Will Record of John North
In the Name of God Amen.I John North of St. Georges in the County of York and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Esq ; do make this my Last Will and Testament
ImprimisWhen it shall please God to take me from this Life, I do most Humbly recommend my Soul to God who gave it. And my Body I commit to the Dust for decent Burial at the Discretion of my Executrix hereafter named in Hope and Expectation of the Forgiveness of all my Sins, and the Resurrection of my Body to Life Eternal Thro' Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.
As to such outward and Worldly Estate as God has blessed me with, I will and dispose thereof in manner following. After my Just Debts and funeral Charges are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath unto my Loving and Dutifull Wife Elizabeth the one half of all my personal Estate, To have the Same to her, her Execut'rs Adm'rs and assigns forever.
Item, I Give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son Joseph, one quarter part of my personal Estate To him his Execut'rs Adm'rs and assigns forever.
Item, I Give to my Youngest Son William, the other quarter part of my personal Estate, To him his Execut'rs Adm'rs and assigns forever.
Item, I give to my Daughter Mary, now call'd Mary McKachnie, the sum of Ten pounds sterling To be paid Equally by my Wife and two Sons before named, out of what I have before in this my will given to them.
And I give my Daughter no More of my Estate by reason of her undutifullness in contracting marriage with a Man who is Not to my good liking.
The Reason of my making No Mention of Real Estate in this my will is, that I have already by Deed given, to my Eldest Son, the Real Estate I had at Harrington and the Real Estate at North-yarmouth I have only my Life in it, and as my Youngest Son is the only Child of my wife Elizabeth, I presume the whole of that Estate will descend to him, or his Mother will give the same to him and my Desire is that she would do so whereby my Sons will Inherit from their Parents, Near equally alike.
Lastly I do hereby Constitute My Loving Wife Elizabeth the Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by me the said Testator this twenty sixth day of May Annoque Domini Seventeen hundred and Sixty.
John North (Seal)
In presence of
Probated 6 July, 1763. [I, 33-4.] Inventory by James Boies, Alexander Lermond and Hugh McLean, 27 June, 1763, £1948 : 6 : 7. [I, 43 to 45.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 9, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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