WILL of Nicholas Dolbeer 1795

In the name of God, Amen
I Nicholas Dolbeer of Epsom in the County of Rockingham and State of New Hampshire Yeoman though infirm in body yet of a sound and disposing mind and memory - and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die - to make and ordain this my last will and Testament - that is to say, first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my body I commit to the dust to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter to be named, and as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and dispose of in the following manner, (my funeral charges and debts justly due from me being first deducted from my estate and paid by my Executor) Viz. ----

Imprimis - I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Dolbeer all my household furniture of every kind to be for her own use and at her sole disposal forever; also one thirt part of the annual income of all my real estate - and one third part of my Stock, such as oxen, cows, sheep, horse and swine so long as she remains my widow.

Item - I give and bequeath to my first and second sons Jonathan and John Dolbeer all my real Estate in Epsom consisting of about two hundred acres or more or less, to be divided equally between them according to quantity and quality at any time after the second son becomes of adult age, that they may agree upon - also two thirds of my stock such as oxen, cows, sheep, horse and swine, and all my farming utensils, to be equally divided between them - also the other third part of my stock which is herein first reserved for my wife after her decease, or ceasing to be my widow - also a colt two years old, I give to Jonathan Dolbeer aforesaid.

Item - I give to Stephen, Billy and Nicholas Dolbeer, my third, fourth and fifth sons, sixty dollars each to be paid to each as he becomes of adult age, by Jonathan and John Dolbeer out of my estate - and it is also my will that my third, fourth and fifth sons at a suitable age be put apprentices to learn some suitable trade or trades whereby they may be enabled to obtain an honest living.

Item - I give and bequeath to Patty and Molly my two daughters sixty dollars each, when they arrive at eighteen years of age - each to be paid by Jonathan and John Dolbeer aforesaid out of my estate - and should either of my children decease, leaving no lawful issue or before he or she or they become of adult age - said child or children so dying without lawful issue, their legacy to be divided among the surviving heirs equally - And

Lastly - I constitute and appoint Joseph Brown of Epsom sole executor to this my last will and testament -

Witness my hand and seal this Twenty-fourth day of December Anno Dom, one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.

Nicholas Dolbeer
Signed sealed and declared in presence of Jeremiah Haynes, Dowrst Rand and Nathaniel Wiggin.

Appraisal of the estate of Nicholas Dolbeer, yeoman, deceased and after close examination and mature deliberation, have estimated the articles hereafter enumerated as follows, Viz.

A certain lot of land in said Epsom which contains about 100 acres, laid out in the second range and numbered 72 at 600.00

The homestead or place where said Dolbeer lived before his decease and all the land adjoining which was owned by him at 1400.00

Two horses, a saddle and bridle at 116.00
Four oxen at 130.00
Three cows at 75.00
One heifer three years old at 20.00
Two heifers two years old at 28.50
One pair of steers one year old 17.50
Two calves at 10.00
Twenty six sheep at 40.00
Twenty seven pounds of sheep's wool 9.00
Hogs at 35.00
Twenty four bushels of Indian corn @75 - 18.00
One hundred pounds of port @ 10 cents 10.00
Household furniture & wearing apparel 230.00
Husbandry tools 39.00
Lumber on hand 22.00
TOTAL 28.00

Given under our hands at Epsom this 5th day of September AD 1796.
Solomon Sutton
Elisha Haynes
Nathaniel Wiggin