Will of Abraham Hathaway of Dighton, Massachusetts, proved 19 Apr 1726

In the name of God, Amen, the eighteenth day of August, in ye year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty-five, I, Abraham Hathway, Sene, of Dighton, in ye County of Bristoll in ye Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England, being arrived to a considderable age and being very sick and week in body but through God’s goodness haveing my reason and understanding and considdering the uncertainty of this present life and expecting my great change every day, and being minded to sett my house in order and settle what temporall estate God has lent me before my great change come, doe make and ordain this my last will and testament.

First and principally I recommend and commit my Spirit into ye hands of God the Father of it, hopeing through the meritts and mediation of my Glorious Redeemer to find acceptance with God in ye great day and my body to ye earth to be buried in such decent and Christian manner as by my executor hereafter named shall be thought fitt, and as touching such temporall good things as God in his providence has lent me, my will and meaning is that the same shall be disposed of as hereafter in this my last will and testament is sett down and specifyed, hereby revokeing and making null and void all other and former wills by me made.

First of all my will and meaning is that my loveing wife Rebeciah Hathway have the improvement, income and benefitt of ye whole farm on which I now dwell, together with ye buildings and edifices erected and standing thereon, as also my will is that my sd wife shall have all my cattle, horses, sheep and swine with all my household goods during her naturall life or so long as shee shall remain my widdow, unless shee shall otherwise contract and agree with my children to whom I have given sd farm after the decease of my sd wife and as for my household goods, I give and bequeath them all to my wife, except such as I have hereafter given to my daughter to be disposed of by her as shee shall think fitt.

Item, My will is that my loveing son Abram Hathway, his heyrs and assignes forever, doe injoy and posess that tract or parcel of land lying sittuate in Dighton of which I have already given him a deed, judging that it be his part or portion of my estate.

Item, My will is that my loveing son Thomas Hathway, his heyrs and assignes forever doe injoy and posess that tract or parcell of land lying sittuate in Dighton, of which I have given him a deed, judging that to be his full part or portion of my estate.

Item, My will is and I give and bequeath to my loveing son Ebenezer Hathway, his heyrs and executors forever and the children of my loving son Shadrack Hathway diceased and their heyrs and assigns forever, my purchass right in Taunton with all the divission alreaddy granted and not laid out and that not alreaddy been disposed of by me as also my share and interest in the Iron Works att Freetown.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Samuell Hathway the one third part of the northeast half of the farm on which I now dwell as also the one third part of the land I bought of Richard Godfrey late of Taunton, disceased, as also of that ten acres given to my Hond. father deceased, by the Town of Taunton, both parcells and tracts of sd land being looked upon and accounted as a part of my sd farm, as also a third part of ye land lying near to my son Thomas Hathway in Dighton, which I have not as yet disposed off.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son John Hathway, his heyrs and assigns forever, the one moiety or half part of the farm on which I now dwell, viz :—the southwest half of it with all ye buildings and edifices thereon standing, as also the one halfe of what cattle sheep and swine my wife shall leave alt her death, as also my cart plow chains and other utensils that are improved in farming, he to enter into possession of sd farm cattle and utensils att or upon the death of my sd wife, he paying the whole sum of money that I am indebted to the Honbl. Paull Dudley Eq. and for which this my sd farm is under mortgage to him as also he paying the sum of fifty pounds in bills of publick credditt to my loving daughter Rebeckah Hathway.

Item, I give and bequeath to my loveing son Benjamin Hathway the one third part of ye northwest half of ye farm on which I now dwell, that land which I bought of Richard Godfray of Taunton, diceased, as also the ten acres of land given by the Town of Taunton to my sd Hond. father, deceased, being accounted and looked upon as being a part of sd farm, as also the one third part of a tract or parcell of land lying near to my son Thomas Hathways.

Item, I give and bequeath to my loveing son Eleazer Hathway his heyrs and assignes forever, the one third part of ye northwest half of ye farm on which I now dwell, the land which I bought of Richard Godfrey late of Taunton disrased, as also ye ten acres of land given by ye Town of Taunton to my Hond father disceased, being looked upon and accounted a part of sd farm, as also ye one third part of a tract or parcell of land lying near to my son Thomas Hathway.

Item, I give and bequeath to my loveing daughter Rebeckah Hathway her heyrs and assigns forever the sum of fifty pounds for hills of public credditt of this Province to be payd to her by my sd son John Hathway whom I have hereafter appointed the executor of this my last will and testament, when so soon as shee shall come to ye age of twentyone years or upon her marriage day, as also I give and bequeath to her my sd daughter two cows, one feather bed with ye furniture belonging to it and a great brass kittle, ali which my will shee shall injoy and possess when and so soon as shee come to ye age of twenty one years, provided her mother see cause, as also my will is that my sd daughter shall have ye privilege and beniffitt of a fire room in my dwelling house, so long as shee shall remain unmarried.Item,
My will is that what of my stock shall be left att ye discease of my wife yt is not otherwise disposed of allreddy be equally divided betwixt my son Abram Hathway and Thomas “Thomas” Hathway.And my will and desire is that my loveing friends, Capt. Jared Talbott, Deacon Joseph Dean and Leutt. Ebenezer Pitts doe make a devision of this my sd farm among the children to whom I have willed and bequeathed and that according to ye true intent and meaning of this my last will and testament, unless my sd children shall agree among themselves.

Finally my will is and I doe by these presents constitute and appoint my son John Hathway sole executor of this my last will and testament and in testimony that this is my last will and testament and no other “other” to be looked upon as such, I have hereunto sett my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above written.

Abram Hathway, {Seal}
Signed, sealed and declared by the sd Abram Hathway to be his last will and testament in presence of us,
Ja red Taibut Nathel. Fisher
Elizabeth Gary Approved April 19, 1726.

 

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