of Alice Steere and Thomas Steere of
Ref: PROB 11/81/209, PCC 138 Fairfax
In the name of God Amen I Alice Steere of Marden in the County of Kent, widdow, being sicke and weake of body but of perfect memory doe make this my last will and testament in manner and forme as followeth. ffirst I commend my soule unto god that ..? unto life through the merritts and satisfaction of the Lord Jesus Christ and my body to be buried in the Churchyard of Marden as my Executer and the Overseers of this my last will shall dispose of. Item I give unto Alice Steere my daughter All my goods and chattells who I make my lawfull Executrix which shee shall enioye? when shee cometh unto the age of eighteene yeares And if it shall soe fall ..? my daughter Alice Steere shall dye before shee come to that age to enioye it Then my will is that Edward Chowne Thomas Chowne Annis Usborn and Susan Durtnold shall enioy all my goods and chattells aforesaid, and further my will is that my goods and chattells shalbe equally devided betweene them only my will is that Annis Usborn shall have the greatest share of the foure by twenty shillings furthermore my will is That the abovesaid Edward Chowne Thomas Chowne Annis Usban and Susan Durtnold if they shall come enioy my goods as aforesaid shall pay unto John Chowne my brother twenty shillings [inserted - & to my sister Joane Chowne twenty shillings] furthermore my will is that Edward Lanes? of Marden and Edward Chowne of the same parish shalbe the Overseers of this my last will and testament and shalbe ..? to improve my goods and chattells aforesaid unto my daughter Alice Steere her best advantage untill shee come unto the age of eighteene yeares as aforesaid and then shee shall enioy it in wittness hereof I have to this my last will sett my hand Alice Steere wittnes Joane Parkes Joshuah Sharpey The ? of widdow .?
The last will and testament Nuncupative
of Thomas Steere late of the parish of Marden
(In the latin paragraph on the proving of the will, Alice the mother, who would have been Thomas's Executrix, was said to have died during her daughter's minority).