Will of Thomas Rodbird
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Rodbird of New Milford in the County of Lincoln and Common-wealth of Massachusets being in sound mind memmory and understanding do make and pubhsh this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expences shall be paid out of my personal Estate by my executrix hereafter named :I give and bequeath unto my Wife Martha Rodbird all Possession right title and interest that I have of and in all that land and Buildings which I purchased from Samuel Soul situated in New-milford and being the same on which I now live,the same to be to her use and disposal and to her heirs Administrators or Assigns forever I also give and bequeath unto my said Wife Martha Rodbird the whole of my personal Estate let the same be in money, money at interest, notes, bonds, goods, or Chattels, or whatever else to her sole Use and benefit forever.Except as hereafter is excepted Viz I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Rodbird one Dollar only, to be paid to him by my Executrix hereafter named I also give and bequeath unto my son William Rodbird one Dollar only to be paid to him by my Executrix hereafter named.I also give and bequeath one guinea unto my two Brothers Absolam and John Rodbird and Mary Hall my Sister the same to be divided in equal shares betwixt them and to be paid them by my Executrix hereafter named.
I also give and bequeath one guinea to my Mother Jane Rodbird to be paid to her by my Executrix hereafter named.
I also give and bequeath all residue and remainder of my Estate either real or personal be it whatever or wheresoever that I am or ever shall have rights to or Possession of unto my said Wife Martha Rodbird to her heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns for her or their sole Use or Benefit forever.
Lastly I do hereby Nominate and appoint my said Wife Martha Rodbird sole Executrix of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.In witness whereof I the said Thomas Rodbird have hereunto sign'd my name and fix'd my Seal this Eleventh Day of October in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety nine
Thomas X [his mark] Rodbard (seal)
Sign'd seal'd and delivered in the presence
of us who have sign'd our names as
witnesses hereto being in one Room and in
the presence of each other and in the presence
of him the said Thomas Rodbird the
testator Amos Soule John Jones and John Stuart
Probated 29 Ap., 1800. [VIII, 145-6.] Alexander Troup and William Taylor, both of Wiscasset, sureties.
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 328, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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