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PROBATE RECORDS 



OF THE 



Province of New Hampshire 



VOL 


. 1 


1635— 


1717 


State Papers Series 


Vol. 


31 



ALBERr STILLMAN BATCHELLOR 
Editor of State Papers 

OTIS GRANT HAMMOND 
EZRA SCOLLAY STEARNS 

Assistants 



CONCORD, N. H. 

RUMFORD PRINTING CO. 

1907 



Joint Resolution relating to the preservatiou and publication of portions of 
the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire. 

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened: 

That His Excellency the Governor be hereby authorized and empovpered, with 
the advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person — and fix 
his compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise 
appropriated — to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of 
such portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New 
HampsMre as the Governor may deem proper ; and that eight hundred copies of 
each volume of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as fol- 
lows: namely, one copy to each city and town in tlie state, one copy to such of 
the public libraries in the state as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the 
New Hampshire Historical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of 
the state librarian, who is hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar 
publications by other states. 

Approved August 4, 1881. 



Albert S. BatcheUor, Editor of State Papers: 

You are hereby authorized to arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publi- 
cation of such abstracts of the early records of wills and probates of persons and 
estates relating to the provincial period of New Hampshire as are available, the 
material being so prepared as to avoid the transcription and publication of 
merely formal and immaterial parts of documents, and arranged in a chrono- 
logical order, beginning with the earliest accessible papers and records. 

You will also cause such explanatory notes, citations, tables of contents, and 
indexes as you may deem useful to be prepared and made a part of this work. 

This I deem proper to be done, and these directions are given in accordance 
with the authority vested in me as Governor by tlie provisions of the joint reso- 
lution relating to the preservation and publication of portions of the state and 
provincial records and other state papers of New Hampshire approved August 
4, 1881. 

Given under my hand at Concord this 2nd day of January, 1897. 

Charles A. Busiel, Governor. 



PREFACE 



It is common knowledge that until 177 1 the province of New- 
Hampshire had not been divided into counties. By the act passed 
April 29, 1769 (Laws, 177 1 ed., p. 204), the original five counties 
of Rockingham, Strafford, Hillsborough, Cheshire, and Grafton 
were created. The county act took effect March 19, 1771. Rock- 
ingham, Hillsborough, and Cheshire were organized thereby, but 
the organization of Strafford and Grafton was not to take place un- 
til such time as the Governor and Council might deem it advisable. 
Meanwhile all civil affairs of the territory assigned to these two 
counties were administered by the officers of Rockingham county. 
This status was terminated in 1773, when Gov. John Wentworth 
caused Strafford and Grafton to be organized. All the probate 
records of the province that had been preserved from the colonial 
period continued in the custody of the probate office at Portsmouth. 
With all the other records and archives of the province they were 
removed to Exeter July 4 and 6, 1775, for greater safety, in accord- 
ance with a vote of the Provincial Congress passed June 28, 1775, 
and there remained, until by the act of March 11, 1897 (Laws of 
1897, p. 47), and the act of March 10, 1899 (Laws of 1899, p. 
299), they were removed to Concord and placed in the official cus- 
tody of the Secretary of State. The great importance of the pro- 
bate files and records has been recognized more clearly, and the 
demand for measures rendering them available for public examina- 
tion has become more manifest and emphatic in recent years. It 
was in response to these influences that the records were restored 
to the state archives, where they might be arranged, indexed, and 
otherwise opened by some practical method to a reasonable state of 
access and utility. Inasmuch as prior to 1771 the exercise of those 
governmental functions which are ordinarily regarded and treated 



VI PREFACE 

as county affairs was by officers of the central government, and 
over the entire province, it is unquestionable that the official 
records of affairs appertaining to that administration should now 
be regarded and treated as state archives. 

The General Court was slow in giving practical effect to the 
true view of the subject, and the documents remained for a period 
of one hundred and twent3'-five years in the custody of one of 
the five original counties. Under the act of March lo, 1899 (Laws 
of 1899, P- 299), and the act of Maixh 21, 1901 (Laws of 1901, p. 
645), these documents are being subjected to such methods of in- 
dexing and arrangement as will, in time, make an end of those 
conditions which have rendered their contents practically inacces- 
sible. It has been deemed advisable to present the probate records 
in printed form, constituting a series of volumes in the State 
Papers series. 

The assembling of material for the present volume, the making 
of copies and abstracts, and the arrangement and indexing have 
been committed entirely to the editor's assistants, Mr. Otis G. 
Hammond, and Mr. Ezra S. Stearns. The search for material 
for the work has extended far beyond the state archives. Between 
the period of 1623, the date of the first settlement of the colony at 
Little Harbor, and 1641, when the first union of Massachusetts 
Bay and New Hampshire was consummated, no material for the 
work has been recovered except Capt. John Mason's will, and it 
is probable that none was recorded. Careful investigation has 
been extended to the records of the neighboring counties of Maine 
and Massachusetts, to the records and files of England, and to 
other collections of ancient documents in which it might be ex- 
pected that anything relating to wills and probates in New Hamp- 
shire might be discovered. This method has been pursued with 
the utmost industry and discrimination that was practicable in such 
an undertaking for the entire period covered by the documents 
presented in this volume. 

The probate records which have come into the custody of the 
state are in conformity with the requirements and proceedings of 



PREFACE Vll 

a court such as was established from 1693 to 1775. These 
records are all in our archives, except the scattering estates 
of New Hampshire people that were extracted from the registries 
of old Norfolk, Essex, Suffolk, and Middlesex counties in Massa- 
chusetts, and York county in Maine. A few wills were probated 
and estates settled in all these counties, without apparent reason 
except that of personal convenience. Some of the wills in Suf- 
folk county records are those of mariners who sailed from Boston 
and did not return. Their wills, made and left in Boston before 
sailing, were probated there. The same may be true of some in 
old Norfolk and Essex records, which are located in Salem, Mass. 

Every document in the book, so far as possible, is taken from 
the original in the files now in the office of the Secretary of State. 
In such cases no citation to the original is made, as the present ar- 
rangement of these papers is not considered permanent. But in 
all cases where, in default of the original, the recorded copy has 
been used, or where the document has been derived from a 
source outside the state, or from a source within the state but out- 
side the official files of originals, citations have been carefully 
made. 

All wills are printed in full, with the exception, only, of that part 
of the preamble which states no material fact. Such omissions 
are indicated by stars, thus, * * *. Each will is fol- 

lowed in chronological order by abstracts of all formal documents 
relating to the settlement of the estate, and by complete copies of 
such documents as could not wisely, or without injury to the nar- 
rative of facts therein, be reduced. All abstracts will be found 
enclosed in brackets, and it has been the effort of the editors 
that in the process of reduction only formal or legal verbiage 
should be eliminated, and all matters of record which would be of 
interest or value to the lawyer, the historian, or the genealogist 
retained. It has not been deemed wise to publish inventories in 
detail. 

This volume, in which the material is represented in its chrono- 
logical order from the beginning, necessarily covers several periods 



Vlll PREFACE 

■ 

in which the results are unsatisfactory on account of the loss and 
dispersion of the records, if records were made, and at other peri- 
ods for the reason that in all probability no records were made or 
iiles preserved. The succeeding volumes which are in contempla- 
tion will present the records and documents of that part of the colo- 
nial period between 1718 and 1771. As the material presented in 
the first volume will have special value on account of its antiquity, 
that which is to follow will be attractive and useful on account of its 
unbroken continuity and approximate completeness. 

ALBERT S. BATCHELLOR, 

Edit 07' of State Papers. 



HISTORICAL NOTE 



From 1623 to 1641 there was no organization of any colonial 
government in New Hampshire, although John Mason, the landed 
proprietor, had authority by his patent purporting to empower him 
to erect a government. The proprietor died in 1635. If he organ- 
ized any colonial, provincial, or proprietary government under his 
patent, no records of it have survived. It is altogether probable 
that nothing of the kind occurred. Indeed, at a later period it was 
declared that the powers of government contained in Mason's 
patent and others contemporary with it were invalid in respect to 
the grant of powers of government. The reason assigned for this 
decision was that, while the Council of Plymouth had powers of 
government in the territory of its New England jurisdiction, it was 
not competent to delegate those powers. (See opinion of the 
Chief Justices, i N. H. Prov. Papers, 336; i N. H. Prov. Laws, 
Introduction, xxviii.) 

From 1635 to 1641 the Masonian interests languished, largely 
because there was no efficient or disinterested representative of 
them in the colony. Two independent local governments had de- 
veloped in the Pascataqua region, the lower one. Strawberry Bank, 
being what might be termed the Portsmouth group of settlements, 
and the upper one, constituted of what were afterwards known as 
the Northam or Dover plantations. Exeter followed as an inde- 
pendent plantation in 1638, while Hampton was planted by Massa- 
chusetts as one of its own townships in 1635, on territory over which 
it claimed jurisdiction. (See notes on the independent town gov- 
ernments established at Portsmouth and Dover, and their constitu- 
tions, I N. H. Prov. Laws, 744.) 

As one of the results of the union of Massachusetts Bay and 
New Hampshire, begun in the fall of 1641 by the entrance into it 



HISTORICAL NOTE 



of that part of New Hampshire represented by the two Pascataqua 
towns and the Pascataqua proprietors, and consummated as to the 
entire territory of New Hampshire by the accession of the Exeter 
colony in 1643, one system of laws, subject to the reservations in 
behalf of New Hampshire embodied in the articles of union (i 
N. H. Prov. Laws, xxx), became operative over the towns and 
people of the entire territory of Massachusetts Bay and New 
Hampshire. The theory that there was no uniform system of laws 
or usages governing the transmission of property by will, and the 
orderly descent and distribution of estates of deceased persons, 
in the New Hampshire settlements in the first period (that be- 
tween 1623 and 1641 being taken tentatively as the first period) 
is supported by a recital of the previous conditions, which is 
given as a preamble to a certain act relating to the settlement 
of estates in the laws of Massachusetts Bay (Col. Laws of 
Mass., 1660 ed., reprint, p. 200), which, omitting archaic forms 
and expressions is as follows : — "Whereas it is found by experience 
that some men, dying, having made their wills for tlie disposing 
of their estates, that the said wills are concealed and not proved 
and recorded ; and some others dying intestate, no administration is 
sought for nor granted in any legal way, and yet the wives, children, 
kindred, or some friends of the deceased, or some others, do enter 
upon the lands and possess themselves of the goods of the said 
deceased, and the same are many times sold or wasted before the 
creditors to whom the deceased was indebted know of whom to 
demand, or how to recover their just debts ; for prevention of such 
unjust and fraudulent dealings." A remedial act follows this pre- 
amble. The declaration was made at a point of time so early in 
the period of the union that presumably it is descriptive of what 
was the subject of general knowledge in a considerable part, if not 
all, of the previous history of this jurisdiction. It may also be 
regarded as a partial explanation of the paucity of probate records 
in the first colonial period. The act which follows the preamble 
above quoted bears date not later than 1649, only eight years sub- 



HISTORICAL NOTE XI 

sequent to the beginning of the union of the two colonies, and 
only six years after the accession of Exeter, which completed the 
extension of the union over New Hampshire in its entirety. The 
body of the act is as follows : 

" It is ordered by this court and the authority thereof that if any 
executor nominated in any will, and knowing thereof, shall not, at 
the next court of the county which shall be above thirty days after 
the decease of the party, make probate of any will of any deceased 
party, or shall not cause the same to be recorded by the recorder 
or clerk of that county court where the deceased party last dwelt, 
or if any person whatsoever shall not within the same time take 
administration of all such goods as he hath or shall enter upon of 
any party deceased, or if any person or persons shall alienate or 
embezzle any lands or goods before they have proved and recorded 
the will of the deceased, or taken administration and brought in a 
true inventory of all the known lands, goods, and debts of the de- 
ceased, every such person so administering or executing shall be 
liable to be sued, and shall be bound to pay all such debts, respect- 
ively, as the deceased party owed, whether the estate of the deceased 
were sufficient for the same or not, and shall also forfeit to the coun- 
try so many sums of five pounds as shall be months betwixt the 
next court of that county, after the death of the party as aforesaid, 
and the proving of such will and recording it, or the taking of such 
administration. And if any person shall renounce his executor- 
ship, or that none of the friends or kindred of the deceased party 
that shall die intestate shall seek for administration of such per- 
son's estate, then the clerk of the writs of such town where any 
such person shall die shall, within one month after his decease, 
give notice to the court of that county to which such town doth 
belong of such renouncing of executorship or not seeking of ad- 
ministration, that so the court may take such order therein as they 
shall think meet, who shall also allow such clerk due recompense 
for his pains, and if any such clerk shall fail herein, he shall for- 
feit forty shillings to the treasury for ever}^ month's default. 
(1649.) 



Xll HISTORICAL NOTE 

"2. And because many merchants, seamen, and other strangers 
resorting hither oftentimes dying and leaving their estates undis- 
posed of, and very difficult to be preserved in the interim from one 
county court to another, it is therefore ordered that it shall and 
may be lawful for any two magistrates, with the recorder or clerk 
of the county court, meeting together, to allow of any will of any 
deceased party to the executors or other persons in the will men- 
tioned, so as the will be testified on the oath of two or more wit- 
nesses, and also to grant administration to the estate of any person 
dying intestate within the said county to the next of kin, or to such as 
shall be able to secure the same for the next of kin, and the recorder 
or clerk of court shall inform the rest of the magistrates of the county 
at the next county court of such will proved or administration 
granted, and shall record the same. (1652.) 

" 3. And it is ordered that, when the husband or parents die in- 
testate, the county court of that jurisdiction where the party had 
his last residence shall have power to assign to the widow such a 
part of his estate as they shall judge just and equal, as also to divide 
and assign to the children or other heirs their several parts and 
portions out of the said estate ; provided the eldest son shall have 
a double portion, and where there are no sons the daughters shall 
inherit as co-partners, unless the court, upon just cause alleged, 
shall otherwise determine." (1641-49,) 

The Body of Liberties of 1641 was adopted in December, and 
subsequent to the union of Massachusetts Bay and New Hamp- 
shire. Article 11 of that body of laws is as follows : " All per- 
sons which are of the age of 21 years and of right understanding 
and memories, whether excommunicate or condemned, shall have 
power and liberty to make their wills and testaments and other 
lawful alienations of their lands and estates." Art. 79, 81, 82. 
Col. Laws of Mass., 1660 ed., reprint, p. 51 ; i N. H. Prov. 
Laws, 753, 761. 

These are among the important landmarks in the establishment 
of a new S3'stem of probate law in the united colonies of Massa- 
chusetts Bay and New Hampshire. The more important features 



HISTORICAL NOTE Xlll 



of the development of this law are presented in the contemporary 
publications and compilations of 1660 and 1672. (Col. Laws 
Mass. Bay, 1672 ed., reprint, i, 157 ; 1660 ed., reprint, 119, 200.) 
New Hampshire became a part of Norfolk county. In the period 
of the union, therefore, the probate records were made and kept at 
the shire town or towns, as the}' were designated. Governor 
Washburn, in his Judicial History of Massachusetts, p. 32, says, 
"They (county courts) had also probate jurisdiction, and as such 
proved wills, granted administration, and the like. Appeals in 
such cases lying from their decisions to the court of assistants. 
(White's Prob. 9.) This exercise of probate jurisdiction contin- 
ued as long as the old charter was in force. The clerks of the 
courts were, ex officio, recorders, and in the intervals of the court 
the recorder and two of the magistrates were authorized to grant 
letters of administration and probate of wills. (lb.)" 

It appears by the same authority (p. 30) that " It (court of as- 
sistants) had also appellate jurisdiction in matters of probate which 
had been determined in the county courts." The territory separ- 
ated from this union by the decree of Charles II, contained in 
the Cutt commission of 1679. was subject to no other system of 
colonial law in the period beginning 1641 and ending in Oct., 
1682, than the laws which were known and published in the Laws 
of Massachusetts Bay, with the exception or modification of the 
organic law promulgated in the Cutt commission, and the local law 
commonly known as the Cutt code. It is significant on the ques- 
tion of the continuing validity and operative force in New Hamp- 
shire of the laws of the two colonies as united under one govern- 
ment in the period above mentioned that article 14 of the Cutt laws 
provided that " For directions to the courts, judges, and all other 
officers it is ordered that those laws by which we have formerly 
been directed and governed shall be a rule to us in all judicial 
proceedings, so far as they will suit with our constitutions and be 
not repugnant to the laws of England, until such acts and ordi- 
nances as have been or shall be made by this assembly and 



XIV HISTORICAL NOTE 

approved by the honorable President and Council may be drawn 
up and legally published." (i N. H. Prov. Laws, 28.) 

No provisions were enacted in the Cutt laws relative to wills and 
probates, or the descent, settlement, and distribution of estates of 
deceased persons. It must be presumed, therefore, that the laws, 
usages, and forms which related to these affairs in the time of the 
union remained unchanged, at least to the time of the inaugura- 
tion of the Cranfield government in Oct., 1682. In the commis- 
sion of Charles II to President Cutt, after the part constituting the 
President and Council a court with a very ample jurisdiction, the 
following appears in the text, " So always that the forms of pro- 
ceeding in such cases and the judgment thereupon to be given be as 
consonant and agreeable to the laws and statutes of this our realm 
of England as the present state and condition of our subjects in- 
habiting within the limits aforesaid, and the circumstances of the 
place, will admit." (i N. H. Prov. Laws, 4.) 

The temper of the people of New Hampshire at this time towards 
such directions as those here emanating from the crown may best 
be inferred from a declaration in the copy of the Cutt laws which 
was retained in the province, the clause to be quoted not appearing 
in the copy that was sent home. It appears in the preamble of 
the laws, and is as follows, "It is therefore ordered and enacted 
by this General Assembly and the authority thereof that no act, 
imposition, law, or ordinance be made or imposed upon us but 
such as shall be made by the said Assembly and approved by the 
President and Council from time to time." (i N. H. Prov. Papers, 
382.) If there were any doubt as to the determination of the con- 
troling majority and the government of the province of New 
Hampshire to adhere to the colonial laws of the time of the union, 
modified only by their own voluntary enactments, in preference to 
the laws of England, wherever one might conflict with the other, 
such a doubt would seem to be dissipated by the testimony of Rich- 
ard Cliamberlain, for a time secretary of the province, in a 
letter to Mr. Blaithwaite, secretary to the Lords Committee of 
Trade and Plantations, of date May 14, 1681. Mr. Chamberlain 



HISTORICAL NOTE XV 

says : "I first took exception to the whole system (Cutt laws) in 
general being collected mostly out of the Massachusetts laws, and 
surely it could not well stand with the mind and pleasure of His 
Majesty that we here should cast off obedience to their (the Mas- 
sachusetts) jurisdiction and yet voluntarily submit to and yoke 
ourselves so inseparably to their laws." (i N. H. Prov. Laws, 
785.) The 1679 commission to John Cutt and his Council for the 
government of New Hampshire in terms constituted the President 
and Council the supreme court, with a very comprehensive juris- 
diction. They evidently construed their powers to include the ad- 
ministration of the probate law. It appears by the records that 
the President and Council transacted the probate business, the 
councilors sometimes acting individually. Such business seems 
to have been disposed of in court also in 1681. The records and 
files for this period, however, are meagre. Under the conditions 
then existing, and the attitude of the representatives of the people 
towards the laws at the time of the union, it would be expected 
that probate procedure and probate decrees would be found con- 
formed to that system. 

The termination of the first union occurred in the winter of 
1679-S0. Reasons have already been adduced indicating very 
conclusively that no change was desired or attempted in the pro- 
bate law in the period under the commission of President Cutt. It 
is hardly open to question that, with regard to probate law, usages, 
and forms "The former laws we [they] were ruled by [were] to 
stand till others [were] made." (Cutt laws, art. 14.) It does not 
appear that any other enactment was made under his government 
affecting the previously existing system of probate law. 

The next period is that included in the administration under the 
commission to Lieut. -Gov. Edward Cranfield which subsisted be- 
tween Oct. 4, 1682, and May 25, 1686. The Cranfield commission 
in terms abrogated the Cutt commission. The Cranfield instruc- 
tions, by article 26, in terms repealed the Cutt laws. It is not known 
that this document in its complete form has ever been in the New 
Hampshire archives since 1684. The one that appears to have taken 



XVI HISTORICAL NOTE 

its place at that time was very much abbreviated, as it contained 
only six articles besides the preamble, while the full text, it now 
appears, contains thirty-nine articles and a preamble. The draft 
which was probably put on file about 1684 in the province records, 
omits article 26, by which the Cutt laws were repealed by the 
King's edict. The copy containing the full text has not been 
printed on this side of the Atlantic. The abbreviated copy of 
1694 is the one that has appeared in the state publications, and has 
been subject to reference in the archives. The full text was dis- 
covered and procured from the English archives in April, 1906, 
by this department. (Note to the case of Hutchinson v. Man- 
chester Street Railway, 73 N. H., 279.) 

The Cranfield commission authorized the Lieutenant-Governor 
to constitute courts and appoint judges. Under this authority there 
is evidence that Cranfield established a court of probate, and that 
he, and after him, Barefoote, assumed the office of ordinary, with 
Chamberlain, the province secretary, as register of the court. 

An attempt was made in the winter of 1682-3 to construct a body 
of local statute law for the province, but there was a rupture be- 
tween the Lieutenant-Governor and the assembly when the under- 
taking had proceeded to the 26th article. He was not able to 
obtain the attendance of the assembly for legislation after this time, 
except on one occasion, at the special instance of the King for the 
enactment of one bill especially desired by the home government, 
(i N. H. Prov. Laws, 48, 807.) In the fragment of a body of 
statute law, the construction of which appears to have been begun 
in the first year of the Cranfield administration, there is no refer- 
ence to the probate law. The Lieutenant-Governor, after his 
rupture with the assembly, avowed his purpose to govern the prov- 
ince by the laws of England. The history of his administration, 
however, shows that all his attempts to govern them failed, and 
that his administration was broken down by the antagonism of the 
people, by his own incompetency, by his personal interest in the 
Masonian claim, by his alienation of the support of Randolph, and 
by the want of confidence towards him which developed in the 



HISTORICAL NOTE XVll 

home government. His attempt to resort to the laws of England, 
and to impose them upon the province as embodying the rules by 
which they were to be governed, if practicable in any degree with 
a competent and discreet administrator, was out of the question 
with this executive. (Farmer's Belknap's Hist, of N. H., chap. 
8. F. B. Sanborn, Hist, of N. H., chap. 4. Memoir and cor- 
respondence of Edmund Randolph, edited by Robert Noxon 
Toppan , passim . ) 

It was in the time of this administration that the first charter of 
the Massachusetts Bay colony was vacated on scire facias in the 
court of chancery in England. It was formerl}^ the opinion of the 
Massachusetts courts that the annulment of the charter wrought a 
repeal of the laws enacted under it. (Storer v. Freeman, 6 Mass., 
438.) This opinion seems to have been adopted by Judge Bellows 
in the case of Clement v. Burns, 43 N. H., 619. 

The current of later opinion is very strongly against this theory. 
(See article by Prof. E. N. Washburn on the effect of the vacation 
of the charter upon the laws enacted under it, 13 Mass. Hist. Soc. 
Proceed., 451 ; argument of the Attorney-General of New Hamp- 
shire in the case of Percy Summer Club v. Astles before the U. S. 
Circuit Court for the District of New Hampshire, pp. 80, 95, 
156; Commonwealth v, Alger, 7 Cush., 76; reporter's note, 9 
Gray, 17 ; 66 N. H., 25.) There is, on the whole, little basis for 
the supposition that either in Massachusetts Bay or in New Hamp- 
shire the preference of the people for their own laws relating to 
the descent and distribution of property and the making and ad- 
ministration of wills had been removed or affected to any consid- 
erable extent by the abrogation of the charter, the validity of which 
was denied here and disputed in Parliament, and by what tran- 
spired in New Hampshire in the Cranfield regime, which had been 
almost farcical in the attempted exercise of governmental powers, 
and from every point of view obnoxious to the great majority of 
the people. 

The next period in the constitutional history of the province is 



XVlll HISTORICAL NOTE 

covered by the Dudley-Andros administrations under tiie commis- 
sion of King James II constituting the Dominion of New England. 
The powers of government conferred by the commissions and in- 
structions, first by the preliminary commission to Joseph Dudley 
and Council, and second in the more elaborate commissions and 
instructions to Sir Edmund Andros, resulted lor the time being in 
a radical change in the structure of the colonial organizations in 
New England. This involved the discontinuance of separate 
province and colonial governments in Massachusetts, Plymouth, 
New Hampshire, and several other colonies. In the Judicial His- 
tory of Massachusetts Professor Washburn says, (p. 86) " The 
president [Dudley] took upon himself the probate jurisdiction as 
Supreme Ordinary, but to save the trouble of parties attending at 
Boston he appointed judges of probate and clerks in the remote 
counties to act in his stead." Continuing in the same volume, the 
author says, (p. 95) " He [Andros] assumed to be the Supreme Or- 
dinary, and though it became extremely oppressive for all persons 
having any business of this kind to come to Boston, as by his orders 
they were compelled to do, and although the fees to be paid by the 
parties were greatly increased, yet it oughttobe acknowledged that 
he did much to introduce a regular system of forms in the proceed- 
ings in probate courts, which before that had been loose and 
uncertain. He personally attended to the administration of estates 
exceeding fifty pounds, and the ordinary fee for the probate of a 
will was fifty shillings." Several orders relating to probate affairs 
were passed in the brief time of the administration of President 
Dudley and his Council, occupying only six months, between May 
and December, 1686. These are reproduced in i N. H. Prov. 
Laws, 92, 1^2, passim, particularly 105, 124, 125. 

In the time of the Andros administration, which commenced 
Dec. 20, 1686, and was terminated by a popular uprising April 
18, 1689, the subject of probate aff'airs was taken up in a formal 
act of date June i, 1687, entitled " An Act for probate of wills and 
granting letters of administration." The full text appears in i 
N. H. Prov. Laws, 206. 



HISTORICAL NOTE XIX 

The people of Massachusetts have been very generally disposed 
to regard the Dudley-Andros administration of 1686-89 as a usur- 
pation. The Bay colony, immediately upon the downfall of the An- 
dros government, resumed the government which was in existence 
at the time of the inauguration of the Dudley administration in 
May, 1686. The laws by which they had formerly been governed 
were revived by an express act. This, of course, included the 
laws relating to wills and probates, (i N. H. Prov. Laws, 294. 
See Smith's reports, 503.) The deposition of Andros left New 
Hampshire without a colonial government. The people were un- 
able to unite upon a government for themselves. Government was 
relegated to the town organizations. This status continued during 
a period of about ten months. A union was effected between the 
towns and people of New Hampshire and those of Massachusetts 
Bay. This is commonl}^ described as the second union. The 
exact status of probate jurisdiction in New Hampshire at this time 
is somewhat problematical, (i N. H. Prov. Laws, 259-399.) 

The period of the second union extended from Feb., 1690, to 
the time when this relation was terminated by new commissions 
for a province government in New Hampshire and a new charter 
for Massachusetts. The probate jurisdiction had reverted in the 
time of this second union to the counties. Its exercise, according 
to the records now accessible, was in pursuance of the same rules, 
methods, and forms as had prevailed in the time of the first union. 
This statement, of course, applies to New Hampshire as well as 
to Massachusetts Bay. The promptitude and facility with which 
both colonies readapted themselves at this time to the laws which 
they had established, and which were in conformity to their own 
polity, are significant as to the deep root which the jurisprudence 
of the time of the first union had taken in the statute law and in 
legal usages. The first colonial period for both New Hampshire 
and Massachusetts Bay was concluded at this time by the interpo- 
sition of a new charter in the one, and under a new commission 
permanently re-establishing a province for the other. The enact- 
ment of colonial statute law was resumed, with results which had 



XX HISTORICAL NOTE 

the effect on the whole rather to rehabilitate and confirm the ancient 
local statute law than to supersede it by important or extensive in- 
novations. (See Oliver's Puritan Comm., 78, 79,80; Adams's 
Emancipation of Mass., 197; arg. of Att'y-Gen. cited supra, 26 
and 46.) It might "be expected that probate jurisdiction would be 
provided for by the erection of a court performing its functions 
without very much variability from 1692-1775. Allen's commis- 
sion and instructions, as Usher claimed, invested the Governor or 
his Lieutenant with power to erect courts and make appointments 
for them, (i N. H. Prov. Laws, 505.) 

It appears as early as 1693, by the act entitled " An act for the 
settling and distribution of intestates' estates and such as prove in- 
solvent," that the court of probate was already established, (i 
N. H. Prov. Laws, 566.) This fact is again recognized in 1701, 
in the act entitled " An additional act passed for the settlement of 
intestates' estates, thereto added insolvents' estates, how to be dis- 
posed of," Id. 683. In the Laws, ed. of 1716, p. 4, " Act for the 
settlement and distribution of the estates of intestates," the judge 
of probate is again referred to as then in the exercise of an appar- 
ently settled jurisdiction. In the Laws, ed. of 1771, p. 104, the same 
act reappears. During this period, that is from 1692-1775, the 
Governor and Council constituted a supreme court of probate. 
(3 N. H. Prov. Papers, 683, 717.) 

Referring to Usher's letter Jan. 11, 1696-7 (2 N. H. Prov. 
Papers, 209), it would appear that Story had an appointment from 
the home government as judge of probate ; that Usher desired to 
have the commission returned, and that he assumed the right to 
appoint. This would indicate that the Governor was claiming the 
right to appoint the judge of probate, and that possibly there was 
an issue of authority on this point between the Lieutenant-Gov- 
ernor and the home government. On p. 207, same volume, it ap- 
pears that Packer was removed from the office of lieutenant-colonel 
and judge of probate by John Hinckes, President of the Council, 
acting as Governor, and the Council. It appears further, same vol- 
ume, pp. 242-243, that Nathaniel Fryer had been appointed ordi- 



HISTORICAL NOTE XXI 

nary, inasmuch as Hinckes and his Council were turning the pro- 
bate records over to him by an executive order. In the absence 
of anything but fragmentary minutes of the proceedings of the 
Governor and Council as an executive body it may be difficult to 
trace, especially in the official probate records and files, the per- 
sonnel of this court, but there is probably data among the records 
and files of the probate court by which the judges and registers 
from 1692 to the revolution may be identified with substantial 
accuracy. 

ALBERT S. BATCHELLOR, 

Editor of State Papers. 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Abbott, 



1711 



Walter, 1667 . 

Walter, 1675 . 
Aborn, George, Hampton, 1654 
Adams, Charles, Durham, 1694/5 

Charles, Durham, 1695 

Peter, 1672 
Alcock, Job, Portsmouth, 17 12 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1704 
Almary, Robert, Portsmouth, 1711/12 
Amazeen, John, Newcastle, 1700 
Ardell, William, Exeter, 1709 . 
Atkinson, Joseph, 1678 . 
Austin, Joseph, Dover, 1662/3 

Joseph, 1680 
Avery, Thomas, 1681 
Ayers, William, Portsmouth, 1716 

Babb, Philip, Isles of Shoals, 1671 
Backway, Benjamin, Newcastle, 1699 
Baker, John, Portsmouth, 1697 
John, Portsmouth, 1709 
Joseph, Isles of Shoals, 1672 . 
Banfield, John, Portsmouth, 1707 
Barefoote, Walter, Newcastle, 1688 
Batchelder, Alexander, 1660 . 
Ann, Portsmouth, 1660 
Stephen, 1673 .... 
Beal, Edward, Newcastle, 1706 



670 

96 

169 

25 
405 
412 

133 
690 

524 
679 

467 

641 

227 

56 
242 
256 

791 

125 
445 
433 
635 
138 
608 
322 
46 

50 
141 

563 



XXIV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Beard, Joseph, Dover, 1703/4 . 

Thomas, Dover, 1678 

William, 1676 . 
Beck, Caleb, Portsmouth, 1694/5 

Henry, Newcastle, 1686 . 
Bennick, Arthur, 1683 
Berry, , 1654 

William, Rye, 1717 
Bickford, John, Isles of Shoals, 166 

John, Durham, 1685/6 

John, Newington, 1715 

Temperance, 1694 . 

Thomas, Dover, 1706 
Binmore, Philip, Dover, 1676 . 

Rebecca, 1680 

Bishop, , 1679 

Blagdon, James, Star Island, 1715/ 
Blake, Jasper, Hampton, 1673 

John, Hampton, 1715/16 . 

Timothy, Hampton, 1715 
Boone, John, 1680 . 
Boulter, John, Hampton, 1703 

Nathaniel, Hampton, 1695 

Nathaniel, Jr., Hampton, 1689 
Boyes, Richard, 1677/8 . 
Brackett, Anthony, 1691 
Braddock, Robert, 1677 . 
Bray, Richard, Exeter, 1666 . 
Brewster, John, Portsmouth, 1691 
Broad, William, Portsmouth, 1665 

William, 1677/8 
Bronson, George, 1657 . 
Brooking, Godfrey, Isles of Shoals, 1682 

William, Portsmouth, 1694 
Broughton, Jolm, Portsmouth, 1706 



519 

227 

176 

405 
302 

263 

25 
800 

55 
296 

773 
391 
569 
171 

241 

234 
785 
142 
786 

777 
242 

509 
406 

328 

206 

357 
201 

86 

364 

83 
209 

34 

258 
403 
554 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXV 



Brown, Henry, Portsmouth, 1696 . 
Buckley, Richard, Portsmouth, 1706/7 
Bullard, Augustine, Portsmouth, 1706 
Bunker, James, Durham, 1697 

Joseph, Durham, 1717 
Burnell, Tobias, 1674/5 . 
Burnham, Robert, Durham, 1691 
Button, William, 1693 

Canney, Joseph, 1690 

Thomas, Jr., 1677 
Carpenter, Lawrence, 1677 
Cass, , Hampton, 1712 

John, Hampton, 1674 
Cate, James, Portsmouth, 1677 
Cator, Edward, 1670/1 . 

Edward, Newcastle, 1691 
Champion, Claude, Isles of Shoals, 1687 
Chapman, John, Hampton, 1705/6 
Chase, Abraham, 1670 . 

James, Hampton, 1703/4 . 

Joseph, Hampton, 1704 

Thomas, Hampton, 1652 . 

Thomas, Hampton, 1712 . 
Chesley, George, Durham, 17 10 

Philip, 1695 

Samuel, Durham, 1708 

Thomas, Durham, 1697/8 

Thomas, Durham, 1704 • 
Church, John, Jr., Dover, 1711 
Churchwood, Gregory, 1670/1 
Clapham, Arthur, 1678 . 
Clark, Edward, 1675 

John, Portsmouth, 1694 . 

John, Newcastle, 1700 



419 

575 
567 
432 
806 
160 
360 

387 

339 

186 

184 
682 
147 
201 
124 
353 
317 
546 
180 
522 
526 

23 
685 
665 

413 
627 

434 

535 
672 

123 

225 

167 

391 
460 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Clark. John, Exeter, 1706 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1686 
Clement, Job, 1682 

Job, Dover, 1716 
Clifford, Bridget, Hampton, 1679 
Cloutman, Edward, Dover, 1717 
Coffin, Robert, Exeter, 1709 . 
Colcord, Edward, Jr., 1677 
Cole, Isaac, Exeter, 1706/7 

William, Hampton, 1662 . 
Combes, Alexander, Portsmouth, 1707 
Cotton, John, Hampton, 1710 . 
John, Portsmouth, 17 14 
Seaborn, Hampton, 1684 . 
Thomas, Portsmouth, 1689/90 
William, 1678 . 
Cowell, Agnes, Portsmouth, 168 1 
Edward, 1677 . , 

Edward, 1692 . 
Cox, Moses, Hampton, 1682 . 
Cram, Benjamin, Hampton, 1707/8 

Jonathan, Hampton, 1703/4 
Crawford, Mungo, Newcastle, 171 2 

Susan, 1649 

Cromwell, Philip, Dover, 1708 

Crowder, John, Portsmouth, 1652 

Cuddington, Stockdale, Hampton, 1650 

Cummings, Richard, Portsmouth, 1678 

Currier, Richard, Isles of Shoals, 1708 

Cutt, Eleanor, Portsmouth, 1684 

John, Portsmouth, 1680/1 

Richard, Portsmouth, 1675 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1698 

Ursula, Portsmouth, 1694 



547 
303 
259 
793 

234 
810 

645 
19a 

579 

53 

598 

656 

736 
274 
326 
229 

253 
203 

370 
261 

618 
520 
699 

17 
624 

24 
20 

219 

631 

282 

245 
161 

438 

395 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXVll 



Dalton, Philemon, Hampton, 1656 

Ruth, Hampton, 1665 

Samuel, Hampton, 1681 . 

Timothy, Hampton, 1657/8 

Timothy, Jr., Hampton, 1662 
Dam, John, Dover, 1687 
Daniell, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1683 
Davis, David, 1699/1700 

Hopkin, Portsmouth, 171 1 

John, Durham, 1685 

John, Durham, 1702 

William, 1697 ... 
Dearborn, Godfrey, Hampton, 1680 

Thomas, Hampton, 1710 . 
Demashaw, Hector, Isles of Shoals, 1677 
Dennett, Alexander, 1698 

John, Portsmouth, 1709/10 

Joseph, Portsmouth, 17 14 
Derry, John, Durham, 1697 
Deverson, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1705 
Dew, John, 1674 

Dimond, Thomas, Star Island, 1707 
Doe, Nicholas, 1691 
Dole, Benjamin, Hampton, 1707 
Dolloft', Christian, Exeter, 1708 
Dore, Richard, Portsmouth, 1715/16 
Dow, Henry, Hampton, 1659 . 

Joseph, Hampton, 1703 

Samuel, Hampton, 1714 . 

Simon, Hampton, 1707 
Downes, Thomas, Dover, 171 1 
Drake, Abraham, Hampton, 17 14 

Robert, Hampton, 1663 . 
Drew, Francis, Durham, 1694 

Francis, Dover, 1717 



33; 

84 

257 
36 

53 
316 
266 

454 
67a 

2 90 

493 
426 

243 
657 
186 

437 
653 
748 
427 
542 
152 
593 
355 

589 
626 

783 

38 

502 

734 
601 

669 

728 

58 
401 

799 



XXVlll 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Drew, James, 1674 

Samuel, 1669 . 

Thomas, Durham, 1694 

William, Durham, 1669 
Dudley, Samuel, 1682/3. 

Theophilus, Exeter, 17 13 
Durgin, William, Dover, 1702 
Duston, Thomas, 1678 



Edmunds, John, 1696 

Thomas, 1696 . 
Elkins, Gershom, Hampton, 1714 

Henry, Hampton, 1667 

Henry, Kingston, 1707 
Ellins, Anthony, 1681 
Elwell, Joseph, Newcastle, 1701 
Estow, William, Hampton, 1655 
Evans, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1686 

Robert, Dover, 1696/7 

Fabes, Elizabeth, Newcastle, 171 1 

John, Newcastle, 1696 
Fabyan, George, Portsmouth, 1692/3 
Fellows, Samuel, Hampton, 1707 

Samuel, Jr., Kingston, 1715 
Fernald, Joanna, 1660 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 171 1 
Ferryman, William, 1700 
Field, Darby, 165 1 

Joseph, Dover, 1690 
Fifield, Benjamin, Hampton, 1706 

William, Hampton, 1714/15 
Fletcher, John, Portsmouth, 1695 
Fogg, Samuel, Hampton, 1671/2 
Foggett, Philip, 1664 
Follett, Nicholas, Portsmouth, 1700 



160 

115 

394 

115 
262 

706 

494 

225 

419 

419 

732 

95 
608 

253 
484 

30 
301 

424 

669 
418 

381 

599 
776 

44 
671 

468 

23 
338 
560 

753 
410 
129 
78 
461 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXIX 



Follett, William, Durham, 1690 
Folsom, Ephraim, Exeter, 1709 
John, Exeter, 1692/3 
John, Exeter, 17 15 . 
Samuel, Exeter, 1701/2 
Footman, Thomas, 1667 . 
Fossjjohn, Dover, 1699 
Frost, John, Star Island, 1713 
Fryer, Joshua, Newcastle, 1703 

Nathaniel, Newcastle, 1704/5 
Fuller, Giles, Hampton, 1673 . 
William, Hampton, 1690/1 
Furber, Jethro, Portsmouth, 1686 
Jethro, Newington, 1715/16 
Joshua, Portsmouth, 1708 
William, Dover, 1699 
William, Dover, 1707 

Gale, John, Portsmouth, 1687 
Garland, John, Hampton, 1671 
George, James, Portsmouth, 1716 
Gerrish, John, Dover, 1706 

Richard, Portsmouth, 17 17 
Gibbons, Ambrose, Durham, 1656 
Giles, Matthew, Durham, 1667 
Gilman, Daniel, Exeter, 1683/4 
Edward, Exeter, 1655 
Edward, Exeter, 1690 
John, Exeter, 1700 . 
Moses, Exeter, 1701/2 
Stephen, Kingston, 1712 . 
Goddard, John, 1667 

John, 1672 
Godfrey, Isaac, Hampton, 17 10 
John, Hampton, 1697 
William, Hampton, 1667 . 



XXX 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Goodwin, Robert, i6'j^/8 
Gordon, Alexander, Exeter, 1697 

James, Exeter, 1714 
Gore, William, 1686 
Goss, James, 1688 . 
Gove, Edward, Hampton, 1712 
Graffam, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1715 
Graftort, Bridget, Portsmouth, 1701 
Green, Edmund, 1668 

Henry, Hampton, 1700 

Isaac, Hampton, 1712/13 
Gresham, Noah, 1677/8 . 
Griffith, Caleb, Portsmouth, 17 10 
Grout, Gabriel, Portsmouth, 1707 
Grubb, Gabriel, 1677/8 . 

Hall, John, Greenland, 1677 

John, Dover, 1700 . 

Joseph, Greenland, 1685 

Ralph, Dover, 1706/7 

Samuel, 1690 . 
Hallwell, Henry, Durham, 1663 
Ham, William, Portsmouth, 1672 

William, Portsmouth, 1693 
Hanson, Isaac, 1683 

Thomas, 1666. 

Thomas, Dover, 1710 
Harford, William, Dover, 1717 
Harris, John, Portsmouth, 1710 

Thomas, England, 1667 . 
Harrison, Nicholas, Dover, 1707/8 
Hart, John, Portsmouth, 1664/5 
Harve}', Joachim, 1678 . 

Onesiphorous, Isles of Shoals, 1672 

Richard, 1678 .... 



208 
430 

744 
308 

320 

680 

777 
473 
109 

465 
703 
206 
662 
600 
208 

195 
459 
293 
583 
336 
60 
140 
388 
265 

85 

659 
800 

667 

98 

620 

81 

226 

137 
216 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXI 



Haskins, William, 1712 . 

Hatch, John, Portsmouth, 1701 

Hatherly, Henry, 1676 . 

Hayward, Hugh, Bristol, Eng., 1713/14 

Heard, James, Kittery, Me., 1677 

John, Kittery, Me., 1677 

John, Dover, 1687 

John, Dover, 1707 . 

John, Dover, 1716/17 

Samuel, Dover, 1697 
Hearle, William, Portsmouth, 1689 
Herbert, Sylvester, Newcastle, 1683 
Hill, Richard, 1677/8 . 

Valentine, 1662 
Hilliard, Benjamin, Hampton, 1677 

Emmanuel, Hampton, 1657 

Timoth}^ Hampton, 17 12 
Hilton, Catherine, Exeter, 1676 

Edward, 1670/1 

Edward, Exeter, 1699 

William, Exeter, 1690 

William, 1700 . 

Winthrop, Exeter, 17 10 
Hinger, Marker, 1660 
Hinkson, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1664 
Hobbs, Henry, Dover, 1698 

James, 1680 

Morris, Hampton, 1706 
Hobby, Sir Charles, Boston, Mass., 1716/17 
Hockaday, Nathaniel, Isles of Shoals, 1664 
Hoddy, John, Portsmouth, 1684 
Holdridge, Isabel, Exeter, 1689 
Holland, Edward, Star Island, 1684 

Roger, 1677/8 



682 
481 
180 
720 

188 
188 
312 
588 
797 
431 
327 
265 
206 

55 
199 

35 
682 
172 
124 

443 

344 
470 

668 

46 

75 

437 
242 

559 
798 

78 

280 

328 

286 

207 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Horne, John, Dover, 1710 

William, Dover, 1691/2 . 
Hoskins, William, Newcastle, 1713 
Howard, James, Portsmouth, 1708 . 
Howell, Abraham, Portsmouth, 1699 
Hudson, John, Newington, 1717 
Huggins, John, Hampton, 1670 

Robert, Dover, 1705 
Hull, Dodavah, 1682 

Dodavah, Portsmouth, 1716 
Reuben, Portsmouth, 1689 
Hunking, Hercules, Star Island, 1659 
John, Portsmouth, 1681 
Mark, Portsmouth, 1667 . 
Hunkitt, John, Hampton, 1670/1 
Huntress, George, Newington, 17 15 
Hussey, Christopher, 1684/5 . 



Jackson, Clement, Portsmouth, 1708 
John, Portsmouth, 1660 . 
John, Portsmouth, 1690/1 
Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1715 
Thomas, 1691 . 
Walter, Durham, 1697/8 . 
William, Portsmouth, 1672 

Jaffrey, George, Portsmouth, 1706/7 

James, Thomas, 1671 

Jenkins, Henry, 1670 

Stephen, Durham, 1694 . 

Jenness, Francis, Hampton, 1714 

Joce, Christopher, Portsmouth, 1676 
Jane, Portsmouth, 1689 
John, Portsmouth, 1694 
Richard, Portsmouth, 1707/8 

Johns, Catherine, 1660 . 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXlll 



Johnson, Edmund, Hampton, 1650 

James, Newcastle, 1678 . 

Peter, Hampton, 1674 

Thomas, Durham, 1661 . 
Jones, Francis, Portsmouth, 17 13 

George, Exeter, 1694/5 

James, 1686 

John, Portsmouth, 1667 . 

John, Dover, 1706 . 

Thomas, 'Newcastle, 1712/13 
Jordan, Robert, Newcastle, 1678/9 

Keais, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1716 . 
Kelly, Abraham or Andrew, Newcastle, 
Kendrick, Joshua, 1662 . 
Kennard, Edward, Portsmouth, 1712 
Kenniston, John, 1677 
Kent, Oliver, Durham, 1670 . 
Kimming, John, Exeter, 1708 
King, Richard, Portsmouth, 1653 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1666/7 . 

William, Isles of Shoals, 1664 
Knight, John, Dover, 1694 
Knowles, John, Hampton, 1693/4 . 

Ladbrook, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1684 
Lang, Robert, 17 15/16 . 
Langdon, Tobias, Portsmouth, 1664 
Larriford, John, 1672 
Lavers, George, Portsmouth, 1683/4 
Lawrence, David, Exeter, 1709/10 . 
Leach, James, Portsmouth, 1696/7 . 
Leader, Richard, 1668 
Lear, Tobias, 1677/8 
Leavitt, Hezron, Hampton, 1702/3 . 
Isabel, Hampton, 1698/9 . 



1709 



20 
213. 
157 

51 

712 

406 
•302 
107 

5SS 
702 

231 

796 
635 

700' 
191 
12a 
625 

25 

93 

75 

397 

390 

285 

785. 
81 

133 
26a 
649 
423 

204 

499 
449 



XXXIV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Leavitt, Nehemiah, Exeter, 1715 

Samuel, Exeter, 1707 

Thomas, Hampton, 1692 
Leggett, John, 1665 
Leighton, John, Dover, 171 2 

Thomas, Dover, 1671 

Thomas, 1677 . 
Lemon, William, 1660 
Lewis, John, Newcastle, 1700/] 

Philip, Greenland, 1700 
Libby, James, 1678 
Light, Henry, 1677/8 

John, 1685/6 . 
Lines, John, Isles of Shoals, 1674 
Lissen, Nicholas, Exeter, 1714 
Lloyd, Allen, Portsmouth, 1672 

Allen, Portsmouth, 1701/2 

Edward, 1663 . 
Locke, John, Hampton, 1706/7 
Lovering, John, Dover, 1668 . 
Lowe, John, Portsmouth, 1713 
Ludecas, Mrs., Dover, 1664 . 
Lux, Audrey, Portsmouth, 1688 

William, Newcastle, 1684 

Mann, Michael, Portsmouth, 1687 

Mansfield, Henry, 1678 . 

Manson, Richard, Portsmouth, 1702 

Robert, Isles of Shoals, 1677 
Marden, John, 1698 

Rachel, 1706/7 
Marsh, Henry, Durham, 1715 
Marshall, Robert, 1663 . 
Marston, James, Hampton, 1705 

John, Hampton, 1699/1700 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXV 



Marston, Thomas, Hampton, 1690 
William, Hampton, 1672 . 
William, Hampton, 1701 . 

Martin, John, 1664 . 

Martyn, Matthew, 1677 . 

Richard, Portsmouth, 1692/3 
Richard, Jr., 169 1 . 

Mason, Elizabeth, Hampton, 1697 
John, London, Eng., 1635 
Robert Tufton, Portsmouth, 1692 

Matthews, Benjamin, Durham, 1710/11 
Francis, Durham, 1704 
Isaac, Portsmouth, 17 16 . 
Walter, 1678 . 

Maud, Daniel, 1654/5 

Maverick, Antipas, Exeter, 1678 

Meader, Nathaniel, Durham, 1705 

Melcher, Edward, Portsmouth, 1695 

Mills, Ann, Portsmouth, 1716 
Richard, Portsmouth, 17 15 

Mingy, Jeffrey, Hampton, 1658 

Moody, Joshua, Portsmouth, 1693 

Moore, John, Jr., 1677 . 
William, Exeter, 1700 

Morgan, William, Exeter, 17 12 

Morrill, Nicholas, Portsmouth, 1697 

Morris, Thomas, 1701 

Moses, Aaron, Portsmouth, 1713 

Moulton, Daniel, 167 1 

Henry, Hampton. 1701 
John, Hampton, 1649/50 . 
John, Hampton, 1706/7 
William, Hampton, 1663/4 

Mussell, Robert, 1663/4 



XXXVl 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Nelson, Matthew, Portsmouth, 17 13 
Nichols, James, 165 1 
Nock, Henry, Dover, 17 13 

Silvanus, Dover, 17 16 

Thomas, 1667 . 

Thomas, Dover, 1676/7 
Nute, James, Jr., Dover, 1691 
Nutter, Hatevil, Dover, 1674 . 

Odiorne, John, Newcastle, 1706/7 
Philip, Isles of Shoals, 1703 

O'Shaw, Daniel, Newcastle, 1715 
James, Newcastle, 1716 . 

Otis, Nicholas, Dover, 1697 
Richard, Dover, 1704 
Richard, Jr., Dover, 1701 

Owen, John, Portsmouth, 1704 

Page, Francis, Hampton, 1706 

Robert, Hampton, 1679 . 

Stephen, Hampton, 1713/14 

Thomas, Hampton, 1686 . 
Paine, John, Boston, Mass., 1693/4 

Thomas, Newcastle, 1694 
Palmer, , 1661 

Christopher, Hampton, 1706/7 

William, 1685 . 
Parker, Noah, Portsmouth, 1708 

Samuel, 1656 . 
Partridge, John, Jr., Portsmouth, 1698 

Nehemiah, 1690/1 
Pearl, Nicholas, Dover, 1706 
Pease, Samuel, Exeter, 1706 
Pendleton, Bryan, Portsmouth, 1677 
Penny, Henry, Portsmouth, 1708/9 



707 

23 

708 
788 
100 
180 
361 

157 

578 

513 
764 
790 

427 

536 

488 

524 

571 
236 

718 

305 

389 

396 

53 
582 
292 
627 

32 
437 
348 
558 

570 
191 

634 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXVll 



Pepperell, Andrew, Newcastle, 1713/14 
Perkins, Abraham, Hampton, 1683 

Abraham, 17 15 

Abraham, Jr., 1677 . 

Humphrey, Hampton, 1712 

Jonathan, Hampton, 1688/9 
Ferryman, Edward, 1677/8 
Peverly, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1670 
Philbrick, James, Hampton, 1676 

Thomas, Hampton, 1663/4 

Thomas, Kingston, 1712 . 

Timothy, Kingston, 17 13/14 
Phillips, Israel, 1678 

John, 1641/2 
Pickering, John, Portsmouth, 1668 

John, Jr., 1714/15 • 
Pierce, John, Dover, 1676 
Pike, John, Dover, 1709/10 

Joshua, Portsmouth, 1716/17 

Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 17 14 
Pitman, Ezekiel, Dover, 1706/7 

William, Durham, 1682 . 

William, Portsmouth, 1693 
Plaisted, Ichabod, Berwick, Me., 1715 

Elisha, Portsmouth, 1690 

John, 1707/8 . 
Plimpton, Henry, 1652 . 
Polly, Edward, 17 15 
Pomeroy, Joseph, 1674 • 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1714 
Pottle, Christopher, Hampton, 1709 

Quick, Nathan, 1677/8 . 

Rackley, William, Portsmouth, 1699 
Ralph, Clement, Durham, 1667 



XXXVlll 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Rand, Francis, 1689 

John, 1694/5 . 

John, Durham, 1698 

Remembrance, 1694/5 

Samuel, Newcastle, 1706/7 
Randall, Jacob, 1702 

Peter, Portsmouth, 1697/8 
Read, Robert, Hampton, 1664 
Reyner, John, Dover, 1669 

John, 1677 
Rice, Henry, Dover, 17 11 
Richards, Mary, Portsmouth, 1702/3 

William, Portsmouth, 1694 
Rider, Phineas, Newcastle, 1681 
Roberts, Thomas, Dover, 1673 

William, Dover, 1676 
Robinson, James, Newcastle, 1710 

John, Exeter, 1675 . 
Roby, Henry, Hampton, 1686/7 

Samuel, Hampton, 1717 . 
Rollins, James, Dover, 1685 . 

James, Portsmouth, 1700 . 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1694 

Thomas, Exeter, 1706 
Rose, Roger, Portsmouth, 1705 
Rouse, Thomas, Portsmouth, 171 2/1 
Rowe, Richard, Dover, 1703 . 
Royall, Teague, 1677 
Rutherford, Robert, Portsmouth, 17 15 
Rymes, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1711/12 

Sadler, Anthony, 1650 
Sampson, Andrew, Portsmouth, 1708 
Sanborn, John, Hampton, 1692 
William, Hampton, 1692 



333 
405 
438 

405 
581 
495 
436 

73 
112 
200 

673 

499 
404 

253 

14s 
170 

657 
169 

308 
804 

293 
468 
402 

564 
543 
705 
510 
186 
769 

675 

20 

621 

374 
374 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXIX 



'Savage, Elizabeth, Portsmouth, 1708 
Scribner, John, Dover, 1674 . 
Seeley, John, 1670 . 
Severett, Joanna, Portsmouth, 1690/1 

Philip, Portsmouth, 1689 . 
•Seward, , 1681 

John, Portsmouth, 1705 

Richard, 1662/3 

Richard, Portsmouth, 1667 
Sewall, Edward, Exeter, 1684 

Edward, Exeter, 1712 

Thomas, Exeter, 1712 
-Shaw, Benjamin, Hampton, 1717 

Caleb, 1715 

Roger, Hampton, 1660 
Sherburne, Ambrose, 1676 

Henry, 168 1 

John, Portsmouth, 1690 

John, Portsmouth, 1691 

Samuel, 1691 . 
Shipway, John, Portsmouth, 1683 

John, Portsmouth, 1690 
Shortridge, Richard, Portsmouth, 1712 
Simonds, Thomas, 1674 . 
Sinclair, John, Exeter, 1699/1700 
Sleeper, Moses, 1680 
Sloper, Richard, Portsmouth, 17 11 
Smart, Robert, Exeter, 1703 . 
Smith, Israel, Hampton, 1706 

James, Durham, 171^ 

John, Hampton, 1709 

Joseph, Hampton, 1712 

Nicholas, Exeter, 1673 

Nicholas, Exeter, 1715/16 

Robert, Hampton, 1699/1700 



632 

156 
120 

345 

328 

257 
546 

57 
103 
285 
698 
692 
810 
772 

47 

175 

252 

341 

362 

362 
266 

342 
701 

151 

454 
242 

671 

508 

551 
728 
6^6 
694 
146 
782 

457 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Snell, Agnes, 1681 

George, Portsmouth, 1706 

Richard, Boston, Mass., 1691 
Stanyan, Anthony, Hampton, 1688/9 
Start, Thomas, 1674 
Steele, Francis, Exeter, 1717 . 
Stevens, Caleb, 1675 

Nathaniel, Exeter, 1708 . 
Stevenson, Joseph, Durham, 1694 

Thomas, Durham, 1664 . 

Thomas, Durham, 1694 . 
Stileman, Elias, Newcastle, 1695 

Lucy, Newcastle, 1699/1700 

Richard, 1679 

Richard, 1691 
Stockbridge, John, Hampton, 1715 
Story, Charles, 1714/15 . 

William, 1661 . 
Swaine, Francis, 1665 

Hezekiah, Hampton, 1670 

John, Newcastle, 1699 

Mary, Newcastle, 1704 

William, 1692 

William, Jr., Hampton, 1657 
Swett, Benjamin, Hampton, 1677 

Tanner, John, Portsmouth, 1669 
Taprill, Abisha, 1678/9 . 
Tarleton, Ruth, Newcastle, 1707/8 
Tasker, Mary, Durham, 1699/1700 

William, Dover, 1 699/1 700 
Taskett, Samuel, Durham, 1704 
Taylor, Henry, 1649 

William, 1677/8 
Thing, Jonathan, 1674 

Jonathan, Exeter, 1695 



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Thorner, Henry, Wapping, Eng., 1657 
Tibbetts, Henry, 1683 

Jeremiah, Dover, 1677 
Tomlin, Richard, Portsmouth, 1708/9 
Towle, Joshua, Hampton, 1714 

Philip, Hampton, 1696 

PhiHp, Hampton, 1709 
Trickey, Ephraim, Dover, 1701 

Isaac, Dover, 1712 . 

Joseph, Dover, 17 13 

Thomas, 1675 .... 

Trueworthy, , 1673 

Tuck, Edward, Hampton, 1653 

Robert, 1664 .... 
Tucker, John, Star Island, 1670 

Philip, Portsmouth, 1695 . 

Richard, 1679 

Richard, Newcastle, 1694 
Tuckerman, Otho, Portsmouth, 1664 
Turpin, Thomas, 1650 
Tuttle, John, Dover, 1663 

John, Dover, 1717 
Twombly, Ralph, 1684/5 
Tyng, Edward, Boston, Mass., 1677 

XJrin, William, Star Island, 1664 

Varney, Humphrey, Dover, 1713 . 

John, Dover, 1713/14 
Vittery, Peter, London, Eng., 1682 

Wakeham, John, 1691/2 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1698 

Waldron, Alexander, Newcastle, 1676 
Isaac, Boston, Mass., 1686 

Walford, Jeremiah, Portsmouth, 1660 



35 

267 
182 

634 

746 

421 
640 
482 
690 

713 
169 

142 

25 

79 

121 

409 

241 

392 

74 
20 

60 

814 

286 

193 

73 

714 
717 

258 

266 
441 
174 
302 
43 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Walford, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1666 

Thomas, 1678 .... 
Walker, Joseph, 1683 

Robert, Portsmouth, 1714 

Samuel, 1704/5 
Wall, James, Hampton, 1659 . 

Mary, Hampton, 1702/3 . 
Wallis, George, Portsmouth, 1685/6 
Walton, George, 1685/6 
Ward, Thomas, Hampton, 1678 
Watson, Robert, Durham, 1695/6 
Webb, George, Dover, 165 1 . 
Webster, John, Portsmouth, 1662 
Wedgwood, John, Hampton, 1654 
Wentworth, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1690/1 

Samuel, Jr., Boston, Mass., 1712/13 

William, Dover, 1697 
West, Edward, Newcastle, 1677 

John, Newcastle, 1695 

Martha, Newcastle, 1678/9 
Westbrook, John, Portsmouth, 1697 
Weymouth, James, Isles of Shoals, 1678 

James, Newcastle, 1706/7 

William, 1654 . 

William, Star Island, 1703 
Wheeler, John, Durham, 1706 
Whidden, John, 1681 

Samuel, Greenland, 1713/14 
White, John, 1646 . 
Whittemore, Joel, 1711/12 
Wiggin, Andrew, Exeter, 1703/4 

Bradstreet, Exeter, 1709 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1664 

Thomas, Exeter, 1695/6 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1700 



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Wight, Thomas, Exeter, 1665 
Wilcomb, Eleanor, Isles of Shoals, 
Wilford, Gilbert, 1676 . 
AVilley, Samuel, 1679 

Stephen, Durham, 1096 . 

Thomas, 1681 . 
Williams, Henry, Hampton, 1711/1 

Robert, 1676 . 
Wilson, Humphrey, Exeter, 1698 

John, Exeter, 1699/1700 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1642/3 . 

Thomas, 1662 . 

William, Hampton, 17 10 . 
Wincoll, John, Portsmouth, 1715 
Windsor, Samuel, 1687 . 
Wingate, John, Dover, 1683/4 

John, Dover, 1714 

Moses, Dover, 1695/6 

Oliver, England, 1664 
Winsley, Samuel, Kingston, 1710 
Woodis, John, Portsmouth, 1670 
Woodman, John, Dover, 1705 
Woodward, James, 1647 
Wright, Nathaniel, Stratham, 1716 
Wyatt, John, Portsmouth, 1670 

York, Richard, Dover, 1672 . 
Young, John, Exeter, 1697 
John, Exeter, 1704/5 



1699 



83 
445 
177 

233 
420 

257 
674 
176 
440 
456 
13 

55 
662 

778 

319 

270 

751 
417 
76 
666 
119 

545 

16 

791 

119 

134 
432 

539 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



JOHN MASON 1635 LONDON ENG. 

In the Name of God Amen, I Cap' John Mason of London Esq'' 
being Sick in body but of perfect mind & memory, laud & praise 
be therefore given to Almighty God, doe make & declare this my 
present last Will & Testament in Manner & forme following (that 
is to Say) first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands 
of Almighty God my Maker hopeing & Assuredly beleiveing y' 
by & through the Meritts of the most pretious death & passion of 
my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I shall be Saved and have full 
& free pardon & remission of all my Sins and Enjoy Everlasting 
life, in the Kingdom of heaven Amongst the Elect Children of 
God, My body I committ to y" Earth from whence it came to be 
buried in the Collegiate Church of S' Peter in Westmin'' without 
Any ftunerall Pompe, or Ceremonie. And as concerneing all & 
Singuler the Goods Chattells Debts & personall Estate, which 
it hath pleased God of his Goodness to bless me withall in 
this life after my Debts shall be paid & my ffunerall Charges 
discharged I give devise & bequeath the Same unto Such person 
& persons, in Such manner & forme & Under Such provisoes 
Conditions and Limitations as are hereafter Expressed (that is to 
say) 

Imprimus I Give and bequeath Unto five poor people of the 
Town or parish of Portsmouth in the County of Southampton the 
sume of five pounds to be distributed According to the discretions 
of the Church warden of the said Town or p'^sh for the time being, 
and to be paid by my Executrix Unto y'' said Church warden of 
the s'' Town or p'^ish within one Year Next after my Decease the 
S' Churchwardens, within One Year Next after the receipt of y^ 
said legacie given unto My Executrix an honest and Just Account, 
of the distribuc'on of the s'' legacie, to y* use of the s*^ poor people. 



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Item I give unto my Sister Dorothy Moor in Case she shall be 
in want for & dureing the terme of her Naturall Life The Yearly 
Sume of Tenn pounds of Lawfull mony of England to be paid 
unto her or her Assignes at the two Usuall ffeasts or halfe Yearely 
paym^* in the Year by Even and Equall porc'ons. And I give 
unto every of the Children of my said Sister Dorothy Moor, Six 
pounds apeice of Lawfull mony of England, 

Item I give unto Beatrice Baldwin the sume of ffive pounds. 

Item I give & bequeath unto my Brother in Law M"" Joshua 
Green & his wife, M"^ Edward Lambert & his wife, M'' Henry 
Burton and his Wife, M"" John Woolaston & his wife, & to my 
Loveing Cosins Doctor Mason of Greenwich and his wife and 
Mother, To my Cosins m' Thomas Geere and his wife. To my 
Cosin Thomas Mason Gentleman, and to my Cosins M"" Thomas 
Gipps & his Wife to every of them ffifty Shillings a peice to make 
them Rings to weare in Remembrance of me. 

All the rest & residue of all & Singuler my goods & Chattells 
and ready Money debts and personall Estate whatsoever & where- 
soever, after my Debts shall be paid, and my Legacies & ffunerall 
Charges shall be discharged, I will that my Wife shall have the 
use thereof and of Every part thereof And shall receive have & 
Enjoy to her Owne proper use all the encrease, profitt & benefitt 
that shall be made thereof, by for and dureing the terme of her 
Naturall life. And from and Imediately after the decease of my 
said wife, then I give devise and bequeath the S*^ rest and residue 
of all and Singuler my Goods Chattells ready Mony Debts & 
personall Estate whatsoever Unto my t^bur Grand Children John 
Tufton Ann Tufton Robert Tufton and Mary Tufton to be Equally 
divided Amongst them part and part like and to be paid to the 
men Children at their severall Ages of One and Twenty Years ; 
And to the women Children at their Ages of One and twenty 
Years ; or dayes of Marriage which shall tirst happen, & if any 
of them dye in their Minoritye then the part or porc'on of him or 
them soe dying shall be parted & divided Unto and Amongst the 
Survivour or Survivors of my s'^ four Grand-Children respectively 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



And my Will and minde is, and I doe hereby devise and Appoint, 
that in case m}' said Wife Ann Mason shall dye & depart this 
mortall life before all my Said four Grand-Children shall be 
capable to receive have hold and Enjoy the Severall legacies 
and bequests before in this my Will given & bequeathed unto 
them and to hold and Enjoy the Lands and Tenem'* hereafter in 
this my Will by me Given and bequeathed unto them or to them 
& their heirs respectively y' y" and in such case my Loveing 
Brother in Law John Woollaston shall receive the parts & portions 
of such of my s'^ four Grand Children as shall be then in their 
Minoritye, and take possession of such Land ; as I shall in this 
my will give, devise & bequeath Unto them, and shall Imploy y^ 
same for y^ benefitt & Maintainance of my s'^ Grand Children ; 
& shall pay the same to them respectively as they shall attaine to 
their Ages of One & Twenty Years or dayes of Marriage as 
aforsaid. And I doe hereby make & Ordaine y^ said John Wol- 
laston after the decease of my said Wife Sole Guardian of and for 
my said Grand Children or Such of them as shall be in their 
Minoritie at the time of the decease of my Said Wife and in Case 
my s'^ wife, and my s*^ Brother in Law John Wollaston ; shall 
both dye and depart this Mortall Life before my said Grand 
Children shall be capable to have & receive their portions as 
aforsaid ; and to enjoy such Land as hereafter in this my will is 
by me given and bequeathed unto them respectively then I leave 
the Education and bringing up of such my said Grand Children ; 
as shall be in their Minoritie, and the receiveing haveing and 
possessing of such Lands Tenem^' legacies and bequests as I have 
and shall give them by this my will unto such person or persons 
as my said Brother in Law John Wollaston shall in his life time 
Nominate & appoint for that purpose & to no other person or per- 
sons whatsoever. — And I doe hereby Charge my said Grand 
Children and Every of them to make Choice of and accept of my 
said Brother in Law & such person or persons as he shall Appoint 
& none other whatsoever to be Executrix Guardian & Guardians 
for them, after the decease of my said Wife, And I doe hereby 



4 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

make name and Ordaine my said Loveing wife Ann Mason the 
full and Sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament desireing 
her to performe the same in all things According to my true 
Intent and Meaning. And I doe hereby Constitute & Appoint 
my said Loveing Brother in Law John Wollaston the Overseer of 
this my Last will and Testament Entreating him to be aiding & 
assisting Unto my S*^ Executrix in the Execution thereof & In 
token of thankfulness for his love to me, I doe hereby Give & 
bequeath unto him my Coach & two Coach Horses with the 
ffurniture thereto belonging. 

Now as conserneing y^ Disposition of all & Singular my Man- 
nors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements & hereditam'* with their and 
Every of their Rights Members & Appurtenances ; as well within 
the Realme of England as Else where I give devise & bequeath 
the same and Every of them to Such person & persons upon Such 
Trusts and Confidence to such uses & intents & purposes, & 
under Such provisoes. Conditions & Limittac'ons as are hereafter 
Expressed. (That is to say) first I Give devise & bequeath unto 
the Mayor and Comonallity and Corporation of The Town of 
Kingslyn in the County of Norfolk where I was borne by what 
name title or Addition soever, the s'^ Towne or Corporation is have 
been or shall be Called Known or incorpretted and to their suc- 
cessors for Ever Under the provisoe or Condition Nevertheless 
here after expressed, Two thousand Acres of Land in my County 
of New hampshire Or Mason hall in New England which by my 
Executrix & Overseers aforesaid shall be thought most fitt, And 
the Reverc'on & Reverc'ons remainder & remainders of the same 
two thousand acres of Land and Every part thereoff to have & to 
hold the same and Every part thereof unto the said Mayor and 
Comonallity & Corporation of the said Town of Kingslyn And 
their Successors for Ever for & under the Yearly Rent of One 
penny of Lawfull mony of England to be paid to my heirs if it 
shall be demanded, And alsoe Allowing unto my heirs for ever 
two flifth parts of all such Mynes Royall as shall be at any time 
after my decease found in & upon the same Land or any part 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 

thereof Provided allwayes & my will & minde is, And I doe 
hereby devise & appointe that the said Mayor and Comonallity 
their successers or Assignes, Shall within ffive Years next after 
my Decease plant & sett upon the said thousand Acres of Land 
ffive ffamillies of people at least to plant upon y® same, & that the 
Cleare Yearly profitt that shall be made of & upon the s'^ Two 
Thousand iVcres of Land shall be Yearly for Ever Distributed 
& Disposed of towards the Maintainance & Releife of the poor 
people of y^ s'^ Tovvne at the discretion of the Mayor & Aldermen 
or the Cheifest Govern' of y^ said Town for the time being. And 
I will that my said wife Ann Mason shall at y® request Cost & 
Charges in y® Law, of y^ said Mayor & Cominalitye their Succes- 
sers or Assignes Lawfully & sufficiently convey Release & Assure 
unto the said Mayor & Comonality & their Successers for Ever 
all her Right Estate Dower Title of Dower and Interest of and in 
y® said two Thousand Acres of Land, and that by Such lawfull 
wayes & Means, as by the s'' Mayor and Comonalitie or their 
successors or by their Councill learned in the Law shall be rea- 
sonably devised or advised and required. 

Item I give Devise & bequeath unto my Loveing Brother in 
Law John Wollaston & to his heirs & Assignes for Ever to be 
holden of my heirs in fee farme Three Thousand Acres of Land 
with y® App" in my County of New-hampshire ; or Mannor of 
Mason Hall afforsaid where my said Brother & Executrix shall 
think fitt, and the Reversion and Reversions Remainder and 
Remainders Rents and Yearly profitts whasoever of y® same 
Three Thousand Acres of land and Every or any part thereof, to 
have & to hold y® Same, and Every part thereof unto the said 
John Wollaston his heirs & Assignes for ever to be holden of my 
heirs for ever in fee farme paying only twelvepence of Lawfull 
mony of England '^ Annu- to my heirs when the same shall be 
demanded of y® said John Wollaston his heirs or Assignes, and 
alsoe allowing to my heirs two ffifth parts of all my Mynes Roy- 
all ; as shall be at any time after my decease found in & upon 
my said land or any part thereof & I will that my said Wife Ann 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



Mason shall at the request Cost & Charges in the Law of y*^ s"* 
John Wollaston his heirs or Assignes in due forme of Law con- 
vey release & Assure unto the s*^ John Wollaston his heirs & 
Assignes all her Right Title, Dower, intrest Claime & demand, 
of in & unto the said Three Thousand Acres of land, with ye 
App''^ and of in & unto Every or any part thereof by such Convey- 
ance, wayes, & means as by y^ s*^ John Wollaston & his heirs or 
Assignes or his or their Councell Learned in the Law shall be 
reasonably devised or advised and required. 

I Give devise & bequeath unto my Grand Child Ann Tufton 
and to her heirs and Assignes for Ever under the provisoes and 
Conditions Nevertheless hereafter Expressed, all those my lands 
Tenements and hereditaments with the App'''' lying & being at 
Capeham of Wagen ; upon the south East side of Sagadahock In 
New England aforesaid called Masona ; & Containing by Esti- 
mac'on tenn Thousand Acres or thereabouts be the same more or 
less, and the reversion & reversions. Remainder & Remainders 
Rents and Yearly and other profits whatsoever of y^ same Land 
and p^'misses, To have & to hold y" said Lands & p'misses and 
Every part thereof with the App''^ unto y^ said Ann Tufton my 
Grand Child & to her heirs and Assignes forever Provided alwayes 
& my will minde and meaning is, And I doe hereby devise & 
appoint y* my wife shall hold & Enjoy y® said Tenn Thousand 
Acres of Land & Every part thereof and receive take & enjoye 
to her Own proper use & behoofe all the rents Issues and profitts 
of the same & Every part thereof untill my said Grand Child Ann 
Tufton shall attaine to the Age of One & Twenty Years, or day 
of Marriage which shall first happen if my said wife shall soe 
long live. 

Item I give & devise & bequeath, unto my Grand Child Robert 
Tufton ; and to his heirs & Assignes for Ever under y« provisoes 
& Conditions nevertheless hereafter Expressed, all that my Man- 
nor of Mason Hall in New England afores'' with all the Lands 
Tenements & hereditaments Rights Members and App""^ thereto 
belonging Except such part of y^ Land thereunto belonging as is 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 7 

before bequeathed by this my will & the Reverssion and Rever- 
ssions Remaind' & Remaind'* Rents & Yearly and Otther profitts 
whatsoever ot' the same p'"misses. To have & to hold y® same 
and every part thereof Except before Excepted, Unto my s'* Grand 
Child Robert Tufton & to his heirs & Assignes for Ever, Pro- 
vided allways and upon Condition Nevertheless and my true 
Intent & meaneing is that the said Ann my Wife shall have & 
Enjoye the said Mannor and p'misses Given to my s'^ Grand Child 
Robert Tufton as aforesaid and receive take and enjoye to her 
owne proper use the Rents Issues & profitts thereof untill my said 
Grand Child Robert Tufton shall Attaine to & Accomplish his 
full Age of One & Twenty Years, (if my said wife shall soe long 
live) Provided alsoe & my ffurther will minde & meaneing is & 
I doe hereby devise & Appoint y' my s'^ Grand Child Rob* Tufton 
shall alter his Sir Name & Sir Name himselfe Mason ; before he 
shall be Capable to Enjoye the s'^ Mannor and p'"misses Accord- 
ing to this my Will for y' my true intent and meaning is that the 
s'^ mann'^ & p''misses shall Continue in my name as now it doth & 
no Otherwise. 

Item I give devise & bequeath unto my s'^ Brother in Law John 
Wollaston his heirs & Assignes for Ever upon the Trusts & Confi- 
dences, and to the uses intents and purposes Nevertheless hereafter 
Expressed Two Thousand Acres of Land, in my County of New- 
hampshire in New England aforesaid where my said Brother & 
Executrix afores'* shall think fitt upon trust & Confidence, & to the 
use intent and purpose, that my said Brother John Wollaston or 
his heirs. And my said wife Ann Mason shall with all speed con- 
venient after my decease at y^ Charges of my Estate In due forme 
of Law, Settle & Convey One Thousand Acres of y" said Land 
to some fieofiees in trust & to their heirs for Ever, for & towards 
y® Maintainance of an honnest Godly & Religious Preacher of 
Gods word in some Church or Chappie or other publick place y* 
shall be Appointed for devine Worshipp & Service within the said 
County of New hampshire, where my s^ wife and Brother shall 
think fitt, the said fieofees & their heirs ; paying & allowing unto 



8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my heirs for Ever the Yearly rent of One penny if it be demanded, 
and two fifths parts of all such Mynes Royall as shall be found in 
& upon the said one Thousand Acres of Land or any part there of 
& One Thousand Acres more residue of y^ said two Thousand 
Acres of Land I will shall be Settled or Conveyed as aforesaid to 
some ffeoffees in trust & to their heirs for Ever for & towards the 
Maintainance of a free Grammer school for the Education of 
Youth in some Convenient place wdthin y* said County of New- 
hampshire where my said wife & Brother in Law^ shall think fitt ; 
they alsoe paying & allowing unto my heirs for Ever the Yearly 
Rent of One penny if it be dema'd & two fifth parts of all such 
Mynes Royall as shall be found in & upon the said One Thousand 
Acres of Land or any part thereof. 

all the Rest& residue of all & Singular my Mannors Messuages, 
Lands Tenem'^ & hereditaments with their & Every of their 
App''^ lying and being within y*" said County of Newhampshire or 
Elsewhere in New England afors'', not before bequeathed by this 
my will ; I Give devise & bequeath y® same & Every part thereof 
and the Reverc'on and Reverc'ons Remainder & Remainders 
thereof and of Every part thereof under the provisoes and Condi- 
tions Nevertheless hereafter Expressed unto my Grand Child John 
Tufton, And to the heirs of his body Lawfully to be begotten & 
for want of such Issue to the said Robert Tufton or my Grand 
Child, & to the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten, & for want 
of such Issue to my Cosin Doctor Robert Mason Chanceller of 
the Diocess of Winchester, & to the heirs male of his body Law^- 
fully begotten or to be begotten & for want of such Issue to my 
Right heirs & Assignes for Ever Provided allwayes Nevertheless 
and my will minde & meaning is that my said wife Ann Mason 
shall have hold & Enjoye ; y^ said Mann" Messuages lands and 
p''mises by me given unto my said Grand Child John Tufton as 
aforsaid and receive y" rents Issues and profitts thereof & of Every 
part thereof to her Owne proper use and behoofe untill my said 
Grand Child John Tufton shall Attaine to and Accomplish his full 
Age of One & Twenty Years if y® said Ann my wife shall soe 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9 

long live, provided alsoe, & my further will minde & meaning is 
& I doe hereby devise & Appoint, that m}^ said Grand Child John 
Tufton, shall alter his Sir Name, and shall name himself Mason, 
before he shall be Capable to enjoye y® said Mannors Lands & 
p'misses or any part thereof According to my bequest for that my 
true intent & meaning is that the said Lands shall not descend 
from the name of Mason but that my said Grand Child & his heirs 
shall Enjoy the same Land & p'misses in my Ovvne S"" Name & 
not otherwise, Provided allso & my will & minde is, and I doe 
hereby devise & appoint that my s'* Grand Child John Tufton or 
his heirs shall well & truly pay or Cause to be paid unto my Grand 
Child Mary Tufton his Sister out of y^ Mannors Messuages Lands 
& Tenem'^ by me bequeathed unto him as aforesaid y® sume of five 
hundred pounds of Lawfull money of England for her better pre- 
ferm' & advancement in Marriage the same to be paid unto her or 
her Assigns within one year next after y*" day of y* Marriage of 
the said Mary Tufton without fraud or Covin, provided alsoe & 
my further will Minde & meaning is & I doe hereby devise & 
appoint y* in Case my s'' Grand Children John Tufton, Ann Tufton, 
Rob' Tufton and Mary Tufton ; or any of them shall refuse or 
be unwilling to take & Accept of my s'^ Brother in Law John Wol- 
aston, or such person or persons as he shall appoint to be in his 
or their Guardians or Guardians after the decease of my wife, dure- 
ing their or any of their Minorities, or if in Case my said four 
Grand Children or any of them, their or any of their heirs Execuf* 
Adm'^^ or Assignes or any of them shall at any time or times after 
my Decease by any wayes or means whatsoever sue vex molest 
trouble or prosecute my Execuf^* or Administ'® for the sume of one 
Thousand pound of Lawfull money of England which was here- 
tofore deposited in my hands by Joseph Tufton their Father or for 
any part thereof y' then & from thence forth in Either of those 
Cases y^ Legacies & bequests by me given and bequeathed to 
such of my said four Grand Children & to his or their heirs as 
shall soe offend Contrary to the true meaning herein before 
declared shall be voyde & of none effect as if y^ same had never 



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been Expressed in this my Will And that then alsoe and in such 
Case I give devise and bequeath, all & Every the Messuages 
Lands Tenem'^ hereditam'* Mony Goods & Chattells whatsoever 
before or hereafter in this my Will Given devised or bequeathed 
Unto Such of my Grand Children and their heirs, which shall soe 
disobey my true meaning herein before declared unto my Loving 
Cosin Doctor Robert Mason Chanceller of y® Diocesse of Winches- 
ter & his heirs and Assignes from hence forth for Ever. 

Item I give devise & bequeath all and Singular my Messuages 
Lands Tenem'* and hereditaments with their & Every of their 
App^^ lying & being within the Realme of England or elsewhere, 
not bequeathed by this my will unto my Loveing wife Ann Mason 
and her Assignes for and dureing the Tearm of her Naturall Life 
and after her Decease to my abovesaid Brother in Law John Wol- 
leston and his assignes for & dureing y'^ Joynt lives of my said 
Daughter Ann Tufton and her now husband upon trust & Confi- 
dence Nevertheless that the said John Wolleston & his Assignes 
shall pay and disburse the rents and profitts of the said p'"misses 
and every part thereof for and towards the proper Maintenance 
and stay of Liveing of and for & y^ said Ann my Daughter and 
noe otherwise. And in case my said Daughters now Husband 
shall dye and depart this Life in the life time of my said Daughter 
Ann Tufton, then and from thenceforth I Give devise & bequeath 
my s^ last menc'oned Messuages Lands Tenements and heredita- 
ments Every part thereof unto my said Daughter Ann Tufton for 
& dureing y'^ Tearm of her naturall Life, and from & Imediatly 
after y^ decease of my said Wife and Daughter and of the longest 
Liver of them then to my said Grand Children John Tufton Ann 
Tufton Rob* Tufton & Mary Tufton and to their heirs & Assignes 
for Ever and to none other use intent or purpose whatsoever under 
the provisoes & Conditions nevertheless herein before declared. 

ffinally I doe hereby revoke Countermand and make voyde all 
former Wills Testaments Codocills Exec" Legacyes & bequests 
whatsoever by me at any time made Named given, Willed, or 
Appointed, before the makeing of this my will willing & mindeing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 

that these presents Onely shall stand and be taken for my Last 
will & Testament and none other, saveing & reserveing unto my 
selfe nevertheless full power and Authority to make add or annext 
hereunto one or more Codicill or Codicills at my free will or 
pleasure any thing whatsoever before in this my Last will and 
Testament Expressed to the Contrary thereof in any wise Notwith- 
standing, 

In Witness whereof I the said Cap* John Mason the Testator, to 
this my present Last Will and Testament being written in fourteen 
sheets of paper with my Name Subscribed to Every sheet ; have 
sett my seale the six and Twentyeth day of November Anno. 
D'ni One Thousand six hundred Thirty tfive & in the Eleaventh 
Year of y^ Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by y^ Grace 
of God King of England, Scotland, ffrance, and Ireland, defender 
of the faith &c. And in Case my said Grand Children John Tufton 
& Robert Tufton shall both dye in y'' Life time of my wife without 
Issue of their or either of their bodyes Lawfully begotten ; then 
I Give & bequeath all my Mannors Messuages Lands and Ten- 
nements by me given to my said two Grand Children or Either of 
them unto my wife dureing y® Tearm of her naturall Life and 
after her decease to my Daughter Ann Tufton dureing y*^ Terme 
of her Naturall Life ; and after both their deceases then to such 
person and persons as the same is mentioned to be given and 

bequeathed unto by this my will. 

John Mason 

Signed, Sealed, published & declared by the said Cap' John 
Mason the Testator as his Last will & Testament on the day and 
year above written In y'' presence of us whose Names are here 
underwritten 

Tho : Noell 
Mathew Mason 
J ft^rrett Not'y 

Probatum fuit Testamentum supra scriptum Apud London 
Coram ven""'''' viro Magistro Willo. Clarke legum Dre — surr ven- 



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erabili viri D'ni Henrici Martin militi legum etiam Doctoris Curiae 
prerogativae Cant Magistri Custodis sive Comissarii legitime Con- 
stit vici'mo sc'do die Mensis Decembris Anno D'ni Millesimo 
sexcentessimo Tricesimo Quinto Juramento Anna? Mason relictis 
dicti defuncti et Executricis in hujusmodi testamento nominat Cui 
Comissa finit Administratio oium et singulorum bonorum Jurium 
€t Creditorum d'i defuncti de bene et fidltV Administrando eadem 
ad s'ti Dei Evangelia Jurat. 

Sadler 127 Q^ Tho : vvelham Reg"' Dep'^ 

Tertio/Examinaf 

Pro : New Hampsh' 

A True Copia from the Superiour Court tiles Compared the 
21*' March 1704/5 

^ : Theodore Atkinson Cler : 
[Court Files, Allen vs. Waldron.] 

The Doposition of Stephen Biles and Joseph Mason. 

The said Biles aged about thirty five years and the said Mason 
about fifty eight years both Testifieth and sayth that in March 
1650 we were both at the house of mistriss Ann Mason in London 
the relict of Cap' John Mason Deceased and saw a branch of his 
will wherein he made his Said wife Ann Sole executrix and after 
that died it being his Last will and further these Deponants Saith 
not 

Testified upon Oath before me 

Jo Endecott Gov"" 

That what is above written is a true Copie Compared w**^ its 
originall so signed & produced in the Gennerall Court of the Mas- 
sachusetts in new England by m^ Joseph Mason may 1652 

Attest' Edward Ravvson secret 

[Council Book i, p. 37] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 13 

JOHN PHILLIPS 1641/2 

[Inventory, March 20, 1641/2 ; amount, £17.0.2; taken by 
George Smith and John Dam. J 

[Court Records, July 5, 1643, i^ Deed, vol. i, p. 16.] 

Hateevill Nutter & Edward Starbuck administrators apoynted 
by the Court the 28"" of 5° Mo : 1642 to sell the goods of John 
Phillips deceased & to pay his debts & to returne the overplus if 
any bee 

[Court Records, July 28, 1642, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 11.] 

[Account of liabilities settled by the administrators ; amount, 
£17.4.4.] 

[Court Records, July 5, 1643, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 16.] 



THOMAS WILSON 1642/3 EXETER 

In the name of God Amen. 

To all Christian people unto whom theise presents shall come 
greeting knowe ye that I Thomas wilson of Exeter being very 
sick & weake of body, 

my loveing wife & deere children I com'end unto the grace of 
God & to the oversight & watchfull eye of my Christian brethren 
of the Churches of Roxbury Hampton & Exeter or where it shall 
please God to call them. And for my worldly goods I do give 
& bequeath them in manner as followeth, viz : to my loveing wife 
I give & bequeath my dwelling house & new frame wth the millne 
& all lands & meddowes there unto belonging dureing the time of 
her widdowhood ; & the use of all my Cattle & moovable goods 
for the bringing up of my children ; & if in case she shall marry 
acraine then to have her thirds thereof & to leave them to mv 
Sonne Humfrey ; or if she shall dye a widdow then it to come to 
my Sonne Humfrey also : And I likewise give & bequeath unto 



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my Sonne Samuel, & to my sonne Joshua, & to my daughter deb- 
orah & my daughter Liddey, either of them ten pounds the peece 
to be paid at the age of 21 yeares or day of marriage, out of the 
mill house & lands, by my wife or sonne Humfrey in whose hands 
it shall then be. I do further give & bequeath unto my sonne 
Humfrey all my right & interest of house & land wch I bought of 
m'' needam. And if it please the Lord to take away my wife be- 
fore my foure yonger children come to age or any of them, then 
my sonne Humfrey to provide for theire nurture & bringing up out 
of his owne dowry. I do further give & bequeath unto my two 
Sonnes Samuel & Joshua foure thousand of pipestaves to buy 
either of them a bullock. And in witnes of this my last will & 
testament, I have hereunto set my hand this 9^' day of the 11° mo 
1642. 

witnesses : A hand. 

Edward Hilton 
John Smart 
John Legat 
John Richardson 

Deposed in Court the 20'^ of the 7° 1643. 

Increase nowell 

To all Christian people unto whom these presents shall come 
greeting, 

Know yee that we whose names are here underwritten, being 
present by & witnesses unto the last will & testament of Thomas 
Willson of Exeter late deceased do to or best understanding & 
apprehension take this wch followeth to be the true intent & meane- 
ing of his last will & testament, Viz : Unto his eldest sonne 
Humphrey for the present he did give & bequeath all his right & 
interest of house & lands wch he bought of m'' needham. Unto 
Samuel Joshua deborah & Lidde either of them ten pounds the 
peece to be paid at the age of 21 yeares or day of their marriage 
out of the house & lands & mill, by his wife or Sonne Humfrey in 
whose hands it shall then be, moreover, he did give & bequeath 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 5 

unto his sons Samuel & Joshua for the present either of them two 
thousand of pipestaves the peece to buy either of them a bullock, 
moreover unto his wife Anne he did give & bequeath his dwelling 
house new frame & mill w"' all lands and meddowes thereunto 
belonging dureing the time of her widdowhood, & if in case she 
should marry againe then to have her thirds thereof & to leave 
the rest of them unto his Sonne Humphrey or if she shall dye a 
widdowe then they to come to Humphrey also & he to provide for 
the nurture & bringing up of the foure yonger children, further- 
more he did give & bequeath unto his wife Anne to be his sole 
Executrix to receive & pay all debts & to have all his cattle & 
moveable goods for the bringing up of his foure yonger children 
& for the adding unto theire portions as shee should see meete. 
dated the i8"' day of the last month 1642. 

Edward Hilton 
John Richardson 
John Legat 

This explication was taken & allow^ed by the Court uppon the 
testimony of John Legat, & John Richardson, abovenamed & 

subscribed 

Increase nowell 
[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN WHITE 1646 

[Order of Court, Aug. 26, 1646, to John Reynolds and Robert 
Mussell to take an inventory and settle the estate of John White.] 
[Court Records, Aug. 26, 1646, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 36.] 

[Inventory; amount, £4.14.6; taken by William Everard and 
Reynold Fernald. 

Inventory of property held in partnership by Robert Mussell 
and John White ; amount, £19.14.5.] 

[Court Records, Aug. 26, 1646, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 36.] 



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JAMES WOODWARD 1647 

Certaine Instructions & directions from James Woodward this 
27''' of the 4^'' m° Called June 1647. 

Impr. John Sherborne owes me 5' to be payd on Michalmas 
Day next (so Called) in the moneth of septemb. w'"^ in Case It be 
not payd he must pay six pound/ 

It he sayth That he hath served m"^ Williams of Saco Almost 
A yeare for w*"*^ he Expecteth sevene pounds. 

whare Also he sayeth he hath Two Barrow swine of A yeare 
ould and better, Allso A Sow of the same age & Two yonge shotts 
of halfe A yeare ould. 

Itm he sayth That Tho : Warner oweth him 4' for worke of 
building. 

Itm. due to Thomas Warner for A Red wastcote 6'^ 

Itm He sayth that he hath at m'' Williames thes '^ticuler things 
As A Coate wastcote breeches 3 napkins w'*^ 3 napkins w"^ the 
Rest of my Linine I give to Lyddia Williams. Itm he giveth to 
m'' Bacheler Twentey shillings. 

Itm he desireth to be Christianly buryed in Case he dye And 
Afterward what Remayneth of his estate he bequeaveth to William 
Chatterton whome he makes his Executor. Who also Appointeth 
the sayd m'' Bachiler & Roger Knight to be overseers of this his 
sayd will and Testament That they see It ""^formed Accordingly. 

James X Wooward 
his scribled marke 

Witness to this Testamentory writeing 

Stephen Bachiler 

Roger X Knight his marke 

Andrew Leyfers marke 

Takne Into the Courte hild att Dover the 10"' of the 7'^^ m° 1647 
And the Courte Allowes of It to have It Recorded. 

^ me George Smyth recorder 
[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1647, '" Deeds, vol. i, p. 39.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 7 

SUSAN CRAWFORD 1649 

At the foresaide Courte, the administration of the goodes of 
Susan Crawforde deceased daughter of Steephen Crawforde also 
deceased, is granted Unto Sarah Crawforde, the daughter of the 
saide Steephen Crawford. || || 

and this Courte doth order, margarette willey the mother of the 
saide Sarah & Thomas willey the husband of the saide margarette, 
to be gardians Unto the saide Sarah, her daughter, and that they 
are to give a trew & juste accompte of the saide administration 
unto any Courte to be holden for Dover when they shall be 
required. 

[Court Records, Oct. 6, 1649, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 66.] 

It is ordered by the Courte, and agreed between william Seavie 
& Thomas Willey & margaret his wiefe on the behalfe of Sarah 
Crawforde the daughter of Steephen Crawford Deceased, and the 
said margarett as followeth : That whereas there is in the Custodie 
of the saide William Seavie the some of thirtie pounds now dew 
unto the saide Sarah Crawford y' is ordered that the saide William 
Seavie shall bringe the saide thirtie pounds into this Courte, or 
otherwise to paye it as this presente Courte shall further order the 
same : 

It is ordered by this Courte that the foresaid William Seavie 
shall paye unto the foresaide Thomas willey & the saide margaret 
(whoe are gardians unto the said Sarah Crawford.) the forsaide 
thirtie pounds in manner followinge that is to saye XV^' in Cattell, 
Vlir in linen & wollen Cloth, to be praised by one man to be 
chosen by william Seavie, and one other man to be chosen by 
Thomas willey, and by william Store marshall, and the other 
Vir in currant money. 

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1650, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 74.] 

[Bond of Thomas Willey, with William Beard as surety, in the 
sum of £50, for the execution of the trust above mentioned. In a 
marginal note it is stated that William Beard was discharged from 
this bond Jan. 28, 1654/5.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1650, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 74.] 



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HENRY TAYLOR 1649 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Taylor granted to John 
Webster July 5, 1649.] 

£Court Records, Oct. 6, 1649, i" Deeds, vol. i, p. 67. 



JOHN MOULTON 1649/50 HAMPTON 

The last will & testam* of John Moulton of Hampton beeing in his 
perfitt sences Doth will & beequeath as fl'olloweth : Imp to my 
•Sonne Henry Moulton tenn acres of fresh marsh by the beach on 
y^ South side of the river ; Item one acre fresh marsh w*^"" is 
given him for a way butting uppon his bridg towards the South 
and y® upground towards the north. It : give tenn acres & a halfe 
of Salt marsh butting on Willi ftullars towards y* south west, & 
y^ river towards the east liing in the south side of Willi Sanborne. 
It : I give to henry tenn acres of upground : in y® East feild 
in y® East side of Willi ffifeild, & one share of com'onage att my 
decese : It : I give to Ann my wife my house & house Lott, & 
ten acres liing att y® end of y* sayd house Lott & seven acres of 
fresh medow more or lesse in the west medowes, two acres of 
fTresh medow liing on y® South side of my Sonn Henry's fresh 
medow att y" beach, & tenn acres of Salt marsh & halfe liing on 
y^ South side being more or less, & five acres of salt marsh that is 
3^ett to bee appointed, all this I doe give to my beeloved wyfe 
duering hir life It : I doe make my wyfe my Sole Executrix & 
doe give to y*^ say'd Ann my wyfe all my cattell, & all my move- 
able goods, excepting one calfe to John. The rest to hir disposeing 
according to hir discression : It : I give to my Sonn John Moul- 
ton after my wyfes decease the house, & house Lott, & the tenn 
Acres adjoyning to itt : It : I give to y® say'd John my Sonne 
two Cowe Com'onages. It: I give. to my Sonne John one Oxe 
com'onage It : I give to my Sonne seven acres of fresh medow 
more or lesse in y^ west meddowes. It : I give to my Sonn John 
tenn acres of Salt marsh more or less liing on y^ south side of my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 9 

Sonne Henry's & five acres of Salt marsh w'"'' is yett to be ap- 
pointed) all these several guifts I doe give to my Sonne John after 
my wyfe's decease w*** this '^viso y'' w'^in one whole yeare after 
my wyfe's decease my sonne John shall pay or cause to bee 
payd five pounds to my daughter Jane Moulton, & in two whole 
yeares after my wyfe's decease five pounds to my Daughter 
Bridgett & in case my Sonne John doth not pay unto his two sis- 
ters afore sayd y'' tenn pound, then my will is my two daughters 
shall have the two acres of fresh marsh liing on y*^ South side of my 
Sonne Henry's, & tenn acres & halfe of Salt marsh more or lesse 
liing on y® South side of my Sonne Henry's marsh, & in case 
my Sonne John doth die before hee bee possest, of thes house & 
lands then my will is y' the house & all the lands shalbee equally 
divided, to all my childeren excepting Henry. And I give twelve 
acres of upland more or less in y® East feild, on y^ east side of 
willi Esto's twelve acres to bee equally devided between Mary 
Samborne & my daughter Ann, & my daughter Jane, & my 
daughter bridgett, & I give unto my Sonn Samborne tenn acres of 
Salt marsh w*''' is yett to bee appointed, & I give to my Sonne 
Samborne fower acres of Salt marsh liing on y® South side of 
Cristopher Pallmers, & y** north side of my Sonn Henries) It I 
give in to my daughter Ann three acres of fresh marsh att y® 
beach next John Brownes, fresh meddow. It : I give to my daugh- 
ter Ann tenn acres of salt marsh w*^'' is yett to bee appointed : Also 
my will is y* my Sonne John shall have a way to his ten acres & 
a halfe of Salt marsh through his brother Henry's Salt marsh 
this I doe confirme to bee the true intent of my will witness mv 
hand this p''sent day being y® (23*^) of January (1649) 

witnessed to this by mee John Moulton 

Robert Tuck 

Willi Estowe 

[Proved Oct. i, 1650.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 7.] 



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STOCKDALE CUDDINGTON 1650 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Stockdale Cuddington of Hamp- 
ton granted to his oldest son, John Cuddington, April 7, 1650.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



ANTHONY SADLER 1650 

[Administration on the estate of Anthony Sadler granted to 
his widow, Martha Sadler, Oct. " i^' 3"* day," 1650. The court 
reserved £10 out of the estate for the use of her child, then 
unborn.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



THOMAS TURPIN 1650 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Turpin granted to Wil- 
liam Paine Oct. 8, 1650.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 8-10, 1650, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 75.] 



EDMUND JOHNSON 1650 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Edmund Johnson of Hampton, taken 
by Robert Page, Robert Tuck, and Jeffrey Mingy March 4, 1650/1 ; 
amount, £111.19.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edmund Johnson granted to 
his widow, Mary Johnson, April 8, 165 1.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Order of court Oct. 7, 165 1, that the children have the follow- 
ing portions out of the estate : Peter Johnson, the oldest, £32 at 
the age of twenty-one, John Johnson £16 at the age of twenty- 
one, James Johnson £16 at the age of twenty-one, and Dorcas 
Johnson £16 at the age of eighteen or day of marriage with her 



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mother's consent, Thomas Coleman, step-father to said children, 
was ordered to give bond in the sum of £80, and to bind over the 
house and land in Hampton belonging to the estate for these pay- 
ments, and he was to pay the cost of educating the children, 
having them taught to read and write.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

Wheras at y^ Court held at Hampton the (f^) of y^ (8^^) m° : 
1653 It was ordered y' y'^ Childeren of Edmond Jonson late of 
Hampton deceased should have out of their fathers estate for their 
portions as followeth viz Peter Jonson the eldest thirty two pounds 
att y® age of one & twenty years John Jonson sixteen pound att 
y® age of one & twenty years James Jonson sixteen pound att y^ 
age of one & twenty years & Dorcas Jonson sixteen pound att y^ 
age of eighteen years or at y® day of hir marriage w'^ hir mothers 
consent w*""^ of y'" shall first happen. 

Know yea that I Thomas Coleman father in law [step-father] unto 
the aforesaid Childeren doe by these p''sents bind my selfe my heires 
Executo" & Administrato'"^ unto y® goverm' of y® Massachusets in 
Newengland in y'' full & intire some of fower score pound of cur- 
rant money to pay the aforesayd Legasies unto the aforesayd Chil- 
deren respectively or according to y® order of y^ Court abovesayd 
As also to bee att the charges of y® Educacon of the sayd childeren 
and to have them taught to write & read. And for y^ more sure 
"^formance of y*^ p''misses: according to y^ order of y" sayd court I doe 
with the full & free consent of Mary my wyfe (mother unto y*^ sayd 
Childeren) binde over in security (unto the sayd Goverm') for y® 
■^formance of y® sayd Legasies or portions allotted unto the sayd 
childeren by the Court aforesayd as also for their educacon as 
aforesayd all those lands that did belonge to the aforesd Edmon 
Jonson liing & being w'^'in y® bounds of the towne of Hampton 
aforesayd & now in y^ possession of mee the sayd Tho : Coleman : 
As namely eight acres of Salt marsh butting uppon y® great Oxe 
Com'on on y^ : E : Tho : Moulton on y" (S : W) Edward Colcord 
on y® (N. E) y® town wast. And three acres of fresh medow 
butting uppon y'' great Sault marsh on y^ (N E) Jn" Wedgewood : 



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(N) the land of Tho : Moulton (S). And six acres of fresh 
medow bounded in \v'^ a ditch willi : Maston on y* (S W) willi 
Cole on y* (N. E.) & a highway to y® Oxe common (N) And 
fower acres more of fresh medow joyning to Robert Tucks on y® 
(NW) & PhilerDalton on y« (S) & Tho: Ward (N) : And 
eight acres more of Salt marsh att y" falls butting uppon y® River 
towards the beach : Twelve acres of upland liing in y^ (E) feild 
willi : Samborn on y® (S) and a Swamp on y** (N) and land of Jn* 
Huggings on y^ (E) and a high way on y^ (N) And a houselott 
tenn acres The street on y^ (N) willi : Samborn on y^ (S°) Tho : 
Smith on y^ (E) and y^ meeting: house uppon y® (W). And 
halfe an acre of Land planted w^*" Apple trees joining to ]n° Red- 
mans on y* (S) & the street on y® (N) To y* "^formance of all 
w^** ye abovesayd condicons I the said Tho : Coleman doe hereunto 
sett my hand & scale this (16"^) day of y" (8'^) m° 1653 

Tho : Coleman w'*" a Scale to itt 

Signed Sealed & delivered to use of y® goverm' aforesaid in y® 
p^'sence of us. 

Tho : Bradbury 

Wymond Bradbury 

Jacob Hooke 

This was acknowledged in Court by Tho : Coleman to be his 
act & deed, Salisbury y*^ (12'*^) (2^^) m° 1654 

Tho : Bradbury rec* 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 31.] 



GEORGE WEBB 165 1 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of George Webb of Dover granted 
to George Smith April 8, 165 1.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Further time was allowed the administrator to bring in an 
inventory of the estate, Oct. 7, 165 1.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



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DARBY FIELD 1651 

[Administration on the estate of Darby Field granted to 
Ambrose Gibbons Oct. i, 165 1.] 

[Court Records, Oct. i, 1651, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 91.] 



JAMES NICHOLS 1651 

FAdministration on the estate of James Nichols granted to Wal- 
ter Knight Oct. i, 1651.] 

[Court Records, Oct. i, 1651, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 91.] 



THOMAS CHASE 1652 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Chase granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Chase, Oct. 5, 1652.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Chase of Hampton, dated 
June 2, 1653 ; taken by Robert Pay, Abraham Perkins, and Wil- 
liam Fifield ; amount, £111.18.10 ; attested by Elizabeth Chase, 
the widow.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Order of court Oct. 4, 1653, that the five children of Thomas 
Chase of Hampton shall have out of their father's estate these 
amounts : Thomas Chase, the oldest, £16, and Joseph Chase, 
James Chase, Isaac Chase, and Abraham Chase £8 each, when 
they are twenty-one years of age. The widow, Elizabeth Chase, 
gave bond in the sum of £50, with Thomas Philbrick and John 
Cass as sureties.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 3, 1654, with the consent of the adminis- 
tratrix, that the children's portions be paid out of the lands.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



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[Order of court, Oct. lo, 1665, appointing Christopher Hussey, 
Ensign John Sanborn, and Thomas Philbrick, Jr., a committee to 
divide the estate among the children, with the consent of the 
administratrix, she to have £4 out of the lands.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Guardianship of Isaac Chase granted to his brother, Thomas 
Chase, April 9, 1667.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



JOHN CROWDER 1652 PORTSMOUTH 

It is ordered by the Courte that m"" Brian pendleton & m"" Rich- 
arde walderne shall take the accompte of william Storer of John 
Crowders estate, and they shall take that estate into their hands 
which they finde in his hands and dispose of y' to the creditors as 
they shall see in their judgment moste fitt. 

we whose names are under written beinge appointed by the 
Courte laste holden at Strawberey bank the 8 of October 1652 to 
dispose of a certaine ^cell of goodes in the hands of william 
Storer marshall of Dover which did belonge once to John Crowder 
of strawberey bank deceased 

In primis wee order to the marshall for his paines & service & 
venturinge his life thereby five shillings 

secondly whereas there is more remayninge to the valew of 
thirtie shillings & two pence, wee order it wholy to m"" hugh Crim- 
son because we finde the saide Crowder was indepted to him 

Dated this • 5 . of march . 1652. / 

^ us Brian pendleton 
Richarde waldern 

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1652, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 98.] 



HENRY PLIMPTON 1652 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Plimpton granted to 
Thomas Canney Oct. 8, 1652.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 8-10, 1652, in Deeds, vol. i, p. 98.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25 

EDWARD TUCK 1653 HAMPTON 

[Order of court June 14, 1653, that the two children of Edward 
Tuck of Hampton shall have out of his estate as follows : Edward 
Tuck, the older, 40 marks at the age of twenty-one, including the 
house, and all the lands, meadow, upland and commonage men- 
tioned in the inventory; and John, the younger, 20 marks at the 
age of twenty-one. The widow was to have the rest, and was to 
have the use of £40 until the children were of age, she having 
them taught to read and write.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



RICHARD KING 1653 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Richard King of Piscataqua 
granted to Brian Pendleton Oct. 4, 1653.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



WILLIAM WEYMOUTH 1654 

Robert waymoth is by order of this Court . . . Adminis- 
trator for his Brother william waymoths estate — dessesed 
[Court Records, June 27, 1654, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. i.] 



'■ — BERRY 1654 

It is ordered by this Court that Jane Berry is Administratour for 
hir husbands goods. Dessesed 

[Court Records, June 28, 1654, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 2.] 



GEORGE ABORN 1654 HAMPTON 

George Habone of Hampton in his last sicknesse a litle before his 
death did give & bequeath all his estate to susanna Habone his 



26 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

wife we being present. In witnesse whereof we have hereunto set 

our hands 8"' 3"^ 1654. 

The m'ke 
X 
John Marion 
Samuel Wheelwright 
[Proved Oct. 3, 1654.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
I. P- 35-] 

[Inventory of the estate, taken by Thomas Leavitt and Robert 
Smith, May 26, 1654; amount, £126.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
I.P-35-] 



JOHN WEDGWOOD 1654 HAMPTON 

The last will & testam^ of John wedgwood of Hampton 
In y® name of God Amen : Thetwentie fourth day of y® month 
of November one thousand six hundred fiftie fower I John wedg- 
wood husbandman of Hampton in y^ County of Norfolke being of 
whole minde & in good & '^fect remembrance Laud & praise 
bee unto Allmighty God make & ordaine this my p'sent Testament 
concerning herein my last will in manner & forme following that 
is to say first I com'end my soule unto Almighty God my Maker 
& my redeemer Item I bequeathe to my eldest Sonne viz John 
my house & land att Exiter viz (12) acres of upland & fower acres 
of meadow more or lesse, also a certaine ^cell of meadow liing 
att Puscasicke, & one hundred & fifty acres of upland liing next 
M' Edward Hiltons the w*^^ y*' said John shall have after the decease 
of his Grandmother butt in case my said Sonne dye before hir 
then my wyfe Mary to enjoy, & as she see cause to dispose of it 
for hir owne benefitt & my childerens then liveing Item my house 
& lands att Hampton the whole upland being fifteen Acres & in 
fresh meadowe fower & salt marsh five, is to bee divided one halfe 
to my said wyfe & the other halfe to my two Sonnes Jonathan & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 

David att y® age of twenty one years, in y® meanetime my wyfe 
to Enjoy all & after hir decease all be wholy theirs ; It : to my 
Daughter Mary if y' she marries before hir mothers decease one 
kettle, & to Jn° my gunn, & Jonathan my sword : It : to my 
daughter Abigail & my Sonne David two Oxen the vi^hich are to 
be sould to their use & one Iron pott to my said daughter last men- 
tioned It : ther being nineteen hundreth foot of board att Exiter 
they are to satisfie my true and Lawfull debts, w°^ quantity if they 
will not suffise that then the rest to be satisfied out of y^ bequests 
above said '^portionably : And of this my p'^sent Testam' I make 
& ordaine y^ said Mary my wife my Executrix. And of y® Exe- 
cucon of y** same I make & ordaine willi : ffifield & Henry Moulton 
overseers, & I utterly revoake & adnull all & every other former 
Testam'® wills Legasies & Bequests, Executo'"% & over seers by 
mee in any wise beefore this tyme made, named, willed, & 
bequeathed : 
witnesses 

Seth ffletcher 

Willi ffifeild 

Henry Moulton 

[Proved April lo, 1655.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 43.] 



DANIEL MAUD 1654/5 

I Daniel Maud in som weakness of body but in p'fect memory,, 
not knowing the time of my removall out of this earthly taber- 
nackle do here desire to make this my last will & testament com- 
ending my soule into the handes of my Almighty Creator, & most 

& mercifull redemer and my body to be layd in the 

place of ordinary buriall near to my last wife desiring the Lord 
mercyfully provide for his people som such as may hold in the 
work he hath among his people here w"^ a greater blessing than 
yet hath been among them and for this end and wishing to leave 



28 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

such few bookes as I have for the use and benefit of such a one as 
may be fitt to have improvement especially of those in the Hebrew 
tonge, but in case such a one be not had, to let them go to som of 
the next congregation as may have the use of them as York or 
Hampton becawse learning is so much out of relish w*'^ disuse. 
Excepting one booke titled Derpnosophistanom w*"*" I want have 
left for Cambridge Library, and my little Hebrew bible for M"^ 
Brocke, or any inferiour bookes for learning of Hebrew, or to read 
in learning. And for my wife's 4 children seing I received som 
of her debts since my marriage of about 11 £ to have (of my estate 
not reall) to be comeing to them to the value of twenty markes to 
be for theire use when they com to capablenesse to improve the 
same besides what they have had allowed to them in every one a 
calfe now com to a cowe ; my best outward wearing coate to Mr. 
Roberts & a cloath gowne w'^*' was my wifes to his wife. Som 
debts I owe unto M' Pendleton, & 14s. to Mr Cutts wh there is 
10* in my purse to be coming to him towards the ansuring of, 
20^ to George Walton w^ Tho : Beard hath undertaken to satisfye 
for me, 4* to goodwife Tucke of Hampton & 5* to the french 
Doctor wh there is sugar in my closet to satisfie for, wh I desire 
may com to them & 2^ to one George Field then dwelling in 
boston but he was removed fro'" thence as was sayd to Sudbury 
w*^^ I owed him for som comeing hence of som comodityes hither 
from Boston Somthing I am indebted to Mr. Newgate about 7"^ 
and od. to Mr. Usher for som bookes w''^ I desire may be returned 
to them, this is that I can in p''sent call to mind I desire my well 
beloved friendes Mr. Drake, William Daveport & John Hall to 
undertake . . . le with them for their satisfaction of, if there be 
any remayning to bee in part taken to theire owne use or to such 
as are are at want hereabout, one thing there is of som greater 
importance w*^ is a little tractate wrapped up in my deske w"^ I 
would have committed to Mr. Brock to put into the handes of Mr 
Davenport who as I heard is intended to go for England that he 
would peruse, and for putting it forth I would leave it to his wise 
& godly ordering ofw'^h I thinke there is a truth of God in, & som 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 

benelite to redound to som by. There is a booke of Mr. Nor- 
tons w*^*" is intitled the Orthodox Evangelist w^*^ I would have my 
sister Cotton to have — and an other booke I borrowed of my bro : 
Cotton w^'h is to come to his son Seaborne. Som others agaynst 
Antichristian Idolatry w*^h I shal leave upon the . . . together 
w"" ... in the house [?] for Sara that is w"^ me I should 
desire to that w'^h she have received ful satisfactione when her 
time is out w*^^ wil be about the 7 of the next month, and a little 
booke w'^h was my wifes & a cheese in the closet w'^h Mrs. Miller 
[?] brought me the last weeke. 

Susan Halstoe & his brothere & Sister and Sister in law who have 
no need of supply es fro'" me, I desire to be heartily remembered 
to them, they are all in years, And this is that I have in p'"sent 
to say. In witness whereof I have set to my hand and seal, this 
17'*^ of this ii''^ month 1654 

(I give my favorit or best hat?) to Elizabeth Cotton som other 
to Joseph and one to Sarah 

In presence of theise underwritten By Me Daniell Maud 

William Wentworth [Seal] 

Job Clements 

[Proved Jan. 26, 1655/6.] 
[Probate Records, vol. i, p. i.] 



EDWARD OILMAN 1655 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Oilman of Exeter 
granted to his widow, Mary Oilman, April 10, 1655, and she was 
ordered to produce the consent of her children to the disposal of the 
estate by the county court according to a deed of the deceased. 

Moses Oilman gave his consent as above Jan. 11, 1654/5, and 
John Folsom, Daniel Cushing and John Leavitt, Sept. 29, 1655.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 45.] 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 2, 1655 ; amount, £211.0.0. John 
Leavitt is mentioned as at Hingham, Mass.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County. Mass., Deeds, vol. 
I, p. 45-] 



WILLIAM ESTOW 1655 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen y® (i6'*') of y^ (8'^) m° in y^ yeare 
of o'' Lord god 1655 : I William Estow of y® towne of Hampton 
in y® County of Norfolke being of whole minde & in good and 
■^fect memory laud & prayse bee unto Almighty god maker & 
redeemer. This my p'"sent testament concerning herein my last 
will in manner & forme following that is to say I commend my 
soule unto Almighty god My maker & Redeemer, & my body 
to y® grave, I bequeathe unto my sonne-inlaw moris Hobbs & 
my daughter Sarah my house wherin hee dwelleth and the Lott 
therunto belonging w''^ two shares of Cow com'ons and one of 
y® Oxe Com'on with all privilidges that belong to y® two shares 
of y" Cow Com'on, also an acre of sault marsh more or less at y*^ 
severals Item tenn acres of land more or less to my two daughters 
equally to bee divided betwixt them Sarah to have the south side 
toward Christopher Palmer w*^*^ land joyning to y® house Lott : It : 
one share of the Cow Com'on to my daughter Mary. It : twelve 
acres of upland more or less liing in y® Mill field equall}' to bee 
divided betwixt my two daughters with y^ Swamp att y® end of it 
Sarah to lie on y'^ w^est side Item I bequeathe unto my daughter 
Mary eight acres of Salt Marsh & to my daughter Sarah nine 
acres this '^cell to be equally divided for quallity according to 
quantity : y® marsh of Christophers on y® East It : twelve acres 
of fresh meadow I give unto my two daughters equally to bee 
divided betwixt them it Joyning to Christopher Palmers on y^ 
southest Item to mv Daughter Sarah Hobbs fower Oxen & two 
cowes w"*^ is old gentle & blackish & one yearlin heifer : And I 
give unto my grandson John Hobbs one heifer of two years old, 
& the said Jn" Hobbs to give unto his sister Sarah y^ second calfe 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 1 

that this heifer shall bringe & I give unto him mj- gunn : Item 
I give to my daughter Mary Marston al y^ rest of my cattell w*^" is 
3 Cows w'"'' is old brown, old cole & young gentle & i heifer . 2 : 
year old & i bull & 3 calves Item I give unto my daughter 
Mary Marston seven bushells of wheat : It : I give unto y^ chil- 
deren of willi : Moulton forty shillings w*^*^ is tenn shillings to eatch 
of them to bee payd in fower yeare the eldest to have y® first tenn 
and y® rest according to their age yerely : Item I give unto my 
my daughter Sarah Hobbs all y^ rest that is not in my will 
and farther more I give unto my Sonne-inlaw Tho : Marston the 
farthermost stack of Salt Marsh hay that stands in y^ marsh & two 
good loads of fresh hay. And farthermore this is my will that my 
Son-in law Morris Hobbs shall pay w' debts I am indebted to any 
& to have & receive what is due to mee from any Revoking & 
annulling all other & every other former Testam*^* wills Legasies 
bequests by mee in anywise before this tyme made named willed, 
or bequeathed any other tyme that is '^perly mine et : 

Read sealed & delivered in y^ Willi : Estow 

p^'sence of us : 

Abraha : Pirkins 

willi : Moulton : 

[Proved April 8, 1656.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 52. A copy is found in the New 
Hampshire Probate Files.] 

[On the back of the New Hampshire copy :] 

the 12 Acres in y® mill feild formerly one y® east was tho : Phil- 
brick 

one y" west Moses Cooke butting one y® Roode which gooes 
to y® beach 

Leften Smith one y® weste or westrly bounded on y^ river 
notherly and Christephe Palmer on the South east 

the nine and eight acres of Salt marsh 

Christopher Palmers one the east buttted one John brounes one 
y^ north the river one y^ west or westrely 



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate given to his daughter, Mary Marston ; 
amount, £60.7.0 ; and of that given to his daughter, Sarah Hobbs ; 
amount, £143.13.0. Debts to be paid to the children of William 
Moulton, £2.0.0, and to John Redman, £0.2.6.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 53.] 

[Thomas Marston of Hampton presented to the court at Salis- 
bury the will of William Estow, desiring the appointment of a 
committee to divide and set out the land given in the will, and 
according to the order of the court. The court appointed William 
Sanborn and Nathaniel Weare as such committee Nov. 14, 1676.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 48.] 



SAMUEL PARKER 1656 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Parker granted to 
Emmanuel Hilliard June 25, 1656.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1656, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 11.] 



AMBROSE GIBBONS 1656 DURHAM 

The last will & testament of m' Ambrose Gibbins on his sick 
bed this 11^'' of July 1656. 

In the name of God Amen. I Ambrose Gibbins of Oyster River 
in the Toune of Dover in New England being sicke and weake in 
Body . . . 

Imp'' I Give and bequeath unto my Grandchild samuel sher- 
burne the son of Henry sherburne now dwelling in the Towne of 
Portsmouth in piscataquake Rever in New England all my right 
and Interest of house houses lands meadowes Goods and chattells 
with all and every appurtenance and Appurtenances of Goods 
mooveable and unmooveable and likewise all .... bills and 
bonds which may lawfully be recovered by law due to the said 
. . . my true and lawfull executor and likewise .... 
afore named Henry sherburne be executor w"" his son samuell — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 33 

with the provisoe the aforenamed Henry and Samuell are to pay 
unto the said Henry Sherborn^ children Elizabeth Mary Henry John 
Ambrose Sarah and Rebeckah or any more which maybe lawfully 
begotten by rebeckah sherborne the wife of Henry sherborne being 
the daughter of Ambrose Gibbins the some of Twenty one pounds 
starling to witt to the said to every of the fore named children 
when they Come to lawfull Age the sonn** at twenty one yeares and 
the Daughters at eighteene yeares and in Case any of these chil- 
dren should Dy the portion that should have bin theires is to be 
divided amongst the rest of them that are living In Witnes oi 
the truth hereof wee whose names are under written have Sub- 
scribed : 

Jonas Bying his marke 

his m'^e Ambrose X Gibbins 

Tho. X Johnson 

William Roberts 

That this is A true Copie Compared w'^ the originall so signed 
& left in the Gennerall Courte file at Boston may the 9''^ 1657 

Attests Edward Rawson Secret 



PHILEMON DALTON 1656 HAMPTON 

The last will & testiment .... The County of north- 
folke, being sick & . . . bequeath my soule unto God who 
gave itt & Jesus . . . . : 

It I Doe give unto Dorety Dalton my loving wife m}^ ... a 
two yeerling heffer Called Chery : Itt one Swine & two she 
beed in the beed Chamber wth the furniture thear of as itt stands 
Chests & the trunke with the apparrill thearin with the bras 
& . . & yron potes ; wth the morter pessell wth the speete & 
basting . . peuter viz Six platters & a Salt seller & Skillet 
& for bookes : viz one of mr Burrows Called Gospell worship 
During terme of her life & the third of all my lands and one of 
3 



34 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Dweling housen as my sonn & shee shall agree During the 
tearme of her life & the apples of the fouer trees next the Common 
in the orchard 

Itt I Doe give unto my Sonn Samuell Dalton all the rest of 
and housenrom ; with my fouer oxen wth the Cart & furni- 
ture . . . with all my books wch are not otherwise Dispose of: 

. give unto my Daughter mehetabell Dalton one 
-owes Concerning Earthly mindedness .... 

Ittum I give unto Hannah Dalton heffer 

Called hart : & I Doe give unto my wife .... of the last 
Crop both Indian & English : and barne ... & hay and 
rome to sett her Cattell in the leantow During term . her life 
and the Hake : and for the Confermation of this my last will & 
testiment I have hereunto sett my hand & seale having apointed 
my sonn. Sameuell & my wife as my lawfull Excequetors to this 
my last will, whearunt I have sett my hand the leaventh of Novem- 
ber one thousand Six hundred & fifty Six 

Signed and Sealed in his 

the '^sents of us Philemon Dalton X mark 

Abraham Perkins [Seal] & Seele 

Timothie Dalton 

[Proved Oct. 14, 1662.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Philemon Dalton of Hampton, taken 
by Robert Page, William Godfrey, and Thomas Marston July i, 
1662; amount, £261.16.4.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files] 



GEORGE BRONSON 1657 

[Administration on the estate of George Bronson, who was 
killed by a bull July 2, 1657, granted to John Ault and Richard 
York July 2, 1657.] 

[Court Records, July 2, 1657, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 16 b.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 

HENRY THORNER 1657 WAPPING ENG. 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Thorner, of Wapping, 
Eng., ship-carpenter, accidentally killed by a rolling mast, granted 
to James Garrett and Edward Thorner Aug. 26, 1657.] 

[Court Records, Aug. 26, 1657. in Deeds, vol. 2. p. 20.] 

[Inventory was presented Sept. 12, 1657; amount, £171.1.6! ; 
taken by Brian Pendleton and Richard Waldron.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 12, 1657, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 20 b.] 



WILLIAM SWAINE Jr. 1657 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of William Swaine, Jr., of Hampton, 
taken by Robert Tuck, John Sanborn, Samuel Dalton, and Will- 
iam Marston Nov. 10, 1657; amount, £136.4.0; sworn to by 
Prudence Swaine, the widow, April 12, 1658.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
I, p. 76.] 



EMMANUEL HILLIARD 1657 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Emmanuel Hilliard of Hampton, 
appraised Nov. 19, 1657, by Robert Tuck, John Sanborn, and 
Henry Dow ; affirmed by the widow, Elizabeth Hilliard ; amount, 
£177.13.6.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. i, p. 74.] 

[Francis Page of Hampton acknowledges the receipt from 
Joseph Merry of Hampton of £53.6.8, in behalf of Benjamin Hil- 
liard and Elizabeth Hilliard, children of Emmanuel Hilliard, it 
being their share of their father's estate; dated June 23, 1669; 
witness, Nathaniel Batcheller.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 151.] 

