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Will of Elizabeth Kingsman of Stepney. 1661


In the name of God Amen.


I Elizabeth Kingsman of upper Shadwell in the parish of Strebenheath otherwise Stepney in the County of Middlesex, widow, the relict and administratrix of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of Jasper Kingsman, late of Maldon in the County of Essex, gentleman, deceased, being at this present time sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory for which I praise Almighty God, and considering with my self the frailty of all persons in this life, and the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time and hour thereof, and to think to settle my estate so that no differences arise thereabout after my decease do therefore make and declare this my last will and Testament in manner following


First and principally I do commit and recommend my soul which is immortal and dies not into the hands of Almighty God hoping and steadfastly believing to receive the full and free pardon and remission of all my sins and eternal life only by and through the most precious death and bloodshed of Jesus Christ mine alone saviour and Redeemer


And my body I commit to the Earth from whence it came to be decently buried according to the discretion of my executrix hereunder named


And as touching that estate which God hath pleased to give me in this life, I give bequeath and dispose the same as follows


First I give, remise, release and bequeath unto my son-in-law John Hill of upper Shadwell abovesaid, Mariner (in consideration that he the said John Hill at the request of my said husband Jasper Kingsman did hand unto my son Ruben Kingsman at the time of his setting up of trade the sum of £100) all my estate right title interests claims and demand whatsoever of and to all that messuage land and premises commonly called or known by the name of Colemans in the manor of Tillingham in the County of Essex and diocese of London now in the tenure or occupation of John Creston or his assigns, to have and to hold unto him the said John Hill, his heirs and assigns for ever according to the custom of the said Manor


Also I give and bequeath unto my said son John Hill and to his heirs all my third part of all the real and personal estate that belongeth unto my said husband Jasper Kingsman, except such legacies as are here under mentioned to be given out of my personal estate


Item, I give and bequeath unto my said son Ruben Kingsman the sum of £60 of lawful money of England, being the money mentioned in the condition of a certain bond, wherein my said husband Jasper Kingsman about the time of the marriage of my said son Ruben became bound to John Best, merchant of the Staple, conditioned to pay unto him the said John Best the sum of £60 as part of a marriage portion for the wife of my said son Ruben Kingsman, for the discharging of the sum bound.


Item, I give and bequeath unto him at the said of Ruben Kingsman (over and above the said £60) the sum of 20 shillings of like money to be paid unto him by my executrix hereunder named 


and to his son John Kingsman I give the sum of £25 of lawful money of England to be paid by my executrix unto my said son-in-law John Hill for the use of the said John Kingsman during his minority, and in case of his decease before he shall attain the age of 21 years or be married I give and bequeath the same unto Elizabeth Hill my grandchild, daughter to the said John Hill.


Item, I give devise and bequeath unto my grandchild Ann Kingsman, the daughter of my son John Kingsman deceased the sum of five pounds of lawful money of England, two pair of sheets, two pair of pillow beeres and a dozen of napkins, to be paid and delivered to my said son-in-law John Hill for the use of the said Ann Kingsman, and in case of her decease before she shall attain unto the age of 21 years or be married, I give and bequeath the same money and goods to John Kingsman, son of the said Ruben Kingsman


And I do give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Kingsman also daughter of the said John Kingsman deceased, 10 shillings storb


All which said legacies my will and mind is that they be paid within a year and a day after my decease by my executrix hereunder named


Item, I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Hill, wife of the said John Hill, all my linen except what is above mentioned to be given to my grandchild Ann Kingsman.


All the rest and residue of my estate goods plate Jewels rings household goods and other things whatsoever not before disposed of (after my funeral charges shall be defrayed) I wholy give and bequeath unto my grand child Elizabeth Hill, daughter of the said John Hill and Elizabeth his wife, to be kept in the hands of her said mother Elizabeth Hill during her minority, and in case of her decease before she shall attain unto the age of 21 years or be married I give and bequeath the same unto my said daughter Elizabeth Hill, wife of the said John Hill, and to her heirs


And my express will and mind is that in case any debts now due out of my estate shall at any time after my decease be demanded, that the same be paid by my executrix and that only legacies in this my last will mentioned be ***** and abated a proportionable part according to his or their legacies hereinbefore towards the payment of the same


And I do hereby nominate, ordain and appoint my said daughter Elizabeth Hill to be the sole and alone executrix of this my last will and Testament


And I do desire and Institute my loving friends John Wright, gentleman, and George Care, Cooper, to be the supervisors or overseers of this my last will and Testament, and to aid and assist my said executrix in the due performance thereof


Lastly I do hereby revoke and disannul and call back all former Wills legacies and bequests, and do ordain and appoint these presents only to stand in full force for and as my very last will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the three and twentieth day of January, Anno Domini 1661, and in the 13th year of the reign of our sovereign Lord Charles II by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland, defender of the faith


The Mark of Elizabeth Kingsman 


Signed sealed declared and published by the said Elizabeth Kingsman the day and date above written for and as her last will and Testament


The mark of Eliza Lyme


Thomas Wood


Probate by Elizabeth Hill, daughter and the executor, 29 January 1661








Last updated 18 January 2013