Recently I came upon a will that made my mouth drop open as I read. This is the first will I have seen that disinherited a wife, and gave a compelling reason for it.
The Reason why I have not made any provision for my wife Hannah Knight in this my will is because that the Said Hannah Regardless of her marriage Covenant did in the year 1782 abscond from me leaving my bed and board with a family of four young children to bring up that said Hannah at that time went to the people called Shakers with whom She has Ever Since lived altho Repeatedly Requested to return home. I Do not therefore think it my Duty as She has conducted to give her any part of my Estate.
You just never know what you're going to find in a will!