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Nicholas Catt Transcribed will: 1598

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Transcribed will of Nicholas Catt of Rotherfield (1545-1598)
From East Sussex Record Office, PBT 1/1/10/124[1]
Transcribed by Dave Roberts


In the name of God Amen The eighteenth day of April in the fortyeth year of the reign of our sovereign Elizabeth by the grace of God of England France and Ireland queen defender of the faith etc I Nicholas Catt the elder of Rotherfield in the county of Sussex yeoman being sick of body but of good and perfect remembrance thanks be to Almighty God therefore do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I give and bequeath my soul unto AlmightyGod my maker saviour and redeemer by whom and through whom I hope to have forgiveness of my sins and my body to the earth from whence I came to be decently buried Item I give and bequeath to the poor people of the parish of Rotherfield to be bestowed at the day of my burial twenty shillings Item I give and bequeath unto Mary Catt my daughter forty pounds of lawful English money to be paid to be paid unto her in manner and form following that is to say twenty pounds hereof upon she shall come to the age of twenty years and twenty pounds the residual of the said sum of forty pounds when she shall come to the age of three and twenty years Item I will and bequeath unto Thomas Catt my son forty pounds of like lawful money of England to be paid unto him in manner and form following that is to say twenty pounds thereof when he shall come to the age of four and twenty years and twenty pounds being the residual of the said forty pounds when he shall come to the age of five and twenty years Item I will and bequeath unto George Catt my son forty pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him in manner and form following that is to say twenty pounds thereof when he shall come to the age of five and twenty years and twenty pounds thereof being the residual of the said sum of forty pounds when he shall come to the age of six and twenty years Item my will and true meaning is that if any of my said three children beloved Mary Thomas or George do die before their said portions of money shall happen to be due that then I will and my meaning is that the said portion or portions so not being due to be paid shall be divided amongst the other or others of them living at the discretion of my overseers hereafter named Item I will and bequeath unto William Catt my son ten pounds of like lawful money of England to be paid unto him when he shall come to the age of four and twenty years Item I give and bequeath unto Anthony Hosmer my man six shillings eight pence Item I give and bequeath unto Robert Turner my servant six shillings eight pence Item I will and bequeath unto Mary Marchante twenty pence all the rest of my moveable goods not before given and bequeathed my debts first paid my legacies discharged and my funeral expenses performed I give and bequeath full and wholly unto Christabel my wife whom I make whole and sole executrix of this my last will and I utterly revoke and annul all other wills heretofore made and I ordain and appoint Isaac Allchorne and Absolon Catt my true and faithful supervisors and overseers of this my last will and they to have six shillings eight pence apiece for their pain to see this my will performed This is the last will and testament of me the said Nicholas Catt still? made and declared the day and year above mentioned concerning the disposing of my lands and tenements in Rotherfield above written first I will and bequeath unto the said Christobell my wife all that my messuage or tenement with the appurtenances and all my freelands lying in Townerowe within the parish of Rotherfield for and during her natural life with woods necessary to be used and spent in and the promises at the discretion of my overseers and after her decease I will and bequeath the said houses and lands unto Nicholas my son his heirs and assigns forever Item I will and bequeath unto Nicholas Catt my son three pounds of lawful money of England yearly to be paid unto him his heirs executors administrators or assigns out of my said messuage lands and tenements before named after he shall accomplish the age of four and twenty years during his mothers life half yearly to be paid that is to say at the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel and the feast day of the annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary by equal portions yearly to be paid and also I do give unto the said Nicholas my son and his heirs and assigns full power and authority to distrain for the said yearly rent of three pounds given in form aforesaid Item my will and true meaning is that if Nicholas my son die without heirs of his body carefully begotten that then I give my said messuage or tenement unto Thomas Catt my son and his heirs forever he the said Thomas paying unto Mary Catt George Catt and William Catt my three children ten pounds a piece to be paid out of my freelands by Thomas Catt my son his heirs and assigns in manner and form following uidiht? in the first year that he his heirs or assigns shall enjoy the whole profit of my said freelands he shall pay unto the said Mary my daughter her heirs or assigns five pounds and in the second year that he or they shall receive the said whole (profit pay) unto the said Mary her heirs or assigns five (pounds) and in the third year after he or (they) shall receive the said profit of my freelands (pay) George Catt my son his executors or (assigns) five pounds and in the next year (he shall pay) unto the said George his executors or assigns five pounds and in the fifth year that the (said) Thomas his heirs or assigns shall enjoy (the) said profit of my freelands unto William my son his executors or assigns five pounds and in the sixth year after he shall take the said profit unto William his executors or assigns the other five pounds in full payment of the said thirty pounds these being witnessed Isaac Allchorne George Hosmer Absolon Catt with others.

Research Notes

Note: words in brackets are my best guess as to words that are missing because of a small portion torn from the edge of the original document.

Dates
date of will: 18 April 1598
grant of probate: 3 June 1598

People mentioned in the will;

  1. Nicholas Catt, the elder of Rotherfield
  2. Christabel Catt, wife and sole executrix, received house and lands for her life
  3. Nicholas Catt son receives the house and lands after his mother dies, three pounds per year till then
  4. Thomas Catt, son received forty pounds and if Nicholas dies without heirs he gets house and lands
  5. George Catt, son received forty pounds and ten pounds from rent
  6. Mary Catt, daughter received forty pounds and ten pounds from rent
  7. William Catt, son received ten pounds and ten pounds from rent
  8. Anthony Hosmer, his man received six shillings and eight pence (and later married the widow Christabel Catt)
  9. Robert Turner, servant received six shillings and eight pence
  10. Mary Marchante, unknown received twenty pence and all movable goods not before given
  11. Isaac Allchorne witness and six shillings and eight pence as overseer
  12. George Hosmer, witness
  13. Absolon Catt, witness and six shillings and eight pence as overseer




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