Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Manwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, p 421




Isaac JOHNSON, Middletown. Invt. 475-03-00. Taken 12 Apr 1744, by Jacob WHITMORE & William ROCKWELL. Will dated 1 Jan 1739-40.

I, Isaac JOHNSON, of Middletown, bieng advaned to the age of 70 years, do make & ordain this my last will & testament: Imprimis: I give unto Margaret, my wife, 1-3 part of all my household goods and stock to be at her own dispose, and the use of so much of my real estate that I have by deed of gift given or shall herein give to my son Stephen, as she shall have occasion for during her natural life. I give to my son John all that piece of land on which he now dwells, and all that piece of land on which his barn now stands, running eastward to the extent of my land there, which, with what I have already given to my sd. son by deed of gift, is his full portion of my estate. I give to my son Isaac 10 shillings, which, with what I have already given him by deed of gift, is his full portion of my estate. I give to my son Thomas all that piece of land on which he now dwells, supposed to contain about 40 acres, which makes his full portion of my estate. I give to my son Henry 10 shillings, which, with what I have already given to him by deed of gift, is his full portion of my estate. I give to my son William all my wearing apparrel, which, with what I have alread given him by deed of gift, makes his full portion of my estate. I give to my son Stephen all of one piece of land lying near Thomas TRYON's, containing obut 8 acres, more or less, bounded east on the Town highway, west on the Mill Brook, north on Abell TRYON's land, and south on Nathaniel JOHNSON's land. I also give him the other 2-3 of my stock and all my husbandry tools and utensils whatsoever, which with what I have alread given him by deed of gift, makes fis full portion of my estate, only it is to be observed that I have allowed to my wife Margaret the improvement of so much of the real estate (that I have given my sd. son Stephen) as she shall have occasion for during her natural life. It is to be understood, and my will is, that my sd. son shall have the improvement thereof so long as he shall provide for my sd. wife comfortable and honourable maintenance. I give to my daughter Sarah the sum of 38. I give to my daughter Margaret the sum of 35. I give to my daughter Content the sum of 10 shillings. I give to my daughter Tabitha the sum of 50 shillings. I give to my daughter Mary the sum of 11-02-00. I give to my daughter Hannah the sum of 50. Which sums, with what I have already given tomy daughers above named, makes them their full portions of my estate. And my will is that the above-mentioned legacies of my sd. daughters be paid out of the other 2-3 of my household goods. I appoint Stephen JOHNSON sole executor.

Isaac JOHNSON, L.S.

Witness: Ebenezer X ROBBERDS, Giles HAMLIN, William ROCKWELL.

Court Record, Page 42 -- 1 May 1744: The last will of Isaac JOHNSON, late of Middletown, was now exhibited in Court by Stephen JOHNSON, executor. Will proven. Exhibited an inventory, which was proven and ordered on file.


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