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The Will of

William HEWATT (c1590-1659)


In the name of God Amen this eight daie of June Ańo Domi one thousand six hundred fifty eight I William Hewatt 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:

  1. Mary Seaman was baptised on 16 January 1642 in Cocking.

  2. Elenor Seaman was baptised on 5 March 1643 in Cocking.

  3. Elizabeth Seaman was baptised on 5 May 1644 in Cocking.  She may have married Robert Richards on 15 June 1669 in Cocking.

  4. John Seaman was born on 8 September 1645 and baptised on 17 September 1645 in Cocking.

  5. Elenor Seaman was born on 5 March 1647 and baptised on 8 March 1647 in Cocking.

  6. Thomas Seaman was born on 13 July 1649 and baptised on 20 July 1649 in Cocking.

  7. Jane Seaman was baptised on 4 August 1652 in Cocking.

  8. Elizabeth Seaman was baptised on 1 October 1650 in Cocking.



This page was reviewed on 10 April 2012