In the name of God Amen; the twenty sixth day of February one thousand six hundred fifty five I THOMAS WINCH of Ticehurst in the County of Sussex, Mason being weak but in perfect memory giving God the praise do make [and] constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following: First I give and bequeath my soul to Jesus Christ my only Saviour and redeemer and my body to the earth. ITEM; I give unto THOMAS WINCH my son my house barns and all my lands called or known by the name of Quedley with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging lying and being in the parish of Ticehurst. I give to JOANE WINTER my daughter the wife of FRANCIS WINTER the sum of three score pounds to be paid her by my son Thomas Winch in manner and form following, which is to say, twenty pounds at the end of one whole year after my decease and twenty pounds to be paid her at the end of two whole years after my decease the third and last payment to pay my daughter twenty pounds three whole years after my decease it being lawfully demanded at my house called Quedley in Ticehurst; and if my son Thomas Winch shall not pay all these sums specified in my will to my daughter Joane then it shall be lawful for my daughter Joane to enter on my house and all my lands called Quedley lying and being in Ticehurst and occupy possess and enjoy with all profits till the said Joane be paid all arrears that shall be unpaid according to this my will. ITEM; my will is that Francis Winter my son in law and Joane his wife shall make an acquittance under both their hands and seals and they shall deliver the same in full for so much as they shall receive of my son Thomas Winch and if the said Francis Winter or his wife Joane shall refuse to deliver such an acquittance under their hands and seals my will is that Thomas Winch shall keep the sums specified until they shall deliver such an acquittance. ITEM; my will is that my son Thomas Winch shall pay to ELIZABETH his mother in law of her thirds the sum of six pounds yearly by thirty shillings every quarter and my wife to have a dwelling in my house term of her natural life she keeping herself a widow. ITEM; I make Elizabeth Winch my well beloved wife my sole executrix desiring her to pay my debts. ITEM; I make Thomas Lawrence and John Wood my overseers to see this my will fulfilled – (the mark of ) Thomas Winch – this I publish and declare to be my last will and testament and have hereunto set my hand and seal in the presence of Thomas Lawrence and John Wood
Proved 24th July 1656 by Elizabeth Winch relict and executrix
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