Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Manwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 3, p 446

Joseph RANNY, Middletown. Will dated 1 Jul 1740: I, Joseph RANNY of Middletown, in the County of Hartford, being advanced in years, do make this my last will & testament: Imprimis: I give unto Mary, my wife, 1-3 part of all my household goods and one good cow, six sheep and one swine, all which are to be at her own dispose. I also give her the use of 1-3 part of all my buildings and improved lands (and for wood which I have reserved for her in the deed which I have given to my son) during the time that she shall remain my widow. And whereas, I have by deeds of give disposed of ll my real estate to and among my three sons, Joseph, Daniel & Jonathan, I also hereby give them all and evry part of my personal estate whatsoever that I have not herein given to my wife, hereby also obliging my sd. three sons to pay all my just debts, funeral charges & legacies after mentioned, viz.: To Edward SHEPARD & Mary SHEPARD, the only children of my daughter Mary SHEPARD decd., 40 money; to my daughter Abigail STOCKING, 40 money; to my daughter Sibell PORTER, money; and to Lucia STOCKING & Grace STOCKING, the only children of my dafter Rachel STOCKING decd., the sum of 40 money; which my sd sons shall pay in the parts following: Joseph, 45; Daniel 45; and Jonathan the remaining 70; which legacies my sd. sons shall pay to such of my sd. daughters & grandchildren as shall be at lawfull age at my decease; 1-2 thereof within three months after my decease, and the other half within 9 months after my decease. And those of my sd. grandchildren that shall not be of lawful age at my decease shall receive their legacies as they come to lawful age. I appoint my three sons, Joseph RANNY, Daniel RANNY & Jonathan RANNY, executors.

Joseph RANNY, L.S.

Witness: Isaac WHITE, John SCHOVELL, William ROCKWELL

Court Record, Page 57 -- 2 Apr 1745: The last will & testament of Joseph RANNY, late of Middletown decd., was now exhibited in Court by Joseph & Daniel RANNY, which will being proven, was ordered to be recorded.