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Higham, Edward of Faulkbourne, farmer, 1798
To my wife Margaret Newton Higham: copyhold messuage and 30 acres called Godfreys
otherwise Crackborns in White Notley, Essex, and all my other copyhold in White Notley, for her natural life. After her death, to be sold and the proceeds to be divided between my
Margaret, wife of John Barnard of Faulkbourne, farmer
Elizabeth, wife of William Humphreys of White Notley, victualler
(and also) To my daughters Julia and Jane Higham, £50 each after my wife’s death
To my son Edward Higham: £5, two guns or fowling pieces, and all the rest, residue and
remainder of my estate.
If there is enough for my daughters above mentioned to have £150 each, then to include my daughter Ann, wife of John Grimwood of Kelvedon, farmer, share and share alike.
Execs: wife Ann, friends Joseph Nunn of Rivenhall and Abraham Barnard of White Notley
Witnesses: Wat., J. & M. Gullifer
Written: 26th December 1797, proved: 21st September 1798
ERO ref: D/ABW 114/1/60