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Last Will & Testament of
John KINNS - 1768

In the Name of God Amen, I John Kinns of Cranfield in the County of Bedford Corkcutter do this fourth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty four make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following, That is to say, First and principally I commend my Spirit to God who gave it and my body I committ to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors herein after named and as touchng such worldly Estate as it has pleased God in his kind providence to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as following, That is to say,

I give and devise to my son Cornelius Kinns all the freehold Messuages, Cottage, or Tenement situate standing and being in Cranfield aforesaid and all and singular the outhouses and appurtenances I hereunto belonging and also all that one acre of freehold arable Land lying in the common fields of Cranfield aforesaid To hold to him and his assigns for and during the term of his natural life he the said Cornelius Kinns and committing no waste thereon but keep the same in good and tenantable repair and from and immediately after his decease then...
I give and devise the same Messuage Cottage or Tenement and acre of arable Land to my grandson John Kinns son of William Kinns of Cranfield aforesaid, Taylor, and his heirs and assigns for ever,

I give and bequeath to my son Cornelius Kinns and Thomas Kinns all and every of the rough cork and stock of Cork ready made to be equally divided between them share and share alike

I give and bequeath all and singular my household goods of what nature kind or quality soever unto my said son Cornelius Kinns and my daughter Sarah the wife of John Randall of Cranfield aforesaid, Butcher, to be equally divided between them share and share alike except the clock dresser and shelves which my will and mind is and I do hereby order and direct shall go along and remain as standard to the above mentioned Messuage Cottage or Tenement and by this my Will given and devised in manner as aforesaid 

I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Sarah Randall the sum of twenty pounds

I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann the wife of John Osborne of Cranfield aforesaid, Butcher, the like sum of twenty pounds of Lawful money of Great Britain to be paid unto them by my Executors herein after named within six Kalender months next after my decease and

Lastly all the rest residue and remainder of my personal Estate of what nature kind or quality whatsoever after my just debts legacies and funeral expenses are fully paid and satisfied I give and bequeath the same unto my sons Cornelius Kinns, William Kinns, Thomas Kinns and Robert Kinns
whom I do hereby constitute and appoint joint Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke disannul and make void all former and other Wills by me at any other time heretofore made declaring this only to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said John Kinns the testator have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day and year first above written
John Kinns  

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Kinns the testator and for to be his Last Will and Testament the word and bequeath being first wrote on a Razure in the thirteenth line in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto
Isaac Coote, John Coates, Jn Loach

Proved June?? 18 1768 by Cornelius Kinns, William Kinns, Thomas Kinns and Robert Kinns the joint Executors within named who was duly sworn according to Law before the Reverend Mr Thomas Birt our Lawful Surrogate.


Arch Of Bedford Wills : KINNS, Jn, Cranfield, Cork Cutter 1768/31
Acknowledgement to Beds & Luton Archives Service

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