|Will of Jonathan Eastman|
“The last Will and Testament of Jonathan Eastman of Haverhill in the Province of New Hampshire in New England, Yeoman.
“Imprimis: I will that all the debts which in duly right or conscience I owe to any person or persons whatsoever together with my funeral expenses and charges be well and truly paid by my executor hereafter named in convenient season after my decease.
“Item: I give unto Hannah, my dear and well beloved wife the free use and improvement of all the East room in my house in Rumford with the chamber belonging to the same and the priviledge of so much of the cellar as she wants for her own use and improvement during the time she remains my widow. I also give her one cow, six sheep, one swine and my horse, to be hers forever, all which I will and order my son Amos to keep for her, winter and summer, or others of the like number if she dispose of them during the time she remains my widow.
“I also give her twelve bushels of Indian corn, six bushels of rye, two bushels of wheat, four bushels of malt, one hundred and twenty pounds of beef, twenty pounds of flax from the swingle, and ten cords of wood to be cut and corded up at her door, all of which I will and order my son Amos to pay her yearly and every year when she demands it during the time she remains my widow, but if it so happens that she marrey again, then in lieu of the aforesaid donation, I give her ten pounds money old tenor pr. annum, which I order my son Amos to pay her yearly and every year during her natural life if she demands it of him.
“I also give her the household stuff or all moveable within doors which are utensils of housewifery, to be disposed of by her to such of my daughters as she sees cause.
“Thirdly: I give and bequeathe unto my dear and well beloved son Peter, all that tract of land he now lives on near Wash Pond in Haverhill District, containing sixty acres more of less, which land he has already by a deed of gift from me and thirty pounds money and tenor in lawful money equal to it which I will and order my son Amos to pay him within eight years after my decease which lands with what he has of me before is in full share and portion of my estate.
“Fourthly, I give and bequeathe unto my dear and well beloved son, Richard, all that right of land at the plantation called Suncook which I purchased of William Ayre, and is now in my said sons possession, also one half of my wearing apparel in full of his portion of my estate.
“Fifthly: I give and bequeathe unto my dear and well beloved son William, that land where he now lives near the Wash Pond, containing in the fifty five acres more or less part of which I purchased of Mr. James Mc’Hard, and part I had of Joshua Harriman by exchange.
“I also give him the one half of my wearing apparel being the whole of what I have not already given to my son William which lands he has already by deed from me, and is with what has before had of me his full share and portion of my estate.
“Sixthly: I give and bequeathe unto my dear and well beloved son Jonathan, ten pounds old tenor which I will and order my son Amos to pay him within ten years after my decease, which ten pounds togather with four hundred and twenty pounds he has before received of me, is his full portion in my estate.
“Seventhly: I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved son Amos all my estate in the town of Rumford whether real or personal in possession, revision or remainder, togather with all my other estate which I have not herein disposed of, of all kinds whatsoever.
“Eighthly: I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved daughter Mehitable ten pounds money old tenor, which I will and order my son Amos to pay her in money or passable bills of credit within five years after my decease, which sum togather with what she has received of me is her part in full of her portion of my estate.
“Twelfthly: I give and bequeath unto my well and beloved daughter Hannah ten pounds money old tenor or lawful money equivelent to it which I will and order my son Amos to pay her in six years after my decease in money or passable bills of credit, which sum with what she had before received of me is her full portion in my estate.
“Lastly: I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my dear and well beloved son Amos, to be sole executor of this my last will and testement, to all intents and purposes to whom I give all the remainder of my estate not herein expressly disposed of to in possession revision or remainder, and I hereby utterly revoke, disanul and disalow all former wills, testements, legices executed by me heretofore named or made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testement.
In witness whereof I, the said Jonathan Eastman have hereunto set my hand and seal in this second day of March Anno Domini 1747, and in the twenty first year of his Majesty’s reign.
“Signed, Sealed, Published and declared by the said Jonathan Eastman to be his last will and testement.
“ Before us,
Will admitted to probate May 30, 1758, at Exeter.
Will can be found in Vol. 14, page 503, Exeter probate records.
Will probably executed Concord, as John Shute and Richard Hazzen certainly lived there.
Wash Pond is in Hampstead, N.H., formerly Haverhill, Mass.