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DORCHESTER COUNTY
WILLS AND PROBATE



General


Wills on this page: click on name to go to abstract


Thomas Daniel
Anne Dawson
Edward Dawson
John Dawson
Elizabeth Edwards
Richard Goostree
Andrew Gootee
Edward Granger
Mary Griffith
Francis Jelly
William Jones

Joseph Kennerly
John Mahhon
Edward Newton
Eliza:(beth) Pope
Robert Pope
John Pritchett
Edward Pritchett
Phunback Pritchett
William Pritchett
Zebulon Pritchard
John Rumbly (May 1745)

John Rumbly (June 1745)
John Taylor (1686)
John Taylor (1705/6)
John Taylor (1711)
Thomas Taylor
Joseph Thompson
James Todd
Robert Thornwell 1713
Robert Thornwell 1716
Thomas Wallace (1754)
Thomas Wallace (1762)
Richard Wallis




EDWARD NEWTON
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 2 January 1693
Recorded 6 March 1693
Liber 2, Folio 295


Wife: Margaret Extx. all residue of estate
Son: Edward personalty at age 21

Witnesses: Dan'l Sare, Thos. Clarke, Edw. Poole


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ROBERT POPE
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 20 May 1700
Recorded 4 March 1700/01
Liber 11, Folio 140


Wife: Elizabeth
Son: Robert
Son-in-law: James Cannon
2 Eldest Daughters: Rose Cannon and Katherin Willy
Daughter: Ann Pope
Daughter: Jude Pope
Daughter: Dianah Pope
Daughter: Sarah Pope
Daughter: Mary Pope

Gave Robert and heirs all lands with the provision that if he dies w/o issue then lands to two eldest daughters. Made Wife and James Cannon guardians of Robert until he reached majority.

Witnesses: Redmond Follen, John Meredith, John Willy, Jr. Michael Todd


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EDWARD DAWSON
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 24 september 1703
Recorded 15 June 1704
Liber 19, Folio 154


Wife: Mary
Daughter: Mary Saywood, husband John Saywood
Edward Tunis - son of Carroll and Clare Tunis No relationship stated

Mary was made extx and was to have entire estate during her life. At her death it goes to daughter Mary Saywood, whose husband John should pay to Edward Tunis 2500 pounds of tobacco when he reached 18

Witnesses: Hump. Hubert, Richard Nowland, Wm. Saywood


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ROBERT THORNWELL
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 10 Aug. or Oct. 1710
Recorded 9 June 1713
Liber 13, Folio 606


Son: Robert Thornwell residue of estate, joint Executor
Daughter: Ann Thornwell and heirs 100A of land called "Performance"
Granddaughter: Grace Edwards and heirs 100A of land called "Performance"
Granddaughter: Mary Hines personalty which should remain with Alexander Edwards until she comes of age, and land if Ann dies w/o issue
Alexander Edwards, relationship not specified, joint Executor

Witnesses: William Wheeler, Thos. Burk


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ROBERT THORNWELL
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 15 January 1716
Recorded 31 January 1716
Liber 14, Folio 173


Wife: Mary extx.
Son: Robert Thornwell, dwelling plantation called "Oyle of Beasom"
Son: William Thornwell, land called "Mazereen Hall"
Daughter: Leah Thornwell
Friends: Richard Willis and Thomas Smith to watch, guard and instruct his children until they reach the age of 21

Sons Robert and William to remain with their mother-in-law. Should she marry and they prefer not to remain with her, friend Richard Willis to have charge of them til they reach age of 20 years.

Witnesses: Peter Cornelius, Robt. Bazell


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ELIZA:(BETH) POPE
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 6 August 1716
Recorded 2 December 1716
Liber 14, Folio 176


Daughter: Rosanna Cannon 1 Shilling
Daughter: Katherine Willey 1 Shilling
Daughter: Ann Rumley 1 Shilling
Daughter: Judy Wingate 1 Shilling
Daughter: Diannah Willy 1 Shilling
Daughter: Sarah Willis 1 Shilling
Daughter: Mary Wingate 1 Shilling
Granddaughter: Dorcus Allen all personal estate at age 16
Son-in-law: John Willy Executor, 130A of land called "Widows Purchase"

Witnesses: Wm. Evans, jun., Francis Willey


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JOSEPH THOMPSON
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 26 August 1717
Recorded 4 september 1717
Liber 14, folio 373


