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The last Will and Testament of Anthony Morse of Newbury, Mass. I anthony Morse of Newbury in the name of god amen i being sensible of my own frality and mortality being of parfit memory due make this as my last Will and testament cominding my sole to god that gave it and my body to the dust in hope of a joyful rasurixtion and as for my wourly goods I dispose of as foloieth,

I gve and bequeth to my son Joshua Morse making him my lawful eaire all my housing and lands both upland and meddow with my freehould and privilidge in all comon lands both upland and meddow alweais provided that if the toen of Newbury dou divide any part of the comon lands that then the on half part of that land which belongeth to me which cometh by vartu of my freehould shall be the lawful inheritance of my son benieman morse all so I geve to my son Joshua morse all mv cattell an horsis and sheep swuine and all my toules for the shumaking trade as allso my carte wheles dung pot plow harrow youkes chains houes forkes shovel spad grin stone yt as allso on father bed which he lieth on with a bouister and pillo and a pair of blinkets and covrlitt and tou pair of shetes a bed sted and mat a pot and a brass cetell the best of tou cettles and a belmetell scillet and tou platars and a paringer and a drinking pot and tou spoons and the water pails and barils and tobes all these about named I geve to my son Joshua and his eaires of his own body begoten lawfully than then all aboue geven to my son Joshua shall Return to the Rest of my children upon the peayment on good peay to my sons widow besides what estate she att any time brought to her husband she the said widdo shall enjoy the houl estate on half year before she shall surrender - also I geve to my son Robard Morse Eighteen pounds or his children to my son Peter morse or children L3, to my son Anthony morse children I geve L3 to my son Joseph morses children I geve L12 to my son Benieman Morse or children I geve L12 to my dafter Thorlo or children L12 to my dafter Stickney or children I geve L12 to my dafter Newman children I geve L12. to my dafter Smith or children I giev L12. to my grand son Richard Thorlo I geve an sheep to my grandson Robard Homes I giev fiev pounds allso I geve the Remainder of my housall which is not in partikelar geven to my son Joshua in the former part of this my will to all my children equally to be devided between them and my grand children hous parents are dead, namely anthonys children, Josephs children hanahs children, allso I dou by this my last will allow and geve loberty to my son Joshua morse hou is my Eaire to make sail and dispose of that land by the pine swamp which I had of Benieman lacon of that pece of land by John Akisons hous if he see Resan so to do. allso I du by this will apoynt my son Joshua morse to be my sole executor to peay all debtes and legacies by this will geven and to Receve all debtes allso I dou apoynt my loving and crisian frinds Cap danil Pears and Tristram Coffin and thomas noyes to be oversers of this my last Will Allso I dou apoynt my Exicutor to peay my son Robard and son peter within on yeare after my death on the other to be peaid within three years the plas of peayment to be newbury my will is that my son benieman shal have the on half of all comon lands when devided as above said in witnes thereof I anthony morse have hearunto Set my hand and seall this 28 Aprell, 1680.

ANTHONY MORSE (seal)

Sinid selid and onid in the presense of us

JAMES COFFIN

MARY BROWN

that whereas I anthony morse in this my will abou said have geven on half of all comon lands if devided to my sonn benieman mors; my meaning iss that my sonn benieman shall haev the on half of my proportion of lands when devided, but my sonn Joshua to haev all my Rights in the lower comon this is my mind and will as witnes my seall this 20 of aprell 1680

ANTHONY MORSE (seal)

Witness to this part of my Will

James Coffin

Mary Brown

Joshua Morse is allowed Exer to this will.


[Source: The Morse Genealogy, 1903/5, which notes that the will is on file at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts]