Will Record of Nathan Sherburne
I Nathan Sherburne of Hallowell in the County of Lincoln, Yeoman, being sick in Body but of perfect mind and Memory, and knowing that the Time approaches and is near at hand when I must put off this earthly Tabernacle, depart hence and be here no more, do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say. In the first place I commend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it, humbly beseeching him to pardon all my Sins thro the Merits of Jesus Christ my only Saviour, who died for Sinners.
My Body I commit to the Earth there to see Corruption, but in full Assurance of a Resurrection to Life again, by the Mighty power of God.
My Worldly Estate I give devise and dispose of in the following manner & form-viz
Imprimis. I give and devise unto my beloved Wife Abiel the whole of my real Estate in the said Town of Hallowell, consisting of about half an Acre of Land with a dwelling house thereon, where I now live, to hold to her the said Abiel and her heirs for ever. I also give unto my said Wife all my personal Estate of every sort and kind, to dispose of as she thinks proper ; she to take Care of my Daughter and to bring her up and educate her in the best manner she shall be able, and paying her what is herein after given her
Item I give unto my said Daughter Polly, the Sum of Twenty shillings to be paid her by my Executrix hereafter named when she shall arrive to the Age of Eighteen Years.
And I do hereby appoint my said Wife Executrix of this my last Will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I the said Nathan do hereto set my hand and seal the twenty fifth day of December in the year of our Lord 1789.
Nathan Sherburne (seal)
Signed sealed, published & declared
by the Testator to be his last Will
and Testament in presence of us
Probated 20 Jan., 1790. [IV, 81.] James Page and Joseph Metcalf, both of Hallowell, sureties. Inventory by Lazarus Goodwin, Nathaniel Shaw and James Page, all of Hallowell, 25 Jan., 1790, £179 : 14 : 1. [IV, 123-4.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 191, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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