[Timothy Hilliard acknowledges the receipt from his father-in- 
law, Joseph Merry, of £53.6.4, it being his share in the estate of 



36 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

his father, Emmanuel HilHard, dated Oct. 13, 1669; witnesses, 
Samuel Dalton and Jeremy Jewett.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 151.] 



TIMOTHY DALTON 1657/8 HAMPTON 

The Laste will and Tistament of m^ Timothie Dalton Teacher 
to the Church att Hampton 

Being in Reasonable Helth of body and of Sound and perfect 
memorie lauded bee God : ffirst I Give and Bequeth unto Ruth 
Dalton my Beloved wife, the House and land latly purched of 
Thomas Moulton with all the priveledges therunto belonging to 
Her and Her Heires for Ever Item I Give and Bequeth unto Her 
my loving wife a certaine 'i^scell of medow or march Called or 
knowne by the name of Burchin Hand to Her and Her Heires 
for Ever : Ittem I Doe Give unto the sd Ruth Dalton my loving 
wife all my moveable Goods and Houseold stuf and Cattle : to 
Her and Her Heirs for Ever 

Item I Give and Bequeth unto my loving Brother Phile- 
mon Dalton and to my loving Cossen Samuell Dalton His Sonn 
the Some of two Hundred pounds wch is to bee payd to my 
Assignes from the Church & Towne of Hampton paying to 
Ruth my wife During Her naturall life ten pounds "^ annum : & 
I Doe by these "psents make my wife ruth Dalton my sole Exce- 
quetor to this my last will and Testament wittnes my Hand and 
seale the Eight of March one thousand Six Hundred and fifty 
Seaven or fifty Eight 

Signed Sealed and Timothie Dalton 

Delivered in the '^sents [Seal] 

of us 

Henrye dow 

John Cleford 

I Timothie Dalton being sicke & weake of body but sound in 
understanding praised be God Have & doe by these p''sents Give 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 

& bequeath unto my love [in] g Cossen Bar*'' Dalton fiftie acres of 
land which I purchased of william Eastow which lieth att the 
Head of my farme abov^e saggamour Hill wittnes my Hand & 
Seale the one & twentieth of December one thousand Six Hundred 
& Sixty one 

Signed & sealed in the Timothie Dalton 

p'^sence of us [Seal] 

Henery Moulton 

Joseph X Huchins 
His marke 

[Proved April 8, 1662.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JEFFREY MINGY 1658 HAMPTON 

• June y^ 4"" 58 

Goodman Mingy sick gave Eliakim wardell that peece of land 
w'^*' lyeth one the left hand of the bridg as wee goe to Exeter 

It ten Ackers of upland in the great Lot one the other side of 
the way one the right hand one the other side of the bridg 

and the fresh Medow in the great Medow 

and the salt Marash that lyeth by M' Stanells 

and one Cow Coman, and one oxe Coman & 2 acres & ^ of 
Swamp then saed goodwife Mingy Hussband give him what [you] 
will he shall have it to a farthing, then sayed goodman Mingy hee 
will stand in need of a yoake of beastes but I will leave it to youer 
libertie whether he shall have the young ones or the ould ones. 

and all the rest I give to my wife 

then Jonathan Thing sayed who should have it but shee that hath 
wrought for it 

This was attested by Anthony Tayler & Phillip his wyfe uppon 
their oathe. in y« court held att Hampton y« $^^ 8'^ m° : 58 : 

Tho : Bradbury rec'' 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
I, p. 76.] 



38 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Jeffrey Mingy of Hampton, taken by 
Samuel Dalton, Thomas Coleman, and Anthony Taylor July 2, 
1658; amount, £318.5.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol- 
I, p. 76.] 

HENRY DOW 1659 HAMPTON 

The Last will & testament of Henery Dow Sen' of Hampton 
Beinge Sick & weeke of Body butt firme of understanding and 
memory Itt I Give and bequeth unto margrett my loving wife 
my House lott being by Estamation ten Acres more or less & Six 
acres of fresh meddow att the springs & one sheare of the lower 
Cowes Comon ; Three of my Cowes : & the Dwelling House upon 
the lott above sd : and att my Househould stuff Excepting whatt 
shall bee other waies Disposed of Itt I Give and bequeath unto 
my sonn Henry Dow all the planting Ground thatt is in my Hands 
in the East field, and my seaventeen acres of Salt marsh and . . . 
one sheare of the Cow comon and a sheare of the ox Comon and 
all my Cattell Excepting the three Cowes abovesd 

Itt to my Sonn Henery, one fether bed wch Hee useth to ly 
upon and all the Bed Cloathes thereunto Belonging and the mid- 
delmost Iron Pott : and I Due by these "^sents make and appoint 
my sonn Henery my sole Exequetor to this last will and testamentt 
Itt I Doe Give and Bequeath unto my sonn Joseph the some of 
thirty pounds to bee payd when Hee shall Arive to the age of 
twenty and one yeers. Itt I Doe Give and Bequeath unto my 
sonn Danill and to my Daughters mary and Hannah five pounds 
apeece.to be payd to them when they shall Arive to the age of 
twenty and one years Itt : I Give unto my sonn Thomas & my 
sonn Jeremiah five pounds a peece to bee payd to them att the age 
of one & twenty yeeres And after my wives Decease the House 
& House lott and the six acres of medow to Returne Into the 
Hands of my Excequetors ; In Cause thatt Hee please to Resigne 
up the House and fifty Rods of ground which was sometime 
posesed by Thomas Sleeper Into the Hands of my sonn Joseph 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 39 

and Pay unto my five yongest Children above sayd five and 
twenty pounds thatt is to say five pounds a peece : to bee Payd 
five pounds to the eldest the yeere after my wives Decease and so 
five pounds a yeere to the next yonger untill the some of five 
pounds bee payd to the . . fter and still with this "^viso thatt 
in Cause my sone Henery bee nott willing to leave the place 
wheare Thomas Sleeper lived & to take the lands above sayd After 
my wives Decease upon the Conditions above named then the sd 
House & House lot with the Six acres of medow are to Returne 
to my sonn Joseph who upon the takeing possesion of them is to 
undertake for the paying of the twenty five pounds above sd to my 
five yongest Children according to the times above mentioned : 
Itt I Give unto my wife two of the best of my swine & so much of 
the Corne in the House as may maintaine Her & my Children untill 
Harvest & all the Crop on the House lott att Harvest & the Corne 
till Harvest to bee twenty bushels To this my last will & testa- 
ment I sett my Hand & Seale y*' i6 : 2 mo 1659 

Wittnes : Henry e dow 

Robert Page 

His X marke 

Sam^^ Dalton 

[Proved Oct. 4, 1659.] 

[Essex County, iMass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
I, p. 85.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Dow, Sr., " lattdesesed upon 
the 21^' day of Aprill 1659" ; taken by Robert Page, William God- 
frey, and Henry Roby May 19, 1659; amount, £193.4.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, 
vol. I, p. 86.] 

[Joseph Dow acknowledges the receipt from Henry Dow of 
£30 left to him in the will of his father ; dated Nov. 28, 1666 ; 
witnesses, Thomas Nudd and Francis Page.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 46.] 

[Jonas Gregory of Ipswich, Mass., acknowledges the receipt 
from his brother, Henry Dow of Hampton, of £5 left to his wife, 



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Hannah Gregory, in the will of her father, Henry Dow ; dated 
June 30, 1670.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 46.] 

[Thomas Dow acknowledges the receipt from his brother, Henry 
Dow, of £5 left to him in the will of his father, Henry Dow ; 
dated April 29, 1674.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 46.] 

[Daniel Dow of Hampton acknowledges the receipt from his 
brother, Henry Dow, executor, of <£io left to him in the will of his 
father, Henry Dow ; dated Nov, 10, 1676 ; witnesses, Thomas 
Nudd and Joseph Dow.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 46 ] 



HERCULES HUNKING 1659 STAR ISLAND 

A Envatoring of what goodes and botes I Harkles Hunking 
hath as foleth to three botes with fowar meinsails and three 
Roads three graplers with oares and all things be longen tow 
them and house and stage and mouren and Inker and land 
belongen tow the house and stage uppon the lies of sholes star 
Hand named which I have in Joyed this tenn year follin with hose 
and hoses and land which I have hear tow the moan with upland 
mash & Cattell as folleth fowar melch Coues and fower Oxen 
and a lefen yearelans and Cafes and tow and twenty shep and 
nine honks of all this that I have hear manufested herar and all 
that I am onar of with in doar and a thout I will give on thered 
tow my wife and the hose and land tow lef in as long as she shall 
lef and after her deth tow Reteren to my Eares and the othar tow 
thirds tow my Daftar Ann Hunking and her Cheldren 
the marke of the mark 

Rouger X Kneait wetnas of Harkles X Hunkings 

the marke 

of Cester X Lor wetnes 

this the 21"' of Agost 1659 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I 

[" An trew Invytaty of the Goods of Harculus Hunckine that 
is uppon the He of shoales," taken by Peter Twisden ; amount 
£127.13.0. 

" An Invantory of the estate of Hercules Hunkins Deceased : 
of the tone of Portsmouth," taken by EHas Stileman and Richard 
Tucker Sept. 6, 1659; amount, £342.1.3, sworn to by Benton 
Hunking Nov. 8, 1659.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JAMES WALL 1659 HAMPTON 

The last will & testament of James Wall of Hampton in the 
County of norfolke I James Wall being very weake of Body but 
of Good understanding & memory Due by these p''sents Comend 
unto all unto whome they shall Come the true Intent of my mind 
Conserning the setteling of my Estate after my Decease viz Con- 
serning the Deeds formerly made to my two Eldest Daughters 
(Elizabeth & Sarah Wall) of my farme which lyeth westward of 
Robert Pages Land & bounded with the River Called Taylors 
River towards the South & Likewise Six Acres of Salt marsh lying 
on the south side of the falls River being bounded with the marsh 
of will Marston now in the Hands of John Cram towards the south 
the which lands above mentioned I Doe Conferme unto them 
my two Eldest Daughters Having made and appointed Henery 
Roby as a feffer in trust for what I Have Given unto my two 
Eldest Daughters & to whatt is already Given them the Land is 
to bee Eaqually Devided between them two : & I Doe farther Give 
& bequeath unto Elizabeth Wall A Horse Coltt of two yeer & the 
vantage old : & I Give unto my Daughter Sarah A Horse Coltt of 
this yeere & A peese of stuffe between them to make Each of them 
a Goune the stuffe is a peese of mixt stuff of a sad Culler of a 
boutt twenty-five yards : & I Have Given them a fether bed with a 
fether bolster with a payer of blankets & a Red Rugge Itum to my 
Daughter Elizabeth my best Hatt & a Carsey westcot to Each of 
them = 

Ittum I Give and bequeath unto mary Wall my Loving wife & 



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to my two Children which I Had by Her viz Mary & Hannah 
Wall my Dweling House & the House lott lying between the lott 
of Robert Tuck towards the south and the lott of Thomas web- 
stur somtimes will Howards towards the north and Six acres of 
Salt mursh lying on the north sid of the falles River bounded with ' 
the marsh of Gilles ffuller towards the north Ittum I Give my 
wife & Her two Children my fower oxen & fouer Cowes & my 
mare and all the moveable Goods Excepting whatt is a bove men- 
tioned & Given to my two Eldest Daughters Itt a Debt of fifty 
pounds Due unto mee from mr Samuell Dudly & Humphrey will- 
son & thirty pounds Due from John Godward & a bill of twenty 
two pounds from nicolas Smith : & these lands & moveables Given 
to wife & my yongest Children are to bee Improved by my Ex- 
cequetor for the maintinance of my wife & the bringing up of 
my two Children and att my wives Death or mariage whatt is 
left is to Returne to my two yongest Children mary & Hanna wall 
and I appoint Henery Robey as a feffer in trust to take noties of 
what Estate is left & in Cause my wife should marrie or dy whilest 
the Children are under Age Henery Robey is to take Care of the 
Estate which shall bee left to settell itt to the Children when they 
shall a Rive to the Age of Eighteen yeers & for the Cearfull bring- 
ing of them up in Cause God should take a way my wife by Death 
sooner : & I Doe make & appoint mary wall my loving wife to bee 
my lawfull Excequetor to this my last will & tesment which I Doe 
Conferme with my Hand & seale thearunto affixed the twenteth 
of September Ann° Dm one thousand Six Hundred & fifty nine 

Signed Sealed & Confermed James [Seal] wall 

in the p''sents of 

Samuell Dalton 

John X Cass 
His marke 

[Proved Oct. 4, 1659.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory of the estate, taken by William Godfrey and Samuel 
Dalton in 1659; amount, £373.16.0.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 

[Gu'ardianship of Mary Wall and Hannah Wall granted to their 
uncle, Thomas Philbrick of Hampton, Oct. 8, 1672.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 8, 1672, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 5.] 



JEREMIAH WALFORD 1660 PORTSMOUTH 

The last will & Testam' of Jeremiah Walford of Portsmouth 
16. Aprill, 1660 

Being visited by y® hand of god w''^ sicknes & n' knowing how 
hee may please to deale with mee, I have thought meet to make 
y* as my last will & Testam' as followes 

Imp' : I com'end my soule into y® hands of him y* hath made 
it, & I hope hath redeemed it, as being able to keepe it untill y' day 

My worldly goods I thus dispose of. 

I will y' my beloved wife shall have y^ use of my house lands 
Cattell, & my whole estate as long as shee lives unmarryed, if 
shee marryes y" my estate to fall to my Children in y* mann'' 
Twenty Acres of land lying on y® East side of my house to bee 
divided between my tw'o sonns equally, togither with three Acres 
of Marsh lying in y* middle of y* Great Island. 

Another ^cell of land about ten Acres more or lesse lying 
North-ward fro — y* house, I will to bee equally divided between 
my two daughters 

My Cattell also being nine in Number shall bee equally divided 
amongst my children, provided y' my wife when shee marryes 
shall have her thirds of y^ whole estate, abovementioned. 

This I will & appoint, having y® full use of my reason as for- 
merly, determining y* it shall stand as my last Will 

as witnesseth my hand Jeremiah X Walford 

I shall intreate my hon'^'^ ffather his marke 

Tho: Walford & M"- Henry 
sherburn to bee my Executo" 
Wittnesse 

Henrie Sherburne 

Henry X Savage his marke. 

[Proved June 27, 1660.] 



44 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Jeremiah Walford, who died April 
21, 1660; taken by Michael Rowe and William Powell July 10, 
1660; amount, £95.11.6.] 



JOANNA FERNALD 1660 

The Last Will & Testament of Johanna Fernald Widow Made 
the Twentie third day of April one thousa*^ six hundred & Sixtie 

I Johanna ffernald being Weake of body but in perfict memory 
doe make & ordaine this my last Will & Testament 

Imp" I give & bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth my best 
feather bead boulster & beading belonging unto it. 

It I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary my second best 
feather bed boulster & beding belonging to it. / 

It I give & bequeath unto my s"^ daughters Elizabeth & Mary 
my now dwelling house betweene them & it is my will that Eliza- 
beth my daughter shall have y® first choice of w*^^ 19' she shall 
Like best of y^ s*^ house & if it shall hapen that my daughter 
Mary shall marry first that then the husband of my s'^ Daughter 
shall build for my s'' Daughter Elizabeth as good a house on y** 
Hands her father gave her or allow the vallew thereof as shalbe 
apprized by two Indifferent men & the Like is my will concern- 
ing my daughter Elizabeth if she mary first & that they shall not 
mollest or disturbe one the other before the p''missess be '^formed 
& in meanwhile Live quietly together 

It I give & bequeath unto my Sonn Samuell & my Sonn John 
the third feather bed & beding belonging to it to be betweene 
them 

It I give & bequeath unto my Sonn John all the surgery bookes 
& lustrum'*' that were his fathers w**" his chest 

It I give & bequeath unto my Sonn Samuell a sute & cloke 
that was his fathers. 

It I give & bequeath unto my son William fortie shillings 

It I give & bequeath unto my Son Thomas one musket & a 
barrell of a foulling peece & all the Carpenters and Joyners 
tooles. 



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It I give & bequeath unto my three daughters all my waring 
clothes woollin & Linning w'*" all my houshold stuff equally to 
be devided betweene y'", my daughter Sarah to have the first 
choice & for the better '^formance of this my will I make my 
Sonn Thomas & my daughter Elizabeth my Executors & Appoynt 
m'^ Richard Cutt & Elias Stileman my over seers in witness 
wereof have hereunto put my hand y*^ day & year first above 
written. / 

witness Johanna fernall 

Anthony Ellins 

John Deamant 

Elias Stileman 

proved in Court at portsmouth the 28 Jun 60 

~^ Elias Stileman Cleric 

[Inventory, June 5, 1660; amount, £118.9.6, and £3.3.0 added 
later ; signed by George Walton and Elias Stileman.] 



WILLIAM LEMON 1660 

That whereas W"' Lemon deceaseing & Leaving No written 
will behind him concerning his estate, And M"^ Antipas Mavick 
Exhibiting to this Court testimony that y® s'' Lemon gave him his 
estate before witness, This Court accordingly doth allow thereof, 
provided the s'^ Maverick doth enter into 20 bonds to be respon- 
sall for y*" s'^ estate to any other that shall make proofe of a better 
title to y^ same & is hereby enjoyned to bring in an Inventory of 
the estate to y* next Countie Court at dover or portsmouth 
[Antipas Maverick of Kittery gives bond as required above.] 
[Court Records, June 26, 1660, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 42 b.] 

[Order of court Oct. 14, 1662, that William Furber and Rich- 
ard Otis, administrators to the estate of William Lemon, bring in 
an inventory.] 

[Norfolk County, .Mass., Court Records.] 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

CATHERINE JOHNS 1660 

[Administration on the estate of Catherine Johns, widow, 
granted to John Fabyan June 26, 1660.] 

[Court Records, June 26, 1660, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 41.] 

[Inventory; amount, £35.7.0; signed by John Hunking and 
Peter Twisden ; brought into court July 10, 1660.] 



ALEXANDER BATCHELDER 1660 

[Administration on the estate of Alexander Batchelder granted 
to his widow, Ann Batchelder, June 26, 1660.] 
[Court Records, June 26, 1660, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 41.] 



MARKER HINGER 1660 

[Administration on the estate of Marker Hinger granted to 
William Follett June 26, 1660.] 

[Court Records, June 26, 1660, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 41 b.] 



JOHN JACKSON 1660 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Jackson, who died at the 
Isles of Shoals, granted to John Cutt July 12, 1660.] 
[Court Records, July 12, 1660, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 43.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Jackson of Portsmouth, Dec. 6, 
1666 ; amount, £234.15.0 ; signed by Henry Sherburne and Elias 
Stileman.] 

This Court grants unto Widdowjoane Jackson & Rich. Jackson 
pow'^ of Administrac'on unto y'' estate of John Jackson deceased 
with out will, the s'' Joane & Richard Jackson brought in an 
Inventory of y^ s'' estate into this Court at y^ same time amount- 
ing unto 234' : 15^ Concerning w'"" estate the Court ord" with y" 
Consent of Ric Jackson & Tho : Jackson then p'sent that the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE VV^ILLS 47 

Widow shall have the whole estate in her hand during her Life 
excepting 4 acres of marsh to be equally betweene Tho. Jackson 
& John Jackson w'*' they are to have at p'"sent & after s*^ Widows 
decease Richard Jackson to have the house & Land at home & to 
allow his Bro : Thomas : 20 shillings & his brother John Jackson 
eleven pownds ; & the s'* Thomas Jackson to have one halfe y*" 
Land in y*" plaine & John Jackson y^ other halfe & w' the estate 
that is in moveables shall be wasted the 3 brothers aforesd to beare 
theire proportions of it & w' debts y^ estate oweth to pay accord- 
ing to proportion and w' is due to y® estate to have their propor- 
tions the Eldest to beare & have a double portion as the estate 
hiay increase or decrease in debts & moveables / . 
[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 130 b.] 

December the 24'^ 1681 This day by the ffree consent & app 

of my Brother, Richard Jackson ; M"" Elias Stileman came and 

laid out for me tenn acres of land joyneing to the Lands I now 

possess beginneng from the Creek or Well, running 44 Pole, to 

Richard Saurtridges Land from that 48 Pole S. W. to a black 

Pine Stump on the West side of Rowes Land and from W : or 

W. N. W. 40 Pole to a Pine small Tree of Peter Balls bounds 

from that to the brook or well or stone where Peter Balls land 

begins the course being nighest N East Easterly 176: Pole, at 

which time I paid said Stileman for his labour, in my Brother 

Richards presence three shillings in money in my own house 

John Jackson 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 363.] 



ROGER SHAW 1660 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen The 25th day of August 1660 I 
Roger Shawe of Hampton in the County of Norfolk being sick 
and weake in body * * * 

ffirst I give unto my son Joseph Shawe my ffarme, that is to say 
one hundred Ackers of upland bounded as followeth from the 
Towne bridge & goodman Levitt in "^t, and Comon Contry way 



48 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

in part, & the Comon in part one the south east : ffifteene Ackers 
of Land of my owne on the South west and mr Dalton's ffarme 
northwest medowes belonging to the ffarme north east And ffive 
and Twenty Ackers of fresh medovv surrounded with [t]he Tay- 
lors River and the upland of the ffarme, the medow lying north 
East, And all my Salt Marsh (Excepting) tfive Ackers of that 
marsh to lye adjoyning to Thomas wards marsh on the south side 
of Taylors River with all preveledges belonging to the ffarme. 

Item I give unto my son Benjamin Shaw my dwellying howse 
howses. Orchard Garden and all the land I have on the northside 
Taylors River, medow, upland or swamp wth all Comonages and 
prveledges thereunto belonging wth ffifteene Ackers of upland or 
Swamp lying att y*" South west end of the ffarme, with ffive Ack- 
ers of salt marsh on that side my marsh towards Ta3dors River 
adjoyning to Thomas wards 

Item I give to Margarett ward my Daughter ffive shillings 
Item I give to my Daughter Ann ffogg thirteene pounds 
Item I give to my Daughter Hester Thirteene pounds 
Item I give to my Daughter Marie Twenty pounds. 
Item I give unto my son Daniell Tilton ffive pounds 
Item I give to my son Benjamin one horse Coult, Three yeare- 
lings one Ewe Lamb the bed he lyeth on two puter Dishes, one 
of ev''ye Iron thing in the howse if there be two (or els not) A 
third part of all husbandry ware halfe of all Carpenters Tooles I 
have : six bushels of wheat and ffowerteene of Indian Corne but 
hee must be att cost of all labo"" to itt : Also I appoint Benjamin 
to have for his use my howse and Land on the southeast side 
the Country high way now for his use. Excepting halfe of the 
Orchard wch I give to my son Joseph for Two yeares and the 
peece of medow on this side the Towne Bridge, And for all these 
goods I give unto Benjamin my will is that he shall pay unto 
Daniell Tilton [t]he sum of Twenty five pounds when hee comes 
to the aige of 21 yeares: The wch sum is xxth pt of itt wch 
I was to pay by Covent & 5' I give him more as is above expressed 
in my will And for want of paym' of his 25' I do bind over my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



49 



sons Benjamins Lands for the securitye of itt to be paid out of the 
rents of the Lands untill itt be fully paid : Also I Do appoint 
Samvvell ffogg & my son Joseph as trustees to order & direct my 
son Benjamin untill hee come to ye age of 21 yeares according to 
Law in all thinges. 

Item I give all the rest of my goods both moveable & unmove- 
able wth the use of all the ffeild on the oth'' side on the high way 
(but two Ackers on the nerer side one yeare) I give unto my son 
Joseph And my will is that hee is sole Executo'' of this my last 
will and Testamt and I appoint him to pay all my Debts Legacyes 
that are or shall appeare to be Due according to Law Excepting 
what is appointed to be paid other wayes. And if my Executo 
fails to make paymt I appoint his Lands shall pay them (not by 
saile) but by [t]he Rent of itt untill they be paid or any pt there- 
of. And my will further is that if my son Joseph and Benjamin 
Dye without issue then [t]he Lands to goe my other Daughters 
Ann, Hester, & Marye & to their Heires for ever Considering a 
Competencye for there wifes att the Discretion of my supviso'^ 
John Leveritt & samuell ffogg whome I appoint as trustees to see 
this my will '^formed 

And renounce my all other former wills either by words or write- 
ings I make this my last will & Testament In witnes whereof I 
have here unto sett my hand & seale the day and yeare above writ- 
ten. Roger [Seal] Shawe 

Signed sealed in the 
presence of us : 

John Cleford 

Samwell Hall Ser. 

The twentieth of march one thousand Six Hundred and Sixty 
I Roger Shaw being yett in the land of the living & in sound 
memory & Sence : Doe thinke meett to aDe to this my last will 
as ffolloweth viz that whearas thear are two of the Children which 
Have thirteen pound a peese Given them I doe appoint thatt theey 
shall have butt five apeece : and whearas I have Given one Child 
five shillings I doe appoint thatt itt shall have five pound all which 
4 



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somes are to bee payd within a yeere after my decease & whearas 
I did bequeath fourteen bushils of indian Corne to my son Benja- 
men & Six bushils of wheatt I doe now appoint thatt Hee shall Have 
none : & whereas I did appoint y' benjamin should Sow two acres 
of y' lott on the other sid of the way the next yeere I doe now 
appoint that Joseph shall Have the "^fitt thereof the next yeere and 
whearas I did appoint Benjamen to pay his brothr Daniell Tilton 
twenty five pownd when hee Cam to age I Doe now appoint Him 
to pay His Sister Mary twenty pounds att the time appointed her 
to pay five pound to His brother Joseph when Daniell Comes to 
Age & I Doe appoint my son Joseph to pay Abraham & Daniell 
Tilton their portions according to Covenant when they shall Come 
to Age and to this my last addition I Doe sett my Hand & seale the 
Day & yeere a bove written 

Signed Sealed in Roger [Seal] Shawe 

the p'^sents of us 

Samuell Dalton 

John Cliford 

[Proved Oct. lo, 1661.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory of the estate, taken by John' Sanborn and William 
Moultonjune, 1661 ; amount, £369.1.0.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



ANN BATCHELDER 1660 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of Anne Batchelor widdow of Ports- 
mouth in Pascataq River made y' 5'^ Novemb"" 1660. 

I Ann Bachelor being weake of Body, but in "^fect memory doe 
ordaine this as my last Will & Testament, heereby revokeing all 
former Wills, Legacyes & bequests w'ever. 

Imp'' My debts & funerall charges being paid out of my whole 
estate I give & bequeath unto my Sonn Jn" Bachelor y* true sum'e 
of thirtye pounds, my son being alive at my death, if hee bee not 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 1 

alive at my Death then I will y® said Sum'e unto his widdow & 
theyr joynt Children equally to bee divided among them. 

I give unto James Leech twenty shillings, unto his wife twenty 
shillings, & unto theyr foure children ten shillings a peice 

I give unto Jane fturzen my best hatt & blue pettycoate 

I give unto Mary Walford Widdow my best pettycoate & twenty 
shillings & unto her foure Cheldren ten shillings a peice 

If in Case I dye before my Servant Richard Peirce his time bee 
■out w' time remaines I give him, w'*" an Axe, handsaw. Adze Augre 
a calking Iron or two togither w*^ two suits of Apparell & three 
shirts 

I give more unto my said servant Rich : Peirce forty shillings. 

I give unto Tho : Paine w" his time is expired forty shillings & 
Executours for y*" better performance of this my will I make 
Joshua Moodey & M^ Elias Stileman & desire M'' James Pendleton 
to bee my overseer. 

In wittnes w'of I have heere unto set my hand in y^ day and 
yeare above written The marke of 

Witnesse , Ann X Batchelour 

The Marke of 

Mary X Walford ' 
The marke of 

Ann X Hart. 

[Proved June 26, 1661.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 27, 1660; amount, £96.1.0; signed by Will- 
iam Seavey, James Leach, and Samuel Haines.] 



THOMAS JOHNSON 1661 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Johnson granted to 
William Furber and William Follett June 27, 1661.] 
[Court Records, June 27, 1661, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 57.] 

[Inventory, July i, 1661 ; amount, £200.6.6; signed by John 
Davis and William Roberts.] 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Settlement of the accounts, brought into court by William Fol- 
lett and William Furber, administrators, June 30, 1663. One item 
is "diett for the Chilld."] 

This Court ord'^^ that the child of Thomas Johnson shall live 
with goodman Layton if he consent untill she be ten yeeres of 
age, & he to be allowed out of her estate 5" a yeere, & from the 
age of ten yeeres untill she be fourteene yeeres he is to Keepe & 
maintaine her at his owne pro"^ cost & charge & then she is to 
make choice of her guardian, unto this agreem' goodman Layton 
did consent 

[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 76 b.] 

The Estate of Thomas Johnson of Oyster River deceased not 
having any heire making claime thereunto is Comitted to the use 
of the Towne of Dover according unto the Law title eschates pa : 
28, & this Court further orders that the Administrato" to y® s^ 
estate deliver it up unto the select men of the s*^ Towne & a Com'- 
ittee be appoynted to audit y** s^ Administrator acco' 

The Com'itte agreed upon & then chosen were Capt Rich : 
Waldern : Deacon Jn° Hall : & m^ PeV Coffin 

[Court Records, June 27, 1665, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 109.] 



WILLIAM STORY 1661 

[Administration on the estate of William Story granted to Sam- 
uel Austin June 27, 1661.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1661, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 57 b.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 8, 1660 ; amount, £130.5.0 ; signed by William 
Pomfret, Hatevil Nutter, and Job Clements ; sworn to by Sarah 
Austin, "sometimes the wife of W'" Story deceased," June 27, 
1661.] 

The s'' Austin brought into Court an Inventory of the Said 
estate amounting to : 130'. 5'. o*^. the Widow of y^ s"^ Story now 
wife to y^ s*^ Austin is allowed her thirds out of the whole w*'^ is 
43'. 6'. 8*^ ; & the remaind' 86^ : 16' 4 to be devided among the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53 

fower children the Eldest to have a double portion Viz 34^ I4^ 8*^ 
& the other three 17^ 7* a peece when they com to y^ age of 21 
yeeres. the whole estate to remane in y* hands of s'^ Samuell Aus- 
tin the father in Law [step-father] to y® s*^ children for there bring- 
ing up or shall chuse there Gardian before provided he give dou- 
ble bonds unto this Court that it shalbe p'' to the children accord- 
ingly, & is granted Libertie to sell any of the houses & Lands or 
to lett the Same provided he brings in good securite to next Court 
at yorke for paym' of the Childrens portions 
[Court Records, June 27, 1661, in Deeds, p. 57 b.] 



PALMER 1661 



[Guardianship of Joseph Palmer granted to his brother, Chris- 
topher Palmer of Hampton, and Walter Roper of Ipswich, Mass., 
Oct. 8, 1661.] 

[Quarterly Court Files, Salem, Mass., vol. 7, p. 53.] 



TIMOTHY DALTON JR. 1662 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Dalton, Jr., sometime 
of Hampton, granted to Samuel Dalton April 8, 1662.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Inventory of the lands of Timothy Dalton, Jr., of Hampton, 
May, 1663 ; 55 acres of land in all, value not stated ; signed by 
Samuel Dalton, and presented to the Hampton court Oct. 13, 
1663.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



WILLIAM COLE 1662 HAMPTON 

The last will of william Coule of Hampton in the County of 
norfolke, 

I william Cole being very Aged & now taken very sicke and 
nott like longe to Continue in this world & yett by Gods mercy 



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retaining my "^fect sence & understanding Doe Declare itt, to bee 
my last will as followeth viz thatt unice Coule my wife shall 
have all Her Cloathes which she left with mee both Her wollin 
Clothes & Her linin & Her small linin y' is to say Hancherchers 
neckclothes & Head linen thatt is made for Her ; & for my Housen 
& lands that is free & nott Ingaged I Doe Give & bequeath the same 
unto Thomas Webstar of Hampton upon Good Considerations & 
my Cattell & Houshold stuff & tvvoles & whatt Ever Else Remaines 
free after Ingagements Discharged all to Remaine unto the sole 
& "^pur use of the sd Thomas Webster his Heires & Assignes for 
Ever upon Condition of his keeping of mee Comfortably Duering 
the time of my naturall life & I doe appoint my loving freinds 
Deacon Willi'^ Godfrey & Thomas webstar to bee my lowfull 
Exequetors to this my last will & Testiment the which I Conferme 
with my hand & seale the twenty sixt of may one thousand six 
Hundred & sixty two 

Sealed & Confermed in y^ William [Seal] Coule 

^sents of us His marke & Seale 

William Godrey 

His X marke 

Samuell Dalton 

[Proved April 14, 1663.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files^ 
vol. I, p. 35.] 

[Inventory of the estate ; amount, £59.1.0 ; attested by Thomas 
Webster, executor.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, 
vol. I, p. 35.] 

[Order of court April 14, 1663, that Thomas Webster, executor 
of the will of " old Cole" of Hampton, pay the widow one half 
of the balance after paying the debts. 

Amount, £59.14.0 

Debts, 18. 13.7 

£41. 0.5 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 55 

The one half payable to the widow, Eunice Cole, was ordered 
to be paid to the selectmen of Hampton for her use.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



THOMAS WILSON 1662 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Wilson granted to 
Nathaniel Fryer June 24, 1662.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1662, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 67 b.] 



JOHN WEBSTER 1662 PORTSMOUTH 

[Rachel Webster, widow, renounced administration on the estate 
of her husband, John Webster, and Capt. Waldron and Elias Stile- 
man were appointed temporary administrators June 24, 1662.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1662, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 69 b.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Webster of Portsmouth 
granted to Capt. Richard Waldron June 30, 1663.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75.] 



JOHN BICKFORD 1662 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of John Bickford of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to Philip Tucker June 24, 1662.] 
[Court Records, June 24, 1662, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 67 b.] 



VALENTINE HILL 1662 

[Writ of dower granted to Mary Hill for one third of the real 
estate of her late husband,Valentine Hill ; and Lieut. Ralph Hall, 
Ensign Davis, and Robert Davis are empowered to set it oft'.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1662, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 67 b.] 

[Inventory of " A parsell of Land formerly granted unto m"" 
vollentine hill deseced by the towne of dover as "p Copy shoon by 



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Leff' Nathaniell hill Adminestrator to sd wallentine hill which 
Land is Lying & being at the head of oster river in the provnece 
afore said containg about 500 acers as allso A parsell of medoe at 
wheelrights pond," June 30, 1699; amount, £45.0.0; signed by 
John Pickering, Stephen Jones, and Joseph Jones; attested by 
Nathaniel Hill July 4, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 161.] 

[Additional inventory, June 7, 1721 ; amount, £75.0.0; signed 
by Stephen Jones and Joseph Jones.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 185.] 



JOSHUA KENDRICK 1662 

[Administration on the estate of Joshua Kendrick granted to 
Nathaniel Fryer June 24, 1662.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1662, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 67 b.] 



JOSEPH AUSTIN 1662/3 DOVER 

I Joseph Austin of dover in perscataque beinge sike of body 

ase for my estate when all my just and honist debtes are 
pead and satisfied I doe give and bequeath onto my wife the one 
therd part of my holle estate wich ise left and tow therd peartes to 
bee devided amongst my Chilldren : only I doe give onto my sonne 
Thomas Austin a doubell portion : and ase for my Chilldren and 
that wich I have given them : I doe leave them with my wife : and 
Capt walldon : and Ellder winford and my Brother peter Cotiin : 
to order and dispose of them ase meay bee most for the glory of 
god and ther Comfort till the Com to yeares of discristion to guid 
themselfes and what I leave them : and given : and this beinge my 
last will and testament I doe intreat and desire my lovinge frinds 
Capt Richerd walldon and Ellder william winford and my Brother 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 57 

peter Coffin to see ite fulltilld in wittnes hearofe I have heare onto 
set to my hand and seall this twenty lith deay of January on thou- 
sand sixe hundred sixty and tow : 

wittnis Joseph X Austin [seal] 

the words interlined wich ise his marke 

left wos before the seillinge 
hearofe : 

John Robeards 

mary hanson 

This will being brought into Court held at Dover the i' of July 
1663 & the Court conceiving it to be Imperfict for want of Nomy- 
nation of execut" doe appoynt the Widdow of the deceased 
Adminstratrix to the estate of y*' deceased & order that the 
Adminstratrix shall not order & dispose of the estate with out the 
Concurrance of the overseers menc'oned in this will or any two of 
them whoe have pow"" according to y® will of y® deceased to see 
that it accordingly be '^formed 

f ord^ of Court Elias Stileman Cler 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1662/3: amount, £470.0.0; signed by 
Hatevil Nutter, John Hall, Ralph Hall, and John Heard ; attested 
by Sarah Austin July 3, 1663.] 



RICHARD SEWARD 1662/3 

ffebrary 21 1662 

In the nam of god amen ; I Richard Seaward being weeke of 
body yett in sound and parfitt memmory doe ordaine this to bee my 
last will and testiment 

Itam I give drake point to my grane Child John Jackson ; 
Item the next point I give Richard Jackson Item the rocke 
point to Mary Seaward ; Itam the rest of the land equally to be 
devied betwext Richard Seaward ; and Richard Jackson ; Item 
my housells goods equally to be devied betwxt Richard Seaward ; 
and Richard Jackson ; Item my hole parte of the Visell and Car- 



58 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

goe equily to be divied betwext Richard Seaward Chrildron and 
Richard Jaickson Chilldron ; Item fortene pound of mony which 
my brother Rogger Seaward is in deted to mee I give to my 
sonn Richard Seaward ; my detes binge first payed ; I doe heere 
apoint the saied Richard Seaward and Richard Jackson my over 
seeres wittnes my liand and scale the yeare and day aboufe ritten 

for the land which my brother Rogger doth live in hee is quietly 
to injoy it for his life time ; with out any mullisattion 

wittnes Richard X Seaward his marke 

Nichleus Winkleey [seal] 

Thomas Bransell 

Tho : Besson 

Will Atwood 

Nikolas : winklye & Tho Bransell Came before mee & made 
oath that this will was the akt & deed of Richard saword senier a 
little before his death 

Before mee Brian Pendleton 

Comisioner 

[Proved July i, 1663.] 

[Inventory presented June 30, 1663, amounting to £141.10.0.] 
[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75 b.] 



ROBERT DRAKE 1663 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen : the fifth of May in year of 
our lord one thousand six hundred & sixty three ; I Robert Drake 
in the Town of Hampton in New-England in Norfolk Searge- 
Maker * * * 

Item : my goods I give & bequeath as followeth : To my son 
Nathaniell Drake I Will & bequeath six pound ; & to my son 
Abraham Drakes eldest son Abraham Drake I give twelve pounds 
To my Daughter Susanna Drake twelve pounds to my Grand- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 59 

child Rachell Drake twelve pound ; to Jean Drake twelve pounds 
y*^ which are my son Nathaniels two Daughters ; to my Grand- 
children Susanna Drake, Sarah Drake, Mary Drake, Elisabeth & 
Hannah, to each of them twelve pounds, being y® Children of 
my son Abraham Drake ; & to my son Abraham Drake I will 
& bequeath the remainder of my estate being my house & house 
lot with my Medowes salt marsh & fresh with six shares, fower 
of Cow Commons & two of ox Commons with all rights previ- 
leges & appertenances thereunto belonging my upland & whatso- 
ever lands ; as also my Cattell ; three steres two of seaven yeares 
of age & one of fouer ; two Cows, one yearling, Item my hous- 
hold stuff bed & bedding Brasse & puter Iron & Lead whatso- 
ever ; all which my mentioned estate I will & bequeath to my 
son Abraham Drake ; my sayd son to pay y® aforespesified lega- 
cies to the severall parties as before given ; at one & twenty yeares 
of age ; none to make any demand till a year after my decease ; 
Item if any of my Grandchildren dye before they be of age, there 
portion to be devided equally amongst my Grandchildren yet liv- 
ing ; It : I Will & give to my son Abraham Drake all Debts, 
Dues, bills ; bonds whatsoever belonging to me. 

Item I ordain & Constitute my son Abram Drake my sole exec- 

utour to this my last will & testiment revoking all other former wills 

by me made ; in witnesse whereof I have hereunto set my hand & 

seal the eighteenth of May one thousand six hundred & sixty three 

Testes [Seal] Robert X Drake 

John Barsham his Marke 

Giles fuller 

[Proved April 14, 1668.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files^ 
vol. I, p. 106.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Drake, yeoman, "who deceased 
the 14"" of Jenewary, 1667 " ; taken by Samuel Dalton and Abra- 
ham Perkins Jan. 28, 1667; amount, £184.10.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate F'iles.] 



6o NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ROBERT MARSHALL 1663 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Marshall granted to 
Capt. Brian Pendleton and Lieut. Richard Cutt June 30, 1663.] 
[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 76 b.] 



EDWARD LLOYD 1663 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Lloyd granted to 
Edward Rishworth, Samuel Maverick, and Richard Stileman June 
30, 1663.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75.] 

This Court being informed that there is a failing of y® Adminis- 
tra" to m'' Edw. Lyds Estate by Reason of the death of one of 
them & the neglect of another doe se it meet that m"" Richard Stile- 
man that was one of them should & may act from time to time in 
& aboute the s^ Estate by himselfe alone as all or any two of them 
might have done untill the Court shall take further ord'' thereaboute. 

[Court Records, June 27, 1665, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 109.] 



HENRY HALLWELL 1663 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Hallwell of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Rebecca Hallwell, June 30, 1663, who pre- 
sented an inventory amounting to £16.9.10.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75.] 



JOHN TUTTLE 1663 DOVER 

Jn° Tuttle of Dover dying Intestate, this Court empowers his 
Widdow Dorothy Tuttle as Administratrix to y* s** estate w^ho 
brought into Court an Inventory of his estate amounting to 
85" :i<f :6 :'' w'^'' the Court ord'' as followeth : viz' It appearing to 
this Court y' the Eldest daughter of the deceased is maried & hath 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 6l 

had her portion already ord*^ that his Son Jn** Tuttle shall have 
lo" when he comes to 21 yeeres of age & y® youngest daughter to 
have 15" when she corns to the age of 18 yeeres, or be disposed 
of in marrieg & the remainder of y® estate shall be to y® Widdow 
during her Life or Widdowhood estate & if in Case she shall 
marry then to have the thirds according unto Law ; & after y® wid- 
dows decease or marriage the Son to have the Lands. / 
[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75 b.] 

[Inventory, July 3, 1663 ; amount, £85.19.6 ; signed by Hatevil 
Nutter, Thomas Leighton, and John Hall.] 



ROBERT MUSSELL 1663/4 

In the Name of God Amen 

I Robert Mussell being in perfect health & Memory doe here by 
make & declare this to be my last Will & testament : as followeth. 
ffirst I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Almightie God that 
gave it me ; and my body to the earth at the time of my dissolution 
when it shall please God to call me, to be devoutly buried in a 
Christian manner, at the discression of daughter Audery Lux, 
whome I doe hereby make my sole heire & executrix and to whose 
Issue I freely intend & bequeath, after my decease, my now dwelling 
house & Lands adjoneing to it, for ever — 

2'y I doe give & bequeath to my daughter Mary Jeffery, Ten 
shillings. & unto hir Sonne Richard Roe Ten shillings. And to 
the two daughters of my daughter Audrey, Twenty shillings a 
peece. to be paid Unto them by my executrix, onely the grand 
children specifide in this will are not to have theire legacies deliv- 
ered to them untill they come to the age of eighteene yeares, and 
what may be omitted of me towards them further I shall & doe 
leave it to the discression of my daughter Audery to doe as she 
shall see good, by theire behaviour &dutifull obedience to deserve., 
thirdly I give alsoe to my sonne Lux my daughters husband ten 
shillings, and lastly I give Unto the now Minister of Kittery five 



62 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

shillings as a remembrance of my love & thankfulnes to him for his 
paines in the Ministery, his name is m'^ Belcher. All wc*^ legasies, 
excepting that to m}' Grand children my heire is to pay presently 
after my decease, & the Grandchildrens as is above exprest, at 
the age of eighteene j'-eares All wch legasies being paid I give 
all the rest of my estate what soever Unto my said daughter 
Audery & doe declare hir to be the whole & sole heire of all. 
Witnes my hand & scale this first of March : in the yeare of our 
Lord God one thousand six hundred sixtie & three. 

Signed & sealed in Robart Mussell [seal] 

the presents of us. 

John Adams 

Richard : Tucker. 

[Proved June 30, 1674.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 28, 1673 ; taken at the request of William 
Lux and his wife; amount, £7.10.6; signed by Nathaniel Fryer 
and Abel Porter.] 

Articles of agreem' made and concluded on this tenth day of 
April in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sove'' Lord George 
by the Grace of God of Great Brittaine & Ireland King Anoq 
Dom. 1718 That whereas Sundry tracts or '^cels of Land within 
the Township of New Castle in New Hamp"^ as "^ the draft here- 
unto annexetd and also a tract or "^cel of Land within the 
Township of Kittery in the County of Yourk & Pro of the Massa. 
bay in N. England did belong & a'^taine unto Robert Mussell our 
Grand father late of S'' New Castle formerly Portsm" des'd all 
w*'*' Land do now of right belong unto us y^ Subscribers John 
Crunch & Francis Crunch his wife Tho* Cosen & Eliz* Cossen his 
wife Tho^ Marshall Jun'' Chrustopher Fedrick and Mary Fedrick 
his wife Tho* Pierce and Eliz^ Pearce his wife all of New Castle 
aboves'^ and all the Surviving heirs to the S'^ ^cels or tracts of 
Land Sic^ Now Know y^ that we the S** John and Frances Cronch 
Tho' & Eliz"' Cosen Tho' Marshal Jun' Chrustopher Fedrick and 
Mary Fedrick his wife Tho* & Eliz'^ Pearce for each of us our 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 63 

Selves or our heirs exec" and adm''^ or any of them for Ever by 
these p'"sents Have given & granted and by these p'sents have 
released and do for Ever quit claim to any part or portion of the 
S'^ Lands except what falls to our Share as hereafter is expressed 
and Sett forth and is in the Plott or figure hereunto annexed 
(Viz') I'' To John Crunch & Frances his wife and to their heirs 
exec" adm" & assigns all that tract of Land in the Township of 
Kittery on the Creek that runs to Broadbut Harbour and is what 
Sam^' Ford now possesses and also all that lott of Land in New 
Castle whereon his house now Stands together w* all the Garden 
land round it and water Side thereunto belonging and abutting 
begining at a Stake N** forty two degrees west distance fifty two 
foot from the N. W. Corner of Tho^ Marshals Sen" old house & 
So from that Stake on a north Course to the Land late Nath^ Fryer 
dec'ed and is now in the possession of John Frost being about 
Ninety foot and So down East South east by the S'' Frosts land 
across the high way over the Bank into the River aboute 190 foot 
to low Water mark and then along by the River side to a stake on 
the flats and from that Stake up on a west eight degrees north 
Course over aCross the Bank & highway again aboute one hun- 
dred & ninety foot to the first Stake up on the Garden side north 
42 deg. west and 52 foot from the said Marshals Corner to have 
& to hold all the S'^ parts or division of the S'^ premisses w"" all the 
appurtenances northard of that and thereunto belonging or any 
ways attaining to them the S'^ John & Frances Cronch and every 
of their heirs exec" adm" or assigns for Ever — 2"'' To Tho* Cosen 
and Eliz"' his wife and their heirs exec" adm" and assigns forever 
all that tract or plott of Land that lyes in N. Castle by the Sea 
Side on the South Side of the Sandy beech and is bounded by the 
Land formerly James Pendleton on the north side thereof and is 
aboute two acres w"" all the priveledges & appurtenances thereof 
and that for Ever— 3<^'y To Tho' Marshal Jun"" all y' South and 
east part of his fathers old possession begining from low water 
mark adjoyning to John Cronch on the north Side and So to run 
up from the River by the Said Crunches Lott aCross the high way 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

about 190 foot to y*" S° west part or Corner Stake of the S*^ 
Cronchis Lott and then along by the west Side of the Same on a 
north Course to y® Land now in the possession of John Frost and 
So along westerly by s'^ Frosts Land & M'' Hinck's till it corns to 
a bryer bush and from that bryer bush South Sixteen degrees East 
over the Rocks two hundred & fifty foot to a stake and from that 
Stake on a south fifty degrees west Course Seaventy Six foot or 
thereabouts to y* high way that leads along by m"" Reeds Door and 
so Southard by the high way to y'' Land late of Andrew Pepperills 
De'd and So by S'^ Pepperells Gardin through the pond & over 
across the high way into y* River and then along by the River 
northard to John Crunchis bounds To have & to hold to him the 
S*^ Tho^ Marshall and his heirs exec""* adm""^ & assigns for Ever 

w^ all the priviledges thereunto belonging 4"* to Christopher 

and Mary Fedrick all that part or plott of Land whereon his house 
now Stands begining at the water Side next & adjoyning to y^ lott 
formerly belonging unto black Esses alias Cosso and So to run 
up Southerly by the side of the S'^ Cosso's lott to y® S. W. Corner 
and then Easterly by the Same lott until it corn's to y^ bryer bush 
& bounds of the afores'^ Tho* Marshal Jun"" lot and so along by 
that line South 16'' East one hundred & Seaventy three foot to a 
stake & from that Stake through y® Croch of an aple tree on a 
South forty three degrees west Course ninety nine foot or there- 
abouts to a Stake w"'in the fence on the highway and So along 
westerly as the high way runs Eighty five foot to a stake w'^in the 
fence & from that Stake on a north Sixteen degrees East Course 
Eighty nine foot to an other Stake in the field and So down on a 
north twenty Seaven degrees west course into the River a Cross 
the high way leaving Tho' Pearces house two foot & a halfe to y® 
Westward of the line all w"'' piece or plot of ground is y® Said 
Fedricks portion or Share to them and their heirs exec" adm" 
and assigns for Ever To have & to hold w*** all y* priviledges 

and Apurtenances thereunto belonging 5'*" to Tho* Pearce & 

Eliz^ his wife all that Land that Lyes to the westard of s'^ Fed- 
ricks from the high way down northward to y^ high way by the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 65 

water Side and So across the way over the Bank into the River 
and is bounded by Henry Paine on the west and S*^ Fedrick on 
y® East together w"" all that Lott that the Graves is contained in 
and is what lyes between the S'' Fedrick and Tho^ Marshal Jun"" 
as by their bounds before expressed as is Sixty Eight foot fronting 
on the high way y' runs by Reeds & Kelly's houses w'^ all the 
priviledges thereunto belonging To have & to hold the S'^ two 
Lotts to them the S'^ Tho^ & Eliz*^ Pearce and their heirs Exec^* 
adm'® & assigns for Ever In Wittness we the partyes as aboves*^ 
do mutually together agree to Stand & abide by the foregoing 
division and do bind & oblidge our Selves & our heirs Exec" and 
adm""* each one to y^ other in the penal Sume of fifty pound to be 
recovered from him that any way offers to disturb the quiet pos- 
session amongst our Selves or to act contrary to y® true Intent & 
meaning of these p^'sents As Wittess our hands & Seales the day 
and year as afores'' 

signed sealed & D D in the John Cronch [Seal 

^sence of us Frances Cronch [Seal 

John ffrost Tho^ Cosen [Seal 

Nath' hite Eliz'^ Cosen [Seal 

Henry Payn Tho» Marshal Ju"" [Seal 

Christop'' ffredrick [Seal 
Mary ffredrick [Seal 
Tho* Pearce [Seal 

Eliz'"^ Pearce [Seal 

[Deeds, vol. 10, p. 491.] 



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WILLIAM MOULTON 1663/4 HAMPTON 

The Last will & Testament of william moulton of Hampton in 
the County of norfolke in new England : 

I william moulton being sick & weak of body butt sound in 
my understanding & memory Doe by this my last will & testament 
settle m}^ Estate as followeth 

Imp I Give & bequeath unto margritt my Loving wife my 
new House being the west partt of my Dwelling House with the 
Chambers belonging thearunto and the use of the leanto and the 
one Halfe of the orchyard as itt is Devided by a parth Goeing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 67 

throuorh itt she haveing liberty to Choose which pt she pleaseth 
the which shee is to Injoy Duering [the terme] ^ ot' Her life or to 
her Day of marriage Item I Give unto margritt my wife the bed 
which standeth in my new Room with all furniture theirunto 
belonging with the Rest of my Beding and the moveables in the 
house Excepting whatt is other waise Disposed of as shalbee 
after Expressed Itte I Give unto margritt my wife my warmeing 
pan & smoothing Iron and fier shovell & tonges, and the Rest of 
the Iron Brass and peuter is to bee Devided into two partts by one 
of my Exequeters and my sones and then my wife to Choose her 
partt & my two Elderst sones to hav the othe partt : Ittem I Give 
unto margritt my Loveing wife my whole stocke of neatt Cattle 
Horse & Swine towards the bringing up of my Children Except- 
ing the Horse which only is to Returne unto my Eldest sones att 
the Day of my wives marriage or death : only my Childeren are 
to Injoy those Cattle which are now accounted theirs viz : my sone 
Joseph three my son Benjamin two & Hanna one & mary one : 

Ittem I Give unto my son Joseph moulton my Dwelling House 
•& Barne with all my outt Houseing and my House lott being by 
Estismation ten acres more or less as itt is and ten acres of plant- 
ing land in the north plaine lying by Henery Robies land the which 
was Granted to mee by the Towne and five acres more or lesse 
lying in the East field adjoyning to the land of will Samborn & 
Samuell ffoge : and nine acres of fresh medow lying near to the 
Great bores Head between the medow of John Browne and Gilles 
fllullers : Ittem two acres of Salt marsh lying in a place Called 
the severals between the marsh of william ffuller and Christopher 
Palmer : Ittem five acres of Salt marsh on the other sid of the 
fales, lying betwee[n] the marsh of will ffifield & Phillip Lewes : 
Ittem I Give unto my son Joseph three shares of Comonedg two 
shares of the Cow Comon & one share of the ox Comon : Ittem 
I Give & Bequeth unto my sonn Benjamin Moulton ten acres of 
Planting land Adjoyning to my House lott : and ten acres of 
Planting land in y® north Plaine Adjoyning to y® lott of Thomas 
^ Words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

marston y® which was first Granted to Robert marston : Ittem 
fower Acres of medow in the Greatt medow lying between the 
medow of will ffuller & Henery Robey : Ittem thre : acres in the 
Greatt Bores Head medow Adjoyning to the medow somtimes 
Thomas Chases : Item five acres of Salt marsh lying on the other 
side of the River by the landing place Ittem one share of the 
Cows Comon and one share of y® ox Comon ; Item I Give unto 
my Son Robertt Moulton six acres of Planting land in the East 
feild Adjoyning to the lott of John Redman 

And further itt is my will and Determination thatt when my 
sone Joseph shall Come to the Age of twenty one yeers hee shall 
Enter upon & posses the land which I have here Given and 
Appointed for him and them thatt hee shall yeerly ^vid and lay 
in for his mother fower loads of Hay : and shall likewise pay unto 
his mother Every yeere fifteen Bushiles of Indian Corne and 
Eight Bushiles of wheatt and five Bushiles of malt all merchent- 
able and thatt my son Joseph shall afi'ord and Allow His mother 
Convenient House Room for her Hay and Cattell Duering the 
terme of her life or to her Day of marriage 

and further thatt my son Benjamin shall '^vide for his mother 
three load of Hay yeerly to bee putt into the Barne and to pay her 
ten bushilles of Indian Corne & Six bushiles of wheat yerly Duer- 
ing the time above sayd : the which Corne is by both my sons to 
bee Delivered as their mother shall stand in need 

Itt I Give & Bequeth unto my daughter Hanna moulton the 
some of ten pounds to be payd out of my stock when shee shall 
Com to the Age of sixteen yeers the which is to bee Improved by 
my Exequetor for her untill shee shall Com to the Age of twenty 
yeer or att her day of marriage which shall fall out first 

Itt I Give unto my Daughter mary the some of ten pounds to 
bee payd by my sonn Joseph five pounds when [she] shall Come 
to the Age of sixteen yeers and five pounds the yeer following 

Itt I Give unto my Daughter Sarah the some of ten pounds to 
bee payd by my sonn Benjamin five pounds when shee Come to 
the Age of sixteen yeers and five pounds the yeere followin 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 69 

Ittem I Give unto my Daughter Ruth the some of ten pounds 
to bee payd by my son Josuph moulton five pounds when she shall 
Arive to the Age of sixteen yeers and five pounds the yeere 
following 

Item I Doe appoint Conserning my Child which is yett un 
Borne thatt if God Give itt life untill itt Come to the age of four- 
tteen yeeres itt shall Chose a gardian and shall then my two sones 
Joseph & Benjamin shall pay unto the sd Child the some of five 
pounds to bee Improved in the Hands of the sd Gardian for the 
^fitt of the Child untill itt shall Come to Age : and itt is Alwaies 
"^vided thatt att my wives marriage the paymentt of the Corne 
& Hay by my sons above mentioned shall seace : and thatt when 
my wife leave the house the sd new Room is to Remaine to my 
sonn Joseph and y' all her Removeing the bedstead & the Greatt 
Table and other Lumber shall Remaine in the house by lumber 
I Intend tubes & troughs & such like : and thatt when my sones 
Come to Age my plowes Cartes yoaks & Chaines and such Imple- 
ments ot Husbandry shalbe Devided between my two sons Joseph 
& benjamen : and thatt my two sones Joseph & Benjamin shall 
"^vid & bring home for their mot[h]er twenty loads of wood ^ 
annum thirtteen loads to bee "^vided by Joseph & seaven loads by 
Benjamin Duering the terme of her life or untill the Day of her 
marriage & they are to begin their time of "^viding of this wood 
when Benjamin shall Come to the Age of twenty one ; and my 
will and Intent is thatt If my sone Joseph Depart this life before 
hee Com of Age thatt then my sonn Benjamin shall Injoy his lige- 
sey and thatt my sone Robertt shall Injoy the legesay appointed to 
Benjamin 

And farther I Doe will and Determin thatt if thear bee any 
of the stocke left att my wives Desease thatt itt shalbee Devided 
amongst my Children by my Exequetors or so much of itt as they 
shall Judge meett my two Eldest Exeqter and I Doe make Co[n]- 
stitute and appoint my Loving father in law Robert Page yeoman 
and my Loving Brother in law Henery Dow to bee my Lawfull 
Exequetors to this my last will and testiment who are to Adminester 



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[uppon my estate] and to settele itt according to this last will 
after my Disease and I Doe appoint y* att my sones Reseiving their 
"^tions they shall allow unto their mother Comonedg for to keepe 
her Cattle Duering the time above sparcified and this my last will 
and testament I Doe Conferme with my hand & seale the Eight 
Day of march Anno D one thousand six Hundred and sixty & 
three : '^ vided thatt if att my wives marriage the thirds of my land 
should bee Claimed from my sones then y' the Exequetors shall 
Devid the stock to my Children or so much of it as they shall 
see meett 

Wittnes my Hand «& seale Will [Seal] moulton 

Signed Sealed and Confermed 
in the p'"sents of 

Robertt X Page 
His mark 

Samuel Dalton 

Thomas Page 

[Proved Oct. ii, 1664.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, voL 
2, p. 9.] 

[Inventory of the estate of "William Moulton of Hampton: 
late Deceased : upon the Eighteenth day of Aprill : Anno : 
1664"; taken by William Godfrey and John Sanborn May 14, 
1664; amount, £470; attested by Robert Page and Henry Dow,. 
executors.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, voL 

2, p. 12.] 

[Sarah Moulton acknowledges the receipt, April 28, 1674, ^^om 
her brother, Benjamin Moulton, of £10 left her in the will of her 
father, William Moulton ; witnesses, Henry Dow and John Moul- 
ton.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 341.] 



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THOMAS PHILBRICK 1663/4 HAMPTON 

The Last will and testament of Thomas Philbrick Sun"^ of 
Hampton in the County of norfolke in new England== 

I Thomas Philbrick being very Aged and weak in body Butt 
sound in understanding senc & memory Doe settle my Estate 
according to this my last will here under written 

Impri I Give and Bequeth unto my son James Philbrick and 
to my Grand Child John Philbrick my fresh medow lying near to 
the Beach being by Estimation six acres more or less as itt is the 
which to bee Equally Devided betwen them att such time as shal 
be . after mentioned ; Ittem I Give unto my son James Phil- 
brick . . Dwelling House and my House lott with the orch- 
yard and all . . . priveledges and appertinances thear unto 
belonging to him . . His Heiers for Ever : Ittem I Give & 
bquith unto my son . . and to my Grand Child John Philbrick 
my .... of Thomas Sleeper lying towards the Clam- 
bancks in that . . of marsh Comonly Called the Little ox 
Comon to bee Devided . . them att such time as is hereafter 
mentioned 

Ittem I Give unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the some 01 
pounds to bee payd by my Exequetor after my disease 
Ittem I Give unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the land which 
was sometimes Daniell Hendrakes Called the Hop Ground to bee 
wholly att His Disposall at this p'^sent time : Ittem I Give unto 
my sonn James one bed with all the furnituer thearunto belongeing 
and a payer of Cob Irons and a payer of tongues : Ittem I Give 
unto my Grand Child John Philbrick thatt Bed which hee useth to 
ly upon with the Bedding Belonging to It. and my Beetle and 
[fower]^ wedges and one of my Hakes: and a weanable Cow 
Calfe within a yeer after my Diseace to bee payd by my Exequetor 
and like wise I Give to my Grand Daughter Hanna Philbrick one 
weanable Cow Calfe the next yeer to bee payd by my Exequetor 

Ittem I Give unto my son James Philbrick my mare and hee 

^ Words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



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is to pay or deliver unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the first Colt 
which she shall bring when itt is weanable Ittem I Give my 
fower Cowes to my fower Daughters to my Daughter Elizabeth 
one to my Daughter Hanna one to my Daughter mary [one] and 
to my Daughter martha one to bee Delivered by my Execute' after 
my Deseace and the moveables in the House which [are] not 
Expressed above are to bee Equally Devided between [my ibur] 
Daughters after my Desease. and I Doe appoint my sonn 
[James] Philbrick to bee my lawfull Exequetor to this my Last 
[will] and Testament and I Doe Declare itt to bee my Intent thatt 
[when] my Grand Child John Philbrick shall Come to the age of 
twenty one yeeres thatt then hee shall Enter upon & posses whatt 
I have Given him by this last will : and thatt att the Deseace of my 
Daughter Elizabeth Garland her son James Chase shall have one 
Cow in lew of the Cow which I have Given my daughter Elizabeth 
& thatt the Cow Given to my Daughter Cass shalbee for the use 
and "^fitt of her daughter martha : & for the Confermation Hereof 
I have sett to my hand & Seale the twelft of march i66 : 64 : 
Signe'd & Sealed in y*" p^'sents of Thomas [Seal] Philbrick 
Samuell Dalton X 

Mehetabel Dalton his mark 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1667.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 99.] 

[Inventory, taken by Thomas Marston and John Redman ; 
amount, £124; sworn to by James Philbrick.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN MARTIN 1664 

The last Will & Testament of John Martyn made this 5'" April 
1664. / . 

I will that what estate I have may bee distributed as folio weth 
vz : One third part of my whole estate I give & bequeath unto 
my beloved Wife Sarah Martyn. 



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The other two thirds I will that it bee equally divided betw^een 
my live Children Sarah Mary Mehitabeel Hanna & Abraham 
Saving only that I give unto my servant William Peirce all my 
Tooles 

Further I will that my Wife & my Brother Larefet shall bee my 
Executors. — 

Also I request Capt" Brian Pendleton & M'' Richard Cutt to bee 
Overseers for the "|9formance of this my Will according to the 
true Intent of the same. As witnes my hand & seale. 

Witnesse John Martin [seal] 

Joshua Moodey 

Richard Martyn 

[Proved June 30, 1664.] 

[Court Papers, 1674-1677. p. 217.] 



ROBERT READ 1664 HAMPTON 

[Account of the administrator, Robert Smith, against the estate 
of Robert Read of Hampton, showing a balance of £7.2.6 due 
him from the estate. This the court, April 12, 1664, ordered to 
be paid out of the rent of a house in Boston belonging to the estate.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



WILLIAM URIN 1664 STAR ISLAND 

[Administration on the estate of William Urin of Star Island 
granted to Jonathan Wade, Capt. Brian Pendleton, Richard Cutt, 
and Nathaniel Fryer May 13, 1664.] 

[Court Records, May 13, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 85.] 

[" A trew Invice of the goods of William Uren deceased the 
last of Apperill 1664"; amount, £433.12.8; signed by Jo" Hunk- 
ing, John Fabes, and Christopher Joce ; brought into court July 
II, 1664, by Capt. Pendleton.] 



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under written do attest & affirm, That Capt : Richard Cutt & 
Capt James Pendleton, & my self & Jonathan Wade, were all 
appointed Administrators of the Goods & chattels of William Urin 
of Star Island, who died intestate, as by the Records of the Town 
of Portsmouth related thereunto as at large appeareth, in the year 
of our Lord God One thousand Six hundred Seventy one or Sev- 
enty two ; as appeareth also by bond given the 17"' day of July 
1672, under y'-' hand and seal of Richard Woolcomb, that mar- 
led said Urins widow to the abovesaid Administrac'on of One hun- 
dred & ffifteen pounds in money, to bear them harmless in what 
they acted about sd Urins Estate which Bond is now with me 
Nathaniel ffryer Sen' So we y® abovesaid Administrators acted 
in that Power, and by the desire of the said Urins Widow, gave 
& consented that the said Widow should have y® House, and all 
the Land that was her deceased Husbands William Urin's, that 
lyeth on the Great Island at Pascataqua, for & in her Thirds, 
clear of all Debts heirships or incumbrances whatsoever of the sd 
Urins Estate. 

Nathaniel ffryer 

Taken upon oath the 11^ ) 
November 1685, before me > 

R Chamberlain Just P. 

[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 182 b.] 



OTHO TUCKERMAN 1664 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Otho Tuckerman of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, " Eme '' Tuckerman, May 24, 1664.] 
[Court Records, May 24, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 85.] 

[Administration on the estate of Otho Tuckerman granted to 
his widow, "Eme" Tuckerman, "& Leaves it in her hands until 
she shall marry againe, & then bond is to be given unto this Court 
for the securing the childrens portions out of it."] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 90.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 75 

[Inventory, 1664 ; amount, £84.19.3 ; signed by Pheasant East- 
wick.] 

WILLIAM KING 1664 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Inventory of the estate of William King who died at the Isles 
of Shoals ; taken May 28, 1664; amount, £21.2.0; signed by 
John Hunking and John Marden.] 

[Administration on the estate of William King of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to his son, William King. 

William King, the administrator, being under age, chose John 
Hunking as his guardian.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 88 b.] 



MRS. LUDECAS 1664 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of Mrs. Ludecas, taken by Thomas 
Willey and John Meader June 2, 1664; amount, £11.6.0.] 

[Account of her debts to Thomas Humphre}'- ; amount, £11 .6.i ; 
sworn to by Thomas Humphrey June 3, 1664. She is credited 
with £2.2.0.] 

[Administration on the estate of Mrs. Ludecas of Dover granted 
to James Middleton June 28, 1664.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 89 b.] 



THOMAS HINKSON 1664 PORTSMOUTH 

The will of thomas Hinkson June the 3"' 1664 

Item I give to my wife the one halfe of my Estate As long as 
shee shall lieve & no longer & the other halfe to my Childe & the 
mother to have the desposing of it tell shee shall Come to sixting 
yeares of Age & then shee shall have it to her owne desposing & 
Aftar her desase the hole & All so intrust my well bee loving 
frends John Shurburne & william brooking to see that nothing 



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shall be wasted nor sold which shall bee hort full to my Childe 
As witnis my hand X 

in the prasence 
of these witnases 

the marke X of thomas Waiver 

the marke X of thomas Peverell 

Walter Rodes 

The: Walford tooke his oath hereunto the 29 June 1664 

Elias Stileman Cleric 

[Inventory, June 20, 1664; amount, £87.9.3 : signed by Rich- 
ard Tucker and Richard Sloper.] 

There being brought into this Court an Imperfict Will of Thomas 
Hinckson of portsmouth deceased This Court grants unto Martha 
Hinckson his Widow pow'' of Administrac'on to his estate, & 
enjoynes her to '^ form the will though Im'^fict according to y*" 
mind of the deceased, and if in case she marries againe to give 
sufficient securitie to the Court for the Childs p* menc'oned in the 
sayd Will 

brought into Court at the same time by the s'' Widdow an Inven- 
tory of the estate amounting unto 84". 09'. 3'^' unto w'*' she tooke 
her oath debts 6' : 7^ : Star^ owing 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 88 b.] 

[Mary Hinkson made choice of Sergt. John Sherburne for her 
guardian June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 27.] 



OLIVER WINGATE 1664 ENGLAND 

[Administration on the estate of Oliver Wingate "of Bridg- 
towne In the Countie of Devon in Old-England, being lately cast 
away at y* Isles of Sholes," granted to Edward Holland, "his 
Kinsman," June 13, 1664.] 

[Court Records, June 13. 1664, in Deeds, vol.2, p. 85 b] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 77 

[Administration on the estate of Oliver Wingate of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to Edward Holland in behalf of the widow, and 
Edward Holland and John Sanborn of Hampton give bonds of 
£120. 

Inventory presented by Edward Holland, amounting to £60. 
II. 2.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 89 b.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Oliver Wingate, who died the last 
of April, 1664; amount, £60.11.2; brought into court June 30, 
1664.] 



THOMAS WIGGIN 1664 EXETER 

I Thomas Wiggin of Qiiamscott being Sensible of the infermy- 
ties & decaye of old age & not Knowing how soon it may please 
god to take me out of this transitory Life Being in "^fict memory 
doe ordayn this as my Last will & testam*^ 

Imp''s I give & bequeath unto my Lo : wife Katherin Two 
feather beds boulsters Ruggs blanketts bedsteeds & all y^ furni- 
ture belonging thereunto to be at her sole dispose 

It : I give unto my Loving wife afores'' : a scarlett sute & 
Cote, provided that if my Sonn Andrew wiggins doe pay or cause 
to be p'^ unto his mother the some of five pownds or a good Cow 
of Like vallu he to have the sd sute otherwise my s"* wife to have 
& Injoy the same as aforesd : 

It : I give unto my s*^ wife my Gelding to be at her sole dis- 
pose. 

It I give & bequeath unto my Son Thomas wiggins one flag- 
gon & voider : & great coate & wearing clothes. 

It I give & bequeath unto my daughter Mary one Cubbard 
with drawers, w*^^ I formerly promysed her 

It I give unto m}^ s*^ wife one peece of broad cloth & w'ever 
debts are owing or shalbe owing & due unto me together with any 
other goods w'soever not ftbrmerl}'^ given Nor abov menconed 



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having alreadie Give unto my two sons Andrew & Thomas there 
portion, & for the better execution of this m}^ will : I make my 
Loving wife Katherin afores*^ my Executrix, & desire my Loving 
friends Sam : Haines, & Elias Stileman to be my overseers, here- 
by Revokeing all former will or wills In wdtness whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand & seale the i6 : of June 1664 

Testes : Tho : Wiggin [Seal] 

Joshua Moodey. 

Elias Stileman 

Samuell Haines 

[Proved 1666.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



PHILIP FOGGETT 1664 

L' Ralfe Hall desireing that he might have pow'' of administra- 
c'on to the estate of phillip ftoget is granted him 
[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 89.] 



NATHANIEL HOCKADAY 1664 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Hockaday of the 
Isles of Shoals granted to John Fabyan of Star Island June 28, 
1664, for the use of the widow and child.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 89.] 



THOMAS STEVENSON 1664 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Stevenson of Oyster 
River granted to his son, Joseph Stevenson, June 28, 1664. 

Joseph Stevenson, being a minor, chose William FoUett for his 
guardian, who accepted and gave bonds of £100 "for paym'^ of 
the portions to rest of s'^ Joseph his brothers & sisters, when it is 
knowne w' it comes to."] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1664, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 89 ] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 79 

[Inventory, taken by William FoUett, John Davis, and William 
Dow; amount, £107.1.3; attested by Joseph Stevenson, admin- 
istrator, June 29, 1664.] 



ROBERT TUCK 1664 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Tuck, appraised by Robert 
Page and Thomas Ward Nov. 17, 1664. Amount, £385.17.2.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, vol. i, p. 39.] 

[Administration on the estate was granted to " Johannah Tucke 
widow & John Samborn her son in law," Oct. 11, 1664.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, vol. i, p. 39, and Court Records, Oct. 
II, 1664.] 

[Order of court, April 11, 1665, that the estate of Robert Tuck, 
intestate, be left in the hands of the administrator for the use of 
the widow during her life, and then to be divided among the three 
children, Robert Tuck, Elizabeth Sherburne, and Mary Sanborn, 
and the grandchild, John Tuck, son of Edward Tuck.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 9, 1666, authorizing Ensign John Sanborn 
to sell lands to the value of £40, with consent of the widow.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

Articles of agreem' made & concluded upon by & between m'' 
John Samborn on y'' one p"^ & Johannah Tuck on y® other p' both 
residing at Hampton in y® County of Norfolk & Administrato'' & 
Administratrix to y" estate of Robert Tuck deceased : Imp : It 
is agreed upon y' y® sd widdow Johannah Tuck shall deliver up 
power of Administ' in this p'^sent Court unto y® aforesd m'' John 
Samborn concerning y** aforesd Estate of Robert Tuck deceased : 
In Consideration wherof y* aforesd John Samborn doe engage to 
pay unto y® aforesd widdow Johanna Tuck the full sum of fiveteen 
pounds "^ yeare duering y*" terme of her naturall life & y' she 



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hall enjoy out of y® aforesd Estate y^ use of two Cowes & three 
acres of meadow duering her life as aforesd w''' meadow is intended 
to bee y^ Same w"^^'' is now in her possession bee it more or less & 
other necessary things for her house keeping as shalbee upon y® 
mature Consideracon of Jonathan Thing & Thomas Mastin thought 
convenient they both being made choyce of by her for that pur- 
pose w*^'' parties are to receive y^ afore mentioned fiveteen pounds 
annually for her use 

This was ovvnd by both parties, above named (i e) John Sam- 
born & Joanna Tuck to bee their act & deed : And w"'y^ Consent 
of both parties y^ Court orders it to bee Recorded : 

as attests Tho : Bradbury rec'' 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 124.] 

upon y® Complaint of y'' aged widow Tuck y'she wanteth neces- 
sary Comforts & that John Samborn Administrato'' to her late 
husbands estate doth not take due care for her though there bee 
suffitient estate to due it : It is therefore ordered by this Court r 
y'' Select men of Hampton or a Committee of two or three of them 
whom the rest shall choose & appoint for y* end ; Are hereby 
required & impowered from time to time to take due care y' y* 
said widdow Tuck bee supplied with all necessary comforts for her 
livelyhood sutable to her condicon ; And John Samborne Adminis- 
trator' is ordered, & requiered by y*^ authority of this Court to make 
payment for y*^ same out of y*^ estate of Robert Tuck Deceased, 
& w' ever hee shall Disbursse to keep a faithfull accomp* therof 
& it is to bee allowed in his account as Administrate'' : And y' y* 
sd Samborn shall have power to make sale of land belonging to 
y^ sd Tucks estate to supply y^ necessity of y® sd widdow Tuck : 
Ordered by the court at Hampton 14 :8 : 1673. 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 22.] 

[Inventory of the estate of widdow Joanna Tuck of Hampton 
" deceased upon the 14 day of february 1673 " ; presented by John 
Sanborn, administrato'' to the estate of Robert Tuck ; amount, 
£33.10.0; attested by John Sanborn April 14, 1674. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 8 1 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Tuck, April ii, 1674; 
amount, £244.9.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass.,^Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 320.] 



TOBIAS LANGDON 1664 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Tobias Langdon, who died July 27, 
1664; taken Nov. 30, 1664; amount, £369.2.0; signed by Henry 
Langstaffe and John Sherburne ; attested by the widow, Elizabeth 
Langdon, June 28, 1665.] 

At a County Court held at Dov' 27 Jun 65 Tobias Langdon of 
portsm" dying intestate this Court grants pow'' of Administrac'on 
unto his Widdow Elizabeth Langdon unto his estate who at y*^ 
same time brought into Court an Inventory of the Estate amounting 
unto 383^ : 9^ The w''^ s'' Sum' the Court ord'' y* y^ Widow shall 
have Ys p' of the house & Land during her Life & y^ other y^^^ the 
Eldest of Sayd Langdons sonns to have a double porc'on out of 
it at y*^ age of 21 yeeres w^*" is to be apprized, the remainder to 
be distributed among the rest of y® children at y*^ age of 18 yeeres 
& all the moveables to remain in the hands of the Widow for y^ 
bringing up of his s'' children & after the decease of the s** widow 
her yi p' of house & Land in the valine thereof to be devided among 
all his s'^ children the Eldest son paying y^ rest their parts out of 
it & So to have y® Yi of hous & Land : upon further considerac'on 
the Court respitts this as their determynation untill they take 
further ord' aboute the better settlement thereof: Afterwards this 
is refered to y^ Court of associats to ord'' 

This is a true Coppie taken out of the Court Records as attests 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



JOHN HART 1664/5 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will of Jn'^ Hart of portsm° in piscattaqe River ship- 
wright 



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I John Hart aboves"* being weake of Bodie but in perfict mem- 
ory, doe ordaine this as my last Will and Testament hereby revok- 
ing all former Wills and bequests w' soever, 

My Just debts being payd & my funerall Expences discharged 
I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Judeth during her naturall 
Life the house & ground on which it standeth w'^'' I have in Bos- 
ton & wherein she now Liveth provided & it is my Will it be Kept 
in good repare at her &her husbands proper cost & charge. & 
after my s*^* Daughter her decease then the S'^ house & grownd to 
be to the only use & behoofe of the three daughters the s*^ Judith 
had by Robert Rachell her former husband. & if it shall happen 
that any of the three shall dye before they shall have any Issue 
then my will is that it shalbe to the surviver or survivers & theire 
heires for ever. 

/* / g'/'ve (£: bequeath unto my Grandchild Mary Rachell that 
■peece of Land Scituatc d: being betweene the S'^ house cf Land & 
the house & Land of nf Allexsand^ Adda^ns in Boston to be to the 
only use & behoofe of her y^ s^ Mary & her heires for ever: 

P I give & bequeath unto y^ s'^ Mary my Granchild a peece 
of black Stuff to make her clothing zu'^^ all 

/' I give & bequeath unto Ann Rochell & Temperance Rochell 
my grandchildren my black coate to cloth them zvith all : 

P The remainder of my Estate 7ny Will is that the one half 
thereof be to the only use & behoofe of my wife & the other halfe 
I give unto my daughter fudeth <f- her Three children she had by 
Rob^ Rachell Equally to be divided between the7n my overseers 
taking sufficient sccuritie for the childrens part* 

& for the better "^formance of this my Will I make my Loving 
wife Ann my Executrix, & desire and appoynt m'' Joshua Moody 
& Elias Stileman to be my overseers, giving them as a token of 
my Love Thirtie shillings a peece, In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand & seale the 2'^ day of march i6f * 

Signed sealed & John hart [seal] 

deliverd in p'^nts of 

witnis Phillip Wick [?] 

signe of X Thomas Enion 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 83 

*[The above section in Italics is cancelled, and the following 
appears in the margin :] 

All y*' rest of my estate except w' is heereafter excepted I will 
my wife shall have the use of it while shee lives & w' shee leaves 
w° shee dyes shalbe divided betweene my Daught"^ & her 3 child" 
by Rachell, to each an equall share "^vided y' if shee Marry 
shee shall have ^'^ forever & y® oth'^ two 3*^^ betw: y® ^sons aforesd 
■^vided also that shee shall not unnecessarily wast or imbezzle 
an}^ of y'' s"^ estate 5. 7. 67 

[Proved Sept. 18, 1667.] 



THOMAS WIGHT 1665 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Wight of Exeter 
granted to Israel Wight April 11, 1665.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



FRANCIS SWAINE 1665 

[Administration on the estate of Francis Svvaine granted to 
Nathaniel Weare April 11, 1665.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



JOHN LEGGETT 1665 

[Administration on the estate of John Leggett granted to John 
Huggins April 11, 1665.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



WILLIAM BROAD 1665 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Broad of Portsmouth 
granted to his son, William Broad, June 27, 1665.] 
[Court Records, June 27, 1665, in Deeds, Vol. 2, p. 108 b.] 



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RUTH DALTON 1665 HAMPTON 

The Last Will and Testament of M'"^ Ruth Dalton of Hampton 
Widow : Excectrix to the last Will and Testament of M' Timothy 
Dalton deceased : being sick and weake of body but firme of 
understanding and memory. Item wheras I have formerly Bar- 
gained and sold unto my Loving Kinsman Nathaniel Bacheler 
all my Houses and Lands as is specified in his bill of sale bare- 
ing Date The Twenty second day of March Anno 1663 or 64 I 
now Ratify and confirme to him and his heirs forever. It. my 
will is that the severall legacies mentioned in the aforesaide bill 
of sale be paide to the respective persons according as it is ther 
mentioned. 

Item wheras I have formerly given to my Cousen Nathanell 
Batcheler fower oxen, & five Cows; I coe now by will Ratify 
and Confirme to him. Item I doe give and bequeath unto my 
Cousen Nath : Batcheler ; A feather bed & bedsted, fower blank- 
ets, A bolster, two pillows, two chaires, three Cushions, A paire 
of Andirons, A little Table, he paying unto my Cousen John 
Smith Junior the Summe of Ten pound. Item I doe give and 
bequeath unto my Cousen Deborah Batcheler wife to Nathanell 
Batcheler; Inprim : two brass kettle, two pots, two platters, two 
saucers, one scummer, one spit, A basting spoon, A flock bed, 
and blankets ; all which goods she doth Already possesse for her 
use. 

Item to M" Mary Carter wife to M' Thomas Carter of Oburne ; 
I doe give and bequeath my best bed and bolster, fower blankets 
and two pillows. 

Item : I give and bequeath unto my cousen Samuel Daltons 
son Timothy, one trunk marked T and D. 

Item : I give and bequeath to my Cousen Nathanell Batch- 
eler : one warming pan, one case of Bottles. 

Item : for the remainder of my goods I give and bequeath 
them to my cousen Deborah Smith : 

And I doe by these presents make and Appoint my Cousen 
Nathanell Batcheler, and my cousen Deborah smith sole exce- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 85 

qutors : to this my last will and Testament, and therunto I set 
my hand and seal, the eight day of the tenth month 1665 

Signed and Sealed in the Ruth X Dalton 

presence of us witnesses Her marke 

Seaborne Cotton 
X 

Robert Smith. 

[Proved Dec. 8, 1665.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass , Deeds, vol. 2, 
P- 73-] 

[Inventory of the estate of Ruth Dalton, " Deceased ; upon the 
12 day of may Anno: 1666:" taken by John Sanborn, Samuel 
Fogg, and Henry Dow May 24, 1666; amount, £57.5.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
P- 73-] 

THOMAS HANSON 1666 

These presents wittnesse that I Thomas Hanson Being in per- 
ffect mind & memory though weak in Body doe make this my 
Last Will & testament, ffirst I Bequeath my soul to God that gave 
itt & my body to y*' Earth to bee decently Buried. My Will is 
thatt affter my debts are paid with my funerall Charge I doe give 
To my Loving Wife (duering her Naturall liffe or soe long as 
shee keeps herselfe a Widdow) all My housing with the Improved 
Ground thereunto Belonging at Cutchecho with all my Cattell 
and moveables withall my .... stuffe, she paying to my 
two daughters when they Come to the age off eighteen years old 
twenty pound a peece. But in case shee shall marry again then 
my will is that she shall have Butt one third off houses & improved 
Lands with all moveables and the other two thirds I give to my 
son' Tobias with all y^ Rest off that threscore acres off Land ly- 
ing in Com'on & nott improved given mee in two grants ffrom y** 
Town one off fforty acres another off twenty acres all which affter 
my decease I Give to my son' Tobias, except whatt is Beffore 



86 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

given to my wife Likewise I Give to my son' Thomas thatt thirty 
acres off Land I Bought off William Hackett & thatt fifty . 
off Land thatt I Bought off Cap' Bearffoott with tfive pounds in 
Cattell. also I Give to my two youngest son's Isaac & Timothy 
ten' pounds a peece When they Come off age withe thatt six score 
acres of land Granted me By y® town & laid outt to mee Between 
ffresh Creek and Nechowoneck River Be equaly devided Between 
them and doe apoint my Loving Wiffe Mary Hanson my soule 
Exequetrix to see all this my Last will to Be perfformed and to pay 
outt all these Legacies when my Children Come off age : outt off 
y*^ Chattells and if there is more in any Goods or Chattels or 
any bils Bonds or amounts due to mee ffrom any man affter my 
debts are paid and all y® aboves** Legacies. I Give & Bequeatth 
to my Wife with third off houses & lands to Bestow upon any off 
her Children that shall Be most Obedient as shee shall see Cause, 
in Wittnesse heroff I have putt to my hand & seale 

signed seleid and deliverd I Thomas hanson (seal) 

in the presence of us 

Richard Walderne 

Samuell hale 

[Proved June 27, 1666.] 



RICHARD BRAY 1666 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Bray of Exeter granted 
to his widow, Mary Bray, April 10, 1666.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 9, 1666, that the estate be divided as fol- 
lows : to the widow, Mary Bray, besides one third of the house 
and land during her life, one third of the remainder for her use, 
and the use of the other two thirds for the maintenance of the two 
children, John Bray and Mary Bray, until he is twenty-one years 
old and she eighteen. The estate is placed in the hands of John 
Gilman, Moses Gilman, and Jonathan Thing, all of Exeter.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 87 

THOMAS WALFORD 1666 PORTSMOUTH 

The last will & testament of Thomas Walford senioS being in 
perfect Memory though very sick & weake of Body : as follow- 
eth— 

Imprimis I bequeath my Soule into the hands of Jesus Christ 
my redeemer from whome I Receaved it ; and my body to be 
buried in the burying place neare mr Henry Shirburns ; and my 
estate as followeth : vizt. 

ffirst I give unto my Grand child Thomas Walford : my now 
dwelling house, with all the out housing, orchard, garden & tillage 
ground now in use, with as much upland to it & next adjoying 
as will make up the whole one hundred acres with ten acres of 
Meadow or marsh grounds, and my old mare — 

It: I give to my Grand child his brother Jeremiah Walford : 
ffifty acres of upland & foure acres of Marsh land — 

It: I : give to John Peverly, a point of Marsh about halfe an 
acre, lying before his ffathers dore on the norther side of the 
Creek — 

It. I give to my Grand child John Westebrook : twenty acres 
of upland, but not to come over the Creeke — 

It. I give to Mary Hingson my Grand child, all my upland 
lying at the head of the Marsh formerly possest by my sonne in 
lawe Thomas Hingson, soe farr that way as my land containeth — 

It. I give to my Grand child Mary Homes all my upland lying 
to, or neare the meadow or marsh that hir husband John Homes 
possesseth, not coming over the freshett — 

It: I give to my daughter Peverly my Mare Colt — 

It. I having Nine Cattell as steers Cowes & others I dispose 
of them thus, vizt. my wife Jane walford to have hir thirds out of 
them, & then to pay my Debts, & the remainder to be imploid 
towards the bringing up of my Grandchild Thomas Walford in 
learning at scoole — 

It: Nine Swine I thus dispose of: I give one of the yongest 
Sowes to Martha Walford my Grand child — 

one yong Sowe to Sara Jones my Grand child — 



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one yong Sowe to Mary Savidg my grandchild — 

one Sowe & one barrow to my daughter westbrook — 

one ould Sowe to my daughter Peverly — 

one yong one to my Grandchild Samuell Jones — 

one 3'ong one to my Grandchild Hester Savidg — 

one Swine towards my buriall — 

one yong one to John Homes — 

It: my Corne about fifty bushells I allow towards my debts, & 
the remainder to be at the disposing of my executors for the benefit 
of the children — 

It: my Servant : John Read, I dispose of him to my sonne in 
law John Westbrook for the time he hath to serve — 

It. The rest of my goods, as houshold stuffe, clothing bedding, 
pewter, potts, yron work, tooles or any thing els I leave to my 
executors to be disposed of by them for the use & good of my 
children as they shall see meete & convenient 

It: I doe herein except out of all my estate, soe disposed of 
by leagases. The one third part of all to my wife Jane Walford, 
& where it cannot be equally Divided in the same Kinde or specie, 
then to be valued & the full thirde thereof to be delivered to hir — 

It: I doe appoint mr Henry Shirburne & Richard Tucker both 
of this towne of portsmouth to be my executors & to see this my 
will performed witnes my hand this fifteenth day of November, 
one thousand six hundred sixty & six. — memorandum : will Per- 
formed in the next line save one above is allowed before the siging 
hereof — 

witnes. Thomas X Walford 

Richard sloper by his mark 

Nicolas X Doe 
by his marke 

[Proved June 27, 1667.] 

[Inventory Nov. 21, 1666; amount, £75.6.11 ; signed by John 
Sherburne, Richard Sloper, and William Seave}'.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 89 

The Deposition of Jane Walford Widdow aged 69 yeeres or there 
aboutes Testifie & Say that her husband Thomas Walford did 
give to Elizabeth Savidg his daughter a peece of marsh Lying 
between W'" Brookins & Mary Hincksons, & he gave it aboute 9 
yeares before he dyed & it was com'only Called Bess Savidges 
Marsh & further I my selfe gave my consent, & further Saith not 

Taken upon oath 27'^ June 67 before me 

Elias Stileman Com'iss'' 

Vera Copia as attests 

Elias Stileman Record' 

[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 132 b.] 

The Deposition of Jn° Homes aged 26 yeares or there aboute 
Testifieth & Saith that I heard my Granfather Tho: Walford say 
that he had given y® peese of marsh between W™ Brookins his 
marsh & Mary Hinckson her marsh unto Elizabeth Savidg for her 
Life & after her death to her daughter Mary & tooke a stone or a 
boult & putt up by y*' marke tree & Said so far it should com, & I 
heard y® s'^ Walford say that he had given it as fores'^ severall 
times, & further Saith Not : 

Taken upon oath 27 June 67 before me 

Elias Stileman Com'is' 

vera Copia according to y® originall as attests 

Elias Stileman Record' 

[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 132 b.] 

The Deposition of Mary Brooken aged 32 yeares or there aboutes 
testifieth & Sayth that she heard her father Walford Give Unto 
Elizabeth Savidg a peece of marsh Lying between Will: Brookins 
& Mary Hincksons, & after y* decease of y® s'^ Elizabeth Savidg 
unto Mary Savidg her daughter & further Saith Not 

Taken upon oath 27 June 1667 

before me Elias Stileman Com'iss' 

This is a true Coppie according to y*^ Originall as attests 

Elias Stileman Record"" 

[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 132 b.] 



90 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

The Deposition of Martha Westbrook aged 22 yeares or there 
aboutes 

Testifieth and Saith that she heard her ffather Walford Say that 
he Would give unto Elizabeth Savidg a peece of marsh lying 
between Will Brookings & Mary Hincksons and further Saith not 

Sworne y^ 27 June 1667 

before me Elias Stileman Com'iss^ 

Veria Copia as attests 

Elias Stileman Record"' 

[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 132 b.] 

In answer to y^ petion of Widdow Walford The Court orders 
that her thirds of the Land of her deceased husbands be Layd 
out unto her according to Law & the will of her s'* husband & that 
John Sherburne Phillip Lewis & W"" Gotten have hereby power or 
any two of them to Lay it out as abovs'^ 

[Court Records, July i, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 

The Humble Petic'on of Jeremiah Walford to the Honoured 
Councel now sitting at Portsmouth in the Province of New-Hamp 
shir March y® i' 1680, 

Humbly craveth yo"^ Honours, to take into considerations, and 
yield him redress in his present exigency, your Petic'oners Grand- 
father Thomas Walford left him & his brother Thomas Walford 
deceased a bequeath of land, & made M' Henry Sherborn & M' 
Richard Tucker execVs, to see the performing of his will, the 
greatest part of which estate hath bin ever since in said Execuf^ 
hands, and not made use on to the benefit of them, to whom it was 
bequeathed, yo"^ Peticon^s father in law John Amazeen being his 
guardian, hath moved from Court to Court for redress therein : 
which is not yet accomplished. Therefore yo' Peticon'' being of 
age, hath essayed to supplicate this Honoured Councel, to take 
cognisance of y® same, & grant him relief for the recovery of 
y® said estate ; Namely yo'' Peticon''s and Thomas Walford his 
brother deceased, to whose estate yo' Peticon"^ apprehends him- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9I 

selfe to be the right heir, ffor which your humble Peticon'' shal be 
yet farther obliged to pray for Your Honours prosperity. 

Yo'^ humble Peticon'' 

Jerem: Walford 

Vera copia from y*' Councel book Teste 

Ric'' Chamberlayn Secr'°. 

[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 4.] 

The humble Petic'ons of Mary Musset & Martha More the 
Grandchildren of Thomas Walford Sen'' deceased, to y*' Honoured 
Councel now sitting at Portsmouth in y® Province of New-Hamp- 
shire, this 8"^ of March 1680. 

Humbly sheweth, That your Honours would please to take 
into yo"^ considerac'on and give Order for y® disposing of y® estate 
of abovesaid Thomas Walford Sen"^ ; which was given by him to 
his Grandchild Thomas Walford Jun'' our brother, who was sud- 
denly taken away by death, not disposing y" same. In which 
estate we conceiv ourselves to have a share, but know not how to 
acquire y® same. Therefore do humbly fly to your fatherly Pat- 
ronage, that your Honours would please to yield us relief therin 
& p'^scribe a way for the obtaining of the same. We your Peti- 
tioners heard our Grandfather Walford say in time of his life, that 
he gave above said estate to our brother Walford, as desirous that 
he should bear up his name ; and therefore conceiv, that he bear- 
ing such fatherly love to our brother, was not unwilling, that 
when our brother should leav y® estate his nearest kinred should 
succeed in it. We again & again therefore humbly sue to your 
Honours, to mind us in our streights, and redress what wrong 
may oppress us with all. Wherein we shal be yet farther obliged 
to pray for Yo"^ Honours prosperity, who remain 

Yo"^ Hon'^^ humble Petic'oners 

Mary Musset. 

Martha More. 
[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 4.] 



92 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

To the honoured President & Council now assembled atPortsm° 
in the Province of Newhampshire the humble Petitions of Jean 
Goss Hanna Jones Mary Brookin Elisab: Savage, Sept: 7"' 
1681. 

Are, that whereas yo' Petitioners father Thomas Walford 
deceased did in his will bequeath to Thomas Walford his Grand- 
childe ten acres of Marsh & four acres of Marsh more to Jeremiah 
Walford his Brother being part of a peice of Marsh belonging 
to Sagomore Creek. Now there yet remaining an overplus o^ 
Marsh besides what was given to y^ s'^ Brothers. Yo'' Petitioners 
humbly conceive the overplus to belong to y^ s"^ Walfords our 
fathers children. He himself likewise in his will ordering y' w* 
was overplus y' should be divided among his children ; ftarther 
our ffather Thomas Walford in his Will did give the thirds of his 
estate to our mother his wife without any Limitation, which estate 
we likewise conceive to belong to her children, she deceasing & 
leaving no other order. The ten acres also beforementioned 
given by our father to afores'' Tho: Walford, he dying without 
Will, we conceive to fall to our fathers children ourselves. We 
therefore humbly Petition this hono'^ed Council seriously to weigh 
& Consider of this our Case in all it circumstances that by yo"" 
aid & assistance our just due and rights in y*" above things them- 
selves as also in regard of w' damages we have sustained in being 
kept from them so long may be obtained. Herein you will yet 
farther engage y'^ humble Petitioners to pray for yo'^ honours Pros- 
perity & so remaines your honors humble Petition'^s 

Jean Goss 
Hanna Jones 
Mary Brookin 
Eliza Savage 
[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 12.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 93 

THOMAS KING 1666/7 EXETER 

In y« name of God amen 

I Thomas King of Exetur upon the River of Pascataqua in 
New England being of sound and Infect senc & memory butt very 
weak of Body 

1^^ I Give & Bequeth unto Miriam King my Beloved wife for 
the terme of Her Natural! life my Dwelling House & barne and 
all the Houses being and standing upon my lott with all my lands 
and medows in the Towne of Exeter Excepting whatt I shall by 
this my last will otherwaies Dispose of and the same to bee and 
R[e]maine unto her Duering her Naturall life or her marling to 
som other man & if shee shall Dispose of her selfe in marring 
that then shee shall Injoy onely one third partt of my houses & 
lands 

2dth thatt after my wives Decease my sayd Houses and Lands 
in the Towne of Exetur medows & marshes & other priveledges 
& appurtinances I Doe by these p'"sents Give & bequeath unto 
Jonathan Thing of Exetur & my Cossen Henery Moulton of Hamp- 
ton for the use & benefitt of his second son thatt shall live 
& Arive unto y" Age of twenty one years the one halfe of all 
above written to him & his Heires & Assignes for Ever & the 
other Halfe unto Jonathan thing as is above sd his heires and 
Assignes for Ever 

3*'' I Give and bequeath unto my Cossen Christian Dolhortt 
twenty Akers of Land in the towne of Exetur outt of thirty 
Ac[r]es lying from Henery Magoons land over Rockay hill to 
the bridg ward and two acres of the Swamp over the little River 
which is now Clered & made medow after my wives Decease or 
marriage 

4"* I Doe Give unto william willy my servantt fifty Acres of 
land which I formerly "^mised him & I Doe also Give him whatt 
further time I have in him by Covenantt 

And for my Cattle & Houshold Goods & Debts and other mova- 
bles my Just Debts being first payd, I comitt the same to my wife 
Duering her naturall life or marring and in Case of manage she 



94 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to Injoy only one third partt of the same of which Debts my will 
is thatt John Moulton shall have ten pounds after my Deceasse 
towards his building a house & Christian Dolhort ten pounds 
when hee shall settle & build 

And my will is thatt after her Decease the sd Estate of move- 
ables bee Devided into three parts or In Cause thatt my wife 
should Dispose of her selfe in marriaig that then the two thirds 
shall bee Divided Acordingly viz one third '^t unto my Coson 
Henery Moulton & one third partt to Jonathan Thinge and one 
third partt to my Cossen Christian Dolhortt if the sd Jonathan & 
Henery shall see thatt hee settle him selfe In some provable way 
of Good husbandry and the sd third partt together with the twenty 
Acres of land formerly mentioned to bee & Remain unto the 
first Child which hee the sd Christian shall have by my Cosson 
Rachell his p'^sentt wife 

And I Doe by these p''sents Nominatt & Appoint my loveing 
Cosson Henry Moulton & my Neighbor & Countrey Man Jona- 
than Thing to bee my law full Exequetors to this last will & tes- 
tementt who are to take Efectuall Care of my estate after my 
Decease and to see that whatt I leave to my wife may bee so 
mannaged & Improved as thatt my wife may live comfortably and 
thatt the sayd estate may nott bee wasted & Imbaseled and Itt is 
Intended thatt y'' twenty Acres of land Given to Christian Dolhortt 
& y'' fifty acres of land Given to william willy to bee to their use 
& Improvementt Emediately after my Decease and for the Con- 
fermation of this my last will and testimentt I the sd Thomas King 
have hereunto sett my hand & seale the Eleventh Day of March 
one thousand Six hundred & sixty & Six : 6 : 7 

Signed Sealled & Confermed Thomas [seal] King 

in the p'"sents of us as wittnesses His marke & Seal. 

Seaborne Cotton 

Samuell Dalton 

[Proved April 9, 1667.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 80.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 95 

[Inventory, taken by Samuel Dalton, Andrew Wiggin, and 
Richard Oliver April 4, 1667; amount, £396.18.10; signed and 
attested by Jonathan Thing and Henry Moulton April 9, 1667.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



HENRY ELKINS 1667 HAMPTON 

I Henry Elkins of Hampton in y* County of Norfolk in new 
england being very aged weake & infirme of body but of sound 
& '^fect sence & understanding : doe make this my last will & 
Testament as followeth 

I*': I give & bequeathe unto my loveing Sone : Gershom 
Elkins my dwelling house & out bowsing being & standing, on 
my house Lott 

It: I give unto my sone Gershom my house lott being '^ esti- 
macon five acres more or less as it is liing between y^ lott of 
Godfrey dearborn towards y® East & y* land of m'^ Hussey some- 
times Jefferie Mingays towards y® west to him & his heires for 
ever 

It: I give unto my Sone Gershom Elkins two acres & an halfe 
of planting land liing between y® land of Tho: Levitt towards 
y^ East & y® land of Henry Dearborn towards y® west more or 
less as it is 

It: I give to my Sone Gersom, one share of y*" Cows com'on 
according to y^ true estimacon thereof as y*^ Com'ons are divided 
by y® towne 

It: I give unto my Sone Gershom Elkins y^ one halfe of my 
land of y® 2'' division at y* west end of y" towne called y^ new 
plantacon being by estimacon forty acres more or less as it is 

It: I give to my Sone Gershom my two Oxen & my Cowe & 
one calfe & my horse & all y'' moveables in y** house & feild & he 
is to take care to im"^ve y^ same & to "^vide for my comfortable 
livelihood whilst I am in this world 

It: I give to my sone Eliezer Elkins my youngest sone five 
pound to be payd by mine Executo'' w"'in a yeare after my de- 
cease 



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It: I give to my Sone Eliezar, y® other halfe of my land att 
y^ new plantacon being by estimacon forty acres more or less as 
it is 

It: I give to my sone Eliezar y^ two acres of marsh w*^*^ was 
purchased of Benjamin shaw as it is made sure to him by deed 

And I doe make & appoint my Sone Gershom Elkins, to bee 
my lawfull Executo'' to this my last will & Testam* : who is to 
take care for my comfortable subsistance whilst I live & for my 
decent buriall att my death in a Christian manner & Costome : 
And for y® contirmacon of this my last will and Testam' I have 
herunto set my hand & seale y^ 27"^ of Aprill 1667 

Signed Sealed & confirmed Henry Elkins w"' a seale 

in y® p'"sence of us to it 

Sam: Dalton : 
Mehetable Dalton 

[Proved April 9 and 13, 1669. J 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 135.] 

[Inventory of the estate, appraised March 27, 1669, by Godfrey 
Dearborn and Giles Fuller; amount, £45.7.10.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 136.] 



WALTER ABBOTT 1667 

May the The last will & testament of Walther Abbot Senior,. 

15. 1667. being very sick & weak in body but in perfect mem- 
ory, declareth as followeth 

Imprimis I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God 
my creator from whome I Receaved it, and my body to the earth 
to be buried in a Christian & decent manner after my decease — 

secondly I doe wholly give & bequeath unto my welbeloved 
wife Sara Abbott all my whole estate, as houseing lands, uplands 
& meadow, Cattell of what kinde soever, all my debts whether by 
bookes, bills, bonds or any other waies due to me, with all my 
goods of what Nature or condition soever to me belonging, both 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 97 

within dores & without, to be freely enjoyed by hir dureing hir 
naturall life, she paying all my just debts & paying the legasies 
after satisfaction of my Debts wch is as followeth — 

It. I allow & give to my sonne Peter Abbott a double portion 
of my lands to him & his heirs at theire disposing- — 
To my daughter Wills five pounds to be paid in land — 
To my Sonne William five pounds to be paid in land — 
To my Sonne Walther five pounds to be paid in land — 
To my daughter Mary five pounds to be paid in land — 
To my Sonne John five pounds to be paid in land — 
To my daughter Elizabeth five pounds to be paid in land — 
To my Grandchild Thomas Abbott forty shillings 
To my Grandchild Joseph Abbott forty shillings 
To my Grandchild Sara Wills forty shillings 
And these three legasies to my grandchildren I doe appoint my 
to pay out of my Just estate, & And soe doe leave my said wife 
Sara Abbott my whole & sole executrix to see this my will & 
testament performed 

witnes my hand this : i6 : may : 1667 

Signed in presents of us the mark of X walther Abbott 

John Sherburne 

francis X Rand by his mark 

william X Gotten 

by his marke 
Richard Tucker 
[Proved June 26, 1667.] 

[Inventory, June 18, 1667 ; amount, £1433.3.8 ; signed by Elias 
Stileman and Philip Davis.] 



CLEMENT RALPH 1667 DURHAM 

Oyster Riv"" att . . . . Follets house this 2'^ day of June : 

1667 

This my last will and testament of Clement Ralfe : first I 

beequeath my body to y^ dust and my soule to god that give it ; 



98 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

now lying sick ; yet in my perfect sence and memory ; it is my 
free will and desire to make william follet my sole and onl}- 
executor; and doe leave all my goods and depts that are or Shall 
be due u-nto the said Clement Ralf unto and with the said william 
follet this witness my hand the day above mentioned in presents 
of: the X mark of Clemet Ralfe 

teste John Parnell 

William Roberds 

Jn° Parnell depo: in Court of associates y* this is y® will of 
Clement Ralfe. / . 

The Will of Clemont Ralfe brought into Court & Lies on y*^ file 
being not fully proved there being butt one Wittness that would 
take oath : 

[Court Records, Sept. 17, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 135.] 



THOMAS HARRIS 1667 ENGLAND 

I Thomas Harris late of Dittesonn, neare Dartmouth in the 
Countie of Devon in Quid England Marriner, and now bound out 
Boateswaine of a Katch James of Pascataquay River, in Newe- 
England, on M"" Edward Cowle Comannder on a "V^oyage to ffiall, 
being blessed bee God in very good health of bodie, and of sound, 
and perfect memorie, not knovveing how it may please God to 
deale w'^ mee in this my p'nt Voyage, leaveing out the formall 
words of a will, and hereby makeing void, and null all other, and 
former wills doe hereby make, and Declare this my last will, and 
Teastament as followeth Viz' 

I give and bequeath unto my Eldest daughter Mary Harris Sixe 
pounds to bee paid unto her at the age of Eighteene yeares ; or 
at the day of her marriage, which shall first happen : 

Alsoe I will, give, and bequeath unto my Sonn Gabriel Harris 
ffive pounds, to bee paid unto him by my Executrix when hee shall 
attain to the age of Twentie one yeares, 

Alsoe I will, give, and bequeath unto my daughter Dewnes 
Harris fhftie shillings, to bee paid -unto her, when she shall 



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ataine to the age of Eighteene yeares or bee married, which first 
happeneth : 

Alsoe I will, give, and bequeath unto my Daughter Annis 
Harris, fRftie shillings, to bee paid unto her, when shee shall 
ataine to the age of Eighteene yeares, or bee married w'^'' first 
happeneth 

Alsoe I will, give, and bequeath unto my Daughter Joanna 
Harris, ffiftie shillings to bee paid unto her, when shee shall 
ataine to the age of Eighteene yeares, or bee married, which 
first happeneth ; 

Alsoe I will give, and bequeath unto my loveing wife Dewnes 
Harris of Dittisonn aforesaid, my house ; ground. Moveables 
debts, goods, and whatsoever else I have either in Ould England, 
or in Nevve-England, or in the Katch wherein I now am, with my 
Wages therein, whome I doe also Declare to bee full & Sole 
Executrix of this my last Will, and Teastament, whome I also 
€njoyne to pay the above said Legacies, and I doe alsoe desire my 
loveing friends M"" Huddey of Connari and William Harris of 
Chesson to bee Overseers hereof to see this my Will performed : 

And further my will, and intent is that if any of my aboves'^ 
children depart this life before they ataine the ages above speci- 
fied then the said Legacie, or Legacies, of the deceased shalbe 
equally divided amoung those that survive ; this I declare to bee my 
last Will, and Teastament, dated in Portsmouth, in Pascataquay 
River this Nineteenth day of June Anno Domini One Thousand 
sixe hundred sixtie seaven : And in the Nineteenth yeare of the 
Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the second, King of Eng- 
land, Scottland, ff'raunce, and Ireland, defender of the faith &c 
1667 : 

Signed, sealed, and Tho: Harris [seal] 

declared in '^nce of us : 

ffrancis X Jen'ings 
his mark 

Mary Stilman 

Ric: Stileman Ser: / : 

[Proved July i, 1668.] 



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[Inventory of bills and debts due to Thomas Harris, who died 
in 1667; amount, £75.0.4; attested by Edward Melcher July i, 
1668.] 

[Letter, March 13, 1667 8, trom Duens Harris, widow ol 
Thomas Harris, to Thomas Jackson and Edward Melcher, 
acknowledging receipt of news of her husband's death, and 
directing the disposal of his estate ; also power of attorney to 
Jackson and Melcher, dated March 14, 1667/8, and witnessed 
by John Cutt, George Bagster, and Nicholas Trust.] 



THOMAS NOCK 1667 

[Administration in trust on the estate of Thomas Nock granted 
to Lieut. Coffin, John Roberts, and Widow Nock, June 25, 1667 ; 
and Capt. Waldron, Lieut. Coffin, and John Roberts appointed to 
audit the accounts of the creditors.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 125.] 



JOHN GODDARD 1667 

[Administration on the estate of John Goddard granted to his 
widow, Welthen Goddard, and John Goddard June 25, 1667, and 
Ensign Davis and Robert Burnham joined with them to present an 
inventory.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Goddard, who died Nov. 12, 
1666, dated Sept. 16, 1667 ; amount, £554.2.0 ; signed by Robert 
Burnham, William Williams, John Folsom, and Jonathan Thing.] 

[Order of court, Sept. 17, 1667, that the widow and her son, 
John Goddard, with Ensign Davis and Robert Burnham, bring in 
to the next court a list of the liabilities of the estate.] 

Luberland the : lo*' : of May 1670 
This Wittnesseth that : Ensigne Jn° Daves & Robert Burman : 
bv Order of Courte beeing Trustesse & William ffurber An Asistant 
to them : have this day made An Agrement with Welthen Simons 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS lOI 

and her Chilldren : and made A Satisfectory Devison of the 
wholle Cleare Estate of her Deseaised Husband John Godward 
all Depts and Leagese paide As ftblloeweth — 

The Said Wethen Simons is to have ninty pownds 
Her Sone ]n° Godward is to have one hundred pownds 
Her Sone In Law Jn" Gillman ftbuerty pownds 
Her Sone In Law Arthur Benicke, ftbuerty pownds 
Her Sone In Law James Thomas ftbuerty pownds 
Her Sone Benjamin Godward ft'ouerty pownds 
Wittnes owre hands the day & yeare Above written 

the marke of 
Welthin X Simons 
John godward 

the marke of 
Arthur X Benicke 

the marke of 
James X Thomas 
[Approved by the court June 29, 1670, and Ensign John Davis, 
William Furber, and Robert Burnham were appointed to make 
the division.] 

[Report of the division of the estate as above, June 12, 1678, by 
John Davis and Robert Burnham ; mentions Mary Bennick, wife 
of Arthur Bennick and "her Children," and Benjamin Goddard, 
youngest son of John Goddard, deceased. Confirmed by the court 
June 25, 1678. J 



MATTHEW GILES 1667 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Giles granted to 
Matthew Williams, and John Bickford and William Follett were 
joined with him to take an inventory.] 

[ Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 130.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Matthew Giles, who died Jan. 21, 
1666/7 5 amount, £165.13.0; signed by Thomas Willey and Will- 
iam Roberts; attested by Matthew Williams Sept 17, 1667.] 



102 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Order of court June 30, 1668, on the estate of Matthew Giles 
of Oyster River, that the debts be paid and the remainder of the 
estate be equally divided between Richard Knight and Matthew 
Williams, and Ensign John Davis is appointed administrator.] 

[Agreement, July 6, 1668, between Richard Knight and Mat- 
thew Williams, binding over the estate to the county treasurer of 
Portsmouth and Dover until they pay the debts due from the 
estate.] 



MARK HUNKING 1667 PORTSMOUTH 

Pascatavvay River i July 1667 
The last will & testam* of mee Marke Hunkins : I being in 
'^fect memory yet not knowing how God may deale w''' mee 
thought good to settle my house & busines in as good an order as 
I can : to see — i I bequeath my Soule to god y' gave itt. 2 I 
make my welbeloved wife my Sole Executo'' after my just debts 
ar paid I do bequeath to my wyfe my now dwelling house and all 
y^ lands y' doth belong to itt on this neck w^'' y® marsh to y^ 3. 
acres & all my household goods : to see vv'^in dores & w'^'out only 
one Cowe com'only called by y® name of Brown, & one great brass 
pott vv'"' I give unto my Daughter Mary as her portion from mee 
3 My will is y' if my wyfe doth Marry duering her Naturall life 
then my said house & lands shall returne to my Eldest sonne 
Marke Hunkins, butt if she live & die a widdow then to keep r 
said house & goods duering her Naturall life, & afterwards said 
house & lands shalbe my Eldest sonnes as above if hee bee alive 
if not then to my next Sone & as for my household goods & cattells 
my will is y' after my wifes decease or if she marry that then said 
goods shall [be] equally divided amongst all my childeren except 
one long fowling peece & one fire lock gunn & a sword I give 
to my Sonne Marke, & my great fowling peece I give to Tho: 
ffurnell : & two small gunnes & a sword to my sone Archelaus 
Hunkins : My will is y' y* track of land of about twenty acres 
that lie neare will: Seves & y® fower acres of Marsh w'* I bought 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO3 

of Jn*' Partridg y' I give to my Sonne Archelaus Hunkins : 5 My 
will is y' after my decease my Sone Marke shall have all my 
waring clothes & tooles : 6 My will is y'y® shipp now on y*' stocks 
& all y® planks boards & tymber belonging to her shalbe equally 
divided amongst my Childeren Mary excepted 

So I com'itt my Soule to god & to y^ good word of his grace to 
bee kept & guided by him as wittness my hand & scale this day 
& yeare above written 

wittness us : Nath: ffryer The marke X of Mark Hunkings 
John Hunkings. 

[Proved Oct. 4, 1667.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 95.] 

[Inventory of the estate, appraised Sept. 27, 1667, by Elias 
Stileman, Nathaniel Fryer, Theophilus Lyne, and John Seward ; 
amount, £372.19.0; due to estate, £50.4.3; due from estate, 
£64.13.5 ; attested by Mrs. Ann Hunkins, executrix.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 96.] 



RICHARD SEWARD 1667 PORTSMOUTH 

In y^ name of God Amen. / 

I Richard Seaward of Portsmouth in Pascactoque River in New 
England beinge sick & weake in body but Infect in mind & mem- 
ory doe make & Appoynt this to be my Last will & testament, as 
followeth (Viz' 

Imp"" My will is that the Land belonginge to mee and Richard 
Jackson on y® Ragged Neck be Equally divided betweene us. And 
that part vv*^'' is to be m.y share I give and bequeath to my wife 
Mary Seaward and my Children to be Equally divided amongst 
them/ The dividend (between me & y® said Rich: Jackson to be- 
gin at a great Elme stump at y^ head of a branch, & from thence 
to Rich: Jacksons fence on y® top of a hill and soe into y* woods 
to o'' bounded tree lying North-Easterlie 



I04 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

It: my will is that y^ twenty six acres of Land adjoyninge to 
y® former, (w''^ land was layd out by men appoynted by y^ towne) 
be alsoe Equally divided betweene rny said wife & Children. / 

It: My will is that thirteene Acres of Land w*''' lyes to y^ Nor- 
ward of y** Ragged Neck w'^'^ is betweene Richard Jackson & 
my selfe and bought by us both of Roger Knight to be divided be- 
tweene us ; And that halfe w*"^ falls to my share my will is that it 
be likewise divided betweene my wife & children, But if Richard 
Jackson doe make sale of it, then y® one halfe of y® produce w'*" 
falls to my share to be divided as aforesaid betweene my wife 
and children. / 

It: my will is that Knight Island be likewise Equally divided 
betweene me & Richard Jackson. And the halfe that falls to my 
share to be likewise divided between my wife & children, And my 
will is that there be noe sale made of w' my part is in y^ said 
Island on noe Ape' whatever. / 

It: My will is y' w* Tobacco I have in y^ vessell called y^ 
Prosperouse, And likewise what is due from m'' Richard Cutt 
& m^ ffryer to me w"' y*" tobacco due to me in y^ province of Mary 
Land to be sold for y'^ satisfyinge of my debts. And w* is above y' 
w'''' will sattislie my said debts to be put to use for y^ maintenance 
of my wife & Children, And for y^ rest of my Estate in w* nature 
kind or quallatie soever it be I give & bequeath to my wife & 
Children to be Equally divided betweene them, and doe hereby 
appoynt my Loveing friends Major Nicholas Shapley & m' Nath" 
ffryer to be y" Overseers of this my will untill my children be of 
Age. 

In Wittness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this i^' day ot 
August 1667. / 

Testes. Richard Seaward 

Testt by me Thomas Miller 
Arthur X Roper. / 
[Proved April 25, 1668.] 

[Inventory, April 22, 1668; amount, £144.11.0: signed by 
Elias Stileman, Sr., and Huybrech (?)] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO5 

[Debts due from the estate ; amount, £48.10.0 ; signed by Mary 
Seward.] 

[Administration granted to Mary Seward, the widow, June 30, 
1668. The will was declared imperfect, and was not allowed.] 



THOMAS FOOTMAN 1667 

made the 14'" of Agus' 1667 

the Last will and testiment of Thomas ffootman beeing in sense 
and good memery I doe be quith my boody to the dust and my 
soule to god that gave it I doe bequith all my hole Estat to my 
wife Cattren Excepting one fether beed which I be quith to my 
dafter Abigail and a roufe that be longeth to the said beed and a 
boolster to it with one Cowe ; as Longe as my wife doth retaine 
in her widdowhood I doe leave all my hole estate with her but in 
case that shee shall marrie I doe give her on third part of my Estate 
and the rest to be Equally defed. amongst my Children and furth' 
I shall desier my brother Bengemin Mathews and william ftbllett 
to Assist my wife and to helpe her and assister her in her bisnes 
which hear unto I have sett my hand and seail this daye abouf 
menshened 

witnes Thomas footman [seal] 

the marke of 

Bengemin X Mathews 

William ffollett 

witnes the marke of 

John X Bickford 

Robert Burnum 

Nicholas Harrisson 

Thomas Drew 

[Indorsed] Imperfict will of Tho: ftbotman brought into Court 
held 30 June 1668 

[Inventory; amount, £234.14.0; signed by John Bickford, 
John Davis, and Anthony Nutter; attested by the widow, Cath- 
erine Footman, March 30, 1669.] 



I06 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Footman granted ta 
his widow, Catherine Footman, the will being imperfect.] 
[Court Records, June 30, 1668, in Deeds, vol 2, p. 151. 

W™ Durgin making a motion to this Court y'he having marryed 
y® Relict of Thomas ftbotman, & the children being maintained 
by him, as alsoe there being 74" : i*.2"^. to be p'' unto severall men 
^ch ye g^jj^ ffootman owed, Desires this Court soe to ord' & Settle 
the estate soe as y' y® children might have theire portions sett out 
unto them, & y* he might Know & have a Libertie to dispose of 
what the Court should thinke fitt for y** bringing up the children 
& paying y® debts & s'' relicts proportion of s'^ estate that soe he 
might not be called any further acco' or Question about y® same. 

In Answ'' hereunto the Court orders that y" one hundred acres 
of Land menconed in y^ Inventory at y** North west of W'" Beards 
Creeke neere Jn** Bickfords Lott & y*^ six acres of marsh & sixtie 
acres of Land adjoyningto it neere Rob' Burnams Lott & Willia 
ffolletts Lott neere Lam'^ill River & two Acres of marsh Joyning 
to Anthony Nutters together with an Island Lying at y® house 
to be seperated & Sett a part & shalbe too & for y® children of said 
ffootman for y"" portions when they come of age according as y® 
Associate Court 28"* Sep' 1669 did ord^ And the Remainder 
of all goods Lands houses chatties & cattle menc'oned in s*^ In- 
ventory to be the s'^ Relict Katherin ffootman now wife to s" Dur- 
gin, & to y® s'' W"' Durgin for ever for bringing up s'^ ffootmans 
children untill they come to age & paym' of all Just debts due 
from the s'^ ffootmans estate. 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 190.] 

John Footman allow'd administration on Thomas Footmans 
Estate De bonis non. 

[Probate Minutes, March 4, 1723/4.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO7 

JOHN JONES 1667 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name Of God Amen ; the second day of septtember in the 
Eighteenth Yeare of the Raigne of our Sov''aigne Lord Charles 
the second by the Grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and 
Ireland King defender of the faith &c : I John Jones of Portes- 
mouth in the Riv'' of Piscataqua Blaksmith being sicke in body 

I give and bequeath Unto my welbeloved Children ffrancis 
Jones Mary Drew Nathanaell Jones, James Jones and John Jones 
the sum'e of One shilling a peece to be paid them in lawfuU mony 
of New England w'^in one yeare next aff my decease and as for 
my lands and other goods not before disposed I give and bequeath 
Unto my welbeloved wife Anne Jones to be disposed of by her for 
satisfaccon of my debts and other Expences about my funerall at 
her will and pleasure and I doe hereby make and ordeyne my said 
wife to be my full and sole Executrix of this my last will and Tes- 
tam* In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale 
this day and year first above written 

Signed sealed & published the m'k of 

in p'sence of John X Jones [seal] 

the m'k of 

James X Drew 

Abra: Corbett 
the m'k of 

Roger X Knight 

[Proved Sept. 17, 1667.] 

[Account of disbursements out of the estate by the executrix^ 
April 30, 1667; amount, £42.17.0.] 

[By the court records, Sept. 17, 1667, the inventory amounted 
to £52.0.0.] 



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WILLIAM GODFREY 1667 . HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

I William Godfrey of Hampton in the Count}' of Norfolke in 
New England being very sick & weak of Bod}- butt sound of mind 
•& understanding : Doe make this my last will as follovveth 

Conserning such Estate as God hath Given mee in this world I 
Doe will & bequeth as followeth 

Imp I Give and bequeth unto Margery My Loveing wife all 
my stock of Cattle Duering the terme of her naturall life and whatt 
stock of Cattle shall Ramane att her Decease to Return to my sonn 
Isaac Godfrey : Itt I Give unto Margery Godfrey my wife my 
Dwelling House Duering the terme of Her naturall life 

Itt I Give unto Margery Godfrey my wife all my Houshold 
Goods . . . her & her heires for Ever 

Ittem I Give unto Margery my wife and Isaack Godfrey my 
sonn all my land both of upland medow & marsh pastors orchyard 
■or Gardens or other Inclosure (Excepting whatt shall bee here- 
after mentioned) to bee and Remain to them Duering y* terme of 
my wives naturall life & att my wives Decease to bee & Remaine 
the sole "^priety & possetion of my son Isaac Godfrey to him hes 
Heires for Ever, Item my will & pleasure is thatt my sone in law 
webester shall have & Injoy that peece [of]^ the land last pur- 
chesed of Nath Boulter y' Remaines in [y®] Hands of my son Isaac 
or else thatt my son [Isaac] pay him the some of five pound & 
keep the s'^ [land] Himselfe 

Itt I Give and Bequeth unto my son John Godfrey so much 
[of] my planting lott as will make up y' p' whearon hes House 
standeth fower trees which is so to bee layd outt to him as y' itt 
may take in all the unbrok up land to the [Swamp] 

Ittem I Give & bequeth unto my Daughter sarah Godfrey the 
some of Six pounds to bee payd by my son Isaac y® year after my 
wives Decease : 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Daughter Deborah Godfrey the some of 

1 The words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS lO^ 

Six pound to bee payd to her the second year after my wives- 
Decease : & my wife & my son Isack to have & Injoy all my 
Comonedg & other towne privledg which is to Remain to my son 
Isaac after my wives Decease And I Doe make my loveing wife 
& my sone Isaack my law full Executor to this my last will & 
testiment to see the same '^formed & I appointt my loving freinds 
Robertt Page & Samuell Dalton to bee as over seeres to all Intents 
& Constructions herin Contained wittness my hand & seale y® 2* 
8'*^ mo 1667 

Wittnes William Godfrey 

Abraham Perkins X 

Samuell Dalton His mark [seal] & Seale 

[Proved April 11, 1671.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 212.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Deacon William Godfrey, taken April 
10, 167 1, by Samuel Dalton and Abraham Perkins; amount,. 
£267.7.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 213.] 



