The will of Grace Kent, widow, of St. Dennis, Cornwall, was dated 6 September 1723 and proved on 9 May 1732. It mentions her eldest son Nicholas Kent (and his daughter Jane), son John Kent, daughter Mary (Worth or North), daughter Elizabeth Prout, daughter Joan Richards, and daughter Grace Hore.[1]


The link between Nicholas Kent of Lanivet and the Kents of St. Dennis is supported by the administration records of John Robins of Lanivet. Administration was granted on 26 May 1707 to his son Richard Robins, Johnís widow Agnes having renounced her right. It was granted again, de bonis non, to Nicholas Kent of Lanivet, farmer and John Kent of St. Dennis, stannator (or tinner), during the minority of Jane Kent, the next of kin of John Robins, on 29 October 1723.[2]


Unfortunately the St. Dennis baptism registers do not begin until 1687, which is too late to include all the children of Grace. However, there was a Joan, daughter of Robert Kent, baptised in 1691, who would be of a likely age to be the Joan Kent of St. Dennis who married Thomas Richards at Lanivet in 1716.


In 1715, administration of the estate of Robert Kent of St. Dennis, tinner, was granted to his mother Grace Kent of St. Dennis, widow.[3] There was a Robert Kent, son of Robert, baptised on 29 June 1687 at St. Dennis.


Although further evidence would be desirable, the most likely solution seems to be that the Grace Kent whose will was written in 1723 was the widow of the Robert Kent who was buried at St. Dennis in 1692.


The St. Dennis parish registers also record the baptism of John, illegitimate son of Grace Kent, on 16 June 1695.


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1††††††††† ROBERT KENT was buried on 6 May 1692 at St. Dennis, Cornwall.[4] He married GRACE who was buried on 7 May 1724 at St. Dennis, Cornwall.[5]


††††††††††††††† Children of Robert and Grace Kent:

††††††††††††††† 2††††††††††††† i†††††††††††††† NICHOLAS KENT (b ca 1678); m AGNES ROBINS.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ii††††††††††††† JOHN KENT.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† iii†††††††††††† MARY KENT.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† iv†††††††††††† ELIZABETH KENT; m ††††††††††PROUT.[6]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† v††††††††††††† GRACE KENT; m 20 Apr 1712, St. Dennis, BENNET HOAR.[7]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† vi†††††††††††† ROBERT KENT of St. Dennis, tinner, bap 29 Jun 1687, St. Dennis,[8] bur 26 Feb 1715/16, St. Dennis.[9]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† vii††††††††††† JOAN KENT, bap 1 May 1689, St. Dennis.[10]

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† viii†††††††††† JOAN KENT, bap 14 Apr 1691, St. Dennis;[11] m 6 Oct 1716, Lanivet, THOMAS RICHARDS.[12]


2††††††††† NICHOLAS KENT of Lanivet, farmer, was born about 1678.[13] He married on 14 October 1704 at Lanivet, AGNES ROBINS,[14] daughter of John and Agnes Robins (see here). Agnes (Robins) Kent was baptised on 2 February 1680/81 at Lanivet and buried on 10 March 1717/18 at Lanivet.


††††††††††††††† Child of Nicholas and Agnes (Robins) Kent:

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† i†††††††††††††† JANE KENT, bap 1 Feb 1705/06, Lanivet,[15] d ca 1773;[16] m 30 Dec 1724, Lanivet, NICHOLAS GROSE.[17]

[1] Kresen Kernow, AP/K/703.

[2] Kresen Kernow, AP/R/1670, AP/R/1887.

[3] Kresen Kernow, AP/K/609.

[4] St. Dennis parish registers (

[5] St. Dennis parish registers (

[6] Kresen Kernow, AP/K/703.

[7] St. Dennis parish registers (

[8] St. Dennis parish registers (

[9] St. Dennis parish registers (

[10] St. Dennis parish registers (

[11] St. Dennis parish registers (

[12] Lanivet parish registers (

[13] Kresen Kernow, CL/1/197/1.

[14] Lanivet parish registers (online at

[15] Lanivet parish registers (

[16] Jane is mentioned in the May 1772 administration record of Nicholas Grose as his widow who renounced administration (Kresen Kernow, AP/G/7213). It seems very likely that she was one of the Jane Groses shown in the Lanivet parish registers ( to have been buried on 23 Sep 1772 and 3 Oct 1774. The second of these may have been the Jane Grose of Lanivet (widow of John Grose) whose will was dated 1 Jun 1773 and proved on 2 May 1777, but that Jane could also have been the one buried at Luxulyan on 20 Mar 1777. Therefore the exact date of burial of Jane (Kent) Grose is not clear at present.

[17] Lanivet parish registers (