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Joseph's signature from his will when he was 78



aaaJoseph was a lifetime resident of Norwalk, CT. His will was written on 16 April 1758 and accepted in Fairfield County Probate Court on 1 December 1760.

In the Name of God Amen, I Joseph Lockwood of Norwalk in the County of Fairfield and Colony of Connectict, being weak of body but of sound and disposing mind and memory (praysed be God) do make and ordain this my last will and testament - first I recomend my soul to God who gave it, my body I comend to the Earth to have a decent christian burial at the discretion of my exec. hereafter named, nothing doubting but that I shall receive ye same again by ye mighty power of God and touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life (my just debts and funural expences being first paid) I give and devise as followeth -

Imprimis, I give and devise to my beloved wife Hannah four pounds money New York currancy over and above what is expressed in a joynture made before marriage.

Item, I give and devise to my beloved son Ephraim & to his heirs and assigns forever all my land in Cannaan parish in said Norwalk, one piece of salt meadow at [Elies Neckbarr’s?] and half my sedge flatts at Bouton’s Meadow so called, also ten pound New York currancy to be paid by son Joseph.

Item, I give and devise to my beloved son Joseph and to his heirs & assigns forever the half part of my Rail Hill lot, being ye easterly part of the same, all my land near Nehemiah Gregory’s except three acres at ye south end of same, my southeasterly lot at Crambery Plain, it being about nine or ten acres, including ye small piece of meadow four acres at ye south part of my land at Toylsome, the one half part of ye remaining part of my land at sd. Toylsome (except ten acres of ye north end or side), sd. half to be ye south part of ye same joyning to ye aforesd. four acres, also about one acre of my boggy meadow at Beaver Dam so called at ye south part of ye same divided off at a ditch crossing the same, he & his heirs allowing my son Isaac, his heirs & assigns a drift way thro the same, he pay ten pounds above ordered to my son Ephraim.

Item, I give and divise to my grandchildren, ye heirs of my deceased son Daniel and to their heirs and assigns forever ye aforesd. ten acres at ye north end or side of my land at Toylsome, all my land at Cramberry Plain joyning to their land at said place, that is to his two sons Daniel & Nathaniel to be equally divided between them, also about one acre of salt meadow at ye Great Meadow so called and ten pounds New York Currancy to Betty ye daughter of ye sd. deceased, to be paid by my son Isaac.

Item, I give and divise to my son Isaac & to his heirs and assigns forever my dwelling house, barn and homestead land, the remainder of my Rail Hill land, the remainder of my boggy meadow at ye Beaver Dam, three acres at ye south end of my land by Nehemiah Gregory’s, the rest of my land at Cramberry Plain being ye west and north lotts, my swamp lot so called at ye uper end of Cramberry Plain, the remainder of my Toylsome land, all my meadow and half my sedge flatts at Bouton’s Meadow, also all my farming utensals, he paying the ten pounds above ordered to my granddaughter Betty.

Item, I give and devise the remaining part of all my personall estate to my daughters Ruth, Mary and Elisabeth to be equally divided between them except my wairing apparel which I give to my sd. three sons to be equally divided among them.

Lastly, I do constitute, ordain and appoint my son Ephraim, Joseph & Isaac executors of this my last will and testament, disclaiming all former wills, bequests and legacies, ratifying and confirming this and no other to have and seal the 16th day of April Ano. Dom. 1758.

Last will and testament

Joseph Lockwood

In presence of us

Peter Lockwood
Ezra Picket
Elna. Hanford
(1)




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Joseph's gravestone in Townhouse (also known as Mill Hill) Cemetery. The gravestone at the time of the site visit was very tilted. The photograph was turned to correct this, so the trees appear tilted.


Children of Joseph and Mary (Weed) Lockwood (birth dates from Norwalk town records as transcribed by Edwin Hall):

i. Ephraim, b. 23 August 1708
ii. Joseph, b. 23 November 1710
iii. Ruth , b. 17 July 1714
iv. Daniel, b. 5 December 1716
v. Mary, b. 7 March 1719/20
vi. Elizabeth, b. 23 May 1721
vii. Sarah, b. 28 November 1723
viii. Isaac, b. 24 December 1726



vital records sources: Joseph's birth and death records are found in the Norwalk town vital records as transcribed by Edwin Hall, Ancient Historical Records of Norwalk etc., his date of death confirmed on his gravestone in the Townhouse or Mill Hill Cemetery.

(1) Fairfield Co. Probate file, microfilm copy, CT State Library. Capitalization of words has been adjusted for this article but the spelling is interpreted and maintained as it is in the document.

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