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The Will of

John NEWMAN (1673-1743)


In the name of God Amen I John Newman of Shipley in the County of Sussex husbandman Do this Twenty Ninth Day of July in the Year of our Lord 1743 make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in Manner following First I Commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my mercifull Creator trusting only through the merritts of my Saviour Jesus Christ to enjoy his blessed Kingdome and my Body I will shall be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executrix hereafter named And Also for my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me I Dispose thereof as followeth First I Give and Devise unto my Grandson James Newman the son of my son John Newman my Gun after the Death of my Executrix hereafter named All the rest and Residue of my Moneys Goods Chattles and Personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever after Payment of my Just Debts and Funerall Expenses I Give and Devise unto my well beloved wife Timothy Newman And what shall remain of my aforsaid Goods Chattles and Personall Estate at the Death of my aforesaid Wife I Dispose thereof as followeth First I Give and Devise out of it Ten Pounds of good and lawfull Money of Great Britain to my aforesaid son John Newman All the rest and residue thereof I Give and Devise to my two Sons and two Daughters that is to say to my son William Newman to my son John Newman aforesaid to my Daughter Bettie the wife of John Francis and to my Daughter Mary the wife of Daniel Haylor to be equally divided between them share and share alike And lastly I constitute make and ordain my aforesaid wife Timothy Newman Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunder set my hand and seal the Day and year first above written / The mark and seal of John Newman Signed Sealed and Declared in the Presence of Thos Michells & Wm Banfield


This will was proved before Mr Francis ??good Clerk Surrogate on the Seventeenth day of September in the Year of our Lord 1748 [or it could be 1743 - it certainly looks like an 8, but so did the 3 in the main will, which was indexed as 1743 rather than 1748] By the oath of Timothy Newman widow relict of the Deced and also Executrix named in the above written Will was sworn by virtue of A special commission to whom ? well and truly ? sworn saving


Transcribed by Mandy Willard on 15 January 2008 from a photocopy of the original document ref. STC1/37, held at the West Sussex Record Office.