The Will of Mary Hunnisett,
widow of Herstmonceux
Will dated - 8 August 1836
Codicil dated - 26 February 1838
Probate granted - 21 June 1840
This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Hunnisett of Herstmonceux in the County of Sussex Widow touching the disposition of such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God of his Goodness to bestow upon me (that is to say) First my Will is that all such Debts as I shall justly owe at the time of my decease my Funeral Expenses and the Costs and Charges of proving this my Will shall be fully paid and satisfied by my Executors hereinafter named
And I give and bequeath unto my Niece Ann Brooks the wife of Hezekiah Brooks of Rotherfield in the said County Labourer the Legacy or Sum of ten pounds to be paid to her within six Calendar Months next after my decease to and for her own Use and Benefit
Also I give and bequeath unto Ansley Brooks Daughter of my said Niece Ann Brooks the Legacy or Sum of One hundred pounds to be paid to her within six Calendar Months next after my decease to and for her own Use and Benefit
Also I give and bequeath unto the said Ansley Brooks (who is now residing with me) the Bed whereon she usually sleeps with the Bedstead Hanging three pair of Sheets three Blankets and two Quilts thereto belonging or therewith used And also my large Trunk Clothes Chest with Drawers Table Cloth No 4 and best set of China and six silver Tea Spoons two silver Table Spoons and my silver Sugar Tongs to and for her own Use and Benefit and to be delivered to her forthwith after my decease
Also I give and bequeath unto my Niece Mary Duly Daughter of my Sister Susannah Moore six silver Tea Spoons and two silver Table Spoons to and for her own Use and Benefit and to be delivered to her forthwith after my decease
And all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Goods Chattels Effects Monies Securities for Money Rights Credits and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever after payment of my said just Debts Funeral Expenses the Costs and Charges of proving this my Will and the pecuniary Legacies hereinbefore given and bequeathed and except what I have hereinbefore otherwise disposed of I give and bequeath unto John Farmer the Younger of the Cliffe near Lewes in the said County Grocer and William Colman the Younger of Herstmonceux aforesaid Carpenter Upon Trust nevertheless that they the said John Farmer and William Colman or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators or such Survivor shall and do as soon as conveniently may be after my decease absolutely sell and dispose of the said Residuum of my personal Estate or such part of parts thereof as shall be of a saleable nature for the best price or prices that can reasonably be had or obtained for the same either by public Auction or private Contract ..................... Upon Trust that they the said John Farmer and William Colman or the survivor of them or the Executors Administrators of Such Survivor shall and do put and place the same out at Interest on some good and sufficient Government or Real Security or Securities in their or his own names or name and pay the Interest or Dividends thereof from time to time when and as the same shall accure and be received unto my Sister Susannah Moore for and during the Term of her natural Life to and for her own Use and Benefit
And upon the decease of the said Susannah Moore to divide the same said Trust principal Monies so directed to be put and placed out at Interest as aforesaid between my Nephew and Nieces Thomas Moore, Mary Duly, Ann Brooks and Mary Simmons in equal shares and proportions to and for their several and respective Use and Uses
And I nominate constitute and appoint the said John Farmer and William Colman Joint Executors of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby expressly declare and direct that they my said Executors and Trustees or their Executors or Administrators shall not be charged or chargeable with or accountable for any more Of my Monies Estate or Effects than they shall respectively actually receive or shall come to their respective Hands by virtue of this my Will nor with or for any Loss ............... And lastly I hereby revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Mary Hunnisett have to the first Sheet of this my Will contained in two Sheets of paper set my Hand and to this the second and last Sheet thereof my Hand and Seal the eighth day of August in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty six.
The Mark of X Mary Hunnisett (LS)(?)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Mary Hunnisett as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunder subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
1838 February 26 Mary Hunnisett this is my Will and desire that the things underneath should be executed according to this my Order.
I give Ansly Brooks my Tea Table Tea Tray Waiter and Tea Caddy my best Bed Quilt 1 pair of Sheets Home maidens marked MB 2 pairs of Pillow Cases 3 signed Napkins mark W H M 2 Brass Candlesticks ? ? dish all the Moveables in the Corner Cubard 1 dineing Cloth No 4 if not in the Will 2 Petticoats Calliminco and Dimity Red Cloak and piece of Merino Silk Gown and Cloak 2 Shalls 1 Silk and one Black with Colourd Border 1 pair Mehogany Drawers 1 Red Leather Trunk.
I give Mrs Samways the Corner Cubard in my Room.
I give to Ann Brooks my Cloth Cloake 2 Gowns 1 Stuff 1 Lavender Stripe 1 Mesler Peitcoat.
I give to Mary Simmons my Cloth Pelise 1 White Peticoat 2 dark Gowns 1 Chince 1 Devenshire Brown 1 light Shall.
I give Mrs. Thomas Hoad my purple Stript Gown.
I give Rebaca Billins 1 White workd Shall
And the Remainder that will be found after my decese I wish you to devide eaquile between you
Mary Hunnisett her Mark X
The Will and Codicil of Mary Hunnisett late of Herstmonceux within the Archdeaconry of Lewes Widow deceased were proved the twenty first day of June in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty one Before the Reverend Anthony Nott Clerk Surrogate and so forth Upon the Oaths of John Farmer the Younger and William Colman the Younger the Executors in the said Will named To whom was committed the Administration of the Goods and They being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and so forth Sworn also that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said Deceased do not amount in value unto Eight Hundred Pounds
East Sussex Record Office, Lewes - Reference A80-768
Relationships shown by this will
sister: Susannah Moore (with children Thomas Moore & Mary Duly)
nieces: Mary Simmonds & Ann, wife of Hezekiah Brooks (and daughter Ansley Brooks)
Mary Bicknell (a widow) married William Hunnisett in 1799.
They had no children and William died in 1812.
Mary was the widow of William