Last Will and Testament, July 22, 1755

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Support and maintenance of a free School (in a township west of fort Massachusetts, Commonly Called the west township) for Ever, provided the Said township fall with in the jurisdiction of the Province of Massachusetts bay, and provided, also that the Governour & General Court give the Said township the name of Williamstown, and it is my further will & Desire that if there Should remain any monies of the above Donation for the Said school, it be given towards the Support of a school in the East township where the fort now Stands. But in Case the above provisoes are not Complied with, then it is my will & Desire that the Interest of the above mentioned monies, be Appropriated to Some pious & Charitable uses, in manner & form as directed in the former part of this my last will & testament.

Lastly. I nominate and Appoint my trusty & well beloved friends Israel Williams Esqr. of Hatfield, and John Worthington Esqr. of Springfield, in the County of Hampshire, and Province of Massachusetts bay of New England, to be Executors of this my last will & testament, and I hereby revoke Disanul and make void, all former wills & testaments by me heretofore made done or executed, And I Do hereby Confirm, and Allow this and no other to be my last will & Testament, and Desire it may be Observed as Such. In Witness whereof I have here unto Sett my hand and Seal the twenty Second Day of July, in the twenty ninth Year of his Majesties Reign, and in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and fifty five.

Eph Williams

Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the Said Ephraim Williams as his last will and Testament (the Erasure at the word Hatfield being first made) in the Presence of us who were Present at the Signing.

Wm.William junr.

Noah Belding

Richd. Cartwright

Source: Hampshire County Probate Court