Will of John Edsaw, 20 April 1707

    

   [There are two words I have not yet been able to decipher, and one I flagged as questionable. I kept the original spellings, except for archaic letter forms that are no longer in use, but added a good bit of punctuation in the interest of readability. The words should be familiar, other than "messuage" -- an old term roughly meaning "dwelling" -- but you will see old-style grammar and usage. I have tried to retain as much of the style of the original as possible.]   

   

In the name of God Amen. I John Edsaw of the parish of Tillington in the County of Sussex yeoman, being sick in body but of a sound and disposing mind and memory, thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, Do first revoke and make void all wills by me formerly made and do make and ordaine this to be my last will and testament in manner following. And first and principally I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker, hopeing to have free pardon of all my sins, and my body I remitt and comend to the Earth to be buried in a Christian and decent burial at the Discretion of my Executor hereinafter named. And as touching what worldly estate Almighty God of his bounty hath blessed me with, I give and dispose thereof as followeth:    Item    I give and bequeath unto my sister Mary Nash, the wife of Mathew Nash, and unto my sister Elizabeth Kentfeild, the wife of James Kentfeild, unto each of them the sums of Ten Shillings apeece to be paid unto them respectively within three months next after my decease by my Executor hereinafter named.    Item    I give and devise unto my mother Mary Edsaw widow and unto my loveing wife Elizabeth Edsaw for and during the terms of their natural lives and the life of the longest liver of them All that my barns and lands thereunto belonging with thappurtenances called Willetts or by any other name or names whatsoever, situate lying and being in Tillington aforesaid on the South side of the highway leading from Petworth toward Midhurst, and from and after the decease of them the said Mary Edsaw and Elizabeth Edsaw my said wife And of the survivor of them, then I hereby give and devise the said barns lands and premises with thappurtenances unto my nephew William Kentfeild, eldest son of my said sister Elizabeth Kentfeild, and to his heirs forever.     Item    I give and devise unto my nephew James Kentfeild, youngest son of my said sister Elizabeth Kentfeild, and his heirs forever All that my reversion estate right title and interest whatsoever of in and unto All that messuage or tenement barns gaterooms buildings garden orchard and close of land thereunto belonging, situate lying and being in Deane Street in the said parish of Tillington in the said County of Sussex with thappurtenances, expectant from and after the decease of my said mother Mary Edsaw,    To hold    unto my said nephew James Kentfeild and his heirs forever.    And whereas    I have surrendered into the hands of the Lord of the Manor of River in the said County of Sussex All that my customary close or parcel of land with thappurtenances called the westfend    [??]    situate lying and being in Tillington aforesaid and held by Coppy of Court Roll of the said manor, to such uses intents and purposes as I the said John Edsaw in and by my last Will and Testament shall direct lymitt or appoint, Now I the said John Edsaw by this my last Will and Test[ament] give and devise the said Customary close or parcel of land with thappurtenances unto my said wife Elizabeth Edsaw, dureing and soe long time as she shall keep herself a widow for her better support and maintenance, And from and after the decease of my said wife or other determination of her estate in the said customary premises then I give and devise the said customary close or parcel of land and premises with the appurtenances unto my said nephew James Kentfeild and to his heires forever, according to the customs of the said manor.    Item    I give unto the said Elizabeth my said wife for the terme of her life the use of my best bed and furniture suitable to it, and after her decease I give the said bed and furniture unto my Executor hereinafter named.    Item    I give unto my neece Elizabeth Kentfield the sums of Twenty shillings.    Item    I also give unto my Godson John Mersh  the sums of five shillings to be paid by my Executor hereinafter named. All the rest and residue of my Goods, Stock, Che--s, ready moneys and moneys at use after my debts legacies and funeral expenses shall be paid and satisfied, I hereby give and bequeath unto my said nephew William Kentfeild, hereby desiring willing and requiring him to augment my said neece Elizabeth Kentfeilds legacy, provided my livestock shall rise and be a sufficient over___ to doe the same. And I do hereby will and appoint my said nephew William Kentfeild to be sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament.    In witness    whereof I the said John Edsaw have to this my last Will and Testament sett my hand and seal this Twentieth day of Aprill in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seven. John Edsaw his mark.  Signed Sealed published and declared to be the last will and Testament of the said John Edsaw in the presence of us whoe have hereunto sett our hands as witnesses in the said John Edsaws presence. John Alcock John Legatt Henry King