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The Last Will and Testament of Sarah Scott Mather. Remembering a mother who remembered her daughters

On October 7, 1842, a little less than a year before her death, Sarah, the widow of Deacon Mather, signed her will. It is transcribed here in full:

In the name of God Amen

I Sarah Mather of Darien being of a sound and disposing mind, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. I order my Executor to pay my Funeral expenses and just debts and of my estate. My right in the dwelling house and yard I give to my daughters Rana and Phebe to Rana I give one bed and to Phebe I give one bed and the carpets belonging to me I give to Rana and Phebe.


The remainder of my Furniture I give to all of my daughters, Hannah, Sarah, Rana, Clarry (sic), Nancy, and Phebe to be divided equally among them.


Lastly, I nominate and appoint my son Joseph Mather my Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made, and this to be my Last. In witness thereof I set my hand and seal this 7thof Oct 1842 in presants (sic) of…

Lewis Weed her

Elijah Reed Sarah Mather

Charles Weed mark


Sarah remembered all of her surviving daughters (One, the first Clara, lived only a month and died August 19, 1786). She did name her son, Joseph Mather, executor but made no bequest to him or his two brothers, Moses and David.


It appears that Sarah did not write, as the will is inscribed with her mark.



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