Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 263
Rev. Phineas FISKE, Haddam. Died 14 Oct 1738. Invt. £2736-09-09. Taken 13 Nov 1738, by John FISK & Gideon BRAINARD. Books valued at £52-09-03. Taken by William RUSSELL & David EELLS. Will dated 18 Sep 1838.
I, Phineas FISKE of Haddam, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will & testament: Imprimis, I give to my wife Lydia FISK 1-3 part of all my personal estate of all sorts (exclusive of my negro woman & her child), which third part of my personal estate and the sd. negro woman & her child I give to my sd. wife to be her own forever; also I give to my sd. wife the use and improvement of 1-3 part of all my real estate and buildings and land during her natural life. I give to my only son Samuel FISKE, his heirs & assigns forever, my dwelling house with the lott it stands upon, and my lott before my door, with the barn and orchard upon it, be the sd. pieces of land more or 4 acres, and all my land in the Town Meadow (both what I had of Mr. NOYES and what I had of Sarah SMITH), and all my land on Long Hill, and all my land on or near Parsonage Brook, and all my right & title in and to the undivided land, and my library (except my sermon books), and my best horse and two yoke of oxen, with all my tackling propper for a team, and all my husbandry tools of all sorts, and one piece of land in the upper meadow which I bought of Benjamin BAILEY, Jr. I give to my 4 daughters, viz., Lydia BARTLETT, Mary BRAINARD, Abigail BRAINARD & Elizabeth fISKE, and thier heirs & assigns forever, all my land (which I have not given to my son Samuel) to be equally divided amongst them, excepting a lott in the third division in the Neck, on the east side of the Great River, in Haddam, drawn on my right but not laid out, which lott I give to the sd. Mary BRAINARD, besides the 1-4 part of the other land. I give to my sd. 4 daughters all my personal estate which I have not otherwise disposed of in this will, equally to be divided among them all, excepting Elizabeth, to whome I give the sum of £150 more than her sisters, she having had nothing yet. I rodain my loving wife Lydia FISKE and my son-in-law Hezekiah BRAINARD executors.
Phineas FISKE, L. S.
Witness: John FISKE, Daniel SMITH, Sarah FISKE.
Court Record, Page 37 -- 5 Dec 1738: Will proven.
Page 44 -- 13 Mar 1738-9: Whereas, the Rev. Phineas FISK, in and by his last will, gave to his four daughters all his lands which he had not in and by sd. will given to his son Samuel, to be equally divided amongst them, and not appointing any persons to make a division of sd. lands: Whereupon this Court appoint Capt. John FISKE, Deacon Joseph ARNOLD & Mr. Thomas BROOKS, of Haddam, to divide and make partition of sd. lands to and amongst the sd. daughters.