Will of John Bridger 1721.

Dated 9 Feb 1721

Pecuniary legacies to 4 grandsons, Thomas, William, Edward and Samuel Wickens, sons of John Wickens of Rotherfield and Elizabeth his wife (daughter of the testator); two grand daughters, Ann and Mary Wickens, daughters of the said John & Elizabeth; Mary Hoadly and Elizabeth Hoadly, daughters of John Hoadly and Elizabeth his wife, testator's grand daughter; to grand daughter Sarah, daughter of son John Bridger and wife of William Brown of Withyham, and to said granddaughter's children John Brown, Sarah and Mary Brown.To grandson John Bridger at 21 a farm and tenement in Merwith, Kent Residuary legatee and executor: son John Bridger Proved at Lewes, 27 Sept 1723


Will of John Wickens 1751.

In the name of god amen I John WICKINS of the parish of Rotherfield Sussex yeoman of sound mind and memory praise be to god this my last will and testament ask full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and ask to be buried in a Christian manner Bequeath unto Jane my loving wife all that messauge tenement of Allfrys in Rotherfield for the term of her natural life and after my wife’s decease to my son John WICKINS during the time of his natural life upon ------ that he shall pay or cause to be paid by his heirs executors or assigns the yearly sum of one pound ten shillings yearly and every year unto his sister Mary now wife of Joseph HUMPHREY for her natural life by two even and equal portions that s to say fifteen shillings at the feast of the Annutiation of the Clofsed and the feast of St. Michael the arkangel and after the decease of my son John I give all thee aforesaid lands and tenements unto my grandson John WICKINS son of John WICKINS to him and his heirs forever upon consideration that he shall pay his Aunt Mary now wife of Joseph HUMPHREY her yearly sum before mentioned and he also he shall pay unto his brother William WICKINS the sum of fifteen pounds of good and lawful money of Great Britain in twelve months next after his father John WICKINS decease and also he shall pay unto John HUMPHREY son of Joseph HUMPHREY the sum of twenty pounds of lawful money twelve months next after his father John WICKINS decease and also I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas WICKINS the sum of five pounds of lawful money to be paid to him by my executor and executrix after named in twelve months next after my wife’s and my decease and also I give unto my grandson William WICKINS son of John WICKINS the sum of five pounds to be paid to him by my executor and executrix after named when he shall arrive to the age of one and twenty years all the rest of my goods chattels whatsoever I give unto Jane my loving wife and to my so William WICKINS after my debts and expenses are paid I do nominate and appoint Jane my loving wife and my son William WICKINS as executors and executrix I declare this to be my last will and testament of I the said John WICKINS the testor on one sheet of paper set by my hand this thirtieth day of October in the reign of our sovereign Lord ? George the second by the grace of God seventeen forty nine. Witnesses – J. ROGERS ‘X’ ( The mark of Sarah WESTOVER ) James MUGIRDGE ( The Elder ). Proved Twenty Seventh March 1751. Oath of William WICKINS one of the executors.

Will of John Humphrey 1810.

This was hard to read and ink marked so quite a lot is missing. John Humphreys gentleman of Rotherfield. I give unto my kinsman Samuel Wickens of Rotherfield tanner and unto my friend Benjamin Wickens of Rotherfield shopkeeper my messuage tenement with the shop building yard gardens orchard. He also talks of Luxford but who it was left to I could not read but it is in Samuel Wickens 1839 will and says “devised to me by the will of the late Mr John Humphrey” Talks of William COLE the son of William COLE. Mary wife of Daniel COLLINSON of Peckham was left £300. Robert ? son of my sister. James Wickens of the borough of Southwark £100. This is in Surrey I think. My late wife’s nephew Edward EVEREST son of William £100. Margarett MOON spinster daughter of my Kinsman John MOON. John CONSTABLE’s children. All further ready money to Samuel Wickens . 8 sheets of paper. Witnesses Ann LANGUDGE Benjiman WICKENS Hannah HARPLESDON Year of 1810 Oath of Richard MILES.

Will of William Wickens 1812.

