WILL of Stephen Rand
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Stephen Rand of Epsom in the County of Merrimack and the State
of New Hampshire, being weak in body, but of a sound and perfect
mind and memory (for which I have reason to praise God) do make,
publish and declare this my last will and testament and herein dispose
of all my worldly estate in manner following to wit:
First, I order and direct my executor herein named to pay all my
just debts and funeral charges, soon as may be after my decease.
Second I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Rand one half
of my live stock and farming tools, and two thirds of my household
furniture; and all my notes, money in bank, and cash on had after
the payment of my said debts and funeral charges and the sums of
money herein after mentioned.
Also I give and devise to my said wife Mary Rand, for and during
the term of her natural life, the homestead farm upon which I now
reside situated in said Epsom containing about fifty acres, excepting
one half of the house, barn and barnyard on said premises.
I do also give and devise to my said wife during the said term of
her natural life, the lot of land I purchased of William Goss situated
in said Epsom, also the right to cut wood for one fire upon the
Chapman lot (so called) to have and to hold the same to her and
her assigns with all the appurtenances thereto belonging for and
during the term aforesaid.
I also give and bequeath to my said wife during the said term of
her natural life one third part of all the apples that shall grow
upon the Bickford place (so called) situated in said Epsom.
Third I give and bequeath to my son Rice Rand one half of my live
stock and one third part of my household furniture and one half
of my farming tools.
Also I give and devise to my said son Rice Rand for and during the
term of his natural life the Bickford place (so called) situated
in said Epsom excepting one third part of the apples that shall
grow thereon during the lifetime of my said wife.
Also I give and devise to said Rice Rand during the said term of
his natural life one half of the house, barn and barnyard situate
on the said homestead farm.
Fourth I give and bequeath to my son Bennett Rand the sum of twenty
Fifth I give and bequeath to my son Silver Rand the sum of fifty
Sixth I give and bequeath to my son Charles Rand the sum of ten
Seventh I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Annette Batchelder
the sum of one dollar
All the aforesaid sums of money I order to be paid in one year after
Eighth, I give and devise to my sons Rice Rand and Charles Rand
the Chapman place so called situate in said Epsom, excepting the
said right of my wife to cut wood thereon to be theirs and theirs
Lastly I give, bequeath and devise to my sons Rice Rand, Silver
Rand, and Charles Rand, theirs heirs and assigns forever all the
rest, residue and remainder of my estate, real, personal and mixed
wherever found and however situated to be equally divided between
them; and I do hereby appoint my said wife Mary Rand sole executrix
of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills
by me made.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth
day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and sixty two.
Probated September 1863