Solomon was named as a beneficiary in the will of 1476 of Alice Sakett of St Peter in Thanet (see Thomas Sakett.) He was also named as a beneficiary in the will of 1479 of Hugo Sakett of St Peter in Thanet, and was named in the will of the same year of John Sakett, smith of St Peter in Thanet.
Solomon made his will at St Peter in ThanetG in November 1490.1
His will gives an interesting insight into the feudal system of land tenure in the late middle ages.
The will refers to feoffees, effectively trustees, who held the land in their names for the benefit of the landholder appointing them. This legal device allowed the avoidance of some feudal dues, particularly on inheritance, and allowed a landholder to leave his land to anyone, not only to his eldest son.
Solomon's feoffees were required to sell land at Solys Hill, paying the money to his executors to cover his debts and bequests, and also to enfeoff (transfer ownership of) two acres of land at Solys Hill to Thomas Spraclyng.
At this period, transfers of tangible property, i.e. land and buildings, had to take place not by a document but by an act representing the passing of property. A key in the case of buildings or a turf in the case of land would be handed over in the presence of witnesses. This handing over would then be documented in a feoffment, this document being not the instrument of transfer itself but merely a record that the transfer had taken place.
He left his tenement and the bulk of his lands to his wife, but ordered his executors to sell land at Solys Hill to cover his debts and bequests and to transfer two acres to Thomas Sprakling. The only Sackett mentioned in Solomon's will is Robert Sakett, who witnessed the will. A Margaret Sprakling, a minor, was evidently living with Solomon and Joane in 1490 and she is named as a beneficiary in the wills of both Solomon and Joane.
Solomon's widow Joane made her will at St Peter in ThanetG on 31 March 1501.2 Her will is noteworthy for the care with which she distributed her household and personal effects. She made bequests to several Spraklings, including Thomas who was one of her executors and was to receive "a brasse pott, a ketill", other household items and "iii shepe", and Margaret to whom she willed, amongst other things, "a nother brasse pott" and her "best clok".
From their wills, Solomon and Joane would appear to have been childless.
Date: November 1490.
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 25 February 1490/91.
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-5-263.
Wife Jone, most of lands.
Land at Solys Hill to be sold to cover debts and bequests.
Thomas Sprakling, 2 acres of land.
Date: 31 March 1501
Proved: Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury
Source: Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-8-61
Testatrix: Joane Sakett, widow of Solomon Sakett, St Peter's
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Notes & Citations
- Will of Solomon Sakett of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, November 1490, proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, 25 February 1490/91 (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-5-263).
- Will of Joane Sakett of St Peter in Thanet, Kent, 31 March 1501, proved in the Canterbury Archdeaconry Court (Kent Archives Office, PRC 17-8-61).
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