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PROBATE RECORDS 



OF THE 



Province of New Hampshire 



VOL. 5 
1754-1756 



State Papers Series 
Vol. 35 



Edited by 

OTIS G. HAMMOND 

Director of the 

New Hampshire Historical Society 



PUBLISHED BY 

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 
1936 



JOINT RESOLUTION 

Relating to the preservation and publication of portions of the early state and provin- 
cial 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 
compensation, to be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropri- 
ated — to collect, arrange, transcribe, and superintend the publication of such por- 
tions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New Hamp- 
shire 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 Historical 
Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state librarian, who is hereby 
authorized to exchange the same for similar publications by other states. 
Approved August 4, 188 1. 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Alcock, Keturah, Portsmouth, 1754 . 
Alexander, Ellas, Winchester, 1756 
Allen, David, Salem, 1754 . 
Anderson, Allen, Londonderry, 1755 . 
Ayer, John, Portsmouth, 1754 

Baldwin, Henry, Pelham, 1754 • 
Bartlett, Nathaniel, Exeter, 1755 
Batchelder, Nathan, East Kingston, 1755 

Theophilus, Hampton Falls, 1754 
Bean, Joseph, Kingston, 1753 
Beverland, David, Londonderry, 1756 
Bickford, Joseph, Newington, 1754 
Bigelow, Jonathan, Charlestown, 1755 
Blagdon, Hannah, Portsmouth, 1756 . 
Blake, John, Hampton, 1755 

Joseph, Epping, 1755 • 
Blood, Josiah, Hollis, 1754 • 
Bolton, William, Windham, 1755 
Boyd, Eleazer, Londonderry, 1756 

Nathaniel, Manchester, 1755 
Bradden, Noah, Portsmouth, 1756 
Bradley, Abraham, Concord, 1754 
Brewster, Margaret, Portsmouth, 1754 
Brown, Abraham, South Hampton, 1756 

Edmund, Portsmouth, 1755 

Joshua, Kingston, 1756 

Samuel, Hollis, 1755 
Burleigh, Joseph, Newmarket, 1756 
Buss, Joseph, Portsmouth, 1756 
Butterfield, Zachariah, Chester, 1754 



164 
493 
125 
340 
24 

21 

294 
249 
62 
566 
387 
183 
301 
404 
349 
364 
190 
271 
489 

353 
476 
129 
191 
421 
246 
477 
317 
384 
379 
30 



IV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Caldwell, Alexander, Dover, 1755 
Cass, Joseph, Epping, 1754 
Chandler, Thomas, Bedford, 1752 

Zachariah, Roxbury, Mass., 1756 
Chapman, Job, North Hampton, 1754 
Chase, Paul, Sandown, 1756. 

Stephen, Hudson, 1755 
Chesley, Jonathan, Durham, 1755 
Christy, James, Chester, 1756 
Clark, Amos, Hampstead, 1756 

James, Dover, 1754 

Josiah, Portsmouth, 1754 
Clifford, Peter, Chester, 1754 
Clough, Jacob, Chester, 1756 

Josiah, Salem, 1756 

Obadiah, Kingston, 1756 

William Brown, Kensington, 1756 
Cochran, David, Londonderry, 1753 
Colby, Joseph, Hampstead, 1754. 
Colcord, Edward, Brentwood, 1756 
Collins, Joseph, South Hampton, 1754 
Connell, Thomas, Pembroke, 1756 
Copp, Moses, Hampstead, 1756 . 
Crockett, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1754 
Cunningham, Archibald, Londonderry, 1755 
Currier, Henry, South Hampton, 1756 



362 
20 

565 
416 

79 
507 
304 
225 

498 

397 
22 

179 
68 

491 

504 
402 

517 
566 
68 
482 
202 

515 
512 

154 
359 
462 



Dal ton, Timothy, North Hampton, 1756 
Dam, John, Portsmouth, 1754 

William, Dover, 1754 . 

William, Portsmouth, 1755 . 
Davenport, Addington, Boston, Mass., 1756 
Davis, Ebenezer, Durham, 1755 

John Hampstead, 1756 

Robert, Concord, 1755 . 



400 
69 
10 

359 
488 
291 
520 
212 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Dearborn, Benjamin, Portsmouth, 1755 

Henry, Hampton, 1756 

John, Hampton, 1754 . 

Nathaniel, Kensington, 1754 

Reuben, North Hampton, 1755 

Thomas, North Hampton, 1754 

Thomas, Chester, 1754 
Dickey, Adam, Chester, 1753 

Elias, Londonderry, 1755 
Downing, John, Newington, 1755 
Downs, Samuel, Somersworth, 1755 

William, Somersworth, 1754 
Drake, Robert, Hampton, 1756 . 
Dudley, Trueworthy, Exeter, 1754 
Duncan, John, Londonderry, 1754 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1755 . 
Dunlap, Archibald, Chester, 1755 

Eastman, David, Sandown, 1756 
Eaton, Jeremiah, Hampstead, 1754 

Samuel, Plaistow, 1754 . 

Samuel, Hampton Falls, 1756 
Edgerly, Joseph, Rochester, 1755 
Elkins, Henry, Rye, 1756 
Ellinwood, Robert, Salem, 1754 . 
Elliot, John, South Hampton, 1756 
Emerson, Timothy, Durham, 1755 

Farrar, John, Epping, 1756 . 
Fernald, Elizabeth, Portsmouth, 1756 
Fletcher, Daniel, Nashua, 1754 
Fogg, James, Hampton, 1754 

John, Hampton, 1754 

Jonathan, Exeter, 1755 . 
Folsom, John, Exeter, 1756 

William, Newmarket, 1755 



270 
441 

72 
171 
331 

95 
4 
567 
233 
332 
256 

147 
499 
163 
174 

350 
246 

516 
197 

139 
433 
304 
476 

54 

437 
285 

428 

457 
181 

lOI 

120 

273 
388 
203 



VI 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Footman, Francis, Durham, 1756 
Fowler, Philip, Newmarket, 1754 
Freese, Jonathan, Hampton, 1748 
French, Jonathan, Nashua, 1751 

Joseph, South Hampton, 1754 
Frost, Elizabeth, Portsmouth, 1755 



379 
106 

563 
564 
183 
206 



Gage, Thomas, Pelham, 1756 
Garland, Jonathan, Jr., Hampton, 1756 
Gerrish, Timothy, Kittery, Me., 1756 
Gilman, Jonathan, Exeter, 1756 . 
Glidden, Nathaniel, Exeter, 1754 

Richard, Brentwood, 1755 
Gordy, Jacob, Chester, 1755. 
Gould, Joseph, Amesbury, Mass., 1756 
Grant, Joshua, Somersworth, 1755 
Greeley, Jonathan, Kingston, 1755 

Joseph, Kingston, 1754 . 

Reuben, Hudson, 1755 . 
Green, Abraham, Kingston, 1751 

Ann, Portsmouth, 1754 

Benjamin, Epping, 1755 
Griffin, Isaac, Kingston, 1755 



550 
486 
410 
510 
117 

355 
262 

530 

304 
320 
194 
363 
563 
170 

316 
231 



Haines, Matthias, Portsmouth, 1754 • 
Hammond, Nathaniel, Swanzey, 1756 
Hannaford, John, Stratham, 1755 
Hanson, John, Jr., Dover, 1756 . 

Robert, Dover, 1754 
Hardison, Hannah, Portsmouth, 1755 
Hardy, Theophilus, Exeter, 1754 
Hart, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1756 
Hayes, Benjamin, Rochester, 1756 

Elihu, Dover, 1755 

Peter, Dover, 1756 



54 
519 

258 

494 
121 
248 
176 
412 
432 
303 
405 



LIST OF ESTATES 



VU 



Hazzen, Richard, Hampstead, 1754 
Heard, Samuel, Jr., Dover, 1756 
Hersey, Peter, Newmarket, 1754 
Hill, James, Swanzey, 1756 

Joseph, Greenland, 1755 
Hilliard, Benjamin, Hampton Falls, 1756 
Hinkson, Robert, Epping, 1755 . 
Hinman, Alexander, Londonderry, 1755 
Hobbs, James, North Hampton, 1756 

Jonathan, North Hampton, 1756 

Morris, North Hampton, 1756 

William, Amherst, 1756 
Howe, Caleb, Hinsdale, 1756 
Hoyt, Ezekiel, Brentwood, 1754 

John, South Hampton, 1754 
Hunking, John, Hampstead, 1754 
Hunter, David, Londonderry, 1754 
Huse, Israel, Sandown, 1756. 



Jackson, Joseph, Dover, 1756 
Mary, Portsmouth, 1755 
Samuel, Durham, 1754 

Jenkins, John, Durham, 1754 
Joseph, Dover, 1754 

Jenness, Richard, Rye, 1754 

Johnson, Elisha, Hampton, 1753 
John, Jr., Hampstead, 1756 
Timothy, Greenland, 1756 

Jones, Jonathan, Stratham, 1754 
Joseph, Durham, 1755 . 

Judkins, Joel, Kingston, 1754 



55 
461 
191 

529 
207 

374 
273 

222 

367 
412 

417 
435 
478 
86 
89 
191 

174 

502 

532 
260 

79 

178 

145 
no 

565 
401 
427 

35 
280 

14 



Kelsey, Alexander, Londonderry, 1755 
Kezar, George, Hampstead, 1755 
King, James, Westford, Mass., 1754 . 



360 
257 
155 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Knight, Nathaniel, Plaistow, 1754 
Samuel, Plaistow, 1756 . 

Lamb, Richard, Kittery, Me., 1755 
Langley, Job, Durham, 1755 
Lavers, George, Portsmouth, 1755 

Jacob, Portsmouth, 1756 
Lear, Tobias, Portsmouth, 1755 
Leavitt, Emerson, Exeter, 1756 . 

James, Stratham, 1754 . 

Moses, Stratham, 1754 . 

Samuel, Stratham, 1754 

Stephen, Brentwood, 1755 . 

Timothy, Brentwood, 1756 . 
Leighton, John, Dover, 1756 
Light, Robert, Exeter, 1756 
Linn, Joseph, Boston, Mass., 1755 
Littlehale, Ezra, Pelham, 1756 
Long, John, Portsmouth, 1756 

William, Kingston, 1754 
Lord, Elizabeth, Gosport, 1755 . 

Jonathan, Scarborough, Me., 1754 

McClurg, John, Londonderry, 1756 . 
McConnell, Thomas, Pembroke, 1754 
McDonnell, James, Hollis, 1756 
McFarland, Walter, Manchester, 1756 
McKellips, David, Salem, 1755 . 
McMurphy, John, Londonderry, 1755 
Marsh, James, Hudson, 1748/9 . 
Marshall, John, Hudson, 1756 
Mason, Benjamin, Somersworth, 1754 

Francis, Exeter, 1754 
Mead, Joseph, Portsmouth, 1756 
Merrill, Abraham, Newton, 1755 



r 
478 

329 
346 
329 
550 
242 

531 

84- 

26 

no 

274 

371 
505 
540 
258 
502 

479 
21 

358 
201 

506 
178 
486 
408 
356 
238 

563 

426 

82 

163 

472 

213 



LIST OF ESTATES 



IX 



Merrill, Nathaniel, Hampstead, 1754 . 

Nathaniel, South Hampton, 1754 
Meserve, Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1756 
Miller, Archibald, Chester, 1754 • 

Joseph, Newmarket, 1755 

Joseph, Portsmouth, 1756 
Mitchell, George, Portsmouth, 1755 . 
Moore, James, Londonderry, 1755 
Morrill, Benjamin, Kingston, 1755 

Samuel, South Hampton, 1754 
Moulton, James, Hampton Falls, 1755 

Samuel, Hampton, 1754 



177 
186 
450 

159 
284 
466 
336 

345 
218 
198 

341 
12 



Neal, Samuel, Greenland, 1756 . 

Walter, Newmarket, 1755 
Nelson, Joseph, Portsmouth, 1755 

Philip, Plaistow, 1756 . 
Newbold, Deborah, Portsmouth, 1754 
Newmarch, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1756 
Nock, Thomas, Somersworth, 1754 
Noyes, James, Plaistow, 1755 
Nudd, James, Greenland, 1754 • 
Nute, Abraham, Dover, 1756 
Nutter, Valentine, Portsmouth, 1756 



392 
269 
330 
458 
154 
369 

95 
351 

98 

459 
475 



Odlin, John, Exeter, 1754 

Judith, Exeter, 1756 
Ordway, Jonathan, Kingston, 1754 

Joseph, Kingston, 1755 

Page, Francis, Hampton, 1755 
John, Salem, 1755 
Jonathan, Plaistow, 1756 
Jonathan, Jr., Plaistow, 1756 
Samuel, Hampton, 1755 



64 

552 

n 
354 

277 
351 
434 
447 
280 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Parsons, Josiah, Newmarket, 1755 
Patch, Thomas, Nashua, 1756 
Patterson, Samuel, Londonderry, 1756 
Peabody, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1754 
Peaslee, Joseph, Salem, 1755 
Peirce, Joshua, Portsmouth, 1754 
Perkins, Daniel, Hampton Falls, 1756 

James, Kensington, 1754 

Samuel, Durham, 1756 . 
Pettengill, Benjamin, Plaistow, 1756 
Philbrick, Ebenezer, Rye, 1755 . 

Jedediah, Kingston, 1754 

Jeremiah, Kingston, 1754 
Pitman, Benjamin, Portsmouth, 1754 
Powell, John, Brentwood, 1756 . 
Prescott, Elizabeth, Hampton Falls, 1755 

James, Kensington, 1754 
Purrington, Joshua, Epping, 1754 

Quimby, John, Jr., Kingston, 1755 . 

Rand, Thomas, Rye, 1756 . 
Richards, Benjamin, Rochester, 1756 
Richardson, Moses, South Hampton, 1755 
Ricker, George, Somersworth, 1754 

John, Somersworth, 1756 
Rindge, William, Portsmouth, 1756 
Ring, Seth, Portsmouth, 1756 
Roberts, Daniel, Hampstead, 1756 

Daniel, Jr., Hampstead, 1755 

Ebenezer, Somersworth, 1755 

John, Brentwood, 1756 . 

Love, Somersworth, 1755 
Robinson, George, Chester, 1754 

Jonathan, Exeter, 1754 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XI 



Roby, Ichabod, Kingston, 1755 . 
Rogers, James, Londonderry, 1755 
Rollins, Edward, Rochester, 1756 

Thomas, Jr., Stratham, 1755 
Rowell, Rice, Nottingham, 1754 . 

Thomas, South Hampton, 1755 
Rowen, Andrew, Plaistow, 1754 
Runnells, John, Durham, 1756 

Mary, Stratham, 1755 . 
Rymes, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1755 

Sanborn, Elisha, Epping, 1755 

Ephraim, Epping, 1754 

Reuben, Hampton Falls, 1756 

Tristram, Kingston, 1753 
Savage, John, Portsmouth, 1754 
Scott, Silvanus, Portsmouth, 1754 
Scribner, John, Exeter, 1756 

Joseph, Jr., Exeter, 1756 
Scruton, Michael, Barrington, 1755 
Shortridge, Richard, Portsmouth, 1756 
Simpson, William, Portsmouth, 1754 
Sinclair, Ebenezer, Exeter, 1754 
Slay ton, Ann, Portsmouth, 1756 . 
Sleeper, Moses, Kingston, 1754 . 
Smart, Joseph, Newmarket, 1754 
Smith, Benjamin, North Hampton, 1755 

Benjamin, Exeter, 1756 

Isaac, Kingston, 1756 . 

Ithiel, Brentwood, 1756. 

Jabez, Exeter, 1754 

Jacob, Jr., Brentwood, 1755 

Samuel, Durham, 1755 . 
Snow, Jonathan, Nashua, 1755 . 
Spaulding, , 1754 



337 
343 
437 
362 

32 
260 

85 
469 
208 
347 

348 
119 
424 
264, 566 

94 
132 

481 

434 
356 

479 
198 
129 
500 
6 

34 
310 

553 
561 

495 
61 

317 
299 

319 
13 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Stevens, Aaron, Plaistow, 1756 . 

Edward, Epping, 1756 . 

Joseph, Hampstead, 1756 

Phineas, Boscawen, 1755 

Samuel, Exeter, 1755 
Straw, Lawrence, South Hampton, 17 

WilHam, Sandown, 1756 



56 



Tasker, John, Dover, 1755 
Taylor, John, Durham, 1755 

John, Exeter, 1755 

Joseph, Chester, 1756 . 

William, Newmarket, 1755 . 
Templeton, Allen, Chester, 1755 
Thomas, Edward, Portsmouth, 1754 
Thompson, Abigail, Durham, 1756 

Jonathan, Durham, 1756 

Samuel, Durham, 1755 . 
Thurston, Moses, Stratham, 1756 
Tibbetts, Ephraim, Jr., Rochester, 1754 
Towle, Amos, Hampton, 1754 

James, Hampton, 1756 . 

Joseph, Hampton, 1754 

Varnum, James, Chester, 1756 
Venning, William, Portsmouth, 1754 

Wadleigh, Jonathan, Brentwood, 1755 
Walden, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1756 . 

William, Portsmouth, 1754 . 
Walker, Abigail, Portsmouth, 1756 
Wallace, Joseph, Londonderry, 1755 . 
Warren, John, Portsmouth, 1754. 
Weare, Nathaniel, Hampton Falls, 1754 
Webster, Gideon, Kingston, 1756 

John, Hampton, 1754 . 



LIST OF ESTATES 



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Weeks, Elizabeth, Portsmouth, 1754 
Wesendunk, Stephen, London, Eng., 1754 
Weymouth, Benjamin, Somersworth, 1754 
Whipple, Joseph, Hampton Falls, 1754 
White, James, Pembroke, 1754 • 
Wiggin, Nicholas, Stratham, 1752 
Willard, Moses, Charlestown, 1756 
Worthen, Samuel, Hampstead, 1756 
Wright, Benoni, Hinsdale, 1756 . 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1754 . 
Wyman, Edward, Pelham, 1754 

Edward, Pelham, 1756 

Yeaton, John, Newcastle, 1756 . 
Young, Samuel, Dover, 1755 



125 

145 
104 

78 
179 

565 
537 
521 
420 

93 
165 
501 

519 
307 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



NATHANIEL KNIGHT 1754 PLAISTOW 

In the Name of God Amen: this first day of January: 1754: 
I Nathaniel Knight of Plastow in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire in New England yeoman * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath to Sarah my Dearly beloved 
wife the one half of my Dwelling House the improvement thereof 
Dureing her nateral life with her thirds of the rest of my Estate 

Item I Give to my well beloved sons namely John Nathaniel 
and Abial my whomsted lands and buildings as shall be here after 
Exspresed paying as hereafter spesifid I Give to my said son 
Nathaniel thirty four Acres with the building on the same which 
land is to be thirty four Rods in wedth and adjoyns to Lieu* 
Thomas Hales land: I Give to my said son John thirty Eight 
Acres it being thirty Eight Rods in wedth and also my Dwelling 
House and Barn: I Give to my said son Abial Twenty Eight 
Acres it being Twenty Eight Rods in wedth he paying his 
Brother Samuel Knight one Hundred Pounds old tenor the said 
Abials part adjoyns to Land of Joseph Noyes 

Item I Give to my well beloved son Samuel Eight Hundred 
pounds old tenor seven Hundred pounds of which is to be paid 
by my Executors as shall hereafter be Exspresed 

Item I Give to my well beloved son Joseph fifteen Acres of 
land I purchased of Benjamin Gale and Twenty Acres I pur- 
chased of Richard Hazzen being in the whole thirty five Acres 

Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter Sarah one Hundred 
and fifty pounds old tenor to be paid by my Executors at my 
Decease and also one half of my Hosel Stuff after my wifes 
Decease 

Item I Give unto my well beloved Daughter Jane one Hundred 



2 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and fifty pounds old tenor to be paid by my Executors when she is 
]\Iarried if she be married before she arives to the age of Twenty 
one years and if she is not Married when she shall be Twenty one 
years old to be paid then and one half of my Housel Stuff after 
my wifes Decease 

I hereby Constitute make and ordain my said sons John and 
Nathaniel my Executors of this my last will and Testament 
they to have my personal Estat and to pay my legeses and Just 
Debts and funeral charges for me and my wife: my said son 
John to pay to my said son Samuel four Hundred and fifty 
pounds old tenor: and my said son Nathaniel is to pay to my 
said son Samuel two Hundred and fifty pounds old tenor my s"* 
Eixecutors to pay my said Daughters and my Debts equally alike 
between them ; * * * 

Nathaniel Knight 

[Witnesses] Moses Gile, Thomas Hale Jun'', Daniel Little. 

[Proved Nov. 19, 1754.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 19, 1754, authorizing Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead and Humphrey Noyes of Plaistow to take an inventory of 
the estate.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 19, 1754, authorizing Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead, Humphrey Noyes, Samuel Little, Jonathan Kimball, and 
James Noyes, all of Plaistow, yeomen to set ofif the widow's 
dower.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 17, 1754; amount, £5804. 19. o; signed by 
Daniel Little and Humphrey Noyes.] 

Province of 1 We the subscribers Persuant to a Warrant 
New-Hampshire / to us Directed have set off to Sarah Knight of 
Plastow widow and Relict of Nathaniel Knight Late of said 
town in said Province yeoman Deceased her Right of Dowry or 
what was willed to her by the said Deceased, it being one half of 
his Dwelling House with on third of the Rest of his Estate to wit 
the westerly half of said House with half of the cellar allowing a 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 

priviledge of the oven and the other half of the cellar to the other 
half of the House also one lower Room in the northerly corner 
of the other House of the said Deceased with Liberty of passing 
through the other Room into it ; her part of the Barn to be half 
the use of the Barn floor with the Rest of the Barn on the East- 
erly side of said floor the said Widows Real Estate or her part 
of the Land of the said Deceased beginning with a stake and 
stones by the Road two Rods Northwesterly from a piece of 
stone wall thence Runing southeasterly by said Road to Land of 
Joseph Noyes thence Easterly by said Noyes's Land to Land 
called Kimballs farm thence Northerly by said farm twenty 
Eight Rods thence westerly to a stake and stones in the orchard 
thence southerly about twenty Rods to a Stake by a large Rock 
then to the bound first mentioned. The next parcel for said 
widow is bounded begining at the Southeasterly corner of the 
House first mentioned thence Runing northeasterly through the 
orchard and across a hollow of mowing Land to a stake and stones 
(Including all the mowing Ground in said hollow on the east side 
of said orchard) thence on northeasterly to the northwesterly 
corner of Robert Greenough's Land thence northerly to the 
southeasterly corner of Thomas Hales Land Excepting twelve 
Rods thence westerly twelve Rods off of said Hales Land to a 
stake and stones on the westerly side of said hollow thence south- 
erly to a stake and stones one Rod and half a rod from said Road 
then to said Road thence by Said Road to said Dwelling House 
first mentioned, then seven acres and a half adjoyning to the 
Premises it being the southeasterly half of fifteen acres of Land 
Purchased of Benjamin Gale it being nine Rods adjoyning to the 
Premises before Described and adjoyns southeasterly on Land 
of John Knight northeasterly on said Gales Land northwesterly 
on the other half of said fifteen acres, we also have set off to 
said widow at the westerly end of the homestead for wood Land 
five acres and fifty Rods it being nine Rods in wedth at the north- 
erly end and eight Rods in wedth at the southerly end Runing 
Straight across said homestead 



4 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Personal Estate we also set off to said widow (viz) 
all the Housel Stuff one mare three years old two Cows one 
yearling four sheep two swine the saddle one ax one how Little 
Plow three Cyder Berrils the apples that shall grow on four trees 
that stand on the Northeasterly side of Abiels orchard and on the 
Land that he Improves 

Dated April 25*^ 1755 Daniel Little 

Samuel Little 
Humphery Noyes 



THOMAS DEARBORN 1754 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen I thomas Dearbon of Chester in the 
Province of Newhamp"^ in Newengland Husbondman being very 
weeke in body: * * * 

Imprimis I Give to Dorithy my well Beloved Wife the Im- 
provement of one third of all my Reall Estate During her Life 
I also give her all my house hold Goods for her to use Improve 
and Dispose of as She Sees Cause — 

Item I Give to my son John Samborn Dearbon my homesteed 
place Being two home Lotts: the one origenelly Ebenezer East- 
mens and the other Jacob Garlands: with what Land I Bought 
adjoyning to the same: I also give him my house and Barn and 
Priveledge about the Same, and I give him my saw mill and what 
Land I Have adjoyning about the said mill and Barn I also give 
him one third of my hundred acre Lott N° 61 : origenelly James 
hoggs he Paying to my three Daughters (Viz) mary Dearbon 
Dolley Dearbon and Elisebeth Dearbon fifty Pounds New tenor 
bills to Each of them as I shall here after order — 

Item I Give to my Son Thomas Dearbon my Eighty acre Lott 
in the third Division in Chester N° 38 : origenelly Thomas Silvers 
and I also give him one third of my hundred acre Lott N° 61 : 
origenelly James hoggs 

Item I Give to my son Sam'' Dearbon my Eighty acre Lott in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 

the third Division in Chester that is N° 45 origenelly David Til- 
tons and I also give him one third of my hundred acre Lott that 
is N° 61 : origenelly James hoggs — 

Item I give to my Daughter mary Dearbon the Sum of fifty 
Pounds New tenor bills of Credite to be Paid to her by my son 
John Sambun Dearbon when she shall arive to the age of twenty 
three years old — 

Item I give to my Daughter Dolley Dearbon the sum of fifty 
Pounds New tenor bills of Credite to be Paid to her by my son 
John Sanbun Dearbon; when she shall arive to the age of twenty 
one years old — 

Item I give to my Daughter Elisebath Dearbon the sum of 
fifty Pounds New tenor bills of Credite to be Paid to her by my 
son John Sanbun Dearbon when she shall arrive to the age of 
twenty one years old — 

Item it is my will that my stock of Creturs what is Needful of 
it be sold and Disposed of to Pay my Debts and funurell Charges; 
and the Remainder of it shall Be Equelly Divided amongst all 
my Children — 

And I Do appoynt my Brother Peter Dearbon of Chester af- 

foresd to be my sole Executor to this my Last will and Testament 

he to Receive and Pay all Just Debts Due to and from my Estate 

and my funurell Charges and to see that it be fullfiled in Every 

Perticuler Renouncing all other wills Bequest and Executors In 

Witness to all herein Contained I Have hereunto affixed my 

hand and seal the seventh Day of January anno domini 1754: 

first above Written — 

his 

Thomas X Dearbon 

mark 

[Witnesses] Sam" Emerson, William Gillchrest, Stephen 

Morse. 

[Proved Jan. 30, 1754.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 8, 1754; amount, £5629. 2. o; signed by Abel 
Morse and Samuel Emerson.] 



6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Dorothy Emerson requests, Feb. 24, 1755, that her husband, 
Samuel Emerson, may be appointed guardian of her children by 
her former husband, Thomas Dearborn.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Dearborn, John Sanborn Dearborn, 
Thomas Dearborn, Dorothy Dearborn, Samuel Dearborn, and 
Elizabeth Dearborn, aged less than fourteen years, children of 
Thomas Dearborn, granted to Samuel Ernerson of Chester Feb. 
26, 1755] 

[Bond of Samuel Emerson of Chester, with Andrew Craig of 
Chester, yeoman, and Andrew Todd of Londonderry, gentleman, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 26, 1755, for the guardian- 
ship of the children; witnesses, William Parker and Jonathan 
Blanchard.] 

[Executor's account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£1511. o. 6; expenditures, £636. 18. 2; allowed Nov. 26, 1755.] 



MOSES SLEEPER 1754 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Moses Sleeper of Kingstown in 
the Province of New Hamps: in New England Gentleman being 
sick & weak of Body * * * 

Imp« I Give & Bequeath unto Margaret my now Dearly be- 
loved wife all my moveable goods & Effects within Doors to be 
at her Dispose & also two Cows all to be at her Dispose and the 
Southerly End of my Dwelling House Dureing her state of widow 
Hood — 

Item I Give unto my son John Sleeper his Hiers & Assigns the 
sum of five shillings New tenor — 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son Richard 
Sleeper Thirty Six Acres of Land in that part of my Home place 
on which my Dwelling House now stands laying on the southerly 
side of the Country Rode going from s*^ Kingstown to Exeter & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 7 

on the Northerly side of the Rode going from thence to Hampton 
as followeth viz: beginning at the s'^ Country Rode where my 
House now stands taking the width of my Land there & Running 
Easterly between the s<^ Rode going to Hampton & Land I 
formerly sold to my son Jonathan taking all my Land there to 
Eight Acres I also formerly sold to my s'^ son & the residue 
even to make up the s*^ Thirty six acres on the Easterly side of the 
s^ Eight acres & Comeing to the Rode there and also the one full 
Half of the Little pasture (so Called) Laying on the Northwesterly 
side of the s** Country Rode, the s^ Half of s^ pasture being four 
acres more or Less, to Lay at the North Easterly part, and also the 
one full Half of my swamp (so Called) viz the Easterly Half Joyning 
to land of Ely Bedy & Peter Sanborn, and also the one full Half 
of my wood Land being Eighteen Acres more or Less, Laying in 
the 3^^ & 4*'^ Lots in the East Division (so Called) in s^ Kingstown 
viz the Northerly Half thereof & also the Northerly End & Half 
of my Dwelling House wherein I Now live, and the other Half at 
the decease of my s'^ wife and also all my Barn I now Give to my 
s^ son Richard, and further I Give to my s^ son Richard the one 
Half of my stock of Cattle, Horses, sheep, & swine &c all to him 
his Heirs & and assigns forever he paying the Legacies & per- 
forming the duties hereafter mentioned 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son Jonathan 
Sleeper his Hiers & assigns for ever, all the remaining part of 
the Lands in that part of my Home place on which my 
dwelling House now stands being on the southerly side of the s*^ 
Country Rode, which I have not yet disposed of by deeds, nor 
by this my Last will be the same more or Less, and also the other 
remaining Half of the Little pasture forementioned, viz: the 
south westerly Half thereof, and also the other remaining Half of 
the forementioned swamp viz the upper or westerly Half thereof, 
and also the other remaining Half of the forementioned wood 
Land viz the southerly Half thereof and also the other remaining 
Half of my stock of Cattle, Horses sheep & swine, &c to him his 
Hiers & assigns for ever he paying the Legacees hereafter men- 



8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

tioned & performing the duties And I do hereby Constitute my 
s<^ son Jonathan to be sole executor of this my Last will & 
Testament 

Item I Give to my Son Moses Sleeper the Sum of of five Shillings 
New tenour. — 

I Give to my son David Sleeper the sum of five shillings New 
tenour 

I Give to my son Samuel Sleeper the sum of five shillings New 
tenour 

I Give to my son Henry Sleeper the sum of five shillings New 
tenour 

I Give to my son Benjamin Sleeper the sum of fifty pounds old 
Tenour, to be paid when he arrives at the age of twenty one 
years — 

I Give to my son Sherburn Sleeper the sum of fifty pounds old 
Tenour, to be paid when he arrives at the age of Twenty one 
years — 

I Give to my Daughter Elisabeth now the wife of Reuben 
Sanborn the sum of five shillings New tenour — 

I Give to my Daughter mary Now the wife of William Sanborn 
the sum of five shillings New Tenour — 

I Give to my Daughter Anne Sleeper the sum of One Hundred 
pounds (Old Tenour) to be paid on marriage, or at the age of 
Twenty one years 

I Give to my Daughter Love Sleeper the sum of One Hundred 
pounds old tenour, to be paid on marriage or the age of twenty 
one years — 

I Give to my daughter Hephzibah Sleeper the sum of one 
Hundred pounds old tenour, all these forementioned Legacies 
to be paid out of my Estate as followeth viz — 

I hereby Will & Ordain my s<^ son Jonathan to pay the fore- 
going Legacies of one Hundred pounds old tenour to my s'* 
daughter Anne, And my s'^ son Richard to pay the fore men- 
tioned Legacies of One Hundred pounds Each to my foremen- 
tioned Daughters Love & Hephzibah, and all the other Legacies 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9 

mentioned in this my Last will & Testament, my will is that they 
be paid by my Two sons Jonathan & Richard Equally between 
them, and Hephzibahs on her marriage or when she arrives at the 
age of Twenty one years as the other. Also I hereby will & 
ordain that my s** wife be Honourably & Comfortably provided 
for, & supported out of my Estate both in sickness & in health, 
by my Two sons above mentioned viz — Jonathan & Richard 
to be Equal in the Charge thereof, That is to say so long as she 
remains my widow, and no longer — 

And I do hereby further Will & Ordain that my Two s'^ sons 
Jonathan & Richard pay all my Honest debts & funeral Charges 
And I do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke & Disannul all & 
every other former Wills, Testaments, Legacies & Bequests by 
me in any ways before named willed & Bequeathed, Ratifying & 
Confirming this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament In 
Witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand & Seal this 12*^ day 
of January Annoq*' Domini 1754 & in the 27'^ year of his 
Majesties Reign &c — 

Moses Sleeper 

[Witnesses] Eli Beede, Abraham Sanborn, Joseph Clifford. 
[Proved Feb. 27, 1754.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 13, 1754; amount, £4399. o. 6; signed by 
Abraham Sanborn and Eli Beede.] 

[Richard Sleeper of Kingston, aged about 16 years, son of 
Moses Sleeper, makes choice of his brother, John Sleeper of 
Brentwood, trader, as his guardian March 28, 1754; witnesses, 
Samuel Oilman, Mary Gilman.j 

[Guardianship of Richard Sleeper, minor, aged more than four- 
teen years, granted to John Sleeper June 31, 1755.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 327.] 

[Bond of John Sleeper, with James Bean of Brentwood, yeo- 
man, as surety, in the sum of £2000, June 31, 1755, for the guar- 



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dianship of Richard Sleeper; witnesses, Jonathan Sleeper, 
Samuel Dudley, Jr.] 



WILLIAM DAM 1754 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, this fourteenth Day of January 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty four, I 
William Dam of Dover in y« Province of New Ramps'" in New- 
England Husbandman, Being thro y® goodness of God, in good 
Bodily Health * * * 

Imprimis, I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved wife Sarah 
Dam, whom I make Constitute & ordain Sole Executrix of this 
my last Will & Testament, & to her Heirs & Assigns for ever; 
The one half Part of all my Estate of every kind, both Real & 
Personal, whersoever the Same may be found. 

Item I Give unto my Children, namely to my Son William 
Dam, & to my Daughter Sarah Jones, & to their Heirs & Assigns 
for ever, the other half Part of all my Estate of every kind, both 
Real & Personal wheresoever the Same may be found, to be 
Equally Divided between them. Provided they Shall Each of 
them; at thier Decease leave Surviving, an Heir or Heirs of thier 
Bodies Lawfully Begotten, but in Case either of them, my s"^ 
Children Shall Die & leave no Such Issue, as aboves"^ Surviving 
& y® other Shall at his or her Decease leave Such Issue Surviving, 
then in Such Case, I Give y^ S'* half Part of my Estate wholy to 
him or her that Shall leave Such Issue Surviving as aboves"* 
& to his or her Heirs & assigns for ever. But in Case neither of 
them, my s'^ Children, shall at their Decease leave any Sush Issue 
of thier Bodies Lawfully Begotten, Surviving, Then in Such 
Case I Give y whole of my estate of every kind both Real & 
Personal to my S*^ Wife & to her Heirs & Assigns for ever. 

4c 4: 4e 

william Dam 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 

[Witnesses] Jon* Gushing, William Twombly juner, Andrew 
frinke. 

[Proved May 31, 1758.] 

[Bond of Sarah Dam of Dover, widow, with Stephen Jones and 
Joseph Sias, both of Durham, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, May 31, 1758, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
Job Demeritt, Benjamin Buzzell.] 



BENJAMIN PITMAN 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Elizabeth Pitman of Portsmouth, widow, renounces adminis- 
tration on the estate of her son, Benjamin Pitman of Ports- 
mouth, Jan. 15, 1754, in favor of Joseph Mead "whose Daughter 
the Said Benjamin Married who is also Deceased;"' witness, 
Charles Hight.] 

[Bond of Joseph Mead, currier, with Ichabod Libby, mariner, 
and Benjamin Akerman, Jr., tanner, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Jan. 24, 1754, ^^^ the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Zerviah Treadwell, Jonathan Blan- 
chard.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 14, 1755; amount, £219. 14. 6; signed by 
Benjamin Akerman and John Hart; mentions children.] 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Pitman, prison- 
keeper, granted to Joseph [Benjamin] Akerman, Jr., of Ports- 
mouth, tanner, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 12.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Akerman, Jr., tanner, with Richard Fitz- 
gerald, tailor, and Joseph Alcock, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1756, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate ; witnesses, Meshech Weare, W^illiam Parker; 
mentions Benjamin Pitman as prison keeper.] 



12 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[List of claims against the estate, Aug. — , 1757; amount, 
£1337. 5. o; signed by Eleazer Russell and William Knight.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, personal estate, £747. 10. o; expenditures, £306. 13. 4; 
allowed Aug. 7, 1758.] 

[Account of Joseph Mead, deceased, against the estate; 
amount, £259. 15. o ; exhibited Aug. 7, 1758; mentions a daughter 
of Mead.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of claims against the 
estate; amount of claims, £1322. 10. o; amount distributed, 
£440. 16. 8; allowed Aug. 8, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of Dorcas Pitman and Mark Pitman, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, children of Benjamin Pitman, granted 
to Benjamin Pitman Jan. 31, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 159.] 

[Bonds of Benjamin Pitman, tailor, with Nathaniel Treadwell, 
tanner, and John Banfill, yeoman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500 each, Jan. 31, 1764, for the guardianship of 
Dorcas Pitman and Mark Pitman; witnesses, William Vaughan, 
Samuel Gate.] 



SAMUEL MOULTON 1754 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God, Amen, the Seventeenth Day of January 
one Thousand Seven Hundred & Fifty Four, I Samuel Moulton 
of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
Husbandman ; being very sick & week in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & Bequeath to my Son Joseph Moulton of 
North Hampton y« South half Lote of Land Lying in the Second 
North Devision where he Improves Reserving the Wood & Tim- 
ber for my Son Samuel Moulton that on s<^ Land 

Item, I give & Bequeath to my Son Samuel Moulton my home 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 3 

Lote of Land A Shaer of Land In the first Devision Half A Lote of 
Land in the East fields And also A Share of Marsh Ground at the 
Ox Common And Half A Lote of marsh Ground Lying at the 
Clam Banks And five Acers of Marsh Ground at the Beach Med- 
dow & Two Acers at the Spring Marsh And Also my Barn & 
Cattle And Half A Lote of Land at y^ Second North Division 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Ebenezer my Land of 
Seven Acers Lying at New Cutts And my Land at Little in the 
first Second Third & fourth Ranges more or Less it Lying be- 
tween Little River & the Little Boars Head And a Share of Land 
at the Ox Common & A Share of Thatch Ground at the Rivers 
Mouth & haff a Share of Marsh at the Ox Common 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Deborah Mace Half 
an Acer of Land whare She now Liveth, And also Seven Pounds 
Ten Shillings to be Paid by my Executor — 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Grand Son Nehemiah Moulton 
all my Marsh Ground at Hampton falls more or Less — 

I Likewise Constitute make & ordain my Son Samuel Moulton 
Sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, * * * 

his 
Samuel X Moulton 
Mark 

[Witnesses] John Weeks, Jeremiah Marston, Morris Hobbs. 

[Proved Feb. 27, 1754.] 

[Bond of Samuel Moulton, with Jeremiah Marston as surety, 
both of Hampton, yeomen, in the sum of £500, Feb. 27, 1754, for 
the execution of the will of his father, Samuel Moulton; wit- 
nesses, Nathan Johnson and Jonathan Blanchard.] 



— SPAULDING 1754 

[Daniel Spaulding, minor, aged more than 14 years, makes 
choice of Joseph Morrison of Londonderry as his guardian Jan. 
21, 1754; attested in Londonderry.] 



14 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of Daniel Spaulding granted to Joseph Morrison 
of Londonderry, yeoman, March 2, 1754.] 

[Bond of Joseph Morrison, with William Clendenin and 
Nathaniel Martin as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of 
£1000, March 2, 1754, for the guardianship of Daniel Spaulding; 
witnesses, John Caldwell, John McMurphy.] 



JOEL JUDKINS 1754 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Joel Judkins of Kingston 
granted to his widow, Mehitabel Judkins, Jan. 25, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 18, p. 621.] 

[Bond of Mehitabel Judkins, with Jedediah Philbrick and 
John Judkins, blacksmith, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 25, 1754, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Samuel Fifield and Trueworthy Ladd.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1754; amount, £5954. 13. 6; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Benjamin Stevens; attested April 24, 1754.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, cash, £344. o. o; expenditures, £1008. 7. 10; allowed 
Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 4, 1758, authorizing Jeremy Webster, Ebene- 
zer Stevens, Samuel Fifield, Elisha Swett, and William Calfe, 
cordwainer, all of Kingston, to divide the estate among the 
widow and nine children.] 

[Joseph Judkins, aged more than 14 years, son of Joel Judkins, 
makes choice of Samuel Colcord of Kingston, gentleman, as his 
guardian Dec. 12, 1758; witnesses, Jeremy Webster and Ben- 
jamin Stevens; allowed same day.] 

[Anna Judkins, minor, aged more than 14 years, daughter of 
Joel Judkins, makes choice of Samuel Colcord of Kingston, gen- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 5 

tleman, as her guardian, Dec. 12, 1758; witnesses, Jeremy Web- 
ster, Benjamin Stevens.] 

[Guardianship of Abigail Judkins and Leonard Judkins, aged 
less than 14 years, children of Joel Judkins, granted to Benjamin 
Stevens of Kingston March 12, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 465.] 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Judkins, Henry Judkins, and 
Caleb Judkins, aged less than 14 years, children of Joel Judkins, 
granted to Mehitabel Judkins of Kingston March 12, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 465.] 

[Bond of Mehitable Judkins, with William Calfe and Jonathan 
French of Kingston as sureties, in the sum of £3000, March 12, 
1759. for the guardianship of Benjamin, Henry, and Caleb Jud- 
kins; witnesses, Jeremy Webster, Samuel Fifield.] 

[Bond of Samuel Colcord, with Daniel Gilman and John Jud- 
kins, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £2000, 
March 12, 1759, for the guardianship of Anna and Joseph Jud- 
kins; witnesses, Edward Eastman, 3d, Joseph Bean.] 

Province of ) To the Hon''^'' Rich<^ Wibird Esq"^ Judge of 

New Hampe : / the Probate of wills &c for s'^ Province. 

Pursuant to your Hon" Warrant to us the subscribers directed 
appointing us A Com*'''' to Divide the Real Estate of Joel Judkins 
Late of Kingstown in the Province afores** deceased to & among 
the widow & children of the deceasd: we have proceeded & 
Divided & set off s<* estate as follows viz : 

To the widow Mehetabel Judkins for her Right of dower in s^ 
Estate fourteen acres more or less in the Home place Bounded as 
followeth viz. Beginning at the North Easterly Corner of s^ 
Home place at the High way & Joyning to the Estate of Joseph 
Bean Late of s"^ Kingston deceasd & running Westerly on the s** 
Beans Land to the North West Corner of s'^ Home place: then 
southerly as the Land Lays 19 Rods to a stake: then Easterly 
thro' the s'^ Home place to the mill priviledge (so Called) where it 



1 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

is Bounded with a stake & stones: then Northerly 19 Rods to the 
place where it first began : and so haveing the s^ mill priviledge & 
the forementioned High way on the East &c with the one Half of 
the dwelling House viz: the Easterly End thereof, with the one 
Half of the Cellar with full priviledge to go out & into the s"^ 
Dwelling House to Lay wood &c & to Improve it (That is to say) 
all Necessary liberties & priviledges about the s^ dwelling House ; 
also the one Half of the Barn there viz the Northerly End thereof 
with full privilidges & liberties for her Necessary & Convenient 
use & Improvement thereof. 

Then Ten acres more or Less in the deceas'ds Lands which was 
part of the Home place of his father Samuel Judkins Late of s'^ 
Kingstown deceas'd & is Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning on 
the High way going to the Little River (so Called) in s"^ Kings- 
town & Joyning to Land of Jonathan Sanborn on which he now 
lives & running Easterly on s'* Sanborns Land about Six Rods to 
Corner of the s"^ Sanborns Land then North Easterly on the s*^ 
Sanborns Land till it Comes to John Judkins's Land of his Home 
place then southerly on the s'^ John Judkins's Land about fifty 
five Rods to a stake and stones, then westerly a Cross the whole 
tract to the High way forementioned to a stake & stones; Then 
Northerly on the s'^ High way about thirteen Rods to the place 
where it first began also one third part of the deceas''^ Land in the 
North Grants (so Called) in s*^ Kingstown : which s"^ Land of the 
deceasd Lays in partnership with his Brother John Judkins 

Then to the Children of the deceasd as followeth viz. 

The first share to Caleb Judkins in the Home place & Bounded 
as followeth viz : Beginning at a stake & stones which is a Bounds 
of the widows thirds; from thence running westerly on the s*^ 
thirds to the westerly End of the whole tract to a stake the 
Bounds also of the s^ thirds then southerly as the Land Lays 12 
Rods to a small maple tree then Easterly thro' the whole tract to 
a stake & stones then Northerly 5 Rods wide to the place where 
it first began : the s'* share to Extend Easterly to the mill privi- 
ledge af ores'* Six acres & three Quarters more or Less; with the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 17 

one Quarter part of the Old Barn viz the Barn which stands on 
the Home place 

The Second Share to Henry Judkins in the Home place and 
Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning at a stake which is the 
Bounds of the first share & running Westerly on the first share to 
a small maple tree the Bounds also of the first share then running 
southerly as the Land Lays twelve Rods to the south westerly 
Corner of the whole tract then Easterly to the Easterly End 
thereof to a stake & stones on the Brink of the Little River (so 
Called) viz: on the North side thereof: then Northerly five Rods 
to the place where it first began : the s^ share to Extend Easterly 
to the mill priviledge afores'^ six acres & three Quarters more or 
Less with the one Quarter part of the Barn standing on the 
Home place 

The Third share to Abigail Judkins in the Home place 
Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at a stake & stones on the 
Northerly side of the s*^ River on the very brink thereof which is 
the Bounds of the 2^ share from thence running westerly on the 
s^ 2^ share to the Southwesterly Corner Bounds of the whole 
tract which is also the Bounds of the 2<^ share then Easterly as the 
Land Lays on the southerly part thereof till it Comes to the south 
Easterly Comer of the whole tract then Northerly about five 
Rods to the place where it first began six acres & about Three 
Quarters more or Less ; with the one Quarter part of the Westerly 
End of the dwelling House 

The fourth & Ninth shares to Samuel Judkins eldest son of the 
deceas'd Laying in that tract of Land which was part of the 
Home place of his father Samuel Judkins deceasd before-men- 
tioned & Bounded as followeth viz the fourth share beginning on 
the High way going from Exeter to Kingstown & Joyning to the 
Land of John Judkins on which he lives being the south Easterly 
Corner of the whole tract there then running Northerly on the 
s<^ John Judkins's Land till it Comes to a stake & stones the 
Bounds of the widows thirds in the afores** tract then running 
westerly on s^ thirds six Rods & about three Quarters to a stake 



1 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

then southerly to the High way forementioned to a stake & 
stones then Easterly on s*^ High way seven Rods & a Half to the 
place where it first began — four Acres more or Less the s'^ Ninth 
share in the same tract beginning at the forementioned High way 
at the south westerly Corner of the whole tract & Joyning to way 
going to the Little River mill (so Caled) running Northerly or 
Northwesterly on the s^ Little River mill way till it Comes to a 
stake & stones another Bounds of the forementioned thirds then 
Easterly on s"^ thirds about Eleven Rods to a stake : then south- 
erly to the High way first mentioned to a stake & stones then 
westerly on s"^ High way five Rods to the Corner where it first 
began four acres more or Less with the one Half of the New Barn 
(which is the Barn standing on the Last mentioned Tract of 
which these two shares are a part 

The fifth Share to Benjamin Judkins in the Last mentioned 
tract & is Bounded as followeth viz : beginning at the s^ High way 
going from Exeter to Kingstown at a stake & stones a Bounds of 
the fourth share & running Northerly on the s'^ fourth share to a 
stake the Bounds also of the fourth share which stands by the 
widows thirds : then westerly on the s*^ thirds seven Rods & about 
six feet to a stake, then southerly to the s'^ High way to a stake & 
stones then Easterly on s'' High way Eight Rods to the place 
where it first began four acres more or Less : with the one Quarter 
part of the westerly End of the dwelling House — 

The sixth share to Leonard Judkins in the Last mentioned 
tract & is Bounded as followeth viz : beginning at a stake & stones 
by the High way which is a Bounds of the fifth share then run- 
ning Northerly on the s^ fifth share to a stake a Bounds also of 
the fifth share then running westerly on the forementioned thirds 
Eight Rods to a stake then southerly to the High way to a stake 
& stones: then Easterly on s'^ High way seven Rods & about four- 
teen feet to the place where it first began four acres more or Less ; 
with the one Quarter part of the westerly End of the dwelling 
House 

The seventh share to Anna Judkins in the Last mentioned 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I9 

tract & Bounded as followeth viz beginning at a stake & stones 
by the High way which is a Bounds of the sixth share: then 
running Northerly on s'^ sixth share to a stake by the widows 
thirds which is also a Bounds of the sixth share; then westerly on 
the s^ thirds Eight Rods & about two feet to a stake: then south- 
erly to the forementioned High way to a stake & stones: then 
Easterly on the s^ way Eight Rods & a Half to the place where it 
first began four Acres more or Less with the one Quarter part of 
the Barn Called the New Barn 

The Eighth share to Moses Judkins in the Last mentioned 
tract & Bounded as followeth viz: beginning at a stake & stones 
by the High way which is a Bounds of the seventh share then 
running Northerly on the s'^ seventh share to a stake by the 
widows thirds then westerly on s'^ thirds seven Rods & three 
Quarters to a stake a Bounds of the Ninth share then southerly 
on the s'^ Ninth share to the High way to a stake & stones An- 
other Bounds of the Ninth share then Easterly on the s^ High 
way Eight Rods & about fourteen feet to the place where it first 
began four Acres be the same more or Less with the one Quarter 
part of the Barn (Called the New Barn) 

The Tenth share to Joseph Judkins as followeth viz: the 
Residue of the deceasd's Land in the North Grant (So Called) in 
Kingstown beforementioned Exclusive of the widows thirds 
there : which s'' Land of the deceasd in the s'^ North Grant Lays 
in partnership with his Brother John Judkins & so Could not be 
set off by metes & Bounds: also the Deceas'ds Right, Share or 
Interest in that tract of Land Called Stevens's Town in the 
Province aforesaid; with the one Quarter part of the Dwelling 
House 

Kingstown March the g*^^ day 1759 Elisha Sweat 

Samuel fifield 
Jeremy Webster 

[Allowed May 8, 1759.] 



20 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOSEPH CASS 1754 EPPING 

In the Name of God, Amen, the twenty Sixth day of January 
Seventeen Hundred fifty four, I Joseph Cass of the Parish of 
Epping and Province of New-Hampshire, Husbandman, being 
very Sick and weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved wife 
Phoebe Cass the improvement of the whole of my Estate during 
her Natural Life whom I appoint my Sole Executrix of this my 
Last will and Testament 

Item, I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved wife Phoebe 
Cass, the whole of my Moveables and Husbandry implements, 
withal my Bonds, Notes, Bills, dues & demands whatsoever for 
her own property, & disposal forever. 

2 : I give and Bequeath to my Well Beloved Son Nason Cass 
the Sum of five pounds (old Tenor) to be paid him by my well 
Beloved Son Joseph Cass, at the expiration of One year after my 
well Beloved Wifes Decease — 

3 : I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Son Abner Cass, 
the Sum of five pounds (old Tenor) to be paid him by my Son 
Joseph Cass, at the expiration of one year after my Beloved 
wives decease — 

4: I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Son Joseph Cass, 
the whole of my Homestead, my Lands House, and Barn, withal 
the Priviledges and appurtenances belonging thereunto, only 
oblidgeing him to pay out the Legacies that are herein Specified, 
and at their perticular time — 

5 : 1 give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Daughter Martha 
Stevens wife to Edward Stevens the Sum of fifty pounds (old 
Tenor) , to be paid Her by my Son Joseph Cass, at the expiration 
of one year after my Beloved wives decease — 

6 : I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Daughter, Abigail 
Smith, wife to Robert Smith of Brentwood, the sum of thirty One 
pounds (old Tenor) to be paid Her by my Son Joseph Cass, at the 
expiration of One year after my well Beloved wives decease — 



* NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 21 

7: I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Daughter Eliza- 
beth Cass, the Sum of fifty pounds (old Tenor) to be paid Her by 
my Son Joseph Cass, at the expiration of one year after my 
Beloved wives decease * * * 

Joseph Cass 

[Witnesses] Robert Cutler, Ezekiel Brown, Abraham Brown. 

[Proved Feb. 23, 1754.] 

[Inventory, March 27, 1754; amount, £1467. i. 8; signed by 
Ezekiel Brown and Abraham Brown. 1 



WILLIAM LONG 1754 KINGSTON 

[Deborah Long of Kingston, widow, renounces administration 
on the estate of her husband, William Long of Kingston, Jan. 
28, 1754, ill favor of Ebenezer Long of Kingston; witnesses, 
Jedediah Philbrick and David French.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Long granted to his 
son, Ebenezer Long, Jan. 31, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i8, p. 624.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Long, yeoman, with Jedediah Philbrick and 
Caleb Towle, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of 
£1000, Jan. 31, 1754, for the administration of the estate of 
William Long, yeoman; witnesses, Zerviah Treadwell and 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, April 19, 1754; amount, £5455. 17. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Samuel Fifield; attested April 24, 1754.] 



HENRY BALDWIN 1754 PELHAM 

[Mary Baldwin, widow, being advanced in years, renounces 
administration on the estate of her husband, Henry Baldwin of 



22 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Pelham, Jan. 29, 1754, in favor of her oldest son, Henry Baldwin 
of Pelham.] 

[Bond of Mary Baldwin, widow, and Henry Baldwin, yeoman, 
with William Richardson, gentleman, and Deacon Amos Gage, 
yeoman, as sureties, all of Pelham, in the sum of £1000, Feb. i, 
1754, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Levi 
Hildreth and John Ferguson.] 

[Inventory, signed by William Richardson and Amos Gage; 
amount, £2076. 15. 6; attested March 4, 1754.] 



JAMES CLARK 1754 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, the Twenty Ninth Day of January 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty four, I 
James Clark of of Dover in y® Province of New-Ham ps"^ in New- 
England Husbandman * * * 

Imprimis, I Give to my Beloved Wife Sarah Clark to her Sole 
use & Improvement, the front or Southerly Lower Room in my 
Dwelling House & the Celler under it, & Such a Priviledge in my 
Barn as She Shall have Occation of to House her Cattle & fodder; 
and also y^ one Third Part of y® Produce of my Homestead Land 
of every kind; The Several Crops to be well & Seasonably 
Securd & Hous'd at thier Respective Har\dsts Yearly & every 
Year, by my S'^ Executor, or at his Cost & Charge for y® use of 
my S*^ Wife, During the Term of her Continuing my Widow. 
And my Will further is that my S^ Executor Procure & Provide 
good fire Wood at y* Door of my S"^ wive's Dwelling House for 
her use, Sufficient to Support one fire during y" afores*^ Term, if 
She Shall Require it. I also Give to my S'^ Wife to her own free 
& full Disposel for ever, the one Third Part of my Live Stock of 
Cattle Sheep & Swine, & all my Household Goods, Beds Beding 
& furniture. 

Item, I Give unto my Son Jonathan Clark & to his Heirs & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 23 

Assigns for ever Seventeen Acres and an half of Land in Barring- 
ton, Adjoyning to his other Land, which he Bought of M"" Went- 
worth where he now lives, Runing one Hundred & Sixty Rods by 
his S"^ other Land, & Northerly, holding y" length of one Hun- 
dred & Sixty Rods until Seventeen Acres & an half be Com- 
pleated. And also one Third Part of a Lot of Land in y® Second 
Division in Rochester, which Properly belongs unto me. 

Item, I Give unto my Son, James Clark & to his Heirs & As- 
signs for ever Sixty Seven Acres & an half of Land in Barrington 
aforesd where he now lives, being Part of y° Land which I Pur- 
chased of Jonathan Ham. 

Item I Give unto my Son Remembrance Clark whom I make 
Constitute & ordain Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testa- 
ment, & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever all my Land in Dover 
aforesd, together with my Dwelling House & Barn & all other 
Buildings & Orchards Standing and being upon S<^ Land, And 
also all my farming Tackling & utensils, as Yokes Chains wheels 
Carts and Plows &c : I Give to my s*^ Executor, And all my live 
Stock of Cattle Sheep & swine which I have not herein Given to 
my Wife, I Give to my five Children to be Equally Divided 
among them, viz my three sons & two Daughters. 

Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah Swain Two Hundred 
Pounds Cash old Tenor to be Paid her by my Executor y^ one 
half within y^ Term of Two Years after my Decease, & y^ other 
half within y^ Term of four Years after my Decease. 

Item I Give to my Daughter Martha Clark Two Hundred 

Pounds Cash, old Tenor, to be Paid her by my S^ Executor, y« 

one half within y^ Term of Two Years after my Decease, & y® 

other half within y° Term of four Years after my Decease 
* * * 

his 

James X Clark 
Mark 
[Witnesses] Eli Demerit, William Hill Jun"", Eben' Demerit. 
[Proved Feb. 24, 1768.] 



24 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Remembrance Clark, with Eli Demeritt and Ebene- 
zer Demeritt as sureties, all of Madbury, in the sum of £500, 
Feb. 23, 1768, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Joseph 
Moulton, Robert Parker.] 



JOHN AYER 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of Ann Ayer of Portsmouth, widow, with Henry Sher- 
burne of Portsmouth and Peter Gilman of Exeter as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Jan. 30, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate of John Ayer of Portsmouth, gentleman; witnesses, Wil- 
liam Parker and Clement Jackson.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 15, 1754; amount, £456. 5. 6; signed by 
Clement Jackson and John Shackford.] 

[Warrant, March 27, 1754, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Andrew Clarkson, both of Portsmouth, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[Commissioners' account against the estate, Jan. 13, 1755, 
amount, £31. 10. o.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Jan. 28, 1755; amount, 
£103. 16. 10; signed by Eleazer Russell and Andrew Clarkson.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Joseph Langdon 
and his wife, Ann Langdon, administratrix, formerly Ann Ayer; 
receipts, £456. 5. 6; expenditures, £284. 10. o; allowed May 27, 

I755-] 



JOHN WARREN 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of Joanna Warren, widow, with John Elliott, glazier, 
and Amos Warren, husbandman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, Jan. 30, 1754, for the administration of the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2$ 

estate of John Warren of Portsmouth ; witnesses, William Parker, 
George Warren.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 27, 1754; amount, £124. 13. 6; 
signed by Thomas Peirce and Samuel Sherburne.] 



EDWARD THOMAS 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Edward Thomas Late of the 
Parish of the white Chappel in London now Residing at Ports- 
mouth in the Province of New Hampshire Mariner being Sick & 
Weak of Body * * * 

As it hath pleased God in his Providence to lay me on a Sick bed 
far from my Native Country Viz : at the house of Charles Banfill 
in Portsmouth aforesaid Truckman where I have been kindly 
Entertained & if I Show'd Dye of this Sickness he must be at the 
Charge of my Sickness Nursing Doctor & funeral without having 
any thing in hand for I have Nothing with me to Defray that 
Charge I therefore Give Devise & Bequeath all my wages money 
& Estate both Real & Personal wheresoever the Same is or may 
be found unto him the Said Charles Banfill his heirs & Assigns 
forever And I do hereby Constitute & appoint him my Sole 
Exec'' of this My Last Will & Testament Ratifying & Confirming 
this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament In Witness 
Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the fourth day of 
February Anno dom: 1754 

Edward Thomas 

[Witnesses] James Kinghorn, John Coultas, Jonathan Blan- 
chard. 

[Proved March 27, 1754.] 



26 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

MOSES LEAVITT 1754 STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen, the fifth Day of February in the 
Year of our Lord God, one Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty 
four. I Moses Leavit of Stratham in the Province of New 
Hampshire Esqure ; being Weak of Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath unto Anne my well Beloved 
Wife all my Household Goods of every Sort, which She brought 
with her to me, if in being at my Decease; and also four Hundred 
Pounds in Bills of Credit as old Tenor, or other Money Equal to 
it, within one year after my Decease, to be paid out of my Estate : 
Said Money to be at the Same Vallue that Bills of credit as old 
Tenor now goes at, and also a good Mourning Suit at my De- 
cease, and also half a Years Provision for her Self, the next half 
year after my Decease: and also half a years fire- wood, hall'd to 
my Door for her to burn in her own room that I herein Shall 
allow her. I also give unto my Said Wife, the whole Priviledge 
of two Rooms in my House, viz. my Middle Room So call'd, and 
the Bedroom adjoyning to it, at the Same end of Said House: 
with a Priviledge in my Cellers, ovens and Well ; all so long as she 
remains my Widdow, and sees Cause as my Widdow, to live in 
Said House, and no Longer; provided She my Said wife in Con- 
sideration of what I have given her as abovementioned. Re- 
nounces and Quits, all her Right of Dower, and Power of Thirds, 
unto my Said Estate, both Real and Personal forever, and where- 
soever, and I also give unto my Said wife, the use of my great 
Bible so long as she lives in Said Stratham and remains my 
Widdow, and no longer. 

Item, I give unto my Daughter Mary Hardie her Heirs and 
Assigns, my Thirty Six Acres of Land in the Parish of Epping in 
Said Province, which was given me by my Honour'd Father, 
Moses Leavit of Exeter in Said Province Esquire Deceas'd, in his 
Last Will and Testament: it being a part of his common Right 
given him by Said Town of Exeter ; Said Thirty Six Acres, be it 
more or Less, as it is Laid out and Bounded, and Sett off to me, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 

by my Brother Dudley Leavit of Exeter aforesaid, Executor to 
my Said Fathers, Said Will ; Refference to my Quit Claim Deed 
from Said Executor, will more fully Appear; Provided She the 
Said Mary, or her Heirs, do Quit unto her Brother Dudley 
Leavit, all her Right and Claim, unto all that part of the Land I 
have in Said Stratham, or Elsewhere, that came by their Mother, 
Sarah Leavit Late of Said Stratham Deceas'd, which was given 
away by my Self, and their Said Mother, in her Life time, unto 
Said Dudley Leavit, and unto her Brother Stephen Leavit Late 
of Said Stratham Deceas'd: and if She the Said Mary, or her 
Heirs, refuseth to Quit as aforesaid, then the Said Dudley 
Leavit his Heirs and Assigns, Shall have the aforesaid Thirty Six 
Acres of Land, Lying as aforesaid. Also I give unto my Said 
Daughter Mary, Five Hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit as old 
Tenor; or other Money Equal to it, as Bills of the old Tenor now 
passeth; to be paid out of My Estate; one Hundred Pounds of it, 
within one Year after my Decease; and two Hundred and fifty 
Pounds of it, within two years after my Decease; and the re- 
maining one Hundred and fifty Pounds, within four years after 
my Decease. 

Item, I give unto my Daughter Sarah Thirston, her Heirs and 
Assigns, the one half of my Hundred Acres of Land in Chester in 
Said Province, call'd the old Hundred Acres; or the first Hun- 
dred Acres Laid out to my Right there: and the fifth part of my 
Peice of Land in Brentwood in Said Province, be it more or Less; 
Lying on the North Side of Exeter River So call'd, between Ben- 
jamin Fifields Land, and Daniel Samborns Land, and also the 
one compleat half of my Right in the Township of Bow in Said 
Province, and also one Cow and Calf; and two Sheep, to be De- 
liver'd her within Six months after my Decease. And also I 
give unto my Said Daughter Sarah, Four Hundred Pounds in 
Bills of Credit as old Tenor, or other Money Equal to it, as Bills 
of the old Tenor now passeth ; to be paid out of my Estate ; two 
Hundred Pounds thereof, within two years after my Decease: 
and the other two Hundred Pounds to be paid within three years 



28 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

after my Decease, to her, or her Heirs; provided She or they do 
Quitt unto her Brother Dudley Leavit, all her Right or claim, to 
all the Land I have in Stratham aforesaid, that came by her 
mother; excepting what I, and her Said mother in her Life time, 
have given unto the Said Sarah. 

Item, I give unto my Daughter Love Chase her Heirs and As- 
signs: the other half of my Said one Hundred Acres of Land in 
Chester: and also the other half of my Said Right in Bow; and 
also one Cow and Calf; and two Sheep, to be Deliver'd her 
within Six months after my Decease: and also one fifth part of 
my Land in Brentwood aforementioned : and also four Hundred 
Pounds in Bills of Credit as old Tenor, or other Money Equal to 
it, as Bills of the old Tenor now passeth; to be paid out of my 
Estate two Hundred Pounds thereof to be paid within two years 
after my Decease; and the other two Hundred Pounds, to be 
paid within three years after my Decease, to her, or her Heirs, 
provided She or they do Quit unto her Brother Dudley Leavit, 
all her Right or claim, to all the Land I have in Stratham afore- 
said, that came by her mother; Excepting what I, and her Said 
mother in her Life time, have given unto the Said Love. 

Item, I give unto my two Grandsons viz. Caleb Rollings and 
Thomas Rollings, their Heirs and Assigns; all my Right of Lands 
in Gilmantown in Said Province; to be Equally Divided be- 
tween them ; and also Two Hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit, as 
old Tenor, as Said old Tenor Bills of Credit now passeth; to be 
paid to Each of them or to their Heirs, out of my Estate, one 
Hundred Pounds thereof, to be paid to Each of them, within two 
years after my Decease; and the other one Hundred Pounds to 
Each of them, to be paid within four years after my Decease; 
Provided they the Said Caleb and Thomas, or their Heirs or As- 
signs, do Quit unto my Son Dudley Leavit, all their Right or 
claim, unto all that part of the Land I have in Said Stratham, or 
Elsewhere, that came by my former wife Sarah Leavit, late of 
Said Stratham Deceas'd, which was given away by my Self and 
my Said wife, in her Life time, unto my Said Son, Dudley 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 

Leavit; and also to my Son Stephen Leavit, Late of Said Strat- 
ham Deceas'd. 

Item, I give unto my Grandaughter Phebe Rollings, her Heirs 
and Assigns; one fifth part of my aforesaid Peice of Land in 
Brentwood; and one Silver Spoon Mark'd, M. S. L. and a Silk 
Gownd which was her Aunt Milicent Leavits Deceas'd; and also 
two Hundred Pounds in Bills of credit as old Tenor, and as Said 
Bills now passeth, to be paid to her, or to her Heirs, out of my 
Said Estate; one Hundred Pounds thereof, within two years 
after my Decease ; and the other Hundred Pounds thereof within 
four years after my Decease; Provided She the Said Phebe, or her 
Heirs or Assigns, do Quit unto my Said Son Dudley Leavit, all 
her Right or claim, unto all that part of the Land I have in 
Stratham aforesaid, or Elsewhere, that came by my former wife, 
Sarah Leavit, Late of Said Stratham Deceas'd, which was given 
away by my Self & my Said wife in her Lifetime, unto my Said 
Sons Dudley Leavit, & Stephen Leavit. 

Item, I give unto my Grandson Leavit Hardie His Heirs & 
Assigns; Fifty Pounds in Bills of Credit, as old Tenor now 
Passeth, to be paid within three years after my Decease, out of 
my Said Estate. 

Item, I give unto my two Daughters, Sarah Thirston, and 
Love Chase; and unto my Said Grandaughter, Phebe Rollings, 
all my Household Goods, left at my Decease, to be Equally 
Divided between them; Excepting what I have before herein 
given to my Wife ; and also Excepting my New Bed and Bolster, 
Bedstead and Bed Cord, and Bedding belonging to Said Bed, 
which I keep in my Hall Chamber; two Silver Spoons Marked 
M. S. L. and my Clock. 

Item, I give unto my Son Dudley Leavit, and to his Heirs and 
Assigns, after my Said Debts & Legacies and Funeral Charges 
are all paid ; all the Remainder of my Estate, both Real and Per- 
sonal, of all Kinds whatsoever, and wheresoever, which I have 
not given away as aforesaid. 

