Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 2, p 486
CLARK, Daniel, Middletown. Inventory taken by William SAVAGE, Samuel GIPSON and Joseph WHITMORE. Will dated 3 March, 1724-5
For as much as my time is uncertain and I know not ye time of my death, I account it my duty to make my last will and testament, which is as followeth: I give to my loveing wife Elizabeth CLARK the 1-2 of my dwelling house and 1-2 of my barn and ye whole of the homestead, excepting 1-3 part of ye orchard, and so much of my moveable estate and of my stock of cattle as she shall think she shall stand in need of. The above-mentioned I will to her during her widowhood. And if she marrys, then ye half of it during the term of her natural life. I give to my son Daniel CLARK the whole of my part ofland at ye ledges which I bought of ye Adms. of my grandfather HARRIS estate; and also I give him the 1-2 of my other alottment of land at ye Ledges which I bought of my uncle Joseph WHITE, andhe shall have his choice of ye half of that lott; and I give him the old white mare, and ye use of the gray mare for one year. I give to my son Francis CLARK the whole of my house and barn and homestead after his mother's decease, and the 1-2 of it when he comes of age; and also I give him three acres of land in ye Boggy Meadow which I bought of John RANNEY; and I also will to him 1-2 of my land upon the Plain, and also ye 1-2 of what land my father shall will to my heirs upon the east side of ye river. I give to my son Elisha CLARK all my lands at ye Short Hills, which is about 34 acres, and ye 1-2 of tht alottment of land at ye Ledges which I bought of my uncle Joseph WHITE, and all ye remainder of my land in ye Boggy Meadow which I have not before disposed of. I give to my son Joseph CLARK that alottment of land on ye east side of ye Great River, by William CORNWALL, containing 150 acres, and also all my land on ye Island, and also ye 1-2 of what land my father shall give to my heirs. Also, I give to my four daughters, Hannah SUMNER, Abigail CLARK, Elizabeth CLARK and Martha CLARK, £30 apiece; and my will is that my daughters hass have ye 1-2 of my land upon the Plain as part of their £30 apiece. My will is that my right in ye last division on ye east side of ye Great River shall be sold to pay my debts; and also my land I bought of Joseph KIRBY, on ye east end of ye lot that John KIRBY now lives on, shall be sold also to pay my debts.
Daniel X CLARK, L.S.
Witness: Joseph SMITH,
Court Record, Page 80 -- 12 April 1725: Will now exhibited and proven. As no executor was named in the will, Adms. to Elizabeth CLARK, widow, with the will annexed.
Page 12 (Vol XIII) 5 July, 1737: Joseph CLARK, a minor son of Daniel CLARK, chose his brother Francis CLARK to be his guardian. Recog. £200. Cert: Joseph WHITE, J.P.
Page 66 -- 6 May, 1740: Elizabeth WILLIAMS, alias CLARK, Adms. on the estate of her husband Daniel CLARK, exhibited now an account of her Adms.: Paid in debts and charges, £67-16-11; credit received to sd. estate, £2-14-00. Which account is accepted in Court and ordered on file.