Will of William Lilliott of Shermanbury 1736

In the Name of God Amen this present seventh day of May One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirty four. I William Lilliott of the Parish of Shermanbury in the County of Sussex husbandman being in perfect health and Memory but knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die I have thought it fit and necessary to make and declare my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows Imprimis I give and bequeath my Soul to God who gave it my Body to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discresion of my Executrix who shall be hereinafter mentioned my worldly Goods and Chattles to be disposed of in manner as follows First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Lilliot whom I appoint my Sole Executrix my dwelling house and Orchard situate in the parish of Shermanbury as also all my household Goods to be by her enjoyed during the course of her naturall life and afterwards to descend to my five Sons and two Daughters viz John Lilliott Peter Lilliott Henry Lilliott Richard Lilliott and Thomas Lilliott Mary Geer wife of Elias Geer and Sarah Smith wife of Samuel Smith on equall terms or an equall Share to every the aforesaid Persons of the above mentioned house Goods and Chattles and this I declare and publish to be my last Will and Testament All former Wills to be void null and of none Effect Whereunto I have set my hand and Seal in the year of our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirty four and in the Seventh year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of Great Brittian France and Ireland King Defender of the faith (The mark of William Lilliott (SS) Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of the underwritten witnesses (The word Orchard first interlined)/ Tho: Burtenshaw       Thos Brooks

The Will of William Lilliott late of Shermanbury de[cea]sed was proved the Sixth day of November In the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Thirty Six Before the Reverend Mr Edward Lund Surrogate Upon the Oath of Mary Lilliott Widow only Executrix in the said Will named To whom was committed Admon of the Goods and so forth Being first sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and so forth

Transcribed by Janice Ferris from copy of microfilm of original document W.S.R.O. A55 pg123,124