Wife: Elizabeth Joint Executor
Son: Joseph Thompson 102A of land called "Thompson's Addition"
Son: Joseph
Daughter: Frances
Daughter: Ann
Daughter: Elizabeth
Son: John
Daughter: Sarah
Brother: Charles Thompson Joint Executor

To Enoch Barkleton 100A part of "Thompson's Addition", after he pays exs. 900 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses: Chas. Marin, Isaac Marrett, Mark Marrett


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ANNE DAWSON
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 16 July 1717
Recorded 14 November 1718
Liber 14, Folio 731


Daughter: Mary Oulford
Daughter: Margaret Cronean
Son: Jonas
Son: John Executor
Daughter: Isebell/Eisbel (spelled both ways) to receive her portion at age 18 or marriage
Overseers: John Needle and Thos. Berry

Witnesses: Grace Williamson, John Holland, John Needells


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JOSEPH KENNERLY - Miller
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 26 November 1717
Recorded 6 April 1723
Liber 18, Folio 77


Wife: Mary extx. and guardian to children until age 21 years.
Son: Samuel - dwelling plantation "Redheath" on Transquaking River except 1/3 of orchards for son Thomas for 12 years. Also Grist Mill, he to pay son Thomas 1/3 of profits for 12 years.
Son: Thomas - residue of lands
Daughter: Eliza:
Daughter: Mary

To 2 sons and 2 daughters - residue of personalty divided equally

Witnesses: James Hayes, Wm. Guy, Sarah Hayward


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JOHN DAWSON
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 4 July 1722
Recorded 6 May 1723
Liber 18, Folio 81

Wife: Sarah extx. residue of estate
Son: Richard
Son: Isaac
Son: Thomas
Daughter: Sarah
Daughter: Francis
Daughter: Rachel
Daughter: Ann

To sons Richard and Isaac and their heirs, dwelling plantation at the decease of wife. Should she marry sons to receive their portion at age 18. They should pay son Thomas personalty at age of 21.

Witnesses: Edward Newton, John Newton, John Person


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ELIZABETH EDWARDS - Spinster
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 11 August 1724
Recorded 8 Nov. 1725
Liber 18, Folio 414

Son: John
Daughter: Grace
Daughter: Margaret
Nephew: Robert Thornwell
Nephew: William Thornwell
Executor: Richard Willis

Witnesses: John Hodson,2nd, Robert Thornwell, William Smith


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RICHARD GOOSTREE
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 30 April 1728
Recorded 12 November 1728
Liber 19, Folio 501

Wife: Rebecca extx.
Son: George
Grandson: Robert son of Robert Johnson
Daughter: Elizabeth wife of Robert Johnson
Daughter: Rebecca wife of Andrew Willis
Son-in-law: Phillip Phillips

To Wife, dwelling plantation called "Goosetrees Delight" during life, after her decease to son George and heirs, and if no heirs then to Grandson Robert son of Robert Johnson.

To Elizabeth and Rebecca tract of land called "Newtown" containing 100A near the great Beaver Dam.

Son-in-law Phillip Phillips' children 1 shilling each and no more.

Overseers: Sons-in-law Robert Johnson and Andrew Willice

Witnesses: Redman Fallen, John J. Shinton


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WILLIAM JONES
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 10 May 1729
Recorded 5 September 1729
Liber 19, Folio 765

Wife: Jennet, extx. - use of dwelling plantation and residue of estate, at her decease to son William and daughters Sarah and Elizabeth.
Son: William Jones 100A on north side of Cabbin Creek purchased from Jacob Gray - if he dies without issue then to daughters Sarah and Elizabeth
Daughter: Sarah
Daughter: Elizabeth - together with Sarah the dwelling on 100A purchased from Thomas Gray. If they die without issue then it reverts to William .
Daughter: Rebecca Vearing
Daughter: Jennet Willis, deceased ( she had 4 children no names listed) 1 shilling each

Witnesses: Capt. Henry Hooper, Frances Thomas, Mary Wish/West


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FRANCIS JELLY - Gent.
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 3 November 1730
Recorded 26 November 1730
Liber 20, Folio 112

Daughter: Elizabeth Jelly - entire estate except for-
Thos. Kennerly - personalty
Margaret Edwards - personalty
James Hughes - servant man - when free
Patrick Leonard - 12 days of his time
Father: Richard Willis - executor - and his wife (unnamed)

Witnesses: Frances Newton, Isaac Nicholls, David Poole

Codicil: Appoints Richard Willis to care for Elizabeth until age 21.