And Further my Will is, and I do hereby Constitute appoint 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and ordain, my Son, the abovesaid Dudley Leavit, my Sole 
Executor * * * 

Moses Leavit 

[Witnesses] Richard Rust, Samuel Philbrook, Samuel Lane. 

[Proved Feb. 26, 1754.] 

[Bond of Dudley Leavitt of Salem, Mass., clerk, with Moses 
Thurston and Thomas Chase, yeoman, both of Stratham, as 
sureties, in the sum of £5000, Feb. 26, 1754, for the execution of 
the will; witnesses, William Parker and Jonathan Blanchard.] 



ZACHARIAH BUTTERFIELD 1754 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Zachariah Butterfield of 
Chester granted to his widow. Desire Butterfield, Feb. 13, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 3.] 

[Bond of Desire Butterfield, with John Lane and Samuel 
Brown, yeomen, as sureties, all of Chester, in the sum of £1000, 
Feb. 13, 1754, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Benjamin Cotton, Samuel Lane, Jacob Freese, and Anna 
Freese.] 

[Inventory, signed by Enoch Colby and Stephen Webster; 
amount, £1530. o. o; attested Feb. 19, 1754.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Desire Sanborn, 
formerly Desire Butterfield, administratrix; receipts, £512. 10. o; 
expenditures, £646. 15. 7; allowed Nov. 30, 1757; mentions one 
child four years old, and one five months old at the decease of the 
father.] 

By Virtue of a Warrant to us Directed By the Honno^^ Rich- 
ard Wibird Esq' Judge of Probate for the Province of New- 
hampshire &c to Divide the Reall Estate of Zacheriah Butter- 
field of Chester in Said Province Deceased Between the widow 
and Heirs to the Same: Have Don it as followeth 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 31 

first: The Widow Desire Butterfield her thirds Containing 
fifteen acres Laying at the westerly End of said Land Bounded as 
followeth first at the south westerly Corner a maple tree N° 21 : 
then North 29 Degrees East by the High way 79 Rods to a stake 
and stones: then East South East by the Highway 30 Rods to a 
stake and stones then south 29 Degrees west 83 Rods to a stake 
and stones then streight 30 Rods to the first Bounds mentioned — 

Secondly We Set of to the Eldest son Jacob Butterfield a 
Duble share Containing fifteen acres Bounded as followeth first 
at the Norwest Corner a stake and stones being the North East 
bounds of what was set of for the Widows thirds then East south 
East by the highway 28 Rods to a stake and stones: then south 
29 Degrees west 87 Rods to a stake and stones then Norwestly 
Bounding on Governer Shutes farme origenelly 28 Rods to a 
stake and stones : then Streight to the first bounds — 

Thirdly Set of to John Butterfield a single share containing ten 
acres Bounded as followeth first at the Nor west Corner a stake 
and stones being the North East bound of what Land we set of to 
Jacob Butterfield then East South East by the highway Eighteen 
Rods to a stake and stones then South 29 Degrees west 90 Rods 
to a stake and stones then Norwesterly bounding on Governer 
Shutes farme origenelly 18 Rods to a stake and stones: then 
streight to the first bounds — 

fourthly we set of to Zacheriah Butterfield a single share Con- 
taining Eleven acres and a half bounded first at the Norwest 
Corner a stake and stones being the North East Bound of that 
Land we set of to John Butterfield then East South East by the 
Highway 20 Rods to a stake and stones then south 29 Degrees 
west 93 Rods to a stake and stones: then Norwesterly bounding 
on Governer Shutes farme origenelly 20 Rods to a stake and 
stones : then streight to the first bounds — 

fiftly we set of to Abigail Butterfield a single share Containing 
Eleven acres and a half bounded first at the Norwest Corner a 
stake and stones being the North East bounds of what Land we 
set of to Zacheriah Butterfield then East South East by the 



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Highway 20 Rods to a stake and stones then south 29 Degrees 
west 96 Rods to a stake and stones then norwesterly bounding on 
Governer Shutes farme origenelly 20 Rods to a stake and stones 
then streight to the first bounds — 

Sixtly we set of to Desier Butterfield a single share containing 
nine acres and a Quarter Bounded first at the Norwest corner a 
stake and stones Which is the north East bound of the Land we 
set of to abigail Buterfield then East south East by the Highway 
fifteen Rods and a Half to a Stake and Stones then South 29 
Degrees west 100 Rods to a Stake and Stones then Norwesterly 
Bounding on Governer Shutes farme origenelly fifteen Rods and 
a Half to a stake and stones then streight to the first bounds 

Seventhly We Set of to mary Lane a single share Containing 
six acres and a Half Bounded first at the norwest corner a stake 
and stones Being the North East bound of the Land we set of to 
Desier Butterfield then East south East by the Highway ten 
Rods to a stake and stones then south 29 Degrees west Bounding 
on Joshua Halls and Aaron Butterfields Land 103 Rods to a 
stake and stones then Norwesterly Bounding on Governer 
Shutes farme origenelly ten Rods to a stake and stones then 
streight to the first bounds — 

Chester June 1758 Sam^' Emerson 



[Allowed June 12, 1761.] 



John Webster 
Enoch colby 



RICE ROWELL 1754 NOTTINGHAM 

In the Name of God Amen the forteenth Day of february Anno 
Domini 1754 I Rice Rowal of Notting™ in y^ Province of New 
Hampshire in New England Husbandman * * * 

Imprimis I Give & Bequeath to my two Eldest sons (viz) 
Abrham Rowal & Rice Rowal y Whole of my Lands and mill to 
be Equaley Devided Between them so soon as my said son Rice 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 33 

shall arive at y" age of twenty one years they paying out of y« 
Same twenty pound old tenor apice to y« Rest of my Childring 
(viz) to John Rowal twenty pound old tenor to mary Rowal 
twenty pound old tenor to Judiy Rowal twenty pound old tenor 
to Sarah Rowal twenty pound old tenor to Neehamiah Rowal 
twenty pound old tenor to Elisabeth Rowal twenty pound old 
tenor & if my wife Sarah Rowal Should have a Nother Child 
within Eight months after my Desece that Child to have twenty 
pound old tenor and my said sons to pay to Each Child above 
said their said portion when they shall arive at y° age of twenty 
one years 

Itam I Give and Bequath to Sarah Rowal my Kind and 
Loving wife the whole of my Goods Chatties Debtes and movable 
Effects to be her Property for ever and also I Give my said wife 
y Improvment of my Lands & mill aforesaid till such time as 
my said son Rice Rowal shall arirve at the age of twenty one years 
She my said wife Paying my Just Debts and funeral Charges and 
Mentaining or suporting my Childring and I Do Hereby Consti- 
tute make & ordain her my said wife my sole Executrix * * * 

his 
Rice X Rowal 
Mark 

[Witnesses] John Radman, John Dudley, Robert Harvey. 

[Proved Nov. 22, 1754.] 

[Guardianship of Nehemiah Rowell, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Rice Rowell, granted to Rice Rowell April 18, 
1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 209.] 

[Bond of Rice Rowell of Nottingham, yeoman, with Joseph 
Cilley, Jr., of Nottingham, yeoman, and Nehemiah Wheeler of 
Portsmouth, saddler, as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 18, 
1764, for the guardianship of Nehemiah Rowell ; witness, William 
Stilson.l 



34 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOSEPH SMART 1754 NEWMARKET 

[Abigail Smart of Newmarket, widow, and Abigail Smart 
renounce administration on the estate of Joseph Smart Feb. 14 
and 16, 1754, in favor of Robert Smart, brother of Joseph; 
witnesses, Israel Gilman, Stephen Gilman.] 

[Administration granted to Robert Smart Feb. 22, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 8.] 

[Bond of Robert Smart of Newmarket, yeoman, with John 
Perkins of Newmarket, yeoman, and William Burleigh of 
Stratham, blacksmith, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 22, 
1754, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Theophilus 
Smith, Anna Freese.] 

[Inventory, March 11, 1754; amount, £1812. 8. o; signed by 
Thomas Young and Winthrop Hilton.] 

[Warrant, May 30, 1754, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Joseph Smith, both of Newmarket, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £1684. 1.8; signed by Joseph Smith 
and Thomas Young; attested May 3, 1755.] 

[Guardianship of Winthrop Smart, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Joseph Smart of Newmarket, yeoman, granted to 
David Folsom of Epping April 30, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 423.] 

[Bond of David Folsom of Epping, yeoman, with Daniel 
Sanborn of North Hampton as surety, in the sum of £500, 
April 30, 1760, for the guardianship of Winthrop Smart; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 

JONATHAN JONES 1754 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Jones granted to 
his widow, Mary Jones, Feb. 25, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 8.] 

[Bond of Mary Jones, with Edward Taylor and Theophilus 
Rundlett as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 
21, 1754, foi" the administration of the estate of her husband, 
Jonathan Jones of Stratham; witnesses, Samuel Clark and 
Moses Clark.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1754; amount, £1742. 6. 9; signed by 
Zebulon Giddings and Robert Light.] 

[Guardianship of John Jones, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of Jonathan Jones, granted to Jonathan Glidden June 6, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 533.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Glidden of Exeter, blacksmith, with 
Jonathan Lord, of Exeter, tailor, and John Pendexter of Ports- 
mouth, butcher, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, June 6, 1758, 
for the guardianship of John Jones; witnesses, William Parker, 
Jr., and David Sewall.] 

[Guardianship of Jonathan Jones, minor, son of Jonathan 
Jones, granted to Jonathan Glidden June 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 19.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Glidden of Exeter, blacksmith, with John 
Avery of Stratham, joiner, and Robert Hart of Portsmouth, 
butcher, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, June 29, 1758, for the 
guardianship of Jonathan Jones, minor, aged more than 14 
years; witnesses, William Parker and Richard Gulley.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, personal estate, £1602. 18. o; expenditures, £1983. 8. 6; 
allowed Feb. 27, 1760; mentions one child under seven years old 
supported one year.] 



36 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Feb. ii, 1761, authorizing Theophilus Smith, John 
Gilman, Jr., both of Exeter, John Thurston, Joseph Hight, and 
Benjamin Norris, all of Stratham, yeomen, to divide the real 
estate.] 

Province of \ Whereas we the Subscribers ware Appointed 
Newhamp"' / and authorized by The Honr^'^^ Richard 
Wibird Esq'' Judge of The Probate of Wills &c for the Province 
aforesaid To divide and Set off to mary Jones of Stratham in said 
Province Widow Relict of Jonathan Jones Late of Stratham 
afore said yeoman Deceased Intestate one full third part of the 
Real Estate of the Said Deceased according to Quantity and 
Quality by meats and bounds to Hold to her in severality as her 
Dower of the Real Estate of said Deceased as by a Warant from 
the said Judge of Probate Dated the Eleventh Day of February 
Anno Domini 1761 may Appear — 

We have Persuant to the Said Warrant Divided and set off 
to the Said Mary Jones in full for her third part of the Real 
Estate of the Said Deceased to hold to her in Severalty as her 
Dower of the Real Estate of the said Deceased, the Lands the 
primeses herein Hereafter mentioned and Circumscribed, viz: 
one Peice of Paster and Wood Land being Part of the Estate of 
Said Deceased Containing Eight acres and is bounded as followes 
viz beginning at the Easterly Corner of the Paster on the north- 
w'esterly Side of the Highway adjoyning to Land of John Speed 
and the highway then Runs north forty nine Deg'' west bounding 
on said Speeds Land twenty six rods to the Westerly Corner of 
Speeds Land then Runs north five Deg'' East bounding on said 
Speed nine Rods & one halfe Rod to that Four acres of Land 
which the Said mary Jones Sold at Publick Vendue then Runs 
north Sixty five Deg' West bounding on said Four acres fifty 
rods & one halfe rod untill it Comes to Land in Porsission of 
Richard Seaman then runs South Thirty two Deg"" west bound- 
ing on said Seaman Ten Rods to a stake and stones there fixt 
Then Runs South about forty seven Deg' East to a Stake which 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 

Stands by the before mentioned High way, which stake Stands 
South Thirty two Deg'' west ten Rods from the first bounds then 
Runs north thirty two Deg' East to the bounds first mentioned. 
And one other Peice of Land Laying on the northwesterly Side 
of the said High way & Contains fifteen acres and halfe with 
Two Thirds of the Dwelling House standing on said Land which 
is bounded as followes viz begining at the high way opposit to 
the midel of fore dores of Said House Then Runs north about 
fifty Deg'' East as the High way Runs twenty four Rods to a 
stake adjoyning to the Lot of Land which we shall hereafter 
mention & Set of to Kinsley Jones Then Runs north about 
forty Seven Deg"" west to a stake standing by Land in Porsission 
of the before mentioned Richard Scamon about twenty Two 
rods from the before mentioned Eight acres Then to begin at the 
bounds first mentioned then to run northerly Through the old 
House untill it Comes to the back Side of said old house then 
runs westerly untell it clears the beadroom then Runs north 
forty Seven Deg"^ west ninteen Rods to a Stake, then Runs south 
forty three Deg"" west twelve Rods to a Stake there fixt, then 
Runs north forty seven Deg"" west to a stake standing by mor- 
gans brook (So Caled) then Runs up said brook untell it Comes to 
the before mentioned Stake Standing twenty two Rods from the 
before mentioned Eight acres and adjoyning to the said Rich'* 
Scamon and we set off to the Said mary Jones the Southerly 
Halfe Part of the Celler under the southwest End of Said Dweling 
House and the one Halfe of the well 

and allso we Set of the Said mary Jones one other Peice of 
Land Laying on South Easterly Side of said highway Containing 
five acres with the one halfe of the barn Standing thereon and 
Part of The orcherd which is bounded as followes viz begining 
at the high way opposet to the Post in the Barn on the Easterly 
Side of the bam Flore then Runs south forty four Deg"" west 
through the barn four Rods from said way Then Runs south 
about fifty Deg"" East to The South Easterly Corner of the Paster 
adjoyning to D'' Josiah Gilmans Land & to Capt James Leavitt 



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Land then Runs north fifteen Deg"^ East bounding on Said 
Gilmans Land ten Rods to a stake and then Runs north forty 
Eight Deg' west to the before mentioned high way betwen the 
second & third Row of apeltrees to a stake Standing twelve 
Rods from the bounds first mentioned then to Run by said high 
way to the first bounds and we set of to the Said widow a 
Priveledge in the barn fiore viz one halfe 

Which Lands and bulding before mentioned and Circom- 
scribed we Do Hereby set off to the said widow mary Jones 
for her full third Part of the Real Estate of The said Jonathan 
Jones Deceased according to Quantity and Quality by the 
meats and bounds before mentioned to hold to her in Severalty 
During her Natural Life as her Dower of the Real Estate of the 
Said Jonathan Jones Deceased — 

and Furthermore agreable to said Warrant we Do set of the 
other two Thirds of the Real Estate of Said Intestate too and 
among The Children as hereafter mentioned and Circomscribed 
as the Law Directs to hold to them in severalty in fee viz we set 
of to Jonathan Jones the Eldest Son of The Said Intestate as his 
Doubel Shear in said Estate as followes one Peice of Land Lying 
on the northwesterly side of the Countrey Road Containing one 
acre and halfe with all the South westerly End of the Dwelling 
house the Land & Primeses are bounded as followes viz to begin 
at the high way oppeset to the fore Dor of said House and then 
Runs northerly Through the old house untell it Comes to the 
back Side of Said house bounding on the widow then Runs 
north forty Seven Deg"" west ninteen Rods to a Stake then Runs 
South forty three Deg"^ west twelve Rods bounding on the widows 
Thirds then Runs South forty seven Deg"" East ninteen Rods to 
a stake standing by the high way and then Runs by the said way 
ten rods to The bounds first mentioned and we sit of to the Said 
Jonathan the northerly halfe Part of the Celler under said house 
and allso we set of to the said Jonathan Jones one other Peice of 
Land Laying on the southerly side of the before mentioned high 
way Containing nine acres and allso the one halfe of the Barn 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 39 

standing on said nine acres which is bounded as followes begins 
at the high way oppiset to the Easterly Side of the Barn flore 
adjoyning to the widows five acres then Runs South forty four 
Deg' East Through Said Barn fore rods then runs south about 
fifty Deg'' East bounding on the said widows five acres untell it 
Comes to the Southwesterly Corner of D'' Josiah Gilmans 
Paster adjoyning to Cap* James Leavit Land Then runs westerly 
bounding on said Leavit Land and Cap* John odlens as the fence 
now stand untell it Comes to the before mentioned high way 
then north Easterly by the said high way 26 rods to the bounds 
first mentioned 

And we set of to the said Jonathan Jones one other Peice of 
Land Lying in Exeter and at the neck So Caled and being Part of 
the Estate of the said Intestate Containing Ten acres and ninty 
Rods which is bounded as follows viz begins at a read oak Tree 
standing at the Easterly Corner of Daniel Grants Paster then 
Runs south thirty Deg'" west Eighteen feet then runs south 
seventy Deg'^ East bounding on the said Grant Thirty four Rods 
to Wheelrights Creek So Caled then begins at the bounds first 
mentioned then Runs north thirty Deg' East one rod then runs 
north thirty Three Deg"^ west Eleven rods Leaving a way of one 
rod wide by Grants Land for a priviledge to go to the Lot of Land 
that we shall set of to John Jones Then runs north forty Deg' 
East untell it Comes to Wheelrits Creek then runs up said Creek 
and bounding on Said Creek untell it Comes to the End of The 
thirty four rods above mentioned at Grants Land and further 
more we set of to the Said Jonathan Jones one other Peice of 
Land in Exeter and on the oake Land So Caled Containing Two 
acres and being Part of That Lot of Land which the said Intes- 
tate Purchesed of Francis James & Elisabeth his wife and to 
begin at the Southerly End of Said Lot bounded Westerly 
on Land of Thomas Haley Easterly on Mary Jones Land so to 
Run from the said south End northerly into the Said Land 
twelve rods the before mentioned Primeses We Do sit of to the 
said Jonathan Jones as his full Double Shair of the full two 



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Thirds of the Estate belonging to the Intestate to hold to him in 
Severalty and further more we Do set of to Kinsley Jones the 
Second Son of the Said Intestate as his full Shair in the Two third 
Part of the Estate of the said Intestate viz one Peice of Land 
Laying on the norwesterly side of the Countrey Road and ad- 
joyning to said Road Containing Eleven acres and is bounded as 
followes viz begins at a stake by the said Road which stands 
south thirty two deg"^ west ten Rods from the southerly Corner of 
John Speeds Land and adjoyning to the widows Eight acres and 
then Runs south thirty two deg^ west twenty tow Rods by the 
Said Road which stake stands at the north Easterly Corner the 
widows fifteen acres and halfe Then to Run north forty seven 
Deg"" west Carring that bredth of twenty tow Rods through 
the Land untell it Comes to Land in Porsission of Richard 
Scamon bounding on East Side on Land set of to the widow and 
allso we set of to the said Kinsley Jones one other peice of Land 
Lying in Exeter & one the oake Land So Caled Containing about 
Three acres more or Less and to begin at the northerly End of 
Said Lot before mentioned Purchased of Francis James & Elisa- 
beth his wife bounding northerly on Land of Thomas Lyford 
Easterly on Land of mary Jones Westerly on Land of Joseph 
Clark and to run Southerly Carring the whole breadth of said 
Lot untell it Comes to that Lot of Land that we Shall hereafter 
in this Return Set of to Benjamin Jones The before mentioned 
Primeses we Do set of to Kinsley Jones as his full shere in the 
two Thirds of the Estate of the said Intestate to hold to him in 
Severalty and furthermore we set of to John Jones the Third Son 
of the Said Intestate as his full Shair in the two Thirds of the 
Estate of the said Intestate viz one Peice of Land Containing 
fourteen acres Laying in Exeter and on the neck So Caled and is 
bounded as follows viz begining at the westerly Corner of that 
ten acres & ninety rods of Land which we have set of to Jonathan 
Jones in this Return which Corner is one rod from Daniel Grants 
Fences then Runs to Said Grants fences and then to Run north 
Thirty three Deg"^ west bounding on Said Grant untell it Comes 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I 

to the Salt River then Runs Down the Said River & bounding on 
said River untell it Comes to the mouth of Wheelwright Crick so 
Caled and to Run bounding on said Creek untell it Comes to the 
before mentioned Lot Sit of to Jonathan and doe sit of to the said 
John the Rod way mentioned in the Return of Jonathans Lot 
and allso we set of to the Said John Jones one other Peice of 
Land Containing one acre and halfe and being Part of the Lot 
of Land on the oake Land before mentioned bounded southerly 
on Jonathans Two Acres and to run northerly Caring the whole 
breadth of Said Lot nine Rods the before mentioned Primeses 
we set of to the said John Jones as his full Share in the two 
Thirds of the Estate of the Said Intestate to hold to him in 
Severalty — 

And Furthermore we set of to Benjamin Jones the forth & 
youngest son of the Said Intestate as his full share in the two 
thirds Parts of the Estate of the Said Intestate one Peice of Land 
Situate in Exeter Containing Ten acres and being Part of the 
whome Lot and is bounded as followes viz begining at the 
Easterly Corner of the Rev* m^ Woodbridge Odlin Land on the 
northwesterly side of the Countrey Road & adjoyning to said 
Road then to Run by the said Road toward the said Dweling 
House of the Said Intestate Thirty Six Rods and untell it Comes 
to that acre & halfe of Land set of to Jonathan in this Returne 
then to Run north forty Seven Deg' west bounding Partly on 
Jonathan and Partly on the widows Thirds to a stake standing 
by the Creek or morgens brook So Caled then to begin at the 
bounds first mentioned then to Run about north westerly 
bounding on The Said m' Woodbridge Odlin about Seventy four 
Rods and one halfe Rod to the Creek or morgens brook before 
mentioned Then to Run up Said Creek or brook untell it Comes 
to the Third Bounds mentioned by the widows Thirds or Lot of 
fifteen Acres & Yt. and allso we set of to the Benjamin Jones one 
other Peice of Land in Exeter and being part of the Lot on The 
oak Land before mentioned Containing five acres bounded 
southerly on the Lot Sit of to John in this Returne and then to 



42 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Run northerly Carring the whole bredth of Said Lot Thirty Rods 
the above and before mentioned Primeses we Set of to the Said 
Benjamin Jones as his full Sheire in the Real Estate of the Said 
Intestate to hold to him in Severality — 

And furthermore we sit of to mary Jones the only Daughter of 
the Said Intestate as her full Share of the two Thirds of the Real 
Estate of the Intestate as folows viz one Peice of Land Situate in 
Stratham Containing Sixteen acres & one halfe acre wich is 
bounded as followes viz begining at the north Eastly Corner of 
the Lands on the South Easterly Side of the Countrey Road and 
adjoyning to Docf Josiah Oilman Land then to Run South- 
westerly by Said Road thirty seven Rods to a stake standing at 
the north Easterly Corner of the Widows five acres Then to Run 
South fifty Deg"^ East bounding on the widows five acres untell 
it Comes to D"" Josiah Gilmans Land then to Run north fifteen 
Deg' East bounding on D'" Gilmans Land fifty five Rods then 
Runs bounding on the Said Gilmans fifty Rods to the bounds 
first mentioned and allso we Sit of to the Said mary Jones a 
Certain Peice of fiats Containing one acre more or Less Lying in 
Exeter and bounded Westerly on Wheal Rights Creek So Caled 
and Easterly on Land belonging to the Rev^ m"^ Woodbridge 
Odlin and being all that Peice of fiats belonging to the neck 
before mentioned Laying on the South Easterly Side of said 
Creek to hold to her in severalty as her full Share 

In Testemony whereof We have hereunto Set our Hands this 
Second Day of April Anno Domi 1761 

Benj^ Norris 
John Thirston 
Theo' Smith 
John Gilman Jr 
Joseph Hoit 
[Attested April 19, 1761.] 

[Administratrix's additional account; receipts, £537. o. O; 
expenditures, £734. 18. 3; allowed June 24, 1761.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Jones, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Jonathan Jones, granted to Daniel Clark May 29, 
1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 460.] 

[Bond of Daniel Clark of Stratham, yeoman, with Josiah Rob- 
inson, gentleman, and Stephen Thing, yeoman, both of Exeter, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 29, 1765, for the guardian- 
ship of Benjamin Jones; witnesses, Daniel Thing, Richard 
Smith.] 

[Warrant, April 29, 1767, authorizing Samuel Lane, Joseph 
Clark, John Taylor, Jonathan Chase, and Jacob Rundlett, yeo- 
men, to divide the dower of the widow, Mary Jones, lately 
deceased.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers being the Major part of a 
New Hamp'' / Committee appointed by the Hon'^'" the Judge 
of Probate of Wills &c for said Province ; to Divide that part of 
the Real Estate of Jonathan Jones late of Stratham in Said 
Province Yeoman Deceas'd, which was Set off to Mary Jones his 
Widow who is lately Deceased, among the Heirs of S*^ Deceased, 
being five in Number, allowing the Eldest son a Double Share; 
and set forth Each Share by Metes & Bounds, to hold to them 
Respectively in Severalty; and Make Return &c 

Pursuant thereunto, we have done the Same as follows, viz* 
We have Set off to Jonathan Jones, Eldest Son of Said De- 
ceased, as his Double Share out of the aboves"^ part of Said Estate 
Set off to Said Widow Eight Acers of Land, Bounded as follows, 
viz* Begining at the High Way opposite to the middle of the fore 
Doores of the Dwelling House belonging to s^ Estate; thence 
runing Notherly through the old House, untill it comes to the 
back side thereof: then W'esterly to clear the Bedroom; then 
runs North fifty Degrees West Nineteen Rods to a Stone, 
thence North about forty three Deg^ West Sixty Eight Rods to an 
Elm Tree Spotted, Standing by the Westerly Side of Morgans 
Brook so called ; then on the Same Course about twenty feet to a 



44 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Stone set up by the fence between said Estate and Richard 
Scammins Land; thence runing Notherly by Said fence, Six 
Rods and a half to the Land formerly Set off to Kensley Jones 
out of said Estate, thence runing South about fifty two Deg' 
East Ninety Rods by Said Kensleys Land to the Country Road, 
thence runing Southwesterly by Said Road twenty four Rods to 
the Bounds first mentioned. We also Set off to Said Jonathan 
the Easterly End of the Dwelling House; and the back Room 
Called the Bedroom, standing on the above Bounded Eight 
Acres of Land : also all the priviledge in the Celler & Well that 
was Set off to Said Widow. 

And we have set off to Kensley Jones, Second Son of Said De- 
ceased as his full part out of said one third of the Estate of Said 
Deceased as follows, viz* on piece of Land Lying on the South- 
easterly Side of the Country Road, Containing about Nine 
Square Rods, Bounded as follows, viz* Begining at a Stake and 
Stone by Said Road, one Rod Notheasterly from the Notheast- 
erly corner of the Barn Belonging to Said Estate ; thence runing 
South thirty Six Degrees East four Rods to a Stone, thence South 
forty Eight Degrees West two Rods to another Stone, thence 
Norwesterly through Said Barn to Said Road, opposite to the 
Post in s'^ Barn on the Easterly Side of the Barn floore, thence 
runing Notheasterly by s^ Road to the Stake and Stone first 
mentioned. Also we Set off to Said Kensley, all that part of 
Said Barn which was Set oft" to Said Widdow as her thirds. 
Likewise we Set off to Said Kensley Jones another piece of Land 
Lying on the Norwesterly Side of Said Road, Containing three 
Acres and one quarter, be it more or less, Bounding as follows, 
viz* Begining at a Stake by the Country Road, standing five feet 
and six inches Southerly from a Stone called the Southerly Cor- 
ner of the Land belonging to the Estate of John Speed late of S*^ 
Stratham Deceased thence runing North about fifty three Deg» 
West, Seventy Nine Rods, to a stone set up by the fence be- 
tween S'^ Estate & Richard Scammin's Land, (which Stone is one 
Rod Northward from a larg Rock in the Brook call'd Morgans 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 45 

Brook) thence runing Northward by S'' fence to that four acres of 
Land Sold out of s*^ Estate at Vendue thence runing Southeast- 
erly by Said four Acres, till it comes to S^ Speeds Estate, thence 
runing by S<^ Speeds Estate, till it comes to S*^ Stone call'd the 
Southerly corner thereof, thence Southerly by S^ Road, five feet 
& six inches, to the Stake first mentioned, the Same being all that 
piece of Land Set off to S^ Widdow for Eight Acres, Excepting 
only out of it, four acres & three quarters, which we do herein 
Set off to John Jones as his part of said thirds. 

Also we do Set off to John Jones the 3^'' Son of Said Deceased 
as his full Share out of Said one third of said Estate; four acres 
and three quarters of Land, Lying on the Norwesterly side of the 
Country Road, Bounded as follows viz' Begining at a stake by 
Said Road, Standing five feet & six inches southerly from a Stone 
called the Southerly Corner of the Land Belonging to the Estate 
of John Speed late of Stratham Deceased ; thence runing North 
about fifty three Deg« West Seventy Nine Rods to a Stone Set up 
by the fence between s'^ Estate & Richard Scammins Land, 
(which Stone is one Rod Northward from a larg Rock in the 
Brook called Morgans Brook) thence runing Southerly as S*^ 
fence Stands, Nine Rods & Eleven feet, to Kensly Jones^ Land 
thence runing South about fifty three Deg^ East by S'^ Kensleys 
Land, to a stake put down by Said Road: thence Notherly by 
S"* Road, Nine Rods & Eleven feet, to the Stake first mentioned. 

And we have Set off to Benjamin Jones the youngest Son of 
said Deceased as his full Share in Said one third of Said Estate 
Set off to s^ Widdow of s'^ Deceased one piece of Land Containing 
about four Acres and one Hundred & forty Rods Lying on the 
Northwesterly Side of the Country Road Bounding as follows, 
viz* Begining at a Stone at the Westerly Corner of that acre and 
half of Land which was formerly Set off to his Eldest Brother 
Jonathan Jones, out of the Division of the two thirds of s"^ Estate 
thence runing North forty Deg^ East (by S"^ acre & half) twelve 
Rods to another Stone thence North forty three Deg' West Sixty 
Eight Rods to an Elm Tree Spotted Standing on the Westerly 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Side of Morgans Brook so called; then on the Same Course, 
about twenty feet to a stone set up by the fence between S*^ 
Estate, & Richard Scammins Land (which Side Bounds on that 
Eight Acres of Land we have Set off to Jonathan) thence runing 
down S*^ Brook Bounding thereon, and on the fence, untill it 
comes to the Land formerly Set off to Said Benjamin, out of the 
other two thirds of s^ Estate; then runing South Easterly 
Bounding on S'^ Benjamins Land Set off as aforesd till it comes to 
the corner first Mentioned. 

furthermore We have Set off to Mary Tilton, the only Daugh- 
ter of Said Jonathan Jones Deceased, as her full Share in Said one 
third of S*^ Estate Set off to Said Widdow; about five acres of 
Land, on the Southeasterly Side of the Country Road Bounding 
as follows viz* Begining at a Stake & Stone put down by Said 
Road, one Rod Notheasterly from the Notheasterly Corner of 
the Barn Belonging to Said Estate: thence runing South, about 
thirty Six Deg^ East four Rods to a stone, thence South forty 
Eight Deg« West, two Rods, to another Stone, then South about 
forty Eight Deg^ East to a Stake put down at the Southeasterly 
Corner of the Land belonging to said Estate, by Capt James 
Leavits Land ; & Land that was formerly Docter Gilmans, then 
Runing North, fifteen Deg« East, to that part of the Estate that 
was formerly set off to Said Mary, out of the other two thirds, 
then runing Norwesterly by her Said part, untill it comes to the 
Said Road, then runing Southwesterly by Said Road, till it 
comes to Said Stake & Stone, Standing one Rod from the Barn as 
first Mentioned. — 

In Testimony whereof we do hereunto Set our hands this 
Eighth Day of May Annoque Domini 1767. 

Sam' Lane 
Joseph Clark 
John Taylor 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47 

GEORGE RICKER 1754 SOMERSWORTH 

[Petition of Mary Ricker of Somersworth, widow, Feb. 25, 
1754, tliat administration on the estate of her husband, George 
Ricker of Somersworth, husbandman, be granted to her and her 
father, Samuel Randall.] 

[Administration granted to Mary Ricker and Samuel Randall 
Feb. 27, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i8, p. 638.] 

[Bond of Mary Ricker, widow, and Samuel Randall, yeoman, 
with Moses Stevens and Richard Ricker, yeomen, as sureties, all 
of Somersworth, in the sum of £500, Feb. 27, 1754, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate; witnesses, James Hobbs, Elizabeth 
Richard.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 27, 1754, authorizing Moses Stevens, tanner, 
and James Hobbs, mariner, both of Somersworth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, March 26, 1754; amount, £2086. 9. o; signed by 
James Hobbs and Moses Stevens.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Samuel Randall 
and Mary Nock, administrators; receipts, personal estate, 
£1196. 9. o; expenditures, £1182. 18. 10; mentions "maintaining 
four Children of said dec^ For i Child 5 months, i D° 2 years & 7 
months i D° 5 years i D° 6 years"; allowed April 30, 1760.] 

[Administrators' additional account; receipts, £490. 10. 2; ex- 
penditures, £580. 6. o; allowed April 29, 1762.] 



NATHANIEL WEARE 1754 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this twenty Sixth day of February 
In the year of Our Lord Christ one Thousand Seven hundred and 



48 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

fifty four In the twenty Seventh Year of the Reign of King 
George the Second Over Great Brittain &c I Nathaniel Weare of 
Hampton falls in the Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land Being Aged and Weak of Body * * * 

Item Whereas my Eldest Son Daniel Weare had Part of his 
Portion in his Life time And is now deceas'd I therefore Give and 
Bequeath unto my Grandson Daniel Weare Son of my said Son 
Daniel, to him his heirs and Assigns forever A Piece of Land Ad- 
joyning to that where the Dwelling House which was Late my 
said Son Daniel W^eares Stands to Extend West by Jonathan 
Goves fence 'till it Comes within One Rod of the Eastermost 
Apple Tree in my Orchard which Joyns to said Gove's field And 
thence to Run North forty Rods And then on a Strait Line to the 
Northeast Corner of my land by the Brook so that both parts 
may have the Benefit of Water — Also a Piece of Salt Marsh By 
Estimation One Acre and a half at a Place Called the Clam 
Banks By Blackwater River Below Greelys mill so Called — 
Also a Piece of Land in the third west Division so Called Namely 
the One half of my three Lotts Lying Southerly of the way near 
Jonathan Browns Bounding Easterly on Land of Samuel Dow 
and to Extend Westerly untill it take one half of said three Lotts 
as to Quantity and Quality 

Item As I had Given to my Son Peter Weare the Portion I 
Designed him in his life time I now Give And Bequeath to Joseph 
Weare Son of my said Son Peter Weare fifty Pounds old Tenor 
to be paid him when he Comes to the age of twenty one years by 
my Executor — 

Item Whereas I had Given to my Son John Weare in his Life 
time Part of the Portion which I Designed for him I now Give 
and Bequeath unto my Grandson Joseph W^eare son of my said 
Son John Weare my Clock and Josephus History of the Jews 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Grandson Jonathan Weare 
Son of my said Son John Weare to him his heirs and Assigns the 
Westerly half of my three Lotts of Land in the third West Divi- 
sion so Called Lying on the Southerly Side the way near Jona- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49 

than Browns to be Equally Divided as to Quantity and Qual- 
ity- 
Item I Give And Bequeath to my three Grandsons Joseph 
Weare, Jonathan Weare and John Weare Sons of my said Son 
John Weare Equally Divided Between them The One half of All 
my Salt Marsh Except that Piece Given to my Grandson Daniel 
W'eare Also the Ten Acre Lott of Land I Bought of Samuel 
Shaw And my land Adjoyning Down to the Meadow or Mowing 
Ground — and the Westerly part of said Meadow Measuring on 
the notherly side next the River half way from fence to fence 
that Encloses said Mowing Ground And there to Place a Bound 
and then to Run on a Strait Line across said Meadow to where 
the Brook Comes out of Goves land into said meadow Commonly 
Called the Upper Run my Will and meaning is that Each of my 
said three Grandsons should hold and Enjoy in Severalty to him 
his heirs & assigns One third of what is here mentioned 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Meshech Weare to him 
his heirs and assigns forever My House and Barn and Home 
Place Adjoyning All that is not Given to my Grandson Daniel 
Weare as Abovement^ Also a Piece of Land on the Other Side the 
Way Commonly Called the Little Meadow — Also One half of 
All my Salt Marsh Except that Piece Given to my Grandson 
Daniel — also all my Mowing Land and Pasture Land Lying 
Between John Gove's Land and Jeremiah Brown's Land that is 
not herein before Disposed of — also that Piece of Land where 
my Saw Mill Stands together with the Saw Mill and All Privi- 
ledges thereto belonging Also All my Husbandry and Carpentry- 
Tools and my Gun And Books not before Disposed of And all my 
Stock of Creatures Except what I shall herein Otherwise Dispose 
of 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Brown her 
heirs and assigns a Piece of Land by Estimation three Acres 
near her Husband Jeremiah Brown's House Bounding on three 
Sides on her said Husbands land 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Other Daughters viz* Han- 



50 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

nah Allen, Huldah Davis, Sarah Dow, Elizabeth Tilton Mehe- 
table Sanborn And Susanna Healey to Each of them fifty 
Pounds old Tenor to be paid within two Years after my Decease 
by my Executor 

Item As I had Given to my Daughter Abigail Drake the Most 
of her Portion in her life time I now Give and Bequeath to her 
Son Weare Drake thirty Pounds old Tenor And to her Daughter 
Abigail Drake Twenty Pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Exec- 
utor to Weare at twenty Years of Age And to Abigail at Sixteen 
Years of Age 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughters Abovementiond 
or such as Legally Represent them where Any of them are or 
shall be Dead All my Houshold Goods to be Equally Divided 
Between them that is to say where Any are Dead the Represent- 
ative or Representatives of that Daughter to have one Share 
with the Rest — I Also Give to Each of my Daughters Above- 
mentioned or their Representative One Cow to be paid them by 
my Executor 

Item If there be any thing Real or Personal which of Right 
belongs to me and is not before Disposed of in this my will I 
Give and Bequeath the Same to my Executor hereinafter named 

Lastly I do by these Presents Constitute and appoint my Son 
Meshech Weare Sole Executor * * * 

Nath^' Weare 

[W^itnesses] Jonathan Fifield Jun, John Gove Juner, William 
Swain. 

[Proved April 24, 1755.] 

[Bond of Meshech Weare, with Richard Nason and Benjamin 
Milliard, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of 
£1000, July 30, 1755, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[An earlier will, Feb. 24, 1737/8.] 
In the Name of God Amen the twenty fourth Day of februery 
in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 1 

Seven Eight & in the Eleventh year of the Reign of King George 
the Second over Grate Brittain &c I Nathaniel Weare of Hamp- 
ton in the Province of Newhampshire in New England being 
aged & weake of body * * * 

I' My will & meaning is that after my Debts & funaral Charges 
are paid that all the rest of my Estate both Real & parsonal 
Except what I shall herein otherwise Dispose of shall be in & 
Remain in the hands of my true & well beloved wife Mary 
weare to support & maintain her & the Children that are with her 
not yet settled Dureing the time they Remain with her or un- 
settled in Case my Said wife Remains a widow but if shee 
should marry then on her marriage two thirds of what is left 
in her hands to be Disposed of to & among our Children as 
is herein after Exprest to be at her Deceas & the other third 
to Remain in her hands Dureing the time of her natural Life 
& then at her Deceas to be Disposed of as is herein after 
Exprest 

I* as my Eldist Son Daniel Weare had part of his portion in his 
Lifetime & is Deceast I therfore give & bequeth unto his three 
Sons (viz) Nathaniel Daniel & Joseph tailer Weare the Remain- 
der of his portion which is as followeth a peice of Land adjoyning 
to that where his house stands to Extend west by Jonathan 
Goves fence till it Comes within one Rod of the Easterly appell 
trees in my orchard which Joyns to Said Goves field & then to 
Run north forty Rod & then a strait line to the Northeast Corner 
of my Land by the brook so as both parts may have the benifit of 
water — and a peice of Land where my Mill now Stands by Es- 
temation Eight acres bounding southerly with the way the Said 
Land & priviledg of the stream mill & things belonging to the 
mill & Likewise a peice of salt marsh of about one acre & a half at 
a place Caled the Clambanks at blackwater River below grealies 
mill to Come in to posesion thereof at my wives Deceas if they be 
then one & twenty years of age if not when thay Do Come to that 
age & after her Deceas all to be Equaly Devided among them 
three according to the true value & worth thereof as mmch as 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

may be to accomodate all three of them to be to them & their 
heirs & assignes for Ever 

I* I give & bequeth to my Son peter weare fifty pounds to be 
paid by my Executors herein after named in mony or bills of 
Credit or Cattle at mony prise to be paid within one year after 
my Deceas which is in full of his portion he having a trade & be- 
ing helpt in his Settlement where he now Dwells — 

I* I give & bequeth to my son John Weare half my Land in the 
third west Devision the westerly half next philip Griffins to be 
Equaly Devided & half my Salt marsh Except that peice alredy 
Disposed of to Daniels Sons & the ten acre Lot which I bought of 
Samuell Shaw & all my Land adjoyning Down to the medow or 
Mowing ground & then to measure the mowing ground on the 
north side by the River from fence to fence which Incloseth the 
said mowing ground & place a stake at half the Length & then to 
Run on a strait Line southerly a Cross the mowing ground to 
where the brook Comes throw the fence & there place a stake in 
the midle of said brook & that to be Johns Easterly bounds my 
meaning is the brook that Comes in to the mowing ground out of 
Goves Land and to Come into posesion thereof at my wives 
Deceas & to be to him & his heirs & assignes for Ever all as it is 
above Exprest to be to him after my wives Deceas & as it is above 
Exprest half my Land in the third west Devision my meaning is 
half the three Lots Lieing together from phillip grifhns or piks 
Land Eastward 

I* I give & bequeth unto My Son Mesech Weare my house & 
houseing as bams &c and Lands adjoyning that is not alredy 
Disposed of & the peice on the other side of the way Caled the 
Little medow & the Remainder of my mowing ground & pasture 
from John Weares East bounds in the mowing ground the Re- 
mainder of the mowing ground & pasture Down Eastward as far 
as my Land Comes & half my Salt marsh Except that peice al- 
redy Disposed of to Daniels Sons all the Rest to be Equaly 
Devided between John & he & to Come in to posesion of it at my 
Wives Deceas & to be to him his heirs & assignes for Ever & Like- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53 

wise the Easterly half of my Land the three Lots Lieing together 
in the third west Devision to be Equaly Devided between John & 
him as John is to have the westerly half so meshech the Easterly 
I* I give & bequeth unto my Six Daughters that are married 
(viz) hannah Allin Huldah Davis Mary Brown Sarah Dow 
Elizabeth Tilton & abigail Drake fifty pound a peice to be paid at 
or before my Wives Deceas by my Executors herein after named 
to be paid in mony or bills of Credit or other pay Equvlent 

I* I give & bequeth unto my two youngest Daughters Meheta- 
bel & Susanna Weare a Cheast of Drawers a Cheast & box & 
Chairs & bed & beding to Each of them & other Eutencels in the 
house as their Sisters had & to have fifty pound paid to Each of 
them at their marriage besids the things above mentioned & fifty 
pound to Each of them at their mothers Deceas & all my Debts 
bills bonds &c Due & owing to me to be Caled in & Recovered by 
my Executors & one third part to be Delivered to my wife at her 
Dispose & the other two thirds to my Executors to Enable them 
to pay Debts & Legacies & at my wives Deceas my Sarvants to 
be to John Wear as fully as they wear mine & all the Carpenters 
& husbandry tools without Dores to be Equaly Devided between 
my Executors & Daniels sons & all the Moveabls Within Dores & 
the stock of Creturs that shall Remain at my wives Deceas to be 
Equaly Devided between my Daughters then surviveing or 
those y* shall Legaly Represent them if any of them should 
Deceas before their mother — 

Lastly I Do appoint two of my Sons (viz) John Weare & 
Meshech Weare my Executors to this my Last will and testa- 
ment — 

Nath'i Weare 

[Witnesses] Jon^ fhfield, Charles Stuward, Sanders Carr, 
nathaniell Bussell. 

[Early will of Nathaniel Weare. Original in possession of the 
New Hampshire Historical Society.] 



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MATTHIAS HAINES 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Matthias Haines of Portsmouth, 
mariner, signed by Thomas Peirce and John Elliott; amount, 
£474. 17. 6; attested by Phoebe Haines, administratrix, Feb. 27, 
1 754-] 



ROBERT ELLINWOOD 1754 SALEM 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Ellinwood of Salem, Feb. 
2'^, 1754; amount, £247. 15. 3; signed by John Ober and Eben- 
ezer Woodbury; attested by Robert Ellinwood, administrator.] 



GEORGE ROBINSON 1754 CHESTER 

[Bond of Malew Robinson, widow, with Andrew Craige and 
Hugh Cromey, yeomen, as sureties, all of Chester, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 2^] , 1754, fo^ the administration of the estate of 
George Robinson of Chester, yeoman ; witnesses, William Parker, 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory of the estate of George Robinson, deceased May 
27, 1753, taken Jan. 19, 1754; amount, £387. 6. o; signed by 
Andrew Craige and Hugh Cromey.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 27, 1754, authorizing Alexander Craige and 
Hugh Cromey, both of Chester, yeomen, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, March 20, 1754; amount, £351. 17. 11; signed 
by Andrew Craige and Hugh Cromey.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £446. 6. o; 
expenditures, £295. 9. o; mentions a boy under three years old 
and a girl of five months; allowed Oct. 30, 1754.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 55 

[Settlement of claims against the estate; amount of claims, 
£370. 16. I; amount distributed, £150. 17. o; allowed Oct. 30, 

I754-] 



RICHARD HAZZEN 1754 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Hazzen of Hampstead 
granted to Sarah Hazzen, the widow, and John Moores, son-in- 
law, both of Hampstead, March 4, 1754.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 332, p. 121.] 

[Bond of Sarah Hazzen and John Moores, with Nathan 
Symonds and Samuel Ayer, both of Essex County, husbandmen, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 4, 1754; witnesses, 
Daniel Appleton and James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of Sarah Hazzen, widow, and John Moores, cordwainer, 
with Daniel Little and Jacob Bayley as sureties, all of Hamp- 
stead, in the sum of £1000, April 24, 1754, for the administration 
of the estate of Richard Hazzen, gentleman ; witnesses, William 
Parker and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Richard Hazzen, formerly of 
Haverhill, Mass., taken by Joshua Sawyer, Nathaniel Rolfe, and 
Joseph Badger, Jr., May i, 1754; amount, £541 ; attested by the 
administrators June 10, 1754.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 332, p. 268.] 

[Inventory, May 31, 1754; amount, £13,382. 19. o; signed by 
Daniel Little, Thomas Little, and Jacob Bayley.] 

[Account of the administrators, June 10, 1754; expended, 
£549- 9- X-] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 332, p. 269.] 

[Additional inventory, Jan. 27, 1755; amount, £44. o. o; signed 
by Thomas Little and Jacob Bayley.] 



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, June 13, 1759, authorizing Samuel Emerson of 
Chester, Benjamin Emerson, gentleman, Ebenezer Gile, yeo- 
man, both of Hampstead, Obadiah Eastman, gentleman, of 
Salem, and Timothy Ladd of Plaistow to divide the real estate.] 

Province of \ In obedience to a Warrant to us directed 
Newhampshear / from the Honourable Court of Probate for 
said Province We the subscribers have Carfully surveyed and 
viewed the Reall Estate of Richard Hazzen Late of Hampstead 
in s*^ province Gen* Deceas<^ and having Regard to the Quality as 
well as the Quantity of the same have Divided and set of the 
same in the following manner and form (viz) 

first we have set of to the widow Sarah Hazzen for her full 
third part aboute Eighty five acres of Land on the East side of 
the Roade begining at the south west Corner at a stake and stons 
which is a bounds of Land set of to John moors Representative of 
the heirs of Hannah Daughter of the s'^ Richard thence Runing 
by the Roade aboute sixty Rods to a stake and stons thence 
northeasterly by Land set of to mary Daughter of the s^ Richard 
two Hundred and twenty six Rods to a walnut tree marked with 
stons about it thence southeasterly sixty two Rods to a stake and 
stons thence southwesterly one hundred and ninty four Rods to 
the first bounds mentioned, and aboute twenty two acres on the 
west side of the Roade bounded as followeth (viz) begining at a 
small white oake tree marked by the fence thence north twelve 
Rods to a stake & stons by the Roade thence southwesterly by 
Land set of to mary daughter of the s^ Richard aboute sixty 
Rods to a white oake tree marked thence southerly by Land of 
Caleb Emorsons fourteen Rods to a stake and stons by a two Rod 
way thence south westerly on the southerly side of the way 
aboute one Hundred and thirty two Rods to a stake and stons 
thence southeasterly thirty Rods to a small birch marked with 
stons aboute it thence northeasterly aboute one hundred and 
ninety three Rods to the first bounds mentioned Reserving a two 
Rod way Laid out through Part of the same, and we have also set 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 57 

of to the widow aboute seven acres of meadow at the north End 
of the share set of to Joseph Little and EHsabeth his wife Daugh- 
ter of the s'^ Richard s^ meadow is bounded at the north End at 
the two Rod way and all the other sides by the upland. We have 
also sit of the south four room and the back room to the middle 
of the chimne from top to bottom excepting the east seller and 
the Easterly part of the Barn as far as the second Cros beem 
from the End with Liberty of the flore for thrashing and also 
Liberty to bake in the oven from time to time and at all times as 
need shall be 

2'y We have set of to Mary Hazzen Daughter of the s'^ Richard 
for her share thirty seven acres of Land on the East side of the 
Roade bounded at the south Corner at a stake and stons by the 
Roade also a bounds of the widows thirds thence northerly 
aboute thirty one Rods and a Half to a stake and stons by s"^ 
Roade also a bounds of Cap* John Hazzens Land thence by his 
Land northeasterly two hundred and ten Rods to a stake and 
stons thence southeast aboute twenty seven Rods and a half to a 
walnut tree marked which is another bounds of the widows 
thirds thence by her thirds south westerly two Hundred and 
twenty six Rods to the first bounds mentioned, and also aboute 
nineteen acres on the west side of the Roade bounded at the 
northeast Corner at a stake & stons by the Roade also a bounds 
of Cap* John Hazzens Land thence south westerly by his Land 
aboute forty four Rods to a stake in the swamp also a bounds 
of Caleb Emorsons Land thence southerly by s'^ Calebs Land 
aboute seventy Rods to a White oake tree marked thence north 
easterly by the widows thirds about sixty Rods to a stake & stons 
by the Roade thence by the Roade northerly aboute sixty Eight 
Rods to the first bounds and the Remaining part of the house and 
bam which is not set of to the widow with a Convenient Barn 
yard 

3'y We have set of to the Heirs of Richard Hazzen Jun' 
Deceas'' only sone of the above s<^ Richard Hazzen for their two 
shares with what was given to their Father Richard Hazzen Jun*" 



58 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

by his Father In his Lifetime aboute fifty three acres of Land on 
the west side of the Roade and is bounded as followeth (viz) be- 
gining at the northeast Corner at a small white oake marked by 
the Roade thence southwesterly by Land set of to the widow for 
her thirds aboute one Hundred and sixty two Rods and a half to a 
stake and stons near the side of a narrow swamp thence south- 
easterly by Land set of to Joseph Little and Elisabeth his wife 
Daughter of the s'^ Richard aboute sixty six Rods to a Red ash 
tree marked standing near the mill brook thence northeasterly 
aboute one Hundred and Eighty Rods and a half by Land set of 
to John mores Representative of the heirs of Hannah Hazzen 
Daughter of the s^ Richard and Late wife of the s<^ John to a 
stake and stons by the Roade thence by the Roade northwesterly 
aboute thirty four Rods to the first bounds mentioned 

4'y We have set of to John moors and his Children the heirs 
and Representative of Hannah Hazzen Daughter of the s'^ Rich- 
ard and Late wife of the s'^ John for their share aboute sixty four 
acres of Land on the west side of the Roade bounded at the 
southeasterly Corner at a stake and stons by the Roade also a 
bounds of Stephen Littles Land thence Northwesterly by the 
Roade aboute seventy nine Rods to a stake and stons which is a 
bounds of the Land set of to the heirs of Richard Hazzen Jun' 
thence by their Land south westerly aboute one Hundred and 
Eighty Rods to a Red ash tree marked near the mill brook and 
further on the same Range six Rods to a stake and stons in the 
swamp thence southeasterly aboute thirty four Rods and a half 
to a stake and stons by Stephen Littles Land thence north- 
easterly by said Littles Land aboute two Hundred and thirteen 
Rods and a half to the first bounds mentioned and also aboute 
ten acres on the north side of the Roade and bounded at the 
westerly Corner at a stake and stons by the Roade thence north- 
easterly by the widows thirds aboute forty Rods to a Red oake 
tree marked thence southeasterly by Land of moses Littles sixty 
Rods to a stake & stons thence south westerly Leaveing two 
Rods from Littles Line to a stake & stons by the Roade thence 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 59 

by the Roade north westerly aboute sixty seven Rods to the 
first bounds mentioned 

5'y We have set of to Joseph Little and Elisabeth his wife 
Daughter of the said Richard for their share aboute one hundred 
and twelve acres of Land at the southwesterly part of the farm 
and is bounded as followeth (viz) begining at the southwest Cor- 
ner at a stake and stons by the Roade that Leads from Thomas 
Littles to Hampstead meeting house and one Rod north from 
Joseph Badgers House thence Runing Easterly or south Easterly 
by s^ Badgers Land aboute two Hundred and sixty Rods to a 
small Poplar tree standing on a small Island in a meadow Com- 
monly Called Cloughs meadow thence aboute East by Thomas 
Littles Land aboute Eighteen Rods to a pitch pine tree marked 
with the Letter: T: and is a bounds of the farm Called tings 
farm, thence northwesterly partly by Cap* Jacob Bayleys Land 
and partly by Stephen Littles Land aboute one Hundred and 
twenty six Rods to a maple tree standing on the west side of the 
mill Brook which is one of Stephen Littles bounds, thence north- 
easterly by his Land aboute twenty six Rods and seventeen 
Links to a stake and stons thence northwesterly by the Land set 
of to John moors Representative of the heirs of the s^ hannah 
thirty four Rods and a half to a stake & stons in the swamp 
thence northeasterly aboute six Rods to a Red arsh tree marked 
near the Mill Brook thence northwesterly by Land set of to the 
heirs of Richard Hazzen Jun' Deceas^ aboute sixty six Rods to a 
stake and stons near the East side of a narrow swamp, thence 
south westerly by the widows thirds aboute thirty Rods and a 
half to a small birch marked with stons aboute it thence north- 
westerly by the thirds thirty Rods to a stake and stons by a two 
Rod way that was formerly Laid out thence westerly by said way 
aboute seventy six Rods to a stake and stons by the Roade two 
Rods from Moses Hales bounds thence southerly by the Roade 
aboute fifty five Rods to the first bounds Reserving the seven 
acres of meadow that is Laid out to the widow for part of her 
thirds and also aboute forty acres more or Less Laying near the 



60 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Island Pond and is bounded as followeth (viz) begining at the 
north Corner at a stake and stons by said pond also a bound of 
John Kent Jun" Land thence southeasterly by s^ Kents Land 
aboute one hundred Rods to a Red oake tree marked and further 
by s*^ Kents Land aboute four Rods to another black oake tree 
which is a bounds of Jonathan Stephens Land thence by s"^ 
Stephens Land aboute south and by west aboute one Hundred 
and fower Rods to a black oake tree marked which is another of 
said Stephens bounds thence northwestward aboute Eighty 
Rods to a small Black oake by the Roade or way and further on 
the same Range untill it strikes Joseph Palmars Line being 
aboute thirty four Rods thence northerly aboute Eighty four 
Rods to the first bounds Reserving a two Rod Roade that is Laid 
out through the same 

July y^ 12: 1759 Benjamin Emerson 

Ebenezer Gile 
Obadiah Eastman 
Timothy Ladd 

[Warrant, April 29, 1768, authorizing Samuel Little, Benjamin 
Little, Nathaniel Heath, Benjamin Emerson, and William 
George, yeomen, all of Hampstead, to report on the division of 
the real estate; they reported against a division April 30, 1768, 
and appraised the land at 45 shillings per acre.] 

[Bond of Richard Hazzen of Newburyport, Mass., with 
Stephen Little, physician, and James Dwyer, innholder, both of 
Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of £200, May i, 1768, to pay 
their respective shares to the other three children, Nathaniel 
Hazzen, John Hazzen, and Mary Hazzen; witnesses, William 
Parker and Robert Parks,] 

["Whereas In the Settlem* of the Estate of Richard Hazzen 
late of Hampstead Gent: Deceas'd fifty three Acres of Land 
Situate in said Hampstead fell to the Share of & was sett off to 
the Children of his Son Rich'* who Dec** before him of which 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 6l 

Children there are four & the eldest Son of the said Richard 
whose Name is Richard has moved to have the whole of said 
fifty three Acres settled upon him," order of court for such settle- 
ment was issued May i, 1768.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 170.] 



JABEZ SMITH 1754 EXETER 

In the Name of God, Amen, I Jabez Smith of Exeter in the 
Province of New hampshire in New England Sadler Being Weak 
of body * * * 

Item I Give, Devise and Bequeath Unto my Well beloved 
Wife Sarah Smith my Dwelling House, Shop, Garden and all my 
land adjoyning to it. Lying in the Township of Exeter and all my 
Lands or Rights of Land Lying or Being in the Township of 
Nottingham and Likewise one Proprietors Right in the Town- 
ship of Bow: The whole to be to her, her heirs or Assigns. 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath to my Two Cousins, Pain 
Smith and Jabez Smith a First Proprietors Right in Gilmantown 
To be equally Divided between them, To them their Heirs or 
assigns. 

Item : I Give, Devise and bequeath to my Sister Dorothy Ser- 
gant her Heirs or assigns, all my Right, Title or Interest that I 
have or shall have to that part of my Fathers estate which came 
by my Mother — 

Item I: Give, Devise and bequeath to my Cousin Jabez 
Brown a Proprietors Right in the Township of Bow to him, his 
Heirs and Assigns. 

Item, I Give, Devise and bequeath to my Cousin Jeremiah 
Smith, one hundred pounds in Money or Bills of Credit of the 
Old Tenor, Provided he will quit his Freedom Cloaths — 

Item I Give, Devise and bequeath to my Well beloved Wife 
Sarah Smith, her Heirs, or assigns; All my Bills, Bonds and 



62 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Book Debts and all my moveable estate within Doors and with- 
out, viz; the whole of my Real and Personal estate not already 
disposed of, For her own use and at her own Dispose — 

Finally My Will is, and I do hereby Appoint my well Beloved 
Wife, Sarah Smith, Sole Executrix to this my Last Will and Tes- 
tament: And I do hereby Revoke all and every other Will and 
Testament by me in any manner heretofore made. Confirming 
this to be my Last Will and Testament: In Witness whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh Day of March 
one Thousand, Seven hundred and Fifty Four: And in the 
Twenty Seventh year of his Majesties Reign: 

Jabez Smith 

[Witnesses] Jeremiah Calfe JuS Joseph Leavit, James Leavitt. 

[Proved March 23, 1754.] 



THEOPHILUS BATCHELDER 1754 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this Eighth Day of March In the 
twenty Seventh Year of his Majestys Reign Annoque Domini 
Seventeen hundred And fifty four I Theophilus Bachelder of 
Hampton falls in the Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land Cooper Being Sick And weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give And Bequeath Unto my Wellbeloved wife 
Meriah, The One half of All my Stock of Creatures And the One 
half of all my moveables within Doors to be for her to Dispose of 
as she Pleases I also Give her the Improvement of One half of all 
my Lands And Buildings wheresoever Situated or of what Sort- 
soever for her to Use and Improve During the time she Remains 
my widow — And my Will is that the Other half of my Stock of 
Creatures shall be for the Discharge of my Debts And funeral 
Charges so far as that will Go And for what this shall not be 
Sufficient my will is that my Executrix Dispose of so much of my 
Real Estate as shall be necessary to Discharge the Remainder. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 63 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Three Sons viz' Theophilus, 
Timothy And Hezekiah My Right in a Tract of Land Granted to 
Ichabod Robie Esq'' & Others by the Purchasers of the Right of 
John Tufton Mason Esq"^ Situate in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire That is to say to Each of them One third part of Said Right 
to hold in Severalty to him his heirs & assigns I also Give unto 
my said Three Sons the One half of All my Lands and Buildings 
of what Sort Soever and wheresoever Situated to hold in Sev- 
eralty to them their heirs and assigns in the following Propor- 
tions That is to say to my Eldest Son Theophilus two Shares or a 
Double part And to Each of my other Sons An Equal Share I 
Also Give unto my said Three Sons in the Same Manner and 
Proportion that half of All my Lands and Buildings which my 
wife is to have the Improvement of During her widowhood to 
Come into the Improvement thereof at her Decease or time of 
Marrying Again And I Order my Said three Sons to pay to my 
Daughters as hereinafter mentioned — 

Item I Give And Bequeath Unto my Daughter Lydia Ten 
Pounds New Tenor to be Paid her by my Executrix when my 
said Daughter shall Arrive at the Age of Eighteen Years 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my three Daughters Susanna, 
Abigail And Myriam that is to Say to Each of them Seven 
Pounds ten shillings New Tenor to be Paid them as they shall 
Respectively arrive at the Age of Eighteen Years by my three 
Sons Theophilus Timothy and Hezekiah — that is to Say 
Susanna to be paid by my Son Theophilus, Abigail to be Paid by 
my Son Timothy And Myriam to be paid by my Son Hezekiah — ■ 

Item My Will is that if there be Any thing not mentioned in 
this my will which of Right belongs to me That the Same shall be 
Divided Among All my Children in Equal Proportion 

Lastly I do Constitute And Appoint my wellbeloved wife 
Meriah Sole Executrix * * * 

his 

Theophilus + Bachelder 

mark 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Sam'^ Shaw, David Bachelder. 
[Proved May 29, 1754.] 

[Inventory, signed by Josiah Batchelder and Andrew Web- 
ster; amount, £2797. 18. o; attested June 24, 1754.] 

[Petition of the executrix Oct. 3, 1754, for the appointment of a 
commission to receive claims against the estate.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 9, 1754, authorizing Jonathan Swett and 
Andrew Webster, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, April 29, 1755; amount, £985. 14. 5; signed by 
Andrew Webster and Jonathan Swett.] 



JOHN ODLIN 1754 EXETER 

In the Name of God; Amen, I John Odlin of Exeter in the 
Province of Newhampshire in New England Clerk * * * 

Item I Give Devise, and bequeath unto my Son John Odlin 
M-Y Dwelling house Barns orchard and all my land adjoyning 
commonly called the Common field land, and one hundred Acres 
of land over the little River at a place commonly called the Neck: 
And all my land that I bought of Ebenezer Sinkler that lyes upon 
the Easterly side of the way leading to Stratham and Joyning to 
Pine Hill the whole of the above Said Peices of land being in the 
Township of Exeter. I Likewise Give him the Remaining part 
of the hundred Acres of land lying in the Township of Exeter and 
Parish of Brintwood at a place called Deer Hill : by Estimation 
Fifty acres bee it more or less and lying upon the North side of 
the way adjoyning to land he had before and Likewise Forty 
Acres of land lying in the Parish of Brintwood which was my 
Wives part of Four hundred acres granted to her father. And 
bounded upon James Leavitts Jeremiah Beans, and Joseph Dud- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 65 

leys and the Robinsons lands And my Will is that all the above 
said peices of Land which I have given to my son John Odlin, 
shall be to him his Heirs and Assigns 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my son John Odlin 
and his Wife Alice Odlin their Heirs and assigns the whole of 
my Farm Lying in Stratham which was my Wives part of her 
Fathers Farm, Excepting Thirty Acres upon the Easterly Side 
Lying next to James Robinsons Land and Running the whole 
Length of Said Farm. 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Grandson Samuel 
Odlin, According to his Grandmothers Desire My House and 
Land lying in Exeter on the Easterly side of the River being the 
Dwelling house where my Wife formerly Lived and the Orchard 
and land Adjoyning to it and the Garden by Cp' Jonathan 
Wadleighs: and Likewise the land at a place called Pine Hill by 
Estimation Twenty three Acres be it more or less and adjoyning 
to the Land I gave his Father. The whole to him his Heirs and 
assigns. His Father to have the Improvement of it until he comes 
to the age of Twenty one years And if he Dies before he comes of 
Age so as to make any Legal conveyance of it, Then to go to his 
Three sisters their Heirs and Assigns, viz: Elizabeth Odlin, Alice 
Odlin and Abigail Odlin to be equally Divided between them. 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Two Grandsons 
John Odlin and Winthrop Odlin Their Heirs and Assigns One 
hundred Acres of land in the Parish of Brentwood at a place 
called Deer hill being part of a Two hundred Acre Grant ; They 
to have their hundred acres at the Easterly end of Said land next 
to John Mudgets land and to be equally Divided between them: 
John to have his Fifty acres Next to John Mudgets land, And 
Winthrop his Fifty Acres Joyning upon his brother John — 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Son Woodbridge 
Odlin, his Heirs and Assigns; The Remaining part of the Two 
hundred acre Grant Lying in the Parish of Brintwood at a place 
called Deer Hill, by estimation one hundred acres be it more or 
less: and Likewise all my land Lying in Exeter which I bought of 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Ebenezer Sinkler Lying upon the Westerly side of the way lead- 
ing to Stratham; Excepting the two points of Thatch which I 
give to my son John his heirs and Assigns — 

Item I Give, Devise and bequeath Unto my Two Grandsons 
William Odlin and Elisha Odlin their Heirs and assigns Eighty 
Acres of land out of my Common Right Lying in the Parish 
of Brintwood to be equally Divided between them And to 
Elisha my Gilman Town Right: and to William my chichester 
Right: 

Item : I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Two Sons John 
Odlin and Woodbridge Odlin Their Heirs and Assigns all the 
Rest and Residue of my Common Right before mentioned to be 
equally Divided between them: My Son John to have the Im- 
provement of the Pine Timber upon the whole Lot for the use of 
his mill : 

Item I Give, Devise and bequeath unto my Two Sons John 
Odlin Woodbridge Odlin and my Grandson John Odlin all my 
Rights of Land Lying in the Township of Haverhill to them their 
Heirs and assigns to be equally Divided between them 

Item I Give, Devise and bequeath unto my Daughter in Law 
Judith Odlin Four hundred pounds in money or Bills of Credit of 
the old Tenor 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath to my Grandaughter Anna 
Odlin Four hundred pounds in Money or Bills of Credit of the old 
Tenor to be Improved for her bringing up until she Comes to the 
Age of Eighteen Years and then paid her — 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath to my Son John Odlin my 
Old Silver Tankard and my Horse and my Pew in the Meeting 
House — 

Item: I Give Devise and bequeath to my son Woodbridge Od- 
lin my Bigest and Newest Silver Tankard and my large Silver 
Salt seller and one Yoke of Oxen them I had of John Foulsom in 
Lieu of his steer which I Swapt for them and if they should be 
disposed of before my death then another yoke I Likewise Give 
my Son Woodbridge my Library of Books he allowing his Brother 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 67 

John liberty to take out Some Small Books for his families use 
and the assemblies Annotations — 

Item: I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Two Sons, John 
Odlin and Woodbridge Odlin all my Stock of Cattle Sheep and 
Swine not before Disposed of and all my Bills, Bonds, Notes and 
Book Debts to be equally Divided between them after my Just 
Debts, Legacies and Funerall Charges are paid and Discharged, 
and I Give unto my son John Odlin all my Implements for Hus- 
bandry — 

Item I Give to my Three Grandaughters Elizabeth Odlin, 
Alice Odlin, and Abigail Odlin all my Houshold stuffe or Move- 
ables within Doors not already Disposed of to be equally Divided 
between them, excepting my Flowered Silver Cup which I Give 
to my Grandaughter Abigail Odlin besides her equal share with 
her other two sisters. 

Finally My Will is and I do hereby Appoint my Son John Od- 
lin Sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testament, and do 
hereby, Revoke and make void all former Wills by me heretofore 
made and In \\'itness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal this Ninth Day of March, One Thousand Seven hundred and 
Fifty four, and in the Twenty Seventh Year of his Majesties 
Reign : — 

John Odlin 

[Witnesses] Sam^ Brooks, Samuel Leavit, Daniel Grant. 

[Proved Dec. 4, 1754.] 

