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                           Last Will and Testament of John Napper

In the name of God amen, the 29th day of August in the yere of our Lord God 1557 I John Napper of the parish of Wystbrough Grene in the countye of Sussex, yoman, make this my last will and testament in manner and forme folowinge first I comende my soule to almytghtye God to our blessed Lady and Mary his mother and to all the holye company of heaven, my body to be buried in the church yarde of Wystbrough Grene aforesaid and I give to our mother church of Chichester iiij d Item I give to the reparynge of the implements in the church of Wistbrough Gryne v s Item I will that Robert my sone shall have twenty pounds in money or goods Item I will Harry my sone have twenty pounds in money or goods Item I will that Christian, Elizabeth and Julyan my doughters have everye of them have sixe pounds xiij s iiij d of lawful money of England to be delyveryd to everye of them at th'age of twentye yeres as well men as women or else at the daye of marriage if any of them marie afore that age and I will that yf any of the sayd children dye afore the said age of twenty yeres and not maryed then I will the goods and money any so departed always to be equally devyded the longer lyvers and so from one to the other Item I give and bequethe to John Napper my brothers sone one cowe neither of the best neither of the worst Item I give and bequethe to Richard Napper one heffer of three yeres olde and the winteringe of the same Item I give and bequethe to Elizabeth Jackman one heyfer of three yeres of age and winteringe for the same Item I give and bequethe to William Napper my brothers sone one bullocke of two yeres olde Item I give and bequethe to Edwarde Napper my brothers sone one heifer of one yere olde Item I give and bequethe to Alice Napper the wiffe of John Napper my servant one heifer of ij yeres olde and winteringe for the same Item I give and bequethe to every of my godchildren vj d Item I will at my buriall daye be gevyn to the poore people of the parish of Grene in money vj s viij d All the resydew of my goods not gevyn or bequethed I gyve wholye to William Napper my sone Whom I make my whole executor he causynge my bodye to be honestlye brought in earthe, my children honestlye kept to such tyme as they may be able to take wages, my debts payd And this my last will and testament trewlye fulfylled and every thinge herein dyscharged And I ordeyne and make John Kinge supervysor of this my last will and testament to see it fullfilled he to have for his paynes taking accordinge to conscience In witness hereof John Kinge, John Wayde, John Gunshut, John Hayler, Richard Neyman, and George Moore, clerke


This present will was proved before Master Lawrence Woodcocke in the cathedral church of Chichester the 29th March A. D. 1558