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Ebenezer Cushman Last Will and Testament

Transcription with original documents from the Mayflower Society

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I, Ebenezer Cushman of Kingston in the County of Plymouth, yeoman, being sound in health, mind, and memory, do make & publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say

I give to my son Silvester a note I hold against him of forty dollars, and forty dollars to his children.

I give to my daughter Lydia Bisbe seventy five dollars, and all the demand I have against her or her husband.

I give to my son Ebenezer Cushman & his wife the whole improvement of the land I bought of Benjamin Faunce of Paris in the County of Oxford in District of Maine, as long as they live and then to their children forever. I give to my son Ebenezer two notes I hold against him, one seventy dollars, & one sixty.

I give to my daughter Ruth Holmes, twenty dollars & one half of my indoor moveables.

I give my daughter Elizabeth Morton twenty dollars & one half of my indoor moveables.

I give to my two sons, Robert & Harvey Cushman, my homestead farm with the buildings thereon, to them, their heirs, & assigns forever, to be divided as follows[:] beginning at the fence at the Widow Sarah Washburn's land, running by the fence to the orchard thence by the orchard near a white oak tree, thence by the fence to the road by the fence that comes to the bars that next the wood, by the fence & road to the corner of the fence thence to the land the southwest corner of Barnabas Hedge's land thence by his land to the road that goes to Wolf Pond, & by the road to the land of Josiah Holmes and by Josiah Holmes' land to the land of Asa Cook thence by Cook's land to stake & stones in the swamp thence easterly course to stake and stones where the fence goes into the pond by the pond till it comes to crotched maple tree thence easterly to stake & stones standing by the fence straight course to the land of Col. John Thomas. The northerly part I give to my son Robert, to have & to hold to him, his heirs & assigns forever. Also I give to my two sons Robert & Harvey all my notes and money on hand and wearing apparel.

I give to my son Harvey the southerly part to have & to hold to him & his heirs & assigns forever - each one to have a right to pass & repass through each other's land.

I give my desk to my son Robert and he must pay Harvey two dollars.

I give all my other Estate, real or personal, or mixed of whatever name or nature, & wherever to be found, and not before disposed of, to my two sons Robert & Harvey before mentioned, to them, their heirs & assigns forever and it is the true intent and meaning hereof that my two sons Robert & Harvey pay all the legacies therein given, also to pay all my just debts and funeral charges.

Lastly, I appoint John Gray & Robert Cushman, and Harvey Cushman my Executors to this my last Will and Testament. Dated the 15th of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three 1823[.]"

Signed, sealed and delivered by the sd Ebenezer Cushman to be his last will and Testament in presence of us, who in his presence witness the same. Ebenezer Cushman [seal]

(Witnesses:) Ebenezer Faunce, John Cooke, Frederick Bagnali

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