The Will of Francis Chatfield of Groves in the parish of Oving, Sussex Co., gentlemen 15 May 1627.
To be buried beside my wife in the Subdeunery parish of the City of Chichester.
To the high church of Chicster 2s.
To the poor of Subdeanery parish 20s.
To the poor of Oving 20s.
To my son Francis and his heirs forever my tenement and lands called Burns in Pagham and a close adjoining containing three acres, bought of John Bennet of Bognor.
To my son Thomas my house in East Lane in West Street in the City of Chichester, with all the barns, stables, storehouses, buildings, orchards, and gardens, and my home and gardens in North Street.
If either of my said sons Thomas or Francis die before reaching the age of twenty-one years, reversion to the survivor.
To my eldest daughter, Katherine 200 pounds out of my lands in Chichester and Pagham, 100 pounds within three months after my death and the remaining 100 pounds to be paid at 20 pounds a year for five years.
The residue of the profits of said lands I leave for the maintenance of my younger son and daughters during the minority of my sons.
To my other daughters Dorothy, Mary, Sisly, Ann, Alice, Elizabeth, and Jane, 100 pounds apiece at the age of twenty-one years or day of marriage, and until such time the ____ said portions are to go toward the maintenance of my said sons and daughers.
Wheras my eldest, son, John Chatfield, is to have the house and lands called Grouves in Oving, wherein I now dwell, by way of survivorship, we being joint purchasers, I give him all my right in it, and make him my executor.
I make Mr. William Strudwicke, Mayor of Chichester, and Thomas Farrington, Alderman of Chichester, my overseers in trust to enter on my personal estate and pay my legacies, apiece.
Witnesses; Thomas Carr, John Strudwicke, and Thomas Wright, not. ____
Proved 1 November 1627 by John Chatfield son and executor