Will of Samuel Thompson
Witnesses: Robert and Margaret Marshall, James Thompson
Last will and testament of Samuel Thompson of the town of
First, I give devise and bequeath unto my wife Mary the use of our half of the house in which I now reside to be occupied by her and to be at her sole command if she shall so require so long as she shall live, and further give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Mary one cow and five sheep to be selected by her out of any cows and sheep I may have upon the premises on which I now reside at the time of my decease and also the one half of all my household goods and furniture to be by her selected from and out of all the goods of such disposition that I may be in possession of at the time of my decease, and further I give devise and bequeath unto my said wife Mary the balance of all money coming to me from Andrew Thompson after a final settlement with him the said Andrew which is supposed to be about seventy dollars all of which aforementioned articles, goods and devises and bequests are to be at her own disposal in any manner that she shall see proper. And also I give devise and bequeath to my said wife Mary a good and comfortable support and maintenance upon the said farm or premises under all circumstances in sickness and in health and which support and maintenance I charge upon the premises herein after specified as I also do the keeping of the cow and sheep above devised to my said wife Mary as long as she shall live or remains my widow.
Secondly, I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Mary the wife of William Connell all the rest, residue and remainter of all my household goods and furniture to be at her own disposal.
Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my son William Connell all my stock teams, farming utinsels after selecting or taking out what is devised to my said wife Mary to be used and disposed of for the benefit of himself and his wife Mary all such times and in such manner as they shall deem proper.
Fourthly, I give devise and bequeath the use of all the farm or premises on which I now reside subject to the charge for the maintenance of support of my wife Mary the keeping of the cow and sheep devised to her as aforesaid unto my son William Connell and his wife Mary for and during the natural life of her the wife of the said William Connell and in case the said William Connell should outlive and survive his wife Mary as aforesaid then and in that case he the said William is to have the use and income of the said farm under the following conditions, that is to say,
If the wife of him the said William Connell should not have any children of in case that she should not have any children that should survive or outlive her, then and in that case he the said William Connell is to have the use and income of one half of the said farm during his natural life, or until he shall again marry in which case his title or rights to the use of the said farm shall cease, and in case the said William Connell shall not marry after the demise of his said wife Mary then the use and income of the other half of the said farm shall to, and I hereby bequeath the same to my son Horatio Thompson if he shall be living, if he shall not be living then the same shall go to his children in equal proportions, and further if the wife of him the said William Connell shall have no issue or children that shall survive or outlive her then the title of the said farm shall be and is hereby vested in and devised to the children or child and children of my said son Horatio Thompson to each family of children one equal half part thereof, and them and each of their heirs and assigns forever subject to the aforesaid.
Fiftly, it is my wish that all my debts and expenses be paid out of the rest and residue of all my personal property not heretofore devised to my wife Mary and to my son William Connell or to his wife Mary if any there shall be and also all debts due to me and if they shall not be sufficient to discharge the same then the said William Connell his wife Mary if living and in case of her death then her heirs shall contribute for the same in proportion to the property devised to them.
Sixthly, I do hereby constitute and appoint James Thompson of the town of
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty and is composed of and written upon two half sheets of paper.
Samuel Thompson (LS)
Recorded 1 September 1841 John C. Palmer Surrogate