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In the name of God Amen, I Joseph Alvord of Northampton, in the county of Hampshire, in his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay, in New England, being in health, and of sound mind, and memory; Blessed be God; do this eighth day of Anno Domini, 1774, make and Publish this my last will and testament, in manner following; that is to say, Principally, I commend my soul to God the Father of Spirits, hoping for pardon, and Gracious acceptance with him, only, on account of the Glorious and perfect Mediator, and atonement, made for miserable sinners by the Lord Jesus Christ; and I desire my body, may be decently interred, at the direction of my Executor, hereafter named, in full faith of the great Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection of the Body; and what followeth is my last will and testament;

As to worldly estate wherewith the Lord has been pleased to bless me; to wit in the first place;

I give, and bequeath, to my beloved wife Clemence, the vse. and improvement, of one half of the Homestead I now live upon, together with the vse, of the one half of my house, and half of the barn, also the improvement of ten acres of my meadow land where she shall please to take it; also the one half of my Inner Common's land; to have, and to hold so long, and for such term of time, as she shall remain the widow of me the Testar, and no longer, also I give & bequeath to my sd wife all my household stuff to her disposal forever.

I give, and devise, to my son Elisha, four acres of my pasture land, being inclosed within the meadow fence under the hill, on the south side of the pasture; also one acre lying on the hill, adjoining the sd four acres; also two acres and three quarters of land lying in the meadow in Venturer's field;

Also woodland lying in the Long Division, so called that I had of my uncle John Alvord, from the east end of sd lot the North Branch Manham River, to have, and to hold, to him, and his heirs forever.

To my son Joseph I give and devise the homestead he now liveth upon, on the east side of the County Road, that I purchased of Henry Curtis, it being three acres and twenty rods.

Also two acres of land lying in the meadow at the Walnut tree, called Clapp's lot; also one acre and half of land lying in the meadow at the upper end of Young Rain Bow at the Point; also my second draught in the Inner Common land, lying near to Fortification Hill, to have and to hold to him and his heirs for ever.

I give and devise to my son Stephen twenty shillings more than I have already advanced him.

I give and bequeath to my son Medad the homestead I now live upon together with the house and barn and all other buildings standing thereon allowing to my wife the improvement of the one half as above said.

I give and bequeath to my son Medad five acres of land lying in the pasture within the meadow fence on the north side of sd pasture; also five acres and one quarter lying in the Upper Meadow in the Second Division;

Also five acres and one half lying in the old Rainbow, also my lot of land at the Walnut trees containing three acres; also two acres and one half of land, lying at the upper end of Young Rainbow, also all my land in the Long Division that was originally laid out to my Hon Father Ebenezer Alvord, deceased; from the east end of sd lot running westward, to the north Branch of Manham River, except that part of it which I have conveyed to David Clark by deed of sale:

Also my first draught in the Inner Common land lying on the Boggy Meadow; to have, and to hold, to him and his heirs forever.

I give to my son Simeon ten shillings more than I have already advanced to him in full satisfaction for his part and portion of my estate.

I give to my daughter Lucy Parsons five shillings more than I gave her at her marriage.

The remainder of my estate both real and personal if any there should be after my just debts are paid, I give to my son Medad to be to him and his heirs forever. Lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my son Elisha my sole Executor of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the before named Joseph Alvord the Testator as his last will and testament.

Joseph Alvord

In the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.

Samuel Mather
Timothy Mather sworn
Daniel Strong sworn



Copied from THE BURKE AND ALVORD MEMORIAL, pages 200 - 204. For the book the will had been copied from Hampshire County Probate Office Court Files.

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