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PROBATE RECORDS 



OF THE 



Province of New Hampshire 



VOL. 3 
1741-1749 

State Papers Series 
Vol. 33 



HENRY HARRISON METCALF 
Editor of State Papers 

OTIS GRANT HAMMOND 
Assistant 



CONCORD, N. H. 
THE RUMFORD PRESS 

1915 



1 



Joint Resolution relating to the preservation 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 empowered, with the 
advice and consent of the Council, to employ some suitable person — and fix his com- 
pensation, 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 Hampshire 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 follows: namely, one copy 
to each city and town in the state, one copy to such of the public libraries in the 
state as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the New Hampshire Histori- 
cal 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. Batchellor, Editor of State Papers: 

You are hereby authorized to arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publica- 
tion 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 chronological order, beginning 
with the earliest accessible papers and records. 

You will also cause such explanatory notes, citations, tables of contents, and in- 
dexes 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 the provisions of the joint resolution 
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. 



THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 
To Henry II. Metcalf, Esquire, Greeting: 

Know you, That we, reposing especial trust and confidence in your Fidelity and 

Ability, have constituted and appointed you Editor and Compiler of Early Province 

and State Papers, Hereby giving and granting unto you, 

the said Henry H. Metcalf, all the power and authority 

(L. S.) given and granted by the Constitution and Laws of 

our State to an Editor and Compiler of said Papers, 

Samuel D. Felker, To have and to hold the said Office, With all the 

powers, privileges, and immunities to the same belong- 

Governor. ing, for the term of years, from and after July 

ii, 1913, provided you are of good behavior during 
said term. 
In Testimony Whereof, We have caused our seal to be hereunto affixed. 
Witness, Samuel D. Felker, Governor of our State, at Concord, this nth day 
of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and thirteen, and of the 
Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and thirty eighth. 
By his Excellency the Governor, with advice of the Council. 

Edward N. Pearson, Secretary of State. 

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 
Merrimack ss. July 14, 1913. 

Then the said Henry H. Metcalf took and subscribed the Oath of Office as Editor 
and Compiler as prescribed by law. 
Before us, 

Edward N. Pearson, 1 Justices of the Peace. 
Arthur L. Willis, J Quorum Unus. 



INTRODUCTORY NOTE 



Volume I of this series of New Hampshire State Papers, pre- 
senting, in abstract, the Probate Records of the Provincial 
Period, from the earliest days up to the time of the division of 
the Province into counties (after which the several counties 
had separate courts of Probate established, whose records have 
been independently kept at the respective county seats, and 
are, therefore, more readily available to interested parties), 
covered a period of more than eighty years— from 1635 to 171 7. 
Naturally enough, from the increase in population and the 
corresponding increase in Probate business, the period covered 
by Volume II, issued in 19 13, seven years after Volume I was 
published, was only twenty three years, from 1718 to 1740, 
inclusive; while this third volume, of substantially the same 
size (each volume approximating eight hundred pages of text) 
includes abstracts of the record for nine years, only, from 1741 
to 1749, inclusive, making it evident that not less than three 
more volumes, or six in all, will be required to present the record 
of wills and probates for the entire Provincial Period, or up to 
the time when the county courts went into operation. 

It will be noted that the period covered by this volume (Vol- 
ume III) was included in the incumbency of Judges Richard 
Waldron (Jr.) and Benjamin Gambling, with William Parkerserv- 
ing as Register. In the Introduction to the last volume — Vol- 
ume II — of Probate Records, the succession of the Judges of 
Probate for the colony was traced, as fully as possible, and brief 
sketches of the individual judges presented. It was remarked, 
also, that further investigation might, perhaps, determine the 
succession of Registers and their approximate terms of service. 

Quite an effort has been made, involving close and extended 
examination of the records; but, while the succession has been 



VI INTRODUCTORY NOTE 

ascertained with practical accuracy, so far as the names of 
incumbents are concerned, the precise dates of the beginning 
and close of terms cannot be stated ; nor can definite biographical 
data be given in all, or even in a majority of cases. 

The first person whose name appears in the records, in the 
capacity of a Register, was Renald Fernald, who signed as 
"Recorder" when the will of one Daniel Maud, recorded in 
Volume I, page i, of Probate Records, and presented in the 
first volume of this series, pages 27-29, was proved, January 26, 
1655-6. This is the only instance in which his signature is 
found in this capacity, nor is there any available record estab- 
lishing the identity of the man himself, so far as the writer has 
been able to ascertain. The only Renald Fernald of whom any 
account can be found, and that a very brief one, came from 
England in 1630 or 1631, having been sent out by Capt. John 
Mason, and settled on the island which is the site of the present 
Navy Yard, and is reputed to have been the first surgeon among 
the New Hampshire settlers. He is mentioned by Dr. John R. 
Ham in his "Dover Physicians," as undoubtedly the physician 
to the Dover settlement in its early days, living, as he did, only 
five miles from Hilton's (now Dover) Point. There is also 
reference to him in "Memorials of the Massachusetts Society of 
the Cincinnati" as an ancestor (great-grandfather) of Tobias 
Fernald who was a captain in Colonel Scammon's regiment at the 
siege of Boston, and, later, a lieutenant-colonel. He is said to 
have had seven children — four sons and three daughters — but 
the name of only one son (William, the grandfather of Tobias) 
is given. It is manifest that either the Doctor, himself, who 
died in the same year in which the record spoken of was made, 
or a son of the same name, was the "Recorder" in question. 

The first man to hold the office of Register for any consider- 
able period of time, was Elias Stileman, whose name appeared 
in this connection at a date as early as 1661 and continuously 
up to 1686, and probably later. He was a native of England, 
born about 1617, and came to America with his father, of the 



INTRODUCTORY NOTE Vll 

same name, about 1629, and settled at Salem, Mass. He re- 
moved to Piscataqua, or Portsmouth, some time before 1658, 
as in October of that year he was made a commissioner for the 
trial of small causes there. He was a man of no small importance 
in the community, holding the office of selectman of Portsmouth 
most of the time from 1659 to 1666, and of "clerk of the writs" 
from 1659 to 1663. He was chosen town clerk in 1667, con- 
tinuing many years, and was again selectman for an extended 
term. He served several terms in the Provincial assembly, 
between 1667 and 1690, and was an associate judge of the 
county court many years from 1666. He was also a captain in 
the militia, and at one time commanded the fort on Great 
Island. Upon the establishment of the provisional govern- 
ment, under President John Cutt, in 1680, he was made a 
Councilor and Secretary of the Province, and on the death of 
President Cutt was made Deputy President by his successor, 
Major Waldron, holding the position till his removal by 
Cranfield, in 1683. Later, in 1692-3, he was Chief Justice of 
the Court of Common Pleas. He was one of the nine founders 
of the First Congregational Church in Portsmouth. He died 
December 19, 1695, at the age of seventy-eight years. 

Between the time of Elias Stileman, and Charles Story, who 
served from about 1700 to 1715, the signatures of three men, 
who served as Register, appear in the records. That of Thomas 
Davis, the first of these, appears but once or twice, in 1792-3, 
and of him nothing can be said, nor is there any available 
information concerning William Redford who served as early 
as 1694, or earlier, and up to 1697, or Francis Tucker, who was 
Register from 1697 to 1699, though the latter was probably a 
descendant of that Richard Tucker who, with George Cleeves, 
made the first attempt at the settlement of Portland, Maine, 
in 1633, and removed to Portsmouth about 1653, where he died 
in 1659, leaving six sons. 

Referring to William Redford, it may be said that Brewster 
in his Portsmouth "Rambles," Volume 2, page 66, mentioning 



vili INTRODUCTORY NOTE 

Elizabeth Wibird, says "she was the Widow Elizabeth Redford 
when married to Richard Wibird Sr., July 10, 1701" and queries 
thus: "Was her first husband William Redford who was Regis- 
ter of Deeds at Portsmouth, 1693 to 1697?" It is safe to say 
that if so well informed a historian as Mr. Brewster, writing 
two generations ago, could tell nothing definite about William 
Redford, it would be idle to attempt to ascertain anything 
about him now. 

Charles Story, previously mentioned, who served as a Register 
for fifteen years, was a lawyer of much ability, born and edu- 
cated in England who came to this country in 1697, bringing a 
commission as Judge of Admiralty for the Province, and located 
at Great Island, now Newcastle, then regarded as a part of 
Portsmouth, and died there in March, 1716. He held his posi- 
tion as Judge of the Court of Admiralty for some time; was 
made Secretary of the Province and clerk of the Council in 
1699, and continued in the former office, with the exception of 
about one year, in 1703-4, till the time of his death. He served 
as Register of Probate, also, as has been stated, from 1700 to 
1715, inclusive, besides being engaged in many important 
causes, as a legal practitioner. His case illustrates the fact that 
in the early days it was not unusual for one man to hold two or 
more important public offices at the same time. A more striking 
illustration is furnished in the case of Meshech Weare, who was 
President of the Council and the executive head of the govern- 
ment, under the temporary conlstitution from 1776 to 1784, 
and at the same time, or until 1782, Chief Justice of the Superior 
Court of Judicature. 

From 1715 to 1717 the name of Richard Gerrish appears as 
Register. Whether this Richard Gerrish was the one who was 
a member and Speaker of the Assembly from 17 10 to 171 5, 
promoted to the Council in 17 16 and died a year later, or whether 
his son, Richard, was the Register is a question. However, 
Quint, in his "Historical Memoranda of Ancient Dover," page 
311, speaks of Richard Gerrish as a son of John Gerrish of 



INTRODUCTORY NOTE IX 

Dover, who "lived in Portsmouth," and "was a Councilor and 
Register of Probate." John Gerrish, the father, is said to have 
married Elizabeth, daughter of the famous Major Richard 
Waldron and to have been a representative in 1684, and a mem- 
ber of the Convention of 1689. He had five sons, of whom 
Richard was the eldest. This Richard, the senior, made a will 
in October, 161 7, just before he died, which appears in Volume 
I, page 808, in which he disinherited his son, Richard, because 
he carried himself "very undutyfull & Disobedient," in that, 
as it was said, he intended " to marry Elizabeth Cutt, the widdow 
of John Cutt late of Portsm Marriner Deceas'd; which is 
utterly against my will." Shortly before his death the senior 
Richard Gerrish had been appointed a Judge of the Court of 
Common Pleas. In Brewster's "Rambles About Portsmouth," 
Volume 2, page 66, in a list of names of those occupying seats in 
the old Town Meeting House in Portsmouth, in 1693, that of Mr. 
Richard Gerrish appears among those occupying a seat in the 
" Men's Gallery fronting the Pulpit," that of John Cutt also ap- 
pearing among them. 

From 1 718 to 1728, inclusive, Benjamin Gambling, subse- 
quently for many years Judge of Probate, filled the office of 
Register, and therein so familiarized himself with the methods 
of procedure in probate affairs as to qualify him to an unusual 
degree for the higher office in which he became distinguished. 
Further reference to Judge Gambling may be found in the Intro- 
duction to Volume 2, p. VIII, Probate Records. 

For a brief period, in 1729, Richard Waldron, Jr., served as 
Register. Mr. Waldron, who was succeeded in 1700 by John 
Penhallow, was himself made Judge of Probate immediately 
following the death of Judge Gambling in September, 1737, and 
is also mentioned on the same page with the latter, in the In- 
troduction above referred to. 

From 1730 to 1735, John Penhallow of Portsmouth was the 
incumbent of the Register's office. This John Penhallow seems 
to have been the second son of Samuel Penhallow, a native of 



X INTRODUCTORY NOTE 

Cornwall, England, born July 2, 1665, who came to Boston in 
1686, and removed to Portsmouth the following year, where he 
became prominent in public affairs and was Chief Justice of 
the Superior Court of Judicature from 1717 to 1726. He 
married Mary, daughter of John Cutt, first President of the 
Council and acting Governor. 

John was born January 13, 1693. He was prominent and 
successful in mercantile life and extensively engaged in the West 
India trade. He married Elizabeth (Butler) widow of John 
Watts, who had been his partner in business. They had two 
sons — Samuel, a church deacon, and John, who was also a 
reputable citizen. The Penhallow name is still a familiar one 
in Portsmouth, and is borne by one of the city's streets. 

The last of the Provincial Registers, and the one holding 
the office for by far the longest term, and whose name is most 
familiar to those who have had occasion to make extended 
examination of the early records, was William Parker, incum- 
bent from 1735 to 1 77 1. He was a native of Portsmouth, born 
December 9, 1703, the son of William and Zerviah (Stanley) 
Parker. He was educated privately, taught school in youth, 
studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1732. He received 
his appointment as Register from Governor Belcher. He was 
for a time Surrogate Judge of the Admiralty, and was for many 
years the only notary public in the province. He was clerk of 
the commission to settle the boundary line between New Hamp- 
shire and Massachusetts in 1737; was a Representative in the 
Assembly from 1765 to 1774, and was a Justice of the Superior 
Court from 1771 to the end of the Province Period. As a lawyer 
he stood at the head of his profession and his counsel was widely 
sought in legal matters. He was a great reader and a close 
student of classical literature. Harvard College, in 1763, con- 
ferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts. He 
married Elizabeth Grafton in 1728, and had eleven children. 
John P. Hale was one of his grand-children. He died April 21, 
1781. 



INTRODUCTORY NOTE XI 

Judge Parker was a remarkably fine penman, his hand-writing 
almost rivalling the finest copper plate, and the records of the 
Probate Court, as kept by him during the many years of his 
service, are admired to the present day by those having occasion 
to examine the same, for the clearness, smoothness and fairness 
of hand with which they are distinguished. 

As in case of the former volumes of this series, the compilation 
of Volume III has been in charge of Capt. Otis G. Hammond, 
long the capable assistant in this department. 

Henry H. Metcalf, 
Editor of State Papers. 

August 30, 1915. 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Abbott, Reuben, Portsmouth, 1744/5 
Adams, James, Londonderry, 1742/3 
Addison, Jonas, Exeter, 1749 • . 
Aiken, William, Londonderry, 1745 
Alcock, Elizabeth, Portsmouth, 1743 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1747 
Almary, John, Portsmouth, 1749 
Ambrose, Henry, Chester, 1746 

Nathaniel, Chester, 1745 
Annis, Charles, Exeter, 1741 
Atkinson, Joseph, Exeter, 1749 
Austin, Nathaniel, Dover, 1749 

Banfield, John, Portsmouth, 1745 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1742 . 
Barker, Noah, Stratham, 1748 

William, Concord, 1742 
Barr, John, Londonderry, 1748 . 
Bartlett, Christopher, Haverhill District, 

Thomas, Newbury, Mass., 1744 
Batchelder, John, Kensington, 1748/9 

Stephen, North Hampton, 1748/9 
Bean, Richard, Exeter, 1749 
Beard, Robert, Nottingham, 1747 
Bell, James, Windham, 1744 

John, Londonderry, 1743 
Beverland, Joseph, Nottingham, 1748 
Bickford, John, Dover, 1744 

Peircy, Portsmouth, 1745 



747 



257 
148 
721 
301 
169 
466 
736 

379 

268 

75 
689 

718 

271 
104 
624 
127 
629 
470 
213 
649 

655 
718 
490 
205 

159 
592 
202 

297 



XIV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Bishop, James, Portsmouth, 1742/3 

Joseph, Boscawen, 1749 
Bixby, John, Amherst, 1745/6 
Blair, James, Londonderry, 1745 

William, Boston, Mass., 1747/8 
Blake, Hezekiah, Kensington, 1746 

Moses, Kensington, 1746/7 

Philemon, Hampton Falls, 1741 
Blodgett, Caleb, Woburn, Mass., 1746/7 

Jacob, Litchfield, 1742/3 
Blunt, John, Newcastle, 1748 
Boyes, James, Londonderry, 1747 
Brackett, Joshua, Greenland, 1749 
Bradley, Jonathan, Exeter, 1746 
Brewster, John, Portsmouth, 1743 
Brooks, Edward, Portsmouth, 1746/7 
Brown, John, Hampton Falls, 1747/8 
Burbank, Samuel, Hopkinton, 1747/8 
Burnham, John, Durham, 1749 . 
Butler, Abigail, Nottingham, 1746 



147 

722 

336 
303 

534 
349 
429 

48 

43i 
144 
586 
5io 
685 
408 
180 
426 
548 

549 
698 

365 



Calfe, John, Chester, 1747/8 
Cameron, Mary, Portsmouth, 1743 
Campbell, Alexander, Amesbury District, 
Cass, Jonathan, Kingston, 1745 . 
Caswell, John, Chester, 1749 
Cate, John, Greenland, 1 740/1 
Chambers, William, Londonderry, 1747 
Chase, Jonathan, Stratham, 1744 

Jonathan, Stratham, 1749 
Cilley, Benoni, South Hampton, 1745 
Clark, John, Portsmouth, 1744/5 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1742 . 
Clay, Jonas, Chester, 1747 
Clements, Job, Dover, 1749 



1749 



542 
152 

723 
312 

717 
16 

485 
218 

693 
309 
242 

105 
495 
725 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XV 



Clifford, Isaac, Kingston, 1745 . 
Clough, Ichabod, Kingston, 1745 

Rebecca, Kingston, 1749 
Cochran, Andrew, Londonderry, 1743 

John, Londonderry, 1746/7 . 
Colby, Philip, Kingston, 1746 
Compton, John, Boston, Mass., 1747 
Converse, Joshua, Litchfield, 1746 
Cook, Thomas, Boscawen, 1748 . 
Coombs, William, Portsmouth, 1745 
Cotton, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1745 
Cowen, Thomas, Dunstable, 1748 
Craige, David, Londonderry, 1747 
Cummings, Alexander, Concord, Mass., 1744/5 

Jerahmeel, Hollis, 1748 
Currier, Reuben, South Hampton, 1744/5 
Cutt, Richard, Portsmouth, 1749 

Danforth, Jonathan, Hollis, 1748 
Davidson, John, 1748 .... 
Davis, Eleazer, Dover, 1745 

James, Durham, 1748 . 

John, Portsmouth, 1741/2 . 
Dearborn, Edward, Greenland, 1746/7 
Dearborn, John, North Hampton, 1746 
Dennett, Ephraim, Portsmouth, 1741 

Joseph, Portsmouth, 1747 

Moses, Portsmouth, 1748/9 . 
Dickey, Adam, Londonderry, 1746 
Dinsmoore, Thomas, Hollis, 1747/8 
Doe, John, Durham, 1742 

Sampson, Newmarket, 1748 
Dolbear, Sarah, Boston, Mass., 1745 
DollofT, Richard, Exeter, 1744 

Samuel, Exeter, 1741 



298 
321 
736 
157 
438 
412 
487 
355 
563 

3H 
306 

615 

487 

243 
56i 
252 
721 

56i 
612 

258 

608 

96 

425 
367 
50 
473 
639 
398 

544 
100 

554 

301 

198 

33 



XVI 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Doran, William, Exeter, 1745 
Dow, Amasa, Hampton, 1747 

Benjamin, Hampton Falls, 1747/ 

Jabez, Hampton, 1749 . 

Stephen, Haverhill District, 1743 
Dowen, Mary, 1745 
Downing, John, Xewington, 1743/4 

Joshua, Xewington, 1747 

Richard, Newington, 1747 . 
Downs, Ambrose, Gosport, 1748 

Thomas, Somersworth, 1749 
Drew, Francis, Portsmouth, 1746 

John, Somersworth, 1747 
Dudley, James, Exeter, 1746 

Trueworthy, Exeter, 1749 
Durgin, Eleanor, Stratham, 1747/8 



278 
496 
547 
757 
161 

259 
196 

478 
447 
550 
742 
386 
497 
369 
733 
537 



Eastman, Ebenezer, Concord, 1744/5 

Ebenezer, Kingston, 1746 

Jonathan, Haverhill District, 1747/^ 
Edmunds, Jonathan, Portsmouth, 1748 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1744 . 
Elkins, Jonathan, Hampton, 1746 
Emerson, Mary, Portsmouth, 1745 

Robert, Haverhill District, 1742 
Emery, Edward, Boscawen, 1743 

Fabyan, John, Newington, 1748 . 
Fellows, Ebenezer, Kingston, 1742 

Samuel, Salisbury, Mass., 1741 
Fernald, John, Portsmouth, 1 740/1 
Fogg, Simon, Hampton Falls, 1749 
Follett, Benjamin, Stratham, 1746 
Folsom, Edward, Newmarket, 1743 

James, Exeter, 1748 



250 
352 
538 

551 
201 

381 
403 
137 
167 

587 

105 

60 

7 
737 
397 
194 

582 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XVI 1 



Folsom, Jeremiah, Newmarket, 1746/7. 

Jonathan, Damariscotta, Me., 1745 

Jonathan, Exeter, 1 740/1 

Joseph, Newmarket, 1741 
Ford, John, Portsmouth, 1746 
Foss, John, Chester, 1745 

John, Dover, 1746 . 
Freese, Jonathan, Hampton, 1748 
Friend, Peter, Margate, Eng., 1748 
French, Ebenezer, South Hampton, 1747 

Jacob, South Hampton, 1742 

John, Londonderry, 1747 

Nathaniel, Kingston, 1746/7 
Frost, Benjamin, Hudson, 1748/9 

Mary, Newcastle, 1745 . 
Furber, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1744 . 

William, Newington, 1741 



432 

324 

18 

69 
363 
315 
411 

555 
513 
482 
124 
495 
434 
657 
278 
228 
81 



Gains, John, Portsmouth, 1743 . 
Gambling, Benjamin, Portsmouth, 1743 
Garland, Joseph, Hampton Falls, 1746 

Nathaniel, Dover, 1742 
Gee, Joshua, Boston, Mass., 1746 
Gerrish, Paul, Dover, 1743 . 
Gilchrist, Robert, Chester, 1746 
Gilman, Edward, Exeter, 1748/9. 

Joseph, Newmarket, 1748/9 

Judith, Exeter, 1749 

Moses, Exeter, 1741 

Nathaniel, Exeter, 1741 

Nicholas, Durham, 1748 

Nicholas, Exeter, 1749 . 

Nicholas, Jr., Exeter, 1745/6 
Gilmore, James, Londonderry, 1745 
Glenn, Thomas, Chester, 1744 



177 
190 

363 
104 

396 
164 

356 
645 
643 
732 
43 
44 
570 
663 

327 
264 
198 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Godfrey, William, Hampton, 1741 
Goffe, John, Cohass, 1748 
Gordon, James, Exeter, 1741 

Nicholas, Exeter, 1747 . 
Gould, Daniel, Kingston, 1745 

Nathan, South Hampton, 1747 . 
Gove, Ebenezer, Hampton Falls, 1745/6 
Graham, Robert, Chester, 1747/8 

William, Chester, 1747 
Graves, Joseph, Exeter, 1745 

Samuel, Haverhill, Mass., 1747 . 

William, Exeter, 1744 
Greeley, Peter, Portsmouth, 1741/2 
Green, Benjamin, Hampton Falls, 1749 

Joseph, Keene, 1746 

Robert, Portsmouth, 1748 

Samuel, Stratham, 1743 
Greenleaf, Stephen, Portsmouth, 1749 
Greenwood, Samuel, Boston, Mass., 1741/2 



52 

580 

64 

444 
320 

473 
334 
521 
497 
259 
500 
210 
97 
729 
377 
618 

154 

698 
100 



Haines, Matthias, Greenland, 1741 
Hall, Joseph, Dover, 1743 
Ham, Clement, Dover, 1748 

Elizabeth, Portsmouth, 1745 

Samuel, Dover, 1743 
Hanson, Joseph, Dover, 1749 

Nathaniel, Dover, 1748 

Tobias, Dover, 1742 
Hardy, John, Hampton Falls, 1744 
Harvey, John, Nottingham, 1748/9 
Heard, James, Dover, 1749 . 

Joseph, Rochester, 1746 
Heath, James, Haverhill District, 1744 

Joseph, Haverhill District, 1749 
Hill, Nathaniel, Durham, 1 741/2 



56 
181 
608 
316 

153 
722 
621 
118 
205 
643 
657 

395 
229 

737 
9i 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XIX 



Hilliard, Timothy, Hampton Halls, 1745 
Hills, Nathaniel, Hudson, 1748 . 
Hilton, Matthew, Portsmouth, 1 741/2 

Samuel, Hampton, 1748 
Hodgdon, Israel, Dover, 1739/40 
Hogg, Thomas, Londonderry, 1747/8 
Horner, Thomas, Londonderry, 1749 
Hoyt, Joseph, Stratham, 1748 

Thomas, Amesbury, Mass., 1748 
Huntress, John, Newington, 1746 

Ingalls, Samuel, Chester, 1747 



288 
560 

99 

556 

1 

54i 

727 

558 
593 
387 

500 



Jackson, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1745 
Ephraim, Portsmouth, 1748 
Ephraim, Jr., Portsmouth, 1746 
Joseph, Newcastle, 1741 

Jaffrey, George, Portsmouth, 1749 

James, Benjamin, Hampton, 1744 
Kinsley, Exeter, 1745 . 

Jameson, John, Londonderry, 1741 

Jenness, Elizabeth, 1748/9 . 
Hezekiah, Rye, 1745 
John, Rye, 1744 . 

Joce, Richard, Portsmouth, 1746. 

Johnson, Ebenezer, Greenland, 1748 
James, Haverhill District, 1742 
John, Portsmouth, 1749 
Michael, Haverhill District, 1749 
Nathan, Greenland, 1745 

Jones, John, Stratham, 1744 
Joseph, Durham, 1744 . 
Joseph, Stratham, 1747 
Stephen, Durham, 1743 
William, Newcastle, 1748 



286 
598 
388 

34 
701 

208 

306 

85 
644 
263 
220 

389 
617 

136 

688 

723 
324 
232 
221 
482 
172 
583 



XX 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Judkins, Benjamin, Kingston, 1744/5 
Samuel, Kingston, 1 741/2 

Kelly, Abiel, Methuen, Mass., 1746/7 
Kelsey, Hugh, Nottingham, 1746 
Kendall, Jacob, Litchfield, 1 741/2 
Kennard, Atkins, Portsmouth, 1747 
Kent, Robert, Durham, 1748 
Kezar, George, Haverhill District, 1745/6 
Kidder, Benjamin, Bedford, 1746 
Kimball, Benjamin, Haverhill District, 1741 

David, Concord, 1745/6 
King, Samuel, Greenland, 1745 . 

William, Portsmouth, 1745 . 
Knight, Temple, Portsmouth, 1741 
Knipe, William, Portsmouth, 1749 
Knowles, Amos, Hampton, 1746 

Lang, Benjamin, Portsmouth, 1746 

John, Portsmouth, 1748 
Langdon, Joseph, Portsmouth, 1749 
Larey, Samuel, Exeter, 1743/4 

Thomas, Exeter, 1746 . 
Leavitt, James, Exeter, 1746 

Moses, Hampton, 1745 . 

Seeley, Exeter, 1748 

Stephen, Stratham, 1749 
Leigh ton, Thomas, Newington, 1744 
Linkfield, Edward, Haverhill District, 1748 
Little, Joseph, Boston, Mass., 1747 
Loggin, John, Portsmouth, 1747 . 
Long, Pierse, Portsmouth, 1746 . 
Loud, William, Portsmouth, 1742/3 
Lovewell, John, Dunstable, 1742/3 
Lowe, Nathaniel, Boston, Mass., 1742/3 



246 
93 

436 
370 

89 
451 
58i 
330 
370 

65 
342 
320 
286 

52 
732 
343 

388 
613 

747 
198 
380 

4i4 
3i6 

579 
715 
209 
617 
505 
45i 
398 
151 
147 
143 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXI 



Marsh, James, Hudson, 1748/9 . 
Marshall, Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1748 

Obadiah, Portsmouth, 1746 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1749 . 
Marston, Caleb, Hampton, 1746 

Jeremiah, Hampton, 1741 

Thomas, Greenland, 1745 

William, Hampton, 1749 
Martyn, Sarah, Portsmouth, 1744/5 
Mathes, Francis, Jr., Durham, 1742 
Maxfield, Nathaniel, South Hampton, 1745 
Maybury, William, Kittery, Me., 1745 
McClary, John, Londonderry, 1741 
McClellan, Hugh, Chester, 1746 . 
McCoy, Alexander, Londonderry, 1741 
McMaster, Hugh, Londonderry, 1746 
McPherson, William, Londonderry, 1743 
McQuaid, James, Bedford, 1747 . 

James, Londonderry, 1747 . 
McVicker, John, Somersworth, 1748 
Melcher, Samuel, Hampton Falls, 1745 
Merrill, Joseph, Stratham, 1747 

Nathaniel, Haverhill District, 1742/3 

Thomas, South Hampton, 1748/9 
Meserve, Daniel, Dover, 1747 
Miller, Benjamin, Portsmouth, 1746/7 
Mitchell, John, Hudson, 1748 
Moore, James, Londonderry, 1749 

John, Chester, 1747 

John, Londonderry, 1741 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1744/5 

William, Stratham, 1747 
Morrison, Ezekiel, Londonderry, 1742 
Moulton, David, North Hampton, 1745 
Mudgett, John, Brentwood, 1746 



652 

597 
396 

753 
361 

39 
282 
689 

239 

118 
287 

323 
89 
398 
70 
361 
170 
487 
495 
558 
260 
468 
147 

635 
463 

423 
619 

75i 
480 

58 

243 
448 
116 
336 
359 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Mudgett, Thomas, Brentwood, 1744/5 
William, Haverhill District, 1742 
William, Londonderry, 1745/6 



247 
136 
331 



Nason, Jonathan, Hampton Falls, 1741 

William, Falmouth, Me., 1748 
Neal, Richard, Newcastle, 1748 . 
Newmarch, Mark, Portsmouth, 1744 
Noyes, Timothy, Haverhill District, 1745 
Nudd, Samuel, Hampton, 1746 
Nutter, Hatevil, Newington, 1745 
John, Newington, 1746 . 



82 
57i 
55i 
219 

303 
392 
310 

393 



Odiorne, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1746/7 
Odlin, Dudley, Exeter, 1747 
Ox, Robert, Boston, Mass., 1748 



437 
506 
562 



Page, Christopher, Hampton, 1740 

Samuel, Hampton, 1747 
Paine, Philip, Rye, 1746 
Pattee, Peter, Haverhill District, 1748 
Peacock, John, Portsmouth, 1744 
Pease, Nathaniel, Newmarket, 1749 . 
Peirce, George, Portsmouth, 1747/8 . 

Joseph, Portsmouth, 1748 

Joshua, Portsmouth, 1742 
Perkins, Nathaniel, Somersworth, 1748 

William, Newmarket, 1 740/1 
Philbrick, Ephraim, Exeter, 1747 

John, Hampton Falls, 1747/8 

Joseph, Exeter, 1749 

Nathan, Hampton, 1749 

Thomas, Hampton, 1747 
Philpot, James, Dover, 1747 



2 

459 
380 

565 
211 
678 
531 
555 
131 
552 
25 
45i 
534 
723 
683 
442 
491 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XX111 



Pickering, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1748 
Sarah, Portsmouth, 1749 
Thomas, Portsmouth, 1744/5 
Pike, Solomon, Portsmouth, 1741 
Pinkham, James, Dover, 1749 
Piper, John, Stratham, 1743 
Plaisted, Sarah, Portsmouth, 1749 
Plummer, Richard, Dover, 1745 . 
Pray, John, Portsmouth, 1742 
Prescott, Jonathan, Kensington, 1745 



597 
748 

254 
54 
740 
189 
732 
270 
142 
272 



Rand, Nathaniel, Rye, 1740 
Randall, Nathaniel, Durham, 1749 
Reed, Hugh, Newcastle, 1747 
Reid, James, Londonderry, 1743 
Richardson, Hugh, Pelham, 1748 
Robbins, William, Portsmouth, 1748 
Roberts, Ephraim, Dover, 1748 

John, Brentwood, 1746 . 

John, Somersworth, 1749 

Jonathan, Haverhill District, 1746 

Joseph, Dover, 1744 

Nathaniel, Dover, 1745/6 

Thomas, Dover, 1745/6 
Robinson, John, Exeter, 1749 

Thomas, Epping, 1745 . 
Rogers, Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1746 
Rollins, James, Newington, 1743 

Joseph, Newington, 1748/9 . 

Joseph, Stratham, 1746/7 
Rundlett, James, Exeter, 1742 

James, Exeter, 1749 

Satchwell, Stratham, 1744/5 
Russ, John, Concord, 1743/4 
Rust, Henry, Stratham, 1748/9 . 
Rymes, Christopher, Portsmouth, 1741 



5 
659 
45o 

187 
628 

583 
589 
413 
680 

37i 
200 

336 
338 
719 

275 
347 
191 
641 
438 
118 
721 
248 
195 
653 
28 



XXIV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Sanborn, Benjamin, Hampton Falls, 1747 

Benjamin, Newmarket, 1744 

Ebenezer, Hampton, 1744/5 

Ephraim, Epping, 1749 

Jonathan, Kingston, 1 740/1 
Sargent, Jacob, Chester, 1749 
Savage, John, Portsmouth, 1742 
Sawyer, Joseph, Kingston, 1748 
Scales, Matthew, Durham, 1741 . 
Scammon, William, Stratham, 1743 
Seavey, Hannah, Rye, 1741 . 

Stephen, 1743 .... 

William, Rye, 1745 
Senter, John, Londonderry, 1742 
Shaw, John, Hampton, 1746 

Joseph, Kensington, 1743 
Sherburne, Job, Portsmouth, 1748 

John, Newcastle, 1743 . 

John, Newcastle, 1748 . 

Joseph, Portsmouth, 1744/5 
* Mary, Portsmouth, 1745 

Paul, Portsmouth, 1748 
Shurtleff, William, Portsmouth, 1747 
Simpson, John, Portsmouth, 1747 
Sinclair, John, Exeter, 1747 . 

John, Stratham, 1745 . 

Samuel, Exeter, 1748/9 
Slade, Arthur, Newmarket, 1746/7 
Sleeper, Thomas, Kingston, 1746/7 
Smith, David, Brentwood, 1747 

Elisha, Hampton, 1748 . 

Jacob, Exeter, 1741 

John, Durham, 1748 

Jonathan, Exeter, 1741 

Josiah, Stratham, 1748/9 



5i6 
206 
249 

697 
8 
717 
115 
563 

84 
180 

7i 
143 
244 
in 

365 

178 

615 

181 

552 
239 
285 
578 
494 
473 
490 
306 
651 
425 
422 
484 
623 

73 
57i 

62 

631 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXV 



Smith, Samuel, Haverhill District, 1746/7 
Samuel, Newbury, Mass., 1748 . 

Snow, Joseph, Hudson, 1747 

Spaulding, Phineas, Nottingham, 1746 

Spriggs, William, Portsmouth, 1748 . 

Stanyan, James, Hampton, 1742 
John, Hampton Falls, 1748 . 

Stevens, Daniel, Salisbury and Amesbury 
Ebenezer, Kingston, 1746 
Ephraim, Hampton Falls, 1746 . 
John, Haverhill District, 1749 
Nathaniel, Haverhill District, 1746 
Nathaniel, Stratham, 1 740/1 
Samuel, Haverhill District, 1748 

Stewart, Charles, Hampton Falls, 1748 
John, Londonderry, 1741 

Stockbridge, Abraham, Stratham, 1745 

Stockman, Robert, Kingston, 1 741/2 

Swett, John, Kingston, 1748 
John, Jr., Kingston, 1748 

Taylor, Abraham, Dunstable, 1743 

Anthony, Hampton, 1743 
Thing, Samuel, Exeter, 1748 
Thomas, James, Nottingham, 1746 
Thompson, Alexander, Portsmouth, 1744 

William, Londonderry, 1745 
Tibbetts, , 1748 . 

Ichabod, Dover, 1746 . 

John, Somersworth, 1742/3 . 

John, 3d, Somersworth, 1745 

Joseph, Dover, 1745/6 . 

Paul, Rochester, 1743 . 

Thomas, Dover, 1748 
Tilton, Daniel, Hampton, 1745/6 



District, 



746 



427 

555 
490 
411 
613 
121 
620 
37i 
405 
389 
738 

395 
10 

590 

576 

4i 
276 

95 
568 

577 

176 

177 

599 
421 

233 
295 
555 
419 

145 
326 

332 
158 
584 
33i 



XXVI 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Tilton, Joseph, Hampton, 1742 . 
Titcomb, James, Portsmouth, 1743 
Todd, Samuel, Londonderry, 1741 
Townsend, George, Portsmouth, 1742/3 
Treadwell, Sarah, Hampton Falls, 1743 
Triggs, Robert, Portsmouth, 1743/4 . 
Tripe, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1742 
Trull, John, Manchester, 1746 
Tuckerman, Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1744/5 
Twombly, Daniel, Dover, 1748 . 

John, Dover, 1747 

Sarah, Dover, 1747 .... 



129 
153 
87 
149 
192 

195 
142 

351 
236 
612 
508 

508 



Vance, David, Londonderry, 1745 
Vaughan, Margaret, Portsmouth, 1747 
Vincent, John, Newington, 1743 . 



291 
489 
174 



Wadleigh, Jonathan, Exeter, 1747/8 . 
Wallis, Samuel, Rye, 1741 . 

William, Portsmouth, 1747 . 
Ward, Shadrach, Kensington, 1746 

Thomas, Hampton Falls, 1747 
Waterhouse, Arthur, Portsmouth, 1746 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1744 

Timothy, Portsmouth, 1748 . 
Watson, William, Portsmouth, 1743 . 
Weare, Ebenezer, Hampton Falls, 1 741/2 

Peter, Hampton Falls, 1746/7 

Robert, Londonderry, 1741 
Webster, Nathan, Chester, 1745/6 

Nathaniel, Exeter, 1744/5 • 
Weeks, Jonathan, Greenland, 1746 

Samuel, Greenland, 1745 



515 

55 
441 

399 

441 

390 
234 
564 
178 

99 
437 

65 
339 

237 
400 

293 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXV11 



Wentworth, Daniel, Portsmouth, 1747 

David, Portsmouth, 1741 

George, Portsmouth, 1741 

Paul, Somersworth, 1747/8 . 

Sarah, Portsmouth, 1 740/1 . 
White, Nathan, Newcastle, 1747 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1744/5 
Whitehouse, Thomas, Dover, 1744 
Wiggin, Henry, Stratham, 1748/9 

Joseph, Newmarket, 1749 
Wight, Ebenezer, Litchfield, 1746 
Willey, John, Salem, Mass., 1743 
Williams, Edward, Hampton Falls, 1746 
Wills, John, Portsmouth, 1740/1. 
Wilmot, James, Dover, 1746 
Wilson, Mary, Greenland, 1749 . 

William, Londonderry, 1745/6 
Wooden, John, Portsmouth, 1744 
Wormwood, William, Durham, 1743 
Worthen, John, South Hampton, 174] 
Wright, Ebenezer, Litchfield, 1746 

Yeaton, John, Somersworth, 1747 
Young, John, Dover, 1741 . 



479 

68 
88 

523 
26 
466 
244 
228 
644 
678 
365 
158 
394 
15 
348 
729 

332 
218 

153 

75 

463 

505 
47 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



ISRAEL HODGDON 1 739/40 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen the twenth first day of Jenuary 
anno Dom. 1739/40 Isral Hodsdon of Dover in New hamp- 
sheir in New England being sick in body * * * 

Itm I give and bequeath to my loveing Wife Ann hodsdon 
all my quick stock as oxen Cowes young Cattell horses horse- 
kind sheep swine and allso all my houshold goods that is to 
say bedes bedin of Every kind and allso Iron were brass puter 
wooden were of every kind and all the Utenshalls to the house 
belonging 

I tarn I give and bequeath to my son Israel Hodsdon twenty 
acors of land being part of my write in the division of the 
Common the s d Israel hodsdon paying to his brother Moses 
hodsdon of barwick twenty pounds Corrant money of sd prov- 
ince within six month after my deses 

I tarn I give and bequeath unto my Son Shadereck hodsdon 
teen acors of land being paert of my write in the division of 
the Common 

I tarn I give and bequeath unto my three Sons Israel hodsdon 
Moses hodsdon and Shadereck hodsdon all my ox tackling 
as yokes Chanes and whells and Such things as belongs there 
untoo to be Equelly divided betwen them and allso my wering 
Chlous to be divided betwen sd three sons 

I tarn I give and bequaeth to my two daughters Mary Ran- 
dal abigall Ham all that part of the Movable Etate that 
shall Remain at my Wife deses to be Equel divided betwen 
them and I do hereby mak and appiont my loving wife ann 
hodsdon full and sole Executex of this my last will and testa- 
ment here by Revoking Disanneling and makeing void all 



2 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

former wills and bequests by me made and declareing this onely 
to be my last will and testament in wittness where of I have 
here unto sett to my hand seal the and yere above s d singd 

Seald published pronounced and his 

delivered by the hand of Irael Israel X hodsdon 

hodsdon to his last and testament mark 

in the presants of 

Richard Clark 

Robert Evens 

Sarah Evens 

[Proved Jan. 30, 1 750/1.] 

[Bond of Ann Hodgdon, widow, with Moses Hodgdon and 
Shadrack Hodgdon, yeomen, as sureties, all of Dover, in the 
sum of £500, Jan. 30, 1 750/1, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, Hatevil Hall and Joseph Drew.] 



CHRISTOPHER PAGE 1740 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen this sixteenth Day of August Anno 
Domini 1740 and in the fourteenth year of his Majesties Reign 
Georg the Second King over Grate Britain &c I Christopher 
Page of Hampton in the Provence of new Hampshier in new 
England yeoman * * * 

Imprims I give and bequeath to Abigail my Dearly beloved 
wife two Cows which my son shubal Page is to find & keep 
for her yearly During her nateural life I also give to my said 
wife the Eastly End of my Dwelling house with the Convenei- 
cies of it and two Cord of wood and two bushels of Indian Corn 
and forty Pound wait of beef to be found her by my son Jona- 
than Page yearly and every year and also two Cord of wood 
and two bushels of Indian Corn and forty Pound wait of beef 
to be found her by my son David Page yearly and Every year 
and also my son Jeremiah Page to find my said wife two Cord 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 

of wood and one bushel of wheat yearly every year And what 
so ever elce is wanting and nessecery and Conveneiant to 
make her Life Comfortable with suteable tendance in health 
and in sickness to be found and Provided for her by my son 
Shuball Page I also give and bequeath to my said wife all 
my moveables within Dores (Except my wereing Clothes) to 
be at her Disposeing : Excepting also my grate Bible 

Itam I give and bequeath to my beloved sons Jonathan Page 
and David Page (besides the land and marsh which I have 
alredey given them in Deeds) all the land I bought of Robert 
Moulton Laying between where they Live and where Said 
moulton Lives to be Equally Devided .between them I also 
give and bequeath to my said son Jonathan Page my grate 
Bible he to have itt after mine and my wifes Deceass 

Itam I give and bequeath to my beloved son Jeremiah Page 
all my land that I have Laying northly of Lettle River in the 
first Division of the five Divisions in Said Hampton and one 
acre of land in the Second North Division Joining to Daniel 
foggs land near where said fogg Lives with two thirds of one 
Right in said first Division southly of Lettle River and also 
one share of marsh on the Grate neck so called with one acre 
of medow in my medow adjoining to my Pastour near the East 
feild so called called the lettle medow begining att a Larg 
Rock on the Edg of the upland on the north eastly Part of 
my said Pastour to run from said Rock north west to the River 
or Pond extending north eastly untill one acre is compleated and 
also one Quarter of one Right in the township of Chichester 
and one share of marsh in Lettle river marsh near hog Island 

Itam I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Abigail: 
wife to william Moulton five Pounds in Passable money to be 
Payed to her by my said sons Jonathan Page and David Page 
each to Pay two Pounds & Ten shilling to her with in two year 
after my Deceasse 

Itam I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mary 
wife to Samuel Dow ten Pound in Passable money five Pound 



4 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of itt to be Payed to her by my Son Shuball Page and five Pound 
of itt to be Payed to her by my sons Jonathan Page and David 
Page equelly between them 

I tarn I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Leddea 
wife to John Towle five Pounds in Passable money to be Payed 
to her by my sons Jonathan Page and David Page Each to 
Pay two Pound and ten shillings of itt to her 

Itam I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Tabitha 
Page three Pounds in Passable money to be Payed to her by 
my son Jeremiah Page 

Itam I also give and bequeath to my said son Jere'miah Page 
one acre of marsh in my marsh near worthington moultons 
house Joining to marsh of Benjamin Lampreys on the south 
and upland of s d moultons on the east 

Itam I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Shubal Page 
my Dwelling house and Barn and all my buildings in Hampton 
onely resarveing the eastly end of my Dwelling house for my 
wife Dureing her natural Life I also give to my said son Shubal 
Page all my land in my home lott where my Dwelling house 
stands with all my land in the twelve shares so called and 
my land I had of Reuben Derbon in the first Division of the 
five Divisions with my share of land in Timber Swamp and all 
other my land and marsh and medow which I have in Hampton 
which I have not other ways Disposed of I give and bequeath 
to my said son Shubal Page with one Quarter of one Right in 
the town ship of Chichester and all my husbandrey Implements 
and moveables with out Dores and all my stock of Cattle 

Itam I give and bequeath to my four sons viz Jonathan page 
David page Jeremiah Page and Shuball Page my t wearing 
Clothes to be equelly Devided between them 

Itam I also give and bequeath to my said Daughter Tabitha 
Page forty shillings in Passable money to be Payed to her by 
my said sons Jonathan Page and David Page Equelly between 
them 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 

I Do Likewise Constitute make and ordain my said sons viz 
Jonathan Page and Shuball Page my executors of this my 
Last will and testiment and I Do here by utterly disallow revoke 
and Disannul all and everey other former testiments wills Lea- 
guecies and bequests and Executors by me in any ways before 
named willed and bequeathed ratifieing and conferming this and 
no other to be my last will and testiment in wittness where of 
I have here unto sett my hand and seal on the Day and year 
with in written 

signed sealed Published Pro- Christopher Page 

nounced and Declared by the 
said Christopher Page as his 
Last will and testiment in the 
Presence of us the subscribers 

Samuel Palmer Junr 

Samuel Garland 

John marston 

[Proved Feb. 27, 1 750/1.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 27, 1 750/1, authorizing Samuel Palmer, Jr., 
and Josiah Moulton, yeoman, both of Hampton, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 13, 1750/1; amount, £6422.10.0; signed 
by Samuel Palmer and Josiah Moulton.] 



NATHANIEL RAND 1740 RYE 

In the Name of God Amen This: 15 th : Day of Sep er : 1740 I 
Nathaniel Rand of the Parish of Rye : of the Town of Newcastel 
in y e : Province of Newhampshire in Newengland: being Now 
Weak in body * * * 

Imprimes I Give unto my Beloved Wife Elizabeth Rand : 
leberty to live in y e : West End of my Dweling house so long as 



6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

she shall live : & to Improve one Half of my Real Estate & : 
one Half of my barn so long as she shall live : I allso Give to 
my s d : Wife two Cows & : six sheep : & all my movables in my 
house to dispose of them as she Pleases amongst my Children : & 
Six Cord of Good fire Wood : ayear & : Every year So long as 
she shall live : & : I order my son John Rand : to find her with 
the Wood att y e : dore of her house : 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Joshua Rand Twenty Shilings : & : 
I order my son John Rand to Pay it to him the Reason is y 4 : 
I Give him no more : is because he has had his Portion all 
Redey : 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Amos Rand : one Half acre of 
Thach Ground Which lyes in Sandy Beach Pond : next to his 
Joshua Rands Thach Ground: 

v Itaim : I Give unto my Son Nathaniel Rand : Ten Pounds 
& : I order my Son John Rand to Pay it to him 

Itaim I Give unto my Son John Rand : y e East End of my 
Dweling & : one Half of my barn & one Half of all my Real 
Estate y* I have in y e Parish of Rye Perticulerly one Half of 
my home Stead one Half of my medow Ground & one Half of 
my Paster land : & one Half of Salt marsh & : one Half of my 
thach Ground : I allso Give unto my S d : Son y e : other half of 
my house & barn & : all my Real Estate y* : I have in s d : Parish 
of Rye : he is to have att his s d : mothers Deceas: 

Itaim : I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Jordain Five Pounds 
&: I order my Son John Rand to Pay it to her 

Itaim : I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth : Philbrick Five 
Pounds & I order my son John Rand to Pay it to her : 

Lastly my Will & : meaning is y 1 : What Debts & Dues are 
owing from me : I order my Son John Rand to Pay them : & 
what Debts are Du to me : I order my Son John to Receive 
them for him Self : & : I Doe appoint my above Named Wife 
Elizabeth Rand : & my above named son John Rand : to be 
Executors to this my last Will & : Testament : And in Confirma- 
tion here of : I have here unto sett my hand & seal : y e : day & : 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 7 

year above mentioned : In y e : Fourteen 411 : year of King George 
y e : Second : his Reign over Grat Britain 

Signed sealed & Declared by : Nathaniel Rand 

Nathaniel Rand : to be his last : 
Will & : Testament In Presence 
of us Witneses : 

Sam 11 : Parsons 

francs : rand 

Jabez Smith 

[Proved April 9, 1759.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Rand, widow, and John Rand in the sum 
of £500, April 9, 1759, for the execution of the will ; witnesses, 
William Parker and Thomas Wendell.] 



JOHN FERNALD 1 740/1 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I John Furnell of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampsh r Mariner being in Good health & 
of Sound Mind & Memory but knowing I must Dye & not 
knowing how Soon Do make & Ordain this to be my Last Will 
& Testament Concerning Such Worldly Estate as God has been 
pleased to give me 

And first my will is that all my Debts & funeral Charges 
should be first paid — And the Residue of my Estate Real & 
personal I give Devise & bequeath in manner & form following — 
that is to Say the One half part thereof unto Katherine my well 
beloved wife & to her Heirs & assigns — And the use & Improve- 
ment of the other half during the time that She shall be & Re- 
main my Widow But upon her Death or Marriage again the 
said other half to go to & become the Right & property In Fee 
Simple of my child or Children that Shall Survive me in Equal 
parts or Shares 

And I make my Said wife Sole Exec x of this my Last Will & 
Testament & Revoke all other wills by me in any manner here- 



8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

tofore made Ratifying & Confirming this alone to be my Last 
Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the twelfth Day of Jan ry One thousand Seven hun- 
dred & forty & in the 14th Year of his Majesty's Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared by the John Furnell 

Said Jn° Furnald to be his last 
will & Testm*, in presence of us 

W m Parker 

George Libbey 

Elizebeth Parker 

[Proved April 19, 1750.] 



-JONATHAN SANBORN 1 740/1 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

I Jonathan Sanborn of Kingston in the Province of Newham- 
shire in New England being aged & weak of Body * * * 

1. I give & bequeath to my Sons Samuel & Jonathan all my 
Lands Estates, debts & rights of mine of what Name or Nature 
soever which have not been already disposed of except such are 
hereafter named. 

2. I give & bequeath to my Six Daughters viz Elizebeth, 
Acha, Margaret, Love, Sarah, Mary or their Heirs three Pounds, 
that is, ten Shillings each. 

3. I give & bequeath unto Elizebeth Sanborn my beloved 
Wife all my movables except my wearing cloaths during her 
natural Life : & to dispose of at her death I also give & bequeath 
unto her, to be paid by my Executors, during her natural Life 
yearly & every Year six Bushels of Indian Corn, two Bushels of 
Malt, two Bushels wheat & two Bushels of Rye, fifty weight of 
Pork & sixty weight of Beef all good & Merchantable, also they 
are to find one convenient fire-room & Wood sufficient to main- 
tain one Fire, & the Milk of one Cow. 

And I do by these Presents constitute & appoint my Trustees 
my well beloved Sons Samuel & Jonathan Sanborn to be my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9 

Executors to this my last Will & Tcstiment : And for confirma- 
tion of all above written : I the abovesaid Jonathan Sanborn, 
have hereunto set my Hand & affixed my Seal this twenty 
fourth of January, in the Year of our Lord 1740/41 . & in the 
fourteenth Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the 
Second of Great Brittain, France & Ireland, King 

Signed, sealed & delivered in Jonathan Sanborn 

Presence of 

Eben r Stevens 

Cornelius Clough 

Nathaniel Dummer 

[Proved May 26, 1742, and administration granted to Henry 
Sherburne and Moses Sleeper, principal creditors, the executors 
refusing to act.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 28, 1741, authorizing Ebenezer Stevens and 
Jedediah Philbrick, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 9, 1742; amount, £109.3.8; signed by 
Ebenezer Stevens and Jedediah Philbrick.] 

[Warrant, June 1, 1743, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Jeremiah Hubbard, both of Kingston, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[List of claims, signed by Jeremy Webster and Jeremiah 
Hubbard; amount, £228.7.3.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £124.9.2; expenditures, £37.16.0; allowed 
Aug. 29, 1744.] 

[License to the administrators, April 25, 1744, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 328.] 

[Division of the estate among the creditors; allowed July 
30, 1746.] 



10 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

NATHANIEL STEVENS 1 740/1 STRATHAM 

• [Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Stevens of Strat- 
ham, yeoman, granted to Sarah Stevens, widow, and David 
Stevens, yeoman, both of Stratham, Jan. 28, 1 740/1.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 81.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 28, 1740/1, authorizing Moses Leavitt and 
Edward Fifield, both of Stratham, to appraise the estate of 
Nathaniel Stevens, administration of which is granted to his 
widow, Sarah Stevens, and David Stevens.] 

[Inventory, April 13, 1741; amount, £1211.16.0; signed by 
Edward Fifield and Moses Leavitt.] 

[Administrators' account of the settlement of the estate; 
expenditures, £80.0.8; exhibited Oct. 27, 174.2.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1742, authorizing Walter Bryent of New- 
market, yeoman, William Moore, George Veasey, Jr., yeoman, 
and Benjamin Taylor, Jr., yeoman, all of Stratham, to divide 
the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Whereas we y e Subscribers with others where 
Newhamp 1- / authorized and Impowerd (to Divide the Real 
Esteate of Nathaniel Stevens Late of Stratham yeoman De- 
ceased) By the Hon ble Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of y e probate 
of wills &: C:) to and amongst y e widdow and Children of the 
Said Deceased Persuant thereunto we the Subscribers have 
Divided S d Real Estate in the following manner viz We have 
Sett off to the widow Saray Stevens one full third part of s d 
Esteate In Six pieces of Land numbered as in the plan of S d 
Return Referanc there to being had and Bounded as follows 
the first piece of Land is part of that pasture Comonly Called 
the hill pasture it begins at y e way twenty three Rods South 
Easterly from y e Easterly Corner of Benj a talor Juner his Land 
at s d way at a Stake and from s d Stake it Runs South thirty 
five Degrees west about twenty four Rods to y e fence between s d 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 

pasture and Jonathan Rawlings his Land and then from thence 
on a streight Line as y e fence Runs South forty Degrees East 
twenty five Rods and one quarter to a stake and then Runing 
to y e way first mentioned North thirty five Degrees East and 
then by s d way to y e Stake first mentioned where it began the 
Second Lott is the west End of the house Lott begining at y e 
westerly Corner at y e afore s d way and Easterly Bounding on 
s d way forty one Rods as y e way Runs to within about one Rod 
Square of with y e west end of y e house then it Runs north four- 
teen Degrees west to the north Side of s d Lott and then Bounding 
on the north side of S d Lott as y e fence goes to the west End of 
S d Lott and then over to y e afore s d way to the place where it 
began the third Lott Set of to the widdow Layes in the S d house 
Lott and takes its begining at s d way twenty Rods Easterley 
from y e Last mentioned Second Lott at a Stake and then Runs 
north fourteen Degrees west to y e north Side of S d house Lott 
then Runing Easterly keeping the whole Breadth of S d house 
Lott twenty five Rods & four feet the widow her fourth Lott 
Lays on y e South Side of the afore s d way over against the Last 
mentioned third Lott and begins at s d way at a stake which is 
the north Easterly Bound Stake of a Lott of Land hereafter in 
these presents to be Sett of to Samuel Stevens and from s d Stake 
it Runs So far Easterley as the way Runs as to Contain Eight 
Rods and three quarters of one Rod on a Line to Run north 
Seventy two Degrees East and then Runs south Eighteen De- 
grees East keeping that Breadth of Eight Rods & three quarters 
until it Comes to that meadow Comonly Called and Nown by 
the name of temple meadow to the fence there Standing the 
widow's fifth Lott Lays in the Same pasture that the fourth 
Lott Lays in and begins So far north East ward on s d way Dis- 
tant from s d fourth Lott as will Contain twenty three Rods and 
one quarter of a Rod on a Square angle from s d fourth Lott at 
a Stake by s d way and then Runs on S d way So far north East- 
ward as to Contain Eight Rods & one half Rod on y e afore S d 
angle then Runing South Eighteen Degrees East keeping that 



12 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Breadth of Eight & one half until it Comes to the fence at tem- 
ple meadow afore S d the widow her Six and Last Lot begins at 
y e afore s d way Seventeen Rods and one quarter of a Rod on a 
square angle from S d fifth Lott at a Stake and then Runs ten 
Rods and one half Rod on s d Square angle viz: north Seventy 
two Degres East and from s d way Runs Down South Eighteen 
Degres East to the fence at S d temple meadow keeping that 
Breadth of ten Rods & one half Rod We have Likewise Sett of 
to y e widow the Lower Rume in the East End of the house and 
half the Seller and one third of the Chamber over s d Rume viz : 
the South Side of s d seller and Chamber and one third part of 
the Barn to Run from y e East End So far toward the west End 
of s d Barn as to Contain the one third of y e Lenth of s d Barn — 

Secondly we Sett off to Nathaniel Stevens the Eldest Son for 
his two Shirs In s d Estate a piece of Land Lying in that pasture 
Comonly Caled the hill pasture to begin at a Stake about 
aleven Rods Distant from that Corner next to the house Lott 
afore s d at the afore s d way and Runs from S d way and S d stake 
South forty Eight Degrees west to the South west Side of S d 
Lott or pasture to a white oak tree there Spotted and then 
Bounding on Joseph Rawlings his Land Round as the fence now 
Stands to the S d way where it began with one Sixth part of one 
whole Right in the town of Bow S d Right being part of S d Real 
Estate with half the west Chamber and half the garret over 
s d Chamber and one Sixth part of two thirds of the Barn to 
begin at the west End & Run toward the East So far as to Con- 
tain the one Sixth part of two thirds of s d Barn 

thirdly We Sett off to Samuel Stevens for his Shire of S d Es- 
teate one Lott of Land Lying on y e South side S d way to the 
Eastward of Joseph Rawlings his Land begining at a Stake at 
y e Corner of S d Rawling his Land & Runs by s d way Eleven 
Rods and two thirds of one Rod to a Stake a Bound of the widow 
her fourth Lott and then Runs Down by s d widow her fourth 
Lott and s d Rawlings his Land on y e other s d and so on to Jacob 
Low his possesion on Bourth Side until it Runs thro temple 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 13 

meadow or Swamp with the one twelfth part of one whole Right 
in the town of Bow and one Quarter part of west Chamber and 
one twelfth part of two thirds of y e Barn to Joyn to the above 
s d nathaniel Stevens his part 

Fourthly we Sett off to John Stevens for his Shire in s d Estate 
a peice of Land begining at the s d way And Runs Down South- 
erly Bounding on y e East by Land in the possesion of abraham 
tilton & on the west by the widow's Sixth Lott to temple meadow 
afore s d to the fence there Standing with one twelfth part of one 
whole Right in the town of Bow with one Quarter part of two 
thirds of y e Chamber in y e East End and one Quarter of y e garret 
above s d Chamber & one twelfth part of two thirds of the Barn 
next Joyning to the part Set off to y e widow 

Fifthly we Sett off to David Stevens for his Shire of S d Estate 
a peice of Land on which the house and Barn Stands to Lay 
twenty Rods wide on y e afore s d way and to Run northerly 
Bounding on y e widow's Second and third Lotts between s d 
Lotts the whole Breadth of the afore s d house Lott with one 
twelfth part of one whole Right in Bow and the Lower Rume 
in y e west End of the house and one third part of the Seller 
and one Quarter part of two thirds of the Barn to Joyn next to 
Samuel Stevens his part 

Sixthly we Sett off to Benj a Stevens for his Shire in S d Estate 
a peice of Land begining at y e afore s d way at A Stake Stand- 
ing at y e north west Corner of the widow's Sixth Lott and Runs 
by s d Lott Eight Rods and one half Rod wide on a Square angle 
and to Run from y e afore S d way to temple meadow So Called 
with the one twelfth part of one whole Right in Bow and one 
Quarter part of two thirds of y e Chamber in y e East End of s d 
house and one Quarter of the garret above s d Chamber and one 
twelfth part of two thirds of the Barn Joyning to John Stevens 
his part above s d 

Seventhly we Sett off to Mary Burley (y e wife of Joseph Bur- 
ley) one of the Children of s d Deceased for her Right or Shire 
of S d Estate a peice of Land begining at y e northerly Corner 



14 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of the widow's fourth Lott at the afore s d way at a Stake and 
Runs by s d way So far as to Contain twelve Rods & one half 
Rod wide on a Square angle from S d thirds and So to Run from 
s d way keeping that Breadth of twelve Rods and one half Rod 
to s d temple meadow to S d fence with one half of the garret in 
y e west End of the s d house and one twelfth part of two thirds 
of the Barn to Joyn to David Stevens his part of s d Barn with 
one twelfth part of one whole Right in y e town of Bow 

Eighthly we have Sett off to Catharine Sinkler (y e wife of 
Rich d Sinkler) for her Shire in s d Estate all the Land in the hill 
pasture So Called that Lays between the first Lott Sett of to y 6 
widow and Benj a talor Juner his Land it being about twenty 
three Rods Square on Each side with one twelfth part of one 
Right in Bow 

Ninthly we Sett off to mehittebell Noris (the wife of Benj a 
Noris) for her Shire in S d Estate a peice of Land in that pasture 
Called the hill pasture it being all the Land in s d pasture that 
Lays between nathaniel Stevens his shires and the first Lott 
Sett off to the widow with one twelfth part of one Right in Bow 

Tenthly we Sett off to Saray Barker the wife of Ebenezer 
Barker for her Right or Shire in s d Estate apeice of Land Lay- 
ing on the South Side of the afore s d way and begins at a Stake 
in the northerly Corner of y e fifth Lott Sett of to the widow and 
Runs So many Rods by s d way as Contains Eight Rods and 
three quarters on a Square angle from s d fifth Lott and to Run 
by s d fifth Lott keeping that Breadth of Eight Rods and three 
quarters until it Comes to s d temple meadow to the fence there 
with one twelfth part of one Right in Bow and one quarter of 
y e west Chamber and one twelfth part of two thirds of the Barn 
to Joyn to mary Burley her part 

Eleventhly we Sett off to ann Stevens for her Shire in S d Estate 
a peice of Land Lying between the Land Sett off to mary Burley 
and the fifth Lott sett of to y e widow Bounding on said Lotts on 
Each Side and the afore s d way on one end and temple meadow 
So Called on y e other End it being ten Rods and three quarters. 



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Stevens ye 07na.7i 
X.atc of jSiTatha-Tn. JJcccasctZ as -Divided, this 2&th of 

Uonain.a.71. JJca7X>0 7'H. 
^Benjamin Jayier 
"Walter Br, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 5 

of one Rod wide on a Square angle from s d Lotts with the one 
fourth of two thirds of the Chamber in the East end and one 
fourth of y e garret over S d Chamber and one fifth of one third 
of the Barn to Joyn to Benj a Stevens his part of S d Barn with 
one twelfth part of one Right in Bow — 

Twelfthly we Sett of to abagail Stevens for her Shire in s d 
Estate a peice of Land Laying in the house Lott So Called to 
begin at the third Lott Sett of to the widow and to Run Easterly 
y 6 whole Breadth of S d house Lott to the north East End of 
S d house Lott and one twelfth part of one Right In Bow and 
one fourth part of two thirds of y e Chamber In y e East End of 
the house and one fourth of the garret over s d Chamber and 
one fifth part of the two thirds of the Barn to Joyne to ann Ste- 
vens her part of s d Barn 

A Return of the Division of the Real Estate of nathaniel 
Stevens yeoman Late of Stratham Deceased as made 1$ us the 
Subscribers this 25th Day of December annoque Domini 1742 

Jonathan Dearborn 
Benjamin Tayler 
Walter Bryent 



JOHN WILLS 1740/1 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Wills of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to John Lang of Portsmouth, yeoman, Jan. 
28, 1740/1.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 28, 1 740/1, authorizing Thomas Bickford and 
Thomas Cotton, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 11, 1740/1; amount, £226.17.5; signed by 
Thomas Cotton and Thomas Bickford.] 



1 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN CATE 1740/41 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I John Cate of Greenland in the 
Province of New Hampsh r : Housewright being in Good health 
* * * 

Imprim s : I give & Devise to my Son William Cate the One 
half part of all my Lands of what nature or kind soever they 
be or where Soever Situate lying & being with the whole House 
he now lives in & the Land whereon it Stands with one half of 
my Corn Mill Stream & Privileges with one half part of all the 
rest of my Buildings (Excepting the house wherein I now Dwell 
& Land it Stands on) and half my Carpenter's tools & half my 
tools & Implements of husbandry To have and to hold unto 
my Said Son his heirs & Assigns forever 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Eleazer Cate the other half 
part of all my Real Estate wherever the same is (Excepting the 
House & Land before herein given to his Brother William) with 
the other half of all my Buildings & the whole of my Dwelling 
house which is first above Excepted out of my son William's part 
and the Lancf whereon it Stands only Reserving a fire Room 
therein for the use of my wife as is afterwards Expressed and 
also the other half of my Carpenters tools & Implements of 
Husbandry I also give my Said Son Eleazer all my neat Cattle 
& Sheep To have & To hold unto my said Son his heirs & 
Assigns forever — 

Item I give to my Son Samuel the Sum of twenty pounds to 
be paid as herein after is Express'd— 

Item I give to my Son Ebenezer the like Sum of twenty 
pounds to be paid as aforesaid. 

Item I give to my son John Cate's Eldest Son the Sum of 
ten pounds to be paid as afores d — 

Item to my Daughter Jane Beck I give three pounds to be 
paid in like manner ' 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I J 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Matthews the like Sum 
of three pounds to be so paid 

Item I give to my Daughter Martha Bracket three pounds 
to be so paid — 

Item As my Daughter Rosamond Knight is Deceased with- 
out Issue I give to her Husband Moses Knight the sum of five 
Shillings only if he ever comes & Demands it of my Exec" — And 
my Will is & I hereby order my Sons William & Eleazer to pay 
all the afore Said Legacies in the produce of their farms within 
the Space of three years after my Decease — 

Item I give & bequeath unto Judith my beloved wife the use 
of a Convenient fire Room in my Dwelling house during her 
being & Remaining my Widow and also her firewood to be bro't 
& Cut at her door fit for use by my two Sons William & Eleazer 
Equally & I further give her the Sum of thirty pounds a year to 
be paid Jointly by my Said Sons Annually during her Remain- 
ing my Widow as afores d in the produce of their farms — Pro- 
vided that She will accept this provision made for her in Lieu 
of her Dower & thirds in my Estate but if She will not Dis- 
charge my whole Estate of her Claim & Demand of Dower & 
thirds or if She Shall Marry again upon her Refusing & So 
doing the whole of the above Bequest & gift to her to Cease & 
Determine 

Lastly I Constitute & Appoint my said Sons William & Eleazer 
Joint Exec" of this my Last Will & Testament & give them 
Equally any other part or kind of Estate which I have not herein 
above mention'd & Dispos'd of & I order them to pay my Debts 
& Defray my funeral Charges within Convenient time after 
my Decease and also to pay & Defray the Funeral Charges of 
my Said wife if She Dies my Widow — 

And I hereby Revoke all other Wills & Testaments by me 
in any Manner made — In Witness where of I have hereunto 
Set my hand & Seal the twenty fourth Day of February in the 
fourteenth Year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George 



1 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France & Ire- 
land King Defender of the Faith &c — 

Signed Sealed & Declared by John Cate 

the said John Cate to be his 
Last Will & Testament in pres- 
ence of us Witnesses — 

Robert Hart 

Joseph Langdon Jun r 

William Parker 

Republished Dec 28. 1742 In presence of 

William Parker 

Elizabeth Parker 

Daniel Moses 

[Proved Jan. 25, 1748/9.] 

[Bond of William Cate and Eleazer Cate, yeomen, with James 
Whidden, gentleman, as surety, all of Greenland, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 25, 1748/9, to execute the will; witnesses, William 
Parker and Nathaniel Sherburne.] 



JONATHAN FOLSOM 1740/1 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Folsom of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Anna Folsom, Feb. 25, 1 740/1.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1 740/1, authorizing Peter Gilman and 
Benjamin Thing, innholder, both of Exeter, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 95.] 

[Inventory, May 26, 1741; amount, £3488.8.6; signed by 
Benjamin Thing and Peter Gilman.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £468.10.6; expenditures, £497.13.0; 
allowed March 31, 1742; mentions "Supporting a Child of the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 19 

Intestate 66 weeks viz from the time of the Intestates Death 
to the time of y e Exhib g this Acco 1 ."] 

[Warrant, April 24, 1742, authorizing Major Peter Gilman, 
Benjamin Thing, gentleman, Daniel Gilman, gentleman, Josiah 
Gilman, physician, and Daniel Thing, weaver, all of Exeter, to 
divide the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 179.] 

In Pursuance To a warrant To us Directed By The Hon bl 
Richard Waldron Esq r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c author- 
ising and Impowering us the Subscribers to Devide the Estate 
of Jonathan Folsom Late of Exeter yeoman Deceased To and 
amongst the widow and Children of Said Deceased In maner 
as Set forth In Said Warrant we have Therefore Devided the 
Estate of the afors d Deceased to and amongst the widow & 
Children of Said Deces d In manner as foloweth Viz 

To John the Eldest Son of Said Deces d we have alowed and 
Set of for his two Shares in Said Estate one Acre & half & twenty 
rods of Land in y e home Lot & is bounded as followeth, begin- 
ing at the Corner of Peter Gilmans Garden by the way and 
thence bounding on the way till a line south 28| degrees west 
will clear his now dwelling House, & from the way running that 
point of Compas twelve rods to a stake, & then runs south 33 
degrees, East two rods, & thence runs south 28| west till it Comes 
within twelve rods of the upper End of the s d home Lot, or 
Orchard, to a stake, and thence to run East 28| degrees South 
to Nich° Gilman Jun rs Land; & then bounding on his & Peter 
Gilman afors d Land to the bounds by the way: as also six acres 
of Pasture Land lying Joyning to the Land of Cap* Levitts By 
Abr a folsom Deces Land on the north East side of the way that 
Leads to Hampton, & is to Lay next to S d Cap* Levits Land — 
& to be of a wedth at both Ends & So to Exetend from S d Cap 
Levits Land till it makes six Acres As also two third Parts of a 
quarter Part of a saw mill & Privileiges belonging to the same 
wich stands on the upper falls below Exeter Great Bridge. 



20 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

2. And to the Widow of S d Dec d We have set of for her one 
third part of s d Estate in the home place, two Acres one quarter 
& twenty nine rods of Land & is bounded as followeth, begin- 
ing at the westerly Corner of s d John Foulsam's Dwelling 
House and from thence to run North 33 degrees West one rod 
& thence South 28I degrees west about nine rods to a Stake & 
thence Runs North 33 degrees West three rods; thence South 
28^ degrees west to the head line of the home place thence 
bounding on Nich Gilman Jun r Land; till it Comes to the Afors d 
Johns Lot And thence on Johns Lot to the Highway. As also 
one third part of the House with the Land adjoyning to it; 
as here mentioned: it being the upper half part of the old part 
of the House next the meeting House and the Land adjoyn- 
ing bounded from the East side of the back door & thence runs 
South 6 degrees East Six Rods & four feet to the Easterly Cor- 
ner of Mary's Lot hereafter Mentioned there being a stake; & 
from thence runs bounding on S d mary 3 lot North 39 degrees 
west to the highway — & thence bounds on the high way to the 
middle of the Old part of the House: as also one third part of 
one quarter of the grist mill, and one third part of the quarter 
part of the Sawmill both on the upper falls below the great bridge 
in Exeter as also fifteen Acres of Pasture Land up by Abram 
Foulsam's Afors d It being all the Pasture Land that lies there 
besides the six Acres before Allow'd to John. As also four acres 
of Marsh at Hampton to lye on that End of the 6 acre Marsh 
next to the Sea to be of a bredth At both Ends. As also Seven 
Acres of Land over walls Cove lying on that side of the thirty 
Acres of Land that is there next to the foulsam's Land & to 
bound thro' the s d thirty Acres of Land from the way that leads 
to Kingsington to be both Ends of a bredth till the seven Acres 
is Compleated; As also one third part of two Acre of Land in 
the Comon feild by Deacon Lords to be at the back End of S d 
two Acre Lot square a Cross from the way that Leads to Little 
River to m r oldlins Land. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 21 

3 And To Nath 11 son of s d Dec d we have set of for his Share 
in S d Estate one acre a quarter & twenty nine rods of land 
bounded as follow's, begins at the upper Corner of the barn by 
the way and from thence running by the barn at that End till 
it Conies to the back side of the land belonging to the Heir of 
William Pike Dec d and thence bounds upwards on S d Land one 
Rod and half & thence runs South 32 degrees East five rods, & 
thence South 28| degrees, west to the head of the orchard & 
thence bounds on Nich° Gilmans afors d Land four Rods to the 
Widows thirds and thence bounds on the widows thirds, till it 
comes to the lower end thereof at Abigail's Lot, & runs on a 
streight Line to the lower Corner of the Barn by the way, as 
also the Barn standing on S d Lot. — 

4 And to Josiah one of the sons of s d Deceas d we have set 
of for his share In s d Estate the lower End half part of the Old 
part* of the house fronting the way and the land adjoyning as 
here mentioned: Viz begining at the Backside of the new part 
of the house where it Joyns to the old part of the house & thence 
bounds North 59 degrees East to a post in the fence by the way 
and then binding on the way to the Land before allow'd to the 
widow for her thirds; it being to the middle of the front of the 
house — as also seven Acres over the Cove being part of thirty 
Acres that lyes there & is bounded next to the seven acres before 
set of to the widow for her thirds & is to lay from the way thro' 
the Land both ends of a bredth till the seven Acres is Compleated 
as Also one Acre & one third of an Acre of marsh at hampton 
lying next to the widows thirds afores d & is to run thro' the 
Marsh both Ends of a bredth till the one Acre & one Third of 
Acre is Compleated. — 

5 And to Eliz a one of the daughters of S d Deceas d we have set 
of for her part in S d Estate with what she has before had in 
houshold goods one Acre & half & Eighteen rods of land in the 
Home lot & is bounded as follows begining at Nath 11 Afors d 
upper corner a rod & half above the barn on the Heir of Pikes 
land & then runs south 33 degrees East five Rods, & thence 



22 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

south 28^ d. west, binding on Nath 1,s lot to the head of the 
orchard and thence, binding on Nich° Gilman's to Edward 
Gilman's land & thence on Edw d Gilman's land & m r Nich° 
Gilman's land & on Perrymans land & on boudens land to the 
Heir of Pikes Land to the first bounds, As also two third parts 
of a quarter part of a grist mill & Privileige on the upper falls as 
Afors d And also two third parts of one Acre of marsh at Hamp- 
ton It being all that Remains there the widow & Josiah Having 
the Rest allowd to them — 

6 And to sarah a Daughter of S d Dec d we have allow'd for 
her share in S d Estate the Back part of the House It being all 
that part that is newest built, & the Land adjoyning as follow- 
eth — the bounds begining at the Old house on the Easterly Side 
of the door in the Corner where the new house Joyns to the 
old & from thence runs South 6 degrees East six rods & four 
feets binding on the widows Lot to a stake being the Corner of 
Mary's lot & from thence runs north 28^ degrees west to the 
High way & thence bounding on the High way westerly till it 
comes to Josiah afors d Lot & thence bounding on Josiah's lot 
to the house & so thro' the same on the back side of the Old 
part of the house to the first bounds. — As also nine Acres of 
pasture Land on the north side of walls Cove near the bridge 
in the way that leads to Kingsinton & is to be on the upper side 
of the fourteen Acrees that lays there next peter foulsams land : 
and is to bind from S d folsam's land on Kingsinton road toward 
walls Cove two thirds of the bredth of the land at that, and such 
a bredth at the back end Next towards Hampton as Shall make 
the nine Acres so as to be a strait line on that side next the Cove 

7 And to Abigail one of the Daughters of S d Dec d We have 
set of & allow'd for her share in S d Estate besides what hous- 
hold goods She has already had one house Lot Containg twenty 
eight rods bounded as followeth: begining on the highway at 
the Easterly Corner of Sarah's lot & thence bounds on Sarah's 
& on mary's lot sout 28^ degrees West till it Comes to the south- 
erly Corner of mary's lot & to the lower End of Nath lls lot & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 23 

then to run south 33 degrees East three rods & thence north 
28^ degrees East to the Highway afors d as also five Acres of 
pasture Land it being the remaining part of the fourteen Acres 
that lies below the Cove Sarah having the other nine allow'd 
to her before & bounded of — 

8 And to Mary a Daughter of S d Dec d we have allowd & 
set of for her share in S d Estate one hous lot Contains twenty 
Three rod & is bounded as followeth begining at the Corner of 
the Barn next the house by the way & thence bounds on the 
way towards the house three rods & thence runs South 39 degres 
East to a stake which stands in the line of Abigails Lot & thence 
runs south 28^ West to Nath lls Lot & thence bounds on Nath 113 
Lot to the first bounds at the way: as also Eight Acres of Land 
which lies over wall Cove on Kinsinton road It being Part of 
30 acres that Lais there and is to Lay Next to the Lot before 
Laid out to Josiahs and is to bound on Kinsington Road at that 
End & on the other end Next to Hampton from S d Josiah's Lot 
to be both ends of a bredth till it makes eight Acres, to be a 
strait line on the uper Side. 

9 And to lydia one of the Daughters of S d Dec d we have 
Allow'd & Set of for her Share in S d Estate one house lot in the 
home place Containing twenty eight rods, & is bounded as fol- 
loweth — begining at the Southerly Corner of the house lot afores d 
Laid out to Abigail and thence runs bounding on the widows 
thirds South 33 Degrees East three rods & thence north 28% 
Degrees East to the high way & thence on the way to Abigail's 
lot, & thence south 28^ degrees west on S d Abigails lot to the first 
bounds, as also eight Acres of Land which lies over walls Cove 
and lays between Mary's lot & Capt: Deans land, It being all 
that remains of the thirty Acres Afors d the Widow Josiah & 
mary having the rest Allow'd to them 

10 And to Sam 11 A son of S d Dec d we have Allow'd for his 
share in S d Estate one house lot Contains one hundred & Seven 
rods, & is part of the two Acre Lot that lies in the Common 
feild, by deacon lords & bounded as followeth beginning at the 



24 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Corner of the way that leads to the little river & from thence 
bounded down the Country high way one half of the bredth of 
the twoo Acre lot & thence to extend that bredth back to the 
Widow thirds bounding on the upper side on the way that leads 
to the little river — As also forty six And a quarter Acres of land 
on the south side Exeter River below the black rocks It being 
part of the hundred Acres Comonly Call'd the Common Right 
& is to lay on the north side of S d lot and to be of a bredth at 
both ends, to extend from the north side into S d lot till the forty 
six Acres & quarter be Compleated ; ' to be a strait line on the 
South Side. — 

II And to truworthy one of the sons of S d Dec d We have 
Allow'd & set of for his share in S d Estate one house lot which 
contains one hundred & Seven rods & is part of the two Acres 
that lies in the Common feild, & is bounded Next to Sam lls lot 
on the uper Side, on the lower Side on M r Odlin's land on the 
back end on the widows thirds & on the Other end on the way: 
as also forty six Acres & quarter of land it being part of the 
Afors d hundred Acre Comon right: & is bounded next to Sam 118 
lot & is to extend into the land Southerly from Sam lls lot, both 
Ends of a bredth till it makes the forty six Acres & quarter to 
be a Strait line on the south side. — 

12. And to Anna one of the Daughters of S d Dec d we have 
Allow'd & set of for her share in S d Estate besides the Goods 
she has had the Peice of marsh Comonly Call Greenfeild's marsh 
Containing about three Acres, As also three Acres of Marsh and 
flats which lays on Lary's Creek between lary's Land & David 
Gilman's land Husband to S d Anna As also seven Acres & half 
of Land part of the hundred Acres Common right afors d and is 
lay'd on the south side of S d Hundred Acres Next to truworthy's 
lot, it being all that remains of S d hundred Acres Sam 11 & tru- 
worthy Having the rest allow'd to them As also five Acres of 
land lying in Epping it being part of the forty Acres that was 
bought of Edw d Gilman and is bounded as followeth, bounding 
& Laying across the Southerly End of Said forty acres of Land 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25 

Both Ends to be of a bredth and a strait Line on the Northerly 
Side of Said five acers. 

13 And to Jonathan one of the Son of S d Dec d we have al- 
lowed & set of for his Share in Said Estate thirty five Acres of 
land lying in Epping by the Lawrences at lamper river it being 
part of the forty acres Afors d that was bought of Ed\v d Gilman 
& is the whole of the remainder of s d forty Acres the other five 
being befor Set off to Anna, at the Southerly End of the Same 
Y\ nat is herin Contained In the beforegoing five Pages is the 
Division of the Estate of Jon a folsom Late of Exter Yeoman 
Deces d to and amongst the widow and the Children of S d De- 
ceased as made By us according to the Best of our Judgement;. 
This 27 th day July 1742 

Benj a Thing 
Daniel Thing 
Daniel Gilman 
Peter Gilman 
Josiah Gilman 

[Guardianship of Josiah Folsom, minor, son of Jonathan Fol- 
som of Exeter, deceased, granted to Nathaniel Folsom Aug. 18, 
1750.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 61.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Folsom of Exeter, with Samuel Clark of 
Stratham as surety, in the sum of £300, Aug. 18, 1750, for the 
guardianship of Josiah Folsom, minor, son of Jonathan Folsom; 
witnesses, Joseph Freese and Anna Freese.] 



WILLIAM PERKINS 1740/1 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of William Perkins of New- 
market, yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Perkins, Feb. 25,. 
1 740/ 1.] 



26 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1 740/1, authorizing Thomas Tufts, gen- 
tleman, and Walter Bryent, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 102.] 

[Inventory, May 25, 1741; amount, £922.3.0; signed by 
Thomas Tufts and Walter Bryent.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £554.14.0; men- 
tions three children.] 

[License to the administratrix, April 25, 1744, to sell real 
estate in Exeter.] 



SARAH WENTWORTH 1 740/1 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen 

I Sarah WentwOrth of Portsm in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire in New England Wido relect of John Wentworth of Portsm 
afores d Esq Deceased * * * 

2 d my will is & I Do hereby give & bequeath all the residue 
of my Estate both Real & Personall of what nature or kinde So- 
ever or wheresoever to my Children & those that Shall be their 
Legal representatives to be Equally Divided amongst them in 
Equal Portions Except to my Daughter Elizabeth Loud who I 
hereby Exclude from any claim or Demand by this Legacy have- 
ing Provided for her as follows — Viz — 

3 dly As to my Daughter Elizabeth Loud my will is that She 
Shall have an Equal Shear of my Estate the Value of which I 
Leave to my s d Executors to asertain & my will is that what 
ever it Shall be Shall remain in their hands to be Improved by 
them for her use Support & maintanance as they Shall think 
best & to be paid her in Such Sums & at Such Times as they 
Shall think most for Her Comfort & I alsoe think it Proper & 
Do hereby order & my will is that if there Should be any thing 
remaining unpaid of her Legacy mentioned in my Late Hus- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 

bands Will that that Shal alsoe Lay in my s d Executors hands 
& be Disposed of in the Same manner & for answering the Same 
Ends as is Expressd in this Item of my will in relation to what I 
have ordred her out of my own Estate 

Lastly I Do hereby nominate ordain & appoint my beloved 
Sons Benning Wentworth & Hunking Wentworth Esqrs to be 
the Executors of this my Last will & Testament hereby revolt- 
ing & Disallowing all former & other Wills by me made holding 
firm & Valid this & this only as my will & Testament 

Signed Seald & Declared to be Sarah Wentworth 

the Last will in Presence of us 
Wittnesses March 20 th : 1 740/1 

Jabez Fitch 
her 

Mary X Dunn 
mark 

Sarah Dalling 

[Proved April 29, 1741.] 

[Warrant, May 27, 1741, authorizing William King and Mark 
Langdon, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of Sarah 
Wentworth of Portsmouth, gentlewoman.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 129.] 

[Inventory, signed by Mark Langdon; amount, £1053.6.0; 
attested Aug. 26, 1741.] 

[License to the executors, June 26, 1746, to sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 456.] 

Portsm Feb y 22 d 1779 
S r 

My Hon d mother mad m Sarah Wentworth Dceased Estate 
is now ynsetled or at Least undivided to and amongst her Chil- 
dren and those who are Grand Children, and as there is but 
only my Brother Mark Hunking Wentworth and I the Sub- 
scriber with one Sister alive and all Desire that your Honour 
would Please to Grant Liberty for a Division of her Estate un- 



28 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

sold or other wise if you think it most Convenient to Sell the 
whole or Part as you think Proper. This Comes by Jon a War- 
ner Esq r one of the Heirs of Said Estate who can Inform you 
further about the Estate if Divided Suppose three men will be 
Sufficient the Law Says three or five whose names are below 
the men are understanding men in Land and Know it better 
than Straingers unacquainted So that any three of them as you 
think Proper or all as the Wood being Scarce & Dear People 
are Cutting and Carrying away Large Quantitys and hope & 
Trust your Honour will order So that would Stop Such Pro- 
ceedings. Excuse my not waiting on you at Present but my age 
will not allow of it and am S r 

Your Humb 1 Serv* 

H Wentworth Exec 1 " 

To the Honb Ie Phillips White Esq r Judge of Probate of Wills, 
for the County of Rockingham 

Rich d Downing Esq r Cap* Jn° Dennet 

Cap* Sam 1 Langdon M r Eph a Pickering 

M r Sam 1 Sherburne Plains 



CHRISTOPHER RYMES 1741 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen — I Chris Rymes of Portsmouth 

in y e Province of new Hamshire in New England marriner 
* * * 

Imprimus my Will is & I heare by order & Direct y* all my 
Moveable Estate Househould goods &c (Except w* I have here- 
after Disposed of) be Sould by my Executors heareafter nam'd 
in order to pay y e Legaceys hereafter Bequeth'd & y* it be done 
in Six Months after my Decease 

Item I give & Bequeth to my Hon d Mother Mary Clef ton y e 
two rooms She now lives in & twenty five pounds a Yeare Dur- 
ing her life & noe longer. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 

Item I give & bequeth to my Brother Sam 1 Rymes, all my 
Apparall & the noat of hand of Six pounds a yeare he has of 
Mine I Desire it may be made ten pounds & p4 yearly During 
his life. 

Item I give to his Son Christopher fifty pounds & to his Daugh- 
ter Dorothy fifty pounds to be p d w n they are of age. I give 
to y e Church of England in this Town my Silver tankard, pro- 
vided it remains in y e Same forme, & not made into a Chrisning 
Bason 

Item I give M r Aurther Brown Minister of the Church twenty 
pounds & to y 6 Poor of y* Church twenty pounds more & to y e 
two Desenting Ministers M r Fitch & M r Shutlefe Ten pounds 
Each — 

Item I give to my Son Christopher & to y e male Haire of his 
Body lawfully Begotten & from thence to Decend to his Son's 
Maile Heir of his body lawfully begotton from Generation to 
Generation for Ever to Say my Farme in y e Long Reach in 
Portsm & my Dweling House in towne & my house that Stands 
about one hundred foot to y e Southerd of my Dwelling house 
where my mother now lives, with y e out houses gardens &c 
there Unto belonging as they Stand now Fenced being about 
150 foot North & South & about no East & West all this I Say 
y e Farme & thease two houses I intaile on Chris & his Maile 
Heirs lawfully begoton for Ever, also I Give him my Son Chris 
his Heirs & assigns all my other Lands about the house y* Came 
by my Father or Brother W m Except 80 foot front on y e Street 
by y e School house & run as far back as my Brother Saml Land 
s d front to begin at Cap* Reads Land & so run 80 foot West- 
ward this p s of Land I give my Daughter Ann & one Thousand 
pounds in Money to be p d w n of age or Marage the House on 
Spring Hill which Hunking Wentworth now lives in I intaile 
on her & her Maile Heirs lawfully begotten from Generation to 
Generation for Ever In Case Either of these Children should 
Die before they Come of age y n y e other to Injoy y e whole but 
with y e Intaile afore Said In Case boath Should Die before age 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

y n I give my Dweling house for a Parsonage house to y e Present 
Church of England in Portsmo & to be under y e Care of y e 
Church Wardens for the time being for Ever — but In Case of 
failure of Maile Isue in my Children y n I give as before to y e 
Femaile Child lawfully begotton Each y r respective parts — In 
Case they boath Die without Isue I intaile y e Whol of my Estate 
(Except as above) on my Kinsman Christopher Rymes & his 
Maile Heirs lawfully begotten from Generation to Generation 
for Ever — 

Item I give to my Beloved Wife one thousand pounds, & y e 
furniture of y e Chamber over our Setting room, besides which 
Eighty three pounds 4/ & two noats of hand of her Brother 
Richard for twenty five pounds Ster 1 also any Room she likes 
in the house where my mother lives, I give her During her 
Widohood & noe longer, my Plate I Equaly Divide betwene 
my two Children y r Mother to have y e Keeping of & y e Chil- 
dren till they are 12 or 14 years ould for which I Desire She may 
have one hundred pounds ^ Yeare for y r Diat Schooling & Board 
& Cloathing all my Estate to be in one Stock till the Children 
are of age & Brought up in Comon & y n my Son Chris is to 
have Every thing y* is not heare given away I also apoint my 
W 7 ife an Executeris of this will During her Widohood & noe 
longer together with Theodore atkinson Esq 1 " & Cap 1 W m King 
to Each of which I give fifty pounds, but if my Wife Should 
not like this will then She is to be noe Executeris as my Wife 
has Still a Dependance on her father for her fortune I think 
She may be Satisfied with w' I have heare given her w ch is neare 
£1200 — besids w' I had with her & as I have given little from 
her Children, However if w' I have given her with y e ioo 1 a 
yeare for y e Children Should . not be Sufhcent for y r Mantan- 
iance then I Desire my Executors may make w* alowance they 
think fit During her Widowhod & noe longer. I Desire w* money 
may be left after thease Legaceys are p d be put to Intreste 
with good Security for my Son Christopher, I have heare 
given him Every thing Except as above, but in Case & his Sis- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 1 

ter Should Dye before they Come of age, y n I give to Each of 
my Executors £500 — to all three of them, Except my wife 
Should Incapasitate her Self by not Excepting this will y n She 
forfites her 500 1 w* money & Lands are y n left, I hearby Intaile 
as above on my Kinsman Christopher Rymes & the ready Money 
to be laide out in Lands & Intaild on him & his Heirs Maile 
from Generation to Generation for Ever In wittness whereof I 
have Sat my hand & Seale this 25 th Novemb r 1740 

Arthur Browne Chris Rymes 

Zach : Hicks 

Mark H* Wentworth 

In the Name of God Amen — 

Whereas I Christopher Rymes of Portsmouth in y e Province 
of New Hampshire in New England haveing lately (in order to 
the Settlement of my Worldly Estate) made a will and Testa- 
ment which bears date y e 25th day of November 1740 and have- 
ing now determin'd to make Some alterations and aditions do 
make and Ordain this as a Codicil Viz* 

Imprimis Whereas in my afores d will I have Intail'd my farm 
at the long reach in Portsm on my Son Christopher Rymes and 
the heirs Mail of his Body &c a and haveing Since y e Signing of 
my S d Will Purchas'd a Tract of land of Cap* George Walker 
and his Wife at or near a place call'd Graviley Ridge in Portsm 
afores d My will is and I do hereby declare & order that y e S d 
tract of land w th the appurtenances be to all intents and pur- 
poses Intail'd as y e aforemention'd farm in y e S d Will and in 
y e Codicil is & be allways hereafter Deem'd as part & parcele 
of my afores d ffarm — 

litem I being apprehensive that my wife is now w th Child & 
in my will aforemention'd being no provission made for Such 
Issue my will is & I do hereby give and bequeath all that part of 
my Real Estate to y e S d Child be y e Same Mail or femail which 
in my S d Will is Mention'd to be given to my Son Christopher 



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

in fee Simple and alsoe one thousand pound in money of y e Value 
of y e present Currency — 

Item my will is that if it Should So happen that y e Above- 
mention'd Child Should be a Mail & that his brother Christo- 
pher Should dye without Mail heirs of his body that then what 
I have in my Will Intail'd upon my Son Christopher, Should 
to my S d Son now unborn be given and Intaild on my S d Son 
and his heirs Mail of his body Lawfully begotten forever and 
my Will alsoe is that if my Daughter Ann Should die without 
Mail heirs of her body lawfully begotten that then what I have 
Intaild upon her be alsoe Intaild upon my Said Child now un- 
born (if a mail) & on y e heirs of his body Lawfully begotten 
from Generation to Generation — 

Item my Will is that all the legacys in my Will mentioned to 
be paid in money be paid According to y e present Value 

Item Notwithstanding what I have said in my aforemen- 
tion'd will in relation to y e Support and Maintainance of my 
wife and Children I hereby allow the whole income of all my 
Estate if Needfull to be expended on that Service deducting y e 
Necessary repairs & Improvement of any of my Estate allowing 
my Executers any money for y e Improvem* thereof — 

Item my Will is and I do hereby Order and determine that 
if my wife Acquiess w th my afores d Will and be content w th what 
I have therein given her and afterwards should Dye or Marry 
before my Children should come of age or Marry then and in 
Such case I appoint her brother Henry Sherburn of Portsm to 
be one of my Executers in her room his Authority as Executer 
to Commence from her death or Marriage. — 

Item Notwithstanding what I have s d in my Will about my 
furniture as being sold My will is if my wife thinks fitt it may 
remain unsold dureing her Widdowhood or life for y e use of her 
Self & Children — In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set 
my hand and affixed my Seal this twenty fifth day of March 
anno: Dom: 1741 — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 33 

Item my Will is if their Should not be any Male heirs among 
my Children (or if there should and the S d Male heirs Should 
die without Issue Male) then what I have in my will Intailed 
on them & their heirs Male to go to y e female heirs — 

Sign'd Seal'd & declared (as a Chris Rymes 

Codicil to his last will & testa- 
ment) in presence off 

Nath 1 Rogers 

Jos h Peirce 

Eben. Wentworth jun r 

[Proved July 29, 1741.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 31, 1744, authorizing Eleazer Russell and John 
Cutt, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Eleazer Russell and John Cutt; amount, 
£7535.0.6; attested Nov. 28, 1744.] 



SAMUEL DOLLOFF 1741 EXETER 

In the Name of God amen I Samuel Dolloff of Exeter in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England husbandman 
being weak of Body * * * Item I st I Give unto my Son 
Samuel Dolloff one part of my home Place begining at an Elm 
Stump Standing between two Rocks and Runing west a Cross 
my Land which Stump Stands near the Line between my 
Brother Richards Land & mine about twenty Rods from the 
path — Item 2 d I Give unto my Son Benjamin Dolloff thirty 
Acres of Land out of my Common Right Joyning to thirty acres 
which I Disposed of formerly upon his account — Item 3 d 
I Give unto my three Daughters Ruth Stevens Mary Dolloff & 
Hannah Dolloff my Dwelling house and Barn and all the other 
part of my home place to be Eaqually Divided among them 
and I Likewise give Each of my said Daughters A Cow and all 
my household Goods to be Eaqually Divided among them — 



34 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item 4) I Give unto my Grandson Samuel Dolloff Ten acres of 
Land out of my Common Right Joyning to the thirty acres 
Given to my Son Benjamin Dolloff — Finally I Give unto my 
Son Samuel Dolloff whome I make the Sole Executor of this my 
Last will and Testament all my moveable Estate not already 
Disposed of hereby revoking all other or former wills & Testa- 
ments by me heretofore made and have to this my Last Will 
and Testament Set to my hand and Seal this thirty first Day 
of March in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred 
& forty one &c 1741. 

Signed Sealed and owned In mark 

the Presence of us — Samuel X Dolloff 

Phillip Wadleigh his 

Abner Dolloff 

Cartee Gilman 

[Proved April 29, 1741.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1741, authorizing Peter Gilman and Jona- 
than Gordon, yeoman, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 117.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1741; amount, £703.9.0; signed by 
Peter Gilman and Jonathan Gordon.] 

[Additional inventory, July 28, 1742; amount, £137.3.0.] 



JOSEPH JACKSON 1741 NEWCASTLE 

[Warrant, April 3, 1741, authorizing Theodore Atkinson of 
Portsmouth and Joseph Newmarch of Newcastle to appraise 
the estate of Joseph Jackson of Newcastle, administration of 
which is granted to Mary Jackson, widow, and Benjamin Jack- 
son, mariner, both of Newcastle.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 126.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 

[Inventory, June II, 1741; amount, £2209.15.6; signed by 
Theodore Atkinson and Joseph Newmarch.] 

[Account of Mary Jackson, surviving administrator, of the 
settlement of the estate; amount of personal estate, £2311.5.7; 
expenditures, £447.10.4; allowed March 28, 1744.] 

[Warrant, May — , 1744, authorizing Hunking Wentworth, 
Nathaniel Meserve, shipwright, John Shackford, blockmaker, 
all of Portsmouth, Thomas Bell, and William Jones, Jr., mariner, 
both of Newcastle, to divide the estate, administration of which 
was granted to the widow, Mary Jackson, and a son, Benjamin 
Jackson, since deceased; endorsed "Returnd & nothing done"; 
the estate was ordered to be divided among the widow, Mary 
Jackson, and the children as follows: the heirs of Thomas Jack- 
son, oldest son, deceased, Ebenezer Jackson, the heirs of Ben- 
jamin Jackson, deceased, Samuel Jackson, Mehitable Langdon, 
Ruth Sargent, and Mary Walton.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 19, 1749/50, authorizing Eleazer Russell, 
William King, Benjamin Miller, yeoman, Seth Ring, yeoman, 
all of Portsmouth, and William Frost of Newcastle to divide 
the estate among the children as follows; the heirs of Thomas 
Jackson, oldest son, deceased, the heirs of Ebenezer Jackson, 
deceased, the heirs of Benjamin Jackson, deceased, "& to Sam- 
uel Mehetable Ruth & mary other Children."] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £306.4.7; expenditures, £1865.2.11; 
allowed April 25, 1750.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to y 6 Annexed Warrant We 

New Hampshire / have Set of to y e Legal Representatives of 
Thomas Jackson the Eldest son of y e s d Deceased Jo Jackson 
and to Mehitable a daughter of y e s d deceased according to y e 
Plan heretoo Annexed the house land Warehouse and Wharfe 
at Portsmouth y e Gaurdians of y e heirs of said Thomas, and 



36 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

also the said Mehitable paying the Sum's hereafter men- 
tion'd Viz* the Legal Representatives of Thomas to pay to 
the legal Representatives of Ebenezer four hundred and thirty 
Pounds Old Tenor, the afores d Mehitable to pay to Mary 
four hundred & thirty pounds Old Tenor and to y e Legal Rep- 
resentatives of Benjamin three hundred & fifty pounds Old 
Tenor We also Set of to Mehitable y e Northerly Half of y e Gar- 
din above the street in Portsm afores d and a ps of Salt Marsh 
at Little Harbour as disscribed by plan here too Annexed & to 
y* Legal Representatives of Thorns: y e Southerly half part of 
y e Gardin afores d & a ps. of Salt Marsh at Little Harbour de- 
scribed as afores d and we Set of to Ruth a house and land adjoin- 
ing to it at New Castle now in y e Possession of Peter Harvy 
Near to y e Estate of Christopher Fredrick deceased, where 
Thomas Jackson formerly Liv'd, and the Easterly part of y e 
homested on great Island, begining at Frost Corner at y e High 
way and to run ten Rods on S d way and then on a streight Cours 
to a Plum tree near to Lubbins house so Called Marked S J and 
so to the Cove, also y e Great Orchard adjoining to Manwaring 
Except y e Gardin near y e Mansion house as now fenced and 
that part of y e Orchard from y e South West Corn r of s d Gardin 
on a Streight line to a large Croched Apple tree Marked S J 
and So to y e Water, we also set off to S d Ruth thirty trees to be 
taken from y e Easterly Half of Long pint so Called in one year 
from this date, and a ps. of Salt Marsh at little Harbour as dis- 
scribed by y e last mention'd Plan and To Sam 11 we Set off all 
y e Remaining part of y e homested and buildings thereon, Except 
y e thirty trees Above mention'd for Ruth, and a ps. of Salt 
Marsh at Little Harbour as by y e last Mention'd Plan, Also 
a Lott of Land w th an Old House near M r Whites at New Castle 
afores d he paying to y G Legal Representatives of Benjamin 
Eighty pounds Old Tenor, To Benjamins Legal Representatives 
we Also Set off a ps of Salt Marsh at Little Harbour, and three 
hundred and fifty pounds old Tenor to be pd. by Mehitable as 
afores d and also Eighty pounds old Tenor to be pd. by Samuel 



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as afores d We also Set off to the Legal Representatives of Eben- 
ezer a ps. of Salt Marsh at Little Harbour as disscribed by the 
last Mention'd Plan and four hundred and thirty pounds old 
Tenor to be pd. by y e Gaurdians of y e heirs of Thomas, We Set 
off to Mary a ps of Salt Marsh at Little Harbour as desscribed 
by y e Plan aboves d & four Hundred and thirty pounds old Tenor 
to be pd by Mehitable as afores d 

Ebenezer Russell 
Seth Ring 
William King 
[Allowed June 28, 1750.] 



JEREMIAH MARSTON 1741 HAMPTON 

In y e Name of God Amen This: 3 d Day of April: 1741: I 
Jeremiah marston of Hamp* in y e Province of Newhampshir 
in Newengland : being Now Weak in body * * * 

Imprimes: I Give unto my Well Beloved Wife mary marston: 
the Improvement of all my Estate both Rael & Personall untill 
my Eldest Son: Jeremiah marston: come to y e age of Twenty 
One years old: But if Providence Shold: take him away by 
Death: before he Come to y e age of twenty one years: then 
my sd Wife is to Improve sd: Estate: untill my: Next son 
come to y e age of twenty one years : & then my sd : Wife is to 
Improve one Third Part of all my Rael &: Personall Estate: 
Duering her Naturall Life or Widowhod But if She Shall 
See Cause to marry: then my sd: Wife is to quitt y e Im- 
provement of my sd: Estate & have Fifty Pounds Paid to her 
in Pasable Bills of Credett: by my son Jeremiah marston: With 
in one year after she is married : I allso Give : unto my s d Wife 
all my movables in my house: to Dispose of them as She shall 
see cause: among my children: &: I order my: Wife to: Sell 



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my Negro: & lay out y e money towards Bringing up my Son 
Simon marston to laming: 

Itaim: I Give unto my Son Jeremiah marston: all my Rael 
Estate y*: I have in Hamp 1 &: all my buldings y*: I have in sd 
Hamp* Perticulerly all my upland: medow Ground Woodland: 
Salt marsh &: Thach Ground: as it lyes in sd: Hamp*: I allso 
Give unto my s d : son all my Stock of cattel horses sheep &: 
swine: &: Husband try: tools: he is to have two thirds of What I 
have here Given to him When he comes to y e age of Twenty one 
years old : & : y e other third Part of s d Estate he is to have when 
his sd : mother marryes : or att her Deceas : I allso Give to my 
sd son: my Part or Right in y 6 uper Saw mill 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Simon marston all my land yt: I 
have In Kings town Divided &: undivided: land yt: I have in 
sd: Kingstown I Give unto him: I allso Give unto my s d son 
one Hundred Pounds in Pasable bills of Credett towards his 
being Brought up to Laming: &: I order my son Jeremiah mars- 
ton to Pay it to him or to my Executors towards his laming: 
the sd : Jeremiah marston is to Pay y e sd money when he comes 
to y 6 age of Twenty one years old : 

Itaim I Give unto my son Elisha marston all my land yt: I 
have In y 6 Town of Chester: Divided &: undivided land in sd 
Chester: I Give to him: &: allso I Give my sd: son one yoke of 
oxen & : one Cow : & : I order my son Jeremiah marston to Deliver 
them to my son Elisha When he shal come to y e age of Twenty 
one years old — 

Itaim I give unto my Daughter mary marston: one Hundred 
Pounds in Pasable Bills of creded : or other money att y e same 
curancy yt: Paper bills goos att when this Will was Dated: 
I order my son Jeremiah marston to Pay it to her: With in one 
year after my Deceas: 

Itaim I Give unto Daughter Huldah marston one Hundred 
Pounds in Pasable bills of credett: or other money att y e same 
currancy: yt: Paper bills goos att: when this Will Was Dated: 
& I order my Son Jeremiah marston to Pay it to her within two 
years after, my Deceas 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4 1 

Lastly my Will & meaning is yt: what Debts or Dues are 
owing from me: I order my sd Wife to Pay them & What Debts 
are Du to me my sd. Wife is to Receive for her Self: And: I 
Doe appoint my above Named Wife mary marston: &: Hut: 
Elisha Smith: & my brother Ephraim marston: to be Executors 
to this my last Will &: Testament: &: in Confirmation here of 
I have here unto sett my hand & seal: the day & year above 
mentioned : In y e Fourteen th year of King George y e second his. 
Reign over Grate Britain. 

Signed Sealed &: Declared Jeremiah marston 

by Jeremiah marston : to be his 
last Will &: Testament in Pre- 
sence of us Witneses 

Shube Page 

John moulton 

Daniel tilten 

[Proved Nov. 27, 1745, by Shubael Page, Daniel Tilton being 
dead, and John Moulton refusing to testify to the testator's 
soundness of mind; other witnesses examined, and the will al- 
lowed; mentions the testator's, Jeremiah Marston's, "father 
Smith."] 

[Administration granted to Jeremiah Marston of Hampton, 
yeoman, Oct. 30, 1745.] 



JOHN STEWART 1741 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God amen I John stwart of Londonderry in 
y e province of newhampshire yeman being very sike * * * 

Imp 1 " I give and bequith unto my well beloved wiff Elesabath 
stwart one hundred and fifty pounds bills of Cridet to be paid 
out of my personal Esteate besids the one third of my hous and 
dwelling lands and Improvement During hir natrul life 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved son Charels 
stwart teen pounds to be paid to him out of my Esteate — 



.42 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my Grandaughter mary stwart 
teen pounds to be paid out of my Esteate — 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my son Robert stwart teen 
pounds to be paid out of my Esteate — 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved son James 
stwart the sum of teen pounds to be paid out of my Esteate — 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved son John stwart 
teen pounds to be paid out of my Esteate 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved son samuel 
stwart the one half of all the remaning pairt of my Esteate 
Exepting what is befor bequithd 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved son Joseph 
stwart and margrat stwart my wellbelovd daughter the other 
half of my remaining Esteate Equaly to be divieded betwen 
them — 

and I appoint my son Chorels stwart aforesaid and samuel 
stwart of Andevor to be my Exectors of this my last will and 
testment vellifing and Confirming this and no other to be my 
last will and testment revoking all other whatsover detted at 
Londonderry this third day of april and in the year of our Lord 
God one thousand seven hundrd and fourty one — 

signid sealled published pro- John Stewrt 

nounced and declared to be my 
last will and testment in pre- 
sents of us — 

John Wiear 

Jonathan morison 

Samuel Alison Juner 

[Proved June 24, 1741.] 

[Warrant, July 2, 1741, authorizing John Weare and Moses 
Barnett, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 14, 1741; amount, £1259.6.2; signed by 
John Weare and Moses Barnett.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 

MOSES GILMAN 1741 EXETER 

The Last will and Testament of Moses Gilman of Exeter in 
the Province of Newhampshire yeoman being Sick and weak 
of body but of Sound and perfect mind & memory made this 
fourth day of April Anno Domini 1741 * * * 

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Loving wife Eliza- 
beth Gilman the best Cow that Shalbe mine at my decease as 
She Shall Choose to her disposal & hay & barn room for keeping 
a Cow in the winter & pasturing for the Summer during her 
natural life on my home place & Such room in my dwelling house 
as She Shall Choose if She pleaseth to remain in Exeter and 
also her fire wood from time to time haul'd to S d house as She 
Shall want it by my Executor hereafter named and also I give 
& bequeath unto my Loving wife twelve bushels of good Indian 
Corn four hundred weight of good Pork & one hundred weight 
of good beef yearly to be paid and deliver'd to her or her order 
as She Shall order at S d house to be paid & deliver'd by my S d 
Executor in Hew of her thirds in my Estate also my will is that 
all the Estate She had before I marry'd her Shalbe & remain to 
her own disposal 

Item I give and bequeath unto my five daughters Abigail 
Lord Anne Lougee Judith Smith Shuah Thustin & Elizabeth 
Thustin & to their heirs forever equally to be divided between 
them my right that was laid out to me as my Share in the Comon 
lands in Exeter being One hundred and twenty acres of land 

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughters Anne Lougee 
Shuah Thustin & Elizabeth Thustin & to their heirs Equally 
to be divided between them that tract of land I have on the 
westerly Side of bloody brook in Exeter afores d 

Item I give and bequeath unto my afores d five daughters all 
my household Stuff Equally to be divided between them 

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Moses Gilman 
& to his heirs and Assigns forever my home place in Exeter 
afores d with the buildings thereon & all my land on the Easterly 
Side of bloody brook afores d & my fresh meadow, in Exeter 



44 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

afores d comonly call'd & known by the name of Moses's meadow 
togeather with all my land adjoyning to S d meadow the land 
& meadow containing about one hundred acres more or less, 
also all my Salt marsh in Exeter afores d being about Six acres 
& halfe & also my Additional right in Exeter afores d being 
twenty Six acres togeather with all Such real and personal Estate 
not before herein dispos'd that I Shalbe Seiz'd or possess'd of 
or ought So to be at the time of my decease I give and bequeath 
unto my S d Son Moses & to his heirs and assigns forever the 
better to enable him to pay & do for my Loving wife as I have 
before herein mention'd & to pay & discharge my Just debts & 
funeral Expences And I do hereby appoint my S d Son Moses 
Gilman Executor of this my last will & Testament as witness my 
hand & Seal the day & year first within written 

Sign'd Seal'd publish'd and his 

declar'd by the aboves d Moses Moses X Gilman 

Gilman to be his last will & mark 

Testam'in p r sence of us 

Nich Perryman 

Caleb Gilman 

Thomas Webster Jur 

[Proved Oct. 28, 1747.] 



NATHANIEL GILMAN 1741 EXETER 

In The Name of God Amen I Nathanael Gilman Esq r of Exe- 
ter in the Province of New Hampshire in New England Being 
very Sick and weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Dearly Beloved Wife Sarah 
Gilman One Thousand and Five Hundred Pounds «for her own 
use and to be at her own Dispose She to take what She Pleasees 
out of the household Goods as they are prized as part of her 
own Thousand & five Hundred Pounds and the Remaining part 
to be made up out of my Bonds and Book Debts I Likewise 
Give her the Improvement of one half of my Dwelling house 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 45 

and of one half of the Land Adjoyning to it and the Improve- 
ment of the Rest of my household Goods that Shall Not here- 
after be Disposed of as Long as She Remains my Widow: I 
Likewise Give her the Improvement of my Negro Man Robin 
and my Negro Woman Named Phillis and the Negro Girl Named 
Dinah During her Widowhood if She Sees Cause to keep them — 

Item I Give to my Daughter Tabitha Gilman One Thousand 
Pounds Five Hundred Pounds of which Shall be paid her in 
household Goods and Stock Belonging to my Estate as my Exe- 
cutors and She Shall Agree and the Other five Hundred Pounds 
to be made up out of my Bonds and Book Debts according to 
money at the Present value which is Twenty Eight Shillings 
and four pence <P Ounce I Likewise Give her the whole of my 
Proprietors Right in Chester Excepting my Home Lot which I 
have already Disposed of & my Right in the Saw Mill Called 
the Black Rocks Mill which I Bought of John Scribner and all 
the Privileges and Appurtenances Belonging to it and my part 
in the Land Adjoyning 

Item I Give to my two Daughters Joanna Gilman and 
Mary Gilman Each of them One Thousand Pounds Five Hun- 
dred Pounds a peice of which to be paid in Household Goods in 
part and part in Such Other things as my Executors and they 
Shall Agree upon the household Goods and other things to be 
valued Equal to money at Twenty Eight Shillings and four 
Pence ^ Ounce and the other five Hundred Pounds Apeice in 
Money or Good Passable Bills of Credit of New England or in 
any other Medium of Trade that Shall have a General Cur- 
rency in the Country to be Likewise Equal to Money at Twenty 
Eight Shillings and four pence <P Ounce. I Likewise Give 
them three hundred and fifty Acres of Land Lying in Exeter at 
a Place Called the Foulsams Meadow and forty Acres of Land 
Lying in Exeter on Spocasset River which I Bought of Daniel 
Young and my Common Right I Bought of John Scribner Lying 
•over Lamper-Ele River all the abovesaid Peices of Land to 
be Equally Divided Between them — 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give to the Church of Christ in Exeter one Silver 
Beker of the Same Bigness with those the Church has already 
Bought — 

Item I Give two hundred Pounds for Charitable Uses in the 
Town of Exeter and to be Disposed of by my Two Brothers 
Samuel Gilman Esq 1 " and M r Nicholas Gilman Jun r and M r 
Daniel Thing according to the best of their Discretion and to be 
Drawn out of my Estate as they Shall have Occasion Improve 
it for the End and use aforesaid — 

Item I give to my Son Nathanael Gilman his heirs and assigns 
my Dwelling house and the Land Adjoyning to it and all the 
other Buildings upon it and all my other Lands and Buildings 
Lying in the Township of Exeter Nottingham and Else where 
not already Disposed of and the whole of my Personal and Real 
Estate not alredy Disposed of and my Best Silver Tankard in 
particular and my Will is that my Son Nathanael Gilman Shall 
Be Brought up to College and his Charges and Expences there 
to be paid by my Executors out of my Personal Estate — 

Item my Will is that my three Daughters Abovementioned 
Shall Receive there Legacies whey they come to the Age of 
Twenty one Years or upon their Marraige — 

Finally my Will is and I do Appoint my Brother Samuel Gil- 
man Esq r and my Well Beloved Wife Sarah Gilman Executors 
of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly 
Disallow Revoke and Disannul all former Wills and Testaments 
by me heretofore made — In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
Set my hand and Seal this Ninth Day of April Anno Domini 
One Thousand Seven hundred and forty one — 

Signed Sealed and Published In Nathanael Gilman 

Presence of us 

Thomas Dean 

Peter Gilman 

John Phillips 

[Proved June 24, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 104.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47 

[Warrant, June 24, 1741, authorizing John Lord and Thomas 
Dean, both of Exeter, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 28, 1741; amount, £8300.9.7; signed by 
John Lord and Thomas Deane.] 



JOHN YOUNG 1 741 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of John Young of Dover, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Young, April 29, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 91.] 

[Warrant, April 21, 1741, authorizing John Wingate, gentle- 
man, and Stephen Roberts, tanner, both of Dover, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 116.] 

[Inventory; amount, £640.1.2; signed by John Wingate and 
Stephen Roberts; attested July 29, 1741.] 

[Warrant, June 11, 1753, authorizing Stephen Roberts, Joseph 
Austin, and Aaron Roberts, all of Dover, "to View the Real 
Estate of John Young Late of Dover aforesaid Deceased which 
was under Improvem* at the time of his Decease to be Shown 
you by Elizabeth Young his Widow & Joseph Drew — who Mar- 
ried a Daughter of the Deceased."] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £526.4.6; expenditures, £1030.13.5; allowed July 25, 
1753; mentions "the Estate of the Said Deceased Being under 
the Burthen of the Support an antient Woman Mary Young 
widow Mother of the Said John Young Deceased who Lived 
four Years after him & her Condition such as that the whole 
Profits of the Said Estate was not Sufficient to pay the Cost & 
Charges Y r Accountant was at for the Comfortable Support of 
the Said Mary Young During her Natural Life which Ended 
about the Year 1745"; "Support & Maintainance of several of 
the Children of the Said John 1 Child 6 Years * * * until 7 

* * * another Child 4 Years * * * another Child 2 Years 

* * * portions to three Sisters."] 



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PHILEMON BLAKE 1741 HAMPTON FALLS 

In The Name of God Amen I Philemon Blake of the falls 
parish in Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire in New 
England Yeoman being Aged and weak of body * * * 

I* I Give and Bequeath unto my true and Well Beloved Wife 
Sarah Blake During the time of her Widowhood as followeth 
(viz.) the one half of my Dwelling house Where I now Dwell, 
which half, She Shall See Cause to Chuse and all of the Movea- 
bles and Utensils of all Sorts that are in the house and all 
my Stock of Creatures of all Sorts or Kind Whatsoever and half 
my Land that Lyeth Between the Rhoad that Leads from Dea- 
con Sanborns to Samuel Blakes and the Rhoad that leads to 
Caleb Swains the one half of Said Land as to Quantity and 
Quality the Stock & moveables to be at her own Dispose for- 
ever and the house and Land at my Said Wifes Marriage or 
Decease to go and Remain to my Son Joshua Blake — 

I* I Give and Bequeath to my Son Joshua Blake the Other 
half of my house & Buildings where I now Dwell and my Lands 
as I have Given one half of my homested to my Wife as to Build- 
ings and Land During her Widowhood or Life time as above- 
said the Other half to my Son Joshua and at my Said Wife Mar- 
riage or Decease then the Whole to him that is to Say the Other 
Half Which was in his Mothers hand as aforesaid and half a Lot 
or Share of Land at a place Called Grassy Swamp the Easterly 
End as it is Bounded on a way and to Extend Westerly till it 
takes one half of Said Lot and all my Right in the town of 
Chester that Belongs to my Origenal Right Either Divided 
or undivided— 

I* I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Philemon Blake one 
half of my Land Where he now Dwells be it more or Less and 
the Other half after his Mothers Decease or Marriage & part 
of my Land at a place Called Burnt Swamp I Reserving Nine 
Acres for my Son Elisha on the Westerly Side all the rest of my 
Land at that place Called Burnt Swamp to my Son Philemon 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49 

and my Land in Chester that I Bought of Nathanael & John 
Ambros and half a lot at Grassy Swamp — 

I* I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Elisha Blake all the 
Lands that I have in Kingstown in Said Province be the Same 
More or Less and three half Shares in the first West Division 
in Hampton and Nine acres in the Burnt Swamp the Westerly 
Side of my Land there I having Given the Remainder of Said 
Land there to my Son Philemon as abovesaid — 

I 1 I Give and Bequeath unto my two Daughters Elizabeth 
Lane & Deborah Veasy ten pounds a peice to be paid by my 
Son Joshua Within one Year after my Decease — 

I* I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Bean ten 
pound to be paid by Son Philemon within one year after my 
Decease the Said potions to be paid to my Said Daughter to 
be paid in Money or pay at Money price to be paid to them 
as abovesaid — 

I* I further Will and my true Intent and Meaning is that 
my Executors hereinafter Named Shall provide for my Said 
Wife Suitable firewood brought home to the house Where She 
Dwells and Cutt fit for the fire During the time of her Widow- 
hood So that She may at all times be Suitably Supplyed with 
Wood for her use and the half of my Land Where my Son Phile- 
mon Dwells to be to her use and Benefit During her Widow- 
hood as abovesaid, and I further Will and it is my true Intent 
and Meaning that if there Appears hereafter that there is any 
Land or Right of Land Belonging to me that is not Disposed 
of in this my Will that it Shall be Equally Divided Between 
my two Executors & that all the Lands Given to my three Sons 
as abovesaid to be to them as above Exprest & to their heirs 
or Assigns forever — and Lastly I do by these Presents Con- 
stitute and Appoint my two Sons Joshua Blake and Philemon 
Blake to be Executors to this my Last Will and Testament and 
in Witness and Confirmation of all abovewritten I have here- 



50 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

unto Set my hand and fixed my Seal the Day of the Date above- 
written 

Signed Sealed and Declared mark 

to be his Last Will and Testa- Philemon X Blake 

ment in Presents of us Witnesses and Seal 

his 
Caleb X Swain 
mark 
his 
Samuel X Blake 

mark 
Robert Quinte 
[Proved April 28, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 87.] 



