Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 249
COTTON, Samuel, Sr., Middletown. Invt. £620.11.05. Taken 28 April, 1738, by Benjamin ADKINS, Jonathan ALLYN, and William ROCKWELL. Will dated 16 November, 1737
I, Samuel COTTON, Sen., of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will and testament: I give unto Experience, my wife, all my household goods of what name soever which she brought with her when we were married, and 1 cow, 1 heifer and my iron kettle, to be at her own dispose. I give to my son Samuel 1 equal third part of my right in the piece of land that is laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary COTTON deceased, and 4 acres of land called the Indian Point, which 4 acres shall lye next to the Boggy Meadow; and a large sermon book which was my father John COTTON's, entitled "Gospel Conversation." I give to my son Ebenezer 1-3 part of my right in the piece of land that is laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary COTTON deceased, and 3 acres more of land called Indian Point, to lye next to Samuel's 4 acres, and the equal half of all my carpenters' and joyners' tools after John hath taken the tools I have particularly mentioned hereafter, only I give to Ebenezer my 2-inch augur. I give to my son John my broad axe, vears, adice, inch and a half augur and inch augur, and 2 or 3 old narrow chisells, and a piece of a square, and the equal half oa ll the remainder of all my carpenter and joyner tools except my 2-inch augur. I give to my sons John and William my dwelling house and homelott and all the remainder of my land at Indian Point, and the other third part of my right in a piece of land that was laid out in the third division to the heirs of my mother Mary COTTON deceased, and all my stock and husbandry tools and utensils except the cow and heifer I have given to my wife. And my will is that my two shons John and William shall pay all my just debts and funeral charges. And further, I give to my two sons John and William all my boggy meadow, they paying to my tow daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, to each £6-10 money, and to the tow childern of my daughter Prudence, to each of them 20 shillings. I further give to my daughter Mary my cubboard and to my daughter Elizabeth my chest. And my will is that my sons John and William shall pay to my daughter Lydia 20 shillings money. I make my wife Experience and my brother-in-law Samuel HALL executors.
Witness: John ELTON                                        Samuel COTTON, LS.
John CHIVERS (CHEEVER?),
Court Record, Page 28 -- 2 May 1738: Will proven.