Location: Petworth, Sussex, England
Transcript of the Will of Gawen NASH
(1670 - 1698)
In the name of God Amen I Gawen Nash of Petworth in the County of Sussex Gent. being sick in body but of sound mind and disposing memory praised be God for the same doe make my last Will and Testament in manner following:
Impris I commend my soul unto God that gave it me & my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named.
Item I give and devise all my goods & chattells rights & credits whatsoever unto my dear loving wife Jane Nash:
And whereas my loving Mother Eleanor Nash by a certain writing under her hand & seal bearing date the Eighth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand Six hundred and Eighty & Seven did covenant with my heirs & Assigns that she the said Eleanor should at any time after in due form of law and according to the custom of the manor of East Lavant in the said County surrender into the hands of the Lord of the said Manor All her Estate right title & interest of in & to all that one Messuage and Yardlands and halfe Yardlands with the appurtenances & One Croft containing halfe of one Rood of land lying in East Lavant within the said Mann: & were the lands of Thomas Nash my father devised to the use & behoofe of me the said Gawen & of my heirs and assigns for ever or to the use & behoof of such other person or persons and their heirs as I the said Gawen should direct or appoint.
And untill such surrender should be made I the said Gawen my heirs and Assigns should receive & take the rents issues & profits thereof as by the said Writing (? ? ? ?) being thereunto had may more at large appear.(sic ?)
And whereas the said Eleanor my Mother hath not at any time made any Surrender of the said Copyhold premises.
Now my Will and desire is that the said Eleanor my Mother doe so soon as conveniently after my decease surrender the said Copyhold premises in due forrm of law unto my loving Wife Jane for her use during the term of her naturall life
And from & after her decease to the use of the right heirs of me the said Gawen Nash for ever.
And lastly I doe hereby make & constitute my said loving wife Jane sole Executrix of this my Will.
Witness my hand & seal hereunto sett this Seventh day of December in the year of our Lord Christ One Thousand Six hundred & Nynety & Eight
Signed Sealed Published Declared to be the last Will & Testament of the said :Gawen Nash Gawen Nash in the presence of us after ye word December was interlined
- Jonathan Harris Richard Nash
- Elizabeth X Denniar her mark
Probate made in Latin to Jane Nash Widow on 8th day of January 1698/99.
Notes: 1. This was the father of Gawen Harris Nash who died on 12th December 1698, some 6 months before his son Gawen Harris was born on 2nd July 1699, from the tone of the Will he appears to know that his wife Jane was pregnant and was looking after her interests and those of his unborn baby.