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The Will of

John SWIFT (1669-1730)


In the Name of God Amen I John Swift of Wadhurst in the County of Sussex husbandman being sick & weak in body but of sound & disposing mind & memory praised be God therefore do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner following (that is to say)  First & principally I commend my Soul to Almighty God trusting to the alone merits of my Saviour Jusus Christ to have full pardon of all my Sins my body I commit to the earth to be decently buryed in such Christian like manner as my Executrix hereafter named shall think fitting & as for the dispositon of my temporall estate wherewith God of his infinit mercy hath blessed me I give & dispose as followth  Imprimis I give & bequeath unto my eldest son John Swift the Sume of five pounds (over & above what he has already had of me) to be paid unto him within twelve months next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my two sons Thomas Swift and Richard Swift the Sume of *** pounds a peice to be paid unto them respectively by my Executrix hereafter named within Twelve months next after my decease Item I give unto my Son Samuel Swift the like Sume of *** pounds to be paid unto him by my Executrix when he shall have attained his full age of One and Twenty years  All the rest & residue of my goods chattells & personal estate whatsoever & wheresoever after payment of my debts Legacies (funerall expenses) I give & bequeath unto my loving wife Elizabeth Swift whom I make full & sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former willss by me herefore made & I do declare this to be my only last will & testament In Witness whereof I have to this my last will written in one sheet of paper set my hand & seal this fifth day of September in the fourth year of the reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God King of Great Brittain France Ireland & in the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred & Thirty (John Swift his mark) signed sealed published declared by the said John Swift the Testator as his last will & testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as Witnesses in the presence of the said Testator

Daniell Shorte     Samuel Shorte     John Kitchenham


Transcribed by Mandy Willard from ESRO W/SM/D6 f136V & f127R


Note:  Thomas, Richard and Samuel were to receive the same amount, but I can not make out the sum.  It could be Ten pounds, but the word looks like Tonn.