Peter Brown Family History

Will of Thomas Browne 1582

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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
Thomas West Hoathly 22/01/1582
(Note: 'Will' shows 1581)
08/05/1582 LEWES A7.P256 Wife: Elizabeth
Sons: John, Abel, Thomas, Edward, George
Daughters: Joan, Bridget, Elizabeth, Jane, Agnes
Grandchildren: Abel, Thomas & William sons of son Abel; unnamed son & daughter of daughter Joan Martin
Others: Dorcas Christy
Brother William Browne & Edward Browne-(Overseers)
TBr1516 Transcript (three)

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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 xxii daye of January in the year of our Lord God one thousand fyve hundrethe, fower score and one (1581) I Thomas Browne of Westhothligh in the county of Sussex and in the diocese of Chichester being sick of bodey but in good remembrance thanks be to God doe ordaine and make this my present testament and last will in manner and forme followynge
First I gyve and bequeth my soule unto Almightie God trustinge to be saved through the deserving of Jesus Christ my redemer / my bodey to be buried in the churchyard of Westhothligh aforesayd or els where it shall please God to call me and touching my temporall goods first my will is to be bestowed at my buriall in bread and drink and other charitable deeds Xs
Also I gyve my seven younger children that is to saye Thomas, Edward and George my sonnes Bridgett, Elizabeth, Jane and Agnes my daughters to ech of them  Xiij li vj s viij d (£13, 6 shillings, 8 pence) a pece as of good and lawfull money of England to be payd unto them within one yere next after my decease /
Also I gyve and bequeth unto Joane Marten my daughter Xls (£10) and unto her sonne and daughter iijs iiijd a pece.
I gyve unto Abell, Thomas and William Browne my sonne Abells sonnes iij s iiij d a pece.
Item I gyve to Dorcas Christy iij s iiij d
Also I gyve unto John my sonne my best chest my best bedstedle my cubberd my presse and the plate in my chimys (?) and ij payre of sheets one table cloth ij napkins Item the residewe of my linen
I gyve unto Elizabeth my wife also my will and minde is that Elizabeth my wife and John my sonne shall have hold and occupy joyntly and severally by even porcions and to their severall asignes all my tenements lands rents services and tythes (except the tythes of Coome Land and being  the lands late of John Mascall and  of my owne lands) for and during the naturall life of the same Elizabeth my wife doing noe strip or wast in and upon the same by the sayd Elizabeth or her assignes and yelding paying and doing all and over chardges and reparacions that shall rise growe  be due and payable out of the same for and during the life of the same Elizabeth  Provided alwayes that if Elizabeth my wife doe clayme or recover any dower or third part of John my sonnes moietie aforesayd that then this grant last abovesayd to be utterly voyd and had for naught  anything therin not withstanding
Also I gyve unto Abell my sonne all my tythes of corne haye and grayne that shall rise growe  be dewe and payable in and upon that tenement and lands called the Coome in Westhothligh aforesayd to have and to hold unto the sayd Abell Browne my sonne and to his heirs and assignes for ever imediatly after my decease
Also I gyve and bequeth unto Thomas Browne, Edward Browne and George Browne my sonnes all my tythes of corne haye and grayne that I have or of right ought to have in the parish of Westhothligh aforesayd except the tythes of Coome land before gyven unto Abell my sonne and the tythes of my owne lands alwayes reserved to have and to hold unto the same Thomas, Edward and George and to their heirs forever by equall porcions from and imediatly after the decease of Elizabeth my wife and not before yelding and paying the vickars porcion yerely out of the same if it must needs be payd after they shall have and enjoye the same also after the decease of Elizabeth my wife my will is that John Browne my sonne shall have all my tenements lands rents services and tythes only of my owne lands with th’appurtances to him and to his heirs forever
Item I gyve unto George my sonne one chest Provided also and my will is that Elizabeth my wife and John my sonne shall pay out of my tythes unto Thomas, Edward and George my sonnes towards their findinge ech of them yerely xxv s viij d during the life of Elizabeth my wife and bring up Agnes and George my two younger children have George’s xxv s viij d towards the bringinge up of them duringe their nonage or otherwise provided for them any thinge herein not withstanding provided alwayes that if John my sonne dye without heirs of his bodey lawfully begotten that then my will is that George my sonne shall have my land called Whitestone, Webbs mead  and Church ____ with th’appurtances to him and his heirs forever any thinge herein to the contrary notwithstanding
The residewe of all my goods chattels credits and debts unbequethed my debts first payd my will fulfilled and my legaces dischardged I wholly leave and gyve unto Elizabeth my wife and John my sonne to be devided between them by equall porcions also I ordayne the same Elizabeth and John my only executors to see it executed accordingly
Item  I make William Browne my Brother and Edward Browne my overseers to see that my executors execute the same accordingly as my trust is in them they will soe doe and they to have for their paynes iij s iiij d a pece and all their reasonable espenses in that behalf expended.
These being witnesses here unto Robert Taylor, John Newnam, Andrew Browne, John Smyth, Shomaker and John Browne sonne of Andrew Browne and of me Thomas Browne.      
                                  

 

The following is a transcription of the will made by Rosie Ansell: November 2009 from a copy in the SFHG library.

