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Will of Nathaniel Kinsman, yeoman of Kilkhampton. 1637

  • Source: Cornwall Archives
  • Ref: k171
  • Transcribed by D Watson, Dec 2009

In the name of God Amen.

The seventh day of April in the thirteenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord King Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the faith Anno Domini 1637. I Nathaniel Kinsman of the parish of Kilkhampton in the county of Cornwall, yeoman, being in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner of form following;

First, I give and bequeath my soul unto Almighty God my maker and unto Jesus Christ my redeemer, and my body to the Christian burial.

Item, I give and bequeath toward the reparation of the church of Kilkhampton 12 pence.

Item, I give unto the poor of Kilkhampton 12 pence.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah [1] £10

Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Willmott [2] £10

All the rest of my goods and chattels not here before given nor bequeathed I give and bequeath unto my daughter Bridgett [3] and she I do make my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament

and I do Will and institute my brother in law Daniell Wadlande [4] and Henry Kinsman [5] to be my overseers of this my last Will and Testament and for their pains I do give to each of them 12 pence.

In witness hereof I the foresaid Nathaniel Kinsman have here unto put my name and seal the date and year first above written.

Nathaniell Kinsman

Sealed, signed and declared in presence of

Silvester Courties

Fyth Waren Beare


[1] Hannah born 1628, so 9 years old in 1637

[2] Wilmot born 1630, so 7 years old

[3] Bridget was his youngest daughter, baptised 1632 so only 5 years old when the will was written.

[4] Nathaniel married Charity Wadland in 1628. She is not named in the will but is named in the two admons that follow. The will either has a missing line, or Nathaniel made a mistake in writing it. The admons make it clear that Charity remarried after his death, and administered the estate until she died in 1641.

[5] Henry Kinsman is likely to be cousin to Nathaniel, but the baptismal evidence is not clear.

Last updated 9 February 2012