[Guardianship of Elisha Odlin, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Elisha Odlin, granted to John Odlin Sept. 29, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 448.] 

[Bond of John Odlin of Exeter, gentleman, with Levi Dearborn 
of North Hampton, physician, as surety, in the sum of £500, 
Sept. 29, 1762, for the guardianship of Elisha Odlin; witnesses, 
William Parker, Cutts Shannon.! 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

PETER CLIFFORD I754 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Clifford granted to his 
widow, Hannah Clifford, March 12, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 4.] 

[Bond of Hannah Clifford of Chester, with Jonathan Dolbear 
of Rye, yeoman, and Samuel Clark of Stratham, clothier, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, March 12, 1754, ^or the adminis- 
tration of the estate of her husband, Peter Clifford of Chester; 
witnesses, Moses Clark and Anna Freese.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1754; amount, £1049. 4. o; signed by 
Jacob Basford and Samuel Brown.] 



JOSEPH COLBY 1754 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Colby granted to his 
widow, Mary Colby, March 14, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 4.] 

[Bond of Mary Colby and her son, John Colby, with Joseph 
Little and Benjamin Emerson as sureties, all of Hampstead, in 
the sum of £1000, March 14, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate of her husband, Joseph Colby of Hampstead; witnesses, 
Benjamin Norris and Thomas Hardy.] 

[Inventory, signed by Ebenezer Gile, Nathaniel Heath, and 
Peter Eastman; amount, £418. 16. o; attested May 23, 1754.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by John Colby, sur- 
viving administrator; receipts, £418. 16. o; expenditures, 
£445. o. o; allowed Feb. 25, 1756.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 69 

JOHN DAM 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

Province of \ To the Hon'''" Andrew Wiggin Esq'' Judge of 



New Hamp'' j the Probate of Wills &c for Said Province — 
Whereas John Dam late of Portsmouth in Said Province 
Tanner Deceased Intestate has left an Estate in Such Circum- 
stances as Require an Immediate Care and Administration 
thereof — And We the Subscribers the Father & Eldest Brother 
of the Deceased living at a Distance from the Place where the 
Estate Lies and for other Reasons not Inclining to be Concern'd 
in the Administration thereof — Pray your Honour to Grant the 
Same to Theophilus Dam who is the next Brother and lives Con- 
venient for that Purpose — 

March 16*'^ 1754 Moses Dam 

Eliphalet Dam 

[Administration on the estate of John Dam granted to 
Theophilus Dam March 19, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i8, p. 638.] 

[Bond of Theophilus Dam, joiner, with George Ayers, yeo- 
man, and John Howe, cooper, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in 
the sum of £1000, March 19, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Paul Wentworth and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, April 3, 1754; amount, £1975. 17. 9; signed by 
John Hart and John Shackford.] 

[George Jaffrey, Stephen March, and John Elliot, creditors, 
ask for an extension of the time allowed for filing claims against 
the estate; dated Portsmouth, March 14, 1755.] 

[List of claims against the estate, July 16, 1755; amount, 
£1382. 17. 4; signed by Eleazer Russell and Andrew Clarkson.] 

[Administrator's account against the estate; amount, £306. 
18. 6; exhibited March 31, 1756; mentions children under age.] 

[Joshua Dam, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of John 
Dam, makes choice of Eliphalet Dam of Newington, yeoman, as 



70 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

his guardian, Jan. i6, 1760; witnesses, William Parker and John 
Langdon.] 

[Bond of Eliphalet Dam of Newington, with George Dam of 
Portsmouth as surety, in the sum of £500, Jan. 18, 1760, for the 
guardianship of Joshua Dam; witnesses, William Parker and 
John Langdon.] 

[Guardianship of John Dam, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of John Dam, granted to George Dam Aug. 4, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 424.] 

[Bond of Qeorge Dam, cordwainer, with John Grant, mariner, 
as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Aug. 4, 1762, 
for the guardianship of John Dam; witnesses, William Parker, 
William Vaughan; signed '* George Dame."] 

[Guardianship of Mary Dam, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
daughter of John Dam granted to George Dam Oct. 24, 1763.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 121.] 

[Bond of George Dam, cordwainer, with Theophilus Dam, gen- 
tleman, and Thomas Chadbourne, blacksmith, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Oct. 24, 1763, for the guardian- 
ship of Mary Dam; witness, William Vaughan.] 

[Bond of George Dam, cordwainer, with Theophilus Dam as 
surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Jan. 11, 1769, 
for the guardianship of William Dam, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of John Dam; witnesses, James Stoodley and John 
Parker.] 



JEDEDIAH PHILBRICK 1754 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen. Jedidiah Philbrick of Kingston 
in the Province of New-Hampshire Esq'' make this my Last Will 
& Testiment * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 71 

First I give & devise to Mary my beloved wife the Improve- 
ment & Income of my whole Estate Except the Legacys herein 
after mentioned, during her remaining my Widow: If she shou'd 
marry I give to her two Cows & all my Household Stuff to take 
with her, except one Bed & its Bedding. 

Secondly, I give & devise to the Heirs of my Son Jeremiah 
Philbrick deceased, one Hundred Pounds old tenor, to be de- 
ducted out of that, which He was indebted to Me from his Es- 
tate; He having received his Portion of my Estate by Deed. 

Thirdly, I give & devise to my Daughter Hannah, wife of 
Humphrey Hook, two Hundred Pounds old tenor, to be paid to 
Her as soon as my Debts can be recovered I give also to my s"* 
Daughter, all my Household Stuff, except one Bed & Bedding, 
at her Mother's Decease; To Her & Her Heirs & Assigns for- 
ever. 

Fourthly I give & bequeath to my Grand Daughter Mary 
Hook a Cow & six Sheep, if she shall live to be eighteen Years of 
Age. 

Fifthly I give & devise to my Sons Samuel & Joseph All my 
real Estate, my Lands & Buildings, also my Arms & all Move- 
ables, belonging to the Buisness or Management of Husbandry, 
& one Bed with its Bedding, to be equally divided between them. 
I likewise give to my s*^ Sons all my Stock that may be left, at 
their Mother's Decease or Marriage Except that which I have to 
my Grand Daughter as above mention'd ; to them their Heirs & 
Assigns forever. 

Finally I do hereby constitute & appoint M"" Samuel Fifield, 
with Mary my Wife to be Executors of this my Last Will & Tes- 
timent: & I do hereby utterly revoke & renounce all & every 
other Will, & Establish this My Last Will & Testiment. 

In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand & Seal this 
Sixteenth Day of March, in the twenty seventh Year of his 
Majesty's Reign Annoq; Domini one Thousand seven Hundred 
& fifty four 

Jedidiah Philbrick 



72 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] Eben"" Stevens, John Judkins, Jacob Hook. 
[Proved March 27, 1754.] 

[Inventory, April 15, 1754; amount, £7783. 2. 4; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Benjamin Stevens.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £154. 10. o 
personal estate; expenditures, £655. 11. 10; allowed Dec. 30, 
1755.] 



JOHN DEARBORN 1754 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen the nineteenth day of March 1754 
I John Dearborn of Hampton in the Province of New Hampsh' 
in New-England Husbandman Being Sick & Weak in Body 

4: 4: 4: 

Imprimis I give & Bequeath to Anne my Dearly beloved Wife 
y*" one Half of my Dwelling House & Celler it Being y^ Eastward 
Half of y^ Same & Two Cows & Keeping Winter & Summer & 
Six Sheep & keeping Winter & Summor & Likwise Twenty 
Bushalls of Indian Corn Per Year Two Bushalls of Malt Per 
Year & Two Barriels of Cyder Per Year & Twenty Pound of 
Flax from y^ Swingle Per Year Two Hundred wate of Pork Per 
year & one Hundred waite of Beaf Per Year & as many Apples as 
She Needs for her own Use And Likwise the Priviledge of A 
Garden whare She thinks Proper & one Bushall of Petatoes & 
Two Bushalls of Turneps Per Year, and Likwise Fourteen Cord 
of Wood Per Year — All the Above Said Perticiilers to be De- 
livered as abovesaid Dureing her Widdow Whood to be De- 
livered By my Two Sons Josiah Dearborn & John Dearborn 
And Likwise all my House Hold Goods & y^ Improvement of 
All my Estate Both Real & Personal till my Said Sons Shall 
Arive to the Age of Twenty One Years 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Josiah Dearborn y" one 
Half of my Dwelling House & my Barns & one Half of my Home 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 73 

Lote it Lying on the North-West of s'^ Lote & one Half of my 
Meddow it Lying before my House & Being y^ Nortli West Half 
of s"^ Meddow & Three Acers of Land Lying by Land of Stephen 
Smith & Half an Acer of y* I Bought of Jasper Blake & my Pas- 
ture Land Lying in y'' Fourth Devision & Likwise Half my Land 
at Timber Swamp it Being the South-West Half of Said Land & 
Half my Pasture Lying by Land of Jonathan Shaw it Being y« 
North West half of S'^ Pasture Land & Half my Pasture Land 
Lying By Land of Deac^ Tuck & Being y° East Half of S^ Land 
& half my Land Lying in the Second North Devision & Being the 
North West half of s'^ Land & Likwise half my Marsh Ground 
Lying at Hampton Falls Side of y« River And A Lote of Marsh & 
Thatch Ground Lying at the Hop Ground So Called, And Lik- 
wise my Land Lying at the Grate Neck And A Lote of Marsh 
Ground Lying by Sargents Island & A Share of Thatch Ground 
Lying Nearest y^ Ceders A Share of Land Lying on y^ Comon 
And half my Land Lying at Chichester & half my Land Lying 
Near to Pemissiwoset River to my said son & to his Assigns for 
ever And Likwise one half of my Husbandry Tools And Likwise 
half my Stock of Cattle & Sheep to be Delivered to him when 
he Shall Arive to the Age of Twenty Three Years & a Five 
Month 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Son John Dearborn & to his 
Assigns forever the one Half of my Home Lote And half my 
Meddow that Lyeth Before my House & Likwise my Home Pas- 
ture Land & Half my Land at Timber Swamp And half my Land 
Lying Near to Land of Jonathan Shaw and half my Land Lying 
Near to Land of Deacon Tuck & A Peace or Lote of Land Lying 
Above the Oke So Called, And my Land Called y Sheep Pasture 
in the Grate Field, and half my Land Lying in the Second North 
Division and Likwise half my Marsh Ground Lying At Hamp- 
ton falls Side of the River & my Marsh Ground Lying Belowe 
Browns Mill And A Lote of Marsh Ground Lying upon y^ Little 
Neck So Called, My Meddow Lying Upon the Lower Beach & 
my Thatch Share And half my Land Lying in Chichester And 



74 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

half my Land Near to Pemisiwoset River And LIkwIse half of 
my Husbandry Tools & half my Stock of Cattle & Sheep to be 
Delivered to him when he Shall Arrive to the Age of Twenty One 
Years 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Anne Wadleigh 
Five Pounds Old Tennor to be Leavied & Paid out of my Estate 
by my Two Sons Josiah Dearborn & John Dearborn At the End 
of One Year After they Shall Come into Possession of S*^ Estate 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Blake Five 
Pounds Old Tennor to be leavied & Paid Out of my Estate by my 
Two Sons Josiah & John At the End of One Year after they Shall 
come into Possession of S*^ Estate 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Wadleigh Five 
Pounds old Tennor to be leavied & Paid out of my Estate by my 
Two Sons Josiah & John At the End of One Year After they 
Shall come into Possession of S*^ Estate 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Ruth Dearborn Five 
Pounds Old Tennor to be Leavied & Paid out of my Estate by 
my Two Sons Josiah & John At the End of One Year After they 
Shall come into Possession of S*^ Estate 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Dearborn 
Five Pounds Old Tennor to be leavied & Paid out of my Estate 
by my Two Sons Josiah & John At the End of one Year After 
they Shall come into Possession of S'^ Estate 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Meriam Dearborn 
One Hundred Pounds Old Tennor to be Leavied & Paid out of 
my Estate by my Two Sons Josiah & John At the end of One 
Year After they Shall come into Possession of S*^ Estate 

I Likwise give & Bequeath to my Two Sons Josiah & John all 
my Estate Both Real & Personal thats Not Mentioned in this 
Will 

I Likwise constitute make & Ordain my Wife Anne to be 
Executrix & Josiah Sandborn of Exeter in the Province Afores'* 
to be Executor * * * 

John Dearborn 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 75 

[Witnesses] John Weeks, Ebenezer Fisk, Jonathan Dearbon. 
[Proved April 24, 1754.] 

[Inventory, signed by Joshua Lane and Jeremiah Elkins; 
amount, £13,921. 13. 3; attested May 29, 1754.] 



JONATHAN ROBINSON 1754 EXETER 

In the Name of God, Amen : I Jonathan Robinson of Exeter in 
the Province of Newhampshire in New England Carpenter : being 
in health of body * * * 

Item I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Son Jonathan 
Robinson his heirs and assigns: The other half of that peice of 
Land Lying in the Township of Exeter and Parish of Brintwood 
the one half of which I have given him already by Deed: The 
Said peice of land lyes between the land of Nicholas Dudley, and 
David Robinson And likewise the whole of my land lying upon 
the North side of the way, opposite to m'' Trasks Dwelling house 
in Brintwood, and bounding upon the land I have given to my 
Son Ephraim Robinson by Deed. And my Will is that my Son 
Epharaim Robinson, shall have free Liberty for himself, his heirs 
or assigns, to pass or Repass through the said peice of land, either 
a foot or with horses or Teams so far as is Necessary to come to 
his Twelve acres of land which I have given him by Deed, with- 
out any molestation from the Said Jonathan Robinson or his 
Heirs 

Item: I Give Devise and bequeath unto my Son James Robin- 
son his heirs and assigns : Thirty Five Acres of land being the one 
half of Seventy Acres of land Lying in the Township of Exeter 
and Parish of Brintwood It being the land he now lives on, and 
which I bought of Cpt James Leavitt the other half being given 
him already by Deed. And Likwise the whole of my land Lying 
upon the South Side of the way neare m'' Trasks Dwelling House 
in Brintwood. 



76 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item My Will is that my two Sons Jonathan Robinson and 
James Robinson or their heirs, Execu" or Admin" shall by an 
equal proportion between them make up and allow to my Son 
Epharaim Robinson, his heirs, Execu'^ admin" or assigns as 
much land as shall make him equal with them both as to quan- 
tity and quality, or as much money as shall be to the value 
thereof accounting the whole of the land which I have heretofore 
given to my two Sons, Jonathan Robinson and James Robinson 
before by Deed and what I have now given them in my Will and 
Likewise what I have heretofore given to my Son Epharaim 
Robinson by Deed and the whole to be accounted as unimproved 
land. And if my two Sons Jonathan Robinson and James Rob- 
inson Refuse to make their brother Epharaim equal with them 
according to my Will : Then I Give to my Son Epharaim Robin- 
son one third part of the land which I have given to my two Sons 
Jonathan Robinson and James Robinson in my Will: To him his 
heirs and Assigns 

Item I Give, devise and bequeath unto my Son Josiah Robin- 
son his heirs and Assigns: The whole of my Dwelling House, 
Barn and Orchard and all my land adjoyning and Lying near to 
it both Planting Mowing and Pasturing all Lying in Exeter and 
known by the name of my home place And Likewise Tw^enty two 
Acres Lying in Hampton at a place called Bride Hill which I 
bought of Isaac Green and John Garland : And all my Salt Marsh 
at Hampton being the whole of the land which I have lately 
Improv'd my self, which I have not before given him by Deed — 

Item I Give, Devise and bequeath to my two Sons, Epharaim 
Robinson and Josiah Robinson all my Stock of Cattle sheep and 
Horses and all my Carpenters Tools and Utensils for Husbandry 
to be equally Divided btween them 

Item: I Give, Devise and bequeath to my two Daughters 
Lydia Calfe and Mary Chase, all my Houshold goods or move- 
ables within Doors, to be equally divided between them: 

Item: I, Give, Devise and bequeath to my Daughter Lydia 
Calfe, Thirty pounds in Money or Bills of Credit of the old 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 77 

Tenor: to be paid her by her Brother Jonathan Robinson, Im- 
mediately after my Decease 

Item I Give Devise, and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary 
Chase Thirty pounds in Money or Bills Credit of the old Tenor 
to be paid her by her Brother James Robinson, Immediately 
after my Decease — 

Finally My Will is and I do hereby appoint my son Josiah 
Robinson Sole Executor to this my Last Will and Testament Re- 
voking DisanuUing and makeing void all former Wills and Testa- 
ments by me heretofore made In Witness where of I have here- 
unto set my hand and seal this Nineteenth Day of March Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and Fifty Four 

his 

Jonathan -(- Robinson 

mark 

[Witnesses] John Odlin Ju', Nath^' Bartlett Js John odlin 3<^. 

[Proved May 31, 1758.] 

[Warrant, May 31, 1758, authorizing Theophilus Smith and 
Daniel Robinson, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 17, 1758; amount, £16,979. 16. o; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and Daniel Robinson.] 



JONATHAN ORDWAY 1754 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Ordway granted to 
his widow, Hannah Ordway, March 21, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, voL 19, p. 4.] 

[Bond of Hannah Ordway of Kingston, widow, with Isaac 
Smith of Kingston, yeoman, and Francis Chase of Newton, yeo- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £600, March 21, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate of her husband, Jonathan Ordway 



78 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of Kingston; signed by William Davis instead of Francis Chase; 
witnesses, Samuel Clark, Moses Clark.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 7, 1755; amount, £251. i. o; signed by Isaac 
Smith and Francis Chase.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Samuel Roby and 
his wife Hannah Roby, administratrix; receipts, £152. o. o; ex- 
penditures, £509. 5. o; mentions boarding oldest child 8 months, 
second child S6}4 months, and third child 9 months, and "paid 
the Doctor for s'* Child;" allowed Aug. 31, 1757.] 



JOSEPH WHIPPLE 1754 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen, the twenty third day of march 
Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred & fifty four, I Joseph 
Whipple of Hampton falls in the Province of New hampshire in 
New England Clerk, Being in heath of body * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my good Freend Meshech 
Weare Esq"" thirty pounds old tenor in consideration of Books 
belonging to him, which which were burnt when my house was 
burnt, to be paid by my Executrix hereafter named — 

2 I give & Bequeath unto my good Friend the Rev*^ Nathaniel 
Gookin of North Hampton my Best sute of apparel in considera- 
tion of books belonging to him which were burnt when my house 
was Burnt, to be delivered by my Executrix hereafter named — 

3. I give & Bequeath to my servant man Fortunatus his free- 
dom from my service after the Expiration of one year & half 
from the above Date, Provided He Endemnifies my Estate from 
all charge Respecting him & allso five pounds money old tenor to 
be paid by my Executrix — 

4. I give & Bequeath to Elisabeth Whipple my Dear & Beloved 
wife, my whole Estate both Real & Personal, (Except the above 
mentioned bequests) all my Lands, goods, chatties, & all my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 79 

movables both within Doors & without, & all my money my 
Debts & what Ever belongs to my Estate all to be hers & at her 
own Disposal. 

I Do also Constitute make & appoint & ordain my well be- 
loved wife Elisabeth Whipple my sole Executrix * * * 

Joseph Whipple 

[Witnesses] Caleb Sanborn, John Sanborn, Abner Sanborn 
Junr. 

[Proved April 2-], 1757.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Whipple, widow, with Meshech Weare and 
Joshua Brackett, gentleman, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in 
the sum of £500, June 4, 1757, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, Joshua Bailey, Hannah Whipple.] 



SAMUEL JACKSON 1754 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Jackson granted to 
his widow, Patience Jackson, March 27, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i8, p. 645.] 

[Bond of Patience Jackson, with William Bruce, trader, and 
Samuel Thompson, yeoman, as sureties, all of Durham, in the 
sum of £500, March 27, 1754, for the administration of the estate 
of Samuel Jackson of Durham, wheelwright; witness, William 
Parker.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 25, 1754; amount, £1295. o. o; signed by 
Jonathan Thompson and Joseph Sias.] 



JOB CHAPMAN i754 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen this twenty ninth Day of March 
Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and fifty four In the twenty 



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seventh year of his Majestyes Reign Georg the Second King over 
Grate Britain &c I Job Chapman of the Parish of North Hamp- 
ton In the Province of New Hampshier in new england Gentle- 
man * * * 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel Chap- 
man the eastly Room in my Dwelling house with the privilidg of 
the Chamber over it and seller under it so long as she Remains 
my wido — my Daughter Rachel Chapman to Live with ray said 
Wife in the eastly Room of my Dwelling house untill my Said 
Daughter is Married also it is my will that my said wife Rachel 
shall have Ten bushels of Indion Corn and two bushels of Barley 
and four barrils of Cyder and two hundred Pound weight of Pork 
and one hundred pound weight of beef and twelve Pound weight 
of flax with sufficent fier wood and suteable Tendence and Nes- 
secarys in health and in sickness all and singular to be found and 
Provided for her yearly & Every year by my Executor here after 
named so long as She Remains my wido — also it is my will that 
my said wife Rachel Shall have the milk of two Cows in the sea- 
son of it and the fleeces of four sheep yearly and every year 
found and Provided for her by my said Executor 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mary 
Dearbon the wife of John Dearbon one Cow and one Iron 
Kettle she to have the Cow in one year after my Deceass 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elezebeth 
Rand the wife of Thomas Rand one Cow and my brass Kettle she 
to have the Cow in two year after my Deceass 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my two Gransons Viz James 
Chapman Dearbon a son of my said Daughter Mary and Ed- 
mond Rand a son of my said Daughter Elezebeth my land that I 
have Laying and bounding as followeth viz southly on land of 
Penuel Chapman Northly on my Land that was formerly Jona- 
than Godfrees Eastly on Land of said Penuel Chapmans westly 
on winicut Meadow in Part and Part on Land of Jeremiah 

Marston Containing about acres Equilly between them 

for Ever and is Laying in said Parish of North Hampton 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 8 1 

I tarn I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Rachel 
Chapman one fether bed and beding and furnltuer of one bed 
and two Iron Pots and one Iron Kettle and one Iron tramil and 
all my Puter and one ovel Table and Chares and one square 
Table and one Worming Pan and one frying Pan and it is my 
will that my Said Daughter Rachel Shall also have on hundred 
Pounds in money old tenor and one Cow when she Comes to the 
age of twenty one years Paid to her by my Executor here after 
named and further that my said Daughter Rachel shall have a 
Privilidg to Live in my Dwelling house untill she is married in 
that room my said wife is to Live in and my said Daughter untill 
she is married shall have the milk of one Cow and nessecery 
Provision as to Eateing and Cloothing Provided for her by my 
said Executor yearly 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my beloved son Samuel Chap- 
man my Dwelling house Saveing onely my said wifes and my 
said Daughter Rachel Privilidg in it as afore said with all my 
land where my Dwelling house is bound Lastly on the Countrey 
Road northly on land of Jonathan Marston southly on the Road 
that Leads to Stratham westly on land of John Smith Laying in 
said North Hampton with the Dwelling house where my said son 
Samuel Lives near winicut River with all my Land there where 
my said son Lives Laying on both sides of the Road bounded 
westly on winicut meadow northly on the old Quarter of mile 
eastly on Land of the Smiths Southly on Land of winicut 
Meadow takeing my land that was formerly Jonathan God frees 
and is Laying in said North Hampton with all my Barns and 
buildings I also give to my said son Samuel all my marsh laying 
in the township of Hampton in Said Province being the Gratest 
part of one share of marsh Laying in a Turn of the River on the 
lettle Neck so Called on the ox Common I also Give to my said 
son all my husbandry Implements with all my stock of Cattle 
and my wareing apparil and moveables in the house which I have 
not here in other ways Disposed of with all money Due to me by 
bonds Notes or other Ways Due to me that is all my Estate Real 



82 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and Parsonal which I have not here in other ways Disposed of I 
give to my said son Samuel Chapman and to his heirs and assigns 
for Ever it is my will that my said son Samuel Chapman shall 
Pay all my afore said Leagusies and I Do here by Constitute 
make and ordain my said son Samuel Chapman sole executor 

Job Chapman 
[Witnesses] Jonathan Marston juner, Samuel Palmer 3'*, 
Joseph Redman Junr. 
[Proved Nov. 4, 1763.] 

[Bond of Samuel Chapman of North Hampton, yeoman, with 
Hunking Wentworth of Portsmouth and Samuel Palmer of 
Hampton, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 4, 1763, 
for the execution of the will ; witnesees, William Parker, Jonathan 
Marston, Jr.] 



BENJAMIN MASON 1754 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of God, Amen, the first day of April 1754 I Ben- 
jamin Mason of y Parish of Summersworth in y^ Province of 
New-Hampshire in New- England, Gentleman, being Sick and 
Weak in Body, * * * 

Imprimis, I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved Wife 
Elizabeth The Improvement of one Third of my whole real 
Estate during her natural Life. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Wife Elizabeth, one Yoke of 
oxen, two Cows My oldest Mare, Six Sheep, one bed & y® furni- 
ture belonging to it, one pot & one Kittle, to her, her Heirs & 
assigns for ever. 

Item I give to My Beloved Son Samuell all my lands in Sum- 
mersworth Dover, in y" new Township at y" head of Berwick & 
elsewhere. To him his Heirs and assigns for ever, excepting thirty 
Acres in grant to be laid out, hereafter to be dispos'd ofi. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 83 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Abigail, 
Twenty Acres of a grant made to me by y^ Town of Dover, & ten 
Acres of another grant w"** I bought of Nathaniel Roberts, to her, 
her Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Daughter Abigail, three 
Cows, one Stear two year old one Mare, three Ewes & three 
Lambs, to her, her Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Daughter Abigail, one 
bed in the North West Corner of my House, With all y" furniture 
belonging to y" Same, To Her Her Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I give & bequeath to My Said Daughter, My Negrow 
Boy Boston To her. Her Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Wife Elizabeth & S'^ Son 
Samuell My Negrow Man Sandy, to them their Heirs & assigns 
for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Son Samuell all my 
Utensils Implements for managing a farm as Carts Sleds plows 
Chains Yokes axes &c To him his Heirs and assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath to my S*^ Son Samuell, all my Inter- 
est in Saw mills, in Summersworth, all y Iron work & all other 
appurtenances to y^ Same belonging, to him his Heirs & assigns 
for ever, 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth 
five pounds old Ten'' to be paid by my S*^ Son Samuell, to her, her 
Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I give to my S^ Daughter Elizabeth one Hundred & 
ninety five pounds old Tennor, to be paid to her out of my out- 
standing Debts, to her Her Heirs and assigns, to be paid to her, 
Equally by My S^ Wife Elizabeth & S^ Son Samuell. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Daughter, Abigail two 
Hundred pounds old Tennor to be paid to her, by my Said Wife 
Elizabeth & S^ Son Samuell, out of My outstanding debts, to her, 
her Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Wife Elizabeth & S^ Son 
Samuell all my Pine Timber, standing in y^ woods, laying on y^ 



84 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Brows & now in y« River, to be equally Divided between them to 
them their Heirs & assigns for ever, she having y^ priviledge of 
sawing y« same with him in my mills. 

Item It is my will that My Said Wife and my S'^ Son Samuell, 
pay my Debts equally between them. 

Item I give and bequeath all My Bills Bonds notes and 
Outstanding Debts To my Said Wife Elizabeth & to My S<^ 
Son Samuell, to be equally divided between them, to them their 
Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item Its my will that my Said Wife Elizabeth, & my Said Son 
Samuell, pay Equally between them my funeral Charges, and all 
Cost & Charge in Settling my Estate 

Item all the rest of my Estate both real & personal I give and 
bequeath to my Said Son Samuell, to him his Heirs and assigns 
for ever, 

Item I do Constitute make & ordain my s^ wife Elizabeth my 
Sole Executrix * * * 

Benja Mason 

[Witnesses] John Mason, Thomas Abbott, Benjamin Mason. 

[Proved April 24, 1754.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Mason, widow, with John Mason and 
Thomas Tibbetts, yeomen, as sureties, all of Somersworth, in the 
sum of £1000, April 24, 1754, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and Moses Stevens.] 



JAMES LEAVITT 1754 STRATH AM 

[Administration on the estate of James Leavitt granted to his 
widow, Sarah Leavitt, April 2, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 24.] 

[Bond of Sarah Leavitt of Stratham, with Thomas Brown and 
Henry Fifield, both of Hampton, as sureties, in the sum of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 85 

£1000, April 2, 1754, ^or the administration of the estate of her 
husband, James Leavitt of Stratham; witnesses, Richard Young 
and Benjamin Norris.] 

[Inventory, April i6, 1754; amount, £1247. 2. o; signed by 
Joshua Neal and William Moore; attested June 26, 1754.] 

[Additional inventory, Dec. 3, 1754; amount, £500; signed by 
Joshua Neal and William Moore.] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to John Purmort 
March 20, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 223.] 

[Bond of John Purmort of Exeter, joiner, with John Thurston, 
husbandman, and Thomas Chase, innholder, both of Stratham, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 20, 1755, as administrator 
de bonis non; witnesses, Samuel Clark and Moses Clark.] 

[Inventory, March 21, 1755; amount, £1246. 5. o; signed by 
Andrew Wiggin, Jr., and Samuel Lane.] 

[Petition of Caleb Gilman and Matthew Gilman of Epping, 
Dec. 26, 1757, for the settlement of the estate of their brother, 
James Leavitt.] 



ANDREW ROWEN 1754 PLAISTOW 

[Notice to Aaron Stevens of Plaistow, yeoman, and wife Mary, 
"heretofore the Wife of Andrew Rowen of Haverhill, Mass., 
tailor," March 27, 1754, to appear in the matter of the appoint- 
ment of James Blye of Plaistow, housewright, as administrator of 
the estate of Andrew Rowen.] 

[Mary Rowen and Elizabeth Stevens, "who was the wife of 
the above said Andrew Rowen" decline administration on the 
estate April 3, 1754, in favor of James Blye; witnesses, Samuel 
Fifield, Thomas Griett, Thomas Follansbee, Joshua FoUansbee.] 



86 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to James Blye April 5, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 24.] 

[Bond of James Blye, with William Johnson of Greenland and 
Joseph Young of Stratham as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 
5, 1754, for the administration of the estate of Andrew Rowen of 
Plaistow; witnesses, Simon Wiggin, Anna Freese.] 



EZEKIEL HOYT 1754 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Ezekiel Hoyt granted to 
Joseph Godfrey April 15, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 24.] 

[Bond of Joseph Godfrey of Brentwood, with Daniel Beede of 
Brentwood and Nathaniel Leavitt of Stratham as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, April 15, 1754, for the administration of the estate 
of Ezekiel Hoyt of Brentwood; witnesses, John Thurston and 
Thomas Chase.] 

[Inventory, signed by Jonathan Cram and Orlando Weed; 
amount, £2603. o. o; attested April 20, 1754.] 

[Judith Hoyt and Mary Hoyt, both of Brentwood, make 
choice of Daniel Beede of Brentwood as their guardian April 19, 
1754; witnesses, Thomas Edgerly and Carlen Edgerly.] 

[Guardianship of the children of Ezekiel Hoyt, not named, 
granted to Daniel Beede April 22, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 28.] 

[Bond of Daniel Beede, with Jonathan Cram as surety, both of 
Brentwood, in the sum of £500, April 22, 1754, for the guardian- 
ship of Judith Hoyt, Mary Hoyt, Sarah Hoyt, Dorothy Hoyt, 
Ezekiel Hoyt, and Joseph Hoyt, minors, children of Ezekiel 
Hoyt; witnesses, Orlando Weed and Nathaniel Leavitt.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 87 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £623. o. o; expenditures, £202. 19. 6; allowed Oct. 26, 
I757-] 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £960. o. o; ex- 
penditures, £661. 12. 3; allowed Feb. 28, 1759.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 28, 1759, authorizing Daniel Beede, yeoman, 
Joseph Godfrey, husbandman, Orlando Weed, Ephraim Morrill, 
and Stephen Sleeper, yeomen, all of Brentwood, to divide the 
real estate.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon^''« Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of 
New Hamp"^ / the Probate of Wills &c for s^ Province Whereas 
by your Hon" warrant we the Subscribers ware appointed a 
Committee to divide y« Real Estate of Ezekiel Hoit Late of 
Brentwood deceas'' Intestate to & among the Childran of s^ 
Intestate &c Accordingly we have mett vewed valued Divided & 
set off Each Share in manner & form following viz. To Judath 
the first Share Begining at a Stake Spotted Standing in the Line 
Between S*^ Deceas'^s & Benjamin Crams Land & Eighty four 
rods from the South East Corner of S*^ Deceas'* Land from s** 
stake North 27 Degrees East Twenty one rods & one half to a 
Burch Spoted & to Extend Carrying the same bredth west & by 
north 83 rods to the highway at the forth range of Lotts of Exeter 
So CalH Eleven acers more or Less & the sawmill — Marys the 
2^ share begins at the North East Corner of Judaths running 
north Twenty Seven Degrees East Twenty Two rods to a stake 
spoted thence west & by North Carriing the wedth to the 
aboves^ highway Eleven acers & one half more or Less with the 
sixth part of the house & Barn & with the Priviledges thereto ap- 
pertaining as shall be hereafter mention'^ — Sarahs the 3^ Share 
begins at the North East Corner of maryes from thence north 27 
Degrees East Twenty one rods & one half to Land originally 
Nathaniel Things from thence westerly Binding on s<^ Things & 
Grant till it Comes to the aboves'^ highway thence southerly 
on s<^ way till it Coms to marys share thence East & by South 



88 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to y^ first mention'^ bounds Eleven acers more or Less & the one 
sixth part of the house & Barn with the privlledges thereto be- 
longing &c — Ezekiels the 4 & 5**^ shares begins at the South East 
Comer of S^ Deceas'^^ Land runs north Easterly binding on the 
highway thirty three rods to a stake thence west & by North 
Carrying the same Bredth Eighty fore rods untill it Comes to 
Judaths & marys Shares reserveing a way of Two rods wide from 
the highway at the 14**^ range of Lotts allong by Benjamin Crams 
Land Untell it Comes to the house than Northerly Carriing 
the Sam wedth to the Barn for y^ benefit & use of Each of the 
Childran that have a share in the house & Barn S'^ Share we 
Esteam 16 acers be the same more or Less also one third of the 
house & Barn & the Priviledges thereto belonging Dorythys y® 
6*^ Share begins at a stake spoted being the North East Corner 
of Ezekiels Share runs northeasterly bynding on s"^ highway six- 
teen rods to an Elm Tree mark** with D I from thence west & by 
North Carrying y^' same wedth to marys & Sarahs Shares Eight 
acers more or Less & the sixth Part of the house & Barn & way 
&c Josephs the Seventh Share begins at S"^ Elm mark"^ D. L runs 
North Easterly 16 rods to Nomber 3 Being Naf Things original 
Bound westerly bynding on Land origanally Laid to S'* Thing & 
Dorythys Share Untill it Comes to Sarahs Share Eight acers 
more or Less & the sixth part of the house & Bam & way thereto 
belonging &c 

Proportioned by us this 8**' Day of March according To the 



best of our Judgment 



[Allowed June 27, 1759.] 



Joseph Godfrey 1 

Daniel Beede > Committee 

Ephraim morrill J 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 89 

JOHN HOYT 1754 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Hoyt granted to Mary 
Hoyt and John Hoyt April 17, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 23.] 

[Bond of Mary Hoyt, widow, and John Hoyt, with Nathaniel 
Morrill and Joseph Collins as sureties, all of South Hampton, in 
the sum of £1000, April 17, 1754, ^o^ the administration of the 
estate of John Hoyt of South Hampton; witnesses, Nathaniel 
Leavitt and Love Chase.] 

[Inventory, April 19, 1754; amount, £4165. 14. o; signed by 
Reuben Dimond and Joseph French, Jr.] 

[Administrators' account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1064. 4. o; expenditures, £527. 4. 10; allowed May 28, 

I755-] 

[Warrant, July 8, 1755, authorizing Jeremy Webster of King- 
ston, Joseph French, Reuben Dimond, Samuel Barnard, and 
Joseph Collins, all of South Hampton, to divide the real estate 
among the widow and children, except the oldest son, Joseph 
Hoyt, who has received his share.] 

Province of New Hamps: 

To the Hon^i^ Andrew Wiggin Esq'' Judge of the Probate of 
Wills &c for the Province afores<* 

Pursuant to your Hon" Warrant to us directed appointing us 
the subscribers a Com*^^ to Divide the Real Estate of John Hoyt 
Late of South Hampton in the Province afores'^ deceas'^ Intes- 
tate, to & among the widow & Children of the Dec^ Wee haveing 
met & viewed & valued the Premisses have Divided, & set off the 
s"^ Estate as foUoweth viz : 

To the widow of the Deceas'd for her Thirds as follows viz 

I In the Home place of the deceas*^, Eleven Acres more or 
Less beginning at the North Westerly Corner Bounds of the s<* 
Home place which is a Hemlock Tree, from thence running 



90 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

southerly as the Lane Lays to the south Westerly Corner of s*^ 
Home place, then Easterly Eleven Rods & a Half, to a stake & 
stones, then Northerly to the North end of the s<^ Home place to a 
stake & stones by the stone wall; & by a Peach Tree Growing 
there, then Westerly to the place where it first began: and also 
the One Half of the Dwelling House viz: the Westerly End 
thereof with the one Half of the Cellar, and also the one third 
part of the Barn, viz: the Westerly End — 

2 And also Eleven Acres more or Less in the deceasds Lands 
in Brentwood in s*^ Province Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning 
at the North Westerly Corner of the s'^ Land & running southerly 
on the westerly End thereof Nine Rods & Three Quarters of a 
Rod to a stake & stones, then Easterly the whole Length of the 
whole tract to the Easterly End thereof where it is Bounded 
with a stake ; then Northerly Nine Rods & Three Quarters to the 
North Easterly Corner of the s*^ whole tract, then Westerly on 
the Northerly Line of the s*^ whole tract to the place where it 
first began — 

3 And also Eight Acres in the deceas'ds Lands in the West- 
erly part of Kingstown in s<^ Province which Could not be set off 
by metes & Bounds, for that the deceasd held his Land in partner- 
ship with his son John and there was no division between them 

Then to the Children of the deceasd as followeth viz : — 
I The first Share to John in the Home place beginning at a 
Piece of Land the s^ John purchased of his Hon'^ father the 
Deceasd in his Life time Laying in the North Easterly Corner of 
the s'^ Home place & running southerly on the Easterly Line of 
the s"^ Home place to the s'^ John's Land purchased of his s** 
father in the southerly Corner of s"^ Home place to a stake & 
stones, then Westerly on the Last mentioned piece of Land Eight 
Rods to a stake & stones, then Northerly to the s'* John's first 
mentioned piece of Land to a stake & stones then Easterly on the 
s'^ piece of Land, to the place where it first began five acres & 
Three Quarters be the same more or Less, and also one sixth part 
of the Easterly End of the Dwelling House & one sixth part of the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9 1 

one Half of the Cellar, & One sixth part of Two Thirds of the 
Barn viz : at the Easterly End — 

4 and also the fourth share in the Deceas'ds Land at Brent- 
wood be foremen tioned Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at a 
stake which is the south Easterly Corner Bounds of the Third 
share, then running southerly three Rods & about two feet to a 
stake, then Westerly 80 Rods keeping its Breadth, one acre & a 
Half be it more or Less 

2 The second share in the Home place to Benjamin Bounded 
as followeth viz: Beginning at the High way & Joining to John's 
Land at the North Easterly Corner of the s'^ Home place, & 
Running on John's s*^ Land till it Comes to the first share Now 
set of to the s'^ John, & so on Southerly by John's share till it 
Comes to Johns other Land at the south End of s^ Home place 
where it is Bounded with a stake, then westerly on John's s*^ 
Land about four Rods to John's Corner, then southerly on John's 
s"^ Land to the southerly End of s^ Home place to Johns Bounds 
there, then westerly about three Rods & a Half to a stake & 
stones, then Northerly to the North End of s** Home place to a 
stake & stones, then Easterly about three Rods & a Half to the 
place where it first began five acres & three Quarters be the same 
more or Less, with the one sixth part of the Easterly End of the 
Dwelling House & one sixth part of one Half the Cellar, with the 
one sixth part of two thirds of the Barn viz : the Easterly End — 

3 And also the third share in the deceas'ds Lands in Brent- 
wood before mentioned Beginning at a stake the Bounds of the 
second share & running southerly three Rods & about two feet to 
a stake & so running Westerly 80 Rods keeping the foremen- 
tioned Breadth, one acre & a Half be it more or Less 

3 The Third share in the Home place to Samuel Bounded as 
followeth viz : Beginning on the High way at a stake the Bounds 
of the second share & running southerly on the s'^ second share to 
the southerly End thereof, then westerly Six Rods & a Half to a 
stake & stones, then Northerly to the s<^ High way to a stake & 
stones, then Easterly on the s"^ way six Rods to the place where it 



92 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

first began, five acres & Three Quarters be it more or Less with 
the one sixt part of the Easterly End of the DwelHng House & the 
sixth part of the one Half the Cellar, with the sixth part of two 
thirds of the Barn viz : the Easterly End — 

2 and also the second share in the deceas'ds Lands in Brent- 
wood aboves'' Bounded as followeth viz: beginning at a Pine 
stump & from thence running southerly Three Rods & two feet 
to a stake & so running westerly by the first share 80 Rods keep- 
ing its Breadth one acre & a Half be it more or less 

4 The fourth share in the Home place to Eastman Hoyt 
Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning on the forementioned High 
way at a stake the Bounds of the third share & running southerly 
on the s"^ third share till it Comes to the southerly End thereof to 
a stake then westerly six Rods & a Half to the widows thirds 
where it is Bounded with a stake & stones, then Northerly on the 
s^ thirds to the forementioned High way, then Easterly on the 
s** way to the place where it first began five acres & three Quar- 
ters be it more or Less — 

I and also the small share in the deceas'ds Lands in Brent- 
wood before mentioned Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at 
the Easterly End of the whole tract & Joyning to the widows 
thirds there & running southerly three Rods & about two feet to 
a Pine stump & so to Run westerly on the s** thirds 80 Rods keep- 
ing the forementioned Breadth One acre & a Half be it more or 
Less, and also the one sixth part of one Half the Dwelling House 
standing on the Home place of the deceased viz: one sixth part of 
the Easterly End thereof with the one sixth part of the one Half 
the Cellar & one sixth part of two thirds of the Barn viz: the 
Easterly End thereof 

5 The fifth share to David not being in the Home place but is 
all the Deceas'ds Right & Interest in a tract of Land owned by 
the deceasd in his Life time & his son John (saveing the widows 
thirds therein) which Land is scituate in Kingstown in s^ 
Province viz : in that part of s<^ Kingstown Called the west Parish 
which may more fully appear by their Deeds of Conveyance 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 93 

which tract of Land was not divided between the Deceasd in his 
Life & his s'^ son John; & so the widows thirds & the s'^ share 
Could not be set off by metes & Bounds; and also a small piece of 
Land in the deceas'^ Lands in Brentwood beforementioned 
Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning at the Bounds of the 4*'» 
share in s"^ tract & running southerly four Rods and about two 
feet and a Half to a white Pine so then running westerly by the 
s** fourth share 80 Rods keeping its Breadth two acres more or 
Less; and also the one sixth part of the Easterly End of the 
Dwelling House standing on the Home place, & one sixth part of 
one Half of the cellar and one sixth part of two thirds of the Barn 
viz: the Easterly End thereof 

6 The sixth share to Jonathan being all the residue of the de- 
ceaseds Lands in s'* Brentwood (over & above what we have now 
set off to the widow for her thirds in s"^ tract & also the small addi- 
tional shares to the Home place) be it more or Less; it being 
where the s'^ Jonathan now Lives, with the one sixth part of the 
Easterly End of the Dwelling House standing on the Home place 
with the one sixth part of one Half of the Cellar & the one sixth 
part of two thirds of the Barn viz : the Easterly End 

July the 15'^^ 1755 Jeremy Webster 

Joseph french ju 
Reuben Dimond 

[Allowed Aug. 27, 1755.] 

[Additional account of John Hoyt, administrator; receipts, 
£537- 19- 2; expenditures, £76. 17. o; allowed Sept. 24, 1755.] 



THOMAS WRIGHT 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Ann Wright of Portsmouth renounces administration on the 
estate of her husband, Thomas Wright, x'\pril 24, 1754, in favor 
of Samuel Hale "as the only surviving son is abroad and not 
expected home for some time."] 



94 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Wright granted to 
Samuel Hale April 24, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 12.] 

[Bond of Samuel Hale, gentleman, with Jacob Sheafe, mer- 
chant, and John Banfill, yeoman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £1000, April 24, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate of Thomas Wright of Portsmouth, merchant; witnesses, 
William Parker, Andrew Clarkson.] 

[Inventory, June, 1754; amount, £5221. o. o; signed by John 
Shackford and Andrew Clarkson.] 

[Warrant, May i, 1755, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Jacob 
Sheafe, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive claim against 
the estate,] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £6655. 14. o; 
expenditures, £1056. 10. 6; allowed July 28, 1756.] 

[List of claims; amount, £5592. 17. 6; signed by Eleazer 
Russell and Jacob Sheafe.] 



JOHN SAVAGE i754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Savage of Portsmouth 
granted to his grandson, John Savage, April 24, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 20.] 

[Bond of John Savage, yeoman, with Charles Banfill and 
Peter Ball, yeomen, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, April 24, 1754, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1754, of the estate of John Savage, 
"grandfather to John Savage of Portsm" aforesaid Husband- 
man"; amount, £1300. o. o; appraised by Thomas Bickford and 
John Jones; land in Portsmouth and Barrington.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 95 

THOMAS DEARBORN 1754 NORTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Dearborn granted to 
Samuel Fogg April 24, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 20.] 

[Bond of Samuel Fogg of Exeter, yeoman, with Josiah San- 
born of Exeter, tanner, and Jonathan Dearborn, Jr., of Hampton, 
yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 24, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate of Thomas Dearborn of North 
Hampton, yeoman; witnesses, William Parker, Moses Stevens.] 

[Inventory, May 9, 1754; amount, £5750. o. o; signed by 
Jonathan Page and Reuben Dearborn.] 



[THOMAS NOCK 1754 SOMERSWORTH 

In y^ Name of God Amen, The Twenty Ninth Day of April 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty four, I Thomas Nock 
of Summersworth in y** Province of New-Hampshire in New- 
England Housewright being weak and infirm in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to My dearly beloved Wife 
Abigail, ye Improvement of y one Half of My Homestead, with 
y^ appurtenances and priviledges thereunto belonging during 
her natural Life. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Wife Abigail y^ Improve- 
ment of all My Household Goods during her natural Life. 

Item I give and bequeath to My said Wife Abigail y^ use of 
all my stock of Creatures (excepting My Oxen & Horse) during 
her Natural Life. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Nathaniel one 
Third of a Lot of Land which I own in y® Second Division of 
Lands in Rochester, which was given to me in y^ Grant of Said 
Township, To him his Heirs and assigns for ever, He paying y^ 
one half of my outstanding Debts. 



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Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Son James all My 
Homestead with all the appurtenances and priviledges thereunto 
belonging (excepting y^ Improvem* of the one half thereof, as 
above Said), To him his Heirs and assigns forever, He paying y« 
other half of My outstanding Debts, & My funeral Charges. 

Item I give and bequeath to my S'^ Son Nathaniel one quarter 
of a Lot of land in y^ second Division of Lands in Rochester af^"^ 
which I bought of John Conner, He hailing y^ one half of what 
fire wood My s<^ Wife abigail shall have occasion to burn during 
her natural life, she procuring y« Same. 

Item I give and bequeath to My S^ Son James all y« rest of My 
lands in Said Rochester, to him his Heirs and assigns for ever, 
he hailing y^ other half of what fire wood my s'^ Wife Abigail 
shall have occasion to burn during her natural life, she procuring 
the Same. 

Item I give and bequeath to my said Son James all my bonds 
bills Notes, and all other debts which are due to me. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Abigail, 
Thirty pounds in Bills of y^ old Tennor or an Equivolency in 
Species to be paid to her by My S"^ beloved Son James within four 
Years after y« decease of My S^ Wife Abigail, To her, her Heirs 
and assigns. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth 
Thirty Pounds in Bills of y^ old Tennor or an Equivolency in 
Species, to be paid to her by my Said Son James, within four 
years after y decease of my S'* wife Abigail, to her, her Heirs and 
assigns 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Rebecca 
Thirty Pounds in Bills of y^ old Tennor, or an Equivolency in 
Species to be paid to her by my S*^ Son James within four Years 
after y« decease of My S'^ Wife Abigail, to her, her Heirs & as- 
signs. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mercy 
Thirty Pounds in Bills of y^ old Tennor or an Equivolency in 
Species to be paid to her by my S^ Son James within four years 



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after y^ decease of my S'' Wife Abigail, to her, her Heirs & as- 
signs. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Love 
Thirty pounds in Bills of y° old Tennor or an Equivolency in 
Species to be paid to her by my S*^ Son James within four Years 
after y« decease of my S*^ Wife Abigail, to her, her Heirs & 
assigns 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mary 
Thirty pounds in Bills of y" old Tennor or an Equivolency in 
Species to be paid to her by my S^ Son James within four 
years after y^ decease of my S^ Wife Abigail to her, her Heirs & 
assigns. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Patience 
Thirty pounds in Bills of y^ old Tennor or an Equivolency in 
Species to be paid to her by my S'^ Son James within four Years 
after y^ decease of My S<^ Wife Abigail to her, her Heirs, & 
assigns. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Grand Children, y« 
Children of my beloved Daughter Hannah lately deceased, 
namely, Abigail y^ Wife of Joseph Merrow James Stimpson & 
Lydia Stimpson thirty pounds in Bills of y« old Tennor, or an 
Equivolency in Species, to be equally divided between them, to 
ym yr Heirs & assigns to be paid to y™ by my S*^ Son James, 
Within four years after y« decease of my S'^ Wife Abigail. 

Item I give and bequeath to all my above S'^ Daughters and 
Grand Children all My Household Goods after y^ decease of my 
S'' Wife Abigail, to be equally divided between them, excepting 
my S'* Grand Children, who are together to draw one share equal 
with one Daughter, to them their Heirs & assigns 

Item all y^ rest of My real & personal Estate I give & bequeath 
to my Said beloved Son James to him his Heirs & assigns for 
ever. 

Item I do hereby Constitute Make and ordain My S*^ beloved 
Son James my Sole Executor * * * 

Thomas Nock 



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[Witnesses] Sam^* Randal, Moses Stevens, Samuel Rendel 
Juner. 

[Proved May 29, 1754.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 26, 1754; amount, £2454. 18. o; signed by 
Moses Carr and Moses Stevens.] 



JAMES NUDD 1754 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen the tenth Day of may one thousand 
Seven Hundred and fifty four I James Nudd of Greenland in the 
Province of New Hampshire in Newengland Husbandman Being 
very Sick & week in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give to my well Beloved wife Ruth Nudd the one 
third of my Real Estate what So Ever & where So Ever to her 
Improvement & Benfit Duering her Naturail Life and the one 
third of the room in my Dwelling House 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Son Sam'^ Nudd five Shilling 
New tenor money to be paid to him by my Executors in one 
year after my Decese — 

Item I give to my well Beloved Son Benjamin Nudd the one 
halfe of my Estate Both Reail & Parsonal what So Ever & where 
So Ever to him & his heirs and assigns for Ever Except what is 
other ways Disposed of in this my Last will — - 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Son James Nudd the one halfe 
of My Estate Both Reail & Parsonal what So Ever & Where So 
Ever to him & to his Heirs and assigns for Ever Except what is 
other ways Disposed of in this my Last will 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Son John Nudd the Sum of 
twenty five Pounds new tenor money to be paid to him by my 
Executors when he is at the Age of twenty one years 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Son thomas Nudd the Sum of 
twenty five pounds New tenor money to be paid to him by my 
Executors when he is twenty one years of Age — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 99 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Son Jonathan Nudd my whole 
Right of Land in Epsom 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Daughter Mary Dearborn the 
Sum of five Shilling New tenor money to be paid to her by my 
Executors with in one Year after my Decese 

Item I Give to my w^ell Beloved Daughter Sarah Dearborn the 
Sum of five Shillings New tenor money to be paid her by Execu- 
tors with in one year after My Decese — 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Daughter Abagail Nudd the 
Sum of Twenty five pounds New tenor money and the one half of 
my Household Goods to be & Delivered unto her by my Execu- 
tors Exept two Beds & Beding — 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Daughter Martha Nudd the 
Sum of twenty five Pound New tenor money and the one half of 
my Household Goods to be Delivered Unto her by my Executors 
Exept two Beds & Beding — 

Item I Do By these Presents Constitute & appoint my two 
Sons Benjamin Nudd & James Nudd to Be my Sole Executors 

James Nudd 
[Witnesses] William Berray, Francis Lock, Rich"^ Jenness 3*^. 
[Proved June 26, 1754.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 27, 1754; amount, £6088. 16. o; signed by 
Richard Jenness, 3d, and William Berry.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 28, 1754, authorizing Enoch Clark, innholder, 
William Gate, yeoman, William Berry, yeoman, all of Greenland, 
Samuel Leavitt, yeoman, and Richard Jenness, 3d, both of Rye, 
to set off real estate to the widow.] 

Province of 1 According to a Warrant from the Honable 

New Hamp' / androw Wiggin Esq' Juudge of the Probate of 

wills &•= for Said Province to us the Subscriber to Set of Ruth 

Nudd wife to James Nudd Late of Greenland in the Province 

afore S"^ Deceased testate one full third part of all the Real 



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Estate of the Said James Nudd Deceased According to Quantity 
& Quality having Vied & Survayed all the S'^ Estate we do order 
and apint that the wedow Shall have the Southest Loer Rome in 
the House & the Nothest Lore Rome So fur as the doers with a 
prevelage to pase & Repase throw s<^ doers to Well also one third 
of the Celer at the North End & also one third of Garret at the 
South Est Corner as it is Marked out & also the third part of two 
Barns at the Est End as thay are marked out & also one third of 
the old House at the Est End — 

We do order and apint that the wedow Shall have her third 
part of the orchard at the Est Side with a Brook and fence on the 
Est a fence on the North three Stakes on the west & a high way 
on the South of Said orchard 

we do order that the Said wedow Shall have her third part of 
the Land where the house Stands as to Pastren & planting the 
Est End of the parster So fur as the Est feld to a wite oake 
marked & to a maple Neare James fence marked with all the feld 
ajoyning to Said parster Except the west Corner as it is marked 
out 

& also twelve rods in wadth on the Est Sid of the Land on the 
South Side of the high way & from Said High way to hampton 
Line as it is Staked out and also a third part of a Lott of Land in 
Portsmouth on the Nothest Side Ninteen rods in weadth to a 
stake Roning as Said Lott Rons: and About Eight acre of Salt 
marsh in Hampton we do order the north est Side of Said marsh 
as it is Staked out to Said wedow 

Enoch Clarke 
William Cate 
W^illiam Berray 
Samuel Leavitt 
Rich'^ Jenness: 3"^ 

[Guardianship of Abigail Nudd, aged less than 14 years, 
daughter of James Nudd, granted to Jeremiah Dearborn of 
North Hampton, gentleman, Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 464.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 01 

[Bond of Jeremiah Dearborn, with Abraham Drake of North 
Hampton, yeoman, as surety, Feb. 25, 1756, in the sum of £500, 
for the guardianship of Abigail Nudd ; witnesses, William Parker, 
Samuel Emerson.] 

[Guardianship of Martha Nudd, aged less than 14 years, 
daughter of James Nudd, granted to Edward Dearborn of Green- 
land June 30, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 585.] 

[Bond of Edward Dearborn, with Benjamin Nudd of Green- 
land, yeoman, and Samuel Nudd of Epping, yeoman, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, June 30, 1756, for the guardianship of Martha 
Nudd; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Guardianship of Jonathan Nudd, son of James Nudd, granted 
to Benjamin Nudd Sept. 29, 1762.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 448.] 

[Jonathan Nudd, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of 
James Nudd, makes choice of Benjamin Nudd of Greenland, 
yeoman, as his guardian Sept. 29, 1762; witnesses, William 
Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Nudd, with William Weeks, gentleman, 
and Edward Dearborn, yeoman, as sureties, all of Greenland, in 
the sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1762, for the guardianship of Jonathan 
Nudd ; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 



JAMES FOGG 1754 HAMPTON 

In The Name of God Amen I James fogg of hampton in the 
Province of Newhampshire in New england Husbandman Being 
Aged * * * 

Itam I give and Devize to my son James fogg (Besids what I 
have formerly given him) the one half of that share of salt marsh 



102 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

that was formerly mine on the great neck so called Being one 
acer & a half be the same more or Less the other half being Dis- 
posed of by a Deed to my son John Now Deceased I also give and 
Divize to my son James his heirs & asigns one half of that two 
acers & half of medow ground that was formerly mine laying 
Near the Beach Cosway so called the other half of said medow 
being formerly given to my son John (Now Deceased) by a 
Deed — 

Itam I give and Divize to my grandson John fogg (son of my 
son John fogg) his heirs and assigns the one half of the Land 
where I now Live that is to say the one half of four half shares in 
the first west division in hampton & Laying and bounding on the 
Road leading to Exeter also the one half of the salt mash which 
was all formerly mine Laying below Perkinses (as said marsh is 
comonly called) the other half of which land and marsh I have 
formerly given to my son John now Disceased by a deed allso the 
half of that land Called the Peeke bounding on the before men- 
tioned four half shares also my Barn and orchard that is to say 
my half of the aple trees on the land where I Now live — 

Itam I give Divize to my son Enoch fogg (Besides what I have 
formerly given him) the one half of that medow Ground in timber 
swamp so called that I bought of Samuel Page and of thomes 
ward the other half of the said medow, I have formerly Given to 
my son John (Now Deceased) by a deed I allso give and Divize 
to my son Enoch his heirs & asigns the one half of that land that 
was laid out to me in quarter of a mile (laying at the Northwest- 
erly end of the seccond north division in timber swamp so called) 
the other half I have formerly given to my son John (now De- 
ceased) by a deed I also give to my son Enoch all my Cattle also 
my marsh at litle river — 

Itam I give to my Daughter Mary wadly ten pounds old tener 
to be Paid by my son Enoch I also give to my Daughter mary 
wadly one bed & half the beding I have — 

Itam I give to my Daughter Sarah Robey the litle share of 
marsh that is now mine last laid out to me on the ox coman at or 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO3 

Near the beach : also the bed on which I usealy lay and half the 
beding I have also ten Pounds old tenor to be Paid by my son 
Enoch within one year after my decease — 

Itam I give to my Daughter hannah Rawlings ten Pounds old 
tenor to be Paid by my son Enoch within one year after my 
Decease 

Itam I give & Divize to my gradson John fogg herein hereto- 
fore Named my half of a thach share laying Near Sargents island 
so called — 

Lastly I constitute and appoint my son Enoch fogg and Robert 
moulton sole Executers of this my last will and testement and I 
Do hereby Revoke all other wills and testements by me hereto- 
fore made in witness whereunto I have hereunto set my hand and 
seal the fifteenth day of may one thousand seven hundred and 
fifty four and in the twenty seventh year of his majestys Reign 

his 
James X fogg 
mark 

[Witnesses] Jonathan Shaw, Samuel Batchelder, Josiah Shaw. 

[Proved June 25, 1760.] 

[Warrant, June 25, 1760, authorizing Josiah Sanborn of Exe- 
ter, tanner, and Stephen Sanborn of Hampton, yeoman, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 25, 1760; amount, £6363. 13. o; 
signed by Stephen Sanborn and Josiah Sanborn.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts £227. 8. o; 
expenditures, £343. o. 6; allowed Aug. 27, 1760.] 



WILLIAM VENNING 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

S* Eustatius 
In the Name of God, Amen, I William Venning Commander 
of the Snow Adventure and late of Piscataqua Mariner * * * 



104 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

First, after all my just Debts be paid and discharg'd, I give 
and bequeath unto My Daughter Rebecca Venning the Sume of 
One hundred pounds Sterling to be paid to her immediately my 
Death I also give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Ven- 
ning the Sume of One hundred pounds Sterling to be paid to her 
immediately after my Death And all the rest and residue of my 
Estate both real and personal which I shall have at the time of 
my Death I do give and bequeath unto my Dearly beloved Wife 
Hannah Venning and to her heirs for Ever — 

Likewise, I make and ordain my s'^ Wife hannah Venning to be 
Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, hereby utterly 
disallowing and revoking all former Wills by me made, In Wit- 
ness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the twen- 
tieth Day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven 
Hundred and fifty four 

William Vening 

[Witnesses] Daniel Warner, W*" Meredith Jun^ 

[Proved at Antigua July 17, 1758.] 

[Bond of Hannah Venning, widow, with Robert Hart, butcher, 
and John Hart, Jr., blacksmith, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in 
the sum of £1000, Aug. 14, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall; signed by 
George Hart instead of John Hart, Jr.] 



BENJAMIN WEYMOUTH 1754 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of God, Amen, the Twentieth Day of May One 
Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty four, I Benjamin Way- 
mouth of Summersworth in y« Province of New-Hampshire in 
New-England Husbandman, Being very weak and Sick in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my dearly Beloved Sarah The 
Improvement of y^ whole of My Homestead, together with y° 
appurtenances & priviledges thereunto belonging (excepting 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I05 

what I shall hereafter give to My beloved Son John) during her 
natural Life. 

Item I give & bequeath to My Beloved Son Benjamin Twenty 
shillings old Tennor, to be paid by My Son Nicholas, within 
three years after y" decease of My S'* Wife Sarah. — To him his 
Heirs & assigns 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Son John fifteen 
acres of My Homestead begining Westward of My dwelling & 
Eastward of his dwelling House at a Birch Bush standing by y« 
fence by side of y^ lane, then from Said birch twenty rods North, 
then about West by Said lane, keeping y^ twenty rods wedth till 
y« Said fifteen Acres be compleated, to him his Heirs & assigns 
forever 

Item I give & bequeath to My beloved Son Nicholas all y® rest 
of My Home stead with all y appurtenances & priviledges there 
unto belonging after y" decease of my S*^ Wife Sarah, to him his 
Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Sons John & Nicholas, 
Twenty Acres of My Common right to be laid out So far as may 
be needed to Cover what Common lands I May now have within 
my Inclosure, in My Home stead, if y be any of My Common 
right remaining, to be equally Divided between them, to y" 
their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Daughter Mary one 
Hundred pounds old Tennor to her her Heirs & assigns, to be 
paid by My S^ Son Nicholas in Species, within three Years after 
y® decease of My S"* Wife Sarah 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Sarah One 
Hundred pounds old Tennor to be paid by My S"* Son Nicholas 
in Species within three Years after y« decease of My S*^ Wife 
Sarah, to her her Heirs & assigns. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Daughter Easter one 
Hundred pounds old Tennor to be paid by My Said Son Nicholas 
in Species within three Years after y« decease of My S*^ Wife 
Sarah To her, Her Heirs & assigns. 



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Item I give & bequeath to My beloved Daughter Abigail 
Twenty shillings old Tennor to be paid by My S^ Son Nicholas in 
Species within three years after y^ decease of My S"^ wife Sarah 
to her, her Heirs & assigns 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Elizabeth 
Twenty shillings old Tennor to be paid by My s'^ Son Nicholas in 
Species within three years after y^ decease of My S*^ wife Sarah 
to her her Heirs & assigns — 

Item I give to My S^ Wife Sarah y^ Improvement of all My 
Stock of Creatures And Utensils for farming during her natural 
life, and after her decease I give them to My S'^ Son Nicholas to 
him his Heirs & assigns. 

Item I give and bequeath to My S*^ Wife Sarah y^ Improvem* 
of all my Household goods during her natural life & after her 
decease to be equally Divided between My Said Sons John & 
Nicholas, to them their Heirs & assigns. 

Item I give & bequeath to My S^ Son Nicholas, whom I like- 
wise Constitule Make & ordain My Sole Executor of this My last 
Will & Testament, all y^ rest of My Estate both real & personal, 
to him his Heirs & assigns for ever. * * * 

Benjamin Wamouth 

[Witnesses] James Hobbs, James Philpot, Arch** Smith. 

[Proved April 28, 1756.] 



PHILIP FOWLER 1754 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God Amen, I Philip Fowler of New Market in 
the Province of New Hampshire In new England Yeoman, this 
twenty second Day of May Anno Domini seventeen hundred & 
fifty four, & In the twenty seventh Year of the Reign of his 
Majesty King George the second * * * 

Item I Give & bequeath to my dear & well beloved Wife, the 
use & benefit of the one third Part of all my Lands, both upland 
& Marsh together with the one third Part of all my buildings 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I07 

standing or being thereon, during her natural Life. I also Give 
& bequeath to my said Wife all my houshold Stuff & Goods, all 
my beds & bed Cloaths, & evrything belonging to them & all 
Sorts of Cloth & Clothing & all the wooden. Earthen, Pewter, 
Brass, Tin, Iron, Glass Utensils in my House together with all my 
Silver Utensils & Gold, that is in my house of any Sort & kind, & 
all my household Goods & Stuff of all Sorts & Kinds that can be 
Named together with all my Stores of Provisions of every Kind 
whatsoever for her own to be to her sole use benefit & Behoof 
forever, & to be dispos'd of at her Pleasure, provided she so accepts 
this my Will as to renounce or disclaim her Dower or Thirds. 

Item I Give & bequeath to my beloved Son Philip one hundred 
& eight Acres of Land laying & being in New Market aforesaid on 
which my dwelling house stands butted & bounded as follows 
Viz* beginning at the River, & running the whole Wedth of my 
Land 'till it come to two white oak Trees, mark'd P. J. on the 
South East Side of my Field Orchard so call'd & then at sixty 
four Rods Distance from Hubartus Neals Lands on the South 
west Side of it ranging said Oak Trees which is above the high- 
way, Viz* in the upper Field, then running from thence over to 
John Wedgwoods Land & extending into the Woods till it makes 
the said hundred & eight Acres, that is so as to leave fifty Acres 
on the north east Side of it for my Son Jacob, as I bound it to him 
in this my last Will & Testament, & also one third Part of my 
Marsh call'd the first Marsh, together with my Upland at the 
head of it, to possess & enjoy the same, with all the Buildings 
upon the said hundred & eight Acres with all the Priviledges & 
Appurtenances thereunto belonging or any way appertaining 
excepting the third Part thereof during the Natural Life of my 
wife, as is abovemention'd, together with all my Implements & 
Utensils for farming for his own forever, & I also give my Son 
Philip, the whole of my Intrest in the Township laying on Saco 
River call'd Narragansett, which was Originally Jacobs Right, 
with all the Priviledges & Appurtenances thereunto belonging or 
any ways appertaining — 



I08 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give & bequeath to my beloved Son Jacob fifty Acres of 
my Land in New Market aforesaid, which is butted & bounded 
as follows, Viz* beginning at Hubartus Neals Land on the South 
East Side of my Field Orchard (so called) & running Southwest- 
erly sixty four Rods, ranging two white Oak Trees before men- 
tion'd mark'd P. J. & running to Josiah Burleys Lands such a 
Weadth as will make fifty Acres, Viz* below said Burleys Land, 
& also one third Part of my Marsh & Upland beforemention'd 
call'd first Marsh, with all the Priviledges & Appurtenances be- 
longing or in any ways appertaining to said Parcels of Land & 
Marsh (excepting the one third Part thereof during the Natural 
Life of my Wife as above) — 

Item, I Give & bequeath unto my beloved Son Simonds sev- 
enty Acres of my Land in New Market afores'* beginning at the 
upper Ends thereof by Smarts & Bracketts Land & running the 
whole weadth of my Land down towards the River till said 
Seventy Acres is compleated & also one third Part of my Marsh 
& Upland afores*^ at first Marsh with all the Priviledges & Appur- 
tenances belonging or any ways appertaining to said Parcels of 
Land & Marsh excepting the Third Part thereof during the Nat- 
ural Life of my Wife, but if my Lands will not hold out so that 
each Son may have the full Number of Acres I have above be- 
queathed unto him then it is my Will that each Son shall fall 
short in his Number of Acres in proportion to the Number of 
Acres given him but if it Measures more each shall have his 
Proportion of the Overplus, according to the Number of Acres 
bequeath'd unto him — - 

Item. I Give & bequeath unto my beloved Daughters Viz* 
Elizabeth, Susanna, Judith & Mary Three hundred Pounds Old 
Ten'' to each of them, according to the present Value in this 
Province, that is after Judith has been made equal with her other 
Sisters when they were married, which it is my will she should be, 
all to be paid within three Years after my Decease, & it is my 
will that Philip shou'd pay off the said Legacies to my said 
Daughters, three hundred Pounds to Susanna, & two hundred 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO9 

Pounds to Judith, & that Jacob shou'd pay to Mary her three 
hundred Pounds, & that Simonds shou'd pay Elizabeth her three 
hundred Pounds, & one hundred Pounds to Judith — 

And I do hereby ordain & appoint my Son Philip F'owler to be 
sole Ex'' to this my last Will & Testament & it is my will that he 
take my Stock Book Debts, Bills, Bonds & Whatsoever Estate 
Personal or Real is to be found, which is not bequeath'd to my 
Wife or Children to pay my just Debts & Funeral Charges & to 
make Judith equal with her Sisters as aforesaid & in Case there 
are not Sufficient herefor, then each Son shall pay an equal Part 
of what shall be needed more to pay my Debts &c. but if my 
Stock &c as above mention'd shall more than pay my Debts & 
funeral Charges &c then each Son shall have an equal Part of the 

overplus * * * r»uT it i 

Philip towler 

[Witnesses] Thomas Young, John Mead, Ichabod Whidden.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 525.] 