EDMUND GREEN 1668 

[Administration on the estate of Edmund Green granted tO' 
Nathaniel Fryer and the widow, Lydia Green, June 30, 1668.] 

[Administration granted to Lydia Green and Isaac Trickey July 
3, 1669, the former administration to be void, being illegal.] 

[Court Records, July 3, i66g, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 158.] 

[Inventory, May 2, 1668, taken at the request of the widow ;^ 
amount, £50.16.9; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Joachim 
Harvey.] 



no NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

RICHARD LEADER 1668 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Leader granted to John 

Hole and Samuel , June 30, 1668, "they having married y^ 

daughters of s'^ Lead''." 

[Court Records, June 30, 1668, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 149 b.] 



JOHN LOVERING 1668 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of John Lovering of Newichwannock, 
who died July 27, 1668; taken August 11, 1668; amount, 
£232.7.0; signed by John Wincoll, Roger Plaisted, and Andrew 
Searle ; brought into court Sept. 30, 1668.] 

This Court confirmes the Administrac'on granted Hester Lover- 
ing & Cap' Waldren to y^ estate of Jo" Lovering at y® Court of 
Associates held at Dover y® 29 : septemb: 1668, & orders con- 
cerning y^ estate that y^ s*^ Hester have one third part of all the 
housen & Land during her naturall life, & one third part of other 
the estate for Ever, & the rest of y* estate to be divided among y* 
children the eldest Son : to have a double portion, & further this 
Court appoynts m'' John Wincoll & m'' Ezekiell Knight to be 
guardians to y*^ children untill they be of age to chuse for them- 
selves or till y^ Court take farther ord' & that y^ Administra" make 
a returne of w^ they doe herein at y* Next Countie Court atportsm° 

[Court Records, July 3, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2. p. 158.] 

M'' Ezekiell Knight brought into Court an acco'of w' charge he 
hath been at aboute maintaing & the bringing up John Loverins 
children from y" time of his marrying Hester Loverin his widdow 
untill y® time thev weere putt out. In Considerac'on whereof this 
Court allowes him all the movables menc'oned in y" Inventory of 
s'* Loverens estate, & to rechave & pay all s' Loverings debts, but 
they reserve the house & Land menc'oned in y* said Inventory to 
be for y*' children according as this Court shall see Cause to ord"" 
together w"' the rents thereof from y" time of y* death of s'^ Knights 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS III 

wife relict of s'^ Loverin, ffurther ord'' & Impower Cap* Jn" WincoU 
gardian to y'' children that he Looke after & gather in the rents of 
s*^ house & Land for y® use of the children, & to Lett & set y® same 
from time to time till this Court take further order, & y' he dispose 
of y® eldest daughter either by putting her out or Continewing of 
her w*^ m"" Knight as may be best for y" childs Good : / 
[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 



JOHN PICKERING 1668 PORTSMOUTH 

The II Day of y*^ 11 month 1668 

In the name of god Amen : I John Pickern Senir beeing in 
pirfect Memory do give & bequeth my body to the dust & my 
Spirit to god that gave it 

Likewisse I give unto My Deere sonne Thomas Pickrin my 
dwelling housse and land Ajoyning to the great beay with all the 
portinances belonging to it 

likewisse I give My Horse to my sonn Thomas togethere with 
all the Houseall goods & tools belonging there too : Likwisse I 
give to my soon Thomas Pickrin too stere Calves : together with 
the keeping of Sixe Cowes as Long as Antony Stanell of Hamton 
shall live : Likwisse to My too doghters Rebecah and Abigail I 
give that fifty Pounds due by bill to be paid by M"^ Antony Stanell 
together with an ocks Equally to be divided to them too together 
with fore swinee Equally to be divided between them too 

Likwiss I give to my too doghters Mary & Sarah fore ocken : 
sixk Cowes sixk swine to be Equally divided be tweene them too 
witness The Mark of 

Phillip Swaddon John X Pickrin 

Joseph Hall 

[Inventory of the estate of John Pickering of Portsmouth, Jan. 
29, 1668/9; amount, £303.4.6; signed by Elias Stileman and 
John Sherburne.] 



112 NEW HAMPSHIRE WII>LS 

[Administration on the estate of John Pickering granted to his 
son, John Pickering, June 29, 1669, the will being imperfect.] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 155 b.] 



JOHN TANNER 1669 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Tanner, carpenter, granted 
to John Fletcher "At a meeting of Cap' Ric: Waldren m' Ric: 
Cutt & Elias Stileman y^ 30*^ of march 1669 by Vertue of Mages- 
tratticall pow"" Granted them by the gen — Court."] 

[Court Records, March 30, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 153.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Tanner of Portsmouth, June 
26, 1669; amount, £7.9.0; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Elias 
Stileman.] 



JOHN REYNER 1669 DOVER 

In the name and fear of god amen : — 

Know all men to whom these presents shall come, that I John 
Reyner of Dover in New-England, * * * 

After my just debts which I shall ow to anie person be truly 
payed, and necessary funerall expences satisfied, That of my dear 
love, and tender affection to my wife, and desire of her comfort- 
able subsisting; and being confident of her care, of and moth- 
erly affection to, her children : I will and bequeath to her my whole 
estate ; in New-England ; in or out of this jurisdiction, houses, 
lands, chattels moveables rents debts and what ever else is or may- 
be, anie part of or belonging to the same, (Excepting such lega- 
cies as hereafter in this my will shall by me be disposed other- 
wayes) to be by her injoyed, and improved, to her own use, and 
benifit, together with the rents of my land in Old-England, lying, 
and being in the Countie of Yorke, in Town of Gildersome, in the 
Parish of Batly, either alreadie due, or that hereafter shall be, 
during the terme of hir naturall life, (she remaining my widdow) 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II3 

but in case she shall se good to change her condition, and enter 
into marriage ; then my will is that my whole estate im'ediately 
before such change of her condition, be equally divided into 
parts, and that she enjoy one halfe of this estate in Newengland, 
as af^bresaid : together with one third of the rents of that in Old 
England, as above the other halfe of my estate here in New- 
england, with the other two thirds of the rents of the abovesaid 
lands in Old England, upon her so entering int married estate, 
as also that halfe left in her hands, with the one third of the rents 
of that in old England as afforesaid, at her decease ; Or the whole 
(in case she marie not) at her decease be so disposed and equally 
divided that my five Children John, Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail, 
and Judith Reyner my natural son and daughters, by this my last 
wife may have each one equall benifit by and portions out of the 
said estate, both in Newengland and old yet that the particular 
parts, or parcels of the said estate, here, or there, or elsewhere 
(if anie be) be setled upon the persons, to whom hereafter be- 
queathed to my son Jachin Reiner of Rowley, and daughter Hanna 
Lane, wife to Job Lane of Billerica : to each of which I have given 
theire full portions as my estate will reach, I will and bequeath 
the old silver beer bowle, and so much monie as shall be ten shil- 
lings more than the worth of the cup, one of them to have the 
cup, the other the monie, Jachin to have his choise ; the cup is 
that which I had with ther mother ; to my son John Reyner I will 
and bequeath by these presents my Librarie, books and manu- 
scripts (except such English books as his mother shall make 
choise of for her use) this besides an equall proportion with anie 
of his sisters as afforsaid. Item I doe by these presents will and 
bequeath my land in Old England in the Countie of yorke as 
abovesaid, to my son John his heirs and assig'es to have and hold 
forever in fee simple and do hereby ingage him to dispose of the 
rents according as is above specified, during my wife his mothers 
life ; and so long after as my aft'ormentioned four Daughters Eliza- 
beth, Dorothie, Abigail an Judith or anie of them shall leave their 
part of the princpall in his hands, not exceeding the terme of 



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twentie years they standing to the losse or gain of the said estate 
according to interest therein ; and being at equall charges for re- 
coverie of the same, if attended with anie ditiiculties, my will also 
is that my son John, injoy my housing and land on Dover neck, 
and my foure daughters Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail, Judith, my 
land lying in the woods near Cachecha ; being equally devided 
among them a due respect being had by the deviders to the 
qualitie as well as quantitie of the said land or anie part or 
share thereof, yet not contradicting the premises viz that everie 
and each of my above named five Children, my son John, and 
Daughters Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail, and Judith have equall 
shares in, benefit by, and portions of my whole estate; in New- 
England and Old, and elsewhere if anie (excepting the above 
mentioned legacies bequeathed to my sons Jachin and John and 
Daughter Hanna viz cup monie, and Librarie, as also ten pounds 
which I give my wife to dispose of at her decease as she shall see 
good) all which estate of myn in what place soever as aforesaid 
I doe by this my last will and testament bequeath to my above- 
named five children John Elizabeth Dorothie Abygal and Judith 
according to the premises what anie have receved, (not herin ex- 
cepted), to be considered as part of their share, my will is also 
that if anie my foure children yet unmaried, shall by gods provi- 
dence be so diseposed, as to enter upon mariage, during the time 
the estate according to this my will remaneth in their mothers 
hands, or posession, there be some sutable encouragment, as the 
estate will afford (hir own need duly first considered) given to 
each one as the case shall require, I constitute and appoint my 
beloved wife Francis Reyner sole executrix of this my last will 
and testament and intreat my worthie friends ; mr Richard Wal- 
dern, and mr Joshua Moodie, to be helpfull to my wife, and chil- 
dren, by their faithfull counsel, and advice, or otherwayes as god 
shall inable ; in signe of all and everie the premises, I hereto set 
my hand and seal this nintenth day of April in the year of our 
lord on thousand six hundred sixtie and nine, if anie of the above- 



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said five children decease before actual possession they shall have 
libertie to dispose of their right being of age 

the word (named) between line John Reyner [seal] 

third and fourth (nie) line fifth 
(make) line twentie second interlined 
with some other letters befor signing 
and sealing and part of fortie first 
and second line. — 

signed sealed and delivered in 
presence of us 

Testes Hatevill Nutter 
John Hall 

[Proved June 30, 1669.] 

[Inventory, June 15, 1669; amount, £657.2.7 ; signed by Peter 
Coffin, Job Clements, and John Roberts.] 



WILLIAM DREW 1669 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of William Drew of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth Drew, June 29, 1669.] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 155.] 



SAMUEL DREW 1669 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Drew granted to An- 
thony Ellins of Portsmouth July 3, 1669.] 

[Court Records, July 3, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 158.] 



THOMAS PEVERLY 1670 PORTSMOUTH 

The last will & testament of Thomas Peverly, being very 
weake & sick in body, but in perfect memory. — 

Inprimis I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God 



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from whome I Receaved it, and my body to the earth after my 
decease to be buried in a Christian manner. 

It: I doe bequeath & give unto my beloved wife Jane Peverly 
all my whole estate, of houseing, lands both upland & meadowes, 
with all my Cattell of every sorte & kinde, with all my houshold 
stufie & goods of what nature soever both within dores & without 
dureing the tearme of hir Naturall life, in case she keepe hir 
selfe a widow, but if she shall dispose of hir selfe in mariage, 
then to have onely the thirds of all dureing hir life, the debts that 
I owe being first satisfide. — 

It: I doe further declare my will thus : that in case my wife 
shall dispose of hir selfe in Mariage, that then the whole estate 
shall be & belong to my sonne John Peverly, he paying to his 
mother the thirds of the whole estate as it shalbe adjudged to be 
worth betweene two indifferent men eaqually chosen, & the debts 
first paid out of the whole : And the said John Peverly is after- 
wards to pay five pounds a peece to the Rest of my children, that 
is to say to Thomas Peverly five pounds, to Lazaras Peverly five 
pounds, to Samuell Peverly five pounds, to Jeremiah Peverly five 
pounds & to Sarah Peverly five pounds, and alsoe to give unto 
my Daughter Martha Noble five acres of upland on the wester 
side of the path belowe my now Corne feild — 

It: I doe further declare my will, that if my wife Jane Peverly 
shall not dispose of hir selfe in Mariage, but shall live Upon the 
estate dureing hir life, that then after hir decease the whole estate 
then left shall fall to my sonne John Peverly, he paying the Leg- 
ases above exprest when the Children come to age, he maintaine- 
ing the Children till they be capeable to be disposed of abroad. 

It: I doe make my beloved wife Jane Peverly my executrix 
to this my will, & doe alsoe intreate & apoint my loving freinds 
& Neighbours John Shirburne senior & Richard Sloper to be my 
Overseers & assistants to my executrix to see this my will per- 
formed : In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & 
scale this nineteenth day of Aprill : one thousand six hundred 
and seaventy. 1670 



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It is further by me declared that I doe give unto my daughter 
Holmes seaven acres of upland out of lands that is given me by 
this towne not yet laid out in any place convenient for hir — 

Sealed signed & delivered in Thomas X Peverly [seal] 

the presents of us./ by his marke & seale 

this subscription Really 
intended to the will. 

John X wesbrook 
by his marke 

Richard Tucker 

[Proved June 30, 1670.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Peverly of Portsmouth, 
May 26, 1670; amount, £191.5.9; signed by Richard Tucker, 
John Westbrook, and John Sherburne.] 



HEZEKIAH SWAINE 1670 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Hezekiah Swaine of Hampton, 
taken by Thomas Marston and Nathaniel Batchelder May 2, 1670 ; 
amount, £142.18.0; attested by William Swaine, administrator.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 191.] 

Hezekiah Swaine of hampton in y® County of [Norfolke 
lately]^ Deses [&] having mad no will, & levinge an [estate and 
also] some [debts] to bee payed : His Brother willam [Swaine] 
mad adminstrator to y® estate may y^ 6^^ 1670 & and 3 sisters 
Hanath, bethia and prudence Swaine [being heires to] the estat 
left for y"* Devidinge of y® estate they agre [as followeth] if y* 
Court see Cause to Confirme it 

y* y® land & Chatils as it is prised in y® inventory presented 

[to y* Court] shall bee Devided into five parts y*" brother willam 

[Swaine to have two] parts & y® sisters ech : of them one part 

wilam Swaine [to have] his two parts out of y^ land & what 

^ Words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



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remaine [y® s'^ william to] have & to bee acounteble to y** rest of 
his sisters for [as much pay] acordinge as it is prised in y® inven- 
tory, & y^ [three parts to bee] equily Devided amonge y® sisters, 
also what [debts is due to y*'] estat to [bee] devided acordinge 
to thayer proportion [y*^ said wilHam] two [parts & y*^ three] sis- 
ters an equill part one as much [as y^ other] & also [all debts] 
Due to eney from y® estat to pay [according to that rule] & to 
this wee y'' sd william Hanah bethia & pru [dence Swaine] doe 
freely & willingly agree to if y^ Court see m[eet] & with y*^ Con- 
sent of our mother prudence Cox : as wittnes our 

Nathan" weare [William Swaine] 

William [ffifeild] y^ marke of [ffrancis Jenis] 

this 4^^ of October 1670 y^ husband [of Hana Swaine] 

y® marke of [Bethia Swaine] 
[Approved Oct. 11, 1670.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2» 
p. 190.] 



JOHN HUGGINS 1670 HAMPTON 

The last will & Testam' of John Hugins sen. aged about 61 : 
years being made & signed this 31*' : of May 1670 * * * 

I John Huggins of Hampton in y*^ County of Norfolk in new- 
england doe make & declare this my last will & Testam' * * * 

as for y^ outward estate w'^^ god hath given mee as it is y® will 
of god so my will is y' out of it my debts be first payd & then my 
wyfe & Childeren should live of y® rest I doe therfore for y® Chris- 
tian Educacon of my younger children give to my deare & beloved 
wyfe Bridget y^ imprvm' of my now dwelling house & land adjoyn- 
ing, together w*^ y^ meadow Com'onages, & any other rights & 
privilidges ap'^teyning therunto as also two oxen, two cowes, & 
one heifer two years old w"" sixteen sheepe & lambs duering y* 
terme of her naturall life after w'''' y'' ^prietie of y'' abovsd lands to 
bee disposed of to my Childeren who have not yet received their 
portions according to y® reasonable will of my said wyfe 

Item I give to my Sone John six acres of land more or less in 



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y*^ east feild as it is lay'd out w"' a cow Com'onage and all other 
rights belonging therunto, as also my right in some land in y® 
woods com'only called m"" Legatts, besides w' other guifts & por- 
tion hee hath received of mee already in cattle or otherwise to his 
owne '^'^ use & behoofe for ever, I doe also appoint my dearly 
beloved vvyfe Bridgett & my loveing sone John Executo"^ & Exec- 
utrix of this my last will & Testam* & have accordingly herto 
set my hand & scale this May 31 : 1670 

Signed & Sealed in y*' p'^sence John hugin w'*" a scale to it 
of us Seaborne Cotton 
Will: ftuller 

[Proved Oct. 11, 1670.] 

[Norfold County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 192.] 

[Inventory of the estate of "John Huggins, Sener of Hampton 
Late deceased upon The Seaventh day of June 1670;" taken by 
William Fuller, John Sanborn, and Henry Dow June 30, 1670 ; 
amount, £177.1.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN WYATT 1670 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of John Wyatt of Portsmouth, June 5, 
1670; amount, £94.13.4; signed by Richard Shortridge and 
Robert Purington.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Wyatt granted to his 
widow, Salome Wyatt, June 28, 1670.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1670, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 168.] 



JOHN WOODIS 1670 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Woodis granted to his 
father Richard Woodis of Boston, June 28, 1670, who presented 
an inventory amounting to £26.8.6.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1670. in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 166.] 



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[Inventory of the estate of John Woodis of Portsmouth, May 
30, 1670 ; amount, £26.0.6 ; signed by Richard Stileman and 
Thomas Parker; attested by Ru,th Woodis June 28, 1670.] 



OLIVER KENT 1670 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Oliver Kent of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Dorothy Kent, and John Bickford June 
28, 1670.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1670, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 166.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1670; amount, £113.12.0; signed by 
Thomas Edgerly and John Bickford.] 
[Probate Records, vol. i, p. 92.] 



HENRY JENKINS 1670 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Jenkins, June 30, 1670 ; 
amount, £3.0.0; signed by William Furber ; brought into court 
July I, 1670.] 



JOHN SEELEY 1670 

[Petition of William Seeley, June 30, 1670, for administration 
on the estate of his brother, Capt. John Seeley ; mentions wife 
and children of the deceased. William Seeley and Elias Stile- 
man were appointed administrators.] 

M^ W"' Henderson as Atturney to William Tapping & Johan- 
nah Tapping of London Administra'* to y® housen & Land of 
Cap^ John Sealy deceased in y® hand of Elias Stileman who had 
granted him Administrac'on to y® same by the County Court some 
yeares since to Looke after y^ same till a right claim should be 
made by his y^ s*^ Jn° Sealys heires or adminis""* out of England 
should appeare This Court upon exammynac'on of s*^ Henderson 
Ler"" of Atturney & other writings exhibited to this Court now on 



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file doe ord'' that the s'^ Housen & Land w'*^ are on Docters Island 
be forth with deliv"^*^ up unto s'' W'" Henderson for the Use of s"^ 
W'" Tapping & Johannah, & to Stand responsible two yeares in 
case a better title & claime should appear y® s*^ stileman to be p'^ 
for his time & trouble Looking after y® same, & ord'' y* y^ clarke 
take a coppie of his s'^ Hend'"sons Lr'^ of atturny & returne y* 
originall 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 



JOHN TUCKER 1670 STAR ISLAND 

Know all men by these "^rsents that I John Tucker fisherman 
of the Yles of shoales, vidz' Starr Yland In the County of Ports- 
mouth being by gods providence at the house of John Amerideth 
of the Town of Kittery In the County of Yorke, very sicke & 
weake of body, yett at '^rsent of Indifferent firme memory and 
understanding, doe make this my last will & Testament/ 

1 Inp^ I Comitt my spirit unto god that gave Itt, & my body 
unto the dust from whence It came, to bee decently buried at the 
Charge of my executors, whom I shall name & appoynt/ 

2 : I dispose of my outward estate In manner as followeth, 
vidz' my will is that all my debts bee duly & truely payd by my 
executors/ 

3:1 give & bequeath unto Thomas Wells Minister of the Town 
of Kittery the full & Just some of one pound tenn shillings, to bee 
payd by my executors after my decease, the one halfe In money 
& the other halfe In fish/ 

4 : I give & bequeath all the rest of my estate whatsoever unto 
my very Loveing freind John Amerideth, & Johanna his wife, & 
my will is, that all those y' have any estate of mine in their Cos- 
tody, or y* doe ow any debt unto mee, do deliver & pay the same 
unto the s'' Amerideth or his wife after my decease, upon y"^ de- 
mand or either of them their heyres, executors administrators or 
Assignes, in speties, as the same is to bee delivered or payd unto 
mee/ 



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5 : I doe Nominate & appoynt the aboves*^ John Amerideth 
senior of the Town of Kittery in the County of Yorke, to bee the 
executor unto this my last will & testament, & do here by Injoyne 
him faithfully to ^rforme all & every of the '^misses above men- 
tioned/ In witness w'^of I have here unto sett my hand & seale 
Dated y® last vidz' the Thyrty one day of October, In the Twenty 
secund yeare of the Reign of o'^ Soveraigne Ld King Charles the 
secund, by the Grace of god King of Great Brittain, France & 
Ireland, & In the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred & 
seaventy/31: 8: Anno: Dom: 1670: 

Subscribed & sealed in the The X marke of 

"^rsence of us/ John Tucker [his seal] 

William Rawling 

the marke of X 

Thomas sharpan 

[Proved Jan. 3, 1670/1.] 

[York County, Me., Court Records, vol. B, p. 97.] 

[Inventory, amounting to £74.1.10^; attested by John Ameri- 
deth April 26, 1671.] 

[York County, Me., Court Records, vol. B, p. 97.] 

The Deposition of Thomas Wells aged 24 yeares, sayth y' when 
hee wrott John Tuckers Will hee could not ^rceive nor discerne 
but at that tyme Jo" Tucker was of good and ^rfect Memory & 
understanding, & y' the will that hee wrotte was as to the sub- 
stance of it the same that him selfe related unto this Deponent, as 
alsoe an accompt of some debts due unto the sayd Tucker, & 
some debts that the sd Tucker owed unto some men/ This Depon- 
ent further sayth, that w''as hee expressed In the will (of Indiffer- 
ent memory & understanding, It was not from any Imp'fection 
that hee could "^rceive in his memory or understanding, at that 
tyme, but because y' hee thought, that y' bodily sickeness & Infirm- 
ity in any one might debilitate & weaken memory & understand- 
ing, & further sayth y' w" John Tucker made his marke to his 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 23 

will that hee sayd I intended it for J. T but my hand shakes, I 
know not whither It bee well done or to y' affect, & further sayth 
not/ Taken upon oath this 26 : of Aprill 167 1 : ^^ 

Edw: Rishworth ReCor: 
[York County, Me., Court Records, vol. B, p. 97.] 



GREGORY CHURCHWOOD 1670/1 

[Inventory of the estate of Gregory Churchwood, Feb. 7» 

1670/1 ; amount, £11.0.11 ; signed by Richard and Thomas 

Bartlett.] 

[Administration on the estate of Gregory Churchwood granted 
to John Fabyan, who presented an inventory amounting to £11. 
ii.o, to which £2.10.0 was afterwards added.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 175] 

The deposition of William Weeks aged about 35 y" & of Sam'- 
uell Streeke aged about 28 years 

These depolant Sworne Saith that this Hum'phery Churchwood 
is brother to Grigorie Churchwood that was drowned in the boat 
w"' Edward Carter : & weare both of them borne at kingsware 
neare Dartmoth in England & weare the Reputed sons of Hum'- 
pery Churchwood their ffather & brought up by him & further 
they say not :// 

William Weekes & Sam'uell Streeke made oath to these depo- 
sitions this 29''' of Aperell 1675 before mee :/ 

Peter Twisden Com'isho"^ 

[Order of court, June 29, 1675, that John Fabyan, administra- 
tor, deliver the balance of the estate to Humphrey Churchwood, it 
appearing to the court that he is the brother of Gregory Church- 
wood and the next heir.] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, '" Deeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 



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EDWARD HILTON 1670/1 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Hilton granted to 
Edward Hilton, William Hilton, Samuel Hilton and Charles Hil- 
ton, March 6, 1670/1.] 

[Inventory, March 9 and 10, 1670/1 ; amount, £2204.0.0 ; signed 
by Samuel Dalton, Antipas Maverick, Robert Burnham, William 
Follett, and William Moore ; Christopher Palmer, at the same time, 
made claim to a part of the estate in behalf of two sisters to the 
administrators, who were daughters of the deceased.] 



EDWARD CATOR 1670/1 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Cator granted by the 
commissioners, to John Fabyan and James Blagdon March 7, 
1670/1.] 

[Court Records, March 7, 1670/ 1, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 170.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Cator granted to John 
Fabyan July i, 1671, " the former Administra" Viz' James Blag- 
don & s'^ ffabins refusing to hold together."] 

[Court Records, July i, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 180.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 31, 1667, that John Fabyan, administrator 
of the estate of Edward Cator, send £20 to the widow, she being 
in England and in distress, and that he deliver the rest of the estate 
to James Blagdon, attorney for Cator's daughter.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Division of the estate is presented and placed on file June 24, 
1679.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, '" Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 2$ 

[Petition of John Fabyan, James Blagdon, and Robert Town- 
send, attornies, for a division by the court of the estate of Edward 
Cator to the widow and two daughters ; dated June 26, 1679.] 

[Account of the estate, and order of the court for the division 
of the estate equally among the widow and two daughters in ac- 
cordance with the petition.] 



JOHN HUNKITT 1670/1 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of John Hunkitt of Hampton, taken by 
Samuel Dalton and John Sanborn March 22, 1670/1 ; amount, 
£14.19.3.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



PHILIP BABB 1671 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Philip Babb of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to Nathaniel Fryer April 24, 167 1.] 

[Court Records, April 24, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 170.] 

[Joseph Hall petitioning the court for recompense for maintain- 
ing for two years Peter Babb, son of Philip Babb, the father and 
mother both being dead, and the child five years old next Mich- 
aelmas, the court, June 27, 1676, binds Peter Babb as an appren- 
tice to Joseph Hall until he reaches the age of twenty-one years.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 15.] 



DANIEL MOULTON 1671 

[Inventory of the estate of Daniel Moulton June 22, 1671 ; 
amount, £180.17.6; debts due to the estate, £30.18.11; debts 
due from the estate, £18.0.0 ; signed by Elias Stileman and Joseph 
Morse.] 



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THOMAS JAMES 167 1 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas James granted to 
James Blagdon June 27, 1671.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 175.] 



THOMAS LEIGHTON 167 1 DOVER 

In y^ name and feare of God Amen I Thomas Layton seni'' of 
Dov'^ in New England Aged sixty seven yeares or there aboutes, 
beinge exercised with great infirmity of body, * * * 

As for my outward Estate my Will is that my p''sent Wife Joan- 
na do enjoy (during her naturall life if she continue in the estate of 
widdowhood, or duringe her widdowhood if she marry) my whole 
Estate both personall and Reall to be improved for her comfortable 
maintenance, and at her marriage one third part of y* whole, after 
that her marriage to be improved by or for her till her deceace. 
That my onely son and heire Thomas Layton shall have (besides 
what he hath or shall receive before my deceace) All my hous- 
inge Landes Orchard Marshes flatts, with their priviledges or 
appurtenances either within or out of this Town to be had and 
held by him his heires or assignes forev"" After they fall from his 
mother by marriage or her decease as abovesaid. To him also I 
Give one quarter part of the movables which shall be Left undis- 
posed of by my wife for her comfortable supply as abovesaid, He 
y* said Thomas Layton my sonne payinge To my Daughter Mary 
y® wife of Thomas Roberts juni"^ To y® value of tenne poundes To 
my Daughter Elizabeth wife of Phillip Cromwell to y® value of 
forty pounds To my Daughter Sarah (unmarried at p^^sent) to 
the value of forty poundes ; which he is to pay to them or their 
heires or assignes within the space or terme of two yeares after 
y* decease of his Mother Joanna if they shall demand it, which I 
by these p'"sents Assig'e to them out of the said Estate together 
with a quarter part of the movables to each of them which may be 
Left by my wit'e Joanna. He y* said Thomas my sonne also set- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 27 

tinge John my Indian Servant free and painge him to y® value of 
five poundes at y® decease of y® said Joanna. Moreover I doe 
hereby constitute and appoint my sonne and heire Thomas above- 
said Executor and my wife Joanna Executrix jointly whilst they 
are both livinge and severally after the Deceace of either of them 
In wittness of the p'^mises I doe here unto set my hand and seale 
this one & twentyeth day of September Anno Domini 167 1 

Test Thomas X Layton seni' [seal] 

(to each of them) interlined his mark 

Jn° Reyn"" 

X Thomas Roberts juni'^ his mark 

[Proved June 25, 1672.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 15, 167 1/2 ; taken at the request of the widow 
and her son, Thomas Leighton ; amount, £475.5.0; signed by 
Job Clements, John Dam, and John Hall.] 



JOHN GARLAND 167 1 HAMPTON 

The last will and teastiment of John Garland senior : aged about 
fivety yeares of Hampton in the countie of norfolke : in nue eng- 
land Being made and signed : this 15'^^ day of november 1671 : 

In the name of Jesus christ who is Lord of quick and dead : 
who hath [taught]^ uss to doe the will of our Heavenly father And 
yet hath in his word Ratified the will of the teastatour when he is 
dead : I John Garland sick in body * * * 

As for my outward Estate which god have [gratiously] given 
me As it is the will of god so my will Is that out of It [my debts] 
being first paide that then my wife and childreng : should live of 
ly^] Rest : I doe thearfore give and Bequeath unto Elizabeth my 
loving wife the north End of my dwelling House the lower Rome 
& the bed in the Rome & all : furniture to itt : and ten : pound a 

iVVords in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy, Norfolk County, Mass., 
Deeds, vol. 2, p. 249. 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

yeare to be payd as followeth & nesesary Housold stufe that shall 
be nedfull for a single woman & a Hors to be found Her by my 
Excectatour : & wood brought to Her dore fitt for the fire : so long 
ass she live in the House if she Remove from the House or marry 
then the wood & Hors & the House & five pound of the former ten 
to cease : she only to Have five pound a yeare paid Her : and to 
Have the bed and furniture away with Her : & I give unto Her 
the milke of a cow so Long as she live in the House : aforesd : 

tt I give & bequith unto my son John : garland : my Dwelling 
House and barn & all my out Housing and all the land : a bout 
the House & the medow : all that I bought of phillip lewes : & 5 
ackes : more or less of salt marsh lieng in the Littill oxe comon ; 
which wase formerly Tho: chaces : and a mare colt : which I for- 
merly gave him Likewise I give unto my son John garland : all 
my stock of cattell Horses & swine : And Impliments of Hus- 
bandr}^ : that are about my House att Home : and all my Housolld 
stufe : & beding Excepting what shall be after mentioned : He 
paying : the former pay to His mother which is formerly men- 
tioned untill : His brother Jacob garland & peter garland shall 
come to the age of twentie one 3^eares : and then that : pay to be 
Equally : devided & thay all to pay there mother : one ass much 
ass the other : 

tt I give unto my son : Jacob : garland & peter garland the 
[one] Half: of that land that I bought of m'' Seaborn cotten that 
is in the woods with the plows & Impliments of Husbandry that 
is theare : the land and them to be equally : devided between 
them : which is att the Hog pen plaine : thay to Have it [ass] 
thay come to the age of twentie one years : : ase also each [of] 
them a bed and the furneture to itt : when : thay come to [y® age] 
of twentie one years : to be paid to them by my Excecteure 

And I doe hearby apoint my deare and loving wnfe Elizabeth 
Garland : & my son John garland to be my lawfull Exceto' & 
Excectetour : she untill : my son John come to the age of [one] 
and twentie yearse : and then : my son John garland to be my 
Excectetour to this my last will and teastiment and for the confer- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I29 

mation Hearof I the above sd John garland Senior Have Hear- 
unto put my Hand and seall the day and yeare above 

Signed & sealed in the pressenes : The mark of 

of uss John X garland [seal] 

Robard X page & Senior 

His mark 

Hen: Dow 

[Proved April 9, 1672.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files; Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 249.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Garland of Hampton, "late 
deceased upon the 4 day of Jenuary 167 1," taken by Robert 
Page, James Philbrick, and Henry Dow Feb. 6, 1671 ; amount, 
£363.0.0.] 

rEssex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



SAMUEL FOGG 1671/2 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I Samuell iTog of Hampton in the County of Norfolke being 
very weake & Inferme in Body butt of sound understanding and 
of a Disposseing mind Doe make this my last will & testamentt 
as followeth, I sollemly Comitt my soule unto allmighty God the 
father of Spirits and my fraile and weake body unto the earth 
from whence itt was taken to bee buried in such Decientt manner 
as my Exequetors hereafter mentioned shall appoint 

And for whatt Estate the lord of his bounty Hath bestowed upon 
mee in this world my will is as followeth 

ist I Give & bequeth unto Mary my Beloved wife Duering the 
terme of Her naturall life as Her Dowry the one Halfe of my Salt 
marsh which lyeth on this side of the falls River towards the 
towne the which was formerly the marsh of Roger shaw and so 
much of the five Acres in the little Comon as will make up Heir 
thirds of all the marsh in my possetion 

Itt I give unto mary my wife for her Improvement the one 



130 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Halfe of Eight Acres of planting Land in the East feild viz thatt 
partt thatt which lieth towards william Samborns land towards 
the north (and so much as wall make up her thirds of the upland) 
att the South End of my Howse Lott 

Itt I Give unto mary m}^ wife the west End of my Dwelling 
House Duering the terme of Her widowhood & no longer, butt 
if shee shall Remove Her Dweling from thence in the time of 
her widowhood then the whole Howse to bee leatt with the lands 
by my Exequetors untill my Eldest sonn shall Come to the Age 
of twenty one years, and then my Eldest sonn is to posses itt and 
pay unto mary my wife Her thirds of the Rentt 

Ittem I Give unto Mary my wife two Cows & the w^hitt Rone 
mar and whatt How^sehold stuff she brought into the Howse with 
her or whatt beding or other Household stuff she hath Else whear 
to bee & Remain to Her & Her Heirs for Ever 

Ittem I Give & bequeth unto my Eldest sonn Samuell fog the 
other two thirds of my land marshes & medow^s & Comonage the 
w^hich he is to Enter upon & posses when he shall Come to the 
Age of twenty & one years, butt shall nott Have full power in 
selling or disposeing of his Estate withoutt the Consentt of my Ex- 
equetors untill hee shall come to the Age of twenty fow^r years. 

Itt I Give unto my son Samuell ffoge all my Howseing & 
barne & out Howseing the which he is to Enter upon & posses 
att the Age of twenty one years paying the thirds of the Rentt for 
the Howse to my wife Duering the time of Her widowhood and 
for my stock of Cattle & other moveables & twoles and Imple- 
ments of Husbandry nott otherwayes Disposed of by this my Last 
will they are to bee improved & Renewed att the Discression of 
my Exequetors so as thatt the stock may bee maintained & nott 
wasted & Imbesseled untill my sone shall Come to the Age of 
twenty one years and then to be and Remaine to him & att his 
Disposall payeing these following legacies 

Itt I Give & bequeth unto my son Daniell ffog the some of 
fifteen pound to bee payd by my son Sam" fog when Daniel shall 
Arive to the Age of twenty one years 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I3I 

Ttt I Give unto my Daughter mary fog one fetherbed & one 
fether boulster & one pillow & two Blankits one of them a Red 
blanket and two payer of sheets which were her mothers 

Itt to my Daughter mary and Brass pan & three puter platters 
and Som other puter & Earthin Dishies which were hir mothers, 
and these Goods being prized to my Daughter Mary my son 
Samuel is to make up the some of fifteen pound to Her when she 
shall Come to the Age of twenty one years or att Her marring 
which shall Happen first 

Itt I Doe Give unto my son Daniell fog the other third partt 
of my land, which he is to Enter upon & posses att my wives 
Decease & within one year after to pay the some of fifteen pounds 
back againe unto my son Samuel if hee hath Received itt before 
the Land fall to him 

Ittem I Give unto my son Daniell fog my two new puter plat- 
ters & a puter Bason 

Ittem I Give unto my son Samuell flog my two Tables & 
one bed stead & one Greatt Chayer & three Chests and one new 
Greene Rug and a Sute of Curtains, and one fowleing peece and 
all the Rest of my Howsehold stuff' I Give & bequeath unto mary 
my wife & to the three Children which I have by Her 

Itt I Give unto my Son Seath ffoge the some of Six pound to 
bee payd to him by my son Sam" when he shall Come to the 
Age of twenty one year 

Ittem I Give unto my Son James ft'og the some of Six pound 
to bee payd when he shall Com to the Age of twenty one years 
to bee payd by my son Samuel 

Itt I Doe Give unto my youngest Daughter Hanna ffog the 
some of Six pound to bee payd by my son Samuell when she 
shall Come to the Age of twenty one years and if her marriag 
shall Happen forst then to be payd att her Day of marring 

and my will is thatt my Eldest Son should Die withoutt Heire 
of his owne body thatt then His portion of Land to Desend to my 
next son, and if any of my other Children should Die without 
Issue, thatt then their portion shall bee Devided amongst the Rest 
of my Children that shall Survive 



132 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

And I Doe by these p'"sents Appointt my Loveing ffather in Law 
Deacon Robertt Page and my loving ffreinds william ffuller & 
Nathaniel! Bachelder to bee my lawfull Exequetors to this my 
last will & testament : to see thatt the same be performed accord- 
ing to the tru Intentt & meaning herof and if God shall take 
away any of them thatt if god "^mitt they shall Have power & 
liberty to make Choyce of whom shall suply in his or their place 
in point of Exequetorship and I Doe appoint my Loveing Brother 
Thomas ward & my loveing ffreind Samuell Dalton to bee as 
overseers to this my will who Have the like power to make 
Choyce of suply in their places in Cause of Death or Removall 

and my will is thatt my three Eldest Children shall bee Settled 
by my Exequetors viz my Son Samuell & Daniell to som Good 
trade which they shall most Desire and to be placed in such 
famelyes as may bee for their Comfortt & Advantag both for soule 
& body as much as Can bee Attained and I Appoint that such 
wearing Cloathes as I shall leave att my Death shall bee Im- 
proved by my Exequetors to fitt outt my two sons Samuell & 
Daniell to service and to make such further supply as they in 
Descrestion shall Judg meett. 

And my will is thatt my Executors shall take such Care both 
in the time of my wives widowhood & att all times thatt my Estate 
may bee p'formed and y* the Howseing Due nott Goe to Decay 
without Repayeration and thatt the fences and other things Doe 
nott suft'er strip & wast in the time whilst itt is outt of my sons 
Hands 

And my will is Conserning my Daughter Mary bee Desposed 
of to the tuission of my loving t^Yeinds william ffuller & ffrances 
His wife, and if God should take away Goodwiffe ffuller whilst 
my Daughter mary is in Her menority I will & Comitt her tuition 

unto my Brother Benjamin & to Goodwif Bachelder) and 

my will is thatt my Howseing & lands & stock of Cattle & other 
moveables & Improved by the Discression of my Exequetors for 
the subsistance of my wife & my three youngest Children untill 
my son Samuel shall Arive to the Age of twenty one years and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 133 

to this I Affix my Hand & Scale as my last will this ninth Day 
of Janewary 1671 

Signed & sealed in Samuell [seal] fogge 

the p'sents of us 

will ffuller 

Samuell Dalton 

Frances ffuller 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1672.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 264.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Fogg of Hampton " late 
Deceased upon the 15 day of Aprill 1672 ; " taken by Thomas 
Marston and William Sanborn May 3, 1672 ; amount, £249.19.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 265.] 



JOHN LARRIFORD 1672 

[Administration on the estate of John Larriford granted to 
Thomas Jackson of Portsmouth, March 26, 1672.] 

[Administration was confirmed by the court June 25, 1672, and 
Thomas Jackson was required to give security for the estate as 
inventoried " for y** use of y® next heire that shall appeare to chal- 
leng y*" same."] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 186.] 

[Inventory; amount, £16.12.5 ; signed by Elias Stileman and 
William Cotton; attested by the administrator June 25, 1672.] 



PETER ADAMS 1672 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Adams granted by the 
commissioners toThomas Jackson of Portsmouth, March 26, 1672.] 
[Court Records, March 26, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration confirmed by the court June 25, 1672, and 
Thomas Jackson, presenting an inventory, "is enjoyned to give 
securitie to y® clarke to respond y* estate that it may be forth com- 
ing to y® right heire."] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 186.] 

["An Invoice of what Petter Adams ; Deceased the first of No- 
vember 1671 left in the Custody of Thomas Jackson ; of Porchm** 
Cupp''" ; amount, £9.15.8 ; witnessed by John Fletcher and Will- 
iam Irish ; attested by Thomas Jackson June 25, 1672.] 



RICHARD YORK 1672 DOVER 

In the Name of god Amen the later will and testament of Ritch- 
ard yorke whoe being well stricken in years but ripe in memory 
this 23 daye of appriell one thousand six hundred seventie and 
tow viz I doe leave and bequeath to my sonne John Yorke that I 
now live in my farme the dwelling bowses and owtt bowses with 
all & . . . privelidges and y® Apertinantes thereunto belong- 
ing togeather with y® stock whitch shall . . . upone y*^ farme 
after my deseas and y^ legeses here mentioned to be payd and 
what stocke . . . and sheepe and swine shall be left after 
y® legeses be payed shall be equally devied between . . . sonne 
John yorke and daughter Elizabeth C — tie and my sonne 
daughter grace yorke and like wise allso I doe leave and be queave 
to my wife . . . yorke duering here life time one third part 
of y® estate and one Cowe only my sonne John yorke paying 
y* just debts to any parson or parsons that can be made Justly 
apeare allso I doe leave and bequeath to my sonne Samuell yorke 
five pounds allso i doe leave and bequeath to my daughter Ratchell 
Halle five pounds and all so I doe leave and bequeath to my sonne 
Bengeman yorke that tracket of land w^hich I hold by towne grant 
situate ling and being neare the second fale of Lampleriver ad- 
joyning unto that which wase latelye John Martaines lott together 
with one yoke of oxen and all so doe leave and bequeat to my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 135 

daughter grace yorke tenne pounds all soe leave and bequeath 
unto my tow grandchildren Richard yorke and Bengieman yorke 
fiftie shillings apeice all so my daughter grace yorke leges is to 
be payd at her day of marage or eightene yeres of age now I 
Richard living and being ripe in memorye doe now acknowledge 
this to be my last will and testament sined sealed and accknoled 
in y^ pesence of us to be his act and deede dated y® 23 of appreell 
1672 

wittnesse us :) [seal] 

y® marke of X nicholous Doe :) 

ffrancis Thorne :) 

An Imp''fit will of Ric: Yorke brought in to the County Court 
held in portsm° 30 June 1674 

this Court Appoynts his wid Eliza: york & Jo" york Adminis- 
tra* to y® estate & ord"" y' the estate be devied according to this 
im^fit will & give securty that they will ^form y** same accord- 
ingly 

Elias Stileman Cleric 
Eliza: yorke & Jn" yorke 

[Inventory, March 27, 1674; amount, £264.13.0; signed by 
William Roberts, John Rand, Benjamin Matthews, and Thomas 
Willey.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard York of Dover was 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth York, and John York June 30, 
1674, and they were ordered to divide the estate according to the 
terms of the will, which was imperfect; amount of inventory, 
£264.13.0. They gave bond for double the amount of the inven- 
tory, with Nicholas Doe and Samuel Willey as sureties.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 3.] 

It is agreed betwixt William Graves on the one part, and John 
York his Son in law [step son] on y* other part ; That what the 
sd William Graves hath received of Richard Yorks Estate de- 
ceased, It shall be to y® use of William & Elizabeth Graves The 
sometimes Widow of sd Richard York deceased, during the lives 



136 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of the sd William & Elizabeth Graves ; which are, One ffeather 
bed and Boulster, with Blankets & Covering to it. 2'^' That 
whereas Elizabeth Graves & John York her son jointly adminis- 
tred on sd Richard Yorks estate deceased, That the sd John 
York only shall be liable to pay all his deceased ftather Richard 
Yorks debts, s^^ That one third of all the sd Richard Yorks land 
deceased, whether in tillage, or meadow, or orchard, in being dur- 
ing the sd Richard Yorks life, shall be laid out on a com'on charge 
betwixt y*^ Parties beforesaid, & afterwards shall be to y^ use of 
the sd Elizabeth Graves during her life, but after her decease to 
be to y*" use of the sd John York & his heirs for ever, ftourthly. 
That the sd John York shall deliver to the sd Willia Graves, 
One Cow, & ffive pounds in staves, and shall bear y*^ charge of 
the present Court at Dover. On the true performance of all the 
before said Articles these shall acquit from all difference w'soever 
betwixt the sd William Graves & John York to the day of the date 
hereof. In witness to the Articles above, We the Parties above 
articling, have mutually set to our hands this 8"' of June 16S1 

Signed & delivered The mark X of 

in y*" p'^sence of William Graves 

Thomas Broughton 

John X shore 
his mark 

Owned by William Graves & John York in Court held at Do\ er 

7"' June 1681, to be their act & deed. 

Elias Stileman Record"" 
[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 182.] 



WILLIAM JACKSON 1672 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Jackson of Portsmouth 
granted by the commissioners to Thomas Daniell May 8, 1672.] 
[Court Records, May 8, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 

[Inventory, July 5, 1672 ; amount, £8.15.3 ; sworn to by Thom- 
as Daniell June 27, 1673.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 137 

ONESIPHOROUS HARVEY 1672 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Onesiphorous Harvey of the 
Isles of Shoals granted by the commissioners to Thomas Daniell 
May 8, 1672.] 

[Court Records, May 8, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 



ALLEN LLOYD 1672 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Allen Lloyd of Portsmouth, June 
24, 1672; amount, £201.15.6; signed by Elias Stileman, John 
Fletcher, and John Pickering, appraisers.] 

[Administration on the estate of Allen Lloyd of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Sarah Lloyd, who presented an inventory 
amounting to £202.15.6, and a list of liabilities amounting to 
£39.10.6. 

''ffor y" setleing of y* estate y*" Court ord'* that the house & 
Land on w''' it standeth be to y'' son of s'^ Lyde when he shalbe 
of age & y® thirteene acres at y" pulpet & y*" rest of y*^ estate 
be to y* widow for paying of y*" debts & bringing up y*" child & the 
whole to remaine in her hand untill y'' child be of age, & the thirds 
thereof during her life." 

[Court Records. June 25. 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 187.] 



JOHN GODDARD 1672 

In th*" name of god Amen, th® Second of July in the year of our 
Lord one thousand Six hundred and Seventy Second being but 
Sickly in body Item I give and bequeath my whole Estate as 
above Said unto my very loving brother Brother Benjamin God- 
ward always provided th'So long as my mother wealthin Simmons 
liveth th*" S*^ Estate Shall remain in the hands of my S*^ mother and 
brother as now it is in the hands of my S'^ mother and myne own 
and after my S'' Mothers decease to be totally and Soly to the right 
and to behoof of my S'' Brother Benjamin godward forever ; Ex- 



138 NFAV HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

cept thirty pounds w''' I will and bequeath to the three Sons of my 
three Sisters ; viz John Oilman ten pounds John Bennet ten pounds 
James Thomas Jun^ ten pounds to be paid to them when they come 
of age ; and I do Constitute and ordain Robert Burnam and John 
Davis to be Executors of this my last will and testament as witness 
my hand and Seall 

Test John Godward [Seall] 

John Barsham 

her 
Mehitable Barsham X 

his mark 
John Simmons X 

mark 
[Proved June 4, 1694.] 
[Deeds, vol. 5, p- 91 •] 



JOSEPH BAKER 1672 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Baker, " who dyed in- 
testate on lies of sholes," granted by the commissioners to Edward 
Beale Nov. 2, 1672.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 2, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 195.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Baker, who died Oct. 16, 
1672 ; dated Nov. 19, 1672 ; amount, £39.11.2 ; signed by James 
Blagdon, Edward Soule, Peter Twisden, Elias Stileman, Nathan- 
iel Fryer, and James Rendell.] 

[Administration confirmed by the court, and inventory presented, 
amounting to £39.11.2.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1673, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 202.] 

The Deposition of Mary Twisden aged about 41 years : 
This depolant Sworne Saith that Joseph backer when he lay 
one his death beed in the house of her husbands the Said backer 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



did wish that Edward Beale was com shee asked of him what he 
would have of the said Beale he the Said Backer said he would 
willingly speake w"' him for he did owe to him the greatest debt 
that he did owe in the world & that the Said Beale should take his 
house & land & all that he had and pay his debts for he had enough 
to pay his debts & to burie him like a man & ferther saith not : 
Taken upon oath by m""* Mary Twisden y*' lo July 1673 

before me Elias Stileman Com'is' 

The deposition of Phillipe Hatch Aboute 22 ^'•ears 
This depolant Sworne Saith that Joseph Backer did goe to sea 
w''^ him in a shollope of Peter Twisdens & that Sum'er before the 
Said Backer died & he hard the Said Backer say that Sum'er manie 
times that he did owe Edward Beale eightene pounds w""'' was more 
than he did ow to all the world besids & furthe saith not : 
10 July 1673 taken upon oath by phillip Hatch 

before me Elias Stileman Com'is"^ 

The deposition of Peter Twisden aged about 45 years 
This depolant Sworne Saith that Joseph Backer lying one his 
death bed at his house he desird him to Set his busines in order 
for he was in a very Sicke Condishon & the Said Backer anserd 
him he had done that allredie for Edward Beale should take all 
& pay all if he died for he was most In debt to him & further saith 
not 

Taken upon oath y* 10"^ of July 1673 by m' peter Twisden 
before me 

Elias Stileman Com'is"^ 

The deposition of John Windsland aged about 41 years 
This depolant sworne Saith that he was in the house of Peter 
Twisden Watching w''' Joseph Backer when the Said Backer lay 
one his death bed & Edward Bale being their w"' him he hard the 
Said Backer Say that Edward Beale should take his house & pay 
himselfe & further saith not. 

10 : July 1673 taken upon oath by Jn° Winsland before me 

Elias Stileman Comis' 



140 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM HAM 1672 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will and Testament of Willyam Ham S*"" of Ports- 
mouth in The River of piscatque * * * 

P I Give To my Grandchild Willyam Ham all That My now 
dwelling House & houseing with all The Lands Thereto belong- 
ing fensed and unfensced Soe far as The Spring That wee use To 
fetch water att In The Som'er Time Commonly Called The furthe 
Spring and Soe to th North weste ward as my bounds doth Runn 
with all my whole estate both of household Goods of w' kind Soever 
with all my Cattell of w' sorte soever xcepting one red Cow — 

P I Give To my other too Grand Children Thomas Ham And 
John Ham To be divided equally betweene Them All The Reste of 
my Lands to me belonging begin'ing at The further spring where 
my Grand Child will^'am Ham endeth and so To Take itt as itt is 
Laid out and Recorded In The Towns Records In portsmouth 
with all The priviledges theire unto belonging — 

P I Give to my daughter Elizabeth Gotten my Red Cow and 
all her Children Liveing twellpense apeese In The Name of a 
Legasy— 

And further I doe hereby Make my said Grand Child willy'" 
Ham my full and whole Executor and To se This my Will per- 
formed : : and doe appointe John Hunkinge and Richard Jackson 
to be my overseers of This my Will accordin to The true intente 
Thereof In wittnees hereof i have here unto sett my hand and 
Seale This tw^enty one day of December Annoe Dominy 1672 — 

Sealed Singned And Delivered william ham [seal] 

In The presense of us 

Richard Cutt 
The marke of 

Willyam X king 

John Stanley 

[Proved June 27, 1673.] 

[Inventory of the estate of William Ham, who died Jan. 26, 
1672/3; taken Jan. 27, 1672/3: amount, ;^i22.i7.o; signed by 
John Hunking and Richard Jackson.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I4I 

WILLIAM MARSTON 1672 HAMPTON 

the last will & testament of william marston sen"" of hamton 
who beincr through the mercy of god of pertit & sound memory 
& understanding as followeth I bequeath my soull to him that 
gave it & my hoddi to the earthe I give to my Eldest Sonn 
Thomas marston five shillines & to my son william marston five 
shillinges & to my sonn John marston five shillinges & to my 
dawf preudenc Coxes five shillinges to be paid with . . tvvellf 
month after my deces all the Reast of my estat goodes Chattelles 
Debtes moveables & what elsed is any maner of wayes appertain- 
ing or belonging unto me I give unto my Dawter Trifana & I dooe 
make my beloved wife Sabina my Sole Excekketor unto this my 
last will & Teastament for the Confirmation hear of I have here 
unto sett my hand & seall the 25 of Jauen on thousand six hun- 
dred seventy & twoe 

witnes Nathanell Drak the mark X of 

Jane Drak william Marston senior 

John X lock 
his marke 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1672.] 

[Essex County, Mass, Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 263.] 

[Inventory of the estate; personal, taken by Nathaniel Drake 
and Thomas Manston, 1672; amount, £73.10.0: real, taken 
by Nathaniel Drake and John Locke ; amount, £50.0.0 ; total 
amount, £123.10.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 263 ] 

STEPHEN BATCHELDER 1673 

[Administration on the estate of Stephen Batchelder granted to 
William Richards, husband of Mary Richards, daughter of the 
deceased, March 26, 1673.] 

[Court Records, March 26, 1673, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 194.] 



142 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

GILES FULLER 1673 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Giles Fuller of Hampton 
granted to Thomas Ward of Hampton and Richard Currier of 
Amesbury, Mass., April 8, 1673.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 13.] 

[Inventory, taken by Thomas Marston, Abraham Perkins, and 
William Marston April 8, 1673 ; amount, £153.5.3.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 284.] 



TRUEWORTHY 1673 

[Guardianship of James Trueworthy was granted to Nicholas 
Shapleigh June 24, 1673, this choice being made by the ward.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1673, in Deeds, vol-. 2, p. 199 ] 



JASPER BLAKE 1673 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen — 

I Jasper Blake of Hampton in the County of Norfolke in the 
Collony of the Massachusits being sicke & weake and Languish- 
ing under a sore Desease which in the Judgment of man will bring 
my fraile body to the Dust from whence itt was taken, doe make 
this my Last will as followeth * * * 

And for whatt Estate God Hath Given mee in this world my 
will is that m}' Just Debts being payd my whole Estate (Except- 
ing whatt is otherways disposed of) shall bee & Remaine in the 
Hands of Deborah my Beloved wife Dureing the terme of Her life 
for her subsistans & the Releife of those Children which are yett 
to bee Brought up 

And my further will is thatt my sone Timothie shall Injoy of 
my third partt of the farme for his p''sentt Improvementt twenty 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I43, 

Acres of upland & fower Acres of medovv for the which he shall 
Afford such Helpe & Assistance to my wife as they shall Agree 
upon, and att my wives Decease the sd "^t of the farme being one 
Hundred Acres as Appears by a deed of Gift from m"" Timothy 
Dalton of Hampton Deceased thatt my sones Timothie & Israeli 
shall Injoy the sd Hundred Acres of land betwixt them to bee 
Equally Devided both upland & medow and when my wife shall 
appoint they the sd Timothie & Israeli and to pay legacyes to my 
other Children which Have no land so as itt Exceed nott ten pound 
for Either of them 

Item I doe Give unto my D-aughter Deborah Blake one of my 
Cowes to be Delivered to Her by my Exequetor att Her marriag 
or att the Age of twenty two yers : and five pound more to bee 
payd within a year after Her mothers Decease if she bee then 
living 

It I Give & Bequeth unto my son John Blake my lott wher I 
now live Containing aboutt Eigh[t] Acres more or less as itt is 
and one share of the Cowes Comon and Six Acres of Salt marsh 
the which he is to Enter upon and possesse att my wives Decease, 
paying to my other Children such legacyes as my wife shall ap- 
pointt nott Exceeding ten pound 

Item I Give unto my sone Jasper Blake my Grant of land at 
the west end of Hampton bounds Called Hampton New plantation 
being Eighty Acres as Appears by the towne Records the which 
he is to Enter upon and possesse after my wives Decease 

and my will is that all the land & moveables shall Remaine att 
my wives Dispose the land for Improvementt & the Movables to 
Her dispose to Her & Her Heires for Ever, and for whatt land my 
sons Timothie Israeli or John shall Improve in the life time of my 
wife I leave itt to Her & my overseere to treatt with them & Con- 
clude whatt allowanc they or Either of them shall make fo my 
wife for her subsistans & for the Releife of my small Children ; 
and I doe Apoint Deborah my Beloved wife to bee my Sole Ex- 
ceqatrex this my last will and testamentt, and I doe Desire & 
Request my Cossen m' Sam" Dalton to bee as an oveseere and to 



144 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Have the desiding of any Differanc that any time may Arise be- 
twixt my wife and any other ^son Conserned in this my last will 
and for the Confermation of this as my last will and testamentt I 
have Herunto sett my Hand & Seale this Eighteenth Day of July 
in the year of o'' lord one thousand Six Hundred & Seaventy and 
three 

Signed Sealed and Confermed Jasper X Blake [Seal] 

in the p'^sents of us His marke & Seale 

Christopher Hussey 

Samuell Dalton 

[Proved April 14, 1674.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 324.] 

[Inventory, taken by Samuel Dalton and Christopher Hussey 
Jan. 21, 1673/4 ' amount, £265.10.0 ; sworn to by Deborah Blake^ 
executrix, April 14, 1674.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 324-] 

It is agreed Between Timothie Blake & John Blake adminestra- 
tors to the Estate of Jasper Blake and thet six Children of the sayd 
Jasper blake as followeth viz thatt Deborah the wife of Elieasor 
Elkins hath her partt as appears by a Receitt under the Hand of 
the sd Eliazor Elkins, and for the other five Children itt is agreed 
by the sd Timothie & John Blake thatt they shall Receive the 
some of fiftie pounds thatt is to say ten pound a peece as they 
Come to age and for the paymentt of the sd fifty pound to the sd 
five Children we the sd Timothie and John Blake Doe hereby 
Ingage thatt the Land of the sd Jasper Blake shall ly Responsable 
for the paymentt of the sd legacies and Hereto wee sett our Hands 
this tenth Day of november 1679 

wittnes timothy blake 

mehetabel Dalton John X Blake his mark 

Elizabeth Dalton 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I45 

Timothie Blake and John Blake signed and owned this wright- 
ing the lo"' 9 mo 1679 Before mee 

Samuell Dalton Comissoner 
[Allowed Nov. 11, 1679.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



THOMAS ROBERTS 1673 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen 

I Thomas Robearts Sen"" of the Towne of Dover in Piscattaqua 
River, in New England yeoman beeing weake of Body * * * 

Item I give and bequeath unto my Sone John Robearts, of 
Dover, aforesaid, the sume of Twent}^ shilP m Currant money of 
New England, to be paid, by my Executor three monethes, after 
my discease 

Item I give and bequeath, unto my Sone, Thomas Robearts, 
the sum'eoffive shillings, in money to be paid at or within the 
Space of three monethes, after my disease, by my Executo"" 

Item I give, and bequeath, unto my Daughter, Hester (now 
the wife of John Martyn, of New Jarze) the sume of five shillings 
in money, to be paid, by my Executo'', three monethes, after my 
discease, if demanded, — 

Item I give, and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne (now the 
wife of James Philbrooke, of Hampton) the sum'e of five shill% in 
money to be paid, by my ExecutoS at or within the Space, of 
three monethes, after my discease, as is above men'coned. — 

Item I give, and bequeath, unto my daughter Elizabeth, now 
the wife, of Benjamin Heard, of Cochechock, the sume of five 
shillings, in money to be paid, at, or within, the Space, of three 
monethes, after my discease by my Executo''. 

Item I give, and bequeath, unto my Sone, in Law Richard 
Rich, the husband, of my dearly beloved daughter Sarah, and to 
his heires. Lawfully begotten (or to bee begotten) on the Body 
of my said Daughter (be it Either Males, or females) the Males, 
to bee Ever p''ferred, before the females, and the elder, before 
10 



146 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the younger, and to his, and their assignes forever, my dwelling 
house, where in, I now dwell, Lieing and Scituate, in Dover 
aforesaid, to gether also, with all, and Singular, the Out house- 
ing. Orchards, planting Land, and pastures, within fence, or Lay- 
ing, in Common priviledge, of Commons, proffitts, of Commodi- 
ties, Advantages, hereditam'% and appurtenances, whatsoever, 
thereunto belonging, or in any wise, appertaining, and now in my 
owne Tenure, and occupac'on, and also, a Lott of fouer Acres, 
of planting Land, lieing and Scituate, in Dover aforesaid, neare 
my Said dwelling house, and Likewise three Acres, of marsh, 
by Estimac'on, bee it more or Lesse, Lieing, and Scituate, at 
the mouth of Winnycott River, neare Greeneland, in Piscattaqua 
River, aforesaid, which I doe now possess, and Enjoy, and also, 
I doe nomminate, make choice of, and appoint, my s'' Sone in 
Law Rich*^ Rich to bee my whole and Sole Executo"", (& in Case 
of Mortallity, my Daughf^ Sarah above menc'oned) to Execute, 
or see Executed, this my Last will, and Testament, according to 
the purport, true Intent, and meaning thereof, and in Testimony, 
that this is my Last will, and Testament, L'revocably, I have 
hereunto, putt my hand and scale Dated in Dover, aforemenc'oned, 
this Twenty Seaventh day of Septemb"", One Thousand Six hun- 
dred Seaventy & three. 1673. 

Signed Sealed and Deliv'^d Thomas Roberts [seal] 

in the p'sents of us. 

Job Clements Sener 

Job Clements Ju witnesseth 

Richard Allexander 

[Proved June 30, 1674.] 



NICHOLAS SMITH 1673 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Nicholas Smith of Exeter w^as 
granted to his widow, Mary Smith, Oct. 14, 1673.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 14, 1673, and Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 22.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I47 

[Inventory of the estate of Nicholas Smith, " died June 22*'', 
1673"; taken by John Clark and Jonathan Thing July i, 1673; 
amount, £129.5.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass , Probate Files.] 



JOHN CASS 1674 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

The last will and Testament of John Cass of Hampton in the 

County of Norfolk in New England being sick & weake of Body 

* * * 

Imp: I Give and Bequeath unto Martha Cass my Beloved 
Wife all my whole stock of Cattle Both of one kind and other and 
all my other moveables both within dores and without to hir heires 
and Assignes for Ever. Also I Give unto Martha Cass my wife 
all my Houseing and Lands in Hampton Both Upland and med- 
ows Dureing the time of hir widdowhood And at her Deceas or 
Day of marriage 

itt I Give and Bequeath unto my two sons Joseph and Samuell 
all my upland Belonging to the farme with all my Housses orchard 
and the Lot which my House standeth upon and the Comonage 
belonging to my part of the farme as also all my medow and 
marsh of the uper Devision downe to the Great Crick Below the 
Dame (my meaning is that Part of the Crick Below the Dam 
wher the water Ebbeth Northerly shall be their easterly bonds so 
far as that Part of the Crick Runs in my marsh the said Houses, 
Barne, Lands, medows to be equally devided Between them my 
intent is that Samuell shall devide the Land and medows and Joseph 
shall Chuse which Part he will have and likewise that Samuell 
shall sett the price of houseing and Barne and if Joseph shall 
have his Choyce to take the houses and Barne and to pay unto 
samuell one halfe of the price so set upon them and if Joseph 
shall Refuse the Houses and Barne Samuell shall have them 
Paying unto Joseph one halfe of the price so set by samuell 
all which Land and medows & Houses they shall Enter upon and 



148 NFAV HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

injoy mediately after my wifes Deceas or at the Day of her Mar- 
riage alvvaies provided that they shall have no power to make sale 
of any of their Land till they shall arive to the age of twenty 
and eight yeares if they should enter upon it before 

itt I Give unto my Daughter Abigail the sum of twenty 
pounds to be paid to hir by my Wife 

itt I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds to be paid 
by my two sons Joseph and Samuell in Corne & neat Cattle ten 
pounds to be paid within one yeare after they enter upon their 
Lands and the other ten pounds the Next year after to be payd 
in the same specie 

itt I give unto my Daughter Mercy twenty pounds to be paid to 
her by Joseph and Samuell in Corne and neat Cattle ten pounds 
to be paid within three yeares after they enter upon their Lands 
and the other ten pounds within one yeare after my intent is that 
Joseph and Samuell shall pay equall shares of the forty pounds to 
Elizabeth & Mercy 

itt I Give unto my two sons Jonathan And Ebenezer all the 
Rest of my marsh from the abovesd Great Crick to the Maine 
River by sandy point all my land at the New plantation and my 
out Land of the North Devision and one share of the Cow Comon 
all to be equally devided : between them accor[d]ing to the Good- 
nes or Worth of itt and they shall enter upon the said Lands and 
marshes imediatly after my wifes Deceas or at the day of her 
Manage but my intent and meaning is that if any of my Children 
be under age when their inheritance is due to them by this my 
will that it shalbe improved by my executors for their Benifitt 
till they are of age neither shall my two yongest sons Jonathan 
and Ebenezer have power to make sale of any Land given them 
by this my will till they shall arive at the age of twenty eight 
years if they shall enter upon it before : and I do apoint my be- 
loved Wife martha Cass and my Loveing Brothers Philip Lews 
and Thomas Philbrick executrix & executors to this my will and 
testiment which I doe confirme by seting to my hand and scale 

itt I ad before the signeing and sealeing that My Daughter Mar- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I49 

tha hath alReady had thirty pounds and My Daughter Mary 
Hath had Cows & other things which my intent is shall be their 
Portions In Confirmation of all the Abovesd premisses I have set 
my hand & seale this fourth of the third month in the yeare of our 
Lord 1674 

Read Signed & sealed in the mark 

preassents of John X Cass 

Thomas Philbrick [Seal] 

Joseph Dow 

Samuel philbrick 

[Proved April 13. 1675.] 

[Essex County, Mass,, Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3. P- 3-] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Cass who died April 7, 1675 ; 
taken by Edward Gove and Joseph Dow; amount, £1,037.8.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3' P 4-] 

Wheras by the Last will and Testament of my Honoured father 
John Cass Late of hampton Deceased the Land Given to his two 
Eldest sons Viz Joseph Cass and Samuell Cass, as by the sd will is 
more att large to bee seen and Understood, and the sd Samuell 
Cass Being appointed to Divide the said Land into two parts Both 
Upland and medow and then Joseph Case to make Choyce of his 
partt, these p''sents wittneseth thatt the sayd Land hatli been Di- 
vided by my Brother Samuell Cass Acording to my fathers Last 
will and the Dividing bounds hath Been shewed to mee the sd 
Joseph Cass this 26 Day of July 1680 and I the sd Joseph Cass 
have this Day made Choyce of the north Division of all the Up- 
land and medows on the East side of the Country way According 
to the Bounds fixed by my Brother Samuell and on the westerly 
side of the Country way I the sd Joseph have made Choyce of the 
south Division bounded with the land of Thomas Chase towards 
the south and the Country way East : Com'on land west and a 
way into the Com'ons towards the north and my partt as is above 



150 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mentioned I Doe by these p'"sents owne my selfe fully Satiesfied & 
Contented with and to this Choyce and Agreement I have Sub- 
scribed my hand and Scale, and my Brother Samuell Cass is to 
have the other partt, and all the houses and Buildings standing 
there Upon : for the which I Have taken bill Under his hand for 
my partt & "^portion of all the houses which my father Left as 
they are now in being : wittness my hand & seale this 5 of No- 
vember 1680 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in Joseph Cass [seal] 

the p''sents of Us 

Samuell Sherburn 

Philemon Dalton 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 58.] 

whereas by the Last will and testament of my Honoured father 
John Cass Late of Hampton Deceased the Lands Given by the sd 
will Unto His two Eldest sons Viz Joseph Cass and Samuell Cass 
was by the sd Samuell Cass to be Divided into two parts and after 
Division the sayd Joseph Cass was to make Choyce of his partt 
of both Upland and medow 

These p''sents wittnesseth thatt the sd Land Haveing Been Di- 
vided according to the sd will and the Dividing Bounds shewed 
Unto the sd Joseph Cass the 26 Day of July in the year of our 
Lord 1680 and the sd Joseph haveing made Choyce of his partt 
as appears by a wrighting Under his hand & Seale Bearing Even 
Date with these p'"sents & I the sd Samuell Case Doe by these 
■^sents Declare my selfe well Satiesfied with his Choyce and Doe 
Accept of the other partt of the Land Vize the South partt of all 
the Upland & medow thatt lyeth on the East side of the Country 
way and with the north Division on the west side of the Country 
w^ay and have taken into my partt all the houseing thatt are now 
in being into my partt : and have Given to my brother Joseph se- 
curity Under my hand for his partt of all the houses as they are 
now in being and thatt my Brother Joseph Shall peacably Injoy 
his partt & thatt I Doe Rest Satiesfied with the other partt : I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I5I 

have hereunto sett my hand and Seale this 5 of November 1680: 
with this '^viso thatt my Brother Joseph Cass shall have the use 
of all the Houseing both Dwelling house & out houses this winter 
and the Easterly End of the house Untill the 24 Day of June next 
Insueing 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in Samuell Cass [seal] 

the p'sents of Us 

Samuell Sherburn 

Philemon Dalton 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 59.] 



THOMAS SIMONDS 1674 

The Last will and Testament of Thomas Simons as ffolloweth 

Inp''^ I aforesaid do Comemend my Soule in to the hands of 
Almighty God my Maker & Christ Jesus my Saviour & Redeemer, 
and my Body to Christian Buriall. 

It I doe Constute & ordaine M}'^ wife to bee my True & Law- 
full Executrix to demaund & Receive all such moneyes as is due 
to mee & alsoe to pay all such debts as is lawfully due from mee 
as shall appeare 

It. I doe in my Executrix place & steed Constute & ordaine 
my trusty and well beloved ffreind & Neighbour to bee my Execu- 
tor intrust to demaund lawfully what money is due to mee & to pay 
w' is due ftrom mee here in New England, that is to say Henry 
Maine; here of the Isles of Sholes and this I doe make as my 
Last will as aforesd this seayenth day of May Anno Domini 1674 

Sealed & signed the signe of 

in y'' p'sents of Thomas X Symons [seal] 

Michaell Endell 

Arthur Clapham. 

[Proved June 16, 1674. Allowed July 2, 1674.] 



152 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN DEW 1674 

In y® name of God Amen : I John Dew of Piscataway river sea- 
man beinge : sick In body : yet In Perficet memorey Praysed : be 
God I doe : as my Last will & Testment. Constiute ordayne & 
apointe my well beloved frind Robart : Rowsley : to be my hole 
& Sole Exceutor & adminstratr : of all y* Goods & money y' y® 
sayed John Dew : hath : Lefte according to Inventory Tacken : at 
y® macking of this my Last will & Testement. & w' I shall have 
Left : after : my departur all things discharged : I doe bequeth 
unto y^ Above sayed Robart : Rowsley. & for y^ Performance of 
this my Last : accte & deed I doe desire my Loving frind Samuell 
Keais as one to se y'^ Above sayed Premises Efeceted : as wittness 
my hand this thirteyeth of May 1674 

Seald & Delivered The marke of 

in the p'^sence of us : John X Due [seal] 

John ffletcher 

ffran. Morgan 

[Presented in court June 30, 1674. See Court Records.] 



JOSEPH POMEROY 1674 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Pomeroy granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Pomeroy, June 30, 1674, who presented an 
inventory of £82.7.0.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 

[Administration on the estates of Joseph Pomeroy and his wife, 
Elizabeth Pomeroy, granted to John Hunking Dec. 30, 1674, ^"<^ 
he was ordered to care for the children until the meeting of the 
county court.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Pomeroy, "taken after his 
wiffs desec October the Last 1674"; amount, £77.15.0; signed 
by John Barsham and William Cotton ; attested by John Pick- 
ering Jan. 27, 1674/5.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 53 

[Administration granted to John Pickering June 29, 1675, '^"^^ 
the court ordered " that he doe not dispose of any of y® estate 
without y'^ consent & approbac'on of m'' John Hunking & Ehas 
Stileman w"^ whose consent the whole estate shalbe disposed ,& 
Sold to pay his debts & maintaine that child of his putt to goodm: 
Bowmans of portsm° to Nurse & Keepe, & if there be any thing 
to spare to be for the other child w*^"^ m'' Jn° Hunking hath taken 
to Keepe as his owne."] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 9.] 

[John Hunking petitioning the court for compensation for main- 
ing John Pomeroy, son of Joseph Pomeroy, the court, June 27, 
1676, bound the child to John Hunking as an apprentice until he 
should reach the age of twenty-two years, being aged five years 
Jan. 20, 1675/6.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 

[John Bowman, having taken Abigail Pomeroy, a young child 
of Joseph Pomeroy, and asking the court for her apprenticeship, 
the court, June 27, 1676, binds her to him until she is nineteen 
years old.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented to the court June 27, 
1676, by John Pickering, administrator, and the court ordered that 
John Bowman have £12 out of the movables.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 18] 



JOHN LINES 1674 ISLES OF SHOALS 

The Last Will, and Testament of John Lines now resident upon 
y^ He of Shoales ffisherman, and being of perfect memory, made 
this 29'^^ day of Septemb'' 1674 : 

Imprimis : I do give, and bequeath unto my loveing Sister 
Mary Johns, threescore pounds 

2 : I do give, and bequeath unto my loveing sister Wilmot 
Williams, threescore pounds : — 



154 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

3 : I do also give, and bequeath unto my brother in law Nicho- 
las Johns, ten pounds, if liveing, if not, I give it to my Sister, 
mary Johns : 

4 : I do also give unto my Brother in law, Edward Williams, 
ten pounds, if liveing, if not, I give it to my Sister, Wilmot Will- 
iams : — 

5 : I give, and bequeath unto my necce Ebbet Parsons, Daugh- 
ter to my Sister, mary Johns, Twenty pounds : — 

6 What shall, (after the paiment, of the abovesaid Legacies) 
remaine of my Estate, I doe give unto the godly poor, and need}', 
Non-Conformists ministers, or others, and the Disposeal of the 
same, I leave to the wisedome, and discretion, of the Reverend 
m^ John fflavel, and m'' Robert Bake merchant, of Dartmouth, 
whom I do hereby appoint to be the Executors, and Administra- 
tors of this my will : 

And because my Estate now lieth in New England, where I 
now reside, I do hereby appoint my loveing friends, m"^ Samuel 
Belcher and m'^ John ffletcher, residents in New England, Over- 
seers of this my will. In my name, to demand, and receive into 
their Custody, all my Estate, whether at present in my hands, or 
others, and due to me by Bill, Bond, or otherwise, and to Conveigh 
the same, to the abovesaid Executors, they calling for it, and Con- 
venient opportunities presenting for the sending of it, that this my 
will may be fulfilled : — 

7 : And I do hereby give unto the above named, overseers, m"" 
Samuel Belcher minister of the He of shoales and m'' John ffletcher 
chirurgion, in Portsmouth in New England, Ten pounds apeice, 
for the labour, and paines they shall take in the premises : — This 
is my last will, and Testament, wittness my hand, and Seal, the 
day and year above written ; — 

Signed and sealed, John X Lines [seal] 

in the presence of his marke ; 

Peter Twisden & 
John ffabes 
[Proved June 29, 1675.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS l5S 

[Inventory, June i6, 1675 ; amount, £729.13.0 ; signedbyjohn 
Fabes and Christopher Joce.] 



JONATHAN THING 1674 

[Inventory of the estate of "Jonathan Thing senior Late de- 
ceased the 29 of April anno 1674" ; tnken by John Oilman and 
William Moore; amount, £444.17.7; attested by Joanna Thing 
and Jonathan Thing, administrators, Oct. 13, 1674; addition to 
inventory of £137.10.0, Nov. 17, 1676.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3, P- 18.] 

[List of debts due from the estate ; amount, £534.7.8.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

An agreement Made and Concluded by and betweene Johanna 
Thing Administratrix And Jonathan Thing Administrator to y® 
estate of Jonathan Thing of Exetor in the County of norfolke De- 
ceased 

Impr: It is agreed by us to Manage y^ estate togather Joyntly as 
Copartners untill either or both of us doe Chang our Conditions 
by Marage ; and Improve the estate for our owne Lively hod and 
bringing up of y® Children and wee Indeaveing to give them educa- 
tion to our abillity and when they Come of age samuell Thing to 
receive : 25 pounds for his portion : and Elizabeth Thing and 
Marey Thing to receive : 20 pounds apeece those portions to be 
payed oute of y*^ estate part in Land and part in Moveable goods 
out of y® estate at such prices as it is Aprized in the Inventory : 
and we ingage to pay all Just debts ; and desire to receive all due 
Debts : this is our agreem* in Case y® honoured Courtt please to 
Aprove of it as witnes our hands this : 9"^ day of octob: 1676 

Johana Thing 
Jonathan Thing 

Johannah Thing & Jonathing presenting to this Court an agree- 
ment betw: them w**" relation to a settlement of y^ Estate of Jona- 



156 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

than Thing deceased & to y® bringing up of his Children ; & their 

portions to be paid them w" they come of age & this Court 

haveing scene y® Inventorie of Debt & Creditt of y® s'^ Estate This 

Court doe approve & allow of the said agreement dated October 

y*" 9'^ : 1676, & order y^ said portions to y" children mentioned, and 

doe farther order that y^ house & land mentioned in y® Inventorre 

& valued at 8" w"' y^ six acres & half of Salt marsh valued at 

19" 10^ : shall lye responseble for y® Childrens portions ; And doe 

judge meet to release the administrators fro their bonds given 

upon taking Letters of Administration 

Tho: Bradbury rec"^ 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3, p. 19.] 

JOHN SCRIBNER 1674 DOVER 

The 27*" of Novemb'' 1674 I Jn° Scriven of Dover being Sick 
& weak in body * * * 

It I doe give unto my Wife Mary Scriven the one third part 
ol my house & land dureing her Naturall life as also two Cowes 
two Swine one ffeatherbed & bolster & the bed clothes belonging 
to it & two sheep 

It I give unto my Eldest Son John when he Comes to be of 
y^ Age of twentie one years my house & all my land w"' all the 
priviledges therunto belonging onely reserveing the third thereof 
to my Wife dureing her Naturall life as alsoe he paying unto my 
two younger sons Edward & Thomas ffive pounds a peece w" they 
come to be twentie one years of Age & ffive pound to my daugh- 
ter Elizabeth when she comes to be of the Age of Eighteen Years 
to be paid in the Currant Pay of the place 

Item I Give all the Remainder of my estate in Moveables or 
any debts in y*" hands of any ^son into the hands of my Over- 
seers hereafter Mentioned to be Improved ffor y® Education & 
bringing up of my Children in whose hands I likewise leave my 
Children to be disposed of w'** the Advise of my Wife & doe here- 
by Apoint my Son Jn" to be y^ sole Execuf of this my last Will 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS l57 

& Testament & ftbr my Overseers to Manage him & the estate till 
he Comes to be of the Age of twenty one years And lastly I doe 
desire & Apoint my loveing ftriends & Neighbours Elder W" 
Wentworth U Peter Coffin to be my trustees & Overseers to See 
this my last will & Testament performed As Wittnesse my hand 
& seal the day & year beforewritten 

Signed & Sealed the mark of 

in p''sence of John X Scriven [seal] 

Richard Waldron Jun"^ 

Stephen Otis 

[Proved June 27, 1676.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Scribner, who died Oct. 2, 
1675: taken Oct. 8, 1675; amount, £79.16.0; signed by John 
Heard, Edward Colcord, and Nathaniel Stevens.] 



PETER JOHNSON 1674 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Peter Johnson of Hampton, taken 
by William Sanborn and John Moulton Dec. 7, 1674; amount, 
£184.4.0. Some of the land (valued at £16) was claimed by 
James Johnson. 

Ruth Johnson was appointed administratrix of the estate April 
13, 1675. Sureties on her bond were William Sanborn and John 
Moulton.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 10.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 9, 1677, that the lands belonging to the 
estate of Peter Johnson of Hampton be responsible for the main- 
tenance of his four children.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 9, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 55.] 



HATEVIL NUTTER 1674 DOVER 

I Hatevill Nutter of Dover in New England Aged about seventy 
one yeares at p'^sent weake in body but havinge in some good 
meashure (by gods blessinge) the use of my understandinge and 



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memory, Do make this my last will and testament in maner and 
forme as follovveth, hereby abrogatinge all former and other wills 
by me made, whatsoever 

Com'endinge my soule to my blessed god & saviour, my body 
to the Dust by christian buriall in hopes of a glorious resurection, 
I appoint and will my outward estate to be had and held as fol- 
loweth viz : To my p'^sent wife Anne I will & bequeath (after my 
Debts payed and funerall expenses defrayed) the use and im- 
provement of my p'"sent Dwellinge house barne orchard & land 
thereunto adjoininge, with all com'ons pastures priviledges and 
appurtenances thereunto belonginge, as also the use & benefit of 
that marsh which belonges to me in the great Bay, at Harwoods 
cove, the other halfe whereof I have formerly given to my son 
Anthony, this also descendinge to him at his mothers Decease, 
To her also I bequeath the use of two other marshes, the one of 
them lyinge on the easterne, the other on the western side of the 
back river, which both fall from her to my Daughter mary Win- 
get To her also my said wife I bequeath the use of my houshold 
stuff cattle Debtes goodes & all other movables whatsoever ; that 
is to say the above bequeathed partes of my estate I bequeath to 
her use Duringe her widdowhood, but if she shall see meet to 
marry I appoint that at or before her Marriage, halfe the mova- 
bles be equally Devided amongst my three children now livinge 
viz : Anthony, Mary & Abigaile their heires executors adminis- 
trators or assignes and that then my Daughter Mary receive the 
marsh on the eastern side of the back river. The other halfe of 
the movables, and the house & land & other marshes to continue 
in her handes and use duringe her life, and at her Decease to 
descend as followeth — 

To my Sonne Anthony Nutter his heires and assignes I Bequeath 
(besides what I have formerly made over to him) my mill-graunt 
at Lamprill River with all dues and Demands priviledges and 
appurtenances thereunto belonginge to be had and held by him 
or them forever after my Decease. To him also I bequeath one 
third Dart of mv movables as thev fall from his mother at her 



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marriage or Decease as abovesaid. To him I also bequeath my 
p'^sent dwelHng house barne orchard and land on dover neck with 
my right in the ox pasture calve pasture sheep pasture on the said 
neck as also one quarter part of my land graunted to be in the 
woodes above Cuchecha, with the priviledges and appurtenances 
belonginge to any and every of them, to be had and held by him 
or them his said heires or assignes forever after the Decease of 
his mother. To my Daughter Abigail Roberts I Bequeath one 
halfe of my two hundred acres of Land granted to be in the 
woodes above cuchecha to be had & held by her her heires and 
assignes for ever after my Decease. Also to her I give one third 
part of my movables to be received as abovesaid when they fall 
fro her mother at marriage or Decease. To my Daughter 
Mary Winget her heires or assignes I bequeath the other quarter 
of the abovesaid Land graunted to be above cuchecha to be had 
& held by her or them for ever after my Decease To her also I 
Give my marsh on the eastern side of the back river to be had & 
held by her her heires or assignes forever after the marriage, or 
Decease of her mother. To her also I give the other third part 
of the movables as they fall from her mother by mariage or de- 
cease as abovesaid. Lastly I Do by these p''sents Constitute and 
appoint, my wife Anne abovesaid and my said sonne Anthony, 
joint executor and executrix of this my will, duringe their lives, 
and the longer liver of them solely after the Decease of either of 
them. In wittnes of the p'"mises I doe hereunto set my hand & 
seale this 28'^'' day of Decemb' Anno. D. 1674 

The word (mother) interlined Hatevill Nutter [seal] 

betwene the 40"' & 41*'^ Line, 
before signing & sealinge 
Wittness 

Jn° Reyn"^ 

John Robearts 

[Proved June 29, 1675. See Court Records.] 

[Inventory, June 25, 1675 ; amount, £398.7.4 ; signed by Henry 
Langstaff and Peter Coffin.] 



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JAMES DREW 1674 

[Administration on the estate of James Drew granted to his 
widow, Mary Drew, Dec. 30, 1674 ; she and John Moses gave 
bonds of £300.] 

[Inventory, June 25, 1675 ; amount, £151.13.0 ; signed by John 
Sherburne and John Moses ; attested by John Sherburne June 
26, 1675.] 

[Endorsed] the wid drew brought in an Inventory of y® estate 
Unto w*"^ she tooke oath 

& y® Court ord that y^ widow have all the moveables to her selfe 
for ever & the whole estate for bringing up the children during y^ 
Courts pleasure 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



THOMAS START 1674 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Start granted to Capt. 
Richard Cutt Dec. 30, 1674.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 



TOBIAS BURNELL 1674 / 5 

[Administration on the estate of Tobias Burnell granted to John 
Clark, William Lux, and Edward Cater Jan. 16, 1674/5, who gave 
bond in the sum of £200.] 

[Court Records, Jan. 16, 1674/5, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 21, 1674/5; amount, £70.14.9; signed by 
John Clark, Elias Stileman, and John Harvey ; list of claims 
against the estate, amounting to £21.0.0 ; John Clark and Ed- 
ward Cater bind themselves in £100 to account for the estate 
when called for by the court.] 

[Administration on the estate having been granted to Abel Porter 
by the court in Boston, and the administrators not agreeing, the 



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court, June 29, 1675, " doth Judge it is most meete & according to 
Law, that those persons that had administrac'on granted by au- 
thority here should have theire power Continewed, & for y' the 
estate being wholly w^'in this County."] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, ^^ Deeds, vol. 5, p. 10] 

[Inventory was presented June 29, 1675, and attested by the 
administrators, who gave bond in the sum of £100.] 
[Court Records, June 29, 1675, ^" Deeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 

[Humphrey Wills of Devon, England, appearing with power 
of attorney from Agnes Burnell of the county of Devon, for the 
receipt of the estate of Tobias Burnell, who died intestate in the 
county of Dover and Portsmouth, the court, Oct. 31, 1677, ordered 
that the balance of the estate be delivered to said Wills.] 

[Court Records, June-Oct., 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 20.] 



RICHARD CUTT 1675 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will & Testament of Richard Cutt 

I Richard Cutt of Portsmouth in Pascatteque beinge in perfect 
Memory & good health, * * * 

I I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Eleanor Cutt my Now 
dwelinge house with y® Bake house Brewhouse Barne & all hous- 
inge therunto belonginge withe Lodge warehouse & wharfinge 
(my stone warehouse only excepted) togather with my garden 
orchard & all the Land in fence in the home fild adjoyninge to 
my house, as also my Corne mill with my house & Barnes Up at 
the creek with all the Upland & Meadow ther Unto belonginge 
so far as home Unto that Land which I bought of Hubertus Mat- 
toon (exceptinge y^ Tanyard & the buildings ther Unto belong- 
inge & the Land on that side of the flume) All which "^mises be- 
for mentioned (except what is excepted) I will shalbe in the hands 
& to the Use and behoofe of my dearly beloved wife abovesaid 
dureinge her Naturall Life, And after her decease I give & be- 
ll 



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queth the hole Estate abovesaid Unto my Grandson Cutt Vahan 
with all the priveledges & Appurtanances ther Unto belonginge 
to be to him & his Heires for Ever, & it shall com into his hands 
at the age of twenty one yeares, but if hee Die before that age, 
then I give it to the next Heire Male, & if ther be no Heire Male, 
then to y*^ next Heire y' shall survive further more I give Unto 
my sd wife all my plate Erase pewter Iron Bedinge Utensells be- 
longinge to the house togather w"' all my stocke of Cattell to be 
absolutly at her Disposall when and to home or wher shee pleses, 
& the five neger servants 

2 I give to my Beloved Dafter Margerett Vahan my stone ware- 
house & that '^' of the wood fild joyning to that w*'^ was John 
Pickerings & reaching home to william Hearles on the west, wath 
my Bro: Jo Cutt also on y^ west the way that goes to the Creek 
on the North & Christopher Josse on y^ Est togather withe Tan- 
yard housinge & stock therin, & the Littell fild on the south of the 
flume (All wayes exceptinge & reserveinge the high way as it is 
now to the farme & to the other mill which is to be keept free for 
the Use of y® mill & the houses by itt) All which I give to my 
Daughter Margerett & her Children, if they faile then to my 
Daughter Bridgett & hers, after the decease of my Daughter 
Margerett 

3 Unto my beloved Daughter Bridgett & her Heires forever, I 
give the remainder of that fild Comonly called the Great fild, to 
say all besids what is alredy given to her & her Husband, & al- 
redy sould to severall '^sons, to bee to her & her Heirs for ever, 
with all the priviledge & Apurtenances ther Unto belonging I 
give also to my Daughter Bridgett that "^t of the wood fild on the 
south of the High way Up to the Creeke as it is now fensed, the 
other "^t betwene the High way & the Creeke her mother shall 
have Liberty to Use Duringe her naturall Life, & that "^t also 
shalbe Bridgett after her mothers Decease, Lickwise I give to 
Bridgett my Land in the Longe Reach next to that w'*" was Cap' 
Pendletons beinge thirty three poles brod front on the River, & so 
backe the hole depth : w'* Land aforesaid shalbe to Bridgett & her 



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Heires for ever, if shee Die w"^out Heires then it shall fall to the 
Heires of her sister Margerett, after the Decease of my sd Daugh- 
tor Bridgett 

4 I give to my sonn william Vahan my Land on the great 
Hand bought of Jn° Mason & y^ Acre given mee by the Towne 
which was Laid out w"' an Acre of M"" fryers, I give him also 
two hundred pounds out of my Estate, & also my housinge at the 
lies of shoules on Star Ileland togather w"' that Estate boath in 
stocke & depts that is in '^tnership w' him ther, '^vided he rest 
sattisfied therwith Upon the acco of ^tnership in tradinge betwixt 
Us ther, if hee be not sattisfied so then that at y* Hand to be sould 
& the Estat ther Vallued & the ballance to be given him out of 
my other Estat when acc°® are made Up. And I doe by thes 
"^sence oblidge my son will Vahan not to exspect any more 
out of my Estat for saler}' or for any thinge donn for mee at home 
or abrod besids what hee hath alredy rec'', & is above exspresed 

5 I give to welbeloved son Tho: Daniell two hundred pounds 
out of my Estat 

6 further more I doe give to my Grandson Cutt Vahan one 
hundred pounds 

7 I give to my Grandchild Elenor Vahan that house & Land 
I bought of M"^ Matone with that part of my Land that comes from 
the Pulpit the hole breath of Matones Land till it com to my Bro: 
Jo Cutt Land on the North, togather with two hundred pounds, 
the Legacis to be pd in mony or aquivilent : 

8 I give to my Grandchild Mary Vahan two hundred pounds 
in mony and the hundred & fivety acres of Land & the medow 
belonginge to it as I bought of Edward Hilton, as apeare by a bill 
of sale of John wedgetts 

9 further I will that what remaines of my twenty pounds '^ 
anum subscribed as a gift to the Colledge for my selfe & sonns be 
carfully Discharged by my executors 

10 I give to my Bro; John Cutt ten pounds to buy him morne- 
inge & tenn pounds to his wife & live pounds to ech of his Chil- 
dren./ 



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11 I give to my sister Ann shipway tenn pounds to buy morne- 
inge & five pounds to my Bro: shipway, & five pounds to his sonn 
Jo shipway 

12 I give to my Bro: Rob: Cutt Widow five pounds & to ech 
of her Children five pounds, as also I doe forgive the dept due on 
my Booke : 

13 I give to M'' Joshua Moudy thirty pounds & to his five 
Children tenn pounds to say fourty shillings to ech of them./ 

14 I give to my Cozen John Hole & his wife five pounds ech 
of them 

15 I give to the Church of Porthmouth tenn pounds to buy a 
peece of plate for the Use of the Church./ 

16 I make my wife Elenor and my two Daughters Margertt 
& Bridgett my Executors to whome I give the rest of my Estate 
as well shipinge or what else due to mee in any '^t of the world, 
my depts & Legacies given paid, & what remaines to be Divided 
in aqual thirds betwene my wife & daughters 

17 I make my Bro: John Cutt, M'' Joshua Moudy, my sonn 
william Vahan & my sonn Tho: Daniell my over seears to 

my will '^formed, to the truth of this I have heare Unto 
. hand & scale this lo''^ of May 1675 @ Porthmouth in 
Pascatteque 

wee whose names are Underwritten '^ mee Richard Cutt 

doe attest that Richard Cutt did owne 
this to Us to bee his owne voluntary 
act and Deede./ 

John Wincoll 

John ffletcher 

[Proved June 27, 1676.] 

Portsm° 10 : 10 : 1677 — We whose names are under written 
being Chosen & Desired to hear judge & Determine al matters of 
Controversy Between m" Elan"" Cutt Widow m" Margret Vaughan 
& m" Bridget Daniel Executrix' unto y^ Will of Cap' Rich'^ Cutt 
Dec*^ late of Portsm° In Piscataqua River & Cap' Tho* Daniel & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 165 

Maj' W" Vaughan Husbands unto y^ afores'^ two Gentlewomen 
Respecting both y® Will & Estate of y^ s'' Cap* Rich*^ Cutt touch- 
ing al Ace"- & Demands from y® Same & and the above nam'^ 
■^ties having firmly Bound themselves their heirs Exe''^ & Adm""^ 
In a Bond of two thousand lawful Money of y® Massa'* Collony 
Bearing Date y® 7**^ Instant to rest Satisfy*^ in & abide by our De- 
termination therein we having accordingly heard & Consider'' al 
Ace"* & Demands present'^ to us by al & Every y*" aboves'^ partys 

do Award as followeth I'y y' y^ Leanto & Wharfe before y® 

-Stone Warehouse & Adjoyning thereto shal be im'ediately to y^ 
use of m'^^ Vaughan & y® Leanto at y'' North End of s'^ Warehouse 
to be used by m''* Elen^ Cutt dureing her Natural life & then to be 
In y'' Same Capacity w"' y'^ Warehouse w*^^ being Mutually Agreed 

upon by al parties we Confirm & Ratifie 2'*^'^ By y*^ Stock 

In y*' Tanyard Mention*^ In the Will (Article 2'') we say is Intend'* 
al y^ utensils Belonging to y** Tanyard w''^ whatever Hydes were 

there unfinish** at y*' time of y® Deceas of y" Testator 3**'^ it 

Being a Question whose shal be y" Improvem' of y' Estate Given 
to Cutt Vaughan after y® Decease of m"* Elen"" Cutt In Case she 
Dye Before he Arrive to y*^ Age of 21 years we Say y* not know- 
ing whether Ever there wil be need of such a Question it is Suffi- 
cient to Refer it until y® Solution of it Appears Necessary 4''''^ 

y® "^sent Improvm' of y" hundred pound Given Cutt Vaughan & 
y^ Legacies of Money & lands Given to y" Children of m''* Vaughan 
Belongs to y^ legatees til both principle & Improvem' do fal into 

their hands when they Come to Age 

^ly y" legacyes to y® Children afores'' to be forthw'^ Provided 
According to y® Will by the Exe" viz" five hundred pound in 
Money to be Reserv** In m'^ Hubbards hands In Boston for y' End 
& Application to be by them made to y^ next County Court that 
they Appoint Guardians for y® Children & take Security of them 
for their Responding of s'* Estate Respecting both money & lands 
Given them by Will w'*" y® Improvm' thereof to y^ Children when 
legally Demand** Except In y® mean time y^ Exe" shal mutually 
agree about it so as to Secure y^ Estate to y® Children 



l66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

6'y we Determine y' y® lands In y® Great ffield & wood field 
are Given by y' Will to m" Daniel Absolutely w%ut any Intail 
y^ other lands in the long Reach is Entail'^ on y^ heirs of m"^* 
Vaughan if m" Daniel hath no Child 

7"" we Award y' Seven hundred & thirty Pounds be pd by y^ 
Executrixes out of y' whole Estate unto m'^ W"^ Vaughan in Such 
pay as may be Equivalent unto Money & y* y'' land upon y^ great 
Island both y* Bought of m'^ Mason as also y*^ Acre of land given 
Cap* Cutt by y« Town both w*^'^ are Mention*^ In y" Will to be to 
him & his heirs forever & m"^ Vaughan to Rest Satisfy'* therew''^ 
In full of al Demands from y'' Estate so far as it Refers to him- 
selfe distinct from y® legacies given to his Wife & Children 

8'^ we Order y^ two hundred & Sixty pounds be pd to Cap* 
Tho* Daniel besides y® legacie given him by y" Will of y*' Dec'* 
w*''^ is also to be pd as y*^ Will Declares In pay Equivolent to 
money & y" s'* Cap' Daniel to Rest Satisfy'* therew''^ In full of al 
Demands from y® Estate Respecting himselfe "^sonally distinct 
from y® legacy given to his Wife & y'^ Sums above Mention'* Due 
to m'' Vaughan & Cap' Daniel are to be pd out of y^ Estate already 
Divided 

9'y that al lands or other Estate not named In y*" Will w"' y* 
housing & land &c: at y® Isle^ of Shoals shal be Equally Divided 
Betwee[n] y" Executrixes only y® whole "^cell of marsh at little 
harbour & al y" land near or about y" Spring by m"" Martyns to be 
Solely to y" use of m''" Elen'' Cutt dureing her Natural life after- 
ward y" Same to be divided as afores*^ this we Confirme being 
Consent'* to by al 

lo'y y*" paym'* aforemention*^ both of Debts & legacies being 
made & Reserved as afores'* we do farther Award y' y® Shiping 
being forthw"" priz'* by Indifferent men as Money y*" Same to be 
Equally Divided Between y'' Executrixes : m" Cutt having liberty 
to make y® first Choice Except they shal mutually Agree to Con- 
tinue In Partnership in them or any of them 

ii'*' And we do further award y^ aforenam'* partyes viz" Cap' 
Daniel m'' Vaughan & their Wives upon y« paym' of such Sums. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 167 

as are before Expressed to Sign & seal legal Discharges to y® 
Execuf* In full for all Debts & Demands from y*^ Estate by Will 
or by any Acc"^ Depending before y® Deth of y** Testator & y* this 
is our Award & final Determination & Issue of al matters of Dif- 
ference Respecting al Ace*' & Demands Between y'^ afores*^ "^ties 
Refering to y« Will & Estate of Cap' Rich'^ Cutt Dec'^ we Testifie 
by Setting to our hands & Seals this lo'^ of Dec"" 1677 

Rich^^ Waldron [seal] 
Rob' Pike [seal] 

Laur^ Hammond [seal] 

Peter Coffin [seal] 

[Deeds, vol. 19, p. 492.] 



[Guardianship of Eleanor V^aughan, Mary Vaughan, and Cutt 
Vaughan granted to their father, William Vaughan, and Eleanor 
Cutt June 24, 1679.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 

[Administration de bonis non of the estate of Richard Cutt of 
Portsmouth, merchant, granted to his son-in-law, William Vaughan 
of Portsmouth, merchant, Oct. 12, 1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 220 ] 

[Bond of William Vaughan, with Samuel Penhallow and George 
Vaughan as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 12, 1700, for the 
administration of the estate ; witness, Richard Partridge.] 



EDWARD CLARK 1675 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Clark, June 17, 1675 ' amount, 
£257.15.6 ; signed by William Fernald, John Shortridge, and Elias 
Stileman ; brought into court, March 28, 1676.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Clark, " lately drown- 
ed," was granted to his widow, Mary Clark, and John Partridge 



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June 29, 1675 ; the widow was ordered not to dispose of any of 
the estate without the consent of Partridge, and bond was fixed at 
£200. The court ordered that John Clark, oldest son of the de- 
ceased b}'' his first wife, be made an apprentice by Capt. Cutt and 
Elias Stileman, and that the oldest daughter, Sarah Clark, be 
bound out to her aunt, Sarah Waterhouse, until she was eighteen 
years old or married.] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 10.] 

ffor the settleing of y* estate of Edward Clarke deceased This 
Court ord" y' the house barne & Island whereon he Lived called 
Docters Island, that his widow Mary Clarke shall have y® use of 
untill Jn" Clarke & Sarah Clarke w''' he had by his first wife shall 
com to age y® son at 21 yeares & y" daughter at 18 yeares, the 
Son to have a double portion & as either of them com to age to re- 
ceive theire parts thereof & after both are com to age the widow to 
have her thirds of y*' whold during her Life & her thirds to be de- 
vided to y*^ fores'^ children in such proportion as aboves*^ after her 
decease And y" rest of y** estate mentioned in the Inventory to be 
to y® widdow for y^ bringing up the three Children she has by s^ 
Clark she receiving all y^ debts due to y'^ estate and pay all debts 
due from y" estate. / the Inventory put on file of this Courts rec- 
ords : 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 



CALEB STEVENS 1675 

[Administration on the estate of Caleb Stevens granted to his 
widow, Ruth Stevens, and Peter Glanfield June 29, 1675, who 
were bound in the sum of £150 ; " & whereas there is some debt 
or debts owing to m'' Martyn and m'' Hunking aboute his fishing 
voyage this winter past, & to prevent the Spoiling of his share of 
ffish ord'' that y^ Administrato" pay his share of fish and port- 
ledge to s** persons & make the estate deb"" & Credito'' for it."] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 10. J 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 169 

WALTER ABBOTT 1675 

[Administration on the estate of Walter Abbott, who died in 
Jamaica, granted to his brother, Thomas Abbott, June 29, 1675.] 
[Court Records, June 29, 1675, i" Deeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 



JOHN ROBINSON 1675 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of John Robinson of Exeter, " deceased 
this 10*^ of y® 9'^ m° 1675"; amount, £180.11.6: appraised by 
John Oilman and Robert Wadleigh.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3. P- 21.] 

[Administration on the estate granted to Elizabeth Robinson and 
David Robinson May 30, 1676.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 42.] 

[Account of debts due from the estate ; signed by Elizabeth 
Robinson and David Robinson ; dated April 6, 1677. 

Disbursements made by David Robinson since his father's death.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 20.] 

[Order of court, April 10, 1677, directing David Robinson, joint 
administrator with his mother, of the estate of John Robinson of 
Exeter, to divide the estate, after her death, among the surviving 
children.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, April 10, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 51.] 



THOMAS TRICKEY 1675 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Trickey, Dec. 3, 1675 ; 
amount, £308.0.0 ; signed by William Furber and Henry Lang- 
staff; attested by the widow. 

"for y** p'sent setlement of this estate This Court Leaves the 
whole estate in the hand of y® administratrix to be Improved & 



170 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mannedged for her comfort & Livelyhood & this untill this Court 
take other order."] 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Trickey granted to 
his widow, Elizabeth Trickey, June 27, 1676.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented by the widow June 25, 
1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



WILLIAM ROBERTS 1676 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of William Roberts granted to 
William Follett, Richard Otis, William Williams, William Will- 
iams, Jr., and James Bunker March 29, 1676.] 

[Court Records, March 29, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 

[All except Richard Otis declining administration, the court, June 
27, appointed him sole administrator and fixed his bond at £200. 
The personal property not being sufficient to pay the debts, he was 
authorized to sell real estate, and Job Clements, one of the select- 
men of Dover, was joined with him " for y® ordering & disposing 
of the widdow & w' estate shall remaine after y® debts be paid, & 
for the putting out of the children in places sutable."] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 19.] 

[Order of court, March 27, 1677, that the selectmen of Dover 
bring in a list of the debts of William Roberts.] 

[Richard Otis's account of the estate of William Roberts, Aug. 
27, 1677; assets, £132.1.9 ; liabilities and expenditures, £82.0.0 ; 
allowed by the selectmen of Dover Dec. 20, 1677 ; signed by Rich- 
ard Waldron, Job Clements, John Davis, and Anthony Nutter; 
brought into court Dec. 25, 1677 ; mentions widow and a girl.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I7I 

PHILIP BINMORE 1676 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen, the Two & twentie day of May in 
y® Yeare of o'' Lord God one thousand Six Hundred Seaventie 
Six I Phillip Binmore of y*^ Township of Dover in y® Count of 
Dover & Postmoth. * * * 

I doe of Love & affection w'''' I doe owe & bare to Rebecca my 
wife give Unto her the best beast which I shall be possesed of 
when it shall please god to call me by death & also a Rugg the 
beding as we doe now make Use of: and the Cubbord stoole : & 
y*" Lamerie Cubbord : It I doe give Unto my daughter Temporaice 
y® greate brass Cittle : & to my daughter Hester my brass pan : 
& also for theire better mentenance & education I doe make & 
ordaine them to be Equall & Coequall Heires & Executrixes of 
all my Lands goods & Chattels w'^'^ is not fformerly disposed & 
given : & to be equallie divided betweene them & I doe desire & 
Request my Kinsman John Evens & M'' Richard Rich to be my 
Executors in Trust to see the "^formance of this my will as witt- 
ness my hand & scale. — 

Joseph Canny ; ^^itt^ggggg PilHp Binmore [seal] 

silvanus nocke 5 

[Proved June 27, 1676.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1676; amount, £81.8.3; signed by Job 
Clements and John Roberts.] 



JAMES PHILBRICK 1676 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of James Philbrick of Hampton 
granted to the widow, Ann Philbrick, and Timothy Hilliard May 
30, 1676.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 43, and Court Records, May 30, 
1676.] 

[Guardianship of Thomas Philbrick, son of James Philbrick^ 
granted to Thomas's brother-in-law, Timothy Hilliard, May 30,. 
1676.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 43, and Court Records, May 30, 
1676] 



172 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Order of court, Nov. 14, 1676, ioining James Philbrick, Jr., 
son of James Philbrick, with his mother in the administration of 
the estate, he having returned from sea, and discharging Timothy 
Hilliard, son-in-law of the deceased.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Nov. 14, 1676, and Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 49-] 



CATHERINE HILTON 1676 EXETER 

The will & Testament of m''^ Katheraine Hilten as Followeth : 

m""* Katharaine Hilton, being of her ^fect senses and under- 
standing doeth order and dispose of her goods and effects as fol- 
loweth 

Impus: shee doth comit and commend her soule to god that 
gave it her, shee doth comit her body to the dust from whence it 
was framed with a decent burial of the same. 

For her estate and goods as followeth. 

To James Tryworthy the son of Sam: Tryworthy a silver beaker 
to be kept in the hands of her Daughter Elizabeth Oilman, till he 
come to age. 

To James Triworth the son of John Tri worthy a silver cup with 
a fork 

To Edward Hilton jnior, a silver cup with two ears. 

To Sam: Oilman her Orandchild a silver spoone. 

To m"^ Sam: Dudly towards his ministy to be paid out of her 
Estate to the valew of money, to the sume of forty shillings. 

To her Daughter m" meridith named by Joanna, one yron great 
Kettle, and a cloth gowne, and a cloth petticoat, and a greene 
apron. 

To m'* Lucy wells, one stone ring, one mor Hayre petticoate 

To her Daughter Elizabeth Oilman, her wedding ring, her 
serge gowne, her serge petticoat, and her stuffe petticoat, and 
alsoe her hat. 

To Johanna Meridith, her grandchilde a paire of holland sheets 

To mary Oilman her Orand childe, a table cloth and napkins 



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and a Holland pillow beare and a towel, and a great pewter 
platter 

To Betty Oilman, one Holland sheet & a paire of stockings. 

To Abigail Oilman the wife of Edward Oilman one feather 
pillow and wistead rug, and pillion and pillion cloth, and hood 
and safeguard. 

To Katharaine Paul, her best skarth, and serge petticoat, being 
of a gray colour. 

To Katharine Oilman, a black handkerchief and a black sk — 

To Sarah Oilman, a black hood, 

To Lydye Oilman a black hood 

To Abigail Oilman, her white mantle. 

To goodwife Robinson, her cloth petticoat, & her cloth wais- 
coate, and a paire of bodyes & a paire of stockings, and a suite 
of linnen. 

To Remainder of her linnen, what is not disposed of above 
wrytten to be divided among all her grand Daughters. 

To Jane Hilton her silver bodkin, and a new shift 

To all these p^'misses above wrytten m''^ Katharaine Hilton, hath 
given, her ful consent and approbation, as appears verefied by 
these witnesses have subscribed 

memoranda : This the will of the said Kathairine Hilton that 
when all her debts are discharged, in reference to her son in law 
Capt. John Oilman, & m" wells, & what shalbe layd out and 
expended about her funerall, the remainder to be divided among 
her Orand children. 

And furthermore, that all the p'^misses abovesaid, may be put 
in act and exequetion I doe choose and appoint my son John Oil- 
man, Capt: for my Executor 

To the p^'misses abovesaid in testeffication of the truth of the 
same. I doe subscribe my name. 

Sam: Dudley 

Rebeccah Sweat 
[Proved May 30, 1676.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, 
p. 15.] 



174 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Mrs. Catherine Hilton of Exeter, 
taken by John Folsom and Robert Wadleigh Oct. 6, 1676 ; 
amount, £78.10.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



ALEXANDER WALDRON 1676 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God Amen ; I Alexander Walden Sojourner 
On the Great Island near piscataqua River of Sound and perfect 
mind but weak in Body make and Ordaine this my Last Will and 
Testament in Manner following 

first. I commend my Soul into the hands of God hopeing 
Through Christ my Savio'' to have pardon of Sinn and Life Eter- 
nall — and I make and Ordaine my executor hereafter Named to 
Dispose my Temporall Things as iTolloweth — 

I. I make Isaack Walden of Boston my beeloved Brother my 
executor and Overseer of all my Concernements and for his paines 
I give to him and his wife in Money The Summ of Twenty pounds 

2 My Temporall Estate I dispose of and Bequeath as followeth 
I give to Joan Barker of Coventry in the Kingdom of Old England 
If shee bee yet at making this my will Unmarried The Summ of 
One hundred pounds 

3. I give my house and Land Scituate in Boston in Newe Eng- 
land unto the use and occupation of Abisha wife of Robert Tap- 
erell marriner during her Life and after her Decease I give and 
bequeath the Same hous and Land Unto my Brother william wal- 
den and my Brother George Walden equally to bee Beetween 
them both to have and dispose 

4 All the Remaineing part of my Temporall Estate which God 
hath given mee. I give and bequeath To my Brother Edward 
Walden in the Kingdom of Old England, and To my Sister Mary 
and To my Brother Sammuell Walden to bee equally divided among 
them 

5 I will that all my funerall Chardges and all the Debts that I 
owe to any person Bee first Dischardged and paid : 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I75 

6. I give and Beequeath Two Gould Rings in my Chest in a 
purs to Abisha Wile of Robert Taprell above Sayd 

7 I give to Alee ; Eldest Daughter of Sayd Taprell in money 
the Summ of Ten pounds, to bee paid to her mother and in meane 
time to bee improved and with the improvement to bee paid to Alee 
at the Time of Mariadg or at the Age of eighteen yeares Onely if 
my executor first above mentioned Sees fit not otherwise That the 
sayd Abisha the Mother of Sayd Alee may Secure the Sayd Tenn 
pounds with improvement. 

8 I give Scarfs to all my Barers to the grave. Money I have in 
my Chest Is about sixty pounds, my executor above Said is to Take 
it with all the moveable Things to Dispose according to this my 
Last will and Testament witness my hand & seal y** 7"' June 1676 

Signed Sealed Alexander Waldren [seal] 

& d'd in p''sents of us 
Elias Stileman 
Nath ffryer — 
[Proved June 27, 1676. See Court Records.] 

[Inventor}'^, June 14, 1676 ; amount, £383.13.7: signed by Fran- 
cis Tucker and William Henderson ; attested by Isaac Waldron 
June 27, 1676.] 



AMBROSE SHERBURNE 1676 

[Administration on the estate of Ambrose Sherburne granted 
to his father, Henry Sherburne, June 27, 1676.] 
[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 14.] 



JOHN PIERCE 1676 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of John Pierce of Dover granted 
to Robert Burnham and Stephen Jones June 27, 1676.] 
[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 14.] 



176 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM BEARD 1676 

[Administration on the estate of William Beard granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Beard, June 27, 1676, who presented an inven- 
tory of £262.11.0.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 18.] 

[Inventory of the estate of William Beard, who died about the 

first of November, 1675 ; amount, £262. ; signed by William 

Follett, Robert Burnham, and Stephen Jones ; attested by the 
widow, Elizabeth Beard, June 27, 1676; administration granted 
to Elizabeth Beard, Robert Burnham, and Stephen Jones.] 

For the settlement of the Estate contayned in this Inventory it is 
ordered that all the moveable estate shall belong to the widdow & 
also the one half of the Housing & Lands to hir & Heyres for 
ever, the full use & improvement of the whole estate of land to be 
hirs during hir life And at hir decease the other half of the House 
& Land not setled upon the widdow & hir heyres to come to Ed- 
ward Leathers & to remain to him & his Heyres ; unlesse the case 
of the widdow shall at any tyme be such as to require further sup- 
ply & sale be made of any part thereof by order and approbation 
of the Court ; And as for what Edward Leathers doth at present 
possesse It is confirmed to him & his Heyres for ever : 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



ROBERT WILLIAMS 1676 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Williams, " that wase 
murdered," granted to Elias Stileman, June 27, 1676.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 15.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Williams, " y* was murdered 
in Spruce Creeke " ; dated July 25, 1676 ; amount, £36.2.9 ; liabili- 
ties, £25.5.6 ; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Richard Stileman.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 77 

GILBERT WILFORD 1676 

[Inventory of the estate of Gilbert Wilford, taken July 28, 1676, 
by Henry Palmer and Robert Ford; amount, £75.6,6: attested 
by Capt. John Whipple April 10, 1677.] 

To 6"' w'' y® vviddow had for her necessarie maintenance for her 
selfe & children before y*' Administrate'' entred 

To y*^ 3'^ part of y*" lands w*^'* y" widdow challengeth w<=^» y^' 
Administrato'' is not charged w"' : 

Tho: Bradbury rec 

[Debts due from the estate, £68.15.0; to Mr. Wainwright, 
Capt. Saltonstall, Mr. Walker, Josiah Gage, Nathaniel Clark of 
Newbur}', Mass., Ensign Chandler, Robert Ayers, Henry Palmer,. 
Richard Swan, John Light, John Simonds, Deacon Goodhue, 
Joseph Plummer, Goodman Hazeltine, John Hazeltine, James 
Kingsbury, Cornet Whipple.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 23.] 



CHRISTOPHER JOCE 1676 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will & Testam* of Christopher Joce of Portsm" made 
this 14*^*^ Septemb' 1676 

Beeing weak in Body but in Infect Memory I doe ordain this 
to bee my last Will & Testament 

Imp'' I give unto my beloved Sonn Richard Joce all my house- 
ing & stage, my shallops & moaring place at y'' Isles of Shoales 
^th ye Chains belonging thereto, y" new moaring Cable, with 
what soever I have belonging to my said place of ffishing at s'^ 
Isleand, & all y'' Appurtenances belonging to y'' Boates — 

2. Unto my son Thomas Joce I give my now dwelling house 
w'"' all y*" houseing belonging thereunto, as also all y® land about 
& belonging to y*' House (excepting y** ffort-ffeeld) togeth'' w*'^ 
my Ware house & wharfing & y* 30. foot of Land lying next to 
y^ ware-house of Jn" Hunkins, w^*" all y*" Preveledges thereunto- 
12 



lyS NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

belonging. Provided y' his mother shall have y*^ use of y'^ whole 
during her widdowhood, & if shee marry then when Thomas 
comes to Age shee shall have y® third both of y*^ houseing & land 
■dureing her naturall life, & after her decease then y^ whole shall 
return to my said son Thomas, he paying to my Daught' Marga- 
ret thirty pound. 

3 Unto my Daught' Joanna I give my House &: land on y^ 
Great Island w'" all y** Priviledges and Appurtenances thereunto 
belonging togeth'^ w"' three Acres of Marsh at y*^ little Harb' joyn^ 
to Tho: Sevy's Corn-field, as also a fl'eather-bed w"' bolster, Pil- 
lowes, sheets, Blankets & Rugg 

4. I give to my Daughter Margaret eight Acres of land at boyl- 
ing Rock on y'' South-side of y** River, & y^ small field com'only 
called y^ ffort-field near to my own House-lott, being five Acres 
more or lesse, w"' a fteather bed, Bolster Pillowes, sheets, blankets 
& Rugg, & thirty Pounds before menf' fro her Bro. Thomas. 

5. Unto my Daughter Mary I give my House & land w^^' I 
bought of Jn° Tucker w'" all y*^ Priviledges thereunto belonging, 
togeth'' w"^ y'' shop & wharfing w'^' all y'' Priviledges thereunto 
belonging, as also a fteather-bed w'*" like furniture as unto her 
sisters forementioned, flurther obliging my Son Thomas to give 
to his sister Mary pasturing for one Cow dureing the naturall 
Life of his said sister. 

6. Unto my sons John & Samuel togeth' w"' my Daughter Jane 
I give my three Hundred Acres of land lying in y*^ long reach 
next to James Rawlins to be equally divided betwext them three, 
& a ffeather-bed unto Jane w"' like furnif as to y"^ other above 
mentioned, And unto Samuel I also give my other three Acres of 
Marsh at little Harb"" joyning to y' w*^'' I have given to his sister 
Joanna, & two Cowes unto my son John. 

7 I give unto my Couzen Tho: Joce my twelve Acres of land 
lying in Tho'' Spinnyes Creek next adjoyning to y' w*^'' was W™ 
Palm'^ land, he to possesse it p'sently on my decease 

8 All my stock & Household Goods (except w' is before given 
away) I give to my beloved wife Jane Joce, together w^^ y*" Use 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 79 

& Improvem' of my whole Estate forementioned for y^ brengeng 
up of my children tell they come to Age, & as each child comes 
to Age (to say y'^ sons at 21. 3^eares, y® Daughters at j8. or at y*" 
day of marriage if before 18.) he or shee shall have y'' possession 
of what I have here given. And at v*" decease of my wife, all y® 
Remaind'' of my stock & household Goods w^'* all y^ rest of my 
Estate whatsoever 3^' is not expended for her own maintenance & 
y® bringing up of my children shalbe equally divided amongst my 
childeren. If one or more of my children dye before they come 
to Age, or if any of mj' Daught'^ dye without Issue, y*' portion y"^ 
I have given to y shalbe equally divided among y^ Survivers. 
I give also a Cow to my servant Jone Knight. 

9 Furthermore I give & bequeath unto m}^ Beloved wife fift}' 
pounds to bee absolutel}' her own & at her disposeall to whom & 
when she pleases, thirty pounds whereof shalbe paid her by m}^ 
son Richard, y® other twenty she shall have out of j^*' Household 
Goods or stock w*^*^ shee pleases. 

10 ffinally I make my Beloved wife afores'^ m\' sole Executrix 
willing her as to receive w' is due to mee so carefully- to pay all 
m}' Debts & funerall charges, together with three pounds w'^'^ I 
give to y" church in Portsm" & three pound more w*^"^ I give to 
y^ Colledge. 

And I request & appoint m"" Joshua Moodey m'' Rich Martjm 
together w"' m^' ffather-in law Ric'' Cum'ins to bee my overseers 
for y^ betf ^formance of y^ my last Will & Testament. — In wit- 
nes to all y'' premises I set to m}^ hand & scale y*" da}^ & year 
abovewritten 

Signed & Sealed in Mark of 

presence of Christopher Joce X [seal] 

John ffletcher 

Dorothy Jarman 

[In margin] I dispose of my three quarters of y^ Ketch Provi- 
dence as followeth, One quarter I give unto my wife, the remain- 
der to my children, to each of them one Sixteenth. 

[Proved June 25, 1678.] 



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ABRAHAM CHASE 1676 

[Thomas Chase, administrator of the estate of Abraham Chase, 
moved tliat the estate might be divided among the brothers of the 
deceased, Thomas Chase, Joseph Chase, James Chase, and Isaac 
Chase. The court at Salisbury ordered, Nov. 14, 1676, that Sam- 
uel Dalton and Ensign John Sanborn account with the adminis- 
trator relative to the debts.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 49.] 



HENRY HATHERLY 1676 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Hatherlv, Dec. 2, 1676; 
amount, £23.9.6; amount of liabilities, £19.18.10; one item is 
funeral charges of himself and wife ; signed by Jeftry Currier and 
Richard Manson ; attested by John Purrington March 27, 1677.] 



THOMAS NOCK 1676/7 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen the ffifteene day of fleburary in y*^ 
Yeare of o"^ Lord God one thousand six hundred Seaventy Six I 
Thomas Nock of y® township of Dover in y'' County of Dover 
& Portsmouth being sick & weake of body * * * 

It I give to m}^ Brother Silvanus Nock tvventie Acars of Land 
being "^^ of the Land vv'*" was granted to my ffather tho Nock 
& to Joyne Next to y** Land of Thomas Beard betweene Cochecha 
& the marsh com'only Called Nockes marsh — 

It I give to my Sister Rebecca Nock twentie acars of Land 
being '^* of the foresaid "^cell of Land, and to Joyne to my 
Brother Silvanus twentie acars betbre mencioned ("^vided) it doe 
not reach to y'' marsh called Nocks marsh nor to y® plaines ad- 
joyning to y® sd marsh 

It I make my Brother Henrie Nock my Lawfull Heire of all my 
Lands (vidd') the twentie acars of Land at Cochecha adjoyning 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS lOI 

by Thomas Downes his Lott & also all the Lands Lying at 

Nocks marsh which was my ft'athers except the ffourtie accars 

before given to my Brother & Sister — 

It I give to my Brother Silvanus Nock my two steeares & plow 

chaine & m}' Chest & all my bedding & my wareing ap'^ell 
It I give to my Sister Rebecca Nock mv white faced hifter 

being two yeare old — 

It I give to my Unckle Jerimre Tibbits one ewe sheep — 

It I give to my Bther Henrie Nock my Muskuet & my bible 

It I doe make my deare & tender Mother Rebecca Binmore to 

be my sole Executorix of all my estate not formerly expressed & 

I desire my veri good frind John Roberts to be my over seer & 

w"' my mother to see this my will %^formed 

In wittnes where of I have hereunto sett my hand & scale the 

da}' & yeare abovesd — 

John Robearts signe of 

John Evens Thomas X Nock [seal] 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Inventory Feb. 26, 1676/7 ; amount, £81.17.0 ; signed by John 
Evans and John Wingate.] 

[Sylvanus Nock made choice of Lieut. Peter Coffin to be his 
guardian June 27, 1676.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 14.] 

