Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Vol 3, p 434
MILLER, John, Middletown. Invt. £600-03-06. Taken 14 May, 1745, by John WOOD, Stephen JOHNSON and Deliverance WARNER. Will dated 1 May, 1745.
I, John MILLER of Middletown, do make this my last will and testament: Imprimis: I give to Mercy, my present wife, all the remainder of my moveable estate, excepting one gunn, after debts and necessary charges are paid. This I give to Mercy, my wife and her heirs forever. And further, I give to Mercy, my wife, the use of all my lands excepting 4 acres where my son Asa now lives on, and excepting my interest in the land in the last three miles on the east side of the Great River in Middletown. I give the use of all the remainder of my lands to Mercy, my wife, during her natural life. I give to Ebenezer MILLER, my eldest son, 10 shillings in old tenor money. I give to Benjamin MILLER, Jr., of sd. Middletown, all my interest in the middle tier of land laid out in the last three miles granted to the Town of Middletown, which is partly for value already received of sd. Benjamin MILLER. This I give to sd. Benjamin MILLER, his heirs and assigns forever. I give to Margery RANNEY, my daughter, the 1-2 of the half-mile lott which she now dwells upon, takeing half the quantity of sd. lott, at the north end. This I give to my daughter Margery RANNEY and her heirs forever. I give to my daughter Margaret PRESSON about 3 acres laid out to me in the fourth division on the east side of the Great River, near a place called Joshua's Rock. This I give to my sd. daughter Margaret and to her heirs forever. I give to my son Asa MILLER the house that he now lives in, and likewise 4 acres of land athwart my lott where sd. house stands. This I give to my son Assa MILLER and to his heirs forever; also one gunn. And further, I give to my sond Asa MILLER and my daughter Anne CROWE and my daughter Mercy BUTLER and my daughter Martha RANNEY and my daughter Margaret RANNEY and my daughter Margaret PRESSON all the remainder of all my land, to be divided amongst them, after their mother's decease, namely: My son Asa MILLER to have a double share of the whole, and all my daughters to have all taht they formerly had of my estate counted, and likewise all which I have now given any of them counted, so that each of my daughters shall be equivalent (or made equal?) by this land. This I give to my sd. son Asa and sd. daughters, and to their heirs and assigns forever. But nevertheless my will is that my son Asa, if he shall pay to his sisters for their part or to any of them their proportionable part of sd. land according to the apprisement, then he shall have the liberty of the same and hold the land or their part of the same for himself and his heirs forever. I ordain my son Asa MILLER sole executor.
John X MILLER, L.S.
Witness: Joseph BARTLETT,
Court Record, Page 59 -- 4 June 1745: Will proven.