Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 77
Thomas KNOWLTON, Haddam, East. Died 25 Dec 1730. Invt. £394-15-07. Taken by Daniel BRAINARD, Shubael FULLER & Thomas CONE. Will dated 15 Sep 1730.
I, Thomas KNOWLTON, Sen., of Haddam, on the east side of the Great River, in the County of Hartford, do make my last will & testament: I give to my wife Susannah the sole benefit and profit of the remaining part of my homestead, together with the house & barn & orchard, and all the conveniences belonging thereto, as also my woodlott division on the common, during her life; and 1-3 part of my moveable estate forever. I give unto my son Thomas, besides what I have already done for him or given him by deed of gift, the piece of swamp & lowland lying at the mouth of the Moodus River, as also my homestead, house, barn & orchard, and the lott on the commons, that is to say, the abovesd. swamp & lowland to be to his use and profit presently, but the other he shall not have the use and profit of until after his mother's decease and until his sisters hereafter mentioned have done with them according to the true intent of what is after mentioned, together with all my right & interest in the commons or undivided lands. I give to my daughter Mercy BATES one cown, and add nothing further to her, she having had her mother's estate. I give to my daughter Susannah OLCOTT nothing further than this (she having already had the main intended for her, viz., that at her mother's decease she shall injoy the house, barn, orchard, & homelot so far as my furthermost bars where there is a cross fence, to remain to her so long as she continue in her deserted condition or a single estate. I give to my two daughters, viz., Lucy & Hannah, my division of land lying on Eight-Mile River, as also the remaining two-thirds of my moveables, to be equally divided between them. And if these my two daughters, or either of them, shall continue in a single state after my wife's decease, my will is that they shall have a good priviledge in the house so long as they continue in a single state, and no longer.
Thomas KNOWLTON, L.S.
Witness: Stephen HOSMER, Nathaniel X Lord, Joseph GROVER.
Court Record, Page 46 -- 4 Jun 1731: Will & invt. exhibited by the widow Susannah, who, with the son, were joyntly & severally bound. Adms. to the widow.