make and ordayne my loving brother Stephen Salter sole Executor of this my last will and Testament in wittness whereof I have to this my will conteyneing two sheets of paper sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written

Constance Honniset   X   her marke

syned sealed and published to be the last will and Testament of the sayd Constance Honnisett in the presence of

John ..eaber   X   his marke
John Maplesden

Memorand   That on or about the nynteenth day of February in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand sixe hundred fifty William Honnisett of Newenden in the County of Kent being sick of the sicknes whereof he dyed but of good and perfect mynde and memory with an intente to make his last will and Testament Nuncuperative he spake these words or the like in effecte .... What Estate I have it was my wifes before marriage to whome I leave it And being asked what he would give his brothers he sayd nothing for they are yonge and lusty and able to worke for their liveing But desyred his wife to give to his brother Athewll Hunnisett a little Ewe Lambe

in the presence of Susan Nash and Anthony Cobb

X   The marke of Susan Nash
X   The marke of Anthony Cobb

The National Archives - Reference PCC 49 Grey - Prob 11, piece 215, folio 380

Relationships shown by this will

Constance Honnisett: probably born Constance Salter
Brother: Stephen Salter
Second husband: William Marshall
Children: Thomas Mercer, Stephen Marshall, Mary Marshall

William Honnisett: Third known husband of Constance
William's siblings: Brothers including Athewll? [very difficult to read this name]

Note: Stephen & Mary Marshall were two of seven children to William & Constance Marshall baptised in Newenden between 1634 and 1644, at least 3 of whom died in infancy.