Source: original image, Douglas, Worcester Co., MA
I Simon Fairfield of Douglas in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, being in a very infirm state of health, and sensible too of my liabelness to of sudden death at the same time, being in my own apprehension, of sound mind, do judge it best to make, and accordingly, do hereby make, this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made, It is my will that all my just debts and other charges of my funeral be paid and discharged by my executors hereinafter named and appointed. I give and devise to my third son Enos Fairfield one tract of woodland, containing about twelve acres, it being at the southeast corner of my farm, and land that I bought of my brother Reuben Fairfield. I give and devise to my second son Charles Fairfield the woodlot at the east part of my farm as far west as the meadow, containing about fifteen acres. I give and devise to my six sons hereafter named: James Fairfield, Charles Fairfield, Nelson Fairfield, Clark Fairfield, Albert Fairfield, and Asa Fairfield, all the rest residue and remainder of my real estate after the decease of my wife, and untill she enters into marriage contract with another husband. I give and devise to my loving wife Phebe the possession and profits of all the rest residue and remainder of my real estate before named and devise to my six sons before named as long as she remains my lawful widow. I give and devise to my said wife all my farming tools, together with all my household furniture, and also one black cow. I give and devise to my two youngest sons, Albert Fairfield and Asa Fairfield, one brindle cow. And I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my two sons James Fairfield and Charles Fairfield sole executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I Simon Fairfield have hereunto set my hand and seal and published and declared this to be my last will and testament this seventeenth day of April A.D. 1847. Simon Fairfield. Signed sealed and published and declared by the said Simon Fairfield as his last will and testament in the presents of us who in his presence and at his request have hereunto set our names as witnesses: Enoch Brown, Levi Brown, Sabun Brown.
Commonnwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester ... At a court of Probate holden at Worcester on the fifth day of September A.D. 1848. The instrument hereto annexed, having been duly presented for probate, the last will and testament of Simon Fairfield, late of Douglas in said county, deceased, and it being made to appear that notice has been given to all persons interested and no objection being made to the probate of the same, and it being also made evident by the oath of Enoch Brown, one of the witnesses thereto, that said instrument was legally executed, and that said testator was at the time of the execution of the same, of full age and of sound mind. I now adjudge the said instrument is proved, and decree that the same be approved and allowed as the last will and testament of said deceased. Benj. F. Thomas, Judge of Probate
Notes: Simon was the son of Abraham and Abiel (White) Fairfield. He was born circa 1804 in Douglas, MA. He married Phebe Churchill June 3, 1821 (VR of Douglas to 1850). He wrote his will April 17, 1847, and died July 17, 1848. Cause of death was noted as dysentery.