The Will of
In the name of God Amen this eight daie of June Ańo Domi one thousand six
hundred fifty eight I
of Cocking in the County of Sussex Clothworker being sick in body but
perfect in mind and memory the Lord be praysed I do make and ordeyne this my
last will and testament in manner and form following First I bequeath my
soule unto Almighty God my maker and redeemer and my body to be buried in
the churchyard of Cocking aforesaid Item I give unto my daughter Ann Comb
Tenn shillings and unto my daughter ----- Tenn shillings ----- and unto my
sonne William Hewatt Tenn shillings ----- ----- Legacies of money it
not to be paid till twelve months after my decease Item I give unto
Elizabeth my now wife Twenty shillings a yeare to be paid unto her as
long as she liveth for owne use and my sonnne John Hewatt is to pay
this twenty shillings unto his mother every yeare and my sonne John
Hewatt is to keepe and well mayntayne his mother for long as it pleaseth
God the ----- and to have the best bedd and all that belongeth unto the bedd
for her own ----- Item I give unto my daughters ----- children ----- she
have by William Comb twelve pence a piece to be paid unto them twelve
months after my decease Item all the rest of my goods and chattells
moveable and unmoveable I give unto my sonne John Hewatt whom I do
make my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament my debts
being paid and Legacies discharged it in full and wholy to remayne unto my
sonne John Hewatt and I do ordayne and ----- my two faithfull and
loving friends Richard ----- [could be ffords] and John Seaman
----- of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have here unto
putt my hand and seale the day and yeare above written the marke of
William Hewatt sealed and delivered in the presence of the marks of
Richard ----- John Seaman
This will was proved at London the nynth daie of February one thousand six
hundred ffifte eight before the judge for probate of wills and granting
Administration by the oath of John Hewatt the sonne and Executor to
whom was committed administration he being first sworne by ----- well and
truely to Administer
Transcribed from a digitised copy of the original document held at the
Public Records Office, ref: Prob/11/288.
The witness John Seaman (as mentioned above) may have married
Eleanor Parker by licence on 8 March 1640/1 in Cocking. He may
have been baptised on 21 September 1617 in Cocking and have been the son of
John Seimon. She may have been baptised on 13 December 1620 in
Cocking and have been the daughter of William Parker.
John and Eleanor had the following children:
Mary Seaman was baptised on 16 January 1642 in Cocking.
Elenor Seaman was baptised on 5 March 1643 in Cocking.
Elizabeth Seaman was baptised on 5 May 1644 in Cocking. She
may have married Robert Richards on 15 June 1669 in Cocking.
John Seaman was born on 8 September 1645 and baptised on 17
September 1645 in Cocking.
Elenor Seaman was born on 5 March 1647 and baptised on 8 March 1647
Thomas Seaman was born on 13 July 1649 and baptised on 20 July 1649
Jane Seaman was baptised on 4 August 1652 in Cocking.
Elizabeth Seaman was baptised on 1 October 1650 in Cocking.
This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012