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The Will of Ebenezer Prentice

The Will of Ebenezer Prentice of Stonington, Ct.

Source: Connecticut, New London District, Probate Records, Vol. 5, p. 236, FHL microfilm 5607.

Transcriber's Note: I separated the "items" in paragraphs to make the will easier to read but I kept spelling as in the original. For the most part, punctuation was lacking. The microfilm copy was difficult to read but, except for a couple words I left blank, I believe that my transcription is accurate. The name "Peris" was difficult to decipher. However the "e" in the words "ten" and "item" appeared to be the same as the second letter of that name. This, of course, is a transcription of a copy of the will made by the clerk. It is not a transcription of the original will.

PrenticeNet Note: It is assumed that this Ebenezer Prentice is the son of Deacon Samuel Prentice, ancestor of Capt. Thomas Prentice of Cambridge.

E[__] in this Court the Last Will & Testament of Mr. Ebnr Prentice late of Stonington Decd Being Proved is Approved by this court & ordered Recorded

|viz| In the name of God Amen. The Last will & testament of Ebenezer Prentice of Stonington in the County of New London & State of Connecticut.

Whereas I being sick & weak of body but yet of a Sound and Disposing mind & memory, blessed by God for it but calling to mind the mortality of my Body & that it is appointed for all men once to die do make & Ordain this to be my last will & testament as first and Principally I Recommend my Soul to God that gave it & my body to the Dust to be Buried in Decent Christian Burial as the Discretion of my Executor Hereafter named and as Touching that part of worldly Estate which it hath Pleased God to bless me with in this Life I Dispose of in the following manner First I give to my loving wife Lucy one third part of my Real and personal Estate to be to her Disposal for ever

Item: I give to my loving son Peris five Pounds Lawful Money to be paid to him in Two years after my decease by my son Stanton with what has been paid for him in the whole of his Portion

Item: I give to my Loving son Oliver Ten pounds Lawful money to be paid to him in two years after my Decease by my Son Stanton as his full part or Portion in my Estate

Item: I give to my Loving Daughter Lucy Ten Pounds Lawful money to be paid to her in Two Years after my decease by my Executor taking part of her portion in indoor moveables at Inventory price which is to be this whole of her portion

Item: I give to my Loving Daughter Dorothy Williams 6/ Lawful Money with what she has already received is to be her full part or portion of my Estate. [Note: a small "p" written above the "6" may have meant "pounds."]

Item: I give to my Loving Daughter Abigail Ten pounds lawful money to be paid to her in five years after my Decease by me Executor taking part of her Portion in indoor moveables at Inventory price is to be her full Part or Portion of my Estate

Item: I give to my Loving Son Stanton all my lands Lying in Stonington with the Buildings thereon & Also the rest of my moveable estate which I have not disposed of to be to him & His Heirs for ever he paying all my just debts & Funeral Charges & all the Legacies to his Brothers & Sisters

I do further by these presents Constitute and Appoint my Loving Son Stanton Prentice Sole Executor to this my Last will & Testament Disowning and Disapproving all former wills & testaments Allowing Rattifying & Confirming and Approving this & this only to be my Last Will & Testament in Witness & Confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the 29th Day of July AD 1790. Signed Sealed Published & Declared to be the Last will & Testament of the above named Ebenezer Prentice in present of us

Elisha Denison, Thomas Swan, Eunice (her X mark) Kimbal [signed] Ebenezer Prentice {Seal}

New London County Ss Stonington Novr 16, 1790. Personally appeared Elisha Denison, Thos. Swan & Eunice Kimbal the three witnesses to the aforesaid will & made Solemn Oath that they were Present & Saw the said Mr. Ebnr Prentice the Testator sign seal & [_____] the same to be his last will & testament and that the Testator was of a Sound Disposing mind & memory & that they the deponents put there Names thereto in witness the presence of the Testator and of Each Other

Joshua Prentice Justice of Peace

Appd in this Court the Above Executor &

Accepted the Trust Reposed in him &

Gave Bond Agreeable to Law

Attest. John Denison, Clerk

Provided by Lorraine Keith .. thanks Lorraine!


Microfilm copy of
probate records
(transcription source)

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