Peter Brown Family History

Will of William Feldwick 1628

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William Feldwick West Hoathly 25/07/1628 04/10/1633 PCC Prob 11/164/499 Wife: Agnes
Son: John
Daughters: Anne Gibb, Elizabeth Comber, Sarah Miles, Mary Feldwick
Grandsons, John Feldwick, William Feldwick, Thomas Feldwick,
Sons in law: John Gibb, Thomas Comber, William Miles (Overseers)
Godchildren & Grandchildren: John Balcombe, Thomas Comber, Ann Gibb, Anne Miles
Witnesses: Henry Faulconer, Richard Teynton , John Browne
FeW1558 Transcript

The following transcription was supplied by Chris Allen
(Note: I have inserted some line breaks to aide readability)


In the name of God Amen the fifth and twentieth day of July in the year of Our Lord Christ 1628 I William Feldwick of West Hothly in the county of Sussex yeoman being weak in body but perfect of memory (praise be God therefore) do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
Firstly I bequeath my soul to God my maker hoping through the merits and passion of Jesus Christ my saviour and redeemer to obtain everlasting salvation and I commit my body to the earth whereof it was made to be buried in such decent order as my executrix shall think fit.
Item I give towards the reparations of the church of West Hothly aforesaid ten shillings and to the poor of the same parish thirteen shillings and four pence.
Item I give to the preacher that shall preach at my funeral ten shillings.
Item I give to Anne Gibb, Elizabeth Comber and Sarah Miles my daughters twenty shillings a piece which said three daughters have had their portion already upon their several marriages.
Item I give to Mary Feldwick my daughter twenty shillings who hath her portion also all the rest of my goods chattels and credits whatsoever (my debts paid and funeral expenses discharged) I give Agnes my loving wife whom I make and ordain sole executrix of this my will and testament and I appoint my three son’s in law John Gibb, Thomas Comber and William Miles to be overseers thereof and I do give them five shillings apiece in token of my love towards them and I will that all their charges shall be allowed unto them which they shall be about their performance of this my will by my said executrix and as touching the disposing of my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever I bestow as followeth:
First I give to John Feldwick for and during his natural life all my portion or part parsonage tithes within the parish of West Hothly aforesaid except the tithes of mine own land called Feldwick and Homewood and the other lands that I use.
Item I give and bequeath my said lands and tenements called Feldwick and Homewood and all my other lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and the rents and issues and profits thereof (except the said tithes before bequeathed to my said son John) unto the said John Gibb, Thomas Comber and William Miles and their assigns for and during the term of four years next after my decease and until the feast of St Michael Tharchangel then next happening after the expiration of the said four years and also the tithes bequeathed to my said son John (in case he should die within the said term) for and during so much of the said term as shall be unexpired at the time of his death upon trust and confidence that they shall employ the rents issues and profits of my said lands tenements and hereditaments in manner following Viz:
 that they shall pay yearly and every year to my said wife during her natural life a full third part thereof in lieu and satisfaction of her third and dower at the feast of St Michael Tharchangel the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ Thammaculation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast of St John Baptist by even portions the first payment to begin at the first of the feasts aforesaid which shall happen after my decease.
 If mine said wife giving them at every payment a sufficient acquittance or discharge for the same in lieu of her dower if they require the same and that they shall likewise pay twenty pounds yearly to my said son John at or in the church porch of West Hoathly aforesaid at the feast aforesaid during his life the first payment likewise to begin at the next of the said feast after my decease and that they shall educate and bring up my grandchild John Feldwick until the said feast of St Michael next after the end of the said four years and that they employ the residue of the said rents issues and profits towards the finding of office and suing livery after my death if need require and if any surplusage or overplus of the rents issues and profits of my said lands shall be in their hands at the feast of St Michael next after the end of the said four years then they shall pay the said overplus to my said grandchild John Feldwick (if he be then living) or if he be dead before that time then to him who shall next succeed him in estate of my said lands.
By this my last will and my meaning is that from the said feast of St Michael Tharchangel next after the said four years end my said grandchild John Feldwick for his time and after then to whom my said land shall remain for their times successively and respectively shall allow and pay to my said wife a full third part of the rents and profits thereof during her life in lieu of her dower (if she will so accept thereof) and shall likewise pay twenty pounds per annum to my said son John during his life in such manner as aforesaid and I do hereby give and bequeath to my said grandchild John Feldwick all my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever (except the said tithes bequeathed to my said son John) to have and to hold the said land tenements and hereditaments with the appurtenances except before accepted to my said grandchild John Feldwick from the said feast of St Michael Tharchangel next after the end of four years for and during his natural life which is impeachment of wast and after his decease to the first son of his body lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body of such first son begotten and for want of such issue to the second son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the third son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the fourth son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the fifth son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the sixth son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the seventh son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the eighth son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the ninth son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the tenth son of my said grandchild lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to my grandchild William Feldwick for and during his natural life without impeachment of wast and after his decease to his eldest son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the second son of my said grandchild William and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the third son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the fourth son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the fifth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the sixth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the seventh son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the eighth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the ninth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the tenth son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to my grandchild Thomas Feldwick for and during his natural life without impeachment of wast and after his decease to his eldest son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the second son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the third son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the fourth son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the fifth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the sixth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the seventh son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the eighth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the ninth son and to the heirs male of the body and for want of such issue to the tenth son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue my will and meaning is that all my said lands tenements and hereditaments shall remain to be unto my said son John’s daughters and my said three grandchildren John, William and Thomas their daughters and to my godson and grandchild John Balcombe and to my daughters Ann, Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary equally in manner following Viz:
