• Will, 2 Sep 1752. 2 This is the last will and Testament of me George Egles of Shoesmiths in the parish of Wadhurst in the County of Sussex Esquire being of sound and disposing mind and memory I give and bequeath unto my Granddaughter Barbara Elizabeth Egles five hundred pounds when she shall attain her age of one and twenty Years Also I give her an Annuity of twenty pounds a year clear of all manner of Deductions for her maintenance and Education untill she shall attain that Age to be paid her Quarterly and to commence from the day of my decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Grandson George Egles and my Granddaughters Goring and Lucy Egles the several sums following (that is to say) to George Egles one hundred pounds and to each of my said Granddaughters fifty pounds when they the said Grandson and Granddaughters shall severally and respectively attain their several and respective Age and Ages of one and twenty Years. It being my will that each legacy shall be payable as they shall successively attain their said Age and not when all of them shall have attained the said Age. Also I give unto my son George Egles and Elizabeth his wife and to my intended son-in-law Mr John Luck and my daughter Barbara Egles twenty pounds for mourning each of them to be paid in one month next after my decease Also I give to my said daughter Barbara all my plate and ChinaWare and to my said son George all my Linnen. Also I give unto Alexander Courthop of Horsmunden and Richard Beard Streatfield of Uckfield Esquire and to Mr William Stow of Stonebridge twenty pounds each for Mourning and to the poor of the parish of Wadhurst aforesaid five pounds. All the rest and residue of my Personal Estate together with all my Real Estate I give and devise unto the said Alexander Courthop Richard Beard Streatfield William Stow and my said son George Egles and their Heires in Trust to sell and dispose of the same to such person and persons and for such price and prices as they or any three of them shall think proper or so much thereof as shall be sufficient for the payment of all my just debts Legacys and Financial Expenses together with the Costs and Expenses of Executing this Trust And I Will and appoint the same to be paid accordingly with as much Expedition as conveniently may be and whatsoever shall remain out of my said Real and Personal Estate after payment of my said Debts Legacys and Funeral Expenses with Costs of Executing the said Trust as aforesaid I give and devise unto my said son George Egles amd his Heires and Assignes for ever And Lastly I nominate and appoint the said Alexander Courthop Richard Beard Streatfield William Stow and my said son George Egles to be joint executors of this my Will hereby revoking all former Wills In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal the second day of September in the year of Our Lord 1752
• Will, 28 Jan 1762. 3 In the name of God Amen I Martha Goring of Ades in the parish of Chailey in the County of Sussex spinster do make and ordain my last Will and Testament in Manner following I desire to be privately buried in the Day Time in the Parish Church of Chailey aforesaid at the Discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named And I give and Devise All and singular my Messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wheresoever as well Freehold as Copyhold with their and every of their appurtenances (having previously surrendered my Copyholds to the use of my Will) unto my respected friend and Kinsman Richard Beard Streatfield of Copwood in the Parish of Uckfield in the said County Esquire and his Heirs In Trust nevertheless to sell the same together or in Parcells for the best price and prices that can be reasonably had or gotten for the same And upon this further Trust that my said Trustee or his Heirs and my Executrix hereinafter named shall by with and out of the Money thereby arising and by with and out of my other Personal Estate pay and satisfy all my just Debts that I shall owe at the time of my decease my funeral Expences and the Costs of proving this my Will and shall thereout likewise pay and satisfy the Annuities and Legacies hereinafter mentioned that is to say I give Devise and bequeath unto my Cousin Thomas Godley the Elder of Hasting in the County aforesaid Gentleman one annuity or yearly sum of Twenty pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain clear of all Taxes and Deductions whatsoever to be paid to him yearly and every year from the time of my Decease for and during his natural Life at and upon the two most usual Feasts or days of Payment in the Year (that is to say) The Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel by even and equal Portions and the first Payment thereof on the next Feast Day of the Feast aforesaid as shall happen after my Decease And I give & bequeath unto my Cousin Thomas Godley the younger Son of the aforesaid Thomas Godley the Elder the sum of Five Hundred Pounds of like lawful Money to be paid to him within the space of one whole year next after the Decease of his said Father and my own Decease Also I give and bequeath unto my said Cousin Thomas Godley the Elder over and above the aforesaid Annuity and to Elizabeth his Wife and to my Cousin John Luck and Barbara his Wife and to my Cousin George Egles and Elizabeth his Wife the sum of Five Guineas apiece of like lawfull Money to be paid to them respectively in the space of six Months next after my Decease Also I give and bequeath unto my Cousin Lucy Egles daughter of George Egles of Barcombe in the said County Gentleman the sum of Five Hundred pounds of like lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid at her age of Twenty