Estate of Richard Kimball of Ipswich
Essex Probate Docket # 15723

The last will and Testament of Richard KIMBALL senr of Ipswich in Essex in new England who although weake in body yet of perfect memory doe dispose of my land & estate in maner & form as followeth.
To my Loveinge wife my will is that she dwell in my house and have Improvement of my ground and meadow belonging thereto with the use and increase of my whole stock of cattle, one whole yeare after my discease, and then at the years end, the forty pound due her according to contract at marriage to be payd her and that houshold stuff she brought with her. And to have libertie to live in the parlor end of the house, the roome we now lodg in: and libertie for her necesarie use of som part of seller: also the libertie of one cow in pasture, the executors to provide winter meate for the same, and to have one quarter part of the fruit of the orchard, and firewood as long as she lives ther., And if she desire to remove to her owne house, then to be sett in it with what she have by my executors and to be alowed forty shilling yearly as long as shee lives.
And to my Eldest son Henery, my will is to give him three score and ten pounds to bee payd Twenty pounds, a year & half after my discease, & the remaining part in the two years following after that.
To my son Richard I give ffoerty pounds.
To my son John I give twenty pounds.
To my son Thomas I give Twenty five pounds to bee payd two years and a halfe after my discease, and to his children I give seaven pounds to be devided equally among them and paid as they come of age or at day of marriage, providing if any dye before then their share to be distributed equally amongst the rest.
And to my son Benjamin, besides the two oxen, allready received I give the sum of twenty five pounds, ten pound to be payd a yeare and halfe after my discease. The rest two years ffollowing, also to his children I give five pounds, equally to be devided, and payd, as they come of age, or at day of marriage, in case any dye before then their share to be devided equally amongst the rest.
And to my son Caleb I give that peace of land knowne by the name of Tings lott, and all my land att Wattels neck with my marsh at the hundreds knowne by the name of Wiatts marsh, and all my working tools except two axes, all to be delivered present after my discease also I give fourteene pounds to his seaven children equally to be devided, to be payd as they come of age or Day of mariage, and if any dye before, that part to be equally devided amongst the rest.
To my son-in-law John SEVERNES, I give ten pounds to be pay'd two yeares & a halfe after my discease.
And to my Daughter Elizabeth I give thirty pounds, ten pounds to be payd, a year & halfe after discease, and the other two parts, the following two years after that.
To my Daughter Mary I give ten pounds, five pounds to be payd a year & halfe after my discease, the other five pounds the yere after that.
To my daughter Sarah I give forty pounds, five pounds to be payd the yeare & halfe after my discease and the rest five pound a yeare till it be all payd, also to her children I give seaven pounds ten shillings to be payd to them as they come of age or at day of marriage, iff any dye before, that part to be equally devided to the rest.
And to my daughter Sarah above sd: I also give the bed I lye on with the furniture after one years use of it by my wife.
To my wives children viz. Thomas, Jeramiah, and Mary.
To Thomas and Mary I give forty shilling apeece to be payd a yeare & halfe after my decease, and to Jeramiah I give fifteene pounds to be payd at the age of one & twenty. I give also eight pounds to the two Eldest daughters of Gilles (Gyles, Sr.) COWES (that he had by his first wife) to be payd and equally devided to them at the age of sixteene, if either of them dye before then the whole to be given to the one that remaines.
I also give four pounds to my Couzen Haniell BOSSWORTH, And doe ordaine & apoynt my two sons above sd. Richard & John KIMBALL to be my lawfull and sole executors.
And my Couzen Haniell BOSWORTH above sayd to be my overseer that this my last will and Testament be duely and truly performed And thus I conclude with setting too my hand and seale the fifth of march 1674/75.

Richard KEMBALL & a mark and a seale.

Signed & sealed after the enterlining at (and firewood) of seventh line in
the originall oaths of yn the presence of:
And Aron Moses PENGRY Senr.

This will is proved in court held at Ypswich the 28th of Sept: 1675
And to be the last will of Ser. Richard KIMBALL to the best
of yr knowledge and that they know of noe other.
Attest Robert LORD cler.

Source: Printed "Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts;
1635 - 1681," In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916
The original will is on file in the probate office at Salem, MA.
(Ipswich Deeds, Vol. IV, p. 12)

Submitted by: Linda Smith

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