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This the last will and testament of me Lucinda Nims of Deerfield
in the County of Franklin, and Commonwealth of Massachusetts- single woman.
Whereby I order and dispose of all my estate in the following manner. Viz.

First my will is that the debts which I shall owe at the time of my
decease shall be paid out of my personal estate, not otherwise hereafter
in this will disposed of, -- and that my funeral be directed, and the
charges of it paid, by my Executor hereinafter named, out of my
personal estate not disposed of as aforesaid.----

I give and devise to my mother (widow Electa Nims) the use
and improvement of five ninth parts of all the real estate which I
shall die seized of, for and during the term of her natural life.__

I give and devise to my brother Elijah Arms Nims --- five dollars.-

I give and devise to my brother Edwin Nims- five dollars.--

I give and devise to my brother Theodore Nims- five dollars---
I give and devise to my sister Electa Starkweather- wife of
Horace Starkweather, five dollars.---
I give and devise to my Sister Mary Williams, wife of
Horace Williams, one hundred dollars.

I give and devise to my Niece Minerva Sophia Williams, daughter of Horace Williams, one hundred

I give to my niece Mary Williams daughter of Horace Williams,
one hundred dollars.---------
I give & devise to my niece Lucinda Nims Williams, daughter of Horace
Williams- one hundred dollars.-----

I give & devise to my nephew Theodore Sherry Nims, (minor son
of my brother Theodore Nims) seven hundred dollars and my
will is that my Executor hereinafter named, cause all the afore
mentioned legacies to be paid to the persons herein named, as above specified out of any estate not otherwise
by this will disposed of within one year after the decease of my
mother Electa Nims above mentioned.----

The rest & Residue of my estate, real & personal, not otherwise by
this will disposed of, I give devise & bequeath to Horace Williams, to
[ ? ] to him & his heirs forever.

and my Executor hereinafter named, is hereby authorized & empowered
to sell at private sale, or public auction, as he shall judge best, the whole
or such part of my real Estate as shall be necessary to carry
into full effect the provisions of this will, and convey the same in fee
simple, by deed or deeds, to the purchaser or purchasers.----

And I do hereby appoint Horace Williams sole Executor of this-
my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me
at any time heretofore made----BR>
In witness whereof I the said Lucinda Nims have hereunto set my hand
and seal this day of in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred & thirty three.

Signed, sealed, declared & published by the said Lucinda Nims --- &c &c

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Lucinda Nims was the oldest child of the six surviving children of Seth and Electa (Arms) Nims. Her father left her his house when he died in 1831, "so long as she remained unmarried." In her will Lucinda assigned bequests of cash to her siblings and to their children. Her mother was given a share of the house to live in until she died, and the remainder of her estate Lucinda Nims left to the husband of her next younger sister, following the usual custom of leaving real estate to male members of families.


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Will of Lucinda Nims

author   Lucinda Nims (1784-1857)
date   1833
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   12.5"
width   8.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Will
accession #   #L99.156

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Division of Real Estate of Lucinda Nims

Land lease by Lucinda Nims

"Finance Report of the Town of Deerfield. 1860-61."

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