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Katherine Russel’s Will & Testament:
Weathersfield, June 7, 1773

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In the Name of God amen I Katherine Russel Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all persons once to Die and Being of Sound mind and memory Blessed Be God therefore I Do make and ordain this my Last will and testament first of all after my Decease my will is that my Negro woman Named Cloe prut Shall then Be free and Have Her time and also I Give to Her the Bead that She Lyeth on and furniture Belonging to it and a Loom that she weaveth in and tackling & a porige pot one old Chest with one Draw one puter pint pot one knife and fork and a plate and one puter platter and one quart Bason one tramil peil and tongs two old Chairs one pail one Small Square table one Large trunk and Several Books that are Called Her own one Small Brass Kittel and my Every Day wearing apperel and a Red Short Cloak and two spoons and the Remainder of my Estate I leave for further Consideration Confirming this to Be my Last will. In witness whereof I Have Signed Sealed and Declared this to be my Last Will.

Dated at weathersfield this 7th Day
of June Anno Dommini 1773
Katherine Russel [her seal placed here]

In presence of
Burrage Merriam
John Robins
Hannah Merriam

[exhibited to court 4-4-1777, inventory taken 4-9-1777]

(source: Probate Hartford District, Wethersfield, 1777, #4679 microfilm @Connecticut State Library)

Descriptive Title: Document 64

 

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