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Will of Thomas Gratwick of Ham, 1635

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This is an extract of the register copy of the will ofThomas Gratwick of Ham in the parish of Angmering.[1]

Thomas wrote his will on 16 February 1634/35. The will was proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 7 November 1635, with administration being granted to Thomas's eldest son Thomas Gratwick.

Abstract of the Will of Thomas Gratwick 1635

I Thomas Gratwick of Ham in the Parish of Angmering sick in bodie but whole in mynd and of perfect memorie

give and bequeath

  • unto the Cathedral Church of Chichyster the sum of twelve pence
  • unto the Church of Angmering five shillings
  • unto the poor of Angmering and Hamme tenne shillings
  • unto Humphrey my younger sonne the some of foure hundred pounds whereof to bee disbursed for the purchase of a Tenement with seven acres of land in [?] unto John Sole of Fustington and the residue to bee paid unto him when hee shall accomplish the /age of one and Twentie yeares
  • unto Anne myne onely daughter the some /of three hundred pounds to bee paid unto her when shee shall atteyne the age of sixteene / yeares or within one month after the daie of her marriage
  • if my sonne Humphrey chance to dye before hee atteyne the / age of one and Twentie yeares That then my daughter Anne shall have his share and the /Land att Goring
  • And if my daughter Anne chance to die before shee receive her share that /my mynd is that her share shall remayne with my sonne Humphrey
  • But if both of them dye / before the daies of payment That then my will is that their shares shall remaine with my sonne Thomas
  • unto Thomas Selden the youngest sonne of my sister Sibill / Selden the some of fortie shillings
  • the other four children of my said sister the somme of twentie shillings
  • unto William the son of my brother Henry Gratwick / the some of twentie shillings
  • And to his brother Humphrey Gratwick the some of Fortie shillings
  • unto [ blank space ] Finch my goddaughter the some of four shillings
  • and all the rest of my Godchildren two shillings
  • that one Third part of my Free Land unto Margarett my now wife to bee /enioyed by her during the terme of her life in the name of her Jointure
  • one Third part of my said Freeland unto my Executor to bee enioyed of him until myne eldest Sonne / Thomas shall accomplish the age of one and twentie yeares towards the payment of my debts and legacies
  • the third part / of my Prebend of Bargham and Hamme unto my said Executor towards the payment of my / debts and legacies hereby bequeathed until my sonne Thomas shall attain the age of one and / twentie yeares
  • I make and ordeyne Thomas my eldest sonne the sole executor of this my last / Will and Testament Unto whome my funerall performed and my debts and legacies paid and / discharged I give and bequeather all the residue and remaynder of my goods unbequeathed
  • my kinsman Roger Gratwick of Hasting shall have the education of / my daughter Anne untill she accomplysh the age of sixteene yeares and shall receive yearely / from my Executor for her meate drinke and clothes and teaching according as my Executor and / hee shall agree
  • I constitute and appoynt my loving kinsman Roger Gratwicke and my / brother in law Henry Slater oversee and supervise thereof
  • my will and meaning is that my son Thomas shall enjoy the lease of my Prebend wholly to himselfe / within one year after hee shall atteyne the age of one and Twentie yeares
  • and my pleasure is that my Sonne Humphrey shall bee bound Prentice unto a Mercer with as convenient / speed as may bee and that the money that shall bee given with him / shall be paid out of the / Interest of his share Provided

I have putt my hand and seale the sixteenth daie of Februarie in the tenth yeare of the reigne of or / Sovereigne Lord Charles (16 February 1634/35)

the marke of Thomas Gratwick in the presence of

  • the mark of Christopher Turky
  • the mark of Cyprian Liliatt
  • the mark of Hester Lihart
  • I owe unto widow Pratt of Coates Fortie shillings and my will is that shee have that fortie shillings paid unto her and Twentie shillings more
  • My Cosen Mr Roger Gratwicke shall deale for the Wardshipp of my sonne Thomas
  • unto my menservants and maydservants to everie one two shillings
  • unto Margarett my now wife the some of Twentie pounds


  1. Will of Thomas Gratwick, 1635 England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11/571/411 The National Archives Kew, Surrey, England. Image downloaded from The National Archives (Accessed 20 January 2022).

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