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                      Last Will and Testament of William Feldwick 1628

In the name of God Amen. The five and twentith day of July in the yeare of our Lord Christ 1628. I William Feldwick of Westhothly in the county of Sussex Yeoman being weake in body but in perfect memory (praised be god therefore) doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in maner and forme followinge First I bequeath my soule to God my maker hopeing through the merritts and passion of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer to obtayne everlasting salvacion and I comitt my body to the earth whereof it was made to be buried in such decent order as to myne Executrix shall think fitt. Item I give towards the reperacions of the church of Westhothly aforesaid tenn shillings and to the poore people of the same parish thirteen shillings and fower pence, Item I give to the preacher that shall preach at my funerall ten shillings. Item I give to Anne Gibbe, Elizabeth Comber and Sarah Myles my daughters twenty shillings a pece which said three daughters have had their porcions already upon their severall marriadges. Item I give to Marye Feldwick my daughter twenty shillings who hath her porcion also. All the rest of my goods chattells and creditts whatsoever (my debts payd and my funerall expences discharged) I give to Agnes my lovinge wife whome I make and ordayne my sole executrix of this my will and testament and I appoynt my three sonns in law John Gibbe Thomas Comber and William Myles to be Overseers thereof and I doe give them five shillings a peece in token of my love towards them and I will that all their chardges shalbe allowed unto them which they shalbe at about the performance of this my will by my said Executrix. And as touching the disposing of all my lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever I bestowe as followeth: First I give to John Feldwick for and during his naturall life all my porcion or part of parsonadge tythes within the parishe of Westhothly aforesayd (except the tythes of myne owne lands called Feldwicks and Homewoods and the other lands that I use) Item I give and bequeath my said lands and tenements called Feldwicks and Homewoods and all other my lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and the rents issues and profitts thereof (except the said tythes before bequeathed to my said son John) unto the said John Gibbe, Thomas Comber and William Myles and their assigns for and during the terme of fower yeares next after my decease and untill the feast of St Michael Th’archangell then next happening after the expiracion of the sayd fower yeares, and also the tythes bequeathed to my sayd sonn John (in case he should dye within the sayd terme) for and dureing so much of the sayd terme as shalbe unexpired at the tyme of his death, upon this trust and confidence that they shall imploy the rents issues and profitts of my said lands, tenements and hereditaments in manner following viz that they shall pay yearely and every yeare to my said wife duringe her naturall life a full third part thereof in leiw and satisfaccion of her thirds and dower at the feasts of St Michael th’archangell, the birth of our Lord Christ, Th’annunciacion of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the feast of St John Baptist by even porcions, the first payment to begine at that feast of the feasts aforesaid which shall first happen after my decease, (my said wife givinge them at every payment sufficient aquittance or discharge for the same in liew of her dower if they require the same) And that they shall likewise pay twenty pounds yearly to my said sonne John at or in the church porch of Westhothly aforesayd at the feasts aforesaid during his life, the first payment likewise to begine at the next of the said feasts after my decease and that they shall educate and bring up my grandchild John Feldwick untill the sayd feast of St Michael next after the end of the said fower years and that they shall imploy the residue of the said rents issues and profitts towards the finding of office and suinge out lyverye after my death if need require. And if any surplusage or overplus of the rents, issues and profitts of my said lands shalbe in their hands at the said feast of St Michael next after the end of the sayd fower yeares then they shall pay the said overplus to my grandchild John Feldwick (if he be then livinge) or if he be dead before that tyme then to him who shall next succeed him in estate of my said lands by this my last will. And my meaninge is that from the said feast of St Michael Th’archangell next after the said fower yeares end, my said grandchild John Feldwick for his tyme and after then to whome my said lands shall remaine for their tymes successively and respectively shall allowe and pay to my said wife a full third part of the rents and profitts thereof duringe her life in liew of her dower (yf she will so accept thereof) and shall likewise pay twenty pounds per anum to my said son John duringe his life in such maner as aforesayd. And I doe hereby give and bequeath to my said grandchild John Feldwick all my lands, tenements and hereditaments whatsoever (except the said tythes bequeathed to my said sonn John) To have and to hold the said lands, tenements and hereditaments with th’appurtances except before excepted to my sayd grandchild John Feldwick from the said feast of St Michael Th’archangell after the end of the sayd fower yeares for and during his naturall life without impeachment of wast and after his decease to the first son of his body lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of the body of such first sonn begotten. And for want of such yssue to the second sonn of my sayd grandchild lawfully begotten, and to the heirs male of his body begotten and for want of such yssue (this line is repeated to the third, fourth, fifth sixth seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth sonn) of my said grandchild and to the heirs of his body and for want of such issue to my grandchild William Feldwick for and during his naturall life without impeachment of wast and after his decease to his eldest son and the heirs of his body and for want of such issue to the second sonne of my said grandchild William and to the heirs male of his body, and for the want of such issue (this line is repeated to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth son and the heirs male of his body) and for want of such yssue to my grandchild Thomas Feldwick for and duringe his naturall life without impeachment of wast and after his decease to his eldest sonn and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such yssue to his second sonne and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such issue (this line is repeated to the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth son and to the heirs male of his body) and for want of such yssue my will and meaning is that all my said lands, tenements and hereditaments shall remain unto my said sonne Johns daughters and my said three grandchildren, John William and Thomas their daughters and to my godsonn and grandchild John Balcomb and my daughters Anne, Elizabeth, Sarah and Marye equally in maner and forme following viz to my sonn Johns daughters and their heirs a part, to my grandchild Johns