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Will of Ann Kinsman, Spinster of Stoke Damerel, Devon

Proved 12 June 1798

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/1308/147, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Elizabeth Bickerstaffe

[In this transcript all punctuation is editorial. With regards capital letters modern usage has been employed throughout.]

In the name of God Amen I Ann Kinsman of Plymouth Dock in the parish of Stoke Damerel in the County of Devon, spinster, do make this my last will and testament hereby disannulling all wills by me at any time made and first I commit my soul unto the hands of my faithful Creator trusting in the merits of my adorable Redeemer Jesus Christ for the pardon of all my sins and the salvation of my soul and my body to the earth to be interred according to the discretion and direction of my executrixes and as to such worldly goods as God in his providence hath given me after payment of my such debts first I give and bequeath to my dear brother John Kinsman now of Callington Cornwall twenty pounds. I give and bequeath to my dear sister Mary Barnett wife of John Barnett, clock and watch maker Tavistock, Devon, twenty pounds. I give and bequeath to my nephews John Andrew and Arthur,?Wallis Barnett of Tavistock, children of the said Mary Barnett, five pounds each to every of them. I give and bequeath to my niece Ann Sparke wife of Isaac Sparke of Plymouth Dock, surgeon, the sum of five pounds. I give and bequeath to my nephew Andrew Kinsman of Plymouth, grocer, five pounds. I give and bequeath to my nephew Robert Horton Kinsman of Tavistock two pounds two shillings. I give and bequeath to Susanna Kinsman and Mary Ann Kinsman daughters of my nephew Andrew Kinsman of Plymouth, grocer, two pounds each or every of them. I give and bequeath to my niece Joanna Kinsman daughter of my brother John Kinsman of Callington Cornwall two pounds two shillings. I give and bequeath to Catherine Rimer Kinsman, Andrew Guyse Kinsman, Elizabeth Poole Kinsman, Joanna Guyse Kinsman, William Poole Kinsman and John Guyse Kinsman, children of Andrew Kinsman of Plymouth, grocer, one pound one shilling each and every of them. I give and bequeath to my niece Mary Ann Kinsman daughter of my brother John Kinsman of Callington Cornwall one hundred and fifty pounds of stock of the money I have in the three per cent Consols. I give and bequeath to my dear sister-in-law Joanna Kinsman of Plymouth Dock widow one hundred and fifty pounds stock being the remainder of the stock I have in the three per cent Consols and I do give and bequeath her my bed and furniture and do make her and my dear niece Mary Ann Kinsman daughter of my brother John Kinsman my joint and sole executrixes and residuary legatees and if I should survive my dear sister-in-law Joanna Kinsman of Plymouth Dock, widow, I give and bequeath what she hath left me on her will of what kind and to what amount soever it may be to John Guyse Sparke son of my niece Ann Sparke, wife of Isaac Sparke of Plymouth Dock, surgeon. In witness whereof to this my last will and testament wrote on two sheets of paper I have set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of November one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.
Signed - Ann Kinsman
Witnessed in the presence of us, David Daw and James Dinnis

CODICIL My best bonnet to my sister-in-law Joanna Kinsman; best satin gown and coat, bombazine 1 gown and coat, best satin cloak, two plain muslin aprons, two holland 2 aprons, one of my best caps and the ring that was Aunt Clements to my sister Barnett; my watch to my nephew John Barnett; half dozen silver teaspoons and two more tablespoons to my niece Jane Richards; my mourning ring for my brother to my niece Ann Sparke; my purple silk gown and coat, worked apron and handkerchief broad lace apron, the ring for my father to my niece Susanna Kinsman; 1 tablespoon my niece Mary Ann Kinsman Plymouth; the ring marked A K my nephew Andrew Kinsman Callington; 1 tablespoon and silver milk jug to my nephew John Knill Kinsman; all that remains to be left to my niece Mary Ann Kinsman daughter of my brother John Kinsman for her own separate use and to be disposed of as she shall think proper; best cloak to my sister Kinsman Callington

This will was proved at London with a codicil the twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne, knight, Doctor of Laws, Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oaths of Joanna Kinsman widow and Mary Ann Kinsman spinster the executrixes named in the said will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the deceased having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.

1A fine twilled fabric of silk and worsted or cotton, often dyed black and used for mourning clothes. Dark dyes were expensive to produce and a status symbol. The use of cotton was banned in England for some periods of this century to protect the domestic textile market.
2Course linen cloth/smooth hard-wearing linen