Note: Will of John Fuller - January 13, 1695/6 (as transcribed by Don Fuller and E. Frederick Fuller) In the name of God Amen I John Fuller of Newton in the County of Middlesex in his Majesties Province of the Massachusets-bay in New-England being week in body, but in sound and disposing memory, Praise be given to God for the same to make this my last will and testament in manor & form following, this is to say first, and principally I resign my soul into the merciful hand of almighty God my creator auredly hoping through the merits of my Blessed Savior, to obtain pardon & remission of all of my sins and my body I commit to the earth whenceit was taken to be Decently buried by the discretion of my executor and herinafter named and as for the wordly goods and estate the Lord hath lent me I dispose therof as follows Impl. I give and bequeth to my loving and dear wife Elizabeth a comfortablemaintenance of my movable estate and if that shall not be enough then to havethe liberty of any of my other estate, any thing hereafter to the contrary not withtanding and a living in my now dwelling house and all this during hernatural life, to be allowed her by my executors herin after named, out of my estate. 2 secondly I give and bequeth to my son John Fuller the housing and lands he now enjoys lying along the south side Charles River, ading therto as muchout of the farm I now live on as shall make the same two hundred acres as I have butted and bounded the said addition to him and his heirs forever. 3 thirdly I give and bequeth to my son Jonathan Fuller the housing and landhe now enjoys adding thereto out of the famland I now live on as much as makes up the aforsaid land one hundred and fifty acres as I have bounded the same to him and his heirs executor and administrator forever. 4 fondly I give and bequeth to my son Joseph Fuller the lands he now enjoysand also a piece of [moads]: wland over the brook at the [uperend] of the great meadow, adjoining unto the land of [Tm o] Parks to make him equal withthe rest of my sons to him and his heirs forever. 5 fifthly I give and bequeth to my son Joshua Fuller the housing and lands he now livethg on to him and his heirs forever. 6 I give and bequeth to my son Jeremiah Fuller the land I formerly gave himwheron he now liveth, adding therto out of the farm abovesaid as much as Maketh up what he already enjoyeth, one hundred and fifty acres as the [farm]is now butted and bonded to him and his heirs forever and it further my willthat if any of my above named sons shall be A joint consent agree to the altering of the bounds of the lands above given and bounded to them, nary thing contrary notwithstanding, and also it is my will that my above son shall each and every one of the have equal liberty to Dig and Cart of clay from the clay-pits in the above farm. 7 seventhly to all that I have formerly given unto my daughter ElizabethHide Deceased, I give and bequeth unto her children tho which I have had theCare of bringing up and maintaining what they have already had and to mygrandson, alias grandchild Jonathan Hide the youngest son of my above saiddaughter, ten pounds in or as money to be paid to him by my son Joseph Fuller,whom Jo Hide shall be twenty one years of age, and my [so] son joseph to paythe same forth Right and interest I have in the Malt house he now occupieth,and further it is my will that if the abovesaid Malt-house shall by Causualtybe burnt or any ways destroyed by accidental cause, the abovesaid legacyof 10 pounds to be paid to my five sons above name, and if [so] JonathanHide do not live to the age abovesaid, then my will is that the abovesaidten Pounds shall be equally divided between my three grandchildren viz MaryBrown & Elizabeth Hide, and Hannah Hide eighthly I give and bequeth to my daughter Bethiah Bond twenty pounds in addition to what she hath already received of me towards her portion, to be paid her by my son Joseph Fuller, as followeth fewer pounds per year, untilthe whole sum be paid in consideration wherof I give to my son Joseph Fullerthe land I purchased of Jeremiah Moss, be the same more or less. 9 ninethly I give and bequeth to my five sons abovesaid house barns out-houses orchard and land coveying two hundred and fifty acres be the same moreof less to them and their heirs forever, to be equally divide betwen them atmy death. Provide my five sons abovesaid do comfortably and honorably maintain my abovesaid wife in sickness and health during her natural life, and further my will is that my abovesaid sons shall not alinate the above given and granted unto any stranger until first the next Relation of the above said Fullers have the offer of it, and all the rest and residue of my estates goods and cattle, not herin before bequethed after my debts and funeral expenses discharged, I do give and bequeth unto my very dutiful sonsJohn Fuller, Jonathan Fuller, Joseph Fuller, Joshua Fuller & Jeremiah Fuller,who I do make sole executor of this my last will and testament [peroling] allother wills by me. In witness wherof I have herunto set my hand and seal thisthirteenth day of January one thousand six hundred ninety five [six] and theseventh year of his Majesties Reign.Signed Sealed and Published in the presence of witness, Isaac William John John Ward the mark of Munings Sawin FullerThou Munnings Sawin and Isaac Williams and also all ye Executors in said willwith Jno- Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua and Jeremiah Fuller did testify that the named Elizabeth in ye testament of ye 7th paragraph was caused by a moot mistake of said Sawin ye writer of said will and ought to have been written Bethiah Hide as appears by ye copy taken from ye deceased mouth by wich he wrote such will. Attest: Samuel Phipps RegistrarCharleston, Feb 28th, 1697/8 by ye Hon. James Russell, Esq., Capt. Isaac Williams, John Ward, Munnings Sawin the witness subscribed, personally appearing made oath & they were personally and saw ye subscriber, John Fuller, deceased sign and seal and heard him publish and decalre the above written to he his last will and testament and wich he so did he was of a disposing mind - Jeremiah [Coream] J. A. RussellSeal Placed Samuel Phipps Registrar
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