Richard WESTCOAT

Richard is my seventh great granduncle we are related through his parents, my eighth great grandparents, Richard and Hannah (HALEY) WESCOTT.  Richard was a shipwright in York County, ME.[1]  The family resided in in York County, ME.[2]  Richard wrote his will 8 September 1756, about two years before his death.[3]

Richard WESTCOAT was born 1700 in York, York, ME.  He died 5 August 1758.  Richard married Mary WARDWELL 14 May 1729 in York County, ME.[4]  Mary was born 9 March 1711 in York, York, ME.[5]  Mary was the daughter of Eliakim and Ruth (BRAGDON) WARDWELL.  She married second Thomas HASKELL 5 Aug 1758 in Portland, Cumberland, ME.  He was born about 1710.

Richard and Mary had the following children:

  1. Anna was born 2 March 1729 in York, York, ME.[6] She was not named in the will, not sure if she died before him or if she was married and out of the house.
  2. Prudence Mary “Polly” was born 9 Jan 1731 in York, York, ME.[7] She died in Waltham, Hancock, ME.  Prudence married George HASLAM 9 November 1754 in Portland, Cumberland, ME.  George was born in 1735 in East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK.  He died 1798 in Waltham, Hancock, ME.  She was not named in the will, not sure if this was an oversight or intentional.
  3. Josiah was born 28 April 1734 in York, York, ME.[8] Josiah married Mary HOYT 14 December 1760 in Scarborough, Cumberland, ME.  She was the daughter of John and Lettice (HASTY) HOYT.
  4. Eliakim was born in 1740. He died 3 November 1816 in Scarborough, Cumberland, ME.  Although no records were found, he is named in his father’s will.
  5. Joseph was born in 1742. Although no records can be found for him, he is named in his father’s will.
  6. Abigail was born in 1744 and died in December 1798. Although no records can be found for her, she is named in her father’s will.
  7. Although no records can be found for her, she is named in her father’s will.

Will of Richard WESTCOAT[9]
Will Text: In the Name of God Amen, I Richard Westcot of Falmouth in the County of York, and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Shipwright being Weak and infirm of Body, But thro Gods Goodness of a Sound mind & Memory, for which I bless him, and expecting Speedily to be called by Death to appear before God, and be disposed of by him for Eternity; Do therefore make this my last Will & Testament committing my immortal Soul to God, who gave it, and my Saviour who redeemed it; and my Body to the Earth for a Decent Interment, hoping for a part in the Resurrection of the just. And as touching Such Worldly Estate as God has given me, I will & dispose of it in the following Manner.I. My whole Estate real & personal of Land Housing Stock Goods & Chattels Money & Moveables Debts owing to me, excepting as hereafter excepted, I give & bequeath to my eldest Son Josiah Westcot his Heirs & Assigns, under Such Limitations Conditions and Restrictions as Shall hereafter be mentioned.II. But it is to be understood that my Said Son Josiah Westcot on Consideration of his having my Estate as above do be at the Expence of my having a decent Burial that he take good Care that his Mother be well Subsisted & maintained as to every thing She Shall want during her Naturl Life, and that he pay to each of my other Children eight Shillings lawful Money, to each Son the Said Sum when they Shall arrive to the Age of twenty one; and to each Daughter at the Age of Eighteen.III. It is also my Will that my two youngest Sons namely Ioseph Westcoat & Eliakim Westcot do live with my Said Son Josiah Westcot he well providing for them till they Shall arrive to the Age of fourteen Years he having ye profit of their Labour during that term; And also that my two youngest Daughters Abigail Westcot & Alice Westcot do likewise live with my Son Iosiah Westcot till they Shall arrive to age convenient for them to go to live abroad; and that then they do accordingly go abroad to live. And I would have Said Sons Joseph & Eliakim at Liberty to go & live with whom they Shall incline to live after they Shall have arrived to ye Age of fourteen years as before mentioned.IV. I appoint my Said Son Josiah Westcot, Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testamt.V. Though I have given my Son Iosiah Westcot the most of my Estate as above, yet it is to be understood that I reserve So much of it as Shall answer all the above Articles in Case of any Default by him. And I do hereby utterly revoke disallow all former Wills Testaments Legacys & Bequests whatsoever, ratifying this to be my last Will & Testamt. The thirteenth line interlined wth the word Care.In Witness to all above I hereunto Set my Hand & Seal this eighth Day of Septemr in the Year of our Lord 1756 One Thousand Seven hundred & fifty six.Richard Westcot (Seal)Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared by the Sd Richard Westcot as his last Will & Testamt in the Presence of us ye Subscribers Ionathan Freeman Ionathan Freeman junr Willm Tompson.Probated 25 Oct. 1756.

 

[1] Sybil Noys Charles Thornton Libby, Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 719 [WARDWELL], 739 [WESCOTT].

[2] Steven Edward Sullivan, “Andrew and Deborah (Webber) Wescott of Cape Neddick, York, and Penobscot, Maine: Their Ancestry and Descendants,” The American Genealogist, 70 (1995), online archives, American Ancestors (www.americanancestors.org : online 23 August 2013), William Wescott.  Sybil Noys Charles Thornton Libby, Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991), 719 [WARDWELL], 739 [WESCOTT].

[3] Steven Edward Sullivan, “Andrew and Deborah (Webber) Wescott of Cape Neddick, York, and Penobscot, Maine: Their Ancestry and Descentants,” The American Genealogist, 70 (1995), online archives, American Ancestors (www.americanancestors.org : online 23 August 2013), William Wescott.  “Wills Recorded in District of Maine Prvious to 1750, and in York County to 1774: Until 1692 wills were recorded in the Records of the Inferior and Superior Courts,” Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder, 9, number 4 (1898), online archives, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : online 5 March 2015), Richard Westcoat, Oct. 25, 1756; page 116.

[4] Maine Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City, “Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907,” online index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 21 July 2013), Westcoat & Wardwell 13 May 1729.

[5] Genealogical Society of Utah, custodian, “Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” online database, FamilySearch, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 5 March 2015), Mary Wardwall; FHL microfilm 12836.

[6] Genealogical Society of Utah, custodian, “Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” online database, FamilySearch, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 5 March 2015), Anna Westcoat; FHL microfilm 12836.

[7] Genealogical Society of Utah, custodian, “Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” online database, FamilySearch, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 5 March 2015), Prudence Westcoat; FHL microfilm 12836.

[8] Genealogical Society of Utah, custodian, “Maine, Births and Christenings, 1739-1900,” online database, FamilySearch, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : online 5 March 2015), Josiah Wescott; FHL microfilm 12836.

[9] William M. Sargent, data, “Maine Wills, 1640-1760,” online database, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : online 5 March 2015), Richard Westcot; Probate Office, 9,179.

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