The Will of John Kinge
Yeoman of Great Paxton d.1622

1622 - Will of John Kinge, Yeoman of Great Paxton - scan of the original

In the name of God amen

The xxiijth (twenty third) day of July 1622, I John Kinge of Great Paxton in the county of Hunt. yeoman being sicke and weake in bodie but yet of good and perfect mind and remembrance, thanks be to God therefore, doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following.

First I commend my soule into the hands of Almightie God hopeing to be saved by the meritte death and passion of Jesus Christ and to be made partaker of the life everlasting and my bodie to the earth from whence it came to be buried where my executrix shall think meet and as for my worldlie goodes I dispose of them as followeth.

Inprimis I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Kinge, Hellen Kinge, Alice Kinge and Mary Kinge, my daughters to every one of them seven score and tenn pounds a peece of lawfull English money to be paid unto them at their severall ages of eighteen years and if it shall happen any of my said four daughters do depart this world before they shall accomplish their severall ages of eighteen years then my will and meaning is that her or their parts so dying shall be equally divided amongst the rest of them.

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Kinge, my daughter my white backed heffer and the blacke bullock that were [Danses]

Item I give unto Hellen my daughter that bullock which I bought of Michell of Offord.

Item I give and bequeath unto every one of my daughters three cows a peece and my will and meaning is that my executrix shall breed up a bullock for Mary my daughter the next year after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath unto William Kinge and John Kinge, the two sonnes of my brother Abraham Kinge to eyther of them two of my best lambes a peece that be in [Coffen].

Item I give and bequeath unto every one of my godchildren an ewe lambe.

Item my will and meaning is that my executrix shall pay the fines for my sonne William for the coppyholde land at her charge also my will and meaning is that the bedstead in the parlor, the longe table in the hall and the formes, the cubboard in the hall and the glassware shall be standerds in the house and remain to the behoof of William my sonne, also the dresser and the penn in the kitchen to be standerds for William my sonne.

Item I give and bequeath unto Agnes Doodson my servant one ewe sheep.

Item I give and bequeath unto the poore people of Great Paxton and Toseland to every house twelve pence.

Item I give and bequeath to the repair of the canopy of Great Paxton six shillings to be bestowed when my friend Gilbert Longe shall appoint.

Item I give and bequeath unto the ringers three shillings four pence.

All the rest and residue of my goodes, debts, right corn grain cattells and chattels household stuffe and implements unbequeathed and also all my landes and tenements both coppie and free during the minority of William Kinge my sonne I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Kinge my wife whom I doe nominate ordayne and make my sole executrix of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this day and year above written.

Signed et sigilla John Kinge

Read sealed subscribed and acknowledged in the presence of Gilbert Longe

Abraham Kinge

Elizabeth Kinge (widdow) her marke

Divers others and goodwife Bull and goodwife [Lennet]


PROBATUM fuit Testamentum superscriptum apud London coram venerabili viro Domino Willimo Byrd milite legum doctore Curiae Prerogativae Cantuarensis Magistro Custode sive Commissario legitime constituto vicesimo primo die mensis Septembris Anno Domini Millesimo Sexcentesimo Vicesimo secundo Jurametis Elizabethe Kinge relictio dicti defuncti Executrix in huiusmodi testa[men]to nominat Cui Commissa fuit Administratio Bonorum iurium et creditorum dicti defuncti de bene et fideliter administrand[] ea[dem] Ad sancta Dei evangelia coram Thomae  Atkinson vicario de Paxton magna vigore Commissionis al[ia]s in ea[dem] parte emanat Jurat. 


This will above written was proved in London before the venerable Sir William Byrd, knight, Doctor of Laws master keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the twenty-second day of the month of September in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred and Twenty-Two.  By the oath of Elizabeth Kinge widow of the said deceased and nominated Executrix in such will to which administration was granted of Goods, rights and credits of the said deceased.  Well and faithfully to administer the same as sworn on the Holy Gospel of God in the presence of Thomas Atkinson, vicar of Great Paxton, by force of the Commission  in that part otherwise arising.

Transcription by Rachel Osborne