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Will of John Kingsman, yeoman of Chichester, PA. 1721.


Be it remembered that the fourth day of the first month called March in the year of our Lord 1718/19, I John Kinsman of the township of Chichester in the County of Chester in the province of Pennsylvania, Yeoman, being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory praises being therefore given to Almighty God and considering the uncertainty of this life and knowing that it is appointed all men once to die, therefore for the settling and disposing of such temporal estate as it hath pleased God in his mercy to bestow upon me, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, hereby revoking and making void all other and former Wills by me heretofore made or declared either in word or writing, and my desire is when it pleases God that I shall lay down this earthly tabernacle of clay, that my body be decently buried amongst Friends according to the good order used amongst them and the funeral charges to be paid and satisfied by my executrix hereafter named.


Imprimis; my will is that all my personal estate after my decease be appraised, and after all those debts which I owe in right or conscience to any person or persons are well and truly paid and discharged, the rest I give and bequeath in manner and form following (Viz:)


I give and bequeath unto my grandson Kinsman Dutton the house and plantation which I now live upon situate lying and being in the said township of Chichester in the county and province aforesaid, containing by computation 200 acres of land (be the same more or less) to be by him possessed and enjoyed when he shall arrive at the age of 21 years, free and clear of any encumbrance of quit rents taxes or any other (excepting) what is hereafter mentioned to him the said Kinsman Dutton his heirs and assigns for ever, the said Kinsman Dutton paying under his two younger brothers (viz) Jacob Dutton and Joseph Dutton the sum of £10 each as they arrive at their respective ages of 21 years and if either the said Jacob or Joseph die before they attain their respective ages of 21 years, then the survivor to have the others share, and if it should happen that my said grandson that should die before he attains his full age of 21 years, then and in such case and not otherwise I give and bequeath the said plantation with appurtenances unto my grandson Jacob Dutton to be by him possessed and enjoyed at such time as he shall arrive to his age of 21 years to him the said Jacob Dutton his heirs and assigns for ever, the said Jacob paying unto his said brother Joseph Dutton the sum of £20 at his age aforesaid, and if the said Jacob Dutton should die before he attains his full age of 21 years then and in such case and not otherwise the said plantation premises to be free and clear estate unto the said Joseph Dutton his heirs and assigns for ever.


Item; I give and bequeath by way of legacy unto my two said grandsons, viz: Jacob and Joseph Dutton the sum of £10 (each) to be paid by my executrix hereafter named, to the overseers of this my last will and testament whom hereafter I shall nominate to be by them paid to my to said grandsons when they arrive at their respective ages of 21 years.


Item; I give and bequeath by way of legacy onto my grandson Jo: Dutton the sum of £20 to be paid by my executrix to my overseers at such time after my decease as hereafter I shall mention to be by my overseers paid to my said grandson when he arrives at the age of 21 years.


Item; I give and bequeath by way of legacy onto my granddaughter Hannah Dutton the sum of £10, and six silver spoons, and my biggest silver cup, to be paid by my executrix hereafter named to my overseers hereafter named at such time as hereafter I shall mention, to be by my said overseers paid to my said granddaughter when she shall arrive to the age of 21 years or marriage which first shall happen.


Item; I give by way of legacy onto my granddaughter Mary Dutton the sum of £10 and my lesser silver cup and two silver spoons to be paid by my executrix hereafter named to my overseers hereafter named at the time hereafter mentioned to be paid by my said overseers to my said granddaughter when she shall arrive at the age of 21 years or marriage which first shall happen. But if in case that either of my granddaughters before mentioned should die before they attain their respective ages of 21 years or marriage, that then and in such case the part or share before mentioned of her so dying shall by my said overseers be paid to the survivor at the age aforesaid or time of marriage which first shall happen.


Item; I give to my loving friend Robert Pyle [Note 1]the sum of 5 pounds for the use service and reparation of Chichester Meeting house to be by the said Robert disposed of according as the People called Quakers belonging to that meeting or the majority of them may see meet and convenient.


