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In the Name of god Amen: I Edward Allyn senr
of Southfield alias Suffield being sick and weak of body but
in sound and disposing memory praise be given to god for
the same; doe make this my last will and Testament in man-
-ner and form as followeth, that is to say, First and prin-
-cipally I resign my soul into the mercifull hands of Almighty
god my creator Assuredly hoping through the merits of my
blessed saviour to obtain pardon and remission of all my sins
And my body I commit to the earth from whence it was taken
to be Decently buried by the discretion of my executor herein
after Named and as for my worldly goods or little Estate
which god hath graciously lent me after my due debts &
Funerall expences be discharged I dispose thereof as followeth
Imprimis I give and Bequeath to my sons Benjamin and
David my Dwelling house and Barn together with the
Lot they stand on containing threscore acres more or
less and for the orchyards my will is that Benjamin
shall have the orchyard about the dwelling house and
David that below the hill by the riverside onely they
two shall yearly supply their two younger Brothers
viz: Samuel and Caleb with twenty bushels of apples
a piece untill they shall have planted orchards and have
a competent supply of their owne I give and bequeath
to my sons Samuel and Caleb my forty acre allotment lying
between the lot which I have given to Benjamin
and David and my son William his Lot and when they come
to divide the second Division Land my will is that they should
run their Dividing line East and West and that Samuel and
Caleb should have their share on the Southside of it
and see much more of this second Division land than their
elder Brothers that is to say Benjamin and David as
shall make them equall with them in lands: I give
allsoe allsoe to these two younger sons my medow lying by
ensign Pengilly his medow to be Divided equally Betwixt them
I give and Bequeath to my son William that cone of medow
lying on the West side of Westfield road and allsoe a cow
I Give to my sons Benjamine and David that piece of medow
lying on the east side of Westfield road and adjoyning to Samuel
Spenser his medow to be divided equally Betwixt them
I Give and bequeath that tract of land lying above the brook
commonly called the deep brook which I took up in liew of
medow to my five sons to be divided equally for quantity and
quality betwixt them My will is that Samuel my son shall
live with Benjamin his brother untill he come to twenty one
years of age and allsoe that Caleb my son live with David his
brother untill he come to the same age. And as they come to
age that is to say Samuel & Caleb their two brothers Benjamin and
David shall erect and finish each of ym a house of the same Demen
sions (or there about) of the house which Goodman Adams now
lives in and to be at equal charge about it onely Samuel &
Caleb to cast in their owne labour during the time they
are a building said houses: And allsoe to give each of them
a cow and learn both of them the art or trade of a weaver


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Edward Allyn's wife had died in June 1696, but he left eleven living children, the oldest, 37 and the youngest, 11. He dictated very precise directions for the apportionment of his estate. His will is typical in that the real estate is left to the boys and the girls receive "the moveables," the household goods. Edward Allyn signed his will with an "X."

 

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Will of Edward Allyn

author   Edward Allyn (1659-1738)
date   Nov 19, 1696
location   Suffield, Massachusetts
height   12.5"
width   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Will
accession #   #L99.070


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Inventory of Edward Allyn

"Little Jack of All Trades, with Suitable Representations. Part I."

"History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts"


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