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Thomas Higham Transcribed will: 1616

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Last will and testament of Thomas Hyam (Higham) of Westfield, yeoman ( -1616)
From East Sussex Record Office, PBT 1/1/15/118 [1]
Transcribed by Dave Roberts

In the name of God Amen the sixteenth day of February in the year of the reign of our Sovereigh Lord James by the grace of God of England France and Ireland king defender of the faith etc the thirteenth and of Scotland the nine and fortieth and in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and fifteen I Thomas Hiam of the parish of Westfield in the county of Sussex yeoman, being sick in body but of sound and perfect remembrance (thanks be given unto God) do constitute make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following first I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator who gave it me hoping assuredly to have free pardon and full remission of all my sins through the merits of Jesus Christ my faithful redeemer and my body I bequeath unto the earth from whence it came and to be interred at the discretion of my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto the poor of the parish of Westfield ten shillings of good and lawful money of England with said ten shillings my mind and will is that it shall be employed by the overseer of the poor towards the setting up of a house for poor to dwell in Item I will and bequeath unto Thomas Hyam my son ten pounds of good and lawful money of England and to be paid unto him within three years next after my decease by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Anne the now wife of Nicholas Catt of the parish of Westfield before specified twenty pounds of good and lawful money and to be paid unto her within four months and immediately ensuing my decease by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto my son John five and twenty pounds of good and lawful money of England and to be paid unto him at the age of one and twenty years by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto my son William five and twenty pounds of like lawful English money and to be paid unto him at the age of one and twenty years by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Alice fifteen pounds of good and lawful money of England and to be paid unto her at her age of one and twenty years by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Mary fifteen pounds of like lawful English money and to be paid unto her at the age of one and twenty years by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth fifteen pounds of like lawful English money and to be paid unto her at her age of one and twenty years by my executrix and if it do chance that the said John William Alice Mary and Elizabeth Hyam my sons and daughters do one or more of them die before such time as they shall attain unto the age of one and twenty years then my will and mind is that the portion or portions of him or them so dying shall be equally divided between the survivors of him or them so dying or wholy to the survivor and to be paid unto him or them at the age of one and twenty years by my executrix Item I will and bequeath unto Anne the daughter of James Lullam five shillings and to be paid unto her within one month next after my decease Item I will and bequeath unto Stephen Bentlee five shillings and to be paid unto him within one month next after my decease Item All my debts and legacies being discharged all the rest of my goods and chattells I give and bequeath unto Anne my now wife whom I do make constitute and ordain sole executrix to this my last will and testament and do hereby make Thomas Nery the elder and Abraham Downer both of the said parish of Westfield overseers to the same This is the last will and testament of me Thomas Hyam touching the disposal of one house or tenement with certain lands and other the appertenances belonging unto the same situate and being in the parish of Bexhill in the county of Sussex commonly called or known by the name Stumblepitt all with said house and lands with all and singular the appertenances belonging unto the same I do give and bequeath unto Anne my now wife during her life and after her decease I do give and bequeath same unto Thomas Hyam my son and if the said Thomas do die without heirs by him lawfully begotten then I do give and bequeath the same unto my son John Hyam and if the said John do die likewise without heirs by him lawfully begotten then I do give and bequeath the same unto my son William Hyam and his heirs forever in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year before written Thomas Hyam his mark in the presence of those whose names are underwritten Tho Maudisley Nicholas Catt his mark.

Research Notes

Dates
date of will: 16 Feb 1615/16
grant of probate: 18 April 1616

People mentioned in the will:

  1. Thomas Hyam of Westfield, yeoman
  2. Anne Hyam, his wife and sole executrix, received remainder plus property at Bexhill for her life
  3. Thomas Hyam, his son, received ten pounds and to inherit property at Bexhill
  4. Anne Catt, his daughter and wife of Nicholas Catt, received twenty pounds
  5. John Hyam, his son, not yet 21, received twenty five pounds
  6. William Hyam, his son, not yet 21, received twenty five pounds
  7. Alice Hyam, his daughter, not yet 21, received fifteen pounds
  8. Mary Hyam, his daughter, not yet 21, received fifteen pounds
  9. Elizabeth Hyam, his daughter not yet 21, received fifteen pounds
  10. Anne Lullam, daughter of James Lullam, received five shillings
  11. Stephen Bentlee, unknown, received five shillings
  12. Thomas Nery, overseer
  13. Abraham Downer, overseer
  14. Thomas Maudisley, witness
  15. Nicholas Catt, witness. Presumably, his son in law.

Sources

  1. Thomas Hyam (Higham) of Westfield, yeoman; registered will with grant of probate; Probate records 1518-1858; PBT 1/1/15/118; [1] Accessed 14 Jan 2019.
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