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as is pointed out in the ‘Bible Eph’ post below in reference to a different question, may have another application

The latest EphNotes shows two pictures, that while not in juxtaposition, do raise a question and the perhaps particular need for the those of us in the family to have a better understanding and perspective of the times in Western Massachusetts.

I give and bequeath unto my beloved brothers, Josiah Williams, and Elijah Williams, and the heirs of their bodies my homestead at Stockbridge, with all the Buildings and Appertenances therunto belonging, with all the Stocks of Cattle and Negro Servants now upon the place, to be Equally Divided between them upon the following Conditions and not Otherwise.

http://www3.amherst.edu/~rhromer/MISC/JBHE-final-Slavery.pdf

I’d never read the will before.

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