Lincoln County Probate Records

1760-1800

Will Record of John Elliot

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In the name of God. Amen.

I John Elliot of Bristol in the County of Lincoln Mariner, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind & memory, blessed be Almighty GOD for the same, DO made and publish this my last will & testament in manner and form following, that is to say—

First. I Considder my beloved wife Sabrah Elliot in her own right entitled to all the Real Estate and right of Dower therein comming from her former husbands estate, and instead, lieu or place of Dower from Me or my Estate to her comming I now Give and bequeath unto her the said Sabrah—my beloved wife, The Sum of Five hundred Dollars, including the demand I have of about One hundred dollars more or less, against her former husbands Estate for the maintainance & bringing up hitherto of their daughter Nancey Davis ; which demand is to be at the disposal of my said Wife, after my decease ; and the residue of the said five hundred dollars to be paid her from time to time as herein afterwards provided, in time not exceeding three years after my decease, for the last payment—

I also give to my said beloved Wife One good Cow to be furnished her immediately after my decease. I also give and bequeath to her All my Household linens, Beds, Bedding furniture ; and all my Weiring Apparel, saving only my two best Suits of Cloths, the best of which suits I give and bequeath to my Youngest brother Daniel Elliot, and the other Suit I give and bequeath to my elder brother Simon Elliot Jun'r.

To my Sister Jenny the Wife of Enos Baxter I give and bequeath One Eighth part of the Schooner Two friends, with her Appurtenances, and Earnings in that proportion, and likewise my demand of Eighty Dollars which I have against her said husband—

To my Sister Isabella the widow of Peter Murphy Jun'r I give and bequeath One Sixteenth part of the Schooner Two friends with her Appurtenances and earnings in that same proportion—

To my Sister Anna, to be at her Sole disposal and at the disposal of no other person whatever I give and bequeath the remaining One Sixteenth part which I own of the said Schooner Two friends, with her Appurtenances, and earnings in the same proportion—

To my Sister Peggy Elliot I give and bequeath all the Money that is due me or in anywise comming to me from my honoured father Simon Elliot the Elder

To Jenny the daughter of Judith Polland as it is said to be the Child of my brother Peter deceased, I Give and bequeath One Cow, or the Value thereof in Money at my decease—

And as to all the rest residue & remainder of my Real & personal Estate, Goods, Chattels Rights and Credits of what kind or nature soever I Give and bequeath the Same to my said Brothers, Simon and Daniel, in equal proportion to be divided between them, they paying off in the same proportion, to my said beloved Wife and other the legatees as before entitled, the legacies & Sums of Money in manner as aforesaid, My funeral expences. One hundred dollars I Owe to Moses Davis, and all other Just Demands against Me or my Estate—

Lastly I Appoint my said Brother Simon Elliot Jun'r and Mr. William Rogers of Bristol aforesaid the Executors of this my last will & testament, to Carry the same into effect. In Witness whereof I the said John Elliot have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Eighteenth day of August in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred Ninety Seven—

John Eliot (seal)

The aforegoing written Instrument was Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the afore Named John Elliot, to be his last Will and testament, in the presence of Us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses, in the presence of the testator—

Samuel Yeates }
Alex'r Fossett Jun } Witnesses
Robert McLintock }

And afterwards on the same day before written I the said John Elliot being still of sound & perfect mind & memory Do make this Codicil to my will & testament aforesaid, that is to say I take back from my Sister Jenny the One half of the One eighth part of the Schooner Two friends with her appurtenances and earnings as aforesaid, which part so taken back being One Sixteenth part of the Said Vessel, with her appurtenances and Earnings due in that proportion I Now give & bequeath to my Sister Mary, Otherwise named Polly Elliot—

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the same day & Year aforesaid in my will & testament before written—

John Eliot (seal)

Signed Sealed published & declared by the above named John Elliot to be a Codicil to his last will and testament, in presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator

Samuel Yeates }
Alex'r Fossett Jun } Witnesses
Robert McLintock }

[XIII, 409 to 411.] Bond of Simon Eliot, Ju'r., Executor, dated 4 June, 1798. Samuel Yates and Robert McLintock, both of Bristol, sureties

Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 356, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.

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