The Will of William Eastow of Hampton, 1655

In the name of God Amen ye (16th) of ye (8th) mo in ye yeare of or Lord god 1655 : I William Estow of ye towne of Hampton in ye County of Norfolke being of whole minde & in good and perfect memory laud & prayse bee unto Almighty god maker & redeemer. This my prsent testament concerning herein my will in manner & forme following that is to say I commend my soule unto Almighty god My maker & Redeemer, & my body to ye grave, I bequeathe unto my sonne-inlaw moris Hobbs & my daughter Sarah my house wherin hee dwelleth and the Lott therunto belonging wth two shares of Cow com’ons and one of ye Oxe Com’mon with all privilidges that belong to ye two shares of ye Cow Com’on, also an acre of sault marsh more or less at ye severals Item tenn acres of land more or less to my two daughters equally to bee divided betwixt them Sarah to have the south side toward Christopher Palmer wch land joyning to ye house Lott : It : one share of the Cow Com’on to my daughter Mary. It : twelve acres of upland more or less liing in ye Mill field equally to bee divided betwixt my two daughters with ye Swamp att ye end of it Sarah to lie on ye west side Item I bequeathe unto my daughter Mary eight acres of Salt Marsh & to my daughter Sarah nine acres this Parcell to be equally divided for quallity according to quantity : ye marsh of Christophers on ye East It : twelve acres of fresh meadow I give unto my two daughters equally to bee divided betwixt them it Joyning to Christopher Palmers on ye southest Item to my Daughter Sarah Hobbs fower Oxen & two cowes wch is old gentle & blackish & one yearlin heifer : And I give unto my grandson John Hobbs one heifer of two years old, & the said Jno Hobbs to give unto his sister Sarah ye second calfe that this heifer shall bringe & I give unto him my gunn : Item I give to my daughter Mary Marston al ye rest of my cattell wch is 3 Cows wch is old brown, old cole & young gentle & 1 heifer.2 : year old & 1 bull & 3 calves Item I give unto my daughter Mary Marston seven bushells of wheat : It : I give unto ye childeren of Willi : Moulton forty shillings wch is tenn shillings to eatch of them to bee payd in fower yeare the eldest to have ye first tenn and ye rest according to their age yerely : Item I give unto my daughter Sarah Hobbs all ye rest that is not in my will and farther more I give unto my Sonne-inlaw Tho : Marston the farthermost stack of Salt Marsh hay that stands in ye marsh & two good loads of fresh hay. And farthermore this is my will that my Son-in law Morris Hobbs shall pay wt debts I am indebted to any & to have & receive what is due to mee from any Revoking & annulling all other & every other former Testamts wills Legasies bequests by mee in anywise before this tyme made named willed, or bequeathed any other tyme that is properly mine et :

Willi: Estow
Read sealed & delivered in ye
prsence of us :
Abraha: Pirkins
willi: Moulton :

[Proved April 8, 1656.]
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 52. A copy is found in the New Hampshire Probate Files.]

[On the back of the New Hampshire copy :]
the 12 Acres in ye mill feild formerly one ye east was tho: Philbrick
one ye west Moses Cooke butting on ye Roode which gooes to ye beach
Leften Smith one ye weste or westrly bounded on ye river notherly and Christephe Palmer on the South east
the nine and eight acres of Salt marsh
Christopher Palmers one the east buttted one John brounes one ye north the river one ye west or westrely

[Inventory of the estate given to his daughter, Mary Marston; amount, £60.7.0; and of that given to his daughter, Sarah Hobbs; amount, £143.13.0. Debts to be paid to the children of William Moulton, £2.0.0, and to John Redman, £0.2.6.]
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 53.]

[Thomas Marston of Hampton presented to the court at Salisbury the will of William Estow, desiring the appointment of a committee to divide and set out the land given in the will, and according to the order of the court. The court appointed William Sanborn and Nathaniel Weare as such committee Nov. 14, 1676.]

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