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In the name and Fear of God, Amen.
I, Thomas Kingman Senior, of Weymouth in the County of Suffolk, in her Majesty’s Provinces of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, being old and not knowing how soon it may please the Almighty in his all wise Providence to call me out of this World, and being now of sound and disposing mind, Do firstly and chiefly give and Bequeath my Soul into the hands of it’s Almighty maker hoping for it’s Salvation through the Merits and mediation of Jesus Christ alone, and for the setting of my house in order, and better Settlement of that temporal Estate that God hath given me, Do dispose in manner following: Ordaining, making and appointing this to be my last Will and Testament, and do hereby make void and null all former Wills whatsoever by me made or ordained to be made.
Imprimis. After my just Debts and Funeral Expenses are paid, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Rebecca Kingman, the use, benefit and improvement of all my Homestead where I now dwell containing thirty acres of land, consisting of orchard, broke up land and pasture, with all the housing and building thereon. Also three acres of meadow lying in “Kingman’s Neck” commonly so called in Weymouth, during her natural life. And if it should so happen that my said wife should remove out of the house and quit the state, that then my Will is that my son Henry who is to enjoy the Part of my Estate after my wife’s decease shall pay to my said wife twenty pounds in or as money, to be at her own disposal as she shall see cause.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas Kingman twenty acres of land where his house stands which I bought of the widow Mary Rane lying in Weymouth. Also I give to my son Thomas two acres of land on the west side of the highway where his barn stands; also two acres of salt marsh lying in Brantry, also one acre of upland and meadow lying adjoining to the three acres before mentioned in “Kingman’s Neck” to him and his heirs.
Item. I give an bequeath unto my son John Kingman and his heirs fifty acres of land with the buildings thereon lying in the upper division in Weymouth which I bought of Thomas Drake and Ephraim Burle and Zachariah Bicknell etc. And also two acres of salty marsh lying in Brantry adjoining to the other two acres which I gave to my son Thomas in Brantrey to him and his heirs.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Henry Kingman all that my Homestead before mentioned containing thirty acres or thereabouts, consisting of orchard, broke up land and pasture with all the housing and building thereon. Also I give to my son Henry three acres of meadow lying in “Kingman’s Neck” commonly so called, in Weymouth, all which I give to my son Henry after my said wife’s decease or her removal out of the house; always provided, and my Will is that my son Henry Kingman shall keep and maintain his brother William Kingman, four years after my decease upon his own proper cost and charge if he should continue so long, this I give to my son Henry and his heirs.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my three daughters Hannah, Lydia and Sarah, that pasture in Weymouth lying between Colonel Hunt’s land and Lieut. Nashes’ land containing thirty acres or thereabouts to be divided as followeth – that is to say, twelve acres to my daughter Hannah and ten acres to my daughter Lydia and the remainder to my daughter Sarah. Provided always, and my Will is that if my son Thomas Kingman see cause to pay unto my daughter Sarah twenty five pounds in or as money, then he shall have that part of land which I give to my daughter Sarah. This thirty acres to be divided equally as to the quality of it.
Item. I give unto my son Thomas Kingman and my son Henry Kingman that piece of land and meadow that lies between the two acres which I gave to my son Thomas before, and the thirty acres which I gave to my three daughters, being about six acres, on condition that they keep and maintain my son William Kingman five years after the four years are expired, which my son Henry is to maintain him. And if my son William should outlive this term of Time, then my will is that my three sons, Thomas, John and Henry, shall maintain him equally between them during his life.
I give to all my grand children five shillings apiece in or as money, to be paid to them by my Executors within one year after my decease;
And further my will is that my Household Goods and moveables and stock shall be improved to pay my Debts so far as is needful, and the remainder is to be divided between my son Henry and my three daughters Hannah, Lydia and Sarah.
And my Will is that all my outland not mentioned in my Will before, that it be divided equally for quantity and quality between my three sons Thomas, John and Henry, and if any of my sons or either of them should die without issue, that then his part shall be divided between the surviving brothers, and also that if either of my daughters should die without issue, then her part shall be divided between the surviving daughters.
And I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife, Rebecca Kingman, to be Executrix, and my son Thomas Kingman to be executor to this my last Will, and I do desire my loving friends Elder John Rogers and Colonel Ephraim Hunt to be Overseers to see that this my Will be fulfilled, and I do hereby make void and null all other Wills, and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
Thomas Kingman his mark
Signed sealed and published in the presence of us
30 December 1703
Examined pr., P Dudley Registrar
Probate was granted April 1705 to his widow Rebecca and son Thomas.