EPHRAIM DENNETT 1741 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ephraim Dennett of Ports- 
mouth granted to his widow, Catherine Dennett, April 29, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 93.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1741, authorizing John Cutt and Benja- 
min Miller, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 148.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Hon. Ephraim Dennett; amount, 
£3781.10.0; signed by John Cutt and Benjamin Miller; attested 
Dec. 30, 1741.] 

This Indenture made the fifteenth Day of June one thousand 
seven Hundred & forty five & in the Nineteenth Year of his 
Majesties Reign Between John Dennet & Ephraim Dennet both 
of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire Tanners of 
the one Part & John Shackford of Portsmouth aforesaid Block- 
maker & Catherine his wife of the other Part Whereas the said 
John Dennet & Ephraim Dennet & the said John Shackford in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 1 

the Right of his said Wife are seized & hold in common & undi- 
vided sundry Tracts & Parcels of Land situate in Portsmouth 
aforesaid as Co-Heirs of Ephraim Dennet late of Portsmouth 
aforesaid Esq 1 Deceased & of which Lands the said Ephraim 
Dennet died seized And the said John & Ephraim Parties to 
these Presents having also purchased the Rights of the other 
Heirs of the said Deceased whereby the whole Right of the said 
Lands is vested in the said Parties to these Presents in the man- 
ner aforesaid Now This Indenture Witnesseth that the said 
Parties have & by these Presents do make full .& final Division 
& Partition between them of the said Lands with the appur- 
tenances thereof & thereupon it is agreed by & between them in 
manner & Form following Viz. That the said John Shackford 
& Catherine his s d wife shall have as her full Part of said Lands 
all that thirty Acres of Land Situate at a Place called Gravelly 
Ridge or near thereto begining at a Corner joining to the Lands 
of Benjamin Miller & Moses Dennet where the said Lands meet 
& from thence runs West south West one Hundred & two Rods 
& runs South East from each End of that Line so far as to make 
up the aforesaid Quantity of thirty Acres To have & To hold 
the said thirty Acres of Land with the Appurtenances unto the 
said John Shackford & Catherine his Wife in her Right in sev- 
eralty & their Heirs for ever free & clear & freely & clearly ac- 
quitted & discharged from the Claims & Demands of any Per- 
son or Persons whatsoever claiming from by or under the said 
Deceased & John & Ephraim Dennet shall have as their Part 
of the said Lands all the other Parts Parcells & Portions thereof 
however the same is & may be bounded & described To have 
and To hold the said remaining Parts & Parcels of Land with 
the appurtenances thereof unto them the said John Dennett & 
Ephraim Dennet their Heirs & Assigns in Severalty forever and 
the said Parties do by these Presents release Quit Claim & sur- 
render up to each other respectively all Right Claim Challenge 
& Demand whatsoevei of in & unto the said Lands & Premises 
set off & assign'd to each other as aforesaid In Witness whereof 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the said Parties have hereunto interchangably set their Hands 

& Seals the Day & Year above written 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in John Dennet 

Presence of us Ephr m Dennet 

Jonath n Stoodly John Shackford 

Sam 11 Hart Katherine Shackford 

[Deeds, vol. 30, p. 72.] 

[License to Catherine Wise, administratrix, March 26, 1768, 
to sell real estate.] 



TEMPLE KNIGHT 1741 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Temple Knight of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to John Knight of Portsmouth, gen- 
tleman, April 29, 1 741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 86.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1741, authorizing Tobias Langdon and 
John Ayers to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 102.] 

[Inventory, May 27, 1741; amount, £500.0.0; signed by 
Tobias Langdon and John Ayers.] 



WILLIAM GODFREY 1741 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen This Thirty*' 1 day of april 1741 I 
Wiliam Godfree of Hamp* In y e Province of Newhampshire in 
Newengland being Now Weak & Sick in body * * * 

Imprimes I Give unto my Beloved wife Prisiller Godfree all 
my movables in my house to Dispose of them as She Pleases 
& Give her Liberty to live in y e East End of my Dweling house 
as Long as she Shall live I allso order my Son James Godfree 
to find his mother with two Good Cows & Keep them for her 
Winter & somer for her so long as she shall live & six Sheep he is 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53 

to find his s d mother & Keep them for her so long as she shall 
live & a hors he is to find his mother with to Ride on to meeting 
so long as she shall live & he my s d son is to find his mother 
With convenant fire Wood att y e dore of her house fitt for s d 
fire so long as she shall live & yearly & Every year he is to find 
his s d mother With ten bushels of Indian Corn & one bushel of 
Wheat & two bushels of malt & one Barrel of Syder & to make 
use of as many of y e appels in y e orchard as She Pleases for her 
Self & yearly to leit his mother have six Pound of Cotton Wool 
& two Gallons of malases & Six Pound of Shugar & a Pare of 
shous yearly & Six Score Wait of Good Pork & three Score Wait 
of Good beaf yearly & Every year so long as she shall live I 
allso Give unto my sd Wife Thirty Pounds Which is Du to me: 
by bond from Reuben & Richard Whichers of Salsbury. 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Isaac Godfree Twenty shilings & 
I order my son James Godfree to Pay it to him the Reason Why 
I Give him no more is because he has had his Portion all Redey 

Itaim I Give unto my Son James Godfree y e W^est End of 
my Dweling house wheare I now dwell & my Barn & y e other 
Part of my s d house he is to have att his mothers Decease I allso 
Give to my s d Son all my lands medow Ground Paster land & 
Wood land & salt marsh what So Ever y* I have In Hamp* but 
onely three acres of land more or less Which lyes in y e Field 
near to y e Dweling house of Jonathan Elkins in s d Hamp* I 
Give to my s d son James all my Stock of Cattel horses sheep 
& swine & all my Husbandtry tools. 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Ann Fowl Thirty Pounds in 
Pasable bills of Credett & I order my Son James Godfree to 
Pay it to her With in one year after my Deceas: 

Itaim I Give unto my Grand Son Abraham Fowl & unto my 
Granson Son Isaac Fowl Equal Between them Half a share of 
land in y e town of Chester which Half lott of land lyes undi- 
vided With Jacob Sargents Half Share y e whole lott is laid out 
for Thirty acres & is Known by y e name of one of y e adtianall 
lotts: 



54 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

lastly my Will & meaning is yt What Real & Personal Estate 
yt I leave undisposed of I Give unto my S d Son James Godfree 
& What Debts are owing from me I order my s d son James God- 
free to Pay them & What Debts or dues are owing to me I order 
my sd son to Receive them for him Self: 

And I Doe appoint my above Named Wife Prisiller & my two 
above Named Sons (viz) Isaac Godfree & James Godfree to be 
Execoutors to this my last Will & Testament &: In Confirma- 
tion here of I have here unto Sett my hand & Seal y e day & year 
above mentioned In y 6 Fourteen th year of King George y e second 
his Reign over Grate Britain 

Signed Sealed &: Declared by william Godfree 

Wiliam Godfree to his be last 
Will & Testament In Presence 
of us Witneses 

Sam 11 Mars ton 

Thomas Robie 

Jabez Smith 

[Proved May 25, 1743.] 



SOLOMON PIKE 1741 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Solomon Pike of Portsmouth, 
innholder, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Pike, May 27, 1741.] 

[Warrant, April 24, 1744, authorizing John Cutt and John 
Hart, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1744; amount, £117.15.0; signed by 
John Cutt and John Hart.] 

[License, Oct. 30, 1751, to the administratrix to sell real es- 
tate.l 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 55 

SAMUEL WALLIS 1741 RYE 

In the Name of God Amen the first Day of June Anno Domini 
one thousand Seven hundred and forty one I Samuell Wallis of 
y e parrish of Rye in y e Township of New Castle in y e province 
of Newhampshire in New England (Husbandman) * * * 

Item I give to my beloved son William Wallis and his heirs 
my fifty acre Lot which I have in y e Town of Epsom in s d prov- 
ince which was Granted for settlement of s d Town on y e North- 
erdly side of y e Road or street it being fifty rods in Wedth or 
Bredth & one hundred and sixty rods in Length bounded by 
Joshua Berrys Land or Lot Eastwardly & y e personage land 
westerly or how ever bounded y e grant will make manfest and 
also my right of Land I had of William Sevee in s d Epsom y e 3 d 
range Number 101 Lying between y e Land or Lots of John 
Cates and Ebenezer Berry & also twenty shillings in Money to 
be paid after my Decease by my Executor 

Item I give to my beloved Son George Wallis twenty shillings 
Money to be paid after My Decease — 

Item I give to my beloved Son Ebenezer Wallis thirty pounds 
to be paid after my Decease 

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Hannah Wallis twenty 
pounds to be paid after my decease. 

Item I give to my beloved Daughter Mary Wallis twenty 
pounds to be paid after my Decease — 

and I Do by these presents Constitute make and ordain my 
well beloved Son Samuel Wallis to be my only and Sole Execu- 
tor of this my last will and testament & Do hereby ratify and 
Confirm y e Same In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my 
hand and Seale y e Day and Year above Written 

Signed Sealed published pro- Sam 11 wallis X mark & Seal 
nounced & Delclared by y e S d 
Samuel Wallis as his Last will 
and testament in presents of us 
y e subscribers Viz 

Elias Tarlton 

Ebenezer Berry 

Sam 11 Chapman 

[Proved Aug. 26, 1741.] 



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Aug. 26, 1741, authorizing Richard Jenness and 
Joseph Locke, both of Rye, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 142.] 

[Inventory, signed by Richard Jenness and Joseph Locke; 
amount, £157.0.0; attested Nov. 25, 1741.] 



MATTHIAS HAINES 1741 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen This 19 Day of June 1741 I 
Matthias Hains of y e Parish of Greenland in y e Town of Ports mo 
In y e Province of Newhampshire in Newengland * * * 

Imprimes: I Give unto my Beloved Wife Mehetiable Hains 
Two thirds of all my movables in my house to Dispose of 
them as she Pleases: I allso Give unto my s d Wife liberty to Im- 
prove y e West End of my Dweling house So long as she Shall 
live or untill she shall see Cause to marry: I allso Give to my s d 
Wife one Hundred Wait of Good Pork & one Hundred Wait 
of Good Beaf & Ten Bushels of Indian Corn & one bushel of 
Wheat & two bushels of malt & two Bariels of Syder & Eight 
Cord of fire wood att y e dore of her house & five Pound of Cotton 
Wool & five Pounds of Sheeps Wool & twenty shilings in money 
for to buy her som small things all y e Perticulers things above 
mentioned I order my s d Wife to have a year & Every year So 
long as She Shall See Caus to live a widow & I order my son 
Samuel Hains to Deliver to his s d mother two Thirds of What I 
have here Given to her yearly & Every year So long as She lives 
a widow & I order him to find her With two Good Cows Winter 
& somer so long as lives a widow & I order my son Joseph 
Hains to find his mother With one Third Part of Every Pertic- 
uler above mentioned yearly & Every year so long as she lives a 
widow Except y e two Cows: 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Joseph Hains Part of My land on 
y e W 7 estwardly Side of y e Country Road he is to Begin att Tuftin 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 57 

Phibrick Shop & Run Westwardly across my Piece of land to y e 
Plase Where there Was Formerly a pare of bars y l leads into 
m r Samuel Weeks land he is to have all my Piece of land south- 
wardly of y* line to mr Samuel Chapmans and I allso Give unto 
my sd son about Twelve acres of land more or less as it lyes on 
y e North Side of y e Country Road Begining att a Whit oak 
tree which is y e bound tree Between Thomas marstons land & 
my land & then Riming towards y e meeting house to a pare 
of Bars y* leads' into y e litel Pasture & then Runing North- 
ward as y e fence stands Half y e length of y e fence & from Thence 
Eastwardly to a bridg y 1 leads into y e Swamp & from s d Bridg 
Eastwardly to Daniel hunts Watering Plase y* Runs unto my 
Swamp I allso Give to my s d son Half my whole Right in Ipsom 
& half my Right in y e sawmill & one Half of My husbantry 
tools & one Cow & two Stears three year old & one third Part 
of my sheep 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Samuel Hains all my Real Estate 
y* I have not all Redey Disposed of Perticulerly my Dweling 
house Except y e previledg his mother hes in it I Give him my 
Barn & orchard & all my upland medow Ground Wood land & 
salt marsh & Paster land he is to have y* I have before Given 
away & Half a whole Right in y e Town of Ipsom & one Half of 
my Right in y e saw mill & one Half of my husbantry tools & 
all my Stock of Cattel horses Sheep & Swine Except one Cow & 
two Stears Three year old & one third Part of my Sheep 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Elener French Twenty Pounds 
in Pasable bills of Credett & I order my son Samuel Hains to 
Pay it to her With in Four years after my Deceas 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Hannah Hains one Third 
Part of all my movables in my house & fourty Pound in Goods 
att money Prise & I order my Son Samuel hains to Pay it to 
her With in Four years after my Deceas — 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Mehetiable Hains Fourty 
Pounds in Goods att money Prise & I order my Son Samuel 
Hains to Pay it to her With in Four years after my Deceas 



58 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter mary Hains Fourty Pounds 
in Goods at money Prise & I order my son Joseph Hains to Pay 
it to her Within Four years after my Deceas — ■ 

Lastly my will & meaning is yt What Debts or Dues are owing 
from me I order my Son Samuel Hains to Pay them & What 
Debts are Du to me I order my s d Son to Receive them for him 
Self And I Doe appoint my above Named Son Samuel Hains 
& my son Joseph Hains to be Executors to this my last Will & 
Testament And in Confermation here of I have here unto sett 
my hand & seal y e day & yeare above mentioned In y e Fifteenth 
year of King George y e second his Reign over Grate Brittain 
Signed sealed & Declared by matthias Hains to be his last Will 
& Testament in Presence of us 

Witneses Matthias Haines 

Sam 11 Weeks 

Jacob moulton 

Jabez Smith 

[Proved April 24, I745-] 

[Warrant, April 24, 1745, authorizing John Brackett, gentle- 
man, and Walter Weeks, yeoman, both of Greenland, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 453.] 

[Inventory, signed by Walter Weeks and John Brackett; 
amount, £3570.1.0; attested June 26, 1745.] 

[Additional inventory, Oct. 28, 1747; amount, £82.19.6; 
signed by John Brackett and Walter Weeks.] 



JOHN MOORE 1 741 LONDONDERRY 

In The Name of God Amen This Nineteenth Day of June 
in the year of our Lord God one Thousand Seven hundred forty 
and one I John Moore of Londonderry in the Province of New 
Hampshire Yeoman being Sick and weak of body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 59 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Wife 
Jane Moore the best bed in the West Room with all the Furni- 
ture Belonging to the Same with the Eight part of all my Per- 
sonal Estate as also the one third of the Improvements of my 
Dwelling During her Widowhood — 

Impr s I Give unto my well Beloved Son Robert Moore the one 
Eighth part of my Personal Estates Besides what my Honoured 
Father Gave him 

Impr s I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Son Samuel 
Moore the one Eighth part of my Personal Estate Besides what 
my Honoured Father Left him 

Impr s I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Sons Will- 
iam Moore and John Moore the fourth part of my Personal 
Estate as also my Dwelling I now live in only what Privilege 
my wife hath by this will or Otherwise with a lot of Land I 
Bought from David Gregg w T ith all the Meadows Belonging to 
me in beaver Brook Meadows and my Right in that Meadow 
Called the Eight acre Meadow to be Equally Divided Between 
them — 

Impr s I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Daughters 
Agness Moore and Mary Moore all that tract of Land Laying 
Beside Ezekiels pond with all my Right in Said pond with my 
Right in the Broad Meadow & the bake Meadow as also the 
fourth part of my Personal Estate to be all Equally Divided 
Between them 

Impr s I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Daughter 
Ann Moore all that tract of Land that I had by Deed from my 
Honoured Father William Cochran with the other Eight part of 
my Personal Estate and I appoint and Ordain my Brother An- 
drew Todd and my Cousin Hugh Wilson both of Londonderry 
aforesaid to be my Executors of this my Last Will and Testa- 
ment allowing them my Said Executors to provide a Tombstone 
for my Fathers Grave and pay my Funeral Charge out of my 
Money Laying now in Cash and the Remaining part to be Laid 
out towards a house for William and John my two Sons Before 



60 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Mentioned and further I ordain my Execu rs to Sell my Rights 
in the Commons or undivided Lands in Londonderry afore- 
said and Divide the Money they Receive to any of my Chil- 
dren they think hath the worst Share of my Estate allowing; 
this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament — 

Signed Sealed Published and John Moore 

Pronounced to be his Last Will 
and Testament In Presence of 
us 

Moses Barnett 

David Vance 

Robert Boyes 

[Proved Aug. 26, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 122.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 26, 1741, authorizing Robert Boyes and Moses 
Barnett, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 136.] 

[Inventory; amount, £1279.7.9; signed by Robert Boyes and 
Moses Barnett; attested Oct. 28, 1741.] 



SAMUEL FELLOWS 1741 SALISBURY, MASS. 

This Indenture of Partion made Between Sam 11 & Joseph 
Fellows Children of Sam 11 Fellows Jun r Eben r Fellows & Eben r 
Colcard & Hannah his Wife al of Kingstown In y e Pro e of N: 
Hamp r In N: Engl d & Children or heirs of Sam 11 Fellows Serr 
late of Salisbury Dec d on y e one part & Tho s Jo s Ann & Elliner 
Fellows of Salsbury afores d In y e Pro e of y e Mass a Bay In N: 
Engl d & Children & heirs of y e s d Sam 11 Fellows Sen r on y e other 
part witnesseth y* w r as we y e above mention d Parties as Chil- 
dren & heirs to our s d father Sam 11 Fellows sen r are Joynt heirs 
& Proprietors of In & to y e Real Estate of our s d father Dec d 
scituate In Kingstown afores d & do stand as Copartn" In Com'on 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 6l 

& undivid d of & In Sundry Tracts lots & Divisions of land Be- 
longing to y e Estate of our s d father Dec d (viz) one ioo Acre 
lot laid out In y° 200 Acre Grants so Cal d & one 30 Acre lot next 
Chester so Cal d & one 15 acre lot laid out about one Mile Below 
Chester & one 15 acre lot near to y° saw Mill & one 50 acre lot 
adjoyning to y e saw Mill & one 3 Acre lot Adjoyning to y e for- 
mer & a 25 Acre lot In y e North Grant so Cal d & one quarter 
part of y e saw mill afores d — Now to y e End y* a ful Division or 
Partition may & shal be had & made Between y e s d Parties of 
& touching y e ^mises it is Covenant d & Agreed upon by & 
Between y e s d Parties to these ^sents & we do hereby Each of 
us for our selves & our Respective heirs Ex rs & Adm r9 Coven* 
Grant & Agree In manner & form following (viz) first y l y e 
afores d Sam 11 Jo 3 & Eben r Fellows Eben r & Hanah Calcord on 
y e first Part In this Indenture may & shal from hence forth 
have hold & Peaceably Enjoy In Severalty to them their heirs 
& Assigns forever & to their only Proper use Benefit & Behoof 
as their <Pper part & share of y° ^mises to be Divided y e afores d 
50 acre lot Adjoyning to y e saw mill y e afores d 15 Acres lot 
Adjoyning to it near y e mill y e afores d 3 acre lot adjoyning to y e 
s d 50 acres & y e afores d 25 Acre lot In y e North Grant so Call d 
& one quarter part of y e s d saw Mill & Appur s so y k neither 
y e s d Tho s Jo s Ann nor Ellinor Fellows nor Either of them nor 
their heirs nor any other ^son or ^sons from by or under them 
shal at any time hereafter have Claim Challenge or Demand 
any Right Title Estate Interest Inheritance use or Possession 
of In or to y e same or any part or ^cel thereof but be utterly 
Exclud d & forever Debar d from y e same by these ^sents — & 
2 ly y* y e afores d Tho 3 Jo 8 Ann & Ellenor Fellows on y e other 
part In this Indenture may & shal from henceforth have hold 
& Peaceably Enjoy In Severalty to them their heirs & assigns 
forever as their part & Share of y e ^mises to be Divid d & to 
their only Proper use Benefit & Behoof y e afores d 100 acre lot 
In y e 200 Acre Grant or Division of land y e afores d 30 acre lot 
next to Chester & y e afores d 15 Acre lot about one mile below 



62 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Chester so y* y e afores d Sam 11 Jo s & Eben r Fellows Ebenez r Col- 
card & Han'ah his Wife nor Either of them nor their heirs nor 
any other ^son or ^sons from by or under them shal at any 
time hereafter have Claim Challenge or Demand any Right 
Title Estate Interest Inheritance use or Possession of In or to 
y e Same or any part or ^cel thereof but be utterly Exclud d & 
forever Debarr d thereof & therefrom by these ^sents In Wit- 
ness w r of y e aboves d Parties have hereunto set their hands & 
seals this 25 th day of June an° Dom: 1741 In y e 15 th year of his 
Maj ts Reign 

Sign d Seal d & D d In ^sence Joseph Fellows 

of us — for himself & his wife 

W m Bradbury Sam 11 Fellows 

Isaac Buswell Ebenez r Fellows 

Ebenez r Colcard 

her 
Han'ah X Colcard 

mark 
Tho s Fellows 
Joseph Fellows 

her 
Ann X Fellows 
mark 
her 
Ellenor X Fellows 

mark 

[Deeds, vol. 26, p. 17.] 



JONATHAN SMITH 1741 EXETER 

In the Name of God Amen, I Jonathan Smith of Exeter in 
the Province of Newhampshire in New-England Husbandman 
being in health of Body * * * 

Item. I Give to my Son Jonathan Smith ten Pounds in 
money — 

Item. I Give to my Daughter Mary Pierson five Pounds in 
money — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 63 

Item. I Give to my Six Daughters Lydia, Elizabeth, Abigail, 
Hephsibah, Deborah, and Bridget, twenty Pounds in money 
Apeice to be Paid them upon their Arrival at twenty one Years 
of Age or marriage. 

Item. I Give to my Seven Sons Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, 
Obadiah John YValdron, Caleb and Nathan to them their heirs 
and Assigns, all my Estate both real and personal, that Shall be 
left after the payment of my Just debts, Funeral Charges And 
Legacys before Mentioned, to be equally Divided Between them; 
only my wife Bridget, to have the whole improvement of my 
Estate, until my Youngest Child Arrives to the age of twenty 
one years, and after that to have the Improvement of one third 
of all my Estate During life, and the other two thirds to be 
then immediately Divided Among my Seven Sons as above 
mentioned. And the other one Third to be Equally Divided 
Among my S d Seven Sons after their Mothers Decease — 

Finally. My Will is and I doe hereby Constitute and Ap- 
point My Beloved wife Bridget Smith Sole Executrix to this my 
Last Will and Testament, And my Will is that She Pay my 
Just debts, Legacys and Funeral Charges, And that all my 
Moveable or Personal Estate, Shall first be disposed of for the 
payment of them if Needed. And if that wont Answer for the 
Satisfying of the Same, My S d Executrix Shall have full power 
to Sell dispose or make Sale of So Much of the Lands as Shall be 
Necessary to pay the Same with as little Prejudice to the Place 
as May Be. And I doe hereby revoke, Disanull and make void 
All former wills heretofore made by me. In witness whereof I 
the S d Jonathan Smith have hereunto Set my hand and Seal 
this thirteenth day of July Anno Domini one thousand Seven 
Hundred and forty one. 

Signed Sealed & owned Jonathan Smith 

In presence of us 

Ephra: Philbrick 

Elisha Odlin 

John Rice 

[Proved Sept. 29, 1742.] 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1742, authorizing Jedediah Philbrick and 
Jeremy Webster, both of Kingston, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 200.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Jonathan Smith of Brentwood 
parish; amount, £2251.4.0; signed by Jedediah Philbrick and 
Jeremy Webster; attested Sept. 29, 1742.] 



JAMES GORDON 1741 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of James Gordon of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mehitable Gordon, July 29, 

1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 115.] 

[Warrant, July 29, 1741, authorizing Zebulon Giddings and 
Nicholas Smith, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 138.] 

[Inventory of the estate of James Gordon of Exeter, signed 
hy Nicholas Smith; amount, £870. 5'6; attested Oct. 28, 1741.] 

[Guardianship of Elizabeth Gordon, Sarah Gordon, and James 
Gordon, minors, children of James Gordon, yeoman, granted to 
Jonathan Gordon of Exeter, yeoman, Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Guardianship of James Gordon, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of James Gordon, granted to John Dow, 
Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 335.] 

[Bond of John Dow of Epping, with Joseph Chandler of Ep- 
ping and Clement Steele of Exeter, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for the guardianship of James 
Gordon, minor, aged more than fourteen years, son of James 
Gordon; witnesses, John Smith and William Parker.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 65 

[Citation to Jonathan Gordon July 4, 1758, to appear and 
settle his account as guardian.] 

[Account of Jonathan Gordon as guardian; receipts, £176.0.0; 
expenditures, £75.14.3^; allowed July 26, 1758.] 



ROBERT WEARE 1741 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Weare of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to his widow, Martha Weare, July 29, 
1 741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 115.] 

[Warrant, July 29, 1741, authorizing Robert Boyes and Moses 
Barnett, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 139.] 

[Inventory; amount, £1418.2.0; signed by Robert Boyes and 
Moses Barnett; attested Oct. 28, 1741.] 



BENJAMIN KIMBALL 1741 HAVERHILL DIST. 

In the Name of God Amen this first day of August Anno 
Domini 1741. Annoq Regni R s Gii Secundi Britt a num Magnee 
&c Decimo Quinto, I Benjamin Kimball Late of Haverhill in 
the County of Essex and Province of the Massachusetts Bay in 
New England Yeoman now falling in that part of the Said 
Town of Haverhill which lyes more then three Miles North of 
merrimack River & by the Runing the line within y e Province 
of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman being Sick and 
weak in body * * * 

Secondly I give and bequeath unto Mary my dear and well 
beloved wife the free use and Improvement of the Easterly 
end of my House from Top to bottom & that part of the Cellar 
under it during the Term she remaines my widow. I also give 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

her Two Cows, & five Sheep, & one Swine, which She shall Chose 
out of my Stock which I will & Order my Son Benjamin to keep 
for her both Summer and winter or the like number if She dispose 
of these and purchase others during the time she remaines 
my widow. I also give her Ten bushels of Indian Corn, Six 
bushels of Rye Two bushels of wheat, Two bushels of Malt, 
four barrells of Cyder and Ten cords of wood to be Corded up 
at the door, which donations I will and Order my Son Benjamin 
to pay her yearly & every year, as she wants it or demands it of 
him during the time she remaines my widow, but if She marryes 
again then I will and Order my Son Benjamin to pay her Ten 
pounds <P Annum only in the produce of y e place during her 
Naturall life in Lieu of what I have orderd her above I also give 
her all my Household goods to be for her use so long as She has 
Occasion for them & then to be disposed of to my Daughters as 
she sees Cause. 

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
Son Jonathan The farm he lives on near the wash pond which 
was laid out to Fisks Originall Right also the One Moiety or 
half of my Right to any undisposed of lands in the Town of 
Chester, which with what he has had of me already is his full 
portion in My Estate 

fourthly I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
son Benjamin the whole farm or homestead whereon I now live 
and that piece of Land I purchased of the Rev d M r James 
Cushing lyinge near the meeting house, together with all my 
Right in that Tract of Land lying near Caleb Emmerys which 
is now in partnership with my brother Jonathan Kimball 

Fifthly. I give and bequeath unto my.dear and well beloved 
son Moses all my Right in that lott of Land which lyes betwixt 
Peter Eastmans and George Littles in Haverhill & the One 
Moiety or half part of my Right in any lands in the Town of 
Chester & Province of New Hampshire which I have not yet 
disposed of in full of his portion in my Estate and I will and 
Order that if any of my Sons Decease before marriage or without 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 67 

Lawfull issue their lands shall descend to their Surviveing 
brothers & to be Equally Devided betwixt them. 

Sixthly. I give and bequeath unto my dear & well beloved 
Daughter Mary Twenty Shillings which I will & Order my Son 
Benjamin to pay her in one year after my decease & is with 
what I have before given her; her full portion In my Estate — 

Seventhly I give and bequeath unto my dear & well beloved 
Daughter Lydia One hundred pounds which I will & Order my 
Son Benjamin To pay her as soon as she arives at the age of 
Twenty years, or marriage day which Shall happen first, To 
be paid in good bills of Credit in full of her portion 

Eighthly I give and bequeath unto my Dear & well beloved 
daughter Hannah One Hundred pounds which I Order my Son 
Benjamin to pay her in good bills of Credit, as soon as she shall 
arive at the Age of Twenty Years or on her marriage day which 
shall happen first, in full of her portion 

Ninthly I give and bequeath unto my Dear and well beloved 
daughter Mehittabell One hundred pounds which I will And 
Order my son Benjamin to pay her In good bills of Credit as soon 
as she shall Arive at the Age of Twenty Years or on her Marriage 
day which shall happen first in full of her portion in my 
Estate — 

And it is my will and pleasure that if either of my daughters 
decease before marriage or that they Arive at Twenty Years of 
Age & without Lawfull issue that then their portion shall des- 
cend to their Surviveing Sisters & to be paid to them in Equall 
parts & Shares. 

all the remainder of my Estate not herein particularly dis- 
posed of I give and bequeath to my Son Benjamin & to his heirs 
& assigns. 

Lastly I do hereby Constitute Ordain & Appoint my dear & 
well beloved wife and Son Benjamin to be Sole Executors of this 
my last will and Testament, and I do hereby utterly Revoke 
disanull and disallow, all former wills & Testaments Legacies & 
Executors by me heretofore named or made ratifying & Con- 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

firming this & no Other to be my last will and Testament. In 
Testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and Seal the day 
& year first Written 

signed Sealed Published & de- B : Kimball 

clared by the Said Benjamin 
Kimball to be his Last will & 
Testament before us. 

James Gushing 

Richard Hazzen 
her 

Sarah X Stevens 
mark 

[Proved Aug. 25, 1742.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 25, 1742, authorizing Richard Hazzen, John 
Clements, and James White to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p, 192.] \ 

[Inventory, Aug. 25, 1742; amount, £3323.3.6; signed by 
Richard Hazzen, John Clements, and James White.] 



DAVID WENTWORTH 1741 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I David Wentworth of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire in New England Mariner 
being in Perfect health * * * 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my friend Daniel Rogers of 
Portsmouth aforesaid apothecary One Hundred pounds to be 
paid him by the Exec'r of this my will. 

I give & bequeath unto Mary Sherburne of Portsmouth 
Daughter of Colonel Joseph Sherburne of Portsmouth aforesaid 
Two Hundred pounds to be paid Her by the Exe'r of this my 
will. 

Item. All the Rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate of 
what Nature or kind soever or wheresoever the Same is or shall 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 69 

be found I give Devise & Bequeath unto my well beloved Brother 
Ebenezer Wentworth his Heirs Exec" & assigns for ever, and I 
hereby Constitute and appoint him my Said Brother Sole 
Executor of this my last will & I hereby Revoke all other & 
former wills by me in any manner made. In Wittness whereof 
I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seal the 4 th Day of august 1741 
and in the Fiveteenth year of his Majesties Reign. 

Signed Sealed & Declared by Dav d Wentworth 

the S d David Wentworth to be 
his last will and Testament in 
Presence of us 

H unking Wentworth 

Jon a Nailer 

John Wentworth Jun r 

[Proved Jan. 30, 1744/5-3 



JOSEPH FOLSOM 1741 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Folsom of New- 
market, trader, granted to Ephraim Folsom of Newmarket, 
yeoman, Aug. 26, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 121.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 26, 1741, authorizing Thomas Tufts, gentle- 
man, and Walter Bryent, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 142.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 24, 1741; amount, £673.17.6; signed by 
Thomas Tufts and Walter Bryent.] 



70 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ALEXANDER McCOY 1741 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Alexander McCoy of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to his widow, Susanna McCoy, Aug. 
26, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 120.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 26, 1741, authorizing Moses Barnett and 
John Weare, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 139.] 

[Inventory; amount, £758.14.0; signed by Moses Barnett 
and John Weare; attested Oct. 28, 1741.] 

[Warrant, March 23, 1744/5, authorizing David Gregg, 
Moses Barnett, John Weare, John Armstrong, and William 
Gregg to set off one third of the estate to the widow, Susanna, 
now wife of John Waddell of Londonderry, and to report on the 
advisability of dividing the other two thirds among the seven 
children.] 

Province of ) Pursuant to a Warrant from the Court of 

New Hamp r / Probate We have viewed the Real Estate of 
Alex r McCoy Dec d & have Set off to Susanna the Widow of the 
Said Deceased one third part thereof as her Dower by the 
following metes & Bounds viz the one third of that Grass Field 
Joyning on David Greggs Field the said third bounding on 
said Greeg & with Stakes betwixt the Children and Widow 
which is about an Acre — 

2 dly One peice of Plow Land lying in the great Field bounded 
by a fence runing from the Barn West then by a Fence North 
then by Stakes bounding upon the Childrens part there being 
about two Acres in said Peice. — 

3 d 'y One Peice of Mowing Ground bounded all round by a 
Fence and Joyning on the afores d Plowland about one Acre and 
a half in s d Peice — 

4 lly One peice of Plowland lying Near about fifty Rods 
from the Dwelling house on a Pine nole to the East Side of Said 
Nole near to an Acre in Said Peice — 



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5"y One Peice of Woodland lying to the South East of said 
house containing twenty nine Acres bounded all round by David 
Greegs land with about an Acre of mowing in Said Bounds — 

6 Uy The West tower Room of the house with the one half of 
the Chamber above it with the third of the Cellar. — 

7 lly The South Part of the Barn for tying up Cattel and the 
East Scaffold for hay with a Small Scaffold in the Back Side of 
Said Barn 

and as to the other two thirds we are of Opinion that it cannot 
be Divided into Eight Shares without prejudice to or Spoiling 
of the whole & have therefore Appraised the whole of the Said 
Real Estate according to the present value thereof which in our 
Judgm* is worth £600.0 — in old Tenor two thirds of which is 
400.0.0 

Witness our hands June 26 th 1745 

David Gregg 
Moses Barnett 
Jn° Wiear 



HANNAH SEAVEY 1741 RYE 

In the name of God amen — 

The tenth Day of September in the year of our Lord 1741 
I Hannah Sevey, of the Parish of Rye in the Province of New- 
Hampshire in New England widdow: being aged * * * 

Item: I Give and bequeath to my Son Stephen Sevey ten 
Shillings in Lawful money of New England to be raised and 
Levyed out of my Estate to be paid him by my Executor here- 
after named within one month after my Decease. 

Item: I Give and bequeath to my Son James Sevey ten 
Shillings in Lawful money of New England to be raised and 
Levyed out of my Estate, and to be paid him by my Executor 
within one month after my Decease 

Item: I Give and bequeath to my Son Ebenezer Sevey one 
fether bed and bed Cloths to be Delivered my Said Son Ebenezer 



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within one month after my Decease by my Executor hereafter 
named 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Grand Children the 
Children of My Son Thomas Sevey Deceased the Sum of Ten 
pounds in Passable Bills of Credit to be raised and Leveyed out 
of my Estate and paid to the Eldest Son within Six months after 
My Decease by my Executor: and the Said Eldest Son of my 
Said Son Thomas Deceas'd shall Equally Divide the Said Ten 
pounds between himself and the rest of the abovesaid Children 

Item I Give unto Mary Langdon the Wife of Joseph Lang- 
don my Grand Daughter the Sum of Ten shillings in money to 
be raised and Levyed out of my Estate and to be paid her by 
my Executor within one month after my Decease — 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Grand Children the Chil- 
dren of my Daughter Hipzabah Wright Deceased Ten shillings 
in money to be raised and Levyed out of my Estate to be 
Equally Divided among them and paid them by my Executor 
within one month after my Decease — 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Grand Children the 
Children of my Daughter Hannah Wallis Deceas'd Ten shillings 
in money to be raised & Levyed out of my Estate to be Equally 
Divided among them and paid them by my Executor within 
one month after my Decease 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Negro woman Amie one 
Cow to be Delivered her by my Executor within one month 
after My Decease 

Item: I Give unto my Son William Sevey Two acres of 
marsh Scituate in the Parish of Rye joyning on the West End 
to the marsh of Col 1 Henry Sherburns Commonly called by the 
name of the ferry Marsh and the Creek on the North and the 
upland on the South Sides of Said marsh and on the East end 
on the marsh of the Said William Sevey, I also give unto my 
Said Son William Sevey all the Rest of my Estate of what kind 
and Denomination Soever not herein Disposed of and that I 
shall Leave undisposed of at my Decease; I Likewise Constitute 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 73 

make and ordain my Said Son William Sevey Sole Executor of 
this my last Will and Testament, and I Do hereby utterly dis- 
alow revoke and Disanul all and every other former Testaments 
Wills and Legacies bequests and Executors by me in any ways 
before this time named Willed and bequeathed, Ratifying and 
Confirming this and no Other to be my Last Will and Testa- 
ment In Witness whereof, I have hereunto Set my hand and 
Seal the Day and Year first above Written 

Signed Sealed published pro- her 

nounced and Declared by the Hannah X Sevey 

Said Hannah Sevey as her Last mark 

Will and Testament In presence 
of us the Subscribers — 

David Smith 

Joseph holmes 

Joseph Sevey Juner 

[Proved Feb. 28, 1748/9.] 



JACOB SMITH 1 74 1 EXETER 

In the Name of God Amen, I Jacob Smith of Exeter in the 
Province of Newhampshire in New England Husbandman, 
being in health of body * * * 

Item I Give to my Well beloved wife Priscilla Smith the 
whole of my estate both Real and Personal for her own use and 
Improvement during her Natural life and the Houshold goods 
to be at her own dispose, excepting what I Shall hereafter dis- 
pose of — 

Item: I Give to my Son Samuel five Shillings besides what 
I have already Given him. 

Item I Give to my Son Benjamin his heirs and assigns my 
Dwelling house and Barn and Orchard lying in the Town of 
Exeter upon the Northerly Side of the way leading to Hampton 
where I formerly lived and all my land adjoyning to it he not 
to come Into possession of it until after his mothers decease 



74 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give to my Son Jonathan Smith after his mothers 
decease and to his heirs and Assigns my Dwelling house and 
Barn lying at Tuckaway a place So called in the Township of 
Exeter and my land adjoyning Beginning at an ash tree Standing 
upon the South Side of Lamperele River: and from thence 
Running Streight to Samuel Smiths land : and upon the Same 
point that my land Runs at the head : and then upon the River 
to the bounds first mentioned. 

and the Remaining part of my land upon the South Side of 
the River I give to my Son Elias Smith after his mothers Decease 
and to her heirs and assigns: I likewise give to my two Sons 
Jonathan and Elias my Right in the upper Sawmill at Tuckaway 
and my Priviledge in the land and Stream adjoyning to it: and 
my yokes and Chains Carts and Sleds to be equally Divided 
between them: 

Item: I Give to my Daughter Leah Rundlet my great pot 
besides what I have already Given her and to her Son Jacob 
five pounds and to her Daughter Priscilla five pounds: — 

Item: I Give to my Daughter Rachel Rundlet my Brass 
Kettle and to her Daughter Hannah five pounds and to her son 
Jacob ten Shillings and to her Daughter Priscilla five pounds 

Item: I Give to my son Samuels Son Jacob five pounds. 

Item I Give to my Son Benjamins Son Jacob five pounds. 

Item I Give to Mehetabel Clifford: a feather Bed and Bol- 
ster and the furniture belonging to it: 

Item My Will is that my Son Benjamin Smith Shall pay all 
the Legacies above mentioned excepting the five pounds to his 
Son Jacob which Shall be paid by my Son Jonathan 

Item My Will is and I do hereby Appoint and order that 
my Son Jonathan Shall leave out a convenient highway through 
the land that I have given him at Tuckaway to the New Saw 
mill that I have built upon Lamperele River and to ly for the 
use of the Said Mill as long as it Shall be wanted. 

Finally My Will is and I do hereby appoint my Well beloved 
wife Priscilla Smith and my Son Benjamin Smith to be Execu- 
tors to this my Last Will and Testament: Hereby Revokeing Dis- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 75 

anulling and Makeing void all former Wills and Testaments by 
me heretofore made: In Witness where of I have hereunto Set 
my hand and Seal this Sixteenth Day of October Anno Domini : 
One Thousand, Seven hundred and forty one. 

Signed, Sealed and Published Jacob Smith 

In presence of us 

John Odlin Ju r 

George Creighton 

Franscis jur. James 

[Proved Sept. 26, 1744.] 



CHARLES ANNIS 1741 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Charles Annis of Exeter, 
blacksmith, granted to Christopher Annis of Newbury, Mass., 
cordwainer, Oct. 28, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 140.] 

[Warrant, October 28, 1741, authorizing Daniel Gilman 
and Zebulon Giddings, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 149.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Charles Annis of Nottingham, 
Dec. 30, 1741; amount, £391.17.4; attested by Christopher 
Annis, administrator, same date.] 

[License to the administrator, March 31, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 158.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £486.17.4; expenditures, £345.19.6; allowed 
July 2-j, 1743.] 



JOHN WORTHEN 1741 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen This 4 th day of Nov er 1741 : I John 
Worthan of Salsbury & Formerly of y e County of Esix of y" 



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Province of y e massachusets bay in Newengland : & Now of y e 
Province of Xewhampshire in y e afore s d Newengland: being 
Now Weak in body * * * 

Imprimes: I Give unto my beloved Wife mary Worthan 
Leberty to Improve one Third Part of my Dweling house So 
long as she shall live & to Improve one third Part of all my 
land & Salt marsh & medow Ground So long as she shall live: 
I allso Give to my s d Wife all my movables in my house & all 
my stock of cattel horses sheep & swine & all my Husbantry 
tools to dispose of them as she shall see cause — 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Rebeckah Worthan Two 
thirds of my Dweling house & three quaters of all my land & 
medow Ground & salt marsh in y e Whole about Fourty acres 
be it more or less onely her afores d mother is to have y e Im- 
provement of one Third Part of y e Estate her life time as is 
above mentioned : 

Itaim I order my above Named Daughter Rebeckah Worthan 
to maintain her Brother John Worthan his Life time Perticulerly 
to find him With Convenant Clothing & victuals & Drink 
Watching & Login his Whole life time Clothing of all sorts 
Convenant for a person under his surcomstance For by y e Prov- 
idence if God he is Deprived of his Reason. 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Worthin one quater 
Part of all my Rael Estate Perticulerly one quater Part of my 
lands & medow Ground & salt marsh onely her mother is to 
Improve one third Part of it her life time: 

Itiam I Give unto my Daughter Hannah Eaten Thirty shilings 
in Pasable bills of credett, & I order my Daughter Rebeckah 
Worthan to Pay it to her the Reason y* I Give her no more is 
because she has had her Portion all Redey : 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Margre y* lives att boston 
Thirty shilings In Pasable bills of credett, & I order my Daugh- 
ter Rebeckah Worthan to Pay it to her: 

Itaim: I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Goodin Thirty shil- 
ings in Pasable bills of credett & I order my Daughter Rebeckah 
Worthan to Pay it to her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 77 

Itaim I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Withum Thirty 
shilings in Pasable bills of credett & I order my Daughter 
Rebeckah Worthan to Pay it to her: 

Lastly my Will & meaning is y* What Debts or dues are 
owing from me I order my Daughter Rebeckah Worthan to 
Pay them & what debts are du to me she is to Receive them 
for her self: Aand I Doe appoint my above Named Daughter 
Rebeckah Worthan & Eliphaz Dow to be Executors to this my 
last Will & Testament And in confirmation here of I have here 
unto sett my hand & seal y e day & year above mentioned & in 
y e Fifteen th year of King George y e second his Reign over Grate 
britain signed sealed & Declared by John Worthan to be his 
Last Will & Testament 

Eliphaz Dow the mark & seal of 

Noah Dow John X Worthan 

Jabez Smith 

[Administration granted to Samuel Eaton of Salisbury, Mass., 
husbandman, Feb. 23, 1742/3.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 227.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1742/3, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Tristram Collins, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 261.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jonathan Fifield and Tristram Collins; 
amount, £479.5.0; attested May 25, 1743.] 

[Petition of Samuel Eaton, 1744, that the estate of John 
Worthen of Hampton Falls be settled on his oldest daughter, 
he leaving no sons, and a division not being advisable.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £19.5.0; expenditures, £89.14.8; 
allowed Nov. 28, 1744; mentions "taking Care of three of the 
Family from the Last of Nov r 1742 till March 1742/3"; "To 
Necessaries for John one of the family in his Sickness to Nursing 
and tendance two months"; "To Funeral Charges for said 
John."] 



78 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, March 28, 1744, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Meshech Weare, both of Hampton Falls, gentlemen, and Tris- 
tram Collins of South Hampton, yeoman, to appraise the annual 
income of the estate.] 

[Return, April 23, 1744, appraising the annual income at 
£20.0.0; signed by Meshech Weare and Jonathan Fifield.] 

[License to the administrator, Nov. 28, 1744, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 14, 1744, authorizing Ichabod Roby, Tris- 
tram Collins, David Norton, Jonathan Fifield, and Meshech 
Weare, all of Hampton Falls, to divide the real estate; mentions 
the widow as dead.] 

Province of Pursuant to A Warrant from y e Hon ble 

New Hampshir J Andrew Wiggen Esq r Judg of the Probate 
of Wills &c Directed to us y e subscribers Dated December 14 th 
1744 autheriseng and Impouring us to Divide y e Real Estate 
of John Worthen late of South Hampton yoman Deceas d 
among y e Heairs of Said Worthen and y e Legal Representatives 
of Such of them as are Deceased 

Agreable to S d Warrant we have Divided y e Lands and Buld- 
ings of y e S d Worthen into Seven Equel parts haveing Regard 
to y e Quality as well as Quantity In y e following manner viz 

furstly Set off to the Children of Hannah Eaton She Being 
Deceased five acres and forty five Rods at y e Est End of y e said 
worthens Land and Bounded Esterly on a Highway and South 
Esterly on a Highway in part and on y e marsh of Henrey Eaton 
in part Laying twenty rods on s d Eaton marsh viz from a heep 
of stons at y e End of s d High way Runing Westerly to a stake 
No 1 and Bounded North Esterly on a High way Runing 
westerly aight Rods from a heep of stones to a stake No 1 And 
a small peec of marsh Containing half a acre and twenty seven 
Rods Bounded southerly on a High way southwesterly on 
Benony Sealy northerly on a Crick and Esterly on Daniel Gill 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 79 

2ly Set off to Margreey five acres and thre Quarters 

Bounded Esterly on y e Land set off to y e Children of s d Hannah 
and southerly on Henry Eatons marsh twenty Rods from y e 
stake No I to a stake No 2 and Bownded Northerly on a High- 
way thurty thre Rods and ten Links of a Chain from y e stake 
No 1 to a stak No 2 

3ly Set off to Elisabath Whittums Children she Being De- 
ceased five acres and a Quarter Bounded Esterly on y e Land set 
off to s d margry and Bounded sutherly on Henry Eatons marsh 
thurty thre Rods and ten Links of a chain from y e stake No 2 
Runing westerly to a stake No 3 and Bounded Northerly on a 
Highway thirty four Rods and twenty Links of a chain from y e 
stake No 2 Runing westerly on s d way to a stake N° 3 

4-ly Set off to Abigel four acres and a Quarter Bounded Esterly 
on y e Land set off to s d Elisabeth and Bounded southerly on 
Jabez Trews marsh twenty two Rods and five Links of a chain 
from a stake No 3 Runing westerly to a stake No 4 And 
Bounded North on a Highway twenty thre Rods and five Links 
of a Chain from y { stake No 3 Runing westerly to a stake No 4 
at y e Land Left for a way to y e Hous 

5ly Set off to Sarah Gooding five Acres and a Quarter Bounded 
Esterly on y e Land set off to s d abigel and Land Lef for a way 
to y e hous and Bounded southerly on moses merrel and Trus- 
trum Collenses marsh twenty one Rods and twenty one Links 
of a Chain from y e stake No 4 Runing southwesterly to a stake 
No 5 and Bounded on y e North on a Highway twenty Rods and 
twenty Links of a Chain from a stak on y e west side of y e Land 
Left for a way to y e Dweling Hous Runing west to a stak No 5 

61y Set off to Rebekah five acres and three Quarters Bounded 
Esterly on y e Land set off to s d Sarah and Bounded south on 
Trustrum Collenses marsh fiveten Rods from y e stake No 5 
Runing west to a stake No 6 and Bounded north on a Highway 
seventeen Rods and ten Links of a chain from y e stak No 5 
Runing westerly to a stak No 6 

7ly Set off to Mary Gemsons Children she Being Deceas d 
five acres and thre Quarters Bounded Esterly on said Rebekahs 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Land and Bounded sutheily twelve Rods on John Collensis 
marsh from a Ditch Riming west to a stak No 7 and Bounded 
on y e west partly on Land Left to be sold and partly on marsh 
of John Eaton and William Smith and Bounded Northerly on a 
highway seventen Reds from y e stake No 6 Runing westerly to 
a stake N 7 at y e s d Eaten and Smiths marsh and a small peece 
of marsh Containing thre Quarters of a acres Bounded south 
on a Highway and on y e west on Thomas Hoit and on y e North 
on Sam 11 Browns marsh 

We have Likwise Divided y e Hous y* Did Belong to John 
Worthen afore s d among his Children and the Representatives 
of such of them as are Deceased in manner following viz 

furstly Set off to y e Children of Elizabeth whittum she Being 
Deceased to Abigel and y e Children of Mary Gimson she Being 
Deceased the Lower Room and y e Chimny y l Belongs to it and 
y e Celler under it a thurd part Each viz to y e Children of y e s d 
Elisabath y e north thurd of s d Room with y e north thurd of y e 
Chimny and Celler 2 ly Set off to Abigels thurd part y e middle 
Devision in s d Room Chimny and Celler 3 ly Set off to y e Children 
of y e s d mary the south thurd Devision of said Room Chimny 
and Celler 

2ly Set off to margry and Rebakah y e Chamber and Chamber 
Chimny from y e Chamber flore upward viz the north half of s d 
Chamber and Chimny set off to margry and y e south half of s d 
Chamber and Chimny set of to Rebakah 

3ly Set off to y e Children of Hannah Eaton she Being Deceased 
and to Sarah Gooding y e Est Chimny and y e old Celler and y e 
place whare y e old Hous stod with y e timbur and Bords y* Did 
Belong to y e old Hous viz the north half of s d Chimny Celler and 
place whare s d old House stood is set off to y e Children of Hannah 
Eaton she being Deceased and y e south half of y e s d Chimny 
and Celler and place whare y e old hous stood is set off to Sarah 
Gooding 

we have Left Land for a way to y e afore s d Hous for y e owners 
Conveaniancy to Cum to s d Hous viz Begining at y° Highway 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 8 1 

at y e North side of s d worthens Land at a stak No 4 at y e North- 
west Corner of y e Land set off to Abigel s d way Lays westward 
from s d stake and is one Rod wide and from s d stak Runs to y e 
northwest Corner of y e Hous and by y e west End of s d hous to 
y e fore side of s d hous and on y e south side of y e hous to y e Est 
End of y e old Celler 

We Have Left a peece of Land at the West End of said 
Worthens Land un Divided to Be sould to Defray Charges 
Containing aight acres and forty four Rods and Likwise a peece 
of Land at y e Est End of pine Island so Cold Containing thre 
acres and a Quarter And this Return we make this 23 d Day of 
March 1744/5 

Jon a Fifield 
Trustrem Collins 
David norton 



WILLIAM FURBER 1741 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I William Furber of Newington 
in the province of Newhampshire in New Engl d * * * 

Imprimuse, I give and bequeath unto my Two Sons (viz* 
Moses Furber and Nehemiah Furber my Pew or Seat in the 
Meetinghouse. I also Appoint & ordain them the Said Moses 
Furber and Nehemiah Furber to be my Executors 

Item I give and bequeath unto my granson Richard Furber 
all that my land in Newington aforesaid Lying upon the Easterly 
or upper Side of the Rhoad or high way that runs from Ensign 
Hatevil Nutters to m r Vincents Windmill Togeather with all the 
Orchards Buildings and Ediffices thereon and Two Cows upon 
the Said p r misses and also one hundred Acers of Land part of 
my Second Devision in the Town of Rochester in the province 
aforesaid But in case my Said granson Should Dye before he 
comes to Age of Twenty one Years or without Lawfull Issue that 
then in Such Case I give and bequeath the Same to my afore- 
said Two Sons Moses and Nehemiah and their heirs, whome I 



82 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

also make Gauirdens to my Said Granson till he Shall Arrive to 
the Age of Twenty one years 

Item I give and bequeath to my Two Daughters viz* Bethiah 
Furber and Jerusha Pirce all my Movables as household Goods 
and Cattle that Shall remain as my proper Estate att the 
Decease of my Selfe and wife Sarah Furber to be Equally De- 
vided Between them and their heirs and this I Ordain as my 
last will and Testement Nulling and Makeing Void all Others 
heretofore by me had made or Done In Testimonie whereof I 
have hereunto Sett my hand and Seal this Twelfe Day of 
November in the Year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundered 
and fforty one and in the fhfteenth Year of his Majestis Reign 
Annoq Domini 1741 

Sign'd Seal'd & Deliv d pro- W m furber 

nounced & Declared In presence 
of us — 

Thomas Ayres 
her 

Abigail X Furber 
mark 

Geo Walton 

[Proved May 25, 1757.] 

[Bond of Moses Furber and Nehemiah Furber, both of New- 
ington, yeomen, with George Walton and Cutts Shannon, both 
of Portsmouth, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 
2 5> 1757, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker 
and John Fernald.] 



JONATHAN NASON 1741 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God amen the twenty forth day of November 
In the year of our Lord: 1741: I Jonathan Nason of the falls 
parish in Hampton in the province of New Hampshier in New 
England Husbanman * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 83 

I first I order that my mother be Honorably maintained out 
of my Estate as Long as She Liveeth & to be buried decently By 
my Executor 

Secondly: I Give to my wife Huldah the House that we now 
Live in & the Garden or yard before the door & so to hold the 
wedth all round the house, and one quarter of all that is raised 
or mad of my Estate, so long as She remaines my wido if She 
wants it: & no longer then She is my wido: I all so Give Hir one 
fether bed & beding and furneture and the puter & Iorrn & brass 
& all the housold stuf she brought with hir & won Cow and 
my hens this I give hir to disspose of as & to hume se will. I all 
so Give hir all my Corn & meet & sider I ferdor order that my 
Executor finds hir sufficent fier wood winter & somer redey 
Cut at hir door as Long as she is my wido: and I Give hir all 
the rest of my household Goods for to disspose of to my Chil- 
dren as she will 

thirdly I Give to my daf ter Shuah : won Cow & three shep 
Item I Give to my daf ter Huldah won Cow & three sheep 
Item I Give to my daf ter mary won Cow & three sheep 
Item I Give to my Grad son Jonathan nason fifty pounds 
when he Comes to the age of twenty won I order my dafters to 
be paid within three year after my deces by my Executore 

forthly I Give to my Son Richard Nason whome I Constitute 
make and ordain my only & sole Executor of this my Last will 
& testament all my Lands and buildings but what I have Given 
to his mother & when she has Dun with it then that to be his 
allso and all my stock of Chatel and all my Husbantry tools 
of what sort soever thay be and if I have Left out aney land or 
aney Cind of thing that Ever here after shall apper to be mine 
and have not disposed of it in this my will I Give it to my 
Executor 

and I Do Constitute appoint and ordain my son Richard 
Nason to be sole Executeor to this my will Ratifying and Con- 
firming this and no other to be my Last will and testament in 



84 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

witness where of I have Hereunto set my hand and seal the day 
& year above writen 

Sin'd Seald and DeclardBy the Jonathan Nason 

said Jonathan Nason to be His 
Last will & testament In the 
presence of us 

Samuel Lane 

Ebnezer Prescut 

Bradbury Green 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1750.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 23, 1750; amount, £4959.13.0; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Benjamin Swett.] 



MATTHEW SCALES 1741 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Scales of Durham, 
joiner, granted to Abraham Scales of Durham, joiner, Nov. 25, 
1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 141.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 25, 1741, authorizing Joseph Atkinson and 
Thomas Huckins, both of Durham, to appraise the estate of 
Matthew Scales, administration of which is granted to his 
brother, Abraham Scales of Durham.] 

[Inventory, signed by Joseph Atkinson and Thomas Huckins; 
amount, £33.4.10; attested Feb. 24, 1741/2.] 

[List of claims against the estate, July 27, 1743; amount, 
£78.4.4; signed by John Woodman and Hubbard Stevens.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £36.3.10; expenditures, £14.16.6; allowed 
Sept. 28, 1743.] 

[Division of the estate^among the creditors; no date.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 85 

JOHN JAMESON 1741 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen The fourth day of December 1741 
I John Jamison of Londonderry in his Majesties^ province of 
Newhampshire in New England Cord Winder being verry Sick 
and weak of body * * * I do ordain and appoint John 
M c Murphy and James Rodgers both of Lorderry afores:d 
Executors 

Imprimis I order all Just debts that I am Justly due to be 
honnestly paid 

Item I order my real Estate that is to say my land with 
all the priviledges and apurtenances thereunto belonging unto 
John Jamison son to Edward Jamison in the parish of Dura- 
bough in the County of Lorderry in Ireland 

Item I order twelve hides of leather now in John dickeys 
tannhouse to my Cusin Thomas Jamison in this town he paying 
the tanner 

Item I order one pair of mens Shoes to my Cusin James Coch- 
ran of Sohagan 

Item I order fifteen Shillings in Cash to be Given to my Sis- 
ter and her two Children 

Item I order six shillings in Cash together with one pair of 
shoe buckles he had from me to get mended and never return d 
them to my Cusin James Ewen 

Item I order one pair of shoes to be Given to my Cusin Alex r 
Jamison 

Item I order the Compleat works of M r John flavel to my 
Cusin James Rodgers of this town 

Item I order the sermons preached before the parliiment of 
England to John M c Murphy 

Item I order my Confession of faith to the Rev d M r Macgregor 

Item I order my Exposision of Mathew & Luke to James 
Aiken 

Item I order Naphtali & M r henry on the Sacrament to will m 
& Nathaniel Aiken 



86 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I order vincents Catichism to James Aikens wife & 
M r dyers Golden Chain to will m Aikens wife 

Item I order my book account standing against Agnes Archi- 
bald widdow in this town to be freely quit and discharged for 
the good services she hath done me from time to time 

Item I order the housold stuff to be Safley kept for the above 
named John Jamison whom I appoint my heir 

Item I order my book accompt Standing against James Ried 
of this town to be paid to the Rev d M r David Magregor 

Item I order my seat and working tools to my Cusin Thomas 
Jamison 

And I do hereby uterly disalow revoke and disanull all and 
Every other former tastaments wils Legacies and bequests 
and Executors by me in any wayes before named willed and 
bequethed ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be 
my last will & tastament in witness whereof I have hereunto 
set my hand and seall the day and year above written 

Signed Sealed published pro- John Jamison 

nounced and declared by the 
said John Jamison as his last will 
and Tastament in the presence of 
the subscribers 

John Archibald 

James Aiken 

William Aiken 

[Proved Dec. 30, 1741.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 30, 1741, authorizing John Archibald and 
James Moore, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 206.] 

[Inventory, signed by John Archibald and James Moore; 
amount, £285.17.5; attested Oct. 27, 1742.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 87 

SAMUEL TODD 1741 LONDONDERRY 

Province of 1 To the Hon ble Rich d Waldron Esq r Judge 

New Hampsh r j of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Prov- 
ince Humbly Shews 

Andrew Todd of Londonderry in the Province afores d Yeoman 
That his brother Sam 1 Todd late of Londonderry afores d Mariner 
is Lately Deceased at Jamaica & Deceased Testate — That he has 
left no wife nor Child v But Sundry Persons who are Creditors 
talk of Moving for Administra 11 on His Estate — But inasmuch 
as there is Credible Information that a Copy of the Will is like 
to come to hand e'er it be long the Said Andrew Prays that no 
Administra' may be Granted until a Reasonable time is past for 
obtaining a Copy of the Said Will — Dec 4 th 1741 — 

Andrew Todd . 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Todd of Londonderry, 
mariner, granted to his brother, Andrew Todd of Londonderry, 
gentleman, and his sister, Sarah Todd of Boston, Mass., spinster, 
July 27, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 279.] 

[Warrant, July 27, 1743, authorizing John McMurphy and 
Moses Barnett, yeoman, both of Londonderry, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 289.] 

[Inventory, signed by John McMurphy and Moses Barnett; 
amount, £195.18.0; attested Sept. 28, 1743.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £1451.9.9; signed 
by John McMurphy, James Reid, and Moses Barnett.] 

[Administrators' account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £366.18.0; expenditures, £95.9.0; allowed 
Oct. 29, 1746.] 

[Division of the balance among the creditors; allowed Nov. 
26, 1746.] 



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GEORGE WENTWORTH 1741 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen To all whom it may Concern. 
Know Ye That I George Wentworth of Portsmouth In New 
Hampshire Mariner, being very sick & weak but of Sound mind 
& Judgement, & if it please God to take me out of this World, 
I hope to find redemption in the other through the merits of our 
Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ. 

As to my worldly Estate I give & bequeath in manner fol- 
lowing, Viz. George Wentworth son of Daniel Wentworth of 
Portsmouth In New Hampshire I leave Sole Executor to this 
my last Will & Testament. He the S d George Wentworth paying 
such Legacies as hereafter mentioned. To Sam 1 Wentworth of 
Boston Merc* y a sum of One hundred pounds New Eng d money 
To M rs Mary Nelson Widdow of Boston In the Massachusetts 
y e Sum of Two hundred pounds New England money I likewise 
ordain & appoint my Brother Daniel Wentworth afores d Guar- 
dian to y e Said George Wentworth Aforesaid As to my Whearing 
Apparel, Chest, &c I bequeath to my Brother Daniel Wentworth 
of Portsmouth Aforesaid, In Wittness hereof I have hereunto 
sett my hand & Seal y e Sixteenth day of Decem r 1741 & in the 
fifteenth Year of y e Reign of our Sovereing L d George the Second, 
King of Great Brittan &c 

Sign'd Seal'd & Deliv d In George Wentworth 

presence of us 

Jn° Phillips 

Tho Clement 

Thomas Debuke 

John Cathcart 

[Proved April 23 and Dec. 30, 1742.] 

[Suffolk Co., Mass., Probate Registry.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 89 

JOHN McCLARY 1741 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of John McClary of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Thomas McClary of Londonderry, 
husbandman, Dec. 30, 1741.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 147.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 30, 1741, authorizing John Archibald and 
James Moore, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 204.] 

[Inventory; amount, £113.0.0; signed by John Archibald and 
James Moore; attested Oct. 27, 1742.] 

[License to the administrator, Oct. 29, 1742, to sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 205.] 



JACOB KENDALL 1741/2 LITCHFIELD 

In the Name of God Amen I Jacob Kendal of Litchfield in the 
Province of New Hampshire * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife part of 
my land Beginning at my son in Law Whittemore's Bounds on 
the River Extending forty Rods in wedth thence Extending on a 
line Lengthway my lot until it comes ten rod to the East of 
where my Corn house now stands then turning Southerly twenty 
rod thence Easterly to the head of my home lot, likewise so much 
of my meadow as shall be in proportion to twenty rod of my 
home lot, likewise all the moveables within door to be at her 
Disposal, likewise for her to keep the stock together until my 
three sons come of age (if she can keep them with her) but if she 
binds them out then to divide it among them and it is my last 
will and Testament that the land Given to my wife as above 
shall be for her use so long as She Continues my widow and 
after she Marries the Northen twenty rod to go to my sons and 
likewise the rest after her Decease — 

Item I do Constitute order and appoint my brother Nathan 
Kendal with my Brother in law Christopher Temple to be as sole 



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Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby Impow- 
ering and Ordering them to Receive in all my debts that they 
can find justly due to my Estate, likewise to sell so much of my 
land (that is not disposed of as above) as to pay my funeral 
Charges and And what shall be wanting to pay all my just and 
Lawful debts to others more than what they find or receive as 
due to my Estate Likewise to pay my Daughter Abigail the 
sum of forty five pounds Immediately with what I have Given 
her before — 

Item I Likewise order my Executors to pay to my Daughter 
Aless the sum of twenty shillings she having had forty five 
pounds before which is all that I purpose to Give her — 

Item I Give unto my three sons Christopher i\mos and Daniel 
their equal proportion of all my Land that Remains or shall 
Remain after all my debts are paid (Excepting what I have 
before Given to my wife) they paying to my Daughter Persis 
forty five pounds said money to be paid unto her (if she marries) 
as soon as Daniel my youngest Son shall Come to be of Age, 
(and if she does not marry) then to be paid her two years after 
he Comes of Age likewise to my Daughter Elizabeth forty five 
pounds to be paid her after the same manner as above to my 
Daughter Persis — 

Item It is my will that my sons Christophers part (as above 
Given him) shall be Laid out and Divided for him by my Exe- 
cutors so Soon as my debts are paid binding him to pay his 
part to my Daughters as above — Thus do I leave the above as 
my last will and Testament, as Witness my hand and Seal this 
second day of January in the fifteenth year of the Reign of our 
Sovereign Lord George the second King of Great Britain &c 
Annoq Domini one thousand seven hundred and forty one two 

Signed and Sealed In the Pres- his 

ence of us Jacob X Kendal 

Joshua Tufts / mark 

Jon a Powers — 

[Proved May 26, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 171.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 91 

[Nathan Kendall of Litchfield accepts the executorship of 
the will of Jacob Kendall of Litchfield Jan. 27, 1 741/2.] 

[Warrant, March 2, 1 741/2, authorizing Jonathan Cummings 
and Jonathan Powers, both of Litchfield, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Administration on the estate of Jacob Kendall granted to his 
widow, Alice Kendall, May 26, 1742, he dying intestate as to 
his real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 173.] 

[Warrant, May 26, 1742, authorizing Jonathan Cummings 
and Jonathan Powers, both of Litchfield, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of personal estate, signed by Jonathan Cummings 
and Jonathan Powers; amount, £132.9.0; attested May 26, 
1742.] 

[Inventory of real estate, signed by Jonathan Cummings and 
Jonathan Powers ; amount, £891.10.0; attested by Alice Kendall, 
administratrix, Aug. 25, 1742.] 

[License to the administratrix, Sept. 29, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 198.] 

[Petition of Alice Kendall, Christopher Kendall, Amos 
Kendall, Persis Kendall, David Whittemore, and Nathan 
Kendall at the request of Daniel Kendall and Elizabeth Kendall, 
March 14, 1744/5, for a division of the real estate by Jonathan 
Cummings, Thomas Carr, and Josiah Richardson, all of Litch- 
field; witnesses, Daniel Kendall and John McMurphy.] 



NATHANIEL HILL 1 741/2 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen I Nathanael Hill of Durham in the 
Province of New Hampshire Gent, being aged and not knowing 
the day of my Death tho' at Present in Good health * * * 



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Item Inasmuch as I have by Deed Executed Settled, one half 
of my homestead & other Lands therein mentioned on my 
Eldest son Valintine Hill and the Heirs of his body Lawfully 
begotten on Condition of his payment of such Legacies as I 
should see meet to order him to pay & in as much as the said 
Grant & Conveyance in the said Deed if he holds the same by 
Complying with the Condition as aforesaid will be much more 
than his proportion of my Estate therefore I do hereby order 
him to pay as the Condition Referred to in the said Deed the 
sum of fifty pounds to Each of the Children of my Daughter 
Mary Burnam Dece d to be paid by my said son Valentine within 
one year after my Decease — I also hereby Order my said son as 
a farther part of the said Condition to pay to Each of his Sisters 
viz Abigail Matthes and Sarah Warner the sum of one hundred 
pounds to be paid within two years after my Decease — And 
Thereby Give my said son Valentine the sum of twenty shillings 
or a pair of mourning Gloves at the Discretion of my Exe rs — 

Item I Give to my son in law James Burnam five "shillings 
and my four Grand Children viz Samuel Burnam Nathanael 
Burnam Joshua Burnam and James Burnam his Sons being the 
Children of my Daughter Mary fifty pounds apeice to be paid 
to them Respectively by my said son Valentine within one year 
after my Decease as is aforesaid — 

Item I Give unto my son Samuel Hill the sum of five shillings 
having already Provided for him and Given him his full propor- 
tion of my Estate by Deed — 

Item I Give unto my two Daughters Abigail Matthes & Sarah 
Warner all my Estate of what nature or kind Soever & whereso- 
ever the same is or shall be found not heretofore by me Legally 
Disposed of nor other ways disposed of in this my last will Eqally 
divided between them my said Daughters (Excepting only to 
my Daughter Matthes I Give the Pew which I own in the 
Meeting house at the Falls in Durham aforesaid & what Move- 
ables I have in her House) I also Give to my said Daughters my 
Reversion or the Right of Reversion or Remainder which I 



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have in the Estate Convey 'd to my said son Valintine by Deed 
as aforesaid Equally Divided between them To have and to 
hold to my said Said Daughters and their Respective Heirs and 
Assigns forever — 

Furthermore I Give my said Daughters the sum of one hun- 
dred Pounds apeice to be paid by their Brother Valintine within 
two years after my Decease as aforesaid — 

Finally I Constitute my son in Law Cap* Dan 1 Warner and 
my Grandson Benjamin Matthes Executors of this my last will 
and Testament and do hereby Revoke all other wills by me in 
any manner made — In Witness whereof I have hereunto set 
my hand and Seal the Sixth day of Jnuary Anno Domini One 
thousand seven hundred and forty one and in fifteenth year of 
his Majesty's Reign — 

Signed Sealed Published and Nathanael Hill 

Declared by the said Nath 1 Hill 
as his last will & Testam 1 in 
Presence of 

John Bickford 

Moses Kiming 

Joseph Wormwood 

[Proved April 28, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 159.] 



SAMUEL JUDKINS 1 741/2 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen, I Samuel Judkins of Kingston in 
the Province of New-Hamshire in New-England, Yeoman, 
being sick of Body * * * 

Imp : My will is that all my just Debts & my funeral Expences 
be paid in equal proportion by my two Sons Joel & John. 

2 dly I give unto my beloved Wife one End of the House in 
which I now dwell, with all the Household Stuff ; & one Cow 
kept Winter & Summer & two Sheep in like manner & the use 
of an Horse to ride, when she may have Occasion, & two Bushels 



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of Wheat, two of Rye. two of Malt & ten of Indian Corn, two 
Barrels of Syder. half a Barrel of Pork ^X six Score weight of 
Beef, to be allowed, provided & payed yearly so long as she shall 
remain my Widow by my Sons Joel & John & if She shall encline 
to a Second Marriage these Provisions shall cease & my said 
Sons shall deliver to her the Furniture for one Room, cne Cow & 
two Sheep. 

I give to my Grand Son Samuel Judkins one Forty Acre 
Lot the forty* fifth in Number in the upper Range next Chester. 

4 ik1 *" I give to my Daughter Elizebeth fifty- Pounds, & to 
be paid in Three years after my Decease & to my Daughters 
Catherine. Mary & Abigail one hundred Pounds each to be paid 
in Three years after my Decease the one half in household Stuf 
the other half in bills of C r 

g " - y I give five Pounds to the Poor of the first Church in 
Kingston, to be paid three Years after my decease 

6*«» I give to my Sons Joel & John all my Lands & Buildings, 
Stock vx Moveables, the whole of my Estate of what Name or 
Nature soever: in equal Proportion, provided, they pay out my 
Le| - in other Respects conform to this Will as above. 

And finally I constitute & appoint My two Sons Joel & John 
my Executors to this my last Will & Testiment. 

In Wittness whereof. I have hereunto sett my Hand & Seal 
this twenty sixth Day of January A. D. ij±± 

In Presence of mark 

Simeon Brown Samual X Judkens 

Joseph Elkines his 

James french 

[Proved March 31. 1742 

[Warrant. March 31. 1742. authorizing Simeon Brown and 
Jedediah Philbrick. both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Invei April 5. 1742: amount. £1853 '.3; signed by 

Simeon "Brown and Jedediah Philbrick.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 95 

ROBERT 5TOCKMAN 1741 2 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Robert Stockman of • 
in The Province of Newhamshire in New England Yeoman 
Being Very Sick & weak in Body * * * 

Item I will & Bequeath to My Beloved Wife Lydia Stockman 
a Continued Honourable Support. Out of that part of My Es- 
tate which I Shall Hereafter Bequeath to my Son to be provided 
for her by My Said Son as long as She Remains my Wic 
Case She Should hereafter Marry Again I will that She have 
fifty Pounds in Money to be Paid her by my Said Son out of his 
part of my Estate She thereupon Acquiring all Claim from the 
rest Unto him 

Item. To My Eldest Daughter Abigail Rowe I Will & Be- 
queath a Cow & A Calfe to be deliverd to her | In Case of My 
Decease before) at the end of Three Years from the first day of 
May Xext Ensuing by my Son out of his part of my Estal 
I will that thereupon She having been Already fitted out by me 
She be quitted of the rest of my Estate or any Part thereof — 

Item To My other three Daughters Viz* Sarah Bias 
Mary Stcckman & Joanna Stockman I will the Sum of fifty 
Pounds Money to Each of Them to be paid by My Said Son out 
of that part of my Estate which shall be Bequeathd Unto him 
In the following Manner that is to say that he Shall not be 
obligd to begin the Payment thereof Untill the End of Three 
Years from the last day Of March Xext Ensuing My Place v5c 
Stock being Allready Leasd out Untill that Time or thereabout 
by me & that then he have the Term of five Years Allowd him 
for the Payment of the Said Sums Unto Them to pay them Ten 
Pounds to Each of them p r Year during The Said hve Years 
Untill the whole of the Said Sums be paid by him 

Item. To My Only Son John Stockman I Give & Bequeath 
all the rest And Residue of my Estate whether Reall or Personall 
of Lands Buildings or Stock or Moveable Estate within doors & 
without To be Enjoyd As a free Estate by him he Defreying My 
Debts and Funeral Charges Providing for his Mother's Support 



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and Paying the Legacies to her & his Sisters As Above men- 
tioned — 

Item I do hereby Constitute & Appoint Jeremy webster & 
Pheneas Bachilder To be My Sole Executors of this My Last 
Will And Testament hereby Revoking all other & former Will 
or Wills By me heretofore Made and Confirming this to be 
My last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have here- 
unto Set my hand & Seal This Nineteenth day of Feb rey One 
Thousand Seven hundred and Forty One or Two — 

Signed Seal'd Ownd Published his 

& Declard by Said Robert Stock- Robart X Stokman 

man as his Last Will & Testa- mark 

ment In Presence of Us 

Samuel fifeld 

Jethro Sanborn 

Jedidiah Philbrick 

[Proved June 30, 1742.] 



JOHN DAVIS 1741/2 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Davis of Portsmouth, 
joiner, granted to his widow, Sarah Davis, Feb. 24, 1 741/2.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 150.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 24, 1 741/2, authorizing Mark Langdon and 
John Griffith, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 170.] 

[Inventory, signed by Mark Langdon and John Griffith; 
amount, £638.9.6; attested May 26, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 170.] 

[License to the administratrix, Sept. 29, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 201.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 97 

PETER GREELEY 1 741/2 PORTSMOUTH 

[Warrant, Feb. 24, 1 741/2, authorizing John Gains and John 
Newmarch, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of Peter 
Greeley of Portsmouth, gentleman, administration of which is 
granted to his widow, Mary Greeley.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 186.] 

[Inventory, July 26, 1742; amount, £1671.13.3; signed by 
John Newmarch and John Gains.] 

[License to the administratrix, July 28, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Warrant, April 27, 1743, authorizing Samuel Hart, Matthew 
Livermore, and John Cutt, all of Portsmouth, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £2585.0.10; 
signed by Samuel Hart, Matthew Livermore, and John Cutt.] 

[Warrant, May 7, 1746, authorizing Samuel Hart, Matthew 
Livermore, Hunking Wentworth, John Cutt, and Henry Sher- 
burne, Jr., all of Portsmouth, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of Pursuant to the within written Warrant 

New Hampshire j we have Set off to M rs Mary Greely in full 
of her Dower of the Estate of her Late Husband Peter Grely 
Deceased all the Late Mansion House of the Deceased with the 
Lot of Land whereon it Stands & that Runs behind it bounded 
with the Street on the South the Land of John Newmarch on 
the West the Land heretofore Edward Pollys on the North & 
East with the Barn Standing on the said Land Excepting out of 
these premises all that part of Said Dwelling House which is on 
the Eastward Side of the Alley or Entry going into Said House 
& the Cellar under the said Eastern End Reserving also to said 
Estate of the said Deceased & the Owners thereof the Liberty 
of a passage thro the Entry afores d out at the Great Door & the 
use of the Stairs in the Said Entry to pass up & Down to the 



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Chamber & Garret of the Said Eastern End Reserving also the 
use of the Well in the back Yard & Liberty to pass & Repass in 
the passage between the Said House ec the House of the S d 
New march to the said Well — 

Portsm Ma\ 12 th 1746 Sam 1 Hart 

Hunking Wentworth 
John Cutt 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £1501.0.3; expenditures, £421.8.4; allowed 
April 29, 1747; mentions "Maintenance of two of the Intestate's 
Children who were under Seven years of Age at his Decease viz 
George Greely then Aged 5 Years * * Mary Greley aged one 
Year & a half at the Intestates Death."] 

[Division of the balance among the creditors; allowed April 
29, I747-] 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Greeley of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, granted to Henry Sherburne, Jr., of Portsmouth 
March 25, 1752.] 

[Probate Records, vol. iS, p. 258.] 

[Bond of Henry Sherburne. Jr., of Portsmouth, with Mark 
Langdon of Portsmouth and Peter Gilman of Exeter as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000. March 25. 1752, as administrator de bonis 
non, the administratrix, Mary Greeley, being dead; witnesses, 
John Wentworth and Jonathan Warner.] 

[License to the administrator, Nov. 12, 1757, to sell the 
widow's dower.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount received, £2232.10.0; expenditures, £203.15.7; allowed 
Sept. 27, 1759.] 

[Division of the balance among the creditors; allowed Oct. 
20, 1759.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 99 

MATTHEW HILTON 1 741/2 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Hilton of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to his widow, Margaret Hilton, Feb. 
24, 1741/2-] 



EBENEZER WEARE 1 741/2 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Weare of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to his widow, Prudence Weare, Feb. 24, 
1741/2.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 151.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 24, 1 741/2, authorizing Benjamin Hilliard and 
Josiah Batchelder, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 161.] 

[Inventory, April 26, 1742; amount, £2233.19.0; signed by 
Benjamin Hilliard and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[List of claims against the estate of Ebenezer Weare of Hamp- 
ton, Sept. 27, 1742; amount, £301.13.2.] 

[License to the administratrix, Sept. 29, 1742, to sell real es- 
tate.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate of Ebenezer Weare of 
Hampton Falls by Andrew Webster and his wife, Prudence 
Webster, administratrix; amount of personal estate, £433.1.7; 
expenditures, £405.4.3; allowed July 27, 1748; mentions "Sup- 
porting Nath 1 Wear a Son of the Said Deceased 18 Months he 
being 5^ Years old at his fathers Decease. "] 

[Bond of Meshech Weare, with Nathaniel Healey and Ben- 
jamin Hilliard as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of 
£500, July 27, 1748, for the guardianship of Nathaniel Weare, 
son of Ebenezer W r eare; witness, Daniel Sanborn.] 



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[Guardianship of Nathaniel Weare, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Ebenezer Weare, granted to Andrew 
Webster Oct. 31, 1750.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 61.] 

[Bond of Andrew Webster of Hampton Falls, with Joseph 
Batchelder of Hampton Falls and Moses Blake of Kensington 
as sureties, yeomen all, in the sum of £2000, Oct. 31, 1750, for 
the guardianship of Nathaniel Weare; witnesses, William Parker 
and Jeremy Webster.] 



SAMUEL GREENWOOD 1 741/2 BOSTON, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Greenwood of Boston, 
Mass., granted to Mary Greenwood, widow, and Samuel Green- 
wood, gentleman, both of Boston, March 23, 1 741/2.] 

[License to the administrators, Aug. 17, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Administration granted to Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable 
Nov. 30, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 303.] 

[Inventory of estate in New Hampshire, signed by Zaccheus 
Lovewell and Josiah Cummings; amount, £150.0.0; attested 
by Joseph Blanchard, administrator in New Hampshire, Nov. 
30, I743-] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate in 
New Hampshire; receipts, £40.0.0; expenditures, £5.7.6; allowed 
Feb. 1, I743/4-] 



JOHN DOE 1742 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Doe of Durham, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Doe, April 28, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 163.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 01 

Province of April the 24th Day anno Domini one 

N: hampshire J thousand Seven Hundred forty and two 
articles of agreement 

Pursuant to a Certain peragraft in y e Law of this province 
Intitled an act for the Settlement and Distribution of y e Esteate 
of Intestates we y e Subscribers being Interested in y e Esteate of 
our Honnored father John Doe Late of Durham in s d province 
Deceased Intestate and being Legally Capable to act have 
mutually agreed of a Division among our Selves which is in 
manner and form as follows (viz) we set of to Elizabeth Doe y e 
widdow of y e s d Intestate for her Dividan or thirds of S d Esteate 
a Certain tract of Land in Durham afore s d it being part of y 8 
home Esteate Bounded as follows Begining at y e north Corner 
of m r Joseph Smith his Land and Runs by y e way Streat about 
north north west thirty & four Rods to a stake yn it Runs 
South thirty Seven Degrees west to Lamprel River yn Down sd 
River thirty Rods to a pich pine standing by a hollow y t Runs 
into y e River Commonly Called y e mote River y n up S d River, 
to y e pine which is y e Bounds between s d Esteate and S d Smith 
his Land at S d mote River by y e Bunch of Burches & y n on a 
streight Line between s d Esteate & s d Smith his Land to y e 
Contry Road where it began with y e one third part of y e Salt 
mash & freash mash and Common Land in Durham hereafter 
to be set of to Joseph & Benj a Doe & mary mason with all y e 
third part of y e Land in y e town of Rochester in s d province — 

Secondly we Set of to Daniel Doe y e Eldest Son of S d Deceased 
for his part or Dividen of S d Esteate y e one half of y e Barn it 
being y e new End and a peace of Land in y e home Esteate 
Bounded as follows begining at a Stake in y e fence betwen 
Decon John york his Land & y e afore S d Esteate it being nearly 
one hundred & nine Rods north East from Lamprel River and 
Runs South East to y e mote River near S d Smith Land at s d 
pine y n up by S d Smiths Land to y e Contry Road & y n by s d 
Contry Road until it Leives s d Intestates Land & y n to Run 
Round S d Land until it Comes to y e Stake where it began Exept- 
ing to y e widdow afores d y e Land Set of to her During Life and 



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a way of two Rods wide from y e Last mentioned stake to y e 
afores d Contry Rode which way of two Rods wide is to Extend 
from y° hemlock tree between S d york & S d Esteate at Lamperel 
River until it Comes to y e Contry Road Bounding on y e north 
& north west by S d Daniel Doe & John york 

thirdly we Set of to mary mason for her part of s d Esteate y e 
freash mash in y e horns woods and a peace of y e home place 
Bounded as follows begining at a Stake twenty Seven Rods 
Distant South west from y e Stake where s d Daniel Doe his part 
began & Runs South East to y e South East Side of that Land 
Caled y e mote and y n Runing by s d mote Land Round to y e 
pine afores d in m r Smith afore s d his Corner to S d Daniel his 
part y n on s d Daniels part to y e afore s d Road y n by S d Road to 
y e Stake where it began — 

forthly we have Set of to Joshua woodman and Elizabeth his 
wife in Right of his wife for there part of Said Esteate a peace 
of Land in y e home place to begin at y e two Rod way at y e west 
Corner of s d mason her part & y n Runs South west 32 Rods y n 
south East to y e South East side of y e mote then y n by the mote 
River to S d masons Land y n to where it began with y e quarter 
part of y e old Barn 

fifthly we have set of to Benj amine Doe for his part of S d 
Esteate twenty five acres of Land granted to S d Deceased by y e 
town of Durham and a peace of Land in y e home place to begin 
at y e west Corner of Joshua woodman's part and Runs South 
west twenty five Rods and y n Runs South East keeping twenty 
five Rods in Breadth untill it Comes to the South East Side of 
y e mote and also one quarter part of y e old Barn 

Sixly we set of to John Doe for his part of s d Esteate a peace of 
y e home place begining at Lamprel River at y e hemlock tree 
betwen s d Esteate and John york afore s d and Runs north East 
twenty five Rods to a great Rock Marked J B y n it Runs South 
East to y e north west side of y e mote y n South Seven Degrees 
East to Lamperel River y n Lamperel River y e Bounds to where 
it began 

Seventhly we Set of to Joseph Doe for his part of s d Esteate 
a peace of Land on y e mote Lying between y e Land Set of to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO3 

John Doe and y e Land set of to Benj a Doe and also all y e salt 
marsh and flatts at Luberland and all y e undevided Land belong- 
ing to y e S d Intestate in Rochester and forty two acres of Land 
where he now Lives in y e Little River woods — 

Eighthly we Set of to Edward woodman and martha his wife 
in her Right all y e second Divition in Rochester it being in Es- 
teamation two hundred & forty acres and also y e Chamber in 
y e south west Corner of y e house & John Doe afore s d is to have 
y e Lower Roume in y e south west Corner of y e house and one 
quarter part of y e old Barn mary mason to have y c Lower Rume 
in y e north west Corner of y e house and one quarter part of y e 
old Barn Benj a Doe is to have y e Chamber in y e north West 
Corner of y e house Joseph Doe to have y e west garret & Joshua 
woodman to have y e East garrat and also we set of to y e Widdow 
all y e East End of y e house it being one half of y e house Exept 
y e garret to be to her During Life and then to Return to John 
Doe & Benj 5 * Doe in Equal Shares and as to y e widdows thirds 
in y e Land y e true Intent and meaning is that after her Decease 
it is to Return to Every person as Laid out to them but to 
Remain to y e widdow During her natural Life In witness whereof 
we the Subscribers have hereunto set out hands and Seals on 
y e Day and year first mentioned 

Signed sealed and Diliv- her 

ered In y e presents of Elizabeth X Doe 

Rich d Mattoon mark 

John Tasker Daniel Doo 

Walter Bryent John Doo 

Joseph Doo 
Benjamin Doo 
maty mason 
Joshua Woodmn 
Edward Woodman 
Elisabeth woodman 

her 
matha X Woodman 
mark 



104 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

we the Subcribers Walter Briant John Tasket and Rich d 
Mattoon being Chosen a Commity to Devide the Estate of 
John Doe Late of Durham Desesd by the Heirs of s d Estate: 
we have accordingly set of and Devided the same According to 
the Best of our arte and Skill: as it is Expressed in the foregoing 
Instrement in testomony whareof we have hereunto sete our 
hands 

Rich d Mattoon 
Walter Bryent 
John Tasker 



NATHANIEL GARLAND 1742 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Garland of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Sarah Garland, April 27, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 158.] 

[Inventory; amount, £332.11.0; signed by Joseph Estes and 
Timothy Hanson; attested June 30, 1742.] 



THOMAS BANFIELD 1742 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Banfield of Ports- 
mouth, hatter, granted to Mary Stoneman of Portsmouth, 
widow, April 28, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 167.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1742, authorizing Thomas Cotton, ship- 
wright, and Edward Cate, housewright, both of Portsmouth, 
to appraise the estate of Thomas Banfield of Portsmouth, 
laborer.] 

[Inventory, signed by Edward Cate and Thomas Cotton; 
amount, £44.0.0; attested July 28, 1742.] 

[License to the administratrix, Sept. 29, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 105 

SAMUEL CLARK 1742 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Clark of Portsmouth, 
weaver, granted to his widow, Agnes Clark, April 28, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 167.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1742, authorizing Tobias Langdon and 
Benjamin Akerman, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 178.] 

[Inventory, June 28, 1742; amount, £173.8.0; signed by 
Tobias Langdon and Benjamin Akerman.] 

[License to the administratrix, July 28, 1742, to sell real 
estate.] 

[License to Agnes Meader, administratrix, formerly widow of 
Samuel Clark of Portsmouth, Jan. 29, 1745/6, to sell real estate.] 



EBENEZER FELLOWS 1742 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Fellows of Kings- 
ton, yeoman, granted to Elizabeth Fellows, widow, and John 
Fellows, yeoman, both of Kingston, April 28, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 162.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1742, authorizing Nathan Bachelder and 
Ebenezer Collins, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 170.] 

[Inventory, May 11, 1742; amount, £755.10.0; signed by 
Nathan Batchelder and Ebenezer Collins.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £177.8.6; expenditures, £157.2.9; 
allowed July 25, 1744; mentions "bringing up one Child viz: 
(Elizabeth fellows) ; from the Age of Three years & a Half old,, 
to the Age of Seven years being 182 weeks."] 



106 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, May 29, 1745, authorizing Benjamin Morrill, 
Jeremy Webster, Phineas Batchelder, William Boynton, and 
Josiah Tilton to divide the real estate.] 

Prov: of To the Hon blc Judge of the Probate of Wills 

New Hamps j &c for s d Province 

Whereas y r Hon r has seen meet to Authorize & Impower us 
the Subscribers to divide the Real Estate of Ebenezer Fellows 
Late of Kingstown in s d Province Deceas'd among the widow & 
next of Kin to the s d Deceas'd — We haveing Mett & viewed the 
Land & Buildings According to the best of our Judgment have 
set off & divided s d Estate in the following Manner viz: One 
Third of s d Estate to the s d widow Elizabeth Fellows & Bounded 
as followeth viz: beginning at the south westerly Corner of the 
Land which is the Home place on the High way Called Salisbury 
Rode & Joyning to Isaac Godfreys Land where he now Lives & 
Running Northerly on s d Godfreys Land to the north Westerly 
Corner of s d Home place, then Running Easterly Joyning to 
Cap* Joseph Greles Land 17 Rods & § p* of a Rod, then south- 
erly to the above mentioned Rode, then Westerly on S d Rode 17 
Rods & ^ pt of a Rod to the first Corner mentioned, Ten Acres 
more or Less & one Acre where the House & Barn Stands & 
Bounded as followeth viz: begining on s d Rode, Two Rods from 
the south Easterly Corner of s d Home place & Running Westerly 
6 Rods & to keep the s d Breadth of Six Rods Running Northerly 
into s d Land about 26 Rods, so as to Include therein the House 
& Barn; and also one Half the House viz: the Back side or 
northerly Half, and also one Half of the Barn viz : the Easterly 
End, And also to the Children as followeth viz: 

I st & 2 dly To the Eldest Son John Fellows the first & second 
shares & Bounded as followeth viz: beginning at the South 
Easterly Corner of the s d Home place where the fence now 
stands; And Running northerly Joyning to Joshua Frenches 
Land till it Comes to the North Easterly Corner of S d Home 
place where it now is, & then Running Westerly 5 Rods 2\ feet, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 107 

then southerly to the above mentioned Salisbury Rode (So 
Called) then Easterly 16 Rods 9§ feet to the place first begun 
At; (Only One Acre Included within these Bounds we have 
already set off to the Widow, which is to be Excepted in these 
Two Shares as it is above Described & Bounded) S d Two Shares 
as above Bounded Excepting S d Acre Contains by Estimation 
four Acres & a Half be it more or Less; Also One Half of the 
House & one Half of the Barn w r e set off to the s d John Fellows 
to Make up his s d shares 

3 ly We Set off to Mary Fellows the 3 d share as followeth viz: 
Beginning at the South Westerly Corner of Johns Shares, on 
s d Rode & Running Northerly Joyning to s d Johns shares till it 
Comes to the north westerly Corner of S d Johns Shares & then 
Running Westerly on the Northerly Line of s d Home place Ten 
feet & a Half, then Running southerly to the above mentioned 
Rode then Easterly io| feet to the first place mentioned; One 
Quarter of an Acre be it more or Less & also One full Third part 
of seventeen Acres of Land Laid out to Joseph Fellows; which 
was Laid out to make up A Grant of fifty, Alias fifty seven Acres 
Laid out to Sam 11 Fellows Sen r which fell short of the measure 
according to Grant s d Seventeen Acres Laying on a High way 
or path going from Kingstown to y e Great meadow mill (so 
Called) & Bounded As may be made appear on s d Kingstown 
Book of Records, And also the Deceased's part in the Saw Mill 
(known by the name of Fellows's Mill) with the Priviledges 
thereof, And also four Acres of Land, which is part of A Twenty 
Acre Lot Laid out to the Right of Samuel Fellows Late of 
Kingstown Alias Salisbury Deceasd Laying near s d saw mill 
which was Laid out to make up a twenty Acre Lot of y e s d 
Samuel's Originally Laid out at the Beach plain (so Called) & 
through Mistake was Laid out on another Lot, which s d Twenty 
Acre Lot is with other Lands Adjacent in partnership with 
Joseph Fellows of s d Kingstown 

4 ly The fourth share to Abigail now the wife of Theophilus 
Eaton The Residue of the Deceasds part, property, or Right in 



108 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

a Lot of fifty Alias fifty seven Acres & A Lot of Twenty or 
Twenty one Acres & A piece or Lot of Three acres All Laying 
Joyning together, & Adjacent to the S d Saw Mill & Bounded 
as may be made Appear on s d Kingstown Book of records & 
Laid out to the Originall Right of the above mentioned Samuel 
Grand father to these Children; all these s d Lands in this share 
being now in partnership with Joseph Fellows of s d Kingstown 

5 ly The fifth Share to Ebenezer Fellows In the Home place 
& Bounded as followeth viz: beginning at the south westerly 
Corner of the 3 d share which is in part in the Home place & 
Running Northerly Joyning to s d 3 d share till it Comes to the 
north westerly Corner thereof then Running Westerly on the 
Northerly Line of s d Home place 4 Rods 9 feet & f then South- 
erly to the above mentioned Rode then Easterly 4 Rods 9! feet 
to the place first begun at Two Acres & f more or Less 

6 ly The sixth share to Joseph Fellows In the Home place 
Bounded as followeth Beginning at the s d Rode at the South 
Westerly Corner of the fifth share & Running northerly Joyning 
to the same to the northerly Line of s d Home place then Westerly 
on s d Line 4 Rods 9! of a foot then southerly to the s d Rode then 
Easterly on s d Rod 4 Rods 9 feet & f to the place first begun At 
2 Acres & f more or Less 

7 Iy The seventh share to Benjamin Fellows in the Home 
place Bounded as followeth Beginning at s d Rode at the south 
Westerly Corner of the sixth share; & Running northerly Joyn- 
ing on s d 6 th share to the northerly Line of s d Home place then 
Westerly 4 Rods 9 feet f Then Southerly to s d Rode then East- 
erly on s d Rode 4 Rods 9 feet f to the place first begun at, 2 Acres 
& f more or Less 

8 ly The 8 th share to Elizabeth Fellows in the Home place 
Bounded as follows beginning on s d Rode Joyning to s d 7 th 
share & Running northerly Joyning thereto till it Comes to the 
northerly Line of s d Home place, then westerly on s d Line 4 
Rods 9 feet f then southerly to the s d Rod then Easterly on s d 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO9 

Rode 4 Rods 9 feet f to the place first mentioned 2 acre & f more 
or Less 

9^ The 9 th & Last share to Ann Fellows in the Home place 
Bounded southerly on the forementioned Rode Easterly on 
the 8 th share northerly on the northerly Line of s <l Home place 
Westerly on Widows Thirds 4 Rods 9 feet f wide at Each End 
Two Acre f more or Less 

as witness our hands this 22 d day of June Annoq domini 1745 

Jeremy Webster 
williamBoynton 
Benjamin Morrill 
[Allowed June 26, 1745.] 

Province of ] To the hon ble Phillips White Esq r 

New Hamp r }■ Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for said 
Rockingham ss J County 

Shew Mary Fellows of Kingston Spinster and Anna Swain of 
Hampton falls Widow both in said County that they and John 
Fellows of Salisbury Joseph Fellows of New Briton both in the' 
County of Hillsborough Abigail the Wife of theophilus Eaton of 

Dear Island & Ebenezer Fellows of ■ — both in the Province of 

the Massachusetts Bay — and the Children of Benjamin Fellows 
late of Newbury in the County Essex deceased are Tenants 
in Common of about Twelve Acres of Land in Kingston aforesaid 
which was sett off to our late Mother Elizabeth Fellows late of 
said Kingston deceased as her thirds in the Estate of our late 
father Ebenezar Fellows late of said Kingston Deceased by the 
Committee appointed by the Judge of the Probate of Wills &c 
for said Province of New Hampshire for that Purpose as by 
their return in the Probate office of said County of Rockingham 
may appear one Quarter whereof is claimed by the said John 
Fellows one Eighth by the Children of the said Benj n Fellows 
deceased & one eighth by each of the others of us — A Division 
whereof that each one may hold his or her share in Severalty we 
apprehend very necessary — Wherefore we pray that Proper 
persons may be appointed to divide the Same to each one his or 



IIO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

her particular Share according to their respective Interests as 
the Law in such Cases directs & as in duty bound shall pray &c — 
May 13 th 1776 mary Fellows 

Test W Parker Anna Swain 

[Warrant, June 26, 1776, authorizing Samuel Clifford, Jona- 
than Purington, Nathan Dow, yeomen, and Nathaniel Gove, 
gentleman, all of Kensington, and Moses Thurston, yeoman, of 
South Hampton, to divide the estate.] 



Colony of new Pursuant to a warrant from the Honorable 

Hampshire r Judge of Probate of wills &c for Said County 

Rockingham ss J Impowering us the Subscribers to make a 
division of that Part of the Estate of Ebenezer Fellows Late of 
Kington Deceased which part was formerly Set off to the 
widow of the Said deceased as appears by a Return of the Same 
at Said office baring date June 22 anno. Domini 1745 — we the 
Subscribers having Viewed the Premises do hereby agree to 
make the following Return Viz. a certain Piece of Land Situate 
in Kingston aforesaid containg about Eleven acres Bounded 
westerly on Land of Col. Jonathan Greeley Southerly on the 
highway Easterly on Land of Cap 1 Andrew Greeley and northerly 
on Land of Jonathan Perkins which Land we find So Equil in 
Quality that we have divided the Same Equil in Quantity and 
have Bounded the Same with Stakes & Stones on Said highway 
and on said Perkins's Land from the westerly Side Toward the 
East having the distance of Two Rods and Ten feet j to Each 
Share and have numbered the Same from west Towards the 
East one, Two, Three, &c Progressively Viz the first Share To 
Anna Swain daughter of the said deceased Second Share To 
Ebenezer Fellows Son of the Said Deceased Third Share To 
Abigail the wife of theophilus Eaton Daught 1- of sd deceased 
Fourth To Mary Fellows daughter of the Said deceased Together 
with the Priviledge where her house now Stands and five feet 
from said house on the north Side and west End to continue for 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS III 

a Priviledge to said house So Long as it continues to be the 
Estate of s d Mary Fellows which house now Stands on the fifth 
& Sixth Shares — Fifth and Sixth Shares To John Fellows Son 
of the Said deceased Exclusive the Priviledge on the Said fifth 
& Sixth Share for the above mentioned house in manner as 
above Specified — Seventh Share to the heirs of Benjamin Fellows 
Late deceased Son of the aboves d Ebenezer Fellows deceased — 
Eighth Share To John Fellows in Stead of Joseph Fellows Son 
of Said Ebenezer Fellows Deceased which Eighth Share is 
Bounded on Said highway Two Rods westerly from the South- 
westerly Corner Bounds of Joshua Frenches Land which 8 th 
Share Buts Southerly on Said highway Six Rods and Leaving 
the Parallel of Two Rods in wedth on the westerly Side of Said 
frenches Land and to Extend from Said Road (holding Six Rods 
in wedth) northerly in Said fellow r s's farm untill it Compleats 
one acre which we allow to be Equil to one Compleat Share altho. 
Each of the Seven Shares above mentioned Contains one acre 
one half and Twelve Rods all which Rights or Shares we have 
Carefully Set off and made Suficiant meets and Bounds agree- 
able to the directions in Said warrant In Testimony whereof we 
have hereunto Set our hands this third day of December A: Dr 
1776 

Nathaniel gove 
Jonathan Purinton 
Moses Flanders 
[Allowed Dec. 5, 1776.] 



JOHN SENTER 1742 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of John Senter of Londonderry, 
yeoman, granted to his widow r , Jane Senter, April 28, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 163.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1742, authorizing James Moore and 
Samuel Rankin, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 176.] 



112 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, June 28, 1742; amount, £1694.5.3; signed by 
James Moore and Samuel Rankin.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1742, authorizing John McMurphy, 
Samuel Rankin, James Rogers, John Wallace, and James Moore, 
yeomen, all of Londonderry, to divide the estate among the 
widow and children.] 

Pershuant to a warant Granted by the Hounrable Androw 
wiggns Judge of probe ts for his mjestes provance of newhampt- 
shire Dercted to us authrising and Impowring us to Divid 
the Esteat of John senter of Londondery Decised: acording to 
the Instroctions in Said warnt a majorety of Said Commitee 
meatt and Divided Said John senters Esteat into seven Shaers 
Exclusive of the wedows Theerds Ouantety and Quallety Con- 
sidred only there is a Corner of baran Land that is not habetable 
left Comman and undvided The Eledest son John Senters 
sheare is number one 90 Rhods in Wenth at the north end 
Liying north and South there is ane angle of 28 Degres begning 
at a pine tree marked one the Eastt Sid of his loatt and Runs 28 
Degres Eastt of a South Containg 85 acers Including part of his 
medows — the Second son samull Senters Shair is number 2 
Eghty Rhods wide at the north End then abut 50 Rhods from 
the noth Eastt Corner upon a south Line it Extend th Eght 
Rhods Eastt upon the Sowth End Jeane Senters Shaier to a 
Staeck and Stons sanding by the hay way then Sowth 140 
Rhods to a staek and Stons on the bownds of Daved morisons 
medow then Wast to the Bownds of John Senters Shaire Con- 
taining 86 acers Including his Shaire of medows — number 3 is 
Josepehs Shaire 150 Rhods in Lenth and 70 in wenth Containing 
63 acers Including his Shair of medows — number 4 is Jeans 
Shaire Contains 35 acers 150 Rhods in Lenth 44 Rhods wide all 
the upland in Saide bownds and a Rune of medow Liying in the 
sowth end of hire Shaire — the widows theerds is 30 Rhods wide 
at the north end of the feerm 80 Rhods sowth Contaning fifteen 
acers with the 3 rd of House and Barens — Number 5 is Daveds 
shaire Joyning one wast side of the widows therds 64 Rhods Wide 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 113 

and 80 Longe Contaning 32 acers Exclusive of his shaire of 
medows — moses shaire is number 6 Eghty Rhods in Lenth and 
76 in wenth Containing 38 acers Exclusive of his shaire of 
mados Rubens Shaire is numbr 7 ninty Rhods Long and 70 wide 
Contaning 36 acers Including partt of his medows — 

John his a pice of the great medow Liying withen Jeans shaire 
of Land bownding one Josephs Line and So Down the brook to 
wasttrd to a bunch of borches one the north Side of the medow 
then Southrly across the medow to a Stack one the wastt Side 
of a Rune that Comes from the South then Eastrly by the 
medow bownds to Josephs Line which maeks up Johns shaire of 
medow 

moses Shaire of medow Liyeth at the sowth end of the wedows 
theerds begning at a staek standing at the brook one the Line 
of phelips medow thenc Runing abut Eastt to Staek one the 
point of the Island then northrly to the bownds of the wedows 
theerds Rubens shaire of medows is partly in his own Land 
togther with a pice of medow bounding one Line of Jeans Land 
one both sids of the broak to the fordway and so down said 
brook one the north Side to a Staek Standing one the line of 
phileps medow by the brook and from Said Staek to a staek on 
the upland one the north Side of the brook — Daveds shaire of 
medow Lyith withen the bounds Jeans Loott one the brooke 
both Sids from the bownds of Johns medow down the brook to 
the line of Jens Lott which is the wastrly bownds of David 
Shaire of medow 

noott that the wedow is to have five accres Wood or the wood 
of five acers of Land Joyning to the Wastt Sid of hire theerds 
towitt one moses Shaire noot Said 5 acers is teen Rhods wide 
bownded and marked 

James Rodgers 

Jo n Wallace the 

Samuell Renkin Comm 



Londondery november 20 1742 



William Gregg Sorvier 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



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[Allowed Nov. 24, 1742.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £707.5.3; expenditures, £146.11.10; allowed 

1746; mentions "Maintaining 3 of the Intestates Children 

Since his Decease being under Seven Years of Age & the time 
being 45 weeks."] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 115 

JOHN SAVAGE 1742 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen; The Seventh Day of May Anno 
Domini 1742 I John Savage of Portsmouth in New Hampshire 
in New England joyner being Sick in Body * * * 

Item: I Give to my Dear and Loving Wife for term of her 
Widdow-hood or until She may marry again after my Decease 
(over and above her thirds) One Cow and her keeping Summer 
and Winter and Ground for a Garden and for to plant one bushel 
of Seed pertators and the fruit that Shall Grow in my Little 
orchard or the Orchard that has two pare trees in it, and the Use 
and Improvement of all my house-hold Goods (Except what I 
Shall hereafter in this Will Dispose of) During her Widdow-hood 
as aforesaid also the Liberty to live in my Dwelling house 
During the Term aforesaid — also a mourning Suit of Cloths at 
my funeral 

Item: I Give to my Son Job Savage one half of my Right of 
Land in the Township of Barrinton: and Twenty pounds in 
Money to be paid him within three Years after my Decease by 
my Executor hereafter Named — 

Item: I Give to my Son Josiah Savage one half of my Right 
of Land in the Township of Barrinton: and twenty pounds in 
Money to be paid him out of my Estate within three Years after 
my Decease by my Executor: and if he shall Learn the Joyners 
Trade I Give unto him my Said Son Josiah my Joyners tools 

Item: I Give unto my Daughter Ann Savage all my house- 
hold goods except what I shall hereafter in this Will Give unto 
my Son John to be Delivered her after my Wife Sarah's Decease 
or marridge : and I will that my Executor hereafter named pro- 
vids Meat Drink and apparil for my Said Daughter Ann until 
She is able to get her Living — 

Item: all the Rest of my Estate viz House Lands marish 
orchards Gardens Barn fences money Bills Debts dues and 
Duties what soever and wheresoever of Right belonging to me 
not herein Disposed of I Give and bequeath unto my beloved 
Son John Savage Jun r and to his heirs and assigns forever, he 



Il6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my Said Son John paying out of my Estate what is Mentioned 
in this My Will: also I Give unto my Said Son John one Bed, 
one Rug and one Boalster one pot and Two tramils: and I do 
hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint my Said Son John to 
be my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby 
Revoaking and making Null and Void all other Wills and be- 
quests by me heretofore made hereby Ratifying and holding 
firm and Vallid this and no Other to be my Last Will and Testa- 
ment. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set My hand and 
Seal the Day and Year first above Written 

Signed Sealed Declared and John Savage 

pronounced by the Said John 
Savage to be his Last Will and 
Testament in presence of us 

Thomas Bickford 

Samuel Beck 

Jams Goodey 

[Proved Sept. 29, 1742.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1742, authorizing Samuel Beck and 
Thomas Bickford, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 28, 1742; amount, £533.3.0; signed by 
Thomas Bickford and Samuel Beck.] 



EZEKIEL MORRISON 1742 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen the twenty Second Day of May 
One thousand Seven hundred and forty two I Ezekiel Morrison 
of Londonderry within His Majesty's Province of New Hamp- 
shire in New England Husbandman being very Sick and weak 
in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeath unto my Brothers and Sisters 
after all Debts and Funeral Charges is paid Thomas only Ex- 
cepted and his Son John in his Room to wit Jonathan Morrison 



.NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 117 

John Morrison Moses Morrison John Morrison Jun r Janet 
Morrison Elizabeth Morrison Margaret Morrison and Hannah 
Morrison Equal Shares Alike all my Real and Personal Estate 
only my oxen to my Brother Jonathan besides his part and the 
Remnant of Broad Cloath and the Linen for it and my Boots and 
my hat and my Right in the old Meeting house I Leave to my 
Father — & I Likewise Constitute make and Ordain my Father 
John Morrison and my Cuzen Samuel Morrison to be my sole 
Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I Do Allow 
the Executors to sell both Real & Personal Estate and pay the 
Debts and Give the Legatees their part as Soon as possible and 
do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannul all and every 
other Testaments Wills Legacies and Bequests & Executors by 
me in any wise before named Willed and Bequeathed Ratifying 
and Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testa- 
ment In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal 
the Day and Year above Written— 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- his 

nounced and Declared by me . Ezekiel X Morrison 

the said Ezekiel Morrison as mark 

his last Will & Testament In 
the Presence of us the Subscri- 
bers — 

Joseph Morrison 

Thomas Steel 

Moses Barnett 

[Proved March 30, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 236.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 7, 1742, authorizing Joseph Morrison and 
Moses Barnett, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 15, 1742/3; amount, £343.15.0; signed by 
Moses Barnett and Joseph Morrison.] 



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FRANCIS MATHES, JR. 1742 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Francis Mathes, Jr., of 
Durham, gentleman, granted to his widow, Lydia Mathes, May 
26, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 174.] 

[Warrant, May 26, 1742, authorizing Capt. John Smith, Jr., 
and Samuel Adams, physician, both of Durham, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 194.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 23, 1742; amount, £1537.14.0; signed by 
John Smith, Jr., and Samuel Adams.] 



JAMES RUNDLETT 1742 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of James Rundlett of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mercy Rundlett, May 26, 174.2.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 175.] 

[Warrant, May 26, 1742, authorizing Peter Gilman and James 
Norris, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 16, 1742; amount, £761.18.6; signed by Peter 
Gilman and James Norris.] 



TQBIAS HANSON 1742 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen. The first Day of June Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven hundred & forty Two; I Tobias 
Hanson of Dover in the Province of New-Hampshire in New 
England Husbandman, being advanced in Years, and Labouring 
under Infirmities of Body * * * 

Imprimis, I Give to my Beloved Wife Ann Hanson the free 
& Sole use & Improvement of the one half of my Dwelling House 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 119 

which half She Shall Choose, & also the free & Sole use & Im- 
provement of one Third Part of my Barn, During her Natural 
Life, or so long as She Shall Continew my Widow. I also Give to 
my said Wife the one half part of y e Produce of my home Place, 
to be Delivered, & well & Seasonably Housed, by my Son Isaac 
Hanson Yearly & every Year During her Natural life or the 
Term of her Continuing my Widow, Except the Produce of Such 
Part of Said Place as I have given to my Sons Tobias & Joseph 
Hanson, my Will also is that my S d Son Isaac Hanson Shall 
Provide Good & Sufficient fire-wood, for my S d Wife, at her 
Door, During the aboves d Term; I also Give to my s d Wife 
all my Household Goods, as also Two Cows, & Six Sheep, & one 
Horse or Horse kine to be at her own Disposal. 

Item I Give to my Son Tobias Hanson & To his Heirs & 
Assigns forever Two Acres of Land in the South West Corner 
of my field, on the opposite Side of the Road to his Dwelling 
House and Adjoyning to his Mault House, and also all my Right 
in the Town of Rochester, both in the Divided & in the undivided 
Lands in Said Town. 

Item, I Give to my Son Joseph Hanson & To his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever a Piece of Land where his Dwelling House now 
Stands, be it more or less, Begining at a white-Oake-Stump 
Standing upon the Hill near to Sheffields Land, & from thence 
Runing on a Streight Line to the South East Corner of his 
Ware-House, & from thence Westerly as his fence now Stands, 
to his Barn, & Sixteen feet beyond, or to y e Westward of his S d 
Barn, Runing the Sa'me Course, Containing all my Land lying 
on the Northerly Side of Said Line, and all the Buildings Stand- 
ing thereon; as also the Garding Spott of Land which he now 
Improves, Lying on the Southerly Side of the afores d Line, and 
the Land which his Building Stands upon before the front Door 
of his Dwelling House Also allowing him the Priviledge of Passing 
& Repassing to & from the Spring of Water, which he now makes 
use of for Water, Provided he Shall alwayes keep a Sufficient 
fence, so that my Land Shall not Receive Damage therby; but 



120 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Reserving also a Privilege to my Self my Heirs & Assigns, of 
Passing & Repassing between his S d Dwelling House & Ware 
House to & from my Land, with Such Creatures as they Shall 
have occation to Drive. I also Give to my s d Son Joseph Han- 
son Two Acres of Land Lying in the South East Corner of my 
Homestead Land, between the Meeting House on Pine Hill, & 
Brother Benj a Hansons Land; And also Thirty Acres of Land at 
Malligo, So Called, which was Lay'd out as my Common Right; 
Together with all my Right Title & Interest in and unto the 
Common or undivided Lands in the Township of Dover. 

Item, I Give to my Son Isaac Hanson & To his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever, all the Remaining Part of my Homestead Land, 
that is to Say, all my Homestead Land, Excepting Such Parts 
of it as I have, by this my last Will Given to my Two Sones 
Tobias & Joseph Hanson before mentioned ; and also one quarter 
of an Acre more which I Reserve for the Privilege of a Buring 
Place in that Part of my field where it hath been usual to Bury, 
for any of the family of the Hansons to Bury thier Dead, if they 
Shall See fitt, with a Priviledge of Passing and Repassing to & 
from S d Burying Place, when & so often as they Shall have 
occation. And I also Give to my s d Son Isaac Hanson & To his 
Heirs & Assigns for ever my Dwelling House & Barn, & all the 
Orchard, or Orchards Standing upon the afores d Land; And also 
Sixty Acres of Land that was Granted me by the Town of Dover, 
& Lyes in s d Dover on the Southerly Side of the Road that leads 
from Cochecha To Rochester. I also Give To my s d Son Isaac 
Hanson all my Stock of Cattle of every kind, except so many of 
them as I have by this my last Will Given fo my Wife Ann 
Hanson. I also Give To my Three Sons before mentioned, viz: 
Tobias, Joseph & Isaac Hanson all my farming Tackling, as 
Carts, Plows, Sleads, Yokes, Chains &c ra To be Equally Divided 
among them, or to be used & Improved in Partnership by them 
as they Shall See fitt: 

Item, I Give To my Three Daughters, viz: Elisabeth Buck- 
ston Mercy Varney & Judith Twombly Twenty Pounds, apice, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 121 

or to each of them Twenty Pounds in Cash to be Paid them or 
thier Heirs by my Son Isaac Hanson within the Term of Two 
Years after my Decease. 

Item, I Give to my Grand Son John Hanson Twenty Shill- 
ings 

Item, I Give to my Grand Son Timothy Hanson five Shill- 
ings 

Item, I Give to my Grand Daughter Lydia Stiles Ten 
Shillings all to be Paid by my s d Son Isaac Hanson with in y c 
Term of Six Months after my Decease. 

And I do hereby Constitute & Ordain my s d Wife Ann Hanson 
Executrix & my s d Son Isaac Hanson Executor of this my Last 
Will & Testament, utterly Disallowing & Disannulling all other 
former Wills Testaments & Executors, by me in any ways before 
made or named; Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be 
my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
Set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above Written 

Signed Sealed Published & Tobias Hanson 

Declared by the s d Tobias Han- 
son, as his last Will & Testa- 
ment in Presence of us 

Jon a Cushing 

Ichabod Canney 

Jos Hanson Tart 8 

[Proved Aug. 28, 1745.] 



JAMES STANYAN 1742 HAMPTON 

In the name of God amen I James Stanyan of Hampton in the 
province of New-Hampshier in New-England yeoman : being in 
•Good health * * * 

It m 2 dly I Give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Ann 
Stanyan the use and Improvement of one halfe of my Estate 
both Reall, and personall: for and Deuring the term of her 
naturall Life: To have and to hold said one halfe of my Estate: 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

with the priviledges proffiets and appurtenances thereunto be- 
longing or any ways appertaining 

It m 3 dly I Give to my S6n John Stanyan thirty acres of land 
where I now Dwell bounded Easterly on land of Jacob Stanyan : 
begining at the Southeast Corner of my homested land and to 
Run thence ffifty and ffive Rods northwardly: then to Run 
westerly untill it makes thirty acres: sd land to be of Equel 
Wedth att Each end: with the buldings and orchard Standing 
there on: allso ffour acres of marsh with an Island of upland 
in it : which was Given to me by my ffather in his Last will and 
Testament: allso one halfe of six acres of marsh ajoyning to 
Abraham Sanburns marsh : be the Said pieses of marsh more or 
Less: allways Excepting and Reserveing the use and Improve- 
ment of said land and marsh for my wife Deuring har natural 
Life Hee paying to his Sister Rebeckah the wife of michil 
Kennord the Sum of ffifty Pounds in Currant Bills of Credet in 
the province afore said within one year after my Decease 

It m 4 thly I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of Thomas 
Hunt two acres of Land where She now Dweleth : to begin two 
Rod to the Eastward of har house and to Run thence notherly 
to Peter wears land: thence Runing westerly untill two acres 
is Compleated: she to Have and to hold said land with the 
buldings Houces trees and all priviledges thereunto belonging: 
for and Deuring the term of har naturall Life : allso I Give unto 
my s d Daughter Elizabeth Twenty Pounds in Good bills of 
Credet in the province afore s d : to be paid by my Exetur within 
one year after my decease: allso my will is that after the De- 
cease of my Daughter Elizabeth: The wife of Thomas Hunt: 
The two acres of Land which I have Given har for term of Life 
I Give and bequeath to har Son James Hunt to have and to hold 
s d two acres of land with all priviledges and appurtinances there 
unto belonging to him his Heiers and assigns for ever — 

It m 5 thly I Give to my son Joseph Stanyan one half of six 
acres of marsh next to Abraham Sanbors marsh: be it more or 
Less: besides what he has allready Receved 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 23 

It m 6 ly I Give to my Daughter Mary the wife of George New- 
begin mfty pounds in Good bills of Credet in the province of new 
Hampshier in new-England to be paid by my Executor within 
one year after my Decease. 

It m 7 ly I Give to my Daughter Lydia the wife of John Davis 
ffif ty pounds in Currant Bills of Credet in the province afores d : 
to be paid by my Executor within one year after my Decease. 

