Will of John Crisford dated 1548

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Date: 1548 to 1548
Location: Ninfield, Sussex, Englandmap
Surnames/tags: Crisford Sussex
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In his will dated 17 December 1548 this John Crifforth husbandman of Nenfield names three people, his lovinge wife Jone and two children.

The eldest is a son George and a daughter Margaret.

The village of Nenfield in this will is modern day Ninfield.

And his surname was spelt Crifford, but the family surname had many variations, Chrisford, Crisford, Chrisforth, Kyrsford and Kersforth etc. But are all related to those of the nearby village (12 miles north) of Ewhurst in Sussex.

The following is a literal transcription, any unknown words are in square brackets, but the words used are fairly easy to comprehend.


John Crisforth of Nenfeld 1548
In the name of god almy the xvij day of December 1548 I John Crisforth of the parshe of
Nenfeld in the counti of Sussex husbandman sycke in body but hole of mynd praise be to god
make my last will and test after manr and forme following first I bequeath my soule to almighty
god & to all the company in hevying my body to be buried in the church yarde of nenfeld
aforesaid It I bequeath to george my son vli to be paid at the day of his marriage Also I
bequeath to the said george my son my house at rye after the decease of Jone my wiff It I
bequeath to margaret my daughter x li to be paid at the day of her marriage & if it [fortune]
and of my ij children to dye before he or her be married the one to the others heires and if they
shall dye before I will Jone my wiff to have the aforesaid money (which] I do make my sole
executrix to where I give all my [geade] to fulfil my will & pay all my debts To this witness John
Forman taner John Cryges [ahahen] [unkle] & Margery his wiff which other ………fon Juy 30li vis
ij d.

Transcribed by Colin Hewitt 21 February 2020.

  • In line 1 the word "almy"is Almighty
  • In line 4 the word "hevyng"is heaven
  • In line 5 the word "It" means Item.

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