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Will of Bethiah Kinsman of Shaftsbury, Vermont. 1791


In the name of God Amen - the fifth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, I Bethiah Kinsman of Shaftsbury in the County of Bennington and State of Vermont being weak in Body but of perfect Disposing of Mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of the Body, I do hereby Make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth -


First and principally of all I give my Soul to God that Gave it and my Body to the Dust to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named nothing Doubting but in the Morning of the Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the mighty power of God 


And as to those worldly Goods with which it hath pleased God to bless me, I dispose of in the following manner. 


Item. That all my just Debts in Right or Conscience be paid together with my funeral charges by my executor hereafter named. 


Item. That my Executor hereafter named pay out of my Estate eight pounds Lawful money to Prince [Note 2] the Black Boy that I have Brought up, within one month after my Decease. 


Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Kinswoman Bethiah Huntington, [note 3] Daughter of Doctor Samuel Huntington of said Shaftsbury, all and every thing or article of my Estate that I shall die possessed of or that shall be Due to me at my Decease (Except what is otherwise Disposed of by this my Last Will and the moveables that I left at Plainfield in the State of Connecticut) to be hers forever. 


And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint the before said Doctor Samuel Huntington sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament nothing doubting but he will see the same executed according to the true intents and meaning thereof and I do hereby make null and void all other wills and testaments ratifying and confirming this and no others to be my Last Will and Testament. 


Bethiah Kinsman 


Signed, sealed and pronounced and Declared to be the Last Will and Testaments of the before mentioned Bethiah Kinsman in presents of us 


Bliss Willoughby 


Abiathan Waldo 


David Galusha 


Proved at the Probate Court of Bennington District by Dr Samuel Huntington 4th April 1791 before honourable Nathaniel Brush.





Notes:

1. There are no bequests to any children of Bethiah. The Kinsman Family book (Vol II) lists 3 possible sons, but based on very slim evidence. Given this will, it is unlikely that Bethiah had any children of her own.

2. Prince is also mentioned in the estate papers of Robert Kinsman (Bethiah's husband) and the will of Jeremiah Kinsman (executor and beneficiary of Robert's will). He was born a slave into the household of Robert Kinsman and freed in 1791 at age 21. He is possibly the natural child of Robert Kinsman.

3. Bethiah Huntington was great-niece to Bethiah Kinsman.






Last updated 14 Dec 2012