Note: * arrived at Roxbury, MA and then settled in Hartford, CT in 1636 * Ancestors of Joseph Alexander Cook webpage www.familytree.com/users/h/a/m/Bonnie-L-Hamilton
A DIGEST OF THE EARLY CONNECTICUT PROBATE RECORDS. 1677 to 1687. Page 143-4-5 Name: WILLIAM HILLS SEN. Location: Hartford Died July, 1683. Invt. �274-00-02. Taken August, 1683, by Bevel Waters, Nath. Willett, Townsmen. Will dated 21 February, 1680-1. I William Hills sen., of Hoccanum, within the Township of Hartford, doe make this to be my Last Will & Testament: And in the first place, after my death, I desire my Executors & Overseers to take care for a decent Burial, & my desire is that due care be taken for payment of all my just debts. Imprimis. My will is that my wife Mary Hills & my son Jonathan Hills be Joynt Executors of this my will. My will is that my wife shall have the use of the one halfe of my housen & Lands that I now live in and upon, & the halfe of all my stock, catle & moveables during her naturall life, which sayd Lands are 8 acres on the east side of my dwelling house & about 18 acres of the west side of my sayd house. I give to my wife the use of one halfe of 17 rods wide of unimproved Lands Lying on the east end of the foresayd 8 acres which runneth to the east end of the 3 mile Lotts, during her Life. I give and bequeath, & my will is, that my sonn Jonathan Hills shall have the other full halfe of the foresayd housen and Lottments with their appurtenances, & my will is that after my wive's Decease I doe give the whole and full of that Land left in her hand to my son Jonathan Hills & to his heirs forever, with all catle, Stock & moveables, to have and to hold forever. And Whereas I have one Lott of Twenty-five rods broad abutting on the widdow Andrews house lott on the West, running to the end of the 3 mile Lotts east, abutting on the country Highway on the south, & on the widdow Andrews Lott North, that she bought of Deacon Wm. Holton, One Third part of said Lott being taken off which I have sould to Mr. William Pitkin, the other Two parts thereof Left and remaining in my hands I give and bequeath Two Thirds thereof to my Daughter Mary Hills and her heirs for ever, and the other Third of ye foresayd Two parts I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hanna Kilbern, to her and her heirs forever. And Whereas there is a consederable part of that Land I bought of Thomas Hosmore of Hartford, Lyeing in & within the south division, wch I have not yet taken up, I doe give that sayd Land (about six score acres, abutting on Benjamin Hills & Joseph Hills there Lotts on the west, & abutting on James Curtice on the south, & on my Land on the North, running east to the end of the 3 mile Lotts), my will is, & I bequeath, the sayd Land & all of it to my sonn William Hills, to my son John Hills, to my son Joseph Hills, & to my son Benjamin Hills, to my daughter SARAH WARD, & to my daughter Susannah Kilbourn, to be divided by an equal proportion to each child, & their heirs forever; & at the death of my sonn William Hills the proportion given to him I give and bequeath to my grand sonn, the eldest sonn of my son William, whoe is of the same name to him, and to his heirs forever. Farther, my will is, that within one yeare after the death of my wife, Mary Hills, that my son Jonathan Hills shall pay out of the Estate the just & full sume of Ten pounds to my daughter Mary Hills. And my will is that all my Land given to my children shall forever & att all times hereafter contribute & pay a Just proportion of all rates, dues & Leases required toward the Mayntenance of the ministry of that particular Church within the Township of Hartford which my overseers of this my will & Testament shall by their Joynt act in writeing under their hands agree upon. I doe desire Major John Talcott, Mr. Jonathan Gilbert & Corporal Gilbert to be my overseers with full power to fill vacancies in case of the death of any of them. Farther I doe desire & will that the revenues of the Lands in Farmington that I have right unto by & in right of my wife, that it be duly demanded & received for the help of my wife, & desire my overseers with my Executors to take care about the same, which is the final conclusion of this my Last Will & Testament. Pr me William Hill., sen., Ls. Witness: John Hill, Thomas Kilbourn, John Gilbert. Court Record, Page 76--6 December, 1683: Will Proven.
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