About Thomas Polhill
The Kentish lines proper descended from the brother of John, i.e. Thomas. He married Joan Miller of Chelsfield. (36).
The Millers were an important family and the ancestors of the Saronets of Hosemayles, Crouch, near Wrotham, and of the Millers of Buckland,Surrey, afterwards of Sandon, Herts. There were four marriages between the Millers and the Polhills.
Thomas and Joan had five sons:-John, Thomas, David, Robert and William, and one daughter Agnes, who married Sir George Milton of St. Cleres, Ightham. Thomas died in 1528 and his will, which is Appendix B1, shOws him to have possessed property in Shoreham, Knockholt, Brasted, Sundridge and Orpington as well as the farm at Detling. Hasted regards him as the founder of four distinct lines through his sons, viz:-Shoreham, Wrotham, Otford and Tonbridge, - but their records are by no means so clear cut as to justify such classification. source http://polhill.info/book.php?p=1
WILL of THOMAS POLLEY. December 21st. 1528 (A).
To be buried in our Lady Chapel in the church of Shoreham under the stone whereas my mother was buried.
Various bequests to churches. The church of Shoreham xxx/-s.
Towards the keeping of a young child that was found in the church porch of Eynsford 3/4d.
To JOANE, wife, all profits of my farms and lease of Orkisden and Hiltesbury--remainders Orkisden to son John and Hiltesbury to son Thomas. (B.B. these are lands at Eynsford).
To wife 8/4D coming out of the lands of John Millour of Chelesfelde: the use of my cornmill, remainder to son Robert.
To each of my natural children 20 ewes at aet. 20.
To daughter Agnes L20 on marriage.
Executors: wife, John Tebolde and John Palmer.
Supervisor: Master John Potter..
My son John to have my tent. at the churchyard gate of shoreham and my lands lying at the east side of the coming water unto the top of the hill except a meadow called HardeMead.
Thomas, my son, shall pay to son Davy at aet. 21, 13/4d each yearly during life of wife Joane.
To wife for life all tents. in Nockolt, Brasted, Sundrishe and Orpyngton, remainder to Davy.
To Robert, son, Haddemead and all lands west of common water.
To William, son, at set.21, all lands bought of Robert Lese and Thomas Lese and of Thomas Walter; also my tent. called Polhill in Detling subject to lease for life of Richard Polley of Detling.
To William Polley, godson, tent. called Godingstone with 8 ac. land belonging to it and 1 ac. in a mead called Fourde Meade, provided that Joane, my wife shall have the profits
until she have paid L14 to Eliz. Dorathe, Joane and Agnes, daughters of Christopher Polley to each 40/- and Thomas, Richard and William, sons of same, 40/- each.
Richard Polley of Detling pay to Joane, my wife, 40 marks and give same to Robert my son at aet. 21.
Lands in mortgage of said Richard Polley.
Witnesses Wm. Simone Bynde, Vicar of Eynsford.
Robert Russell; William Sriggs; John
Brichet Richard Lese.
Proved 5th February 1528/9 by Joane, Relict.
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