Peter Brown Family History

Will of Thomas Feldwick 1664


Name Place Date
Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
Transcript or Copy: readability
Thomas Feldwick East Grinstead, Sx 28/04/1664 26/05/1664 LEWES A30.P110 Wife: Elizabeth (executor)
Daughters: Alice (wife of John Langridge), Mary (wife of John Coulstocke), Joan (wife of Edward Taylor), Anne, Susan
Sons: Thomas, William (second son)>
Witnesses: Robert Payne, Edward Lucas.
Properties: Figgs Hatch in East Grinstead
FeT1597 Transcript



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

 In the Name of God Amen, I Thomas Feldweeke of Eastgrinsted in the county of Sussex, miller, being sicke in body but in perfect memory, praysed be God, doe make and ordeyne my last will and testament in manner and forme followeing (that is to say) First and principally I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my maker, hopeing assuredly through his mercy and the onely merritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to be made partaker of life everlasting and my body to be buryed in the churchyard of Eastgrinsted aforesaid.
Item I give and bequeath unto Alice my daughter the now wife of John Langridge, one shillinge, and to Mary my daughter now wife of John Coulstocke, one shillinge, to Joane my daughter nowe wife of Edward Taylor, one shillinge, and to my sonne Thomas Feldweeke, one shillinge, to be paid unto them within six moneths next after my decease.
Item whereas I have lent or given to my said sonne Thomas and am bound for him for certaine moneys, it amounting in all, full forty pounds, I doe hereby freely give and forgive him every parte and parcell of it and it is in full for the porcion I can and doe give him.
Item I give and bequeath unto Anne my daughter tenn pounds of lawfull money of England and to Susan my daughter the like summe of tenn pounds to be paid unto them or either of them within six moneths next after my decease or day or dayes of marriage which first shall happen. And whereas my sonne Thomas doth owe unto his sisters aforenamed, Anne and Susan, the sume of tenn pounds of lawfull money of England upon his bond, my will and true meaning is that it shall and may be lawfull, to and for the said Anne and Susan and their assignes within six moneths next after my decease, into and upon my messuage, lands and premisses with the appurtenances called Figgs Hatch, situate in Eastgrinsted aforesaid, to enter into and upon the same, and the same and every parte and parcell thereof, to use and occupie, possesse and enjoye  and the rents, issues and profitts thereof, from time to time, to receive to and for their owne proper use or uses and behoofes until the said tenn pounds be unto them the said Anne and Susan or their assignes, fully satisfied and paid and then they, the said Anne and Susan to deliver up the said bond to my sonne Thomas, to be cancelled and release and discharge my said sonne Thomas of and from the said tenn pounds and every parte thereof.
Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my wife all that my messuage or tenement and lands called or knowne by the name of Figgs Hatch as aforesaid, with the appurtenances in Eastgrinsted aforesaid, conteyneing by estimacion foure acres more or lesse, and to her heirs and assignes forever Provided alwayes that shee the said Elizabeth, shall sell the said messuage, tenements and lands for such a price as shee can reasonablie get for it and use the money that ahall be raysed for the same, to pay my debts and pay my legacies, and the overplus (if any shall be) to give and dispose to and amongst my children as shee shall thinke fitt.
And if it shall happen the said Elizabeth my wife, shall not or doe not sell the aforemencioned messuage, tenements and lands with the appurtenances called Figgs Hatch at any time dureing her life, accordinge to the true meaning of this my will, That then my true will and meaninge is And I doe hereby give and bequeath all the said messuage, tenements and lands called Figgs Hatch aforemencioned with the appurtenances in Eastgrinsted aforesaid, unto William Feldweeke my second sonne and to his heirs and assignes forever. Provided alwayes that he, the said William my sonne shall pay such sume or sumes of money as the said Elizabeth my wife shall limitt, appoint and declare to be paid out of the said messuage, tenements and lands by her last will and testament in writting or otherwise.
And for the better payment of my debts and legacies and raysing of porcions for my children and for to distribute the overplus amongst them according to the discrecion of my Executrix, I give and bequeath all the residue of my goods chattells and creditts, whatsoever unbequeathed, unto the said Elizabeth my wife, whome I doe make my sole Executrix of this my last will and testament, shee the said Elizabeth paying my debts and legacies in manner and forme abovesaid and funerall expences and probate of this my will to be discharged.
In witnes whereof, I Thomas Feldweeke, the Testator, have hereunto sett my hand and seale the eight and twentieth day of Aprill in the sixteenth yeare of the reigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the second by grace of God of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith etc. Anno Dommini 1664*
The marke of Thomas Feldweeke. Signed, sealed and published in the presence of us, Robert Payne, Edward Lucas.


This will was proved before Master Thomas Stevenson, Esquire, Master surrogate etc on the twenty sixth day of May in the year of our Lord a thousand six hundred and sixty four on the oath of Elizabeth Feldwicke, the Relict and Executrix named in the will of the said deceased, who was entrusted with the administration of the goods ect.

* The date as recorded in the will is 28th April 1674 but this is a mistake as the 16th year of Charles II is 1664 and the Latin script recording probate gives 1664


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