Transcribed Will of
William Casto (1717-1778)

Last Will and Testament of William Casto (1717-1778)
transcribed and typed by Danita Smith, Sept. 3, 1997

In the name of God, Amen.  I,
William Casto, of Deerfield in the County of Cumberland and State of New Jersey, yeoman, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:

1st My will is that one hundred acres of land be divided off from the north side of my plantation adjoining
to run the whole length of my plantation.

2nd I give to my beloved son
Abel Casto fifty acres of the above hundred to him, his heirs, and asigns forever.

3rd I give to my son
Azariah Casto the other fifty acres of the above hundred to him, his heirs, and asigns

4th I give to my daughter
Elizabeth Kelle five pounds to be paid within one year after my decease

5th I give to my beloved wife
Sarah my house together with the remainder of my lands to continue to her so long
as she shall remain my widow in lieu of her right of doner (?) and in consideration of her educating my

6th I give to my other children, viz.
John, Andrew, David, Jonathan, Jeremiah, William, Jacob, Thomas, and
Abijah Casto
my house and lands above mentioned as being left with my wife after her term above
described shall be ended, to be equally divided between them or the survivors of them, that is if any of my
children should die without lawful issue, then their shares to be divided among the survivors, to them, their
heirs and asigns forever.

7th I give to
Sarah my beloved wife all my moveable estate after my just debts and the within legacy is paid.

8th Sundry things given by me to my sons, as a gun to
John and another to Andrew and two acres of flax,
Andrew and David, is to be estemed (?) their property and not any part of my estate and I do
request my good friend
Eleazer Smith to take care of the same for their use.

Lastly,  I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving wife
Sarah and my trusty friend Eleazer Smith joint executors of this my last will and testament particularly requesting them to take care of the education of my children and to bind them out to trades as they shall generally arrive at a suitable age.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven.

William Casto

Signed, sealed, published
pronounced and declared by
this William Casto to be
his last will and testament
in presence of

Jacob Joslin
Elizabeth (her mark) Johnson
James Ewing

(Will was proved August 26, 1778)