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The Will of

Thomas BOURNE (1716-1789)


In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Bourn Senior of the Parish of Brightling Yeoman in the County of Sussex being of Perfect mind praised be God for the same do make this my last will and Testament in the manner and form Following and to be Decently buried in Brightling Church Yard near my wife Deceased my further meaning is that my Funeral Expenses and all my just Debts be first paid I Dispose of all my worldly Effects of what kind and Nature soever and wheresoever they are In Manner and form Following Item I give five pounds to Sarah Bourne living at Boship in Hellingly at this Time Servant with my son Henry Bourne all the rest of my Effects and Worldly Estate of what kind and Nature soever and wheresoever they are Item I give and Bequeath to my sons John Bourne and William Bourne to be Equally Divided Between them share and share alike by my Executor herein After Named all these several Legacys to be paid in a Twelvemonth After my Decease by my Executor Henry Bourne whome I Constitute Nominate and Appoint I give unto my Executor five pounds for his Trouble Revoaking and making Void all Former wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made In Witness where I have Hereunto set my and seal this 30th Day of September in the year of our Lord On Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Eight

The signature of Thomas Bourne from his Will

Signed sealed Published and Declared by the within Named Testator to be his Last will and Testament in the Presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witnesses John Lambe   Nicholas Bartlett senior


20nd December 1789 Then was sworn Henry Bourne the Sole Executor named in this Will, To whom was Committed the ? of the Execut? thereof ? also that ? Goods Chattles and Credits of the said Deceased do not amount in Value unto One Thousand Pounds


Transcribed by Mandy Willard from a photocopy of Thomas's will held on microfiche at the East Sussex Record Office.




Thomas did not mention his eldest son also named Thomas, but I assume that as he described himself as "senior" this implied he did have a son named Thomas who was still living.  Maybe Thomas senior had already settled property on his eldest son and, therefore, felt no further obligation to him.

His eldest son, Thomas, died 12 years after his father and left twice as much as his father.



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012