Will Record of Philip White
In the Name of God. Amen.
I Philip White of Woolwich in the County of Lincoln, & State of Massachusetts Bay, being of sound & disposing mind & memory Blessed be God therefor, & considering that it is appointed for all Men once to die do make & ordain this my last Will and testament in manner following. Imprimis, I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, who gave it, and my body to the Earth from whence it came, in hopes of a joyful Resurrectiun, through the merits of my Saviour Jesus-Christ And as for that Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, I give & bequeath as follows. First, Whereas I have given to my son Robert White one half of my Lands on which I now live, with one half of the buildings thereon, & one half of the priviledges thereto belonging, it is my Will that the same be consider'd as his full Right, or Share of my Real Estate, except as hereafter.
Item, I give & bequeath to my daughters, Sarah White & Mary White the other half of my Land together with the other half of the buildings standing on the same also the priviledges of the fishery belonging to the same, to be equally enjoy'd by them for and towards their comfortable support & maintainance during their Natural lives, unless they should Marry, in which case it shall go to my son Robert upon his paying them the sum of Fifty three pounds, six shillings & Eight pence each, in Silver, Equal to six shillings & eight pence p ounce, and in case either of my said daughters should die before the other, then her part shall be enjoy'd by the surviving daughter during her life, or untill marriage as aforesaid, & on the marriage of the said surviving daughter then the whole shall go to my sd son Robert as aforesaid, upon his paying her the aforesaid sum of Fifty three pounds six shillings & eight pence, as aforesaid, and in Case my son Robert should die before my said daughters, then my will is that my said daughters, shall hold & enjoy the aforesaid Other half of my Lands & buildings with the priviledges aforesaid, equally to them and their heirs forever.
Item I give & bequeath to my son Robert White, all my farming Utensils, saving the one half of the use of them to my said daughters Sarah & Mary for & towards their support as aforesaid, during their lives or untill marriage as aforesaid, & in case of death of either my son or daughters then the same to be disposed of in the same manner as the Land & buildings aforemention'd. Also I give to my sd : Son Robert all my Wearing Apparel, also the following books, Vizt : Dodriges ten sermons, Baileys dictionary, and Cockers Arithmetick.
Item, I give to my Grandson Philip White, when he shall arive at the age of twenty one years, my black Ox, and my small firelock, also my feather bed on which I ly, with one pillow, one blew and white Coverhd, and one sheet, and in case my said Grandson should die before he arrives at the age of twenty one years, then what I have given him shall go to my sd : daughters and their heirs forever.
Item, I give to my sd : daughters, Sarrah & Mary, all my household furniture, & Indoor movables of every kind, also my Great Bible, & all my other books except what I have given to my son Robert, to be equally enjoy'd by them and their heirs forever. Also I give to my sd : daughters, all my Stock of Cattle, Swine, Sheep &c except my black Ox aforesaid, to be Equally enjoy'd by them & their heirs forever. Item, Whereas I am possess'd of a pew in the meeting house in Woolwich, for which when said pew is finish'd there will be due to the Committee of sd : House the sum of forty eight shillings, equall to silver at six shillings & eight pence p oz, and on my sd. Son Roberts paying sd. sum of forty eight shillings to sd : Committee or their order, then my Will is that my said son Robert shall hold & enjoy one half of sd. Pew, and my sd. Daughters Sirah & Mary shall hold & enjoy the other half, & in case my sd. Son Robert shall refuse or Neglect to pay sd. sum when demanded then my sd daughters are to pay the same & shall hold & enjoy the whole of sd Pew to them & their Heirs forever.
Also it is my Will that my Funeral Expences be paid by my sd. Daughters, Sarah & Mary, out of what I have given them. Item all the rest & residue of my Personal Estate that may not have been mention'd herein I give to my sd. Daughters Sarah & Mary equally to them & their Heirs for Ever. And I do make & appoint Nathaniel Thwing of Woolwich aforesd : Esqr : sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Philip White have to this my last Will & Testament set my hand & seal this seventeenth day of October, in the Year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred & Eighty, & in the fifth year of American Independence.
Philip White (seal)
Signed, sealed, Published, & declared
by the said Testator, as & for his last Will
& Testament, in the presence of us, who, at
his Request, in his presence, and in presence
of each other, have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto.
Probated 1st Wed. of Ap., 1782. [II, 252.] Inventory by Samuel Harnden, Joseph Wade and Samuel Ford, all of Woolwich, 17 Ap., 1781, £223 : 12 : 2. [II, 254.] Account filed, 17 Jan., 1783. [II, 255.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 130, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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