A Codicil to the foregoin Will 

Be it known to all Men by these Presents that I Philip Fowler 
of New Market within His Majesties Province of New Hampshire 
in New England Yeoman have made & Declared my last Will & 
Testament in writing baring Date the twenty Second Day of 
May Anno Domini Seventeen hundred & fifty four & in the 
twenty Seventh year of the Reign of His Majesty King George, 
the Second. I the S*^ Philip Fowler by this Present Codicil do 
Ratify & Confirm my S<^ last Will & Testament and do further 
declare that in as much as fifty Six acres of my Land on which my 
House Stands Is Since my Will was written In the Law And 
my Son Philip has oblidged himself to the Warranters Joseph 
Sherburn Esq'' Mr John Sherburn of Boston And M'' Henry 
Sherburn Esq"" Mr John Sherburn & M"" Daniel Ringe Merchants 
in Portsm*^ To defray one half of the Charge for the carrying the 
case home to England. It is my will that my other two Sons 
Jacob & Simond Should pay Each their Equal Part of S"^ Charge 
with my Son Philip in proportion to their Interest in my Estate 



no NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

as mentioned in My S'* Will. And also that in Case any of the 
Land I have will'd To Either of my S<^ Sons Should hereafter 
come into the Law they Should Each of them bear their Propor- 
tion of the Charge which may thereby arise as afore S** And my 
Will and meaning Is that this Codicil be Adjudged to be a Part 
and Parcel of my last Will & Testament and that all things 
therein Mentioned & contained be faithfully and truly per- 
formed, and as fully & Amply in Every Respect as if the Same 
were So declared and Set Down in my S'^ will and Testament. 
Witness my Hand this Twenty fifth Day of July one Thosand 
Seven hundred & Sixty four 

Philip Fowle' 

[Witnesses] Robert Smart, John Moody. 

[Proved Aug. 26, 1767.] 

[Inventory, June i, 1767; amount, £935. 5. 6; signed by Wil- 
liam Pottle and Walter Bryent.] 



SAMUEL LEAVITT 1754 STRATHAM 

[Warrant, May 22, 1754, authorizing Samuel Lane and Wil- 
liam Pottle, both of Stratham, to appraise the estate of Samuel 
Leavitt of Stratham, yeoman.] 

[Inventory, May 24, 1754; amount, £56. 16. 6; signed by 
William Pottle and Samuel Lane; mentions Dudley Leavitt as 
executor of the will.] 



RICHARD JENNESS 1754 RYE 

In the Name of God a men I Rich"^ Jenness Esq' of the Parrish 
of Rye in the Province of New Hampshire Beeing Week in 
Body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS III 

Item I give unto my well Beloved wife Mary the use of the 
west end of my Dwelling House with the fire Rooms & other 
Priviledges and Conveniencies there to Belonging with fire wood 
Rady Cut to the doer & all other Nacerases of Life as is here 
after Previded for In this my Last will for During the tarm of her 
widowhood I also Give Grant & bequeath unto my Said wife all 
my Household Goods not Desposed of hereafter in this my Last 
will to her Despose for Ever — 

Item I Give to my well beloved Son francis Jenness & to his 
Heirs & assigns for Ever Seventy five Acres of Land joining to 
that Land where his now Dwelling House & twenty five acres of 
Land is in Rye afore Said & is to Extend So many Rods East- 
wardly into my other Land upon a Parallel Line a Crossing the 
Land I bot of the Lat Lieu' Gouvnour Wintworth & a lot of Land 
I bot of W™ Cotton till the Said Quantity of Seventy five acres is 
Compleatly made up — 

I also Give my Said Son francis one Whole original Right of 
Land in the township of Barnstead which Right of Land I bought 
of George walton of Newington Esq'' & also I Give unto my Said 
Son francis a one hundred Acre Lot of Land in the township of 
Chester Commonly Called the first Hundred Acre Lott in Said 
township which I bought of Sam'' tomson. I also Give unto my 
Said Son francis one halfe of a two Hundred & forty acre Lot of 
Land in the township of Barrington Which I bot of Cap* w™ 
follows Late of Portsmouth deceased I also Give to my Said Son 
francis one halfe of an original Right of Land in the township of 
Gilmantown which I bot of W'" Rogers I also Give to my Said 
Son all my Right of Land in the township of Epsom which I 
bought of Nathanial Morril Late of Rye Aforesaid Clerk De- 
ceased I also Give to my Said Son francis two Shares of Marsh in 
Little River so Caled in Northhampton Parrish Bounded as fol- 
loweth Viz Nothely on Marsh of Epharim Marston Westely on 
the Creek Soiithely on Marsh of Stephen Brown & Eastely on 
Lampers Land I also Give unto my Said Son francis two Acres of 
Marsh at the west End of the Six Shares So Caled in Little Rever 



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afore Said I also Give to my Son francis all that Part of four 
Acres Land that he has in his Presesain that I Desined for my 
Son Rich<* haveing Sold the other Part to Jethro Lock for him my 
Said Son Richard Provided Nevertheless & my Will & Meaning 
is that my Said Son franceis Pay or Casse to be Paid to my well 
beloved Daughter Sarrah Marston Sixty Ounces of Silver or 
Bills of Credit or other Good Marchantable Pay at the Current 
money Price as Shall be acquivalent to Said Sixty Ounces of Sil- 
ver Which he my Said Son Shall Choose as he is here after obliged 
to Pay the above Said Silver or other Marchantable Pay twenty 
Ounces with in one year after my Decease & twent Ounces with 
in two years & twenty ounces the third year Which Makes the 
above Said Sixty ounces as Above Said 

Item I Give unto my well beloved Son Richard Jenness a Lot 
of Land on the North Side of the Road that Leads from Brack- 
fast Hill Rendles farm at the North End of Said Hill it Being that 
Land I Bought of John & willim Cotton Contaning Ninty acres 
Be the Same More or Less as may more fully appear by there 
Deed of Sale to me — 

I also Give unto my Said Son Rich"^ Jenness the one half of that 
whole Right of Land in Gilmantown Which I bought of w°* 
Rogers afore Said I also Give unto my Said Son Rich<^ that whole 
Right in Canterbury of which I was the original Propritor or 
Grantee Except the Home Lot which I have Disposed of I also 
give unto my Said Son Rich^ the one half of that two Hundred & 
forty acre Lot of Land in Barrington afore Said which was the 
original Right of W" Follows late of Portsmouth afore Said in- 
holder Deceased I also Give to my Said Son Rich"^ & to his heirs 
& assigns for Ever the one Half of Lot of Land in Notingham 
the hole Lot Containing two Hundred & twenty Acres Which I 
Bought of Joshua Pairce Esq"" I also Give to My Said Son Rich"^ 
Jenness that Salt Marsh he improves at Lamprys Cove So 
Called at Little Rever afore Said Provided Nevertheless & my 
will & Meaning is that My Said Son Rich'^ Jenness Pay or Casse 
to be Paid to my well Beloved Daughter Hannah Lock Sixty 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 3 

ounces of Silver or bills of Credit or other Good Marchantable 
Pay at the Current money Price as Shall be acquivalent to Said 
Sixty Ounces of Silver as he is here after Obliged to Pay the 
above Said Silver or other Marchantable Pay twenty ounces 
with in one year after my Decease twenty ounces with in two 
years & twenty ounces the third year which Makes the above 
Said Sixty as above Said 

Item I give unto my Sons Franceis Richard Samuel & Joseph 
as trustees in trust for my Well Beloved Son Simon Jenness he 
being incapable of taking Care for himself a Certain tract or Par- 
cel of Land Lying & being in Rye aforesaid Containing forty 
acres be the Same More or Less Bounding at the South easterly 
End of the Lots of Land I bought of the Said Lieu* Gov Went- 
worth & Said John & willim Cotton it Being all that Remander of 
the afore Said Lotts of Land Not before Disposed of which Said 
tract of Land is to be improved for the use & Benefit of my Said 
Son Simon by the Said trustees in trust & in Cause the Said 
trusttees in trust Shall find it Necessary to Sell the Same or Such 
Part thereof as the Said trusttees in trust or the major Part of 
them Shall judge Necessary to be sold & the money there by 
raised be employed & improved for the Comfortable Support & 
Maintanance of him my Said Son Simon — 

Item I Give unto my well beloved Son Samuell Jenness that 
Part of my farm where I now Live that lies on the westerly Side 
of the Road that Leads from my Grist Mill to Nathaniel Jenness 
House & from Said Grist Mill on the South west Side of Said 
Mill Pond & Brook up to the Saw Mill I also Give to my Said 
Son that Land on the Northerly Side of the Brock & on the 
weasterly Side of the Road Leads to James Pirkins House Re- 
serving for My Son Joseph Jenness one halfe of the Pine timber 
Standing on the Mill Knoll So Called also the on halfe of the pine 
Tember on the North Side of the Saw Mill for & During the term 
of twenty years after my Decease & then is to be & Remain to & 
for the use of my Said Son Samuell I also Give to my S'^ Son 
Samuell fifteen acres of Land be the Same More or Less that I 



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bot of Simon Dow of Hampton Said Land Lyeth in Rye afore 
Said by Henery Elkins^ Land — 

I also Give to him my Said Son Sam'^ a Right of Land at 
Chichester of which I was the original Proprietor or Grantee 

I also Give to My Said Son Sam" the one halfe of a Lot of 
Land in Notingham in the third Devission of Lots & N° 27 Said 
Lot of Land I bot of Joshua Pearce Esq"" I also Give My Said Son 
Sam" the one halfe of My Right of Land in Gilmantown Not 
Before Disposed of in this my Last will or other wise I also Give 
to My Said Son Sam" the one halfe of My Right of Land in the 
township of Barnstead that was originally the Right of Nathaniel 
Morrals afore Said Provided Nevertheless & my Will & Meaning 
is that my Said Son Sam" Jenness Pay or Casse to be Paid to my 
well Beloved Daughter Hannah Lock fifty ounces of Silver or 
bills of Credit or other Good Marchantable Pay at the Current 
Money Price as Shall Be acquivalent to Said fifty ounces of Silver 
as he is here after obliged to Pay the above Said Silver or other 
Marchantable Pay twenty ounces within one year after my 
Decese & twenty ounces with in two years & ten ounces the third 
year which Makes the afore Said fifty ounces of Silver 

Item I Give unto my Well beloved Son Joseph Jenness all my 
Estate Both real & Personal that I have not before Disposed of in 
this my Last will or otherwise also I Give to My Said Son 
Joseph the one half of my feld & forres which is at the South 
End of My New Paster So caled Joyning to the High way Near 
by Rich'^ Jenness Ju"" House Provided Nevertheless he My Said 
Son Joseph Pay or Case to be paid unto My well Beloved Daugh- 
ter Sarah Marston or to her heirs fifty ounces of Silver as he is 
here after obliged to Pay the above Said Silver or other Mar- 
chantable Pay twenty ounces with in one year after my Decese 
& twenty ounces with in two years after My Decese & ten ounces 
the third year which Makes the afore Said fifty ounces of Silver 

Item I Give unto my two Grandsons Joshua Weeks & Richard 
Lock my Right of Land in the town Ship of Barnstead which 
Right I bot of Cap* Clough of Canterbury I also Give unto My 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II5 

Grandson Joshua Weeks one halfe of a Lot of Land in the town- 
ship of Notingham that I Bot of Joshua Pearce Esq' afore Said I 
also Give unto my Said Grandson Joshua weeks that Whole 
Right of Land in the township of Chichester which I Bought of 
M' Joseph Worth of Hampton falls I also Give and Bequeath 
unto my Grandson Joshua Week two Acres of my Pond that I 
have betwext my House & the Sea to him & his heirs for Ever all 
he or thay Can Moe or Cut of the Said two acres I also Give & 
Bequeath unto my Said Grandson Johua to be paid or Delivered 
unto him when he Shall arrive at the age of twenty one years by 
my Executor one Cow & a yoke of Likle Steers of three years old 

Item I Give & Bequeath my wearing Apparel to be Equally 
divded among my Said Sons Franceis Rich** Simon Sam'' & 
Joseph 

Item I Give My Books to My Children Sons & Daughters afore 
Said to be equally divided among them 

Item I give unto my afore Said Dearly beloved Wife Mary 
over & above What I have before Given her in this my Last Will 
and my Will & Meaning is & I do here by order & Direct that my 
four Sons Frances Rich<^ Sam'' & Joseph shall have Hold & enjiy 
there Several & respective Legacies in this my Last Will to them 
bequeathed as Estates in fee Simple But they Shall hold them 
upon the following Conditions any thing Contained in this my 
Last will to the Contrary thereof Notwithstanding Viz that my 
Said four Sons Last Mentioned at their joint Cost & Charge 
Shall Procure to & for the Sole Use & Improvement of my S<^ wife 
their Mother if She Shall demand it two Good Cows & Shall at 
their joint Charge as afores^ Provide Necessary & Convenient 
Pastreing & fodder for the well keeping the Said two Coues Sum- 
mer & winter with out Corst or trouble to my S'' wife so long as 
She Shall Continuer a widow & I do further order & appoint that 
my Said four Sons Shall also provide for my Said wife without 
trouble or Expence to her Necessary & Convinient fuiel for one 
fire with all the other Necessary & Convenient accomodations 
for her Comfortable & Honourable Maintenance & Support Such 



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as Drlnck Apparrell & Physick & any thing else that may be 
necessary to make her Life easy dureing her widowhood as 
aforesaid 

Item I Give & bequeath to my four Sons Francis Jenness Rich** 
Jenness Sam^' Jenness & Joseph Jenness over and above what I 
have Given them in this my Last will the one halfe of a Saw Mell 
Standing on my one Land about forty Rods from my house to be 
equely devided betwext them with all the Right & Privalage to 
the Streem for Bulding S<^ mell to them & to there heirs for Ever 

I also Give unto my four Sons francis Rich"^ Sam^' & Joseph all 
my Pond Betwext my house & the Sea to be Eaquely Devided 
Betwext them my Said Sons Except two acers before Disposed of 
in this my Last will with all the Salt marsh by Said Pond to be 
equely Devided be twext them thay my afore Said four Sons to 
be there Equel Part in the drawing the worter of & fencing Said 
Pound and I do here by Constitute ordain & appoint my S'^ Son 
Joseph Jenness Sole Executor * * * 

Signed Sealed Published Declared by the Said Rich"^ Jenness 
Esq"^ to be his Last will & Teastament in the Presence of us this 
25*^ Day May 1754 

Richard Jenness 

[Witnesses] Joseph Brown Juner, Nathaniael Jenness, 
his 
Joseph + towle. 
Marke 

[Proved Jan. 25, 1769.] 



JEREMIAH PHILBRICK 1754 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Mary Philbrick, widow, with Ebenezer Stevens and 
Timothy Tilton, yeomen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £500, March 27, 1754, for the administration of the estate of 
Jeremiah Philbrick of Kingston, yeoman; witnesses, Jotham 
Rindge, William Parker.l 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 1 7 

[Inventory, April i, 1754; amount, £6389. 10. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Samuel Winslow.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, personal estate, £1096. o. o; expenditures, £2515. 3. 6; 
mentions maintaining a child under seven years of age 104 
weeks; allowed Oct. 30, 1765.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon^^® John Wentworth Esq"" Judge 
New Hamps: / of the Probate of Wills &c for the Province of 
New Hamps: 

This is to Inform your Hon'' that we the subscribers liveing 
Near the Estate of Jeremiah Philbrick late of Kingstown de- 
cease* being desired by Lieu* Israel Dimon now Husband of Mary: 
Relict of the deceas'd & administ^ on his Estate to give our 
Judgment relateing to the profit or Income of the s'^ Estate of the 
s"* Jeremiah: in order to settle with your Hon"" &c do give our 
judgment as follows viz : that the s*^ Estate dureing the Ten years 
which s"^ Dimon Improved it, is worth about one Hundred 
pounds (Old Ten"^) p'' year to him, amounting in the whole to the 
sum of One Thousand pounds (Old Ten"") in Testimony whereof 
we do hereunto set our hands the 13*^ day of feb^ Anno: dom: 
1766 

David Tilton 
Jonathan Sanborn 
Jonathan French Junr 



NATHANIEL GLIDDEN 1754 EXETER 

[Ann Glidden waives administration on the estate of her hus- 
band, Nathaniel Glidden of Exeter, May 28, 1754, in favor of 
Capt. Daniel Gilman of Exeter, chief creditor, "being fully 
Satisfied there is No Person Near of Kin to the deceased."] 

[Administration granted to Daniel Gilman May 29, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 37.] 



Il8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Daniel Gilman, trader, with Moses Carr, physician, 
and Moses Stevens, tanner, both of Somersworth, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 29, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Jotham Rindge.] 

[Inventory, June 8, 1754; amount, £528. o. 0; signed by Daniel 
Thing and Theophilus Smith.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 28, 1754, authorizing Theophilus Smith, Dan- 
iel Thing, yeoman, Robert Light, gentleman, John Gilman, gen- 
tleman, and Joseph Scribner, yeoman, all of Exeter, to set off the 
widow's dower.] • 

Province of 1 Where as we The Subscribers ware appointed 
New hamp' / and authorized by The Houn'''^ Andrew Wiggin 
Esq'' Judge of The probats of Wills &c for Said Province to Di- 
vide and Sett off to Ann Gliden of Exeter in Said province Widow 
Relect of Nathaniel Gliden Late of Exeter afore Said Deceas'd 
one full Third part of the Real Estate of The Said Deceased ac- 
cording to Quantity and Quality by meats and bounds to hold to 
her in Severalty as her Dower of The Estate of The Said De- 
ceased as by a Warrant from The Said Judge of Probates Dated 
augest 28*^ 1754 may appear We have Pursuant to Said Warrant 
Divided and Sett off to the Said Ann Gliden in full for her Third 
part of The Real Estate of The Said Deceased to hold to her in 
Severalty as her dower in The Estate of Said Nathaniel Gliden 
Deceased The Land and Primeses herein here after mentioned & 
Circomcribed (viz) a Certain Peice of Land Containing Two 
acres and fifteen Rods and bounded as followeth begins at The 
north East Corner of The home place adjoyning to That Peice of 
Land Which John Dean purchesed of The Said Nathaniel Gliden 
Deceased Then Runs North Thirty Eight Deg"^ west ten Rods to 
a Stake and Ston Then Runs Southerly The Same breadth of ten 
Rods bounding Easterly on Cap* Daniel Gilmans Land and 
Westerly on The other Two Third Parts of Said homested until 
it Coms to The high Way To Gether with The Dweling house 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II9 

That Stands Thereon to hold to her In Severallty (During her 

natural Life) as her dower of the Estate of The Said Nath'^ 

Gliden Deceas'd 

In Testemoney where of we have hereunto Set our hand This 

Eleventh Day of October anno domini 1754 

Theo: Smith 
Rob* Light 
John Oilman Jr 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £480. 9. o; expenditures, £425, 10. i; allowed June 25, 
1755; mentions children under seventeen years of age.] 



EPHRAIM SANBORN 1754 EPPING 

[Bond of Enoch Sanborn of Epping, yeoman, with Josiah 
Sanborn of Epping and Samuel Magoon of Exeter, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, May 29, 1754, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Ephraim Sanborn of Epping, not adminis- 
tered by a former administrator; witnesses, William Parker, 
Elliot Vaughan.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1162. 16. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1129. 8. 3; mentions "taking 
Care of a Child of said Intestate from its being one year & 3 
months old til 7 Year old 300 weeks D° for one which was three 
years & four months old at his Decease til its coming to 7 years of 
Age 195 Weeks," and "Income of the Real Estate during the 
Time my Wife Lived as her Dower for 6 years" ; allowed Oct. 25, 
1758.] 

[Account of Abraham Sanborn as guardian of children of de- 
ceased; receipts, £300. o. o; expenditures, £224. o. o; allowed 
Sept. 25, 1755.] 



120 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of Jeremiah jNIarston Sanborn, minor, aged 
more than 14 years, son of Ephraim Sanborn, granted to Abra- 
ham Sanborn of Hampton Falls March 20, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 400.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 15, 1765, authorizing Theophilus Smith, 
Josiah Sanborn, tanner, Josiah Robinson, gentleman, John Gil- 
man, and Daniel Tilton, gentleman, all of Exeter, to divide the 
real estate between the son and daughter.] 

[Report, Dec. 19, 1765, that the real estate cannot be divided 
without injury, finding it to be 46 acres and 120 rods, worth 
£2. 5. o; signed by Theophilus Smith, Josiah Sanborn, John Gil- 
man, Sr., Josiah Robinson, and Daniel Tilton.] 

[See estate of Ephraim Sanborn, vol. 2, p. 697.] 



JOHN FOGG 1754 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Fogg of Hampton 
granted to his widow, Meribah Fogg, May 29, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 37.] 

[Bond of Meribah Fogg, with Samuel Fogg and Josiah San- 
born, both of Exeter, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
May 29, 1754, fo^" the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker and Jotham Rindge.] 

[Inventory, June 22, 1754; amount, £3588. 5. o; signed by 
Samuel Fogg and Jonathan Shaw.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £756. 5. o; expenditures, £134. o. o; allowed May 28, 
1755; mentions a child, Meribah Fogg, who was three and one 
half years old at the death of her father.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 121 

ROBERT HANSON 1754 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Hanson of Dover 
granted to Lydia Hanson and Stephen Hanson May 29, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 37.] 

[Bond of Lydia Hanson, widow, and Stephen Hanson, yeo- 
man, with Timothy Hanson and James Young, yeomen, as sure- 
ties, all of Dover, in the sum of £1000, May 29, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and 
Jotham Rindge.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 26, 1754; amount, £10,546. 7. o; signed by 
Joseph Hanson and Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 

This Indenture Made the Ninth Day of May Anno Domini 
one thousand Seven hundred & Sixty four & in the fourth year of 
his Majesties' Reign Between Stephen Hanson of Dover in the 
Prov« of New Hamp"" yeoman of one part James Hanson of the 
Parish of Madbury in Dover Afores"^ yeoman also on one part & 
Elijah Hanson of Dover afores'^ yeoman on another part Wit- 
nesseth that whereas the s^ Stephen James & Elijah Do now 
stand Legally Seized & possessed of Several Tracts of Land as 
tenents in common Lying & being partly in Dover & in Madbury 
afores*^ partly in Barrington & in the New Township lying Ad- 
joyning to the head Line of Rochester in s'^ Prov" & adjoyning on 
Salmon fall river which was granted by the purchasers John 
Tuffton Mason Esq'' his right to John Hanson Gershom Down & 
others which Lands was the Right & Property of our Hon^ 
father Robert Hanson Late of s"^ Dover yeoman Dec^ who Died 
Intestate & Seized of In fee & at his Decease fell or Decended to 
us the s<i Stephen James & Elijah Hanson & to our Sister Su- 
sanah Hanson Now Susanah Varney whose Right we have pur- 
chased & the whole of our s'^ Fathers Estate being Now the Right 
& Property of us the s^ Stephen James & Elijah Hansons now to 
the intent that a Just & a Perpetual Division shall be had & 
made between the s*^ Parties of & in the aboves^ Tracts of Land 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

it is covenanted concluded & Agreed by & between the s^ Parties 
to these presents in manner & form following (Viz*) the s"^ 
Stephen Hanson for himself his heirs Exe" Adm" & Assigns shall 
henceforth & forever Peaceably & Quietly Have Hold Possess & 
Enjoy forty Acres & an half of Land (more or Less) being the 
homestead whereon our s'* Father last Dwelt & where the s"* 
Stephen Now Lives in Littleworth (so called) in Dover Afores*^ 
with all the buildings of any kind whatsoever Standing or being 
thereon together with all the Priviledges & appurtenances any 
ways belonging or appertaining thereto as Also twenty Acres & 
one half of Land or the one half of forty one acres of Land in 
Common & not yet Divided with our Uncle Timothy Hanson of 
s^ Madbury who is the owner of the other half of s'^ forty one 
acres of Land which s*^ Land Lies at a place called Nock's 
Marsh in Dover afores*^ & is bounded as followeth (Viz*) West- 
erly Joyning to John Hanson's Land Northerly on L* Moses 
Winset's Land & Easterly on Solomon Hanson's Land & To 
Have & To Hold the s*^ forty two acres & one half of Land with 
the buildings & Appurtenances thereto belonging & the s^ 
twenty & half acres of Land or the one half of forty one Acres as 
afores'* with all the Priviledges & Appurtenances thereof unto 
him the s*^ Stephen Hanson & unto his Heirs & Assigns forever & 
it is further agreed by & between y^ s^ Parties that the s^ James 
& Elijah Hanson their heirs Exe" Adm" shall by the Presents be 
utterly Excluded & forever Debarred from any right title in- 
heritance Possession or Claim whatsoever of in or unto y^ afore- 
mentioned two tracts of Land with the Buildings thereon & any 
& Every part thereof & that the s"^ James Hanson shall hence- 
forth & forever hereafter Have Hold Possess & Enjoy y« Remain- 
ing Sixty three Acres of Land in Madbury afores^ (be it more or 
Less) being the same Land whereon the s<^ James Now Dwells & 
is bounded as follows (Viz*) Northerly on the main road leading 
to Barrington Westerly on Barrington Line Southerly on Robert 
Huckins Land & Easterly on William Twambly's Land as also 
half of a Lot or right throughout the New Township lying ad- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 123 

joyning to the head Line of Rochester In s<* Prov« & on Salmon 
fall river granted by the purchasers of John Tufton Mason Esq' 
his right to John Ham Gershom Downs & other as afores'* as 
Also fifteen acres of Land or the one Sixth part of Ninety acres of 
Land (more or less) in Harrington Afores'^ lying Now in common 
& undivided with our s*^ Uncle Timothy Hanson & the other 
Owners of s'^ Lot which s'^ Ninety Acres Lies Adjoyning to John 
Parshley's Land To Have & To Hold the s*^ Sixty three Acres of 
Land the half of s^ Right in s"^ New Township in the s^ Sixth part 
of s'* Ninety Acres of Land as afores'^ with all the Buildings 
Priviliges & Appurtenances thereof unto him the s*^ James Han- 
son & unto his heirs & Assigns forever & it is further Agreed by & 
Between the s*^ Parties that the s^ Stephen & Elijah Hanson their 
heirs Exe" & adm" Shall by these presents be Utterly Excluded 
& forever Debarred from any right title inheritance Possession 
Claim or Demand whatsoever of in or unto y« aforementioned 
Land allotted to the s'^ James Hanson & any & Every part 
thereof & that the s^ Elijah Hanson shall henceforth & forever 
Peaceably & Quietly have Hold possess & Enjoy twenty Nine 
Acres & a Quarter of Land or the one half of fifty Eight Acres & 
one half of Land (more or Less) in Partnership with James 
Young Now lying in common & undivided with s^ James Young 
the Owner of the other half of s*^ fifty Eight Acres of Land as 
Afores'^ which s<^ Land Lies in Madbury Afores*^ & is bounded as 
followeth (Viz' joyning Easterly on the road Leading to Ger- 
rish« Bridge (so called) in s*^ Madbury & Southerly on Daniel 
Young's Land Westerly on Isaac Twambly & W"" Twambly's 
Land & Northerly on our s'^ uncle Timothy Hanson's Land as 
also twenty Acres of Land lying in Madbury Afores*^ & partly 
in Dover afores'* at a place call'd Barbados & is bounded as 
followeth (Viz*) Southerly Joyning on y^ main Road Leading 
through Littleworth to Madbury Afores** Westerly joyning 
partly on Daniel Evens Land & partly on Daniel Hayes Land 
Northerly Joyning on Ralph Twambly & to s'^ Road Also thirty 
acres of Land at Greenhill (so called) in Barrington Afores'^ or the 



124 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

three fifth parts of Land (more or Less) in partnership with John 
Hanson the other owner of s^ fifty Acres of Land his part being 
the two fifths or twenty Acres of s'^ Lot which s^ Land Now Hes 
in common & Undivided with y^ s"^ John Hanson or However the 
s^ Land may be Described it being the three fifth parts of that 
Land that heretofore belonged to our s'* Hon*^ Father Robert 
Hanson which he purchased of Joseph Ham in company with the 
s^ John Hanson the Owner of the two fifths of s<^ fifty acres as 
Afores*^ as Also the one half of a Right throughout the New 
Township lying adjoyning to the head Line of Rochester & on 
Salmon river in s*^ Prov® which s'^ New Township was Granted by 
the purchasers of John Mason Esq'' his Right to John Ham 
Gershom Downs & others To Have & To Hold all the Afores** 
Tracts & parcels of Land set off & Described to the s"* Elijah 
Hanson with all the Priviledges & Appurtenances thereunto to 
him the s*^ Elijah Hanson & unto his heirs & assigns forever & it 
is agreed by & Between y s"^ Parties that the s'^ Stephen & 
James Hanson their heirs Exe" & Adm" shall by these presents 
be utterly Excluded & forever Debarred from any Right title 
inheritance Possession or Claim whatsoever of in or unto the 
Aforementioned tracts of Land allotted or Set off to the s*^ 
Elijah Hanson as Afores'^ & any & Every part thereof & the s^ 
Parties Do by these presents release forever Quit Claim & Sur- 
render up to Each other Respectively all Right Claim Challenge 
& Demand whatsoever of in & unto the s*^ Land Building & 
Premises set off & asin'd to Each other as afores^ In Witness 
whereof the s^ Parties have hereunto interchangably set their 
Hands & Seals the Day & year first above written 

Stephen Hanson 
James Hanson 
Elijah Hanson 
[Witnesses] Solomon Hanson, Jonathan Hanson Jun' 

[Province Deeds, vol. 70, p. 467.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 25 

DAVID ALLEN 1754 SALEM 

[Bond of Susanna Allen, widow, with John Ober and Seth 
Pattee, yeoman, as sureties, all of Salem, in the sum of £500, 
June 7, 1754, for the administration of the estate of David Allen 
of Salem, yeoman; witnesses, Ebenezer Woodbury and Robert 
EUinwood.] 

[Inventory, June 19, 1754; amount, £524. 8. 9; signed by 
Nathaniel Dow and John Hall.] 



ELIZABETH WEEKS 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen 

The Eleventh Day of June in the year of our Lord one thou- 
sand Seven hundred and fifty four. I Elizabeth Weeks Late of 
the Parrish of Greenland in New Hampshire in New England 
Widow, Being Sick & week of Body * * * 

Item — I Give and Bequeath unto my Eldest Brother James 
Cate one ox Chain one plow one Cops & pin one Pitchfork also. 
Sixty Pounds (old Tenor Money) to be paid by my Ex"" after my 
Decease 

Item — I Give & Bequeath to Edward Cate my Second 
Brother one Great hammer & one note of hand he Gave me of 
forty Pounds old Tenner & forty pounds to be paid him by my 
Executor after my Decease. 

Item — I Give and Bequeath to Tucker Cate my third 
Brother one Bond I have against him for Eighteen pounds also 
one other Bond of Sixty pounds wherein your son Joshua is 
bound with you and Sixty pounds old Tenor to be paid you by 
my Executer after my Decease also i Chain & Som peises of 
Chain one old Broad ax & a small hatchet one small Iron shovie 
two hand saus one a small one, one Book The seamans Compass 
Speritualized 



126 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item — I Give and Bequeath unto william Gate my fourth 
Brother my Great Bible and one hundred pounds Old Tenor in 
money to be paid by my Executor after my Decease also my 
Best Gunn you have in your hands already — 

Item — I Give and Bequeath unto Joshua Gate my fifth 
Brother one Suite of Gurtains which you Left in my hands for 
twenty pounds my Small Gunn & powder horn also Sixty 
pounds old Tenor money to be paid by my Executor after my 
Decease also one book an alaram to the unconverted Sinner — 

Item — I Give & Bequeath to Margret Wieat my Black 
Galiminco Quilted Coat & my Broad Cloath riding whood & two 
Large silver spoons and my small Ghist also one hundred & 
fifty pounds old Tenor money to be paid by my Executor after 
my Decease — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to Anna Thompson Daughter of my 
Sister Bridget Barker Deceased, my Gold Necklace my Black 
mourning Goun my two Quilted Coats my warming pan my 
Largest Brass skilet my frying pann Ironing Box with three 
heeters thirty Eight Scanes of Linnin yarn Sixteen scanes of 
Towe & four pound of sheeps wool, two striped homspon under 
Coats one Black & white the other Blue & white four pair of 
yarn stockings & one pair of Black wosted my Blew and white 
homspun Goun, one Iron Spade one tinn funell one tinn Saws 
pan one Choping knife and Six Capps three with Cambrick 
Boarders one Large holland apron one Large Linnen D° & one 
New Holland apron one Large Silk & Linnen hankerchief and 
Lennen Ditto one Cambrick hankerchief and three Small Lin- 
nen Ditto three Small pes of Velvet & Six Course Linen Towels 
my meett Knives & forks two Course Linnen Aprons one of 
them Checked woolen one Iron Candle stick my old Bonnet 
Close Line five or Six pound of tow one bushell & half of Corn 
w*'' Bag one spit one pair of handirons shovle & tongs & one Old 
slice one paire Belloses also three pecks of rie in a box four white 
Chaires two Corn Baskets one Large Chist two wooden platers 
two wooden boules three wooden Dishes & four plates one Book 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 12/ 

of the two Covenants my Velvet whood with broad Lace One 
Bed that I now Lay on with Bedsted Cords two p're sheets two 
Coverleds one hollow sheet New one Cotton & Linen at the 
head of the Bead one Boulster two pillows two Blankets one 
New the other old twelve quart Botles one pair English shoes 
half worn one old Brass Kittle four woolen westcoats two of 
them Long one three Linnen shifts one New & two old ones & 
two Cotton & Linnen shifts my Howard russett wraping goun 
one pair of Pillow Casses one Towel and one Dieper Table 
Cloath, also twenty Eight pounds of money Old Tenor to be 
paid by my Executor after my Decease — also two wheles one 
for woolen y^ other for Linnen 2 p"" of old shoes one pre Blew 
wosted stockings with red Clocks. 

Item I Give & Bequeath to Elizabeth ffrost Daughter of my 
Sister Mary ffrost two Puter Platters Six puter plates one How- 
ard Musling Apron & one Large plain apron three Holland 
Capps with Cambrick borders one holland hankercheif one Green 
floward russet Goun my Largest Iron pott one tramel four Tea 
spoons with my tea pot Cupps & Sawsers also My Crimson 
Broad Cloath Cloak one Linnen shift and tenn pounds old 
Tennor money to be paid you by my Executor after my 
Decease 

Item I Give to Jane ffrost Daughter of my Sister Mary ffrost 
my Blew and Black Checkard Goun one Tow & Linnen Table 
Cloath my least Iron pot & five puter plates and two pear of 
yam stockings one Linen shift and ten pounds Old Tenor Money 
to be paid you by my Executor after My Decease — 

Item — I Give to Eliz'' Cate Daughter of W™ Cate my Gold 
ring I Now weare the posey is Love & Live Happy 

Item — I Give & Bequeath to Jane Piper y^ wife of Jonathan 
Piper of Strathem two puter porengers 

Item — I Give & Bequeath unto Margret Landerkin Daugh- 
ter of my Sister wiet my Croscot saw also My Black Lute str« 
Goun a Book the treatis to y^ Lords Supper & my Silver Buckles 
to be Given to her by my Executer after My Deceease 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item — I Give & Bequeath unto Margret Gardner my 
Double Damask Goun and my Small ovle Table 

Item — I Give unto Abigail Watson widow my Blew short 
Cloak & five pounds Old Tenor Money to be paid by my Execu- 
tor after my Decease 

Item — I Give & Bequeath to Eliz*^ Rodgers my Gold Sieve 
Buttons I now weare 

Item — I Give & Bequeath my Nurse Elisabeth Rawlings my 
Black Silk Bonnet & my Small Looking Glass — 

Item — I Give & Bequeath to Dennis Selevan five pounds old 
Tenor in money to be paid by my Executer after my Decease 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved ffriend John 
Gardner whome I Likewise Constitute make & ordain my Sole 
Executer of this my Last will & testament my Chist of Draws & 
Large ovle Curld maple table Eight black Chairs & one Large 
one my Small Brass skillet a pair of Stilliards one Corse sive one 
Bedstead and Bead two pair of sheets Coverleds Blankets 
Bolsters & Pillows also three hundred & fifty Pounds to be taken 
out of my Bonds Bills & notes of hand also two hundred Pounds 
for my funeral Charges to give my five Breatheren hatbands & 
Gloves & my sister wieat Gloves, and the under beares, also the 
upper beares rings & Gloves All the rest & residue of my Estate 
Goods Chatles or money whatsoever is to be Destributed by my 
Executer above named after my funeral Charges & Debts are 
paid to be Equally Distebuted to Anna Thompson Eliz'' ffrost & 
Jane ffrost. And I do hereby make and appoint John Gardner 
my Sole Executre * * * 

the mark of 
Elizabeth + Weeks 

[Witnesses] Thomas How, Benjamin Sleeper, Cyprian Jeffry. 

[Proved July 30, 1755.] 

[Warrant, July 30, 1755, authorizing John Griffith, shop- 
keeper, and Daniel Jackson, block maker, both of Portsmouth, 
to appraise the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 29 

[Inventory, Oct. 29, 1755; amount, £646. i. o; signed by- 
Daniel Jackson and John Griffith; mentions deceased as of 
Portsmouth.! 



EBENEZER SINCLAIR 1754 EXETER 

[Guardianship of Richard Sinclair, minor, son of Ebenezer 
Sinclair, granted to Nathaniel Folsom of Exeter July 3, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 67.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Folsom, innholder, with Theophilus Smith 
as surety, both of Exeter, in the sum of £100, July 3, 1754, for the 
guardianship of Richard Sinclair, minor, son of Ebenezer Sin- 
clair of Exeter, deceased; witnesses, Richard Young, John 
Mason. 1 



ABRAHAM BRADLEY 1754 CONCORD 

In the Name of God, Amen, this Eighth Day of July Anno 
Domini 1754, ^^^ ^^ the Twenty Eighth Year of His Majesties 
Reign. I Abraham Bradley of a Place called Rumford in the 
Province of New-Hampshire in New-England Yeoman, being 
Sick and Weak in Body * * * 

Item, I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth my dear and well 
beloved Wife the free Use and Improvement of my dwelling 
House and Barn and all the Lands which I have in said Rumford 
already laid out, and not otherwise disposed of by me, to be by 
her freely possessed and enjoyed dureing her natural Life, and at 
her decease it is my Will and Pleasure that the said Houseing and 
Lands (excepting half an Acre which I reserve for the Use of my 
Negro) shall descend to my Two Grandchildren hereafter men- 
tioned in manner following, viz* The Six Acre Lott of Interval 
belonging to the Original Right of Nathan Bloggett shall 



130 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

descend to my Grandaughter Susanna Bradley, her Heirs and 
Assigns, provided the said Susanna when she arives at the Age of 
Twenty One Years shall give to her sisters Mary and Anna in 
equal Shares two Thirds of the Value of Said Six Acre Lott in her 
Share of her Fathers Estate at Exeter in s<^ Province, and that my 
dwelling House and Barn and the rest of the Lands which I have 
given the Improvement of to my Wife (excepting the half Acre 
reserved for my Negro) shall descend to my Grand Son John 
Bradley, his Heirs and Assigns, He paying to his Sister Mehitable 
the Sum of Five Pounds in Bills of Credit of the New Tenor on 
said Province when he come to the Age of Twenty One Years, I 
also give my said Wife the Use of my Negro Pompey dureing her 
natural Life, together with my Stock of Cattle, Horses, Sheep & 
Swine not otherwise disposed of, and Utensils for Husbandry and 
Houshold Goods and Provisions, and it is my Will and Pleasure 
that at her decease, the said Stock of Cattle of all Sorts and 
Household Goods shall be equally divided betwixt my Daugh- 
ters, and the Utensils for Husbandry of all Sorts shall be for my 
Grandson John Bradley — 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved Son 
Jeremiah (besides the Farm I have already given him) One Third 
part of all my undivided Lands which is his full Portion of my 
Estate. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
Daughter Martha four Acres of Land in said Rumford lying on 
an Island in Horse Shoe Pond Laid out to the Original Right of 
John Ayer also One Cow. 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
Daughters Abigail Richards, Apphia Farington, Abiah Eastman, 
Martha Bradley, Mehitable Eastman and Elizabeth Folsum One 
Third Part of all my undivided Lands in said Rumford (except- 
ing twelve Acres of said Third Part, which I reserve for paying 
my Son Farington) to be equally divided betwixt them. I also 
give them my Stock of Cattle of all kinds not otherwise disposed 
of and Household Goods to be equally divided betwixt them at 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I3I 

their Mothers decease, which with what I have alread given 
them is their full Share and Portion in my Estate. 

Item, I give and bequeath my said Negro Pompey after my 
Wifes decease to my said Grandson John Bradley also all my 
Utensils of Husbandry — 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my said Grand Daughter 
Susanna Bradley One Cow after my Wifes Decease — 

Item, I give unto my Negro Pompey the Use and improve- 
ment of One half Acre of Land by my dwelling House taking in 
my Nursery for part of it during his natural Life at his decease to 
revert to my said Grandson John Bradley, his Heirs and Assigns 
and I will and Order my Son Timothy to take especial care that 
my said negro be not wronged by my aforesaid Grandson in any 
Ways and if he should wrong him I give him Power to do him 
Justice 

Lastly, I give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved 
Son Timothy all the Remainder of my Estate not herein other- 
wise disposed of whether in possession, Reversion or Remainder 
which with what I have already given him is in full of his Portion 
in my Estate, I also hereby Constitute, Ordain and Appoint him 
my said Son Sole Executor * * * 

his 

Abraham X Bradley 

Mark 

[Witnesses] Amos Abbott, Samuel Davis, Benj* Rolfe. 
[Proved Sept. 24, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 24, 1755, authorizing Benjamin Rolfe and 
John Chandler, gentleman, both of Rumford, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 10, 1755; amount, £630. 11. 3; signed by 
Benjamin Rolfe and John Chandler.] 



132 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

SILVANUS SCOTT 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen — The Seventeenth Day of July 
Annoque Domini 1754 I Silvanus Scott of the Town of Ports- 
mouth in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
Weaver being aged & Sick in Body * * * 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto My Wellbeloved Wife Sarah 
the use & Income & Improvement of My whole Estate During 
her Widowhood Next after My Decease and the Dispoasal of all 
My Household Goods forever among My four Daughters here- 
after Named — 

Item I Give unto My Son Samuel Scott over and above what I 
have already Given him the Sum of five Shillings Lawful Money 
to be paid him out of My Estate by My Executors a Convenient 
time after My wife Sarahs Decease and I Do hereby order and 
oblige My Said Son Samuel to pay the Leagecies herein Men- 
tioned to my Daughters out of his own Estate or to My Execu- 
tors on their Demand which Said Sumes is Due to Me from My 
Said Son Samuel as his Note of hand in My favour will Make 
plainly appear 

Item: I Give unto My Daughter Ruth Tompson widow of 
George Tompson Deceased the Sum of four pounds old Tenor to 
be paid her twelve Months after My Wife Sarah her Decease by 
My Son Silvanus out of My Real Estate 

Item: I Give unto My Daughter Sarah Seavey the Wife 
of Joseph Seavey the Sum of four pounds old Tenor to be 
paid her at a Convenient time within two Years after the 
Decase of My Wife Sarah by My Son Silvanus out of my real 
Estate 

Item I Give unto Elizabeth Foster the Wife of Benjamin 
Foster the Sum of four pounds old Tenor to be paid her within 
three Years after the Decease of My Wife Sarah by My Son 
Silvanus out of My Estate 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Frances Foster the wife of 
Wooden Foster the Sum of four pounds old Tenor to be paid her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 33 

within four Years after the Decease of My Wife Sarah out of My 
Estate by My Son Silvanus 

Item : I Give unto My Son Silvanus Scott his heirs and assigns 
forever My Dwelling house & Land and the whole of My real 
Estate after My Legacies herein Mentioned and Just Debts and 
funeral Charges are paid out of the Same also I Give unto Said 
Son Silvanus a Note of hand that My Son Samuel Gave Me for 
four pounds Lawful Money for My Said Son Silvanus to take 
possession of My Said Real Estate after the Decease of My Wife 
Sarah and I Constitute and appoint My Brother in Law James 
Moses and M' John Langdon to be Executors * * * 

Silvanus Scott 

[Witnesses] James Moses, Jessha Suard, The mark of MaryX 
Rand. 

[Proved Oct. 15, 1756.] 



JOSHUA PEIRCE 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Joshua Peirce of Portsm" In the 
Province of New Hamp"" Esq' Being Indisposed of Body * * * 

Item I Give to the Children of my Brother Joseph Peirce late 
of Portsmouth Esq"" Deceased a Debt of thirty two pounds Ten 
Shillings & two Pence old Tenor which he Owed me at the Time 
of his Decease I Also Give his three Daughters Twenty five 
pounds old Tenor Each to be paid by my Executor as they arrive 
to the age of Eighteen Years Respectively. — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Sister Sargent an annuity of 
Twenty five Pounds old Tenor Out of my Estate to be paid by 
my Said Executor annually During her Natural Life I Also Give 
& Devise to her son John Winslow all my Right Estate & prop- 
erty within the Bounds of that Tract of Land Granted By the 
prop" of Masons Right So Called to Ebenez"" Varney & Others & 
to her son Joshua Winslow all my Right Estate & Property In 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

that Tract of Land Granted by said Prop" to Jn° Ham & | 
Others — '• 

Item I Give to my Brother in Law Joseph Green my Largest 
Enamell'd Burnt China Punch Bowl & I Also Give unto his son 
Joseph Green all my Right Estate Interest & Property In that 
Township or Tract of Land Called & known By the Name of 
New Boston & to his son Joshua all my Right Interest Estate & 
property within the Bounds of that Tract of Land Granted by 
said Prop" to Jon" Chesley & Others — 

Item I Give to Green the Eldest Son of my Sister Mar- 
garet Green all my Right Interest Estate & property within that 
Tract of Land Granted as aforesaid Called Parrys Town & to her 

son Green the Younger all my Right Interest Estate & 

Property In that Tract of Land Granted as aforesaid Called 
Steven's Town — 

Item I Give & Devise to Hugh Hall Wentworth three hundred 
acres of Land & to Joshua Wentworth the son of Daniel Went- 
worth Late of Portsmouth aforesaid Shopkeeper Deceased two 
Hundred Acres of Land both said Tracts of Land to be as Near 
to Winnepiseoky Pond as may be on my Land there not already 
Laid Out the said Devisees to have Only my Right & Title to 
Said Tracts of Land to be Laid Out So as to Come to said pound 
And not prejudice the Laying Out the Residue of my Lands there 
all the aforesaid Gifts & Devices of Lands to be to the Respective 
Devisees & their Respective heirs & Assigns forever 

Item I Give to my Sister Eliz* Osborne One hundred Pounds 
old Tenor and a Suit of Mourning Such as Shall be Reasonable & 
Decent Considering of all Circumstances — 

Item I Give & Devise to my Brother Daniel Peirce all my 
Right Estate Interest & Demand In & unto my fathers Estate 
and also my Mothers Estate or Which Descends to me from her 
& all my Right Estate Interest & Demand In & unto the Estate 
Which Was Col° Samuel Moor's And Which Comes to me from 
my Sister Mary Moor Deceased Saving & Excepting What I have 
Already Disposed of and also all my Right Estate Property & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 35 

Demand of In & unto the Lands Purchased by me (with Others) 
of John Tufton Mason Esq (Excepting Twenty Acres thereof 
Which I have sold & What is Otherways Disposed of Out of the 
same Lands In this my Last Will) Divided or undivided — I also 
Devise to him my Said Brother Daniel One Quarter Part of a 
saw Mill In Nottingham Standing upon Petuckaway Falls & 
two hundred Acres of Land Lying Near to the said Mill & is 
Number'd four In the first Range being part of the Original 
Right of John Bagly To have & hold the said Prem^ & to him the 
said Daniel Peirce his heirs & Assigns forever — I Also Give him 
my Said Brother all my W^earing apparel In Consideration of all 
Which I Order him to Pay to my Brother Nathaniel Peirce One 
hundred Pounds sterling — 

Item I Give & Devise to my Brother Nathaniel Peirce my 
Dwelling house Where I now Dwell In Portsm" aforesaid & the 
Land thereto Belonging On Pickerings Neck, as the Same is now 
fenced with all the Buildings thereon & that Lot of Wharf 
Priviledge I bought of Elisha Plaisted Situate On said Neck & 
Which Lies Eastward of the Dwelling house of Cap* Nath' Jones 
with the Wharf & Ware house Standing thereon & also two 
hundred acres of Land Lying In the said Township of Notting- 
ham being the Lots Number'd Sixteen & Eghteen In summer 
Street So Called with all the Buildings thereon & three hundred 
acres of Land In said Nottingham In Winter Street So Called 
Viz. Number thirteen & Number fifteen & Number twenty & 
three hundred acres In said Town of Nottingham Lying upon 
Cross Street So Called which is Part of the Original Right of 
Joseph Dodge & is Numbered two & three all the Tracts & 
parcels of Land be they more Or Less & however Bounded & 
Limitted & Described with all the Buildings thereon to hold to 
him my Said Brother Nath^ Peirce & his heirs male of his body 
Lawfully Begotten forever — But In Default of Such heirs male 
then to my said Brother Daniel & the heirs male of his body 
Lawfully Begotten & In Default of Such heirs male of the Body 
of the said Daniel then all the said Prem^ to Go to the Eldest 



136 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

son of my Said Sister Sargent the Eldest son of my Sister Ann 
Green & the Eldest son of my Sister Margaret Green & to their 
heirs & Assigns forever — I Also Give & Devise to my Said 
Brother Nathaniel & his heirs for the Uses Intents & Purposes 
hereinafter Declared Nine hundred acres of Land In the Said 
Township of Nottingham One hundred & fifty Acres being Part 
of the Original Right of Clement Hughes three hundred & fifty 
acres Part of the Original Right of Edward Sargent One hundred 
& fifty Acres Part of the Right of John Bagley & two hundred & 
fifty acres Part of the Original Right of Joseph Richards That 
is to Say for the Paying all my Just Debts Funeral Charges & the 
Legacies Given In & by this my Last Will & Testam* Which 
are Pecuniary Legacies With full Power to Dispose Sell & Convey 
the Same Or any Part thereof for the Ends & Purposes aforesaid 
if he Shall Judge it Necessary & all the Residue thereof to be to 
the use of the said Nathaniel his heirs & Assigns forever — 

And all the Rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate Real & 
Personal Wherever the Same is & Shall be found I Give Devise 
& Bequeath the Same to him the Said Nathaniel to be Absolutely 
at the Disposal of him his heirs Exec" & Adm" I Also Give 
him the said Nathaniel One hundred Pounds Sterling to be Paid 
to him By my Brother Daniel as aforesaid or Taken Out of the 
Estate I have herein Given to him — Lastly I hereby Nominate 
& appoint my Said Brother Nathaniel Sole Executor of this my 
Last Will & Testament hereby Revoking all former Wills & 
Testaments By me made — 

Upon Reading and Considering my Will as above Declared 
I think Proper to make this Alternation that is In Cases 
of failure of Heirs male of the Body of my Brother Daniel then 
the Estate Which Shou'd have Gone to such heirs as aforesaid 
shall Come & Descend to the said Eldest sons of my said sisters 
as aforesaid & to the survivor of them the said sons & to the 
Heirs male of the Body of Such Survivor — And In Case of the 
failure of Such heirs Male then I hereby Give & Devise the said 
Estate to the Ministers & Wardens of the Church of England 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 137 

In the Town of Portsmouth Which is now Settled & Estableshed 
there for the Time then Being & to their Successors as feoffes 
In Trust for the use of said Church forever and hereby Revoke 
the Limitation made as aforesaid to the heirs, & Assigns of the 
said Sons of my said sisters — 

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
iS*"* day of July Anno Domini 1754 — 

Josh* Peirce 

[Witnesses] William Parker, Benj» Akerman, Moses Ward. 

I Joshua Peirce of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Esq having made my Last Will & Testament Bearing Date 
the 18*^ day of July Anno Domini 1754— Do Judge Proper to 
make & Declare this Instrument as a Codicil thereunto — 

Imprimis Instead of What I have Given to my Sister Elizabeth 
Osborne In my Said Will I Give her a Legacy but Leave it In- 
tirely to the Discretion of my Executor What it shall be both as 
to Quantity & Quality & hereby Revoke the Legacy Given her 
In the said Will — 

Item I Give unto Cap* William Wentworth the Black mare 
Which I usually Ride & Which I had of him — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to the Rev<^ Arthur Brown a Suit of 
Black Clothes to be Procured & Delivered to him By my Execu- 
tor the Charge there of to be Paid Out of the Lands I have Given 
& Assigned In my Said W'ill for the Payment of Debts & funerall 
Charges — 

Item I Order my Executor to Build a Tomb or Vault In the 
Church Yard In Portsmouth aforesaid the Charge thereof to be 
Paid Out of the said Lands & as Soon as it is built to Remove the 
Bones of my Brother Joseph Peirce Which now Lie at Greenland 
Into the Same — Lastly I Give to my Brother Nathaniel Peirce 
Two Rights in the Tracts of Land Called the Manadnuck, 
Granted By the Prop" of the Right of John Tufton Mason Esq 
he my Said Brother to take his Choice of Which two Rights he 
Pleases there To hold the said Rights to him his heirs & As- 



138 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

signs — and In all Other Respects I Do hereby Ratify & Confirm 
my Said Will & Declare this Codicil to be a Part of my Last Will 
& Testam* 

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
27*1* day of July Anno Domini 1754 — 

This to be understood that the two Rights mentioned In the 
manadnacks is to Contain all the Lots that is Drawn or to be 
Drawn to my Right In two Townships — 

Josh* Peirce 

[Witnesses] John Wentworth, Benjamin Akerman, Hugh Hall 
Wentworth, Jonathan Blanchard. 

Portsmouth August 4*'' 1 754 

Whereas I had Given my Sister Osborne a Suit of Mourning 
but hearing she Was Dangerous 111 have Ordered it Otherwise & 
now I Counter Man those Orders & Order my Executor to Give 
her a Suit mourning — 

Josh" Peirce 

[Proved Aug. 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 78.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Peirce, mariner, with Daniel Peirce as 
surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £5000, Aug. 28, 1754, 
for the execution of the will; witnesses, John Hart, William 
Parker.] 

[Administration granted to Ann Pierce, widow, Jan. 25, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 159.] 

[Bond of Ann Peirce, widow, with George Jaffrey and Clement 
Jackson as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, 
Jan. 25, 1764, for the administration, with will annexed, of the 
estate; witnesses, John Wendell, Joseph Clark.] 

[Administration granted to Ann Peirce, widow, Feb. 19, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 345.] 

[Bond of Ann Peirce, widow, with George Jaffrey and 
Leverett Hubbard as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 139 

£1000, Feb. 19, 1767, for the administration, with will annexed, 
of the estate; witnesses, John Wendell, Sarah Wendell.] 

[Inventory, April 28, 1767; amount, £2205. o. o; signed by 
Samuel Penhallow and John Wendell.] 

[License to Leverett Hubbard and his wife Ann, administra- 
trix, Feb. 27, 1782, to sell real estate.] 



SAMUEL EATON 1754 PLAISTOW 

[Receipt of Job Eaton, Plaistow, Feb. 27, 1754, to his father, 
Samuel Eaton, for £235. o. o, his share of the estate.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Eaton of Plaistow 
granted to Job Eaton and Samuel Eaton July 31, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 67.] 

[Bond of Job Eaton and Samuel Eaton, both of Plaistow, with 
Joseph Harriman of Plaistow and Annis Campbell of Kingston 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, July 31, 1754, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Robert Campbell and Jonathan 
Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 12, 1754; amount, £5135. 15. o; signed by 
Daniel Little and Jonathan Carleton.] 

[Account of Job Eaton, administrator, of the settlement of the 
estate; receipts, £989. 1.8; expenditures, £365. 14. 5; exhibited 
March 31, 1756.] 

province of 1 plastow November y« 16 1756 Pursuant 
Newhampshier J to an order from the Judge of Probate for Said 
Province we have Set off to Hannah Eaton widow Relict of 
Samuel Eaton late of Plaistow afores*^ Deceased for her Dower & 
thirds of Said Estate as followeth Begining at a Stake and Stones 
By the Cornouer of John Heath Land thence Running Eastrly 



140 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to a stake and stones thence Runing Northerly to two 
Burch Bushes by Joseph Herrimans fence then Runing Easterly 
by the fence to the Rode that leds to Herrimins mill thence 
Southeast to the Rode that leads to Haverhill — thence Runing 
Southwest as the Rode goes to John Heath Land thence Norwest 
By Said Heath Land to the Bounds first menchened and I the 
Said Hannah Eaton Have agread To Take my Third part of the 
oute Lands for wood land Bounded as followeth Begining at a 
mapel tree at the East Side of the Swomp thence Runing westerly 
by the marked Trees to a Red ash & westerly to a Black Oke tree 
at the Rode thence Runing Northwest to the fence of peaslee 
farme So Called thence Runing Eastrly By Said fence to the 
East side of the Swomp thence Southeastrly to the Bounds first 
menchened and I the Said wid Hannah Eaton Have Recived one 
third part of the persenel Estate That is Left Besides paying the 
Depts and I the Said Hannah Eaton is fully Sattesfied with this 
agreament wich I Have made with Job Eaton Adminstrator for 
my third part of my Husband Samuel Eatons Estate I am fully 
Sattisfied and Contented therewith as witness my Hand 
Witness her 

Jonathan Carleton Hannah X Eaton 

Bartholomew Heath mark 

the within mentioned Division is made by us according to the 
best of our Judgm* without Partiality 

Joseph harriman 
moses Stevens 
Jonathan Carleton 
Bartholomew Heath 

[Warrant, Feb. 16, 1757, authorizing Jonathan Carleton, 
gentleman, Ebenezer Noyes, yeoman, Thomas Hale, gentleman, 
all of Plaistow, Francis Chase and Thomas Walter Powers, 
yeomen, both of Newton, to report on the division of the estate.] 

[Report, June 13, 1757, against the division of the estate, and 
appraising it at £630. 7. 8; signed by all the commissioners.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I4I 

[Guardianship of Mehitabel Eaton, Obadiah Eaton, Betty 
Eaton, and Peter Eaton, aged less than 14 years, children of 
Samuel Eaton, granted to Thomas Johnson of Plaistow, yeo- 
man, Oct. 26, 1757] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 325.] 

[Bond of Thomas Johnson, with Joseph Harriman of Plaistow 
and Stephen Emerson of Hampstead, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Oct. 26, 1757, for the guardianship of Mehitabel 
Eaton, Obadiah Eaton, Betty Eaton, and Peter Eaton; witnesses, 
John Smith and William Parker, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Ithamar Eaton, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Samuel Eaton, granted to Thomas Johnson Oct. 26, 

1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 345.] 

[Bond of Thomas Johnson, with the same sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for the guardianship of Ithamar Eaton; 
same witnesses.] 

[Bond of Job Eaton of Plaistow, yeoman, with Joseph Harri- 
man of Plaistow, yeoman, and Benjamin Emerson of Hampstead, 
gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Oct. 27, 1757, for 
the payment of their respective shares to Mary Heath, wife of 
Nehemiah Heath, Ebenezer Eaton, Abigail Eaton, Ithamar 
Eaton, Mehitabel Eaton, Obadiah Eaton, Betty Eaton, and 
Peter Eaton; witnesses, James Emerson and Daniel Little.] 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £1357. i. 4; ex- 
penditures, £681. 2. 8; allowed Oct. 27, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of Mehitabel Eaton, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Samuel Eaton, granted to Elisha Swett of 
Kingston May 21, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 433.] 

[Bond of Elisha Swett, with Jonathan Downing and Francis 
Batchelder as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £500, May 



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21, 1760, for the guardianship of Mehitabel Eaton' witnesses, 
William Parker, Abigail Parker.] 

[Guardianship of Obadiah Eaton and Betty Eaton; minors, 
aged more than 14 years, children of Samuel Eaton, granted to 
Francis Batchelder May 5, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 194.] 

[Bond of Francis Batchelder, cooper, with Jonathan Greeley 
and Ebenezer Batchelder, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, 
in the sum of £100, May 5, 1766, for the guardianship of Obadiah 
Eaton and Betty Eaton; witnesses, Samuel Fifield, William 
Parker, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Peter Eaton of Kingston, son of Samuel 
Eaton, granted to Ithamar Eaton June 23, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 460.] 

[Bond of Ithamar Eaton, cooper, with Ezra Currier, yeoman, 
and Nathaniel Batchelder, gentleman, as sureties, all of Kings- 
ton, in the sum of £100, June 23, 1767, for the guardianship of 
Peter Eaton; witnesses, Josiah Brown, William Parker, Jr.] 



JAMES PERKINS 1754 KENSINGTON 

in the Name of God Amen I James Perkins of the Parish of 
Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in Newengland 
Yeoman being weak of Body * * * 

I 'y I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Shua Perkins 
the improvement of the one half of my Dwelling house and the 
one halfe of my Barn and the improvement of the one halfe of 
all my Land laying in Kensington and the one halfe of all my 
Salt marsh all to improve So long as shee shall Continue my 
widow and at her Death or Day of marriage then to go to those 
that I Give them to in this my will and I Give my said wife the 
one halfe of all my Stock of Cratuers of all Sorts and all the move- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 43 

ables in my house Excepting three feather Beads and the Beading 
Beloning to said Beads the Said Stock and moveables as is 
above Exspressed my said wife to have to Despose of as Shee 
shall see Cause and the one half of my implyments of husbandry 
I Give to my said wife 

2ly I Give and Bequeath to my three sons namely David moses 
and simon forever all my Land laying in the township of notting- 
ham in new hampshire to be Equally Divided Between them 
according to quantity and quallity — 

3ly I Give and Bequeath to my two sons Joseph and Benjamin 
and my wife being with Child now and if that Should Be a son 
and live to the age of twenty one years then I Give to the above 
named Joseph and Benjamin and the Child which my wife is now 
like to have if it Should be a son all my Rights or Shears or 
Grants of Land laying in hales Town so Called to be Equally 
Divided Between them according to Quantity & quality but if 
my wife Should have a garl then to have its portion some other 
way — 

4ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Lidia fifteen Pounds 
money old tenor Bills of Credit, and one Cow to be Paid to her 
By my son Jonathan Perkins when shee shall Come to the age 
of twenty years or Day of marriage which shall happen first and 
one feather Bead and Beading Belonging to said Bead — 

5ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Shua fifteen Pounds 
money old tenor Bills of Credit and one Cow to be paid to her 
By son Jonathan Perkins when shee shall arive to the age of 
twenty years or Day of marriage which shall happen first and 
one feather Bead and Beading Belonging to said Bead — 

61y I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter huldah fifteen 
Pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit and one Cow to be paid 
to her By my son Jonathan Perkins when Shee shall arive to the 
age of twenty years or Day of marriage which shall happen first 
and one feather Bead and Beading Belonging to said Bead 

7'y if my wife Should have a Daughter and it Should live to the 
age of twenty years then I Give and Bequeath to it forty Pounds 



144 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

money old tenor Bills of Credit to be Paid to her By my son 
Jonathan Perkins when shee shall arive to the years above 
mentioned 

Sly I Give and Bequeath to my son Jonathan Perkins forever 
all my house and Barn and all my Land laying in Kensington 
and all my salt marsh laying in Hampton falls Parish and the one 
half of all my stock Cratuers of all sorts only my wife is to have 
the improvement of all as is Before mentioned During her 
widowhood and I Give my said son the one halfe of all my hus- 
bandry tools and I order my Executor to bury me in Desent 
Christian manner and I Do Constitute and appoint my well 
Beloved son Jonathan Perkins to be my Executor to this my 
Last will and testiment and I Do by these Presents make Void 
all other wills By me made and Do Confirm this and no other to 
be my Last Will and testiment In witness whereof I the said 
James Perkins have hereunto set my hand and affixt my seal this 
twelfth Day of August anno Domini 1754 and in the twenty 
eighth year of the Reign of King George the second &c 

my will is and I Do order that my son Jonathan Perkins shall 
be at the Charge of Carrying on my writes in hales town so Called 
untill Joseph and Benjamin shall Come to the age of twenty one 
years 

James Perkins 

[Witnesses] Obadiah Gove, David Green, Ezekiel Dow. 

[Proved April 30, 1755.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1755, authorizing Josiah Brown and Moses 
Shaw, both of Kensington, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1755; amount, £6293. 15. o; signed by 
Josiah Brown and Moses Shaw.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I45 

STEPHEN WESENDUNK 1754 LONDON, ENG. 

[Order of the Judge of Probate to the Register, Aug. 16, 1754, 
to give administration on the estate of Stephen Wesendunk of 
London, Eng,, to John Oulton.] 

[Bond of John Oulton of Newmarket, with John Wentworth 
and Mark Hunking Wentworth, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000, Aug. 16, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Henry Apthorp, William Parker.] 

[Bond of William Allen of Boston, Mass., merchant, with John 
Sullivan of Durham and Samuel Parker of Portsmouth as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 28, 1772, for the administration 
de bonis non of the estate; witnesses, Mary Greenwood, Hun- 
king Wentworth.] 



JOSEPH JENKINS 1754 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, I Joseph Jenkins of Dover in y« 
Province of New-Hamps® in New-England Husbandman, being 

advanced in Years, & labouring under Bodily Infirmities 

* * * 

Item, I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Tabitha 
Jenkins, all y^ moveable Estate of every kind that did Properly 
Appertain unto her at her Marriage, & that Shall Remain at my 
Decease, & also one Pair of Silk Gloves. 

Item, I Give to my Son William Jenkins, whom I Constitute 
make & Ordain my full & Sole Executor of this my last Will & 
Testament, & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever. All my Homestead 
Land, that is to Say all my Land that doth Appertain unto y^ 
farm where I Dwell, Lying on both Sides of y^ Country Road 
that leads along by my Dwelling House, as also my sd Dwelling 
House & Bams, & all other Buildings & edifices, orchards & all 
fruit Trees & all other Trees Standing & Being upon y^ S*^ Land ; 
And also all my movable Estate without Doors, that is to Say, 



146 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ail my Live Stock of Cattle Sheep Horse Kine & Swine, & all my 
farming Tackling & utencils, & also all my Waring Apparril. 

Item, I Give unto my Grand Daughter Sarah Randel the 
Daughter of my Son John Jenkins Deceas'd, & to her Heirs & 
Assigns forever, Twenty Acres of Land Lying in y^ Town of 
Durham, where my Said Son John Jenkins did lately live, & was 
his Homestead Land, & also Twenty Acres of Land Lying in y« 
Town of Dover afores'd at a Place Call'd free Town, & also my 
whole Shear or Right of Lands in y Town of Canterbury in y^ 
Province afores'd ; Except y use and Improvement of y one 
Third Part of S"* Land, the use & Improvement wherof, namely 
of y^ third Part of y" three Pieces of Land last mentioned I give 
to my Daughter in Law Hannah y^ Widow of my s^ Son John 
Jenkins Deceas'd During her Natural life, & at her Decease I 
give y whole of y^ s*^ three Pieces of Land free & Clear of all In- 
cumbrances whatsoever to my s*^ Grand Daughter Sarah Randel 
& to her Heirs & Assigns for ever 

Item I Give unto my Two Grand Sons Jonathan and Moses 
Davis, y^ Children of my Daughter Sarah Davis Deceas'd, & to 
thier Heirs & Assigns for ever All my Land in y^ Second & Third 
Divisions in the Town of Rochester in y^ Province afores'd, & in 
the undivided Lands in s** Town, to be Equally Divided between 
them. 

