Various Potten Wills
Will of Neri Potten (1729-1789)
Will of Margaret Potten (1732-1803)
The following Kent Wills are available from the appropriate authorities:
|St Peter, Thanet (Adm)
|James Potyn, yeoman
|Joan Poten, widow
|John Potyn, the elder, carpenter
|John Potyn, sen, tailor
|St Nicholas, Thanet
|John Poten, the elder
|Thomas Potyn, the elder
The following Sussex Wills are available from the appropriate authorities:
|James Potten, fisherman
|Lewesham, par Rye
|John Potten, fisherman
|Margaret Potten (see below)
|Mary Potton, widow
|Neri Potten (see below)
|Christopher Nerry Potten
|Thomas Potten, fisherman
Wills of Neri Potten (1729-1789) and his wife Margaret Potten (1732-1803)
Because of there importance to Potten research, transcripts of the Wills of Neri Potten and his wife, Margaret (née Carley) are included below:
Will of Neri Potten - 1789
In the Name of God Amen. I, Neri Potten, Senior, of the Parish of Burwash in the County of Sussex, Yeoman, being weak in body but sound of mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of this Life do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form, following that is to say, First of all I give and bequeath unto Margarett Potten my Dear and Loving Wife all my household goods and all my stock and all my husbandry, tackling, and all my bonds, bills and ready money of what nature or kind soever and wherever, and also I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Potten the sum of thirty pounds of lawful money to be paid to her within a twelvemonth and a day after my decease by my my Executor hereafter mentioned. And also I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Potten, Wife of Thomas Moon, the sum of five pounds and five shillings of lawful money to be paid by my Executor hereafter mentioned by the sum of one pound and one shilling a year for five years, and also I give and bequeath unto my son Neri Potten the sum of fifty pounds of lawful money to be paid to him within a twelvemonth and a day after my decease by my Executor hereafter mentioned and also I give and bequeath unto my son John Potten the sum of sixty pounds of lawful money to be paid to him within a twelvemonth and a day after my decease by my Executor herafter mentioned and also I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Potten the sum of sixty pounds of lawful money to be paid to him within a twelvemonth and a day after my decease by my Executor hereafter mentioned. And all the rest, residue and remainder of my worldly goods and effects whatsoever I give, devise and bequeath to Margaret Potten, my Dear and Loving Wife, and I do hereby charge the same with the payment of all my legacies and all my just debts, funeral expenses and probate of this my Will and I hereby nominate and appoint my said Wife Margarett Potten sole and whole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made. In Witness to hereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal this Twenty Sixth day of May in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Nine.
signed: Neri Potten
Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the above named Neri Potten as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witness thereto in the presence of the said testator and in the presence of each other.
Stephen Langridge ........... Sands John Freebody 27th November 1789 Then was sworn Margaret Potten the sole Executrix named in this Will to whom was committed the burden of the Execution thereof. Sworn also that the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased do not amount in value unto three hundred Pounds.
Will of Margaret Potten - 1803
In the Name of God Amen. I, Margaret Potten of Burwash in the County of Sussex, Widow, being in good health of body and sound and disposing of mind, memory and understanding, praised be Almighty God for the same, do this twelfth day of March in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I will and direct that all my just debts, funeral expenses, the charges of proving this my Will and other incidental expenses be in the first place fully paid and satisfied, I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Potten the sum of five pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid her by my Executor hereinafter named within one month after my decease and subject to the payment thereof and also to the payment of my said just debts, funeral expenses and charges of proving this my Will and other incidental expenses I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Potten his Executors Administrators and Assigns All and every my ready monies and securities for money, monies in the public stocks or bonds, household goods, implements of household, plate, linen, china, books, goods, chattels, cattle, husbandary tackle, debts, effects and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature, kind or quality soever the same whereof I shall die possessed and which shall be any ways due owing or belonging to me at the time of my decease and all my Estate and Interest thereon To hold the same and every part thereof so subject and aforesaid unto and to the use of him my said son Thomas Potten and his Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely and for ever. And I do hereby make, nominate, constitute and appoint my said son Thomas Potten sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke and make void all former and others Wills and codicils by me at any time or direct heretofore made. In Witness whereof I the said Margaret Potten, the Testatrix, have to this my last Will and Testament contained in one sheet of paper set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
The Mark X and Seal of Margaret Potten.
Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the said Margaret Potten as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witness thereto in the presence of her and in the presence of each other. Mary Philcox - R. White - James Philcox.
The Will of Margaret Potten, late of Burwash within the Archdeaconary of Lewes, Widow deceased, was proved the Twenty Eighth day of April in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Four before the Reverend William Gwynne, Clerk Surrogate, and soforth upon the oath of Thomas Potten the sole Executor named in the said Will to whom was committed the Administration of the Goods etc he being first sworn well and faithfully to Administer the same and soforth also that the Goods Chattels and Credits etc do not amount in value unto three hundred Pounds.
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