Witnes by these psents that I Nathaniell Merrill of Newbury in the Countie of Essex being ficke of body but through gods mercy of perfect memory do here make my last will and testament, J first bequeath my soule into the hands of my blessed Redeemer with an assured hope of a ioyfull resurection, and my body when it shall please the lord to take me out of this fraile life to bee buryed in the burying place of Newbury, and for my worldly goods J giue and dispose of as followeth Jmpr J giue and bequeath unto Susanna my wife fiue akers of plowable land lying next my Brother John land and halfe the marsh dureing her naturall life and a cow and three beifers and all my household goods, And out of this estat so giuen to my wife J giue and bequeath unto my daughter Susanna fiue pounds when she shalbe at the age of twenty yeares then J giue and bequeath unto my son Nathaniell whom J appoint as my true and lawfull heire) all my land and freehold after my wiues decease, and all the working tooles & Jmplements of husbandry and all the cattell and stocke besids And out of this stocke J appoint that my son Nathaniell shall pay theise legacyes as followeth, that is J giue unto my son John when be shalbee of the age of two and twenty yeers the summe of fiue pounds, And also J giue and bequeath unto my son Abraham at the age of two and twenty yeare fiue pounds, And J giue and bequeath unto my sonne Daniell also at the age of one and twenty years fiue pound and J giue and bequeath to my son Abell fiue pounds also at the age of one and twenty years, And J appoint my son Nathaniell to be my sole executor and all my debts & funerall rites being discharged J appoint him to haue all the rest of my goods & chattels undisposed and J desire my brother John merill and Anthony Somerby to be the ouerseers of this my last will & testament.
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of Nathaniell Merrill
Jn witnesse wherof J baue set my hand. march the eight in the yeare one thousand six hundred fifty foure
Wittnes Richard Knight