Lincoln County Probate Records

1760-1800

Will Record of James Clark

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In the Name of God, Amen. The Sixteenth Day of July in the Year of our Lord 1766 I James Clark Late of the Town of NewCastle, but at present of The Town of Bristol in the County of Lincoln Yeoman, Being weak in Body, but of perfect mind & memory. Thanks be given unto God for the Same; And calling to mind the Mortality of my Body, and knowing, that 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 hands of God that gave it ; And for my body I recomend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner, at the Discretion of my Executor nothing Doubting but at the Generall Resurection, I shall receive the same a gain 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, Devise, and Dispose of the Same in manner and form following ;

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In the first place, I Give and Bequeath to My Dearly beloved wife the one third part of all that I poses, as also one third of the Income of my Lands The same to have and Enjoy During her naturall Life

Also I give to My Son William Clark of Pownalborough The Sum of Ten Shillings Lawful Money to be paid by my Executor—

Also I give to My Son James Clark of Pownalborough The Sum of Ten Shillings Lawfull Money to be paid by my Executor—

Also I give to my Son Thomas Clark of NewCastle the Sum of twenty Six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence Lawfull whiih I have already paid him and have no Receipt for the Same—

Also I give To my Daughter Hannah Fling a Cow and a Heifer Calf that She hath now in possesion as also a pair of Steeres a Year old Last Spring

Also I give To my Son in Law John Randell of Bristol aforesd and Jane his wife All and Singular what may be found Appertaining to Me Excepting what is before Mentioned in this present will & Testament as also the one half of a Mare of three Years old which is now at NewCastle by him freely to be possesed and The aforesaid John Randell I Likewise Constitute make and ordain my only and Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament

And I doe hereby Utterly Disallow, Revoke and Disannul all and Every Other former Testaments, Wills, and Legacies bequests & Executors by me in any ways before this time Named Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Day and Year above written

Jam's Clark (Seal)

Sign'd Seal'd Publish'd Pronounc'd and Declar'd by the Said Jam's Clark as his Last Will & Testament in presence of us the Subscribers, That is to Say

Wm Loud
James Baily
Nathaniel Bishop

Probated 10 Sep., 1766. [I, 103.] Inventory by John Cunningham, James Cargill and David Given, all of Newcastle, 30 Sep., 1766, 189 : 7 : 93¾. [I, 106.]

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 23, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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