Peter Brown Family History

Will of Alexander Payne 1611

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Alexander Payne Ardingly, Sx 20/02/1611
(Note: 'Will' shows 1610)
15/04/1611 LEWES A13.P123 Brother: John Payne , Francis Payne
Nieces & Nephews:
Elizabeth Jenner, Alexander Jenner, Edward Jenner and John Jenner (children of my sister and my brother in law William Jenner);
Alexander Payne (son of brother Francis Payne- under 16); Joane Payne (dau of John Payne of Petworth- under 21);
Kinsmen: Elizabeth Payne (dau of John Payne of Lyhode and goddaughter); Mary Payne & Anne Payne (dau of John Payne );
William Payne (my uncle!) and his children Thomas & Mary Payne ; Henry Payne (& his children);
Richard Payne (of Ardingly) & Joan Payne his daughter; Richard Payne and his children George Payne(under 21),Thomasine Payne (under 16), Thomas Payne, Edward Payne, Richard Payne, Emma Payne, Elizabeth Payne, and Mary Payne;
Thomasine Payne of ?Chobham? Godchildren: Thomas Gaston, Alexander Ilman, Brian Anstye, George --------- and Alexander Weller.
Others: Henry Faukner, (son of John Faukner); Mary Wheeler daughter of John Wheeler; Thomasine Nicholas Samuel Warde, Drue Wicking, Ann Lad and Mary Roffy
Executors: John Faukner (of Balcombe), Jesper Wheeler (of West Hoathly) and John Bridges (of Ardingly)
Witnesses: Nicholas Jordayne, John Pey, Richard Payne, John Atkins his marke
Properties: Berry Lands & Withy lands in Ardingly; lands in Waldron & Horsted Keynes
PyJ1540 Transcript

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The following is a transcription of the will provided to me and made by John F Howes - July 2012
(Note: I have inserted some line breaks to aide readability)


