1610 - 1687
In the name of God Amen, I Philip Shearman, yeoman, aged seventy-one years, of the Town of Portsmouth in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, being of good memory, praise be therefor given to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form following: (that is to say); first and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to the earth to be decently buried by my executor hereafter named. And as for the disposition of my wordly estate, it is in manner and form following; first I give to Sarah my loving wife the use and her dwelling in the first room at the west end of my now dwelling house & the bed and bedding with the furniture thereto belonging now standing in the aforenamed room. Also I do hereby ordaine and appoint my son Samuel my sole Executor to see this my last will and testament truly performed; and to bind himself, heirs, Executors and Administrators for the true performance hereof; furthermore my will is that my executor shall sufficiently maintain my loving wife with food and raiment and all necessaries whatsoever during her natual life and at her decease decently to bury her; furthermore I do give unto Sarah my wife ten good ewe sheep to be marked out of my flock for the sole use and dispose both of bodies and wool yearly. wch said number shall be kept by my said Executor during the natural life of Sarah my said wife freely and without any charge to my wife.
Item: I do give unto Eber my Eldest son that which I have already given him, ten acres of land in the bounds of Portsmouth aforesaid at a place called Briggs swamp joining to a parcel of land of his own to him and his heirs forever. And all my horse flesh in the Narragansett country excepting one mare, the second best; such excepted mare, I give to Thomas Mumford and Peleg Mumford my Grand children.
Item: I give unto my son Peleg five ewe sheep.
Item: I give unto to my son Edmund a quarter share of meadow and sixteenth part of a share of upland lying in Ponagansett within the Township of Dartmouth in the colony of New Plymouth in New England with all the privileges there tobelonging or any wards appertaining. And also my whole right in the purchase of Squamscutt now called Westerly by the Collony to the said Edmund and his heirs.
Item: I give unto my son Samson after the decease of my said wife his half of the breadth of my farm wch I now dwell upon from the westward end to the sea and three Rood more in breadth of the whole length of the aforesaid land and bounded southward upon a straight line Eastward from the south west corner of that orchard now called Sampson's upon a straight line to a lande marke about a rood short of the cart way that goes from my dwelling house to my barn in Portsmouth aforsaid. And from the said land marke upon a sloap line five Rood westwardly of my barn until it comes to the line of the aforesaid half-breadth of the aforesaid farm to him and his heires forever and to have the third part of any hay and grass yearly of the aforesaid farm. And my son Sampson and my son Samuel to have equal privileges in the arible land of the aforesaid farm during the natual life of Sarah my wife.
Item: I give unto my son Samuel all the remaining part of my aforesaid farm with my now dwelling house and all the other buildings upon the said part of the land lying southward of the other part of my farm now given to my son Samson as aforesaid to him and his heirs forever after the decease of Sarah my wife and to have two parts of the grass and the hay during the natural life of Sarah my wife.
Item: All my neat cattle, hors kind, sheep kind and swine I do give unto my son Samuel aforenamed Executor, (excepting two oxen and a fatting cow.) And also all my moveable goods (Excepting two great chests with lock and key to each of them, which said chests I give unto Sarah my wife) he my aforesaid executor paying the several legacies herein this my will specified both the aforementioned and what shall hereafter be exprest in this my will.
Item: I give unto my son Samson aforenamed one white faced mare with her foale and all those four Indians wch we jointly bought.
Item: I give unto my son Samson and my son Samuel my draught horse and two draught steers equally betwixt them.
Item: I give unto my son John my bay mare.
Item: I give unto my son Benjamin all the remaining part of my land at Briggs' Swamp whereupon the said Benjamin's house now stands, being by estimation twentie acres be the same more or less to him and his heires forever.
Item: I give unto my daughter Sarah ten ewe sheep to be paid her the year after my decease.
Item: I give unto my daughter Mary ten ewe sheep to be paid her the year after my decease.
Item: I give unto my daughter Hannah five pounds of New England silver money for the proper use of her selfe and children to be paid the year after my decease.
Item: I give unto my daughter Hannah five ewe sheep to be paid to her the year after my decease.
Item: I give unto my daughter Philippa ten ewe sheep to be paid to her the year after my decease.
Item: I give Benjamin Clarke to my son Edmund until he comes of age of one & twenty years, the said Edmund finding the said Benjamin with sufficient food and clothing during the terme aforesaid.
Item: I the abovesaid Philip Shearman do ordain and appoint this to be my last will and testament, making void all former wills and testaments heretofore by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this one and thirtyeth day of the month commonly called July, Anno Domini one thousand six hundred and Eightie one.Philip Shearman (Seal)
Before the signing and sealing of this my will and testament, I the aforesaid Philip Shearman do declare that whereas the word Assigns is omitted in the giving of the several parcels of land to my children: That it is my true intent and meaning that I do give the said several parcels of land specified in my above written will to my children to their heires and Assigns forever.
Signed and sealed in the presence of Job Almy, Philip Phettiplace, & Elias Williams. Proved March 22, 1686/7. Recorded on page 260 of "Land Evidence, 2nd Book, No. 1", Town of Portsmouth, R.I. (SG p180; DPS p26).
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