Appleton’s first thought was to provide for “…my Loving wife Amanda, while She remains my widow…” He bequeathed to her, unless I’m mistaken, the main homestead with the beautiful rock-work, the use of a horse “when ever she wishes to use one,” all the household furniture, three cows, eight sheep, and $190.00. Sounds like he’s bidding up her bride-price in the remarriage market, inasmuch as she would lose it all if she married again. Even so, the codicil (executed the next day) specifies that if the property should revert to his other heirs in Amanda’s lifetime, presumably by her remarriage, they would then have to pay her $300.

As in Sandisfield the day before, I spent my Colebrook day chasing around
Bob Grigg
with the excellent Bob Grigg and snapping photos of various records. These images, together with a folder full of Colebrook property maps that I don’t expect to live to study adequately, are also in the folder at
091111 Sandisfield-Colebrook Records
We also invested in (numbered copy #257 out of 700 of) a locally-published history entitled
Ronald M Bernard, Sandisfield, Then and Now
in honor of the 250th anniversary of the town’s founding. You’re welcome to borrow either resource.
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