Will of David Batcheller d. 29 Jan 1766
son of John Batcheller m Sarah Goodale
Will--In the name of God, Amen, I David Bachellor of Wenham in the County of Essex and Province of Massachusetts Bay in New England. Cooper being in perfect health of Body & sound and disposing mind do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
Imprimis, and first of all I give and bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God thro Jesus Christ my only Saviour and my body to the earth to be buried in such decent Christian manner as my Exectr. hereafter nominated shall see meet in hopes of a Glorious Resurrection.
Item. I give to Susanna my well beloved wife the easterly part of my Dwelling House as also the Easterly half of the back part of my Dwelling House with one third part of the Cellar under my sd. dwelling house & liberty to use the oven in the west room as often as she pleases and the use and improvement of one third of all my land during her natural Life, also I give to my sd. wife forever all the household goods, & furniture except what I hereafter particularly give away together with all the provision that maybe in the House at the time of my decease as also all the wool and Flax that I may have at the time of my decease.
Item. I give to my Son David six pounds 13 shillings and four pence lawfull money to be paid by my executor in one year after my decease, also I give to my sd. Son David one of my Guns that which I call mine.
Item. I give to my son Joseph six pound 13 shillings and four pence to be paid by my Exectr, at the end of two years after my decease, also my tobacco tongs and steel yards.
Item. I give to my son Nehemiah six pound 13 shillings and four pence to be paid by my Exectr, at the end of three years from the time of my Decease as also my cutlass and Cartouch Box.
Item. I give to my son Abraham six pound 13 shillings and four pence to be paid at the end of four years from the time of my decease as also the best feather bed I have with all its furniture.
Item. I give to Daughter Susannah ten shillings to be paid at the end of one year after my decease also my largest Brass Kettle.
Item. I give to my Daughter Mary 10 shillings to be paid at the end of one year after my decease as also my largest brass kettle.
Item. I do hereby nominate and appoint my Son Amos sole executor of this my last Will and Testament and to the end he may be enabled to pay the several Legacies before mentioned & for his own share of my Estate I give unto my sd. Son Amos all the estate real and personal I may die seized of, of every denomination whensoever and wheresoever found except what I have particularly herein mentioned he paying all my just debts and funeral charges. In testimony of all the foregoing I do hereunto set my hand seal this twenty fifth day of Aug, in the thirty third year of his Majesties Reign Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred fifty nine.
David Bachellor Seal.
Signed, Sealed, Declared to be the last will and Testament of David Bachellor in presence of Benj. Jones Jr., Ebenezer Kimball, Saml, Goodridge.
Essex ss. Ipswich, March 11, 1766. Before the Hon. Nath, Ropes Esq. Judge of Probate of Wills &c. in and for sd. County, personally appeared Ebenezer Kimball & Samuel Goodridge and made Oath that they were present and saw David Bachellor late of Wenham Dec., sign, seal, and heard him publish, pronounce and declare this instrument to be his last Will and Testament and when he so did he was of a sound disposing mind and memory in their judgment and that they together with Benj. Jones Jr. set to their hand at the same time in his presence as witnesses.
Sworn Att. Saml, Rogers Reg.
Upon which this will is proved, approved and allowed and the seal of the office affixed the Exectr. appeared, & accepted that trust and to give in an Inven. in 60 days.
Nathl. Ropes, Judge Prob.
He d. Jan. 29, 1766; res. Wenham, Mass.