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Will Record of William Lee Senr

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In the Name of GOD. Amen.

I William Lee Senr of Georgetown in the County of Lincoln and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, yeoman, being Advanced in Age, tho of sound disposing mind & memory, and calling to mind my Mortality, Do make, ordain and publish this my last Will & testament in the manner following.— In the first place I Commit my soul to GOD, who gave it, & my body to the earth, hopeing at the last day I shell Obtain a happy resurrection to an Immortal life, through the merits of Christ my saviour.

And as touching such Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I will and dispose of it in manner following Viz. Imprimis. I will and order that all my Just debts & Funeral Charges be paid by my herein after named Executors within a reasonable time after my decease.

Item. I give and bequeathe unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth & my Son John all my real Estate of what name or nature soever, (except what is hereinafter set off to my Son James) to be equally divided between them two, and after the decease of my said wife, her part of the whole to Accrue to my son John to him & his heirs forever. Item, I give and bequeath to my son James One hundred Acres of land lying at the Northeastern part of my farm, to be fifty rods in wedth on Kenebeck river, & to extend Northwesterly so far as that a parrellel Course with my Northeastern line (with the wedth Aforesaid) Compleate the said Hundred Acres of Upland, and Also I give to my son James ten Acres of Marsh, & six Acres of thatch, lying at Winnogance Creek, to be set off to him from the northern part of my marsh there as Convenient to all Concern'd as may be. And Also, I give and bequeath to my said son James the sum of fourty pounds L. money which my hereafter named executors is Order'd to pay in money or Articles suitable to build an house when my son James calls therefor, which sum, together with the hundred acres of Upland, ten Acres of marsh & six of thatch beforementioned, is to be given to him & his heirs forever, in full for all his Services, & to be consider'd as his full Share of my estate. Item. I will & bequeath to my Son William, ten Shillings L. money as his full Share of my estate.

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Ann ten Shillings L Money as her full Share of my Estate.—Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Rebecca One hundred pounds Lawfull Money to be paid in two payments. One half at the End of the first year, & one half at the End of the second year after my decease which is to be in full for her Share of my Estate.

Item, I give & bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth One hundred pounds L money to be paid by my after named Executors in the same way & manner that my daughter Rebecca's is to be paid, & further Will that my daughter Elizabeth is to live in my house, with my said Wife Elizabeth & son John, so long as she lives single & unmarried. I further will & devise that after the Afore mentioned Legacys be paid & Also my debts, that all the personal Estate then remaining, shell be equally divided between my said Wife Elizabeth & son John. And Lastly I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my well beloved wife Elizabeth & my son John Executors, to this my last Will, hereby revoking & disannulling all former wills & testaments by me in any manner made. Confirming this, & no other to be my last Will & testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the twenty sixth day of June, Anno Domini, One thousand, seven hundred, & ninety four.

Wm Lee (seal)

Sign'd, Seal'd, puplished & declar'd by the said Testator, to be his last Will in presence of us, who have Subscrib'd hereto as Witnesses, in the presence of the testator & of each other.—

Witnesses.
Charles Coullard
Iseballa Manson
Mark L. Hill

Probated 29 May, 1795. [VI, 93-94.] Inventory by Mark Langdon Hill, John Rogers and Joseph Bowker, all of Georgetown, 14 June, 1795, 976 : 13 : 2. [VI, 181-2.]

{258}In the Name of God Amen. I John Reed of Topsham in the County of Lincoln being of Sound Mind and Memory (blessed be God therefor) do this twenty first day of April Anno Domini 1781 Make and publish this My last Will and Testament, in Manner following (that is to Say).—

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my Loving Wife Susanna Reed the improvement of all My Estate both Real and Personal as long as She remains My Widdow.—

Item. I Give to my Son John Reed Six Shillings to be paid by my Executor.—

Item. I Give to my Son David Reed one hundred and forty-five acres of land described as followeth viz. all the front of the lots Number five and six between Merimeeting Bay and Muddy River that I have not before disposed of by Deed, and forty five acres of Land out of the aforesaid lots on the North Side of Muddy River together with all my Personal Estate of every Sort.—

Item I give to My Daughter Mary the wife of Samuel Wilson Six Shillings to be paid by my Executor.

Item I give to my Daughter Jane the wife of Joseph Foster Six Shillings to be paid by My Executor.—

Item I give to my Daughter Susanna Reed Six Shillings to be paid by My Executor.—

Item I give to my Daughter Martha the wife of Joseph Randall Six Shillings to be paid by my Executor.—

Item I give to my Daughter Elizebeth Reed one Milch Cow, one Feather bed and bed Cloaths.—

Item I give to my Daughter Margaret Reed one milch Cow, one Feather bed and bed Cloaths.—

Item I give to my Daughter Charity Reed one Milch Cow one feather bed and bed Cloaths.—

Item I give to my Daughter Hannah Reed one Milch Cow one Feather bed and bed Cloaths—

Item I give to My Grand Daughter Susanna Reed twenty pounds to be paid by my Executor.

Item I make and ordain my Said Wife Susanna Reed My Sole Executrix of this my Will ; and my loveing brother William Reed overseer thereof, to take Care and See the Same performed according to my true intent and meaning ;—in witness whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal this 21st Day of April Anno Domini 1781.

John Reed (seal)

Signed Sealed Delivered published
Pronounced and declared by the
Said John Reed to be his last
Will and Testament in Presence
of us.—

John Merrill
James Hewey
Samuel Akley

Probated 29 May, 1795. [VI, 95-96.] John Merrill and James Hewey, both of Topsham, sureties. Inventory by William Randall, James Fulton and John Merrill, 25 Aug., 1795, 87 : 17 : 10. [Unrecorded.] Samuel Wilson, Adm'r de bonis non, 29 Oct., 1799.

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 256, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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