Will Record of William Patterson
In the Name of God. Amen. I William Patterson of Dresden in the County of Lincoln, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be allmighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to Say. I give unto my beloved Wife Elisabeth Patterson the use and improvement of all the Real Estate I am now seased and possessed of as long as she remaines my Widow, and after her death it Shall be equally divided among my Children. But in case She Should marry again, She Shall have no more but the improvement of one third part of it, during her natural life. I also give and bequeath unto her all my Personal Estate to her own disposal for the Support of the family. And I give her full power to Sell and dispose at privat Sale of those Sixty acres of land I lately purchased of Christopher Turner of Reedfield, to pay the debt I owe him. Lastly I appoint the Said Elisabeth Patterson, the Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Sixth day of November A. D. one Thousand Seven hundred and ninety Seven.
William Patterson (seal)
Signed, Seal'd, publish'd and
declared by the above named
William Patterson, to be his last
will & testament, in presence
of us. who Signed our names as
witnesses in the presence of
Probated 5 Jan., 1798. [XIII, 424.] William Lewis and Philip Call, both of Dresden, sureties.
Source: The Probate Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1760 to 1800 (Portland, Me.: Printed for the Maine Genealogical Society, 1895), p. 359, citing Lincoln County, Maine, Probate Records.
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