The will of James Honisett
Mason of Hastings
Will dated - 27th August 1667
In the name of God Amen the Seaven and Twentieth day of August in the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand six hundred Sixty and Seaven I James Honisett of the Towne and porte of Hasting in the County of Sussex Mason sick in body but of sound and pfect minde and memory (praysed be God) doe make and ordayne this my last will and Testament in manner and forme Following (That is to say) first and principalie I commend my soule to God my Creator and to Jesus Christ my onely Saviour and Redeemer Ever Blessed and my body to Christian burryall at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named
Item I give to the poore people of Hasting aforesaid Five shillings to be distributed Amongst them at the discretion of my said Executrix
Item I give and devise to my loveing wife Elizabeth my house Messuage or Tenement and garden whereon I now dwell with the Appurtenances to hould to her the said Elizabeth and her assigns for and during the term of her naturall life And after her decease I will and devise the same Messuage or Tenement and Garden with the Appurtenances unto my Two sisters Sara and Elizabeth and their heires for ever
Item I give and devise unto my loveing Father in Law Richard Brodbridge and his heirs and assigns all those two Messuages or Tenements and Gardens thereunto adjoyning with their Appurtenances next adjoyning to my said dwelling house and garden in the Parish of All Saints in Hasting aforesaid which I late purchased of William Farncombe and were all late Richard Boys late of Hasting aforesaid Invat deceased And whereof I heretofore have made to the said Richard Assiveante? though perhaps some how defective yet Notwithstanding To hold the said two last mentioned Messuages or Tenements and gardens with the Appurtenances unto the said Richard Brodbridge his heirs and Assigns forever
Item I give and bequeath to my said two loveing sisters Sara and Elizabeth Twenty shillings a peece and to my honoured loveing Father Clemont Honison Forty shillings to be paid them severally within six moneths next after my decease
And of this my present last will and Testament I make and ordayne my loveing wife Elizabeth the sole Executrix hereby revoking all former wills and doe declare this to be my verie last will and testament whereto in Testimony thereof I alsoe sett my hand and Seale hereon the day and yeare first above written
James Honisett X his Marke
In the presence of these credible wittnesses
East Sussex Record Office, Lewes - Reference XA 26/22 Book A30 p360
Relationships shown by this will
Sisters: Sara, Elizabeth
Father-in-law: Richard Brodbridge
Father: Clemont Honison
James Honisett refers to his father Clemont Honison, proving that both surnames were used by the family at this time.
James Honison married Elizabeth Broadbridge at Hastings, All Saints, on 19 November 1655.
James Honison was buried at Hastings, All Saints, on 29 August 1667.