Will of Col. Thomas Gray

I Thomas Gray, of Bristol, in the county of Bristol, and State of Rhode Island, yeoman, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, blefsed be God for the same, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, in form following that is to say. _____________________________________________

First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Abigail Gray, all my household furniture and indoor moveables of what kind or nature soever; also my negro woman Hannah, and negro boy Richard, together with my riding Mare, womans saddle, one cow, such as she may choose from among my cows at the time of my decease; also I will and order that my Son Pardon Gray , furnish and provide for the aforesaid Abigail, his mother, yearly and every year so long as she remains my widow, two hundred weight of good beef, and two hundred weight of pork,, fifteen bushels of merchantable indian corn, thiryy weight of flax, and twenty weight of wood, and to pay or cause to be paid her twenty dollars yearly, so long as she remains my widow; also I will and order that my aforesaid son Pardon, cut and draw to the door as much fine wood as may be necefsary for her use: also my Will is and I hereby order that my wife Abigail have a privilege in the orchard for as much fruit summer & winter, as she may need for her own consumption; and to be furnished with three barrels of cider yearly, provided the orchard affords so much: also my Will is that my aforesaid wife have the use and improvement of all the new part of my now dwelling house in situate in the Township of Bristol, with the garden to the Northward of the house, together with the privilege of keeping any kind of poultery in and about the houses and yard, with free privilige of pafsage to and from any part of my farm wherever she may have an occasion: also my Will further is that my Son Pardon furnish keeping summer and winter for the horse and cow aforesaid long as she remains my widow: all of which I give unto my wife Abigail in liew of her dower or right of thirds (provided she accepts the same) and not otherwise. __________________________________

Having of late given to my Son John Gray, such parts and parcels of my real Estate lying in Bristol and else where by Deed, to enable him to distribute the same amongst his wife and children in such a way and manner as he thot' best by Will, which distribution he has since made and is now dead. I shall therefore make no other provision for my grandchildren, the children of my son John aforenamed than to give to the sons and daughters of the sd. John, that may survive me, One dollar in cash; which I hereby order my Executor named to pay them immediately after my decease. ______________________________

Item I give and devise unto my Son Pardon Gray, all my lands and buildings thereon standing lying and being in the township of Bristol, which I have not heretofore disposed of ( saving and excepting out of the same such uses and priviliges as I have heretofore afsigned and set out to my aforenamed wife Abigail) to him, his heirs and afsigns forever.___________________

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Moribah Munro, one hundred and twenty dollars, to be paid to her in one year after my decease, by my Executor hereinafter nam'd. _________________________________________________

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ruth Waldron, One hundred and thirty dollars, to be paid her by my Executor in one year after my decease.______________________________________________________________________

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail Peck, one hundred and twenty dollars, to be paid her by my Executor in one year after my decease. ________________________________________________________________________

Lastly As to the remainder and residue of my Estate that I have not heretofore disposed of, be it what kind or nature soever I give and bequeath the same to my son Pardon Gray to further enable him to perform the duties enjoined upon him by this my Will; whom I hereby appoint whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and disannulling all former Will by me made.__ In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Three. ________________________________________________ Signed, Sealed published and Declared by the aforesaid Thomas Gray, to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed names as Witnefses in his presence and in the presence of each other. ____________________ John Cook

Sarah Almy

Thomas Durfee ___________

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Whereas it escaped my recollection in giving off the various devises contained in the foregoing Will to do for my Wife Abigail, what my desire is to do for her. Now my mind and Will is that all the ready Money I may have by me at the time of my decease, I give and bequeath to my aforesaid Wife, Abigail, to be taken out before any legacy or other things are paid out by my Executor. And I hereby declare this present Instrument to be a Codicil to my said Will and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken as part thereof. In Witness whereof I have set my hand thereto, in ^ (presence) of the subscribing Witnefses: the day and year above said, John Cook Thomas Durfee Thomas Gray (seal) Sarah Almy _________________ ...................................................................................................................................................................... .................

At a Court of Probate holden within and for the Town of Bristol, Dec. 5, 1803; The last Will and Testamenrt of Thomas Gray, late deceased, and a Codicil to the same was exhibited to said Court and John Cook, Sarah Almy and Thomas Durfee, the subscribing witnefses to the said Will and Codicil appeared and made oath agreeably to Law, and the said Court having examined the evidence relative to the execution of the said Instruments, do consider that they are proved, and thereupon do order and Decree that the same be Recorded as & for the Last Will and Testament of the said Thomas Gray._______________________________________________________________________________________

Byorder of said Court.-- Jon a Rufsell, Clk._ ...................................................____________________________.....................................................................

Recorded by Geo. Munro 2nd Prob't Clk.__ March 30, 1815 



The information that follow for the Grays of Tiverton, Rhode Island, was researched and kindly provided by Rodney W. Gray.
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