Extract from The Sacketts of America
Will of Eliakim Sacket, 5 July 1764
In the name of God Amen, this fifth day of July Anaque Domine, 1764. I Eliakim Sacket of Westfield in the County of Hampshire and Provence of Massachusetts Bay in New England being infirm and weak of body but in perfect mind and memory * * * touching such worldly estate both real and personal, as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, viz.:
Imprimus, I give to my beloved wife Bethesda Sacket Four Hundred and Fifty Pounds.
Item , I give to my beloved son Stephen Sacket Four Hundred and Fifty Pounds.
Item , I give to my beloved son Ezra Sacket Four Hundred and Fifty Pounds.
Item , I give to my beloved son Pliney Sacket Four Hundred and Fifty Pounds.
Item, I give to my beloved daughter Rhoda Ashley, with what she has already had, One Hundred Pounds, that is to say with what she has had to make the hundred pounds.
Item, I give to my beloved daughter Mercy Sacket One Hundred Pounds, which hundred pounds is to rise and fall with her brothers and sisters as my estate may be after my debts are paid, also ten sheep.
Item, I give to my beloved daughter Eunice Sacket One Hundred Pounds.
Item, I give to my beloved daughter Sarah Sacket One Hundred Pounds.
Item, I give to my beloved daughter Molly Sacket One Hundred Pounds.
And in proportion my will is that my several children shall have more or less according as my estate shall inventory after my just debts are paid, excepting the ten sheep which I give to my daughter Mercy, and also Ten pounds which I give as an addition to my son Justice's portion of four hundred pounds.
I now constitute and appoint my beloved wife Bethesda Sacket, and my son Justice Sacket my executors of this my last Will and Testament * * * hereby utterly disallowing all and every former Will and Testament.