Will Record of John Walch
in the Name of God Amen
I John Walch of Waldoborough in the County of Lincoln and Common Wealth of Massachusetts yeoman : Being inferme in Body But m Berfect Memmory, Do make and ordain this my Last will and testament, in order following, that is to Say: I Give and Recomment my Soul into the hand of Almighty God that Gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to be Decently intered at the Discretion of my Executors, touching Such Worldly Estate Which it hath Pleased God to Bless me With, I will and bequeath in the following manner and form
I Bequeath to Anna Elbet my Well be Loved Wife all My Real and Personal Estate, by her freely to be Posessed and injoyed Turing her Natural Life, or other ways as Long as She Shall Remain my widow : if my well beloved wife Should marry again, then my Estate is to be Equel Dividet among my Children and also if my well beloved wife Shall keep my Estate in her hand During Life, and after her Decease my Estate is then to be Equelly Dividet among my Children Also I Lickwise Constitute make and ordain my well beloved wife the Sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament And I Do here by utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannul all and livery other former testaments and wills by me in any ways before named willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Twenty third Day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty nine.
John X [his mark] Walch (seal)
Signed Sealed Published and Pronounced by the said John Walch as his Last will and testament in the Presence of us, who in his Presence and in the Presence of Each other have here unto Subscribed our Names.
Probated 22 Nov., 1790. [IV, 187.] Peter Walch and Johannes Werner, both of Waldoborough, sureties. Inventory by Jacob Winchenback, Godfrey Bornheimer and George Heabner, all of Waldoborough, 14 Jan., 1791, £55 : 9 : 8. [IV, 244-5.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 201, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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