[Bond of Rebecca Binmore of Dover, widow, to John Roberts 
of Dover, in the sum of £27.0.0, to pay to Henry Nock £13.4.0 
in cattle, sheep, or swine when he shall become 21 years of age. 
" The Condition of this p''sent obligation is such that where as the 
bove s'^ John Roberts was by the desire of Henrie Tibbits of Dover 
deceased & also by order of Court chosen & appointed overseer 
of Henrie Nock Son' of Thomas Nock deceased & where as Re- 
becca Binmore afore said Mother to the s'' henrie Nock is contented 
to take the Care & tuision of the s'^ Henrie Nock Untill he accom- 



l82 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

plish the age of one & twentie yeares & hath Rec'^ of the s'^ 
John Roberts soe much Cattle sheep & Swine as doth amount to 
the sum of thirteene pounds & ft'ower shilling." 

"John Roberts came into Court held in Dov' i June 1680 and 
rendred up to y*" Court this bond & estate menconed w*''' y'^ court have 
put into y" hands of w™ willy & have taken security fro him to 
respond y*^ same when s'^ Hen: Nock coms to 21 years of age 

Elias Stileman Sec'"'] 

[Guardianship of Henry Nock was granted to William Willey 
June I, 1680, he being chosen by the ward. The court binds the 
ward to his guardian for seven years, to learn the trade of shoe- 
maker, and at the end of that time he is to receive his legacy of 
£13.4.0, for which his mother is bound by bond.] 

[Court Records, June i, 1680, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 34.] 



MATTHEW MARTYN 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Martyn granted to 
William Deamont March 28, 1677, who gave bond in the sum of 
£50.] 

[Court Records, March 28, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



JEREMIAH TIBBETTS 1677 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen : I, Jeremiah Tippetts of Dover Upon 
puscatuqua : now Lyeinge Upon my sick bed but of my perfect 
minde & memory doe Com'ite & bequeath my soule & spirite to 
God that gave it & my outward estate as followeth — 

first I desire that my body be decently buried & that my funerall 
Charges with all Lawfull debts due from me be honestly discharged 
& satisfied Next I ordaine & Appoint to my Sonn Jeremiah that 
y" Remainer of that ten Acres of land which I bought of y" towne 
which Lyeth now without fence with two yearlinge steeres Already 



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in his possession bee to him & his for ever for & on y*" accompt of 
thirteen pounds given to my s'' Sonn by his Grandfather Thomas 
Canny which I made use of for my owne behoofe Thirdly I doe 
Appoint & ordaine to be in the hands of mary m}^ wife for y*^ bringing 
up of our smale Children all my present Estate : Except what shall 
be heereafter nominated : & y*^ one halfe of my now dwelling house 
& barne to be for her owne proper use dureing her life time but 
the former dureing her widdowhood or as my Executors shall see 
Cause : it is to be understood y' I Assigne to my wife the new end 
of the house : 4ly I doe heerby bequeath to my Sonn Jeremiah to 
be delivered into his own Custody at one and twenty yeares of his 
age & to be for him & his for ever the other halfe of my house 
& barne with the one halfe of that fenced ground which is of the 
ten Acres I bought of the towne : 5tly I doe bequeath to my Sonn 
Thomas at his one & twentieth yeare of age to bee for him & his 
for ever, the other halfe of the fenced ground which is of that tenn 
Acres which I bought of the towne and also the halfe of my dwell- 
ing house & barne now left in the Custody of my wife to be 
his for ever alter my wifes decease : 61y I doe heerby bequeath to 
my daughter mar}^ Rawlines one Cow : yly I ordaine & Appoint 
that my Execo"^^ heereafter named shall pay or Cause to be paide 
to my daughf hanah tenn pounds for & on y® behalfe often pounds 
given to her by her Grandfather Canny & made use of by myselfe 
for my owne use : & behoofe : Sly I doe heereby Apoint & ordaine 
that whatsoever part of my Estate shall Remaine unspent after the 
Raisinge & bringinge up of my Children whether moveable or 
unmoveable it be Just & Equally Devided Amongst my Children 
now following : namely Han'ah. Joseph. Sam^* Benjamine : Eph- 
raim : martha, Elizabeth Nathaniell & henery : & for the Execution 
of this my Will & Testament : I doe by these presents Appoint & 
ordaine mary my Wife & Jeremiah my Eldest sonn to be my true 
& Lawfull Exec°'"^• & to be overseers for the Right man'agement 
of all & every the "^''misses Aforsd I doe heereby Appoint & ordaine 
my Brother Joseph Canny & my trusty & Loveing freind serjant 
John Roberts : to All Which I signe & seale this 5th day of may 



184 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

one Thousand sixe hundred seaventy & seaven as Wittnes my 
hand : 1677 

Teste The X Signe of Jeremiah Tippett [seal] 

Job Clements 

John Robearts 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Inventor}', June 20, 1677 ; amount, £272.0.0.] 

[Summons, Oct. 27, 1709, to Jeremiah Tibbetts and his son, 
John Tibbetts, to appear before the court on the first Monday 
in November to administer the estate of Jeremiah Tibbetts of 
Dover ; service signed by Edward Evans, constable of Dover.] 



JOHN MOORE, JR. 1677 

[Inventory of the estate of John Moore, Jr., May 10, 1677 ; 
amount, £70.10.0; attested by the widow, Agnes Moore, Nov. 
2, 1677.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Moore was granted to his 
widow, Agnes Moore, and Capt. Thomas Daniell June 23, 1677, 
and they were required to give bonds in the sum of £100.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



LAWRENCE CARPENTER 1677 

In the name of god amen 

the will and Testament of Larance Carpenteon his Sicke beade 
this Seventh Da}' of may 1677 — 

Itom first and formest I doe bequeth my Solle to god that gave 
it and Secondly my body to the Earth from whence it came — 

Itom therdl}' I doe bequeath all mytemprall Estate Ether move- 
able ore Unmveablle with my Sheare and portlighe which is now 
in the constitey of Pette-wallish my Portligh is to be sixe Pound 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 185 

and the ministr Rate I to be free of to my yonge and tende 
daughte grace — 

4"'ly I doe heare ordayne My true and well beloved frinds 
boath thomas Jackeson of Portchmouth and Richard Tope of lies 
of Shoules to take the Care and Charge of my afore Said doughte 
and Estate for her Uese to deale with it for her according to the 
best that the for I Shall inabel them my Just debts to be paid as 
wittnis my hand this ii''' of May 1677 

wittnes the marke of 

the marke of Larance X Carpente 

Ane X Harvey 

Rogr Kelly 

[Proved July 6, 1677.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Lawrence Carpenter, who died July 
4, 1677 ; amount, £68.0.0 ; attested by Thomas Jackson.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 31, 1677, binding Grace Carpenter, aged 
three years and a half, daughter of Lawrence Carpenter, to 
Thomas Jackson and his wife, Hannah Jackson, until she be 
eighteen years old, Thomas Jackson being executor of her fath- 
er's will.] 

[Court Records, Oct 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 



ROBERT MANSON 1677 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Manson of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to Henry Putt June 23, 1677, who gave bond in 
the sum of £40, with Roger Kelly as surety.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Manson, who died May 10, 
1677 ; amount, £24.6.0 ; signed by Roger Kelly and Richard 
Manson ; sworn to by Elizabeth Putt June 26, 1677.] 



l86 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

TEAGUE ROYALL 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Teague Royall granted to 
John Woodman and Stephen Jones June 23, 1677.] 
[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



HECTOR DEMASHAW 1677 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Hector Demashaw, a French- 
man who died on the Isles of Shoals, was granted to Peter Shaw 
June 23, 1677, who gave bond in the sum of £20, with Nathaniel 
Fryer as surety.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



THOMAS CANNEY, JR. 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Canney granted to 
his widow, Sarah Canney, June 23, 1677.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Canney, Jr., who died May 

15, 1677 ; amount, £311.8.0; attested by Wingate, relict of 

Thomas Canney, June 25, 1678. Mentions 
II years old, with her Aunt 

9 — 

8 — 

6 — 
4 boy 
I boy 
& widow — "] 
for the setling of this estate This court doth order y* y'' admstra- 
trix & Jn'' Winget her p''sent husband paying y*" debts of her above- 
named dec'ed husband and bringing up y® children untill of age to 
choose their Guardians respectively, shee shall have all the move- 
able estate besides y" thirds of y® Lands during her life, & y'" 



■' 6 children -^ 



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of y*^ whole, while y® children come of age as aboves'\ & y" y*^ 
Lands to be divided among y*^ children as y*^ law hath ^vided, in 
y*^ meane time, not to suffer any strip or waste on y'^ houses & Lands 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



ABRAHAM PERKINS, JR. 1677 

[Inventory of the estate of Abraham Perkins, Jr., "who was 
slayne by y*" Indians upon y*^ 13 : of June 1677 ;" taken June 28, 
1677, by Samuel Dalton and Henry Roby ; amount £166.2.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol.3, 
P- 23-] 

[Administration on the estate granted to Elizabeth Perkins 
Oct. 9, 1677, her father, Thomas Sleeper, being her surety.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files; Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, 
Oct. 2, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 56.] 

[Elizabeth Perkins, administratrix, was ordered to attend court 
to divide the estate Oct. 8, 1678, but, being near her time of tra- 
vail, could not appear.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 64, and Court Records, Oct. 8, 1678.] 

Itt is agreed by the Adminestratorex and Abraham perkins and 
Thomas Sleeper the Grandfathers of the Children of Abraham 
perkins Ju"^ Deceased thatt Considering the three Children are 
young and to bee Brought up the which their mother and Alex- 
sander Dennum her p''sentt Husband Doth Ingage to bring up the 
Children and to Cause them to be taught to Read English and as 
they shall a Rive to the age of twenty one years or att their Days 
of marriage which shall falle outt first they shall be payd vize 
to mercie perkins twentie pound to bee payd as is above sayd 

Itt to mary perkins twentie pound to be payd as above sparci- 
fied 

Itt to Elizabeth perkins twentie pound to be payd to her att 
the age or time above mentioned and wee Doe Ingage our selves 



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our Heires Exectuers & Adminestrators thatt all the lands of the 
sd Abraham perkins Ju"" shall ly Responsuble for the Education 
of the Children and the payment of their portions as is above 
mentioned Desireing the Hono'' County Courtt to Conferme the 
same 

The marke of 
Alexsand' X Dennum 
^ Elizabeth Dennum 

Her X marke 

Confirmed by court at Salisbury April 8, 1679. 
Thomas Sleeper is discharged from his bond of £200. 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files; Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 75, and Court Records, April 8, 1679.] 



JOHN HEARD 

JAMES HEARD 1677 KITTERY, ME. 

[Richard Otis gives bond in the sum of £500.0.0 July 3, 1677, 
as guardian to John Heard, heir to John and James Heard.] 

Articles of agreement made concluded and fully agreed upon, 
between Maj'' Nicholas Shapleigh John Shapleigh Joseph Ham- 
'ond and William Spencer of y'' one "^artie And Richard Otis 
and James Chadborn on y*" other "^tie Witnesseth, that whereas y'' 
above named Nicholas Shapleigh John Shapleigh Joseph Ham- 
'ond & William Spencer were by y" last will and Testament of 
John Heard of Kittery on Piscataqua River in New England 
Deceased bearing Date y*^ 3'' da}'^ of March in y^ year of our Lord 
God one thousand Six hundred Seventy & live, Nominated chosen 
and appointed with y*^ above named James Chadborn to be his 
overseers in trust to See y® s'' Will ^jj^ formed/ Now we y'' s'' Nicho- 
las Shapleigh, John Shapleigh Joseph Hamond & William Spencer 
above named, being y^ Major part of y*' overseers of y® s'' Will And 
Considering y® Introcacie & Mixture of y* Estate of s^ John Heard, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1891 

it being Mixed with and amongst y'' Estate of James Heard the Son 
of John Heard, who Deceased without making any Will, And Con- 
sidering that many Inconveniencies might arise in y^ Deviding of y'^ 
s*^ Estate doe by these presents Assign and make over all y® Right 
and overseership of y'^ last will and Testament of y'' s** John Heard 
Deceased unto y** above named Richard Otis, who being y" now 
husband of Shuah the Relict or Widdow of James Heard, And to 
y'' above named James Chadborn And to both of them Joyntly 
And have fully for our parts have authorized Lycenced and As- 
signed y® s*^ Rich'' Otis and James Chadborn to Act and doe all 
and every thing or things concerning y® Execution of the Said 
Will & Testament, And not Intermeddle with y" Administration 
of any part of y® Goods & Chattells money Debts or other Estate 
of y*^ Said Testament without y*^ consent of y® s'^ Rich'' Otis and 
James Chadborn their heires or ExecufS but Shall at all times 
hereafter And from time to time '^mit and suffer y*" s'' Rich'' Otis 
and James Chadborn their heires Execut" or Assigns to Adminis- 
ter all Such Goods Chattells moneys Debts and Estate, As at y^ 
day of y® Date hereof be in y'^ Custodie of y" said Nicholas Shap- 
leigh and the rest of y® overseers or in y® hand of any other '^son 
or '^sons which are to be Administred According to y*^ Tenour 
and Intent of y'^ s'' Will and Testament, And y" s'' Rich'' Otis & 
James Chadborn doe for themselves their heires Execut" Admin- 
istrat"^^ And Assigns promise and engage that out of y*^ Moveables 
y'' Estate of y® S'' John Heard and James Heard his Son, that they 
will Administer And pay all y® Just and due Debts which y** s'' 
John Heard and James his Son did owe to any "^son or ^sons 
And alsoe to Satisfie All Such Legacies as is by y*^ will and Tes- 
tament Expressed And alsoe to take Care for y*" Comfortable Sub- 
sistance of Isbell Heard y'' Relict of y*" s'' John Heard During her 
Naturall life And alsoe for y" Children of James Heard Accord- 
ing to y'^ Intent of y*" s'^ will and Testament, And alsoe to veeld 
up y" Estate of Lands and housing unto John Heard y*^ Grand 
Child of y*' s'' John Heard Deceased when he Shall Accomplish & 
Attain to y*" Age of twenty one years, Tenantable and Sufficiently 



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iTenced, or as now it is And in case of Mortallitie, to whomesoever 
it Shall belong according to y*" true intent and meaning of y*^ s'^ 
Will and Testament And for y*" '^formance hereof we y*' s*^ Rich'^ 
Otis and James Chadborn doe bind our selves our heires Execuf* 
and Administrate Joyntly and Severally by these presents — In wit- 
ness whereof we have hereunto set too our hands and Seales this 
fifth day of Novemb'' in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred Seventy Seven 

Signed Sealed and Nicho: Shapleigh [his seal] 

Delivered In the pres- John Shapleigh [his seal] 

ents of Jos. Ham'ond [his seal] 

William Brickham William Spencer [his seal] 

Alice Chadborn The mark of Rich^ Otis X [his seal] 

James Chadborn [his seal] 

[Allowed Nov. 5, 1677.] 



EDWARD COLCORD, JR. 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Colcord, Jr., granted 
to his father, Edward Colcord, July 7, 1677.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 55] 

[Relatives moving for a settlement of the estate, the court, Nov. 
II, 1679, ordered Capt. John Oilman, John Sanborn, and Sergeant 
Joseph Dow to call the administrator to account.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 74, and Court Records, Nov. 11, 
1679.] 

[Order of court, Sept. 7, 1680, that the administrator bring in 
an account of the estate.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1680, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 39.] 

[Order of court, Dec. 7, 1680, settling the estate of Edward 
Colcord, Jr., on his brother, Samuel Colcord.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 7, 1680, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 44.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I9I 

JOHN KENNISTON 1677 

[Administration on the estate of John Kenniston granted to his 
widow, Agnes Kenniston, Aug. i, 1677.] 

[Court Records, Aug. i, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Kenniston " who was lately 
slain by y*^ Indians," Aug. i, 1677 ; amount, £65.3.0; signed by 
Samuel Haines and Philip Lewis.] 



BRYAN PENDLETON 1677 PORTSMOUTH 

Portsmouth 9*^'> of August (1677) 

I Brjan Pendleton sometyme of Sacoe In y'' County of yorke, 
Now resident in Portsmouth, on Pishataq*' River in N: E: do 
make & ordaine this to bee my last will & testament, hereby re- 
voakeing all former wills by mee made / 

I : I give unto my beloved wife Ellner Pendleton (besids what 
I have reserved for her in a Deed of Gyft to my Grandchild Pen- 
dleton Fletcher) all my househould goods, togeather with all that 
peece of Land belonging to mee liing between my son James & 
Mr Dereings, upon y*" great Island which I have excepted, & re- 
served out of my deed of Gyft of all to my son James / Further- 
more, I give unto my wife, all my houseing & land at Cape Por- 
pus, which Richd Palmers wife hath the use of dureing her life, 
togeather with my six hundred & fourty Acres of Land more or 
less liing on the East side of Wests brooke, near Saco l^^alls, which 
I bought of John West, & Majo"" William Phillips as by Deed will 
appeare & also Tymber Island at the little River, all which I give 
to my wife absolutely to bee at her disposall / 

2ly unto my grandchild James Pendleton Junio"", I give my 
hundred acres of upland, & Tenn Acres of Meddow which I bought 
of Jo° Bush & lyeth with in the Towneshipp of Cape Porpus ad- 
joyneing to princes Rocke, 



192 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

3^-^ all ni}' hoiiseing & Land at Wells with all the priviledges 
& app'tenances I give unto my two grandchildren Mary, & Han- 
nah Pendleton w'^" my son had by his former wife to bee tequallj' 
divided between them / 

4 : I give to my wife all my weareing Cloaths to bee disposed 
off as shee shall see meete, desireing her to remember some 
poore / 

5 : Finally I make my wife my executrix & Joyne my beloved 
son James Pendleton executo' togeather with his Mother, willing 
my executrix to disburse what is meete for my funerall Charges 
& my executo'' to pay all my debts, And I request Mr Josua Moodey, 
& Mr Ric: Martyne, to bee overseers to this my last will & testa- 
ment / 

In witnese to all & singular the ^'misses, I have set to my hand 
& scale, this 9th day of August 1677 ; 
witnese 
Josua Moodey, Bryan Pendleton [his scale] 

Ann Moodey 

As a Sedule to this my last will & testament, I give unto my 
beloved son James Pendleton, all my land on the East of Wests 
brooke butting on the great River of Saco, six hundred Acres more 
or less, my farme & all my land at Cape Porpus, in all three hun- 
dred acres in the occupation of Ric: Palmer, all my severall Islands 
in or neare Cape Porpus, y'' one halfe of m}^ stock of Cattle ot w' 
sort so ever upon my farme at Winter Harbour, found after mine 
and my wives decease, with all my weareing apparell & one third 
of my househould goods (except my utilensills of husbandry / 

And to Mary & Hannah Pendleton daughters to my sayd son 
James all y^ My lands In Wells, being those Plantations or Lotts 
bought of Mr fBetcher, Ham'ond, & West Improved by Joseph 
Cross, & to each of them one third part of my househould goods, 
after mine & my wives decease, Ite™ to Bryan Pendleton my 
Grandson, y'^' remaind'^ of my land on Great Island, w' is Con- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I93 

tayned there in & addition to my will, any thing in the sd will not 
withstanding, 

This Scedule signed Bryan Pendleton [his seale] 

& sealed In y'' presence 
of us, 

Joseph Dudley 

[Proved April 5, 1681.] 

[York County, Me., Deeds, vol. 5.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1681 ; amount, £787.12.0. "Cap* Pen- 
dleton was not free in giveing his Attest to this Inventory because 
hee Conceived severall goods were disposed of, before hee could 
have oportunity to come to looke after y""."] 

[York County, Me., Deeds, vol. 5.] 



EDWARD TYNG 1677 ■ BOSTON, MASS. 

I Edward Tyng Senior of Boston in New England being by the 
Gracious alwise Disposeing Providence of God preserved unto Old 
Age & accompanied with many infirmities attending the Same & 
feeling Sensible decays in my Self Which Bespeak my approach- 
ing dissolution * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my son Edward Tyng the 
Sum of one hundred Pounds to Be paid out of my Estate having 
Given him a Considerable Estate already Item I give & Bequeath 
unto my Daughter Eunice the Sum of Five hundred Pounds to be 
Paid her out of my Estate in Good Pay. Item I Give & Bequeath 
unto my Son in Law M"' Joseph Dudley about Twenty Pounds 
which he is indebted to me by Book. Item I Give and Bequeath 
unto my Present grand Children Viz To Thomas Hannah & Mary 
Savage. To Thomas Edward Joseph & Paul Dudley to Samuel 
Searl & John Tyng to Each of my Said Grand Children the Sum 
13 



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of one hundred Pounds to be Paid unto them out of my Estate at 
the Discease of my Wife & my Will is that in Case any of my 
Said Grand Children should Depart this Life before my Said 
Wife then the Legacy or Legacies hereby Given unto him her or 
them so Dying Shall be at the dispose of my S'^ Wife to Give it 
as She Seeth meete Item my Will is that none of my Estate be 
Spent or Laid out in Farmeing more than to the value of £10.0.0 in 
Building to Prevent the Looseing or Forfeiting of any Lots of Land 
and if the Providence of God by Fire or otherwise Should Lessen 
or Take away any Part of my Estate then my Will is that my Lega- 
tees aforenamed Shall make an abatement proportionable to Such 
Loss out of their Severall Legacies hereby l3equeathed unto them 
Proportionably Item all my Just Debts funeral Expences & the 
aforementioned Legacies being paid & Ordained to be Paid I 
Give & Bequeath the Whole Remainder of my Estate Both Real 
& Personal unto my Beloved Wife Mary Tyng to Dispose of the 
Same as She Pleaseth and in Case my Said Wife Should Want 
for any Comfortable Supply during her Widdowhood I do hereby 
Licence & fully Impower her (with the Consent of my Overseers) 
to make Sail of any of my Lands or other Estate for her Supply 
Item I do hereby appoint & Constitute my Beloved Wife Mary 
Tyng to be Sole Executrix of this my Last Will, and do intreat 
my Hon'' Friend John Leveret Esq M'" Anthony Stodderd & Cap' 
Thomas Brattle to be Overseers of the Same requesting their 
Advice & Councel to my Said Executrix in the Due Performance 
thereof. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & 
Seal this Twenty fifth day of August in the Year of our Lord 
God. one thousand Six hundred & Seventy & seven 1677 — 

Signed Seal'd & published by Edward Tyng [& a Seal] 

the Worppi' Edw'^ Tyng Esq-" to 
be his Last Will & Testament 
in Presence of us — 

George Monk, Is** Addington 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I95 

Memorandom, the Words (Proportionable to Such Loss) was 
Interlined by M'' Tyngs order upon the 7 Jan^ 1680 at Which time 
he Declared that, whereas there is a Legcy of Five hundred 
pounds Given to his Daughter Eunice She being Since Married to 
M"^ Samuel Willard he hath Paid her the Said Sum of live hun- 
dred pounds & so the Said Legacy is Void Read to & owned by 
M'' Tyng in Presence of us. 

John Conny Is^ Addington — 

[Proved Jan. 19, 1681/2.] 



JOHN HALL 1677 GREENLAND 

Greenland in y'' The last Will & Testam^ of John Hall of 

Townsh'' of Dover Greenland. 

29. Aug: 1677 I John Hall being of perfect Memory 

doe make & Constitute this to bee my last 

Will & Testament, hereby revokeing all Wills by mee formerly 

made. After my Debts and ffunerall Expences defrayed out of 

my Estate, I dispose of y*" remaind'' as followeth. 

i" Unto my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth I give all y*^ Mony 
y' I leave together w"' y'' one halfe of y'' Household stutTe belong- 
ing to or in either of y*^ Two houses vz: either my old house or y'' 
new one com'only called Josephs House, y*^ mony to be at her ab- 
solute Disposall, y® Household goods to bee for her use dureing 
her life, & my Daughter Sarah to have them after or of her mother 
^ch }^gj. mother pleases. I give her also twenty pounds '^ . annu 
to bee paid her by my son Joseph yearly dureing her Natural] 
Life y*^ one halfe in Provisions, y*^^ other halfe at any Merchants in 
Pascataque River y' shee shall chuse. Furthermore I will y' my 
wife shall have her liberty to live in & make use of as her own 
during her naturall life either one of y*^ big tow Rooms in y^ New 
house or y'' whole old House w'*^ shee pleases as also y*^ Use of 
all y*^ Orchard belonging to y*' old House while she lives, & like- 
wise she shall have my Negro while she lives — 



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2° To my son Joseph Hall I give (upon Condition y* he doe pay 
as by these p^'sents I order him) All my Houseing new & old w'" 
all y*^ out houseing Orchard joyning thereunto & all my Lands 
w"^in ft'ence & without on y'' Eastern & western side of y*^ Road 
w"^ my Grant of land to bee laid out at Cochecho to have & to 
hold to him & his Heires for ever, provided y' if he dye w'^'out 
Heires the whole Estate before mentioned y* I have given to him 
shalbe equally divided between my Daughf Sarah and my Grand 
child Abigail Dam'e. Alwaies excepting and reserving y'' use of 
y* part of them above & hereafter mentioned to my wife & Daugh- 
ter, as also excepting y'' propriety of that w*^^^ I have hereafter 
given my Daughter. I also give to my son Joseph y*^ one halfe 
of my moveables, to say my Household Goods, stock & utensills 
of all sorts w'^in doores & without, & all my wearing clothes, 
except w' is hereafter excepted. 

3° To my Daughter Sarah I give my thirty sixe Acres of Land 
more or lesse lying at Harwoods Point & sixe Acres of Marsh more 
or lesse adjoyning thereto, to bee had & held by her & her Heires 
for ever, & if shee dyes without Heires I give it unto my Grand- 
child Abigail Dam'e. Furthermore I give my s'' Daughter Sarah 
y*' one Half of all my Stock willing y' she shall possesse s'^ Land 
& stock im'ediatly upon my decease, only y** use of her Hay- 
Ground together w'^ all y*" Hay-Ground & pasture-land upon y^ 
Farm to bee in com'on between her & her Brother Joseph together 
w"^ y*" use of y'^ Barns & outhouseing betwext y*" for y^ maintain- 
ing of her stock while shee lives unmarried upon y*" ffarm, allow- 
ing her to keep (if shee pleases) as much stock upon y*: ftarm as 
Joseph, both of y to agree y' the Farm be not over-burdened. 
Also I give her y*" use of y^ field at red-oak hill as long as she 
lives unmarried, & so long also y'^ use of y" Houseing & Orchard 
assigned to her Mother when her mother shall leave it bv Death 
or otherwise, & one year after her Marriage if shee pleases. Fur- 
ther I give to my daught"^ Sara y'' best Bed in y*" Porch-chamb 
w"*^'' y^ Hangings & all Furniture, 2 p'' of sheets, Bolster, pillowes 
& y" 2 New woollen Blankets & y'' Rug belonging to it w'*" y" best 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 97 

Bedstead. Also I will y' Joseph shall pay her twenty pounds 
more within three years after her Marriage, & y' shee shall have 
my best Cloak, Great Coat, Searge Jacket, best red wastcoat, & 
Joseph shall have y** rest of my wearing clothes. And both my 
wife & Daughter shall have free use of fireing upon y*^ ffarme, 
dureing theyr being there And Sarah is to bear her proportion of 
getting fTodder for her Cattle. 

4° Unto my Grandchild Abigail Dam'e I give sixty pounds to 
be paid her by my Son Joseph in currant pay of y*^ River, y*^ one 
halfe when shee shalbee eighteen yeares of Age, y® other halfe 
foure yeares after. Also I give to s'' Abigail y' bed which is next 
to y® best with all Appurtenances suitable for it ; as also y' Heifer 
& hee sheep w*^*" shee calleth hers' or y'' like & as good if they bee 
otherwise disposed of before my decease. And to prevent trouble 
thro misunderstand^, I will y' it bee taken notice of by my Ex- 
ecute y'^ I acc° all y*^ Goods moveables & stock upon y^ ffarm to 
bee mine & y'^ neither shall challenge a propriety in any of them, 
but they shall all goe into y*' division as is above exprest. 

5° To y® church of Dover I give fifty shill: to bee laid out by 
Joseph for the Com'union Table. 

Furthermore I make my Beloved wife, son Joseph & Daughter 
Sarah Joynt Execut'* of y^ my last Will & Testam' willing y* they 
all three while they al live act as one in all matt'' "^"^ly referring 
to Execufp: (excepting what is before appropriated to one or other 
of them,) & that if there bee any Qiiestion or matter referring to 
y® Execution of this my Will wherein they doe not all concurr, 
they shall consult w"' y** Overseers by whom such matter shalbe 
decided by theyr best Light according to y"" true Intent & meaning 
of y** p''mises. 

Finally I request & appoint my Trusty ffriends m"^ Josh: Moodey 
m'' Rich'' Martyn & m"" Job Clemens sen"" to bee Overseers to see 
to y'' ^formance of y^ my last Will & Testam* wilHng & appoint- 
ing y' they shalbee fully satisfied by my Executo'"^ Joyntly for 
what expence of Time they may bee at thereabout. 



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In witnes to all y*^ p'"mises both on the other side & this I set to 
my hand & scale tiiis 29'^ August 1677 

Signed & Sealed in p"'sence of us The Mark of 

those words [& all my lands] be- John X Hall [seal] 

tween 2^ & 3'' Line in 2'^ ^^tic'' on 
y'' other side, being interlined before 
Sealing 

Joshua Moodey 

John ffletcher 

william ffurbur senior 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Joseph Hall and Sarah Hall, joint executors, give bonds of 
£200 for the execution of the will.] 



EDWARD WEST 1677 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward West, Great Island, Sept. 
I, 1677; amount, £540.14.6; signed by Elias Stileman and John 
Harvey.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward West granted to Martha 
West and George Walton Oct. 31, 1677, who presented an inven- 
tory of £540.14.6.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Martha West having died, administration was granted to George 
Walton, in behalf of the children, June 24, 1679, who presented 
an inventory, and pledged his homestead and all his land on 
Great bay for the division of the estate according to order of 
court.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 29.] 

[Guardianship of John West granted to William Partridge June 
24, 1679, he being chosen by the ward.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, i" Deeds, vol. 5, p. 31.] 



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[Guardianship of Edward West, Jr., infant son of Edward 
West, granted to Capt. Thomas Daniell Sept. 7, 1681.] 
[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681.] 



BENJAMIN SWETT 1677 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Capt. Benjamin Swettof Hamp- 
ton granted to Hester Swett Oct. 9, 1677.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 9, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 56.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. Benjamin Swett, "who was 
Slayn att Black point by y*" Barberas Indians the 29*'' of June 
1677 " : taken by Seaborn Cotton, Samuel Dalton, Anthony 
Stanyan, and Stephen Greenleal', but signed by Anthony Stan- 
yan and Samuel Dalton only ; amount, £558.19.0.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 24.] 

[Seaborn Cotton and Anthony Stanyan testified that in dis- 
course with Capt. Benjamin Swett the day before he went to 
Black Point, where he was slain, he manifested himself to be 
very solicitous concerning the settlement of his temporal estate, 
and declared that it was his desire that his wife should be so left 
that she might live comfortably and have opportunity to do good 
to her children for their encouragement ; attested March 29, 1678. 

The widow of the deceased, Hester Swett, moved that Ben- 
jamin Swett, the eldest son have that part of the land upon the 
order of the last court, and a young horse ; and he said that he 
was satisfied with that for his double portion. The other eight 
children are to have £30 apiece, as they come of age.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 61, and Court Records, April 9, 1678.] 



BENJAMIN HILLIARD 1677 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Hilliard granted to 
his brother, Timothy Hilliard, at his request, Oct. 9, 1677.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 9, 1677, ^"d Deeds, vol. 4, p. 56.] 



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[Inventory of the estate of Benjamin Hilliard of Hampton, "be- 
ing slaine by the enimi June the 13 1677 " 5 taken by Anthony 
Stanyan and Thomas Philbrick ; amount, £54.15.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, voL 
3> P- 25-] 

THOMAS LEIGHTON 1677 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Leighton, Oct. 29, 1677 ; 
amount, £515.10.0 ; signed by Philip Cromwell and John Tuttle ; 
attested by Elizabeth Leighton and Philip Cromwell Oct. 31, 

1677.] 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Leighton granted to 
Elizabeth Leighton, Philip Cromwell, and John Tuttle Oct. 31,. 
1677.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 20.] 

[Lieut. Anthony Nutter petitioning the court for a larger al- 
lowance for the support of the oldest son of Thomas Leighton 
of Dover, then in his care, the court, Oct. 31, 1677, referred the 
matter to Major Richard Waldron.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 22.] 

[Mr. Fryer and Lieut. Peter Coffin were appointed additional 
administrators June 25, 1678, on petition of Elizabeth Leighton,. 
the widow.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



JOHN REYNER 1677 

[xAdministration on the estate of John Reyner granted to Mrs. 
Frances Reyner Oct. 31, 1677, the executors of his will having 
declined to serve.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Mrs. Frances Reyner petitioning the court " for the procure- 
ing of y*' meanes of s^ m"" Jn° Reyners maintainance due from y*" 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 20I 

towne of Dover," the court, Oct. 2^, ^677, ordered the selectmen of 
Dover to pay the amount to the administratrix within six months.] 
[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Lieut. Peter Coffin is joined with Mrs. Frances Reyner to as- 
sist her in administering the estate of her son, Rev. John Reyner.} 
[Council Records, April i, 16S0.] 



ROBERT BRADDOCK 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Braddock granted to 
John Fletcher and Israel Phillips Oct. 31, 1677.] 
[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Braddock, who died Aug. 29,. 
1676; taken Nov. 2, 1677; amount, £10.12.11; signed by John 
Hoddy and John Tucker.] 



JAMES GATE 1677 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of James Gate, who died May 15, 1677 » 
amount, £62.15.0; signed by Richard Gummings and George 
; attested by Alice Gate Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Gitation, May 28, 1702, to Alice Gate, widow and administra- 
trix of James Gate of Portsmouth, carpenter, to appear and give 
an account of the estate, which amounts to $62.15.0; signed by 
William Partridge.] 

Ports™" may : 30"' : 1702 

The deposion of mary Partridge aged fifty nine yers or there 
abouts Testifieth that Edward Gatt Gomonly so Galled was borne 
about forty seven years agoe and brott up and sockled by his 
mother wife to James Gatt decesed and. the sd Edward was the 
first Ghild that she Ever had as I Ever hered of and was born 
in wedlock : and forther saith not 

by me Mary Partridge 

Gapt et Jurat 8° June 1702 : 

Goram me W" Partridge L' Govr*''' 



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Mary Walker about Seaventy two years deposeth to the full 
contents of the above Deposicon to her best Remembrance. 

her 
Mary X Walker 
mark 
Capt et Jurat Octavio die Junii 1702 
Coram me W" Partridge L' Govr°'' 

[Court records: — Alice Cate, widow, appeared June i, 1702, 
and asked for more time, which was granted. 

June 8, 1702, Alice Cate and Edward Cate, her son, appeared 
and asked that the estate be settled according to law. Samuel 
Penhallow and Dr. Thomas Packer, both of Portsmouth, were 
appointed commissioners to receive claims. 

Alice and Edward Cate asked for time to perfect an agree- 
ment for the settlement of the estate, which was granted. 

The agreement follows in full.] 

Alice Cate appears and Releases all her Right and title of 
Dowry unto the Estate of her form'^ husband James Cate dec*^ 
unto her said sonn Edward Cate ; aforesaid. In Considerac'on of 
which the Said Edward Cate doth Obleidge & promise for himselfe 
his heires Exec"^* and Adm'^ to pay or Cause to be paid to his Said 
Mother Alice Cate Seaventeen shill and Six pence in Mony : 
and Seaventeen shillings and Six Pence in Provisions or what 
else either Goods or Mony, as she shall have occasion for : to 
Said value dureing her Naturall Life yearely and every 3^eare : to 
Commence and beginn from y^ day : the Provisions or Goods 
to be paid the Eight day of Nov'"' in every yeare and the Mony 
to be paid the Eight day of June every yeare : for performance of 
which Said Edw"^ Cate bindes himselfe to his Said Mother Alice 
Cate his heires Exec" & Adm" in the Sume or penaltye of one 
hundred pounds, Curr' mony of New England./ 

Acknowledged the Said 8^^ day of June 1702 Coram 

W" Partridge L' Gov""^ 

Cha: Story Secretary 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 203 

John Gate Sonn of Said Alice Gate ; John Urin husband to 
Rebecca Gate daughter alsoe of Said Ahce Gate ; Peter Babb 
husband to Sarah Gate Sister to Said Rebecca ; appears and Re- 
leases all y'' Right and Title to any part or portion of Said Estate 
of James Gates dec'^ unto Edward Gate sonn of the said James 
Gate dec*^ aforesaid And Alice Gate and the said John Gate John 
Urin and peter Babb doth obleidge themselves in the Sum'e of 
■one hundred pounds Joyntly and Severally their heires Exec^* and 
Adm''* unto the Said Edw'^ Gate his Exec''^ Adm'* or Assignes 
neither they or any of them or Sam'^ Whidden or Mary his wife ; 
or Elizabeth Gate (which Said Mary and Elizabeth are alsoe 
daughters to Said James Gate dec'') or the heires Exec"^^ Adm'^^ or 
Assignes of the said Sam" Whidden and Mary his wife, or the 
Said Eliz'* Gate shall or will for the future ever Glaime or bring 
any Acc'on Suite in Law or Equitye ag' the Said Edw'^ Gate his 
heires Exec''^ or Adm" for any part or portion of Said James Gate 
dec'' y"" fathers Estate as aforesaid/ 

Acknowledged the Said 8**^ day of June Goram 

W" Partridge L* Govr°'' 

[Court Records, June i, 1702.] 



EDWARD GOWELL 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Gowell granted to his 
widow, Agnes Gowell, in behalf of herself and children, Oct. 31, 
1677, and she presented an inventory.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Inventory of the estate; amount, £167.2.0; signed by John 
Hunking, Thomas Harvey, and Israel Phillips; attested Oct. 31, 

1677.] 

Whereas Adm'nstr° of y"" Estate of Edward Gowel deceased, at 
a Gounty Gourt held at Dover in June 1677, & adjorn'd to y" 
31*'' of Octob"^ was granted to Agnes Gowel Relict of y*^ sd Edw** 
Gowel ; And an Inventory of the sd Estate upon oath brought into 
Gourt ; And there being no further proceeding in y'' management 



204 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of y*^ p^'misses by reason of y*" death of y'' s*^ Agnes : The Councel 
Grants Adm'nstr" of y'^ s'^ Edw'' Cowels unadministred Estate to 
Jethro ft\n-ber, who Married Annie y*" sd Edward & Agnes Cowels 
daughter. Who is hereby Ordered (& doth ingage) to make fur- 
ther Adm'nstr" according to Law of y*' sd Intestate Edw*^ Cowel 
sd unadministred Estate. 

The Councel do assign y^ sd Jethro fFiirber Gardian to Samuel 
Cowel yongest son of y'' sd Intestate Edw*^ Cowel ; And allows 
him for y* maintenance & education of y*^ sd Samuel til his age of 
14 years, after y*^ rate of 6' "^ an° 45', to which b}^ computation it 
amounts to. Out of which the sd Adm'nstr'' Jethro ffurber shall 
be abated proportionably to y*^ years and time y® sd Samuel shall 
want of the sd 14 years, if he shal happen to dye before; And 
one moity of y'' sd Estate, after deduction of the s*^ 45' shall re- 
main to Edw** the eldest son of y*^ sd Edw'' y*^ Intestate ; and y* 
other moity to y" sd wife of y*' sd Jethro & y^ younger son y'' s'^ 
Samuel, to be equally devided between them. And y'^ sd Adm'n- 
str"" is to have the management of y*^ sd Estate til further Order. 
And y^ wearing cloathes rings, & other things shal go as disposed 
of by y'' sd Agnes. 

[Council Records, May 2, 1682.] 



WILLIAM TAYLOR 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of William Taylor, who died Dec. 30, 
1677; taken Jan. 2, 1677/8; amount, £7.6.8; signed by Peter 
Twisden and James Blagdon.] 

[xAdministration on the estate of William Taylor granted to John 
Hunking June 25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £7.5.8.] 
' [Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



TOBIAS LEAR 1677/8 

The last will & testament of Tobias Leare being very sick and 
weake in body but through Gods mercy, in perfect memory — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 205 

Inprimis, I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God 
from whom I Receavd it, & my body to the earth after my de- 
cease to be buried in a decent & Christian Maner — 

It: I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth all that 
my dwelling house erected & finished soe far as it is with all the 
Lands, & privilidges whatsoever to it belonging, lying & being 
nere & next adjo}'ning to my father in Law M'' Henry Shirburn, 
to be all at hir ordering & disposing, & to act & doe as she shall 
see meet, & doe alsoe make hir my sole executor or executrix of 
all my whole estate, both of housing, Lands, debts, goods, Chat- 
tells, or what soever to me belonging in any Just right or claime 
whatsoever. And to pay unto my two daughters Elizabeth & 
Joane Leare & to my son Tobias Lear such proporsionable por- 
sions & leagases, when they come to age, as the estate will then 
bear, still reserving a suficient maintenance to hir self, I referring 
to hir discression all the legasies that I herin bequeath to doe 
therein what she shall see meet & convenient & as the estate 
will bear it. — 

And soe having herin fully declared my mind & will, I doe Com- 
end my self to the disposing of my gracious Lord God to doe with 
me as he shall see good in his good pleasure for my dissolution 
or recovery, & my wife & children to his guidance ; And for con- 
firmation of this my will to be my act & deed I doe hereunto set 
my hand & seale this five & twentieth day of January Anno Domi, 
one thousand six hundred seaventy & seaven. 1677. — 

Sealed signed & delivered & sub- Tobias X Lear [seal] 

scribed as it was taken from his own by his mark & seale. — 
mouth in presents of us. 

Hugh Leer 

samuell sshurburne 

John Davies — 

Richard Tucker./ 

John : X : Peverly 
by his mark. 

[Proved Dec. 5 and 6, 1681.] 



206 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Dec. 28, 1681 ; amount, £196.19.0 ; signed by Elias 
Stileman and Samuel Sherburne.] 



RICHARD HILL 1677/8 

[Inventory of the goods of Richard Hill, who died Jan. 30^ 
1677/8; taken Feb. 12, 1677/8; amount, £5.13.0; signed by 
James Blagdon, Richard Wilcomb, and Edward Gould.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Hill, " lost at sea in 
y^ late storme," was granted to Richard Wilcomb of the Isles of 
Shoals March 2, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 2, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate, amounting to £5.13.0, was presented 
by the administrator June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 27.] 



NOAH GRESHAM 1677/8 

[Inventor}' of the estate of Noah Gresham, who died Jan. 30,. 
1677/8 ; taken Feb. 12, 1677/8 ; amount, £6.0.0 ; signed by James 
Blagdon, Edward Gould, and Richard Wilcomb.] 

[Administration on the estate of Noah Gresham, " Lost at sea 
in y® Late Storme," was granted to Richard Wilcomb of the Isles- 
of Shoals March 2, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 2, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate, amounting to £6.0.0, was presented 
by the administrator June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 27.] 



RICHARD BOYES 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Richard Boyes, who died Jan. 30, 
1677/8; taken Feb. 12, 1677/8; amount, £8.11.2; signed by 
James Blagdon, Edward Gould, and Richard Wilcomb.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 207 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Boyes, " Lost at sea 
in y® Late Storme," was granted to Richard Wilcomb of the Isles 
of Shoals March 2, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 2, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 



HENRY LIGHT 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Light, who died Jan. 30^ 
1677/8; taken Feb. 15, 1677/8; amount, £11.17.0; signed by 
John Fabes and James Blagdon.] 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Light, " Lost in y*" Late 
Storme," was granted to Henry Main March 15, 1677/8.] 
[Court Records, March 15, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5. p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented by the administrator 
June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5. p. 27.] 



ROGER HOLLAND 1677/8 

[Inventor}^ of the estate of Roger Holland, who died Jan. 30, 
1677/8; taken Feb. 15, 1677/8; amount, £57.9.3; signed by 
James Blagdon and John Fabes.] 

[Administration on the estate of Roger Holland, "Lost in y® 
Late Storme," granted to his brother, Edward Holland, March 5^ 

1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 5, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented by the administrator 
June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



EDWARD FERRYMAN 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Ferryman, who died Jan. 30, 
1677/8 ; taken Feb. 16, 1677/8 : amount, £13.9.6 ; signed by John 
Fabes, James Blagdon, and Henry Main.] 



208 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Ferryman, " Lost in y^ 
Late storme at Sea," granted to Henry Main March 15, 1677/8.] 
[Court Records, March 15, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 



NATHAN QUICK 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Nathan Qviick, Feb. 25, 1677/8; 
amount, £2.8.0; signed by John Hunking and John Fabes.] 

[Administration on the estate of Nathan Qiiick, "Lost at sea 
in a storme the Last winter," was granted to Roger Kelly June 
25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £2.8.0.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 24.] 



ROBERT GOODWIN 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Goodwin, Feb. 25, 1677/8; 
amount, £2.1.0; signed b_v John Hunking and John Fabes.] 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Goodwin, " Lost at sea 
in a storme the Last winter," was granted to Roger Kelly June 
25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £2.1.0.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 24.] 



GABRIEL GRUBB 1677/8 

[Inventory of the. estate of Gabriel Grubb, Feb. 28, 1677/8; 
amount, £21.13.6 ; signed by John Fabes and John Moore ; attest- 
ed by Roger Kelly June 26, 1678. Frances Grubb, widow, asks 
that Mr. Kelly may administer the estate of her husband, Gabriel 
Grubb, " lost in The late Storme" ; dated March 19, 1677/8.] 

[Administration on the estate of Gabriel Grubb, " Lost at sea 
in a storme the Last winter," was granted to Roger Kelly June 
25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £21.13.6.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 24.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2O9 

WILLIAM BROAD 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of William Broad, March 2, 1677/8; 
amount, £161.1 o; signed by Elias Stileman and Robert Elliot. 
List of liabilities annexed; amount, £39.1.0.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Broad, " Lost at Sea 
in y^ Late Storme," was granted to his widow, Judith Broad, in 
behalf of herself and children, March 5, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, Marcli 5, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244] 

[Inventory of the estate amounting to £161.1.0 was presented 
by Judith Broad, alias Webster, June 25, 1678, and the court joined 
her husband, Stephen Webster, with her in the administration.] 

ffor the settleing of y"" estate of W"' Broad deceased This Court 
doth ord"" that Judeth his relict vviddovv the now wife of Steven Web- 
ster shall have ys '^te of y" reall proffit of y*" house & land during 
her life & all y^ movable estate to her ovvne use when all Just debts 
are p*^ together w'^ y^ benefit of y*" reall estate during y" childrens 
minoritie the s** Judeth & Steven standing bound to pay to y*" Chil- 
dren of y® s'^ Broad, To his son W"" 20^^ ster' & to Abigal Broad 10" 
Ster' & to take care for y'' educac'on & dispose of the s'' Children 
to service, the Boy untill 21 yeares of age & y*" girle till 18, w"' y® 
consent of any two of the associates of this Court. / 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



JAMES WEYMOUTH 1678 ISLES OF SHOALS 

The last Will & teastament of James Way moth now one the He 
of shoales very sick and weake but yet of ^fet memory this lOth 
of Aperell 1678 I give and bequeath my soule to Almighty god 
and my bodie to be buried one Star Hand : 

I I give to my son William Waymoth thirty pounds in Silver to 
be payd by Mary waymoth my wife whom I make my soale ex- 
ecutres : when my son cometh in age of 21 yeares 
14 



2IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

2'*' I give to my son George Waymoth thirty pounds in Silver 
to be payd when he comes to age of 21 ^^eare 

3'^' I give to my son James Waymoth thirty pounds to be payd 
in Silver when he comes to age of 21 years 

4^^ I give to my Daughter Elizabeth waymoth thirty pounds in 
Silver to be payd one her Marriage day 

last I give the rest of my whol estate to mary my wife after my 
legaces above written be payd by her according to this my will 
for the discharge of my debts & my Childrens and her maintain- 
ance In wittnes wheare unto I have heare Unto Interchangably 
set my hand this tenth day of Aperell one thoasan Six hundered 
Seaventy eight :|| 

Sealed & delivered the mark of 

in the p'^sents of us James X Waymoth 

Peter Twisden & [seal] 

John ffabes 

[Proved June 25, 1678. J 

[Inventory, July 30, 1678 ; amount, £597.17.6 : signed by Peter 
Twisden and John Fabes.] 

Newcastle Aprill y« 28"' 1703 / 

My father James Weymouth deceased gave me on his last will 
and Testament thirty pounds Currant Mony of New England to 
be paid when I was In age the receipt of which Mony I doe ac- 
knowledore that I have received of m' Thomas Diamond who Mar- 
ried my father Weymouths widdow for which this my receipt is a 
sufficient discharge I doe alsoe acknowledge to have received of 
the Said Diamond tenn pounds of Currant Mony of New England 
being his free Gift to me In Wittnesse whereof I have hereunto 
Sett my hand 

wittnesse James X weymouth 

Eliz^ X Leden his Mark 

her Mark 

W" Kelly 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 86.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 211 

Isles Shoales May the ii"' 1703 / 

My father James weymouth deceased gave me on his Last will 
and Testament thirty pounds Currant Mony of New England to 
be paid at my Marriage day the Receipt of which Mony I do ac- 
knowledge that I have received of m^ Thomas Diamond who mar- 
ried my father Weymouths widdow for which this my receipt is a 
sufficient discharge I doe alsoe acknowledge to have Received of 
the Said m"" Diamond tenn pounds Currant Mony of New England 
being his free Gift to me In wittnesse whereof I hear to sett my 
hand / 

Wittnesse Elizabeth Currier [seal] 

Amey X Downe 
her mark 

Richard Gumer 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 87.] 



WALTER MATTHEWS 1678 

The last will, and Testament of Walter Matthews revokeing all 
other, made this 15"' of April : 1678 : — 

Inprinus : i : I doe hereby give, and bequeath unto my dearely 
beloved wife, mary matthews, all my houses, lands, goods, and 
Chatties, moveables, and Immoveables, To have, hould, and pos- 
sess, dureing the terme of hir life, and after hir decease I doe 
give, and bequeath To my Son Samuel matthews : All my houses, 
lands, neck of land lying, and being upon oyster river, and upon 
or near the little Bay, which was formerly, my fathers m' ffrancis 
matthews, with all my right Title, Interest Therein, as also all 
Other Tracts, or parcels, of uplands, and marshes, lying, or border- 
ing upon the s'^ oyster river, or elswhere belongeing unto me ; 

farther I doe give unto my Son Samuel Matthews, my now new 
dwelling house w"' the garden on Smuttinose Hand, One of the 
Hands of Shoales ; my storehouse, oyle house, and all my part of 
my Stages mooreing places, and mooreings, my new boat, with 



212 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the furniture, and tackling, thereunto belonging ; also Eleaven 
long flakes, with the laying roome, lying between my dwelling 
house, and my Storehouse, Towards the south; — 

2 : I doe give unto my nephew ; matthews Young, my old 
dwelling house w"' the leantoe, my old boat, if in being, w*^^ a 
mainsaile, and other furniture, after the aforementioned boat is 
furnished; with fowre flakes, lying att the End of the former men- 
tioned w"' the priviledge of spreading fish, thereunto belongeing ; 
the Second best feather bed, with the furniture, if not sould by 
my wife ; the Second best gun ; the Second best peice of plate, 
att my wives discretion ; One best Chest ; 

3 : I doe give to my daughter Susanna young. Ten pounds, to 
be paid my son Sam' matthews, in Currant pa}', within Twelve 
months after the abovesaid Estate is Come into his hands, if 
demanded ; — 

4 : I doe give to my daughter mary Senter, Ten pounds to be 
paid by my son Sam' matthews, in Currant pay within twelve 
months after the abovesaid Estate is come into his hands, if 
demanded ; 

5 : I doe give to my neece, Susanna Senter, the Eldest daugh- 
ter of mary senter, to be paid by my son Sam' matthews, in Cur- 
rant pay, within twelve months, after the above mentioned Estate 
is come into his hands, if demanded, five pounds ; — 

6 : I doe give to my daughter Susanna's youngs, Eldest Son by 
name Joseph young, five shillings, to hir daughter mary young, 
five shillings ; To my daughter mary Senters Son, nicholas Sen- 
ter, five shillings, to be paid by my Son Sam' matthews, in Cur- 
rant pay, within twelve months after the abovesaid Estate is come 
into his hands, if demanded ; 

7 : In Case my Son Sam' matthews dy without Issue my will 
is, that the aformentioned Estate given him, be divided in manner 
following, viz: two parts to my Eldest daughter Susanna young, 
and hir heires, and the third part to my daughter mary Senter, 
and hir heires ; — 

8: In Consideration of the aformentioned Legacies to be paid 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 213 

by my son Sam' matthews, I doe give him all my houshould stuff, 
furniture, plate, Clothing, whatsoever ; 

9 : I, doe give, and bequeath unto Thomas Snell, The Son of 
my Sister Martha Browne, The dwelling house, she now lives in, 
and after foure years to have the rent due for The Same To be 
Improved to his use, and behoofe 

10 : It is to be understood my will is. That In Case my Estate 
be found, and Continue in like Condition, as it is att The make- 
ing hereof. Then The aforesaid articles, and legacies, be faith- 
fully, and punctually performed, and paied, but In Case it be any 
waies diminished. Then It is to be understood, they are To be 
paid according To proportion of the Estate remaineing, — 

11 : I doe Constitute, and appoint my beloved wife, mary mat- 
thews, my Executrix, and Administratrix, and my loveing friends, 
Samuel Belcher, and Andrew Deamont Overseers, whose advice, 
and Counsil she is To Take in all the premises, and not To act, 
or doe any thing, without the Consent of one, or both of them ; 

This is my last will, and Testament made the day and year 
abovesaid, wittness my hand, and Seal ; — 

Signed, Sealed, in Walter Mathews 

presence of us ; — [seal] 

Michael Endell 

Martha X Browne 
hir Signe ; — 

Samuel Belcher 

The X Signe of Andrew Deamont 

[Proved June 25, 1678.] 

[Inventory, May 29, 1678; amount, £310.18.6: signed by 
Samuel Belcher and Andrew Deamont.] 



JAMES JOHNSON 1678 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of James Johnson, Great Island, June 
8, 1678; amount, £265.6.0; signed by James Robertson, John 
Lock, and Nicholas Haskins ; attested by the widow, Mary 



214 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Johnson, June 25, 1678; "for the settlem' of the estate with in 
menc'oned the Court Leaves the whole estate in her hand to Im- 
prove & Live upon during her life or untill this Court shall take 
further ord'': "] 

[Administration on the estate of James Johnson granted to his 
widow, Mary Johnson, June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 

To all Christian People to whom these presents Shall Come ; 
Know ye that whereas James Jn°son & Mary his Wife both of 
Portsm° in the Province of New Hampsh^ deceased Leaving only 
two Daughters leiving (Viz) Mary the wife of Jn° Odiorn, & 
Han'ah the Wife of Th° Jackson all of the Same place, and 
Whereas their deceased father & Mother died Intestate, the debts 
& funerall Charges being allready Defrayd : the S*^ Mary & Han- 
nah by & w"' the consent & aprobation & allowance of their afores*^ 
Husbands, have finaly agreed, Concluded & devided all our de- 
ceased parents Estate in manner & formes as followeth : All the 
movebles each parte hath her Equall proportion, & for the Hous- 
ing Land, Orchard & marish devided as followeth : Mary Odiorns 
part of all the Land housing marish & orchard, is of the housing 
land & orchard, is the West End of the dwelling house w"' half of 
the Leantoo belonging to the whole house, togeather w"^ the west 
part of the Orchard Land & flatts thereto adjoyning ; and bounded 
as Followeth beginning at a Stake drove down by the fence side 
on the S side of the way that goes between the house & orchard 
into the Island ; w*^^ s*^ highway is continually to be to the use of 
both Parties to pass & repass withoute Interruption of each Other 
and that for ever and from the s*^ Stake through the Orchard right 
over to the Land now in the posession of one James Leach Sowth- 
w"^^ as S'^ Leaches land now Runneth down into the Water and 
flatts as also the Southermost Barne, w"' the Land from a Stake 
& heap of Stones Nortlierly of y" Other Barne and so to the high 
way aforesd : that Same breadth down to the water & flatts there- 
unto belonging & adjoynes to an Acre of Land gieven to Jn° Odiorn 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 215. 

by the Town of Portsm" w*^'' s"^ acre is Eight Rods in breadth & 
Runs Esterly twentie Rods of more on the North of s** Acre & 
Adjoyning to it is a third divission for s'' Mar}- : & is twenty rods 
in breadth from s'^ Acre Northerly & carries the same breadth 
through the land to the Outside Fence Easterly : togeather w'*' 
the Esterly half of three Acres of Salt Marish in Little Harbour, 
as alsoe the Westerly half of the Seventy three Acres of Land in 
the plains, begining at a Small w' Oak Tree Standing by Benj* 
Cottens line & thence w**^ to the Old bound Tree being a Pine also ; 
thence S S E: a little South'^ly to y*' old bound tree being a pine 
alsoe, thence Esterly to meet w"' the Other S S E: line that 
comes from y*" s'' Oake where it first begun, Every of the before 
Me'cyoned & Bownded House, Barn, Orchard, Lands, & Marish 
is the s*^ Odiornes proportion and so accepted : Secondly the s^ 
Hannah Jacksons proportion is the East End of the House & 
Orchard w"* the Nothermost Barne, w*" the Est part of both par- 
cells of Land from s** Marys : bounds afors''to the outmost Bounds 
E w"^ the W: halfe of the three Acres of Salt Marsh as allso 
all that part of Land being about twenty rods in breadth adjoyn- 
ing on the N of s'^ Marys twentie Rods, & so Runns Notherly 
towards that house where m"' Bickam now liveth, and Run's as 
S** Marys Line now Runneth & Contains all the Land N of s*^ 
Marys, within Fence or withoute of any that belongeth to the s** 
Jackson togeather w"^ that half, the seventy three acres of Land 
in the plains lying next & Adjoyning to Jn° & Hen: Sherbournes 
on the Est, & s'' Odiorns on the West this Second Devission is 
Hannah Jacksons Proportion : It is Farther Agreed & Concluded 
upon between both parties that there Shall be & is now allotted 
Out a conveniency of Land both about the barns and alsoe at the 
Est end of the Dwelling house often foott in breadth at least from 
s'^ house at the Est End thereof to the path, & So much round 
Each barne w'^'^ shall continualy ly Common for both parties use. 
Either for layein of Wood or Improveing & houseing their Cattle 
and that for ever w*''out the least Interuption of either Partie or 
any person by their ord'' means or procurem' : It is also farther 



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agreed that the Oven & the Celler Shall be for the use of both 
parties till there shall be another Oven & Celler built in the West 
End of s'' house, & till that is done the oven & Celler that now is 
Shall be to the use of Both : Lastly it is mutually agreed that if 
Either party their Heires, Exect" Administ" &c. Shall at any time 
be disposed to sell all or any part of any of each proportion he or 
she shall give the Other the Refusall thereof, without w*^** it shall 
not be sould, set or let for term of Years, for Confirmation of w*='' 
we the above named Jn" Odiorn, & Th" Jackson doe hereby ac- 
knovvlidge our Selfes to be fully Satisfied w''^ the above Divissions 
& Agreements, and doe binde our Selves our Heires, Execut'^ & 
Adminisf* & Every of them each to the other firmly by these pres- 
ents to allow of & for ever to hold good & Vallid to Each other 
every perticular proportion in this Instrument mentioned & made, 
& that according to the bounds there sett, & that withoute the 
least let or molestation of Either of us, or Either of Ours as Afores'^ 
and that for ever according to the tennure & true meaning of all 
above written, In Confirmation whereof we the S'' John Odiorn, 
& Th° Jackson togeather w"' Each of oure Wifes above Named 
have hereunto Sett our hands & Seals this i6'*' Novemb'" 1694 

Signd : Seald & d'd John Odiorn : [seal] 

in presence of Mary Odiorn : [seal] 

Jn° Pickring Sen' Tho: Jackson : [seal] 

John Pickring Jun"^ Hannah Jackson [sele] 

John Odiorn Jun'^ 

[Deeds, vol. 6, p. 59.] 



RICHARD HARVEY 



1678 



[Administration on the estate of Richard Harvey granted to 
Robert Ellett June 14, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 14, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory, June 14, 1678; amount, £18.1.9; signed by John 
Phillips, William Partridge, Francis Tucker, and James Robert- 
son.] 



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THOMAS WARD 1678 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I Thomas ward of Hampton in the County of norfolke in New 
England being sick and weak of Body butt sound in Understand- 
ing and of a Disposeing mind Doe make this m}^ last will & Testa- 
ment as followeth 

first I Com'itt my soule Unto Almighty God the father of spirits 
who Gave mee life and being : and my weak body to the Earth 
from whence itt was taken thatt after my Desolution to be buried 
in Hampton Burieing place in a Christian and Deacent maner as 
my Exectour shall appoint, and for whatt wordly Goods God hath 
Given mee my will is as followeth 

first I Give and bequeath Unto margritt my Beloved wife my 
house and Barne and outt Houseing and all my land and medows 
about home with my Salt Marsh Untill my son Thomas Ward shall 
Come to the Age of twenty one years : and my wife is to have all 
my stock of Cattle not otherwayes Disposed of and the Movables 
within Dores and without for her subsistanc and for the maintain- 
anc of my son Thomas and my Daughter Hannah so long as she 
liveth with Her, and my wife is to Doe her Indeavour to p'serve 
the stock and keepe things in Repayer for Her Comfortable sub- 
sistanc & for the Bringing Up of her son, and when my son 
Thomas Comes to Age Hee is to Injoy the one halfe Unless his 
mother & he Doe agree to Improve together 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my son Thomas ward all my housing and 
land and medows att home and my Salt Marsh wch he is to posesse 
Intire after his mothers Decease and att my wives Decease the 
Stock and moveables to Returne to my son Thomas : all that I 
Doe nott other wayes Dispose of: I Doe Give my son Thomas my 
Carved Cubbord & one Joyned Chaire & one pot and one kittle 
and my Horse : and m"' Calvens Great Book 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of John 
mason thatt twentie Acres of land whereon she now Dwelleth and 
the Rest of my Land on thatt side of y*" medow to Remaine in the 



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hands of my Exector for the use and Releif of my Daughter Eliza- 
beth & her Children only Reserveing wood and timber of thatt 
other land for my selfe and my Heires as wee shall have occasion 

Itt I Give Unto my Daughter Elizabeth thatt nooke of fresh 
medow which was Goodman Robeys the River beyond the way to 
bee the south Bounds of itt and so to Extend north ward so far as- 
itt may bee Cleared provided thatt John mason shall nott have lib- 
erty to fall or Dispose of one stick of timber on thatt other land 
thatt will serve Either for Building or fenceing or any other Use 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my Daughter mary the wife of John Dear- 
borne thatt peece of land of my north Division Containing about 
fowerscore Acres more or Lesse as itt is lying northward from, 
ashe Brook 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone in law John Dearbarn & my 
Daughter Hanah ward all my land in the north plaine Contain- 
ing twelve Acres which I Bought of John Casse 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my Daughter hanah ward two Good 
Cowes to bee Delivered to her att her Day of Mariag or when she 
shall Come to the Age of twenty one years which shall fall outt 
first : also to my Daughter Hannah all my land att the falles River 
being about twenty Acres and is bounded with the land of John 
Sanborn west, and the land of m" Stanyen in partt and the land of 
william Swaine in partt towards the East, also I Give her a peece 
of Salt marsh Joyning the s'' land and bounded with the falls River 
towards the south 

Itt to my Daughter Hannah Six sheepe : and one Brasse pott 
and two puter Dishes and the Bed which she Useth and all the 
Beding belonging to itt 

Itt I Doe Give Unto margritt my wife my best bed as itt stands 
Duering the terme of her life & then to Returne to my son Thomas 
and my wife to have the Disposeing of thatt Bed which my son 
Thomas now lieth Upon 

Itt I Doe Give to my Daughter hannah ward one Chest and 
one Joyned Chayer 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas ward all my Implements 



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of Husbandry and my weaveing Gears to my wife and my sone 
Thomas 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas all my land att the new 
plantation and my three shares of the Cow Com'on I lay to my 
house and homeseat 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas all my Armes and Am- 
munition 

Itt I Doe Give to my Daughter Elizabeth one share of the ox 
Com'on and to my Daughter Mary one share 

And I Doe Constitute and Appoint John Dearbarn and margritt 
my wife to bee Executur & Execquetrex to this my last will and 
Testament 

the which I Conferme with my hand & seale Affixed Here Unto 
this Eighteenth Day of June in the year of our lord one thousand 
six Hundred and Sevventy Eight 

Signed and sealed Thomas ward [seal] 

in the p''sents of 

Samuell Dalton sen"" 

Benjamin Shaw 

[Proved Sept. 7, 1680.] 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 47.] 

[Inventory, July 27, 1680; amount, £533.14.0; signed by Sam- 
uel Dalton, John Sanborn, and Abraham Perkins.] 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 51.] 



RICHARD CUMMINGS 1678 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of Richard Cum'ins of Portsm^ made 
this 19. June 1678 

I Richard Cum'ins being aged & infirm in Body but in perfect 
Memory doe make & constitute this for my last Will & Testament, 
hereby revokeing all former Wills whatsoever by mee made. 

Imp^J I will that my beloved Daughter Jane Joce shall have 
y*^ use of halfe my housing & land belonging to it, dureing her 



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natural! life, or else such a sum'e yearly as [y*"]^ Overseers & shee 
•& Richard Joce shall agree, which s*^ Rich'' Joce shall pay her 
such ^-early sum'e as shalbe determined among them. 

2. I make m}- beloved Gran-son Richard Joce mine Heire, & 
give & bequeath to [him] in Fee-Simple my dwelling House, 
Barn & all my out-houses with all my uplands & Meadow belong- 
ing thereunto, together w*^*" all my Fresh-Marsh, & all y*^ [fence- 
ing] Timber, Wood or Under-wood, Gardens, Orchard, & all y® 
Priviledges, Im'unities [«&] Appurtenances y' either now doe, or 
hereafter any way may belong the[reunto] to bee to him y*^ s*^ 
Rich. Joce his Heires & Assignes for ever. Except what is aft[er 
-excepted] Furthermore I give to y*' s'^' Rich'' Joce y^ best bed in 
y*^ House with all [y^^] Furniture thereto belonging, with y*^ Table- 
Board & Joyn-stooles in y*^ new house with y*^ Chaires & what 
-else is there, Sixe Silver spoones, one Silver wine cup, y® Silver 
Bowie, Sixe Pewter dishes one w"^ another, Sixe pottengers, three 
Plates, y*" best Brasse Kettle, one Iron Kettle & Iron pott & two 
brasse skilletts, two oxen, [three] Cowes, Sixe Ewes & a Ram'e, 
One Horse & Mare, my Fouling-piece, Musket, Bandeleers & 
backsword & best Cuttleaxe, with all my wearing Clothes li[nen] 
& woollen whatsoever. Also I give him my Plough, yoakes, 
Bowes, Harrow, [dung] pott, new Cart & steades w"' all my 
•chaines. All y'' Debts y' are lying out [I] will y' Ric: Joce shall 
gather in & have for himselfe y'' one halfe of what is ga[thered] 
in by him, & y*" other halfe shalbe equally divided between my 
Daughter & [her] children. Also I will y' all y'' rest of my stock, 
household Goods, linen & woollen shalbe equally divided between 
my Daughter & her children, & Richard Joce [to have] only his 
share of y*" linnen, Saveing y' Sam: Joce & my Gran-child Jane 
Joce [shall] have each of y"' a Bed, & my Daughter y'' other Bed 
with [furneture to] each of them. And that twenty pounds in 
Silver & so [much in fish that my] Daughter Jane had lately of 
mee, I will shee shall have [y'' use of it dureing] her naturall life, 

1 Sections in brackets are worn from the margin of the original, and are sup- 
plied from a copy on file, dated Aug. 21, 1690, and attes:ed by John Pickering, 
recorder. 
\ 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 221 

& at her decease, both s'' sum'es shalbe [payed to Rich: Joce &] 
hee shall give to his Brother Sam" & his Sister Jane ten pounds 
[apeice of it] 

3 Unto my Gran-son Tho: Joce I give my Acre of land upon 
y" [great Hand,] 

To John Joce I give my land up in y'' plaines w*^'' wood & 
Timber [& all that] belongs thereunto. 

To Samuel Joce I give all my land lying by that w*^'' is com'only 
called Walfords [path] And I will y' Richard Joce shall erect & 
finish for y*" s'' Sam: an house upon w"'' he shall lay out Seventy 
pounds in good, currant pay, & shall set it up either upon y' land 
aforesaid, or if Sam: shall desire it hee shall [set up] said house 
upon my land somewhere between y" School-house and y*' Corn- 
field [buting] upon y** street, & I will y* he shall have one full 
Acre land adjoyning thereunto to bee laid out as y'' two Brothers 
shall agree or y*^ Overseers order. 

Unto Joanna Joce I give two Cowes, foure sheep & a sow & 
tenn pounds Silver 

Unto Margaret, Jane & Mary Joce the other three Sisters I 
give tenn pounds apiece in money to bee paid by my Executo"^^ w" 
they come to age or Marry & to each of my foure Grandaughters 
I give a gold ring apiece 

4 Unto y® Town for y*^ Use of y** School-house I give that par- 
cell of land w^'' y® house stands on, w^'' I have left out of my ffield. 

Finally I make my Daughter & Rich'^ Joce my Execute" & re- 
quest & [appoint] my beloved ffriends Cap* Elias Stileman & m"^ 
Joshua Moodey Overseers, giving to my s"* Overseers that two 
Thousand of w* oak Pipestaves in y^ [hands] of C. Elias Stileman 
to bee equally divided between y . And I doe hereby desire & 
impower my said Overseers y* if anything be forgotten in my will 
or not [full}^] exprest they shall explain & determine it, & to pre- 
vent any Difference between any y' are concerned in my Will 
abovesaid, I will y' in any Case of Difficulty they shall repair 
to y^ Overseers for Advice, & if theyr Advice please them not 
[they] shall have liberty to chuse each of y a man to joyn w"* 



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y" Overseers by whose determination they shall Sitt down in all 
such matters. 

In Testimony to all & singular y*" p^'mises I set to my hand & 
scale 

Signed & Sealed before us Richard X Cumins 

Mark of Philip Jourdan X his Mark 

Mark of Jone Knight. X 

[Proved June 24, 1679.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1678/9; amount, £1227.6.2; signed by 
Richard Martyn, William Vaughan, and John Hunking.] 



THOMAS WALFORD 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Walford was granted 
to John Amazeen, guardian of Jeremiah Walford, brother of the 
deceased, June 25, 1678.] 

There being com'ended to this Court by the Court of Associates 
the petition of Jn" Amenseem as being out of theire capacity viz' 
the disposing or ordering of y'' estate of Tho: Walford deceased 
given by his Last will unto Tho: & Jer: Walford his grandchil- 
dren now in y*" hands of m' Henry Sherburne & m' Richard 
Tucker executo" to said will, This Court advised partys con- 
cerned to chuse either of them a friend & y^ Court to ad a third 
to Audit the acco'* of the execu""^ & to make such propositions as 
they should thinke fitt referring to a settlem' of the same, & p'"sent 
w' they should doe herein to y** next County Court 

M"^ Martyn Cap' Daniel & L' Vaughan are y*' '^ties agreed on, 
who are to appoynt time & place & all persons concerned are 
then to attend./ 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 25.] 

There being Exhibited to this Court y*" case of Old Walfords 
estate given to his grand children which hath much difficulty in it 
concernmg y^ right heireship to a person dying intestate desend- 
ing by gift from y^ Grandfather unto two grandsons y' are brothers, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 223 

the Eld"" of w*^** <^ying without will the bro'^ of y*" Intestate claiming 
heireship to his intestate brothers estate the sisters to both these 
bro'-' thev claime a '^''' of s'' intestates bro'^ estate, & the children of 
the doner y'^ first gave it they claime a '^^'^ This Court there- 
fore untill a decition of this case can be resolved (w°^ they will as 
Speedily doe as may be) Grants Administrac'on To John Amen- 
seen : and Jeremiah Walford bro'' to y** Intestate Tho: Walford 
deceased upon y*^ s'' Tho: estate they giveing bond to administer 
according to Law & bring in an Inventory of the estate (with all 
rents received & due) unto the Court of Adjornm' held in portsm** 
y*^ first wensday in Sep' next — The court accepts y"" own bond, & 
they acknowledged themselves to stand bownd in a bond of 200^' 
so to doe 

[Court Records, June 7, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 47.] 

John Amanzeene & Jeremy Walford as administrat"^* to the estate 
of Thomas Walford deceased (grand child to Thomas Walford of 
Saggamore Creeke deceased) by Vertue of an order of this hono'^''' 
court bearing date the seaventh day of June last doe give in this 
acp* this seaventh day of September 1681 

1 That ye said Jn° Amazeene and Jeremy Walford have de- 
manded of m"" Jn° Sherbourne Jun"' as heire to m"" Henery Sher- 
bourne deceased one of the Executors of ye last will & testament 
of Thomas Walford Grandfather deceased what papers, wright- 
ings, or other thinges belonged to the estate of Walford deceased, 
but the said m'' Sherbourne refused to deliver any w^"'out order of 
court 

2 The said Jn° Amazeene & Jeremy Walford have reed pos- 
session of a parcell of land & Meddow that was given by Will to 
Thomas Walford deceased by his Grandfather Thomas Walford 
as aforesaid 

3 m' Jn° Sherbourne Jun"^ & Jn° Westbrooke doe acknowledge 
to be due and have promised payment of eighteene pounds four 
shil & three pence whereof two thirds belong to the estate of 
Thomas Walford Jun"^ deceased w''' is I2".2^IO''. the other third 
being 6'': i*: 5'' is the propper estate of ye said Jeremy Walford 



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4 The said Jn° & Jeremy have reed of Thomas Walford Jun"" 
deceased his estate one old stul^'e suit & a small box vallued at 
25«. 

5 The said Jn" & Jeremy have reed one third part of twenty 
acres of land and one acre of Mash being on the great Island 
being that part of the estate of Thomas Walford deceased w"'' was 
given him by his father Jeremy Walford deceased 

6 The said Jn^ & Jeremy have paid to Cap' W'" Vaughan five 
pounds nine shils for a debt w'^'' was due to the said Cap' Vaughan 
from Thomas Walford deceased and for the funerall charges. 

his marke 
John X Amazeen 

his 

Jeremy X Walford 

marke 

Upon full Hearing & Debate of y*" Cause depending between y*^ 
Daughters of Thomas Walford Sen"^ dec'sd, and his Grandson 
Jeremy Walford ; And upon considerac'on had of y*" Last wil & 
testam' of y® sd Tho: Walford Sen'' y*^ Grandfather; & especially 
of y'' p' wherein he bequeaths a certain house & land, whereof he 
was seised in fee, to his Grandson Tho: Walford (since deceas'd) 
in general words only, without words of inheritance, or any intent 
appearing to give him more then a freehold (or estate for life:) 
It was agreed by y*^ Councel, That y'' reversion of y*" sd particular 
estate rev'^ts to y'' Right heirs of y® Devisor (or donor,) which falls 
out to be y*" said Daughters of y*^ sd Grandfather Tho: Walford : 
And Thev do Give Judgment for them to enter, & have possession 
of ;y'' land & p'misses in Qiiestion : And that y'* s'' Estate be equally 
devided among y'^ sd Daughters, viz: Jane Goss, Hanna Jones, 
Marv Brooking & Elizabeth Savage. And do likewise Order, 
ffive pound to be paid (for costs in mon}', or y*" value) by y*" sd 
Daughters to y" Treas"" of y'' Province, for defraying y'' charge of 
y^ several Hearings of y" Cause. 

[Council Records, Sept. 6, i68i, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 680.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 225 

ARTHUR CLAPHAM 1678 

[Inventorv of the estate of Arthur CLipham, who died in May, 
1676 ; amount, £23.3.6 ; signed by John Clark and Andrew Dea- 
mont ; presented in court June 25, 1678, by John Hunking.] 



THOMAS DUSTON 1678 

The Deposition of Luce Wills & Sarah Lidden y'^ foremenc'ond 
Wills aged aboute forty Six yeares or thereabouts & y*^ s'^ Litten. 
thirty eight yeares or thereabouts Testifieth & saith 

The Depon'^ being Sworne saith that y*^ Relict of Thomas Dus- 
ton by name Elizabeth being in Company w'*^ y*' depon'* said that 
after the said Thomas Dustons house was burned that her husband 
& she were forced to take up Twenty pownds for theire Necessitie 
in beding & goods of m"" John Cutt sen"" of piscattaq for w*=^ they 
mortgaged theire house & Land Now in y® possession of John 
Amerideth, & farther added that after y® decease of her husband 
Thomas Durston she was Inforced to comply w'^ m"" Cutts afores*^ 
to pay to Nathaniel ffryer ten pounds w*^** her husband was In- 
debted to said ffryer before deceased, & then she also declaired y* 
being by Necessity constreined for herselfe & children, did make 
sale of y*^ afore menc'oned house & Land unto 3^*^ s'^ m"" Cutt w'^'^ was 
mortgaged to s'' Cutt as abovesaid, & also said y* her second hus- 
band by Name Button at his decease bequeathed to her selfe one 
hundred acres of Land, whereof Thirty acres she gave to her son 
Thomas Durston for quietness sake that he might not trouble the s** 
Amerideth afterward aboute y*^ house & Land above menconed 
w*^** she said that y*^ said Cutt honestly paid her for & that concern- 
ing y® abovesaid Land she Knew how things were better than any 
body, & therefore gave him the abovsaid Thirty acres of Land & 
farther saith not 

Daf* June y^ 25**" June 1678 In portsm'' 

[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 137.] 
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226 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ANTIPAS MAVERICK 1678 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Antipas Maverick of Exeter 
granted to Edward Oilman and his wife, Abigail Oilman, daughter 
of the deceased, July 15, 1678.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 62.] 



ISRAEL PHILLIPS 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Israel Phillips granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Phillips, Sept. 24, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 24, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventor3^of the estate ; amount, £156.15.6 ; signed by Samuel 
Keais and Obadiah Morse ; attested by the administratrix June 
24' 1679.] 

JOACHIM HARVEY 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Joachim Harvey was granted 
to Mrs. Elea Harvey and Benjamin Dole, in behalf of his wife, 
Elizabeth Dole, daughter of the deceased, Sept. 24, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 24, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 26, 1678; amount, £529.12.0; signed by 
Elias Stileman.] 

ffor a Settlem' & Division of the Estate of Joachim Harvey 
between Elear his relict widow & Elizabeth Dole his only Daugh- 
ter & heir the Court doth order that the sd widow & Adminestratrix 
pay to her sd Daughter one Hundred pounds out of the Moveable 
estate Indifferently as the Judgm' of Cap' Stileman & M'' ffryer & 
that ye sd widow then possess the remaynder paying the Debts & 
Maintayning the house & warehouse in repayr during Her Life & 
then that the sd Houses & Land revert to sd Elizabeth & her heirs 
for ever. 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



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JOSEPH ATKINSON 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Atkinson was granted 
to Philip Lewis and Lieut. Neal Sept. 24, 1678, administration 
not having been before granted " whereby y*^ estate is Like to 
be Imbezled & his children & Creditors wronged," and the admin- 
istrators were ordered to secure the estate for the benefit of the 
children and creditors.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 24, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 



HENRY MANSFIELD 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Mansfield granted to his 
father-in-law, James Leach, Oct. 9, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 9, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 



JAMES LIBBY 1678 

[Administration on the estate of James Libby granted to his 
brother, Anthony Libby, Nov. 14, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 14, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 



THOMAS BEARD 1678 DOVER 

In the name of God amen, the Sixteene day of Decemb'^ in y*^ 
Yeare of o' Lord God one Thousand Six hundred Seaventy Eaight 
I Thomas Beard of the towne ship of Dover in y*^ County of Dov"^ 
& Postmouth being sick & weake of body * * * 

It my will is that all my debts w'^'^ I doe in Conscience & 
equitie Justly owe Unto any "^son or '^sons be honestly & truely 
paid & satisfied out of two thirds of my whole estate Excepting the 
hundred acars of Land w*''' was granted me by the towne Scituate 
& Lying Neare Cochecha shall be wholely to my Executor to- 
wards the payment of the debt & affter my debts being paid & my 
ff'unurall Charges being defraid my will is — 



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It that for Natural! Love & affection w*='' I doe owe & beare to- 
Marie Beard my wife that shee shall enjoy the third '^* of all my 
Lands excepting the hundred acars at or neare Cochecha (before 
excepted) for & Dureng her naturall life & the third 1^' of all my 
moveable estate to be to her disposing after my decease & all such 
monies as I shall be possed of at my decease : & such debts as is 
dew from Major Walden for service done on publick occasions wch 
is not upon my book 

It I give to my daughter Marie Beard Thirteene pounds to be 
paid w^'^in two Years affter my decease 

It I give to my daughter Martha Brimhor ffourty shillings to 
be paid w"'in two years affter my decease 

It I give to my daughter Elizabeth Watson Ten' pounds to be 
paid w"'in two years affter my decease 

It I give to my Son' Thomas Beard the three Acar Lott Scitu- 
ate & Lying neare Deacon John Dams house on Dover neck & 
the halfe of the ten' acars w*''' I bought of the tovvne Lying & being 
neare Littell Johns Creeke & the ffeather bed w"' blanckets sheets 
bolster & pilloes & Rugg there unto belonging w*^** is in the parlor 
& my Little muskuet & my Cloake & my best sute of aparell & 
ffive pounds to be paid w'^in two yeares affter my decease (& a 
mare colt, which he is to have when he doth attaine to the age of 
one & twentie yeares) 

It for the Confidence w*^^' I have & doe put in my Son' Joseph 
Beard to see this my will to be Justly & truely "^formed & for his 
better Liveing I doe make him my Lawfull heire & Executor of 
all my Lands goods & Chatties moveable & Unmoveable not for- 
merly given w'^^ all debts owing & dew to me either by bils bonds 
or specitalties or books of accoumpt from any "^son or '^sons what- 
soever) And also doe by this my Last will Ratifie & Conferme 
Unto him all & every act & thing mencioned & expressed in one 
paire of writings Indented made & Don by & betweene me & my 
said son beareing Date the Twentie day of Septemb"' in y^ yeare 
of o"" Lord God one thousand Six hundred Seaventy & Eight In 



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wittness whereof I have set my hand & scale the day and yeare 
abovesaid 

Seald Signd signe of 

4& DeHv*^ in '^sence Thomas X [seal] Beard 

Job Clements 

John Evens 

[Proved March 25, 1679.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 24, 1678; amount, £222.3.0; signed by Job 
Clements and John Tuttle : attested by Joseph Beard June 24, 
1679-] 

WILLIAM COTTON 1678 

[Inventory of the estate of William Cotton, Dec. 19, 1678 ; 
amount, £998. 5. 6i; signed by Anthony Nutter and Philip Sea- 

vey.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Cotton granted to 
Elizabeth Cotton, John Cotton, and William Cotton Dec. 31, 
1678.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 31, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Cotton granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Cotton, and John Cotton, June 24, 1679, his 
:son, William Cotton, declining to act. 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 



eph ^ 

> Cotton, 
nn 5 



Leiu* Antho: Nutter is appoynted gardian to Thomas Cotton 

Leiu' Neall Guardian for Joseph 

M'' John Hunkins for Benjamii 

Sayd Guardians taking Care to dispose the s'^ Children to good 
services. 

for a Settlem' of the estate of W™ Cotton this Court doth order 
that the widow have the Money & plate of the valine of two Hun- 
dred pounds and so much of y*" Household goods as are necessary 
at the Judgm* of M'' Martin, for her Comfortable Subsistance with 



230 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

liberty to use such part of the House as She pleaseth the remayn- 
der of sd Money if any at her death to be proportioned amongst 
the surviving children 

that John Have a Double portion of the whole remayneng estate 
in Such Lands or goods as he shall chose except the Homestead. 

that w"' have the House & Homestead & Marsh at Litle Har- 
bour amounting to Somthing more then two Hundred pounds 
paying thereout to his brother Joseph one Hundred pounds with 
two per Cent untill it be paid. 

The other three Children Thomas Benjamin & Sarah to have 
one Hundred pounds in Lands goods & Chattells equally as it will 
arise out of the remaynder M' Richard Martin & Cp' Thomas 
Daniell are entreated & Impoured to see this division performed. 

there is further provided & reserved for John one Acre out of 
the Homestead convenient for building paying w"" y^ Inventory 
price 

if the estate fall short to pay the severall proportions mentioned 

the eldest is ordered to Compleat it, not exceeding five pounds a 

peice 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



ABISHA TAPRILL 1678/9 

The testimony of W™ Bickham & Rich: paine conserning y^ 
estate of Abisha Taprill 

These depon'^ testifie & say that they both being at y^ house of 
aforesaide Abisha & seing her very 111 of body & unlikely long to 
Live did propose to her to make her will, The said Abisha Ans- 
wered that she had no will to make, for the hovise & household 
stuff was her ffathers & the goods he was obleiged, for the debts, 
therefore he must take them into his Custodie to make money & if 
anything remained as overpluss it was his "^ '^ Stock, & as for y® 
goods coming aboute from Boston '^ ffox she desired her father to 
receive & to pay M"^ Tappin what she owed for them, as for her 
children she desired her ffather that as shee had ev' been a true 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 23I 

& fFaithfull servant to him so he would not suffer them to want 
or sustaine pennury, this she spake y® 6^^ day of January at night 
being in 'If? feet mind & memory in y® yeare of o"" Lord 1678 

Gr' Island y« 23''^ of January 1678 m^ W^ Bickham & m' Rich- 
ard paine made oath to y*" above written before me 

Elias Stileman Com'is"" 

[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 147.] 



ROBERT JORDAN 1678/9 NEWCASTLE 

In the name of god Amen, I Robert Jordan Senior Gentlem" 
formerly of Spurwinke, & now resident on the Great Island In the 

Townshipe of Portsmouth, In New England, being weake of body 

* * * 

Item I do hereby ratify allow, & Confirme two deeds or write- 
ings which formerly I made & gave under my hand & Seale, one 
to my Eldest sonn John Jordan, & another to my second sonn 
Robert Jordan, according to the Contents y'in exprest 

Item I give & grant to my wife Saraih Jordan now Liveing,the 
ould Plantation at Spurwinke, Contayneing one thousand Acres 
bee It more or less, begining w"^ the Grant belonging to my sonn 
John Jordan doth end, & ending where the Lott bequeathed by 
this my will to my 3'' sonn Dominicus Jordan doth begine, & soe 
along the high way untill you come to the greate pond, for & dure- 
ing the Tearme of her naturall life The reversion & Inhertance 
y'' of, to bee & remaine unto my youngest sonn Jeremiah Jordan, 
his heyres & successors for ever ; as his part & portion / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my sayd wife Saraih Jordan, one 
other farme Called Nonsuch, Contayneing two thousand Acres bee 
It more or less, for & dureing her naturall life, & for y" more strict 
obleighing my childrens duty to her, my will is that shee wholly 
& absolutely dispose the succession thereof, to either or any of my 
sonns they, or their or any of their heyres or Issew Lawfully by 
them or any of them begotten for ever / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my sonn Dominicus Jordan one 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

thousand Acres of Land, at Spurwinke to begine where the above 
sd ould Plantation Endeth, as hee shall make Choyce of, to bee 
layd out by the overseers hereafter Nominated / 

Item I Give & bequeath unto my sonn Jedediah Jordan, one 
thousand Acres of my Land at Spurwinke aforesayd, to bee chosen 
by him out of my Land not disposed before, to bee to the use of 
him & his heyres for ever / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my sonn Samuell Jordan by 
Reason of his posterity, Choyse of Eleaven hundred Acres of Land 
of my sayd Land at Spurwinke, to bee to the use of him, & his 
heyres for ever, & whatsoever part or "^rcell of Land remaines 
not bequeathed nor given of my sayd Lands, at Spurwinke by any 
or all of the above rescited & expressed articles, I do hereby give, 
& bequeath the same, being upland, unto my sonns above named, 
to bee devided & asqually allotted amongst them / 

Item My will is that my Meddow bordering along by the River 
Spurwinke bee asqually devided to each portion of the above given 
Land nearest & most Conveniently Adjoyneing, to each "^rcell or 
portion as is above disposed / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my foure youngest sonns, Namly 
Dominicus Jedediah Samuell & Jeremiah Jordan to each of them 
one feather bedd, & boulsters / 

Item I make & ordayne my sayd wife Saraih, & my two 
sonns, John & Robert Jordan, to bee my Joynt executors 

Item I make & hereby ordayne Major Nicho: Shapleigh of 
Kittery Mr Nath^ ffryer, & Mr William Bickham Merchants to 
bee overseers & to end all differences in any matters ariseing, 
by means of my not fully expressing my selfe in this my last will 
& testament between My Legatees, & the executors hereof, & to 
settle all things according to theire best Judgments, & nearest 
Intent of this my will, that noe further or future differences may 
arise / 

Lastly, My will & Intent is, that each & ever of my afore 
mentioned sonns, there heyres & Successors, shall have & Injoy, 
all & Singular the aforesayd specifyd Grants, Gyfts, & Legacys, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 233 

-& If any or either of them want Naturall Issew, that then that 
Legacy shall redown & bee {:equally devided amongst the rest / 

[Acknowledged at Great Island Jan. 28, 1678/9; exhibited in 
•court and allowed July i, 1679.] 
[York County, Me.. Deeds, vol. 3, p. 44.] 



MARTHA WEST 1678/9 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Martha West, Great Island, Jan. 29, 
1678/9; amount, £762.19.0; signed by Henry Roby, Francis 
Tucker, and William Roby. 

" Gran' Administr^ to y'' esta of Ed West & Martha his wife 
'deceased to George Walton in behalfe of y* children of y'^ s*^ 
"West."] 

SAMUEL WILLEY 1679 

[Order, May 21, 1679, to Deacon John Hall, clerk of the writs, 
to return an inventory of the estate of Samuel Willey ; signed by 
Richard Waldron and Elias Stileman, commissioners. 

Endorsed, " I John Hall having been ordered by Authority as 
-may apeare by y*^ order within writen to goe to oyster River to 
look after y*^ estate of Samuel willy who dyed Itestate and in obe- 
dience to y** aforesd order I went to y'^ house of the father of y** sd 
Deceaed samuel wily in order to y*^ service specifye in y® within 
Avriten order and received answer from Thomas wily y*' father of 
the Deceaced person afoere named in whos hand y** estate of y'' 
deceacd persen aforesed was left remaining when sd Deceaced 
person dyed as apeared by information of Neighbors and what I 
hard from them and having Told him my bisiness his answer was 
y*^ he would Administer and pay y*^ debts 

John Hall Clerk of y*" writs for dover "] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1679; amount, £54.2.0; signed by Ben- 
jamin Matthews and Thomas Edgerly.] 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Willey granted to his 
father, Thomas Willey, June 24, 1679, '^vho presented an inven- 
tory and his bond. Deacon John Hall was allowed five shillings 
for caring for the estate until administration was granted.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, ^^ Deeds, vol. 5, p. 29.] 

[Bond of Thomas Willey and William Willey of Dover to sat- 
isfy the creditors of Samuel Willey ; amount, £100; dated June: 
30, 1679 ; witnesses, Peter Duncan and John Barsham.] 



RICHARD STILEMAN 1679 

[Inventory of the estate of Richard Stileman, June 23, 1679; 
amount, £672.3.0; signed by Nathaniel Fryer, Francis Tucker, 
and George Jaffrey.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Stileman granted to- 
his widow, Mary Stileman, in behalf of herself and four children,. 
June 24, 1679.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 



BISHOP 1679 

[Guardianship of Job Bishop of Ipswich, Mass., was granted 
to Major Robert Pike June 24, 1679, he being chosen by the 
ward.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 31.] 



BRIDGET CLIFFORD 1679 HAMPTON 

The last will & Testament of Bridgett Clifford Relict to Jn" 
Huggins sen: of Hampton deceased, being made & signed Sep- 
tem'"" y"" i : 1679 

In y*" name of god Amen : I Bridget Cleford y® Relict of Jn° 
Huggins sen; of Hampton deceased, being by y*" providence of 
god & last will of my sd Husband left Executrix to y*" sd will ; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 235 

being at p'^sent sound in body & minde but knowing I must 
shortly depart hence & not knowing how soone ; doe herby 
comend my Soule to god y' made & redeemed it, my body to y® 
earth to bee decently buried in hope of a blessed resurreccon as 
also my debts (if any appeare) being pay'd : I doe in faithfullness to 
my former husbands will give & bequeath unto my sone nathan- 
iell all y*^ Tenem' or messuage wheron wee some times lived neare 
y*' landing place in Hampton To have & to hold to him & his 
heires for ever viz: all y' land upland & meadow, Arable or pas- 
ture ground, together w"" one share of cow com'onage & one share 
of y'' Oxe com'ons, together w*^*^ all y*^ privilidges y* doe or may 
belong hereunto ; all wayes ^ vided y' with in three years after my 
decease the sd Nath^' shall pa}^ or cause to be pay'd in Hampton 
to my sone Jn° Huggins thirty pound in corne & cattle atty*" currant 
prices they shall usually then goe for between man & man in 
Hampton, & also y*^ sd Nath^': after ni}^ decease is requiered to pay 
five pound in specye as abovsd to my daughter Bridgitt at y'^ time 
of her mariage ; as also to pay or cause to bee payd to my grand- 
child mary mattoone three pound at her mariage or when shee 
shalbe of ye age of twenty one years w^- shall hrst happen after 
my death. I also requier my sd sone to pay to my use, duering 
y^ terme of my naturall life three pound yearly if I see cause in 
any yeare to demand it w*''in y*^ yeare for my necessary releife ; 
& my will is y' all my moveables that I shall leave at death be 
equally divided among my daughters then surviveing : And I do 
hereby appoint my sone nathaniel sole Executo'' to this my last 
will & Testam' & do request my good freinds Ensigne Jn° Sam- 
born, & John Smith Cooper both now of Hampton to be, overseers 
to my sons true "^formance, And have accordingly sett to my 
hand & scale y^ yeare & day above written 

Signed & sealed in y*" p'^sence of us Bridgit Clitiord 

Philemon Dalton her X mark & Seale 

Elizabeth Dalton 

[Recorded Aug. 26, 1680.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 28.] 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ROBERT PAGE 1679 HAMPTON 

In the name and fear of God Amen 

I Rober Page of Hampton in the County of Norfolke in New 
England being aged and weak of Body butt sound of understand- 
ing and of a Disposeing mind doe make this my last will as fol- 
loweth Haveing Comitted my selfe unto the almighty and shortly 
to lay of this Earthly tabernacle do Comitt my fraile body to the 
Earth to bee buried in Hampton burieing place in a Cristian and 
Decentt manner as my Children shall order & Appoynt And for 
whatt Estate God Hath bestowed upon mee in this world my will 
is thatt all my Just Debts bee first satiesfied and payd and my 
Estate to bee Disposed of as followeth 

1st I Give unto ffrancis page my Eldest son all my pastuer & 
upland which I bought of Leiu' will Howard Containing Sixty 
Acres more or less besides a Certaine tracte which I Reserve for 
my Grand Child Robertt page the which is bounded with the land 
of Abr Drake and natt Boulter to a payer of barres Goeing into 
the Comons and from thence aboutt ten Rod in bredth to a bridg 
Goeing over the Swamp next Ed Colcords medow with two Acres 
Adjoining to boulters which parte of land so bounded I Doe Re- 
serve to Robertt page and all the Rest I Doe Give and Conferme 
to my son ffrancis page being aboutt sixty Rod more or lesse 

2ly I Doe Give unto my sone ffrancis page one share of the 
•Covves Comon According to the valine thereof 

3ly I Doe Give unto m'' Seaborn Cotton our Reverend pastor 
the some of five pound to be payd to him in Good merchentable 
pay as itt Comanly Goeth att Strabrey Bank within Halfe a year 
after my Decease if he Continow an officer in this Church till 
then 

4ly I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fogs two yongest 
Children the some of ten pound vizd to James fog five pound and 
to Hannah fTbg five pound to bee payd to them by my son ffrancis 
page when they shall Attaine to the Age of Sixteen years 

5ly I Doe Give unto my Daughter Margritt Samborn and to 
Her Seaven Children the some of fortie pounds to Bee payd by 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 237 

my son Thomas page viz to my Daughter margritt five pound to 
Josuph mouhon five pound to Benjmin moulton five pound to Han- 
nah moulton five pound to bee payd within a year after my De- 
cease and to the Rest viz to Sarah moulton now Sarah Haines the 
some of five pound to Ruth moulton now Ruth Samborn the 
sume of five pound to william moulton five pound, and to Jonathan 
Samborn five pound which is also to bee payd by my son Thomas 
page the fist year after my Decease & to william moulton my best 
weaning Calfe of this year 

61y. I Doe Give unto the Children of my Daughter Rebecah 
and of my son in law william marston the some of fortie pound 
whereof ten pound is already payd the Rest to bee payd as fol- 
loweth, five pound to Rebecah now the wife of John Smith and 
five pound to Hannah now the wife of Samuell foge, and five 
pound to Samuell Marston to bee payd by my Son Thomas page 
within two years after my Decease 

Itt I Doe Give to my Grand Daughter Lucie marston the some 
often pound to bee payd to Her by my son ff'rancis page within 
six years after my Decease : and five pounds to Meriah Marston 
the same year to bee payd by my son Thomas 

yly. I Doe Give and bequeth unto my Daughter Hannah the 
wife of Henry Dow and to Her three Children the some of fortie 
pound viz to my Daughter Hannah the some of twentie five pound 
to bee payd to Her by my son Thomas page within three years 
after my Decease 

Ittem I Doe Give unto Joseph Dow my Daughter Hannahs^ 
Eldest son the some of five pound 

Itt to Symon Dow Her third son the some of five pound 

Itt to Jabez Dow fourth son the some of five pound to bee 
payd to them by my son Thomas page the fourth year after my 
Decease 

Sly : I Doe Give unto Samuell Dow my Daughter Hannahs 
second son my planting lott in the north plaine Containing thir- 
teen Acres according as it is Granted and layd outt 

g\y I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary flfog : the Houses 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

which I have built upon my House lott whear she now Dwelleth 
Sixty Rod of Ground Adjacentt as itt is now layd outt mor or 
lesse Duering the terme of her naturall life 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fog five Acres of plant- 
ing land more or less Adjoy[n]ing to the land of m"" Sam" Dalton 
towards the north west & the land of william Marston towards the 
south East, & two Swine & 3 of y'' biggest shots & that wch is up 
a fatting 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fog three Acres and 
halfe of pastur land which I Bought of Nathaniel Bachelder Ad- 
joyning to william fullers Swamp : and one share of the ox Comon, 
and thatt Hand of Salt marsh by the landing place all Dureing Her 
naturall life and then to bee and Remaine to Her Eldest son Seath 
ifog after his mother Decease and my Daughters boyes to Helpe 
to Carrie the Dung outt this year & to have 12 load to lay on y' 
5 acres bought of John Smith 

loly : I Doe Give and Bequeath unto my Grand Child Robertt 
moulton one share of the Cowes Comon and three Acres and Halfe 
more or less of Salt marsh which I bought of James philbrick 
which is bounded with marsh of William Samborn on the one side 
and the marsh of Robertt Smith on the other side 

Itt I Doe Give unto the sd Robertt moulton my Hand of fresh 
medow that lieth above my planting land or pa[s]tuer by taylors 
River being by Estimation one Acre more or less as itt is with 
free Egres and Regres through my land to the same, and in Case 
the sd Robertt moulton Die without Issue then the sd lands and 
Commonage to bee and Remaine to his Brother Benjamin moul- 
ton 

II Itt i Doe Give unto m}^ Son ffrancis page the one Halfe of 
all my fresh medow which I Bought of Leiu' Howard the whole 
being by Estimation Sixteen Acres Adjoy[n]ing to my Greatt 
lott, the which Sixteen Acres is to be Equally Devided betwixt 
my two sons my son ffrancis to Devide and my son Thomas to 
Choose after Devision the Stock yard to bee for both their use 
and thatt both of them their Heires and Assignes shall have free 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 239 

Egres and Regres to the sd stok yard and to their land According 
to their Devision from time to time for Ever 

I2ly : I Doe Give and Bequeth unto my Grand Child Robertt 
page my Son Thomas Eldest sone thatt tractt of land Reserved 
from my son frances his land Adjoyni[n]g to the land of Abra 
Drake and nath boulter and so to the Barrs thatt Goeth into the 
Comons towards John Garlands land with the two Acres Adjoin- 
[in]g to Boulters fence and ten Rod more in bredth to the Bridg 
thatt Goeth over the Swamp by Ed Colcords medow 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Grand son Robertt page Eightt Acres 
•of fresh medow by my son francies his medow the which he is to 
Enter upon and posesse att the Age of twenti fower years and his 
father to posesse and Injoy the same in the mean time 

13 I Doe Give and Bequeth unto my two Grand Children 
Robertt page and Samuell page twentie Acres of upland att the 
Saw mill the which is to bee Equally Devided betwixt them, and 
they are to Enter upon itt att their fathers Decease and their 
fathers to Have the use of itt Duering the terme of their lives 

I4ly : I Doe Give unto my Grand Child John page one Hun- 
dred Acres of land Granted to mee in the west partt of Hampton 
bound, Called the new plantation 

15 I Doe Give unto my two sones ffrancis page & Thomas page 
my Quarter partt of the old Saw mill built upon taylors River, 
with all the priveledge and appertinances thereunto belonging : 
and my son ffrancis page is to pay unto my Grand Child mary 
page the some of five pound : and to m"^ Samuell Dalton the some 
of twentie shillings as a Gratuity for his paines which is to bee 
payd by my sone francis page 

i61y : I Doe Give unto my Grand Child Lucie page the Daugh- 
ter of my son ffrancis page the some often pound to bee payd by 
my son Thomas page within seaven years after my Decease 

17 I Doe Give unto my Grand son Benjamin Moulton After 
my Decease one young Bull of two year old and upwards 

18 I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fog one fether bed with 
.all the beden bedstead and furnituer thereunto belonging and also 



240 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my Greatt Brass Kittle and my Daughter mary fog is to Have alF 
the Crop of y' Ground Given to her both EngHsh and Indian 
Exept Halfe the oats, and to Have barne Rome for Corne and 
Hay Duering her life if she Remaine a widow and for such Cattle 
as are Robertt moultons and my Daughter fogs Childrens they are 
to Have a meett "^ portion of the Hay thatt is made for the year 
following untill winter be over and my Daughter fog to Have 
Comonag to keep two Cows Duering the terme of her life and 
my Cloaths I Give to Her Children and one steer of a yer & 
vantag 

19 : I Doe Give unto my Grandson Robertt moulton one fether 
bed with the bolster Coverlett and Appertinances thereunto be- 
longing and my Sarg Coatt 

20 I Doe Give unto my Grand Daughter mary page my son 
Thomas Daughter five pound as is mentioned in y® 15 Article and 
to my Daughter fog thatt bed which her Children lies upon 

21 : I Doe Give to my Gran son Robertt page that Chest which 
I brought outt of old England and my Copper Kittle 

22 : ffinally I Give and Bequeath unto my son Thomas page my 
Dwelling House barnes Stables and all other buildings being and 
standing upon my land not otherwayes Disposed of with all my 
land marsh and medow Comonage and all Rights priveledges 
and Appertinances to mee belonging in the towne of Hampton 
with all my tooles and Implements of Husbandry my stock of 
Cattle and all moveables both within Dores and withoutt that 
are nott other wayes Disposed of by this my last will 

And I Doe make Constitute and Appointt my Son Thomas page 
to bee my sole Exectuer to this my last will and testementt and my 
son in law Henry Dow to bee my overseer to see thatt the same 
bee performed in Evry part thereof as itt is Declared and if my 
Execters faile in the '^formance of any parte thereof itt shall bee 
in the power of my over seers to pay any part or Legacy outt of 
the stock or other Estate and I Doe by these p^'sents Nullifie and 
make voyd all former wills made by mee and for the Conferma- 
tion of this my last will and testament I have Hereunto sett my- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 24I 

Hand and Scale the Ninth Day of September in the year of our 
Lord one thousand Six hundred and Seaventy nine Enterlined in 
the fifteenth Article and one line Rased in the 17th and one in the 
twentieth before the Sealing Herof 

Deacon page Signed Sealed and his 

Declared this to bee His last will in Rober X [seal] 

the p''sents of us pag mark & Scale 

Samuell Dalton 

John Smborne 

Jonathan Wedgwood 

[Proved Nov. 11, 1679.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, 
p. 26.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Deacon Robert Page, taken by 
Thomas Marston, Nathaniel Weare, and Samuel Dalton Oct. 10, 
1679; amount, £579.4.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, 
p. 28.] 



RICHARD TUCKER 1679 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Tucker granted to 
Mrs. Margaret Tucker Sept. 30, 1679.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 19, 1679; amount, £28.2.3 ; signed by Na- 
thaniel Drake and William Seavey ; attested by the widow Sept. 
30, 1679.] 



REBECCA BINMORE 1680 

[Inventorv of the estate of Rebecca Binmore, widow, April 2, 
1680: amount, £33.2.0. A female child is mentioned, whom Sil- 
vanus Roake takes as an apprentice until she is eighteen years of 
age or married.] 
16 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to William Willey June i, 1680, who 
presented an inventory of £33.2.0, out of which he was ordered 
to pay £13.4.0 to Henry Nock at the age of twenty-one, and the 
balance of the estate, after payment of debts, to Henry Nock, 
Temperance Binmore, and Hester Binmore in equal parts when 
they are of age.] 

[Court Records, June i, 1680, in Deeds, vol 5, p. 34.] 



JOSEPH AUSTIN 1680 

TAdministration on the estate of Joseph Austin granted to Lieut. 
Peter Coffin June i, 1680, who gave a bond in the sum of £40.] 



MOSES SLEEPER 1680 

[Administration on the estate of Moses Sleeper granted to his 
father, Thomas Sleeper, Sept. 7, 1680.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1680. in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 39.] 



JAMES HOBBS 1680 

[Administration on the estate of James Hobbs granted to William 
Fifield and Sarah Hobbs Sept. 7, 1680.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1680. in Deeds, vol, 5, p. 40.] 



JOHN BOONE 1680 

[Administration on the estate of John Boone granted to Peter 
Twisden of the Isles of Shoals Oct. 12, 1680.] 

[Council Records, Oct. 12, 1680. in State P.iptrs, vol. 19, p. 672.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 243 

GODFREY DEARBORN 1680 HAMPTON 

I Godfreey Dearbarne of Hampton in the '^venc of New 

Hampshier in New England Being aged and Inferme of Body 

* * * 

I Give and Bequeath Unto Dorothy Dearbarn my loveing wife 
for the terme of her life my Dwelling House & Barne & orchvard 
and the Use and Improvementt of all my land both Areable land 
pastuer & marsh land for her Comfortable subsistenc Duering the 
terme of Her life, and the use and Improvementt of all my move- 
ables within Dores and withoutt Duering the terme of her life 

Itt I Doe Give and bequeath Unto my Grand Child Ann Shat- 
redg that now liveth with mee one two year old Heffer which she 
is to Receive att the End of Her time }■* she is to live with mee 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas Dearbarne my Dark 
Browne horse which I Use to Rid on 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my son Thomas and Henry Dearbarn all 
the Rest of my Cattle thatt shall Remaine att the Decease of the 
longest liver of mee or my wife Exepting Sheep and swine which 
are other wayes Disposed of 

Itt my will and pleasure is thatt all the Sheepe and swine that 
shall Remaine att my wives Decease shall bee Equally Divided 
betwixt all my Grand Children y* shall bee then living : and the 
Division to be made by my Executors & over seers 

Itt I Doe Give and Bequeath Unto my Son John Dearbarn mv 
House barne and house lott and all my land both Art-able land 
pastuers medows & marshes and all Tovvne Rights and priveledges 
thereunto belonging and all my tooles and Carts & other Imple- 
ments of Husbandry : and I Doe appointt my son John Dearbarne 
to bee my Exectuer to this my will and the Estate the which he is 
to Enter Upon and possesse att my wives Decease and to bee and 
Remaine to him and his Heires for Ever 

Itt I Doe ordaine and Appointt my two Eldest sons Thomas 
Dearbarne & henry Dearbarne to bee my over seers to this my 
last will and testamentt whom I appointt to see to the managmentt 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of my Estate thatt m}' wife may have a Comfortable living outt of 
itt Duering the terme of her life 

And for vvhatt Houshold stuff' I shall leave thatt my wife shall 
have the use and Improvement thereof Duering the terme of her 
life, and then to bee Equally Devided Between my three Daugh- 
ters onh' leaving itt to my wives liberty to Dispose of whatt was 
her owne before I maried Her viz one fether Bed & boulster & 
Rug & Coverlelt and her Greatt Bible & her Red flannell petti- 
coate to y® wife of John morse 

And this my last will and testamentt I Conferme with my Hand 
& Seale Affixed therto this fourteenth Day of December in the 
year of our lord one thousand Six hundred & Eighty 

Signed Sealed & Declared His 

to bee y'' last will of Godfrey Godfrey Dearbarn X [sealej 
Dearbarn in p'^sents of Mark & Seale 

Samuell Dalton sen'" 

Mehetable Dalton 

This was sworn to y® 26 of agust : 86 by mehetable Dalton alice 
[alias] Simins befor mee 

Henry green Justis Peace 

Province of New Hampshire June 7"' 1711 
Philemon Dalton "^sonally appearing before the Honourable 
Richard Waldron Esq'" Judge of probate of Wills and Granting 
Letters of Administration within the said province made oath that 
he was present when his Mother Mehitabell appeared before Jus- 
tice Green, and made oath as a Wittness to this- Will as is incerted 
in the Margin thereof. / 

Rich'^ Waldron 

And further by the Compareing of Several hand writeings of 
m"" Samuel Dalton a wittness to this will I am Satisfied that the 
Said Will is Legally Signed & Sealed And therefor it is proved 
Approved and Allowed oft' 

19 Rich'' Waldron 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 245 

[Inventory, Feb. 13, 1685/6; amount, £138.12.0; signed by- 
Henry Dow and John Smith.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 255.] 

To his Excellency y*' Governour & Councell sitting at portsmouth 
may 10'^ 1711 the petition of John Dearborn of Hampton in said 
province humbly sheweth — 

that your pitioners father Godfree Dearborn of Hampton De- 
ceased about 26 years since, the witneses to his Will & testament 
the one of them Dyed before y* testater by Reason of which the 
Will above said Will not be accounted well proved before the 
Judge of probats, your pitisioner humbly pra}s your Excellency 
& Councill Would Receive the testimoneys to prove, the deceased 
Witneses hand, which is Generell known he being for many 
years a Justice of peace, & Gierke of y® town and so to order that 
y*^ said testiment may be Executed, by the Executor otherwise 
there will be a foundation for Controversy here after 

Which your pitisioner humbly prays 

John Dearborn 

philemon Dalton was p'"sent when his Mother Mehitabell ap- 
peared before m' Justice Green made oath as a Wittness to this will 
as incerted in the Margin 

And further by the Compareing of Several hand writeings of m' 
Sam^' Dalton a wittness to this will, the Judge of the Probates is 
Satisfied that the Said will is Legal! signed & sealed and therefore 
Allows and Approves 

[Probate Records, vol 3, pp. 253, 254.] 



JOHN CUTT 1680/1 PORTSMOUTH 

last will & testament of Jn° Cutt Sen' of . . . . 

sm° in Piscataq river in the Province of New . . . mpshire 
in N: E made this 6"' of May 1680 

ing in perfect memory but Crazy and Infirm in 

weaknesses by reason of age & otherwise do ordain 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

this to be my last will & Testament hereby revoke- 

ing all other Wills by me formerly Made — 

I* — I Com'itt my Soul into the hands of God in Christ Jesus 
trusting that it shall be kept by him untill that day & my body unto 
a decent burial in my Orchai'd Where I buried my wife & Chil- 
dren that are deceased & I will that there be a wall of lime & 
Stone made about my Grave & the rest there already buried w"' 
room Convenient for a burying place for the residue of my family 
relations 

2° — I Give unto my beloved Son John Cutt my house & land 
where I now live w'*" the orchard Gardens wharfeing windmill 
Warehouses & other houseing (except what is hereafter Excepted 
w'* I Give unto my daughter Hannah) w"' all the priviledges & 
appurtenances thereunto belonging together w"' my wood ffeild 
lying upon the Creek behind my house & adjoyning to the land 
of Jn° Hunkin & all my fresh Marsh at the head of the Creek 
next to Rich: Cum'ings marsh w'^ my share of that Land bought 
of Maj'' Waldron and Cap' Lake near Greenland as alsoe all the 
land 1 bought of m"^ Andrew Wiggin being 160 pole by the Water 
Side more or lesse according to Bill of Sale & three mile back into 
the woods together w"' y*" Marsh or meadow abrest of it & my ten 
acres of land on the great Hand Excepting out of it what is here- 
after Excepted for my daughter Mary & my Warehouse on Starr 
Hand 

3° — I Give unto my beloved Son Samuel Cutt my house com'- 
only called the great house w"' the Orchard & feild adjoyning 
(Except what is hereafter given to his Sister Mary) w"' all the 
priviledges thereunto belonging together w''' my land near the 
Pulpit being 70 pole in breadth by the water Side & run'ing up the 
whole Length into the Woods according to agreem* between mee 
& Br° Rich'' Cutt together w'^ that halfe of w'» William's Planta- 
tion in Oysteriver w*^'^ I bought of him & the farm 1\ ing near it 
w^'^ I bought of Tho: Doughty w"' the fresh & Salt Marsh belong- 
ing to it & all my land at Spruce Creek bought of M'' Morgain & 
his wife & Ephraim Lynn being 160 acres more or lesse & that 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 247 

part w'^'' is mine of the house & land y' was m' Corbet's 1} ing at 
Kittery Point & my one acre of land Lying on the great Hand 
w*^*^ my Warehouse upon Smutty nose Hand as also a "^cell of 
land purchased of Richard Abbott lying near M' Wills's at 
Nechowonoq 

4° — I give unto my beloved daughter Hannah Cutt my New 
warehouse w"' the whartincr belongingr to it the land & wharfe soe 
farr as the Smith's Shop w"' the Smith's Shop & Soe farr as the 
high way w"^ halfe an acre of Land out of the windmill feild at 
the Corner next Br° Richards Barn Fronting upon tlie high way 

between that & between Br° Richards land & 

mine for the Soe wide as that the double of the 

ftront the Said halfe acre & the little feild by 

beyond W™ Hearl's bounded by the land of . 

land in the long reach to Say fifty pole 

addition afterward laid to it & the land I had . . . Exe- 
cution & the land I had in dover of Phillip Crom 

w''^ was Sometime belonging to Joseph Austen to Say eleven acres 
w"' the freehold or Com'onage belonging to it as alsoe my farm at 
Wells both upland & Meadow w"' the houseing & all priviledges 
belonging thereunto & that hundred acres of land w*^'' I had of 
Joseph Beard of Dover lying in or near Cochecho — 

5° — I give to my beloved daughter Mary Cutt the little feild 
being part of that Com'only called tlie great feild lying next to y*^ 
high way going to the meeting house w"' halfe an acre of land 
butting upon y^ River on the one Side & the Creek that goes up 
by the great house on the other to take in the point Over & above 
& Soe up toward the great house w"' free passage to it Between 
the great house & the river & a parcel of land out of y' ten acres 
I gave to my Son Jn° upon the great Hand to Say that where my 
frame now lies or formerly did lie from the house that was Cap'' 
Pendleton's to that w*^'' was Otho Tuckerman's & all below the 
rock & Soe down to y^ River & the land I bought of Jn° Alt & 
the land I bought of W'" Williams lying in the woods at the head 
of Oysteriver & the 13 acres at boyling rock bought of Jeftery Cur- 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

rier & further I will that her Brother John shall sum'er two Cowes 
for her in his pasture at home freely dureing her Natural life & 
because her proportion of land is Smaller y" what the rest of my 
Children have I will that She pay nothing towards what I hereafter 
give to her mother out of her proportion of moveables 

6° — As to y*' remainder of my estate lying in Moneys plate 
household goods wares of any Sort Stock Shipping debts or any 
estate whatsoever any wise of right appertaining to mee & not 
already disposed off I doe dispose of it as ffolloweth Viz' one third 
part of the whole to my Eldest Son Jn° Cutt the other two thirds 
shall be divided into ffour parts of w*'*' my Son Sam' Cutt shall 
have the one halfe the other halfe to be equally divided Betwixt 
my two daughters Hanna & Mary Cutt unto each of w''' daughters 
I give besides their portion a Silver plate Marked T S 

7° Provided alwaies that I give & bequeath unto my beloved 
wife Ursula Cutt the full Sum'e of five hundred pounds to be taken 
out of y' portion w*^'' I have given to my Son's Jn° & Sam' & to my 
daughter Hanna each of them to pay their proportion of the Said 
ffive hundred pounds according to y® Quantity of Goods that fall's 
to their Share when the whole is Summ'd up & divided to them & 
they shall pay it in each Species that they receive their portion in 
whether money Goods Shipping or otherwise according to y^ 
Value of what they Receive, the Moveables to be Apprized at 
price Curr" Moreover I will that my beloved wife shall have lib- 
erty to dwell in my house till my Son John come to age or Marry 
if She continue a widdow whome I request to have respect to my 
Children & be a mother to them, if my Son Jn° Marry while my 
wife Continues a Widdow She shall have the use of a Couple of 
rooms in the house such as shall be Judged most convenient by 
my Execuf*' & Overseers together & may be comfortable for her 
accommodation Or she shall have liberty to build an house upon 
that peice of land w''^ she hath lately taken in as an addition to 
y^ Orchard & may therein dwel dureing her Widdowhood & when 
she leaves it my Son John shall have it w"' w' is built upon it Or 
she shall have libertv to Dwell in the New Warehouse w*='' shall 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 249 

be fitted up for her till my daughter Hanna comes to make use of 
it Moreover she shall have the use of that land at the Pulpitt w'" 
I have given to my Son Samuel till he Come to age & may Im- 
prove Soe much of of it as she See's meet & build upon it if She 
pleases & Shall have the benefitt of it dureing her natural life & 
then both the land & all the Improvem' & building Shall return 
unto my Son Samuell Cutt 

8° Furthermore I will that if any of my Children die before 
they come to age or marry the portion I have given them shall be 
equally divided between those of them that Survive & if any of 
my Children die w*''out Issue after marriage I will that the house- 
ing & Lands I have given them shall goe to the next heir & w"' 
these proviso's it is to be understood that 1 give the abovemention'd 
houses & lands to my Children & their heires for ever, Provided 
also y' if it be Judged meet for the Peopling of the place to Sell 
any part of the great house feild into house lot's & my Overseers 
& Execuf^ approve of it it may be done & y® money for y'^ land 
so Sold to redound to y*' behoof of the person to whome I have 
given the land & if it may be done for the good of the whole I 
advise that by the Consent of my Execuf^ & Overseers y® Ship- 
ping or part of them may be sold assoon as may be 

9° For the good of the Town where I dwell I give & bequeath 
one hundred pounds towards the erecting of a free school pro- 
vided the town shall Set it up w"'in Seven Years after my decease 
& nto y*^ Church in Portsm" to w*^'' I belong I give fifteen pounds 
and thirty pounds to y'^ poor of the Town w'*' S'' 30' sliall be dis- 
posed of at y*" discretion of my Overseers, unto y*^ Children of my 
Br° Robert Cutt I give what was Oweing to mee from their father 
to be equaly divided among y'" unto my Coz" Jn" Shipway I give 
ten pounds & to my Servant Bathiah Furbur ffivety Shillings 

10° Finaly I make my beloved Son John & my daughter 
Hanna Execut'Ho this my last will & testam^ & I request & appoint 
my good freinds M'' Joshua Moode}' M'' Richard Martin & m"^ 
Reuben Hull of Portsm" & Cap' Tho: Brattle of Boston to be my 
Overseers & unto y^ Said Moodey I give as a legacy fifty Pounds 



250 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

& to the Other three Overseers thirty pounds a peice whome I doe 
earnestly desire to be carefull for y" Concern of my Children & to 
order matters Sbe for y™ as may be to their best behooffe & for the 
mantaining & promoteing Love between y"* & if there happen 
any difference among my wife & Children about the Interpretation 
of the will or about any matter referring to their Concernm'^ there- 
in m}^ will is that the party or party's concern'd shall chuse each 
of y"" a man to Joyn vv''' the Overseers for the decision of any Such 
Controversy & what they or the Major part of them shall deter- 
mine I will shall be the finall Issue of any Such matter. 

The managem' of my burial I leave to y*' prudence of my beloved 
wife & my Overseers & doe obleidge my Execut"* w"' y^ advice of 
my Overseers to See to y*^ paying of the legacies abovemention'd 
& dischargeing of all my Just debts & funerall Charges out of 
my estate. 

In testimony to all & Singular the premisses I Set to my hand 
& Seal this sixth day of May in the year of our Lord 1680 by 
the premises I mean w*^ is written on the side above & on the 
other side 

Wee whose names are underwritten John Cutt — [a seal] 

saw m'' Jn° Cutt Sen"^ sett his hand & 
Seal to this Instrum*^ & heard him 
declare it to be his last will & Tes- 
tam' this 6 may 1680 

John ffletcher 

Samuel Keais 

Vera Copia of the originall Will on hie of y*" quarf Court of 
portsm" in N — Hampsh': attests — 

Elias Stileman Record'' 

Portsm° Jan""-^ 3" 1680/81 
As an explication w"' Some alteration of the Seventh article in 
my aforementioned last will & Testament in the foregoeing folio 
bearing date the 6"' of May 1680 I annexe what hereafter followes 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25 1 

to Say that whereas I have in s'' article given five hundred pounds 
to my beloved wife Ursula Cutt upon Consideration of the great 
wasting of my Estate by reason of long Sicknesse & other late 
providences attending mee I doe hereby will that the Sum'e w*^" I 
bequeath unto her my wife afores'' shall be but four hundred 
pounds payable in manner as is in Said Article Express'd & w"'all 
I give this as my meaning in S'' article that the said Sum'e of four 
hundred pounds is in lieu of w' She my Said wife would or might 
have expected on the Ace" of writt of Dowry or thirds of m}^ Estate 
or any other way by vertue of any law in Old England or New 
& She shall renounce all other her intrest in or claim to any part 
of my estate or else shall not receive any part or whole of this four 
hundred Pounds that I have here bequeathed her leaveing her to 
her choice w''^ of the two she will take either the thirds of my 
house & land dureing her life time or this four hundred pounds & 
I do hereby will & declare that this schedule here an'exed is & shal 
bee my last will & testam*^ any thing in my will afores'' to y*^ Con- 
trary Notwithstanding as Witnesse my hand & seal this third day 
of Jan'^'' one thousand six hundred & Eighty 

this writeing above was signed John Cutt — [a seal] 

& Sealed by Jn° Cutt esq"" Presi- 
dent of New Hampshire & de- 
clared to be his last will & Tes- 
tament in p''sense of us this 3*^ 
Jan^y 1680 

Rich'' Waldron 

Joshua Moodey 

Vera Copia of the originall Expliacon & addition as it is on file 
of y^ quart'' Court of portsm*^ in N. Hampsh attests 

Elias Stileman Record'' 
[Proved April 9, 1681.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented June 7, 1681.] 
[Court Records, June 7, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 47.] 



