Will of Evan Malbone ( 17__ to 1784)
(Will recorded June 5, 1781)
I, Evan Malbone, in the State of Connecticut, being of infirmed body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. (That is today).
First, I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it and my body to be decently interred at the direction of my executor here after named, hoping in the resurrection to eternal life.
And as to my worldly estate, my will is to dispose of in manner
and form following, (viz)
First, that my executor herein and after named be and he is hereby authorized, empowered and directed after my death to sell and dispose of all my lands and real estate in the State of Connecticut, and in the State of Rhose Island and Providence Plantations or otherwise excepting only the house and lands in Norwich and appointments there of which I now dwell, to the best advantage in hard money or as he shall find to be for the greatest benefit to said estate and keep a true and proper account thereof.
And I do hereby will and ordain that my son, Evan Malbone, after my just debts and funeral charges are first paid out of my estate shall in consideration of past services have and receive one thousand pounds lawful silver money at the rate of sliver at six shillings and 'eight pence per ounce weight sterling alloy out of the net proceeds of my lands directed to be sold as aforesaid or other monies belonging to my estate.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son, Evan Malbone, four hundred and fifty pounds lawful silver money out of my estate in trust to be by him applied to the decent support and maintenance of my wife, Mary Malbone, and my brother, Solomon Malbone, as far as the same shall be sufficient for that purpose.
Item: I give and bequeath my homestad lands and buildings and appointments where I now live in Norwich ..... together with all my household goods of my said house and homestead with all my domestic servants to my said wife, Mary, and my son, Evan Malbone, for and during the natural life of my said wife and what shall remain thereof at her demise to be equally divided to and among my children and as such as shall then legally represent them as heirs, excepting and excluding only the present wife and children of my son, Godfrey Malbone, whose share or portion in my estate in case he should die leaving no wife or children but the present wife and such children as are or shall be by her, shall go to and be equally divided among my other children and such as legally represent them.
Item: I give to my wife, Mary, and to my six children (viz) Ann Johnson, John Malbone, Evan Malbone, Godfrey Malbone, Charles Malbone and Francis Malbone, all the remainder of my estate not herein before disposed of as with the net proceeds of my lands to be sold as aforesaid as of all other of my monies and estate whatsoever, to be divided among them in just manner that each of my four sons should now receive one thousand pounds lawful money aforesaid more than my said daughter and my wife shall have and receive a share or portion equal to one half the portion or share of anyone of my said sons and in case my son, Godfrey, should die leaving no other wife than his present wife nor any children but such as are or shall be by her, then his share or portion assigned and given to him by this device out of my estate shall go to and hereby be given to be equally divided among my other children and such as shall then legally represent them.
And I do hereby further will and order that the shares or portions herein given to my sons, Godfrey, Charles and Francis, shall after such divisions made as aforesaid be and remain deposited in trust in the hands of executor hereafter named for their use and benefit and to be by him paid and delivered out to them respectively as he shall judge to be prudent without being accountable for the interest thereof while in his hands.
And if any or more of said children should die before my death then and in that case the portion or portions of such deceased shall go to and be equally divided after my death amont the lawful heirs of such deceased, excluding only the present wife of my son, Godfrey, and the children which are or shall be by her.
Lastly, I do hereby make, constitute and appoint my son, Evan Malbone, to be the sole executor of this my last will and testament and do will and order that the Said Evan Malbone shall have and receive a commission of ten percent on the inventory of my said estate for his services and expenses in settling the same, hereby revoking all former wills and testaments and satisfying and confirming only this to be my last will
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of September, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and eighty.
Note; Will recorded June 5, 1781
Obtained from the "Malbone's Family Book"
Individual family contributions compiled by Wesley and Lula [Brant] Malbone