Will Record of James Turner
In the Name of God amen. I James Turner of Canaan in the county of Lincoln and State of Massachsetts bay husbandman being sick and weak but in Perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die. Do make ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, principlely and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, that gave it, and my body to the Earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executrix nothing doubting but at the general Resurection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God, and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form ; I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my dearly beloved Wife Whom I likewise Constitute make and ordain the sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament all and singular my Real and Personal Estate by her freely to be Possesed and Enjoyed and to dispose of at PleasureRatifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and ninety four.
James (X) [his mark] Turner (seal)
Signed Sealed Published
pronounced and delivered by the said
James Turner as his last Will and
testament in his presence and
in the Presence of each other have
hereunto Subscribed our Names
Probated 5 Sep., 1794. [VI, 44.] John Fowler and Timothy Brown, both of Canaan, sureties.
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 251, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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