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Will of Capt. William Wyer of Charlestown, Massachusetts—20 Feb 1748
Wills – Capt. William Wyer—1748
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Probate Records 1648--1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts); Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Middlesex County); Probate Place: Middlesex, Massachusetts
Probate Papers, No 25760-25861
Capt. William Wyer Will - 1748
In the Name of God Amen
I William Wyer of Charestown in the County of Middlesex in New England Esq. being in good Health and of Sound Mind and Memory (blessed be God therefore) but mindful of my mortality and the uncertainty of Life, do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say, principally and first of all I recommend my Soul to God, thro' the Merits & Mediation of Christ my only Redeemer, in Hopes of Eternal Life thro' Him, and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian Maner at the Direction of my Executors hereafter named; And, as touching Such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life I give & dispose therefof as follows, that is to Say -
Impr[imus (first)] I will that my just Debts & Funeral Charges be duly paid by my Executors.
Item - I give and devise to my son Edward Wyer and to his Heirs and Assigns my mansion House, where I now dwell, with all the Buildings, out houses, yards, Gardens and Land thereto adjoining and belonging; And also my Pasture or Lot of Land at Moreton's Point [at confluence of Charles and Mystic Rivers]. -
I also give and bequeath to my Son Edward all my Household Furniture of what kind Soever, and my three negro men and my negro Woman
Item - I give and devise to my Son David Wyer and to his Heirs and Assigns the House and Land which I bought of Cookery with the Shop thereon, and the Pasture or Lot of Land which I bought of John Rund [or Rand] and the Heirs of Nathaniel Dowse. -
Item - I give and devise to my Grandson William Wyer Son of my Son Thomas Wyer dec'd the Pasture or Lot of Land which I bought of Capt. John Rouse and to the Heirs of his Body lawfully begotten, and for the default of Such Issue, then the Same to be & remain to and among all my Children to be equally divided between them. I also give and bequeath to my said Grandson William the Sum of one thousand five hundred Pounds in Old Tener Bills of Credit to be paid to him by my Executors upon his Arrival at the full age of twenty one Years.
Item - I give and bequeath to my Daughter Eleanor Foster the Sum of three thousand five hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit of the Old Tener to be paid to her by my Executors, the one half thereof within one Year and the Remainder within two years rent after my Decease. -
Item - I give and bequeath to my Grand Duaghter Elizabeth Wyer, Daughter of my Son Edward Wyer the Sum of two hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid to her by my Executors within two Years after my Decease, I also give to her my Negro Girl Dinah.
Item - I also give and bequeath to all and every the Rest of my Grand Children, not herein before mentioned, that Shall be living at the Time of my Decease the Sum of one hundred Pounds in old Tenor Bills of credit to each and every of them to be paid to them by my Executors within two Years next after my Decease. -
Item - I give and bequeath to my Grandson William Foster my Negro Boy Pompy.
Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson Thomas Wyer my Negro Boy Ephraim
Item. I give and bequeath to my Kinswoman Katherine Welch the Sum of two hundred Pounds in old Tonor Bills of Credit to be paid to her by my Executors the one half thereof within one Year, and the other half within two years next after my Decease. -
I also give to the sd. Katherine my negro Boy Coffy.
Item - I give and devise to my two Sons Edward and David aforenamed and to their Heirs & Assigns my Still-House with all the Land & Wharfe thereo adjoyning, the ware house Cooper's Shop & Buildings therein; and also the Stills with the Appurtenances & Implements of what kind or Nature Soever belonging thereto, with all my stock appertaining to the Still House at the time of my Decease, to be equally divided between them, they paying & discharging the Several Legacies before given & bequeathed in this my Will, at the times limited for payment of them And as to the Rest of my Estate, which I shall leave at my Decease (not herebefore bequeathed) in Chattles Cash, Bonds, Notes & Book Debts, and other Estate whether Real or Personal I give and bequeth the same to my aforesaid two Sons Edward Wyer and David Wyer to be equally divided between them, to enable them to pay my Debts, funeral Charges, and the Legacies aforesaid -
And I do hereby make constitute and ordain my two Sons Edward Wyer & David Wyer Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and disannuling all former Wills, Testaments, Bequests and Executors heretofore by me named willed or bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal this fifteenth Day of January in the twenty first Year of His Majesty's Reign Anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred & forty Seven.