It m 8 ly I Give to my Daughter Susanna the wife of Ichabud 
Cenne mfty pounds in Good bills of Credet in the Province above 
said to be paid by my Executor within one year after my decease 

9 thly I Give to my Daughter Hulda the widow of John Cenne 
Late of hampton Deceased: ffive acres of upland: at the west 
end of my Land the whole bounded northerly on a Country 
Rhoad: and westerly on: wears Land: southerly on Benjamin 
Sweet ts land — 

It m io thly : I Give to my Daughter Comfort the wife of Jona- 
than Hoag: fTorty Pounds in Good bills of Credet, to be paid by 
my Executor within one year after my decease — 

It m n thly I Give to my Daughter Bathshabe Stanyan mfty 
pounds in Currant Bills of Credet in the province of new- 
Hampshier afore s d to be paid by my Executor within one year 
after my Decease : 

It m i2 thly And finally: I do Constitutue and appoint my wel 
beloved ffrind John Gove of hampton in the province of New- 
Hampshier afore said to be Soal Executor to this my Last will 
and Testament: to whom I Give a piece of land about twelve 
acres ajoyin to Land of James Purkins: allso the Remaining 
part of my Homested land which I have not allready disposed 
of in this my will : allways Excepting and Reserveing a Conven- 
iant way of one Rod and a half Rod wide from the Country 
Rhoad to the Land which I have Given to my son John in this 
my will : allso ffive acres of marsh that Layeth to the northward 
of Browns Rocks (so called) allso I Give to my s d Executor one 
half of my Personall Estate of what name or nature soever: I 
Give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann the wife of Stephen 



124 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Otes ffifty pound in Good bills of Credet in the province of 
New-Hampshier afore said : to be paid by my Executor within 
one year after my decease: and my afore said Executor paying 
all my just debts and ffunerall Expences and all the Legacies 
which I have Given and ordered in this my will to be paid by 
my Executor: and the Remainder of what I have Given unto 
my Executor after all debts & Legacies paid : my will is That it 
shall be Equilly divided amongst my Chilldren: with the one 
halfe of my personall Estate which I have Given unto my wife 
for term of Life Except I shall and do dispose of the same in 
writing under my hand otherways: and hereby Revoking all 
fformer wills I do Ratifye this and no other to be my Last will 
and Testament witnes my hand and seall this seventh day of 
June Annoqui Dommini 1742 

Signed Sealed pronounced James Stanyan 

and decleared by the Said 
James Stanyan to be his Last 
will and Testament In the 
presence of us 

Joseph pike 

philep Seaver 

Philip Rowel 

[Proved Oct. 26, 1743.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1743, authorizing Winthrop Dow, John 
Brown, and Amos Cass, all of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Winthrop Dow and John Brown; 
amount, £1598.13.0; attested April 25, 1744.] 



JACOB FRENCH 1742 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jacob French of South Hamp- 
ton, yeoman, granted to Ann French of South Hampton, widow, 
June 30, 1742.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 175.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 25 

[Warrant, June 30, 1742, authorizing John Page and Samuel 
French, both of South Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 13, 1742; amount, £1807.8.6; signed by John 
Page and Samuel French.] 

[Guardianship of Jane French, minor, aged more than fourteen 
years, and Jacob French, William French, Mary French, Nanny 
French, Jemima French, and Rachel French, aged less than 
fourteen years, children of Jacob French, granted to Ann French 
of South Hampton, widow, Nov. 24, 1742.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £468.8.6; expenditures, £658.16.3; 
allowed Nov. 28, 1750; mentions "Supporting four Children till 
they Came to the Age of Seven years being for one A Year & 
nine months for the Second three Year and four months for the 
third five Year & three months, for the fourth Six Year Eleven 
months & a half."] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1 750/1, authorizing Jeremy Webster of 
Kingston, Abraham Brown, gentleman, Ephraim Brown, yeo- 
man, both of South Hampton, Jonathan Fifield and John Gove 
both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to divide the estate.] 

Province of new \ In obedience to a Warrant Directed to 
Hampshir — J us the Subcribers Janauary y e 30 th 1750 
by the Honourable Andrew Wiggin Esq Judge of the probate of 
Wills for Said province Directing and Impowering us as a Com- 
mitee to Set off one third part of the Real Estate of Jacob French 
Lat of South Hampton Deceased to Ann French widow of the 
S d Jacob French Deceased Intestate and to Jacob the Eldest 
Son of the Said Deceased a Double Share of the Remaining two 
thirds and to Each of the other Heirs a single Share of the said 
two thirds 

and accordingly we have Set off to Ann French widow of 
the sd Jacob French the East End of the house and the Whole 
of the back Lenter and the land of y e Homested the Easterly 



126 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Side Joyning on land of Jonathan Chase and Northerly on land 
of John Gove and Southerly on y e high way and Westerly on the 
Stakes Numberd one at Each end and the Westerly end of the 
Barn three bays through the Barn also land belonging to the 
Homsted Easterly Joyning on y e stake Number six and westerly 
Joyning on land of John True also land lying in the parrish of 
Kensington the one Compleat half of four acers Lying at the 
North End also about two acers of Salt Mash Joyning Easterly 
on Mash of Samuel Barnard and Westerly on Mash of Samuel 
French and also a peice of flats Joyning on John Gove about one 
acer and a half (all which is in our Judgment a full third part) 
and then we took a view of the other two thirds and Divided it 
into Shars and set them forth by mets and bounds as fowlleth 

first We have Set off to Jacob French the Eldest Son for his 
Double Share that part of the Homsted from the stakes Number d 
one at Each end and y e stakes Number d two at Each end which 
is about twelve acers and the west End of the house and the 
Remaining part of the Barn and also one Complate half of four 
acers of land lying in Kensington and also a peice of Salt Mash 
Runing from the Stake Number six to the stake Number 
Eaight Joyning on Mash of Josiah Hook (which we Judge to be 
two full shars 

Secondly We have Set of to Jane Winslow the Eldest Daughter 
of the Said Jacob French Deceased Nine acers of Land Runing 
from the stakes Number two to the Stakes Number three all so 
a peice of Salt Mash Runing from the Stakes Number five to the 
stakes Number Six Containing about sixty Square Rods 

thirdly We have set off to mary French the Second Daughter 
about Nine acers of land Runing from the Stakes Number three 
to the stakes Number four: also a peice of salt Mash Runing 
from the stakes Number four to the stakes Number five Con- 
taining about Sixty Squar Rods 

fourthly We have set off to Ann French the third Daughter 
about Nine acers of land Runing from the stakes Number four 
to the Stakes Number five also a peice of Salt Mash Runing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 12/ 

from the stakes Number three to the stakes Number four Con- 
taining about sixty Squar Rods 

fiftly We have Set off to Jemima French the fourth Daughter: 
about Nine acers of land Runing from the stakes Number five 
to the stakes Number six also a peice of Salt Mash Runing from 
the stakes Number two to the Stakes Number three Containing 
about Sixty Squar Rods 

Sixly We have set off to William French the Second Son about 
twenty seven acers of land lying in Chester lying Northerly on 
land of Samuel French Sutherly on land Set off to Rachel French 
it being part of a lott Number 29 in the lower Rang buting on 
Exeter line also a peice of Salt mash Runing from the stakes 
Number one to the stakes Number two Containing about sixty 
Squar Rods and also about four acers of land lying westerly on 
land of Aaron Clough and Northerly on a Highway 

Seventhly We have set off to Rachel French the fift Daughter 
about twenty seven acers of land lying in Chester lying Northerly 
on land set of to William french and Southerly on land of James 
Jacman it being part of a lott Number 29 in the lower Rang 
buting on Exeter line also about four acers of land lying in 
South Hampton lying Westerly on land Set off to William 
French and Northerly on a High way and also a peice of Salt 
Mash Runing from y e End to Number one Containing about 
sixty squar Rods this is our Return Witness our Hands this 
twenty Sixth Day of March 1751 

John Gove 

Jon a Fifield \ Commitee 

Ephraim Brown J 



WILLIAM BARKER 1742 CONCORD 

[Martha Barker renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, William Barker of Rumford, Oct. 12, 1742, in favor of 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Nathaniel Abbott of Rumford; witnesses, John Ingalls and 
Nathan Barker, Jr.] 

[Adminstration granted to Nathaniel Abbott, husbandman, 
Feb. 23, 1742/3.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1742/3, authorizing James Osgood and 
Nathaniel Rolfe, both of Rumford, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate of William Barker of Rumford, yeoman.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 265.] 

[Inventory, June 22, 1743; amount, £598.4.5; signed by James 
Osgood and Nathaniel Rolfe.] 

[License to the administrator, April 24, 1745, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Guardianship of William Barker and John Barker, minors, 
aged more than fourteen years, sons of William Barker, granted 
to Nathan Barker, Jr., of Andover, Mass., June 6, 1748.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 328, p. 132.] 

[Bonds of Nathan Barker, Jr., with Timothy Barker, Jr., of 
Andover, Mass., and Amos Kimball of Boxford, Mass., as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000 on each bond, June 6, 1748; wit- 
nesses, Daniel Appleton and James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Guardianship of David Barker, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of William Barker, granted to Timothy 
Barker, Jr., of Andover, Mass., June 6, 1748.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 328, p. 132.] 

[Bond of Timothy Barker, Jr., husbandman, with Nathan 
Barker of Andover, Mass., and Amos Kimball of Boxford, Mass. 
husbandmen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, June 6, 1748; 
witnesses, Daniel Appleton and James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass"., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 29 

JOSEPH TILTON 1742 HAMPTON 

The Last will and testiment of Cap* Joseph Tilton of Hampton 
in the provence of Newhampshir in New England Aged Sixty 
five years & upwards — In the name of god Amen this fourteenth 
day of October one thousand Seven hundred forty & two * * * 

Imprimas I give & bequeth to my beloved Son Jonathan 
Tilton all my Land that I have in Hampton Namly the Land 
where my house now Stands & all that Land where my barne 
now Stands with all my buildings — only Excepting & Resarv- 
ing to my well beloved wife Elizebeth Tilton and to my daufter 
Joanna Tilton that Eand of my house I now dwell in & the one 
halfe of my Selow Roome & the one half of the Income of my 
orcherd where my house now Stands during there Life time or 
So Long as thay Shall Live unmarried after that to Return to 
my Son Jonathan Tilton & my will is that my wife Elizebeth & 
my daufter Joanna Tilton Shall have Each of them a Cowe for 
theire owrt use kept winter & Sumer & a horse kept for them 
winter & Sumer & aight Cord of fierewood Cutt fit for the fiere 
yearly & Every yeare & twelve bushils of Indian Corn & three 
bushils of moalt & one bushil of beans & twohundred waight 
of poark & onehundred waight of beeafe & one bushil of Salt to 
be paid by my Executor yarly & Every yeare on Condition 
that my wife do quite har thirds of my Estate & if not that then 
the one halfe of y e above named purticurlers not to be paid to har 
but the other half of the above mentioned purticurlers to be paid 
to my daufter Joanna yearly & Every yeare during har natural 
Life or So Long as She Ramains unmarried & my will is that my 
daufter Joanna Shall have all my movebels within doars that I 
Shall Leave at my deceas and that my wife Elizebeth to have 
all the housel goods Shee she brought with har at har own dis- 
posal — furthermore I give to my Son Jonathan Tilton whom I 
make Constitute & ordaine to be my Sole Executor of this my 
Last will & Testiment all and Singuler my mesueges & teniments 



130 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

that I have or ought to have in hampton as above Sd only Ex- 
epting what is above Exepted by him freely to be possesed & 
Injoyed as also all my Stock of what kind so Ever & all my im- 
pliments for husbandry & all my Carpinters tools I give & be- 
queth to this my Executor he paying ten pounds in marchin- 
table pay to my daufter marey bachilder now the wife of Nathan 
Bachilder & ten pounds to my daufter Joanna on har marrieg 
day & five Shilins to Elisha Sweeat & five Shilins to his Brother 
Timothy Til ton — Item I give & bequeth to my Eldest Son 
Sherbon Tilton fiftey Acres of Land where his hous now Stands 
bounded westerly on his Brother John Tiltons Land & Southerly 
on Land formerly in the posesion of Co 11 Weare Easterly on a 
highway & Northerly on Land formerly in the posesin of Ben- 
jaman Jams of Hampton which peace of Land I have given to 
him my Sd Son Sherbon Tilton by deed of gift he paying to my 
daufter margreet Tilton ten pounds within one yeare after my 
decease She having Recived the rest of har portion otherways 
— Item I give & bequeth to my Son John Tilton fiftey Acres of 
Land where his house now Stands bounded westerly on a high- 
way Southerly on Land formerly in the possesion of Co 11 Weare 
Easterly on Land now in the posesion of his Brother Sherbon 
Tilton which peace of Land I have given to him my Sd Son 
John Tilton by deed of gift he paying to my grandaufter Easter 
Sweeat ten pounds in marchintable pay within one yeare after 
my decease which ten pounds was given to my daufte Sarah 
Sweeat Late wife to Elisha Sweeat deceased & mentioned in my 
Son John Tiltons deed — and having given my Son Joseph Til- 
ton his portion already in Lands & other things my will is that 
my Executor above named pay to him five Shilins wihin one 
yeare after my deseas and having thus disposed of my Estate 
I do hereby utterly disalow Revoak & disanul all & Every 
other former Testiments wills Legueses bequeste & Executors 
by me in any way before named willed & bequeathed Rattifieng 
& Confirming this & no other to be my Last will & Testiment 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I3I 

in Wittnes whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & afixed my 
Seal the day & yeare first above Written 

Signed Sealed published pro- Joseph Tilton 

unenced & declared by the S d 
Joseph Tilton to be his Last will 
& testiment in the presents of 
us the Wittneses 

Nathan Tilton 

Nath 11 Healey 

David Tilton 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1744.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 31, 1744, authorizing Nathaniel Healey and 
Meshech Weare, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 412.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 15, 1744/5; amount, £347.9.5; signed by 
Meshech W 7 eare and Nathaniel Healey.] 



JOSHUA PEIRCE 1742 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Joshua Peirce of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampshire Esq being Weak in body * * * 

Item I Give unto my well beloved Wife Elizabeth the sum of 
five Pounds old Tenor over and above what she is to have out 
of my Estate by virtue of an Agreement between her and me 
heretofore made — 

Item I Give unto Each of my Children viz Joseph Peirce 
Joshua Peirce Daniel Peirce Nathanael Peirce Sarah Winslow 
Anna Green Elizabeth Peirce Mary Moore and Margaret 
Green five Pounds old Tenor — 

Item I Give unto my Children Namely Joseph Joshua 
Nathanael Sarah Anna Mary and Margaret the Sum of five 
hundred Pounds old Tenor Each of them over and above the 
five Pounds before Given in this my Will to Each of them in 
manner following Namely Whereas my said Seven Children 
last mentioned have already had and Received Considerable 
Sums out of my Estate as by my Books of Accounts Reference 



132 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

unto the same being had will Appear my Will is and I do hereby 
Order that the same be Brought into & Accounted as part of my 
Estate by my Executor and that what Each of my said Seven 
Children shall have had and Received as aforesaid shall be 
Respectively valued and Appraised as such things are valued 
at Cash Price at the day of the date of this Will Regard being 
had to the time or times when they Received the same Re- 
spectively and if what any of my said Seven Children have 
already had and Received out of my Estate as aforesaid shall 
upon such a valuation as aforesaid Amount unto the Sum of 
five hundred Pounds old Tenor my Will is and I do hereby 
Order that the same shall be taken Accounted and Looked 
upon by such Child to be in full for the five hundred Pounds 
herein before Given to such Child and such Child shall have 
no further Demand on my Executor for the Sum of five Hun- 
dred or any part thereof — and my Will further is and I do here- 
by Ordain that my Executor do within the Space of Eighteen 
Months after my Decease pay unto Each of my Said Seven 
Children who shall not have had and Received out of my Estate 
the Sum of five hundred Pounds old Tenor as aforesaid at the 
valuation aforesaid so much as will make up the same to be five 
hundred Pounds old Tenor in full for the five hundred Pounds 
before herein by me Given to such Child and what such of my 
said seven Children shall have had and Received out of my 
Estate as aforesaid shall be taken Accounted and looked upon 
by such Child to be part of the five hundred Pounds herein 
before Given to such Child and shall be valued as aforesaid. 

Item I Give unto my Son Daniel Peirce the Sum of five hun- 
dred Pounds old Tenor over and above the five Pounds herein 
before Given him — 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Peirce over and 
above the five Pounds herein before Given her the Sum five 
hundred Pounds old Tenor in manner following Namely whereas 
my Son Daniel is by bound bearing Date the fifth Day of 
November One thousand Seven hundred and forty two Obliged 
and Bound to pay unto my said Daughter Elizabeth four 
hundred Pounds old Tenor or one hundred Pounds New Tenor 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 33 

within The space of Eighteen months after my Decease my 
Will is that the said Sum of four hundred Pounds old Tenor 
Mentioned in the said Bond shall be taken and Accounted as 
four hundred Pounds of the five hundred Pounds by me before 
herein Given unto my said Daughter Elizabeth and that my 
Executor pay unto my said Daughter Elizabeth the sum One 
hundred Pounds old Tenor out of my Estate within the Space 
of twenty four Months after my Decease which with the four 
hundred Pounds payable by Bond from my Son Daniel as afore- 
said shall be In full for the five hundred Pounds before Given 
to my said Daughter Elizabeth — 

Item my Will is that all my Estate both Real and Personal in 
my life time not Disposed of after my Debts Funeral Charges 
and Legacies herein Mentioned are paid and Satisfied shall be 
Equally Divided amongst all my aforementioned Children and 
what shall be Sett oft" to them or any of them In Lands shall be a 
Fee Simple Estate — And I do hereby Constitute Ordain and 
Appoint my Son Daniel Peirce Sole Executor of this my last 
Will and Testament and I do hereby Authorize Impower and 
Order my said Executor to Sell and Dispose of any part or all of 
my Estate both Real & Personal not already Disposed of by me 
as he shall Judge proper in order to pay or Satisfy any Debts 
Funeral Charges or Legacy he may be Obliged to pay or Satisfy 
by virtue of this my last Will and Testament I Ratifying and 
Confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the 
day and Year above Written — 

Signed Sealed Published and Joshua Peirce 

Declared by the said Joshua 
Peirce Esq r as and for his last 
Will and Testament in the 
presence of us who were Pres- 
ent at the Signing and Sealing 
thereof 

Paul March 

Samuel Sheafe 

Elizabeth Leach 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Be it known unto all men by these Presents That Whereas 
I Joshua Peirce of Portsmouth in the Province of New 
Hampshire Esq r have made Declared and Published my last 
Will and Testament in writing bearing date the thirteenth 
Day of November One thousand seven hundred and forty 
two, I do make Ordain and declare this as a Codicil thereunto 
Namely — 

Imp r Whereas I have Given unto my son Joseph Peirce in and 
by said Will the Sum of five hundred Pounds old Tenor and 
Whereas I Gave unto my said Son Joseph a Certain Parcel of 
land in Portsmouth aforesaid Containing about twenty Acres 
more or less by Deed bearing date the twenty fourth Day of 
May One thousand Seven hundred and thirty four duly Exe- 
cuted and Recorded my will and meaning is and I do hereby 
order that the said Parcel of Land shall be taken Accounted 
and Looked upon as three hundred and fifty Pounds of the said 
five hundred Pounds and that my said son Joseph shall not have 
any Demand on my Estate or on my Executor for any more 
than the Sum of One hundred and fifty pounds old Tenor by 
virtue of the Gift of five hundred Pounds old Tenor to him my 
said Son in my said Will mentioned and my Will is that the Sum 
of One hundred and fifty Pounds old Tenor being paid by my 
Executor unto my said Son Joseph or so much Discounted with 
him out of my Books of Accounts shall be in full for the said 
Sum of five hundred Pounds Regard being had to my said 
Will for the valuation of what my said Son Joseph shall be 
found Charged with in my Books of Accounts — 

Item Whereas I have by deed Conveyed unto my Son Joshua 
Peirce the Dwelling house wherein he now Liveth Situate in 
Portsmouth aforesaid with the Garden thereto belonging and a 
Barn thereon standing for the Consideration in said Deed men- 
tioned which was by me Intended and Designed as a Recom pence 
and Compensation unto my said Son Joshua for the Service he 
did for me the first Seven Years after he Arrived to the Age of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 35 

twenty One my Will and meaning is that if my said Son Joshua 
shall make any Demand on my Estate or on my Executor for any 
Sum or Sums of money for any Service done for me by my said 
Son Joshua during the said Seven Years that then my Said Son 
Joshua shall have no more than the Sum of five Pounds old 
Tenor out of my Estate — Furthermore if any of my Children 
in my said last will and Testament mentioned shall Dispute in 
the Law whether the Estate which I had by my former Wife 
(now Deceased) and the which Thomas Ayers of Greenland in 
said Province Husbandman nowlmproveth is Divisable amongst 
all my Children Agreeable to an Act of the Province of New 
Hampshire Entituled An Act for the Settlement and Distribu- 
tion of the Estates of Intestates (as I understand it ought to 
be Divided) or shall Oppose the Division and Settlement thereof 
amongst my said Children Agreeable to the said Act or shall 
set down and be Satisfyed and Contented with my said Last 
Will and Testament and with this Codicil as a part & Parcel 
thereof, my Will is and I do hereby Order that every such Child 
shall have no more than the sum five Pounds old Tenor out of 
my Estate in full for every such Childs Legacy and my Will 
further is that none of my Children shall have any Demand for 
more than five Pounds old Tenor each on my Estate or on my 
Executor for any Legacy by virtue of my last Will and Testa- 
ment and this Codicil until they shall have Signified in writing 
under their hands that such Children are Satisfied with my last 
Will and Testament and this Codicil and are Ready and Willing 
to Comply therewith, and my Will and Meaning is and I do 
hereby order that this Codicil be and be adjudged to be a part 
and parcel of my said last will and Testament and that all things 
herein Contained and mentioned be faithfully and truly per- 
formed and as fully and Amply in every Respect as if the same 
were so Declared and set down in my said Last Will and Testa- 
ment In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
Seal this fifteenth Day of November In the Sixteenth Year of 



I36 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

his Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini One Thousand Seven 
hundred and forty two — 

Signed Sealed Published and Joshua Peirce 

Declared by the Said Joshua 
Peirce Esq r as a Codicil to his 
last Will and Testament in the 
Presence of us the Subscribers 

Paul March 

Samuel Sheafe 

Elizabeth Leach 

[Proved Feb. 23, 1742/3.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 229.] 

[Inventory, March, 1742/3; amount, £2496.5.0; signed by 
William King and Mark Langdon; attested June 27, 1744.] 

[Warrant, April 16, 1744, authorizing William King and Mark 
Langdon, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 



WILLIAM MUDGETT 1742 HAVERHILL DIST. 

[Guardianship of Ebenezer Mudgett, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of William Mudgett of Haverhill District, 
yeoman, deceased, granted to James Heath of Kingston Nov. 
24, 1742.] 



JAMES JOHNSON 1742 HAVERHILL DIST. 

The last Will and Testament of James Johnson of Haverhill 

So cauled in Newhampshire in New England husbandman 
* * * 

Imprimes I give to my Honnoured Granmother Hannah John- 
son thirty pounds in money of the old tennor to be paid by my 
Executrix at the end of a full year after my decease 

Item I give to my Honnoured Mother Mary Coelbee whome I 
Constitute make and ordain to be my whole and Sole executrix 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 37 

of this my last will and testament; all my Eastate real and per- 
sonal of what kind and nature Soever and to receive all the 
Debts that are dew to me and to pay all the debts that I do owe 
and legesise and also my funeral Charges: and this is my last 
will and testament haveing my perfect memory and understand- 
ing: as witnes my hand and seal this Twenty second day of 
December Annoque Domini one thousand Seven hundred and 
forty two 

Signed Sealed and Declared his 

by the Said James Johnson as James X Jonson 

his last will and testament in mark 

the presence of us the Subscri- 
bers 

his mark 

Jonathan X Gile 

Abigal X Emerson 
her mark 

Daniel Little 

[Proved Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 



ROBERT EMERSON 1742 HAVERHILL DIST. 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Emerson of Haverhill 
District, yeoman, granted to his widow, Sarah Emerson, Dec. 
29, 1742.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1742, authorizing George Little and Caleb 
Page, both of Haverhill District, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 241.] 

[Inventory, Jan. n, 1742/3; amount, £1678.1.6; signed by 
George Little and Caleb Page.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Benjamin Heath 
of Haverhill District and his wife, Sarah Heath, formerly widow 
of the deceased; amount of estate, £2390.16.6; expenditures,. 



I38 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

•£575-°-3; allowed June 24, 1747; mentions "y e widow Mother 
of the deceased," " Maintainance of three Children."] 

[Additional account of the administratrix; receipts, £116.0.0; 
expenditures, £105.18.0; allowed April 29, 1752.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1752, authorizing Moses Copp and Caleb 
Page, gentlemen, Thomas Little, tanner, Ebenezer Johnson, 
yeoman, and Eldad Ingalls, cordwainer, all of Hampstead and 
Plaistow, to divide the real estate.] 

[Guardianship of Priscilla Emerson and Robert Emerson, 
aged less than fourteen years, children of Robert Emerson, 
granted to Moses Hale of Hampstead, yeoman, March 25, 1752.] 

[Bond of Moses Hale, yeoman, with Moses Copp as surety, 
both of Hampstead, in the sum of £1000, April 29, 1752, for the 
guardianship of Priscilla Emerson and Caleb Emerson ; witnesses, 
Enoch Clark and William Parker.] 

By Virtue of a Warrant to us Directed from the Honourable 
Court of Probate for the Province of Newhamshear to Divide 
the Reall Estate of Robert Emerson Late of Haverhill Destrict 
Deceas'd, We Have attended the service and Have set of to 
sarah the Wife of Benjamin Heath for her thirds aboute twenty 
one acres and a Half of Land on the West side of the Roade 
bounded as followeth (viz) begining at the Northeast Corner 
at a stake & stons by Cap 1 Moses Copps his Land thince south- 
erly by the Roade aboute fifty seven Rods to the Brook thence 
Westerly by the Brook and parsonage meadow aboute twenty 
six Rods to a stake and stons thence northerly aboute twenty 
fower Rods to a Heape of stons on a flat Rock thence Westerly 
aboute seventy 3 Rods to a black oake tree marked thence 
further Westerly aboute forty five Rods to a Red oake tree 
marked near the parsonage meadow thence northerly aboute 
twenty two Rods to a Black oake tree marked which is one of s d 
Copps Bounds thence by s d Copps Land Easterly or north- 
easterly to the first Bounds mentioned and also aboute two 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 39 

acres and Eight Rods of meadow on the East side of the Roade 
bounded at the norwest Corner at a stake and stons by the 
Edge of the upland thence Easterly by moses Hales meadow 
aboute fifteen Rods to a stake & Stons thence southerly aboute 
thirty Rods to a stake and stons by the upland thence by the 
upland and the fence to the first Bounds Mentioned — 

We Have also set of to the s d sarrah the East Half of the 
House and half the Celler and one third of the Barn that is the 
East End to the East of the flore and Half the Bay to the West 
of the flore to the first Cros Beam We Have also set of to the s d 
sarah one sixth part of the sawmill and Priviledge alwayes Re- 
serving Liberty for Caleb Emerson to pas and Repas as need 
shall be through the above s d thirds to his Land through Gates 
and Bars we also allow the s d Caleb a Convenient Barn yard 

We Have set of to Caleb Emerson son of the s d Robert for his 
two shares of the Remaining part of the Reall Estate all the 
Rest of the Land on the west side of the Roade Consisting of 
aboute sixteen acres of Land be the same more or Less and is 
bounded Northerly by the thirds and Easterly partly by the 
thirds and partly by the Roade and southerly partly by Cap* 
George Littles Land and partly by the personage meadow and 
Westerly Partly by s d Littles Land and partly by the s d person- 
age meadow to gether With the West Half of the House and the 
Remaining part of the Barn: We Have also set of to the s d Caleb 
aboute sixteen acres of Wood Land on the East side of the Roade 
be the same more or Less and is bounded at the south West 
Corner at a stake and stons by a two Rod Roade thence North- 
easterly by s d Roade aboute thirty fower Rods to a Stump and 
heape of stons thince northerly or northeasterly by M r Richard 
Hazzens Land aboute ninety three Rods to a stake and stons in a 
swamp thence south westerly partly by Joseph Colbyes Land 
and partly by Land belonging to s d Estate aboute thirty six Rods 
to a White oake tree marked thence southerly aboute Eighty 
Eight Rods to the first Bounds mentioned and also aboute three 
acres of meadow be the same more or Less and is bounded at 



I40 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the north West Corner at a stake and stons at the Brook thence 
southerly aboute twenty two Rods to a stake and stons by a Dry 
oake tree thence bounding southerly by the upland and North- 
erly by the Brook till its Comes to the fence at the head of the 
meadow We Have also set of to the s d Caleb one sixth Part of the 
sawmill and priviledge 

We Have also set of to abigall Hale the Wife of Moses Hale 
Jun r Daughter of the s d Robert aboute twenty acres of Land 
be the same more or Less and is bounded as followeth at the 
northwest Corner at a stake and stons near the meadow thence 
south Easterly by the meadow aboute forty Rods to the two 
Rod Roade thence by s d Roade northeasterly aboute sixty Rods 
to a stake and stons also a bounds of y e above s d Caleb Emersons 
Land thence northerly by s d Calebs Land aboute sixty five Rods 
to a white oake tree marked thence South Westerly by Land 
belonging to the s d Estate aboute Eighty seven Rods to the 
first bounds Mentioned we Have also set of to the s d Abigail 
aboute one acre and sixty three Rods of meadow be the same 
more or Less and is bounded at the northwest Corner at a stake 
and stons by the thirds thence Easterly partly by Moses Hales 
meadow and partly by the Brook aboute ten Rods to a stake 
and stons thence southerly aboute twenty fower Rods to a 
stake and stons by the upland thence Westerly aboute nine Rods 
to a stake and stons thence northerly aboute thirty Rods by the 
thirds to the first Bounds mentioned. We Have also set of to 
the s d Abigall one twelfth Part of the saw mill and priviledge: 
alwayes Reserving Liberty for Prissillah Emerson her Heirs and 
assigns to pase and Repas through the above s d Land out to the 
Roade through Gates and bars as need shall be next to Calebs 
Emersons Land 

We Have set of to Prissillah Emerson Daughter of the s d 
Robert aboute twenty acres of Land be the same more or Less 
and is bounded at the northwest Corner at a stake and stons by 
Daniel Little Esq" Land thence northeasterly by s d Littles Land 
aboute twenty fower Rods to a stake & stons by Joseph Colbyes 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I4I 

Land thence southeasterly by s d Colbyes Land to a stake and 
stons by Land set of to the above s d Caleb Emerson thence 
south Westerly by s d Calebs Land to a White oake tree marked 
Which is one of s d Calebs bounds thence southerly by s d Calebs 
Land aboute twenty two Rods to a white oake tree marked thence 
south Westerly aboute Eighty seven Rods by Land set of to 
Abigail to a stake and stons near the meadow thence northerly 
by the Meadow aboute sixteen Rods to a stake and stons by 
moses Hales Land thence northeasterly and northwesterly by 
moses Hales Land to the first bounds mentioned. W r e Have 
also set of to the s d Prissillah aboute one acre and sixty three 
Rods of meadow bounded at the norwest Corner at a stake 
and stons by the brook thence Easterly by the Brook aboute 
Eleven Rods to a stake and stons thence southerly by Calebs 
meadow aboute twenty two Rods to a stake and stons by the 
upland thence Westerly aboute twelve Rods to a stake and stons 
thence northerly by Abigails meadow aboute twenty fower Rods 
to the first bounds mentioned We Have also set of to Prissillah 
one twelfth Part of the sawmill and Priviledge 
Dated In Hampstead September 26: 1752 

Eldad Ingalls 
Moses Copp 
Ebenezer Johnson 
Thomas Little 

[Priscilla Emerson of Hampstead, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, makes choice of her uncle, Benjamin Emerson, 
as her guardian Nov. 29, 1753; witnesses, Joseph Little and 
Daniel Little.] 

[Guardianship of Priscilla Emerson, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, daughter of Robert Emerson, deceased, granted 
to Benjamin Emerson March 14, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 4.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Emerson, yeoman, with Joseph Little, 
yeoman, as surety, both of Hampstead, in the sum of £200, 



I42 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

March 14, 1754, for the guardianship of Priscilla Emerson; 
witnesses, Benjamin Norris and Thomas Hardee.] 

[Caleb Emerson, aged fourteen years, makes choice of his 
uncle, Benjamin Emerson, as his guardian May 3, 1756; wit- 
nesses, Mary Kezar and Daniel Little.] 

[Guardianship of Caleb Emerson granted to Benjamin Emer- 
son Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Emerson of Hampstead, gentleman, with 
Stephen Emerson of Hampstead, and Thomas Johnson of Plais- 
tow, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for 
the guardianship of Caleb Emerson; witnesses, John Smith and 
William Parker, Jr.] 



SAMUEL TRIPE 1742 PORTSMOUTH 

[Guardianship of Sarah Tripe, Samuel Tripe, and Ann Tripe, 
aged less than fourteen years, children of Samuel Tripe of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, deceased, granted to William Parker of Ports- 
mouth Dec. 29, 1742.] 



JOHN PRAY 1742 PORTSMOUTH 

[Warrant, Dec. 30, 1742, authorizing John Ayers and John 
Shackford, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of John 
Pray of Portsmouth, gentleman, administration of which is 
granted to Samuel Hart, John Cutt, gentleman, and Margaret 
Lucas, widow, all of Portsmouth.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Pray, Jan., 1742/3; amount, 
£1574.4.1; signed by John Ayers and John Shackford.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I43, 

[Administration granted to George Massey of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, March 30, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 246.] 

[Warrant, April 25, 1743, authorizing Samuel Hart, Eleazer 
Russell, and John Cutt, all of Portsmouth, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £1491.5.4; signed 
by Samuel Hart, Eleazer Russell, and John Cutt.] 



STEPHEN SEAVEY 1743 

[Inventory of personal property belonging to the estate of 
Capt. Stephen Seavey; amount, £41.19.6. "The above articles 
is that part of y e Inventory of Cap* Stephen Seveys Estate 
which Came by his present Widow who was formerly y e widow 
Trew"; endorsed 1743.] 



NATHANIEL LOWE 1742/3 BOSTON, MASS. 

In the Name of God Amen I Nathaniel Lowe Mariner be- 
longing to his Majestys Ship Norwich Capt Thomas Gregory 
Commander being in Bodily health and of Sound and disposing 
Mind and memory and considering the Perrils & Dangers of 
y e Seas and other uncertaintys of this Transitory Life (Doe for 
avoiding controversies after my decease) make publish and de- 
clare this my Last Will and Testament in manner following 
(That is to say) First I recomend my Soul to God that gave it 
and my Body I commit to the Earth or Sea as it Shall please God 
to Order and as for and concerning all my Worldly Estate I 
Give Bequeath and Dispose thereof as followeth 

That is to Say All and Singular Such Wages Summ and 
Summs of Money Lands Tenements Goods Chattels and Estate 



144 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

whatsoever as Shall be any ways due owing or belonging unto 
me at the time of my Decease I doe Give Devise and bequeath 
the same unto my Dear and Loving Wife Mary Lowe of Boston 
New England, America 

And I doe hereby Nominate and Appoint my Dear and Loving 
Wife Mary Lowe Afores d Executrix of this my Last Will and 
Testament hereby Revokeing all former and other W T ills Testa- 
ments and Deeds of Gift by me at any time heretofore made 
And I doe ordain and Ratify these presents to stand and be for 
and as my Only Last Will & Testament 

In Wittness Whereof to this my said Will I have set my hand 
& Seal the Fourth Day of January Anno Dom 1742/3 And in 
the Sixteenth Year of the Reign of his Majesty King George 
the Second over Great Britain &<=. 

Signed Sealed Publish'd and Nathanaell Low 

Declared in y e presence of 

Jo Hilliar 

W m Spear 

Jona n Waters Clk 

[Proved July 22, 1746.] 

[Warrant, July 26, 1746, authorizing Samuel Hart, Jr., and 
John Hart, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of Nathan- 
iel Lowe of Boston, Mass.] 

[Inventory, signed by Samuel Hart, Jr., and John Hart; 
amount, £160.0.0; attested July 30, 1746.] 



JACOB BLODGETT 1742/3 LITCHFIELD 

[Bond of William Blodgett of Chelmsford, Mass., in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 21, 1742/3, for the guardianship of Oliver Blodgett, 
minor, in his fifteenth year, son of Jacob Blodgett of Litchfield; 
witnesses, Samuel Danforth and Mercy Johnson.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I45 

[Bond of John Richardson of Chelmsford, Mass., husbandman, 
in the sum of £300, Dec. 19, 1748, for the guardianship of Ne- 
hemiah Blodgett of Chelmsford, Mass., minor, in his sixteenth 
year, son of Jacob Blodgett of Litchfield ; witnesses, Andrew 
Bordman and Sarah Bordman.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN TIBBETTS 1742/3 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty first day of January 
Annoque Domini 1742, I John Tebbets of Summersworth Parish 
in Dover within the Province of New Hampshire Gent n being 
Sick & weak in body * * * 

Imp" My will is that all my Just Debts and funeral Charges 
be paid by my Executors in Convenient time after my Deceese 
out of My Estate — & for that Purpose I do hereby order and 
appoint them or ye Survivor of them to Sell all or any part of 
My Estate real or Personal & first y e Lands on Dover Neck & 
if that is Insufficient then about twenty Acres of Land More or 
Less by Salmonfalls road Adjoyning to Cap* Wallenfords & M r 
Waltons Lands in Summersworth & if that is Insufficient to 
Sell another parcel Lying Adjoyning to John Vickers And if that 
shall be Insufficient so much of y* 5 rest as shall be Sufficient — 

Item I Give and bequeath to my two Sons John Tebbets & 
Thomas Tebbets all My right and title Estate & Inheritance 
which I have of in & unto the Mill or Mills with y e Priviledges 
thereto belonging at Quamphegon to be Equally Divided 
betwixt my Said two Sons to them & their Heirs in fee — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Other Children to Each 
of them five shillings in Cash Viz* to my Sons Timothy & William 
& Moses & Joshua & Henry And to My Daughters Viz* Hannah 
& Mary & Sarah & Elizabeth and Abegell and Judith — to Each 
five shillings as aforesaid to be paid them by my Executors 
10 



I46 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

without Interest within One year after they shall respectively 
Come to Age or Marriage — 

Item My Said Debts and Legacies being paid All the rest & 
residue of my Estate Real and Personall I Give and Bequeath to 
My Loving wife Mary be the Same Houses Lands Goods Chattels 
rights or Credits in any place or places whatsoever or where- 
soever it is to her y e said Mary in fee Simple — she to take Care 
of y° bringing up & Education of my young Children — And I 
Appoint My friend Benjamin Mason & My Said wife Mary 
Executors of this my Last will & Testament revokeing all 
former Wills Testaments Legacies & bequests by me before 
made Wittness my hand and Seal y 6 Day and year above 
written — 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- John Tebbets 

nounced & Declared by the 
Said John Tebbets as his last 
will & Testament in Presence 
of 

Thomas Wallingford 

William Chadick 
Hear 

Abia X Chadick 
mark 

[Proved March 30, 1743.] 

[Inventory, signed by John Gage and James Hobbs; amount, 
£1193.9.0; attested Nov. 30, 1743.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 29, 1744, authorizing Thomas Miller, physi- 
cian, Joseph Hanson, gentleman, and James Hobbs, trader, all 
of Dover, to receive claims against the-estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate, May 29, 1745; amount, 
£532.7.1 1 ; signed by Joseph Hanson, Jr., and Thomas Miller.] 

[Account of the administrators, 1745, for expenses in settling 
the estate; amount, £37.15.0.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 47 

JAMES BISHOP 1742/3 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of James Bishop of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to John Tapley of Kittery, Me., mariner, Jan. 
26. 1742/3-] 



NATHANIEL MERRILL 1742/3 HAVERHILL DIST. 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Merrill of Haver- 
hill District, yeoman, granted to his widow, Hannah Merrill, 
Jan. 26, 1742/3.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 26, 1742/3, authorizing Daniel Little and 
Nathaniel Heath, both of Haverhill District, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Daniel Little; amount, £239.18.0; 
attested April 27, 1743.] 

[Guardianship of Jacob Merrill, minor, aged more than four- 
teen years, son of Nathaniel Merrill, granted to Daniel Little 
Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 119.] 



JOHN LOVEWELL 1742/3 DUNSTABLE 

[Nehemiah Lovewell of Londonderry, aged eighteen years, 
makes choice of Zaccheus Lovewell of Nottingham as his 
guardian Feb. 28, 1742/3; witnesses, Andrew Todd and John 
McMurphy.] 

[Guardianship of Nehemiah Lovewell, minor, aged more 
than fourteen years, son of John Lovewell of Dunstable, granted 
to Zaccheus Lovewell of Nottingham, yeoman, March 2, 1742/3.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 238.] 



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JAMES ADAMS 1742/3 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen I James Adams of Londonderry 
within the Province of New Hampshire in New England Hus- 
bandman Being Sick and full of Pain * * * 

Item my Will is that my Beloved Wife Elizabeth Adams Shall 
Enjoy all my Estate both reall and personall dureing life, Ex- 
cept what is hereafter mentiond in this Will, and at her Death 
to Dispose of all and Every part thereof among my Children as 
She thinks fitt and at her pleasure 

Item My Will is that my Beloved Son Robert Shall have 
twenty Pounds old tennor paid out of my Estate, as also my 
Kean, and my Largest pot, and my Large Bible; and as much of 
a Peace of home made Cloth that is new as will make him a Coat 
with what he has allready Got together with the Improvement 
of the meadow that I gave him 

Item my Will is that my Beloved Son John Shall have my 
Broad Cloth Coat and as much of my home made Cloth as will 
make him a Coat, and at my wife's Death to have a Feather 
Bed or Sooner if She pleases, together with the Improvement of 
the meadow that I Gave him with what he has allready Got. 

Item My Will is that my Beloved Son James Shall have all 
my Husbandry utensels for Labour and my Sadie, as also as 
much money paid him as will buy him Cloath for a Coat which 
Shall be as Good as the Cloth that my Sons Robert and John 
has Will'd to them with what he has allready Got. 

Item my Will is that my Beloved Son in Law Thomas Coch- 
ran Shall have a peace of new Searg to make him a Sute of 
Cloaths, and ten Pounds in the old tennor to Buy my Beloved 
Doughter Jennat Cochran a Goun with what he has allready 
Got. 

Item My Will is that My Beloved Doughter mary Shall have 
what Peutor is in my house, and a Round table a Pot and a 
Warming pan with what She has allready Got. 

and I do nominate and appoint John Macmurphy Esq r and 
James Rcid to be Exac" of this my last Will and Testament and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I49 

do hereby utterly revoke and Disanul all former wills Be- 
queaths & Exac rs heretofore named Either by word or Writing 
Ratifying Confirming and allowing this and no other to be my 
last Will & Testament In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set 
my hand and Seal this 5 th Day of march 1742/3 and in the Six- 
teenth year of his Maj tes Reign — 

Signed Sealed Published pro- his 

nounced and Declared by me James X Adams 

theafores d James Adams as my mark 

last will & Testament in pres- 
ence of these Witnesses. 

James Nimock 

Alex dr Clark 

Alex. Patterson 

[Proved May 25, 1743.] 



GEORGE TOWNSEND 1742/3 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I George Townsend of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Mariner being in Good 
Health of Sound Mind & Memory but being bound to Sea * * * 

Imprirn' 3 I give unto Bethya my Loving wife all my Personal 
Estate (excepting only my wearing Apparel) and the use & 
Improvement of my Real Estate during her natural Life for her 
Support & Maintainance But if she should thro' Sickness or 
other Frowns of Providence fall into want so that the said be- 
quest & Divise shall not be Sufficient for her Support then I 
order & Devise my Real Estate to be sold by my Exec rs or the 
Survivor of them for that purpose or So much as will answer the 
End afores d & for the payment of Such Debts as shall be neces- 
sarily Occasiond thereby according to the Discretion of the 
Person herein Appointed Co-Exec r with my said wife whom 
Impower to Over See & Determine & Execute this whole affair 

Item I give to George Dam the Son of Moses Dam of Newing- 
ton in Said Province Yeoman all my wearing apparel 



I50 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give & Devise unto Bethia Loud the Daughter of 
Solomon Loud of Portsmouth aforesaid Cordwainer all my Real 
Estate that shall be Left after my Said wifes Decease the same 
not being disposed of for her necessary Support in the Case afore- 
said to have & hold to the Said Bethia from the time that She 
Shall be Eighteen Years of Age & to her Heirs and Assigns forever, 
and the Income of the Said Estate from the Death of my Said 
Wife to the time of the said Bethia Loud's arrival to the said age 
of Eighteen Years I give to the use of her Mother Abigail Loud 
the wife of the said Solomon Loud — and in Case of the Death of 
the said Bethia before her Arrival to the said Age then what I 
have herein given to her Shall go to & I hereby Devise the Same 
to the said George Dam his Heirs & assigns and in Case the Said 
Abigail Should Dye before the Said Bethia arrives at the Said 
Age then the Said George Shall have the afores d Income until 
She shall come to that age — Lastly I hereby Constitute & ap- 
point my Said wife & W m Parker of Portsm afores d Joint Exe- 
cutors of this my Last will & Testament willing & Desiring them 
to pay all my Just Debts & Funeral Charges out of my Estate 
first before the paym* of any Legacy & then to Dispose of the 
same as aforesaid and I hereby Revoke all former & other wills 
& Testaments by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto Set my hand & Seal the twelfth Day of March 1742 & 
In the Sixteenth Year of his Majestys Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared by George Townsend 

the said George Townsend to 
be his Last Will & Testament 
In presence of us 

R. Wibird 

Matthew Livermore 

Esther Harvey 

[Proved March 25, 1761.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 151 

WILLIAM LOUD 1742/3 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty third Day of March 
In the Year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hun- 
dred and forty two three in the Sixteenth Year of his 
Majesty's King George the Second I William Loud of Ports- 
mouth in the Province of New Hampshire Cordwainer being 
weak in body * * * 

And I do hereby will & Order that my Lands at Barrington in 
the Province of New Hampshire be Sold by my Executors for 
the Payment of my Debts and Funeral Charges and if that the 
money Raised thereby shall not be Sufficient therefore I do 
hereby will and Order that so much of my Land on Pickerins 
neck so Called in Portsmouth aforesaid and bought of Captain 
Samuel Jordan of Biddeford in the County of York shall be 
Sold by my Executors for the Payment thereof — 

Item after my Debts and Funeral Charges are paid I Give the 
Improvement and use of the Residue of my whole Estate both 
Real and Personal unto my wife Abigail during her being and 
Remaining my Widow but if she Shall Marry again then only 
the use and Improvement of the one third part thereof — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Benjamin and unto 
his Heirs forever a Double Share and Portion of my Estate and 
unto each of my other Children and their Heirs forever a Single 
Share and Portion of my Estate in manner following Namely if 
my Wife Abigail shall die my Widow then to be Divided among 
them at her Decease but if she shall marry again then two thirds 
of my Estate to be Divided among them in manner aforesaid 
upon her Marriage and the other third upon her Decease — 

Item I do hereby Constitute and Appoint my Wife Abigail 
and M r Tobias Langdon of Portsmouth aforesaid Cooper Exec- 
utors of this my last Will and Testament hereby Disallowing 
Annulling and Revoking all former Wills Testaments Legacys 
Bequests by me in any ways before this time named Willed or 
Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be 



152 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
Set my hand and Seal the Day and Year above Written — 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- William Loud 

nounced and Declared by the 
said William Loud as his Last 
Will and Testament In the 
Presence of us the Subscribers 

Mark Langdon 

Joseph Langdon Jun r 

Jacob Randell — 

[Proved April 27, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 251.] 

[Inventory, April 23, 1745; amount, £1448.8.9; signed by 
Mark Langdon and James Abbott.] 



MARY CAMERON 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Mary Cameron of Ports- 
mouth, widow, granted to her brothers, Jonathan Stoodly and 
James Stoodly, Jr., both of Portsmouth, mariners, March 30, 
I743-] 

[Warrant, March 30, 1743, authorizing John Ayers and John 
Shackford, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 270.] 

[Inventory, signed by John Ayers and John Shackford; 
amount, £1663.0.0; attested June 29, 1743.] 

[Administrators' account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate, £1663.0.0; expenditures, £236.7.1; allowed 
July 30, 1746.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Cameron granted her to uncle, James 
Stoodly, Oct. 30, 1 75 1.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 1 8, p. 228.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 53 

SAMUEL HAM 1743 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Ham of Dover, hus- 
bandman, granted to John Ham, Jr., of Dover, yeoman, March 
30, I743-] 

[Warrant, March 30, 1743, authorizing Joseph Hanson and 
James Davis, both of Dover, to appraise the estate of Samuel 
Ham, administration of which is granted to his brother, John 
Ham.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1743; amount, £422.6.1 ; signed by James 
Davis and Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Ham, Stephen Ham, and Lydia 
Ham, aged less than fourteen years, children of Samuel Ham, 
granted to John Ham of Dover, husbandman, May 30, 1744.] 



JAMES TITCOMB 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of James Titcomb of Ports- 
mouth, barber, granted to his widow, Ann Titcomb, March 30, 
I743-] 

[Warrant, March 30, 1743, authorizing John Ayers and John 
Shackford, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 269.] 

[Inventory, June, 1743; amount, £225.7.0; signed by John 
Ayers and John Shackford.] 



WILLIAM WORMWOOD 1743 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of William Wormwood of Dur- 
ham, yeoman, granted to his son, Joseph Wormwood of Durham, 
yeoman, March 30, 1743.] 

[Warrant, May 30, 1743, authorizing Joseph Drew and Daniel 
Davis, both of Durham, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 28, 1743; amount, £74.0.0; signed by Daniel 
Davis and Joseph Drew.] 



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SAMUEL GREEN 1743 STRATHAM 

April y e 23. 1743. 

In the Name of God Amen. I Samuel Green of Stratham in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England Husbandman, 
being weak in body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath unto Mary Green my beloved 
wife the priviledge of Managing my whole Estate in Stratham 
to let it out by Lease, or any other ways for Her comfortable 
maintenance So long as She lives a widow, but if She marry 
again, She Shall have only her thirds of my Estate, and at her 
decease it Shall be disposed of in the form and manner hereafter 
mentioned. 

Item I give to my beloved Son John Green the Sum of twenty 
Shillings in Bills of Credit old Tenor or the value of it in Lawful 
money to be raised and Levied out of my Estate. 

Item I give unto my Son Samuel Green the Sum of twenty 
Shillings in Bills of Credit old Tenor or the value of it in Lawfull 
money to be raised and levied out of my Estate 

Item I give unto my Son Benjamin Green my whole right in 
the town ship of Bow to him his Heirs and assigns forever to be 
frely possessed and Enjoyed, and likewise five pounds in bills 
of Credit old Tenor of the value of it in Lawfull money to be 
raised and levied out of my Estate. 

Item I give unto my Son Joseph Green the Sum of twenty 
Shillings in Bills of Credit old Tenor or the value of it in lawfull 
money to be raised and levied out of my Estate. 

Item Dividing my land in Stratham into ten Equal parts I 
Give unto my Son Ephraim Green Seven tenth parts thereof my 
house and Barn, and an hundred Acres of land in Rochester in 
the Province afore S d and two Chains, and the Iron works which 
belong to a pair of Cart wheels, to him his Heirs and assigns 
for ever to be freely possessed and Enjoyed. And I Do ordain 
and appoint that my Son Ephraim afore Said pay all the Lega- 
cies mentioned in this my last will and Testament and provide 
for my three Daughters Hannah Green, Abigail Green, and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 155 

Deborah Green House room food and apparel So as not to 
let them Suffer; and also that he pay my funeral Charges and 
all my honest Debts. 

Item I give unto my Daughter Sarah Mason the Sum of 
three pounds in Bills of Credit old Tenor or the value of it in 
Lawfull money to be raised and Levied out of my Estate, and 
paid by my Son Ephraim Green afore said. 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Drew the Sum of three 
pounds in Bills of Credit old Tenor or the value of it in Law full 
money to be raised and Levied out of my Estate, and paid by 
my son Ephraim Green afore S d 

Item I give unto my Daughter Hannah Green one tenth part 
of my land in Stratham aforesaid to be freely possessed and 
Enjoyed by hir So long as She lives unmarried and also one 
third part of my household Goods after the Decease of mary 
Green my wife afore Said, and if the Said Hannah Green Should 
Marry, and my Son Ephraim Green afore Said will pay her or 
cause to be paid the Sum of thirty pounds in bills of Credit old 
Tenor or the value of it in Lawfull money, then my Daughter 
Hannah Green afore said Shall Give up and quit her right and 
Claim to the land unto my son Ephraim Green aforesaid or if 
She Should Die without marrying; at her decease her part of the 
Land Shall go to my Son Ephraim Green afore Said and Shall be 
adjudged to be his property and Estate to be freely and fully 
possessed and Enjoyed by him his Heirs and assigns forever. 

Item I give unto my Daughter Abigail Green one tenth part 
of my Land in Stratham afore Said to be frely possessed and 
Enjoyed by her so long as she lives unmarried, and also one 
third part of my household Goods after the Decease of mary 
Green my wife afore said, and if the said Abigail Green Should 
marry and my son Ephraim Green afore S d will pay her or Cause 
to be paid the Sum of thirty pounds in Bills of Credit old Tenor 
or the value of it in lawfull money then Abigail Green afore S d 
Shall Give up and quit her right and Claim to the land unto 
my Son Ephraim Green afore S d ; or if She Should Die without 
marrying at her decease, her part of the land Shall go to my Son 



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Ephraim Green afore Said, and Shall be adjudged to be his 
property and Estate to be freely and fully possed and Enjoyed 
by him, his Heirs and assigns forever. 

Item I give unto my Daughter Deborah Green one tenth part 
of my land in Stratham afore Said to be freely possessed and 
Enjoyed by her So long as She lives unmarried and also one third 
part of my household Goods after the decease of mary Green 
my wife afore Said and if the Said Deborah Green Should marry, 
and my Son Ephraim Green afore S d will pay her or Cause to be 
paid the Sum of thirty pounds in Bills of Credit old Tenor or the 
value of it in Lawfull money, then Deborah Green afore Said 
Shall Give up and quit her right and claim to the land unto my 
Son Ephraim afore Said, or if She Should Die without Marrying, 
at her decease, her part of the land Shall go to my Son Ephraim 
afore Said, and Shall be adjudged to be his property and Estate 
to be freely and fully possessed and Enjoyed by him his Heirs 
and assigns forever. 

I likewise Constitute, make and ordain my Friends Jonathan 
Dearborn, David Robinson Sen r Abraham Tilkin and Thomas 
More blonging to Stratham afore S d Executors of this my Last 
will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, 
and disanul all and Every other former Testaments, wills, Lega- 
cies, and bequests and Executors by me in any ways before 
named, willed and bequeathed; Ratifying and Confirming this 
and no other to be my Last will and Testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the 
Day and year above written. 

Signed Sealed, published, Samuel Green 

pronounced and declared by 
the Said Samuel Green as his 
last will and Testament in the 
presence of us the Subscribers. 

Thomas Veasey Ju r 

John Dearborn 

Jacob Low 

[Proved Feb. 29, 1743/4.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 57 

[Warrant, Feb. 29, 1743/4, authorizing Capt. Edward Fifield, 
gentleman, and Benjamin Taylor, Jr., yeoman, both of Stratham, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 17, 1744; amount, £1034.10.6; signed by 
Edward Fifield and Benjamin Taylor, Jr.] 



ANDREW COCHRAN 1743 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Andrew Cochran of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to James Cochran of Londonderry, 
husbandman, May 10, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 263.] 

[Warrant, May 10, 1743, authorizing John McMurphy and 
John Mitchell, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by John McMurphy and John Mitchell; 
amount, £849.6.6; attested Sept. 28, 1743; mentions John 
Cochran, brother of deceased.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £208.15.0; expenditures, £118.7.2; 
allowed March 27, 1745.] 

[Guardianship of Abraham Cochran, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, granted to Hugh Wilson and James Cochran, 
Jr., both of Londonderry, March 27, 1745.] 

[Bond of Hugh Wilson and James Cochran, Jr., with Samuel 
Hodge and James Cochran as sureties, all of Londonderry, in 
the sum of £500, March 27, 1745, for the guardianship of Abra- 
ham Cochran, aged more than fourteen years, and Ann Cochran 
and Mary Cochran, aged less than fourteen years, children of 
Andrew Cochran; witnesses, Richard Waldron, Jr., and Samuel 
Davis, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 26, 1750, authorizing Andrew Todd, Moses 
Barnett, John Wallace, James Wilson, and John W T eare, all of 



I58 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Londonderry, to report on the advisability of dividing the real 
estate among the widow, Mary Cochran, the oldest son, Abra- 
ham Cochran, and the two other children.] 

[Report of commissioners against the division of the estate, 
and appraising it at £900.0.0. The whole was assigned to the 
oldest son, Abraham Cochran, June % 26, 1751, he giving bond to 
pay the others their shares.] 

[Bond of Abraham Cochran, weaver, with Moses Barnett, 
gentleman, and James Wilson, yeoman, as sureties, all of Lon- 
donderry, in the sum of £200, June 26, 1751, to pay £187.10.0 
to each of his sisters, Ann Cochran and Mary Cochran; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and William Parker, Jr.] 



PAUL TIBBETTS 1743 ROCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Paul Tibbetts of Rochester, 
husbandman, granted to his widow, Sarah Tibbetts, May 25, 

I743-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 263.] 

[Warrant, May 25, 1743, authorizing John Allen and Ephraim 
Tibbetts, both of Rochester, husbandmen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 22, 1743; amount, £845.12.0; signed by 
John Allen and Ephraim Tibbetts.] 



JOHN WILLEY 1743 SALEM, MASS. 

[Guardianship of Mary Willey and John Willcy, aged less 
than fourteen years, children of John Willey of Salem, Mass., 
yeoman, granted to Robert Wallace of Londonderry, yeoman, 
May 25, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 262.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 59 

JOHN BELL 1743 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen I John Bell of Londonderry within 
the Province of new Hampshire in new England yeoman Being 
very much Indispos'd in Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Elizabeth 
Bell, the one third of all the Income of my Real Estate dureing 
Life, and also the one third of my Personall Estate after my 
Just debts & funerall Charges is paid out of the Same, to be 
dispos'd by her at her pleasure, and my wife to Enjoy the East 
End of my house dureing Life. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Son John Bell, my 
Home Liveing with all the Improvements thereon, Consisting 
of Sixty acres, with my Second Division adjoining thereto Laid 
out for fourty acres, together with what meadows Lies within 
Said Land, as also a peace of meadow Lying in pine Swamp 
Meadow, he paying the Legacies after mention'd 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Doughter Eliza- 
beth Bell, one Hundred & Fifty Pounds, old tennor, or Lawfull 
money Equall thereto, to be paid to her by my Son John in the 
following manner, (that is to Say) Seventy Five pounds of S d 
money at the time of her mariage, or when She arives to the 
age of twenty one years, or Equivolent in Spacie to her Satis- 
faction ; which of them She pleases, and the other Seventy five 
pounds in one year after mariage, or when She arives to twenty 
two years of age, which money is to be Dispos'd of by her as 
She pleases. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Bloved Doughter mary 
Bell one Hundred & Fifty Pounds old tennor, or Lawfull money 
Equall thereto, to be paid to her by my Son John in the follow- 
ing manner, (that is to Say) Seventy Five Pounds of S d money 
at the time of her marriage, or when She arives to the age of 
twenty one years, or Equivolent thereto in Spece to her Satis- 
faction, which of them She pleases, and the other Seventy five 
pounds in one year after mariage, or when She arives to twenty 
two years, which money is to be dispos'd of by her as She pleases. 



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Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Son Samuel Bell 
one Hundred acres of Land Lying, Joyning to my Second Divi- 
sion, and the land in the present possesion of widow Arbuckle, 
with all the meadows Belonging to me Lying within S d Land, 
Reserving the Improvements of S d meadows to my Son John, 
untill my Son Sam 11 make a Setlement upon S d Land. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Grand Son John Duncan 
Fourty acres of Land lying Joyning to Land in the present poses- 
sion of James Smith & John Craig, and upon the Land that I 
have will'd to my Son Sam 11 ; Impowering my Son in Law George 
Duncan father to the afores d John Duncan, to Sell and Dispose 
of the Same if he think fitt, Before my Grandson Comes of age, 
for the Benefit & advantage of my afores d Grand Son. — 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son in Law George Duncan 
five Pounds old tennor, or Lawfull money Equall thereto, with 
what portion he has already Rec d 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son in Law William Duncan 
five Pounds old tennor, or Lawfull money Equall thereto, and 
fourty acres out of the next Division that is to be Laid out to 
my Right in Said Londonderry as a Proprietor in S d town, with 
what Portion he has allready Rec d . 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Bloved Sons John & Samuel 
all the remaining part of the Common & undivided Lands & 
meadows that may be Coming and Laid out to my Right as a 
Proprietor in Said Londonderry, to be Equally Divided Betwen 
them in Quantity and Quality. 

Item I Give and Bequeath my Son Sam 11 a paire of two year 
old Stears and one year old Heifer that was Bought from widow 
Given, and the remaining part of my personall Estate to be 
Equally Divided by my Beloved wife, among the rest of my 
Children. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Kinswoman Rachell Dickey 
one year old Heifer when my Beloved wife pleases to Give her 
S d Heifer. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS l6l 

And I do nominate Constitute and appoint Andrew Todd, 
and George Duncan, Exac" of this my last Will & Testament 
and all & Singular Goods & Chatties, Ratifying Confirming 
this and no other to be my last Will and Testament, and do 
utterly Revoke and Disanull all former wills Legacies & Be- 
queasts Whatsoever In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett 
my hand and Seal this Second day of June anno Dom. 1743, and 
in the Sixteenth year of his Maj tes Reign. &c 

Signed Sealed published pro- John Bell 

nownced & Declared by me the 

aforesaid John Bell as my Last ' 

will & Testament in presence of 
these Witnesess 

James Aiken 

Nathaniel Aiken 

John Macmurphy 

[Proved June 25, 1746.] 

[Andrew Todd and George Duncan decline the executorship 
June 23, 1746.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Bell, widow, with George Duncan and 
Samuel Bell, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the 
sum of £500, June 25, 1746, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



STEPHEN DOW 1743 HAVERHILL DIST. 

In The Name of God Amen — 

the fourth Day of June anno Domi 1743 — I Stephen Dow of 
Haverhill Destrict and provence of new Hampshire as the Line 
is Lately Run in New England yeoman being Very Sick and 
week in Body * * * 



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I give and Bequeath to my Son Nathaniel Dow the one Quor- 
tor part of my Lot of Land that Lays at the Westerly End of 
Land that I formorly gave my Son David Dow I allso give my 
Said Son Nathaniel the one half part of aboute thirty acers of 
Land Lying near provedence Brook (So Called) Derived from 
John Hutchens Late of Haverhill Decesed > 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter mary marble 
the Sum of twenty Pounds in Bills of Credet of the old tenour 
to be paid by my Executors at or before one full year after my 
Decese 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Son Richard Dow the one 
Quortor part of my Lot of Land that Lays at the Westerly End 
of Land that I formorly gave my Son David Dow : I allso give 
my Said Son Richard the one half part of aboute thirty acers 
of Land Lying near provedence Brook (So Called) Derived 
from John Hutchins Late of Haverhill Decesed 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Johanna tucker 
the Sum of twenty pounds In Bills of Credet of the old tenour 
to paid by my Executors at or before one full year after my 
Decesee 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Son David Dow the one 
half part of my Lot of Land that Lays at the Westerly End of 
his Land: I allso give my Said Son David the Sum of thirty 
pounds in Bills of Credet of the old tenour to be paid by my 
Executors at or before two full years after my Decese: I allso 
give my Son David my Best Suit of Apperiel 

Item I give to my Son a Law William Heath the Sum of five 
Shillings to be paid by my Executors at or before one full year 
after my Decese — 

Item I give and Bequeath to mary my Beloved Wife all my 
Household Stuf and houshold goods (when I Say household 
Stuf and houshold goods I meen no more then what thare is 
now In the house for my Stock and Utanals Belonging to Hus- 
bandery I give to my two youngest Sons namly Jonathan and 
Stephen) to be by her freely posessed and Injoyed: I allso give 



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her the free use and Improvement of the west End of my House 
and a previledge in the Celler as much as She Shall have oca- 
sion for I allso give my wife the Use of a Cow and the Keeping 
of her Sumer and winter and a horse to Ride when She Shall 
have ocasion: and allso ten Bushel of Indyon Corn and three 
Bushel of Rie and two Bushel of wheet anualy Every year Dure- 
ing the term of her natural Life: and allso one Hundred and 
forty Pounds of porck and one Hundred pounds of Beef: and 
two Barriels of Sider and wood Convenient for one fire anualy 
Every year Dureing the term of her natural Life I allso give her 
the third part of the provision that I now have In my house: 
I allso give my wife the Sum of ten pounds in Bills of Credet of 
the old tenour pr year to be paid to her anualy by my Executors 
Dureing the term of her natureal Life 

Item I give and Bequeath to the first Church of Christ in 
Haverhill the Sum of five pounds in Bills of Credet of the old 
tenour to be paid by my Executors at or before one full year 
after my Decese 

Item I will that all those Legaces herein Expressed together 
with all my Just Debts and funeral Expences be paid and well 
and truly performed by my Executors hereafter named — 

Item I give and Bequeath to two of my Sons namely Jonathan 
Dow and Stephen Dow whom I Likewise Constitute appoint 
and ordain my Executors of this my Last will and testament 
my Homesteed Lands and Buildings together with my Stock 
and Utanals Belonging to Husbandry: and allso aboute thirty 
acers of Land Lying near Spikit Reaver Derived from Henery 
palmers Late of Haverhill Decesed: and allso the Remainder 
of my Real or personal Estate that I have not perticulerly 
Disposed of in this my Last will and testament to be Divided 
Equaly betwen them: and I do hereby uterly Disalow Revocke 
and Disanul all and Every other formor testaments wills Lega- 
ces and Bequests and Executors by me in any ways before 
named willed and Bequested Ratifieing and Confirming this 
and no other to be my Last will and testament In Witness 



I64 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

whareof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Day and 
year above writen 

Signed Sealed Published pro- Stephen dow 

nounced and Declared by the 
Said Stephen Dow as his Last 
will and Testament In the pres- 
ence of us the Subcribers 

William Ayer 

John dustan 

John Johnson 

[Proved June 29, 1743.] 



PAUL GERRISH 1743 DOVER 

[Mary Gerrish renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Paul Gerrish, June 21, 1743, in favor of her son-in-law, 
John Wood, and her son, Samuel Gerrish, both of Dover; wit- 
nesses, Jonathan Gushing and N. Sparhawk.] 

[Administration granted to John Wood, gentleman, and Sam- 
uel Gerrish, yeoman, June 29, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 267.] 

[Guardianship of Jonathan Gerrish, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Paul Gerrish of Dover, granted to John 
Wood of Dover, gentleman, June 29, 1743.] 

Articles of Agreement made and Concluded upon this twenty 
Seventh day of Sepf A D 1743 Between Mess" Paul Gerrish 
John Wood Moses Carr & Sam 1 Gerrish, the Heirs of Collonel 
Gerrish late of Dover Deceased with Respect to the Division of 
the Household Goods, And Wearing Apparel of the said Coll 1 
Gerrish viz* i 8t That Madam Gerrish the Widow of the said 
Collonel Gerrish shall have the Liberty of taking for her Own 
Use one third part of the Household Goods, Exclusive of the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 65 

Wearing Apparel and such part of s d Goods, as she shall see fit 
2 dly That the Remaining two thirds of s d Goods, be Divided 
among y e afores d Heirs in Equal Proportion, excepting the said 
Paul Gerrish who is to have a Double part & that in y e manner 
following Viz* First That Each of the said Heirs take of y e said 
Goods, such as they shall Chuse to the value of ten pounds at 
Each Draught or Division Second ly That the said Paul Gerrish 
shall have liberty to Chuse his Part to the value of ten Pounds 
first and then in y e following Order viz* M r Wood Doc tr Carr 
Samuel Gerrish and then M r Wood for Jon a Gerrish an Heir to 
said Estate in Minority to w r hom sd M r Wood is Guardian 
Thirdly In Each of the following Draughts or Divisions of s d 
Goods the s d Paul Gerrish shall haye liberty to Chuse & Draw of 
s d Goods to the value of twenty Pounds first & then the Others 
in their Order to y e Value of ten Pounds in Each of said Draughts 
or Divisions And the said Paul Gerrish shall also have liberty to 
Draw of said Goods in the last Division after y e Others have 
Drawn to the value of ten Pounds to make out his Part Double 
to Either of y e Rest — Fourthly That the said Paul Gerrish & 
Moses Carr shall Give a Receipt for the said Goods they shall 
Receive to the said Jn° Wood & Sam 11 Gerrish Adminis 8 to y e 
said Estate and an Obligation under their hands & Seals y* in 
Case y e Other Moveable Estate of the said Coll: Gerrish shall 
not be Sufficient to Satisfy or Discharge the Lawful Debts or 
Just Demands upon the said Estate then they the s d Paul Gerrish 
& Carr will Refund money to the value of the Goods they have 
Received or Otherwise Rest Satisfied in y e said Admin™ Dis- 
posing of so much Land Appertaining to y e said Estate as will 
be sufficient to Discharge the said Debts without Molesting y e 
s d Admin" or Putting them to any trouble or Charge in the 
Law — 

Fifthly In the Division of the aforesaid Goods the said Heirs 
shall take such Goods as have been Appraised by the Gentle- 
men Appointed to Appraise the said Goods by the Hon ble Judge 
of Probate at the Several Prices they were valued at by them — 



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Sixthly — That when any Particular kind or sort of said Goods 
may be Divided without Manifest damage then no One of the 
said Heirs shall take more than One of such Goods at one 
Draught or Division And the aforesaid Heirs do Hereby Bind 
and Oblige themselves Each to the Other in the sum of five 
hundred Pounds Old Tenour to Stand and Abide by the fore- 
going Articles as Witness our Hands the Day and Year first 
above written — 

Witnesses Paul Gerrish 

Jon a Cushing John Wood 

Eliza: Moses Carr 

Samuel Gerrish 

[Petition of Paul Gerrish of Dover, yeoman, oldest son, Oct. 
26, 1743, that the administration granted to John Wood and 
Samuel Gerrish may be revoked and granted to him; mentions 
that Paul Gerrish died in June, 1743, leaving a widow, three sons, 
and two daughters.] 

[Decree of court Nov. 30, 1743, denying the petition of Paul 
Gerrish.] 

[Inventory. April 23, 1744; amount, £3908.8.6; signed by 
Thomas Millet and John Wingate.] 

[Warrant, July 26, 1744, authorizing Thomas Millet of Dover, 
Eleazer Russell of Portsmouth, and John Wingate of Dover to 
receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate, signed by Thomas Millet, 
Eleazer Russell, and John Wingate.] 

[Citation, Sept. 5, 1749, to the administrators to render an 
account of the estate.] 

[Account by John Wood of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of estate £3950.18.4; expenditures, £2756.8.1; allowed 
April 24, 1751.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 67 

[Additional account of expenditures by the administrator; 
amount, £1127.14.10; exhibited the last Wednesday in March, 

1756.] 

[Additional account of the administrator, Oct. 25, 1758; 
receipts, £2012.7.0; expenditures, £715.15.11.] 

[Administration on the estate of Paul Gerrish of Dover granted 
to John Wood of Dover Oct. 18, 1743.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. 6, p. 58.] 

[Inventory of the estate in York County, Me., March 31, 1744; 
two hundred acres of land in the new township at the head of 
Berwick, Me., and land and mill interests in Berwick, Me., 
valued at £132.16.3.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. 6, p. ioo.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; ex- 
penditures and claims against the estate, £392.2.6; allowed 
April 17, 1744.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. 6, p. 100.] 



EDWARD EMERY 1743 BOSCAWEN 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Emery of Boscawen, July 
— , 1741 [1743?]; amount, £684.16.0; signed by John Fowler, 
Joseph Eastman, and George Jackman ; attested by Sarah Emery, 
administratrix, Aug. 31, 1743.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Emery, yeoman, 
granted to his widow, Sarah Emery, Aug. 31, 1743-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 279.] 

[License to the administratrix, Aug. 31, 1743, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
amount of personal estate, £419.0.0; expenditures, £291.9.2; 



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allowed Aug. 29. 1750: signed by Sarah Emery; mentions "bring- 
ing up my Youngest Son who was but one Year and Nine 
Months old when his Father died. "] 

[Bond of Sarah Emery, widow, with William Emery* as surety, 
both of Boscawen. in the sum of £500, Aug. 29, 1750, for the 
guardianship of her son, Edward Emery, aged less than fourteen 
years; witnesses. William Parker and John Smith.] 

Province of Whereas we the Subscribers were ap- 

Xew-Hampshire J pointed & Authorized by the Hon ble 
Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of the Probate of Wills, &c for the 
Province aforesaid to divide the real Estate of Edward Emery 
late of Contoocook in the Province aforesaid, who deceased 
intestate, among the Widow & Children of the Deceased — 

Pursuant to the said Order. & by Virtue of the same, we have, 
by the Agreem* & Consent, & to the Satisfaction of all con- 
cerned, divided & set off the said Estate, in Manner & Form as 
follows — viz 

To the Widow of the Dec d during her natural Life, The 
original Home Lot of the Dec d & the original Home Lot of 
Samuel Gerrish, together with the Buildings, Fences, Orchard, 
&c upon & appertaining to the said Lots — 

Also, Two Interval Lots in the lower Interval, viz. the original 
Lot of the Dec d & the original Lot of Samuel Gerrish And one 
Interval Lot in the upper Interval in Contoocook aforesaid, 
viz. The original Lot of James Merril — 

To Samuel Emery, the eldest Son of the Dec d for his double 
Portion of his Dec d Father's Estate, The original eighty-Acre- 
Lot of the Dec d & the original hundred-Acre-Lot of Samuel 
Gerrish, & the undivided Land belonging to the Rights of the 
Dec d & of Samuel Gerrish aforesaid. — Also, the original Interval 
Lot of Richard Pettingal — 

To William Emery, second son of y e Deceased, in his own 
Right, & in the Right of his two Sisters Sarah iS: Mary, the 
Daughters of the Dec d of whom the Said William has purchased 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 69 

their respective Parts in & unto their dec d Father's Estate, — 
The original eighty-Acre-Lot of Samuel Gerrish, the original 
hundred-acre-Lot of Richard Pettingal, The original hundred 
Acre Lot of James Merril, One half of the original hundred-acre- 
Lot of the Deceased, Three seventeenth Parts of the original 
Millright, & the undivided Lands of the original Rights of James 
Merril & Richard Pettingal — 

To Edward Emery the youngest Son of the Dec d and a Minor, 
The original eighty-acre-Lot of Richard Pettingal, & one half 
of the original hundred-Acre-Lot of the Dec d — All the said 
divided Lands lying & being in Contoocook aforesaid. And the 
said Division we have made & set off according to the Agreem* 
of all concerned who were capable of acting; & to the Minor we 
have set off his Part according to the best of our Skill & Judgm* 
As witness our Hands this 25 th day of October Anno Domini 

I750. 

Jeremiah Clough 
Richard Jackman 
Stephen Gerrish 
[Allowed Oct. 31, 1750.] 



ELIZABETH ALCOCK 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Elizabeth Alcock of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampsh r Widow Being sick & weak of 
Body * * * after my Just Debts & Funeral Charges are 
paid (which I desire my Exec 1 to do as Soon as can Conveniently 
be done by disposing of any Estate which belongs to me either 
Real or Personal as he shall think best) all the Rest Residue & 
Remainder of my Estate I give & Devise to my Grandson 
Samuel Alcock the son of Elizabeth Newmarch the wife of John 
Newmarch of said Portsm Boat builder To have & to hold to my 
said Grandson his Heirs & assigns forever — And I also make & 



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appoint my said Grandson Sole Exec of this my Last Will and 
Testament And Appoint Eleazer Russell & William Parker Esq" 
to be his Guardians until he Shall Arrive to the full age of twenty 
One Years and also to be Over Seers of the Execution of this my 
will and I Earnestly Recommend & Exhort my said Grandson 
& give it to him as my Dying Charge to hearken to & be Gov- 
erned by their advice & Counsell from time to time as they shall 
See Occasion of giving the Same hereby also praying them to 
take this Trouble upon them and do this Friendly Office to me 
& my said Grandson In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the fourth Day of July in the Seventeenth Year of 
His Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 1743 — 

Signed Sealed & Declared by Eliz a Allcock 

the Said Elizabeth Alcock to be 
her last Will & Testament in 
Presence of 

Humphrey Furnell 

Eliz a Newmarch 

Lucy Walker 

[Proved Dec. 28, 1743.] 

[Warrant, March 28, 1744, authorizing Nathaniel Meserve, 
shipwright, and John Hart, blacksmith, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 348.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 29, 1744; amount, £251.10.0; signed by 
Nathaniel Meserve and John Hart.] 



WILLIAM McPHERSON 1743 LONDONDERRY 

Londondery 
To all Cristian peapl Creating horn thes presents may com 
Know ye that I william Person of Londondery being in My 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 171 

Right Sences, tho wake of body do make my last will and test 
first I Resinne my soul to God ho give it and my body to the 
dust to be desently buried and as for my worldly substance I 
constute and apoint Samuel Rankin of Londondery and James 
ferson of chastor to be my Exactors first I alow my Real Estat 
to be sold and my debt payd and what Remans first my dear 
wife Mary Ferson to have the third part of my Real personal 
and moufabls and If shee see cas to have all the moufabls in 
hir part as thy ar prised shee may have them and the Rest of 
my Estat shal be for the bringing up and scooling of my tow 
childer Samuel and Elesbath ferson and if ther be any Remain- 
ing to be given to my tow childer equlay to be divided betwen 
them all to be don acording to the Descrason of the foor men- 
sioned Samuel Rankin and James Ferson but my childer not to 
sufer nor bound out while ther is a peny of my Estate to the 
foore Sealed with my seal this thirtieth of July one thousan 
Seven hundred and forty three in presons of 

Alexander m°Neall • Mark 

James miller William X Ferson 

Samuel m c Ferson his 

[Proved Aug. 31, 1743.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 30, 1743, authorizing John McMurphy and 
James Rogers, yeoman, both of Londonderry, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by John McMurphy and James Rogers; 
amount, £213.13.9.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel McPherson, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of William McPherson, granted to Samuel 
Allison Sept. 9, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 134.] 

[Bond of Samuel Allison, Jr., yeoman, with Col. Samuel 
Barr and Samuel Morrison, gentleman, as sureties, all of Lon- 



172 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

donclerry, in the sum of £500, Sept. 9, 1756, for the guardian- 
ship of Samuel McPherson; witnesses, Robert Cochran and 
John Barr.] 



STEPHEN JONES 1743 DURHAM 

In the name of God Amen The Sixth Day of August in the 
year of our Lord God One thousand Seven hundred Forty and 
three I Stephen Jones of the Town of Durham in the Province 
of New Hampshire in New England being aged and well Stricken 
in years * * * 

Imprimis I will, bequeath, and give my Son Stephen Jones 
his heirs, Execu" and Assigns forever, all my Farm where I now 
live at a place Commonley known by the Name of Johnson's 
Creek, with the houses, buildings, priviledges, and appurte- 
nances to the Same belonging; with the Marsh thatch-Bed, or 
flatts on each Side the Said Johnson's Creek lying and being in 
the Town of Durham and Province of New Hampshire; Except 
that Tract, or parcel of Marsh, thatch-bed, or flatts on the Easter- 
ley Side of the S d Creek that my Son Ebenezer Jones now Im- 
proves; I likewise will, bequeath and give my Son Stephen 
afores' 1 my whole proprietor's Right in the lands in the Town 
of Canterbury in the Province afores d with the priviledges & 
appurtenances thereunto belonging with the one Eighth part 
of the Saw mill at the Falls in Durham afores d with the priv- 
iledge of the Stream; all the aboves d premisses to be had and 
held by him and them for ever immediately after my decease. 

Item I will, bequeath and give my Son Ebenezer Jones his 
heirs Exec rs and Assigns for ever all that Farm, Tract, or parcel 
of land he now lives upon lying & being at a place Called Com- 
monley by name of Kempsey in the Town of Durham and 
Province afores d with the priviledges and appurtenances there- 
unto belonging; as also Twelve Acres of Land at Folliott's 
Swamp So Called in said Town and Province with that Tract 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 73 

and parcel of Marsh Thatch-bed or Flatts that he now improves 
on the easterly Side of Johnson's Creek aboves d in said Town of 
Durham with the priviledge to pass and Repass to hawl away 
the Salt-hay and thatch from off the s d Marsh in the winter 
through my home stead Farm I now live upon ; I likewise give 
him the One Eighth part Of the Saw Mill at the Falls in Dur- 
ham with the priviledge of the Stream with my whole proprie- 
tor's Right, or Share, in the lands in Town of Rochester and 
Province afores d as also all my Right and Title in the Common 
and undivided lands in the Town of Durham aforesaid all the 
foregoing premisses to be had and held by him and them for 
ever Immediately after my decease 

Item I will, bequeath, and give my Daughter Mary wife of 
John Smith jun r One hundred pounds in Bills of Cred fc Old 
Tenour to be paid by my Son Stephen Jones within Eighteen 
months after my Decease 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Abigail wife of 
Joseph Thomas One hundred pounds in Bills of Credit Old 
Tenour To be paid by my Son Ebenezer Jones within Eighteen 
months after my Decease 

Item I will, bequeath and give Abigail Jones Daughter of 
Ebenez 1 and Joanna Jones my Feather Bed with all the Furni- 
ture belonging to the Said bed that I now lodge upon: To be 
Delivered to her by my Execu rs Immediately after my Decease 

Item as to the Remainder of my Estate personal and Real, 
bills bonds Debts dues and demands whatsoever, or in what 
hands Soever it may be found I do will and bequeath unto my 
Sons Stephen Jones and Ebenezer Jones their heirs, Execu" 
and Assigns for ever To be equally divided Between them, whom 
likewise I do Ordain, Constitute and appoint my Sole Execut" 
in trust to see this my last will and Testament performed; and 
I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and disannull all and 
every other former Testaments wills Legacies and Bequests 
and Execut" by me in any ways before named, willed and Be- 
' queathed, Ratifying and Confirming, this and no other to be 



174 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have here unto 
Set my hand & Seal the Day and year within written. 

Signed, Sealed, published pro- Stehen Jones 

nounced and Declared by the 
Said Stephen Jones as his last 
will and Testament in the pres- 
ence of us the Subscribers 

Isaac Clark 
his 

Thomas X Leathers 
mark 

William Bruce 

[Proved Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Bond of Stephen Jones, gentleman, and Ebenezer Jones, 
yeoman, with William Bruce, trader, and Thomas Leathers, 
yeoman, as sureties, all of Durham, in the sum of £500, Sept. 
29, 1756, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker 
and John Fernald.] 

[Examination of Joseph Thomas of Durham, gentleman, and 
his wife, Abigail Thomas, and Mary Smith of Durham, widow, 
Feb., 16, 1767, on charges of concealing part of the estate.] 



JOHN VINCENT 1743 NEWINGTON 

In The Name of God Amen. I John Vincent of Newington 
in the province of Newhampshire in New England being Sick 
& Weak of Body * * * I Doe also Ordain & Apoint my 
well beloved wife Martha Vincent to be the Sole Executrix of 
this my Last will 

Item I give and Bequeath to my aforesaid wife Martha 
Vincent all and Singuler my whole Estate Both Real and per- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I 75 

sonal Both in Newington or Elce Where (Except one hundred 
Acers of Lands in the North Devisions in The Town of Chester 
in the province of Newhampshire aforesaid) To her own proper 
use and behoof. Dureing her Natural Life she Neither Make 
Script nor Wast of the Same, and then att the Decease of my 
aforesaid wife I give and Bequeath Said Estate that Shall be 
remaining att the Death of my Said wife To my well beloved 
Daughter, Margret Vincent Dureing her Natural Life, and att 
her Decease I give the whole of my aforesaid Estate that Shall 
be and remaining after the Death of my Said Daughter, To my 
well beloved granson Thomas Vincent the Son of my afore said 
Daughter Margret, and to the proper heirs off his Body for Ever 
(Except before Excepted) unless my Said Daughter Should 
happen to have more Chilldren that then in Such Case the 
Other Chilldren of my Said Daughter Shall receive Some- 
thing of a Legacy out of my Said Estate not Exceeding Sixty- 
pound Each, att the Decression of my Said Daughter Mar- 
gret; But. in Case my Said granson Shall Dye, without Lawfull 
Issue and my Said Daughter Shall not have any more Chilldren, 
That then in Such Case, I give and Bequeath all and Every of 
my aforesaid Estate to the heirs of my Brother Robart Vincent 
of the Kingdom of Ireland; But if it Should Soe happen that 
after the Death of my Said wife and Daughter, that my granson 
Thomas Vincent Shall Dye with out Lawfull Issue and there 
Should be none of the Issue of my aforesaid Brother Robart 
that in Such Case I Will give and Bequeath What of my Estate 
is in Newington, towards the Carrying on of a publick School 
in Newington for teaching and Edification of Youth in Newing- 
ton aforesaid, and what of my Estate Shall be in the Town of 
Chester for the Maintaining and Carrying on of a School for 
the publick Bennifett of Youth in the Town of Chester afore- 
said. 

Item I give and Bequeath To the proper heirs Issue of the 
Body of my Brother Robart Vincent of the Kingdom of Ire- 
land one hundred Acers of Land in Chester being Excepted in 



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this my last will, out of the whole of My Estate to my wife 
Margret Vincent; But in Case there Should not be any of the 
heirs Issue of my Said Brother Robart that then the Said hun- 
dred Acres of Land Shall be for the Bennifett of a publick 
School in Chester, aforesaid, and this I Ordain to be my Last 
will and Testement Wittness my hand this Twenty fifth Day 
of Aug 8 * in the Year of our Lord 1743 

Signed Sealed pronounced John Vincent 

and Declared to be the last will 
& Testement of John Vincent 
in the presence of 

John Nutter 

Gideon Walker 

Geo Walton 

[Proved Nov. 28, 1744.] 

[Administration granted to William Vincent of Brunswick, 
Me., cordwainer, April 25, 1744.] 

[Warrant, April 25, 1744, authorizing John Fabyan and 
Clement March, both of Newington, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by John Fabyan and Clement March; 
amount, £2602.18.10; attested July 25, 1744.] 



ABRAHAM TAYLOR 1743 DUNSTABLE 

[Administration on the estate of Abraham Taylor of Dunstable' 
yeoman, granted to Samuel Taylor of Dunstable, yeoman, Aug. 
3L I743-] 

[Warrant, Aug. 31, 1743, authorizing Jonathan Danforth and 
Samuel Brown, both of Dunstable, to appraise the estate of 
Abraham Taylor, administration of which is granted to his 
brother, Samuel Taylor, the widow refusing.] 



NIW HAMPSHIRE WILLS .177 

[Inventory, signed by Samuel Brown; amount, £989.17.1; 
attested Oct. 26, 1743.] 

[License to the administrator, Oct. 31, 1744, to sell real estate.] 



ANTHONY TAYLOR 1743 HAMPTON 

[Citation, Sept. 6, 1743, to Bethia Taylor, widow, John Taylor, 
husbandman, Jonathan Taylor, husbandman, Joseph Taylor, 
gentleman, and Richard Taylor, yeoman, all of Hampton, to 
appear and show cause why administration on the estate of An- 
thony Taylor of Hampton, tanner, should not be granted to 
Gershom Griffith of Hampton, innholder, principal creditor.] 

[Administration granted to Gershom Griffith April 25, 1744.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1746, authorizing Edward Shaw and 
Joshua Lane, both of Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 21, 1746; amount, £18.5.0; signed by Edward 
Shaw and Joshua Lane.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £223.4.0; expenditures, £230.5.1; allowed July 30,1746.] 



JOHN GAINS 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Gains of Portsmouth, 
turner, granted to his widow, Ruth Gains, Sept. 28, 1743.] 

[Warrant, April 2, 1744, authorizing Samuel Hart and John 
Cutt, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 372.] 

[Inventory, signed by Samuel Hart and John Cutt; amount 
£1132.10.0; attested Oct. 31, 1744.] 



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WILLIAM WATSON 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Watson of Ports- 
mouth, shopkeeper, granted to his widow, Sarah Watson, Sept. 
28, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 292.] 

[Inventory; amount, £167.15.9^; signed by Charles Gorwood 
and Jeremiah Libby, Jr.; attested April 25, 1744.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £356.2.3!; signed 
by Samuel Hart, Eleazer Russell, and John Cutt; attested May 
28, 1746.] 



JOSEPH SHAW 1743 KENSINGTON 

In The Name of God amen the twenty fifth of October 1743 
I Joseph Shaw of the Parish of Kinsington in the Province of 
newhampshire in newengland being very weak in body * * * 

ily imprimes I Give unto my well beloved wife hanna Shaw 
the East End of my dwelling house with the Priveledg of half 
the Seler under the Said house and the movabls within Doars 
and one Cow and two Sheep my Son moses to Keep the Cow 
and two Sheep winter and Sumer and I Give to my now wife 
Eight bushels of Indin Corn two bushels mault one hundred 
waight of beef one hundred waight of Porke and Three Coard 
of wood all and Every article to be provided yearly and Every 
year So Long as Shee Shall Live a widow to be Provided by my 
two Sons Elihu and moses 

2ly I Give to my Son Giddeon Shaw one half of my Right 
at Chaster and my four Shears at Little River 

3ly I Give to my Son Elihu Shaw all my Land on the south 
side of the way where his house now standeth and half my 
Land that I had of Luther morgin 

4ly I Give my Son mcses Shaw the west end of my dwell- 
ing house and the one half of my Seller my barn and orchard 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 79 

and all my Land on the North Side of the way where my house 
and Barn now Standeth and one half of my Land that I had of 
Luther Morgin my two sons Elihu and moses to Provide for 
there mother as is above Expresed 

5ly I Give to my Son Caleb Shaw half my Right at Chaster 

61y I Give to my Daughter Jerusha Lock ten Pounds money 
to be Paid by my two Sons Gideon and Caleb Gideon five 
Pound and Caleb five Pound to be Paid within one year after 
my decese 

yly I Give to my daughter mirium Ten Pounds money to 
be Paid by my Son Elihu within one year after my decese 

81y I Give and bequeath to my daughter marah Ten Pounds 
money to be Paid by my son moses within one year after my 
decese 

And I Do make Constitute and Apoint my two sons Elihu 
Shaw and Moses Shaw to be my sole Executors to this my Last 
Will and Testiment Ratiefying and Confirming this and no 
other to be my Last will and Testament In witness whereof 
I the Before mentioned Joseph Shaw Senior have here unto Put 
my hand affixt my seale the Day and year as above written 
and in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and forty three 
and in the sixteenth, year of the Reign of our sovereign Lord 
King George the second of England Scotland france and 
Ireland King &c 

Signed sealed in Presents of Joseph Shaw 

us witnesses 

Ezekiel Dow 
his 

Josiah X Brown 
marke 

Nathanael Dearbon 

[Proved July 31, 1745.] 

[Inventory, signed by Josiah Brown and Ezekiel Dow; 
amount, £3282.6.6; attested March 30, 1745.] 



ISO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM SCAMMON 1743 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of William Scammon of Strat- 
ham, yeoman, granted to his widow, Rachel Scammon, Oct. 26, 

1 743-] 

[Inventory, signed by Benjamin Norris and Jonathan Clark; 
amount, £1044.8.8.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1057.19.11; expenditures, £137.9.3; allowed June 24, 

1752.] 



JOHN BREWSTER 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I John Brewster of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Taylor Being Sick & weak 
but of Sound & Perfect Mind & Memory & knowing that it is 
Appointed for man Once to Die but not knowing how Soon it 
may be my turn Do make & Ordain this to be my Last will & 
Testament And in the first place I Commit my Soul into the 
hands of God the' father of Spirits hoping to find Mercy with 
him thro' the Merits & Mediation of Jesus Christ our Lord & 
my Body I desire may be Decently buried according to the 
Discretion of my Exec herein after named. And as touching 
my Worldly Goods & Estate I give & Devise the same in the 
following manner & form viz my will is that all my just Debts 
be paid by my said Exec & my funeral Charges and that he 
pay to each of my other Brethren viz Joshua & Joseph & to my 
Sister White twenty Shillings old tenor to buy them a pair of 
Mourning Gloves for each and all the rest Residue & Remainder 
of my Estate of what nature or kind soever the Same is or where- 
soever it shall or may be found I give Devise & Bequeath the 
same unto my Brother Samuel Brewster his Heirs & Assigns 
forever in Consideration of his Services & kindness to me in 
many Instances I also Constitute & Appoint him to be Sole 



\l \Y HAMPSHIRE WILLS 151 

Exec r of this my Last Will & Testament & Do hereby Revoke 
all other & former Wills cY. Testaments by me in any manner 
made — In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & 
Seal the twenty Eighth Day of Octob r 1743 & in the 17 th year 
of His Majesty's Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared John Brewster 

by the Said John Brewster to 
be his Last Will & Testament 
in presence of 

Sam 11 Sherburne 

James Nelson 

William Peverely 

[Proved April 25, 1744.] I 



JOHN SHERBURNE 1743 NEWCASTLE 

[Administration on the estate of John Sherburne of Newcastle, 
mariner, granted to John Sherburne of Newcastle, gentleman, 
Oct. 29, 1743.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 302.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Sherburne, son of John Sherburne 
of Portsmouth, mariner, deceased, granted to his grandfather, 
Nathaniel Mendum of Portsmouth, July 29, 1747, whose daugh- 
ter married John Sherburne, father of the ward.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 160.] 



JOSEPH HALL 1743 DOVER 

To all People to whom these Presents shall Come Greeting 
Know ye That Joseph Peirce of Portsm in the Province of New 
Hampshire Esq r Clement March of Greenland in said Province 
Esq r and Clement Jackson of Hampton in Said Province Esq r 
and Joseph Jackson of Boston in the County of Suffolk in the 



182 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Province of the Massachusetts Bay Hatter by Virtue of Several 
Powers or Letters of Attorney made and Executed to them 
as follows viz* Joshua Peirce Esq r Daniel Peirce Gent" Nathaniel 
Peirce Marriner Sarah Winslow Widow Sam 1 Moore Merch 1 & 
Mary his wife all of Portsmouth afores d Joseph Green & Anna 
his Wife Elizabeth Peirce & Benjamin Green and Margaret his 
Wife all of Boston afores d (which Josh a Dan 1 Nath 1 Sarah 
Mary Anna Elizabeth & Margaret as well as the said Joseph 
Peirce are Children & Coheirs of Eliz a Peirce late wife of Joshua 
Peirce Late of Portsm aforesaid Esq r Deceased) to the said 
Joseph Peirce & Mary March of Greenland aforesaid Widdow 
to the said Clement March & Joseph Hubbard of Boston afore- 
said Blacksmith & Sarah his wife (which Eliz a Peirce Deceas d 
& the Said Mary March & the said Sarah Hubbard were Daugh- 
ters & heir to Joseph Hall formerly of Dover in said Prov e of 
New Hamp r Deceas d ) to the said Clement & Joseph Jackson 
Joyntly & Severally Authorizing & Impowering them the S d 
Attorneys to make a full & final Partition & Division of a Certain 
farm Situate in Greenland aforesaid heretofore the Estate of 
the s d Hall & of which the said Constituents & the Said Joseph 
Peirce are now Seized in Common & undivided in the right of 
the said Joseph Hall a plan or plat of which Farm with the 
Partition hereby made is Drawn at Large on the other Side 
hereof Now the s d Attorneys Pursuant to the Powers & Author- 
itys Granted & Conveyed to them as afores d & the S d Joseph 
Peirce as well also in his Own Right & for himself his heirs & 
assigns to the End a full final & Perpetual Division & Partition 
may be made of the s d Premises & for the more Convenient & 
Profitable Improvement thereof by all the Parties Interested 
therein It is Covenanted Granted Concluded & Agreed by the 
Said Parties to these Presents in their Respective Capacities 
in manner & form following that is to Say First the Said Clement 
March & the Said Clement & Joseph Jackson & Each of them 
in their Said Capacities & for & in Behalf of their respective 
Constituents their heirs & assigns Doth by these Presents Grant 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 83 

Covenant & fully Agree that the afores d Children & Coheirs of 
the said Eliz a Peirce Deceas d shall from henceforth Have Hold 
and Peaceably Enjoy in Severalty To them their heirs & 
Assigns forever to their Own proper Use Benefit & behoof forever 
all that Part Portion & Division of the afores d farm which is 
represented in the said Plan by the Part or Division Numbred 
Two & that the s d Mary March & Joseph Hubbard & sarah his 
Wife & their respective heirs & assigns shall not from hence- 
forth Claim or Demand any Right title use or Possession in or 
to the Same or any Part thereof but they & their Several & res- 
pective heirs & assigns shall henceforward from all Actions 
Rights Title & Demand thereof or thereunto be Utterly Ex- 
cluded & Debarred forever by these presents. And the Said 
Joseph Peirce & Clement & Joseph Jackson & Each of them as 
they are herein respectively Concernd & Interested & in behalf 
of their Constituents their heirs & Assigns Doth by these Pres- 
ents Grant Covenant & fully Agree that the Said Mary March 
shall from henceforth Have Hold & peaceably Enjoy in Severalty 
to her her heirs & Assigns forever to her & their Own proper Use 
Benefit & Behoof all that part portion & Division of the afore- 
said Farm which in the Said plan is Represented by the part or 
Division Numbred Three & that the Said Children & heirs of 
the said Eliz a Peirce and the s d Joseph Hubbard & sarah his 
Wife & their Several & respective heirs & assigns Shall not from 
henceforth Claim or Demand any Right Title Use or Possession 
in or to the Same or any part thereof But they & Their Several & 
Respective Heirs & assigns shall hence forward from all Actions 
Right Title & Demand thereof or thereunto be Utterly Excluded 
and Debarred forever by these presents And the Said Joseph 
Peirce & Clement March as they are herein respectively Inter- 
ested & Concerned & in behalf of their Constituents their heirs 
and Assigns Do hereby Grant Covenant & fully Agree that the 
Said Joseph Hubbard & Sarah his Said Wife in her right shall 
from henceforth Have Hold and Peaceably Enjoy in Severalty 
to them in the Said Right & her heirs & to their Assigns forever 



184 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to their Several & respective use benefit & behoof forevei all that 
part Portion & Division of the said Farm which in the Said 
Plan is represented by the part or Division Numbred One and 
Called Jacksons Land And that the Said Children of the Said 
Elizabeth Peirce Deceas'd and the said Mary March and their 
Several and Respective Heirs shall not from hence forth Claim 
or Demand any right Title Use or Possession in or to the Same 
or any part thereof but they And their Several and Respective 
heirs & Assigns shall henceforward from all Actions Right Title 
& Demand thereof or thereunto be utterly Excluded & Debarred 
forever by these presents and the Said Joseph Peirce and the 
said Clement and Joseph Jackson and Each of them as they are 
herein Respectively Concern'd and in behalf of their Constitu- 
ents and their Respective heirs & assigns doth hereby Covenant 
Grant and Agree that the Said Mary March her heirs and 
assigns forever shall have hold and Enjoy the Priviledge Benefit 
and Use of a Cart way or passage from the Road or high way 
which runs thro the Said Farm to Newington in Said Province 
of New Hampshire Between or through y e Parts or Portions 
of said Farm hereby Set of & sever'd to the Said Children of the 
Said Eliz a Peirce Deceas'd, And the Said Joseph Hubbard 
and Sarah his said Wife as aforesaid down to the Salt Water or 
Bay Side to a Landing Place there, The Said way to be taken 
out of their Said Parts Equally and the Said Parties to these 
Presents as they are respectively Interested & Concerned herein 
and for their Constituents their heirs and Assigns Do by these 
Presents remise release and forever Quit Claim unto Each 
other respectively all right Title Claim Interest and Property & 
Demand whatsoever of in and unto the respective shares Parts 
& Portions of Said Farm herein allotted Divided Set of and 
Severed to Each other In manner aforesaid and ~ farther it is 
agreed by the said Parties that the Thatch Grounds Belonging 
to said Farm by the Bay side are not Comprehended or Contained 
in this Division and Partition but the Same shall be and remain 
in Common and be Improved as heretofore hath been Usual 



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among the Said Interested Parties and Claimers In Witness 
whereof the Said Parties to these Presents have hereunto Set 
their hands and Seals the Nineteenth Day of November Anno 
Domini 1743 And In the Seventeenth Year of his Majestys 
Reign 

Signed Sealed & Delivered Jos' 1 Peirce 

In Presence of Clem* March 

Edward Man Clem 1 Jackson 

W m Parker 

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N. 44 W 100 

60 W 170 

79 E 20I 

14^ W 70 Packer's orchard 

87 W 90 to y° Bay 

S. 82 E From y e Spring to y e Bay 
B. y e spring — The dividing Line B. C. runs S° 83 East — 
The dividing Line D. E runs south 63 East 

[Deeds, vol. 27, p. 244.] 



JAMES REID 1743 LONDONDERRY 

In The name of God Amen I James Reid of London-dery in the 
Province of New-hampshire in New-England yeo-man * * * 

2 dIy As to what Wordly Estate The Almighty hath favoured 
me with I Bequeath to my much Loved wife Mary Reid one 
third part of the Improvement of all the Estate I have whither 
Real or personal as Long as she Lives — or If She shall not Choose 
that — that she shall have all my household Stuff of what kind 
soever to be at her disposal when she is about to die save one 
Good Bed if she shall have it I Leave to her son George I Leave 
her two Cowes to be at her own choice and to be maintained 
Suficiently summer and Winter and their calves whilest within 
a year old I do allow her the Riding and Improvement of a horse 
and the maintenance of the same to use as she pleases I do also 
bequeath her any end of my house she pleases and yearly a 
sufficency of fire wood Cut haled home and Ready to be Laid 
on the fire with twenty Bushels of Grain (Viz) fifteen of Corn 
and five Bushels of Rie I Bequeath her also the third part of all 
the Cider Ready made and put into my cellar together with one 
hundred pounds of Pork and two hundred Pounds of Beef with 
all Sauce acordingly whither Cabbage Potatoes or whatever 
she or my exec trs Shall think necesary or convenient for her 
will Living as also my Pocket Bible and as many of my own 
other Books as she pleases 



188 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

3 ly I Give and Bequeath to my son George Reid aJl my estate 
I either have or shall die possessed whither Real or personal all 
Lands Meadowes ochards houses Barns Cart Plowes Chaines 
houses in end all Implements whatsover I shall die Possessed of 
whither as a tradesman or husbandman on the following Con- 
ditions (viz) he paying all my Just debts and funeral Charges — 
1 Leave to him also all my Cattle of any kind He shall pay or 
perform to his Mother all that I have in this Instrument willed 
to her — 

4 ly I Leave to my son Mathew Reid two Dollars to be paid 
to him by George beside what he hath already gotten from mee 
or as much as Can prevent his Breaking this my Last will 

5 ly I Bequeath to my Son Thomas Reid beside what he has- 
already Goten two Dollars or as much as will prevent his En- 
deavours to Break this Will 

6 ly I Bequeath to my Daughter Elisabeth Reid now Cochran 
two hundred Pounds old tenour to be paid as followes by my 
Son George (viz) fifty pounds every year without Interest untill 
the whole be paid and the first payment in Eighteen moneths 
after my decease or death to be made and so on yearly 

7 ly I Leave and Bequeath to my Daughter Issabella Reid 
two hundred Pounds old tenour to be paid by my son George as 
followeth (Viz) fifty pounds every year untill the whole sum be 
paid without any Interest and the first payment to be made in 
Eighteen moneths after my death and so on yearly 

8 ly I Bequeath to my much Loved Friend M r John Haltridge 
son to the Rev rd M r Rob* Haltridge Min r in Finvoy twenty 
Pounds old tenour or a Beavei hat or dollars Equivalent 

9 ly I Bequeath to my Litlc Child Cathrine Culbertson if she 
behaves well acording to her mothers and Georges Pleasment 
if Rational one Good milch Cow Beside what I was obliged to 
give her 

io ly I do Desire and apoint that my Beloved Wife mary 
Reid the Rev rd M r David M c Gregore Cap* Sam 11 Barr Capt 
moses Barnet and my only Br Mathew Reid shall be the Fxe- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 189 

cutors of this my Last will and Testament and I do hereby Re- 
voke and make void all former wills Legacies or Bequeathements 
and Exec trs by me in any wise named willed or Bequeathed and 
Confirming these only to be my Last will and testament in 
witness whereof I have herunto Set my hand and Seal the 27 th 
Day of november and in the year of our Lord 1743 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- James Reid 

nounced and Declared by me 
the said James Reid as my Last 
will and testament in the pres- 
ence of us 

William Cendinen 

John Steell 

Nathaniel Martin 

[Proved Jan. 28, 1756.] 



JOHN PIPER • 1743 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Piper of Stratham, 
yeoman, granted to Samuel Piper of Stratham, yeoman, Nov. 
30, 1743.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1743, authorizing John Sinclair and 
Thomas Wiggin, Jr., both of Stratham, gentlemen, to appraise 
the estate of John Piper, administration of which is granted to 
his brother, Samuel Piper.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Piper, Abigail Piper, and John Piper, 
aged less than fourteen years, children of John Piper, granted 
to Thomas Wiggin of Stratham, yeoman, Nov. 30, 1743.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 9, 1743; amount, £1878.10.6; signed by 
John Sinclair and Thomas Wiggin.] 

[Guardianship of James Piper, son of John Piper, deceased, 
granted to Jonathan Piper of Stratham March 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 24.] 



190 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Jonathan Piper, with Josiah Parsons as surety, both 
of Stratham, in the sum of £1000, March 28, 1754, for the 
guardianship of James Piper, minor; witnesses, James Neal and 
Richard Young.] 



BENJAMIN GAMBLING 1743 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen 

I Bejamin Gambling of Portsm in the Province of New Hamp e 
in New England being of Sound mind & memory do make & 
ordain this my Last Will & Testament 

Imprimis I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty 
God that gave it & my Body to the Earth to be Decently buried 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Hon d mother Mary Gam- 
bling & to her heirs forever all my Estate both Real & Personal 
Whatsoever & wheresoever the Same is or may be found 

Item I Constitute ordain & make my Hon d Mother Mary 
Gambling aforesaid Sole Executrix of this my Last Will & Testa- 
ment 

And I Do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke & Disannull all 
& every other former Testaments Wills Legacys Bequests & 
Executors by me in any ways before this time named Willed & 
Bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my 
Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal this 3 d Day of December in the year of our Lord 
one thousand Seven hundred & Forty three 

Sign'd Seal'd Publish'd pro- Benj a Gambling 

nounced & Declar'd by the Said 
Benj a Gambling as his Last 
Will & Testament In the Pres- 
ence of us the Subscribers 

Jabez Fitch 

Dorothy Rymes 

Deborah Knight 

[Proved July II, 1744.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I9I 

JAMES ROLLINS 1743 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I James Rawlins of Newington 
in the province of New hampshire in New England Yeoman 
being of perfect & Sound Mind and Memory but Sick of Body 
* * * In the first place I will and Ordain my well beloved 
wife Deborah Rawlings my Sole Executrix 

Imprimess. I Give and Bequeath unto my Said wife Deborah 
Rawlins all my Estate Both real and personal as houseing Lands 
Goods Chatties Either in this province or Elce Where Dureing 
her Widohood, Except here after Excepted, 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Edward Rawlins one 
halfe Acer of land upon the left hand Side of the High way 
that leads from Captain Knights fferry to portsm Measureing 
Eight Rods in breadth upon Said High way and Next adjoyning 
to m r Jon a Downings Land and to Carry the aforesaid Wedth 
of Eight Rods back till the halfe Acer of Land be Accomplished 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Ichabod Rawlings one 
halfe Acer of land att the lower End of my land Next Adjoyning 
to Jonathan Batershells land. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Rawlings 
Twenty pounds in Money or to her Satisfaction out of my Estate 

Item: I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary: Raw- 
lings Twenty pounds in Money or to her Satisfaction, out of my 
Said Estate and also the Liberty to her the Said Mary Rawlings 
and her Sister Abigail Rawlings the Liberty and privelidge of 
liveing in one of the Lower Rooms of my Dwelling house as 
Long as Either or both of them Remain Single Women — all the 
Resedue of my Estate as houseing or Lands or Other Moveables 
Except what the law gives the Wido: I Give and Bequeath to 
my Son John Rawlings and his heirs Executors or Adminis- 
trators for Ever: and ffurther I will and itt is my Entent that 
if Either of my Sons Edward or Ichabod Shall have a Mind to 
Dispose of their halfe Acer of land that then in Such Case they 
Shall give the Refuse of the Same to Each Other or to their 
Brother John In Wittness and for the true performance of all 



192 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and Every Article contained in this and the foregoeing page 
I hereto Sett my hand and Seal this Twlfe Day of December 
in the Seventeenth Year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord 
George the Second King of Great Brittain ff ranee and Ireland 
Anno Domini 1743 

Sign'd Seal'd prononced & his 

Declared in the presence of us James X Rawlins 

Joseph Rawlings Mark 

her 
Eliz a X Rawlings 

Mark 
Geo Walton 
[Proved March 28, 1744.] 

[Warrant, March 28, 1744, authorizing George Walton and 
Richard Downing, both of Newington, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Richard Downing and George Walton; 
amount, £532.4.11; attested June 27, 1744.] 



SARAH TREADWELL 1743 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen I Sarah Treadwell of Hampton 
falls in the Province of New Hamps r in New England This 
twelfth day of December anno Domini Seventeen hundred And 
forty three in the Seventeenth Year of his Majestys Reign Being 
of Sound mind and memory (Blessed be God) and having the 
Estate of my Late Husband Joseph Swett Late of Hampton falls 
aforesaid Deceas'd Given me to Dispose of Among my Children 
And Being Desirous to Settle the Same Before my Decease Do 
make And Ordain this to be my last will and Testament: 
and first and principally I Give and Recomend my Soul to 
God that Gave it And my Body to the Earth to be Buried In 
Decent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executor 
hereafter Named. And as touching Such worldly Goods and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 93 

Estate as I have to Dispose of I Do Give Demise and Dispose of 
the Same In manner following 

And first my Will is that All my honest & Just Debts And 
funeral Charges that do not properly Belong to my present 
Husband to pay And Discharge Be paid in Convenient time 
after my Decease by my Executor hereafter named 

Item. I Give And Bequeath to my Son Benjamin Swett five 
Shillings Old tenor to be paid In Convenient time after my 
Decease by my Executor hereafter named He having already 
had his part of my Late Husband Swetts Estate 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Swett half 
an acre of Land adjoyning to his land where his Barn now 
Stands on the Easterly Side of the Rode that goes by the Grist 
mill formerly Cap* Green's to be four Rods in weadth by Said 
Road and So to Run Back from Said Road By my Said Son 
Jonathan's land till half an acre is Compleated 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Lydia Lee twenty 
Pounds old tenor to be paid in Convenient time after my De- 
cease by my Executor hereafter named. I also Give her one 
half of all my houshold Goods As Beds, Beding, Peuter, Iron, 
& Brass Utensils &c: 

Item I Give to my Daughter Hannah Swett twenty Pounds 
Old tenor to be paid in Convenient time after my Decease by my 
Executor hereafter named. I Also Give her one half of all my 
houshold Goods As Beds Bedding, Peuter Iron And Brass 
Utensils &c: 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son David Swett The 
Dwelling house where I now live And the Barn And the home 
place Lying between the two Roads all Except the half acre 
Given to my Son Jonathan as above mentioned and the Cow 
pasture so Called Lying on the Westerly Side of the aforesaid 
Road Going by the Grist Mill: and the Right of land in Kings- 
town that I Bough of Thomas Webster; And a piece of Salt 
Marsh of about ten acres Lying in Hampton falls aforesaid 
Having marsh of John Cram on the East and Marsh of Benj n 



194 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVILLS 

Green on the North and marsh of Jonathan Cram on the West, 
And the heirs of Jonathan Foulsam on the South. All I Give 
to my Said Son I Give to him his heirs and assigns for ever. I 
also Give him all Debts Due to me 

Lastly my will is that my Son David Swett be Sole Executor 
of this my last will and testament and by these presents Re- 
voking all former will or wills Testament or testaments this 
only is to be taken for my last will and testament 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal 
the day and year aforewritten 

Signed And Sealed And De- her 

clared by the Said Sarah Tread- Sarah X Treadwell 

well to be her last will and mark 

Testament In presence of us 
Witnesses 

Meshech Weare 

Benj a Hilyard 

Timothy Hilyard 

[Proved Oct. 30, 1745.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 13, 1745, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Benjamin Hilliard, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 519.] 

[Inventory; Nov. 25, 1745; amount, £1883.6.6; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Benjamin Hilliard.] 



EDWARD FOLSOM 1743 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Folsom of New- 
market, yeoman, granted to Ephraim Folsom of Newmarket, 
yeoman, Dec. 28, 1743.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 28, 1743, authorizing Walter Bryent and 
Joseph Burleigh, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 95 

[Inventory, Jan. 25, 1743/4; amount, £45.0.0; signed by 
Walter Bryent and Joseph Burleigh.] 

[License to the administrator, Jan. 25, 1744/5, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Bill of Ephraim Folsom against his son, Edward Folsom, 
"s d Edward being sick for about twenty years from fifteen years 
old & upward and after he arrived to y e age of twenty one 
years. "] 



ROBERT TRIGGS 1743/4 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Triggs of Portsmouth, 
laborer, granted to Samuel Triggs of Portsmouth, laborer, Jan. 

23, I743/4-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 309.] 

[Inventory; amount, £204.0.0; signed by Jeremy Libby and 
Richard Tibbetts; attested by Samuel Triggs, administrator, 
, 1 744-1 



JOHN RUSS 1743/4 CONCORD 

[Administration on the estate of John Russ of Rumford, yeo- 
man, granted to James Osgood of Rumford, yeoman, Jan. 25, 

I743/4-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 311.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 25, 1743/4, authorizing John Chandler and 
Nathaniel Abbott, both of Rumford, husbandmen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by John Chandler and Nathaniel Abbott; 
amount, £806.17.6; attested April 24, 1745.] 

[License to the administrator, Aug. 28, 1745, to sell real 
estate.] 



I96 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £576.0.2; expenditures, £457.16.3; allowed March 28, 
1753; mentions the widow, Priscilla Russ, and "children under 
7 Years of age."] 

[Additional account by Hannah Osgood, executrix of the will 
of James Osgood, administrator; receipts, £145.19.10; expendi- 
tures, £50.4.8; allowed April 25, 1759.] 



JOHN DOWNING 1743/4 NEWIXGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Downing of Newington 
in the Province of New Hampshire Esq r Being in Health * * * 

Item I give & Devise to my Son John Downing all that hun- 
dred Acres of Land Granted to me by the Town of Arrundell in 
the County of York in the Province of the Mass a Bay and all 
other Lands & Rights to Land in any Town Eastward of 
Piscataqua River belonging to me, not heretofore disposed of 
to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns and I do also Confirm as far 
as in me Lies all the Grants & Conveyances which I have here- 
tofore made to him of any Real Estate to hold as aforesaid — - 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Richard Downing all my 
Right to any Lands he is now in possession of & do hereby Con- 
firm to him his Heirs & Assigns whatever Gifts Grants & Con- 
veyances I have heretofore made to him of what nature or kind 
soever the same is & of whatever Estate whether Real or per- 
sonal — 

Item I give & Devise to my Daughter Hannah Bickford the 
wife of Jethro Bickford the sum of five pounds Lawful Money 
or Bills of Credit Equal thereto at the Election of my Exec" 
to be paid by them after the Decease of my Self & my wife 
Elizabeth & not before we shall be both Deceased the aforesaid 
Sum to be over & above what I have heretofore given her — And 
this to be in full for her part & portion out of my Estate 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 97 

I tem I Give & Devise to my Son Jonathan all the Land which 
I have heretofore Conveyd to him Ratifying & Confirming by 
these presents the aforesaid Conveyances to him his Heirs & 
Assigns And I give him my said Son Jonathan ten Shillings 
Lawfull Money to buy him a Mourning Ring to be paid by my 
Exec" after my Decease 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Joseph Downing all my 
Right to Land in the Township of Bow being one full Share or 
Proprietor's Right to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns and I also 
give him ten Shillings Like money for the purpose afores d to be 
paid as afores d 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Benjamin a Confirmation of 
all that Land of which I have made a Deed or Deeds to him in 
the Eastern Country or Else where I also give him ten Shillings 
Like money for the purpose afores d to be paid as afores d 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Joshua a Confirmation of 
that Land Conveyd to him by my Deed & ten Shillings Like 
money for the use afores d to be so paid 

Item I give &" Devise to my Son Josiah a Confirmation of the 
Land in Rochester which I heretofore Conveyd to him by Deed 
& likewise the aforesaid Sum of ten Shillings for the use afores d 
& to be so paid 

Lastly I give & Devise & Bequeath all the Rest Residue & 
Remainder of my Estate of what nature or kind so ever or where- 
soever the same is or Shall be found unto my two Sons John & 
Richard to be Equally Devided between them they Supporting 
& Maintaining my wife during her Life & giving her a Decent 
funeral Jointly between them And I hereby Nominate and ap- 
point my two said Sons John & Richard to be joint Exec rs of this 
my said Will & Testament And do hereby Revoke all other wills 
& Testaments by me in any manner heretofore made I also order 
my Said Exec rs to pay their Said Sister Bickford Besides what I 
have before given her herein ten Shillings Lawful money after 
my Decease for the purpose before Mentioned — 



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In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
twenty third Day of Feb ry Anno Domini 1743 And in the Sev- 
enteenth Year of His Majestys Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared by John Downing 

the said John Downinng to be 
his Last Will & Testament in 
Presence of us — 

William Parker 

Samuel rawllings 

Elies Parcher 

[Proved Sept. 26, 1744.] 



SAMUEL LAREY 1743/4 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Larey of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to Agnes Larey of Exeter, widow, Feb. 29, 

I743/4-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 316.] 



THOMAS GLENN 1744 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Glenn of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to Jane Glenn of Chester, widow, March 28, 

1 744-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 319.] 



