In her 1736 Staffordshire will, a woman named Mary Simpson named her grandson (John Bourne) executor. Bourne requested a proxy (George Hand), and in the proxy request, officials referred to Simpson as a spinster. See image below, in which "spinster" was inserted after another word (possibly "widow") was erased. Nowhere in the will does Simpson refer to her daughter (Bourne's mother) as a "natural" daughter, which was the standard form for referring to children born out of wedlock. Nor does she refer to a husband. I am curious to hear how others might interpret this.