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JONATHAN EDWARD'S WILL


JONATHAN EDWARD'S WILL


In the pre-Revolutionary War years, the English language was far from standardized, leading to diverse spellings of ordinary words. In transcribing the text of Jonathan Edwards' Last Will and Testament, every attempt was made to faithfully maintain the unique syntax and spellings of one of Brookhaven's earliest settlers. As one reads the text below, words that do not reasonably resemble their modern counterparts will have their equivalents in modern usage appear within brackets following the original spelling. The original copy from which the text is transcribed is currently (August 7, 1999) stored in the Longwood Public Library's Thomas Bayles Local History Collection.


Copy of Will of Jonathan Edwards (1761)

In the name of God amen, the 23 of Juen 1761 I Jonathan Edwards of Brookheavien [Brookhaven] In the county of Suffolk and province of New York yeoman being in health and of parfect [perfect] mind and memory thanks thanks Be given to God, tharefore calling to mind the mortality of Body and Knowing that it is appoynted [appointed] for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and testament, that is to say principly and first of all I Give and Recommend my soul into the hands of God that Gave it and for my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be bured [sic] In a Christian Like Burial In a decent manner according to the discression [discretion] of my Executors no doubting but att ye General Resurrection I shall Receive ye same a Gain [again] by the mighty power of God and as touching such worly [wordly] Estate wharewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life. I give and devise and Dispose In the following manner and form.

Inprismus. It is my will and I do order that all my deabts [debts] and funerl [sic] charges be paid & satisfied.

Item: I give an bequeath unto my wife Rebacah Edwards a decent comfortabel living out of my estate during the time she remains my widow.

Item: I give & bequeath unto my belovid Son Jonathan Edwards the homestead or place whare my house & barn is whare i now live and half my farming uvitetials [utensils]; and whare as I have given to my son Jonathan ye home farm with ye buildings.

Item: I will and order him to pay to his sisters Ruth, Sarah & Rebecah Edwards the just sum of thirty pound lawfull monney of new york to be Raised and Lived [Levied] out of my Estate that I have given him.

Item: I constitute my Beloved wife Rebacah Edwards & my son Jonathan Edwards above mentioned I do make & ordain my whole and soul [sole] Executer of this last will and testament all and singgeler to to ye lands, messeges [messages] and tenments [tenements] to him his hairs [heirs] and assings [assigns] forever.

Item: I will and bequeath to my well beloved son William Edwards a cartain [certain] tract of land Joyning to Stephen Sweezey in the middle of ye Island leat [let] it be more or less which land I give William, his hairs & Exec.

Item: I will and order my son William shall have half my farming uritentials [utensils]. Item: I will and order my above mentioned sone william Edwards to pay to my daughters Ruth, Sarah & Rebackkah Edwards the sum of thirty pound lawfull monney of new york to be Raised and Livied out of my estate that I have given him.

Item: I will & bequeath to my beloved daughters Ruth, Sarah & Rebe all my household goods to be Equally divided among them and I do hearby disolve [dissolve] all other wills & bequeaths or former testaments any ways be me made or done Rettefying [Ratifying] this and no other and confarming [confirming] this and no other to be my last will and testament, In witness whareof I have seat my hand and seal ye day and year above written.

Signned Sealled Published from unused and declared by the aid Jonathan Edwards as his last will and testament In the preasents [presence] of us the subscribers.

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