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Will of William Howard of Ipswich, Massachussetts. 1709

In the name of God, Amen. I, William Howard senior, of Ipswich in the County of Essex in the province of Massachusetts Bay in new England, hatmaker, being very ill and weak of body though of a sound and disposing mind and memory, praise be given therefor to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. That is to say, firstly and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping by the merit, death an dpassion of my Lord Jesus Christ, to have free and full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life: and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named.

And as touching the distribution of all such personal estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and bequeath as follows:

First I will my debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged

Item, I give unto my loving and well beloved wife the use both of the old end on my house mansion and of the new end end so far as she shall have occasion for during her natural life. I give to my said wife all my household goods to be at he sole use and disposal and do by these presents firmly oblige my two executors hereinafter named to pay unto my said wife annually during her natural life five punds, that is, each of my two executors shall pay fifty shillings by the year aforesaid.

Item, I give to my son William Howard, the dwelling house and orchard as now enclosed with fence (about two and a half acres) which I purchased of Usual Wardell, and barn now enclosed upon said land, togethr with one acre of pasture land which I bought of said Wardell, lying at the southeast end adjoining to the above orchard, and also one acre of land on the hill which I bought off Joseph Lee.

Item, I give to my two sons, John and Samuel Howard viz: to my son John the new end of my house mansion which is not yet fully finished, with half stack of chinmneys built in said new end which will best serve for the use thereof.

Item, I give to my son Samuel my old manison house and also one-half of the stack of chimneys buuilt in the new end of said house which will best suit for the accomodation of said mansion house, togetherwith the weaver's shop, so called, which the said Samuel hath to weave in.

Item, I give to my two sons, John and Samuel, all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal, goods, and chattels whatsoever, they paying out the several legacies, and duly attending to the several duties hereafter named: that is to say; I give to my three daughters; Mary Fuller, Tabitha Hodgkin, and Mercy Hovey, to each of them twenty shillings besides what I have already given them.

I give to my daughter Martha twenty pounds, all to be paid by my executors, hereafter named, in three years after my decease.

Finally: I do oblige my two sons, John and Samuel, in consideration and tenure of what I have given to them after my decease, to keep, maintain, and sustain my sister Hannah Howard during her natural life, with suitable meat, drink, and clothing, washing and lodging, food, and physic, and at the end thereof, afford her a suitable interment.

I do by these presents appoint, constitute, and ordain my two sons, John and Samuel Howard, to be joint executors of this, my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke all other former Wills heretofore made.

Proved August 1, 1709

Last updated 24 August 2015