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The Will of

Edward WICKERSON (1700-1796)


November the tenth 1757
In the Name of God Amen I Edward Wickerson senr living in the parish of West Grinstead in the County of Sussex Farmer being of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind and duly considering the uncertaintys of human life do make this my last will and Testament First and principally I commit my Soul into the hands of my Blessed maker trusting in his merits and in the merits of my Dear Redeemer for the Remission of all my sins my Body I commit to the Earth to be decently intered at the descrection of my Executor herein after named First I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Frances Wickerson the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds as long as she keep herself a widow and if she marry again she shall return [---] to my son Edward Wickerson one hundred pounds at the day of marriage and also I bequeath to my wife Frances Wickerson one bed and other household Goods what she shall think proper for her own use next I bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth wife of John Heyett Fifty pounds and also I bequeath to Henry Heyett son of John and Elizabeth Heyett five pounds five shillings Lastly I give and bequeath to my son Edward Wickerson all the rest residue and remainder of my money at my decease and all my debts due to me with all the remaining part of my Goods and Chattles whatsoever to his use and [---] I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Edward Wickerson whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament requiring him to pay all my Just Debts and also the Legacies before mentioned with all convenient speed after my decease and I declare this only to be my last will and Testament contained in this one sheet of paper and signed with my own hand and seal in the presence of witnesses hereunder mentioned The Mark X of Edwd Wickerson Senr Signed sealed and declared by the said Edward Wickerson Senr to be be his last will and Testament in the presence of us John Hughes ~ Henry Hughes Junr Richard Pollard

This Will was proved at London the Eleventh Day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven before the worshipful Samuel [---son Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Honorable Sir William Wynne Knight also Doctor of Laws master keeper or Commissary of the Prorogative Court of Canterbury lawfully consitituted by the oath of Edward Wickerson the son of the deceased and the sole Executor named in the said will whom administration was to granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer


Transcribed by Mandy Willard on 7 January 2007 from a digitised copy of the original will held at the Public Record Office, Ref:  Prob 11/1285.