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SOME LOCAL WORTHIES.
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Grensted 20s. Item I will that John Boton ruy servant shal have his indenture and 6s 8J of money. Item I bequeth to every of my god children 4d. Item I will that my good maister Sir John Gage twoe colts nowe being in Brestowe parke and to goo there tyll they twoe be able to be rydden, if it please him desiring him to be good maister to all my children and specially to John my sonne, all the residue of my goodes not bequethed I give to my sonnes John and Edward except that my wyfe have a man childe that then I will that Edward shall have all the said goodes to his owne use and profite ffurthermore I make and ordeyne my brother John Payne and Thomas Pellam of ffyrrj'll my executoures to see my children ruled and this my testamente fulfillyed to the pleasure of god and the welthe of my soule and every of them to have for their labours fyve mrks. Testes William Auery, James Cole, Thomas Rutter cum multis aliis.
The above testator, George Payne, son of John Payne, of Pixtons (see pp. 71-2), was evidently a yeoman of good substance as money went in those days. His father in 1507 had devised to him the tenement of Beeches (?in Ashurst Wood), but whether George lived there we have no certain information beyond the fact that he seems from the evidence of his own will to have undertaken repair of the road between Forest Row and East Grinstead.
His elder brother, John, had succeeded his parents at Pixtons and his descendants seem to have owned that farm until, in 1615, John Payne, sen., of Pickstones, and Elizabeth, his wife, sold it to John Goodwin, gent., from whose family it seems to have passed to Mr. John Conyers, who married a Miss Goodwin and was M.P. for East Grinstead in 1695, and later it belonged to Mr. Wicken and the Trulock family.
In 1615 the Manor of Pixtons seems to have consisted of one messuage, one barn, one garden, one orchard, 20 acres of arable land, 16 acres of meadow land, 14 acres of pasture, four acres of wood and three acres of moorland, all in East Grinstead, and the whole appears to have been acquired by John Goodwin for the modest sum of 100.
George Payne, whose will is quoted above, left two sons, John and Edward, who both became prominent townsmen of East Grinstead. John was the testator, whose will, proved in 1580, is mentioned on pp. 123-4, in connection with the old almshouses in Church Street, and he was
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