I, Thomas Blanchard, of Charlestown, being weak in body, but through mercy in sound memory, do make this my last will and testament.
Unto my wife, Mary Blanchard, and my son, Nathaniel, the use of the new end of my dwelling house, and the dairy house during the life of my wife;
also, unto my wife, eight cows, whereof three or four are called and known by the name of her cows,
also I give unto my wife, free summer feed and winter store or food for the said eight cows, or so many other cows to be kept and provided for, by my Executors in all respects in matter of food among their own cows.
I give unto my wife, fifty bushels of corn a year, during her life, to be paid by my Executors yearly, at of before the first of the 2d month, in wheat, rye, peas, barley, and Indian, in equal proportions;
also, I give my wife one of the beds I now lie on, with all things appertaining there unto, as
also one third part of all other my household stuff (excepting the bedding) to be set out, or apportioned by my overseers.
I give my wife, my old mare, the aforesaid cows, household stuff and mare to be her and her heirs forever.
I do dispose and betrust Benjamin Tompson, unto and with my wife to provide for, and bring up in learning (at her own pleasure) so as to fit him for the University, in case his parents please to leave him with her, and she live to that time.
I give unto my son, Samuel, besides all former gifts now in his hands,
the sum of four score pounds,
whereof thirty pounds to be paid in cattle, upon valuation of my overseers, at or before the first of the 9th month next after my decease,
and ten pounds in corn, at or before the first of the second month following,
and ten pounds a year, in cattle or corn, at or before the first of the tenth month, for the space of four years following.
I give unto my sons George and Nathaniel, all my farm, housing and appurtenances after my decease, unto them and their heirs forever, excepting as before expressed, to the use of my wife.
I give unto my grandchild Joseph Blanchard, my two teat heifer, to be kept for his use by my son George, his father.
I give unto my Reverend and well beloved friend Mr. Mathews, one cow, and to the church of Malden one cow, and to Jno. Barrit 40s.
I give unto my son Nathaniel, my colt to run with the dame until the first of the 10th month next;
also, I give unto Nathaniel, my six working oxen, but Buck and Spark to be none of the six,
and to George, my horse.
All other my estate of what kind soever not before disposed of, I give unto my sons George and Nathaniel (my debts and funeral charges first discounted) who I do make joint executors unto this my last will and testament.
I appoint my well beloved friends, Mr. Edward Collins, and Mr. Joseph Hills my overseers, to whom as a remembrance of my love, I give 10s a piece, beside what my Executors shall allow for their pains on their occasions; whom
also I do appoint and empower to apportion the land and estate hereby disposed of as need shall be, and to settle all other things that may be of doubtful understanding, as to them shall seem just, and equal, for the establishment and preservation of peace, love and unity among all my relations.
The mark of Thomas X Blanchard & seal.
In the presence of William Sargent, the mark of Jno. Barrett, Joseph Hills
Memr: that we, Edward Collins and Joseph Hills, who took in brief notes from Thomas Blanchard's mouth the particulars expressed in this will, did understand the reservation of his wife's dwelling in the house, and provision for eight cows to be during the time of her widowhood and not otherwise: witness our hands this 22 3d month, 1654.