 to my son John’s daughters and their heirs a part to my grandchild John’s daughters and their heirs a part to my grandchild William’s daughters and their heirs a part to my grandchild Thomas’s daughters and their heirs a part to my grandchild John Balcombe and his heirs a part to my daughter Ann and her heirs a part to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs a part to my daughter Sarah and her heirs a part equally divided amongst them and as concerning the tithes before bequeathed to my son John during his natural life my mind is and I will and bequeath them after the death of my said son and after the feast of St Michael Tharchangel next after the end of the said four years to my grandchild William Feldwick for and during his natural life and after his decease to the first son of his body lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to the second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth sons of my said grandchild William Feldwick successively and to the heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten severally and successively in such manner and form as is before expressed in the limitation estate to my grandchild John Feldwick and to his heirs to my land aforesaid and for want of such issue of such sons of my grandchild William then to my grandchild Thomas Feldwick for and during his natural life and after his decease to the eldest son and to the heirs male of his body  and for want of such issue to the second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth sons and to the heirs male of their bodies lawfully begotten and successively in such manner (as aforesaid to William and his sons) and for want of such is to my grandchild John Feldwick for and during his natural life and after his decease to his eldest son and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue to his the second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth ninth tenth sons and to the heirs male of their bodies severally and successively in manner as aforesaid and for want of such issue to my son John’s daughters my grandchild John’s daughters my grandchild William’s daughters my grandchild Thomas his daughters my grandchild John Balcomb his daughters Ann Elizabeth Sarah and Mary and their heirs equally for ever in such manner as the rest of my lands tenements and hereditamenets aforesaid are to them limited and appointed by this my will And it is my will and meaning that if my grandchild John Feldwick happen to die without heirs male of his body so that my lands and tenements aforesaid called Feldwick and Homewood do come to my grandchild William Feldwick by virtue of this my will that then my grandchild Thomas Feldwick and his sons successively shall have the said tithes in like manner as my said grandchild William should have had the same if my said grandchild John had lived. Provided always and my will and mind is whereby I have given to my said son John a certain portion of tithes and twenty pounds yearly during his life that if my said son John shall in anything interrupt impeach or oppose this my last will and testament or mine executrix or overseerers in the performance thereof or if my said son John shall be entitled at any time hereafter to any part of my said lands tenements hereditaments by office found before Escheator or Foedory and shall thereby or any other ways take or claim any advantage or interest in any of my said lands tenements or hereditaments or any benefit or profit thereof then according to my meaning in this my will and testament that then his estate and interest both in the said tithes and yearly rent of twenty pounds to him before bequeathed shall utterly cease deliverance and shall be void that then he shall have no other advancement or benefit by this my will but only twenty shillings to be paid unto him by my said overseerers or one of them within one month after he shall so interrupt or take benefit of any of mine estate or otherwise then by this my will as aforesaid. And that then and from thenceforth my said overseerers shall take and receive all the said tithes and detain in their hands the said yearly rent of twenty pounds so long as they shall have anything to do with mine estate by this my will to the use and benefit of my grandchild John Feldwick to be paid unto him at the feast of St Michael Tharchangel next after the end of four years after my decease as aforesaid if he be then living or if he be dead before then to him or them that shall be then living and are next to succeed him in the estate of my lands according to this my will.
 Item I give to my godson John Balcombe a twelvemonthling bullock as his choice And to my godson Thomas Comber my goddaughters Ann Gibb and Ann Miles twenty shillings apiece And my meaning is that the said joined table and form and twelve joined stools in the parlour of my dwelling house and a chest with arch panels and the one other great chest in the chamber where I usually lie and the best table in the hall and the form and all the iron plates in the house shall remain and be as standard in and to my said dwelling house And it is my will and meaning that my wife shall have the parlour chamber and the parlour in my said house with free liberty of ingress egress and regress into and out of the said rooms through the hall there and four cord of wood out of my said land yearly to be spent there during her life if she so long remain a widow or else to have neither rooms or wood there And my will is that mine executrix shall have liberty to way my chattels and cattles from of my ground by the space of six months after my decease and in the meantime pasture and feeding for the cattle that she shall have there paying nothing therefore. And also it is my will and meaning that my wife if she please shall have and use all my land and tenements called Feldwick and Homewoods with the tithes thereof for ten years after my decease if she live so long paying therefore to my said overseerers for the said four years and proportionally till the said feast of St Michael Tharchangel then next happening after the said four years and after my decease forty pounds by the year half yearly and after the said time expired then to my said grandchild John Feldwick if he be then living or if he be dead before then to him or them who shall next succeed him in estate of my said lands by this my will always provided that so long as she shall use or farm my said lands and tithes thereof as forty pounds paid as aforesaid she shall not have nor challenge any other allowance or satisfaction for or in lieu of her dower or jointure. And in witness that this is my last will and testament thereby revoking all former wills I have put my hand and seal to every these papers thereof being eight in all Witnessed published and sealed in the presence of  Henry Faulconer    Richard Teynton.
 Witnessed that the 12th day of May 1633 William Feldwick the testator caused the lines concerning his daughter Mary’s hundred and fifty pounds to be dashed and put out because she hath her portion already and confirmed this still to be his will witnessed
 He: Faulconer       John Browne

  Proved 4 October 1633 by Agnes Feldwick relict