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William Cheney - April 30, 1667

[Suffolk Probate #458, proved July 30, 1667]

Being sick in body, & of perfect understanding & memory according to my
measure, I make this my last will & testament. My will is, that my deare &
afflicted wife, Margaret Cheiney, be carfully & sufficiently provided for
during the time of her life, & to that end my will is, that she have all the
rents & proffitts yearely, & every years, during the afresayd tearms, of all
my houses, lands, & orchards, that I die possessed of, wither in Roxbury,
Boston, or els where, except such part of my lands or estate which I shall
here after in this my will dispose of to my children or otherwise, which
estate bequeathed by me unto my sayad wife, it is my will, that she enter
upon & be possessed of immediately after my decease (to witt) the present
cropp upon all the land & the use of all my household stuffe & goods, my
debtts & funerall expenses being in the first place with all convenient
speed fully discharged; & for my wifes more comfortable being, my desire is,
that one of my executors may live in my house in Roxbury, with her, to injoy
the housing & lands by the yeare which I have as is aforesayd given unto my
wife, upon such equall termes as my other executor & overseers shall agree
with him for, but in case both my executors see cause to refuse to accept of
this motion in answer to my desire herein, then my will is, that it be let
outt by my executors & overseers to the best advantage for my wife
comfortable maintenance. When all my debts & Legacies are discharged out of
my stock & husbandry utensills, as cartts, plows & such like, what remaines
of my stock afterwards, my will is, it be let out or disposed of for my
wifes use by my executors, with the advice of my overseers; And my will is,
that all my moveables be for my wifes use during her life, except what is
before disposed. And in case what is above expressed be not sufficient for
the comfortable maintenance of my wife, then my will is, that the house at
Boston be sold & improved for her further & better supply. I bequeath unto
my sonne, John Cheiney, all that land both Aeirable & pasture lying on the
east side of the great lotts, being with in the great lotts, being twenty
accres, more or lesse, being nowe in the possession of the sayd John. Allso,
I give to my sayd sonne, a percell of meadow in the fresh meades being two
accres, be the same more or lesse, as it lyeth on the south of a ditch made
to dreine the sayd meadow. Also I give unto him one accre of salt marsh, be
it more or lesse, as it lyeth bounded with a creeke next the marsh of John
Bowles, formerly Isaack Heaths. Also I give unto him eitht accres of land,
mor or lesse, lying neare the house of William Hopkinns, All & every of
these percells of lands my will is, that my sayd sonne John, be possessed of
immediately after my decease. I give to my sonne, William Cheiney, all my
land lying in Medfield, lately in the possession of my sayd sonne, upon this
condition or promise, that he & his wife, Deborah, be reconsiled & live
together in Meedfield or ells where to the satisfaction of John Wiswall, of
Boston, & Deacon Parke of Roxbury, but not in Providence or that
Jurisdiction; provided allso, that what either my selfe or Deacon William
Parke have allready payd, or doe stand ingaged for unto the Court in his
behalfe, be first repayd & fully discharged by him, his heirs, or assignes;
but otherwise, if my sayd sonne neglect or refuse to accept it with these
provisoes, then my will is, that twenty pounds be payd to John Wiswall of
Boston, out of my estate. To sonne, Joseph Cheiney, £60 (to witt) my land
lying in the third devission, being thirty seaven accres, more or lesse, &
twenty pounds to be payd to my sayd sonne, Joseph, out of my stock. My will
is, that my three daughters (to witt) Ellin, Margret & mehitobell, have each
of them £10 payd to them out of my stock. After my wifes decease, my will
is, first that all my houses & lands in Roxbury undisposed of before by this
will, I doe give unto two sonnes of my eldest sonne, Thomas Cheiney (to
witt) his sonne, Thomas, & his sonne, William to be improved for their
beniffitt by ther father untill they are 21 years old, then to be injoyed by
them. What remaines of my estate after my wifes decease wither in stock or
otherwise, in housing or lands (in any other towne) or estate in any kind
undisposed of by this my will, My will is, that one halfe of it be given to
my sonne, Joseph Cheiney, & for the other halfe thereof, my will is, that it
be Devided into four equall parts, & so dispose of it to my sonne, John
Cheiney, & to my three aforesayd daughters, to each of them an equall
portion thereof. I make my two sonnes, Thomas Cheiney & Thomas Hasting, the
executors of this my will, requesting my friends Mr. John Eliot, Deacon
William Parke, & Edward Denison to be overseers. Aprill the last, sixty
seaven.
Witnesse, William X Cheiney
John Newell, Samuell Scarborow


