Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, pp 2-3

          ARNOLD, Josiah, Haddam. Died 22 Jun 1733. Inventory taken 2 July, 1733, by Benjamin SMITH, John FISK and Thomas BROOKS, Sen. Will dated 15th June, 1733

          Know all men by these presents: That I, Josiah ARNOLD of Haddam, in the County of Hartford and Colony of Connecticutt, in New England, being of a languishing state of body and hastening to my dissolution, yet of sound mind and memory, do make and ordaine this my last will and testiment, viz.: First of all, I comend my spirit into the hands of Him that gave it, and my body unto the earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial as my executors shall think fit. And as to these worldly goods wherewith God hath blessed me, I give and bequeath them in manner following, viz.: Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my well-beloved wife Abigail the use and improvement of 1-3 part of all my real estate, both buildings and lands, during her natural life; and 1-3 part of all my personal estate, goods and chattells I give to be at her own disposal forever. Item, I will and bequeath to Francis and Josiah ARNOLD, sons of my brother David ARNOLD, a piece of land containing 39 acres and a 1-2, lying at the south end of Turkey Hill, bounded south on Saybrook line, east of the land of Abraham TYLER, north on land of Hannah TYLER, and west on William SCOVILL's land. Item. To my well-beloved daughter and only child, Rhoda, I give and bequeath all the remaining part of my estate, both real and personal, moveable and imoveable, to be her own forever. Item. I ordain and appoint my brother David ARNOLD and my well-beloved wife Abigail the sole executors of this my last will and testament. In withness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.

Witness: Phineas FISKE                               Josiah ARNOLD, L.S.
Joseph MUNGER,

          Court Record, page 96 -- 29 June, 1733: Will Proven