Will Record of John McCarter
In the Name of God Amen. I John McCarter of a place called St. Georges, in the County of Lincoln and State of Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman. Being tho' weak in body yet of perfect mind and memory, thanks be yiven unto God : calling into mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to die, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. That is to say Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul into the Hand of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the Earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial at the Discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Jane, Ten Acres of Land, beginning at the Extremity of a point of Land, Commonly Called Winslow's point, bounded between St Georges River and a Cove Called Thomsons Cove, and running North Easterly along Said River ; untill a Line running West North West, from said River to the Cove afore said includes the Ten Acres aforesaid : Also a Cow and three Sheep within Six months after my Decease.
Item. I Give unto my well beloved Daughter Mary Ten Acres of Land (adjoining to that bequeathed to my Daughter Jean) and running North Easterly along said River untill a West North West Line as afore said Shall include Ten Acres, Abo Two Cows and three Sheep, to be delivered as afore said, together with the priviledge of the North westerly front room as long as she may require it.
Item I Give unto my well beloved Daughter Margaret Ten Acres of Land nex adjoining to that bequethed to my Daughter Mary, and running up along said river North Easterly untill a Line running West North west as aforesaid Shall include ten Acres, also a Cow and three Sheep to be delivered as aforesaid by my Executor
Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter Elizabeth Ten Acres of Land next adjoining to that bequeathed to my Daughter Margaret and running up along said River North Easterly untill a Line running West North west, includes ten acres, also a Cow and three Sheep to be delivered as afore Said by my Executor
Item I give unto my well beloved and Only Son James, the whole of my Land (except what is already bequeathed as is above Specified) together with all the Buildings thereon, together with all my personal Estate, Excepting what is herein bequeathed
Item I give unto the Children of my well beloved Daughter Martha Deceased each one a Guinea to be paid them as Soon as the Oldest of them Comes of Age
Lastly I do Constitute, make, and ordain my Son James McCarter Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. And do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all, and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies, Bequests, and Executors, 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 do hereunto Set my hand and Seal this fifth day of February Annoque Domini One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty nine
John X [his Mark] McCarter (seal)
Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced,
and Declared, by the Said John McCarter
as his last Will and Testament, in the
presence of us, who in his presence, and
in the presence of each other, have
hereunto Subscribed our Names
John Nicholls, D. M
Probated 18 Sep., 1792. [V, 94-95.] Inventory by Moses Copeland, of Warren, Seth Vose and Marlboro Packard, both of Cushing, 12 Dec., 1792, £897 : 8 : 3. [V, 195-6.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 224, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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