The Last Will and Testament of Richard Hull

I, Richard Hull, of New Haven, in New England plantation, being sick and weak in body, but through the mercy of God at present of perfect mind and memory, and having a desire to settle and dispose of ye small estate wherewith yt hath pleased God to bless me, do make and declare my last will and testament, in manner and form following,

In the first place, I commit my soule into ye hands of Jesus Christ, whoe hath redeemed it by his precious blood, and through whome only I hope for eternal life, & my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried according to the discretion of my executor, knowing yt my Redeemer liveth whoe will rays up the same at the last day, and as for my outward estate my mind is & I doe dispose of the same as followeth:

Imprimus. I give unto my oldest sonne Jeremy Hull (whom I make my executor) the house I now live in and home lot with ye barne & appurtenances and all other land & meadow lying and being in this towne & plantation of New Haven, except such part and parcel as I shall otherwise dispose of by this my will. Hee paying out of ye sd. house, home lot & premises ye sume of twenty pounds, current pay toward ye raysing of such legacies as I shall give by this my will.

Item. I give unto my sonne John Hull the sume of ten pounds in full of his part.

Item. I give to my daughter Hannah Hull the sum of fforty pounds, the greater part of which sume I will shall bee payd out of my household goods and movables and it is my mind ye sd. legacies of ten pounds & fforty pounds be paid within the time of twelve months after my decease or sooner if it can be raised.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son-in-law John Jaxon & my daughter Mary his wife, one piece or parcell of meadow which I bought of Timothy Nash, lying and beeing on the east side near the ferry and all my upland, situate lying and being at Oyster Point, and also two acres more of upland in the Yorkshire quarter to have, possess and enjoy all the upland and meadow to him my said son-in-law Jno. Jaxon, his wife & heyres and assigns for ever from and immediately after my decease.

Item. I give the sum of five pounds to be paid to the deacons of the church at New Haven aforesaid for the use of the poor of the said church, within one year or sooner as aforesaid.

Item. It is my mind and will yt if my estate should not amount to the payment of the said several legacies bequeathed as aforesaid by this my will, that then there be a proportionable abatement in each legacy, with due respect and consideration to my sonne Jeremy unto whom I intend to give full value of thirty pounds and leave estate out of the house and home lott and my other land bequeathed to him, excepting as is before excepted.

Item. It is my will that my executor in the first place see that all my just depts be fully payd and satisfied and funeral expences discharged. And in witness that this is my last will and testament, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 21st day of August, 1662.

(Signed) RICHARD HULL.

Signed sealed and delivered ye day and year before mentioned as the testators last will and testament, in presence of

MATTHEW GILBERT,
WM. JONES

 

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