Peter Brown Family History

Will of Robert Browne 1677


Name Place Date
Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
Transcript or Copy: readability
Robert Browne West Hoathly, Sx 14/05/1677 LEWES A34.P281 Brother :Thomas Browne & nephew Thomas Browne .
Cousin: John Cheale & godson Thomas Cheale
Others: Mr Griffith (curate), John Bexly & wife Elizabeth, Thomas Blackman & wife Joahane, John Bryan, George Payne, John Martyn, Richard Griffith, John Watson, Richard Swane & his wife, Anne, wife of Matthew Browne!! & four children.


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)

The last will and testament of me Robert Browne of West Hoathley in the County of Sussex, husbandman made the fourteenth day of May in the year of our lord god one thousand six hundred seventy and seven being sick in body but of p’fect memory thanks be to God. First I return my body to the earth and my soule to God trusting to the merits of my savior Jesus Christ for eternal salvation. Item I give to the poore of the said p’sh ten shiliilngs to be payed thereto after my decease.
Item I give to Mr Griffith, curat of the said p’sh ten shillings to be paid aforesaid.
Item I give to John Cheale my cozen six and twenty pounds w’ch he oweth me but my mynde is that his son Thomas Cheale my godson shall have five pounds thereof towards his breeding up and performens.
Item I give to James Bexly with whom I sometime lived tweny shillings of w’ch he oweth me twn shillings and to Elizabeth his wife fifty shillings.
Item I give to Johane the wife of Thomas Blackman ten shillings.
Item I give to Anne the wife of my master!! Browne fifty shillings.
Item I give to each of her children one sheepe and one lambe.
And to the wife of John Bryan ten shillings.
Item I give to George Payne of West Hoathley aforesaid fifty shillings the half of five pounds w’ch he oweth me.
Item I give to John Martyn & Richard Griffith? tod & rec-----.
Item  I give to John Watson of West Hoathley xxd.
Item I give to blank Swane the wife of Richard swane xxd.
All the rest of my goods and chattels, goods, debts and credits I give to Thomas Browne my brother and to Thomas Browne my master!! whom I make joynt executors of this my last will and doe desire them to see the payments and legacies made as soone as the money due to me be received.
In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale and declare this to be my last will and testament the day and yeare abovesaid the mark of the said THOMAS BROWNE* the testator in the presence of J Watson, William Griffith.


Note* the will clearly says Thomas Browne the testator even though the will is that of Robert Browne
The probate in latin refers to the will of Robert Browne and as the two Thomas’s as executors.
The signing of Thomas Browne to the will probably was a mistake make by the person preparing it/

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