252 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[John Cutt, son of President John Cutt, being a minor, desires 
that his guardian, Reuben Hull, may fit out and send to sea cer- 
tain vessels belonging to his estate, the overseers approving.] 

[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 677.] 

[Administration de bonis non of the estate of John Cutt of Ports- 
mouth granted to Samuel Penhallow of Portsmouth, merchant, 
July 24, 1700, who married Mary Cutt, daughter of the deceased, 
the executors of the will, John Cutt and Hannah Cutt, son and 
daughter of the deceased, having died.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 210.] 

[Bond of Samuel Penhallow, gentleman, with Thomas Parker, 
chirurgeon. and Charles Story, gentleman, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, July 24, 1700, for the adminis- 
tration de bonis non of the estate of John Cutt of Portsmouth ; 
witnesses, Sarah Hall and Mary Hall.] 



HENRY SHERBURNE 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Sherburne, March 26, 1681 ; 
amount, £126.12.0 ; signed by Peter Coffin; attested by Samuel 
Sherburne and John Sherburne Sept. 8, 1681 ; goods delivered to 
Mrs. Sherburne out of the estate, £19.1.6.] 

[Order of court, June 7, 1681, appointing John Hunking, John 
Shipway, and John Pickering a committee to set off to Sarah 
Sherburne, widow, her third of the real estate of her husband, 
Henry Sherburne, she stating to the court that she was receiving 
no means of support either from his estate or that of her former 
husband, Walter Abbott.] 

[Court Records, June 7, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 47.] 

[Inventory was presented Sept. 7, 1681, and attested by Sam- 
uel Sherburne and John Sherburne ; amount not stated.] 
[Council Records, Sept. 7, 168 1, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 678.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 253 

PHINEAS RIDER 1681 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Phineas Rider, Great Island, April 
30, 1681, ''According To the desire of his widdow " ; amount, 
£12.16.0; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Samuel Wentworth. 

Administration granted to Alice Rider June 7, 1681, who made 
oath to the inventory. The court gives her all the estate.] 

[Administration on the estate of "old Rider" granted to his 
widow June 7, 1681.] 

[Court Records, June 7, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 46.] 



AGNES COWELL 1681 PORTSMOUTH 

Know all men by presents that I Agnes Cowll of the town of 
Porthmouth in new Hampshire doe After my deseas make Over 
and give the theird part of my Estate which was left by my hus- 
band Cowll which is ffift'ty pound as it was prise and I doe give 
the said ffifty pound to my Children at my deseas as I think ffitt 
or to any or all them in my last will and testament as witnes my 
hand & seal this 30"' Aprell 1681 

tested by the mark X of Agnes Cowll [seal] 

Thomas Harvey 

Nicholas Walden 

[Proved Jan. 3, 1681/2.] 



ANTHONY ELLINS 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Anthony Ellins, Portsmouth, Aug. 7, 
1681 ; amount, £375.5.11; signed by John Shipway, Anthony 
Nutter, and Nehemiah Partridge.] 

[Administration on the estate of Anthony Ellins granted to his 
widow, Abigail Ellins, Sept. 8, 1681.] 

[Council Records, Sept. 8, i6Si, in State Papers, vol. 19, p 678.] 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE ^VILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Abigail Ellins, widow of Anthony El- 
lins, " w*^'' she brought with her when she married said Anthony " ; 
taken Sept. 8, 1681 ; amount, £39.180; signed by John Sher- 
burne and Nehemiah Partridge; attested Sept. 8, 1681.] 



JOHN HUNKING 1681 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of John Hunkins of Portsm" in y^ 
Province of New-Hampshire made this twenty fifth of August 
1681 

I John Hunkins being under great weaknes of Body, and app''- 
hensions of approaching Death, * * * 

T. Unto my Beloved Wife I give all that shee brought with 
her, fiveteen pounds of hers In Mony I made use of, & I will 
shalbe returned her in kind. I give her also one hundred pounds 
out of my Moveables according as they are prized, & I will y' all 
my Moveables bee prized as Mony, Further I will y' my Wife 
shall have libertv to dwell either in this house or that wherein 
John Light now lives, so much of either of y"' being allotted to 
her as shalbe judged convenient for her accom'odation by my 
Execut' & Overseers, & shee to have liberty of dwell''' there while 
shee lives. Provided alwaies y*^ my wife accept of what is above- 
said in Hew of her Thirds of my house & land, & renounce her 
Interest in any part of my Estate any further than as above 
expressed. 

2. Unto my Beloved son John Hunkin I give y" House & land 
where I now dwell w'^' y® Barn, outhouseing Orchards & all y® 
Priviledges thereunto belongeng, to him also I give y*" Field newly 
fenced in by y" High Wa}^ next to m"' R. Martyns, being thirty 
Acres more or lesse, together with my Warehouse & wharfing at 
strawberrv-Bank, as also my Houses, Warehouses & stage on 
star-Island with all other Appurtenances thereto belonging (my 
Boats only excepted) & my Best cloak & silver hafted Rapier & 
my seal-ring w'" J H upon it, willing him my son John to pay 
unto my Daughters out of his own proper Estate fivety pounds 
apiece in Mony, upon theyr Day of Marriage or when they come 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 255 

"to Age, & if either of them dye before y*^ Time limited then her 
iivety pounds to bee paid unto my surviveing Daughter. 

3 Unto my Beloved son Peter Hunkins I give y'' House & land 
where John Light dwells with all y'' Priviledges thereto belong- 
ing, excepting y" '^cell of land between Gate & Gate on y** N. 
West side of y'' house (reserving y*^ forementioned Liberty to my 
wife) Also a '^cell of Land next W"' Cottons being about twenty 
Acres more or lesse, unfenced, w"^ four Acres of Marsh w*^'' lies 
at Little Harbour 

4 1 give to my Beloved son William my eight-Acre Lott near 
y*^ Boyling Rock with sixty sixe Acres at y® Head of said Lott in 
y*" Plains. 

5 I bequeath to my Beloved son Mark my sixe-score Acres of 
Land near Salmon-ifalls being all that '^cell of Land w'^^'' I bought 
of Ralph Hall, as '^ Deed appeares 

6 To my Beloved Daughter Agnes I give all my land upon y*' 
Great Island w*^^ y'^ lettle house upon it lying next to John ffabens's 
House by y'^ Water-side. And a seal Ring marked A H. besides 
that fivety pound payable by her Bro. John. 

7 Unto my Beloved Daughter Elizabeth I give that little house 
by y" Well near y' house where m'" Light lives w''' y' '^cell of land 
lying between Peter Glandfeeld's & y*^ Gate of y' house where m'' 
Light now lives, & so backward to y*' Gate y' Opens to y'' High 
way, As also another '^cell of land about seven Acres, fenced, 
bounded by W'" Cottons Rich: Joce's land & y*" High-way. I give 
also to my S'^ Daughter Eliz: besides y' fivety pounds payable by 
her Bro: John, all y*^ rest of my Gold Rings, togeth'' w"' a p*^ of 
black silk y' is in y'^ House for a Gown, & a p*" of Red silk for a 
Petticoat. 

Further I will y' my son John shalbe sole Execuf of this my last 
Will & Testament Only if my son John dye before hee come home 
then my son Peter shalbee Execut' in his Room, & have his portion 
& be obliged to pay y*^ same Legacies as John should have done. 
And if any of my other children dye before they come to Age or 
jnarry y^ portion of y® deceased shalbe equally divided among y'^ 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Survivors, excepting y^ fivety pounds ap*' to my Daught"^ w*='' I 
will shalbe as above ordered. 

I doe also hereby desire & appoint my Hon"' ffriends Rich: Mar- 
tyn & W™ Vaughan Esq'* to bee overseers to this my last Will & 
Testament, requesting them to see to y*^ '^formance thereof ac- 
cording to y*' true intent hereof, as also to y*' Division of all y^ rest 
of my Estate not above '^ticularly disposed of whether in shipping 
or stock or any moveables within doores or without unto each of 
my children an equall share, after y* my Legacies Debts & funer- 
all charges are defraied out of my said moveables. And because 
my Execuf^ is from home I desire & impower my Overseers afores'^ 
to look after my Estate & use theyr best discretion for preserving it, 
& to pay out of it what Debts are needfull to bee speedily paid. 

And my Will is y' y** Houses & lands given above to my chil- 
dren shalbe to them, theyr Heires & Assignes for ever. In Testi- 
mony to all v^ p'mises I set to mine hand & seal this twenty fifth 
of August t68i If Peter come to bee Execut' & have John's Por- 
tion, then Peters portion shalbe divided among y*^ survivers & to 
y* also set my hand & seal I also impower my Overseers aboves'^ 
to Receive Debts as well as pay Debts till my Executor comes 
Home — 

Witnes John Hunking [seal] 

Joshua Moodey 

John ffletcher 

[Endorsed] m'' Jn" Hunkings will brought into Court of Adjornm'' 
y*^ i' Tuesday in decemb'' 1681 : & is put on file on y*^ records of 
y® Court of Dover June 7th : 1681 being proved '^ m'' Jos: Moodey 
& m"" Jn° ffletcher who tooke oath y'unto 

E: S: Record^ 



THOMAS AVERY 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Gliomas Avery, Sept., 1681 ; taken 
by Walter Neal Leavitt and Samuel Haines, Jr. ; amount in real 
estate and live stock, £112.12.0; other articles not valued: at- 
tested by Joan Avery Nov. i, 1681.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 257 

THOMAS WILLEY 1681 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Willey granted to Mar- 
garet Willey, his wife, and John Willey, his son, Sept. 7, 1681.] 
[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 678.] 



JOHN WHIDDEN 1681 

[Administration on the estate of John Whidden granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Whidden, Sept. 7, 1681, and an inventory was 
presented.] 

[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 678.] 



SAMUEL DALTON 1681 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Dalton of Hampton, who 
died Aug. 22, 1681 ; taken Sept. 15, 1681 ; amount, £868.5.0; 
signed by John Sanborn and Henry Dow ; attested by his widow, 
Mehitable Dalton, Dec. 6, 1681. Mentions estate in Haverhill, 
Mass., given him by his father-in-law, Henry Palmer.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Dalton granted to his 
widow, Mehitable Dalton, Dec. 6, 1681, who presented an in- 
ventory of £868.5.0.] 

[Court Records,. Dec. 6, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 50.] 



SEWARD 1681 

[Richard Seward made choice of his master, William Vaughan, 
as his guardian, who was appointed Nov. 22, 1681.] 

[Council Records, Nov. 22, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 683.] 



AGNES SNELL 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Agnes Snell, wife of George Snell, 

Dec. 5, 1681 ; amount, £172.10.9; signed by John Shipway, Jr., 
17 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and Samuel Keais ; endorsed "This Inventory Lefte in Courte 
by m' George Snell Xber 1681 " ; attested by Jethro Fiirber May 
3, 1682.] 

GODFREY BROOKING 1682 ISLES OF SHOALS 

To The honorable : His Majesties Councill now sittinge at Ports- 
m° — The peticon of William ffollet of Oyster River in behalfe of 
his Daughter In Law, Hannah Brookine of Isle of Sholes ; 

Humbly Sheweth, Whereas Godfrey Brookinge was unfortu- 
nateh^ drowned y® 10"' da}-' of Xber 1681 ; at Isle of Sholes; and 
dyinge Insolvent : not leavinge estate neither to pay one halfe y*^ 
debts contracted by him in his life time nor any competency for 
his Relict and foure smal Children left behind him ; 

Xnowing no Authority there established at Star Island ; nor any 
'.way wherby y"" petition'' may be put In a way to satisfye y*" Credi- 
tors — It is the humble petition of y*^ s'^ Relict ; y' y'' honours would 
be pleased ; to use or direct some way or means ; y*" the Creditors 
may Receive accordinge to proportion of ye small estate Left ac- 
cording to y® Inventory here presented to you and y'' petitioner 
.shall ever pray &c 

'[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 18.] 



PETER VITTERY 1682 LONDON ENG. 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Vittery of London, Eng., 
" who died out of y'' Ketch ffriends Endeavo' of piscattaq** River 
on a voyage to the Madara from s'^ River," was granted to Reuben 
Hull June 6, 1682.] 

[Court Records, June 6, 1682, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 54.] 



DODEVAH HULL 1682 

[Administration on the estate of Dodevah Hull granted to his 
M'idow, Mary Hull, June 6, 1682, his will being imperfect.] 
[Court Records, June 6, 1682, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 54.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 259 

JOB CLEMENT 1682 

Dover. 4. 7^"" 1682 

The last will & Testam* of Job Clement Esq"". 

I Job Clement being weak in Body but in '^fect memory doe 
dispose of my Estate as followeth 

I make my Son Job Clement my sole heir & give to him all my 
houseing & lands Bills & Bonds with stock in tradeing & all my 
other Estate whatsoever except what is hereafter excepted 

I give to my beloved wife Joanna Clement y*^ choice of my Houses 
for her to live in dureing her life time, together with what so ever 
Estate she brought with her whether in Cattell or houshold goods, 
& shee shall with y® House have y*^ use of y*" Accom'odations of 
land belonging to it, & y*" use of a tieather bed dureing her life 

I give to my Granchild Jane Kenney the residue of my Six Acre 
lott more or lesse y*' one halfe of w'"^ was formerly by mee given 
to her iTather, lying near y" Watch house on Dover Neck. Also 
I give to y** said Jane that bed w''^ my wife has y'' use of dureing 
her life to come into her hands after my wives decease./ I give 
thirty shill to y*" poor of y*" Town & thirty shill to y** church. 

ffinally I make my son Job to my sole Execuf willing him to 
pay my Debts & funerall charges And request y'' Hon'*^ Rich"^ 
Waldron p''sident & y*" Rev'' m*^ John Pike to bee overseers to this 
my last Will & Testam' 

In witnes to y'' p''mises I have set to my hand & seal 

The instrument above was signed Job Clements [seal] 

& sealed by y^ within mentioned Job 
Clements Esq'' & declared to bee his 
last Will & Testament y'' day & 
year above written 4 (7) 1682. In 
p'sence of us 

Richard Walderne 

Joshua Moodey 

[Proved Nov. 9, 1683. See recorded copy.] 



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WILLIAM PITMAN 1682 DURHAM 

October the last, in the year of our Lord God one thousand six 
hundred eighty & two, I William Pitman of Oister river in the 
Province of New Hampshire being weak in body and being per- 
fect in memory & mind ; willing to settle my estate for the future, 
committing my soul unto him that gave it, & my body to the dust 
and Christian burial. My Will is, that my son John Pitman be 
my sole Executor of all ni}- estate houses lands goods & chattels 
debts monies whatever All my legal debts being paid. 

My Will is, that m}?^ Wife shall have two Cows, a bed and bed- 
ding and accomodation in the house And provisions for her this 
winter until they may be placed out, And one third of the income 
of my unmoveables during her natural life, or until she marry. 

My Will is, that my son ffrancis Pitman have & injoy as a gift 
of mine All that Place or tenement which I bought of Richard 
Knight, commonly called Giles's place, he paying my Executor 
four pound. 

Item I give unto my sons Ezekiel Pitman & Nathaniel Pitman, 
that parcel of marsh that I bought of Richard Knight lying near 
the Meeting house equally betwixt y"* 

Item I give unto my son Joseph Pitman all my part of land 
near the valley of twenty five acres at Colley's marsh, as appears 
more large by Records. 

I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Jenkins fifteen shillings. 

I give unto my daughter Abigail Willy, Sara Thrisco, Ezekiel 
Pitman, Ann Pitman, Zacharias Pitman, Hanna Pitman, Judith 
Pitman, each of them aforenamed three shillings a peece. 

My Will is that Edward Leathers & Stephen Jenkins should be 
the Overseers of my Wife & children, & of my executors, to see 
this my Will performed. 

Witness William Pitman 

John Woodman his X mark 

Stephen Otis & seal [seal] 

[Proved Nov. 16, 1682.] 

"Deeds, vol. 4, p. 64.] 



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261 



[Inventory, Nov. 15, 1682; amount, £173.6.0.; signed by 
Robert Burnham and Joseph Smith.] 



MOSES COX 1682 HAMPTON 

In y"" name of God Amen I Moses Coxe of Hampton in y*' pro- 
vince of new Hampshere in new England being very Aged and 
weakeofbody * * * 

Ittem I give and bequeath unto prudence my welbeloved wife 
if she doe outlive me the one half of all my land medow & marsh 
& Com'onages and the use of the moveabls (Excepting what shall 
be here after disposed of in this my last will) All during the Tearme 
of hir Naturall Life And after hir decease then to Returne unto my 
son in law Jeames Perkins & my Daughter Leah his now wife 

Ittem I give and bequeath unto my son in law Jeames Perkins 
and to Leah his wife The other Half of all my Lands both upland 
meadow marsh & Com'onages 

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Mary Godfree & my Daughter 
Sarrah Norris five shillings apece to be payd by my Exequetours 
in marchble pay att prize Current 

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Rachell Rawlings the some of 
twentie pound five pounds to be payd the first yeare after mine & 
my wifes decease and five pounds to be payd within two years 
after my & my wifes decease and five pounds more to be payd 
within three years after my & my wifes decease and five pounds 
more to be payd within fower years after mine & my wifs decease 
to be payd by my Exequetour in good marchble pay att Current 
prize as it shall then pase from man to man Also I give unto my 
Daugter Rachell Rawlings one feather Bed & bolster after mine 
& my wifs decease — 

And I doe by these pressent make Constitute and Appoint my 
Trustie and Welbeloved son in law Jeames Perkins to be my sole 
Exequetour to this my last Will & Teastiment In Wittnes Here 
unto I have put too my Hand and Sealled it with my seall this 



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first day of november in y^ 3^eare of our Lord Sixteen Hundred & 
Eightie two & in the thirtie forth yeare of the Raigne of our sov- 
eraigne Lord Charls the second by the grace of God king of 
England Scotland flrance & Ireland defender of the ffaith 

signed sealled and Confermed Moses Cox [seal] 

in the pressence of uss. 

Henry Dow 

Samuell Dow 

[Proved July 18, 1687.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Moses Cox, who died May 28, 1687 } 
taken June 10, 1687 ; amount, £124.14.0 ; signed by Henry Dow,, 
Abraham Cole, and John Moulton.] 



SAMUEL DUDLEY 1682/3 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Dudley, Feb. 10, 1682/3 ^ 
amount, £641.12.0; signed by William Morse and Robert Smart; 
witnesses, Edward Smith, John Folsom, and Bartholomew Tip- 
ping ; attested by Theophilus Dudley, administrator, March 3,- 
1682/3.] 

To the Right honerabell Edward Cranfeld Equir & governer of 
new hampshere Sir thes are to aquaint your honner that I Eliza- 
beth dudley Laite wife of m"^ Samuell dudley deceased have agreed 
with the Children of the Said dudly for my dowery allso to aquaint 
your honner that I doe Refuse to Adminester and therfore I doe 
Leave it to my sonn in Lawe theophelus dudley 

Sir yours honeres to serve to my power 

witnes my hand and seale Elizabeth Dudly [seal] 

merch : i"' : 1685 

m" Elisabath dudly owned : this above to be her acte and dede 
this 2"^ of march i68'i Before me 

John Gillman of the Counsill 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 263 

ARTHUR BENNICK 1683 

[Inventory of the estate of Arthur Bennick, who died Jan. 20, 
1682/3 ; taken April 2, 1683 ; signed by James Thomas and Ben- 
jamin York; attested by Mary Bennick, administratrix, April 11,. 
1683.] 



ABRAHAM PERKINS 1683 HAMPTON 

In th" name of God Amen. I Abraham Perkins of Hampton in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England being weak in 
body but sound in understanding and of a disposing mind Do 
make this my last Will & Testament, as folio weth. 

ffirst, I commit my soul to Almighty God y'' ftather of Spirits, 
who gave me life and being, and my body to the earth from 
whence it was taken, that after my dissolution to be buried in 
Hampton burying place in a Christian & decent manner as my 
Executors shall appoint. And for what worldly goods God hath 
given me, my Will is as follows 

Item, I give unto my beloved Wife during her life the new 
end of my house, with the chamber above : And give her hereby 
liberty to make use of y^ other back house as she shall have need. 
And I give unto her two cows & their increase wholl}^ to dispose 
of them as she shall please. And for as much as I do by this my 
Will give unto my sons Jonathan & Humphry all my land & 
cattell excepting them two above menc'oned deviding all things, 
equally betwixt them as hereafter shall be declared. And my 
Will is, that they do both of them carefully provide comfortable 
relief for their mother, & to provide three lods of hay & to put it 
into the barn for to winter her two cows, except they do agree- 
otherwise. And further my two sons Jonathan & Humphry shall 
provide for their mother sufficient fire wood so much as she shall 
need making it fit for her use, And to give her yearly sixteen bushel 
of corn Twelv of Indian Two of wheat & Two of barly or rye. And 
they shall provide for her a well fatted hog or shot to kill, & half a 
hundred of good beef yearly. And I do give unto my Wife all my 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

houshold stuff' to be at her disposing excepting carpentars tools & 
military implements & husbandry. And I give unto her 4 sheep 
& my sons to maintain them. for her & the thirds of y® apples in 
y'" orchard. And in case my two sons Jonathan & Humphry do 
neglect their duty to their mother in providing things necessary 
for her comfortable being & not attending to my Will, then this 
is my Will ; She shall have y*" thirds of all I have And further- 
more this is my Will, That I give unto my two sons (Jonathan Per- 
kins and Humphry Perkins all my lands I have in Hampton, both 
meadow and Upland, viz ; My house Lots & planting Lot North 
hill Lot and Asbrook Lot and the North devision towards Green- 
land And the New plantac'on with three shares of the Cow com- 
mons and one in y*^ Ox com'on. With all my tools for Carpentars, 
All implements for husbandry, as Ploughs, carts, harrows, yokes, 
chains. And likewise all implements belonging to militar}- 
discipline ; Guns, swords, pikes, am'unition, & what els. And 
my Will is, That my son Jonathan shall have y** whole Lot that 
I bought of Isack Cole w*'"' is about four or five acres, lying be- 
tween my old house Lot & y*" street way which he hath now built 
upon. All these particulars above menc'oned I do give to him & 
his heirs for ever, paying out such legacies as hereafter shall be 
expressed. And I do give unto my son Humphry my House y' 
I now live in, With all y'' building belonging to it. With y® 
Orchards belonging & being that this Lot is bigger than Jona- 
thans, the Lot being about ten acres & much building, my son 
Humphry shall pay to my daughter Sarah twenty pounds for a 
legacy. Shall pay it in four years after my decease. To pay it in 
currant merchantable pay at currant price. And I do give unto my 
Granddaughter Mary ffitield now dwelling with me, ffive pound. 
And I give unto my daughter Abigail ffive pound. And I give unto 
my son James Perkins ffive pound. And I give unto my Grand- 
son John Perkins ffive pound. And I give unto my son David 
ffive shillings. And I give unto my son Luke ffive shillings ; for 
these two sons have had their share already, These six last lega- 
cies which is twenty pound ten shillings shall be paid by both my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WII.LS 265 

sons Jonathan & Humphry equally alike every year ffive pound 
to them abovenamed after one another as they are set down to be 
paid in currant marchantable pay at curra't price : And my son 
Jonathan & Humphry shall equally devide all my cattel except- 
ing that cow he had with his wife. And to all these abovemen- 
c'oned I set my hand & seal 

Hampton i\ugust 22. 1683. Abraham Perkins [seal] 

Signed & Sealed in y*^ 
p^'sence of us Witnesses 

Seaborn Cotton 

John Tucke 

[Proved Sept. 18, 1683.] 

[Deeds, vol. 4, p. 63.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Abraham Perkins of Hampton, who 
died Aug. 31, 1683; taken Oct. 4, 1683; amount, £361.2.6; at- 
tested before Edward Cranfield by Jonathan Perkins and Hum- 
phrey Perkins Oct. 5, 1683.] 



ISAAC HANSON 1683 

[Inventory of the estate of Isaac Hanson, Sept. 17, 1683; 
amount, £115.18.7; signed by John Evans and Nathaniel Ste- 
vens; attested by Mary Hanson Oct. 15, 1683.] 

[Additional inventory, Sept. 8, 1684 ; amount, £5.10.0 ; signed 
by John Evans.] 



SYLVESTER HERBERT 1683 NEWCASTLE 



o 



[Bond of Robert Mason and Walter Barefoote, Oct. i, 1683, in 
the sum of £100, for the administration, by Thaddeus McCarty, 
of the estate of Sylvester Herbert of Great Island ; signed by 
Edward Cranfield.] 



266 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN SHIPWAY 1683 PORTSMOUTH 

By the Gov'' 

Henry Tippet & ursila Tucker this day appeared before me & 
made oath that John Shipvvay Deceased declared that all his Es- 
tate both personall & Real should goe to his son John Shipway : 
Given und'' m}' hand this 9* day of Nov^'" 1683 

Edw Cran field 

[Inventory, Portsmouth, Nov. 29, 1683; amount, £440.0.0; 
signed by Henry Crowne and John Lewis ; attested by the son, 
John Shipway, Dec. 13, 1683.] 

[Bond of John Shipway of Portsmouth, merchant, Dec. 13, 1683, 
in the sum of £100, for the administration of the estate.] 



THOMAS DANIEL 1683 PORTSMOUTH 

I Thomas Daniel of Portsmouth, in the Province of New-Hamp- 
shire, being Through y** goodness of God in ^fect memory though 
much Indisposed, * * * 

My Worldly Estate I dispose as followeth — 

Imprim^ I give & Bequeath to my dearly beloved Bridg' Dan- 
iel all my whole Estate in goods, Chatties, debts & Elce, whatso- 
ever my Just debts being first paid & y*' Legasies hereafter men- 
tion'^ 

2'' I give to my hon'' Mother nV^ Elianor Cutt Tenn pounds in 
money to buy her mourning — & moreover I doe order & oblige 
my Executrix to reimburse my Hono"^'' Mother for what she laid 
out to ransome my Couzen Graffort 

3 — I give to my Kinsman Thomas Graffort, one hund: pounds 
Starl^' money of Old England & m}' Intrest in y*" debt of S' John 
ffredricks due to y*" Estate of my Hon'' fTather Cap" Rich'' Cutt in 
Order to his ransome, I also forgive him what is due to mee on 
his accomp' in my books — 

4 — I give my Coz: John Daniel Twenty pound S'' Starl^ money 

5 — I give my Coz: Bridget vaughan Ten pound, in money 
here 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 267 

6 — I give my good freind Henry Dering 20/s to buy a ring — 

7 — I make my dear wife my Executrix. And my lo. Brother 
William vaughan Cozin Rich'' Waldron Jun'' with my good freind 
m'' Joshua Moodey & John ffletcher my over Seers to See this ni}- 
will ^form'^ giveing unto Each live pounds apece in money, m}^ 
debts & Legasies to be paid as Soon as my Executrix Conven- 
iently may — Dated this twelvth of Novemb. 1683. In witnesse 
to all the premises I set to my hand & seal (the line & half in y® 
2'' '^ticular w*^'^ is written in another character being inserted by 
my order before sealing). 

12'*' Nov. 1683. This Instru- Tho. Daniel [seal] 

ment was signed & sealed by 
Capt'^ Tho: Daniel and declared 
to be his last Will & Testament 
before us 

Jn° ffletcher 

Geo. Snell 

John Buss 

[Proved Nov. 19, 1683.] 



HENRY TIBBETTS 168 



3 



[Inventory of the estate of Henry Tibbetts, Dec. 10, 1683 ;■ 
amount, £2.6.6; claims against the estate, £3.4.9; signed b}^ 
John Tucker, Nicholas Walden, and John Shipway ; attested by 
Nicholas Walden and John Shipway Dec. 13, 1683.] 



JOSEPH WALKER 1683 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Walker, who died Nov. 7,. 
1683 ; items not valued ; attested before Edward Cranfield by 
Walter Neal Dec. 10, 1683.] 

[Bond of Hannah Walker of Portsmouth, widow of Joseph 
Walker, and Walter Neal of Greenland, Dec. 10, 1683, in the 
sum of £100, for the administration of the estate by Hannah 
Walker and George Walker.] 



268 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

GEORGE LAYERS 1683/4 PORTSMOUTH 

Portsm° in New Hampshire y*" 30"' of January 1683 
I George Lavers of the Town of Portsmouth in the Province of 
New Hampshire being under great weaknesse of body, * * * 

1 Unto my beloved wife I give all my now dwelling House 
both the olde & new parts thereof together w'^ my land & Orchard 
thereunto adjoyning, as also all my money, w'*' all my Household 
goods of every kinde, together w'^ all the provision that is now in 
my house, moreover I further give unto my said wife five pounds 
A yeare in provision Such as is needfull for her at the Same prices 
as they are to be bought for money, to be paid her from yeare to 
yeare (by my son Jacob) so long as shee liveth : all the above 
mentioned premises to be wholly, & solely at the disposall of my 
said wife during all the time of her naturall life 

2 I give & bequeath to my beloved Sonn Jacob Lavers my 
shop w'^ is neare unto my house ; and all my stock, and all the 
Lether, & all the shoos, & all the hides, as also all the debts due 
to me from any person or persons whatsoever & I doe also give 
unto my sd Son A peice of Land of fifty foots front, adjoyning to 
the land of m'' George Snell in the Town of Portsm** affbrsd, w*^^ 
land runs up towards m"" Richard Martyns Orchard so farr as the 
fence of sd Snell runs w*^'' Joynes to sd land, All w'^'' the premises 
above mentioned I will that my said Son shall have possesion of 
at the time of my decease He paying all my debts & funerall 
charges, And also paying my wife five pounds A yeare in provi- 
sion as abovesd every yeare during her Naturall life. 

Moreover I doe will & bequeath unto my said sonne after the 
death of my said wife all my above dwelling house & land, & 
orchard thereunto belonging, together w"' what Household goods 
of mine shall be left at his Mothers departure out of this world to 
be to Him, his heires Execut" & Assignes for ever. 

iTurther I will that m}^ wife shall be sole Executrix of this my 
last will & Testament. & doe Hereby desire & appoint my beloved 
friends m"" Richard Martyn & m"" Richard Waldron to be Over- 
seers to this my last will & testam' requesting them to se to the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 269 

true performance there of according to the true intent of the same. 
In testimony to all the premises I Set to my hand & scale 

George Lavers declared the George Lavers [seal] 

above written instrum' to be his 
last will & testam* in presence of 

us 

Test — Samuel Keais 

Obadiah Mors : 
[Proved May 24, 1684.] 



DANIEL GILMAN 1683/4 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Daniel Gilman of Exeter, Feb 2, 
1683/4; amount, £119.1.0; signed by John Gilman, Sr., and 
Samuel Leavitt ; attested by Alice Gilman Feb. 7, 1683/4.] 

[Bond of Alice Gilman, widow of Daniel Gilman, Feb. 7, 
1683/4, ^^^ th^ ^^"^ o^ £100, for the administration of the estate ; 
signature of Edward Cranfield.] 

[Citation to Nehemiah Leavitt of Exeter and Alice Leavitt, his 
wife, Oct. 25, 1705, to appear before the court and administer the 
estate of Daniel Gilman, Elisha Hutchinson of Boston applying for 
letters of administration as principal creditor ; signed by Joseph 
Smith ; return signed by Thomas Webster, constable of Exeter.] 

[Administration granted to Samuel Thing of Exeter, smith, 
March 5, 1705/6, the widow having been cited and declining to 
act.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 304.] 

[Bond of Samuel Thing, smith, with Thomas Webster and 
Bradstreet Wiggin as sureties, all of Exeter, March 5, 1705/6, 
in the sum of £200, for the administration of the estate ; witnesses, 
John Walker and Charles Story.] 

[Warrant to Thomas Webster and Nicholas Gilman, March 5, 
1705/6, to appraise the estate ; signed by Joseph Smith and Charles 
Story.] 



270 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant to Thomas Webster and Nicholas Oilman, March 5, 
1705/6, to receive claims against the estate; signed by Joseph 
Smith and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, March 26, 1706; amount, £83.0.0; signed by 
Thomas Webster and Nicholas Oilman.] 

[Claim of Elisha Hutchinson ; amount, £74.4.6 ; attested be- 
fore John Foster, councillor in Massachusetts, Sept. 27, 1706.] 

[Account of Samuel Thing, administrator, against the estate ; 
amount, £5.10.0; allowed by Joseph Smith Oct. 5, 1706.] 

[License, Nov. 5, 1706, to Samuel Thing of Exeter, smith, 
administrator, to sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 38.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; amount of estate, less 
charges and widow's third, £29.16.8; claims against the estate, 
£136.4.0; allowed the first Tuesday in June, 1707.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 43.] 



JOHN WINOATE 1683/4 DOVER 

In the name of God the twelve day of March in the Yeare of o" 

C three 
Lord Ood one thousand Six hundred Eightie s -^^^. I John Win- 

diett of the towneship of Dover in the Province of Newhamsheare 
being of a sound & perfect memorie blessed be the Almightie god 
for it doe heare make my last will & testament in manner & forme 
as folloeth 

Imp'"mis I Commit my Soule to god who gave it & my bodie 
to be decently buried in some Convenient place where my Execu- 
tor hereaffter named shall appoint 

It is my will that all such debts as I doe by reason & consience 
owe to any "^son be honestly & truely satisfied & paid in some 
Convenient time affter my decease — My debts being paide & 
my funerall charges being Defraied I doe order & dispose of the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 1 

<estate which it hath pleased god to bestow upon me in manner as 
ftolloeth 

(i) It I give to Sarah my beloved wife for Love I doe owe & 
beare to her & for her comfortable living the Lodging roome 
wherein we lie & the chamber over it with the bed & furniture 
belonging to it dureing her naturall life if she doe soe long re- 
maine a widdoe & after to returne to them whome I shall here- 
after dispose of it, & alsoe two Cows, & the halfe of the Orchard, 
& the two Acars of Land adjoyneing to it, next towards Dover 
dureing her widdoewhod & no longer 

(2) It I give to my Son John Windiet my house & land with 
the marsh & flatts with all ap'^tenances thereunto belonging one 
the side of the back river where my house now is, And alsoe the 
sixtie Acars of Land which I had of my ft'atherlaw Nutter accord- 
ing to deed scituate & lieing at or neare A place commonly Called 
Rayners brooke : & the halfe of my plow gears ; with halfe the 
Chaines, & if all other Impelments blong there too. And the 
ffeather bed & furniture in the new roome — 

(3) It I give to my Son Mosses Windiet the ffourtie Acars of 
land which I had of my fatherlaw Nutter lying on the west side 
of the back River buting on the sd River w'^^ the marsh & flatts 
belonging there unto. And also the twentie acars of land which I 
had by the towne grant as by Records may appeare scituate & 
lying on the south east side of Zacharie fiields Land, & also the 
other one halfe of the plow gears Chains & Implements as before 
menciened, And the fl'eatherbed & furniture belonging to it whereon 
I have Laide in my sickness 

(4) It I give to my daughter Ann Windiet, All the goods 
which I bought of Edward Allin both beding (fe Bedsteads, 
Curtains Vallance Carpets Cubbords Chairs stools, Tables, brass, 
pewter Andirons & two Cows 

(5) It I give my Son Joshua Windiet twentie Acars of Land 
which I bought of Leiftenant Hull scituate & lying Joyneing to 
the twentie acars of land which I gave to my son Mosses Windiet 
on the southeast side of it 



272 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

(6) It I give to my son Caleb Windiet twentie acars of Land 
which I bought of Thomas Lehiton lying on the southeast sid of 
the fourtie acars of Land which I gave to my Son Mosses Win- 
diet bviting on the back River with the marsh & flatts belonging 
to it, And the fteather bed where on John, and Moses my sons 
doe usuallie lie on 

(7) It I give to my daughter Marie Windiet the ffeather bed 
& furniture, before mencioned to her mother after her mothers 
decease, or doe marrie againe 

(8) It my will is that all the remain'g of my moveables which 
are not before mencioned & given away be equallie divided be- 
tweene : John Windied, Moses Windiet, Joshua Windiet Caleb 
Windiet & Marie Windiet my sons & daughter, (Excepting my 
moveables which I have at the plantation which was Thomas 
Cannes, being two oxen, two Cows, & one younger beast, with 
plow stuff' household goods & what besids is there I give to the 
five Children of Thomas Can'ie which are not now married to be 
equallie divided betweene them 

As for the household goods which was Thomas Can'ies I leave 
it to Sarah Windiet my wife to dispose of it amongst them ffive 
of her Children which are not married of Thomas Can'ies 

I desire M' John Gerish and my brotherlaw Anthonie Nutter to 
be my Executors in trust to see this my will to be performed 

sealed signed the mark & scale of 

in '^■'sence of John X [seal] Windiet 

Richard Waldern 

Joseph Canne 

Test John Evens 

[Proved March 23, 1687/8.] 

In the Name of God the first day of December in the Yeare of 
o"" Lord God one thousand Six hundred Eightie Seaven 

A Codicell made by me John Windiet: being at p'"sent of per- 
fect memorie blessed be god for it, Doe hereby alter som things 
of my Last will & testement, which doth bare date the Twelve 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 273 

day of March in the yeare of 011"" Lord God one thousand Six hun- 
dred Eightie |^ I as doth folloe, 

Whereas I did will that all my debts are to be paid I doe now 
order them to be paid out of my whole estate of moveables debts 
and accounts which are dew to me — 

(2) Article, I doe there unto ad, & give to my Son John Win- 
diet two oxen & the two Cowes which In the (4"^ article I did 
give to my Daughter Ann Windiet 

(3) Article, I doe thereunto ad, & give to my Son Mosses 
Windiet two oxen 

It whereas Abigail Windiet my daughter which was not bourne 
when my will was made I doe give Unto her mother one bed tick- 
ing which is in the house and one Cow to buy ffeathers to fill a 
bed & my daughter Abigail to have it when her mother shall see 
it fitt with boulster to it, 

Whereas I did by my will appoint M"" John Gerrish & my 
Brother Anthonie Nutter to be my Executors in trust to see my 
will "^formed : And now my brother Nutter being ded I doe alter 
it & doe appoind my Verie good freinds & kinsmen : John Hall 
Jun"" : and M'' Jobe Clements and Zacharie feeild to be my Exec- 
uf"^ in trust to see my will "^ formed, And Alsoe doe desire m"" 
John Gerrish to be assisting to them in accoumpts or otherwise 

It I doe give m'' John Gerrsh & M"^ Job. Clements power to 
bind my sons John Windiet & Moses Windiet out as printices r 
otherwaies to dispose them as they shall see meet untill the be 
of age — 

sealled & signed the marke & seale of 

in p''sence of John X [seal] Windiett 

Richard Walden ^ 

Joseph Canne > 

John Evens ) 

[Proved March 23, 1687/8.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files; N, H. Province Deeds, vol. 4, p. 71.] 
18 



274 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Sarah Wingate of Dover, widow, with Richard Otis of 
Cocheco, yeoman, and Richard Paine of Newichwannock, ship- 
wright, as sureties, April 5, 1688, in the sum of £1400, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, Robert Mason and Rich- 
ard Chamberlain.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 20, 1688; amount, £182.10.3; signed by 
John Tuttle, Job Clements, and Joseph Canney ; appraised by 
John Hill and Edward Sargent.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



SEABORN COTTON 1684 HAMPTON 

The Last Will, & Testament of Seaborne Cotton, Minister of 
the Word of God, at Hampton, in His Majestyes Province of New 
Hampshire, made, & signed May 20. 1684. In the 2^^^' yeare of 
His Majestyes Reigne, is, as followeth. 

In the Name of God Amen, & of His Son Christ Jesus, Who is 
Lord both of Quicke, & Dead, Who hath taught us by Precept, 
& Example, not to doe our owne Will, but the Will of our Heavenly 
Father : yet in His Word hath ratifyed the Will of a Testator, when 
He is dead. I Seaborne Cotton of Hampton, in His Majestyes 
Province of New Hampshire, in New England, doe Make, & de- 
clare this my Last Will, & Testament, & (I trust) according to 
the Will of God, in manner following. First, My Soule, which 
Hee hath chosen, & Redeemed, & (I hope) called out of the Power 
of darkenesse, I doe (according to His Appointment) resigne It, into 
his Hand, at His Call, as Into the Hand of a gracious, & Faith- 
full Creator, Redeemer, & Comforter : My Body after my decease, 
I leave to bee decently Com'itted to the Earth, till y'' day of y'' 
Resurrection of ye Just. And as to the Outward estate, which 
God hath given mee ; As It is ye will of God, So my Will is, 
That out of It, My Debts bee first payed, & then my Wife, & chil- 
dren Live of ye Rest, as is after mentioned : My Debts are only at 
Portsmouth, & Boston, my Debts at Portsmouth are few% & small, 
& will easily bee paid by debts due to mee in Hampton, which 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 275 

debts from Hampton, I Appoint my deare Wife Prudence, with 
my after named Exequetors, to see Improved for that end ; & the 
remaining part of those debts from Hampton, If they bee found, 
I bestow upon my s'^ Wife Towards the maintenance of Her Selfe, 
& my Son Rowland. My Debt at Boston is only to my Honored, 
& good Freind Captaine Sewall Administrator to my Honored, & 
good Benefactor Captaine Hull deceased, who hath promised mee 
to bee satisfyed with part of the Rent of my Farme at Muddy 
River yearely, untill the Principall bee paid ; for which end, I 
Appoint a convenient part yearely to bee paid, as may best Con- 
tent, except only some part of the Rent hereafter Excepted, 
unlesse my selfe before my decease shall pay Him, or my Exequ- 
tors shall find an easier, & nearer way not contradicting any other 
part of my will. Furthermore, in Consideration of the Christian 
Com'union of my selfe, & present deare Wife, about the space of 
Eleven yeares, as also having received for the good of the whole 
Family, hers & mine, the sum'e of about an hundred, & twenty 
pounds in Countrey pay, by reason of some Land of her owne, 
(not inventoryed, as her Husband Crosbeys Estate being made over 
to Feoffees in trust, for Her use before) & by mutuall Consent sold 
at Topsfeild : my selfe having paid about an hundred pounds 
in silver, & as silver, to satisfy her former Husbands debts, as 
will appeare by bills taken up, & accounts now in my hand, not 
at all accounting my Time, paines, or expences, nor the charge 
I have bestowed upon Her Three Sons in theyre Education to 
this day : Out of my Hearty Love, & good will towards Her 
(the former Sale at Topsfeild standing good, & firme) I truly give, 
& hereby Assigne all Bills, «&: Bonds whatsoever, relating to Her 
Husband Crosbey in my keeping, (all which I have satisfyed) to 
my said wife, & doe hereby acquit & exonerate her from making 
satisfaction to any children, or Heyres of mine, for any such dis- 
bursements, strictly charging all mine, to forbeare demanding any 
payment for the same : yet advising my said deare Wife, as sole 
Administratrix to M'' Crosbeyes Estate, to keepe the stafTe in her 
owne Hand, that neither Forreigne, nor domesticke claimers may 



276 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

recover any thing of Her, that I have payed, Her Bowells being 
more likely to 3^erne towards Her children, then theyrs towards 
theyre mother : Likewise I freely returne to her the Estate, that 
was M"" Crosbeys, to which shee is Administratrix, not at all Ex- 
pended by mee (as shee well knowes) but as I found It, so I leave 
It, except one small parcell thereof disposed by herselfe, to one 
Pearty, for the advantage of the whole: Also whatsoever House- 
hold goods sometimes M"^ Crosbeyes, which my wife at any time 
brought to Hampton & are not worne out in the use of the whole, 
I returne them to her, in the Condition, they shall be in, at my 
decease, desiring Her, & charging her, to Bee Kind to, & Prudent 
for. Her, & my son Rowland — & for her Encouragement To Re- 
member mee, & to endeavour to Her Utmost, with others here- 
after mentioned, the good Education of Rowland Her son, & 
mine, I doe give unto my said wife ten pounds j'^earely out of 
the Rent of my Farme at Muddy River during the terme of Her 
widowhood to Her Selfe, but after Her Marriage, or if shee dye 
before, the said sum'e often pounds to bee disposed towards Row- 
lands subsisting, not exceeding the terme of twenty yeares en- 
suing the date of my decease : I also give unto Her two milch 
Cowes, such as shee shall chuse, out of my stocke, for Her use, 
only if Rowland live to bee one & twenty yeares of Age I require 
them, or the Value of them to bee returned to Rowland, by His 
mother, or Her Heires, if He dye before that time, let her keep of 
them, what shee doth not bestow, on His decent Funerall. I also 
give unto her, & Rowland Joyntly, whatsoever estate shall bee 
due to mee, by the decease of my Honord Father Wade, which 
property is at my disposall : I also give her the Iron tongs, and 
Andirons Com'only used in the Parlour, as also for Her further 
Encouragement to due care of Rowland for this life, & a Better, 
I give to my sd wife, the time I have in Joseph Elkins, whome I 
require to serve Her faithfully that shee may the better looke to 
her selfe, & son as also I require my sd wife to fulltill my part of the 
Indenture to sd Joseph 

As for my Deare Children, which god hath graciously given 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 277 

mee, my sons are two, John, & Rowland, the former already 
brought up to Learning, & through gods goodnesse, as able to 
live as my selfe, therefore I doe for the space of twenty yeares 
after my decease Appoint the s^' son John, his heires, to pay to my 
son Rowland (if living) the full sum'e of ten pounds yearly out 
of the Rent of my farme at Muddy River, for His use, with His 
mother during her widdowhood, but to his only use after her mar- 
riage ; for twenty yeares after my decease & considering that divid- 
ing such a Farme might spoile it, I therefore, for the fulfilling of 
the Legacy aforesd, doe bequeath unto Him my Farme at Muddy 
River with all Buildings thereupon, all Fences, Orchards, Mead- 
owes, Marsh, Pastures, and Arable Grounds, with timber, Privi- 
ledges, & Appurtenances thereunto belonging, the Same to Have, 
& to Hold to Him, & His Heires for ever, Hee paying to His 
mother, & Rowland as abovesd, but in case my son John dye with- 
out Lawfull Issue, my son Rowland shall Inherit the said Farme, 
He paying such Legacyes to His Sisters, as shall be herein Ap- 
pointed : & if both dye without Issue as Aforesaid, it shall bee 
divided among my daughters, & theyre Heires, that shall be liv- 
ing : & if Rowland should dye before twenty yeares expired after. 
my Decease, the ten pounds remaining of what should be paid of 
those twenty yeares, shall bee Equally divided among my daugh- 
ters, or theyre heirs living. Item, I give to my two sons my 
Library to bee equally divided between them, for theyre use & 
benefit, only excepted, what English Books I may give to my 
Daughters for theyre Instruction : Item I give to my son John 
a guilt silver Tankard ; as also my Red Curtaines Lined with silke, 
red coverlid, Carpett, & Cupboard cloathsbut if my son John dye 
without Lawfull Issue, I will them all, if not worne Out, to fall to 
Rowland, & if Rowland dye without Lawfull Issue, They shall 
descend to the next Heire male, borne among my Daughters. 

Item to Rowland I give my biggest silver Beere Bowie, for ever 
at His dispose As for my Remaining estate, which is in plate, 
Household goods, Horses, Catle, etc: I doe will It bee divided 
betwixt Rowland, & my sixe daughters, as is after expressed, my 



278 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Three Eldest Daughters, Dorothy, Anne, & Sarah, to have my 
three silver Beere Cups remaining, they chusing each of them 
one, according to theyre Ages : My three Younger Daughters, 
Elizabeth, Mercy, & Maryah, to Have my silver wine cups, & 
spoones Among them to make up, what they want of the value of 
theyre sisters cups, as farre as It will reach : all other Household 
goods whatsoever (not already disposed) whether of Woollen, 
Linnen, Pewter, or Brasse, or Iron, Feather beds, wooden ware, 
cha\'res, stooles Cushions etc: & catie. Mares, & Horses, to be 
Equally divided among Rowland, & his sixe Sisters, only what 
any Daughter hath received upon marryage, before that time, to 
bee deducted out of the aboves'^ Division ; excepting the plate 
mentioned, which I would have each enjoy, as It is written : only 
there is a chest, that was formerly bought of D"^ Groth which I 
give to Rowland, together with a Birding Peice 

Besides, & above the Division mentioned, I give my first Wives 
Trunke to Maryah that shee may have some Remembrance of 
Her Mother. As also besides the Division forenamed, I give to 
Elizabeth, a Table Cloath, & six Napkins marked R. O. said to* 
bee given her by M"^ Richard Oliver, at my decease, or her mar- 
riage ; I also acknowledge my pocket Pistoll to bee given my 
Son John long agoe : 

Furthermore if my wife Prudence shall not accept of my fore- 
going Legacyes to Her, but require her Thirds according to cus- 
tome of Law, then I doe hereby make void my foregoing gifts be- 
queathed to Her, both of bonds, & bills satisfyed by mee & of ten 
pounds per Annum, as relating to Her Selfe, or what ever else 
mentioned out of my Estate 

And to this my Last Will, & Testament, I doe Constitute, & 
Appoint my Beloved Sons, John, & Rowland Joint Exequetors, & 
in case of y^ death of y*" One the Survivour to bee Sole Exeque- 
tor, & by reason of Rowlands Nonage, I Appoint, & Earnestly 
desire my Deare Couzen M' Cotton Mather, & my Dear Brother 
M"" Nathaniell Wade to bee tender Guardians to Rowland, and 
Overseers to the Accomplishment of this my Will, for which the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 279 

Lord will Reward them, & my sons will thanke them, whome I 
fervently begge to doe theyre Utmost, to assist my Deare wife 
in Educating Rowland to Learning, & if that bee not attainable, 
to some worthy, & Noble Employment, 

Further, my Daughter Elizabeth being Single, I beseech my 
Honored Uncle M' Joseph Dudley, to take the Care of Her. 

My Daughter Mercy is of age to chuse a Guardian, I pray God 
to direct her to doe It wisely; My Daughter Maryah being 
Youngest, I Com'end her to the Lord, & to my son, & daughter 
Smith praying them to take care of Her for Her best good, till 
shee bee of Age to chuse a Guardian, or provide for her selfe ; 
Item, what Estate the Honorable Governour Bradstreet shall by 
his last will bequeath to mee, or my Children by his Daughter, 
according to Promise, if Hee Himselfe doe not divide It by 
name, my Will is, It bee divided among them Equally. I can in no 
wise worthily Gratify my Deare Brother, & Couzen, Overseers of 
this my Will, but only request them to chuse for themselves, what 
Authors a peice, they please, in my study, as a poore token of un- 
feigned Love, & Gratitude. / Thus Com'ending my selfe your 
selves, my Deare Wife, Sons, & Daughters to the Infinite Grace 
of God Allsufficient I doe in the presence of God, & man revoke 
all former wills & signe This, as my Last Will,& Testament with 
my Hand, & scale. May the Twentieth, one thousand, sixe hun- 
dred Eighty & Foure, while I am well, & in good Health 

This Instrument was signed, & Seaborne Cotton [seal] 

sealed by Seaborne Cotton, & 
AflSrmed by Him to bee His last 
will, & Testament, Before us Wit- 
nesses : sold) in the first page, of 
my decease) in the 2'^ page inter- 
lined before signing, & sealing. 
Live) also interlined in page 2** 

Memorandum, if my son John dye, so as Rowland live to pos- 
sesse that Farme, Hee shall pay sixty pounds, to my sixe daugh- 
ters, or to theyre Heires living, by paying ten pounds yearly, for 



28o NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

sixe yeares, paying the first yeare to y*' eldest Daughter, & so 
Successively yeare, by yeare to the Rest, according to theyre Age ; 
except the persons concerned, doe otherwise mutually Agree; 
this also I signe the day, & yeare above written 

M"" Cotton of Hampton owned this Seaborne Cotton 

Instrument to bee His last will & Tes- 
tament, as above exprest, June 2. 
1684. before us witnesses 

Samuell Shuerburne 

James Carr 

[Proved October 7, 1686.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Rev. Seaborn Cotton, who died April 
20, 1686; taken April 26, 1686; amount, £309.13.6; amount of 
goods given to Mrs. Prudence Cotton which belonged to her former 
husband, Mr. Crosby, £68.2.0; signed by John Sanborn, Henry 
Dow, Samuel Sherburne, and John Tuck.] 



WILLIAM LUX 1684 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of William Lux of Great Island, June 
16, 1684 ; amount, £50.7.0 ; signed by Elias Stileman and Nathan- 
iel Fryer.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i, p. 286.] 

[Bond of Audrey Lux, widow of William Lux, with James Rob- 
inson of Great Island, cooper, as surety, June 17, 1684, in the sum 
of £100, for the administration of the estate; signed by Edward 
Cranfield.] 

JOHN HODDY 1684 PORTSMOUTH 

I John Hody of the Town of portsm° in the Province of New- 
hampshire being very ill & weake in body, * * * 

I*" I will & bequeath unto my beloved wife Mar}^ my house & 
land in the Town of Portsm° Aforesd, and all the rest of my estate 
both reall & personall, during her Naturall life, upon condittion 
that she take all due care for the bringing up of my children 
according to the best of her abillity 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 201 

2iy My will is that after the decease of my said wife my Eldest 
Sonn John shall have present possesion of my said house & land, 
w*''" sd house & land shall be to him & his Heires and Assignes 
for ever, upon condittion y' he Shall pay unto my other three 
Children Viz: My Daughter Mary, & my son's Arthur & Sam- 
uell twenty pounds A peece in currant mony of New England, at 
the age of Eighteen yeares My sd Daughter Mary, or when she 
marries. & to my sons when they shall be One & Twenty yeares 
olde, & my sd house & land shall stand engaged for the payment 
of the same. 

3'y I will y' if my sd Son John shall dye before he comes to 
the Age of One & Twenty years, or dye w"^ out Heires, That then 
my Son Arthur shall have my sd house & Land to him & his 
Heires & Assignes for ever, he paying his other brother Samuell 
thirty pounds in mony, & his sister Mary also thirt}^ pounds in 
mony when they come to Age as abovesd: & if my sd Son Arthur 
shall dye before he comes to Age or have no Heires then sd house 
& land shall be to the proper use & behoofe of my youngest Son 
Samuell his Heires & Assignes for ever, he paying his sister Mary 
fourty pounds in currant mony. 

4'^ I will y' my wife shall pay all my just Debts & funerall 
■charges, & the remainder of my whole estate as above men- 
tioned shee shall Improve & dispose of if occasion be for the 
comfortable meantenance of her selfe & my chilldren, & my said 
Children shall have no Advantage in Law against my sd wife 
for her so doing. 

5'^ I will y* if my wife shall dye before my sd Children come 
to Age as above said, that then my Chilldren shall have my whole 
estate both personall & reall Equally Devided among them, my 
Eldest Son only shall have A duble portion of y*' same 

6^^ I will y' my sonns, when the}^ shall grow up & be fit to goe 
to service, that they shall be bound Apprentices to honest & Godly 
men, to be brought up in such calings as the lads shall like best. 

7'^ I doe hereby make & Appoint my Beloved wife to be my 
sole & only Executrix to this my last will & Testament, and doe 



282 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

request & Impower my well beloved fFriends m'' Richard Martyn^ 
& Samuell Keais to be my Over seers, for to se to the punctuall 
performance of this my will, & to assist my wife w' they can in 
the management of the above mentioned premises. In witnesse 
of the truth of All the above mentioned perticulers I doe hereunto"" 
set my hand & scale June 16"" 1684 

M"" John Hody declared the above John Hody [seal] 

Instrument to be his last will & Tes- 
tam' in presence of us. 

John Tucker 

Sam" Wentworth 

Obadiah : Mors : 

[Proved July 30, 1684.] 



ELEANOR CUTT 1684 PORTSMOUTH 

I Eleanor Cutt being weak in body, but in perfect memory, Do 
make & ordain this hereunder written to be my Last Will & Tes- 
tament ; hereby revoking all other Wills by me formerly made. 

I Will That if there be any debts due from my late Husbands 
Estate, or any Legacies due by his Will, which are yet unpaid; 
they shall be discharged out of the remainder of my said Hus- 
bands Estate, which is yet in Partnership, or undevided, between 
me & the other Executors of my Husbands Will, & the residue of 
y*^ Debts belonging to sd Estate, to say, my share of them as 
Executrix I give to my Son Vaughan & Daughter Daniel, to be 
equally devided between them. 

My Stock that is at y*' ffarm, I give unto my Grandchild 
Cutt Vaughan ; together with my Clock ; my Salt marsh shall be 
equally devided between my two Daughters, Margaret Vaughan, 
& Bridget Daniel. And the ffresh marsh belonging to me (being 
not menc'oned in my Husbands Will) I bequeath to Eleanor 
Vaughan ; (Which was my Husbands mind, tho not expressed 
in his Will. 

My Plate, I give Twenty pounds worth of it to my Daughter 
Daniel, & the remainder of [t]o my Daughter Vaughan & her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 283 

Children ; to each of them an equal portion ; my Daughter to use 
it till y*^ Children come to age ; & each Child to have their share 
as they are of age. The fforty pound of money whicii I received 
of M'' Hubbard for the interest of the Childrens money which is 
in his hands, I have given to their Mother, to be reserved lor their 
use. 

All my Bedding and Linnen, with my Brass, Iron & Pewter I 
will shall be devided between my Daughter Daniel & my three 
Grandchildren, Eleanor, Mary, & Margaret Vaughan, to each of 
them an equal share. 

All my Sheep (except what hereafter express'd) shall be equally 
devided between my two Daughters. My best Chest of drawers 
in the Shop chamber, I give to Eleanor Vaughan ; and y^ other 
Chest of drawers in my Chamber, to my Daughter Daniel. My 
two Negros, Harry, & his Wife, I give to my Son Vaughan. 
My half Pink fitted & victualled, to set together with my half of 
the goods & merchandize now loaden & to be loaden on board her, 
according to y^ discretion of my Executrixes, with the advice of 
my Overseers, for y'' voyage insuing, I give unto Cutt Vaughan. 
My half Ketch fitted & victualled to Sea, together with one half 
of a convenient Loading for her, according to the discretions of 
my Executrixes, with the advice of my Overseers, for y^ insuing 
voyage, I give unto George Vaughan ; the sd Vessels to be im- 
proved for them by the advice of the Overseers, till they come to 
age. 

Unto m}'^ Brother John Alderseys Children, I give one hundred 
pound in money, to be devided among them, if any of them come^ 
or send within three years after my decease ; & if they come not, 
then Eleanor Vaughan shall have that hundred pound. 

Unto my Cousin Elizabeth Hole, I give ffive pounds : & as 
much to my Cousin Ann Clark, in such goods as they have occa- 
sion for, & Twenty pounds among y® Children of my Cousin Ann 
Clark, to be paid by my Executors, when they come to age. 
Unto each of my Servants (Negros excepted) that live with me 
when I dye, I give a Cow & a Sheep ; and to Amy Harvy two 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Cows & Six sheep. The rest of my Stock I give to my two 
Daughters. I give my servant Andrew Rankins his time unto 
my Daughter Daniel ; willing her to send him to sea ; & he shall 
have ffive pounds out of mine Estate, when his time is out. 

More, I give unto my Grandchild Eleanor Vaughan, one hun- 
dred pounds sterling, to be paid in England out of my Third of 
y*^ money received of Sir John ftrederick & Comp* ; And the 
remainder of my Third of sd money, being Twenty pound more 
or less, I give unto my Grandchild Mary Vaughan. 

Unto M'' Joshua Moody I give Twenty pounds ; and to Capt. 
Elias Stileman I give Ten pounds. All the rest of my Estate in 
Debts, or otherwise not particularly disposed of, I give in equall 
shares to my two Daughters ; And make them, viz: Margaret 
Vaughan & Bridget Daniel, the Executrixes of this my Last 
Will & Testament : Willing them to pay all my Debts, Lega- 
cies, & ffuneral charges. 

ffurlhermore I will, that this place in which I now live, shall 
im'ediately after my decease, be let out to rent, by y"" advice of 
my Overseers ; and the improvement thereof be reserved for y*^ 
use of Cutt Vaughan, untill he comes to age ; unto whom his 
Grand father hath given the said Estate. 

ffinally I make Capt Elias Stileman & m' Joshua Moody Over- 
seers of this my Last Will & Testament. In testimony to all and 
singular y** p^'misses I have set to my hand & seal this Twelfth 
day of July 1684 

M""" Eleanor Cutt did sign & seal Eleanor Cutt [seal] 

this lustrum' above written, and 
declare it to be her last Will and 
Testam' this 12'^ of July 1684, in 
p'^sence of us 

John ffletcher 

John Barsham 

John Shipway 

[Proved July 29, 1684.] 

[Deeds, vol. 4, p. 68. "| 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 285 

[Administration de bonis non of the estate of Eleanor Cutt of 
Portsmouth, widow, granted to her son-in-law, William Vaughan 
of Portsmouth, merchant Oct. 12, 1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 221.] 

[Bond of William Vaughan of Portsmouth, merchant, with Sam- 
uel Penhallow of Portsmouth, merchant, and George Vaughan of 
Portsmouth, gentleman, as sureties, Oct. 12, 1700, in the sum of 
£500 for the administration de bonis non of the estate of Eleanor 
Cutt of Portsmouth, widow of Richard Cutt; witness, Richard 
Partridge.] 



EDWARD SEWALL 1684 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Sewall of Exeter, who died 
in 1683 ; amount, £92.6.6; attested by the widow, Sarah Sewall, 
Aug. 7, 1684.] 

[Bond of Sarah Sewall, widow of Edward Sewall, cordwainer, 
with William Hilton of Exeter as surety, Aug. 7, 1684, in the sum 
of £100 for the administration of the estate.] 



THOMAS LADBROOK 1684 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of John Pickering and William Richards, both of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £100, Sept. 29, 1684, for the administration 
of the estate of Thomas Ladbrook of Portsmouth, cordwainer.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i, p. 287.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 30, 1684; amount, £17.18.4; signed by Ne- 
hemiah Partridge and James Leavitt. 

List of accounts ; attested before Edward Cranfield by John 
Pickering and William Richards Oct. 20, 1684.] 



286 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

EDWARD HOLLAND 1684 STAR ISLAND 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Holland of Star Island Nov. 
24, 1684; amount, £66.19.0; signed by Peter Twisden, John 
Fabes, and James Blagdon.] 

[Deeds, vol, 3, p. 176 b.] 



RALPH TWOMBLY 1684/5 

In the name off God Amen 

I Ralfe Twamly now Ling uppon my Secke and weacke Bed 
but in perfect memory it being my Last will and testement do furst 
Commit my Sole to God that Gave it in hopes y® Lord will Grai- 
couesly be pleased to reseve it and my body to y® Earth to be 
desentLy bured — 

and after my funerall Chardeges defraied and my Just and onnest 
debts deschardged I will and bequethe as folleth — ffurst I will 
that my wife Elerzebeth twamly and my Sone John Twamly shall 
be so.le Exetores of my hole Esestate Joynt Ly togathare and also 
I will that if my son John will not Live with my wife Eleczebeth 
JoyntLy togather and is minded to Goo frome his mother that then 
my wife shall have y*^ houes and Land to Live uppon and to 
improve during hir natturall Life and also y'' stocke of Cattle and 
swine or any other moveebles Goodes and I will that aftar my wife 
Eleezebeths desces and departure outt of thes Life that my Son 
John Twamly shall have y^ one halfe of all my hole Esstatt and 
y*' other halfe to be at my wifes desposing amongst my Children 
nextly I will that my son Joseph Twamly shall have a haufer ot 
two yeares ould and also I Give to my daftar Mary Tibbets five 
shillens in Goods and also I will that if my Sone Ralfe Twomly 
Live with his mother tell y® time that he is one and twenti yeares 
of adges that then he shall have tenn pound in Goodes Equefeleant 
to mony and Lastly I will and bequeth to all y** rest of my Chil- 
dren namly Eleezebeth hope Sarah Esther william that at the 
adge of Aighten yeares they shall reseve Each of them a Good 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 287 

Cowe of y*^ Exetores A bove menched and this I delever to be my 
Last will and testement and also do ingaidge my Exetores above 
Ritten to pay the Ledgeses according to time and adges and heare 
I have seat my hand and seale datted y'' twenti Aight day of feb- 
erary 1684 

Singed Sealed in the Asine 

y® pressents of us of Ralfe X Twamly [seal] 

Edward Allen 

John Tuttle 

[Proved Oct. 7, 1686.] 



CHRISTOPHER HUSSEY 1684/5 

The Last will & testament of Capt Christopher Husy made the 
twenty eigh'h Day of feb Anno : Dom 1684 

I Christopher Husy being through the mercy of god in health 
of body & of a sound memmory & Disposing capasity for w*^'' I 
bless the Lord : & yet being strkn in years * * * 

Imp'"mis I give my 2 Sons steeven Husy & John Husy my 
farm with all the priviliges thereof namly the hundred & fifty 
ackers of medow & up land granted me by y*' towne as also fifty 
ackers more of marsh which I bought ajasent to it I say I give it 
by equal parts that is to say the on full half it to my son steeven 
his hairs & asigns in fee simpl & the other half to my son John 
in Lik maner only thay paying to my Dafter mary as hearafter 
in my will expressed 

It I give to my Dafter mary Husy now wife of Thomas page 
my 7 : ackers of medow Lying near benjanin shaws : & that peec 
of medow through which the high way Lyeth And also 2 : shars 
in the ox Comman And also too shars of Cows Comman And 
also I Do order that my son John Smith shall pay her thirty 
pound And my 2 sons John & steeven shall pay her forty pounds 
ii peec in good 



288 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

It I give & bequeath to my Dafter hulda in the Lik maner all 
the rest of my lands & housing & Coman Rights in the towne of 
hampton and all the housold stuff & goods & stok then remaing 
that is to say : my house & all in it or with it with all the Land 
ajasent And the planting Lot & 3 ackers medow lot towerd the 
spring 2 shars in the ox Coman & 2 shars in the cow Coman & 
Do order & appoint that he shall pay to my Dafter mary thirty 
pound toword her pension 

It my will is that the Legases that I have bequethed to my 
Dafter mary that part of it w'^^ is in Land that shee shall enjoy it 
Imediatly after my Deaseas : & the thirty pound that shee shall 
have of my Son John smith the husband of my Dafter hulda I Do 
will it to be payd her in too } ears after my Desease that is to say 
the on half the first year & the other half the second year in good 
pay of Country 

It my will is also that the forty ponds a peec that I have 
willed my too sons steeven Husy & John Husy to pay her that it 
be payd her also within or by the end of 2 years next after my 
Desease in som good pay of the Country 

and in Case of fayler shee my sd Dafter shall have in Lue ther 
of thirty ackers of the farm part whearof shalbe the old feild lying 
on the other sid of the way on end whear of buts upon my old 
hous & the other end toward the mil River by the bridg & the 
rest to be made up of the farme w*'"' sd Lands shall be ingadged 
hearby & shall Ly responsibl for the payment of the aforesayd 
som : ten or twelve ackers whearof shalbe medow 

It my will is that the sd som being payd my sayd sons steven 
and John shall have the farme First bequeathed by even & equal 

■^porsion only my son John shal not be or hindered of 

what he have built on nor his bulding accompted in the valuing 
of the farm : because thay ar his owne the Land on w*^' thay 
stand be rekond or valud 

I Do upon further considerasion will & Declare that it shalbe in 
my s"^ Dafter marys choyc whether shee will have the Land for- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 289 

mensiond in the farme or the So pounds of my : 2 : sons steeven & 
John Husy 

Lastly I make & ordaine my son John Husy & m}' son John 
smith to be Joint executers of this m}^ will : & in case either of 
them shoold Dy before thay have executed the same then the Sole 
power to be in the surviver & in case thay shoold both Dy before 
as abovesd then I Do apoint my Dafter mary & in case shee shoold 
also in Lik maner fayle then I apoint my son steephen to be my 
executer in thayr steed 

and my trusty ffreinds maj" Richard waldron & maj"" Robt Pike 
to be overseers of this my will 

In wittnes of all w'^'' I have hear unto sett my hand & seal the 
Day & year afore mensiond 

signed sealed & Declared to his Christopher Hussey [seal] 
Last will & testament before us 

Moses Pike 

Robt Pike 

Steeven Tong X his mark 

Salsbury octob'' y*^ 28 1685 upon a considering of som Dubioustes 
in the expresion of som things in this my will Respecting Coman 
Rights or priviliges I Do by these present for the avoyding of 
any contraversy or mistaks about it in time to Com Declare that 
by the priviliges mensiond belonging to my farm by it I Do plainly 
intend w'soever woods woodland or feeding right or coman Lands 
to be Devided that Do belong to y*" sd farm it shall remaine & be 
to the sd farme & so "^porsionably to be Devided to my too sons 
that have the farme & Lands ajasent or Lands not yet posest that 
Ly in coman 

And in Lik manner the Coman Rights that Do belong to the 
Lands that is givn to my too Dafters mary & hulda my Tovvne it 
shal belong to each of them according to thayr several "^portions 
of Land I meane any Coman rights therto belonging Devided or 
undevided & this I Do Declare to be my plaine intent & meaning 

19 



290 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

in that case as wittnes my hand & scale y*' Day & yeare above 
writtn 

signed sealed & Declard in Christopher Hussy [seal] 

y*' presnt of us 

The mark of X steevn Tong 

Robt Pike 

Martha Pike 

[Proved Oct. 7, 1686.] 

[Inventory, March 25, 1687; amount, £651.13.0; signed by 
Joseph Dow and John Tuck.] 



JOHN DAVIS 1685 DURHAM 

In the name of God Amen the ffirst day of Aprill in the yeare 
'of our Lord God one thousand Six hundred Eightie five I John 
Davis of Oyster River in the Province of New hampshire * * * 

It I doe give to my Sonn John Davis the Sixcore Acars of 
Land which I had by a towne grant Scituate & lying & being at 
Turtel pond in Oyster River, and my best ffeather bed, the tick- 
ing & ffeathers after the decease of my wife — 

It I doe give to my Sons Moyses Davis & Joseph Davis that 
tract of Land Scituate & lying at mount Spickert falls in the 
towneship of Haverell which was willed to me by the Last will & 
testament of my ffather being by estimation two hundred acars be 
it more or less to be equallie divided betweene them 

It I doe give to my Son Moyses davis Pollishie Meadoe which 
my ft^ather did will to me Lying in haverell township 

It I doe give to my Son Joseph Davis the one half of the 
marsh which I bought of M'^ Valintine Hill Scituate & lying at 
Greeneland — 

It I doe give to my three elder daughters Marie Hearth, 
Scarab Smith, & Hanna Kezar, each of them five shillings 

It I doe give to my three younger Daughters Jane Davis, and 
Jemina Davis, & Judeth Davis ffifteene pounds each of them, And 
at or before the first day of Aprill in the yeare of o' Lord God one 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



291 



thousand Six hundred Eightie Six (to be delivered) to each of 
them one Cow & one Ew sheep in p' of the said ffifteen pounds at 
such a price as my overseers shall Judge of, or as my Executor & 
they can agree, And the one half of what shall be dew to them of 
the said fifteene pounds apeece to be paid to each of them at or 
before that day twelve moneths Next folloing. And the remainder 
of the said fifteene pounds to be paid to each of them at or before 
that day twelvemoneths then next folloing after, And If it doe hap- 
pen that if either one of them or two of them doe die before & not 
being married ; that then their said porsions shall remaine to the 
Survivers, or Surviver of the three but If providence of god rouled 
it sail occur that they coulde not pay thes ligegises but with dam- 
age to the estate then my will is to stay a yeare or too longer 

It whereas John Hearth my grandchild which I have kept & 
brought up ever since he was two yeares of age. Now if the said 
John Hearth doe remaine & dwell with my Executers Untill he 
shall accomplish the age of one & twentie years that then my 
will is that my Executor doe give the said John Hearth twentie 
pounds — 

It I doe give to my fouer Sons, my Cloths, & my gun's, & all 
my tools as I shall order them to be divided in a Coddicell, or a 
peice of writing — 

It alsoe for my household goods which I shall not dispose of 
by a Coddicell or a peice of writing I doe leave them to my wife 
to dispose of to my daughters as shee shall see meet 

It I doe give Unto my Son James Davis my estate of houses 
& Lands with all the p^'vilidges there unto belonging where in I 
now dwell after the decease of my wife & alsoe the one halfe of 
the marsh at greenland, & doe also make my beloved wife Jane 
Davis, & my said son James Davis, to be Joynt Executors dureing 
my wifes life or Widdoe whod, dureing which time, I give my 
wife the Linto & the linto garret to her use 

It I doe bind my Executor James Davis not to trouble my 
Brother James Davis nor his Executors Concerning the land 
which I had when I did live at Haverell 



292 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

It I desire M'' John Garish of Dover & M'" Thomas Edgerhe 
of oyster River to be my overseers in trust to see this my will per- 
formed 

Wittness John Evens John Davis 

John meeder 
Joseph meder 

The 7'" day Aprill 1685 

This Codicell or peice of Writing which is the trew Meaning & 
intent of my Last Will and testement Dated y^ first Day of April 
1685 that is to Devide my Cloths my tools & Guns among my 
fouer Sons viz': my Son John Davis to have my Cosslet & my 
best Cloak and one Sute of my Coopers tooles, & my Son Joseph 
Davis is to have my best hatt and my Cane and y^ Other Sett of 
my Coopers tooles and my Son Moses Davis is to have all y'' Rest 
of my waring Clothes & my Brass pistol and my Guns to be 
devided to Each on as my Execf^* shall see meet ; and my Son 
James Davis is to have the Rest of my working tools with all y® 
Land that I have or ought to have that which is not mentioned 
in my Will or disposed of to Enabell him my Executor to pay my 
Honest Debts and this is the true Intent & maining of my Last 
will and testement In testimony hereof I have set my hand 

his John Davis 

John X Meader 
mark 

John Evens 

Joseph Meader : 

[Proved May 25, 1686.] 

[Codicil is in Deeds, vol. 4, p. 99.] 



WILLIAM PALMER 1685 

[Administration on the estate of William Palmer granted to his 
widow, Abishag Palmer, Aug. 6, 1685.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 293 

JOSEPH HALL 1685 GREENLAND 

[Bond of Elizabeth Hall, with Anthony Nutter, and Thomas 
Wiggin as sureties, Dec. 30, 1685, in the sum of £100, for the 
administration of the estate of Joseph Hall of Greenland ; signed 
by Walter Barefoote.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 25, 1685/6; amount, £846.3.0; signed by 
Thomas Litchfield and Nathaniel Green.] 



JAMES ROLLINS 1685 DOVER 

In the name of god Amen 

to all christian people to whom these presents shall com greett- 
ing, know yea whome it may Concern that I James Rawlins of 
dover in y*^ province of Newhampshir in New England : by y^ 
good grace of god : now at this present time in my useall & Right 
sences & understanding : though in body very sick & weak : have 
don & hereby doe make my Last will & testament : as foloeth in 
3^^ distribution, ordering deviding & Rightly to part I have humbly 
beged the deriction of allmighty god to whome be prais & glory 
for ever amen 

In y^ first place : In Consideration of the Love favour & Aftect- 
tion which I have & ought to have for my well beloved Loveing 
& dear respective wiff' hannah : I do bequeath bestow & give : 
the whole use proffitt & privilidg of all my hous goods Chatls 
& Lands: dewring hur Naturall Lift': only Exsepted : Iff" shee 
my S*^ wiff" shall Afflier my deces see good to marry: Espouse: 
or Live with an other man as a husband that then shall hur part 
proffit & privilidge be only on third parte of the goods Lands or 
chatles afore S*^ : & the other two parts : com in y*" posestion of 
my well beloved obediant & duettyfull son Benjamin : to whom In 
-Consideration of many good causes moveing mee thereunto : I doe 
bequeath give grant : & bestow all y^ Land or Lands goods & chat- 
ties whatsoever : I have in on or belonging in way or condition 
whatsoever on in & the tract of Land or ground whereon my 



294 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

now dewling hous standeth the same to him his heirs Executors 
adminestrators & assigns to posese In as Larg & ample maner : 
& by the same power as Ever I did, but that affter y^ deseac of 
mee & my afore S*^ wiff, & what is said is to be understood only to 
be of my Lands & concerns in Long Reach in dover afores'^ and 
Lickwise Iff my afore S*^ wiff continue unmarried : it is to be 
understood that my will is that shee shall at hur one descretion 
despose of all the moveabls to whome shee shall think good, and 
whereas I have appertaing unto me a parcile or tract of Land 
Lying & being as is Exspresed in a deed I have of y® & for y'' 
Same I doe in Like maner as afore S*^ bequeh the marsh on y® 
west of . . . pond & an hundred acers ther unto most Con- 
venant, to despose of as in y® afores** moveables if containeng 
unmarried & further my will is that my well beloved Eldest son 
Icabod shall have, only Excepted y® aforesaid on hundred acers 
& marsh, two hundred acers, in his chois place of all y- afore S*^ 
tract of Land, & to have it all in on place Lest dameg thereby 
might be don to y*^ Remainder part thereof, which my will is be 
Equally devided betwene all my Children Every one sones & 
daughters their heirs & Assignes to posese for Ever, it is further to 
be understood, that within two years after y" deseas of y® Longest 
Liver of Ether me or my S^^ wiff it is my will that my son benja- 
min his heirs Executors adminestrators or asigns, shall pay unto 
my son Joseph twelve pounds valluable to twelve pounds of good 
mony, In witnes to y** trew meening of what is within wretten, I 
y® within named James Rawlings have hereunto put my hand 
and scale the i6'*' day of desember Anno dominy 1685 

being present Ja: Rawlings [seal] 

henry LangstafT Jun*^ 

Joseph Allexander 

I the within mentioned & above named. James Rawlings do 
hereby Constitut ordain & apoint my well beloved trusty & trew 
frends m"' henry Langstaff sen'' & obediah mors & phillip Chesly 
to be overseers & according to their or Ether of their will & pleshuer 
to see every of y^ within wretten matters deuly Executed Espe- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 295 

shally that my within named wiff Receave no wrong for want of 
observeing y*' trew mening of what is within wretten not alltreing 
y'' substanc whereof I have here unto set my hand the day & 
year above wretten 

Ja: Rawlings — 
[Proved July 25, 1691.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 82.] 



GEORGE WALLIS 1685/6 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of George Wallis of Portsmouth, 
yeoman, granted to Eleanor Wallis, Jan. 2, 1685/6.] 

[Inventory of the estate of George Wallis of Little Harbor, 
who died Dec. 14, 1685 ; amount, £183.0.0; signed by Abraham 
Drake and James Randall ; attested before Walter Barefoote by 
William Wallis and George Wallis Feb. 4, 1685/6.] 

[William Wallis and George Wallis, April 7, 1686, choose Rob- 
ert Elliott and John Pickering, both of Portsmouth, to divide the 
estate of their father.] 

[Deeds, vol. 6, p. T] -1 

To all Christian People to whome this Writeing shall come 
Know yea that whereas W'^ Wallis & George Wallis have made 
Choice of us whose names are hereunder Written to make a de- 
vision of the Lands & Marshes fformerly theire ftathers, and 
by agreement said W"* & George have bound themselves in one 
Thousand pound Bond Cur' money to Stand to and abide by the 
devision Which we shall make Which Bond bares date the 7'''day 
of this Ins* Aprill and whereas we underwritten haveing ben upon 
the Lands & Marshes & according to o'' Best Skill & Judgm' Well 
Veiwed the Same & thereupon have Concluded & Doe Give in 
this as o"^ ffinall Determinacion & End Between said W™ Wallis & 
George Wallis and is as ffolloweth that said W"* His Heirs Exec'^ 
& Administra" fFor his & theire part & Portion is to hold & for 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ever Enjoy all y* Upland adjoyning to Said W"*^ now dwelling 
House & fFormerly theire s*^ ffathers Excepting onely Six Acres 
Adjoyning Near to Cold pond With all Timber Trees & Woods 
Wich to Belong to George Wallis togeather w"' five Acres of Salt 
Marsh at the South End of theire Marsh at Sandey Beach & all 
the Rest of Said Marsh to Belong to Said W" as afores'' & Said 
George Wallis & his Heirs for Ev"" ; to have hold & Enjoy all 
the Houseings Orchards Lands & Marshes therunto Belonging 
and fformerly theire ffathers With y® Marsh at the North End of 
the Great Pond, S** George is also to allowe Said W™ three Bar- 
rills of Syder a year & Every Year for & dureing Seven Year 
from the season Next ftollowing the Date hereof and also Said 
George is to allowe Said W™ Liberty to plant y*' North half of 
y' fteild Next James Randalls Orchard for his Said W™* Use & 
Benefitt for four years next ffbllowing & then to be Said Georges, 
also Said W'" is to ffind Barrills to put said Syder in & help 
make it and this We Give in as o'' ffinall End and determinacion 
of all, Whereunto We have Set o'^ hands & affixed o'' Seals this 
S'^^of Aprill 1686— 

Robert Elliot [seal] 
John Pickerin [seal] 
[Deeds, vol. 6, p. 78.] 



JOHN BICKFORD . 1685/6 DURHAM 

Know all men by these presents that I John Bickford Sen'' of 
Oyster River Yeoman for and in consideration of the Love and 
Good will that I bare unto my beloved wife Temperance Bickford 
I give unto her and bequeath all my Movueablells without Doares 
which Doe appeare to be mine, as Cattell horses, sheep hogs &c 
as all so I give unt her all my moveabells within Doares which 
Doe appeare to be mine, as Beding pott Kettells and puter &c, 
only out of it I give unto my Dafter Joana one feather Bed and 
Bed Cloath^ to it and I give unto my wife the Lower fire roome 
at the west end of my house, During her Life time all the above 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 297 

mentioned I give unto my beloved wife In witness here off I have 
hereunto sett my hand and Seale the 12*^'' of Feburary Ann*' 
Dominy 1685 

Signed Sealed Delivered John X Bickford his Marke 

in presents of us 

Reu: Hull 

Joseph Smith 

John Norris 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 37.] 

To the Honorable the President and Counsill in the Province 
of new Hampsheire now sitting att New Castell this first day. of 
September 1697 

The Humble petition of John Redman of Hampton in Province 
above sayd Juner Humbly Shewith 

That your pore petitioner haveing lately married with one Jo- 
hannah Bickford Daughter of John Bickford and Temperance his 
wife of oyster River late deceased and the said John Bickford made 
a will and in the same gave severall things to his wife Temperance 
Bickford and left them to be att Hir dispossing of I am informed 
The s*^ Temperance Bickford also made a will although through 
some mistake ther was no Exequetour appointed but in Sayd will 
of Hers as may more fi'ully appeare by the Same did dispose of 
Severall moveables among her children and to my wife Johanah 
Redman fformerly Johanah Bickford Daughter of the above s'^ 
John and Temperance Bickford she gave Severall things among 
the rest But her Brother Thomas Bickford (under pretence of 
looking on it and giveing it to hir againe) have gitten her fathers 
will from Hir she haveing it in hir keeping ; And also detaine 
the goods given to hir by hir mother Temperance Bickford in hir 
will and refuse to deliver them but under what pretence I know 
not And not knowing any other way for the ffatherles to come by 
there undoubted Right but to come to your Honours flor releife 
We Humbly pray that your Honours would be pleased to take the 
same into consideration and so order that hir ffathers will and 



298 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mothers will may be brought fforth and that the goods may be 
Returned to the right owners as in yourWisdome shall be thought 
most just and Right and that the pressence of Almightie God may 
be with your Honours in your undertakings It is the desire and 
shall be the prayer of him who is And shall remaine your Hon- 
ours most humble and Dutifull Servant 

John Redman 
[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 188.] 

[Citation, Sept. 28, 1697, to Thomas Bickford of Oyster River, 
planter, to appear and answer the complaint of John Redman, 
Jr., of Hampton, planter, for not proving the will of his father, 
John Bickford.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 139-] 

The Depossion of Johanah Rudman aged about 28 yeares 
Maketh oath that my ffather Jn° Beckfords Last will & Testi- 

ment was Left with my Mother Temprance Beckford to keepe ; 

And when God was pleased to take away her speech I gave the 

aforesaid will to my Brother Thomas Beckford about 11 or 12 

month agoe and further Sayth not 

Johanah Redman appeared this 27 day of September 1697 and 

made oath to the truth of all above written Before me 

Henry Do w^ 
Justice of peace in New Hampshere 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 139.] 

[Will proved, Oct. 7, 1697, and administration granted to his 
son, Thomas Bickford, the oldest son consenting.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 37.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 2, 1697 ; amount, £32.8.0 ; signed by Francis 
Mathes, John Willey, John Bickford, and Richard Waterhouse ; 
mentions propert}'^ in the hands of Jeremiah Burnham, John 
Bickford, Benjamin Bickford, and John Redman.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 273.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 299 

GEORGE WALTON 1685/6 

The last Will & Testament of George Walton Sen'' being of 
sound judgment & perfect memory ; in man'er & form following. 

Imprimis I do appoint & constitute Alice my now Wife, my 
Executrix of all my Estate (after my debts are satisfied, ffuneral 
charges paid & legacies hereby given & bequeathed discharged) 
to be '^ her disposed ordered & given as she sees good & meet. 

Item I give & bequeath unto my Son Sidrach Walton the Nine 
acres of Meadow (be it more or less) which I have formerly pos- 
sessed, to him & his heirs for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath unto Alice Taprell & Priscilla Taprell 
each Eight acres of Land on y" Great Island, to be laid and 
appointed unto them out of my Out-land between the Highway 
going to y*" fferry & Little harbour '^ Mathew Estes & his brother 
Rich". 

Item I give & bequeath to Grace Taprell the House her Mother 
died in to her & her heirs for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to Sam: Walton the Remainder of 
said Out-land next Litle harbour not laid out, to Alice & Priscilla 
Taprell, And Seven acres of Marsh, part of the 20 acres granted 
me '^ M"^ Mason, the remaining 4 acres not before disposed I 
give also to my Son Sidrach & his heirs for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath unto Thomas Roby 10 acres of y*" Land 
I have a Deed for from M"" Mason of 40 acres in the Long reach, 
& 20 acres of sd 40 I give & bequeath unto Walton Roby, the 
Remaining being 10 acres I give & bequeath unto Elizabeth Tre- 
worthy ; each Legacy being to remain to y® heirs & successors 
of each Legatee for ever not to be possessd '^ either or any of 
them untill either or any of them come to age, or my Execf" shall 
see convenient & fit. 

Lastly, for a final & full conclusion of this my last Will, I do 
declare. That my mind & full intent is, That my sd Exectr'' shall 
injoy & possess the whole during her life, or till she see cause 



300 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Otherwise to deliver it up to any or either sd Legatess now under 
age, shall be and come to full age, & not before. 

The ftburteenth day of ffebruary 
1685 George Walton did declare y® 
above written to be his Last Will, 
in y® p^'sence of 

Robert Mason — 

William Bickham 

[Proved March 9, 1685/6.] 

[Deeds, vol. 4, p. 69.] 



JOHN LIGHT 1685/6 

The last will and Testament of John Light in y^ Province of 
New hampshier in New England 

I John Light being bound on a voyage to sea ; * * * 

All my worldly Estate ; whether Personall or Reall of what kind 
soever ; I bequeath unto my three Children Namely ; John Light : 
Mary Light : & Dorothy Light ; to be Equaly divided between 
them unles my now wife ; should be now with child ; & if soe ; 
then that to have an equal proportion ; with the three others ; and • 
if any of them dye before they come to age : y" to fall to the sur- 
vivers or surviver all which estat ; I leave in y'^ hands of my Beloved 
wife ; Dorothy Light ; to be improved for her own maintenance ; 
and the bringing up of the Children ; dureing y'' widowhood of 
my said wife ; but if she marry againe ; the said Estate to be se- 
cured for the use of my Children ; & I further Will : that my son 
John if y* he liveth to y® age of fourteen or fiveteen years that 
he be bound out an apprentise to some honest calling such as he 
may most like and of ability to undertake 

As for that estate which belonged to Joshua Peirce deceased 
whether at New Jersy or at Amsbury I leave it to y^ Children y' 
my wife had by y^ s'' Joshua Peirce Provided they allowe for their 
maintenance what is just and equal ; which I cannot Judge less 
then Ten pounds apeice yearly ; If that be not thought so faire ; 



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then I will ; }■* both their estate and mine be equaly divided be- 
tween them and my Children, so y' each may have alike ; account- 
ing it very Irregular y' their estate should be reserved intire to 
them ; and y' w°'^ my children else might have had ; to be ex- 
pended in maintaining them namely Joshua & Sarah Peirce — 

further I make my beloved wife sole executrix : & desire and 
apoynt my Brother m'' John Pike of Dover & Samuel Keies of 
Portsm" to be my overseers of this my last will and Testament : in 
Testimony of all; & Singular y*" ^mises I set to my hand and 
scale ; this twenty fourth day of february one thousand six hun- 
dred eighty and five 

Signed Sealed & delivered John Light 

in y*' ^sence of us 

Jn° Peck 

Edw^ Martyn 

Jn° Jacob 

John Light Acknowledged this Instrument declareing it to be his 
last will & testament as his act and deed Boston : 24 : february : 
1685 

before Hum: Davie Assistt: 

[Inventory, March 18, 1690/1 ; amount, £258. 17. i^; taken by 
John Pickering and John Tucker.] 



EBENEZER EVANS 1686 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Evans of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to his widow, Patience Evans, and Thomas Fer- 
nald April 20, 1686.] 

[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 184.] 

[Bond of Patience Evans and Thomas Fernald, with Samuel 
Keais and Thomas Wakeham as sureties, in the sum of £100, 
April 20, 1686, for the administration of the estate.] 



302 , NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ISAAC WALDRON 1686 BOSTON MASS. 

[Bond of Charles Lidget of Boston, merchant, April 22, 1686, 
in the sum of £100, for the administration of the estate of Isaac 
Waldron of Boston, physician; signed by Walter Barefoote. 

Acknowledgment by Charles Lidget, April 23, 1686, of the re- 
ceipt of £130.0.0 due from Thomas Paine of Dover, planter, to 
the estate of Isaac Waldron, intestate ; signed by Walter Bare- 
foote.] 

HENRY BECK 1686 NEWCASTLE 

[Bond of Elizabeth Beck of Great Island in the sum of £100, 
April 26, 1686, for the administration of the estate of her husband, 
Henry Beck of Great Island, mariner.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i, p. 296.] 

[Inventory, taken by William Bickham and Henry Trefethen ; 
amount, £51.14.0.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1686, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 64.] 



JAMES JONES 1686 

[Inventory of the estate of James Jones, May 4, 1686 ; amount, 
£60.14.3 ; signed by Nehemiah Partridge and Thomas Pickering ; 
attested by the widow, Elizabeth Jones, May 6, 1686.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i, p. 296.] 

Citation to be sent to Bartlet formerl}^ y" wife of James 

Jones dec*^ & to ]n° Jones her son to come & admin'" &c & if 
not Cap' Pickering to have administration 

[Probate Minutes, Sept. 3, 1718.] 

[Administration granted to John Pickering Dec. 3, 1718, John 
Jones not appearing.] 

[Probate Minutes, Dec. 3, 1718.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 303 

[Citation, Dec. 2, 1718, to John Jones of Portsmouth to appear 
and take administration on the estate of his father, James Jones, 
and on his default administration to be granted to John Pickering, 
principal creditor; return signed by Samuel Clark, constable.] 

[Bond, in blank, signed by John Jones, Edward Carver, and 
Amos Fernald ; witnesses, Samuel Hart and Benjamin Gam- 
bHng.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 3, 1719/20, authorizing Samuel Manson and 
Edward Cate, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of James Jones, who died in 1685 ; 
amount, £25.12.0; signed by Edward Cate and Samuel Man- 
son: attested by John Jones March 2, 1719/20.] 

John Jones adm'' to the estate of James Jones Dec'^ Rep'^senting 
to his Hon'" the Judge that the s^ Estate is Insolvent it is ordered 
that Com'issioners be appointed to receive the claims &c viz ; 
Cap' Tho^ Peirce & m'' Clement Hughes 

[Probate Minutes, March 8, 1720/1.] 

[List of claims against the estate, June 20, 1722; amount, 
£64.10.7^; signed by Thomas Peirce and Clement Hughes.] 

[Various notes, receipts, etc., containing signatures of John 
Plaisted, Daniel Duggan, James Jones, John Pickering, Henry 
Crowne, and John Partridge.] 



SAMUEL CLARK 1686 PORTSMOUTH 

I Sam^^ Clarke of y*^ Towne of Portsm" In y^ Province of New : 
hampshere beinge very Sicke, and weeke in Body * * * 

2'^iy I give and bequeath Unto my well beloved wife An Clarke 
all my Estate booth Personall and Reall as my House and lands, 
my Stocke of Cattell, horses, Sheipe and Swine, My Houssold 
jgoods of Every Kind, all Movables & Imovables w*^''in Dores and 



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w"'out to be Improved by her for y*^ bringing Up of my Three 
youngest Children all w*'' Estate Shee Shall have y*^ Soole Use 
and benefitte of During her Naturall life, and when Shee Dyes 
shee Shall give to my Children what Shall be lefte of y*" Said 
Estate, hooping & Desiring that my Dere wife will take all y*" 
Care that possibly Shee Can, that my Said Children May be 
Brought Up in y*^ fere of God — 

3^'*^ I Doe hereby Appoynt and ordaine my well beloved wife 
to be my Executrix to this my Laste will and Testam* and Doe 
allso Rt-queste and Appoynte my well beloved Kinsman W°* 
Vaughan Esq'' and my Dere Brother Nath" Clarke to be over 
Seeers of this my Laste will to See y** Same fullfilled and to 
Advize mv wife how to manidge her Conserns, as they may be 
Capable of Doeing y^ same in witnes of y*' truth of all y'' above 
written I Doe here Unto Seat my hand & seale, y** 21*' Daye of 
June 1686 and in y® 2'^ yere of y^ Raigne of our Soveraigne lord 
James y® 2'^ by y® Grace of God of England, Scotland, france & 
Ireland Kinge &c 

Signed, Sealed, & Delevered Sam" Clarke [seal] 

in p^'sents of us 

Ritch'^ Martin Sen^ 

Jn*' ffletcher 

Jn" Cotton 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1691.] 



JETHRO FURBER 1686 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Jethro Furber, Portsmouth, June 29, 
1686; amount, £582.12.2; signed by Richard Martyn ; attested 
by Mrs. Furber Oct. 7, 1686.] 

[Administration on the estate of Jethro Furber granted to 
Nathaniel Ayers and his wife. Amy Ayers, formerly widow of 
the deceased, Dec. 26, 1692.] 

[Deeds, vol. 6, p. 92.] 



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THOMAS PAGE 1686 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I Thomas page of Hampton in y'' province of new Hampsheire 
in new England being Sick and weak of Body * * * 

Ittem I give and bequeath unto Mary my loveing Witfe all 
my Cattell of all sorts whatsoever (Exxepting two young oxen 
that were my son Roberts in his life time and one young mare 
which oxen and mare I have hereafter disposed of in this my last 
will, I also give unto Mary my loving wife all my Houshold goods 
and Impliments of Husbandry to be all att Her disposing ftbr the 
bringing up my children 

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Christepher page all 
my Houssing my Dwelling House barns stable and all my out 
houses with orcherd yards and all my lott wher the sayd Houses 
stand be the same more or less that wase Given to me by my 
father Excepting : the two acres & a half that I bought of John 
Marston which I have otherways disposed of I also give unto the 
sayd Christepher page my pece of meadow Com'only Called my 
littell Meadow with all the land adjoyning to it that wase some 
times ftenced in ffor a pausture be the same more or less as it 
wase ffenced as also my salt marsh lieng over the landing place 
rever be the same more or less as itt is : as also a small pece of 
marsh about three acres more or less Heng by william ffullers 
marsh as also one shear of the great oxe Com'on that lieth part 
over the great neck bv Sergens Island and two shears of the Cow 
Com'ons with all Rights privilidgs and appurtinances belonging 
to the sd shears as also my part of the Sawmill all which the sayd 
Christepher is to Enter upon and Injoy when he shall Come to 
the age of twentie ffower years but no sooner Except his mother 
pleasith : my wife to have the use and improvement of all the 
above mentioned houses and lands untill my son Chistepher arive 
to the age of twentie tower years ffor Her Comfortable livelyhood 
and bringing up my children and upon Christephers possesing 
the fforementioned Houses and lands Hee is to take Care to main- 

taing His mother Comfortably and Honorably during her naturall 

20 



3o6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Life or to Her day of marriage or if he ffaile my wife shall have 
libertie to make use of my Houssing and so much of my lands as 
will mainetaing Her Honorably So long as she live or to Her day 
of marriage And in case it shall please God to take my son Chris- 
tepher out of this life before he have any children then the above 
mentioned Houses and lands is to goe to my son John page upon 
the Conditions above sayd that His Mother be Honorably main- 
tained as above sd : 

Ittem I give and bequeath unto my son John page about two 
acres and a half of land bee the same more or less that lieth att 
the lots end that I bought of John Marston : as also my Right of 
that land which is one Half of the land granted to My father by 
Jacob garlands be the same more or less as it is as also the one 
Half of that pece of meadow or marsh that wase my ffather Hus- 
sys nere ben: shaws lieng betwen the marsh of the Towne of 
Hampton and Isaac godfree the sayd John to have his Half att 
this end next the upland as also all the meadow and upland one 
both sids the way on this sids John massons that wase my ffather 
Hussys and by him given to my wife be the same more or less 
and one half of my Beach Meadow be the same more or less John 
to devide and steven to choose and also one sheare of the Cow 
Com'ons with all Rights privillidges and appurtinances thereunto 
belonging : He to Enter upon the Same att the age of twentie one 
years and his mother to have the use and improvement of it the 
meen whill for the bringing up my children 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Mary Roby one shear of the 
great oxe Com'on with all Rights thereunto belonging : lieng 
partt next Hen: moultens sheare and those two young oxen that 
were my son Roberts pages in his life Time : 

Item I give unto my son steven page all the upland swamp 
and meadow ground that wase given to my son Robart page by 
his grandfather Robert page in his will that lieth att the Lott : be 
the same more or less : as it is as also the one half of my beach 
meadow he to choose after John have devided it : as also the soth- 
erly end of the meadow or marsh by Ben: shaws that wase some 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 307 

times my father Hussys steven to have one Half: of that as also 
one sheare of the Cow Com'ons of Hampton he to Enter upon the 
same att the age of twentie one years and his mother to have the 
use and improvment of it till that time for the bringing up of my 
children 

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Bethiah page the some of ffor- 
tie pounds to be payd to Her by my sons John page and Steven 
page in marchentable pay att priz Current twentie pound apece 
the one Half to be payd when she Aall arive to the age of Eight- 
een years and the other att twentie ffive years ould : 

Also my will is that my three sons and young Daughter be att 
my wifes dispossing untill thay Come to the age above sd Except 
thay shall dispose of themselfs by marriage before that time. 

Ittem I give my young Bay Mare goeing of two yeare ould to 
my Cossen Samuell Marston My sister Rebeckas son. 

And I doe appoint Constitute and make my loving wife mary 
page to be my sooll Exequetrix to this my last will and teasti- 
ment : In wittnes here unto I the above sayd Thomas page have 
hereunto put my hand and seall this thirtie first day of August 
sixeteen Hundred and Eightie sixe and in the second yeare of the 
Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord James the second by the grace of 
God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King &c^' 
Witnes Thomas page 

Samuell Marston his mark X & seal [seal] 

Seth fog 

James fog 

Henry Dow : 

[Proved Oct. 7, 1686.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Page, who died Sept. 8, 
1686 ; taken Oct. i, 1686 ; amount, £728.0.0 ; signed by John San- 
born, Thomas Marston, and Henry Dow.] 



308 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM GORE 1686 

[Sale, Nov. 16, 1686, by John WalHngford, James Wallingford, 
and Joseph Poore in right of his wife, Mary Poore, children of 
Nicholas Wallingford of Newbury, Mass., to William Longfellow 
of Newbury, Mass., of their legacies of £40.0.0 each left them 
by their great-uncle, William Gore, by his will dated Jan. 22, 
1655/6; witnesses, Joseph Bailey and Isaac Addington.] 



HENRY ROBY 1686/7 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I Henry Robey of Hampton in the province of new Hampsheire 
in new England being aged and Weake of Body but of Sound and 
perfect memory prayse be given to God for the Same. And know- 
ing the uncertaintie of this life on Earth and being desiruse to Set- 
tel things in order. Doe make this in}- last Will & Teastiment in 
mannor and fforme ffolowing That is to Say first and principally 
I Commend my Soule to Almightie God that gave it And my 
body to the Earth ffrom whence it was Taken Hopeing of A Joy- 
full resurection att the last day : my body to be Buried in Such 
decent and christian mannor as to my Exequetours here after 
named shall be thought meet and conveniant And as touching 
such worldly estate as the Lord in mercy hath lent me my will 
and meaning is the same shall be imployed and bestowed as here 
after by this my will is expressed And first I doe revoke renounce 
ffrustrate and make voyd all Wills by me formerly made and doe 
leve and appoint this my last Will and Teastiment 

first ■ my will is that all my Just and Honnist Debts be payd by 
my Exequetours and the Rest of ni}^ Estate to be disposed of as 
folowith 

2'y I give and bequeath unto Sarah my now wile all the goods 
that She Brought with Her that yett Remainith att Her dispossing 
in the Same Condition thay shall be in att my decease if any of 
them shall chance to be y*" worse for the ussing of them in the 
ffamily While we have lived togither it is not to be made good but 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3O9 

she is to take them as thay shall then be and to have the dispos- 
ing of them ft'or Ever 

3''' I give and bequeath unto Sarah my now Wife So long as 
She Shall remaine a widow that end of my Dwelling house next 
phelemon Daltons, chamber and lower Roome and the use of one 
Celler to put in what She have need off, I also will that She the 
Sayd Sarah shall have the use and Benifitt of Half the orchard 
and half the lott belonging to the house and thre acres of meadow 
lieng att the Beach Caseway and two Cows and two Swine all 
which she is to have and injoy So long as She Remaine a Widow 
but no longer also my Will is that my Exequetours Shall yearly 
and Every yeare Bring Her Home to the House (which I Have 
appointed for Her to live in) Sixe load of good Wood So long as 
She Remaine a widow but no longer 

4'^ I give and bequeath unto Thomas Robey my Eldest Son 
The lott that I bought of Isaac perkins & Sixe acres more or less 
of pausture lieng att the easterly end of sayd lott as also the land 
where my Barne Stand and the land where he have builded his 
house wher he now liveith and my ould Barne ther standing near 
his house and my thireteen acres more or less of marsh in the 
spring marshes that I bought of Isaac perkins and fower acres 
more or less of ffresh meadow lieng near the beach between the 
medow of Timothy Hilyard and meadow Somtimes Robert pages 
and one shear of the Cow Com'ons of Hampton and one Half of 
my Sheare of the oxe Com'on as also one ffeather Bed with all 
the Bed cloths there unto belonging and other furniture all to Him 
and his Heiers ffor Ever and five acres more or less of upland 
that was Sometimes ould William Coles : 

5^y I give and bequeath unto my Son Samuel Robey Seaven 
acres more or less of fresh meadow which I have in the great 
meadow and ffower acres more or less of Salt Marsh in the Spring 
marshes which was Sometimes Edward Colcords and half my 
shear in the great oxe Com'on, as also all the land the which I 
have fformerly given him a deed of gift off I now Confeirm the sd 
gift by this my Last Will : to him & his Heier for ever 



3IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

6''' I give and bequeath unto m}- Son Icabode Robey my 
Dwelling Houses I now live in and the house lott there and all. 
my out houses there unto belonging with the orchard The one 
Half Emeadiately after my decease and the other Half att my 
Wifs departure from it as also three acres of meadow att the beach 
Casevvay and all the Sixe acres when His mother is to leave it 

7'-^' I give unto my Daughter Judeth Robey one ffeather Bed 
with all furniture therunto belonging I also give unto y*^ Sayd 
Judith ten pounds to be payd by my Exequetours and Hir liveing 
in my House So long as she live Single unmarried and libertie to 
eat what apells She Stand in need of out of y'^ orchards : 

8'^ I give unto m}^ Son John Robey and to my Daughter Ruth 
and to my Daughter Mary ffoulshem to Each of them ffive shil- 
lings apece to be payd by my Exequetours 

and I doe make Constitute and appoint my Son Thomas Robey 
and my Son Samuel Robey to be my Sole Exequetours to this my 
last will and Teastiment and my will is that thay shall injoy all 
my outward Estate both within dors and without that is not other 
ways disposed of in this my last will also my will is that if one of 
my Exequetours should Happen to Dye His Heiers shall performe 
what hee is to doe by this my last will and that Son that Shall 
Servive Shall be Exequetour alone and for the Confermation of 
all above written I the above Sayd Henry Robey have hereunto 
put my Hand and affixt my Scale this tenth day of Jenuary Sixe- 
teen Hundred and Eightie Sixe and in the Second yeare of the 
Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord James the Second by the grace of 
God of England Scotland tlVance and Ireland king &c. 

witnes henry Roby [seal] 

william marston 

James foog 

John Dalton 

Henry Dow 

As an addition to this my former will in this pages Contained 
my will fother is that my Daughter Judath have a cow and calf 
and that cow and calf to be part of the ten pound formaly given 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WII.LS 3II 

Her in this my last will and twentie pound of porke and two Bus- 
ells of mault and three bushells of Endien Corne and my will is 
that all my peutter and Brass Iron Kittells Scillitts pots and Iron 
Housalstuff be equally devided betwen fower of my Children (viz) 
Thomas Samuel Icabod and Judeth Judaths part being part of y^ 
above Sayd ten pounds 

And fother I give unto Sarah my wife one looking glass that 
Was bought in Encrland And what woods She Shall want for her 
fire over and above besids what is given her in this my last will 
my Exequetours are to fech it Hom with y'^ help of Her Son John 
after she have got it cutt I allso give her the use of the Sixe acres 
of meadow by the casway to the beach for the keeping of her 
catell So long as she have them I also give unto my grand child 
Byall a Cow and calf & a Ewe and lamb to be in his mothers 
keeping or one of my Exequetors untill he is twentie one yeears 
of age and the Sayd Byall to have his libertie to choose Him a 
good master and a Trade, and my will is that my wife have Her 
libertie to Choose Her two Cows and the calfs with them and her 
two Swine and my Son Thomas to have libertie to chose the great 
Kittell and my will is that my wife have three bushell of mault 
and all the Rest of the meat and Endien Corne and for the Con- 
fermation of all above written I the Sayd Henry Robey have here- 
unto put my Hand and Seall this third day of aprill Anno : Sixe- 
teen Hundred and Eightie eight and in the forth yeare of His 
Majestis Raigne James y^ Second by y*" grace of God King &c 
witnes henry Roby [seal] 

william marston 

Henry Dow 

[Proved June 5, 1688.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files; N. H. Province Deeds, vol. 4, p. 74.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Roby, who died April 27, 
1688; taken May 15, 1688; amount, £371.15.8; accounts due 
the estate, £14.4.4 ; signed by Abraham Drake, William Mars- 
ton, and Henry Dow.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



312 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN HEARD 1687 DOVER 

In the name of god amen, the second day of Aprill in y'' year 
of our Lord one thousand six hundred Eighty Seaven : I John 
heard of dover in y*" provinc of Newhampshir * * * 

3 r I doe give unto my son Benjamen heard : the forty acers 
of Land where he Liveth and Is posesed of to him his heirs Ex- 
ecutors Adminestrators & Assigns according to the Right & tittle I 
have to the S^ Land by vertue of the tovvne grant or otheruais 

4:1* I doe give to my three daughters Mary ham, & Abigail 
Jons & Elizabeth Newte : to each one of them : a heiffer of two 
years old or upward to be delivered to each of them or their order 
within ten daies after my deseace — 

5 : P I give to my son trustrom heard the one half of y" hun- 
dred acers of Land which was granted me by y*^ towne & Layed 
out by william wintworth Ralfe hall & John hall to him & his 
heirs Executors adminestrators, & assignes for ever & one Lott 
of the two Lots which I have in Cochecha marshes — 

6 : P I doe give to my son Samuel heard two steears betwen 
on & two years old to be delivered to him or his order within ten 
days After my deseac — 

7 : P I give to my daughter dorcas heard y*^ thirty acers of 
Land which I bought of Joseph saunders as by his bill of saill 
dated the twenty fourth of October 1669 situate neare Cochecho : 
to her, her heires Executors adminestrators or Assignes for ever 
= & allsoe I give hur the fether bed & bedsteed with the bolsters 
& pillers Rugg blankets & what doth belong to it which is now 
Called by the name of dorcase bed = & two Cowes to be delivered 
to her or to her order : in ten days After my decease, & y*" decease 
of hur mother 

8 : P I give unto my prentice John walldron. Iff' hee doe faith- 
fully serve his time according to his Indenture : one Cow to be 
delivered him — 

9 : P I give to my well beloved wiff Elizabeth heard for 
Love & Efection I doe owe & bear to hur, & for her Comfortable 
maintenance y'' use & profit of y" one halft' of my plantation 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 313 

(Joyntly with my Executor) as it is now Improved duering her 
natural! Lit^' & allso y*^ halfe of y*^ Stock both without dors & with 
in dores duering her Life, & y'^ Liberty to despose of y^ one halfe 
of y'' Licrease Leveing the Stock of quick stuff as shee shall find 
it, & as for y*^ on halfe of the wollen Linen bedding brass & puter 
shee to have y*^ Liberty to despose as shee shall see good 

10 P I doe make & ordain my son Nathaniel heard to by my 
heire, & Executor of all my Estatt which is not formerly by this 
my will ordered & disposed of; to him his heirs Executors admin- 
estrators & assignes for ever (all wais provided any thing in this 
m}' will to y" Contrary notwithstanding) that is If my S'^ Execu- 
tor Nathaniel heard, doe hapen to dy & not being married that 
then my will is that Lands shall returne to my sons Samuel & 
trustrom heard Equally betwen them & to their heirs & or assignes 
for ever, & the moveables to be Equally devided betwen my four 
daughters mary ham Abigail Jons Elizabeth Nute & dorcas heard 
but If my son Nathaniel doe hapen to mary and have no Isue 
Lawfully begotten, but shall Leave A widoe or Relique behind 
him, my will is that his s'^ wedoe shall Enjoy y® whole Estat which 
he shall be possesed of: duering her widdohud but If shee hapen 
to mary shee shall have but y'' on third part of y'^ Lands, & the 
other two thirds to Return to my saied sons samuel & trustrom : 
& After her deseace her one third part shall be to them allsoe 

Signed Sealed & delivered the mark of 

In y® presence of us John X heard [Seall] 

Richard waldron 

Abraham Lee 

John Evens 

[Recorded 1692.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 86.] 

[Release by Samuel Heard of Dover of all claim against the 
estate, Jan. 24, 1688/9, ^^r two steers left to him in the will ; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Downs and John Davis.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 88.] 



314 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Release by John Ham of Dover, in behalf of his wife, Mary 
Ham, of all claim against the estate of her father, John Heard, 
Jan. 24, 1688/9, for one heifer left to her in his will ; witnesses, 
John Davis and John Hayes.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 88.] 

[Release by Jenkin Jones of Dover, in behalf of his wife, Abi- 
gail Jones, of all claim against the estate of her father, John Heard,. 
Jan. 24, 1688/9, ^^^' one heifer left to her in the will ; witnesses^. 
John Davis and Thomas Downs.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 89.] 

[Release b}^ James Nute, Jr., of Dover, in behalf of his wife, 
Elizabeth Nute, of all claim against the estate of her father, John 
Heard, Jan. 24, 1688/9, ^"^^ °"^ heifer left to her in the will ; 
witnesses, Richard Otis and John Evans.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 89.] 

[Release by Benjamin Heard of Dover of all claim against the 
estate, March 12, 1688/9, ^" consideration of the receipt of all his 
father's clothes, both woolen and linen : witnesses, Samuel Heard 
and John Ham.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 88.] 

Att a Court of Probate * * * 28'*^ October 1701 

Tristram Hird appeared and desired that the Estate of John 
Hird his father dec'' might be Settled according to Law, his said 
father dying Intestate as he thinks / 

Elizabeth Hird [widow] and Relict of John Hird aforesaid 
appeared and Leaves all her Right of Said Estate to the Man- 
agement of the Honourable the Lieu' Governour 

Sarah Hird daughter in Law to the Said dec*^ alsoe appeared 
and desired that the Lieu* Govern'' would be pleased to Settle the 
Said Estate amongst those to whome it properl}^ belonged to. 

Lieu' Governour told them he would Consider of what had been 
Said and desired ; 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 28.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 315 

Att a Court of Probate * * * 41" Sep'^ 1702 

Tristram Hird moved to His Hon'' the Lieu' Govern'' by his 
Attornyes m"" Jabiz Ring and m^ Thomas Manning that the Said 
Hird might have Letters of Administration Granted to him Of 
his late father John Hird dec'' his Estate / 

The Lieu' Govern"^ was please to Answer that as there was a 
will formerly made by the Said John Hird, and was Endeavoured 
to be proved in S'' Edmund Andrews time, but all the VVittnesses 
being Suddenly cutt off b}' the Indians Said Will was never legally 
proved, and the Exec"" mentioned in Said will had taken the Estate 
into his hands, and he being Sometime since deceased the widdow 
of Said Executor mentioned in Said will, hath possest the Estate 
and Enjoyed the same to this time, therefor he thinks it Not 
proper to Grant Letters of Administration to Said Tristram Hird 
in any other manner, but as de Bonis Non Cum Testament© 
Annexo : 

[Probate Records, vol.4, p. 39.] 

[Petition of Tristram Heard, March 7, 1703/4, for administra- 
tion on the estate of his father, John Heard of Cocheco, he being 
the only son living, and his mother having renounced administra- 
tration. 

Ordered that Sarah Heard, formerly widow of John Heard, be 
cited.] 

As to Tristram Heard or his mother's praying Administration 
upon the estate of Jn" Heard Dec'' — 

I Sarah Fors late wife of Nath' Heard Dec'', Say that y® Estate 
of Jn° Heard is already Distributed according to his Will w*^** will 
is allowed by the Last Hon'^'*''^'' Judge of probate of Wills as ap- 
pears on Record, Soe y' theres noe need of Administration, if any 
part of y*^ S'' Estate, belonging to the S'^ Tristram Heard or his 
mother is withheld from y™ the Law is open for their Recovery 

of it out of those hands in whose tis Found — 

William Foste 

Sarah fors 



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[Endorsed] W'" ffost and Sarah his wife their reasons why 
Tristram Hird ought not to Administer 1705 

Att a Court of probate * * * the Second day of October 1705 

Elizabeth Hird widdow of John Hird formerly of Cochecha yeo- 
man deceased, and Tristram Hird, Sonn of the Said John Hird; 
appeared at this Court, and Moved to the Judge to have Letters of 
Administration granted him of the Estate of the Said John Hird. / 

William ffoss and Sarah his wife, formerly the widow of Nathan- 
iel Hird, Brother to the Said Tristram Hird, Sonn of the Said John 
Hird, and gave in their Reasons in writeing why Elizabeth Hird, 
and Tristram Hird ought not to Administer which Reasons are as 
followeth in haec Verba Sequen. / 

As to Tristram Hird or his mother praying Administration Upon 
the Estate of John Hird dec** Sarah ffoss late wife of Nathaniel 
Hird deceased Say ; that the Estate of John Hird, is already dis- 
tributed according to his will, which will is Allowed by the last 
Hon"^^'*^ Judge of probates of Wills as appears on Record Soe that 
there is noe need of Administration : if any part of the Said Estate 
belonging to the Said Tristram Hird, or his mother is with held 
from them, the Law is open for their Recovery of it out of those 
hands in whose it is found 

[Administration not granted.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 69.] 

[Bond of Tristram Heard of Cocheco, yeoman, July 2, 1706, in 
the sum of £200, for the guardianship of John Heard, son of 
Samuel Heard of Cocheco ; witnesses, N. Follett and John Tultle.] 



JOHN DAM 1687 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen I Jn° Dam of Dover Sen"" in Piscata- 
qua being very weak, * * * 

First I will & bequeath unto my son Jn" Dam a piece of Marsh 
in the Great bay on the South East Side of a Crick Runing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 317 

down the Marsh & to goe to the little Pond and a trench running 
the other S'' of the marsh & allso I give to my Son Jn** Dam fortie 
Shillings in goods at prises Cur" and I will & bequeath unto my 
Son W™ Dam fortie Shillings in Goods at prices Curr'* 

thirdly I will to my three daughters namely Elizb"' White- 
house first I give to her three pounds fourthly I will & bequeath 
unto my Daughter Mary Cane three pounds 

Fefthly I will & bequeath unto my daughter Judy Tibbets 
her heires all my Moveable goods w^''in dores or w^^oute dores 
Namely all my Cattle Sheep horskind & Swine Plowes, Carts 
chaines harrow, Cunnooes or any thing Elce that is property 
mv Estate & allsoe I doe Signifie that I have gieven a deed of 
Sale to my daughter Tibbetts her Heires for all her houses lands 
Marsh that is propperly mine Except what is above written & allsoe 
I will that my daughter Judy Tibbetts be the sole Execut'x of this 
my will & I will that my daughter Judy Tibbetts or her heiies pay 
the Legacies above written w"'in one year & half alter my deceas 
in goods at prices curr" & lastly I give to my Grand Daughter 
Abigl Dam a Cow & a Calfe & that my daughter doe pay it in 
time above s*^ and to Signifie that is my Will, I have hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal the nineteenth day of May 1687 : 

Signed Sealt^d & delivered Jn° Dam Sen'^ [Seal] 

presentia nostrum 

Joseph Beard 

Edw'i Allen 

[Proved, no date. Recorded March 23, 1693/4.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 90.] 



CLAUDE CHAMPION 1687 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Bond of William Button of Jersey, merchant, w^ith Robert 
Elliott of Great Island as suret}-, in the sum of £50, Sept. 15, 
1687, for the administration of the estate of Claude Champion 
of the Isles of Shoals.] 



3l8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory; amount, £33-4-5^; attested by William Button 
before Walter Barefoote Dec. 6, 1687.] 

[Account of the estate ; receipts, £7-i7-S 5 disbursements, 
£8.17.4; attested by William Button before Walter Barefoote 
March 3, 1687/8.] 



MICHAEL MANN 1687 PORTSMOUTH 

pascadaway desember y" 16*^^ 1687 — 

In the name of god the 16'^ day of December 1687/8 third yeare 
of y® Reigne of our Soveraign Lord }•'' king James, I michaell 
man of y*^ province of New hampshir, well of body * * * 

Item to my sister Mary man ten pounds and to my sister sarah 
white ten pound, and too each of their Children ten shilengs to 
my Cosen Ana man one gold Ring, & to mary man the younger 
one gold Ring & one silver bodkin, & to my sister sarah young- 
est daughter all that shall appere to be oweing to me in England, 
secondly I doe give to my Cosen sarah Cutt five pounds, & to 
Cosen Elizabeth kennerd five pounds & to m}- Cosen hannah Jose 
five pounds, to my Cosen susana martyn five pounds : and doe 
ordain my Cosen peter man all such sumes of mony as shall 
appere to be mine and all my Cloaths, & all other things as shall 
appere from any person or persons whatsoever and doe ordain 
him my Lawfull Executor, & doe desier my unkle Richard mar- 
tyn to be his overseer tell hee shall Com in full age — 

Witnes michall man 

John tucker 

John snell 

Elizabeth hopely 

[Proved Sept. 14, 1691.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 77. } 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 319 

JOHN GALE 1687 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen The twentieth Day of Decem one 
thousand six hundred Eightey seaven I John Galle, of Portsm" in 
the pr° of Newhampshire Ta\lour beeing sick of Bodey * * * 

Imp I Give and beequeath to my well beloved Wife sarah 
Galle : the halfe of the house that I now Dwell in : which I and 
ffrancis Tucker Bought beetweene us of Will: Love situat and 
heeing on y'' Great Island in portsm° affbrsaid my ^te beeing 
the notherend and Containe one Garett ; one Chamber one Lower 
Room : the poarch Chamber, and halfe the seller under y^ said 
Lower Roome aforsaid ; and halfe the Land beelonging to the 
said houss ; as allso all other Lands goods ; and Chattells what 
so Ever beelonging to me ; in New England 

And I doe allso make m}^ Wife Sarah Galle my soale Execu- 
trex ; Giveing lier all my Estat Reall and '^sonall — 

In witness Whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and scale 
y*^ Day and yeare above Wrighten 

Signed Sealed And Delivered John X Galle [seal] 

In the '^sence of us — his Mark 

Robt Elliot 

Jos: Rayn 

Francis Tucker 

Nicho Heskins 

[Proved March 7, 1687/8.] 



SAMUEL WINDSOR 1687 

[Inventory of the " Goods belonging, To Sam^ Winsor, de- 
ceased, found In a Chest In Edw: Martins house, One smutti- 
nose Hand," Dec. 28, 1687 ; amount, £39.4.9 ; signed by Andrew 
Deamont and Philip Odiorne.] 

The Deposition of William Bennett, aged Thirty One years, or 
Thereabout, Taken and Sworne This.29"' day of february ; 168^ : 



320 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

This Deponent Saith, That being In discourse w''^ Samuel Wind- 
sor about a month before his death, he heard him declare, That 
In Case he should decease before Edward Martin, of Smuttinose 
Hand, That he would give unto him, and his wife, all the Estate 
he had In New England for his friends In England, had Enough 
of his already In Their hands ; 

William Benot Came and Made othe att this entant bee fore 
mee that this was y* troth 

Andro Demont 
Jestous of pese 

The Deposition of Thomas Alexander, aged Twenty Seaven 
years, or y'abouts ; Taken This : 28*** day, of february ; i68g ; 

This deponent saith ; That he hath often Times heard Samuel 
Windsor declare before his death That In Case he died In New 
England, a single man ; he would give all his Estate, In This 
Countr}^, To Gillin Martin, y^ wife of Edward Martin, of smutti- 
nose Hand ; 

Thomas Alexander Came and Mad oath att this entant bee fore 

me that this wase y*' troth 

Androw Damont 

Jestous of Pese 

[Bond of Edward Martin of the Isles of Shoals, fisherman, 
March 6, 1687/8, in the sum of £20, for the administration of 
the estate.] 



JAMES GOSS 1688 

[Inventory of the estate of James Goss " now in the hands of 
John ffoste who Married the Relick of s'' Gosse," taken May 7, 
1688; amount, £28.19.4; signed by Richard Paine and Hum- 
phrey Chadbourne ; attested by John Foss, administrator, Sept. 
4, 1688.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 321 

AUDREY LUX 1688 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen I Aiidery Lux of Portsm" upon grete 
Hand on Piscatequa River Widdo * * * 

Item I give and bequeth Unto Jn° Crainch and Elizabeth 

Cranch my Grand children and Children of Andrew Crainch of 

Grete Island Aforesaid all that my parsell of Land w*''^ the Appur- 

tenanses Lyinge and beinge in Kittery nere the fales in Brabets 

Harbor to them the said Jn° and Elizabeth there Haires and 

Assignes for Ever. Item I give and bequeth to the said Jn° and 

Elizabeth Cranch on parsell of Land Called and Knowne by 

the Name of Lux his feld Lyinge at the Beetch In Grete Island 

Afforesaid Containeinge by Estymatyon foure Akers or there 

aboute to him the said Jn° and Elizabeth there Heires and Assignes 

for Ever w'*" w"' the Land in Kittery, before bequethed to them is 

Equally to be Devided betwene them, and In Case ether the said 

Jn° or Elizabeth Should happen to Depart this Life before hee or 

shee shall have Attained to the Aidge of one & twenty yeres and 

shall have No Heire Lawfully begotten of his or her Body So 

Dyinge my Will and Meninge is that the Equall parte of the Two 

parsells of Land given to him or her So Dyinge, shall be and 

Remaine to the surviver of the said Jn° and Elizabeth and his or 

her Haires or Assignes for Ever, and if it shall happen that booth 

the said Jn° and Elizabeth shall Dye as aforesaid before the Aidge 

of one and Twenty yeres and Leve No Haires Lawfully begotten 

Then I give and bequeth the said two parsells of Land Unto 

Abyshag Marshall my Daughter the wife of Tho* Marshall of 

Grete Hand Aforesaid and to her Heires and assigns for Ever. 

