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In the Name of God Amen.
I, Jacob Perkins of Ipswich in the County of Essex in the province of Mass: Bay in New England, being Aged and Infirm of body, but through the goodness of God of perfect and sound mind and memory, calling to mind my mortality, and being desirous to set my house in order before I die, do make and ordain these presents to be my last Will and Testament
First and principally I commend my soul to God who gave it, hoping through the mercy of God in the merits of Jesus Christ to obtain eternal life, and my body when dead I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors herefafter named
And as concerning such worldly goods and estate which God hath blessed me withal in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form following
Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my dear and well beloved wife Sarah Perkins one room, the parlour room in my dwelling house, one third of the cellar, liberty in the lean to for baking, brewing and washing and all other household affairs needful. Also, I give to my said wife during her widowhood annually to be paid equally between my two sons Jacob and John Perkins, the keeping of a good riding horse and a person favourable to ride before her to Meeting or elsewhere as she may have occasion, and the keeping of two good milk cows Summer and Winter on the farm, and eight cord of wood laid at the door, one hundred and twenty pounds of good beef and the same weight of good pork, fifteen bushels of Indian Corn, five bushels of Malt, two bushels of Rye and one bushel of wheat, ten pound of sheep wool, six pound of flax **** and forty shillings in money.
All which particulars to be paid by my two sons aforesaid yearly and every year during her widowhood.
And if my said wife should see cause to marry again, then I will my two sons to pay yearly to their mother five pounds in or as money equally between them during her natural life, if she see cause to demand the same and not otherwise.
Also, I give to my said wife use and improvision of all my household goods or movables within doors during her natural life and to dispose of the same in her life or at her death to and among my children as she shall see cause.
Item, having given to my daughters Phillys, Sarah and Unice their full proportion as my estate will allow therefore I give to each of them but five shillings to be paid by my executors hereafter named.
Item, I give to my daughter Mehitable four pounds in or as money, to make up her portion to be paid by my executors within three years after my decease.
Item, I give to my daughter Mary eighteen pounds in or as money to make up her portion to be paid by my exectors within three years after my decease.
Item, I give to my daughter Elizabeth five pounds in or as money to be paid in time and manner by my exectors as aforesaid.
Item, having given a deed of land to the children of my son Francis Perkins deceased which I intended for his portion, as by the said Deed of Gift may appear therefore I have no cause to give them any more in this my Will and Testament.
Item, I give and bequeath to my four sons namely Robert, Westly, Joseph and Jeremiah Perkins, to each of them one acre of upland and one acre of Marsh Ground at Fox Point so called, as may be ******* for a horse and colt, and a highway through my farm to and from the said land as they may have occasion, and my will is that neither of these my four sons shall sell off the said land given to them without giving their brothers first refusal of the same.
I also give to my beloved four sons twenty pounds apiece to be paid to each of them equally by my two executors, one half of each legacy within six years after my decease, the other half within three years after my wife’s decease.
Item, I give to my elder son Jacob half of the wood lot which he and I bought in partnership of Edward Wobbart, to him his heirs and assigns for ever.
Item, all the rest and remainder of my whole estate both real and personal of what nature or kind soever not before disposed of in this my Will, I give and bequeath to my two sons Jacob and John, their heirs and assigns for ever, equally to be divided between them both for quantity and quality, only Jacob to have to agree mostly for his own part.
I also confirm ordain and appoint my said two sons Jacob and John Perkins my sole only and joint executors to this my said last Will and Testament and I will and order them to pay all my just debts and funeral charges in convenient time after my decease, and to pay all the above written legacies and annuities herein given and granted equally between them
In confirmation hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of December Anno Dom: One thousand seven hundred and eighteen.
Signed sealed pronounced and declared in the presence of us witnesses