The will of John Knowles of Hampton, 1693/4

In the name of God Amen
I John Knowls of Hampton in the province of New Hampshere in New England Senior being weak of Body by Reason of my age * * *

Imprimis I give unto my two sons John knowls & simon knowls all my house lott without my orchard Excepting the land within the fort to be Equally devided betwen them Simon to devide and John to chouse which he will have: I give the land within ye fort to John wher his house stand & two thirds of my orchard And to John my ffresh meadow towards the beach and All my mash by Browns Rivers mouth but two acres and my grant of land att ye north devition and one sheare of the Cow Com’ons and half a sheare of the oxe com’on and half my barne & leantoes and half the yard before ye barne

I give unto Simon knowls two acres of my mash att browns Rivers mouth below the great Creek & my mash att the litell River and my Dwelling house and yard before & wher the well is and half my Barne & yard before it and half a sheare of the great oxe com’on and one sheare of the Cow Com’ons and my grant of land att the new plantation and my will is that thay two my son John knowls & simon knowls to take speaciall care to mainetaine there mother my now wife Comfortably and Honorably dureing hir naturall life or to hir day of marriag and if them or Either of them ffaile my will is that she shall have the use of my House and land so much as will maintaine hir comfortably and honorably: and all my Catell and houshould goods I give to my wife for hir to dispose of among my children according to her descreation

I give to my Daughter Sarah ffive pounds to be payd to her by my son John within one yeare after my deceas in marchble pay as it pass ffrom man to man

I give to my Daughter Hannah five pounds in marchbl pay as it pass from man to man to be payd by my son Simon within two yeare after my deceas

And I doe make Constitute and Apoint my son John knowls to be my sole Exequetore to this my last will and Teastiment in Confermation here of I the above sayd John knowls Senior have hereunto put my hand and affixt my sealle this Sixetenth day of march in the yeare of our Lord sixteen Hundred and ninetie three ninetie ffower and in the Sixt yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady William the third and May ye second by the grace of God king & Queen of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland defenders of the ffaith

two words in the 28 line dasht out before ye signeing and sealling therof

John X knowls senior
His mark & Sealle [seal]

signed sealled & confermed
in the pressence of us:
Samuel Dow
Simon Dow
Jabez Dow
Henry Dow

[Proved Dec. 31, 1705.]

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