Last Will and Testament, 1669
The will of Matthias dated Nov., 1669, is as follows:
"I Matthias Hitchcock being under the afflicting hand of God, willing
to set things in order, to put my house in order."
"I doe give the halfe of my two farms to my deare wife during her
lifetime, the other parts, yt is to say, the two halves of the two farms for
John and Nathaniel to improve for their mother to ye halfe."
"I do give to my son Eliaser two swine and a waggon, also I doe give
unto my son Eliaser one acre of ground adjoining to Goodman Pattison's lott. I
also give unto Eliaser one Hoarse.
" I doe also give unto Eliaser my son my first farme after my widows
decease the two lots -- I except, they are to go along with the other farme. At
the entering of those two farmes, when ye sd sons do take possession the two
farms are to pay twenty pounds ye year ten pounds a farme to be paid to
"Nathaniel hath of his own proper estate already in possession, one
mare one cow one heifer one calf."
"John hath of his own estate proper already in possession, one hoarse
one hog one sow and one sheepe."
"Elizabeth hath already in possession of her proper owne, one hoarse
hobby. All debts are to be payed out of ye stocke remaining all ye stocks
remaining after ye debts are paid are to be divided between my two younger sons
"Within house all my movable goods houseold stuff I give to my deare
wife and daughter Elizabeth. All cartes and ploughs tackling are for ye
improvement of ye farm."
The markes of
"That ye two witnesses did express before they took oath the testators
mind in these expressions about ye improvement of the two farms during his wifs
lifetime were that his two sons John and Nathaniel shoud improve the whole two
farms for their mother to ye halfe."
Hitchcock, Mrs. Edward Sr., The Genealogy of the Hitchcock Family who are
Descended from Matthias Hitchcock of East Haven, CT and Luke Hitchcock of
Wethersfield CT , (Amherst Mass., 1894)
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