Peter Brown Family History

Will of Edward Browne 1627 

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Name Place Date
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Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
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Transcript or Copy: readability
Edward Browne West Hoathly 20/05/1627 16/10/1627
(Nat Arch says 16/11)
PCC Prob 11/152/741 Brothers: Thomas, John, George, Abel (all dead)
Sisters: Joan Marten, Bridget Watson, Elizabeth Phillips, Agnes Feldwick
Nephews:
John (eldest) + un-named daughter, Thomas & Allen sons of brother John ; Mary, Elizabeth, Susan daughters of brother John;
Nathanial son of brother George;
Joseph, Thomas, William & Richard sons of brother Abel;
3 un-named daughters of sister Elizabeth Philips;
Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary daughters of sister Agnes Feldwick;
John son of Joan Martin and Elizabeth Easton daughter of Joan Marten & her children Elizabeth Easton & John Easton and cousins Elizabeth Pye, Mary Slutter;
John & Jonathan Watson sons of Bridget Watson (are these the same ?);
Cousins : Richard Teynton (Overseeer): Joseph Browne of Coome (Overseer)
Cousin: Enoch the elder
Witnesses: Henry Faulconer, Thomas Comber, Charles Sharpe

TBr1516 Transcript

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The following is a transcription of the will provided to me and made by Jane Wicks:
(Note: I have inserted some line breaks to aide readability)

In the name of God Amen the twentithe day of May in the yeere of our Lord Christ one thowsand sixe hundred twenty and seaven I Edward Browne of Westhothly in the countye of Sussex yeoman being weake in body but of perfect memory praysed be god therefore doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in maner and forme following First I bequeath my soule to Allmighty god my maker hopeinge through the meritts of Jesus Christ my redeemer to obtayne life everlasting and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Westhothly aforesayd in such decent maner as to myne executors shall seeme fitt. And as touching that wordly substance which god of his infinite goodness hath bestowed upon me I dispose as followeth. Imprimis I give to the poore people of Westhothly aforesayd ten shillings to be distributed at the discretion of myne executors.
Item whereas my brother Thomas Browne intended to give his third part of the parsonage tythes of Westhothly aforesayd to my coosen John eldest son of my brother John Browne deceased which intent was not properly executed nor the sayd tythes conveyed in writinge whereby the same might legally passe but that the sayd third part of tythes remayneth to me by way of _____ now allso it is my intent and meaninge and I doe hereby give the sayd third part which belonged to my brother Thomas Browne and allso the moytye or one halfe of myne own third part of Westhothly aforesayd to my sayd coosen John Browne and to the heirs males of his body begotten and for want of such yssue to the heirs males of my sayd brother John Browne begotten and for want of such yssue to the heirs males of the body of my brother Abell Browne and for want of such yssue to my coosen Nathanael son of my brother George Browne and to the heirs males of his body begotten and for want of such yssue to myne owne right heirs forever.
Provided allways and my will and meaninge is that whosoever shall have and ___ the sayd third part and moytye of a third part of tythes aforesayd by this my will shall pay and allowe out of the proffits thereof to my sisters Joan Marten and Bridget Watson sixe pounds every yeere dureing their lives equally to be divided between them and payable halfe yeerly viz; at every sixe moneths and after my decease thirty shillings a peece.
Th’other moytye or halfe part of my sayd third part of tythes, to make equall shares between my coosens John and Nathanaell Brown, I give and bequeath to the sayed Nathanaell and to the heirs males of his body begotten upon this condicon that my sayd coosen Nathanaell shall beare and pay one halfe of the viccars porcion and th’other halfe of all other charges yeerly growing or arising by reason of the tythes given by my father unto my brothers Thomas and George Browne and to myselfe, and for want of such yssue I give the sayd moytye or halfe of my third part to the heirs males of the body of my brother John Browne begotten and for want of such yssue to the heirs males of my brother Abell Brown begotten and for want of such yssue to myne owne right heirs forever.
Item I give to my sayd coosen Nathanaell Browne all that my house, barne, backside garden and orchard with th’appurtances which I now dwell in or use, to have and to hold to him the sayd Nathanael and his heirs allway provided and it is my meaninge that my sister Marten and my sister Watson shall have convenient roome and dwelling in the sayd house during their lives Provided allso that if my sayd coosen Nathanael shall sue for or require of myne executors at any tyme hereafter any accompt to be made unto him of or for the sayd house, barne and backside or any part thereof or of or for any proffitt or advantadge to him growing or accrewing thereby since his mothers last mariadge tyll the time of my death then my will and meaning is that my sayd coosen John Browne shall have and enjoy all my part and share of the sayd house, barne, backside garden and orchard with th’appurtances to him and his heirs forever Any thing herein contayned to the contrary not withstanding. Nevertheless my will and meaning is that myne executors shall make so reasonable accompt as they can to my sayd coosen Nathanael at his age of one and twenty yeers of and for all such moneys as my brother Thomas Browne or I have made or raysed of the goods or tythes which belong unto him by the death of his father.
Item I give to Thomas my brother John Browns son all the ware that he lately had out of my shop and seaven pounds to be payed by myne executors and I forgive him the three ponds which he owes me.
Item I give to Allen my brother John Browns son forty pounds.
Item I give to Marye, Elizabeth and Susan my brother John Browns daughters forty shillings a peece and to every of their children ten shillings a peece.
Item give to my coosen John Browns daughter ten shillings.
Item I give to Thomas, William and Richard my brother Abell Browns sons thirty pounds a peece and to every of their children ten shillings a peece.
Item I give to Joseph my brother Abells son forty pounds and to his children ten shillings a peece.
Item I give to Nathanael my brother George Browns son the booke of martyrs and all the yron plates and standards in the house where I dwell.
Item I give to Joan Marten my sister thirty pounds and to Elizabeth Easton hir daughter ten pounds and to little John Easton ten shillings and to his sister Elizabeth Easton forty shillings and to Elizabeth Pye my coosen twentye shillings and to Marye Slutter my coosen ten shillings. And I doe forgive my coosen John Marten the ten pounds which he owes me.
Item I give to Bridget Watson my sister forty pounds and to hir son John Watson ten pounds and I doe forgive hir son Jonathan the ten pounds which he owes me.
And I doe further give unto my said two sisters Joan Marten and Bridget Watson all my household stuffe except the plates and standards aforesayd.
Item I give to Elizabeth Phillips my sister thirty pounds and to hir three daughters three pounds sixe shillings and eight pence a peece.
Item I give to my coosen Enoch Browne the elder forty shillings.
Item I give to Agnes Feldwicke my sister threescore pounds and to hir three daughters Elizabeth, Sarah and Marye ten shillings a peece.
Item I give to my sister Watson the little chest that my brother Thomas ment to give hir together with seaven sheets, fower pillow ___, fower silver spoones, twelve napkins, one fine scotts cloth sheet, and a shirt therein. All which legacyes before mencioned my will and meaning is shallbe payd and dischardged within sixe moneths after my decease
all the rest of my goods chattells and creddits not before given or bequeathed I doe give and bequeath to my sayd sister Feldwicke and my coosen John Browne above mencioned whom I make and ordayne executors of this my last will and testament
and I doe entreat my coosens Mr Richard Teynton and Joseph Browne of Come to be overseers thereof  and to ayd and asist my sayd executors with their best counsayle and directions therein. And I doe give to them ten shillings a peece over and above all their charges borne thereabouts.
And I doe hereby revoke and adnull all former wills. In witnesse whereof I have heereunto subscribed my name and sett my seale to every sheet of paper of this my last will and testament, being fower in all, the day and yeere first above written. Edward Browns mark.
The standards that I mean shall remayne to my coosen Nathanaell are a bedstedle in the Hall chamber, a bedstedle in the shop chamber, a furnace, a cupboard, a table and two joynd stooles in the hall, a table in the kitchen, a counter, a chest and the shelves in the shop and a third part of the pewter and a great chest in the Hall chamber.
Published and sealed in the presence of Henry Faulconer, Thomas Comber, Charles Sharpe


