Peter Brown Family History

Will of Edward Payne 1667


Name Place Date
Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
Transcript or Copy: readability
Edward Payne East Grinstead, Sx 27/08/1667 1672 LEWES A32.P303 Daughters: Susan, Elizabeth, Mary (all under 21)
Brother!: Thomas Rolfe of East Grinstead (executor)
Overseers: Nicolas Crips of Whalesbeech and William Norman of Mables
Witnesses: Alexder Staplet, Thomas Earnly


The following is a transcription of the will provided to me and made by John F Howes - February 2013
(Note: I have inserted some line breaks to aide readability)

In the name of God Amen I Edward Payne of Eastgrinsted in the County of Sussex yeoman sick & weake in body but of good and perfect memory doe make and ordaine this my last will in manner and forme following, ffirst I comitt my soule into the hands of Almighty God my most mercifull creatr hoping and stedfastly beleivinge through the mercyes of God & the meritts of Jesus Christ to be made partaker of everlasting bliss & imortality. And my body I desire may be buried in the churchyard of Eastgrinsted aforesaid.
And as to that Estate it hath pleased God to continue wth  me I dispose thereof as followeth, ffirst as to all my messuages, lands and tenemts whatsoever I devise the same to my three daughters Susan, Elizabeth and Mary their heires and assignes forever betweene them equally to be divided share and share like : Butt considering their minorities I doe assign and dispose the guardianship & tuition of the above said p’son & p’sons untill they shall attaine their sevrall & respective ages of one and twenty yeares unto my loving Brother Thomas Rolfe of Eastgrinsted abovesaid whom I doe constitute and appoint Executor of this my last will & testament in trust for my said daughters untill they shall attaine their sevrall & respective ages of one and twenty yeares.
And I desire my loving neighbours and friends Nicolas Crips of Whalesbeech and William Norman of Mables to be overseers of this my last will and testament and as a pledge of my love I give to either of them twelve pence
In witness I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the twenty seaventh day od August in the nineteenth yeare of the raigne of our sovaraigne Lord King Charles the second Annoqr Dom 1667 Edward Payne his marke,
Signed sealed and declared in the p’sence of Alexder Staplet, Thomas Earnly.

Notes by John Howes: This individual is probably Edward son of William Payne senior of Whalesbeech. Edward’s wife was probably Margery and I can only trace one of his daughters, Susan, baptised 28 Jul 1650. His wife had presumably died by 1667 but there is no record of this. The East Grinstead Parish records are in such a poor state during the period that he would have married and had children. The records have probably become lost. A clue is his identity is his appointment of Nicholas Crips neighbor of Whalesbeech as an overseer. Nicholas had married Susan Payne the widow of William Payne junior of Whalesbeech and Munkshill.


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