"In the Name of God Amen I John Stuart of Londonderry in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman Being very Sick and weak of Body But of a perfect mind and memory thanks be Given to God therefore Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all Men once to Dye do make and Ordain this to be my last Will and Testament Principally and first I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it me and as for my Body I Recommend to the Dust to be Buried in a Christian Manner at the discretion of my Executors Doubting nothing But at the Resurrection I shall Receive the Same by the Almighty power of God and as for what it hath pleased God to Bless me with in this world I Give and Bequeath in manner as follows: Impr I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved wife Elizabeth Stuart one hundred and fifty Pounds Bills of Credits to be paid out of my Personal Estate Besides the one third of my house and Dwelling Lands and Improvement During her natural Life.
Impr I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Son Charles Stuart the Pounds to be paid to him out of mt Estate.
Impr I give and Bequeath unto my Gran-Daughter Mary Stuart ten Pounds to be paid out of my Estate.
Impr I give and Bequeath unto my Son Robert Stuart ten Pounds to be paid out of my Estate.
Impr I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved son James Stuart the sum of ten Pounds to be paid out of my Estate.
Impr I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved son John Stuart ten Pounds to be paid out of my Estate.
Impr I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Son Samuel Stuart the one half of all the Remaining part of my Estate excepting what is Before Bequeathed.
Impr I give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Son Joseph Stuart and Margaret Stuart my well Beloved Daughter the other half of my Remaining Estate wqually to be Divided Between them; and I appoint my Son Charles Stuart aforesaid and Samuel Stuart of Andover to be my Executors of this my Will and Testament Rattifying and Confirming this and no other to by my Last Will and Testament Revoking all others Whatsoever.
Dated in Londonderry this third day of April and in the Year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and forty-one.
Signed Sealed Published pronouncd and Declared to be my Last Will and Testament in Presents of John Wiear, Jonathan Morison, Samuel Alison Junr." John Stuart [Seal]
An inventory of John's estate showed:
"Londonderry July the 14th 1741.
"We have taken a true Inventory of the Estate of John Stewart Late Deceased of Londonderry according to the best of our judgment Pursuant to a Warrant from the Judge of the Probate.
"The Real Estate 730 pounds the Cattle Belonging to the Estate 172 pounds To Notes of hand 196 pounds to Beding 40 pounds a Chest of Draws 8 pounds 1186 11 2 Waring Apparel 20 pounds Tand Leather 2 pounds to Saws 251 Spinning Wheels and Reel 801 to Pots 551 to Butter 351 to Chest and Table 401 33 15 one old gun 101 to Books 401 to Chairs 301 to a Saddle 401 to Flax 451 to Bags 301 Peuter 651 Iron Toals 6 pounds-10 to Barrels and Wooden Vessels 4.10 pounds-24 a Cart 7 pounds one Iron Harrow 2.10 pounds a pair of old Butts 101 Hogs 5 pounds 15."
(Severance, B. Frank. Genealogy and biography of the descendants of Walter Stewart of Scotland and of John Stewart who came to America in 1718 and settled in Londonderry, N.H. Greenfield, Mass. : T. Morey & Son, 1905).