Item, I give unto my Daughter Jemima, y" Wife of Joseph 
Hoeg, & to her Heirs & Assigns for ever, my Sixty Acre Lot of 
Land in y^ first Division in y" Town of Rochester afores'd, which 
I have also Convey'd to her by one Deed of Gift under my 
Hand & Seal well Executed. I also Give to my S'* Daughter 
Jemima four Hundred Pounds Money, or good Province Bills 
of Credit of y® Old Tenor, or in Current Money of the Province 
afores'd, Equivalent to old Tenor to be Paid her my S'^ Daughter 
by my S'^ Executor, as is hereafter Expressed, viz: one Hundred 
Pounds Yearly or every Year, after my Decease, until y^ whole 
Shall be Paid, my Will also is that all my Household Goods & 
Furniture Linnen Beds & Beding Brass, Pewter Iron Ware &c: 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 147 

Shall be Equally Divided Between my Two Daughters, viz: 
Jemima & Kezia Hoeg. 

Item I Give unto my s'^ Daughter Kezia y" Wife of David 
Hoeg, Six Hundred Pounds, old Tenor, or of y« like sort & kind 
with that which I have herein Given to my Daughter Jemima, 
& also to be Paid unto her my s'^ Daughter Kezia, by my s"^ 
Executor, at two Equal Payments that is to Say, y^ one half, or 
three Hundred Pounds, within y^ Term of Three Years, & y« 
other half, or Three Hundred Pounds, within y^ Term of Six 
Years after my Decease. 

And as to y^ Rest & Residue of my Estate both Real & Per- 
sonal whatsoever & wheresoever it may be found, that hath not 
been mentioned in this Present Will, if any Such there Shall be, 
I Give y^ Same to my s^ Executor & to his Heirs & Assigns 
for ever. 

And I do hereby Revoke, Disannul & make void all former 
Wills & Testaments by me in any wayes heretofore made, Rati- 
fying & Confirming this and no other to be my last Will & 
Testament. In Witness whereof I do hereunto Set my Hand and 
Seal this Twentieth Day of August Anno Domini one Thousand 
Seven Hundred & fifty four & in y« Twenty Eighth Year of his 
Majisties Reign 

His 

Joseph X Jenkins 

Mark 

[Witnesses] Jon" Gushing, Nathanael Lammas, James Lam- 
mas. 

[Proved Nov. 12, 1755.] 



WILLIAM DOWNS 1754 SOMERSWORTH 

[Mary Downs of Somersworth, widow, renounces administra- 
tion on the estate of her husband, William Downs of Somers- 



148 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

worth, in favor of her oldest son, Samuel Downs, Aug. 26, 1754; 
witnesses, Moses Carr and Moses Stevens.] 

[Administration granted to Samuel Downs Aug. 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 77.] 

[Bond of Samuel Downs, husbandman, with Richard Philpot, 
mariner, and James Nock, husbandman, as sureties, all of 
Somersworth, in the sum of £500, Aug. 28, 1754, for the admin- 
istration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Jonathan 
Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, signed by James Hobbs and Moses Stevens; 
amount, £2934. 7. 4; attested Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; ex- 
penditures, £183. 7. 11; exhibited April 28, 1756.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1756, authorizing Capt. James Hobbs, Dr. 
Moses Carr, Moses Stevens, Francis Roberts, and Samuel Jones, 
all of Somersworth, to set off the widow's dower, and to report 
on the division of the remainder among the six children.] 

Province of 1 By Virtue of a Warrant from y^ Hon'''" 
New Hamp' J Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of Probate of wills 
&c for S"^ Province Directing and impowering us the Subscribers 
to make a Division of the Real Estate of William Down Late of 
Somersworth Deceas^ Between the Widow & Heirs of S*^ De- 
ceas'' Pursuant thereto we have Set off to the Widow Twenty 
Eight Acres & an Half as her full third Part in the Lands of S** 
Deceas*^, it being in four Pieces Bounded as followeth (viz) 
The First, Lying on the Westerly Side of the Highway ; Beginning 
at y^ No** East Corner of the Widow Judith Downs' Land Run- 
ing by S'* way Eight Rods; Then Westerly to the south East 
Corner of the Barn Then Southerly to a Large Stone by y^ wid° 
Judith Downs' Fence, Then by S'* Fence to the First Bounds. — 
Another Piece containing Ten Acres begining at the Northwest 
Corner of the house by the way Runing Southerly to y® wid" 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I49 

Judith Downs' Land Thirty three Rods, then by Said wid°" 
Land to a Small white Oak standing by the Fence mark'*, 
thirty seven Rods, Then from S'^ Oak on a streight Line to an 
Oak Standing in the Fence by the highway Sixty Rods, Then by 
the highway Forty Six Rods, to the First Bounds, another Piece 
Containing Twelve acres Lying on the Northern Side of the way, 
Begining at a white Oak Tree Standing in y« Southwest Comer 
of s^ Downs' Land runing by the Highway Easterly fifty six 
Rods, Then Northerly to a Tree mark"* by the River fifty one 
Rods Then by the River to Cap* John Wentworths Land Then 
on a streight Line to the First Bounds. — The other Piece Con- 
taining Six Acres Lying on the Pitch Pine Plain So CalH being the 
Easterly End of S*^ Downs' Twenty Acres Common Right & to 
take the whole bredth of y*' same as it was Laid out till Six Acres 
be completed — As also half of the House that is to Say the 
Eastern End thereof with one third pr* of the Cellar, and Twenty 
feet Square of the southeast Corner of the Barn with Liberty to 
pass and repass too and from the same, for Conveniency of 
Improvement. — And one half Day in a Month in a Saw mill 
at the Great Falls. The other two thirds of the Real Estate of 
S'* Deceas'^ being Twenty seven Acres & an half Homestead 
Twenty two acres in the Plains and Thirty six acres at Berwick, 
according to the best of our Judgment cannot be divided among 
the Heirs without Prejudice to, & spoiling the whole the shares 
being so Small, we have therefore apprised the same (including 
the Buildings Orcharding &c: Excepting the widows Thirds) 
at one Thousand Nine Hundred and nine Pounds old Ten' & one 
Day in a month in a Saw mill at the great Falls at Fifty Pounds 
old Ten' — In Witness whereof we have hereto set our Hands this 
Twenty ninth Day of June, Anno Domini 1756 — 

James Hobbs 
Moses Carr 
Moses Stevens 
Francis Roberts 



150 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

EPHRAIM TIBBETTS, JR. I754 ROCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Ephraim Tibbetts, Jr., of 
Rochester granted to his widow, Ann Tibbetts, Aug. 28, 1754.I 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 76.] 

[Bond of Ann Tibbetts, widow, with Otis Pinkham and Na- 
thaniel Austin, yeomen, as sureties, all of Dover, in the sum of 
£1000, Aug. 28, 1754, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Aaron Campbell.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 8, I754; amount, £3947. 3. o; signed by 
Joseph Austin and Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 27, 1760, authorizing Thomas Westbrook 
Waldron, gentleman, Joseph Austin, Joseph Hanson, and Joshua 
Wingate, all of Dover, and Samuel Austin of Somersworth, 
yeomen, to divide the real estate between the two sons, Gideon 
Tibbetts and Obadiah Tibbetts; mentions Anne, a daughter 
deceased since her father.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to a warrant therefor From The 
New Hamps' J Hon''^® Richard Wibird Esq'' Judge of the Pro- 
bate of Wills &c* for said Province We have Divided the Real 
Estate of Eph°^ Tibbets late of Rochester yeoman Deceased unto 
his two sons Gideon & Obadiah Tebbets Viz To Gideon Tebbets 
the first Division Lot Number fifty three in the Town of Roches- 
ter in the Province afores"^ with the house & bam thereon to- 
gether with Ninety three Acres & three quarters of an acre of the 
Lot Number Eighty one in the Second Division in Said Rochester 
as the same lies in com'on with the other land of Said lot to have 
& to hold the Said two Peices of Land to him the Said Gideon 
Tebbets His Heirs & assigns forever in Severalty as five Eights of 
the Said Eph""' Real Estate And To Obadiah Tebbets the Lot of 
Land in the Town of Dover In the Province afores'd with the 
house & barn thereon Together with fifty Six Acres & one fourth 
of an Acre of the Lot Number Eighty one in the Second Division 
above mentioned as the Same lies in com'on with the other land 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



151 



of said lot To Have & to hold the Said two Peices of land to him 
the Said Obadiah Tebbets his heirs & assigns for Ever in sev- 
eralty as three Eighths of the Said Eph""' Real Estate In Witness 
whereof we have hereunto set our hand this 22 <^ Day of Sep* 
Anno Domini 1760 

Tho" W" Waldron 
Joseph Austin 
Samuel Austin 
Jos: Hanson 
Joshua Winget 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 53 

WILLIAM WALDEN 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Walden of Ports- 
mouth granted to John Partridge and his wife, Priscilla Part- 
ridge, Aug. 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 77.] 

[Bond of John Partridge and wife Priscilla, with Benjamin 
Akerman and Benjamin Dockum as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, Aug. 28, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate of William Walden, mariner; witnesses, William Parker, 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 24, 1756, authorizing Edward Cate, gentleman, 
and Thomas Bickford, schoolmaster, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 20, 1756; amount, £352. 10. 6; signed by 
Edward Cate and Thomas Bickford ; mentions a brother, Thomas 
Walden, deceased.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £869. 15. 6; 
expenditures, £369. 5. 9; allowed Feb. 25, 1757, and ordered 
"that two thirds thereof [the balance] be paid one half to the 
mother of the Children of Thomas Walden Dec'^ for their use & 
the other half to Jn° Walden which Thomas & Jn° were Brothers 
to the above named William and that the Said Jn° Partridge have 
the use of the other third part of Said Ballance So Long as his 
wife Priscilla Lives she having been the Wife of the Said William 
& that the Said Partridge give Security to Pay the other third 
now in his hands to the next of Kin to Said W'" at the Death of 
Said Priscilla without interest."] 

[Bond of John Partridge, mariner, with Richard Hart and 
Daniel Rindge, merchants, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £100, April 7, 1757, for payment as above; witnesses, T. 
Greenwood, William King; payment acknowledged by the pro- 
bate court Oct. 23, 1773.] 



154 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Receipt to the Judge of Probate Aug. — , 1773, for £83. 6. 8, 
signed by Anna Walden, Nathaniel Tread well, Sarah Tread well, 
Nathaniel Gilman, Anna Gilman, and Jacob Walden.] 



DEBORAH NEWBOLD 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Deborah Newbold of Ports- 
mouth granted to Jonathan Warner Aug. 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 76.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Warner, merchant, with Daniel Warner 
and John Wentworth as sureties, all of Portsmouth Aug. 28, 
1754, in the sum of £1000, for the administration of the estate 
of Deborah Newbold, widow; witnesses, Nathaniel Peirce, 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Sept. — , 1754; amount, £752. 4. o; signed by 
John Shackford and William Knight.] 

[Caveat of the administrator, Sept. 23, 1755, that the estate 
may be insolvent and asking that commissioners be appointed.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Sept. 29, 1756; amount, 
£659. 8. II ; signed by Eleazer Russell and William Knight.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £875. 3. o; expenditures, £2.']']. 16. o; balance to be dis- 
tributed, £597. 17. o; allowed April 5, 1757.] 

[Settlement of claims, allowed April 11, 1757.] 



THOMAS CROCKETT 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Crockett of Ports- 
mouth granted to Jonathan Crockett Aug. 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 76.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 55 

[Bond of Jonathan Crockett, mariner, with John Loud, cord- 
wainer, and Christopher Skinner, mariner, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Aug. 28, 1754, ^^^ the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker and Nathan 
Johnson.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 14, 1754; amount, £250. 9. o; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and Daniel Peirce.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £70. 16. i.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £25. 9. o, personal estate ; expenditures, £89. 6. 5; allowed 
Jan. 5, 1756.] 



JAMES KING 1754 WESTFORD, MASS. 

[Bond of James McGregore, with Samuel Rankin as surety, 
both of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, Aug. 28, 1754, for the 
execution of the will of James King of Westford, Mass.; wit- 
nesses, William Parker and William Shackford.] 



JAMES PRESCOTT 1754 KENSINGTON 

In the name of God Amen, the Seventh Day of September 
1754 I James Prescutt of Kensington of the Town of Hampton 
in the Prov? of new-Hampsh* Husbandman being weak of 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my well beloved son Josiah 
Present all my Home Place where I now Live in s'^ Kensington 
with all the Buildings Priviledges & appurtenances there unto 
Belonging Excepting such a Part of the same which here after I 
Impower my Execut" to Sell & Dispose of For the Payment of 
my Debts. 



156 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item; I give my well Beloved son Marston Prescutt all my 
Place at Nottingham with the Buildings & all Priviledges Be- 
longing there unto. 

Item; I give unto my sons Solomon Prescut & James Prescutt 
all my Right in a Tract of Land granted To Ichobad Robie 
Esq' & others commonly known by the Name of Hales-Town in 
the Prov^ aforesd to be Divided Equally between them in all its 
Priviledges. 

Furthermore I order my son Josiah to Pay to my well Beloved 
son John Prescut the value of what a Certain piece of Land, 
which my Hon^ Father John Prescut Deceasd gave to my S*^ son 
Josiah, what s'^ Land, be it more or Less, is now worth, also that 
s^ Josiah Should moreover Pay to s"^ John one Hundred Pounds 
old Ten' when he arrives to the age of Twenty one years. 

Furthermore; I order my s^ son Josiah to Pay to my well 
Beloved Daughter Mary Prescut one Hundred Pounds old Ten' 
& also To my well Beloved Daughter Sarah Prescut one Hundred 
Pound old Ten' 

Furthermore I order my s^ Son Josiah Faithfully to Fullfill my 
obligation to my Brother Jedediah Prescut For the maintainance 
of my Hon'^ Mother Abigail Prescut. 

Finally I constitute & appoint my well Beloved wife Sarah 
Prescut & my s^ son Josiah my Executors * * * 

James Prescutt 

[Witnesses] Benj* Prescott, John Page, Abraham Prescutt. 

[Proved Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Sarah Prescott and Josiah Prescott renounce executorship of 
the will Nov. 25, 1754, in favor of Benjamin Prescott of Kensing- 
ton, yeoman; witnesses, Mary Prescott, John Page.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Prescott of Kensington, with Samuel Page 
of Kensington, yeoman, and Abner Fogg of North Hampton, 
gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 27, 1754, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, 
Ebenezer Long.) 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 157 

[Inventory, Nov. 8, 1754; amount, £6083. o. o; signed by 
Simon Batcheider and John Page.] 

[Guardianship of Marston Prescott and Solomon Prescott, 
minors, aged more than 14 years, sons of James Prescott, granted 
to Abraham Prescott Aug. 4, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 359.] 

[Bond of Abraham Prescott, with Josiah Prescott as surety, 
both of Kensington, in the sum of £1000, Aug. 4, 1755, for the 
guardianship of Marston Prescott and Solomon Prescott; wit- 
nesses, John Page and John Page, Jr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £1442. 14. o; expenditures, £1545. 8. 9; allowed March 
31, 1756.] 

[Guardianship of James Prescott, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of James Prescott, granted to Josiah Prescott May 31, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 509.] 

[Bond of Josiah Prescott of Kensington, with Abraham Pres- 
cott of Kensington and Jeremy Webster of Kingston as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, May 31, 1758, for the guardianship of James 
Prescott; witnesses, William Parker, Enoch Merrill.] 



AMOS TOWLE 1754 HAMPTON 

[Bond of Hannah Towle, widow, with Jeremiah Towle, car- 
penter, and Jonathan Towle, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hamp- 
ton, in the sum of £1000, Sept. 13, 1754, for the administration of 
the estate of Amos Towle of Hampton, yeoman ; witnesses, Enoch 
Clark, Joshua Lane.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 30, 1754; amount, £4204. 8. o; 
signed by Joshua Lane and Jeremiah Towle.] 



158 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £954. 19. 2, 
personal estate; expenditures, £342. 17. o; mentions "main- 
tainance of 3 of the Deceaseds Children which were under 7 at 
his Death"; allowed Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Account of income from the estate for the year 1754; amount, 
£101. o. o; signed by Joshua Lane and Philip Towle; attested 
Oct. 28, 1755.] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Towle, Amos Towle, and Hannah 
Towle, aged less than 14 years, children of Amos Towle, granted 
to Philip Towle of Hampton, yeoman, Feb. 22, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 165.] 

[Bond of Philip Towle, with John Towle of Hampton and 
Jonathan Towle of Rye, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Feb. 22, 1759, for the guardianship of Joseph, Amos, 
Simon, and Hannah Towle, children of Amos Towle; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Langdon.] 

[Administratrix's additional account, Feb. 26, 1759; receipts, 
£814. 2. o; expenditures, £350. o. o; mentions " maintainance of 
the Children of the Said Intestate under Seven Years of Age 
from the Time of Exhibiting the Last Account"; allowed Feb. 
26, 1759.] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Towle, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Amos Towle, granted to Jonathan Towle of Hamp- 
ton March 3, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 42.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Towle, yeoman, with John Weeks of 
Hampton and Jonathan Towle of Rye as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, March 3, 1761, for the guardianship of Joseph Towle, 3d; 
witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Towle, minor, son of Amos Towle, 
granted to Jeremiah Towle Feb. 27, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, Vol. 23, p. 410.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I59 

[Bond of Jeremiah Towle, with Philip Towle and Samuel 
Smith as sureties, all of Hampton, yeomen, in the sum of £5000, 
Feb. 27, 1765, for the guardianship of Joseph Towle; witnesses, 
Wyseman Claggett, William Vaughan.] 



ARCHIBALD MILLER 1754 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Archibald Miller granted to 
Mary Miller and Andrew Craige Feb. 26, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 198.] 

[Bond of Mary Miller, widow, with William Craige and Wil- 
liam Leach as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate of Archibald Miller of Chester, 
yeoman; witnesses, Mary Craige, Thomas Rogers, James 
Horner.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Andrew Craige and 
Mary Shirley, formerly Miller; receipts, £635. 10. o; expendi- 
tures, £893. 6. 6; mentions boarding "two of my children" four 
years, and "one of my children" two years; allowed Nov. 29, 
1758.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 19, 1754; amount, £1631. 10. o; signed by 
William Leach and William Craige.] 



JOSEPH TOWLE 1754 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen — I Joseph Towle of Hampton 
in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman being Weak in 
Body * * * 

Item I give & Bequeath to my beloved Wife Sarah one hun- 
dred pounds of Pork — fifty pounds of Beef — twelve bushels of 
Com one peck of Beans — one peck of Potatoes — two bushels 



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of Malt — four bushels of Apples — two pounds of Tallow — 
one barrel of Syder two Fleeces of Sheeps Wool & Keeping for 
One Cow Summer & Winter Yearly & Every Year During her 
Widowhood to be found & Provided for & unto my Said Wife by 
my Said Executors — also one Room in my Dwelling house 
During her Widowhood — I also give her to her Own Disposal 
all the Goods She Bro't me at Marriage all which is in Lieu of 
her Right of Dower or power of thirds — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Son John Towle ten Shillings 
New Tenor Bills of Credit to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Joseph Towle twenty 
pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Son James Towle twenty 
pounds Old Tenor to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Son Jonathan Towle twenty 
Pounds Old Tenor to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Page twenty 
pounds Old Tenor to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mehitable Brown 
twenty pounds Old Tenor to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Item I Give & Devise to my Grand Son Joseph Towle Son of 
my Son Amos Towle Deceased my Dwelling house & Bam & all 
my Land thereunto Belonging Except one acre herein after 
Mentioned — also all my Pasture Land Situate in Hampton 
aforesaid bounded Easterly by Land of Reuben Sanborn & 
westerly by Land of Benjamin Towle also half a Share of Land 
lying in the Second North Division so called bounded Easterly 
by Land of James Godfrey & Westerly by Land of James Towle 
— also One half of a Share of Land lying at a Place called Lobs 
hole as it now lays undivided with the Heirs of John Hobbs 
Deceased — also all my Meadow Ground lying before my Said 
Dwelling house bounded Easterly by Meadow Ground of Jere- 
miah Towle & Westerly by Meadow Ground of Philip Towle also 
One half of that Lott of land which I heretofore purchased of 
Jesper Blake Containing about three acres bounded Easterly by 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS l6l 

Land of John Nay & Westerly by Land of the Widow Dearborn 
also all my Salt marsh Situate in Hampton aforesaid at a place 
called the Clam Banks Excepting one acre herein after men- 
tioned — also one half of my Salt marsh at a place called the 
Boarshead near the Ox Common And my Will is that my afore- 
said Grand Son Joseph Towle when he arrives to twenty One 
Years of Age Should Convey his Interest in the Estate of his 
Said Father Deceas'^ to his Brother Amos Towle then to hold my 
Said house & Bam and all my Said Land meadow Ground & 
marsh to him my Said Grand Son Joseph his Heirs & Assigns — 
and in Case my Said Grand Son Joseph Shall Neglect or Refuse 
to Convey his Said Interest to his Said Brother Amos as afore- 
said my will is that I Give & Devise to him my Said Grand Son 
Amos Towle so much of the Land herein before Devised to my 
Said Grand Son Joseph On the Condition aforesaid as to make 
his my Said Grand Son Amos's Interest in his Said Father's 
Estate with what is herein after given him Equal to the Estate of 
his Said Brother Joseph to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns — 
the Remainder of what is herein before Devised to my Said 
Grand Son Joseph to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns — And I 
also Give & Devise to him my Said Grand Son Amos Towle One 
Acre of Land where I now live Adjoining to the Land which I 
heretofore Give to my Said Son Amos Deceased — also One 
Acre of Salt marsh lying at the Clam Banks aforesaid adjoining 
to marsh of my Said Son Amos Deceas'^ also the One half of my 
Salt Marsh lying at the Boarshead aforesaid also the One half 
of my Said Lott of Land which I purchased of the Said Blake to 
hold to him his Heirs & Assigns — 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Grand Son Simon Towle Son 
of my Said Son Amos Deceas^ the Sum of five hundred Pounds 
in Good Passable Bills of Credit of the Old Tenor & form in Case 
he Shall Convey his Interest in the Estate of his Said Father to 
his Brothers Joseph & Amos aforesaid when he Shall come to the 
Age of twenty One Years to be paid by my Said Grand Sons 
Joseph & Amos when my Said Grand Son Simon comes to the 



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age afores*^ And if the Said Simon Shall not See fit to Convey his 
Said Interest to his Said Brothers as afores*^ I give & bequeath 
to him the Said Simon only the Sum of five Shillings New Tenor 
to be paid by my Said Executors 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Grand Daughter Hannah 
Towle Daughter of my Said Son Amos Dec'^ five Shillings New 
Tenor to be paid by my Said Executors — 

Lastly I do hereby Ordain & appoint my aforesaid Son Jona- 
than Towle of Rye in Said Province yeoman & Joshua Lane 
Cordwainer of Hampton afores'^ Joint Executors of this my last 
Will & Testament — And hereby I do Revoke all Other Wills 
by me heretofore made In Witness Whereof I have hereunto 
Set my hand & Seal the twentieth Day of Sep* in the twenty 
Eighth Year of his Majisty's Reign Annoque Domini One 
thousand Seven hundred & fifty four — 

his 
Joseph + Towle 
mark 

[Witnesses] John Smith, Jeremiah Towle, Daniel Philbrick, 

October the 4th One thousand Seven hundred & fifty four 
upon Reconsidering the foregoing Will I think proper to make 
the following alteration viz to appoint Daniel Philbrick of 
Hampton afores*^ joiner to be Executor of this my last Will & 
Testament in the Room of my afores*^ Son Jonathan with the 
afores'^ Joshua Lane & Revoke that Clause in my Said Will 
Appointing my Said Son an Executor In all other Respects I 
hereby Confirm my Said Will Witness my hand & Seal the Day 
& year afores** 

his 
Joseph + Towle 
mark 

[Witnesses] Philip Towle, Richard Sanborn, Levi Towle. 

[Endorsed] Presented for Proof 26*** of Octob' 1757 Suspended 
till the Last Wednesday of Novemb' 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 63 

[Sarah Towle, widow, accepts her legacy in the will of her 
husband in lieu of dower Nov, 21, 1757; witnesses, Jabez Smith, 
John Hobbs.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing Philip Towle and John 
Nay, both of Hampton, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 28, 1757; amount, £5777. 7. 6; 
signed by Philip Towle and John Nay; addition of £25. o. o made 
Feb. 21, 1758.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3694. 3. 6; 
expenditures, £3954. 6. 9; allowed Oct. 28, 1765.] 



FRANCIS MASON 1754 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of Francis Mason of Exeter, Sept. 23, 
1754; amount, £721. 14. o; signed by Jonathan Dearborn and 
Thomas Moore; attested Sept. 23, 1754.] 

[License to Satchell Clark of Stratham, administrator, Oct. 
26, 1768, to sell real estate.] 



TRUEWORTHY DUDLEY 1754 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Trueworthy Dudley of Exeter 
granted to Biley Dudley of Brentwood Sept. 28, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 155.] 

[Bond of Biley Dudley, with Theophilus Smith and Simon 
Wiggin of Exeter as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Sept. 28, 1754, 
for the administration of the estate of Trueworthy Dudley, 
blacksmith ; witnesses, Robert Light and Love Chase.] 

[Inventory, October, 1754; amount, £4024. 12. o; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and Robert Light.] 



164 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the sale of the personal estate May 30, 1755; 
amount received, £169. 18, 6; appraised at £211. 2. 6.] 

[Account of the sale of the real estate, May 13, 1756; amount 
received, £920. o. 0.] 

[Guardianship of John Dudley, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Trueworthy Dudley, granted to John Dudley Feb. 
15. 1764-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 158.] 

[Guardianship of Nicholas Dudley, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Trueworthy Dudley, granted to John Dudley Feb. 
15, 1764-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 158.] 

[Bonds of John Dudley of Epping, gentleman, with John Dow 
of Epping and Samuel Pease of Newmarket, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500 each, Feb. 15, 1764, for the guardianship of 
John Dudley and Nicholas Dudley; witnesses, Samuel Parker, 
William Vaughan.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts £3343. 7. 3; expenditures, £3012. 6. 7; allowed July 
27, 1768.] 

[Bond of John Dudley of Raymond, with Joseph Gilman and 
Noah Emery, Jr., trader, both of Exeter, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Aug. 5, 1778, for the administration de bonis non of 
the estate ; witnesses, Nathaniel Parker and William Parker.] 



KETURAH ALCOCK 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Keturah Allcock of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Widow Being Sick & Weak 
In Body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 165 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Son Joseph five 
Shillings old Tenor 

Item I Give & Bequeath to Each of my Other Children Viz 
John Mary & Elizabeth all the Remainder of my Estate both 
Real & Personal Equally to be Divided Between them — 

And I Do hereby Constitute make and Ordain my Said Son 
John Sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testam* And I Do 
Hereby utterly Disallow & Disannul all & Every Other former 
Wills Legacies & Bequests & Executors By me any Wise Before 
Named Willed & Bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this & no 
Other to be my Last Will & Testament — 

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
fifth Day of October Anno Domini 1754 — 

Keturah allcock 

[Witnesses] Eleazer Russell, Joseph Peirce, Peter Man. 

[Proved Oct. 30, 1754.] 



EDWARD WYMAN 1754 PELHAM 

In the Name of God Amen the fifth Day of October Annoque 
Domini one Thousand Hundred and fifty four and in the Twenty 
Seventh year of his Majestys Reign: I Edward Wyman of Pel- 
ham in the Province of New Hampshire Husbandman being very 
Sick and weak in body * * * 

Item My will further is I Give to my well beloved wife hannah 
Wyman the one third part of all the lands I shall leave at my 
Decease lying in Pelham allso the one half of my Dwelling house 
and the one third part of my bam the northerly half of my house 
and the Easterly End of my bam that is to say the house and 
barn on the Homsted I Give the use or Improvment of the above 
Mentioned lands and premises to my said wife During her Nat- 
urall life : and allso I further Give to said wife the one third part 
of my Movable Estate within and without Doors: to be at her 
own Dispose for Ever; allso the third part of Books 



l66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item My will further is I Give to my Eldest son Edward 
Wyman Ju' the two thirds of my lot of land lying at Goldings 
where he now lives be it understood by all Persons that I Give 
my said son two thirds of said lot that is all the land in said lott 
lying twenty five poles Eastward of a high way which Goes 
through the westerly End of said lot on the south side of said lott 
and so runing North to the line Extending thirty five rods East- 
erly of said highway being a Streight line from South line to 
North line; allso the house and bam standing on the above said 
lot together with all the priviledges belonging to the above said 
lot as the same may Contain More or less and is butted and 
Bounded to him my said son Edward and to his lawfull Heirs 
forever do I Give the above written land and buildings: &c 

Item My will further is I Give to youngest son William Wy- 
man and to his lawfull heirs forever the two thirds of my home- 
stead or house lot as the same May Contain More or less and is 
butted and Bounded allso the southerly half of my Dwelling 
House and two thirds of the westerly part of my barn together 
withe the Priviledges belonging there unto: allso the two thirds 
of a Certain tract of land lying near the pine swamp so Called 
near the Center of the town as the same May Contain and is 
butted and bounded : &c : allso I further Give to my said son Wil- 
liam the two thirds of the remainder of my lot of land at Goldings 
that I have not Given to my son Edward within Expressed as 
the same May Contain and is butted and Bounded and all 
the Priviledges belonging thereunto : 

Item my will further is that at the Decease of my wife when 
She has done with her Improvement of the thirds of my lands 
which I have Given her: then I Give the said thirds of land to 
my two sons Edward and William and to their lawfull heirs for- 
ever; to be Divided between them according as their land is 
Given and stated to them allso I Give the half of the house and 
the third part of the barn to my son William and to his lawfull 
heirs forever whensoever his Mother shall Decease or have Done 
with her Improvement 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I67 

Item My will further is I Give the two thirds of my movable 
Estate within and without Doors that I have not Given to my 
wife I Give to my two Sons and five Daughters or their lawfull 
heirs to be Equally Divided to and Among them : and as to my 
working Husbandry tools and Utensels of Husbandry within and 
without Doors and my wareing apparrell I Give to my two sons 
Edward and William and to their lawfull heirs forever 

Item My will further is I Give to my five Daughters or to their 
lawfull heirs Seventy Pounds of money old tenor to Each of my 
Daughters besides what they have allready received out of my 
Estate at their marriage : and as to my Daughter Abigail that is 
yet a Single woman: that she shall be Equall to any one of her 
Sisters as they ware at Marraige and in as Good things and 
Species any of them had; whensoever she shall Call for it; and 
my son Edward and William or their lawfull heirs are to be their 
Equall Proportions in making their Sister Abigail Equall to her 
Sisters as aforesaid ; 

Item My will further is I order and Appoint my son Edward 
Wyman or his lawfull heirs shall pay out of his Share in the fol- 
lowing order: viz to pay to his Sister Hannah Perham thirty 
five pound old tenor and thirty five pounds old tenor to his Sister 
Catharine Beard and Seventeen pounds ten Shillings old tenor 
to his Sister Abigail Wyman or to their lawfull heirs at the End 
of two years next Ensuing after My Decese: I allso further order 
my son Edward as aforesaid to pay further thirty five pounds old 
tenor to his Sister Judith Perham and thirty five pounds old 
tenor to his Sister Elizabeth Wyman and Seventeen pounds ten 
Shillings old tenor to his sister Abigail Wyman or to their law- 
full Heirs at the End four years Next Ensuing after My Decease: 

Item My will further is I allso order and appoint my son 
William Wyman or his lawfull heirs shall pay out of his Share 
in the following order viz: to pay to his Sister Judith Perham 
thirty five pound old tenor and thirty five pounds old tenor to 
his Sister Elisabeth W^nian and Seventeen pounds ten Shillings 
old tenor to his sister Abigail Wyman or their lawfull heirs at 



1 68 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the End of two years next Ensuing after My Decease I allso 
further order my son William Wyman as aforesaid to pay to his 
Sister Hannah Perham the sum thirty five pounds old tenor and 
to his Sister Kathrine Beard thirty five pounds old tenor and to 
his Sister Abigail Wyman Seventeen pounds old tenor ten Shill- 
ings: or to their lawfull heirs at the End of four years Next Ensu- 
ing after My Decease: 

Item My will further is I Give the third part of My pew in the 
Meeting house to my wife During her naturall life: and the 
other two thirds I Give to my two Sons or their lawfull heirs to be 
Equall in Division: and when their Mother has done with her 
third of said pew it is to return to my two Sons as aforesaid : to 
be Still Equall in Division 

Item My will further is to Commit a little lad I have taken to 
live with me till he is of the age of twenty one years to my wife 
and to my son William Wyman and to his lawfull heirs to bring 
up said lad and to take Care of him in Sickness and health and to 
fulfill his Indenture and if said lad should be faithfull and healthy 
till he is one and twenty years I order My said son William to 
Give to said lad Named Nathan Whiting the sum of thirty 
pounds money old tenor or the value thereof in Species 

Item My will further is to Constitute Make and ordain my 
beloved wife Hannah Wyman above Named : to be My Executrix 
and my son William Wyman above Named to be my Executors 
to this my last will and Testament ; and if my son William should 
be under the age of twenty one years at my Decease : I order said 
son William to Chuse a Guardian to mannage said trust for him 
with his said mother * * * 

Edward Wyman 

[Witnesses] John Butler jun, Amos Richardson, Eleazar Whit- 
ing. 

[Proved. Dec. 25, 1754.] 

[Acceptance of the provisions of the will by the heirs Dec. 11, 
1754, ^^^ waiver of citation; signed by Edward Wyman, John 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 169 

Perham, Hannah Perham, Ebenezer Beard, Catherine Beard, 
Jonathan Perham, Judith Perham, EHzabeth Wyman, and Abi- 
gail Wyman; witnesses, Amos Richardson, Eleazer Whiting.] 

[Receipt for £40 each from the executrix, Dec. 11, 1754, signed 
by John Perham and wife Hannah, Ebenezer Beard and wife 
Catherine, Jonathan Perham and wife Judith, EHzabeth Wy- 
man, and Abigail Wyman; witnesses, William Richardson, Amos 
Richardson, John Butler.] 

[Consent to the proving of the will of her husband and accept- 
ance of executorship, Dec. 23, 1754; signed by Hannah Wyman.] 

[Guardianship of William Wyman, minor, son of Edward Wy- 
man, granted to Benjamin Johnson Dec. 25, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 161.] 

[Warrant, Dec, 25, 1754, authorizing Benjamin Johnson, 
Amos Richardson, and John Butler, all of Pelham, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Johnson of Wobum, Mass., with John 
Butler, Jr., and Amos Richardson, both of Pelham, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 25, 1754, for the guardianship 
of William Wyman; witnesses, Edward Wyman, Andrew Sher- 
burne.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 27, 1754; amount £6617. 19. o; signed by 
Benjamin Johnson, John Butler, Jr., and Amos Richardson.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Wyman granted to 
his widow, Hannah Wyman, Oct. 14, 1756.] 

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

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £912. 7. o; expenditures, £880. o. o; allowed March 17, 
1762.] 



170 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ANN GREEN 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Ann Green of Portsmouth in the 
Province of New Hampshire Widow being Sick & Weak in Body 
but of Sound Mind & Memory & being in daily Expectation of 
my Death * * * 

my Will is that in the first place all my Just Debts & funeral 
Charges be paid by my Executor out of my Real or Personal 
Estate at or according to his Discretion & which he Shall judge 
most Convenient as Soon after my Decease as he Can with Con- 
veniency and the Residue & Remainder of Said Estate Real & 
Personal and whatsoever is at my Disposal I give Devise and 
bequeath to and among my three Children John Ann and Wil- 
liam Equally to be Divided to have & to hold to them & their 
Respective Heirs & Assigns forever — Lastly I hereby Constitute 
and appoint Jeremiah Libbey jun' Sole Exec' of this my last 
Will & Testament Praying him to Accept of that Office & Dis- 
charge the Same to Prevent Division & Difference among my 
Children & that Peace & Love may be Promoted between them — 
And I hereby Revoke all other Wills by me in any manner hereto- 
fore made In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & 
Seal the 19th Day of October Anno Domini 1754 — 

Ann X Green her Mark 

[Witnesses] William Parker, W™ Langdon, kezia Langdon. 

[Proved Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 17, 1754; amount, £3046. 14. 6; signed by 
John Hart and John Shackford.] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to H unking Wentworth 
Aug. I, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 336.] 

[Bond of Hunking Wentworth, with John Green, blockmaker, 
and Isaac Tucker, joiner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £1000, Aug. I, 1755, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, John Parker and Jonathan Blanchard.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 71 

NATHANIEL DEARBORN 1754 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Nathaniel Dearborn of the 
Parish of Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in 
Newengland Yeoman Being sick and weak * * * 

liy I Give and Bequeath to my wellbeloved wife mary 
Dearborn all my moveables within Doars to Despose of as shee 
shall see Cause and I Give my said wife my youngest Ridable 
Beast and the improvement of the one half of my Dwelling house 
and the one halfe of my Barn and the improvement of the one 
halfe of all my home place Laying in the Parish of Kensington 
and the improvement of the one halfe of all my stock of Creatuers 
of alsorts the above mentioned Rideing Beast and the one halfe 
of my house and Barn the halfe of my land and the halfe of my 
stock that I have Given my wife I Give it her to improve so long 
as shee shall Continue my widow and no Longer and at her Death 
or Day of marriage then to go to those that I shall Give them to 
in this my will 

2ly I Give and Bequeath to my son samuel Dearborn my 
house and Bam and all my land laying on the south sid of the 
way where my house and Bam now standeth and the one half of 
all my stock of Creatuers of all sorts only my wife is to improve 
as is above expressed During her widowhood and I Give my said 
son the uppermost or westerly end of my piece of salt marsh 
laying In Hampton falls Parish Be the same three acres more or 
less and is Bounded with the marsh of theophilus Page on the 
west northerly on Abraham Brown in part and James Perkins in 
part Easterly on Abraham sanbom in part and James Perkins in 
part southerly on Stephen Brown in part and Josiah Blake in 
part and I Give my Said son all my impliments of Husbandry 
and I Give my said son all that part of the stock that my wife 
hath to improve at her Death or Day of marriage 

3ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Henry Dearborn all my 
Land laying on the north sid of the way that leadeth from 
Kingston to Chester laying at a place Called Beach plain Be the 



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same twenty acres more or less as it now lays in said Kingston 
and I Give my said son the one halfe of all my part in a Right 
which was Granted to my father now layd out or what may be 
yet to lay out to said Right in said Kingston and I Give my said 
son all my Right in a piece of thatch Ground laying in hampton 
falls Parish laying in Partner ship with James Perkins and 
Richard moulton 

4ly I Give and Bequeath to my son nathaniel Dearborn all my 
land laying at a place Called Beach plain in Kingston laying on 
the south side of the Highway that leadeth from Kingston to 
Chester and I Give my said son the one halfe of my Part in a 
Right laying in Kingston which was Granted to my father 
whether layd out or yet to be Laid out to said Right and I Give 
my sd son a piece of salt marsh laying in Hampton falls Parish 
laying easterly or below swains Creek so Runing easterly Down 
to a Creek which is the Dividing line Between James Perkins 
and my selfe 

5ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Jeremiah Dearborn all 
my land laying on the north side of the Highway over against 
my house in the Parish of Kensington be the same twenty two 
acres more or Less and I Give my said son my Piece of salt 
marsh laying in Hampton falls Parish Commonly Called the 
Point Bit be the same more or less 

61y I Give and Bequeath to my two sons Nathan Dearborn 
and Edward Dearborn all my Land laying in the township of 
Nottingham be the same one hundred acres more or less as it 
lays to be equally Divided Between them and likewise I order 
my son nathaniel to Pay my two said sons fifty Pounds money 
old tenor when they Come to the age of twenty one to be equally 
Divid between them 

7ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter marcy Quinby 
twenty Pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit to be Paid to her 
by my son Henry Dearborn within two years after his time is out 
with his master 

I Do by this my will order my son samuel Dearborn to De- 



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liver to his two Brothers namely nathan and Edward Each of 
them a yoke of working Cattle which shall be four years old 
when as my said sons shall Come to the age of twenty one years 
out of his stock 

Sly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter mary Dearborn one 
hundred Pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit and one Cow to 
be Paid to her By my son samuel Dearborn when shee shall 
Com to the age of twenty one years or Day of marriage which 
shall happen first 

9ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Rebecka Dearborn 
one hundred Pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit and one 
Cow to be Paid to her By my son samuel Dearborn when shee 
shall arive to the age of twenty one years or Day of marriage 
which shall happen first 

loly I order my wife and my son samuel to Bring up all my 
Children upon my Estate untill every one of them shall Come to 
the age of fifteen years and likewise all or any of my Children 
shall have Liberty of Liveing in my East fore Room so long as 
they or any of them Lives unmarried and if there be any thing 
that I have not Desposed of I Give it or them to my Executors 
and I Do make Constitute and appoint my well Beloved wife 
mary Dearborn and my son samuel Dearborn to be my executors 
to this my Last will and testiment Rattifing and Confirming this 
and this only to be my Last will and testiment In Witness 
whereof I the above mentioned Nathaniel Dearborn have here- 
unto set my hand and afiixt my seal this twenty fourth Day of 
October anno Domini 1754 and in the twenty Eighth year of the 
Reign of King Georg &c 

Nathanel Dearbon 

[Witnesses] Edward Tuck, Samuel Page, Samuel Bachelder. 

[Proved Nov. 27, 1754.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 6, 1754; amount, £9204. 11. 6; signed by 
James Perkins and Josiah Brown.] 



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JOHN DUNCAN 1754 LONDONDERRY 

Know all men by these Presents that I John Duncan of Lon- 
donderry within the Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land yeoman Do Hereby Certifie and Declare that it is my Will 
and Pleasure that my Son George Duncan, Trader, now Resident 
in Londonderry aforesaid, may be appointed Guardian To my 
son Abraham Duncan of the Town aforesaid, he Being a minor 
under the years of one and Twenty, and it is also the Desire of 
Said minor that his Brother aforesaid Sho'd be appointed his 
Guardian as aforesaid He Complying as the Law Directs. Given 
under my Hand this 26*^ Day of October in the 28'^ year of his 
Majesties Reign anno Dom: 1754. 

Testus John Duncan 

John Macmurphy Abraham Duncan 

[Guardianship of Abraham Duncan, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to George Duncan, Jr., of Londonderry, yeoman, 
Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Bond of George Duncan, Jr., with John Clark and John Re- 
side, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of 
£1000, Oct. 30, 1754, for the guardianship of Abraham Duncan; 
witnesses, Thomas Packer and Jonathan Blanchard.j 



DAVID HUNTER 1754 LONDONDERRY 

Province of 1 To the Hon''^ Andrew wiggins Esq' Judge of pro- 
newhampshire/bits of wills for y^ province of new Hampshire 

The Humble Requiest of Jean Hunter of Londonderry in y« 
province of new hampshire may it pleas your Honor to grant the 
administration of my husbens David Hunter Leat of London- 
derry deceased to my trusty brother Robert morison and John 
Hunter both of Londonderry aforsaid I being not in a Capacity 
to go throw it my self by reason of Lowsing my sight and other 



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desorders and in so doing you will oblidge sir your Humble serv- 
ant 

October y« 27 1754 his 

Jean X Hunter 
mark 

[Administration on the estate of David Hunter granted to 
Robert Morrison and John Hunter Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. loi.] 

[Bond of Robert Morrison and John Hunter, with Robert 
Boyes and John Clark as sureties, all of Londonderry, yeomen, in 
the sum of £1000, Oct. 30, 1754, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, signed by James Rogers and James Adams ; amount, 
£4211. 6. o; attested Feb. 20, 1755.] 

[Administrators' account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, personal estate, £923. 16. o; expenditures, £135. 4. 6; al- 
lowed Feb. 28, 1759; mentions a widow and children.] 

Sir At the Request of Widow Hunter I write this Line. Her 
Husband who died intestate about four years ago left her with a 
middling Estate and Six small Child" and soon after it pleased 
God to deprive her of her Eye sight notwithstanding of w"^^ she 
and her Child" (several of them yet minors) have managed with 
that prudence as to keep the Estate free from Debt Considering 
her blind ^ if the Steps of the Law should be taken in putting out 
the min"" Child" and dividing the Estate her third (tis thot) 
would not support her her earnest Desire therefor is that she 
may have the bringing up of her Family and the Improv* of the 
Estate at least till Compl* be made by some of the Heirs at pres* 
they are all willing that it should be so. The Bear" can inform 
you of the Circum* more fully who are men of Integrity and 
whom Your Hon"^ may safely Credit You will do in this affair 
what you think is right 



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With due Regard I am Your Hon" most Humble Ser* 

L: D: 2']^'^ of Feb 1759 D MacGregore 

[Guardianship of David Hunter and Ann Hunter, minors, aged 
more than 14 years, children of David Hunter, granted to Robert 
Hunter of Londonderry, yeoman, Nov. 27, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, Vol. 24, p. 172.] 

[Bond of Robert Hunter, with Jonathan Gilmore and Robert 
Morrison as sureties, all of Londonderry, yeomen, in the sum of 
£500, Nov. 27, 1765, for the guardianship of David Hunter and 
Ann Hunter; witnesses, Samuel Hobart, Stephen Holland.] 



THEOPHILUS HARDY 1754 EXETER 

The Last Will and Testament of Theophilus Hardie of Exeter 
in the Province of New-Hampshire Cordwainer made the Twenty 

ninth Day of October 1754. — Being Sick and Weak of Body 

* * * 

Imprimis I Give Devise and Bequeath to my Son Biley Hardie 
his Heirs and assigns one Fifth part of what Right I have in Gil- 
man Town, And also Five Shillings in money of the New Tenor 
to be paid him within twelve months after my decease by my 
Executrix hereafter mentioned. 

Item I Give Devise & Bequeath unto my Son Dudley Hardie, 
his Heirs and assigns, the one Fifth part of what Right I have in 
Gilman Town; And also Five Shillings in money of the New 
Tenor to be paid him within Twelve months after my decease by 
my Executrix hereafter mentioned. 

Item, I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Son Theophilus 
Hardie his Heirs and assigns the one Fifth part of what Right I 
have in Gilman Town ; and also Five Shillings in money of the 
New Tenor to be paid by my Executrix hereafter mentioned 
within Twelve months after my decease. 

Item I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Son Samuel Hardie 



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his Heirs and assigns, one Fifth part of what Right I have in 
Gilman Town, and also Five Shillings in money of the New 
Tenor to be paid within Twelve months after my decease by 
Executrix hereafter mentioned . 

Item. I Give devise and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary 
Smith wife of Richard Smith Jun"" to her her Heirs and assigns, 
the one Fifth part of my Right in Gilman Town, And also Five 
Shillings in Money of the New Tenor to be paid Her within 
Twelve Months after my Decease by my Executrix hereafter 
Mentioned. 

Item. I Give Devise and Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife 
Sarah Hardie, Her Heirs and assigns Forever, The one Half of 
my Now Dwelling House, my half of the Barn, together with all 
my Lands in the Township of Exeter, whether upland or marsh ; 
and also all my moveables without doors, or within. And all the 
Residue of my Estate not disposed of both Real and Personal to 
be at her Disposal, She paying my Just Debts and Funeral Ex- 
pences. 

And do appoint Her Sole Executrix of this my Last Will and 
Testament as Witness my Hand and Seal the Day and Year first 
within Written. 

Theophilus Hardie 

[Witnesses] Woodbridge Odlin, Mary Hilton, Daniel Larey. 

[Proved Nov. 19, 1754.] 

[Bond of Sarah Hardy of Exeter, widow, with Theophilus 
Smith of Exeter and Theophilus Hardy of Durham, feltmaker, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 19, 1754, ^^^ the execution 
of the will; witnesses, Daniel Lary and Mary Hilton.] 



NATHANIEL MERRILL 1754 HAMPSTEAD 

[Jacob Merrill of Plaistow, aged sixteen years, son of Nathaniel 
Merrill of Hampstead, deceased, makes choice of Daniel Little as 



178 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

his guardian Oct. 29, 1754; witnesses, Benjamin Emerson and 
Eleanor Gill.] 

[Bond of Daniel Little, with John Moore, cordwainer, as surety, 
both of Hampstead, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1754, for the 
guardianship of Jacob Merrill; witnesses, Daniel Moses and 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 



JOHN JENKINS 1754 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Jenkins granted to 
Simon Randall Oct. 30, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 122.] 

[Bond of Simon Randall of Durham, yeoman, with Ichabod 
Canney of Dover, yeoman, and Joseph Alcock of Portsmouth, 
shopkeeper, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate of John Jenkins of Durham, yeoman ; 
witnesses, Jeremiah Libby, Jr., and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 20, 1755; amount, £3566. 8. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Eli Clark, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 31, 1760, authorizing Benjamin Mathes, John 
Woodman, trader, both of Durham, and Ichabod Canney of 
Dover, yeoman, to set off the dower to the widow, Hannah Jen- 
kins.] 



THOMAS McCONNELL 1754 PEMBROKE 

[Bond of Mary McConnell, widow, with Joseph Baker and 
Robert White, yeomen, as sureties, all of Pembroke, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 30, 1754, for the administration of the estate of 
Thomas McConnell of Pembroke, yeoman; witnesses, Jacob 
Treadwell and Jonathan Blanchard.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 79 

[Inventory, signed by Joseph Baker and Robert White; 
amount, £280. 9. o; attested Oct. 30, 1754.] 



JOSIAH CLARK 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of Mary Clark, widow, with Thomas Newmarch, 
blacksmith, and Jeremiah Libby, Jr., gentleman, as sureties, all 
of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1754; ^or the ad- 
ministration of the estate of Josiah Clark of Portsmouth, mason; 
witnesses, David Moses and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 28, 1755; amount, £1328. 5. 6; signed by Wil- 
liam Langdon and Jeremiah Libby, Jr.] 



EBENEZER PEABODY 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Peabody granted to 
his widow, Joanna Peabody, Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 217.] 

[Bond of Joanna Peabody, widow, with Thomas Newmarch, 
blacksmith, and Joseph Alcock, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1754, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate of Ebenezer Peabody of Portsmouth, 
blacksmith; witnesses, Daniel Moses, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1755; amount, £834. 5. 9; signed by John 
Hart and John Shackford.] 



JAMES WHITE 1754 PEMBROKE 

[Administration on the estate of James White of Suncook 
granted to Isaac White Oct. 30, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 109.] 



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[Bond of Isaac White, with Robert White and Joseph Baker as 
sureties, all of Suncook, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, Richard Downing, 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 24, 1754; amount, £2372. i. o; signed by Jo- 
seph Baker and Robert White.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts as per in- 
ventory; expenditures, £124. 17. o; allowed Oct. 2'], 1756.] 



JOSHUA PURRINGTON 1754 EPPING 

In the name of God Amen The third Day of November in the 
year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and fifty four 
I Joshua Purrinton of Epping in the province of Newhampshire 

in New England yeoman Being very Sick and weak in Body 

* * * 

Item I give and bequeath to my Eldist Son James purrintun 
ten pounds old tenor to be paid by my Executors hereafter 
named Item I Give and Bequeath unto my son Joshua ten pounds 
old tenor to be paid by my Executors Item I Give to my Daugh- 
ter Lydia wife of Abner Lowell five shillings Item I give to my 
Daughter Anna wife of Jacob Osborn five Shillings Item I give 
to my Daughter Mirriam wife of John Elder five shillings Item 
I Give to my Daughter Sarah five shillings Item I Give to the 
heirs of my Daughter Mary Deceased wife of John Carr De- 
ceased five Shillings Item I Give and Bequeath to my two 
youngest Sons George purrintun and Joseph purrinton whom I 
Likewise Constitute Make and ordain my sole Executors of this 
my Last will and Testament all my lands in Epping and Els- 
where to be Equally Divided Between them with all the privel- 
idges and appurtenances By them their heirs and Assigns freely 
to be possesed and Enjoyed for ever Item I Give to my two sons 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS l8l 

Last mentioned all my Bonds notes & Demands and Likewise all 
my stock of cattle with my moveable or personal Estate wherever 
it may be found obliedgeing them hereby to take care of my 
Daughter Sarah and provide for her Support So Long as She 
Remains a single woman and likewise I do obliege my two sons 
George and Joseph to pay out the Legasies as they are above 
Expressed and Likewise my will is that my Dearly Beloved wife 
Judith shall have all the moveables & Estate which She Brought 
with her and are now in my possession or Elsewhere . . . 

Mak 
Joshua X purrinton 
his 
[Witnesses] James Norris Juner, Ebenezer Dow, Ezek^' Brown. 
[Proved Dec. 24, 1754.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 24, 1754, authorizing Ebenezer Dow and 
Ezekiel Brown, both of Epping, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, filed March 20, 1755; amount, £2229. 19. o; 
signed by Ebenezer Dow and Ezekiel Brown.] 



DANIEL FLETCHER 1754 NASHUA 

[Warrant, Nov. 7, 1754, authorizing Zaccheus Lovewell, Joseph 
French, gentleman, both of Dunstable, Thomas Colburn, gentle- 
man, and Daniel Merrill, yeoman, both of Nottingham West, 
and William Richardson of Pelham, gentleman, to appraise the 
estate of Daniel Fletcher of Dunstable, in order that it may be 
settled on the oldest son.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 140.] 

[Appraisal of the estate at £150. o. o Nov. 26, 1754; signed by 
Zaccheus Lovewell, Joseph French, Thomas Colburn, Daniel 
Merrill, and William Richardson and dated at Nottingham 
West.] 



l82 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

To the Honourable Ricard Wibird Esq' Judge of the Probate 
of Wills &c. for the Province of New Hamp'^ 

We the Subscribers have Set off that Lot of upland in the 
Division of Pratts Farm so CalH and Five Acres of the Medow at 
the southwest Corner of the said lot — (Known by the name of 
Mercy Pratts Lot) Laying in Nottingham west in the Province 
aforesaid to Eunice Wright as her Dower or one Third Part of the 
Real Estate of Daniel Fletcher Late of Dunstable in the County 
of Middlesex Deceas"^ — March 14*^ 1764 — 

Joshua Hamblet ) p ^^^ 
James Sherbum / 



JOHN WEBSTER 1754 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Webster of Hampton 
granted to his son, John Webster of Kingston, Nov. 11, 1754.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 332, p. 437.] 

[Bond of John Webster, yeoman, with Andrew Greeley, ship- 
wright, and Nathaniel Whittier, millwright, both of Salisbury, 
Mass., as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 11, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate ; witness, James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Petition of Sarah, widow of John Webster, late of Amesbury, 
Mass., Jan. 29, 1755, that, she being advanced in years, her 
oldest son, John Webster, may administer her husband's estate.] 

[E^sex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory of the estate in Essex county, Mass., taken by 
Andrew Greeley and Nathaniel Whittier, both of Salisbury, 
Mass., Feb. 3, 1755; amount, £88. 5. 4; sworn to by the ad- 
ministrator Feb. 3, 1755.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 332, p. 437.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I83 

JOSEPH BICKFORD 1754 NEWINGTON 

[Guardianship of Dennis Bickford, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Joseph Bickford, deceased, granted to Margery 
Bickford Nov. 15, I754-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 156.] 

[Bond of Margery Bickford, widow, with Daniel Bickford, 
husbandman, as surety, both of Newington, in the sum of £500, 
Nov. 15, 1754, for the guardianship of Dennis Bickford, son of 
Joseph Bickford of Newington, deceased; witnesses, Samuel 
Clark and Richard Young.] 



JOSEPH FRENCH 1754 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In The Name of God Amen November the 15*'' day 1754 I 
Joseph French of South Hampton in the Province of New 
Hamps: in New England Carpenter * * * 

Imp' I Give & Bequeath unto Elisabeth my now dearly be- 
loved wife my Dwelling House in which we now live by her 
freely & fully to be possessed and Enjoyed so long as she remains 
my widow and also the pastureing of one Cow yearly & every 
year Dureing her s"^ State of widowhood and this to suffice for 
that we made a Contract together before marriage 

Item I Give to my well beloved Son Joseph French his Hiers & 
assigns forever A Certain piece of salt marsh scituate in Salis- 
bury in the County of Essex in the Province of the massachusets 
Bay it being the one Half of four acres which fell to me by my 
Hon'^ father Joseph French Late of s<^ Salisbury Deceas^ the 
other Half of which I have formerly Given to my Son Obadiah 
French S^ marsh Laying at a place Commonly Called the Beach 
Barrs, and this to suffice for My S^ son Joseph he having had his 
portion already 

Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter in Law Elisabeth 



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Jewel now the wife of Joseph Jewel, (formerly wife of my Son 
Ebenezer French Deceas*^) five shillings Lawful money — 

Item I Give to my well beloved Grandson Abel French son of 
my s*^ Late son Ebenezer French deceas'd five Shillings like 
money as aboves*^, both these legacies to be paid by my Executor 
within One year after my Decease, and this to suffice for these, 
my s^ son Ebenezer also having had his portion of my Estate 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son Daniel 
French his Hiers and assigns for ever a Certain piece of Land 
scituate in South Hampton aboves'^ Containing six acres it Lay- 
ing on the southerly side of the High way going by s'^ South 
Hampton Meeting House & Bounded as followeth viz : beginning 
at s'* Highway & Joyning to six acres of Land I have before sold 
to the s"^ Daniel French & to Run southerly on the s"^ six acres 
sold as aboves^ to Land belonging to the Hiers of Nathanael 
Brown Late of Salisbury Deceas*^ then Easterly on the Last men- 
tioned Land, to Land of the same Tract which I have not yet dis- 
posed of but shall leave to be disposed of to pay my debts & 
Legacies, and then Northerly on the s*^ residue of my Land to the 
forementioned High way then Westerly on s'^ way to the place 
where it first began six acres and also my dwelling House in 
which I now live, after the Decease of my wife — 

And I do hereby Constitute & ordain my s^ Son Daniel French 
to be sole Executor of this my Last will & Testament — 

Item I Give to my son Obadiah French his Hiers & assigns for 
ever all my Carpenters Tools & all my Implements for work 
without Doors ; he also haveing had his part of my Estate 

Item I Give to my well beloved Grand Children Obadiah 
Eastman Edward Eastman & Thomas Eastman all Children of 
my Late Daughter Abigail, formerly wife of Thomas Eastman 
Late of Kingstown in s*^ Province Deceas'^ to them their Hiers & 
assigns for ever all my Houshold stuff to be Equally Divided 
between them 

Further I hereby Give to my fore mentioned son Daniel my 
s*^ Executor to this my Last will, to him his Hiers & assigns for 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 85 

ever, all my stock of Cattle Sheep &c hereby Willing and order- 
ing My s'^ Executor to be at the Charge of my funeral Further- 
more I hereby will & ordain that my s"^ Executor pay my fore- 
mentioned Legacies & also perform the Covenants & agreements 
on my part, which was made between me & my s^ wife before 
marriage; and also to pay all my Honest Debts (That is to say) 
my will is and I do hereby Will and order, that the residue of my 
Lands on the southerly side of the forementioned way, being six 
acres Joyning to the forementioned six acres Given to my s<^ son 
Daniel in this my Last will, and also two acres of salt marsh 
which Came to me by my Hon'^ father forementioned. Lying on 
the Easterly side of the original Lot, of which the forementioned 
Two acres is a part viz: at the Beach Barrs (so called) & so 
Butting on the Beach the s*^ six acres of Land, & Two Acres of 
marsh, be & hereby is by me appropriated & set off to pay my s^ 
Debts, and I do hereby Authorize & Impower my s^ Executor to 
make sale of the same for that end, or if he Chuse it rather. To 
keep the same himself, for him his Hiers & assigns forever he or 
they paying the same, and I further will & order my s*^ Executor 
to pasture the Cow for my s^ wife as is before mentioned yearly, 
& every year so long as she remains my widow * * * 

Joseph french 

[Witnesses] Jeremy Webster, Josiah Tilton, Elizabeth webster. 

[Proved Oct. 27, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Josiah Tilton, yeomen, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 28, 1756; amount, £1299. 16. 6; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Josiah Tilton.] 



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NATHANIEL MERRILL 1754 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Merrill of South 
Hampton granted to his son, Eliphalet Merrill, Nov. 16, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 156.] 

[Bond of Eliphalet Merrill, with Joseph Merrill and James 
Merrill as sureties, all of South Hampton, yeomen, in the sum of 
£1000, Nov. 16, 1754, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Samuel Clark and Anna Freese.] 

[Inventory of personal estate, Nov. 19, 1754; amount, £344. 
II. 4; signed by Reuben Dimond and Josiah Sawyer; attested 
Dec. 5, 1754.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Merrill, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Nathaniel Merrill, granted to Jacob Fowler of 
South Hampton Aug. 13, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 336.] 

[Bond of Jacob Fowler of South Hampton, yeoman, with 
Elisha Purington and Stephen Palmer, both of Kensington, 
yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 13, 1755, for the 
guardianship of Nathaniel Merrill; witnesses, William Parker 
and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, personal estate, £835. i. 9; expenditures, £293. 13. i; 
allowed Oct. 29, 1755.]. 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Merrill, aged less than 14 years, 
son of Nathaniel Merrill, granted to Eliphalet Merrill of South 
Hampton, yeoman, Jan. 28, 1756.] j;;jj 

[Bond of Eliphalet Merrill, with Jacob Fowler and Abel 
French, yeomen, as sureties, all of South Hampton, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 28, 1756, for the guardianship of Benjamin Merrill; 
witnesses, William Parker and Ezra Carter.] 

[Guardianship of Dorothy Merrill and Judith Merrill, aged 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 87 

less than 14 years, daughters of Nathaniel Merrill, granted to 
Dorothy Merrill of South Hampton, widow, Jan. 28, 1756.] 

[Bond of Dorothy Merrill, widow, with Joseph Merrill and 
James Merrill, yeomen, as sureties, all of South Hampton, in the 
sum of £1000, Jan. 28, 1756, for the guardianship of her daugh- 
ters, Dorothy Merrill and Judith Merrill; witnesses, Elijah 
Rowell and Eliphalet Merrill.] 

[Receipt for personal estate, Feb. 4, 1756, signed by Dorothy 
Merrill, Richard Merrill, Eliphalet Merrill, and Jacob Fowler, 
widow, children, and guardians; witnesses, Joseph Merrill and 
Jacob Elliot.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 20, 1759, authorizing Jeremy Webster of 
Kingston, John Page, Joseph French, Abner Morrill, and Benja- 
min Brown, all of South Hampton, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to Warrant &c We the Subscribers 
New Hamps / have Divided the real Estate of Nathanael 
Merril Late of South Hampton in s'* Province Deceas*^ Intes- 
tate & set the same off as followeth viz 

To Dorothy widow of the Deceas*^ for her Thirds as hereafter 
described viz. In the Home place beginning at a stake & stones 
by the fence by Townsends Land (so Called) from thence run- 
ning Easterly a Cross the Lot originally Thomas merrils Late of 
South Hampton aboves^ deceasd which s'^ Thomas Merril was 
father of the deceasd & so on thro' the one Half of the width of 
the Browns Lot (so Called) to a stake & stones ; then Northerly on 
the middle Line of the s^ Browns Lot : (That is to say) the Line 
running from the south end of s*^ Lot to the North End thereof 
dividing the same into two Equal parts; 26 Rods to a stake & 
stones then Westerly a Cross the s'^ Half Lot & the s^ whole Lot 
to the High way to a stake & stones by the fence : then southerly 
by the s"^ way & Townsends Land to the place where it first began 
26 Rods Nine acres more or Less with the one Half of the Dwell- 
ing House viz: the Easterly End thereof: and one Half of the 



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Barn viz the easterly end thereof both of which stand on the 
premisses above described : But it is to be understood, & it is our 
true Intent & meaning: that we hereby reserve liberty & privi- 
ledge about the s'* House & Barn for the Children to Come to, 
Use, & Improve their parts in the s*^ Buildings and to pass from 
the same &c also we set to the widow in addition to what is above 
described ; two acres & two thirds of an acre of Land in the other 
Half of the s^ Browns Lot viz the Easterly Half: which The 
Deceasd held in partnership & was not divided & so Could not 
be sett off by metes & Bounds: also two acres and a Half, which 
is part of about Nine acres; which is part of the forementioned 
Thomas Merrils s** Lot; which the deceasd also held in partner- 
ship as the former & so could not be set off by metes & Bounds 

Then i^* The first share to Benjamin lying in the Home place 
Bounded as followeth viz beginning at the forementioned Towns- 
ends Land & Joyning to Land of Joseph Merrill & running 
Easterly on s^ Joseph merrils Land a Cross the forementioned 
Lot & Half lot to the forementioned middle line to the south- 
easterly Corner of the s'^ Home place; then Northerly on s*^ 
middle Line 12 Rods & Three feet to a Beache Tree marked then 
Westerly to the s^ Townsend land to a stake & stones by the 
fence; then southerly on the s'^ Townsends Land 12 Rods & three 
feet to the place where it first began four acres & a Half be it 
more or Less: with one Seventh part of the westerly End of the 
Dwelling House & one seventh of the Westerly End of the Bam. 

2iy & -^d -pj^g second & third shares to Richard Beginning at 
the s'^ Townsends Land at the stake the North westerly Bound 
of the first share then running easterly on the s<^ first share to the 
forementioned middle line to a Beach Tree marked which is the 
North Easterly Bounds of the s'^ first share: then Northerly on 
s^ middle Line 21 Rod & about 13 feet to a stake & stones which 
is the south Easterly Bounds of the widows thirds then westerly 
on s** thirds to the s** Townsends Land to a stake & stones the 
south westerly Bounds of the s^ Thirds then southerly on s^ 
Townsends Land 21 Rods & about 13 feet to the place where it 



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first began Nine acres more or Less with two seventh parts of 
the Westerly End of the Dwelling House & two sevenths of the 
westerly End of the Barn 

4'y The fourth share to Dorothy beginning at a stake by the 
widows thirds & standing on the forementioned middle Line & 
running westerly on the s^ 3''« i8 Rods to a stake: then running 
Northerly by s'^ middle Line keeping the s^ Breadth of i8 Rods 
to the High way; and then at the s"^ Northerly part to Bound 
on the s<^ High way 5 acres & a Half more or Less with Yi part of 
the Westerly end of the dwelling House & M part of the westerly 
End of the Barn 

5*y The fifth share to Judith beginning at a stake & stones by 
the widows thirds, which is the Bounds of the 4*'' share, then 
running Northerly on s'^ 4*^ share to the High way to a stake the 
North westerly Bounds of the s^ 4'^ share : then south westerly 
on the s<^ way to the widows thirds ; where it is Bounded with a 
stake the Bounds of the thirds: then easterly on the ^^ thirds to 
the place where it first began 5 acres more or Less with M part 
of the westerly End of the Dwelling House & H part of the west- 
erly End of the Barn 

6'y The sixth share to Nathaniel being four Acres which is 
part of about Nine acres: which is part of the forenamed & 
mentioned Thomas Merrils Lot which the deceasd held in part- 
nership & so Could not be set off by metes & Bounds: also one 
acre more or Less in the forementioned Half of the Browns Lot 
on the Northerly side of the way : and Lays at the southerly End 
thereof; & is all that lays in that place over & above what is 
set off to Eliphalet : with the K part of the westerly end of the 
dwelling House & the ^'^ part of the westerly end of the Barn 

7'y The seventh & Last share to Elizabeth being two acres & 
a Quarter in the forementioned Half of the Brown Lot Laying 
on the Northerly side of the way & at the Northerly end thereof 
Joyning to Land of Eliphalet Merril in the s^^ Half of s'^ Lot & 
to extend southerly the width of the deceasds Land there till 
it makes s*^ two Acres & one Quarter of an acre: with two acres 



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& a Half in the forementioned Nine acres which is & was held 
in partnership & so Could not be set off by metes & Bounds with 
the K part of the westerly end of the dwelling House & the H 
part of the westerly End of the Barn 

Jeremy Webster 



Joseph french 
Abner Morrill 



[Allowed Jan. 25, 1760.] 



