The Will of Samuel Wilds
From York County Probate Records, Volume Ten (1749-60)
The Will of Samuel Wilds
In the Name of God Amen.
The Sixth Day of March 1760. I Samuel Wilds of Arundel in the County of York and Province of the Massachusetts Bay Yeoman, being very Sick & weak in Body but of perfect Mind & Memory, thanks be given to God for the Same and calling to Mind the Mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament, principally & first of all, I do give my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it, and my Body to ye Earth to be buried in a Christian Manner according to ye Discretion of my Executors not doubting but at the General Resurrection I Shall receive the Same again thrô the mighty Power of God. And as touching Such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with hear in this Life, I do give demise & dispose of the Same in the following Manner & Form.
First. I do give my two Sons Samuel & John Wildes all my real Estate both Lands & Marsh (except Six Acres of Land) to be equally divided between them when they come to the age of twenty one Years, only I do order my Son Samuel to pay out of his part, what I owe to Rishworth Iordan Esqr.
2ly I do give to my three Daughters Mary Hannah & Sarah, Eight pounds a piece lawful money out of my Estate to be paid them when they come of Age by my two Sons Samuel & Iohn the one to pay the one half and the other ye other half, and I do order my Sons Samuel & Iohn to pay equally between them four pounds lawful Money to my Grand Child Susanna Weeks when She comes of Age.
3ly I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Deshon Six Acres of Land bounded as followeth, beginning at a Heap of Stones which is Thomas Huffs S. W. Corner of a Lot of Land running from Said Stones Northwest to a Birch Stump, then South West twenty Rods, then Southeast fifty Rods, then Northeast to ye Bounds first mentioned.
4ly I do give & bequeath to my dear and loving Wife Elizabeth (during her Widowhood) all my moveable Estate both within doors & without, that is the Improvemt of it for the bringing up my Children and paying my just Debts and if my personal Estate will not pay my just Debts then my Will is that my two Sons Samuel & Iohn pay them out of the real Estate; and my Will is that my Wife have the Improvement of one third of all my real Estate (during her Widowhood) and I do hereby make & appoint my dear and well beloved Wife Executrix & Thomas Perkins junr of Arundel aforesd Executors to this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking disannulling & making void all other and former Wills & Bequests by me made and declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal.
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