May 23, 1687. Whereas I Alexandr Alvord of Northampton in ye Countie of Hampshire in ye
Massachusets Bay in NewEngland being weak and deceased in strength and well stricken in years,
dayly Lookeing wn I shall go hence vnto ye placeappointed for all liveing doe therefore make,
ordaine constitute & appoint this my Last Will and Testament, I being of perfectmemory and
sound Understanding I comitt my soul to God yt gave it and Jesus that redeemed it.
Hopeing through his merrits to receive pardon of all my sins and to be accepted in ye sight
I leave my Body to be buried in comely manner at ye discretion of my Executor herafter mentioned
& as for that portion ofoutward estate yt God hath given me I dispose, alienate and bequeath it
as followeth viz:
Whereas my son John Alvord; my daughter Abigaile wife to Thomas Roote; Mary Weller deceased;
and Elizabeth Birthdeceased; having received ye full of their portiones already, I only give
as follows viz.
To John Alvord twenty shillings; to Samu Root son to Thomas Root twenty shillings; to two of
my sons Wellers children,Experience, and Abigail, to each of ym 20s., to Henry Burt's
Item to Thomas Alvord twentie shillings and to his two sons Thomas and John twentie shillings
to each of them.
To my son Benjamin Alverd I give that part of my old house joyneing to that wch my son Weller
lived in, togeather with thatpiece of Land it standeth upon which was given me by the town.
Item to my son Jeremiah Alvord I give thirtie pounds. To my daughter Sarah Alvord I give thirtie
Item, to my son Jonth Alvord I give twentie pounds;
The rest of my Estate my just and due debts being payd I give to my son Ebenezer Alvord viz:
my house barne, orchard,pasture, meadow land, stock, debts, household stuff and all my estate
whatsoever, both moveables and immoveables.
Alsoe my will is that ye Legacies be paid out of ye stock, debts & in moveable Estate, and
to be payd to each of them, the onehalf at my decease, the other half within two years after;
& my will is yt son Ebenezer shall not alianate any part of ye landsgiven him but shall make
such disposall of ye same to the heirs of his body as shall see cause.
And I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Ebenezer Alverd to be ye sole Executor of this
my last will and testament.
In witness hereunto I have subscribed and sealed this 23d May 1687, and I desire my trustie
ffriende Mr Hawley to see this mywill to be accomplished and to take speciall care of my
unmarried children; to advise them in matching & to have ye oversightof ym while they
remayne in a single condition.
ALLEXANDER ALVORD (his A. A. marke)
Signed sealed in ye prsence of us
Northampton decembe 6. 1689 at ye Core of Common pleas ye aforesaid Will was presented the
witnesses thereto mr JosephHawley & Jno Lyman Examined concerning there being prsent at
ye tyme of Allexander Alvord signeing & sealeing it wch theyacknowledged and set their
hands thereto and further made Oath that ye sd Allexander was then of sound disposeing mynde.
[Northampton Reg. of Probate, Hampshire Co., Vol. 1, P. 265.]
This Will was copied verbatim with the Old English spelling of many of the words from
THE BURKE AND ALVORD MEMORIAL.