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Will of Thomas Kingsman, Gentleman of Everleigh, Wiltshire. 1723.


In the name of God Amen.


I, Thomas Kingsman of Everleigh in the County of Wiltshire, Gentleman, being [] in health and of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say):


Imprimis, I give, devise and bequeath unto my Godson Thomas Kingsman, son of my late nephew John Kingsman late of Tytherley in the County of Southampton, Clerk, deceased, all that my Messuage or Tenement Farm and Lands, Hereditaments and premises thereunto belonging with their appurtenances situate and lying and being in Everleigh aforesaid and in Collingborne Kingston and Collingborne Juris in the County of Wiltshire, to have and to hold the same unto my said Godson Thomas Kingsman his heirs and assigns for ever from and immediately after the day of his age of one and twenty years, and in the mean time and until my said Godson Thomas Kingsman shall arrive unto the age of one and twenty years my Will is and I hereby give and bequeath unto Richard Whithod of Tytherley aforesaid, Esquire, and unto my nephew the Reverend Mr. William Kingsman, the income, rents and profits of the said Messuage or Tenement Farm, lands and premises to hold to them, their heirs, administrators and assigns until my said Godson Thomas Kingsman shall be of the age of one and twenty years upon Trust that they the said Richard Whithod and William Kingsman and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall set the same estate to the best advantage they can, and the rents and profits arising thereby shall pay, apply and dispose of for and towards the maintenance, support and bringing up of all and every the children of my late deceased nephew John Kingsman.


Also I give to my said Godson Thomas Kingsman the Rookhouse belonging to the said Estate to be held and enjoyed therewith.


Item: I give and bequeath unto the children of my said nephew John Kingsman, deceased, who shall be living at the time of my decease (except my said Godson Thomas Kingsman) the sum of twenty pounds apiece of lawful money of Great Britain and if any or either of them shall die before his, her or their legacy shall become payable or be paid, the legacy or legacies of him, her or them so dying shall go and be paid unto the survivor or survivors of them.


Item: I give and bequeath unto my nephew Phillip Flower the sum of one hundred pounds;


To my nephew Phillip Edwards the sum of fifty pounds;


To my kinsman Thomas Edwards the sum of one hundred pounds;


To my kinswoman Anne Edwards the sum of one hundred pounds;


And to my kinswoman Mary Edwards I give the sum of five hundred pounds and also all my plate and household goods whatsoever.


Item: I give unto my nephew Edward Carpenter the sum of eighty pounds and to my said nephew William Kingsman my Charriot and Horses with the harness and tackle thereunto belonging.


Item: I give unto my niece Elizabeth Bussholl the sum of fifty pounds; to her daughter Elizabeth the sum of fifty pounds; and to her two sons Isaac and John the sum of twenty pounds apiece.


Also I give unto my kinsman Benjamin Winkworth the sum of forty pounds, to my kinsman John Brimsdon and Margaret his wife twenty pounds to buy them Mourning.


To my son-in-law John Reynolds ten pounds to buy him Mourning.


To Elizabeth and Jane Reynolds, daughters of my late son-in-law William Reynolds, deceased, ten pounds apiece.


To my Godson Thomas Gale the sum of ten pounds and to my kinsman John Gale of Everleigh and his wife ten pounds to buy them Mourning.


And my will is that all the aforesaid legacies or sums of money hereby given (except for the sums of twenty pounds apiece to my said nephew John Kingsmans’ children) be paid within one year after my decease and the sums and legacies of twenty pounds apiece as aforesaid unto the children of my said nephew John Kingsman shall be paid them respectively as soon as their said brother Thomas Kingsman should arrive unto the age of one and twenty years together with interest at five per cent for their said respective legacies.


Item: I give to the poor of the parish of Everleigh aforesaid five pounds and to my servant Robert Sodding twelve pounds and ten shillings provided he be living with me at the time of my decease.


Item: I give unto my servant Maud ***** five pounds if she be living with me at the time of my decease.


Item: I give unto the widow Anne Smith of Everleigh aforesaid the sum of forty shillings per annum during her life to be paid out of the rents of my estate.


Item: all the rest and residue of my goods, chattels, money, securities for money and personal estate whatsoever (my debts, legacies and funeral expenses being first paid and satisfied) I give and bequeath unto my said nephew Phillip Flower and unto my said kinswoman Mary Edwards to be equally divided between them and I do hereby make and appoint the said Phillip Flower and Mary Edwards joint Executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I set my hand and seal this tenth day of October in the tenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King George and in the year of Our Lord 1723.


Thomas Kingsman


Signed, sealed published and declared by the said testator Thomas Kingsman as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of:


Cornelius Tirrell

Anne Smith

Abraham Heath


Proved in London, Fifteenth of May 1724







Last updated 23 December 2011