Will Record of Joseph Withom
In the name of God Amen. I Joseph Withom of the plantation of Balltown in the County of Lincoln Yeoman being weak in body but of a sound mind and memory, do this twenty fourth day of May Anno Domini one Thousand seven hundred and ninety Eight, make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say first I give to my Beloved wife one third part of my Real Estate Dureing her life. I also give to my s'd wife the Use of one third part of my Real Estate Dureing the term of seven years I give to my wife the Use of the other third part to ocupy untill my youngest son Josiah shall anve at the age of twenty one years. I give to my son Isaac Withom one third part of my Real Estate to come into possession of in seven years from the date hereof I give to my son Josiah one third part of my Real estate when he shall arrive the age of twenty one years I give to my three Daughters Jane, Lydia and Sally one Cow each to be paid by my sons equally, when they the said Daughters shall arive at the age of Eighteen years. I give to the Child with wich my above said wife is pregnat, if it should live to the age of Eighteen years, one Cow to be paid by my two sons Isaac & Josiah Withom I give to my wife all my personal Estate for which, and the Use of the Real estate above mentioned, she is to maintain and bring up My Children untill they come of lawful age to maintain themselves I give to my sons Isaac and Josiah all the rest and residue of my estate after my wifs decease and lastly I do constitute and appoint my wife sole Executrix of this my last will and testament In Testimony Whereof I do hereunto Set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Joseph Withom (seal)
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Joseph Withom for his last will and testament in the presants of us who at his request have hereunto set our hands as witnesses to the same
Jane X [her mark] Withom
Probated 31 Oct., 1799 ; Sarah Withom, executrix, [XIII, 320.321.] Inventory by Samuel Waters, Joseph Jackson and Thomas Kenedy, all of a place called Ball town, 12 May, 1800. [XIII, 324-324.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 349, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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