Last Will & Testament of Andrew Patterson (1719-1797)
Transcribed by Michele (Patterson) Valenzano
In the name of God, amen.
The twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand seven hundred and eighty six. I Andrew Patterson of Mount Washington in the County of Berkshire within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts being aged and advanced in years, but of sound mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and well knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
(that is) Imprimis, first of all I give and recommend my soul to the hands of God
that gave it hoping through the death, merits and sufferings of my redeemer Jesus Christ the righteous,to receive free and full pardon of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life- and my body I give unto the dust to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named nothing doubting but at the general ressurection to receive the same by the mighty power of God -
And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with,
I give and bequeath and demise of the same in way and manner as followeth:
Imprimis - I will that all my debts ____ in right or convenience to any manner of persons should well and truly paid and
I ordain the same to be paid in investment time after my decease by my executor hereafter named.
Item - I give unto Abigail my truly and well beloved wife,
the one half of the use of my homestead farm with the use of the house and barn during the continuance of her widowhood
or so long as she shall continue my widow -
Item - I give unto Abigail my said wife the whole of my house, _____,
furniture together with 2 milk cows and a horse.
Item - I give unto my 2 beloved sons, Charles Patterson and Andrew Patterson,
the whole of my real estate in what place or places the same may ______ the division of my wife's half included to be equally divided between them.
Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Johanna Hall, the wife of Joseph Hall
6 pounds to be paid her out of my personal estate.
Item - I give and bequeath to my beloved daughters viz: Abigail Lord, the wife of Daniel Lord
and Huldy Harvey, the wife of Samuel Harvey
10 pounds each to be paid to them out of my personal estate.
Finally I appoint and ordain my beloved wife Abigail and beloved son Charles to be executors of this my last will and testament declaring this and no other to be my last will and testament.
Source: Probate Record# 6142, Berkshire Anthenaeum,