In The Name of God Amen, The sixth and twentieth day of June Anno Dommini 1646 I Henry Michell of Bridge in the parrish of Cuckfield in the county of Sussex, yeoman, being weake and sick in body but of good and perfect mind and memory, praised bee Almighty God therefore, doe make, devise, ordaine and appoint this to bee my last will and testament in writing, in manner and forme following First and principally I commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God my maker, trusting through the merritts of Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and Redeemer, to have and obteine remission and pardon of all my sinnes And my body I leave to the earth to bee decently buried by the discretion of myne Executor hereafter named. And as touching the worldly goods which the Lord of his Almighty goodness hath lent unto mee, I order, give and dispose of them in manner and forme following. Item I give and bequeath unto my eldest sonne John Michell, the two bedsteddles with the bedds, blanketts and all other things to them belonging, standing and being in the hall chamber. I give and bequeath unto my said sonne John Michell, the table and formes in the hall chamber. Item I give and bequeath to my said sonne John Michell, the chest at my bedds feete and the chest under the window and the chest that stands up to the table, these three chests being in the hall chamber likewise. Item I give to my said sonne John Michell, all my goods and household stuffe standing and being in the hall. Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonne John Michell, two mare colts, the one, two years old the other, twelve months old. Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonne John Michell, the furnace in the brew house. Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchildren, the children of my sonne Henry Michell, late of Westgrinsted, deceased, the summe of tenn shillings, to bee equally divided amongst them. Item I give to my grandchilde Frances Tompson, daughter of Thomas Tompson of Cuckfield, tenn shillings. Item I give unto my brother in law Thomas Terry, twenty shillings. Item I give unto [my] godson, Henry Penne tenn shillings to buy him a ring. All other my goods, chattlles and cattle whatsoever not beore given or bequeathed, my debts and legacies paid, and my funerall expences discharged, I give and bequeath unto my sonne Richard Michell, whome I make and appointe the sole Executor of this my last will and testament. And I intreat my loving friends James Michell of Keymer and Thomas Holcome of Cuckfield to bee the overseers of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Henry Michell have hereunto set my hand [and seal, the day] and yeare abovewritten. Henry Michell.
Sealed and delivered and declared to bee the last will and testament of the said Henry Michell in the presence of us, Richard Brishar, his marke, Henry Brian, his marke
The above written will was proved at London before the Right Worshipful Lord Nathanaele Brent, knight, Doctor of Laws at at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Master Keeper, lawfully constituted, the twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and forty seven on the oath of Richard Michell, the natural and lawful son of the said deceased and the Executor named in this will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the lawful goods and credits of the said deceased in well and faithful administration having been first sworn on the holy word of God
Transcribed from the original document held in The National Archives ref. prob11/200/168