The Will of Thomas Wells
From York County Probate Records, Volume Five (1725-42)
The Will of Thomas Wells
In the Name of God Amen To all Christian People to whom These presents shall come Greeting. Know ye That I Thomas Wells of Wells in ye County of York in the Province of ye Massachusets Bay in New-England Yeoman being now of A sound Disposing mind tho weak in Body do committing my Spirit into the hands of God the giver of it thro Jesus Christ the Mediator & my Body into the hands of my Executors hereafter mentioned to be by them decently interred in hopes of a glorious Resurrection to a Life immortal dispose of ye Temporal Estate with which God has blessed me & which I have hither to reserved in the following manner Vizt.
1. I give & bequeath unto my Dearly beloved Wife Lydia Wells all my Household stuff of every sort & kind my Negro man Jeff one half one half of ye quick Stock that is between my son Nathll & myself whether at home or wheresoever it be & one hundred pounds in Bills of Credit on ye Province aforesd to be paid unto her by my son Nathll out of my Debts & one half of ye Leather that is now in our Tan Pitts that is between my sd son & myself & likewise I give unto her my sd Wife ye one half of the out Door Tools & Utensels of every kind that are now between my sd son Nathll Wells & myself during ye term of her Natural Life & at ye Expiration thereof to return to my sd Son Nathll Wells.
2 I Give unto my sd well beloved son Nathll Wells all my Debts of every kind he paying one hundred pounds in Bills of Credit as aforesd unto my sd Wife Wells as also ye one half of my out door Tools and Utensils which I have given to my Wife (during her natural Life) after her Decease ye other half being his I also give unto him my sd son Nathll Wells over & above what I have heretofore conveyed to him by Deeds twenty shillings.
3. I give & bequeath unto my well beloved son Joshua Wells over & above what I have already conveyed to him by Deeds twenty Shillings.
4. I Likewise give & bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Lydia Clark over & above what I have already given her twenty shillings.
I Do also hereby constitute & appoint my dearly beloved Wife Lydia Wells to be Executrix with my well beloved Sons Nathll Wells & Joshua Wells whom I also appoint to be Executors with her of this my last Will & Testament.
And finally hereby revoking & disannulling all other Wills by me heretofore made Do pronounce and Declare this to be my last Will & Testament this 19th Day of July Anno Domini 1737 Annoque Ri : Rs : Georgii secundi magnæ Britaniæ &c undecim.
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