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Date 10th March 1683
Introduction (in Latin)
- Present before us were Richard Crossmand of Stratton in County
Cornwall ******, Elizabeth Ching, widow of the same County and Josiah
Hanger of the same County, Farmer....
The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Richard Crossman, the father and guardian of James Crossman, and Elizabeth Ching, the mother and guardian of Micheus Ching, being admitted to the Admon of all and singular the goods and chattles of Christian Kinsman of the parish of Poughill, do **** during the minority of them James Crossman and Micheus Ching, the sole and only Executors of the last Will and Testament of the said deceased do make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods and chattles of the said deceased ..........
Sign of Elizabeth Ching
Why Christian Kinsman should choose two minors to be her executors is a mystery. The baptism of Micheus Ching has not yet been found but James Crossman was baptised in 1670 in Stratton, so at the time her will was written he was only 13 years old.
Hence the need for these parents to appear before the Court of Probate.
Josiah Hanger does seem to take part in the proceedings apart from just being there.