Will Record of John Reed
In the Name of God Amen. I John Reed of Topsham in the County of Lincoln being of Sound Mind and Memory (blessed be God therefor) do this twenty first day of April Anno Domini 1781 Make and publish this My last Will and Testament, in Manner following (that is to Say).
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Susanna Reed the improvement of all My Estate both Real and Personal as long as She remains My Widdow.
Item. I Give to my Son John Reed Six Shillings to be paid by my Executor.
Item. I Give to my Son David Reed one hundred and forty-five acres of land described as followeth viz. all the front of the lots Number five and six between Merimeeting Bay and Muddy River that I have not before disposed of by Deed, and forty five acres of Land out of the aforesaid lots on the North Side of Muddy River together with all my Personal Estate of every Sort.
Item I give to My Daughter Mary the wife of Samuel Wilson Six Shillings to be paid by my Executor.
Item I give to my Daughter Jane the wife of Joseph Foster Six Shillings to be paid by My Executor.
Item I give to my Daughter Susanna Reed Six Shillings to be paid by My Executor.
Item I give to my Daughter Martha the wife of Joseph Randall Six Shillings to be paid by my Executor.
Item I give to my Daughter Elizebeth Reed one Milch Cow, one Feather bed and bed Cloaths.
Item I give to my Daughter Margaret Reed one milch Cow, one Feather bed and bed Cloaths.
Item I give to my Daughter Charity Reed one Milch Cow one feather bed and bed Cloaths.
Item I give to my Daughter Hannah Reed one Milch Cow one Feather bed and bed Cloaths
Item I give to My Grand Daughter Susanna Reed twenty pounds to be paid by my Executor.
Item I make and ordain my Said Wife Susanna Reed My Sole Executrix of this my Will ; and my loveing brother William Reed overseer thereof, to take Care and See the Same performed according to my true intent and meaning ;in witness whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal this 21st Day of April Anno Domini 1781.
John Reed (seal)
Signed Sealed Delivered published
Pronounced and declared by the
Said John Reed to be his last
Will and Testament in Presence
Probated 29 May, 1795. [VI, 95-96.] John Merrill and James Hewey, both of Topsham, sureties. Inventory by William Randall, James Fulton and John Merrill, 25 Aug., 1795, £87 : 17 : 10. [Unrecorded.] Samuel Wilson, Adm'r de bonis non, 29 Oct., 1799.
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 258, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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