The will of Anstis Knowling ( -1692)

(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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