Will Record of Rachael Joyce
In the Name of God, Amen. The third Day of October in the Year of our Lord 1782. I Rachael Joyce on the Island Muscongus, in the County of Lincoln and State of the Massachusetts, Spinster, being in perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for the Same ; and Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body, and knowing, that it is appointed for all once to Dye, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament : That is to Say, Principally and first of All I Give and Recomend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it ; and for my Body I recomend it to the Earth to be buried at the Discretion of my Survivors nothing Doubting, but at the Generall Resurection, I Shall receive the Same again by the Mighty power of God ; and as Touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath Pleased God to bless me in this life I give and Dispose ut the Same in manner and form following ; That is to Say.
In the first place, I Give my Great Chair which is in Marshfeild my Great Chair to my Son Seth Joyce.
Item I Give to his oldest Daughter Margarett a Chest with one Drawer and Square Table which is at Jonathan Joyces. As also all the house hold Goods I left at her fathers.
Item as I have given my Son Jonathan a Trade to Support him That is his part
Item I give to Jonathan's Daughter Rachael a feather bed I left with her father.
Item I give to my Son in Law Barney Fountain a Great Chair.
Item I give my Grandson Jacob Fountain my land att Foxhole in Marshfeild.
Item I give to my grand Daughters Elizabeth and Rachael Fountain all my household Goods that I Leave here to be Equally Divided
Item I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth Fountain my Weaving Loom and Tackling.
Item I Give to my Grandaughters Elizabeth and Rachael Fountain fiveteen pounds old Tenour which their father Barney Fountain owed me for takeing up his note for that Sum of Carpous White to be Equally Divided as also a Johannes in Gold I lent him the sd Barney Fountain to get his Chimneys Built to be Divided between his Daughters Elizabeth and Rachael.
Item As I have Given my Son Isaac Joyce a Trade to Support him that is his part. I also appoint my Grandson Jacob Fountain to see this my will to be Settled as I have given, and I Do revoke all or any other Will Ratifying this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
In Wittness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal, the Day and Year above written.
Rachael X [her mark] Joyce (seal)
Sign'd Seal'd and publish'd her
pronounc'd and Declar'd
by the S'd Rachael Joyce as her
Last Will & Testament in
presence of us the Subscribers
Susanna X [her mark] Hupper
Probated 12 Ap., 1783. [II, 187.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 120, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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