Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 201
John SPENCER, Jr., Haddam. Died 26 Apr 1735. Invt. £460-09-04. Taken 13 Jun 1735, by Joseph ARNOLD, Benjamin SMITH & Gideon ARNOLD. Will dated 7 Feb 1734-5.
I, John SPENCER, Jr., of Haddam, do make this my last will & testament: I give to my wife Elizabeth the use of 1-3 part of all my real estate in buildings and land during life, and 3-4 part of all my personal estate toher forever, except such things as I have otherwise disposed of or for the payment of debts. I give to my eldest son Jeremiah my dwelling house and homestead, viz., all the land which I have there adjoining, be it more or 4 acres, and my barn and part of that lott on which my sd. barn stands, and 2 acres & 1-2 of land formerly belonging to Nathaniel SPENCER, lat of Haddam decd., adjoining to sd. two acres and 1-2 of land. All whihc I give him in consideration that he pay to my daughter Deborah the sum of £25 in money when she shall arrive at the age of 18 years. I give to my son James SPENCER the remainder of that lott that the barn stands on, and 15 acres of land adjoining, abutting on a highway southerly and upon land of Joseph CLARK. Also I give to sd. James my largest chain. All which I give him in consideration that he pay to my daughter Deborah £5 in money within one year after his arriving at the age of 21 years. I give to my son Joseph SPENCER 18 acres of land lying on the south side of the highway and near my dwelling house, butting north on the sd. highway, easterly on land formerly Nathaniel BAILEY's, south on land of Benjamin SPENCER; and 4 acres more or less of land abutting north on land of Daniel SPENCER, Jr., south on land of Daniel CLARK, east on land of Jared SPENCER, Jr., and west on land of Benjamin SPENCER. Also, I give the sd. Joseph a draft chain. All which I give him in consideration that he pay to my daughter Deborah £5 within one year after he shall arrive at the age of 21 years. I give to my daughter Deborah SPENCER, besides what I have herein ordered my three sons to pay her, 1-4 part of my personal estate, excepting the gunn and 2 chains and what shall be needful for paying my debts. I make my wife Elizabeth sole executrix.
John SPENCER, Jun., L.S.
Witness: Daniel HUBBARD, Jr., Jeremiah HUBBARD, Hez. BRAINARD
Court Record, Page 44 -- 4 May 1736: Will proven.
Page 24 (Vol. XIV) -- 24 May 1743: James SPENCER, a minor son of John SPENCER, chose Timothy OLCUTT of Bolton to be his guardian. Recog., £200.