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Thomas Sears - July 1, 1788

In the name of God Amen. The first day of July 1788. I Thomas Seares being
in my perfect sense and memory make this my last will and testament. first
of all my sole unto God who have it and my body to be decently buried at
the discretion of my Executors. First of all I lend unto my beloved wife
Elizabeth Seares all my Estate both real and personal during her natural
life or widowhood and if she should die before before my son William comes
to the age of twenty one years, for the whole of my Estate to be kept
together until he arrive to that age and if my Daughter Elizabeth lives
single to have her place of abidance on the plantation until my son William
arrives to the age of twenty one years and if my wife should die before
William comes of age [Polly Searles] and her children to live on the
plantation with Elizabeth Seares till [she marries]. It is my will and desire
after my wife's decease for my son William Seares to have my land. I give
unto my son Joseph twenty pounds in money, likewise I give to my daughter
Mary Searls twenty pounds. It is my will and desire that my Negroes be
equally divide among the rest of my children to wite: Thomas, Elizabeth,
John, Henry and William. Last of all I appoint my wife Elisabeth Seares my
Sons Thomas and John Seares my executors to this my last will and testament,
witness my hand and seal this 1st day of July 1788.

[Transcription is from a family source. Bracketted words difficult to read.]


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Peter Carpenter - November 7, 1816

    In the Name of God Amen. I peter Carpenter of Lincoln County State of
North Carolina being of Sound mind and understand & memory, But Concidering
the uncirtinty of Humanlife thought fit and Propper to make this my Last
Will & Testament in the following manner. Viz. I recomend my Soul unto the
Hands of God and my Bodey to the Earth to be bureyed in a Christian manner
and as tuching such worldley Estate where with It hath Pleased god to Bless
one in this life. I give devise & Dispose of the Same in the folowing manner
& form, that is I give and bequath unto my Beloved Sons Samuel and unto my
beloved Son William my Smith Tools in Eaqual share by them to be Peuble <?>
posessed and also unto my Son William my Still and all the vessels that
belong to it, also all my Houshold furniture and farming utintiels and wagon
including colocks <?> and vash <?> and a large Brass kittle & all my efects,
notes, bonds, and Cash Excepted that belong to me to be by him posessed that
is if the Provided he the Said William gives me a good and sufition
mantainess During my life. itam give and bequath unto my Beloved Daughter
Anna Crouse two Hundred and fifty Dollars out of my money that is if there
is so much at hand after my Death. Itam I give and Bequath unto my beloved
Daughter Fanna Eaker two Hundred and fifty Dollars to be Paid out of my
money that is if there is so much at hand after my Death. Itam I give &
bequath an my Beloved Son Christian and my beloved Son John and my Beloved
Son David and my beloved Son Jacob and my beloved Son Joseph and my beloved
Son Henrey and my beloved Son Frederic & my beloved Son Abraham and my
beloved Son Samuel and my beloved Son William all and Each of them Eaqual
share in all the money that ma be left after all and Each of them Settle
there acompts that the are Charged with in my Books to be Divided between
them.
I Likewise Constitute make and ordain my Son Saml. Jacob & William and
Danniel Eaker to Execute this my Last will and Testament In witness whereof
I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 7th Day of November in the year of
our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Sixteen Signed Sealed and acknoledged
In Presence of us by the Said Peter Carpenter as his Last will and testament.
Signed and aknoledged in his
Presens of us Peter p. Carpenter
Jacob Aderhold Jurat mark
Jos. Carpenter

State of North Carolina April Sessions 1817
Lincoln County
The written will was produced in Court & proved by the oath of Jacob
Aderhold & admitted to Record
Witness. Vardry McBee C.C.


