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Will of Dorothy Kinseman of Clipston. 1651

In the name of God Amen 

The 17th day of October Anno Domini 1649. I Dorothy Kinseman of Clipston in the County of Northampton, widow, sole and only daughter and heiress of Moyle Deale, late of London, Gentleman, deceased, being sick in body but of good and perfect memory (God be praised) do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in form following. 

First, I give and commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and Redeemer hoping that by the merits of Jesus Christ my only saviour my soul shall be saved and my sins pardoned 

Secondly my body I commend to the Earth from whence it came. 

And as concerning my worldly estate which it has pleased God to lend me, I give and bequeath as follows: 

First as concerning my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments with their appurtenances whatsoever situate lying and being in of Romney Marsh and Sandwich in the County of Kent, or in any other town or parish whatsoever I give and bequeath unto my ever beloved friends and kinsmen George Buswell of Clipston esquire, John Smith of London, merchant, and John Kinseman of Thistlethwaite [Note 1], Gentleman, their heirs and assigns for ever as feofees in trust for and to the use of my children, entreating their best endeavours therein and not doubting of the same and I do as much as in me lyeth give them and every of them my good friends and kinsmen as aforesaid and their heirs, agents and assigns full power and authority to bargain sell and convey all and every the said messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments with their appurtenances whatsoever to any person or persons whatsoever which they, their heirs, agents or assigns can agree with and the sum or sums of money that can be obtained for the same to be by them given and disposed of to my children which shall be now living as followeth 

That is to say a double portion to Edmund Kinseman my eldest son and the residue thereof to be equally shared and paid amongst Francis Kinseman my second son and Harold Kinseman my youngest son, to Dorothy Kinseman my eldest daughter and Elizabeth Kinseman my younger, to be employed by them to their use for and towards their bringing up and to be paid unto them by the discretion of my said kinsmen, their heirs, agents executors or assigns for their preferment as needs shall require or they think fit. 

And if any of my said children shall die before my friends shall think fit to pay his her or their several portions, that then my will and pleasure is that the portion of him or her so dying shall remain and be equally paid amongst the rest of my said children which then shall be living. 

And as concerning my personal estate I likewise give and bequeath it to my said children to be by my friends aforesaid likewise distributed amongst them. 

And my will is my good kinsmen will consent hereunto that my sons shall be paid their portions at one and twenty years of age and my daughters at eighteen years of age or day of marriage which shall first happen 

And I also in trust my good mother Elizabeth Kinseman and my sister Elizabeth Buswell to see me decently brought to the ground, not doubting but my good mother to her utmost will be helping of my said children until they can otherwise be disposed of by my said friends. 

And I do make my good friends and kinsmen George Buswell, John Smith and John Kinseman to be my executors and my mother Elizabeth Kinseman and my said sister to be overseers of this my last Will and Testament 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year abovesaid. 

The mark of the said Dorothy Kinseman 

Read, signed and published in the presence of 

Ephraim Pippin 

William Haseldine senior 

Richard Hubbard 

Hugh Pooly 

The sixth day of May in the year of our Lord God 1651 a commission issued fourth to Elizabeth Kinseman the natural and lawful mother of Dorothy Kinseman late of Clipston in the County of Northampton, widow, deceased, having at the time of her death goods and chattels, debts in several ***** sufficient to found the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court to administer all the goods chattels and debts of the said deceased according to the tenor and intent of the Will of the said deceased, she being first served by virtue of a commission in that behalf issued fourth well and faithfully to administer the same. George Buswell, John Smith and John Kinseman, the executors named in the will of the said deceased having first renounced the execution of the same Will as by the *** of court duly and may ****.


1. Thistlewaite was in Isleworth, Middlesex

Last updated 13 May 2014