Will Record of Joel Crosby
In the name of God Amen I Joel Crosby of Winslow in the county of Lincoln and province of the Masechusets Bay yeoman being infirm in body but being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say, I give and recommend my soul into the hand of allmighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executrix, and touching such worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I will and bequeath in the following manner and form.
I bequeath to Hannah Crosby my dearly beloved wife whome I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executrix of this my last will and testament the one half of what remains of all my Estate both Real and parsonal after my lawfull debtes are paid and my children brought up to the age of Eighteen years the other half to be Equelly devided between my four well beloved Daughters namely Ruth Right Crosby, Hannah Crosby, Joanna Crosby and Rebeckah Crosby likewise I will that Hannah Crosby my well beloved wife have full power to make sale of any part or all of my aforesaid Estate for the payment of my debts or for hir own maintainence or for the maintainence of my children and that shee have power to portion of my Daughters as they arive to the age of Eighteen years or at such time as my above mentioned executrix shall think proper.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of february and in the fifteenth year of his majestyes Reaign A. D. 1775
Joel Crosby (seal)
Signed Sealed published and pronounced by the said Joel Crosby as his last will and testament in the presents of us who in his presents and the presents of each other have hereunto subscribed our names
Probated 19 Ap., 1775. [I, 269.] Inventory by William Richardson, Zimri Heywood and John Tozier, all of Winslow, 20 June, 1775. [II, 6-7.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 67, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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