(Anstis was wife of my 11 x great uncle, Stephen Knowling)

In the Name of God Amen the Sixteenth day of September in the second yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraignes Lord and Lady William and Mary King and Queene over England and in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and ninetie &c I Ans[tis] Knowling of Dartmouth in the County of Devon widdow being sick and weake of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thankes and praise be given unto Almighty God ?? doe make voyd and null all former wills and doe make and ?? this to be my last will and testament in manner and forme following first I bequeath mysoul into the hands of Almighty God my maker and Rdeemer and leave my body unto Christian buriall in hope of a happy and blessed resurretton and as for what God hath given me in this world I doe give as followeth Impri[mi]s I doe give unto my kinswoman Mrs Hannah Bayley widdow my best Lukestring gowns and a black silke Cote Item I give and bequeath unto my Cozen Elizabeth Mathews widdow my best mourning gowne and the Coate that belongs unto that gowne and a new silke bra?ched House Coate but for my silke scarfe and black hoods I doe give unto my said Cozen Elizabeth Mathews and to my servant maide Elizabeth Lambell equally to be devided betwixt them two Item I doe give and bequeath unto my Servant maid Elizabeth Lambell the full and just sum[m]e of twenty five pounds in money and the Dust(?) bed she now lies upon with one pare of blanketts and one little pare of sheetes with one redd Coverlid ^ {in margin: 'with one dust Bolster'} and one feather pillow alsoe I doe give her my coloured broad Cloth Coate with a broad silver dart with a sarge Coate with a brod silver Hare ^ {in left margin: 'upon'} itt with my black Crape gowne and black Crape Coate and alsoe my second best mourninge gowne and blackbroad Cloth Coate with all my ordinary wearing Linn?? and as for all the rest of my Lands and tenements within the Parish of St Petrox Dartmouth with the appurtenances thereunto belonging lying in Southtowne Dartmouth and all my Lands and Tenements with thapurtenances lying in St. Saviours in NorthTowne Dartmouth with all my Lands & Tenements with all and every of thapurtenances that I have in Taunton in the County of Sum[m]ersett and with all and every of my goods & Chattles not formerly given nor bequeathed I doe give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Knowling whom I doe ordaine and appoint to be my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and testament and he to pay all my Legacies within two Months after my buriall In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare first above written 1690 An. Knowling sealed and delivered in presence of us John Peare Rebecca Hett Rich. Boodridge
The will was proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and is held at the National Archives. TNA ref: PROB 11/412/253 (more details about source on Anstis' page)  


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