Source: original image, Douglas, Worcester Co., MA (probate 398-507)
Reuben Fairfield. Know all men by these presente that I Reuben Fairfield of Douglas in the County of Worcester being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament. First, it is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall be paid by my executors herein after named, together with the expense of a suitable monument to be erected at my grave within one year after my decease to cost not less than four hundred dollars. Second, I give and bequeath to my several children Abram F. Fairfield, John M. Fairfield, Henry Fairfield, George E. Fairfield, Sarah A. [Fairfield] Darling, Febe J. [Fairfield] Caswell, and Maria A. [Fairfield] Parker the sum of fifty dollars each the same to be paid to them severally within one year after my decease. Third I give and bequeath to my son John M. Fairfield all of my farming tools of whatever kind. Fourth I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Fairfield all the rest and residue of my estate whether real or personal to her and her heirs and assigns forever. Fifth I ordain and appoint Retrie Walling and Adolphus F. Brown of Douglas as executors of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in the presence of the witnesses named below, this twenty-first day of July A.D. 1868 hereby revoking all forever, Reuben Fairfield (seal). Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Reuben Fairfield as and for his last will and tesament in presence of we who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our name as witnesses hereto. John F. Brown, Becca S. Brown, Adolphus F. Brown.
Notes: Reuben was the son of Abraham and Abiel (White) Fairfield. He was born June 17, 1802 in Douglas, Worcester Co., MA, where his parents had moved shortly after 1800. He married Hannah Whiting January 12, 1823, according to the VR of Douglas, MA to 1850. Reuben died in Douglas, MA, circa 1868, when he wrote his will.