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William Browne 

*1585 - †22 Jul 1650


a) JOSEPH BROWNE 1633, STCI/18 278 [Chichester Wills] "_____" = words I have not been able to transcribe, "________/" text obliterated by ink from opposite page, text therein is my guess of the missing word(s), "?" words I am not entirely sure off. 001 In the name of God amen the eighteenth 002 day of July [?] in the year of our Lord God one thousand 003 six hundred and three and thirty and in the ninth 004 years of the reign of our said _____ Lord Charles by the 005 grace of God of England Scotland _____ and Ireland 006 king defender of the faith __ I Joseph Browne clerke 007 parson of Rusper in the County of Sussex and diocess 008 of Chichester being of perfect mynde and memory I 009 thank god for it I ordain and make this my 010 last will and testament? in manner and form 011 following first I recommend my soule unto the hands 012 of almighty god my saviour and Redeemer And 013 my bodie to the earth to be buryed in the church 014 yard of Rusper or where else it shall please 015 Almighty god Then I give to 40 poore of the parish 016 of Rusper Ten shillings to be distributed at the 017 discretion of myn executor hereundernamed Then I 018 give to the use of the poor there to put into the chest 019 for the poor three shillisngs foure pence Then my 020 will is that my mayde Mary ffowler shall have in 021 respect of her faithfull service as I shall have ____ to 022 ____ to her only use and to the use of her assignees 023 free without[?] paying anything therefore an hye[?] chamber 024 in the southend of my house wherein Robert Mathew dwelleth 025 in Rusper aforsaid during her natural life with free 026 liberty of ingres___________an/d regress to and from the 027 said chamber with liberty to make fire for her use 028 either in the hall with them that dwell there or else 029 against the stocke where the oven is and to use the oven 030 when the dwellers in the house doe not use it And my 031 will is further that the bedsteddle that standith in the 032 chamber over the millhouse wherein my men 033 persanly use _________________ ____ ___/ at ___ chamber 034 for her use and remains there after her decease as a 035 standard to the said __ I will also that she shall have 036 a little garden plott on the Southend of the sayd house 037 for ______ and to set and sew beans Then I will 038 that she shall have one annuity or yearly rent 039 of Twenty Shillings a yeare issuing and going out PAGE 040 of the rent of the said house and land wood in the occupation 041 of the said Robert Mathew to have hold levie and wreive[?] 042 the same yearly and every year during her naturall life 043 at four terms at feasts of the year ___ usuall viz the 044 feast of St Michael archangell the birth of our Lord 045 God The _iuciation[?] of St Mary the blessed virgin and the 046 feast of St John the Baptist by equal portions yearely to be 047 payd the fist payment thereof to begin at that feast of the 048 feast above said which shall next happen after my decease 049 Then I give more unto the said Mary ffowler my best flock 050 bed save one a flock boalster a resonable good coverlett two 051 blankets and a pair of good towen[?] sheets Then I give unto 052 my mayd servant Elinor Evershed twenty shillings Item I 053 give unto Joseph Bristowe twenty shillings and to Arthur 054 ffenner tenn shillings and the chest in my study Item I 055 give unto my daughter in law Elizabeth Old[?] fforty 056 shillings to be payd unto her within a year next after my 057 decease and I forgive her the one/ pound she borrowed of me 058 Item I give unto Phebe Leachford the daughter of my 059 daughter Susan ffive pounds to be payd unto her ffather 060 and mother to her use within one year next after my 061 decease Item I give unto my son William Browne my 062 best table cloth Item I give unto his son John Browne my 063 wyned table in the parlour and all the __/nd worbe there 064 and in the chamber _____ _______________/ of his ffather 065 and __ _____/ give unto all and every one of my 066 grand children not before named tenn shillings a peice 067 to be payd unto the hands of their ffather and mother 068 to their use within one year next after my decease 069 Item I give unto my daughter Sara the wife of Arthur 070 ffenner gent tenn pounds and half a quarter of wheate 071 and the little brass pan which I bought of her Item I 072 give unto my daughter Susan the wife of Thomas 073 Leachford tenn pounds and a little brass pott Item 074 I give unto my daughter Phebe the wife of William 075 Simons tenn pounds and half a quarter of wheate 076 Item I give unto _______ according to my promise to her 077 my best feather bed save one a feather boulster the 078 next to the best my best coverlett and two blanketts 079 Item I give unto my said three daughters Sara Susan 080 and Phebe all my linnen not before given and half 081 all my pewter Item my will is that myne executor shall 082 presently after my decease dwell by the chamber above 083 granted to Mary ffowler healling and walling it well 084 Item I give unto my son William and to Jane his wife 085 my house barne and land in Rusper above said 086 abovenamed for and during their naturall lives and 087 the naturall life of the longer lives of them and after PAGE 088 their decease I will and bequeathe the same to their two 089 sons Thomas Browne and Henry Browne and their 090 heires forever to the onely[?] use of the said Thomas and 091 Henry their heirs assignes fore ever All the residue 092 of my goods not before given my debts paid my legacies 093 performed and my body honestly buried I give and 094 bequest to the above named William Browne my sonn 095 whome I make full and whole executor of this my last 096 will and testament and I do ordaine and appoynt 097 Oversers of this my last will and testament __ 098 Benjamin Browne of Ifeild my brother and Arthur 099 ffenner gent my son in law and I doe give to each of 100 them for their paynes tenn shillings and I doe hereby 101 revoke all former wills by me made aknowledging 102 this to be my very true and last will __ witnes whereof 103 I have written it with myne own hand and sett thereto 104 my name and seal Joseph Browne

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