Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, p 143

          BRAINARD, William, Jr. Haddam. Died 18 Mar 1736. Invt. 636-18-06. Taken 31 March, 1736 by Joseph ARNOLD, Ebenezer SMITH and Thomas SHELDON. Will dated 4 March, 1735-6.

          I, William BRAINARD, Jr., of Haddam, do make this my last will and testament: I give unto my wife Ester her dower rights. I give to my only son Jonathan BRAINARD and his heirs and assigns forever, my dwelling house, barn, and two acres of land takeing in sd. house and barn, and 1/2 of all my lands, be the same more or fewer acres, besides the sd. two acres, in consideration that he pay to my three daughters hereinafter mentioned, within one year after he shall arrive to the age of 21 years, 1/2 of what there shall be wanting of the 150 of my personal estate after my debts are paid and my wife shall have had her thirds out of the sd. personal estate. I give to my three daughters, to Esther, to Prudence, and to Elizabeth, 50 to each. And for one that may be born provision is made in the will, whether it be a son or a daughter. I make my wife Ester Brainard and my brother Josiah BRAINARD executors.                               William BRAINARD Jr., LS. Witness: Chileab BRAINARD, Daniel BIDWELL, Hez: BRAINARD.

          Court Record, Page 51 -- 5 October 1736: Will and inventory exhibited by the executors. Proven.