I have emailed this to Faye privately but have posted it here just in case someone else is interested. Julie
Last Will of John Barent Klingenberg otherwise Johan Bernhard Klingenberg.
IN THE NAME OF GOD the Father Son and Holy Spirit I Johan Bernard Klingenberg have in consideration of my mortality in my old age and diseases of my Body but the most High be thanked by the fine use of my understanding well advised concluded hereby to order what after my decease which depends from God with my estates shall be done. I therefore appoint to be universal heirs of my whole Estate – whereof the most part of the Capitals and all the lying grounds I have described in this Estimation.
1. The daughter of my deceased sister namely the wife of Mr Hendrick Ebermeyers(?)and in case she might come to dye (sic) before me her children for the heirs of my Estate but whereof shall and must be deducted what I have lent to the said Madame Ebermeyers(?)husband and mother.
2. For the other half of my Estate the child and grandchildren of my deceased brother shall inherit viz Franz William Klingenberg in Amsterdam the third part but since in that case when he whether in Grace or just acknowledgement in respect of his absence out of absence out of this (…..) shall be declared to be able to inherit and to come into the division but to the contrary when his goods and this the Inheritance that falls on him shall be adjudged to the Exchequer of the Land then shall the shares of my Estate that was to fall upon him come to his BrotherJohan Bernhard Klingenberg for the half and the children of his deceased sister which is married with Hopkers(?) likewise for the half of the Brother Johan Bernhard Klingenberg and when these before me might come to die his children the third part.
3. The children of my brothers daughter Anne Louise married with Hopkers(?) likewise the third But the said Madam Hopkers shall as long as she lives have and enjoy the rents of the hereditary portion of her children and for that purpose shall (…..) this hereditary portion and what as above more is mentioned and in all cases out of my Estate might fall upon them a certain administrator be appointed under the oversight of the High Princely Abbey Chancery whereto I hereby do choose my cousin Mr Johan Bernard Klingenberg above others but in case same should refuse to take such administration him then I do desire the High Princely Chancery to appoint for that purpose a upright and honest man but out of the half of my estate left to this my brothers children and grandchildren shall be deducted all that I have lent and disbursed to their father and grandfather the said Klingenberg in case such is not substituted during my lifetime But my said heirs shall be obliged immediately to pay the following legacies.
To the said children of my brothers daughter married with Hopkers for a prelegacy three hundred rixdollars in money whereof their mother Madam Hopkers likewise shall enjoy the rents during her life.
I make for a (…..) Building for six old or indigent widows or maids that in remembranceof me shall be named the Klingenberg Building five thousand five hundred rixdollars in good and weighty pistols every one of the same to be reckoned five rixdollars which five thousand five hundred rixdollars shall be taken of and from the fourteen hundred pounds sterling which in three several (….) (…..) (…..) to the English Bank in London and I do hereby order that according to the good liking of the High Princely Chancery here out of the said five thousand five hundred rixdollarsfor about thirteen hundred rixdollars on the freedom of the Abbey in a good place under the oversight of the two architects of the Minster Church here shall be built a durable house of one storey wherein six rooms a great room a furnace a garner for wood a kitchen and other commodities and beside that shall be made a own well or that another good house whereby a garden or a room for a garden shall be bought and in the said manner appropriated out of the yearly rents of the remaining four thousand and two hundred rixdollars the said six widows or maids shall enjoy above the free inhabitation and warmth during her life in the common stove or furnace chamber to which endand for the preparation of their meat free shall be delivered every year the amount of twenty five rixdollars wood two rixdollars every week in manner that every one of the every week twelve (…….) the Administrator and Overseer of this building whereto I do bring into consideration the architect and organist of the Minster Church who shall have for their trouble out of rents five rixdollars per annum shall be delivered and given away during (…..) Building no public wicked but alone honest and Christian peaceable persons of the Protestant religion shall be admitted and under the same my present women housekeepers Maria Hedwig Eikhoffs and further my nearest friends of my fathers and mothers side But in case any of the persons that in such manner are taken should become vicious or contentious or given over to drunkenness or causes trouble or hardship to the others such a one immediately shall be removed out of the said buildingOn the contrary to these persons shall be given for their especial Divine Service be given a Bible a good house(….) and other edifying books out of which one of them that shall be found most capable to do it distinctly shall read something to the others who therefore daily and especially on Sunday shall assemble in the furnace room for which she that reads shall receive two rixdollars per annum What now in manner as above is written shall remain in the interest of the four thousand two hundred rixdollars shall be employed for the reparation of the House and other charges that might come to fall but in case this principal sum could be put outin such manner