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Will Record of John Getchel

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In the Name of God—Amen—I John Getchel of Pownalborough in the County of Lincoln yeoman being aged & infirm of Body, but of a Sound disposing Mind & Memory, for which I desire to give thanks to God. My Creator—Calling to Mind the uncertainty of this Life, & the certainty of Death, and wishing to settle all My affairs so that there may be no difficulty alter My Death, do make publish pronounce & declare this to be My last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former Wills & Testaments—

Imprimis—I give & bequeath My Soul to God My Creator, & My Body I commit to the grave in hopes a Joyful resurrection through the Merits of our Blessed Redeemer—

Item. I give & bequeath to My beloved Wife Marcy, the use & improvement of all My Estate of every kind, wherewith it has pleased God to bless me, for & during her natural life, with full power and authority to dispose of so much thereof at any time as shall be necessary to for her comfortable Support—and after her death, I hereby give and bequeath to My good & worthy Friends Abraham Nason, Anna Nason his wife, all the rest & residue of my Estate afore mentioned, and to their heirs forever to be disposed of them the said Abraham and Anna as they shall chuse—And I do hereby nominate & appoint My said Friend Abraham Nason to be My Executor to this My last Will & Testament—I further will that all My Just debts be paid by My said Executor—and that he see that My Body, & the Body of said beloved wife, be decently buried after our Deaths—

In Testamony whereof I the said John Getchel have hereto Set My hand & affixed My Seal this twenty second day of October Anno Domini One thousand Seven hundred and Ninety four—

John Getchel (seal)

Signed sealed pub-
lished pronounced
and declared by the
said John Getchel to be
his last Will & Testament
in the presence of us
who in his presence &
the presence of each
other subscribed our
names as witnesses—

Silas Lee
Nathan Dole
Abigail X [her mark] Slowman
Abigail X [her mark] Nason

Probated 2 June, 1800. [XIII, 325-326.]

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 350, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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