RICHARD DOLLOFF 1744 EXETER 

In the Name of God Amen. I Richard Dolloffe of Exeter 
in the Province of Newhampshire in New-England Husband- 
man, being in health of Body * * * 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto My Beloved Wife Cath- 
arine Dolloffe the use and Improvement of My Dwelling House 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 99 

Barn, Orchards, and all my lands Adjoining thereabouts Known 
by the Name of my Home Place, So long as She remains my 
Widow; as also all my moveable Estate to be wholly at her 
Disposal, to be disposed of by her as She pleases 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto My son John Dolloffe his 
Heirs & Assigns, Two Hundred Acres of Land out of my rights 
in Gilman-town 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Jonathan Dolloffe 
his heirs & Assigns Three Hundred Acres of Land out of my 
rights in Gilmantown ; and also one half of that twenty Acres of 
Land laid out to my Self & Thomas Lary by vertue of a ten Acre 
Act or order made in the town of Exeter in (81) — 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son David Dolloffe his 
Heirs and Assigns Three Hundred Acres of Land out of my Rights 
in Gilmantown and one Half of my Rights in Nottingham and 
also one half of that twenty acres of land laid out to My Self and 
Thomas Lary by vertue of a ten Acre Act or Order made in the 
town of Exeter in (81) 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Abner Dolloffe his 
Heirs and assigns, my Dwelling house Barn out housings Orch- 
ards and all my lands Adjoining thereabout, Known by the name 
of my Home place He allowing my Beloved wife Catharine 
Dolloffe the use and Improvement of the Same So long as She 
remains my widow as before Express'd. 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Abner Dolloffe his 
Heirs and Assigns Twenty Acres of land which I have laying up- 
on Tuckaway road So Called Below Jonathan Wadleighs Land; 
and also all My rights in Gilmantown not already or before Dis- 
posed of in this my Will. And my will is that my Son Abner 
Dolloffe pay the Legacys hereafter mentioned. 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Margaret 
Bean Twenty Pounds old tenour money to be Paid unto her 
within twelve months after my decease. And also one half of 
my rights in Nottingham to her & her Heirs and assigns 



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Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Ann Dolloffe 
Twenty Pounds old tenour money to be Paid unto her within 
twelve months after my Decease. 

Finally My Will is and I do hereby Constitute And Appoint 
my Beloved wife Catharine Dolloffe and my Son Abner Dolloffe 
Executrix & Executor to this my last Will and Testament; 
And I do hereby revoke and disanull all former Wills hereto- 
fore made by me. And in Confirmation of this my last Will 
and Testament; I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 
twenty fourth day of April Anno Domini one thousand Seven 
Hundred and forty four. 

Signed Sealed & Owned In Richard dollof 

Presence of 

Elisha Odlin 

Josiah Ladd 

Elias Ladd 

[Proved Aug. 29, 1750.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jonathan Green and James Bean; 
amount, £4165.19.0; attested Oct. 8, 1750.] 



JOSEPH ROBERTS 1744 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Roberts of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to Stephen Roberts, tanner, and Ephraim Ham, 
yeoman, both of Dover, April 25, 1744.] 

[Inventory, July 18, 1744; amount, £1847.5.3; signed by 
Tristram Coffin and Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 201 

THOMAS EDMUNDS 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen 

I thomas admens of Portsmouth in the Province of New 
hampshr in new england yeoman being very Sick & weak in 
Body * * * 

2 ly I Give and bequeath unto my beloved wife mary all that 
I received with her at our Marrage vi z one bed beding & furni- 
ture unto the Same belonging forever at her Dispose and also 
During her widowhood to Possess and Enjoy one rume in my 
Dweelling house and one acre of Land Lying at y e west End of 
S d house Likewise ten bushels of Indian Corn and fifty Pound of 
good marchantable Pork also fifty Pound of Good beaf and also 
the wintering and Somering one Cow yearly and also I gave 
unto my wife one Cow & one morning Sute of Clouse at my 
Decace to be deliverd 

3 d I give & bequeath unto my Son Edward admens all my 
house biddings Lands of what kind or Sort Soever not already 
Dispors d of to him & his heirs for ever together with all my Stock 
of Catle not otherwise disposesed of in this my will with all my 
Tools for husbaendry work he mySon Edward paying to Each 
of my Daughters ten pounds Old tenner as thay arive to y e age 
of Eighteen 

Also to winter & Sumer her my S d wife yerly & Ever year 
during her widowhood one Cow : also to deliver her ten bushels 
of Indain Corn and fifty Pound of good Pork and fifty Pound 
of good beff yer my S d Son paying all my Just Debts & funerall 
Expence & Charges whatsoever 

4 I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Ells one bead & 
beading & all things there unto blonging with one half of my 
housel Goods Not other ways desposd of in this my will 

5 I give & bequeath unto my Daughter mehetatable one 
bed and beading & all things there unto beornging with one half 
of my housel Goods not other ways desposd of in this my will 

And to this my Last will & testament I do Appoint my Son 
Edward admens my Sole Executore and Revoaking all willes by 



202 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

me formerly made I do Declare & Sign & Seal this my Last will 
& Testament this Forth day of May one thoosand Seven hundred 
Forty four in the Seventeenth year of King Gorge the Secont 
over Great Brittain 1744 his 

Signd Seald & Publihd by m Thomas X Admons 
thomas Admens to be his Last mark 

will & testament in Presence of 
us witnesses 

Richard Jenness 3 d 

Jonathon Edmons 
his 

John X .Land 
mark 

[Proved July 25, 1744.] 

[Warrant, July 25, 1744, authorizing Samuel Dowst and 
Richard Jenness, 3d, both of Rye, husbandmen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 24, 1744; amount, £914.11.0; signed by 
Richard Jenness, 3d, and Samuel Dowst.] 



JOHN BICKFORD 1744 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, The Twenty first Day of May 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & forty four I John 
Bickford of Dover in the Province of New Hamps r in New- 
England Husbandman, being advanced in Years * * * 

Imprimis, I Give to my Beloved Wife Martha Bickford the 
one half of the Produce of all my Land Yearly on the Easterly 
Side of the Way where my Dwelling House now Stands, to be 
delivered to her Yearly, by my Son Joseph Bickford, his Heirs 
Excc rs or Admin" in Proper season Yearly or every Year, either 
in y Field or Housed as She shall Chuse, and that During her 
Natural Life. And also that Part of my Dwelling House in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 203 

which we now live, viz: the lower Room and the Chamber over it, 
with a Priviledge in y e Celler what she shall have Occation of, 
for her own Use; also one Bead, viz: that on which we generally 
Lodg, & the Bead Cloths & furniture belonging to it, and all 
during her Natural Life. I also Give to my s d Wife one Cow, 
to be intirely at her Disposal. 

Item, I Give to my Son Thomas Bickford his Hiers & As- 
signs for ever fifteen Acres of Land, be it more or less, it being 
the Land which I Purchased of Samuel Tebbets, & which Lyeth 
on the oppisite side of the Way to the Widow Cloutmans Dwell- 
ing House. And I also Give to my s d Son Thomas Bickford my 
Great Bible. 

Item, I Give to my Son John Bickford his Heirs and Assigns 
for ever, a Certain Tract of Land Scituate Lying & Being in 
Dover afores d near to his Dwelling House, Being the Land which 
I Purchased of William Chamberlain of Rochester, by Con- 
veying my Land at s d Rochester to him the s d W m Chamberlain, 
and at my Request, the s d W m Chamberlain made Legal Con- 
veyance of the afores d Tract of Land, Lying near my s d sons 
Dwelling House, To him my s d Son Jn° Bickford his heirs & 
Assigns, by one Deed of Sale Under his Hand & Seal well Exe- 
cuted. 

Item, I have heretofore Given to my Son Henry Bickford 
his Heirs & Assigns for ever Twenty Acres of Land where he now 
lives, by a Deed of Gift, under my Hand & Seal well Executed, 
which Conveyance of s d Land I do hereby Approve of & Con- 
firm. 

Item, To my Son Joseph Bickford, whom I do hereby make 
and Constitute Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament, 
I have already Given all my Land on the Westerly Side of the 
way, over against my Dwelling House, by a Deed of Gift under 
my Hand & Seal, which Conveyance I do herby Approve of & 
Confirm; And I do also hereby Give unto my s d Son Joseph 
Bickford his Heirs & Assigns for ever, all my Land on the East- 
erly Side of s d way where my Dwelling House Stands, Except the 



204 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

one half of the Produce of it Yearly which I have Given to my 
wife During her Natural life, & which my s d Son is to Deliver to 
her my Said Wife Yearly & every Year, during her natural Life, 
either in the field, or else Housed as She Shall Chuse, and I also 
Give to my s d Son Joseph Bickford his Heirs & Assigns my s d 
Dwelling House, Except the use of that Part of it which I have 
Given to my wife During her Natural Life; and at her Decease 
the aforesaid Land where my Dwelling House Stands, and the 
s d Dwelling House Shall be wholy his, viz: my s d son Joseph's, 
and his Heirs & Assigns for ever. 

Item, To my Daughter Martha Hanson I Give Twenty 
Pounds in Cash, old Tenor; To be Paid her or her Heirs, by my 
Executor of this my last Will & Testament, at the Expiration of 
Two Months after the Decease of my s d Wife. 

Item, I Give to my five Children afore mentioned, viz: 
Thomas, John, Henry & Joseph Bickford, and Martha Hanson, 
all my Household Goods, & other my Moveable Estate, 
Except Such Part of it as I hav Given to my Wife, to be Equally 
Divided among them. 

And I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke & Disannul all & 
every other Will Testament & Executor by me before in any 
wayes made or Named, Ratifying & Confirming this & no other 
to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto Set my Hand & Seal y e Day & Year first above written. 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- His 

nounced & Declared to be my John X Bickford 

last Will & Testament in the Mark 

Presence of us Witnesses. — 

Jon a Cushing 
His 

Joseph X Evens 
Mark 

Thomas Miller 

[Proved April 27, 1757.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 205 

JOHN HARDY 1744 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of John Hardy of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to his son, Jonathan Hardy of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, May 30, 1744.] 

[Warrant, May 30, 1744, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Benjamin Green, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate, 
administration of which is granted to Jonathan Hardy, the 
widow refusing.] 

[Inventory, June 14, 1744; amount, £2454.10.1; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Benjamin Green.] 



JAMES BELL 1744 WINDHAM 

In the Name of God Amen the Second Day of June one 
Thousand Seven hundred & forty four I James Bell of W T indham 
within his Majestys Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land Weaver being very sick & weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath unto my Wife Sarah Bell 
allias Smith, after all Debts & funeral Charge is paid all & Every 
particular of my moveables & two hundred pounds old Tenor — 

Item I give unto my Brother Walter Bell twenty five Pounds 
old Tenor — 

Item I Give unto my Brother Thomas Bell twenty five Pounds 
old Tenor: likewise I Give unto my Brother Walter Bell one 
frock Cote and a streat Cote: Likewise I Give unto my Brother 
Thomas Bell one Jacket & one pair of Breeches & my saddle: 
And I Likewise Constitute make and ordain John Morison of 
Londonderry & my Brother in Law John Smith of Lunning 
Bourg to be my Sole Executors of this my Last will & Testa- 
ment and Do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke & Disanull all & 
Every other Testament Wills Legacies & Bequests & Exec" 
By me in any wise Before named willed & Bequehed Ratifying 



206 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

& Confirming this & none other to be my Last Will & Testa- 
ment In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal 
the Day & year above written. 

Signed Sealed published pro- James Bell 

nounced And Declared By me 
the Said James Bell as his Last 
Will & Testament in the pres- 
ence of us the Subscribers 

Sam 11 Morrison 

Samuel Kinkeed 
her 

Agness X Bolton 
mark 

[Proved Nov. 28, 1744.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 2, 1744, authorizing Samuel Morrison and 
Samuel Kincaid, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 27, 1744; amount, £78.0.0; signed by Samuel 
Morrison and Samuel Kincaid.] 



BENJAMIN SANBORN 1744 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God Amen the Twentieth Day of July 1744 

I Benjamin Sanborn Yeoman being very sick & weak in Body 

* * * 

Imprimis, my will is That my funeral charges & all my Just 
and honest Debts shall be pay'd out of my moveable Estate, 
and The Rest of the moveable estate I will To be given To my 
wife for her own. 

Item. I Give unto my Beloved wife Elisabeth, all the im- 
provement of my whole Estate, Both Real, & Personal, for her 
Support, & for the Bringing up of my Children, for Eight years 
Ensuing the Date hereof, & one third Part of my whole estate 
both real and Personal During her whole life. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 207 

Item I give & bequath unto my two oldest Sons John, & 
Elisha, The whole of my Lands, & buildings. 

Item. I give and bequath unto my other four Children, 
Mary, & Benjamin, & Israel, & Joseph, Twelve Pounds Ten 
Shillings Each, in silver money at six shillings & Eight Pence 
<P ounce, or as much paper money as shall be of Equal value, 
which sums I will, To be paid to the children aforesaid, by 
John, & Elisha, afores d at The times following, (viz) marys 
Twelve Pounds Ten Shillings, To be Paid To her by them, as 
soon as The Estate Comes into their hands, and Benjamin's, 
Israels, & Josephs, twelve Pounds Ten Shillings, To be paid to 
Each of Them severally, as soon as They arrive to the age 
of Twenty one years. That is John & Elisha Each an Equal 
part of S d Sums. 

It is my will also That my three sons, Benjamin, Israel, & 
Joseph, Shall be Bound out to Suitable Trades, by The Execu- 
tors, at Their discretion, when They shall arrive To fourteen 
years of age or before. 

Unto this my Last will, & Testament, I appoint My Beloved 
wife Elisabeth, & Captain Israel Gilman, & my Brother Daniel 
Sanborn, Executrix, & Executors. Thus Revoking all wills by 
me formerly made, I do declare this To be my last will and 
Testament, & I do sign, & seal it with my hand, while I am in 
my Right mind, & of a disposing Memory, The Day & year 
above written 

Ebenezer Samborn Benjamin Samborn 

Ebenezer Bean 

Charles Hilton 

[Proved Aug. 29, 1744.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Benjamin Sanborn of Newmarket; 
amount, £513.3.6; signed by Richard Mattoon and Walter 
Bryent; attested Nov. 28, 1744.] 



208 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

BENJAMIN JAMES 1744 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen This Ten th day of August: 1744: 
I : Benjamin James of Hampton in the Province of Newhamp- 
shire in Newengland being Now Weak in Body * * * 

Imprimes: I Give unto my Son Israel James all my Land 
that I have in y e Second West Division Where he Now Lives: 
and one quater Part of my Piece of Salt marsh yt: I Bought of 
Jacob Brown: & one quater Part of my Whole Right y* I have 
in Chichester: 

Itaim I Give unto my Son Benjamin James all my land that 
I have in y e first West Division: & one quater Part of my 
Piece of Salt marsh yt: I Bought of Jacob Brown: & one quater 
Part of my whole Right of land yt: I have in Chichester 

Itaim I Give unto my Son James all my Land that I have in 
y e Parish of Brintwood in y e Town of Exeter: & one quater of 
my Whole Right of land yt: I have in Chichester 

Itaim: I Give unto my Son Jabez James my Dweling house 
& Barn & orchard & all my land and medow Ground where 
my house Stands & my Share of land which lyes in y e Second 
North Division in Timber Swamp So Called: & one quater 
Part of my Piece of Salt marsh yt I bought of Jacob Brown: & 
my Piece of Salt marsh yt: I bought of Capt: Joseph Tilton: 
& my Piece of Salt marsh that I bought of James leavitt: & 
one quater Part of my whole Right of land yt : I have in Chi- 
chester & all my Stock of Catter horses Sheep . & Swine & 
all my husbandry Tools — 

Itaim I: Give unto my Daughter Susannah Sanborn Fifteen 
Pounds in Pasable Bills of Credett of old Tenor and I order my 
Son Jabez James to Pay it to her — 

Itaim: I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Row Fifteen 
Pounds in Pasable bills of Credett of old Tenor and I order my 
Son Jabez James to Pay it to her — 

Itaim: I: Give unto my Daughter mary Lane Fifteen Pounds 
in Pasable bills of Credett of old Tenor: and I order my Son 
Jabez James to Pay it to her: — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 209 

Itaim: I Give unto my Grand Daughter Mary James the 
Bed yt: I lay on: & all y e beding yt: Belongs to it and Thirty 
Pounds in Pasable bills of Credett of old Tenor: & I order my 
Son Israel James to Pay it to her — 

Itaim: I Give unto my Grand Daughter Ruth James Thirty 
Pounds in Pasable bills of Credett of old Tenor: and I order my 
Son Israel James to Pay it to her 

Itaim: I Give unto my three Daughters (viz): Susannah 
Sanborn Elizabeth Row & mary Lane all my movables in my 
house that I have not all Redey Disposed of: to be Equially 
Divided Between them 

Lastly my Will & meaning is that What Debts or Dues are 
owing from me I order my Son Jabez James to Pay them & 
What Debts are Du to me I order him to Receive them for 
him Self: And I Doe appoint my two above Named Sons Israel 
James & Jabez James to be Executors to this my Last Will & 
Testament & in Confirmation here of I have here unto Set my 
hand & Seal y e day & year above mentioned in y e Eighteen th 
year of King George y e Second his Reign over Grate Britain : 

Signed Sealed & Declared Benjamin James 

by Benjamin James to be his 
last Will & Testament in Pres- 
ence of us — 

Samuel Dalton 

Jabez Smith 

John Smith 

[Proved May 27, 1747.] 



THOMAS LEIGHTON 1744 NEWINGTON 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Leighton of New- 
ington, yeoman, granted to Deborah Leighton of Newington, 
widow, Aug. 29, 1744.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 357.] 

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2IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Aug. 29, 1744, authorizing George Walton and 
John Xutter, both of Newington, to appraise the estate of 
Thomas Leighton, administration of which is granted to his 
widow, Deborah Leighton.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 15, 1744; amount, £102.9.6; signed by 
George Walton and John Nutter.] 



WILLIAM GRAVES 1744 EXETER 

In the Name of God Amen I William Graves of Exeter in the 
Province of Newhampshire in New England Husbandman being 
in health of body *. * * 

Item I Give to my three Sons John Graves William Graves 
and Joseph Graves five Shillings apeice lawfull money besides 
what I have already given them 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Graves Eight pounds in 
Bills of the old Tenor and my little pot fire shovel and Tongs. 

Item I give to my Daughter Deliverance Eastman Ten pounds 
in Bills of the old Tenor and my Great pot. 

Item I give to my Daughter Margaret Eastman Eight pounds 
in Bills of the old Tenor. 

Item I Give to my Son Benjamin Graves A Feather Bed and 
Bolster and the cloathes belonging to it, my middle pot A Tram- 
mel and a pair of Andirons. And all the Rest of my houshold 
Stuffe or moveables within Doors I give to my three daughters 
above named viz: Mary graves Deliverance Eastman and 
margaret Eastman to be equally Divided between them. I 
likewise give to my tw T o Daughters viz: Mary Graves and 
Deliverance Eastman the use of one Room in my Dwelling house 
at the west end and the use of one acre of land in my lot adjoyn- 
ing to m r Loverins land at the head of the little orchard as long 
as they Remain unmarried. 

Item I Give to my Son Benjamin Graves my Dwelling house 
Barn and Orchard lying in Exeter upon the Road leading from 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 211 

Exeter to Kingston bounding upon Said Road about fifty Rods 
and Running back to the great River, being the whole of my 
home lot by estimation forty acres be it more or less: he allowing 
his Sisters the use of one Room in the house and of an acre of 
land as above mentioned. 

I Likewise give to my Son Benjamin Graves, A peice of 
Meadow ground lying on the Southerly Side of Exeter Great 
River adjoyning to the land of Thomas Gorden by estimation 
Twenty acres be it more or less and it is my Will and design 
that all that I have given to my Son Benjamin Graves herein 
Shall be to him his heirs and assigns forever. 

Finally: I Do hereby Appoint my Son Benjamin Graves to 
be Sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament and do 
hereby Revoke all and every other Will and Testament by me 
heretofore made; Confirming this to be my last Will and Tes- 
tament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and 
Seal this Tenth Day of September one Thousand Seven hundred 
and Forty four, and in the Eighteenth year of his Majesties 
Reign — 

Signed Sealed and Declared his 

by the Said William Graves to William X Graves 

be his last Will and Testament Mark 

in presence of us 

John Lovring 

Samuell Sleeper 

Benjamin Gorden 

[Proved March 25, 1747.] 



JOHN PEACOCK 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen. The Seventeenth day of Septem- 
ber in the year of our Lord Christ one Thousand Seven hundred 
and Forty four. I John Peacock of Portsmouth in the Province 
of New Hampshire Gunsmith * * * 



212 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto each of my Children the sum 
of five shillings 

Item As to the Residue of all my Estate both real and per- 
sonal wheresoever and whatsoever I Give and Bequeath the 
same unto my well beloved wife Mary to be disposed of as she 
shall please & see cause — 

Item I do hereby constitute appoint ordain and make my 
said wife Mary sole Executrix of this my last will and Testa- 
ment. And I do hereby revoke & make void all other and former 
wills by me heretofore made and do declare this to Be my last 
will and Testament In witness and Testimony whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above 
written — 

Signed sealed Published and John Peacock 

declared by the said John Pea- 
cock as & for his last Will & 
Testament before us the sub- 
scribers witnesses in the s d Tes- 
tators Presence 

Seth Ring 

Joseph Allcock 

Matthew Livermore 

[Proved Nov. 28, 1744.] 

[Guardianship of Richard Peacock, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of John Peacock, granted to John Briard of 
Protsmouth, mariner, May 27, 1752.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 281.] 

[Bond of John Briard, mariner, with Andrew Clarkson, 
merchant, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, 
May 27, 1752, for the guardianship of Richard Peacock; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and George Mitchell.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 213 

THOMAS BARTLETT 1744 NEWBURY, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Bartlett of Newbury, 
Mass., tanner, granted to Israel Bartlett of Nottingham and 
Enoch Bartlett of Newbury, Mass., tanner, Sept. 26, 1744.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 364.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 26, 1745, authorizing Peter Gilman of Exeter 
and Samuel Goodhue of Nottingham to appraise the estate of 
Thomas Bartlett, administration of which is granted to his sons, 
Israel Bartlett and Enoch Bartlett.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 29, 1745; amount, £1912.5.0; signed by 
Peter Gilman and Samuel Goodhue.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 27, 1745, authorizing Joseph Bartlett, gentle- 
man, John Webster, yeoman, both of Kingston, Samuel Good- 
hue, Joseph Cilley, and Jonathan Longfellow, all of Nottingham, 
yeomen, to divide the estate.] 

Prov ce of ) Whereas we the Subscribers Jo 3 Bartlet Jn° 
New Hamp r J Webster Jn r Sam 11 Goodhue Jo 3 Ceilly and 
Jon a Longfellow are authoriz d and Impower d by the Hon r ble 
Andrew Wiggin Esq Judge for the Probate of W 7 ills &c for 
s d Prov ce To Proportion and Divide the Real Estate of Tho 3 
Bartlet late of Newbury in the County of Essex in the Prov ce 
of the Massachusets Bay Tan r Decs d that Does Lie or is in the 
Prov ce of New Hamp r afores d To And Amongst the Heirs of S d 
Deceas d — 

Now in order for the Just Distribution of the Same we the s d 
Jo s Bartlet Jn° Webster and Jo 3 Ceilly Having Viewed appris d 
and Vallued the Lands Belonging to S d Estate in Kingstown 
In S d New Hamp r (shewn to Us by Israel Bartlet And Enoch 
Bartlet Adm rs to S d Decs ds Estate) And Consider d it with Re- 
spect to Quallity as well as Quantity And Divided it into Seven 
Shares Affixing the value And Boundary of Each Severally. 
And we the S d Sam 11 Goodhue Jo s Ceilly And Jon a Longfellow 
Also Having appriz d and^ vallued the Lands Belonging To S d 



214 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Estate att Nottingham in s d New Hamp r And those Setled 
on Israel Bartlet the Eldest Son of S d Decs d and According to 
the Best of our Judgment By the Knowledge or Information we 
have had of it Did Value S d Lands Belonging to S d Estate att 
£690 and S d Israel Bartlets Lands he had by Deed of Gift Setled 
on Him by S d Decs d In His Life time one full Right or Proprie- 
ters share And Two Home Lotts And a Half in S d Notting m 
att £58 And in Order to Make a Just proportion at S d Nott m 
we Set off to S d Israel the one Hundred Acre Lott N° 10 in Sum- 
mer Street And A Quarter of the Lott N° 14 in the Ninth Range 
And the Amendm* of the Home Lott N° 2 in King Street all in 
S d Notting m And Do Value the Same att £58 which Together 
with what he had by Deed of gift afores d Makes £116 which we 
alott to s d Israel Bartlet Eldest Son of s d Decs d for one of his 
shares in S d Nott m And the whole of the Remainder of S d Lands 
in S d Nott m we Have Proportion* 1 And Divided into Six Shares 
And Affix d the Price or Value To Each of them Severally. 
Now we the Subscribers Having all Mett Together And Joyntly 
Consider d the whole affair By Casting Lotts for And Among the 
S d Heirs Have Alotted And Sett of the Above S d Shares to and 
amongst them to be Held in Severalty in Manner following 
Viz 

To S d Israel Bartlet about Two thirds of a piece of s d Lands 
S d Decs d Bought of Israel Webster And James Harbett in Kings- 
town that was Laid out John Wadleigh it Being about Sixty 
five Acres the Southerly Side of S d Land Two Thirds of the full 
Breadth in Every part wanting Two Rods And is Bounded 
westerly on the Powous River Southerly on lands that did 
belong To Jacob Currier Decs d Easterly on Morrills Lands and 
Northerly on Lands Assign d To Tho s Bartlet Son of S d Decs d 
and Sundry Tracts of s d Lands in Notting m viz: The Lots N° 29 
in Bow Street N° 15 in the first Range N° 21 in the 8 th Range 
And half N° 35 in Winter Street and a Quarter N° 31 in Summer 
Street which with what we have before alotted or Reckon' 1 to 
him is two shares of S d Estate The which we Value £567.5— 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 215 

To S d Enoch Bartlet The Easterly Part of a Two Hundred 
Acre Lott of S d Lands in Kingstown N° 17 that S d Decs d 
Bought of John Webster In Proportion to the whole of it as 70 
is to 204 And about forty Acres the Land S d Decs d Bought of 
Aaron Sleeper in S d Kingstown And Sundry Tracts of S d Lands 
in Notting m Viz: the Lots N° 41 in Sum r Street N° 17 in the 2 d 
Range N° 34 in Bow Street and one third of N° 22 in the first 
Range which is his Share of s d Estate the which we Value £240 

To Tho s Bartlet a Son of S d Decs d about one third of a Piece 
of Land whereof S d Israel Hath about Two thirds in Kingstown 
Above Described it Being the Northerly part of S d lands and 
Two Rods in Breadth over and above the one third of the full 
Breadth of s d lands Bounded Westerly on Powous River North- 
erly And Easterly on Tho s Estmans Lands And Southerly on 
S d Israels Two Thirds. And Sundry Tracts of S d Lands in 
Notting m viz: The Lots N° 44 in Winter Street N° 16 in the 7 th 
Range N° 1 7 in the 8 th Range And N° 1 1 in the tenth Range As 
his share of s d Estate and Do Value The Same £277..i5 s ..o 

To Tabitha Bartlet Dat r of S d Decs d about 112 Acres of Land 
Part of a Lott of Land that was laid out to the original Right 
of Jarrett Hadden by the town of Amesbury Together with the 
House S d Decs d Built on S d Lands and is Bounded Southwest- 
erly on Sam 11 Peaslees land about 278 Rods And North westerly 
on a high way about 126 Rods And Esterly on a High Way, 
And Sundry Tracts of S d Lands in Notting m viz: the Lots N° 37 
in Sum r Street N° 19 in the 5 th Range and half N° 13 in the 4 th 
Range and one third And Six acres of N° 2 in the first Range as 
her share of s d Estate And Val d it att £322 — 

To Sarah Bartlet a Dat r of S d Deceas d the westerly Part of a 
Two Hundred Acre Lott in Kingstown (herein afore Describ d ) 
in Proportion to the whole of it as 134 is to 204. And Sundry 
Tracts of Land in S d Nott m viz the Lots N° 26 in the 2 d Range 
N° 2 in the 9 th Range And half N° 9 in Summer Street and half 
N° 13 in the 8 th Range And half the Home Lott N° 10 in fish 
Street As her Share of s d Estate And Do Value the Same £246 — 



2l6 NEW H-AMPSHIRE WILLS 

To Sarah Moody Dat r of Dorothy Decs d who was A Dat r of S d 
Tho s Bartlet Decs d about 79 Acres of land part of a Lott of land 
Laid out to Jarrett Hadden Afore Describ' 1 which is Bounded 
North Easterly on Cap* Jo s Bartlets land about 220 Rods South 
Easterly on a High way about 106 Rods And westerly on a 
high way Together with the one third of a Mill Xow Standing 
on S d Lott of S d Haddens In Cap* Jo s Bartlets Part of the Same 
Together with the Priviledge for mill or mills that Did Belong to 
S d Deceas d on Said Mills Brook and Sundry Tracts of lands in 
s d Nott m Viz the Lots N° 16 in the 4 th Range N° 2 in the 7 th 
Range N° 19 in Bow Street and one third of N° 27 in Bow Street 
and half N° 12 in the Sixth Range as her Share of S d Estate and 
Do value the Same £345 — 

In Confirmation whereof we have here Sett Our Hands this 
Twenty fourth Day of Decem r Anno Dom 1745 

Sam 11 Goodhue 
Joseph Bartlet 
Joseph Ceilly 
John Webster 
Jonathan Longfellow 

Province of 1 At a Court of Probate held at Ports- 
New Hampsh r J mouth in & for the Province aforesaid 
on the 25 th Day of December 1745 Before the Hon ble Andrew 
Wiggin Esq r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Province 
the foregoing Division of the Estate of Thomas Bartlet Deceased 
Intestate was Return'd and the Persons appointed to make the 
same whose Names are thereto Subscribed appearing made Sol- 
emn Oath that they had made the said Division & Appraisement 
therein Mention'd According to the best of their Judgment 
without Partiality wherefore I approve of & allow the said 
Division — And inasmuch as the said Shares are not of Equal 
value according to their proportions & Could not be made so in 
the Division of the Lands without prejudice to Several In tire 
Lots it is necessary that an Equivalent should be made in Money 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 217 

by those who have the best Lots or parcels of Land to the others 
whose Shares are of Less value According to the Law in such 
Cases Provided — I therefore Order & Decree that the payments 
of the said Overplus Sums be as follows viz That Cutting Moody 
Guardian to Sarah Moody (who is the only Child of Dorothy a 
Daughter of the said Intestate & who Deceased before him) 
whose share in the Said Lands was valued at fifty Nine pounds 
Eleven Shillings & five pence more than her part, pay in his 
said Capacity to Israel Bartlet the Sum of £3..i2 s ..i d ..3 { To 
Enoch Bartlet £45..8 s ..6 d ..3 f To Tho s Bartlet £7..i3 s ..6 d ..3 f 
Being all children of the said Intestate To Josiah Sawyer as 
Guardian to Sarah Bartlet a Daughter of the said Intestate 
£2..i7 s ..i d ..2 f which Several Sums make up the Sum of £59: 
n s :4 d :3 f And that Tabitha Bartlet (another Daughter of Said 
Intestate whose share w r as valued at thirty Six pounds Eleven 
Shillings & five pence one farthing more than her proportion 
pay the said Sum to Josiah Sawyer Guardian as afores d and 
that the Same be a final & full partition Division & Settlement 
of the said Estate 

\V m Parker Reg r And r Wiggin 

To the Hon 11 the Judge for Probate of Wills &c: for the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire 

Whereas w r e the Subscribers with others were Appointed to 
make Division of the Real Estate of Tho s Bartlet Late of New- 
bury in the County of Essex Dec d Lying in the Province of New 
Hampshire aforesaid among the Heirs of S d Dec d in Consequence 
whereof we Set off to Enoch Bartlet one of the Children of s d 
Dec d as it was Shewed to us and as it was Described by a wrong 
Plan the Lot N° Forty one in Summer Street in Nottingham 
which upon Examination appears to be no Part of s d Estate and 
the Lot N° Forty being the Lot which Should have been Set off 
to S d Enoch as appears by the True Plann we Apprehend that it 
is Just and Equitable that the Said Lot N° Forty by the Author- 
ity of this Hon 11 Court be Set of and allotted to the Said Enoch 



21 8 . NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Bartlet in the Room of S d Lot N° Forty one So Set off and 
allotted to him by Mistake 

Nottingham Oct 1 " 4 th 1752 Joseph Ceilly 

Jon a Longfellow 
John Webster 



JONATHAN CHASE 1744 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Chase of Stratham, 
yeoman, granted to Lydia Chase of Stratham, widow, Sept. 26, 

1 744-] 

[Inventory, December 25, 1744; amount, £1325.15.0; signed 
by Jonathan Dearborn and Moses Thurston.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1860.7.4; expenditures, £841.18.11; allowed July 
17, 1750.] 

[Bond of Lydia Chase, widow of Jonathan Chase, Jr., with 
John Thurston as surety, both of Stratham, in the sum of £150, 
July 20, 1750, for the guardianship of Thomas Chase and 
Joanna Chase, minors, children of Jonathan Chase; witnesses, 
Joseph Freeze and Andrew Wiggin, Jr.] 



JOHN WOODEN 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

[Guardianship of Hannah Wooden and Mary Wooden, minors, 
aged more than fourteen years, daughters of John Wooden of 
Portsmouth, mariner, granted to John Griffith of Portsmouth, 
mariner, Sept. 26, 1744.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 219 

MARK NEWMARCH 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen. I Mark Newmarch of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Gentleman being Sick and 
week * * * 

Secondly I Give unto my Dearly beloved wife Elizabeth 
Newmarch and to her heirs and assigns forever (Except as here- 
after Excepted) all that my house and Land in ports- 
mouth in which I now Dwell with the furniture therein, and all 
other my Estate be the Same Real or parsonall of what nature 
or kind soever that I am now in the possession of, or may be in 
the possession of at the time of my Decease, but in Case my 
Said wife Should Die without disposeing of the Said house and 
Land by Some deed made by her in her lifetime then it is my 
will that the Said house and Land Shall be to Elizabeth New- 
march (Daughter to my brother John Newmarch) her heirs and 
assigns forever — 

thirdly — I appoint my wife Elizabeth to be Sole Executrix of 
this my Last will & Testament hereby Revoking disannulling & 
makeing void all wills by me formerly made Ratifying & Con- 
firming this to be my last will & Testament in witness where- 
of I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this first day of October 
one thousand Seven hundred & forty four 

Signd Seald published & De- Mark Newmarch 

clared by Mark Newmarch to 
be his Last will & Testament in 
presence of 

Jon a Noilr 

George Massey 

Cutt Shannon 

[Proved June 30, 1756.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Newmarch, widow, with Thomas Parker, 
cordwainer, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, 
Oct. 7, 1756, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Abigail 
Parker and William Parker.] 



220 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN JENNESS 1744 RYE 

In the Name of God Amen. The fifteenth day of October one 
Thousand Seven hundred and forty four I John Jennes of Rye 
in the Province of New Hampshire yeoman * * * 

Item I Give unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth the sum of 
Thirty Seven Pounds ten shillings lawfull money to be paid 
by my Executor in six Months after my Decease, and as to the 
residue of my Estate Real or personal I Give and Bequeath the 
same unto my Five Daughters Elizabeth, Sarah Mary Hannah 
and Ann in Equal shares divided in fee simple and to be paid 
unto them respectively at the age of Eighteen years and in 
Case any of my said Children shall dye before the age of Eight- 
een years my will is that such child or childrens shares shall be 
equally divided among the survivors and I do hereby Constitute 
and appoint M r Daniel Peirce of Portsmorth in s d Province 
Executor of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking 
all former wills by me made In Testimony whereof I have here- 
unto set my hand and seal the day and year above written 

Signd, scald, publish'd and John Jenes 

declared as the last will & Tes- 
tament of the said John Jenness 
by the s d John In the Presence 
of us witnesses subscribing in 
the Testators Presence 

Jos' 1 Peirce 

Joshua Jennes 

Job Jennes 

[Proved Feb. 27, 1744/5.] 

[Guardianship of Elizabeth Jenness, Sarah Jenness, Hannah 
Jenness, and Ann Jenness, aged less than fourteen years, children 
of John Jenness, granted to Daniel Peirce of Portsmouth May 
29, 1746 (1745).] 

[Guardianship of Mary Jenness, aged less than fourteen years, 
daughter of John Jenness, granted to Richard Jenness, Jr., of 
Rye, yeoman, June 26, 1745.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 221 

JOSEPH JONES 1744 DURHAM 

[Ann Jones of Dover renounces administration on the estate 
of her husband, Joseph Jones of Durham, yeoman, Oct. 22, 
1744, in favor of Joseph Jones, oldest son.] 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Jones of Dover, 
gentleman, granted to Joseph Jones of Durham, yeoman, Oct. 
31. 1 744-] 

[Warrant, Oct. 31, 1744, authorizing John Woodman of Dur- 
ham and Eli Demeritt, Jr., of Dover to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 24, 1744/5; amount, £4556.7.6; signed by 
John Woodman and Eli Demeritt.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; ex- 
penditures, £177.0.7; allowed Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 

[Warrant, March 27, 1746, authorizing John Woodman of 
Durham, Walter Bryent of Newmarket, Eli Demeritt of Dover, 
Capt. Jonathan Thompson and John Williams, both of Durham, 
to divide the real estate.] 

Province of "1 Pursuant To a Warrant from the Hon- 
New Hampshire / ourable Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of the 
Probate of Wills &c for the Province aforesaid Directed to us 
the Subscribers authorizing & Impowering us to Divide & Pro- 
potion the Real Estate of Joseph Jones Late of Dover Gentleman 
Deceased To and among the Widow and Next of Kin to the Said 
Deceased — 

We have Divided & Proportioned all Said Real Estate that 
was Shewn to us for Said Estate in Quantity & Quality & .Des- 
cribed it by metes & bounds In the Following manner — 

First We have Set of To the Said Widow Ann Jones one third 
part of Said Estate as follows Viz* the three Small Rooms in 
the North Side of the Dwelling house & so up to the Top of 
S d house with the fire place therein & one third part of the Cellar 
under Said house Viz the north Part or Side of Said Cellar With 



222 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Sundry pieces of Land bounded as Follows Viz one Piece begins 
at the White Oake the South West Corner tree of the Old Place 
& Runs from thence North & by West Seventeen Rods & one 
half Rod to a Stake then it Runs East & by North Seventy Two 
Rods then South & by East SeVenteen Rods & one half Rod then 
West & by South to the White Oake tree first Mentioned — - 
Another piece begins at the North East Corner of Said Old 
place & Runs West & by South Fifteen Rods then it runs 
South & by East keeping that breadth of fifteen Rods wide un- 
till it Comes to the Land hereafter Set of by these Presents To 
Richard Jones another piece is part of the Land & Marish at 
Jonson Creek So Called Begining at the Wild Cherry Tree that 
Stands on the North Side of Said Creek next to the Old Bridge 
& Runs from said Tree East to Bunkers Land then It runs 
Southward by Bunkers Land To the Said Creek & over Said 
Creek to the up Land on the west Side of Said Creek then by 
said upland to the Said Cherry Tree another piece of Land at 
Follet Swamp Begins at the Great Hemlock Marked J J then 
South five Degrees West forty three rods /then west North west 
Twenty Rods then North five Degrees East forty three Rods 
then West North West Nineteen Rods then North Sixteen 
Degrees & one half Degree East One Hundrd and Twenty one 
Rods then East South East Ten Rods then South East Thirty 
Nine Rods & three quarters of one Rod then a Strait Line to the 
Hemlock tree first Mentioned & also ten acres at Wheelwrights 
pond being a part of a thirty acre Lot begining at the South 
Corner North West by West Twenty Six Rod Eleven feet North 
East by north Sixty Rod South East by East twenty Six rod & 
Eleven feet South West by South sixty Rod With the priviledge 
of Passing & repassing to & from all the above Said premisses 
Secondly We have set off to Joseph Jones the Eldest Son of 
Said Descease for his Two parts of Said Estate one piece Is a 
Part of Land is a part of a Grant or Lot at Fallet Swamp begin- 
ing at a Small Birch Marked J. J It being the Westerly Corner 
of the said Lot & then Runs North North East thirty & Two 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 223 

Rods then East South East one Hundreds Rods To the Widows 
thirds then South Sixteen degrees & one half Degree West thirty 
& Two Rods then on a Straight Line to the aforesaid Birch An- 
other Piece of Land is In y e Forty acre Grant Whereon the 
Said Joseph now Lives It begins at the Stake at the South West 
Corner & Runs from thence North Thirty Six Rods and then 
East Nineteen Rods to a Stake then South Twelve Rods & one 
Quarter of a Rod to a Stake then East Sixty one Rods to the 
East side of said forty acres To a Pine Spoted then South Twenty 
three Rods & three Quarters of a Rod To a Large Pine Marked 
with two J J It being the South East Corner of the aforesaid 
Grant or Lott then West to where we began it and another Piece 
of Land at Wheel Rights Pond Containing Twenty Acres part 
of a Thirty acre Lot begining at the west Corner of said Lot 
Running North East by North Sixty rod South East by East fifty 
three rod five feet & half South West by South 60 Rods North 
West by West forty five Rods And the first and Second Divisions 
In the Right In the Town of Rochester & one Quarter part of 
the undivided Land belonging to the said Right & twenty four 
Acres of that thirty acre Lot or grant in the Town of Dover 
which is Not Laid out Called the Common Wright In Dover & 
one third of one Quarter part of the Sawmill & Stream at Dur- 
ham falls so Called 

Thirdly We have Set off to Benjamin Jones For his part of 
said Estate one piece of Land Bounded as Follows begining at the 
North West Corner of the piece of Land before Set of by these 
Presents to Joseph Jones in the forty acre grant and from Said 
North West Corner It runs North Seventeen Rods & the one 
third part of one Rod to a Stake then East Eighty Rods To a 
pine spoted then North Twenty Nine Rods & nine feet and 
Seven Inches To the Said Joseph Land then bounded by Said 
Josephs Land to where It began Another Piece is Bounded as 
Follows begin at the Northerly Corner of the piece of Land before 
Set off by these Presents to Joseph Jones at Follets Swamp and 
from Said Corner it Runs North North East forty Two Rods 



224 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and three Quarters of a Rod then East South East Ninety Sixty 
Rods then South Sixteen Degrees & one half Degree West forty 
three Rods the afores d Land Set of to the Said Joseph then 
by Said Land to Where It began & also the one third Part 
of one Quarter Part of the Saw Mill and Stream on Durham 
Falls— 

Fourthly We have Set off To John Jones for his Part of Said 
Estate one piece of Land in the afores d forty acre Grant bounded 
as follows Begining at the North West Corner of that Land Set 
off by these Presents in Said forty acre Grant to the aforesaid 
Benjamin And then Runs North Twenty Six Rods & two thirds 
of one Rod to the North West Corner of Said Grant then Eighty 
Rods East then South to Said Benjamin Lot & then by said 
Benjamin Lot to Where It began & also one piece of Land at 
Follet Swamp bounded as follows begining at the Northerly 
Corner of the Land Set of by these Presents to Said Benjamin 
at Said Follet Swamp & then Runs North North East forty 
five Rods & one quarter of a Rod then East South East Eighty 
nine Rods to the Land Set off by these Presents to the Widow 
then South Sixteen Degrees & one half Degree West to the 
Said Benjamins Land then by the Said Land to Where It began 
& also one third part of one Quarter part of the Saw mill & 
Stream on Durham Falls — 

Fiftly We have Set off to Anthony Jones for his right or part 
of Said Estate a Piece of Land in the home place Bounded as 
follows begining at a pine Stump Standing in a North & by West 
Line Run Streight from the White Oak tree the first bounds of 
Said home place by the Road Distant from Said Oak tree Sixty 
one rods and from Said Stump runs It runs North thirty four 
degrees East to the North Side of Said Land then East by North 
on the Northerly Line of Said Land to the Land In these presents 
Set of to the Widdow then begining again at the Said Pine Stump 
and Runs South & by East Twelve Rods to a Stake then East 
Twenty four Rods to a Stake then East Nine Degrees South 
thirty Six Rods to the aforesaid Widows thirds and bounded on 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 225 

Said Thirds on the East Side With the Great Room in the East 
End of the house Standing on Said home place With the Cham- 
ber & Garret Standing over Said East Room and one third 
part of the Cellar under Said house It being the East End of 
Said Cellar With three acres of the thirty acre Grant in Dover 
Called Dover Common right With the priviledge of passing & 
Repassing to & from said house & Spring useally made use of 
for Water — 

Sixthly We have Set of to Richard Jones for his part of s d 
Estate Two pieces of Land in the home place afores d & bounded 
them as follows one piece begins at the pine Stump the first 
bounds mentioned in the part herein Set of to Anthony & from 
Said Stump It Runs North & by west Forty nine Rods then 
East by north forty Six Rods then South Thirty four degrees 
west to the pine Stump first mentioned the Other piece is 
bounded as follows at the Country Road at the north West 
Corner of the Land herein Set of to the Widow and Runs from 
thence North by West thirty one Rod & one half Rod to An- 
thonys Land then by the Said Anthonys Land as herein Set of 
to him in Part on the north & in Part by the Land herein Set 
of to the Widow untill it Comes to the East Side of the Grant 
then by the East Side of the Grant untill it Comes to the Land 
herein Set off to the Widow at the South End of Said Grant then 
by Said Land to where it began at the Road with three Acres 
of the Thirty acre Grant Called Dover Common Right With y e 
Great Roome in the West End of the house with the Chamber & 
Garret over said Roome & one third of the Cellar under said 
house In the West End of Said Cellar — ■ 

Sevently We have Set off to Ann Jones Jun r the heir or Legal 
Representative of Samuel Jones Late of Dover Deceased for 
her Part of Said Estate a piece of Land & marish at Jonsons 
Creek Bounded as follows begining at the head of the Creek so 
Called upon the Westerly Side of Said Creek & Runs down by 
the upland upon the West Side of S d Creek untill it Comes to a 
Wild Cherry Tree the Next Cherry tree to the Old Bridge A 



226 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Little above Said Bridge Where they usually Crossed over Said 
Creek & from Said Wild Cherry tree it Runs East to the Land 
in Possession of the Bunkers then about North by Bunkers 
Land & Land in the Possession of Nathaniel Lummocks to 
Where it began at Said Jonsons Creek & three Quarters of all 
that undivided Land in Rochester Which belongs to the Right 
that the Said Joseph Deceased had in Said Rochester and his 
whole Right W r hich he had in Canterburry — 

Dated at Durham the 28 th Day of July anno Domini 1746 

Jonathan Thomson 
Eli Demeret 
Walter Bryent 
John W r oodman 

[Warrant, Oct. 17, 1764, authorizing Joseph Atkinson, Joseph 
Sias, gentleman, Jonathan W'oodman, yeoman, Ebenezer 
Thompson, physician, all of Durham, and W 7 alter Bryent of 
Newmarket to divide the widow's third among the children.] 

Pursuant to a warrant from the hon 11 Richard Wibird Esq r 
Judge of the probate of wills & c for the province of New hamp- 
shire Directing and appointing us the Subscribers a Committee 
to Divide the thirds of the Real Estate of Joseph Jones Late of 
Dover in said province gentleman Deceased Intestate which 
was Sat of To ann Jones his widow amongst the Children of the 
said intestate & to the Legal Representatives of those that are 
Dead — Accordingly we have made Said Division in manner 
following 

I st we have Sat of To Molly Jones the Legal Representative 
of Joseph Jones Deceased Eldest son of Said Intestate for her 
Double Share the following Lands viz a Peice of Land at Follets 
Swamp (So Called) Beginning at a Great Hemlock by Ichabods 
Chesley 8 Land & Runs South 5 west 43 rods then W N W 20 
Rods then N 5 East 43 rods then W N W 19 rods then North 
1 6° 30' East 32 rods then E S E to land in Possession of Eben r 
Jones & By his Land to the first bounds also Ten acres of land 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 227 

at wheelrights pond being part of thirty acres Beginning at the 
South Corner of Said Lot & Runs north 6 rods & n feet then 
N E by N 60 rods then S E by East 26 rods & 1 1 feet then S W 
by south 60 Rods to the first bounds also a peice of Salt marsh 
on the west Side of Jonsons Creek Beginning at a Black Cherry 
Tree near the Old Bridge & So Contains all the Salt marsh 
between the Creek & Upland Below said Cherry Tree that was 
possest by Said intestate — 

2<iiy we have Sat of to Benjamin Jones a peice of Land at 
follets Swamp beginning at the N W Corner of Land Sat of to 
molly Jones by these presents & Runs N 16 30' East by said 
Benjamins land as far as his Land Runs upon that point of 
Compass that was Sat of to him formerly out of his fathers 
Estate & then E S E to Land of Eben r Jones & by that to molly 
Jones Land & Jby that to the first Bounds — 

3 dly we have Sat of to the heirs of John Jones Deceased the 
following Land at Follets Swamp Beginning at the N W Corner 
of Land Sat of To Benjamin Jones by these presents & Runs 
N 1 6° 30' East 45 rods & then E S E 10 rods & then S E to Land 
of Eben r Jones & by that to Land of Benj n Jones & By that to 
the first bounds — 

4 th ly we have Sat of to Anthony Jones a peice of Land ad- 
joining where he Lives Beginning at the N E Corner of said 
farm & Runs W by South 15 rods then S by East keeping the 
breadth of fifteen Rods untill it Comes to Land of Richard 
Jones— 

5 th ly We have Sat of to Richard Jones a peice of Land ad- 
joining the Land where he now Lives Beginning at a white oak 
the S W Corner of Said Farm & Runs from thence N by West 
Seventeen ^ Rods then E by North 72 rods then South by East 
17I rods then on a Straight Line to where it Began — ■ 

gthiy we have Sat of to ann Stevens only Representative of 
Samuel Jones Deceased a peice of Land at Johnsons Creek be- 
ginning on the East Side of the Creek near the old Bridge & 



228 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Runs East to Bunkers Land & by that to the afors d Creek and 

by that to the first bounds — 
Durham October 25 th 1764 

Joseph Atkinson 

Jonathan Woodman 

Walter Bryent j- Committee 

Joseph Sias 

Eben r Thompson J 



THOMAS FURBER 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Furber of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to John Cotton of Portsmouth, tanner, 
and his wife, Bethiah Cotton, formerly widow of the deceased, 
Oct. 31, 1744.] 



THOMAS WHITEHOUSE 1744 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen the twenty fifth Day of October 
one thousand seven Hundred and fourty four I Thomas Whit- 
hous of Dover in the province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land Husbandman being Weak in body * * * I Give and 
bequeath to Rachel Whithous my Dearly beloved Wife i Whome 
I likewise Constitute make and order my Executrix of this my 
last will and tesament all my hole Estate within Dors and with 
out as long as she lives a widdow and after hir Desec of being 
a widdow I give to my well beloved Daughter Elisabeth 
Whithous all and Singular my hole Estate within Dors and with 
out by har freely to be possessed and Enjoyed and I Do hereby 
utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannul all and Every other 
former testments Wills legaces and bequests executors by me 
before Named in any other will and bequeathed Retifying and 
Confirming this and no other to be my last will and testment 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 229 

in Witness Where of I Have here unto Set my hand and Seal 
the Day and year above Written 

Signed Sealed Declared by mark 

the Sed thomas whithous as his Thomas X Whithous 

last will and testment in the his 

presents of us 

Thomas Whaits 

moses mead r 

Abraham Nute 

[Proved Nov. 28, 1750.] 

[Bond of Rachel Whitehouse, widow, with Moses Roberts 
and Abraham Nute, yeomen, as sureties, all of Dover, in the 
sum of £500, Nov. 28, 1750, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and Tobias Lear, Jr.] 



JAMES HEATH 1744 HAVERHILL DIST. 

In the name of God Amen. I James Heath of Haverill 
District in New Hampshire in New England Husbandman this 
Twenty Sixth day of November Anno Dom 1744 calling to mind 
the frailty and mortality of My Body Knowing it is Appoynted 
for all men Once to Die Do make this my last will & Testament 
first of All I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of God 
that gave it And My Body to the Earth to be Desently buryed 
at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and As to 
the worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with in this 
life I give demise and dispose of In Manner and form following. 

Imprimis I give to my well beloved Wife Dina all my personal 
Estate, of what Kind or nature Soever, And the use and improve- 
ment of all my Real Estate until my Children Joshua, Asa, 
Enoch, mary Miriam and Susanna Come of Age respectively 
as here after in these presents Mention d She to Improve And 
enjoy one full third part of My real Estate during her natural 



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life even of all my home Steed Lying by wash pond So called 
Joyning to Jonathan Roberts's land being one Hundred and 
Six Acres More or less She to bring Up Our Young Children till 
they may be put to Suitable places & pay all legacies 

Item I give to my Son David Heath Twenty Acres of land 
where he dwells. And Ten Shillings mony old Tenor to be paid 
out of my Estate by my Executors within three months after 
my decease. 

Item I give to my Son Nathanael 60 Acres of Land where he 
now dwells and Ten Shillings Mony old Tenor to be paid by my 
Executors out of My Estate within three months after my de- 
cease 

Item I give to my Son James all the land I gave him a Deed 
of and Ten Shillings mony old Tenor to be paid out of My 
Estate by My Executors within Three months after my decease. 

Item I give to my Daughter Judeth Kezer all the houshold 
Stuf She had of me and Ten Shillings Money old Tenor to be 
paid out of my Estate by my Executors within Three months, 
after my decease 

Item I give to my Son Joshua Two Seventh parts of my home 
Steed being One Hundred and Six acres in Quantity and quality 
together with 2 Sevenths of all out lands belonging to me to be 
possessed of as follows Two third parts thereof when he shall 
come to y e age of Twenty one years, and the other third at the 
decease of My Wife provided he rest Satisfy d with this my will: 
But if he Shall enter in to y e law to contradict this my will in 
that case my Will is that he shall have paid to him Ten shillings 
mony old Tenor out of My Estate by My Executors and shall 
have no part of my real estate. 

Item. I give to my Son Asa One Seventh part of all my Real 
Estate of My home steed Containing 106 Acres in quantity 
and Quality and one Seventh part of all my out lands for him to 
be possessed of as follows 2 Thirds when he shall arrive to y e 



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Age of Twenty One Years and the Other third at y e decease of 
my Wife. 

Item I give to my Son Enoch One Seventh part of all my 
reall estate home steed and out lands as afores d for him to be 
possessed of as follows Two thirds when he shall come to y e age 
of Twenty One Years, & I third at my Wifes Deceas 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary one Seventh part of My 
Reall Estate homesteed and out lands as afores d for her to come 
into the possession of as follows. Two thirds when She arrive 
to y e Age of Eighteen years and y e other third at y e decease of 
my wife 

Item I give to my Daughter Miriam One Seventh part of my 
home steed and Out lands as afores d for her to be possessed of 
as follows Two thirds when She come to y e Age of Eighteen 
Years and y e other third at y e decease of My Wife. 

Item I give to My Daughter Susanna One Seventh part of 
My homesteed and out lands as afores d for her to be possessed 
of as follows Two thirds when she come to y e Age of Eighteen 
Years and y e other third at y e deceas of My Wife. 

And further it is my Will that in case my Son Joshua shall 
refuse to Comply with this my will and thereby incur forfeiture 
as afore Said in that case what was otherwise order d to him' 
shall be to my Children Asa Enoch Mary Miriam and Susanna 
Equally 

Item I give to Ebnezer Mudget Eight pounds mony old 
Tenor to buy him a gun to be paid My Execut rs out of my 
Estate 

And I do ordain And Appoint my well Beloved Wife Dina and 
My Loving brother in law Jonath" Coborn to be my Executr & 
Executrix to Receive and pay my Just debts Due to and from 
my Estate and to Do all that is needfull for the performance of 
this my Will hereby Confirming this My last Will and Testa- 
ment Renouncing all other wills & Testaments And Execuf 3 
heretofore by me made or Named. In Confirmation hereof I 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the day and date first above 
written 

Sign d Seal d published pro- his 

nounced and declar d by the James X Heath 

afore named James Heath to be mark 

his last Will and Testament In 
presence of Us 
his 
James X Mills 
mark 
his 
Steph n X Coborn 

mark 
John Calfe 
[Proved Jan. 30, 1744/5.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1744/5, authorizing Moses Copp and 
William Heath, both of Haverhill District, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Moses Copp and William Heath; 
amount, £2332.9.0; attested April 22, 1746.] 



JOHN JONES 1744 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Jones of Stratham, 
yeoman, granted to Mary Jones of Stratham, widow, Nov. 28, 

1 744-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 382.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 28, 1744, authorizing Noah Barker and 
Joseph Merrill, both of Stratham, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 409.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 7, 1744/5; amount, £1529.1.0; signed by 
Noah Barker and Joseph Merrill.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 233 

[Warrant, Aug. 21, 1759, authorizing Enoch Merrill, John 
Hill, and Ebenezer Barker, all of Stratham, yeomen, "to make 
an Estimate of the Yearly Income or Neat profit of the Real 
Estate which has been in the hands of the Widow of John Jones 
Late of Said Stretham Yeom Deceased & in the hands of Josiah 
Allen since he Married said Widow one Year with another Since 
the Said Jones Deceased or what the whole of Said Real Estate 
woud Rent for Clear of all Deductions."] 

[Return according to above warrant, Oct. 26, 1759; amount, 
£924.14.0;. signed by Enoch Merrill, Ebenezer Barker, and 
John Hill.] 

[Account by Josiah Allen and his wife, Mary Allen, of the 
settlement of the estate; receipts, £940.13.4; expenditures, 
£940.13.4; allowed Oct. 31, 1759; mentions "Charges of lying 
In 3 months after the Intestates Decease & nursing the sick 
Child till it died 14 months;" "Bring up Susannah from the 
Intestates decease till the age of 7;" "nursing the Intestates 
mother in her last Sickness."] 



ALEXANDER THOMPSON 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Alexander Thompson of Ports- 
mouth in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
labourer, Being Sick in Body * * * 

2 ly I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved Friend Jeremiah 
Larey for his Attendance on me In my Sickness Eight pounds 
New England money old Tenor to be paid him by my Exec r 
within Conveniant time after my Decease 

And all the Rest & Residue of my Estate Real & personal, or 
of whatever name Nature or kind, or wheresoever the Same is or 
Shall be found I Give & Bequeath unto my well Beloved Brother 
James Thompson of the Kingdom of Ireland his Heirs & As- 
signs forever & I Do Constitute & appoint M r Alex r Caldwell of 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Portsmouth in the Province aforesaid Sole Exec of this my Last 
Will & Testam* hereby Revoking Every other Will & Testament 
by me in any Manner made — In Witness whereof I have here- 
unto Set my Hand & Seal this 19 th Day of Decemb r 1744 & in 
the Nineteenth Year of His Majesty's Reign 

Signed Sealed published & Alexander Thompson 

Declard by the Said Alex r 
Thompson to be His last Will 
& Testam* in presence of us 

John m c Neill 

Alex dr Clark 

John m c Laughlin 

[Proved April 22, 1746.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1746, authorizing Hunking Wentworth 
and John Newmarch, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 24, 1746; amount, £96.2.4; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and John Newmarch.] 



SAMUEL WATERHOUSE 1744 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God, Amen — 

The twenty Sixth day of December in the Yeare of our Lord 
Christ, one thousand Seven hundred and forty four I Samuel 
Waterhouse of Portsmouth in Newhampshire In New England 
Marriner, being Sick and Weak in Body * * * 

Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Debora, 
one hundred Pounds (Old Tenor) to be paid her by my Exetrix 
hereafter Named. I also give her two Silver Canns and all 
the Goods and Chattels that I had with her, also I give her the 
one third part of all My Real and personal Estate besides w* is 
above mentioned to be to her use during her Life Then the Real 
Estate to return to my Children as the rest of my Estate to be 
divided between them — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 235 

Item I give and bequeath all my Real and Personal Estate of 
what Name or Nature So Ever the Same may be, to my two 
Daughters Elizabeth and Sarrah to be Equally Divided between 
them: the Real Estate to be to them (after the Divission) and 
theire Heirs & assigns for Ever, and I do hereby Nominate & 
appoint my Uncle Mark Langdon to be Sole Executor of this 
my Last Will and Testament: and I do hereby Revoke Disanul 
and make void all other Wills and bequests by me heretofore 
made — allowing and holding this and no other to be my last 
Will and testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand and Seale 

Signed Sealed & Declared Samuel Waterhouse 

by the Testator, to be his Last 
Will and Testament in the 
presence of us the Subscribers 
Witness who Saw the Testator 
signe the above in presence of 
us that signed as Witnesses at 
the Same in the Testators pres- 
ence 

Tho s Hatch 

Jacob Randell 

James Jeffry 

[Proved Jan. 17, 1 744/5-1 

[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1744, authorizing Thomas Wibird and 
Daniel Peirce, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. Samuel Waterhouse, mariner; 
amount, £3901.6.1; signed by Thomas Wibird and Daniel 
Peirce; attested Feb. 27, 1744/5.] 



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NATHANIEL TUCKERMAN 1744/5 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen I Nathaniel Tuckerman of Ports- 
mouth In New Hampshire in New England Yeoman being Sick 
& weak of Body * * * 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Loving Brother John Tuck- 
erman & to my Nephew Nathaniel Muchmore in equal Halves 
all my money or Publik Bills of Credit, as well those that are or 
may be in any manner due to me at the time of my Decease as 
those that I may have in my Possession at the time of my 
Decease meaning that my Just Debts and Funeral Charges be 
first paid before any Division be made & my Will & Pleasure is 
that my s d Brother & Nephew make Division of what I have, 
already given them assoon as my Exec hereafter named can 
recover and receive what Debts may be due to me at the time 
of my Decease. 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my s d Brother and Nephew in 
Equal Halves all my wearing Apparel to be divided in proper 
time after my Decease my Linnen Excepted which I give to 
my s d Nephew 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Loving Brother John Tuck- 
erman all my Interest right & Title that I have in or unto any 
houses Lands or other Estate at the Great Island so Called & 
to his heirs for ever 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Loving Sister Elisabeth 
Clark one Silk Crape Gown to be Deliverd her by my Executor 
hereafter named immediately on my Decease my meaning is a 
Gown that has been worn by my wife I also give to my s d Sister 
twenty pounds in Bills of the old tenor to paid her by my Exec r 
hereafter named at the value thereof in Such things as She may 
want my meaning is in Provisions & the like to be paid her in 
one year after my Decease & my meaning is that the s d value 
of twenty pounds be deducted or allow'd out of the money to be 
divided between my s d Brother & Nephew 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my s d Nephew Nathaniel 
Muchmore & his heirs forever all the Residue of my Estate 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 237 

Avhether Real Personal or mixt or wheresoever the Same can or 
may be found Either in Portsmouth or else where and my s d 
Nephew Nathaniel Muchmore I also appoint Sole Exec r of this 
my Last Will and Testament In Witness hereof I have hereunto 
Set my hand and affixd my Seal this twelfth day of January in 
the Eighteenth Year of the reign of George the Second King 
of England &c a and in the Year of our Lord Christ 1744 

Signed Sealed & Declar'd by Nath 11 Tuckerman 

Nath 11 Tuckerman to be his 
Last Will & Testament In pres- 
ence of 

Joseph Nelson 

Ann Nelson 

Rich d Waldron Jun r 

[Proved June 25, 1755.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 3, 1755; amount, £8982.4.0, and £1042.13.0 
in money and notes; signed by Henry Sherburne and George 
Waldron. 1 



NATHANIEL WEBSTER 1744/5 EXETER 

The Last Will and Testament of Nathaniel Webster of Exeter 
in the Province of Newhampshire gent made this 22 d day of 
January Anno Domini 1744 being Sick & weak of body * * * 

Item I give unto my Son John Webster immediately after 
my Decease my little horse & my Sword and the Gun & Pistols 
& trooping furniture that he hath rid with & the one halfe of my 
Stock of Cattle & implements of husbandry & one halfe of my 
Wearing Apparrel & one bed & furniture in proportion with my 
other beds & One Case of bottles 

Item I give unto my Son Nathaniel Webster my Pew & 
Chairs in the Meeting house the other halfe of my Apparrel 
Stock of Cattle & Implements of husbandry & one bed & furni- 
ture as his brother & my Gold Sleeve buttons great bible & Desk 
& my other Case of bottles &' my Gun & Pistols & Saddle & bridle 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give unto my Daughter Deborah Webster All her 
mothers wearing Apparrel and all my household Goods not be- 
fore disposed of 

Item I give unto my kinsman Nathan 11 Gidding a Silver 
Spoon and a pair of Gold Sleeve buttons both of the value of 
forty Shillings to be mark'd with the two first Letters of his & 
my name 

Item I give unto my Kinswoman Martha Gilman a Silver 
Spoon of the value of twenty Shillings lawfull money in remem- 
brance of my Deceas'd wife 

Item I Do hereby appoint my brother in Law m r Zebulon 
Gidding Executor of this my will And I do Appoint my father 
in law Capt n John Gilman Guardian to my Children until they 
arrive at the age of twenty one years 

Item my will is and I do hereby desire authorize & Impower 
my Executor to make Sale of my home place & pasture & what 
of my other land in Exeter afores d may be needfull to pay my 
Debts funeral Expences & other Charges And after the payment 
of my Debts funeral Expences & other Charges my will is and I 
do hereby give and devise the remainder of my Estate to my 
afores d three Children to be Equally divided between them by 
my Executor they giving him a legall discharge from the Same 
& their right in my Estate In witnes whereof I do hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal the day & year first within written 

Sign'd Seal'd publish'd & Nath 11 Webster 

declar'd to be the last Will & 
Testament of Nath 11 Webster 
aboves d In presence of us 

Nich 8 Perryman 

Woodbridge Odlin 

Jeremiah Veasey 

[Proved Feb. 27, 1744/5.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1745; amount, £861.16.1^; signed by 
Nicholas Perryman and Jeremiah Veasey.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 239 

SARAH MARTYN 1744/5 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Sarah Martyn of Portsmouth, 
widow, granted to Mary Nolar of Portsmouth, spinster, Jan. 30, 

1744/5-1 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 405.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1744/5, authorizing George Huntress and 
Tobias Lear, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 424.] 

[Inventory; amount, £660.18.6; signed by Tobias Lear and 
George Huntress; attested April 24, 1745.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £275.7.6; expenditures, £256.7.4; allowed Jan. 29, 
1745/6; mentions "Cash paid by the said Account* out of that 
which She Received to Each Sister & her brother being five 
besides her Self."] 



JOSEPH SHERBURNE 1744/5 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Sherburne of Ports- 
mouth granted to Joseph Sherburne of Boston, Mass., merchant, 
Jan. 30, I744/5-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 403.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Col. Joseph Sherburne, Aug. 8, 
1745; amount, £2739.19.6; signed by Eleazer Russell and 
John Cutt] 

[Petition of Nathaniel Sherburne, only surviving son of John 
Sherburne, oldest son of Joseph Sherburne, June 22, 1756, for a 
division of the estate, administration of which was granted to 
the second son, Joseph Sherburne.] 

[License to the administrator, Joseph Sherburne of Boston, 
Mass., merchant, Jan. 18, 1757, to sell real estate.] 



24O NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £3034.16.8; expenditures, £3922.1.6; allowed Jan. 
19, 1757; mentions the widow and the charges of her funeral.] 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £129.0.0; ex- 
penditures, £146.6.0; allowed Dec. 5, 1757.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1759, authorizing Eleazer Russell, 
Samuel Hale, John Shackford, Daniel Jackson, gentlemen, and 
Daniel Rogers, apothecary, all of Portsmouth, to divide the 
estate.] 

Pursuant to the within Warrant we have Sett off to the Heirs of 
said Intestate their several Shares in the manner following Viz 

To Nathaniel Sherburne the legal Representative of John 
Sherburne dec d who was the eldest Son of S d Intestate for his 
double Share & the Hundred pound old Tenor allowed to him 
by the Judge of Probate, the Mansion House of said Intestate 
with the Wharf Warehouse & Land Adjoining which Premisses 
lay on the North Side of the Creek near the Draw-Bridge upon 
his paying forty pounds old Tenor to each of the other Heirs of 
Said Intestate 

To Mary Gooch Daughter of s d Intestate for her Share Five 
Acres & three Quarters of Land in the East End of the Pasture 
near the Pound Bounded Easterly partly by the School Lot 
partly by Land in Possession of James Clerkson Esq r & partly 
Col 1 Warner's Land Northerly partly by Said Warners Land & 
partly by the Road leading from Portsmouth to Greenland 
Eighteen Rods and an half Rod Westerly by Land Hereafter 
Sett off to Joseph Sherburne Esq r And Southerly by the Road 
leading from the Plains to the Mill Dam Nineteen Rods as by 
the Plan herewith returned with the aforesaid forty pounds 

To Joseph Sherburne Esq r Son of said Intestate for his Share 
four Acres & a Quarter of Land bounded Easterly by the above 
said Mary Gooches Land Northerly by the Road Eighteen 
Rods & an half Westerly by Land hereafter Sett off to the Heirs 
of Nathaniel Sherburne dec d Southerly by the Road leading to 



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2 4 I 



the Mill-Dam Sixteen Rods & an half with the aforesaid forty 
pounds 




Tlorik llCk: 3jZinJ.s 



To the legal Representatives of Nathaniel Sherburne dec d 
Son of said Intestate for their Share the remaining part of Said 
Pasture & Field being about four Acres of Land bounded East- 
erly by the aforesaid Joseph Sherburne's Land Northerly by the 
Road about Twenty Nine Rods Westerly by Land belonging to 
the Estate of Said Nathaniel Sherburne dec d Southerly by the 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Road leading to the Mill Dam twenty Seven Rods with the 
aforesaid forty pounds 

Portsm April 6 th 1759 Eleazer Russell 

Samuel Hale 
Daniel Jackson 
John Shackford 
[Allowed April 6, 1759.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Sherburne of Portsmouth, mariner, with 
Nathaniel Mendum of Portsmouth as surety, in the sum of 
£500, April 7, 1759, to indemnify the administrator of his 
grandfather's estate; witnesses, Elizabeth Noldred and Samuel 
Sherburne. 1 



JOHN CLARK 1744/5. PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Clark of Portsmouth, 
mason, granted to Agnes Clark of Portsmouth, widow, Jan. 31, 

1 744/5-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 406.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 31, 1744/5, authorizing Jeremiah Libby and 
John Hart, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of John 
Clark, administration of which is granted to his widow, Agnes 
Clark.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jeremiah Libby and William Langdon; 
amount, £230.15.0; attested April 24, 1745.] 

[Petition of Josiah Clark of Portsmouth, mason, for administra- 
tion, Oct. 23, 1749, his mother, Agnes Clark, being non compos 
mentis.] 

[Bond of Josiah Clark, mason, with Thomas Newmarch, 
blacksmith, and George Moses, cordwainer, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Jan. 29, 1752, for the admin- 
istration de bonis non of the estate of his father, John Clark; 
witnesses, Thomas Packer and Benjamin Bellows.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 243 

SAMUEL MOORE 1744/5 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen — I Samuel Moore of Portsmouth 

in the Province of New Hampshire Esq r being in Good Health 

* * * 

And as touching my Worldly Estate my Will is that my Debts 
be first paid & my funeral Charges Defrayed within Convenient 
time after my Decease by my Exec x of this my Last Will & 
Testament And all the rest Residue & remainder of my Estate 
Real & Personal or of whatever name nature or kind & whereso- 
ever the same is or Shall be found I Give Devise & bequeath 
the same unto Mary my beloved wife her Heirs & Assigns 
forever and I also Constitute & Appoint my said wife to be Sole 
Exec x of this my Said Will & Testament & Do hereby Revoke 
every other will & Testament by me in any manner made In 
Witness whereof I hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Seventh 
Day of Feb ry 1744 And in the Eighteenth Year of His Majesty's 
Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared by Sam 1 Moore 

the said Sam 1 Moore to be his 
Last Will & Testam* in pres- 
ence of us 
f Pierse Long 

Hunking Wentworth 

W m Earl Tread well 

[Proved May 31, 1749.] 



ALEXANDER CUMMINGS 1744/5 CONCORD, MASS. 

[Guardianship of Ann Cummings of Londonderry, minor, 
aged more than fourteen years, daughter of Alexander Cum- 
mings of Concord, Mass., granted to Witter Cummings of New- 
bury, Mass., shopkeeper, Feb. 27, 1744/5.] 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM SEAVEY 1745 RYE 

[Administration on the estate of William Seavey of Rye, 
yeoman, granted to William Seavey of Rye, yeoman, March, 
I745-] 

[Warrant, March 19, 1744/5, authorizing- James Seavey and 
Josiah Webster, both of Rye, yeomen, to appraise the estate 
of William Seavey, administration of which is granted to his son, 
William Seavey of Rye, the widow refusing.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 421.] 

[Inventory, March 27, 1745; amount, £523.10.0; signed by 
James Seavey and Josiah Webster-.] 



SAMUEL WHITE 1744/5 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Samuel White of Portsmouth in 

the Province of New Hampshire Joiner being in Good health 

* * * 

Item I give unto Abigail my beloved wife the use & Improve- 
ment of my Real Estate during her Widow-hood for her own 
Maintenance & Support & for the bringing up my Youngest 
Child viz Joseph White until he shall be fourteen Years of Age 
in Case she Shall continue a Widow during that time but as 
Soon as she shall marry again then she shall have no farther 
care of the said Child nor Interest in my Estate Excepting one 
third part of my Personal Estate which I give her to her own 
Dispose My debts & funeral Charges being first taken out of the 
whole 

Item all the Residue of my Estate Real & Personal I give & 
Devise unto my two Children viz Mary Cate & Joseph White in 
manner following viz my Will is that my said son shall have his 
Maintenance Out of the whole until he shall be fourteen Years 
of Age & in Case of his Mothers marriage before that time shall 
come then I desire his Said Sister may have that care under the 
direction & advice of her Husband Samuel Cate and that thev 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 245 

will take the care & Charge thereof upon themselves to be 
Defrayed as aforesaid And I appoint him the said Gate to be 
Guardian to my said Child & I m power him to bind out to my 
said Son- to Some good Business & to Execute Indentures of 
Apprenticeship for that purpose But if my Said Wife shall Re- 
main a Widow till then that is till my said Son shall attain the 
said Age of fourteen then she shall have the care power & 
Guardianship & Authority to dispose of him as aforesaid, and 
two thirds of my Personal Estate after Debts & Funeral Charges 
paid as afors d I give to my said two Children Equally Divided 
between them and all my Real Estate after my said Wifes 
Interest therein shall be ended & Determined by her Marriage 
as aforesaid I give & Devise to My said Children their Heirs & 
Assigns forever Equally Divided saving only my son's Main- 
tenance as aforesaid to be taked out of the Personal Estate or 
out of the Profits of the Real Estate I mean the two thirds of the 
Personal Estate as afores d Lastly I Constitute my said Son in 
Law Samuel Cate Exec r of this my Will & Testament & in Case 
of his Decease then my said Daughter to be Exect x thereof & to 
Succeed or have all the Powers & Authorities hereby given to 
him Respecting her Brother & all other matters & things in 
which he has any Power or authority herein Conveyd to him 
And I do hereby Revoke all other Wills & Testaments by me 
in any manner heretofore made In Witness whereof I have here- 
unto Set my hand & Seal the Second Day of March 1744.5 — 

Signed Sealed & Declared by Sam 11 White 

the said Samuel White to be his 
Last Will & Testament In pres- 
ence of us 

Rich d Waldron Jun r 

William Parker 

Charles King 

[Proved Nov. 27, 1745.] 

[Inventory, signed by W. Waldron and Joseph Langdon; 
amount, £781.9.11; attested Nov. 27, 1745.] 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

BENJAMIN JUDKINS 1744/5 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen, the fourth day of March 1744/5 
I Benj a Jutkins of Kingston in his Majesties Province of New 
Hampshire of Perfect Memory, & Sensible of my Mortality, do 
make this my Last Will & Testiment, that it to say 

Imprimis I give c<: bequeath to my loving Wife all my Estate 
during her widowhood 

Item I give & bequeath to my adopted Son & Apprentice from 
the Time of her next Marriage or Decease the whole of my Es- 
tate Provided that he behave faith full in my Absence (who am 
by the will of God bound for Cape Britton) & one Year the Last 
of his apprentiship is hereby disclaimed by me & all under me. 

Finally I do Constitute & appoint Capt Jedidiah Philbrick & 
M r Benj a Sleeper of s d Kingston my Executors to this my last 
Will & Testiment In wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my 
Hand & seal this fourth Day of March 1744/5 

Wittness Ben Judkins 

Jedidiah Philbrick 

John Lad juner 
hure 

alies X Lad 
mark 

[Proved Nov. 27, 1745, and administration granted to the 
widow, Hannah Judkins of Exeter, the executors refusing to act.] 

[Bond of Hannah Judkins, widow, with Jedediah Philbrick, 
gentleman, and Samuel Fifield, yeoman, as sureties, all of King- 
ston, in the sum- of £500, May 28, 1746, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Bruce and William Parker.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1746, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Tristram Sanborn, both of Kingston, gentlemen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 27, 1746; amount, £126.1.6; signed by Tris- 
tram Sanborn and Jeremy Webster.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 247 

THOMAS MUDGETT 1744/5 BRENTWOOD 

In the Name of God Amen the fourth day of March 1744/5 
I Thomas Mudgit of the Parish of Keenborough in the province 
of New Hampsh r in New England Housewright * * * 

(Item) I Give & bequeath to Elisabeth my beloved Wife the 
Improvement of all my Estate both real & personall so long as 
She Shall remain my Widow — 

Item I Give and Bequeath Unto My two Sons Thomas Mud- 
git and Nicholas Mudgit My house Outhousing and all my lands 
to be Equally divided between them at their Mothers decease 
or when she Shall Marry again they paying what I Shall here- 
after Mention — 

Item I Give Unto my Daughter Sarah Clark, or her heirs two 
hundred pounds old tenor to be paid by my two sons Thomas & 
Nicholas within two years After my Estate Comes into their 
hands in money or species — 

Item I Give Unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Mudgit Whom 
I Likewise Constitute and Apoint my Sole Executrix of this my 
last Will and Testament all My household Goods and debts and 
moveable Effects to be Wholly at her disposall and I do hereby 
utterly dissallow revoke and Dissanull all and Every other 
former Testaments Wills Legacies & bequests & Executors by 
me in any ways before named Willed & bequeathed Ratyfying 
and Confirming this and No other to be my last Will and Testa- 
ment In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and 
Seal the day and year Above written 

Signed Sealed Published pro- Thomas mudget 

nounced and declared by the 
S d Thomas Mudgit as his last 
Will and Testament in the pres- 
ence of us the Subscribers 

Josiah Gilman 

Trueworthy Gilman 

Abigail Gilman 

[Proved Dec. 25, 1745.]* 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Dec. 25, 1745, authorizing Josiah Gilman and 
Trueworthy Gilman, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 544.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Mudgett of Exeter; 
amount £1725.7.4; signed by Josiah Gilman and Trueworthy 
Gilman; attested Jan. 28, 1745/6.] 

[Additional inventory of £17.12.3, July 30, 1746; signed by 
the same parties.] 



SATCHWELL RUNDLETT 1744/5 STRATHAM 

In the name of God amen this 4 th day of march 1744 I Satch- 
well Randlet of Stratham in the Province of new hamp re in new 
England husband man being in Good helth of Body * * * 

Itim I Give to my Son Charles his Equel Purpotion in all my 
household goods. 

Itim I Give to my Son John five Shilings 

Itim I Give to my Son James an Equel Purpotion in all my 
household Goods 

Itim I Give to my Daughter mary one puter Plater 

Itim I Give to my Daughter Elezebeth my warming pan and 
one puter plather 

Itim I Give to my Son Satchwell his Equel Portion in all my 
house hold Goods which Leave Behind my will is that my Son 
Satchwell be my Exeut 1- to this my Last will and testement if he 
Returne from this Expedition but if he Should not Returne my 
will is that my Son James to be my Executer to this my Last in 
witness whereof I have Set to my hand and Seal the fourth Day 
march in the Eigh tenth year of his maj tes Reign 

Signed Sealed and Deliverd his 

in Presents of us Satchwell X Rundet 

Solomon Smith Mark 

Benjamin Smith 

mathew tomson 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 249 

my will is that my Cousen Satchwell Clark to take Care of 
my house and Land while I Come home againe 
[Proved June 24, 1746.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 19, 1746; amount, £31.4.0; signed by Jona- 
than Clark and Satchel Clark.] 



EBENEZER SANBORN 1744/5 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen I Ebenezer Sanborn of Hampton 

in the Province of New Hamps r in New England Husbandman 

* * * 

I Give And Bequeath to my kinsman Reuben Sanborn Jun r 
my half Right in Chichester And the following Legacies I Give 
and Bequeath to be paid by my Executor hereafter named 
in Convenient time after my Decease for which I have Bonds 
for the money Namely 

To my mother in Law Abigail Sanborn fifty shillings 
To my Sister Susanna Sanborn five Pounds 
To Abigail Prescutt wife of Ebenezer Prescutt five Pounds 
ten shillings 

To Meribah Fogg wife of John Fogg five Pounds 
To Judith Quinby wife of Robert Quinby twenty five shillings 
To Abial Coleby wife of Enock Coleby twenty five shillings 
To Dorothy moulton Wife of Deacon abraham Moulton 
twenty five shillings 

To Sarah Sanborn wife of Reuben Sanborn twenty five shil- 
lings 

To my Sister Jemima Lord of Ipswich twenty five shillings 
To Mary Healey wife of William Healey twenty five shillings 
To Theodate Sanborn wife of Jonathan Sanborn twenty five 
shillings 

To Mary Sanborn Daughter of Reuben Sanborn twenty five 
shillings 

To the Rev d M r Whipple of Hampton falls fifty shillings 



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And my Will is that my Executor Provide and get Sett up 
Decent Grave Stones at the Graves of my father Benjamin 
Sanborn & mother Meribah Sanborn their names time of De- 
cease and their Age &c: written on the Stones 

And my will is that whatsoever of Right is due to me that is 
not before Disposed of and my wearing apparell after my Debts 
& necessary Expences for Proving this my will &c: are paid be 
to Josiah Bachelder Son of Deacon Josiah Bachelder of Hampton 

Lastly my Will is that M r Meshech Weare of Hampton be 
Sole Executor of this my last will & Testament 

And for Confirmation hereof I have hereunto Set my hand 
And Seal this fourth day of March Anno Domini 1744/5 

Signed Sealed & Declared by Ebenezer Sanborn 

the Before named Ebenezer 
Sanborn to be his last will & 
Testament in presence of Us 

Elisha Prescut 

Jonathan Tilton 

John Tilton 

[Proved March 26, 1746.] 

[Warrant, March 26, 1746, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Benjamin Hilliard, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 25, 1746; amount, £285.7.8; signed by 
Jonathan Fifield and Benjamin Hilliard.] 

[Executor's account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£321.8.8; expenditures, £245.10.0; allowed April 26, 1749.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 386.] 



EBENEZER EASTMAN 1744/5 CONCORD 

In the Name of God Amen — I Ebenezer Eastman of Rumford 
in the Province of Newhamshire in New England Gent: being 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25I 

of Perfect mind and Memory Do therfore make and Ordain this 
my Last Will and Testament — Imprimis. I give and Bequeath 
unto Sarah my well Beloved wife all that my house and my 
former Homstead in Haverhill in the County of Esex and also 
that part of my Pasture which is in the Cow Com'ons which I 
Purchased of Lieu 1 Richard Hazzen Dec d and Also my Negro 
man Named Csezar and also three of my Cows which She Shall 
Chuse and a Horse now in Possesion of my Son in Law Ezra 
Carter and also the whole of my Houshold goods or as many as 
She Sees Cause to take for her Emprovement During her Nat- 
urall Life and afterward what She does not Expend for her Ness- 
cesity to be Equally Divided Among All my Children 2 ly I give 
and Bequeath unto my Eldest Son Ebenezer One hundred pounds 
Old Ten' Above an Equall Share Among the rest of my Children 
in the Divission of my Estate And. the rest of my Estate to 
Equally Divided among all my Children Except Joseph to have 
One hundred pounds Old Ten 1 " Less than the rest because I have 
Already given him the Vallue thereof by Deed and my Executors 
hereafter named (Viz) Ebenez r and Phillip my Two Eldest Sons 
and Ezra Carter my Son in Law to pay all my Just Debts out of 
my Estate before the Divission thereof whom I have hereby 
Appointed to be the Sole Exe rs of my Estate In Witness for 
Confirmation of this my Last will and Testament I have here- 
unto Sett my hand and Seal this Seventh Day of March In the 
Eighteenth Year of his Maj ties Reign Annoq e Domini 1744 

Sign'd Seal'd Publish'd pro- Ebenezer Eastman 

nounc'd and Declared In pres- 
ence of 

Moses Clements 
his 

David X Heath 
Mark 

Ed\v d Tompson 

[Proved Aug. 31, 1748.] 



252 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Nov. 25, 1748; amount, £7916.19.6; signed by 
Jeremiah Stickney and John Chandler.] 

[Inventory of the Massachusetts estate of Capt. Ebenezer 
Eastman of Rumford, taken by Deacon James Ayer, Dr. Stephen 
Huse, and Moses Clements, all of Haverhill, Mass., Oct. 20, 
1748; amount, £779.7.4; attested by Ebenezer Eastman, one 
of the executors, Dec. 5, 1748.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 328, p. 274.] 

[Petition of Ebenezer Eastman and Ezra Carter, Aug. 26, 
1749, for the appointment of Capt. John Chandler, Lieut. 
Jeremiah Stickney, Aaron Stevens, Henry Lovejoy, and Timothy 
Walker, Jr., all of Rumford, to divide the estate, the minor child 
having chosen his brother, Joseph Eastman, as his guardian.] 

[Bond of Joseph Eastman of Rumford, yeoman, with John 
Webster of Rumford, gentleman, and John Gilmore of London- 
derry, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Aug. 30, 1749, 
for the guardianship of his brother, Moses Eastman, minor; 
witnesses, William Parker and Daniel Farnum.] 



REUBEN CURRIER 1744/5 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the name of God amen I Ruben Currier of South-Hamp- 
ton in the Province of New-Hampshier in New England yeo- 
man being weak of Body but of perfect mind and memory: and 
not Knowing how soon or suddenly my Change may Come: 
Do make this my Last will and Testament: ffirst of all I Com- 
mend my Soul to God in Christ my Saviour and my body to the 
Dust to be Decently buried In hopes of Eternall Life: and as 
to my Temporall Estate I do Demise and Dispose of the same 
in manner ffollowing: vidz) Imprimis my will is that all my 
Just Debts and funerall Expences be duely paid by my Execu- 
tors 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 253 

Itm 2 ly I Give to my wife Phebe Currier the use and 
Improvement of all my homested Lands buldings and orchards 
where I now Dwell: for and Douring the term of har naturall 
Life: or So long as She Remains a widow in my name 

Itm 3 ly I Give to my son Abraham Currier one half of my 
home steed: with one half of the buldings and orchards: to bee 
By him or his Heires possesed and Injoyed Emediately affter 
the term of time that I have Given it to my wife for har use 

Itm 4 thly I Give to my Son Samuel Currier one Quorter part 
of my homested lands buldings and orchards in Quantity and 
Quallety To bee By him or his Heiers possesed and Injoyed 
Emediately affter the term of time that I have given it to my 
wife for 

Itm 5 thly I Give to my Son Ruben Currier one Quorter part 
of my Homested lands buldings and orchards in Quantity & 
Ouallity To be By him or his Heiers possesed and Injoyed 
Emediately affter the term of time that I have given it to my 
wife for her use And my will is that if Either of my Sons before 
named Do not Live to posses and Injoy his part or portion as 
before Expresed: or Leave a Lawfull Heier to possess the Same: 
That then my two surviveing sons shall Divide his part and 
Portion Equilly betwen them two in Quantety and Quallety 

Itm 6 thly I Give to my Daughter Dorothy Eighty Pounds 
in good Bills of Credit old Tennor to be paid by my Exec- 
utor when she shall and do arive to Lawfull age to Receve 
her portion or upon marrage 

Itm. 7 thly I Give to my Daughter Miriam Currier Eighty 
Pounds in good Bills of Credet old Tennor to bee paid by my 
Executor when she shall and do arive to Lawfull age to Receve 
her portion or upon her marrage 

And my will is that if Either of my Daughters do not Live 
to possess and Injoy har Portion as afore s d or Leave a Law- 
full Heir to posses the same: That my surviveing Daughter or 
Har Heiers shal have har portion that is the Eighty Pounds 
old Tennor 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Itm 8 thly : I do Constitute and appoint my wife Phebe 
Currier and my son Abraham Currier to be Executors of this 
my Last will and Testament: To whom I further give: that is to 
my wife all my Household goods of all sorts to be at her Dis- 
posall for ever: And all my Stock of all sorts and my peese of 
Land In Kingstown buting notherly upon land of Jonathan 
Doole and Easterly upon a highway to be at har Disposal for 
the paying of my Just Debts and the before mentioned Legacies 
to be paid by my Executors in this my will and allso all the Rest 
of my Estate both Reall and personall money debts dew to mee* 
and moveable Effects what soever and where soever they may 
bee, not before disposed of other wise in this my will or other 
ways shee my sd wife Phebe and my son Abraham paying or 
Either of them Paying the afore mentioned Legacies to be paid 
by my Executors in manner as is before Expresd and all my 
just Debts and (Tunerall Expences: and hereby Revoking all 
fformer wills I do Ratifye this and no other to be my Last will 
and Testament: witness my hand and seall this ffourteenth Day 
of March In the Eighteenth year of his majesties Reign King 
George the Seccond &c Anno domini: 1744/5 

signed sealed and declared by Ruben Currier 

y e s' 1 Ruben Currier to be his 
Last will and Testament In 
pesence of us 

Benjamin Morrill 

Daniel French 

Philip Rowel 

[Proved May 29, 1745.] 



THOMAS PICKERING 1744/5 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen — 

The Eighteenth Day of March Anno Domini 1744/5, I 
Thomas Pickerin of Portsmouth in New Hampshire in New 
England Millwright being Bound to Sea * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 255 

[tern: I Give unto My Son John Pickerin the Island Com- 
monly called one tree Island Scituate War the West end of 
Mendums Island in Portsmouth 

Item I Give unto my Son Daniel Pickerin a House Lott of 
Land between my house & Churchwells Lott and running hack 
as far as m r Jotham Odiorns Land, also all my Right Tittle & 
Intrest to Ellinses point (So Called) also All my privelidge at 
York: and all the Marish that I have any wright or title to 
ajacent on the Mill Creek, or millpond 

Item: I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Lambert Twenty 
Shillings old Tenor to be paid her by my Executrix out of my 
Estate 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Pickerin Twenty 
Shillings old Tenor to be paid her by my Executorix out of my 
Estate when She my said Daughter Abigail Shall Come to the 
age of Eighteen years 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Dorthy Pickerin Twenty 
Shillings old Tenor to be paid her by my Executorix out of my 
Estate when my Said Daughter Dorthy Shall Come to the age 
of Eighteen years 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Olive Pickerin Twenty Shill- 
ings old Tenor to be paid her by my Executorix out of my 
Estate when my Said Daughter Olive Shall Come to the age 
of Eighteen Years 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Lydia Pickerin Twenty 
Shillings old Tenor to be paid out of my Estate by my Execu- 
torix when my Said Daughter Lydia Shall Come to the Age of 
Eighteen years — 

Item. I Give unto my Daughter Molly Pickerin Twenty 
Shillings old Tenor to be paid by my Executorix out of my 
Estate when my Said Daughter Shall Come to the Age of 
Eighteen years 

Item All the Rest of my Estate Money Bills Debts Dues and 
Duties whatsoever and wheresoever to me belonging not here 
in Disposed of I Give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Dorthy 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Pickerin for my Said Wife Dorthy to Despose of the Same 
among my Children (Except my Son Daniel) as she thinks or 
may think fiting. And I Do hereby nominate Constitute and 
appoint My Said Wife Dorthy to be my Sole Executrix of this 
my Last Will and Testament: hereby Revoaking and Making 
Null and Void all Other Wills and Bequests by me heretofore 
made and holding firm and Vallid this & no Other to be my Last 
Will and Testament In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal the Day and Year first above mentioned — 

Signed Sealed & Delivered 
In the presence of us also pro- thomas Pickerin 

nounced by the Said Thomas 
Pickerin to be his Last Will 
and Testament 

Thomas Bickford 

John Cotton 
the Mark of 

Elizabeth X Bickford 

[Proved March 25, 1747.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 23, 1747; amount, £732.4.6; signed by 
Thomas Walden and John Cotton.] 

[Warrant, June 28, 1749, authorizing Samuel Hart, John 
Shackford, gentleman, and Thomas Bickford, schoolmaster, 
all of Portsmouth, to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, signed by Samuel Hart, John Shackford, and 
Thomas Bickford; amount, £53.4.1 1|; attested April 26, 1750.] 

[Claim of Dorothy Pickering against the estate, May 22, 
1750; mentions "Bringing up three Children til they are Seven 
Years old 624 weeks," and "Sundrys at Last Lying in and 
Nursing. "] 

[License to the executrix, May 30, 1750, to sell real estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 257 

REUBEN ABBOTT 1744 5 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen 

The Twentieth Day of March Anno Domini 1744/5 I Ruben 
Abbet of Portsmouth in New England Cordwainer being Bound 
to Sea * * * 

Item I Give unto my Son Moses Abbet five pounds old Tenor 
to be paid him out of my Estate by my Executorix 

Item I Give unto my Son Ruben Abbet the Whole of my Real 
Estate in Portsmouth after my Wifes Decease he shall take 
possession thereof he paying twenty pounds old Tenor to my 
Son Benjamin Abbet 

Item I Give unto my Son Benjamin Abbet my Whole Right 
at Barrinton and Twenty pounds old Tenor to be paid in Money 
by my Son Ruben Abbet when my Said Son Ruben takes posses- 
sion of my Estate in Portsmouth aforesaid 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Margeret Lebby one Cow & 
a Calf to be Delivered her on Demand by my Executorix 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Allice Abbet one Cow & a 
Calf to be Delivered her by my Executorix when She Shall 
Come of age 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Esther Abbet one Cow & a 
Calf to be Delivered her by my Exec x when She Shall Come of 
Lawful age 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Mary Abbet one Cow and a 
Calf to be Delivered her by my Exec x when She Shall Come of 
Lawful age 

Item All the Rest of my Estate Money Bills Debts Dues & 
Duties whatsoever and Wheresoever of right to me belonging 
not here in Disposed of I Give and bequeath unto My beloved 
Wife Susana During her Life and then to be Divided Equally 
among my Children and I Give unto my Said Wife the use and 
Improvement of the whole of my Estate During her Natueral 
Life, and I Do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint my 
Said Wife Susana Abbet Sole Executorix of this My Last Will 
and Testament hereby Revoaking and Making Null and Void 

17 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

all other Wills & bequests by me heretofore made hereby Ratify- 
ing and holding firm and Vallid this and No Other to be my Last 
Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the Day & Year first above Mentioned 

Signed Sealed Declared and Ruben Abbet 

pronounced by the Said Ruben 
Abbet to be his Last Will and 
Testament in presence of us 

John Sinkler 

Robert Green 

Moses Caverly 

[Proved Nov. 27, 1745.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 27, 1745, authorizing Thomas Bickford and 
George Banfield, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 20, 1745/6; amount, £937.16.0; signed by 
George Banfield and Thomas Bickford.] 



ELEAZER DAVIS 1745 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Eleazer Davis of Dover, yeo- 
man, granted to Samuel Davis of Dover, yeoman, March 27, 1745.] 

[Warrant, March 27, 1745, authorizing Eli Demeritt and Wil- 
liam Hill, Jr., both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Guardianship of Eleazer Davis, aged less than fourteen 
years, son of Eleazer Davis, granted to Samuel Chesley of Dover, 
yeoman, March 27, 1745.] 

[Inventory, April 23, 1745; amount, £188.4.0; signed by Eli 
Demeritt, Jr., and William Hill, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 259 

MARY DOWEN 1745 

[Bond of Benjamin Porter of Boxford, Mass., gentleman, with 
Thomas Redington of Boxford, Mass., yeoman, and John Ober 
of Methuen, Mass., as sureties, in the sum of £1000, April 1, 
1745, for the guardianship of John Dowen, minor, more than 
fourteen years old, son of Mary Dowen of New Hampshire, 
deceased.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOSEPH GRAVES 1745 EXETER 

The Last will and testamentof Joseph Graves. I Joseph Graves 
of Exeter in the province of New hamshire in New England 
being weak of body * * * 

Item 1) I Give unto my Son Joseph Graves the one third 
part of my Land laying in the parish of Eppin and my Gun 
he paying to his brother Israel half so much as an other gun 
as Good as that is Shall Cost and allso ten Pounds in old tennor 
money unto his Sister mehittable 

Item 2) I Give unto my Son Israel Graves one third part of 
my Land Laying in the parish of Eppin he paying unto his sister 
margreat the sume of ten pounds old tennor money 

Item 3) I Give unto my two daughters mehittable Graves 
and margreat Graves to Each of them ten pounds to be paid by 
their two brothers as above s d — 

finally I Give unto my well beloved wife mehittable Graves 
one third part of my Land in Eppin and all my moveable Estate 
both within Doors and without together with all the debts that 
is Due to me to be wholly at her dispossing forever and do by 
these presents Constitute and ordain her my well beloved wife 
mehittable Graves the Sole Executrix to this my last will and 
testament hereby revoking and Disanulling all other and 
former wills and testaments by me heretofore made and have 



260 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to this my Last will and testament set too my hand and Seal 
this first day of april Anno Domini 1745 

Signed Sealed and owned In Joseph Graves 

the presence of us 

Timothy Gorden 

James Gorden 

Cartee Gilman 

[Proved Aug. 28, 1745.] 



SAMUEL MELCHER 1745 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this Eighteenth day of April Anno 
Domini one thousand Seven hundred & forty five I Samuel 
Melcher of Hampton falls in the Province of New Hamps in 
New England Yeoman Being Aged & Infirm in Body * * * 

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my wellbeloved wife Elisabeth 
The Use And Improvement of One third part of all my lands 
And Buildings So Long as She Remains my widow And Also 
All my Houshold Goods Excepting the Beds hereafter Given to 
my Daughters to be hers So long as She Remains my Widow 
And at her decease or time of Marriage to be Divided Among 
my three Daughters Hannah, Sarah, & Esther. I also Give 
to my Said wife two Cows & four Sheep & a Horse to be kept for 
her by my Executor hereafter Named so long as she Remains 
my Widow; And my Will is that if She Marry Again then that 
she shall have One feather Bed & Beding and her Wearing Ap- 
parell And no more 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son John Melcher the 
Piece or tract of land where he now lives Being Six half Shares 
Bounding Notherly on land of Joseph Shaw Southerly on land 
of Deacon Bacheldor Westerly on Drinkwater Rode so Called 
and to Go Eastwardly to the Cove fence So Called Excepting 
the Improvement of the third part before Given to my wife. 
And at her decease or time of Marriage the whole to be to my 
Said Son John his heirs and assigns forever. I Also Give to my 
Said Son John his heirs and Assigns for Ever One half of All my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 26l 

land or Right to land Divided or Undivided in the Township of 
Chester in the Province aforesaid: And I Give to my Said Son 
John one half of my Crosscutt Saw. And my Will is that he pay 
to my daughter Hannah Melcher one hundred Pounds Passable 
Bills of Credit Old Tenor so Called within two Years after my 
decease 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Samuel his heirs & 
Assigns for ever All my home place Housing And Lands lying 
on one Side of the way or on the other Excepting the Improve- 
ment of the third part which I have before Given to my wife 
during her Widowhood And at her Decease or time of Marriage 
the whole to be to my Said Son Samuel: Also One half of All my 
land or Right to land Divided Or Undivided in the Township 
of Chester in the Province aforesaid: Also three half Shares 
Lying in Kensington Bounding on Drinkwater Road West- 
wardly on land of Deacon Bachelder Notherly And Land 
of John Cram Southerly: Also a piece of Salt Marsh about five 
Acres lying in Salisbury. Also All my Stock of Creatures he 
to keep two Cows & four Sheep Winter And Summer for my 
wife so long as She Remains A Widow As before mentioned: I 
also Give to my Said Son Samuel All my Husbandry tools Ex- 
cept the half of my Crosscutt Saw before Given to my Son John. 
And I Order my Said Son Samuel to provide a Room for my two 
Daughters Sarah & Esther to live in So long as they live Un- 
married or Either of them: The Room to be in the House where 
he lives Or if he does not Choose that then he to Build them a 
Sutable House of one Room to be Set in Such place As they 
shall Choose And they to have the Improvement of One Acre 
of land with the house So long as they Remain Unmarried 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Melcher 
one Hundred Pounds Passable Bills of Credit Old Tenor so 
Called to be paid by my Son John as above mention'd within two 
Years after my Decease: I Also Give to my Said Daughter One 
third part of The houshold Goods after her mothers decease or 
time of Marriage 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Melcher 
One hundred Pounds passable Bills of Credit Old Tenor so 
Called to be paid by my Executor hereafter Named Within two 
years after my decease, And a Room to live In So long as She 
lives unmarried as Before Mentioned And also one feather Bed 
And a Third part of The Houshold Goods after her mothers 
decease or time of Marriage 

Item I Give and Bequeath to My Daughter Esther Melcher 
One hundred Pounds passable Bills of Credit Old Tenor So 
Called to be paid by my Executor hereafter named within two 
years after my decease: And a Room to live in so long as she 
lives Unmarried as before Mentioned And Also one feather Bed 
and a third part of the Houshold Goods at her mothers decease 
or time of Marriage 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my daughter Mary Ward Wife 
of Abel Ward five Pounds Passable Bills of Credit Old Tenor 
So Called to be paid by my Executor hereafter Named within 
two years after my Decease 

Itim I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Elisabeth Sanborn 
wife of Ezekiel Sanborn five Pounds Passable Bills of Credit Old 
Tenor so Called to be paid by my Executor hereafter named 
within two years after my Decease 

Lastly My Will is that my Son Samuel Melcher be Sole 
Executor to this my Will And that he Receive all Debts Due 
to me & pay all that I Owe And my Funeral Charges And for 
the Confirmation of all aforegoing I have hereunto Set my hand 
And Seal the Day & year aforewritten 

Signed Sealed & Declared by his 

the Said Samuel Melcher to be Samuel X Melcher 

his last Will & Testament In Mark 

Presence of 

Meshech Weare 

Benjamin Sweett 

Daniel Sanborn 

[Proved April 28, 1755.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 263 

[Bond of Samuel Melcher, husbandman, with Benjamin 
Swett and Daniel Sanborn as sureties, all of Hampton, in the 
sum of £200, April 28, 1755, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, Samuel Clark and Jonathan Colcord.] 



HEZEKIAH JENNESS 1745 RYE 

In the Name of God Amen. The Tenth day of May in the 
year of our Lord Christ one Thousand Seven hundred and forty 
five. I Hezekiah Jennes of Rye in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Yeoman being sensible that it is appointed for all men 
once to die & being weak and Sick in Body * * * 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Hannah (the wife of Joshua 
Jennes) and to her Heirs and assigns the one Third Part of my 
Pew in the Meeting house at Rye afores d also I Give unto my 
s d Daughter five shillings to be paid her in one year after my 
Decease — 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Anna (the wife of Thomas 
Parker) the sum of five shillings to be paid her in one year after 
my Decease 

Item I Give five shillings a piece unto each of the Children of 
my son Thomas Jennes deceased, to be paid in one year after 
my decease — 

Item I Give five shillings a piece unto each of the Children of 
my Son Jennes deceased to be payd in one year after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my sister in Law Deliverance 
Folsom and unto her Heirs and assigns for ever a certain Piece 
of salt marsh Containing two acres More or less lying in little 
River marshes (so called) in Hampton in s d Province and 
bounded on the one side by land now or formerly of Richard 
Jennes Esq r and on the other side by land now or formerly of 
one Shubal Page — 

Item as to the Rest and Residue of my Estate where soever 
and whatsoever whether Real or Personal I Give and Bequeath 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the same unto my Daughter Mary (the wife of Job Jennes) and 
unto her Heirs and assigns forever — 

And I do hereby ordain Constitute and appoint my son in 
Law Job Jennes to be sole Executor of this my last will & Testa- 
ment Ratifying and allowing this and No other to be my last 
will and Testament In Testimony where of I have hereunto set 
my hand & seal the Day and year first above written— 

Signed seald published pro- hezekiah Jenness 

nounced and declared by the s d 
Hezekiah Jenness as his last will 
& Testam* in the Presence of us 
witnesses — Subscribing in the 
Testators presence 

Elisha lock 

Mark Jennes 

Daniel moulton 

[Proved May 29, 1745.] 

[Inventory, signed by Joseph Locke and Nathaniel Rand; 
amount, £1163.13.0; attested Oct. 30, 1745.] 



JAMES GILMORE 1745 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of James Gilmore of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Jane Gilmore, widow, May 29, 1745.] 

[Warrant, May 29, 1745, authorizing James Rogers and John 
Hunter, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate of James 
Gilmore, administration of which is granted to his widow, Jane 
Gilmore.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 445. | 

[Inventory, signed by James Rogers and John Hunter; 
amount, £2263.4.4; attested June 26, 1745.] 

[Margaret Gilmore, Jonathan Gilmore, and Elizabeth Gilmore 
consent to the appointment of their brother, John Gilmore, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 265 

as administrator in place of their mother, deceased, March 
25, I746.] 

[Administration granted to John Gilmore of Londonderry, 
yeoman, Sept. 24, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 71.] 

[Bond of John Gilmore, yeoman, with Robert Riddle and 
William Gilmore, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in 
the sum of £500, Sept. 24, 1746, for the admistration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Pottle and William Parker.] 

[Warrant, June 24, 1748, authorizing Alexander Rankin, 
James Rogers, and John Hunter, all of Londonderry, yeomen, 
to determine the annual income of the estate.] 

[Return, Aug. 26, 1748, appraising the annual income of the 
estate at £20.0.0; signed by Alexander Rankin, James Rogers, 
and John Hunter.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 30, 1749, authorizing James Rogers, John 
Wallace, Thomas Wilson, John Hunter, and David Hunter, all 
of Londonderry, to divide the estate.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £753.4.4; expenditures, £306.7.10; allowed June 2.^, 
1750; mentions "Maintaining agnes one of the Children of y e 
Intestate 2 Years till she was Seven years of age."] 

Province of 1 In Obidence to a Warrant Bearing Date 
New Hampshire J August the 30 th Day 1749 Derected to us 
James Rogers Thomas Willson John Wallace David Hunter 
and John Hunter all of Londonderry in s d Province from the 
Hon ble Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of the Probate of wills 
for s d Province to make a Division & Partition of the Real 
Estate of James Gillmor leat of s d Londonderry Deceased among 
the next of kin of the s d Deceased and By Vertue of s d Warrant 
we have made Division and Partition of s d Estate in manner 
following 



266 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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The oldest son Jo n Gilmor to have his Duble share on the 
north side of s d plan from End to End Containg twenty six acres 
& one Quarter as it appears in s d plan which is Eighteen Rhods 
wide on the west End & seventeen on the East — 

Robert Peterson & his wife Jane the Daughter of the s d 
Deceas d to have their share Bounding on the south side of the 
said Jo n 's share from End to End Containing twenty four acres 
and three Quarters as it appears in s d plan & is seventeen Rhods 
wide on the west End & sixteen on the East End— 

Elizabath Gilmor the Daughter of the s d Deceased to have 
her share Bounding on the south side of the s d Peterson's share 
from End to End Containing twenty four acres and three 
Quarters as it appears in s d plan & is seventeen Rhods wide on 
the west End & sixteen on the East End 

George Patteson & margrat his wife the Daughter of the 
said Deceased to have their share Bounding on the south side 
of the s d Elizabath's share from End to End Containing twenty 
six acres & one Quarter as it appears in s d plan & is Eighteen 
Rhods wide on the west End & seventeen on the East End- 
Jonathan Gilmor the son of the s d Deceased to have his share 
on the south side of s d plan from End to End Bounding on the 
Rev rd M r M'Gregores land on the south side Containing twenty 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



267 



seven acres & three Quarters as it appears in s d plan and is 
Ninteen Rhods wide on the west End & Eighteen on the East 
End together with a fraction of land at the south west angle of s d 
share about one acre more or less as appears in s d plan 

Also another plan of land Belonging to s d Estate Containing 
twenty three acres & a half Encluding the highway which is 
James Gilmor's share the son of the s d Deceased which land 
layeth on the Road Betwen James Rogers and Jo n m c Murphy 
Esq r ' s Grist mill 



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The two Youngest Chelderen of the s d Deceased: viz: Marian 
& Agnas Gilmor is to have two Hundred and fourteen acres of 
land laying near Brandy Rock so Cal'd which land is Known 
by the Name of the mendment & addition land together with 
the fourth Division which is (N° 100) which lands is Equally to 
be Divided by Quantety & Quallety Betwen the afore s d two 
Chelderen— 

and the Reason we have not made partition & Division Be- 
twen the afore s d Chelderen's parts of s d Estate is we Judge it 
will be sold & to better advantage undivided then if we had made 
Division of the same — 

note that the other Chelderen before mentioned is to pay in 
money to the afore s d marian & Agnas Gilmor the sum of ninty 
pounds in Bills of the old tenor or Lawfull money Equal therto 
which money is Equally to be paid by the aforesaid persons out 



268 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of their particuler shars & to be Equally Divided Betwen the 
s d marian & Agnas Gilmor — 

which money is to be paid in manner following (viz) thirty 
pounds to be paid at or upon the first day of Jan ry which will 
be in the Year of our Lord 1752, also thirty pounds to be paid 
Jan ry the first day which will be in the year of our Lord 1753, and 
the last thirty pounds to be paid Jan ry the first day which will be 
in the year of our Lord 1754. — 

and if the s d money be not paid at the afore s d tarms we alow 
Reasonable Intrest for the same till paid 

James Rodgers 
thomas Willson 
Jo n Wallace 
David Hunter 
John Hunter 

[Guardianship of James Gilmore and Elizabeth Gilmore, 
minors, children of James Gilmore, granted to William Gilmore 
June 27, 1750.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 560.] 

[Bond of W 7 illiam Gilmore, with James Rogers and John Wal- 
lace as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, June 
2 7> x 75°> f° r the guardianship of James Gilmore and Elizabeth 
Gilmore; witnesses, William Parker and Noah Parker.] 



NATHANIEL AMBROSE 1745 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen The third Day of June in the year 
of our Lord God 1745 I Nathanael Ambross of Chester in the 
Province of New Hamp r Husbandman being very ill and weak 
in body * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to Lidia my Dearly beloved wife 
the Sum of forty Pounds in Money old tenor to be paid out of 
my Esteat at the end of three years after my desease : And also 
all the household Stuff Movables, & creatures, I have that was 
hers, that I had with her at Marriage & sience to be Returnd 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 269 

to her Immodiatly after my Deceas — Provided she quits all 
her Right of thirds in my Esteat in consideration of sd forty 
pounds & Movables abovementioned. 

Item I give unto my beloved son Henry ambross five 
Pounds in Money old tenor to be paid out of my Esteat at the 
end of four years after my Deceas 

[tern I give unto my beloved son John ambross five pounds 
in money old tenor to be paid out of my Esteat at the end of 
four years after my deceas 

Item I give unto My beloved Daughter Elisabeth Batchelder 
ten Pounds in Money old tenor to be paid out of my Esteat at 
the end of four years after my Deceas 

Item I give unto my Beloved Daughter Abigail Prescut ten 
Pounds in Money old tenor to be paid out of my Esteat at the 
end of four years after my Deseas 

Item I give unto My three Grand-Daughters Namely Sarah 
veasey, Abigail veasey & Agnes veasey, to Each of them ten 
Pounds in Money old tenor to be paid out of my Esteat four 
years after my Deceas 

Item I give to my beloved son in law Thomas Veasey of 
Stratham in sd Province whom I constitute Make and ordain 
my only and sole Executor of this my last will and testament 
all the Remainder of my Esteat that is left when my Debts <S: 
abovesaid Legacies are paid as abovesd; to be by him freely 
Possed & injoyed and I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke & 
disanull all & every other former testimonies wills & legacies 
Requests & Executors by me in any ways before this time Named 
Willed & bequeathed Ratifieing & conferming this & No other 
to be my last Will and testament In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand & seal the Day & year above written 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- his 

nounced & Decl d by the sd Nath" Nath 11 X ambross 

Ambross as his last Will & testa- mark 

ment in Presents of us the Sub- 
scribers 



270 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Moses Leavit 
George Veasey jun r 

her 
Elizebeth X Cotton 

merk 
[Proved June 26, 1745.] 

[Inventory, signed by Ebenezer Dearborn and Samuel Emer- 
son; amount, £174.9.0; attested Oct. 30, 1745.] 

[Warrant, June 26, 1745, authorizing Samuel Emerson and 
Ebenezer Dearborn, yeoman, both of Chester, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 494.] 



RICHARD PLUMMER 1745 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Plummer of Dover, 
innholder, granted to Elizabeth Plummer of Dover, widow, 
June 26, 1745.] 

[Warrant, June 26, 1745, authorizing Stephen Roberts and 
Abraham Nute, both of Dover, to appraise the estate of Richard 
Plummer, administration of which is granted to his widow, 
Elizabeth Plummer.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 474.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 20, 1745; amount, £878.18.9; signed by 
Stephen Roberts and Abraham Nute.] 

[Bond of Bitfield Plummer, yeoman, with John Wentworth 
and Benjamin Mason as sureties, all of Dover, in the sum of 
£500, Aug. 30, 1750, for the administration of the estate of his 
father, Richard Plummer; witnesses, William Parker and Sam- 
uel Jackson.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 1 

JOHN BANFIELD 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. — 

I John Banfill of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Shipwright being bound to Sea and not knowing how it 
may Please Almighty God to deal with me. I make this my 
last Will and Testament Viz* 

I commit my Soul to God who gave it trusting through the 
merrits and mediation of Jesus Christ for Salvation, my Body 
I commit to the Earth to be Buried at the Discretion of my 
Executors. — 

My real and personal Estate I Bequeath as follows 

Imprimis My House and Land lying in the Town of Ports- 
mouth I Bequeath to my Honored Mother Elizabeth Lang for 
and During her natural Life — 

Item I Will and Bequeath to my Loving Cousin Stephen 
Greenleafe of Boston all my Personal Estate Debts Dues and 
Demands, Also all my Real Estate at the Decease of my Hon d 
Mother, To have and to hold the same to him and his Heirs 
for Ever. I also make him the said Stephen my Sole Executor 
of this my last Will and Testament Hereby Revokeing and 
Disannulling all former Wills or Testaments heretofore made. 
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand and Seal 
this Twenty Eights day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred 
and Forty Five and in the Ninetenth Year of his Majestys 
Reign — 

Sign'd Sealed and Delivered in John Banfill 

Presents of — 

Tho s Moffatt 

Isaac Townsend 

Elisha Foster 

[Proved Feb. 11, 1745/6.] 

[Suffolk Registry, Boston, Mass.] 

Province of "1 To the Hon b,e Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of 
New Hampsh r J the Probate of Wills &c for said Province 



272 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Humbly Shews Stephen Greenleaff of Boston in the County 
of Suffolk in the Province of the Mass 3 Bay Mathematical In- 
strument maker 

That John Banfill late of Portsmouth in the Province of New 
Hampshire Mariner Deceased Some time in July last Sai Id with 
Recruits for Louisbourg from Boston afores d but is now Deceased 
& a Short time before he Saild made his Last Will & Testament 
Expresly Revoking all other Wills & Testaments by him in any 
manner before made & appointed Your Remonstrant Sole 
Executor thereof the Witnesses of which living in Boston he 
Humbly Conceives it must be proved there and as the s d 
Testator had Real & Personal Estate in this Province at the 
time of His Decease if any other Will or Testament should be 
offerd to be proved here He prays the Same may not be Proved 
but that the matter may be Suspended until the said Last Will 
of which he is Exec r can be proved & sent here or an Authen- 
ticated Copy thereof to put the matter out of Dispute & he 
shall Ever pray &c 

Jan ry 14 th 1745 — Stephen Greenleaf 



JONATHAN PRESCOTT 1745 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen. This first Day of July Anno 

Domini 1745. I Jonathan Presscot of the Parish of Kensington 

in the Province of New Hampshire in New England Gentleman, 
* * * 

Item. I give & bequeath unto Judith my beloved Wife all 
my Moveables within Doors to her & her Heirs for ever. Also 
the Improvement of the one Half of all my Real Estate lying 
in the Parish of Kensington & Hampton falls during her Widow- 
Hood, or being my Widow. 

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Son Jonathan Presscot, 
& unto his Heirs & Assigns for ever; He paying out as hereafter 
Mentioned, the one Half of all my Lands Marsh & Meadow, or 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 273 

Real-Estate lying in the Parish of Kensington & Hampton falls. 
And he to come into the Possession of that Part which is given 
to his Mother, at her Day of Marriage, or Death. Also a Sixth 
Part of a whole Original Right, except the Home Lot, laying in 
the Township of Chester in s d Province. 

I inn. I give & bequeath unto my Son Jesse, and unto his 
Heirs & Assigns for ever, He paying out as hereafter mentioned, 
the other Half of all my Lands Marsh & Meadow, or real Es- 
tate lying in the Parish of Kensington & Hampton falls, & he to 
come into the Possession of that Part which is given to his 
Mother, at her Day of Marriage or Death. 

Item. I give & bequeath unto my two Sons Nathan Gove, & 
Micha & unto their Heirs & Assigns for ever, All my Estate in 
Housings & Lands lying in the Parish of Epping in said Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire, to be equally divided betwixt them. 

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Sons Jonathan, Jesse, 
Nathan Gove, & Micha, & unto their Heirs & Assigns for ever, 
all my Estate or Rights of Land lying in the Township of Gil- 
man-Town in s d Province, equally to be divided Amongst them; 
If either of s d Sons should die before he come to the Age of 
Twenty-one Years, then his Part shall be equally divided to 
and among my surviving Sons. 

Item. My Will is that my Son Jonathan pay One hundred 
Pounds new Tenor to the Bank of this Province, where I am 
obliged. 

Item. I give & bequeath unto my Daughter Miriam & her 
Heirs one hundred Pounds old Tenor, to be paid by my Son 
Jonathan at her Day of Marriage, or twenty one Years of Age, 
which shall first happen. 

Item. I give unto my Daughter Judith Row Ten Pounds old 
Tenor, "She having receiv'd considerable allready, & to be paid 
unto her or her Heirs within one Year after my decease by my 
Son Jesse. 

Item. I give unto my Daughter Abigail, & unto her Heirs 
One hundred Pounds old Tenor, to be paid by my Son Jesse 



274 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

at her Day of Marriage, or twenty one Years, which shall first 
happen. 

Item. I give unto my Daughters, Elizabeth, Rachel c\ Je- 
mima, & unto each of them, & unto each of their Heirs One 
hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid unto them & each of them, 
& unto each of their Heirs by my Son Jesse at their particular 
Day or Days of Marriage or twenty one Years of Age, which 
shall first happen. 

[tern. I do hereby constitute & ordain my Wife Judith & my 
Son Jonathan Presscot Executors of this my last Will and Testa- 
ment. And I do hereby revoke all & every other Testament & 
Will heretofore by me named & willed, ratifying & confirming 
tins & no other to be my last Will & Testament. In Witness 
whereof I the said Jonathan Presscot have hereunto set my Hand 
& Seal, the Day & Year above written. 