that thereof could be enjoyed more rents every year that then in proportion of what is more the said six widows or maids shall have and enjoy augmentation above the two rixdollars which otherwise they have to receive every week I reverently do desire to Her Royal Highness (name not given in will) the at present Ruling LadyAbbess and her High Successors to honour this building with her High Protection and care and graciously cause that her High Princely Chancery especially may take care that this my order entirely may be followed and performed and especially that the dwelling house may be builded in a good order and the remaining four thousand two hundred rixdollars whether left in the Bank of London or put out on other (lying) grounds in a secure manner and that the interests thereof indeed may be laid out to the said design and that the appointed Administrators the Architect and Organist every year may do a decent account before the High Priestly Chancery
3 I make to the Minster Church for a free inhabitation for both the widows of the Ministers my dwelling house lying on the High Princely freedom
4 To the Building of the (Raderwicher) Church one hundred rixdollars in pistols at five rixdollars
5 To Mr Rudolph, Minister, foe a remembrance a silver watch on the (…..) of which a portrait is to be found
6 I make to madam Anna Margaretha Smits the youngest daughter of the deceased Andries Smits in Amsterdam for a present three hundred rixdollars in pistols of five rixdollars
7 To my said woman housekeeper Maria (…..) Eistchoffs I make in consideration of the faithful service which she with an unwearied zeal hat done to me in my continuing painful sickness and promising to do until my end five hundred rixdollars in pistols of five rixdollars and thereabouts the bed wherever she is sleeping with six sheets for the bed and also the best or largest cabinet for clothes, one smoothing iron, an iron pot which she herself shall choose, a small looking glass with a black (…..), a brass kettle for boiling the water, the smallest brass kettle with all the victuals as flesh, butter and other such things that at my decease shall be on hand
8 To my cousin the periwigmaker Stegerman in (Biclefeld) I do bequeath for a present for his son of which I was Godfather six pistols every and each of them reckoned at five rixdollars
9 My light blue coat and breeches with ten rixdollars in money I make to the linenweaver Metscher who hath a lame wife
10 Immediately after my burial shall be distributedto the poor that have a settled family by the Minster twentyfive rixdollars
11 To the Right (…..) of the Abbey Heidbrinks son of Johan Berend Heidbrink for school hire ten rixdollars which ten rixdollars shall be delivered to one of the ministers of the Minster Church to pay out of the same the school hire ofthe young Heidbrink
12 Finally I do appoint the High Princely Chancery here to be the executors of this my last Will and desire the same to take care that my orders herein contained in all respects exactly shall be fulfilled and likewise immediately after my burial a judicial inventory may be made and also take care that the legacies which I have made may be distributed and the remaining of my whole estate justly may be turned out to my instituted heirs but I keep expressly to me that when after my decease one or more of my dispositions written with my own hand might be found under my writings the same shall have the same force as if herein verbatim inserted in manner my Heirs shall be obliged to pay the same In case this my testament cannot subsist as a lawful testament the same shall subsist as a codicil or another last Will as in the best manner it can subsist according to the LawsI desire also that the same shall be judicial and shall the same personally (…..) in the High Princely Chancery with desire to open the same ex officio the first day after my burial and that the contents thereof by their authority may be executed In witness thereof I have this my hand subscribed and confirmed with my Seal on every page set my name thus done on the High Priestly Abbey freedom at Herford the 27th October 1774
Johan Bernard Klingenberg
That the before standing Copy verbatim doth agree with the original is by means of the High Princely Abbey Chancery seal and subscription of the Chancery Secretary attested Princely Abbey Herford 7 October 1775 High Princely Abbey Chancery here
Faithfully transcribed from the High Dutch by me the subscribed Notary Public sworn and admitted by the Court of Holland residing in Amsterdam the 16th day of November 1775
Dr van Den Brink Not.Pub.
On the fifth day of January in the year of the Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventysix Administration with the Will annexed of the goods and chattels and credits of Johan Barend Klingenbergotherwise Johan Bernhard KlingenbergLate of the City of (Herford in Westphalia) deceased limited so far only as relates to the sum of fourteen hundred pounds four per cent Consolidated Bank Annuities standing in the name of the said deceased in the books of the Bank of England and all interest due thereonbut no further or otherwise was granted to Godfrey Molling of Dowgate Hill in the parish of St Mary BothamLondon Merchant the lawful attorney of Earl otherwise Charles Wrisberg director of the Chancery of Her Royal Highness the Princess and Abbess of the said city of Herford Frederick Welhagen Controller of the said Chancery Johan Reinhold otherwise John Reinhold first clerk of the said Chancery and Earl Joachim otherwise Charles Joachim Assistant Clerk and Sheriff in the aforesaid Chancery in the said City of Herford and as such the executors named in the said Will for the use and benefit of the said executors now residing in the said City of Herford he having been first sworn duly to administer.