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Will of Reverend Andrew Kinsman, Minister of the Gospel of Stoke Damerel. 1790

  • Source: The National Archives
  • Ref: Prob/11/1236
  • Transcribed by D Watson, Dec 2009

In the name of God Amen

I, Andrew Kinsman, of the parish of Stoke Damerel in the County of Devon, Minister of the Gospel, do make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills at any time by me made and first I commit my soul unto the hands of God my faithful creator hoping for pardon and salvation alone through the merits of my Lord Jesus Christ the adorable Redeemer and my body to the Earth to be interned according to the discretion of my Executrix herein after named.

After the payment of just debts I give devise and bequeath such worldly goods as God in his providence has blessed me with in manner and form following:

First; I give devise and bequeath all that spot of ground with the place of Religious worship erected thereon commonly called and known by the name of Tabernacle in the Borough of Plymouth leading from a street called Briton Side, with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging with the free use of the passage for the congregation to pass and repass, I give and devise the fee simple and inheritance thereof unto my beloved son Andrew Kinsman, grocer, Savile William Shepherd and Thomas Shepherd, merchants, Thomas Birknel, gentleman, John Carter, shipwright, John Brand senior, Benjamin Shopland senior of Plymouth, William Dove, cooper and Thomas Richard Blackmore of Dock, currier, Richard Blackmore, gentleman and Thomas Petherick of Dock, cooper, to them the survivors and the survivor of them his heirs executors and assigns forever.

Item: I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved son Andrew Kinsman, grocer, all the remainder of my freehold estate in every place and of every kind and description I am possessed of, unto him, his heirs, executors and assigns for ever.

I give devise and bequeath unto my son Andrew Kinsman and my brother in law Thomas Petherick of Dock and to the survivor of them, his executors, advisors and assigns, the sum of two thousand pounds in the 3 per cent reduced annuities which now stands in my own and in my wife’s names, together with twelve hundred pounds in the 3 per cent consolidated stock which is in my own name, and five hundred and five pounds which is in my name in the five per cent Naval Stock, which sums I desire my Executrix if needful to transfer to my said son and brother in law in Trust for the following uses, for my will and meaning is and I do hereby give and dispose of the same:

First, I give unto my beloved daughter Ann Sparke, the wife of Isaac Sparke, surgeon, the dividends and interest as they become due and when received by the named trustees, the survivor of them, their executors or assigns, of the twelve hundred pounds in the 3 per cent Consolidated and the dividends and interest of three hundred pounds in the five per cent Annuities, to be paid her by my said Trustees during her natural life for her sole and separate use and not to be subject to the debts, control or engagements of her husband Isaac Sparke or any future husband she may after marry, and my will is her receipt alone notwithstanding her coverture shall be a sufficient discharge and after the death of my said daughter Ann Sparke I give and bequeath the said twelve hundred pounds together with the three hundred pounds five per cent the Capital stock to be divided share and share alike to the children male or female she shall leave behind her, and if it shall please God to remove her by death while her children are in their nonage and infancy then it is my Will and meaning that my Trustees Andrew Kinsman and Thomas Petherick, the survivor of them, shall apply the said interest towards the maintenance and education of them, and if any die in their infancy their share to go among the survivors as they shall attain the age of twenty one years that my Trustees transfer to each the share to their separate use of the Capital, but if my said daughter should die leaving no such issue then the capital stock I give to my son Andrew Kinsman and his executors and assigns for ever.

Also, I give devise and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Joanna Kinsman all the dividends or interest as it becomes due on the two thousand pounds three per cent recued Annuities to be paid her by the above trust together with the interest of the two hundred pounds five percent Naval Stock and after her death I give the capital stock as follows:

One thousand pounds to be divided between my two grandchildren Susanna Kinsman and Mary Ann Kinsman and if one should happen to die before she arrives to twenty one years of age then the whole thousand pounds to the survivor

And also after the death of my said wife I give the other thousand pounds stock 3 per cent reduced to my beloved daughter Ann Sparke the interest to be paid to her sole and separate use for her life and at her death the capital to be divided in like manner among the children born of her body.