Last will and testament of William Wickens of Greenhill gentleman of sound mind. I give and devise unto Mary my daughter wife of Daniel COLLISON of Peckham Kent gentleman all that my messuage or tenement farm lands with the appuctenanres known by the name of Cold Harbour Mayfield and now in the occupation of my son Samuel Wickens or his under tenants.

Note: Archdy Lewes Marriage Licence 2 March 1791 Mary WICKENS / spinster age 21+ Barcombe to Daniel COLLISON /bach. Age 21+ yeoman Hadlow Kent.

Give unto my son William Wickens all that my messuage or tenement farm lands with the appuctenanres known by the name of Frenches Rotherfield now in the occupation of my son William Wickens. Also all that messuage or tenement farm lands with the appuctenanres known as Greenhill now occupied by myself and my son William Wickens for his natural life my will is that my son shall not cut fell or grub up any timber on the said two farms. after his decease I give the said messuage or tenement farm lands with the appuctenanres unto my son Samuel Wickens and my friend Edward O’Kill Dadswell of Crowbrough schoolmaster to hold to them my said son Samuel Wickens and Edward O’Kill Dadswell and their heirs or the survivor of them forever in trust nevertheless that they my said son Samuel Wickens and Edward O’Kill Dadswell or survivor of them or his heirs do as soon as conveniently maybe after the decease of my said son William Wickens either by public or private sale ??? messuage tenement farms belonging herein before devised to my said son William Wickens for and during the term of his natural life for the most money or best price that they can reasonably get for the same and from and after such sale the money thereby arising I will to be divided unto in equal parts one sixth there of I give unto my granddaughter Mary wife of William Stevens of Lewes cabinet maker natural daughter of my son William Wickens by his now wife previous to their marriage Also I give another one sixth unto my granddaughter Sarah Wickens daughter of my son William Wickens Also I give another one sixth unto my grandson Joseph Wickens son of my son William Wickens Also I give another one sixth unto my grandson Obediah Wickens son of my son William Wickens The other two remaining sixths I give unto my son Samuel Wickens and Edward O’Kill Dadswell upon trust to invest in one of the public funds of this kingdom or good sufficient security in the names of them Samuel Wickens and Edward O’Kill Dadswell upon trust that they shall pay the dividends and interest to be recived by my grandson John Wickens and my granddaughter Elizabeth wife of John AXCELL of Lewes tailor children of my son William Wickens for their natural life and after the decease of John Wickens equally and amongst the children of my grandson John Wickens lawfully begotten and after the decease of Elizabeth AXCELL equally and amongst the children of my granddaughter Elizabeth lawfully begotten. I give devise unto my son Samuel Wickens all my messuage or tenement farm land known by the name of Little Broad Reed Mayfield for ever but charged with the payment of legacies hereafter mentioned To my son William Wickens two hundred pounds To my daughter Mary COLLINSON two hundred pounds To my two granddaughters Maria wife of Richard CHEESEMAN and Elizabeth WOODHAMS children of my late daughter Cary late wife of William WOODHAMS one hundred pounds each one year after my decease by my son Samuel Wickens to and for their own use.

Note: Archdy Lewes Marriage Licenec 7 June 1773 Cary WICKINS / spinster Age 18+ Rotherfield. Daughter of William. Wickins yeoman Rotherfield. To William WOODHAMS / bach. Age 21+ yeoman Hartfield.

To my housekeeper Sarah LAVENDEN one feather bed bedstead and furniture there to belonging now standing in the middle chamber in my dwelling house and five pairs of sheets to be delivered to her by my executors within one month also the sum of fifteen pounds one year after my decease. All the residue of my personal estate whatsoever to my said sons William Wickens and Samuel Wickens equally. Samuel Wickens and William Wickens joint executors. Set on five sheets of paper on the date 20th January 1812. Witnesses; Richard KILLICK, Benjamin WICKINS, Henry BEDWELL Proven 26th December 1814. Lewes. Goods chattels and credits of the deceased did not amount in value unto £100


Samuel Wickens Will dated 4th January 1839 is about 17 pages long. Far to much to put on here. I obtained it from the public records web site, documents on-line.

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