Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Willett
In the name of God Amen, Anno Domini 1638 I Nicholas Willett of Newdigate in the Countie of Surrey, yeoman, being att this present time sicke in bodie but of good and perfect remembrance for which I give thanks to Almightie God, doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme followeth First and before all other things I committe my soule to Amightie God my Creator and to Jesus Christ my Redeemer, trusting to bee saved by the alone merritts of his obedience and death, and my bodie to bee buried in decent manner by the discretion of mine Overseers to bee herein nominated, Alsoe I give to the poore people of the parishe of Newdigate aforesaid the somme of fourtie shillings to bee distributed att the disposing of Mr George Steere, Minister of the said parish. Alsoe I give to Thomas Wright of Charlewood and Agnes his wife five pounds a peece which remayneth in his hands owing to me for the lease of a parcel of land called Princes lying in the parish of Charlewood aforesaid. Alsoe I give to William Cawley, son of Eustace Cawley my brother in law of Charlewood five pounds and to Elizabeth Cawley, daughter of the said Eustace Cawley fourtie shillings. Alsoe I give to Richard Cawley of Newdigate fortie shillings and to Nicholas the son of the said Richard Cawley five pounds. Alsoe I give to Eustace, John and George Cawley sonnes of Eustace Cawley the younger of Charlewood, to everie one of them three, five pounds a peece. Alsoe I give to Richard, William, Joane, Agnes, Alice and Susan, children of Richard Ledger my brother in law, to everie one of them, fortie shillings a peece. Alsoe I give to Robert Charlewood of Newdigate one twelve monthing bullocke and to him and to Robert his sonne five pounds a peece. Alsoe I give to William,Margaret,Susan and Elizabeth, children of John Charlewood late of Leigh in the countie aforesaid, five pounds a peece, and to Agnes their mother to be bestowed in wearing apparrell for her, fortie shillings. Alsoe I give to Nicholas, sonne of William Constable my brother in law of Capell in the countie aforesaid, five pounds, and to William, Susan, Joane, Marie and Jane, children of the said William Constable to everie one of them fortie shillings a peece. Alsoe I give to William Weller my servant fortie shillings. Alsoe I give to William Willett my natural brother of Capell aforesaid, all that parcel of land called Bentfeild which Edward Willett my father purchased, to have and to hould the said parcel of land to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. Alsoe I give to the said William Willett my brother the lease whereof I have for certaine yeares yet to come of my part of Mareland in Newdigate aforesaid belonging to Trinitie Colledge Cambridge, and the barne which my brother John Willett, deceased, built and sett upp on part of the Kings high way leading from the parish church of Newdigate towards Horsham. Provided and alwaise excepted that in consideration of the said lease soe given as before, the said William Willett my brother shall within the space of one moneth next after my decease put I good securitie to pay to Mabell my wife yearly and everie yeare during the term of her natural life, the full and just somme of three pounds to bee paid quarterly att the four usual feasts in the yeare by equal and even portions. And if the said William Willett my brother shall refuse to put in such securitie to paie the said summe as is aforesaid mentioned, My is that the said Mabell my wife shall paie to him the said William Willett the summe of twentie pounds and tha then she shall enjoy the said lease and all the benefits and profits thereof to the behoofe of her selfe and her assigns for all the term of yeares to me [remaining] anything herein before mentioned to the contrary notwithstanding. Alsoe I give to Edward, Nicholas, Joane andMarie, the children of the said William Willett my brother, the somme of fifteen pounds, that is to saie, to Edward and Nicholas five pounds a peece and to Joane and Marie five pounds to bee equally devided between them two. Alsoe I give to everie one of my godchildren not before mentioned tenne shillings a peece. Alsoe I give to Mabell my wife the full and just somme of fourscore pounds and the best bedd with all belonging to it and two payres of the best sheetes and one cowe and one horse. Alsoe I give to Mabel and Sarah my wives daughters soe much as shall make upp their portions fortie pounds a peece. And my will is that all the legacies before given and bequeathed bee truelie and justlie paid within one yeare next after my decease and that to the poore people of Newdigate within one moneth. Alsoe I request William Constable my brother
in law and Eustace Cawley the younger to bee Overseers of this my last will and testament and besides and above their necessarie expences to bee borne about this my will I give to each of them five pounds. All the residue of my goods, cattle, chattels, householdstuffe and whatsoever else not before given and bequeathed I give to Thomas Siflet my wives sonne whome I make my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament, hee the said Thomas Siflet trulie paying my debts and discharging all my legacies herein bequeathed and my funeral expences. In witness whereof I the said Nicholas Willett have declared and published this to be my last will and testament and have hereunto put mine hand and seale on the daie and in the yeare above written.
Nicholas Willett his mark.
Published, sealed and delivered in the presence of George Steere, John Dendy
Twenty fifth day of February AD 1638 according to the computation of the Church of England, Administration was granted to William Constable and Eustace Cawley, Overseers named in the will of the said deceased of all the goods, rights and credits of him the said deceased according to the terms and effect of the same will during the minority of Thomas Siflet the executor named in this will, in good and faithful Administration of the same. Sworn upon the holy word of God
Twenty third Day of April A D 1639 administration was granted to Mabell Willet relict of the said Nicholas Willett of all the goods rights and credits of the said deceased according to the terms and effect of the will of the same deceased during the minority of ThomasSiflet The executor named in this will in good and faithful administration of the same. Sworn upon the holy word of God. The grant of administration of the goods of the said deceased with will attached made toWilliam Constable and Eustace Cawley the Overseers in the abovesaid will in 1638 having been first renounced as by these articles it may clearly appear.