N B where it is said I give to my Daughters Elizabeth, Rachel 
& Jemima & unto each of them, & unto each of their Heirs One 
Hundred Pounds old Tenor the meaning is that I give Elizabeth 
one hundred Pounds old Tenor, & Rachel one Hundr d Pounds 
old Tenor, & Jemima One hundred Pounds Old Tenor, & if 
they or either of them die before they come o£ Age, y i then their 
hundred Pounds Should be given to their Heirs 

furthermore it is my will that if my wife Dies before the young 
children are capable to maintain themselves thai they Shall be 
brought up out of the half of the Estate which my wife was to 
have y Improvement of During her widow hood 

Signed Sealed published pro- Jonathan Prescut 

nounced and declared by the s J 
Jonathan Presscol to be his lasl 
Will & Testament in presence of 
us 

Joseph Tilton 

Abraham Present) 

Benjamin Row 

[Proved April 30, [746.] 



NEW HAMl'SHIRK WILLS 



-/n 



[Warrant, April 30, 1746, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Samuel Prescott, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 8.] 

[Inventory, May 26, 1746; amount, £5045.5.6; signed by 
Meshech W'eare and Samuel Prescott; mentions Jonathan Pres- 
cott, father of the deceased.] 

[Additional inventory, signed by Samuel Prescott and John 
Batchelder; amount, £205.12.0; attested June 18, 1747.] 

[Account of Jonathan Prescott, Richard Sanborn, and his 
wife, Judith Sanborn, of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£1125.15.6; expenditures, £855.4.0; allowed July 25, 1753.] 



THOMAS ROBINSON 1745 EPPING 

The Last will and testament of Thomas Robison of the 
Parish of Eppin in the province of New hamshire in New Eng- 
land * * * 

Item 1) I give unto my well beloved Son John Robison my 
Dwelling house and out housing and all my Lands there too 
belonging together with all my Cattle he paying what Legacies 
hereafter mentioned 

Item 2) I give unto my daughter Abigail melloon twenty 
shillings Lawfull money she having received her portion all- 
ready to be paid her within one year after my decease 

Item 3) I give unto my daughter mary Judkins fifty shillings 
Lawfull money to be paid within one year after my decease 

Item 4) I give unto my daughter Rachel melloon fifty shillings 
Lawfull money to be paid her within one year after my decease 

Item 5) I give unto my daughter Hannah bean fifty shillings 
Lawfull money to be paid within one year after my decease — 

Item 6) I Give unto Elisabeth Robison my daughter my 
feather bed and all the bedding thereto belonging 

finally my will is that my well beloved Son John Robison pay 
all the Leagacies abovewritten and I do make and ordain him 



276 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my well beloved Son John Robison the Sole Executor to this 
my Last will and testament hereby Revoking and disannaling 
all other former wills and testaments by me heretofore made 
and have to this my Last will and testament set my hand and 
seall this tenth day of July In the year of our Lord 1745 

Signed Sealed and ownend In Thomas Robison 

the Presence of us 

Caleb Gillman 

Benjamin Gorden 

Cartee Gilman 

[Proved July 25, 1750.] 

[Bond of John Robinson of Epping, with Caleb Gilman, Jr., 
and Benjamin Gordon, both of Exeter, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, July 25, 1750, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, William Parker and William Rindge.] 



ABRAHAM STOCKBRIDGE 1745 STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen The Fifteenth Day of July in the 
year of our Lord God 1745 I Abraham Stockbridge of Stratham 
in the Province of Xew Hamp r in New England yeoman, Being 
Well & in bodyly health * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath to Mary my beloved Wife 
the whole Emprovement & Income of all my Esteat in Stratham 
aforesd both Real & Personal so long as She Remains my Widdo 
to be at her desposeing excepting five acres of land next Briers 
land & in case she should Marry again then to have but her 
thirds in My s d Esteat as the law directs 

Item I give unto my Beloved son John Stockbridge all my 
Esteat in Stratham both Real and Personal, after his Mother 
My s' 1 wifes, term is out that She is to have the Emprovement 
of it as abovesd, He my sd son John Paying all my Debts & 
funerall charges, And Paying unto his two Sisters Namly 
Moriah Stockbridge & Comfort Stockbridge; one hundred 
Pounds in money each, old tennor, to pay the sd hundred pounds 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 277 

to my Daughter the sd Moriah four years after my Deceass 
and in case my son the sd John shall at the end of four years 
after my Deceass choose Reather to Pay unto his sister the sd 
Moriah her sd hundred Pounds in land then in Money, it Shall 
be in his choice to let her have five acres of land Next to Tho 8 
Briars land, bounded as followeth viz" begining at sd Briars 
land & Runing the whole breadth of sd Briars land in to My 
land till sd five acres be compleated which she the sd Moriah 
shall be obliged to take in Stead of her sd hundred pounds, if 
her brother the sd John be so minded And also to Pay unto his 
Sister the sd Comfort Stockbridge one hundred Pounds in 
Money old tennor, when she Comes to Eighteen years of age, 
or upon her Marriage Day if she Marrys before she comes to 
Eighteen years of age — 

Item I Give unto My beloved Daughter the abovesd Moriah 
Stockbrige one hundred Pounds in Money old tennor, to be paid 
her by her brother the abovesd John Stockbridge four years 
after my desease or five acres of land in stead of sd hundred 
Pounds, as abovesd 

Item I Give unto My beloved Daughter Comfort Stockbridge 
abovesd one hundred Pounds in Money old tenor to be paid her 
by her brother the abovesd John Stockbridge at Eighteen 
years of age or at Marrige as abovesd. 

Item I Give unto My two Grandsons Namly John Stock- 
bridge and Abraham Stockbridge, My whole Right & Propriety 
shear of land in the township of Bow, in sd Province, that is to 
say I give unto my grandson the sd John two fifth of sd Right 
and to My Grandson the abovesd Abraham three fifths of sd 
Right, to be divided between them for Quantity and quality, 
according to their Rights — 

I Also hereby constitute & make & ordain My beloved son 
the abovesd John Stockbridge My only & sole Executor of this 
my last Will & testament and do hereby utterly disallow Revoke 
& disannull, all & every other former testimonies Wills & 
Legacies Requests & Excutors by me in any-ways before this 



2J8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

time Xamed Willed & bequeathed Ratifiing & confirming this 
& no other to be my last Will & testament In Witness whereof 
I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year abovewritten 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- Abraham Stockbridge 

nounc 1 & declar" 1 by the sd Abra- 
ham Stockbridge as his last Will 
& testament in the Presents of us 
the Subscribers — viz" — 

Moses Leavit 

Dudley Leavitt 

Stephen Thurston 

[Proved March 25, 1746.] 

[Warrant, March 26, 1746, authorizing Jonathan Dearborn 
and Thomas Veasey, Jr., both of Stratham, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jonathan Dearborn and Thomas Veasey, 
Jr.; amount, £1435.13.0; attested May* 27, 1746.] 



WILLIAM DORAX 1745 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of William Doran of Exeter, 
trader, granted to Abigail Doran of Exeter, widow, July 31, 

x 745-] 

[Warrant, July 31, 1745, authorizing Xicholas Perryman, 
gentleman, and James Folsom, yeoman, both of Exeter, to 

appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 480.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 28, 1745; amount, £746.0.0; signed by Xicho- 
las Perryman and James Folsom.] 



MARY FROST 1745 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God Amen. I Mary Frost of Newcastle in the 
Province of New Hampshire in Xew England Gentlewoman, 
Relict widow of John Frost late of Said Newcastle Esq 1 " Dec d 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2J9 

Imp 1 " I give and bequeath unto my beloved Children William 
Frost, John Frost, Charles Frost, Andrew Pepperrell Frost, 
Joseph Frost and George Frost my Sons, and to Sarah Blunt 
the Wife of the Rev d M r John Blunt, Miriam Frost the Wife of 
M r Elliot Frost Jane Frost and Dorothy Frost my Daughters, 
All my Houses Lands Tenements Hereditaments, Inheritances 
and all other Real Estate wheresoever and whatsoever, except 
what is hereafter particularly bequeathed, To Hold to them my 
Said Children their Heirs and Assigns forever to be equally 
divided amongst them reserving So much of my Said Real 
Estate as is necessary for the Payment of my just Debts or any 
just Debts that may hereafter appear to be due from my late 
Husband aforesaid, which I hereby Impower my Executors 
to make Sale of in order to discharge the Said Debts. 

Item. I give to my Four Daughters Sarah Blunt, Miriam 
Frost, Jane Frost, and Dorothy Frost, and their female Issue 
all my Household Goods and Furniture, and all my Wearing 
Apparrell of what nature or kind Soever to be equally divided 
amongst them; But if any of them Should die without female 
Issue then their respective Part of my Said Household Goods 
and apparrell to be divided amongst my Surviving Daughters. 
All the Rest of my personal Estate, as Money Bonds Notes 
Book Debts, I give to all my Children Sons and Daughters above 
mentioned to be equally divided or distributed amongst them, 
nothing excepted or reserved except what is hereafter mentioned. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my three youngest Daughters 
& their Heirs and Assigns forever all the Rights, that I have or 
that my late Husband John Frost Esq r had of in and unto any 
of the new Townships in the Province of Xew Hampshire afore- 
said, except my Right in Barnstead, which I hereby give and 
bequeath unto my Grandson John Blunt jun r To hold to them 
the Said Miriam Jane and Dorothy Frost their Heirs and Assigns 
to be equally divided between them. 

Item. I do give to my Grandson John Frost jun r a piece of 



280 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Gold called a Jacobus Piece, and a large Silver Headed Cane 
which was my late Husbands and mark'd with his own Name 

lastly, I do hereby Nominate and appoint my Sons William 
Joseph and George Frost Executors of this my last Will & Testa- 
ment, them or any two of them to be joined in duly administring 
my Estate according to this my Will, and do also appoint my 
beloved Friends the Hon ble William Pepperrell Esq 1 " the R< \ ' 
Benjamin Colman Docf of Divinity William Tyler Esq r and 
Simon Frost Gent" (To whom I order my Executors to give a 
gold Ring apiece) To be Overseers of this my last Will and 
Testament, desiring them to advise and assist my Executors, 
and if Occasion may require (them or any two of them) to adjust 
and Settle any Dispute that may arise about and concerning 
this my Will or any part of my Estate herein bequeathed, And 
I do hereby revoke and disannul all other Wills and Testaments 
by me heretofore made, and ratifying and confirming this and 
no other to be my last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof 
I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal the Second Day of 
August in the Year of our Lord Ope Thousand Seven Hundred 
and Forty live, and in the Nineteenth Year of His Maj ts Reign 

Signed Sealed published and mary ffrost 

Declared by the Said Mary Frost 
as her last Will and Testament in 
the presence of us the Subscribers 

Joseph Newmarch 

W- Clark 

John Peairce J r 

Rebekah Donnell 

Simon Frost 

I Mary Colman of Boston in the County of Suffolk & Province 
of the Massachusetts Bay Widow, the above named Mary Frost, 

having Considered of my last will and Testament before written 
have Thought proper to add the following Codicile thereto 
my will is That my negro woman Hagar Shall be Mannu- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 28l 

mined or go ffree at my decease and that She Shall have her 
wearing Apparrell bed & Bedding given her by my Executors 
before named Nevertheless I would recommend it to her to live 
with Such of my Children as She Shall Choose 

Item -provided my intended Marriage with the Rev 1 M ' 
Benj :1 Prescott of Salem takes Effect I give unto him my Negro 
womans Child Cato and all the Houshold Furniture plate and 
Money that I may Carry with me to his House, But not my 
wearing apparrell being desirous my daughters Should have them 
as by the foregoing will — 

Item that whereas 1 have made my Sons Executors to my 
will Aforesaid who Stand Indebted to me for Several Sums of 
money as by their respective obligations may [torn] rest of my 
Estate According to my will before written 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
fourth day of October Anno Domini One Thousand Seven hun- 
dred & forty Eight In the Twenty Second year of His Majestys 
Reign — 

Signed Sealed published & de- Mary Colman 

clared by the Testatrix to be her 
last will In presence of us 

John Phillips 

Daniel Marsh 

Samuel Phillips 

[Proved May 28, 1766.] 

Hono 1 ' Sir 

As Our deceased Mother Marey Frost by her Last will <K: 
testiment Devised to us & the rest of her Children a lott of land 
in Portsmouth & one at New-Castile with an old Small house 
thereon & a Pew in the meeting house in Said Newcastile to 
be Equaly divided amongst us all, Wee Pray your Honour 
would give the Executers leave to Sell the above, at Publick 
Vendue to Enable them to pay what debts are due from the 
Estate as there is no Parsonal Estate wee know or can find to 
defray Charges or pay debts & the Remainder if any there is to 



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be divided amongest Us & the other Children so that the Estate 
may be Settled, which Ought to been done longe Agoe by the 
Xeglect or Carlesness of the Execoters, greatly to our damage 
as the above lotts have been yearly falling in Value & bringing 
no Income, Wee hope your Honour Sees the resonableness of 
our request & makes no doubt of ycur Complyance Wee remain 
with great Respect 

Hono cl S r your most obediant 

Humble Servats 
Alex 1 Raitt in behalf of 
my Wife Miriam Raitt 
And" P. ffrost 
Jn° Frost 
Jane Watkins 
Henry Prescott Attorney 

to M rs Dorothy Clifford 
Margaret Frost Adm x to Es- 
Kittrey March 4 th 1771 tate Joseph ffrost 

To the Honble John Wentworth Esq r 



THOMAS MARSTOX 1745 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen. The Ninth Day of August 1745. 
I Thomas Marston of Greenland in y e Province of New-Hamp- 
shire in New -England Husbandman, Being very weak in Body 
* * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Nathan 
Marsten And his Assigns A Tract of Land y* Lyeth in Greenland 
And Bounded Notherly by Land of Ebenez r Johnson Easterly 
by Land of Henery Sherborn Esq r Southerly by Land of 
William Norton Westerly by the Road y l Leads to Hampton 
with all Previlages Except y e wood y 1 is upon Five Acers At y e 
Nbtheast Corner of Said Land Riming Fourty Rods by S d 
Johnsons <X: Twenty Rods by s rl Sherborn & so Riming into S d 
Land till contains Five Acers which wood is Reserved but for 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 283 

the Space of Ten Years. And also I give to my Said Son Nathan 
A I arston y e One half of my Right of A Saw Mill y l is in ( Greenland 
Upon Winecutt River with One half of my Right of S d Stream 
And also I give my s d Son Nathan Marston the One Half of my 
Right of Land y* Lyeth in y e Town of Ipsom And Also y e One 
Half of my Cattle & Sheep and Also y e One half of my Hus- 
bandry Tooles And Also y e One Third of y e Aples y 1 Shall grow 
in my Orchards for y e Space of Ten Years from y e Date hereof 
And also my grate Brass Kettle and also my Silver pint 

Item I give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Son Nathaniel 
Marston and his Assigns all my Lands y* is in Greenland that 
I Bought of Jacob Treadwell of Portsmouth with all my Marsh 
& Thatch Ground with all Privilages Belonging to y e Same 
Excepting One Thiid of y e Aples y* Shall grow in my Orchards 
for the Space of Ten Years And also all the Land I Bought of 
Nathaniel Huggins of Greenland with all Privilages Belonging 
to the Same and Also my Dwelling House, And my Barn And 
also y e Wood y* growes Upon Five Acers of Land which Land 
Lyeth At y e Notheast Corner of the Land I gave my Son Nathan 
And is bounded as followeth Viz: Notherly by Land of Ebenez: 
Johnson Easterly by Land of Henery Shurborn Esq r which 
wood is to be taken of S d Land in the Space of Ten Years from 
y e Date hearof And also my Medow Ground Lying and being in 
Hampton Five Acers more or Less and is bounded as followeth 
Viz. Easterly by Land of Joshua Brown & John Hobbs & West- 
erly by Land of John Garland & Joshua Brown And also y e 
One half of my Right of A Saw mill y* Stands upon Winecutt 
River in Greenland with y e One Half of my Right S d Stream 
And also y e One Half of my Right of Lands that is in the Town 
of Ipsom with y e one Half of y e Priviledges And Also y e One 
Half of my Cattle & Sheep And Also y e One half of my Husband- 
ry Tooles And Also my Brass Kettle And also my Silver Cup 

Item I give and Bequeath unto My well Beloved Daughter 
Abibgail French Two pounds Lawfull Money to be Paid by my 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Executors And also I give to my Daughter Abigail French & to 
my Grand Daughter Abigail Mourdogh my Silver Tankerd 

Item I give & Bequeath unto my well Beloved Grand Son 
Nathan Mordogh And his Assigns One Acer of Land Lying in 
Greenland And is bounded as followeth Viz, Notherly & West- 
erly by Land of Haines's Southerly on y e Road Easterly by 
Land I gave my Daughter and Grand son Nathan Mordogh 
And Also Twelve Pounds Ten Shillings New Tennor to be Paid 
in goods to be Paid by my Executors when S d Nathan Mordogh 
Shall Come to y e Age of Twenty One Years. And also A Paer of 
hand Irons And Also A Bed and Beding 

Itim. I give and Bequeath unto my Well Beloved Grand 
Son Nathan Marston y e Son of my Son Nathaniel Marston My 
Large Looking Glass 

Itim I give unto my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Mordogh 
the One half of my Household goods And Also Seven Pounds 
Ten Shillings New Tennor to be Paid in Goods by my Executors 
when She Shall Come to y e Age of One & Twenty Years 

Itim I give unto My Grand Daughter Abigail Mordogh the 
One half of My House-hold Goods 

Lastly I Likewise Constitute Make And Ordain My Two 
Sones Nathan Marston and Nathaniel Marston Executors of 
this My Last Will & Testement And I do hearby utterly Dis- 
allow revoke and disannul all And Every other will and Teste- 
ment Ratifying and Confirming this And No Other to be my 
Last Will cv Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
Set my Hand & Seal the Day Year Above Written 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- his 

nounced & declared by y e S d Thomas X Marston 

Thomas Marston As his Last Will Mark & Seal 

& Testement in the Presence of us 
the Subscribers &c 

Will" 1 (Trench 

Thomas Wiggin 

John Weeks 

[Proved June 28, 1753.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 285 

MARY SHERBURNE 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

In The Name of God Amen The Thirteenth Day of August 
in the Year of our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven Hundred cv 
forty Five, I Mary Sherburne of Portsm In the Province of 
New Hampshire Widow of Joseph Sherburne Late of Ports- 
mouth aforesaid Esq r Deceased — Being Sick and Infirm in 
Body * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my Grand Child Nathaniel 
Sherburne Son of my Son John Sherburne Deceased the Sum of 
Twenty Shillings — 

Item As to the Rest and Residue of my Estate Both Real 
and Personal Wheresoever <S: Whatsoever I Give and Devise 
the same In Equal Shares or thirds Divided unto my Son Joseph 
Sherburne my Daughter Mary Sherburne and my Son Nath 1 
Sherburne and their Respective heirs and Assigns — And I Do 
hereby Constitute my Son Joseph Sherburne Sole Executor of 
this my Last Will & Testament hereby Revoking, Disannulling 
And makeing Void all other and former Wills bequests and 
Executors by me before at any time made — In Testimony 
Whereof I the Said Mary Sherburne have hereunto Set my Hand 
& Seal the Day and year first above Written — 

Signed Sealed Published and her 

Declared by the Testator to be Mary X Sherburne 

his Last Will & Testament In Mark 

Presence of the Witnesses Sub- 
scribing In The Testators Pres- 
ence 

Thomas Chesly 

Solomon Loud 

E Russell Jun r 

[Proved April 30, 1746.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1746, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
John Cutt, both of 'Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Eleazer Russell and John Cutt; amount, 
£1258.8.0; attested May L, 1746.] 



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WILLIAM KING 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I William King of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampshire Mariner being Something 
Indisposd of Body * * * 

My Will is that all my just debts & Funeral Charges be paid by 
my said Exec" out of any part of my Estate that she Shall think 
proper — and I likewise give to Each of my Children viz Charles, 
George, William, Abigail James Playters, Thomas, & Mary the 
Sumof twenty Shillings in Billsof Creditof the old Tenoror Equal 
thereunto in any other passable Bills or mony to be paid as they 
Shall Arrive to the Age of twenty One Years And all the Residue 
of my Estate of every kind I give Devise & bequeath unto Abigail 
my well beloved wife for her Comfortable Support & for the 
bringing up my Children & in order thereunto to Sell & 1 Hspose 
of any part of my Estate as she shall find necessary for that End or 
for the payment of the Debts & Charges aforesaid and what shall 
Remain of said Estate after the Ends & purposes aforesaid shall 
be answer'd I hereby Impower my said Wife to Dispose of as she 
Shall See fit onlyamongst my said Children their Respective I leirs 
& Assigns and I Constitute & Appoint my Said Wife to be Sole 
Exee x of this my last Will & Testament hereby Revoking all for- 
mer Wills & Testaments by me in any manner heretofore made 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand ev Seal the 24"' 
Day of August Anno Dom. 1 745 and in the 19"' Year of His Maj- 
estys Reign Will'" King 

Signed Sealed Declared In presence of 

William Parker 

Daniel Rindge 

Mark I [unking Jun' 

[Proved Dee. 26, 1753.] 



EBENEZER JACKSON 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Jackson of Ports- 
mouth, hatter, granted to Sarah Jackson of Portsmouth, widow, 
Aug. 28, 1 745-] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 287 

[Warrant, Aug. 2S, 1745, authorizing Samuel Hart and Daniel 
Jackson, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of Ebenezer 
Jackson, administration of which is granted to his widow, Sarah 
Jackson.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 27, 1745; amount, £993.17.6; signed by 
Samuel Hart and Daniel Jackson.] 

[Guardianship of Ebenezer Jackson, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, and Sargent Jackson and Mehitabel Jackson, 
aged less than fourteen years, children of Ebenezer Jackson, 
granted to Daniel Jackson of Portsmouth, block-maker, 
.May 25, 1748.] 

[Bond of Daniel Jackson, gentleman, with Thomas Wright 
and Jacob Sheafe, shop-keeper, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, May 25, 1748, for the guardianship of the 
children of Ebenezer Jackson; witnesses, Philip Reed and George 
Jackson.] 



NATHANIEL MAXFIELD 1745 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Maxfield of South 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to Sarah Maxfield of South 
Hampton, widow, Aug. 28, 1745.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 28, 1745; amount, £225.0.0; signed by John 
Page and Ephraim Brown.] 

[Guardianship of Ruth Maxfield, daughter of Nathaniel 
Maxfield, granted to Ephraim Brown of South Hampton Oct. 

28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 197.] 

[Guardianship of Elizabeth Maxfield, daughter of Nathaniel 
Maxfield, granted to Samuel French of South Hampton Oct. 
28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 197.] 



288 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Appraisal of the real estate at £10.0.0 per acre, April II, 
1748; signed by Reuben Dimond, Benjamin Brown, and Sam- 
uel Morrill.] 

[Account of Sarah Maxfield, administratrix, of the settlement 
of the estate of her husband, Nathaniel Maxfield; receipts, 
£115.0.0; expenditures, £169.3.2; allowed April 27, 1748.] 

[Bond of Samuel French of South Hampton, yeoman, guardian 
of Elizabeth Maxfield, and attorney of Obediah Maxfield, 
children of Nathaniel Maxfield, with Ephraim Brown of South 
Hampton, yeoman, as surety, in the sum of £200, April 27, 
1748, to indemnify the administratrix; witnesses, William Par- 
ker and Zerviah Parker.] 

[Bond of Eliphalet Maxfield of South Hampton, yeoman, 
oldest son of Nathaniel Maxfield, with Joseph Richards of South 
Hampton, yeoman, as surety, in the sum of £200, April 27, 1748. 
to indemnify the administratrix; witnesses, William Parker and 
Zerviah Parker.] 

[Bond of Ephraim Brown of South Hampton, yeoman, guar- 
dian of Ruth Maxfield, daughter of Nathaniel Maxfield, with 
Samuel French of South Hampton, yeoman, as surety, in the 
sum of £200, April 27, 1748, to indemnify the administratrix; 
witnesses, William Parker and Zerviah Parker.] 



TIMOTHY HILLIARD 1745 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen the tenth day of September in 
the year of Our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and fort\ 
five in the Nineteenth Year of his Majestys Reign 1 Timothy 
Hilyard of Hampton falls in the Province of New I lamps' in 
New England Being Sick and weak in Body * * * And 
forasmuch as I have not Personal Estate Sufficient lor tin 
Discharge of my Debts And it Appearing to me Best that my 
Stock of Creatures Should not be Sold Hut be improved towards 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 289 

Bringing up of my Children My Will is that my Executor 
hereinafter named Make Sale to the best advantage of A piece 
of Land which I have Lying in Hampton falls aforesaid on the 
Easterly Side of Exeter Road Near Taylors River for the pay- 
ment of my Debts And funeral Charges And if that be not 
Sufficient therefor with what Debts may be Due to me then 
my will is that my Executor Sell to the best Advantage Another 
Piece of Land which I have lying in Hampton falls aforesaid on 
the Southerly Side of Drinkwater Road so Called Near Cock 
Hill for the Discharge of my Debts 

Item. I Give And Bequeath Unto my well beloved Wife 
Mary the Improvement of One third part of All my Lands And 
Buildings (Except what Shall be Sold for the payment of my 
Debts) to be hers during the time that She shall Remain my 
Widow And After her Decease or in Case she shall Marry 
Again then to be to And Among my Children, as hereafter Or- 
dered. I Also Give Unto my Said Wife All my Stock of Crea- 
tures to Dispose of As she shall See Cause for Carrying on of 
my place And bringing Up of My Children: I Also Give and 
Bequeath Unto my Said Wife to be to her own Use and Behoof 
All my Moveables within Doors Excepting my Clock which 
I Give And Bequeath to my Son Zebulon 

Item I Give And Bequeath Unto my Son Zebulon to be to 
him his heirs & Assigns my house and Barn where I now live 
Excepting the third part Given to my wife During her Widow- 
hood And at her Decease or time of marrying Again that Also 
to be to my Said Son Zebulon So that he have the whole House 
And Barn 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my three Sons Zebulon, 
Simeon, And Chase, to them their Heirs and assigns forever All 
My Home place & my Land Lying in Nottingham And All my 
Land (after what is Sold for the payment of my Debts,) Upland 
Salt Marsh and meadow Ground wheresoever the Same may be 
lying or being Excepting the third part Given to my wife Dur- 
ing her Widowhood And at her Decease or time of Marryage 



29O NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

that Also to be to my Said Sons And my Will is that the whole 
be Equally Divided Among them So that they have Each of 
them an Equal Share or Proportion 

Also my Will is that my Husbandry Tools and if there be Any 
personal Estate not Before Disposed of that Or Any thing not 
Mentioned in this my Will that it be Equally Divided Among 
my Said three Sons Zebulon, Simeon, & Chase. 

Lastly my Will is that M r Meshech Weare of Hampton falls 
aforesaid be Sole Executor to this my last Will And Testament: 
And for the Confirmation of All Aforegoing I have hereunto 
Set my hand & Seal the Day of the Date Aforewritten — 

Signed Sealed And Declared Timo Hilyard 

by the Said Timothy Hilyard to 
be his Last Will and Testament 
In Presence of Us Witnesses 

Josiah Bchelder 

Benj a Hilyard 

Richard Nason 

[Proved Sept. 15, I745-] 

[Inventory, Nov. 26, 1745; amount, £3796.6.0; signed by 
Jonathan Fifield and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[Guardianship of Zebulon Hilliard, Simeon Hilliard, and 
Chase Hilliard, aged less than fourteen years, children of Timo- 
thy Hilliard, granted to their father's brother, Benjamin Hilliard 
of Hampton Falls, yeoman, July 27, 174*. | 

[Bond of Benjamin Hilliard, with Meshech Weare and Na- 
thaniel Healey as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of 
£500, July 27, 1748; witnesses, Benjamin Wormall and William 
Parker.] 

[Guardianship of Zebulon Hilliard, minor, son of Timothy 
Hilliard, granted to Walter Williams April 20, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 23.] 

[Bond of Walter Williams, with Jonathan Swett as surety, 
both of Hampton Falls, in the sum of £500, April 20, 1754, for 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 1 

the guardianship of Zebulon Hilliard ; witnesses, Samuel Clark 
and Moses Clark.] 

[Guardianship of Simeon Hilliard, minor, son of Timothy 
Hilliard; granted to Jonathan Swett Jan. 9, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 195.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Swett of Hampton Falls, yeoman, with 
Samuel Clark of Stratham, clothier, as surety, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 9, 1755, for the guardianship of Simeon Hilliard; 
witnesses, Samuel Lane and Joseph ] 

[Guardianship of Simeon Hilliard, minor, aged more than four- 
teen years, son of Timothy Hilliard, granted to Joseph Chase 
Hilliard of Kensington, yeoman, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 10.] 

[Bond of Joseph Chase Hilliard, with Abraham Moulton and 
Sherburne Tilton as sureties, all of Kensington, in the sum of 
£500, Sept. 29, 1756, for the guardianship of Simeon Hilliard, 
minor, aged more than fourteen years; witnesses, William 
Parker and John Fernald.] 

[Account of Jonathan Swett as guardian of Simeon Hilliard; 
receipts, £120.0.0; expenditures, £104.8.3; approved by Joseph 
Chase Hilliard and Simeon Hilliard May 23, 1757.] 



DAVID VANCE 1745 LONDONDERRY 

In y e Name of God Amen, I David Vance of Londonderry 
being very wake & low in body * * * 

To my well Beloved & dear wife mary Vance I bequeath out 
of my personal Estate after all debts and legasies and funeral 
charges are Answered and payed, a Third part to her proper 
use and also her Therd of Dowrey of real Estate 

I tarn I freely bequath to my dear Children the remander 
of My personal Estate, to be devided equaly & in equal Shares 
to Each 

to my Son William I Order the one half of the real estate and 



292 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the other half to be equaly derided between my Two daughters 
Mary & Jean 

To my Brother John Vance I bequeth and give a blew plush 
Cote and westcote and britches belonging to it as also one 
Shuite of gray homespune Cloathes also my blew Grate Cote 

To my Sister Saragh Vance I bequeth & order One gown of 
common Crape 

To my Cousin David Vance I bequeth & order Ten pounds 
old Tenor out of my personal Estate. 

To my Brother John Humphrey I order my Fustin Cote and 
Jacket 

providing all my Childrin should die without Heirs I allow five 
hundred pounds old Tenor out of my whole Estate to be given 
to my Said Dear wife, and the remainder to be given to my 
Brother John Vance his Children or Nearest Heirs 

To My Father Will™ Humphrey and Mother Humphrey I 
order Each a Mourning Shuite of Cloaths. 

And J further order to my Wife a Suite of Mourning 

And to adjust and manage all & every of the particulars men- 
tioned in this my Last will & Testament I do autherise and 
appoint for My Exact rs My Father Humprey Capt" Moses 
Barnat & Leut: Hugh Wilson and the Sd Humphrey Barnet & 
Wilson 1 Constitute Autherise and appoint Gardines over My 
Dear Children ev orfans and this I appoint as my Last will and 
testament not allowing any other to be of forse or virtue in 
law and so to the forse and virtue of this (according to the true 
Intent and Meaning of the severals herein mentioned) in law. 
I do thereto Subscribe this, Thirteenth day of Sept r 1745 and 
in the Eighteenth year of his Majest s Reign 

Signed Sealed pronounced and his 

decleared in presence of David X Vance 

Rob* Cochran Mark 

Jo" Mitchel Ju r 

Samuel! moore 

[Proved Nov. 2"/, 1745. J 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 293 

[Inventory, signed by Robert Cochran and John Mitchell, 
Jr.; amount, £1962.5.5; attested Nov. 27, 1745.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Ensign David Vance, 1755; amount, 
£2003.15.11.] 

[Executors' account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£2081.15.11; expenditures, £1491.12.0; allowed Nov. 20, 1760.] 



SAMUEL WEEKS 1745 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Weeks of Greenland in 
the Province of New Hampshire Gent, being in health * * 

Item I give unto my Son Samuel Weeks all my Lands & 
buildings where he now lives upon each Side of the Way which 
Land is laid out for fifty Acres more or Less & one half of my 
piece of Salt marsh & flats lying on the South West Side of the 
Great Bay in Greenland afores d commonly called Willey's 
Marsh the whole to be Equally Divided between him & his 
Brother John Weeks I also give to my said Son Samuel the 
Marsh called the Little Pocket & all the flats facing or Lying 
against the Same to hold all the said Devised premises to him 
his Heirs & assigns 

Item I give unto my Son Walter Weeks my Dwelling house 
only Reserving to my Daughter Eleanor the use of my great 
Chamber (I mean the Largest) for her use while She Lives un- 
married I also give to my Son Walter my Barn out houses & all 
Buildings with all the Land called my homested & that has been 
usually Improved by me lying on Each Side the Road & all the 
Salt Marsh belonging to the Same which I have Improved as 
my homsted, or belonging thereunto the whole being about 
Eighty Acres — To have & hold the said Devised premises to 
my Said Son his Heirs & Assigns — 

Item I give unto my Son John Weeks the House where he 
now lives & all the Land belonging thereunto which he has 
Improved being about Seven Acres & also a piece of Land lying 
near the New Mill so called being about twenty three Acres 



294 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

which he has also Improved & that Land I bo't of the Parish of 
Greenland and the other half of the Salt Marsh aforesaid with 
his Brother Samuel & the flats or flat Ground there the whole 
to be Equally Divided between them as aforesaid — 

Item I give unto my Son Matthias Weeks the Dwelling house 
where he Now lives the barn & all the upland belonging there- 
unto & the Island lying by the Great Bay called Kenneys Island 
and all my Right in the Long Marsh and all my flat Ground 
from the said Long Marsh until it Comes to the Distance of 
four Rods from the Little pocket aforesaid leaving that Distance 
to the North Side of the Said Pocket for my Son Samuel I also 
give my said Son Matthias one Acre of Salt Marsh lying at or 
running up to a place Called Willeys Spring to have & hold the 
said Devised premisses to my Said Son Matthias his Heirs c\: 
Assigns Reserving to my other sons their heirs & Assigns Lib- 
erty to pass thro' my Said Son Matthias's Land with their Hay 
& to hale the Same thro' or over the Same they Maintaining 
Bars or Gates for that purpose & to do no Injury thereby or as 
Little as the Case will admit 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Chapman the One half 
of all my Moveables within doors and the Sum of Twenty Seven 
pounds ten Shillings in Bills of Credit of the Last Emission or 
Equal thereunto in other good passable Bills of Public Credit, 
to be paid by aforesaid Sons in this proportion viz my Son 
Samuel John & Matthias each Six pounds five Shillings thereof 
& my Son Walter the Sum of Eight pounds fifteen Shillings 
thereof to be paid within two Years after my Decease — 

Item I give to my Daughter Eleanor Weeks the other half of 
all my Moveables within Doors I also give her the Like Sum of 
twenty Seven pounds ten Shillings like Bills of Credit to be paid 
in the Same proportion by my said Sons & in the Same time as 
is afores d concerning the Sum to be paid to her Sister Mary I 
also give my Said Daughter Eleanor One Cow to be taken out 
of my Stock & the Use of my Largest Chamber while She lives 
unmarried — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 295 

Lastly all the Rest & Remainder of my Estate Real or personal 
I give & Devise the Same Equally to my aforesaid Sons & I make 
& appoint them joint Exec rs of this my Will & Testament and 
I do hereby Revoke all other & former Wills by me in any 
manner made — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
fifteenth Day of Septemb r one thousand Seven hundred & forty 
five 

Signed Sealed & Published In his 

presence of us Samuel X Weeks 

William Parker Mark 

Daniel Rindge 

Zerviah Parker 

Mark Hunking Jun r 

[Proved April 30, 1746.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1746, authorizing Dr. John Weeks and 
Samuel Haines, Jr., both of Greenland, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1746; amount, £5569.12.0; signed by 
John Weeks and Samuel Haines.] 



WILLIAM THOMPSON 1745 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen I William Thomson of Londonderry 
within the Province of New Hampshire in New England yeoman 
being Sick & Indispos'd of Body * * * 

Item my will is and I leave to my Beloved Wife Hanna 
Thomson the third of the Income of my Real Estate dureing 
life, as also the one third of the Personall Estate Belonging to me 
after my Debts and funerall Charges is paid. — 

Item my will is and I leave and Bequeath to my two Sons 
(viz) David & James Thomson all my Real and Personall Estate 
for Ever in Equall Shares, Excepting the Legacies hereafter 
mentioned and in Case that any one of them Sho'd think fitt to 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Dispose of their half, then my will is that However of them 
Shall think fitt as afores d to Dispose of their Shares, it Shall be 
in the Power of John MacMurphy Eq r James Rodgers and 
James Clerk (if alive) to make the prise of the Half that Belongs 
to any of them that may See Cause to Dispose of their Share, 
and they Shall not Sell to a Stranger in Case the other Sho'd 
See Cause to purchase and in Case any of the aforesaid nomi- 
nated to make the prise Sho'd be Removed by Death before the 
afores d valouation then they Shall Chuse Some other Judicious 
person or persons in the town to make the afores d valouation. 

Item my will is and I leave to my Dough ter Sarah thirty 
Pounds old tenor in full of her part of all my Estate with what 
She has allready Rec d to be paid in two years after my Decease 
by my two Sons David & James Equally 

Item my will is and I leave to my Dough ter Hanna thirty 
Pounds old tenor in full of her part with what She has allready 
Rec d to be paid in three years after my Deacease by my two Sons 
David & James Equally. 

Item my will is and I leave to my Dough ter Ann Thirty 
Pounds old tenor and a Black Heifer of two years old in full of 
her part of my Estate the Heiffer to be given to her at my Death, 
and the money to be paid by my Sons David & James Equally 
at the Experation of four years after my Decease. 

Item my Will is and I leave to my Grandson John Kenady 
five pounds old tenor to be paid by my two Sons David and 
James Equally at the End of five years after my Decease. 

and I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannull all and 
Every other former Testaments wills Legacies and Bequests 
and Exacutors by me in any wise before named Willed and Be- 
queathed Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my 
last will and Testament, and do Constitute make and ordain 
the Rex' 1 M r David Macgregore and John Macmurphy Esq r 
of S' 1 town to be my Exacutors of this my last will and Testa- 
ment; In Wittness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and 
Seal this Eighteenth clay of September anno Dom: one thousand 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 297 

Seven Hundred and fourty five and in the nineteenth year of 
his maj ,cs Reign & e 

Signed Sealed Published pro- his 

nounced and Declared by me the William X Thomson 

Said \Yill m Thomson as my last Mark 

will and Testament in presence of 
us Wittneses. 

Hugh mountgumry 

William Maceill [McNeil] 
her 

Elisabeth X.muntgomery 
Mark 

[Proved July 30, 1746.] 

[Bond of Samuel Rankin, innholder, with Hugh Montgomery 
and William McNeil, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, 
in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 1746; witnesses, William Parker 
and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Hannah Thompson, widow, resigns the executorship of the 
will of her husband in favor of Samuel Rankin Sept. 29, 1746.] 

[Inventory, signed by James Rogers and Hugh Montgomery; 
amount, £689.13.6; attested Oct. 24, 1746-.] 

[Executor's account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£729.8.0; expenditures, £146.17.1; allowed Sept. 26, 1750.] 



PEIRCY BICKFORD 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Peircy Bickford of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to Martha Bickford, widow, Sept. 25, 

1 745-] 

[Warrant, Sept. 25, 1745, authorizing Walter Stuart, gentle- 
man, and Joseph Mead, currier, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate of Peircy Bickford, administration of which is granted 
to his widow, Martha Bickford.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 492.] 



298 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, signed by Joseph Mead and Walter Stuart; 
amount, £30.12.6; attested Oct. 30, 1745.] 



ISAAC CLIFFORD 1745 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Isaac Clifford of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to Joseph Clifford of Kingston, yeoman, Sept. 

27- 1745.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 27, 1745, authorizing Jedediah Philbrick and 
Eli Beede, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 29, 1745; amount, £1966.3.6; signed by 
Jedediah Philbrick and Eli Beede.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £530.8.6; expenditures, £649.4.9; allowed Nov. 26, 
1746.] 

[License to the administrator, Feb. 25, i 746/7, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Bond of Jedediah Philbrick, gentleman, with Joseph Clifford 
and Biley Hardy of Exeter, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Feb. 25, 1746/7, for the guardianship of Israel Clifford, 
Zachariah Clifford, and Tristram Clifford, children of Isaac 
Clifford; witnesses, John McMurphy and William Parker.] 

[Guardianship of Israel Clifford, Zachariah Clifford, and 
Tristram Clifford, minors, granted to Jedediah Philbrick of 
Kingston Oct. 3, 1747.] 

[Warrant, June 27, 1750, authorizing Jeremy Webster, 
Nathaniel Smith, Samuel Fifield, and Benjamin Stevens, all of 
Kingston, and Biley Lyford of Brentwood to divide the estate.] 

Prov: of 1 August the 17 th 1750. Pursuant to A War- 
New Hamps J rant from the Hon ble Andrew Wiggin Esq 
Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for s d Province to us Di- 
rected Authorizeing S{ [mpowering us the subscribers to make 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 299 

division & partition of the real Estate of Isaac Clifford Late 
of Kingstown in s d Province yeoman deceas'd to & among the 
Children of the s d Deceas d , We haveing met upon the s d 
Estate of the s d Deceasd ec viewed & valued the premises & 
according to the best of our Capacity without favour or 
affection to any party or partys have divided & set off the s d 
Estate as it was shown unto us, to & among the s d children of 
the s d deceasd as followeth viz : 

I st The first share to Tristram Bounded as followeth viz: 
Beginning at the Highway Joyning to Joseph Wadleighs Land 
& running southerly on the Easterly Line of the s d Estate to the 
south Easterly Corner of s d Land then westerly on the southerly 
part of s d Estate Eleven Rod & a Half then northerly to the 
forementioned way to a stake then Easterly on s d way Eleven 
Rods & a Half to the first mentioned place 5 Acres more or Less 

2 The second share to Zachariah beginning at the Last men- 
tioned stake by the s d way & Running southerly on the first 
share to Abraham Sanborns Land to a stake then westerly 
Eleven Rods & about 6 feet to a stake then northerly to the 
forementioned way to stake then Easterly Eleven Rods & about 
6 feet to the stake first mentioned 5 acres more or less & also the 
Little Old House standing on the s d share 

3 The Third & fourth shares to Joseph the Eldest son begin- 
ning at the s d High way Joyning to the second share & running 
southerly on s d second share to Abraham Sanborns Land then 
westerly to Benjamin Sleepers Land then Northerly on s d 
Sleepers Land & on a small piece of Land the s d Joseph purchasd 
of moses Leavit Esq to s d way then Easterly on s d w r ay to the s d 
second share Ten Acres more or Less & also Two Sixths of the 
Deceasds Dwelling House & Barn 

4 The 5 th share to Sarah on the Northerly side of the way 
Bounded as followeth viz: beginning on s d way & Joyning to 
Land of Moses Leavit Esq aboves d & Running Northerly on 
s d Leavits Land to the great River (so Called) then Easterly 
on s d river 3 Rods & about 5 feet to a stake then Southerly to a 



300 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

stake then still Southerly to the s d way to a stake then Westerly 
to the place first mentioned 5 Acres & also one sixth of the 
House & Barn 

5 The 6 th share to Isaac on the North side of the way & 
Bounded as follows viz. beginning on s d way at the stake last 
mentioned which is the Bounds of the 5 th share & running north- 
erly on the same to the Great River (So Called) to a stake then 
Easterly on s d River 3 Rods & about 5 feet to a stake then south- 
erly to a stake then still southerly to s d way to a stake then 
westerly on s d way 2 Rods & about 2 feet to the stake first 
mentioned 5 Acres more or Less & also One Sixth of the deceasds 
House & Barn 

6 The Seventh share to David on the north side of the way & 
Bounded on s d way on the 6 th share & so running on s d sixth 
share Northerly to the Great River (so Called) then Easterly 
on s d River 3 Rods & about 5 feet to a stake then southerly to a 
Stake then still southerly to s d way to a stake then westerly on 
s d way to the place where it first began 5 Acres more or Less, & 
also sixth of the Deceasds House & Barn 

7 The 8 th share to Israel on the North side of the way & 
Bounded as followeth viz 4 beginning on s d way on the 7 th share 
so running Northerly on s d seventh share to the Great River 
(so Called) then Easterly on s d River 3 Rods & about 5 feet to a 
stake then southerly to a stake then still southerly to s d way 
to a stake then westerly on s d way Two Rods & about 5 feet to 
the place where it first began 5 Acres more or Less And also one 
sixth of the Deceasds House & Barn — 

8 The Ninth share to William on the north side of the way 
& Bounded as followeth viz : beginning on s d way at the stake the 
Bounds of the 8 th share and Running Northerly on the 8 th share 
to the Great River then Easterly on s d River about four Rods 
& about Two feet to a stake then southerly to a stake then 
still southerly to s d way to a stake then westerly on s d way 
about Two Rods & a Half to the place where it first began 5 
Acres & a Half more or Less 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 301 

9 The Tenth share to Elizabeth on the north side of the way 
& Bounded as followeth viz beginning on s d way at the stake 
the Bounds of the Ninth share & running northerly on the s d 
ninth share to the Great River (so Called) then Easterly on 
s d River to John Roberts's Land then southerly on s d Roberts's 
s d Land to the forementioned way then westerly on s d way to a 
stake the place where it first began 5 acres & a Half more or 
Less 

Samuel fifield 
Biley Lyford 
Jeremy Webster 
[Allowed Sept. 26, 1750.] 



SARAH DOLBEAR 1745 BOSTON, MASS. 

[Inventory of the estate of Sarah Dolbear of Boston, Mass., 
widow, of whose will her son, Benjamin Dolbear, is executor; 
taken Oct. 11, 1745; amount, £1273.16.0; signed by Theophilus 
Smith and Robert Light.] 



WILLIAM AIKEN 1745 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen the Thirteenth day of October 1745 
I William Aiken of Londonderry in his Majest s province of New 
hampshire in New England husbandman being very sick and 
weak of body * * * 

I ordain James Aiken and Richard McClure both of Lon:- 
derry Executors 

Imprimis I ordain all Just debts to be honestly paid where 
Justly due 

Item I order unto Jennet my well beloved wife the benefit 
during life of one third part of my personall Estate 

Item I ordain my oldest daughter Agnes the Sum of one 
hundred pounds in Cash old Tennor to be paid to her at the time 
of her mariage or at the age of twenty two years 



302 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I order that my other daughters martha and barbra 
shall have paid them one hundred pounds Each old Tennor at 
the time of marriage or at the age of twenty two years 

Item I order that if it please a Soveraing God to remove by 
death one or more of my Children the part of the disesed shal 
return to the family to be Equaly devided 

Item I order my oldest son Edward the one half of my real 
Estate and the other half to be devided between Jonathan and 
William my son Edward paying fifty pound old Tenor to Each 
of the younger brothers 

And I do hereby uterly disalow revoke and disanul all and 
Every other former testaments wills Legacies _and bequests and 
Executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed 
ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my last will 
and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand 
and seal the day and year above written 

Signed Sealed published and William Aiken 

pronounced and declared by sd 
william Aiken as his last will and 
testament in the presence of us 
the subscribers 

James Ewins 

John Clark 

Edward Aiken 

[Proved Nov. 29, 1749. J 

[James Aiken declines to act as executor Nov. 27, 1749, 
stating that Richard McClure has moved out of the province, 
and Janet Aiken, widow, waives administration in favor of 
Edward Aiken, Jr., son of the deceased.] 

[Bond of Edward Aiken, Jr., of Londonderry, yeoman, 
with James Ewins of Londonderry and John Llogg of Kingston, 
yeomen, as sureties in the sum of £500, Now 29, 174'). for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
William Rindge.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 303 

[Inventory, Oct. 4, 1749; amount, £1749.12.0; signed by 
Samuel Dickey and John Clark.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£1739.12.0; expenditures, £224.6.0; allowed Nov. 28, 1750.] 



JAMES BLAIR 1745 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen this twenty forth day of October 
and in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred 
and forty five I James Blair of Londonderry in the provaence 
of Newhampshire in new England yeman * * * 

Imp' I give and bequith unto my well belovid Daughters 
Rebackey M c Glachlen and margrat Bard or to Each of ther 
Eyers all that I have to be Equley Devided betwen my two 
sd Daughters or ther Eyers my Debts being first payed and I 
appoint and ordain Lif* Hugh willson and M r Robert Wallace 
both of Londonderry aforsaid to be my Executors of this my 
last will and testment and at or befor any of ther Deaths 
another to be Chosen by them or any of them Declaring this and 
no other to be my Last will and testment Revocking all others 
whatsoever 

signed sealed published and pro- his 

nounced to be this my last will James X Blair 

and testment In presents of us mak 

Samuell Gregg 

Peter Cochran 

John Cochran 

[Proved Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 

[Inventory, December 18, 1745; amount, £96.3.2; signed by 
Samuel Gregg and Peter Cochran.] 



TIMOTHY NO YES 1745 HAVERHILL DIST. 

The Last Will and Testament of Timothy Noyes of Haverhill 
Destrict and Provence of New-Hampshire in New-England yeo- 
man — * * * 



304 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give and Bequeth to Sarah my Dearly Beloved wife 
the one third part of my Stock and allso all the Housel Stuf and 
Household Good that She brought with her when I married her 
I allso give her the free Use and Improvement of the one half of 
my Real Estate Dureing the term of Six years next Ensewing the 
Date hereof And at the End of Six years it is my Will and plesure 
that my Wife Shall Have the free Use and Improvement of the 
one third part of my Real Estat So Long as She Remains my 
Widow I allso will and ordain that my Wife Shall be at the Charge 
of Bringing up of my three youngest Sons untill they arive to 
the Age of fourteen years and are fit for going out to a trade 

Item I give and Bequeth to my Beloved Son Silvanus about 
four acres of Land Joyning on the Southerly Side of Land that 
I formerly gave him by Deed and it is bounded as foloweth (Viz) 
at the Easterly Cornor by Silvanus Land Runing South East- 
erly by the Road Eight Rods to a Stake and Stons: thence Run- 
ing Southwesterly: to a Stake and Stons at the Cornor of the 
orchard fence : thence Southwesterly as the fence now Stands to 
the bank of the plain and thence to Silvanus Land Including 
what is in the fence and allso one acere Lying Square Joyning 
to the fence of the uper End of the Swamp 

Item I give and Bequeth to my Beloved Son Ebenezer the 
whole of my Horn Steed together with the Buildings thareon: 
and allso aboute fifty acers of Land Lying and Joyning on the 
Northerly Side of the Land which I formorly gave my Son Sil- 
vanus: I allso give my Son Ebenezer a Lott of Land which I 
Have in Kingstown and allso a Lott of Land and meedow which 
Lys upon Belnaps Brook (So Called) Joyning to Land of Thomas 
Johnson — And I will that my Son Ebenezer Shall Come Into 
the Imedate posession of the one Half: and at the End of Six 
years he Shall Conic Into posession of one Sixth part: and at 
the Decese of my wife he Shall Come Into posession of the Re- 
maining part And it is my will and pleasure that my Son Ebe- 
nezer Shall pay to my Beloved Son Benjaman the Sum of one 
Hundred and twenty Pounds old tenour, when he Shall arive to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 305 

the Age of twenty one years: And allso it is my will and pleas- 
ure that my Son Ebenezer Shall pay to my Beloved Son James 
the Sum of one Hundred and twenty Pounds old tenor when he 
Shall arive to the age of twenty one years: And I Likewise will 
and ordain that my Son Ebenezer Shall pay to my Beloved Son 
John the Sum of one Hundred and twenty pounds old tenor 
when he Shall arive to the age of twenty one years: And it is 
my will and pleasure that if Either of my three youngest Sons 
Shall Die before they arive to the age of twenty one years those 
that Survive Shall Receive the Legasies herein Bequested to 
him or them — And it is my will and pleasure that my Son Ebe- 
nezer Shall pay all those Just Debts which In Duty Right or 
Concience I owe to any persons what Soever — 

I give to my Son Ebenezer two thirds of my Stock and the 
Remaining part of my personall Estate which I have not Dis- 
posed of to my wife in this my Last will and testament 

Lastly I Constitute appoint macke and ordain my trusty 
and well Beloved friend Jonathan Carlton of Almsbury District 
In new Hampshire afore Said yeoman; and my Beloved Son 
Ebenezer my Sole Executors of this my Last will and testament: 
And I do hereby Utterly Revoke Disanul and Disalow all for- 
mor wills testaments Legacies and Executors heretofore named 
or made Ratifying and Confirming this, and no other, to be my 
Last will and testament: In testimony whare of I the Said 
timothy Noyes have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 
twenty Sixth Day of October Anno Domi 1745 and in the nin- 
teenth year of his maj s Reign 

Signed Sealed Published pronounced Timothy noys 

and Declared by the Said Timothy 
noyes to be his Last will and testament 
In the presence of us. 

Daniel Coffin 

Thomas Johnson 

John Johnson 

[Proved Nov. 27, 1745.] 



306 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Nov. 27, 1745, authorizing Daniel Little and 
Thomas Johnson to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 25, 1745/6; amount, £1990.16.0; signed by 
Daniel Little and Thomas Johnson.] 



KINSLEY JAMES 1745 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Kinsley James of Exeter, 
innholder, granted to Mary James of Exeter, widow, Oct. 30, 
1 745-] 

[Warrant, Oct. 30, 1745, authorizing Zebulon Giddings and 
John Rice, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate of Kinsley 
James, yeoman, administration of which is granted to his widow, 
Mary James.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 557.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 26, 1745; amount, £1454.13.8; signed by 
Zebulon Giddings and John Rice.] 



JOHN SINCLAIR 1745 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Sinclair of Stratham, 
yeoman, granted to Thomas Moore of Stratham, yeoman, Oct. 
30, 1 745-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 483.] 

[Inventory; amount, £2551.11.0; signed by Thomas Wiggin 
and Jonathan Dearborn; attested Jan. 25, 1745/6.] 



THOMAS COTTON 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen — 

The Second day of November Annoque Domini 1745 I Thomas 
Cotton of Portsmouth in New Hampshire in New England 
Shipwright alias Husbandman being very Sick * * * 

Item I Give unto my beloved Wife Elizabeth Cotton the use 
and Income of my place in New Road in Portsmouth until my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 307 

Son Thomas Cotton Shall be Twenty & one Years of age and 
then for my Said Wife to have her thirds of the Said place 
During her Natueral life or the one third part of the Income 
thereof I also Give unto my S d Wife the whole use and Improve- * 
ment of the place that I now live in and the pasture at Sagamores 
Creek together with my Dwelling house & Barn until my Son 
William Cotton shall Come to the age of Twenty & one Years 
& then her thirds I also Give unto my Said Wife Elizabeth all 
my Personal Estate and half of my Deceas'd fathers write at 
Barrington and to her Disposal forever, in order to bring up 
my Children 

And I Do hereby nominate Constitute and appoint my Said 
Wife Elizabeth Cotton to be my Sole Executorix of this my Last 
Will and Testement 

Item; I Give unto my Son Thomas Cotton the whole of my 
place on the North Side of New Road together with the Dwelling 
house and Barn thereon he my Said Son Thomas paying out 
unto his Sisters the Sum of Two hundred and fifty pounds old 
Tenor and a Third part of the income of the Said place yearly 
unto my Said Wife Elizabeth 

Item I Give unto my Son William Cotton the whole of my 
place that I now Live on and my pasture at Sagamores Creek 
together with my Dwelling house and Barn for my Said Son to 
take possession of the Same when he shall Come to the age of 
twenty one Years he my Said Son William paying out unto his 
Sisters the Sum of Two hundred & fifty pounds old Tenor when 
they his Said Sisters, Come to Lawful age and one third part of 
the Income of My Said place to My Said Wife Elizabeth 
During her Natueral Life yearly, 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Elizabeth Davis the wife of 
Daniel Davis one hundred pounds old Tenor to be paid her out 
of my Estate by Son Thomas Cotton when my Said Son Thomas 
shall Come to the age of twenty & Two Years I also Give unto 
my Said Daughter Elizabeth Davis and her Disposal my hundred . 
acre Lott of Land at Barrinton that was Granted by the pro- 



308 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

prieters of Said Town Number thirty five I also give unto my 
Said Daughter Elizabeth Davis one hundred acres more at Bar- 
rinton Number thirty Nine which is My Shear as a proprieter 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Mary Cotton One hundred 
pounds old Tenor to be paid her out of my Estate by Son 
Thomas Cotton when she Shall Come to Lawful a*ge 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Cotton One hundred 
pounds old Tenor to be paid her out of my Estate fifty pounds 
by my Son Thomas and fifty pounds by my Son William when 
She my Said Daughter Abigail shall Come to Lawful age 

Item I Give unto my Sister Elizabeth Fernald One Cow and 
three Sheep to be Delivered her by my Executorix within two 
Years after my Decease 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Dorothy Cotton the Sum of 
One hundred pounds old Tenor to be paid her out of my Estate 
by my Son William when She my Said Daughter Dorthy shall 
Come to Lawful age 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Cotton the Sum of one 
hundred pounds old Tenor to be paid her out of my Estate by 
my Son William when She my Said Daughter Sarah shall Come 
to Lawful age 

And I Do hereby Revoak mak null and voide all other Wills 
and Bequests by me heretofore made and holding firm and 
Vallid this and no Other to be my Last Will and Testament In 
Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the 
Day and Year first above mentioned 

Signed Sealed & Deliver'd in Tho s Cotton 

the presence of us also pronounced 
by the Said Thomas Cotton to be 
his last Will and Testament 

Thomas Bickford 
The Mark of 

William X Abbet 

Elizabeth fernald 

[Proved Dec. 25, 1745.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 309 

[Warrant, Dec. 25, 1745, authorizing Thomas Bickford and 
Joseph Langdon, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 13, 1745/6; amount, £4321.14.0; signed 
by Joseph Langdon and Thomas Bickford.] 

[License to the executrix, Feb. 28, 1749/50, to sell real estate.] 



BEXONI CILLEY 1745 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Benony Selley of South hampton 
in the Province of New Hampshire in New England Joyner 
being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory Not 
knowing how soon my Change may Come do make and ordain 
this my last will and testament vid* first of all I Com'end my 
soul to God in Christ my saviour and my body to y e dust to be 
decently buried in hopes of a blessed Resurrection to Life 
Eternal And as to my Temporal Estate I do give demise and 
despose of y e same in Manner following viz: 

ffirst my will is that all my Just debts and funeral Expences 
be duely paid by my Execut r hereafter Named. — 2 dly my will is 
that my beloved wife Rachel shall have the sole use profit and 
Improvement of all my real Estate in houseing lands meadow or 
salt marsh wheresoever the same lyes so long As she shall remain 
my widow for the comfortable support of her self and her two 
young children which she had by me viz. Mary and abigail 
And I also Give to my said wife Rachel the use of all my stock 
and household stuff during her widowhood after my debts and 
funeral Expences are paid first out of the same and then to be 
divided between my two youngest daughters viz: Mary and 
abigail Except my two Steers Coming two which I Give to my 
son in Law Christopher Tappan. 

It m 3 dly I Give to my son Samuel Selley the rest of the seven 
acres of land which I bought of Joseph Dow after my wifes 
Decease or next marriage. — It m 4 ly my will is that all the rest 
of my Estate be Given to my Three sons Thomas Samuel and 



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Benjamin and divided Equally between them after my s d wife's 
decease or Next Marriage they paying the following Legacies 
to my daughters In old tenor bills of Cred* or Good pay Equilent 
thereunto vid* after they Come to possess y e s d Estate to Mehit- 
tabel five shillings to Elizabeth Martha Eliner & Sarah Twenty 
shillings apeice and to Dorcas five pounds and also to my two 
youngest daughters Mary and abigail five pounds apeice and 
finally I do Constitute and appoint my beloved wife Rachel 
and my son Benjamin to be Execut rs of this my last will and 
Testam* wittness my hand and seal Novemb r 8 th Anno Domini 

1745 

Siged sealed and declared by Benony Selly 

y e s d Benony Selley to be his last 
will & Testam 1 in presence of us 
John Jemson 

his 
Joseph X Norton 

Mark 
Caleb Cushing 
[Proved April 30, 1746.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1746, authorizing John Page and Samuel 
Walton, miller, both of South Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Samuel W r alton and John Page; amount, 
£535-i3-6; attested May 15, 1746.] 



HATEVIL NUTTER "1745 NEWINCxTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Hatevile Nutter of Newington 
in the province of New Hampshire In New England being Sick 
of Body * * * I Doe hereby Make and Appoint my well 
beloved wife Leah Nutter to be the Executrix of this my Last 
Will & Testement, willing that all my Just Debts & ffuneral 
Charges be first paid and Discharged 

I give and Bequeath unto my Two Sons, Hatevil Nutter and 
Anthony Nutter all my Lands in the Town Ship of Rochester 



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Lett the Same be more or Less To them in Equall portion and 
to their heirs for Ever 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Other Two Sons (Viz*) 
John Nutter and Joshua Nutter all my Lands in the Township 
of Newington aforesaid Togeatherwith my Dwelling house where 
I now Dwell Barns Outhouseing Edifices ffences and all Other 
Appurenances: belonging to the Same as all So all my Intrest 
in any Other Lands in the Town Ship off Dover or Elce where 
that Derives to me from my ffather m r Anthony Xuttuer form- 
erly of Dover Dec d or Ought to belong to me by that Means 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my five Daughters (Viz 1 ) 
Elenor Xuttor Sarah Walker Abigail Dam and Eliz a Rawlings 
& Olive Nutter to be paid unto them ten pounds Each old 
Tennor by my aforesaid Two Sons John Nutter and Joshua 
Nutter within three Years affter my Decease In Case Either of 
my Two Sons (Viz 1 ) John Nutter or Joshua Nutter Should Dye 
and Depart this Life without Leaveing Lawfull Issue of their 
Body s that then he that Shall be the Survivor of the Twain 
Shall Inherritt the whole of What is Bequeathed to them both 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my well be Loved wife Leah 
Nutter all my Moveables or personal Estate that Shall remain 
att my Decease (to her and to her own Dispose Dureing her 
Natural life, and if any thing Shall remain after my Said wifes 
Decease that then in Such Case what Shall be Soe left and Re- 
maining Shall be Equally Devided amonge my aforesaid five 
Daughters or what of them that Shall Remain alive att that 
time or their heirs — as also all my personal Estate as aforesaid 
both within Doors and without 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son John Nutter aforesaid 
my Riding horse in recompence of his Dutyfullness and good 
Carrage to me, over and above his portion in my houseing and 
lands, as also my gun or fowling peice. 

Item I give and bequeath to my aforesaid beloved wiffe Leah 
Nutter my Negro Man Servant calld Ceasor to her one Dispose 
and Bennifett Dureing her Natural Life without the least 



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Molistation or hinderance of any of my afore Said Childerin as 
also the use of my Dwelling house Dureing her Natural life or 
Widohood 

And in Case my aforesaid Negro Servant Named Ceasor 
Shall be liveing affter my wifes Decase that then I give him 
Equally Amongst my five Childerin that I have by my aforesaid 
wife Leah: Nutter, viz 1 John Nutter Joshua Nutter Abigail 
Dam and Eliz a Rawlings and Olive Nutter or Amongst Soe 
Many of them as Shall be liveing att my wifes Decease In 
Testimonie whereof for the True performance of all and Ever 
thing contained in this my last will and Testement. I here- 
unto Sett my hand and affixed my Seal this Twenty Second 
day of November one thousand Seven hundered and forty five — 

Sign'd Seal'd pronounced and his 

Declared In the presence of us — Hatevil X Nutter 

Geo Walton Mark 

Richard Dam 

John Walton 

[Proved Dec. 25, 1745.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 25, 1745, authorizing John Fabyan and George 
Walton, both of Newington, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of personal property, March 25, 1746; amount, 
£501.5.0; signed by John Fabyan and George Walton.] 

[Bond of Leah Nutter, widow, with John Downing, Jr., and 
Jethro Furber, both of Newington, as sureties, in the sum of 
£10, June 26, 1746, to prosecute her appeal from the decision of 
the probate court allowing the will as to the personal property 
but not as to the real estate; witnesses, James Colbroth and 
Benjamin Colbroth.] 



JONATHAN CASS 1745 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Cass of Kingston 
yeoman, granted to Tabitha Cass of Kensington, widow, Nov. 
27, I745-] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 313 

[Warrant, Nov. 27, 1745, authorizing Samuel Clifford and 
Nathan Clough, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate of 
Jonathan Cass, administration of which is granted to his widow, 
Tabitha Cass.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 541b.] 

[Inventory, signed by Samuel Clifford and Nathan Clough; 
amount, £1372.10.0; attested Dec. 23, 1745.] 

[Warrant, April 3, 1747, authorizing Ezekiel Dow, Philip Dow, 
Nathan Clough, and Samuel Clifford, Jr., all of Kensington, 
and Reuben Whitcher of Kingston to divide the estate.] 

Where As Ezekiel Dow Nathan Clough and samuel Clifford 
jur all of the Parish of Kensington being authorized and im- 
powred by the honorable Judge of Probats for the Province of 
Newhampshire for the Dividing and Setling of the Estate of 
Jonathan Cass Late of Kensington deceased to the widow her 
thirds and to the Eldest son a double Part of the Remaining 
Part of the said Estate have This Eighth day of april viewed 
and serveyed the Estate of the Said Jonathan Cass and find 
in the whole 39 : acres and therefore ware of Opinion that it would 
be best for one of the Childrin to have the whole and Pay the 
Rest of the Children after aprized according to the Present Value 
as the Law Directs but they declined either of them which obliged 
us to Proceed as we ware Directed in our warrant as followeth 
to John Cass he being the Eldist Son his Part being seven acres 
and thirty two Rods and Bounded Northerly on a highway nine 
Rod wide on said way Esterly on land of Thomas Brown and is 
to Run Southerly 128 Rods that wedth — 

then layed out to Apphiah Cass her part four Rods and one 
half Rod wide on said high way Runing southerly 128: Rods that 
wedth — 

then layed out to moses Cass his Part which begins at said 
high way at the North End : 4 : Rods and one \ Part of a Rod 
wide Runing southerly that wedth 128 Rods then 2 Rods and 
\ Rod wide that Course 30 Rods — 



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then layed out to the widow her thirds Begining at the afore 
said high way Run'ing southerly 158 Rods 13 Rod wide — 

then layd out to Joseph Cass his Part begining at Edward 
locks land 4 Rod wide at the North End Runing southerly 150 
Rods that wedth 

then layd out to Benjamin Cass his Part begining at Edward 
locks land four Rods wide at the North End Runing southerly 
150 Rods that wedth — 

then layd out to Jonathan Cass his Part begining at Edward 
locks land at the North End and So Runing southerly 150 Rods 
all the Remaining Part of the said estate which lays Between 
Benjamins Part and Kingstown line be the same more or less 
having Regard to Quantity and quality as Directed to in said 
warrant 

Dated at Kensington the Eighth Day of April seventeen 
hundred forty and seven and in the Twentyeth yeare of the 
Reign of our sovereign Lord King George the second &c 

Ezekiel Dow 
Nathan Clough 
Samuel Clifford Ju r 



WILLIAM COOMBS 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Coombs of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to Zachariah Foss of Portsmouth, 
mariner, Dec. 2, 1745.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 531.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 27, 1745, authorizing Jacob Treadwell, 
lanner, and Samuel Hart, joiner, both of Portsmouth, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jacob Treadwell and Samuel Hart, Jr.; 
amount, £20.12.0; attested Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 315 

JOHN FOSS 1745 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of John Foss of Chester, yeo- 
man, granted to Tabitha Foss, widow, Nov. 27, 1745.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 6, 1745; amount, £789.9.0; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and Enoch Colby.] 

[Account, by Tabitha Foss, administratrix, of the settlement 
of the estate; receipts, £306.6.4; expenditures, £310.3.1 ; allowed 
June 24, 1747.] 

State of New We the Subscribers being appointed 

Hampshire [ a Committee by the Honb le Phillips 

Rockingham ss J White Esq r Judge of Probate of wills &c 
for said County to Set of to Tabitha Underhill her Dower which 
hapens to her of the Estate of her late Husband John Foss Late 
of Chester in Said County yeoman Deceast and accordingly we 
have Done it by Setting it of by metes and Bounds in the follow- 
ing manner (viz) about twenty three Acres Begining at the 
Southwesterly Corner a Stake and Stones thence Running South 
about 75 Degres East two Hundred and thirty four Rods to 
Maj r Moors Land to a Maple Markd thence North by said 
Moors's Land About 41 Digrees East Eighteen Rods to stake 
and stones thence westerly two Hundred and thirty for Rods to 
the Highway to stake and stones thence South forty one Digrees 
West by Said Highway Eighteen Rods to the first Bounds 
Mentioned sd Land or Dower Lays on the Southerly Side of that 
Land formerly owned by John Foss Late of Chester Deceast 
together with one third of the East ind of the House from bottom 
of the Seller to the Ridge Pole with a Priviledge to use and 
Improve the Entry Like wise the East scaffold in the Barn and 
half the room Under it with a Priveledge to Use said floor as 
need requires with a Priveledge to the well to Draw water to 
Pass too and from the Same and too Use and improve Said 
Buildings or her Part of them as Need require Like wise a 



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Priviledge to Pass up and Down the Lane to the Pasture which 
we allow to be her full third of s d Estate 

Chester Nov mr 28 th 1787 Rob 1 Wilson Q 

Stephen Hills 3 

Stephen Chase 2. 

Jacob Elliott o 
[Allowed July 16, 1788.] 



ELIZABETH HAM 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Elizabeth Ham of Ports- 
mouth, widow, granted to her son, William Ham of Portsmouth, 
yeoman, Nov. 27, 1745.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 2J, 1745, authorizing Benjamin Miller and 
John Dennett to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 569.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 10, 1745/6; amount, £58.10.0; signed by 
Benjamin Miller and John Dennett.] 



MOSES LEAVITT 1745 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Moses Leavitt of Hampton, 
yeoman, granted to Sarah Leavitt, widow, and John Leavitt, 
yeoman, both of Hampton, Nov. 27, 1745.] 

Mem° of an Agreem* made between John Leavit of Hampton 
& Sarah Leavit widow Relict of Moses Leavit late of Hampton 
Deceased Concerning the Estate of the Said Deceased & the 
Said John viz that a Warr* be Issued by Authority of the Court 
of Probate to five free holders to make a Division of the Said 
Estate Agreeable to a Deed of Division made Between the Said 
John & the Said Moses which bears Date the 11 th Day of Jan ry 
1744/5 That the said parties to these presents Shall join in the 
Administra of the Estate of the Said Moses & to use their Joint 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 317 

Endeavours to pay off the Sisters of the Said Moses & John 
Agreeable to a Deed of Settlement made by their father in 
Witness whereof the said parties have hereunto Set their hands 
the 27th Day of Novemb' 1745 — 

John Leavit 
Sarah Leavit 

[Inventory, Nov. 29, 1745; amount, £818.12.0; signed by 
Daniel Sanborn and James Godfrey.] 

[Warrant, March 21, 1745/6, authorizing Samuel Palmer, 
Jonathan Page, Samuel Leavitt, Reuben Dearborn, and Simon 
Dearborn, all of Hampton, yeomen, to divide the estate; men- 
tions an infant daughter of Moses Leavitt.] 

Province of New Hampshier / we the subscribers being ap- 
pointed by the Honourable Andrew Wiggin Esq Judge of the 
Court of Probates for said Province to make a Just and Equil De- 
vision of the lands that John Leavitt of Hampton in said Province 
Cordwainer and his Brother Moses Leavitt Late of said Hamp- 
ton Deceased were seized of in Comon / we have according to 
the best of our Judgment and Knowlidg that we Could get of 
the Real Estate that the said John and Moses were seized of in 
Comon made a Partiation and Devision of the Premisses in 
the following Manner viz the said John Leavitt is to have eight 
acres of land Laying in the second north Division in said Hamp- 
ton / bounded westly on new Cut way/ Eastly on land of Abner 
fogg / northly on land of said John Leavitt in Part and land 
of Samuel Moulton in Part / secondly the said John Leavitt to 
have two thirds of one share of land Laying in the said second 
north Division bounding northly on the said eight acres / 
southly on land of Capt Joseph Tayler in Part and land of 
Thomas Robie in Part / Eastly on land of Abner fogg / westly 
on new Cut way / twenty two acres more or less / thirdly the 
said John Leavitt to have the one half of the forty third share 
of land which lays in the said second north Division near to 
Jonathan Pages Dwelling house said forty third share being 



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bounded northly on a high way / southly on a high way / 
Eastly on land of Benjamin Towle in Part and land of Jonathan 
and David Page in Part / westly on land of Henery Dearbon / 
the said John Leavitt to have the westly half of said forty third 
Lott from one end to the other Joining westly to said land of 
said Henery Dearbon / and the heirs of the said Moses Deceased 
to have the other half of the said forty third share from one end 
to the other the Eastly half Joining Eastly to Said land of said 
Benjamin Towle and said Jonathan and David Page / fourthly 
the said John leavitt to have one half of a Peice of Marsh laying 
in the Grate boars head Marsh said Peice of marsh being bounded 
northly on marsh of Jonathan Page and Robert Moulton / 
southly on marsh of Joseph Moulton in Part and marsh of Caleb 
Towle in Part / Eastly on the upland of the Grate Bores head / 
westly on the Beach River / the said John Leavitt to "have the 
southly half of said Peice of marsh from one end to the other 
Joining southly to said marsh of said Caleb Towle and Joseph 
Moulton and the heirs of the said Moses levitt Deceased to have 
the northly half of said Peice of marsh from one end to the 
other / Joining northly to said marsh of Said Jonathan Page 
and Robert Moulton / fiftly the said John levitt to have the 
one half of a thatch share laying on the Grate ox Comon the 
said John to have the Eastly half of said thatch share from one 
end to the other Joining Eastly to a share of Joseph Moulton 
Juners / and the heirs of the said Moses Leavitt Deceassed to 
have the westly half of said thatch share from one end to the 
other Joining westly to a share of the foggs / bounding each end 
on Cricks / the heirs of the said Moses Leavitt Deceassed to 
have the east end of the Dwelling house where he Lately Dwelt 
and the wholl of the Barn 

and also the heirs of the said Moses Deceased to have the 
land in the feild where the said Dwelling house stands and ad- 
joining to it being eight acres more or less being bounded north 
eastly on land of Zacheriah Batchelder south westly on the 
Countrey Road / north westly on land of Samuel Palmer south 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 319 

Eastly on land of Caleb marston / the heirs of the said Moses 
Leavitt Deeeassed also to have one third Part of one Right or 
share Laying in the third Division of the five Divisions in 
Hampton the said third of one share of land being bounded 
northly on the high way / southly on land of the Dearbons / 
eastly on land of Reuben Dearbon / westly on a way 15 acres 
more or less / and also the heirs of the said Moses Deeeassed to 
have one share in older medow being bounded northly on a Par- 
sonage share / southly on the twelve shares / eastly also on the 
twelve shares so Called / westly on a share of James Hobses / 
all the afore Said Premisses are Laying and being in Hampton 
township 

the afore Said Partiation and Division we have made accord- 
ing to the best of our Judgment and Knowlidg that we Could 
get of the Premisses 

Hampton June y e 14 th 1746 Samuel Palmer 

Jonathan Page 
Samuel Leavitt 

[Guardianship of Mary Leavitt, aged less than fourteen years, 
daughter of Moses Leavitt, granted to Daniel Sanborn of Hamp- 
ton, yeoman, Feb. 25, 1746/7.] 

[Bond of Daniel Sanborn of North Hampton yeoman, with 
John Leavitt of North Hampton, cordwainer, and Jonathan 
Dearborn of Hampton as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 
1746/7; witnesses, Samuel Hart and William Parker.] 

[Account of John Leavitt and Sarah Dearborn, wife of Jona- 
than Dearborn of Hampton, formerly widow of Moses Leavitt, 
of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £256.4.4; expenditures, 
£160.1.2; allowed Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Administrators' additional account; receipts, £201.17.2; 
expenditures, £283.15.0; allowed June 26, 1751.] 



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DANIEL GOULD 1745 KINGSTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Daniel Gould of Kingston, Dec. 9, 
1745; amount, £634.0.6; signed by Samuel Winsley and Ben- 
jamin Swett.] 

SAMUEL KING 1745 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen the Twelvth day of December 
1745. I Samuel King of Greenland in y? Province of New 
Hampshire Husbandman Being Sick and weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath to Elizabeth my Dearly be- 
loved wife all my Cattle and all my Sheep and all my Husbandry 
Tools and all my Movable Goods of all Sorts and of every kind 
and all my Household goods except my puter 

Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Kenestone the sum of 
Five Shillings Lawfull money of New-England to be raised and 
levied out of my Estate 

Item I give to my welbeloved Daughter Sarah King all my 
Pewter which is Fouer Platers Six Plates one Bason 

I Likewise constitute make and ordain (John Weeks Physi- 
cian and John Watson Husbandman both of Greenland in the 
Province Aforsaid) Executors of this my last will and Teste- 
ment And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disanul all 
and every other Former Testaments wills Legacies and Bequests 
and Executors by me in any ways before Named willed and 
bequeathed. Rarifying and Confirming this and no other to 
be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have 
hearunto Set my Hand and Seal the day and year above written 

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced Samuel King 

and Declared by the Said Samuel King 
as his last will and Testament in the 
Presence of us the Subcribers 

James Cates 

Ebenezer Cates 

Martha Weeks 

[Proved Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 321 

ICHABOD CLOUGH 1745 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Ichabod Clough of Kingston in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman 
being Weak of body * * * 

Item. I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Rebekah Clough 
The following part in my dwelling house Namely the fore Room 
Next to the Street the back chamber & a little Pantry room that 
is parted off from the kitchen to be Improv'd by her As long as 
She Shall live my Widow as also the third part of the Cellar 
during Said Term & also the Improvement of the one Third 
part of my Orchard & also of one Third part of my homestead 
lands & also of Two Acres over & above Said Third part of the 
Homestead lands As also of one third part of my Barn As Long 
as She Shall live my Widow She having free Liberty of passing 
& repassing thro' the other part of my Said Homestead lands 
As She Shall find it Needfull for her in Order to her Improving 
her Third part of Said homestead Lands as aforesaid — And also 
all my Corn flax & Wool & all the provision I have by me as 
also Eight Barrels of Cyder & the Barrels, the Barrels to be of 
the Best I have in my cellar As also two of my Cows & a Year- 
ling Heifer & Six Sheep — & one of my Swine & all my houshold 
Goods to be her own to be disposd of by her to whom & as she 
pleases 

Item — To my Son Elijah I give & bequeath the remaining 
part of my dwelling house & the two Thirds of my Barn while 
his mother lives my Widow & Then the whole of them & also 
all my Stock that I have not before given in this my will to his 
mother Such as Cattle Horse & swine & also the Remaining two 
Thirds of my homestead lands while his Mother lives my Widow 
& after that the whole of them With all the houses Orchards & 
buildings thereon & also all my Out lands lying in Kingston 
aforesaid which I purchasd & which belong'd to the right of 
Joseph Clough late of Kingston aforesaid Deceas'd With all the 
priviledges & appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise 
Appertaining & also my working tools & my moveable Estate 



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that I have not before in this my Will given to his mother — he 
finding his mother An horse & tackling For her to ride as often 
As She Shall have need of it both in Town & out of Town as 
long as she lives my widow he also paying my Just Debts & 
funeral Charges as before mentioned & also the Several legacies 
hereafter mentioned in this my last Will & Testament to be 
paid by him — 

Item To my two Sons Zaccheus & Jonathan I Will & 
bequeath The Sum of Twenty five Pounds in lawfull money of 
This Province of the New Tenour to Each of Them to be Paid 
by my Son Elijah beforementioned to be paid them & Each of 
Them As soon As they shall arrive to the Age of Twenty one 
Years 

Item To my Daughter Martha I Will & bequeath the Sum of 
Twelve Pounds Ten Shillings in lawful money of this Province 
of the New Tenour to be paid her by my Son Elijah before- 
mentiond when she shall arrive to the Age of Eighteen Years or 
at marriage if she should marry before that time 

Finally My Will is & I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my 
Son Elijah Clough to be Sole Executor to this my last Will & 
Testament hereby revoking & making Void all other Wills & 
Testaments by me heretofore made — In Witness Whereof I have 
hereunto Set my hand & Seal this Eighteenth Day of December 
Annoq! Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred & forty five 

Signed Seal'd Pronouncd & declard Ichabod Clough 

by the above Named Ichabod 
Clough to be his last Will & 
testament In Presence of Us — 

Nathan Bachelder 

Ebenezer Cutting 

Abraham Smith 

[Proved Jan. 29, 1745/6.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 29, 1745/6, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Nathan Batchelder, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 586.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 323 

[Inventory, March 24, 1745/6; amount, £1701.2.0; signed by 
Nathan Batchelder and Jeremy Webster.] 

[Guardianship of Jonathan Clough and Martha Clough, 
children of Ichabod Clough of Kingston, granted to Abraham 
Smith of Kingston, yeoman, Feb. 28, 1749/50.] 

[Probate Records., vol. 17, p. 491.] 

[Bond of Abraham Smith, yeoman, with Ebenezer Batchelder 
and Elijah Clough, yeomen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the 
sum of £500, Feb. 28, 1749/50, for the guardianship of Jonathan 
Clough and Martha Clough; witnesses, William Parker and 
William Partridge.] 



WILLIAM MAYBURY 1745 KITTERY, ME. 

In the Name of God Amen I William Maybury of Kittery 
in the County of York in the Province of the Mass a Bay Mariner 
being bound to Sea & not knowing how God in his Providence 
may dispose of me I do make & ordain this to be my last Will & 
Testament And first I give & Commit my Soul to God the father 
of Spirits hoping to find mercy with him thro' the Merits of 
Jesus Christ & my body I Recommend to a Decent burial in 
either the Earth or Sea and as touching my Worldly Estate in 
Consideration of the Love friendship & Respect which I have 
& do bear to William Wnittemore of Portsmouth in the Province 
of New Hampshire Goldsmith and of the many favours & Ser- 
vices I have Received of him I give devise & bequeath all my 
Estate of what nature or kind Soever or wheresoever the Same 
is or Shall be found unto him the said William his Heirs & as- 
signs & hereby Constitute him Sole Exec r of this my last Will 
& Testam* desiring him to pay what debts I may owe & my fun- 
eral Expences & I hereby Revoke all other Wills & Testaments 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

by me in any manner made In Witness whereof I have here 
unto Set my hand & Seal the 19th Day of Dec r 1745 

Executed in presence of W™ A I ay bury 

Mark Hunking Jun r 

Daniel Rindge 

William Parker 

[Proved April 26, 1749.] 

[Warrant, April 26, 1749, authorizing Hunking Wentworth 
and Daniel Rogers, apothecary, both of Portsmouth, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 2, 1749; amount, £140.2.0; signed by Hunk- 
ing Wentworth and Daniel Rogers.] 



JONATHAN FOLSOM 1745 DAMARISCOTTA, ME. 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Folsom of Damaris- 
cotta, Me., granted to Daniel Folsom of Exeter Dec. 25, 1745.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 25, 1745, authorizing Daniel Thing and 
Robert Light, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 6, 1745/6; amount, £124.2.9; signed by 
Daniel Thing and Robert Light.] 



NATHAN JOHNSON 1745 GREENLAND 

[Administration on the estate of Nathan Johnson of Green- 
land granted to Mary Johnson and Nathan Johnson, both of 
Greenland, Dec. 25, 1745.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 543.] 

[Bond of Mary Johnson, widow, and Nathan Johnson, yeo- 
man, with James Cate, housewright, and Joseph Hill, husband- 
man, as sureties, all of Greenland, in the sum of £500, Dec. 25, 
1745, for the administration of the estate of Nathan Johnson, 
yeoman; witnesses, Samuel Allen and William Parker.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



325 



[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1745/6; amount, £1868.12.4; signed 
by Enoch Clark and John Brackett.] 

[License to the administrators, April 29, 1747, to sell real 
estate.] 

[License to the administrators, May 21, 1747, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Warrant, July 13, 1747, authorizing John Brackett, gentle- 
man, Enoch Clark, James Johnson, Jr., James Cate, and Brack- 
ett Johnson, yeomen, all of Greenland, to set off the widow's 
dower.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant To a Warrant from the Honorable 
Newhamp r J Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of the pro- 
bate of wills (&: C:) Dericted to us the Subscribers (with 
others) outhorizing and impowering us to Set off by meets & 
Bounds the one third part of the Real Esteate of nathan John- 
son Late of greenland in Said province Deceased to mary 
Johnson widdow Relect of Said Deceased) we have Set off S d 
third part or Dower to s d widdow as follows (viz) one peice of 
Land Bounded on the South End by y e Road that Leads to the 
great Bay Seventeen Rods wide on Said Road then Runing 
northerly Bounding on Land in possesion of methias haines 
keeping that Breadth of Seventeen Rodes from S d haines his 
Land about one hundred Rods to Lues haines his Land as also 
another peice of Land in the pasture Containing Eleven acres 
Bounded twenty two Rods wide on the afore Said Road on the 
Easterly side of methias Weeks his Land & Runing Down by 
S d Weeks his Land a peralel Line to Said weeks Line as Said 
weeks Line Runs from Said Road until it Comes over against 
Said weeks his house & then the peralel Line to go on the Same 
Coase until it hits Said weeks his fence as also two acres of Salt 
marish to begin at the head of the Long mash & Runing Down 
Said marish until Said two acres be Compleated as also one Acre 
& one half acre of flatts Joyning to the marish with the two Lower 
Romes in the west End of the house with the one third part of 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Seller and one half of the Chamber over Said Romes it 
being the fore Side thereof with one third part ot the Barn it 
being the north East End of Said Barn with the appurten- 
ances Dated at Greenland afore Said the 22 d Day of October 
1747 and in the 21st year of his majesties Reighn — 

John Brackett 
Enoch Clark 
James Johnson 

[Warrant, July 12, 1748, authorizing Daniel Lunt, William 
Cate, and Walter Weeks, all of Greenland, yeomen, to view the 
real estate and make recommendations as to its disposition.] 

[Return, signed by Daniel Lunt and Walter Weeks, apprais- 
ing the real estate at £10 per acre, and finding that it will 
accommodate but one person; allowed Oct. 26, 1748, and 
decreed that Nathan Johnson, oldest son, shall take the whole, 
paying the other children for their shares.] 

[Bond of Nathan Johnson of Greenland, yeoman, with William 
Johnson of Greenland, yeoman, and Daniel Lunt of North 
Hampton, weaver, as sureties, in the sum of £672, Oct. 26, 
1748, for the payment of their respective shares to his brothers 
and sisters, Philip Johnson, Samuel Johnson, Timothy Johnson, 
William Johnson, Hannah Haines, wife of Lewis Haines, Mary 
Johnson, Abigail Barker, wife of Jonathan Barker, and Rosa- 
mond Johnson; witnesses, John Johnson and James Wood.] 

[Administrators' account of the settlement of theestate; receipts, 
£482.16.4; expenditures, £413.11.8; allowed April 26, 1749.] 



JOHN TIBBETTS, 3d 1745 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Tibbetts, 3d, of Somers- 
worth, gentleman, granted to Joanna Tibbetts, widow, Dec. 25, 
I745-] 

[Inventory, Feb. 3, 1745/6; amount, £77.4.0; signed by 
Thomas Wallingford and John Mason.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 327 

NICHOLAS OILMAN, JR. 1745/6 EXETER 

In the Name of God Amen. January the twenty Eighth day 
in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and forty five 
I Nicholas Gilman Jun r of Exeter in the Province of New- 
hampshire in New England Shopkeeper being Week in Body 

Imprimus. I Give and bequeath unto My Brother Peter 
Gilman Esq r and M. r Daniel Thing and Samuel Gilman Esq r 
all of Exeter aforesaid, My dwelling house barn orchard and 
aboute twenty two acres of land on which they Stand, and ajoyn- 
ing to them be the Same More or less, with all the Priviledges 
and appurtainances thereunto belonging, or in any wise appur- 
taining, which land is Bounded as followeth, viz Begining at the 
high way by My brother Peter Gilmans land Near the Bridge 
Commonly Called the Greate Bridge in Exeter aforesaid, and 
from thence Riming Sutherly, and Southwesterly, by Said Peter 
Gilmans land untiH it Comes to land heretofore belonging to 
Jonathan Foulsam of Said Exeter deceased, and from thence to 
Run by the land that was Said foulsams untill Comes to the 
Sutherly Corner thereof, and from thence to Run Northwest- 
erly Bounding by the land which was Said foulsams untill it 
Comes to the Southerly Corner of Jonathan Gilman Jun rs land 
and from thence to Run Southwesterly Bounding by the land 
belonging to the heirs of Nathaniel Gilman Esq r of Exeter afore- 
said deceased, and by Samuel Gilman Esq rs land untill it Comes 
to the aforesaid Peter Gilmans land, and from thence to Run 
Southeasterly on a Straight line by the Said Peter Gilmans land 
and by the land which I Purchased of Said Peter Gilman untill 
it Comes to the Greate fresh River, and from thence to Run 
Down Said River Bounding on Every Part thereof untill it 
Comes to the high way by the bridge aforesaid, and from thence 
to Run Westerly by Said high way to the Bounds first mentioned, 
to be improved by the Said Peter Gilman Daniel Thing and 
Samuel Gilman for and towards the Support of a Minister, or 
Ministers, which Shall or May hereafter be Setled in the 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

.Ministry in the Church of Christ which usualy Meet or assemble 
together for the Publick worship of God in the New Meeting 
house lately Erected in Said Exeter, on the Northerly Side of the 
high Way which leads from Exeter old Meeting house to Kings- 
town, and between Mr Josiah Gilmans dwelling house and the 
dwelling house of Mr John Dean in Said Exeter, or for any other 
Pious use according to their discretion or to the discretion of any 
two of them, as long as they or any two of them Shall live, and 
be Capeable, and agree, to improve the Said premises for the 
uses aforesaid, and in Case of Refusall incapacity or decease of 
any two of them, my Will is that the Said premises Shall be 
improved for the uses aforesaid by the dacons of Said Church 
when there are any Such, and if Said Church Shall at any time 
be without dacons, or in Case of Said dacons Refusall or in- 
capacity to improve Said Premises, my Will is that Said prem- 
ises Shall be improved by Such Persons as Said Church Shall 
Make Choyce of from time to time to improve the Same, and 
My Will is that the yearly Rent or income of the Said premises 
Shall be applyed to the uses aforesaid and No other for Ever 
hereafter, and whareas I have Mortgaged Part of Said Premises 
for Security of a Certain Sum of Bills of Credit, which I Borrowed 
of the twenty five thousand Pounds loan lately lett out upon 
intrist by the Province aforesaid; My Will further is that My 
Executor Shall dispose of So Much of My other Estate as. Shall 
be Surhciant to pay what of the Intrist or Princapall Shall or 
may Remain to be paid after My decease, and Shall discharge 
Said Mortgage therewith that So the Said premises may be 
fully improved to the uses aforesaid. 

[tern I Give and bequeath unto My Kinsman Robert Gilman 
Son of Samuel Gilman Esq r a Silver Poringer and a Silver 
Spoon both Marked with the letters: M: L: to be delivered to 
him by my Executor as Soon as May be Convenantly after My 
decease. 

Item I Give and bequeath unto My Servanl Boy John Fox 
twelve Pounds and ten Shillings in Bills of Creditt <>t the New 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 329 

tennor to be paid to him out of my Estate by My Executor if 
he lives to the age of twenty one years. 

Item I Give and bequeath unto My four Brothers In Law Viz 
John Gilman Daniel Gilman Nicholas Gilman and Sumersbee 
Gilman all the houshold Goods and appariell which My beloved 
Wife Mary Gilman, deceased brought with her to Me, and 
which is Not already disposed of; to be Equally devided among 
them by My Executor as Soon as May be Convenantly after 
My decease. 

Item My Will is that all My Just debts Legacys and funeral 
Charges shall be paid out of My Estate by my Executor here- 
after Named. 

Item My Will further is; that after all My Just debts Legacyes 
funerall Charges and what may appear or Remain after My 
decease of the Intrist and Princaple of the loan before Men- 
tioned is paid, that then the Remainder of My Estate both Real 
and Personal be devided into five Equal Parts to and between 
My Honered Mother Elizibeth Gilman, and My four brothers, 
Viz Peter Gilman, John Gilman, Samuel Gilman, and Nathaniel 
Gilman, to be theirs and at their disposall for Ever. 

Finally My Will is and I do hereby appoint Constitute Make 
and ordain My Brother Peter Gilman Esq r of Exeter aforesaid 
My Sole Executor of this My last Will and Testament, and do 
hereby utterly dissanull dissalow and Revoke all former Wills 
and Testaments by Me heretofore Made In Wittness whareof 
I have hereunto Set My hand and Seal the day and Year first 
Mentioned. 

Signed Sealed and declared Nicholas Gilman J r 

in presents of us 

John Phillips 

Jeremiah Calfe Jun r 

John Folsom 

[Proved April 30, 1746.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 21, 1746; amount, £3269.10.6; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and Robert Light.] 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

GEORGE KEZAR 1745/6 HAVERHILL DIST. 

[Administration on the estate of George Kezar of Haverhill 
District, yeoman, granted to Mary Kezar, widow, Jan. 29, 1 745 6.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1745/6; amount. £334.4.6; signed by 
Samuel Ingalls and Jeremiah Eaton.] 

[Account by Mary Kezar of the administration of the estate 
of her husband, George Kezar of Haverhill District; receipts, 
£82.8.6; expenditures, £104.15.11; allowed July 30, 1746; 
mentions "Supporting of two Children of the I testates under 
the age of Seven years 43 weeks from y e Intestates Death to this 
time."] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 43.] 

vr i_ u r To his Honer the Jud of Probates — 

New hampsm J J 

Where as George Kezzer of Haverhill Destrict deseast Left 

two daughters and the oldest being seven Entord on Eight 

the other and the youngest five Last Apriel and their mother 

maried againe without macking any agreement as Can be under- 

stud 

and the mother is in such a Capasety of mind which we think 

macke things on the acount of hur Children to be dificult and 

the Children are Licke to come to some unnesery Charge — 

therefore we the subscribers being the next Neighbors desiar 

your Honer to apoynt some Gardeen for them and the parson 

we think of if your Honer think fitt is their uncel Ebenezer 

Kezzer the barier hereof 

Haverhill Destrict June 22: 1748 

Jeremiah Eat ton 

Stephen Johnson junr 

Wait Stevens 

John Kezar Juner 

John Hunkins 

to the Honirable Judg of probates we the Subscribers desire 

that your Honer would put in Ebenezer Kezar Gardeen for these 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 331 

Children which arc with mensioned this the desire of mother and 

father 

John Rouel 
Mary Rouel 
[Guardianship of Mary Kezar and Susanna Kezar, aged less 

than fourteen years, children of George Kezar of Haverhill 

District, deceased, granted to Ebenezer Kezar June 29, 1748.] 

JProbate Records, vol. 17, p. 249.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Kezar of Haverhill, Mass., cordwainer, 
with Benjamin Swett of Kingston, cordwainer, as surety, in the 
sum of £500, June 29, 1748, for the guardianship of Mary Kezar 
and Susanna Kezar; witnesses, Lemuel Perkins and Matthew 
Livermore.] 

[Guardianship of Susanna Kezar, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, daughter of George Kezar of Haverhill District, 
yeoman, granted to John Kezar of Hampstead, yeoman, Nov. 
10, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 95.] 

[Bond of John Kezar of Hampstead, yeoman, with Stephen 
Johnson, Jr., of Hampstead, yeoman, and Samuel Evans of 
Portsmouth, cordwainer, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 
10, 1758, for the guardianship of Susanna Kezar.] 



WILLIAM MUDGETT 1745/6 LONDONDERRY 

[Guardianship of John Mudgett, minor, aged more than four- 
teen years, son of William Mudgett of Londonderry, yeoman, 
deceased, granted to Samuel Ingalls of Chester Jan. 29, 1745/6.] 



DANIEL TILTON 1745/6 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Tilton of Hampton, 
yeoman, granted to Abraham Tilton of Stratham, yeoman, Jan. 

29, 1747/8 (1745/6).] 



332 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Jan. 29, 1745/6, authorizing Daniel Sanborn and 
Ebenezer Sanborn, both of North Hampton, to appraise the 
estate of Daniel Tilton, administration of which is granted to 
his brother, Abraham Tilton.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 581.] 

[Inventory, signed by Ebenezer Sanborn and Daniel Sanborn ; 
amount, £272.8.0; attested March 6, 1745/6.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £125.6.6; expenditures, £18.11.0; allowed Nov. 26, 1746.] 



WILLIAM WILSON 1745/6 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of William Wilson of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Adam Wilson of Londonderry, yeo- 
man, Jan. 29, 1745/6.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 20, 1745/6; amount, £836.9.6; signed by 
Robert Cochran and John Humphrey.] 

[Account of Adam Wilson, administrator, of the settlement 
of the estate; receipts, £66.15.10; expenditures, £37.11.0; 
allowed Feb. 25, 1746/7-] 



JOSEPH TIBBETTS 1745/6 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, The Thirteenth Day of February 
anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & forty five or Six, 
I Joseph Tebbets of Dover in the Province of New-Hamps e in 
New-England Husbandman, labouring under great Bodily 
weakness & Infirmities * * * 

Imprimis. After my Just Debts & Funeral Charges Shall be 
Paid, I Give & Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Catharine Tebbets, 
whom I likewise Constitute make & ordain my Sole Executrix 
of this my last Will & Testament, All my Estate both Real & 
Personal, by her freely to be Possessed & Enjoyed During y° 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 333 

term of her natural life, Except Such a Part of it as I have Given 
to my Son Joseph Tebbets, as is hereafter Expressed, that is to 
Say I Give to my s d Wife all my Homestead Land, Marsh, & 
Thatch Beds, orchard & Fruit Trees Standing upon s d Land 
& all my Dwelling House & Celler under it, Except Such a Part 
of it as I have Given to my s d Son Joseph Tebbets, & also y e 
one half Part of my Barn Standing upon s d Land; I also Give 
to my s d Wife all my Land lying upon y e Northerly side of the 
Road above Mast Bridge, be it more or less that doth now 
Properly belong to me, & all ye above mentioned Estate I Give 
to my s d Wife Dureing y e Term of her Natural life. I also Give to 
my s d Wife all my Movable Estate both live Stock & Household 
Goods & Tackling or L^tencels for farming to her own free use 
& Disposal for ever to whom She shall See meet. 

Item I Give to my Son Joseph Tebbets his Heirs & Assigns 
for ever a Certain Parcel of Land where his Dwelling House now 
Stands, & one Third of both my orchards Standing upon my 
Homestead Land, & the Westerly Part of my Dwelling House, 
as also a Certain Parcel of Land Lying above Mast Bridge on 
y e Northerly Side of the Road, & all my Right in y e Common 
Land in Dover afores d all which Land orchards & Part of my 
Dwelling House I have Corivey'd to my s d Son Joseph Tebbets 
by one Instrument in Writing under my Hand & Seal, I also 
now Give unto my s d Son Joseph Tebbets his Heirs & Assigns 
the one half Part of my Barn Standing on my Homestead Land. 

Item At the Decease of my s d Wife Catharine Tebbets, I Give 
to my Daughters Elisabeth Downs, Judith Bickford Lydia Giles 
Catharine Tebbets Mary Pearl & Hannah Tebbets, and to my 
Grand Children Robert & John Hussey the Children of my 
Daugher Margery Hussey Deceas'd, & to thier Heirs and As- 
signs for ever, all my Homestead Land Marsh Thatch Beds & 
Orchards & also all my Land King above Mast Bridge afores d 
all which I have in this my Last Will Given to my Wife During 
the Term of her Natural Life, To be Eaqually Divided between 
them, my s d Daughters, & Grand Children that is to Say my 



334 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Two Grand Children above mentioned Shall have as much of s d 
Land Marsh Thatch Beds, & orchard's as one of my abovesaid 
Daughters. I also Give to my s d Daughers Catharine Tebbets 
Mary Pearl & Hannah Tebbets thier Heirs and Assigns, all that 
Part of my Dwelling House & y e one Half of my Barn, which I 
have in this my last Will, Given to my Wife During her Natural 
life, to be Eaqually Divided between them, And I do hereby 
utterly Disallow Revoke & Disannul all & every other former 
Testaments Wills & Executors by me in any ways before made 
or Named ; Ratifying this & no other to be my last Will & Testa- 
ment, In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand & Seal 
y e Day & Year above written. 

Signed Sealed & Declared, by mark 

y e s d Joseph Tebbets, as his last Joseph X Tebbets 

Will (S: Testa 1 in Presence of his 

Joseph Pearl 

Bejamin Pearl 

Abraham Nute 

[Proved May 28, 1746.] 

[Caveat of Joseph Tibbetts, April 25, 1746, against the allow- 
ance of the will of his father, Joseph Tibbetts, on the ground 
that he was not competent.] 

[Bond of Catherine Tibbetts, widow, with James Nute, yeo- 
man, and Samuel Young, husbandman, as sureties, all of Dover, 
in the sum of £1000, May 28, 1746, for the execution of the 
will; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



EBENEZER GOVE 1745/6 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the name of God a men this Indented wittnes &c that I 
Ebenezer Gove of Hampton falls in newhampshir in Newing- 
land now Resident in Luesborge being aprehansive of nearr 
approch of Dath being att this time Compermentus & in my 
write Reason first of all I Recommend my Soul to God How 
Gave ii & my body to ye Silent Grave Hopeing in the Risurec- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 335 

tion Day to be Raised to immortal Glory & as for my Estate or 
Movebels I Dispose in the folinging maner viz 

I Give & bequeth unto miram franch of South hampton in 
newhampshir in newingland the Dafter of Ens" Samuel frach 
all my wages Rewards Gifts or buntys y* is or may be belonging 
to me upon this Expidition & allso all my wareing Cloths both 
what I Have in newingland & Likewise what I Have in this 
place & all so all my Jyners twols which I Left att newingland 
with my brother Samuel Clifford & allso my Gun if Ever Sent 
to Newingland & all & Every thing y* I have of Goods or move- 
bels of what Soever name or natur they may be of 

& if So be y* y e above S d Miram franch Should have a Liveing 
Child by the first of may next Ensuing the Date Hear of the 
above S d miram franch to have all & Every thing belonging to 
me y e S d Ebenezer Gove but if She Should not have a Liveing 
Child by y l time befour mensured I bequeth to Her y e S d 
miram franch onely twenty Pounds old tener newingland money 
& all y e wrest to be Equaly Divided betwext my brothers & 
Sisters att newingland 

and I Ebenezer Gove do appinte Constute & ordain theas my 
frindes Ezekiel Worthen & Joseph Weare of Hampton in new- 
hampshir in new ingland now Residant in Louesborge to be my 
Excutor to this will & testament & to act & Do for me in y e 
offes of an Excutor in Every thing of what name or natur what 
So Ever 

and I Do Solomny Declare & Protest y* this is my Last will & 
testament & y* this will or testament is my Last will & Shall 
Stand in full force & vertu in the Law Sealed with my Seall 
Dated this twenty forth Day of febuary annoqu Domini 1745/6 

Sined Sealed in Presents of us his 

wittneses Ebenezer X Gove 

William Swain marke 

Benjamin Tilton 

X a than Rowe 

[Proved July 30, 1746.] 

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336 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Ezekiel Worthen and Joseph Weare, with Samuel 
French as surety, all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of £500, July 
30, 1746, as executors of the will; witnesses, William Parker and 
Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



JOHN BIXBY 1745/6 AMHERST 

[Administration on the estate of John Bixby of Souhegan 
West, yeoman, granted to Andrew Bixby of Souhegan West, 
yeoman, Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 



DAVID MOULTOX 1745/6 . NORTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of David Moulton of North 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to Benjamin Marston of North 
Hampton, yeoman, Feb. 26, 1745/6.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 26, 1745/6, authorizing Joseph Dearborn of 
Greenland, yeoman, and Abraham Tilton of Stratham to 
appraise the estate of David Moulton of North Hampton, 
blacksmith.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 11.] 

[Inventory, signed by Joseph Dearborn and Abraham Tilton; 
amount, £238.3.0; attested May 25, 1746.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £88.14.6; expenditures, £66.19.3; allowed .May 25, 
1748; mentions "Securing his Effects from Cape Britton & taking 
up his Bond to his Sister," also "Bond to Dorothy Moulton."] 



NATHANIEL ROBERTS 1745/6 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen the third Day of march one thousend 
Seven Hundred and forty five or Six I Nathanael Robarts of 
Dover in the province of New Hampshire in New England 
Husbandman Being very week in Body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 337 

I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Robarts one acker 
of Land out of my Homstade where the appel trees stands that 
he sot out 

I Give and bequeth unto my son Nathanael Robarts ten 
ackers of Land out of my Common Right 

I Give and bequeath unto my son Aaron Robarts all my Lands 
in the town of Dover excepting my common Right and one 
acker that I Have given to my son thomas Robarts furder 
more I give unto my son Aaron Robarts my barn & half my 
house furder mor I Give unto my son Aaron Robarts all my 
Right in and unto appes of mash or thach Beed in the town of 
Grenland in said province Home I Likwise Constitute make 
and ordain my Sole Executrix of this my Last will and testa- 
ment 

furder more I Give unto my son Nathanael Robarts fifty 
shillings to be paid unto him by my Excecutor in two year after 
my Decese 

I Give unto my son moses Robarts five Shillings to be paid 
by my Excecutor in two year after my Decese 

I Give unto my son Isaac Robarts ten pounds to be payd by 
my Excecutor in two year after my Decese 

I give unto my Daughter meream Davis one Cow to be paid 
by my Excecutor in three year after my Decese 

I give unto my Daughter abigall Robarts one Cow to be paid 
by my Excecutor in three year after my Decese 

I Give unto my wife Elizabeth Robarts all my moufable 
estate within my Dwelling House 

and I Do Hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannul all 
and Every other former testament wills, Legacies and bequests 
and Executors by me in any ways before Named willed and 
Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to 
be my Last will and testament in witness where of I Have 
Here unto set my Hand and Seal the Day and year above written 



338 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Signed Sealed and Delivered mark 

in presents of us Nathanel X Robarts 

Thomas Whaits His 

Howard henderson 

Abraham Nute 

[Proved Jan. 31, 1753.] 

[Inventory, signed by Stephen Roberts and Abraham Nute; 
amount, £1287.14.0; attested March 28, 1753.] 



THOMAS ROBERTS 1745/6 DOVER 

In the Name of Good Amen the third Day of march one 
thousand Seven Hundred & fourty five or six I Thomas Robarts 
of Dover In the province of New Hampshire In New England 
Husbandman Being very week in body * * * I give and be- 
queath unto my Cousin Moses Robarts whom I Likewise Consti- 
tute make and ordain my sole Executrix of this my Last will and 
testament all and Singular my Lands orchards house and Barn in 
the town of Dover in the province aforsaid Excepting my Com- 
mong Right furdr more I give unto my cousin moses Robarts all 
the Right that I Have to a Cartan pece of mash or thach Bead 
in the town of Grenland in said province furder more I Give unto 
my cousin moses Robarts all my moufable Estate within Dors 
and with oute all and singular above mentioned to be by him 
freely to possessed and Enjoyed and I Do Hereby uttely Disallow 
Revoke and Disannul all and Every other former testament wills 
legacies and Bequests and Executors by me in any wase before 
Named willed and bequeathed Retifying and Confirming this and 
no other to be my Last will and testament in witness where of I 
Have here unto set my hand and seal the Day and year above 
Ritten 

Singed Sealed and Deliv- Thomas Robartes 

erred in presents of us 

Thomas Whaits 

Howard Hendernson 

Abraham Xute 

[Proved Dec. 31, 1755.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 339 

[Bond of Moses Roberts, husbandman, with Abraham Nute, 
yeoman, as surety, both of Dover, in the sum of £500, Dec. 31, 
1755, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Howard Henderson 
and William Parker.] 



NATHAN WEBSTER 1745/6 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen I Nathan W 7 ebster of Chester in 
the Province of New Hampshire in Newengland Husbandman 
being in Usual helth * * * 

Imprimis I Give to mary my well beloved wife the Sum of one 
Hundred Pounds Currant bills of the old tenor: also all those 
things that she brought with her, and what I have alredy given 
her, and the one half of all the beding Cloaths that we have 
made sience we were marriade togather to be Paid and De- 
livered to her Emedeatly after my Desceass by my Execu- 
tors — 

Itim I Give to my sen Daniel Webster the aditionell Lott he 
now Lives upon No: 4: origenelly James Fails' and the fourth 
Division Lott of sixty Acres that shall next be Laid out and 
Recorded to the origenell Right of the afforesaid James Fails in 
Chester: and also one Quarter of all my other Lands and medows: 
which by this \\ ill is not Perticularly mentioned and Disposed 
of to others: and one Quarter of all my household Stuff: and 
Stock of Creatures and Utencells of Husbandery for Quantity 
and Quality: and one Quarter of the money Due to me by bonds 
or other ways: after all my Funerell Charges Debts and Leagises 
are Paid — 

Itim I Give to my son Nathan Webster the home Lott of 
twenty acres He now Lives upon: No: 117: origenelly Philemen 
Blakes: and the aditinell Lott of fifty acres No: 130: origenelly 
William Daniels in Chester and also one Quarter of all my other 
Lands and medous which by this will is not Perticulerly men- 
tioned and Disposed of to others: and one Quarter of all my 
household stuff: and Stock of Creaturs and Utencells of Hus- 
bandery: for Quantity and Quality and one Quarter of all the 



340 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Money Due to me by bonds or other wise : after all my Funerell 
Charges Debts and Legecies are Paid — 

Item I Give to my son Stephen Webster the Hundred acre 
Lott of Land he now Lives upon in the first part of the second 
Division in Chester No: 131 : origenelly James Fails is: and also 
one Quarter of all my other Lands and medows which by this 
will is not Perticularly mentioned and Disposed of to others : and 
one Quarter of all my household Stuff: and Stock of Creaturs: 
and Utencells of Husbadery for Quantity and Quality: and one 
Quarter of all the money Due to me by bonds or other ways, 
after all my Funerell Charges Debts and Leagecies are Paid- 
Item I Give to my son Abel Webster the two Home Lott I 
now Live upon Containing forty acres in the whole: one Lott 
being No 71: and Laid out to the Right of William Daniels the 
other being No 76: and Laid out to the Right of James Fails: 
Togather with the house and other buildings: orcherd and Fences 
belonging to the same and also one Quarter of all my other Lands 
and medows, which by this will is not Perticulerly mentioned 
and Disposed of to others — and one Quarter of all my household 
Stuff — and Stock of Creaturs and Utencells of Husbandery: for 
Quantity and Quality: and one Quarter of all the money Due to 
me by Bonds or other wise after all my Funerell Charges Debts 
and Leagecies are Paid — 

Item I Give to my Granson Benaiah Colby forty Pounds to be 
Paid to him when he shall arive to the age of twenty one years 
or marriage day to be Paid to him at the Rate of thirty shillings 
p r ounce Silver with Intrust for the Same at five p r Sent, and 
this I Give to him for his part of his mother mary Colbys portion 
out of my Estate 

Item I Give to my Grandaughter Mary Colby thirty Pounds 
at the Rate of Silver at thirty shillings p r ounce to be Paid to her 
when she shall arive to the age of Eighteen years or marriage 
Day — with Intrust for the Same at five p r sent, and this I Give 
to her for her part of her mother mary Colbys Portion out of my 
Estate — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE 'WILLS 34 1 

Item I Give to my Grandaughter Ann Colby thirty Pounds at 
the Rate of Silver at thirty shillings pr ounce to be Paid to her 
when she shall arive to the age of Eighteen years or her marriage 
day: with Intrust for the Same at five p r sent and this I Give to 
her as her part of her mother mary Colbys Portion out of my 
Estate 

And I do appoynt my Sons Daniel Webster and Nathan 
Webster to be my Executors of this my Last Will and Testament : 
to Receive and Pay all Just Debts Due to and from my Estate, 
and to Pay all Legacies Which I Have here in appoynted and my 
funerell Charges, and to See that this my Will be fulfiled in 
Every Perticuler: they haveing the Priveledge and advantage 
of the over Plush Intrust of what I have Given to my three Gran 
Children for taking the Care and Charge of it: 

Renouncing all other or former Wills Bequests and Executors 
In Witness to all herein Contained I have hereunto affixed my 
hand and seal this fifteenth day of march anno domini 1745/6 
first above Written — 

Signed Sealed published pro- nathan webster 

nounced and Declared by the 
above Named Nathan Webster 
to be his Last will and Testa- 
ment In Presents of us Witneses 

Ephraim Hasseltine 

Thomas Hasseltine 

Sam 11 Emerson 

[Proved Oct. 29, 1746.] 

[Bond of Daniel Webster and Nathan Webster, with Samuel 
Emerson as surety, all of Chester, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 
1746, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker and 
Andrew Todd.] 

[Mary Webster, Stephen Webster, and Abel Webster waive 
the taking of an inventory Nov. 17, 1746.] 



34 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

DAVID KIMBALL 1745/6 CONCORD 

[Aaron Kimball renounces administration on the estate of his 
brother, David Kimball of Rumford, March 20, 1745/6, in favor 
of his brother, Abraham Kimball.] 

[Administration on the estate of David Kimball of Rumford, 
yeoman, granted to Abraham Kimball of Rumford, yeoman, 
March 26, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 588.] 

[Bond of Abraham Kimball of Rumford, with Richard Hazzen 
and Jonathan Colburn, both of Haverhill District, as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000, March 26, 1746, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, Mark Hunking, Jr., and D. Rindge.] 

[Warrant, March 26, 1746, authorizing John Chandler and 
James Osgood, both of Rumford, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 582.] 

[Inventory, signed by John Chandler and James Osgood; 
amount, £226.13.6; attested March 26, 1746.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £425.7.0; expenditures, £412.13.4; allowed March 28, 
I753-] 

[Warrant, March 28, 1753, authorizing Ezra Carter, John 
Chandler, Jeremiah Stickney, gentlemen, James Osgood, and 
Joseph Hall, yeomen, all of Rumford, to report on the advisabil- 
ity^of dividing the estate among the five children.] 

[Inventory of the real estate, May 24, 1753; amount, £1353.0.0; 
signed by John Chandler, Joseph Hall, and Ezra Carter; ordered 
by the court that Reuben Kimball, oldest son, take the whole, 
and pay the others their shares.] 

[Bond of Reuben Kimball, yeoman, with Ezra Carter and 
Abraham Kimball, yeoman, as sureties, all of Rumford, in the 
sum of £1000, May 30, 1753, to pay his brothers and sisters, 
Mary Kimball, Asa Kimball, Elizabeth Kimball, and William 
Kimball, their shares of the estate; witnesses, William Parker 
and Jonathan Blanchard.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 343 

AMOS KNOWLES 1746 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Amos Knowles of Hampton, 
yeoman, granted to Abigail Knowles of Hampton, widow, March 
26, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 589.] 

[Bond of Abigail Knowles, widow, with Samuel Parker and 
Thomas Nudd, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hampton, in the sum 
of £1000, March 26, 1746, for the administration of J:he estate; 
witnesses, John Brackett and D. Rindge.] 

[Inventory, signed by Benjamin Dow and Jonathan Moulton; 
amount, £2869.0.6; attested June 20, 1746.] 

[Warrant, May 10, 1753, authorizing Samuel Palmer, Samuel 
Dow, John Lamprey, Josiah Moulton, Jr., and Christopher 
Palmer, all of Hampton, to set off one third of the estate to the 
widow, Abigail Knowls, and report on the advisability of 
dividing the remainder among the six children.] 

Province of New Hampshier we the subscribers being ap- 
pointed by the honourable Andrew wiggin Esq r Judge of the 
Probate of Wills &c for said Province to view and set of to the 
widow Abigail Knowls one ful Third Part of the Real Estate 
of her Late husband Amos Knowls Late of Hampton in sd 
Province yeoman Deceassed who Died Intestate by Meets & 
bounds and also to Devide the Remaining two thirds and set of 
to Each Child of the said Amos Deceased their Part of the same 
allowing to the Eldest son a Duble Portion If we think it will not 
Predigice and spoil the wholl and If we should think or Judge 
that a Devideing of it amoungst all the Children as afore said 
will spoil the wholl then to prize it and set forth the number of 
acres 

accordingly we have according to the best of our Judgment 
viewed and set of to the said widow of the said Amos Deceassed 
one full third Part of the Real Estate of y e said Deceassed which 
is as followeth 

Viz one third Part of y e Dwelling house of the said Amos 
Deceassed with one third of the Privilides of it in the westly 



344 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Rooms and one third Part of the Barn of the sd Deceassed and 
one third of the Privilidges of it 

we have also set of to the said Abigail y e wido of the said 
Amos Decs d one full third Part of all the several Parcels of land 
& marsh here after Mentioned being estate of the said Amose 
Deceassed according to the Quallity there of by meets & bounds 
which is as followeth 

i Viz one third Part of the land in the home Place on the eastly 
side from one end to the other bounding eastly on the Road in 
Part and ten Rods on about one Quarter of one acre in Part 
Resarved for a Privilidg about the house where her son Amos 
Knowls lives Northely of the well bound southly on the high way 

2 And one third Part of the land in the Lot some time Called 
fullers Lot on the westly side from one end to the other Joining 
westly to land of Jonathan Garlands and southly also on land of 
Said garlands northly on the high way 

3 and also we have set of to the said wido one third Part of the 
land of the said Deceased in the east feild on the westly end the 
wholl bredth bounding westly on land of Thomas Batchelder 
southly on land of Cp* Jon a Marston northly on a way and one 
third Part of a peace of Marsh that Joins on the eastly of sd land 
in said east feild on the south side of said marsh Joining southly 

to Marsh of the Samborns 

i 

4 we have also set of to the said wido one third part of a peice 
of Marsh & land laying southly of the beach Lane on the westly 
side Joining westly on marsh of Henery Dearbon northly on sd 
beach Lane 

5 and where as there is four shares of upland on the ox Com- 
mon of said Amos Deceased we have set of to the said wido that 
share that Layeth on the Glade, which we Judge according to 
Quallity is as good as one third of said four shares 

6 we have also set of to said widow one third Part of the Low 
Marsh of the said Amos Deceased on the northly side Joining 
Northly to Marsh of Elisha Smith in Part and marsh of the 
Hainses in Part, westly on Marsh of Thomas Nudd, eastly on 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 345 

Browns River in Part and marsh of Samborns in Part with one 
third Part of the thatch ground that layeth Joining southly to 
the main River, Joining westly to thatch Ground of Capt Ephr 
Mars ton 

7 We have also set of to the said wido one third Part of one 
share of land of the said Amos Deceased laying in the first 
Division of the five Divisions in said Hampton southly of Lettle 
River : near Nilas : on the southly side of said share from one end 
to the other, bounding southly on land of Jonathan Garland 
eastly on the Road, westly on the twelve shares 

8 and where as there is three shares of land of the said De- 
ceased Laying in the said first Division between Nileas Tucks 
mill Pond and Jeremiah Moulton share on Lettle River Green, 
we have set of to the said wido on third Part of the west most 
of said three shares on the westly side Joining w r estly to Nileas 
Tucks mill & Pond, southly to said mill Pond, northly on the 
high way, and w r e set of to said wido one third Part of the other 
two shares on the Eastly side Joining eastly to said share of 
Jeremiah Moultons, northly on the high way, southly on the 
line from Tucks mill to Lettle Rivers mouth 

,9 we also set of to said widow one third Part of about three 
acres Called the huckle Berey marsh on the westly end Joining 
westly to Pond or Nileas, northly on marsh of Samuel Palmer 
esq. southly on marsh of Shubal Page 

and where as the said Amos Deceased had three shares and one 
half in the second Range of Lots in said first Division northly of 
lettle River and two shares in the third Range on the northly side 
of Said River of w r ood land we have set of to the said wido one 
third Part of the said three shares and one half on the eastly side 
of the said three shares in one Peicefrom one end to the other Join- 
ing Eastly to land of Benjamin Dow, and we have set of to the 
said wido one third Part of the said two Lots in the third Range 
on the Eastly side of each share from one end to the other, one 
third of each, & we have set of to the sd wido three Rods & one 
half in bredth the wholl Length of the orchard on the westly 



346 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

side next to nathanel Lampry to have all the frute of the trees 
in that Length & bredth 

and as we Judge that the Devideing of the said Estate in to 
seven Parts amongst all the Children will spoil the wholl we have 
according as we were appointed Impartially prized the Remain- 
ing two thirds of said real estate 

Samuel Palmer 
Samuel Dow 
Christopher Palmer 
John Lamprey 
Josiah Moulton Juner 

[Amount of estate by appraisal, £3270.0.0; dated May 22, 
1753 ; allowed as far as relates to the widow's share May 30, 1753.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1325.7.2; expenditures, £1113.15.8; allowed June 
27, I753-] 

[Warrant, July II, 1753, authorizing Ichabod Roby of Hamp- 
ton Falls, Daniel Sanborn and Daniel Mars ton, both of North 
Hampton, Jeremiah Sanborn and Noah Ward, both of Hampton, 
to set off the widow's third, and to report on the advisability of 
dividing the rest among the six children.] 

