Will Record of David Jewett
In the Name of GOD Amen. I David Jewett Minister of the Gosple in Winthrop in the county of Lincoln and commonwealth of the Massechatts Being very Sick and weak but of Sound Mind and memory blessed be God thereforeDo this 30th Day of January 1783 and in the 7th year of amaricies Independency; make and publish this my last Will and Testiment in manner and Forme following (that is to Say) Imprimis, I commend my Soul into the hands of almity God who gave it me. and my Body to the Earth From whence it came in hopes of a Joyfull Resurrection through the Merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ ; and as for that worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me with, I dispose thereof as follows, First I give to my loving wife Phebe Jewett whilst she Remains my widow all my Estate both in Town and out of Town, both Real and Personal Including Mills, Notes of hand, books Accompts and Stock with Ful Liberty to Sel and dispose of them at her own Discretion and her Deeds and Conveyances Shall be Lawfull and authentick and if the above said Phebe Should marry aGain I Give unto the said Phebe one third of all my Estate Both Real and personal at her own Dispose forever ; and my Doctring, Funeral Charges and Just Debts to Be paid by my Executrix hereafter named out of the other two thirds that remains.
Item, I Give to my Sons David and John Winthrop Jewett, (they Paying out to the Daughters Fifty Spanish Mil'd Dollars Each when they arive to The age of Eighteen that is to Phebe, Eunice and Sarah) the other Two Thirds after the above Accounts are sittled to be Eqilly Divided betweene the S'd David and John Winthrop Jewett.
Furthermore it is my Will that if the above s'd David or John Winthrop Dies before they arive to lawfull age or Ither of them, then and in that case thir potion Shall be divided amoung the Other children as the Laws of this Commonwealth Divides Intest Estates.
And I make and ordain Phebe Jewett my Said wife Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testiment.
In witnes whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seale to this my Last will and Testiment the Day and year above written.
David Jewett (seal)
Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the s'd David Jewett as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us whose names are here under written who did Each of us Subscribe our names as witnesses at his request and in his presence in the rome where he then was
Probated 2 Ap., 1783. [III, 14.] Inventory by Benjamin Brainerd, Jonathan Whiting and Josiah French, 23 Sep., 1783, £648 : 2 : 2. [III, 26.] Account of Phebe Spafford, Executrix, filed 27 July, 1789. [IV, 61-62.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 138, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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