Peter Brown Family History

Will of John Watson 1672


Name Place Date
Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
Transcript or Copy: readability
John Watson West Hoathly, Sx 01/07/1672
Codicil dated 12/01/1678 (Note 'Will' shows 1677)
21/08/1679 LEWES A35.P161 Cousin: John Browne (& his wife my Neice) -executor
Brother: Saunders (Note: possibly brother in law)
Others: William Brooks, Anne Blundell
Witness: John Bull
BrT1516 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 This is the last will and testament of me John Watson of Westhoathly in the in the county of Sussex, gent, made the first day of July in the yeare of our Lord 1672 and in the 74th yeare of my age.
First I render my soule to Almighty God my Creator And my Body to the Earth to be decently interred according to the rites of the Church of England without a sermon knowing that my Redeemer liveth the author and finisher of my faith the conquerer of death, Satan and all the powers of darkness, who will I trust raise me up in the morning after his likeness to the light of his countenance And to the beautifull(?) vision of a Glorious Trinity that I may rejoice in the gladning of his people And forever give Thanks for his Inheritance
My lands in Westhothly aforesaid I have already settled on my cosen John Browne and his wife my neice as by deed may appeare and I make him my Executor of this my will to the intent that he shall pay my debts and legacies having left in his hands one hundred pounds which he should formerly have paid me by agreement and I give to the poore of the said parish forty shillings  on condition that they trouble not my house nor Executor at my buryall to be paid within a month after my buryall at the discretion of my Executor
And I desire my brother Saunders to assist my Executor in the performance of this my will and proveing the same
And in testimony that this is my last will and testament written with my own hand I have hereunto set my name and seale and do declare it to be my last will in the presence of John Bull. John Watson

12th January 1677 
Whereas I owe to my Brother Saunders fifty pounds by bond my will and meaning is that if my said cosen Browne named Executor of this my will as above said shall refuse to pay the said fifty li to my said Brother Saunders then I make my said Brother Saunders Executor of my said will
And I give to William Brooks my old grey suite and coate and to Anne Blundell 20 s besides her wages
In witness whereof I have set my name and seale John Watson haveing blotted out what is stricken out in the will abovesaid with my own hand Witnesses hereunto


Proved 21st August 1679 on the oath of John Browne, Executor


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