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1700 Gawen Nash

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Date: 18 May 1700 to 18 May 1700
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Nash Wills

Transcript of the Will of Gawen NASH

( - 1700)

In the name of God Amen I Gawen Nash (-------------------) in the county of Sussex being weak of body but perfect in mind and memory God be praised doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

(------------------- The next nine lines are too faded to be legible ----------------------------)

my sister Mary Nash widow Forty shillings to buy her a ring

Item I give to my Sister Elaine Nash widow Ten shillings to buy her a ring

Item I give to my niece Joane Staker wife of Henry Staker Gent. thirty shillings

Item I give to my cousin Ann Watts widow Five pounds & to Elizabeth Watts her daughter five pounds & to Ann Watts my Goddaughter Ten pounds

Item I give unto my niece Elizabeth Lane wife of Edward Lane Clerk Forty shillings and to Elizabeth & Judith Lane her daughters Forty shillings a piece

Item I give unto my Goddaughter Susan Sparkes wife of Thomas Sparkes Forty shillings

Item I give unto my Kinswomen Mary, Ann & Elizabeth daughters of my brother Thomas Nash decd. Forty shillings a piece

Item I give to my Godson Gawen Harris Nash Tenn pounds

Item I give to Edward, Henry & John Staker sons of my said Niece Joane Staker Forty shillings a piece

Item I give to my Cousins John Nash & Richard Nash ten shillings a piece

Item I give to my cousins Thomas Peckham of Nyton and Barbara his wife Twenty shillings a piece to buy them rings

Item I give to my Godson John Trusler son of William Trusler gent Five pounds

Item I give unto my brother Mr John Yaldon twenty shillings to buy him a ring All such Legacies I appoint to be paid within six months after my decease.

Item I nominate & appoint my nephew Thomas Nash & the said Henry Staker Mr (? ? ?) Executors of this my Will desiring them to see my body decently interred & this my Will justly portioned. And I give my said executors all my personal estate which shall remain after payment of my debts, legacies & funeral.

In Witness whereof I the said Gawen Nash have hereunto sett my hand and seal the eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand & seven hundred with this addition of Forty shillings to my cousin Cooper of (? ? ?) to buy him a ring Signed, Sealed, Published :Gawen Nash & declared in the presence of

John Holder: Tho. Collins: Tho. Peckham

Probate in Latin but very faded, with the date not legible


1. This is the great uncle and Godfather of Gawen Harris Nash, who was born 2nd July 1699 and in turn was the father in law of Mary Lintott of the Fighting Cocks.

2. He obviously had a brother Thomas Nash, who in turn probably had a son Thomas, brother to Gawen Nash, junior, the Testator of the Will of 1698.

3. It would seem that this Gawen was either a bachelor or else was a widower without children.

4. The reference to his brother John Yaldon must refer to his brother in law, thus we can probably assume that Gawen was a widower without children and that his wife’s maiden name was Yaldon.

5. The Elaine Nash referred to is almost certainly Eleanor Nash née RACKLON as noted in the Will of Gawen’s nephew Gawen in his Will of 1698.

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