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Will of Joseph Kinsman, Citizen and Plasterer of London. 1662


In the name of God Amen 


I Joseph Kinsman, citizen and plasterer of London, being sick in body but whole of mind and of a good and perfect remembrance in all things (all praise be given to God) do therefore make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say:


First, I give and bequeath my soul unto the hands of Almighty God, who is my only saviour and Redeemer. My body to be buried where with most convenience it may be I leave to the discretion of my dear wife in hope of a full resurrection both soul and body when the last trump shall sound. 


And for that small pittance of worldly goods that God has him pleased to bestow upon me I devise of it as according to this manner following: 


First, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Ryland wife to Thomas Ryland the sum of twelve pence. 


Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel Piggott the wife of Bartholomew Piggott twelve pence. 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Dring the wife of Peter Dring the sum of twelve pence. 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Faith Derrington the wife of Francis Derrington the sum of twelve pence. 


Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ruth Kinsman, the sum of twelve pence. 


All which said several sums of twelve pence apiece is to be of lawful English money and paid within six weeks after my decease by my executrix. 


All the rest of my goods whatsoever not herein disposed of, I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Mary Kinsman whom I make sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament, whom I shall entreat as she hath been ever kind to her children, so still to continue, if and I hope they will be tender unto her their good mother. 


As for the shop and lease and material therein I did not dispose of it because I did not know how my estate might hold out to pay my debts and leave something for my poor wife. What is overplus in the shop I would have my executrix to bestow it upon my daughter Ruth, who has not yet tasted the fruits of his **** hands. 


All these lines were written by my own hand and as my last Will and Testament 


In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, August tenth day of August 1662 


Witness hereof 


Christopher Welles


John Bailson 


Probate in London by Maria Kingsman, relict and executrix, 21 November 1662








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