Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 411
Thomas HALE, Middletown. Invt. £2933-03-02. Taken 27 Jul 1743, by John HALL & John HALE. Will dated 3 Jun 1743.
I, Thomas HALE of Middletown, do make this my last will & testament: I give to Mary, my wife, 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever. And further, I give to her the use of my dwelling house and barn and all the lots that they stand on, that now belong to me, with all the appurtenances thereof, and likewise all that lott of land which I bought of Mr. Israhiah WETMORE, and likewise that which I bought of Joshua GILL, lying near by it, and likewise liberty of having her firewood and fencing stuff, &c., on any part of that land which I bought of Robert WARNER. This priviledge I give to Mary my wife during her natural life, excepting only a liberty of necessary & comfortable house room, &c., for my daughter Sara during her natural life. Further, I give to my wife the use of 6 acres of meadow land at Pecowsit, of that side next to the Great River, during her natural life. I give to my granddaughter Abigail HALE what remains of that lott which I bought of Robert WARNER, which I now possess, and likewise 4 acres of meadow land at Pecowsit, takeing of it next to the parsonage, this excepting her grandmother's interest, if the sd. Abigail shall live to the age of 20 years; this I give to my granddaughter Abigail HALE and to her heirs & assigns forever. I give to my grandson George RANNEY two yoke of oxen and all my team tackling, as cart, plows, harrows, etc., only he shall do all his grandmother's team work; and likewise I give to my sd. grandson all that lottment of land that I bought of Mr. Israhiah WETMORE, his grandmother's interest excepted; this I give to my grandson George RANNEY and to his heirs & assigns forever. Likewise I give to my sd grandson all my interest in the Wongunk meadow, and on the Island, and on Indian Hill, viz., all that land which I bought of Lt. Samuel FRARY. Likewise, I give tosd. George RANNEY the care of my negro man, and to manage my wife's business with him as well as his own; but if sd. negro proves ungoverned, so that it be thought best to sell him, then my wife and daughters to have the effect of him equally among them. I give to my two daughters, Mary RANNEY & Sarah HALE, my dwelling house & barn & all the particular lottment that it stands on, and all the appurtenances thereto belonging, and all my interest in Pecowsit meadow, excepting the abovesd 4 acres and 2 acres more exceptted, and excepting their mother's interest; this I give to my sd. two daughters equally divided between them. And the abovsd. two acres at Pecowsit I give to my sd. granddaughter Abigail HALE when she comes to the age of 21 years. I give that 14 acres of land which I bought of Joshua GILL for the use of my daughter Sary HALE. If she live to need to spend it, it may be sold for her use; but if Sary do not live to need it, I give the sd. 14 acres of land to my daughter Mary and to her heirs foever. I give to my grandson Hozial SMITH all my interest in the undivided land in Middletown not yet laid out, and likewise £50 old tenor money, to be paid to him by my executors next March come 12 months; this I give to my sd. grandson Horzial SMITH, to his heirs & assigns foever. I give to my granddaughter Mary RANNEY £50 in old tenor money, to be paid to her by my executors next March if she needs it, upon this condition, that she will discount £50 with her brother as paid to her toward her portion of her father's estate. Likewise I give to my sd. granddaughter £50 worth, old tneor, in moveable estate; this I give to my granddaughter Mary RANNEY and to her heirs foever. I give to the Rev. Mr. Moses BARTLETT £10 old tenor Money. I give the remainder of my moveable estate to my wife and my two daughters, equally amongst them. And my will is that my grandson George RANNEY, whom I make sole executor, shall take care of my daughter Sarah and see that what I have bequeathed to her be laid out and used for her as she shall need it.
Thomas HALE, L.S.
Joseph WHITE, John HALE, Marcy MILLER
Court Record, Page 28 -- 2 Aug 1743: The last will & testament of Thomas HALE was now exhibited in Court by George RANNEY, executor. The will being proven is by this Court approved. Now exhibited an inventory. Proven & ordered on file.