WILL of Mercy Bickford 1867
the name of God - amen
I Mercy Bickford of Epsom in the County of Merrimack
and State of New Hampshire, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and
being of sound and perfect memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make
and publish this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say;
I do give and bequeath unto my beloved niece Charlotte Goss, wife of Daniel Goss
of Salisbury in said State, whatever furniture and other articles I shall leave
at my decease in my front room.
2nd I do give and bequeath unto my grand niece
Lucy Dow, wife of Samuel Dow of Northwood Narrows of said State, one bed, bedstead
and bedding, sufficient to make up the same.
3rd I give and bequeath to my
executor the sum of fifty dollars in trust to be paid to the Wardens of the Free
Will Baptist Church in said Epsom whenever sufficient money shall be raised to
purchase a bell for the Free Will Baptist Meeting House, the said sum shall be
appropriated to that purpose.
4th I do give and bequeath unto the Free Will
Baptist Church and Society in said Epsom all the money that may remain in the
N.H. Savings Bank at Concord, N.H., belong to me at my decease, to be appropriated
to the support of a minister of the Gospel of the Free Will Baptist order who
shall preach in the Free Will Baptist Meeting House in said Epsom.
lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint Samuel M. Green of said Epsom my sole
Executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of September 1867.
L.W. Peabody, E.S. Dutton, B.R Dutton.
[note: Mercy was the second wife
of Thomas Bickford who died in 1865. Her parents are unknown, but if Charlotte
Goss, wife of Daniel is her niece, then she is a sister to one of her parents
- Charlotte was Charlotte McDaniel, daughter of Robert McDaniel and Nancy Keniston.
Unfortunately, she is not listed in any McDaniel Genealogy and parents of Nancy
Keniston are also unknown. Her grand niece, Lucy Dow, wife of Samuel Dow of Northwood,
was Lucy Ann Yeaton, the daughter of John Yeaton and Lucretia G. McDaniel, Lucretias
parents were Robert McDaniel and Nancy Keniston]