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Will of John Kinsman, Mason of St Day. 1807


In the name of God Amen.


I, John Kinsman, St Day in the parish of Gwennap, Mason, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory, praised be God for the same, calling in mind the uncertainty of life and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following


My soul I assign to God who gave it me trusting in the alone merits of Jesus Christ that he shall raise me up in life everlasting


My body I desire may be buried in a decent manner the expense to be paid by my children begotten under wedlock like and like


I give unto my wife Mary Kinsman all the money I may be possessed of at the time of my death and all the money that may be owing to me at the time of my death; likewise all my furniture and clothes and my will and desire is that my wife shall from the time of my decease have as her own the House I now live in together with the Garden or Backlot thereunto belonging; likewise all that part of a House and Garden or Backlot occupied by Richard Jeffery; likewise all that House and Garden or Backlot now occupied by Henry Bawden; together with the House and Garden or Backlot now occupied by John Hays als Kinsman, with liberty to my said wife to receive the rents profits and dues arising from the same and for her own use during her natural life with full power to her to will and let the same as may be most to her advantage, but she is not to let the same for any longer term  than during her natural life nor shall she mortage nor any other wise encumber it, and after the death of my said wife the House and Garden plots or Backlots before mentioned I give and bequeath as follows:


All that part of a House and Garden plot or Backlot occupied by Richard Jeffery situate in the new Row in St Day I give and bequeath unto my son Simon Kinsman, but he is to pay one quarter part of all the debts I may owe at my decease


I give and bequeath unto my son James Kinsman all that part of a House and Garden plot or Backlot now occupied by Henry Bawden situate as aforesaid subject to the payment of one quarter part of all the debts I may owe at my decease


I give and bequeath unto my son Matthew Kinsman all that part of a House and Garden or Backlot now occupied by John Hays als Kinsman situate as aforesaid subject to the payment of one quarter part of the debts I may owe at my decease


I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of John Mills now of Falmouth in the County of Cornwall all that part of a House and Garden or Backlot now in my own occupation situate as aforesaid subject to the payment of one quarter part of the debts I may owe at my decease


My will and desire is that neither of my children to whom I have given a House and garden or Backlot shall sell or in any manner dispose of the same to any person excepting they sell to one another which may be done, my desire is that it shall always be the property of one or more of my children and their children


And I will and desire that the High rent and any goings on the Houses and gardens be paid by them to whom they are given.


And my will and desire is that in case my wife survive me that her Death she be buried in a decent manner and the expense thereof be paid equally by my four children herein before named or equally by them that may be then alive


If at the time of my death or that of my wife its should not be convenient for all my children to advance the money for the funeral charges I desire my son Simon to advance and he is to recover the costs after his mother's death till the sum advanced with interest is paid him


My will and desire is that in case either of the children should die without issue that the bequest herein before made shall not go to the wife or husband but shall go to my youngest grandchild, but should there be more than one child left by either of my children as orphans that then such part as was given to his or her uncle or aunt shall be appropriated towards the maintenance of the orphan child or children till him her or them attain the age of eighteen years and afterwards shall be equally divided between them but shall not be sold but to one of my children or their children


And I do hereby disallow and revoke all and every other will or bequest, Comprising this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.


In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand on four sheets of paper which contains my whole Will this twenty fourth day of March one thousand eight hundred and seven


The mark or sign of John Kinsman


Signed sealed published proclaimed and declared by the said John Kinsman as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscrobed our names


Wm Pearce


Josias Bennett


Proved 23rd May 1808











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