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Will of John Kinsman, yeoman of Launcells. 1631

  • Source: Cornwall Archives
  • Ref: k139
  • Transcribed by D Watson, Aug 2009

In the name of God Amen. 

The 19th day of September in the seventh year of the reign of our sovereign lord Charles by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, defender of the faith, etc. I John [Kinsman] [1] of Launcells in the county of Cornwall, yeoman, being sick in body but perfect in memory thanks be to the Almighty God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following: 

Imprimis, I bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker [and] Blessed redeemer and my body to Christian burial. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my three sons John Kinsman, Zakarye Kinsman, and Richard Kinsman [] Pounds apiece, to be paid to each of them upon as [they] come to the age of fifteen years. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my two daughters, Jane Kinsman and Ma[ry] Kinsman, five pounds apiece, to be paid to each of them upon as they come to the age of fifteen years. 

The rest of all my goods and chattels not given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my wife Francis Kinsman who I make my whole and sole executor of this my last Will and Testament performed in manner and form aforesaid. 

It is my will that my son John Kinsman shall have all my dead goods indell doors or outell after my wife’s death and that she shall make it so good now it is. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my godson Jo[hn] Kinsman 3s 4d to be bestowed in a lamb for him at Lammas Fare. 

Signed: John Kinsman [2] 

Witness to this 

Barnard Welsford 

Sign of Jonas K I Kinsman


Notes:

[1] The original document is torn down the right hand edge, so some words and parts of words are missing. Shown here as best guesses in square brackets.

[2] Note that John Kinsman (testator) is distinct from (?his brother?) Jonas who made his mark as witness.




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