Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records
Charles W. Manwaring,
Vol 3, p 118
Thomas STOW, Middletown. Invt. £696-01-06. Taken 29 Apr 1730, by John WARNER, John SHEPHERD & Hugh WHITE. Will dated 12 Mar 1728.
The last will & testament of Thomas STOW, late of Middletown: I give to my wife, Bethiah STOW, so much of my estate to be of her use as she shall find useful during her natural life. I give to my wife, to be at her sole disposal, all my stock of creatures which I shall leave, as alos my right of land on the east side of the Great River that is lying in that tract of land belonging to Middletown which is called the last division, which sd. stock of creatures & land is to be at her dispose, so much of it as is left after my just debts are paid out. I give to my son Samuel the whold of my homelott, with that part of the building which belongs to me, as also I give him all my part of the land called the Island, in Pistol Pint, as also 3-4 of my boggy meadow lott, as also I give hime that part of my brother John STOCKING's lott in the west quarter which fell to my wife, called the mountain; also I give him so much of what remains of the sd. lott that is not before disposed of and which lyes this side of ye mountain, that is to say, on the east side of the mountain, as shall be in proportion a third part of sd. land; all this besides which I have formerly given him by deed of gift. I give to my son Thomas STOW 1-4 part of my boggy meadow lott, as also 1-3 part of the lottment of land in the west quarter which fell to my wife by Brother John STOCKING, that is to say, 1-3 part of which belongs to me of sd. lott on the east side of the mountain and which is not before disposed of; this besides which I have formerly given him by deed of gift. I give to my son Joseph STOW half my pasture in Burch Swamp, my land in Wongogue Meadow, all my land at Timber Hill, and 1-3 part of the right of land in the lottments of John STOCKING's, 1-3 part of what remains east side of the mountain; this I give to my son Joseph, he paying £10 to his sisters. I give to my two daughters, Bethia & Hannah, each of them 1-3 part of my household goods after my wife's decease. I give to my daughter Bethia £10 in money. I give to my daughter Hannah my right of land in John STOCKING's lottment in the west quarter that remains undisposed of and lies on the west side of the mountain. I give to my daughter Mary's children 1-3 part of my household goods after my wife's decease; also give them £10 in money. I give to our present minister, Joseph SMITH, 20 shillings.
Thomas STOW, L.S.
Witness: John SHEPHERD, Thomas JOHNSON, Samuel SHEPERD.
Court Record, page 13 -- 3 Mar 1729-30: Thomas STOW, a minor 12 years of age, this Court appoint Thomas STOW of Middletown to be his guardian.
Page 18 -- 5 May 1730: Will exhibited & proven.
Page 34 (Vol. XII) -- 7 Oct 1735: Thomas STOW, an orphan, 17 years of age, chose William ROCKWELL of Middletown to be his guardian. Cert: Jabez HAMLIN, J. P.