Will Record of Roger Chase
In the name of God Amen the 27nth Day of July 1782 I Roger Chase on Kenebec River about ten Miles above Fort halifax being Considerably advanced in years but of sound mind and memory Calling to mind the mortality of ye body and knowing it is appointed unto all men once to die Do therefore make and ordain this my Last Will and testament
And in the first place I recommend my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to ye Earth to be buried at the Discretion of my Executor in a decent Christian manner Nothing Doubting that I shall Recive the same again by ye hand and power of God, at ye general Resuration and as touching Such worldly Estate as God has bles'd me with in this life I give and Dispose of the Same in the following manner Imprimis I give to my Son in Law asa Prat all my Real and Personal Estate with all my Cattle & Sheep with all my utensils and husbandry tools he paying to his Children the heirs of my Daughter Sarah Deceast being the Lawful heirs of her bodie viz to James, and to David thirty Pound Each and to Sarah and to Elizabeth, fifteen pound Each out of the Estate which I have given him when they arive to the age of Twenty one years old and my Will further is that my Son in Law Asa Prat shall be my Sole Executor this my Last will and testament
Secondly I give to my Beloved wife Abigail During her Remaining my Widow out of my Estate the west End of my Dweling house & ye produce of a Quarter of my Farm to be found and broat to her with a Sufficiency of fire wood Cut and broat home to her with all my house hold Stuff. I give to my Son Mathew to be Endorsed on a note I have against him So much as to answer a note which Squire Howard has against him in Case s'd Mathew discharges me and my Estate from paying all or any part of the Same.
3 I give to my daughters Mary powers and tamor Noble Each Seven Pounds I give to my Son Ezekiel and Mathew Each five pounds to be paid in 3 years from my Decease and the Legacies to the Daughters afore mentioned to be paid in Two years after my decease.
I give to my grand Children Vernum and Abigail Chase Three pounds Each to be paid in four years from my Decease.
My Will further is that when my wife Shall decease She Shall be buried by my Son Prat as afors'd in a decent Christian manner my will further is that and I and my wife Shall Comfortably be Supported by my Son Prat during our natural Lives. I hereby Disalow and Revoke all other wills and bequests by me made and Ratifie to be my last will and testament
Roger Chase (seal)
Sighd Seald publisht and to pronounc'd In presence of us
Probated 4 Dec, 1782. [II, 164.] Inventory by Peter Heywood, John White and Solomon Steward, all residing at a place called Canaan, 15 Oct., 1782. [II, 247.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 108, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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