[Inventory, signed by Daniel Sanborn, Daniel Marston, and 
Jeremiah Sanborn; amount, £6432.0.0; attested July 25, 1753.] 

[Bond of John Knowles of Hampton, yeoman, with John 
Towle of Hampton, yeoman, and Joshua Brown of North Hamp- 
ton, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £200, Aug. 30, 1753, to 
prosecute his appeal, in behalf of himself and his sister, Abigail 
Knowles, from a decree of the probate court settling the estate 
of his father, Amos Knowles, upon the oldest son, Amos 
Knowles; witnesses, William Parker and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Bond of Abigail Knowles, widow, as guardian of two of her 
children, Jeremiah Knowles and Moses Knowles, with the same 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 30, 1753, to prosecute the 
same appeal; same witnesses.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 347 

NATHANIEL ROGERS 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of Dorothy Rogers, widow, and Daniel Rogers, apothe- 
cary, with Henry Sherburne, merchant, and Thomas Wibird as 
sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £1000, March 26, 
1746, for the administration of the estate of Nathaniel Rogers of 
Portsmouth ; witnesses, Thomas Peirce and Daniel Rindge.] 

[Warrant, March 26, 1746, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
John Cutt, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Bond of Henry Sherburne, Jr., merchant, with Samuel Hart 
and John Cutt as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, 
Oct. 23, 1746, for the guardianship of Nathaniel Rogers, aged 
less than fourteen years, son of Nathaniel Rogers; witnesses. 
William Parker and John Ayer.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Rogers granted to Henry Sher- 
burne, Jr., Oct. 2J, 1746.] 

[Inventory, signed by Eleazer Russell and John Cutt; amount, 
£6505.1.3; attested Jan. 28, 1746/7.] 

[Petition of Dorothy Rogers, widow of Nathaniel Rogers, who 
died intestate, leaving one child, a minor son, for the setting off 
of her dower; dated May 2j, 1747.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 26, 1747, authorizing Samuel Hart, Eleazer 
Russell, Hunking Wentworth, John Cutt, and Mark Langdon, 
all of Portsmouth, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Prov: of \ Portsm Oct r 28, 1747. Pursuant to the 

New Hamp r / w r ithin Warrant Directed to us the Sub- 
scribers We have Set of to the within named Dorothy for her 
Right of Dower a farm at the Plains near the Great Swamp 
(So Called) now in the Possession of Jethro Sherburne on the 
Westerly Side bounded on Land of y e Honb le Jn° Wentworth Esq r 
Deceased now in the Possession of James Sherburne Jun r on the 
Northerly Side by the Land of Henry Deering Esq r Easterly by 
the Road Leading to Newington. another Parcel of Land Called 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Royall Oak Pasture w cb is bounded Westerly by the Road 
Leading to Newington Northerly by Henry Deering Esq r & 
Southerly by Nath 11 Peverly. another Parcel of Land bounding 
on the Road Leading from Portsm to Greenland on the East 
Side by Land of Nath 1 Peverly & on the West Side on Land of 
the Honb Ie Jn° Wentworth Esq r Deceased & on the South by 
Land of Henry Sherburne Deceased.— also Ten Acres of meadow 
Land being Part of the Wood Lot So Called Bounded as follows, 
North by Land of the Honb le John Wentworth Esq r Deceased 
on the West by Land of Clem* March Esq r East & South by the 
Wood Lott & marsh of Nath 11 Rogers Esq r Deceased — ■ 

Sam 11 Hart 
Eleazer Russell 
H Wentworth 
John Cutt 
Mark Langdon 
[Allowed Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £638.3.7; expenditures, £684.15.1; allowed Nov. 4, 
1747.] 



JAMES WILMOT 1746 DOVER 

[Bond of Gershom Downs of Somersworth, yeoman, with 
John Gage and Job Clements, yeoman, both of Dover, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, March 26, 1746, for the administration of 
the estate of James Wilmot of Dover, yeoman; witnesses, Daniel 
Rindge and William Parker.] 

[Inventory, June 20, 1746; amount. L'472.6.6; signed by John 
Home and Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, C472.6.6; expenditures, £107.11.1; allowed May 25. 
1748; mentions " Expences of y e funeral of Rebecca Wilmot wife 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 349 

of the Said James Wilmot who Dyed some few months After 
him"; "for y e hording & Schooling his Daughter being a Child 
from March 3 d 1745 to this time May 25, 1748."] 

[Guardianship of Sarah Wilmot, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, daughter of James \Yilmot, deceased, granted to 
John Bickford of Dover April 25, 1753.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 435.] 

[Bond of John Bickford, with Joseph Drew and Thomas 
Young as sureties, all of Dover, yeomen, in the sum of £500, 
April 25, 1753, for the guardianship of Sarah Wilmot; witness, 
William Parker.] 



HEZEKIAH BLAKE 1746 KENSINGTON 

In The Name of God Amen I Hezekiah Blake of the Parish of 
Kensington in the Province of newhampshire in Newengland 
farmer being weak of body but of Perfect mind and memory 
thanks be Given to God therefore Calling unto mind the mor- 
tality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men 
once to Die Do make and ordain this my last will and Testement 
as Touching Such Worldly Estate where with it hath Pleased 
God to Bless me with in this life I Give Demise and Despose of 
the Same in the folowing maner and form — 

ily I Give and bequath to my well beloved wife Johannah 
Blake the one half of my house and Barn and also one half of 
my land where my house standeth and also one half of all that 
Estate which my father hath Given me in his will which I was 
to Enter upon at his Deceas and also one quarter of my land 
laying in the Parish of ippin in the Township of Exeter in the 
Province above said and all my moveabls within Doars the 
moveabls to Dispose of as she shall See Good & the above said 
house and Barn and land Both in Kensington and ippin which 
I have Given to my wife at her Death or Day of marriage to 
Return to my son Josiah Blake 



350 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

2ly I Give to my son Josiah Blake the one half of my house 
and Barn and the half of my Land where my house now standeth 
and the half of what my father hath given me in his Last will 
and all the moveabls without Doars Excepting what the Law 
will Give my wife and one quarter Part of my land in the Parish 
of ippin. 

3ly I Give and bequath to my Daughter Rachal Blake forty 
Pounds in Pay to be Paid by my wife and Josiah Blake at the 
age of twenty one years or at her Day of marriage which shall 
happen first — 

_ily I Give and bequath to my son Jethro Blake the one half 
of my land in the Parish of ippin in the Township of Exeter in 
the Province above Said 

5ly I Give and bequeth to my Daughter hannah Blake forty 
Pounds in Pay to be Paid by my wife and my son Josiah Blake 
to be Paid to my Daughter when she shall arive to the age 
of twenty one or at the Day of marriage which shall happen 
first 

61y I Give to my Executrix and Executor all my Salt marsh 
in the falls Parish for to Sell for the Paying my Just Depts and I 
Do Appoint my well beloved wife Johannah Blake and my son 
Josiah Blake to be my sole Executrix and Executor to this my 
Last will and Testement Rattifying and Confirming this and no 
other to be my Last will and Testement In witness where of I 
the said Hezekiah Blake have here unto Put my hand and 
affixt my Seal this twenty seventh Day of march si \ inteen 
hundred forty and Six and in the Nineteenth year of our Sowr- 
eign Lord King George the Second his Reign over Great Brittain 
And So forth 

Signed Sealed in Presence of Hezekiah Blake 

us Witnesses 

Ezekiel Dow 

( )liver Smith 

Philip Dow 

[Proved .May 28, 1746.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 1 

[Warrant, May 28, 1746, authorizing James Perkins and 
Philip Dow, both of Kensington, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Philip Dow and James Perkins; amount, 
£2027.12.6; attested June 24, 1746.] 



JOHN TRULL 1746 MANCHESTER 

[Bond of Sarah Trull of Littleton, Mass., widow, with Peter 
Reed, cooper, of Littleton, Mass., and Samuel Wood, husband- 
man, of Woburn, Mass., as sureties, in the sum of £500, March 
31, 1746, for the administration of the estate of her husband, John 
Trull of Harrytown; witnesses, Caleb Simonds and Andrew Bord- 
man, Jr.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Sarah Trull of Littleton, Mass., widow of John Trull of 
Amoskeag, husbandman, formerly of Littleton, Mass., petitions, 
July 16, 1750, for the appointment of Nathaniel Russell of 
Littleton, Mass., as guardian of her daughter, Phoebe Trull, 
minor, in her fifteenth year; witnesses, Peter Reed and Peter 
Reed, Jr. 

Phoebe Trull petitions for the same appointment.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Russell of Littleton, Mass., yeoman, with 
Samuel Winship of Lexington, Mass., gentleman, as surety, in 
the sum of £300, July 23, 1750, for the guardianship of Phoebe 
Trull ; witnesses, Andrew Bordman and Sarah Bordman.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of Jacob Fletcher of Westford, Mass., saddler, with 
Peter Reed, cooper, and Ezra Jewett, husbandman, both of 
Littleton, Mass., as sureties, in the sum of £500, March 29, 
1756, for the administration de bonis non of the estate, the 
widow being dead; witnesses, Andrew Bordman and Parrot 
Tenney.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

EBENEZER EASTMAN 1746 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Eastman of Kings- 
ton, yeoman, granted to Mary Eastman of Kingston, widow, 
April 9, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 590.] 

[Bond of Mary Eastman, widow, with Ebenezer Stevens and 
Daniel Gilman, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £500, April 9, 1746, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Timothy Eastman and Mary Fellows.] 

[Inventory, May 26, 1746; amount, £2378.2.0; signed by 
Ebenezer Stevens and Jeremy Webster.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £250.0.0; expenditures, £339.1.10; allowed Sept. 28, 
1748; mentions "maintenance of one child two years and two 
Months after the death of y e father s d child being under seven 
years of age."] 

[Warrant, Nov. 19, 1750, authorizing Jedediah Philbrick, 
Jeremy Webster, Tristram Sanborn, gentleman, Simon French, 
yeoman, and Daniel Gilman, gentleman, all of Kingston, to 
divide the estate.] 

Province of New Hamps: 

Pursuant to a Warrant from the Honb le Andrew Wiggin 
Esq 1 " Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for s d Province to us 
directed Nominating & appointing us the subscribers a Com tee 
to Divide And make Partition of the real Estate of Ebenezer 
Eastman Late of s d Kingstown yeoman Deceasd Intestate to Ov 
among his widow, mary Eastman & his Children; Wee haveing 
met and viewed & valued the premises, and according to the 
best of our Capacity without favour or affection to any party or 
partys have made the s d Division & partition as follows haveing 
Regard to Quality as well as Quantity viz: 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 353 

Imp 8 To the s d widow mary Eastman for her Thirds we sett 
off as followeth viz: Beginning at the High way & Joyning to 
Ens" daniel Gillmans Land whereon he now Lives, & running 
southerly on s d Daniel Gillmans Land 22 Rods to a stump, 
from thence running south Easterly still on the s d Gillmans 
Land 83 Rods to an Elm tree marked, from Thence Northerly 
to the forementioned High way to a stake, Then Westerly, or 
south westerly on s d way to the place where it first began, 27 
acres, more or Less and also one third part of the Barn standing 
on the forementioned & described Land s d Third of s d Barn to 
be taken at the Easterly End and also One Third part of one 
Quarter of an Acre of Land where the House stands, and also 
the south Easterly room in the House, & the Chamber over it, 
-These with the Priviledges Appurtenances & Commodities we 
set off to the s d widow as above mentioned for her Thirds 

Xextly To Samuel Eastman the Eldest son of the deceas d we 
set off the first & second shares, being a piece of Land Containing 
Twenty Acres which Twenty acres the deceas d in his Life time 
purchased of Sam 11 Bean (now deceas d ) & is Commonly Known 
by the Name of the Deceasds Land at the Little River & Bounded 
as may appear by s d purchase or by the deed thereof, and also 
one Ninth part of the saw Mill standing on a Branch of the 
Little River (so Called) in s d Kingstown & Known by the Name 
of Christmass Mill — 

3 ly To Ebenezer Eastman we set off the 3 d share & Bounded 
as followeth viz: Beginning at the North Easterly Corner of the 
Deceasds Land in his Home place Joyning to the forementioned 
High way & also on the Clay Brook (So Called) & running 
southerly as the Brook runs Joyning thereto till it Comes to an 
Elm Tree standing near the s d Brook & Marked, which s d Brook 
is the divideing Line between the s d Estate & Simon French's 
Land on which he now lives, and from the s d Elm Tree Last 
mentioned northerly to the forementioned way to the Easterly 
End of the stone wall now there, & from thence Easterly by the 
s d way four Rods to the place where it first began 8 Acres more 

2 3 



354 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

or Less, and also One Quarter part of the remaining part of the 
House & Barn, viz: after the widows Thirds, and also one 
Quarter part of the Remaining part of the Quarter of an acre 
of Land where the House stands viz after the s d widows Thirds, 
and also One Ninth part of the saw mill — 

4 ly The fourth share to Edward & Bounded as followeth viz- 
Beginning at the s d way & Joyning to the 3 d share viz at the End 
of the stone wall before mentioned from thence southerly on the 
s d 3 d share to the forementioned Elm Tree by the Brook then 
on s d Brook to the southerly Corner Bounds of the s d Home 
place, from thence Running North westerly on the s d Daniel 
Gillmans s d Land Twelve Rods & a Half to a stump marked then 
Northerly to the forementioned way to a stake & stones from 
thence Eleven Rods & a Half to the place where it first began 
Eight Acres more or Less, and also One Quarter part of the 
Remaining part of the House & Barn viz: after the widows 
Thirds, & also one Quarter part of the remaining part of one 
Quarter of an Acre where the House stands viz after the widows 
Thirds and also One Ninth part of the forementioned saw mill 

5 th The 5 th share to Alary & Bounded as followeth viz: Be- 
ginning at the s d way, & Joyning to the fourth share viz : at the 
forementioned stake & stones, and Running southerly on the 
s d 4 th share to the fore mentioned stump, Then North westerly 
on the s d daniel Gillmans Land 16 Rods to A stump mark'd, 
from thence Northerly to the fore mentioned way to a stake, 
Then Easterly on s d way 15 Rods to the place where it first 
began 9 Acres more or Less, And also one Quarter part of the 
remaining part of the House & Barn viz: after the widows Thirds. 
And also One Quarter part of the remaining part of one Quarter 
of an acre where the House stands viz. after the widows Thirds 

6 ly The 6 th & Last share to Hannah, And Bounded as follows 
viz: Beginning at the s d way & Joyning to the 5 th share \ iz: at the 
forementioned stake & running southerly on the s 1 ' 5"' share to 
the stump forementioned by the s d Daniel Gillmans s d Land 
Then North westerly on s d Gillmans s d Land 15 Rods to the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 355 

Elm Tree which is the Bounds of the widows Thirds, Then 
Northerly on the s a widows Thirds to the s d way to the stake 
also the Bounds of the s d Thirds then Easterly on the s d way 17 
Rods to the place w'here it first began 9 Acres more or Less, and 
also one Quarter part of the House & Barn viz : of the remaining 
part after the widows Thirds, And also one Quarter part of the 
remaining part of one Quarter of an acre w r here the House stands 
viz after the widow's Thirds, In Testimony of all before going we 
have hereunto set our hands this 25 th day of December annoq 
domini 1750 

Tristram Sanborn 
Daniel Gilman 
Jeremy Webster 
[Allowed Dec. 26, 1750.] 



JOSHUA CONVERSE 1746 LITCHFIELD 

[Administration on the estate of Joshua Converse of Litchfield 
granted to Joseph Underwood of Westford, Mass., yeoman, 
April 11, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 590.] 

[Bond of Joseph Underwood of Westford, Mass., yeoman, 
with William Lund of Litchfield and Michael Whidden of Ports- 
mouth, joiner, as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 11, 1746, 
for the administration of the estate ; witnesses, Daniel Rindge 
and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Warrant, April 11, 1746, authorizing Jonathan Lovewell of 
Dunstable and Joel Dix of Litchfield, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joshua Converse, who died in 
Litchfield in 1744; amount, £1205.19.4; signed by Jonathan 
Lovewell and Joel Dix; dated June 17, 1746.] 

[Statement by the administrator, June 25, 1746, showing that 
the estate is insolvent.] 



356 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, June 25. 1746, authorizing Jonathan Love well of 
Dunstable, Joel Dix of Litchfield, and John Marshall of Not- 
tingham to receive claims against the estate.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1746/7, authorizing Jonathan Lovewell, 
Joel Dix, John Harwell, John Marshall, and William Lund to 
set off one third of the real estate to the widow, Rachel Converse.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £1287.19.3; signed 
by Jonathan Lovewell and Joel Dix.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £150.16.8; expenditures, £208.1.9; additional account 
of expenditures, £14.10.10; allowed April 26, 1749.] 



ROBERT GILCHRIST 1746 CHESTER 

In the Name of God amen 

I Robert Gillcreast of Chester in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire in Newengland Husbandman being weake in body * 

Imprimes I Give to my well beloved wife the one End of my 
house from top to bottem which she pleases During her Life to 
use and Improve as she sees Cause: and also one Cow well Kept 
winter and Summer for her: and ten bushells of Indian Corn and 
three bushells of Ry: one Hundred weight of pork and Eighty 
weight of Beef: and she shall have sutible and soficient fire wood 
Provided for her yearly and Every year During her Life to- 
gather with the other things before mentioned 

Item I Give to my son John Gillcreast the one Half of my 
Eighty acre Lott In Chester afforesaid for Quantity that i> No: 
36: origenely Henry Slopers & to be Divided by Indefrent men 
when he shall ariye to the age of twenty one years old, and he 
shall Have a yoak of oxen four year old and a Cow and one 
years Provision Paid him out of my other Estate when He shall 
arive to the age afforesd 

Item I : Give to my son William Gillcreast the one Half of my 
Eighty acre Lott in Chester afforesaid that is No 36: origenelly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 357 

Henry Slopers for Quantity and Quality to be Divided by In- 
defrent men when my son John: shall arive to the age of twenty 
one years old, and he shall Have one yoak of oxen four years old 
and a Cow and one yeas Provision Paid to him when he shall 
arive to the age of twenty one yeas old out of my other Estate 

Item I Give to my sons Elexeander Gillcreast and Robert 
Gillcreast my home place where on I now Live being two home 
Lotts Xo: 10. and: 43: Containing forty acres more or Less: 
also that ten acres that I bought from Peter Dearbon and the 
one acre that I bought from John sherala with the buildings and 
Improvement belonging to the Same to be Equally Divided 
between them when my son Robert shall arive to the age of 
twenty one years old they Paying and Performing as I shall Here 
after mention and order 

Item I Give to my Daughter Agness Gillcreast fifty Pounds 
Currant bills of the old tenor to be Paid to her when she shall 
arive to the age of twenty three years old or marriage day: by 
my son Elexeander Gill Creast 

Item I Give to my Daughter Elisebath Gillcreast fifty Pounds 
Currant bills of the old tenor to be Paid to her: by my Son 
Robert Gillcreeast When she shall arive to the age of twenty 
three years or marriage day. 

and Further it is my will that My wife shall Have her Support 
and maintainence out of my home Steed which I Have Given 
to my two sons Elexander and Robert: and that my Children 
that are not of age to maintain themselves shall be Suported 
out of it till Capable by Law to Suport them selves 

And I do appoynt my Loveing Brother William Gillcreast to 
be my Executor of this my Last will and testament to se that it 
be fullfiled in Every Perticuler: to Receive and Pay all Just 
Debts Due to and from my Estate and my funerell Charges — 
and Every other thing not before mentioned that is Nesecary 
and need full Concrning the wellfarre and Good order of my 
famely: Renouncing all other and former wills Bequests and 
Executors In witness to all here- in Contained I Have here unto 



- i W HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

od seal the twelfth day of April annodomini 1746 
- 
signed s - ed and his 

named Robert X Gill ere. - 

Robcr" - mark 

Last will and - In 

Pre- its - 

larr 
Da\"id M e Killip 
S 

24 : -_6.] 

[Bond of William G - man. with John Carr, yeoman. 

- ' r. in the sum of £500. Sept 24, 1746. 

iter : the 01; witnesses. William Parker and Mark 
king J r 

[Bond of Samuel Rankin, innholder. with Alexander Kc 
man. a~ - both of Londonderry-, in the sum of £500, 

for the guardianship of Alexander Gilchrist and 
iam Gilchrist, minors, children of Robert Gilchrist: witr. ss 
William Parker 

[Alexander Gilchrist and William Gilchrist, minors, aged more 
than fourteen make choice of Samuel Rankin as their 

guardian May 21, 1750: witnesses. Alexander McNeal and John 
McMi 

[Petition of Agnes mother of . g - lilchrist. Eliza- 

beth Gi and Robert Gilchrist, children of Robert Gil- 

christ, not , to cho - g jardian. for the appointment 

of Alexander K londerry as guardian. Nov. 24. 

" : 

[Bond of Alexander Kels:; man. with Samuel Rankin, 

innholder, as surety-. Londonderry-, in the sum of £500, 

__ -- --. William Park 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WI1 

irdianship of Robert Gilchrist, min 
i of Robert Gi: 
christ Oct. _ - 

- 

[Bond of William Gilchrir 
Johnson of Ha: I and James 

- . in the sum of £500, Oct. 2 : : " r jjuai 

Robert Gilchrist; witnesses. William Parker and 1 
~n.] 



JOHX MUDGETT 1746 BRENTWOOD 

In the Xame of God, amen, the Eighteent H one 

Thousand Seven hundred and for Six. I J 
Parrish of Brentwood in the Township of E in the Pr ir. : e 

hampshire, in Xew England husbandman, being 
: and Weak in Body * * * 
n I Give and bequeath to My beloved Wi 5 -man 
Mudgit a Certain lot of land Containing one third parT 
acre King and a :3resaid on the north 5 

the high Way leading from Exeter Meet - - Kings! wn 

which I purchased of Antepass Gilman of Brent I af ores 

and Lidia his Wife, and als 
and also one other lot of land lying; in Said 
one quarter of an acre which I purchased of Jos . 

Said Exeter King and being in E 

rner of that buring place which John Gilmar, Esq 1 
Exeter deceased Gave to the town of Exerer in his - 
Testament, which Said quarter of one 
by Said L g - ieed of Sale Referanc- a "ad 

ear die 5ai I _ - - 

be hers and at her disposal! for E 
m My Will is that My S 
t of all mv other Estal al and r 5 s: a= 



360 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

She Shall Remain My Widow and that She bring up or maintain 
my Children therewith as farr as Shall be Nessesary. 

Item my Will further is that if My Said Wife Shall Marrey 
again and after my Just debts and funeral Charges are paid, and 
My Children brought up as aforesaid, that then the Remainder 
of My Estate both Real and Personal, not heretofore disposed 
off in this My Will Shall be Equaly devided to and among 
all My Children to be theirs and at their disposall for Ever. 

Finaly I do Constitut Make and ordain My Well beloved Wife 
Susanah Mudgit My Sole Executrix of this My last Will and 
Testament and I do hereby uterly dissallow Revoke and dissa- 
nul all former Wills by me heretofore Made Ratifying and 
Confirming this to be my last Will and Testament. In Wittness 
Whareof I have hereunto Set My hand and Seal the day and 
year first Mentioned 

Signed Sealed Published John mudgat 

pronounced and decleared by 
the Said John Mudgit as his 
last Will and Testament in the 
presents of us the Subscribers. 

Sam 11 Gilman 

Josiah moody 

Jonathan Thing 

[Proved May 28, 1746.] 

[Inventory, July 25, 1746; amount, £323.16.6; signed by 
Jonathan Thing and Josiah Moody.] 

[License to the executrix, Dec. 28, 1746, to sell real estate.] 

[Bond of Nicholas Smith of Brentwood, with Joseph Scribner 
of Exeter as surety, in the sum of £500, May 29, 1753, for the 
guardianship of Benjamin Mudgett, William Mudgett, Simeon 
Mudgett, Edward Mudgett, and Scribner Mudgett. minors, 
children of John Mudgett; witnesses, Noah Emery and William 
Parker. I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 361 

[Account of Nicholas Smith and his wife, Susanna Smith, of 
the settlement of the estate of her former husband; receipts, 
£888.7.6; expenditures, £960.4.4; allowed May 30, 1753.] 



HUGH McM ASTER 1746 LONDONDERRY 

[Bond of John Mc Master of Medford, Mass., boatman, in the 
sum of £300, April 21, 1746, for the guardianship of Samuel 
McMaster, minor, in his sixteenth year, son of Hugh McMaster 
of Londonderry, deceased; witnesses, Zachariah Flagg and 
Andrew Bordman, Jr.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of Thomas Richardson of Pelham, yeoman, with John 
Snow of Nottingham West and James Gibson of Pelham, yeo- 
men, as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 30, 1749, for the 
guardianship of Samuel McMaster, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Hugh McMaster of Londonderry, weaver; 
witnesses, William Parker and John Smith.] 



CALEB MARSTON 1746 HAMPTON 

In y e Name of God Amen This: 22 th day of April: 1746: I, 
Caleb Marston of Hampton on y e Province of Newhampshire in 
Newengland: being Now Weak in body * * * 

Imprimes: I: Give unto my Beloved Wife: Ann marston: 
Leberty to live In & Improve y e West End of my Dweling 
house So long as She Shall live : & : all y e movables in my sd : 
hodse I Give unto her to dispose of them as She Pleases amongst 
my children. I allso Give to my sd: Wife two Cows: &: six 
sheep : & : I order my son David marston : to Keep them for his 
sd Mother Winter & somer so long as she shall live: & to find 
his sd: mother yearly &: Every year: With ten bushels of Indian 
corn &: two Bushels of malt: &: three Barils of syder &: Six 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Score Wait of Good Pork&: Four Score Wait of Good Beat": &: 
Eight Cord of Wood at y e Dore of her house: &: ten shilings in 
lawfull money: yearly & Every year so long as she shall live 

Itaim I. Give unto My Son David Marston one Half of my 
Dweling house & : my Barn & : ye : other Half of my house he is to 
have at his mothers Deceas: I allso Give unto my s d son. all my 
land on y e north side of y e Road Where y e s d : house stands: Ex- 
cept: three acres yt. Was my fathers: Isaac marstons: Deceased: 
&: all my land on the south side of s d Road: he is to have: &: 
my share at Burch Plain : yt : lyes in y e : second north Division : 
& my Piece of salt marsh at the Clam Banks so called: & all 
my stock of cattel horses sheep & swine &: my Husbandtry 
tools 

Itaim I: Give unto my son James marston Twenty shilings: 
&: I order my son David Marston to Pay it to him y e : Reason 
why I Give him no more is this Because he has had his Portion 
all Redey. 

Itaim I Give unto my son Caleb Marston three acres of land 
on y e : same side of y e Road : Where he lives y t : Was formerly his 
Grandfathers Isaac marstons &: two thach shares yt: Belonge 
to ye grate ox comon &: a small Piece of thach Ground yt: lyes 
on y e : grate Creek &: apiece of land in ye: Third Division & lyes 
near to Winecut River 

Itaim: I: Give unto my son Isaac marston one share of salt 
marsh in y e : grate ox common yt: lyes near to Browns mill 

Itaim: I Give unto my Daughter Lydia Clark Thirty Pounds 
In Pasable bills of credett of old tenor &: I order my son: 
David marston to Pay it to her: 

Itaim: I give unto my Daughter mary Smart Thirty Pounds 
In Pasable bills of credett of old tenor &: I order: my son 
David marston to Pay it to her 

Lastly my Will &: meaning is yt: if I have any Real Estate 
not disposed of: I Give it to my son David marston: &: What 
Debts or Dues are 'owing from me: I order my s d son David to 
Pav them: & What Debts are Du to me: he is to Receive tln-m for 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 363 

him self: And I Doe appoint my above Named Wife Ann 
mars ton & : my above Named son David mars ton to be Execu- 
tors to this my last Will &: testament: <x: In confirmation here 
of I. have here unto Set my hand &: seal: y e day: &: year above 
mentioned: In y e : Nineteen 11 year of King George y e second his 
Reign over Grate Britain: 

Signed Sealed &: Declared Caleb Marston 

by: Caleb marston to be his 
last Will &: testament: In 
Presence of us: Witneses 

Enoch fogg 

Henry Elkins 

Jabez Smith 

[Proved May 27, 1747.] 



JOHN FORD 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Ford of Portsmouth, 
fisherman, granted to Daniel Peirce of Portsmouth, gentleman, 
April 30, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 605.] 



JOSEPH GARLAND 1746 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Garland of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to Jane Garland of Hampton Falls, 
widow, April 30, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15, p. 593. 1 

[Bond of Jane Garland, widow, with Moses Stickney and 
Jonathan Prescott, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, 
in the sum of £1000, April 30, 1746, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, June II, 1746; amount, £1795.3.0; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Nathaniel Healey.] 



364 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £671.3.0; expenditures, £700.7.9; allowed Oct. 31, 
1 750; mentions "her Charge lying in", also "support of four 
Children under 7 yers natha 82 weeks sarah 164 weeks moses 
243 weeks Hanah 243 weeks."] 

[Guardianship of Jacob Garland, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Joseph Garland, granted to Nathan Swett 
of Hampton Falls, yeoman, May 1, 1752.] 

[Bond of Nathan Swett, with Jonathan Green of Hampton 
Falls as surety, in the sum of £500, May 1, 1752, for the guardian- 
ship of Jacob Garland; witnesses, Joseph Freese and Anna 

Freese.] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Garland, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Joseph Garland, granted to Nathan Swett 
of Hampton Falls, yeoman, April 3, 1753.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 480.] 

[Bond of Nathan Swett, with Stephen Healey of Hampton 
Falls as surety, in the sum of £500, June 15, 1753, for the 
guardianship of Joseph Garland; witnesses, Thomas Chase and 
George Veasey.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Garland, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Joseph Garland, granted to Nathan 
Swett of Hampton Falls, yeoman, Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 465.] 

[Bond of Nathan Swett, with Daniel Sanborn of Hampton 
Falls, joiner, as surety, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 1756, for the 
guardianship of Nathaniel Garland, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of Joseph Garland ; witnesses, William Parker 
and Jeremy Webster.] 

[Account of Nathan Swett and his wife, Jane Swett, formerly 
Jane Garland, of the settlement of the estate; receipts, €600.0.0; 
expenditures, £605.4.0; allowed Oct. 31, 1759; mentions "Main- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 365 

tenance of Moses one of the Sons 21 Weeks before he arrived to 
7 Years of age," also "Maintenance of Hannah one of the 
Daughters while under 7 Wars of Age 2 Years & 3 Months." 



EBEXEZER WIGHT 1746 LITCHFIELD 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Wight of Litchfield, 
husbandman, granted to John Taylor of Litchfield, yeoman, 
April 30, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 15 p. 591.] 



ABIGAIL BUTLER 1746 NOTTINGHAM 

[Bond of Joseph Butler of Nottingham, with Daniel Eames of 
Wilmington, Mass., as surety, in the sum of £300," May 12, 1746, 
for the guardianship of his daughter, Abigail Butler, minor, in 
her fourth year, by his wife, Abigail Butler, deceased; witnesses, 
William Fessenden Jr., and Andrew Bordman, Jr.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN SHAW 1746 HAMPTON 

In the name of god Amen the twenty first of may 1746 the 
Last will and Testament of John Shaw of Hampton in the 
province of Newhampshire in New England farmer I Being 
weake of Body * * * 

ily I give and bequeath unto my Beloved wife Sarah Shaw 
the fore Rome of the East End of my House and a priviledg of 
the cellar under the Same Rome one cow Eight Busshels of 
Indian corn two Busshels of wheat and Barly two Busshels of 
malt one Hundred pound of pork forty pound of Beef twelve 
pound of Sheeps wooll Six pound of flax three pound of cotten 
wooll Six cord of wood two gallons of molasses the above articles 
I give and bequeath unto her yearly as Long as She continues 



366 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my widow to be paid by my Sons Edward Shaw and Stephen 
Shaw Edward to pay one half and Stephen the other half 

2ly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Shaw 
one cow Eighty pound of pork and thirty pound of Beef Eight 
Bushels of Indian corn four cord of wood four pound of flax 
six pound of Sheeps wooll and I give my Daughter Elizabeth 
Shaw a priviledge to Live with my wife in the East End of my 
House so Long as She remains unmarried and the above men- 
tioned articles to my Daughter Elizabeth Shaw to be paid by my 
Sons Edward Shaw and Stephen Shaw yearly So Long as She re- 
mains unmarriade and if my Daughter Should marry I give her 
Eighty pounds money old tenor to be paid by my Sons Edward 
Shaw and Stephen Shaw 

3ly and further I give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah Shaw 
all my moveables in the House to be at her disposeing 

4ly I give and bequeath unto my beloved Sons Edward Shaw 
and Stephen Shaw all my upland Salt marsh medow ground in 
Hampton and in Streathem with all my Buildings Excepting 
two above mentioned to my wife and Daughter and if they See 
good to Come to a Division Edward to Divide and Stephen to 
Chuse 

5ly I doe give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Samuel 
Shaw two oxen and two Hundred and ten pounds money old 
tenor to be paid by my Sons Edward Shaw and Stephen Shaw 
to my Son Samuel Shaw one half by Edward and the other half 
by Stephen 

61y I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Abigail Clark 
rive pounds money old tenor to be paid by my Son Edward 
Shaw 

yly I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Stock- 
bridge five pounds money old tenor to be paid by my Son Stephen 
Shaw 

Sly I giye and bequeath unto my Loving Son Benjamin 
Shaw twenty pounds money old tenor to be paid by my Son 
Edward Shaw 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 367 

ojy I give and bequeath unto my Loving Son John Shaw 
twenty pounds money old tenor to be paid by my Son Stephen 
Shaw 

ioly and I doe hereby Constitute and appoint my Loving 
Sons Edward Shaw and Stephen Shaw to be my Sole Executors 
to this my Last will and Testament and for the confirmation 
of all above written I the afore S d John Shaw Revoaking all wills 
by me formerly made I doe declare this to be my Last will and 
testament and doe Signe and Seal it with my hand while I am in 
my right mind and of a disposeing memory the day and year 
within written 

Signed Sealed in presence of John Shaw 

us witness - 

Danal Samborn 

Ebenezer Samborn 

John Wedgwood 

[Proved Sept. 24, 1751.] 

[Bond of Edward Shaw and Stephen Shaw, with Daniel 
Sanborn and Ebenezer Sanborn as sureties, all of Hampton, 
in the sum of £500, Sept. 24, 1751, for the execution of the 
will ; witnesses, Joseph Freese and Anna Freese.] 



JOHN DEARBORN 1746 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Dearbon of North Hampton 
in the Province of New Hampsh r Yeoman Being in health 

* * Hs 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Jon a Dearbon (besides what 
I have formerly given him) all that part of my North Division 
Lot (so calld) that is on the South Side of a Certain Brook 
Commonly Calld by the name of Flaggotty Brook that is to 
Say all the Land from the Said Brook Southward with the Priv- 
ileges & Appurtenances which belongs to the said Lot to hold to 
my said Son his Heirs & assigns forever 



368 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give & Devise to my son Joseph Dearbon his Heirs & 
Assigns for Ever half a Share of Marsh lying at a place called 
the Ox Common in Hampton on the Great Neck my said Son's 
part thereof to be the Westerly half — I having already given 
him what I intended for him out of my Estate Excepting the 
said Marsh hereby given as aforesaid 

Item I give to my Daughter Deborah Marston the Sum of 
three pounds Lawful money to be paid by my Executor I also 
give my said Daughter my Cupboard 

Item I give to My Daughter Elizabeth Garland the Sum of 
thirty five Shillings Lawful money to be paid by my Exec as 
herein after mentiond I also give my said Daughter my Bed — 

Item I give to my Daughter Esther Norton the Sum of thirty 
rive Shillings like money — 

Item I give to my Daughter Abigail Cram the Sum of five 
Shillings — 

Item I give to my Daughter Lydia Samborn the Sum thirty 
five Shillings Lawful money 

Item I give to my Grand-Children John Page Robert Page 
David Page & Benjamin Page the Children of my Daughter 
Ruth Page the Sum of five Shillings like money to be Equally 
Divided among them — I having given their Mother in her life 
time as all my aforesaid Children their Portitions of my Estate 
Saving what is herein Bequeathed to them 

Item all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate I give 
Devise & Bequeath to my Son Simon Dearbon his Heirs & As- 
signs for Ever where Ever the same Estate is or may be found 
& of whatever Sort or kind it is or Shall be and I Constitute & 
Appoint my said Son Simon to be Sole Exec of this my Last 
Will & Testament hereby ordering him to pay my Debts & 
funeral Charges c\ to pay all the aforesaid Legacies cither in 
Money as aforesaid or in any kind of goods being the produce of 
his Land at the Current Price at the time of payment at his 
Election I having mentioned Lawful money only to Express the 
value of Each Legacy and I farther Will & order that he pay the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 369 

Same Leegacies at any time within two Years after my Decease 
— Lastly I hereby Revoke all other & former Wills by me in any 
way & manner heretofore made 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the 
twenty Second Day of May One thousand Seven hundred & 
forty Six and in the Nineteenth year of His Majestys Rign 

Signed Sealed Publish'd & his 

Declared to be the last Will & John X Derbon 

Testament of the above named Mark 

John Dearbon in Presence of us 

John Marston Juner 

James godfree 

Daniel Samborn 

[Proved Dec. I, 1750.] 

[Bond of Simon Dearborn, with Daniel Sanborn and James 
Godfrey as sureties, all of North Hampton, in the sum of £1000, 
Dec. 1, 1750, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Anna 
Freese and Joseph Freese.] 



JAMES DUDLEY 1746 EXETER 

[Mercy Dudley renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, James Dudley of Exeter, May 28, 1746, in favor of 
her son, John Dudley, the other children consenting.] 

[Administration on the estate of James Dudley of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to John Dudley of Exeter, yeoman, May 28, 
1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 16.] 

[Bond of John Dudley, yeoman, with Daniel Gilman, gentle- 
man, and Josiah Moody, yeoman, as sureties, all of Exeter, in 
the sum of £1000, May 28, 1746, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Job Phil brick.] 

24 L 



370 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, June 19, 1746; amount, £233.7.0; taken by 
Richard Smith and John Sleeper.] 

[Additional inventory, Nov. 24, 1746; amount, £247.0.0; 
signed by John Sleeper and Richard Smith.] 

[License to the administrator, May 27, 1747, to sell real 
estate.] 



HUGH KELSEY 1746 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Hugh Kelsey of Nottingham, 
yeoman, granted to William Kelsey of Nottingham, yeoman, 
May 28, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 14.] 

[Bond of William Kelsey of Nottingham, yeoman, with Joshua 
Peirce of Portsmouth and William Bruce of Durham, trader, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, May 28, 1746, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark 
Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, signed by Nathaniel Randall and Samuel Sias; 
amount, £117.10.6; attested July 30, 1746.] 



BENJAMIN KIDDER 1746 BEDFORD 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Kidder of Bedford, 
yeoman, granted to John Goffe of Bedford, yeoman, May 28, 
1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 16..] 

[Bond of John Goffe of Bedford, with John Gage and Samuel 
Walton, both of Dover, as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 6, 
1746, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Thomas 
Wallingford and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 1 

[Inventory, Aug. 21, 1746; amount, £143.0.10; signed by 
Moses Barron and Jonathan Lyort; additional return of £35.12.0 
is made later.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £127.6.1.] 



DANIEL STEVENS 1746 SALISBURY AND 

AMESBURY DISTRICT 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Stevens of the District 
of Salisbury and Amesbury, yeoman, granted to Aaron Stevens, 
Jr., of the same place, husbandman, May 28, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 15.] 

[Bond of Aaron Stevens, Jr., of Salisbury and Amesbury 
District, husbandman, with Daniel Little and Moses Belknap, 
both of Haverhill District, as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 
28, 1746, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Aaron 
Stevens and Abiah Roberts.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1746, authorizing Jonathan Carleton and 
Thomas Johnson, both of Salisbury and Amesbury District, 
yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 25, 1747; amount, £30.10.6; signed by 
Thomas Johnson and Jonathan Carleton.] 



JONATHAN ROBERTS 1746 HAVERHILL DIST. 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Roberts of Haver- 
hill District, yeoman, granted to Abiah Roberts, widow, May 

28, 1746.] 

[Bond of Abiah Roberts, widow, with Daniel Little and Moses 
Belknap, yeoman, as sureties, all of Haverhill District, in the 



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372 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

sum of £4000, May 28, 1746, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1746, authorizing Capt. Nicholas White 
and Joseph Harriman, both of Haverhill District, gentlemen, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 5, 1746; amount, £4826.1.6; signed by 
Nicholas White and Joseph Harriman.] 

[Susanna Roberts, minor, aged more than fifteen years, 
daughter of Jonathan Roberts, makes choice of Barachias Far- 
num of Haverhill, Mass., as her guardian Sept. 11, 1753.] 

[Appraisal of the value of the estate in the hands of Edward 
Flint and his wife, at £140 per year, Jan. 8, 1754; signed by 
Nathaniel Peaslee, Richard Hazzen, and Joseph Harriman.] 

[Guardianship of Susanna Roberts, aged more than fourteen 
years, Meribah Roberts, and Tamar Roberts, both aged less 
than fourteen years, children of Jonathan Roberts, granted to 
Barachias Farnum of Haverhill, Mass., Jan. 30, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 604.] 

[Bond of Barachias Farnum, yeoman, with Thomas Hale and 
Nathaniel Bartlett, both of Plaistow, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Jan. 30, 1754, for the guardianship of Susanna 
Roberts, aged more than fourteen years, and Meribah Roberts 
and Tamar Roberts, aged less than fourteen years, children of 
Jonathan Roberts; witnesses, William Parker and John Elliot.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 27, 1754, authorizing Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead, Jonathan Carlton, Thomas Follansbee, John Knight, and 
Tristram Knight, all of Plaistow, gentlemen, to set off to Edward 
Flint and his wife, Abiah Flint, her third of the estate.] 

Province of We the subscribers being appointed a 

New Hampsh 1 " / Committee to set off to Edward Flint & 

Abiah his wife her Dower of the Estate of Jonathan Roberds 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 373 

late of Haverhill District Gent m Deceased her late Husband: 
In obedience to which : We have set off to the said Flint & Abiah 
his wife about sixty four Acres of Land and it is bounded as 
followeth: viz begining at the northwest Corner of the middle 
Barn then runing northerly about fifty eight Rods to a bunch of 
small White oaks stil northerly about Twelve Rods to a walnut 
Tree stil northerly about forty six Rods to a Beach Tree neer 
Thomas Chenys Land then runing westerly by said Chenys 
Land about fifty Eight Rods then runing southrly by Samuel 
Kimbells and Joshua Sawyers Land Eighty two Rods then 
runing Easterly Twenty Rods then southerly about fifteen Rods 
to the end of a stone wall near the fishing River then up said 
River about forty Rods to a High way then northerly by a two 
Rod way to a stake three Rods from the south west Corner of the 
Dwelling House then runing westerly five Rods to a stake then 
runing northerly two Rods and two thirds of a Rod to the middle 
of the Bay in said Barn then westerly to the Barns Floor in said 
Barn then through said Barn by the East side of the said Floor 
then westerly to the corner of s d Barn first mentioned and also 
the Easterly half of said House & Celler reserveing the previledg 
of the oven for those that shall improve the other part of the 
House: and also there is a strip of Land round the House being 
Twelve feet north from the well which is allowed for the use of 
each part of the House and so is the well also: the said persel of 
Land already set out is about thirty six Acres and what remains 
to make the Dower is about Twenty Eight Acres the most of it 
lyeth on the south side of River and is Paster Land the other 
part adjoyns to the syder House with some orchard on it ther is 
also a large Nussery of apple Trees on it: two thirds on the 
south side of said Nussery is for the miners with liberty to stand 
there three years : there is a two Rod way runing northerly from 
said River by said Nussery and between s d House and Barn for 
the use of the whole Farm the syder mill and House ever it with 
the nessesary conveniency for improveing one half of the time we 
allow for part of said Dower 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

In witnes whereof we have hereunto set our hands this Twenty 
ninth day of March Anno Domini: 1754: 

Thomas Follansbe 
Jonathan Carleton 
John Knight 
Daniel Little 

Province of \ Whereas Jonathan Roberts Late of 

New Hamp / Haverhill District in Said Province yeoman 
Deceased Died Intestate Administration of whose Estate was 
Granted unto Abia Roberts widow Relict of Said Intestate who 
afterwards Married with Edward Flint of Plaistow in Said 
Province Whereby the Administration of Said Estate came into 
his hands & under his Care & management And whereas Bara- 
chias Farnum of Haverhill in the County of Essex is Guardian 
to the Children of the Said Intestate who has in behalf of his 
Wards Carefully Examined & Considered the Accounts & 
Charges of Said Administration which have been Embarressed 
& Increased by Reason of Several Law Suits Conmenced against 
the Said Admin rs & many Intricate & Perplexed Disputes in 
which they have been lngaged with those who made Demands 
on Said Estate the Rendering & Passing a Particular Account 
of which with the Judge of Probate of Wills &c for Said Province 
would be attended with Considerable Expence of time & Charge 
to said Estate for Saving of which the Said Admin rs & Guar- 
dian have made a Settlement between themselves of the Personal 
Estate So far as has already Come to the hands of Said Admin" 
& Charges which have hitherto Arisen and there is found Re- 
maining on Said Account the Sum of Seventy four Pounds 
twelve Shillings & four pence old Tenor Which belongs to the 
Said Children and which the Said Admin rs have Deliverd to the 
Said Guardian and which he hereby acknowledges to have Re- 
ceivd for the use of the Said Children his Wards — And in this 
Settlement all Past Charges & Demands on Said Estate So far 
as has already Accrewed arc Included In Witness whereof the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 375 

Said Edward Flint & Barachias Farnum have hereunto Set 
their hands the 25 th Day of March Anno Domini 1756 

Edward Flint 
Barachias Farnum 

Province of "l In obediance to a warrant to us Directed 
New-Hampshire J from the Hon ble Richard Wibird Esq r Judge 
of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Province 

YVe the Subscribers have carefully Surveyed & viewed the two 
thirds of the Real Estate of Jonathan Roberts Late of Plastow 
Gent Deceased Intestate which was Shewn to us by the Heirs of 
said Estate & having a Regard to the Quallity as well as the 
Quantity have Set off to the Heirs of said Deceased Each their 
Share in the manner following (viz) 

I st We have Set off to Ebenezer Hale & Susanna his Wife 
Daughter of the said Deceased about fifty Acres of Land lying 
in the town of Hampstead & Province aforesaid with the Build- 
ings on the same said land is Bounded at the westerly corner at a 
Black oak tree marked by a twelve Rod way thence Runing 
Southeasterly by said way about Sixty three Rods to a Rotten 
Stump with Stones by the wash-pond so called thence Easterly 
by said Pond about fifty five Rods to a stake & stones thence 
Northerly about Seventy four Rods to a stajce & stones thence 
Northeasterly about forty one Rods to a stake & stones thence 
Northwesterly about twenty Seven Rods to a stake & stones at 
two Rods Distant from the line between this Estate & land be- 
longing to the Heirs of Samuel Worthen late of Hampstead De- 
ceased thence Northeasterly about thirty Six Rods to a Stake 
& Stones at the Same Distance from said line thence Southeast- 
erly about twenty Seven Rods to a stake & stones thence North- 
easterly about Seventy Rods to a Birch Stump with Stones all 
by land belonging to the Heirs of James Heath Late of Hampstead 
Deceased thence Northwesterly by Land of John Johnson Esq r 
about twenty nine Rods to a Black oak tree marked thence South- 
westerly by Land of Said worthen & Said Johnson about two 
Hundred & Eighteen Rods to the Bound first mentioned also 



376 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

about Eight acres of Land lying in the Town of Plastow aforesaid 
& is Bounded at the Northwesterly corner at a small Black oak 
tree marked with the top lopt Down thence Riming Easterly by 
Land of Jonathan Bartlet about Twenty Seven Rods to a stake 
& Stones thence Southerly about forty Nine Rods to a Stake & 
Stones thence westerly by a Stone wall about Seventeen Rods & 
one half to a stake & stones thence Northwesterly about six Rods 
& three quarters to a bunch of Small trees & stones all by Land 
Set off to Tamar Roberts thence Northerly by Land of William 
Follansbe about fifty two Rods to the Bound first mentioned 

2 ly We have Set off to Meribah Roberts Daughter of the Said 
Deceased about Thirty Acres & one half of Land lying in the 
Town of Plastow aforesaid & is Bounded at the Southeasterly 
corner at a Stake & stones by a little Brook thence Riming 
Northeasterly & Northerly by Lands of Stephen Dow Heirs of 
Jonathan Dow & said Follansbe up said Brook as the fence now 
Stands about one Hundred & Fourteen Rods to a Stake & Stones 
thence westerly about fifty Six Rods to a walnut tree on the 
Brow of a hill marked thence Southwesterly about forty Seven 
Rods to a stake & stones all by land Set off to Tamar Roberts 
thence Southerly about thirty Eight Rods to the corner of the 
middle Barn thence Easterly about twenty four Rod to the 
Bound first mentioned all by Land Set off to the widow of said 
Deceased Reserving liberty for Tamer Roberts or those that 
Shall Improve that Part Set off to her to Pass & Repass a cross 
this Part Set off to Meribah Roberts forever when & where 
Real occasion Shall Require Also the Easterly Part of the middle 
Barn aforesaid to the floor <x the westerly Part of the Eastermost 
Barn adjoyning the other to the middle of the Bay about ten feet 

3 ly We have Set off to Tamer Roberts Daughter of the said 
Deceased about thirty Seven acres of Land lying in the town of 
Plastow aforesaid <x is Bounded at the Southeastly corner at a 
Stake & Stones thence Riming Northerly up said Brook as the 
fence now stands by Lands of said Follansbe & Samuel Heath 
about thirty six Rods to a stake & stones thence Northerly still 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 377 

by land of said Heath a cross a meadow about twenty two Rods 
to a Stake & Stones thence westerly by Land of said Bartlet 
about thirty one Rods to a stake & stones thence Southerly about 
forty nine Rods to a Stake & Stones thence westerly by a stone 
wall about Seventeen Rods & one half to a stake & stones thence 
Northwesterly about Six Rods & three quarters to a bunch of 
Small trees & stones all by Land Set off to said Hale & wife 
thence westerly by Land of said Follansbe about twelve Rods 
to a stake & stones thence westerly still by Lands of said Fol- 
lansbe & Thomas Cheney about forty One Rods to a Beach tree 
thence Southerly about forty six Rods to a walnut tree thence 
about thirteen Rods to a Bunch of Small white oak trees thence 
about twenty Rods to a stake & stones all by Land set off to the 
widow of said Deceased thence Northeasterly about forty Seven 
Rods to a walnut tree on the Brow of a Hill marked thence 
Easterly about fifty Six Rods to the Bound first mentioned all by 
Land set off to Meribah Roberts also' the Easterly part of the 
Eastermost Barn aforesaid to the middle of the Bay Leaving 
about ten feet 

Also we have set off to the said Maribah & Tamar Roberts the 
westerly half of the Dwelling House of said Deceased in Plas- 
tow & the cyder mill & House & all the Priviledges belonging 
to the same that was Reserved for the Heirs when the Thirds 
were Set off to the widow aforesaid to be Improved by them 
together Each having an Equal Share in & Right to the Same 

January 28 th 1760 Benj Emerson 

Jonathan Carleton 
John Knight 

[Allowed Jan. 29, 1760.] 



JOSEPH GREEN 1746 KEENE 

In the Name of God Amen — I Joseph Green of the Township 
of the Upper Ashuelot in the County of Hampshire, and Prov- 
ince of the Massachusetts- Bay Alias the Government of New- 



378 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Hampshire in New- England Joyner — being through the Good- 
ness of God in health of Body and of a Sound Desposing mind 
and Memory: and Calling to mind my Mortallity, and Designing 
by the will of God to go forth against our Enemies at Canada 
with the Army now forming for that purpose Do Make my Last 
Will and Testament and Principally and first of all I Recom- 
mend my Precious Soul into the hands of God who Gave it and 
my Body I recomend to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian 
decent Manner Nothing Doubting but at the General Ressurec- 
tion, I Shall receive the Same by the Mighty Power of God where 
through the Merits of my Dear Reedemer I hope to be acquitted, 
and to spend an Eternity in Plaising him And as Touching Such 
worldly Goods with which God has been Pleased to bless me in 
this Life I do hereby Dispose of in the following Manner Item: 
I will that all my Just Debts and funeral Charges Shall be paid 
in Convenient time after my Descease by my Executor herein 
after Named — 

Item I Give unto my two Eldest Sons Ebenezer Green and 
Timothy Green, (as Equal Sheares) all my Right, Title and 
Intrust belonging to me in the Township Called Number one 
and to their Heirs and assigns for Ever, provided that they 
Duly pay the Charges arising or that Shall hereafter Rise on the 
Same and if they fail of paying the Charge as above Said then I 
Give the Same to my younger Son Barzilla Green and to his 
Heirs & assigns for ever if they shall pay the Said Charge or 
Either of them — 

Item I Give unto my Loving and wellbeloved Wife Sarah 
Green all my Household Goods and Moveable Effects to Dispose 
of as She Shall think best. I also Give to my said wife the use 
and Improvement of So much of my Lands in the Said Ashu- 
eelot as She Shall need for her Comfortable Maintainance, and 
if the use be not Sufficient for her Maintainence I do hereby 
Impowcr her to make Sale of So much of my Said Land as she 
Shall think needful for her Comfortable Support So Long as She 
Shall Remain my Widow — and all the Remainder of my Lands 
in Said Ashuelot and moveable Effects that my Said Wife does 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 379 

not Dispose of in manner as above said I hereby will and Be- 
queath to my Said Son Barzila Green and to his Heirs and 
assigns for ever. And I do hereby Nominate and appoint my 
Said Wife Sarah Green and my Said Son Barzilla Green to be 
Joynt Executors of this my Last Will and Testament to See that 
that the Same be faithfully Executed in Every part thereof, and 
I do hereby utterly Revoke, and Disanul all and Every former 
will or Testament made by me, Rattifying and Confirming this 
and no other to be my Last will and Testament. In Wittness 
whereof I have set too my hand and Seal this Tenth day of June 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and Forty Six and 
in the Nineteenth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord 
George the Second King of Great Brittan France and Ireland 
&c— 

Signed Sealed and pro- Joseph Green 

nounced by the Said Joseph 
Green to be his Last Will and 
Testament in the presence of 
us the Subscribers 

Joshua Harding 

Nathan Harding 

Samuel Harding 

[Proved June 14, 1748, and Dec. 19, 1749.] 

[Suffolk Registry, Boston, Mass.] 



HENRY AMBROSE 1746 CHESTER 

[Mary Ambrose, widow, renounces administration on the 
estate of her husband, Henry Ambrose of Chester, in favor of 
Jonathan Ambrose, oldest son, June 24, 1746; witnesses, Nathan- 
iel Fitts and Mehitabel Fitts.] 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Ambrose of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to his son, Jonathan Ambrose of Exeter, yeo- 
man, June 25, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 36.] 



380 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Jonathan Ambrose of Exeter, with Solomon Cotton 
and Thomas Yeasey, both of Stratham, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, June 25, 1746, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 16, 1746; amount, £284.13.0; signed by 
Samuel Ingalls and Samuel Emerson.] 

[License to the administrator, May 27, 1747, to sell real estate.} 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £114.13.0; expenditures, £140.6.8; allowed June 24, 
1747; this does not include the real estate.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £429.13.0; expenditures, £245.42; allowed Feb. 22, 
1748/9.] 



THOMAS LAREY 1746 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Larey of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to Daniel Larey of Exeter, yeoman, June 25, 

1746.] 

[Bond of Daniel Larey, with Zebulon Giddings of Exeter, 
shopkeeper, and Benjamin Dockum of Portsmouth as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, June 25, 1746, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



PHILIP PAIXE 1746 RYE 

Province of 1 To the Hon ble Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of 
X : Hamp r J the Probate of Wills &c for the Province of New 

Hamp r 

Humbly shews William Payn of Rye in the Province of New 

Hamp r weaver, that his father Philip Payn late of Rye afores d 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 38 1 

yeoman Dyed Some time in the month of april last Intestate 
leaving no widow but leaving three sons of which your Petitioner 
is the second — y e eldest living at Rye afores d and the youngest 
at New york That there is a necessity administration shou'd 
be granted on s d Intestates Estate wherefore your Petitioner 
prays that it may be granted him in case his Eldest brother named 
John shall refuse taking the same or that it may be granted unto 
your Petitioner in conjunction with his brother John & your 
Petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray &c 

June 25 th 1746 his 

W m X Payn 
Mark 

[Administration on the estate of Philip Paine of Rye, yeoman, 
granted to John Paine of Rye, yeoman, June 25, 1746.] 

[Bond of John Paine, with Thomas Watson and Thomas Rand 
as sureties, all of Rye, in the sum of £500, June 25, 1746, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, June 27, 1746; amount, £166.3.3; signed by Samuel 
Beck and James Moses.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £142.3.3; expenditures, £45.11.6; allowed June 24, 

I747-] 



JONATHAN ELKINS 1746 HAMPTON 

Whereas Jonathan Elkins Husbandman late of Hampton in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New-England deceas'd 
intestate without any written Will or Testiment for the Settle- 
ment of his Estate therefore for the quiet & peaceable Settlement 
of the Estate of the aforesaid Jonathan Elkins deceas'd We 
Viz* Joanna the Widow & Relect of the s d deceased Jonathan 
Elkins & his Children Viz 1 his Sons Jonathan & Henry Elkins & 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

his Daughter Anna the Wife of Daniel Fogg have all mutually 
agreed to Make a full absolute & final agreement & settle & 
order to every one their Part or Portion of all the Estate 
both real & personal of the said Jonathan Elkins deceas'd as 
followeth — 

Firstly that the aforesaid Widow Joanna Elkins in Lue of her 
Thirds or Dowre which of Right belonged to her in the aforesaid 
Estate hath agreed with her sons the said Jonathan & Henery 
Elkins that the said Widow their mother shall have one Room 
in the Dwelling House which she shall choose to herself during 
her natural Life or Widowhood & to be found with Sutea'ble 
Fierwood said Time & to have eight Bushels of Indian Corn, & 
two Bushells of english Corn & two Bushells of malt & one hun- 
dred Pound Wait of Pork and fifty lb of Beef & six pound wait of 
Shugar & fifty shillings in money old Ten r yearly & every Year 
during her natural Life or Widowhood & also the said Wido to have 
one milks Cow found her & the wintering & summering of her by 
her said sons Jonathan Elkins yearly & every Year during said 
Time, And also it is agreed that the said Widow shall have all the 
movables in the House that was Estate of the said Jonathan 
Elkins deceas'd to her own use & she to dispose of them to whom 
she pleaseth & that 1 the said Joanna Elkins widow have taken 
Bonds of my said Sons Jonathan & Henery Elkins bearing even 
Date with these Presents for their true Performance of s d Pay- 
ments for which I acknowledge my Self contented & satisfied & 
do by these Presents acquit & discharge the said from any 
Demand on it or on my Children for any thing or more than is 
expressed in said Bonds as aforesaid — Secondly it is agreed by 
the aforesaid Widow & Children of y c s' 1 Deceas'd Jonathan 
Elkins that each of the Children aforesaid shall have as followeth 
Viz 1 the said Jonathan Elkins son to the said deceas'd' to have 
the Dwelling House of his Said Father deceas'd excepting his 
mothers Pri vi ledges aforesaid & all the Land in the Home Place 
in said Hampton cv Buildings there the Land in said Home Place 
being bounded northerly on Land of Bajamin Mason Southly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 383 

on Land of James Towle Eastly on the Countrey Road Westly 
on Land of Decon Joseph Philbrick thirty Acres more or less & 
also seven Acres of Land more or less laying southly of Thomas 
Dearbons in s d Hampton bounding Xorthly on a High Way 
twenty Rods southly on Land of Zacheri Towle Eastly on Land 
of Wido Mary Leavit Westly on Land of Thomas Derbon & also 
one share of Land laying in the second north Division in Said 
Hampton bounded Northeastly on a High W r ay Southwestly 
on Winicut medow Southly on Joshua Brown Northwestly on 
Land formerly John Marstons also one share in W 7 inicut medow 
& all the Land said Jonathan Deceas'd had near s d Winicut 
medow with one third of one share of Land laying in the second 
Division of the five Divisions in s d Hampton bounded westly 
David Dow Eastly on a W T ay to En. James Hobbses Southly on 
the Marston's Land Northly on said James Hobs & also one 
third of one litle Lott in Candlewood swamp Plain bounding 
southly on the Way by Jacob Marstons Northly on Land of 
Samuel Leavit Eastly on the Way to Candle wood Swamp 
Westly on a Lott of the Parsonage Phillep Towle owning the 
other two Thirds of this Lott & also two Acres of marsh in the 
spring marsh bounding Southly on James Towle northly on 
Smiths marsh Eastly on marsh formerly Drakes Westly on 
Moulton's marsh & also the said Jonathan to have a Peice of 
marsh at the Falls that y e Said Deceas'd had in Partnership with 
Phillep Towle bought of y e Husseys & the Marsh & Thatch 
Ground at the Falls at y e steep Banks which our said Father 
deceasd had of Col Petter W^eiar & also Jonathan to have all the 
Land that our aforesaid Father deceas'd had laying in the Town- 
ship of Chester in said Province excepting only fifty Acres or 
one half of the hundred Acre Lott laying in the North Parish in 
said Chester which y e said Henry is to have & also the s d Jona- 
than to have all the Land our said Father Jonathan Elkins 
deceas'd had laying in the Township of Kingston in s d Province 
The said Jonathan also to have the Priviledg of cutting the 
Wood of of ten Acres the land which our S d Father Deceas'd 



384 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

had laying in the first North Division in Hampton now in the 
Parish of Rye y e s d ten acres of Wood to begin at a Rock in low 
Ground & to run North Eastly carrying the Breadth of twenty- 
Rods & Keeping the Distance of eight Rods from the north 
westly Side & the Northeastly End of Decon Jannesses Land 
untill it comes to Parker's Land all & singuler as above ex- 
press'd to the Jonathan his Heirs & Assigns — Thirdly it is agreed 
by the said Widow & Children that the said Henery Elkins 
shall have all the Land that our aforesaid Father deceas'd had 
laying in the Quarter of a Mile in said Hampton now in the 
Parish of Rye where said Henerys Dwelling House is bounding 
southly on the Head of the second north Division Northly on a 
Way Eastly on land of Chrastopher Palmer Westly on Daniel 
Fogg's Land & all y e Land also that our said Father deceas'd 
had lying in the first North Division in Hampton now in the 
Parish of Rye bounding Northly on Land of Deacon Lock & 
Deacon Jenness southly on Wades Line Eastly on Land of 
Deacon Jannass & Land of Parker Westly on Sam 1 Leavit in 
Part & Deacon Jannes & John Knowls in Part excepting only 
the ten Acres of wood for said Jonathan as aforesaid & also the 
said Henery to have one share in Little River marsh in said 
Hampton & one share of Thath Ground lying in Sandy Beach 
Pond bought of Deacon Lock & also two Acres of marsh bound- 
ing southly on the Glade River in said Hampton Northly on 
Marsh of Marisse Hobs Eastly on Smiths Marsh Westly on 
marsh of Robert Drakes also the said Henery to have the one 
half of the Hundred Acre Lott which our said Father deceas'd 
had laying in the North Parish in s d Chester fifty Acres more or 
less & also the said Henery to have three Acres of Wood which 
our said Father deceas'd had laying in the first North Division 
in said Hampton between Land of Parker & Cedar Swamp all & 
singular to the said Henery as above is express'd to him <x to his 
Heirs & assigns for ever Fourthly Anna the Daughter of the s d 
Jonathan Elkins deceased <x Wife of Daniel Fogg with the said 
Daniel Fogg for thirty Pounds money old Tenor to them in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 385 

Hand paid by the said Jonathan Elkins & Henery Elkins & for 
what they had receiv'd before do hereby acknowledge them- 
selves fully satisfied & contented for their Portion in the afore- 
said Estates of said Jonathan Elkins deceas'd saving only their 
Right to the moveables in the House & we do hereby acquit & 
discharge the said Estate from any further Claim or Demand 
upon it This Partiation & above written Agreement we the 
abovesaid widow & Children of the above named Jonathan 
Elkins Deceas'd have freely & vollinteryly agreed to & each & 
every of us for our Selves & our Heirs Excut rs & Administ rs & 
assigns for ever Viz* Joanna Elkins the Widow & Jonathan & 
Henery Elkins & Anna Fogg, Wife of Daniel Fogg, & said 
Daniel Fogg in Confirmation of all above written We the s d 
Joanna Elkins Widow of the said Deceas'd & said Jonathan & 
Henery Elkins & Anna Fogg & Daniel Fogg have hereunto set 
our Hands & affix our seals this Thirtyeth Day of June anno 
1746 in the twentieth year of his Majestie's Reign George y e 
Second King over great Britain King &c 

Memorandum It is to be understood before signing & sealing 
that if y e above s d ten acres of wood be not sufficient to find such 
fire when prudently manag'd as is sufficient for him that then 
the said Jonathan to have Liberty cut farther Northward 

Signed Sealed & Deliverd in , 

Presence of Witnesses Joamm x RMns 

Samuel Palmer mark 

Joseph Johnson Jonathan Elkins 

Henry Elkins 

her 

Anna X Fogg 

mark 

Daniel Fogg 

[Deeds, vol. 31, p. 435.] 



386 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

FRANCIS DREW 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

* In the Name of God Amen. I Francis Drew of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New-Hampshire Labourer Son of Lucas Drew of 
the Parish of Saint over on the Island of Jersey husbandman & 
Jane his wife whose maiden Name was Jane Oby being sick of 
Body but of Sound & Disposing mind and memory do make & 
ordain this to be my last Will & Testament Imprimis I recom- 
mend my Soul into the hands of God hoping for mercy in and 
through Jesus Christ & my Body to the Earth to be buried in a 
Christian and decent manner And as touching my worldly 
Estate after my debts and funeral Charges paid I Give unto each 
of my Children five shillings — And as to the Remainder and 
Residue of my Estate Real and Personal wheresoever and what- 
soever I Give devise and bequeath the Same unto my well 
beloved W 7 ife Sarah and unto her Heirs and assigns for ever — And 
I do hereby constitute and appoint my said Wife Sarah to be 
sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament In Testimony 
whereof I the Said Francis Drew have hereunto Set my hand 
and Seal the third Day of July in the Twentyeth year of his 
Majesty's Reign Annoque Domini 1746 

Signd Seald publish'd and The Mark of 

declared by the Said Francis Francis X Drew 

Drew to be his last will and 
Testament in the Presence of 
the witnesses hereunto Sub- 
scribing in the Testators Pres- 
ence 

Joseph Pitman 

Thomas Bickford 

Nathll furbur 

[Proved Oct, 29, 1746.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 387 

JOHN HUNTRESS 1746 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Huntress of Newington in 

the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman being in Good health 

* * * 

Item I give unto Mary my beloved wife a Comfortable main- 
tenance to be found & procured for her by my Son Jonathan his 
Heirs Exec" or Adm rs So Long as She remains my Widow & no 
Longer & in Case She Shall marry again then She is only to have 
her thirds of my Estate — 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Hannah Scales the wife of 
James Scales twenty five Shillings Bills of Credit of the New 
Tenor 

Item I Give unto my Son John Huntress the Like Sum in the 
Like Bills 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Tamsin Parsly the wife of John 
Parsly the Like Sum in the Like Bills 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Mary Martyn the wife of 
Michael Martyn the Like Sum in the Like Bills 

Item I Give unto my Son Hibbard Huntress the Like Sum in 
The Like bills 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Deborah Huntress five pounds 
Bills of Credit of the New Tenor 

My Will is that my Said Exec pay all the above Said Legacies 
within two years after my Decease 

Item I Give unto my Son Jonathan Huntress his Heirs & 
assigns all the rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate of what 
kind Soever The Same is & Wheresoever it is & Shall be found 
And my will is that my Said Son Jonathan Huntress Shall pay 
all the above Said Legacies within two Years as aforesaid & 
-that he give his Mother a Comfortable Support as afore Men- 
tiond 

Lastly I Constitute my Said Son Jonathan Huntress Sole 
Exec r of. this my Last Will & Testament & I do hereby Revoke 
all other W 7 ills & Testaments by me in any manner heretofore 



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made In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal 
the Eleventh Day of July 1746 

Signed Sealed & Declared by the Mark of 

the Said John Huntress to be John X Huntress 

his Last Will & Testement In 
Presence of us 

William Parker 

Mark Hunking Jun r 

William Parker Jun r 

Daniel Rindge 

[Proved May 29, 1750.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Huntress, yeoman, with John Knight and 
Samuel Nutter, yeomen, as sureties, all of Newington, in the 
sum of £500, June 26, 1751, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and William Parker, Jr.] 



BENJAMIN LANG 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Lang of Portsmouth, 
shipwright, granted to Elizabeth Lang, of Portsmouth, widow, 
July 22, 1746.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Lang, widow, with Thomas Pickering and 
Nathaniel Fellows, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in 
the sum of £500, July 22, 1746, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and George Huntress.] 



EPHRAIM JACKSON, JR. 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

I Administration on the estate of Ephraim Jackson, Jr., of 
Portsmouth, mariner, granted to Mary Jackson of Portsmouth, 
widow, July 30, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p, 53.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 389 

[Bond of Mary Jackson, widow, with James Clarkson and 
Thomas Hart, blacksmith, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £500, July 30, 1746, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker and Mark Flunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, signed by Stephen Greenleaf and Thomas Wright; 
amount, £859.2.6; attested Oct. 29, 1746.] 

[Account of necessaries allowed to the widow, Mary Jackson; 
amount, £55.3.6; allowed Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[License to the administratrix, Feb. 26, 1755, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1190.2.6; expenditures, £1093.10.9!; allowed March 
27, 1755; mentions "Maintaining of two Children of y e Intestate 
under 7 Years of Age."] 



RICHARD JOCE 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Joce of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, granted to his mother, Damaris Wheelwright, and 
her husband, Jeremiah Wheelwright of Portsmouth, gentleman, 
July 30, 1746.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Wheelwright, with John Ayers and Edward 
Cate, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, July 30, 1746, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Samuel Wentworth and Ebenezer Joce.] 



EPHRAIM STEVENS 1746 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Bond of Jane Stevens, widow, with Jabez Eaton, husband- 
man, and Ezekiel Worthen, gentleman, as sureties, all of Ken- 
sington, in the sum of £500, July 30, 1746, for the administration 
of the estate of Ephraim Stevens of Hampton Falls, husbandman; 
witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



390 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ARTHUR WATERHOUSE 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Arthur Waterhouse of 
Portsmouth, mariner, granted to his widow, Deborah Water- 
house, July 30, 1746.] 

[Bond of Deborah Waterhouse of Portsmouth, widow, with 
Daniel Jackson of Portsmouth, shopkeeper, and Zebulon Giddings 
of Exeter as sureties, in the sum of £500, July 30, 1746, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Warrant, July 30, 1746, authorizing Hunking Wentworth 
and Daniel Rogers, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 22, 1746; amount, £1177.18.6; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and Daniel Rogers.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Waterhouse, minor, son of Arthur 
Waterhouse, granted to Thomas Bickford of Portsmouth, 
schoolmaster, March 25, 1747'] 

[Warrant, Aug. 22, 1747, authorizing Mark Langdon, gentle- 
man, Philip Read and John Griffith, shop-keepers, George 
Walton, tanner, and Thomas Peirce, cordwainer, all of Ports- 
mouth, to set off the widow's share.] 

Pursuant to a Warrent directed to us the Subscribers by the 
Order of the Hon bIe Andrew Wiggen Esq r Judge of the Probate of 
Wills &c for the Province of New Hampshire Dated Agust the 
22 d 1747, To Set off to Deborah Waterhouse Widdow Relict of 
Arthur Waterhouse Late of Portsmouth in Said Province De- 
ceased One third part of the Real Estate of the Said Deceased 
to the Said Widdow 

Now these may Certifie all Concern'd that we have Sett off 
to the Said Widow part of the Cellar begining at the North East 
Corner: from the Inside of the Northermost Sill runing from 
thence Seven foot and ten Inches to the Southward Carrying 
that Same breadth to the West end of the Cellar 

Also Set off to the above Said widow the Eastermost lower 
room and Cloosit: also part of the Eastermost Chamber begin- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 391 

ing at the South East Corner of Said Chamber runirig from thence 
to the Northward Eleven foot to the North side of the Easter- 
most window riming from thence between the Door and Chimne 
thirteen foot and Seven Inches to a Mark in the floor and from 
thence towards the Door twenty one Inches to a Mark in the 
floor, from thence to the South Side of the house or Chamber 
Six foot & Five Inches — 

also Set off to the abovesaid Widow Nine foot of the Wester- 
most Garrett that is to Say beginning at the West End of Said 
Garrett Carrying the whole breadth of the Garret Nine foot to 
the Eastward with a vacency behind the Garrett Door 

also Set off to the Said Widow the Lartd at the East end of the 
House and the Land at the North Side of Said House all to the 
Eastward of within two foot Nine inches to the Eastward of the 
Lendtwo. 

It is also agreed by us that the Said Widdow shall have the 
Liberty to Transport any thing that she may have ocation to 
Transport at the Cellar great Doors at the South Side of the 
house and also the Liberty of passing and repassing in the Yard, 
the Entryway, and Stairs from the lower floor to the Garret also 
a Way to pass and repass from the Southwest Corner of the 
House to a Little House at the Westermost end of the Garden 
with y e use of Said Little house as Near the fence as Can be 
Conveniently 

It is also agreed by us that the Said Cellar great Doors and the 
Yard the Entryway Stairs and way to the Said Little House all 
be in Common for the use of all that may live in the Said House 
at any time hereafter and what partitions is made shall be the 
Cost for the widow to pay one third part thereof and the other 
party two third parts thereof: the Remainder of the abovesaid 
real Estate to be to the heir witness our hands the 26 Day of 
Agust Anno Dom 1747 

Mark Langdon 
Phillip Reed 
George: Walton Ju r 



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SAMUEL NUDD 1746 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen I Samuel Nudd of Hampton in the 
Province of Newhampshire * * * 

ily — I Give and bequeath to Sarah Nudd my Loving wife 
the East End of my House and one seller under the East End 
of my House and half my orchard all during her Life or untill 
she marrys again and at her death or day of marriage the House 
and seller and orchard to Return to my son thomas Nudd ; And 
I give to my wife Sarah Nudd all my Movabls with in Doars for 
her to dispose of among my Children at her best discrestion, 
And I doe order my son thomas Nudd to maintain his Mother to 
find her two cows a year yearly and her fire wood and eight 
bushels of Ingian Corn one of w T heat and a bushel of rie and two 
Bushels of malt and four fleeses of wool and one hundred weight 
of pork and sixty weight of Beef and twenty shillings in money 
(old tenor) a year to be paid yearly duering her widowhood and 
no Longer — 

2ly — I Give and bequeath to my son James Nudd all my 
Houses Barns and orchards and Lands of what sort so ever that 
I have in Green Land and Portsmouth Lett be More or Less as 
itt is, and also a certain bit of marsh in Hampton that I bought 
of John Garland — 

3ly — I Give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Mars ton the 
sum of thirty five pound (old tenor) in pay to be paid by my 
sons James Nudd and thomas Nudd, namely my son James 
Nudd to pay her fifteen pound Dienary (old tenor) with in one 
year after my Decese And my son thomas Nudd to pay her 
twenty pound (old tenor) within one year after my Decese if she 
be-then Liveing, if not it is to be paid & equally devided among 
her Children of her body when they come of age — 

4ly — I Give and bequeath to my son thomas Nudd all my 
Houses Barns orchards and sellers only his Mother to have the 
East End of my House and one seller under the East End and 
halfe my orchard during her widowhood and I give to my son 
thomas Nudd all my Lands Medow and marsh and thach ground 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 393 

Lett itt be more or Less and Lay in what place so ever itt will 
that I have not other ways desposed in this my Last Will and 
testiment and I Give to my son thomas Nudd all my creaturs of 
all sorts what soever and all my Implyments of husbandry of 
all sorts And I doe Make Constitute and appoint my well be- 
loved son thomas Nudd to be my sole Executore to this my Last 
Will and testiment Rattifieng and confirming this to be my Last 
will and testiment and no other in witness where of I the above 
Mentioned Samuel Nudd Have here unto put my hand and 
afnxt my seale this Eight day of August and in the year one 
thousand seven hundred and forty six and in the nineteenth 
year of the Reign of our most gracious sovereign King George 
the second, King of Great Brittain &c — 

Witness Samuel Nudd 

Samuel Dow 

Joseph Philbrick 
. Zechariah brown 

[Proved March 29, 1749.] 

[Bond of Thomas Nudd, with Joseph Philbrick and Daniel 
Marston as sureties, all of Hampton, in the sum of £500, March 
29, 1749, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Thomas 
Bickford and William Parker. 1 



JOHN NUTTER 1746 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Nutter of Newington in the 

Province of New Hampshire Gent, being Indispos'd in Body 
* * * 

Item I give & Bequeath to Abigail my beloved wife all my 
Personal Estate after -my Debts & funeral Charges are paid out 
of the Same to be at her Disposal and I also give & Devise to her 
the Sole use & Improvement of all my Real Estate during her 
Natural Life — - 

Item after my Said wifes Decease my will is that all my Real 
Estate shall be Divided among my three Brothers Matthias 



394 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

James & Hate Evil Equally or their Respective Representatives 
if any of them Shall be then Deceased and I do accordingly give 
& Devise the Reversion & Remainder of my said Real Estate 
to & among my said Brothers & their Regal Representatives in 
Equal Shares in fee Simple forever — 

Lastly I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my Said wife to be 
Sole Exec x of this my Last Will & Testament & I do hereby 
Revoke all other Wills & Testaments by Me heretofore made In 
Witness whereof I do hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Sixteenth 
Day of August 1746 And in the twentieth Year of His Majesty's 
Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared by John Nutter 

the Said John Nutter to be 
his last Will & Testament In 
Presence of us 

William Parker 

Moses Dam 

Mary Perkins 

HateEvil X Nutter jun r his Mark 

[Proved April 29, 1747.] 



EDWARD WILLIAMS 1746 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Bond of Walter Williams, mariner, with Meshech Weare' 
gentleman, and David Swett, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hamp- 
ton Falls, in the sum of £500, Aug. 20, 1746, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate of Edward Williams of Hampton Falls, 
gentleman; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 27, 1746/7; amount, £249.7.6; signed by 
Benjamin Hilliard and Benjamin Swett.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1746/7, authorizing Meshech Weare, gentle- 
man, Benjamin Hilliard, and Richard Nason, yeomen, all of 
Hampton Falls, to receive claims against the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 395 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £588.5.6; signed by 
Richard Xason, Benjamin Hilliard, and Meshech Weare.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, i'249.7.6; expenditures, £67.10.0; allowed April 27, 

1748.] 

[Division of the estate among the creditors at £0.5.6 to the 
pound; allowed May 25, 1748.] 



JOSEPH HEARD 1746 ROCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Heard of Rochester, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Rebecca Heard, Aug. 27, 1746.] 

[Bond of Rebecca Heard of Rochester, widow, with George 
Walton of Newington and Jacob Lavers of Portsmouth, joiner, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 1746, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Samuel Rankin and Mark 
Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 11, 1746; amount, £328.0.0; signed by 
Stephen Berry and Joseph Walker.] 



NATHANIEL STEVENS 1746 HAVERHILL DIST. 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Stevens of Haver- 
hill District granted to his brother, Thomas Stevens of Haver- 
hill District, yeoman, Aug. 27, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 62.] 

[Bond of Thomas Stevens, yeoman, with Richard Hazzen, 
gentleman, and Thomas Follansbee, yeoman, as sureties, all of 
Haverhill District, in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 1746, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Jonathan Trickey.] 



396 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

OBADIAH MARSHALL 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen The Sixth Day of September Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and forty six. I Obadiah 
Marshall of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire 
Blockmaker being Sick in body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto Each of my Children Namely 
Elizabeth Obadiah and Martha Ten Pounds Meaning old Tenor, 
And as to the Rest and Residue of my Estate whether Real or 
Personal wheresoever and whatsoever I Give Bequeath & Devise 
the Same unto my Dear & Well beloved wife Martha and unto 
her Heirs and assigns for ever. And I do hereby Constitute 
ordain make & appoint my dearly beloved Wife Martha to be 
Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament, Hereby re- 
voking & making null and void all other & former wills and 
Testaments by me heretofore in any manner made. In Testi- 
mony where of I the s d Obadiah Marshall the Testator have 
here unto Set my hand and Seal the day and year above written — 

Sign'd Seal'd publish d and obadiah marshall 

Declared by the s d Obadiah 
Marshall the Testator to be 
his last Will and Testament in 
the presence of us witnesses 
hereto Subscribing in the Tes- 
tators Presence 

Thomas: Wright 

Tobias Langdon 

Mark Langdon 

[Proved Oct. 29, 1746.] 



JOSHUA GEE 1746 BOSTON, MASS- 

[Sarah Gee, minor, aged more than fourteen years, daughter 
of Joshua Gee and his wife, Sarah Gee, deceased, whose maiden 
name was Sarah Rogers, makes choice of George Rogers of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 397 

Boston, Mass., as her guardian Sept. 16, 1746; witnesses, Joshua 
Gee and Joshua Gee, Jr.] 

[Elizabeth Gee, minor, aged more than fourteen years, daugh- 
ter of Joshua Gee and his wife, Sarah Gee, deceased, makes 
choice of George Rogers of Boston, Mass., as her guardian 
Sept. 16, 1746; witnesses, Joshua Gee and Joshua Gee, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Sarah Gee, Margaret Gee, and Elizabeth 
Gee, minors, aged more than fourteen years, children of Joshua 
Gee of Boston, Mass., clerk, deceased, granted to George Rogers 
of Boston, Mass., Oct. 23, 1746.] 

[Bond of George Rogers of Boston, Mass., with Samuel Hart 
and John Cutt, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, Oct, 23, 1746; witnesses, William Parker and John Ayer.] 



BENJAMIN FOLLETT 1746 STRATH AM 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Follett of Stratham, 
cordwainer, granted to his widow, Deborah Follett, Sept. 24, 
1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 69.] 

[Bond of Deborah Follett of Newmarket, widow, with William 
Pottle of Stratham, blacksmith, and John Dudley of Exeter, 
yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Sept. 24, 1746, for the 
administration of the estate of Benjamin Follett of Newmarket, 
cordwainer; witnesses, William Parker and John Newmarch.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 19, 1746; amount, £120.12.0; signed by 
Edward Hall and Richard Clark.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £33.0.0; expenditures, £83.18.10; allowed Sept. 23, 

I747-] 



39^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

PIERSE LONG 1746 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Pierse Long of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Abigail Long, Sept. 24, 1746.] 

[Bond of Abigail Long, widow, with John Cutt, gentleman, 
and Daniel Jackson, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £1000, Sept. 24, 1746, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, signed by William King and Henry Sherburne, 
Jr.; amount, £4666.18.1; attested Aug. 26, 1747.] 



HUGH McCLELLAN 1746 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Hugh McClellan of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to John McClellan of Chester, yeoman, Sept. 
24, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 68.] 

[Bond of John McClellan, yeoman, with Samuel Emerson and 
William Gilchrist, husbandman, as sureties, all of Chester, in 
the sum of £500, Sept. 24, 1746, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



ADAM DICKEY 1746 LONDONDERRY 

[Guardianship of Martha Dickey of Londonderry, aged less 
than fourteen years, daughter of Adam Dickey of Londonderry, 
blacksmith, deceased, granted to Elias Dickey of Londonderry, 
yeoman, Sept. 25, 1746.] 

[Bond of Elias Dickey yeoman, with John McMurphy as 
surety, both of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, Sept. 25, 1746; 
witnesses, William Parker and Daniel Rindge.] 



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SHADRACH WARD 1746 KENSINGTON 

In The Name of God Amen y e Twenty seventh Day of Septem- 
ber seventeen hundred & forty six — I shadrach Ward of y e 
parrish of Kensington In Hampton In y e provience of new 
Hampshire In new England yeoman being In Good helth 

Imp. I Give and Bequeath Unto my Well Belovid Wife 
Margret Ward all my stock of Chattel and swine With my Rid- 
ing Horse & sheep with all my moveable efects or Utensels Both 
within Doors & without to be at hur Disposing as she shall think 
fit with the Use & Improvement of my Lands and marsh the 
whole of It with all my buildings on my s d Land with all prive- 
ledges and appurtenances unto y e same Belonging During Hur 
Widowhood * * * 

Item I Give & Bequeath -Unto my son Andrew Ward all my 
Upland and marsh that I am posessed of provided he shall well 
& trewly pay out those Legassies Which I shall here after speci- 
fye my s d son Andrew Ward to have and to hold s d Land and 

marsh To him and to his heirs for eveir But If In Case my 

s d son Andrew should Die Before he shall arive to y e age of 
twenty one years — Then my will Is that my son Theophilus 
ward shall Have my s d Land and marsh he paying y e s d Legassies 
which I shall here after specifie — 

And so my will is That If In Case my two oldest sons shold 
not arive to y e age of twenty one that It fall to my Third son 
and not Goe out of the hands of my male heirs If In Case 
any arive to y e age of Twenty one years — 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my son Theophilus Ward Twelve 
pounds & tenn shillings Lawfull money of hew England to be 
paid to him by my son Andrew Ward at The age of twenty one 
years — 

Item I Give & bequeath Unto my son Noah ward Twelve 
pounds & Tenn shillings Lawfull money of new England To be 
paid to him by my son andrew ward at y e age of twenty one 
years — 



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Item I Give & Bequeath Unto my son Thomas Ward Twelve 
Pounds & Tenn shillings Lawfull money of new England To be 
paid to him by my son Andrew Ward at y e age of Twenty one 
years — / 

Item I Give and Bequeath Unto my Daughter Elizabeth 
Ward Five pounds Lawfull money of new England To be paid 
By my Executorix at y e age of Twenty one years — 

Item I Give & Bequeath Unto my Daughter mary Ward 
Five pounds Lawfull money of new England to Be paid By my 
Executrix at y e age of Twenty one years 

Lastly I Do Constitute & appoint my Well Belovid Wife To 
be sole Executerix to This my last will & testiment and I Doe 
here By Uterly Dissalow Revoake & Dissanull all & every other 
former Testement wills & Legasies & Bequests & executors By 
me In any ways before named Willed & Bequeathed Rati hi ng 
& Confirming this & no other To be my last will & Testiment 
In Witnis here of I have here unto set my hand & seal This 
twenty seventh Day of September seventeen hundred & forty six 

signed sealed published pro- his 

nounced & Declared By y e s d shadrach X Ward 

shadrach Ward as his last Will mark 

& Testiment In preasents of 
Us y e subscribers 

Samuel Fellowes 

John fellowes 

Joseph Draper 

[Proved May 25, 1748.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 27, 1748; amount, £1972.0.0; taken by 
James Perkins and Joseph Draper.] 



JONATHAN WEEKS 1746 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I Jonathan Weeks of Greenland 
in the Province of New Hampshir in New England yeoman, 
being sick & weak in body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS zj.01 

Imprimis I Give unto Elizebeth Weeks my well beloved 
Wife the whole of my Esteat both Real and Personal in s d 
Greenland and elsewhere, whether it be in houses or lands goods 
clothing Money bills or bonds &c to be for her own Use benefit 
and behoof & at her own despose forever, Except So Much of 
my said Esteat of both Real & Personal, as I Shall in this my s' 1 
last will give and dispose of to others as followeth viz" 

Item I Give unto Jonathan Allin the son of John Allin Jun r of 
s d Greenland all My homestead where I Now live viz" about an 
hundred & thirty acres of land with all the building upon s d land, 
Excepting six acres of s d land which is bounded as followeth 
viz Tt lying upon the countrey Road that leads to Portsmouth 
Next the land of Cap* Brackets he bo* of Nath 11 Right White 
begining at the s d Road at s d Brackets land & to Run by s d 
Road on a strait line Nine Rods and from s d Road to Run back 
into my land Northeasterly that weadth of Nine Rods binding 
upon s d Brackets and Benjamin Maceres land untill s d six acres 
be compleated & Made up: he thes d Jonathan Allin to come 
into the full possession of s d homstead viz" s d lands & buildings 
upon it Except s d six acres Immediatly after my s d Wive's 
deceas if he the s d Jonathan be of the age of twenty one years, 
but in case my said wife should die before the s d Jonathan Allin 
should come to the age of twenty one years My will is that the 
s d John Allin the father of the s d Jonathan Allin Shall have the 
income & Emprovement of it while s d Jonathan comes of age as 
above s d : my s d wife having the Income & Emprovement of s d 
homestead dureing her Naturall life 

Item I Give unto John Allin son of the afores d John Allin 
Jun r forty five acres of land Marsh & flats, be it More or less 
lying in s d Greenland & bounded as followeth viz" on the great 
Bay so called Joseph Malloons land Matthias Weeks land & 
the high way that leads along by s d Malloons house, all s d forty 
five acres of land Marsh & flats I give unto s d John Allin son to 
s d John Allin Jun r : Excepting three acres of s d land & three acres 
of s d flats adjoyning to s d Great Bay he the s d John Allin Son of 
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402 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the s d John Allin Jun r to come into full Possession of s d forty five 
acres of land Marsh & flatts Excepting the three acres of land 
& the three acres of flats: before Mentioned — Immeadeatly after 
My s d Wives deceas, if he the s d John Allin son of s d John Allen 
Jun r be of the age of twenty one years, And in case My s d wife 
Should Die before the s d John Should come to the age of twenty 
one years My Will is that John Allin the father of the s d John 
the son Should have the whole income & Emprovement of sd 
Premises till he the s d John the son comes of age as above s d 
My s d Wife haveing the whole Income & Improvement of s d 
Premises dureing her Naturall life, 

Item I give unto Lidia Hains Wife of David Hains of s d Green- 
land three acres of land, Next adjoining to s d Brackits land & 
Maccreses land .before mentioned to be three Rods wide at s d 
Road that leads to Portsmouth & to Run back till s d three acres 
be compleated & made up & also one acre of land & one acre of 
flats by the great Bay before Mentioned it being a third part of 
the three acres of land & one third of the three acres of flats 
above Excepted, my s d wife having the whole income & Em- 
provement of s' 1 Premises during her Xaturall life,— 

Item I Give unto Martha Gate Daughter of Tucker Cate of 
Greenland three acres of land it being a part of the six acres 
above Excepted & Joyning to Cap* Brackits land s d three acres 
of land to be bounded as followeth viz** to lay three Rods wide 
on s d Road that leads' to Portsmouth as aboves d , & to Run back 
into my land that weadth of three Rods adjoyning to the land I 
( rive to s' 1 Lidia Hains till s d three acres be made up, my s d Wife 
having the income & Improvment of it dureing her Xaturall 
life, and also one acre of land & one acre of flats by the side of the 
('.real Bay above Mentioned it being a third Part of the three 
acres of land & one third part of the three acres of tlats above 
Excepted my s' 1 wife to have the income of it During her Xatu- 
rall life. 

Item 1 Give unto Margret Cate Daughter of s' 1 Tucker Cate 
of said Greenland three acres of land It being a part of the six 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 403 

acres of land above Excepted and adjoyning to s d Capt Brackits 
iand, s d three acres of land to be bounded as followeth viz" to 
ly tliree Rods wide on s d Road that leads to Portsmouth as 
aboves' 1 & to Run back into my land that weadth of three 
Rods adjoyning to the land I Give unto Martha Cate till s d 
three acres be made up, & also one acre of land & one acre of 
flatts by the side of the Great Bay above Mentioned it being 
one third part of the three acres of land & one third part of the 
three acres of flatts above Excepted, my said Wife to have the 
whole in come & improvment thereof during her Naturall life — 

Finally My Will is and I do hereby ordain & appoint the 
above said John Allin Jun r & Elizebeth Weeks my s d Wife Sole 
Executors to this my last Will and Testament hereby Revokeing 
disannulling & making void all former Wills & Testaments by 
me heretofore Made, In Witness whereof I the s d Jonathan 
Weeks have to this my last Will & Testament Set my hand & 
Seal this twenty Ninth day of September Anno Domini one 
thousand Seven hundred and forty six — 

Signed Sealed & owned In Jonathan Weeks 

Presents of us 

Willam Simson 

Joshua Cate 

Moses Leavit 

[Proved July 31, 1748.] 

[Caveat, July 19, 1748, by John Brackett, gentleman, and 
Samuel Weeks, tanner, both of Greenland, against the probating 
of the will.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 22, 1748; amount, £9239.18.0; signed by 
Thomas Wiggin and Enoch Clark.] 



MARY EMERSON 1745 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen 

I Mary Emerson of Portsmouth in the Province of New 
Hampshire in New England Widow being aged * * * 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item. I Give unto my beloved Grand Children Mary and 
Elizabeth Winkley the Children of Francis Winkley of Kittry in 
the County of York boat builder each of them five pounds (old 
Tenor) to be paid them by my Executors at my Decease to buy 
them Mourning Cloaths at my funeral if there is money Enough 
Left in M r Henry Sherburne Jun r his hands or in any Other 
persons hands Due Owing or payable unto Me, and it is also My 
Will that Each bf my Daughter Winkely Deceas'd her Children 
shall have five pounds old Tenor paid them by my Executors as 
they Come to Lawful age if there is as much Left in any Persons 
hands Due to me as aforesaid 

Item All the Rest of my r Estate I Give unto My beloved 
Children (born of My body) and their Own Disposal that Shall 
Servive or out Live Me to be Equally Divided Among them my 
Said Children as Soon as may Conveniently be done after my 
Decease 

And I Do Constitute and appoint my very good friends Wil- 
liam Parker Esq r and M r Thomas YVibird Merchant both of 
Portsmouth in Xew Hampshire aforesaid to be the Executors 
of this My Last Will and Testament hereby Ratifying and hold-, 
ing firm and Vallid this and no Other to be my Last Will and 
Testament In Witness whereof I the Said Mary Emerson have 

hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Day of October in the 

Year of our Lord Christ 1745 — 

Signed Sealed pronounced and Mary Emerson 

Declared by the above Named 
Mary Emerson as her Last Will 
and Testament 

Win Lewis 

Will 1 " Lewis Jun r 

Thomas Bickford 

[Proved Oct. 25, 1749. and administration with will annexed 
granted to her daughter, Elizabeth Emerson, the executors 
declining to act.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 405 

[Bond of Elizabeth Emerson, spinster, with Thomas Wibird 
and Edward Cate as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, Oct. 25, 1749, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and William Rindge.] 

[Inventory, April 2, 1751 ; amount, £112.10.0; signed by 
Mark Langdon and Jacob Sheafe.] 



EBEXEZER STEVENS 1746 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Ebenezer Stevens of Kingstown 
in the Province of New Hampshire Esq r Being in health of 
Body * * * 

Item I give to Elisabeth my beloved wife my Negro Servant 
named Cato & all the Remainder of my Personal Estate after 
my Debts & Funeral Charges are paid out of the Same as afore- 
said I also give her a Comfortable Support & Maintenance to 
be Provided for her by my four Sons in Equal proportion during 
her Life in Consideration of what I have herein given to them — 

Item I give & Devise unto my son Benjamin all my Lands 
where he now r Lives that is to Say the Land I purchased of M r 
Gyles & of Israel Smith & all my Land in the Small Division 
next to Exeter Line so called & all my Land in the North Grant 
& half my East Division Land & ten Acres in the Division of 
Land next to Chester that I bought of Francis Bacheldor & one 
Quarter part of my Salt Marsh at Salisbury & half my Right of 
Land in Canterbury & one Quarter part of my two hundred 
Acre Grant & half my Right in Chichester & half my forty Acre 
Lot in that Division of Land next to Chester aforesaid and on 
Shar and half in y e comon— Ordering & hereby directing him 
to pay to his Sister Mary Sixty pounds Bills of Credit of the old 
Tenor or in other Good passable Bills of Credit Equal thereto 
within two Years after my Decease — all the aforesaid Lands 
I give to my said son his Heirs & Assigns 



406 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Ebenezer all my Land where 
he now Lives that I purchas'd of Jacob Flanders & of Andrew 
Webster And of Ezra Clongh & half My Second Division of 
Land on the South side of the Road to Salisbury near Ebenezer 
YVebsters & half my Land at the Mill Pond both the upland & 
flowed Land & half my forty acre Lot in the Forty Acre Division 
of Land next to Chester aforesaid above the two hundred Acre 
Grant so Called & One Quarter part of my Salt Marsh at Salis- 
bury & half my Right of Land in Canterbury & a Quarter part of 
my two hundred Acre Grant & four Acres of Land at the North 
End of the Land Laid out to John Sanborn for his first Division 
in said Kingstown & half my Right of Land in Chichester & one 
share & an half in Common Lands in said Kingstown And I 
hereby order him my said son Ebenezer to pay to his Sister 
Hannah Sixty pounds in bills of Credit of the Old Tenor or in 
other bills Equal thereto within two Years after my Decease 

Item I give unto my son Samuel all my Land in the East 
Division So Called which I bought of the Commoners lying 
between James Toppan's & Ebenezer Bacheldor's Land & the 
other half of my Second Division aforesaid & half my East 
Division aforesaid & one half of my Land in the Twenty Acre 
Division below the two Hundred Acre Grant & a Quarter of my 
Salt Marsh at Salisbury & half my Right of Land in Gilman 
Town & half my Right of Land in the Township of Bow & one 
Quarter part of my two hundred Acre Grant so Called & one 
Share & an half in the Common Lands aforesaid and I order my 
Son Samuel to pay in Consideration hereof the Sum of Fifty 
pounds in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor or Equal thereto in 
other passable Bills of Public Credit unto his said Sister Hannah 
within Three Years after my Decease 

Item I give & Devise to my son John all my Lands where I 
now Live on both Sides of the Way being in four pieces with all 
the Buildings thereon & half my Land at the Mill pond both 
upland & flowed Land aforesaid & one half of my Land in the 
Twenty Acre Division aforesaid & twenty two Acres of Land 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 407 

which I bought of Elisha Swett & Nathan Swett which is one 
half of the Home Lot laid out to the Right of John Sanborn on 
the West Side of the Said Lot & half my Right in the said Town- 
ship of Bow & one Quarter part of my Salt Marsh in Salisbury 
afores d & half my Right in Gilman Town afores d And one 
Quarter part of my two Hundred Acre Grant afores d & I order 
& Direct my said son John in Consideration hereof to pay to his 
Sister Mary the Sum of Fifty pounds old Tenor or other Bills 
aforesaid Equal thereto within three Years after my Decease if 
he shall then be of full Age if not then to pay the Same within 
thre years after his attaining to full age And it is my Intent & 
meaning herein that each of my aforesaid Sons shall have & hold 
the Lands here in given to them Respectively & their Respective 
Heirs & Assigns forever & I order them to Support their Mother 
in Manner as is before Mentioned 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughters Hannah & Mary to 
each of them the aforesaid Sums orderd to be paid to them 
Respectively as aforesaid 

Lastly I Constitute & Appoint my two Sons Benjamin & 
Ebenezer to be Executors of this my Last Will & Testament 
hereby Revoking all other wills & Testaments by me in any 
Manner heretofore made 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal 
the fifteenth Day of October Anno Domini 1746 And in the 
Twentieth Year of His Majesty's Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared Eben r Stevens 

by the said Ebenezer Stevens 
to be his Last Will & Testa- 
ment in presence of us — 

Jed. Philbrick 

Jeremy Webster 

Elisha Swett 

[Proved Nov. 29, 1749.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 27, 1749; amount, £22,250.0.0; signed by 
Jedediah Philbrick and Elisha Swett.] 



408 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOXATHAX BRADLEY 1746 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Bradley of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Susanna Bradley, Oct. 29, 1746.] 

[Bond of Susanna Bradley, widow, with Samuel Magoon of 
Exeter, yeoman, and Samuel Rankin of Londonderry, innholder, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1746, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, James Clarkson and William 
Parker.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1746, authorizing Daniel Oilman and 
Cartee Gilman, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 13, 1746; amount, £824.0.4; signed by 
Daniel Gilman and Cartee Gilman.] 

[Account of John Bradley and his wife, Susanna Bradley, of 
her administration of the estate of Jonathan Bradley of Pena- 
cook; receipts, £77.10.0; expenditures, £279.18.5; allowed 
March 26, 1760; mentions children under seven years of age.] 

Province 1 if Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hon bIe 

New Hamps r J Richard Wibird Esq r Judge of the Pro- 
bate of wills &c a for said Province to us Directed appointing 
us a Com'ittee to Divide the Real Estate of Jonathan Bradly 
Late of Exeter in said Province Yeoman Deceas'd, Intestate 
Among the Wife of John Bradly (Late Widow of the said Jona- 
than Bradly) cv the children of the said Jonathan Bradly In- 
testate, Viz* to Susannah Bradly Late Widow of Jonathan 
Bradly, one third Part, & the Eldest son a Double Share and to 
Each of the other children a Single share, haveing Propper 
Regard to the Quality as well as Quantity, of Each share so set 
off by us, to be by them held Respectively in Severalty; Which 
Warrant bears Date, at Portsmouth the io" 1 I >ay of \<>v r 1762. — ■ 
We Have accordingly Divided & allotted the said Real Estate 
among the widow & children of the said Deceas'd in manner & 
form following \'iz' — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O9 

We Have allotted <x set of to the said Susannah Bradly as her 
Right of Dower to be by her held During Life, nine acres & 
three Fourth Parts of an acre of Land, in Exeter town eom'ons 
so call'd, & is Part of the Right that was Laid out to the heirs of 
John Folsom, Deceas'd, which nine acres & three Quarters of 
of an acre is Bounded as Follows Viz* Begining Eleven Rods & 
three Quarters, from the tree Numbered ninty four in the third 
Range of Lotts in the Com'ons aforesaid & from thence to Run 
West & by north as the Lotts Run one Hundred & Sixty Rods, 
to the high way Between the second & third Ranges, & from 
thence to Run North twenty Nine Degrees East as the Range 
Runs nine Rods & three Quarters, & from thence to Run East & 
by south one hundred & sixty Rods to the Rang Line Between 
the third & fourth Ranges, & from thence to Run South twenty 
Nine Degrees West as the Range Runs to the Bounds first men- 
tioned. — Also three Acres & one fourth Part of an Acre of Land 
in Exeter aforesaid & is Part of the said John Folsom's home 
Place, & is Bounded as Followes Viz* Begining on the southerly 
side of the said Susannah's four acres & from thence to Run 
southerly Bounding on Land of John Loverins on one side, & on 
Land of the widow abagail magoon on the other side, till the 
said three Acres & one Quarter Part of an Acre is compleated — 
& said three acres & a Quarter to be of an Equal Width at Each 
End.— 

and to Josiah Bradly Eldest son of the said Jonathan Bradly 
we have allotted & set off, for his Double share in his said 
fathers Estate Eleven Acres & one half Acre of Land in Exeter 
town Com'ons aforesaid & is Part of the aforesaid John Fol- 
soms Com'on Right, & Bounded as Follows Viz* Begining at the 
tree Numbered Ninty four in the third Range of Lotts, & from 
thence to Run South twenty Nine Degrees West as the Range 
Runs, Eleven Rods & an half, and from thence to Run South & 
by west one hundred & sixty Rods to the high way Between the 
Second & third Ranges, & from thence to Run North twenty 
nine Degrees West as the Range Runs, Eleven Rods & one half 



410 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and from thence to Run East & by south as the Lotts Run, one 
hundred & Sixty Rods to the Bounds first mentioned. — 

And to Alary Taylor wife of William Taylor & Daughter of 
the said Jonathan Bradly, we have allotted & set off, as her share 
in her said fathers Estate, Five acres & three Quarter Parts of 
an Acre in the said John Folsoms home Place in Exeter aforesaid, 
& is Bounded as Followes Viz* Begining at the southerly side of 
that three acres & one Quarter of an acre set off, to the said 
Susannah Bradly as Part of her thirds in the said John Folsoms 
home Place, & from thence Bounding of John Loverins Land, & 
Land of the Widow abagail magoon Extending Southerly till it 
comes to the southerly End of the said Bradlys Land, & also 
to bound on the said Loverins Land on the Southerly End. — 

And to Susannah Emerson wife of Eleazer Emerson & Daugh- 
ter of the said Jonathan Bradly we have allotted & set off, as 
her Share in her said fathers Estate thirteen Acres of Land in 
the Parrish of Brintwood in the Province aforesaid & Bounded 
as Followes viz* Begining at the North West corner of a tract of 
Land Granted to the said John folsom at a Place called the 
White Pine Plains & Lyes on the south side of the Great Road 
that Leads from Exeter to the Black Rocks (so call'd) & from 
thence to Run South & by West fifty four Rods to the Extent 
of the said Grants, & from thence East & by south Carrying the 
whole Width of the said Grant Downwards as the Said Road 
Runs till it Shall Compleat & make up the full measure of 
thirteen acres. — 

And to ann Bradly Daughter of the said Jonathan Bradly 
We have allotted and set off, as her Share in her said fathers 
Estate, Five Acres & three fourth Parts of an acre of Land being 
Part of the aforesaid John Folsoms com'on Right & Bounded 
as Follows Viz* Begining twenty one Rods From the aforesaid 
tree Numbered Ninty four in the said third Range of Lotts, & 
from thence to Run south twenty Nine Degrees West as the 
Range Runs, five Rods & three fourth Parts of a Rod, & from 
thence to Run West & by north one hundred & sixty Rods to the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 41 1 

High Way Between the second and third Range-, & from thence 
to Run North twenty Nine Degrees East five Rods & three 
fourth Parts of a Rod, & from thence to Run East & by south 
to the Bounds first Mentiond — 

In Testimony Whereof we have hereunto set our hands this 
Second Day of November in the fourth Year of his majestys 
Reign Anno Domini 1763. 

John Gil man 

Eph m Robinson } Com'ittee 

Sam 1 Gilman j r J 



JOHN FOSS 1746 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate cf John Foss of Dover, husband- 
man, granted to William Welland of Dover, husbandman, Oct. 
29, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 74.] 

[Bond of William Welland of Dover, husbandman, with John 
Gage of Dover and Thomas Wallingford of Somersworth as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1746, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark Hunking, 

Jr.] 



PHINEAS SPAULDING 1746 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Phineas Spaulding of Notting- 
ham, granted to Mary Spaulding of Nottingham West widow, 
Oct. 29, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 72.] 

[Bond of Mary Spaulding of Nottingham West, widow, with 
Thomas Richardson of Pelham and John Douglass of London- 
derry, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1746, for 



412 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1746, authorizing Ephraim Cummings of 
Nottingham and Robert Evans of Pelham, to appraise the estate 
of Phineas Spaulding, administration of which is granted to his 
widow, Mary Spaulding.]. 

[Inventory, signed by Ephraim Cummings and Robert Nevins; 
amount, £891.18.6; attested Nov. 7, 1746.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £356.12.10; expenditures, £181.16.4; allowed June 24, 
1747; mentions "three Children's Board & Maintaince Since 
the 10 th of august last."] 



PHILIP COLBY 1746 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Tabitha Colby, widow, with Samuel Winsley and 
Benjamin Webster, yeomen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the 
sum of £500, Nov. 26, 1746, for the administration of the estate 
of Philip Colby of Kingston, yeoman; witnesses, Reuben Dimond 
and Henry Morrill.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 26, 1746, authorizing Henry Morrill and 
Jonathan Blake, both of Kingston, yeomen, to appraise the es- 
tate of Philip Colby, administration of which is granted to his 
widow, Tabitha Colby.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 10, 1746; amount, £287.16.6; signed by 
Henry Morrill and Jonathan Blake.] 

[License to the administratrix, A lay 27, 1747. to sell real 
estate.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts not stated; expenditures, £118.10.4; allowed Aug. 25, 
1748.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 413 

JOHN ROBERTS 1746 .BRENTWOOD 

The Last will and testaman of John Robards of the parish of 
Brintwood in the province of New hamshire in New England I 
John Robards * * * 

Item 1) I Give unto my Son John Robards the sume of 
five shillings he haveing Received his portion alrady 

Item 2) I Give unto my son Alexander Robards the sume 
of five shillings he having Received his portion already 

Item 3) I give unto my son George Robards the sume of 
five shillings he having Received his portion already 

Item 4) I Give unto my Son Samuel Robards the sume of 
five shillings he having Received his portion already 

Item 5) I give unto my Son Benjamin Robards the sume 
of five shillings he having Received his portion already 

Item 6) I Give untc my Daughter Elisabet Smith the sume 
of five pounds old tennor money she having Received part of 
her portion 

Item 7) I Give unto my Daughter mary Critchet five 
shillings she having already Received her portion 

Item 8) I give unto my Daughter Ann Marsh twenty pounds 
old tennor money to be paid by her Brother Jonathan within 
six months after my Decease 

Item 9) I Give unto my w r ell beloved wife Elisabeth Robards 
all my housel Goods to be wholy at her disposal with the use of 
one third of my Land During Life 

finaly I Give unto my son Jonathan Robards my Dweling 
house out housings and all my Lands and other moveable 
Estate he paying all my Debts and Legacies above mentioned 
and I do herby these presents make and ordain him my well 
beloved son Jonathan Robards the Sole Executor to this my 
Last will and testament hereby Revoking and disanulling all 
other or former wills and testaments by me heretofore made and 
have To this my Last w r ill and testament Set to my hand and 
Seal this fifth day of December In the year of our Lord one 
thousand Seven hundred and forty six 1746 



414 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Signed Sealed and owned In Mark 

the presence of us John X Robards 

Caleb Gilman ju r his 

James Gorden 

Cartee Gilman 

[Proved March 13, 1750/1.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Roberts, with John Roberts and Biley 
Hardy as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the sum of £1000, March 
13, 1 750/1, for the execution of the will ; witnesses, Caleb Gilman, 
Jr., and Joseph Thing, Jr.] 



JAMES LEAVITT 1746 EXETER 

I James Leavitt of Exeter in y e province of Newhampshier in 
newengland Gentleman Being of a Sound Disposing mind and 
memory Blessed be God lor it tho through age infirm in 
Body * * * 

I give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Hannah Leavitt 
all the household goods and stock of cratures which shee 
Brought to me or that I had with her upon marriage and also 
two hundred and fifty pounds in good Bills of publick Credit 
old tenor to be paid unto her out of my Estate by my Executor 
hereafter named provided y e above said Hannah Leavitt Doth 
freely give yeild up and surrender to my Executor hereafter 
named and to his heirs and assignes all her Right of Dowry and 
power of thirds which she hath in or to my Estate, y < »ne half of 
y e afore said Bills of publick Credit old tenor to be paid within 
one year next Enseuing after my Decease and y other halfe 
within two years next Enseuing after my Deceas. and I give and 
bequeath to my said wife and to my Daughter sarah Leavitt y e 
use and improvement of all that part of my Dwelling house 
which I Live in and maketh use of it being y e East End of y" old 
house and y" other house adjoyning to y East End of s' 1 old 
house and also y Cellar under y e north side of \ old house, so 
Long as my said wile Remains my widdow and shall se good to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 415 

Live in said part of s d house, and my Daugter sarah to have 
Liberty to Live in s d part of said house so Long as she Remines 
unmarried and to my said wife I give and bequeath y e use and 
improvement of a peice of my Land adjoyning to y e north East 
Corner of my old Dwelling house which peice of Land is to Run 
north one Rod and halfe and to Run East that Breadth three 
Rods, to improve it so Long as she Remains my widdow and 
Lives in s d part of said house and also to have free Liberty to 
take of of my Land what fire wood is nesesary for her own fire so 
Long as she Lives in said part of said house 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son James Leavitt and 
to his heirs and assignes for Ever my Dwelling house and Barn 
now standing in Exeter afore said and all my home place or Land 
adjoyning to my s d Dwelling house and Barn and also all my 
Lands Lying on y e north side, and on y e south side of y e Cuntry 
Road which Leadeth from Exeter great Bridge to hamton, at a 
place Called Rockey hill, not all Ready Disposed of, y e said Land 
on y e north side of said Cuntry Road being Bounded west- 
erly by Decon Wilson & madam odlin northerly by Jones Land 
Easterly by John ffoulsham Land & southerly by said Cuntry 
Road and y e Land Lying on y e south side of said Road being 
bounded Easterly and southerly by y e Land of Dudley Leavitt 
westerly by y e Land of Docter Dean and northerly by y e Land 
of Dudley Leavitt and y e afore said Cuntry Road, and also all 
my Land and meadow Lying within y e parrish of Kensenton in 
y e province of New hampshier afore said not already Disposed of, 
and also all that peice of Land Lying in y e parrish of Brentwood 
at y e north End of y e Land which I sold to Benjamin Veasey 
which peice of Land is bounded westerly by y e Land I sold to 
Nicholas Dudley northerly by y e Land I sold to John Dudley 
Easterly by his own Land and southerly by Benjamin Veaseys 
Land and also all that peice of Land which I have in y e parrish of 
Brentwood Lying on y e north side of y e highway which Leadeth 
from Nicholas Dudleys saw mill to y e Dwelling house of Daniel 
Sanborns in y e parrish of Brentwood Between y e Land which I 



416 M.W HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Sold to s d Daniel Sanborn and y e Land which I sold to Jeremiah 
Bean Excepting twenty foure acres which I Reserve and Leave 
with twenty acres & halfe which 1 have Lying in y parrish of 
Brentwood on y north side of y e Land which I sold to John 
Dudley and is hounded westerly by y e Land I sold to Nicholas 
Dudley northerly and Easterly by y Lille River, for my sister 
Elizebeth odlin it being her part of the foure hundred acre grant 
all which peices or parcels oi Land above mentioned I Do Give 
and Bequeath to my Son James Leavitt and to his heirs and 
assignes for Ever and Do also give and Bequeath unto him and 
his heirs and assignes for ever my part of y Saw mill and priv- 
iledge of y stream and also my peu in y meeting house only 
Reserving y e priviledge for my above said wife seting in s d so 
Long as she shall Remaine my widdow, and for my Daughter 
Sarah Leavitt so Long as she Remaines a single parson unmar- 
ried to set in said pen and 1 give him my Baye horse and furne- 
ture belonging to said horse and my Cart and wheels and all 
my Iron tacklin for Catle to work with and also all my Debts 
Due to me Eitheir by bonds notes or any other way Exceping 
what is Due to me from Jabesh Sanborn, he paying all my Just 
Debts funeral! Charges and Legacies above mentioned and what 
shall hereafter be mentioned in these presents 

Item 1 Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizebeth Gilman 
and to her heirs y e full and Just sum of seventy pounds in hills 
of publick Credit old tenor to be paid unto her out of my Estate 
by my Executor hereafter named within foure years next En- 
seuing after my 1 )ecease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Tuck and 
to her heirs y full and Just sum of seventy pounds in bills of 
publick Credit old tenor to be paid unto her out of my Estate 
by my Executor hereafter named within foure years next En- 
seuing after my 1 )ecease 

Item 1 give and Bequeath to m\ Daughter Joanna Cotle 
and to her heirs y e full and Just Sum of fifty pounds in bills oi 
publick Credit old tenor to be paid unto her out of my Estate by 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 417 

my Executor hereafter named within foure years next Enseuing 
after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Alse odlin and to 
her heirs y e full and Just sum of seventy pounds in bills of publick 
Credit old tenor to be paid unto her out of my Estate by my 
Executor hereafter named within foure years next Enseuing 
after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Leavitt and 
to her heirs y c full and Just sum of seventy pounds in bills of 
publick Credit old tenor to be paid unto her out of my Estate 
by my Executors here after named within foure years next 
Enseuing after my Decease and I Do also Give unto her all my 
houshold goods of what sort so ever not all Ready Disposed of 
and I give what is Due from Jabesh Sanborn to her 

Item I Give and bequeath to my five Daughters: viz: Elize- 
beth Gilman Mary Tuck Joanna Cotle Alse odlin and Sarah 
Leavitt, and to her heirs and assigns for ever all that peice or 
parcell of Land which I have Lying in y e parrish of Brintwood on 
y e south side of y e highway which Leadeth from : nicholis Dud- 
leys Saw mill to James Robinsons Dwelling house, and that 
Lyeth Between y e hundred acres of Land formerly Jonathan 
Robinson Late of Exeter Deceased and James Robinsons Land 
which peice or parcel Land is bounded Easterly partly by y e 
Land formerly said Jonathan Robinsons Late of Exeter Decesed 
southerly by y e great fresh River westerly by Land of James 
Robinson northerly by y e said highway 

Item my will is that my son James Leavitt Keep a Cow for 
my Daughter Sarah Boath winter and summer so Long as shee 
Remain unmarried and also find and provide fire wood for her 
so Long as she Remains unmarried 

Item I Give and bequeath to son James Leavitt and to my 
Daughters Elizebeth Gilman Mary Tuck Joanna Cotle Else 
odlin and Sarah Leavitt and to theire heirs and assignes for 
Ever all my stock of Creatures of what kind soever not already 
Disposed of to be Equally Devided Between them 
27 



41 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my two Grandsons James over 
& Israel over and to thaire heirs and assignes for Ever in the 
manner ffollowing, all that peice or parcell of Land which I have 
Lying in ye parrish of Brentwood on y e north side of y e highway 
which Leadeth from nicholas Dudley saw mill to James Robin- 
son Dwelling house and Lyeth Between y e ten acres which I sold 
to Jonathan Robinson and y e Land which I formerly sold my son 
James Leavitt, y e said peice or parcell of Land is bounded East- 
erly by said Jonathan Robinsons ten acres northerly by y e 
Li tie River westerly by y e Land of my son James Leavitts & 
southerly by y e above said highway, to my Grandson James 
over and to his heirs and assignes I give and bequeath two thirds 
of y e above said peice or parcell of Land and to my Grandson 
Israel over [Ober?] and his heirs and assignes I Give one third 
of y e above said peice or parcell of Land 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my three Grandsons: viz: 
John Gilman John Tuck and John odlin and to theire heirs and 
assignes for Ever, all that my Right title intrest Challenge and 
Demands which I now hath Ever had or ought to have in or to 
any part of y e townshipe of Chichester Lying in y e province of 
Newhampsheir afore s d 

Item my will is that y e heirs of my sister Sarah Leavitt Late 
of stratham Deceased have y e forty four acres and a halfe of 
Land which was my sisters shear in y e foure hundred acre Grant 
of ouer honered father samuel Leavitt Deceased, in that peice 
of Land Lying in the parrish of Brentwood Between y e Land 
which I sold to Daniel sanborn and y e Land of Benjamin ffifield, 
and Begin at y e great River and Run north bounding on s d 
fifield and said sanborn untill y e said forty foure acres and a 
halfe be Completed 

and I Do hereby make and ordain my Son James Leavitt to be 
full and sole Executor to this my Last will and testiment and 
to pay all my Just Debts funerall Charges and Legacies aforesaid 
as aforesaid in witness whareof I y e said James Leavitt have to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I9 

this my Last will and testiment set my hand and seall this 15 th 
Day of December 1746 

Signed sealed publised and James Leavitt 

declared by James Leavitt to 
be his Last will and testiment 
in presents of us 

Thomas Deane 

George Dutch 

Edward Gilman 

[Proved March 25, 1747.] 



