Peter Brown Family History

Will of Edward Browne 1680


Name Place Date
Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
Transcript or Copy: readability
Edward Brown West Hoathly, Sx 07/09/1680 1682 LEWES A36.P16 Daughter: Elizabeth (wife of Francis Gibson), Anne
Son: Edward
Grandchildren: Elizabeth Gibson, Hannah Gibson (both under 18)
Overseers: Brother in law Francis Woods & kinsman John Browne
Witnesses: John Milles, Mary Milles, Jane Milles.
Properties mentioned: "Garden Fields"



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

In the name of God amen, this is the last will and testament of mee Edward Browne of westhoathly in the County of Sussex, Taylor touching the disposing of my lands and goods as it hath pleased God to give mee whch
First I give my sonne Edward browne for and during the terme of his naturall life only those two peeces or p’cells of land called the Garden Field helde now in the occupacion of Francis Gibson.
Provided always that my said sonne Edward browne doe within six months next after my decease pay unto my two daughters tenne pounds that is to say to my daughter Anne five pounds, and to my daughter Elizabeth five pounds of lawfull money of England; wch if my said sonne shall refuse or neglect to paye within the time before herein limited for payment thereof then my will and meaning is and I doe hereby will, devise and give  the said two peeces or p’cells of lands to my said two daughters during the life of my said sonne Eward Brownw;
And it is my further will meaning and I doe hereby will, devise and give the said two peeces or p’cells of lands called the Garden Fields and the reversion and reversions thereof immediately from and after the decease of my said sonne Edward Browne unto my daughter Anne Browne and to the heires of her bodt and for want of such heirs I give the said two peeces or p’cells of lands unto my daughter Elizabeth now wife of Francis Gibson and to her heires for ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Elizabeth and her heires  my house and the two garden plattes thereunto adjoining now in the occupation of Richard Hunt to have and to hold to her the said Elizabeth and her heires for ever. All that my dwelling house wherein I now dwell together with the barns, buildings, close, gardens and lands thereunto adjoining with the appurtenances to have and to hold to her and Anne and her heires for ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Edward Browne one shilling.
Item I give unto my two grand children Elizabeth Gibson and Hannah Gibson thirty shillings a peece to bee paid unto them severally and respectively at their several and respective ages of eighteen years.
The residue of all my goods, cattell, chattels, ready money and household stuff(my debts and legacies being paid, my funeral discharged and probate of this my will paid and satisfied) I doe wholly give and bequeath to my beforenamed daughter Elizabeth now the wife of the beforenamed Francis Gibson, whom I make sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
And I devise my brother in law Francis Woods and my kinsman John Browne of Tyes Cross to bee overseers of this my last will and testament and to be aiding and assisting to my said executrix in seeing the same performed according to the true meaning thereof.
And intestimony that this is my very true last will and testament written on one sheete of paper I have therefore sett my hand and seale this seaventh day of September in the two and thirtieth year of the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lord King Charles the second Anno Dmni 1680 Edward Browne his mark signed sealed and published in the presence of John Milles, Mary Milles, Jane Milles.

Probate in Latin

Note: Since this Edward was in possession of the Garden Field he is presumably a descendent of Enoch Browne , whose will was made in 1607 and who also left that property to his son Enoch. But the Sussex registers do not identify such and Edward. His marriage is also missing but could have come between 1640 and 1645 in West Hoathly when the registers were not kept. His wife was named Jone and her name was possibly Woods.

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