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The Will of

John NEWNHAM (1737-1820)


In the Name of God Almighty Amen I John Newnham of Horley in the County of Surrey Yeoman being weak in Body but of sound Mind Memory and Understanding praised by God and calling to Mind the uncertainty of human life & the propriety of disposing of what worldy property the Almighty has been pleased to bless and favour me with do make this my last Will & Testament in the manner & Form as follows.

First I resign my Soul to God who gave it & my Body to the Earth to be therein decently interred at the sole Discretion of my Executors named hereafter And respecting what worldly property the Almighty has been pleased to favour me with after payment of all my just Debts, Funeral Expences & Probated of this my Will.  I give devise & dispose of as follows namely.  In the first place I will & require that all that my Moiety or half part of & in all that Tenement or Cottage with the Garden Orchard Lands & Appurtenances thereunto belonging situate lying & being near to a Common called Beacons Heath in the Parish of Lingfield County of Surrey and now in the Tenure or Occupation of Walls be sold & disposed of as soon as conveniently may be after my Deceased & the Money thence arising to be equally divided between my six Children viz Ann wife of Charles Edwards of Horley Yeoman, Elizabeth wife of James Harding of Horley Tanner, John, Mildred the wife of William Newnham of Balcombe in the County of Sussex Yeoman, William & Thomas.  I also further will and direct that my eldest son John shall take Possession of & have & enjoy all that Farm & Lands now in my Occupation belonging to the right honourable Lady Amherst & that he shall take to himself what Wagons, Carts, Stock & Implements of Husbandry he shall chose for the purpose of conducting the Business upon the said Farm, they being valued by some proper Person of Persons nominated by each Party namely the Executors & my said Son John & the Money arising from such valuation to be accounted & paid for to my said Executors, for the use & Profit of my said five remaining Children or their Heirs Share & Share alike, the Money to be paid at twelve Months after my Decease.

Also I further order & request that  my said six Children or their Heirs shall pay or cause to be paid unto my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth our of what Money shall arised from this my bequeathed Property, four Pounds each yearly, the first Payment thereof to be made at the End of the first half year which shall.....

John Newnham


Transcribed by Mandy Willard on 22 April from a digital copy of the original document, supplied by Janet Lee.



This page was updated on 22 April 2012