Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
(Hartford District),
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Hartford, 1902,
Vol 1, p 365-366


          STEELE, Lt. Samuel, sometime in Farmington, now of Wethersfield. Invt. 725-07-10. Taken 14 August 1685, by Samuel TALCOTT, Robert WELLES, John Robbins. Invt. in Farmington 457-05-00. Taken by John Judd & John Woodruffe. Total, 1182-12-10. Will dated 10 June, 1685.

          I Samuel STEELE of Wethersfield, being very aged, do make this my last Will & Testament: I give to my wife, if she survive me, 80, to be her proper Estate, also 12 per annum and her firewood brought home ready cut & fit to use, to be paid during her natural life. If she should marry again, the 80 being paid and four of the 12 per annum being paid, the rest of the 12, with firewood, etc., shall cease. I give to my daughter Hannah STEELE, 40. I give to my two sons James & Ebenezer my Houseing and Lands in Wethersfield & Farmington, to one the whole in Wethersfield, the other the whole in Farmington, James takeing his choice; also to these two my share in the saw Mill, in equal proportion. I give to my four daughters 20 to each. I appoint my wife and two sons James & Ebenezer Executors, and request my Kinsman Mr. John WADSWORTH of Farmington & Capt. Samuel TALCOTT of Wethersfield to be Overseers.
                                                            SAMUEL STEELE
Witnesses: John WADSWORTH,
Samuel HOOKER, Sen.

          5 July, 1685: A codicil provides for the building of a new barn at Farmington, at the expense of the two Brothers, before Distribution of the Estate.

                                        SAMUEL STEELE

          Attested by Mr. John WADSWORTH & Mrs. Mary STEELE: That Lt. Samuel STEELE left it within the discretion of the Overseers to alter the length of the Barn - 8 September 1685.
Witness: Eleazer KIMBERLY, John WELLES

          Court Record Page 83 -- 6 Mar 1684: Mary STEELE and Sarah STANDLY, daughter of James BOOZEY, late of Wethersfield, only and Proper heirs (to certain Lands) given to them by thier Father's will, unlawfully detained by Emanuel BUCK, a suit in Court to recover. [See James BOOSEY, on pages 48 & 98 of this volume]

          Court Record, Page 112 -- 3 September, 1685: Will Proven. John WADSWORTH and Samuel TALCOTT appointed to Dist. the Estate and they decide that The Barn shall be forty-two feet in length and no more.


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