I don’t know much about George Wade. He and his wife, Sarah Miller, were my 7th great grandparents. I thought I’d post this, though, because I found his will and inventory and transcribed them. Some of the entries were kind of interesting. The entire probate packet is 36 pages long, so this is actually just a small part of it.
First of all, this was back when women did not automatically inherit anything from their husbands, and when they were named in a will, it was only to specify what portion of the real estate they could occupy and for how long, usually along with directions that the widow be given a stipend for living expenses, and maybe if she’s lucky, directions for her to enjoy a portion of the profits from crops or livestock her late husband owned.
So George was pretty typical. He also gave his widow a stipend to purchase mourning clothes, which was a nice, if slightly egotistical, touch.
What’s great about George’s will, though, is that he not only names his daughters, but also their husbands. So we can see that “my” Sarah Wade, who married Joseph Lord, was in fact the daughter of this particular George Wade.
The transcript is below. I should mention, if you aren’t used to reading these things, that there are a few abbreviations that may seem odd.
sd = said
do = ditto
Other than that, the biggest challenge is making sense of some of the spellings. It took me a minute to figure out that puter means pewter. I also like the “beavour hatt.”
In the Name of God Amen this 3rd Day of April A.D. 1762. Whereas I George Wade of Lyme in the County of New London in the Colony of Connecticut being considerably advanced in years and being weak and low in body but of a sound mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore, but knowing the mortallity of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die; do therefore make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. First and principally I do give and recomend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it, and my body to the Earth to be buryed in a decent Christian buryall at the descretion of my executors hereafter named nothing doubting but that at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same as follows It is my will that all my just & honest debts together with my funeral expenses be first payd out of my moveable estates
Imprint To my dearly and well beloved wife Sarah Wade I give and devise to her for her own forever the one third part of all my moveable estates whatsoever that shall remain after my debts and funeral expenses are payd as afore said, and also her choice of the best feather bead and furnature including two pare of sheats, one cow,and the horse or mair that I shall leave at my decease, and also three pounds lawful money in order to purchase her mourning apparrell and all the meat and grain that shall be mill at my decease (which sd [said] bead and furnature, cow, horse or mair three pounds money meat and grain) I give to my sd wife over and above her thirds part of the moveable estate which is to come out of the other two thirds of my moveable estate, and also the use and improvement of the one third part of all my real estate so long as she remains my widdow, which I give her for her Right of Dower and power of thirds in my estate.
And whereas my two eldest and well beloved sons viz George Wade Junr and Joseph Wade (which sd Joseph is now deceasd) I have some years past given them their portions in full portion of what I shall leave for my other children &c.
Item. to my daughters vizt Hannah the now wife of Samuel Bennet of sd Lyme; Elizabeth Scovel widdow and relict of James Scovel late of sd Lyme deceasd.; Martha the now wife of Lieut. Robert Miller of sd Lyme; Mary the now wife of Jude Luttington of Bradford in the County of New Haven; Sarah the now wife of Joseph Lord of sd Lyme; Asenah the now wife of Samuel Rogers of sd Lyme; and EuniceRoland my grandaughter (which is daughter of my daughter Eunice Roland deceasd) to them I give and devise all the remainder of house hold goods that shall remain after the legacy that is given to my sd wife is taken out to be their own forever to be equally divided between them the afore said Hannah, Elizabeth, Martha, Mara, Sarah, Asenah and Eunice.
Item. to my well beloved and dutyfull sons, vizt Elisha Wade and Elihu Wade both of sd Lyme to them their heirs and assigns forever I give and devise all the real estate housing barn corn mill with the stream and [?] belonging to sd mill together with all my lands & meadow and all the remainder of my moveable estate (not before devised) all which is lying & being in sd Lyme which sd land and meadow is bounded and described as of record may appear, which sd estate I give to my sd two sons in proportions as follows, to say my son Elihu shall have twenty pounds more then Elisha in the above sd estate given to them.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my afore said two sons Elihu Wade and Elisha Wade to be the executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and do hereby revoke disalow and disannull all and every other former will or wills testament or ststaments; hereby ratifying and confirming this and this only to be my Last Will and Testament.
