Peter Brown Family History

Will of Edward Browne 1602

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Name Place Date
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Edward Brown West Hoathly, Sx 06/02/1602
(Note: 'Will' shows 1601)
12/06/1602 LEWES A12.P47 Wife: Agnes
Sons: Henry (executor), Edward, Stephen
Daughters: Martha (unmarried and under age 30), Jane (unmarried and under age 27), Elizabeth Wyatt
Step Daughters: Ellinor Cruste, Margery Cruste
Grandchildren: Henry Poulter (son of daughter Martha)
Witnesses: Richard Ratner scribe, Enoch Browne, Thomas Browne
BrE1556 Transcript

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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)


In the name of god, amen I Edward Browne the elder of West Hoathleigh in the County of Sussex yeoman upon the sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and one and in the forty forth year of the reign of our Sovereigne ladye Elizabeth by the grace of God of England, France and Ireland Queen defendress of the faith on being sicke of bodye but of goode and p’fect remembrance thanks bee to almighty god do make constitute and ordeyne this my last will and testament in the manner and form following. First I will and bequeath my soule to almighty god my creator and to Jesus Christe my redeemer by merit of whose death and passion and by no other meanes whatsoever I hope for the full and free remission of my sinnes and assured of life everlasting in the world to come. And my bodye to be buryed in the church yarde od West hoathleigh aforesaid as to myne executors shall seeme most convenient.
Item I will and bequeath to Martha Browne my daughter the somme of tenne pounds of goode and lawfull money of England to be paid to her at the day of her marriage or when she shall accomplish the age of thirty years and two payre of sheetes the one payre of flax the other of hempe.
Item I will and bequeath to Jane Browne my daughter the somme of tenne pounds of goode and lawfull money of England to be paide likewise to her at the day of her marriage or when she shall accomplish the age of twenty seven years and one yron pott and brass posnett/and two payres of sheetes one payre of flax the other of hempe.
 Item I will and bequeath to Agnes Browne my wife all such household stuff as was hers before the time of my marriage to her, which is now unsold within my house.
Item I give unto her one heifer of the age of fower years oulde w’th calfe. And if it happens the said Agnes my wife to be with childe then I give unto the said childe the somme of five pounds of lawfull money of England if the said child do live but if it happen the said childe to dye within one month after the birthe thereof then the said five pounds thus bequeathed to remayne again to myne executor.
 Item I will and bequeath to Ellinor Cruste the daughter of the said Agnes my wife tenne shillings of goode and lawfull money of England. And to Margery Cruste daughter of the said Agnes my wife ten shillings likewise of goode and lawfull money of England to be payed unto either of them at the Feast of saint Michaell the Archangel next ensuing the date hereof.
Item I give to Henry Poulter the sonne of Martha Browne my daughter one twelvemonth heifer of ----- culler.
I give to Elizabeth Wyatt my daughter my worst featherbed.
And I give and bequeath to Edward Browne my sonne and to his heires forever that part of my now dwelling house which is between the hovel and the barne with the shoppe called the weavers shoppe and the loft over the same with eighte foot of grounds from the backside of the said house into the close westward all along the said house and one way to get water at the common usualle ponnde and twentye foote of ground square one side whereof joyneth unto the high street towards the easte, another side whereof lyeth toward that part of lands which I have given to Steven Browne my sonne, toward the southe whereof lyeth my lands toward the west and another side toward my now dwelling lying toward the west.
Item I give and bequeath further to the said Edward my sonne seventeen pounds of goode and lawfull money of England in lewe of all such debts as I owe him to be paid to him at the feast of Saint Michaell the archangel next ensuing the date hereof. As concerning the final portion of land which recently it hath pleased god to bless me with and that other parts of my lands as yet unbequeathed with all other edifices and buildings thereunto belonging and appertaining with all gardens, closes and eases whatsoever now in the use of the foresaid Edward Browne the elder
I give unto Henry Browne my sonne whom I make and ordaine my sole and only executor to this to his use and use of his heirs forever provided always and my very will and minde is that one of my said lands and tenements so given as before unto the said Henry my sonne. The said Henry my sonne shall as well discharge and paye at the time afore specified all such legacies as before by me given and bequeathed. A also all such debts are from me the aforesaid Edward Browne the elder and unto others whomsoever who I charge in God in behalf his being the thing which I greatly desire to discharge them all faithfully carefully as myself would have done if god had prolonged my life. Provided likewise and my very will and minde is that Stephen Browne my sonne shall paye unto Henry Browne his brother or to his heirs executors or administrators of the said Henry tenne pounds of goode and lawfull money of England within one year next after my decease which tenne pounds as aforesaid I charge said Stephen my sonne w’th  all in consideration that I have left standing on that parcel of ground what I have given him such woods & underwoods as I might have cut and felled therefrom.
And this is the last will and testament of me Edward Browne the elder it witness whereof the those present I,--- sett to my hande and seale the daye and yeare just above written

–Edward Browne – as witness hereunto Richard Ratner scribe, Enoch Browne, Thomas Browne.


Probate in Latin


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