Will Record of Jonathan Morrison
In the Name of God, amen. I Jonathan Morrison of New Milford in the County of Lincoln, Gentleman, do make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner following, viz. :
Imprimis. It is my will and direction that my messuage or tenement in said New Milford where I now reside, and all my goods and chattels whatever, be sold in a reasonable time, for, and consistently with, the purposes hereafter mentioned
Item. It is my will and direction that, as speedily as may be convenient, all just demands against my estate be satisfied.
Item. It is my will and direction that, without delay, my whole property, excepting what is applied to the payment of all just claims against my estate as above mentioned, iucluding the avails of my messuage, goods and chattels aforesaid, when sold as afore directed, be, if practicable, placed at interest on good security ; and the said property, so to be placed, I give and bequeath to Thomas Wallace Morrison, William Jackson Morrison, Rusha Field Morrison, and Jonathan Morrison, all Minors and children of my late brother Thomas Morrison, formerly of Warren in the County aforesaid, now deceased, in manner following : One fourth part thereof to be paid to the said Thomas Wallace when he shall arrive to the age of twenty one years, with interest if any shall have arisen : One fourth part thereof to be paid to the said William when he shall arrive to the age of twenty one years, with interest, if any shall have arisen ; One fourth part thereof to be paid to the said Rusha, when she shall arrive to the age of twenty one years, or when she shall be married, whichever shall first happen, with interest if any shall have arisen ;One fourth part thereof to be paid to the said Jonathan when he shall arrive to the age of twenty one years with interest if any shall have arisen ; Deducting in each case necessary & extraordinary expences, if any such there should be ; and providential losses, should any happen without default of the Executor of this will and testament.
Item. It is my further will, anything above written not withstanding, that should either of the aforesaid Minors decease before the time when, according to the terms of the foregoing paragraph, his or her fourth part aforesaid is to become payable, then the fourth part, to which the minor so deceased would, if he or she had lived, have been entitled, shall be paid in equal shares to the three survivors ; payment to be made to each severally at such time as the minor so deceased would, had he or she lived, been entitled to receive the same or the survivors severally shall become entitled to receive their several fourth parts, whichever shall last happen.And should more than one of said Minors decease not having become entitled to receive their several fourth parts aforesaid, then the survivors or survivor shall in like manner succeed to the whole right or rights of the several minors so deceased given by this will ; and payment shall accordingly be made to the survivors or survivor in time and manner above appointed and described. And I hereby constitute and appoint Josiah Stebbins of said New Milford Esquire Executor of this my last will and testament, and authorize and request him to do all matters and things which ought to be done for carrying this my last will and testament into faithful and full and complete execution according to the true intent and meaning thereof.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred.
Jonathan [his mark] Morrison (seal)
Signed, sealed, published and
declared by the abovenamed
Jonathan Morrison to be his last
will and testament in the pre-
sence of us, who have hereun-
to subscribed our names as wit-
nesses in the presence of the tes-
tator : the word "eight in the
last line but one written on an
erasure before signing.
Sally X [her mark] Cooper
Probated 29 Ap., 1800. [XllI, 344 to 346.] Inventory by Richard Bailey, John Plumer and Christopher Erskine, all of New Milford, 24 July, 1800, $501.79, to which the administrator added sundry notes amounting to $389.30. [XIII, 348 to 351.]
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 352, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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