Monday, January 11, 2021

Two Undated 19th Century Cornish documents in Same Handwriting: partial copy of a Will; copy of 2 Descriptions of Lots of Land

Two undated 19th Century Cornish, Maine, documents written in the same hand, perhaps copies or first drafts of official documents. They may have been written by a Cornish lawyer or scribe.

The document above is the description of two lots of land, perhaps owned by the writer.  Several names are mentioned; see a list of names and a transcription farther below. Any help with errors and omissions in the transcription would be greatly appreciated.

The second document appears to have been a copy of the last will and testament of Timothy Guptill (1782-1868) of Cornish. The document ends abruptly on the overleaf; it may have been a first draft. Note: the FindaGrave memorial gives his name as Guptail, but Guptill shows in the photograph of the stone attached to the memorial.

Names mentioned in the will of Timothy Guptill

Transcription of the copy of the will of Timothy Guptill (1782-1868) of Cornish - corrections welcome!

Will of Timothy Guptill of Cornish, Maine
I, Timothy Guptill of Cornish in the County of York and state of Maine, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, viz:
First, I give and bequeath to my daughter Huldah Harmon, wife of Simon Harmon of Cornish, the sum of Fifty dollars.
Second, I give and bequeath to my son Isaiah Guptill of Limerick, the sum of Five Hundred dollars.
Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Watson, wife of Samuel H. Watson of Limerick, the sum of Two Hundred dollars:
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Sawyer, wife of Henry Sawyer of Cornish, the sum of Fifty dollars:
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my grandson Francis Sawyer, the sum of Fifty dollars
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my three granddaughters Ann Watson, Emiline Watson and Mary Watson the sum of Twenty-five dollars each:
Lastly, as to all the residue and remainder of my personal estate of every description whatsoever, after the payment of all my past debts, I give and bequeath the same to my son James Guptill.
and I do hereby appoint my son Isaiah Guptill of Limerick to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking, annulling and declaring void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

Signed, published and declared, by said Timothy Guptill to be his last will an [trails off]

Names in the land document shown at the top of this post: (some mentioned more than once)

Transcription of the copy of the land document, shown at the top of this post - corrections welcome!

Home Place bounded - Northerly ? Pendexter; easterly by land of Edmund Trafton & others - Southerly by land of Edmund Hammond & others - and Westerly by land of Freedom Berry - containing one hundred acres more or less with the building thereon.

Also one other lot of land situated in said Cornish and bounded Northerly by land of Harrison Guptill - Easterly by land of J & L. Pendexter - Southerly by the road leading to East Parsonsfield & the Dwelling house of Said Guptill - and Westerly by land of said Harrison Guptill - being the same lot of land as I bought of J. Alley and Bennett Pike.

? of this said A. ? shall during the natural life of said J. S. [?] ___ supports and main the said J. S. and provide him with ___ cloths, food, drink, medicine and nursing and all other things necessary, in the house of said A. T. (or in such other place as said J. S. may choose). ___ This obligation shall be void, otherwise the same shall remain in full force.

If you have information to share on any of the people mentioned in these documents, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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