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Nathaniel Day's Will

In the Name of God Amen: the fourteenth Day of April 1733.
I Nathaniel Day of Attleborough in the County of Bristol in his majesty's Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England xx being well in bodily health and of mind and memory thanks be given unto God but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordaine that my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in death and Christian Burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection shall raise the same againe by the mighty power of god, and as xx such worldly estate wherewith it haith pleased God to bless me in this life I give xx and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

I give and bequeath to Ruth my dearly beloved wife all my indoor movable goods by her to be possessed and enjoyed during her widowhood but if in case she marry again or that she dyes my widow, that then the xx or household goods shall be returned to my beloved daughters as here after in this will is expressed, and it is my will that my Executor hereafter named see the same performed.

I give unto my well beloved Son Benjamin Day as a further addition to what I have formerly given to him, the sum of Twenty pounds money or publick bills of credit of the said province.

I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son Nathaniel to him his heires and assigned forever at an addition to what I have formerly given him, the residue of all my Lands which is not already disposed of lying and going in Attleborough aforsaid that is to say the Southerly part of my farm in South Attleborough of which there is so much remains not disposed of as being joyned to thirty five acres of land I formerly gave to him as will make up a half part of all my lands and which will be equal to the half part I gave to my Son David Day by deed of gift.

I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved daughter's family Ruth Ingraham Mary Hoping Meriam Day Deborah Day Dorcas Day the sum of fifteen pounds money or publick bills of credit of said Province to each of them which in all amounts to seventy five pounds and my will is that this five legacies to my daughters and the legacy of twenty pounds which in this will I give to my son Benjamin Day. I will require that my Executor David Day hereafter mentioned shall pay them all out of his own proper estate for which end and in consideration thereof I have given him a deed of the one half of my whole estate and therefore I require that these legacys by him be paid as soon as conveniently they may The first legacy shall be paid at the furthest a year after my decease to the xx and after that he shall pay a legacy every year successively they are all paid and further my will is that at the decease or marriage of my widow the household goods which I have in this will given to her shall then return to my same daughters and be equally divided amongst them all.

I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son David Day whom I likewise constitute make and ordaine my sole executor of this my last will and testament all and all my outdoor moveables namely all my husbandry tools and all my stock of cattel sheep swine horses by him his heirs or assignes freely to be posessed and enjoyed and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments and wills, legacies and bequeaths and executors by me in any ways before named will and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Day of year above written.

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