Item I give and bequeath Unto my son in Law Andrew Crantch 

ye sum of ffive shill's as a Token of my Love to be paid him 

w"* in three Monthes next after my Desease. Item I give & 

bequeth Unto my Daughter Abyshag Marshall Aforesaid all my 

Houses Lands tenements warehouses oarchards Gardens and 

wharfes w"" there Appurtenanses Not allredy Disposed of in this 

will Lyinge and beinge In Grete Hand Aforesaid or Else whare 

to her the said Abyshag Her Haires & Assignes for Ever, and 
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322 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I further Give to the said Abyshage all my Personall Estate, for 
and towards the paym' of my Debtes Legasies funerall Charges 
and probate of this my Said Laste will of w*^*^ I make ordaine 
and Appoynt the Said Abyshage Soole Executrix and to w"*' I 
have set my hand and this Ninth Daye of June in the fourth Yere 
of the Raigne of our Lord James the second by the grace of God 
of England &c King Defender of y" faith &c Annoque Domine 
1688 

The words (not Allredy Dis- The Marke of 

posed of in this will) ware En- Audery X Lux [sele] 

terlind before ye Publishing 
hereof 

Sealed Signed & Published 
In the presents of — 

George Person 

James Booth 

George Payn 

Portsm° 13"' 7^^^ 1700 

A trew Copia taken from ye Record & Compard. 

f W" Vaughan Recorder 

[Proved Feb. i, 1691/2.] 



WALTER BAREFOOTE 1688 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God Amen 

I Walter Barefoot of Great Island in 3?® Province of New Hamp- 
shire in New England Esq% being of sound perfect & disposing 
memory, tho weak in body, * * * 

I the said Walter Barefoot do hereby Devise & bequeath to 
Thomas Wiggin my Brother in law, and to my Sister Sarah his 
Wife, my House & Land with the appurtenances, situate & lying 
at Strawberry bank in Portsmouth in said Province (now in y® 
possession of John Pickering Sen"") And also my House & Land 
situate & lying at Greenland, containing about Two hundred acres : 
And also my Land lying & being at Merrimack river, containing 
about Thirteene hundred acres : To have and to hold all the said 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



Lands & p'^misses lo the said Thomas Wiggin and Sarah his Wife 
•& her heirs for ever ; they paying and discharging all my just 
Debts & Legacies by me hereafter given & bequeathed. 

I devise and bequeath to Joseph Clark Son of John Clark of 
Great Island aforesaid Mariner ffive Hundred acres of my Land in 
the Province of Main : which I purchased of Capt" ftVancis Cham- 
pernoon, adjoining to his Island, begin'ing at y® Stepstones & run- 
ning to Brarboard harbour : To have and to hold to the said Joseph 
Clark his heirs & assigns for ever, excepting forty acres by me 
disposed of. 

And I likewise devise & bequeath to Thomas Wiggin aforesaid 
& Sarah his Wife, ffive hundred acres of my Land in y*^ said 
Province of Main which I purchased of Colonel John Archdale, 
lying on the backside of the said ffive hundred acres purchased of 
the said ffrancis Champernoon (as aforesaid ;) To have and to hold 
to the said Thomas Wiggin and Sarah his Wife their heirs and 
assigns for ever. 

I devise and bequeath to my said Beloved Sister Sarah Wife of 
Thomas Wiggin aforesaid, All that my Land with the Sawmill 
& appurtenances lying & being at Lamprill river, formerly in 
the possession of Robert Wadleigh ; To have and to hold to her 
the said Sarah, during her natural life ; and after her decease I 
devise & bequeath the same to her Daughters, Sarah & Susanna, 
To have and to hold to them their heirs & assigns for ever equally 
to be devided. 

I devise & bequeath to my Cousin Thomas Wiggin Son of the 
said Thomas Wiggin my Brother in law. All that my Land with 
the appurtenances lying & being at Lampril river, containing 
about Three hundred acres, which I purchased of William Hilton 
Charles Hilton, & Samuel Hilton ; And one hundred acres of 
marsh (or thereabouts;) the moiety or half part whereof I pur- 
chased of the said William Hilton, Charles Hilton, & Samuel 
Hilton ; and the other moiety or half part I purchased of Robert 
Mason Esq'' ; As by the Deeds of Sale may more fully appear ; 
To have and to hold to him the said Thomas Wiggin Jun' his 
heirs and assigns for ever. 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I devise and bequeath to Edward Hilton Son of Edward Hilton 
of Exceter in the said Province, the Debt due & owing to me from 
y'' aforesaid Edward Hilton, his ffather, being Nine pounds, to- 
gether with y® Bill by which it is due. 

I devise and bequeath to John Clark aforesaid, All that my Land 
lying and Being at Saco in y^ Province of Main aforesaid ; To 
have and to hold to him, his heirs & assigns for ever. 

I devise & bequeath to Joseph Clark Son of the said John Clark, 
All that my Dwelling house (with the appurtenances) and Land 
containing half an acre, situate & lying on Great Island aforesaid, 
near the House of John Clark aforesaid, To have and to hold to 
him y® sd Joseph Clark his heirs & assigns for ever. But I will 
that Elizabeth Clark his Mother, shall have the use of the said 
House & p'^misses during her natural life. 

1 devise and bequeath to the other Children of the said John 
Clark viz: Love, Isaac, & Jacob, all that my Land containing^ 
about Seven acres, lying & being on Great Island aforesaid : x\nd 
also One acre of Land adjoining to the said Land, and to John 
Lewis his House and Land, & which I formerly purchased of him 
To have and to hold to them their heirs & assigns for ever : to be 
equally devided between them. 

I devise and bequeath All that my Land at Spruce Creek in the 
said Province of Main, containing about One thousand acres, which 
I formerlv purchased of Docf Henry Greenland, I devise it to him 
y*^ said Henry Greenland ; To have and to hold to him his heirs 
& assigns for ever. 

I give and bequeath to John Tufton Esq"^ Ten pounds, to be paid 
in Currant Pay. 

I give and bequeath to Richard Chamberlain Esq"" Ten pounds 
in Currant Pay. 

I give & bequeath to Robert Tufton & Catherine his Wife One 
hundred pounds in Currant Pay — 

I give and bequeath to Joseph Rayn ffive pounds in Currant 
Pay. 

I give and bequeath to John Lee (my Cousin) ffifty pounds in 
Currant Pay. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 325 

I give and bequeath to my Beloved Sister Sarah before named, 
my Great Bible. 

I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Clark aforesaid my two Chests 
which are at my House aforesaid, together with all that is therein 
■contained (e.xcept y*^ writings, and so many yards of Dowlas as 
will make half a dozen Shirts ; which quantity of Dowlas I do 
hereby give & bequeath to Richard Chamberlain abovesd) And 
all the Money Goods Chattels & Moveables which I have at this 
House of John Clark where I am at p''sent, I give & bequeath to 
her y® said Elizabeth Clark, 

I give & bequeath to Nathan Bedford Ten pounds to be paid in 
Currant Pay; and also one ffeather bed, with y** Boulster Rug & 
Blanket 

I give & bequeath to Thomas SwafFer Ten pounds in mony. 

I give & bequeath to Robert Tufton afores'd my best Bever hat. 

I give & bequeath to John Clark afores'd my Cow, to be killd 
& spent in his family, 

I give & bequeath to y® Poor of Great Island afores'd, ffive 
pounds, to be paid in Mony, Corn, or Provision. 

I do hereby constitute & appoint my sd Brother in Law Thomas 
Wiggin Sen% my full & sole Executor of this my Last Will & 
Testament. And I desire my good friends, sd Richard Chamber- 
lain & Capt"^ Samuel Wentworth to be Overseers of y'' same, & do 
hereby impower them to see the same, & every thing therein 
contained, to be duly performed. 

In testimony that this is m}'- Last Will & Testament I have hereto 
set my hand & seal the Third day of October in y'' ftburth Year of 
y^ Reign of Our Souver° Lord James y'^ Second King of England 
&c. An'oq D'ni 1688, 

Signed Sealed delivered & pub- Walter Barefoot 

lished (after y'' rasure of y** 17"" & his X Mark [seal] 

18"' lines) in p'"sence of 

Shadrach Walton 

W'm Godsoe — 

Henry Trevethan 



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We John Lee & Thomas Swafter heard the herein named Wal- 
ter Barefoot Esq'' declare that this Writing being his Last Will & 
Testament was read all unto him ins' as it is herein set down : 
And did agen publish y® same. Octob"^ 8"' 1688. 

John Lee 

Thomas Swaffer 
[Proved Feb. 21, 1688/9.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JONATHAN PERKINS 1688/9 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Jonathan Perkins of Hampton, who- 
died Jan. 20, 1688/9; amount, £140.0.0; signed by John Moul- 
ton and John Leavitt. On the back is written "Josias Sanbourne 
Sarah his wife Rich Sanbourne Stephen Sanbourne all of Hamp- 
ton Planters."] 



ANTHONY STANYAN 1688/9 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Anthony Stanyan of Hampton, Feb. 
21, 1688/9; amount, £45.18.2; signed by Nathaniel Weare and 
Joseph Smith; attested by Nathaniel Weare, Feb. 24, 1692/3.] 



THOMAS COTTON 1689/90 PORTSMOUTH 

1689/90 march the 6'^ 

I thomas Cotton of portsm" being sick of body * * * 
my five & twenty acers of Land Lying & being In portsmouth 
I will & bequeath to my brother Edword beal, & the remainder 
of my goods & Estat be it in debts dues bills bonds or what thing 
or way so ever I give & bequeath to my brother benjamin Cotton : 
I allso make my S'^ brother Edwerd beal & benjamin Cotton Ex- 
ecutors of this my Last will & testement : desiering them prepor- 
tionablly to pay my Lawfull debts I allso bequeath my wearing: 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 327 

Close to brother Edword beal, & my above S'' Executors to be at 
the Cost & Charges of my desent beuring in witness whereof I 
have set to my hand 

test Th Cotton 

John flecher 

John barsham 

[Proved March 30, 1691,] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 71.] 



WILLIAM HEARLE 1689 PORTSMOUTH 

the Last will & testement of willeam hearle of the town of 
portsm° In the province of new hampshir made the 17''' day of 
may 1689 — 

I willeam hearl being sick & weake in body * * * 

2'^ I give & bequeath unto my son In law John Cotton & his 
wiff my daughter sarah, all my now dewling hous, together with 
my barne & all out houses & all my Lands garden orchards now 
in my possesion, Laying & being in the town of portsm° aforesd 
together with all the previlidges & appurtenances thereunto be- 
longing ; as alsoo all my stock of Cattle & swine, & all my house- 
hold goods & moveables both within dors & without, which house- 
ing Lands goods & moveables shall be to the sole use & behuff 
of the S'^ John Cotton & his wift' sarah dewring the time of their 
naturall Liff — 

3 I will that Affter the death of the above S'' John & sarah that 
all my above S*^ houses and Lands with the previlidges thereunto 
belonging, shall be to the use & behoofe of the eldest son of the S*^ 
John & sarah whose nam is willeam Cotton & Iff the S'^ willeam 
should hapen to dye before he comes to Lawfull age or mary then 
it shall desend to the next heir male of the S'' John & sarah, & I 
will that all the above mentioned houses & Lands shall be Intailled 
uppon the S'' John Cotton & sarah his wift' & their heirs for ever 

4'y I doe hereby make & ordain my S'' son John Cotton to be 
my sole & only Executor to this my Last will & testement In wit- 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

nes whereof I doe hereunto set my hand and seall the day & 
yeare above wretten 1689 — 

william hearle did own & de- the marke of 

clar the above wretten to be his willeam X hearle [Seal] 

Last will & testement in y* pres- 
ence of us 

Richard martyn 

John fflecher — 

[Proved March 30, 1691.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 71.] 



ISABEL HOLDRIDGE 1689 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Isabel Holdridge, widow, June 16, 
1689; amount, £29.17.1 ; signed by Jonathan Thing, Peter Fol- 
som, and Benjamin Jones ; attested before John Hinckes by Rich- 
ard Morgan Feb. 20, 1692/3.] 

[Administration on the estate of Isabel Holdridge, widow of 
William Holdridge of Exeter, planter, granted to Richard Morgan, 
of Ipswich, Mass., planter, " haveing marryed Elizabeth the eldest 
daughter of the sd Isabell " : dated Feb. 20, 1692/3. 

Bond of Richard Morgan, with Richard Morgan, Jr., and Ed- 
ward Dyer as sureties, all of Ipswich, Mass., planters, Feb. 20, 
1692/3, in the sum of £60, for the administration of the estate.] 



NATHANIEL BOULTER JR. 1689 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Nathaniel Boulter, Jr., of Hampton, 
yeoman, who died June i, 1689; taken June 28, 1689; amount, 
£206.6.3 > signed by Richard Sanborn and John Leavitt.] 



PHILIP SEVERETT 1689 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of god Amen y*^ tenth day of sep* 1689 — 
the Last will & testament of phillip Siverit of portsm° in y® 
province of New hampshir in New england 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 329 

whereas god allmighty have moved mee now to goe to sea in a 
Lavvfull voiage & being not certin how Long god will be pleased 
to spare my Liff, my will is that my Estat shall be settled as fol- 
loeth — 

Impr* I give to my beloved vvift' Joanna all my Estate in New 
England viz: houses and Lands, & my two ketches Called the 
america & prosperos now at home with all debts dew to me here 
or any other place or places whatso ever with the cargoes on board 
the S'' vesels & the Return thereof In gen'rall all whatsoever Is 
mine In any place or places oft' the world or may bee hereaff'ter 
due to mee by bond bill book or any other way or means what- 
soever shall or may be dew to me in any place or places of the 
world shee pa3'ing w' small debts I may now owe here, & to pay 
the town of portsm'' twenty pounds for the pore in itt 

2: I give all my Estate now falling or belonging to me upon the 
Island of Jersy unto my brother thomas siverit viz houses & 
Lands, all & every part of them with the orchards & Rents that 
are or may be dew to me there, he paying forty Crowns to the 
pore of the Island of Jerzey to be destributed in the same forme as 
m"^ James Corbit did before y*' Last one hundred peaces of eight 
given by mee 

3 I doe hereby nomenate & apoynt my well beloved wift' Joanna 
to be my sole Executrix of this my Last will & testament, all former 
wills & testaments being made void In witnes whereof I have 
here unto set my hand & seal dated In portsm** in the province of 
new hampshir new England the tenth day of September one thou- 
sand six hundred Eighty & nine 

Signed & sealed in Ph: siverit [seall] 

presenc of us 

William pitman 

Elisha brier 

Edward melcher 

[Proved Jan. 19, 1690/1.] 

i[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 76.] 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JANE JOCE 1689 PORTSMOUTH 

Octo'^'' 31. Anno Dom: 1689. 

I Jane Joce of Ports'"" Prov: of Newhamp: in New-England, 
widow — Being (thr° Gods Goodness) of a Sound mind & perfect 
Memory — th" under Great pains & weakness of body w°'' make me 
sensible, I shal not Continue much longer in this World — Do 
therfore Give, order & dispose my worldly Goods & estate to my 
dear children as followeth. 

Imp: To my Eldest Son Richard I Give y* great Copper kittle, 
his Fathers Clock, & a Gold-Ring & a silver porringer 

To my Daughter Johanna Sivert, My Negro Woman, and a 
Gold-Ring 

To My Daughter Margaret White, One Silver platter, A silver 
whistle & Chain, My silken Qiiilt, my great brass kittle — A Gold- 
Ring, & a Cow. togather with twenty pounds money, to be paid 
out of mr Eliots Bill 

To My son John Joce, M}^ Seal-Ring. my silver Tumbler, & 
three silver spoons — also two Cows to be paid out of y® Stock now 
in Will"' Richards hands, with twenty pounds money to be paid 
out of y'' Bills due from m*^ Vahan & m"^ Eliot 

To My two younger Daughters Jane & Mary I bequeath all my 
wearing Cloaths linnen & wollen, to be divided equally betwixt 
3'm — And ten pounds English money, to be divided in like man- 
ner — Item — To each of ym a Gold-Ring. Item To each of ym a 
piece of Gold, Containing twenty shillings per piece, more or less — 
Item Twenty pounds apiece in money to be paid out of y** aforesd 
Bills, And ten pound apiece money, as a gift from y'' Grandfather 

To My Son Sam'^ I give my best feather-bed & all belonging ta 
it, — A Seal-Ring, & Twenty pounds money to be paid out of y*^ 
aforesaid Bills 

To My Daugh: Mary I give my Silver Tankard — 

To my little Grandson Tho: Joce I order ten pounds money to 
be paid out of m'' Will™ Vaughans Bill, but s'* money to Remain 
in m'' Vaughans hands & keeping, till y"^ Childe Come of age : 
And if he dies bef: that time. It shall fall to his two sisters (already 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 33I 

born) bv equal Division, to whom I also give Twenty Shillings a 
piece more 

Finally — As for y^ Rest of mine Estate viz' in shop-goods, house- 
hold stuffe Cloaths, &c. w"^'' is not already particularly disposed of 
in this Deed or Will — I leave it to be equally divided amongst my 
children. Excepting that I give to my two younger Daughters 
Jane & Mary, (who have had no former portion of this kind) five 
pounds a piece of this Division more than the Rest. 

Before signing I do recall & Reverse the exception or Last 
Gift of five pounds a piece to my two younger daughters — in the 
Division of y*^ shop-goods, houshold stuff, &c. & do order it to 
be equally divided amongst y'" all — But if it should so please God^ 
y* either of y'' two younger brothers die without Heirs & leave any 
thing of my Gift, it shall Return to the younger sisters upon equal 
Division 

This I declare to be my Last Will & Testament, as Witness my 
hand y** Day & yeer above-written 

Testes Jane Joce X her mark 

John Pike 

Elizabeth X Clark her mark 



REUBEN HULL 1689 PORTSMOUTH 

I Reuben Hull of Portsmouth in New England being sick and 
weak in body but of sound & perfect mind and memory do make 
this my last will and Testament in manner & form following Viz"^ 

Impr^ I bequeath my Soule to God who gave it, & my Body 
to the Earth to be decently Interred according to the direction of 
my Executrix with the Advice of my Overseers hereafter men- 
tioned 

P I will that all my Just Debts & ffunerall charges being payed 
the residue of my Estate be disposed as foil — 

P I give unto my well beloved wife Hannah Hull the full & 
free use of my dwelling house lande Wharfe and Warehouse dur- 
ing her Natural life 

P I give unto my Son Joseph Hull after the Death of his mother 



332 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my said house Land wharfe & warehouse but provided the same 
should be appraised at more y" will make him a dubble portion 
w"' the rest of my Children y" to respond to the rest w' the s*^^ 
house wharfe Land & Ware house shall be aprised more than will 
make a Double Portion 

P I give unto my Sister Sarah Fermiside Ten Pounds 

P I will that my Hand houses Stages Boates & concernes at the 
lie of Shoales be Sold 

P I will that the remainder of my whole Estate Shall go to 
the maintanance of my wife & bring up of my Children till they 
come to Age & to be Equalie Devided among them in Such forme 
& manner for the Intrest of each "^son concernd as my Over- 
seers hereafter menc'oned shall advise 

P I make my well beloved Wife Hannah Hull the Sole Execut^ 
of this my last Will & Testament, to Act therein according to the 
Advice of my Overseers / 

And finally I nominate & Request my good friends M"^ Rich*^ 
Martin : M"^ W" Vaughan : M^ Sam^^ Keas & M-^ Rich'^ Waldron 
to be my Overseeres to give unto my Execut^ there Best advice 
aboute the executing of this my Will — 

Richard Martin W" Vaughan John ffletcher Geo JafTrye & 
Rich'^ Waldron all of Portsm*^ in the Province of new Hampshire 
make Oath that they were Present with M'' Ruben Hull of the 
same place Merchant on the Three & twentieth day of December 
1689 & heard him that which is written before on this Sheet of 
Paper to be his last will & testament & that he was then of a 
Sound Disposing mind & memorie but died before he had Oper- 
tunity to signe and Seal the same Rich'^ Martin 

Jn" Fletcher 
Geo. Jaffery 
W"' Vaughan 
Rich'i Waldron 



Jurat 30"^ die October 1693 

[Proved Oct. 30, 1693.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 8.] 



Coram John Usher Lef Gov^'n'^ 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 333 

[Inventory, Dec. 17, 1689 ; amount, £921.0.8 ; signed by Henry 
Penny and George Snell.] 



FRANCIS RAND 1689 

The Last will & testament of francis Rand being weak in bod}^ 
but Sound in sences do make this my Last will as followeth Im- 
primis I bequeath my Soule to god that Created it & my body to 
be hurried decently their to ly in hopes of the Sure and certain 
Resurrection Item and do appoint my son thomas Rand and 
Samuell to be my Execuf' I give and bequeath to my Son Thomas 
Rand halfe my upland within fence & without only that rockey 
hill which is twelve acres more or less with the house & barn 
& orchard i do keep and reserve to my disposing and do Give to 
my Son thomas half the Marsh too acres to be taken out of it 
after my decease and my wife Christian Rand provided that the 
S'^ thomas Rand doth mannage that half of the Land and Marsh 
for his father fFrancis Rand and his mother Rand during their life 
and Thomas Rand is to have on third part of y^ corn and hay that 
Shall be produced of s'^ Land and Marsh and to moe the Grase & 
Make the hay & Stack it and after my decease to pay five pounds 
to my Son John Rand and the s'^ thomas Rand is to have that part 
of y® upland that Ajoins to his one plantation and y' part of the 
marsh lying to y*" South west and s*^ Thomas Rand is to repair 
the fences of his part of the upland and Marsh 

Item I Give to my Son Samuell Rand halfe my marsh two acres 
to be taken out of his half and I Give to my Son Samuell Rand 
the on half of the upland within fence and without, after his de- 
cease to fall to his Children that he have by his now wnfe mary 
Rand Excepting that that Land & Marsh house and Orchard that is 
above written provided that the s*' Samuell Rand doth mannage the 
half the upland and Marsh as his brother Thomas Rand doth for his 
father francis Rand and his mother Christian Rand Liveth and 
after their decease to fall to him & his Children and the s'' Samuell 
Rand is to pay to my son John Rand after my decease five pounds 



334 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

& y* s'' Samuell Rand is to have on third part of y® Corn, and 
hay that is produced of the land and Marsh the part of his upland 
adjoining to Anthony Brackets & that part of y^ marsh Called the 
long point for him after his father Rand & his Mother Rand decease 
to have possese and peaceably to injoy if this is not performed by 
Thomas Rand & Samuell Rand to mannage y*" land & Marsh Soe 
long as their father Rand and Mother Rand liveth this part of 
this instrument to be void and of none effect Item I Give unto 
my daughter Sarah herick the Pasture where my house Standeth 
uppon w"' the Dwelling house & halfe the orchard and too acres 
of Marsh after my decease & my wifes Christian Rands the Pas- 
ture is twelve acres more or lesse and for her to Give it after 
her decease to her near relalations and on acre of land within 
my now planting feild, her Marsh to begin at the hay Stacks, by 
Brackits fence Item I Give to my Daughter Mary Barns and 
after her decease to her Children half my orchard and two acres 
of Marsh after my decease and my wife Christian Rand the two 
acres of Marsh to ajoin to my Daughter herick Marsh Item I 
Give to my Son Nathaniell Rand live Shilling 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Sons thomas Rand & Samuell 
Rand my barn after my decease and my wife Christian Ran decease 
and I doe farther Ingage to help you in fencing and Planting so 
far as I am able & Soe doe make this my last will and testament 
as witness m}^ hand and Seal this thirty first day of December 
Anno Domini 1689 

Signed Sealed In y* presents his 

of us witnes frances X Rand [Seal] 

georg tibbs mark — 

thomas Leachfeld 

[Proved Feb. 19, 169 1/2.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 85.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 335 

EDWARD OILMAN 1690 EXETER 

In the name of God Amen I Edward Oilman of Exeter in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England, Yeoman being very 
weake in Body * * * 

Item I give and Will that all my Estate both Houses Lands 
■Cattl? debts and alsoe all moveables & ... to be improved 
.& made use for & towards the bringing up of what Children Ood 
was pleased to bestowe upon me according to the discretion of my 
Overseers hereafter menc'oned Item my Will is that the Over- 
seers of this my Last Will & Testam' doe pay or cause to pay to 
my Son Edward Oillman one ffift of all my Estate in consideracon 
of his being my Eldest Sonn my Will is that hath the one Tenth 
part as addition to the former Legacy of all my Estate after the 
Children are brought up and the said Edward must obtained to 
the age of Twenty one yeares before that he is to have the s'd 
Legacie paid him which he is to be paid In the Houses & Land 
at Exeter and provided it be valued to more than his parte then he 
muste returne the overplus of the pay to the Overseers And like- 
wise my Will is that my Son Maverick shall have the one ffift part 
of all my Estate and that in my House & Land at Kittery & pro- 
vided it be valued more than his ffift part he is to returne the 
Overplus to the Overseers and the s'd Maverick is to be possest 
of the p''mises by the Overseers when he obtaines to the age 01 
Twenty One yeares Item I give to my Daughter Abigail Gillman 
the ffift part of my Estate and that when shee comes to the age of 
18 yeares or at the day of Marriage And likewise the same part I 
give to my Daughter Cuttering to be paid at the age of 18 or at 
the day of Marriage Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth one 
ffift part of my Estate payable by the Overseers when shee of the 
age of 18 yeares or at the day of her Marriage Item my Will 
is that if any of my Children dyes before that they receive their 
Legacy it must and my Will is that it be divided betwixt the 
Survivors equally, and alsoe it is further to be Explained that the 
Tenth part which my Son Edward hath is to be taken out of each 
ones ffift part & that by the Overseers Now knowe yee That I 



336 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

doe Null and make voyd all former Wills whatsoever and that 
this p'sent Will I doe acknowledg to be my last Will and alsoe 
I doe nominate and appoynt my Hon'^'' Unckle Cap'* John Gill- 
man Jonathan Thinge Moses Levit & John ffulsham Overseers of 
this my Last Will & Testam"^ In witnesse thereof I have here- 
unto Sett my hand & Seale June 2'' 1690 

Signed sealed & deliv- Edward Gillman [seale] 

ered in the p'sence of us 

Byly Dudly 

John Beane ' 

Henry Williams 

[Proved April 12, 1692.] 

[Administradon granted to Jonathan Thing and Moses Leavitt 
March 30, 1692, no executor being named in the will ; bond in 
the sum of £800 was given, with Biley Dudley and John Folsom 
as sureties.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1690 [1692] ; amount, £270.10.9; signed 
by Biley Dudley and Kinsley Hall.] 



SAMUEL HALL 1690 

[Administradon on the estate of Samuel Hall granted to his 
brother, Kinsley Hall, Aug. 11, 1690, who presented an inven- 
tory] 

[Court Records, Aug. 11, i6go, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 68.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Hall, "of whot : Come to 
Knowledge : Since : Adminestradon was : granted unto Kinsley : 
hall: to y^ : first: Invitory "^ : magor william : vayghan : and 
m' Rich: martin and : to be aded at y^ foot of y*' Invitory put on 
fill: baring date august ii*^"' 1690"; dated March 28, 1692; 
amount, £35.12.6; signed by James Sinclair and Charles Rund- 
lett.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 337 

THOMAS MARSTON 1690 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Marston of Hampton, who 
died Sept. 28, 1690; amount, £182,18.6; taken Oct. 6, 1690, by 
William Marston, John Smith, and Henry Dow ; attested by Henry 
Dow Feb. 22, 1692/3.] 



ELISHA PLAISTED 1690 PORTSMOUTH 

Boston in New England 

In the Name of God Amen I Elisha Playsted of Piscataway 
in New England Marriner Being very Sick and weake in Body 
But of a Sound Disposeing mind doe make Ordaine and Appointe 
This to bee my last will and Testament Revoakeing all others 
formerly made — Imprimis I Bequeath my Soule into the hands 
of God who gave it hopeng Through the pretious Merrits of my 
Savoire to have Pardon and Remission of all my Sines, And my 
Body Unto Christian Burriall — 

jst I give unto my well belloved wife Ellizabeth Playsteed One 
hundred Acres of Land more orLesse Lyeng and being in Piscat- 
away River in the Towne of Nitchawan and one horse and one 
Cowe and a part of the Ship called the Fi-inds Adventure w*''' is 
belonging unto mee, be it more or Lesse, And two hundred gal- 
lons of Rum two hundred waight of Cotton wooll and a tunn of 
Mallasses with a parcell of Joyners tooles all w*^^ beinge on board 
the S'^ Ship and what wages maye bee due to mee on The account 
of this voyage made from Barbados This first of October 1690 with 
what Beddinge and household goodes maye bellonge or in any 
wise appertaining unto mee 

2^^ my will is that my wearing Cloathes bee Equally distributed 
amongst my Bretheren 

Item I doe will ordaine and make my well Belloved Wife above- 
named my Sole Executrix of this my will and Testament and that 
she have and Enjoye whatsoever Else maye bellonge or in any 
wise bee Sayed to Appertaine Unto mee, In Witnes of This being 
22 



338 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my last will and Testament I have hereunto Sett to my hand and 
seale This twenty Sixth of October in the yeare One thousand Six 
hundred and ninty 

Signed Sealed and Declared to the mark of 

be his last will and testament in Elisha X Playsted [seal] 
Presence of us 

Thomas Baker 

Dan: Vernon 

[Proved Dec. 6, 1690. 1 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files. j 



JOSEPH FIELD 1690 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Field was granted to his 
brother, Zacharias Field, Nov. 14, 1690, who gave bond in the 
sum of £100, with Samuel Burnham as surety.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 14, 1690, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 68.] 

[Inventor}^ of part of the estate, taken by Zacharias Field March 
28, 1692 ; items not valued.] 

[Bond of Zacharias Field of Dover, yeoman, with John Tuttle 
and Thomas Potts, yeoman, both of Dover, as sureties, Sept. 5, 
1704, in the sum of £200, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Martha Bates and Charles Story.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 5, 1704, authorizing Capt. John Tuttle and 
Thomas Roberts to appraise the estate.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 5, 1704, authorizing Capt. John Tuttle and 
Thomas Roberts of Dover to receive claims against the estate 
of Joseph Field of Dover.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 28, 1704 ; amount, £74.10.0 ; signed by John 
Tuttle and Thomas Roberts ; an addition of £18.0.0 is made April 

3' 1705-] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



339 



[List of claims ; amount, £104.7.2 ; signed by John Tuttle and 
Thomas Roberts; allowed April 3, 1705.] 

[Division of the estate as insolvent, at eighteen shillings, nine 
pence, halfpenny in the pound ; allowed April 2, 1706.] 

[Various notes, bonds, etc., containing signatures of Joseph 
Field, Joseph Davis, Salathiel Denbo, William Williams, Mary 
Martyn, Joseph Meader, Elias Stileman, and Daniel Gookin.] 



JOSEPH CANNEY 1690 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Canney granted to his 
widow, Mary Canney, Nov. 17, 1690, who presented an inven- 
tory, and gave bond in the sum of £400, with Edward Allen and 
Thomas Tibbetts as sureties.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 17, 1690, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 68.] 



WILLIAM FOLLETT 1690 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of WilHam Follett granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Follett, Nov. 17, 1690, who presented an inven- 
tory, and gave bond in the sum of £700, with Samuel Drew as 
surety.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 17, 1690, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 68.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Follett of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth Follett, Aug. 7, 1705.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 68.] 

[Inventory, not dated; amount, £174.2.0; signed by Joseph 
Smith and James Bunker; endorsed " not perfected therefore not 
Recorded."] 

[Warrant, Aug. 7, 1705, authorizing Joseph Smith and James 
Bunker, both of Oyster River, to receive claims against the es- 
tate.] 



340 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Claim of William Dam of Dover for £2.8.3, ^^ ^^^ir to his 
grandfather, Lieut. William Pomfret.] 

Abigail Nason of oyster River aged about Eighty yeares or there- 
abouts Testifieth and Sayth that Nicholas ffollett now of ports- 
mouth in the province of New Hampshire Tailor, is the Reputed 
& eldest sonn of Nicholas i^bllett late of portsmouth aforesaid 
marriner deceased which said Nicholas ffollett deceased was Sec- 
ond Cosin to William ffollett Late of oyter River aforesaid Cooper 
deceased who dyed without Issue leaveing behinde him a Compe- 
tent Estate in Lands ; which as this Deponent is Informed Letters 
of Administration is granted to Elizabeth ffollett widdow of the 
said W™ ffollett deceased And she farther Sayth that Nicholas 
ffollett Tailor abovesaid is the next and nearest of Kindred to the 
Said W™ ffollett deceased now liveing, that she Knows of 

June 29"' 1706 her mark 

abigall X nason 

Coram Geo: Vaughan Jus' Qiior'" 

Sarah Header of y'' Same place Aged fivetie two or thereabouts 
testifyeth & saith y* y'' above is y'' Truth to y*" best of her Knowl- 
edge this 29"' June 1706 

sarah medar 

Coram Geo: Vaughan Jus. p''^ 

Att a Court of probates &c held at portsmouth for the province 
of New Hampshire on the first Tuesday in August 1706 Coram 
Joseph Smith Esq''./ 

Elizabeth ffollett Adm'x of the Goods and Chattells and Estate 
of W'" fibllett her husband dec'' and Nicholas ffollett heire at Law 
to the said W™ follett dec'' both appeared at this Board and It was 
Mutually Agreed between them as foil to witt that the said Eliza- 
beth ffollett upon or before the tenth day of October next shall 
deliver possession to the said Nicholas ffollett of all the Lands 
mentioned in an Inventory Exhibited into this Court by the said 
Adm'x being the Lands of the said deceased and. that she doe 
alsoe signe a Release of all her Right & interest thereto to the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 34I 

said Nicholas ffollett at which time & upon signeing of such Re- 
lease he the said Nicholas ffollett is to give his bond to the said 
Elizabeth ffollett to pay her the said Elizabeth ii^' '^ Annu*" dure- 
ing her Natural life for her Maintenance, And that he the said 
Nicholas ffollett doe alsoe enter into a bond to the Judge of the 
probates at the same time for the payment of all Debts due from 
the said W™ ffollett dec'' his Estate and doe then likewise pay Unto 
the said Elizabeth ffollett all her Charges and Expences in Mony 
that she hath been at for Administring upon said Estate the afore- 
said Charges and Expences to be taxed and sum'ed upp by the 
Judge of probates or the Register of the said Court : This Agree- 
ment is humbly desired to be Allowed and Approved off by the 
Hon'^^^ Joseph Smith Esq'^ Judge of probates &c : as wittnesse our 
hands the day and year abovesaid./ 

her 
Elizabeth X ffollett 

Mark 
N ffollett 
1^^ Tuesday in Aug*^ 1706 
I Allow and Approve of the above Agreement 

p'^ me Joseph Smith 
Judge of probate &c 

[Bond of Nicholas Follett of Portsmouth, tailor, Jan. i, 1706/7, 
in the sum of £600, for the payment of all debts due from the 
estate ; witnesses, Elizabeth Fernald and Charles Story.] 



JOHN SHERBURNE 1690 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I John Sherbourn of Portsm" in the 
Province of Nfew hampshire in New England Marriner * * * 

And Now for the Setling my out ward Estate & Such goods 
Chatties, Houses Lands, uplands Medows, Orchards, Gardens 
trees woods Debts dues bills Bonds Moveabls & Immoveables 
with in dore & with out, as God Have bin pleased to bestow upon 



342 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mee be it of y" Estate w'^^' I now posses, or be it any other my 
Estate what Soe Ever : I doe order will Give & dispose my S'^ 
Estate to my well beloved wife Mary Sherboiirn Dureing the time 
She liveth un married & no longer, And then to fall to my well 
beloved Son Joseph Sherboiirn & y*^ Haier of his owne body All- 
ways Excepting (ten) pounds apeice out of Said Estate at price 
Currant which I bequeath to y" rest of my Children, And of this 
my last will & Testament I make my Said beloved wife Mary 
Sherbourne my Sole Executrix as Witnes my hand & Seal here- 
unto Set this: 25: day of November One thousand Six hundred 
& Ninety 

Signed Sealed in John Sherburn [seal] 

p'"^sence of us 

John Davies 

Splan X Lovell 
his Marke 

[Proved Oct. 10, 17 18.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Sherburne of Little Harbor,. 
Newcastle, who died in 1698; amount, £475.13.0; signed by 
William Seavey and Tobias Lear ; attested b}^ Mary Sherburne, 
executrix, March 4, 17 18/19.] 



JOHN SHIPWAY 1690 PORTSMOUTH 

I John Shipway of the town of portsm" being under the present 
destemper of y® small pox but yett in perfict memory tS: under- 
standing not knowing how god may despose of me thought meet 
as A Christian man to set my house in order before I dye & there- 
fore I doe make & ordaine this to be my Last will & testement 
in maner & forme foloing — 

Imp"^ I give unto my well beloved wiff Sarah the one halff ot 
my dewlling house & halft' of my shop : & the one halff of my 
garden & orchard & of all my moveable estate both within dore 
& without, & that my S'' wiff shall have the use of my whole Estat 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 343 

both personall & reall iintell my daffter mary shall Come to y*^ 
age of eighten years or mary : & that my wiff shall have the use 
of all my other Land iintell my daughter mary shall Come of age : 
&c : as above, & I will that my sd wiff shall have the use of the 
one halff of sd Estate of Every kind both houses Lands & all 
kind of moveables dewring her natuerall Liff 

2^^ I will that my daughter mary shall when shee Coms to the 
age of eighten years, or at the day of hur marriage, have the one 
halff of my houses & Lands, & the one half of all my moveables 
both within dores & without delivered into her present posession, 
& that after the death of hur mother, shee shall have all the Rest 
of my Estat my debts & funerall Charges being payed out of the 
same 

3' I doe make & Apoynt my s'^ wiff to be my Executrix to this 
my Last will & testement 

4 I request my honred ffather major Charls ffrost, & major 
William vaughan whome I allso apoynt to be my overseeres, to 
see that this my will be performed 

In witness whereof I here unto set my hand & seall desember 
15"^ 1690 

Signed & declared to be the Jo: shipway & [Seal] 

Last will & testament of John 
shipway In presenc of us — 

Richard Martyn 

Necolas Bennett 

[Proved Jan. 12, 1 690/1.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6g.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Shipway of Portsmouth, shop- 
keeper, Jan. 29, 1690/1 ; amount, £330.3.7 ; signed by George 
Jaffrey and Samuel Keais.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Shipway, aged more than thirteen, 
daughter of John Shipway of Portsmouth, merchant, granted 
to Joshua Fryer of Newcastle, mariner, Dec. 8, 1701.] 



344 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM HILTON 1690 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. William Hilton, Exeter, Dec. 
29, 1690; amount, £112.7.9; signed by William Perkins, John 
Wedgwood, and James Godfrey.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 5.] 

[Administration granted to Richard Hilton of Exeter, oldest 
son, April 9, 1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 51.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Hilton granted to his 
son, Richard Hilton of Exeter, Jan. 9, 1696/7.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 89.] 

[List of claims against the estate, March 19, 1699/1700, to be 
paid by Richard Hilton, administrator; amount, £70.6.10.] 

[Division of the estate, Nov. 14, 1701, at seven shillings, 
six pence, to the pound, the estate being insolvent; mentions a 
widow.] 

[Order of court to the administrator to pay the amount due to 
Samuel Wentworth to his widow, Mrs. Martin, Dec. 15, 1701.] 

[Various notes and bonds produced as claims against the estate, 
containing signatures of William Hilton, Samuel Hilton, Christo- 
pher Palmer, Edward Colcord, Peter Johnson, Ambrose Hill, 
Joseph Field, Robert Wadleigh, Michael French, Nicholas Moody, 
Joseph Smith, William Huckley, John Willey, William Perkins, 
Samuel Palmer, Joseph Palmer, William Ardell, and Joshua 
Broadbent.] 

[Various bills against the estate, containing signatures of Will- 
iam Ardell, Samuel Penhallow, Henry Deering, Nathaniel 
Wright, and Alexander Jones.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 345 

JOANNA SEVERETT 1690/1 PORTSMOUTH 

In y*^ name of god Amen, I Joanna siverit in the town of portsm** 

in the province of New hampshir widdoe, being weak of body 

* * * 

Item. I give & bequeath unto my brother Richard Jose one 
hundred pounds in mony together with my fishing Catch 

Item : I give & bequeath unto my Loveing sister margrat whit 
fiffty pounds in mony and the Largest brass kettle with one fether 
bed the best & all furnituer there unto belonging 

Item : I give & bequeath unto my Loveing brother John Jose 
my wearhous & wharff my second brass kettle halffaduson putter 
dishes halff a dosen turkey work chairs halffe a dosen pare of 
sheets together with eight hh of Rum with two hh of suger 

Item I doe give & bequeath unto my Loving sister Jane Jose 
this my house & gardin with shop & brew hous, which I now 
Live in, together with the furnis, halff a dosen Lether Chaiers 
halff a dosen pare of sheets two doson of napkins & all the furni- 
tuer in y'' great Chamber Excepting the bed & furnituer before 
given to margrat whit halff a dosen silver spoones 

Item : I doe give & bequeath unto my Loveing sister mary 
Jose fiffty pounds in mony, halff a dosen pare of sheets two dosen 
of napkins two hh of suger or sutt of whit curtins 

Item. I doe give & bequeath all wearing Cloths whatsoever to 
be Equally devided betwen my three sisters & my sister hannah 
Jose— 

Itim I doe give & bequeath unto my Loveing sister margarat 
whit my negro woman Elisabeth, & Iff my S'^ sister should dy 
shee shall Return unto my sister Jane 

Itim I doe give & bequeath twenty pounds in mony to my 
Cosen Joanna Jose & unto my Cosen thomas Jose my hous & Land 
at Crucked Lain or on kittry side and unto my Cosen hanah Jose 
ten pounds in mony — 

Itim I doe give & bequeath unto my good frend Ester Lee my 
small silver tankard and my best Laest pettecot — 

Itim as to the Rest of my Estate not before given I doe give 



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& bequeath unto my two brothers & three sisters to be Equally 
devided betwen them Excepting my great silver tankerd I give 
unto my brother John Jose — 

Itim I doe give & bequeath too my good trends hanah purmet 
& sary Estweck each of them a morning sutt 

Itime I doe Constetut and apo3'nt my too brothers Richard & 
John Jose to sea that this my Last will & testament be fully per- 
formed & in witnes to the premisis I have hereunto set my hand & 
seal this second day of January 1690 — 

Annexced 

I doe give & bequeath my two servant boys unto my brother 
John Jose — 

I give & bequeath my silver basson & Joynted Ring unto Cap* 
william whit I doe order & apoynt that my negro woman shall 
serve my sister whit or Jane twenty years & then to be free 1690 — 

In presenc of us Joannah siverit [seal] 

hannah purmet 
X mark 

sarah Estwick 
hur X mark 

tho: Scottow — 

[Proved Jan. 19, 1690/1.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 76.] 



JOHN JACKSON 1690/1 PORTSMOUTH 

I John Jackson of portsm" in New england Marener being sick 
& week in body * * * 

Imprimis I doe Leve & bequeath unto my only son John Jackson 
& his Ayeris for ever my deweling hous & Land formerly belonging 
to my father Richard Jackson being thirty & nine acres of Land 
more or Les together with five acres of salt marsh at Littel harbor, 
all which hous Land marsh with all & singullar the appertenances 
there unto belongs I had by deed of gift of my father above s'' 
my son to enter In possision of one moety or on half thereof when 
hee Comes to Lawfull age of twenty one years then to Injoy one 



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halff of all the proffits bennifits & advantidges that may be made 
of y*^ one halff of s'^ houss orchard Land marsh & appertenances 
& to enjoy all the aforesaied Aftter my wiffs deceas : & I doe will 
allso that my son shall have his maintenance & seutable education 
untill he be Capable of puting to a trade or maintaing him selft' out 
of the remainder of my estat 

Item I doe give will & bequeath to my beloved wift' margaret 
Jackson whom I nomenat & appoynt my sole Executrix A parsel 
of Land by mepurchesed from Richard soward being fourten acers 
more or Les Adjoyning to my one hous & Land as by deed of sale 
more fully apperes & allso I doe bequeath unto my wiiT the use 
of all my hous & Lands marsh & appurtenances untell my son com 
of Lawfull age & on halff thereof dewring hur natuerall Life 

Allso I doe give unto m}^ beloved wiff too ackers of Land upon 
the Letill Hand Com'only Called Jacksons Island mentioned in a 
deed of gifft grantted to me by my father affore sd which too acers 
& y*^ foreten acers before mentioned to be for the sole use behoft^ 
of hur my s'* wiff hur heirs or Asignes for ever as allso I doe give 
unto hur my s'^ wiff in consideration that shee is to be at the Charg 
of maintaing & eduecating my Child as afores'* all my other per- 
sonall Estat in goods or Chattels whatsoever in an}^ ways belong- 
ing to me 

ffinally I Request & desier my honred frends Major william 
vaughan & m"" Richard martyn to be Assistant to my wiff & son & 
to see this my Last will and testement put in exsecution according 
to the plainest sence the words will Admeett In testemony of all 
& singular y'^ primysies I have here unto set my hand & seal & 
declare this to be my Last will & testement this twenty fourth day 
of January Anno dom 1690/91 

Signed & delivered In John Jackson & fSeal] 

presenc of 

James Conners 

John Backer 

georg Jaffres 

[Proved Feb. 28, 1690/1.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 69.] 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of John Jackson granted to his 
son, John Jackson of Portsmouth, Sept. 6, 1718, the former ad- 
ministrator, Richard Jackson, having died.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 10, p. iii.] 



NEHEMIAH PARTRIDGE 1690/1 

In the name of god Amen I Nehemiah partridge being Sick & 
weake but of Sound mind & memory to the praise of god doe 
make this my Last will & testament, Revokeing all former, dated 
at my house in portsm" on pascataway River in New england the 
ninth day of tebuary 1697 — 

Imp""'" I give & bequeath my Soul to god that gave it & my 
body to the dust from whence it came, to be deasently buried by 
my Overseers, in sure and Certin hope of a glorious Resurection 
at the second Coming of my savior Jesus Christ to glory amen/ 

Itime I give unto my beloved wiff Sarah all my Estate both 
reall & personall duering hur widohood, but Iff shee see Cause 
to Chainge hur Condition & marry : then I give the one half of 
all my Estate to my sonn will: partridge, & the other half at her 
deseace to him allso, & Iff my son be Resolved to travel beyond 
seas : then I give unto him eight pounds deu to me from Roger 
dearing Shippwright but Ift' hee stay at home & Assist his mother 
In Caring the trade on I Leve it to her discristion, to give him 
further Incorridgment, & In cas my beloved wiff see Caus to alter 
hur Condition, then as above Expresed : In y'^ mene time I make 
her my Executrix & my brother John & william partridge my over- 
seers to see this my will performed 

test henry Crown 
John partridge 
Elias Eroded 

[Proved Feb. 18, 1 690/1.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 86.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 349 

SAMUEL WENTWORTH 1690/1 PORTSMOUTH 

the Last will & testemony of Samuel wintvvorth Seen"" of portsm" 
in the province of New hampshir in New england made the 13'*^ of 
march 1690/91 

I Samuel wintworth being of perfect memory & remembrance 
but not knowing the providenc of god Concering mee (becaus 
of the small pox) with which am now vesited) doe make, ordain, 
constetute, & declare this to be my Last will & testement in maner 
& form folloing — revokeing & anulling b}^ this presents all & every 
testement & will heretofore made & declared Ether by w^ord or 
Righten 

Imprimis being hertely sory for all my trancegretions I be- 
queath my sole & body into the hands of god by the blesed obla- 
tion of my saviour ; the on at the time of my desolution the other 
at y^ time of my Resurrection — 

2'^ I give & Conferm unto my beloved Son Samuel wintworth 
that hous & Land wherein he now Lives with all the previlidges 
& appertenances thereunto belonging for ever together with all 
those houshold goods of any sort of which he is posest — 

3'-^ I give unto my beloved wiff mary wintworth one halff of 
my dewling house out houses & garden with all prevelidges ap- 
pertaining to it deuring hur natural Life, & when shee dys it shall 
be absolutly and freely given or destrebuted to my Children, or 
other of them as shee shall see most meet more over shee shall 
have one third part of all my moveable Estate, whether In debts 
houshold goods or other wise to hur own free use & deposall, out 
of what shall else arise of my Estate not yet desposeed of, whether 
Lands, houseing debts, plat Linen houshold goods of any sort, or 
whatsoever also appertains to mee I will that my beloved Children 
videlesit son John son Ebenezar, daughter mary & daughter doro- 
thy wintworth shall have fouer score pounds per each, provided 
it will amount to so much, otherwise to have an Equall dividend 
of y*^ whole that else remains ; and if it amounts to more than 
eighty pounds '^ each, I will that my son samuell wintworth shall 
have an Equall proportion with my S"^ Children of y*" remainder, 



350 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

further more I will that Iff any of my S'* Children viz*^ John Eben- 
ezar, mary or dorothy, dye, before they Com to age or mary, 
that y^ portion I have given, them shall be Equally desstrebuted 
amoung the rest of them that survive ; finally I make my beloved 
wiff Executrix to this m}^ Last will & testement, I request nome- 
nat, and apoynt my good frends m' Richard martyn & Samuel 
penhallow to be m}^ overseeres and Injoyn my Executrix honerably 
to sattisfy them for all their paines whom I desier to be Carfull for 
the Concerns of m}" Children, & soe to order matters for them as 
may tend to their best advantidge & for the maintainmg and pro- 
moting Love between them 

and Iff their happen any deverance amoung my wiff & Children 
or ether of them about the Interpretation of my will, or any matter 
referring to their Concerns theirin, my will is, that the party or 
party s Concerned, shall Chues each of them a man to Joyn with 
the oversers, for y*^ decision of any such Controversye, & what 
thay or the magor part determine I will shall be the final Issue of 
any such matter the manegment of my bureall I Leve to y*" pru- 
denc of my beloved wiff & overseers, & Doe oblege my Executrix 
with the advice of my overseers to see to the Right devition of 
my Childrens portion as mentioned on the other sid & descharg of 
all my Jest debts & funerall Charges out of my Estat In testemony 
to all & singuler the premissies I Set to my hand & afhx my Seal 
this thirtenth day of march in the year of our Lord 1690/91 

Samuel wintworth signed sealed Sam: wintworth [Seal] 

& declared this to be- his Last will 
and testement in the presents of us 

Richard gearish 

Edvvord melcher 

Elisha briard 

[Proved April 4, 1691.] 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 72 ] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 1 

WILLIAM FULLER 1690/1 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen this Eighteenth day of March in the 
year of our Lord Sixteen hundred and Ninetie or Ninetie one I 
William ffuller of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire in 
New England (Seinor) being ill and weak of Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Cozens Josiah Moulton 
the Son of Henry Moulton of Hampton and Elizabeth his wife my 
Dwelling house barne Orcharde out houses and all my right of & 
Land meadowe marsh com'onages lying and being either in this 
Towne of Hampton or else where to him and his heirs for ever 
likewise all my Cattell of all Sorts whatsoever and all my Imple- 
m'^ of Husbandry and all my Household Goods of all sorts what- 
soever and wheresoever any of them Shall be He or they per- 
formeing what I shall hereafter order them, and pay such Lega- 
cies I shall appoint him or them to pay 

Item I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Dow the now wife of 
Daniel Dow the sume of fforty shillings to be payed within one 
3^ear after my and my wifes decease to be payed by my Executo'' 
in Marchantable pay att prise current 

Item I give and bequeath unto Mary ftbg that was the Daugh- 
ter of Samuel fFog of Hampton late deceased the sume of Twenty 
shillings to be paid by my Executor in Marshantable & pay att 
prise current within two years after my and my wifes decease. 

Item I give and bequeath unto Martha Marston the now 
wife of John Marston of Andover (seinor) the sum of fforty shill- 
ings to be payed by my Executor in Marchantable pay at price 
currant within three years after my and my wifes decease. 

Item I give unto the Church in Hampton my Pewter fflagon 

Also my will and meaning is that the said Josiah Moulton and 
Elizabeth his wife and ffamily shall come and live with me in the 
House and bring all their Cattel and make improvem' of all my 
Estate both Cattell and Lands meadow and Marsh Grounds and 
that they take such care and be helpefull to us for the cumfort- 
able livelyhood of me and my wife during our natural lives with 
the use and improvem' of all my Estate and debts, as a Son and 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Daughter ought to take of their ffather and mother Also my Will 
and meaning is that if it shall please God that if my wife out live 
me she is to have the com'and and use of all my household Goods 
if she please for her comfortable livelyhood, but not to sell or dis- 
pose of any of them but to my Execuf^ Except he faile in his Duty 
to her, and soe my Overseers see a necessity to sell some thing 
for her comfortable livelyhood, which if they see there be & 
rather then shee should suffer, they or either of them may Sell 
any part of my household goods or Cattell as they see a neede of 
but noe Lands to be Sold from my Execut' Alsoe my will and 
meaning is that my Execut' take speciall care that my wife be 
maintained honourably and cumfortably as abovesaid if she out 
live me during her natural life with the improvem' of this my Es- 
tate and Debts and after her decease to be decently and Chris- 
tianlike buryed or if he faile it shall be in the power of my Over- 
seers them or either of them to make improvem' of so much of 
the said Estate & Debts as there shall be necessitie of to make 
her life comfortable during her life and after for her decent buri- 
all And then what remaines to be to the Sole and proper use of 
the said Josiah Moulton and his Heirs forever And I do by these 
presents make constitute & appoint the abovesd Josiah Moulton 
to be my Sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testam' And 
my Trustie and well beloved ffriends Nathaniel Bachelder Senior 
and Henry Dow them or either of them to be my Overseers to see 
that this my Last Will & Testament be performed and every part 
thereof in confirmacon hereof I the abovesd William ffuller have 
hereunto put my hand and affixt my scale 

Signed Sealed & Confirmed Willm fl'uller [scale] 

in the p'sence of us 

John Samborne Sen'' 

Joseph Moulton 

John Samborne Jun"" 

[Proved Aug. 5, 1693.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p 5.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 353 

[Inventory of the estate ot* William Fuller of Hampton, who 
died May 26, 1693; taken June i, 1693; amount, £213.11.0; 
signed by Henry Dow, William Marston, and John Moulton.] 



RICHARD MARTYN JR. 1691 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Martyn, Jr., granted 
to his father, Richard Martyn, April 3, 1691, who gave bond in 
the sum of £30.] 

[Court Records, April 3, 1691, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 68.] 



THOMAS JACKSON 1691 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Jackson granted to his 
father, Richard Jackson, April 8, 1691, who presented an inven- 
tory of £6.7.5, ^"d gave bond in the sum of £10, with John Pick- 
ering as surety.] 

[Court Records, April 8, 1691, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 72.] 



EDWARD CATOR 1691 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Cator of Great Island, ship- 
wright, May 29, 1691 ; amount, £103.12.0; attested by James 
Blagdon and Joan Blagdon, his wife, April 25, 1693.] 



RICHARD STILEMAN 1691 

To all Christin People to home these Shall or may come 
Know Ye that I Richard Stileman Beeing Bound one a voyag 

to Barbados ; 

Not Knowing how Almightey God may Dispose of me, whether 

to Returne me Hether In saftey or By death take me to him Seelfe ; 

I doe Make this my Last Will and tastement 
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354 NEW^ HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I Give and bequeath to my Sister Mary Fox widdow my best 
Beed and bedsteed w"' greene Curtains and a vailants a Rugg a 
pare of blancotes a pare of sheetes and a truckle beed w"' y^ firne- 
ture and a Sivler Bole w'^' a foot marked R'^ M 

I Give to my Cosen Rich'': Jordan the Son of my Sister Eliza- 
beth Jordan my Dwelling howse ware howse and Lands w"' two 
Beeds and ferneture he leting his ant Mary Fox live there During 
hir widdohood or teel he Comes of age I give him halfe a dsen 
of silver spoones and my Ringe 

I Give and bequeth to my Cosen Mar}' Jordan teen pounds in 
Such Housel goods as I Left in my house or whare house w"' a 
Silver Candilstick 

I give and bequeth to m}^ Cosen John Jordan teen pounds In 
good houshold goods with a Silver wine Cup 

I Give to my Cosen Robart Jordan teen pounds w'^' a Silver 
wrought Cup 

I Give to my Cosen Ruth Bussell a Sivelr Tumbler in Rememe- 
berance of me 

I Give to Hannah Pormort widdo of Joseph Pormort hve pounds 
Curant pay with a Sivler dram Cup 

I Give to my good freind m"" francis Tucker teen pounds Currant 

pay 

I Give to my friend m®'' Nathaniel Frier forty Shillings 

And I doe Leave my Trustey and well beloved ffriends Nathan- 
iell Fryere Esqu" and m*"' Francis Tucker, My trustes to se this 
my will "^formed — 

In witness heareof I have heareunto sect m}- hand and seale this 

first da}' of June : 1691 

Witnesses Richard Stileman [seal] 

Francis Tucker 

Stephen Hardison 

James Booth 

Joseph Allcock 

[Proved April 19, 1703, and administration granted to Francis 
Tucker of Newcastle, no executor being named in the will.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 355 

[Bond of Francis Tucker of Newcastle, gentleman, with Will- 
iam Kelly of Newcastle, mariner, and James Booth of Portsmouth, 
tailor, as sureties, April 19, 1703, in the sum of £500, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate ; witnesses, John Chevalier and Charles 
Story.] 

[Warrant, Dec. i, 1703, authorizing John Hinckes and William 
Kelly, both of Newcastle, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 4, 1703/4; amount £180.8.0; signed by John 
Hinckes and William Kelly.] 

[Warrant, Feb. i, 1703/4, authorizing Theodore Atkinson and 
William Kelly, mariner, both of Newcastle, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, July 31, 1704; amount, £59.15.6; signed by 
Theodore Atkinson and William Kelly.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 5, 1704, authorizing the administrator to sell 
certain lands.] 

[Various notes, accounts, etc., containing signatures of Richard 
Stileman, Richard Chamberlain, and Francis Tucker.] 



NICHOLAS DOE 1691 

[Administration on the estate of Nicholas Doe granted to his 
son, John Doe, June 6, 1691, who presented an inventor}^ and 
gave bond in the sum of £100, with Richard Clark and John 
Bennett as sureties.] 

[Court Records, June 6, 1691, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 73.] 

Att a Court of probates * * * the 6"' day of November 

1705 

Sampson Doe moved to have his Brother John Doe to take Let- 
ters of Administration of the Estate of Nicholas Doe his father 
deceased ; which if he refused to doe, he would take letters of 
Administration himself./ 



35^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

John Doe being present desired to have Letters of Administra- 
tion granted to him, which the Judge Allowed he giveing in Suffi- 
cient Securitye for the performance of his Administration/ 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 70.] 

[Administration granted to John Doe Jan. i, 1705/6.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 70.] 

[Inventory of the real estate of Nicholas Doe, who died in 1691 ; 
taken March 30, 1706; amount, £225.0.0; signed by Richard 
Hilton, Winthrop Hilton, and Abraham Bennick.] 

It is Agreed this fourth day of June 1706 Between John Doe 
Adm' of the Goods Chattells and Estate &c: of Nicholas Doe his 
father And Sampson Doe Brother of the Said John Doe as follow- 
eth ; viz whereas the Said John Doe hath a Right to the one halfe 
of said dec''* Estate ; and Sampson Doe haveing purchased his 
Sister Mary^ part to the Said Estate hath alsoe a Right to the other 
halfe part It is agreed between the Said parties that John Doe 
shall have & Enjoy all the Lands mentioned in the Inventory here- 
unto Annexed (Excepting the Home place at Lubberland being 
forty six Acres of Upland more or Less and the Houses Barns & 
Orchards belonging to the Said forty two Acres or homestead) And 
that the said Sampson Doe pay to the Said John Doe ffifty pounds 
in Curr' Mony of New England and all the Charge of what two 
indifferent men to be Chosen between them shall Value and Say 
that the Said John Doe hath Laid out and Disbursed in makeing 
the said Homestead better than it was when the Said Nicholas Doe 
dyed ; the said ffifty pounds and the remainder what shall be Said 
to be soe laid out and Disbursed by such persons as they shall 
Choose is to be paid at ffifteen pounds "^ Annum till the whole be 
fully satisfied and paid. And likewise that the Said Sampson Doe 
shall have and peaceably Enjoy the Said homestead being forty 
six Acres of Upland together with the Houses Barns and Orchards 
mentioned in said Inventory e. And both parties desires that the 
]-jQj^rbie ^Y^Q Judge of Probates will accept and Confirme this Agree- 
ment and Order the same to be Recorded by the Register In witt- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 357 

nesse whereof the said John Doe and Sampson Doe hath hereunto 
sett their hands and Scales the day and yeare aforesaid 

Sealed and Deliv"' John Doe [seal] 

In the p^'sence of samson doe [seal] 

W"' Partridge Jun: 

Cha: Story : 

John Gove 

Pro: New Hampshire Att a Court of probates held at portsm*' 
4*^' June 1706 this Agreement is Allowed and Approved off by me 
the Subscriber and ordered that the Register record the same 

Joseph Smith Judg of probats &c — 



ANTHONY BRACKETT 1691 

In the name of god amen y*^ 11"' day of sep' 1691 — 

I Anthony Bracket sey"^ being in perfict memory doe make this 
my Last will & testament, Comiting my soul into the hands of my 
Redemer the Lord Jesus Christ, & my body to the earth — 

Itim I give & bequeath to my daughter Jane hains fouer acors, 
in part of marsh being more or Les, which shee formerly made use 
of & so upward to y" head of y*" cove & to young oxsen Affter my 
desece 

Item I give & bequeath that three acers of marsh mor or Les 
being at black poynt to my daughter Ellener Johnson, which marsh 
I have a deed for, which deed I doe assign over to my daughter 
Ellenor, & shee to take it into hur possestion Affter my deseac 

Item : I give & bequeath unto my grand daughter kasia bracket 
three Cows to be payed at age of Eightenn years or day of mar- 
ridg 

I give to my grand daughter Roose Johnson on heffer 

I give to my grand son samuel bracket one heffer, all the Rest of 
my cattle & sheep I doe give to be Equally devided amoung the 
Rest of my gran Children of what is Lefft Affter my wiffs deseac, 
I doo here ordain & make my sonn John Bracket Executor of this 
my Last will & testament, and him to pay all Just debts & to gather 



35S NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

all debts which is Justly dew unto mee, my housall goods I Leve 
with m}' wiff for hur one use to this I set my hand 

Witneses Anthony Bracket 

Nathaniel drack X 

John Lock : by his mark 

[Proved July 11, i6q2.] 

[Deeds, vol, 5, p. 82.] 



RICHARD SNELL 1691 BOSTON MASS. 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty fourth day of September, 
in the Year of our Lord One thousand six hundred Ninety and 
one, and in the third Yeare of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord 
and Ladv William and Mar}^, by the Grace of God, of England, 
Scotland, France and Ireland King and Queen, Defend'* of the 
faith &c. I Richord Snell, now Resident in Boston, wife of 
George Snell of Portsmouth, in the Province of New Hampshire, 
New-england, * * * 

Item My Dwelling House and Land adjoyning, and all the 
appur*'*^ therunto belonging, situate and being in Black-Horse- 
Lane in Boston, I do give and bequeath unto my Husband, 
George Snell abovenamed, and to his Heires and Assigns for- 
ever. Item. I do give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Hunking, 
Daughter of my former Husband, John Hunking, dec'' the Sum' 
of Ten pounds. Item. I do give unto Grace Vittery, Daughter 
of my Sister Margery Vittery of Kings ward in the County of 
Devon in the Kingdom of England Deces'* five pounds — Item I 
do give unto my Grandson George Little-John, son of my Son 
George Littlejohn of Halvvel in the County of Devon aforesaid. 
One piece of Spanish Gold, Valued at four pounds, and a silver 
Drinking dish scolloped. Item, I do give unto my Grandaughter, 
the Daughter of my son George Littlejohn, (whose name I Remem- 
ber not) five pounds. And I do ordaine, Constitute and appoint my 
beloved son George Littlejohn aforenamed to be the Executor of 
this my Will, to whom I do give and bequeath all the Remainder 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 359 

of my, Estate of what nature and kind soever, and whersoever 
Lying and beeing. And tbrasmuch as my said son hath his abode 
in Entfland, and therefore cannot take care either of mv funeral 
or Estate, I do therefore Request, Authorize and Impower my 
Loving friends M'' Daniel Smith of Charlestown, Gunsmith, and 
M'^ Katherine Gutteridge of Boston, Widow, to be Overseers, and 
to take order lor my funeral, and to take into their hands all my 
Estate in Nevvengland, and after funeral Charges, with other Nec- 
essary incident Expences, their own Legacies, and the Legacy of 
ten pounds abovegiven to Elizabeth Hunkin are deducted and 
Reserved, the Remainder to Remit home to my said son George 
Littlejohn in England, by the best and safest Way and means ; to 
which end I do hereby Impower my said Overseers to Convert my 
said Estate into such speties as may, with the most advantage, be 
Returnable home. And I do cjive unto them my said overseers 
Six pounds between them. In witnes wherof I have hereunto 
set my hand and Seal, the day and Yeare first abovewritten./ 

Signed, Sealed & published by the mark of 

the abovenamed Richord Snell, Richard X Snell [seal] 

to be her Last Will & Testam' in 
p'"sence of us./ 

Edward Brattle 

John fibster : 

Lavvr Hammond 

I George Snell late husband of the abovenamed Testator Rich- 
ord Snell dec'' do allow and approve of the above wu'itten Will 
made by my s'^ wife, it being done with nw free consent and knowl- 
edge And I request the same may be admitted to a Probate, and 
the persons therein nominated for the Execution thereof may be 
fully impowred and Authorized thereunto. Witness my hand this 
20^'' of April. 1695. 

Geo: Snell 

[Proved April 23, 1695.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



360 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ROBERT BURNHAM 1691 DURHAM 

The Last will & Testament of Robert Burnam 

I give & bequeath to my son Samuell Burnam a ^cell of Land 
w*'*' Lyeth at Lampereele River which is above Two hundred Acres 
be it more or Less as it is granted & bounded, & with him to his 
heires of his body Lawfully begotten y*^ shall live to age or mar- 
riage, & in falure of such to y'' Rest of my children and their 
heires : to have & to hold to him & them for Ever : also all the 
appurtenances & ^viledges belonging thareunto : Also I give my 
said son all my Carpenter Tools which I have at chebacco. 

I give & bequeath to my son Jeremiah Burnam a peice of marsh 
Lying at y^ place Called pitmans poynt at Oyster River as it is 
bounded & to his heires to have & to hold to him & them for Ever : 
also I give him all the Stock y* doth belong unto y^ Liveing at 
Oyster River where he dwels : & all my Carpenter Tools there & 
all my utensels of husbandry upon the Consideration & Condition 
y' he pay all my Just debts & funerall charges, & afford sufficient 
mentai nance to his mother my wife Francis Burnam as long as 
she lives, & his or his heires executors or Administo's failure in 
not affording sufficient mentainance for her I give her full power 
to Sell Alienate & Convey soe much of sd Estate bequeathed to 
him for y* End 

Also I give & bequeath unto sd Jeremiah all my debts due unto 
me from any ^son or ^sons by bill bond or otherwayse 

Further I will & freely give to my wafe Francis Burnam full 
power for to dispose of all my moveable goods y* are mine, or in 
my house at Oyster River as she shall see meet : & other things 
at Ipswich bedding & houshould stuff & moveable estate. 
[Witnessses :] 

Lt. Thomas Burnum, sr. 

Francis Burnam 

James Burnam 

John Newmarch, jr. 

[This w^as a nuncupative will, made by the testator the night 
before he died, his death occurring June 12, 1691. It was proved 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 361 

Sept. 29, 1691. No executor was named in the will; and the 
testator's widow, Frances Burnham, was appointed administratrix 
Sept. 29, 1691. The sureties on her official bond were Lt. 
Thomas Burnham, James Burnham and Jeremiah Burnham.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory, March 28, 1691/2, by Jacob Foster and Nathaniel 
Knowlton. Amount, £121. 7.6.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JAMES NUTE JR. 1691 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of James Nute, Jr., Dover, Oct. 24, 
1691 ; amount, £278.17.4; taken by John Tuttle, John Knight, 
and John Pinkham ; attested before John Hinckes by Mary Nute, 
widow and administratrix, July 22, 1693. 

" How the Estate is to be Devided 

" Imp"" That James Nute the Eldest Sonn to have two thirds of 
all the house and Land and one Cow two stears of three years 
old — when comes to age 

" 2'-^ The 3 other Children to hav an equal Share of all the 
Moveables 

"The Widdow to have the Childrens Estate till bound out to 
prentice and untill she Marrieth again which if in Case the wid- 
dow marrye then the Estate to be secured into the hands of y*^ 
Sureties for the good of the Children if she should marry before 
the Children Come of age, yet not soe to hinder or prevent the 
Executrix of her thirds."] 

[Administration granted to the widow, Mary Nute, July 22, 
1693, and John Knight and Samuel Heard, both of Dover, rec- 
ognize as sureties in the sum of £570.7.4; signed by John 
Hinckes.] 

[James Nute, aged about thirteen years, son of James Nute of 
Dover, husbandman, deceased, makes choice of John Leighton 
of Dover, husbandman, as his guardian, Dec. 16, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 173.] 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of Samuel Nute, aged about eighteen years, son 
of James Nute, granted to Jethro Furber, son of WilHam Furber, 
deceased, Jan. 6, 1707/8.] 



SAMUEL SHERBURNE 1691 

[Administration on the estate of Capt. Samuel Sherburne was 
granted to his widow, Love Sherburne, Oct. 28, 1691, who pre- 
sented an inventory and gave bond in the sum of £100, with 
Mark Hunking and John Pickering as sureties.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 28, 1691, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 78.] 



JOHN SHERBURNE 1691 PORTSMOUTH 

In y" name of god Amen ; John Sherbourn Sen'' of Portsmouth 
in y** Province of Newhamshire Yeoman, * * * 

And as for y^ temporall estate that god hath been pleased to 
Spare me I order & bequeath as followeth, To my loving wife 
Elizabeth Sherbourn I bequeath y*^ one half of what Son Henry 
Sherbourn is bound to pay to me during life, to be paid to her 
during her natural life in matter, form & Species as is exp'"essed 
in a deed from S*' son Henry Sherbourn. To my son John Sher- 
bourn I Will & bequeath all Debts dues & demands whatsoever 
now due or at any time hereaff to be due by bill bond or other 
way what Soever from my Cuzen Samuel Sherbourn deceased 
of Hampton ; As also my share of a parcel of land being between 
my Self M'" Moodey, Philip, Lewis and others belonging to 
Greenland. As also my Share in a parcel of Land lying and 
being on long point near goodman ffurburs between me, John 
Pickerin and others, as Also three fat hogs that are fatting at my 
Son Henry Sherbourns. As also a Cow and heifer three years 
Old next Spring ; A mare ; three ews which are with my Son 
Henry Sherbqurn, a bushel of wheat lent Thomas Lewis, his 
father promised to pay it ; And one thousand of boards from 
Joatham Lewis, a bushel & half of barly due from m'' Howell 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 363 

now in Barbados. As also my two Steers about four years old. 
My cupboard also standing in yo'' house. Also my Chest & Cloak 
and all my writings & w' is in it except my daughf Mary hath 
any thing there, Iron Andirons ; and all other things whatsoev'' 
not disposed of before these ; And farther out of my S'' estate I 
ord'' my Son John Sherbourn to pay to daughf Elizabeth or deliv'' 
her my Iron pot & skillet and my Cupboard formerly father 
Tucks, y- half of y'' Pewter excepting one dish to my daughter 
John Sherbourns wife, and a feather bed aft' my wifes decease ; 
And to my daught'^ Mary Sherbourn an Iron pot & a Kittle a 
brass Skillet and y"" half of y*^ pewter except a pewter dish to my 
Daught"^ afores'' as also a feath' bed & bedding ; and a Cow. To 
Abraham Bartlet a Mare Colt, And do order and appoint my Son 
John Sherbourn to be executor to this my last Will and testa- 
ment As witness my hand and Seal this twelfth of november one 
thousand Six hundred & ninety one — 

memorandum interlined before Signing these words [barly] 
and [my wife] as also to be noted y' my wife shall have y'' east 
end of my house during life — 

Signd Seald & delivered. John X Sherbourn [seal] 

in p^'sence of us. his mark 

Richard Jackson 

Thomas Jackson 

John Barsham 

[Proved Nov. 29, 1693.] 

[Summons, Oct. 11, 1700, to John Sherburne to appear in the 
matter of the will of his father, John Sherburne, "who Dyed 
within this Province about Nine years agoe." He appeared and 
renounced the executorship.] 

[John Sherburne renounces executorship Oct. 12, 1700, and 
desires that administration be granted to Major William Vaughan,. 
principal creditor.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 228.] 



364 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to Major William Vaughan of Ports- 
mouth April 22, 1 70 1.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 229.] 

[Summons, May i, 1701, to John Sherburne and Henry Sher- 
burne to appear and " give an Ace' of what you Know relateing 
to yo'" ffathers Estate" ; signed by William Partridge.] 



JOHN BREWSTER 1691 PORTSMOUTH 

I John Brewster of the Town of Portsm" in the Province of New- 
hampsh'', Yeoman ; being ancient and infirm of body * * * 

2'^° I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife mary all my 
Farm wherin I now live : To say, housing, land, gardens, Or- 
chards &c with all the priviledges and appurtenances thereunto 
belonging during her Naturall life Togeather with all my move- 
able Estate ; consisting Either in Cattle, houshold goods of any 
Sort, money, debts, or any thing else whatsoever to her own free 
use and proper disposall Excepting what is hereafter Excepted, 
which I give unto my beloved Children viz Sarah Elizabeth 
martha mary Jane Rachel ; I do give unto each of them the 
Equal value of five pounds apiece, and to my beloved Son I give 
the value of ten pounds ; I also give unto my beloved Son John 
Brewster that End of the house wherin he now lives, togeather 
with what other Accomedations he now Enjoys belonging thereto 
moreover all that land that is before my door, to say the road way 
field comonly so called, Swamp, and Orchard (comonly called y^ 
Orchard on the Swamp side) as long as he lives, and if my said 
Son outlives his mother, and demeans himself in all dut}'- and Obe- 
dience towards her my Will is, that y^ whole farm shall be to him 
during his natural life, and after his decease I give it to my grandson 
John Brewster with two Cows and a calf a sword a gun and a 
drum and a halbert and a pike, I Will also that my whole farm 
be intaild upon my said grand son John Brewster and his heirs. &c. 

3''° I make my beloved Wife Sole Executrix to this my last 
Will and Testam' and I request and appoint my good freinds 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 365 

Sam^' Penhallovv and John Dennett to bee my Overseers, whom I 
beseech to bee carefull in advising, and doing what in them may 
about the concers of my Wife and children, and for the maintaiing 
and promoting of love between them Moreover, if any misun- 
derstanding or Contest be occasioned among my Wife and Chil- 
dren about the right interpretation of my Will, or any matter 
relating to any of their concerns herin ; my Will is that the party 
or parties concernd shall choose each of them a man to joine with 
the Overseers, for y® decision of any Such Controversie, and what 
they, or y*" maj"^ part of them shall determine I Will, shall bee the 
finall issue of any such matter. 

The managem' of my buriall I leave to the discretion of my be- 
loved Wife and Overseers obliging her to see to the paying of all 
my just debts and defraying my funeral charges out of my Estate. 

In Testimony to all and Singular the p'"mises (on this, and the 
other side) I sett to my hand, and affix my Seale this Sixteenth 
day of Decbr, in y*' year of our Lord, 1691. 

Signed, Sealed, and declared his 

in y'^ p'"sence of us as Witnesses John Brewster X [seal] 

Sam'^ Penhallow mark 

John Tucker 

Thomas Harvey 



WILLIAM HORNE 1691/2 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of William Home of Dover, Feb. 27, 
1691/2 ; amount, £189.8.0 ; signed by Samuel Heard and Thomas 
Downes ; attested by Elizabeth Home, the widow, July 15, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 157-] 

John Home Moved to Administer upon The Estate of his father 
W" Horn dec"^ but the widdow & Relict of the Said dec'* being 
liveing and Since Married with 

It is Ordered by the Judge that the Register Cite the Said 
to shew Cause why letters of Administration should not be Granted 



o 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



to the Said John Horn upon hit- Motion, the Said . . . have- 
ing Neglected to Administer vipon the Same this 
[Probate Minutes, April 4, 1708.] 



JOHN WAKEHAM 1691/2 

[Administration on the estate of John Wakeham granted to his 
widow, Martha Wakeham, March 15, 1691/2, who presented an 
inventory.] 

[Court Records, Marcli 15, 1691/ 2, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 80.] 



WILLIAM SWAINE 1692 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of WilHam Swaine of Hampton ; taken 
by Daniel Tilton and Joseph Swett April 9, 1692 ; amount, 
£279.7.6.] 

[Ante-nuptial contract, June 12, 1694, between Joseph Emmons 
of Hampton, cordwainer, and Mary Swaine of Hampton, widow, 
whereby Emmons agrees to care for her children, disclaiming any 
title to their inheritances from their father, William Swaine, but 
having the use of their property until they are of age ; signed by 
Joseph Emmons and witnesses, Nathaniel Weare and Jacob 
Green.] 

[Petition of William Swaine for a division of the estate of his 
father, William Swaine, June 18, 1702 ; citation granted.] 

[Citation, July i, 1702, to Joseph Emmons and Mary Emmons, 
his wife, to show cause for not having settled the estate of William 
Swaine.] 

[Power of attorney, William Swaine of Hampton to Dr. Hum- 
phrev Bradstreet of Newbur}-, Mass., July 3, 1702 ; witnesses, 
George Peirce and Robert Pike.] 

[Order of court, July 6, 1702, that Joseph Emmons and Mary 
Emmons, his wife, appear again July 13 with an account of the 

estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 367 

[x\ccount of Mary Emmons against the estate, July 22, 1702; 
amount, £149,11.3. Mentions Mary Swaine, oldest child, William 
Swaine, oldest son, Mehitabel Swaine, John Swaine, Caleb Swaine, 
and Sarah Swaine. This is a rough draft.] 

[Account of Mary Emmons against the estate of William 
Swaine, July 22, 1702 ; amount, £32.17,3 ; widow's third, £82,4.9. 

" there being Six Children ; to witt Mary Swaine W'" Swaine 
Mahitabell Swaine John Swaine Caleb Swaine & Sarah Swaine ; 
the Said Sume of 164" .-9^: 6''. is divided into Seaven parts the 
eldest Sonn haveing two shares each share Am° to 23^' : 10' The 
widdow haveing maintained and brought upp three of the Chil- 
dren for two years and three Months to witt John Swaine, Caleb 
Swaine and Sarah Swaine It is thought meet to Order that the 
Said widdow have Satisfacc'on in Reason made her out of the 
shares and proportions due to the Said three Children for such 
their Maintenance and bringing up when they come to full age/"] 

[Order, July 27, 1702, that Capt, Henry Dow and Lieut, Joseph 
.Swett have a commission to settle the estate.] 

Wee Whose Names are here unto subscribed being Appointed 
to make An Equall Devition of the Estate of William Swaine of 
Hampton late Deceased as it is mentioned in the Inventory here 
unto Annexed We have this 31 day of July 1702 veiwed the mash 
ground that we did not well know and according to our best scill 
and Judgment and Considering How things are Cercumstanced 
as Concerning the moveables and how it have bin owned to us 
that thay are not many of them now in being We think it very 
unReasonable that any of the Children should be ordred to take 
ther portions Where thay are never like to Have an}- thing Ther- 
fore We are Humbly of the opinion that it is A Just and Equall 
thing that the Children Have there Portions alloted to them as 
ftblowith : the land and mash to be devided according to propor- 
tion to Every one be the grant more or less as it is layd out 



368 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



11 s d 
To William Svvaine the grant of land att new 

plantation so called ...... 02 — 00 — 00 

To a trackt of land by Salisbury line prized att . 15 — 00 — 00 
To five acres of the mash att 6'^ '^ acre part of the 

9 acres ......... 30 — 00 — 00 

47 — 00 — 00 
To Mary and Mehetable Swaine to be Equally Devided be- 
tween them two : as foil 

The Seaven acres of land more or less by John 

Stanyens prized ....... 14 — 00 — 00 

To foure acres of mash part of the nine acres att 

6^^ '^ acre ........ 24 — 00 — 00 

To two acres of mash want twentie shilling worth 

att 5" an acres lieng by Gougis Wigwam Com'only 

so called ........ 09 — 00 — 00 

47 — 00 — 00 
To John Caleb and Sarah Swaine to be Equally Devided among 

them three when thay Com'e of age 

The House and Homesteed be the same more or 

less prized att ....... 42 — 10 — 00 

The shear of the Cow Com'on prized att . . 02 — 00 — 06 

The grant of land att north devition prized att . 02 — 10 — 00 
To fower acres and a half of mash and twentie 

shillings Worth part of the sixe acres on south side 

flfals River att 5" f acre .... 



The Widows thirds 

fower acres more or less medow att town over mill 
Brooke Com'only so called prized att . 

To two acres and twentie shillings worth mash by 
Gougis Wigwam prized 5" ^ acre .... 

To one acres & half Want twentie shillings worth 
prized 5" ^ acrer liing on south side the tlals River 

out of the moveabls as thay are prized 



23 — 10 — 00 
70 — 10 — 00 

20 — 00 — 00 
II — 00 — 00 

6 — 10 — 00 

44—14— 9 
82 4 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 369 

This is that Which we have Considered about the s*^ Estate and 
according to our Best scill and Judgment we can think of no other 
way of making a more Equall Devition. 
Dated att Hampton this 31 July 1702 

By us Henry Dow 
Joseph Swett 

I W"' Partridge Esq"" L* Govern'" of the Province of New Hamp- 
shire doe allow and Approve off the within mentioned Division 
(Excepting as foil that is to Say where it is said House & Home- 
stead prized at 42" 10* shall be divided between John Caleb and 
Sarah Swaine) I Order the said House and Homestead to be to 
Joseph Emmins & his wife for the bringing upp the said John Caleb 
and Sarah ; they giveing first securitye to the Court of probate of 
wills to pay seaven pounds a peice to the said John & Caleb when 
they come to the Age of twenty one years, and the Said Sarah 
when she attaines to the age of Eighteen years. Given Under my 
hand the ffourteenth day of August Anno Domini 1702 

^m Partridge 

Cha: Story Secretary 

[Warrant, July 29, 1703, from William Partridge to Capt. Henry 
Dow to lay out certain portions of the estate.] 

[Warrant, July 29, 1703, authorizing Capt. Henry Dow of Hamp- 
ton to lay out to William Swaine, Mary Swaine, and Mehitabel 
Swaine their portions of nine acres of marsh.] 

21 Aug' 1703 

According to the within written Commission I have laid out to 
W™ Swaine his part of the Nine Acres of Marsh that was his fath- 
ers, his part being the Southerly Side being about ten Rodd three 
Quarters & one foot wide at each end/ 

And I have laid out to Mary and Mehitable Swaine their part 
of the Said Nine Acres, it being the Northerly Side and is at each 
end about Eight Rodd, one halfe and two foot wide/ 

24 



370 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I have made a Just and Equal division Allowing to each of them 
there due proportion as I could or would have done If I had been 
to have part of it my Selfe. 



[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 47.] 



By me Henry Dow 



EDWARD COWELL 1692 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Cowell was granted to 
Nathaniel Ayers, in behalf of his wife, Amy Ayers, sister of Ed- 
ward Cowell, June 8, 1692. He gave bond in the sum of £150.] 
[Court Records, June 8, 1692, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 80.] 



THOMAS LEAVITT 1692 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen the ninth Day of July in the Year of 
our Lord god 1692 I Thomas Levet in the Town of Hampton in 
y* province off New Hampsh' in New England Yeoaman * * * 

Item I give my goods I give and bequeath as followeth. To 
my loveing wife I give and bequeath the thirds of all my Lands 
meaddows Marshes and houseing Convenient dureing her life 
time and then to Retourne to my Sons Aretas and John Levett : 
to my wife I give and bequeath two Cows two Swine three Sheep 
my brass and puter the thirds of all my Corne at her owne Dis- 
posing the rest of my Estate I give and bequeath as followeth — 

Item To my Son Hezron, Levet one Hundred ackers of land 
at the new plantation as it is granted to me and twenty pounds 
fformerly given to him and fRve Shillings in merchantable pay 
after my Decease — 

Item To Hezrons Son Thomas Levet tenn pounds to be paid 
to him at the adge of one and Twenty years of adge, in Merchant- 
abell pay by my Sons Aretas and John Levet : 

Item All the Rest of my houseing : Lands Meaddows marshes ; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 1 

-Shares of Commons out lands what soever I give and bequeath to 
my two Sons Aretas and John Levet Equally : John Levet to Devid 
and Aretas to make his Choice after my decease — 

Item All in Aretas house and my ft ether bed and fturneture, 
one paire off'betell rings and halfe the wedges and half the Cross 
Cut Saw and half the tooles about Husbandre, with his house that 
he now lives in, I give and bequeath unto Aretas Levet — 

Item The other halfe of the tooles above mentioned I give to 
my Son Levet with all his Carpenters tooles and his house and 
ground where it now Standeth ; and to my son John Levet I give 
& bequeath a new ftether bed and fturniture thereunto belong- 
ing ; 

Item To my son James Levet I give and bequeath tenn 
pounds — 

Item To my three Dafters, Isabella Towle, Jemina Knowles 
Kezia Tucker Each off" them ffive shillings a peic ; 

Further My Will is that my wife shall have her comfortable 
houseing ftbr her selfe and her Cattell. The rest of my Cattell 
to be Equaly devided as abovesaid Excepting my wifes two Cowes 
two Swine three Sheep, My Leageses to be payed three years 
after my decease, in mercht''^'^ pay Except Tobacco — 

Item I Doe ordaine and constitute my Loveing wife and my 
Son John Levet to be my Sole Executours to this my last will and 
Testament. 

Witness hereoft' I have here unto sett my hand and affixed my 
Scale the day and year above writen ; and in the third or ffburth 
yeare his Majes'* Reigne King will*" and Qiieen Mary King oft' 
England Scot: ftran: & Ireland King defender oft' the ffaith — 

Signed Sealed in the Thomas X Levet (seal) 

presents of us his marke 

Abraham Drake Sen'' 

Abraham Drake Jun'' 

Robert Drake — 

[Proved May 25, 1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 26.] 



372 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Leavitt, who died Nov. 28,. 
1696, taken Dec. 26, 1696; amount, £210.1.0; signed by Abra- 
ham Drake and John Smith.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 125.] 



ROBERT TUFTON MASON 1692 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen — 

I Robert Tufton Mason of the Town of Portsm° in the Prov: of 
New Hamp'' in New England being in health of body and sound 
in mind do make and appoint this my last will and testament in 
manner & form as follows, revoking all other Wills made hereto- 
fore 

Imprimis I Com'end my soul into the hands of Almighty God 
my Creator in full hope and assurance of a Pardon for all my sins 
com'itted in my life past My body I com'it to the earth to be de- 
cently buried at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named — 

Item — I Give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife Kath- 
erine Tufton Mason, the one half of all my Estate whatsoever that 
I have, or hereafter might have dureing her natural life, and after 
her decease three fourths of her part, to fall unto my son John 
Tufton, to him & his heirs forever, & the other fourth part to go 
to my daughter Eliz^ Tufton and to her heirs forever — 

Item — I Give and bequeath to m}^ son John Tufton one fourth 
part of all my estate whatsoever to be paid him when he Shall 
arrive at the age of twenty-one years, and that if it Should please 
God, that he should dye before he comes of age, or without law- 
full Issue, then his part to fall to my daughter Eliz^ Tufton and to 
her heirs forever — 

Item — I Give and bequeath to my daughter Eliz^ Tufton one 
fourth part of all my Estate whatsoever to be paid her when She 
Shall Arrive at the age of eighteen years, or upon the day of her 
Marriage if she marries with her mother's consent : But if it should 
please God that She should dye before She comes of the age of 
eighteen or Marry then her part to fall unto my son John Tufton 
and to his heirs forever. — But if it should please God that my son 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 373 

John Tufton, and My daughter Eliz^ Tufton should both dye before 
they come of age or before they marry, then the one half of both 
their parts, I Give unto my wife Katharine Tufton and the other 
half I give unto my sister Eliz* Tufton, and if it should so please 
God, that my wife should out-live both my son John Tufton, and 
my daughter Eliz"" Tufton, or that they dye without lawfull Issue 
then I Give and bequeath all my wife Katherine Tufton her part 
unto my sister Eliz*^ Tufton. — 

Item — I Do appoint my dearly beloved Wife Katharine Tufton 
to be my sole and onely Executrix of this my last will, and to see 
my will performed, and to take care of both my Children, and to 
see that they are brot up as they ought to be, and that when they 
Shall arrive at the age of receiving their portions To pay them 
justly.— 

And I do strictly charge and Com'and both my Children to carry 
themselves dutiful and obedient unto their mother, so long as she 
shall live, and that they live in love and unity one with another, 
so long as it please God they both shall live, and that they carry 
it respectively to their Grandfather and Grandmother with all their 
Uncles and Aunts, and behave themselves justly to all persons, 
fearing God, & honouring the King In Witness hereof I have 
hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty first day of October one 
thousand six hundred ninety two — 

Signed & Sealed Robert Tufton Mason [seal] 

In presence of 

Henry Sherburn 

Sarah Sherburn 

Susan Wiggin 

[Proved May 27, 1738, by Henry Sherburne, aged 72, Sarah 
"Sherburne, aged 69, and Susanna Johnson, formerly Susanna 
Wiggin, aged 67.] 

This will is not yet approved and allowed ; the same (together 
with the testimony of the Witnesses,) being under the Judge's 
•consideration — 

[Masonian Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 25.] 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN SANBORN 1692 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Lt. John Sanborn of Hampton, who 
died Oct. 20, 1692 ; taken b}^ WilHam Marston, Nathaniel Batch- 
elder, Henry Dow, and Lt. John Smith Nov. 2, 1692 ; amount, 
£294.14.0; attested before John Hinckes by Henry Dow and 
Nathaniel Batchelder, planter, Feb. 22, 1692/3; signatures of 
Henry Dow and Nathaniel Batchelder.] 



WILLIAM SANBORN 1692 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen The Last Will & Testament of 
William Samborn of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England being sick and weak of Body * * * 

Imprimis I give unto Mary my beloved Wife all mj' house 
hold stuffe, or Goods of all sorts (Excepting what is hereafter 
Excepted) for ever, Alsoe I give unto her yearely and every yeare 
dureing the time of her naturall life ffoureteen Bushells of Indian 
Corne, two bushells of Wheat, ffoure bushells of Malt one hun- 
dred & Sixty weight of Pork and One hundred pounds of Beefe 
all good and Marchantable the Milcke of two good Cows 
& ten Load of good wood cutt fitt for hir ffire Roome, this to be 
payed yearely by my Son Stephen, Also I give unto her during 
the time of her naturall life one half of my dwelling house and 
Li — the Easterly end, to be kept in good repaire by my son 
Stephen and in case he shall neglect to performe the same accord- 
ing to the true intent and meaning hereof, then it shall be Lawfull 
for Mary my beloved wife to enter upon all these Lands Meadows 
Cattel and other things hereafter mentioned to be given to my son 
Stephen, and to improve the same to her owne use dureing her 
life and after to returne to my son Stephen again 

Item I give unto my son Josiah one half of my Land in the Plaine 
towards Exeter the whole containing one hundred acres more or 
less neere a place sometimes called . . . nes Mephibosheth, 
and Stephen to devide the same into two pieces and Josiah to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 375 

Chuse which part he please Alsoe I give to my son Josiah the 
Marsh and Thatch belonging to one share . . . great Oxe 
Com'on Alsoe the Easternmost stack of Salt . . . the Sev- 
erals (soe called) soe farr as we usually made . . . stack and 
soe Easterly to the River Alwayes Provideing Josiah is not to 
improve this Stack of Salt Marsh untill after . . . decease. 

Item I give unto my son William the upland of the abovs'd 
Share of the great Oxe Com'on and one Cowe he haveing the rest 
of . . . already 

Item I g . . . Son Mephebosheth my nine Acres of . . . 
in the East . . . house now standeth alsoe halfe a share of 
Cowe com . . . ty eight Acres of Land more or less the 
north . . . ed and one Qiiarter of my Land towards Exe- 
ter the Indian Graves And after my Wifes 

decease I give to my Son Mephiboshoth the westermost Stack of 
Salt marsh in the Severals soe called, and half my ffresh meadow 
on the west side of the River towards the Beach being that side 
next Samuel Foggs meadow 

Item I give unto my son Stephen my Hor . . ... 
Barne Orchard Also ten acres of Salt Marsh . . . the hopp 
ground halfe a Share of Cowe com • . . Acres of Land in 
the East ffeild near the Beach, . . . my ffresh meadow on 
the west side of the River being the northerly side . . . half 
an acre of Pasture neere William ffullers gate abutting neer the 
meeting house green, Alsoe one Share of the Great Cowe Com'on 
alsoe the other halfe of my ffresh meadow on the west side of the 
River and the two Stacks of Salt Marsh . . . to be given to 
Josiah and Mephiboshoth, to remaine . . . of my son Stephen 
untill my wifes Decease . . . Alsoe understood my wife 
during her life shall have . . . make use of the ffruit of the 
orchard for her owne . . . shall have occasion from time to 
time Also I give . . . Stephen all my Stock of Cattle of all 
sorts whatsoe . . . my Implements of husbandry Alsoe one 
Bed one . . . ugg all above menconed given to my son 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. i.] 



376 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of William Sanborn of Hampton, who 
died Nov. 18, 1692 ; taken by Nathaniel Batchelder and John 
Moulton Dec. i, 1692 ; amount, £409.15.0.] 



RICHARD MARTYN 1692/3 PORTSMOUTH 

I Richard Martyn of the Town of Portsm° in the Province of 
New Hampshire, being in perfect health * * * 

My worldly Estate I dispose off as followeth. 

2^y I give unto my well beloved Wife Mary all the household 
goods w*^^ shee brought to mee and my best feather bead & boul- 
ster & the Curtains & vallens with the coverlid belonging to them, 
which she made Since she was my Wife, and that third part of 
. out which belongeth to her former Husbands Estate : Also 
I give her one third part of all my houses & lands now in my pos- 
sesion in the Town of portsm" & one third part of my wharfes & 
all the priviledges belonging to a third part of the whole (Except- 
ing that Sixty Acres of land laying in or by the long reach in this 
Town) I also give her the Choice of one of my Cows now at 
home, and all my stock of Swine, & all the provission now in 
house, (Excepting the wheat & biscet) I also give her 
my right in the negro called Thomas Hall : and two thirds of 
what I have received of debts due to her Children by their ffath- 
ers will I put into her hands for the use of said Children when the 
debts due from that Estate & funerall charges are paid ; she allow- 
ing me two shillings & Six pence in the pound for my trouble in 
getting said debts : provided alwaies that my s*^ Wife shall be at 
the third part of the charge for keeping the houses wharfes in 
repair & fencing the land, & I will that the third part of the above 
houses & Lands shall bee my s*^ wives during her Natural life, & 
then shall the whole return to my other Executor to be his & his 
Heires for ever I also give her that web of cloth wch: is now 
Spining in the house & Hannah Harriss her time till s*^ web be 
Spun, & then said Hannah shall be free : 

3^-^ I give & bequeath to my son Michaell all m}^ houses & 



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lands & wharfes with all the priviledges & appurtenances there- 
unto belonging (Excepting the Sixty Acres near the long reach 
as above : Exepting also the one third part thereof given to my 
Wife as above which also I give to him after my wifes death, 
all which houses & lands shall bee to him & his Heires for Ever : 
provided he come home & settle on my said Estate & bear up 
my name in my House I also give him all my household goods 
Excepting what is hereafter Excepted, he paying all my debts & 
funerall charges ; and also If he shall possese my a boves'' Estate 
ihe shall pay his Brother Nathaniel fifty pounds in Money when 
he Comes to the age of Twenty one years, besides what I shall 
•give him of my household goods : but if my said Son Michael 
shall settle in England or Else where & not come & settle upon 
my Estate as abovesaid 

4''' Then I give to my said Son Nathaniel all my above- 
mentioned houses & ... as beforementioned to his brother 
mentioned to his Brother Nathaniell, & two pair of sheets, 
and my Changable Taffita Childs mantle or Blanket 

5'^ I give to my daughter Cutt one cow called Cherry & one 
pair of the best sheets & to her Husband I give my Cutlash & 
black belt 

6'y I give unto my Daughter Kennerd one Cow that is now at 
my farme & one pair of the best sheets. & to her husband I give 
all my wearing cloaths, & also my Servant Samuell Duggin all 
the time he hath yet to serve me. 

7^^ I give unto my daughter Jose one cow that is now at my 
farm : & one paire of my best wearing sheets : & to her husband 
I give my horse & sadle 

8 I Give to Tobias Lear all that house & barn with all the 
land & Marsh thereto belonging laying near Sagomore Creek, 
w'^'' is . . . mothers & all the priviledges thereunto belong- 
ing for Ever to him & his Heires : I give him also that pair of 
Oxen w'^^ are now upon the said plantation : w'*' are in the hands 
of John Church will : 

My rings & plate I dispose of as followeth 



378 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

To my beloved Wife I give the silver Tankard she brought w'^'^^ 
her & the new Silver pottenger. 

To my son Michaell I give my watch, my seal ring the silver 
tankerd two of the best Silver Spoons & a pair of plate hafted 
knives 

To my son Nathaniel I give my silver Tumbler & two of the 
best silver spoons & my silver seal : & stone gold ring 

To my Daughter Cutt I give her Mothers hoop ring & my great- 
est wine cup 

To my Daughter Kennerd I give one of my mourning rings & 
the little silver Tumbler : 

To my daughter Jose I give the other of my mourning rings & 
my silver salt : but if Charles Gledon shall redeem said salt pay- 
ing twenty five shillings in money he shall have it : 

I also will that my son Cutts children shall have Each of them. 
a silver spoon of them thare in my house 

I will that my son Kenerd by Each of his Children now living 
with part of the Money he owes me A silver Spoon of ten or 
Eleaven shillings price, & the rest due to me to be paid to my 
Executors 

[The remainder of the will, following, is taken from Probate 
Records, vol. 2, p. 11. — Ed.] 

I will that my son Jose shall what he owes me buy each of his 
children now living a Silver spoon & put my name upon them 

I will y' my Daughter in Law Dorothy Wentworth shall have 
my Smallest wine cup ; & y*^ Silver dram Cup 

I will y* my Son Michael shall have my First vollume of Car- 
rill upon Job, & y' my son Nath" shall have the second vollume,. 
& y' his Sister shall have y® use of y™ till my Son Nath'' shall 
come of Age & all y® rest of my Books Shall be disposed Equally 
of among my three daughters, excepting my great bible w*^*" I 
give y^ use of to my wife as long as she liveth, & y" it shall be 
after her death y*^ Sons of mine vv'*' shall inherritt my Estate. 

I will y*^ all my Books y*^ my wife brought vv"^'' her to my house 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 379' 

be returned to her I will y* there be a mourning ring given to 
Each of bearers, & one to my wife, & one to my Sister Martyn, 
& one to her Son Edward & one to her Daughter Susannah 

I will that my wife shall make use of my Pewter, Brass & Iron, 
(of w"^" She hath not of her own) as she shall need untill my Son 
comes to take Posession of it who shall injoye my Estate : Pro- 
vided she make good whatever thereof Shall be damnified. 

I will that my wife, w"* my Overseers shall so divide my dwell- 
ing house as y'^ may be comfortable for her & for another Family 
y* shall live in the other two thirds thereof 

I desire & a'point my trusty & well beloved friends Master Sam'^ 
Keaise IVP Sam" Penhallow, & my son in Law M"" Rich*^ Jose to 
be my overseers to see to the performance of this my will & tes- 
tament, & do hereby impower y'" w^*^ my wive to improve my s** 
Estate so as may be to y'^ best advantage of y' son of myne who 
shall enjoye my estate & to be acco""''^® unto him when by him 
called thereunto, who shall reward y™ for their care & paines, & 
do give them w"' my wife full power to dispose of my Sixty acres 
of Land laying 3^*' long Reach for y'^ payment of Sixty pounds in 
goods at price Curr' or Forty Pounds in money or goods as money 
w^'' I owe to Edw'' Melcher ; I also give them full power w"' my 
wife to recover all my debts & to pay out of my money or move- 
ables all my Just Debts ; & to see all my Legacies y' I have above 
given be delivered quickly after my decease — 

I will y* if my Son Nath" Injoye my Estate as before mentioned 
Should dye w'*' out Heirs y' y" y*" sd Estate shall revert to his 
brother mick^ & if my son Mich" dye w"' o^ Heirs it shall be his 
Brother Nathan" and if they both shall dye w'*" o* Heirs, then I 
give all my Houses & Land to Richard the Son of my Son in Law 
John Cutt, to be to him & his Heires forever & my moveables to be 
divided among my three daughters : 

I do hereby appoint & ordain my well beloved wife Mary & my 
Son Michaell or Nath" w^'' of y™ shall enjoy my Estate before 
mentioned to be my Executors of this my last will & testament. 
Requiring my s'^ Son to see that all my Just debts & Funerall 



380 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

charges be paid if they be not payd before by my overseeres & 
to y' son my Execuf I give All my debts & what incomes my 
Estate shall bring untill he comes to posses it — 

In wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and affixed 
my Seal y*^ twentie Seventh day of Jan'' 1692/3 

M-- Rich^^ Martyn Signed Sealed Rich'' Martyn (seal) 

& declared the above instrument to 
be his last Will & testament in 
p'"sence of 

Edw'^ Melcher 

Obediah Mors 

W" Williams 

[Proved April 17, 1694.] 

[Inventory, April 10, 1694 ; amount, £644.9.4 ; signed by 
George Snell and George JaftVey ; mentions "500 ackers of 
Land lying betwixt wells & cape porpus w*^'' wee know not how 
to valine In respecte of our not knowing the quality nor rights to 
it Being Sold by Harlackan: Simmonds to Nathaniel his mother 
Late the wife of m"" Richard Martyn."] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 39.] 



JOHN FOLSOM 1692/3 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Folsom of Exeter, " dyed 
Intestate leaveing Mary his widdovv & Relict whoe alsoe is since 
deceased intestate," granted to his son Samuel Folsom of Exeter, 
Jan. 7, 1692/3. 

Bond of Samuel Folsom, with John Pickering of Portsmouth, 
and Richard Rogers of Maine, shipwright, as sureties, in the sum 
of £50, Jan. 7, 1692/3, for the administration of the estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Folsom and Mary Folsom, 
his wife, Jan. 17, 1692/3; amount, £11,12.0; signed by Moses 
Leavitt.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 381 

GEORGE FABYAN 1692/3 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen To All Xtian pepple to whom these 
"^sents shall come greeting. In the Name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ : 

Know ye that I Georg Faben of Portsm" in the Province of New 
hamp"" in N. England weaver, being by y'' gratious Will of God at 
this present time in my right sences knowledge & understanding 
though in Boddy sick weak Have made this my Last will & Tes- 
tament as followeth, first my Soule to God my boddy to y® Earth 
& all my temporal and worldly Estate whether Lands & tenem'* 
Goods or Chatties right or Rights Interestes all ^& Singular in 
what form nature kinde or manner whatsoever is or of right ought 
to be mine, I will & bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Eliza- 
beth whom I doe make & Apoint to be my Soule Executricks of 
this my Last Will & to her at her will & pleasure all & Singular 
m}' Estate as aboves*^ to have hold & despose of for Ever, only 
Excepted twenty shillings in money or Equivolen thereto, I will & 
bequeath unto y*" poor of Portsm° afores*^ according to y'' disscre- 
tion of my abovesd Executx : & any one or two of y** townsmen 
Selected for the time y" being 

In Witness whereof I the Aftores*^ Geo: Faben have hereunto 
put my hand & Affixed my Sele the Nineteenth day of February 
1693 

Jno Lewis present to y'^ s'^ George Ffaben [seal] 

Ffaben 

his X marke 

Joseph Allexand"" 

[Proved Dec. 11, 1693.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. lo ] 

[Inventory, April II, 1693 ; amount, £78.15.8 ; signed by John 
Pickering and Joseph Alexander.] 

to y^ honrable y*" President & Council of y® Province of New- 
hampshire — 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILL^5 

the humble petetion of Elizabeth fabins wedoe humbly seweth : 
that whereas shee is Lefft a wedo, & non to Releve hur (but god 
& your honers) in the Condition shee now is in : doth therefor 
suplycat your honers faver in this mater — I was Informed that 
Cap* Tho: Packer was impowered to take the probat of wills : but 
before I did aply my selfF to him I went to my nabor Pickerins 
had descors with him hee told mee he beleved the probat of my 
husbands will would Cost me twenty shilens Iff not more : so I 
went to Cap' Packer to have my husbands will proved but Could 
not have it don under three pounds I told him I had not the mony 
about mee & that I thought it was very hard but it availed nothing 
for said Lefft. Radford wee must have so much forty shillens Cap' 
Packer must have & twenty shilens I must have which I was forced 
to pay them Afterwards I told my nabor Pickerin of it & he 
said he never knew such fees before & that he would inform y® 
govener & Councill of it & he ded beleve I should be Righted in 
that matter. Lest hee should faill doe therefor humbly present 
this my petition to your honer praying your honers faverable 
construction hereof & granting releff therein in such maner as 
shall in your wisdoms & power seem most Requeset & your pete- 
tioner shall ever pray — as in duty bound 



the marke of 
Elizabeth X fabins 



Dated this 8"^ of Jan^ 1693 — 

[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss. vol. i, p. 73.] 



WILLIAM PITMAN 1693 PORTSMOUTH 

I William Pitman of the Town of Portsmouth in the Province 
of Newhampshire being sick & weak in body * * * 

my Worldly Estate I dispose of as ffolloweth. 

2'y I give unto my beloved Wife Elizabeth all my now dwelling 
house & land thereto adjoyning laying & being in the Town of 
Portsm" aforesaid with all the Priviledges & appurtenances there 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 383 

ninto belonging, as also all my household goods of eveiy kind, & 
all my shop goods & whatsoever Else is or may be due unto me 
upon any account whatsoever ; All which she shall have the Use 
& Improvement off during her Naturall life for the bringing up of 
my Children which God hath given us : 

3!^ I give & bequeath unto my son Jabesh (after the death of 
my wife) all my abovesaid house & land with all the priviledges 
there unto belonging to be to him & his Heirs for Ever, he paying 
such Legaces to his three Brothers as are hereafter mentioned, but 
if my son Jabesh should happen to dye without Issue, all the above 
mentioned house & land shall be to the use of his Brother Samuell 
& his Heirs for Ever. And if the said Samuel should happen to 
dye without Issue, then the said house & land shall be to the Use 
of his Brother my son William & if the said William should hap- 
pen to dye w'^out Issue, then the said House & Land shall be to 
the Use of my son Joseph & his Heirs for Ever : 

4'y I give unto my son samuel ten pounds in mony which my 
said son Jabesh shall pay him in one yeare after said Jabesh shall 
be of the age of Twenty one years, & have the Possesion of the 
above said House & Land. 

5'y I give unto my son William ten pounds in money which my 
son Jabesh shall pay him in two years after said Jabesh shall be 
of the age of Twenty One years, & have the Possesion of the said 
House & Land. 

6^y I give unto my son Joseph ten pounds in money which my 
son Jabesh shall pay him in three years after said Jabesh shall 
be of the age of Twenty one years & have the Posesion of the said 
house & Land. 

7^y I will that all the rest of my Estate besides the abovesaid 
House & Land shall be disposed of by my Wife among my Chil- 
dren as she shall think most meet : 

8'^ I doe hereb}'- appoint & Constitute My Wife abovesaid to 
be my sole Executrix to this my last Will & Testament. 

9''' I appoint & desire my well beloved friends m'' Jn° Tucker 
& m'' Samuell Keais to be my Overseers to se to the fulfilling of 



384 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

this my Will & Testam' In witness hereof I have hereunto set 
my hand & seal : the 19'*' day of may 1693 

m'' William Pitman signed sealed William Pitman [seal] 

& declared the above Instrum' to 
be his last Will & Testament in 
presence of 

Richard Martyn 

John ffletcher 

John Tucker 

[Proved Jan. — , 1699.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 28, 1699/1700; amount, £328.12.0; signed 
by Nathaniel Ayers and James Leavitt.] 

[Consent of Thomas Edgerl}^ Jan. 7, 1707/8, to the appoint- 
ment of Jeremiah Burnham as guardian to William Pitman, his 
apprentice.] 

JOSHUA MOODY 1693 ' PORTSMOUTH 

I Joshua Moodey of Portsm° in the province off New Hampsh'^ 
in New England doe Ordaine this to be my Last will and Testa- 
ment hereby Revoakeing and DisanuUing all wills by me ffor- 
merly made * * * 

Imp'' I leave my pretious Soule in his hands that gave it unto 
me I have offten and offten committed it Looking for the mercey 
off our Lord Jesus Christ unto Etenal life, and my Bodey to a De- 
cent ffeuneral by my Executour here after named willing that if I 
Dey in portsm" my Bodey shall be layd in the Burying place there 
under that great Stoane by the Sid of the oake where I buryed 
My ffirst wife and the Deceased Children which I had by her 
hereby Strictley Inhibting those profuse Expences in mourning or 
otherwise : so frequently wasted at Funeralls : — 

Item I give to my beloved wife Ann Moody what ever remains 
off Houshold goods that she Brought with her, togeather with all 
that Estate w^'' upon Mariage with me She did leave in Ipswitch 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 385 

by my consent and ordered in the hands of the Relations of her 
ffbrmer Husband togeather with what rernaines Due to me of y® 
Annuity which I should have had but have not Received : Allso 
I Give her that ffifty pounds in mony that is in the hands of M"" 
Tim" Thornton of Boston Further I will that my Heire Either 
pay her ffifty shillings a yeare in mony or let her have the use of 
my littell house and land that I have in Portsm" which he the s'' 
Heire shall choose ; as allso she shall have the Improvement, of 
that Hundreds which is in the hands of Caleb Hubbard both these 
Later legaseys dureing the time of her remaineing my widow and 
no longer. 

I will allso that mine heire shall require nothing for the main- 
taineance of L3'dia Jacobs my Dafter in Law [step-daughter] 
whom I have now kept so many years : always provided that the 
portion which her mother was to pay her be made good ; by her 
mother out of what was left in Ipswitch and her mothers husbands 
goods (which is mutch more than will doe without my estates 
being liabell to contribute towards it ought) which would be most 
Unreasonabell consideringe, how littell of her mothers Estate I 
had; and how I have maintained her ever since. 

Item I give to my Deare and only son Sam'' Moodey all my 
Lands with that Littell house, I have at Portsm°, my orchard also 
to be to him and his heairs ffor ever, also my books and wright- 
ings (Except unto each of my daughters some books y' I have 
given in a small scheule in Cloased in my will) with some other 
things which paper I charge mine Heire to show to his sisters 
and give to each of them what I have there exprest and I Doubt 
not off his obediance there in) 

I give also unto my s'' son Samuel all my wearing cloathes both 
Linin and wollen with my bridell and Sadell and gunns and watch 
w'^ my seale Ring and that Bed which I Usualley ly on with all 
the furniture belonging to it of whitch the great Rugg and one of 
the best quilts to be part, as allso what soever is due to me ffrom 
any person. — 

Item Unto my beloved daughter Martha Russell I give the 
25 



386 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Downe Bed Boiilster and Pillows that were her mothers and 
twenty pounds in mony for the Improvem'^ of something given her 
when a child and If any thing remaine Due Either to her husband 
or son winslow of the hundred pounds a pece I promised them at 
Maryage it shall be paid as also the Twent}- pounds above men- 
tioned to Martha which she shall have at her owne Dissposall out 
the remaind'' of what mon}' I lent to Elieazer Russell deseased and 
is payabell by y** Heirs of my Brother Russell Deceased so far as 
it will goe y'' rest by my Executor — 

Item Farther I will that all my hous hould of what kind soever 
(except What is before disposed off) be Equalley divided between 
My four children If my wife shall returne to Portsm° And be desir- 
ous or desposed there to live after me she shall have the sole use 
of my two acres of land with the Littell house and Orchard upon 
it aney thing to the contrary in the premises not with standing ; 
saveing that if she rent it out my Son shall have the refusall of it 
he paying the same rent as another will and this to be dureing her 
widdohood ; More over my son shall pay her five pounds yearely 
in mony for three years next after my Desease and when m}' wife 
cease to improve y' hundred pounds which she is to use Dureing 
her widdohood my Daughters shall have twenty pounds a pece of 
it or theire children if Either of them dey before, If my son Samu" 
dev before marryage what I have given him shall be Equally 
divided amonge his sisters ; if he marrie and die without Issue 
then the land house orchard Books and bed before mentioned 
shall goe to his sisters or theire children If any of them dey before 
him to be Equally divided between them. 

Item, Moreover I give to my daughters Martha and Hanna 
tenn pounds apece to my daughter Sarah twenty pounds in mon}' 
pavabell within Eighten months after my decease I make this 
difference because my daughter Sarah needs more than the 
others, — 

Finally I make m}^ only son Samu" Moodey sole Executor of 
this my last will and Testament willing him to defray my ffunerall 
charges and pay my debts and also legases also I Request my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILI.S 387 

Good ftViends Cap' Pen. Townsend M' Will"' Thornton of Boston 
with M"" Ric'^ Waldron and m' Samu'' Keis of Portsm° with my 
deare and only Brother Caleb Moodey to be my over seeres and to 
give the best advice and help they may to those I leave behind in 
any thing to the premises refering ; I doe all so lay the solemn 
ofF a tender and deying ffather upon all my children that they 
love one another dearely and that there be noe diffrance between 
them ; about any thing that I shall leave them and in order to the 
preventing any difterance, I advise them to meete as Soone as 
they may after my decease and discourse and share matters be- 
tween them while the remembrance off a dead Father is ffresh 
and warme upon theire Souls ; and if they cannot agree between 
themselves thro any missunderstanding of any clause in my will 
(which God forbid) I will that the major parte off" the overseers 
determine the Controversie and they shall sitt Downe by it — 

For the Confirmation off the premises on this and the other side 
I sett to my hand and seale this Eighteenth off" September 1693. 

The testatour above mentioned Joshua Moodey [seal] 

did signe seale and deliver this 
Instrument to be his last will and 
Testament the day and 3'eare 
above wrighten in presents off us 
(one interlineing on each side 
being before sealing 

John ffletcher 

Samu" Keais 

George J affray 

[Proved July 12, 1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 31.] 



WILLIAM BUTTON 1693 

[List of William Button's papers. 

Inventory of the estate of William Button, Portsmouth, Oct. 26, 
1693 ; amount, £1490.10.2 ; signed by Richard Martyn, Clement 
Lempriere, and Thomas Button. 



388 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Account of his clothes and books ; amount, £14.0.0; signed by 
William Partridge and John Chevalier, Nov. 17, 1693 ; attested 
by William Partridge and John Chevalier Nov. 22, 1693.] 



WILLIAM HAM 1693 PORTSMOUTH 

I William Ham of the Town ofPortsm" in the Province of New 
Hampsh"^ being very ill & weak in Bodie but of perfect and Sound 
Memory & understanding bvit not Knowing w*^ the Lord will do 
with me or how soon he may take me out of this world thought 
meet to sett my house in Order, as a Christian man ought to doe. 
I Therefore make Apoint this to be my last will & Testament in 
manner & forme followeing, viz I comitt my precious Soul into 
y'' hands of God in X' Jesus and my bodie to a decent burieing 
place in hopes of a Glorious Resurrection at the last day : my 
worldly Estate I dispose of as followeth 

I** I will & bequeath unto my well beloved wife Sarah my 
Houseing & Lands in the town of Portsm*' afores*^' and all the rest 
of my Estate both personall & real during her naturall life, upon 
Condic'on she Shall take all due care for the bringing up my 
Children according to the best of her ability : 

2i'iy My Will is y*^ after y® deceas of my S'' wife, my Eldest 
Sonn Sam'^ Shall have present Posession of my Houseing & 
Lands : w'^'' s** House & Lands Shall be to him and his Heirs & 
assigns for Ever, upon Condic'on he shall pay unto my Other five 
Children, Vz*^ my Daughter Sarah, my Daughter Elizabeth my 
Daughter Mary my daughter Hannah & my Daughter Abigail 
Eight Pounds a peece in Curr" money of New Engl'' att the Age 
of Eighteen Years, and my House & land shall stand ingaged for 
paym' of the same ; but if Pleas God my Sonn Sam" should Die 
w"' o' Isshue or before he comes of Age then the whole Estate to 
be Equally devided amongst the rest of my Children Surviveing 
and if it should pleas God that any of my five Daughters above 
named should die before they come of age, then her Porc'on shall 
be divided among the other Surviveing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 389 

3'^"y I will that if my wife should die before my Children be of 
Age y° y*' Revennues of my whole Estate shall be Lay'd out for 
the bringing up of my children : 

^thiy J ^^Q hereby apoint my well beloved wife to be my 
hole & Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testam*, and doe 
Request & Require my well beloved Friends Sam^' Keise & John 
Cotton to be m}^ Overseers to see to the true perforemance of 
this my Will & to asist m}'^ Wife in the managem* of the aboves'^ 
Premises : In Wittness of the above menc'oned : Perticulars I doe 
hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 28"' Decemb'' 1693 : 

W™ Ham declared the above The mark of 

lustrum' to be his last Will & W" X Ham [seal] 

Testament before us underwrit- 
ten 

Sam'^ Keise 

John Dennett 

Rich^i Cater 

[Proved Sept. 7, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 18.] 

[Inventory, March 17, 1694/5; amount, £135.2.0 ; signed by 
John Dennett and John Downing.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 3] 



JOHN PAINE 1693/4 BOSTON MASS. 

[Appraisal of land of John Paine in Exeter, "lying and being 
neer unto m"" hilltons ould saw mille," Feb. 14, 1693/4 ; signed by 
Jonathan Thing, Kinsley Hall, and Robert Smart, Jr. This is 
land sold by Edward Hilton to William Paine.] 

[Appraisal of land in Dover, " bing & Leying at Toaline 
Granted by y^ Town of Dover to Capt. Thomas Wigings & by 
y^ said Wigings sould unto m'' Jn° Paine of Boston Marchant," 
Feb. 21, 1693/4 ; signed by John Church, John Ham, and Robert 
Evans.] 



390 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of John Paine " som time of Boston " ;. 
amount, £110.0.0; signed by Thomas Wiggin ; attested by 
Thomas Wiggin March 19, 1693/4.] 



JOHN KNOWLES 1693/4 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I John knowls of Hampton in the province of New Hampshere 
in New England Senior being weak of Body by Reason of my 
age * * * 

Imprimis I give unto my two sons John knowls & simon knowls 
all my house lott without my orchard Excepting the land within 
the fort to be Equally devided betwen them Simon to devide and 
John to chouse which he will have : I give the land within y*^ fort 
to John wher his house stand & two thirds of my orchard And to 
John my ftVesh meadow towards the beach and All my mash by 
Browns Rivers mouth but two acres and my grant of land att y® 
north devition and one sheare of the Cow Com'ons and half a 
sheare of the oxe com'on and half my barne & leantoes and half 
the yard before y*^ barne 

I give unto Simon know4s two acres of my mash att browns 
Rivers mouth below the great Creek & my mash att the litell 
River and my Dwelling house and yard before & wher the well is 
and half my Barne 81 yard before it and half a sheare of the great 
oxe com'on and one sheare of the Cow Com'ons and my grant of 
land att the new plantation and my will is that thay two my son 
John knowls & simon knowls to take speaciall care to mainetaine 
there mother my now wife Comfortably and Honorably dureing 
hir naturall life or to hir day of marriag and if them or Either of 
them ffaile my will is that she shall have the use of my House and 
land so much as will maintaine hir comfortably and honorably : 
and all my Catell and houshould goods I give to my wafe for hir 
to dispose of among my children according to her descreation 

I give to my Daughter Sarah ffive pounds to be payd to her by 
my son John within one yeare after my deceas in march''''' pay as 
it pass ffrom man to man 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 39! 

I give to my Daughter Hannah five pounds in march^' pay as 
it pass from man to man to be payd by my son Simon within two 
yeare after my deceas 

And I doe make Constitute and Apoint my son John knowls to 
be my sole Exequetore to this my last will and Teastiment in Con- 
fermation here of I the above sayd John knowls Senior have here- 
unto put my hand and affixt my sealle this Sixetenth day of march 
in the yeare of our Lord sixeteen Hundred and ninetie three ninetie 
ffower and in the Sixt yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord 
& Lady William the third and May y'' second by the grace of God 
king & Queen of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland defenders 
of the ffaith 

two words in the 28 line dasht out before y*" signeing and sealling 
therof 

signed sealled & confermed John X knowls senior 

in pressence of us : his mark & Sealle [seal] 

Samuel Dow 

Simon Dow 

Jabez Dow 

Henry Dow 

[Proved Dec. 31, 1705.] 



TEMPERANCE BICKFORD 1694 (?) 

[List of expenses on account of the estate of Temperance Bick- 
ford ; amount, £7.17.3; mentions "brother Smithe brother bur- 
name and brother Bickforde."] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. i .J 



JOHN CLARK 1694 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of John Clark, May 18, 1694; amount, 
£180.10.3 5 signed by Nathaniel Ayers and James Leavitt ; attested 
by Mary Clark, widow and administratrix, April 13, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 99.] 



392 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of John Clark of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Mary Clark, April 13, 1695, she declining 
to act as executor as named in the will.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 79.] 

[Bond of Mary Clark, with Edward A^-ers and George Jaffrey 
as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £360, April 13, 1695, 
for the administration of the estate ; witness, William Redford.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 79.] 



JOHN JOCE 1694 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Capt. John Joce of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, granted to his widow, Esther Joce, May 21, 1694.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 69.] 

[Guardianship of Ann Joce, aged fifteen, daughter of John Joce 
of Portsmouth, granted to Capt. Richard Gerrish of Portsmouth 
July I, 1707.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 92.] 



