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The Will of

Thomas APTOTT (c1570-1607)


Many thanks to Nigel Sawyer for the following transcript:


In the name of God Amen the Seventhe of April in the yere if the Lord God one thousand sixe hundred and seven I Thomas Aptott of Barcombe in the countie of Sussex, yeoman do ordyne and make there my last will and testament in manner and form following (?) ffirst and principally I bequeath my Soule to Almightie god my maker and redeemer and my bodye to be buryed in the church yard of Barcombe & bone sayed ?? ffirst I bequeathe to the poore of the parish of Barcombe six(?) shillings eight pence to be distributed by my exectutor. I will that Mary my wife shall have all my goodes and chattels that I have or oughte (?) to have in the realme of England.  If it happen that my wife be with childe that then I will that my sayed childe shall have one hundred pounde. And my will is that my sayed wife shall have the rest of the sayed hundred pounds for the bringing up of my childe until it come to the age of eighteen yeres.  And if it happen that my childe do dye Then my will is that my wife shall have the use of the sayed hundred pounds that I gave to my sayed relict during her naturall life And after my sayed wyves Deceast my will is  that the sayed hundred poundes shall remayne to my sister children to be equally divided by the overseers.  My will is that my goddaughter my sisters Shepherds (?) daughter shall have twentie pound of the sayed hundred poundes.  Item I will that my sister Turner shall have three poundes.  Item I will that my Sister Pilcher shall have three poundes. Item I will that Thomas A More the sonne of William A Moore shall have seven?? Poundes and these to be payd within one month after my decease.  All the rest of my goodes not given or bequeathed I give unto Mary my wife whome I make my whole and sole executor.  And I make William Chauntler and William Boxe my overseers: And for theire paynes they shall have tenne shillings. Made and allowed in the presence of William Chauntler. The marke of Edward Chauntler.  The marke of Edward Boxe.


Transcribed from a digitised copy of the original document held at the Public Record Office, ref. prob/11/110, image ref. 844.


John Aburne and Joan Aptet married on 4 November 1585 in Barcombe.

Robert Pilcher and Mary Aptite married on 22 July 1589 at All Saints, in Lewes.



This page was reviewed on 7 April 2012