Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 422
James JOHNSON, Middletown. Died 18 Mar 1743. Invt. £332-15-00. Taken by Philip GOFF, Benjamin HARRIS, & Benjamin SMITH. Will dated 14 Mar 1743.
I, James JOHNSON of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, do make this my last will & testament: I give to my wife Anne JOHNSON the 1-3 part of my estate, both real & personal, during her natural life. I give to my son James JOHNSON & to my son Caleb JOHNSON & to my son Joseph JOHNSON all my lands, 150 acres, equally to be divided between them, only my son James JOHNSON shall have 10 acres more than either of the other two sons. Sd. lands I give to them & their heirs forever. I give tomy daughter Ann JOHNSON & to my daughter Elizabeth JOHNSON £40 money, or as money, apiece. I give to my daughter-in-law Mercy JOHNSON, widow & relict of John JOHNSON decd., all the moveable estate that my son died seized of, within doors or without, forever. I appoint my wife Anne JOHNSON & my son James JOHNSON only & sole executors.
James JOHNSON, L.S.
Witness: Philip GOFF, Benjamin HARRIS, Daniel YOUNG
Court Record, Page 30 -- 4 Oct 1743: Will proven. Caleb JOHNSON, age 19 years, Anne JOHNSON, 17 years, & Elizabeth JOHNSON, 13 years, children of James JOHNSON, chose their brother James JOHNSON to be their guardian. Recog. £500.