ID: 1789 Will of William Fairfield (Gen. 6: John-Walter-William-Skipper-William-William)

Source: Pomfret Town Hall (repository of Woodstock probate records pre-1800)


Woodstock, June ye 1st, 1789.

I, William Fairfield, considering the uncertainty of life and the certainty of my death have thought proper at this time to make this my last will.

1st ~ I do hearby appoint my brother Reuben Fairfield to be my executor to this my said last will

2nd ~ I order my Executor to pay all my just debts and funeral charges out of my estate

3d ~ I give to my honourable mother Ellenor Coburn to be kept out of my estate twenty pounds to be paid by my estate in one year after my _______

4th And my willl is that my said Executor equally divide the remainder of my estate that I have not disposed of amongst my brothers and my sister Prudence Fairfield

In witness whereof I do set to my hand, William Fairfield, in presence of Nathe Babcock and Amasa Sessions

photocopy of William Fairfield 1789 will

Notes: William was the son of William Fairfield (DAR Patriot) and Eleanor (Cruff). Having been born sometime after his parents' 1762 marriage, William was thus less than 30 years old at the time of writing his will. The will was presented at court July 6, 1790, so William did not live more than a month after its writing. A critical piece of information is provided in the will. Namely, the use of Eleanor's new surname, Coburn, corroborating accounts of her remarriage after her first husband's death sometime in 1776. Her second husband, Ebenezer Coburn, is also mentioned in the subsequent court proceedings pertaining to William Fairfield Jr.'s will.