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JOHN MAHHON
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 31 December 1733/4
Recorded 8 January 1733/4
Liber 20, Folio 856

Wife: Mary
Eldest Daughter: Sarah - 60 acres of "Mahhon's Industry"
Daughter: Mary - after death of her mother - dwelling Plantation and 100 acres of "Mahhon's Industry and "Mahhon's Chance"
Daughter: Ann
Daughter: Margaret
Daughter: Esthor
Daughter: Pressilla

Daughters Ann, Margaret, Esthor, and Pressilla the rest of his lands equally divided


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JOHN RUMBLY
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 16 February 1744/5
Recorded 14 May 1745
Liber 24, Folio 151

Wife: Priscilla Rumbly
Son: John Rumbly, Junr.
Son: William Rumbly - lands on northwest side of Goose Creek called "Paris" and "Prevential"
Son: Edward Rumbly
Son: David Rumbly
Son: Thomas Rumbly
Daughter: Mary Phebus
Daughter: Sarah Sharos
Daughter: Elizabeth Rumbly
Son: John Rumbly the second (I think this is a different John than the above Jr.)


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JOHN RUMBLY
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 27 February 1744/5
Recorded 12 June 1745
Liber 24, Folio 157

Wife: Anne
Daughter: Nancy
Daughter: Mary
Daughter: Betty
Son: Jacob
Son: Edgar


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RICHARD WALLIS
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 22 January 1746
Recorded 10 June 1747
Liber 25, Folio 137

Wife: Bethule Wallis
Son: Thomas Wallis
Son: Charles Wallis
Son: Matthew Wallace
Son: Staplefort Wallis
Son: Richard Wallace
Son: Joseph Wallis


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EDWARD GRANGER
Abstract of Last will ad Testament
Made 13 November 1747
Recorded 16 November 1747
Liber 25, Folio 364

Daughter: Rebecca Willis 1 shilling
Son: William Granger
? Thomas Heather ?
? Price Ward ?

Signed with a mark


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THOMAS WALLACE
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 22 May 1752
Recorded 12 June 1754
Liber 29, Folio 165 and 173 (entered twice)

Wife: Elizabeth - 1/3 part of estate, part of a tract called "Camp", containing 150A lying in Worchester Co. to be sold for bringing up his children.
Son: Thomas Wallace - all land in Dorchester County
Other 1/3 to rest of children - unnamed.

Witnesses: Benj. Keene, Joseph Wallace, Mary Booth


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JAMES TODD
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 13 January 1754
Recorded 4 October 1754
Liber 29, Folio 224

Wife: Alice Todd
Son: Michael Todd
Son: Stephen Todd
Son: James Todd
Son: Jabin Todd
Son: Jonathan Todd
Daughter: Althea Todd
Daughter: Dolley Todd


James must have been a shoe maker and cooper, as he gave tools by these names to his sons. He left wife Alice a small tract of land, but she refused the bequest and was awarded 1/3 of the estate.

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EDWARD PRITCHETT
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 21 Oct. 1760
Filed 6 Feb. 1761
Liber 31, Folio 301

Brother: Lot Pritchet
Edward Pritchet son of Lot Prichet
Edward Prichet son of Phunback Prichet
Evans Prichet son of John Prichet, deceased
Henry Fisher son of Henry Fisher,Sen.
John Macnemara,Sen.
William Prichit son of Zebulon Prichet
Jabus Prichet son of Phunback Prichet
Thomas Prichet son of Phunback Prichet
Mary Prichet daughter of Phunback Prichet
Benjamin Todd son of Benjamin Todd
Levin Prichet son of Phunback my lands on the Strates called "The Hope" cont. 70 acres plus part of "Addition to Hope", not to be morgaged out of the name of the Pritchet's
Arthur Prichet son of Phunback a tract called "Ringwood" part of his now dwelling Plantation, plus part of "Pritchet's Meadow" cont. 40 acres and part of "Addition to Hope" that being a division between the two brothers, Levin and Arthur. In case of death of either or both with no male issue then land goes to Thomas Prichet son of Phunback
Edward Prichet son of Edward Prichet deceased, money when he reaches 16
Brother: Phunback Prichet
Appoints Phunback, Levin, and Arthur Exect.