RICHARD TUCKER 1694 NEWCASTLE 

In the name of God amen ; The ffiftenth Day of June 1694 I 
Richard Tucker being Bound on a Voyage to sea beeing in good 
health of Bodey ; and good and perfect Memmorey (God bee 
praised) Doe Mak and ordaine this my Last Will and testament 
in Manour and fforme as followetli — Imprimus I Give Unto 
my onley Daughter Sarah Tucker My Dwelling house neare the 
Meeting house at Straburey Banck in the province of Newhamp- 
shire with all the Land and privelidges there Unto belonging to 
her and to her heirs ffor Ever 

Item I Give Unto my Said Daughter Sarah Tucker My Dwel- 
ing house in Spruce Creek w"* Twelve akers of Land there Unto 
belonging with all the privelidges there unto bee Longing to her 
and her heirs for Ever, — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 393 

Item I Give Unto my Said Dafter Sarah Tucker my Dweling 
house on the Great Island in the Towne of New Castell in the 
province of Newhampshire with all the Land and privelidges 
there unto bee Longing to her and her heirs tlbr Ever, provided 
my Brother William Broad Doeth not Retourne againe to new- 
■england ; If he doeth then it is his house and Land 

Item I Give unto my Said Daughter Sarah Tucker ; all my 
Goods Chatells and Estate Reall and personal! ; all my Just Debts 
beeing paid And If it should So happen that my Said Dafter Sarah 
Tucker Should (Dey or Decease) without Isue, or heire ; then I 
Give all my houses Lands Goods and Chatells, Unto Richard 
Tucker the Sone of Lewis Tucker ; and Richard Tucker the Sone 
of William Tucker To be Equalley Devided beetweene them and 
tlieire heirs for Ever and if Either of them Shall hapen to Dey 
then he that Survives to have all the above mentioned Estate, and 
I Leave my Said Dafter Sarah Tucker my soale Executrex and 
my Loveing flVeinds John Clark and Francis Tucker over sears of 
this my Last Will and testament Gardians to my Said Dafter 
Sarah Tucker, and In Confirmation of this my Last Will I have 
hereunto Sett my hand and scale this 15'^^ Day of June 1694 

Signed sealed and Delivered Richeard toucker [seal] 

in presents of Us 

John X Lewis his Mark 

Luce X Stileman her Marke 

Francis Tucker 

[Proved April 2 and May 13, 1707.] 

[Warrant, April i, 1707, authorizing George Walton and John 
Holden, both of Newcastle, to appraise the estate of Richard 
Tucker of Newcastle, fisherman.] 

[Inventory, April 2, 1707; amount, £52.3.9; signed by John 
Holden and George Walton.] 

[Warrant, June i, 1707, authorizing Capt. John Pickering and 
Charles Story, both of Portsmouth, to receive claims against the 
€state.] 



394 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[List of disbursements from the estate; amount, £7.16.6; al- 
lowed June 2, 1707.] 

[Various accounts, etc., containing signatures of Job Alcock 
and George Jaffrey.] 



STEPHEN JENKINS 1694 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Stephen Jenkins of Oyster 
River, who was killed by the Indians, and left several small 
children, granted to his brother, Jabez Jenkins of Kittery, Me., 
July 26, 1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 15.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Stephen Jenkins, July 18, 1694 ; real 
estate not valued ; signed by John Roberts and Thomas Roberts ; 
an additional inventory was made by Nathaniel Field and Silva- 
nus Nock Dec. 18, 1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3. p. 61.] 

[Rough draft of a division of the estate, Oct. 22, 1695, which 
mentions the widow, Ann Jenkins, and brother, Jabez Jenkins ; 
contains signatures of James Emery, Joseph Smith, and Ann 
Jenkins.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 63.] 

[Various receipts, containing signatures of Benjamin Parker 
(who mentions his father Thomas Parker), Francis Tucker, and 
Stephen Willey.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 63.] 



THOMAS DREW 169^ DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Drew of Oyster River, 
who was killed by Indians and left no will, granted to his widow, 
Mary Drew, July 30, 1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 57.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 395 

[Inventoiy, Aug. 26, 1694; amount, £125.9.10; signed by 
Nathaniel Follett and Samuel Penhallovv.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, pp. 53, 54.] 



URSULA CUTT 1694 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Mrs. Ursula Cutt of Portsmouth 
granted to Samuel Cutt of Portsmouth Aug. 4, 1694.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 12.] 

[Bond of Samuel Cutt, with Richard Waldron and Samuel 
Penhallow as sureties, ail of Portsmouth, in the sum of £200, 
Aug. 4, 1694, for the administration of the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 41.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 7, 1694; amount, £220.14.10; signed by 
Henry Penny and Richard Joce.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, pp. 33-38.] 



THOMAS STEVENSON 1694 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Stevenson of Oyster 
River granted to his brother, Bartholomew Stevenson, Aug. 4, 
1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 12.] 

[Bond of Bartholomew Stevenson, with John Meader and Joseph 
Meader as sureties, all of Oyster River, in the sum of £100, Aug. 
4, 1694, for the administration of the estate ; witness, William 
Redford.j 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 45.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 4, 1694, taken by John Meader and Joseph 
Meader; amount, £18.8.6.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 7.] 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Additional inventory, March i, 1694/5; amount, £26.17.0; 
signed by John Meader and Joseph Meader.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 75.] 



JOSEPH STEVENSON 1694 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Stevenson of Oyster 
River granted to his brother, Bartholomew Stevenson, Aug. 4, 
1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 12.] 

[Bond of Bartholomew Stevenson, with John Meader, Jr., and 
Joseph Meader as sureties, all of Oyster River, in the sum of 
£100, Aug. 4, 1694, for the administration of the estate ; witness, 
William Redford.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 43.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 4, 1694, taken by John Meader and Joseph 
Meader; amount, £66.15.6.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 7.] 

[Additional inventory, March i, 1694/5; amount, £44.15.0; 
signed by John Meader and Joseph Meader.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 75.] 



THOMAS PAINE 1694 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God amen. I Thomas Paine now inhabitant in 
New Castle on the Great Island In the Province of New Hamp- 
sheir In New England Trader being weak in Body But of Sound 
and perfect Memory do make this my Last Will and Testament 

Imprimis I make and Ordaine my wife Elizabeth Paine my 
Sole Executrix of and in all my Estate Scituate or being in or on 
this place Called New Castle both Moveables and Immoveables 
and of all things within dores or without during her Naturall Life 
being ftbr and towards her perticular support and Comfortable 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 397 

being and allso ftbr the support and Education of my Son Thomas 
Paine and my ffower Daughters Namely- Jane Elizabeth Catherine 
and Ann Paine — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my said Son Thomas Paine 
when he comes to Age all my Land and Estate Scituate and being 
at Cachecha Barwick. Sammon ffalls. To be possesd by him. 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my abovesaid daugh'^'' Jane 
Paine, Twenty pounds in Money when She is Come to Age to be 
paid out of my Estate by my Sayd Son Thomas Paine — 

Item My will is That m'' Robert Elliot and m'' Richard Waldren 
Be my Overseer to See that this My last will be executed and per- 
formed hereby Revaking and disanulling all fformer wills Dated 
this twenty seaventh Day of October in the year of our Lord One 
Thousand Six hundred Ninety and fower. witness my hand and 
Seal 

Signed Sealed and Delivered Thomas Pain [seal] 

in presence of 

Robt Elliot 

Nicho Heskins 

[Pi-oved Aug. 22, 1700.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 17, 1 700/1 ; amount, £311.14.7; signed by 
Francis Tucker and John Holden.] 



JOHN KNIGHT 1694 DOVER 

John Bunker, Sarah Bunker, & Mary Hanson being at the house 
of John Knight of Dover upon the 11'^' day of Novemb' 1694 to 
vissitt him in his sickness — 

he being weak of Bodie but of perfect memory and a Sound 
disposeing mind Calling his wife to him did Publish & declare his 
Last will & Testament in ord'" to the settlement of his outw*^ Estate 
In manner & forme : Vz: Im': he did give and bequeath to 
Zack: Pittman £5 : to be payd this fall out of his Estate : 2'*' he 
did give & bequeath ten' pounds apiece to his two prentices Vz 



398 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

W"™ & Henry Hill five pounds apiece of it in money if thay faith- 
fully serve their time out w'^' their dame. 3'''^ he did give & be- 
queath to his Cozen Leah Nute five Pound : 4''''^ he did give and 
bequeath five pounds to the Meeting house in money to be disposed 
of by the Friends for the use and Benefitt of those that belong to 
them : 5"^^^ y® Remainder of his Estate personall and Reall after 
his Debts payd And his funerall Charge Defrayd, he did give 
and bequeath to Leah his beloved wife and Sister Jone if his wife 
were willing & her Sister willing to Improve w"' her to be joyntly 
managed by them togeather, and if any of his name should after 
apear that his Sister Should own to be akin to him, he should have 
the Lands after their decease, the Mooveables to be theires, and at 
their dispose for Ever : Lastly he did Constitute & appoint his 
beloved Wife Leah his Sole Executrix, in trust to see this his Will 
performed — 
Testes 

Sarah Bunker 

Mary Hanson 

John Bunker : 

[Proved Dec. 3, 1694, and administration granted to his widow, 
Leah Knight, and his sister, Joan Knight.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 15.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 19, 1694; amount, £486.5.0; taken by John 
Tuttle, Thomas Roberts, and Zacharias Field.] 

[Citation to the widow, Leah Knight, March 13, 1 700/1, to ap- 
pear and answer a complaint of Joan Knight, sister of John Knight, 
that the estate is not divided according to the will.] 

[Agreement between Leah Knight and Joan Knight, April 21, 
1702, appointing Charles Story and John Pickering referees to 
settle the estate ; witnesses, John Bampton, Samuel Tibbetts, 
and William Dam.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 399 

Province of ^ Whear as : their is deverances betwen Leah 
Newhampshir ^ Knight Relect wedoe of John knight deseed — 
& Joan knight All of Dover, relating to y'' devition of S'' John 
knights Aforesd Estate, for y'' finall Eshewing thereof, the S"* Leah 
knight and Joan knight did make choice of us Charls Story & 
John Pickerin both of portsm'', & bound themselves : each to y*^ 
other in y^ full sum of one hundred pounds currant mony : too 
stand too Abid by & perform our Awards, as will at Larg Appere 
by bond under their hands & seals bareing dat y'' 21' day of Aprill 
1702 now for y*' finall ending thereof — 

be it known unto all persons whom it doth or may consern, that 
wee Charls Story & John Pickerin afore menshoned haveing heard 
what boath partys Could Alledge Against each other & well wayed 
All teste monys : & wrightens to us presented in s'^ Cas have & 
doe Award & determin as folloeth — 

first that y*^ twenty acers of Land purchesed of major waldron 
by s*^ knight decesed, AJoying to the dweling house, halft'an Acer 
onl}^ Excepted to Ly as comons : for boath partys Improveing y*^ 
houseing as herein Aflfter Exsprest All y® Rest of s'^ twenty acers 
to be & remain too y^ onh' sole use benefit & behoff" of her y® s'^ 
Leah knight her heirs Executors adminestrators & Assigns for 
ever this being y*^ first devition, & that part of y'' orchard within 
y® s'' Lands : too belong to her & her heirs : &c: for ever — 

2'^ly. the Land from y*^ afore s'^ bounds, to say from A small 
whitoke tree by y^ path on y'' north sid y® great barn thence A 
Long the path westerly, to y® westward corner of y^ fence as it 
now standeth, & thence on A sow sow west poynt through the Land 
to y® south Corner of y® first, devition aboves'S thence on A straight 
Line through y** orchard, too y*^ first bound tree being A small whit 
oake as Allso All thatfeild planting or pastur Land Lying without 
y*^ bound afore s^ : at y** sowwest Corner, thes too parsels of Land 
to be & remain (together with that part of y® orchard within s'^' 
boundry :) to y" only sole use benifit & behoff of Joan knight her 
heirs Executors adminestrators & Assigns for ever — 

3''ly the ten acers of Land on y*^ north side of y'^ way not being 



400 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

all clear ground, too be Improved Equally betwen boath party s r 
untell All s'^ ten Acers be cleared and fenced then too be Equally 
devided betwen them or their order, northerly & southerly : to say 
y** east end to belong too Leah knight, & y*^ west end unto s'' Joan 
knight & their heirs for ever 

4''' as to all y'^ other Lands unfenced to be Equally devided the 
one to have the one halff: & y^ other the other halff to them & 
their heirs for ever-^ 

5^-^ the great house to say y'^ Lower Room chamber & garrit 
with y*^ chimny & half y® seller together with y*" East end of y*^ great 
barn to be & belong unto Leah knight her heirs &c: for ever to- 
gether with halft' y*^ halfl' acer of Land which is to Ly in comons 
as afore menshoned& y*" other halff of y*^ great barn to Joan knight 
Her heires &c for ever 

61y : the end Lentoo chimney & sid Lentoo of Said Great 
House Above & beloo as allso y® Letle barn together with y® old 
house (betwen them) allso halff y^ halff acer of Land Aloted to 
s'^ houseing to be & remain unto y*^ s'' sol use benifit & behutF 
of her the s'' Joan knight her heirs Executors: &c: for ever with 
halff s'^ seler it is our meaning y'^ old house to be for Leah knight 
holly : & y*" Little barn Joan knights 

yly all y® Cattle & hors kind being all Redy devided to boath 
their sattesfacktions together with y" housall stuff & all other 
things : saveing the mony : which is twenty eight pounds, & is to 
be forth with devided at halffs : 

Sly : wee doe further Award & Agree that as to all the Rest 

of y® personall Estat mentioned in y*' Inventory relating to John 

knight deseced afor S'\ be refered to y" Judictious oppenyon of 

the honrable : will: partridge Esq' Leff' govener of the province 

of Newhampshir, or his Successor as Judge of probate to settle & 

devid the same according to his prudent wisdom, given under oure 

hands & seals the first of June 1702 — 

John Pickerin — [seal] 

Cha: Story [seal] 



Nt;W HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4OT 

3'''* October 1704 

Leah Carr wife of Benedictus Carr formerl}^ the widdow and 
Relict of John Knight Within mentioned and ; Joan Knight Sister 
to said John Knight "^sonally appeared before me the Subscriber 
hereof; and prayed that this Award & Agreem* before Specified 
might be Confirmed allowed and Approved of^^" by me Joseph 
Smith Judge of probate of wills &c: and Accordingly I the said 
Joseph Smith doe Confirme Allow and Approve of the same/ 
And doe Order and decree that the personal Estate mentioned 
in the Inventory not yett Divided ; be forthwith Divided between 
the said Leah and Joan ; and flurther that Said Benedictus Carr 
who married the said Leah Knight is hereby Ordered to pay 
Unto the said Joan Knight tenn pounds in Currant pay of the 
Countrey in Bills or species in a Months time in full Satisfaction 
of Joan Knights share & proportion of all Debts due to the said 
John Knight in his life time/ And farther by the Consent of all 
Parties aforementioned I doe Order that the Said Benedictus 
Carr ; build a Seller for the Said Joan Knight as good as her 
share of the seller mentioned in the Award, and build the same 
Under one of the Leanetoos aforesaid which when done shall be 
to the sole use of said Joan Knight her heires & Assignes for ever 
and the said Joan Knight to accquit & Release her Right & halfe 
the seller given her by Said Award. 

Cha. Story Reg'' & secretary 



FRANCIS DREW 1694 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Francis Drew of Oyster River, 
who was killed by the Indians, and left no will, granted to his 
brother, John Drew, Nov. 16, 1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 65] 

[Inventory, Nov. 19, 1694; amount, £55.5.6; signed by John 

Tuttle and Thomas Roberts ; attested by John Drew of Dover, 

brother, March 6, 1694/5.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 93.] 
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402 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Additional inventory, March 4, 1695/6; amount, £4.15.0; 
signed by John Tuttle and Nicholas Otis.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 93.] 

[Administration on the estate granted to Thomas Drew, oldest 
son, Nov. 16, 1696, he having returned from captivity among the 
Indians.] 

£Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 105.] 

[Bond of Tiiomas Drew, with Thomas Edgerly and John Daniell 
as sureties, all of Oyster River, in the sum of £100, Nov. 16, 
1696, for the administration of the estate.] 

^Probate Records, vol. 3, p. loi.] 

[Account of John Drew against the estate for expenses of ad- 
ministration ; amount, £8.7.8 ; signed by John Drew ; allowed Nov. 
23, 1696; mentions Mary Drew, daughter of Francis Drew.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 103.] 

[Various receipts, etc., containing signatures of Joseph Smith, 
John Smith, Thomas Drew, Thomas Edgerly, and John Tuttle.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, pp, 91, 93.] 



SAMUEL ROLLINS 1694 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Rollins of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Rebecca Rollins, Nov. 23, 1694.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 14.] 

[Bond of Rebecca Rollins, with John Pickering and William 
Cotton as sureties, all of Portsmouth, Nov. 23, 1694, in the sum 
JS150, for the administration of the estate; witness, William Red- 
ford.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Rollins, who died Oct. 29, 
1694; takenjan. 21, 1694/5; amount, £71.15.0; signed by John 
Pickering and William Cotton.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O3 

[Division of the insolvent estate, at £0.7.6 in the pound ; allowed 
Dec. 3, 1706.] 

[Various accounts, claims, bills, receipts, etc., containing signa- 
tures of William Vaughan, Samuel Rollins of Dover, Benjamin 
Rollins, Elizabeth Tibbetts, William Cotton of Portsmouth, Obe- 
diah Morse, Matthew Knowlton, Samuel Rymes, Joseph Alcock, 
Mary Martyn, executor to the will of Samuel Wentvvorth, Eliza- 
beth Kirk, John Wentworth, Richard Martyn, William Partridge, 
John Barsham, Thomas Pickering, Richard Joce, Samuel Pen- 
hallow, Joseph Alexander, Thomas Phipps, and Joseph Smith. 

Mention is found of George Snell who married the Widow 
Hull ; Rebecca Rollins, mother of Joseph Rollins ; Obadiah Morse, 
brother of Rebecca Rollins ; Hannah Hull of Portsmouth, widow, 
March 3, 1689/90.] 



WILLIAM BROOKING 1694 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Brooking of Sagamore 
creek, Portsmouth, granted to his widow, Mary Brooking, Nov. 
26, 1694.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 13.] 

[Bond of Mary Brooking, with John Savage and John Lang 
as sureties, all of Portsmouth, Nov. 26, 1694, in the sum of £200, 
for the administration of the estate ; witness, William Redford.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 28, 1694; amount, £186.16.6; signed by John 
Savage and John Lang.] 

Province New-Hampshere 
Mary Lewsy 

The Bounds of Your Divityonall Parte of your ffathers Land 
wher your house stands Is as ffolloeth viz*^ begines at the North 
end Levinge out Eight Rods for the Three Acres of Land Sould 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

by your ffather to John Presson wch is to Run Este the Hoole 
Length of your ffathers Land. You begin in the South Line 8 
Rods from the Burch Stumpe and Run about ten Rods Este (as 
Said Pressones Land Runneth) to a Stake, and from Said Stake 
South to your feld, thence Round the Esterly Side of Said feld to 
the South Este parte of your fence, and from that parte of the 
ffence to the Apple (or other frute) tree Standinge in the Little 
garden on the Hill, and from that tree Downe to ye Marsh to a 
stake there Drove. Your Parte of Marsh Joyninge to your Land, 
and is Staked oute this Beinge your Bounds on the Este Side of 
your Land and Marsh, So that all the Land Westward of this 
Line, and formerly Belonginge to your ffather Brooken, Now be- 
longe to you for your Share, as wee have Bounded it oute, Dated 
this eighteenth Daye of ffebruary 1702/3. You are Allso to paye. 
Twenty foure Shillinges ^ yere and Every yere Unto William 
Walker and Mary his Wife Duringe her Naturall Life, and the 
foure Shills: to be paid in Monny Every yere, the Twenty Shil- 
linges in good paye Every Yere Duringe her Naturall Life — 

George Snell [& sele] 
George Walker [& sele] 
John Pickering [& sele] 

Your proportyon for the Labor in this Divityon is Six Shillinges 
[Deeds, vol. 7, p. 213.] 



WILLIAM RICHARDS 1694 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of William Richards of Portsmouth, 
who died Nov. 4, 1694 ; taken Nov. 28, 1694 ; amount, £119.9.0 ; 
signed by Christian Remick, Peter Dixon, and Isaac Remick.] 

[Probate Records, vol, 3, p. 49.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Richards granted to 
his widow, Mary Richards, Dec. 10, 1694.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 14] 



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CHARLES ADAMS 1694/5 DURHAM 

[Bond of Charles Adams, with Nicholas Harris and Thomas 
Bickford as sureties, in the sum of £150, Jan. 9, 1694/5, for the 
administration of the estate of Charles Adams ; witness, William 
Redford.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 67.] 

[Inventory, signed by Nicholas Harrison and Thomas Bickford ; 
amount, £98.8.6 ; attested by Charles Adams, son of the deceased, 
April I, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 87.] 



CALEB BECK ' 1694/5 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Caleb Beck, March 5, 1694/5 ; 
amount, £77.15.9; signed by Job Alcock and John Tuck; 
attested by the widow, Hannah Beck, March 11, 1694/5.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 47.] 

[Bond of Hannah Beck, with Samuel Keais and Splan Lovell 
as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £100, Feb. 21, 1694/5, 
for the administration of the estate of her husband, Caleb Beck ; 
witness, William Redford.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 55.] 



JOHN RAND 

REMEMBRANCE RAND 1694/5 

[Bond of John Rand, with Thomas Edgerly and Edward 
Leathers as sureties, March 5, 1694/5, in the sum of £200, for 
the administration of the estate of John Rand and Remembrance 
Rand ; witness, William Redford.] 



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GEORGE JONES 1694/5 EXETER 

In the name of God Amen I Georg Jones of Exiter in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampsh"^ in New England planter ; being of a Sound 
& perfect mind & memorie, but very weak of Bodie, * * * 

It After all my due debts payd, I do give unto my Wife Marie 
Jones all my Estate of what Nature soever, Lands Houses and 
Household Stuffs ; & Chatties during her natural life and after 
her decease I doe give what she has not spent, unto my Daughter 
Sarah Speed and to her Children after her ; and I do by these 
presents nominate and apoint my well beloved wife Mary Jones to 
be my Lawful Executrix to this my last Will & Testament, and I 
the s** George Jones have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 14"' 
day of March in the year of our Lord God 1694 

Signed Sealed & Delivered George Jones [seal] 

in presence of us 

Edward Cloutman 

Trustram Coffin 

[Proved Sept. 23 and Oct. 22, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 19.] 

[Inventory of the estate of George Jones, who died Sept. 27^ 

1695 ; taken by Lieut. Leavitt, Moses Leavitt, and James 

Kidd ; amount, £68.8.6.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 71.] 

Eliz^ Jones Daughter of mary Allen desiring her father Jacob 
Allen may be her Guardian &^ allow'd 
[Probate Minutes, Sept. i, 1724.] 



NATHANIEL BOULTER 1695 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Nathaniel Boulter of Hampton, yeo- 
man, who died March 14, 1694/5 ; taken April 16, 1695 ; amount, 
£235.2.6; signed by Richard Sanborn and John Garland.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 59.] 



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JONATHAN THING 1695 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. Jonathan Thing, May 3, 1695 ; 
amount, £549.7.7; signed by Peter Coffin and Moses Leavitt ; 
attested by Nicholas Oilman, brother-in-law to Jonathan Thing, 
Feb. 21, 1695/6, and by Peter Coffin and Moses Leavitt Sept. 23, 
1700.] 

[Administration on the estate of Capt. Jonathan Thing of Exeter 
granted to Nicholas Oilman of Exeter Feb. 22, 1695/6, the widow, 
Martha Thing, renouncing administration, and the oldest son, 
Jonathan Thing, being a minor. Martha Thing was step-mother 
of the son, Jonathan Thing.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 22 ] 

[List of debts due from the estate, March 29, 1700; amount, 
£98.3.8; debts due to the estate, £35.18.10.] 

[Petition of Jonathan Thing, administrator of the estate of his 
father, Jonathan Thing, that the court make a division of the estate 
among the rest of the children ; mentions Matthew Whipple of 
Ipswich, Mass., " who hath my youngest Brother in his care." 

Province of ^ The Division or Distribution of Cap'Jona- 
New Hampshire 5 than Thing Late of Exeter dec'^^ his Estate 
Now Under the Administrac'on of Jonathan Thing of Exeter yeo- 
man the eldest son of said Jonathan Thing dec"* Settled this 24^^ 
Sep*^-^ 1700/ 

Whereas the said Jonathan Thing Adm"^ &c. hath Exhibited an 
Inventory into the office of the Registry of probate of wills, and 
Granting of Administrac'ons Amounting to the sum'e of ffour 
hundred and ffifty one pounds three shillings and Eleaven pence, 
as Valued and Apprized Upon Oath by Peter Coffin and Moses 
Levett of Exeter Esq"^* 

I William Partridge Esq'^ L' Govern' of the province aforesaid 
doe make this Division, Distribuc'on or Settlement of Said Estate 
in Manner and forme foil being as the Law in such Cases 
directs./ 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



Imprim^ to Martha the late widdow of Cap* Jona- -^ 
than Thing dec'' dureing her life ; one third part of I 
two hundred Sixty five pounds tenn shillings ; which | 
third part Amounts to .... . ^ 

2<iiy To Martha the late widdow of Cap' Jonath: -^ 
Thing dec'^ as aforesaid one Third of one hundred ' 
Eighty ffive pounds, ffourteen shillings being the i 
■^sonall Estate which amounts to . . . -^ 

The Remainder of the Estate, being three hundr 
Sixteen shillings ; I divide into Eight parts as foil 
Children of the said dec'^ 

Imprim'' to Jonathan Thing the Eldest sonn&Adm'' 
&c. of Cap' Jonath: Thing his father dec'' 

to John Thing Brother of the said Jonathan Thing 
Adm-- Szc: 

to Bartholemew Thing ditto 

to Joseph Thing ditto . 

to Benjamin Thing ditto 

to Dan'* Thing ditto 

to Eliz* Thingf Sister &c 



11 s d 

88 : 10 : oo 



6i : i8 : oo 

ed pounds 
' among y® 

75 : 04 : 00 



37 
37 
37 
37 
37 
37 



:i2 : 00 
12 : 00 
12 :oo 
12 : 00 
12 :oo 
12 : 00 



451 104:00 

And Lastly I doe hereby Settle divide or distribute y' the Said 
Eighty Eight pounds tenn shillings given to the widdow of the 
dec'' dureing her life. ( after she dyes be equally divided into Eight 
parts being 11": i*: 3'': an Eight part & distributed amongst the 
Said Children ; or to soe many shares or Parts, as there shall be 
Children above Named Liveing or their heires after the decease of 

the said widdow — 

W" Partridge U Goxr"' 
Cha. Story Secretary 

[Guardianship of Daniel Thing, aged seven years, son of Capt. 
Jonathan Thing of Exeter, granted to Matthew Whipple of Ips- 
wich, Mass., Oct. 23, 1700.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 307, p. 42.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O9 

[Bond of Matthew Whipple, with John Dean of Ipswich, Mass.,- 
as suret3s in the sum of £1000, Oct. 23, 1700; witnesses, Joseph 
Neal and John Higginson, 3d.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



PHILIP TUCKER 1695 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Phihp Tucker, June 18, 1695 ; 
amount, £60.0.0; signed by Matthew Nelson and Richard Joce.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 83.] 

[Administration on the estate of Philip Tucker of Portsmouth, 
fisherman, granted to Edward Gate of Portsmouth, house-carpen- 
ter, and his wife, Elizabeth Gate, daughter of the deceased, Sept. 
6, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 196. J 

[Account of Edward Gate, administrator, against the estate ; 
not dated; amount, £59.3.8; amount of estate, £60.0.0; men- 
tions his wife and a widow of the deceased.] 

[Account, by Edward Gate, administrator, of the settlement of 
the estate; amount of estate, £60.0 o ; expenditures, £63.12.6: 
allowed Aug. 9, 1701 ; mentions a widow in Boston, Mass.] 

[Various bills and notes containing signatures of Edward Ran- 
dall, tailor, Daniel Wescott, Philip Tucker of Portsmouth, fisher- 
man, Richard Ghamberlain, Shadrack Walton, and Elizabeth 
Glark.] 



EDWARD MELGHER 1695 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last will and Testament of Edward Melcher of Portsm" 
this 5"^ of August 1695// I Edward Melcher of Portsm° in the 
Provence of N Hampsh"^ being of Perfect memorie but weak of 
body * * * 

I will that my land be Equally Devided between my three Ghil- 



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dren Nath" Sam'^ & Mary, and if either of my Sons die before 
they come to Posses their Share that his portion shall be Equally 
Divided between the Survivours : my son Nathaniel shall have 
my Dwelling House w"' his Share of Land where the house 
Stands : the next to it where my Barne and Shop stands to be 
my Son Samuells and the other to my Daughter Mary where her 
house now Stands : Only I will that my Sister in Law Sara Acre- 
man & Walter Windsor shall have the Liberty to dwell where they 
now dwell during theire Naturall Lives : 

I Will farther that my wife shall Live with my Daughter Mary 
and that She shall have all my mooveables in order there unto 
that she may be maintained comfortably by her while she lives 
att least so farr as her own Estate will not doe it : 

Finally I make my beloved Son in Law Samuell Jackson my 
Sole Execuf of this my last Will and Testament ; In Testimony to 
all the Premises I sett to' my hand and Scale this 5"' of Aug^ 1695 

Signed Sealed & published as marke of 

his Last Will and Testament Edw'^ X Melcher [seal] 

by Edward Melcher in presence 
of us the day and Year above 
writtin 

Obediah Mors 

Nicholas Bennitt 

Jacob Lavers 

[Proved Aug. 24, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 17.] 



JOHN FLETCHER 1695 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of John Fletcher of Portsmouth in 
the Prov. Of New Hamp^ in New England Chirurgeon — In the 
Name of God Amen I John Fletcher being very Crazy in body 
But of perfect Memory do ordain This to be my last Will & Tes- 
tament hereby Revoking & Disannulling all form"" Wills by me 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4II 

heretofore made — Imprim* I Commit my Soul unto the hands 
of the Father of Spirits Hoping in the Mercy of my Lord Jesus 
Christ unto Everlasting Life — My Worldly Estate I Dispose of 
as followeth 

I give unto my only & well beloved Son Nicholas Fletcher 
my house & Land with Gardens & Orchard & outhouses here 
in Portsmouth with all the Privileges & Appurten" there There 
unto belonging Together with my part of my Mothers House 
& Land in Plymo'th given me by her Will & Entailed upon him 
as my heir both which Houses & Land I give unto my Said 
Son & his heirs forever — I also Give to my Son Nich° Fletcher 
all the rest of my Estate in household Goods wearing Clothes 
Drugs Instrum'* Debts Money & whatsoever Else belongs to me 
or Shall hereafter be Due appertain or belong to me And Farther 
I will that it Shall not be in the power of my Son Nich" Fletcher 
to Alienate any part of the Housing & Land I have given him 
unless his Circumstances Should be Such as that the Over Seers 
of my Will Should See Meet to advise the Sale of a Small parcel 
of the Land in the Front for an House Lot and if my Said Son 
Dye without heirs or heirs of his body Lawfully begotten the 
House & Land shall go to my Daughter Mary & her heirs but if 
he have heirs of his own & he or they be Disposed to Sell the part 
or whole I do not forbid them only my Daughter Mary or her 
heirs shall have the refusal of it she or they paying So much 
as another will nor Shall he Dispose of any other Goods I have 
Given him without the advice of the Over Seers Farther I make 
my Son Nich*' Fletcher the Sole Exec"" of this my last Will & 
Testam' & willing him to Defray all my just Debts & funeral 
Charges willing him always to Consult my good friends & Brethren 
Sam^ Kiese & John Dennet whom I request to be my Over Seers 
both about my Funeral and also other matters of Concernm' whom 
I have desired to be Good friends to & Careful of him and make 
no Scruple of their Fidelity therein and as a Token of my Love 
I give to M'^ Joshua Moody a piece of Spanish Gold and an 
English piece of Gold to m' Sam' Keise & a Silver Spoon to John 



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Dennet In Testimony to all the premisses I have hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal Portsmouth the third Day of Novemb' One thou- 
sand Six hundred ninety & four — 

John Fletcher did Sign & Seal John Fletcher [seal] 

this Instrum* and Declared it to 
be his Last Will & Testament 
the Day & Year above written in 
presence of 

John Tucker 

Obadiah Mors 

William Pitman 

Portsmouth in New Hamp'' August the 27*'' 1695 — 

I John Fletcher being weak in body but of perfect Memory & 
Sound Judgment to think meet to make this Addition as a Codicel 
to this my above written Last Will & Testament viz I do give unto 
my Daughter Mary Bennet besides what I have formerly given 
to her husband Nicholas Bennet & besides the bedding & Lin- 
ing now in their possession as also an Iron Kettle She Carried from 
my house I also do give her a Small Silver Cup with a foot no in 
my possesion I also do give unto my Grand Child Mary Bennet 
one Silver Spoon Marked M H which I do appoint my Exec"" 
before named to deliver to my Daughter to Say the Cup & the 
Spoon after my Decease In Witness whereof I hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal this 27"' Day of Aug^ 1695 

Witness John Fletcher [seal] 

John Tucker 

Obadiah Mors 

William Pitman 

[Proved Sept. 21, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 14, p. 148.] 



CHARLES ADAMS 1695 DURHAM 

[Inventory of the estate of Charles Adams of Oyster River, son 
and heir of Charles Adams of the same place, Nov. 9, 1695 ; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 413: 

amount, £53.10.0; signed by John Pender and Jeremiah Burn- 
ham ; attested by Temperance Adams Jan. 9, 1695/6.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 83.] 



PHILIP CHESLEY 1695 

Province of ) , 1 ^i ofn tz - 

> desember the 18"' 1095 

Newhamshare ) 

The will and Testament of Phillip I Being Sick and weak in 
body but in perfect understanding and Meameary not knowing 
how long god will Lengthen my Life in this world I done diss- 
pose of my worldy goods in manner As folloeath After a desent 
buriell and all Lawful! debtes paid I give unto my Eldest Son 
Samuell Ghastly tue therds of all my possead Lands Att the Plase 
Comingly Callead Newtowne and fresh Marish thereunto belong- 
ing . . . with all Rights Grants and Priviliges I like wise 
give unto my Sone Samell Ghastly Toue oxon and Tone Gowes 
I Like wise give unto my Son James Ghastly the other theard of 
all my Land and Meadows at the Place Gomingly Galled New- 
toun I Like wise give unto my Son Phillip Ghasely all my Rights 
title and in trust of all the Lands that I have in oyster River I all 
so give unto m}^ Son Ebinzear Ghastly the Grant that I have of 
thert}^ Eackers of Land I like wise give unto my wife Sarah 
Ghastly all the Rest of my moveables within dores and with out 
dores Exsept towe oxon and towe Gous that I have given unto 
my Eldest Son Samell Ghastly the Reyst of my Estate I Leave 
with my wife for the benifit of the Ghildren which I leave be- 
hin'de me to disspose of It as she See good witness my hand and 
Scale the day and yeare Above writen 

Wittness Us his Mark 

Edward Wakeham Philip X Ghastlv 

Joseph Davis 

Joseph Smith 



414 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN WEST 1695 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of John West, Dec. 27, 1695, taken at 
the request of the widow, EHzabeth West; amount, £445.18.6; 
signed by Pheasant Eastwick and Thomas Cobbett.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, pp. 'jt^, 74.] 

[Administration on the estate of John West of Newcastle granted 
to his widow, EHzabeth West, Dec. 30, 1695.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 24.] 



ELI AS STILEMAN 1695 

The Last will and Testament of Maj' Elias Stileman 

Newcastle Decemb"" iS*'^ 1695. 

In the name of God Amen, I Elias Stileman being Sick of Bodie 
but of good & Perfect Memory (blessed be God for itt) do make 
and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & ftbrme as 
ffolloweth hereby revoaking all former Wills 

Imprs: I Give and bequeath my Soule to God that Gave itt to 
me hopeing in & through the merritts of our Lord & blessed Sav- 
iour to inherritt Everlasting life : 

Item I give & bequeath my Bodie to the Earth, whereof it 
was made there to be decently buried 

Item I give unto my Grandaughter Ruth Tarlington all my 
bookes excepting two or three Bookes that my wife shall chuse 
for her own use 

Item I Give unto my s'^ Grandafter the Gould Ring I had att 
the burieing of M"" Rich** Martin deceased. — 

Item I giv'e unto my Said Grandafter the Silvere Salt cellef I 
had of my last wife 

Item I give unto my Daughter In Law Elizabeth Allcutt my 
gold Ring I had of James True worthy 

Item I give unto my s** Daughter in Law Elizabeth Allcutt all 
that peice of Land on the other side of the highway beyond the 
house that was James Waymouths and adjoyns to the Land of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 415 

Jn° Fabes or the land that lyeth below the house of the s'' James 
Waymouth of w''^' two pieces She hath her Choyce. 

Item I give unto my Daughter in Law Johannah Cutt the Gold 
Ring I had at Mrs Vaughans burial : 

Item I give unto my three Daughters in Law Each of y'" a Gold 
Ring of the like valew of the Ring given unto Johanah Cutt. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Luce 
Stileman all my household Stuff both w^'^in doures & without of 
what kind soever as also all my Stock of Goods, moneys & plate 
(excepting w* already given away) to her & her heirs forever : 

Item I give to my s'^ Wife Luce Stileman all my Stock of Cat- 
tle att her ffarme att Sturgeon Creeke : to her and her Heires for 
Ever : 

Item I Give to my Wife Luce Stileman, During her natural 
Life all the house & Land we now live in 

Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Elias Tarlington 
Sone of my Grandafter Ruth Tarlington all the house Houseing 
& Land that I now live in to him & his Heirs forever after the 
Deceas of my Wife Luce Stillman my s'^ Grandson payeing to 
whom my s*^ Wife shall will it to be payed ; that is to say ten 
pounds a year, untill the fortie pounds is Compleated : the s" ffor- 
tie pounds to be payd after my Wifes Deceas : 

Item I give unto my Grandson W"^ Tarlinton Son of my 
Grandafter Ruth Tarlington the Sum of five pounds to be payd 
by my Grandson Elias Tarlington, to be payd within one year 
after he is Possest of the above house given him by me : 

Item I make my Beloved Wife Luce Stileman my whole & 
Sole Executrix to this my Last Will & Testament 

Item I doe make my beloved ffriends M'' Sam" Daniell of 
Yorke & M'' John Shapleigh of Kittery overseers of this my Will : 
Wittness Elias Stileman [seal] 

Rob' Elliot 

Jno Hinks 

Fran: Tucker 

[Proved Dec. 30, 1695.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 20.] 



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ROBERT WATSON 1695/6 DURHAM 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Watson, who died in 1694 ; 
amount, £111.13.6; taken Jan. 9, 1695/6; signed by Thomas 
Edgerly and James Davis ; attested by Joseph Kent Feb. 4, 
1695/6.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 77.] 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Watson of Oyster River 
granted to John Ambler of Oyster River, weaver, and his wife, 
Hannah Ambler, formerly widow of the deceased, March 2, 
1702/3. Jacob Kent appeared Feb. 27, 1702/3, and renounced 
administration formerly granted to him.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 255.] 

[Warrant, March 2, 1702/3, authorizing Thomas Edgerl}^ and 
Joseph Meader, both of Oyster River, to appraise the estate.] 

[Bond of John Ambler of Oyster River, weaver, with Thomas 
Edgerl}^, weaver, and Francis Matthews, yeoman, both of Oyster 
River, as sureties, March 2, 1702/3, in the sum of £500, for the 
administration of the estate ; witnesses, John Church and Charles 
Story.] 

[Inventory, May4,i703; amount, £88.1.6; signed by Thomas 
Edgerly and Joseph Meader. The following is added : — 

"sir I have hear given an Invitary of my Estate that now Re- 
maineth but I must turther aquaint you that I have Laid out 

for my Ransom ...... 20" — 00' — 00'^ 

to a french man who promised to redeem m}^ 

son therwitli ...... 02^' — 10'' — 00'' 

to bro Kent for his administeration and Care . 05" — 00" — 00'^ 

for Rates Laid while I was in Captivity . 01^' — 01* — 00'' 

28'^ 11^ 00' 

besides Cloathing my self w^hen I Came naked out of Captivity 

& besides Repairing and fencing the hous and Lands this was 

dispursed out of the Estate by me 

hannah X ambler" 



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MOSES WINGATE 1695/6 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen The flour and Twentieth day of 
January Anno Dni 1695 And in the Seaventh year of the reign of 
our Soveraign Lord King William the third by the grace of God 
of England Scotland ftrance and Ireland Defender of the ff'aith 
&c I Moses Winget of New Hampshire in New England Marri- 
ner now att London being Sick and weak in body but of Sound 
and Composed minde and memory praise and thanks be therefore 
Asscribed to Almighty God, Doe make publish and declare this 
my last Will and testament in manner and forme following (That 
is to Say. Imprimis I Give and bequeath unto M'' Nicholas ftbl- 
lett of New Hampshire in New England Marriner now att London 
All my wearing apparrell and Clothes of all Sorts to his use and 
disposall Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my welbeloved 
Sister Ann Wingett of Newhampshire in New England Spinster 
All and Singular my Messuages lands tenements and heredita- 
ment monies debts wages goods Chatles and Estate whatsoever 
Not herein before Given and which Shall Remaine Cleare after 
payment of all my Just Debts and ftunerall Charges And I Doe 
name appoint and make my trusty treind M'' Nicholas flollett and 
my Said loveing Sister Ann Wingett Executor and Executrix of 
this my last Will and testament In Witnesse whereof I the Said 
Moses Wingett to this m}^ last Will and testament have put my 
hand and Scale the day month and Years above written./ 

Signed Sealed Published and the marke of 

Declared by the Testator In the Moses X Winget [seal] 

presence of. 

John Sherburn 

Samuel Allcock 

The" Pomeroy No""-^ Publ 
Jullpper Shadwell 

[Proved March 10, 1697/8 ; allowed Aug. 7, and administration 
granted to "Elizabeth" Hodgdon, wife of Israel Hodgdon, for- 
merly Elizabeth Wingate, sister of the deceased.] 



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[Warrant, Aug. 7, 1705, authorizing Capt. John Tuttle and 
Zacharias Field, both of Dover, to appraise the estate of Moses 
Wingate of Cocheco, mariner, Nicholas Follett being dead, and 
administration granted to "Ann Wingett as Executrix in the 
will Named now the wife of Israeli Hodsdon."] 

[Inventory, Sept. 29, 1705 ; amount, £55.10.0 ; signed by John 
Tuttle and Zacharias Field.] 



THOMAS WIGGIN 1695/6 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Wiggin of Squamscott, 
Feb. 18, 1695/6; amount, £268.12.0: signed by Samuel Tiling 
and Daniel Bean.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 91.] 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Wiggin of Exeter 
granted to Martha Thing, wife of Capt. Jonathan Thing of Exeter, 
formerly widow of the deceased, Feb. 22, 1695/6.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 23.] 

[Account of Mrs. Martha Whipple, administratrix to the estate 
of her late husband, Thomas Wiggin of Squamscott, Oct. 19, 
1704; mentions a daughter, Hannah Wiggin; allowed, Nov. 3, 

1704-] 

JOHN FABES 1696 NEWCASTLE 

New Castell May the 14"^ 1696 
In the Name oft' God Amen May the ft'ourtenth one thousand 
Six hundred ninetey and Six To all Christian Peopel Gretinge 
Know Yee that I John Fabes Doe make this My Last Will and 
Testament in Maner as ftblloweth I being V^ery Sick oft' Body 
* * * 

I Give unto my dearely beloved Wife Elizabeth Fabes all my 
Estate Both Reall and Personall ; Sittuate Leying in America or 
aney other parte of y*" World Dureing her Naturall life ; she pay- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I9 

ing all my Just Debts and Charges as aftbresaid paying To my 
Naturall Dafter Debora Fabes as her portion ffiftey Pound In 
Sutch things As her Mother Shall bee best abell to pay her in at 
Said Debora Fabes Day off Marriag ; And I Doe allso give unto 
my Said Dafter, one ffether Bed and ffurniture and My ould house 
on the Great Hand Situate on and lieing next to the Land oft' Cap' 
Elias Stileman Deceased with all the Land thereunto belonginge 
on the heighway, over against my Grate ware house, To her the 
Said Debora and to her Heirs ftbr Ever ; And I Doe make my 
Dearley beloved Wife Elizabeth Fabes my whole and Soale Execu- 
trex off" this m.}^ Last Will and Testament ; witness My hand and 
Seale the year and Day above Said 

Robt Elliot John fabes [seal] 

Jacob Rendell 

Francis Tucker 

[Proved Aug. i, 1698.] 



HENRY BROWN 1696 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Brown of Portsmouth, June 
24, 1696: amount, £48.13.7; signed by John Pickering and John 
Snell ; attested by Alice Brown July 6, 1696.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 95.] 



JOHN EDMUNDS 1696 

[Inventory of the estate of John Edmunds, who was killed bv 
the Indians June 26, 1696; taken June 27, 1696; amount, £32.1.5 ; 
signed b}^ Henry Sherburne and Benjamin Cotton ; attested by 
John Westbrook and John Sherburne Aug. 24, 1696.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 97.] 



THOMAS EDMUNDS 1696 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Edmunds, who was killed 
by Indians June 26, 1696; taken June 27, 1696; amount, £168. 



420 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

6.IO ; sighed by Henry Sherburne and Benjamin Cotton ; attested 
by John Westbrook and John Sherburne Aug. 24, 1696.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 85.] 



STEPHEN WILLEY 1696 DURHAM 

To all persons to whome thjs Deed of Gift will or Instrument in 
writeing comes, Stephen Willy of Oyster River in the province 
of New Hampshire in New England Sendeth Greeting. Know 
3'ee that whereas I the Said Stephen Willy being now bound 
to Sea on a voyage in the Shipp Unity Thomas Cobbett Com- 
mander for Barbadoes, do if death should Seize me or in Case of 
m}^ never Returne to New England, Give Grant and Bequeath 
unto my Sonn Thomas Willy all that my dwelling House and 
ffifty Acres of Land more or less neare itt. And alsoe tenn Acres 
of Land, that lyes between Thomas Bickford, and Joseph Kents 
Land And alsoe Six Acres of Marsh Land and thirty Acres of 
Upland which lyes at Greenland be it more or less together with 
all the Thach Banks beds and priviledges thereof. And alsoe I 
hereby give & beiqueath unto my Said Sonn Thomas willy two 
Oxen, one Cow one Calfe, and all my sheep wherever they may 
be found. And I Stephen Willy doe alsoe hereby give and be- 
queath unto my daughter Abigail Willy all that parcell or Tract 
of Land which I bought and purchased of Bernard Squire lying 
at little Bay Together with one Cow and a Calfe and two Sheep 
To have and possess take and Enjoy all the above demised Lands 
and Estate Moveables and Immoveables to him and her and they 
& their heires Exec" and Assignes for ever (my owne Mortality 
as above Exprest Excepted) Given under my hand and scale 
this fourth day of July in the yeare of our Lord one thousand Six 
hundred Ninety and Six. 

Signed Sealed & Deliv"' Signum 

In presence of Stephen X Willy [seal] 

Tho: Cobbitt 

Theodore Atkinson 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 42 1 

Stephen Willy appeared this 4"^ July 1696 and acknowledged 
the above to be his Act and Deed before me 

Shadrach walton Just: peace 

Entred and Recorded by the Original the 27"' day of January 
Anno Domini 1700 



Cha: Stor}^ Secretary 



[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 405] 



PHILIP TOWLE 1696 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen ; I Phillip Towle of Hampton in the 
Province of^' Newhampshire in New England Senior, being Sick 
and weake ol^' Body * * * 

Imp"^ I give and bequeath unto Esabell my well beloved wife all 
my Stock of Cattell of all soarts what soever and all my Move- 
abell Goods within dors and without to be all at her disposeing oft' 
ftbr her Comfortabell livelyhood And ffbr her to dispose off" among 
my Children according to her Discretion : I allso give unto her 
three Cows to be kept, and ffouer Sheep and Two Swine to be 
kept and Maintained yearly and every yeare by my Executours 
Dureing her naturall life or her day oft' mariage as allso twelve 
bushells of Indian Corne Dureing the terme above said to be paid 
by my Executours 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Phillip 
Towle all that Land in his possesion where his house ; Standeth 
allso one Share of the Cow Com'ons in Hampton and one Aker of 
Meadow or Marsh att the North East of my Meadow b}^ the great 
Boars head I Allso give unto him my grant of Land in the north 
Division Comonly so called — 

Item I guive and bequeath unto my beloved Son Joshu Towle all 
that Land that he have in his possesion where his house Standeth 

It I give and bequeath unt Benjemen Towle my well beloved 
Son all that Land he have In his possession where his house 
Standeth Allso one Share off" the Cow Com'on oft^ the towne oft' 



422 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Hampton as Allso my Marsh and that ground that belong to my 
share oft' the great ox Com'on in Hampton 

Item I give unto m}^ well beloved Sons Joseph and Caleb Towle, 
my Dwelling house Baren ; orchard and all my lott where Sayd 
House Standeth to be Eualey devided betwen them Joseph to have 
his halfe nex John Blaks Lott where sa3'd Josephs house stands 
I Allso give unto them Joseph and Caleb one Share off' the Cow 
Com'ons in Hampton I allso give unto them my Tenn akers oft" 
Marsh be it more or less towardes the Clam Bancke or beyond the 
landing place, as allso my Share of upland on the great ox Co'mone 
and all my Marsh by the great Boares head Excepting Phillips 
acker all to be Eaqualy Divided betwen them ; with this proviso 
that they perform e to theire Mother what I have ordered them as 
Executours in y® Artickell of this my Will ; Reserveing to my 
wife Dureing her natureall Life or to hir Day of Marryage the 
use off" one oft' my ftier Roomes She to have her choyce, and to 
be kept in Repaire by my Executors 

I Doe Make Constitute and appoint my Well beloved sons Joseph 
Towle and Caleb Towle, to bee my Soale Executors to this my 
Last Will and Testament them or Either of them If one dey or 
Renownce his Executour Shipp then the other to be Executour a 
Lone ; and ft'or the perft'ormance and Declareing this to be my 
last Will and Testament I the said Phillip Towle Sen'' have here 
unto put my hand and ffixed my Scale this Eighteenth day of 
December in the yeare oft' our Lord Sixtenn Hundred nintey and 
Six in the Eigth yeare oft' the Reigne oft' our Sovereigne Lord 
William the third by the Grace of God King oft' Great Brittaine 
ft'rance, and Ireland Deft'ender oft' the Faith &c: 

Witnesses Phillip Towle Sen"" 

John Smith Sen'' his X mark & Scale 

Samuell Smith 

Henry Dow 

[Proved May 25, 1697.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 27.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 423 

[Inventory of the estate of Philip Towle, who died Dec. 20, 
1696; taken Jan. 14, 1696/7 ; amount £240.5.0; signed by Henry 
Dow, John Smith, and John Dearborn.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 113.] 



JAMES LEACH 1696/7 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen this 14"^ Day of January 1696/7 
James Leach Sen'' off Portsm" In the Province of New Hampshire 
In New England : Beeing ver}^ weake of Body *- * * 

2"^i My will is that all my Just debts bee paid as soone as my Ex- 
ecutrex Can my debts being payed and ffunurall charges defrayed 
what Remaineth I dispose off in maner and fforme ffollowing — 

3d'y I give and bequeath unto my dearely beloved Wife Jane 
Leach all my moveabells boath within doares and without of what 
Soart or kind soever Togeather with all the land housing and 
Marsh which I had with her For her Comfortable Subsistance 
dureing her Life ; Leaveing it wholy to her selfe to give and dis- 
pose of what shall be left at her Death Amongst my Children or 
so many of them as She shall see good Reserveing out of all my 
Estate to be disposed of as herein after mentioned 

Viz: I give and bequeath unto my Son John Leach all my 
Lands in the great bay being thirty ffouer ackers more or less 
givin me by the towne off Portsm": to him and his heires fforever 
always provided and it is to be plainly to be understood That if my 
3^^ Son John Leach doe by what I have all ready given him and 
what shall be given him by my wife Jane, have hold an injoey the 
houseing and Land on whith I now live togeather with the marsh 
at Littell harbor, which I desire my beloved wife Jane to bestow 
upon him In case She Spends it not for her Comfortable Subsis- 
tance : That then my will is If my s^ Son John so be invested : I 
do in those considerations : Reserve, and give the one halfe of 
the said thirty ffouer akers to my Son James Leach his heirs &c 
for ever the other halfe to my s*' Son John Leach and his heirs 
&c: — 



424 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

^thiy yiy Will ig that Each of my dafters be paid Hive Shilling 
A peese as theire portions 

^thiy And Lastly I doe make my beloved wife, my Sole Execu- 
trex of this my Last will giveing unto her my whole power as 
before mentioned t^br confirmation here oft' I have here unto Sett 
my hand and Scale the day and yeare above said. 

in presents the marke of 

John Pickerin Sen'^' James X Leach [seal] 

Richard Endell and Scale 

[Proved June 30, 1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 29.] 

[Inventor}'; amount, £44.18.3; signed by John Pickering and 
Hubartus Mattoon ; attested by the widow, Jane Leach, June 30, 
1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. log.] 



ROBERT EVANS 1696/7 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen The nintenth day of fteburary in 
the yeare of our Lord God 1696 I, Robert Evins sen'' off" Dover 
in the province off New Hampshire plant, being weake in body 

Imp'' I doe give and bequeath to my three sons viz Robert 
Evins, Jonathan Evins and Joseph Evins ; all that my three score 
ackers of land in the Ash swamp to be Equally divided amongst 
them to be had and held by them theire heirs and assigns for 
Ever — 

It"' I doe give unto my other six children viz Elizabeth ; Mary 
Hannah, Sarah Patience and Benjemen ; five pounds apece to be 
paid by my Executors out of my Estate to my above named Chil- 
dren as they shall com to the adge of Eighteen years and Benje- 
mens to be paid at one and twenty — 

It*" As to the remainder of m}^ Estate after my Just and honest 
Debts paid and funerall charges defrayed I Doe give and bequeath 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 425 

the one halfe part of all and singular the halfe of my deweling house 
barne orchard Lands meddow quick stock household goods and 
other goods mooveabell within doares and without to Ann my be- 
loved wife to be had held and injoyed by her widdowhood or till 
my children arive at Lawfull age and then she is to have only one 
third parte of m}^ estate and her third of a ftether bed and furne- 
ture belonging to it to be at her owne dissposeing the lands return- 
ing to my Executour at he[r] Marriage and death 

It"' I give to my well beloved son Edward Evins whome I lick- 
wise Constetute make and ordaine my only and sole Executor ot 
this my last will and testament all and Singular my lands mesuage 
and Tenements with all other of my Estate personall reall where 
so ever it may be found the one halfe in actuall possesion the 
other half as it shall decend from his mother by mariage or death 
to be had and held by him and his Heires Lawfully begotten of 
his body and for want thereof to my son Joseph Evins to be had 
and held by them and theire heires as it shall desend from one 
generation too another for Ever And I doe hereby uterly disalow 
Revoke and make voyde all other wills and Testaments formerly 
by me made Ratifying and Confirmeing this to bee my last will 
and testament in witness hereof I have hereunto sett my hand and 
Scale the day and yeare above wrighten 

Signed sealed and pub- The assigne of 

lished in the presents of Robert X Evins sen'' [seal] 

John Tuttell Sen^ 

Tho X Roberts sen' his Mark 

John Church 

[Proved Nov. 5, 1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 38.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 4, 1697 ; amount, ,£226.10.0 ; signed by Rich- 
ard Scammon, Thomas Roberts, and John Tattle.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 135.] 



426 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM DAVIS 1697 

The last will and testement of william davis now being weak and 
eal but in perfect memory I comit my sole to god who gave it my 
body to be buryed my estat as folloeth that is to say my whol estat 
lands and other gods to be at the proper sole youst bene fet and 
riett of my well beloveed wif elesabath daves dureing the time of 
her widdo hod my lands to be disposed of to owne of my sones 
whome mi wif shall see most worthi but not before he shall arive 
to the foil age of twnty one years he sone whome my estat shall 
be plast upon shall pay to the rest of his brothers and sisters as 
thay shall come in age five pownds apeas as mon}^ in cattel or 
shuch things as the plase shall produse 

I in trust and impour my brothers Sammuel and Joseph hill 
as overseers of ni}^ estat and children dated and sealed y^ second 
day of aprel in presense of us 

philip lewis y'' mark of X williaum daves [seal] 

Samuel Weeks 

[Proved June 2, 1707, and the same day Daniel Allen makes 
oath that the will was signed and sealed in the year 1697.] 

[Elizabeth Davis, widow, renounces administration on the estate 
in favor of her son, Samuel Davis, June 3, 1707.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 348.] 



WILLIAM WENTWORTH 1697 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of William Wentworth of Dover, who 
died March 15, 1696/7; amount, £97.16.4; signed by Nathaniel 
Heard, Tristram Heard, and Thomas Downes ; attested by the 
widow, Elizabeth Wentworth, April 4, 1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 117.] 



JOHN GODFREY 1697 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of John Godfrey of Hampton, who 
died March 19, 1696/7 ; amount, £73.16.0; dated April 17, 1697 ; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 427 

signed by Henry Dow, Tliomas Roby, and Isaac Marston ; at- 
tested June 20, 1706.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Godfrey granted to his 
son John Godfrey, June 4, 1706.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 309.] 

[Bond of John Godfrey of Hampton, with John Blake and 
Samuel Dearborn, son of Thomas Dearborn, as sureties, June 4, 
1706, in the sum of £150, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Deborah Godfrey and Zacharias Brackett.] 



NICHOLAS OTIS 1697 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of Nicholas Otis of Dover ; amount, 
£30.8.6 ; signed by Nathaniel Heard and George Ricard ; filed 
May 18, 1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 119.] 



JOHN DERRY 1697 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Derry of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Deliverance Derry, May 18, 1697.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 25.] 

by the desier and order of m"" nathanel fryer asquir baring deat 
the 8 of november 1697 for the devideng of the esteat of John dery 
desesed in to thre pearts all the percens not Apering we the per- 
sens that Have Herunto subcribed Heve devided said Astet in 
maner as follouth out of the movebely to nathenell pitman Husband 
to the dLeverens Derye twenty seven pound toe shilens and six 
pence and the other toe pearts Left in the Hands of the toee bonds 
mean : the Lands being in contryversy we thought it not convenent 
to conseren our selves Aboutet 

november the 13 : 1697 John woodman 

John smith 
ffrances X Pitman 
his mark 
[Allowed Nov. 17, 1697.] 



428 NEW HAxMPSHIRE WILLS 

To the Right Hon"'' Sam" Allen Esq'' Govern' & Command"^ in 
Cheife ; of his Maj"''* Province of New Hampshire ; and Councill 
Assembled Jan'y 7"' 1698 

The humble petition ; of Deliverence Pittman ; formerly the 
wife ; of John Derry : and now the wife of Nathaniel Pittman. 

Humbly Sheweth. — That in the yeare ; 1694 : yo'' petition"'^ 
House ; was Burnt by the Indians ; and our Cattle Killed ; as alsoe 
most of our Children; my husband, one Child, and yo'' Petition'' 
taken Captives ; in w'''' Captivitye my husband dyed ; none but 
your Petition"^ Returned ; hopeing to enjoy what Estate was Left 
by yo'^ Petition'* husband ; in due method of Law : In Pursueance 
to w'^'* 3^0"^ Petition'' took out Lett'* of Administrac'on ; gave in 
Secuntye one Joseph Smith; and Jeremiah Burnam, which Se- 
curitye have since ; violently ; and Contrary to Law Seized ; upon 
3^0'' Petition'^ Cows ; and Estate ; the whole Amounting to Ninet3' 
Pounds, forty ffive of w"''' are in Lands : all there Pretence being 
for soe doeing ; that it is for the Good of my Children, which I 
had to my first husband ; Derry ; But in truth 3^0' Petition' Knows 
of noe ; Such Children ; being now Liveing : and if 3'o' Petition' 
have not the Cows ; & Land againe ; she & family must needs 
perish. — Ma3'' it therefore Please 3-0' Hon'* and 3'ou Gentlemen 
of his Maj''^* Councill : Seriously to Inspect into the illegall 
method of the Said Joseph Smith ; and Jeremiah Burnam ; and 
Comiserate the Condic'on of yo' Petition' and Grant an order that 
the said, Cows, & Estate may be Restored to 3-0' Petition' or that 
the Said Joseph Smith and Jeremiah Burnam may Enter into Suffi- 
cient Securit3'e for the Keeping or withholding the said Cows : 
and Estate. 

And 3^0' Petition' shall pra3' &c — 

Nath: Pitman 

on behalfe of his wife Deliverence 

[.Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 214.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Derr3' ; amount, £98.1.10; 
not dated or signed.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 429 

[Agreement by Nathaniel Pitman and Deliverance Pitman, 
Sept. 22, 1 701, for the release of Joseph Smith and Jeremiah 
Burnham, sureties on their bond for the administration, of the 

estate.] 

[Account of Joseph Smith and Jeremiah Burnham against the 
estate; allowed Sept. 22, 1701, and sureties discharged.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Pitman, Dover, yeoman, John Downing of 
Dover, butcher, and John Cotton of Portsmouth, butcher, Sept. 
22, 1701, in the sum of £200, for the settlement, by Nathaniel 
Pitman, of any lawful claims against the estate.] 

[Various documents, summonses, warrants, lists, etc., contain- 
ing signatures of Joseph Smith, Jeremiah Burnham, Francis 
Tucker, Nathaniel Fryer, and Nathaniel Meader.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, pp. iii, 112, 115, 116.] 



ELIZABETH MASON 1697 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Elizabeth Mason of Hampton, who 
died May 21, 1697 ; taken by Isaac Godfrey and Josiah Sanborn 
May 24, 1697; amount, £122.10.0; attested by John Mason, ad- 
ministrator, July 28, 1698.] 

[Administration on the estate of Elizabeth Mason of Exeter 
granted to her son, John Mason, May 18, 1698.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 53.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 30, 1702, authorizing Henr}^ Dow and Henry 
Williams, both of Hampton, to receive claims against the estate ; 
signed by William Partridge.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £44.7.5; signed 
by Henry Dow and Henry Williams ; mentions John Mason of 
Hampton, husband of Elizabeth Mason, and Mary Poore of New- 
bury, Mass., administratrix to her husband's, George Hardy's, 
estate.] 



430 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Division of the estate, approved by William Partridge Oct. i8, 
1703 ; mentions following children : John, oldest son, Francis, 
Joseph, Benjamin, Elizabeth, wife of James Johnson, Mar}^ Han- 
nah, Catherine, and Esther.] 



ALEXANDER GORDON 1697 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Alexander Gordon, Aug. 7, 1697 ; 
amount, £29.1.0; signed by Theophilus Dudley and Samuel 
Thing; attested by John Gordon of Exeter, a son, Aug. 15, 
1697.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 137.] 

provence of new hamshear 

Samuel Thinge aged about therty years testifieth that som time 
in this month of August he heard mary Gourden widow of Ellex- 
ander gordinge Seay that shee would not admenister upon her Lat 
husband estate : 

Samuell Thinge made oth to the above evedence August 23 : 
1697 

Peter Coffin Justis : P: 

william gravs aged about twent tow years testifeth to the truth 
of the above written sworn Befor mee the deay above written 

Peter Coffin J P 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 137.] 

[Administration on the estate of Alexander Gordon of Exeter 
granted to his son, John Gordon, Aug. 25, 1697, the widow, Mary 
Gordon, and the oldest son, Nicholas Gordon, renouncing admin- 
istration.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 34.] 

mem'^ that Jn° Gordon son of alex: Gordon dec'' to be cited to 
appear & give ace' of his admin: m''- Smith Sister to s' Jn" Gor- 
don to be notified to appear at s'' time 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 1 

& Nich: Gordon to be cited to give acc^ of his guardianship to 
Sewals children 

[Probate Minutes, Sept. 6, 171 8.] 



JOHN WESTBROOK 1697 PORTSMOUTH 

[Alice Westbrook renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, John Westbrook, Aug. 11, 1697 ; witnesses, John Pick- 
ering and Nathan Knight.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 133.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Westbrook of Portsmouth 
granted to his oldest son, Thomas Westbrook, Aug. 11, 1697.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 33.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 12, 1697 ; amount, £255.16.3 ; signed by 
John Sherburne and Benjamin Cotton.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 131.] 



SAMUEL HEARD 1697 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Heard of Cocheco 
granted to his widow, Experience Heard, Aug. 31, 1697.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 35.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Heard, who died Feb. 20, 
1696/7 ; amount, £162.3.6; signed by Nathaniel Heard, Thomas 
Downes, and Ezekiel Wentworth ; attested by the widow, Expe- 
rience Heard, Aug. 31, 1697,] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 107.] 

Province of > Att a Court of Probates of wills and Grant- 
New Hampshire S ing Letters of Administrations, within the 

said province &c this second day of July 1706 
John Hird Sonn of Samuel Hird Late of Cochecha in the Town- 

shipp of Dover deceased aged about ffourteen years, '^sonally 



432 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

appeared before the Honourable Joseph Smith Esq' Judge of the 
probates aforesaid and desired that Tristram Hird his Uncle might 
be admitted as his Guardian or Tutor./ 

I doe therefor Allow Approve & Admitt of the Said Tristram 
Hird as Guardian to the said John Hird Untill he come to the Age 
of twenty one years. 

Cha: Story Regr Joseph Smith 



JOHN YOUNG 1697 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Young of Exeter granted 
to Peter Coffin of Exeter, a creditor, Sept. 28, 1697, the widow, 
Sarah Young, not appearing.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 35.] 

[Inventory, Oct. i, 1697 ; amount, £125.15.0; signed by Nich- 
olas Gordon and Samuel Thing.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 133.] 



JAMES BUNKER 1697 DURHAM 

In the name of God Amen The 14^^ of October I the year of 
God 1697 In the ninth yeare of the Reigne of our Lord 
King William the third King of England Scotland France and 
Ireland Defender of the ffaith 

James Buncker of oyster River (Planter) In the Province of 

New Hampshire Being well strucken in Adge and weak in body 

* * * 

I imprimus I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Jams 
Buncker Jun' iTrom this day forward one halfe of the Plantation 
he now lives upon that is to say the house and land after my 
decease and my wife Sarah Buncker I doe gve to my son James 
Buncker whom I lickwise Constetute make and ordaine my only 
& Sole Executor of this my last will and Testament all and singu- 
lor my lands, & Meseagements and Tenaments by him to beffreely 
possesed and Injoyed after I and my wif Sarah decease : 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 433 

Item I give to my well beloved son Joseph Buncker ten 
shillings I give to my well beloved son John Bucker five shill- 
ings and as touching any other Estat as Moveabell which shall be 
left after y® Decease of myselfe and my wife Sarah I Doe give it 
to be Equalley Devided Amongst all our Children and I doe here 
by uterly disalow, Revoake & Disanull all and Every other fformer 
Testaments, wills, Legeses, requests, Executors by me in any 
wise by me before this tim named willed and bequeathed ; Retify- 
ing and Confirmeing this and no other to be my last Will and 
Testament In Witness whereofl^ I have hereunto set my hand 
and Seale y"^ Day and year above wrighten 

Signed Sealed, Published pro- his mark 

nounced and Declared by s'^ James James X Buncker [Seal] 
Buncker as his last will and testa- 
ment in y'' presents of us the Sub- 
scribers 

Andrew Pepperell Sen"" 

Andrew Pepperell 

Will'" Pepperell 

[Proved June 24, 1698.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 47. j 

[Inventory, June 22, 1698; amount, £86.0.0; signed by John 
Woodman and Joseph Smith.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 149] 



JOHN BAKER 1697 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration, with will annexed, of the estate of John Baker 
of Portsmouth granted to his only son, Benjamin Baker, Nov. 30, 
1697, the widow, Sarah Baker, named as executrix, having died 
before the proving of the will.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 43.] 
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434 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

NICHOLAS MORRILL 1697 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Nicholas Morrill of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to Capt. Tobias Langdon Nov. 23, 1697. Nicho- 
las Morrill is mentioned, in a fragment of another document, as 

having left two daughters only, " Margreate the wife of ." 

The rest of the document is missing.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 40.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Nicholas Morrill, " Left in the hands 
of margreat his wife tell her death and then taken and apprised by 
y*^ Subscribers here of Desember 28 1697"; amount, £128.0.6; 
signed by George Dam and Andrew Sampson, both of Ports- 
mouth.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, pp. 121, 122.] 

[Receipt from Jethro Furber, in behalf of his wife, Elizabeth 
Furber, to Capt. Tobias Langdon, administrator, Jan. 18, 1719/20, 
for her share of the estate of her father, Nicholas Morrill ; wit- 
nesses, W. Fellows and John Fellows.] 



THOMAS CHESLEY 1697/8 . DURHAM 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Chesley, Oyster River, Jan. 
17, 1697/8; amount, £195.10.0; signed by John Woodman and 
Joseph Smith.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 129.] 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Chesley of Oyster 
River granted to his widow, Elizabeth Chesley, March 14, 1697/8.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 44.] 

Wheras thomas Chesly of oister River desest Inteste'd and His 
wiffe Elisebeth Chesly widow and Relate of s*^ thomas chesly Heve 
tecken Administretion of Her husbens esteat According to bonde 
In paying porshens and Legesis unto my children untothair Satis- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 435 

faction as it Apers iindr thair Hands whish ar thes sums follouing 
had Resaived by us Hoe Heve supscribe Her unto 

Reed by me thomas chesly forty five pounds aight shilenes and 
aight pence 

by me Jorge chesly twenty two pounds forten shilens 

by me Joseph chesly twenty two pounds forten shelens five 
pence 

by me Elesebeth davies twenty tow pounds fourten shilens and 
five pence 

by me Sarah chesly twent}^ tow pounds forten shilenes and five 
pence 

by me Sewsenne Smith twanty tow pounds forten shilens five 
pence 

by me mary chesly twenty tow pounds forten shilens and five 
pence 

witnes thomas Chesle 

John woodman geoi'g Chesle 

Stephen Jones Elizebeth X Davis 

Joseph Jones Sarah X Chesle 

Susanna X Smith 
mary X Chesly 

Entered and Recorded in the Regesters ofice ft^or the province 
of New hampshire May the 9th 1698 

1^ Francis Tucker Regest' 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 145.] 

know all men by thes present Riting that I Elesebath Chesly 
Administretres to my Husbands Asteat Heve A greed with my 
children In devideng what Estete He Left when desest which is 
in maner as folloeth 

to my Soon thomas chesly all the Land Seatatid Liying and 
being betwixt Stephen Jonses and philep Cheslys land AJoyneng 
to the salt River 

to my Soon gorg chesly all the Land and Houseng and orchet 
that was my Husbands at the piece comamly caled new towen and 



436 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Half the march that was my Husbands Laying by belemans Banck 
Rever and the branches ther of 

to my Soon Joseph chesley forty Ackers of Land and A houce 
situatid Lieang and being on the wast side of oister River frechet 
and the other Half of Said mairch that Lise by belemans banck 
River and the branches ther of 

Resarving only the thards ther of for my yous so Long as T shall 
Leve 

wetness Elisabeth Chesle 

Phillip X Chesle 

James X Chesle 

Entered and Recorded in the Regesters office for the provinc 
of new Hamp Shire May the 9"' 1698 

■^ Francis Tucker Regest' 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 145-] 



PETER RANDALL 1697/8 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Randall of Portsmouth 
granted to his oldest brother, James Randall, Feb. 21, 1697/8.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 44.] 



WALTER JACKSON 1697/8 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Walter Jackson of Oyster River 
granted to his oldest son, William Jackson, March 18, 1697/8.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 45.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Walter Jackson of Oyster River, 
who died in 1683 ; amount, £46.0.0 ; signed by Thomas Chesley 
and Stephen Jones ; attested by William Jackson, oldest son, 
March 18, 1697/8.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 127.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 437 

[Henry March, for his wife, not named, Timothy Moses of 
Dover, for his wife, Mary Moses, and Jane Jackson of Dover, in 
like form, discharge WilHam Jackson of all liabilities July 12 and 
14, 1 701, Jane Jackson mentions William Jackson as her brother.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, fol. 87.] 

[James Jackson of Oyster River discharges his brother, William 
Jackson, from all bills, debts, and legacies Oct. 4, 1701 ; witnesses, 
Joseph Jones and David Kincaid.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, fol. 87.] 



HENRY HOBBS 1698 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Hobbs of Dover granted 
to his widow, Hannah Hobbs, May 25, 1698.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 47.] 



ALEXANDER DENNETT 1698 

[Inventory of the estate of Alexander Dennett, July 6, 1698 ; 
amount, £50.6.6; signed by Samuel Keais and Obadiah Morse, 
attested by John Dennett Aug. 27, 1698.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 165.] 



JOHN PARTRIDGE JR. 1698 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Partridge, Jr., of Ports- 
mouth granted to his widow, Abigail Partridge, July 20, 1698.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 49.] 

[Inventory, July 19, 1698 ; amount, £27.3.0 ; signed by William 
Cotton and James Leavitt.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 169.] 



438 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN RAND 1698 DURHAM 

[Inventory of the estate of John Rand of Oyster River, July 
26, 1698; amount, £83.18.0; signed by Edward Leathers and 
John Smith; attested by Elizabeth Rand, the widow, Aug. i, 
1698.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 143.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Rand of Oyster River, 
planter, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Rand, Aug. i, 1698.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 52.] 

[John Rand of Oyster River, minor, son of John Rand of 03'ster 
River, yeoman, deceased, makes choice of his friend, Francis 
Matthews of Oyster River, as his guardian March 9, 1710/11.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 7, p. 185.] 



SAMUEL CUTT 1698 PORTSMOUTH 

In The Name of God Amen I Samuel Cutt of Portsmouth in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Gent being in good 
health of body * * * 

Itm) I give unto m}^ Eldest Son John Cutt my house & Land 
where I Now live with the orchards Gardens wharfing ware- 
houses & other houseings with all the Previlidges and appur- 
tances thereunto belonging togeather with my wood fields lying 
on the Creek behind my house and all my Frish Marsh at the head 
of the Creek next Richard Cunims his marsh also my Great Silver 
Salt & a Seal gold Ring — 

I Give and bequeath to my beloved Son Sam" Cutt all my Land 
& farm near the Pulpit on Piscataqua River which was in the Pos- 
sition of my mother Law M'^ Uersilla Cutt Deceased also a Silver 
Tankard & one gold Ring togeather wi'' my Plantation on Oyster 
river & the farm lying near it which was bo' of Tho^ Douty with 
the frish marsh & Salt marsh all the before mentioned primises 
shall be & Remain in the Possistion & Custody of my beloved 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 439 

wife whome I make my Sole Execeturix & to Improve it to the best 
advantage for the well maintaining and bring up of my S'' Children 
and when Either of them comes in age or marry then the Same to 
be Delivered to him or them as their own and if either of my Said 
Sons Should Die unmarraied & with out Lawfull Isue then the Said 
Land &c to Remain to be to the Son Surviveing & if both Die un- 
marraied & without Law Isue then the whole & all to return to my 
beloved wife Elinnor Cutt to be at her own Dispose but if they or 
either of them marry & have Lawfull Isue to Remain to them and 
their Heirs forever — Itm I Give & bequeath to my Frind Henry 
Penny for the Love I bare him So much money Money to buy 
himself a Compleat Suit of mourning thro' out all the Rest & 
Ressdue of my Estate in Money Debts lands Good & chatties what- 
soever I do give & bequeath to my Loveing wife Elianor Cutt whom 
I will make & appoint to be my Sole Executerix of This my Last 
will & Testament & I Request and appoint my Good frinds M'' 
NatW' Rogers M^ George Jaffrey M' Rich^ Jose and M' Jn° Den- 
net to be my over Seers & Desire them to advise & assist my wife 
& Children wherein they may be useful! to them & for their best 
behoof & to see the paying of the Legaces above mentioned & 
the Discharge of my Just Debts and funeral Charge 

In testimony to all and Singluar of the Primisses I Sot to my 
hand & Seal this Sixth Day of august in the Tenth Year of his 
majesty s Reign Annoq" Domini 1698 — 

We whose names are under writ- Sam" Cutt [Seal] 

ten Saw M"" Sam" Cutt Set his hand 
& Seal to the above Instrement & 
heard Declare it to be his Last will 
& Testament y'' 6"' Day of aug' 
anno Domini 1698 

Henry Penny 

John Wentvvorth 

[Proved Oct. 25, 1698.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 14, p. 253.] 



440 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[John Cutt and Samuel Cutt, minors, children of Samuel Cutt 
of Portsmouth, gentleman, deceased, make choice of Samuel Pen- 
hallow, George Vaughan, and Thomas Phipps, all of Portsmouth, 
to be their guardians, April ii, 1712 ; witnesses, William Vaughan 
and Charles Story.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 235.] 



JOHN HARDEN 1698 

Agust the 11"' day in the year of our Lord : 1698 — 

The Will of John Mardin Sen'' being in perfite Memory By 
the Grace and Will of God Amen — 

Itame : Give unto my son James Mardin : my rite in the woods 
that I bought and paide for : — 

Itam give and bequeath unto my Wife Rachel Mardin After my 
Deseas the Remainner of my whole Esteat unto here self and to 
be att her Desposing : — 

the X Mark of ^ the mark of 



Judeth Webster ' John X Mardin 

Joshua foss I 

John Lock J 

[Proved Feb. 12, 1706/7.] 
[Deeds, vol. 13, p. 93 ] 



HUMPHREY WILSON 1698 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Humphrey Wilson of Exeter, Aug. 
26, 1698; amount, £641.12.0; signed by Samuel Leavitt and 
Moses Leavitt; attested by Judith Wilson, widow and executrix, 
Oct. 13, 1698.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 147. J 

[Will of Humphrey Wilson proved by John Folsom and Peter 
CotHn Oct. 13, 1698. The will is missing. Administration granted 
to Judith Wilson, named as executrix in the will.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 53] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 44I 

THOMAS WAKEHAM 1698 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen, I Thomas Wacom of Portsm° in the 

Province of Newhamp'' New England, beeing but weake in body 

* * * 

Itim I give unto my beloved wife mary Wacom, (whome I 
make my full & Sole Exicutrix of this my last will & Testam') 
my hole Estate, boath Real & personall during her Natural life 
Save what is heerin Excepted 

3 I will that my kinswoman Jane Haskings who now lives 
w"^ me, when shee shall attaine to the age of Eighteen years shall 
have, One feather bed, with all furniture Sutable therto and after 
the decease of my wife I will she shall have one third part of 
all my movables & Thirtv pound In silver 

4. I will & bequeath unto my Kinswoman Eliz: Alkings, (after 
the decease of my beloved wife, m}^ dwelling howse. Orchard & 
Shop, with all the p^'vilidges & appurtenances belonging therto 
to be hers & her hiers and assignes for ever, but if said Eliz. Al- 
kings dye without Issue, then I will, that the s'^ howse, orchard 
Shop &c. Shall retturne & be to the proper use & behoofe of my 
Kinswoman Jane Haskins & her hiers 

5 I will & bequeath to my Kinswoman Mary Adams a Coker 
Nutt Cupp Tipt with Siliver 

6 I will & bequeath to my kinswoman Patience alkings, after 
my wifes decease, Tenn pounds in mony out of what remains of 
my Estate, In Testmony wherof I have heerunto Sett my hand 
& Seale dated the 27"' of Septemb'' 1698 in y*" 10"' yeare of his 
maj'y 

Signed Sealed & deliverd . Thomas wacamb [seal] 

in p'^sence — 
Hen: Penny 
Elisha Briard 
[Proved Dec. 15, 1709.] 



442 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM RACKLEY 1699 PORTSMOUTH 

I william Rackly of Porthm" In Piscataqua River : beinge in per- 
fict Memory & Good health * * * 

i^t; I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Jean Rackl}- my 
Dwelling howse : And howsell Goods and all y" Land belonging 
to s*^ howse and out howse with all my Just Debts and Dews belong- 
ing or in any ways Apertaying to me allsoe all my tools y' I now 
work with all my Estate personall and reall : I give to my s"^ wife 
to her and her Ayers for Ever : only Exepting two bras Candill 
sticks which I give to my Daufter Nellson : and one Shilling A 
pese to Every one of my grand Children. 

2'*''' I mack my wife Jean Rackly my hole and Sole Executrix : 
of this my Last will & Testement And to y*^ truth of all y** Above 
premises : I hear unto Set my hand and Afixed my Seall : 
This Twenty fifth Day of March In y*' yeare of ouer Lord one 
Thousand six hundred nintey and nine 

Job Alcock The X Mark of 

John Dennet William Rackly [seal] 

Samuel Keais 

[Endorsed " not proved y" witnesses being Dead — y*^ Admin 
was granted to Benj^ Rackley his Son."] 

[Administration on the estate of William Rackley granted to his 
son, Benjamin Rackley, March 4, 1723/4, the widow, Jane Rack- 
ley, named as executor of the will, having declined to act.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 10, p. 292.] 

[Warrant, March 4, 1723/4, authorizing Capt. Thomas Peirce 
and William Parker, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Jane Libby, formerly widow of William Rackley, renounces 
executorship on the estate, March 25, 1723/4, in favor of her son, 
Benjamin Rackley.] 

[Inventory, June 3, 1724 , amount, £49.13.0 ; signed by Thomas 
Peirce and William Parker.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 443 

JOHN SWAINE 1699 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of John Swaine, May 17, 1699; amount, 
£71.19.6; signed by WilHam Seavey and John Batson ; attested 
by Mrs. Mary Swaine May 17, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 153.] 

[Guardianship, June 25, 1703 : John Odiorne appointed guardian 
to his grandsons, John Swaine and Richard Swaine, sons of John 
Swaine of Newcastle, mariner, deceased.] 

[Administration granted to John Odiorne of Newcastle, guardian 
of Richard Swaine and John Swaine, sons of the deceased, June 
25, 1703, the widow, Mary Swaine, to whom administration was 
granted April 21, 1699, being dead.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 267.] 

[Bond of John Odiorne of Newcastle, with Capt. John Picker- 
ing of Portsmouth and George Wallis of Newcastle, yeoman, as 
sureties, June 25, 1703, in the sum of £200, for the administra- 
tion of the estate ; witnesses, Thomas Packer and Charles Story.] 



EDWARD HILTON 1699 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Hilton of Exeter, who died 
April 28, 1699, taken May 29, 1699; amount, £1146.6.0; signed 
by Theophilus Dudley, Biley Dudley, and John Wedgwood ; attest- 
ed by Winthrop Hilton July, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 167.] 

Artikells of Agrem' Indented, Made and Agred upon. By and 
between Wintroope Hilto, Dudley Hilton and Joseph Hilton all of 
Exeter In the Province of New-Hampshere In New-England Yeo- 
men In Manner & forme following that is to saye whareas Our 
Honered ffather Edward Hilton Late of Exeter Deseased, hath 
Given and bequethed unto us Lands, Meddowes, and Intereste 
in Mills, wee the said Wintrop Hilton Dudly Hilton and Joseph 



444 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Hilton have Unanimusl}' Agreed, To Divide and Alott and do 
hereby own, Acknowledge and Declare, That wee have Unani- 
musly Divided and Allotted to eatch other our Sowle and Hoole 
Right Tittle and Interest of or Unto all The Land' meddowes, or 
Mills given as Abovesaid to Eatch and Every of our Satisfactyon 
and Content, Which Divit3'on and perticuler allootment as ftollows 
To Wintrop Hilton, The Dwelling House, Barne, Oarchard, and all 
the Land and Marsh Lyinge betwene, The Partinge Brooke and a 
Ded Red oak tree at the North Este Corner of the oarchard and 
fiVom Said Red oake to Run on a North Weste Line to the Hed 
of said Hilton (Deseased) Land and the one halfe of the ffivety 
Acres of Land at Pickpocket and Allso the Grist Mill and Saw 
Mill upon the Partinge Brooke to be to y" Soole and Propper use 
Benefitt and Beehoofe of him the Said Wintrop Hilton, his Heires, 
Exec''^ Adm''* and Assignes for Ever, To have Hoold Posses and 
Injoye w"' out y*" Leste mollestatyon or Disturbans by or from us, 
or of Ether of us, Dudley Hilton and Joseph, or Anny Person or 
persons by from or under us, Claimeinge Legall Rite thereunto. 
To Dudly Hilton all the Land betwene the abovesaid Red Oake, 
and a Rock in the ground and an other upon that Rock nere over 
Agains' Liftenant Wiggens Poynte, and So to Run that Bredth 
viz' aboute fforty Eight Rods on a North Weste Line to the Hed 
of Said Hilton Deceased Land and Six Acres of Marsh and flatts, 
bee it Moore or Less, Comonly Caled the upper End of the ffirst 
Marsh and Allso one Sixth parte of a Saw-Mill on Piscassock 
River w'''^ was his ffathers and allso one quarter part of the ffivety 
Acres of Land at Pickpocket To have and to hoold to him the Said 
Dudly Hilton his Heires, Exec''* Adm""* and Assignes for Ever w*^ 
out Lett Mollestatyon or Disturbans by or from us, or ether of us. 
The Said wintrop and Joseph Hilton or Anny Person or Persons 
by from or under us Claimeing Legall Rite thereunto. To Joseph 
Hilton all the Land that was his ffathers at his Desease, betwene 
the Line Laste Mentyoned, and John wedgwoods Land Up to the 
Hed of Said Land and one quarter parte of the ffivety Acres of 
Land At Pickpockett and the Marsh that was our ffathers at the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 445 

upper and Lower End of the ffirst Crike and Allso the Sixth 
part of a Saw-mill on Piscassock River w°^' was there fathers 
to have and to Hoold, to him the said Joseph Hilton his Heires, 
Exec''^ Adm'** and Assigns for Ever w"' out Lett Mollestatyon or 
Disturbans by or from us or ether of us the Said Wintrop and 
Dudly Hilton or Anny Person or Persones, By from or under 
us, Claimeinge Legall Rite thereunto w''* w*^'' Divityons wee 
Acknowlidge our Selves ffully Satisfied Contented and Paid as 
the Hoole Proportyon of the Estate, given unto us by our ffather 
Edward Hilton Abovesaid, In Housses, Lands, Meddowes or Mills 
In Confermatyon whareof wee the said Wintrop Hilton Dudly Hil- 
ton and Joseph Hilton have Enterchaingeably Sett our Hands & 
seles The seventh Daye of June Ann° Dom: one thousand & Seven 
Hondred Annoq® Desemo R Regis Gulyelmy Tershey Angly &c — 

Signed Seled & Delevered Wintrop Hilton [& selej 

In The p'"sents of us Dudly Hilton [& sele] 

Kinsly Halle Ann Hilton Gardian ^ 

Bilye Dudly to Joseph Hilton ^ ^^ ^^^^^ 

[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 181.] 



BENJAMIN BACKWAY 1699 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Benjamin Backway, Newcastle, 
July 25, 1699; amount, £87.15.11; signed by Mark Hunking 
and John Holden ; attested by John Endicott July 25, 1699.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 155 ] 



ELEANOR WILCOMB 1699 ISLES OF SHOALS 

Sptr 19 : 1699 
This is the Last will and Testtement of Ellinore Wellcom one 

hur Sick bead being in perfit memore}' 

I'y my will is that I commit my Soule to god that gave it and my 

Body to the dust : amen 



44^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

2'y my will is that I done bequeath unto my son John Muche- 
more my new boat which now John Currier is master and all hur 
apportinances 

3^'' my will is that affter my funaral Chargis are deftraid that 
the remainder of my Eestate Shall be equaly devided to my live 
Children 

4'-^ my will is that my son John Michemor shall tacke Care of 
Joseph Yurring to bring him up in the feare of God and to such 
Larrning as is Conveneant for one of his degree 

5'y my will is that John Muchemore Shall have the twenty hds 
of salt that I bought of gouv' Partrige to help defray the Childs 
Charg 

61v my will is that M'' Roger Kelley and my Kinsman Richard 
gooss shall tacke care to see this my will preformed as over seears. 

This being my Last will and Teastement as witness my hand and 
Seale 

in presance of us mark 

Nath" Tuckerman Elinor X [seal] welcom 

mark her 

John X Currier 

his 

[Inventory, Oct, i2, 1699 ; amount, £383.13.5 ; signed by James 
Blagdon and Richard Goss.] 

Province of New hampshir 

to the honrable willeam partridge his mags'* Leff' govener & 
comander in Cheff in & over S'^ province : as allso Judg of probat 
of will & granting adminestrations : 

may it pleas youer honer my selft' subscriber herof being the 
son & heir of Ellenor willcom of lis of shols Lat deseced : shee 
Leveing A will which as I am informed is in the Custety of my 
brother in Law John muchemor who has said he would have s'* 
will proved & adminestration there to granted my humbl request 
that youer honer would tak it into consideration & so order that 
my selff being surcomstanced as afore S' Iff Law will Alow it that 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 447 

adminestration may be granted unto my selff unles my s'^ brother 
in Law & I should otherways Agree So prays 3'ouer honers 
humble Addresser ; my humbl request allso Iff my s'' mothers 
will coms into your hands that it may be secuered 

desember 21^' 1699 John Urin 

[Probate Records, vol. 3. p. 171] 

Province of } 

New Hampshire ^ 25"' X'-'' 1699 

John Urin ; Sonn to Ellinor Wilcome Late of the Isle of Shoales 
widdow dec'^ "^sonally appeared before me W°' Partridge Esq'^ L' 
Govern"^ of province aforesaid, and requested that Administrac'on 
of all the Estate of Said Ellinor Wilcome might bee Granted to his 
Brother in Law John Muchemore of Said Isle of shoales ffisher- 
man ; who intermarried Said Urins Sister by the Mother Side 

Granted Accordingly 

W™ Partridge 

Test Cha: Story Secretary 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 163.] 

[Administration on the estate of Eleanor Wilcomb of the Isles 
of Shoals, widow, granted to John Muchmore of the Isles of 
Shoals, fisherman, Feb. i, 1699/1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 202.] 

[Bond of John Muchmore of the Isles of Shoals, fisherman, 
with James Blagdon of the same place, fisherman, as surety, Feb. 
I, 1699/1700, in the sum of £1000, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Samuel Penhallow and Charles Story.] 

To The Honor''"^ Wiliam Partridge Esq'' Leiu' Gover"^ & Judge 
of probates of y'^ province of Newhampshire 

The Humble petition of Henry Spiller Guardian to y*^ Three 
Children Minors of Zacheus Wilcome late of y*" Isles of Shoales 
Dec'— 

Humbly shevveth that whearas your Hon'' of late granted Ad- 
minist: to Jn" Muchemore of y'" goods Chattells &ct of Lienor 



448 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Wilcome Widdow late of Sd Isles : which Widdow was formerly 
y® wife of Willi'" Yorine who dyed Intestate with an Estate Insol- 
vent upon which y'" Creditors Adminisf' & Soold y"" Sd Estate to 
Richard Wilcome which Sd Wilcome allsoe dyed Intestate & noe 
administracion Taken of his Estate Untill y*^ Decease of Sd Elenor 
during which Inter Marriage beetween Sd Wilcome & Elenor besids 
other Children now Surviving their first born was y*^ Sd Zacheus 
who left Three Children Viz^ William Deborah & Richard whom 
I humbly conceive are Legall representatives of their Sd father 
Zacheus Thearfore Crave your Hon'' upon due Consideration of 
y*" p''mises in y*" Settleing of Sd Wilcoms Estate would grant Unto 
Sd Minors that which in Justice & Equity may bee appertaining 
& I shall remaine as in Duty bound yo'' Hon'^ Humb Servant 

Henry Spiller 
Ips'' y'' 6'" May 1700 

[Account of disbursements by the administrator ; attested by 
John Muchmore Feb. 3, 1700/1.] 

Ips*^ y" 26'^' Feby 1 700/1 
Honored S'' 

Beeing Informed that Jn° Muchemore hatli given acco* of ad- 
ministration of y" Estate of m"" Willcome & having left with yo'" 
Hon"" (y'' last Sumer) an acco* of y* Minors children of Zacheus 
Wilcome Dec'^ Eldest Sonn of Richard Wilcome, Crave y® favour 
when yo'' Hon"" will bee pleased to appoint a Time for y*" Settlement 
of S'" Estate that Soe I may accquaint y"" persons concerned who 
requested me to move it to yo' Hon'' & I shall bee greatly obliged 
as in duty bound &c remaine yo' Hon''* Humb Ser*^ 

J Staniford 

[On the back is written] 

Allen Lloyd & ftrances Lloyd Children of iVllen Lloyd of 
portsm** dec'' Marrin"^ Edw'' Toogood & Gartrite ux Job Alcott 
Jame Levitt 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 449 

ISABEL LEAVITT 1698/9 HAMPTON 

In the name of god Amen the : 8 of februwarye in the yeare of 
our Lord one thousand six hundred and ninty and nine I Isball 
Levet towne of Hampton In the province of new Hamshire in 
new England beinge of good and perfect memorye Although 
weake of bodye : * * * 

ily : Item : I give and bequeath to my daughter Isball toule one 
cowe and one boxe of Linnen and my wearinge cloaths 

2dly I give to my daughter Jemima knowls one cowe and one 
Sheep : and to my grand childe Sarah knowls I give one Sheep : 
And to : m}^ daughter keziah : tucker I give twelve Shilings In 
good marchantabel paye 

3**'^ And my puter and bras I give to my three dafters above 
named ad to be equally devidded Amongst them 

4^^ I give and bequeath to my Sonne John Levet my warmeinge 
pan with all the rest of my moveabels whatsoever And my Lega- 
seys to be payde with In one yeare after my desease upon demande 
And to be delivered att the Howse where my Sonne John Levet 
now dweleth And I doe ordayne and constitute my Loveinge 
Sonne John Levet to be my Sole execetor to this my Laste will and 
testament : In witnes Hereof I Have hereunto Sete my hande 
and Afi:^ed my Seale the daye and yeare Above writen And In 
the tenth yeare of His majestys raigne Kinge william kinge of 
england Scotland france ad Ireland defender of the faith 

Signed and Sealed : Isball X Levet [seal] 

In the presenc of us Hir marke 

John Smith : Senior 

John : Smith : Junr 

[Proved July 9, 1700.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Isabel Leavitt, who died Feb. 9, 
1698/9, taken May 12, 1699; amount, £76.11.9; signed by 
Thomas Roby and John Tuck.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 165-] 
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450 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN FOSS 1699 DOVER 

In the Name of god Amen 

I John fost of dover being week and in expectaion of my 
chainge * * * 

I will and bequeath to my loveing wife y® one half of my hous- 
ing and homested for hur maitainece and bringing up of my two 
youngest Children 

I will and bequeath to my S Humphry half of my housing and 
lands for his one use and benephit requesting and appointing my 
Son in law James warrin to be his over sar counseler lest he be 
ronged of a comfortabel maintainenc — 

I will and bequeath to my Son william one Shilling and also 
fourty acers of land that was granted me by the towne of dover 

I will and bequeath unto my daughter mary one Shilling 

I will and bequeath unto my daughter Jeminah one shilling 

I will and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth one Shilling 

I will and bequath unto my Son Samuel the half of this which 
i left with my wif when he comes of age 

I will and constitute my wife Sole Executrix of this my last will 
and testement and for considertion of all the above Saide I have 
heare unto seat my hand and seale this sevententh day of desem- 
ber one thousand six hundred ninty and nine 

Signed sealed and delvered as John ftbst [seal] 

his last will and testament In 
presence of us 

John Wade 

James Emery 

Alse Abbott 

[Inventory Jan. 8, 1699/1700 ; as exhibited by the widow, Eliza- 
beth Foss ; amount, £52.15.0; signed by Silvanus Nock and 
Hatevil Roberts, both of Dover.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3. p. 163.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 45 1 

ABRAHAM HOWELL 1699 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen this 29 day of Decemb'' 1699: I 
Abram Howell Late of London being bound to Sea from this 
Place and knowing not when I may return do make and Ordain 
this my last will and Testament. 

thats to Say if in Case I do not return heather again I do give 
and bequeath unto Mary Clark Widdow all my goods Chattells 
and moveables which are now in her possesion whom I do make and 
Ordain my only and Sole Executrix, but if it pleas God I do return 
heather again, It is agreed that the S'' Widdow Clark do return 
the Goods to me again which I do now leave with her. and I do 
hereby utterly revoke and Disannull all other or former Gifts 
Grants or Wills by me any ways made — In wittness whereof I 
have here unto Sett my hand and Scale Dated in Potsmouth 
New England the Day & Year abovesaid — 

Signed, Sealed and Delivered Abraham Howell [seal] 

in the presents of 

Richard Partridge 

william Sallwood 

[Proved Oct. 17, 1700.] 



WILLIAM FURBER 1699 DOVER 

to y*^ honrabl william partridg Esq"^ Judg of y^ probat of wills & 
granting Adminestration & settling of intestants Estats ; within 
the province of Newhampsh' may it pies youer honer : for as 
much as william ffurbur of welch Cove deseced dyed intesteted as 
is reported, Leveing A considerabl Estat behind him which s'' Estat 
Lyes in the hands of his son will: furbur who keeps the sam Con- 
trary to Law from his sisters & will not Render there porshons : 
to them though often there to desiered : 

wee the subscribers y** husbands of s'' furbur sisters in their be- 
hallf being informed that by Law the whol settlemen of intested 
Estats Lys in youer honers hands doe therfore prav that our s** 



452 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

brother may be Compeled to deliver untoo each of his sisters their 
portion in s'' Estat & that all such meshuers as the Law directs 
too may be useed for those ends so prays youer hon''' most 
humbl Addresors 

desembr the 30'*" 1699 John Dam 

John bickford 
Thomas bickford 
[Probate Records, vol. 3. p. 185.] 



LUCY STILEMAN 1699/1700 NEWCASTLE 

In the name of god Amen The Eighth Day of January In The 
Eleventh year of The Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord William 
The Third by The Grace of god of England Scotland France and 
Ireland King Defender of the faith &c Anno: Dom: one Thou- 
sand Six hundred ninety & nine. I Lucy Stileman of New Castle 
being In Perfect health both In Body and mind * * * 

That Is To Say first. I Give and bequeath To my grandson 
James Chadborn Son of My late Son James Chadborn one half 
part of all my land and Meddow which Is lying and being Att or 
ny Sturgeon Creek In the Province of main which was granted 
me by A Deed of gift or Joynter from My former Husband Hum- 
phry Chadborn Duering My Natural Life and Then Att my dis- 
poseal Among our Children And The S'^ James Chadborn Is To 
Pay his sister Lucy Chadborn twenty Pounds out of The Incoms 
or Rent of The S'' Land And If the s'' James Shuld Dy without 
Issue Then The S** Land Is to goe to his S'' Sister Lucy — I give 
and bequeath To my Daughter Elizabeth Alcock The other half 
of my S'' land and Meaddow Afors'^To be Equally divided betwext 
her and my grandson Afors'" Shee Paying To her Sister Katharine 
Wamouth Twenty Pounds out of the Rent or Income, and If my 
Daughter Elizabeth Alcock Shuld Dy without Issue and Leave A 
husband then s** Land and Mash Shall remain to her husband 
Dureing his Natural life and then Decend To my Daughter Kath- 
arine Waymouth or her heirs : or If She Dy without husband or 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 453 

Issue Imediately to goe As Afores'' To my Daughter Waymouth 
or her heirs she or they Paying To my other Two Daughters Viz 
Lucy Lewis & Alice Dunnel Each Ten Pounds being the mony 
Reed of her Sister Alcock or If Not Reed by Reason of The 
Shortness of The Time being In My daughters Alcock^ hands &c 
Then Nevertheless To Pay Them The Ten Pounds Each — And 
That whereas my late husband M"" Elias Stileman Did give me 
forty Pounds To be Disposed by me out of his Estate I give and 
bequeth That Equally betwen my five Daughters Viz; Eight pounds 
To Each Lucy Lewis Alice Dunnel Kattharine Waymouth^ Eliz* 
Alcock & Joana Cutt Each Eight Pounds Whereas I Now have 
An obligation from Rich: Stileman for Ten Pounds If I Receve 
That Ten Pounds Then I give my Grand son Thomas Landel 
Ten Pounds mony If I dy before I Recover That Then my S'^ 
Grand son Shall have that Bill I heereby Assigning It over to him 
I Give to my Grandaughter Lucy Chadborn Daughter to my Son 
James Chadborn A Cow Whearas There Is A D' Due from my 
late Son Humpry Chadborn I Give that To my four grandchildren 
My Son Humpry** Children Viz Mary W"^ Eliz'^ & Joseph Chad- 
born And what Ever Estate I Leave Else Not heer mentioned I 
order It to be Equally Divided between my S'^ five Daughters Viz : 
Lucy Lewis Kath: Waymouth Eliz'* Alcock Alice Dunell & Joanah 
Cutt And I Doe heereby Appoint My Two Daughters Kath: Wa- 
mouth & Eliz* Alcock To be my Executrixes of this my last will 
and Testament I Desire My good frends John Hincks & Rob^ 
Eliot Esq"^* To be Overseours heer of to See this My Will fulfiled 
In wittness whereof I have heerunto Sett my hand And Seal the 
Day and year Above writen 1699 

In Presents of signum 

Lemuel Smith Lucy X Stileman AHs 

mary tetherly Wells Alis Chadborn [seal] 

Theodore Atkinson 

[Proved April 13, 1708.] 

[Bond of Samuel Dunnel of York, Me., gentleman, Samuel 
Alcock of Portsmouth, merchant and mariner, Richard Cutt and 



454 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Peter Lewis, both of Kittery, Me., and Catherine Weymouth of 
Newcastle, widow, April 27, 1708, in the sum of £300, for the 
payment of all debts due from the estate ; witnesses, Nicholas 
Morrill and Charles Story. Mentions Elizabeth Alcock, wife of 
Capt. Samuel Alcock.] 



DAVID DAVIS 1699/1700 

[Citation to Susanna Durgin, Jan. 16, 1699/1700, to appear and 
show cause for not having administered the estate of her former 
husband, David Davis.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3. p. 173.] 



JOHN SINCLAIR 1699/1700 EXETER 

province of newhampsheare 

In the : name : of God : Amen : I John Sinkler of Exetter : being 
sick of body * * * 

ferist I will that my Debts and funeral Charges shall be pad and 
discharged and all my Contracts mad with my wife before mar- 
redge be performed by my Executor 

I give unto my Son James Sinkler ten pound in marcentable 
pay to be pad within one year after my Death : and a feather : 
Bead and twenty : akers of Land which I Bought of David Rob- 
eson 

I give unto my Dafter mary wheller tow pound in : marchent- 
able pay to be pad within tow year after m}^ Death 

I give unto my Dafter Meribah Loll fife pound in : marchent- 
able pay to be pad within to year after my Death 

I give unto my tow grand sons John Jons and Bengemen Jons 
tow pound in marchentable pay when thay Com to the age of 
twenty one years : I give unto my well Beloved wife Debroah 
Sinkler the : one third of all my Lands and : orchard within fence 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 455 

During her Life and the new Room During her ; wedow hood and 
noe Longer : and all the Rest and Residue of my parsonal Estate 
goods and Chattalls : whot so ever I Do : give and bequefe unto 
my Loving : son John Sinkler who I Do make : full : and soul 
Executor of this my Last will and testementt and I Do hearby 
Revoke : disanul and make void all formor wills and : teste- 
ments by : me : heretofor made Exscepte : the Contrack made : 
with my wife befor marradge in wittness : hearof I y" Sad John : 
Sinkler to this my Last will : and testement have : hear : unto satt 
my hand and seal : the twenty seveneth : day of Januery in the 
year of Lord 1699/700 

wittness the mark of John X sinkler sean" [seal] 

Kinsley Hall 

henry wadleigh 

[Proved Sept. 14, 1700.] 



MARY TASKER 1699/1700 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Mar}' Tasker of Oyster River, 
widow, granted to Henry Nock of Oyster River, Feb. 2, 1699/1700, 
" who intermarried with Sarah Adams Sister to Mary Tasker."] 

[Bond of Henry Nock, weaver, with Thomas Bickford and 
Francis Matthews, both of Oyster River, yeomen, as sureties, 
Feb. 2, 1699/1700, in the sum of £100, for the administration of 
the estate of Mary Tasker, widow of William Tasker of Oyster 
River; witnesses, Richard Partridge and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, April 16, 1700; amount, £52.13.3; signed by John 
Woodman and Thomas Edgerly.] 

[Warrant, April 20, 1700, authorizing Thomas Edgerly, weaver, 
and Thomas Bickford, husbandman, both of Dover, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 



45^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administrator's account against the estate; amount, £18.2.0 ; 
allowed Oct. 19, 1703.] 

[Settlement of the estate as insolvent, at two shillings, three 
pence, in the pound ; allowed Oct. 18, 1703.] 

[Deed of 50 acres of land from Charles Adams to his daughter, 
Mar}^ Tasker, wife of William Tasker, and her children, March 
I, 1693/4.] 

[Various bills, accounts, etc., containing signatures of Thomas 
Phipps, Samuel Cutt, Nicholas Haskins, Nicholas Harrison, John 
Gerrish, Jeremiah Burnham, and Obadiah Morse.] 



JOHN WILSON 1699/1700 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Wilson of Exeter, hus- 
bandman, granted to George Veasey of Exeter, husbandman, and 
his wife, Martha Veasey, formerly widow of the deceased, Feb. 
13, 1699/1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 201.] 

[Bond of George Veasey of Exeter, husbandman, with William 
Ardell of Exeter, gentleman, and Nathaniel Ayers of Portsmouth, 
blacksmith, as sureties, Feb. 13, 1699/1700, in the sum of £80, 
for the administration of the estate ; witnesses, John Chevalier and 
Charles Story.] 



WILLIAM TASKER 1699/1700 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of William Tasker of Dover, Feb. 14, 
1699/1700; amount, £44.13.3; signed by Thomas Bickford and 
Francis Mathes.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 151.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WII.I.S 457 

JOHN MARSTON 1699/1700 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Marston of Hampton, 
husbandman, granted to his widow, Mary Marston, Feb. 15, 
1699/1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 203.] 

[Bond of Mary Marston, widow, with John Tuck, millwright, 
and Ephraim Marston, husbandman, as sureties, all of Hampton, 
Feb. 15, 1699/1700, in the sum of £800, for the administration of 
the estate ; witnesses, Peter Coffin and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Sergt. John Marston, who died Oct. 
24, 1699; taken March 27, 1700: amount, £282,1.0; signed by 
Henry Dow, John Moulton, and Samuel Dow.] 

[Proh.ite Records, vol. 3. p. 159 ] 



ROBERT SMITH 1699/1700 HAMPTON 

In y'' name of God Amen y'' 22"'' day of march. Anno Dom* 
1699 or 1700 in y^ 12*'^ year of y*" Reign of our Soveraign Lord 
King William y^ third over England &c — I Robart Smith of 

Hampton in y*" Province of Newhampshier in New England — 

* * * 

Item I give to my Son John five acres of Salt marsh be it more 
or less as it is laid out & bounded with land & marsh formerly in 
y*^ possession of John Hugins with all y^" fences, previiedges & ap- 
purtenances there unto belonging unto him & his Heirs for ever as 
also one half of y*^ land & marsh given me by Robart Mason Esq' 
with one half of my money and utensils, and one quartr of my 
houshold goods with a legacy of five pounds ; and one fifth part ot 
my cattell — 

Item I give unto my Son Jonathan for pounds and one fifth part 
of my Cattell — 



458 NF.W HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give unto mv Son Asahel forty acres of land lying at y 
new plantation, with a legacy of four pounds and one fifth part of 
my cattell — 

Item I give unto my Son Joseph one share of y*' Cow Common, 
as also four acres of fresh medow lying towards y'' Beach anjoyn- 
ing to medow Somtimes Thomas Sleepers, and four acres of Salt 
mars at y'' clambankes be it more or less bounded East ward ly 
with march at y*^ wedgoods, and Southwardly with a creeke, & 
westwardly with marsh formerly Tho: marstons — as also my 
house and land at home be it three acres more or less with y*" 
orcherd and all y' appurtan unto my homestead as also one half 
of y*' land & marsh given me by Robart Mason Esq"^ with all y® 
previledges and appurtinances belonging to y*^ share of y® cow 
Common, medow marsh, and home stead with fences & buildings 
standing thereon unto him & his Heirs for Ever — also I give to my 
Son Joseph one half of my money & one half of my utensels 
one quarter of my household goods, and one fifth part of my 
Cattell & stocke my son Joseph to pay out of my Estate to my 
son John five pounds, to my son Jonathan four pound, to my 
son Asahell four pounds — 

Item I give unto my Daughter Maribah one half of my hous- 
hold goods and to have in her part the best bed and beding, the 
Cubard, and table, & warming pan, and one fifth part of my 
Cattell— 

Item I give my Right to y'' land purchased of y*" Indian Sechem 
to my children to be equelly devided and any other thing or things 
not here mentioned I leave to y*^ disposall of my after named Ex- 
ecutors — And to this my last Will and Testament I doe Consti- 
tute & appoint my beloved sons John & Joseph Joynt Executors 
& in case of y*^ death of y'' one the other to be Sole Executor — 

Thus commending my self, your Selves, my Sons & dauter to 
y*' Infinate grace of God alsofisient I doe in y*" presence of God 
& man Revoke all former Wills, and sign this as my last Will & 
Testament with my hand & Seal this twenty Second day of March 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 459 

Anno : Dom: 1699 in y* twelfty year of y*" Reign of King William 
ye ^rt over England &c — 

This Instrewment was signed the marke of 

& Sealed by Robart Smith and Robart X Smith [seal] 

afermed by him to be his last 
Will & Testament — Witnes 

Edmund Johnson 

John moulton 

nathaniel Lock 

[Proved Sept. 3, 1706.] 

[Inventor}^, Sept. 10, 1706 ; amount, £118.0.2 ; signed by James 
Philbrick and Ephraim Marston.] 



JOHN HALL 1700 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of John Hall of Dover, April 13, 1700; 
amount, £104.18.0; signed by John Tuttle and Ralph Hall.] 

[Abigail Downes, formerly widow of John Hall, renounces ad- 
ministration on the estate Nov. 26, 1700, in favor of her two sons, 
Thomas Hall and Joseph Hall ; witnesses, Ichabod Plaisted and 
Ezekiel Wentworth.] 

[Inventory " of the Widow hall A Steate that She brought with 
hur at the Time of hur maig," Dec. i, 1700; amount, £9.13.0; 
signed by Ephraim Wentworth and Thomas Potts.] 

[Admistration on the estate of John Hall, yeoman, granted to 
his sons, Thomas Hall and Joseph Hall of Dover, yeomen, Dec. 
3, 1700, the widow, Abigail Downes, wife of Thomas Downes of 
Cocheco, yeoman, having renounced administration.] 

[Probate Records, vol 4. p. 226.] 

[Bond of Thomas Hall and Joseph Hall, both of Dover, yeo- 
men, with Thomas Tibbetts and Joseph Roberts both of Dover, yeo- 
men, as sureties, Dec. 3, 1700, in the sum of £200, for the admin- 



460 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

istration of the estate ; witnesses, George Vaughan and Charles 
Story.] 

[Warrant, July 12, 1727, authorizing Capt. Thomas Tibbetts 
and Lt. Joseph Roberts to appraise 100 acres of land not included 
in the inventory.] 

[Return of the valuation of the abovesaid land at £65.0.0, July 
14, 1727 ; signed by Thomas Tibbetts and Joseph Roberts.] 



JOHN CLARK 1700 NEWCASTLE 

In The Name of God Amen the 25''' of Aprill 1700 and in the 
12*'' year of his majestys Reigne King william the third I John 
Clark of Great Island in the Province of New hampshire yeoman 
Being aged and weak in Body. * * * 

Imprimis I Give And Bequeath unto Elizabeth my Beloved wife 
all my whol Estate Both houseing and Lands and moveable 
Goods Dureing her Naturall Life and also full and free power To 
sell any part thereof Either houseing or Lands or moveabl Estate 
whatsoever for the Nessesary Support of her Life and what 
Remains un Disposed of att her Decease my minde and will is that 
it shall Be Equally Devided Between my Two Sons viz Jacob and 
Joseph To Have and To Hold all the sd Estate above mentioned 
unto Elizabeth my well Beloved wife as it is above Specifyed and 
the Remainder thereof after her Decease To my Two sons Jacob 
and Joseph and their heirs Lawfully Begotten of their Bodyes for 
Ever And Last of all I Doe appoint Elizabeth my well Beloved 
wife To Be Sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testament 
wittnes my hand and seal the Date above written 

wittnes The Sign of 

Anhony row "| John X Clark [seal] 

Sameuell fernalld | 
the sign of )> 

Edward X Bealle 

W" Godsoe 

[Proved July 20, 1700.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 461 

NICHOLAS FOLLETT 1700 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Nicholass ffollet being Sick and 
Week but in perfect memor}^ and right Sences doe first Bequeath 
my Soul to God that Gave it me Hopeing to Receive mercy by 
the Merritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour Next my Body to the 
Ground 

i' And First for all Earthly Things I Bequeath as ffblloweth 
all Lawfull due debts To be forthwith paid 

2 And Secondly, I bequeath To my Wife Hanah Follet the 
House Shee now Liveth in and my Land at Oyester River and one 
Third of the Moveables Dureing her Life ; after her decease the 
Land at Oyester River To ffall To my Eldest Son ; the House 
She now Lives in after her deceace to fFall to the Youngest Son :/ 

3^ And Thirdly I Bequeath : To Phillip ffollet that Part of 
Land Joyning to Nicholas ffallet being the Same Quantytie that 
Nicholass ffallet hath : 

4'^^ And ffourthly I Bequeath To Caleb ffallet that f cell of 
Land Joyning To my house Goeing as ffar as the High way and 
So into the Creek as ffar as my Privalidge is but not to come w'4n 
four foot of the House Square from head To foot/. 

S^^ And Fifthly my Will is that the Land I have in Exeter 
Bounds Be Sold if Possible/. 

6"^ And Sixthly, all Things not disposed of Before To Be 
Devided Equally amongst all my Children in Equall Sheares 
Those that are of Age to Receive it as Soon as Convenient those 
that are under age there Part to be Left in my Wifes hands and 
when they Come of Age to Receive it 

7"' And Seventhly my Negroe Man Caezer if Please God he 
Lives I Bequeath To my Wife during her Life and if She dies 
before the Youngest Child is Sixteene Yeares old Then he is 
to be for the Youngest Childs Maintainance Till he is Sixteene 
yeares old and Then he is to be free if he Seas Cause if not To 
Rem" the Youngest Childs/, 

This Being my Last Will and Testament written at Treace in 



462 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Ba}^ of Campeach Aprill the Twent}- Ninth Anno Domini one 
Thousand Seven Hundred — 

Wittness Nich° ffollett [seal] 

his 
Peter X Coffin 

mark 
W™ Chadder 
Isaac hanson 
[Proved Aug. 19, 1700.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1700, authorizing Job Alcock, gentleman, 
and Edward Toogood, mason, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
the estate of Nicholas Follett of Portsmouth, mariner, administra- 
tion being granted to the widow, Hannah Follett, and her son, 
Nicholas Follett ; signed by William Partridge.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 29, 1700; amount, £394.17.0; signed by Job 
Alcock and Edward Toogood.] 

[Bond of Hannah Follett and Nicholas Follett, tailor, with 
Samuel Keais, feltmaker, and Obadiah Morse, smith, as sureties, 
all of Portsmouth, Feb. 13, 1700/1, in the sum of £500, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate ; witnesses, Patience Elkins and Charles 
Story.] 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Follett, aged about eight years, 
granted to his brother, Nicholas Follett, Oct. 2, 1705.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 5, fol. 32.] 



JOHN OILMAN 1700 EXETER 

I John Oilman Sen' of Exeter in the Province of Newhampsh'' 
in New England ; being of sound mind and memory ; but ancient 
and infirm * * * 

2: I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Nicholas Oilman, 
imediately after his Mothers decease one half of my Six hundred 
acres of land lying at Wachuck, and one half of all my lands, 
meadows and flatts lying att Lamprey eal river ; moreover one 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 463 

half of my hundred acres of land lying at grassy swamp, and 
one half of all my salt meadows lying within the bounds of Exeter ; 
to bee to him and his heirs forever ; Provided, that out of the 
same, he doth pay unto his mother or order in one year after my 
decease the sum of twenty pounds money ; and that he doth also 
pay to each of his Sisters hereafter named Eight pounds within 
three years after my decease in money or in merchantable good 
pay equivalent thereto. 

3. I do give unto my beloved Son John Oilman imediately after 
his Mothers decease all my interest in the upper saw-mill, with all 
the priviledges thereunto belonging ; also all my land in y® Comon 
feild. I do also give him my Temple Meadow and One half of my 
six hundred acres of land at Wachuck, with half my lands, mead- 
ows and fflatts at Lamprey eale river, moreover one half of my 
hundred acres of land lying at Grassy swamp, and the half of all 
my salt meadows lying within the bounds of Exeter ; to bee to 
him and his heirs forever. Provided, that out of the Same he 
doth pay unto his mother, or her Order, within one year after my 
decease the sum of twenty pounds money ; and that he doth also 
pay unto each of his Sisters hereafter named twelve pounds within 
three years after my decease, in mony or merchantable good pay 
of the Province, equivalent thereunto. 

4. Unto my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Wadleigh I give five 
p''* money, which I will shalbe payd her within one year after my 
decease, by my Son^ John & Nicklas Oilman, each of them one 
half. 

5. Unto my beloved Daughters, viz' Sarah Dudly, Lydia White, 
Abigail Thing, Joanna Coffin, Alee Oilman, and Katherine Gil- 
man I give twenty pounds each, to bee payd them and each of 
them as is already mentioned on this and the other side by my two 
sons Nicholas and John Oilman, and whereas my two Youngest 
Daughters, Alee and Katherine Oilman, have not as yet had in pro- 
portion with the rest of my Daughters ; I will that my Wife out of 
what I have given her, shall pay to each of them thirty pounds ; 
within three years after my decease or sooner if she can. 



464 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Finally, I give unto my beloved Wife all my other estate of any 
kind or nature whatsoever, whether reall or personall not already 
willed or disposed off; to be to her own proper use and disposall, 
without any maner of lett or impediment from any person or per- 
sons whatsoever. 

And if in case that my said Sons, Nicholas and John Oilman 
refuse to pay the severall Legacies unto their Mother and Sisters ; 
my will then is, that whatsoever I have given them or their heirs 
herein, shall wholy revert unto the proper use benefitt, and dis- 
posall of my wife for ever, for answering of the same ; she paying 
unto Each of them five pounds. 

Unto this my Last Will and Testament I make my Beloved 
Wife Elizabeth Oilman, my sole Executrix, obliging her to pay 
all mv just debts, and to defray my funerall charges. 

In testimony to all and Singular the p''mises, mentioned, on this, 
and the two preceding pages, I hereunto sett my hand, and affix 
my Seal this sixteenth day of July. 1700. 

Signed, Sealed and declared John Oillman Senor [seal] 

in the p'^sence of 

Joseph Smith 

John fullsam 

Sam" Penhallow 

[Presented March 31, 1709, and, the widow declining to act, 
administration was granted to the two sons, Nicholas Oilman and 
John Oilman.] 

[Bond of Nicholas Oilman and John Oilman of Exeter, with 
Peter Coffin of Exeter and Nathaniel Weare of Hampton as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £1,000, March 31, 1709; witnesses, Benjamin 
Gambling and Charles Story.] 

[Warrant, May 2, 1709, authorizing Lieut. James Dudley and 
Lieut. Jonathan Wadleigh of Exeter to appraise the estate.] 

rWarrant, May 2, 1709, authorizing Lieut. James Dudley and 
Lieut. Jonathan Wadleigh to receive claims against the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 465 

[Inventory, July 9, 1709 ; amount, £310.11.9 ; signed by James 
Dudley and Jonathan Wadleigh ; added Nov. 7, 1709, £5.10.0.] 



HENRY GREEN 1700 HAMPTON 

The Last Will and Teastiment of Henry Green of Hampton 
Esq"^ liveing in the Province of New Hampshere in new England 
Being very aged and Weake of body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved son Abra- 
ham Greene my grant of land att a place Com'only Called the 
new plantation As also one sheare of the Cow Com'ons of Hamp- 
ton and my grant of land att The north Devition as also the 
Remainder of my pece of Salt mash Where my son Jacob Have 
his thirtie Acres all in that place above thirtie acres I give to my 
son Abraham Greene As also the Remainder of my Pausture land 
Over the ffall River that is not layd out to my son Jacob already 
I give to my son Abraham Greene. 

2^y I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved son Isaac Green 
All the Right of upland that I Have in a place Com'only Called 
Halls ffarme within the Township of Salisbery as ftbrmerly ac- 
counted I also give unto my son Isaac Green a pece of mash 
adjoyning to his Owne mash in the above Sayd Hals ffarme that 
I have not yitt disposed off: 

3'^^ I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved son Jacob Green : 
my pece of ffresh meadow be it more or less With a small pece of 
upland that I lately Bought of Left: Joseph swett. As also thirtie 
acres of Salt mash as it is mentioned in a Writting already given 
him under my Hand I also give him al my upland on this side 
the ffals River where my Houses stand with my Houses grist mill 
and saw mill and the Privillidg of the River and a small pece of 
land granted to me on the southerly side of the ffalls River adjoyn- 
ing to my Damm And one sheare of the Cow com'ons of Hampton 
and also twentie acres over the ffals River already layd out to him 
and in his possestion I also give unto my son Jacob Green All 
my stock of Cattell of all sorts Whatsoever With all my Houshold 
30 



466 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

goods and implemints of Husbandrey of all sorts What So Ever 
Within dors and With out not other Ways disposed of The first 
mentioned pece of flVesh meadow and small pece of upland that I 
bought of Joseph swett if my son Jacob Dye Without an Heire 
male my will is that it shall goe to m\' son Abram Green or his 
Heiers. 

^ly I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Cases three Children 
that she Had by James Chase sixe shillings in mony to Each of 
them to be payd by my Exequetour : 

5'>' I Haveing satisfied my welbeloved Wife according to Agre- 
ment with Hir I doe also give Hir libertie to live in my House one 
yeare after my deceas if she desire it 

6'^ I give unto my Daughter Mary Green the Wife of peter 
Green the Sum of sixe shillings mony she Haveing Had Hir por- 
tion Before 

7^^ I give unto my Daughter Hannah sometime the Wife of John 
Asy the some of sixe shillings mony she Haveing Had Hir por- 
tion Before : 

giy I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Cass y*^ wife of Joseph 
Cass sixe shillings mony she haveing had Hir portion before 

And I doe b}' thes presents make Constitute and Appoint my 
trustie and Welbeloved son Jacob Green to be my soale Exeque- 
tour to this my last Will and Teastiment to se that it be performed 
in Every perticuler and to take speaciall Care for my decent and 
Christian like Buriall and for the Confermation of All above Writ- 
ten I the above sayd Henry Green Have Here unto putt my Hand 
and sealled it with my seall this 2^^'' day of August 1700 and in the 
12"' yeare of the Reigne of our soveraigne lord William the third 
by the grace of God king of great Brittaine ftVance and Ireland 
defender of y*" ffaith &^ 

Witnes Henry Grene [seal] 

John Smith 

Hannah X Dow 
Hir Mark : 

Henry Dow : 

[Proved Aug. 20 and 23, 1700.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WII.LS 467 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Green, who died Aug. 5, 
1700 ; taken Aug. 30, 1700 ; amount, £884.9.5 ; signed by Henry 
Dow and John Tuck.] 

