Maine Wills


 The Will of Mary Hill

 From York County Probate Records, Volume Eight (1705-53)

The Will of Mary Hill

   In the Name of God Amen. The fifteenth Day of Ianry 1753.

   I Mary Hill of Berwick in the County of York within the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Widow being aged & weak and not knowing how Soon it may please God to take me out of this Life, make & ordain this my last Will & Testament, humbly resigning my Soul to God in Iesus Christ hoping for Pardon & Acceptance thrô him, and my Body to the Earth for a decent christian Burial, at the Discretion of my Executors believing in the Resurrection of the Dead. And as to such worldly Goods & Estate with which God hath been pleased to bless me in this Life I dispose thereof in the manner following Vizt

   Imprs. I give & bequeath to my Son John Hill all Debts dues and Demands which I have in any Manner against him either for Moneys Rents & any other Claim of what nature soever.

   Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Elisha Hill all Debts Dues and Demands which I have in any Manner against him either for Money Rents & any other Claim of what Nature Soever.

   Item. I give & bequeath to my Grandson William Leighton ye Son of my Daughter Sarah Leighton Decd three Dollars as a small Token of my Love to him his Mother having already had in her lifetime what I intended for her Portion.

   Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Leighton ye Wife of Iohn Leighton all my wearing Apparel or what of the Same Shall not be otherwise disposed of in my life time. I also give her one feather Bed & Calico Quilt, also one Case of Draws and Six leather Chairs, one Silver Salver, one pair of Cotton Sheets, and two pair of Linnen Sheets, also my old Curtains two pewter Platters & Six plates, one Table Cloth & Six Napkins and one Towell all of them out of my own Goods which I have now by me, also one Small Oval Table.

   Item. all the rest & Residue of my Estate Right Title Interest Goods & Chattels of every Sort kind or quality I give & bequeath unto my two Sons Iohn Hill Esqr & Elisha Hill in equal Shares to them & their Heirs forever, And all Debts Dues & Demands Nothing excepted or reserved to them the Said John & Elisha in equal Halves. I also appoint them the Said John Hill & Elisha Hill Executors of this my last Will & Testament, I hereby revoking all & every former & other Will & Wills by me made either by Word or Writing ratifying this to be my last Will & Testament. Witness my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above written. I order my Executors to give my Daughter Mary Leighton a Mourning Gown, & one Silver Cup to ye Church in Berwick.

Signed Sealed pronounced & declared by
   the Sd Mary Hill to be her last Will
   and Testament, in presence of,
   William Moore
   Moses Hodsdon
   Noah Emery.
Mary Hill (Seal)
   Probated 23 April 1753.

Source: Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (Portland, Me., 1887), p. 697, citing Probate Office, 8, 223.

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