Witnesses: Robert Scott, Shadrack Fallen, Levin Fallen

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THOMAS WALLACE
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 25 November 1761
Recorded 16 February 1762
Liber 31, Folio 559

Wife: Rebecca Wallace
Brother: Mathew Wallace - 1/2 of "Wallaces First Venture" lying on east side of northwest fork of Blackwater River.
Son: William Wallace
Son: Whittington Wallace- William and Whittington to have the other half of "Wallaces First Venture"
Daughter: Rizpah
Daughter: Brittanay

Witnesses: William Pritchett, Mathew Bibey, Sarah Wall


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PHUNBACK PRICHETT
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 26 Aug 1769
Filed 17 Nov 69
Liber 37 Folio 406
Son: Thomas Prichett land called "The Hope" plus 5 pounds money
Son: Zebulon Prichett land called "The Irish Hope" and "Addition to Irish Hope" and land called "Timothy's Prevention"
Son: Jabus Prichett land called "Apes Hill" whereon I now dwell
Daughter: Rachel Willin 5 pounds plus 1 feather bed and furiture
Son: Edward 5 pounds and no more
SON: Arthur 5 pounds and no more
Daughter: Elizabeth Goutee 1 Guinea Gold
Grandson: Thomas Wingate 5 shillings
Gives remainder of estate after wife's 3rds to Jabus Prichet, Zebulon Prichet, Jane Prichet and Kesiah Prichet his children
Appoints Jabus Executor or if necessary Zebulon Prichett

Witnesses: Robert Scott, John Scott, Robert Scott, Jr.

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JOHN PRICHETT
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 19 Dec. 1712
Filed 3 March 1712/13
Recorded Aug. 1723?
Liber 17 Folio 322
Son: Zebulon land called part of "Apes Hill" lying on east side of marsh where he now lives, also 1 pewter dish and 5 shillings
Other 4 sons: Edward, John, Funbeck, and Lott all rest of lands including rest of "Apes Hill".
# youngest children: Funbeck, Margery and Lott to have maintenance from estate until they reach 16
Wife: Abigail Pritchett
Daughter: Phillis Pritchett 5 shillings plus maintenance until 16
Daughter: Mary Fisher 1 gold ring or 10 shillings plus 1 pewter dish
Daughter: Jane Leake 1 gold ring or 10 shillings plus 1 pewter dish
Daughter: Margery Pritchett 5 pounds
Son Zebulon to oversee lands and execution of will, but sons Edward and John appointed co-executors of will

Witnesses: Michaell Todd, Thomas Pryer, Isbell Anderson

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ZEBULON PRITCHARD
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 9 July 1740
Filed 13 March 1741/42
Liber 22 Folio 441
Daughter: Margery Willey - 1 shilling and no more
Daughter: Rachel Wingate - 1 shilling and no more
Daughter: Mary Bramble - 2 ewes and lambs and no more
Son: John Pritchard - 1 feather bed and furniture now in his possession 2 Ewes and lambs and no more
Son: Jeremiah - tract called "Billes Lott" and tract where he now dwells called "Hazzard"
4 sons - Edward, Jeremiah, William and Ezekiel - share and divide lands called "Faire Dealing" and "Hoge Stie"
Daughters: Jane Pritchard and Elizabeth Pritchard each "a gold ring that was their mother's and is now in my house" more that their equal part
Son: William - a negro girl Silve - first child of Silve to be given to Ezekiel
Son: Ezekiel Pritchard a double part of my estate and then the remainder to be equally divided among others
Wants 3 youngest sons to live with Edward until they reach 21 - at 16 each to be given a share of corn and each a sow and piggs (NOTE: these sons not named)
Edward Pritchard appointed Executor

Witnesses: Lewis Griffin, William Edger, Richard Lain

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WILLIAM PRITCHET
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 14 Sept. 1767
Filed 6 Oct. 1767
Liber 36 Folio 97
Wife: Sarah Pritchet - all rights to land until Jabez reaches 21 - "Pritchett's Regulation", "Pritchett's Addition" and 1/3 of "Partnership"
Son: Jabez to inherit above lands except for wife's legal 1/3rds when he reaches 21
Son: Edward Pritchett supposed to make a division to Sarah across his tracts of land called "Stoe" and "Heriford"
Sarah and Jabez to receive upper part, and Edward the lower part.
Daughter: Josebed Pritchet - 1 gold ring, a pair of stays, and 1 chinze gown
Sons: Levin, William, and Elijah 15 money for their schooling
Gives wife Sarah these negroes - Silva, Dusk, Hand Mill, and Bob

Witnesses: Henry Lake, Ann Hogan, Molley Hogan

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THOMAS DANIEL
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 22 August 1685
Recorded 3 April 1686
Liber ?, Folio ?

