Will Record of John Choat
In the Name of God Amen, the Second Day of April Anno Domini 1800 I John Choat of a Place Called Balltown in the County of Lincoln and Commonwelth of Massachusetts yeoman being in a Low State of health but of perfect Mind and Memory thro the goodness of God to me ; do make and ordain this my last will and testament ; Principally and first of all I Give my Soul to God that Gave it me hoping thro the Grace of God & Merits of my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ to obtain free Pardon of all my Sins and to inherit Eternal Life ; My Body I Commit to the Earth to be buried in Christian Like Manner at the Disgression of my Executor hereafter Named ; and as touching Such temporal Estate as it has pleased God to Bestow on me I Give and bequeath and dispose of the same in the folowing Manner and form
Imprimis My Will is that all my just Depts and funural Charges be paid by my Executor hereafter Named
Item I Give to my Sister Sally after my Just Depts are Paid all my Real and Personal Estate my Sister Sally Providing a Comfortable Maintainence for my father and Mother Dureing there Life and a Decent Burael after Death
Item I do hereby constitute and appoint my Brother Abraham Choat to be my Sole Executor of this my Last will and testament and do hereby Rattify and confirm this and no Other to be my Last will and testament In Witness whereof I the said John Choat have heareunto set my hand and seal the Day and year first Mentioned
John X [his Mark] Choat (seal)
Sign Sealed puplished Pronounced
and Declared as my Last will and
testament in Presents of Us
Abraham Choat Jr.
Jeramiah Norris Jr
Probated 29 July, 1800. [XIII, 336-337.] Inventory by Samuel Waters, Jonathan Heath and Samuel Kincaid, Jun'r, all of Balltown, 1 Nov., 1800. [Unrecorded.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 351, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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