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The Will of

Henry MONK (1682-1759)


This is the last Will and Testament of my Henry Monk of Burwash in the County of Sussex Miller ?ing such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof as follows First I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Sarah all and singular my Goods & Chatteles sum and sums of money debts and demands as whatsoever do hold and ? as her sole right and property for all ? the term of her natural life if she shall so ? my Widow and ? ? and from and ? after her decease for ? ? ? ? bequeath the ? to my children Sarah now wife of Thomas Botten Mary now wife of Joseph Cruttenden Ann now wife of William Istead Henry Monk ffrances Monk & Elizabeth Monk to be equally divided unto my children before mentioned one shilling a piece of Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid them by my Executrix here after mentioned within one month next after my decease and I do hereby make ? ? & Appoint my said loving wife Sarah full and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testerment revoking any former Will by me at any time heretofore made and hereby declaring this ? to be my Last Will & Testerment In Witnefs whereof I the said Henry Monk the Testator have to this my Last Will contained on one sheet of paper set my ? and seal this twelfth day of December in the thirteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God ? King of Great Britain & soforth and in the year of our Lord 1739 The Mark of Henry Monk X signed ? published & declared by the said Henry Monk the Testator as and for his last Will & Testerment In the presence of ? the presence of the said Testator have sub? our Names a witnefses here? Robt Vine Mary Vine

The Will of Henry Monk late of Burwash within the Archdeaconry of Lewes Miller deceased was proved this sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Fifty Nine before the Reverend Mr John Courtail Clerk by virtue of a Commifsion to him and another directed upon the oath of Sarah Monk the only Executrix in the said Will named To whom ? ? administration of the Goods being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and soforth


Reference:  East Sussex Record Office A60 pages 80-81

The photocopy I have of Henryís Will is difficult to read in places.  When I get the chance, I will compare the above with the original document held at the East Sussex Record Office.




For the moment I donít know if the witnesses to the Will, Robert and Mary Vine, were related to Henry and Sarah Monk.

Robert Vine married Mary Walker by Licence on 4 November 1734 in Burwash.  They had 5 known children baptised in Burwash:  Mary Vine (1735-?), Robert Vine (1736-?), Ann Vine (1738-?), Thomas Vine (1739-?) and John Vine (1741-1741).  John was described as the posthumus son of Robert and Mary and at Johnís burial Mary was described as a widow.  However, I can not find Robertís burial in Burwash.  According to the IGI Robert was born about 1709 and Mary about 1713.