The right side of the will appears to have disintegrated over the last 300 years, and therefore some of it is unreadable.
The last will and testiment of John hasalton sen Being week in body, but parfict in memory comiting my soull and body into hand of god and Jesus Christ my Blessed Saivor and Redemer
will that all my lawfull Depes be paid a ay[watermark]g
my beloved wif and my son Samuell well to be my Ex
I give and bequef unto my well beloved wife all
movable goods and cattel and my now dwelling ........[?]
and orched with an eckre of land joyning to the........ [?]
and six pounds a year, yearly to be paid....... [?]
mony my three sons [out of-crossed out] Samuell, John and nathaniel ........ [?]
shall ["pay" - inserted] equal perposion and If they refus to pay this six pounds a year than shall my wife have the wholl [?] of my wholl estate in Haverhill I [---] will that mi son Samuell
keep one cow and three sheep every year for her during her life. I will that my son John keep an cow and three sheep
every years during her life & I will that my son nath........ [?]
on cow every year during her lif which af........ [?]
---- the or ---- and hous-- shall be mi son Johns
I give and bequef unto mi son Samuell all my la........ [?]
medow which he now poseth in the town of brad........ [?]
and on hundred eckres mor of land in bradford w........ [?]
fifty of it to mi daughter mary and the rest to my s........ [?]
I wil the third division of land in Haverhill to my ........ [?]
with a [yes] of medow joyning to it ........ [?]
I give unto my son John the on half of my lands and on half of all my med........ [?]
I give unto my son nathaniel the other ........ [?]
my land and medow which is in haverhill
wher unto I have lot to my hand and seall this 17th of august 1689
the mark of John [mark] hasaston
Also included in the file is a statement from the court stating that it was presented to the court for approval Mar 31st 1691 by Executor Sam'll Haseltine and witnesses Thos noyes
& Joseph bond who affirmed John haseltine signed sealed & declared this is his last will & testament.
Also a statement dated Mar 24 1696/7 from John heseltine of haverhill regarding the estate "of my father John heseltine latte of said haverhill deceased" In it he describes the part of the estate which is his and signs off on any further claims to the estate. His portion described as follows: half of the home land within fence and one half of the spicket meadow and one half of the meadow at polict and the one half of the hous medow and thirteen acres of upland next to land of Joseph bond and fiveteen acres more out of the home land and that y[?] of land of 21 acres ore or less lying out the way against John caulist and the one half of that lot caled wilcarts lot. I do therefore aquit the sd execustrix and executor from any future claims to be made by me or my heirs. At the bottom of the same document he notes his obligation to pay "to my natural mother Johannah haseltine" for her natural life, four pounds and 10 shillings yearly. This is said to fulfill the obligation his father stated for the benefit of his mother and the other part for the benefit of the orchard.
There is also a similar document presented by Nathaniel Haseltine of Haverhill describing the portion of the estate that is his dated Mar 24 1696/7. It states one half of the home lot within the fence and one half of spicket meadow and one half of the meadow at policy and about 20 acres on the northward part of the home land and 16 acres more or less in the home land at the head of the planting land and 13 acres more or less ??? land of daniel las sen'r formerly his land and one half of the lote called wittcots lote. He aquits all further claims by him or his heirs. At the bottom it also notes his obligation "to my naturall mother Johannah hesseltine"; four pounds 10 shillings yearly, to be paid quarterly.
An inventory list of assets also appears.
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy