Will of Jonathan Douch - 1870
Farm Bailiff of Westham
This is the last Will and Testament of me Jonathan Douch of Langley in the Parish of Westham in the County of Sussex Labourer I direct that all my just debts Funeral and Testamentary expenses shall be paid by my Executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease I give devise and bequeath unto my dear wife Mary Douch during her life All that messuage and Tenement known as Number 1 Norway Cottage near the Seaside in the parish of Willingdon in the said County of Sussex And all my household Furniture and all the other my teal and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever And immediately after the death of my said Wife I give devise and bequeath the said Messuage or Tenement Furniture and all other my real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever to my Son David Douch of Winchelsea in the said County of Sussex Coast Guardsman his heirs executors administrators and assigns Upon Trust to sell the same either by public auction or private contract and (after payment of all expenses) to divide the money produced by such sale equally between and amongst himself the said David Douch and all other my Sons and Daughters share and share alike Provided always that if any child of me shall die in my lifetime or during the lifetime of my said Wife leaving a child or children who shall survive me or my said wife and being a son or sons shall attain the age of Twentyone years or being a daughter or daughters shall attain that age or marry then and in every such case the last mentioned child or children shall take (and if more than one equallybetween them) the share which his her or their parent would have taken under this my Will I appoint my said Wife Mary Douch and my said Son David Douch Executrix and Executor of this my will and hereby revoking all former wills and Testamentory Dispositions made by me I declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Jonathan Douch have hereunder set my hand this fifth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy.
Signed and declared by the said Jonathan Douch the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us (both being present at the same time) who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses
Chas. M Matthews Sol. Eastbourne
Jas. Wenham his Clerk
Proved at Lewes the 5th day of September 1874 by the oaths of Mary Douch Widow the Relict and David Douch the Son the Executors to whom administration was garnted.
The Testator Jonathan Douch was late of Langney Westham in the County of Sussex Labourer and died on the third day of July 1874 at Langney aforesaid
E Hillman Solicitor Lewes