THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
January 3, 1736
In the name of God Amen. I JEREMIAH EVERTON of the Southwest Parish of Pasquo(torn) Presinct, being in perfect health sound and perfect memory & mind, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life & knowing that tis appointed for all men once to dye, do hereby ordain and appoint & make this my Last Will & Testament.
In manner and Form Following Viz.
Imp. First I recommend my Soul God that gave it trusting through the merits of Christ, my Saviour to receive in mercey and my body to be buried in such Christian like maner as shall please my Exe. Hereaft. Named.
Item. It is my will and desire that my Loving Wife HANNAH EVERTON have possess & quietly & peaceably enjoy my now dwelling plantation, together with all the land thereunto belonging or in any maner of wise apportaining (except seventy(?) five acres lying on the easter most end of my sd. dwelling plantation, divided by a courses of line trees beside the sd. dwelling plantation afsd. & JOHN CHAMBERLAIN plantation which sd. plantation is on the sd. seventy five acres, sold by me to sd. CHAMBERLAIN and after the decease of my sd. Wife it is my will & desire that my Son JAMES EVERTON should ?????(to dark) possession to whom I give the same, to him & his heirs of his body lawfull begotten forever, but if my Son JAMES should dye without lawfull heirs, then I give my afsd. plantation to my Daughter RACHEL EVERTON and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten forever.
Item. I give my Elder Son SOLOMON EVERTON one shilling sterling money of Great Brittain, and no more, where with he shall be content.
Item. I give my Daughter SARAH FOREHAND one shilling sterling money of Great Brittain & no more.
Item. I give my Daughter RACHEL EVERTON one shilling sterling money of Great Brittain & no more except in the case of the Death of my Son JAMES, as is before mentioned in the clause of my will afsd.
Item. I give my Daughter HETHORINE(?) CHAMBERLAIN one shilling sterling money of Great Brittain & no more.
Item. I give my Son JAMES EVERTON one shilling sterling & no more except, as in the clause of this my sd will on the other side of this my sd will, doth appear more fully & at large
Item. It is my desire the afsd. legacies, be paid my sd. children, twenty days after my decease by my executrix hereafter named.
Item. I leave ordain constitute and appoint my loveing Wife HANNAH EVERTON whole & sole Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament disanulling and making void & revokeing all former will or wills by me before made ratifying and holding this to be my Last Will & Testament and no other. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal this 3 Day of Jan.’y Ann Dom 1736
Seald & delivered In presents of us
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JA. SEARTH jurat
Att a Court held for the said County at the Court house in Broomfield on the Second Tuesday in October anno Dom 1740
Present his Majesty’s Justies
These may cerifie that JAMES SEARF one of the Subscribing Evidinces to the within Will appeared in open Court & made oath on the Holy Evangelist that he ware present & saw JEREMIAH EVERTON sign seal publish & declare the within to be & contain his Last Will and Testament & that the said JEREMIAH EVERTON was then of sound & disposing memory and that he also see JOHN SEARF and THOMAS CROMWELL the other subscribing Evidences sign their names thereto at the same time. Then also appeared HANNAH EVERTON Executrix in open Court and took the Extrix oath in due form of Law, ordered that the Honorable NATHAN RICE Esq. Secretary of this Province have Notice and that Letters Testamentory issue thereon as the Law directs.
Test. JAMES ????
JEREMIAH EVERTON WILL
Letters issued May ye 1st
Contributed and transcribed by Judy Merrell Brickhouse
(Transcribed as written, including errors in spelling and grammar.)