Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Manwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, p 44

          Joseph DUTTON, East Haddam. Invt. 157-11-00. Taken 4 Feb 1733-4, by John SPENCER, John CHURCH & Jabez CHAPMAN. Will dated 1st Sep 1733.

I, Joseph DUTTON of Haddam East Society, do make this my last will & testament: I give to my wife Mary DUTTON 1-3 part of all my household goods, and 1 good, gentle & easy beast, horse or mare, to be provided out of my moveable estate, with convenient furniture for her to ride upon, and 1 good cow and six sheep, all which she shall have power to dispose of as she shall judge most for her comfort. And my will is that my son Samuel DUTTON shall provide sufficient fodder and pasturing for sd. creatures during her widowhood. Also, I give to her 1-4 part of all the grain that my sd. son shall raise from the farm on which I now dwell, yearly, excepting he and she shall otherwise agree. Also, it is my will that my sd. son shall provide for her a sufficiency of convenient firewood during her widowhood, and 1 barrel of syder, and what apples she shall have occasion for, yearly, if the orchard will afford it; also, the choice of any 1 room in my now dwelling house during her natural life. I give to my three sons, Benjamin, David & Thomas DUTTON, all my creatures that shall not be otherwise disposed of before my decease or by this my last will, that is to say, 1-2 to Benjamin, and ye other half to be divided between David & Thomas equally, which they shall have besides what they have already received. I give to my son Samuel DUTTON, besides what he hath already received in deed of gift bearing date with these presents, some cattle that I formerly set out to him. All my carpenter and husbandry tools I give to my son-in-law, Matthew SMITH, to be delivered to him out of moveable estae. I give to my daughter, Rebeckah GATES, besides what she hath already received, a table and a brass pan, and the best of the coverlids, and a featherbed, after my own and my wife's decease. I give to my daughter Ruth MILLARD and to my grandson William SELBY, besides what my sd. daughter Ruth and sd. grandson's mother hath formerly received, all the remainder of my household goods not before disposed of, and that which they have received shall be reckoned with what remains, and shall be equally divided between them. I appoint my wife and son, Samuel DUTTON, executors.

Joseph X DUTTON, L.S.

Daniel BOOGE.

Court Record, Page 105 -- 5 Mar 1733-4: Will exhibited by Samuel DUTTON, executor named in sd. will. Proven.

Page 56 (Vol. XII) 15 Jun 1741: Know all men by these presents: That we whose names are underwriten do acknowledge that we have received in full of Samuel DUTTON, executor of our honoured father's (Joseph DUTTON's) will, all that is given in sd. will to us the subscribers.

Matthew SMITH
Benjamin DUTTON

10 Apr 1734
Witness: Thomas MILLARD,
William SELBY

Know all men, that we who are the under-subscribers acknowledge that we have received in full of Samuel DUTTON all that is given in the will of our honoured father to us the under subscribers.


7 May 1734
Witness: David DUTTON,
William SELBY.

Oct the 30th, 1738: Know all men, that I, William SELBY, of East Haddam, acknowledge that I have received of Samuel DUTTON all that was given me by the will of Mr. Joseph DUTTON.

William SELBY


28 May 1744: Then we, Daniel GATES & Rebeckah GATES, have received of Samuel DUTTON all that was given us by our honoured father in his will.

Daniel GATES, Rebecca X GATES.

Nathan FISHER,

The above is a true copy of the original, and recorded by me,
Jos: TALCOTT, Clerk.