In the name of god  amen, the twentieth day of February in the year 1610 I Alexander Payne of Ardingly in the County of Sussex, yeoman being sick in body but of good and perfect remembrance thanks be given to allmighty god doe make and ordeyne this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first I bequeath my soule into the hands of Allmighty god assuring my selfe through the merits of Jesus Christ my onely saviour and redeemer to obtayne everlastinge salvation. And my body to be buryed in such decent manner as tom executors shallbe thought fit. And as concerning my lands and tenements and other worldly goods whch god of his goodness hath bestowed uppon me I bequeath them as followeth.
Inprimis I devise all my lands and tenements and hereditaments in Waldron in the said county of Sussex unto John Faukner of Balcombe in the county aforesaid, yeoman, Jesper Wheeler of Westhothely in the said county, yeoman and John Bridges of Ardingly aforesaid yeoman to have and to hold the above said John Faukner, Jesper Wheeler and John Bridges and theyr heyres and assignes forever. To the intent and purpose that they the said John Faukner, Jesper Wheeler and John Bridges shall sell the same to paye and discharge all and singular my debts and legacies hereafter described.
Item I give and release unto the said John Faukner and his heyres all such rentes and services I have issuing out of his lands excepting one penny forthwith. I will that he shall paye four score pounds which twenty pounds to Henry Faukner eldest son of the said John Faukner and twenty pounds more to the other children of the said John Faukner. And the other forty pounds towards the payment of the rest of my legacies.
Item I will and bequeath to Alexander Payne son of Francis Payne and his heyres all my lands called Berry Lands and Withy lands in the parish of Ardingly aforesaid. Nevertheless my meaning is and I doe will and devise the said John Faukner, Jesper Wheeler and John Bridges shall have and hold the said lands until the said Alexander shall accomplish the age of three and twenty years for the payment of my debts and legacies.
Item I will to Joane Payne daughter of John Payne of Petworth and to her heyres all my lands in Horsted Keynes. Nevertheless my meaning is and I doe will and devise the said John Faukner, Jesper Wheeler and John Bridges shall have and hold the said lands until the said Joaneshall accomplish the age of one and twenty years for the payment of my debts and legacies aforesaid.
Item I give to the poore of Ardingly thirty shillings.
Item I give to the poore of Balcombe ten shillings. Item I give for the building of the steeple of Balcombe forty shillings if it be now builded by the said parish of Balcombe.
Item I give to the poore of Waldron twenty shillings.
Item I give to the poore of Horsted Keynes six shillings eight pence.
Item I give Elizabeth Payne daughter of John Payne of Lyhode, my god daughter forty shillings.
Item I give to Mary Payne and Anne Payne daughters of John Payne twenty shillings a peece.
Item I give unto Thomas Payne son of William Payne five pounds.
Item I give unto Mary Payne daughter of William Payne my ?uncle? tenn shillings.
Item I give to the children of Henry Payne five pounds to be equally devided amongst them.
Item I give to my three god children Brian Anstye, George --------- and Alexander Weller tenn shillings a peece.
Item I give to Richard payne of Ardingly and Joane his daughter----------------Phillip Bridges my god daughters twenty shillings a peece.
Item I give to Alexander Payne son of Francis Payne my brother forty shillings to be given to him at his age of sixteen.
Item I give all the rest of my--------------------- borne twenty----------------------------------- always the-----before ------------------of him In------------------------------------ shallbe devided amongst them the legacy of then living.
Item I give to Elizabeth Jenner, Alexander Jenner, Edward Jenner and John Jenner my sisters children forty pounds a peece to be paid at their several ages of one and twenty years provided always that if any of the said children doe dye before they shall accomplish the said ages then the legacy of him or them shallbe equally devided amongst the rest of them living.
Item I give unto Joane Payne daughter of John Payne my brother fifty pounds to be paid to her at the age of one and twenty years.
Item I give William Jenner my brother in law five pounds to be payde to him one year after my decease.
Item I give to the wife of John Fawkner twenty shillings.
Item I give to Thomas gaston and Alexander Ilman my god children tenn shillings a peece.
Item I give to George Payne son of Richard pane five pounds to be paid at the age of twenty one years.
Item I give to Thomasine payne daughter of Richard Payne five pounds to be payed at the age of sixteen years.
Item I give to the rest of Richard Payne’s children Thomas Payne, Edward Payne, Richard Payne, Emma Payne, Elizabeth Payne, and Mary Payne twenty shillings a peece to be payed to them one year next after my decease.
Item I give to Mary Wheeler daughter of John Wheeler twenty shillings.
Item I give to John Payne my brother forty shillings.
Item I give to Thomasine Payne of ?Chobham? forty pounds to be payed her when she shall accomplish the age of nineteen ------------------------------------------------------------ and the meaning
-------------------------as shall or may be------------------------------
-----------------------imployed towards the bringing up of the said Thomasine. And if she happen to dye before she accomplish the said age  then----------------------------shallbe payed---------------------------------------------forty shillings.
Item I give unto Thomasine Nicholas Samuel Warde, Drue Wicking, Ann Lad and Mary Roffy two shillings and sixpence a peece.
Item I give unto Alexander Payne sonne of Francis Payne my seale ringe of gold.
Item I ordeyn John Fawkner of Balcombe yeoman, Jesper Wheeler of Westhothley and John Bridges of Ardingly aforesaid executives of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have to every sheete of this my last will put my hand the daye and year first above written. Memorandi that the interchange between the eighteenth and the nineteenth and the tirty and one and thirty in the first leaf was made before publishing and ensealing hereof. In the presence of Nicholas Jordayne, John Pey, Richard Payne, John Atkins his marke .

Probate in latin to the three executors and dated Apr 15 1611.

 

Note: the lower parts of two of the pages of this will are very dark and appear to have significant ink bleed through, making them unreadable. Nevertheless most of the will is legible and is transcribed below.
NOTE: In 1593 Alexander purchased Cross farm in Waldron and the details are found in a series of documents held at ESRO in the Archive of the Robinson Family of Iford (ROB/3/5 to ROB/3/15). Following Alexander’s death in 1611 his executors faithfully carried out his wishes with respect to this piece of property in two documents dated 21 May 1611 (ESRO ROB/3/16 and ROB/3/17).

 

The following is a copy of the original 'Will' provided by John Howes