Westfield, Massachusetts
April 4, 1715

Jedediah Dewey, of Westfield, being of perfect mind and memory, thanks be God, considering ye mortality of my body and knowing yt it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament and principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto ye hands of God who gave it and my body to be buried with Christian burial at ye discretion of my friends, hoping that at ye resurrection I shall receive ye same again by ye almighty power of God. And concerning such worldly estates as God hath pleased to bless me with in this life, I give, Demiss and dispose of as follows:

Imprimis Item. I give to my son Jedediah ye house and lot where he now lives, there being about twelve or thirteen acres of the land and also my six acre lot at Mun's Meadow and also my four acre lot in ye Neck, bounded by ye and of John Sacket westerly.

Item. I give to my son Thomas ye lot which I bought of Mr. Cornish, being about ten or eleven acres and also my lot south of ye road as we go to Two Mile Brook. I give to Thomas all but five acres, which five acres Joseph is to have, running through ye ten acre lot and yt which I bought of Deacon Noble. Also I give to Thomas my three acre lot by Two Mile Brook near where ye mill was formerly.

Item. I give to my son Joseph my twelve acre lot in ye meadow lying and bounded by ye land of John Sacket easterly and also five acres of my land south of ye road against Daniel Bagg's houselot, also I have given him my black mare which he has already received and also about thirty acres of land lying by ye Squawfield, for which I have received about twenty pounds.

Item. I give to my son Daniel all yt land given to some of my sons by my honored Father Orton, lying in Farmington bounds, south of Hartford Road; my sons having given me right to dispose of it they having ye share at home of my land in Westfield; and also I give to Daniel twenty lbs. of my estate which he has already received.

Item. My daughters which are by ye disposing hand of God deceased, have already had near thirty lbs. apiece of my estate; also give to their children surviving, forty shillings apiece six lbs. to my daughter Sarah's three children and ten lbs. to my daughter Margaret's five children. My daughter Hannah having received something considerable at her marriage as her sisters had, but being taken away by ye providence of God and her children both, I think it will not be expected that I should add anything further upon her account.

Item. I give to my other two daughters Mary and Abigail forty lbs. apiece out of my moveable estate. Item. I give to my son James my seven acre lot bounded by ye land of David Ashley westerly. Item. I give to my son James my house and homestead where I now live and my two acre lot by ye meeting house and also my three acre lot in ye neck bounded by Pixley’s land easterly; also I give to my son James eight acres of land by ye mountain at ye hinter end of it next to Daniel Bagg’s marsh. I give to James tools sufficient for his use about his trade and my black gun.

The rest of my land in ye field and with out ye field I give to my four sons in Westfield to be equally divided amongst them. The rest of my moveable estate I give to all my surviving chidren to be equally divided amongst them and I do constitute my sons Jedediah and James to be my executors of this my last will and testament, hereby ratifying this my last will and testament.

In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th day of April, 1715. Signed, sealed and delivered by ye said Jedediah Dewey to be his last will and testament.

Witness: David Ashley, Sam’l. Taylor, Joseph Root.

We the subscribers being legates to ye estate of Our Honored Father Jedediah Dewey of Westfield, deceased, do unanimously agree that the within written will or form shall stand good and we do humbly desire the Judge of Probate to ratify and confirm the same.

Signed: Jedediah Dewey, Joseph Dewey, James Dewey, Thomas Dewey, Joseph Noble, Daniel Bissell, Daniel Bissell, Jr., Margaret Bissell.

Hampshire, ss: —
May 25, 1718. Jedediah Dewey and James Dewey, two of ye persons aforesigning, app’d. Before me, underwritten Judge of ye Probate of Wills, etc., for sd. County, and acknowledges ye aforesaid instrument to be their act and deed which I approve and allow of, provided all persons concerned consent to and acknowledge ye same.

Samuel Partridge.

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