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1781 John Nash

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Nash Wills

Transcript of the Will of John NASH

(1736 - 1781)

In the Name of God Amen I John Nash of Horsham in the County of Sussex Innholder being in good health and of Sound and disposing mind memory and understanding thanks be to God. Do make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say: After recommending my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God my most mercifull creator and my Body to the earth to be decently Buried by my Executor hereinafter named I dispose of my worldly Estate wherewith God of his infinite mercy hath been pleased to bless me as follows:

I Give and bequeath unto my friend James Hurst of Petworth aforesaid & assigns his Executors & administrators all and Singular my Goods Chattles money and Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever In Trust nevertheless to permit and Suffer my dear and loving wife Mary to have the use of all my Household Goods and furniture for and during the term of her Natural Life if she so long continues my Widow but not otherwise and to pay and apply the Interest proceed and profit of my said money and other personal Estate whatsoever unto my Said wife Mary and to her use for and during the Term of her Natural Life (if she so long continues my widow) and from and after her decease or Marriage again which shall first happen in Trust to convert all and Singular my household Goods and furniture into money and to pay apply and divide the whole of the said Money and all other my Estate and Effects whatsoever unto and equally amongst all my Children namely Jane, John, Mary and Thomas share and share alike.

Also I Give and Devise unto the said James Hurst and his heirs all and singular my messuages or tenements Buildings Gardens Hereditaments and Premises situate in Petworth aforesaid and now in the tenure or Occupation of Henry LINTOTT, Richard JOHNSON and Benjamin BROOKFIELD

In Trust to permit and suffer my said wife Mary to have receive and take to her own use the Rents of the said Premises for and during the term of her natural Life if she so long continues my widow but not otherwise and from and immediately after the marriage again or death of my said wife which shall first happen

In Trust to sell and dispose of the said messuages or Tenements Buildings Gardens hereditaments and Premises and the money arising therefrom

In Trust to pay unto and divide amongst all my Children who shall then be living share and share alike.

But it is my Will and meaning that in case any or either of my said Children shall happen to die before the marriage again or death of my said wife leaving Issue of his or her body lawfully begotten that then and in such case the Child or Children of such of my Children as shall so happen to die shall be entitled to and receive his her or their Father or mother’s share respectively.

And it is my further Will and meaning and I do hereby direct that all of my just debts Funeral Expenses and the Charges of proving this my Will shall be first paid and discharged out of my personal Estate and Effects aforesaid and that my said Executor his Heirs Executors and Administrators shall and lawfully may retain and reimburse to himself and themselves all such costs charges and expenses as he or they shall reasonably pay expend or be put unto in or about the execution of this my Will and for his and their time and trouble and shall not br charged or chargeable with or for any loss which shall or may happen in the trust monies aforesaid and I do hereby make and appoint him the said James Hurst sole Executor in trust of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I the said John Nash the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the seventeenth day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty One.

The Mark of the above named Testator John Nash

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said John Nash the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses at his request

(The name James Hurst being wrote on a Bazure)
Wm. Upton, Wm. Wild, Wm. Johnson.

This Will was proved before Mr Richard Tireman Clerk M.A. Surrogate On the fifth day of March in the year of our Lord 1782 by the Oath of James Hurst friend of the deceased and Sole Executor herein named to whom etc well and truly etc Sworn saving etc ----


1. John NASH died soon after this Will was written and was buried on 5th December 1781.

2. There were three Henry LINTOTTs in Petworth over this period, the first was John NASH’s father in law who was the first Lintott to come to the parish from Horsham, the second was his son Henry born in 1741 and married to Elizabeth Austin and the third was his grandchild the son of Edward LINTOTT and born in 1779 and this is the only one that we can definitely find his burial, since he was buried in 1796 aged 17 and is shown so in the PR.

3. From the Tax Assessment Rolls found by Jim Chambers, one of the Henrys appears to have died in 1762 and from the Petworth Burial Register another one died in 1786 and was buried on 30th November 1786. However the problem is to decide whether father or son died first.

4. I incline to the view that Henry senior died in 1862 and this would make him 55 years old at his death. His widow Jane (née Delarose), however lived to the ripe old age of 91 and is so noted in the parish register.

5. John NASH’s widow Mary née Lintott lived on until 1799 and is shown regularly in the Tax Assessment Rolls.

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