The Last Will of Elizabeth Rose, Widdow of New Haven

“The last will of Elizabeth Rose widdow N. Haven deceased.

Know all whom it may concern that I Elizabeth Rose of New Haven widdow being weak in body yet of competent sound understanding and memory doe make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following; committing my soule into ye hands of Jesus Christ my redemer and my body to a descent buriall according to ye discretion of my executors hereafter to be named; I dispose of my outward estate as followeth. Imps. I doe give and bequeath unto my two sons John Potter and Samll, Potter twenty shillings a piece. Item, To my son John Parker my house he lives in with all my land and meadow and all the rights & priveledges thereunto belonging. Item, to my daughter Brooks twenty shillings. Item, to my daughter Hall my small bible, and to my daughter cooke my best sute of apparrell, Item, to all my grandchildren twelve pence a piece. Item, After all my debts & legacyes be paid and other necessary expenses discharged my will is that ye remainder of my estate be equally divided between my three daughters Mary, Hope, & Lydia. And I doe desire and appoint my two sons John Potter and John Parker joint Executors of this my last will and testament and I doe allow them to have out of my estate ten shillings a piece for their care and paynes therein. And I doe hereby revoke all former wills and declare and publish this to bee my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this three and twentyeth day of July one thousand six hundred and seventy seven, 1677, signed and sealed in ye presence of — but dyed before signing and sealing.”

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