Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Manwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, p 49

          Thomas FOSTER, Middletown. Invt. 924-11-00. Taken 28 May 1731, by Daniel HALL, Edward FOSTER & Joseph ROCKWELL. Will dated 25 Feb 1730-1.

I, Thomas FOSTER of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will & testament: I give to Margaret, my wife, 1-3 part of my personal estate, also the use of 1-2 of my dwelling house (which end she shall choose), and one of my cellars, 1-3 part of my barn, 1-3 part of all my improved land, the odd room & well. I give unto my only son John FOSTER, my dwelling house & barn & homestead, and all the building thereon, also that lottment of land over the Crick near the red house so called, also my lower Pond lott on the east side of the Great River, reserving his mother;s thirds. I give to my son John fOSTER my best chest, also 2-3 of my propriety right in commons and undivided lands, and all other of my lands in Middletwon not disposed of by will; also I give to my son John FOSTER all my stock of leather & hides, also all my husbandry tools & my shop tools. It is my will that after my just debts are paids and my wife's thirds allowed to her, that what remains of my stock of creatures shall be equally divided between my son John FOSTER and my daughter Elizabeth, now the wife of John KENT. I give unto my son John FOSTER all my wearing apparrell. I give untomy daughter Elizabeth KENT, besides what I have given her already, that lottment of land which I now have lying near unto Capt. Daniel HALL, also 1-3 part of my right in the mines and in my lands there, and also 1-3 part of my propriety right in commons and undivided lands in Middletown. I make my son John FOSTER my only executor.

Thomas FOSTER, L. S.

Witness: William WARD, Edward FOSTER, Joseph ROCKWELL

Court Record, page 46 -- 18 May 1731: Will & invt. exhibited & accepted.

Page 127 (Vol. XV), 1 May 1750: Margaret FOSTER, widow and relict of Thomas FOSTER, now moves this Court that dist. be made of the estate of the deceased according to the last will, whereupon this Court appoint James WARD, Ephraim ADKINS, & John BACON to set out to the sd. widow what is given to her in the sd. will, and make return thereof to this Court.