Little IviesThis is a substantial portion of the will of the Francis West [Wast] of North Kingstown, Rhode Island. A copy of the will is currently owned by the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence. Francis was the son of Francis West [Wast] and Susanna Soule, and the grandson of Pilgrim George Soule. Francis names his children Peter West, John West, and Susannah West, Sarah West, Mary West, Francis West, and Thomas West, and wife, Sarah West. Several boilerplate and redundant passages have been omitted.
In the Name of god...Day of June 1712 Francis Wast of Kingstown in ye Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England. I being very sick and weak in body but by the mercy of God am at this present of perfect and sound mind and memory thanks be given to almighty God therefore But falling to [mind] the uncertainty of this [Francis in my] life and knowing not how soon it may [be for] God to take me out of this world....From my Will...bequeth to my two eldest sons, Peter Wast and John Wast to them and their Heirs for ever my farm that I now Dwell on which I bought and purchased of the committee appointed by the Colony of Rhoad Island for the disposing of the vacant lands to be equally divided between my two [Sr] sons when they shall attain the age of twenty-one years only if it is to be understood that my son Peter Wast shall have and enjoy that part on which my house stands on with the house or housing there on. From my Will is that Sarah Wast my wife shall have and enjoy all my movable estate and stock of creatures to be for her subsistence and for the bringing up of my children my will is also that my wife shall have and enjoy the use and benefit of my dwelling house with my son Peter Wast during her widowhood but if my wife should happen to marry then my said son Peter after he attaines to the age of twenty one years shall have and enjoy my [sr] house or housing holy to him...I give unto my Eldest daughter Susannah Wast fourty shilling in [the] money of this Colony to be paid to her when she shall attaine to eighteen years of age or Day of her marriage which shall first happen...I give to my Duaghter Sarah West fourty shillings in the currency money...I also give unto my Daughter Mary Wast fourty shillings...I give unto my son Francis Wast five pounds in current money of this colony...I give unto my son Thomas West five pounds...In witness whereof the [Sr] Francis Wast have there [unto]
Signed sealed published and Decleared to be the last will and testament of Francis Wast in the presence of [God]
Samll Jones one of the witnesses to the above written will of Francis Wast appeared before the Commee of North Kings Town the 13th day of October 1724 and on this solemn engagement declared...
...Recorded November 1724...