Peter Brown Family History

Will of Allan Browne 1681

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Allan Browne (the Elder) West Hoathly 25/11/1681 15/12/1683 LEWES A36.P142

Daughters: Margaret Nicholas, Mary (wife of Nicolas Arnold)
Sons: Alan, John (executor), Nathaniel (executor)
Grandchildren: Margaret Arnold, Walter Arnold, Mary Arnold, Elizabeth Arnold (all under 21); Thomas Pickham & Edward Nicholas( children of daughter Margaret); un-named children of son John.
Others mentioned: Joseph Browne
Witnesses: John Masson, William Brooker, Elizabeth Balcomb
Properties: Combelands (in West Hoathly) & land at Ditchling

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The following is a transcription of the will provided to me and made by John F Howes Feb 2012:
(Note: I have inserted some line breaks to aide readability)


This is the last will and testament of Allan Browne the elder of West Hoathly in the county of Sussex, mercer touching such lands and goods as it hath pleased god to bestow on me.
First I give and bequeath unto my son John Browne and his heires all that croft and peece of land lying in Ditchelling which I lately purchased of my said son John. Item I give and bequeath unto every of the children of my said son John ten shillings apiece.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Alan Browne ten pounds.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Margarett Nicholas twenty shillings.
Item I give and bequeath unto her two children Thomas Pickham and Edward Nicholas ten shillings apiece.
Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren Walter Arnold, Mary Arnold and Elizabeth Arnold ten shillings apiece.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Nathaniell Browne and his heires all those my lands, tenements and hereditaments with the appurtenances called by the name Combelande lying and being in West Hoathly aforesaid which I purchased of Joseph Browne upon the condition that my said son Nathaniell doe and paye unto my daughter Mary now wife of Nicholas Arnold one annuity or yearely rent of five pounds by the year out of the said lands during her naturall life to be payed unto her by quarterly payments (that is to say) on the five and twentieth day of March, the five and twentieth day of June and twentieth day of September and the five and twentieth day of December by even and equal portions , the first payment to be made thereof on such of the said days as shall first come and next after my decease. And if the said annuity or any part thereof shall be behind or unpaid by the space of one and twenty days next after any of the said days of payment whereon it ought to be paid (the same being lawfully demanded) that then it shall be lawfull to and for her the said Mary and her assignes from time to time to enter into and upon the aforementioned lands or any part thereof to distreyne for the same and the distress and distresses there found to take, lead, beare, drive and carry away, deteyne, impound and keep until such time as the said annuity of five pounds and all arrerages thereof and the reasonable charges in taking such dristress shall be truly satisfied and paid.
And upon this further condition also that from and after the decease of my said daughter Mary, my said son Nathaniell and his heires do and shall paye unto my granddaughter Margarett and her heires for ever one annuity or yearely rent of five pounds per year in the manner aforesaid. If she the said Margarett Arnold shall be marryed or be of the age of one and twenty years at the time of the decease of her mother my said daughter Mary.
And I doe give unto the said Margarett Arnold and her heires the power to distreyne as aforesaid. But if she the said margarett shall not be married before the decease of her said mother or shall or shall dye before she attains the said age of one and twenty years then my will and meaning is that the said annuity shall be made voyd and of no effect and that in lieu thereof my son Nathaniell shall paye unto the three younger daughters of my said daughter Mary or unto those of them as shall be living within one yeare next after the decease of my said daughter Mary the some of one hundred pounds equally to be payed amongst them if they shall then be of the age of one and twenty yeares. But if they shall not be of the said age of one and twenty yeares then that he pay unto them severally and respectfully their several and respective proportions of the said hundred pounds at their severall and respective ages of one and twenty yeares . Which if my said son shall not paye accordingly then my will and meaning and Idoe hereby will, give and devise unto them the said younger daughters of my said daughter Mary or to such of them who shall then be then living and to their heires one full moyetie or halfe part of my said lands called Combelands.
The residue of all my goods, catteles, chattels, debts, credits, ready money and household stuff (my debts and legacies being paid, my funeral discharged and this my will and testament in all things well and truly performed) I do wholly bequeath and give unto my sonnes John Browne and Nathaniell Browne whom I make executors of this my last will and testament.
And in witness that this my very true last will and testament written on two sheetes of paper I have hereunto sett my seale and to each shete subscribed my name dated the five and twentieth day of November in the three and thirtieth yeare of the raigne of our Sovereigne Lord King Charles the Second Annoq Dmi 1681

Allan Browne and signed, sealed & published by the testator to be his last will in the p’sence of John Masson, William Brooker, Elizabeth Balcomb:


Probate in Latin to John Browne  and Nathaniell Browne.

  1. Note: distreyne, or distrain - To seize and hold (property) to compel payment or reparation, as of debts.

 

The following is a copy of the original 'Will' I obtained from the Lewes Will Microfilm