- Last Will and Testament of Nathaniel Jackson Jr., of Plymouth
In the name of God Amen. I NATHANIEL JACKSON of Plimouth in the County of Plimouth in New England being weak of body but of a sound and disposing mind & memory doe make and ordain this to be my last will & testament hereby revokeing and disannulling all other wills by me heretofore made.
First of all I recomend my immortall soul to God that gave it, and my body to a decent burial according to the discretion of my executor hereafter named. As to my worldly estate I disposeth & order in manner following - that all my just debts & funeral charges be paid and discharged out of my personal estate and then-
Imprimis, I grant & bequeath to my loving wife REBECCA JACKSON the use benefit & profit of my homestead being about forty acres of land partly woodland & partly cleared in Plimouth aforesaid with a dwelling house thereon, namely all the said house except what is hereafter in this will granted unto my son LEMUEL JACKSON, as also the use of my household stuff and the profit that might belong to me by virtue of the use & improvement of my schooner, that is the vessels part, except one eighth, all during her naturall life if she remain my widow- and the cattle & horse [kine] I bequeath to her & her disposal, and hereby allow her also the liberty and benefit of providing a hand to make fish or go to sea with my son LEMUEL if she see cause. But if she marry again to have and enjoy the said household stuff during her life and the cattle and horse as aforesaid.
Item. I will and beqaueath to my son LEMUEL the present use & improvement of part of my dwelling house, viz the kitchen or leantoo, and a little bed room with privilege in the great cellar, half cellar & chamber, & after ye decease or marriage of my said wife the whole of said house & homestead to have his heirs and assigns forever. --I allso give him at my decease one eighth part of my schooner if there remain so much after my just debts & charges are paid out of the moveable estate. --and if he sees cause to prevent selling of the schooner he paying debts, he may so do by paying the same out of his own estate and take the schooner to himselfe-- all this to him, provided he pay to his brother NATHANIEL JACKSON the sum of one hundred pounds in bills of credit or other pay to his acceptance, [if] not soone, then money at thirty shillings per [?] and to his six sisters viz LYDIA, ABIGAIL, HANNAH, REBECCA, ELIZABETH & MARY the sum of twenty pounds paid in like bills or pay within two years after my said wifes decease or marriage or to the then survivor or survivors of the which said sums I give to them & their heirs forever. The said six daughters or survivors of them are allso to have what they hold, stuff their mother leaves at her decease, all the rest of my estate to be equally divided amongst my said children except Lemuel. And finally I appoint my said wife & son LEMUEL to be executor of this my last will and testament- and in witness & confirmation of the premises I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 16th day of July anno Domini 1746.
Probate documents identify Nathaniel's son, Lemuel, as a fisherman. The inventory of Nathaniel Jackson's estate lists wearing apparel, armour, furniture, kitchenware, candle making equipment, tools, blubber casks, a sheep and lamb, and a horse. Although Nathaniel left his cattle to his wife, no cattle were counted in the inventory. The last three items of the inventory are quite interesting:
-- the schooner canoe & appurtenances, valued at £165.0.0 (currency of the New Tenour)
-- the pew in ye meeting house in Plimouth First Precinct, £15.0.0
-- the homestead & buildings thereon, £187.10.0
Mayflower Society, Plymouth, Mass., Probate on Microfilm vol 10, pp. 310-13