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George Painter - August 3, 1828

   In the Name of god Amen. I george Painter of the County of Rutherford 
and State North Carolina Being Very Sick and weake in Body But of perfect
mind and memory thanks be given Unto god Calling unto mind the mortality of
my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all man once to Die Do make and
ordain this my last will and testament that is to Say princapally and first
of all I give and Recommend my Sole into the hand of almighty god that give
it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be buryed in a Decent Christian
Buryell at the Descretion of my Executor Nothing Doubting but the general
Resurection I Shall Receive the Same again by the mighty power of god
and as tuching Such Worldly astate wherewith it has pleased god to Bless
me in this Life I give Demise and Dispose of the Same in the following manner
and form
first I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Caty Trulove ten Shillings
and I also give my Daughter Barbary freeman ten Shillings
and I also give my Son Leonard painter ten Shillings
and I also give my Son george painter ten Shillings
and I also give Michel painter ten Shillings
and I also give my Daughter Eve Deck ten Shillings
and I also give my Daughter Elizabeth painter ten Shillings
and I also give Benjamin freeman painter ten Shillings
and I also give my Son Joel painter ten Shillings
and I also give my Dearly Beloved Wife one hundred and Seventy acres of Land
where I now Live on and my mill and mesheen
and I also give my wife rebeccah harris painter two negros a boy Called
meger and a gal Called Chainney and Chainney increse and my horse Beasts and
all my Cattle and my household furniture and my working tules and all my
farming instruments and all that I poses in this world beside the above
Stated if She Remans a widow and if she maries She is only to have a Child
part
and I also give Caty Burnet one Bed and furniture and one Cow and Calf
and I do authorise and power that at hur Death to devide this property
Between (h)ur Children as She Sees proper
and Do hearby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannull all and Every other
former testaments legicies and Executors by in any wise before named Willed
and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last will
and testament in Witness hereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this
third day of august in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and
twenty Eight
Signed Sealed published and pronounced and Decleared by the Said george
painter as his Last will and testament in the presents of us who in his
presents and in the presents of Each other have hereto Subscribed our names
test
george painter /ss/
Robert Johnson
David Johnson

State of North Carolina
To the Justice & Clerk of the Court of pleas and Quarter Session of
Rutherford County
Greeting
Whereas lately in our Superior Court of Law held for Rutherford County a
paper writing purporting to be the Last will and testament of George Paynter
decd and herewith transmitted was by the finding of the Jury & Judgement
of Court found and declared to be in truth & fact the Last will and
testament of said George Paynter decd & being so found and duly proven in
our said Court & ordered to be recorded as well in your said Court as in
this Court together with the certificate of probate herewith transmitted---
These are therefor to command you forthwith to cause the said will & record
or certificate of Probate to be recorded in due form on the records of your
said Court according to the provisions of Law in Such Case made & proved
Witness Jck Webb Clerk of said Court at office the 5th monday after the
4th monday in September AD 1843
isud the 9th day February AD 1844
Jck Webb Clk


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Joseph Carpenter - February 11, 1829

   In the Name of God, Amen.
I Joseph Carpenter of the County of Rutherford and State of North
Carolina Calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the Certainty of Death
do make this my last will and testament. first of all I do bequeath my soul
to God who gave it and my Body to be decently Buried at the discretion of my
Executors Nothin doubting but that I shall receive it at the Last day.
I do give and bequeth to my son Hiram Carpenter ten Dollars.

I do likewise give and bequeth to my son William J. Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my Son Emanuel M. Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my son Daniel T. Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my son John H. Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my Daughter Mairah Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my son Samuel Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my son James Carpenter ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my Daughter Nancy Walton ten Dollars.
I do likewise bequeth to my Daughter Miry Isena Carpenter ten Dollars.
all the Rest of Estate both Real and Personal that God in his kind
Providence hath Blessed me with I do give and bequeth to my Loveing Wife
Elizabeth to be Her absolute property.
I do hereby constitute and apoint my Loving Wife Elizabeth and my son
Hiram Carpenter & William J. Carpenter Executors of this my last Will and
testament in testamoney whareof I have hereunto set my hand and afixed my
Seal this 11th Day of Feby 1829.

