Will detail

Will of Alan Carr of West Chiltington

Date signed: 31 Jan 1667, Probate date: 20 Mar 1667

In the name of God amen This January the one & Thirty Anno Regis Caroli secundi dei gratia Anglia Scotia Francia et Libernia Regis &ct ..cesimo Annoq[ue] D[om]ini 1667 I ALAN CARR of CHILTINGTON in the County of Sussex Clerk being aged & weake but of good remembrance Calling to mind the uncertainty of my life As to worldly matters doe make this my last will & Testam[en]t in manner & forme following

First I give to the poore the sum[m]e of Foure pounds to bee distributed among all that come upon the day of my buryall

Item I give to ROBERT CARR my sonne of BRAINTREE in ESSEX all my books and manuscripts excepting some English books w[hi]ch his mother or fellows may choose. Item I give to the said ROBERT my sonne five pounds of good English money and his life here in the CHURCH GARDEN at CHILTINGTON after MARY CARR his mother and doe freely remitt to him his bond for the surrender.

Item I give to ALAN CARR sonne of the said ROBERT my Grandchild my Guilt Silver Salt to enjoy it after the decease of his grandmother

Item I give to ELIZABETH WESTON my daughter wife of MATHEW WESTON of BILLINGSHURST the sum[m]e of Tenn pounds of good English money

Item I give to my Two Grandchildren GRACE CARR & MARY CARR the daughters of ROBERT CARR my sonne of BRAINTREE the sev[er]all sum[m]es of Tenn pounds a peece of good English money And to all & to ev[er]y one of the rest of the children of the said ROBERT CARR my sonne who shalbe living at the time of my decease the sev[er]ll sum[m]es of Five pounds a peece to bee paid unto them by my Executrix as they shall accomplish their sev[er]all ages of one & twenty yeares.

Item I give to all the children of ELIZABETH WESTON my daughter w[hi]ch shalbee living at the time of my decease the like sev[er]all sum[m]es of five pounds to be paid to them by my Executrix when they shall accomplish their sev[er]all ages of one & Twenty yeares

Item I give to all my children their sev[er]all goods belonging to them of linen plate spoons or whatsoever was formerly given to them by their Grandfather Grandmother or other friends. Item my will & meaning is that my Executrix shall well & truly pay & discharge all those legacys formerly given by our daughter SUSAN deceased to her brothers & sisters Children according as I have already given bond for the true payment of them

Item I give to ROBERT FINCH my servant the summe of three pounds six shillings & eight pence yf hee continue with mee till the time of my decease & to DANIEL GREENFEILD Twenty shillings upon the same Condic[i]on & not other wise & to all the rest of my servants w[hi]ch shalbee w[i]th mee at the time of my decease Five shillings a peece above their wages

The rest of my goods & substance Chattells Cattell Corne howshold stuffe plats money or money worth whatsoever my debts paid legacyes & funeral expenses discharged I give & bequeath unto MARY CARR my welbeloved wife whome I doe hereby make & ordayne to bee the sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament And doe request M[iste]r ALAN CARR of CHICHESTER my Nephew to bee the overseer of this my last will & Testam[en]t to see it truly p[er]formed according to my true entent & purpose And doe give unto my said Nephew Twenty shillings & to my Cosen his wife Twenty shillings to buy them mourning Rings In Witnes that this is my last will & Testam[en]t I the said ALAN CARR have written it with my owne hand & have hereunto sett my hand & Seale & the Seale of the first letters of my name the day & yeare above written/ By mee ALAN CARR This will was acknowledged as the last will & Testam[en]t of ALAN CARR deceased & written with his hand this February 10 1667 in the p[re]sence of THOMAS NORMAN Sen[ior] & JOHN NORMAN THOMAS NORMAN JOHN NORMAN

Probate 20 March 1667 MARY CARR widow and relict of the deceased

Transcribed by:

Norma Podesta.

Notes about this will:

ALAN CARR – the Testator. He was born c1593/4, son of Roger Carr, Vicar of Peyhembury in Devon. He attended Cambridge University. He was Vicar of Lingfield, Surrey from 1624 – 1628, Rector of Blatchington 1625 – 1628, and Rector of West Chiltington from 1628 – 1668. He married Mary Butler in Lingfield, on 22 September 1624. He was buried in West Chiltington on 22 February 1667/8.

MARY CARR – Wife of the Testator. She was born Mary Butler, and married Alan Carr in 1622 in Lingfield, Surrey. She died about 1682, when her death was reported at a Chiltington Manor Court.

ROBERT CARR – Son of the Testator. He was baptised in Lingfield, Surrey on 27 June 1626. Like his father he attended Cambridge University. He became Chaplain to the Earl of Warwick. He was also Rector of Braintree in Essex from 1662 – 1676, and succeeded his father as Rector of West Chiltington in 1668, remaining there until his death in 1675. He had obtained a dispensation to hold the both Braintree and West hiltington at the same time.

ELIZABETH & MATTHEW WESTON – Daughter and Son in Law of the Testator. Elizabeth was baptised in West Chiltington on 25 April 1632, dau of ‘Alan Carr Clarke’. She married Matthew Weston of Billingshurst, in Oving on 1 May 1651. In the Billingshurst parish registers Matthew was described as a gentleman at the baptism of some of their children. He was buried in Billingshurst on 4 February 1668/9. No burial has been traced for Elizabeth to date, but she was still alive in 1674/5, when her brother, Robert Carr, mentioned her in his Will.

ALAN CARR – Grandson of the Testator. He was a son of Robert Carr, and grandson of Alan Carr. He also went to Cambridge University, like his father & grandfather. He married Katherine Walker a spinster, of Beddingham, in 1685. No record of the marriage has been traced to date, but a licence was issued for it on 6 April 1685, at the Lewes Archdeaconry Court. He was Vicar of Glynde, Sussex from 1681 – 1720, and died in 1720.

ALAN CARR of CHICHESTER – Nephew of the deceased. He was a son of Thomas Carr (1591 – 1663), who was Vicar of Oving, Sussex 1623 – 1663. On 24 May 1654, in Arundel, Alan married Anne Eson, daughter of William Elson, and sister of another William, who was MP for Chichester from 1695 – 1713. Both were described as being of Oving at the time of their marriage. NB There is also a record of their marriage in the parish register s of Oving, with a date of 25 May 1654. Was this just a record that the marriage of 2 of their parishioners had taken place elsewhere?]. He was admitted at the Middle Temple in1647, and became a JP. He was buried at Oving on 16 September 1668.



This will also mentions these parishes:

Billingshurst, Braintree, Billingshurst, Chichester.

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