The will of Joshua Towle of Hampton, 1714

In the name of God, Amen. I Joshua Towl of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire in New England, Husbandman, being weak in body * * *

Item, I Give, & Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife Sarah all my Houshold Goods, Cattle, & Moveables to be wholy at her disposal, She paying to my Daughter Hannah Gilman as hereafter ordered; I also give to my said wife the use & Improvement of my Dwelling House which I now Live in, with all my lands Messuages & Tennements (excepting six acres hereafter Mentioned) during her Natural life.

Item. To my Beloved Son Joshua Towl I give & Bequeath four Acres of Upland joining upon the land of my Brother Philip Towl in Hampton, together with the Dwelling House standing upon the said Land. I also give to my said son all other my Houses, Lands, Messuages, Tennements (Except what is hereafter mentioned) after the Decease of my wife.

Item, To my Beloved Daughter Sarah Towl I give, & Bequeath two Acres of Land joining upon the Land of Elisha Smith in Hampton.

Item, To my Beloved Daughter Hannah Gilman (she having already recieved part of her Portion) I give five pounds to be paid by Sarah my wife in Cattle or good Merchantable Provision at Money Price.

And I Constitute, Make, & Ordain my Beloved Brother Caleb Towl, & my Beloved son Joshua Towl Executors of this my Will. And I do hereby utterly Revoke, & Disanull all other former Wills, Legacies & Executors by Me in any ways before this time Named, Willed, & Bequeathed, Ratifying, & Confirming this, & no other to be my Last Will, & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereto Set my Hand, & Seal this Second Day of November In the year of our Lord One thousand Seven Hundred, and fourteen.

The Mark X of
Joshua Towl. [seal]

Signed, Sealed, & Declared by
the said Joshua Towl to be His
Last Will, & Testament in presence of
Saml Smith
Willm Haniford
Edmund Rand

[Proved Dec. 8, 1715.] [Inventory, Dec. 5, 1715; amount, £131.15.0; signed by William Staniford and Edmund Rand.]

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