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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 35  1921  page 26
ASH next Sandwich WILLS - Part 2  By Arthur Hussey

Son John have a cart and two horses with the harness, a courte (sic) plough and all thereto, two kine, twenty sheep, one sheep of wheat and two of barley. Daughters Agnes and Anable. each have twelve sheep. Residue to wife Joan, who with son John ex’ors. Three acres of land in the parish of Elham to be sold and the money disposed for my soul, half a year in the parish of Ash and half a year in Barham. Wife Joan have all other lands and tenements whilst a widow, but if she marry then to son John, paying 6s. 8d. yearly to his mother.
   Probate . . . . 1502, (W., fol. 34,)

SIMON GASON.*
   21 Dec. 1526. " Buried in the churchyard before St John’s altar there." High altar for tithes 3s. 4d ; Light of Our Lady 4d.; of the Trinity 4d. At my burying if it may reasonably, or else the morrow after, a trental of masses, and also at my month’s mind. To every child of Richard Welles which were the children of Alice my daughter, wife of Richard, six ewes. Isabelle Rollys 40s. Joan my wife two kine and the best horse, thirteen ewes and 40s. Joan and Margaret, my daughters, at their marriage each have two kine, thirteen ewes and £20. That three or four discreet men of the parish shall prayse (value) all my corn, grain, cattle and household stuff-plate, brass, pewter, latyn, bedding-and the same goods to be divided into three parts, (1) to wife Joan, (2) to daughter Joan, (3) to ‘ daughter Margaret. Ex’ors: John my son and Richard Mores, each have 40s., with Robert Cooke, gentleman, overseer. Wife Joan have for her life my house in Ash street where I now dwell, and 13 acres of land, whereof three acres at Coppeswell, six acres called the Harte, a closure of half an acre lately bought from Christopher Page, two acres and a half beneath the lane leading from the street unto Goldstone, and two, acres at Oxtye; after the death of my wife to daughter Joan and her heirs, but if none to daughter Margaret and her heirs, but if none to John my son or his heirs. Also wife Joan have the profit from 44 acres of land, of which 25 acres are at Waredowne and 19 acres at Hillesdowne, until my daughter Joan is 18 years of age or married, then my daughter have the same 44 acres and to her heirs, but if none to Margaret. Wife loan also receive the profit from 14 acres called Mores until daughter Margaret is
   * Simon Gason was one of the churchwardens of Ash in September 1511, when Archbishop Warham held his visitation.

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