In the name of God Amen the xxiith daye of January in the year of our Lord god 1581 I Thomas Browne of Westhothly in the County of Sussex and in the dio[ces]e of Chichester being sick of bodey but in good remembrance thanks be to God doe ordaine and make this my present testament and last will in mann[er] and forme followinge 
First I gyve and bequeth my soule unto Almyghtie God trustinge to be saved through the suferring of Jesus Christ my redeem[er] my bodey to be buried in the churchyard of Westhothlye aforesaid or els where it shall please god to call me and touching my temporall goods  
First my will is to be bestowed at my burial in bread and drink and other Charitable ….. x s 
Also I gyve my seven younger children that is to saye Thomas Edward and George my sonnes Bridgett Elizabeth Jane and Agnes my daughters to ech of them xiii li vi s viii d apece of good and lawfull money of England to be payd unto them within one yere next after my decease 
Also I gyve and bequeath unto Joane Martin my daughter xl s and unto her sonne and daughter iii s iiii d apece 
I gyve unto Abell Thomas and William Browne my sonne Abells sonnes iii s iiii d apece 
I gyve to Charles Christy iiis iiiid 
Also I gyve unto John my sonne my best chest my best bedstedle my cubbord my …… and the plate in my Chinny and ii payre of sheets one table cloth ii napkins 
Item the Residue of my linen I gyve unto Elizabeth my wife also my will and minde is that Elizabeth my wife and John my sonne shall have hold and occupy Joyntly or severally by even porcons and to ther severall assigns all my tenements lands rents …… and tythes (except the tythes of Come land …… the land late of John in … and of my owne lands) for and duringe the naturall liffe of the same Elizabeth my wife comy[ting] noe …. or wast in and upon the same by the sayd Elizabeth or her assignes & yelding pay ... and …. all and onlie chardges and reparacons that shall rise grow be due and payable out of the same for and during the liffe of the same Elizabeth provided always that if Elizabeth my wife doe clayme or ……… any Dower or third unto John my sonne ……. aforesayd that then this ……….. last abovesayd to be utterly voyd and shall ……… any thing within not withstanding 
Also I gyve unto Abell my sonne all my tythes of towne shaye and grayne that shall rise grow be Dewe and payable in of and upon that Tenement and land called the Coom in Westhothlye aforsesayd to have and to hold unto the sayd Abell Browne my sonne and to his heires and assigns for ever imeadiatly after my decease 
Also I gyve and bequeth unto Thomas Browne Edward Browne and George Browne my sonnes all my tythes of town shaye and grayne that I have or of right ought to have in the p[ar]yshe of Westhothlye aforesaid except the tythes of the Coom land before given unto Abell my sonne and the tythes of my owne lands always referred to to have and to hold unto the same Thomas Edward and George and to their heires for ever in equall porcons from and imeadiatly after the death of Elizabeth my wife and not before yelding and paying the ….. porcon yerely out of the same if it … …. be payd after they shall have and enioye the same also after the decease of Elizabeth my wife my will is that John Browne my sonne shall have all my tenements lands rents ……. and tythes only of my owne lands with theappurtenances to him and to his heires for ever
Item I gyve unto George my sonne one chest provided also and my will is that Elizabeth my wife and John my sonne shall paye out of my tythes unto Thomas Edward and George my sonnes towards ther findinge ech of them yerely xx li viii sh during the liffe of Elizabeth my wife and bring up Agnes and George my two younger children and ….. ….. xx sh viii d towards the bringing up of them during their nonage or otherwise provided for them any thinge herein unto notwithstanding provided always that if John my sonne dye without heires of his bodey lawfully begotten that then my will is that George my sonne shall have my land called Whitstone ….. mead and …….. with ……… to him and his heires for ever any thinge herein to the contrary notwithstanding 
The residue of all my goods cattel credits and debts unbequethed my debts first payd my will fulfilled and my legace discharged I wholly leave and gyve unto Elizabeth my wife and John my sonne to be divided betwene them by equall porcons 
Also I ordaine the same Elizabeth and John my only executors for …. … accordingly 
Item I make William Browne my Brother and Edward Browne my overseers to see that my executors execute the same accordingly as my trust is in them they will ……. and they to have for their paynes iis iiii d apece and all ther reasonable expenses …in that behalf expended 
Thes being wittnes here unto Robert Tylney  John Newman  Andrewe Browne  John Smyth shoemaker and John Browne sonne of Andrewe Browne and of me Thomas Browne

 
Probatum fuit hoc testamentum coram mag[ist]ro Edward Fletcher legume doctore etc Officiali etc viii die mensis Maii Anno D[omi]ni 1582 jurato executori etc de bene etc

 

The following is a transcription of the will made by Ursula Ridley (' author of "The Story of a Forest Village - West Hoathly"). It is included here as there are some differances from the above and reflects the problems of reading the original 'Will'. It was provided by John Ralph, Archivist, West Hoathly Local History Archive

 

 

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