ID: William Fairfield probate/estate distribution to daughter Prudence (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 also set out to Prudence Fairfield daughter of said dec'd 13 acres of land bounded as follows ....

We also find the sum of 20 pounds lawfulle money in personal estate which we divided and distributed as follows (Viz) -- we set out the widow of said dec'd as her third part L6.13.4. We set out to Wm. Fairfield the eldest son as his double share L4.8.10. To Reuben Fairfield, 2d son as his share To Walter the 3d son as his share To David the 4th son as his share To Prudence the only daughter as her share All of which is humbly submitted by Zebadiah Ingals, Jedediah Morse, Joseph Am---, distributor under oath, Woodstock, Nov. 8th, 1783.

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.