Notes for Mary Butterworth


Will of Mary (wife of Sampson. In the name of God Amen. The Twenty eighth day of January 1712-13, I Mary Mason of Rehoboth in the County of Bristol in ye Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, widow, being aged but in perfect mind & Memory, Thanks be given to God therefore, Calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body & Knowing it is Appointed for all men Once to Dye Do make and ordaine this my last will & Testament; that is to say, Principally and first of all I give & Recommend my soul into the hands of god that gave it And my body I Recommend to be buried in Decent and Christian Buriall at the Decresion of my Executor hereafter mentioned, nothing Doubting but at the Resurrection I shall Receive the same againe by the Mighty power of God And as Touching such worldy estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this life I give and Dispose of the same in manner following After my Just Debts & ffunerall Charges be payed.

Imp's. I give & bequeath to my beloved son in Law Ephraim Wheaton and my Daughter Mary Wheaton his wife All my goods & Cattle which are at his or their house where I now Dwell, Together with all my Rents & Dues; Due to me from my sone Pelatia Mason; to them the said Ephraim & Mary Wheaton, their heirs and assigns forever. I give unto my daughter Sarah five shillings & I give & bequeath unto my Grand Children the Daughters of my Daughter Bethyah Wood Deceased one shilling each of them . . . . . . . . .

I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Thankful Bowen the sum of five shillings: the Reason why I Give no more unto my said Daughters (viz.) Sarah, Bethiah & Thankfull is I have allready given them a portion according to my ability at the time of their Marriage . . . . .
And all the Rest of my estate Remaining (after the Charges aforesaid are defreyed) in the hands of my two sons Paletiah Mason and Benjamin Mason and eight pounds due to me from the estate of my Son Noah Mason Deceased & six pounds from my son Paletiah Mason I commit unto the law & ordering of my two sons viz. Samuel Mason and Joseph Mason for the support of my son Samson Mason as he may stand in need & want and as they in their Discresion shall find proper as the s'd estate may hold out for his Supply: And I ordain Constitute & make my Beloved son in Law Ephraim Wheaton my Executor of this my Last will and Testament & I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disanull all & every other former Testament wills Executors by me in any way before made; Rattifying & confirming this to be my last will & Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day & year above written. Signed, sealed & delivered in the presence of

Samuel Bullock
John Wheaton
Samuel Whitaker
Mary Mason

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