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The Will of

Thomas NEWMAN (1668-1744)


In the name of God Amen I Thomas Newman of Shipley in the County of Sussex Tayler Do this 14th Day of October in the year of our Lord 1741 Make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First I commend my soul unto the Hands of Almighty God my mercifull Creator trusting only through the merits of my saviour Jesus Christ to enjoy his Blessed Kingdom And my Body I will shall be decently Buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named again by the mighty power of God And as for my Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me I dispose there of as followith First I give to the Children of my late Deseased Daughter Mary One Shilling a piece I Give and Devise unto my Beloved wife Ann Newman All that my Messuage Tenement Dwelling House and Orchard Adjoyning during the time of her Widowhood or Natural Life if she continue a Widow and the free use and usage of all my other Goods and Chattells whatsoever and wheresoever during the time of her Widowhood or Natural Life as aforesaid And in case if an any time my aforesaid wife Ann Newman should be in Great Distress and want I will that my Executor hereafter named shall sell any of my Household Goods to relieve her present necessity And if that Will not suffice then I will that my Executor hereafter named shall also sell my messuage Tenement Dwelling house and orchard aforesaid to relieve her [---] [---] My Debts and funeral expenses being first discharged and paid and after the marriage or Death of my said wife Ann Newman I Give and devise All my aforesaid Messuage Tenement Dwelling House and Orchard adjoyning Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever or remaining part if any should be [---] as aforesaid unto my son Thomas Newman my son John Newman my Daughter Sarah the wife of  William Randall my son James Newman and my Daughter Ann Newman and all appurtenances thereto belonging to them and their Heirs for ever to be equally divided between them share and share alike after payment of my Debts and Funeral Expenses And Lastly I Constitute make and ordain my aforesaid son Thomas Newman sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above written The mark of X Thomas Newman Signed sealed and declared by the said Thomas Newman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of the mark X of Jane Punnat ~ Philip Sariant ~ William Banfield


This Will was proved before the Reverend Mr Francis Osgood Clerk Surrogate on the fifth day of May One Thousand Seven hundred and Forty four by Thomas Newman natural son of the said deceased and named sole executor To whom was truely Sworn By Virtue of [---] [---]


Transcribed by Mandy Willard on 14 June 2007 from a photocopy of the original document ref. STC1/38, held at the West Sussex Record Office.