Will Record of Edward Blanchard
In the Name of God Amen. I Edward Blanchard of Vassallborough in the County of Lincoln and State of Massachusetts-Bay Yeoman being weak of Body but of Sound Mind & Memory blessed be God therefor do make and Publish this my last Will & Testament in Manner Following Vizt
Imprimis I Commend my Soul into the hands of Allmighty 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 the Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me, I Dispose thereof as Follows Vizt
First. I give to my son Edward the sum of Five shillings.
Item. I give my Daughter Sarah the sum of Five shillings.
Item. I give to my Daughter Rachell the sum of five shillings.
Item. I give to my Daughters, Mary, Sybill & Anna, the Front Lott of Land I now Dwell upon being lott No 87 Containing one hundred acres, with the Buildings thereon to Have & to Hold to them & their Heirs forever, together with all my Goods, Chattles, Real & Personal Estate whatsoever that I possess to be Equally Divided amongst them. On Condition that they Maintain in a Decent & Comfortable Manner my loving Wife & Daughter Ellena during their Lives and paying all my Debts.
I appoint Joseph Stephens of Winthrop Executor to this my last Will & Testament, praying Him to Accept of the Trust & Execute the same according to my true Intent & Meaning. In Witness whereof I the said Edward Blanchard have to this my last Will & Testament set my hand & seal this Twenty Sixth day of March Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred &: seventy Eight. N B The words "being Lott 87" was wrote before sign'g sealing &c
Edward X [his Mark] Blanchard (seal)
Sign'd, Seal'd, & Deliver'd
by the Testator, as, & for his
last Will & Testament in
Eliab X [his Mark] Smith
Probated 9 Oct., 1778. [III, 215.] Inventory by Remington Hobby, Samuel Grant and Solomon Parker, 19 June, 1784, £141 : 8 : 8. [III, 216.] Rachel Blanchard, Adm'x de bonis non. [III,217.] Solomon Parker and Jonathan Low, both of Winslow, sureties. [IV, 17.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 172, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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