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In the Name of God Amen. I Thomas Story of Bristol, in the County of Lincoln, State of Massachusetts Bay, Yeoman : being thro' the abundant Goodness of God, tho' weak in Body, yet of a sound Understanding & Memory ; do constitute this my last Will & Testament, and desire it may be received by all as such.

First. I bequeath my Soul to God who gave it, hoping for eternal life and Glory thro' the allsufificient Merits and Mediation of my Saviour the Lord Jesus Christ ; & I give my Body to the Earth of which it was made, in full assurance of its Resurrection from thence at the last day : I desire I may be buried in the same Grave with my first wife decently, without any Pomp, at the discretion of my wife & Executors hereafter mentioned, & that a Stone with an Inscription be plac'd at the Head of the Grave.

As to my worldly Estate, I will that all my Debts be paid.—I give & bequeath to my Grandson Story Thompson all my land that I Occupy, with all my goods and Chattels and personal Estate whatever : my loving Wife to have a Room in my House during her life, with the profits of the third part of the Land, & one third of the goods during her life ; But if the aforesaid Story Thompson should die without Issue, then the Land to descend to my Daughter Jane, & the Heirs of her Body :—I also give to my Daughter Jane, the sum of thirteen pounds six shillings and eight pence Lawful money, to be paid her after my decease, by the aforesaid Story Thompson : And I constitute William Jones & Henry Hunter, both of the aforesaid Bristol Gentleman, my Executors of this my last Will and Testament, & Trustees for my Wife and Grandson, In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty fifth day of February, in the Year of our Lord, one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty four.

Thomas ∾ [His mark] Story (seal)

In presence of

Henry Hunter
John Patterson
John Hunter

Probated 15 Sep., 1789. [IV, 70-71.] William McClain and John Patterson, both of Bristol, sureties. Inventory by John Huston, Richard Hitchcock and Thomas McClure, all of Bristol, 25 Sep., 1789, 407 : 5 ; 10. [Unrecorded.]

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 189, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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