Proved 16 October 1627, Agnes Feldwicke, John Browne Executores 

 

 

Ursula Ridley who wrote "The Story of a Forest Village - West Hoathly", gave brief details of the will as follows: Note this is not a complete transcript of the 'Will'.

Edward Browne left a ‘Will’ in which he appointed his cousin Richard Teynton (vicar of West Hoathly from 1614-1643) and Joseph Browne of Coombe (his cousin) the overseers of his estate.  The main beneficiaries where his nephews John Browne and Nathaniel Browne, to each whom he left half of his estate and who were to become joint Lords of the Manor. 

To nephew John Browne at the Priest House was left his brother Thomas’s share of the Manor and Tithes and so divided his property that John and young Nathaniel would be joint Lords of the Manor, dividing the revenues as equally as he could ( John would be regarded as Squire as Nathaniel was too young).
Out of the profits of the Manor John was to pay to each of his aunts (Edward’s sisters), Mrs Marten and Mrs Watson, three pounds per year and the aunts could stay for life, rent free in the Manor House. Mrs Watson would also get £40 and half the ‘household stuffe’ whilst Mrs Marten got £30 and half the ‘household stuffe’.
Nathaniel was to also have the precious’ Boke of Matyrs’ handed down from brother Thomas, and all the firebacks, firedogs and ‘bedsteddel’ in the room where his father George had died. He was to also own the furnace, the shop and its contents, plus the long table and ‘joyned stools’ in the hall. The will ensured that if Sara, his mother’ tried to rob Nathanial of his inheritance then John Brown would inherit it all.
He gave £40 to his nephew Allan Browne, £2 to each of his nieces  and 4/- for each of their children ( his legacies appear quite large  for a yeoman considering that a horse would then cost about £1.)
Young Joseph Browne of Coombe would receive £40 and each of his brothers £30 and 4/- for each of their children, (but Comfort Browne, the young widow of Joseph’s brother Abel from Heathfield would not get anything, or her 3 children).
Mrs Fieldwick, his third sister, was to have £60. The fourth sister Elizabeth Phillips got £30. Her daughters got £3.6.8 each. Mrs Marten’s grandson. little John Easton, got 10 shillings and his sister Elizabeth £2.
The Fieldwick girls each got ten shillings and Enoch, the son of old Enoch Browne- the parish clerk, got £2.
Edward forgave his cousin John Marten the £10 he had owed him. He also forgave his nephew Thomas Browne, who had just married Catherine Comber from Barleylands (Philpots), the lot of ‘ware’ he had borrowed from the old man’s shop and also the £3 and he left him another £10.
The total in gifts apart from the Manor & Tithes amounted to about £400.

 

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