Location: Stratford, Connecticut
Joseph Hawley Will
I Joseph Hawley of Stratford yeoman sometyme Justice of the peace or Comisioner in Stratford in the Colony of Conecticot and County of Fayrfeyld, retayning the understanding and reason the Lord hath given me doe leave this my last will : my spirit I comit into the hands of Jesus Christ my redeemer my body to a comly buriall, and after my debts and funerall expenses are discharged I dou as hereafter foloweth dispose of what worldly estate I shalbe posesour of at my death
I do hereby confirme to my Children all the lands given them as they are recorded to them further I give to my sone Samuel Hawley all my lands & buyldings in parwidge in darby shire in ould england to him his heirs and asigns after the death of my now wife Katharin Hawley : morover I give to him my meadow called the Comon meadow on the great neck, and my meadow at Galep's Gapp between porter's children and me
I give to my sone Ephraim Hawley one acar and quarter of meadow in ye great neck on the east side of the Creek the southside of which is a part of that meadow purchased of mr zachery walker all the rest of that peace of meadow on the great neck both of the west side of the creek and east which I purhased of mr zarkary walker I give to my sone John Hawley :
I give to my Grandchildren John Chapman and Joseph Chapman at seabrook fieteene pounds to each of them when they come to the age of one an twenty years in such goods and chatels as my exsecutors are inabled best to pay them
I give to Joseph Hawley my sone Samuell sone besides what is upon record given him my lot at the feyld gate called the Stubing lot the whole of it I give to my sones Ephraim and John Hawley, the two litle lots one Chabord Hill and what was layd out to me at the galous broke also a little lot by Joseph Curtis lot purchases of mr Brion(?) that was laid out to John Wheler being abaout one acar
I give to my daughter Hanna Nickcoles twenty shillings and to my daughter mary coe twenty shillings : moreover I give to all my grandchildren five shillings a peece
More over I apoynt my three sonnes Samuel Hawley Epherim Hawley & John Hawley my executors & doe given unto them all my lands in Stratford darby and woodbury equaly amongst them & what land I have given them before upon record it is to them there heirs or assigns for ever also I give unto them all and whatsoe ever is my estate in debts or otherwayes not given, they paying all legasies and debts and taking care of there mother my now wife that she have whatsoever she needeth during her widowhood also I will that my wife Katherin Hawly shall have the disposing of what household stuff she pleases and what cows she desires to keep and what corne she shall desire from my said exsecutors or any other needful thing whatsoever wherey her life may be comfortable and all this I comand whilest she remayne unmarried it is to be understood that what of the above sayd estate my wife disposes of it is to be to her Children or Grandchildren & if she die and leave Housholds undisposed of then they are to be divided amongst all my children equaly that are living and ( _?_) childeren of myne that are called away by death : those childeren shall have there parts
I give to mr Israell Chancie five pounds : and in case there fall to be any diference amongst my above-named exsecutors, my will is that mr Israel Chancie Capt John Beard shall have the power to put a finall ishue to any diference That this is my will I declare by seting my hand and seal this 17 th of September 1689 : Joseph Hawley.
Memorandum John Hawley shall have uriah mills the remander of his tyme and fulfill his indentures.
Signed & sealed in the presence of Joseph Curtiss, Recorder.
His inventory was taken 4 Jun 1690, valued at £609 13s and his wife Katrin Hawly took oath to its truth 11 Jun 1690. The estate was proved 12 Jun 1690.
Source: Connecticut State Library (Hartford, Connecticut); Probate Place: Hartford, Connecticut. Notes: Probate Packets, Hanford, Theo-Hendrick, H, 1648-1880 Accessed at Ancestry ($) Transcribed by Anne B