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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Timothy Mather sworn
Daniel Strong sworn
A Codicil to be added to and to be taken as a part of the last will and testament of Mr. Joseph
Alvord of Northampton in the county of Hampshire, Yeoman.
Whereas I have made and published in writing bearing date the eight day of November Anno Domini
1774; which will, and the devices, and bequests therein contained were at that time according
to my best judgment and discretion; Yet on the account of the decease of my wife, which has
happened since that time and diverse other alterations in my circumstances which have since
taken place too many here to recite and as it has pleased God not only to continue my life but
also my understanding and judgment so that I am still (Blessed be God) of a sound and disposing
mind and memory I do this seventh day of November A. D. 1782 make and publish this Codicil that
is to say all the lands and tenements which in and by my above mentioned will, it is declared
that I give and devised to my son Elisha Alvord, which I still own, I do hereby give and devise
to my three grandson, and the sons of the said Elisha, to wit; Eleaser Elisha and William, to
have and to hold to them in fee simple by equal shares as tenants in common and not as joint
tenants on and under the conditions, restrictions limitations and provisoes herein after
expressed and declared and not otherwise, that is to say if every and all of my said grandsons
should die without issue of his body lawfully begotten and living at the time of the death of
the father before he shall attain the age of twenty one years and living, my grandson Daniel
Alvord the son of my son Elisha then my will is that he the said Daniel shall take and have
in fee simple all the said lands and tenements subject to all conditions and provisions which
are herein after provided and declared relating to the taking and holding of the same lands by
my said grandsons Eleazer Elisha and William so far as the said conditions or provisions respect
any duties or payments to be made and performed by them to my said son Elisha or his present
And in case of the death of any one or two of my said grandsons Eleazer Elisha or William without
issue of his body lawfully begotten and living at the time of the death of the father before he
shall attain the age of twenty one years, in that case the survivors or the surveyors of the said
Eleazer Elisha and William together with him the aforesaid Daniel shall take and hold in fee
simple by equal shares as tenants in common and not as joint tenants all the said lands and
tenements, always subject to the conditions provisoes injunctions directions here expressed and
declared respecting the having and holding of the said lands by my said grandsons and any of them
the heirs or assigns of any othem. To wit;
That each of my said grandsons, &c., &c., shall annually from the respective times when
the said lands shall fall to them, respectively in the life time of my said son Elisha or after
his decease, the said Mary his now wife living and being his widow, pay to him my said son Elisha
and after his death to his widow aforesaid during such widowhood such and part of the sum of four
pounds of the now lawful silver money of this Commonwealth as shall be in proportion to four pounds;
And to my grand daughter Sarah Alvord, the daughter of my son Joseph, I give and bequeath my spare
feather bed and bolster and the two rugs belonging to the said bed also three of my pewter plates
as good as one with another.
And all the residue of my household stuff, I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy the wife of Mr.
Elisha Parsons forever.
And I do hereby constitute, make & ordain my son Medad Alvord to be joint Executors with my
aforesaid son Elisha of my last will and testament, &c., &c.
In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal the seventh day of November A. D. 1782.
Signed, sealed, &c., &c.
A SECOND CODICIL
Not much different from the former codicil. Confirms his will dated Nov. 8, 1774; codicil dated
Nov. 7, 1782; and this codicil, dated Aug. 15, 1785. Probated Feb. 4, 1786.
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.