Signed, Sealed and acknowledged
in presents of Test.
James Carpenter Joseph Carpenter
Orville kee Wilson
R. R. Wilson (Jurat)


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Asa Kerby - July 30, 1850

   I Asa Kerby of the County of Randolph, State of Missouri, now being of
advanced age, but of sound mind and being desirous to arrange My earthly
business in life knowing the certainty of death do make this my last will &
testiment in the name and fear of God. Amen.
In the first place my wish is that my soul return to God who gave it and
that my body be decently buried. I then wish all of my just debts paid and
for the further maintenance of my wife Martha Elizabeth Kerby my will and
desire is that she shall have for her own use and benefit during her
lifetime all my tract of land containing two hundred & forty acres, viz--
the N. W. qr. of section twenty nine in Township fifty three of Range fifteen
containing 160 acres also the N. W. qr. of the S. W. qr. and the N. E. qr.
of the S. W. qr of Section twenty nine in Township fifty three of Range
fifteen and after the death of my wife all the above named lands with all
the appertenances there unto belonging to belong to my son Asa H. Kerby or
his wife's legal heirs.
And for the better support of my wife my will is that she shall have all
of my crop and stock and household furniture of every kind after selling
enough of the same to pay my debts and giving my son Asa H. Kerby one good
bed and furniture and also that my daughter Polly G. Kerby shall have one
horse, bridle and saddle and one cow and calf and two beds and furniture and
all the balance to be kept for the use of my wife during her lifetime and
also my wish is that my wife shall have the following named negroes during
her lifetime viz-- Absolom Liddy, Easther Conchman, and Samuel and after the
death of my wife my will is that the said negroes with all their increase
and said household furniture and stock of all kind, be equally divided among
all of my children or their legal heirs and for the present support of my
children which has not yet received any slaves from me my will is that the
following distribution be made as soon as practicable after my death. Viz--
I hereby will to Asa H. Kerby my negro boy George and I will to my daughter
Malinda McDavitt my negro boy Alexander, and I will to my son-in-law Wm. F.
Gaines and Nancy his wife my negro boy Matt and also the infant girl child
of the woman Liddy and I also will that my daughter Polly G. Kerby shall
have my negro girl Isabella and my negro boy Zachariah and also my will is
that my son-in-law Wm Walker and Sophiah his wife shall have my negro boy
James and my wish and desire is that my son Asa H. Kerby and my son-in-law
Wm. F. Gaines jointly shall execute and carry out this my last will and
testament in every particular for the use and benefit of those interested &c.
In testimony where of I here unto set my hand and seal this 30th day of
July 1850

Signed in the presence of his
Wiley Sears (X) his mark Asa x Kerby
Wm Upton mark
Proved 23 Mar 1851 by Wiley Sears, and 23 Apr 1851 by William Upton
File Book C, Wills Bonds, Letters 1849-1853, Randolph Co., MO, pages 103-06


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Elizabeth Carpenter - July 24, 1856

   In the name of god Amen.
I Elizabeth Carpenter of the county of Rutherford and State of north
Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertainty of
my earthley existence do make and Declare this my last will and testament
in manner and form following that is to say first that my executors herein
after named Shall provide for my Boddy a decente buriel Suitable to the
wishes of my relations and friends and pay all funeral expences together
with my just debts whosoever and to whomsoever out of the moneys that may
first come into their hands as a parte or parsel of my estate.
Item. I give and devise to my beloved daughter mirey isunah bradley During
her life and at Here Deth here bodiley heirs one negro boy lafayett and one
half of all my land including the dwelling hous and one half of all my hous
hold and kichen furniture to be her full sherar of all of my estate.
Item. I give and devise to my beloved daughter Nancy W. Edwards one negro
girl named Clarisa and one half of all my land and one half of all my
household and Kitchean furniture to have and to hold During her life and at
her Deth to here bodiley heirs to be here full shear of all of my estate.
Item. I give to James J. Jones one horse colte for the neighteral love
and afections I have for him.
Item. and wheras all my sons is of full age to wit. Hiram & William &
Morton & Daniel & John & Samuel & James. I give and bequeath to my Seve Sons
above named all the remainder of my property and estate, negroes, Stock of
all sorte together with all farming tools and crops of all sorts to be sold
at the highest bidder and the notes, moneys, and everythin that is remaining
after the three first items to be equaley divided between my Seven Sons
Hiram Carpenter & Wm. J. Carpenter & E. M. Carpenter & daniel T. Carpenter
& John Carpenter & Samuel A. Carpenter & James Carpenter.
Item. I appointe my to sons Em. M. Carpenter & James Carpenter to Devide
the land betweend Nancy Edwards & mrey bradley and lastly I do hereby
constitute and appointe my trusty sones to wt E. M. Carpenter & James
Carpenter my lawfull executors to all intence and purposes to execute this
my last will and testiment acording to the true intent and meaning of the
Same and everey parte and clause thare of in witness whare of I the said
Elisabeth Carpenter do here unto set my hand and seal this 24 day of july
AD 1856

