Here is a transcription of the will of Josiah Dodge of Granville dated 21 December 1785, proved 1805:
Know all men whome it may Concern: that I Josiah Dodge of Granville being in health both as to body & mind Do Judge it nesesary to make my Will Respecting that Estate that God in his Providence hath given me &c. Do in the first thing Commit my soual & Bodey to his kind providence in hope of a gloreas Reserrection after Death; Through the Redemtion of Jesus Christ- and in the next Do will to my true & beloved wife Susannah the use & Improvement of my Dwelling House & that part of my Land that Lies on the south side of the highway between Mrs. Clarks & Phineys Lands (Except those spots whearon the mill & Bejemins house stands) for her to Improve During her natural Life as also the use of two good Cows well kept winter & summer as also the use of all my household furniture; my will is also that she be supplied with firewood fit fore the fier at all tiems & that she be supplied yearly During Life with four bushels of good wheat meale & two of rye meal; And as I Have in time past given to my sons Josiah & Asahel Both Real & personal Estate as also to my Daughter Susannah which I Judge their proportion; Theirfore I will to my younger son Benjemin the whole of my Estate Boath Real & personal he paying all my Just Debts as also paying to Each of my Daughters Rhoda Sarah & Phebe fifteean pounds Each in one yeare after my Decease, as also affording me & my wife Decent bureal he being the person I appoint to Execute this as my Last Will & Testement; this twenty first Day of December & in the yeare of Oure Lord one thousand seven hundred & eighty five and in presence of theas Witnesses- But in addition to the foregoing I will my sd son Ben at his mothers Decease to give to my Daughter Susannah my wifes Necklace of gold beads & to his other sisters Rhoda Sarah & Phebe the three best gowns of their mother according to their senority- that is to say to each one- I further Will to my son Josiah my Ivory Seale.
William Clark Jun’r
Here is a transcription of the first codicil dated 10 April 1799:
But as the sircumstances of my Familey is altered I Do hearunto ad as a Codekil to this my Last Will this tenth Day of April one thousand seven hundred & Ninety-nine; as follows on next page &c, Whearas my wife Susannah is Deceast I Do will and Bequeth unto my present wife Martha the same in all respects as to my first wife; and as my Daughter Rhoda is Deceast I Do will my Executor to pay to her son Joseph Hinds (instead of her) when he becoms of Lawful age what I had willed to his mother- as to the Distrubation of my first wifes Clothing have seen to my self & executed- Respecting my Daughter Sarah; since my writing the foregoing I have advansed her full proportion Do therefore Discharge my Executor from paying her. The forgoing being my Last Will & Testement Do signe it in presence of theas witnesses-
Here is a transcription of the second codicil dated 2 August 1802:
Do add to my sd Will by way of Coddical as follows (this second Day of August A.D. 1802) Whearas my sd son Benjemin (with my Consent) hath Errected the Fraim for a Dwelling house on part of that which (-----) (in the foregoing0 bequeathed to Martha my wife Do by this Instrument as my Last will give the use & Enjoiment of that spott of Land whearon it now stands With the Addition of twenty foot on the East west & south parts of sd House; as also a peace the whole width of the house to the High way, for which I order my sd son Benjemin to keep ye fence on the south side of the high way in good Repair During the Life of my sd wife from Mr. William Clarks Land to Elijah Phineys- I also order my sd son as my Executor at my Decease to give out of my wearing apparel to Martha my wife my cloak and gowns. Signed in presence of theas Witnesses-