“that gun which I bought my own money”

This is the will of my seventh great-grandmother Elizabeth (Johnson) Blake, born in Roxbury, MA in 1678 and died in Middletown, CT in 1736. She married John Blake (1683-1724), who was born and died in Middletown; they had seven children.

Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records (Hartford District),
Charles W. Mainwaring,
Hartford, 1902,Vol 3, p 141-142

BLAKE, Elizabeth, Middletown. Invt. £87-07-06. Taken 23 March, 1736, by Daniel HALL and Stephen BLAKE. Will dated 4 February, 1735-6.

I, Elizabeth BLAKE, widow relict of John BLAKE the 2nd, late of Middletown, do make my last will and testament as follows: What right I have in lands in Woodstock shall be equally divided among my foure sons, viz., Richard, John, Joseph and Freelove. And that my moveable estate shall be equally divided among my fower sons, except one pair of steers 3 years old next spring, which steers I give to my son Freelove besides his equal quarter-part of all my estate whatsoever. I also give unto my son Freelove that gun which I bought with my own money. The reason why I give the above particulars to my son Freelove is because he hath taken care of me and my creatures and wrought for a great part of them. It is my will that what right I have in land descending to me in right of my father shall be equally divided amongst my four sons. I give to Mary BEVIN, who liveth with me, one cow. I appoint my son Richard sole executor.

Elizabeth X BLAKE, L.S.
Witness: Elizabeth KENT,
Esther BLAKE,

Court Record, Page 47 — 6 July, 1736: Will exhibited by Richard BLAKE, executor. Proven.

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