JOSIAH BLOOD 1754 HOLLIS 

[Bond of Josiah Blood of HoUis, husbandman, with Benjamin 
Johnson of Woburn, Mass., yeoman, and John Blanchard of 
Billerica, Mass., as sureties, in the sum of £300, Nov. 18, 1754, 
for the guardianship of "Josiah, Ebenezer, Solomon, Sarah, & 
Caleb Blood all Children of the said Blood by his late wife Sarah 
Blood"; witnesses, Andrew Bordman and John Locke, Jr.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

The account of Sarah Blood administratrix of the estate of 
Josiah Blood late of Hollis in the State of New Hampshire hus- 
bandman deceased, so far as related to his guardianship of his 
children by a former wife 

Feb. 28, 1767. Cash p'* Josiah & Eben^ Blood in full £27. 10. o 
Sept. 10, 1768. cash p*^ Solomon Blood in full — 13. 15. o 
June 2^ 1773. cash p*^ Caleb Blood in full no sum mentioned 
Sept. 27, 1777. cash p'^ Sarah Pierce in full — 18. 15. o 
Middlesex i Oct. 1777. Having seen the discharges from all 
the children of the s'' deceased, I allow of this account. — 

J Winthrop J Pro'' 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I9I 

MARGARET BREWSTER 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Margaret Brewster granted 
to her son, Samuel Brewster, Nov. 21, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 139.] 

[Bond of Samuel Brewster of Barrington, housewright, with 
Joseph Brewster and Samuel Hale, both of Portsmouth, shop- 
keepers, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 21, 1754, for the 
administration of the estate of Margaret Brewster of Ports- 
mouth, widow; witnesses, Hannah Hughes and William Parker.] 

[Inventory, signed by Henry Sherburne and Samuel Sher- 
burne; amount, £1443. 10. o; attested Jan. 29, 1755.] 



PETER HERSEY 1754 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Hersey of Newmarket 
granted to his widow, Mary Hersey, Nov. 22, 1754.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 156.] 

[Bond of Mary Hersey of Newmarket, widow, with Jacob 
Ames of Newmarket and Edward Colcord of Brentwood as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 22, 1754, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, Samuel Clark and Moses Clark.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 9, 1754; amount, £3776. 12. o; signed by 
Robert Smart and Richard Mattoon.j 



JOHN HUNKING 1754 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of John Hunking of Hampstead 
granted to John Muzzey and Robert Hunking Nov. 26, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 156.] 



192 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of John Muzzey of Hampstead, joiner, and Robert 
Hunking of Haverhill, Mass., bricklayer, with Stephen Johnson, 
Jr., and Benjamin Kimball, both of Hampstead, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Nov. 26, 1754, ^or the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, James Graves and Samuel Clark.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 26, 1754, authorizing Benjamin Foster and 
Peter Eastman, both of Hampstead, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, signed by Benjamin Foster and Peter Eastman; 
amount, £3292. 10. o; attested March 17, 1755.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by John Muzzey, 
administrator; receipts, £150. 15. o; expenditures, £188. 14. 8; 
allowed Jan. 24, 1760.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 24, 1760, authorizing John Johnson, Peter 
Eastman, John Hazzen, Benjamin Kimball, and Stephen John- 
son, yeoman, all of Hampstead, to set off the widow's dower, and 
to divide the remainder.] 

Persuent to a Warrant to us Directed from the Honourable 
Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of Probate for the Province of New 
Hampshire — 

We have Sett off to the Widow Sarah Hunkins her Dower of 
third out of the Estate of John Hunkins Late of Hampstead & 
Province afors*^ Decs*^ and is bounded as foloweth : at the north- 
erly angle a Stake and Stones by the Road : and allso by Land 
of Wait Stevens thence Southwesterly by Said Stevens Land to 
an Elmn tree mark^ by Flents Land thence South Easterly 
aboute ninteen Rods to a Stake and Stons: thence North East- 
erly to an apple tree mark<^ by the Road thence northerly by the 
Road aboute twenty Rods to the bound first mentioned — the 
Premises Contain aboute twenty acers Consisting allso of a 
Dwelling House — • 

And have allso Divided the Remaining part in the manner 
folowing — 

Robert Hunkins Lott being (two Shears) Containing aboute 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I93 

twelve acers Consisting allso of a Barn and is bounded as folow- 
eth at the Westerly angle a Stake and stones by the Road and 
allso by Land of Wait Stevens thence North Easterly by Said 
Stevens Land to a Stake and Stones: thence South Easterly by 
Land belonging to the Heirs of Daniel Roberds Decs'* aboute 
twenty Eight Rods to a Stake and Stones thence Southwesterly 
to a Stake and Stones by the Road thence northerly by the 
Road to the bound first mentioned 

Edna Hunkins Lott Containing aboute Six acers and is 
bounded as foloweth at the westerly angle a Stake and Stons 
by the Road and allso by Robert Hunkins Share thence North 
Easterly by Said Share to a Stake and Stons by Land belonging 
to the Heirs of Daniel Roberds Decs'* thence South Easterly 
aboute forteen Rods by Said Land to a Stake and Stones by 
Land of John muzzeys thence Southwesterly by Said muzzeys 
Land to a Stake and Stones by the Road thence Northerly 
aboute Sixteen Rods by the Road to the bound first mentioned — 

Elisebeth Hunkins Lott Containing aboute Seven acers be it 
more or Less and is bounded as foloweth at the northerly angle a 
Stake and Stones by the Road and by the widows thirds as 
Discribed above thence Southwesterly by Said thirds to a Stake 
and Stones by Flents Land : thence South Easterly aboute nine 
Rods to a stake and Stones thence north Easterly to a Stake and 
Stones by the Road thence Northerly by the Road aboute nine 
Rods to the bound first mentioned 

Abigail Hunkins Lott Containing aboute Seven acers and 
bounded att the northerly angle a Stake and Stones by the Road : 
and by Elisebeths Share thence Southwesterly by Said Share to a 
Stake and Stones by Flents Land thence South Easterly aboute 
nine Rods to a Stake and Stones: thence north Easterly to a 
Stake and Stones by the Road: thence northerly aboute nine 
Rods by the Road to the bounds first mentioned — 

John Hunkins Lott Containing aboute Seven acers and is 
bounded at the northerly angle a Stake and Stones by the Road 
and by Abigails Share thence South westerly by Said Share to a 



194 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Stake and Stons by flents Land: thence South Easterly aboute 
nine Rods to a black ash tree markd which is John muzzeys 
bound thence north Easterly by Said muzzeys Land to a Stake 
and Stones by the Road thence northerly by the Road aboute 
nine Rods to the bound first mentioned — 

Dated at Hampstead this twentyth Day of march Anno Domi 
1760 — 

John Johnson 
Peter Eastman 
Stephen Johnson 



JOSEPH GREELEY 1754 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen. November the 26*^ day 1754 — 
I Joseph Greeley of Kingston in the Province of New Hamp"^ in 
New England Husbandman being in advanced years * * * 

Imprimis — I give & bequeath Unto Elisabeth my now dearly 
beloved Wife One Third part of my moveable goods & Effects 
Within doors, & also my Horse & furniture, & one third part 
of all my Stock of Cattle & Sheep & Swine & also all the flax & 
wool that shall be left at my Decease & all the Provision of meat 
& Corn & the Cyder That shall be left at my decease, all to be 
at her dispose & also the use & Improvement of one third Part 
of all my Lands: & also my Dwelling house in which I now live 
& also all Needfull priviledge In my Barn for the putting in hay 
for & keeping her third part of my Stock as before mentioned & 
the use of my Clock so Long as She remains my widow, and 
after her marriage or if She Should not marry again, then after 
her decease the Said Dwelling house & the thirds of Said Lands 
& the Clock to go to those Children to whom I Shall in this My 
Last Will give them — 

Item I give & bequeath Unto my three Sons viz: Andrew, 
Joseph & Jonathan, all my Lands lying & being in s<^ Kingston 
to be Equally divided between them as followeth Viz. my Son 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 195 

Jonathan to have one half of my Land in that which is Called 
my Lower pasture it being part of the 22*^ lot in the East division 
In s"^ Kingston (so Called) & then to begin at the Westerly part 
of my home place, & Extend Easterly into s^ home place till it 
makes Or compleats his Third & Equal Part, & then my S'^ Son 
Joseph to Have the other half of my S^ Land in s'^ lower pasture, 
& then to Begin at the Easterly part of my S'' home place & to 
Extend Westerly into s^ home place till it makes or Compleats 
his third & Equal Part, & then my S*^ Son Andrew to have his 
third & Equal Part only in the s^ home place In the middle part 
between my two Sons Joseph & Jonathan where my dwelling 
house now stands & my Barn, & when my S'^ Wife marry 's again 
or Departs this life as above mention'd my S'^ Son Andrew to 
have my now Dwelling house & my Clock therein & also my 
Barn: my S'* Sons Andrew Joseph & Jonathan my s*^ Lands as 
above mention'd with the Buildings & Orchards on their parts 
with the Priviledges & Appurtenances To Have & to Hold to 
them their Heirs & assigns for ever & also my Wearing Apparell. 
I do likewise give to my s<^ Three Sons Andrew Joseph & Jona- 
than my Pew in the meeting house in the East Parish in s'^ 
Kingston to Each of them an Equal part therein reserving only 
to my Daughter Elizabath the Priviledge of Sitting in it her 
self as long as she shall live in Said Parish 

Item I give to my Son Andrew my Walking Cane & when 
my said Wife has done using my Clock then my Son Andrew to 
have my said Clock To him his Heirs & assigns 

Item To my Son Joseph I give my Portmantle & my broad ax 
& my Horse Tackling to draw with 

Item To my Son Jonathan I give my Gun & my Sword 

Item I give & bequeath to my two Sons Andrew & Jonathan 
a Piece of Marsh Lying in Southhampton which I Purchasd of 
my Brother in Law John Webster late of Hampton Deceas'd 
to be Equally divided Between them to them their Heirs & 
Assigns forever 

Item I give & bequeath to My two Daughters viz. Elisabeth 



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now the wife of John Fifield & Mary now the Wife of Zephaniah 
French the Remaining two thirds of my moveable goods & 
Effects within Doors to be Equally divided between them and 
also the other two thirds of my stock of Cattle, Sheep, & Swine 
to be Equally divided between Them, And I do also give unto 
my s^ Daughters One hundred Pounds to Each of them Ac- 
cording to that which is Now Called the (Old Tenour) to be 
paid as shall be hereafter mention'd, I having already furnished 
them my Said Daughters with household stuff &c for marriage 
which I do also freely give them. 

Item my Will is that if at my decase the Grass be Cut & Hay 
be gotten Into my Barn that the stock be kept upon it & the 
hay be not Carry'd away but Spent Upon the Place 

Item I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my two Sons Andrew 
& Jonathan To be Sole Executors of this my last Will & Testa- 
ment 

Item I do hereby Will & bequeath unto my S<^ Executors all 
my debts that Are or may at My decease be owing to me 

Item I do hereby Will & Ordain my S** Executors to pay all 
my honest debts & also to pay to my two Daughters above men- 
tion'd One hundred Pounds Each as is before mention'd Viz* 
Andrew to pay Elisabeth & Jonathan to pay Mary 

I do also hereby Will & Ordain my Said Executors to bear my 
funeral Charges * * * 

Joseph Grele 

[Witnesses] Peter Cofifin, Jonathan Grele, Ebenezer Batcheler. 

[Proved Jan. 28, 1761.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 28, 1761, authorizing Ebenezer Batchelder and 
William Parker, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 20, 1761; amount, £11,231. 7. o; signed by 
William Parker and Ebenezer Batchelder.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I97 

JEREMIAH EATON 1754 HAMPSTEAD 

[Warrant, Nov. 26, 1754, authorizing John Muzzey and Peter 
Eastman, both of Hampstead, yeomen, to appraise the estate of 
Jeremiah Eaton of Hampstead.] 

[Inventory, attested March 17, 1755; amount, £1985. 11. o; 
signed by Peter Eastman and John Muzzey; attested by James 
Graves and Hannah Eaton as administrators.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by James Gr^-ves and 
Hannah Abbott, formerly Hannah Eaton, administrators; re- 
ceipts, £952. 2. o, personal estate; expenditures, £958. 9. 9; 
mentions children; allowed May 31, 1758.] 

[License to the administrators. May 31, 1758, to sell real 
estate; mentions Hannah Abbott, formerly widow of the de- 
ceased.] 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£140. 5. o; expenditures, £111. i. i; allowed Dec. 2"-] , 1758.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 25, 1759, authorizing John Johnson, Stephen 
Johnson, John Muzzey, Wait Stevens, and James Graves, 
yeomen, all of Hampstead, to divide the real estate.] 

[Report of the committee, Nov. 22, 1759, that the real estate 
cannot be divided, and appraising it at £1600. o. o; signed by 
John Johnson, Stephen Johnson, and John Muzzey. The court 
settled the real estate on the oldest son, Jeremiah Eaton, he pay- 
ing his brother, William Eaton, £501. 13. 4, there being no other 
children.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Eaton of Reading, Mass., housewright, 
with John Muzzey and Stephen Johnson, yeomen, both of 
Hampstead, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 28, 1760, 
for payment as ordered by the court; witnesses, William Parker, 
Solomon Loud.] 



198 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM SIMPSON 1754 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Simpson granted to 
Sarah Simpson Nov. 26, 1754.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 139.] 

[Bond of Sarah Simpson of Portsmouth, widow, with Walter 
Stuart of Portsmouth, schoolmaster, and Joses Philbrick of 
Rye, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 26, 1754, 
for the administration of the estate of William Simpson of 
Portsmouth, innholder; witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan 
Blanchard.] 

[Inventory; amount, £2790. o. o; signed by W^alter Stuart 
and Samuel Sherburne; attested Feb. 26, 1755.] 

[Thomas Simpson, mariner, Sarah Simpson and Jane Simpson, 
single women, all of Portsmouth, and William Simpson of Plym- 
outh release all claim to the estate of their father, William 
Simpson, to their mother, Sarah Simpson, Dec. 7, 1773; witness, 
William Traill.l 



SAMUEL MORRILL 1754 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Samuel Morrill of South Hamp- 
ton in the Province of New-Hampshire in New-England Inholder 
being under weakness of Body * * * 

Item 2'^'y I give to my beloved Wife Hannah Morrill the use 
and Improvement of the one half of my now dwelling House 
with the one Half of my Homestead Land and the improvement 
and use of the one Half of that Lot of Land which I bought of 
Ephraim Carter which Land also is in South-Hampton afores'^ 
and also the Improvement and use of the one half of my stock of 
all kinds, These things I give her the use and Improvement dur- 
ing her widowhood, or so long as She remains my Widow. 

Item 3'*'y I give to my Son Levi Morrill the House upon the 



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East side of my Homestead with Ten Acres of Land adjoyning 
to it the Land to be Fourteen Rods Wide upon the Front and to 
run Northwardly till it compleats the Ten Acres aforesd. I 
give him also the one Half of my Homestead, and one Half that 
Lot of Land which I bought of Ephraim Carter afores'*. I also 
give him Four Acres of Salt Marsh These I give to him after the 
Decase of my wife, or immediately upon her marrying another 
Husband. The House and Ten Acres of Land joyning to it I 
give to him to take Possession of immediately after my Decease. 

Item 4*''*y I give to my Son Oliver Morrill the one Half of all 
my Lands in Nottingham, and one Hundred and Fifty Pounds 
old Tenor as money now passes the Money to be paid him when 
he arrives at the age of Twenty Two years. 

Item 5*^'y I give to my Son Abel Morrill the other Half of all 
my Lands in Nottingham, and one Hundred and Fifty Pounds 
old Tenor as Money now passes the Money to be paid him when 
he arrives at the Age of Twenty one years. 

Item 6*'"'^ I give to my son Samuel the use and Improvement 
of one Fourth Part of my now dwelling House, to take Possession 
of it immediately upon his arriving at the age of Twenty one 
years, and after the Decease of my wife, or immediately upon her 
marrying another Husband I give him him the use and Improve- 
ment of one Half of my House with one Fourth Part of my Home- 
stead. I also give him two Acres of Salt Marsh to take Possession 
of, at the same time before mentioned 

Item 7*^^y I give to my son Jeremiah Morrill the use and Im- 
provement of one Fourth Part of my now dwelling House to take 
Possession of it immediately upon his arriving at the age of 
Twenty one years, and after the Decease of my wife, or immedi- 
ately upon her marrying another Husband I give him the use 
and Improvement of the other half of my House with one 
Fourth Part of my Homestead. I also give him Two Acres of 
Salt Marsh to take Possession of, at the same time before 
mentioned. 

Item 8**^^^ I give to my Daughter Hannah Morrill one Hundred 



200 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and Fifty Pound old Tenor as money now Passeth, to be paid her 
on the Day of Marriage, or at farthest at the age of Twenty one 
years. 

Item g^^^y I give to my Daughter Sarah Morrill One Hundred 
and Fifty Pounds old Tennor, as Money now passeth, to be paid 
her on the Day of Marriage or at farthest at the Age of Twenty 
one years. 

Item io*^'y I give to my Daughter Mary Morrill one Hundred 
and Fifty Pounds old Tenor as Money now passeth to be paid her 
on the Day of Marriage or at farthest, at the age of Twenty one 
years. 

Item iithiy I give to my Daughter Elisabeth Morrill One 
Hundred and Fifty Pounds old Tenor as Money now passeth to 
be paid her on the Day of Marriage, or at farthest at the age of 
Twenty one years. 

Item I2*'^iy My Will is that my two Sons Samuel and Jeremiah 
be bound out to Trades when they arrive at the age of Fifteen 
years and that they have the liberty to choose Each of them their 
own Trade, and that my Executor be impowered to bind them. 
Further more My will is that all the before Mentioned Legacies 
be paid by my Executor hereafter named, and that he may and 
shall have liberty to sell my part in a Schooner to pay the 
Legacies and Debts and the remainder of the Money to be 
Equally Divided between my sons before named, and my will 
is also that all other money Due to me be Equally Divided be- 
tween my sons after the Debt to Abraham Brown be paid, and 
the Portions belonging to my sisters. My Will also is that all my 
Household Stuff and goods be Equally Divided between my 
Daughters after the Decease of my Wife, or whenever she shall 
be married to another Husband. And furthermore that the 
other Half of my stock be Equally Divided between my sons. 

Finally I do make and constitute my son Levi Morrill to be 
Executor of this my last Will and Textament and do hereby 
revoke and make void all other and Former Will and wills by me 
made or declared and do ratifie and confirm this and this only 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 20I 

to be my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto set my Hand and seal this Fourth Day of December 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Four, 
and in the Twenty Eight year of the Reign of George the Second 
King over great Britain &c : 

Samuel Morrill 

[Witnesses] William Parsons, william Osgood, James Merrill. 

[Proved Feb. 26, 1755.] 

[Abel Morrill makes choice of Ebenezer Morrill as his guardian 
Feb. 25, 1755; witnesses, Ephraim Brown, James Merrill.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Morrill of Salisbury, Mass., yeoman, with 
Ephraim Brown of South Hampton, gentleman, as surety, in the 
sum of £1000, Feb. 26, 1755, for the guardianship of Abel Morrill, 
aged more than 14 years, son of Samuel Morrill; witnesses, 
William Osgood, Levi Morrill.] 

[Inventory, March 5, 1755; amount, £7572. 18. o; signed by 
Ephraim Brown and James Morrill.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Morrill, son of Samuel Morrill, de- 
ceased, granted to Hannah Morrill Nov. 29, 1755.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 402.] 

[Bond of Hannah Morrill, widow, with Samuel French, gentle- 
man, and Oliver Morrill, cordwainer, as sureties, all of South 
Hampton, in the sum of £500, Nov. 29, 1755, for the guardian- 
ship of Samuel Morrill, son of Samuel Morrill and herself; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 



JONATHAN LORD 1754 SCARBOROUGH, ME. 

[Bond of Robert Light, with John Light as surety, both of 
Exeter, gentlemen, in the sum of £500, Dec. 19, 1754, for the 
guardianship of Robert Lord, Jr., of Exeter, minor, son of Jona- 



202 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

than Lord of Scarborough, Me., deceased; witnesses, Theophllus 
Smith and Biley Dudley.] 



JOSEPH COLLINS 1754 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

I Joseph Collens of South Hampton in the provance of New 
Hampshier in New England : yeoman : Being well advanced into 
years and full of human infirmities * * * 

imprimis I Give and Bequeve to Hannah my well Beloved 
wife the Soul improvment of the one third part of my whole 
Estate mouble and immouble both within and with out During 
the teirm of her Natural Life and widdowhood in my Name 

Itm I Give and Bequeth to my Son Winthrop Collens five 
pounds old ten"^ to be paid to him with in one year after my 
youngest Son Comes to the age of twenty one which is in full 
with what I have Done for him already 

Itm I Give to my Daughter Miriam Jewel the wife of Thomas 
Jewel twenty pounds old ten'' to be paid in Maner & tairm as 
above Said and also the one third part of the in Door mobels 
and her mothers wairing apparil after her s*^ mothers Deceas 

Itnul Give to my Daughter Sarah Hoyt the wife of John Hoyt 
twenty pounds old ten' to be paid in maner & tairm as above s^ 
and also the one third part of the indoor moubels and her mothers 
wairing apparil after her s'^ Mothers Deceas 

Itm I Give to my Daughter Mary Collens twenty pound old 
ten' to be paid in maner and tairm a above said and also the one 
third part of the indoor moubles and her Mothers wering apperial 
after her s** Mothers Deceas 

Itm I Give to my Son Joseph Collens two fifth parts of my 
Estate Rele and parsonal (Except the indoor moubels) to be 
Devided according to Quantity and Quality he paying two fifts of 
my funeral and their mothers funr^ and two fifts of the Legeses 



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above said and two fifts of all my honest Debts and other 
Charges 

Itm I Give to my Son John Collens two fifts of my Estate 
moubal and immoubal Rele and parsonal (Except the indoor 
moubles) to be Devided according to Quntity and Quality he 
paying the two fifts of my funarel and his mothers and the two 
fifts of the Legeses above Said and the two fifts of all my honest 
Debts and other Charges 

Itm I Give to my Son Charls Collens the one fift part of my 
Estate Rele & personal (Except the indoor moubels) to be 
Devided according to Quantity and Quality he paing the one 
fifth of my funeral & his mothers and the one fifth of the Legses 
aboves"* and the one fifth of all my honest Debts and other 
Charges 

I also appoint Hannah my beloved wife and my Son Joseph to 
be my Executors to this my Last will and testement 

In Witness here of I have here unto Set my hand and Seal this 
twenty first Day of December in the twenty Eighth year of his 
Majests Reign annoque Domini one thousand Seven hundred 
and fifty four 

Joseph Collins 

[Witnesses] Challis Currier, Jonathan Currier, Enoch Blasdel. 

[Proved April 26, 1769.] 

[Warrant, April 26, 1769, authorizing Enoch Blaisdell, Challis 
Currier, and Thomas Tewksbury, all of South Hampton, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 7, 1769; amount, £279. 2. 6; signed by Enoch 
Blaisdell, Challis Currier, and Thomas Tewksbury.] 



WILLIAM FOLSOM 1755 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God Amen the 3*^ Day of Janauary in the year 
of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and fifty five I william 



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folsom of the parish of Newmarket in the town of Exeter in the 
province of Newhampshire In new England Husbandman being 
Sick and week * * * 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth 
all the Estate Borth Real personal and mixt which She Said 
Elizabeth Brought to me with her Self or that was her Right or 
property before her marrage with me and the one half of all my 
Sheep and Swine and small Iron pott and small Kittle & two 
good Cows & my Linin wheel and my note of hand in writting 
under the hand of John Samborn and my other note in writting 
under the hand of John Liford to be to her the Said Elizabeth & 
her heirs and assigns forever and I give and bequeath to Said 
Elizabeth the one half of the Dwelling house wherein I now Live 
and one third part of the Barn to be to my said wife Elizabeth 
During her widdowhood and the one third part of all my hom- 
stead plantation whereon I now Live & to be to her the Said 
Elizabeth and heirs and assigns During the term of her natural 
Life and it is the true Intent and meaning of these presents that 
the above bequeathed premises to her be and Include all her 
Right of Dower & power of thirds in my Estate borth Real 
personal & mixt — 

Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son David folsom 
the one Eighth part of one hundred acres Lott in the town of 
notingham in Said Province in winter Street (So Called) it being 
the Land I Bought of the two morrossons Excepting and Re- 
serving for the full term of ten years yet to Come from and after 
the Date hereof all the timber of what Kind Soever Either Stand- 
ing growing or Lying on Said Land Said timber is Reserved to 
the use & Benifet of my Son william as hereafter Expresed the 
Said Land to be to my Said Son David and to heirs and assigns 
for ever only as above Excepted — 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son James 
folsom thirteen pounds new tenor in Bills of Credet in new- 
hampshire afore said to be paid within Seven years from the 
Date hereof by my Executor hereafter named — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 205 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son Dudley 
folsom fifty pounds in new tennor Bill of Credet in Said province 
to be paid within ninteen years from the Date hereof as also 
Seven pounds & ten shillings Like tenor to be paid him yearly 
and Every year from the Day of my Death untill Said Dudley 
Arive to the age of Eight years all Said Sums to be paid as above 
Said by my Executor hereafter named — 

Item I give & bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Leadia 
Liford y" wife of John Liford two pounds & ten shillings new 
tennor in Bills of Credet in Said province to be paid within three 
years after my Decease to be paid by my Executor hereafter 
named — 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Mary 
folsom ten shillings new tennor in Bills of Credet in Said prov- 
ince to be paid by my Executor hereafter named 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter 
Abagail folsom all my houshold goods Excepting what I have 
given my wife in this will and allso I give to s<^ abagail twelve 
pounds & ten shillings new tennor in Bills of Credet in new 
hampshire afore said the said Bills of Credet to be paid her 
within Six years after my Decease and said household goods to 
be DD her at the age of Eighteen years or marrage Day If 
before that age all to be paid & Delivered by my Executor here- 
after named 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son William 
folsom all my homstead plantation whereon I now Live with all 
my Right in wadleys falls (So Called) & in the mill thereon 
Standing with all the previlidges thereto belonging with all the 
Remainder of my Estate Borth Real personal and mixt, or of 
what nature or kind soever Borth moveables and Immoveables 
wheresoever the same may be found to be to my Said Son 
William & his heirs and assigns forever with all Rights of Re- 
version & Remainder only Excepted as is what is before given 
and bequeathed in this will — 



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and I do hereby make ordain and appoint my Said Son william 
folsom my Sole Executor * * * 

william foulsham 

her 

[Witnesses] Sarah X young, Joseph young, Walter Bryent. 

mark 

[Proved Feb. lo, 1755-] 

[Warrant, Feb. lo, 1755, authorizing Walter Bryent and 
Joseph Young, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 30, 1755; amount, £3218. 8. o; signed by 
Walter Bryent and Joseph Young.] 



ELIZABETH FROST 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen — the fourth Day of January 
Annoque Domini 1755 I Elizabeth Frost of Portsmouth in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Seemster being 
Sick and weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath unto My Mother in Law M" 
Martha Frost the Sum of five pounds according to the New 
Tenor to be paid her out of My Estate within twelve Months 
after My Decease by My Executor towards Cloathing my brother 
Cater Frost Son of Said Martha or for any other use that she 
My Said Mother shall think Most propper for the use of Said 
Cater. 

Item: All the rest of My Estate both real and personal 
whatsoever and wheresoever I Give and bequeathe unto My 
beloved Sister Jane Frost of Portsmouth aforesaid Singlewomen 
her heirs and assigns forever after My just Debts and funeral 
Charges and Leagacy is paid out of My whole Estate as afore- 
said 

And I Do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint My hon** 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 207 

Uncle Samuel Frost of Portsmouth in New Hampshire afore- 
said Mariner to be My Sole Executor * * * 

The Mark of 
Elizabeth + Frost 

[Witnesses] Andrew Clarkson, Thomas Bickford, Anne Gates. 
[Proved March 27, 1755.] 



JOSEPH HILL 1755 GREENLAND 

In The Name of God Amen I Joseph Hill of the parish of 
Greenland in the province of New hampshire in Newengland 
Yeoman being week of Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son John Hill his heirs 
and Assigns for Ever my now Dweling house Barne and Shoop 
Tools of Every Sort and all my wearing Cloaths and all the 
Debts Due unto me and all my writings also all my Lands and 
Medow Ground and orchard Laying and Being in Greenland 
afore Said and in Stratham in Said province which I Bought of 
Andrew Wiggin Simon Wiggin Thomas Wiggin Joseph Wiggin 
& Bradstreet Wiggin Jun'" and that I Bought of John Johnson 
Sen' and hannah his wife To have and To hold but my will is 
that if my Said Son John hill Should Dye with out a Lawfull 
heir Lawfully Begoten that the above Given premesses Should 
Return to my Lawful heirs; my Said Son I also order to fulfill 
the oblegation that I Give to my well Beloved wife Mary hill 
Before our Marrage if She out Lives me and also I order my 
Executor hereafter named to pay all my just Debts and Legases; 
and all to be fullfild by him in Case my Said wife Shall & Dos 
aquit and Give up her thirds of all my Estate to my Said Execu- 
tor — Item I also Give unto my Said Son John hill my Mare and 
my Gun — 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Elener Briant one hundred 
and fifty pounds old tenor money and three Good Ewes To be 



208 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

paid and Delievered her or her heirs within Two years after my 
Decease by my Executor hereafter Named — 

Item I Give unto My Daughter phebe avery one hundred and 
fifty pounds money old Tenor and three Ewes to be paid and 
Delivered To her or her heirs within four years after my Decease 
by My Executor hereafter Named 

Item I Give unto my Said Two Daughters to be Equaly 
Devided Between them all my household Stuff Excepting what 
my said wife Brought with her — 

Finally my Will is and I Do hereby appoint My Said Son 
John Hill Sole Executor of this my Last will and Testement 
hereby Revoking Disallowing and Makeing voy* all former wills 
and Testements by me heretofore Made: Ratefieing and Con- 
firming this and no other to be my Last will and Testement In 
Witness whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal this 
Ninth Day of January annoque domini one thousand Seven 
hundred and fifty five — &c. 

Joseph hill 

[Witnesses] John Huggins, John Allen, Richard Young. 

[Proved July 28, 1756.] 



MARY RUNNELLS 1755 STRATHAM 

In The Name of God Amen This Fifteenth Day of January 
anno Domini 1755 I Mary Runals of Stratham In the Province 

of Newhamp' Singelwoman & Spincer Being but Week of Body 

* * * 

First I Give and bequeath unto my Kindswoman Judeth 
Runals Daughter to my brother Robert Runals Deceaced and 
to her heirs and assings for Ever all my Real and parsnall Estate 
viz my bead and furniture belonging and all my other house El- 
stufs Within Dors and all my Wearing apparill and all my Stock 
of Cattel Sheep and Swine to her and to her Disposel for Ever. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 209 

Lastly I Do here by make and ordain the Said Judeth Runals 
above mentiond to by my Sole Executrix * * * 

hir 

Mary + Runels 

mark 

[Witnesses] Ichabod Clark, William Hash, Theo Smith. 
[Proved Oct. 29, 1760.] 

[Bond of Judith Runnels of Stratham, single woman, with 
Theophilus Smith of Exeter and Abraham Brown, Jr., of 
Hampton Falls, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Oct. 
29, 1760, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, 
Cutts Shannon.] 



SAMUEL STEVENS 1755 EXETER 

[Guardianship of Samuel Stevens and Daniel Stevens, minors, 
children of Samuel Stevens of Exeter, deceased, granted to Ben- 
jamin Scribner Jan. 20, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 195.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Scribner of Brentwood, husbandman, with 
John Gilman of Kingston, husbandman, as surety, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 20, 1755, for the guardianship of Samuel Stevens, 
minor, aged more than 14 years, and Daniel Stevens, aged less 
than 14 years; witnesses, Samuel Clark, Jonathan Wiggin.] 



EBENEZER PHILBRICK 1755 RYE 

In the name of God amen I Ebenezer Philbrick of Rye in the 
Province of New Hampshire Being Week in Body * * * 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my Son James Philbrick all my 
Estate both Reail and Parsnale What So Ever & Where So Ever 



2IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Not other Ways disposed of in this my Last will Unto him my 
Said Son and to his Heirs and Assigns for Ever — 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my Son Ebenezer Philbrick fif- 
teen Acres of Land Where he Now Lives on the South Side of 
the Highway his Giveing his Brother James Philbrick the Lebety 
to Pase and Repase to the South End of his Land his Said 
Brother James Keeping Good Surfent Bars to Pase throw & 
Carefely take Care of Said Bars — 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to Ruth Rand my Grand Daugh- 
ter twenty Shillings old tenor in full of all Demands from my 
Estate Having allready Given my Daughter Ruth Rand before 
her Decease all that I intended to Give her 

Itam I Give to my Daughter Bethiah one Cow to her and to 
her Heirs for Ever also that She have a Good Convenent fire 
Room And fire wood feet for the fire at the door also ten Bushels 
of indian Corn one Bushel of Wheet one Bushel of Molt one 
Bushel of Barley and the Wentering and Sommering one Cow 
& two Sheep Eighty Pound of Good Pork and fifty Pounds of 
Good Beef to be paid her By my Executour Yearly So Long as 
She Lives on Marred and if She marres forty pounds old tenor 
money to be paid her also one halfe of the Vallue of a quarter of 
a Share of Marsh in hampton that I now Give to my Son Eben- 
ezer Philbrick by a dead of Gift to be paid her by my Said Son 
Eben"^ at my Decease 

I do by these Presents Constitute & appoint my Son James 
Philbrick to be my Sole Executor of this my Last Will and 
testament in Wittness Where of I have here unto Set my hand 
and Seal: this twenty first day of January 1755 

I the Said Ebenezer Philbrock before Signed this my will do 
Order that my Well beloved wife Bethaih Philbrick Shall have 
the one third of all my Reail Estate to her benefit Duering her 
Life and that my two Sons James & Ebenezer Philbrock do 
Manage and in prove to the best advantage for her also to her 
Use duering her Life one Cow 

Ebenezer Philbrick 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 211 

[Witnesses] Rich*^ Jenness 3^, Joseph Yeaten, Peter Garland. 
[Proved Dec. 31, 1760.] 

[Bond of James Philbrick, yeoman, with Richard Jenness, 3d, 
as surety, both of Rye, in the sum of £500, Dec. 31, 1760, for the 
execution of the will ; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 



ELIZABETH PRESCOTT 1755 HAMPTON FALLS 

In The Name of God Amen This Twenty forth Day of January 
anno Domini 1755, I Elisabeth Prescut of Hampton falls 
Widow Relect of Jonathan Prescut of Said Hampton Falls in 
The province of Newhamps"" yeoman Deceased being but Weak 
of body * * * 

firs I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elisabeth Gar- 
land and to her heirs one Gound Silk Crape one homspun Coat 
& my Stays and Three Puter Plates 

P™ I Give to my Grandaughter Abigail Blake Daughter to my 
Daughter Abigail Lock Deceased Two Puter Platers & Three 
Puter Plates and one Silver Spoon 

1*"° I Give to my Grandaughter Mehetabel Wier Daughter 
to my Daughter mary Hilyard Deceased Two Puter Platers and 
Three Puter Plats 

P"" I Give unto my Son Jeremiah Prescut Ten Shilings old 
tener to be paid to him in one year after my Deceace by my Ex- 
cutor here after named 

It*" I Give to my Son Joseph Prescut Ten Shilings old tener 
to be paid to him by my Excutor here after named in one year 
after my Deceace 

Itim I Give unto The Legal heirs of my Son Jonathan Prescut 
Deceased Ten Shilings old tener to be Paid in one year after 
my Deceace by my Executor here after named. 

It™ I Give unto my Grand Daughter Sarah Prescut Daughter 



212 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to my Son Benjamin Prescut one fether bead and furniture be- 
longing to The Same Emeadatly after my Deceace 

It™ I Give unto Ruth Robey That have Lived With me for 
many years Past one fether bead which belong to The Trundel 
Bead Stid 

I*™ I Give unto my Son Benjamin Prescut and to his heirs for 
Ever all The Remainder of my Estate both within Dors & with- 
out (viz) all my Stock of Cattle Sheep horse, and Swine and all 
my movables Within Dors not allreadey Disposed of in This 
my Last Will he to Com into Porsission There of at my Deceace 

Lastly I Do here by make and ordain my Son Benjamin Pres- 
cut to be Sole Excutor * * * 

her 
Elisabeth X Prescut 
mark 

[Witnesses] Jonathan Green, Samuel Prescut Ju', Theo: Smith. 

[Proved May 30, 1755.] 

[Warrant, May 31, 1755, authorizing Nathaniel Healey, 
gentleman, and Jacob Green, yeoman, both of Hampton Falls, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 5, 1755; amount, £403. 15. o; signed by 
Nathaniel Healey and Jacob Green.] 



ROBERT DAVIS 1755 CONCORD 

[Deborah Davis, widow of Robert Davis of Rumford, and 
Nathaniel Davis, oldest son, renounce administration on his 
estate Jan. 27, 1755; witness, Nathaniel Abbott.] 

[Administration granted to Samuel Davis Jan. 29, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 168.] 

[Bond of Samuel Davis, yeoman, with Ezra Carter and Nathan- 
iel Abbott, gentleman, as sureties, all of Rumford, in the sum 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 213 

of £1000, Jan. 29, 1755, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1755; amount, £1876. 12. o; signed by 
Ezra Carter and Nathaniel Abbott.] 



ABRAHAM MERRILL 1755 NEWTON 

[Administration on the estate of Abraham Merrill granted 
to his widow, Ruth Merrill, Jan. 29, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 258.] 

[Bond of Ruth Merrill, widow, with Gideon Bartlett and Cut- 
ting Favor, yeoman, as sureties, all of Newton, in the sum of 
£2000, Jan. 21, 1755, for the administration of the estate of her 
husband, Abraham Merrill of Newton; witnesses, Anna Freese, 
Jonathan Wiggin.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 21, 1755, authorizing William Rowell, weaver, 
and Cutting Favor, yeoman, both of Newton, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 25, 1755; amount, £6302. 19. o; signed by 
William Rowell and Cutting Favor.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 14, 1762, authorizing Jeremy Webster of 
Kingston, Gideon Bartlett, David Sargent, John Elliott, and 
Nathan Gould, yeomen, all of Newton, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to Warrant from the Hon*>'^ Rich- 
New Hamps' J ard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of Wills 
&c for the Province of New Hamps : afores*^ to us the Subscribers 
directed: appointing us a Com*^^ to Divide the Real Estate of 
Abraham Merril Late of Newtown in said Province deceasd 
Intestate to & among the widow & Children of the s^ deceasd : 
we have taken the s^ Trust upon us & have proceeded and set 
off as followeth viz : — 



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i^* To the Widow Ruth merril for her right of Dower in s*^ 
Estate Thirty Acres more or Less in the Home place Bounded as 
followeth viz: beginning at the south Easterly Corner of the 
whole Tract at the High way & Joyning to Lieu* Micah Hoyts 
Land & running south westerly on the s<^ way to the south 
westerly Corner to the High way Comeing down from & by 
Lieu* David Baglies to the first mentioned High way; Then 
Northerly on the Last mentioned way in part & on the Rev^ 
M' Eames's Land, in part, & on Charles Chases Land in part 
to a stake & stones, then North Easterly a Cross the whole 
Tract to the s** Lieu* Hoyts Land where it is Bounded with a 
stake & stones; then southerly on the s^ Hoyts Land about 120 
rods to the place where it first began Thirty acres more or Less 
with the premisses thereon; and one Half of the dwelling House 
viz : the Back room thereof with the one Half of the Chamber, & 
one Half of the Cellar; with the one third of the Barn viz: the 
Westerly End thereof ; also Ten acres more or Less for her wood 
Lot being part of the deceasds Eighty acre piece (so Called) & is 
a Neck of Land that runs into the Pond (Com'only Called the 
Country Pond) and is Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at a 
stake & stones in the Isthmus & running Easterly about Nine 
rods to a stake & stones on the other side & so running round the 
s^ Neck of Land (or Cape) by the s^ Pond to the place where it 
first began. Ten acres more or Less — 

2'y To the Children of the s^ Deceas'd as followeth viz: — 
i^* The first share to Ruth Bounded as followeth viz: Begin- 
ning at a stake & stones by the forementioned Charles Chases 
Land which is the Bounds of the widows Thirds; Then North 
Easterly on the s*^ Thirds to the forementioned Hoyts Land to a 
stake & stones a Bounds also of the Thirds; then running North- 
erly on the s"^ Hoyts Land, to the North Easterly Corner of the 
whole Tract ; then south Westerly on the Northerly Line of the 
whole Tract, to the North Westerly Corner thereof, to the s"^ 
Chases s^ Land ; then southerly on s'^ Chases Land to the place 
where it first began seven acres more or Less; and three small 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 215 

pieces of Land scltuate in Kingstown in s^ Province being Mill 
Pond rights (so Called) in the upland division belonging to the 
deceased in his Life time; one piece being Eight Acres more or 
Less; another piece six acres more or Less; and a Third piece 
a Meadow Lot Eight acres more or Less all which pieces 
are Bounded as may appear by the records of the millpond 
society, or propriety; with one fifth part of the one Half of 
the dwelling House; and one fifth part of Two Thirds of the 
Barn — 

2'y The second share to Abigail now the wife of John Currier 
in the Deceasds fifty acre Tract (or piece) Bounded as followeth 
viz : Beginning at a stake in a stump which is the south westerly 
Corner of the whole tract and from thence running Easterly 
about fifty five rods to a stake & stones by fowlers fence which is 
the south Easterly Corner Bounds of the whole Tract; Then 
Northerly on s*^ Fowlers Land about seventy rods to a stake & 
stones, Then westerly Crossing the whole Tract to a stake & 
stones on the westerly side thereof by Land of Isaac Merril 
Esq''; then southerly on the s*^ Isaac Merrils Land to the place 
where it first began ; Twenty Three Acres more or Less with one 
Half of the old House on the Home place & one seventh part of 
Two Thirds of the Barn — 

3'y The Third share to Lydia in the Last mentioned piece of 
Land beginning at a stake & stones by the s^ Merrils Land which 
is the Bounds of the 2'^ share from thence running Easterly on 
the s'^ 2^ share, Crossing the whole Tract to a stake & stones 
another Bounds of the s^ 2"^ share; then running Northerly on 
the Easterly Line of the whole Tract about One Hundred & 
Twelve rods to a small Pine Tree marked ; then westerly crossing 
the whole tract to the Country Pond forementioned to an Ash 
Tree; then on the s<^ Pond south westerly southerly &c as the 
Pond Lays to a red Oak (or Birch) Tree; the Bounds of this 
piece of the Deceasds Land; and the forementioned Isaac Mer- 
rils Land; then southerly on the s'^ Isaac Merrils Land to the 
place where it first began; Twenty Three acres more or Less; 



2l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

with one fifth part of the one Half of the dwelling House with 
Yi part of % of the Barn 

4'y The fourth share to Hannah as followeth viz: Three acres 
more or Less in the Last mentioned piece of Land Bounded as 
followeth viz : beginning at the Northerly Corner of the whole 
Tract where it is Bounded on a white Pine stump by the fore- 
mentioned Pond, from thence running southerly on the Easterly 
Line of the whole Tract about forty rods to a small Pine Tree 
marked being a Bounds of the 3*^ share; then running westerly 
on the s*^ 3*^ share to the forementioned Pond where it is Bounded 
with an Ash Tree marked then Northerly on the Pond to the 
place where it first began and seventeen acres more or Less; in 
the deceas'ds Tract of Land, Called his Eighty acre piece; 
Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning at the South Easterly 
Corner of the whole Tract, & from thence running Westerly as 
the Land Lays about I4>^ rods to a stake & stones then North- 
erly the Length of the whole Tract to the Pond then North 
Easterly on the Pond about thirteen rods & a Half to a White 
Maple on the Bank; then southerly on the Easterly Line of 
the whole tract to the southerly End thereof where it is 
Bounded with a stake & stones; the place where it first be- 
gan ; with one fifth part of the one Half of the dwelling House, 
and one seventh part of the remaining Two Thirds of the 
Barn — 

5'y The fifth share to Sarah in the s*^ Eighty Acre piece 
Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning at the southerly End of 
the whole Tract where it is Bounded with a stake & stones the 
Bounds of the fourth share from thence running Northerly on 
the s'^ 4'*' share thro the whole Tract to a Hemlock Tree by the 
Pond which is also a Bounds of the s*^ fourth share; then south- 
westerly on the Pond about sixteen rods & a Half to a stake by 
the s<^ Pond ; then southerly thro the whole Tract to the southerly 
End thereof where it is Bounded with a stake & stones; then 
Easterly about sixteen rods to the stake & stones first mentioned 
Twenty one acres more or Less, with one fifth part of the re- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 217 

maining Half of the dwelling House & one seventh part of the 
remaining Two Thirds of the Barn — 

6'y The sixth share to Mary Bounded as followeth viz: Be- 
ginning at a stake & stones the Bounds of the fifth share; from 
thence running Northerly on the s^ fifth share thro the whole 
Tract to a stake by the Pond ; which is also the Bounds of the s'** 
share, then south westerly by the Pond sixteen rods & a Half to a 
stake by the Pond ; which s<* stake is about Half a rod Eastward 
of a Bunch of maple Trees, at High water mark then southerly 
thro' the whole Tract to the southermost End thereof where it is 
Bounded with a stake & stones, then Easterly about sixteen rods 
to the place where it first began ; Twenty one acres more or Less 
with one fifth part of the remaining Half of the Dwelling House 
& the one seventh part of _^ of the Barn. 

7'y The seventh & Last share to Elisabeth Bounded as fol- 
loweth viz : Beginning at a stake & stones at the southerly End of 
the whole Tract; which stake & stones is the Bounds of the 6*'' 
share from thence running Northerly thro' the whole Tract Joyn- 
ing to the sixth share till it Comes to the Pond where it is 
Bounded with a stake by a Bunch of maple Trees; which is the 
Bounds of the sixth share; then running westerly Crossing the 
forementioned Neck of Land ; set off for the widows wood Lot, as 
forementioned ; & Joyning to that part of her Thirds there in the 
forementioned Isthmus, & then by the Pond to the North west- 
erly Corner of the whole Tract; about sixteen rods & a Half; then 
southerly on the westerly Line of the whole Tract to the south 
westerly Corner thereof, then Easterly about sixteen rods to the 
stake & stones where it first began ; Twenty one acres more or 
Less ; with one Half of the old House ; and one seventh part of the 
remaining Two Thirds of the Barn; Furthermore; we set off & 
order a Drift way of one rod wide a Cross the southerly Ends 
of the fifth, sixth, & seventh shares; for the use & benefit 
of the fourth, fifth, & sixth shares to Come to the Two rods 
way reserved for the whole Tract : In Testimony of all forego- 



21 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ing we have hereunto set our hands the 29*** day of October 
1762 — 

his 
David X Sargent 

mark 
Jeremy Webster 
John Eliot 
Nathan Gould 



BENJAMIN MORRILL 1755 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Morrill granted to 
Jeremy Webster and Moses Morrill Jan. 29, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 179.] 

[Bond of Jeremy Webster and Moses Morrill, yeoman, with 
Phineas Batchelder, gentleman, and Edward Fifield, yeoman, 
as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £1000, Jan. 29, 1755, 
for the administration of the estate of Benjamin Morrill of 
Kingston, gentleman; witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan 
Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 29, 1755, authorizing Jonathan Greeley, gentle- 
man, and Josiah Tilton, yeoman, both of Kingston, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 26, 1755; amount, £3974. 9. o; signed by 
Jonathan Greeley and Josiah Tilton.] 

[Benjamin Morrill, aged 14 years, son of Benjamin Morrill, 
makes choice of Capt. Phineas Batchelder of Kingston as his 
guardian.] 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Morrill granted to Phineas 
Batchelder Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Bond of Phineas Batchelder, gentleman, with Josiah Batchel- 
der, yeoman, and Josiah Tilton, gentleman, as sureties, all of 



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Kingston, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1755, for the guardianship 
of Benjamin Morrill, minor, aged more than 14 years; witnesses, 
Jeremy Webster, Elizabeth Webster.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, inventory 
plus £123. o. o; expenditures, £517. 17. i ; allowed May 20, 1756.] 

[Warrant, June 30, 1756, authorizing Abner Morrill of South 
Hampton, yeoman, Edward Fifield, gentleman, James Tappan, 
gentleman, Ebenezer Batchelder, farmer, and Jonathan Greeley, 
all of Kingston, to divide the real estate.] 

[Bond of Samuel Currier of South Hampton, yeoman, with 
Abner Morrill of South Hampton, yeoman, and Jonathan 
Greeley of Kingston as sureties, in the sum of £500, July 12, 
1756, for the guardianship of Samuel Morrill, aged less than 14 
years, son of Benjamin Morrill ; witnesses, Ebenezer Batchelder, 
John Fifield.] 

[Bond of Samuel Stevens, yeoman, with James Tappan, gen- 
tleman, and Ebenezer Batchelder, yeoman, as sureties, all of 
Kingston, in the sum of £500, July 12, 1756, for the guardianship 
of John Morrill, aged less than 14 years, son of Benjamin Morrill; 
witnesses, Jonathan Greeley, John Fifield.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to A Warrant by order of the 
New Hamps: [ Hon'^^^ Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the 
Probates of Wills &c for s'^ Province to us directed, appointing 
us a Com*^^ to divide the Estate of Benjamin Morril, Late of 
Kingstown dec^ to & among the Children of the Deceas^: W^e 
have with mature Consideration & deliberation divided the s'^ 
Estate to & among his children & set the same off as follows viz : 
Imp« To moses the eldest son for his Two shares: the dwelling 
House & Barn of the deceas^ with the other Edifices, with Two 
acres of Land at Hogg Hill (so called) in Kensington which the 
deceasd purchased of James Toppan it being part of the uper 
Half share in the i»* Range; and one Half of a Right (so called) 
in Gillman Town in the Province afores'^ viz the Right of John 



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Kembal (originally) and also the following moveable goods & 
effects of the deceas'^ viz one Half of a Cyder mill & Press, & one 
Half of a Grinding stone a Pair of Cards, Coverlid yarn & cotten, 
8^^ of sheeps wool, two y'^^ of New Cloth, stockens, one feather 
Bed, a weavers Loom & Tackling, two ploughs, scyth & Tackling, 
& sickles, axes & Hoes, a Gun, Horse Tackling, old Iron, the 
deceas'ds walking cane, & an old coat & Breeches of the de- 
ceas'ds, a Case of draws, chests & old Casks, a Great Coat, & old 
window Glass, two cheese Presses, a dung fork, & a Pitch fork, 
and >^ of the Pew in the meeting House and Cash (old tenour) 
£99. II. 10 

2'y To Benjamin for his share 25 acres of Land in the g*** Lot 
in the 6*'' Range in the 3^^ division of Lots in Nottingham in 
s'^ Province being all the Land that the deceased owned in the 
southerly End of s'^ Lot, & Bounded as may appear by deed; 
with 15 acres in the 10*^ Lot the whole Length of the deceaseds 
Land therein Laying side by side with the 25 acres and also the 
one Half of a Right (so called) in Gillman Town in s"* Province, 
being the original Right of James Davis Esq"" of Durham; and 
also Three acres & three Quarters of Land being part of twenty 
acres belonging to the deceasd in the second division in s^ Kings- 
town Laying at the westerly end of the East division Lot on 
which the deceasd did live, s^ three acres & three Quarters Lay- 
ing on the westerly side of the s^ Twenty acres & has Land of 
Joseph Eastman on the west & on the south the residue of s^ 
twenty acres on the East & Land of Nathanael Bachelder on the 
North and the following moveable goods & effects Left by the 
deceasd viz: one feather Bed & Bedding, one suit of the deceasds 
apparrel, one Round Table, five chains & Iron fetters & cops & 
Pin, a Large Brass Kettle, Pewter, Knives & forks, a chest with 
a draw in it, three sheets, one Pillow Case, Books and cash (in 
the old tenour) 54. 4. 4 

3'y To John for his share 35 Acres of Land be the same more or 
Less in the 10*^*' Lot in the 6*'» Range in the 3*^ division of Lots in 
Nottingham afores'* at the southerly End of s^ Lot, and Joyning 



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to Benjamins share or part in s^ Lot, & is the residue of the 
deceasds Land and Lot, at the forementioned southerly end, 
and also the other Half of the forementioned Right of James 
Davis Esq"" (originally) in Gillman Town, with three acres & 
three Quarters of Land in the forementioned twenty acres at the 
Head of the Last Division & Joyning to Benjamins part therein 
Laying side by side therewith, having s'^ Benjamins share on the 
west & the residue of s*^ twenty acres on the East: and also the 
following moveable goods & Effects Left by the deceasd viz: 
one feather Bed & Bedding Left with his Guardian Sam*'' Stevens 
three sheets, & a Pillow Case, three shirts of the deceas'd, one 
chest a drinking Glass, & tin Kettle, & also other Glassware & a 
Hoan Pewter, Iron Tongs & fire shovel. Iron Harrow teeth. 
Knives & forks Books and Cash (in the old Tenour) £54. 4. 4 

4'y To Samuel for his share fifty acres of Land in the 9*^ Lot in 
forementioned in s** Nottingham at the North Easterly corner 
thereof being the residue of the deceas'ds Land in the s** g^^ Lot 
with the other Half of the forementioned John Kembals Right 
(originally) in Gillman Town before mentioned; and also three 
acres & three Quarters of Land being part of the forementioned 
twenty acres in s*^ Kingstown & Joyning to Johns part therein 
& Laying side by side therewith ; & so haveing the s^ Johns part 
or share on the west & the residue of the s'^ twenty acres on the 
east ; and also the following moveable goods & effects Left by the 
deceas'd viz: one feather Bed & Bedding & Bedstead, one suit 
of curtains, two sheets & a Pillow Case, a Brass warming pan, 
one suit of the deceasds apparrel, a Hat, a pair of stillyards, an 
Iron Barr (or crow) Pewter and cash (in the old tenour) £54. 4. 4 

All the forementioned moveable goods & effects being ap- 
prized & vallued as p"^ Inventory 

5'y To Hannah for her share, the residue of the forementioned 
twenty acres of Land; being Nine acres & a Half be the same 
more or Less haveing the s^ Samuel's share on the west & the 
East division Lots above mentioned on the East and also the 
following moveable goods & Effects viz: one Dozen of chairs. 



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three spinning wheels, two square tables, one Round table, a 
dozen of trays with other wooden ware, a Looking Glass, a frying 
pan an Iron pot. Glass Bottles, A Chest with a draw, a corn chest 
and the other Half of the Pew In the meeting House 

In Testimony of all foregoing we have hereunto set our hands 
the 22"^ day of November Annoq Dom: 1756 

Ebenezer Batchelder 
Jonathan Greeley 
Abner Morrill 

[John Morrill, aged more than 14 years, son of Benjamin Mor- 
rill, makes choice of his brother-in-law, Samuel Stevens of Kings- 
ton, as his guardian; witnesses, Samuel Clark, Nathaniel Batch- 
elder; the appointment was made March 28, 1760.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Morrill, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Benjamin Morrill, granted to Moses Morrill Nov. 

26, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 121.] 

[Bond of Moses Morrill, yeoman, with Thomas Batchelder, 
joiner, and William Parker as sureties, all of Kingston, In the 
sum of £500, Nov. 26, 1763, for the guardianship of Samuel 
Morrill; witnesses, Samuel Elliot, Jeremiah Fogg, Jr.] 

[Bond of Samuel Stevens, husbandman, with Jeremy Webster 
and Ebenezer Batchelder, husbandman, as sureties, all of 
Kingston, in the sum of £300, Jan. 14, 1767, for the guardian- 
ship of Samuel Morrill; witnesses, John Morrill, John Toppan.] 



ALEXANDER HINMAN 1755 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Alexander Hinman granted 
to Andrew Thompson and his wife, Margaret Thompson, Jan. 
29. I755-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 166.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 223 

[Bond of Andrew Thompson, weaver, with Samuel Barr, 
gentleman, and John Anderson, yeoman, as sureties, all of Lon- 
donderry, in the sum of £1000, Jan. 29, 1755, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Alexander Hinman of Londonderry, yeoman ; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1755; amount, £332. 19. o; signed by 
Henry Campbell and Samuel Barr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £327. 19. o; expenditures, £145. 7. o; no date.] 



LOVE ROBERTS 1755 SOMERSWORTH 

In y^ Name of God Amen the third day of February in y^ 
Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty five 
I Love Roberts of Somersworth in y^ Province of New Hamps""^ 

in New England Gentleman, being very Sick & Weak in Body 

* * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife 
Elizabeth y^ Improvement of one Third of my whole real Estate 
during her Natural Life 

Item I give and bequeath to My S*^ Wife, any Two of My 
Cows that she shall Coose. 

Item I give and bequeath to My S"^ Wife y^ use & Improve- 
ment of one half of My Dwelling House, half below, half above 
during her natural Life 

Item I give & bequeath to my S'^ Wife y^ one half of My Swine 

Item I give and bequeath to My S*^ Wife y® Improvement of 
one half of My Household Goods during her natural Life 

Item I give and bequeath to my S^ Wife y^ use & Improve- 
ment of My Negro Man Phil during her Natural Life. 

Item I give and bequeath To My Two Beloved Sons Love & 
Francis all My real Estate in Somersworth Berwick & Rochester 



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& ever3rwhere else, to be Equally Divided between them, To 
them thier Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said Two Sons Love & Fran- 
cis, My Mill standing on Salmon fall Stream together with all 
y^ appurtenances & priviledges thereunto belonging to be equally 
divided between y™ to them thier Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said beloved Wife four 
sheep, & y« Improvement of one third of My Barn during her 
natural life 

Item I give and bequeath to My S"^ beloved Son Francis My 
great Coat, & all y^ rest of My wearing Apparell to My S*^ Two 
Sons to be equally divided between them 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Hannah, 
y^ one half of My Household Goods at My Decease & y^ other 
half after y^ Decease of My S<^ Wife Eliz" To her her Heirs & as- 
signs forever 

Item I give & bequeath all y^ rest of My Stock of Creatures to 
My Said two Sons to be Equally Divided between them, to them 
thier Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item after y^ decease of my S** Wife I give to my Said Son 
Love y« one half of My dwelling House & Barn. 

Item Its My Will that My Said Two Sons Love & Francis, 
find My Said Wife Elisabeth Oxen to hall her fire wood & to do 
her Husbandry Work she finding them Meat when using of them 

Item its My Will that My two S"^ Sons Love & Francis, receive 
equally between y"" all My outstanding Debts, & that they 
equally between them pay all My Lawfull Debts 

Item after y« Death of My Said Wife I give & bequeath an 
Equal right to My S"* Negro Phil To My S^ two Sons Love & 
Francis 

Item I give & bequeath to My Said Two Sons Love & Francis 
all y'' rest of My Estate to be Equally Divided between them, 
To them their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item its my will that my Said Sons Love & Francis be equally 
at y« Cost of Burying My Body in a decent Christian Manner. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 225 

Item I do hereby Constitute Make & ordain My Said Sons 
Love & Francis My Sole Executors * * * 

Love Roberts 

[Witnesses] John Wentworth, Moses Carr, Moses Stevens. 
[Proved May 28, 1755.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1755, authorizing Dr. Moses Carr and 
Moses Stevens, both of Somersworth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 24, 1755; amount, £8269. 17. o; 
signed by Moses Carr and Moses Stevens.] 

[Account of Love Roberts, surviving executor; expenditures, 
£41. 17. 5; allowed April 29, 1772.] 



JONATHAN CHESLEY 1755 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen I Jonthan Chesly of Durham and 
Province of New Hampshire in New England, Gentleman, Being 
Aged and Infirme in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeath my Loving Wife Mary Chesley 
One Third Part of all my Real and Personal Estate as the Law 
directs to Widows 

Item — I Give and Bequeath my Loving Son Jonathan 
Chesly all my Lands and Privileges that I have or may have in 
the Townships of Durham, Dover and Nottingham in said 
Province with my now Dwelling House and Barn and all other 
Buildings in said Towns Likewise all my Stock and Moveable 
Goods within and without Doors to him my Son Jonathan his 
Heirs or Assigns forever, He paying my Just Debts & the Lega- 
cies hereafter mentioned. — 

Item — I Give and Bequeath my Loving Daughter Mary 
Chatburn Two Hundred Pounds Old Tenor to be paid by my 
Son Jonathan Chesly, Viz' One Hundred Pound to be paid in 



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one Year after my Discease & the other Hundred Pound to be 
paid in Two Years after my Discease to my said Daughter Mary 
her Heirs or Assigns, having already made Provision for my 
Daughter Mary another way. — 

Item — I Give and Bequeath my Loving Daughter Comfort 
Chesly all my Right, Title and Interest that I have or may have 
in the Township of Canterbury in New Hampshire aforesaid 
free from all Incumbrances whatsoever to her my said Daughter 
Comfort her Heirs or assigns forever, Also I Give and Bequeath 
my said Daughter Comfort One Good Feather Bed and Furniture 
and Two good Cows Likewise Two Hundred Pounds Old Tenor 
Viz* One Hundred Pound to be paid in Three Years after my 
Discease and the Other Hundred Pound to be paid in Four Years 
after my Discease, to be paid by my Son Jonathan Chesly to my 
Daughter Comfort her Heirs or Assigns And I do hereby Ordain, 
Constitute and Appoint my Beloved Son Jonathan Chesly my 
Sole and Lawful Executor in all Things in Trust to see this my 
Last Will and Testament performed in all Things above-men- 
tioned — In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and 
Seal this Fourth day of February Anno Domini One Thousand 
Seven Hundred and Fifty Five and in the Twenty Eighth Year 
of his Majesties Reign — 

Jonathan Chesle 

[Witnesses] John Adams, Stephen Jones Jur, Moses Emerson. 
[Proved Sept. 24, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 24, 1755, authorizing Stephen Jones, Jr., 
gentleman, and Joseph Sias, trader, both of Durham, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 27, 1755; amount, £7434. 15. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Stephen Jones, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 227 

PHINEAS STEVENS 1755 BOSCAVVEN 

[Administration on the estate of Phineas Stevens of Contoo- 
cook, clerk, granted to his widow, Sarah Stevens, Feb. 1 1, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 370.] 

[Bond of Sarah Stevens of Contoocook, with Aaron Stevens 
and Ezra Carter, both of Rumford, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Feb. II, 1755, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, John Noyes, John Sanders.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 11, 1755, authorizing John Chandler of Rum- 
ford, Jeremiah Clough of Canterbury, and Stephen Gerrish of 
Contoocook, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May i, 1755; amount, £458. 17. 9, per- 
sonal estate; signed by John Chandler, Jeremiah Clough, and 
Stephen Gerrish.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1713. 14. o; 
expenditures, £1865. 7. 2; mentions maintaining three children, 
John, Phineas, and Abigail, from Jan. 19, 1755, to date of ac- 
count, and a daughter Sarah from Jan. 19, 1755, for four months; 
allowed Aug. 31, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 12, 1771, authorizing Jeremiah Clough, 
Thomas Clough, yeoman, Archelaus Moore, gentleman, all of 
Canterbury, Philip Eastman, yeoman, and Timothy Bradley, 
gentleman, both of Concord, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon^^^ the Judge of the Probate of 
New-Hampshire > Wills &c, for & within the said County of 
Rockingham ss J Rockingham 

In obedience to the Warrant or Order to which this is annexed, 
& by virtue of the power therein granted to us, we the Subscribers 
having met at Concord in said County of Rockingham on the 
Twentieth day of November 1771, proceeded with the Assistance 
of a skilful Surveyor, to divide all the real Estate of the within- 
named Phinehas Stevens deceased situate & being in the said 



228 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

County of Rockingham, which has come to our knowledge (we 
having made a diligent enquiry for that purpose) viz a Lot or 
Tract of Land in Concord aforesaid containing about ninety-six 
Acres, bounded as follows viz. Beginning at an Ash Tree at 
Merrimack River, on the easterly side thereof where the dividing 
Line between said Concord & Canterbury strikes the said River, 
thence running on said dividing Line about one hundred & 
seventy six rods to a red oak marked B. B. thence running South 
five degrees East about one hundred & fifty three rods to a white 
oak spotted on three sides at Merrimack River, thence by the 
said River to the first mentioned Bound. — Which Tract of 
Land we have divided in the following manner viz. 

Thirty two Acres on the southerly part thereof we have set off 
to James Varney & Sarah his Wife, who was the Widow of the 
said Stevens as her Dower or Thirds, bounded as follows, viz Be- 
ginning at the white Oak afore-mentioned, thence running on the 
eastern boundary line of the whole Tract aforesaid about ninety 
one rods to a Stake spotted on three sides ; thence running on a 
Line parallel to the aforesaid Line between Concord & Canter- 
bury about one hundred & twenty four rods to Merrimack River 
at a Stake. 

Adjoining to this thirty two Acres one the northerly part 
thereof, we have set off to John Stevens the eldest surviving Son 
of the said Phinehas Stevens deceased twenty one Acres and one 
third of an Acre bounded as follows, viz. Beginning at the 
Bound Stake last mentioned, thence running back on the Line 
last described the whole length thereof; then northerly on the 
eastern boundary line of the whole Tract aforesaid about twenty 
two rods to a Pine spotted on three sides; thence on a Line 
parallel to the aforesaid Line between Concord & Canterbury 
about one hundred & fifty six rods to Merrimack River at a 
Stake. 

Adjoining hereto we have set off ten Acres & two thirds of an 
Acre to Phinehas Stevens the other surviving son of the said de- 
ceased, beginning at the bound Stake last mentioned & running 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 229 

back on the Line last described the whole length thereof; then 
running northerly on the eastern boundary line of the whole 
Tract aforesaid about ten rods to a Stake spotted on three sides; 
thence on a line parallel to the aforesaid Line between Concord 
& Canterbury about one hundred & sixty three rods to Merri- 
mack River, at a Stake 

Adjoining hereto we have set off ten acres & two thirds of an 
Acre to Abigail Eames one of the Daughters of the said Deceased, 
beginning at the Bound Stake last mentioned and running back 
on the line last described the whole length thereof; then north- 
erly, on the eastern boundary Line aforesaid about ten rods to a 
Pine spotted on three sides; thence on a line parallel to the afore- 
said Line between Concord & Canterbury about one hundred & 
sixty eight rods to Merrimack River at a Stake. 

Adjoining to this we have set of ten Acres & two thirds of an 
Acre to Sarah another Daughter of the said deceased, beginning 
at the bound Stake last mentioned, and running back on the line 
last described the whole length thereof; then running northerly 
on the eastern boundary line aforesaid about ten rods to a Stake 
spotted on three sides; thence on a line parallel to the aforesaid 
Line between Concord & Canterbury to Merrimack River, at a 
stake. 

The Remainder of the said whole Tract of Land being about 
ten Acres & two thirds of an Acre we have set off to Jane Hill the 
other daughter of the said deceased, bounded as follows, viz Be- 
ginning at the Bound Stake last mentioned, & running back on 
the Line last described the whole length thereof; then running 
northerly on the eastern boundary line aforesaid to the red oak 
before mentioned, on the Boundary or dividing Line between 
Concord & Canterbury, about ten rods; thence on the said Line 
between Concord & Canterbury to the Ash tree first of all men- 
tioned. Merrimack River to be the Southwesterly Boundary of 
all the divisions aforesaid. The whole Tract of Land aforesaid 
with the aforesaid Division thereof and all the Lines above de- 
scribed are represented in the Plan hereto annexed. Which 



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Division we have faithfully & impartially made to the said James 
Varney & Sarah his Wife & to all the several Children of the said 
Deceased in due proportion for quantity & quality according to 
the best of our knowledge and discretion, & set forth each part 
by the respective metes & bounds above described, being first 
sworn to the faithful discharge of our said Duty & Trust as on the 
warrant aforesaid is certified. Dated at Concord aforesaid the 
20th day of December Anno Domini 1771 

Archelaus Moore 
Timothy Bradley 
Philip Eastman 



Hoj'iA, 



fj 'UT> xci ta^o^ o^ ^ 




NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 23 1 

ISAAC GRIFFIN 1755 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Isaac Griffin of Kingstown in the 
Province of New Hamps: in New England Husbandman * * * 

Imp' I Give and Bequeath unto Hannah my now dearly be- 
loved wife all my Houshold goods which she bro't to me whin she 
became my wife & also Two Cows & two sheep & one Swine for 
ever to be at her dispose and also my Geese, and also all the 
fruits & Effects of her own Labour within doors that shall re- 
main & Not be won out further I give unto my s<^ wife the one 
Half of my Dwelling House viz* the Easterly End thereof, And 
the Income & produce of the one Third part of my Real Estate 
by her freely to be possessed & Enjoyed so long as she remains 
my widow, and also all the provision which I shall leave in the 
House — 

Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter Elisabeth now the 
wife of John Page One Cow, she having had her portion out of 
my Estate already — 

Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter mary now the wife 
of Moses Blake five shillings (New Tenour) She also haveing had 
her part of my Estate — 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved & only son 
Isaac all my Real Estate wherever being, or however scituate 
with all my moveable goods & Effects without doors of what 
kind or Nature soever to him his Hiers & Assigns forever, the 
same with all the Priviledges & appurtenances thereof To Have 
And To Hold forever, saveing what is before disposed of in this 
my Last will and I do hereby Constitute my s<^ son Isaac to be 
sole Executor of this my Last will & Testament And I do hereby 
Will & ordain my s*^ Executor to deliver up the forementioned 
creatures to my s^ wife & Daughter as above Expressed, & pay 
the forementioned Legacy Immediately after my Decease — 

And I do hereby further Will & ordain my s*^ Executor to pay 
all my Honest debts And to be at the Cost & Charge of my 
funeral, further if I have any Real or personal Estate which I 



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have Left out & not mentioned in this my Last will I hereby 
Give it to my s** Executor to him his Hiers & assigns — 

And I do hereby Utterly Disallow Revoke & Disannul all & 
every other former Wills Testaments Legacies & Bequests by 
me in any ways before 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 is**" 
day of february Annoq domini 1755 — 

Isaac Griff en 

[Witnesses] Jeremy Webster, Phinehas Batchelder, Josiah 
Tilton. 

