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About Sarah Sylvester (Estes)
Source: Estes Genealogies, by Charles Estes, 1894, pages 51-53.
From the March 13, 1750 will of her father Matthew Estes:
To daughter, Sarah Silvester, the wife of Thomas Silvester, all his livestock, ...household goods, with the negroes [see her document of liberation], ...writing desk, gun, two large silver spoons, six teaspoons, two thirds of his printed books, and wearing apparal, ...all his shop and farming tools, .... If she dies before her mother, ....and have no issue, then it is to be divided between her two brothers, Robert and William Estes.
September 25, 1776, made a document liberating her slave, which is as follows: "Know all men by these presents that I Sarah Sylvester of Hanover, in the County of Plymouth, widow. Know ye that whereas my Father Matthew Estes late of said Hanover deceased, in his last Will and Testament gave to me a certain Negro girl whose name is Bilhah, aged about 30 years, and from a Relgious Scruples of Conscience in me with regard to the justice of keeping mankind as Slaves, and in consideration of ye good will which I bear towards Sd. Bilhah, I do hereby for myself, my heirs, Executors and Administrators, Exonerate, acquit and discharge her, ye sd Bilhah, from me, my heirs, Executors and Administrators to all intents and purposes whatever. And from any Demands of Property in her sd Bilhah, in Testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-fifth day of the ninth month called September, Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and seventy six.
She was appointed administrator of her husband's estate, December 1, 1760.
She had one child, Matthew, baptized Sept. 19, 1760, md. ? Josselyn?