The Will of John Honysett,
miller of Beckley
Will dated - 13 August 1772
Probate granted - 9 February 1773
This is the last Will and Testament of John Honysett of Beckley in the County of Sussex Miller made this thirteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy two. I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be in the first place fully paid and satisfied.
I give and bequeath unto each and every of them my three daughters Sarah, Mary and Elizabeth the sum of twenty five pounds apiece of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid them respectively when and as they attain their several age and ages of twenty one years.
I give and bequeath unto each and every of them my three sons John, William and David the sum of Fifty pounds apiece of like money to be paid to them respectively when and as they severally attain their age and ages of twenty one years.
I give and bequeath unto Sarah my wife for her life the Interest and yearly produce of the sum of Fifty pounds of like money and, subject to her my said wife having the interest thereof for her life as aforesaid, I give and bequeath the said sum of Fifty pounds last mentioned unto my three youngest children William, Elizabeth and David equally to be divided between them share and share alike.
And my mind and will is that my business shall and may be carried on and continued that my four youngest children may be brought up educated and maintained till they are respectively capable of getting their own livings and upon the death or marriage of my said wife which shall first happen I will and direct that all the rest residue and remainder of my monies goods chattles effects and personal estate shall and may be equally divided and shared between all my children which shall be then living and the child or children of such of them as shall be then dead if any but the child or children of such of them as shall be then dead to be entitled to have and take no further or greater part or share than his her or their father or mother or fathers or mothers would have been respectively entitled unto if he she or they had been living.
I make constitute and appoint the said Sarah my wife and my son John and daughter Sarah Executrices and Executor of this my last will and testament and I do constitute and appoint my friends William Whatman and John Noakes both of Beckley aforesaid Yeomen thereof and Guardians of my said children and I give them the said William Whatman and John Noakes one guinea apiece as a small acknowledgement for their care and trouble in the trust committed to their charge. In Witness whereof I the said John Honysett the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Honysett the Testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of the words "for her life" and the word "four" being first interlined
The Will of John Honysett late of Beckley within the Archdeaconry of Lewes Miller deceased was proved the ninth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three before the Reverend William Whitear Surrogate and so forth Upon the oath of Sarah Honysett Widow one of the Exeuctors in the said will named To whom was committed the Administration of the Goods etc. being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same etc. power being reserved of granting the like Commission to John Honysett and Sarah Honysett Spinster the son and daughter of the deceased and the other Executors in the said will named when they shall come in due form of Law to require the same
East Sussex Record Office, Lewes - Reference A62-670
Relationships shown by this will
Children: Sarah, John, Mary, William, Elizabeth, David
Sarah was his third wife, Sarah Hays, married in 1759
Sarah, John and Mary were children by his second wife, Sarah Springett, married 1753, died 1758
William, Elizabeth and David were children of his third wife, Sarah Hays
John died 20 August 1772
Headstones to John and his first wife, Ann, in Beckley churchyard
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