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                      WILLS  
      THE STORY OF SHOREHAM              
                         
A later Owen Holmare, whose will is dated 5th August, 1588, desired " to be buried in the Parish church of New Shoreham " and left 20s. to the poor. He bequeathes to his son John " all my freehold lands, houses, and tenements in New Shoreham to          
    Thomas Jackson (will dated 2nd September, 1603) desired to be buried in the Church of New Shoreham and bequeathed to the reparation of the said Church 10s. "To my now wife Elizabeth all my houses, lands, etc., in New Shoreham for life, with remainder to my eldest son Richard and his heirs for ever. 'To my said son, my half of the bark called the Bartholomew and half her apparel at his age of 20, and 6 yards of Yarmouth fishing nets and ropes. To my son Robert, my half part of the bark called the Mary of Shoreham, with her apparel, etc., at his age of 20." The testator made other bequests, and there was a nuncupative codicil, dated 12th September, in the presence of Thomas Freland and John Eightaker, of Brightelmestone, at Yarmouth, to the effect that "as this voyage to Yarmouth is like to prove very chargeable," he gave his " two half parts of the said barks " to his wife instead of his sons. The will was proved 7th February, 1603-4.
                   
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          Richard Goulde of New Shoreham, yeoman, by will dated 16th December, 1618, desired to be buried in the Parish Church and left 20s. towards its repair. To his son Richard Goulde, he left all his lands and tenements in New and Old Shoreham, " except a house where Edward Mercer and William Smyth now dwell, which shall be sold to pay my daughters legacies, and also anew house where John Parsons now dwells and a croft of land in New Shoreham, called the " Long Croft " which my wife Joan shall have for life, and after her death my son Richard and his heirs for ever." To his daughter Sara, he left £60 at age 21, and to each of his other daughters, Cicely, Margery, and Jane Goulde £60 at age 18, or " if my daughters marry before the said ages the legacies shall be paid then." Other small bequests follow and the will was proved 29th June, 1620, by the relict. Repentance Avis, of New Shoreham (will dated 16th December, 1622 and proved 4th March 1623-4), " to be buried in the churchyard of New Shoreham and I give to that church 10s. and to the poor of the said town 10s. To my son William Avis £250. To my daughter Sara Avis £66 13s. 4d. ather age of 21 or day of marriage. To my brother John Avis my best suit of apparel and 20s." To brothers Thomas and Robert Avis 20s., and other
                   
  him and his issue-for lack of issue then to my daughter Margaret Holmare and her issue-in default, to my next heir male." He left to his daughter Margaret " £50, at her age of 20, and my best gold ring and a piece of gold 15s."   To Alice Holmare " my supposed sister " 15s.   To his god-children 5s. each.   There is no signature or witnesses to this will, and on 12th August, 1588, commission was issued to William Holmare, next-of-kin, to administer the goods of the deceased during the minority of John and Margaret his children, no executor being named.  
                   
                         
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