Item; I give unto my two loving friends (viz:) Robert Pyle of the township of Bethel and John Salkhead of the township of Chester a legacy of 5 pounds, each, to be paid by my executrix hereafter named, within one year after my decease. I also request nominate authorise and appoint that the said friends (viz:) Robert Pyle and John Salkhead to be overseers of this my last Will and Testament to see that the same be duly observed and performed according to this my said will.


Lastly all the rest and residue of my estate real and personal I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Dutton whom I constitute sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby order and appoint my said executrix to pay the legacies and bequests herein this my last Will and Testament given and bequeathed to my grandchildren, to my overseers before named within the expiration of one year after my decease to be by them kept and disposed of to the best advantage for the use and benefit of my said grandchildren until they attain their respective ages hereinbefore mentioned and to be by them paid and discharged as is herein before set forth and described.


And if it shall happen at any time hereafter any ambiguity doubt or question to grow or rise by reason of the imperfection or defect of or in any the words clauses and sentences in this my present last Will and Testament or my true intent and meaning thereof, then the further and better explanation interpretation and construction of the said doubt and ambiguity I will that my said overseers shall expound explain and interpret according to their wisdoms and good discretion.


In witness whereof I have hereunto to this my said last Will and Testament contained on two sheets of paper set my hand and seal the day and year in the beginning of the first sheet above written.


John Kingsman


Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said John Kingsman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of


John Wright


Caleb Cowpland


Jos: Parker


Know all then by these presents that whereas I the above named John Kingsman have made and declared my last Will and Testament the day and year above-mentioned wherein I have given and bequeathed unto my grandson Kinsman Dutton the plantation where I now dwell at such time as he arrives to his full age of 21 years paying the legacies therein mentioned, but it is now my Will and I do hereby give and bequeath the said plantation and premises to my daughter Elizabeth Dutton whom in my will I have constituted my executrix, to her during her natural life for her own proper use and maintenance and not subject to be aliened or extended by any law of this province or any other for the payment of her husband’s debts or any other without her special licence and consent first had and obtained, and after her decease I give and bequeath the same plantation and premises unto my said grandson Kinsman Dutton his heirs and assigns for ever paying the legacies above-mentioned within one year after the decease of his mother.


Likewise I give and bequeath unto my grandson Robert Dutton the sum of £10 to be paid in such manner and form as in my will is expressed to my other children,


and my will and meaning is that this codicil or schedule be and be judged to be part and parcel of my said last will and that all things herein contained and mentioned be faithfully and truly performed in every respect as if the same were set down in my said last Will and Testament.


In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 15th day of March Anno Domini 1720/21


Sealed and delivered in the presence of


William Griffith


Robert Pyle


Jo: Parker


Chester 14 second month 1721 then personally appeared John Wright and Caleb Cowpland two of the witnesses to the above and within written will who on their solemn affirmations according to law did declare they were present and saw the testator above-named sign seal publish pronounce and declare the within writing to be his last Will and Testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind and memory the best of their understanding


Chester the 14 second month 1721 then personally appeared William Griffith and Robert Pyle two of the witnesses to the before written codicil on their solemn affirmations according to law did declare they were present and saw the before named John Kingsman sign seal and declare the aforesaid codicil to be part and parcel of his last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound mind and memory to the best of their understandings.


Coram. Jo: Parker D Regr


Be it remembered that the 14th day of April Anno Domini 1721 the last Will and Testament of John Kingsman late of Chichester in the said county, deceased, was proved in due form of law, and probate and letters of administration was granted to Elizabeth Dutton sole executrix therein named being first attested well and truly to administer and to bring in an inventory of the said deceased’s estate into the registry office for the said county of Chester on or before the 14 day of May next to exhibit and to render a just account of the administration on or before the 14 day of April which will be in the year of our Lord 1722 given under the sale of the said office.


P. Jo: Parker D Regr






Notes:

1. Robert Pyle was also a beneficiary in the will of James Swaffer in 1714. He was married to James Swaffer's daughter, Elizabeth. John Kinsman (Kingsman) was a witness to that will.

2. The clerk who wrote the will uses the spelling "Kinsman" throughout, but it is signed twice, very clearly, "Kingsman"






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