Will Record of Mary Ford
In the Name of God, Amen. I, Mary Ford of Woolwich in the County of Lincoln, Widow, Being Sick & Weak in Body, but of Perfect mind & Memory, for which I desire to Bless God, and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to die, do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following, Vizt
Imprimis. I Bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it. and my Body to the Earth to be buried with a decent Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named, not doubting but that I shall receive the same again at the General Resurrection thro the merits & Mediation of Jesus Christ my Saviour. And as to such Worldly estate as it hath Pleased God to Bless me with me with. I Give & Bequeath in the following manner Vizt, I will that all my just debts and funeral Charges be paid in the first Place,
secondly I give and Bequeath unto my Nephew John Perkins a Feather Bed, bolster & Pillows, with a Coverlid and a pair of Blankets.
Item. I give to my Nephew John Perkins's daughter Mary my Gold Necklace.
Item. I give to my Neice Mary Perkins, daughter of my Brother Robert my Red Grogram Gownd, Item. I give to my Neice Sally Perkins my black Silk Gownd, Item. I give to Lydia Kelley, to Nathan Webb and to Peter Bitum a Lad that now lives with me each of them a Bible, all the rest and Residue of my Estate whatever I give & Bequeath unto my Nephew Robert Perkins to be Enjoyed by him and his heirs forever. lastly I Nominate & Appoint my s'd Nephew Robert Perkins sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this first day of September in the Year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred & Eighty nine Signed Sealed Published and declared by the Testatrix as &: for her last Will & Testament in presence of us who at her request in her presence & in presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto.
Mary Ford (seal)
Nathl : Thwing
Ebenr : Emerson
Probated 25 May, 1797. [VII, 101-102.] Nathaniel Thwing and Seth Hathorn, both of Woolwich, sureties.
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 284, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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