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(ie - Samuel AYRES, Sr.)
Dated 13 Feb. 1696; MA
From Essex Co., Massachusetts, Probate Office is found the last will and testament of "Samuell EYRES" (ie - Samuel AYRES, Sr.) dated 13 Feb. 1696 and will proved 29th March 1697 (#1124). LAST WILL & TESTAMENT OF SAMUELL EYRES: "In the name of God Amen. I Samuell Eyres of Ipswich being visited with sickness and not knowing how providence may dispose of me being (blessed be God) of perfect Memory and Disposing mind do therefore Constitute and make this my last will and testament Commanding my soul to God in Christ Jesus in hopes of a blessed resurrection and my bod y to a Decent buriall. After my Debts and funerall charge being justly paid - I dispose of that Estate which God has given me as follows - I give & bequeath unto my son Samuell all my House & Lands viz my Homestead & five acres of pasturing Land at Heartbreak Hill & three a cre Lott at Plumb Island and all my flocks of sheep and cattle and the bed he shall Lyeth upon be it always provided & understood that Samuell do maintain provide for his Mother all things necessary both in sicknes s & health during the time of her Naturall life. Moreover I give unto my loving Wife the __?_ of all the Household stuff during her Naturall Life and then my Will is that shee bequeath it all unto my Daughter Mary except the two biggest pewter platters which I give unto my grandchild Susanna Waite after the Decease of her Grandmother - moreover I give unto my Daughter Mary two sheep. I have formerly given my son Joseph ye Land where his house stands. I therefore give him but five shillings money to be paid within three Months of my Decease Lately. I Constitute and appoint my son Samuell sole Executor of this my last will & testament. Signed Sealed & published In Witness whereof I have in presence of here unto left my hand & Daniel Rogers so all (sic) & thirteenth Day Nathaniell Rust sen of February 1696 William Fellows Samuell Eyres his name and seal" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A xerox copy of this will was sent to Gloria ODOM by distant cousin Thomas D. AYRES of CT in 1987.