ICHABOD TIBBETTS 1746 DOVER 

In The Name of God Amen. The Thirtieth Day of December 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & forty Six, I 
Ichabod Tebbets of Dover in y e Province of New-Ham ps r in 

New-England Husbandman, being Sick & Weak in Body 

* * * 

Imprimis, I Give & Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Patience 
Tebbets, whom I Constitute make & Ordain my Sole Executrix 
of this my last Will & Testament, The Sole Use and Improve- 
ment of all my Homestead Land Lying & Being on y e Westerly 
Side of y e Road that leads along by y e Easterly End of my 
Dwelling House, together with y e Sole Use and Improvement 
of my s d Dwelling House & Barn or Barns, & all other Buildings, 
& orchard or orchards, & all Fruit Trees, & other Trees Standing 
or being upon y e s d Land, and all During y e Term of her Contin- 
uing my W 7 idow; but in Case She Shall marry again, then I 
give her only her Proper Dowry, as by Law Allowed ; and at y e 
Decease of my s d Wife, or at y e time of her marrying again I 
Give all y e aforementioned Premisses to my son James Tebbets 
& to his Heirs & Assigns for ever. I also Give to my s d Wife all 
my Stock of Cattle Sheep & Swine, Excepting one Yoke of 
Steers, now Coming in four Years of Age, which I Give to my 



420 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Son Nath 11 Tebbets, I also Give to my s d Wife all my Tools Uten- 
cels & Farming Tackling as Carts Sleds Yoks Chains Axes Hoes 
Sythes &c: Excepting one Yoke Bows & Tackling belonging 
unto it, viz: y e Yoke in which y e aboves d Steers have Commonly 
Wrought, which I Give to my s d Son Nath 11 Tebbets. I also 
Give to my s d Wife all my Household Goods, as Beds, Beding 
and Lyning, Puter, Brass, Iron &c: Except Such Puter as did 
Belong to my former Wife, which I Give to my Daughter Judith 
Pinkum, and my W T areing Apparrel which I Give to my Two 
Sons aforementioned Nath 11 & James to be equally Divided 
between them. 

Item I Give to my s d Son Nathanael Tebbets his Heirs & 
Assigns all my Land Lying on y e Easterly Side of y e afores d 
Road over against my s d Dwelling House, together with my 
Tan-vats in s d Land, and all my Right Title & Interest in the 
Land at Nocks Marsh, So Called; & allso y e Yoke of Steers, 
and Yoke belonging to them, as above mentioned, & y e one half 
of my wareing apperrel, as aboves d 

Item I Give to my s d Daughter Judith Pinkum all y e Puter 
which did properly belong to my former Wife, her mother as 
aboves d and also Ten Pounds in Cash old Tenor, to be Paid her 
by my s d Son Nath 11 Tebbets, within y e Term of one Year after 
my Decease. 

Item I Give to my s d Son James Tebbets his Heirs <x Assigns, 
at the Decease of my s d Wife, or in case She Shall marry again 
then at y e time of her marriage, all y e Land Buildings & orchards 
Fruit Trees & all other Trees, which I have in & by this my last 
Will Given to my Wife During y e Term of her Continuing my 
Widow, & also y e one half of my waring Apparrel as abovesaid. 

Item I Give to my Three Daughters, viz: Rebeckah, Ann and 
Martha Tebbets Thirty Pounds, old Tenor, that is to Say Ten 
Pounds to Each of them, to be Paid them by my s d Son James 
Tebbets within y e Term of one Year, after y e Estate I have in 
this my last Will Given him, Shall by virtue hereof Come into 
his Possession & Improvement. And I do hereby utterly Dis- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 421 

sallow & Disannul all & every other former Wills Legacies & 
Executors, by me in any wayes made Will'd or Named, 
Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last Will & 
Testament, In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand 
& Seal the Day & Year above written. 

Signed Sealed Pronounced Ichabod Tebbets 

& Declared by y e s d Ichabod 
Tebbets as his last Will & 
Testament in y e Presence of us 

Jon a Cushing 

Nathael austin 

Thomas Miller 

[Proved Feb. 25, 1746/7.] 

[Inventory, July 21, 1747; amount, £2892.15.0; signed by 
John Wood and Stephen Roberts.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3090.19.0; 
expenditures, £275.4.0; signed by Patience Tibbetts; claims 
against the estate, £535.6.0; license granted to sell real estate.] 

[Account of additional expenses by Patience Pooler, executrix, 
formerly widow of the deceased; amount, £78.0.0; mentions 
charge for time of Humphrey Pooler and wife; also maintenance 
of three children, one, one year, another, three years, and 
another, five years and a half.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Tibbetts, minor, son of Ichabod 
Tibbetts, granted to Joseph Austin of Dover, yeoman, March 
25. I749-] 



JAMES THOMAS 1746 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of James Thomas of Notting- 
ham, yeoman, granted to Benjamin Thomas of North Hampton, 
gentleman, Dec. 31, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 94.] 



422 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Benjamin Thomas of North Hampton, gentleman, 
with John Cutt, gentleman, and Samuel Hart, Jr., joiner, both 
of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 31, 1746, 
for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker 
and Mark H unking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 24, 1746/7; amount, £135.16.9; signed by 
John Redman and Rice Rowell.] 

[License to the administrator, March 30, 1748, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £531.7.9; expenditures, £615.4.10; allowed July 27, 
1748; mentions "maintaining the Children of y e Dec d who were 
under Seven years of age viz William 18 Months from y e Decease 
of his father till he was 7 years of age", "ann & Olive from y e 
Death of their father to y e 24 th of Feb ry Inst* they being Still 
under Seven makes 120 weeks," " Elisha a Poshumus Child 
from y e birth to y e 24 th of Feb ry afores d 91 weeks. "] 



THOMAS SLEEPER 1746/7 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Benjamin Sleeper, with Ebenezer Stevens and Jeremy 
Webster as sureties, all yeomen of Kingston, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 23, 1746/7, for the administration of the estate of 
Thomas Sleeper of Kingston, yeoman; witnesses, Nathaniel 
French and Mary Fellows.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 23, 1746/7, authorizing Ebenezer Stevens and 
Jeremy Webster to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 26, 1746/7; amount, £3374.5.0; signed by 
Ebenezer Stevens and Jeremy Webster.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 423 

BENJAMIN MILLER 1746/7 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. I Benjamin Miller of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman being Indispos'd 
in body * * * 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Benjamin Miller all the Land 
I purchased of Joseph Dennet & that I purchased of Amy 
Dennet as also that part of the Land I purchased of Abigail 
Elliot that lays above or on the Westerly Side of the Road 
leading to Newington by his Dwelling house the said Land being 
Commonly called Burnt hill — I also give my Said son the One 
half part of my Stock of Cattle which I have with my Son Moses 
or Elsewhere & the one half of my Money or Bills of Credit & 
the one half of all Debts that are or Shall be due to me To have 
& hold the Said premises to him my Said Son Benjamin his Heirs 
& Assigns forever 

Item I give & Devise to my Son Moses Miller all the other part 
rest & Remainder of my Real Estate where Ever the same is 
(Excepting my Right of Land in Kingswood) and the other half 
part of my part of the Stock of Cattle which we have kept to- 
gether or which I have any where besides & all my Implements 
or tools of Husbandry & the one half of my Money or bills of 
Credit & half the Debts that are or Shall be due to me I also 
give him all my household Goods or funiture he paying to Each 
of his Sisters the Sum of Twenty pounds old Tenor within Nine 
Months after my Decease or So much as will be Equal to twenty 
pounds as it is now valued or as said Bills now pass, or in Case 
he shall not See Cause to take the Said Household Goods & pay 
as aforesaid then I hereby give him Liberty & order him to 
distribute & Divide them Equally among his five Sisters or their 
Respective Representatives in Lieu of paying the said Sum as 
aforesaid 

Item I give to Each of my Daughters viz Mary Libbey Lydia 
Hoit Sarah Skillen Elizabeth Dennet & Abigail Trickey the 
Sum of thirty pounds old Tenor or So much as shall be Equal to 



424 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

what thirty pounds old Tenor now is to be paid by my Said two 
Sons jointly in manner following viz the first payment to be 
made to Mary Libbey within one year after my Decease & so to 
proceed to pay one of them according to their age the Eldest 
first & So Successively every year until they shall be all paid — 
and my Right of Land in Kingswood I hereby give & Devise 
among all my Said Children Equally to be Divided But in case 
any of them shall Refuse to pay their proportion of the taxes & 
public Charges that Shall hereafter be Laid upon Said Land his 
or her part so Refusing shall be forfeited & Divided among the 
others who Shall pay the Same the whole to be them their 
Heirs & Assigns forever — and farther my will & meaning Re- 
specting the payment of the said Sums to my Said Daughters is 
that if it Should so happen that either of them Should Dye 
before the time of payment of her part Shall Come then the said 
Sum to be paid to her Legal Representative or Representatives — 
moreover in Case I Should leave any Corn or other provisions 
in my house my will is that whatever there Shall be of that kind 
belonging unto me it Shall be Equally Divided between my 
Said two Sons and Lastly I Constitute Ordain & make my said 
two Sons joint Exec rs of this my Last Will & Testament & hereby 
Revoke all other Wills & Testaments by me in manner hereto- 
fore made — In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand 
& Seal the twenty Seventh Day of January 1746 and the Twen- 
tieth Year of His Majesty's Reign — 

Memor" upon Reviewing this my will I find it necessary to 
add & Explain the Same to prevent disputes hereafter viz that 
as I took or borrowed fifty pounds New Tenor of that money or 
bills of Credit called the Loan bills of the Province for which 
the Land I have herein given my Son Moses is Mortgaged and 
as I have Endeavord to make my Said Sons Equal in what I 
have given them it is my will that my Son Benjamin pay the one 
half of what there may be due upon the Said Mortgage Either 
Interest or principal & in Case he my Said Son Benjamin shall 
Refuse so to do then I give my part of the Stock of Cattle before 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 425 

given him herein & also the afores d parcel of Land called Burnt 
Hill unto my Said Son Moses to Enable him to Clear & pay of 
the Said Mortgage & my Intent in this my Will is that the 
Estate before given to my Said Son Moses shall be to him his 
Heirs & assigns — In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the Day & year aforesaid 

Signed Sealed & Declared as Benj a miller 

aforesaid in presence of us 

Jos 11 Peirce 

Abraham Elliot 

catren huey 

William Parker 

[Proved May 30, 1750.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Miller and Moses Miller, yeomen, with 
Abraham Elliott, yeoman, and John Dennett, gentleman, as 
sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £1000, May 30, 1750, 
for the execution of the will; witness, William Rindge.] 



EDWARD DEARBORN 1746/7 GREENLAND 

[Bond of Mary Dearborn, widow, with John Brackett, gentle- 
man, and John Weeks, yeoman, as sureties, all of Greenland, in 
the sum of £500, Jan. 28, 1746/7, for the administration of the 
estate of Edward Dearborn of Greenland, yeoman; witnesses, 
William Parker and Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Inventory, April 28, 1747; amount, £1003.8.0; signed by 
James Berry and Matthias Haines.] 



ARTHUR SLADE 1746/7 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Arthur Slade of Newmarket, 
gentleman, granted to Henry Keyes of Portsmouth, shopkeeper, 
and his wife, Elizabeth Keyes, Jan. 28, 1746/7.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 100.] 



426 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Henry Keyes, shopkeeper, with Samuel Hart and 
John Cutt, gentleman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £1000, Jan. 28, 1746/7, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Benjamin Berry and Mary Keyes.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 28, 1746/7, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Hunking Wentworth, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 7, 1746/7; amount, £204.2.3; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and H. Wentworth.] 



EDWARD BROOKS 1746/7 PORTSMOUTH 

In The name of God amen. I Edward Brooks of Portsm in 
the Province of New Hampshire Marriner being very Sick & 
week in body * * * 

Secondly. I give and bequeath unto my Dear and Loving 
Wife Katharin Brooks my house and Land in Portsmouth 
dureing her widow hood for to bring up my Two Children with 
(and Liberty to Sell the Same if she shall have Occation therefor 
for the use aforesaid) and if she shall marry again only one third 
thereof to her Dureing her natural Life. To her also I give all 
my personall Estate for the End aforesaid. 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son William Brooks the 
one half my Estate Real or personall if any shall Remain in the 
hands of my wife at the time of her Death or marriage 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Susana 
Brooks the other half of my Estate Real or personall if any shall 
Remain in the hands of my wife at the time of her Death or 
marriage — 

and I do appoint my said Wife to be Sole Executrix of this 
my Last will and Testament Revokeing & making Null & Void 
all wills by me formerly made hereby Ratifying and Confirming 
this to be my Last will & Testament & no other In Witness 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 427 

Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this Twelfth day 
of February anno Domini 1746/7 — 

Sign'd Sealed pronounced & Edw d Brooks 

Declared by said Edward 
Brooks to be his Last will & 
Testament In presence of 

Cutt Shannon 

Jonathan Nailer 
her 

Lydia X Walden 
Mark 

[Proved April 30, 1747.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1747, authorizing Samuel Hart and Cutt 
Shannon, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate of Edward 
Brooks, administration of which is granted to Mark Hunking 
Wentworth, the widow and executrix having died.] 

[Inventory, signed by Samuel Hart and Cutt Shannon; 
amount, £1396.10.6; attested July 29, 1747.] 



SAMUEL SMITH 1746/7 HAVERHILL DIST. 

The Last Will and testament of Samuel Smith of haverhill 
Destrict and province of new hampshire in new England Mill 
wright * * * 

first I Give and bequeth to My well Beloved wife Abigail all 
my personal Estate to be by her freely posesed and Injoyed for 
ever I allso give my wife the free use and Improvement of all my 
Real Estate Dureing the term of her naturel Life — 

Secondly I Give and Bequeth to my Beloved Son Samuel 
Smith the whole of my homestead Lands and buildings and he is 
to Come into possesion of it at his mothers Decese — 

thirdly I give and Bequeth to My Beloved Son nathanel 
smith the sum of five shillings to be paid by my Executor at my 
Decesce — 



428 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

fourthly I Give and Bequeth to my beloved Daughter Han- 
nah the Sum of five pounds old tenor: to be paid her by my 
Executor hereafter named at or before one full year after my 
wives Decese — 

fifthly I Give and bequeth to my Beloved Daughter Abigail 
the sum of twelve pounds old tenor: to be paid by my Executor 
at or before two full years after my wives Decese— 

Sixthly I Give and Bequeth to my Beloved Daughter mehet- 
able the Sum of five pounds old tenor: to be paid by my Exec- 
utor at 01 before three full years after My wives Decese 

Seventhly I Give and bequeth to my Beloved Daughter mary 
the Sum of five pounds old tenor: to be paid by my Executor at 
or before four full years after my wives Decese — ■ 

Eightly I Give and bequeth to my Beloved Daughter Sarah 
the sum of five pounds old tenor: to be paid by my Executor 
at or before five full years after my wives Decese — 

ninthly I Give and Bequeth to my Beloved Daughter Susanna 
the sum of five pounds old tenor: to be paid by my Executor at or 
before Six full years after my wives Decese — 

tenthly I Give and Bequeth to the Second Church of Christ 
in haverhill the Sum of forty Shillings old tenor to be paid by 
my Executor at my Decese— 

Eleventhly I will and ordain that all those Debts which in 
Duty Right or Concience I owe to any person or persons what 
soever together with my funerall Expences and Charge: and 
allso the Legaces herein Expressed be well and truly paid by my 
Executor herein named — 

Lastly I Constitute ordain and appoint my Beloved Son 
Samuel Smith to be the Sole Executor of this my Last will and 
testament and I Do hereby utterly Revoke Disanul and Disalow 
all former wills testaments Legaces and Executors heretofore 
named or made Ratifiing and Confirming this and no other to 
be my Last will and testament in testimony whereof I the Said 
Samuel Smith have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this for- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 429 

teenth clay of febuary anno Domini 1746: and in the twentyth 
year of his majestys Reign — 

Signed Sealed published pro- his 

nounced and Declared by the Samuel X Smith 

Said Samuel Smith to be his mark 

Last will & testament in the 
presents of us 

Anne Harriman 

John Harriman 

Sam 11 Harriman 

[Proved April 27, 1748.] 

[Bond of Samuel Smith, housewright, with John Harriman 
and Samuel Harriman, husbandmen, as sureties, all of Haverhill 
District, in the sum of £100, March 1, 1748/9, for the execution 
of the will; witnesses, Joseph Freese and Solomon Smith.] 



MOSES BLAKE 1746/7 KENSINGTON 

In The Name of God amen The seventeenth Day of february 
In The year of ouer Lord seventeen Hundred & forty six/- 
seven & In y e Twentyeth year of King Gorge y e second his 
Reign over Great Brittan &c I Moses Blake of y e parrish of 
Kensington In Hampton In y e provience of New hamshire In 
New England yeoman Being aged & Weak In Body * * * 

Impr I Give & Bequeath Unto my well Beloved Wife Abigail 
Blake my Dwelling House During her Natural Life to have use 
posess & Injoy to Gether with the Use & Improvement of all 
my Lands Both Upland & swamp Land to be at hur Command 
During her Natural Life I also Give & bequeath unto my Wife 
all my money to be at her Disposing as she shall see meet I also 
Give unto my wife all my moveable efects During her natural 
Life & then to be Disposed of as I shall here after specifie 

Item 1 I Give and bequeath unto my Granson Josiah Blake 
two half shiers In y e first west Division In Hampton as I have 



430 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Given Unto his father my son Hezekiah Blake two half shiers 
By Deed of Gift being y e eighty forth & eighty fifth Loot In 
number I now Give to him y e scl Josiah Blake y e eighty seccond & 
eighty Third Lots Bounded easterly on y* his father had of me 
by Deeds of Gift & south & north on high ways & west on y e 
eighty first shire to be to him y e s d Josiah Blake & his heirs & 
assignes for eveir allways excepting and allowing y° Use & Im- 
provement of y e one half of It for his mother During her Widow- 
hood 

Item 2 I Give & Bequeath unto my son moses Blake a 
Ceartain piece of Land Containing Twenty acres in y e parish of 
Kensington & Is bounded as follows viz Begining at y e south- 
easterly Corner of my son moses Blakes Land & norwesterly on 
James peirkins Land twenty Rods & Then to Run Northerly 
Joyning to James prescuts Land & so Keeping sd wedth of 
Twenty Rods LTntill It makes or Compleats Twenty acres to 
him my s d son moses Blake & to his heirs and assignes for ever 

Item 3 my will Is that my son moses Blake shall pay to my 
son Jonathan Blake Twenty five pounds money of y e old Tennor 
with In one year after my Wifes Decease 

Item 4 my will Is That my Grandson Josiah Blake shall pay 
to my son Jonathan Blake Twenty five pounds money of y e old 
Tennor With In one year after my wifes Decease 

Item 5 I Give & Bequeath L T nto my two Eldist Daughters 
Viz Hannah Lock y e wife of Edward Lock & Abigail sanbun y e 
wife of Tristuram sanbun Ten pounds apiece of y e old Tennor 
to Be paid By my Granson Josiah Blake at my wifes Decease 

Item 6 I Give & Bequeath Lmto my other Two Daughters 
Viz mary Bachelder y e wife of Fransus Bachelder & to Moriah 
Bachelder y e wife of Theophilus Bachelder Tenn pounds money 
of y e old Tennor apiece to each of ym To be paid By my son 
moses Blake at my wifes Decease 

Item 7 & furthermore my will Is y* after y e Decease of my 
wife Their shall be a prisel of my House by Indiferent Men & 
my Granson Josiah Blake shall pay to my fouer Daughters 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 1 

abovenamed y e valluation of y e sd House Equally to every one 
apiece and He shall have sd house / & further more my will & 
meaning Is y* all my moveabls & Utensels with In Doors as 
Beds & Beding & all my moveable Both Named & unnamed Be 
equally Divided amongst my fouer Daughters above named at 
my wifes Decease all y* shall Be then Left Be y e same more or 
Less — / Last Ly I Doe appoint my son moses Blake & my 
Granson Josiah Blake above named to Be my executors to 
This my Last will & Testiment 

signed sealed & Declared to Moses Bleak 

be His Last will & Testiment 
In preasents of Us 

Caleb Brown 

Reuben Smith 

Joseph Draper 

[Proved May 27, 1752.] 

[Inventory, June 1, 1752; amount, £1882.0.0; taken by James 
Perkins and Joseph Draper.] 



CALEB BLODGETT 1746/7 WOBURN, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Caleb Blodgett of Woburn, 
Mass., granted to his son, Seth Blodgett of Woburn, Mass., 
Feb. 19, i74 6 /7-l 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 100] 

[Bond of Seth Blodgett of Woburn, Mass., yeoman, with 
Thomas Veasey of Stratham and Nathan Godfrey of Hampton 
as sureties, in the sum of £100, Feb. 19, 1746/7, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate of Caleb Blodgett of Woburn, Mass., 
yeoman; witnesses, John Folsom and W 7 illiam Parker, Jr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £78.14.0; 
expenditures, £58.2.0; allowed Jan. 2y, 1748/9.] 



432 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JEREMIAH FOLSOM 1746/7 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God Amen I Jeremiah Folsome of New Market 
in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman * * * 

Item I give & bequeath to Elizabeth my wife the Sum of 
Twenty five pounds in bills of Credit of the New Tenor & also 
the goods she bro't to me agreeable to a Contract made between 
us before Marriage But this Sum of Bills as aforesaid I Intend 
& design shall be in full of all Claims & Demands for her Dower 
& thirds of my Estate & I order the said Sum to be paid by my 
Executor within one Year after my Decease if she will give him 
a Release & Discharge of her Right of Dower & thirds in & 
unto my said Estate but if she will not then this Gift & bequest 
to be. null & void 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Nathan Folsome five 
Shillings like Bills to be paid within one Year as afores d he hav- 
ing already had his Portion out of my Estate 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Jeremiah Folsome jun r 
five Shillings like bills to be paid as afores d for the Reason afore- 
said 

Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Bryent the wife of 
Walter Bryent the Sum of Fifteen pounds in said Bills of Credit 
& it is my mind that the said Sum at the time of payment shall 
be made Equal to what it now is that is valuing Silver at forty 
Shillings old Tenor or ten Shillings New Tenor an ounce to be 
paid within one Year after my Decease I also give her One 
fifth part of my household Furniture or goods to be deliver'd 
within three Months after my Decease by my Said Executor — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Mead the 
wife of John Mead the Sum of fifteen pounds like Bills to be 
made Equal to their present value as aforesaid to be paid within 
two years after my Decease by my Said Exec and also one fifth 
part of Household Furniture to be delivererd as aforesaid 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Folsome 
the Sum of Twenty five pounds like Bills to be valued as afores d 
& paid at or before three years after my Decease by my said 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 433 

Executor & one fifth part of my said Furniture to be deliverd 
as aforesaid 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Low the wife 
of Jacob Low the Sum of fifteen pounds like bills to be valued 
as afores d & paid by my said Executor within four Years after 
my Decease also One fifth part of my said Household furniture 
to be deliverd as afores d 

Item I give to my Daughter Ann Folsome the Sum of twenty 
five pounds like bills of Credit to be valued as afores d & paid 
within five years after my Decease also One fifth part of my 
furniture to be deliv d as afores d — 

Item All the Rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate where- 
ever & what ever it is I give Devise & bequeath to my Son John 
Folsome his Heirs & Assigns forever only Excepting thirty 
Acres of Land more or Less lying near Smarts Creek between 
the Land of my Son Jeremiah & the Land of Arthur Bennick 

Lastly I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my said Son John 
to be Sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament hereby 
Revoking all other Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
Nineteenth Day of Feb ry 1746 & in the Twentieth Year of His 
Majesty's Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared In Jere folsom 

presence of us 

William Paiker 

Zerviah Parker 

W m Parker jun r 

Charles King 

[Proved Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Bond of John Folsom of Newmarket, yeoman, with Chase 
Wiggin of Newmarket and John Dow of Epping, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Oct. 26, 1757, for the execution 
of the will; witnesses, John Smith and William Parker, Jr.] 

[Walter Bryent, gentleman, and his wife, Elizabeth Bryent, 
Joseph Young, gentleman, and his wife, Anna Young, John 



434 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Mead, cordwainer, and his wife, Mary Mead, and Abigail Fol- 
som, single woman, all of Newmarket, and Jacob Lowe of 
Stratham, cooper, and his wife, Sarah Lowe, "which Women 
are the Daughters of the Said Jeremiah Folsome", waive 
inventory from their brother, John Folsom, Nov. I, 1757; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Young, Jeremiah Folsom, Stephen Pendergast, 
John Mendum, Benjamin Norris, and John Thurston.] 



NATHANIEL FRENCH 1746/7 KINGSTON 

In The Name of God Amen, The 20 th day of february Annoq 
domin 1746/7 I Nathanael French of Kingstown in the Province 
of New Hamps: in New England Husbandman being in Com- 
fortable Measures of Health * * * 

Imp 3 I give & bequeath unto sarah my dearly beloved wife, 
all & singular my moveable goods & Effects within doors (That 
is all my Houshold stuff) to her the s d sarah her Hiers & assigns 
forever, to be at her dispose 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved sons Samuel 
French Nathanael French Jun r & Jonathan French, five shillings 
apiece viz: five shillings Each; Lawful money 

Item I Give unto my well beloved Daughters, Elizabeth now 
the wife of Isaac Godfrey, And Sarah now the wife of Samuel 
Sleeper, And mary now the wife Stephen Gillrrian; the like 
sum of five shillings (Each) like money, All these above men- 
tioned sums to be levied out of my Estate & to be paid by my 
Executors, within the Term of six months after my Decease; all 
these abovementioned Children haveing already had thier 
portions out of my Estate 

Item I Give unto my well beloved son Benjamin French, 
whom I Likewise with Capt Jedidiah Philbrick Constitute make 
& ordain sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testament, I 
say I give unto my s d son Benjamin All & singular my Lands be- 
ing my Home place on which I now live as it Lays, & is Bounded 
with the Buildings & Orchards thereon with all my moveable 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 435 

goods & Effects without doors, as my stock of Cattle sheep 
Horse kine &c with all Implements for mens Labour & Business, 
with my part in the saw mill; To him my s d son Benjamin 
French his Hiers & assigns for ever to his & thier own proper use 
benefit & behoof for ever with all the Priviledges appurtenances 
& Commodities unto the above mentioned Estate belonging or in 
any wise appertaining, And I do also hereby will & Ordain my 
s d son Benjamin to pay the abovementioned sums; And also 
to keep Two Cows winter & summer for the use of my s d wife 
Dureing her natural life & also to provide for my s d wife Dureing 
her natural life what may be further Necessary for the Honnour- 
able & Comfortable Support & Subsistence of my s d wife in 
sickness & in health Dureing her natural life in all respects & 
to provide for her A Convenient & Comfortable Room to dwell 
in, And at my s d wifes Decease to Bury her with a Decent 
Christian Burial ; I do also hereby further will & ordain that my 
s d son Benjamin pay all my Honest debts; 

Item I Give to my Adopted Son Thomas, (The son of mary 
Gilbert Commonly Known by the name of Thomas French) 
One Twenty Acre Lot of Land in the Division of Twenty acres 
above the Two Hundred Acre Grant (so Called) It being the 
Lot in that division which was Laid out to my original Right 
& Bounded as may appear in S d Kingstown Book of Records; 
s d Land Laying in S d Kingstown, The s d Thomas To Have & 
To Hold s d Twenty acre Lot of Land to him his Hiers & Assigns 
forever; Provided: The s d Thomas shall well & truly & faith- 
fully Serve me, or, my s d son Benjamin French, Until he 
Arrive to the age of Twenty one years of age And I do hereby 
farther Will & ordain my s d son Benjamin French to Give to the 
s d Thomas a good yoke of Oxen, Provided he the s d Thomas 
shall serve me or my s d son Benjamin till he arrive to the age 
of Twenty one years, x\nd I do hereby utterly Dissallow revoke 
& Dissanul all & every other former Testaments Wills Legacies 
& Bequests & Executors by me in any ways before named willed 
& bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my 



436 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Last Will and Testament: In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
Set my hand & Seal the day &-year above written 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- his 

nounced & Declared by the s d nathael X French 

Nathanael French as his Last mark 

Will & Testament in the Pres- 
ence of us the Subscribers 

Jeremy Webster 
his 

Benjamin X French Jun r 
mark 

Elizabeth webster 

[Proved April 25, 1750.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1750; amount, £4184.17.0; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Samuel Fifield; attested by Benjamin 
French, Jr., one of the executors, July 25, 1750.] 



ABIEL KELLY 1746/7 METHUEN, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Abiel Kelly of Methuen, 
Mass., granted to Enoch Bartlett of Newbury, Mass., tanner, 
Feb. 25, 1746/7.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 107.] 

[Bond of Enoch Bartlett of Newbury, Mass., tanner, with 
Nathaniel Fellows of Portsmouth, gentleman, and Joseph Swasey 
of Exeter, shipwright, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 
1746/7, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William 
Parker and Charles King.] 

[Inventory, April 3, 1747; signed by Richard Kelly and Peter 
Merrill; amount, £146.0.0.] 

[License to the administrator, Enoch Bartlett of Haverhill, 
Mass., April 29, 1752, to sell real estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 437 

EBENEZER ODIORNE 1746/7 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Odiorne of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to his widow, Catherine Odiorne, Feb. 
25, 1746/7.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 106.] 

[Bond of Catherine Odiorne, widow, with Henry Sherburne, 
Jr., of Portsmouth, merchant, and John Sherburne of Newcastle, 
gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 1746/7, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Charles King.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1746/7, authorizing John Griffith, shop- 
keeper, and Daniel Jackson, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 27, 1747; amount, £1736.8.0; signed by 
Daniel Jackson and John Griffith.] 



PETER WEARE 1746/7 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Weare of Hampton 
(Falls) yeoman, granted to Andrew Webster of Hampton Falls, 
yeoman, Feb. 25, 1746/7.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 105.] 

[Bond of Andrew Webster, yeoman, with Capt. Nathaniel 
Healey, gentleman, and Benjamin Hilliard, yeoman, as sureties, 
all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 1746/7, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, Hunking Went- 
worth and William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1746/7, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Josiah Batchelder, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 27, 1746/7; amount, £430.10.6; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Josiah Batchelder.] 



438 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £360.10.6; expenditures, £232.15.7; allowed Jan. 27, 

I747/8-] 



JOHN COCHRAN . 1746/7 LONDONDERRY 

[Warrant, March 4, 1746/7, authorizing Thomas Campbell 
and Joseph Steele, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate of John Cochran of Londonderry, yeoman, adminis- 
tration of which is granted to his son, Joseph Cochran.] 

[Inventory, signed by Thomas Campbell and Joseph Steele; 
amount, £603.13.6; attested April 25, 1747.] 

[Additional inventory, Dec. 26, 1748; amount, £75.0.0; signed 
by Joseph Steele and Thomas Campbell.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £45.0.0; expenditures, £54.7.0; allowed Dec. 27, 1749; 
a certificate of approval of the account is signed by Lilly Coch- 
ran, Elizabeth Cochran, Thomas Cochran, Samuel Cochran, 
Susan Cochran, and Isaac Cochran; the latter is mentioned in 
the attestation as a son of the deceased.] 



JOSEPH ROLLINS 1746/7 STRATH AM 

In The name of God amen This Eleventh Day of march anno 
Domino 1746/7 I Joseph Ralings of Stratham in the Province 
of Newhamp r in New England yeoman being Weak of Boodey 

Itim I Give to my Well beloved Wife Lydiah Rolings one 
Hunderd Pounds old tenner to be Paid to Her by my Excutor 
Hereafter named Fifty Pounds old tenner to be Paid at my 
Deces and the other fifty within a year after my Decese and one 
fether Bead and beding which She Brought with her when I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 439 

marred her and my said Wife to have the Round tabel and two 
Chairs to be Deliverd by my Executor after my Decese my 
Will is that my said Exeuto r Pay to my said Wife the above Sum 
of money and movabels as above Expresed my said Wife Giving 
my s d Exeutor a full Discharge of all Her Thirds of Dowery in 
my Estate at the Delivery of the above mentioned things 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Son Joseph Ralings Five 
Shilings Lawfull money to be Paid by my Exeutor hereafter 
named within one year after my Decess he having Receved the 
Grater Part of his Portion by Dead 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Readman 
Twenty Pounds old tenner to be Paid to her by my Exeutor 
hereafter named to be Paid to her within four year after my 
Decess — 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Marston 
Teen Pounds old tenner to be Paid her within Three years after 
my Decess to be Paid her by my Exeutor hereafter named — 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Charity Merrill 
Teen Pounds old tenner to be Paid her within Three years after 
my Decess by my Exeutor Here after named — 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Daughter mercy Rolings 
one Hunderd and teen Pounds old tenner to be Paid her Within 
Two years after my Decess by my Exeutor hereafter named — 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Rolings 
Eighty Pounds old tenner to be Paid her within Two years aftei 
my Decess by my Exeutor hereafter named — 

Itim I Give and bequeath to my Daughter mary Right Teen 
Pounds old tenner to be Paid her within Four years after my 
Decess by my Exeutor here after named — 

Itim I Give and Bequeath to my Son Joshua Ralings and 
his heirs and asings for Ever all my home Plase with all the 
Biddings thereon and orcherds viz all my Land on the south Side 
of the Way that Lead from the Great Plains so Caled to Xorth 
Hill and bounded Notherly on said Road Easterly on Land of 
David Stephens and South ley on Land of Jacob Low and West- 



440 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

erly on Land of my Son Joshua Ralings and all my Land on the 
North Side of the Road above mentioned Bounded Southerly on 
said Road Westerly on Land of Benjamin Tayler Nothly of Land 
of Jonathan Dearbens and Easterly on Land of Ephram Green 
and David Stephens With all my bulding their on (the two 
Peeces of Land above mentioned Lying and being in the town- 
ship of Stratham In y e Province of New hampshire aforesaid) 
and I Give to my Said Son Joshua Ralings all my movebales 
Without Doores viz all my Stock of Cattle horses Sheep and 
Swine With all my utencels for Husbantrey of wmat nature or 
Caind so Ever and Likewise all my Land in the Parish of Brint- 
wood in the Township of Exeter and Likwise all my Land in 
the township of Notingham in said Province and all my Right 
in the township of Bow in s d Province and Elce whear not all 
Readey Desposed of To him the said Joshua Ralings and his 
heirs and asings for Ever and my will is that my Said Son Joshua 
have all my Wearing apprell With all my Syder Casts and 
Corn Casts and my Gun with all my Debts Due to me of bonds 
notes Boock Debts — 

Lastly I Do hereby mak and ordain my Son Joseph Ralings 
to be full and Soul Excutor to this my Last Will and testement 
and to Pay all my Just Debts and furnall Charges With all the 
Legiescies above mentioned and I Do here by Revoke and 
Disallow all former and other Will or Wills by me made by 
word or Writing Conferming this and none other to by my Last 
will and none other In Witness whereof I have to this my Last 
will and Testament set my hand and Seal the Day and year 
above Written 

Signed Sealed Published and his 

Declard by Joseph Ralings to be Joseph X Ralings 

his Last will and testament In mark 

Presents of 

Jacb Low 

Ephraim Green 

Theo: Smith 

[Proved Jan. 25, 174S 9.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 44 1 

[Caveat of Joseph Redman of Hampton and his wife, Hannah 
Redman, daughter of Joseph Rollins, Jan. 25, 1748/9, against 
the probate of the will.] 

[Bond of Joshua Rollins, with Jonathan Rollins and Joseph 
Clark as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum of £500, 1748, for 
the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker and George 
Meserve.] 



WILLIAM WALLIS 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Wallis of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Comfort Wallis, March 25, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 113.] 

[Warrant, March 25, 1747, authorizing Joseph Langdon, 
gentleman, and John Edmunds, yeoman, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate of William Wallis, mariner.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 146.] 

[Inventory; amount, £260.7.0; signed by Joseph Langdon 
and John Edmunds; attested June 24, 1747.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Wallis, William Wallis, and Spencer 
Wallis, all aged less than fourteen years, granted to Thomas 
Cotton July 26, 1749.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 440.] 

[Bond of Thomas Cotton, joiner, with Joseph Cotton, boat- 
builder, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, July 
26, 1749, for the guardianship of Samuel Wallis, William Wallis, 
and Spencer Wallis, his grandchildren, and children of William 
Wallis, Jr. ; witnesses, Samuel Palmer and William Parker.] 



THOMAS WARD 1747 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Ward of Hampton 
Falls, husbandman, son of Shadrach Ward of the same place, 



442 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

granted to John Brown of Hampton Falls, brickmaker, March 
25- 1 747-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 114.] 



THOMAS PHILBRICK 1747 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen this twenty Eighth day of march 
one thousand Seven hundred and forty seven and in the twenti- 
eth year of the Reign of our soverign Lord George the second 
King over Great Britain &c — 

I Thomas Philbrick of Hampton in the Province of New- 
hampshire in New England yeoman being of Perfect mind and 
memory thanks be Given unto god therefore but very weak in 
Body * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my wife all the houshould 
stuf which she hath now in her Possesion for to Give to my 
Children as she sees Cause and farther I give her of the rest of 
my Estate so much as the Law will allow her — 

Item I Give my son Abner Philbrick five shillings Lawfull 
money for to be Paid in one year after my Desease by my 
Executor hereafter named — 

Item I Give my son Jonathan Philbrick five shillings Lawfull 
money to be paid by my Executor in one year after my Decease 

Item I Give my Daughter Jane Knowlton the Improvement 
of the field her husband Ebenezer Knowlton hath in Possession 
of for three years After my Decease and Like wise twenty shill- 
ings Lawfull money for to be paid in one year after my Desease — 

Item I Give my Daughter Anna Shaw fifty shilling Lawfull 
money for to be paid by my Executor in one year after my 
Desease — 

Item I give my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Philbrick my Bed 
and Bedding and all other of my houshould stuf not already 
mentioned — 

Item I Give my Grand son Jonathan Philbrick three acres 
of salt marsh be the same more or Less Bounded westerly on 
marsh of moses stickney notherly on marsh of Jonathan Chase 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 443 

Easterly on marsh of my sons Abner & Jonathan Philbrick and 
southerly on marsh of Thomas Brown — 

And Like wise I Give my before s d Grand son Jonathan Phil- 
brick three quarters of an acre of Land Lying about the Cellar 
where my house formerly stood and Likewise All my Land too 
the Northward of the Cart way that Runs by the south fence of 
the field that Ebenezer Knoulton jun r hath the Improvment 
now off Bounded westerly on my son John Philbricks Land and 
notherly and Easterly on Land in the Improvment of Jeremiah 
Pearson and southerly on my own Land — 

to my said Grand son Jonathan Philbrick his heirs and As- 
signs for ever in fee simple But in Case he dyes without heirs for 
to go to his Brethren or sisters when they Come cf age — 

Item I Give my son John Philbrick whom I make Executor 
of this my Last will and testament all my Land not already dis- 
posed of that Lyes to the southerd of the cart way and field 
above mentioned all which Land and marsh Lyes in Hampton 
before said Likwise I Give my above s d son John Philbrick my 
Loom and the tackling and all other tools or things or moveables 
not before disposed of — 

Ratifing and Confirming this to be my Last will and testament 
and no other and all other wills for to be void and null And in 
Confirmation of all before written I have here unto set my hand 
and fixed my seal the day of the date first above written — 

signed se*ald and Declared Tho Philbrick 

by the said Tho s Philbrick for 
to his Last will and testament 
Before us wittnesses 

Jeremiah Pearson 

nathan Cram 

Mary Pearson 

[Proved April 29, 1747.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1747, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Thomas Cram, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, singed by Jonathan Fifield and Thomas Cram; 
amount, £364.10.0; attested July 22, 1747.] 



444 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

NICHOLAS GORDON 1747 EXETER 

In the Name of God amen The Thirty first day of March one 
thousand Seven hundred and forty Seven I Nicholas Gorden of 
Exeter in the Province of Newhampshire in New England Yeo- 
man being infirm of Body * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath to My beloved Wife Moriah Gorden 
ten Pounds in Money Equal in value to bills of Credit of the old 
tennor to be paid her yearly during her Natural life Six Pounds 
of the Said ten pounds to be paid to her yearly during her Said 
Natural life by My Grandson Nicholas Dudley out of the profits 
or Income of what I Shall Give him in this my Will and four 
Pounds of the said ten Pounds to be paid to her by My Grand 
Son Haley Stevens out of the profits or Income of what I Shall 
hereafter Give him In this my Will I also Give My Said Wife the 
Improvement of the dwelling house I Now live in and all the 
buildings ajoyning and the land on which they Stand during her 
Natural life and the Improvement of a Good fether Bed and 
beding a Smaul iron Pot and a table So long as She Shall Remain 
my Widow and I Give her thirty Shillings in Money Equal to 
Bills of Credit of the old tennor to be paid to her yearly So long 
as She Shall Remain My Widow, by My Executor hereafter 
Named to be by her Contributed for pious uses in the Church 
usualy Meeting in the New Meeting house lately Erected be- 
tween John Deans dwelling house and the dwelling house of 
doc* Josiah Gilman in Exeter aforesaid. 

Item I Give and bequeath to My beloved Grandson Haley 
Stevens all My Pasture lying between Joseph Things dwelling 
house and the Saw Mill Comonly Called Pickpocket Mill and 
also one half of My Right in Said Mill and in the falls on which 
Said Mill Stands and ten Pounds in Money Equal to bills of 
Credit of the old tennor the Said ten Pounds to be paid to him by 
My Grandson Nicholas dudley out of what I Shall Give him 
in this my will the Said Haley paying to My Wife the four 
Pounds as aforesaid yearly. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 445 

Item I Give and bequeath to My beloved Grandson Nicholas 
dudley all that place or farm on which he Now lives with the 
dwelling house and all the buildings Standing thereon and also 
one half of My Right in the Mill Called Pickpocket Mill and 
half My Right in the falls on which Said Mill Stands he paying 
the ten Pounds Given in this my will to My Grandson Haley 
Stevens and the Six pounds to my Wife as Mentioned in this my 
Will yearly during her Natural life, and My Will is that if 
Either of My Said Grandsons dye without Issue Lawfully be- 
gotten of his body that then what I have Given him in this my 
Will shall desend to his Next Eldest brother then Surviving to 
him his heirs and assigns forever, and My Will is that what I 
have Given to My Wife in this My Will Shall be in the Room of 
her dowery or Power of thirds in My Estate, and My Will 
further is that what I have Given herein to My Said Grandsons 
Shall be in full of their mothers Portion in My Estate. I do 
further Give Each of My Said Grandsons the Improvment of a 
Good Cow to be alowed them out of My Estate So long as they 
Shall pay to My Wife as aforesaid. 

Item I Give and bequeath to My Grandson Nicholas Dolofe 
his heirs and assigns forever all My land at white Pine Plain 
whareon he Now lives Except what I Shall otherways dispose of 
in My life time. 

Item I Give and bequeath to My Grand son Thomas Dolofe 
and to My Grand Children which My dafter Lydia Gorden 
deceased had by her husband Jonathan Gorden all My Right 
or Share in the Township Called Gilman Town to be Equaly 
divided among them to be theirs their heirs and assigns forever. 

Item I Give demise and bequeath to the Church Usualy 
Meeting or assembling for the Publick worship of God in the 
New Meeting house lately Errected in Exeter aforesaid on the 
Northerly Side of the high way between doc* Josiah Gilmans 
dwelling house and the dwelling house of John Dean My Silver 
Tankard Marked with the letters: N: M: G: to be deliverd into 
the hands of dacon John Lord, or Theoaplus Smith Esq 1 ", or any 



446 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

other Person, whome Said Church Shall appoint to Receve the 
Same, by My Executor hereafter Named, Imediatly after My 
deceas the Said Tankard to be for Said Churches use for Ever. 

Item My Will is that the dwelling house wharein I Now live 
and the buildings ajoyning and the lot of land which I Bought 
of James young on which they Stand, Shall be Sold to the best 
advantage imediatly after Mine and My Wifes decease, by My 
Executor and the produce thereof to be Equaly devided between 
My four Granddafters viz Sarah Stevens Patience Stevens 
Sarah Colcord and Sarah Robinson to be theirs and at their 
disposall forever. 

Item I Give and bequeath to My beloved Dafter Mary Col- 
cord all the Residue of My Estate both Real and Personal Not 
heretofore disposed of to be hers her heirs and assigns for ever. 

Finally I do hereby Constitute appoint Make and ordain My 
Son in Law Edward Colcord My Sole Executor of this my last 
Will and Testament, and do hereby utterly Revoke dissanull and 
dissalow all other and former Wills and Testaments Made or 
Expressed to be Made by Me, Ratifieing and Confirming this 
as My last Will and Testament. In Wittness Whareof I have 
hereunto Set My hand and Seal the day and year first above 
written. 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- his 

nounced and declared by the Nicholas X Gorden 

Said Nicholas Gorden as his Mark 

last Will and Testament in the 
Presents of us the Subscribers 

Edward Gil man 

John Bowden 

Sam 11 Gilman 

[Proved July 27, 1748, and probate suspended.] 

[Caveat by Patience Stevens, widow, James Gordon, Jonathan 
Gordon, and Benoni Gordon, infant, July 27, 1748, against the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 447 

probate of the will on the ground that the testator was incom- 
petent.] 

[Meriah Gordon, widow, waives the will of her husband, 
Nicholas Gordon, Aug. 31, 1748, and claims dower.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 26, 1748; amount, £2599.14.3; signed by 
Samuel Gilman and John Light.] 



RICHARD DOWNING 1747 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Downing of Newington 
in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman * * * 

Imprimis my Will is that my just Debts & Funeral Charges 
be paid by my Executrix herein after named out of my Personal 
Estate within Convenient time after my Decease and whatever 
Remains of my Personal Estate after the payment of the said 
Debts & Charges I Give & bequeath the same to my Said Execu- 
trix to be at her Disposal or use as she shall See fit and I do 
hereby Nominate & Appoint Allice Downing my beloved wife 
to be Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament 

Item I give & Devise to my said Wife the Sole use & Improve- 
ment of all my Real Estate during her Natural Life only Ex- 
cepting my Right of Land in the Township of Barnstead 

Item I give and Devise to my Cousin Richard Downing all my 
Estate Right & Title to any & all my Lands in the said Township 
of Barnstead to hold to him his Heirs & assigns and as to the 
Reversion of my other Real Estate I dispose thereof as follows 
that is to Say after the Decease of my said W r ife I give & Devise 
all my Real Estate Excepting that in Barnstead afores d unto 
my said Cousin Richard & Allice Downing his wife & to their 
Heirs & Assigns forever. Lastly I do hereby Revoke all other 
Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof 
I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Second Day of April 



448 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Anno Domini 1747 and in the twentieth Year of His Majesty's 
Reign 

Signed Sealed & Declared Richard Downing 

by the said Richard Downing 
as his Last Will & Testament 
In Presence of us 

Jacob Tread well 

William Parker ' 

Zerviah Parker 

William Parker jun r 

[Proved Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Bond of Alice Downing, widow, with Richard Downing, 
gentleman, as surety, both of Newington, in the sum of £1000, 
Oct. 30, 1754, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Jonathan 
Blanchard and William Parker.] 



WILLIAM MOORE 1747 STRATHAM 

In The name of God amen the fourteenth Day of xApril in the 
year of our Lord one. thousand Seven hundred and fourty seven 
I William moore of Stretham in the province of Newhampshire 
Esq r * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeth unto my beloved son william 
moore all my Lands in Stratham below the Country road Down 
to the Salt river together with all my marsh Joyning to Said 
Land and all the priviledges and appurtinances thereunto be- 
longing together with all my houses and out houses and what 
soever Else may be found on said Land and I also give unto him 
my said son William one halfe of my Land that I have in new- 
markit in the townshipe of Exetar which Land was a grand 
from Exetar the bounds may be known by said grant and my 
will is that he take his half at that end Joyning to the Land I 
fomarly sold to healy I also give him one halfe my- stock of 
Creturs that I shall Dye seasd of that both neat Cattel sheep 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 449 

horses and swine and my best fiarlock gun and my sword and 
one thurd part of my houshold stufe Exepting one bed and 
furniture which I shall here aftar Dispose of — and all the 
money I Leave at my Deses I give him also: on Condition he 
shall pay my feunirel Charg and Doctars and all my Just Debts 
to him and his heirs forever 

Item I give and bequeth to my belove Son Thomas moore 
all my Land in Stretham Lying betwen Jonathan Clarks and 
Thomas Veseys Joyning to the road that is betwe Levets Land 
and my Land togethar with the hous and barn on Said Land with 
all the privileges belonging to Said Land and a peese of flats 
Lying in Exetar in the boad Cove so Caled at the south side 
of the krick at the Lore end and runing over the krick towards 
the uppar end to the north sid of the krick and a strip of marsh 
Joyning to it and also my Eacer of marsh on Exetar sid of the 
revir a littel below my hous and Liberty to Land his hay and 
thatch on the Land I have given to my son william and Lebirty 
to pas and repas threw said Land to the Country road to hall of 
his hay not to Damnifie his brothar in going out of the parth or 
Leaveing open geats or bars — and I give him all my wright in 
the townshipe of Bow and one firelock gun and one quarta part 
of my stock of Creturs I shall Dye seasd of both neat Cattel 
sheepe horses and swine — and I also give him one thurd of my 
houshold stuff Exepting one bed and furniture that shall here 
aftar Dispose of this I give to him and his heirs for ever — 

Itim I give and bequeth unto my beloved Daughter mary 
Coker one half of my Land I have in Xewmarkit which Land my 
fathar had by a grant from Exetar — and I also give her two 
peses of marsh I have in Exetar the one Cald the half way 
poynt the othar prays and all my wrigh in Gilmantown and I 
also give her one quartar of my stock of Creturs both neat Cattel 
sheepe horses and swine that I shall Dye seasd of and one bed 
and furniture and one thurd part of all my othar houshold stuff 
and a stripe of Land betwen the County road and Levets fence 
on the Este sid of the road over against my son Cokers hous all 



450 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

this to her and her hears forever and my will is that whatsoever 
Land may be mead to appear to be mine shall be Equilly betwen 
my thre Childrin william moore Thomas moore and mary Coker 
and my will is that my son william shall have all my wearing 
Close which I Constitute and appoynt my sold Executar of this 
my Last will and testement and I Do hereby utterly Disalow 
revoke and make voacle all other or formor wills or testements by 
me in any ways before made ratifiing and Confirming this and 
no othar to be my Last will and testement in witnes whereof I 
have here unto Seat my hand and Seal the Day and year above 
written 

sighned sealed published and Willim moore 

pronounsed this to be my Last 
will and testement in presences of 

Joseph palmer 

Jonathan Flifeild 

Benjmin Levet 

[Proved Sept. 18, 1747.] 



HUGH REED 1747 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God Amen I Hugh Reed of New Castle in 
the Province of New-Hampshire in New England Gentleman 
being by the Providence of God many ways put in mind of 
my mortality * * * 

For the Love and affection I bare to my wife Margaret Reed 
I give and bequeath to her all my Real & Personal Estate of 
what kind and Quality Soever and wheresoever found (She 
paying all my Justs Debts & funeral charges out of the Same) 
to be and Remain to her and her heirs in fee Simple forever and 
by these presents I also appoint her the Said Margaret Sole 
Executrix of this my last will & Testament 

In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 
fifteenth Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand 
Seven hundred & forty Seven and in the Twentieth year cf the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 45 1 

Reign of his majestie George the Second King of Great Brittain 
& Ireland &c 

Signed Sealed Published & De- Hugh Reed 

clared by the S d Hugh Reed to 
be his Last will & Testament In 
presence of us the Subscribers — 

John Blunt 

Margrt Clark 

Nath 1 Sargent 

[Proved Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Bond of Margaret Reed, widow, with Nathaniel Sargent, Jr., 
physician, as surety, both of Newcastle, in the sum of £1000, 
Dec. 28, 1757, for the execution of the will; witnesses, David 
Sewall and William Parker.] 



ATKINS KENNARD 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Atkins Kennard of Ports- 
mouth, cordwainer, granted to his father, John Kennard of 
Portsmouth, mariner, April 29, 1747.] 



JOHN LOGGIN 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Loggin of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, granted to Ebenezer Wentworth, Jr., of Portsmouth, 
shopkeeper, April 29, 1747.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1747, authorizing Hunking Wentworth 
and Daniel Rogers, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 29, 1747; amount, £33.0.0; signed by Hunk- 
ing Wentworth and Daniel Rogers.] 



EPHRAIM PHILBRICK 1747 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Ephraim Philbrick of Exeter 
granted to his son, Benjamin Philbrick of Rye, yeoman, April 
29. I747-] 



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[Inventory, May 2, 1747; amount, £639.11.10!; signed by 
Nicholas Perryman and Robert Light. 

[Petition of Benjamin Philbrick of Exeter, blacksmith, 
administrator, March 29, 1749, for license to sell real estate of 
Ephraim Philbrick of Exeter, blacksmith.] 

[Warrant, April 12, 1751, authorizing Samuel Gilman, Robert 
Light, gentleman, Benjamin Thing, yeoman, John Gilman, 
joiner, and Nathaniel Bartlett, Jr., tanner, all of Exeter, to 
divide the real estate; mentions widow, Martha Philbrick, oldest 
son, Benjamin Philbrick, and sons, Joseph Philbrick and John 
Philbrick, who have died, without issue, since their father.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 31, 1752, authorizing Samuel Gilman, Ben- 
jamin Thing, yeoman, Robert Light, John Gilman, 3d, and 
Nathaniel Bartlett, Jr., gentlemen, all of Exeter, to divide the 
real estate.] 

Province of \ By Yertue of A Warrant From The 

New hamps r J Hon ble Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of the 
Probate of Wills & c For the Said Province to us the Subscrib- 
ers to Divide the Real Estate of Ephraim Philbrick late of 
Exeter Blacksmith Deceased to & among the Widow and heirs 
of the Said Deceased 

And in order for the More Convenient Divideing the same 
into Lots we have laid a way of twenty feet wide in the land by 
the Little River in order to Come at their Lots and is bounded 
as followeth begining at a Stake Standing on the South side of 
said River by the way that Leads to Joseph scribners house 
forty thre Rods from said River and then Runs Northerly twenty 
feet on said way to the River and then Runs that breadth 
North sixty Eight D r West Eighty three. Rods to the lot here- 
after Laid out to Betty [Elizabeth erased] 

I st and first to the Widow Martha Philbrick we have Laid 
out to her for her Dower the following Peices of Land And first 
about Eight Rod & one halfe in the home Lot with halfe the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 453 

house which Stands on the same & is bounded as foloweth 
begining at the middle of the well in said Lot on the Easterly 
side of the house and then Runs North sixty nine drg s west 
through the middle of the house to the way and then binding 
upwards on said way three Rods to the Lot hereafter set off to 
Benjamin and then south sixty nine D° East three Rods and 
then on a strait line to the bounds first mentioned with the 
Privilege of one third of the Cellar and another Peice of Land in 
the medow by the Little River and is bounded as foloweth 
Containing about thirteen acres Begining at a stake four Rods 
and one Quarter from the North East Corner of Said Land on 
the north sid of the River by the high way and then Runs North 
fifty seven De r west thirty four Rod and then Runs south 
thirty seven D r west to the River and then bounding up said 
River to a tree spotted on four sides which is the North East 
Corner of the Lot hereafter set off to [Elizabeth erased] Betty 
and then Runs South Eight Deg s west till it Comes within 
twenty Rods of the way which we Laid and then Runs South 
Eighty D s East to the River and bounds Down on said River to 
the high way and then Runs binding on said way to the first 
bounds 

and we do set of to Said Widow for her Proportion of Johns 
Share being One Sixth Part of one seventh Who Died since his 
father and is bounded as followeth begining at the Northeast 
Corner of the Land by the Little River and then Runs Southerly 
on the way four Rods & one Quarter to the Land set of to said 
widow for her Dower and then Extends that breath North 
fifty seven Deg s west thirty four Rod to Cap* Dan 11 Gilmans 
Land 

2 d To Benjamin Eldest son to said Dec d we have set for his 
two Shares and for one Sixth of a share the folowing Peices of 
Land and bounded them as followeth One Peice in the home 
lot begining at the North Easterly Corner by the high way and 
then Runs North forty six de s west two Rod & ten feet to a 
stake and then Runs south twenty five Deg s west five Rod and 



454 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

then North sixty nine d° west three Rod to the way and then 
S° twenty two D e west one Rod three feet and hafe and then 
south fifty seven D s East five Rod & seven feet and then on a 
strait line to the first bounds 

and one Peice of Land by the Little River Containing about 
nine acres and is bounded as followeth begining on the South 
side of the Little River by the way near the bridge and then 
Runs binding on said way southerly thirty three Rod & twelve 
feet to a Stake and then Runs North 68 D west Ten Rod and 
then South: 10 D e west Eight Rod and then North: 68: De s 
west fifty two Rod then North: 8 De s East twenty five Rod 
to the widows share and then runs south 8o Deg r East to the 
River and then Down the River to the first bounds, with the 
Blacksmiths Shop which stand on the home lot 

3 d to Ichabod Thusten who is Administrator to Joseph the 
second son of the said Deceased we have set of for His Single 
Share and one Sixth of a share the folowing Peice of Land being 
Nine acres and halfe an is bounded as foloweth Begining at 
South Easterly Corner of the Pasture by the high way and then 
Runs binding on said way twenty seven Rod to the way Laid 
out in the said Land and then Runs North Sixty Eight De s 
west binding on said way Eighty thre Rod to a stake and then 
Runs south: 8: Deg s west five Rod and one Quater To the fence 
on the south side of the said Pature and then binding Easterly 
on said fence to the first bounds 

4 To Treworthy third son to the said Deceased we have set 
off for his single share and one Sixth of a Share nine Rod of Land 
and halfe the house (Excepting his Mother haveing the Privilege 
of one third of the Cellar During her life) and is bounded as 
followeth begining at the Middle of the Well aforesaid and then 
Runs North sixty nine Deg s west through the middle of said 
house to the high way and then bounding on said way till it 
Comes to the way by the water side and then binding on said 
way by the water side south forty six D° East thre Rod & four 
feet and halfe to Benj m Lot and then Runs binding on Benja- 
mins Lot to the first bounds 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 455 

and one halfe acre of Land in the Pasture and is bounded as 
foloweth begining at the north side of the Way Laid out in the 
Pasture & by the way to the Little River and from thenc binding 
on said way to the River North ten Deg r East Eight Rod and 
then to Extend that breadth North sixty Eight west ten Rod 

5 To [Elizabeth erased] Betty Thusten Daughter of said 
Deceased we have set of for her single share and one sixth -of a 
share Nine acres of Land and binding as followeth begining at 
a stake standing by the fence in the Pasture five Rod & one 
Quarter South Eight D s west from the Stake that is at the West 
End of the way Laid out in said Land and then Runs North 
Eigh Deg s East to the Little River and then it Runs Northerly 
up by the River and southerly by the fence till it Comes to the 
wester most end of the Land and is all that Part of the Land 
that Lays to the west of that line that Runs North Eight D s 
East to the River 

6 To Martha Daughter of the Said Deceased We have set off 
for her single share and for one Sixth Part of a Share the follow- 
ing Peices of Land and bounded them as followeth the first in 
the home lot begining at the south westerly Cornor of the Lot 
set off to Benj a by the high way that Leads from Elias Lads to 
John Rices and Runs binding on Benj as Lot south fifty seven 
D e E* five Rod and seven feet to a stake and then Runs south 
twenty two Deg s West till it Comes to M r Peter Coffins land and 
then Runs North: 49: Deg s west five rod and one Quarter to the 
High way and then Runing on said way to the bounds first men- 
tioned being seventeen Rod & one halfe with the barn standing 
on Said Land 

and another Peice of Land in the Pasture being two acres and 
one halfe and sixteen Rod and is Bounded as followeth begining 
at the South Westerly Corner of that Peice of Land Laid out 
Benj a in the Pasture being twenty thre Rod from the head of 
the way laid out in said Pasture and then Runs North Eigh 
Deg s East twenty five Rods to the Land set off to the said widow 
and* then North Eighty Deg s west to the Land set off to Eliza- 
beth and then Runs south Eigh Deg s west twenty Rod to the 



456 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

way Laid out aforesaid and then binding on said way south 
sixty Eigh Deg s East to the first bounds 
Dateed at Exeter April the 15 th 1752 

John Gilman 3 d 
Robert Light 
Nath 11 Bartlett J r 

[Allowed April 29, 1752.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 22, 1769, authorizing Daniel Gilman, John 
Rice, Noah Emery, Daniel Tilton, and Samuel Brooks, all of 
Exeter, to divide the widow's dower, she being deceased.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant From the 

New Hampshire J Hon bIe John Wentworth Esq r Judge of 
Probate &c for Said Province Appointing us the Subscribers a 
Committee to Divide that part of the Real Estate of Ephraim 
Philbrick late of Exeter in Said Province Deceased Intestate 
which was Assigned to Martha the Widow of Said Deceased as 
her Dower of his Estate, which now falls by her Decease to be 
Divided Among the Heirs of Said Intestate as the Law Directs — 
i l We have Accordingly Divided the Same and Sett off to the 
Heirs and Legal Representatives of Benjamin Philbrick the 
Eldest Son of Said Deceas'd a Piece of Land Containing about 
Five acres more or less being that part of the Said Dower which 
lyes Westerly & Southerly of the Little river So Called and is 
bounded as Follows viz Beginning at the Corner of the Fence at 
the South westerly Corner of Said Dower, And from thence to 
run South about Eighty Degrees East Twenty Eight rods to 
the Edge of the Said Little river, then to run up by the Said 
river Northerly & Westerly about Fifty five rods till it Comes 
to a Spotted Beach tree Standing near the Said River, Thence 
to run South Eight Degrees West Twenty Six rods to the 
bounds first begun at, To Hold to the Said heirs & Legal repre- 
sentatives of the Said Benjamin Philbrick For their Two Shares 
of the Said Dower, in Severalty Forever. — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 457 

2 d And to Betty Thurstin a Daughter of the Said Intestate 
We have Sett off For her Share in the Said Dower a Piece of 
Land lying Northerly and Easterly of the Said Little river 
Containing about three Acres more or less bounded as Follows 
viz begining at the Said River on the Westerly Side of the high- 
way leading to the Neck so Called, & near the bridge, and from 
thence to run Northerly by the Said highway Sixteen rods & an 
half to a Stake & Stones and thence North Fifty Seven Degrees 
West Twenty one rods to a Stake & Stones Thence South about 
Twelve Degrees West, about Twelve rods to a Small White 
oak Tree marked Standing on the Edge of the Bank near the 
Meadow Thence South Thirty two Degrees West to the river, 
Then down the Said River to the Said highway to the bounds 
begun at. — To Hold to the Said Betty Thurstin in Severalty 
Forever. — 

3 dl y And to Martha Moore the other Daughter of the Said 
Intestate We have Sett off for her Share in the Said Dower a 
Piece of- Land lying Northerly & Easterly of the Said River 
Containing about three Acres more or less bounded as Follows 
viz* begining at the Westermost End of the Twenty one rods 
line aforesaid (runing North fifty Seven Degrees West from the 
Said highway being the Northerly bounds of that part herein 
before Sett off to Betty Thurstin) and from thence to run North 
Fifty Seven Degrees West about Sixteen rods to an old Ditch 
fence to the land heretofore belonging to Daniel Gilman Esq r 
and thence South about Forty Degrees West about Eleven rods 
to the River, Then down the Said river bounding on the Same 
to the Southermost End of the aforesaid Line runing South 
thirty two Degrees West from the white oak on the Edge of the 
Bank to the river aforementioned (in the bounds of Betty 
Thurstin's Share) and from thence to run North thirty two 
Degrees East to the Said oak tree and from thence North about 
twelve Degrees East about Twelve rods to the bounds begun at 
at the Westermost End of the Twenty one rods line aforesaid. 
To Hold to the Said Martha Moore in Severalty Forever — 



458 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



Done at Exeter aforesaid this Twenty ninth clay of August 
Anno Domini, one Thousand Seven hundred and Seventy. 
1770. — John Rice ] 

Noah Emery } Committee 
Sam 1 Brooks J 
[Allowed Nov. 24, 1777.] 




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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 459 

SAMUEL PAGE 1747 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen this thirtyeth Day of April Anno 
Domini 1747 In the twentieth year of his majestyes Reign Georg 
the second King over Grate Britain &c I Samuel Page of Hamp- 
ton in the Province of New Hampshier in new England yeoman 
being weak and Inferm of bodey * * * 

Imprimas I Give and bequeth to Mary my beloved wife all 
that she brought with her I also give to my said wife the trunk 
that I had of M r William Hookley my said wife also to have 
twelve Pounds in money of the old tenor or in good marchant- 
able Pay at the Price of such old tenor money yearly and Every 
year Paid her by my son Stephen Page Dureing her widowhood 
or liveing in this town she also to have two milks Cows found 
her by my s d son Stephen Page Dureing her widowhood liveing 
in this town onely he to have their Calves and he to take them 
of at three weeks old he also to find the wintering and summering 
of said Cows // my said wife also to have six Cord of fier wood 
found her one Cord by my son Samuel Page and one Cord by 
my son Benjamin Page and my son Stephen Page to find fouer 
Cord of it yearly and every year Dureing her widowhood liveing 
in this town // my said wife also to have the lower Room in the 
westly End of my Dwelling house and Part of the Cellar and 
Part of the orchard and the Improvement of my best bed and 
beding belonging to it // and also the one half of my moveables 
within Dores Dureing the time of her widowhood liveing in 
this town and after she hath Done useing said bed my son Stephen 
Pages Daughter Ann to have it with the beding belonging to it 
my said wife also to have six Pound waight of sheeps wool and 
one fat lamb found her yearly and every year Dureing her widow- 
hood in this town by my son Stephen Page — 

I tarn I Give and bequeth to my beloved son Solomon Page 
the wood on one acre of land which I have laying on the northly 
side of hogpen Road in the third west Division in said Hamp- 
ton I also give to my said son Solomon Page thirty seven 



460 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Pounds and ten shillings in money old tenor to be Paid by my 
son Stephen Page in one year after my Decease — 

I tarn I give and bequeth to my beloved son Samuel Page the 
lott of land on which his Dwelling house stands with three lott 
of land on the southly side of the Road that is on the southly of 
his said house in the third west Division in said Hampton where 
my saw mill is excepting onely the Privilidg of a way and a 
place to lay loggs at the saw mill in the same which Privilidg 
my son Benjamin is to have // I also give to my said son Samuel 
Page four acres of marsh which I had of Benjamin Moulton 
and also two acres of marsh which I had of Moses Elkins I also 
give to my said son Samuel Page two third Parts of my Saw 
mill 

Itam I give and bequeth to my beloved son Benjamin Page 
three lotts of land where his Dwelling house stands laying be- 
tween land of Jeames Prescut and land of James fogg in the 
second west Division in Hampton with two lotts and one half 
of land laying in the first west Division in said Hampton laying 
between land of John Pages // and also five acres of marsh that 
was my father Pages which layeth near the old landing Place in 
said Hampton and also four acres of marsh more or less as it is 
which I had of Peter Garland // with two acres of marsh which 
I had of Jacob Barsford and also one acre and one half of marsh 
laying below the town Bridg which I had of Peter Garland the 
uper end of it more or less as it is // I also Give to my said son 
Benjamin Page one third Part of my saw mill with the Privilidg 
of a way to it and a convenient Place to lay loggs there onely he 
is not to sell his Part and Privilidg to said mill to any but his 
Brother Samuel Page — 

Itam I Give and bequeth to my beloved son Stephen Page 
my Dwelling house and Barn and all my buildings and orchard 
that are on my home Place in said Hampton Excepting onely 
my Wifes Privilidg as above said // I also give to my said son 
Stephen Page all my land in my home Place where my Dwelling 
house is and adjoining thereto and all my medow adjoining 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 46 1 

thereto // four score acres more or less // with three acres of 
medow which I had of timothy Darlton and also my two lotts of 
land laying in the second north Division in said Hampton on 
the eastly side of taylers River 

I also give to my said son Stephen one acre and one half of 
marsh below the town Bridg which had of Peter Garland the 
lower end next to the River with all my stock of Cattle with 
all my moveabls within Dores which I have not here in other 
ways Disposed of // I also give to my said son Stephen all my 
husbandrey Implements and all Creditts Due to me by Bonds 
or other ways // my said son Stephen Page to Pay Ann the 
Daughter of my son Samuel Page five Pounds in money old 
tenor // he also to Pay Hipzibeth the Daughter of my son 
Solomon Page five Pounds in money old tenor // said Payments 
to be made to each when they come of age — 

I tarn I Give and bequeth to my beloved Daughter Prudence 
Hilton the house and land which I bought of Joseph Shaw the 
land where the house is and all the land in the winmill lott so 
Called which I bought of said Shaw with the Barn upon it laying 
in said Hampton // but if she should Dye with out Children or 
Child of her own bodey then the Said land and buildings which 
I had of said Shaw to be my Grandson Lemeuil Pages the son of 
my said son Solomon Page // and If said Lemeuel should Dye 
before he Comes to the age of one and twenty years or with out 
heirs then said house and land to be the eldest son then liveing 
of said Solomon Page // I also give to my said Daughter Pru- 
dence Hilton a silver Cup and If she Dyes without Children then 
said cup to be Hipzibeths the Daughter of my Said son Solo- 
mon — 

I tarn I Give and bequeth to my beloved Daughter Elezebth 
Tobe four lots of land which I have laying in the third west 
Division in said Hampton on the north side of hogpen Road 
laying between land that was Decon Shaws and land of Ebenezer 
Brown // and after her Decease her eldest son to have said four 
lotts of land and If he should Dye with out Children or Child 



462 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

then the said four lots to be her other Childrens and If all her 
Children should Dye without heirs of their own bodey then the 
Children of my sons Stephen and Benjamin to have the said 
lots // Saveing onely the wood of one acre of Said land which I 
herein give to my son Solomon Page — 

I tarn I Give to Ann Tobe Daughter of my Daughter Eleze- 
bth Tobe one bed and all the furniture of it at my Decease 

I tarn I Give to Mary Tobe Daughter of my Daughter Eleze- 
beth Tobe one tankerd and two Puter Platers at my Decease — 

I tarn I give to my granson Samuel the son of my son Ben- 
jamin Page my silver shou Buckles — 

I tarn I give to my granson Samuel the son of my son Stephen 
my Cane — 

I tarn I Give Ann the Daughter of my son Stephen Page my 
bed after my wifes Decease and all the furnituer belonging to 
it — 

I Do Likewise Constitute make and ordain my sons Stephen 
Page and Benjamin Page to be my Executors of this my last 
will and testiment and I Do hereby utterly Revoke Disalow and 
make void and Disanull all and Every other former testiments 
wills Leagusies and bequests and Executors by me in any wise 
before named willed and bequested Ratifieing and Conferming 
this and no other to be my last will and testiment In wittness 
where of the said Samuel Page hath here unto sett his hand and 
seal on the Day and year above written 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- Samuel Page 

nounced and Declared by the 
said Samuel Page to be his last 
will and testiment In the Pres- 
ence of us the Subscribers 

Simon Dow 

nathan blake 

Samuel Palmer Junr 

[Proved Jan. 29, 1755, Benjamin Page declining to act as 
executor. Probate Records, vol. 13, p. 170.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 463 

EBENEZER WRIGHT 1746 LITCHFIELD 

[Bond cf John Taylor of Litchfield, husbandman, with Samuel 
Rankin of Londonderry as surety, in the sum of £500, April 30, 
1746, for the administration of the estate of Ebenezer Wright 
of Litchfield, husbandman; witnesses, William Parker and 
Mark Hunking, Jr.] 

[Wincoll Wright, of Dunstable, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, his father and mother being dead, makes choice 
of Jonathan Snow of Dunstable as his guardian June II, 1746.] 

[Guardianship of Wincoll Wright, son of Ebenezer Wright, 
granted to Jonathan Snow, yeoman, Dec. 31, 1746.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Snow, with William Lancey, yeoman, and 
Robert, Walker, cordwainer, as sureties, all of Dunstable, in the 
sum of £500, Dec. 31, 1746; witnesses, William Parker and 
Mark Hunking, Jr.] 



DANIEL MESERVE 1747 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen the first Day of May in the year 
of our lord one thousand Seven hundred fourty and Seven I 
Daniel Meserve of Dover in New Hampshire In New England 
husbandman being aged & Well Stricken in years * * * 

Item I give and Bequeath to my loving Wife Dobarah all my 
Personall Estate of whatt Nature or kind soever to be to her & 
her heirs and assigns forever — 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Daniel Meserve 
that thirty acres of land that he now liveth on which was granted 
to me and laid out to me by the Inhabitance of the Town of 
Dover and also the thirty acres of land adjoyning that I bought 
of the Starbords and five acres of land it being one Sixth part 
of the thirty acres of Land given me by the Town of Dover 
Commonly Called my Common Right to be to my Said Son 
Daniel with the Priviledges and appurtences thereto belonged — 



464 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to have and to hold to him and his heirs and assigns forever and 
it is my Will and Pleasure that my Said Son Daniel pay to Each 
of my two Eldest Daughter Viz Elizabeth Libbey Widow and 
Mary Meador the Wife of Daniel Meador fifty Shillings Lawfull 
Money or bills of Credit in the Province aforesaid of the new 
tenor to be Paid within two years after my Decease — 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son John Meserve 
that thirty acres of land on the South Side of Oyster river on the 
Right hand of the path that Leads from the mast way (So Called) 
over Said Oyster river which land was granted to me by the 
Town of Dover and laid out to me there near where Ebenezer 
Davis now liveth and five acres of land it being one Sixth part 
of the thirty acres of land given to me by the Town of Dover 
Commonly (Called) my Common Right with the Priviledges 
and appurtenances thereto belonging to be to him my Said Son 
John to have & to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever and 
it is my Will and Pleasure that he my Said Son John Pay to my 
Daughter Anna Nute the wife of James Nute fifty Shillings of 
lawfull money within two years after my Decease to her & her 
heirs & assings forever 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth 
Libbey fifty Shillings of lawfull money in New Hampshire 
aforesaid to be paid to the Said Elizabeth by my aforesaid Son 
Daniel within two years after my Decease as aforesaid to be to 
her my Said Daughter Elizabeth and her heirs and assigns 
forever — 

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Meador the 
Wife of Daniel Meador fifty Shillings Lawfull money in 
New Hampshire aforesaid to be paid to the Said Mary by my 
aforesaid Son Daniel within two years after my Decease as 
aforesaid to be to her my Said Daughter Mary and her heirs and 
assigns forever — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Ann Nute the Wife 
of James Nute fifty Shillings Lawfull money in New Hampshire 
aforesaid to be paid to the Said Ann by my afores d John within 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 465 

two years after my Decease as aforesaid to be to her my Said 
Daughter Ann and her heirs and assigns forever — 

Item I Give & bequeath to my beloved Daughter Tamson 
Pinkham the wife of Stephen Pinkham fifty Shillings Lawfull 
money in New Hampshire aforesaid to be paid to the Said 
Tamson by my Son Clement hereafter mentioned within two 
years after my Decease as hereafter mentioned to be to my Said 
Daughter Tamson her heirs & assigns forever 

Item I give & bequeath to my beloved Son Clement Meserve 
all the rest and Residue of my Real Estate both in Dover & 
Rochester of what nature or kind soever or where ever it Shall 
or may be found or hereafter appear Except What I have herein 
given to my Other Sons and Daughters as aforesaid to be to my 
Said Son Clement With the Priviledges and appurtenances 
thereto belonging — to have and to hold to him his heirs and 
assigns forever my further will is that my Said Son Clement pay 
unto my Daughter Tamson Pinkham the Wife of Stephen Pink- 
ham fifty Shillings Lawfull money in New Hampshire Within 
two years after my Decease as aforesaid And I Do hereby make 
Ordain & appoint my Said Son Clement my Soul Executor of 
this my Last Will & Testament and I do hereby Revoke Disan- 
null and make Void all former wills and Testaments by me 
heretofore made — In Witness whereof I the Said Daniel Meserve 
to this my last Will and Testament have Set my hand & affixt 
my Seal the Day and year first above Written— 

Signed Sealed Published & De- Daniel Meserve 

clared by the Testator in the Pre- 
sence of us whose Names are Sub- 
scribed as Witnesses and by us in 
the Presence of the Testator — 

Jonathan Cushing 

Ichabod Bodge 

James Lumox 

[Proved June 30, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 571.] 



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SAMUEL ALCOCK 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Warrant, May 8, 1747, authorizing John Hart and Cutt 
Shannon, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, to appraise the estate 
of Samuel Alcock of Portsmouth, boat-builder, administration 
of which is granted to Joseph Alcock of Portsmouth, glazier.] 

[Inventory, May 27, 1747; amount, £209.2.6; signed by John 
Hart and Cutt Shannon.] 

[List of claims against the estate March 26, 1749; amount, 
£414.4.6; signed by H. Wentworth and John Hart.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £314.3.0; expenditures, £108.6.0; Allowed Aug. 1, 1751.] 

[Settlement of the estate as insolvent Aug. 1, 1751 .] 



NATHAN WHITE 1747 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God Amen, the Twelveth Day of May Seven- 
teen hundred and fourty Seven. I Nathan White of New Castle 
in the Province of New Hampshire in New England Cooper 
being Sick and weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my dearly be- 
loved wife all my household Goods and moveable Effects by Her 
to be given, sold, or disposed of as She may think proper for Her 
comfertable Support and Maintainance together with the Use 
of my whole dwelling House during her Natural Life and if any 
of the Moveable Effects and Household Goods Should be left 
after Her Death & Burial its my desire they may be equally 
divided amongst our Children 

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Nathan White his Heirs 
and Assigns for ever the Land on which his House Stands and 
the South west corner of my Garden bounded as follows Viz 
Measuring eight feet from my son Nathans back Door down 
towards the river and then run to the well and so along to my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 467 

Garden Fence and then along as my Fence runs by Joseph New- 
march Esqs Barn up to the Corner of my Garden by the high 
way and from thence to my Said Son Nathan's House and also 
I give unto my said son Nathan his Heirs and assigns forever a 
piece of Land at the East End of my Land that lays down by 
the Beech called Sandy Beech which may be known by a line 
running a Cross the End of my Land by the North East End of 
a Great Rock that lays some Small distance from a pond on the 
North side of said rock up to Cap* Thomas Bells Fence formerly 
Theodore Atkinsons Esq rs — 

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Joshua White his Heirs 
and assigns for ever all my right in the town ship of Epsom in 
the Province of New Hampshire — 

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Robert White His 
Heirs and assigns for ever besides what I have given him before 
tw T enty pounds old tenor — 

Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Branscombe Her 
Heirs and Assigns for ever besides what I have given Her here- 
tofore ten pounds old tenor — 

Item I give and bequeath to my son Solomon White and his 
Heirs my dwelling House standing on said New Castle He allow- 
ing my wife Elizabeth aforesaid the Use of it during her Life 
together with the Wharf, Shop, warehouse and Lands thereunto 
belonging excepting what I have given to my son Nathan with 
all the appurtenances and priviledges thereunto belonging and 
also my Just Debts He paying out twenty pounds old tenor to 
my son Robert White And ten pounds old tenor to my Daughter 
Elizabeth Branscombe & likewise paying all my Just Debts and 
Funeral Charges and I do likewise Constitute, make and ordain 
my son Solomon my sole Executor of this my last will and Testa- 
ment. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul 
all and every other former Testaments, wills, Legacies and 
Bequests, and Executors by me in any ways before Named 
willed and Bequeathed, Ratifying and confirming this and no 
other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof, 



468 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the day and Year above 
written 

Signed, Sealed, published, pro- Nathan White 

nounced & declared by the Said 
Nathan White as his last will 
and Testament in the presence 
of us the Subscribers 

John Pearce 

meshach Bell Tu r 

Jos: Newmarch 

[Proved June 24, 1747.] 



JOSEPH MERRILL 1747 STRATHAM 

In The Name of God Amen the fourteenth Day of May in 
the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fourty 
seven I Joseph Merril of Stretham in the Province of Newhamp- 
shire yeoman being very sick and weak in body * * * 

Imprimis as Respecting my beloved wife Sarah merril I made 
an agreement with her before marage what she was to have 
out of my Esteat for her Dowre and that I order my Executar 
hereaftar to be named to pay according to said agreement and 
I give her a pear of silk goves over and above 

Item I give and bequeth unto my beloved Granson Elyas 
merril sixty Eacers of Land to him his heirs and assigns forever — 
which Land shall begen at the southestarly End of my Land 
and run norwest as my Land runs the whol bredth untill the full 
Complement of sixty acres be mad up with all that is on said 
Land and all the priviledges and apurtinances thereunto belong- 
ing or anyways appartaining — and I also give him one yoak 
of young oxen two Cows six sheep one fiar Lock gun one feather 
bed and beding one putar platar two putar pleats one Dish 
Cettel on Littcl pot a frying pan one Chest all to be Deliverd 
to him at my Deses in the same Condition as I shall Leave 
them — 



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Item I give and bequeth unto my Grandaughter Lidiah 
merril one Cow Depending on her Granfather Roborson ac- 
cording to his promas to give her what he Desind to give her 
mothar 

Item I give and bequeth unto my Daughtar Anne Thomas 
one feathar bed and beding three putar platars nine putar pleats 
two putar besens one poringer one Iron pot pothooks and tramel 
one galan Glas bottel as I Leave them at my Deses 

Item I give to my Granson Turfs Thomas fifty pounds old 
tener when he Corns to the Eage of twenty one years in good mer- 
chantable pay at the then Currant market prise out of my Esteat 

Item I give and bequeth unto my Grandson Joseph merril 
Thomas fifty pounds old tener to be payd to him when he Corns 
to the Eage of twenty one years in good marchantable pay at 
the then Currant markit prise out of my Esteat 

Item I give and bequeth unto my beloved Son Enoch merril 
whome I Likewise Constitute make and ordain my Sole Execu- 
ter of this my Last will and thestement on Condition he pay 
out of my Esteat my fewneril Charge and all my Just Debts and 
all the Legeses that I have giveen according to this my Last will 
and testement as thay are heretofore mentioned all the Resadue 
of my whol Esteat Exepting what is before named in this my 
Last will and testement both in Lands In Stretham and in Bow 
or any where In any part of the world that shall hereaftar 
appeare to be myne togethar with all my buldings and all my 
parsonels Esteat with in Doars and without to him his heirs 
and assigns forever — 

and I Do hereby utterly Disalow revoke and Disannul all 
and Every othar formor testements wills Legeses and bequest 
and Executars by me in any ways before named willed and 
bequeathed Ratifing and Confirming this and no othar to be 
my Last will and testement in witness whereof I have hereunto 
set my hand and seal in the Day and year above written 

sighned sealed published pro- Joseph merrill 

nounced and Decleared by the 



470 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Said Joseph merril as his Last 
will and testement in the pres- 
ence of us the subscribers 

Joseph Merrill 

Thomas Brier Juner 

Thomas Glanvil 

[Proved Sept. 29, 1747.] 

[Guardianship of Elias Merrill granted to his father's brother, 
Enoch Merrill of Stratham, yeoman, Sept. 30, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 172.] 

[Guardianship of Elias Merrill, minor, aged more than four- 
teen years, son of Joseph Merrill, granted to Enoch Merrill of 
Stratham, yeoman, Feb. 9, 1750/1.] 

[Bond of Enoch Merrill, with Timothy Jones of Stratham and 
John Weeks of Hampton as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 
9> I 75°/ I » f° r the guardianship of Elias Merrill; witnesses, 
Joseph Mason and Sanborn Chandler.] 



CHRISTOPHER BARTLETT 1747 HAVERHILL DIST. 

The Last Will and Testement of Christepher Bartlit of 
Haverhill District and Province of New Hampshire in New- 
England Gentleman 

Imprimis I Recomend my Soul unto the Hands of Almighty 
God who gave it me and my Body to the Earth to be Decently 
Buried at the Discresion of my Executore hereafter Named and 
as Touching Such worldly Estate where with it have pleased 
God to Bless me I give and Dispose of in maner and form follow- 
ing 

firstly I give and Bequeath to Rachel my Dearly beloved 
Wife Twenty pounds New tenor at the End of Six months after 
my Deceass to be paid by my Executore and also Twelve 
pounds three shillings and six pence in as good money as I 
Borrowed of my Wife which I have not paid her as will appear 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47 1 

by my Book and also all the Houses stuff and Houshold goods 
that she Brought with her to me and those things that ware 
Bought with money that I Borowed of her: and shall be made as 
good as they were when theiy wear Brought to me I also give 
Her the best swarm of Bees and also ten Pound of tebacko I 
also give her six months Provision of all sorts that I have in my 
House and also six pounds of sheaps woll and ten Pound of flax 

Secondly I give and Bequeath to my Grandson Christepher 
Bartlit son of Nath 11 Bartlit two Acres of Land westerly from 
Nath 11 Bartlit House begining at a stump with stones by the 
Road thence Runing southerly by the Road Twenty four Rods 
to a stake and stones thence Runing westerly so far as to make 
two acres both Ends to be of a wedth 

thirdly I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Mars- 
ton the sum of one hundred Pounds old tenor to be paid by my 
son Nathaniel Bartlit at or before one full year after my Deceas 

fourthly I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Su- 
sanna Carlton the sum of one Hundred pounds old tenor to be 
paid by my son John Bartlit at or before the end of one full 
year after my Deceas 

fifthly I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Mary 
Clement the sum of one Hundred pounds old tenor to be paid 
by my son Jonathan Bartlit at or before one full year after my 
Deceas 

Sixthly I give to my three beloved sons namely Nathaniel 
Bartlit John Bartlit and Jonathan Bartlit all the remainder of 
my Real and Personall Estate: (Excepting what is Nessessery 
for paying sd leageses and my Just Debts and funeral Charges) 
to be by them Equally Divided both in Quontety & Quolety 
and it is my will and pleasure that my son Nathaniel shall have 
his proportion in lands in the Long Hill pasture (so cauled) 
adjoyning to his own land and the rest if any is wanting he shall 
have it off the Northerly part of my whomsted and it is my will 
and Pleasure that my son John Bartlit shall have his Proportion 
of the Southerly part of my whomsted including the Buildings: 



472 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and it is my will and pleasure that my son Jonathan Bartlit 
shall have his proportion in Lands adjoyning to his own land if 
there be Enough and if not he shall have it made up out of my 
whomsted And it is my Will and Pleasure that my son Nathaniel 
Bartlit: Whom I Likewise Constitute appoint and ordain my 
sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament: shall Provide 
for and pay my funeral Charges and also all my Just Debts 
which in Duty Right or Conciencs I owe to any person or persons 
it shall be paid out of my Estate and I Do hereby uterly Disalow 
Revoke and Disanull all and every other former w T ills Testaments 
Legasies and Bequests and Executors by me in any ways before 
named willed and Bequested Ratefying and Confirming this 
and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In Witnes and 
testimony where of I the Said Christopher Bartlit have here 
unto set my hand and seal this Twentyeth Day of may Anno 
Domini 1747 in the 20 th year of His Majesties Reign 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- Chr Bartlet 

nounced and Declared by the 
said Christopher Bartlit to be 
his last Will and Testament 

William Ayer 

Samuel X Heath 
his mark 

Daniel Little 

[Proved July 2, 1747.] 

[Administration on the estate of Christopher Bartlett granted 
to his father, Christopher Bartlett of Haverhill District, Oct. 
29, 1746.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 72. | 

[Bond of Christopher Bartlett of Haverhill District, with 
John Taylor of Litchfield and Samuel Rankin of Londonderry 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1746, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Mark 
Hunking, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 473 

[Inventory, July 9, 1747; amount, £2589.16.0; signed by 
Thomas Hale and Joseph Harriman.] 



JOSEPH DENNETT 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Dennett of Ports- 
mouth granted to his widow, Sarah Dennett, May 27, 1747.] 

[Piobate Records, vol. 17, p. 142.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Dennett of Portsmouth, 
mariner; amount, £256.5.0; signed by John Hart and Cutt 
Shannon; attested Aug. 26, 1747.] 

[License to the administratrix, Aug. 26, 1747, to sell real 
estate.] 



JOHN SIMPSON 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Simpson of Portsmouth, 
shopkeeper, granted to Jacob Lavers of Portsmouth, joiner, 
May 27, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 143.] 

[Inventory; amount, £711.10.8; signed by John Hart and 
Cutts Shannon; attested Nov. 29, 1749.] 



NATHAN GOULD 1747 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Nathan Gould of South 
Hampton granted to Ann Gould of South Hampton, widow, 
May 29, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 143.] 

[Warrant, May 27, 1747, authorizing John Ordway and John 
Flanders, both of South Hampton, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate of Nathan Gould of South Hampton, yeoman, admin- 
istration of which is granted to his widow, Ann Gould.] 



4/4 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, June 8, 1747; amount, £991.0.0; signed by John 
Ordway and John Flanders.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £220.19.0; expenditures, £185.6.0; allowed March 29, 
1749; mentions maintenance of Gideon Gould "from y e Death 
of his father till he arived to seven years of age which has been 
fifty seven weeks, " and of Anna Gould "from the Death of her 
father till this time being 100 weeks."] 

[Additional account; receipts, £175.0.0; expenditures, £156. 
0.0; allowed June 2J, 1750; mentions "maintaining Anna Gold 
1 Year Since Exhib g y e former account till she was 7 Years of 
age."] 

[Warrant, June 28, 1750, authorizing John Page, Reuben 
Dimond, yeoman, Samuel French, gentleman, John Ordway, 
yeoman, and John Flanders, blacksmith, all of South Hampton, 
to report on the advisability of dividing the real estate among 
the widow and six children.] 

Province of 1 to the Honourable Andrew Wiggin Esq r 

New Hampshir / theses are to Inform y e Honourable 
Judge that we y e subscribers being apointed a committee to 
Divid y e estate of Nathan Gould Deceased have accordingly 
Divided s d Estate into seven shares and we set of to Sam 11 
Gould y e Eldest son two Shares Num br 6 and num b 7 leaving 
y e Timber that has been sold of them two shars for fourty 
pounds old tennur we leave to your Honour to determine 

we have set to Nathan Gould y e second son y e share num b 1 

we have set to Elias gould y e 3 d son no 1 ' 2 

we set to Icobod gould y e 4 son no br 3 

we set to Gidon gould y e 5 son no 4 

we set to Annah Gould the daughter no 5 

Sep* 24 1750 Reuben Dimond ] 

John ordway } Committee 
Samuell french J 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 475 

Province of 1 In obedience to a Warrant bareing 

New Hampshir J Date y e 28 th Day of June 1750 Directed 
to us y e subscribers by y e Honourable Andrew Wiggin Esq r 
Judge of y e probate of wills for y e province afror s d Directing and 
Impowering us to set off one third part of y e Real Estate of 
Nathan Gould Late of south Hampton Deceased Intestate to 
Ann Gould widow Relict of y e s d Deceased and Consider and 
Determine Wheither y e Remaining two thirds Can be Divided 
among all y e Children of y e s d Deceased without prejudice or 
Spoiling y e whole and accordingly we have Measured the Land 
of y e Deceased and we find the whole lott Contains twenty five 
acers and Ninty three Rods and we have Set off to Ann Gould 
Widow of Nathan Gould Deceased for her Right of Dower 
seven acers and a half of land lying at y e southerly end of said 
lott Next to powes River bounded with a Great Rock by y e 
River which is y e South westerly bound of s d lott and then follow- 
ing y e s d River Easterly and southerly till it meet y e parsonage 
land and then following y e line Northerly Next y e parsonage 
fifty three Rods Runing from a Stake and stones standing nere 
y e River which is y e Southeasterly bound of s d lott to a Stake 
and stones standing in said line and then Runing westerly to a 
stake and stones standing in y e line Next to Jonathan jones 
land and then Runing southerly fifty three Rods to the Great 
Rock first mentioned and also y e orchard Celler house and barn 
being and standing thereon and the liberty of a Convenient 
passing way next to y e parsonage land out to the high way or 
publick Rhood 

And then we took a view of the other two thirds and we 
Judg'd it Could be Divided among all the Children without 
prejudice or spoiling y e whole and we have Divided it in to 
seven shares and set off to y e Eldest son a Double share and to 
Each of y e other Children a single share by mets and bounds as 
followeth 

We have Set off to Nathan Gould Num b 1 about two acers 
and a half of land bounded with a stake and stones standing in 



476 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

y e line next to y e parsonage land which is y e north easterly bund 
of y e widows third part and then Runing upon s d line seventeen 
Rods and fourteen feet to a stake and stones stand in s d line and 
then Runing westterly to a stake and stones standing in y e line 
next to Jonathan jones land and then following s d line southly 
to a stake and stones which is y e northwesterly bound of y e 
widows third part and then Runing Easterly to y e stake and 
stones first mentioned allowing one Rod and a half in width for 
a passing way next to y e parsonage land 

We have Set of to Elias gould Num br two about two acers 
and a half of land bounded with a stake and stones standing 
in y e parsonage line which is y e North easterly bound of Num br 
i then Runing Northerly seventeen Rods and one foot to a 
stake and stones standing in s d line and then Runing westerly 
to a stake and stones standing in y e line next to jones land and 
then Runing southerly to a stake and stones which is y e North 
westerly bound of Num br one and then Runing Easterly to a 
stake and stones firs mentioned allowing one Rod and a half in 
width for a passing way next y e parsonage land 

We have Set off to Icobod gould Num br three about two acers 
and a half of land bounded with a stake and stones standing in 
y e parsonage line which is y e North easterly bound of Num br 
two then Runing Northerly seventeen Rods and one foot to a 
stake and stones standing in s d line and then Runing westerly 
to a stake and stones standing in y e line next to jones land and 
then Runing southerly to a stake and stones which is y e North 
westerly bound of num br two and then Runing Easterly to a 
stake and stones first mentioned allowing one Rod and a half 
in width for a passing way next y e parsonage land 

We have set off to gideon gould Num br four about two acers 
and a half of land bounded with a stake and stones standing in 
y e parsonage line which is north Easterly bound of num br three 
then Runing northerly seventeen Rods one foot and a half to a 
stake and stones standing in said line and then Runing westerly 
to a stake and stones standing in s d line next to jones land and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 477 

then Runing southerly to a stake and stones which is y e north 
wester bound of Num br three and then Runing Easterly to a 
stake and stones first mentioned allowing one Rod and a half in 
width for a passing way next y e parsonage land 

We have set of to Annah gould Num br five about two acers 
and a half of land bounded with a stake and stones standing in 
y e parsonage line which is y e north easterly bound of num br four 
then Runing northerly seventeen Rods and one foot and a half 
to a stake and stones standing in s d line and then Runing westerly 
to a stake and stones standing in y e line next to jones land and 
then Runing Southerly to a stake and stones which is y e North 
westerly bound of num br four and then Runing Easterly to a 
Stake and Stones first mentioned allowing one Rod and a half 
in width for a passing way next to y e pasonage land 

We have set off to Sam 11 gould the eldest son num br six about 
two acers and a half of land bounded with a stake and stones 
standing in y e line next to y e parsonage land which is y e North 
easterly bound of num br five and then Runing upon s d line 
Eaighteen Rods and Eaight feet to a stake and stones standing 
in s d line then Runing westerly to a stake and stones standing 
in y e line next to Barns s Jewels land and then following s d line 
southerly to a stake and stones which is y e north westerly bound 
of numb five and then Runing easterly to a stake and stones 
first mentiond allowing one Rod and a half in width for a 
passing way next to y e parsonage land 

We have set off to Sam 11 gould the Eldest son Num br seven 
about two acers and a half of land bounded with a stake and 
stones standing in y e line next to y e parsonage land which is y e 
north easterly bound of num br six and then Runing upon s d line 
ten Rods and twelve feet to a white oak stump standing by y e 
high way which is y e North Easterly bound of s d lott and then 
Runing westerly by y e high way to a white pine stump which 
is y e North westerly bound of s d lott and then Runing southerly 
upon y e line next to Barns jewels land to a stake and stones 
which is y e north westerly bound of Num br six and then Runing 



478 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

easterly to a stake and stones first mentioned allowing one Rod 
and a half in width for a passing way Next to y e parsonage land 
this is our Return Witness our hands this 24 Day of sept br 
I750 

Reuben Dimond ] 

John ordway } Commitee 

Samuel french J 



JOSHUA DOWNING 1747 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Joshua Downing of Newinton 
in the province of Newhampshire in New England Yeoman 
being Sick and weak of Body * * * 

Item: I give unto my Nine Childrein (Viz 1 ) Josiah: Joshua 
Susanah Dorithy Temperance Issett Eliz a Hannah and Mary 
Ten Shillings Each to be paid unto Each of them by Executrix 
as they Shall come of Age According to Law: 

Item: I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved wife 
Susanah all the rest and residue of my Estate in Newington 
both within Doors and without & in this Province or Elce where 
that is to Say Bills Bonds Noats of hand that is now Due or 
hereafter Shall or may become Due or Oweing unto me: from 
any person or persons Whatsoever as also my household goods 
Cattle Sheep or horse kind as also my Seat or pew in Newing- 
ton Meeting house my Dwelling house Barn or whatsoever 
Elce is my Propertie or Right She paying and Dischargeing all 
my Just Debts Dues and Legacys as above Expressed and that 
to her own prop r use Benifett & behoof for Ever And I Doe 
hereby Nominat Constitute Ordain and Appoint My aforesaid 
well beloved wife Susannah to my true and Sole Executrix of 
this my last will and Testement In Wittness and Testimonie 
whereof I the Said Joshua Downing have to these presents Sett 
to my hand and Affixed my Seal this Eigth Day of June in 
Twentieth Year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord George the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 479 

Second King of Great Brittain ffrance and Ireland Defender of 
the ffaith & c anno Domini 1747 

Signed Sealed & pronunced Joshua Downing 

and Declared To be the last will 
& Testement of Joshua Down- 
ing In the presence of us 

Josiah Downing 
His 

Israll X Hodgdon 
mark 

Geo Walton 

[Proved Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 4, 1747 8; amount, £2381.0.0; signed by 
George Walton and Seth Ring.] 



DANIEL WENTWORTH 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God amen. I Daniel Wentworth of Ports- 
mouth in the Province of new Hampshire shopkeeper being 
sick in Body * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my son Daniel my Wearing 
Watch. Item I Give & bequeath unto my other Children viz fc 
Sarah, George Joshua Hannah and Ann fifty shillings new 
Tenor each. And as to the rest & residue of my Estate both 
real and personal wheresoever and whatsoever I Give dispose of 
bequeath and devise the same unto my dearly beloved wife 
Elizabeth to and for the bringing up of my Children and what 
remains over and above the bringing up of my Children I Give 
bequeath and devise the same unto my wife Elizabeth her 
Heirs and assigns for ever. 

And I do hereby Constitute and appoint my Said Wife Eliza- 
beth sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby 
making null and void all other & former Wills by me at any time 
heretofore made In Testimony whereof I the said Daniel Went- 



480 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

worth have hereunto set my hand and Seal the nineteenth day 
of June in the year of our Lord Christ 1747 and in the twenty 
first year of the Reign of his majesty King George the Second — 

Signd seal'd publish'd and de- Dan 1 Wentworth 

clared by the Said Daniel Went- 
worth to be his last Will & Test- 
ament in the Presence of the 
subscribers who Subscribed as 
witnesses in the Testators Pres- 
ence 

Arthur Browne 

Thomas Clark 

Sarah Clark 

[Proved July 29, 1747.] 



JOHN MOORE 1747 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen The twentieth Second Day of 
June one thousand seven Hundred & fourty seven I John Moore 
of Chester in the provance of new Hampshire in new England 
yeman Being Very Sike & weeck in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give & Bequeath unto my Dearly Beloved wife 
Mary Moore one third part of all my personall moveabley Eas- 
tate at hir own Disposall with sixteen Bussalls of Corn & Eight 
Busshell of Rie yearly with one hundred & twenty pounds of 
pork and one hundred & twenty pounds of Beafe yearly with 
one Cow s milke yearly During hir Life & a Room & fire place in 
my house when She shall ocasion for to Demmand it with fire 
wood to be Laid at hir Door suficent for hir yearly with Suficent 
footther for one Cow yearly & what Common Land I have in the 
Commons unlaid out at hir own Disposall nott y* the Corn Rie 
Beafe & pork is to Raised yearly upon my Estate yearly that I 
Give and Bequeath to my sons James moore & Hendrey moore 
During hir Life with one morning Shut to my wife & Eldes 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 48 1 

Dughter mary moore to be taken of the whole head of my 
Estate to be lievied & Reased as aforsd 

Ittm I leave & Bequeath to my well beloved sons James 
moore & hendrey moore all my part of the hundred aker lott 
no r five Except fourty akers by meshure with all y* loot I Bought 
M r Derborns originally laid out to Gov wintworth Equaly to be 
Devided Betwext them they paying my lawfull Debts & Legiceys 
heirein mencioned to my D r ly beloved Daughter mary moore 
the full sume sixty pounds old tennor at the Discrision of my 
Exa ts as allso fourty pounds old tennor at the Discrision of my 
Exa ts allso to Be paid unto my D r beloved Daughter margret 
moore they paying & yealding as aforsd to have & to hold all my 
Improvments houses orchyeards free & Clear for Ever & in 
Case my Daughter mary or margret should Die before marriage 
than in y* Case the one halfe of theire Dower shall fall unto 
James moore & hendrey moore & the other halfe to my wife & 
Lidea moore or any two of my Daughters surviving 

Ittm I leave & Bequeith & leave to my beloved son John 
moore fourty akers of land by meshuer in the lott no r five in the 
East of Exeter River free & Clear for Ever he paying the full 
sume of fourty pounds old tennor to my Dughter Lidia moore 
at the Discresion of Exa rs Nott that said fourty pounds is to be 
payed by s d John moore Jun r & 

Ittm I leave & Bequeath unto my Diy beloved son Charles 
moore that halfe lott laid out betwext william Crawfoord & me 
all my part of it free & Clear for Ever but in Case y t any of my 
sons should Die befor the Come to age that theire part shall fall 
to the Rest of my sons Equeally to be Divied amongst them 

And I Constitute make & ordaine Hugh willson Charles 
Moore & James Campbell my sole Exatours of this my Last will 
& testament and I Doe hereby Disallow & Disanull all & Every 
other former Testaments wills Legaceis & bequethments 
Ratifieng & Confirming this & noe other to be my Last will & 
testement & noe other in witnes whereof I have hereunto set my 



482 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

hand & seal the Day above writen & in the twentieth Year of the 
Raign of King George the second Defender of the faith 

Signed & sealed & Delivered John Moore 

in presence of these witnesses 
Jaemes willsen 

his 
Iaace X foss 
marke 
his 
Jean X Moore 

marke 
[Proved Aug. 30, 1748.] 



EBENEZER FRENCH 1747 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer French of South 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth French, 
June 24, 1747.] 

[Warrant, June 24, 1747, authorizing John Ordway and Henry 
Currier, both of South Hampton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 7, 1747; amount, £1816.19.0; signed by 
John Ordway and Henry Currier.] 



JOSEPH JONES 1747 STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen The second Day of July in the 
year of our Lord God one thousand Seven hundred and forty 
Seven. I Joseph Jones Now Resident in Stratham in the 
Province of New Hampshir in New England Clothier, being 
Weak in body, And in a very languishing condition * * * 

Imprimis) I Give and Bequeath unto Sarah My Dearly 
beloved Wife all my household goods of every Sort, My wareing 
cloths only Excepted, viz** all that she bro't with her to me 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 483 

when I Married her, and what, I have of my own besides, And 
also give unto My s d Wife all the Money that I have Now by me 
And also all the Money that is Due to Me from M r Noah Barker 
of s d Stratham, by Notes under his hand bareing Date March 
the twenty fifth, one thousand Seven hundred & forty Seven 
one Note of Sixty Pounds old tenor, two, of one hundred & 
twenty five old tenor, & any other Debts whatsoever Due to Me 
& my books 

Item I Give unto My Brother Timothy Jones, such a part of 
My Wareing cloths, as followeth viz", My black Coat, and my 
Brown Coat, My blew Jacot & My White Jacot & My leather 
breeches, And one Cotton & linen shirt, and I also give him my 
Wigg & brass inkorn — 

Item I Give unto My Sister Sarah Thirston all the Rest of 
my wareing cloth of what sort soever, Excepting what is above 
Mentioned, which I give to My s d Brother Timothy, & also give 
unto her, My shows & hat — 

And likewise I do hereby constitute Make & ordain Sarah 
Jones my afores d Wife Executrix to this My last Will & testa- 
ment and I do hereby utterly disallow Revoke & Disannull 
all & Every other former testaments Wills and legacies Re- 
quests & Executors by me in any ways before this time Named 
Willed & bequeathed, Ratifiing & confirming this and No other 
to be my last Will & testament In Witness whereof I have here- 
unto set my hand & Seal the day and year abovewritten 

Sign d Seal d Publish d Pro- Joseph Jones 

nounced & Declar d by the said 
Joseph Jones to be his last Will 
& testament in Presents of us 
the Subscribers. 

John Stockbridge 

John Robinson 

Moses Leavit 

[Proved Jan. 21, 1747/8.] 



484 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

DAVID SMITH 1747 BRENTWOOD 

I David Smith of Brintwood in the Province of Newhamshir 
in New-England being of sound Mind & Memory but antient 
& infeirm * * * 

2ly — I Give & bequeath unto my son Joseph Smith all my 
Real & personel Estate of what Kind or Natuer soever he paying 
unto my three Daughters Vizt Deliverance Precella & Margrett 
who are alredy Maryed twenty shillings apeace And also to give 
my three youngest Daughters Vizt Rachel Jane & Mehiteball 
twenty pounds to each of them all y e above sumes to be old 
Tenor Bills unto this my last will & Testement I make my son 
Joseph Smith My sole Executer oblidgi ng him to pay all my 
Just Debts & to defray all my funerall Charges: In Testemony 
to all and singuler the premisess above mentioned I hereunto 
sett my hand and affix my seal this fifteenth day of July 1 747 

signed seald & declard In the It is to be understood that 
presents of us my wife Margeret shall injoy 

Nich Gilman all my abovesaid Estate duer- 

Josiah Gilman ing her Nateral life or being 

Abigail Gilman Jun r my widow & then to return to 

my son Joseph as abovesaid; 
his 
David X Smith 
Mark 

[Proved Sept. 27, 1758.] 

Province of 1 To the Honourable Richard Wibird Esq r 
Newhamp r J Judge of Probats for the Province Afors d 
S r This is To Informe y u y* my father is Dead and ordaind 
me Executor To or of his Will & one of y e Witnesses is Dead 
another Liveing att a Grate Distance & as I am aboute To Prove 
y e Will I should be Glad If y u would Send me word Whether 
The other Witness which is Docter Gilman would not Answer 
y e End as Itt will be a Grate Cost to me to Gett y e other and no 
objections against y e Will Pray S r be so good as to Lett me know 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 485 

By Deacon Wadleigh as I Design By y e Leave of Providence To 
present y e will next aprill Probate Day and In So Doing y u 
will Very much oblige your Humble Ser 1 

Joseph Smith 
Brintwood marsh y e 28 th 1758 



WILLIAM CHAMBERS 1747 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen on the thirteth day of July in the 
year of our Lord God one thousand Seven hundred and forty 
Seven I William Chambers of Londonderry in his Maj es Province 
of Newhampshire in Newengland Yeoman being very Sick of 
Body * * * 

Item my will is that the whole or any part of my real Estate 
Shall be Sold or kept unsold as Necessity shall require whenever 
my Executors Shall think it Needfull 

Item I do bequeath to my well beloved wife Janet the one 
third part of my Farm together with a third part of all my Per- 
sonal Estate during life after my Just Debts & Funeral Charges 
are paid 

Item I bequeath to my Eldest Son William Chembers one 
fourth part of my Real and personal Estate when he arives att 
the Age of twenty two years after my Just Debts and Funeral 
Charges are paid 

Item I bequeath to my Second Son Robert Chambers one 
fourth part of my real and personal Estate when he Shall arive 
at the age of twenty Years after my Just Debts and Funeral 
Charges are paid 

Item I bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Martha Chambers 
one fourth part of my Real and personal Estate when She arives 
at the age of twenty five Years after my Just Debts and funeral 
Charges are paid 

Item I do bequeath to my well Beloved Daughter margrat 
Chambers one fourth part of my real and personal Estate W T hen 



486 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

she Shall arive at the age of Eighteen Years after my Just Debts 
and funeral Charges are paid — And if it Should So hapen that 
Either of my Sons die before they Come to age my will is that 
the part of the Decas'd be Given to y e one that Shall hapen to 
Survive the other And in Case any of my Daughters Shall hapen 
to Die before they Come of age my will is that her part of the 
Estate be Returned to my Son or Sons as Shall then be in being 

Item I do likewise order that Janet Chambers my wellbe- 
loved wife have the Use and ordering of my Estate real and 
personal after my Debts & funeral Charges is paid untill Such 
times as my Children Come to the ages as Before mentioned 

And I do likewise ordain Constitute & appoint Robert M c - 
Cordy & John Holms to be Executors of this my last will and 
testament and all & Singular Lands &c: And I do hereby Utterly 
disallow Revoke and Disanul all & Every other testaments 
wills & legacies bequests & Executors by me any wise Before 
this time Named willed & Bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming 
this & no other to be my last will and testament In Witness 
wherof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the day & year 
above written 

Signed Sealed Published pro- Willim chenbrs 

nounced and Declared by the 
Said William Chambers as his 
last will & testament in presence 
of Us the Subscribers 

Will: McNeill 

Thomas Cristy 
her 

Alargret X Clark 
mark 

[Proved Nov. 29, 1758.] 

Londonderry June v 27 1 758 
Hon sir thes Corns to Inform you that I am appointed one of 
the Exacutors of the Testment of William Chambers Leat of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 487 

Londonderry aforsaid Deseased and I Can Not Geet his Will 
Proven by Reson of one of the Witness being Removed to New 
Boston And has been Sike all Last Winter and Can Not trevel 
so far and Another of the Witness is an old Woman Who thrug 
age and Innrmitys is not abel to trevel so far as Pourtsmouth 
therfor I would Pray your honor to Derect Me What is the 
Most Proper Method to tak in this Case and In so Doing you 
Will oblidg sir your humbel Servent 

John Holmes 
P S Pray sir Let me have an answer by the Bearer 

[Inventory, Dec. 16, 1757; amount, £2825.10.0; signed by 
Thomas Dunshea and Thomas Christy.] 



JAMES McOUAID 1747 BEDFORD 

[Warrant, Aug. 6, 1747, authorizing Hugh Gregg and James 
Moore, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the estate of 
James McOuaid of Souhegan East, weaver, administration of 
which is granted to his widow, Martha McOuaid.] 

[Inventory, signed by James Moore and Hugh Gregg; 
amount, £305.10.0; attested Sept. 25, 1747.] 



JOHN COMPTON 1747 BOSTON, MASS. 

[License to N thaniel Martin of Boston, Mass., administrator 
de bonis non, Aug. 26, 1747, to sell real estate of John Compton 
of Boston, Mass., mariner.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 196.] 



DAVID CRAIGE 1747 LONDONDERRY 

[David Craige, minor, makes choice of Samuel Barr as his 
guardian Aug. 26, 174.7.] 



488 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of David Craige, minor, aged more than 
fourteen years, son of David Craige of Londonderry, yeoman, 
deceased, granted to Samuel Barr of Londonderry, yeoman, 
Sept. 9, 1 747.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 24, 1747; amount, £1917.5.0; signed by 
Moses Barnett and John Weare; attested by Hugh Ramsey, 
administrator.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 1, 1747, authorizing Moses Barnett, John 
Weare, John Humphrey, Thomas Wilson, and James Rogers, 
all of Londonderry, to divide the estate.] 

Provance of 1 Londonderry Nov br the 23 d 1747 To the 
Newhampshire / Houn bl Andrew Wiggins Esq 1- Judge of the 
probets of wills for s d province 

Pursuant to a warant Granted by the afor sd Judge to us we 
have Devided the Estat of David Crege Dec d Lete of Lond ry as 
followeth (viz) to Mary Crege the wedow of s d Dec d hir third of 
the Reall Estat bounded as followeth lying to the North side of 
the Cross Rode that Runs Cross s d lote and on the East sid of 
s d lote bounding on John Barrs land to the wodland then be- 
gining at the hous belonging to s d Estate and Runing North by 
a fence to the wod land then Round the s d Improven land to the 
afors d Barrs line and the wod we have given of to s a wedow lys 
Joyning on s d Barrs line to the North End of s d lote then west on 
James m c Gregers line untill it Come about the Midell of the 
lote then south by marked trees to the afors d Improvements 
and Leckwise a Cow pestered in the paster belonging to s d lote 
the Keeping up hir Equall part of the paster fence with the 
third part of the frute of the orchard that is now planted and 
the west End of the great hous with the third of the seler and 
the third of the privledg of the Barn 

[Then follows a division of the personal estate among the 
widow, the son, David Craig, and Hugh Ramsey and his wife, 
Lydia Ramsey, daughter of the deceased.] 







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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 489 

MARGARET VAUGHAN 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Act passed Aug. 31, 1747, authorizing Elliott Yaughan and 
others, heirs of Margaret Yaughan, widow of William Yaughan 
of Portsmouth, to divide land in Portsmouth.] 

[Original Acts, vol. 3, p. 46.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to an Act of the General 

New Hampshire J Assembly of Said Province made & 
Passed in the Twenty First year of His Majesty 8 Reign ap- 
pointing us the Subscribers to make Partition & Division of a 
Certain Tract of Land Situate in Portsmouth in Said Province 
with the Buildings thereon heretofore the Estate of Richard 
Cutt Esq 1 " now Deceased and by him given to his Daughter 
Margaret Yaughan & her heirs to and among the Said Heirs 
and those who Represent them as may more Largely Ap- 
pear by Said Act Refference thereto being had — We have 
made the Said Partition & Division According to the best 
of our Judgement Agreable to the Directions of Said Act and 
without favour or Prejudice to any Person or Persons what- 
soever and as it would be very Difficult & not So Plain to make a 
Yerball Description of Each Partys Lot or Share therein we 
have Caused the within Plan to be made of the whole & Each 
Lot or share Expressing as Well the Dimentions Extent or 
Quantity thereof as the Party to whom Each Respective Lot 
belongs Saving that in the Subdivisions Among the Heirs of 
those Interested who are Deceased whose names were unknown 
to us We have Sett off and marked their Lot by the Generall 
Term of the Heirs of the Deceased Person 

Wittness our hands Nath 1 Meserve 

John Hart 
John Shackford 
[Attested July 30, 1748.] 

[Deeds, vol. 36, p. 279 b.] 



490 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOSEPH SNOW 1747 HUDSON 

[Bridget Snow waives administration on the estate of her 
husband, Joseph Snow of Nottingham West, Sept. 14, 1747, in 
favor of her son, John Snow.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 14, 1747; amount, £746.4.0; signed by Joseph 
Winn and Jonathan Lovewell; attested by John Snow, admin- 
istrator.] 



JOHN SINCLAIR 1747 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Sinclair of Exeter 
granted to Nicholas Perryman of Exeter, principal creditor, 
Sept. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 173.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 28, 1747, authorizing Robert Light and 
Benjamin Philbrick, both of Exeter, blacksmiths, to appraise 
the estate of John Sinclair, coaster.] 

[License to the administrator, Jan. 27, 1747/8, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 28, 1749; amount, £240.0.0; signed by 
Robert Light and Benjamin Philbrick.] 



ROBERT BEARD 1747 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Beard of Nottingham, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Grissel Beard, Sept. 30, 1747.] 

[Inventory, March 5, 1747/8; amount, £915.12.0; signed by 
Robert Harvey and Andrew McClary.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £545.12.0; expenditures, £234.0.0; allowed Sept. 28, 

1748.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49I 

[Bond of John Beard, with Joseph Swasey and Elias Ladd as 
sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1750, for 
the guardianship of Martha Beard, William Beard, Mercy 
Beard, Elizabeth Beard, and Sarah Beard, minors, children of 
Robert Beard; witnesses, Joseph Dudley and Nicholas Gilman.] 

[Guardianship of Martha Beard, William Beard, Mercy 
Beard, Elizabeth Beard, and Sarah Beard granted to John 
Beard Oct. 31, 1750.] 



JAMES PHILPOT 1747 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of James Philpot of Dover 
granted to his widow, Ruth Philpot, Sept. 30, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 173.] 

