Location: Horsham, Sussex, England
Will of Thomas Lyntoft of Horsham
In the name of God Amen,
On the 9th day of October in the 1541st year of our Lord,
I, Thom[a]s etc.
I bequeath to Alice my daughter the best pair of beds that were my first wife's, a Christening sheet, a brass pot and two pairs of sheets.
Item to Agnes my daughter the best girdle that was my first wife's, a Christening sheet, a brass pot, and two pairs of sheets.
Item to John Gillett my best coat cloth, a pair of hose of white kersey [coarse cloth woven from wool], a tawny coat that was one Simon Caxson's best coat.
The residue of all my goods not bequeathed, and all my debts, I will and bequeath to Sybil my wife, whom I make and ordain my executrix, and she to pay all my debtes, and to cause my body honestly to be buried, and the rest to use as she thinks best. As for the disposition of all my lands, tenements, rents and reversions, with all their appurtenances,
First I will and bequeath to Alice and Agnes my daughters, and to their heirs for ever more, all that my house, with all the appurtenances, situate and being in the North Street of the borough of Horsham wherein one Thomas Arnold doth now inhabit.
The rest of all my lands, tenements, rents and reversions, with their appurtenances, I will to Sybil my wife for the term of her life.
Also I ordain and make Master Broadbridge and Richard Lyntoft my brother my overseers, to see this my Testament and last Will truly to be executed, and Master Broadbridge to have for his labour my best gown, and Richard my brother my best cloak or my second best gown, whichever he wishes.
Witnesses Sir [courtesy title for a priest] Henry Patching curate, John Gillett, with others more.
1. This Will indicates that this Thomas, who died in April 1542 was the brother of Richard Lintott, who died in 1550 and whose Will we also have.
2. Agnes never married and her burial is recorded as 15th March 1559/60.
3. Sybil’s burial is recorded as Sible (widow) buried 14th December 1561
4. Of Alice there is as yet no trace, she may have married in another parish and moved out of Horsham.
5. Inferred from the Will is the fact that there were no other siblings of Alice & Agnes alive at the time of the writing of the Will and that there were no male heirs.