EPSOM PROBATE RECORDS
WILL OF FRANCIS LOCKE - 1781
WILL of Francis Locke 1781
In the name of God, Amen. This twenty first day of March Anno Domini 1781, I Francis Locke in the town of Epsom and in the State of New Hampshire, yeoman, being at this time through the goodness of God, of sound disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all and every Will or Wills, Testament or Testaments by __ any time heretofore made, and first of all I command my sound into the Hands of Almighty God, and my body to a Christian Burial, and as to such worldly estate, as it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I do give, devise and dispose of the same in manner and form following, and first my will is and I do hereby order that all my honest and just debts and funeral charges shall be paid in convenient time after my decease by my Executor and Executors, herein after named.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth my clock and all my housing stuff, to her own proper use, to dispose of as she pleases and I also give my wife Elizabeth the east end of my house where we now live, and also part of the cellar as long as she remains my widow; also my will is that my son Abraham Locke finds her one half of her maintenance, and her son John Batchelder the other half as long as she remains my Widow; and also if she should marry that she shall have two cows and two sheep.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Abraham Locke to his heirs and assigns forever, all my estate, real and personal, with half of a grist mill, and privilege thereon. I also give unto my son Abraham Locke all my stock of creation which I have not otherwise disposed of, with all my husbandry tools. I also give unto my daughter Sarah Seavey one cow and one sheep in one year after my decease to be paid by my executor. I also give unto my daughter Elizabeth Cass one cow and one sheep to be paid in two years after my decease by my Executor. I do give unto my daughter Hannah Bickford one cow and one sheep to be paid in three years after my decease by my Executor.
Lastly, I do constitute and appoint my son Abraham Locke Executor of this my Will, and for confirmation of all forgoing, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day of the date within written, signed, sealed and declared by the said Francis Locke to be his last Will and Testament. In presence of us --- Francis Locke
[proved Rockingham County Feb. 21, 1787]