The Will of Jonathan Nock
In the Name of God Amen.
The Nineteenth Day of May in the 31st Year of ye Reign of King George ye Second Anno Domini 1758. I Ionathan Nock of Berwick in ye County of York Joyner being bound on an Expedition against Canada, and not knowing whether ever I shall return, Do make & ordain this to be my last Will & Testament, In which I commend my Body to the Dust for a Christian Burial; and my Soul to God who gave hoping for the Mercy of our Lord Iesus Christ to eternal Life thrô him; And as to the Worldly Estate I have or may hereafter belong to me I give & dispose of the Same in the following Manner, vizt.
Impr I give & bequeath all my Tools of all Sorts to Thomas Nock Son of my Brother Ioshua Nock.
Item. I give to my Sister Sarah Nock my Chest with a Double Dantzick Lock. Item. I give to my Sister Temperance Nock my other Chist, and thirteen Shillings and four pence lawful Money to be paid her by my Executor.
Item. I give to my Sister Olive Hassam Six Shillings lawfl Money to be paid by my Executor.
Item. I give to my hond Father Zechariah Nock all my Wages that Shall be coming to me as a Soldier in the said Expedition. In the last place I give to my Brother Benjamin Nock his Heirs & Assigns forever all my other Estate real & personal which I now have or ought to have or hereafter may be coming to me in any way whatsoever. And I do hereby make appoint & ordain my sd Brother Benjamin Nock to be Sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal the Day & year first above mentioned.
Signd Seald publishd pronouncd &
declard by ye sd Iona Nock to
be his last Will & Testamt in
Caleb Emery, Ebenezer Hearl.
Iaphet Emery, Noah Emery. Ionathan X Nock (Seal)
Probated 9 July 1759.
[Source: Maine Wills, 1640-1760 (Portland, Me., 1887), p. 867, citing Probate Office, 10, 105.]
Though the extended Nock Family in America began in Virginia, by the mid-1700’s there were branches of the ”tree” in other states, such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and into New England.