one years with Interest in the meantime to wit from my death until payment of the same Legacie at the rate of three pounds p[er] centium p[er] annum Also I give to my Godson Thomas Fuller son of John Fuller of Uckfield in the said County Appothecary and Surgeon the Sum of Fifty pounds of like lawfull Money to be paid into the Hands of his said Father John Fuller and his receipt to be a sufficient Discharge in six months after my decease. Also I give my Maidservant Martha Snelling one Annuity or yearly sum of Ten pounds of like lawful money to be paid to her clear of all Taxes and deductions yearly and every year from and after my decease for and during her natural Life at and upon the two most usual Feasts or Days of payment in the year that is to say The Feasts of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel by even and equal portions and the first payment thereof on the next Feast day of the Feast aforesaid that shall happen after my decease Also I give to the poor people of the said Parish of Chailey the sum of Five pounds of like lawfull Money to be paid and distributed in the space of one Month next after my decease unto and amongst them or such of them and in such manner and form as my said Trustee and Executor hereinafter named shall in their discretion think fit And I give unto all and every my Servants that shall be living with me at the time of my decease One Guinea apiece to be respectively paid to them within the space of one Month next after my decease And all the rest and residue as well of my Goods Chattells Jewells Plate Books Picktures Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever as of the Monies arising by such Sale of my real estate as aforesaid (after all Costs incident to the performing the said Trusts and my said Debts Annuities Legacies aforesaid and the Costs of proving this my Will and funeral Expences are fully paid and satisfied) I give and bequeath unto my much esteemed friend and Kinswoman Mary Streatfield the Wife of the aforesaid Richard Beard Streatfield whom I constitute and appoint the sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament Martha Goring And my Will and Mind is that in the meantime and until such sale of my said real Estate as aforesaid the rents and profits of my said Messuages Lands and Premises shall be subject and liable to the payment of my said Debts and the Interest thereof and the said Annuities Legacies and other incidental Expences in like manner as the moneys arising by such Sale are herein before directed to be applied and paid. And for the promoting and facilitating the Sale of the said Messuages Lands and Premises my Will is and I hereby declare that the receipt and receipts of the said Richard Beard Streatfield his Heirs Executors or Administrators shall be good and sufficient Discharges to the Purchasor or Purchasors of the Premises so to be sold as aforesaid And that such Puchaser or Purchasers after such receipt or receipts shall not be obliged to see the Moneys by them respectively applied in pursuance of this my will or be answerable or accountable for any loss misapplication or non application of such Purchaser Money or any part thereof Provided always and my will and Mind further is that my said Kinsman Thomas Godley the Elder and his Heirs shall upon the request of my said Trustee Richard Beard Streatfield his Heirs or Assigns refuse or neglect to join with him or them in ------ing surrendering and assuring any my real Estate and premises unto and to the use of such purchaser or purchasers and his and theirs Heirs as aforesaid That then upon such refusal or neglect the said Annuity of Twenty pounds per annum so by me given to the said Thomas Godley the Elder and the said Legacie of Five Hundred pounds by me given to the said Thomas Godley the younger as aforesaid shall cease and be void and shall not be paid but shall thereupon be lapsed to and for the use & benefit of my said Kinswoman Mrs Mary Streatfield in like manner as if the same had never been given anything therein contained to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding And Lastly I revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Martha Goring to this my last Will and Testament contained in two Sheets of paper have set my hand and seal that is to say To the first sheet thereof my hand and to this last sheet thereof my hand and seal and also my seal to the tape wherewith the same are fixt together at the top the twenty eighth day of January in the second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty two Martha Goring LS Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Martha Goring the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at the request have subscribed our names as Witnesses Thomas Attree Thomas Bennett George Turle
John married Barbara Egles, daughter of George Egles and Barbara Godly, on 21 Sep 1752 in St. Peter's & St. Paul's Church, Church Street, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 6AA, GB.1 (Barbara Egles was born before 9 May 1721 in Framfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22, GB and was baptised on 9 May 1721 in St. Thomas à Becket's Church, Church Approach, Framfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 5NH, GB 1.)
1 "Sussex Family History Group (SFHG)".
2 England, GB, PROB 11/801/406 George Egles (1688-1752); digital images, National Archives, <i>National Archives</i> (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ : accessed 16 Mar 2021).
3 England, GB; digital images, National Archives, <i>National Archives</i> (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ : accessed 23 Mar 2021).
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