Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 552
Deacon John GAINS, Middletown. Invt. £2318-18-06. Taken 23 Aug 1748, by John HALL, Benoni HALE & John GILL. Will dated 14 Sep 1744.
I, John GAINS of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make & ordain this my last will & testament: I give to Naomy, my wife, the use of all my moveables, by what name soever called, during her natural life, and likewise the use of all my lands during her natural life. I give to my grandson John GAINS 41 acres of land, be it more or less, lying on the east side of the Great River (it is the same piece of land which for some years I lived upon), with all I had adjoining thereto. Further, I give to my sd. grandson John GAINS 6 acres of pasture land in sd. town which I bought of John PENFIELD. These tow pieces of land (his grandmother's interest excepted), if sd. John GAINS shall live to the age of 21 years, I give the same to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. I give to my daughter Annah BARTLET 4 1-2 acres of land in Middletown, lying in Wongunk meadow, be it more or less, lying siding by John WARNER's land & Deliverance WARNER's land: this I give to my daughter Annah BARTLET and to her heirs forever. I give to my grandson James ACKLEY £40 old tenor money as it passes at this day, to be paid to him if he shall live to the age of 21 years. I give the remainder of all my moveable estate, or what shall be left of it when my wife shall have done with it, I give the same to my daughter Anna & my daughter Sary and my grandson Jon GAINS, to be equally divided amongst them. I give to my daughter Sary GAINS 4 acres of land which I had of Job PAIN, and lyes by a highway both west & north, and on land that did belong to Thomas HALE deceased both south & east. I give the same to my daughter Sary and to her heirs forever. I ordain my wife Naomy to be sole executrix.
John GAINS, L. S.
Witnness: John WHITE, Jer: GOODRICH, Ebenezer WHITE, Jr.
Court Record, Page 74 -- 5 Sep 1748: The last will & testament of John GAINS, late of Middletown, was now exhibited by Naomy GAINS, executrix. Will proven.