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In the Name of God Amen, I Daniel Knights of Boothbay in the County of Lincoln & State of Massachusetts Bay yeoman, being Very weak in body but of sound disposing memory, & Judgment, from a Sence of the Mortality of my State, & danger of my disease do make & ordain this My last Will & Testament :

Imprimis I Give up my soul to Almighty God who gave it, thro' the hands of my Lord Jesus Christ, by whose Merit & Righteousness alone I expect to be Justified at the great Tribunal ; and my body to the Dust, from whence it came ; to be interred by decent Christian burial, at the discration of my Executors nothing doubting but I shall again receive the same at the Resurrection of the Dead ; and Toutching such worldly Goods wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this Life; I do Dispose thereof in the following manner, Viz.

2 Item. I ordain that all my Just debts & funeral Charges be in the first place paid out of my personal Estate ;—

Itam 3rdly I give & bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter Susana Williams one cow out of my live stock to hir & hir heirs for ever,

Itam 4ly I Give & bequath to my Beloved Daughter Judeth Knights also one cow of my live stock to hir & hir heirs for Ever,—

Itam 5tly I Give and bequath to my Beloved Son Daniel Knights the one half of Damerescove Island Said Daniel paying therefor unto my Beloved Daughter Elizabeth Wheeler, twenty pounds Lawfull Money within two months after my Decese ; also s'd Daniel to pay to my Beloved Daughters Mary Burnom & Marthue Day thirteen pounds six shillings & Eight pence Each, within one year after my Decese ; the above said Legiesies to be made Equal in Value of what the said sums would purchase in provisions in the year 1775.

Itam 6tly I Give & bequeath unto my Beloved youngest Son Patishel Knights the whole of my Real Estate at pleasent Cove which I now live upon unto him & his heirs forever as also all my personal Estate (Except the above two cows) togather with all outstanding Debts Due to me He the said Patishel Knights to pay unto my Beloved Daughters Susanah Williams and Judath Knights twenty Pounds Lawfull Money Each within two years after my Deceas and the said twenty pounds to be made good in Value in purchasing provisions as the same sum would have done in the year 1775—

Item 7thly I constitute & appoint William McCobb Esqr Solomon Burnom & Joseph Carlile to be the Executors of this my last Will & Testement.

And finally I do hereby ratify & confirm this & no other to be my last Will & Testement In Wittness of all which I have hereunto set my hand & seal this tenth Day of January and in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred & Eighty

Daniel H [his mark] Knights (seal)

Signed Sealed published
pronounced & Declared by
Daniel Knights to be his
last will & Testement In
presence of us

Wm. McCobb
Joseph X [his mark] Pirkens
Benjm. X [his mark] McFarland

Probated 5 Ap., 1780. [II, 129.] Inventory by Thomas Boyd, Samuel Brier and John Montgomery, all of Boothbay, 15 Ap., 1780, 27471 : 3 : 10. [III, 27.]

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 103, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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