Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Manwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 2, p 423

Edward PURPLE, Haddam. Invt. 85-15-06. Taken by James BRAINARD, John ARNOLD & Joseph ARNOLD. Wll dated 19 Dec 1718.

I, Edward PURPLE of Haddam, do make this my last will & testament: I give unto my wife Hannah all my household goods, and it is my will that my sons John & Edward afford her comfortable maintenance while she remains my widow. I give to my son John my orchard with all the land appertaining thereto, as it lyes, bounded north & east on land of John BATE, south on the highway; also my dwelling house and all my land which it stands upon, from the white oak tree marked "I. P." and a line running from the said tree so as to make a right angle at the highway, across unto and belonging to Solomon BATE. I give unto him the whole of said land excepting only one acre of meadow from said line downwards toward the river. I give to my son Edward that tract of land upon which his dwelling house now stands, as it is bounded west on the highway, north on land of Deacon Joseph ARNOLD, east on Connecticut River, and sought on a highway. I give to my son Richard one acre of my meadow land and the northwest end of the lott that my house stands upon. It is my will that in consideration of what I have given to my sons that they make payment of all my debts equally. I appoint Deacon Joseph ARNOLD executor.

Edward X PURPLE, L.S.

Witness: Samuel INGRAM, Joseph LEWIS, Phineas FISK.

Court Record, Page 119 -- 9 Feb 1719-20: Will proven.

Page 2, (Vol. XI) -- 2 Aug 1729: Edward PURPLE, Jr., 16 years of age, of Haddam, chose his uncle Samuel ACKLEY to be his guardian. Recog., 50.