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The Will of

Thomas SAYERS (1655-1713)

 

Many thanks to Norma Podesta for the following transcript:

 

In the Name of God Amen I THOMAS SAYRES the Elder of WEST CHILTINGTON in the County of SUSSEX yeoman being indifferent health of body at this p[re]sent time & of sound & perfect mind & memory thanks be [to] Almighty God for the same yet considering the certainty of death & the uncertainty of the time when I doe here make & ordaine this my last Will & Testament in manner & forme following   First I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting in & through the merits of Jesus Christ my only Saviour & Redeemer & my body to the Earth to be buried in Christian buriall   And as for my Temporall Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to blesse me with I doe here dispose thereof as followeth   Item I give & bequeath to my son EDWARD SAYRES One Shilling I doe here give him noe more because I have allready set him into a Farme & stock it for him Item I give & bequeath to my son EDMUND SAYRES One Shilling I give him noe more here in my will because I have given him a Hundred pounds allready Item I give & bequeath to my son JOHN SAYRES One Shilling and I give him noe more because I have admitted him allready into a Copyhold after me Item I give & bequeath to my son THOMAS SAYRES the full sum of One Hundred pounds to be paid to him in lawfull money of Great Britain within Twelve months after my decease Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter ANN SAYRES the full sum[me] of One Hundred pounds to be paid to her in lawfull money of Great Britain within Twelve months after my decease And if any of these Two Children THOMAS & ANNE shall happen to dye before their legacies is paid That then I doe here will that the Legacies of him or her soe dyeing to be paid between my son EDMUND SAYRES & the other of them two be it THOMAS or ANNE that shall be living equally Item I doe hereby give & bequeath to my Seven children that I have by MARY my now wife the full sum of Three Hundred & Fifty pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid equally amongst them in manner & forme following That is to say I doe here will that my Executrix doe pay to my son HENRYSAYRES the full sum[me] of Fifty pounds part thereof as soon as he shall come to be of the age of One & Twenty years ItemI doe here will that my Executrix pay to my daughter MARY SAYRES the full sum[me] of Fifty pounds part thereof as soon as she  shall come to be of the full age of One & Twenty yeares Item I here will that My Executrix pay to my Daughter  ELIZABETH SAYRES the full sum[me] of Fifty pounds part thereof as soon as she .shall come to be of the full age of One & Twenty yeares Item I give & will that my Executrix pay to my Daughter HANNAH SAYRES the like sum[me] of Fifty pounds part thereof as soon as she shall come to be of the age of One & Twenty years Item I will that my Executrix pay to my son RICHARD SAYRES the sum of Fifty pounds part thereof as soon as he shall come to be of the full age of One & Twenty years Item I will that my Executrix pay to my son ROBERT SAYRES the sum[me] of Fifty pounds part thereof as soon as he shall come to be of the full age of One & Twenty years Item I will that my Executrix pay to my son MAURICE SAYRES the sum[me] of Fifty pounds  part thereof as he shall come to be of the age of One & Twenty years And I doe here will that if any of these Seven children shall happen to dye before they come to eb of the full age of One & Twenty years that then the Legacie or legacies of them dyeing .under age to be paid to the rest of the seven that shall be living  & to be equally divided amongst them. And I doe here assigne & appoint MARY my dear & loving wife in trust over them & to her I doe here comit the care & tuition of them Children I have by her to look after them & to find & provide for them meat drink apparell & schooling that is to bring them up in such  means as my stock will afford till they can shift & provide for themselves my meaning is to the age of One & Twenty if not capable afore & then to pay them their Legacies here given them without any allowance s deductions or abatement to be kept back for meat Drink or Apparell of Schoolling I will that my Executrix after my death call in money speedily to pay my Son THOMAS & my Daughter ANNE their Legacies at the time aforement[i]oned in my Will unless they think fitt to lett it lie & take interest for it And I doe here make & constitute & appoint MARY my dear & loving wife whole & sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament To whom after my Debts & Legacies & Funerall expenses w[i]th the Probat of this my Will is satisfyed & paid I doe here give to my said Executrix all monies due & owing to me at my decease be it upon Mortgage Bond Bill Book or otherwise howsoever & also all my goods & Chattells & p[er]sonall Estate w[ha]tsoever And I doe here revoke & make void & null all former Wills by me heretofore at any time made or declared In Witness whereof I THOMAS SAYRES th’elder have here unto this my last Will & Testament set my hand & seal this Fifteenth Day of SEPTEMBER in the Eleventh year of the reigne of our sov[er]aigne Lady ANNE by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ireland Queen Defender of the Faith annoq D[omi]ni 1712 THOMAS SAYRES Signed Sealed Declared & published by the said THOMAS SAYRES the elder as the last Will & Testament in the p[re]sence of us who did all of us subscribe our names as Witnesses in the p[re]sence of the said Testator EDM NORMAN the mark of RICHARD BARNARD the mark of JOHN BISHOPP   [Proved 23 OCT 1713 by MARIE SAYERS widow and relict]

 

Transcribed by Norma Podesta, June 2005

 

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