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Will of Thomas Kingsman, Gentleman of Bernards Inn, London. 1740.


In the Name of God, Amen


I Thomas Kingsman of Bernards Inn London, Gentleman, being of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:


I give and devise unto my dear Mother Mrs Elizabeth Kingsman all my freehold messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever and wherever situate and being, to be held and enjoyed by her for and during the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and devise the said messuages lands tenements and hereditaments unto my aunt Mrs Alice Kingsman to be held and enjoyed by her for and during the term of her natural life and after the decease of my said mother and aunt I give and devise the said messuages lands tenements and hereditaments unto the heirs and assignes of the survivor of them the said Elizabeth Kingsman and Alice Kingsman. 


And I give and bequeath into Mr John Day my rare books and watch and a ring of one guinea value. 


Also I give and bequeath to Mr John Pepys a ring of one guinea value and to Mr Samuel Cant and his wife and Mrs Mary Crump to each of them a ring of one guinea value 


and whereas I lately granted to my said aunt Mrs Alice Kingsman one annuity of ten pounds per annum during her life to be having out of a house in New Street in the possession of one [ ] Wharton, now I do hereby charge and subject my whole Estate with the payment thereof. 


And I do hereby give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my personal estate (after payment of my debts and legacies and funeral charges) unto my said mother Mrs Elizabeth Kingsman whom I do hereby make and appoint sole executrix of this my last will and testament. 


In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty seven.  

Thomas Kingsman



Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Thomas Kingsman the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in the presence of the said testator and at his request subscribed our names as witnesses thereto


S Crates

Henry Warren

Mary Sale


This will was proved at London before the worshipful Edward Kinaston Doctor of Laws, Surrogate of the right worshipful John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws, Master keeper or commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the fifth day of February in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and forty by the oath of Elizabeth Kingsman widow, the mother of the deceased and executrix named in the said will to whom Admon was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the Said deceased being first sworn duly to administer








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