Here's the will of John Crandall,son of Elder John:
The Will of John Crandall, Jr. as transcribed from South Kingstown Town Council Book - this book is a transcription of pertinent probate records from the parent town of Kingstowne..
(Original documents are still held in the North Kingstown Town Hall but are in poor condition due to fire damage.)
In the name of God Amen, I John Crandall being weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory Praise therefore rendered unto Almighty God do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament In Manner and form as followeth.
First and Principally I Bequeath my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God Hoping by the Death and Passion of Jesus Christ my Deare Redeemer to find Exceptance and Obtain Everlasting Life and my body to be buried at the Directionof my Executrix hereafter mentioned.
Imprimus and as to the Temporall Estate which it hath Pleased God to bestow upon me I will as followeth. First that my Just Debts and funerall charges be paid and Defrayed.
Item I give unto my Eldest son John Crandall five shillings he having received Consideration heretofore.
Item I give unto my Son Peter Crandall all the Westernmost Part of that Farm that I now dwell on, bound on the West with the Land of Samuel Hopkins and extending from the Northwest boundary which is a White Pine Tree. Eastward until Sixty One Rods be Run and Compleated
and from there until it Comes Southernly unto a Drift Way which Runs through Said farms bearing the Same number of Rods and Path from the Westernmost bounds and from the said Line Which bears Six One Rods from the Westernmost bounds of sid farm and both on said Path to Run Southward upon a Strait Line until it comes unto the Southernmost Part of Said farm all which Land Contained within said bounds and Buting on Samuel Hopkins I give unto my said son Peter Crandall and his heirs forever.
Item I give unto my Son Samuel Crandall all the rest and Residue of my Lands, Housing and Appurtenances there unto belonging and unto his heirs forever.
Items I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Willcox five shillings. I give unto my Daughter Mary Phillips five shillings. Finally I give unto my Loving Wife Elizabeth Crandall all my moveable Estate, Goods and Chattels with ye whole use & benefit of my Lands, until my said son Peter
Crandall shall arrive unto full age and then to Resigne his part unto him. Likewise my Son Sam'l Crandall to have the full Enjoyment when he arrives at like age, of the other Part willed to him. My Loving Wife shall Make and Appoint my whole and Sole Executrix to this my Last Will and Testament and do Hereby Make Null and Void all wills by me made or Caused to be made. Heretofore my will further is that my said sons shall always allow a drift way Through said Farm in or Near the Path that now is. Moreover I doe Instruct my Trustyed and wellbeloved friend (VR) (I do not know what this means - but it is in the will!!!) My brother Peter Crandall, Mr. Job Babcock and my son Stephen Willcox to be overseers of this my Last will as witness my hand and seal the Twenty Fifth Day of January one thousand Seven Hundred and three or four. Signed
Sealed and Acknowledged before us -
the mark of John Crandall
Moses M. Barber- his mark
Personally appeared before her Maj Justice and Town Council of Kingstown this 14th Day of August 1704 and did testifie that they did see John Crandall Sign & Seal and Declare the above written instrument to be his Last will and Testament and that they did put theri hands as witnessses to the Same before us.
(Transcribed by Donna Potter from SK records on December 01, 2000.)
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