[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Josiah Tilton, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 22, 1756; amount, £3340. 10. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Josiah Tilton.] 



MOSES RICHARDSON 1755 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Moses Richardson granted to 
Humphrey Peirce of Newbury, Mass., June 4, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 303.] 

[Bond of Humphrey Peirce of Newbury, Mass., with Samuel 
Clark, clothier, and John Clark, husbandman, both of Stratham, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, June 4, 1755, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Moses Richardson of South Hampton; wit- 
nesses, Richard Rust, Samuel Peirce.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 20, 1755; amount, £2474. 6. o; signed by 
Henry Currier, Abner Morrill, and Samuel Currier; mentions 
Humphrey Peirce as son-in-law of the deceased.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WHXS 233 

ELIAS DICKEY 1755 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God, Amen, I EHas Dickey of London Derry 

in the Province of New Hampshire Trader being weak in Body 
* * * 

Item, I Give to my dearly beloved wife Rosannah the One 
third part of my Real Estate during the term of her Natural 
life, and One third part of my Personal Estate for Ever I Also 
Give to my Brother Samuel's Son Adam and Daughter Elizabeth 
Four pounds old ten'' each to buy 'em a handkerchief 

Item, I Will and Order that half of my Cattle, all my Shop 
Goods, my Negro, Clock and Riding Chair be sold by my Execu- 
tors and the produce of them applyed towards the Payment of 
my Just Debts I also for the same purposes Do Impower 
my s*^ Executors to Sell all my Land in the Town of Hollis as 
also my Cloaths — except my white Coat w"^ I Give my Brother 
Samuel & what I have given my Sisters children & her husband 

Item, In case there should be any moneys left in the hands of 
my Executors after my Debts and Funeral Charges are paid I 
Give out of the same to my said Wife Three hundred Pounds 
old tenor New Hampshire Money, I also give out of the same 
to my Brother Adam's Daughter Martha the sum of Thirty 
Pounds old tenor like money and so in proportion to each of 
them if the money so left should fall short of said sums — 

Item, I Will and Order that my remaining half of my Cattle 
& all the remainder of my Household Furniture, be and remain 
in the hands of my said wife for the maintainance of my Children 
'till they arrive of Age — 

Item, I Give all such of my Personal Estate as shall be re- 
maining after all my said Children are of age to and among my 
s"^ Children in equal shares for ever — 

Item, I Give Devise and Bequeath to my beloved Eldest Son 
William and to his heirs and Assigns forever All my Mansion 
House and Land & Appurtenances situate in London Derry 
aforesaid and which I bought of David Kergill Esq"" he my said 
Son Paying such sums out of the same to the child my wife is 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

now Pregnant with as I have herein after Ordered him to Pay 
I also Give my s^ Son William a Beaver Hatt — 

Item, I Give Devise and Bequeath to my beloved Son Elias, 
All that Parcell of Land which I bought of Cap* Todd, as also 
One hundred acres of Land which I bought of the Town of 
London Derry to be Enjoyed by him my said Son Elias his 
heirs and Assigns for Ever, s'* Lands being in s^ London Derry 

Item, I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my beloved Son James 
his heirs and Assigns for Ever That One hundred Acres of Land 
which I also bought of the said Town and which is Bounded 
on the Land of Joseph Santer in s<^ Town 

Item, I Give to the Child my wife is now Pregnant with if it 
should be a Girl Five hundred Pounds old tenor New Hampshire 
Money, but if it should be a Boy I Give him the sum of One 
thousand Pounds old tenor like money — And my will and Order 
is that the Legacy given to the said Child shall be Paid it when 
it arrives to Age or marriage by my said Son William out of the 
Real Estate I have herein before given him and I hereby Subject 
the s** Estate so given him for the Payment hereof — I Also 
Give to my Sister Elizabeth Hall Fifty Pounds old tenor — & 
I also Give to the children of my s'^ Sister Sixty Pounds old tenor 
to be equally divided between them in Cloathing — & to my 
Brother John Hall my Scarlett Coat & Jackett — 

Lastly, I Do hereby Constitute and Appoint my Brother Sam- 
uel Dickey, my Brother John Hall and My Brother James 
McDonald of Hollis Executors of this My last Will and Testa- 
ment And I Revoke all former Wills Codicils and Bequests by 
me heretofore Made — In Witness whereof I the said Elias 
Dickey have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Twentieth day 
of February Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and 
Fifty five And In the Twenty Eighth Year of his Majesty's 
Reign 

Elias Dickey 

[Witnesses] Tho« Greene, Nehemiah Wilkins, W"" Winter 
Nov Pub'""« 1755 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 235 

[Proved in Boston, Mass., March 29, 1755.] 

[Warrant, March 11, 1755, authorizing Benjamin Thompson 
and John Clark, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 23, 1755; amount, £8009. 18. 11 ; signed by 
Benjamin Thompson and John Clark.] 

[Warrant, July 17, 1755, authorizing Samuel Barr, John Clark, 
inriholder, Peter Patterson, weaver, James Ewins and James 
Ramsey, husbandmen, all of Londonderry, to set ofif the widow's 
dower.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Aug. 5, 1755; amount, 
£16,478. 7. 4; signed by Samuel Barr, James Ewins, James 
Ramsey.] 

Londonderry Ocf y^ 20 1755 — 

Than Laid out to widow Rozanah Dickey one third part of 
Elias Dickeys Estate Quantety and Quallety and is Bounded as 
foUoweth Begining at a stake at the high way thance Running 
South fourty Nine Degrees East fourtey Eight Rods to a board 
marked on the Back Side of the Barn than Begining at the 
South Side of S'^ Barn at a board marked thence Runing South 
fourtey Degrees East three Rods to a stake thance Running 
South Eightey four Degrees East five Rods to a stake than Be- 
gining two Rods South from the west corner of the house at a 
stump than Runing South twentey one Degrees west to the South 
west side of S'* farm thence Runing N: W: B: W: to William 
Whites Land thence N : E : B : N : to the Bounds first mentioned 
with the west tayup and floor way of the Barn Up and Down 
together with ten feet of the South Side tayup up and Down 
Nixt to the widows floor way and the East Ende of the house up 
and Down with the priveledg of the well and wattering-place at 
the Bridge at the East End of the house together with twelve 
acers for a wood Lot Joyning to the Six acre meadow and Be- 
gining at y No E: Corner of S*^ Land at a Cherey tree thence 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Riming west sixtey Rods to a stake than Runing South thirtey 
two Rhoads to a stake thence Runing East Sixtey Rhoads to the 
meadow thence by S'^ meadow to the Bounds first mentioned 

Samuel Barr 
James Ewins 
Peter Patterson 
James Ramsey 
John Clark 
Daniel Leslie Surveyor 

To the Honourable Judge of Probats of Wills for the Province 
of Newhampshir Greetting — 

For that Whereas Rozanah Dickey Wife to Elias Dickey 
Latte of Londonderry Deces"^ Being alow* Pay for Keeping the 
Children of the S'' Deceas** till they Come to the age of Seven 
years Each She the Said Rozanah Dickey thought Proper to 
Insert the age of Each Child at the time of the Decease of the 
Said Elias Dickey Which is as folows (viz) 

Elias Son to the Said Decs^ was Born in august the Second 

1751 — 

James Son to the Said Deceas** was Born the first Day of 
august In the year 1753 

Elizebath Daughter to the Said Deces"* was Born the twenty 
Sixth Day of Feberuary 1755 

Lond'^y Jan'^y the 21 1757 

[Petition of creditors, Feb. 19, 1757, that the executors be cited 
into court, charging them with a false and incomplete inventory; 
signed by Thomas Killicot, Jonathan Cummings, David Whitte- 
more, Jacob Hildreth, John Anderson, and William Humphrey.] 

Mary Willson of lawfull age Testifies and Says That She See 
William Dickey a child of Elias Dickey Late of Londonderry 
Deceased wear a Coat of Broad cloath which She Supposes was 
taken out of the Shoop of the Said Deceased Before the Estate 
was Inventoried and She thinks the child had nead of them and 
that the Deponat understood that Samuel Dickey's Wife had a 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 237 

mourning handkercheif & gloves & vail She beleives & John Halls 
wife veil handkercheif & Gloves Sarah Ferguson vail and Gloves 
and John Ferguson gloves Eliz' Campell and the Deponat hand- 
kerchief and gloves & Mary McDunald She Believes had vail 
handkerchief & gloves & the Deponant understood the above 
said was ordered in the Will of the Deceas'd all before the In- 
ventory Robert Campbell of Townsend Joseph McDunald & 
James McDunald of Sholes, had Each Skerf and gloves and Eliz- 
abeth Dickey handkercheif & gloves Samuel Dickey and John 
Hall Skerf and gloves all before the Inventory — 

Mary Wilson 
[Attested March 12, 1757.] 

March i^^^ 1757 the above named Mary Willson appears and 
Says that when She gave the above Deposition She understood 
She was to Declare what She knew concerning only the Execu- 
tors & calling to mind Since that She was to tell the whole She 
knew of every person, Embezeling or Concealing any part of the 
within named Deceased's Estate, to keep a good Conscience 
Says that the Deponant at the desire of the relict of Said De- 
ceas'd assisted one William White to cary two bags almost full 
large bags which She Supposed was flax & tow & left Said bags 
in a little house belonging to Said White and at an other time She 
carried two prety large bags and left them at the field of Said 
White and told him and Supposes he took care of them and the 
Widow told her the bags were full of flax & tow, also the Depo- 
nant delivered a milk churn to one William addison by order of 
the above said Widow and by the Advice of the Widow She car- 
ried two or three bags of flax to the fence of one James Anderson 
and told his Wife and afterwards Said Anderson's wife told her 
She had taken Care of the Bags And Said Anderson's wife car- 
ried from the widow's house a pillow case almost full of Sheats 
and tow cloath and brass hatchel lace and Sowing silk as she 
Supposes, and afterwards the Deponant Received from the Said 
Andersons wife a pair of Sheets and two yards of tow cloath by 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Widows order and paid the widow for the Sheets and the 
deponant Wove forty yards cloath for the widow which the 
widow told her She Sold to one alexander Walker & Peter Patter- 
son and Some other things not now perfect in her memory and 
the Deponent Supposes that none of the above articles was in the 
Inventory or that She knew of came to the knowledge of the 
Executors — 

Mary Wilson 

[Additional inventory, March 17, 1757; amount, £51. 17. o; 
attested by the widow.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £10,101. 10. 
6; expenditures, £5966. 11. o; allowed Nov. 10, 1757.] 

[Settlement of claims ; amount of claims, £15,536. 3. 9; amount 
distributed, £4134. 19. 6; allowed Dec. 5, 1757-] 

[Bond of James Betton of Windham, with Josiah Gage of Pel- 
ham, and Deacon Gain Armour of Windham as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, April 16, 1794, for administration de bonis non; 
witnesses, John Dinsmoor, Nathaniel Parker.] 

[Inventory in reversion of the widow's dower, June 20, 1794; 
amount, £203. 18. o; signed by Abel Plummer, Thomas Patter- 
son, and Andrew Mack.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate: receipts, ^662.50; 
expenditures, ^133; allowed Sept. 23, 1797.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, ^3391; amount dis- 
tributed, ^529. 50; allowed Dec. 18, 1797.] 



JOHN McMURPHY 1755 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen, I John Macmurphy of London- 
derey within the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
Esq' Being in Perfect Health * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 239 

Item My Will is that My Beloved Wife Mary Macmurphy 
Shall Enjoy & Posses Dureing her life time, the one third part of 
the Income of my House Lott that I Live upon, and the one third 
part of the yearly Income of that Estate I Purchased of David 
Cargill, and David Cargill Jun"^ and of that Estate that I Pur- 
chased of James Gillmore, and the one third part of the yearly 
Income of my Half of the Corn Mill, that I Bought of David 
Cargill and David Cargill Jun'^ and the East End of my Dweling 
House I now live in, namely the Sellar Low Room Chamber & 
Gerrat, one Horse or mare Sadie & Bridle & Pillion, Two of the 
Best of my Cows that She Shall Chuse, and the one Half of all 
my Houshold Stuff and furniture, and Beding that She Shall 
Chuse, also the one third part of my Sheep; She Shall also E^njoy 
my new Barn & Stable that is upon My Home Place for her Hay 
and Creatures to be Kept in, all the aforesaid Income is to be 
understood the one third part of the Produce of my part of the 
Corn Mill, and the one third part of the produce of all the Before 
mentioned Lands of Every Kind, My Wifes part of the Hay to 
be put in Good order Seasonably yearly & Every year dureing 
her naturall life, and the other third of the Produce of all man- 
ner of Grain & Roots, to be Delivred to her Seasonably & in 
Good order, as also her part of the Sydar & aples, all which is to 
be Done and Performed by my Son Robert Macmurphy, with- 
out any Expence or Charge to my wife, the Grain to be Delivr'd 
by the Bushell after it is Cleansed & fitt to use, the Flax to be 
Delivered after it is due Rotted and Housed and all the other 
Produces when they are fitt to use. She Shall also have her Sydar 
made and aples Gathered, and put into the Sellar by my Son 
Robert, and a Constant and Sufficient Supply of fire wood and 
her fires made for her, at my Son Roberts Charge and Expence, 
She Shall have my Negron Servant named Will, Dureing life, and 
if he Sho'd Survive my wife, then to be Retum'd to my Son 
Robert, She Shall also have my apprentice Girl named Margaret 
Digodon Dureing her apprentisship, and as to what Personal! 
Estate is willed to my wife. She may Dispose of them too & and 



240 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

among our Children as She Judges they may prove Most Dutifull 
& Deserving. 

Item My Will is that my Beloved Son Alexander macmurphy 
Shall Have Twenty five Pounds New Tenor paid him out of my 
Estate in one years time after my Decease, and aples Sufficient to 
make five Barrels of Sydar yearly & Every year for the Space of 
five years, and to my Son in Law Mathew Patten the Same 
Quantity of aples for the aforesaid time of five years after my 
Decease and Liberty to mak Each of them their aples into Sydar 
at my Press. 

Item My Will is that my Beloved Son Robert macmurphy 
Shall Have Posess and Enjoy for Ever Imdiatly after My De- 
cease, the Severall messuages Tracts & Parcels of Lands Here- 
after mentioned (viz) my Home Lott I now live upon with all the 
Buildings and Improvements that are in and upon the Same, and 
the Lands that I Bought of David Cargill and David Cargill 
Jun"" and James Gillmore and my Second Division and mend- 
ment land lying Betwen Alexander Macmurphy's land & John 
Brown's land, and my Half of the Corn Mill Belonging to me of 
which Sam^^ Houston is owner of the other Half, With all the 
Priviledges and appurtinances Belonging to Each and Every 
of the aforesaid Premises, Reserving what is before Reserved 
to my wife, as also all my uttensels of Every Kind Belonging 
to me fitt for Husbandrey of Every Kind Whatsoever, he 
performing Punctually the Severall obligations to be done & 
performed to my wife, Dureing her naturall life time as they 
are Sett down and Speccified to her in the fore part of this 
Will. 

Item My Will is that my Farm lying in the Half Mile Range in 
Londonderry Shall he Sold by my Exacature to the Best ad- 
vantage and my Debts and funerall Charges and other Expences 
be paid out of the money that the Same Shall be Sold for, and the 
Remaining part of the Prise to be Equally Divided Betwen my 
Sons in Law and my Grand Son John Callwell, Namely John 
Tolford, William Tolford and Mathew Patten or their Children 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 24 1 

by my Daughters Including what I Have Willed to my Son 
Alexander Macmurphy. 

Item My Will is that my Grandson John Call well Shall Have 
all my wearing apperall. 

Item My Will is that all the Remaining part & Residue of my 
Real & Personall Estate that I Shall Die Posessed of, whatso- 
ever, and wheresoever, the Same may be found Except what is 
allready Excepted, Shall be Equally Divided for Quantity & 
Quality Betwen the aforesaid Persons, namely my Grand Son 
John Callwell John Tolford William Tolford and Mathew Pat- 
ten, or their Children by my Daughters. 

Item My Will is that My Son in Law Alexander Callwell Shall 
Have five Shillings paid him out of My Estate by my ExaC" with 
what he has allready Gott. 

And I do Hereby nominate Constitute and appoint my Son 
Robert macmurphy Exacutor of this my Last Will & Testament, 
and Do Hereby utterly Disalow Revoke and Disanul all and 
Every other Testaments, Wills and Legacies, and Bequests, and 
Exacutors by me in any wise Before Willed and Bequeathed, In 
Witness Whereof I Have Hereunto Sett my Hand and Seal this 
Twenty ffifth Day of February in the Twenty Eight year of his 
Majesties Reign: anno Dom: 1755 

John Macmurphy 

[Witnesses] Rob* Clark, John Clark, Sam^' Clark. 
[Proved Dec. 3, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 6, 1755, authorizing Joseph Scobey and Robert 
Clark, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 20, 1755; amount, £13,966. 11. o; 
signed by Robert Clark and Joseph Scobey.] 

[Additional inventory, attested Jan. 28, 1758; amount, £799. 
19- 3; signed by Robert Clark and Joseph Scobey.] 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

TOBIAS LEAR 1755 NEWCASTLE 

[Bond of John Griffith, shopkeeper, with Mark Langdon, 
gentleman, and Jacob Sheafe, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 25, 1755, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of Tobias Lear of Newcastle, yeoman; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1755, authorizing Samuel Beck of Ports- 
mouth and Amos Seavey of Rye, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 3, 1755; amount, £4450. 2. o; signed by 
Samuel Beck and Amos Seavey.] 

[Warrant, March 22, 1756, authorizing Daniel Jackson, block 
maker, Edward Cate, gentleman, John Jones, cordwainer, 
Thomas Bickford, schoolmaster, all of Portsmouth, and Walter 
Bryent, gentleman, of Newmarket, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to A Warrant from the Honorable 
Newhamp'' J Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of 
wills &c for said Province authorizing us the Subscribers to view 
the Real Estate of Tobias Lear Late of New Castle in Said Prov- 
ince Deceased & set off to Elizabeth Lear widdow Relict of Said 
Intestate one full third part of said Estate & to apprise the other 
two thirds thereof — 

We have accordingly set off to Said widdow the one third part 
of Said Estate as shewn to us by the following Bounds Begining 
at the South East Corner of the Dwelling house on the home 
place and from thence It Runs South Eighty five Degrees East to 
the way that Leads to the ferry then begining again at said 
corner of Said house & Runs by the South side of S'^ house to the 
middle of the Chimney way then northerly thro the middle 
thereof to the north side of said house then by Said house to the 
north west Corner thereof then as the fence Stands to the north 
East Corner of the Barn then on the north of the Barn by Said 
Barn to the middle of the Barn floor then southerly thro the 
middle of Said Barn floor to the South Side thereof then from 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 243 

thence westerly as the Barn & fence Stands as far as the fence 
Runs westward then Runing in the wheal way as it now goes un- 
til it Comes to the South East Corner of the young orchard fence 
then it Runs westerly on Said fence as the fence Stands to the 
Southward of the orchard and keeps the General Coase of y® 
fence to the Clay Cove (So Called) then Southerly by Said Cove 
to the head thereof then South to the southerly fence of Said 
farm then on said fence about north eighty two Degrees East to 
the South East Corner of said farm then north ward on said 
fence to the East End of the said South Eighty five Degrees 
East Line with the Buildings thereon with about the one third 
part of the wood Lott at Rye as Discribed in the plan on the 
other side of this paper Refarance to Said plans being had and 
haveing view^ said Estate (viz) the home place Containing about 
ninty acres the Eight acres of salt marsh the four acres of fresh 
mash and twenty od acres of wood Land at Rye Do apprise the 
true value of two thirds of Said Estate to be Equal to one thou- 
sand one hund "ed and twenty Pounds in Bills of Credet in this 
Province of the new tenor — 

Dated at Portsmouth this 17^^ Day of April anno Domini 1756 

mem" that Each partie is to pass & Repass thro s*^ primises 

thro Proper gates & Bars as shall be neadfuU & Convenient and 

also value y^ neat profets of s^ place for the year past to be forty 

pounds in Bills of Credet of the new tenor 

Edward Cate 
Dan' Jackson 
Tho^ Bickford 
John Jones 
Walter Bryent 

[Approved April 30, 1756, and the two thirds settled upon 
"Tobias Lear the Eldest Son of Tobias Lear Deceasd who was 
the Eldest Son of Tobias Lear Deceasd the Said Intestate," he 
to pay the other heirs.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1756, authorizing Daniel Jackson, gentle- 



244 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 





man, John Shackford, Andrew Clarkson, merchant, George 
Huntress, innholder, and John Marshall, boat builder, all of 
Portsmouth, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1^ Pursuant to the annexed warrant Having 
New Hamp"^ / met & Vew* the Real Estate of Said Intestate 
as to us Shown — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 245 

I We have set of to the widow Elizabeth Lear in full for her 
Dower of Said Estate the House & Land wher she now lives, 
which Land was bo't of John Plaisted Referance being had to the 
Deed for Bounds — 

2^^ we have set of to the Eldest Son Tobias Lear for his 
Double Share all the house & Land Bo't of Sarah Wentworth 
Referance to the Deed being had for Bounds, & all the Land Bo't 
of Elisha Plaisted Referance to the Deed for Bounds — 

3'y we have set off to Elizabeth Lear the Only Daughter of the 
Said Intestate for her shair all the Pasture Bo't of Edward Gate 
Referance to the Deed for Bounds & the Pew In y^ South Meet- 
ing House In Portsmouth, all the above Purchases being made by 
Said Intestate in his Life time 

Portsmouth Nov"^ 15*^ 1756 Dan^ Jackson 

John Shackford 
Andrew Clarkson 
George Huntterss 
John Marshall 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £575. 8. 4, 
personal estate; expenditures, £792. 13. 6; allowed Jan. 4, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 23, 1766, authorizing Daniel Jackson, Edward 
Gate, Samuel Gate, gentlemen, Thomas Seavey, innholder, and 
Jonathan Ayers, cordwainer, all of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
widow's dower.] 

[Appraisal of the widow's dower at £100, Jan. 5, 1767; signed 
by Daniel Jackson, Edward Gate, Thomas Seavey, Jonathan 
Ayers, and Samuel Gate.] 

[Order of court Jan. 5, 1767, settling the real estate of the 
dower, the widow being deceased, upon Tobias Lear, grandson 
of the intestate, he paying to the other heirs their proportion.] 

[Release of claim by John Banfill, June 17, 1767, to the admin- 
istrator, in the right of his wife Mary, deceased, daughter of 
Tobias Lear, in behalf of their children.] 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ARCHIBALD DUNLAP 1755 CHESTER 

[Bond of Martha Dunlap, widow, and William Leach, innholder, 
both of Chester, with Andrew Craige of Chester, husbandman, 
and Andrew Todd of Londonderry, gentleman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Feb. 26, 1755, for the administration of the estate 
of Archibald Dunlap of Chester, weaver; witnesses, William 
Parker, Jonathan Blanchard, Samuel Emerson, James Quinton.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 26, 1755, authorizing Samuel Emerson and 
Silvanus Smith, yeoman, both of Chester, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 17, 1755; amount, £2575. 3. o; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and Silvanus Smith.] 



EDMUND BROWN 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Edmund Brown of Ports- 
mouth, prison-keeper, granted to his widow, Mary Brown, 
March 7, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 207.] 

[Bond of Mary Brown of Portsmouth, widow, with John 
Lovering of Kensington and Reuben Sanborn, Jr., of Hampton 
Falls, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 7, 1755, 
for the administration of the estate; witnesses, James Carrick, 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, March 7, 1755, authorizing Hunking Wentworth 
and James Stoodley, Jr., both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, March 17, 1755; amount, £1193. 16. o; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and James Stoodley, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 11, 1756, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
James Carrick, merchant, both of Hampton Falls, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 247 

[Warrant, Dec. 13, 1756, authorizing Richard Nason, gentle- 
man, Paine Rowe, husbandman, Samuel Prescott, 3d, Henry 
Roby, yeomen, all of Hampton Falls, and John Gilman of 
Exeter, gentleman, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 By Vertue of the Power to us given by the 
New Hamps"" J Hon' Ricard Wibird Esq' Judge of the Pro- 
bate of Wills for said Province to us Directed to set off to Mary 
Brown of Hampton-falls Widow Her Dower which happens to 
her of the Real Estate of her Late Husband Edmund Brown 
Late of Portsmouth Prisonkeeper Deceased Intestate being one 
full third part. We do herby set off to said Widow for her Righ 
of Dower one Peice of Land with the buildings their on and one 
halfe of a well and is bounded as followeth Begining at the North- 
west Corner of Cap* Benjamin Swet^ Land in Hampton falls 
where he now Resides and from thence runs northerly by the 
Road untill it comes to a fence which runs across the middle of 
a well and from thence runs Easterly by said fence till it Comes 
to Cap* Swets Land and then runs Southerly about sixteen feet 
to said Swets Land and then runs westerly binding on Cap 
Benjamin Swets Land to the first bounds the whole contains 
Eleven Rod more or Less as by a Deed from John Brown Late 
of Hampton falls Deceas*^ to Edmond Brown aforesaid will appear 
Given under our Hands at Hampton falls the seventeenth day 
of february 1757 Richard Nason 

John Gilman Jr 
Samuel Prescutt the 3<* 

[List of claims, Feb. 23, 1757; amount, £1438. 15. 3; signed by 
Meshech Weare and James Carrick.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1204. 19. 3 ; 
expenditures, £765. 7. o; mentions maintaining two children un- 
der 7 years of age; allowed Oct. 31, 1757.] 

[Account of the settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1510. 
19. 10; amount distributed, £439. 12. o; allowed Dec. 5, 1757.] 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of Edmund Brown and John Brown, minors, 
children of Edmund Brown, granted to John Cram May 29, 

1765-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 459.] 

[Bond of John Cram of Raymond, with Daniel Beede of Poplin 
and Jacob Fowler of Pembroke as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
May 29, 1765, for the guardianship of Edmund Brown and John 
Brown; witnesses, Zebulon Foss, Josiah Robinson.] 



HANNAH HARDISON 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Hannah Hardison of Portsmouth 
In the Province of New Hamp"" Widow being Sick & Weak In 
Body * * * 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto Catherine Odiorne a Crimson 
Quilted Petty Coat & a Spotted Chintts Gown & all my Wearing 
Linnen & all my under Petty Coats — and I Give to her Daugh- 
ter Mary my Scarlet Cloak — I Also Give to her Daughter 
Elizabeth a Chints Gown — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Brother Nathaniel Odiornes 
Wife a Black Quilted petty Coat & a Dark Russet Gown & a 
Striped Cotton & Linen Gown I Also Give to his Daughter 
Sarah a Blue Quilted petty Coat & I Also Give to his Daughter 
Mary a pair of Stays — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Brother Samuel Odiornes Wife 
my Crape Gown & Green Quilted petty Coat — I Also Give to 
his Child my Chints Wrapper — 

Item all the Rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate after 
the Debts & Legaces afores'^ are all paid I Give & Devise to 
Allcock Stevens of New Castle In s^ Province to him his heirs 
& Assigns — 

Lastly I Do hereby Constitute & appoint Benjamin Dearborn 



I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 249 

of Portsmouth aforesaid Physician to be my Sole Exec"^ of this 
my Last Will & Testam* and I Do hereby Revoke all Other Wills 
by me heretofore made 

In Witness Where of I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
14'^ day of March Anno Domini 1755 

her 
Han*> + Hardison 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Joseph Moulton, jun"", William Knight, Temple 
Knight. 

[Proved June 10, 1755.] 

[W^arrant, June 10, 1755, authorizing Samuel Penhallow and 
John Penhallow, both of Portsmouth, shopkeepers, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 11, 1755; amount, £209.3.0; signed by 
Samuel Penhallow and John Penhallow; attested by Simeon 
Dearborn, administrator.] 



NATHAN BATCH ELDER 1755 EAST KINGSTON 

In The Name of God Amen, March the is*'' 1755- I Nathan 
Bacheller of The East Parish in Kingston in the Province of 
New Hampshire in New- England Husbandman Being Sick and 
week in Body, * * * 

Imp^ I Give and Bequeath unto Mary my now Dearly Beloved 
Wife all my Moveable Goods and Houshold Stuff within Doors, 
and also the one Half of all my stock Without Doors, and also 
the one Half of all my Debts that are Due To me To her her 
Heirs and assigns for Ever To Be at her Dispose further I Give 
To my s^ wife the one Half of My Dwelling House viz; the East- 
erly End thereof with the Cellar under the Same, and the one 
Half of my Barn viz. the Southerly or Southwesterly End thereof 



250 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

For Her use and Improvement Dureing her Natural Life, and 
also the one Third of the use, Profit Income and Improvement of 
all my Real Estate Dureing her s^ Life also I Give To my s*^ 
wife the one Haff of the Hay in my Barn, also I Give To My 
s<^ wife all the Provision in My House with all other Goods which 
are not Included in the Denomination of Houshold Stuff, and 
also all the Real Estate which By this my will I Give To My 
Son Nathan untill he arrives To the age of Twenty one years, 
and then To Take But one Third as is Before mentioned and 
also my Pew in the Meeting house Dureing her Life — 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto My well Beloved Daughter 
Elisabeth Now the wife of the Kev^ M'' James Hobbs the Sum 
of Thirty Pounds (old Tenor) She having had her Portion out of 
My Estate — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Daughter 
anna the sum of Five Hundred Pounds (old Tenor) To Be Paid as 
Followeth viz. one Hundred and Fifty Pound in Passable Bills of 
Cred* of the (s<^ old Tenor) or in other money or Passable Bills of 
Cred. Equivalent and the Remaining Three Hundred and Fifty 
Pounds To Be Paid in Stock and Houshold stuff as shall Be 
Here after mentioned all To Be Paid and Delivered within six 
months after my Decease — 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved son Na- 
thanael Bacheller his Hiers and assigns for Ever My Lands, Be- 
ing Part of my Homeplace Viz. the Lot which My Hon<^ Father 
Purchased of Ens° John Fifield Late of s"^ Kingston Deceased 
with the Land which I Purchased of Samuel Lock adjoyning To 
the S'^ Lot, and also Twenty acers of that Land which I Pur- 
chas'd of Daniel Clough Late of s*^ Kingston Deceased, s*^ 
Twenty acers To Lay on the Westerly Side of s*^ Land; with the 
Buildings on the s^ Lot viz, the house and Barn (saveing and 
Excepting what I have Before in This my will Given To my s*^ 
wife) Dureing her Natural Life, and then at her Decease my s<* 
son To Possess and Enjoy all as Before Expressed the s"^ Prem- 
isses with the Appurtenances my s*^ son Nathanael Bacheller To 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25 1 

Have and To Hold To him his Hiers And assigns for Ever with 
the other Remaining Half of My stock without Doors and also all 
my Tools Instruments and Implaments for all sorts of work for 
man and Beast. But it is here To Be understood that if my s** 
Son Nathanael should Depart this Life Before he arrives To 
Twenty one years of age then my will is that the s^ Lands Hereby 
Given To him shall Returne To my son Nathan his Hiers and 
asseigns for Ever. Also I Give my Pew in the meeting House To 
my s'^ Son Nathanael at my wifes Decease 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved son 
Nathan Bacheller his Hiers and assigns for Ever a Cartain Piece 
of Land Scltuate in s<* Town which I Purchased of John Mussey 
Being Twenty acers more or Less as it Lays and is Bounded with 
a Piece of Land which I Purchased of Samuel Emmons adjoyning 
To My s'^ Home Place on the westerly side there of Containing 
Eleven acers Be the Same more or Less and also the Residue of 
the Forementioned Lands Purchased of Daniel Clough over and 
above what I have Before in this will Given To my son Nathanael 
and also a Piece of Land which I had of the Commoners of s*^ 
Kingston and my Brother Ebenezer Bacheller, Laying in that 
Piece of Common Land Laying Between the Lots in the Two 
Hundred acers Grants, Containing Twenty Three acers More Or 
Less and Bounded as may appear on s"^ Kingston Book of Rec- 
ords The s'^ Premises viz. the s'^ Twenty Acers more or Less Lay- 
ing on the Northerly Side of the way and the s*^ Eleven acers 
More or Less Laying on the Southerly side of the way with the 
Residue of the Lands Purchased of Daniel Clough and the s'* 
Thwety Three acers above the Town with their Priviledges and 
appurtenances To Have And To Hold To him the s<^ Nathan his 
Hiers and assigns forever; and also one yoke of oxen and one 
Cow To be Deliverd when he arrives To the age of Twenty one 
years — But it is To Be understood here that my s*^ wife is to 
Enjoy her Thirds as Before mentiond and so my s^ Son Nathan 
is not To Come into Possession of what I have Given to My s'^ 
wife Till her Decease and then to Come into the Full Possession 



252 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of all as aboves"^ and Further If my s'^ Son Nathan should Depart 
this Life Before he arrives To the age of Twenty one years that 
then the s'^ Lands Given to him Shall Return and Belong To My 
Son Nathanael His Hiers and assigns for Ever — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Daughter 
Molley Bacheller the Sum of Five Hundreds Pounds in that 
which is now Called the (old Tenor) as Followeth Viz: one Good 
Feather Bed and Bolsters and Pillows, Furnished with Two Pair 
of Sheets one Pair of Blankets Two Coverlids one Suit of Cur- 
tains; with a Good Bed-Stead and also six white Chairs (so 
Called) and six Colouerd Fashionables Chairs with a Great 
Chair, with a Case of Drawers and a Round Table and a Cow all 
these foremention articles to be Two Hundreds Pounds (Old 
Tenor) of the Forementioned five Hundreds Pounds, and one 
Hundreds Pounds To be Paid in stock and the Remaining Two 
Hundreds Pounds To be Paid in Passable Bills of Cre*^ of the s*^ 
(old Tenor) or in other Money or Passable Bills of Cre<^ Equiva- 
lent all the s'^ Hundreds Pounds To be Paid when She arrives To 
the age of Twenty one years; But in Case the S"^ Molley Should 
Marry Before she arrives to that age that then the first men- 
tioned Two Hundreds Pounds To be Paid on her marriage, and 
also one Hundreds Pounds of the money Part, and the Residue 
when She arrives To the s<^ age of Twenty one years — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved Daughter 
Sarah Bacheller the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds in that which 
is now Called the (old Tenor) as Followeth Viz: one Good 
Feather Bed and Bolster and Pillows, Furnished with Two Pair 
of Sheets one Pair of Blankets Two Coverlids one Suit of Cur- 
tains with a Good Bed-Stead and also six white Chairs (So 
Called) and Six Fashonable Chairs with a Great Chair with a 
Case of Drawers and a Round Table and a Cow all These fore- 
mentioned articles to be Two Hundred Pounds (old Tenor) of the 
Forementioned five Hundreds Pounds and one Hundreds Pounds 
To be Paid in Stock and the Remaining Two Hundred Pounds 
To be Paid in Passable Bills of Cred* of the s^ (old Tenor) or in. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 253 

other money or Passable Bills of Cred* Equivalent all the s** Five 
Hundreds Pounds To be Paid when she arrives to the age of 
Twenty one years; But in Case the s^ Sarah Should Marry 
Before she arrives to that age that then the First Mentioned 
Two Hundreds Pounds To be Paid on her marriage and also one 
Hundred Pounds of the money Part, and the Residue when she 
arrives to the s*^ age of Twenty one years ; Further I Hereby will 
and order that my s"^ wife pay and Deliver To my Fore mentioned 
Daughter anna the Following articles Viz: Two Good Feather 
Beds, Furnished with four Pair of sheets with a Bolster and Pil- 
lows and Two Pair of Bed Blankets and Four Coverlids and 
Good Bedsteads and one Suit of Curtains a Case of Draws and a 
Round Table and a Chest of Draws; all These things to Pay Two 
Hundreds and Fifty Pounds (old Tenor) of the Forementioned 
Five Hundreds Pounds Before willed and Given to the S<^ anna; 
and also my s** wife is to Deliver To My S"^ Son Nathan a Cow 
when he Shall arrive To the age of Twenty one years, as Before 
Given to him — and I Further will and order that my son 
Nathanael pay and Deliver To my s"^ Daughter anna the Re- 
maining Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds old Tenor as aboves'' to 
Compleat her five Hundred Pounds as above s^ as FoUoweth 
Viz. one Hundreds Pounds in stock as Before mentioned ; and one 
Hundred and Fifty Pounds in Passable Bills of Cred* of the old 
Tenor or in other money or Passable Bills of Cred* Equivalent 
and my will is that Both my said wife and my s"* son Nathanael 
Pay and Deliver to my s*^ Daughter anna the Forementioned 
Sum of Five Hundreds Pounds old Tenor within six Month after 
My Decease — 

Further I Hereby will and order my Son Nathanael To Pay the 
Forementioned Legacy of thirty Pounds (old Tenor) To my s"* 
Daughter Elizabeth at the End of Three years after my De- 
cease — 

and I Do Hereby also order my s*^ son Nathanael to Pay the 
forementioned sum of five Hundreds Pounds old Tenor To my 
Daughter Molley in money Stock and Houshold stuff as Before 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mentioned and at the Time and Period Before mentioned ; also I 
Hereby order my son Nathanael To Deliver a Yoak of oxen To 
my son Nathan when he shall arrive To the age of Twenty one 
years as Before Given to him — 

also I Hereby will and order my son Nathan to Pay and De- 
liver To my S'^ Daughter Sarah the forementioned sum of Five 
Hundreds Pounds old Tenor in money stock and Household 
Stuff as Before mentioned and at the time and Period Before 
mentioned — 

Further I Give to my son Nathanael the Remaining Half of 
Debts that are Due To Me — 

and I Do Hereby Constitute Make and ordain My S*^ Wife 
and My said son Nathanael to be sole Executors * * * 

Nathan Bachelder 

[Witnesses] Ebenezer Collins, Timothy Tilton, Thomas 
Bacheller. 

[Proved May 28, 1755.] 

[Bond of Mary Batchelder and Nathaniel Batchelder, with 
Phineas Batchelder and Ebenezer Batchelder as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, May 28, 1755, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, Jonathan Blanchard, Moses Stevens.] 



JOSIAH PARSONS 1755 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God amen I Josiah Parsons of Newmarket in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England Mariner This 
Nineteenth Day of march Anno Domini one Thousand Seven 
hundred & fifty five and in the Twenty Eighth year of the 
Reign of His majesty King George the Second ; being of Sound 
mind & memory (Blessed be God) altho weak in Body * * * 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Dear and well beloved wife 
the use and Benefit of The whole of my Estate Both Personal 
and Real (which shall Remain after my funeral charges Debts 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 255 

and Legacies Shall be paid by My Executors hereafter Named 
So Long as she shall Remain my Widow Provided she so accept 
this my Will as to Renounce or disclaim Her Dower or Thirds. 

Item I Give and Bequeath To Each of my Beloved sons 
Josiah Job and Abraham an Equal Part In all my Estate Both 
Personal and Real as soon as my Wife Their mother shall cease 
to be my Widow 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my beloved Daughters Unice 
Rachal, Sararah, and, Deborah, Twenty shillings old Tenor To 
Each of them over and above what I have already given them, 
To be Paid by my Executors within one year after my Decease 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my other Two Beloved 
Daughters Lydia and Mary two hundred Pounds old Tennor To 
each of them with what they have already had or as much as 
Their mother shall Judge will make them Equal with their other 
sisters within Eight months from the Date hereof To be Paid 
by my Executors — 

And I do hereby ordain and appoint my Two sons Job and 
Abraham to be y^ Executors To this my Last will and Testa- 
ment, and It is my Will That They Take my Stock, Book Debts, 
Bills, Bonds, and Whatsoever of my Estate shall be further 
necessary To Pay my Just Debts and Funeral charges and The 

Legacies above mentioned, * * * t • 1 t-. 

Josiah Parsons 

[Witnesses] Jacob Fowler, Simonds Fowler, John Moody. 
[Proved April 18, 1755.] 

[Warrant, April 18, 1755, authorizing Robert Smart and John 
Wedgewood, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 3, 1755; amount, £3354. 5- o; signed by 
Robert Smart and John Wedgewood.] 

[License to Job Parsons, one of the executors, the other exec- 
utor, Abraham Parsons, "being absent beyond Sea", Nov. 16, 
1758, to sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 98.] 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

SAMUEL DOWNS 1755 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of God Amen The Twenty fourth Day of March 
in the Year of Our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty 
five I Samuel Downs of Somersworth in y^ Province of New 
Hamps"^^ in New-England Husbandman * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to My Dearly Beloved Wife 
Judith all My Real and personal both in Somersworth af's*^ and 
every where Else (Excepting one Hundred pounds old Ten'' & 
ten acres hereafter to be Mentioned) To Her Her Heirs & assigns 
for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to Sister Martha Stacpole ye Wife 
of Philip Stacpole y^ use and Improvement of ten Acres of land 
at the South West Corner of My Homestead near as y^ fence 
now stands during her natural Life and after her decease I give 
y^ said ten acres of land to all her natural Children to be Equally 
divided between them, to them their Heirs and assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to y^ Church of Christ in Somers- 
worth one Hundred pounds in good and passable Bills of Credit 
old Tennor to be used and Improved for Said Church & by S"^ 
Church for ever, y^ principle not to be Diminished at any time 
which S^ one Hundred pounds is to be paid out of My Estate by 
My Said Wife Judith as soon as she is able, and if it be not paid 
before she dies, then it is to be paid Immediately after her death j 
out of My Estate wM 

Item I do likewise hereby Constitute Make and ordain My 
Said Dear Wife Judith My Sole Executrix * * * 

his 

Samuell X Downs 

Mark 

[Witnesses] Benj* Twombly, Smell Randall, Moses Stevens. 
[Proved May 28, 1755.] 

[Bond of Judith Downs, widow, with Samuel Randall, hus- 
bandman, as surety, both of Somersworth, in the sum of £1000, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 257 

May 28, 1755, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Nathaniel 
Batchelder, Jonathan Blanchard.] 



GEORGE KEZAR 1755 HAMPSTEAD 

[Mary Kezar, aged 14 years, daughter of George Kezar of 
Hampstead, deceased, makes choice of her uncle, Ebenezer 
Kezar, as her guardian, March 25, 1755; witnesses, Benjamin 
Heath, Daniel Little.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Kezar, with James Graves as surety, both 
of Hampstead, yeomen, in the sum of £500, March 26, 1755, for 
the guardianship of Mary Kezar; witnesses, Daniel Peirce, 
Jonathan Blanchard.] 



SAMUEL THOMPSON 1755 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Thompson granted 
to his widow, Susanna Thompson, March 26, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 223.] 

[Bond of Susanna Thompson, with Miles Randall and Robert 
Thompson, yeomen, as sureties, all of Durham, in the sum of 
£500, March 26, 1755, for the administration of the estate of 
Samuel Thompson of Durham, yeoman; witnesses, Paul Ger- 
rish, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, March 26, 1755, authorizing Joseph Sias and Jona- 
than Woodman, yeomen, both of Durham, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 10, 1755; amount, £6457. o. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Jonathan Woodman.] 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOSEPH LINN 1755 BOSTON, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Linn of Boston, Mass., 
granted to Robert Wilson, March 26, 1755.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 222.] 

[Bond of Robert Wilson of Boston, Mass., wharfinger, with 
Benjamin Mackay, saddler, and William Morrison, baker, both 
of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, March 26, 1755, for the exe- 
cution of the will of Joseph Linn, laborer; witnesses, Hunking 
Wentworth and Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Petition of the executor, March 27, 1755, for license to sell real 
estate; granted as to lands in Bedford.] 



JOHN HANNAFORD 1755 STRATHAM 

In The Name of God Amen This Third Day of april anno domi 
1755 I John Huneford of Stratham in The Province of New- 
hamp"^ Tayler being Sumthing Weak in Body * * * 

first I Give and bequeath unto my Son Zachriah Huneford and 
to his heirs Thirty Pounds old tener bills of Credit within Two 
years after my deceece by my Executor here after named in This 
my Last will 

It'™ I Give & bequeath unto my Grandson Assa Huneford son 
to my son John Huneford deceesed ten Pounds old tener to be 
Paid within Two years after my deceese by my Executor Here- 
after named in This my Last will 

It'™ I Give unto my Granddaughter Hannah Huneford Dafter 
to my said son John Hunefored Deceesed Ten Pounds old tener 
to be Paid by my Excutor here after named in This my Last will 
in Two years after my deceese 

It'" I Give and bequeve unto my Son Thomas Huneford and 
to his heirs Twenty Pounds old tener bills of Credit to be Paid 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 259 

unto him by my Excutor hereafter named in this my Last will 
in Two years after my deceease 

It'"" I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Smith Twenty Shilings 
old tener bills of Credit to be Paid to her by my Excutor here 
after named in This my Last will in Two years after my Decase 

It''" I Give unto my Daughter Elisabeth Smith Ten Pounds 
old tener bills of Credit to be Paid unto her by my Excuter here 
after named in This my Last will within two years after my 
Decace 

It'™ I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Cool broth Ten Pounds 
old tener bills of Credit to be Paid to her by my Excutor here 
after named in this my Last will to be Paid in Two years after 
my Decace 

It'"" I Give unto my Grandson John Wiggen son to my Daugh- 
ter Anna Wiggin Deceased Twenty Shilings old tener to be Paid 
by my Excutor here after named in This my Last will when he 
arives at The age of Twenty one years old 

It™ I Give unto my Grand Son Joseph Wiggin Five Pounds 
old tener bills of Credit to be Paid to Him by my Excutor here 
after named in This my Last will and to be Paid when he arives 
at The age of Twenty one years old 

It'"" I Give unto The Legaual Heirs of my Daughter Mary 
Palmer Deceased Twenty Shiling old tener bills of Credit to 
Equaly devided between them and to be Paid by my Excutor 
here after in This my Last will and to be Paid when The young- 
est Child Corns to The age of eighteen years old 

It'™ I Give unto my Grand Daughter Betey Huneford Daugh- 
ter to my son David Huneford my bead and furneture belonging 
to The Same and all my housel Goods with in Dors to be Delived 
to her Emeadetaly after my decase 

It'"" I Give unto my Son David Huneford and to his heirs and 
assings all my Stock of Cattel horses Sheep and swine and all my 
wearing apparel and all my Utensells for my Taylers Trade and 
all my other in Dore movables not all redey Disposed of in This 
my Last will and Testement and all my Debts Due to me 



26o NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Lastly I Do here by Counstitute and appoint my Son David 
Hunefored to be my Sole Excutor * * * 

John honneford 
[W'^itnesses] Jonathan Robinson, Chase Robinson, Theo: Smith 
[Filed July 25, 1764; endorsed "not Provd, no Estate."] 

[David Hannaford of Stratham declines to execute the will of 
his father, John Hannaford, June 25, 1764; witnesses, Andrew 
Wiggin, Samuel Lane.] 



THOMAS ROWELL 1755 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Guardianship of Abraham Rowell, aged less than 14 years, son 
of Thomas Rowell of South Hampton, yeoman, deceased, granted 
to Abraham Morrill of Salisbury, Mass., April 8, 1755.] 

[Bond of Abraham Morrill, with Levi Morrill of South 
Hampton, yeoman, and Job Rowell of Epping as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, April 8, 1755, for the guardianship of Abraham 
Rowell; witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 



MARY JACKSON 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen the Tenth Day of April in the Year 
of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty five I Mary 
Jackson of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamshire in New 
England widow of Joseph Jackson late of New Castle in said 
Province Deceased being aged * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Grad Children, the Children 
of My Son Thomas Jackson late of New Castle Deceased the 
Sum of ten Shillings lawful Money to be Equally Divided among 
them to be paid them a Convenient time after My Decease out of 
My Estate by My Executor hereafter Named 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 26l 

Item: I Give unto the Children of My Son Ebenezer Jackson 
late of Portsmouth Deceased the Sum of ten Shillings Lawful 
Money to be Equally Divided among them to be paid them a 
Convenient time after My Decease out of My Estate by My 
Executor hereafter Named — 

Item I Give unto the Children of My Daughter Mary Walton 
now Nellson Deceased the Sum of ten Shillings Lawful Money to 
be Exjually Divided among them to be paid them a Convenient 
Time after my Decease out of My Estate by My Executor here- 
after Named — 

Item : I Give unto the Child of My Son Benjamin Jackson late 
of New Castle Deceased the Sum of ten Shillings lawful Money 
to be paid him a Convenient time after My Decease out of My 
Estate by My Executor hereafter Named 

Item I Give unto Mehitable Langdon the Wife of Mark Lang- 
don, and her assigns One third of My whole Estate that shall 
remain after My Debts, and funeral Charges and Leagacies 
aforesaid is paid out of the Same in whosoever hands or keeping 
it May be found In Portsmouth or New Castle or Elsewhere and 
My Desire and Will is that My Said Daughter Mehitable May 
have one of My Silver Tankards if She Chuses it to be Included 
in the Said third of My Estate the whole third to be Deliver'd 
her a Convenient time after my Decease by My Executor here- 
after Named 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Ruth Sargent the Wife of 
Nathan^ Sargent Jun"^ of New Castle One third of My whole 
Estate that shall remain after My Debts and funeral Charges and 
Leagacies to My Grand Children is paid out of the Same as afore- 
said in whosoever hands or keeping it May be found In Ports- 
mouth New Castle or Elsewhere to be Delivered her or her heirs 
or assigns a Convenient time after My Decease by My Executor 
here after Named: my Will is that my Said Daughter Ruth 
Sargent shall have all My plate or Silver wrought, (except My 
two Tankerds:) to be Included in the Said third part 

Item: I Give unto My Son Samuel Jackson of New Castle, 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

One third of My whole Estate that shall remain after My Debts 
and funeral Charges and Leagacies to My Grand Children is paid 
out of the Same as aforesaid in whosoever hands or keeping it 
May be found in Portsmouth New Castle or Elsewhere: and My 
Will is that my Said Son Samuel May have One of My Silver 
Tankards if he Chuses it; to be Included in the said third of My 
Estate the whole third to be Delivered him his heirs or assigns a 
Convenient time after My Decease by My Executor hereafter 
Named 

And I Do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint My Son in 
Law Mark Langdon of Portsmouth in the Province of New 
Hampshire Gentleman to be My Sole Executor * * * 

The Mark of 
Mary + Jackson 

[Witnesses] Thomas Bickford, The Mark of Sarah + Bartlet, 
Elizabeth Salter. 

[Proved July 2'], 1763.] 

[Warrant, July 27, 1763, authorizing Daniel Jackson, block- 
maker, and John Wendell, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 28, 1763; amount, £1699. o. i; signed by 
Daniel Jackson and John Wendell.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £89. 10. 6; 
expenditures, £310. o. 6; filed Jan., 1767.] 



JACOB GORDY 1755 CHESTER 

Province of 1 I Jacob Gordy having Voleantry Enlested 
Newhampsher / into now Entended Expedition & Leaving som 
Efects I Here by Give and bequeath if I never return to my 
Natitivety as foloweth 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 263 

1 liy to my Sister Haner Gordy 150 — o — o 

2 liy to Abiegall Gordy dafter of John Gordy 100 — o — o 

3 liy to my brother John Gordys Son Simeon 

Gordy 050 — o — o 

4 liy to brother Maceash Gordy Children (viz) 

Mary & Joday 100 — o — o 

5 liy after Cap* thomas Wells is paid his Reasnoble Charge for 
his trouble to pay to Each of my brothers & sisters of the re- 
mander which will apear to bee there Childrin when Come to age 
in the which I leave in Notes of hand to be Colected by Cap* 
wells and paid as above. Whose Names is as followeth and this is 
my Last will & testement & In wittnis of all above writtin I 
have here unto set my hand & seal this tenth day of Apriel Ano 
que Dom« 1755 

his 

Jacob + Gordy 

Mark 

[Witnesses] Stephen Johnson junr, Nehemiah Stevens, James 
Graves. 

Nathaniel Burrel 
Paul Chase 
John Bond 
Ezekiel Worthin 
Isriel Huse 
Stephen batchler 
David Straw 
theophalas Eatton 
David Straw 
Jonathan Colby 
John Presey 
Joseph Gooding 
Reuben Clough 
Nathaniel Easteman 
Jacob tucker 




264 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

benjaman tucker 055 — 00 — o 

Mascashak Gordy 130 — 00 — o 

Nathaniel Donnell 012 — 00 — o 
[Proved Aug. 25, 1756.] 

[Bond of Thomas Wells of Chester, gentleman, with James 
Graves and Stephen Johnson, Jr., both of Hampstead, yeomen, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 25, 1756, for the adminis- 
tration, with will annexed, of the estate of Jacob Gordy of 
Chester, yeoman; witness, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 25, 1756; amount, £953. 12. 10; signed by 
Thomas Hazeltine and James Graves ; deceased is mentioned as 
late of Kingston.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £975. 16. 4; 
expenditures, £380. 14. o; allowed Aug. 31, 1757.] 



TRISTRAJM SANBORN 1755 KINGSTON 

In The Name of God Amen. I Tristum Sandborne of Kings- 
town in the Province of New Hampshire in New England Gen* 

Imprimis I Give & Bequeath unto Margaret my now dearly 
beloved wife one half of my now dwelling house Viz the easterly 
end thereof quite through both the fore room & the back room 
& so above stairs also with one third part of the cellar by her 
freely to be possessed & enjoyed without molestation during her 
natural life & also the use benefit & priviledge of of one third 
part of my Homestead living by her to be enjoyed as above said 
& also as shall be hereafter mentioned I order that two good 
Cows & four good sheep shall be kept on the remaining part of 
my said Homeplace summer & winter annually for my said 
wife during her natural life & also a good horse & Furniture for 
her whensoever she shall have occasion to Ride further I Give to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 265 

my sd wife one half of my moveables goods & effects within doors 
forever & to be at her disposel 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son Perter 
Sanborne his heirs & assigns forever all the land that I now have 
where he the said Peter Sanborn now lives it Being the whole of 
the fourth lot in the east Division in said Kingstown & part of 
yo ^th Lq^ jj^ gaid Division as it lays & is described by my deed of 
purchase with my buildings thereon the said premises with all 
the priviledges & appurtenances thereto belonging the said 
Peter Sanborn To have & to Hold to him his heirs Executors 
adm" & assigns forever & also seven acres of land being part of 
the 14 & 15 lots in the foremention'd Division in said Kinstown 
bounded as Followeth, easterly on ye highway & northerly on 
land of Cap* Phineas Bacheldor & Southerly of land of Jeremiah 
Webster Esq & so to extend westerly between the said Bachelors 
land & the said Websters land till it makes said 7 acres & also 
three acres more or less which is part of the 19*** lot in ye division 
laying on the easterly side of the Highway forementioned & 
bounded as followeth Viz having the said highway on the west 
& land of the said Jer« Webster & on the south by land of 
Swamp Ground Godfreys on the by meadow Ground of Simeon 
Bachelor on the north & also one quarter part of the 45 lot in the 
two hundred acres Grants so caled in said town & also one right 
or single share in the Common of undivided lands in said Kins- 
town all which said peaces of land with the said right in the 
common also the said Peter Sanborn To have & to Hold to him 
his heirs & assigns as the former forever with all their appurte- 
nances — 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well Beloved son Abraham 
Sanborn his heirs & assigns forever, all that tract of land which I 
purchased of Mathias Tole situate in Kinstown & laying on the 
northerly side of the Highway going from Exeter to said Kins- 
town & Bounded as followeth Viz. southerly on the said High- 
way, westerly or southwesterly on land of Jn° Judkins, Northerly 
on land of the widow Patience Stevens & land of Benjamin 



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Sleeper & land of David Clefford & also land of Israel Clefford, & 
eastward on land of my Homeplace with my right in the House 
& Barn thereon, & also two lots in th^ north Grants (so called) 
in said Kinstown they being the 34*'' & 36*'* lots in Number in 
that Division, & also one quarter part of the 45*^^ lot in the Divi- 
sion of two Hundred acre Grants (so called) in said Kinstown & 
also one ten acre lot (so called) in the upper west Division Next 
Chester it being the 6*'" lot in Number in said Division & one 
right or single share in the common of undivided lands in said 
Kinstown, all the forementioned premises with their appurte- 
nances the said Abraham Sanborn To Have & to Hold to him 
his heirs Execu*^ admin" & assigns forever. 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved Son Tristum 
Sanborn, his heirs & assigns forever all my land where the said 
Tristum now lives it being sundry peices of land which I had at 
sundry times all laying together & making one settlement Viz. 
one small peice I purchased of the Commoners of s'd Kinstown 
another small peice laid to me to make up my First Division in 
said town another tract of land I purchased of James Prescot and 
& Joshua Prescot being part of the 14*^ & is*** Lots in the east 
Division forementioned & another parcel I purchased of the 
said Joshua Prescot & another tract I purchased of Cap* Joseph 
Greley Cap* Phin« Bachelor & others all which peices of land de- 
scribed as followeth Viz Beginning at the westermost corner of 
the whole tract joining to the Highway on the south & to Sam* 
French's where his House now stands on the west & land of 
Nathaniel Frenches on the norwest or north & running easterly, 
or northeasterly on said Nath' Frenche's land to meadow ground 
of Cap* Jedediah Philbrick then easterly on s'd Philbricks 
meadow to Cap* Phineas Bacheldors land then southerly on said 
Bachelders land to the sowwesterly corner thereof from thence 
easterly on said Bacheldors land till it comes to seven acres of 
land which I have before in this my last will Given to my Son 
Peter Sanborn & then southerly on the said seven acres to J ere™ 
Websters land then westerly on the said Websters land to the 
northwesterly corner thereof then southerly on said Websters 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 267 

land about eleven or twelve rods then again westerly on said 
Websters land to the upper Corner thereof then eastwardly on 
said websters land five Rods to Richard Cliffords then southerly 
on said Cliffords land & on Benj* Frenches land to a bass tree 
spotted then westerly five Rods to a Hemlock tree marked on 
four sides then westerly joining to land of Will"" Smith till it 
comes to Sam' Frenchs land, then northerly on said French* land 
till it comes to the Higway first mention'd then on the said 
way westerly to the place where it first began ninety acres 
more or less & also my part in the buildings thereon & also 
the quarter part of my lot in the two hundred acre Grants (so 
Called) in said Kinstown it being the 45*'' Lot in Number in 
said Division & also one right or single share in the Common 
& undivided lands in said town all the forementioned premises 
together with their appurtenances the said Tristum Sanborn 
to have & to hold to him his heirs Execu*^ adm" & assigns for- 
ever 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son Jethro 
Sanborn his heirs & assigns Forever a certain peice of land 
situate in said Kinstown where the said Jethro Sanborn now 
lives & adjacent it being the following lots in number in the 
upper west Division in the second Range of s'd Division Viz y" 
68 & 69, 71 & 72 lots in said Division & part of the 73*^ lot laying 
between the said 72 '^ lot & the Higway which peice I purchased 
of the Hnb' Ebe° Stephens Esq as may appear his deed thereof 
to me & also one twenty acre lot in the Division of twenty acres 
above the two Hundred acre Grants (so called) laying on the 
north side of the foremention'd way & is the first lot in number 
in that Division & also all the buildings thereon Viz house & 
bam the said four lots & part of a lot in the upper Division & 
the said twenty acre lot in the Division of the twenty acres as 
above with the said buildings with all their priviledges & ap- 
purtenances the s'd Jethro Sanborn to have & to hold to him 
his heirs Execu* admin" & assigns forever & also one quarter 
part of the 45*^ lot in the Division of two Hundred acre Grants 
(so Called) in said town & one right or single share in the 



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Common & undivided lands in said town to him his heirs 
Exec""* & assigns forever as the former. 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son W'" San- 
born his heirs & assigns forever all my Home place where I now 
live on both sides of the Highway it being situate in Kinstown 
aforesaid & lays on the higway going from Exeter to said Kins- 
town with my dwelling house Viz the westerly end thereof & 
the easterly end at my wifes decease, (Having given her the 
easterly end during her natural life) & my barn on my Home- 
place & all buildings thereon my said Homeplace or Homestead 
living with the buildings as aforesaid with all the priviledges & 
appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appurtaining 
the said Will™ Sanborn to have & to hold to him his heirs 
Exec" admin" & assigns forever, & also all my stock of Cattle 
horses sheep & swine with all my implements tools & instru- 
ments for all sorts of works both for man & beast that is to say 
without doors to him his heirs & assigns forever — 

And do hereby will & ordain my son W™ Sanborn to keep for 
Margaret my now Dearly beloved wife two good cows summer 
& winter & four good sheep also summer & winter both an- 
nually during her natural life & also to provide for her a good 
horse & Furniture whenever she shall have occasion to ride & 
I do also hereby will & ordain my said Son W"" to pay all my 
Honest debts & also to be at the Charge of my funeral & also 
my said wife funeral, & that at the discretion & according to the 
discretion of my Executors & I Do hereby make constitute my 
two sons Viz Peter Sanborn & Abraham Sanborn to be sole 
Execu*^ of this my last will & Testament & I do hereby order my 
said Executors to take the oversight of the funeral both of me 
& also my s'd wife taking care that we be both buried in a decent 
& I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoak & Disannul all & every 
other former wills Testaments legacies & bequests by me in any 
ways before named willed & bequeathed, Ratifying and con- 
firming this & no other to be my last will & Testament In 
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this thir- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 269 

teenth day of April Annoq Domini 1755 & in the 26 year of his 
Majestys Reign — 

Tristum Sanborn 

[Witnesses] Jeremiah Webster, Sam* Fifield, Tristum San- 
born Jun'. 

[Proved 1771.] 



WALTER NEAL 1755 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God Amen I Walter Neal of New Market In 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman This 
fifteenth Day of April Anno Domini 1755 & in the Twenty 
Eighth year of y^ Reign of his Majesty King George the Second, 
Being of Sound Mind & Memory (Blessed be God) altho weak 
in Body * * * 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Dear and Well beloved wife 
The use and Benefit of the one half of my Dwelling house viz 
the North End there of as Long as she lives and all The Provi- 
sions That are Now in my House And all my Housel Goods and 
Three Cows & five Sheep & Their Lambs for her own and The 
keeping of Three Cows well winter & summer And five sheep 
Winter & summer and Their Lambs Till They shall want Hay 
And Two hundred weight of Beaf per year four Barrels of Cyder 
and half The Com & Grain W^hich my son waiter shall Raise 
upon The Lands which I Give him and The geting all her meal 
ground for her which she shall yearly Nead for Bread Corn and 
what Rum Sugar & Molasses she shall Need & The Paying The 
Doctors Bills which she shall Improve in sickness all Which it is 
my Will That My Executor hereafter named should Do And 
Provide for my Wife as Long as she lives Provided she so accept 
this my will as to renounce or disclaim her Dower or thirds. 

Item I give and Bequeath To Each of my Beloved sons 
Hubartes Samuel John & Ebenezer fifty Pounds old Tennor To 
be paid by my Executor hereafter named Within Ten years 



270 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

after my Decease and To my Son John I also give & Bequeath 
my Common Right at Spruce Swamp in Exeter & I give & 
bequeath also To my son Ebenezer all The Appletrees and The 
Land Which is under them which stand upon The Land I 
bought of David Lightford 

Item I give and Bequeath unto Each of my Beloved Daughters 
Deborah And Anna one hundred Pounds old Tennor To be Paid 
within Four years after my decease if They dont Marry Before 
that Time But if They marry sooner To be Paid at the time of 
marriage by my Executor hereafter named and The North End 
of my House Till they marry 

Item I Give and bequeath unto my beloved son Walter all 
my Lands Buildings Mills and all my Estate Both Personal 
And Real which is not before mention'd in This my will 

And I do hereby ordain And Appoint my Son Walter To be 
Sole Executor * * * 

Walter Neal 

[Witnesses] Gideon Colcord, Jonathan Colcord, Jerusha 
Col cord. 

[Proved April 22, 1755.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1755, authorizing Lieut. Winthrop Hilton 
and Robert Smart, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 29, 1755; amount, £4736. 11. o; signed by 
Winthrop Hilton and Robert Smart.] 



BENJAMIN DEARBORN 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Dearborn granted 
to Simeon Dearborn April 16, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 241.] 

[Bond of Simeon Dearborn of North Hampton, gentleman, 
with Levi Dearborn of North Hampton, physician, and William 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2/1 

Earl Treadwell of Portsmouth, merchant, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, April 16, 1755, for the administration of the estate of 
Benjamin Dearborn of Portsmouth, physician; witnesses, Wil- 
liam Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, July 30, 1755; amount, £1921. 12. 9; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Daniel Rogers.] 

[Warrant, May 3, 1756, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Wil- 
liam Knight, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, July 27, 1757; amount, £1002. 4. 2; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and William Knight.] 

[Additional inventory, July 27, 1757; amount, £49. 5. o; 
signed by Eleazer Russell and Daniel Rogers.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £265. 7. 10, 
lawful money; expenditures, £265. 7. 10; mentions widow and 
child; allowed June 29, 1769.] 



WILLIAM BOLTON 1755 WINDHAM 

In the Name of god amen : I William Bolton of the parish of 
Windham within the provance of Newhampshire in New Eng- 
land yeeman Being Sick and Indisposed in Body * * * 

Item my Will is: that my Dearly Beloved Wife Elizabeth Bol- 
ton Shall have and In joy the one third of all my Real Estate and 
the one half of my Dewelling house Dureing hir natural Life and 
two Cows to be Given hir by my Executors as Soon as may be 
after my Deceas — 

Item my Will is and I Do hereby give and Bequeath unto my 
well beloved Doughter Augness Bolton hir and hir heirs all my 
Reall Estate for Ever Shee paying unto my Son James Bolton the 
Sum of two Houndred pound old tenor with in the tearm of three 



272 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

years after my Deceas and Likewise the sume of two hundred 
pounds old tenor to be paid unto my Doughter Grizel twadels 
Children Within the tearm of five years after my Deceas and 
allso one Cow to my Doughter Grizel to be given hir as soon as 
may be after my Deceas 

Item my Will is that my sons John Bolton and David Bolton 
Each of them should have the sume of five pounds old tenor paid 
to them as soon as may be after my Deceas ; by my Executors 

Item my Will is that my Well Beloved Wife Elizabeth and my 
Douther Augness Shall have all my household furniture Each of 
them an Equal part of it 

Item my Will is that my Douther Augness Bolton Shall have 
my oxen and plough with all the Utensiells I have for farming 

Item my Will is that my Son John Bolton Shall have all my 
Body Chloaths after my Deceas 

Item my Will is that my Grand Doughter mary Bolto have 
one yearlin heffer given hir by my Executors as Soon as may be 
after my Deceas 

and I Do hereby Constitute nominate and apoint my good 
frend William thomson and my Doughter Augness Bolton my 
Executors of this my Last Will and testament Ratifying and 
Confirming this and now other to be my Last Will and testament 
in Witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 
twenty foust Day of aprill in the twenty Eight year of his 
Mejesties Reign anno Domi 1755 

his 
William X Bolton 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Samuel Kinkeld, Adam tempelton, Sam" M orison. 
[Proved Aug. 27, 1755.] ^l 

[Warrant, Aug. 27, 1755, authorizing Samuel Morrison and 
Samuel Kincaid, both of Windham, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 30, 1755; amount, £2218. 15. o; signed by 
Samuel Morrison and Samuel Kincaid.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 273 

JONATHAN FOGG 1755 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Fogg of Exeter 
granted to his widow, Mary Fogg, April 25, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 271.] 