Wife: Jane
Son: Thomas
Son: William
Friend: Angus Murrow

Lands named - "St. Bartholemeus", "Daniel's Security", "Daniels Hillrion", and "Daniel's Elefrum".

Ex. A. Murrow and William Fisher

Witnesses: A. Murrow and William Fisher


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JOHN TAYLOR
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 29 November 1710
Recorded 14 July 1711
Liber 13, Folio 251

Brother: Richard Manning 100A called "Taylor's Folly"
Brother: Nathaniel Manning
Sister: Grace Manning
Sister: Sarah Manning-- Grace and Sarah land called "Deale" and part of "Dover"
Uncle: James Pattison 200A called "Armstrongs Quarters on Taylors Island.

Witnesses: Matthew Barnes, John Macram, David Macall


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JOHN TAYLOR
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 17 November 1705
Recorded 4 February 1705/6
Liber 3, Folio 736

Wife: Dorothy
Son: Thomas
Son: William --Thomas and William were given Lands adjoining the plantation of Joseph Attkinson on the lowermost side of Scotland Creek, bounded by Hall's Branch
Daughter: Elizabeth
Daughter: Jane
Daughter: Francis -- Jane and Francis were given 800A called "Surveyor's Forrest"
Daughter: Ellinor -- land called "Canaan" on Choptank River near Francis Anderson and "Sodom" near John Fleaharty
Daughter: Dorothy
Brother: Peter Taylor

He gave to heirs of John Lyan of Dorchester County 400A called "Welchman"s Kindness". Richard Parish received land back if son Thomas did not pay him 2000lb. of tobacco. same with land bought from Mary Long.
To Henry Hill, 200A -- pretended to have been sold to Robert Hobbs by Brother Peter Taylor.

Witnesses: Hugh Ecceleston, James Murphy, Edward Williams.


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JOHN TAYLOR
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 4 August 1683
Recorded 23 June 1686
Liber 4, Folio 223

Cousin: Thomas Travers - 100A of land being part of 200A called "Armstrong's Quarters" lying upon Oyster Creek
Aunt: Elizabeth Travers Extx. - 400A called "Taylors Folly", another parcel called "Deale" about 175A, another parcel called "Taylor's Desire" about 300A.

Witnesses: Jeremiah Davis, James Cannon, Roger Clark


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THOMAS TAYLOR
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 5 April 1709
Recorded June 1709
Hall Of Records, Original Wills of Dorchester County
Box T - 14

Wife: Jane Taylor, extx. - Land called "Stevens Fields" 200A in tuckahoe, he also desires her to confirm sale of 50A of land called "Parristo" to Peter Quinter. If wife delivers a girl, at the age of 17 she gets land called "lodge" 300A and part of "Stevens Lot"
Son: Bartholemew Taylor - 500A of land called "Hazard". If wife now with child and that child is a son and lives to adulthood, then Bartholmew has to divide with him. The son to get 250A + the dwelling plantation, and Bartholemew to get 250A + another 250A bought of Brother Peter Taylor.
Brother: Peter Taylor
Godson: Richard Adams
Goddaughter: Francis Teate
Neice: Dorothy Taylor
Friend: Capt. Henry Ennalls
Friend: John Kirke

Witnesses: Henry Ennalls, Elizabeth Ennalls


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MARY GRIFFITH
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 14 October 1772
Recorded 13 November 1772
Liber ?, Folio ?

Nephew: Joseph Ackison Ex.
Nephew: Obediah Ackison
Nephew: Aron Ackison
Other named individuals: Griffith Sheald, Ann Keene wife of Benjamin Keene, Comfort Simpson, John Frames, George Goutee, Mary Goutee, Joseph Goutee, Jr., Jarvace Goutee, William Griffith Goutee and Mary Goutee.


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ANDREW GOOTEE
Abstract of Last Will and Testament
Made 19 January 1774
Recorded 7 February 1774
Liber WD-4, Folio ?


Daughter: Bety Wingate
Grandson: George Gootee and his brother Edward Gootee
Grandson: David Gootee
Daughter Mary Billins
Daughter: Clear Andrews
Grandson: Griffith Gootee and his sister Mary Gootee
Granddaughter: Nancy Tregoe
Grandson: John Tregoe
Son: Andrew Gootee
My Brother: Jacob Gootee
Mentions John Bryan - no relationship named

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