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                        Last Will and Testament of Henry Napper

In the name of God Amen, The twentie sixth daie of October Anno Dommini one thousand sixe hundred and twenty seaven, I Henry Napper of Horsham in the countie of Sussex, yeoman, being sicke in body but in perfect memory, I praise God therefore, doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament as in manner and forme following. Imprimis, I doe bequeath my soule unto the hands of Allmightie God, stedfastly beleeveing in Jesus Christ my saviour to have forgivenes of all my sins, my body I leave to the earth from where it came. Item I give and bequeath unto Katherine my wife fortie shillings a yeare out of my lands at Wisborough Greene called and known by the name of Malkinsons to bee paid unto her in liewe of her thirds at two chief feasts viz at the feast of the Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary and at the feast of St Michael th'archangel by even porcions during the terme of her naturall life and not longer. Item I give unto her five pounds to bee paid within one moneth after my decease. Item I give more unto her, two paire of new fine sheets, one paire of new course sheets, half a dozen of course napkins and two towells which were last made. and all the goods that she brought with her my will is that none of it shalbe taken from her. Item I give unto James Napper my sonne ten shillings and to either of his children now liveing ten shillings a peece to bee paid unto them within one whole yeare after my decease. Item I give unto Matthew Napper my sonne one paire of sheets, halfe a dozen course napkins, one towell, all the hay and strawe in my barne and all the wood in my stable. Moreover I give unto Matthew Napper his sonne ten shillings. Item I give unto Thomas Napper my sonne ten shillings and to either of his children now liveing ten shillings apeece to bee paid unto them within one whole yeare after my decease. Item I give more unto Thomas Napper my sonne, all my goods which are now at his house. Item I give unto my daughters Mary Napper and Jane Napper two hundred twenty sixe pounds fifteene shillings to bee divided between them by even porcions, one hundred pounds of which money is now in the hands of Mr Young of Warnham, fiftie pounds more thereof is in the hands of James Napper my sonne and fiftie three pounds fifteene shillings more thereof is in the hands of Robert Nightingale of Greene. Item it is my will that John Napper my sonne and Mary Napper my daughter and Jane Napper my daughter shall have all my linnen which is unbequeathed equally divided betweene them. Item I give unto Alice late wife to William Napper my sonne and now wife to Henry Kelly of Petworth, ten shillings, as alsoe to her three children begotten by my sonne, viz William Napper, Christopher Napper and Alice Napper ten shillings apeece to bee paid unto them within one whole yeare after my decease. Item I give unto Ann Hill my servant ten shillings to bee paid within one whole yeare after my decease. Item I give unto the poore people of Horsham twentie shillings to bee distributed amongst them at my buriall. All the rest of my goods unbequeathed I give unto John Napper my sonne whom I make my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness of which I have heerto sett my hand and seale the daie and yeare above written. Henry Napper


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