The Nov. 8, 1659, will of John Parmelee Sr. of Guilford and New Haven, Conn., disposed of property inventoried at £78, 13s on Jan. 2, 1659/60, and was probated the next day. The original is in the New Haven Probate Records. Click here or on the thumbnail photo to download a full-size copy.
Here is my "translation" of this handwriting:
"Know all men by these presents, I John Parmely of Newhaven being very sicke in body but prfect in minde, doe Institute and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following I doe give and bequeathe to my beloved wife Elizabeth Parmely my house-lott and all my whole Estate for her to enjoy and possesse without molestation during the whole time of her life.
"And after her decease I doe give and bequeath half of my house and lott to my sonne, John Parmile of Guilford, the other half, one quarter to my Grandchild Nathaniel Parmile, the sonne of John Parmile of Guilford. And the other quarter part I give to my wife to dispose to her sonne, Stephen [Bradley], if she see cause and for those goods whch shall be left at the dease my will is that my daughter Hannah Johnson the wife of John Johnson of Newhaven, and her dauter Ellen Allan ye wife of John Allen of Newhaven, should have ye greater part equally divided betwixt them and what doth remain I doe leave to her discretion to dispose as she pleaseth."
There is no mention of his daughter Mary, who married Dennis Crampton.
Neither John's signature nor his mark appear on the document.