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Transcribed by Marge Matteson

Will of Hezekiah Matteson
Dated April 8, 1752, Proved April 25, 1752.

Source: West Greenwich, RI Wills Vol 1 pages 72-73

In the name of God amen the eight Day of April
In the twenty fifth year of his majesties Reign George
the Second King of Great Britian ae Annoqued 1752
I Hezekiah Matteson of West Green wich in the
County of Kent in the Colony of Rhode Island & yeoman
Being Sick and and ** weak of Body But of Sound dis
posing mind and memory Thanks be Given to God their
for and Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and
Knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to dye
Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament
that is to Say Princably and first of all I Give and
Recommend my spirit to God that Gave it and my
Body I Recommend to the earth to be Buried in a
Decent Christian manner att the descretion of my
Executor here after named and touching Such
Worly Estate where with it hath Pleased God to
Bless me in this Life I Give promise amd dispose of
The Same in the following manner and form vis
Imprimis I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Abraham
                Matteson all my tract of land that Lyes ad
                joyning to his Land where on he now dwells to
                him his Heirs and Assigns for ever and Like wise
                I Give to my * Son Abraham Matteson^the sum of^ ten Pound
                in  money of the old tenoir I thinking that to be a
               Soficant Portion with what he hath already Recd
               To be delivered to him by my Executor In one
               year  after my decease~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Item        I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Amos Matteson
               Ten Pounds In money of the old Tenor to be Paid to
               him by my Executor In one years time after my
Item        I Give unto my Son Zorababel Matteson five Shill
               ings in  money of the old tenor to be Paid to him
               By my Executor In one years Time after my
Item        I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Samuel Matteson
               Twenty five acres of Crop the north Land of my home
               Sted farme  and one acre of Land at the East End
               of the old orchard Adjoyning to the Highway their
               Being some small appel Trees their on now Standing
               To him his Heirs and assigns for ever~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Item        I Give unto my daughter Loja Matteson fifty
               Pound in money of the old tenor to be Paid to
               Her By my Executor in one year after my decease.

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Item       I Give unto my Two Daughters Cathrina Matteson
              and Ann Matteson  fifty pounds a peace to be
              Paid to them By my Executor as they arive to the
              age of Eighteen years or married which Shall first
Item       I Give unto my Beloved wif Margret Matteson
              The Best Room in my house and one Third Part
              Of the Prophet of my Land not here to for Dis
              posed  of  and one third of my moveble Estate
              after my Just debts and funiral Charges are first
              Paid So Long as She Remains my Widow~~~~~~~~~~~
Item       and Lastly I give unto my Said Son Samuel
              Matteson all the Remaining Part of my moveable
              Estate and two Thirds of my Real Estate and
              after  my Said wifs Decease I give to my * Son
              Samuel  Matteson all of my Land not yet disposed of
              To him his Heirs and assigns for Ever~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              and I  do constitute ordain and appoint my well
              Beloved Son Samuel Matteson my hole and sole
              Executor of this my Last will and testament to
              Execute the Same as a fore said~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              and I do Utterly disalow disannul Revoke and by
              these Presents make Void all and Every other former
              will or wills Executors or Executor  here to fore made
              or named or by me caused to be named or made Ratifying
              and declaring this and no other to Be my Last will
              and Testament In Witness where of I have here
              unto set my hand and affixed my Seal the Day
              and year a fore * ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
              Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared
              to be the  Last will and testament
              of Hezekiah Matteson the Subscriber
              in Presence of us the the Subscribers
              Griffen Sweet                                     Hezekiah Matteson  Seal
              William Comstock
               John Greene Jur

Where as Samuel Matteson Executor to the Last will and
Testament of his deceased father Appeared before the town council
Of West Greenwich the 25th day of April 1752 and Presents *
Will in order for a probate and the Witnesses to * will
Appeared at the same time and declared on oath that
They saw the * Hezekiah Matteson deceased Sign Seal
Publish Pronounce and Declear the Same to be his Last
Will and testament and that he was in his perfect mind and
memory  according to their knowledge and that they
signed as witnesses att the same time and their upon * will is
alowed a Probate and Proved according to Law Signed by order
of Council Griffen Sweet Council Clerk.

* This is an abbreviation for said  it is a small s with a d hooked to the top right loop of s
** this is where “and” was written and crossed out.

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