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This is an office copy of the will, i.e. it had not gone to probate. It may not have been his final will.
This is the last will and testament of me, Jasper Kingsman of Stifford in the County of Essex ……….I do hereby direct that all of my Estate both real and personal…save and except such particular parts thereof that are hereinafter specifically given and bequeathed to my wife, Ann Kingsman (which parts I do expressly exempt therefrom)….will extend in payment of my just debts legacies and funeral expenses…
His real estate in the parishes of Eastwood and Raleigh are specifically withheld from being used to settle his debts etc and are reserved for his wife to inherit.
I give devise and bequeath my Messuage or mansion House at Stifford with the Garden Yard Oathouses, buildings, lands and appurtenances thereto belonging and all my other real estate in Stifford, also my Real estate in the parishes of Eastwood and Raleigh and all right title interest…..of or into or out of the same premises unto and to the use of my wife, Ann Kingsman, her heirs and assigns for ever (as a reward to the best of wives and women) to whom I further give devise and bequeath all and every my Manors messuages farm lands tenements tythes rents hereditaments and other Real estate in the said County of Essex or elsewhere in Great Britain….
For the term of her natural life, after which:
Joseph Cuthbert of Stifford and Oliver Baron of the Inner Temple, London, barrister at law are instructed to sell everything at the best price possible and divide the proceeds equally between:
The child or children of John Booth of Glendon in the County of Northampton on the body of his late wife Phoebe begotten;
The child or children of Montague Booth, one of the brothers of the said John Booth
The child or children of Oliver Baron on the body of his wife Elizabeth begotten or to be begotten
As shall be living at the time.
I also give to my wife my plate pictures linen household goods and furniture carriages horses cows and other quick and dead stock….
I do hereby give and bequeath unto my old friend the said John Booth and unto my two godsons Richard Booth son of the said John Booth and Jefs (Joseph?) Baron and my cousin James Theobald the sum of £500 each.
To Montague Booth and James Theobald a mourning ring to the value of one guinea.
Signed and sealed by Jasper Kingsman on 2nd February 1778
John Enver of Lincolns Inn
George Crompton of Inner Temple
Thomas Isaac clerk to Mr Buller Temple