Jane Wicks Family History

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                            Last Will and Testament of Walter Burstow

In The Name of God Amen, I Walter Bristow the elder, of Horley, in the countie of Surrey, yeoman, doe make this my last will and testament this XXth day of March Anno Dommini 1632* as followeth First of all I bequeath my soule to Almightie God trusting through the meritts of Christ Jesus that he will receive me unto his mercie to be an inheritor of his Kingdome of heaven and my body to be buryed in the church of Horley at the discretion of myne Executrix and Executor, and as for my temporall blessings both for lands and goods which God hath lent me, I give and dispose of them in manner and forme as followeth Item I give and bequeath unto Jane Gearing my eldest daughter, the wife of William Gearing, tenn shillings. Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth, the wife of John Myles, tenn shillings. Item I give unto my daughter Catherine Bristow, threescore pounds to be payd unto her when she shall come to the full age of one and twenty yeares. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Bristow, threescore pounds to be payd unto her when she shall come to her full age of one and twenty yeares. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sibilla Bristow, threescore pounds to be payd unto her when she shall accomplish the full age of one and twenty yeares. Item I give unto the poor of the parish of Horley, thirtie shillings. Item I give and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Slaugham, tenn shillings. Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Robert Bristow, tenn pounds, to be paid him at the age of 21 yeares. Item I constitute and ordeine my dearlly beloved wife Jane Bristow to be myne Executrix and also my sonne William Bristow I make joint Executor with my said wife. Item I intreat my beloved Kinsman Master Edward Rogers of Leatherhead, Esquire, and my verie loving friends Robert Woodman and William Woodman of Horley, yeoman, and my beloved Kinsman Thomas Comber of Hoathleigh in the countie of Sussex, yeoman, myne Overseers of this my last will and testament and for their care and pains that they shall take herein I give everie one of them two shillings six pence. And moreover I doe give full power and authoritie unto my aforesaid kinsmen and friends to sell one tenement and a parcell of land called Kingsley alias Kilsley, situate, lying and being in the parish of Slaugham in Sussex, yf so be that my sonne William shall refuse to pay any of my aforesaid legacies of threescore pounds apeece to my three daughters, and they to account to my Executrix and Executor for the overplus after the sale of the said lands. In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament sett my hand and seale the day and yeare above written - The mark of Walter Bristow, signed, sealed and declared in the presence of us, William Waller, Edward Redforde.


Probate (translated from Latin)

The above written will was proved at London before the most venerable Master William Sames, Doctor of laws, Surrogate to the most venerable Lord Henry Martin, Knight, same Doctor of laws at the Prerogative court of Canterbury , Master Keeper or Commissary lawfully constituted, the twelfth day of April in the year of our Lord a thousand six hundred and thirty three on the oath of Jane Bristow, relict of the said deceased and one of the Executors named in this will, to whom administration was granted of all and singular the lawfull goods and credits of the said deceased in well and faithfull administration of the same, having been first sworn on the holy word of God, power being received of making the like grant to William Bristow, the son of the said deceased and the other Executor named in the said will, when he shall apply for the same.