Signed Sealed published Wm Wyer
pronounced & declared by
the aforesd. William Wyer Esq
to be his Last Will and Tes-
tament in the presence of
us the Subscribers -
I the aforenamed William Wyer do by this Codicil to my last Will & Testament afore written ratify and confirm the Same with this Alteration or Additions only. That is to Say, I do hereby will give and bequeath to my Daughter Eleanor Foster the Sum of five hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid to her by my Executors, as an Addition to the Legacy of three thousands five hundred Pounds in the like Bills given her in my Said Will, and to be paid in the like manner, as is order'd for the Payment of that Legacy. -
I do also hereby give & Bequeath to my Grandson William Wyer aforenamed in my sd. Will the Sum of five hundred Pounds in the Bills aforementioned as an Addition to the Legacy of one thousand five hundred Pounds in sd. Bills given to him in my Said Will, and to be paid in the like Manner as is order'd for the Payment of that Legacy. - In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this ninth Day of June in the twenty first Year of His Majesty's Reign Anno Dom: 1748.
Signed Sealed published Pronounced
& declared by the aforesd. William
Wyer as a Codicil to & part of his Wm Wyer
last Will & Testament in presence of us.
(the Day & Year last mentioned)
Be it known to all Men by these Presents that Whereas I William Wyer of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex Esq have made and declared my last Will & Testament in Writing bearing Date the fifteenth Day of January Anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred and forty Seven, as also a Codicil to the Said Will on the Same Sheet of Paper written bearing Date the ninth Day of June Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and forty eight -
I the Said William Wyer do by this present further Codicil ratify and confirm my Said last Will & Testament, and the Said former Codicil; and whereas in & by my Said last Will & Testament I gave and bequeathed unto my Daughter Eleanor Foster the Sum of three thousand five hundred Pounds in old Tenor Bills of Credit, and in the Said Codicil (as an addition thereto) I gave and bequeathed unto my Said Daughter the Sum of five hundred Pounds in the Same Bills; I do hereby further give and bequeath unto my Said Daughter Eleanor Foster the further sum of five hundred Pounds in the Bills aforesaid, to be paid unto her by my Executors in the Manner and at the Time limited for the Payment of the aforesd. Bequests to her.
And Wheras in & by my Said Will, I gave and bequeathed Unto m y Son Edward Wyer (among other Things) my three negro Men and my negro Woman; My Mind and Will now is, and I do hereby give and bequeath one of my Said Negro Men Vizt: My Negro Man named Quash unto my Son David Wyer & to his Heirs and Assigns. -
And I do hereby give and bequeath unto the Revd. Mr. Null Abbot, and to the Revd. Mr. Thomas Prentice the Pastors of the Church of the Town of Charletown the Sum of twenty Pounds a peice in old Tenor Bills of Credit to be paid unto them by my Execut.s as Soon as conveniently may be after my Decease. -
And my Will & meaningis that this Codicil as well as the former aforementioned bee[?], and be adjudged to be part & parcel of my Said last Will & Testament, and that all Things herein mentioned & contained be faithfully & Truly performed, and as fully & amply in every respect, as if the same was so declared & Set down in my last Will & Testament. Witness my hand & Seal this twenty ninth Day of December in the twenty Second year of his majesty's Reign Anno Domini 1748
Signed Sealed published
pronounced & declared by the
aforesd William Wyer as a Wm Wyer
further Codicil & part of his
last Will & Testament in
presence of us.