Signed sealed published
Pronounced and Declared
to be his Last Will and
Testament on the Day of the
Date afore written in
presence of us
George Wade (seal)
John Lay 2nd
John Lay 3rd
N.B. the words vizt (Lyme; my lands and meadows & all other) were enterlined & made before the executing of sd Will, New London County sd Lyme May 5th A.D. 1762.
Then & there presonally appeard Mr. John Lay 2nd Esqr and made oath that he saw & heard Mr. George Wade deceasd sign, seal, publish Pronounce & declare the above & within written Will to be his last will and testament and that he together with John Lay 3rd & Peter Lay signd the same as witnesses in the presence of the testator & of one another ant that he is of oppinion that said Wade was at that time of sound mind & memory.
Before me George Dorr Justice of the Peace
New London County sd Lyme May the 7th 1762.
Personally appeard Mr. John Lay 3rd and Peter Lay & made oath that they saw Mr. George Wade the testator of the foregoing will sign and seal sd will and also at the same time heard him publish pronounce and declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament and that according to the best of their judgment he was then of a sound and disposing mind and memory & that they then together with John Lay 2nd subscribed their names to sd will as witnesses in presence of the testator before me
John Lay 2nd Justice of ye Peace
New London May 7-1762
Approved G Saltoustall Jud & Probt.
We the subscribers hereof being appointed by the executors of the Last Will and Testament of Mr. George Wade late of Lyme in New London County deceasd to apprise the estate of sd deceasd and haveing been sworn as the law directs have proceeded and apprised the same in lawfull money vizt.
to one brown plain cloth coat @ 30/
to one everlasting westcoat @ 12/ to one striped Do @ 6/
to pare of leather breeches @ 10/ to blew pare cloath Do 8/
to 2 pare lining Do @ 1/8 to lining shirts @ 1/6
to 2 checkd Do @ 3/3 to 2 woollen Do 3/6
to pare of woosted stockings @ 4/6 to pare brown yarn Do 2/
to pare blew Do @ 1/6 to pare Do @ 1/
to beavour hatt @ 11/ to pair shoes @ 5/
to silk hankerchief @ 5/ to pair silver knee buckles 5/6
to one bead under bead bolster & pillows all @ 3£-3s-0d
to bead and bolster @ 55/ to Do @ 50/
to set curtains @ 23/ to 2 pair sheets @ 33/4
to 3 sheets @ 25/ to pare Do 15/ to pair Do @ 14/
to pair Do @ 12/ to pair Do @ 10/ to pair Do 7/ to one sheet 2/
to 2 table cloaths @ 1/6 to 2 towels @ /10d to 5 pillow cases 3/
to one rugg @ 8/ to one coverlid @ 15/
to 2 black and white striped Do @ 14/ each
to black & white checkd Do @ 10/
to one blew and white Do @ 3/
to 2 bead quilts @ 5/ to one beadsted & bead line @ 6/
to beadstead and cord @ 5/ to Do @ 3/
to one loom quill wheel and spools all @
to one 28 reed @ 3/ to one 40 Do @ 2/ to one 30 Do 1/6
to 16 yds lining cloath @ 26/
to great chair @ 9/ to 7 small Do @ 10/6
to a case and six bottels @ 7/ to one cubbard @ 15/
to one large table @ 10/ to small Do @ 6/
