Lincoln County Probate Records

1760-1800

Will Record of Stephen Norton

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In the name of God Amen the twenty first Day of January in the year of our LORD one thousand Seven hundred and ninety five I Stephen Norton of Readfield in the County of Lincoln and Commonwealth of Massachusetts yeoman being far advanced in years though of perfect mind and memory Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die Do make and ordain this as 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 who Gave it and my Body I Commit to the Earth to be decently Buryed in a Christian manner at the Discression of my Executors hereafter named and as touching Such worldly estate as God hath Blessed me with in this life I Give and Dispose of the Same in the following manner and form

Imprimis I will that all my Just Debts and funeral Charges be well and truly paid in Some Convenient time after my Decease Item I Give and Bequeath unto my wife Sarah Norton all my estate Real and personal lying and being on the Island of Nantuckit also all my live Stock farming utensils houshold furniture and every other article of personal estate

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Constant Norton five Shillings having before Given him his proportion of my estate Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Peter Norton five Shillings having before Given him his proportion of my estate

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Bean five Shillings having before Given hur a portion of my estate

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Kathariene Norton five Shillings having before Given hur a portion of my estate

Lastly I Constitute and appoint my Sons Constant Norton and Peter Norton to be my Executors of this my last will and Testament Ratifying and Confirming this for my last will and testament

In witness whereof I hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Day and year first above written

Stephen Norton (seal)

Signed Sealed and Declared
by the Said Stephen Norton
to be his last will and
Testament in presence of

Robert Page
Benjamin Savage
William Wyman

Probated 19 Jan., 1796. [VI, 206-207.] Robert Page and Benjamin Savage, both of Readfield, sureties. Inventory by Matthias Smith, Jr., Daniel Wing and Samuel Stevens, all of Readfield, 7 Jan., 1797. [Unrecorded.]

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 268, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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