[Inventory of the estate of James Philpot of Somersworth, 
Oct. 19, 1747; amount, £6246.9.0; signed by Thomas Walling- 
ford and Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 

Province of 1 To the Honourable Andrew Wiggin 

Xew Hampshire J Esq r Judge of the Probate of Wills and 
for Granting Letters of Administration upon the Estate of 
Persons Dec d in y e Province Afores d Humbly Sheweth 

Richard Philpot of Summersworth in Said Province yeoman 
that Some time in the month of September A D. 1747 James 
Philpot of Summersworth aforesaid Dyed Intestate Leaving a 
widow & Eight Children Viz* five Sons & three Daughters 
Namly — Richard his Eldest son — James — John — Elias — Ben- 
jamin — sons — Ruth — Rachel — Molly — his Daughters — And an 
Estate of more value than Six Thousand Pounds Old Tenor 
Avhereof About four thousand Pounds was real Estate and the 
Personal Estate about two thousand Pounds old Tenor — And 
that the said Intestate at the time of his Death was not Indebted 
to any Person or Persons in Any Considerable Sum — Scarce y e 
value of one hundred Pounds old Tenor in y e whole — and Left 



492 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

five Hundred Pounds or more in Bills of Credit besides other 
money which is much more than is Necessary to pay all Demands 
& Charges upon y whole Estate without any other of the 
Personal Estate being Disposed of — And that Administration 
upon the said Intestates Estate was Granted to Ruth Philpot 
widow of the s d Deceased who keeps y c Estate from your Peti- 
tioner and refuses to Deliver up any part thereof to your Peti- 
tioner who is the Eldest Son of said Dec' 1 and by Law is Intitled 
to a Double Portion of y e whole — Wherefore as the Children 
Heirs of said Deceased have right as well to y c Proffits of said 
Estate as to y e Principal! — and there is no Colour of Demand 
from any Persons as Creditors to y e said Estate of any consid- 
erable Sum, It is very Injurious to y e Children to be kept out 
of their Portions And your Petitioner for his part is ready to 
give Such Security as the Law requires to Refund in Case any 
Debt yet unknown should appear — Therefore Prays that the 
said Estate may be Divided as soon as Possable that he may 
have his Double share in said Estate Set off to him in the 
Lands — 

Richard Philpot 

Your Petitioner further Suggests that the Personall Estate 
of said Intestate is of much more value than the same was ap- 
prised at by which Great Injustice may be Done unless a New 
Apprisal shall be order for y e Same as well as of the Lands — 

March 29 th 1748 Richard Philpot 

[Warrant, March 20, 1754, authorizing Moses Carr, physician, 
Moses Stevens, tanner, Thomas Nock, Philip Stackpole, and 
Francis Roberts, all of Somersworth, to set off the widow's 
dower, and report on the advisability of dividing the estate 
among the eight children.] 

Province of 1 By virtue of an order from \ Hon ble 

New Hamp r / Andrew Wiggin Esq.* Judge of y e Probate of 

Wills &c for Said Province Directing ov- Impowering us the 

Subscribers to make a Division of y real Estate of James 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 493 

Philpot Late of Summersworth Deceas d between y° widow & 
heirs of s d Deceas d Pursuant thereunto we have Set off to y e 
widow Thirty Six acres & fifty four Poles as her full third part 
in y e Lands of s d Deceas d Bounded as follows viz Begining at a 
heap of Stones two Rods & an half westward of a Small walnut- 
tree Standing by y e high way y e leads from S* Albens Cove to 
fresh Creek runing from s d heap of Stones westward as y e way 
goes to y e Southeast Corner of Eliphlet Cromwells Land then 
Northwesterly by s d Cromwells Land to y e Land Said Philpot 
Purchas d of Nathaniel Perkins then by s d Purchas d Land East- 
ward to y e Southwest Corner of y e Roberts 3 Land from thence 
by s d Roberts 8 Land to a Haw-bush Standing about two rods 
from y e Land Said Philpot Purchas d of Daniel Goodin, from 
thence on a Straight Corse about South to y e first Station as also 
one third part of y e Dwelling house & barn Standing on y e Same 
That is to Say y e Eastern end of y e house with Cellar under 
y e Same Including two ground Smoaks & y e back room to y e 
western Side of y e Chimney to a Partition with Liberty to Pass 
& repass from room to room for y e Conveniency of Improving 
s d third Part of y e house & one third part of y e Barn That is to 
Say y e South End thereof — 

The remaining Part of y e Land which is Eighty Six acres 
according to y e best of our Judgment Cannot be Divided without 
Prejudice too & spoiling y e whole y e Shares being So Small we 
have therefore apprized y e Same one acre with another at 
Thirty Seven Pounds Ten Shillings old Tenor an acre which 
amounts to three Thousand two hund d & Twenty five Pounds 
which is three Hundred fifty Eight Pounds six Shillings & Eight 
pence to a Share The Buildings viz Two thirds of The house & 
two thirds of y e Barn under y e Present Circumstances we apprize 
at an Hundred & Eighty Pounds old Tenor which is Twenty 
Pounds to a Share and Inasmuch as Eleven acres of y e Said 
Eighty six acres of Land & y e Two thirds of y e house & barn are 
Inlock d by y e widows thirds it is agreed by us y fc he on whom y° 
Two thirds is fix d have Liberty to Pass & repass from time to 



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time to & from y e s a Eleven acres of Land & house & barn thro 
y e widows thirds for Improvement of y e Same with as little 
Damage to y e widow as may be Consistant therewith In witness 
whereof we have hereunto Set our hands this Twenty-Sixth 
Day of March anno Domini 1754 — 

Moses Carr 
Moses Stevens 
Thomas nock 
Francis Roberts 

[Attested March 27, 1754, and the estate settled on Richard 
Philpot, oldest son, he to pay the others their shares.] 

[Bond of Richard Philpot, yeoman, with James Hobbs and 
James Philpot, mariners, as sureties, all of Somersworth, in 
the sum of £2000, March 28, 1754, to pay their respective shares 
to his brothers and sisters, James Philpot, John Philpot, Ruth 
Philpot, Rachel Philpot, Elias Philpot, Molly Philpot, and 
Benjamin Philpot; witnesses, William Parker and Elizabeth 
Parker.l 



WILLIAM SHURTLEFF 1747 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Shurtleff of Ports- 
mouth granted to Theodore Atkinson of Portsmouth Sept. 30, 

1 747-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 173.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 3, 1747, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Mark Langdon, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate- of William Shurtleff, clerk.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Rev. William Shurtleff; amount, 
£433.3.9; signed by Eleazer Russell and Mark Langdon; at- 
tested April 27, 1748.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 495 

JOHN FRENCH 1747 LONDONDERRY 

[Warrant, Oct. 16, 1747, authorizing James Rogers and 
James Adams, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate of 
John French of Londonderry tailor, administration of which is 
granted to his brother, William French.] 

[Administration on the estate of John French "late of London- 
derry in the Province of New Hampshire but last a Soldier in 
the Intended Expedition ag* Canada," granted to his brother, 
William French of Westerly, R. I., May 27, 1748.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of William French of Westerly, R. I., yeoman, with 
Robert Campbell, trader, and Robert Campbell, laborer, both 
of Boston, as sureties, May 27, 1748, in the sum of £50, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, Luke Mills and John 
Payne.] 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory, signed by James Rogers and James Adams; 
amount, £421.8.0; attested Jan. 28, 1748/9.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £598.10.0; expenditures, £541.17.5; allowed Sept. 19, 1749.] 



JAMES McQUAID 1747 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of James McQuaid of London- 
derry granted to William French Oct. 16, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 173.] 



JONAS CLAY 1747 CHESTER 

In the name of God Amen the twenty Eighth Day of October 
1747 I Jonas Clay of Chester in the County And province of 
Newhampshire in New England Gun Smith being Very Sick 
and weak in body * * * 



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imprimis I give and bequeath to My well beloved wife Mili- 
cent whom I Likewise Constitute make and Ordain my' Sole 
Executrix of this My Last will and testament All and Singular 
my Lands My Housen and Shop and tools and Husbendry 
utensels my Clothes and Household Good My Money My Debts 
Due by bond Note or book or otherwise together with all the 
movable Effects or Estate I am poss d of in this Life 

Item only I give to my well beloved Children (viz) Jonas 
Stephen James John and Mary Each of them the Sum of rive 
Shilings Lawfull money to be Leved out of my. Estate and paid 
by my Executrix within the Space of one year after my Decease 

and I Do hereby utterly Dissallow revoke and Disanul all and 
Every other former testaments wills Legacies & bequeaths & 
Excitors by me in any ways before Named willed & bequeathed 
Ratify s and Confirming this my Last will and testament in 
witness wherof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Day 
and year above written 

Signd Seald publishd pro- Jonas Clay 

nouncd and Declard by the Said 
Jonas Clay as his Last will and 
testament in presence of us — 

nathaniel wood 

Jonathan Blunt 

Aaron Wood 

[Proved Sept. 26, 1748.] 

[Bond of Millicent Clay, with Nathaniel Wood and Jonathan 
Blunt, yeomen, as sureties, all of Chester, in the sum of £50, 
Sept. 26, 1748, to execute the will; witnesses, George Yeasey 
and Moses Leavitt.] 



AMASA DOW 1747 HAMPTON 

[Guardianship of Amasa Dow, son of Amasa Dow of Hampton, 
deceased, granted to Abraham Smith of Kingston, yeoman, 
Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 180.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 497 

JOHN DREW 1747 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Drew of Somersworth 
granted to his widow, Abigail Drew, Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 180.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Drew, housewright, April 
20, 1748; amount, £696.17.0; signed by Love Roberts and 
Thomas Miller.] 

[License to the administratrix, May 25, 1748, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 331.] 



WILLIAM GRAHAM 1747 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of William Graham of Chester 
granted to Andrew Craige of Chester Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 193.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 15, 1747; amount, £300.0.0; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and Silvanus Smith.] 

A Division of the Real Estate of william Grayham of Chester 
Decased (among the Six Heirs) which Reall Estate Containes 
ten acres of Land in Chester Laying at the norwesterly End of 
that Home Lott that is N° 128 and Laid out to the Right of 
Sam 11 Penhallow Esq 1- 

Divided the same as foloweth into six parts or shares begining 
at the westerly End of said ten acres : and N° 1:2:3:4:5:6: 
and agreed that William White shall Have N° One bounded as 
foloweth at the norwest corner a white ash tree marked then 
south west by the High way 21 Rods to a chestnut tree fallen 
Down then South East by Smiths Land 13: Rods to a stake and 
stones then north East 21 Rods to a stake then norwest by the 
Highway 13 Rods to the first bounds 

Robert Crafford and William Crafford shall Have N° two 
bounded first at the norwest Corner a stake at the north East 



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corner of the first Lott or share then south west: 21 : Rods to a 
stake then south East bounding on Smiths Land 13 Rods to a 
stake then north East: 21 Rods to a stake then norwest by the 
High way 13 Rods to the first bounds 

Andrew Craige shall Have N° 3 : bounded first at the norwest 
Corner a stake at the north East Corner of the Second Lott 
then south west 21 Rods to a stake then south East by Smiths 
Land 13 Rods to a stake then north East 21 Rods to a stake 
norwest by the High way 13 Rods to the first bounds 

Robert Grayham shall Have N° 4: bounded first at the nor- 
west corner a stake At the north East Corner of the third Lott 
then south west 21 Rods to a stake then South East by Smiths 
Land 13 Rods to a stake then north East 21 Rods to a Beech 
tree marked then norwest by the High way 13 Rods to the first 
bounds 

Matthew Forsaith shall Have N° 5 bounded first at the 
norwest Corner a Beech tree at the north East Corner of the 
fourth Lott then South west 21 Rods to a Stake then South 
East by Smiths Land 13 Rods to a Stake then north East 21 
Rods to a Stake then norwest by the Highway 13 Rods to the 
Beech tree first mentioned 

Ann Grayham shall Have N° 6 bounded at the Norwest Corner 
a stake at the nor east Corner of the fifth Lott then South west 
21 Rods to a Stake then South East by Smiths Land 13 Rods to 
a Stake then north East 21 Rods to a stake then norwest by the 
Highway 13 Rods to the first bounds 

Dated February 18 th 1748/9 

we whose names are undar writen Heirs to the real Esteat of 
william Greaham of Chestar Leat Decest have mutually agreed 
to the Divition of the afore said Real Esteat as is herein before 
seat forth and Carred of to Each of our names and here by bind 
our selves and Each of our Heirs firmly by these presence to 
stand to the afore said Devition and Dwo hereby muturly Cut 
of our selvs our Hears and assigns forever from makeing any 
furthar Demand for a new Divition or to Cavel against what has 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 499 

bin here before seate forth as witnes our hands and seals this 
twenty seventh Day of febuary in the year of our Lord 1748/9 
and we y e subscribars have Received full satisfation for the 
parsonal Esteate as witnis our hands as aforesaid 

his 
Willim X White 

mark 
Robert Craford 
William Craford Ju 
And w Craige 
Robert Grahames 
Mathew fforsaith 

hir 
Ann X Grahames 
mark 
We the Subscribers being Heirs & all the Heirs to the Estate 
of William Grayham of Chester In the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Deceas'd have this Sixteen Day of May Anno Domini 1748 
Met & Considered of this Personal Estate: And We have Con- 
cluded and mutually agreed that for & in Consideration of the 
sum of One Hundred Pounds old Tenor Bills Which We have 
already Receiv'd of Robert Grayham of Chester aforesaid: We 
do each One of Us for Ourselves & Heirs firmly by the Presents 
Acquit & discharge the afores d Robert Grayham from all the 
personal Estate that was the afores d Will m Grayham's now 
Deceas'd at the time of his Decease In Witness to all above 
written We have hereunto set our hands & Seals the Day & Year 
first above written. — 

Sign'd Sealed In Presence of Andrew Craige 

Us his 

Eliphelet Grayham William X White 

Samuel Emerson Mark 

her 
Jane X White 
Mark 



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Robert Grayham Jun 1 
Mathew Forsath 
Robert Crafford 
William Crafford Jun 1 
Esther Forsaith 

her 
Ann X Grayham 
Mark 



[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 372.] 



SAMUEL GRAVES 1747 HAVERHILL, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Graves of Haverhill, 
Mass., granted to his widow, Martha Graves, Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 173.] 

[Inventory of the New Hampshire estate; amount, £450.0.0; 
signed by John Carr and John Hogg; attested Jan. 2, 1748/9.] 



SAMUEL INGALLS 1747 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Ingalls granted to 
Peter Ingalls Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 180.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. Samuel Ingalls of Chester, 
Jan. 9, 1747/8; amount, £4749.4.0; signed by Samuel Emerson 
and Thomas Wells.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Ingalls of Chester, minor, aged 
more than fourteen years, granted to John McMurphy of Lon- 
donderry Oct. 5, 1748.] 

[Bond of John McMurphy, with Alexander Caldwell of 
Portsmouth as surety, in the sum of £500, Oct. 5, 1748, for the 
guardianship of Nathaniel Ingalls; witnesses, Paul Wentworth 
and William Parker.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 501 

[License to the administrator, July 26, 1749, to sell real estate.] 

. [Warrant, March 29, 1750, authorizing Samuel Emerson, 
Thomas Wells, gentleman, Silvanus Smith, Thomas Hazeltine, 
and John Webster, yeomen, all of- Chester, to divide the estate.] 

Chester april y e 17 th 1750 
Agreeable to a Warrant to us Directed by the Honorable 
Andrew Wiggin Esq r Judge of the probate & c To Divide the 
Estate of Cap* Sam 11 Ingalls Late of Chester Deceased amongst 
his Heirs: We Have set of as foloweth 

To Sam 11 Ingalls Eldest son a Duble shear Containing Seven- 
teen Acres of Land more or Less being part of the Home steed : 
on the Easterly side bounded as foloweth at the south East 
Corner a stake and stones then north bounding upon mudgets 
Land about 150 Rods to a Red oak tree marked then norwest 
twenty one Rods to a stake and stones then South one Hundred 
and sixty Eight Rods to a stake and stones by the High way: 
then bounding upon the High way and Huses one acre to the 
stake and stones first mentioned: being twenty one Rods and 
Eleven feet wide: with two acres on the south side of the High 
way adjoyning to Cap* John Tolfords Land bounded first at the 
norwest Corner a stake and stones then south by said Tolfords 
Land thirty three Rods to a stake and stones then East south 
East by Londonderry Line ten Rods to a stake and stones then 
northerly to the afforesaid High way to a stake and stones then 
norwest by said Highway Eleven Rods to the first bounds with 
the East End of the Grate House the south side Roomes from 
the bottem of the Sceller to the top of the House 

Secondly To Elisebath French Eight acres and a Half of 
Land more or Less adjoyning to the Land set of to Sam 11 Ingalls 
bounded first at the south East Corner a stake and stones then 
north by sd Sam 11 Ingalls Land one Hundred and sixty Eight 
Rods to a stake and stones then norwest ten Rods to a stake and 
stones then south one Hundred and sixty Eight Rods to a 
stake and stones by the Highway then south East by sd High 



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way ten Rods to the first bounds: with the whiting House and 
barn that is on the same 

Thirdly To Peter Ingalls about Eight acres and a Half of 
Land more or Less adjoyning to the Land set of to Elisebath 
French bounded first at the south East Corner a stake and 
stones then north by said Elisebath French Land one Hun- 
dred and sixty Eight Rods to a stake and stones: then norwest 
ten Rods to a stake and stones then south one Hundred and 
sixty Eight Rods to a stake and stones by the High way: then 
South East by Said High way ten Rods and Eleven feet to the 
first bounds with the barn that is on the same : and One acre and 
three Quarters of Land Laying on the south side of the Highway 
adjoyning to the two acres set of to Sam 11 Ingalls — and is 
bounded as foloweth first at the norwest Corner a stake and 
stones then south by said two acres to a stake and stones upon 
Londonderry Line then East south East by said Londonderry 
Line ten Rods to a stake and stones then north to the High way 
to a stake and stones then norwest twelve Rods to the stake 
and stons first mentioned — 

fourthly To Ruth Ingalls about Eight acres and Half of 
Land adjoyning to the Land set of to Peter Ingalls bounded 
first at the south East Corner a stake and stones then north by 
said Peter Ingalls Land one Hundred and sixty Eight Rods to a 
stake and stones then norwest ten Rods to a stake and stones 
then south one Hundred and sixty Eight Rods to a stake and 
stones by the High way then south East by said High way ten 
Rods to the first bounds with one Half of all the back side 
Roomes in the Great House from the bottem to the top and 
that part of the sceller under the same — 

fiftly To Nathanael Ingalls about Eight acres and a Half of 
Land adjoyning to the Land set of to Ruth Ingalls bounded 
first at the south East Corner a stake and stones then north by 
said Ruth Ingalls Land one Hundred and sixty Eight Rods to a 
stake and stones then norwest nine Rods to a stake and stones 
then south one Hundred and Sixty Eight Rods to a stake and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 503 

stones by the High way then south East by said High way nine 
Rods and Eleven feet to the stake and stones first mentioned: 
with one Half of all the Back side Roomes in the Great House 
from the Bottem to the top and that part of the sceller that 
is under the same 

Sixtly To Sarah Snow Eight acres and a Half of Land more or 
Less adjoyning to the Land set of to Nathanael Ingalls bounded 
as foloweth first at the south East Corner a stake and stones 
then north by said Nathanael Ingalls Land one Hundred and 
sixty Rods to a stake and stones then norwest ten Rods to a 
stake and stones: then south one Hundred and sixty Rods to a 
stake and stones by the High way then south East by said 
High Way ten Rods to the first bounds mentioned with one 
Half of the west End of the Great House, the south side Roomes 
from bottem to topt and that part of the sceller that is under 
the same 

Seventhly To Mehetebell Moores Eight acres and half of 
Land more or Less adjoyning to the Land set of to Sarah Snow 
bounded as foloweth first at the south East Corner a stake and 
stones: then north by said Sarah Snows Land one Hundred and 
sixty Rods to a stake and stones then norwest Eleven Rods to a 
stake and stones then south bounding upon Cap* Tolfords 
Land to a stake and stones by the Highway then 'south East 
by said High way Eleven Rods and* Eleven feet to the first 
bounds mentioned : with one Half of the west End of the Great 
House the south side Roomes from bottem to top and that part 
of the sceller that is under the same 

Eightly To Timothy Ingalls fifty acres of Land in Chester 
more or Less being half one Hundred acre Lott for Quantity and 
Quality in the north Division that is Nomber thirty four and 
Laid to the Right of Thomas Whiting: and also the whole of a 
Certain Medow in Kingstown Called and Known by the name 
of the norwest medow: and two acres of Land more in Chester: 
being part of the home steed on the south- side of the Highway 
bounded as foloweth first at the north East Corner a stake and 



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stones: then south bounding upon John Karrs Land twenty 
three Rods to a stake and stones then west nor west by London- 
derry Line twelve Rods to a stake and stones then north by 
Peter Ingalls Land to a stake and stones by the High way then 
by said High way south East fourteen Rods to the first bounds — 
Ninthly To mary Hesseltine fifty acres of Land in Chester 
more or Less being the one half of a Hundred acre Lott of Land 
in the second part of the second Division that is Nomber six 
and Laid out to the Right of Sam 11 Ingalls: the southerly side 
of said Lott bounded as foloweth first at the south west Corner 
a white pine N° six then East and by south one Hundred and 
forty six Rods to a white oake N° six: then north 29 Degrees 
East by the High way Sixty seven Rods to a stake and stones 
then west and by north one Hundred and forty six Rods to a 
stake and stones then streight to the first bounds mentioned — 

tenthly To Abigail morss fifty acres of Land more or Less in 
Chester being the one Half of a Hundred acre Lott in the second 
part of the second Division that is Nomber six and Laid out 
to the Right of Sam 11 Ingalls the northerly side of Said Lott 
bounded as foloweth first at the north East corner a White oake 
N° six then south 29 Degrees west by the High way sixty seven 
Rods to a stake and stones : then west and by north one Hundred 
and forty six Reds bounding upon Land set of to mary Hessel- 
tine to a stake and stones then north 29 Degrees East sixty 
seven Rods to a white oak tree being John moores bounds then 
streight to the first bounds 

Sam 11 Emerson 
Thomas Wells 
Silvanus Smith 

[Petition of Timothy Ingalls, Samuel Mooers, Nathaniel 
Ingalls, and Ruth Ingalls, Feb. 26, 1750/1, for the appointment 
of Samuel Ingalls as administrator de bonis non, the former 
administrator, Peter Ingalls, being dead.] 

[Bond of Ephraim Hazeltine of Chester, yeoman, with John 
McMurphy and Samuel Barr, both of Londonderry, as sureties, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 505 

in the sum of £500, Feb. 27, 1750/1, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, William Parker and William Rindge.] 

[Inventory, March 12, 1750/1; amount, £4918.8.0; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and Thomas Wells.] 

[License to the administrator, March 27, 1751, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £876.8.0; expenditures, £876.8.0; approved by Samuel 
Mooers, Thomas Wells, and Nathaniel Ingalls, heirs; allowed 
Oct. 29, 1760.] 



JOSEPH LITTLE 1747 BOSTON, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Little of Boston, 
Mass., granted to his brother, James Little of Boston, Mass., 

Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 173.] 

[Inventory; amount, £169.9.6; signed by William King and 
Daniel Peirce.] 

[Administrator's account against the estate; amount, £89.13.3; 
allowed Feb. 22, 1748/9.] 



JOHN YEATON 1747 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Yeaton of Somersworth 
granted to Thomas Wallingford of Somersworth Oct. 28, 1747.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 179.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Yeaton, joiner, April II, 
1748; amount, £292.4.0; signed by Benjamin Mason and Thomas 
Miller.l 



506 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, March 29, 1749, authorizing Love Roberts, gentle- 
man, and Thomas Miller, physician, both of Somersworth, to 
receive claims against the estate.] 

[Account of ccmmissioners against the estate, Sept. 25, 1749; 
amount, £19.0.0; signed by the commissioners.] 

[List of claims, Sept. 25, 1749; amount, £1080.19.5, and cost 
of sickness and funeral, £49.12.3; signed by the commissioners.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £292.4.0; expenditures, £140.7.3; allowed Sept. 25, 
1 75 1 ; mentions a widow.] 

[Division to creditors; claims, £1076.14.5; amount divided, 
£151.15.9; allowed July 29, 1752.] 



DUDLEY ODLIN 1747 EXETER 

The last Will and Testament of Dudley Odlin of Exeter in the 

Province of Newhampshire Physitian made the 27 th day of 

November Anno Domini 1747. being Sick and weak of body 
* * * 

Imp rs — I give devise and bequeath my dwelling house Orchard 
Garden and land adjoyning with the buildings thereon from the 
East end of my barn to run a Strait line from the Road by s d 
Barn to Edward Gilmans fence unto John Odlin Son of my 
brother Elisha Odlin and to his heirs and Assigns forever and 
also all my books and utensils of my Shop in case his father will 
procure him to be instructed in the practice of Physick if not 
then s d Books & utensils to be to my Executor Except out of 
my house & garden unto my housekeeper Abigael Edgerly the 
use and priviledge of one Chamber (viz 1 ) the Kitchen Chamber 
& priviledge in the Kitchen to do her work & dress her Victuals 
& also priviledge in the Cellar to put Such things as She Shall 
have ocasion to put there for her own use & priviledge in the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 507 

garden for herbs Cabbages and Such garden fruits as She Shall 
desire for her own use and all during her widowhood 

Item I give and bequeath unto my hon d father my Gray 
horse & watch and one barrel of Sider 

Item I give and bequeath unto my brother John Odlin all my 
trooping Clothes & furniture & one barrel of Sider 

Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Elisha Odlin all 
my woollen wearing Apparrel (except my trooping Cloths before 
disposed of & my two black Jackets) & two of my best Shirts I 
give him with my other Apparrel & also my old Cow 

Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Woodbridge 
Odlin my bay gelding, my barn & all my land on the west Side 
of the land I have given to John Odlin Son of my brother Elisha 
& also my red heiffer and my heiffer at Deer hill my Silver Spurs 
and also one bed two blankets & a pair of Sheets & Six Silver 
tea Spoons 

Item I give unto my Cousin Win thro p Odlin & to his heirs 
& assigns the right in Gilmantown I bought of Doct r Robert 
Gilman & also my Gun 

Item I give & devise unto my Cousin William Odlin & to his 
heirs & Assigns my light in Gilman town that I bought of 
Jeremiah Leavit 

Item I give unto my housekeeper Abigail Edgerly during 
her widowhood priviledge in my house & garden as before re- 
serv'd also I give her my black heiffer & priviledge to keep a 
Cow in my barn & room for hay to keep her as long as She 
. Continues in my house & also a pair of blankets & pair of Sheets 
& one years provision of all Sorts one barrel of Sider & what 
Sugar & Molasses I Shall leave in my house one pig a Cotton & 
linnen web now in the house & hay to keep her heiffer this 
winter and also fifty pounds old tenor to be paid her by my 
Executor within one year after my decease in full Satisfaction 
for her wages and also I give her two Course table Cloths and 
four Course napkins & all my Malt & hops & one looking glass 
& my least pair of hand Irons 



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Item I give and bequeath unto my Cousins Elizabeth & 
Alice Odlin daughters of my brother John Odlin twenty pounds 
old tenor each to be paid by my Executor within one year after 
my decease 

Item I give unto John Odlin afores d all the boards in & about 
the house that I bought to finish the Same & to be apply'd to 
that use 

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my brother Woodbridge 
Odlin & to his heirs & Assigns my boy Silas my two black Jackets 
and all the residue of my Estate not before dispos'd of both 
real & personal And do Appoint him Executor of this my last 
Will & testam* as witnes my hand & Seal the day & year first 
within written 

Sign'd Seal'd publish'd and Dudley Odlin 

declar'd by Dudley Odlin to be 
his last Will & Testam* In p r s- 
ence of us 

John Rice 

Francis James junr 

Nich Perryman 

[Proved March 30, 1747.] 

[Bond of Woodbridge Odlin, clerk, with Nicholas Perryman 
and John Rice, cordwainer, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum 
of £500, March 30, 1748, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker and Thomas Ford.] 



JOHN TWOMBLY 

SARAH TWOMBLY 1747 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, We John Twombly of Dover in 
ye Province of New Hamps r in New-England, Husbandman, & 
Sarah Twombly, y e Wife of the Said John Twombly, being 
advanced in Years * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 509 

Imprimis, We give & Bequeath unto our Son John Twombly 
his Heirs & Assigns for ever, all our Homestead Land where we 
now Live, together with all y e Orchard or Orchards, & Dwelling 
House & Barn & all other Buildings Standing or being upon y e 
s d Land, as also all y e Land which I Purchased of Coll Paul 
Gerrish late of s d Dover Deceasd, lying on y e Westerly side of 
Bellemins Bank River, & also all our Common Right of Land 
in s d Dover. We also Give to our s d son John Twombly all our 
Stock Cattle of every Kind & all our other movable Estate 
both within doors and without. 

Item, We Give unto our Daughter Sarah Hanson y e Sum of 
one Hundred Pounds old Tenor, in Moveable Estate to be Paid 
to her, or her Heirs within y e Term of Two Years next after our 
Decease, or y e Decease of each of us, by y e Executor of this our 
last Will & Testament. 

Item, We Give unto our Daughter Martha Twombly the 
sole use & Improvement of one good fire Room in our s d Dwelling 
House, & Sufficient fire Wood for one fire, the Sumering & win- 
tering of one Cow, and all other necessaries for her Comfortable 
Subsistance Until Such time as She Shall Marry, & all to be 
Allowed Procured & Provided for her, by our Executor hereafter 
named, But in Case She Shall Marry then our s d Executor 
Shall be Released from performing y e aforegoing Articles, & 
shall Pay to her our s d Daughter Martha Twombly y e Sum of 
Two Hundred Pounds old Tenor, in Movable Estate within y e 
Term of Two Years next after her Marriage. 

Item We Give unto our Daughter in Law Mary Twombly, 
Relict Widow of our son Dan 11 Twombly late of s d Dover 
Deceased, the liberty & Priviledge of Living in our s d Dwelling 
House, during y e Term of her Continuing y e s d Dan 11 Twombly's 
Widow, and in as much as it is Supposd that our s d Daughter 
Mary Twombly is with Child by her Late Husband y e s d Dan 11 
Twombly, in Case it should Prove so, -& y e s d Child be Born, & 
Live then our Will is, that our s d Executor Shall be at y e Charge 
of bringing up y e s d Child, if a Son 'till it Sail arrive to y e Age of 



5IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Twenty one Years, & if a Daughter till Marriage, or till y e Age 
of Eighteen Years, & if a Male then at y e Age of Twenty one 
Years, and if a female then at Marriag or at y e Age of Eighteen 
Years, our Will is that our s d Executor Shall Give to the s d Child, 
as yet unborn, Such a Portion as he shall think Proper, & we do 
hereby Recommend it unto him to make y e s d Child Equal in 
Estate with one of his own Children, or Give it a Portion Equal 
with one of his own Children. 

And we do hereby Constitute make & ordain our s d Son John 
Twombly our Sole Executor of this our last Will & Testament, 
And do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke & Disannul all & every 
other former Testaments Wills or Executors by us in any ways 
made or Named, Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be 
our last Will & Testament In Witness whereof we have hereunto 
Set our Hands & Seals this Twentieth Day of December A: D 
one Thousand Seven Hundred & forty Seven 

Signed Sealed Pronounced & his 

Declared by y e s d John & Sarah John X Twomley 

Twombly to be thier last Will & mark 

Testament in Presence of her 

Vincent Torr Sarah X Twomley 

Moses Waimoth mark 

Sarah Fry 

[Proved April 27, 1748.] 

[Bond of John Twombly, with Vincent Torr as surety, both of 
Dover, in the sum of £500, April 27, 1748, for the execution of 
the will ; witnesses, William Parker and John Page.] 



JAMES BOYES 1747 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen this twenty fourth day of Desembr 
in y e year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred forty & 
seven I James Boyes of Londonderry in y e province of new hamp- 
shire yeman being sick and wake of body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 511 

Imp r I give and bequith to my wellbeloved wiff margrat 
Boyes any two of my Cows that she shal Chuse as also all my 
hous hold Goods and furnitur with the one third of my Improved 
land in the north devison of my dwelling hearafter mentioned 
with the third of the meadows in the same with one room in my 
dwelling hous and the third of the Baren said land meadow hous 
and Barn aforsaid only during liffe 

Imp r I give and bequith to my well beloved daughter martha 
Boyes twenty five pounds bills of the new tenor to be payed hir 
out of my personal Esteate in twelf month after the deate of 
these presents 

Imp r I give and bequith to my well beloved daughter Lettus 
Boyes twenty five pounds bills of Cridet of the new tenor to be 
payed her out of my personal Esteate in one year after the deate 
of these presents 

Imp 1 " I give and bequith to my well beloved daughter Jannet 
Boyes twenty five pounds bills of Cridet of the new tenor to be 
payed out of my personal Esteate in two years after the deate of 
these presents 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved daughter 
Anne Boyes twenty five pounds bills of the new tenor to be payed 
out of my personal Esteate when she is Eghteen years of age 

Imp r I give and bequith to my wellbeloved daughter margrat 
Boyes twenty five pounds bills of Cridet of the new tenor when 
she araves to the age of Eghteen years to be payed out of the 
south pairt of my real Esteate hearafter mentioned 

Imp 1 " I give and bequith to my well beloved Daughter mary 
Boyes twenty five pounds bills of Cridet of the new tenor when 
she is Eghteen years of age to be payed out of my real Esteate 
of the north devison hearafter mentioned 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my wellbeloved daughter 
Ester Boyes twenty five pounds bills of Cridet of the new tenor 
when she is Eghteen years of age to be payed out of the north 
devison of my real Esteate hearafter mentioned 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my brother william Cavey 



512 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

meat drink Lodging & Closs sufficant during his life out of the 
whol of my real Esteate 

Imp r I give and bequith unto my well beloved son samuel 
Boyes one hundred and thirty acers of the south sid of my real 
Esteate bounded as followeth begining at the noreast Corner 
at a smal reed oake from thence westrly to the Corner of the 
fence standing the East sid of the high way near the stoney run 
so Called from thenc west to the lower sid of the orchad next 
the meadow thence by the orchad fence north to a grait Oake 
from thence norwest throw the meadow to the brook and so 
down the brook then begning at the reed oak first mentioned 
and so runing south to the land of Joseph Boyes thenc westrly 
and southerly on said Joseph Boyes land and so bounding on 
land laid out to the Right of John Gray till it make up one hun- 
dred and thirty acers first paying the above bequithes out of it 

Imp 1 " I give and bequith unto my well beloved son Jeams 
Boyes one hundred and thirty acers of my real Esteate being 
on the north sid of my Esteat bounded southerly on my son 
samuel Boyes land above mentioned and northly on the land of 
James and Arthour nesmith and so runing from the East end 
of the farm westrly untill it make up one hundred and thirty 
acers he first alowing the doury and bequiths before mentioned 
out of said devison and the remander of the west end of my 
farm I give and bequith to my two sons samuel Boyes & James 
Boyes in Equal shairs Exepting what is befor bequithed I also 
alow the aforsaid north devison of my Esteate to bring up my 
three youngest Daughters till they be Eghteen years of age free 

also I give and bequith unto my son samuel Boyes my young 
hors the half of my four Calfs and the half of my bull and Cart 
Plowes Chains and all utencels for husbandry 

also I give and bequith to my son James Boyes my oxen two 
Cows the half of my four Calves and bull and the other half of 
y e Cart Chains and all other of the utencels and my old hors 

and I make and ordain Robert Boyes Esq r to be Executre of 
this my last will and testment revocking all other wills testments 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 513 

whatsover allowing this and no other to be my last will and 
testment 

signed sealled published pro- his 

nounced and declared to be my James X Boyes 

last will and testment in pres- mark 

ents of 

Joseph Boyse 

James Nesmith Junr 

Arthur Nesmith 

[Proved Aug. 26, 1751.] 



PETER FRIEND 1748 MARGATE, ENG. 

The Deposition of Nathaniel Morrell of Portsmouth in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Mariner of Lawfull 
Age testyeth and Saith, — That He this Deponent was well ac- 
quainted with One Peter Friend Late of Margate in the County 
of Kent in the Kingdom of Great Britain Mariner, (but now 
Deceased). That the said Peter Friend sometime in the Month 
of September Last past did Ship himself on Board a Certain 
Vessell called the Brig a Stetham in the Capacity of a Mate 
whereof Luke Mills was then Master, said Vessell then being 
bound to the Island of Jamaica from the Harbour of Portsm 
In New England afores d & that He this Deponent did Likewise 
ship Himself on Board s d Vessell in the Capacity of a Seaman 
sometime in the afores d Month of September, and that He this 
Deponent together with the afores d Peter Friend and others did 
proceed on their Voyage to the aforesaid Island of Jamaica in 
their Capacitys aforesaid, but on or about the fourth Day of 
January Last past, He this Deponent being then on board the 
aforenamed Vessell with the afores d Peter Friend, Did then & 
there here the afores d Peter Friend, Openly Declare & Disclose 
his full mind and Intent how He the s d Peter Friend would have 
his Estate both Real & Personal Disposed off, In Case He should 
Die, He being At that time greatly indisposed. This Deponent 



514 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Likewise Saith that on or about the Sixth Day of said January 
the aforesaid Peter Friend Departed this Life. And Further this 
Depon 1 Saith that the afores d Peter Friend had at Sundry times 
Informed him the s d Deponent that He had left in the hands of 
a Certain Person whom He called by the Name of his Aunt 
Brown (who as the s d Peter Friend declared Liv'd at a place 
Called Margate in the County of Kent in the Kingdom of Great 
Britain afores d ) the Sum of One hundred pounds Sterling, which 
said Sterling Sum the afores d Peter Friend did at the time above 
mentioned, He being at that time In his perfect mind & Memory 
to the best of His this Deponent's knowledge Declare it was 
his Desire and Will that the afores d Sterling Sum should be 
given unto his Lawfull Wife Sarah Friend then Living in Ports- 
mouth In New England afores d And Further this Deponent 
Saith not. 

Nathaniel Morrill 

The Deposition of Luke Mills of Portsm in the Prov ce of New 
Hampshire In New Engl d Marin r testifies & Says. — That He 
this Deponent was well knowing to all the Circumstances as 
Set forth in the foregoing Deposition made by the aforenamed 
Nathan 1 Morrell, and that the aforenamed Peter Friend did 
Serve him the s d Deponent on Board his Vessell in the Capacity 
as aforementioned in s d Deposition, And this Deponent Likewise 
Declares that He had sundry times heard the aforenamed Pet r 
Friend Say, that He had left in the hands of a Person in Old 
England (whom he called his Aunt Brown) the Sum of One hun- 
dred pounds Sterling, And further this Deponent Saith that he 
had Likewise heard the s d Pet r Friend Say, In Case he should 
Die he design'd the afores d Sum of One hundred pounds Sterl 8 
for the Use of his Lawful Wife Sarah Friend now Living in 
Portsmouth aforesaid. 

And Further this Deponent Saith Not 

Luke Mills 

| Attested in Probate Court April 26, 1748.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 515 

JONATHAN WADLEIGH 1747/8 EXETER 

In the Name of God Amen I Jonathan Wadleigh of Exeter 
in the Province of Newhampshire in New England Gentle- 
man * * * 

Item I Give to my two Grandsons Jonathan Noyes and 
Thomas Noyes sons of my Daughter Hannah Noyes Deceased, 
Ten pounds a peice in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor. 

Item I Give to my Grandaughter Elizabeth Hopkinson, 
Daughter of my Daughter Hannah Noyes Deceased one Feather 
Bed and Bolster and Fifty pounds in passible Bills of Credit of 
the Old Tenor to be paid her within Twelve months after my 
Decease. 

Item I Give to my Daughter Mary Leavitt her heirs and 
Assigns My Dwelling house Barn Orchard, out houses and all 
my Right in the Saw Mill and priviledge of the Stream in the 
falls in Exeter and my Pew in Exeter meeting house, and all 
my lands belonging or Adjoyning to my house called my home 
place and Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at M rs Elizabeth 
Odlins lower Garden and from thence Running Southerly bound- 
ing upon the fresh River 'till it comes to the land of Joseph 
Wadleigh and then Easterly bounding upon Joseph Wadleighs 
land until it comes to the land of John Hopkinson, and then 
Northerly bounding upon the Said John Hopkinsons land untill 
it comes to the land of Maj r Thomas Dean and then Running 
Westerly bounding upon the land of Maj r Thomas Dean and 
Dudley Leavitt untill it comes Near the Dwelling house and 
So to the River It being all the land I have in possession where 
I live. 

Item I Give to my Daughter Mary Leavitt all my Stock of 
Cattle Sheep and Swine and all my houshold goods and move- 
ables within Doors and Without, excepting what is before 
Disposed of. 

Item My Will is and I do hereby Appoint my Son Joseph 
Leavitt Sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testament, 



5l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

he paying my Just Debts, Legacies and Funeral Charges and 
my Will is that he Shall have all Debts that are Due to me 
And I do hereby Revoke Disanul and make void all former 
Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made and do Ratifie 
and Confirm this as my last Will and Testament: In Witness 
whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Seventh 
Day of January Anno Domini One Thousand Seven hundred 
and Forty Seven or Eight 

Signed, Sealed and published Jon a Wadleigh 

as my Last Will and Testament 
in presence of 

Woodbridge Odlin 

Jabez Smith 

James Leavitt 

[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Bond of Joseph Leavitt, yeoman, with James Leavitt, gentle- 
man, as surety, both of Exeter, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 
1756, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker 
and George Waldron.] 



BENJAMIN SANBORN 1747/8 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen This Seventeenth Day of January 
Anno Domini One Thousand Seven hundred And forty Seven- 
Eight I Benjamin Sanborn of Hampton falls in the Province of 
New Hamps r in New England Husbandman being Sick and weak 
in Body * * * 

Also I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Dorothy 
the Improvement of one third of all my lands and buildings 
during the time that she Remains my widow — And also all my 
moveables within Doors for her to Dispose of As she shall see 
Cause among my Children 

Also I Give and Bequeath to my Son Dudley Sanborn to him 
his heirs and assigns forever All my lands & Buildings of what 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 517 

Nature Soever and wheresoever Lying or Scituate after what 
shall be Sold for the Discharge of my Debts & Legacies as here- 
inaftermentioned and the third that I have Given to my wife 
for her improvement after her Marriage or Decease then to go 
to my Said Son Dudley 

Also I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Molly Sanborn 
twenty five Pounds Lawfull money to be paid her by my Execu- 
tor & Executrix herein afternamed when she shall Come to the 
Age of Eighteen years or time of marryage which shall first 
happen 

And whereas my wife Dorothy may be now with Child If 
she should have a Child born by this Pregnancy then my Will 
is that if it be a Son he be taken Care of by my Executor & 
Executrix hereinafternamed till he shall Come to the Age of 
fourteen years And then that he be by them put Out to Learn 
some good trade And when he shall Come to the Age of twenty 
one years then I Order twenty five Pounds Lawfull Money to be 
paid him by my Executor and Executrix hereafter named for 
the payment of which And the Reasonable Charge of his bringing 
up to the age of fourteen years I have hereafter made provision 
in this my will — But if said Child should be a Daughter then 
my will is that she be taken Care of by my Executor & Executrix 
hereafter named till she comes to the age of Eighteen years or 
time of Marryage which shall first happen And then that she be 
paid by my Executor & Executrix hereafternamed twelve Pounds 
ten shillings Lawfull money for the payment of which And the 
Reasonable Charge of her Bringing up I have made provision 
as hereaftermentioned 

And for the Discharge of my Debts & funerall Charges and 
Legacies beforementioned And the Charges that may Arise for 
the bringing up of the Child which may be born if my wife 
should have one Born of her present pregnancy as abovemen- 
tioned I Give unto my Executor & Executrix hereafternamed 
all my Stock of Creatures And Moveables without Doors to 
Dispose of for this End — And Also I Order And do hereby 



51 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Impower them to make Sale of so much land out of my home 
place in that part of it that is adjoyning to the land of Nathan 
Sanborn as shall be necessary to Answer the Remainder 

Lastly my will is that M r Richard Nason of Hampton falls 
be Executor And my well beloved wife Dorothy Executrix of 
this my Last will & Testament And for Confirmation of all 
aforegoing I have hereunto Set my hand And Seal the day of 
the Date Beforewritten 

Signed Sealed And Declared Benjamin Sanbon 

by the Said Benjamin Sanborn 
to be his last will & Testament 
in presence of us Witnesses 

Meshech Weare 

Benjamin Row 

John Tilton 

Memorandum this Seventeenth Day of January anno Domini 
1747/8 I Benjamin Sanborn Do hereby add to my foregoing 
will that it is my Intent & meaning therein and I do hereby 
Order that the Lawfull Money therein mentioned be made Equal 
at the time of the payment thereof in value to what so much of 
the Bills of Credit of the new Tenor so Called now answer & 
pay for and this is to be taken to be my will as much as tho it 
had been mentioned before in my will where Lawfull money is 
mentioned And for Comfirmation hereof I have hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal the day of the Date abovewritten 

Signed & Sealed & Declared Benjamin Sanborn 

by the Said Benjamin Sanborn 
to be part of & to belong to the 
foregoing will in presence of Us 
Witnesses 

Meshech Weare 

Benjamin Row 

John Tilton 

[Proved Dec. 27, 1752.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 519 

[Inventory, Jan. 22, 1753; amount, £5155.2.0; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[Warrant, July 25, 1753, authorizing Samuel Prescott, gentle- 
man, Josiah Batchelder, Jonathan Tilton, yeomen, Benjamin 
Swett, innholder, and Benjamin Leavitt, yeoman, all of Hamp- 
ton Falls, to set off the widow's dower.] 

[Additional inventory, Aug. 27, 1753; amount, £610.0.0; 
signed by Meshech Weare and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[Dorothy Sanborn, widow, Sept. 18, 1753, accepts dower as 
set off by the committee; witnesses, John Tilton and Samuel 
Roby.] 

[License to the executor, Sept. 26, 1753, to sell real estate.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to the annexed Warrant we 

New Hamp r J have viewed the Estate therein mentioned 
& have set off by metes & Bounds One full third part thereof as 
to Quantity & Quality to within named Dorothy Sanborn as 
follows viz — 

first One third of the Orchard Beginning at a Certain Stake 
Standing by the high W^ay thence Runing North twenty nine 
Degrees East ten Rods to the Corner of Reuben Sanborn's 
Land thence Runing North fifty five Degrees West fifteen Rods 
to a Pile of Rocks thence South twenty nine Degrees West 
ten Rods to a Pile of Rocks and from thence to the Place first 
mentioned 

2 ly One third part of the Lott Beginning at the Pile of Rocks 
first before mentioned thence Runing North Sixty Six Degrees 
West Sixty Rods to a Certain Rock thence South Sixty Six 
Degrees West to a Pile of Rocks twenty Rods thence South 
Sixty Six Degrees East to a Pile of Rocks Seventy Rods and 
from thence to the Place where it Began — 



520 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

3 ly One third part of the Pasture Beginning at a Certain 
Rock by the fence thence to Run North Six Degrees West fifty 
four Rods to the Corner of Joshua Blake's Land thence to Run 
South Sixty Six Degrees West Sixty Rods to a Certain Stump 
thence South Six Degrees East fifty four Rods to a Certain 
Stake & from thence to the Place where it Began — 

4> One third part of the Priviledge to the House Beginning 
at the Corner of the Well thence to Run North thirty three 
Degrees East Six Rods thence to Run North Eighty Degrees 
West three Rods & a half to a Stake and from thence to the 
Well afores d 

5 ly One third part of the Barn and of the Priviledge of Passing 
thereto Beginning at a Certain Stake thence Runing North 
thirty Degrees West Eight Rods to the Back Side of said Barn 
thence Runing South thirty Degrees West two Rods to a Certain 
Stake taking in twenty feet of the South End of Said Barn and 
from the Stake last mentioned to Run South thirty Degrees 
East Eight Rods and from thence to the Place where it Began — 

6 ly One third part of the Dwelling house viz the East End 
thereof Excepting the Chamber Also One third part of the 
Celler at the Notherly End 

Lastly One third part of the Land Situate at Kensington in 
Said Province Beginning at a Certain Stake Standing by a high 
Way thence Runing South twenty Degrees East Seven Rods 
two feet and nine Inches to a Pile of Rocks thence South Eighty 
two Degrees West ninety Six Rods to a marked Tree thence 
North twenty Degrees West Seven Rods two feet and nine 
Inches to a marked Tree and from thence to the Stake first 
mentioned — 

Hampton falls Sep* 14 th 1758 — 

Josiah Batchelder 

Sam 11 Prescut 

Jon a Tilton r Committee 

Benj a Swett 

Benj a Leavitt 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 521 

[Petition of committee on claims, Jan. 28, 1754, for further 
time; signed by Josiah Batchelder and Benjamin Swett.] 

[List of claims against the estate April 23, 1754; amount, 
£2570.1.10; signed by Josiah Batchelder and Benjamin Swett.] 

[Executor's account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£3162.6.9; expenditures, £3134.8.8; allowed June 29, 1763.] 



ROBERT GRAHAM 1747/8 CHESTER 

In the Name of God amen I Robert Grayham of Chester In 
the Province of Newhampshire In newengland Black Smith 
being week In body but of Perfect mind and memory thanks 
be Given to God for the Same This first Day of February anno 
domini 1747: * * * 

Imprimes I Give to Jenet my Well beloved Wife the Improve- 
ment of all my Reall and Personell Estate for her to use and 
Improve as she sees Cause During her Life 

Item I Give to my son Robert Grayham Junr the Sum of 
five shillings money to be Paid to him Emediatly after my 
Deacess by my Executrix and this with what I Have alredy 
Given him I account a soficient portion for him out of my Es- 
tate — 

Item I Give to my Daughter agnes Craige the sum of five 
shillings money to be Paid to her by my Executrex Emediately 
after my Deaces: and this with what I Have alredy Given her 
I account a soficient portion for her out of my Estate. 

Item I Give to my Daughter Jean White the Sum of five 
shillings money : to be Paid to her by my Executrex Emediatly 
after my Deaces: and this with what I Have alredy Given Her 
I account a soficient portion for her out of my Estate 

Item I Give to my Daughter Esther Forsaith the Sum of five 
Shillings money to be Paid to her by my Executrex Emediatly 
after my Deaces, and this with what I have aired given her I 
account a Soficient Portion for her out of my Estate 



-:: 7SHIRE wm - 

Traachildren Roberr Crofford and 
iam jofford I 5 : five shil lings mon be Paid 

Emediatfy after my E - ;.nd this 

:at I have aire en to their mother mary Crofford 

rount a S -a for her and them out of my Estate 

Item I Gi Daughter Ann Grayham all and singuler 

my Lands b - g and other buildings all my Stock of Creturs 

a nd all my household Stuff, and all my 

UtenceUs : Husbeodery, with all my Estate Reall and Per- 

to us nd Impr - -H and Dispc- as she 

^- and performing - To my 

2i I H- rn and ordred to her here In before men- 

and I Do appo; Daughter Ann Grayham to be my 

soul Ex - my Last will and testement to Receive 

and Pay all Just 1 bs Due to and from : Pay 

all L ga - -ich I Have herein appoynted. and my funerell 

Charges: Renouncing all other or former wills Bequests and 

Exe bores ... He rein Contained I Have hereunto 

md and seal the first Day of Februery anno domini 

: "_ _ rst a 

- . Hi z I Pro- 

nounced and Declared by Robert X Grayham 

above nam bert Grayham mark 

to be hi - ill and testament 

[n Pres - — 

- D . 

Enoch col 

her 

margret X Dearbon 

mark 

ved De : : -_• 

[Invent ry March 2^. 1749: amoun: £ $7.5 - ,r ne d by 
3 S -ith and Enoch Co.: 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 523 

PAUL WENTWORTH 1747 3 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Xame of God Amen. The Third Day of February one 
Thousand Seven Hundred fourty Seven. Eight I Paul Went- 
worth of the Parish of Summersworth in y* Province of Xew 
Hampshire in Xew England Esq r , being Much Indisposed in 
Body * * * 

Item. I give and bequeath to My Xephew John Wentworth 
The Son of My Beloved Brother Benjamin Wentworth. de- 
ceasd. all My Homestead, that is to Say all the Lands belonging 
to My Homestead, lying on both Sides of the high Way that 
passes from Salmon falls to y e Meeting House in y e afore s d Par- 
ish, with all y e buildings Standing on Said land as My Dwelling 
House. Barns & Storehouse ''Excepting the Xorthwest Corner 
Chamber, in My dwelling House-. With all y e appurtenances 
priviledges and Commodities belonging to My Said Homestead 
which contains about one Hundred and Twenty Acres of Land, 
to him. his Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item, I give and bequeath to My Said Xephew John Went- 
worth about one Hundred & Nine Acres of land, which lays 
Westerly of William Downs's Homestead in y e Parish afore 
Said, which is a little above a place called Indigo Hill, bounded 
as followeth. Joyning partly on a little peice of land I laid out 
Joyning to the ten acres I bought of John Church, and Joyning 
to y e Lands of William Downs Ebenezer Downs Meturen Recker 
Ju r . To Heards land & to y e fourty acres of land I bought of 
Joseph Hanson, and to Salmonfall River, which Said Tract of 
land lays on both Sides of y e way as it now passes from y e afV 
William Downs to y e pitch pine plains £ so on to y e Stepping 
Stones Sixty Acres of Which Tract of Land I bought of John 
Church, fourty five Acres More of it. I laid out by virtue of 
Grants and another little parcell of it I laid out by virtue of 
an allowance for a high way through My land at Indigo Hill, 
To him his Heirs and assigns for ever, onlv I Reserve a dreft 



524 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

way, as it now passes from y e fourty Acres of land I bought of 
y e af's d Joseph Hanson thro' the Sixty acres of land I bought of 
y e af's d John Church. 

Item, I give and bequeath to My Said Nephew John Went- 
worth two Thirds of My Lot of land, being two Thirds of My 
Interest in that Tract of Land which is Commonly known by 
the Name of Coocks land lying at y e Head of Berwick Township, 
Near by Salmonfall River and is the Third Lot in Number 
According to y e Division Made of Said Tract o' land, from 
Berwick Township and lays Joyning to the Notherly Side of 
Brother Gershom Wentworths Lot, that is to Say two Thirds 
of the Notherly Side of My Said Lot, from End to End, with 
all y e Timber & other wood Standing lying and being on y e s d 
two Thirds of My Said Lot, together with all y e appurtenances 
priviledges & Commodities to y e Same belonging, To him his 
Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Nephew John Went- 
worth Six days in a Month in y e Middle Mill Standing on 
Salmon-fall Stream on y e Westerly Side of y e River, Near by 
y e Widow Drews dwelling and My part of y e Griss Mill standing 
Near by Said Mill and So Much of My Interest in y e Stream 
& brow as belongs to y e Griss Mill & the Six Days in the Saw 
Mill, To him his Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Nephew Paul Brown a Son 
of My Beloved Sister Elizabeth Brown Deceas'd, My Lot of 
Land at Indigo Hill, which I bought of My Neice Elizabeth 
Wentworth, Lying between Ebenezer Downs & Samuell Downs's 
land and also y e Island lying Near y e Easterly End of s d Lot, 
Commonly known by y e Name of Worster's Island, To him and 
y e Heirs Lawfully begotten of his body and their assigns forever, 
Excepting y e s d Paul Brown dies without Issue Lawfully begotten 
of his body, which if he doth, then the Said Lot is to revert to 
My beloved Brother Gershom Wentworth his Heirs and assigns 
for ever, together with y e s d Island. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Nephew Paul Brown 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 525 

y e fourty Acres of Land I bought of Joseph Hanson, Joyning 
to the Notherly Side of y e afore Mentiond Lot of land that 
I bought of John Church, to him and y e Heirs Lawfully begotten 
of his Body & their assigns for ever, Excepting y e s d Paul Brown 
dies without Issue, which if he doth, then y e s d fourty Acres is 
to revert to My aforenamed Brother Gershom Wentworth his 
Heirs & assigns forever. 

Item I give and bequeath to my s d Nephew Paul Brown one 
third of My before Mentioned lot of Land, being part of y e 
Tract of land Commonly known by y e Name of Coocks land 
that is to Say that Third of Said Lot, from End to End y* 
Joyns to y e Notherly Side of Brother Gershom Wentworths 
Lot With all y e Timber & other wood Standing lying and being 
on y e s d Third part of Said Lot together with the appurtenances 
priviledges and Commodities to y e Same belonging to him and 
y e Heirs Lawfully begotten of his Body, Excepting y e s d Paul 
Brown dies without Lawfull Issue, then y e Said third part of 
s d Lot with the Timber &c to revert to My Said Nephew John 
Wentworth his Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath unto My s d Nephew Paul Brown 
Three Days in a Month in y e lower Mill, & Three Days in a 
Month in the Middle Mill before Mentioned, both Mills Stand- 
ing on the Westerly Side of Salmon-fall River together with so 
Much of My Interest, in y e Stream & Brow that belongs to the 
Said Three Days in Each Mill, to him and the Heirs Lawfully 
begotten of his Body and their assigns forever, Excepting y e 
Said Paul Brown Dies without Issue lawfully begotten of his 
body, Then the Three Days in y e Middle Mill together with 
y e appurtenances & priviledges belonging to y e Same to revert 
to My s d Nephew John Wentworth his Heirs & assigns forever, 
And y e other s d three Days in y e lower Mill with y e appurtenances 
& priviledges to y e Same belonging to revert to My Said Brother 
Gershom Wentworth his Heirs & assigns forever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Nephew Paul Brown 
ten Acres of Land which I purchasd of John Church William 



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Downs possessing and Improving the other part of Said Lot, 
and also a little parcell of Land containing about two acres 
which I laid out by virtue of an allowance for an high way y* 
passes through My Lot of land at Indigo Hill, which Said parcel 
of land lays Joyning to s d ten Acres of land, Excepting the Said 
Paul Brown dies without Issue Lawfully begotten of his body, 
which if he doth, then to revert to My s d Nephew John Went- 
worth his Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Brother Gershom 
Wentworth all My right Title and Interest in and to the Second 
Division of Lands and all My Interest in the Common and 
Undivided Lands in the Township of Rochester in y e province 
af'Said, with all y e appurtenances and priviledges to the Same 
belonging, to him his Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Brother Gershom 
Wentworth one Hundred and Eighty pounds old Tennor To 
his Son Gershom five pounds old Tennor To his Son Benjamin 
five pounds old Tenor & to his Daughter Lydia five pounds 
old Tennor, all which Sums of Money are to be paid out of My 
outstanding Debts. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Gershom Went- 
worth My Six days in y e Upper Mill Standing on Salmon falls, 
with all My right and Title to y e Stream & brow belonging to 
y e Said Six Days, to him his Heirs and assigns forever. 

Item I give and bequeath To My Nephew Ezekiel Wentworth 
Son of My Brother John Wentworth Deceasd, that land which 
I bought of Alexander Forguson and fourteen acres more laid 
out by virtue of a grant which I bought of Joseph Wilson and 
Three Acres more which I laid out Joyning to the South End, 
all which lays in Berwick woods, Joyning to Jeremiah Rawlins 
& Thomas Downs to him and the Heirs lawfully begotten of 
his Body forever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Nephew Wentworth Hayes 
Son to My Sister Tamson Hayes, The one half of My Lot of 
Land in The first Division of lands in y e Township of Rochester 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 527 

afore Mention 'd, his Father Hayes owning y e other half of s d 
Lot, and his Heirs for ever but if he should die without Issue 
lawfully begotten of his Body Then to revert to his Brother 
Paul Hayes and his Heirs for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Nephews Nathaniel Brown 
and Ezekiel Brown Children of My Sister Elizabeth Brown 
diseasd all My Lands in y e Township of Canterbury in y e prov- 
ince af's d To them their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to Meturen Recker Ju r formerly 
My Servant Six Acres of land, being part of My Common right, 
laid out on y e pitch pine plains, a little above My Swomp, 
that is to Say the Six Acres lying from End to End on y e 
Westerly Side of s d Common right, to him his Heirs & assigns 
for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath To Thomas Wentworth Son of My 
Brother John Wentworth deceasd, Six Acres of y e before Men- 
tioned Common right of land from End to End Joyning Next 
to y e above Mentioned Meturen Recker, to him his Heirs & 
assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath To Tristram Heard formerly My 
Servant Six acres of y e last Mentioned Common right, from 
End to End Next adjoyning to s d Thomas Wentworth to him 
his Heirs and assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath to My s d Nephew Paul Brown the 
other Six Acres of My last Mentiond Common right to him 
his Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Sister Tampson 
Hayes One Hundred pounds old Tennor to her, her Heirs & 
assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to Abra Hayes Daughter to My 
Sister Tampson Hayes fifty pounds old Tennor, to her Heirs 
and assigns, to be paid out of My outstanding debts. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Niece Elizabeth Brown 
Daughter of My Sister Elizabeth Brown deceasd one Hundred 
pounds old Tennor to her her Heirs & assigns for ever 



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Item I give and bequeath to My Neice Abra Carr Daughter 
of My late dear wives Sister Carr, five pounds old Tennor. 

Item I give and bequeath to y e present Church of Christ in 
Summersworth My Smallest Silver Tanker for the use of s d 
Church for ever, which I believe She intended to give to Said 
Chh. 

Item I give and bequeath five Hundred Pounds old Tennor 
for pious uses in y e afore Said parish of Summersworth for ever, 
That is to Say, I will that the Said five Hundred pounds Shall 
be taken care of by the Minister of Said Parish & Deacons of 
y e Church in Said Parish for the time being and that they Im- 
prove The Interest of s d five Hundred pounds for pious uses in 
s d parish as they shall Judge Most proper, The principle not 
to be Diminished at all and at no time forever hereafter, which 
s d five Hundred pounds is to be paid out of My outstanding 
Debts, if there be enough of them and if not to be Made up 
out of My Money. 

Item I give and bequeath five Hundred Pounds old Tennor 
To be Improved, by My Executors that I shall hereafter name 
for the bringing up of Paul Wentworth Son to My Said Nephew 
John Wentworth to good Learning That he May be Capable of 
Serving God & his Country 

Item I give and bequeath to My Neice Mary Wentworth 
Daughter of My Beloved Brother Benjamin Wentworth, deceasd 
two Hundred Pounds old Tennor, and also y e furniture of y e 
Northwest Corner Chamber in My dwelling House, that is to 
Say, y e bed in Said Chamber with all y e furniture belonging to it, 
and also one Dozen of black chairs that are in y e Same Chamber, 
together with one Table & a looking Glass in s d Chamber, and 
also the use of s d Chamber So long as She shall continue in a 
Single State, y e s d two Hundred Pounds is to be paid out of My 
Money & outstanding Debts 

Item I give and bequeath to My Nephew Richard Wentworth 
Son of My beloved Brother John Wentworth twenty pounds old 
Tennor to be paid out of My Outstanding debts. 



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Item I give and bequeath to the persons hereafter named 
together five Pounds each old Tenor, to be paid out of My out- 
standing debts, viz: Mercy Buttler & Damaras Brock Daughters 
of My 'fore s d Brother John Wentworth, Elizabeth Wentworth 
and Abigail Rawlins Daughters of My 'fore s d Brother Benja- 
min Wentworth, Abra Chadwick, Daughter of My Uncle 
Benjamin Wentworth, Abra Twombly Daughter of Benjamin 
Twombly and James Chesly, John Hays, Paul Hayes, Thomas 
Hayes, Elihu Hayes, Hezekiah Hayes, Robert Hayes, Samuel 
Hayes, Jonathan Hayes and Elizabeth Hayes, Children of My 
beloved Sister Tampson Hayes. — and Abra Wentworth Daugh- 
ter of My Nephew John Evens. 

Item I give and bequeath My Negro Man Sampson To My 
beloved Brother Gershom Wentworth his Heirs & assigns forever 

Item I give and bequeath My Negro Man Tom & Negro 
Woman Dina to My s d Nephew John Wentworth his Heirs & 
assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath My Negro Child Tom to My s d 
Neice Mary Wentworth Daughter of My Said Brother Benjamin 
Wentworth Deceasd. 

Item It is My Will and pleasure that if y e afore named Paul 
Wentworth, Son of My Nephew John Wentworth, should die 
before y e named five Hundred Pounds, be all laid out for his 
Learning, that what remains of s d Sum shall revert to his next 
Eldest Surviving Brother. — 

Item I give and bequeath To My Dear Wive's Sisters Abigail 
Morrill & Ruth Carr, and To Hannah Twombly Neice of My 
Wive's Sister Hannah Evens deceasd Seventy pounds old 
Tennor to each, to their Heirs & assigns for ever, if to be had of 
what remains of My Estate, after y e before Mentiond Legacies 
are complyd with. Item I will that My Executors hereafter 
Named be paid for all their trouble & charges, in Executing this 
will out of My Estate. 

Item If after the before Mentioned Legacies are Comply 'd 
with there be any thing of My real & personal Estate remaining, 



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I give and bequeath the fourth part thereof to My afore s d 
Brother Gershom Wentworth, to his Heirs and assigns for ever; 
and another fourth part thereof I give and bequeath to My s d 
Nephew John Wentworth to his Heirs and assigns for ever, 
Another fourth part thereof I give and bequeath to my s d 
Sister Tampson Hayes to her Heirs & assigns for ever, and the 
other fourth part I give and bequeath for pious and Charitable 
uses, in y e aforesaid Parish of Summersworth, for ever, which 
last Mentioned Legacy given for pious and Charitable uses in 
Said Parish, Its My will and pleasure, that it be Managed and 
Improved for y e End given, & in y e place Mentiond, by the Same 
persons I appointed to take care of & Improve y e before Men- 
tioned five Hundred Pounds old Tennor, that I have given for 
pious uses in y e 'fore s d parish of Summersworth that is to Say 
y e Minister and Deacons of y e Church of Christ in s d parish, for 
y e time being, and further Its My Will y* the last Mentiond 
Legacy for Pious & Charible uses be not all Diminished as to 
y e principle, and at no time forever 

Item I do hereby Constitute Make and ordain the Rev d M r 
James Pike, My afore Said Brother Gershom Wentworth & My 
af'Said Nephew John Wentworth to be y e Sole Executors of 
this My last will and Testament. And I do hereby also utterly 
disallow, revoke and disannul all & every other former Testa- 
ments, Wills Legacies and bequests & Executors by me in any 
ways named before, Ratyfying and Confirming this & no other 
to be My last will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto Set My hand and Seal, the Day & year before Written. 

Signed Sealed, Published pro- Paul Wentworth 

nounced & declared by y e Said 
Paul Wentworth as his last will 
& Testament in y e presence of 
us the Subscribers. 

Love Roberts 

Francis Roberts 

James Foye 

[Proved June 29, 1748.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53 1 

[Inventory, July 5, 1748; amount, £29,563.124; signed by 
Thomas Millett, John Wood, and Joseph Hanson.] 

[Executors' account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£2657.7.3; expenditures, £12671.19.11; allowed Aug. 28, 1754.] 



GEORGE PEIRCE 1747/8 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The fifth Day of February 1747. 
I George Pierce of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Blacksmith * * * 

I Give unto my dearly and well beloved Wife Mary all and 
whatsoever she bro't, with Her, to me; also the Improvement 
of my whole Estate both real & personal So long as she shall 
remain my widow But in Case she shall marry again I Give 
unto her the one Third part of my Personal Estate to be at her 
own Disposal & the Improvement of the one Third part of my 
Real Estate (and no more) during her natural Life 

Item I Give and Devise unto my Daughter Sarah Boyinton 
and unto my Grandson George Pierce and unto their Heirs and 
assigns for ever in Equal Halves divided a lot of land in Chester 
in Said Province being Number Ten 

Item I Give and Devise unto my Daughter Mehetabel 
Sherburn and unto her Heirs and assigns for ever a lot of Land 
in Portsmouth aforesaid Joining to the Creek that comes up to 
the Cannoe Bridge (so called) which I bought of Cap* Ebenezer 
Wentworth 

Item I Give and Devise unto my Daughters Martha and 
Mary and unto their Heirs and assigns for ever, in Equal Halves 
divided my Dwelling House Barn Garden and orchard, my Lot 
of Land, Joyning to the Creek aforementiond, which I bought 
X)( Cap* John Pickerin, with the buildings thereon Standing and 
my Pasture & Mowing Ground (Joyning to the Road leading to 
the Plains So called) which I bought of Thomas Westbrook 
Esq r and being all in Portsmouth aforesaid 

Item I Give unto my Grand Children Elizabeth Waterhouse 



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and Sarah Waterhouse five shillings each to be paid by my 
Executors 

Item I Give and Devise all the Rest & Residue of my Estate 
both Real and Personal wheresoever and whatsoever unto my 
three Daughters Mehetabel Mary and Martha and unto their 
Heirs and assigns for ever in Equal Thirds divided 

My will further is That in Case my Wife Mary shall Marry 
again That then each of my aforenamed Children and Grandson 
George Pierce or their Heirs respectively enter into and have 
possession of Two Thirds of what I have given them immediately 
upon my wife her marrying again and of the other Third part 
at her death but in Case she shall not marry again then of no 
part thereof untill her death, but at her Death of the whole 
thereof 

Furthermore I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my 
wife Mary and my Kinsman M r Daniel Peirce of Said Ports- 
mouth to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament 
hereby making and Declaring all former Wills by me made to 
be null and void In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand and Seal the Day and year first above Written 

Signd Seald publish d and de- George Peirce 

clar'd by the said George Pierce 
to be his last Will & Testament 
In the Presence of us Witnesses 
Subscribing in the Testators 
Presence 

Sam 1 Langdon Cl k 

Thomas Peirce 

Sam 1 Penhallow 
i 

Whereas I George Pierce of Portsmouth in the Province of 
New Hampshire Blacksmith have made declared and published 
my last Will and Testament bearing date the fifth day of Feb- 
ruary 1747 Now I the Said George Pierce do by this Present 
Codicill, confirm and ratify my said last will and Testament 

And whereas in and by my said last will and Testament I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 533 

Gave unto my Daughters Martha and Mary and unto their 
Heirs and assigns forever in Equal Halves divided my lot of 
land in Portsmouth aforesaid Joining to the Creek that comes up 
to the Cannoe Bridge, so called, which lot I bought of Captain 
John Pickerin, I do now Give and Devise the said Lot of land I 
bought of said John Pickerin unto my Daughter Mehetabel 
Sherburn and unto her Heirs and assigns for ever — And my will 
and meaning is That the said lot and the lot of land I bought of 
Captain Ebenezer Wentworth which I have Given unto my 
Daughter Mehetabel Sherburn in and by my said last will and 
Testament shall be in full and all that she shall have out of my 
Estate — And whereas in and by my said last will and Testament 
I Gave and devis'd all the Rest and Residue of my Estate both 
Real and Personal wheresoever and whatsoever unto my three 
Daughters Mehetabel Mary and Martha and unto their Heirs 
and assigns forever in Equal Thirds divided — I do now give and 
Devise the same unto my two Daughters Mary and Martha and 
unto their Heirs and assigns for Ever in equal halves divided 
And my will and meaning is that this Codicill be and shall be 
adjudged and taken to be part and parcell of my last Will and 
Testament and that all things herein contained and mentioned 
be faithfully and truly performed as fully and amply in every 
Respect as if the same were so declared and set down in my Said 
last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof I have hereunto 
set my hand and Seal the Sixth day of March 1753 

Signd seald published and de- George Peirce 

clared by the said George Pierce 
to be a Codicil to his last will 
and Testament in the Presence 
of us witnesses Subscribing in 
the Presence of the said George 
Pierce 

Sam 1 Langdon 

Thomas Peirce 

Sam Penhallow 

[Proved March 28, 1753.] 



534 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM BLAIR 1747/8 BOSTON, MASS. 

[William Blair of Londonderry, gentleman, having come to 
lawful age, releases his father, John Blair of Londonderry, 
gentleman, guardian, and acknowledges receipt of a legacy of 
£2000 from his kinsman, Capt. William Blair of Boston, Mass. ; 
dated Feb. 8, 1747/8; witnesses, Robert Boyes and John Mc- 
Neil.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 118.] 



JOHN PHILBRICK 1747/8 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this Eleventh day of february 
Anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred and forty Seven- 
Eight, I John Philbrick of Hampton falls in the Province of 
New Hamps r in New England weaver Being Sick and weak in 
body * * * 

2 ly I Give And Bequeath to my mother Abia Philbrick the 
liberty of One fire Room in my House where I now live if she 
should Stand in need thereof to live in her Self During her 
widowhood and also the liberty of Cuting firewood on my place 
for her own fire if she should Stand in need and live in my house 
as aforesaid During Said term also the Priviledge of Keeping 
two sheep on my place both Summering and wintering for said 
term and also the fruit that shall Grow upon Sixteen appletrees 
beginning at the Notheasterly Corner of my Orchard and so 
to take the first Sixteen trees to have the fruit thereof During 
her widowhood as aforesaid 

3 ly I Give And Bequeath to my wellbeloved wife Judith 
Philbrick All my Houshold Goods and Moveables within Doors 
for her to Dispose of as she sees Cause Among my Children — If 
she Should marry Again she is to Dispose of all said moveables 
among my Children before her marriage Except what she bro't 
with her at the time of her marriage to me which she is to have 
& use During her life & then they to go to my Children: I also 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 535 

Give her the liberty of One fire Room in my Dwelling House for 
her to live in During the time she Remains my widow 

4 ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Philbrick 
five Pounds old Tenor to be paid her by my Son Jonathan 
Philbrick when he shall come to the age of twenty two years 
to be made Equal in value then to what five Pounds old Tenor 
is now 

5 ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Philbrick 
five Pounds old Tenor to be paid her by my Son Jonathan Phil- 
brick when he shall Come to the Age of twenty three years to be 
made Equal in Value then to what five Pounds old Tenor is now 

6 ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Judith Philbrick 
five Pounds old Tenor to be paid her by my Son Jonathan 
Philbrick when he shall Come to the Age of twenty four years 
then to be made Equal to what five Pounds old Tenor is now 

7 ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Ada Philbrick five 
Pounds old Tenor to be paid her by my Son Jonathan Philbrick 
when he shall Come to the Age of twenty five years then to be 
made Equal to what five Pounds old Tenor is now 

8 ly Whereas my wife Judith is now with Child if the Child 
which she may have born of her present Pregnancy should be a 
Son then I Order ten Pounds old Tenor to be paid him by my 
Son Jonathan Philbrick when my said Son Jonathan shall Come 
to the Age of twenty Six years — But if Said Child should be a 
Daughter then I Order five Pounds old Tenor to be paid her by 
my Said Son Jonathan when he comes to the age of twenty Six 
years to be made equal to what five Pounds old tenor is now if it 
be a Daughter and Equal to what ten Pounds old Tenor is now 
if it be a Son — and if my Son Jonathan should Die before he 
comes to the age of twenty one years then if the Child which 
my wife may have born of her present pregnancy should be a 
Son I Give & Bequeath to him, he paying & performing what 
my Said Son Jonathan was to have done that which I have 
Given in this my will to my Said Son Jonathan 

9 I Give and Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Philbrick his 



536 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

heirs & assigns all my lands and marsh in Hampton or. Else 
where that of Right belongs to me Excepting About four Acres 
of Land lying on the Southerly Side of my land Southward of a 
Certain Brook which I have in this my will Given to my Execu- 
tors to Dispose of I also Give my Said Son Jonathan all my 
Buildings Excepting those parts which I have before in this my 
will Given the improvement of to my Mother & Wife and those 
also after the time of their improvement is out And Also all my 
Husbandry tools & moveables without Doors not before Dis- 
posed of Excepting the Horse & a Saddle which I have Given 
to my Executors 

I0 ly I make and Ordain my Brother Abner Pilbrick of Hamp- 
ton falls to be Executor And my Wellbeloved wife Judith Phil- 
brick to be Executrix to this my last will & Testament And I 
Do Give to my Said Executor and Executrix about four Acres 
of land lying on the Southerly Side of my land lying Southerly 
of a Certain Brook for them to make Sale of for the Discharge 
of Debts & Charges I also Give them my Horse and Saddle and 
all Debts and Dues Coming and belonging to me for this End 
— And for Confirmation of all aforegoing I have hereunto Set 
my hand and Seal the Day of the Date aforewritten — 

Signed Sealed & Declared by John Philbrick 

the Said John Philbrick to be his 
last Will and Testament in pres- 
ence of us 

Meshech Weare 

Jeremiah Pearson 

Mary Pearson 

[Proved April 27, 1748]. 

[Inventory, signed by Jonathan Fifield and Thomas Cram; 
amount, £1095.4.0; attested June 16, 1748.] 

[Executor's account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£519.3.6; expenditures, £269.10.9; allowed April 26, 1749; 
mentions children under seven years old, an infant, and Ada 
Philbrick, youngest daughter.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 537 

ELEANOR DURGIN 1747/8 STRATHAM 

In y e Name of God Amen the Seventeenth Day of Febu y 
1747/8 I Eleanor Durgan of Streetham in the Province of New 
Hampshire in New England Labourer, Being very Sick & Weak 
in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath to Mary Watson of Greenland 
in the Province Aforsaid wife to John Watson of Greenland 
Afors d the one Half of My Dwelling House and half of my Money 
And half of my waering Clothing. 

Item I give and Bequeath to Eleanor Watson of Streetham 
Afor's d Daughter to John and Mary Watson of Greenland Afors d 
The one Half of My Dwelling House and all My Household goods 
and the one Half of My Waering Clothing. 

Item. I give and Bequeath to my Brother Richard Plase of 
Newing Town in the Province Afors d , A paer of Gloves and a 
Morning Weed and My Spectacles. 

Item I give and Bequeath to each of the Children of James 
Kennison of Streetham Afors d Deceased, Namely James Ken- 
nison Joshua Kennison, Benjamin Kennison Moses Kennison 
and Abigail Crown Ten Shillings Old Tennor to be Paid by My 
Executor out of My Estate. 

Item I give and Bequeath to John Watson of Greenland 
Afors d the One Half of My Money and all my Estate that is 
Not Mentioned in this Will whom I Likewise Constitute Make 
and ordain My Sole Executor of this My Last Will and Testa- 
ment And I do hearby uterly disallow revoke and disannul all 
and every Other former Testaments Wills Legacies and Bequests 
And Executors by me in Any ways before Named Willed and 
Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be 
my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have 
hearunto Set my Hand and Seal the Day and Year above 
Written. 

Signed Sealed Published Pro- Elenor Durgin 

nounced and Declared by the 
Said Eleanor Durgan As her Last 



538 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

• 

Will and Testament in Presence 
of us the Subcribers 
Eleazear Allen 

Mark 
Abigail X Allen 

her 
John Weeks 
[Proved Dec. 28, 1748.] 

[Inventory, Jan., 1748/9; amount, £249.6.6; signed by Enoch 
Clark and Thomas Wiggin.] 



JONATHAN EASTMAN 1747/8 HAVERHILL DIST. 

The Last will and Testament of Jonathan Eastman of Haver- 
hill District in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
Yeoman * * * 

Item. I give and bequeath unto Hannah my Dear and well 
beloved wife the free use and Improvement of the East room 
in my House in Rumford, with the Chamber belonging to the 
Same and the priviledge of So much of the Cellar as She wants 
for her own Use and Improvementdureing the time She remaines 
my widow I also give her one Cow, six sheep one Swine and my 
horse to be hers forever, all which I will and Order my Son Amos 
to keep for her winter and Summer or others of the Like number 
if She dispose of these dureing the time she remaines my widow, 
I also give her Twelve bushills of Indian Corn, Six bushills of 
Rye, Two bushills of Wheat, four bushills of Malt, One hundred 
and Twenty pounds of beef, Twenty pounds of flax from the 
Swingle and Ten Cords of wood to be Cut & Corded up at her door, 
all which I will & Order my Son Amos to pay her Yearly & 
Every Year when she demands it dureing the time she remaines 
my widow But if it so happen that she Marry again: Then in 
Lieu of the afores d Donations I give her Ten pounds money old 
Tenor ^ Annum which I order my Son Amos to pay her Yearly 
and every year dureing her Naturall Life if She demand it of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 539 

him I also give her the Household stuff or all my moveables 
within doors which are Utensils of Housewifery to be disposed 
of by her to such of my Daughters as she Sees Cause 

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
son Peter all the Tract of Land he now lives on near the wash 
pond in Haverhill District, containing sixty Acres more or less 
which Land he has already by Deed of Gift from me, and 
Thirty pounds money old Tenor or Lawfull money equall to it 
which I will and Order my Son Amos to pay him within Eight 
years after my Decease which lands with what he has had of me 
before is his full share & portion in my Estate 

Fourthly. I give and bequeath unto my Dear and well be- 
loved son Richard all that Right of Land at the plantation called 
suncook which I purchased of William Ayer and is now in my 
Said sons possession — as also the one half of my wearing Ap- 
parrell in full of his portion in my Estate 

Fifthly. I give and bequeath unto. my Dear and well beloved 
son William that land where he now lives near the wash pond, 
containing in the whole fifty five Acres more or less part of which 
I purchased of M r James M c hard and part I had of Joshua 
Herriman by Exchange, I also give him the one half of my 
wearing Apparrell being the whole of what I have not Already 
given to my son Richard which Lands he has Already by a 
Deed from me, & is with what has before had of me his full 
share & portion in my Estate 

Sixtly I give and bequeath unto my Dear and well beloved 
son Jonathan Ten pounds' money old Tenor which I will and 
Order my Son Amos to pay him within Two years after my de- 
cease which Ten pounds together with four hundred and Twenty 
pounds he has before received of me is his full portion in my 
Estate 

Seventhly I give and bequeath unto my Dear & well beloved 
son Amos all my Estate in the Town of Rumford whether reall 
or personall in possession reversion or Remainder, together with 
all my other Estate which I have not herein Disposed off of all 
kinds whatsoever 



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Eighthly — I give and bequeath to my Dear and well beloved 
Daughter Mehittable Ten pounds money old Tenor which I will 
and Order my Son Amos to pay her in money or passable bills 
of Credit within five Years after my decease, which sum together 
with what she has before received of me is her full portion in my 
Estate 

Ninthly I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
daughter Sarah Ten pounds money old Tenor which I will & 
Order my Son Amos to pay her in money or passable bills of 
Credit within six Years after my decease, and with what she has 
before received of me is her full Share and portion in my Estate 

Tenthly. I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
daughter Hannah Ten pounds money old Tenor or lawfull 
money equivalent to it which I will & Order my Son Amos to 
pay her in six Years after my decease in money or passable bills 
of Credit which sum with what she has before received of me 
is her full portion in my Estate 

Lastly I Do hereby constitute ordain and Appoint my 
Dear and well beloved son Amos to be Sole Executor of this my 
last will and Testament to all intents & purposes to whom I 
give all the remainder of my Estate not herein expressly disposed 
of Otherwise be it in possession reversion or remainder, and I do 
hereby utterly revoke disanull and disallow, all former wills 
Testaments Legacies & Executors by me heretofore named or 
made Ratifying & Confirming this and no other to be my last 
will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the Said Jonathan 
Eastman have hereto Set my hand and Seal this Second day of 
March Anno Domini 1747 And in the Twenty first Year of his 
Majesties Reign 

Signed Sealed published & his 

Declared by the Said Jonathan Jonathan X Eastman 

Eastman to be his last will & mark 

Testament before us. 

Wait Stevens 

John Chute 

Richard Hazzen 

[Proved May 30, 1758.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 54I 

[Bond of Amos Eastman of Rumford, with Wait Stevens and 
John Shute, both of Hampstead, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, May 30, 1758, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker and David Sewall.] 



THOMAS HOGG 1747/8 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen — 

I Thomas Hoog of Londondary within the Province of New 
Hampshire in new England yeoman being very much Indis- 
posed in Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved wife Agness Hoog 
the one third of all the income of my Real & Personall Estat 
after my Just Debts & funeral Charges is paid out of the same 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my son John Hoog and also 
Joseph Hoog my son the my Real Este to be Equaly Dived 
betewn them paying the Legacise after mentioned 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my beloved sone tomas Hoog 
seventy pounds of ould tenor to be paid by may sones John & 
Joseph when he arivess at the years of twenty one year & the 
aforsaid tomas to be free at age of fourtine to do for him self 

Item I Give to my Doughter Eilisebth Hoog one hundred 
pound of ould tenor to be paid by my sones John & Joseph at 
hr age twenty 

Item I Give to my Doughter agness Hoog one hundred pounds 
of ould tener to be paid by may sones John & Joseph when she 
arives at the age of twenty years 

Also my sones John & Joseph is oblight to meaintain the two 
Girls in Vittels and Close & Culin til of age and Lik wise they 
shall Live with them 

And I do nominate constitute & appointe Josep bell and 
James Ewins Exec" of this my Last Will & Testament and all 
singleuar goods & chattls Ratifying confirming this and no other 
to be my Last will and testament and do utrly Revok and 
Disanul all former wills Legaciess what soever In witness wheirof 
I have heirunto sett may hand and Seall this ninth Dy of march 



54 2 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ano Don 1747/8 and in the year of twenty one of his majestiess 

Reign- 
Signed Sealed publised prou- thomas Hoog 

nownced Declared by me the 

aforsaid thomas Hoog as my 

Last will and testment in pre- 

cens of 

John Barnett 
Thorns Hoog 

his 
James X Willson 

mar witns 

[Proved Oct. 24, 1749.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 8, 1749; amount, £1771.3.0; signed by John 
Wallace and John Barnett.] 

[Guardianship of John Hogg and Joseph Hogg, minors, aged 
more than fourteen years, and Thomas Hogg, Elizabeth Hogg, 
and Agnes Hogg, aged less than fourteen years, granted to John 
Hogg of Londonderry, yeoman, Nov. 29, 1749.] 

[Bond of John Hogg of Kingston, with Edward Aiken and 
Edward Aiken, Jr., both of Londonderry, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Nov. 29, 1749, for the guardianship of the above- 
named children; witnesses, William Parker and William Rindge.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £195.10.0; 
expenditures, £221.8.0; allowed Aug. 29, 1753.] 



JOHN CALFE 1747/8 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen. I John Calfe of Chester in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Clothier this 
Eleventh day of march Anno Dom 1747/8 Calling to mind the 
frailty of my Body Knowing it is appoynted for all men once to 
die Do make this my last Will and Testament first of all I 
resigne and Recommend my. Soul into the hands of God that 
gave it and my Body to the Earth to be decently buryed at the 
discretion of My Executor hereafter named, And as touching 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 543 

the worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with in 
this life I give and dispose of it in Manner And form following. 

Imprimis. I give to my Wife Deborah a good and Suitable 
Maintainance in Sickness and in health (becoming her quality) 
during her Natural Life, to be rendered to her by my Executor 

Item I give to Six of My Sons (Viz) John, William, James, 
King, Daniel, & Joseph, to each of them Twenty Shillings money 
(Old Tenor) to be paid by My Executor out of my estate. 

Item I give to my Three Granchildren Nath 1 Ethridge, 
Deborah Ethridge, and Mary Ethridge (Children of my Daugh- 
ter Mary Deceased) to Each of them Ten Shillings Money (Old 
Tenor) to be paid out of my estate by my Executor 

Item I give to my Son Robert Calfe all the rest of my Estate 
Real and personal of what Kind or Nature Soever, and where- 
ever lying and being, he rendering a good and Suitable Main- 
tainance to my Wife During her Natural Life as above Said, 
And paying all the Legacies above mentioned. And I do Ap- 
poynt & ordain My Son Robert Calfe to be My Sole Executor of 
this my last Will to pay all my Just debts and funeral Charges, 
and receive all debts due to me, hereby renouncing all former 
Wills bequests & Executors, Confirming and ratifying this to be 
my Last Will and Testament In Witness to all the foregoing I 
the Said John Calfe have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the 
day and date first above written 

Published pronounced and John Calfe 

declar d by the Said John Calfe 
to be his last Will & Testament 
in presence of Us Witnesses & we 
Saw him Sign & Seal the Same 

Will m X Litch 
hir 

marey X Litch 
mark 
his 

James X Butler 
mark 

[Proved May 25, 1748.] 



544 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Robert Calfe, with Peter Ingalls and William Leach 
as sureties, all of Chester, in the sum of £500, May 25, 1748, to 
execute the will; witnesses, William Parker and Benjamin 
Marston.l 



THOMAS DINSMOORE 1747/8 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Dinsmoore granted 
to his widow, Hannah Dinsmoore, May 11, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 217.] 

[Bond of Hannah Dinsmoore, widow, with Peter Powers, 
gentleman, and Samuel Cummings, yeoman, as sureties, all of 
Hollis, in the sum of £500, May 11, 1748, for the administration 
of the estate of Thomas Dinsmoore of Hollis, yeoman; witnesses, 
William Parker and Joseph Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, March 15, 1747/8; amount, £2895.6.6; signed by 
William Cummings and Francis Worcester.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1750, authorizing Samuel Goodhue, 
William Cummings, Samuel Cummings, gentlemen, Nathaniel 
Townsend, and Stephen Ames, yeomen, all of Hollis, to divide 
the estate.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, the personal estate; expenditures, £779.18.6; allowed 
Oct. 31, 1750; mentions "Maintain* William a Son of s d Intes- 
tate under Seven years of age 78 Weeks"; also "Mary & Eliza- 
beth 300 Weeks"; also "Samuel 150 Weeks".] 

Province of 1 By Vartue of a Warrant to us Diracted 

New Hampshire J by the Hon ble Andrew Wiggin Esq r 
Judge of the Probate of Wills for Said Province to Divid and 
make Partition of the Estate of Thomas Dinsmore Late of 
Holies yeoman Deceased to and among the Widow and next of 
Kin to the said Deceased — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 545 

Parsuant thereto Wee have aprised the whol of the Reall 
Estate at £2800:0:0: old Tenor 

Wee have Set of to the Widow one third part of the whol of 
the Real Estate as follows (viz) 7 acres and 128 pole of Land 
at the north East Cornor of the Horn place begining at the north 
East Cornor Bound of s d farm then South by the Road 52: pole 
to a stake and stones then west By the lain be fore the house 24 
pole to a stake and Stones then north 52 : pole to a stake and 
Stones then East to the first Bound mentioned the House and 
Barn and orchard is on sd Land and a nother peace of mowing 
land about 6 acres and half on the south side the lain Before the 
house Bounded on the East side By the Road 26 pole to a stake 
and stones then west 40 pole to a stake and stones then north 26 
pole to a stake and stones then East by the said lain to the first 
bound where we began all so a nother peace of wood Land of 
10 acres on the west side of the Road the Said tract of Land is 
40 pole Squar and the Corners stakes and stones and Bound on 
the Road the East Side and So Layes in the farm we have set of 
to the widow the north End of the house and south Chamber 
with one half of the Seller and the previledge of half the well and 
half the Barn — 

Wee have Set of to Abraham the oldest son two peaces of 
Land in the home place one in the north west Cornor of sd farm 
of a bout 12 acres bounded as follows begining at a stake and 
stones on the north Side the Lain that goes a Cross the farm so 
west by said Lain 36 pole to a stake and stones then north 52 
pole to a stake and stones then East 36 pole to a stak and Stones 
then south to the first Bound the other a bout 13 acres Laying on 
the south side the Lain twenty pole wide and one hundred and 
ten pole Long the Cornor stakes and stones Likewise the other 
half of the Barn and the Remanding peart of the house seller 
and well — and we ordor him to pay Hannah the old Daughter 
fifteen pounds old tenor She having had the Rest of her peart 
Before — and Like wise to pay thirty Six pounds old tenor to 
be Equelly Divided amongst the Rest of the Children with 
Hannah — 



546 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Wee have Set of to Susanna one of the Daughters an acres 
Bounded the East side on the Road 44 pole the north and south 
by the widows Land 40 pole and the west By Abrahams Land 
and the Cornors stakes and stones 

Wee have Set of to Thomas one of the Sons a bout 20 acres of 
Land at the South End of the homested 60 pole one way and 
55 the othe the Cornors Stakes and Stones 

Wee have Set of to Lucey one of the Daughters a Bout 26 
acres of Land in the homested Bounded south by Tho s 60 pole 
then north about 71 pole then East By Abraham and the widow 
to the Road So by the Road to the first bound — 

Wee have Set of to John one of the sons one Lot of Land at 
New Ispwech No: 54 in the north Devision with the one half of 
the after Devisions — and he is to Do the Duty of the Right in 
bulding and Clering and the one half of the other Charges of 
said Right — 

Wee have set of to Abel one of the sons one Lot of Land at 
New Ipswech no. 4 in the 9 Range in the south Devision and 
the other half of the Right and he is to pay the other half of the 
Charges of the Right 

Wee have Set of to Eliphalet one of the sons about 34 acres of 
Land in their farm in monson no 1 : in the south Cornor of s d 
farm begining at the Cornor the north 45 deg s west 66 pole to 
heap of stones then north East 80 pole to Black oak the south 
East about 56 pole to a heap of stones then as the plan Diracts 
to the first Bound — 

Wee have Set of to Ase one of the Sons about 32 £ acres of 
Land in Monson no. 2 begining at a heap of stones then north 
45 degrs west 65 pole to a stake and stones then north East 80 
pole to a heap of stones then south East 65 pole to a Black oak 
then south west 80 pole to the first Bound 

Wee have set of to William one of the sones about 70 acres of 
Land in monson no: 3 begining at a stake and stones then north 
west 126 pole to a stake and stones then north. East 90 pole to a 
stak and stons then south East 126 to a heep of stones then 
south west to y e first Bound 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 547 

Wee have Set of to Samuel one of the sons about 39 acres of 
Land in Monson no: 4 Bounded begining at a heep of stones the 
north west 66 pole to a stake and stones then north East 80 pole 
to a stake and stones then South East 80 pole to a heep of stones 
then By the Bound of the farm as the plan Diracts to the first 
Bound 

Wee have set of to Mary one of the Daughters about 27! acres 
of Land in Monson no: 5 begining at a stake and Stones then 
north west 55 pole to a stake and stones then north East 80 
pole to a stake and stones then South East 55 pole to a Stake and 
Stones then south west to the first bound 

Wee have Set of to Elizabeth one of the Daughters about 55 
acres of Land in Monson no: 6 Begining at a heep of stones then 
north west 126 pole to a stake and stones then north East 70 
pole to a pine tree and stones then south East 126 pole to a stake 
and Stones then south west to the first Bound 

The a fore said Devisions are Discribed by y e Plans bye metes 
and Bounds as we have Devided them and set of Each one his 
part or Share — 

Holies October y e 25 th 1750 

Nath 11 Townsend 

William Cumings 

Sam 11 Goodhue \ Committee 

Stephen Ames 

Sam 11 Cumings 

[Allowed Oct. 31, 1750.] 



BENJAMIN DOW 1747/8 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Warrant, March 21, 1747/8, authorizing Amos Cass and 
Winthrop Dow, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate of Benjamin Dow of Hampton Falls, yeoman, ad- 
ministration of which is granted to his widow, Abigail Dow.] 

[Inventory, March 28, 1748; amount, £1544.19.0; signed by 
Amos Cass and Winthrop Dow.] 



548 x NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN BROWN 1747/8 HAMPTON FALLS 

In The Name of god Amen the twenty third day of march 
1747 I John Brown of y e South or falls parish in hampton in the 
Province of New hampshire in New England farmer being ill in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & Bequeath to my Son Daniel Brown all 
my homstead wit my house & Barn and all the land Joyning 
thereto lying & Joyning on Exeter Rhode So Called & all my 
Stock of Cattle and all Creatures of all Sorts & kind whatsoever 
and all my husbandry tooles without Doors that i shall leave 
at my Decease and also a piece of marsh Laying by the farm 
Called Browns farme be the Same two acres more or less and also 
another piece of Salt marsh Laying at y e farm Between the 
marsh of Ebenezer Brown & Jeremiah Brown Be the Same two 
acres & half more or less & also another piece of upland laying 
along by the Side of the marsh of the above said farm be the 
Same one acre more or less 

Item I give to my Son John Brown twenty Shillings old 
Tenor if he Comes again 

Item My Desire & order is for my Son Daniel Brown to pay 
to my Daughter mary Brown the Sum of twenty Pounds old 
Tenor To be paid in two years after my Decease 

Item my Desire & order is for my Son Daniel to pay to my 
Daughter Lydia Brown the Sum of twenty Pounds old Tenor 
To be paid at the End of five years after my Decease — 

Item my Desire & order is that my Son Daniel pay to my Son 
Caleb Browns Children the Sum of twenty Shillings old Tenor 
To Each child to be paid at the End of five years after my 
Decease 

Item my Desire is for my Son Daniel Brown to maintain my 
Beloved wife So long as She Remains my widow — And i do 
give & order my Son Daniel Brown to Receive all moneys Dues 
& Debts Due to me whatsoever & To pay all my Just Debts 
which i owe I Do likewise Constitute & ordain my Son Daniel 
Brown my Sole Executor of this my last will & Testament & I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 549 

do hereby utterly Disallow revoke & Disannul all & Every other 
former Testaments wills & Executors made by me in any ways 
before named Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my 
last will & Testament In witness whereof i have hereunto set 
my hand & seal the Day & year above written 

Signd Sealed published & De- his 

clared by the Said John Brown John X Brown 

as his last will & Testament in mark 

the presents of us the Subscri- 
bers 

Benjamin Cram 

Benjamin Row 

Benjamin moulton jun r - 

[Proved April 29, 1747.] 

[Warrant, April 27, 1748, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Jonathan Gove, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jonathan Fifield and Jonathan Gove; 
amount, £6470.1.6; attested June 15, 1748.] 



SAMUEL BURBANK 1747/8 HOPKINTON 

In the Name of God amen this 23 Day of march 1747 I Samuel 
Burbank of Number 5 So Caled being under Great Indisposicon 
of Body and ful of pain * * * 

Im Primas I will and bequeath to my Loving wife the third 
Part of my estate during her natural Life I tarn I bequeath to 
my Son Samuel five Pounds of the old tenor of New England 
Currancy I tarn I Give and bequeath five pounds more of the 
Same Curancy to my Daughter mehetible I tarn five Pounds more 
Likewise to my Daughter mary of the Said old Tenor I tarn to 
my Daughter Sarah five pounds of the Said old tener to my Son 
Caleb Forty accers of my Home Lot on the North Side Bounded 
on David Woodwell Butted East on Samson Colbey west on 
Common Land the Sd Lot being in the Township Caled Number 



550 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[torn] Lot being Number 9 in Said town Likewise in Rumford in 
the province of new Hampshire Six accers of Shugger Ball 
Containing the Improved Land Lying on the west Sid Likewise 
the Half of a Six accer Lot Bounded on the East Side on Edward 
Abbet Furthermore as to my Stock of Cretures and Has- 
bandry tools my will is that there be an Equal Devision be- 
twen my two Sons Caleb & Jonathan I tarn to my Son Jonathan 
Forty accers of my Home Lot Lying in Number 5 In the Pervince 
of Newhampshire Buting Easte on mathew Standly Bounding 
North on James Whetney Likewise Seven acceres Lying in the 
Great Swamp So Caled Lying in Rumpherd Six accers of my Lot 
Coled Shugger Ball more or less also the half of a Six accer Lot 
which is Part of the above mentioned to my Son Caleb 

the above mentioned Land that is Given to Jonathan is to Re- 
turn to Caleb provided He Shuld not Live to Return Home again 
Dated at Quebec in the year of our Lord 1747 Being the twen- 
tieth year of his majestes Reign George the 2 d by the Grace of 
God of Grat Britain France & Irland King Defender of the 
Faith & Sign d Seal d & Delivered in Presents of and declared 
to be his Last will & Testament in Presents of us 
his his 

David X Woodwell Samuel X Burbank 

Mark mark 

Alexander Robdes 
his 

John X Richard 
Mark 

[Proved Jan. 27, 1747/8.] 



AMBROSE DOWNS 1748 GOSPORT 

[Administration on the estate of Ambrose Downs of Gosport 
granted to his widow, Sarah Downs, March 30, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 200.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 551 

[Bond of Sarah Downs, widow, with Joseph Mace and Samuel 
Abbott, fishermen, as sureties, all of Gosport, in the sum of 
£500, March 31, 1748, for the administration of the estate of 
Ambrose Downs of Gosport, fisherman; witnesses, William Par- 
ker and Jacob Downs.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Ambrose Downs, who died Nov. 
4, 1747; taken April 5 and 6, 1748; amount, £1744.3.0; signed 
by Joseph Mace and Samuel Abbott.] 



JONATHAN EDMUNDS 1748 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Edmunds of Ports- 
mouth granted to his brother, Benjamin Edmunds of Ports- 
mouth, March 30, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 199.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Edmunds, yeoman, with Nathaniel Shan- 
non, innholder, and Jonathan Trickey, husbandman, as sureties, 
all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £200, March 30, 1748, for the 
administration of the estate of Jonathan Edmunds of Ports- 
mouth, shipwright; witness, Thomas Seavey.] 

[Inventory, April 25, 1748; amount, £137.9.0; signed by Joseph 
Langdon and Stillman Jordan.] 



RICHARD NEAL 1748 NEWCASTLE 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Neal of Newcastle 
granted to his son, William Neal, March 30, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 200.] 

[Bond of William Neal, joiner, with Abraham Trefethen and 
Jeremiah Jones, mariners, as sureties, all of Newcastle, in the 
sum of £500, April 14, 1748, for the administration of the estate 
of Richard Neal, joiner; witnesses, William Parker and Zerviah 
Parker.] 



552 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, May 23, 1748; amount, £1043.4.9; signed by 
Nathaniel Sargent and Samuel Jackson.] 

[Additional inventory, April 26, 1749; amount, £75.12.0; 
signed by Samuel Jackson and Joseph Buss, Jr.] 



NATHANIEL PERKINS 1748 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Perkins of Somers- 
worth granted to his son, Lemuel Perkins, March 30, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 199.] 

[Bond of Lemuel Perkins, with William Stiles and Joseph 
Hussey as sureties, all of Somersworth, yeomen, in the sum of 
£500, March 30, 1748, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, James Philpot and William Parker.] 

[Inventory, signed by James Hobbs and Silvanus Nock; 
amount, £89.19.0; attested June 22, 1748.] 

[Petition of the administrator, Nov. 30, 1748, for license to 
sell real estate.] 

[License to the administrator, Nov. 30, 1748, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1748, authorizing Gershom Wentworth, 
yeoman, and Thomas Miller, physician, both of Somersworth, 
to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, May 31, 1749; amount, £106.13.10; signed 
by Thomas Miller.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £150.15.6; expenditures, £109.16.8; allowed, no date.] 



JOHN SHERBURNE 1748 NEWCASTLE 

[Administration on the estate of John Sherburne of Newcastle 
granted to his widow, Hannah Sherburne, March 30, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 200. 1 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 553 

[Bond of Hannah Sherburne of Newcastle, widow, with Joseph 
Sherburne, mariner, and John Dennett, tanner, both of Ports- 
mouth, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 30, 1748, for 
the administration of the estate of John Sherburne of Newcastle, 
gentleman; witnesses, Nathaniel Shannon and William Parker.] 

[Inventory, April 7, 1748; amount, £5906.12.8; signed by 
Henry Sherburne and Thomas Westbrook Waldron.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1155.12.8; expenditures, £713.6.3; allowed Dec. 26, 
1750; mentions Noah Sherburne, oldest son, Simeon Sherburne, 
second son, Catherine Odiorne, oldest daughter, Mary Randall, 
second daughter, and Hannah Sherburne, third daughter.] 

Know all men by these presents that Wee Noah Sherburne 
Simeone Shirburne Kathrine Odiorne, James Randle & mary 
my wife And Hannah Sherburn all Except the Said Randel, 
being Children & heirs of John Sherburn Late of New Castle 
in the Province of New Hampshire Gen* Deceased Intestate 
being all Legally Capably to Act for our selves; Have Mutually 
Agreed upon a Division of the Real Estate of the said Intestate 
as the same Comes to us & Set off the same To Have & To 
Hold to Each party his & her Respective heirs & assignes in 
Severalty for Ever According to the Plan on the other side hereof 
the Lots being Numbrd And Each party's Name Entred in his or 
her Respective Lots, Represented on said Plan And Do mutally 
Release & Quitt our Respective Claims Rights Intrests & prop- 
erties to Each other (& his or her Respective Heirs & assigns) 
To all the said Estate Excepting the part or share set off to us 
Respectively as aforesaid, In Witness whereof we have hereunto 
sett our hands & seals the 29 th Day of may 1751 & in the 24 th 
year of his Majes ties Reign 

Witnesses Noah Sherburne 

Cyprian Jeffry Simeon Sherburne 

Thomas Walden Katharine odiorne 

James Randall 
Hannah Sherburne 



554 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

SAMPSON DOE 1748 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God, Amen 

The fourth day of Aprill in the Yeare of our Lord Christ one 
thousand Seven hundred and forty Eight. I Sampson Doe 

of Newmarket in Newhampshire in New England Yeoman. 

* * * 

Item. I give my Son Samuel Doe three Shillings 
Item. I give to my Son Nicholas Doe three shillings 
Item. I give my Son Zebulun Doe three Shillings 
Item. I give my Daughter Martha ffrost three Shillings 
Item. I give my Daughter Mary Wiggin three Shillings 
Item. I give my Daughter Elizabeth Stoodly three Shillings 
Item. I give my Daughter Sarah Doe three Shillings 
Item. I give my Son Nathaniel Doe three Shillings 
Item. I give my well beloved Wife, Mary, All my goods & 
Chattels within Doars & without and all Debts & Specialties 
due to me of what Nature or kind So ever, And I do hereby 
Nominate and Appoint my Said Wife Sole Executrix of this 
my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby disannul and 
make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore 
made either by word of Mouth or in Writing. I hereby Rati- 
fying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and 
Testament In Witness, I the Said Sampson Doe to this my last 
Will and Testament have Set my hand and Seale the day and 
Yeare first above mentioned. 

Signed Sealed, Published and Samson Doe 

declared by the Testator, in the 
presence of us whose Names are 
Subscribed as Witnesses, and 
attested by us in the presence of 
the Said Testator 
James Stoodly Ju r 
Samel Doe 
John mason 
[Proved May 29, 1751 .] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 555 

JOSEPH PEIRCE 1748 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of Susanna Peirce, widow, with Clement Jackson and 
Daniel Peirce, gentleman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £1000, April 18, 1748, for the administration of the estate 
of Joseph Peirce of Portsmouth ; witnesses, Arthur Browne and 
William Parker.] 

[Inventory, signed by Eleazer Russell and Daniel Rogers; 
amount, £4801.19.1; attested Aug. 31, 1748.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate 
Aug. 28, 1754; receipts, £3213.2.11; expenditures, £2769.3.11; 
mentions children.] 



SAMUEL SMITH 1748 NEWBURY, MASS. 

[Guardianship of Samuel Smith granted to his father, Samuel 
Smith of Newbury, Mass., April 27, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 214.] 

[Bond of Samuel Smith of Newbury, Mass., periwig-maker, 
with George Massey and Thomas Newmarch, both of Ports- 
mouth, as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 27, 1748, for the 
guardianship of his son, Samuel Smith, minor; witnesses, Me- 
shech Weare and William Parker.l 



TIBBETTS 1748 

[Guardianship of Peter Tibbetts granted to Timothy Robinson 
April 27, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 218.] 



JONATHAN FREESE 1748 HAMPTON 

[Bond of Sarah Freese of Hampton, widow, with George Ayers 
and Jonathan Ayers, both of Portsmouth, cordwainers, as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £500, April 28, 1748, for the administration 



556 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of the estate of Jonathan Freese of Hampton, joiner; witnesses, 
William Parker and James Philpot.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1750, authorizing Samuel Palmer and 
Joseph Philbrick, both of Hampton, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Joseph Philbrick and Moses Perkins; 
amount, £260.17.0; attested May 24, 1748.] 

[List of claims; amount, £402.7.6; signed by Samuel Palmer 
and Joseph Philbrick; attested Oct. 23, 1750.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £166.17.0; expenditures, £402.14.0; allowed Aug. 28, 
1 751; mentions "maintaining three of the Intestates Children 
which were under Seven Years To this Time amount 8 to 380 
Weeks in the whole."] 

[License to the administratrix, Feb. 25, 1756, to sell real es- 
tate.] 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate by Philip 
Dow and his wife, Sarah Dow, formerly Sarah Freese; receipts, 
<£533-°-°; expenditures, £273.15.0; allowed Aug. 24, 1756.] 

[Division to the creditors; claims, £347.19.6; amount divided, 
£259.5.0.] 

[Guardianship of George Freese and Joseph Freese, minors, 
aged more than fourteen years, children of Jonathan Freese of 
Hampton, granted to Jonathan Moulton Feb. I, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 136.] 



SAMUEL HILTON 1748 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen this thirtyeth Day of April Anno 
Domini 1748 In the twenty first year of his majestys Reign 
Georg the Second King over Grate Britain &c I Samuel Hilton 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 557 

of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshier in new England 
being sick and weak in bodey * * * 

I tarn that is I Give and bequeth to Prudence my beloved wife 
my Dwelling house and Barn which I built in Hampton with one 
lettle Lott of land which I have laying in the third Range of 
lotts in the first Division of the five Divisions in said Hampton. 
I also Give and bequeth to my said wife Prudence the land 
which I bought of Phillep towle laying in the Ring swamp in 
said Hampton between land of Thomas Batchelder on the East 
of it and the land that was Called the Ram Pastour on the 
west of it// I also give and bequeth to my said wife Prudence 
sixty acres of land which I have laying on the north west side 
of Pascassek River in the town ship of Exeter in said Province 
bounding southly on said River// with one third Part of a neck 
of land laying on the south Eastly side of said Pascassek 
River / bounded north Eastly on Lamprey River // I also Give 
and bequeth to my said wife Prudence / one Quarter Part of 
one mile and half Square Called Exetor Grant to the Hiltons 
with ten acres Granted to me by the town of Exetor near black 
Rocks // I also Give and bequeth to my said wife Prudence 
one Right in the township of Bow in said Province // with the 
thirty acres of land which I bought of Samuel Conner laying 
in the township of Exetor afore said bounding Eastly by the 
foulsams medow grant // south by the land of Stephen Leavit // 
westly by the Grate fresh River & north westly by land layed 
out to the heirs of thomas Dollof deceased // with all my Estate 
both Real and Personal of what Kind and nateuer what so Ever 
all and singuler to my said wife Prudence and to her heirs and 
assigns for Ever and my said wife to Dispose of all and singuller 
of the Demised Premisse as she Pleaseth — 

I also Give to my said wife all money Due to me by Book 
Bonds or other ways Due to me I Do Like wise Constitute make 
and ordain my said wife Prudence my sole Executer to this my 
Last will and testiment and I Do here by utterly Disanull Re- 
voke and Disalow all and Every other former testements wills 



558 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Leagusies and bequests and Executors by me in any wise before 
named willed and bequested Ratifieing and Conferming this 
and no other to be my last will and testement 

In wittness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal 
on the Day and year above written 

signed sealed Published Pro- Samll Hilton 

nounced and Declared by the said 
Samuel Hilton as his last will and 
testiment in the Presence of us the 
subscribers 

Natthnall Batchlder 

Benjamin Batchelder 

Samuel Palmer 

[Proved May 25, 1748.] 

[Inventory, June 7, 1748; amount, £320.17.0; signed by Sam- 
uel Palmer and Gershom Griffith.] 



JOHN McVICKER 1748 SOMERSWORTH 

[Bond of Charles Gorwood, shopkeeper, with Samuel Hart, 
joiner, and Humphrey Fernald, cooper, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, May 2, 1748, for the administration 
of the estate of John McVicker of Somersworth, trader; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and William Webb.] 



JOSEPH HOYT 1748 STRATH AM 

The last Will and Testament of Joseph Hoyt of Stretham in 
the Province of Newhampshire yeoman made the 5 th clay of 
May Anno Domini 1748 * * * 

Item I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Hannah Hoyt 
the use and improvement of all my household goods during her 
naturall life and at her decease S d Goods to be equally divided 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 559 

between my Seven daughters or their heirs also I give and be- 
queath unto my S d loving wife immediately after my decease 
two Cows and four Sheep as She Shall Choose out of my Stock 
to be at her own disposal 

Item I give unto my daughter Esther Jewet five Shillings to 
be paid her by my Exec immediately after my decease She 
having rec d her Portion before 

Item I give unto my daughter Hannah Stevens five Shillings 
to be paid her immediately after my decease by my Exec r She 
having receiv'd her Portion before 

Item I give unto my daughter Mary Smith one Cow immed- 
iately after my decease to be deliver'd her by my Exec r in full of 
her Portion 

Item I give unto my daughter Jemima Hoyt one hundred 
pounds old tenor to be paid her by my Exec r within Six months 
after my decease in full of her Portion 

Item I give unto my daughter Anne Elsworth thirty pounds 
old tenor bills to be paid her by my Exec within Six months 
after my decease in full of her Portion 

Item I give unto my daughter Abigail Piccart five Shillings 
to be paid her by my Exec immediately after my decease She 
having receiv'd her Portion before 

Item I give unto my daughter Priscilla Palmer five Shillings 
to be paid her by my Exec immediately after my decease She 
having receiv'd her Portion before 

Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Joseph Hoyt 
Jun r (who I Constitute Executor of this my last Will & Testa- 
ment) and to his heirs and Assigns forever the remainder of my 
home place both lands & buildings that I have not already Sold 
him togeather with all Such Debts as Shal be due to me at my 
decease as also all Such implements of husbandry and all the 
residue of my real & personal Estate not before dispos'd of the 
better to enable him to pay my Just debts & Legacy's afores d 
as also mine and my wifes funeral Charges which my will is my 



560 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Executor Shall pay In witnes whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the day and year first within mention'd 

Sign'd Seal'd publish'd and de- Joseph Hoyt 

clar'd by Joseph Hoyt to be his 
last Will & Testament In p r sence 
of us 

John Cartty 

Noah Emery 

Nich Perryman 

[Proved June 15, 1753.] 

[Bond of Joseph Hoyt of Stratham, with Joseph Clark of 
Stratham and Theophilus Smith of Exeter as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, June 12, 1753, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, George Veasey and Daniel Clark.] 



NATHANIEL HILLS 1748 HUDSON 

[Anna Hills, widow, and Enoch Hills, oldest son, waive ad- 
ministration on the estate of Nathaniel Hills of Nottingham 
West May 9, 1748, in, favor of Samuel Hills, another son; 
witnesses, Josiah Cummings and Nathaniel Hills.] 

[Bond of Samuel Hills of Nottingham West, yeoman, with 
Josiah Cummings of Nottingham West and Joel Dix of Litch- 
field, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 12, 1748, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Walter Warren.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 6, 1748; amount, £1568.11.0; signed by 
Robert Darrah and William Cummings.] 

[License to the administrator, Nov. 30, 1748, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 296.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 56 1 

JERAHMEEL CUMMINGS 1748 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of Jerahmeel Cummings of 
Hollis granted to his widow, Hannah Cummings, May 11, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 217.] 

[Inventory, March 14, 1747/8; amount, £219.10.7; signed by 
William Cummings and Francis Worcester.] 

[Bond of Hannah Cummings, widow, with Peter Powers, 
gentleman, and Samuel Cummings, yeoman, as sureties, all of 
Hollis, in the sum of £500, May II, 1748, for the administration 
of the estate of Jerahmeel Cummings of Hollis, gentleman; 
witnesses, William Parker and Joseph Blanchard.] 

[License to the administratrix, Oct. 25, 1749, to sell real 
estate.] 



JONATHAN DANFORTH 1748 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Danforth granted 
to Ann Danforth May 11, 1748.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 217.] 

[Bond of Ann Danforth, widow, with Peter Powers, gentleman, 
and Samuel Cummings, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hollis, in the 
sum of £500, May 11, 1748, for the administration of the estate 
of Jonathan Danforth of Hollis, yeoman; witnesses, William 
Parker and Joseph Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, June 9, 1747 (1748?); amount, £610.10.0; signed 
by William Cummings and Francis Worcester.] 

[Petition of Ann Danforth, Oct. 26, 1748, for license to sell 
real estate of her husband.] 

[License to the administratrix, Oct. 26, 1748, to sell real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 17, p. 290.] 
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562 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of Stephen Martyn and his wife, Ann Martyn, 
administratrix of the estate; receipts, £879.8.6,; expenditures, 
£728.0.0; allowed May 29, 1751; mentions "maintaining 3 
children of Said Intestate under 7 years of age 4 year Each," 
and "for 2 Children 3 Months Each more to this time." 



ROBERT OX 1748 BOSTON, MASS. 

[Bond of Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable, with Peter Powers, 
gentleman, and Samuel Cummings, yeoman, both of Hollis, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, May 11, 1748, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Robert Ox of Boston, Mass., merchant; 
witnesses, Jonathan Lovewell and William Parker.] 

[Inventory, May 11, 1748; amount, £100.0.0; signed by Peter 
Powers and Samuel Cummings.] 

[Certificate of marriage, by Rev. Joseph Whipple of Hampton 
Falls, of Charles Tracy, mariner, and Mrs. Hannah Smith of 
Durham, widow, Nov. 10, 1748.] 

[Administration de bonis non of the estate granted to Joseph 
Blanchard of Merrimack July 15, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 467.] 

[Bond of Joseph Blanchard of Merrimack, with Hunking 
Wentworth of Portsmouth and Robert Campbell of London- 
derry, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, July 15, 1760, 
for the administration de bonis non of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker and Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Petition of the administrator, Nov. 29, 1780, for license to 
sell real estate.] 

[License to the administrator, Nov. 29, 1780, to sell real es- 
tate.l 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 563 

THOMAS COOK 1748 BOSCAWEN 

[Guardianship of Thomas Cook, minor, aged more than four- 
teen years, son of Thomas Cook of Boscawen, granted to Eben- 
ezer Stevens of Andover, Mass., May 23, 1748.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 328, p. 134.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Stevens, with Jacob Tyler of Andover, 
Mass., husbandman, and Samuel Parley of Ipswich, Mass., as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 23, 1748; witnesses, Daniel 
Appleton and James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOSEPH SAWYER 1748 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Joseph Sayer of Kingston in the 
Province of New Hampshire Husbandman ; under bodily Weak- 
ness * * * 

Imprimis I will that my honest & just Debts be paid out of 
my Estate by Dorithy my beloved Wife. 

Item I give & bequeath to my s d Wife all my live Stock & 
Moveables within Doors & without & the one half of all my 
Lands & Buildings with all their Contents, Privileges & Com- 
modities of what Name or Nature soever; during her natural 
Life, & the other half untill my Children shall be of Age; or 
marry successively, each & every of them ; as hereafter expresed. 

Item I give & bequeath to my beloved Children Miriam, 
Elizebeth, Dorithy & Juda & to my Child unborn, if God please 
to bless us with further Issue, according to our Present Hope, 
to each an equal Share or Dividend of the one half of my Lands, 
as soon as they shall Successively come of Age or Marry: & to 
each of them an equal Share or Dividend of the other half of my 
Lands, as also my Buildings, at the Decease of my s d Wife 

I do also hereby constitute & ordain my s d beloved Wife 
Dorithy my sole Executrix to this my Last Will & Testiment. 



564 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

In Wittness & Testimony of all which I have hereunto Set 
my Hand & Seal this twenty eighth day of May Annoq : Domini 
1748. 

Pronounced, Signed & Sealed Joseph Sawyer 

in Presence of 

Joseph Seccomb 

John thorn 

Benjamin Selly 

[Proved Aug. 31, 1748.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 17, 1748/9; amount, £1409.8.0; signed by 
Benjamin Swett and Benjamin Cilley.] 



TIMOTHY WATERHOUSE 1748 PORTSMOUTH 

I Timothy Waterhouse of the town of Porchmoth In the 

Province of nuhamsheir In nulngland coardwiner being aged 
* * * 

first my dafter marget bruster and mary spinney and: ruth 
gains and sarah foos and Eleizebeth ham all theas my dafters 
I give them each and every one of them five shilings a peace 
because I have givn them sufient before as for my dafter Lidea 
I give hur twenty pounds old tenner: to be payd by my son 
Timothy when he shall receve what Is given to him as for my 
son John, my son Joseph to pay him twenty pounds old tenner 
when he shall receive what is given to him, now for my three sons 
I give to my son Joseph my house and land at the pulpit wheare 
I now live to him and his airs lawfully begotten of his body for 
ever so that it shall be from air to air