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                 Last Will and Testament of John Cowper alias Butcher

In The Name of God Amen, in the yere of our Lord God 1564 the fyste daye of Aprell I John Cowper alias Butcher thelder of Rudgwycke sycke and deceased of bodye neverthelesse of good and perfecte mynde, memorye and remembrance thanks be geven to God, doe make, ordayne and declare this my last will and testament in maner and forme followinge Fyrste I geve and bequethe my soule to Allmightie God my maker and redemer trustinge to be saved through and by the meryts and bytter passyon of my onlye and sole redemer and savyour Jesus Christe and my boddy to be buried in the church yard of Rudgwycke. Item I geve and bequethe to the mother or high church of Chechester ij d Item I geve and bequethe to the church of Rudgwicke ij s Item I geve and bequethe to every one of my godchildren viij d a peace Item I will, geve and bequethe to Thomas Wilks my sonne in lawe xx s which he do owe me Item I geve the to seid Thomas one hole yere rent after my decease and which is xx s more Item I geve unto the seid Thomas one twelve monthinge bullock Item I geve and bequethe to Thomas Walker the younger one heyfer bullock of ij yeres of age or xx s to be paid to the seid Thomas at the age of xviij yeres Item I geve and bequethe to John Cowper alias Bucher my kinsman one heyfer bullocke of one yere of age Item I will, geve and bequethe to Julyan my doughter xx s Item I will and bequethe to Jane my doughter xx s Item I geve to Alce my doughter xx s Item I will, geve and bequethe to Elizabethe my wiffe v kyne and a greye mare Also yt ys my wyll that Elizabethe my seid wiffe shall have and occupye my dwellinge house with all my demayne therto belonginge duringe the space and terme of one hole yere after my decease payinge nothinge therfore for the seid hole yere but dyscharginge Richard Cowper alias Butcher my sonne xl s of moneye as an anuitye goinge oute of the seid lands which the seid Richard ys bound to paye to the seid Elizabethe and also the seid Elyzabethe shall dyscharge the seid quit rent to the chyffe Lords of the Fee goinge oute of the seid lands duringe the seid hole yere Item I geve and bequethe to the seid Elyzabethe my wiffe all the wheate and malte which ys nowe in my house and all the martymass byffe and bacon which doth hange in the roofe of my house or beinge in the seid house Item I bequethe to the seid Elyzabethe my wyfe iiij acars of otes and ij acars of wheate nowe standinge and growinge in and upon the seid lands Item I will that Elyzabethe my seid wyffe shall have all such household stuffe as she brought with her and also iij hoggs of one yere old and I will that my seid wyffe shall kepe Phillip Crosyer son of Richard Crosyer for one hole yere after my decease and shee shall have iij hoggs for keepinge of the seid child of one yere old Item yt ys my will that Richard Cowper alias Butcher my sonne shall have all the  ___ ___ of my mansyon house that ys to say my loft ij chambers and ___ immediately after my decease ___ free egresse and regresse to come and to goe in and out to the seid buildinges and to ___ my household stuffe therein at his plesure The rest of all my goods with my lease of Chapers I geve and bequethe to Richard Cowper alias Butcher my sonne whom I make and ordayne myne executor to se this my last will and Testament well and truly performed and my debts payd and I honestlye buryed and also I will that Richard my seid sonne shall bring upp too sonnes of Alce my doughter after my decease whose names are Phillipp Crosyer and John Crosyser tyll they come to the age of xij yeres at his proper costs and charges or his assigns Item I make myne overseers of this my last will and testament my wellbeloved and nyghbour in Christ John Cowper alias Stennynge of Kingfolde and to hym for hys paynes or labours takinge x s with costs and charges borne. Witness hereat and hereunto Sir William Tyror, William Darbnall, William Wright and Robert Brystow with other


This present will was proved in the church of Storrington the fifth day of July in the year of our Lord 1564 before Master Augustus Bradbridge, Chancellor