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The Will of

George SWIFT (1679-1749)


In the Name of God Amen I George Swift the Elder of the parish of Ticehurst in the County of Sussex Yeoman being sick and weak of Body but of a Sound and perfect mind and memory and understanding (praised be God for the same) Do this third day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and fforty eight make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and force following (that is to say) ffirst and principally I Commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping this the merits death and Pass*** of my Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins and to **** Everlasting Life and my Body I Committ to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named and as **** ing the dispositon of all such temporal Estate wherewith it hath pleased Almighty God of his Infinite Goodnes and Mercy to bestow upon me **** and dispose thereof following ffirst I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah the wife of John Crouch of Ticehurst aforesaid Husbandman the sum of ffive shillings of Lawfull money of Great Brittain to be paid unto her by my Executrix hereafter named within three months next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my three sons George William and John and to each of them the several and respective sums of ffive shillings of **** Lawfull money **** to be likewise paid to them by my Executrix hereafter named within three months next after my decease All the rest and residue of my household goods chattels **** **** moneys due on Mortgage  **** **** other security or securties Husbandry **** and all other my personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever (after payment of all my just debts to ffuneral expenses and **** **** afore **** I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Swift with full power to and for her to sell and receive the benefitts thereof to and for her Sole **** Support and Maintenance for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her deceased I give and bequeath the same or such part thereof that shall leave unto my four children Sarah the wife of the said John Crouch George William and John Swift equally to be divided between them share and share alike and in case either of them should die before their Mother without **** and **** otherwise there such part or parts to be divided unto such child or children of **** shall be there living equally share and share alike and I do hereby Nominate Ordain Constitute and appoint my Loving wife Mary Swift full and sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoaking Dis****ing  and making void all former Wills by me heretofore made and do declare this to be my only Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said George Swift the Testator have to this my Last Will and Testament contained in one sheet of paper sett my hand and seale this day and year first above written the mark of George Swift signed sealed and published and declaared by the said George Swift the Testator as to and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other Thos Eldridge his mark Lawrence ***mphies mark Thos Hurst

The Will of George Swift of Ticehurst within the archdeaconry of Lewes was proved the Seventeenth Day of May in the Year of our Lord One thousnad Seven hundred and Forty nine Before the Worshipfull George **** Master of **** **** Principal Officer of the Archdeaconry aforesaid upon the Oath of Mary Swift Sole Executrix in the said Will named to whom the **** of the Administration of the Goods **** Committed being first sworn well and faithfully to Administer the same and soforth


Transcribed by Mandy Willard from ESRO W/A58, pages 36, 37 and 38.