Location: Chidham, Sussex, England
Will of Henry Bickley of Chidham, Sussex PROB 11/514
In the name of God, Amen. I Henry Bickley of Chidham in the County of Sussex Esq, being in health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks be to Almighty God, and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this life do make, constitute, ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revoking and annulling by those presents all and every Will and Wills heretofore by me made and declared wither by word or in writing and this only is to be taken for my last Will and Testament. And first being heartily sorry for my sins past most humbly desiring forgiveness of the same I commit my Soul to Almighty God trusting to be saved through the merits of Jesus Christ and my body to be buryed in the Chancell of the Parish Church at Chidham. And as to the settling of the Temporal Estate as it has pleased God to bestow upon me I do order give and dispose the same in manner and forme following, that is to say. Imprimis I give and devise to my dear wife Margaret Bickley all that my mansion house together with gardens, orchards, barns, stables, dovehouse, yards, backsides and appurtenances thereunto belonging and all those several closes of arable meadow and pasture grounds that were heretofore left to Henry Kennett (Bennett?) of Chidham aforesaid yeoman containing by estimation three hundred acres (be the same more or less), and also all those pieces or parcels of coppice and furzegrounds called Create Coppice, Createfields, Wish Coppice and Wish Lew containing by estimation fourty acres (be the same more or less), all which mansion house, lands, tenements and hereditaments are situate lying and being in the Parish of Chidham aforesaid to have and to hold to my said dear wife Margaret Bickley and her assignes for and during the terme of her naturall life subject nevertheless to the payment of the sum of thirty pounds per annum of lawfull English money in manner and forme as is hereinafter mentioned. That is to say, if my intended purchase with Aunt Mrs Jane Aburne takes effect then my Will is that all my said mansion house, lands, tenements and hereditaments shall stand and be charged with one annuity or yearly rent charge of thirty pounds per annum of lawfull English money payable quarterly free of all taxes with power of distress upon a non payment for and during the terme of her naturall life and from and after her decease with the life payment to my son Henry Bickley for and during the terme of his natural life of my said dear wife Margaret Bickley and from and after her decease I give and devise all the said mansion house, lands, tenements and hereditaments above mentioned unto my son Henry Bickley and his heirs forever. Item, I give and devise unto my brothers (in law) George Fulham, George Gunfar? Esq, Mr Edward Jones and John Fulham Esquire and their heirs all those my Mannor of Thorney and Chidham and all those severall closes of arrable meadow and pastures grounds formally called or known by the name of Nutborne Marsh, Fulholme and Horse Lease or by any other name or names with the appurtenances containing by estimation fifty acres (be the same more or less) situate, lying and being in Chidham aforesaid and adjoining to the _______ lands above devised on the Northside and to the Common fields called Weston Comon fields and also all my lands lying and being in the severall Comon fields of Chidham aforesaid commonly called or known by the name of Lodgers and all that Mill calledCutmill and also all that piece or parcel of land which is my proportion or allotment upon Lambrough Comon upon the late Enclosure there containing by estimation thirty seven acres (be the same more or less) and also all my other lands, tenements and hereditaments in Chidham, Thorney and Bosham not herein before devised to my wife, Upon Trust and confidence and to the end intent and purpose that they the said George Fulham, George Gunfar, Edward Jones and the survivors and survivor of them and the heirs of the survivor of them shall and will bargain, sell and assign? In fee simple all or any part of the said last mentioned premises as they shall think fit and employ and dispose of the purchase money first to and for the payment of all such debts and sums of money which at the time of my decease I shall justly owe to any person or persons whomsoever and upon ffurther Trust to divide the surplus and residue of the said purchase money after my debts are paid equally amongst all my younger children, share and share alike. Item, I devise to my said dear wife all my corn, cattle and stock in husbandry whatsoever and all my household goods except my plate which my Will is shall be equally divided amongst my children but my meaning is that she shall have only the use of my household goods for her life and after her decease I give them to my son Henry Bickley. Item, I devise to my said Trustees five guineas each. The rest and residue of my personal Estate I give and bequeath to my said dear wife Margaret Bickley and I make her sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereinto set my hand and Seal this thirteenth day of December in the year of our Lord 1700. Henry Bickley. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Testator for and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses in his presence, H Saunders, Caleb Woods, Abraham Woods
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