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The Will of Richard Gowell

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 From York County Probate Records, Volume Four (1677-1734)

   In the Name of God Amen I Richard Gowell of Kittery in the County of York in the province of the Massts Bay in New England Yeoman haveing upon me the Infirmities of old age being weak in body but of a Sound Disposing mind & memory and Calling to mind ye uncertainty of this life and that is Appointed for all men once to dye Do make & Ordain this Instrument in writing to be my last Will & Testament.

   Imprs I recommend my Soul into the Mercifull hands of God who gave it & my body to the Earth to be buried in Such Decent and Christian Manner as to my Executrs hereafter Named Shall Seem meet And as to such Temporal Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me I Give & Bequeath as Followeth Vizt

   Item I Give & bequeath unto Hannah my beloved Wife my whole personal Estate after my Iust Debts & funeral Charges are paid and the Legacies hereafter given the Remaindr to be at her Disposing forever Besides her Dower in my house and lands Dureing her life.

   Item. I Give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Richard Gowell all my Houses and lands in the Town of Kittery aforesd upon part of which I now Dwell Containing abot Seventy Acres Excepting Twenty Acres out of the Same which I have already Given by Deeds to my Sons William & Ino Gowell to be to him the sd Richd Gowell his heirs & Assignes forever.

   Item. I Give & bequeath unto my Sons William Gowell & Iohn Gowell & to my Daughters Tamisin Hunscomb Mary Hunscom Sarah Chase Hannah Tayler Lydia Adams Each of them Twenty Shillings besides what I have already given them.

   Item. I Give & bequeath my right in the Common & undivided Lands in Kittery or Berwick the one halfe part thereof to my Son Richd Gowell & the other halfe part Equally to be Divided between my Sons William & Iohn Gowell.

   And Lastly I Do appoint my beloved Wife Hannah Gowell and my beloved Son Richd Gowell to be Executrs of this my last will & Testament/ In Testimony where of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this fifteenth day of Decembr In the Third Year of the Reigne of King George the Second of Great Brittian &ct Annoque Domini One Thousand Seven hundred and Twenty Nine 1729

Signed Sealed Published and
   Declared by Richard Gow-
   ell to be his last Will and
   Testament In ye presence
   of us.
   Joshua X Remick
         his mark
   William X Wilson
         his mark
   Ios : Hammond
Richard X Gowell (Seal)
       his mark
   Probated, 6 April 1730. Inventory returned 30 March 1730, at £375: 6: 0, by John Dennet John Fernald and Peter Staple, appraisers.

Source: Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (Portland, Me., 1887), p. 309, citing Probate Office, 4, 70.

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