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In the name of GOD, Amen, --- I, TIMOTHY DEXTER, of Newburyport, in the County of Essex, being of a sound and perfect mind and memory, do make and publish this by last will and testament, in manner following, viz.
Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my wife, Elizabeth Dexter, fifty dollars, in addition to two thousand pounds that I have already given her.
Item. I give to my son, Samuel Lord Dexter, three thousand dollars, to be paid him by my executors, in twelve months after my decease. Also, the improvement of fifty shares in Essex Merrimack Bridge during his natural life; and in case he should leave any heir of his body lawfully begotten, my Will is, that the said fifty shares be equally divided between them; but if he should die without such heirs, my Will is, that the said shares be divided between my brothers, Nathan Dexter and John Dexter, as follows, viz.: three fourth parts thereof to said Nathan, and one fourth part to said John, and their heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I give unto my daughter, Nancy Bishop, wife of Abraham Bishop, two thousand dollars, to be paid her by my executors, in twelve months after my decease; also, the improvement of thirty shares in Essex Merrimack Bridge, during her natural life, and at her decease, to be equally divided between her heirs.
Item. I give to my grand-daughter, Nancy Bishop, one thousand dollars, to be paid her by my executors, when she shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years; but if she doth not live to the age of twenty-one years, that then said money be given to my brother, Nathan Dexter, and his heirs.
Item. I give unto my brother, Nathan Dexter, ten shares in Essex Merrimack Bridge, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my brother, John Dexter, two shares in Essex Merrimack Bridge, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto Edmund Plummer, son of Samuel Plummer, two shares in Essex Merrimack Bridge, to him and his heirs, forever.
Item. I give unto John Tracy, son of John Tracy, Esq., two shares in Merrimack Bridge, if he should live to the age of twenty-one years; if he should not, my Will is, that said shares be equally be divided between his sisters.
Item. I give unto Joseph Somerby, schoolmaster, two shares in Essex Merrimack Bridge, to him and his heirs; also, my best sliver Can, by turtle-shell pinchback Watch, three of my best silver Spoons, and one pair of gold Sleeve-Buttons.
Item. I give unto the town of Malden, three hundred dollars, to be laid out to purchase a bell for the Meeting-House; also, two thousand dollars, to be put at interest for 100 years, and the interest to be appropriated annually for the support of the gospel in said town of Malden.
Item. I give unto the town of Newburyport, two thousand dollars, to be put at interest by the overseers, and the interest to be given to such of the poor of the town as the overseers may think most necessitous, who are not in the work-house, annually.
Item. I give unto my son, Samuel Lord Dexter, and my daughter, Nancy Bishop, all of the rest and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to them and their heirs; but if said Samuel and Nancy should die without heirs, then my will is, that the same be divided between my two brothers and their heirs.
Lastly. I constitute and appoint Deacon Enoch Titcomb and Nathan Hoyt, both of Newburyport, to be my sole Executors to execute this my last Will and Testament; and I order my Executors to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses, and all the legacies that I have bequeathed; and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me heretofore made, this only to remain in force. In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the first day of March, in the year of our Lord, 1799.
Signed, sealed, and declared by the Testator, to be his last Will and Testament, in presence of us, who in his presence, have subscribed our names as witnesses.
The household furniture and other personal property belonging to the estate of Timothy Dexter were sold as stated in the following advertisement in the Newburyport Herald, April 28, 1807:
To be sold at public auction, on Tuesday, the 12th of May next, at the dwelling house of the late Mr. Timothy Dexter in High street all the Household Furniture belong to said Dexter's estate; Feather Beds, Bedsteads, &c., also a number of handsome carved Images, well painted, designed to represent some of the first characters in the United States of America and in Europe, with the pillars on which they stand.
P. BAGLEY & SONS, Auctioneers.