Will detail

Will of John Britt of Ticehurst

Date signed: 05 May 1810, Probate date: 23 Oct 1810

This is the last will and testament of me John Britt of Ticehurst in the county of Sussex, husbandman Imprimis, I recommend my soul to almighty God my creator and my body I commit to the earth to receive a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named and as for my worldly estate with which it hath pleased Almighty God of his goodness to bless me I dispose of the same as follows. I give, devise and bequeath unto my son John Britt all that my copyhold or customary messuage or tenement garden and premises with the appurtenances situate in Colkins Mill street in the parish of Mayfield in the county of Sussex and now in the occupation of William Weston to hold the same unto and to the use of him my said son John Britt his heirs and assigns for ever, item, I give and bequeath to each of my daughters Mary Bayly and Hannah Baldock the sum of seventy five pounds of lawful sterling money of Great Britain to be paid to them respectively within twelve months next after my decease, Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Baldock the sum of twenty pounds of like lawful sterling money to be paid to her within twelve months next after my decease, Item, I give and bequeath to my executor herein after named Thomas Cheesman of Ticehurst aforesaid grocer, the sum of forty pounds to defray the expenses of proving this my will and any funeral and testamentary charges and expenses and for the trouble and expenses he may be put unto in the execution of the trusts hereby in him reposed, and all the rest, residue and remainder of any personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever, and of what nature or kind soever I give and bequeath the same unto and between my said two daughters Mary Bayly and Hannah Baldock equally to be divided between them share and share alike. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint the said Thomas Cheesman sole executor of this my will but my will and mind nevertheless is that he the said Thomas Cheesman shall not thereby be discharged from the monies he is now justly indebted to me but that he shall well and truly pay and account with the legatees named in my said will for the full amount thereof (after deducting the said sum of forty pounds so bequeathed to him as aforesaid) as well as all other my monies, estate and effects that shall hereafter come to his hands or possession. And hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made I declare this writing alone contained in one sheet of paper to be my only true last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of May in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and ten.

The mark of John Britt

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said John Britt the testator as and for his last will and testament (the word “God” in the eight line of the first side having been first oblitereated) in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Henry Noakes (?) Daniel Undertown Wm Roberts

23rd October 1810 then was sworn Thomas Cheesman the sole executor named in this will to whom was committed the burthen of the execution thereof, sworn also that the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased do not amount in value unto three hundred pounds.

By us E. R. Raynes

Transcribed by:

Domonic Motto.



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