ID: William Fairfield probate/estate distribution introduction (Gen. 5: John-Walter-William-Skipper-William)

Source: Probate Records, Volume 5, pp 219-221. Repository: Pomfret Town Clerk, Pomfret, CT (pre-1800 Woodstock probates)


Att a probate court held in at Pomfret in the district of Pomfret on the 12th day of May 1783 _____ Charles Church Chandler, Esq., Judge, personally appeared before this court Ebenezer Coburn and wife or administrator on the estate of Wm. Fairfield late of Woodstock, decd, and mov'd to have a ____ distribution of the reale and personal estate of said deceased, which is granted by this court, to and among the legal heirs and representatives of dec'd, according to law -- whereupon the court doth appoint Mister Jedediah ____, Esq., and Joseph ___, both of Woodstock, and Capt. Lebadiah? Ingals of Pomfret ___ and all freeholders to make division and distribution of the estate both reale and personal of said Fairfield dec'd as is ____ there now remaining in the hands of the Administrator Twenty pounds money to be divided and distributed according to law -- and you are to be under oath for the _____ to take the inventory for your guide, and to make return of your doings in the ________ unto this court as soon as may be ___ advance made by said dec'd in his life term to any of said heirs, is to _______ against them a part of this or portion, upon order of the Judge, attested by ___ Grosvenor, Clerk Probate

With the subscribers being appointed by the Hon. Court of Probate for the district of Pomfret to make division and dissolution of the esate both the reale and personal of Mr. Wm. Fairfield, late of Woodstock, in Windham County, dec'd, to and among the legal heirs and representatives of said dec'd met for that purpose on the 6th day of November, 1783. I have made division and distribution of said estate in the following manner and form, (Viz)-------

We set out to the widow of said deceased as her dower or third the upright part of the dwelling house with the cellar under the ___ the north room or kitchin of the low ___ part of s'd house, also the old barn standing north of said house also 25 acres of land including the s. building and bound, as follows (Viz) ...

photocopy of introductory page of William Fairfield the patriot's 1783 estate distribution, Woodstock, Connecticut

Notes: William Fairfield was the son of Skipper and Rosanna (Sly) Fairfield. He is a Revolutionary patriot acknowledged by the Daughters (and Sons) of the American Revolution. He served in Captain Amos Paine's Connecticut regiment and is presumed to have died in 1776 or very early 1777 (two bookend events: his son David was born June 1776, and family historian Wynn Cowan Fairfield recorded that William's widow gave bond as exeutrix of his estate January 21, 1777. Furthermore, widow Eleanor married Ebenezer Coburn May 28, 1777, explaining her name change in the probate documents). The estate distribution document above demonstrates the lengthy process involved, as it occurred in 1783, almost six years after the probate began. The document is a critical piece of evidence for his descendants, as it verifies his wife and five children by name and relationship. Visit the other pages of this document by returning to the wills page.