Excerpts from will of Job Jenness, dated April 9, 1806: [Job names his sister, Comfort Brown, and her son John Sam Jenness Brown; his nephew, John Jenness, son of "my brother" Richard Jenness; his sister, Anna Jenness.
....I Job Jenness of Rye in the State of New Hampshire & county of Rockingham, husbandman, ....do make and publish this my last will & testament, in manner & form following:
FIRST, I give & bequeath to my beloved sister Comfort Brown during her natural life all the right & title I have to a certain piece of salt marsh situate in sd. Rye, & bounded as follows, viz, all the marsh easterly of the creek bounded on the sea, which I purchased from my hond Father, Job Jenness, deceased, reference being had to sd deed. Also a piece of pasture land & marsh on the westerly side of sd. creek, containing fourteen acres & half, more or less, which was deeded to me by my brothers & sisters, as heirs to my Father's estate: - Also one half of the land I own in cedar-swamp, so called, adjoining to land I have deeded to Rev. Mr. Porter: Also one other piece of land called the calf's pasture contained one acre & half, bounded as follows, viz, situate on the southerly side of the sea-lane, so called, beginning at the corner of Jonathan Brown's land, running westerly by the sea lane & fence of sd. Brown, so far as to contain one acre & half: Also one half of my right in a wall-pew in Rye Meeting House, & one half of my right in a saw-mill in sd. Rye. Furthermore, my will is that all the above legacy, which I have bequeathed to my Sister Comfort Brown, at her death [...] & become the property of her son John Sam Jennesss Brown, & his heirs lawfully begotten, provided nevertheless, if he sd. John Sam Jenness Brown should die without issue, the above legacy shall become the property of my nephew, John Jenness, son of my brother Richard Jenness, to him & his heirs lawfully begotten of his body.
AGAIN, I give & bequeath to my sister Anna Jenness, during her natural life, all my home-stead estate, laying weterly of land which I have bequeathed as above to my sister Comfort Brown; untill it comes to land set off by the heirs of my father, to my sister Hannah Woodman, deceased, now owned by Nancy Woodman, with the buildings thereon, containing forty-five acres, more or less: Also one half of the above mentioned land which I have bequeathed already to my sister Brown to be divided, according to quantity & quality, between the said Anna & Comfort Brown: Also, two acres of land or marsh in sd. Rye, which I purchased of Ozem Dowst, reference being had to sd. deed: Also, one half the right I have in a saw-mill in sd. Rye, half a right I own in a wall-pew in Rye meeting house: Also, all my farming tools & household furniture.
FURTHERMORE, my will is that all the residue of my personal estate, of what name or nature soever, be equally divided between my sisters Anna Jenness & Comfort Brown. Again, My will is that all my real estate, as above bequeathed to my beloved sister Anna Jenness, shall at her death, [....] & become the property of my nephew John Jenness aforsd., & of his heirs lawfully begotten of his body, provided nevertheless, if he the sd. John Jenness should die without issue or heirs begotten of his body, then the aforsd. legacy of real estate shall become the property of John Sam Jenness Brown, to him & his heirs lawfully begotten of his body, excepting such legacy as shall hereafter be appointed him, or his executors, out of his legacy to pay.
ALSO, My will is that my sd. nephew John Jenness shall give his father, Richard Jenness, when he shall come into possession of the legacy above bequeathed him, a comfortable maintainance during his natural life. -- And I hereby appoint David Locke of sd. Rye Executor, & Anna Jenness aforsd. Executrixe, of this my last will & testament; hereby revoking all wills by me made: -- In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this ninth day of April, one thousand, eight hundred & six.
Witnessed by: Huntington Porter, Joseph Parsons,
& Samuel W. Seavey
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