ID: William Fairfield probate/estate distribution to second son Reuben (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)


... We set out to the said Reuben Fairfield the 2d son 16 acres of land in two pieces, the one piece bound as follows ...

photocopy of William Fairfield the patriot 1783 estate distribution to second son Reuben

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 complete 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.