[Court record: caveat, Aug. 19, 1700, by Abraham Green, 
oldest son, against the probating of the will until he could be 
present. 

He was notified to appear Aug. 22, when the will was offered 
by his brother, Jacob Green, and admitted to probate. 

Aug. 26, 1700, Abraham Green asks for letters of administra- 
tion de bonis non ; not granted.] 



JOHN AMAZEEN 1700 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of god Amen this thirteenth day of August Anno 
Dom Seventeen hundred I John Amazeen Sen^ of New Castle 
In the Province of New Hampshire In New EngP being Sick 
and Weak In body ; * * * 

i^' I bequeath My Soul To Almighty god that gave It Trusting 
To be Reedeemed by The Merrits of Jesus Christ — 

2 My body to A Decent burial As It Shall Please my Executors 
heerafter mentioned 

3 I bequeath All my Estate housing land Cattle goods D'* 
Mony and whatsoever I now Injoy or Ought to have and Injoy 
unto My Son Christopher Amazeen And out of the Same to Pay 
his Brother John Amazeen forty Pounds Money 

Lastly I Apoint my Son Xtopher and Theodore Attkinson to be 
My Executors of this My last Will and Testament In Wittness 
whereof I have heerunto sett my hand and seal Att New Castle 
y^ Day Above Mentioned 

In "^sents of his 

Aaron Moses John X Amazeen [seal] 

Noah Parker mark 

Theodore Attkinson 

[Proved Feb. 6, 1705/6.] 

[Theodore Atkinson renounced executorship, Feb. 5, 1705/6.] 



468 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JAMES ROLLINS 1700 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of James Rollins Aug. 16, 1700; 
amount, £16.15.2 ; signed by John Chevalier.] 

[Thomas Ash and Mary Ash, his wife, renounce administration 
on the estate Oct. 25, 1700, and consent to the appointment of 
Samuel Keais.] 

[Administration on the estate of James Rollins of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to Samuel Keais of Portsmouth, felt-maker, Oct. 
26, 1700, Mary Ash, wife of Thomas Ash, and mother of the 
deceased, having renounced administration.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 224.] 

[Bond of Samuel Keais of Portsmouth, felt-maker, with William 
Partridge, Jr., innholder, and John Hoddy, mariner, both of Ports- 
mouth, as sureties, Oct. 6, 1700, in the sum of £50, for the 
administration of the estate ; witnesses, Richard Partridge and 
Charles Story.] 

WILLIAM FERRYMAN 1700 

[Account of John Woodman, dated Oyster River, Sept. 4, 1700, 
for expenses in connection with the funeral of William Ferryman, 
who was drowned; amount, £0.11.0.] 



PHILIP LEWIS 1700 GREENLAND 

In the name of God Amen : I Philip Lewis of Greenland in 
y*' province of N: Hampshire in New England * * * 

Item Where as in a former will I did give & bequeath unto my 
Son Abraham Lewis a certain tract of Land & meadow ground & 
salt marsh lieng on y*" northerly side of y*" brooke, on y'' northly 
side of my dwelling houses, I doe in this my last will order it for 
my Son Abrahams portion ; & whereas my son Abraham hath sold 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 469 

y^ S'' tract of Land to my s'^ Son John Johnson, t doe in this my will 
consento y" sd sale therof to my S'' Son John Johnson the bounds 
& limts thereof as is mentioned in sd deed of sale notwithsdanding 
what I have formerly given my son Abraham I now further give 
Give him live pounds mo"^ to be payd in current pay : 

Item I doe Give & bequeath unto my 3 Grand children John 
Lewis & James Lewis and Philip Lewis my Son Jotham Lewis his 
•chaldren, all my rights of Land of whatsoever sort on y® Easterly 
Side of y** Roadway where theire fathers house standeth as also 
a pece of land on y*" westerly side of sd roade according to y^ 
grants of sd lands as also Six acres of salt marsh lieng in y® 
Town of Hampton, As likewise I do give them my sd Grand chil- 
dren two eights of my saw mill with all privilidges thereunto be- 
longing on y'' same tearms and condition as Sam" Heyns hath 
his part, which sd lands & marsh is to be devided betwen my sd 
Grand children as my Exsecutors shall see meet as thev arive at 
y® age of 21 years 

Item I doe Give and bequeath unto my Son John Johnson and my 
dauhter Hannah my dwelling house & out houses with y*' land 
where y^ stand with all rights of land & meado grounds or marsh 
whatsever is mine not, disposed of already to y"^ & their Heyrs 
for ever as also my corn mill & saw mill with all rights and privi- 
ledges thereunto belonging And further more I Give unto my sd 
Son John Johnson & my Daughter Hanah all m}^ moveable Estate 
of what sort or kind both within door & without moveable & 
Im'oveable of what sort so ever. And further my will is y' my Son 
John Johnson shall pay unto my Grand Daughter Hannah Lewis 
y*^ daughter of my Son Jotharn y*^ sum of tenn pounds in current 
pay equivolent to mony within a years time after my discease 

And further my will is And it is to be understood y' if my 
wife continue after my decease my Estate which I have in this my 
will Given to my Son John Johnson & Hannah his wife shall be 
so ordered & Improved so as may be for y® comfortable mainte- 
nance and support of there mother above sd during her naturall 
life, to be att y® orderm* of my cousens John Tucke and James 



470 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILI.S 

philbroke whome I apoint as overseers concerning y*' ordering of 
y*" sd Estate for my wife** maintenance as abovesd 

And furthe my will is & I doe hereby appoint my Son John 
Johnson and my Daughter Hannah his wife to be sole Exsecu- 
to""^ & Exsecutrix to this my last will & Testament, And for y® 
confirmation of this my last will and Testament I doe hereunto set 
my hand & Seale this first day of november Anno Dom: 1700 
wittness Phillip Lewis [seal] 

John Gate 

Isaac Cole 

John Tucke 

[Proved July 8, 1701.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 23, 1701 ; amount, £161.3.0; signed by Peter 
Coffin, Walter Neal, and John Pickering.] 



WILLIAM HILTON 1700 

[Administration on the estate of William Hilton, mariner, 
" lately belonging to his Maj'^*"* good shipp or vessell called the 
Deptford ffrigott Cap*^ Carr Comander," granted to his brother, 
Richard Hilton, Nov. 25, 1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 225.] 



THOMAS WIGGIN 1700 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Wiggin of Exeter, 
husbandman, granted to his widow, Sarah Wiggin, Dec. 19, 1700.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 230.] 

[Bond of Sarah Wiggin of Exeter, widow, with Thomas Wig- 
gin of Exeter, yeoman, and John Pickering of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, as sureties, Dec. 19, 1700, in the sum of £800, for the 
administration of the estate ; witnesses, Catherine Tufton and 
Charles Story.] 



XEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47 1 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Wiggin of Sandy Point, 
March 14, 1 700/1 ; amount, £243.13.3; signed by John Picker- 
ing, Isaac Cole, and Nathaniel Wright.] 



WILLIAM MOORE 1700 EXETER 

I William More Sen'" of Exeter in the province of Newhampshire 
in New England being weak of body but of sound perfect mind 
& memory, praised be God, do make and ordain this my present 
last will and testament, as followeth, I commit my spirit into the 
hands of God that gave it, and I dispose of all such temporal 
estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, as followeth 

Imp"" I will that my debts and funeral charges be all paid and 
discharged. 

Item. I give unto my daughter Mary More the one halfe of my 
three hundred acres of land which lyeth at the head of M'^Hiltons 
land, and a peice of marsh and flats lying by Jeremy Gilmans 
land to be to her use & profit untill marriage and then to return to 
my son William he paying her fifteen pounds, and also I give her 
my great cupbord, and priviledge convenient for her in my dwell- 
ing house & two acres of land in my planting feild for her while 
she lives unmarried. 

Item. I give to my son William More my dwelling house, barn, 
out houses and all the land I bought of my brother Andrew Wig- 
gins that is undisposed of, he allowing his sister priviledge in the 
house and land as above-expressed, also I give him the one halfe 
of my three hundred acres of land lying at the head of M"" Hiltons 
land, and about eleven acres of land, above Henry Magoon's 
deceased meadow, & my peice of land and swamp above M"" Moses 
Gilmans, as also a small peice of marsh on the north side of Exeter 
river a little below my house ; also I give him two oxen and two 
steers, & all my carpenters tooles, arms & ammunition, & my flats 
lying over against Moses Gilman Jun"" house, also Jon"" Clark's 
time. 

Item. All the rest & residue of my personal estate goods & 



472 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

chattels whatsoever I do give and bequeath unto my son & daugh- 
ter William More and Mary More to be equally devided between 
them ; finally my will is and I do hereby appoint and make my 
son WilHam More full and sole executor of this my last will and 
testament. In witness whereof I the s'' William More have her- 
unto set my hand and seal the twenty fifth day of December Anno 
Domini, seaventeen hundred, Annoq duodecimo R Regis Guili- 
elmi tertii Anglice &c. 

Signed sealed and owned william moore [seal] 

in the presence of us 

Benjamin Palmer 

John Clark 

Elizabeth Clark 

[Proved May 2, 1704.] 



JOHN LEWIS 1700/1 NEWCASTLE 

To all Christian People to whome These Presents Shall Come 
know yee That I John Lewis of new Castle In New EngF Cooper 
being Very Sick and weak of Body * * * 

2 I give to my wife Eliz^ My Dweling house Shop Store house 
Wharfe Garden with All the Priviledges and Apurtenances there 
unto belonging or Appertaining ; With my servants time, only 
Duering her natural Life or Widdowhood ; And out of the Same 
Att the Marriage day of my Daughter hanah Lewis I give her the 
Estermost End or Room In My house and half the Garden from 
thence forth forever and one feather Bed and furniture and the 
Rest to remain My S'' Wife* As before Duering her life or Widow- 
hood And Att Either of them My Estate to be Equally Divided 
between My two Daughters Mary Cobbet and Hanah Lewis and 
there heirs but In Case they or Either of them Dy without Law- 
full Issue then the whole Or the part ; to Remain from thence for- 
ever to My Daughter Eliz* Eborn and her heirs but If She Dy 
without Isue I bequeath the Same to Theodore Attkinson And his 
Heirs forever 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 473 

3 I Leave my Wife Eliz=* My Executrix of this my last will and 
Testament and Desire Rob* Eliot Esq and Theodore Attkinson To 
Over See the Same performed 

Wittness my Hand and seal this 22'' Jan'^'' 1700/1 

In 'psents of his 

John Houldon John X Lewis [seal] 

Israel Leevit mark 

Theodore Attkinson 

[Proved May 27, 1701.] 



BRIDGET GRAFFORT 1701 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen. I Bridget Graftort of Portsmouth 
in New Hampshire, in New England being in a Languishing Es- 
tate of Body, & Apprehending my Change drawing nigh * * * 

Item I Will & bequeath to my Kinsman m'' George Vaughan 
my Sixteenth Part in the Ship which M' Samuel Rimes is Master 
of and Also that field Scituated on the South side of the Road 
Leading to the Creek (where Maj' Vaughan's Mills are) Now 
Lett out to & Improved by Maj' V^aughan, to the s'' George, his 
heires & Assigns for Ever. 

Itm J Will & bequeath to M'' Samuel Keais the Use & Improve- 
ment of my dwelling house & the Orchard adjoyning, and also the 
fish-warehouse (soCalled) & the wharf thereto belonging, together 
w''^ all advantages Redounding from the Premises or Appurtenances 
to wit fences out houses & Grass belonging to the Dwelling 
house & Orchard to him his heires & Assignes for Seven Years. 
Moreover I Will & bequeath, to s'^ m' Keais all the Land Lying 
between the Land joyning to the house where he now dwelleth & 
the Broad Street Running; East & w^est Next to s'^ Keais's North- 
ward the whole breadth of s'^ Keais Land which he dwelleth on, 
to him I Also bequeath the one half of my Right & Title to Weath- 
ers's Island (so Called) & my Cow, & Sow & the Sword, belt, 
Cartridg-Box & Silver-headed Cane which were m'^ Graffbrt's 
(my Last husband.) to him his heires & Assignes for Ever. 



474 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

It'll J Will & Bequeath to my Cousin M"" Samuel Penhallow the 
One halt' of my Right & Title to s'^ Weathers's Island (So Called) 
as also a house lot Adjoyning to the vvesward side of that I Lately 
gave to my Cousin Mary King fronting Northwardly on the broad 
street, in Breadth hl'ty feet & Runing Southward in Length One 
hundred feet ; to him s'^ Penhallow, his heires & Assignes for 
Ever. 

It™ I Will and bequeath to Ruth Kirk & her daughter my Maid 
Each of them a feather bed & to Ruth the Younger what Soever 
She hath received of me besides her wages, to them their heirs & 
Assignes for Ever 

It™ I Will and bequeath to my Man servant Thomas Mathews 
Thirty Shillings more than his wages. 

It'" I Will & Bequeath to Samuel Keais Junior my great Bell- 
mettal-mortar and Pestill 

l\m J Will and Bequeath to my Cousin John Daniel my husbands 
Brothers Son his heires & Assignes the Picture of Captain Thomas 
Daniel my husband, deceased and his Seal-Ring, & those Rings 
that were Sent to me out of England as Tokens, and my best- 
Stoned-Ring as also three Silver Spoons Guilded w'^ Gold 

It™ I Will and bequeath to My Cousin Hoell & my Cousin Clark 
her Sister the Sum of three Pounds a peice 

It™ I Will & Bequeath to my Cousin Bridget Vaughan the Sum*" 
of Twenty pounds provided She Renounce her Claim of A Ten 
pond Legacie Given in Captain Daniel's Will. 

It™ I Will that the Legacies abovementioned, mentioning a Cer- 
tain Sum Shall be paid in money or that which is Equivalent as 
Soon as the Moveables or Land rnay procure it by Sale thereof 

It™ I Will & bequeath All my Brass & Pewter ware to my Cou- 
sins Bridget Vaughan, Margaret Vaughan, Abigail Vaughan & 
Elizabeth Vaughan, To be Equally divided between them, to them 
their heires and Assignes Severally their Equal Part. 

It'" I Will and bequeath All my moveables & Debts to me, Re- 
maining after the payment of the aboves'' Legacies funeral Charges 
& Debts, to be Equally divided between my Cousin M"^* Mary 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILI.S 475 

Penhallow, Mary King, Bridget Vaughan, Margaret Vaughan, 
Abigail Vaughan & Elizabeth Vaughan. 

Ittti I Will and Bequeath to my Cousins John Daniel afores*^ 
Bridget Vaughan, Abigail Vaughan Margaret Vaughan & Eliza- 
beth Vaughan All my Housen Lands & all my fixed & Real Estate 
Not Allready in this my will or in the Execution thereof disposed 
of Excepting & Reserving to M'' Keais the use of the house, Ware- 
house, Wharf & Orchard for Seven Years as Aboves'' before it be 
actually At their dispose, to be Equally divided between them : 
To them their heires & Assignes for Ever. 

If" I Will & Appoint & Authorize M"" Samuel Penhallow & M"^ 
Samuel Keais to be the Sole Executours of this my Last will & 
Testament — 

Finally. I Appoint & Request M' Job Alcock & m'^ George 
Snell my Loving friends as Overseers to See to the Carefull Per- 
formance of the Premises 

And In witness of This being my Last Will & Testament I have 
hereto Set my hand & Seal this first day of April In the year of 
our Lord One Thousand, Seven hundred & One. 

Signed, Sealed & Declared to Bredget Graffort [seal] 

be her Last Will & Testament, 
In presence of us. 

Obadiah Mors 
his 

Splan X Lovell 
mark 

John Wade 

[Proved Jul}^ 15, 1701.] 

[Caveat, June 6, 1701, by William Vaughan, in behalf of his 
children, against the probating of the will of his sister, Bridget 
Graftbrt.] 

[Court record, June 6, 1701 : Samuel Penhallow and Samuel 
Keais offer the will for probate ; probate deferred and hearing 
ordered. 



4/6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

July 9, the parties not being prepared, another hearing was 
ordered. 

June 6, John Wade and Obadiah Morse testify as to Mrs. Graf- 
fort's condition.] 

[Warrant, June 6, 1701, authorizing Samuel Penhallow and 
Samuel Keais to take the personal property into their custody and 
return an inventory.] 

[Subpoena, July 14, 1701, to Mrs. Elizabeth Eborne, Sarah 
Cotton, wife of John Cotton, Mrs, Ann Clark, Ruth Kirk, and 
Ruth Kirk, Jr. ; served by William Williams, constable of Ports- 
mouth.] 

To y*^ hon^^i*- William Partridge Esq"" 

whereas y"" Hon' hath been pleased hitherto to deferr y'' Probate 
of My Sisf^ Grafforts will upon my motion, for time to make it 
appear that y*" same ought not to be proved, but made Null, in 
ord' thereto I now humbly offer 

That my Sisf Graffort by y^ Generality of Those that have of 
late Conversed w'^ her has been thought Whollie incapable of 
making a legall will, for that She has been neither of a Composed 
mind nor sound Memorie & understanding, but w* She hath said 
one Day She hath com'onlie forgot and Contradicted y® Next. 

I am also informed that this will was made by y'^ Instigation of 
M'' Keise one of y^ Nominated Execuf^^ & a Considerable Legatee, 
whose Interest Obliged him to promote y*" Making Such a Will & 
that it was not done at y® Meer Motion of M'''' Graffort, but upon 
M'' Kease's putting her upon it and advising her to M"" Wade then 
p'^sent to be Penman thereof, In ord"" to y*^ Proof hereof I pray that 
y® Severall Witnesses to s'^ Will may upon Oath give answer to 
such Questions as may be asked them in ord' to a full Discoverie 
of y*" truth in this Matter, all w'^'' is humbly Submitted to y'' Hon"" 

by y"^ most humble Servant 

W'" Vaughan 
Portsm" in New-Hampshire 15'^^ Julie 1701 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 477 

Province of j) On Tuesday the 15''' of July 1701 3 a Clock 

New Hampsh"" 5 in the- afternoon : at the dwelling House of W" 
Partridge Esq"^ 

m'' Sam'' penhallow and m"" Sam'' Keais appeared according to 
appointm' in order to the probate of m'^* Bridgett Graftbrds Will 
as alsoe Major W" Vaughan appeared in Order to make defence 
ag' proveing of the Same ; the will was read And then Major 
Vaughan putt in a petic'on with reasons why said will should not 
be proved and requested that the wittnesses to Said will might be 
asked Sever" Questions as is menc'oned in Said peticon/ 

m"^ John Wade being asked who requested him to make m''* 
Graffords will./ 

Answered she her Selfe desired him to make it/ 

being likewise asked who moved first to him about the makeing 
m" Grafford's will 

Answered m' Kais asked him whether he was willing to make 
m"^* Graffords will ; after haveing had some discourse with Said 
Wade. And that Said Keais went upp to m''* Graffords Chamber 
with Said Wade ; and told m''^ Grafford that m"" Wade was willing 
to make her will ; upon which m''* Grafford made a Bow to Said 
Wade and Gave him thanks. And in takeing the Minuitts of her 
Will was directed by Said m^* Grafford out of her owne Mouth, 
and by noe body else 

m'' John Wade being asked whether m' Keais proposed any thing 
to m"^* Grafford dureing the time of makeing her will./ 

Answered ; that he did desire m"^^ Grafford to Leave him out of 
the will as being Exec"^ and proposed to her to putt in her Brother 
Major W" Vaughan as one of the Exec'^ accordingly at that time 
after Some Little considerac'on she Ordered S'' Wade to sett it 
Down soe ; But to the Best of Said Wades remembrance before he 
had wrote any Article of the will after Said Proposeall Said m''* 
Grafford told Said Wade she could not be Satisfied till m"' Vaughans 
Name was putt out as Exec'' and Said Keais Name putt in, (all this 
being in the time of takeing the Minuitts of the will.) 

And ffarther Said Wade Sayth that he heard Said Keais make 



478 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

some reasonable proposealls to advance m'* Bridgett Vaughans 
Portion ov^er & above some of the rest./ to m""^ Gr afford 

m' John Wade being further Asked, whether he could Appre- 
hend Said m"^- Grafford to be of a Sound Disposeing Minde and 
Memory at the makeing of the will and that he could Rightly 
Und'"stand what she said to him./ 

Answered that altho it was with much Difficultye yett he per- 
fectly Understood her Meaneing in Reference to every Article in 
her Will./ 

Being likewise asked who Said m''^ Grafford Ordered Or Named 
as a Legatee in the Minuitts of the Will, fffrst : 

Answered that he cannott "^fectly remember it haveing not the 
Minuitts ; but believes it Might be M' Keais./ 

m'^ John Wade being likewise asked if he Rightly Understood 
m" Grafford in the Giveing m'^^ Bridgett Vaughan a Legacye of 
Twenty Pounds, provided she Renounced a Legacye formerly 
Given her by Cap' Daniells "Will./ 

Answered that he Rightly Understood her to the Giveing that 
Legacye & wording it accordingly./ 

m'' Obediah Moss being asked how he came to be Wittnesse to 
m'■^Graffords Will. 

Answered that M"" Keais came to him and desired him to goe to 
m" Grafford which accordingly he went ; and then M"^^ Grafford 
Signed her Will and he sett his Name as a Wittnesse thereto. 

m'' Splann Lovell being asked the Same Question : 

Answered m' Keais desired him to Stay at m^^ Graffords Some 
Little time and was then afterwards called up to the Chamber after 
a Little while m" Br: Grafford Signed her Will and he Sett his 
Name as a Wittnesse who desired him to take Notice that it was 
her Last will and Testam'. And that he plainely Understood her 
Soe to Speak/ 

after haveing Considered upon the Qiiestions & Answ"^^ his Hon"^ 
was pleased to prove the Will 

m"" Pickering Moved for an Appeale but the L* Gov' hath Or- 
dered till y* day Seavennight at 10 : of the Clock to Consider 
of it/ 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 479 

Tuesday 22'' July 1701/ 
m"" Sam'' Penhallow and m"^ Keais appeared at the House of W"" 
Partridge Esq"^ L' Gov"" in Order Know the Opinion of his Hon"^ 
whither he would Allow an Appeale as aforemenc'oned or would 
Grant a probate of m" Graffords Will to pass under his hand and 
Seale Ordered a probate to pass &c. 
C: S: Secretary 

[Caveat, July 22, 1701, by William Vaughan against the pro- 
bating of the will.] 

[Account of Samuel Penhallow and Samuel Keais as execu- 
tors ; approved July 11, 1703.] 

[Inventory of the personal property, and division among Mar- 
garet Vaughan, Mary King, Mrs. Bridget Vaughan, Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Vaughan, Mrs. Abigail Vaughan, and Mrs. Mary Penhallow ; 
amount, £392.14.3; attested July 11, 1703.] 

[Account of Samuel Penhallow as executor, Sept. 4, 1705 ; 
attested Sept. 4, 1705.] 

[Additional inventor}-, real estate, Feb. 3, 1707/8; amount, 
£980.0.0 ; signed by Job Alcock and John Pickering ; attested 
Feb. 2, 1707/8.] 

[Petition of Samuel Penhallow, Samuel Keais, and John Pick- 
ering, March 31, 1708, for the appointment of disinterested par- 
ties to divide the real estate ; allowed March 31, 1708, and Mark 
Hunking, Thomas Phipps, John Dennett, Theodore Atkinson, 
Thomas Packer, and Samuel Alcock appointed.] 

[Commission to the above appointees, April i, 1708.] 

Province of ^ Whereas the Honourable Joseph Smith 
New Hampshire ^ Esq'' Judge of Probate of Wills, and grant- 
ing letters of Administration, within her Majesties province of 
New Hampshire in New England, did b}- Commission Under his 



480 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

hand and the Scale of the Office of probates, dated the first day 
of April instant, Authorize and appointe us the Subscribers here- 
unto, to make a Just Right and Equal Division, of all the Houses 
Land and Real Estate ; Given by the last Will and Testament of 
M""* Bridgett Graffort deceased. Unto her Cosins John Daniel, 
Bridgett Vaughan ; Margaret Vaughan, Abigal Vaughan, and 
Elizabeth Vaughan, as nigh as possible among them in equal pro- 
portion according to the best of our Skils and Knowledge without 
fFavour to any person and to make Returne of Such Division &c: 
as by the Said Commission Reference being thereunto had will 
more at large appeare./ 

Pursueant to which Commission above Recited, wee the Sub- 
scribers Mark Hunkin, Thomas Phipps, John Dennett, Theodore 
Atkinson, Thomas Packer, and Samuel Alcock ; haveing taken 
upon us, to make a Just Right and Equal Division of the above- 
said Houses, Lands and Estate among the Legatees, and haveing 
well Considered of the Same without ffavour or Affection to any 
person. Have Unanimously Agreed to the best of our Skils and 
Knowledge to lay out to every Legatee their Equal proportion in 
Value of the Said Estate as nigh as possible ; And wee make our 
Returne as followeth, viz/ 

Imprimis. Wee have Divided the Lands and Houses into 
Seaventy Eight Lotts, and for tiie Benefitt and Advantage of the 
Legatees, and for the more Convenient comeing to the Said Lotts, 
have made Streets through the Same, as are plainely Sett forth in 
a Mapp hereunto Annexed ; in which Mapp, wee have alsoe 
Named each Street, and Sett down the breadth thereof; And have 
incerted the first Letter of each Legatees Name in the Said Mapp 
or platt within the Several Lotts belong to them Viz where the 
Letter D: is Sett in any Lott Such Lott belongs to the abovesaid 
John Daniel, with all Houses and buildings thereupon and Soe 
consequently : N: G: to Nathaniel Gerrish who Married Bridgett 
Vaughan a Legattee ; M: to m" Margaret Vaughan afores'' A: to 
Abigal Vaughan a Legatee, and : E: to Elizabeth Vaughan 
another Legatee : which is for the more plainer distinguishing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 481 

Each Legatees perticuler Lott. And there being two Lotts Valued 
at ftbrty pounds, which were to be divided among Bridgett 
Vaughan Margaret Vaughan, Abigal Vaughan and Elizabeth 
Vaucfhan, wee See cause that the Said Nathaniel Gerrish have 
and Enjoy the Said two Lotts he paying to the Said Margaret 
Vaughan ; Abigal Vaughan and Elizabeth Vaughan tenn pounds a 
peice each within Seaven years from the day of the date hereof. 

Item Wee alsoe Divided a Pasture lying Neare the Creek into 
five Lotts with the Numbers and Names of the Legatees in the 
Said Lotts, A Mapp of which is likewise hereunto Annexed. All 
which wee have done impartially and ready to make oath of the 
Same — Given Under our hands at portsmouth the thirty eth day 
of April Anno R Regin^e Annag nunc Anglic &c: Septimo 
Annoq Domini 1708. 

M Hunking 
Thom* Phipps 
John Dennet 
Theodore Atkinson 



[Allowed May 4, 1708.] 



Tho: Packer 
Sam" Allcock 



JOHN HATCH 1701 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Hatch of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to his widow, Sarah Hatch, May 2, 1701.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 231.] 

[Bond of Sarah Hatch of Portsmouth, widow, with WilHam 
Vaughan and Jacob Lavers, cordwainer, both of Portsmouth, as 
sureties, May 2, 1701, in the sum of £500, for the administration 
of the estate ; witnesses. Patience Elkins and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, July 29, 1701 ; amount, £296.16.8; liabilities, 
£31.5 o : signed by George Jaffrey and John Dennett.] 
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482 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

EPHRAIM TRICKEY 1701 DOVER 

Province of ) to yMionrabl William Partridge Esq"" Judg 
Newhampshire 5 of probat of wills & granting of Adminestra- 
tions in this province — 

may it pies youer honer for as much as Efram treckey of bloody 
poynt dyed Intestated : & no adminestration hether to granted to 
his Estat as we know of: my selff haveing prentice the Eldest 
son & heir to s'' intested Estat : pray Cauetion may be entered that 
Iff Any person Espeshally will: wittum shold pray for admines- 
tration to s'* Estat : that I may in behalf of s*' heir together with 
Izak trickey on onkle to 3^*' S'^ heir may have Libert to shew Reson 
why it ought not to be granted unto s'^ wittum & that all persons 
conserned may have timly notes & Liberty Likwis : which is the 
humbl request of youer most humbl & obedant subscribers 
dated sep i: 1701 John Pickerin 

Izack X treckey 
his mark 

[William Wittum and Mary Wittum, his wife, formerly widow 
of Ephraim Trickey, renounce administration on the estate Sept. 
22, 1701.] 

[Administration on the estate of Ephraim Trickey of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to John Pickering, gentleman, and Isaac Trickey 
of Dover, yeoman, Sept. 24, 1701, the widow, Mary Wittum, now 
wife of William Wittum of Dover, yeoman, having renounced 
administration.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 242.] 

[Bond of John Pickering of Portsmouth, gentleman, and Isaac 
Trickey of Dover, yeoman, with Richard Wibird of Portsmouth, 
mariner, and Benjamin Bickford of Dover, yeoman, as sureties, 
Sept. 24, 1 701, in the sum of £40, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, John Edgerly and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, April 26, 1702 ; amount, £14.12.0 ; signed by Nich- 
olas Harrison and Benjamin Bickford.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 483 

HENRY MOULTON 1701 HAMPTON 

Artikells of Agrem"' made and Concluded Uppon this Thurtenth 
Daye of September in ye yere of our Lord Seventene Hundred 
and one and in ye thurtene yere of his Mai'^ Reigne Kinge William 
the Thurd over England &*''* betwene us hoose Names are 
here Unto Subscribed viz' Jn** Molton, Josiah Molton Jonathan 
Molton, & Abygall Lecock are as ftblloeth — That whareas our 
Hon*^*^ ffather Hen"^^ Molton Late Deasesed in Hampton in the 
province of New Hampshere in New : England Died Intestate w"^ 
out Declareing his Mind in writeinge, allthough he Did Declare 
what his Mind was fformerly in y*' time of his helth as to make- 
inge of a Divityon of his Estate Amoungstus his Children. Now to 
p''vent Anny Contentyon y* May Afterward Arise betwene Anny 
of us, wee have So nere as wee can Remember was our Said 
fathers mind and will in his Life time Made this ffolloing Divi- 
tyon of his Estate as a ffinall Settlem* thereof viz* 

1^' That Jn° Moulton Shall have to him and his Heires for Ever 
ye Dwelling House, barne and Houses and House Loat beinge 
ftbure Acres More or Lese, w"' y'' treeies thereon growinge, ye 
firesh meddo at y® Beetch beinge Ten Acres More or Lese as it is 
and allso y' parte of y'' Loat in y*^ Este feld y' was som time Will- 
iam ffifelds and Lyeth next Sam'^ Dows Loat all y' was y*' Said 
ffifelds, as allso one Share in the grete ox Comon, Comonly So 
Called Mash grownd Thatch Ground and upland as allso one 
Share of y® Cow Comon w"' y^ Right of North Divityon and Share 
of Marsh belonginge to one share and allso y** one halfe of y*^ Grant 
of Land at Bride hill, and allso one oxe and Jn° to be at Three- 
quarters of y*^ Charge of Maintaineinge of our Mother Comfort- 
ably, and Honorably Duringe her Naturall Life 

2<"y Agreid y' Josiah Moulton Shall have besids what hee have 
had of his ffather allredy the one halfe of the Grant of Land at 
Bride Hill and a steere goinge of ffoure yere Ould and a Haifer 
goinge of Three yere ould and a this yeres Calfe that is Now 
at Pasture at his owne House 

3'"y Agreid That Jonathan Molton Shall Have all the Land in 



484 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Este ffeld be the Same More or Lese as it is that is Not All 
Redy Disposed of to John, and to Josiah Molton formerly by our 
ffather, As allso the Acre of ffresh Meddow w*^^ the upland Adjoyn- 
inge be the Same More or Lese as it is, As allso all the Mash in 
the place Comonly Called y*^ Springe Mash, all in that place more 
or Lese y' is not given to Josiah by a Deid of Gift, and one Share 
of the Cow Com'on w'^ y*^ Right of north Divityon and Share of 
Meddow belonginge and a grant of Land at North hill be the 
Same More or lese as it is, to him and his Heires for Ever As 
Allso flower neat Cattell, And Jonathan to be at one quarter of 
the Charge of Mainetaineinge of our Mother Comfortably & 
Honerably Duringe her Naturall Life 

4'^ Agred that Abygall Lecock Shall Have two Cowes and to 
have prevelidge and the Benefitt of Livinge in the House for her 
Comfertable Livelyhood So longe as Shee her selfe Shall plese 
to Live there but no Longer and for the trewth of all above writ- 
ten wee Doe Bind our Selves our Heires Executors and Admin- 
istrators ffirrnly by these p'sents eatch to the other as witnes our 
hands and Scales the Daye and yere fRrst Above written 

Witnes : John Molton [sele] 

The Marke of Josiah Molton [sele] 

Hannah X Dow Jonathan Molton [sele] 

Jabes Dow Abygall Leacok [sele] 

[Deeds, vol. 6, p. 295.] 



JOSEPH ELWELL 1701 NEWCASTLE 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Elwell of Newcastle 
granted to his widow, Margaret Elwell, Sept. 15, 1701.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 241.] 

[Bond of Margaret Elwell of Newcastle, with Joseph Elwell of 
Newcastle, fisherman, and Francis Tucker of Newcastle, mer- 
chant, as sureties, Sept. 15, 1701, in the sum of £50, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of her husband, Joseph Elwell of New- 
castle, fisherman ; witnesses, Richard Joce and Charles Stor}'^.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 485 

WILLIAM MARSTON 1701 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

I William Marston of Hampton in the Province of New Hamp- 
shere in new England being aged and Weake of Body * * * 

jst jyjy Will is that all my Just and Honist Debts and ffunerall 
Expends be all payd 

2'y I give and bequeath unto my welbeloved Son Samuel mars- 
ton My Dwelling House Barn and out Houses With all my lands 
hereafter mentioned ten acres where my Houses stand be the Same 
more or less and three acres more or less by Thomas Robeys and 
Seaventeen acres more or less lieng next to Samuel Dows in the 
north plaine Com'onl}'- so called and two shears in the north devi- 
tion be the same more or less and two shears of the Cow Com'ons 
of Hampton with all Rights therunto belonging and two small 
lotts of mash lately layd out in the littell River mash And sixe 
acres of upland adjoyning to Henry Moultens on North hill And 
Sixe acres more or less of meadow or mash ground adjoyning to 
ffrancis pages in the Spring mashes Com'only so called and five 
acres more or less of Salt mash lieng by Benjamin Moultens 
between the landing place River and the fals River com'only so 
called and fower acres more or less lieng by John Cliffords Corn- 
feild as also two shears in the great oxe Com'on Com'only so 
ailed both upland mash ground and thatch ground beloning to 
two shears in sd Com'on I also give unto my son Samuel Mars- 
ton all my Cattell of all Sorts Whatso Ever and Wherso Ever any 
of them bee I also give unto the sayd Samuel Marston all my 
moveabls Both within dors and Without and all my Tools and 
implyments of Husbandrey not other ways disposed of in this my 
last Will and Teastiment 

I give and bequeath unto Ann my welbeloved Wiffe the use of 
the west End of my Dwelling House So long as she Remaine a 
Widow or live in the House but if she Remove out of the House 
and lett the Sayd House to m}' son then m}^ sayd son Samuel 
shall pay Hir one Hundred pound of meat and two bushells of Corn 
and two bushells of Mault A yeare And my sayd wife shall make 



486 ^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

use of one Iron pott and a Scillitt and one Cow And my son Sam- 
uell Marston Sixe load of wood a yeare shall bring Home to the 
House for Hir and Cause it to be Cutt fitt for hir fire 

I Give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved Daughter Rebecka 
smith now the wife of John smith twelve pound in pay but if my 
son pay in mony then it is to be but Eight pound to be payd by 
my Executour as hereafter Mentioned 

I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved Daughter Hannah 
ffogg the wife of Samuell ft'ogg the sum of twelve pound to be 
payd by my Executoure but if he pay it in mony then but Eight 
pound but if in pay then twelve to be payd as folowith if it be payd 
in pay then fower pound to Rebecka Smith the first yeare after 
my decease and fower pound to Hannah ft'ogg the Second yeare 
after my decease and fower pound to Rebecka Smith the third 
yeare after my decease and fower pound to Hannah ffogg the forth 
yeare after my decease and fower pound to Rebecka smith the fift 
yeare after my decease and fower pound to Hannah ffogg the sixt 
yeare after my deceas And so after the same Mannor if it be pa3'd 
in mony according to proportion 

I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved Daughter Maria pres- 
cott now the Wife of James Prescott the one Half of my ft'ortie 
acre lott lieng at Bride Hill Com'only so Called 

I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved grandchild Josiah 
Moulten the other half of my ftbrtie acre lott att Bride hill as 
above 

I give unto my grand child William marston one gun and one 
puter platter and to my grand child Samuel Marston one puter 
platter And What so Ever land or Estate that I Have that is not 
disposed of in this my Will and Teastiment other Ways I doe give 
it unto my son Samuell Marston 

And I doe make Constitute and Appoint my Welbeloved son 
Samuell Marston to be my Soale Executor to this my last Will 
and Teastiment and for the Confermation of this my last Will and 
Teastiment I the before Mentioned William Marston have hereunto 
put my Hand and aflixt my scale this nineteen day of november 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 487 

in the yeare of our lord Seaventeen Hundred and one And in the 
thirteen yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord William the 
third by the grace of God King of England Scotland ffrance and 
Ireland defender of y*^ ffaith &" 

Witnes The mark & seall of 

James fog William X Marston [seal] 

Christopher Page 

Simon marston 

Henry Dow 

[Proved March 7, 1703/4.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. William Marston, who died 
Jan. 22, 1703/4 ; taken Jan. 28, 1703/4 ; amount, £240.5.0 ; signed 
by John Moulton and Ephraim Marston.] 

[Warrant, March 27, 1704, authorizing Lt. John Moulton and 
Ephraim Marston, both of Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 



THOMAS MORRIS 1701 

December y*" : i : 1701 : — 
In the Name of god Amen 

The Last will and testement of Thomas Morress — 
I do give my soule to god that gave it : and my body to be 
decently buried In y*^ earth and after my funiral expences are dis- 
charged 

I doe give unto my frinds James and william Durgen my house 
and land to be equilly devid betwen them 

I do give unto debro merrow fifteen shillings mony 
I do give to John footman one Cowe and my maire Colt — 
I do give unto elisabeth pinder fifteen shillings mony 
I do give to James durgen one Cowe and my maire — and one 
of my Calves and one pig 

I do give to william durgen one Cowe and one of my pigs 
I doe give to benjemen york my stear now Coming too yeare 
old— 



488 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I do give to sarah pinder sener my Iron Cittle 

I do give unto david davis one calfe 

I do give unto John Crummall mj^ Bool [bull] 

I do give unto Abigial davis one Calfe 

I do give unto James durgen and william durgen all y® Rest of 
my moveable estate to be aquilly to be devided betwen them 

I do Apoint my friends Jame durgen and william durgen to be 
Joynt exeketers to this my last will and testiment 

I do apoint my trust}^ friends frances matthewes and John Doe 
to be my overseers to this my Last will and testiment : 

1 the above s'^ Thomas morres do atest this to be my last will 
and testement and In wittnes hearof I have set to my hand and 
afixed my seal This first day of december : 1701 — 

sigined sealed and delivered Thomas morres 

In Presenes of — his X mark [seal] 

John Pindar 

Sarah Pinder X her mark 

Edward Polly 

[Proved June 5, 17 10.] 



RICHARD OTIS JR. 1701 DOVER 

[Warrant, Dec. 15, 1701, authorizing John Gerrish and Capt. 
John Tuttle, both of Dover, to appraise the estate of Richard Otis, 
Jr., of Dover.] 

[Inventor}', Dec. 19, 1701 ; amount, £32.8.6; signed by John 
Gerrish and John Tuttle.] 

[Notice by Susanna Otis, administratrix, Dec. 25, 1701, to the 
creditors to bring in their claims.] 

[Administration on the estate granted to the widow, Susanna 
Otis, Jan. I, 1701/2.] 

[Settlement of the estate as insolvent, Dec. 11, 1702, at nine 
shillings and five pence in the pound ; allowed Dec. 11, 1702.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 489 

[Petition of Susanna Otis, asking for the guardianship of her 
children, Richard Otis, Stephen Otis, Nicholas Otis, Rebecca 
Otis, and Rose Otis.] 

[Guardianship of Richard Otis, Stephen Otis, Nicholas Otis, 
Rebecca Otis, and Rose Otis, the five children of Richard Otis, 
granted to their mother, Susanna Otis, Jan. 2, 1704/5.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 60.] 

[Various accounts, bills, etc., containing the signature of Nich- 
olas Haskins.] 



MOSES OILMAN 1 701/2 EXETER 

The last will and testament of Moses Oilman Sen"" of Exeter in 
the province of Newhampshire in New England. 

I Moses Oilman being of sound memory and understanding but 
ancient and infirm, * * * 

1. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Moses Oilman, all 
that dwelling house, out houses and land, which he is now pos- 
sessed of adjoyning unto mine ; Also the one half of my meadow 
where my son John's mill now stands and the one third part of my 
two hundred acres of land lying by my fresh meadow im'ediately 
at my decease, Also I give him one peice of meadow lying oppo- 
site to Cap' More's which I formerly bought of my brother Edward 
Oilman, also one third part of my fresh meadow after his mother's 
decease. 

2. I give & bequeath unto my beloved son Jeremiah Oilman all 
that house, out houses, and land which lyes between that of Bray's 
& Welches which he is possessed of, together with a peice of 
meadow joyning to that of my brother Oilman's. 

3. I give and bequeath unto my beloved son James Oilman the 
one half of all that land which lyes between Welches and Cornelius 
Laryes, also a peice of meadow about three acres lying between 
two peices of meadow which were my brother Wilson's ; also I 
give him my flats in the great cove. 



490 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

4. I give unto my belov'ed son John Gilman all my right, title & 
interest in that land where his house and mill now stands, together 
with the land therunto adjoyning, And fifty acres of land lying 
in the grassie swamp ; also sixty acres lying on the other side of 
King's falls, and the one half of my meadow near where my son's 
mill stands. 

5. I give unto my beloved son David Gilman the other half of 
that land lying between Welches and Cornelius Layres, viz, My 
will is that the whole tract of land between Welches & Cornelius's 
be equally devided between my two sons James and David as 
above-given, but David to have the meadow he mowed near to his 
brother James's. 

6 I give unto my beloved son Joshua Gilman the new house 
by the fort together with the one half of all the land joyning to 
my dwelling house lying next to Samuel Pipers to be in his pos- 
session at his mothers decease ; Also the one third part of my two 
hundred acres of land lying by my fresh meadow ; and the one 
third part of my s*^ fresh meadow after his mothers decease : Also 
I give him the one half of my lying between my house & Thomas 
Dudley's, and the one half of my flats lying on the other side of 
the river. 

7. I give unto my beloved son Caleb Gilman my dwelling house 
and out housing -yyhich I now possess, together with the other half 
of my home lands, lying next to his brother Moses's ; which I will 
shall be wholly to his own proper use im'ediately after his mothers 
decease, but not before ; Also I give him the one third part of my 
fresh meadow, and the one third of my two hundred acres of land 
lying by it ; after his mothers decease ; Also I give him the one 
half of all my flats lying between my house & Thomas Dudleys 
with the one half of my flats lying on the other side of the river. 

8. I give unto my four sons, viz, John, David, Joshua & Caleb 
my peice of meadow lying between that which was brother Wil- 
sons meadow, and Richard Matoon's meadow, to be equally 
devided between them after their mother's decease. 

9. Farthermore I give and bequeath unto my beloved sons, viz, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



491 



Moses, Jeremiah, James, John, David, Joshua and Caleb Oilman 
all my land lying at Lamprel-river, also my sixteen shares of the 
priviledges of the town commons, purchased by M' Wheelwright; 
And all that tract of land given me by Ben: Huntaway which I 
will shall be equally devided among the aboves'' seaven sons. 

10. I give unto my beloved daughter Dudley ten pounds mony 
or goods equivalent therto, which shall be paid at her mothers 
decease, if not before. 

11. I give unto my beloved daughter, ten pounds, Viz, to my 
daughter Lyford, in mony or goods equivalent therto. 

12. I give unto my beloved daughter Conner twenty pounds 
mony or goods equivalent therto ; and my will is that each of 
my daughters be paid the above-mentioned viz, to my daughter 
Dudley ten pounds, to Lyford ten pounds & to Conner twenty 
pounds, at my wives decease, or sooner if she be well capable 
of doing it. 

13. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, all my dwelling 
house out housing land and flats adjoyning during her natural 
life or widowhood and at her marriage or decease, that then it shall 
be to the sole use and benilit of my two sons, viz, Joshua and 
Caleb as is mentioned in the sixth and seaventh articles ; I also 
give her my land lying by M^ Scammons, and all my share in the 
saw mill, with the priviledges therto belonging, and all that land 
of Welches and fifty acres above it, also my will is that it shall all 
be to her proper use and disposal, together with all my moveable 
estate, or any other estate of what kind soever not already willed : 
Finally my will is that my s'^ wife shall have the use And improve- 
ment of all my meadows which are now in my possession during 
her natural life : And I do hereby appoint and constitute her my 
s** wife the full and sole executrix of this my last will and testa- 
ment, Obliging her to pay all my just debts and legacies and to 
defray my funeral charges ; And in all things justly to perform 
what I have here engaged her, for the benefit of my children, and 
for the maintaing of love and unity among them. In testimony 
wherof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the twelvth day ot 



492 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

January Anno Domini one thousand seaven-hundred and one. 
Annoq decimo tertio R Regis Guilielmi tertii Anglic &c. 

Signed Sealed and declared Moses Gilman [seal] 

in the presence of us — 

William Gillman 

Cartee Gillman 

John Clark. 

[Proved Aug. 6, 1702.] 



ALLEN LLOYD 1701/2 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Allen Lloyd of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to Edward Toogood of Portsmouth, bricklayer, 
and his wife, Gartrite Toogood, Feb. 7, 1701/2, they being guar- 
dians of Allen Lloyd and Frances Lloyd, son and daughter of the 
deceased.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 244.] 

[Bond of Edward Toogood and his wife, Gartrite Toogood, for 
administering the estate; dated Feb. 7, 1701/2 ; amount, £300; 
signed by Edward Toogood, bricklayer. Job Alcock, gentleman, 
and James Leavitt, cordwainer, all of Portsmouth.] 

[Guardianship of Allen Lloyd and Frances Lloyd, son and 
daughter of Allen Lloyd of Portsmouth, mariner, granted to 
Edward Toogood of Portsmouth, their grandfather-in-law, and 
Gartrite, his wife, their own grandmother, Feb. 16, 1 701/2.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 20, 1701/2, to James Leavitt and William 
Hunking, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb 23, 1701/2 ; amount, £135.19.3 : signed by 
James Leavitt and William Hunking ; mentions Allen Lloyd, first 
husband of Sarah Fernald, and " second decesed Allen Lloyd."] 

[Return of claims against the estate, Oct. 15, 1702 ; amount, 
£24.19.9; allowed March 8, 1702/3.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 493 

[Account of the administrator against the estate, Feb. 21, 
1702/3; amount, £3.16.0.] 

[Order for the settlement of the accounts against the estate, 
March 8, 1702/3.] 

[Division of the estate ; " Goods and Chattells mentioned in the 
Inventory of both old and young Lloyd dec'*," £19.19.0; balance 
for creditors, £6.3.9; claims against the estate, £11.3.6; allowed 
March 8, 1702/3.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 41.] 

[Order for the sale of certain land to settle the claim of Rich- 
ard Waterhouse, March 20, 1702/3.] 

[Account of the administrator against the estate, April 20, 
1703; amount, £3.1.0.] 



SAMUEL FOLSOM 1701/2 EXETER 

[Mary Folsom of Exeter, widow of Samuel Folsom, and Eben- 
ezer Folsom, oldest son, renounce administration on the estate, 
Feb. 27, 1701/2, and request that a younger son, Samuel Folsom, 
may be appointed; witnesses, Moses Leavitt, Jr., and Dorothy 
Leavitt.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Folsom of Exeter, yeo- 
man, granted to his son, Samuel Folsom of Exeter, yeoman, Feb. 
28, 1701/2.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 245.] 

[Inventory, May 27, 1702 ; amount, £36.16.6; signed by Ben- 
jamin Jones and Charles Rundlett, Jr.] 



JOHN DAVIS 1702 DURHAM 

[Guardianship, Oct. 14, 1702 ; Jeremiah Burnham of Oyster 
River, husbandman, appointed guardian of Sarah Davis, daughter 



494 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of John Davis of Oyster River, yeoman ; signed by William Par- 
tridge.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Davis of Oyster River, 
yeoman, granted to Jeremiah Burnham of Oyster River, yeoman, 
Oct. i6, 1702, as guardian of Sarah Davis, daughter of the de- 
ceased.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 250.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Burnham, with John Smith, of Oyster River, 
yeoman, and Samuel Shackford of Portsmouth, block-maker, as 
sureties, Oct. 16, 1702, in the sum of £150, for the administration 
of the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 11, 1702/3; amount, £72.9.5 ; signed by John 
Woodman and Stephen Jones.] 

[Various receipts and accounts, containing signatures of John 
Cutt, John Davis, Nathaniel Rogers, and Joshua Peirce.] 



WILLIAM DURGIN 1702 DOVER 

[Citation, Nov. 28, 1702, to Catherine Durgin, widow of William 
Durgin, to appear and take administration on the estate of her hus- 
band, her son, James Durgin, having applied.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Durgin of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to his widow,.Catherine Durgin, Nov. 30, 1702.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 251.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 30, 1702, authorizing Elias Crockett and Samuel 
Doe, both of Dover, to appraise the estate; signed by William 
Partridge and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 16, 1702/3; amount, £40.15.0; signed by 
Sampson Doe and Elias Crockett.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 495 

[Citation, April 12, 1703, to James Durgin of Oyster River to 
appear and answer to the complaint of his stepmother, Catherine 
Durgin, administratrix, for retaining part of the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 364.] 

[Acknowledgment of indebtedness, April 20, 1703, James Dur- 
gin to the estate. 

Order that James Durgin deliver all the goods which he owned 
in the inventory to Thomas Footman.] 

[Petition of John Pickering, attorney for James Durgin, for a 
postponement of a hearing in regard to the estate.] 



RICHARD MANSON 1702 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Richard Manson of Portsmouth, 
Nov. 30, 1702; amount, £329.2.0; signed by George Snell and 
John Abbott.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Manson of Portsmouth, 
fisherman, granted to his widow, Esther Manson, Dec. 14, 1702.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 252.] 

[Bond of Esther Manson of Portsmouth, widow, with John 
Manson and Samuel Manson, both of Portsmouth, mariners, as 
sureties, Dec. 14, 1702, in the sum of £650, for the administration 
of the estate ; witnesses, Thomas Packer and Charles Story.] 



JACOB RANDALL 1702 

In the name of god Amen The twenty third Day of December 
one Thousand Seven hundred and two ; I Jacob Rendell Being 
Sick and weake off of bodey * * * 

Imp'' I give and bequeath To my Dearely Beloved wife Kath- 
rine Rendell all my now dweling house with the Carding land and 
outhouseing to me belonginge for and Dureing the tim that She 



49^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Remaines A widow, with all my houshold goods and all my other 
Estate Dureing her widowood ; and at her mariage or (her my 
Said wifes Death) what Shall be lefte of my moveabell estate 
Shall be and Remaine to my wife at her death or mariage to be 
Disposed of by her amongs my Children as She Shall see ffitt ; 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Eldest Son Jacob Rendell 
the two third partes of my now Dwelling house and the two thirds 
of my Gardin Land out housing after the mariage or the Death 
of my wife his Mother Kathrine Rendell : to him and his heires 
and asigns for Ever ; more over I give unto him my Said Son 
Jacob my gun and my Sword and three Silver Spoons — 

It™ I give unto my Son Stephen Rendell one third parte of my 
now Dwelling house one third parte of my Garding land and out 
houseing after the mariage or the Death of my wife his mother 
Kathren Rendell to him his heirs and asignes for ever more over 
I give to my Son Stephen two Gould Rings my great gould Ring 
and one Small one 

It"' I give and bequeath to my daughter Susana Rendell ffive 
pounds to be paid unt her in mony or in good pay Equivlent to 
mony to be paid unto her By my Son Jacob Rendell within two 
yeares after he hath the two third partes of my now Dwelling 
house in his owne possesion — 

It'" I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Kathrine Rendell 
Three pounds to be paid unto her in mony or in good pay Equivo- 
lent to mony to be paid unto her By my Son Stephen Rendell 
with in two years after he hath the one third parte of my now 
dwelling house in his possesion — 

It™ my will is that If Either of my two Sons Jacob or Stephen 
Rendell Shall hapen to Dey before they attayne to the adge of 
twenty one yeares of Adge then the Sone that Survives Shall In 
Joy the w^hole house I now live in and the garden Land and out- 
houseing ; after the Mariage or death of his mother to him and to 
his heirs and asigns for Ever he paying his Sisters their portions 
according to my above will, and if Either of the Sisters Should 
hapen to Dey before She attaines to the adge of Lighten years 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 497 

then the Surviver of y" Sistrs to have the Dceaseds portion ; and 
If it Should So happen that the two Sons Jacob and Stephen Ren- 
dell Should hapen to Dey before Either of them com to the full 
adge of twenty one years of adge then the house and land to be 
qually devided betwene the two Sisters Susana and Kathrine ; 
and If they Should hapen all four to dey in theire non age then the 
whole Estat of House land Gardin and outhousing, to be my wife 
Kathrins and her heirs fforever — 

I Doe make my Dearely Beloved wife Kathrine Rendell my 
Sole Eecutrex to this my Last will and testament witness my 
hand and Scale 

Witness Jacob Rendell [seal} 

John Hollicom ^ 

John Card > 

Francis Tucker ) 

[Proved June 30, 1703.] 



MARY WALL 1702/3 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Mary Wall, widow, granted to 
her son, John Tuck of Hampton, Feb. 9, 1702/3.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 253'.] 

Articles of agreement made & Concluded upon the 12'^'* day of 
February 170,^ Betwene John Tuck of y® Town of Hampton in y® 
Province of Newhamps"^ in New England Mill-wright, on the one 
part : And Mary Marston formerly Mary Wall & Benjamin Moul- 
ton in behalf of his Wife formerly Hannah Wall, all of y® above 
said Town & Province on y*" other part Witnesseth (as followeth) 

Impr* That where as our Hono"^ Mother Mary Wall of Hamp- 
ton in y'' aboves'd province late deceased did leave some Estate in 
lands, goods Chattels & debts ; & Administration being Granted 
unto s'd John Tuck &c. y*" s'd Mary Marston & s'd Benjamin 
Moulton in Right of his wife Hannah Claims part of s'd Estate 
32 



498 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and in order to y'' setling s'd estate, & finall ending aney differ- 
ence that hath, or here after may arise &c The above named John 
Tuck doth hereby for him self his Heirs, Executors & Admin" 
Covinant & agree to & with y** s'd Mary Marston & Benjamin 
Moulton their, or either of their Heirs, Executors, & Admin'* that 
the meadow which y^ above named mar\' wall their Hon""^' mother 
late deceased bought of Richard Swain be the same nine acres 
more or less, being scituate & lying within y*' limits of Hampton 
aboves'd, and lying on y*^ westwardly side of y'' Causey beyond 
Benjamin Shaws house, &c — Be equally devided in to two parts, 
and y' y*^ s'd John Tuck have the one half, and y' the s'd mary 
Marston, & Benjamin Moulton have the other moiety ; and that in 
devideing s'd meadow regard be had to quantity onel}^ and that s'd 
John Tuck have his half on 3^'' west side next his own meadow, & 
his two sisters (viz) Mary & hannah to have the other half betwene 
them — &c — 

Item It is farther agreed betwene y'' above named partys that 
the s'd John Tuck pay all the charge of Administration & fees 
due there for : and y' the above s'd Mary Marston & Benjamin 
Moulton shall defray y'' funerall expences — 

Itm. It is also agreed by the above named partys that y'' s'd 
John Tuck shall have & possess all y" moveable goods that he had 
in his actuall possession at y® decease of his mother, togather with 
one half of the debts due to her, and also shall pay one half of 
her debts which she y'' s'd Mary wall owed at her decease — 

and that y** s'd Mary Marston, & Benjamin Moulton shall have 
& possess all the moveable goods & chattells (of their s'd mother) 
which was in their or either of their custody, or possession at their 
s'd mothers decease : togather with one half of her debts due to 
her &c — and likewise to pay the other half of all y*" debts which 
their s'd mother owed at y'' time of her death &c — And In Witnes 
that this is a full & finall settelment and agreement made and Con- 
cluded the year & day above mentioned : Wee y^said John Tuck, 
Marv Marston, & Benjamin Moulton have mutually sett to our 
hands & seals this sixth day of march Anno Dom one thousand 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 499 

seaven hundred & three or four : in the second year of y** Reign 
of our soveraign Lady Anne Queen of England &c — 

signed sealed & owned Jn° Tucke [seal] 

in presence of us the marke & Seal 

Peter Johson of Mary X Marston [seal] 

Dorothy Smith the marke & seall of 

Benj" X moulton [seal] 

[Acknowledged March 7, 1703/4.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Mary Wall of Hampton, widow, 
who died in Oct., 1702; taken May 5, 1703; amount, £77.17.0; 
signed by Thomas Roby and John Leavitt.] 



MARY RICHARDS 1702/3 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Mary Richards of Portsmouth, 
widow, granted to her son, Samuel Richards, and his brother-in- 
law, Samuel Shackford of Portsmouth, block-maker, Feb. 10, 

1702/3.] • 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 254.] 

[Bond of Samuel Shackford, block-maker, and Samuel Rich- 
ards, both of Portsmouth, with William Cotton of Portsmouth and 
Theodore Atkinson of Newcastle as sureties, Feb. 10, 1702/3, 
in the sum of £300, tor the administration of the estate of Mary 
Richards, their mother ; witnesses, Nehemiah Partridge and 
Charles Story.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 11, 1702/3, authorizing Samuel Keais and Ed- 
ward Toogood, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 15, 1702/3; amount, £143.7.11; signed by 
Samuel Keais and Edward Toogood.] 



HEZRON LEAVITT 1702/3 HAMPTON 

Artickels of agreement made this fifteenth day of febeuary 1702 : 
three between Hezron Levvitt of Hampton in New Hampsh"^ in 



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New England of y*" one partie & his Son Thomas Leavvett of y" 
Other partie Wittneseth y' I y^ S'^ Hizron Levvitt do Covenan' 
Promise & ingage to & with y*^ S'' Thomas Levvitt y' he shall 
have y® use & improvement of all my Dwelling House out houses 
Tanj'^ard & all y*^ is therein as allso all my Lands Meadow & 
Mashes (Excepting only y" on half of my lott in y*" North plaine 
adjoyning to Isaac Marstons Lott) as also all my Cattell Horses 
& : Swine, as allso on bed with all y'^' bed Clothes thereunto be- 
longing as also all y*^ Moveabls & Houshold Stuff Now in y*" 
House & all Moveabls both Within Dors & : without all during my 
Naturall life but Reserve to my Self y*^ Disposing of y*^ Moveabls y* 
is now in y'' house at my decease I y® S*^ Thomas Levvett Do Cove- 
nan' promise & Agree to & : with my S'* ffather Hezrom Levvett y' 
I will ffaithfully & Carefully allow unto my S'i ffather & Mother 
theire Living in y*" Said House in which roome they please as also 
to Maintaine them with A Honourable & Comfortable Maintainance 
as to meat Drink Clothing & aher allways provided for tliem & 
Every tiling Suttable to make there lives Comfortable with what 
they Shall be pleased to doe themselves over & above besids what 
my ffather Doth Geet by his practiz & my Mother by Stilling which 
[hey are to Have for there own use : I also Promis & Ingage 
y* if it Should please god that my ffather Should Happen to Die 
within one yeare after y*" date hereof that I will pay unto Every on 
of my fower Sisters five pounds apece but if he Live above a yeare 
after y® Date hereof I am to pay Nothing to my Sister Lidia Sam- 
bron nor to my Mary Thomas : & if my ffather Dye within two 
years after hereof then I am to pay five pound to my sister Abbi- 
gall Levvett & five pound to my sister Sarah Levvett but if my 
ffather live above two 3'ears after y" Date hereof then I am to pay 
them Nothing, but they are to have y*' Houshold Stufe devided 
amongst them according as my father & Mother please & if it 
Shall pleas god y' I Happen to dye before my S*^ father then all his 
Estate y' Shall be then in being in my hands at y*^ time of my De- 
ceace Shall all Return into y*' Hands of my ffather againe as for- 
merly but if it Should Happen that I Should Leave a wife & Child 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5OI 

or Children at my Decease then my Wife is to Have all that is Hers 
that She bring with her to me She is also to Have all y'is mine y' 
I doe produce & bring into y'' house by my Labour & industry 
And my father is to give my Child or Children an Equall propor- 
tion of his Estate with his own Children I y*^ S'* Thomas Levvitt 
am to pay all Depts y* my ftather owe & to Receive all debts 
Due unto him to free him from any truble thereabout : And if it 
shall at any time fall out y' my ffather or Mother Shall think y' I 
neglect my Duty in not providing for them y' which Shall make 
there lives Comfortable according to all above Written It Shall be 
Ajudged by two or three Indiferant Men Chosen by us who if they 
shall adjudge y' I have not performed this above Written agree- 
ment Relating to y® Honourable & Comfortable Maintaining of 
my s'' ffather & Mother in Every Respect as Above mentioned y* 
then it shall be in y'^ power of my S'^ ffather to ReEnter upon all 
y* s'^ Houses & lands and Estate y' was his without any Suitt att 
Law for y'' Same & peaceably to injoy y*^ Same as formerly : but 
if it shall so fall out y' their shall be no Re Entry upon y*^ Same 
as aboves'' Then I y" above Mentioned Hizrom Levvitt doe Give 
Grant & Confirme unto y'' s'^ Thomas Levvitt all and singuler my 
Dweling house out houses Tan House tanyeard with all therein & 
thereunto belonging with all my Right Title & intrust y' I have 
in any Lands Meadowes or Mash ground in what place so Ever 
or where so Ever y® same Shall lay or bee Excepting only y*^ on 
halfe of my lott in y** North plaine Commonly so Caled Adjoyn- 
ing to Isaac Marstons : y*^ above mentioned Thomas Levvitt To 
Have & to Hold and Peaceably to injoy all y® above Mentioned 
Houses & lands Excepting what before Excepted) to him y'^ S'^ 
Thomas Levvett his heirs Execut'^ & assigns to his & their owne 
proper uses & behoofes for Ever freely & Quietly without y® least 
lett Henderance or Molistation of me y^ S*^ Hizrom Leavitt my 
heirs Execuf^ Administ" or assignes or any other person or per- 
sons what so Ever : from by or under me y" S'' Hezrom Levvitt 
Moreover it is to be understood y' whereas it is Said above y' 
Thomas Levvitt is to have y*' use of y** Moveabls the intent is 



502 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

y'^ Moveables without Doars but not y* houshold stuff Nor Mova- 
bles within doars : Now & it is to be understood y' y^ S*^ Thomas 
is to Maintaine his father & Mother as above S*^ both during 
there Naturall lifes & y^ Said Hizrom Livvitt or his Wife to have 
y® Milk of on Cow if he or shee desierit during y' time to be 
improved ffor there Maintainance & if y® S*^ Hizron Levvett Dye 
before his Wife & y^ s*^ Thomas Levvett neglect his Dutey in Pro- 
viding for his Mother & it be so adjudged as aboves'' then shee is 
to have y^ use of So much of y'^ land & Estate as will make Her 
life Comfortable during hir Naturall Life & if it Should happen 
yt ye gd Thomas Levvett pay any of y® above Written Legecys 
he is to pay but five pound a year beginning att y'^ Eldist first & 
So as they are of age And for y*' Conformation of all above Writen 
wee y'' s'' Hezrom Levvett & Thomas Leavett Have hereunto put 
our Hands & Scales this fifteen day of febeuary on thousand Seven 
Hundred : and two three & in y** first yeare of Her Maj'* Reigne 
Queen Anne Over England &c: — 

Wittness : Hezron Leavit (saeal) 

John Tayler Thomas Leavit (scale) 

Samuell Smith 

[Deeds, vol. 13. p. 237.] 



JOSEPH DOW 1703 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

I Joseph Dow of Hampton, in y*^ Province of New Hampshire 
in New England haveing through Gods goodness, still my under- 
standing & Memory, in some good measure, * * * 

2ly : I give unto Mary my Beloved Wife, my best Bed with all 
things therunto belonging my best Iron Pot, Iron Kettle, tramell, 
Bible, warming Pan thre Cyder Barrels and such other of my 
Household goods as she shall have occation of for hir own use 
(not heerafter otherwayes Disposed of) for Ever. 

Also, I give unto my wife so long as shee shall Remain a 
Widdo, yearly and Every year hir liveing in the House y' I now 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 503 

live in, withe so much Cham'ber Room, & Cellar Room as shee 
shall have occation of for hir own use, and also yearly, & Ever 
year so long as shee Remain a widdo ten bushels of Indian Corn, 
one bushel of Wheat, one bushel of Rye, two bushels of Malt, 
one hundred & twenty pound of Pork neat weight Eighty pound 
of Beef, thirty pound of Mutton, (all good & marchantable) also 
the milk of two Cows, three Barrels of Cyder, twelve Bushels of 
Apples for Winter, and what Apples shee shall have occation for 
in the sum'er, ten load of wood Cut fit for the fire, also ten pound 
of Cotten Wool & flax, twelve pound of sheeps wool, all to be 
payd Annually (so long as my wife Remain a widdo) by my son 
Josiah. 

3ly : I give to my beloved son Joseph, beside what I have 
already given him, Emediately after my Deceass, mv part of a 
Lott of Land neer grape Hill (so Called) layd out to the name of 
Cobham, my Com'onage in Salisbury, and after my wives Deceas, 
or marriage one half of my peece of marsli bought of Richard 
Hubbard, y' is one half of that which ]a3^eth to the westward of 
the Hand of upland Joyning to his own Marsh, to him his heirs 
& Assignes for Ever. 

4ly : I give to my beloved son John beside what he hath alredy 
had, Emediately after my Deceas, my Lot of Land in the North 
Division (so Called) being in Hampton, and a Quarter of my 
share of Cow Com'on in Hampton. 

And after my Wives Deceas, or marriage, the other half of my 
peece of marsh bought of Richard Hubbard, from the westerly 
End of the Lott, to the Hand of upland ; to him and his heirs & 
Assignes for Ever. 

5ly : I give to my beloved Son Henery Emediately after my 
Deceas ; My House, & Barn & orchard at Salisbury, & about 
Eleven Acres of Land as it is alredy bounded and in his posse- 
sion. And after my Wifes Deceas, or Marriage my peece of 
marsh Laying neer the westerly End of the Cross Beach so 
Called, to him his heirs & Assignes for Ever he paying such Lege- 
cyes as Heerafter mentioned, to be payd by him. 



504 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

61y : I give to my beloved Son Jeremiah, Emediately after my 
Deceas, about thirteen Acres of Land at Salisbury, as it is alredy 
bounded on which his House, & Barn standeth, & is alredy in 
his Possession ; and my Cross Cutt Saw. And after my wifes De- 
ceas, or Marriage, my Peece of marsh on the southerly side of the 
Cross Beach Joyning in part to his own marsh to him his heirs 
and x\ssignes for Ever. 

yly : I give to my beloved Son Josiah, Emediately after my 
Deceas my House & Land I now live upon. Barn, orchard, out 
houses being in Hampton, Cellars Cyder mill, press, Also my six 
Acres of marsh bought of Thomas Philbrick, one half of my part 
of flats at the Beach that is undivided, four Acres of my Lott in 
Halls farm at that End of my Lott next to Thomas Crams, a small 
peece of marsh in that Lott I bought of Richard Hubbard, be- 
tween the Hand and the River, also my Lott of Land in the west 
Division, my peece of Land bought of Wymond Bradbury, one 
Quarter of my share of Cow^ Com'on in Hampton, also all my 
stock of Cattle, sheep, & swine, all my Implements of Husbandry, 
& Hay Boate. Also my Broadest Loom, with one half of all the 
tackleing belonging to weaveing, my Books, and Box of wright- 
ings my Chest Dated . . . with what is in it, my biggest Iron 
Pott, tow Comb, Beding and Bed Cloathes not otherwayes disposed 
of in this my will. Cyder Cask and such other things belonging 
to the House as my wife hath not occation of for hir own use all 
abovesd to him, his heirs, & Assignes for Ever, alwayes Reserving 
House Room & Cellar Room for my wife as aforesd. 

Also I give unto him all Debts Due unto me of one sort or 
other. 

Also, I give unto my son Josiah, the use & Improvement of all 
my other marsh, & mowing ground, flatts, and the Rest of my 
Lott in Halls ff'arm within fence, so long as my wife shall Remain 
a Widdo. Alwayes provided, that he doth perform what I have 
ordered him to do. 

Sly I give unto my beloved Son Thomas, Emediately after my 
Deceas, about thirteen Acres of Land in Salisbury as it is alredy 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 505 

bounded Joyning to the Land given to my son Jeremiah, also my 
Peece of Land in the great Plain (so Called) if I have not occa- 
tion to sell that peece in my Life time, also I give unto him one 
Qiiarter of my share of Cow Com'on in Hampton. Also I give 
unto him after my Wifes Deceas, or Marriage my Ditch medow 
so Called, to him his heirs, & Assignes for Ever. 

ply I give to my beloved son Samuel, at the age of twenty one 
years about fower acres of Land at the south End of m.y Lott 
in Halls farme which is not fenced, my grant of Land at the 
New Plantation, and one Qiiarter of my share of Cow Com'on in 
Hampton, also my Narrowest Loom, & one half of my tackling 
belonging to weaveing. And after my Wifes Deceas, or marriage, 
I give unto him the Rest of my Lott in Halls farm (Excepting 
fower Acres given to Josiah.) and also my Peece of mowing ground 
on the North side of the Cross Beach which is already Divided to 
Me, to him, his heirs & Assignes for Ever. 

Item, I give to my beloved Daughter Mary, the Bed shee useth 
to lay upon with all things therunto belonging ; also ten pounds in 
marchantable Pay at mony price, to be payd as followeth : forty 
shillings in the month of October that shall happen to be six com- 
pleat Kallender months after my Deceas r and so Annually in 
October forty sliillings a year untill the ten pounds be payd. this 
to be payd by my son Josiah. 

Itt: I give to my Beloved Daughter Han'ah ftbwler, twelve 
pounds in marchantable pay at mony price, to be payd as follow- 
eth : fower pounds in the month of October, that shall happen to 
be six Compleat Kallender months after my Deceas, and so fower 
pounds in the month October yearly untill the twelve pounds be 
payd. this twelve pounds to be payd by my Son Henery. 

Item, I give to my Beloved Daughter Charity, twelve Pounds 
in Marchantable pay at mony price, to be payd as followeth : forty 
Shillings in the month October, that shall happen to be six Kal- 
lender months after my Deceas, and so forty shillings every year 
in the month October untill the twelve pounds be payd. this 
twelve pounds to be payd by my Son Josiah. Also it is to be un- 



5o6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

derstood that if it be not six Kallander months from the time of my 
Deceas, to the next following October, then the first payment to 
Every one of my Daughters is to be the next October following. 
and no horse Kind to be payd to any of my Daughters without 
their Consent. 

Itt: After my wifes Deceas or marriage, I give unto my sons, 
Henery, Jeremiah, Thomas, & Samuel the other half of my part 
of the flats at the Beach that is not yet Divided, (between my sons 
Joseph & John and my self.) to them their heirs & Assignes for 
Ever. 

It: My Will and Desire is, that my son Samuel should Live 
with my son Josiah, untill such time as he is twenty one years of 
Age, my son Josiah finding him Convenient Meat, Drink, Cloathes, 
washing & Lodging, and Teaching him the trade of Weaveing 
to the utmost of his Abillity, Also to be helpfull to him in his 
Wrighting & Arithmatick. And for my grandchild Philip that 
now liveth with me I leave to his ft'ather, & my son Josiah to 
agree Concerning him. 

Lastly I Do Constitute, & Appoint my son Josiah, my sole Ex- 
ecutor to this my will, & Testament, written with my own hand. 
And for the further Confirmation therof I have hereunto sett my 
hand, & Seal, this twenty & ninth day of the first month in the 
year of our Lord, one Thousand seven hundred & three 

Signed, & Sealed in the Joseph Dow [seal] 

presence of us as Witnesses 

Jonathan Philbrick 

John ftrench 

william Brown 

Joseph mecres 

[Proved April 19, 1703.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Dow, who died April 4, 1703 ; 
amount, £369.12.0; signed by Benjamin Brown and Moses 
Swett.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 507 

JOSHUA FRYER 1703 NEWCASTLE 

In the name of God Amen. I Joshua ffryer of Great Island 
otherwise called the Town of Newcastle in the province of New 
Hampshire in New England Master and Marriner * * * 

Item I give and bequeath Unto my deare & well beloved wife 
Abigail ftVyer (Exxept what is hereafter bequeathed) All my 
Estate both Reall and personall (that is to Say) all Houses Out 
Houses wharfes Lands Tenements and Appurtenances thereunto 
belonging As alsoe all my Goods Chattells & Debts whatsoever ; 
wheresoever they or any of them are Standing being remaineing 
or to be found ; or which ma}'- at any time hereafter become 
due or oweing Unto me. And I doe hereby Nominate And ap- 
pointe my Said wife Abigail ffryer my Sole Executrix of this my 
Last Will and Testament — 

Item I doe Nominate and appointe Theodore Attkinson of New- 
castle aforesaid Esq'" and Charles Story of the Town of Ports- 
mouth in Said Province Gentleman to be my true and trusty 
ffreinds ; as Assistants to my Said wife to see and take faithfull 
Care that this my will be duely proved and performed according 
to Law. And for the Care and trouble that my Said ffreinds 
Theodore Attkinson and Charles Story may have about the prem- 
isses, I give and bequeath Unto Each of them Severally the 
Sume five pounds Currant Mony of New England, In Wittnesse 
whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Scale the Nineteenth 
day of Aprill In the first yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne 
Lady Queen Anne that Now is over England &c, Annoq Domini 
1703 

Signed Sealed Published and Joshua ffryer [seal] 

Declared In the p'"sence of 

Elizebeth harvey 

W"™ Kelly 

John Chivallir 

[Proved March 7, 1703/4.] 



50S NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM WEYMOUTH 1703 STAR ISLAND 

[Richard Currier and his wife, Elizabeth Currier, renounce 
administration on the estate of his brother-in-law, William Wey- 
mouth, April 22, 1703. 

James Weymouth consents that his father-in-law, Thomas Di- 
mond, shall administer on the estate of his brother, William 
Weymouth, April 27, 1703.] 

[Inventory of the estate of William Weymouth, who died 
March 31, 1703; amount, £76.7.0; signed by John Frost and 
Richard Gummer.] 

[Inventory of the estate of William Weymouth of the Isles of 
Shoals, April 27, 1703 ; amount, £108.10.4 ; signed by Theodore 
Atkinson and Francis Tucker. Endorsed "Not perfected there- 
for not Recorded."] 

[Administration on the estate of William Weymouth of Star 
Island, cooper, granted to Thomas Dimond of Star Island, fisher- 
man, and his wife, Mary Dimond, April 28, 1703.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 263.] 

[Bond of Thomas Dimond of the Isles of Shoals, fisherman, 
and Mary Dimond, his wife, with George Jaftrey and John 
Knight, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, as sureties, April 28, 
1703, in the sum of £500, for the administration of the estate.] 

[James Weymouth of Newcastle and his wife, Catherine Wey- 
mouth, and Richard Currier of the Isles of Shoals and his wife, 
Elizabeth Currier, release all claim to the estate June 23, 1703, 
to Capt. Thomas Dimond, administrator of the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 117.] 



ROBERT SMART 1703 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Smart of Exeter, July i, 
1703; amount, £333.17.0; signed by Isaac Cole and Andrew 
Wiggin.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 509 

[Rebecca Smart renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband Dec. ii, 1703, and asks that Robert Smart, her step-son, 
be appointed; witnesses, Richard Hilton and Josiah Hilton.] 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Smart of Exeter granted 
to his son, Robert Smart, Dec. 13, 1703, the widow, Rebecca 
Smart, having renounced administration.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 271.] 

[Bond of Robert Smart of Exeter, 3^eoman, with Winthrop Hil- 
ton, gentleman, and Jonathan Hilton, yeoman, both of Exeter, as 
sureties, Dec. 13, 1703, in the sum of £300, for the administration 
of the estate ; witnesses, Matthew Nelson and Charles Story.] 



JOHN BOULTER 1703 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of John Boulter of Hampton, Oct. 2, 
1703; amount, £156.17.0; liabilities, £25.0.0; signed bv John 
Smith, Abraham Drake, and John Garland ; attested by John Gar- 
land and Abraham Drake, April 27, 1704.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Boulter of Hampton 
granted to Bryan Door and his wife, Martha Door, formerly 
widow of the deceased, Dec. 14, 1703.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 270.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 14, 1703, authorizing Abraham Drake and 
John Garland, both of Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Bond of Bryan Door of Hampton, yeoman, with Richard 
Door of Portsmouth, yeoman, and Edward Gate of Portsmouth, 
house-carpenter, as sureties, Dec. 14, 1703, in the sum of £300, 
for the administration of the estate ; witnesses, Charles Story and 
Hannah Almary.] 

[Warrant, May i, 1704, authorizing Ephraim Marston, John 
Leavitt, and Samuel Chapman, Jr., all of Hampton, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 



5IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Report of claims against the estate, Oct. 31, 1704; signed by 
Samuel Chapman, Jr., and Ephraim Marston.] 

[Petition of Bryan Door and Martha Door, his wife, adminis- 
trators, Jan. 12, 1705/6, for license to sell some of the real estate.] 

[Account of the distribution of the personal property, Jan. 22, 
1705/6 ; mentions children.] 



RICHARD ROWE 1703 DOVER 

[Susanna Rowe, " being weak and Antient," renounces admin- 
istration on the estate of her husband, Richard Rowe, and requests 
the appointment of her son, Thomas Rowe ; witnesses, Nathaniel 
Hill and John Nutter.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Rowe of Dover 
granted to his son, Thomas Rowe, Dec. 6, 1703.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 268.] 

[Bond of Thomas Rowe of Portsmouth, yeoman, with John 
Brewster of Portsmouth and Nathaniel Hill of Dover, yeomen, as 
sureties, Dec. 6, 1703, in the sum of £200, for the administration 
of the estate ; witnesses, Thomas Webster and Charles Story.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 12, 1703, authorizing Nathaniel Hill and John 
Nutter, both of Dover, to appraise the estate ] 

[Inventory, Jan. 10, 1703/4; amount, £81.18.0; signed by 
Nathaniel Hill and John Nutter.] 

[Warrant, Feb. i, 1703/4, authorizing Nathaniel Hill and John 
Nutter to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims ; amount, £37.9.1; signed by Nathaniel Hill 
and John Nutter.] 

[Citation, May 2, 1704, to Edward Rowe, John Dam, Jr., and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5II 

his wife, Jane Dam, to appear and make agreement for the set- 
tlement of the estate.] 

Province of ^ To the Honourable Joseph Smith Esq'' 

New Hampshire S Judge of probate of wills and Granting Let- 
ters of Administration within said province. 

Whereas Thomas Row is Adm'^ to the Estate of Richard Row 
late of Dover his father dec'' and Edward Row and Jane the wife 
of John Damm being brother and Sister to the Said Thomas Row 
Adm'' as aforesaid ; haveing a Right to Some part of Said Estate 
after all Debts ffuneral Expences and other Charges are paid, wee 
whose Names are hereunto Subscribed Have Unanimously con- 
sented & Agreed to the Settling or Distribution of said Estate as 
followeth (And pray yo' Honour to Confirme the Same and Order 
the Divideing or Distributeing the same by such persons as you 
shall see meet.) 

Imprimis It is mutually Agreed that the ffuneral Charges and 
Administrators Disbursements be first paid out of said Estate 

Item that the Said Thomas Row have then the one halfe of all 
the Houses Lands Messuages Cottages Barns Orchards Gardens 
and other Real Estate that belonged to his father Rich'd Row dec'' 
and one third part of all his personal Estate as Goods Chattiells 
&c: and he to pay the one halfe of all such Debts as are oweing 
to any person from said Estate. 

Item that Edward Row ; and John Damm ; (on the behalfe and for 
the proper share of his wife Jane) have the other halfe of the dec*^^ 
Real Estate and two thirds of the personal ; after such ffuneral 
Charges and Adm"" Disbursem'^ are first paid. And that the said 
Edward Row and John Damm enter into a bond of two hundred 
pounds with Sufficient Securitye to the Judge of the probate &c: to 
pay one halfe of all the Debts that shall be made to appeare to be 
due to any person from Said Estate as alsoe if any other Sonn or 
daughter of the said dec'' shall afterwards appeare and Claime y"" 
proportion to said Estate that then Such proportion as the Law 
Allows him or her shall be paid the one halfe by the said Tho: 
Row and the other by the said Jn" Damm and Edward Row 



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&c: In witnesse whereof wee have hereunto sett our hands and 
Seales the sixth day of June 1704 

wittnesse Thomas X Rows mark 

francis Mathes Edward X Rows mark 

Cha: Story Reg""' John Dam 

Jane X Damm 

[Allowed June 6, 1704, and Capt. John Woodman of Oyster 
River and Capt. John Tuttle of Dover were appointed commis- 
sioners to divide the estate.] 

[Bond of Edward Rowe and John Dam, with William Furber 
of Dover, yeoman, as surety, June 6, 1704, in the sum of £200, 
for the fulfilling of the agreement; witnesses, Francis Mathes and 
Charles Story.] 

[Appointment of John Lowe as commissioner, Nov. 21, 1704, 
in place of Capt. John Woodman, who declines to serve.] 

New hampsh"^ 

Persuant to the Power and Authority granted Us by the Hon- 
ourable Jo.seph Smith Esq"" Judg of Probats of Wills and granting 
Administration &c — 

According to our best skill and Judgment wee the subscribers 
have made a devetion of the Estate of Richard Roe Late of dover 
deceased where of Tho: Roe is Administrator, as followeth that is 
to say 

ffirst we doe order and determin that the dwelling house with 
the same bredth of Land at the East End there of to the high way 
going to m"^* Nutters as allso ten foots bredth on tlie south side of 
s^ house be Joyntly Improved by the Partners accordin to their 
Proportions so Long as the house shall stand in s^^ place and after 
the house is downe the Land to be Eaqually devided to the other 
devitions of Land — 

2 we doe order and determin that the high way going a Cross 
the Land at the East End of the dwelling house shall be the de- 
videing Line between the two dividants of Land and doe allot 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 513 

fower Rods in bredth and Eight Rods in Length with the orchard 
there on standing on the north side of the house to belong to the 
dividant on the East side of s'^ high way — we do further order that 
Tho: Roe shall have five Acres of that Tenn acres granted to his 
father and to be Laid out on that side of sd Land that is next 
Adjateant to his owne Land 

3''' as to y® Personall Estate it is agreed Upon by and betwen 
Thomas Roe the administrator to s*^ Estate and Jn° dam and Edw** 
Roe the other Parties Concearned that the s'^ administrator shall 
Pay to Each of them seven Pounds a Pees as theire full Right and 
Just Proportion out of the moveable Part of s'' Estate as p'' his bills 
given Under his hand and seall Referance being had itt may 
appear 

May y^ 23*^ 1705 Jn° Tuttle sen^ 

Jn° Low 

[Various accounts, notes, bills, etc., containing signatures of 
Edward Toogood, Richard Rowe, Richard Martyn, William 
Vaughan, Nathaniel Hill, John Nutter, John Nelson, John Wood- 
man, Joseph Hull, and Dodavah Hull.] 



PHILH^ ODIORNE 1703 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Philip Odiorne of the Isles 
of Shoals granted to his son, Nathaniel Odiorne of the Isles of 
Shoals, Dec. 11, 1703.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 269.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Odiorne of the Isles of Shoals, with George 
Jaffrey and Mark Hunking, mariner, both of Portsmouth, as sure- 
ties, Dec. II, 1703, in the sum of £200, for the administration of 
the estate ; witnesses, George Jaffrey, Jr., and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, March 6, 1703/4; amount, £64.16.6; signed by 

George Snell, Thomas Wakeham, Richard Leaver, and John 

Frost.] 

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514 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ANDREW WIGGIN 1703/4 EXETER 

The last Will and Testament of Andrew Wiggin Sen"^ of Quam- 
scut of Exeter, in the province of Newhampshire. 

I Andrew Wiggin of Quamscut in the province of Newhamp- 
shire in New England, being in years, & infirm as to bodily 
health, and waiting for my change, * * * 

1. I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Simon Wiggins 
all my far neck, viz, all the upland and the marsh on each side of 
the mill creek, except what I hereafter, particularly dispose of, 
and all my land on the south-west side of the mill brook up as far 
as the southern hills, viz as far as, to butt agaist Andrews head 
line, he paying to his sister Sarah More thirty pounds in money or 
in goods at mony price within three years after my decease. 

2. I give unto my beloved Son Andrew Wiggin my land be- 
gin'ing at the upper end of Exeter feild, at a little swamp there, 
and to run along by forty acres of land, which I otherwise dispose 
of, which forty acres layes on the south-west side of the wolfe trap 
brook, butting against the little brook that comes out of the south- 
ern hills ponds and so to run by s'' little brook, & to run upon the 
west side of the pond, and at the end of that side of the pond, to 
run south east to the edge of a swamp and south west to the mill 
brook, reserving to my heirs as much land as may be convenient 
for laying of logs, & transporting of timber to & from my saw mill 
as long as she is improved, And I give him also twenty rods of 
marsh and flats lying by his new mill to make staging and half 
an acre of upland laying between the marsh & Sagamores hill, & 
a tract of marsh lying on the south east side of the far creek, from 
the head of s'' creek down to a little turn, of the same where there 
is a little branch goes out into a parcel of bulrushes, from thence 
on a south east line to the upland and a small tract of marsh lying 
by the creek near Exeter feild, and the randevoo marsh, & the 
marsh near the cornfeild, (except what is herafter otherwise 
given) he defraying a quarter part of the charge in maintaining 
the causeway and bridge, that goes into the old feild ; and paying 
to his sister Sarah More twenty pounds, in mony or merchantable 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 515 

corn, cattle or boards as money within three years after my de- 
cease. 

3. I give unto m}' two sons Simon & Andrew equally between 
them the whole priviledge of the mill creek & brook, excepting 
what belongs to my saw mill which stands on s'^ brook, they pay- 
ing their mother forty shillins "^ annum during her natural life 
if she desires it. 

4. I give unto my beloved Son Bradstreet Wiggin all that tract 
of land laying between the land I formerly gave him, and a little 
run that comes out of a swamp and runs into the new bridge brook, 
the land laying on the north-west side of the southern hills ; and 
all the land between Thomas Reeds line & Elias Chritchets line, 
and the southern hills up to a little swamp run'ing into the cedar 
swamp ; I also give him all the marsh on the east side of the 
home pasture & feild called the middle marsh, reserving liberty 
for a convenient causway, through the marsh ; and three acres of 
marsh near the key on the north west side of the creek and all 
the flats against it, in the creek, & a point of marsh between my 
sons mill and the far ware, and I also give him half the bulring 
marsh from the key down-ward, he paying to his sister Dorothy 
Oilman twenty pounds in mony or . merchantable pay as mony 
within three years after my decease. 

5. I give unto my beloved Son Jonathan Wiggin my dwelling 
house, barn and out houses and the upland laying along up to the 
new bridge creek & the pasture, & all the land.laying from a little 
swamp, or low valley, of land at the head of Exeter feild to the 
randevoo, and all the land that is between a little brook that comes 
from the southern hills pond & the wolf trap brook & to run up to 
the southern hills pond, by the hill, on the north west side of the 
hill, to a little run that goes into s*^ wolf trap brook, to meet with 
the land I formerly gave unto my son Thomas, and my son Brad- 
streets land, reserving alwayes a convenient place for cattle to go 
to water at the pond ; Also I give him six acres of swamp, which 
shall be Darby's swamp & the branch coming into it, to make up 
six acres, & liberty to go through Andrews land with a cart to s*^ 



5l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

swamp, I do also give him the marsh from the corn feild bridge 
on the west side of the creek, down to a point called sandy point, 
& so halfway between s"^ point & the plumb point, & one half of 
the marsh from the key downward, called the bull ring marsh, 
& also the watering place marsh, and all the hay creek marsh on 
this side of the hay creek up to Bradstreets marsh, and all the 
fiats laying upon the house creek ; I do also give to Jonathan my 
grist mill & the southern hills pond, and also the one halfe of all 
my catde sheep and swine, he paying to his sister Mary Oilman 
fifty pounds with what she has already received & to his sister 
Dorothy Oilman thirty pounds, in money or merchantable boards, 
cattle or grain, at money price within the space of three years after 
my decease ; but if my son Jonathan die without heir of his body 
lawfully begotten, my will is that my Simon's eldest son shall 
have the grist mill, and that Bradstreets son Thomas shall have the 
southern hills pond ; and all the rest of the houses land & marsh 
that I have given him shall be to the use & benefit of his wife so 
long as she remains his widow, but if she marry again my will is 
that at her marriage, my son Andrews son Andrew shall possess 
& enjoy it he paying to Jonathan's wife fifty pounds, in marchant- 
able pay, within two years after she marry again, and if my son 
Andrew hath another son his name shall be Thomas & be bred a 
schollar. I also give unto Jonathan all the priviledge of the hay 
creek. 

6. I do give unto my two sons Simon & Jonathan two hundred 
acres of land be it more or less, lying between the southern hills 
& the cedar swamp up towards Winnicut river. 

7. I do give unto my daughter Abigal French one hundred and 
ten acres of land at the end of Elias Critchets land, to lay the 
same breadth of his land & to run up into the woods, untill the 
one hundred & ten acres be made up & compleated. 

8. I do give unto my grandson Samuel Wentworth sixscore and 
ten acres of land laying at the end of M' Coles land, the same 
breadth of his land ; 

9. I do give unto each of my three daughters, viz, Mary Oil- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 517 

man, Dorothy Oilman & Sarah More fifty pounds apeice, to be 
paid as above-mentioned. 

10. I do give unto my grandaughter Hannah Wiggin besides 
what I formerly gave her father Thomas Wiggin a two handle 
wrought cup. 

11. My will is that where any of my Sons marsh lyeth against 
their brothers land that they shall have ten foot of upland joyning 
all round to their marsh for the convenient fencing of it, & that 
there shall be a competency of land at the randevoo, lay common 
for a landing for all my sons & their heirs for ever with conve- 
nient high wayes thither, for each of them from their above grant- 
ed lands, through each persons land, & that there shall be an high 
way from Leiu' Samuel Leavits land by Simons house to run at 
the tail of my saw mill, and to the randevoo. 

12. My will is that each of my sons viz. Simon, Andrew Brad- 
street & Jonathan shall have, possess and enjoy the timber that is 
on the land that I have given them as their proper own, giving to 
their mother liberty to cut what she hath occasion for firing or 
fencing on any part of s'' land, and that my land undisposed of 
shall lay common among my s'' sons each to have an equal share 
of the timber ; only my wife shall have liberty to cut what timber 
she hath occasion for on any part of s** land ; A'nd after my wives 
decease if my s^ four sons, do with the advice of some freinds 
agree to devide s'' common land that then it shall be equally de- 
vided between them four, by persons chosen by themselves if they 
cannot agree among themselves. 

13. My will is that the land & meadow which I have given to my 
sons as above be not in their possession or at their dispose untill my 
wives decease, (that is to say) what of it I do give to my wife to be, 
to her use during her natural life, my will is that my wife shall 
have my dwelling house next the way, and my grist mill, and my 
feild on the South side, & my feild on the north side of the way 
to the corn feild bridge, & one half of the great & little barn, & 
the improvment of the marsh from the corn feild bridge to the 
causeway & halfe the bullring marsh, and all the watering place 



5l8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

marsh down as far as the creek that goes into my daughters 
Whipples marsh, and the corn feild bridge marsh on the feild 
side of the creek, along from the bridge to the middle of plumb 
point, & so over to the creek, and the marsh up at the far ware 
and at the bulrushes, and as much use of the pasture and garden 
as she hath occasion for, all which is to be to her proper use & 
improvment during her natural life ; And further my will is that 
my wife shall have all the corn both english & Indyan that is 
growing on my land at my decease, and all the logs, boards, and 
planks, that shall lay cut at my decease. And that my wife & my 
son Jonathan shall have the one half of my saw mill during her 
natural life, and that they do pay the one half of my debts, and 
that my sons, Simon, Andrew & Bradstreet shall have the other 
half of my saw mill equally among them and pay the other halfe 
of my debts ; and after my wives decease, my will is that, my saw 
mill be equally devided among my four sons, Simon, Andrew, 
Bradstreet & Jonathan to each of them a quarter part of s*^ mill, 
and the priviledge thereto belonging ; and my will is that my wife 
doth take of Sarah Indyan during her natural life, and if Sarah 
survive my wife that my Son Jonathan do take care of her. 

14. I do give unto my beloved wife Hannah Wiggin all the 
rest and residue of my personal estate, goods and chattels to be 
to her sole use and improvment & at her dispose ; except my 
tankard which I give to my son Andrew, he paying to each of his 
brothers and sisters, thirty two shillins apeice, & my great bible 
which I give to my son Simon & after his decease to his son 
Simon. 

15. My will is and I give unto my grandson Simon Wiggins 
the marsh I gave to his father Simon Wiggins, on the north-west 
side of the mill creek, and half the neck of upland to be in his 
possession after his fathers decease. 

16. I give unto m}^ grandson Chase Wiggin a yoke of oxen, 
to be out of my stock before division therof as above expressed 
be made. 

ult. My Will is, and I do hereb}^ appoint and constitute my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 519 

loving wife Hannah Wiggin and my son Jonathan Wiggin to be 
my full and joynt executors of this my last will and testament ; 
and I do hereby revoke, disanull & make void all former wills 
and testaments by me heretofore made. 

And I do hereby nominate, desire & appoint my trusty & w^ell 
beloved freinds Cap' Kinsley Hall & M'' Moses Leavitt to be the 
overseers of this my last will & testament In Witness wherof I 
the s'^ Andrew Wiggin have to this my last will and testament set 
my hand and Seal, the thirteenth day of January, Anno Domini 
one thousand seaven hundred and three or four, Annoq Secundo 
Rogni Reginse Annae Angliae &c. 

Signed Sealed and owned Andrew Wiggin [seal] 

in the presence of 

Isaac Cole 

John 

The mark of 

Jams X Godfrey 

April 18; 1707 m"" Andrew Wigins sen'' being senceable that 
one of y® witnses to this his within will is Dceased and desierous 
y' this his last will might be sufficient proved doth in presence of 
us own & declare the within will St Testem' is his Last will & tes- 
tament only where as his Dear wife Hannah Wiggins was Joynt 
Executrix now y' his son Jonathan be sole Executor — 

Peter weare 
nathaniel watson 
[Proved June 9, 1710.] 



JOSEPH BEARD 1703/4 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Beard of Dover granted 
to his widow, Esther Beard, Feb. 9, 1703/4.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4. p. 272.] 

[Bond of Esther Beard of Dover, widow, with William Furber 
and Tristram Heard, both of Dover, yeomen, as sureties, Feb. 8, 



520 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

1703/4, in the sum of £200, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Mary Rymes and Charles Story.] 

[Warrant Feb. 9, 1703/4, authorizing Capt. John Tuttle and 
Lieut. Thomas Tibbetts, both of Dover, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 24, 1703/4; amount, £52.9.0; signed by John 
Tuttle and Thomas Tibbetts; attested by them May 2, 1704; 
mentions Mary Williams, widow of Thomas Beard.] 

[Warrant, March 7, 1703/4, authorizing John Tuttle and 
Thomas Tibbetts to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Sept. 30, 1704 ; amount, 
£101.17.3; signed by John Tuttle and Thomas Tibbetts; men- 
tions Mary Hudson, daughter of Thomas Beard.] 

[Additional claim of £23.7.3, Oct. 24, 1704.] 

[Division of the estate as insolvent, Dec. 5, 1704, at seven shil- 
lings and two pence in the pound ; allowed Dec. 5, 1704.] 

[Account of Esther Beard, administratrix; amount, £7.1.0; 
allowed Jan., 1704/5.] 

[Various notes, bonds, and accounts containing signatures of 
Joseph Beard, Harry Benning, John Light, Robert Elkins, John 
Norris, Edward Weymouth, John Bennett, Richard Seward, 
Thomas Wills, Nicholas Morrill, James Leavitt, and Sarah 
Jackson.] 



JONATHAN CRAM 1703/4 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Cram of Hampton 
granted to Benjamin Cram of Hampton, March 7, 1703/4.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 273. J 

[Warrant, March 7, 1703/4, authorizing Peter Weare and Dan- 
el Tilton, both of Hampton, to appraise the estate of Jonathan 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 521 

Cram, administration of which is granted to his brother, Benja- 
min Cram ; bears signatures of Daniel Tilton and Peter Weare.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Cram, Jr., of Hampton, yeoman, with Tim- 
othy Hilliard of Hampton and Thomas Rollins of Exeter, yeo- 
men, as sureties, March 7, 1703/4, in the sum of £100, for the 
administration of the estate ; witnesses, Richard Joce and Charles 
Story.] 

[Inventory, March 18, 1703/4; amount, £32.13.0; an addition 
of £10.12.0 attested by Benjamin Cram May 2, 1704.] 

this agreement made & concludid this 22'' day of Decemb 1704. 
Betwene John Cram, Benjamin Cram Joseph Cram, Sarah Cram, 
mary Cram, William Fifield in Right of his wife formerly Han- 
nah Cram, Hester Cram, Samuell Melsher in Right of his Wife, 
formerly Elizebeth Cram, (as followeth) (viz) 

That where as Jonathan! Cram late of Hampton in y* Province 
of New Hampsh"' Deceased (Intestated) And Administration to said 
Deceased Jonathan Cram Estate is Granted unto Benjamin Cram 
above named. And for a devision and full settelment of the Estate 
which our Dear brother had in his lifetime. Wee the above named 
persons to this agreement do for our Selves our Heirs & Succes- 
sers Covenant & agree to and with each other, that after all Debts, 
Charges, & funerall expences be Justly & honistly paid, the Re- 
mainder of the Estate of the Deceased as it is Inventoryed by the 
Admin'^ be equally devided betwene us the eight abov named 
partys to this agreement. And if any Estat which of Right belonged 
to our said Brother in his life time Shall here after be known, or 
appear to be, or belong to our s*' Brother Jonathan Cram Deceased, 
It shall also be eaqually devided among us the above named par- 
tys to this agreement our Lawfull Heirs or Successers ; And this 
Agreement to be a full Settelment of the Estate of our Dear Brother 
Jonathan Cram deceased made by us the above named partys And 
we pray the Judg of Probats to allow the Same, And that it be 
Recorded in the Regesters office In Witnes hereof Wee the above 



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named persons named in this Agreement have set to our hands & 
Seals this twenty second day of Decemb"^ Anno Dom. one thousand 
seaven hundred and four in the third year of Queen Anne her 
Reign over England &c — 



Signed Sealed & owned 


John Cram 


[seal] 


in presence of us — 


Benjamin Cram 


[seal] 


Peter Weare 


Joseph Cram 


[seal] 


Daniell Tilton 


her mark 






sarah X Cram 


[seal] 




her mark 






Mary X Cram 


[seal] 




William fifield 


[seal] 




her mark 






Easta X Cram 


[seal] 




sam melcher 


[seal] 



[Acknowledged Dec. 22, 1704; allowed Jan. 2, 1704/5.] 

[Account of Benjamin Cram, administrator, against the estate ; 
amount, £4.19.10; allowed in Jan., 1704/5.] 



JAMES CHASE 1703/4 HAMPTON 

[Administration on estate of James Chase of Hampton granted 
to John Chase of Hampton, March 7, 1703/4.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 274.] 

[Bond of John Chase of Hampton, yeoman, with Benjamin 
Cram and David Wedgewood, both of Hampton, yeomen, as sure- 
ties, March 7, 1703/4, in the sum of £100, for the administration 
of the estate of James Chase of Hampton, his father-in-law ; wit- 
nesses, John Tuttle and Thomas Tibbetts.] 

[Warrant, March 7, 1703/4, authorizing Capt. Henry Dow 
and Ephraim Marston, both of Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 2, 1704; amount, £85.10.0 ; signed by Henry 
Dow and Ephraim Marston.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 523 

[Account of the administrator against the estate ; amount, 
£3.18.0; allowed Jan. 1704/5.] 

[License, Feb. 6, 1704/5, to the administrator to sell certain 
lands.] 

[Appraisal of certain lands, March 5, 1704/5 ; signed by 
Henry Dow and Ephraim Marston.] 

This Agreement made & Concluded this forth day of June Anno 
Dom 1705- Betwene John Chase John Chapman & Mary Chase 
all of Hampton In Province of N: Hampsh'^ in New England &c 
(viz) that where as James Chase of Hampton late deceased left 
an Estate In Lands & Chattels, and also three daughters (viz) 
Abigell, Dorothy & Mary Chase : and Administration is Granted 
unto John Chase above Named of all y*" lands, goods, & Chattels 
which did belong to Said James Chase in his Lifetime, an Inven- 
tory of w*^** is Regestred &c. Now know ye that we the above 
named partys to this agreemen, have fully agreed that y" s'' Estate 
be devided as followeth (Viz) that John Chapman Shall have for 
his part (In Right of his wife Dorothy) the home Lott with all 
orchards building or what so ever doth belong or appertain to y® 
home Lot be the same six acres more or Less, he the sd Chapman 
paying unto John Chase Seaven pounds — And that mary Chase 
Shall have for her part, a piece of salt marsh lying neer the great 
Boars head Containing five Acres more or Less with all y*^ Rights 
there unto be Longing, & thirty shillings paid her in money by sd 
John Chase &c — And that y'' Said John Chase shall have for his 
part one share of y*^ ox-common and all other overplus of y" Estate 
which was sd James Chase^his above named late deceased by the 
same more or Less &c (In Right of his wife Abigell abovenamed) 
And to this agreement, & settelment of y® estate which was our 
Hon'^'' fathers James Chase Deceased wee the above named partys 
to this agreement have sett to our hands and seals this forth day 
of June 1705 In the forth year of y*^ Reign of Queen Anne over 
England &c And pray that the Hon'*^'*' the Judge of Probates & 
grateing Letters of Adm'*"' to approve y'' same & y' it may be Re- 



524 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

corded &c — wee haveing all Redy agreed for y'' widdows thirds 

&c — 

signed sealed & owned John Chase [seal] 

in presence of us John Chapman [seal] 

Peter weare her marke 

Joseph Cass mary X Chase [seal] 

Province of New Hampsh'' June 4"' 1705 
John Chase John Chapman & Mary Chase personally appeared 
before me Joseph Smith one of her Maj'''^* Justice peace and ac- 
knowledg the above agreement to be their voluntary act & Deed — 

Att a Court of probate &c: held at portsm" on Tuesday the 5"' 
June 1705 I Allow and Approve of the within Agreem* according 
to the prayer within mentioned 

Joseph Smith Judge of probates &c. 



JOHN OWEN 1704 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Owen of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to his widow, Margaret Owen, May 2, 1704.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 282.] 

Bond of Margaret Owen of Portsmouth, with George JaftVey 
and Richard Wibu^d, mariner, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, 
July 6, 1704, in the sum of £40, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, Henry Penny and Charles Story.] 



SAMUEL ALCOCK 1704 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God, Amen — I Sam" Alcock of Portsm'': in 
the Province of New Hamp"^ Mariner — being in health, * * * 

To my beloved wife I give the improvementt of my house & 
Land & all my estate moveable or immoveable Untill my son 
Sam'^ comes to the age of twenty one Years, but when my s"' son 
shall attain to that age, then he shall reeve as his own propper 
right the one halfe part of m}' house & Land & moveables, & the 
other halfe my wife shall improve during her life & after her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 525 

decease it shall all revert to my s'* son, Provided Notwithstanding 
that if my wife should have Another child by me begotten, then 
my will is, that after my wifes decease, my house & Land & move- 
able Estate be all equally apprized by my Overseers or by persons 
indifferently chosen & that my son Sam" shall have a double por- 
tion of the Same, & my other child a single share thereof which 
my son Sam" shall pay him in money — or Moveables & Sam'': 
Keep the house as his propper right, & Provided also that if my 
beloved wife should by the providence of God be reduc'd to indi- 
gency & poverty in her widdowhood, then I give her full right & 
power to Sell & dispose off that halfe which I have above given 
her the improvement off ffor her naturall life, provided my over- 
seers do Judge that she hath reall occasion so to doe — And if my 
child or children should dy before they Attain the age of twenty 
one Years, Then after their decease my will is that my wife have 
the improvement of the whole of my estate during her natural life 
& at her decease I give her the one halfe to be at her own disposal 
to be bequeathed to whom she pleases, & the other halfe I give to 
my Kinsm" Joseph Alcock & if he dy without Issue lawfully by 
him begotten, then I will that his halfe goe to To my Sister Mary 
Vaughans children, to be equally divided Amongst them. 

Lastly I constitute & appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth Alcock 
to be my sole Executrix — and my ffriends mr Thom^ Phipps & m"^ 
Rob' Cutt to be my overseers, desiring them to assist my wife in 
the execution of my will. In Testimony whereof I have hereto 
Set my hand And affixed my Scale this 17 day of May in the third 
Year of the reign of Queen Anne, by the Grace of God over Eng- 
land, Scotland — ffrance, & Ireland Queen &c — Annoq Dom: 
1704. 

Signed, Sealed & Declared . Sam^' Allcock [seal] 

in presence of us 

Robert Coffin 

Thom^ Phipps 

Elener phipps 

[Proved Feb. 12, 1716/17.] 



526 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Elizabeth Alcock, widow, with Amos Fernald and 
Richard Gerrish, Jr., as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£1000, Feb. 12, 17 16/17, ^o^ t^^ administration of the estate ; wit- 
nesses, John Cotton and Nathaniel Odiorne.] 

[Elizabeth Alcock, the widow, renounces administration Oct. 
21, 1723, in order that her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Alcock, may 
administer the estate.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Alcock of Portsmouth 
granted to his mother, Elizabeth Alcock, Oct. 21, 1723.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 10, p. 381.] 

[Bond, Oct. 21, 1723, signed by Elizabeth Alcock, Michael 
Whidden, and Joseph Alcock ; witnesses, Benjamin Gambling 
and Agnes Libby.] 



JOSEPH CHASE 1704 HAMPTON 

in the Name of God Amen — 

I Joseph Chase of Hampton in y® Province of New Hamshier 
in New England Being Antient, * * * 

2:''') I Give, & Bequeath, unto my beloved Wife Rachell all 
that money w'''' I have formerly Given, & Delivered, unto her for 
ever at her Dispose as also the use, & Improvement of all my Es- 
tate Dureing her natureall Life be the same houses, lands. Stock, 
hushold Goods, or any thing Within doars or Without With the In- 
trest of Such muney as is, or shall be Lett out to possess & Injoy 
the Same dureing the time of her Natureall Life as abovesaid 

3''') I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Anne Sinkeler one 
hundred pounds to be paid by my Executors ten pounds p'^ annum 
untill one hundred pounds be paid the one half to be paid in money, 
or Bills of Creaditt ; the other half in goods, or merchantable pay 
at money price — 

4:^'') I Give & Bequeath unto my above named Daughter Annes 
Children ; unto the Eldist Son twenty pounds, And the other of 
her Children now Born to Each ten pounds to be paid by Execu- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 527 

tors the one half in money or Bills of Creaditt the other half in 
Goods or merchantable pay at money price to be paid unto her 
Sons When they Come to y® age of twenty four years & to her 
Daughters at y'' age of Eighteen years, or at the day of there 
marriage Which shall first happen 

5:^'') I Give, & bequeath, unto my Daughter Elizabeth Hilyard 
after her Mothers Decease the one half of all my Estate (not other 
Ways Disposed of) Be the Same houses, Buyldings, orchars Gard- 
ings, lands, meadows, marches, pastures, out lands, With all 
Rights to Lands or Commonages What Soever unto her my Said 
Daughter dureing her Natureall Life, and at her Decease unto her 
Eldist Son of her body Lawfully begotton, And for Want of Such 
Issue, to be devided among her Daughters, and for Want of Such 
Daughter, or daughters, unto y*' Heir att Law — 

I also Give unto my above named Daughter the one half of my 
houshold goods excepting what is here after Excepted : With y'' 
one half of ye Stocke of what Kind, or sort soever; together 
with the one half of my Booke debts or servants to to be Equally 
Devided betwene her my Daughter Elisabeth, & my Daughter 
Rachell Freese after my Wifes Decease. I farther Give unto my 
said Daughter Elisabeth peculerly & singelly forever at her own 
dispose, after the death of her Mother, the one half of my money 
not other Ways disposed of: be the same in my possession or 
What I have Bonds for still unpaid : to be equally Devided be- 
twen her my Daughter Elisabeth, & my Daughter Rachell after 
my Wifes decease ; my Will & meaning is y' my said Daughter 
shall dispose of y*' said money as she sees meet, and if an}^ per- 
son Controle her in the Improvement of y*^ same or goe about to 
Command it out of her hands, my Will is that in such a case ; the 
Said money shall Revert to my Heir at Law — Whome I here by 
declare to be Heir to y® said mony 

6:"') I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Rachel Frees the 
other half of all my Building, houses, orchards Gardens Lands 
Wheather meadows & marches pastures out lands — Com'onages 
& Rights to lands What soever, or Where so ever to her after her 



528 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mothers Deceas : to hold & possess the same Dureing her my said 
Daughter Rachell her Life : & after her Deceas unto her second 
son & Want of such Issue Lawfully begett of her body unto her 
Daughters & for Want of such Issue unto my Heir at Law. 

I also Give unto my said Daughter Rachell the one half of my 
household goods (excepting what is here after Excepted) With 
the one half of my stocke of What Kind or sort soever, With the 
one half of my Booke debts & sevants to be Equally Devided 
betwene her my Daughter Rachel & my above named Daughter 
Elizabeth after my Wifes Deceas 

I farther Give unto my Daughter Rachell singelly & peculerly 
forever at her own dispose after y*^ Death of my Wife the one half 
of my Money not other Ways disposed of be the same in my pos- 
session or money Which I have bonds for Remaining unpaid to be 
Equally Devided betwene her & my Daughter Elizabeth after their 
mothers Decease my Will & meaning is y' my said Daughter 
Rachell Dispose of y*" said money as she shall see meet, And 
that if it so happen y' any person Controle her or take it out of 
her hands In that Case y'^ said money shall Revert to my Heir at 
Law &c — 

7'y) I give & bequeath unto y'' poore among the people Called 
Quakers fifty pounds in money to be delivered unto my freind 
Walter Newbury to be by him distributed among the above men- 
tioned poore people according to his prudence & Disscretion 

8:^'' my Will is that two of my best Beds With y^ beding & fur- 
niture — and one Silver tankerd, six silver spoons one duzen of 
leather Chairs & ten turkey-worked Chairs Remain undevided, & 
that they be reserved in the house Where I now dwell ; With any 
other vesells needfull as I shall here after see Cause to mention 
out of my household goods all Which I Reserve for ye Entertain- 
ing of Strangers more particulerl}^ Quakers and my Will is y' 
When my Estate is divided ; that which so ever of my Daughters 
Whether Elizabeth or Rachel shall have my dweling house that 
take Care to Entertain strangers according to the Intent of this 
my Will as in ther prudence shall be sutable & Convenient 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 529 

9'y) And unto this my last Will & Testament I Constitute & 
appoint my Wile Rachel and my sons in law, Benjamin Hilyard, 
& Jacob Frees, Executrix, & Executors &c 

" 10'^) I Desire my friend Walter Newbury of Boston & Joseph 
Smith, & Moses Swett of Hampton to doe What in them lyeth to 
Cause this my Will to be Well observed, & performed And in 
Case of y'' Death of any of them the two surviveing Chuse & ap- 
point another in his Rome for y'^ end abovesaid Thus Revokeing 
all Wills by me formerly made I sign & seal this With m}^ hand 
this fourteenth da}' of June in y® thirteenth Year of Queen anne 
her Reign over Great Britain &c Annoq: Domini 1704 

Joseph Chase Signed Sealed & Joseph Chase [Seal] 

Declared this Instrument to be his 
last Will & Testament in presence 
of us witnesses 

Joseph Smith 

John Moulton 

Jabez Smith 

Rachell Lock 

Elizabth Smith 

[Proved Feb. 12, 1717/18.] 

this Codicil to my foregoing Will I pubblish & declare this nine- 
teenth day of may : 1716 : in y*' Second year of King George his 
Reign over Great Britain 

Impr^: my meaning is in my foregoing Will that my Wife 
Rachell hold & possess all my Estate Except what is hereafter 
Excepted dureing the time of her natureall Life or Widowhood : 
be it of what kind or sort whatsoever 

I Do also Give her power to dispose of one hundred pounds 
among such of her Children or Grand Children as she shall 
thinke meet &c 

2:ndiy ^ J Give unto m}' son in Law Jacob Freess the one half 
of my Sloop with half her tackel for ever at his dispose 

^diy^ I Give & bequeath unto Rachell Lock now Rachell moul- 
ton a Legacy of five pounds in money to be paid within one year 
after m}^ Decease 
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530 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

4^*) I Give & bequeath unto Elizabeth Swett Daughter of moses 
Swett five pounds in money to be paid her Within one year after 
my Deceas 

5^y) I Give & bequeath unto Elizabeth Chase Daughter of John' 
Chase deceased ten pounds in money to be paid Within one 
year afer my decease — if she then be arived to Eighteen years of 
age my meaning is when she Comes to y*" age of i8 years or at 
her day of marriag which shall first happen &c 

6^^) I Give & bequeath unto moses swett a Legacy often pounds 
in money to be paid With in one year after my decease 

7:'-^) I Doe acquitt & discharg James Stanyon from any debt he 
Stands Charged in my Booke or may be debted therein at my 
decease — 

I also Give unto the Said James Stan3'ons Wife Anne a legacy 
of five pounds in money to be paid within one year after my 
decease 

8:'^ I Give unto mary Dow Wife of Henry Dow five pounds in 
money to be paid With in one year after my decease 

9:^^) I Give unto Lidia Norton Wife of Samuel Norton five 
pounds in money to be paid within one year after my decease 

10 :^-) my will is y® above legacys be paid by my wife Rachell 
at the time appointed but if she should not live so long, or neglect 
to pay the same then by my my other Executor befor named : 
and this addition to my will I do make and declare to be Equall 
with my foregoing will & do sett to my hand & seal the da}' & year 
above mentioned 

Joseph Chase Signed, Sealed, Joseph Chase [seal] 

& Declared the above Written 
to be an adition unto his Will 
before Written on the same pa- 
per on both sides in presence of 

us. 

Joseph Smith 

Elizabeth Smith 

Dorothy Lock 

[Proved March 5, 1717/18.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53 1 

[Blank sheet of paper for bond, signed by Jacob Freese, Ben- 
jamin Hilliard, Rachel Chase, Joshua Wingate, andjabez Smith.] 

[Inventor}^ of the estate of Joseph Chase, who died Jan. 12, 
1717/18; taken Feb. 27, 1717/18; amount, £3430.11.9; signed 
by Joshua Wingate, John Tuck, and Samuel Shaw. ] 

[Settlement of the estate by the executors, in which the real 
estate is divided as follows :] 

As to the Division of Land, Houses & March 

To Hilliarde 

The Land bought of Dan' Lamprey As it is Specified in s*' Deed 
of Sale With all the Buildings thereon And One Hundred & ffifty 
pounds paid by Freese 

Hilliard to have the Lot bought of John Smith Lyeing in a Place 
called the Windmill Lott As it is bounded in said Deed 

Hilliard a share in y'^ Second North Division bought of Jo° Gar- 
land As it is bounded in s'^ Deed And Two shares in the Third 
West Division, One as it was bought of Josiah Moulton And the 
Other as it was drawn by M"" Chase As they are bounded 

To Freese 

The Land bought of John & Nathaniel Huggins With the 
Swamp & Marsh As it is Specified & bounded in s'^ Deed With 
All the Buildings thereon Paying the sum'e of One Hundred and 
Fifty Pounds to Hilliard — 

Freese the Lott bought of Jon: Sanborn Lyeing in a Place 
called the Windmill Lott As it is bounded in s'^ Deed & Two 
Shares of Upland in the Oxe Com'on. — 

Freese the North Hill Pasture w*^*^ was the 86"^ share in the 
Second North Division With the Land Adjo3'ning bought of the 
Com'oners. — 

To Land in the first North Division The Lot drawn by M' Chase 
Divided in the Middle Length Wayes. 
Hilliard the West Side 



532 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

A Half Share in the Third West Division Drawn for on Right 
bought of John Nay 
Freese the East Side 
And a share in the same Division bought of Timothy Hilliard 

Division of Marsh. 

The Peice bought of Jon: Sanborn & W" Fifield divided in the 
Middle Length Wayes. 

Hilliard the Westerly side and a Share of Marsh in the Ox 
Com'on Lyeing by the Little Island — 

Freese the Easterly side and the Clam Bank Marsh As it was 
bought of Isaac Chase and Specified in s'^ Deed — 

A Peice of Marsh & Thatch Ground Lyeing by the Boare's 
Head, As it is divided Length Wayes About a Rod Northerly of 
the Middle to the Stakes sett up. 

Hilliard to have the North Side of the Marsh and the Thatch 
Ground from the Bounds mentioned at the North East Corner of 
said Marsh And so all the Thatch Ground between the Beach & 
Chapman's Marsh So Northward to the End of s^ share 

Item a peice of Marsh and Thatch Ground bought of the 
Com'oners at a place called Hendrix Cove As it is bounded in 
s'^ Deed — 

A Peice of Marsh on y*" South Side of the Falls River as it was 
bought of Jacob Basford 

Freese to have the South Side between the Marsh & the Beach 
till it comes to the Stake at the North East Corner of the Marsh 
And then a Strait Line to bound on the Beach A Stake & a Stone 
laid by it. 

Two Thatch shares in the Ox Com'on One Lyeing on an Island 
called Thatch Island and the Other as it was drawn for by M'' 
Chase. 

A share of Marsh or Thatch Ground lyeing on a place called 
the Great Neck drawn by M' Chase And an Acre of Marsh lye- 
ing near James Perkins Bounded Northerly on Land of Jacob 
Brown — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 533 

As to the Vessells equally divided. 

Hilliard The Halfe of the Sloop Joseph With all Things belong- 
ing to it — 

Freese Halfe the Sloop called Anne with all belonging to it 



FRANCIS MATTHEWS 1704 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Francis Matthews of Oyster 
River, yeoman, granted to his son, Benjamin Matthews of Oyster 
River, yeoman, July 10, 1704.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 283.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Matthews, with Joseph Meader, yeoman, 
and Francis Matthews, yeoman, son of Benjamin Matthews, both 
of Oyster River, as sureties, July 10, 1704, in the sum of £200, 
for the administration of the estate ; witnesses, Philip Chesley and 
Charles Story.] 

[Warrant, July 10, 1704, authorizing Capt. James Davis and 
Thomas Edgerly, both of Oyster River, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Francis Matthews, "deceased at 
Oyster River about fifty or sixty years past" ; amount, £119.0.0 ; 
signed by James Davis and Thomas Edgerly ; attested by Ben- 
jamin Matthews March 6, 1704/5.] 

[Warrant, the first Tuesday in March, 1704/5, authorizing 
Capt. James Davis and Joseph Meader to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[List of claims ; amount, £356.0.0 ; signed by James Davis 
and Joseph Meader; allowed Nov. 6, 1705. One claim is that 
of Benjamin Matthews for " keeping his mother Twenty five 
years att fowerteen Pounds ^ year."] 

[Administrator's account against the estate ; amount, £4.12.0; 
allowed Nov. 6, 1705.] 



534 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the depision of Debro shoctford aged about Fifty Eight yers of 
yeag testifieth and saith that the said m"^* tamson mathes dilive her 
son benjamin mathes about forty eyrs pas and that I did Live 
with the said Benjamin Matheys to tend uppon his mother tamson 
maths 

6"' Nov'" 1705 Jurat Coram me Joseph Smith 

the depison of Josep Kent eged about forty five yers of Eage 
testifieth and saith that that i knew the said tamson mathes and 
that the said tamson mathes did Live with her son Benjamin 
methes abou thurty five yers past and I did Live with him and 
that hee did maintain hur tel the day of hur death Excepting sun 
few yers and that she dyed with hin about 15 years agoe 

6^^ Nov^"^ 1705 : Jurat Coram/ Joseph Smith 

the depison of Thomas Roberts Aged about sevinty yers of 
Eage testifieth and saith that about forty five yers past I was well 
aqunted with m'^ tamsun methe and that the forsaid Mathes did 
Live with hur son Benjamin Mathes until the day of her Deth 
Excepting som few yers 

6"^ Nov'^'' Jurat Coram me Joseph Smith 



SAMUEL TASKETT 1704 DURHAM 

[Bond of Samuel Perkins of Dover, yeoman, with John Grey 
of Dover and Robert Smart of Exeter, yeomen, as sureties, July 
10, 1704, in the sum of £200, for the administration of the estate 
of Samuel Taskett of Oyster River, yeoman ; witnesses, Philip 
Chesley and Charles Story.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 4, 1704; amount, £43.18.0; signed by John 
Woodman and Joseph Meader.] 

[Administrator's account against the estate of Samuel Taskett, 
his brother-in-law ; amount, £4.17.1.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 535 

MARY SWAINE 1704 NEWCASTLE 

["An inventory of whai Estat mary swain formerly of New- 
castell Left't when shee went to Haverhill, maried & there dyed"; 
amount, £50.0.0; taken by George Wallis and John Bickford 
Sept. 3, 1704.] 



THOMAS CHESLEY 1704 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Chesley of Oyster 
River granted to Joseph Daniell and his wife, Ann Daniell, for- 
merly widow of the deceased, Sept. 5, 1704.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 284.] 

[Bond of Joseph Daniell of Dover, yeoman, with John Picker- 
ing of Portsmouth, gentleman, and George Vaughan of Ports- 
mouth as sureties, Sept. 5, 1704, in the sum of £300, for the 
administration of the estate.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 5, 1704, authorizing John Woodman and Ste- 
phen Jones of Oyster River to appraise the estate of Thomas 
Chesley of Oyster River.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 29, 1704; amount, £100.4.5 ; signed by John 
Woodman and Stephen Jones.] 

[Guardianship of Thomas Chesley, aged about sixteen years, 
son of Tliomas Chesley, granted to his uncle, Joseph Chesley, 

Jan. 2, 1704/5.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 60.] 

[Account of Joseph Daniell, administrator, against the estate; 
amount, £37.19.0; signed by Jose