Will Record of Jonas Jones
In the Name of God Amen, I Jonas Jones of Georgetown In the County of Lincoln & Province of the Massachusetts Bay In New England, Serveyor, Being Week In Body but of sound Memory Blessed be God for itt, Do this third Day of May One thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy three Do make & Publish this my Last Will & Testament In Manner following that is to say : First : I Will that all those Debts As I Due Owe In Right or Conscienes to Any Manner of Person Or Persons Whatsoever shall be Well & Truly Contented & Paid or Ordained to be paid In Convenient time after my Decease by my Executor hereafter Named.
Item I give & Bequeath to Hannah my Beloved Wife One Half of the Income or Profitts of all my Lands: houses Barn or Any Income What so Ever of Every Name & Nature, What so Ever During her Naturall Life & to my Daughter Lydia the Other half Part for to be Equally Devided Between them& as to the Moveables, Housold : Goods : One Half part Is to be Equally Devided Between them. Only my Daughter is for to have but One bed & Beding out of them & if In Case my Daughter Dies With out Isue the Above Named Housold Goods is at my wife's Disposall & for to have the Bennefitt of the Whole of the Income of Every Part During her Life of said Lands, Houses & Barn or other Incomes What so Ever.
I-Tem : I order that my part of the Saw mill be sold if Not sold In my Life Time & as much of my Out Lands as my Executor shall think proper.
I Tem : I Give to James Seals Purrinton Junr. One Calf: Now & the Privilidge of Keeping the same on the Farm Untill the same be three Years Old : & One sheep During his Liveing With his Grandmother& Likewise if said James Scales Purrinton Lives: With: his Grandmother : Untill he Comes to the Age of Twenty One Years : he shall have Two steers of Two Years Old, the spring: before he is Twenty One Years of Age & One Hiafer of the same Age of Two Years Old & my Serveyors Tools & a book Called Loves art & I order that said said James be Learnt to Read & Write & Cypher as far as Thee Rule of three & the Sirveyors Art : & Further I Order that if said James Leaves his Grandmother before he is Twenty One if she Lives he is Not for to have any of the above Articles but if she Dies: When he is Eighteen Years old or Nineteen he shall be Intitled to Each & Every Article as above Discribed& Further I Order that if said James: Lives : but Two or three Years & his Grand Mother Dies he shall have the Above Articles but he must Take them of of said Farm &: Likewise he Shall have Two suits of Apperall suitable for him.
I Tem. I Order if In Case said James Leaves his Grandmother With Out Her Consent, He shall have Only his Wearing Apperill.
I Tem. I Likewise Constitute make & Ordain my Dearly Beloved Wife Hannah to be my Only & Sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testement & I Doe hereby Utterly Disallow, Revoke & Disannull all & Every Other Former Testements, Wills & Legaces Bequests & Executors by me In Any Ways Before this Time Named: Furthermore I Doe Constitute & Desire that my Brother Jabez Jones would be Aiding & Assisting as a Guarden : to my Daughter Lydia : Untell she shall Arrive to full Age or by Law is Capable to Act for her self : & Upon his Refusall I Doe Intreat my Good friend Mr. Isaac Snow of Harpswell to a Guarden : to my Daughter Lydia.
& Furthermore I Do Confirm this & No Other to be My Last Will & Testement. In Witness Whereof I Have here Unto sett my hand & seal the Day & Year Above Written
Note the Word but was Interlined before signing In Twentieth Line & also In ye 29 Line Word Scales & In ye 38 Line the Words, & Sypher& Furthermore I Appoint my brother Jabez Jones As Assitance With my Wife In her Executorship
Jonas Jones (seal)
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the said Jonas Jones as his Last Will & Testement In the Presence of
Probated 23 Feb., 1774. [II, 16-17.] Inventory by Elisha Shaw, Dummer Sewall and John Burrel, all of Georgetown, 18 Oct., 1774, £230 : 1 : 2. [II, 18.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 73, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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