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The Will of Samuel Hills  - 1748

The following will is submitted for posting on the New London County Conn GENWEBsite.

In the Name of God, Amen This 6th day of Septemr A. Dom 1748

I Samuel Hills of Lebanon in the County of Windham & Colony of Connecticutt in New England, being old and full of days, but of Sound & Disposing mind & Memory, for Which bless God Knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to Dye do make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament Principally and first of all, I Bequeath my Soul to God, the maker Thereof and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried by my Executor hereafter Named, nothing doubting that I Shall receive the same again at the General Resurrection through the Power of Almighty God and as to the Worldly Estate wherewith it has Pleased God to Bless me in this World I have made provisions in Security which I have Taken of my Son Ephraim Hills that my Just Debts & Funeral expenses shall be paid by him.  Do therefore hereby order that he shall do The same and I do further Devise bequeath and dispose of my Estate in the following manner and form -- viz-

Imprimis, I give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Abigail all my household stuffe (except what I have already given to my daughters Abigail and Lydia together with all my books (Except Calvins Book on ye four Evangelists and my old English Print Bible) -- I also give her Two Cows and one Sheep now in the Hands of my son Ephraim or Twenty pounds in Money to be paid to her by him in Liew of them.  Also I Give her seventy one pounds in Bills of Credit old Tenour for which I have bonds on Interest To me together with the Interest which may be due Thereon to be to her Dispose forever--

Item.  To my GrandChildren the children of my Deceased Son Philip I Give no Legacy, because I have given him my sd Son in his Life Time what I think proper for hom to have.

Item.  To my son Samuel I give no Legacy because I have already given him what I think proper for Him to Have.

Item.  To my son Richard I give the aforementioned Book of Calvins and a Pocket piece of Gold which I have together with what he hath already Had of me.

Item.  To my son Ebenezer I give Five pounds in Money to be paid out of an Ox which my son Ephraim has in his Hands.

Item.  To my son Ephraim, I give my Wearing Apparel & my cane my riding mare or horse if I leave any and an ox He paying to my son Ebenezer Five Pounds as aforementioned and Five Pounds to my Daughter Abigail as hereafter to be mentioned Also my Husbandry Tools and my Gun I give to him said Ephraim.

Item.  To my daughter Abigail I give my old English Print Bible and five pounds in an ox or in Liew of them  to be paid by my son Ephraim and whatsoever things I shall dye possessed off and undisposed off in This My Will I give to Her,

Item.  To my daughter Lydia I give no Legacy because I have Already Given Her what I trust proper out of my Estate.

And further I the said Sam Hills do hereby Constitute and Appoint Amos Thomas of sd Lebanon to be the Executor of This My Last Will and Testament Hereby Revoking all other wills and bequests heretofore by me made, holding this and allowing this and no other as my Last Will and Testament,  In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my Hand and fixed my Seal the day and year first mentioned.

NB The words (seventy one) on the other side Entred at ye writing. Signed Samuel Hills

Signed, sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Sam Hills as his Last Will & Testament in presence of us.

Andrew Churchell, Isaiah Tiffany, Junr, Jon. Trumble

This will was proved 22 Oct 1753.  The inventory of the estate was made by Joseph White and Josiah Bartlett coming to a total of 281 pounds and 6 pence.

(Notes  Samuel Hills is #19 in THE HILLS FAMILY IN AMERICA 1906, son to John Hills and Jane the relic Bushnell and grandson to William Hills, one of the founders of Hartford, and Phillis (Lyman) Hills .  He was born 29 May 1671 in Saybrook.  He married 1. 6 Nov 1694  in Duxbury Phebe Leonard, dau of Sgt Philip and Lydia -- Leonard and 2. 25 Feb 1735 in Lebanon Abigail Hinckley dau of Ensign John and Mary (Goodspeed) Hinckley.  He had eight children by his first wife.  None by the second.  Samuel, his sons Samuel and Philip signed petitions in 1727 and 1728 that lead to the founding of Goshen. Although he was a cordwainer by occupation, he bought and sold land in Duxbury, Marshfield, Lebanon and Colchester.  He served as a Grand Juror and appeared in lists of freemen in various places.  His own genealogy  is DESCENDENTS OF SAMUEL HILLS by Winfred Lovering Holman 1957)

Will send another will for Sam's son Samuel who died in Colchester at a later date.  Old Sam is my 8xggrandfather according to my records.

John Hills Portland, Oregon



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