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The Will of

Mary WOOLVEN (1719-1782)


In the Name of God Amen I Mary Woolven of the parish of West Grinstead In the County of Sussex a widow being of sound disposing Mind and Memory and Understanding praized be Almighty God therefore do make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and form following First I will and ordain that all my Just debts and financial charges and the probate of this my will be fully paid and discharge Then I give and bequeath unto my sons Richard ~ William and John and unto my daughters Mary the wife of William Freeman and Ann the wife of John Freeman five shillings apiece to be paid to them & each of them within the space of three calendar months next after my decease out of my personal estate by my Executors hereinafter named all the rest and residue of my Estate whatsoever and whereinsoever found to consist I Give and bequeath unto my sons Thomas and Harry Woolven their Executors Administrators and Assigns as Tenants in common forever And I nominate Constitute and appoint my said sons Thomas and Harry Joint Executors of this my last will and Testament And in Testament I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January in the yeare of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy Seven Mary Woolven signed sealed published and declared by Mary Woolven widow the said Testatrix as and for her last will and testament In the presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witnesses there unto in the presence and at the request of the said Testatrix in the presence of each other Miles Williams ~ John Neve

January the 15th day 1777 I Mary Woolven of West Grinstead In the County of Sussex widow do will and order that all my wearing apparel whatsoever be Given and delivered to and be equally divided between my daughters Mary & Ann within one month after my decease by my Executors name and appointed in and by my last will and Testament signed sealed published and declared this fifteenth day of January 1777 by me Mary Woolven in the presence of Miles Williams

This Will (with the codicil annexed) was proved before Mr. Richard Tireman Clerk M.A. Surrogate on the Second day of February in the year of our Lord 1782 By the oath of Harry Woolven Natural and lawful son of the deceased and the surviving Executor there named (Thomas Woolven the other Executor dying before the Testatrix) To whom as was truly sworn saving as


Transcribed by me, Mandy Willard, on 30 December 2006, from a photocopy of the original document held at the West Sussex Record Office, ref. STC1/43.