Maine Wills

1640-1760

 The Will of John Malcom

 From York County Probate Records, Volume Eight (1705-53)

The Will of John Malcom

   In the Name of God Amen. The first Day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Fifty three.

   I John Malcom of Brunswick in the County of York and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman, being very Sick & weak in Body, but of perfect Mind & Memory Thanks be given to God, therefore calling to Mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament that is to Say, principally & first of all, I give & recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it; And my Body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executrs nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I Shall receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God; and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give demise & demise & dispose of the Same in the following Manner & Form vizt

   Impr I give & bequeath to Elizabeth my dearly beloved Wife one third part of my real Etate by her freely to be possessed and enjoyed during her life, together with the third of my personal or moveable Estate of what Name or Nature soever.

   Item. I give to my well-beloved Son Michael Malcom one Shilling Sterling in token of my Love to be paid by my Executor.

   Item. I give to my well beloved Son William Malcom one Shilling Sterling in token of my love to be paid by my Executor.

   Item. I give to my well beloved Son James Malcom one Shilling Sterling in token of my Love to be paid by my Executor.

   Item. I give to my well beloved Daughter Mary Eaton one Shilling Ster : in token of my Love to be paid by my Executor.

   Item. I give to my well beloved Son John Malcom in token of my Love to him all & singular my Lands & Buildings belonging to me in the Township of Brunswick or elce where, either by Deeds Conveyance or Contracts to him & his Heirs forever (except Fifty acres of upland which I give to my well beloved Grandson Daniel Eaton, to be laid out in the most convenient Place of my Estate so as not to hurt the Same) and likewise all my Goods Cloathes—Debts Money & moveable Estate excepting his hond Mothers Thirds, and what is to be paid out of my Estate by my Executor, to my Children before mentioned.

   Item. I constitute make & ordain my well beloved Son John Malcom my Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament; and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannul all & every other former Testamts Wills Legacys & Bequests & Executrs by me in any Ways before named willed & bequeathed, ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal the Day & year above written.

Signed Sealed published pronounced
   & declared by ye Sd Iohn Malcom
   as his last Will & Testament in ye
   Presence of us the Subscribers.
   David Dunning Ioshua Moody Saml Moody
Iohn Malcom (Seal)
   Probated 1 October 1753. Inventory returned 1 Oct. 1753, at £238: 18: 10, by Samuel Moody, David Dunning and William Vincent, appraisers.

Source: Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (Portland, Me., 1887), p. 710, citing Probate Office, 8, 245.

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