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The Will of Samuel Hills, Jr.

Will of Samuel Hills

In the name of God Amen, this 12th day of May 1767, I, Samuel Hill of Lebanon in the County of Windham and the Colony of Connecticut being at present in a comfortable measure of health of body and of sound and disposing mind and memory praised be God therefor but calling to mind the uncertainties of life and desirous to settle my affairs and set my house in order before my departure of life and first and principally whensoever my great ..{danger, Angel}...shall come I would resign my Soul into the hands of God hoping I shall obtain the redemption of all my sins through the merits of Jesus Christ my Lord and only Saviour my body I here commit to the Earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and touching my wordly Estate my will is and I dispose of the same in the manner following First my will is and I do order that my just debts and funeral charges are Paid.  Then my will is and I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Hannah the use and improvement of all my Estate both real and personal during the full term of her natural life--that is to say all that shall be left after said debts and charges are Paid.  Then my will is and I do give and bequeath unto my dutiful and well beloved son Consider Hill all my lands reserving the use and improvement of them for his Mother at her decease that she shall not have used or disposed of--upon condition that he does pay unto his Brothers and Sisters the legacy hereinafter mentioned.  Item to my dutiful and well beloved sons Joseph Hill Jnr Eliab Hill Samuel Hill Leonard Hill Abner Hill Elijah Hill and Darius Hill and to my daughter Hannah Peas I give and bequeath eight Dollars to be paid unto them within three years after the decease of my said wife by my son Consider hereafter named to be equally divided between them--And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Consider Hill the sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament and do hereby disanul Revoke and make Void all other wills and Testaments heretofore made and in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day of the date above and signed sealed published and Declared to be the last will and Testament of the above Testator in presence of--

Signed Samuel Hill and sealed.  Witness John Watrous, Jerusha Watrous, John Watrous Jnr.

Colchester in North London County Mar 1792 There personally appeared John Watrous Esq one of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will and made solemn oath that he saw the within named testator Mr. Samuel Hill sign and seal sd will and that in his presence and on his desire and in the presence of the other two subscribing witnesses set to his name and as witness to said will and that at the same time he Judged the said Testator to be of sound mind and memory--Before me Eliphalet Durkee Justice of the Peace.

An inventory of the estate is in the name of Samuel Hills and filed 24th March 1792 Patrick Butler and Simon Abel Assers.  Recorded by Mr. Thos Williams Regr.  The estate included 20 acres of land, various farm implements, goods and household items with a stated value of 53 pounds.

(Notes. Source is Probate Records of Windham District 1790-1802 FHL 0005936 pages 167, 168 and 227.  Samuel Hills is #71 in THE HILLS FAMILY IN AMERICA, third child of Samuel Hills and Phebe Leonard Hills.  He was b 25 June 1701 bapt March 1709 Marshfield m 1 Nov 1722 Hannah Turner of Marshfield who d 17 Mar 1777, aged 77, dau of Elihab Turner of Scituate. He served as town official and committee member of Lebanon and was a member of 2nd Church and 3rd Church (Goshen).  He, his brother Philip and father Samuel signed petitions in 1727 and 1728 that lead to the founding of Goshen.  There are varius deeds involving this Samuel, his sons and his father relating to land in Marshfield, Lebanon and Colchester.  He died at 90 years of age, outliving his wife and many of his children)



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