to a chest with one drawer @ 10/ to Do @ 4/
to a wash tubb @ 8/ to Do @ 3/
to a large oake tubb @ 3/ to 2 pails @ 2/6
to 2 piggans @ 2/ to a small oake wash tubb @ 1/
to one hogshead @ 5/ to 3 Do @ 9/ to 5 cyder barrels 10/
t0 2 meat cask @ 4/ to one cagg @ 1/6
to 2 puter platters @ 6/ & three basons @ 8/
to eight Lb of old puter @ 8/ to 2 poraugers [?] 2/
to baker cups @ 1/ to a tin pan @ 1/
to tin funnel @ 6/ to one tin oven @ 4/
to a sauce pann @ /4d to canastor @ 1/ to puter tea pot 4/6
to earthen Do @ /6d to set of tea dishes 2/
to dinying glass @ 10d to 2 small bools @ 10d
to 2 glass bottels @ 10d to five puter spoons @ 6d
to one sugar box @ 1/ to bellows @ 5/ to tin pot 6d
to 2 knot dishes @ 1/4 to 7 trays @ 7/
to 3 wooden platters @ 1/6 to six wooden platters 1/
to one chain @ 2/ to a small tubb with cover 2/
to salt morter and pestel @ 1/
to one stone pot @ 2/6 to 2 earthen pots @ 1/8
to one earthen jugg @ /9 to a pitcher @ 8d
to one earthen pan @ 10d to 2 earthen plates @ 6d to a runlet [?] 1/6
to one lanthorn @ 1/ to 2 baggs @ 3/6
to warming pan @ 5/ to frying pan @ 4/
to a looking glass @ 5/ to a small Do @ 1/
to a large iron kettle @ 16/ to iron pot 3/
to one small Do @ 3/ to large brass kettle @ 9/
to a small Do @ 8/ to a pair of small stillards @ 3/
to a small iron kettle @ 2/ to bottle rings @ 2/
to an iron wedge 2/9 to pair sheep sheers @ 1/6
to cleves and pin @ 4/6 to an ax @ 2/ to 3 knives & forks 2/
to a Dutch wheel @ 8/ to a wooling wheal @ 4/
to a clock reel @ 2/ to one hetchel @ 6/
to a great auger @ 3/ to one [juce ?] Do @ 1/
to a small drawing knife @ 1/ to one spaid @ 1/6
to one stubb hoe @ 2/ to 12 lb old iron @ 3/
to one shovel @ 2/ to one mans saddle & bridle @ 30/
to one womans saddle @ 27/6
to one ridling sive @ 3/ to a large sledge @ 5/
to small Do @ 2/ to a crow barr 7/6 to a trammel @ 5/
to fire peal @ 4/ to a pair of tongues @ 1/6
to one hand iron @ 4/6 to one half bushel @ 3/
to a half peck @ 1/ to part of a chain @ 7/
to one cheese press @ 4/ to pair of cards @ 1/16
to four small baskets @ 3/ to one meal sive @ 1/
to 14 lb of tallow @ 9d [?] lb 10/6 to 41 lb of flax @ 24/8
to one large Bible @ 15/ to 4 small books @ 2/6
to 7 runs of [?] yarn @ 5/ to large rope @ 10/
to eight brooms @ 5/4 to six mill pecks & brush chisels 15/
to one pair of oxen @ 14£ one cow and calf @ 4£
to one farrow cow @ 3£ to one yearling 25/
to one mair @ 5£-10s-0d to 4 swine all @ 5£-16s-8d
to pair of plow irons @ 14/ to 11 harrow teeth 18/
to 2 hives of bees @ 20 each
to the cart and wheels @ 3£-10-0
to one brake @ 3/ to the meadow on the Great Island
to the house and barn and home lot together with
the corn mill and privelidges of the stream all @
to cash 2£-18s-0d}
to 10 sheep @ 50/ to one coverlid @ 5/
Dated in sd Lyme this 10th day of May A.D. 1762.
Pr. John Lay 2nd
sworn to by Elihu Wade Exr.
June 8th 1762.
Test. Pygan Adams Clerk
N. London June 8-1762.
Accepted G. Saltoustall Jude. Probt.