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Will of Robert Kinsman of Essex, Massachussetts. 1713

In the Name of God, Amen. I , Robert Kinsman, [Senr]. of Ipswwich, in ye County of Essex in New England, Glaizer, being aged, & not knowing how soon it may please God to take mee out of this world, yet thro' Gods Goodness of perfect mind & memory, & being willing to settle ye small yt I have not yet Disposed off by Deed of Gift to my two sons, Joseph & Robert, & my Grand sons, ye sons of my son Thomas dec., I make & ordaine this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament, & Dispose of my person & estate in manner & fforme folllowing. 

I give & comend my soul to God, who gave it mee, hopeing & beleiving yt thro' ye meritts of Christ Jesus my blessed Saviour, to obtaine a Glorious Resurrection to Life Eternall, and my Body to be Decently buryed att ye Discretion of my Executors & Overseers hearafter named. 

As to my outward estate, I will yt all my just & honest Debts & funerall charges be payd & Discharged by my Executors hereafter named in convient time after my Decease. 

I give to my two sons Joseph & Robert Kinsman , all my Glazeing Tools, Husbundry, and Carpenter Tools, of all sorts to be equally Divided between them. I also give them my ffowling peice, & all with what they already have had by Deed, to be their portion, and they, equally to pay all my Debts & ffunerall Expences. 

I give to my Daughter, Sarah Perkins, who stayed longest with me, my Bed in ye great chamber, with all ye furniture belonging to it.

I give to my Daughter, Unice Burnam, my chest of draws. 

I give to my five Daughters, Mary, Sarah, Joanna, Margarett & Unice all my movable estate of household goods & Debts yt shall be due att my Decease, and all my quick stock of all sorts & kinds whatsoever, as cattle, sheep, & horse kind, except what I hereafter in this my will shall be Disposed of, & also my crane, tramells & hooks, equally to be Divided among them five.

I give to my son Pelatiah, but ten shillings besides what I have given him already. 

Item. I give unto my maid Eliz Dingey, five good sheep if she abide with mee til my Decease, otherwise I give but three good sheep. 

Item. In consideration, my son Joseph Kinsman haveing had many priviledges & advantages which my son Robert hath not had, I see no cause to give him more, but I give my son Robert twenty pounds out of what he was to pay after my Decease, & to be Deducted from his sisters equally. 

Item. I constitute, ordaine & appoint my said two sons Joseph & Robert Kinsman to be Joynt Executors, to this my Last Will & Testament, & I desire my well respected friends, Deacon Nath'll Knowton & Daniel Rogers of Ipswich, to be Overseers, to see this my Will fullfilled. 

In confirmation that this is my Last Will and Testament, I ye above said Robert Kinsman, Doe hereunto sett my hand & seale, this twenty-fourth day of August, Anno Dom. 1710, in ye ninth of her Majesties Reigne Anne of Great Brittaine, & c Queen. 

Robert Kinsman [Seal] 

Signed,sealed, pubished & Declared in presence of 

Daniel Rogers 

Nath' Knowlton 

John Potter 

Proved March 12, 1712/13.

Last updated 28 August 2015