On this date in our family history . . . the 12th day of October . . . in the year 1682 . . . Robert Goodell [aka Robert Goodale] makes his mark on his will . . . according to The Ancestry of Lydia Harmon, Robert died sometime between this date and the 27th day of June of the following year . . . which is when his will was proved in the courts of Salem . . . this Robert is a 10th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .
I, ROBERT GOODELL being now aged and weak in body, as also my wife and my daughter Elizabeth Bennett, hath taken care of me, and therefore my will and desire is, and I do will and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Bennett, and my grandchild John Smith, my house and the orchard and all the meadows that I now possess with the pasture which is about eight acres of upland be it more or less, all which land and meadows, my daughter Elizabeth Bennett and my grandchild, John Smith, shall enjoy after the lease, or term that is now let for, is expired, they or either of them paying as much rent, yearly as the wife of the above said ROBERT GOODELL hath let it, for which is to the value of twenty shillings in current pay?" dated the twelfth of October one thousand six hundred eighty two; and after my daughter Elizabeth's decease, the whole lands shall be my grand child's John Smith. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.