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In the name of God Amen.
I Thomas Kingman of Limpston in the County of Devon, merchant, being weak in body but of good and disposing mind and memory, blessed be God, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following order, that is to say first and principally I commend my Soul to God, hoping through Jesus Christ to obtain everlasting Life, next I commit my body to the ground by a decent burial at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named and as touching and concerning the Lands Goods and Chattels it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I give, bequeath and dispose of them in manner following:
First, I will that my debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged
Also I give unto my wife Elizabeth Kingman my Estate at Wottenton in the Parish of Woodbury now in the possession of Mr Robert Way. I also give her my other Estate in Wottenton in the possession of John Gily, both which said estates are to be held and enjoyed by my said wife during her natural life.
I also give unto my said wife the sum of two hundred pounds of lawful British money.
I also give her the house I now live in with the outhouses, ground and appurtenances to be held and enjoyed by her during her life.
Also I give her my household goods during her life and after her decease to such as she shall give and bequeath the same
Also I give to my daughter Amy Kingman the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds
Also I give to my daughter Mary Kingman the sum of two hundred pounds.
I also give to my cousin Manston Brice [Note 1] one suit of mourning apparel and one guinea to buy a mourning ring.
Also, I give to my sister Mary Kingman the weekly payment of three shillings to be paid her every week during her life by my Legatees and Executrixes herein mentioned proportionately
All the rest and residue of my Lands Goods and Chattels I give unto my brother Worthington Brice upon trust to and for the use of my daughters Betty Curtis, Amy Kingman and Mary Kingman share and share alike
And I hereby make my said brother Worthington Brice Executor in trust of this my last Will and Testament
And my will is that my said wife and daughters join in the Charge of my funeral expenses
And I do hereby disannul and make void all former wills by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty four.
Signed, sealed and declared and published by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who attest it in the presence of the Testator and of one the other
Proved in London the 15th March 1755 by Worthington Brice the executor
Probably brother to Worthington Brice, his wife's sister's husband. A Richard Manston Brice was baptised (non-conformist registers) in August 1744 in Exeter. He is recorded as being "of Lympstone" but his parents names have been left blank in the register.