Signed, Sealed, published,
and declared by the said Elisabeth Elisabeth her X mark Carpenter
Carpenter to be here last will and testament
in the preasants of us who at here requested
and in here presants do Subscribe our names
as witnesses there unto
Lawson Eaves (Jurat)
P. A. Carpenter (Jurat)

Whereas I Elisabeth Carpenter have made my last will and testement in
writing bearing date on the 24 day of July 1856 and have there by made
sundrey devisons and bequeaths which I have since been studying on and I do
by this my writing which I herby declare to be a codacil to my said will to
be taken and considered as a parte thereof will and direct that the sum of
one hundred dollars each be paid to my 2 daughters out of the notes I now
hold when colected by my executors as I desire as there heldth is bad and
after due reflections that I will add one hundred dolars more than was givin
in my will & in witness wherefof I the said Elisabeth Carpenter do hereunto
set my hand and seal this 2 day August 1856
Signed in preasants of
J. Brison Walker (Jurat) Elisabeth Carpenter
Neef S. Debk


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Howell Freeman - October 15, 1835

[Dickson Co., TN Wills, Book A, pp. 126-127; No. 72]

   In the name of God Amen. I Howell Freeman of the County of Dickson and 
State of Tennessee,foreseeing the certainty of death and being of sound and
disposing mind and memory do publish make and ordain the following as my
last Will and Testament - that is to say
Item It is my Will and Desire that after my funeral expenses are paid
that my Executor hereinafter named shall pay all my just debts.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Freeman, One Bedstead
Bed and furniture One Cow and Calf One Dinner pot, One Oven, and lid and one
skillet all of which I give to her and her heirs forever.
Item. It is my Will and desire that my Executor hereinafter named shall
sell my estate real and personal at public sale, and the proceeds arrising
from said sale together with all moneys I may have, either in cash or due me
by bond otherwise shall be equally divided amongst my said Wife Hannah and
my six children, viz. Burrow, William, Jeramiah Freeman, Polly Burton Wife of
Ambrose Burton, Martha Self wife of Abraham Self, and Elizabeth Massie wife
of John Massie All of which I give to them and their heirs forever.
Item. I hereby appoint my son-in-law Abraham Self sole Executor of this
my last Will

In Witness whereof I hereby make publish and declare this to be my last
Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made, this 15th
day of October 1835. Witness my hand and seal.

Signed, sealed and declared and Howell Freeman: seal
published in presence of us
Stith Richardson
John Hinson. Jeramiah Underwood

Dickson County June Tenn 1836
Then was the foregoing last Will and Testament of Howell Freeman decd.
produced in Open Court and proven to be such by oaths of Stith Richardson
John Hinson and Jeramiah Underwood subscribing
Witnesses thereto which was ordered by the Court to be recorded.
Test. Wm. Hightower Clk


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Henry L. Andrew - July 7, 1866

[Wyoming Co., NY]

    I Henry L. Andrew of the town of Sheldon in the County of Wyoming and
state of New York being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare
this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:
First I give and bequeath to my wife Harriet Andrew all my real and personal property to be held by her in her own right and to be disposed of by her as she sees proper. And whereas I have commenced a suit in the Supreme Court for personal injury to myself against Royal P. Case, therefore if after my death judgment should be obtained against the said Royal P. Case I will and bequeath the same to my said wife Harriett Andrews as fully and as completely as my powers so to do extends. Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Harriett and my brother Freeborn Andrew to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 7th day of July in the Year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six. Henry L. Andrew The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof sealed published and declared by the said Henry L. Andrew as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto John C. Watson of Sheldon County of Wyoming N.Y. Leonard S. Jones of Sheldon County of Wyoming N.Y.




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