Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, p 140-141

          BECKLEY, Benjamin, Wethersfield. Will dated 28 Jun 1728: I, Benjamin BECKLEY of Wethersfield, think it my duty to make this my last will and testament. I give to my eldest son, John BECKLEY, the house he now lives in, with 1/2 of all my land. I give to my other son, Benjamin BECKLEY, the house I now live in, and barn, and the other half of all my land. I give to my daughter Martha HART, over and above what I have alredy given her, 5 shillings in money. I give to my younger daughter, Miriam and Hannah, all my remaining moveables, to be divided to them equally after the decease of my wife. I give to my wife, during the time she shall continue my widow, one convenient room in my dwelling house and the comfortable and honourable subsistance to be contributed to her (with her own labour) by my sons in equal proportions. And in case my sd. sons shall neglect or refuse, my will is that my sd. wife shall have the improvement of 1/3 part of my lands while she continues my widow. My wife and my sons John and Benjamin to be executors.

Witness: Nathaniel BURNHAM                             Benjamin BECKLEY, LS.
Joseph FLOWER, Henry HILLS.

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