daughters and their heirs a part, to my grandchild Williams daughters and their heirs a part, to my grandchild Thomas his daughters and their heirs a part, to my grandchild John Balcomb and his heirs a part, to my daughter Anne and her heirs a part, to my daughter Elizabeth and her heirs a part, to my daughter Sarah and her heirs a part, and to my daughter Marye and her heirs a part, equally to be devided amongst them. And as concerning the tythes before bequeathed to my sonn John during his life my mind is and I will and bequeath them after the death of my said son John and after the feast of St Michael th’archangell next after the end of the sayd fower yeares to my grandchild William Feldwick for and during his naturall life and after his decease to his first sonn of his body lawfully begotten and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such yssue to the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth sonns of my said grandchild William successively and to the heirs male of their bodyes lawfully begotten severally and successively in such maner and forme as is before expressed in the limitacion of the estate to my grandchild John Feldwick and his sonns of my lands aforesayd. And for want of such issue of such tenn sonns of my grandchild William, then to my grandchild Thomas Feldwick for and dureing his naturall life and after his decease to his eldest sonn and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such yssue to his second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth sonns and to the heirs male of their bodys lawfully begotten severally and successively in such maner (as aforesayd to William and his sonns) and for such want of such yssue to my grandchild John Feldwick for and during his naturall life and after his decease to his eldest sonn and to the heirs male of his body and for want of such yssue to his second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth sonns and to the heirs male of their bodyes severally and successively in maner as aforesayd and for want of such yssue to my sonn Johns daughters, my grandchild Johns daughters, my grandchild Williams daughters, my grandchild Thomas his daughters, my grandchild John Balcomb, my daughters, Anne, Elizabeth, Sarah and Marye and their heirs equally forever in such maner as the rest of my lands, tenements and hereditaments aforesaid are to them limited appointed by this my will. And it is my will and meaning that if my grandchild John Feldwick happen to dye without heirs male of his body so that my lands and tenements aforesayd called Feldwicks and Homewoods doe come to my grandchild William Feldwick by vertue of this my will that then my grandchild Thomas Feldwick and his sonns successively shall have the sayd tythes in like maner to my sayd grandchild William should have had the same if my sayd grandchild John had lived. Provided allways and my will and mynd is (whereat I have hereby given to my sayd sonn John a certaine porcion of tythes and twenty pounds yearely duringe his life) That if my sayd sonne John shall in anything interrupt impeach or oppose this my last will and testament or myne Executrix or Overseers in the performance thereof or if my sayd sonn John shalbe intitled at any tyme hereafter to any part of my said lands, tenements and hereditaments by office found before Eschetor or feodory and shall thereby or any other ways take or clayme any advantage or interest in any of my said lands tenements or hereditaments or any benefit or any profit thereof then according to my meaning in this my will and testament that then his estate and interest both in the sayd tythes and yearely rent of twenty pounds to him before bequeathed shall utterly cease, determine and be voyd and that he shall have noe other advancement or benefitt from this my will but onely twenty shillings to be payed unto him by my said Overseers or one of them within one month after he shall soe interrupt or take benefit of any of myne estate or otherwise, then by this my will as aforesayd and that then and from thence forth my said Overseers shall take and receive all the sayd tythes and detayne in their hands the said yearely rent of twenty pounds (so long as they shall have anything to doe with myne estate by this my will) to the use and benefit of my grandchild John Feldwick to be payd unto him at the feast of St Michael th’archangell next after the end of the said fower yeares after my decease as aforesaid if he be then livinge or if he be dead before then to him or them that shall be then living and are next to succeed him in the estate of my lands according to this my will. Item I give to my godsonn John Balcomb a twelvemonthing bullock at his choice and to my godsonn Thomas Comber my goddaughters Anne Gibbe and Anne Myles twenty shillings a peece. And my meaninge is that the said Joyned table and forme and twelve joyned stools in the parlour of my dwelling house and a chest with arch pannells and one other great chest in the chamber where I usually lye and the best table in the hall and the forme and all the Iron plates in the house shall remayne and be as standards in and to my said dwelling house. And it is my will and meaning that my wife shall have the parlor chamber and the parlor in my said house with free liberty of ingresse, egresse, and regresse into and out of the sayd rooms through the hall there and fower cords of wood out of my sayd lands yeerly to be spent there dureing her life if she so long remayne a widdowe or else to have neyther rooms nor wood there. And my will is that myne Executrix shall have liberty to voyd my goods and chattells and cattell from of my ground by the space of six moneths after my decease and in the meane tyme pasture and feeding for the cattell that she shall have there, paying nothing therefore. And also it is my will and meaninge that my wife if she please shall have and use all my lands and tenements called Feldwicks and Homewoods with the tythes thereof for tenn yeares after my decease if she lyve so long paying therefore to my said Overseers dureing the said fower years and proporcionably till the sayd feast of St Michael th’archangell then next happening after the sayd fower yeares after my decease, forty pounds by the yeare, halfe yearly and after the sayd tyme expired then to my said grandchild John Feldwick yf he be then living or yf he be dead before then to him or them who shall next succeed him in estate of my lands by this my will. Allways provided that soe long as she shall use or farme my said lands and tythes thereof as forty pounds per anum as as aforesayd shee shall not have nor challenge any other allowance, or satisfaction for, or in liew of her dower or joynture. And in witnesse that this is my last will and testament thereby revokeing all former wills I have putt my hand and seale to everye sheet of paper thereof being eight in all. W. F. Published and sealed in the presence of Henry Faulconer, Richard Teynton.

And that the 12th day of May 1633, William Feldwick the testator caused the lynes concerning his daughter Maryes hundred and fifty pounds to be dashed and put out because she hath her porcion allredy and confirmed this still to be his will. Witnesse Henry Faulconer, John Browne.


Proved 4th October 1633, PCC


Transcribed from the Probate copy held at The National Archives Prob/ 11/ 164