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Robert Day, of Ipswich

In the name of God, Amen. The eleventh day of August one thousand six hundred & eighty-three. 
I Robert Day, of Ipswich in the county of Essex, brickmaker, haveing yet by ye good Providence 
of God to me my understanding well, but being Aged and full of infirmities and knowing not 
how suddenly ye Lord may call me out of this world, doe make and ordaine this my last will 
and testament in manner and forme following what is to say: 

First I commend my soul into the hands of God my maker hopeing assuredly through the 
many merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour  to be made Partaker of Life Everlasting and 
I commend my Body to ye earth in hope of a glorious Resurrection.
Imp.: I give to my son John Day after my decease as already I have engaged upon him 
marriage with Sarah Demary my dwelling house wth ye Barne outhouse orchards yards 
and lands about it with all the appurtenances and priviledges thereunto belong. 
Also all my salt marsh adjoining to ye Hundreds and all that Parcel of Land lieing near 
ye common fence gate wch was part of Mr Bradstreets, his lot and six 
Acres of land, more or less, which I bought of Deacon Knowlton 
all wch I give to my sonne John Day to have and to hold to him and his heirs forever 
with this Provisoe and condition, yt he pay twenty pound, or else leave ye Lot yt I 
bought of Deacon Knowlton, where I shall dispose of it according to Agreement at my 
son John Day his marriage, wch twenty pound shall be paid the one halfe in good 
new england money and ye other ten pound in good wheat malt and Porke, each 
Proportionally or [word illegible] Also I give my son John one Book.
I give to my son Thomas Day my farme in which he now liveth containing fifty four acres, 
be it more or less, with these Provisoes & conditions following: first that he let his Brother
John Day quietly possess and enjoy four Acres of Broken upland to plant or sow 
and take off ye crop, and ye mowing and carriing away two loads of hay yearly from 
year to year dureing ye whole terme of my naturall life, Secondly that my son 
Thomas pay by way of Legacy twenty pounds, ten pounds to my daughter 
Hanah Lord, and ten pounds to my daughter Sarah Fiske, within three years 
after my decease as is expressed in my deed of gift to him ye sd Thomas. 
Also I give him one book.To my daughter Hannah Lord I have already given thirty five 
pounds I also give her ten pound more to be paid by sonne Thomas Day as is above 
exprest. Also I give her fifteen pounds more to be paid by my son James
 wch sall be paid [several words illegible] Bed in ye Parlour & Bedstead & 
furniture belonging to it at a price [bottom of page, line of text may be missing] 
The rest of the Legacy in other pay: Also I give her one Book.
To my daughter Sarah Fiske I have already given thirty five pounds I likewise give 
her ten pounds more to be paid by my son Thomas Day as is above exprest 
also I give her fifteen pounds to be paid by my son James in such good pay 
as he hath in his possession.

I do appoint my son James Day to be my sole executor of my last will and testament, 
to him I give all ye rest of my estate of lands & cattle & goods of all sorts whatsoever 
and Debts from whosoever due unto him & his heirs forever. in confirmation whereof 
I have hereunto set my hand & seal this eleventh day of August one-thousand six hundred 
and eighty three.

Robert X Day, his mark and a seal
John Denison, Senr
John Brewer, Senr
Robert Lord, Senr

Proved 25 September 1683 at Ipswich upon testimony of 
John Brewer Sr and Marshall Lord
Will of Robert Day of Ipswich, recorded in Essex Probate, 
Book (30)4, Page 31, 1683. (transcribed from the microfilm 
copy of the Register's Book)