Transcribed by Robert Nolte Matteson
Will of Peleg Matteson
Dated December 5, 1873, Proved April 3, 1875
Source: West Greenwich, RI Wills Vol 10 pages 369-370
In the Name of God Amen, I Peleg Matteson of West Greenwich
in the County of Kent & State of Rhode Island, &C, being weak
in body but of sane mind and memory, in view of my app=
roaching dissolution do make this my last will and testa=
ment in manner following, that is to say
First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Hanna Lillibri=
dge, wife of Daniel, one hundred dollars, to her and her heirs
Second. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Fanny Barber, wife
of Bradford, one hundred dollars, to her and her heirs forever.
Third. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly Barber, wife of
Welcome Barber one hundred dollars to her and her heirs forever.
Fourthly. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Andrew Matteson,
four hundred dollars, to him, his heirs and assigns, forever.
Fifthly. I give and bequeath unto my son Albert Matteson, one
hundred dollars to him and his heirs and assigns, forever.
Sixthly. I give and bequeath unto my son James Matteson, one hundred
dollars together with one note of hand I hold against him, to him
his heirs and assigns forever.
Seventh. I give and bequeath unto my son, Charles Matteson, one hun=
dred dollars, to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Eighth. I give and bequeath unto my Grand daughter, Ann And=
rews, wife of Curnel H. Andrews, one hundrerd dollars, four woo=
llen blankets, two plain and two kersey, and one Sewing mach=
ine to her, her heirs & assigns forever.
Ninth. I give and bequeath unto my grandson, David M. Wilcox, two
Silver Spoons marked D.M._my best suit of Clothes that I may
have at my decease, to him and his heirs forever.
Tenth. I give and bequeath to my grand daughter, Rebecca Andrews,
wife of Joseph, my best Feather Bed or the heaviest, two woolen sheets,
two woolen blankets, two bed quilts, bed-stead and cord, to her and
her heirs and assigns forever.
Eleventh. I give and bequeath unto my beloved grand daughter, Mary
Andrew, wife of George Andrew, four woolen blankets to her
and her heirs forever.
12th I give and bequeath unto said Hanna Lillibridge and Fanny
Barber, all the rest and residue of my bedding not heretofore
given away, to be equally divided between them, to them, then
their heirs and assigns forever.
13th I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my two sons, Simon Mat=
teson and Peleg Matteson Jun, all the rest and residue of my
Estate, both Real and Personal of every name or nature, whe=
rever the same may be found remaining at my decease. –
they paying all my just debts, funeral charges and the leg=
acies in this my will, given away and ordered to be paid with=
in one year after my decease, and getting and setting suitable
grave stones to my grave.
Lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my said sons, Simon ~~
Matteson and Peleg Matteson Jun, sole Executors of this my
last will and testament and do hereby revoke all other and
former wills by me made and publish and establish this &
this only as my last will and testament, dated this 5th~
day of December AD,1873.
~~~~~Signed, published and declared by )
Peleg Matteson as and for his last will and )
testament in our presence, who have at his )
request, in his presence and in the presence) Peleg Matteson
of each other hereunto set our names as )
witnesses. Mary E. James )
Elizabeth J. Tillinghast )
At the Court of probate of the town
of West Greenwich, on this 3rd day of April 1875, The petition
of Peleg Matteson Jr. in writing, praying that a certain instru=
ment in writing presented therewith, purporting to be the last will
and testament of Peleg Matteson late of the town of West Gree=
nwich deceased, may be proved, allowed and recorded; and
that letters testamentary on the estate of said Peleg Matteson may
be granted to the Executors therin named; which was presented
to this court on the first day of March 1875 and then refered
to this time, with an order of notice thereon, is now again taken
up – and it appearing that notice has been duly given pur=
suant to said order, said instrument is now read, and Mary
E. James and Elizabeth J. Tillinghast, two of the subscribing wit=
nesses are present and being sworn, testify that they, with John
James, another subscribing witness, were present and saw said
Peleg Matteson sign said instrument and heard him publi=
sh and declare the same to be his last will and testament. &
that they, at the same time, at the request of the said Peleg Mat=
teson and in his presence and the presence of each other, sub=
scribed their names as witnesses thereto; and that said Peleg Matteson
was then of sane mind, And no person appearing to object, it is
thereupon ordered, adjudged and decreed, that said instrument is
proved to be the last will and testament of said Peleg Matteson,
and as such, is allowed and ordered to be recorded, and that letters
testamentary on the estate of said Peleg Matteson be granted to
Simon Matteson and Peleg Matteson Jr. who are named therein
as executors thereof. & said Simon Matteson and Peleg Matteson Jr. is
ordered and required, before entering upon said trust, to give bond
in the sum of (2500) twenty five hundred dollars, with Benonie
Matteson and Jason P. Hazard as sureties, for the payment of
the funeral charges, debts and legacies of said Peleg Matteson,
they, said Simon Matteson and Peleg Matteson Jr. being the
residuary legatees named in said will. Bond given.
By order of said Court.
Witness – Pardon Hopkins
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