The following is my genealogy transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Lt. George Gardner.
The Last will & Testament of mr. George Gardner of Hartford.
I George Gardner byeing very sick & weak due commend my soule into the hands of God through Jesus Christ to whoe I fly as my allsufficient refuge in this ???? condition, I may be in ??? death it selfe, secondly my body to christian buriall.
1 First I bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Gardner my incum of my part in the mill of Salem dureing her life & I doe give unto my wife above sayd the rent of the Land I bought of Mr. Joseph Fitch or the ??? of the money if he pay for it, according to contract the Terme of her life againe I give her the rent of that Land I bought of John Terry dureing her Life & the Two cowes & two calves & Thre swine at Home forever as Like wife the use of what houshold stuff in my house is mine for the Terme of her life.
2dly . I give unto my sonn Samuel Gardner my house & Land in which he now dwelleth at Salem with all my upland & meadow in the sowth field – Thomas Gold Lives upon after his mothers decease, & the houseing & all appurtenances thereto belonging.
3dly. I give unto my son Ebenezer all my houses & Land with all the appurtenances thereto belonging at Hartford & windsoe. & simsbury after his mothers decease, Like wife I give unto him presently after my decease that Land lyeth by Mr. Babedy. & that acre of salt meadow I had of my father forever,
4ly To my daughter Buttolph I give Three Hundred pounds of my debts oweing me at conecticutt when they are gott in, & to my son Buttolph I give thirty pounds he was indebted to me at our last reckoning I mean the ballance of that accot. was made in the spring.
5ly To my daughter Turner I doe give the house & Land they now Live in to him & her their natural Lives & then to shome of her children he shall give it after him, provided he gives to to one or more of her children and Three Hundred pounds of my debt at conecticott as it can be got in.
6ly To my daughter Hanthorne I give Three Hundrd pounds of my debts at conecticutt as they can be gott in, But in case my son Ebenezer dye before he be marryed, then the estate given him to be divided equally among the rest of my children,
And I Like wife give unto my sonn Ebenezer the rest of that farm Thomas Gold liveth on dureing his mothers Life, & doe give unto my Brother Thomas Gardner Twenty pounds in provission.
And I doe give unto my Two cozens Miriam Hascall & Susannah Hill. five pound each of them, money to be layd out by my sister Grafton five pounds now in houshold stuff to Mirriam, & five pounds to Susanah Hill at her marriage. And I doe appoynt Samuel Gardner & Ebenezer my sons to be my execuyors & what he mayneth after my debts be payd & Legacies Two parts to be to my sonn Samuel & one part Ebenezer.
And to my servant Arrah I doe give five pounds when he hath served my sonn Samuel five yeares, & then his time to be out.
And I doe Intrest my Loveing freind Captn John Allyn to oversee the performance of this my will, who Liveth at Hartford to whom I give five pounds in ???? of this my will, who Liveth at Hartford to whome I give five pounds in token of my Love. And Likewise give Intrest my freind Caleb Standly to oversee the performance of this my will, who Liveth at conecticutt to whose Two daughters I give fifty shillings apeice.
And I doe desire my Two Loveing Brothers Thomas & Samuel Gardner to oversee the performance of my will at Salem the words (dureing her life) being enter lined under the sixt Line of his wives Legacy (& I doe gives interlined in Twinery Legacy.
That the above written is my act & deed being in perfect memory I set my hand this Twenty one of July one Thousand six Hundred Seventy Wine.
Test. Thomas Gardner
Samuel Gardner Senr.
The first of Septr 1679.
Samuel Gardner Senr & Joseph Williams Two of the witnesses above-written appeared before the worshipfull Major Generall Daniel Denison & Major Wm Hathorn & Sgt. & testifyed upon oath that they were present when the sayd Georg Gardner signed to the above written & declared the same to be his Last will & Testament, he being then of a disspossing mind & that there is no Latter will of his that they know of attests Hilliard & Veren Clarke.
This is a true coppy compared wth the originall Left on file with the records of the Court at Salem attests Hilliard Veren Clerecy.
An inventory of the estate of Mr. Georg Gardner who deceased the 20th of August 1679 taken by us whose Names are under written ??? his estate in connecticut colony.
… (Probate lists and accounting follow. Pages missing.)