I give also unto my beloved daughter Ann Sparke the interest as it becomes due upon one share which I am proprietor of in the Tontine and which my grand daughter Ann Sparke is my nominee. My will and meaning is that my daughter shall receive the interest for life and at her death I give the same to my grandchild Ann Sparke as her property for her sole and separate use and not subject to any debts control or engagements of any husband she may marry.

And as for all my other effects whether leases, funds, goods, chattels, plate, books, household furniture, bonds, notes of hand, of what kind or nature soever I give devise and bequeath the same to my dear and loving wife Joanna Kinsman whom I do hereby make appoint and constitute to be my sole executrix and residuary legatee of this my last Will and Testament.

Witness my hand this thirtieth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety.

Andw Kinsman

Signed sealed and delivered to be the last Will and Testament of Andrew Kinsman the Testator wrote by himself on two sides this sheet who in the presence of him and each of other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses after the interlineation of “the survivor of them his executors administrators and assigns” also the words “to each” and “day”

E Porter

David Dale

R S Pinhey

I, the within named Andrew Kinsman in the parish of Stoke Damerel in the County of Devon, Minister of the Gospel, being of sound mind memory and understanding do make this present Codicil which I order and direct shall be taken as and for part of my within written last Will and Testament and which Will and Testament as to the several matters and things therein mentioned I do by this my Codicil establish ratify and confirm.

Whereas the place for religious worship called the Tabernacle which I have given and bequeathed in my Will hereunto annexed on another sheet of paper, wrote by myself, to divers persons whose names are therein mentioned to the survivors or survivor of them, I hereby in this my Codicil add my son in law Isaac Sparke, surgeon at Dock, to that number, and my Will and meaning therein and thereby is that I devise and bequeath the same to them in Trust and Confidence in them that the said place of religious worship called the Tabernacle be preserved and appropriated to the Worship of Almighty God and to that use only to the latest posterity, and if any dispute shall arise among those aforesaid Trustees respecting the use thereof my Will and meaning is the same shall be determined by the majority of the survivors and if Government should hereafter prohibit such places of worship, or the Congregation that assemble therein should neglect to repair and sustain the same or not worship in it for the space of three years then my will and meaning is that the fee simple and inheritance of the said premises shall return and revolve to my heirs at law and their executors admons and assigns for ever.

And whereas I have a bond against my brother John Kinsman of Callington of forty pounds I devise at my death the same may be cancelled with all the interest thereon due.

Item; I give devise and bequeath all that dwelling house, outhouses, garden and stable, No 36 Princess Street, Dock, to my beloved son Andrew Kinsman in trust that the net rents and produce arising from the same shall be paid to my beloved daughter Ann Sparke, the wife of Isaac Sparke, surgeon, for the term of her natural life for her sole and separate use without being subject to the debts and demands of her present husband or any future husbnd she may have, and after her death I give the same to my grandson John Guyse Sparke, her son, his executors and assigns, and if he should die in his minority of before his mother I give the same to my grandson Andrew Kinsman Sparke, and if he should die in his minority then to my eldest grandson Isaac Sparke the younger his executors and assigns.

And I give and bequeath unto my grand daughter Susanna Kinsman the sum of one hundred pounds and also to my grand daughter Mary Ann Kinsman the sum of one hundred pounds, to be paid them by my executrix when they shall arrive at the age of twenty two, and if either of them should happen to die before they arrive at that age and are unmarried then my will and meaning is that the two hundred pounds shall be paid to the survivor, but if either of my said grand daughters should marry before they arrive at that age then the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid at the discretion of my executrix.

And I do hereby confirm the Will annexed to this Codicil on another sheet of paper already signed by me.

As witness my hand this fourteenth day of February one thousand seven hundred and ninety three

Andw Kinsman

Signed sealed declared and delivered to be the Codicil to the last Will and Testament of the said Andrew Kinsman who in the presence of him and each other have hereunto set our hands as Witnesses

John Randall

Richd Lear Pinhey

David Daw

This Will was proved at London with a Codicil the eleventh day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three before the Right Honourable Sir William Wipin, Knight, Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper of Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oath of Joanna Kinsman, widow, the relict of the deceased, the sole executrix named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn by Commision solely to administer.







Last updated 12 February 2012