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The Will of

John BOKES (c1540-1606)


I have copied the following transcript from the Barcombe and Hamsey Past website.  The will has been transcribed by Dr Annabelle Hughes.


In the name of God Amen  I John Bokes of Hamsey in the County of Sussex Yeoman beinge in good and pfect health and remembrance Thancks bee therefore unto god Doe ordeyne and make my last will and Testament the three and Twentith day of December in the yeere of the Raigne of or Soveraigne Lord Kinge James by the grace of god of England France and Ireland defender of the fayth &c the Third and of Scotland the nine and Thirtith in manner & forme followinge  First I give and bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almighty god hopinge assuredly to bee saved by the death of Jesus Christe his sonne  I give to the poore people of Barkham where my desire is to bee buried the some of five shillings  Item I give to Edward and William my sonnes five pounds A peece To bee payd wthin one yeere next after my decease  Item I give to Joane Moore and Mary Aptott my daughters three pounds six shillings & eyght pence A peece To bee payd wthin one yeere next after my decease  Item I give to Thomas Moore and William Marten my servants to each of them A payre of Sheets  Item I give to John Apse my servant one sute of my worst apparrell  The Residue of all my goods & Chattells I give & bequeath to Agnes my Wife whome I make Executrix of this my last will and Testament And I desire my Faythfull & trusty frends Francis Ersy of Radmell and Richard Addams of Iford to bee overseers of the same  And I give unto them for their paynes three shillings foure pence A peece Witnesses Edward Tickeridge sen  Richard Addams his marke & John Apse his marke

Proved 24 February 1605/6 Agnes Bokes, widow

A12 f128 MF 1292



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012