Peter Brown Family History

Will of John Browne 1608

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John Browne West Hoathly, Sx 07/08/1608 12/11/1608 LEWES A12.P312 Wife: Mary (pregnant)
Daughters: Mary, Elizabeth (unmarried & under 21), Susan (unmarried & under 21)
Son: John, Thomas, Allen
Brother: Abell, George (both overseers)
Sister: Joan Martin
Brother in law: Robert Miles (overseer)
Other Andrew Brown
Witnesses: Allan Cader, John Newman and Robert Mills the elder.
JBr1546 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 the seventh day of August in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and eight I John Browne of Westhothelye in the county of Sussex being sicke in body but of good and perfect mynde and memorie God be thanked do ordayne and make this my present testament and last will in the manner and forme following. First I give and bequeath my soule unto Almighty God whom I believe to be saved bye and my bodye to be buryed in the churchyard of Westhothelye aforesaid. Alsoe my will and mynde is to have bestowed at my burial amongst the poore people of Westhothelye five shillings.
Item I give and bequeath to Mary Browne my daughter the some of forty pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be paid to her within two years next after my decease.
Alsoe I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Browne my daughter the some of forty pounds of like good and lawfull money of England to be paid to her when she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years or else at the day of her marriage.
Item I give and bequeath to Susan my daughter the some also of forty pounds of like good and lawfull money of England to be paid to her when she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years or else at the day of her marriage. Furthermore my will and mynde is that if any of my said daughters do fortune to dye before they shall accomplish the said age or by the day of their marriage that then the gifts and bequests that I have given unto any of them shallbe wholly remaining to my son John.
I give and bequeath to John my son my best ioynd bedstedd, one press, one cubbard, my great chest, all my iron plates in the chimneys and my best payre of brandirons, the residue of all my goods not given or bequeathed my bebts and legacies fully paid, my funeral charges discharged I wholly leave unto Marye my wife and John my son whom I ordeyne and make my my only whole executors to this my said last will and testament to all things herein solely and truly executed as my trust is in that they will.
I also Ordeyne and make Abell browne my brother and Robert Milles my brother-in-law and also my brother George Browne my trustees and overseers of this my said last will and testament -------- --ching herein solely and truly executed as my said will ----- them that they will soe doe  and they to have for their labour and paynes in that behalf six shillings and eight pence apiece. This is the last will and testament of the said John Browne for the conveyance of all my houses, lands and tenements in Westhothelye aforesaid.
That is to say first I bequeath unto Thomas my sonne all those houses and lands that I past bought of Thomas Paine lying and being in Westhothelye aforesaid to have and to hold to the said Thomas and his heires paying yearly to his brother John for ever the quit rent and other ----- for water as heretofore hath usually byn paid.
Alsoe I give and bequeath unto Allen Browne my sonne his house and garden plot that is now in the occupation of Joan Marten my sister and Andrew Browne. Alsoe -------- to the churchyard of Westhothelye aforesaid and also my use and regress to Bowfield Pond for water and also the ----- by ----- the ---- and one other parcel of land called Crochpight? and the ---iengoe? pond about all lying and being in Westhothelye aforesaid to have and to hold to the said Allen and his heires for ever and to pay yearly unto John my sonne five pence.
Alsoe my now dwelling house, barne, garden and orchard and the residue of all my lands I leave and give unto John my sonne and to his heires for ever with all rents and profits due unto the same provided always and my will mynde and whole intent is that if my sonne John doe fortune to dye before he doth accomplish the age of one and twenty years that then my said son Allen to have all those houses lands and tenements to him and his heires that I hve before given and bequeathed unto my son Thomas to have and to hold and his heires all that house and peeces of land that I have given to the said Allen and furthermore if it soe fortune my sonne Thomas doe dye before he doe accomplish the said age of one and twenty years then my will is that Allan my son shall have to him and his heires for ever that two houses and lands aforesaid given to the said Thomas and that which was given to the said Allen and his heires my will is that the said John shall have it to him and his heires.
Furthermore my will and mynde is if it do fortune Marye my wife be with child that she and my sonne John shall see it well brought up and moreover my will is that if it be a son when it shall come to the age of one and twenty years that my son John shall then shall paye unto the said child out of the said lands the some of forty pounds of lawful money of England and my sonne Thomas out of his lands the some of ten pounds of lawful money of England. But if it fortune to be a daughter then my will is that my said sonne John shall paye unto thr forty pounds aforesaid of lawful money of England and Thomas to paye none.
Alsoe ----- doe further and my will is that my executors shall have the use and profits of all the houses and lands that I have given unto my said two sons Thomas ans Allan until they shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years soe they shall not take logs not waste no timber moreover yet my will is that my overseers shall have full ------ authority by ------ this my last will and testament to fell, cut logs, collect ----- ----- ----- --baye ---- ----- soe much woods as may well be spared from my lands and ---- ---- ---- for the house to paye part of the ----- ----- of money that I have before given and bequeathed to my said daughters yet further it is my will and mynde ---- ---- that the said daughters shall have in my dwelling house meete and convenient chambers ----- ------ ----- to – go for them together all things at all tymes at her will and pleasing----- ---- accomplish her self marryed.
In witness whereof I the said John Browne to this testament and last will have sett my hand and seale this day and year before written,------ the following witnesses Allan Cader, John Newman and Robert Mills the elder
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NOTE: significant ink bleeding has obscured completely the missing sections of this will

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