Will Record of John Campbell
In the Name of God Amen, I John Campbell of Bath in the County of Lincoln and Commonwealth of Massachusetts Yeoman, being weak in Body but of sound and perfect Mind and Memory (blessed be God) do this twentyfirst day of December A D. One thousand seven hundred and Eighty six make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following Vizt.
Imprimis. I give and devise to my beloved Son John Campbell Jun'r a certain tract of land, to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever, situate in Bath aforesaid containing One hundred Acres by estimation, with the buildings thereon and appurtenances to the same belonging, and which is bounded as followeth Vizt. beginning at a birch Tree standing on the West side of Winnegance Creek, thence running West by North half North to a Pile of Stones upon a Hill, thence continuing the same Course to a pine Stump on the west side of the Country Road and between that and Campbells Pond so called : Then beginning again at the northern End of said Pond at a hemlock Stump standing on the Western side of the same Pond thence running West by North half North to New-meadow's River to a spruce Stump standing a little to the Northward of certain Salt Works, thence southerly by the shore of said River so far as to make forty five Rods on a Direct line, to a large white Rock : thence East by South half South to a white Oak Tree marked on two Sides and standing on a Hill in sight of said Pond, thence continuing the same Course across said Pond to said Winnegance Creek, thence northerly by said Creek to the first mentioned Bounds,
ItemI give and devise to my said Son his heirs and assigns forever the undivided half part of a certain piece of Marsh lying on the western side of a certain Point called Cord Wood Point, containing about twelve Acres more or less and is commonly known by the name of the back Marsh the same being owned in common between me and my Brother Alexander Campbell : Also the half part of another piece of Marsh owned in common as aforesaid containing about three Acres more or less, bounded northerly by certain Marsh owned by Thomas Williams of Bath aforesaid and southerly by a small Creek called Williams's Creek
ItemI give and bequeath to my said Son John his Ex'ors and Adm'ors one yoak of Oxen, two Cows one Mare, one horse and one Mare Colt, four Sheep all the Swine now on my Farm aforesaid, my Bed and bedding, all my wearing apparrell of which I may die possessed, my Chest all my Sea Books and great Bible six Chairs, two Tables together with all my farming Utensils, and also my Armour & apparatus & the great Chair.
ItemI give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Margaret Campbell two Cows one Sheep two Tables six Chairs, & two beds which are commonly called her own.
ItemI give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Campbell one Cow one Sheep a Bed commonly called my Son John's Bed and bedding belonging to the same, one large square white Table and a brass Sieve
ItemIt is my Will and desire that Mrs. Elizabeth Burnam Wife of Mr. Francis Burnam and Mrs. Margaret Williams shall distribute as I hereafter direct them among my Children the household Utensils and Furniture not herein before bequeathed.
ItemI make and ordain Mr. David Ring of Bath aforesaid Gentleman the Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament to see the same performed according to my true intent and meaning ; and I also ordain and appoint him the said David Ring the Guardian of my said Son John untill he shall attain the age of Twenty one years. In Testiment whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and Seal the day and year abovewritten
NB. the words "Bath, AD., a, by, &" were interlined before Signing
John Campbell (seal)
Signed sealed published & declared by the said
the Testator, as & for his last Will & Testament
in the presence of us who were present at the
signing and sealing thereof
Wm Lithgow Jun'r
Probated 5 Jan., 1798.
David Ring declined executorship ; letters testamentary issued to John Campbell, of Bath, 5 Jan., 1798. [VIII, 102 to 104.] Francis Burnham, of Georgetown, and Benjamin Raymond, of Bowdoinham, sureties. Inventory by Francis Winter, Thomas Williams and David Ring, all of Bath, 10 Dec., 1798, $534.61. [VIII, 104-105.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 311, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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