Samuel SMITH: Probate Records 1840-1842
Transcription of the probated will of Samuel SMITH of Mendon and
Uxbridge, Worcester, Massachusetts, who died in 1842.
Surnames Appearing in the Documents
Samuel SMITH donated the land for the cemetery of the East
Blackstone Quaker Meeting House.
The will was originally filed in Worcester County Probate Court. A
digital copy was provided courtesy of SAMPUBCO, according to whose
index the will is to be found in volume 86, page 164.
I may of course have made transcription errors, and I may have erred
with capitalization and punctuation (the scan occasionally makes it
difficult to distinguish between commas and periods and scanning
artifacts). I have retained original spelling and noted reading
problems in square brackets.
History of this Document
- 25 September 2009, revision 1.
- Initial publication.
Will of Samuel SMITH of Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts
Be it remembered that I Samuel Smith of Mendon in the County
of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of sound mind
and memory Do make and publish this my last will and testament
in manner and form following that is to say:
Firstly my will is that all my just debts and funeral charges
be paid by my Executor hereinafter named
Secondly I give and devise to my three daughters Hannah Southwick
wife of Daniel Southwick Margaret Taft wife of Orsinus Taft
and Mary S. Bassett wife of Ephraim Bassett all my house hold
furniture to be equally divided between them their heirs
and assigns forever
Finally I give and devise to my two sons Samuel Smith Jun
and John R. Smith all my Estate both real and personal not herein
before bequeathed and devised wherever the same may be found
including any wearing apparel to be equally divided between them
their heirs and assigns forever
And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my son Samuel
Smith Jun sole Executor of this my last will and testament
hereby revoking all other and former wills by me made
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
twentieth day of the eleventh month in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and fourty.
X (L. S.)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named
Samuel Smith to be his last will and testament in the presence
of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed
our names as witnesses to the same.
Jonathan F. Comstock
To the Hon. Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester.
We the subscribed Heirs at law of Samuel Smith formerly of Mendon but
late of Uxbridge in the County of Worcester deceased testate do hereby
certify that we have examined the will of the said Samuel Smith dated
20th day 11 month 1840 & agree that the same Instrument may be
proved & allowed as the last will of said Samuel Smith. And we do hereby
waive all our rights to any further notice from the Hon. Probate Court thereon[?].
Uxbridge Oct. 17, 1842.
Margaret S. Taft
Mary S. Bassett
John R. Smith
Worcester ss. At a Court of Probate holden at Uxbridge on the
fourth Tuesday of October, A.D. 1842.
The instrument hereto annexed purporting to be the last will and testa-
ment of Samuel Smith late of Mendon in said County deceased being
offered for probate by Samuel Smith the Executor therein named and
notice having been duly given and no person objecting to the probate thereof
and James Comstock one of the witnesses thereto making affirmation that
he saw said testator sign said will and that he with Asa Kelly and
Jonathan Comstock attested and subscribed the same as witnesses in the
presence of the testator who was then of full age and of sound mind: I now
adjudge that said instrument is proved and decree that the same be approved
and allowed as the last will and testament of said deceased.
Ira M. Barlow Judge of Probate
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