Location: Horsham, Sussex, England
Transcript of the Will of Sarah Lintott of Southwater
(1672 - 1755)
In the name of God Amen I Sarah Lintott of Southwater in the Parish of Horsham in the County of Sussex Widow being in good and perfect health and of sound and disposing mind and understanding praised be Almighty God therefore calling to mind the certainty of Death and uncertainty of the time of my Decease and intending to settle the Worldly Estate wherwith God in his infinite mercy hath blessed me so that no Difference may hereafter happen or arrise about the same DO make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following hereby revoking All former Wills by me at any time heretofore made. First I will and desire that all my Debts which I shall owe at the time of my Decease shall be fully paid and satisfied by my Executor hereafter named. Also I give and bequeath to the poor of the said Parish of Horsham the Sum of Two pounds in Money to be given away within one Month after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named - But most in Southwater aforesaid.
Also I give devise and bequeath to Thomas Norton my Brother’s Son and his heirs and assigns for ever All that Toft Barn Buildings Garden Orchard Farm Lands Meadows Pastures Feedings Tenements and Hereditaments commonly called or known by the Name of Skinners containing by Estimation Forty acres of Land more or less Situate lying and being in the Parish of Pulborough in the said County and now or late in the Occupation of Isaac Hammond Subject nevertheless that the said Thomas Norton shall pay to his sister Berry’s Daughter One Hundred pouunds out of the same premises when she shall attain her Age of One and Twenty years or day of Marriage which first happen.
Also I give devise and bequeath unto James Norton of Hurstpierrepoint my said Brother’s Son All that Barn and all those Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with their and every their appurtenances commonly called or known by the Name of Deerlings at ? Estons Cottage or by whatsoever other name or names the same be or is called or known Containing by estimation nine acres of Land (be it more or less) Situate lying and being in the parish of Horsham aforesaid and late in the Occupation of Mary Tweed but now in my own Occupation.
Also I give devise and bequeath Unto the said James Norton and his heirs and assigns for ever All that my customary Messuage and Barn and Fifteen acres of customary Land to the said Messuage belonging and near thereto adjoining called Charmans otherwise pipers in Marlpost in Horsham aforesaid Which said premises were lately surrendered to the Use of this my Will Subject nevertheless That the said James Norton shall pay to his Sister Soale immediately after my decease the Sum of Fifty Pounds out of the same premises.
Also I give and bequeath Unto his said Sister Soale’s Son the Sum of Fifty pounds to be paid by the said James Norton immediately after my Decease out of the said premises. Also I give and bequeath to William Michell my Bailiff or Steward the Sum of Twenty pounds to be paid by the said James Norton immediately after my Decease out of the same Premises . Also I give and bequeath Unto the Three Children of the said William Michell - Sarah, Mary and William - the Sum of Ten pounds apiece to be paid by the said James Norton unto the said William Michell the Father for their Use immediately after my Decease ou of the same premises but in case any of them the said Children should happen to die before he she or they attain their Age of One and Twenty years or Day of Marriage that then the Share or Shares of him her or them so dying shall be divided between the Survivors or Survivor of them share and share alike.
Also I give and bequeath Unto the Six Children of William Merchant of Hurst [sic Hurstpierrepoint ?] aforesaid the Sum of Forty Pounds apiece to be paid withing Six Months after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named .
Also I give and bequeath to each of my Servants which shall live with me at the time of my decease the Sum of Forty Shillings to be paid to them immediately after my decease by my Executor hereafter named
And my Will and Meaning is that in case the said Thomas Norton or James Norton or either of them do refuse to pay any of the Legacies before mentioned by me bequeathed that then the Legatees shall have power to sell and dispose of any part of the said premises and pay themselves without any contradiction or Interruption whatsoever.
And Lastly I give devise and bequeath Unto the said Thomas Norton All the Rest Residue and Remainder of my real and personal Estate whatsoever after my Debts Legacies and Funeral expense are paid and discharged.
And I do ordain nominate constitute and appoint the said Thomas Norton sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I the said Sarah Lintott the Testatrix have to this last Will and Testament contained in Six sheets of Paper set my hand and seal to each sheet of paper this first day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Four
- Sarah Lintott
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Sarah Lintott the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us
- Ann Waller Priscilla Tasker W. Tasker
This Will was proved before the reverend Mr. Frances Osgood Clerk Surrogate etc on the Thirteenth Day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Five By the Oath of Thomas Norton Nephew of Sarah Lintottt deceased and named sole Executor in the above written Will (? ?) (by virtue of a Special Commission) to whom etc well and truly etc Sworn Saving etc.
1. This is the Widow of Richard Lintott (1656 - 1723) whose Will showed that they were childless and left all his estate (after the death of Sarah) to his own family, principally to his nephew John Lintott.
2. He did acknowledge in his Will a pre nuptial agreement and presumably this agreement referred to Sarah’s own holdings of land etc, which without such an agreement would have become his property absolutely upon his marrriage, thus Sarah was free to bequeath all she owned on her death in 1755.
3. Her maiden name was clearly Norton and from the IGI records she married a Richard Lintott in 1703 and her father was John Norton and mother Sarah and she had two brothers Thomas & John and Thomas had six children one of whom was Thomas and another James and one daughter Mary (b. 1715) who married a Thomas Berry in 1740. (John probaly died before this Will was drafted in 1754) Thomas also had two other daughters, who appeared to survive to adulthood, Elizabeth and Sarah, but which one married a "Soale" we do not know.
4. Clearly Sarah came from a fairly wealthy family, who between them owned quite a bit of land and the fact that she employed a bailiff would indicate a fairly large holding.
5. I assume the term “customary” refers to any of her land held as “copy hold” from the local lord of the manor.
6. The fact that both Richard (1656 - 1723) and Sarah lived in Southwater offers further evidence that this is indeed the widow of Richard.