Will Record of William James
In the Name of GOD Amen
The Twentifirst Day of May Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty four I William James of St Georges in the County of Lincoln and province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England genttelman being weak in Body but of perfect mind and 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 and Testament That is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommand my Soul into the hands of God who gave it and and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors, nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the Same again by the mighty powar of GOD. And as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life I give demise, and Dispose of the Same in the following maner & form
Imprimis I give And bequeath to my well beloved wife a Comforttabel maintanence out of my Estate as Long as she Shall Live my house and Cattel and William my Son to fine fodder for the Cattel with all my househool moveabeles Effects in the Low of Dowre out out of my Estate
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son Pattrick James Chillren five pounds to be paid at my Deseas out of my Estate by my Executors
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Dafter Febby Parcey five pounds to be paid her at my Deseas by my Executors out of my Estate
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Dafter Frances James to be Capt and maintain out of my Estate by my Executors
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son William James my Lands and all out a Dore moveabeles whom I Likewise Constitute make and ordain my Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
Item I give and bequeath to my well be Loved Dafter Catran Treast five pounds to be paid her at my Deseas out of my Estate by my Executors
Item I give and bequeath to my well be Loved Dafter Anne James five pounds to be paid her out of my Estate at my Deseas by my Executors
Item The said William James is not to Sell or Morggage the Land or any part there of in the Life time of his Mother or if he Should Die without a heir of his one body or Child Less for the Estate to Com Back to my proper heirs and I Do hearby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disanul all and every other will or testament and Declear this to be my Last will & Testament
in wittness whereof I have hear unto set my hand and Seal the Day and year above Written.
William James (seal)
Singed Sealed published pro-
nounced and Declared by the
Said William James as his
Last will and Testament in the
presentee of us the Subscribers.
Probated Sep., 1771. [II, 52.] The executor named in the will having deceased, Sarah James, of St. Georges, widow, was appointed Adm'x cum testamento annexo, 30 Sep., 1776. [II, 52.] Moses Copeland and Reuben Hall, sureties. Inventory by Patrick Porterfield, Samuel Creighton and John Watt, all of St. Georges, 30 Sep., 1776, £148 : 18 : 1. [II, 55-6.] Patrick Porterfield and Samuel Brown, both of Thomaston, commissioners to examine claims, 11 Oct., 1787. [V, 78-79.] Advertisement of sale of real estate, 9 June, 1792. Account filed, 18 Sep., 1792. [V, 79-80.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 84, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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