Location: Lindfield, Sussex, England
Transcript of the Will of William GREENFIELD
( - 1756)
In the name of God Amen I William Greenfield of the Parish of Horsham in the County of Sussex Yeoman being mindfull of the frailty and mortality of Human nature and that it is appointed for all men once to die, but considering the uncertainty of the time thereof being of sound mind memory and understanding Do therefore make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say:-
First of all I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret Gardner wife of Joseph Gardner of the Parish of Ockly in the County of Surrey Yeoman the sum of twenty pounds of Good and Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid to her within Six Months of my Decease by my Executor herinafter mentioned.
Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandson William Burnett the Sum of Two Hundred pounds of Good and Lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid unto Him by my executor hereinafter named so soon as He shall attain to the Age of Twenty One years. Also I Give and Bequeath unto Thomas Greenfield of the Parish of Washington in the County of Sussex aforesaid Butcher the Sum of ten pounds of Good and lawfull money of Great Britain to be paid unto him within Six months after my decease by my Executor hereinafter named .
And I do nominate constitute and appoint my Son William Greenfield Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament unto whom I Give and Bequeath all my Lands and Tenements in Horsham aforesaid and all my ready money and other moneys as I shall be possessed of or shall be due and owing unto me from any person or persons whatsoever at the time of my Decease either upon Tallies Bonds Mortgage or any other Security my Stock upon Lands Household Goods and all other my personal Estate whatsoever.
And lastly I do hereby and make void all other Wills and Testaments by me formerly made.
In Witness whereof I the said William Greenfield have to this my last Will and Testament contained in one Sheet of paper set my hand and Seal this First day of April One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Five
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said William Greenfield to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who subscribed ourselves as Witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said Testator
Susanna Evershed, Richard Batchelor, Chas. Thump
This Will was proved before Mr. Francis Osgood Clerk Surrogate etc On the tenth day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Six By the Oath of William Greenfield natural and lawfull Son of William Greenfield deceased and named Sole Executor in the above written Will was sworn by virtue of a Special Commission to whom etc well and truly etc Sworn saving etc.
1. I believe this to be William Greenfield, husband of Mary LINTOTT (1690 - bef 1756), who was the youngest child of Richard LINTOTT (ca 1657 - ca 1716) and his wife Mary ROGERS. Mary was also the Aunt of Henry LINTOTT, who left Horsham for Petworth.
2. It would appear as if they only had three children to survive to maturity his son William, his daughter Margaret Gardner and another daughter who married a Mr Burnett, but who had died before this Will was drafted.
3. The Will makes no mention of his wife Mary, thus it is almost certain that she pre-deceased him.