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This is the last will and testament of me John Kingman of Hinton in the county of Wilts, victualler, who being of sound and perfect mind and memory though weak in body and calling to mind the uncertainty of the time of this mortal life do therefore give and bequeath all my worldly estate in manner and form following, that is to say:
First I give to Betty, the wife of George Hill, of Hinton and to Lucy his daughter one guinea each to be paid within one month next after my decease.
Also I give to my wife Ann all the rest and residue of my estate and effects to be enjoyed by her during so long time as she shall continue my widow and unmarried
And my will is if my said wife shall marry any second husband that then and immediately after such marriage I do give one moiety or half part of my estate and effects to be equally divided to and between John the son of Joseph Stancomb of Trowbridge, cloth worker, and to Sarah the daughter of John House of Keevil be to be equally divided between them share and share alike to be freely had taken and enjoyed by them or the value thereof in money being half the total value of my estate.
And I desire an inventory may be taken soon after my decease and that the said John Stancomb and Sarah House may have copies of the inventory and I do make my said wife Ann Kingman sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have to this my will set my hand this eleventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty six.
Signed published and declared by the said John Kingman as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who were all present in the same room in his presence at his signing and publishing hereof
This will was proved at Sarum on the 30th day of March 1776 before the Reverend Richard Keble ……