Contributed by Victoria Proctor, 2 Aug 2005
In the name of God Amen.
I WILLIAM BRIDGES of the District of Marlborough and State aforesaid, do make, ordain and constitute this my last will and Testament, revoking all others heretofore made by me in manner & form following, that is to say.
First. I give and devise to my beloved son THOMAS BRIDGES, all the Tract of Land on which I now live (except one hundred and twenty acres to be laid off on the North West side of said Tract) to him and his heirs forever.
Second. I give and devise to my beloved Son ALFRED BRIDGES, one hundred & Twenty acres of land to be laid off on the North West Side of the tract of land on which I now reside, being the same excepted in the first clause, to him and his heirs forever.
Third. I will and desire that all my Negroes be sold after my death, on a credit of two equal annual installments, and the money arising from the sales of the said negroes, be divided in the following manner, viz, to the daughter HARRIETT COVINGTON wife of JOHN COVINGTON, Two hundred dollars; to my daughter CHARLOTTE BEVERLY, wife of WILLIAM BEVERLY Two hundred dollars; to my daughter ANN COTTINGHAM, wife of JAMES COTTINGHAM, Two hundred dollars; and one hundred dollars each to each of my sons JAMES BRIDGES, WILLIAM D. BRIDGES, and WILEY BRIDGES.
Fourth. I will and desire that all the rest and residue of my Estate of what kind soever, be equally divided, Share and Share alike among all my children, viz, JAMES BRIDGES, IRA BRIDGES, WILLIAM D. BRIDGES, JOHN BRIDGES, WILEY BRIDGES, ALFRED BRIDGES, THOMAS BRIDGES, HARRIETT COVINGTON, CHARLOTTE BEVERLY and ANN COTTINGHAM.
Fifth. I nominate, institute and appoint JOHN BRIDGES JOHN COVINGTON & IRA BRIDGES my lawful executors of this my last will and Testament.
Signed & acknowledged, Published & declared
by WILLIAM BRIDGES, to be his last will &
Testament in the presence of us, & we sub-
scribed the same as witness in the presence
of each other This 7th Nov. A.D. 1845.
William R. Long
Recorded in Will Book A Page 268
Recorded & Proven 6th day of August 1849
Case 1, Box 38
Jos. David, Ordinairy M.D.
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