[Bond of Mary Fogg, with Seth Fogg of Exeter and Capt. 
Jeremiah Sanborn of Hampton as sureties, in the sum of £1000, 
April 25, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Josiah Sanborn, Edward Ladd.] 

[Warrant, April 25, 1755, authorizing Jonathan Leavitt of 
Hampton and Josiah Rollins of Exeter to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 30, 1755; amount, £2174. 12. 6; signed by 
Jonathan Leavitt and Josiah Rollins.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £114. 6. o; expenditures, £263. 5. 3; allowed April 28, 
1756.] 



ROBERT HINKSON 1755 EPPING 

[Ruth Hinkson renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Robert Hinkson, April 26, 1755, in favor of her brother, 
Samuel Chapman of Newmarket; witnesses, David Lawrence, 
Jonathan Elliott.] 

[Administration granted to Samuel Chapman June 6, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 309.] 

[Bond of Samuel Chapman, with Edward Fox and Benjamin 
York as sureties, all of Newmarket, in the sum of £1000, June 6, 
1755' for the administration of the estate of Robert Hinkson of 
Epping; witnesses, Elizabeth Boardman, Anna Freese.] 

[Warrant, June 6, 1755, authorizing Robert Smart and Capt. 
Jeremiah Folsom, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 



274 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, June ii, 1755; amount, £882. 15. o; signed by 
Robert Smart and Jeremiah Folsom, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Thomas Young and Jo- 
seph Smith, both of Newmarket to receive claims against the 
estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £428. 14. 7 ; signed by Thomas Young 
and Joseph Smith; attested Oct. 27, 1756.] 

[Additional list of claims; amount, £277. 19. 6; signed by 
Thomas Young and Joseph Smith; attested Jan. 28, 1757.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1045. 15. o; 
expenditures, £470. 3. o; mentions widow and five small chil- 
dren, and "Supporting 4 of Said Children under Seven i year 
Each"; allowed July 28, 1757.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £726. 19. i ; amount 
distributed, £575. 12. o; allowed Aug. i, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Hinkson, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Robert Hinkson, granted to Ezra Carter Sept. 17, 
1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 390.] 

[Bond of Ezra Carter, with Aaron Stevens, gentleman, and 
Thomas Stickney, yeoman, as sureties, all of Rumford, in the 
sum of £500, Sept. 17, 1763, for the guardianship of Samuel 
Hinkson ; witnesses, Phineas Stevens, Deborah Abbott.] 



STEPHEN LEAVITT 1755 BRENTWOOD 

In the Name of God Amen, I Stephen Leavit of the Parish of 
Brintwood in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
Yeoman : being weak in Body * * * 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2/5 

Leavit the use and Improvement of all that piece of Land laying 
on y« Southwesterly Side of y" Little River (So Called) So long 
as she shall Remain my widdow, and also the use and Improve- 
ment of Thirty acres of Land During her natural life Laying on 
y" Westerley Side of y high Way leading from Samuel Dudleys 
dwelling house to my Now Dwelling house Binding Sotherley 
on y^ Land of Samuel Smith, Westerley by the Little River 
Northerley by the Land of Elisha Sanborn and that Land which 
I bought of Elisha Sanborn and Easterley by y" afore Sd highway 

Item I give to my beloved Wife afore Sd So long as She Shall 
Remain my Widow Three Quarters of an Acree of Land on y« 
westerley Side of y« afore sd highway with the Bam Standing 
on y Same for her use During y afore sd Term of her \Mdow- 
hood Sd Three Quarters of an Acree of Land is Bounded as 
followeth (Viz) Begining at a Stake and Stones by y^ Side of y^ 
high from thence to Run Northerley binding upon y'^ afore sd 
way Eight Rods and then to Run Westerley Carrying or holding 
the Breadth of Eight Rods 'till y Three Quarters of an acre be 
Compleated — Furthermore I give to my beloved Wife mary 
Leavit aforesd: The use and Improvement of my Kitchin, 
Butterey and the Norwest Room in my Dwelling house, and also 
y one half of my Cellar, the one half of my Chamber & the one 
half of my Garret and also y" use and Improvement of y^ one 
half of my orchard She allowing to my Daughter mary Leavit 
that Privelege which I shall hereafter give her in this my last 
will and Testament 

Finally I give and Bequeath to my beloved Wife and to her 
heirs and assigns forever, Two of my best Feather Beads and 
the Beding belonging to y^ Same with two Thirds of all my In- 
dore Moveables and also one Yoak of Oxen, Three Cows Three 
two Year old heifers. Three Yearlings, the one half of my Sheep 
and half my Swine, one Yoak with Irons belonging to y^ Same 
Two Draft Chains and a Plow with y^ Irons belong to y* Same 

Item I Give Demise and Bequeah to my well beloved Daugh- 
ter mary Leavit and to her heirs and assigns forever. Two Forty 



276 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

accre Lots of Land laying in the Parish of Brentwood which was 
allowed me by the Committee Chosen by y^ Town of Exeter for 
proportioning the Common Lands in S** Town Furthermore I 
Give to my Beloved Daughter mary Leavit afore s'* one Cow and 
two two Year old heifers, to be kept both winter & Summer So 
long as She Remains unmarried also one Bed and Beding and 
one Third part of y^ Rest of My Indore Moveables, and also my 
Will is y* my Daughter Mary Leavit aforesd Should Enjoy a 
Privelege with her mother in my Dwelling house and also have 
a privelege of Some part of y^ orchard So long as She Remains 
unmarried 

Item I give and Bequeath to my Daughter mary Leavit 
aforesd and to her heirs and assigns forever the following Sums 
to be paid by my Executor out of that part of my Estate that I 
Shall hereafter give him in this my Last will and Testament 
(Viz) one Hundred and Fifty Pounds old Tenor money in Six 
months after my Decease, and also one Hundred Pounds Equal 
to Bills of Credit of y® old Tenor in Six months after he Shall 
Come into Possession of that piece of Land on y^ Southerley 
Side of y« Little River afore Sd and Two hundred and Fifty 
Pounds Equal to Bills of Credit of y^ old Tenor in Six months 
after the Decease of my wife mary Leavit aforesaid 

Finally I Give Demise and Bequeath to my well beloved Son 
Daniel Leavit & to his heirs and assigns forever all my Lands not 
heretofore Disposed of with my now Dwelling house out houses 
and Barns he leting his mother Improve as afore sd and also all 
my Quick Stock not heretofore Disposed of and also all my 
husbandry tools Even y^ whole of Both real and Personal Estate 
not heretofore Disposed of in this my last will & Testament and 
I do now Constitute and appoint my trusty & well beloved 
Son Daniel Leavit Sole Executor of this my last Will & Testa- 
ment, and I do hereby utterly disallow revok and Disanul, all 
and Every other former testaments Wills Legacies and Bequests 
and Executors by me any ways before named willed and Be- 
queathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 277 

Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I do hereunto Set 
my hand & Seal this Twenty Sixth Day of April Anno Domini 
1755 and in y^ 28**' Year of his Majesty's Reign 

Stephen Leavitt 

[Witnesses] Edward Colcord, Daniel Wormall, Nathaniel 
Trask. 

[Proved June i6, 1755.] 

[Warrant, June 10, 1755, authorizing Samuel Dudley and 
James Robinson, both of Brentwood, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 15, 1755; amount, £7705. i. o; 
signed by James Robinson and Samuel Dudley.] 



FRANCIS PAGE 1755 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen I francis Page of Hampton in the 
Province of New Hampshier in new England yeoman * * * 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my son Elisha Page so much of 
my old Lot of land laying north ward of the northly end of my 
orchard in the general feild in the town where I formerly Lived 
as to make up one half of my said land with what the said Elisha 
had of it before and Joining to what said Elisha had of me before 
northly of my said orchard I also give to my said son Elisha two 
acres of my land in the second north Division in said Hampton 
at the northly End next to Daniel foggs square a Cross bounding 
eastly on land of the Browns Westly on land of Said Elishas I 
also give to said Elisha a peice of my marsh Called the landing 
Place marsh that Layeth north ward of fullers Creek between 
said Creek and marsh of Said Elishas, Joining southly to said 
Creek northly to marsh of Said Elisha I also Give to said Elisha 
one half of my grist mill and one half of the privilidge of it with 
so much of my land at the grist mill that I bought of John IMars- 



278 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ton and Joseph Page as to make up to him one half of it with 
what he had of it before to him and to his heirs 

Itam I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Batchelder 
the wife of Deacon Josiah Batchelder one hundred Pounds in 
money old tenor to be paid to her by my Gran Son Reuben 
Dearbon a son of Reuben Dearbon by my Daughter Ann De- 
ceased within two years after my Decease 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah fogg the 
wife of Daniel fogg thirty Pounds in money old tenor to be Paid 
to her by my said Gran son Reuben Dearbon within three year 
after my Decease — 

Itam I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary towle the 
wife of John Towle forty Pounds in money old tenor to be Paid 
to her by my Said Gran son Reuben Dearbon with in one year 
after my Decease I also Give to my said Daughter Mary one 
fether bed and beding and my Grate lorn Kettle also one pair 
of Curtains 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my said Gran son Reuben Dear- 
bon my Dwelling house and Barn with one half of my Grist Mill 
and one half of the Privilidges of it with all my Part of the saw 
mill on Little River I also Give and bequeath to my Said Gran 
son Reuben Dearbon all my land and marsh and meadow 
Ground and thatch Ground that I have Laying in Hampton or 
elce where that I have not here in other ways Disposed of that 
is I give to my Said Granson Reuben Dearbon all my land and 
marsh and meadow ground and thatch Ground as afore said 
excepting onely the land and marsh that I gave to my said son 
Elisha Page as afore said I also give to my said Gran son Reuben 
Dearbon all my stock of Cattle and my husbandry Implements 
and my wareing apparil with one fether bed and the beding of 
one bed and one Iron tramil one Iron Pot & one Iron Kettle & to 
his heirs 

Itam I give to my son Law william Lock five shillings in money 
old tenor to be paid by my said Gran son Reuben Dearbon 
It is my will that my said Gran son and my said three Daugh- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 279 

ters shall have my wooden and earthen moveables in my house 
Devided equilly between them to each one Quarter Part and 
it is my will that my said three Daughters shall have all my 
Linning and Gotten Clothing in my house which I have not 
here in other ways Disposed of equilly between them with all 
my puter also equelly between my said Daughters 

It is my will that my said Granson Reuben Dearbon shall also 
have my brass Kettle and skillit with all my Remaining move- 
ables in my house which I have not here in other ways Disposed 
of as afore said 

I Do Like wise Constitute make and ordain my sons in Law 
Reuben Dearbon and Daniel fogg to be Executors to this my last 
will and testiment and I Do here by Revoke and make Void all 
former wills and testiments by me before made willed or ordained 
Ratifieing and Gonferming this and no other to be my Last Will 
and Testiment In Wittness where of of all afore going I the Said 
francis Page have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty 
sixth Day of April In the twenty Eighth year of his Majestys 
Reign Georg the Second King over Grate Britain &c Anno 
Domini 1755. 

francis Page 

[Witnesses] William Marston, Samuel Palmer, Triestrem Rod- 
man. 

[Proved Sept. 8, 1755.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 5, 1755 ; amount, £6063. o. o; signed by John 
Leavitt and Jonathan Page.] 

[Miscellaneous receipts to the executors, bearing signatures of 
Morris Hobbs, John Leavitt, Reuben Dearborn, Jr., John Dol- 
beer, Joseph Page, Zachariah Towle, Sarah Batchelder, Josiah 
Batchelder, Nathaniel Batchelder, David Batchelder, Mary 
Towle, John Towle, John Chapman, Edmund Chapman, Hannah 
Randall, Josiah Dearborn, Hannah Fogg, Daniel Fogg, John 
Newmarch, and David Marston.] 



280 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

SAMUEL PAGE I755 HAMPTON 

[Warrant, April 29, 1755, authorizing Nathaniel Drake, gen- 
tleman, and Joshua Lane, cordwainer, both of Hampton, to 
appraise the estate of Samuel Page of Hampton.] 

[Inventory, attested April 18, 1755; amount, £22,928. 18. o; 
signed by Nathaniel Drake and Joshua Lane; mentions will, 
with Stephen Page, son of deceased, as executor, sons Samuel 
Page and Benjamin Page, daughters Prudence and Elizabeth, 
and granddaughters Anna Tobey and Anna Page.] 



JOSEPH JONES 1755 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Jones of Durham 
granted to his widow, Mary Jones, April 30, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 255.] 

[Bond of Mary Jones, widow, with Joseph Thomas, yeoman, 
and Nathaniel Thompson, trader, as sureties, all of Durham, in 
the sum of £1000, April 30, 1755, for the administration of the 
estate of Joseph Jones of Durham; witnesses, William Parker, 
Cutts Shannon.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 24, 1755; amount, £8273. 14. o; 
signed by Hubbard Stevens and Jonathan Woodman.] 

[License to Hercules Mooney and wife Mary, administrators, 
Nov. 8, 1763, to sell real estate.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 10, 1763, authorizing David Copp, gentleman, 
John Plummer, Abner Dam, Ephraim Berry, gentleman, all of 
Rochester, and Ephraim Hanson of Dover, innholder, to divide 
the real estate.] '^ 

Province of 1 Pursuant to an order Issued from The 
New Hamp' / Probate office of Said Province Nov' 10 1763 
Impowering thereto — 



I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 28 1 

We The Subscribers have Divided So much of the Real Estate 
of Joseph Jones Late of Durham In Said Province Gentleman 
Deceased as was Exhibited to us by the Administrators thereof 
between them & mary Jones the said Deceaseds only child in the 
following manner Viz unto the Said Mary Jones twelve Acres of 
Land in Said Durham Bounded as followeth Beginning at a 
white Birch Tree Mark** M. J. Near a Large white Pine root by 
Land of Ichabod Chesleys & Running North Eighty Eight 
Degrees West twenty two rods to Land of Robert Thomsons 
thence North Eighty three rods to a poplar Tree Mark*^ M. J. 
thence South Eighty Eight Degrees East twenty four Rods 
to a stake thence on a streight Line to the Birch Tree first 
mentioned — 

Also the Northeasterly half of a Second Division Lot of Land 
In Rochester in Said Province being the Lot Number fourty one 
in Said Division Divided by a Line Drawn across Said Lot in the 
middle thereof Also one third of the third Division Lot Number 
Ninety two with one third of the fourth Division Lot Number 
Eighty Six In Said Rochester as the Same Lays in Com 'on with 
the other owners of Said third & fourth Divisions which four 
Peices of Land Viz one in Durham & three In Rochester we have 
Sett off to the Said Mary Jones as her half of what was shewn us — 

Furthermore We have Sett off to the Administ" Viz Hercules 
Mooney & Mary his Wife the Northwesterly half of the Lot 
Number fourty one in the Second Division Lot in Said Rochester 
Together with the first Division or home Lot of Land in New 
Durham a Town at the head of Rochester which two Peices of 
Land we have sett off to the Said Administrators as their half of 
what was shewn us all which is humbly submitted — March 
3°"^ '764 By ^^^^^ P^^ 

John Plummer 
David Copps 

[Warrant, April 27, 1756, authorizing Benjamin Smith, gentle- 
man, Joseph Sias, trader, Miles Randall, and Joseph Thomas, 



282 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

gentleman, all of Durham, and Walter Bryent of Newmarket, 
gentleman, to set off to Mary Mooney, wife of Hercules Mooney 
of Durham, schoolmaster, her dower in the estate of her former 
husband, Joseph Jones of Durham, gentleman.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a warrant Granted by the Hon**'^ 

Newhamp"" / Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of 
wills &c for said Province Appointing and authorizing us the 
subscribers to set off to mary moony the wife of Hercules moony 
of Durham in Said Province Schoolmaster her Dower which 
happens to her of the Real Estate of her Late Husband Joseph 
Jones Late of Durham Gent Deceased — 

Have sett off the Same to Said Mary as follows Namly the 
north side of the orchard Consisting of three Rows of the apple 
trees Bounded as follows begining nine ft Distance South from 
y^ South west Cornor apple tree of the Said three Rows at a 
Stake there and from thence it Runs Strate to a Stake Standing 
nine feet Distance South from y^ South East Corner apple tree 
of Said three Rows and So on Strate to the fence there on the 
Same Coase & then by Said fence as it now stands northerly & 
westerly to the Road Leading to newtown then by Said Road 
Southerly until it Comes in the Coase of Said Strate Line then 
Strate to the Stake first mentioned — 

With about ninteen acres more of Land in the home place 
Begining at the South west Corner of Said home place and Runs 
northerly by the way or Road that Leads to newtown twenty five 
Rods and one half Rod to a Stake Standing in the middle of the 
way that Leads to the now Dwelling house of Said Deceased & 
from thence Strate to the middle of the fore Door the Coase is 
about north Eighty Eight East about twelve Rods then northerly 
thro Said House to the north East Corner of the flanker of Said 
house then from thence East thirty four Rods y° north Seventy 
live Degrees East about Seventy five Rods to the River y° 
Down by Said River as the River goes to where it began with the 
East End of Said house as above Divided with the third part of 
the Seller under Said house it being the South Side thereof with 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 283 

the East End of the Barn to Extend westward to the middle of 
the Barn fioor — 

with one other peice of Land at a place Called follet's swamp 
Containing about Seven acres & Bounded as follows on the South 
by the mast way or Road and on the East by Land In possession 
of Ichabod Chesley and on the north on Land Set off to the 
widdow Jones the mother of s^ Deceased for part of her Dower in 
her Late husband's Estate and on the west in part by Land in 
possession of Robert tomson Junior & in part by Land in pos- 
session of Joseph Atkinson — 

with about three acres more at the place Called follets swamp 
which is Bounded as follows begining at the South East Corner 
of the Home place at oyster River where the possessions with 
Robert tomson Joyns at Said River and from thence it Runs up 
Said River about north north East So far as to be thirty two 
Rods Distance from s'^ Corner Strate then It begins again at said 
S: E: Corner at said River & Runs Down on the Dividing Line of 
Said tomson and s'^ Deceased about East South East thirty Rods 
then from thence on a Strate Line to the north north East End of 
the afore Said north north East Line up Said River — 

we also Judge & Determine that the neat Income or profit of 
the Remaining two thirds part of said Real Estate is worth 
Seventy pounds old tenor ^ year 

Dated at Durham this 24*^ Day of august 1756 

Joseph thomas 1 

Beni Smith ^ 

• r Com**® 

Joseph Sias 

Walter Bryent J 



WILLIAM TAYLOR 1755 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of William Taylor of Newmarket 
granted to his widow, Rachel Taylor, April 30, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 275.] 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Rachel Taylor, widow, with Walter Bryent and 
Joseph Young, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Newmarket, in the 
sum of £1000, April 30, 1755, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Folsom, Richard Hull.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1755, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Jeremiah Folsom, Jr., both of Newmarket, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, May 29, 1755; amount, £1289. 14. 6; signed by 
Thomas Young and Jeremiah Folsom, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 4, 1755, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Joseph Smith, both of Newmarket, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 

[License to Joshua Woodman and his wife, Rachel Woodman, 
administratrix of the estate of William Taylor, Dec. 31, 1755, to 
sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 433. 1 

[List of claims, attested Jan. 28, 1759; amount, £512. 1.6; 
signed by Joseph Smith and Thomas Young.] 



JOSEPH MILLER 1755 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Miller of Newmarket 
granted to his widow, Christian Miller, May 2, 1755.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 274.] 

[Bond of Christian Miller of Newmarket, widow, with Samuel 
Mighill of Newmarket, husbandman, and John Thompson of 
Exeter, shipwright, as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 2, 1755. 
for the administration of the estate; witnesses, John Oulton, 
Richard Mattoon.] 

[Inventory, attested May 3, 1755; amount, £788. 8. 6; signed 
by John Oulton and Richard Mattoon.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 285 

[List of claims against the estate, April i, 1756; amount, 

£1925. 3. 8.] 

[Warrant, April 5, 1756, authorizing Noah Emery, gentleman, 
and John Purmort, joiner, both of Exeter, to receive claims.] 

[List of claims; amount, £1105. 11. 5; signed by Noah Emery 
and John Purmort.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1018. 8. 6; 
expenditures, £350. o. o; allowed Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1105. 11. 5; amount 
distributed, £668. 8. 6; allowed Feb. 23, 1758.] 



TIMOTHY EMERSON 1755 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Emerson granted to 
his widow, Mary Emerson, May 5, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 256.] 

[Bond of Mary Emerson of Durham, with Solomon Emerson 
and Zachariah Edgerly, both of Dover, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, May 5, 1755, for the administration of the 
estate of Timothy Emerson of Durham, yeoman; witnesses, 
Abigail Thompson, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, May 5, 1755, authorizing Joseph Sias and Jonathan 
Woodman, both of Durham, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 26, 1755; amount, £12,361. 13. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Jonathan Woodman.] 

To the Honourable Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of the probate 
of wills 

Sir by these few Lines I would acquaint you as I understand 
that m"" Jeremiah Burnum is to be at probate Court To Day In 
Order to get a Committee appointed To Divide the Real Estate 



286 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of Timothy Emerson Deceased & as I married the widow of Said 
Deceased who was administratrix on S'^ Estate I would Beg the 
Favour of your honour if you See fitt to Omit granting a warrant 
untill the next Probate Day as I Cant possibly attend to Day By 
Reason of a great number of Sick people that I must attend & 
Cant avoid it, which is the Only Reason that I would Desire To 
have it Deferd a month Longer — which would Oblige y" Hon- 
ours most Obedient Humble Ser* 

Durham April 1758 Joseph Atkinson 

[Guardianship of Timothy Emerson, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Timothy Emerson, tanner, granted to Solomon 
Emerson April 26, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 482.] 

[Bond of Solomon Emerson of Madbury, gentleman, with 
Jonathan Woodman and Jeremiah Burnham, both of Durham, 
yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 26, 1758, for the 
guardianship of Timothy Emerson; witnesses, Moses Emerson, 
William Parker.] 

[Warrant, March 12, 1759, authorizing Hubbard Stevens, 
tanner, Moses Emerson, gentleman, Joseph Sias, trader. Miles 
Randall, and Jonathan Woodman, yeomen, all of Durham, to 
divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers being appointed a 
New Hampshire / Com*^^ by the Hon'''® Richard Wibird Esq"^ 
Judge of the Probate of Wills &c. for the Province aforesaid by a 
Warrant to us dated the 12*^^ March 1759 to set of & divide the 
Real Estate of Timothy Emerson late of Durham in said Prov- 
ince Tanner, deceased. Intestate — Pursuant to the before men- 
tioned Warrant we have set off to Mary Atkinson Wife of Joseph 
Atkinson of said Durham, who was Wife of the said deceased & 
to the Children of the said deceased as followeth Viz* 

To Mary Atkinson aforesaid for her Thirds Fifty Two Acres of 
the Homestead Beginning at a Stone marked T, E. by the Road 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 287 

that leades from Durham Falls to Madbury Fifty One & half 
Rods from the Northerly Corner of said Homestead & Running 
South 67 Degrees West 70 Rods to Land of John Woodman, then 
Southerly by said Woodmans Land 125 Rods, then North 72 
Degrees East 77 Rods to the Road aforesaid, then by said Road 
to the Bounds first mentioned, with one half of the Dwelling 
House viz' the West End, with one half of the Cellar standing on 
said Homestead, with the Priveledge of Passing & Repassing to 
& from the same. Also Twenty Acers of Land in Durham afore- 
said at a Place called New Town, Beginning Three Rods Easterly 
from the South West Corner of said Land by New Town Road & 
Running North 2>^ Degrees East 104 Rods, then North 77 
Degrees East 36 Rods by land of Solomon Emerson Esq"" then 
South 2>2 Degrees West 85 Rods, then South 75 Degrees West 
34^ Rods, then South 2% Degrees West i6J^ Rods to the Road 
afores**, then by the Road 1% Rods to the Bounds first men- 
tioned — 

To Timothy Emerson for his Two Shares Sixty Acres of the 
Homestead viz* Thirty Six Acres at the South End beginning at 
the Corner near the House of WilW Bruce deceas'd & running 
Northerly by the Road that leads to Madbury 90 Rods to the 
Thirds aforesaid, then South 72 degrees West 77 Rods to Land of 
Jn° Woodman then Southerly by said Woodmans Land to the 
Road that leads to Durham Falls, then by said Road to a House 
Lot of William Bruces aforesaid, & then by said Bruces Lot to 
the Bounds first mentioned, with one half of the Dwelling House 
viz* the East End of said House, with one half of the Cellar, the 
Tan Yard, Orchards, & other Buildings standing thereon. Also 
Twenty four Acres of Land at the Northerly End of said Home- 
stead Beginning at a Stone Marked T. E. being the first Bounds 
of the Thirds & running Northerly by the Road that leads to 
Madbury to Land of Lemuel Chesley, then Westerly by said 
Chesleys Land 66 Rods to Land of Jonathan Woodman, then 
Southerly by Land of Jonathan & John Woodman to said Thirds, 
then Easterly by said Thirds to the Stone first mentioned — 



288 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Also a Hundred Acre Lot of Land In Harrington in said Province 
Numbred i8 bought of Thomas Ayers. Also a Twelve Acre Lot 
of Land in Durham at the Hook so called — 

To Smith Emerson for his Share Fifty Acres of Land in Dur- 
ham at New Town so called Beginning at the River by New 
Town Road near the Bridge, and running by said River North- 
erly 136 Rods to Land of Col° Samuel Smith, then 46^2 Rods by 
said Smiths Land to Land of Solomon Emerson Esq' then South 
77 degrees West 49 Rods by said Emerson s Land to the Thirds, 
then South 2}4. degrees West 86 Rods by the Thirds, then South 
75 degrees West 34/^ Rods by said Thirds, then South 2>^ 
degrees West i6>2 Rods by the Thirds to New Town Road then 
Easterly by said Road to the Bounds first mentioned with the 
Buildings & Orchard standing thereon . Also One Third part of a 
Gristmill standing on the Northerly part of said Farm with 
the Priviledge of Passing and Repassing to & from the Same — 

To Abigail Burnham Daughter of the deceas'd for her Share 
One Hundred & Forty Two Acres of Land in Barrington at a 
Place called Canaan. Also One Hundred Acres of Land in Bar- 
rington afores*^ in said Province being part of a Lot Number'd 
120. Also the Sixth Part of a Lot or Share in Durham called the 
Hook. Also the Sixth part of a Five Acre Lot in Durham at 
North River so called. Also a Five Acre Lot at North River 
aforesaid. Also fifty five Rods of Land at the Falls in Durham 
near the Parsonage House. Also an Island lying between Fox 
Point and Headers Point known by the name of Goat Island. 
Also Three Acres of Land in Durham at New Town near Eli 
Clark's — 

To Elizabeth Emerson for her Share Part of the Farm at Dur- 
ham at New Town aforesaid, Begin'ing at the South West corner 
of said Farm by the Road & running Northerly by Land of 
Daniel Chesley i ']2 Rods to Oyester River, then Easterly by said 
River 42 Rods to Land of Solomon Emerson Esq% then South 17 
degrees East 63 Rods by said Emersons Land, then South 77 
degrees West 3 Rods, then South 2]4. degrees West 104 Rods by 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 289 

the Thirds to New Town Road, then Westerly by the Road 3 

Rods to the Bounds first mentioned, containing Thirty five 

Acres. Also Sixty Acres of Land in the Second Division in 

Rochester in said Province being part of the Lot Numbered 64. 

Also Fifty Acres of Land in the Third Division in said Rochester 

being part of the Lot Number'd 106, drawn to John Muncey & 

others — 

Hubbard Stevens 

Joseph Sias 

Jonathan Woodman 

Moses Emerson 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £4251. 16. o; 
expenditures, £3392. 9. o; allowed July 30, 1760.] 

[Petition of John Sullivan Dec. 20, 1770, in behalf of Jeremiah 
Burnham, Jr., and wife Abigail, and Timothy Emerson for 
further accounting by the administrators.] 

Rockingham ss. We the Subscribers being appointed a Com- 
mittee by the Hon^'^ John Wentworth Esq"^ Judge of the Probate 
of Wills &c for s^ County by a Warrant to us Dated Sep' 30th 
1772 to view the Real Estate of Timothy Emerson late of Dur- 
ham in s'* County Deceased which was set off as the Thirds of 
Mary his late Wife, late Mary Atkinson, and see if the same is 
capable of a Division into five Shares, And if so to divide s"^ 
Estate among the Children of said deceased. — Pursuant to the 
beforementioned Warrant we have viewed s^ Estate, and sett off 
the several Shares as follows viz — 

To Timothy Emerson for his two Shares Six Acres and Sixteen 
Square Rods of Land in Lee in the County afores^ beginning by 
Newtown Road (so called) three Rods Easterly from Daniel 
Chesley's south East corner bounds. And from thence running 
North Two degees & a half East forty Six Rods to a Stake, 
thence Running North 77 degrees East thirty Six Rods to an 
Oak Tree Spotted, thence Running South 2>^ degrees West 27 
Rods to a pile of stones, thence South 75° West thirty four Rods, 



290 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to a pile of Stones, and from thence South two Degrees & a half 
I7>2 Rods to the aforementioned Road then Westerly one Rod 
and a half by s^ Road to the first Bound. — Also Nineteen Acres 
and a quarter of Land in Durham aforesaid adjoining to s<^ 
Emerson's Homestead beginning by the Road at the Easterly 
Corner of the Land Set off to Abigail Burnum out of s^ Estate, 
and running from a Stone in the Wall Lettered A B Easterly & 
Southerly by the Road to s'^ Emersons Field — thence by his 
Land South 72° West Seventy Eight Rods to Land of John 
Woodman, then westerly by said Woodmans Land to a small 
Hemlock spotted standing near the fence at the Southerly Corner 
of s^ Abigail Burnum's Land, and from thence running Easterly 
by said Abigails Land to the Rock in the Wall aforementioned. 

To Smith Emerson for his share we have set off Twelve Acres 
and Ninety Six Rods of Land in Lee afores"^ adjoining to his 
Homestead running as follows viz beginning at a Stake at the 
North West Corner of the Land set off to Timothy Emerson & 
from thence running North 2^° East fifty Eight Rods to a pile 
of stones near land improved by Solomon Emerson from thence 
running North 77° East 36 Rods by s<^ Solomon's Land to an Oak 
Tree Spotted then running south 2>^° West fifty Eight Rods to 
an Oak Tree spotted and from thence South 77° West thirty Six 
Rods to the Stake aforementioned. — 

To Abigail Burnum we have set off fifteen Acres of Land in 
Durham aforesaid beginning by the High Way at a Rock in the 
Wall marked A B. at the North Westerly corner of Land set off to 
Timothy Emerson, and from thence running Westerly thirty 
three Rods and a half by said Highway to Land set off to Eliza- 
beth Chesley, from thence Running Westerly by s^ Elizabeth's 
Land to Land of John Woodman — and then by s^ Woodman's 
Land South forty five Degrees East thirty three Rods & a half to 
a small Hemlock spotted, and from thence on a Streight Line to 
the marked stone above mentioned — 

To Elizabeth Chesley we have set off Seventeen Acres And 
three quarters of an acre of Land in said Durham beginning at a 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 1 

Stake by the High Way at the Northerly Corner of Land set off 
to Abigail Burnum, and from thence running North 32° West by 
the Road 39^^ Rods to a Stone in the Wall marked J C at the 
North easterly Corner of Timothy Emersons Pasture from thence 
running South Sixty Seven" West Seventy two Rods by said 
Pasture to Land of John Woodman, from thence running by s^ 
Woodman's land South 22° East 32 Rods & South 45° East 4 
Rods to a small Hemlock spotted, And from thence on a streight 
line to the stake before mentioned — 

Stephen Jones 



Tho' Chesle 
Samuel Chesle 



[Attested Dec. 30, 1772.] 



EBENEZER DAVIS 1755 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Davis granted to his 
widow, Susanna Davis, May 7, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 276.] 

[Bond of Susanna Davis, widow, with Solomon Davis and 
Jabez Davis, husbandman, as sureties, all of Durham, in the sum 
of £1000, May 7, 1755, for the administration of the estate of 
Ebenezer Davis of Durham; witnesses, Anna Freese, Walter 
Bryent.] 

[Warrant, May 7, 1755, authorizing Walter Bryent of New- 
market, gentleman, and John Crockett of Durham, husband- 
man, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1755; amount, £3441. 8. o; signed by 
Walter Bryent and John Crockett.] 



292 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JONATHAN WADLEIGH 1755 BRENTWOOD 

The Last Will and Testament of Jonathan Wadleigh of Brent- 
wood in the Province of New Hampshire Husbandman; Made 
the 10*'' Day of May Anno Domini 1755. Being in health of 
Body * * * 

Imprimis, I Give devise and Bequeath my Dwelling House, 
Barn Orchard, and the whole of my Land where I now Live being 
Bounded as follows (Viz:) Beginning at a Spruce Tree marked 
R. T. W. from thence Running fifty Rods West to a White Oak 
Tree marked R. W. from thence Running Eight Score Rods 
North to a maple Tree marked J, W. R. from thence running 
East to a Hemlock Tree marked W. R. T. from thence running to 
the Tree first mentioned To my two Sons Jonathan Wadleigh, 
and John Wadleigh to them their Heirs and assigns forever. To 
be equally divided between them for Quantity and Quality. 
And also all my Horse kind, & all my Stock of Cattle, Sheep & 
Swine; And all my moveables Without doors, And within Doors, 
of what denomination Soever ; to be Equally divided between my 
two Sons Jonathan and John they paying my Just Debts, Fun- 
eral Expences & Legacies Equally between them. 

Item, I Give devise and Bequeath to my well beloved wife 
Sarah Wadleigh Two Hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid her 
within Twelve months after My decease by my two Sons Jona- 
than and John, She Quiting her Right of Dowry. 

Item, I Give devise and Bequeath unto my Son Robert Wad- 
leigh Twenty Pounds (old Tenor) besides what I have already 
given him, to be paid by my two Sons Jonathan, and John Wad- 
leigh within Two years after my decease. 

Item. I Give devise & Bequeath unto my daughter Joanna 
Wadleigh one Hundred Pounds (old Tenor) to be paid her by her 
brothers Jonathan and John Within Two years after my de- 
cease — 

Item. I Give devise and Bequeath unto my daughter Rachel 
Wadleigh One Hundred Pounds (old Tenor) to be paid her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 293 

within two Years After my decease by my Two Sons Jonathan 

and John Wadleigh 

Lastly I do hereby Nominate and appoint my Son Jonathan 

Wadleigh to be Sole Executor * * * 

* his 

Jonathan X Wadleigh 
mark 
[Witnesses] Sam'^ Folsom, John Odlin jun^ Eliphalet Lord. 
[Proved Oct. 27, 1756. Jonathan Wadleigh, named as execu- 
tor, being deceased, administration, with will annexed, was 
granted to his brother, Joseph Wadleigh.] 

[Bond of Joseph Wadleigh of Brentwood, yeoman, with James 
Leavitt, gentleman, and Jonathan Gilman, trader, both of 
Exeter, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 27, 1756, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate; witnesses, none.] 

[Inventory, Nov. i, 1756; amount, £2114. 17. o; signed by 
Benjamin Veasey and Elisha Sanborn.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £908. 17. o; 
expenditures, £710. 12, 9; allowed Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of John Wadleigh, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Jonathan Wadleigh of Brentwood, yeoman, granted 
to Joseph Wadleigh of Brentwood March 31, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 465.] 

[Bond of Joseph Wadleigh of Brentwood, with Philip Wad- 
leigh of Exeter and Samuel Fogg of North Hampton as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000, March 31, 1760, for the guardianship of 
John Wadleigh of Exeter; witnesses, James McDonough, Winer 
Thorpe.] 



JOHN QUIMBY, JR. 1755 KINGSTON 

In the Name of god Amen the fourteenth Day of may In the 
year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred & fifty five ; 
I John Quimby ju"" of Kingston In the Province of Newhamp- 



294 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

shire in Newengland Joiner, Being Very Sick and Weak in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis, I give and Devise unto Marcy my Well Beloved 
Wife all my Estate Real and Personal, the Real Estate is aboute 
four Acres of Land Laying and Being in kingston afores** on the 
south side of the Road that Leadeth from kingston to Chester, 
Eight Rods upon S'^ Road and then Runing South untill it will 
Contain four acres and is Bounded on the west By Land of the 
heirs of Nathaniel Dearbon and on the East By Land of Pain 
Row, With a Dwelling house Standing thereon To have and To 
hold S"* Real Estate to her My S'^ Wife and her assigns And I Do 
hear By Constitute and appoint Marcy My Wife to be the Sole 
Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, And I Do hereby 
order and appoint that my Lawful Debts and funeral Charges 
Be all Paid out of my Estate and my two Children to be brought 
up and the Remainder to be my Wifes Be it Whatsoever it Will 
or Wheresoever it may be found as is Before Mentioned * * * 

his 
John X Quimby ju' 
Mark 

[Witnesses] James Lowell, William Eastman, Benjamin 
Sweat. 

[Proved May 28, 1755.] 

[Bond of Mercy Quimby, widow, with Benjamin Swett, yeo- 
man, as surety, both of Kingston, in the sum of £500, May 28, 
I755> for the execution of the will; witnesses, Jonathan Blanch- 
ard, Nathaniel Batchelder.] 



NATHANIEL BARTLETT 1755 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Bartlett of Exeter, 
gentleman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Bartlett, May 15, 

I755-] 

(Probate Records, vol, 19, p. 292.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 295 

[Bond of Elizabeth Bartlett, with Ebenezer Light of Exeter, 
feltmaker, and John Dennett of Portsmouth, gentleman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 15, 1755, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, Francis Beckett, Samuel Gilman.] 

[Inventory, June 3, 1755; amount, £14,836. 2. 8; signed by 
Josiah Sanborn and John Rice.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1761, authorizing John Odlin, Nathaniel 
Folsom, gentlemen, John Dudley, Josiah Barker, and Stephen 
Thing, yeomen, all of Exeter, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of | Pursuant to a Warrant From the Hon^'" 
New Hampshire / Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of 
Wills &c for Said Province to us the Subscribers Directed to 
Divide the Real Estate of Nathaniel Bartlett late of Exeter in 
Said Province Gentleman Deceas'd Intestate, Among the Widow 
& Children of Said Intestate — 

We have Allotted and Set off to Eliphalet Hale of Said Exeter 
Physician and Elizabeth his wife who was the wife of the Said 
Intestate For her Dower which happens to her of Said Real Es- 
tate of which he Died Seiz'd A Certain Part of the Mansion 
house, orchard & Tanyard Adjoyning thereto Containing by 
Admeasurement one acre & fifty nine rods bounded as Follows 
Viz* Begining at the South Easterly Corner of the Homestead at 
the Highway & Adjoyning to Doct' Josiah Oilman's Land and 
from thence to run South Seventy Six Degrees West Six rods 
four feet and an half by the highway. Then to run North fifteen 
Degrees West Two rods & fourteen feet through the Said Man- 
sion house to the Northerly Side thereof Thence North Seventy 
Six Degrees East Twelve feet and an half thence runs North 
fourteen Degrees West Through the Tanyard & Tan house till it 
Comes to the Widow Sarah Bowden's land to a Stake that stands 
South Eighty five Degrees West Six rods & three Quarters of a 
rod from the North East Corner of Said Homestead, Thence 
North Eighty five Degrees E^st Six rods & three Quarters of a rod 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to the Said North East Corner, Thence runing Southerly on the 
Easterly Side of Said Homestead to the bounds first begun at 
And also the Whole of the Pasture lying on the South Westerly 
Side of the Little river in Exeter aforesaid Containing about 
Thirteen acres and an half acre and Adjoyns to Lands of Joseph 
Swasey & Lands of Deacon John Lord & lands of John Deane & 
Lands of Benjamin Philbrick — And also Twenty three acres of 
Land lying in Brintwood in the first range of Lotts it being part 
of John Moody's Common right Originally — and is to begin at 
the North Easterly Corner of the Lott N° one hundred & Twenty 
Seven and from thence to run West & by North as the Lotts in 
Said Range runs, to the Chester Line, And then to Extend South 
& by West So farr as to Comprehend Twenty three acres & To be 
a Parralel Line on Each Side with the Dividing line between the 
Lotts in Said Range, All which Premises We have Sett off to the 
Said Eliphalet Hale & Elizabeth his wife To Hold to them as her 
Dower in the Said Real Estate During the Term of the Natural 
life of the Said Elizabeth — 

And to the Said Eliphalet Hale and Elizabeth his wife in her 
Right as the Next of Kin to her Eldest Son Deceas'd who was the 
Eldest Son of the Said Intestate (and Survived him) We have 
Allotted and Sett off Three Acres of Land at the Westerly End of 
the Homestead in Exeter aforesaid Bounded as Follows viz Be- 
ginning at the South Westerly Corner of Said Homested at the 
Highway at M"" Daniel Thing's Land, and from thence to run 
Northerly by Said Things land till it Comes to the aforesaid Sarah 
Bowden's land Then by her Land North Eighty five Degrees 
East — Seven rods & Six feet. Thence South Ten Degrees East 
to the aforesaid Highway, Thence South Seventy Six Degrees 
West fourteen rods fourteen feet & an half to the bounds begun 
at — And also About Thirty acres more or Less of Pasture & 
meadow Land in Exeter aforesaid on the Easterly Side of the 
Little river & bounded as Follows viz begining at the W^esterly 
Corner of M"^ Richard Smith's Tanyard at the Highway & from 
thence to run South Sixty Degrees West Ten rods by the high- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 297 

way, Thence runing about South Westerly about Seventy one 
rods to the Little river Thence bounding on the Said Little river 
Downwards till it Comes to Major Daniel Oilman's Land, 
Thence North fourteen rods, then North Sixty Seven Degrees 
East three rods, Thence North Seventeen Degrees East four 
Rods, Thence North Twenty five Degrees West one hundred & 
fourteen rods to the bounds begun at — And also Thirteen acres 
of Land in Brintwood being Part of the aforesaid John Moody's 
Com 'on Right and is to begin at the Easterly End of the Lott N° 
one hundred & Twenty Six and to Extend West & by North 
Carrying the whole Breadth of the Said Lott to the Chester Line 
— \\^hich Premises we have Sett off to the Said Eliphalet & 
Elizabeth in her right in fee in Severalty Forever as Next of Kin 
to her Said Son — 

And to Trueworthy Gilman Jun' & Elizabeth his wife in her 
right (she being a Daughter of the Said Intestate) We have 
Allotted & Sett off for her Share in the Said Real Estate, One 
Acre and an half acre & Seventeen rods of Land, Part of the Said 
Homestead with the Westerly part of the Mansion house Stand- 
ing thereon, and the Well, and the Cellar under the Said house, 
(Excepting one half of The Cellar & one half the Priviledge of the 
Well, which we hereby Sett of to the Said Eliphalet Hale & 
Elizabeth his wife as part of her Dower During her Natural Life 
as aforesaid) — The Said Land being bounded as Follows viz 
begining at the Highway at the South Westerly Corner of that 
part of Said Homestead before Sett of to the Said Eliphalet & 
Elizabeth for her Dower, and from thence to run by Said High- 
way South Seventy Six Degrees West Seven rods fifteen feet & 
three Inches to a Stake, Thence North Twelve Degrees & an half 
West till it Comes to the Said Sarah Bowden's Land to a Stake 
Standing South Eighty five Degrees West Seven rods from the 
North Westerly Corner of the Said Dower Thence North Eighty 
five Degrees East to the Said Corner, Thence by the Said Dower 
to the bounds begun at — And also Fourteen acres of Land more 
or Less in Brintwood aforesaid, it being all the remainder of that 



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Common right which was John Moodys, & not herein before Sett 
off to the Said Eliphalet & Elizabeth in manner aforesaid and is 
to begin at the Southerly Side of that part of the Said Common 
right herein before set off as Dower, & to Extend South & by 
West Carrying the Whole Length of the Lotts till it Compre- 
hends all the Remainder of the Said Common right — Which 
Premisses We have Set off to the said Trueworthy Oilman Jun' 
& Elizabeth his wife in her right for her share of the Said Real 
Estate To Hold in Fee in Severalty forever — And also to the 
Said Trueworthy & Elizabeth his wife we have Sett off one whole 
right or Proprietors share in the Township of Gilmantown in said 
Province To Hold to the said Trueworthy & Elizabeth in her 
right in fee in Severalty forever 

And to Dorothy Bartlett a Daughter of the Said Intestate We 
have Allotted & set off for her share in the Said Real Estate one 
acre & an half and Seventeen rods of Land being a part of the 
Said Homestead with the Barn standing thereon & bounded as 
Follows viz Begining at the Highway at the South Westerly 
Comer of that part of Said Homestead herein before Set off to 
the Said Trueworthy & Elizabeth, and from thence to run South 
Seventy Six Degrees West by the Said Highway Seven rods fif- 
teen feet & three Inches to a Stake, Thence North Ten Degrees 
West till it Comes to the Said Sarah Bowden's Land Thence 
North Eighty five Degrees East Six rods to the Northwesterly 
Corner of the Said Lott herein before Set off to the Said True- 
worthy & Elizabeth — and then on a Strait Line to the bounds 
begun at — And Also Seven Acres & one hundred & Twenty five 
rods in Exeter aforesaid lying on the Southerly Side of the Road 
Leading towards Kingston & bounded Northerly by the Said 
Road, Northwesterly by land in Possession of Sommersbe Gil- 
man, South Westerly by land of Martha Philbrick, South 
Easterly by the way Leading to the Neck So Called, North 
Easterly by land of Major Daniel Oilman & South Easterly by 
his Said Land to the Road aforesaid — Which Premisses we have 
Sett off to the Said Dorothy Bartlett as her share in the Said 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 299 

Real Estate To Hold to her in fee in Severalty forever — In 
Testimony whereof We have hereunto Set our hands this Sev- 
enth day of May Anno Domini 1761. — 

John Odlin 
Nath'^ Folsom 
John Dudley 
Josiah Barker 
Stephen Thing , 



Committe 



SAMUEL SMITH 1755 DURHAM 

In the name of God amen the Sixteenth day of may in the 
Year of our Lord God One thousand Seven hundred and fifty five 
I Samuel Smith of the Town of Durham in the Province of New 
Hamp"" in New England being sick and weak in Body * * * 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Mary Emerson 
widow of Timothy Emerson late of Durham Deceas'd Fifteen 
hundred pounds old Tenor money to be rais'd and Levy'd out of 
my Estate and paid by my Executor within five years after my 
Decease at five Equal payments viz three hundred pounds old 
Tenor yearly and every year till the whole Sum be Compleated 
and paid — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Eliz* Emerson 
wife of Solomon Emerson Fifteen hundred pounds old Tenor 
money to be rais'd and Levy'd out of my Estate and paid by my 
Executor within five years after my decease at five Equal pay- 
ments viz' three hundred pounds old Tenor yearly and every 
year till the whole Sum be Compleated and paid — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Hannah Waldron 
wife of Richard Waldron Fifteen hundred pounds old Tenor 
money to be rais'd and Levy'd out of my Estate and paid by my 
Executor within five years after my decease at five Equal pay- 
ments viz* three hundred pounds old Tenor yearly and every 
year till the whole Sum be Compleated and paid — 



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Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Tem prance Var- 
ney wife of Joseph Varney Fifteen hundred pounds old Tenor 
money to be rais'd and Levy'd out of my Estate and paid by my 
Executor within five years after my Decease at five Equal pay- 
ments viz*^ three hundred pound old Tenor yearly and every year 
till the whole Sum be Compleated and paid 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Sarah Chesle wife 
of Lemuel Chesle Fifteen hundred pounds old Tenor money to be 
rais'd and Levy'd out of my Estate and paid by my Executor 
within five years after my Decease at five Equal payments viz* 
three hundred pound yearly and every year till the whole Sum be 
Compleated and Paid — 

Item I will bequeath my Son in Law John Knight Husband of 
my Daughter Patience deceased five hundred pounds old Tenor 
money to be rais'd and Levy'd out of my Estate And paid by my 
Executor within five years after my Decease at five Equal pay- 
ments Viz* One hundred pounds old Tenor yearly and every year 
till the whole Sum be Compleated and Paid — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Grand Son Joseph Emerson 
son of Eliz^ Emerson five hundred pounds old Tenor to be rais'd 
and Levy'd out of my Estate and paid by my Executor within 
five years at five Equal payments till the whole Sum be Com- 
pleated and Paid — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son Joseph Smith his heirs 
and assigns forever all my farm or homested Estate where I now 
live in the Town of Durham and Dover in the Province of New 
Hampshire with all Previlidges whatsoever thereunto belonging 
and Enjoyed : Also I give my Said Son Joseph Smith all the Re- 
mainder rest and residue of my Estate Real and Personal what- 
soever and wheresoever to him and his heirs forever whom Like- 
wise I do Ordain and Constitute my Sole Executor * * * 

Samuel Smith 

[Witnesses] W™ Jenkins, Nathanel Lamas, Hercules Moony. 
[Proved May 28, 1760.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3OI 

[Bond of Joseph Smith of Durham, with Benjamin Smith of 
Durham, gentleman, and William Jenkins of Dover as sureties, 
in the sum of £10,000, May 28, 1760, for the execution of the 
will; witnesses, Hubartus Neal, Thomas Young.] 



JONATHAN BIGELOW 1755 CHARLESTOWN 

In the name of God Amen This 23"* Day of May 1755. I 
Jonathan Bigelow of Charlestown in the province of New 
hamshire on Connecticut River, Being by the providence of God 
Cast into Colchester in the County of Hartford, And being weak 
and indisposed in body * * * 

Item. I Give and Bequeath unto my Well beloved Wife 
Mary Bigelow the Use of one third part of my Dwelling house So 
long as She Shall remain my widdow and furthermore my will is 
and I do give unto my S"^ wife all my household goods further- 
more I give & bequeath unto my S<^ wife the use and improvment 
of the one third part of my land. So long as She Shall remain my 
widdow. 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter 
Mary Brooks the wife of Nathan Brooks of Harvad in the County 
of Worcester in the province of the Massachusits-Bay forty 
Shillings lawful money of the province above S"^ together with 
what She hath already received. 

Item My will is and I do give and bequeath unto my well 
beloved Daughter Mindwel Frost the wife of John Frost of 
Groaton in the County of Middle Sex in the province above S** 
Twenty Shillings Lawful money of the province above S*^ to- 
gether with what She hath already received. 

Item my will is and I do give and Bequeath unto my well be- 
loved Daughter Meriam Bigelow five pounds Six Shillings and 
Eight pence lawfull money of the province of the Massachusits 
bay. 



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Item My will is and I do give and bequeath unto my well Be- 
loved Son Jonathan Bigelow, Two third parts of all my lands laid 
out or to be laid out in the township of Rockingham the province 
of New hamshire above Said together with all the husbandry 
utensals and moveables out of a Door excepting the best draught 
Chain. 

Item My will is and I do give unto my well beloved Daughter 
Elisabeth Bigelow forty Shillings lawful money of the province of 
the Massachesits Bay. 

And further my will is that my S<* Daughter Should Continue 
to Dwell with Captain Seth Field of Northfield where She now is 
until She arive to the age of Eighteen years if providence Should 
Continue her life. 

Item My Will is and I give and bequeath unto my well beloved 
Daughter Sarah Bigelow forty Shillings Lawful money of the 
province of the Massachusits Bay. 

Item unto my well beloved Son Aaron Bigelow I Give and 
Bequeath the one third part of my lands laid out or to be laid out 
in the township of Rockingham in the province of Newhamshire 
above S*^ and also my best draught Chain. 

Item Furthermore my will is that these two last mentioned viz 
Sarah Bigelow and Aaron Bigelow Shall be bound out to good 
places at the discreation of the Execators — 

Furthermore my will is and I do order that my Son Jonathan 
Bigelow above S'^ Shall pay unto his Sister Mary Brooks the wife 
of Nathan Brooks above S'^ forty Shillings lawful money as 
above S'^ of the province above S^ within one year after that he 
the S*^ Jonathan Bigelow Shall arive to the Age of twenty one 
years. Also my Will is that my above S*^ Son Jonathan Bigelow 
Shall pay unto my Daughter Mindwel Frost above S"^ twenty 
Shillings lawful money of the province above S^ within one 
year after he the S*^ Jonathan Bigelow Shall arive to the Age of 
Twenty one years, further more my will is and I do order that he 
the S"* Jonathan Bigelow Shall pay unto my Daughter Meriam 
Bigelow above S'^ five pounds Six Shillings and Eight pence law- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 303 

ful money of the province above 5*^ within one year after that he 
the S'^ Jonathan Bigelow Shall arive to the Age of twenty one 
years 

Item My Will is and I do Order that my Son Aaron Bigelow 
above S^ Shall pay unto his Sister Elizabeth Bigelow forty lawful 
money of the province above S^ and unto his Sister Sarah Bige- 
low forty Shillings lawful money within Six months after the S** 
Aaron Bigelow Shall arive to the Age of twenty one years, 

Further more my will is that if it Should please God to remove 
either of my above S'' Sons out of this world by Death before 
they Shall Arive at the age of twenty one years, then my Will is 
that the Surviving brother Shall have all that by virtue of this 
will appertains to him he paying the legases as above Said. 

Furthermore my Will is and I do her by Nominate and ap- 
point my well beloved Wife Mary Bigelow to be Execatrix and 
M"^ Ebenezer Putnum to be Executer * * * 

Jona"* Bigelow 

[Witnesses] Andrew Carrier, Ebnezer mackall, David Bigelow. 

[Proved Feb. 23, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of Aaron Bigelow, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Jonathan Bigelow of Rockingham, Vt., granted to 
Wilder Willard of Brattleborough, Vt., Jan. 15, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 307.] 



ELIHU HAYES I755 DOVER 

[^Administration de bonis non on the estate of Elihu Hayes of 
Dover, yeoman, granted to Moses Stevens of Dover, tanner, 

May 28, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 292.] 



304 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOSEPH EDGERLY 1755 ROCHESTER 

[Bond of John Dore of Rochester, yeoman, with Abijah 
Stevens and William Grant, both of Somersworth, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 28, 1755, for the administra- 
tion de bonis non of the estate of Joseph Edgeriy; witnesses, 
James Caldwell, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory of the personal estate of Joseph Edgeriy of Roches- 
ter, June 12, 1755; amount, £85. 7. o; signed by Joseph Famum 
and Ephraim Blaisdell.] 



JOSHUA GRANT 1755 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Joshua Grant granted to 
William Grant May 28, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 287.] 

[Bond of William Grant, with Benjamin Twombly and Love 
Roberts, husbandmen, as sureties, all of Somersworth, in the 
sum of £1000, May 28, 1755, for the administration of the estate 
of Joshua Grant of Somersworth, cordwainer; witnesses, James 
Caldwell, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1755, authorizing Moses Carr and Moses 
Stevens, both of Somersworth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 25, 1755; amount, £112. 12. o; signed by 
Moses Carr and Moses Stevens.] 



STEPHEN CHASE 1755 HUDSON 

In the Name of God Amen 

The Fourth day of June anno Domini 1755, I Stephen Chase 
of Noting"" West in the Province of New Hamshire in New 
Engled yeoman * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 305 

I give and bequeath to Thankful my dearly beloved Wife the 
improvement of the Third part of all my Estate and buildings 
I give and bequeath to my Sons Henrey and Moses, all that 
part of my farm which Lays on the East Side of the Cuntry road 
Bounded Northerly by Land of Cap" Thomas Colburn Easterly 
and Southerly by Land of George Bums, to be Equally Divided 
in quantity and quality and that my son Henry have the North 
side 

I give and bequeath to my Sons Stephen and Samuel my home 
farm from Merrimake river to the cuntry road on the East End, 
Equally to be divided in quantity and quality and that my Son 
Stephen have all my buildings and all my Stock of catle Sheep 
Horses and Swine and all my Husbandry Tools and if my Son 
Samuel should di before marriage that my Son Stephen Shall 
have the whole of Said homeplace, and also that I constitute my 
Son Stephen to be my Sole Executor of this my Last will and 
Testament and that he pay and receive all my debts, and pay the 
Legacies hereafter mentioned. 

I give and bequeath to my Son Joshua all my interest in Dav- 
enports farm so called, and if he should die before marriage the 
Land herein Willd to him to return Equally to the Surviving 
Brothers. 

And also if my Son moses should die before marriage that the 
Lands herein Willd to him return to my Son Henry 

I also give to my Sons Stephen and Moses all interest in the 
mills which are on Musquash Brook so called upon their paying 
the Cost which is behind relating to said Mills 

I also order my Son Stephen as my Executor, if he Exact 
payment of a note of Thirty or Thirty one Pounds old Tenor of 
his Brother Henrey which he now hath against him, that he shall 
pay to my Son Henry the Sum of Fivety Pounds old Tenor upon 
demand 

I give and bequeath to My Daughter Gemina Thirston the 
Sum of Five Pounds old Tenor to be payed by my Excutor within 
two years after my Decease 



306 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

I give and bequeath to the heirs of my Daughter Thomason 
Merril Deceased the Sum of Twenty Five Pounds old Tenor to 
be payed by my Executor within two years after my decease 

I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Cumings the Sum 
of Twenty Pounds old Tenor to be payed by my Executor within 
two years after my Decease 

I also give to my Daughter Gemina, the heirs of my Daughter 
Thomason Deceased, and my Daugter Sarah, all the household 
Goods Left by my first Wife to be Equally Devided between 
them * * * 

Stephen Chase 

[Witnesses] Thomas Colburn, David Lawrance, Nath^ Merril. 
[Proved June 22, 1756.] 

[Warrant, June 23, 1756, authorizing Ezekiel Chase and 
Thomas Colburn, gentleman, both of Nottingham West, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 6, 1756; amount, £4592. o. o; signed by 
Ezekiel Chase and Thomas Colburn.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Chase, aged less than 14 years, son 
of Stephen Chase, granted to Stephen Chase of Nottingham 
West June 23, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 585.] 

[Bond of Stephen Chase, with George Burns as surety, both of 
Nottingham West, yeomen, in the sum of £500, June 23, 1756, 
for the guardianship of Samuel Chase; witnesses, Jonathan 
Blanchard, Joseph Blanchard.] 

[Guardianship of Moses Chase and Joshua Chase, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, sons of Stephen Chase, granted to 
Henry Chase of Nottingham West, yeoman, June 23, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 164.] 

[Bond of Henry Chase, with Jeremiah Blodgett and Ebenezer 
Blodgett as sureties, all of Nottingham West, in the sum of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 307 

£1000, June 23, 1756, for the guardianship of Moses Chase and 
Joshua Chase; witnesses, Benjamin [illegible], Ezekiel Chase.] 



SAMUEL YOUNG 1755 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen the fourth Day of June in the year 
of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred and fifty five I 
Samuel Young of Dover in the province of new Hampshire 
husbandman being bound on the Expedition to Crown point and 
not Knowing whether I may return to my family again * * * 

Item I give unto my well beloved Wife Hannah the use & Im- 
provement of my whole Estate both real and Personal During 
her widowhood or at Least untill She Shall marry another man 
and then to Share only as the law Directs as to widows Dower 

Item I Give to my Eldest Son Noah all my right & Intrest in 
the Saw mill CalH Paul Gerrishes mill being the Sixteenth part 
thereof with all the Privildges & appurtenances thereto belonging 
also the one half of my right or Share in a new Township Granted 
me by the Purchasers of Cap* John Tufton Masons right being 
the half of an whole Share in the Middle Township at the head 
of Rochester also one good Cow or a yoak of Stears equal there 
to as he Shall Chose to take also an equal part of my Stock of 
Cretures to be equally Divided with y^ rest of his brothers 

Item I give to two of my Son viz' Samuel and Jonathan all my 
homsted farm where I now Dwell with all the Eddifices & build- 
ings thereon equally Divided between them their heirs & assigns 
forever they paying out the Legacies hereafter mentioned I also 
give unto the Said Sam* & Jonathan an equal Share of all the 
Stock of Cretures of every kind that Shall be left at the time of 
my Decease equally Divided between them & their other 
brothers Item I give to my Son Moses & to my Son John the 
half of my right or share in the new Township Called the Middle 
Township Lying at the Head of Rochester Lately Granted by 
the Purchesers of Cap* John Tufton Masons right their brother 



308 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Noah having the other half of said right I also give to my Said 
Sons moses & John an equal share in all my Stock of Cretures of 
every sort or kind that shall be Left at the time of my Decease 
in equal Degree with the rest of their brothers & also Twenty 
pounds old Tenor to each of them to be paid them by their 
brothers viz* Sam' & Jon" within one year after my Decease — 
and my will is that in Case Either of My Said Sons Should Die 
without Issue Lawfully begotten of their body before the Settle- 
ment thereof be fully accomplished then Such part to be equally 
Divided amongst the rest of the brothers Item I give to my 
Daughter Lydia Perkins My Daughter Kezia and my Daughter 
Susanna one hundred & fifty pounds old Tenor that is to Say 
fifty pounds old Tenor to Each Either in money or Species at 
the then market prices to be paid unto them within two years 
after my Decease by My Sons viz* Sam' & Jon* I also give to my 
three Daughters above named all my household goods & furni- 
ture of ever kind or nature whatsoever equally Divided between 
them and to be Delivered them by my Said Executrix at her 
Discretion & in Case either of my Said Daughters Should Dye 
with out Issue then Such part to be Equally Divided amongst 
the Surviving Daughters Item I Constitute & & appoint my 
well beloved wife Hannah Sole Executrix * * * 

Samuel Young 

[Witnesses] Jos. Hanson, Solomon Hanson, John Hanson. 
[Proved May 27, 1761.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 18, 1761; amount, £4044. 15. o; signed by 
Paul Gerrish and Solomon Hanson.] 



JOHN TAYLOR 1755 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Taylor granted to his 
widow, Mary Taylor, June 10, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 309.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3O9 

[Bond of Mary Taylor of Durham, with Thomas Wiggin and 
James Goodwin, both of Newmarket, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, June 10, 1755, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Joseph Mason, Nathan Taylor.] 

[Warrant, June lo, 1755, authorizing John Burleigh and Sam- 
uel Chapman, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 16, 1755; amount, £1489. 5. o; signed by 
John Burleigh and Samuel Chapman.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1756, authorizing Thomas Young, Samuel 
Brackett, yeoman, both of Newmarket, Benjamin Smith, 
Thomas Tash, and Joseph Thomas, gentlemen, all of Durham, 
to set off the widow's dower.] 

may the ^^^ 1756 pursuant to the within warrant we the Sub- 
scribres have set of to the within named Mary Taylor her Dower 
of the within mentioned Estate as followeth to Say five acres and 
a half of Land bounded as followeth beginning at the South East 
comer of the Lott of Land in the hook (so called) numbred 
Sixty and Runing about north fifty five degrees west to the way 
as it now goes : Then to Run as Said way now Runs twenty four 
Rods to a stake near to the Southeast corner of the dwelling 
house. Then to Run South fifty five degrees East to Land in 
possession of Samuel Keniston and from thence to the bound 
whare it began and also Two Rooms in the Easterly Eand of the 
said dwelling house namely one fire Room and one bed Room in 
the north East corner of s^ house and one third of the Seller 
under said Easterly Eand of Said house to gather with one third 
of the bam namely in the Easterly Eand thereof 

Thomas Young 
Benjamin Smith 
Tho' Tash 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £1371. 5. o; expenditures, £388. 15. o; mentions "two of 



3IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the children of Said Intestate under Seven years of age " ; allowed 
Jan. 23, 1757.] 

[List of claims against the estate Jan. 28, 1757; amount, 
£2030. o. o; signed by Joseph Smith and Thomas Young,] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £2030. o. o; amount 
distributed, £982. 10. o; allowed March 17, 1757.] 



BENJAMIN SMITH 1755 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen the Eleventh Day of June Anno 
Domini 1755 I Benjamin Smith of North Hampton in the prov- 
ince of New Hamp Shir in New England Husband man being 
weak of body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to Sarah my beloved wife the 
west End of my house from top to Botom and a privelidg in my 
other Suller and Likewise her goods that She Brought with her 
and that She have on hundred pounds of good pork and Sixty 
pounds of good beef and twelve boshels of inden Corn and three 
boshels of grain one half wheat the other Rie and two Boshels 
and one half of malt and fifteen pounds of flax from the swingle 
and the income of three good sheep and Likewise the income of 
two good Cows and Sufficient pine wood Cut fit for the fire and 
three barrils of Sider all the provisions above yearly and that she 
be provided with a horse for meeting and market and that she 
have Convenent mourning and Likewise that she have Con- 
venent sarse for Eating and a Convenant garding and that she 
be well provided for in time of sikeness and that she have a 
Coverled and two blankets that She made since heare and that 
she have the privelidg of the Dary this year thease things to be 
Continued to her as Long as She Remaine my widow — 

Item I give to my Son Benjamin Smith all my Land in Chester 
and Ipping Except fifty acres at the westerly End of the South- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3II 

erly Lot and five acres at the North Easterly Comer of the 
Northerly Lot I give him the Buldings on sd farm and that part 
of my marsh which is in the ox Common Lying with my Brother 
John and a privelidg of Cuting five loads of hay on my home 
place for two year yearly third year four the fourth year three 
the fifth year two Loads and Likewise one half of my husbandry 
tools and the half of the thirteen acres of Land I have in hampton 
town Lying by Jonathan tucks Land Runing from the Contry 
Rode to Jonathen Dearborns Land and one half of my Stock of 
Creators and one half my Books Except my Great Bible I give 
him also a fether bed and beding — 

Item I give to my Son Cristefir Smith all my Lands and marsh 
In hampton not alreadey Disposed of and fiftey acres of Land in 
Chester on the westerley End of my Southerly Lot and one half 
of my husbandry tools and one half of my Stock of Creetors and 
my great Bible and half the Rest of my Books and and a fether 
bed and beding and the Buldings on my home place & that he 
have a privilege of pasturing five years with my Son Benjamin 
at Chester 

Item I give to my Daughter Abigal molten five pounds in 
money old tenor to be paid five year hence — 

Item I give to my Daughter theodate Batchelder five pounds 
in money old tenor to be paid five year hence 

Item I give to my Daughter mary Smith five pounds in money 
old tenor to be paid five year hence and one third part of my 
Right in Bwo and to be fitted as well as her Sisters to keep house 
withall 

Item I give to my grand Son Josiah molten one third part of 
my Right in Bwo 

Item I give to my Grand Son Josiah Batchelder one third part 
of my Right in Bwo 

Item I order that my wive's Daughter Mary Thomas have a 
good fether bed & Beding and a good Cow next fall Come twelve 
months & that my sons see that she have them 

Item I order that my Son Cristepher pay the fifteen pounds 



312 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Legacies to his sisters and to Do one half toward the suport of 
his mother 

and my Son Benjamin the other half and my will is that my 
two sons have my waring Clothes Each one half 

Item I Do apoint Daniel Samborn and David page to be 
Executors * * * 

Benjamin Smith 

[Witnesses] Joseph Palmer, Abraham Tilton, Eben"^ Samborn. 
[Proved May 26, 1756.] 

[Inventory, June 3, 1756; amount, £13,399. H- o> signed by 
Samuel Fogg and Abraham Tilton.] 



JOHN TASKER 1755 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, this Twelfth Day of June Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty five. I John 
Tasker of Dover in y« Province of New-Hamps"" in New England 
Genf" * * * 

Imprimis, I Give & Bequeath unto my Wife Judith Tasker y" 
one third Part of my estate during y term of her natural Life, or 
her Proper Dowry as by Law Established. 

Item, I Give unto my Son William Tasker & to his Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, the one half Part of one Hundred and Nine 
Acres of Land Lying at y^ Hook, So Call'd, where he now lives, 
be y^ one half of s^ Land more or less, & also the one half of y* 
Dwelling House & Barn, & y^ one half of the orchard or orchards 
Standing & being upon S^ Land. 

Item, I Give unto my Son John Tasker & to his Heirs & as- 
signs for ever, one fourth Part of an Acre of Land where his 
Dwelling House & Barn now Stand, the Piece of Land which he 
now Improves for a Garden being part of it. I also Give to my 
S'* Son John & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever all my Part of that 



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Tract of Land in Harrington which I Purchased, together with 
James Davis Stephen Jones John Ham & Derry Pitman, of John 
Hardison. 

Item, I Give unto my Son Ebenezer Tasker & to his Heirs and 
Assigns for ever, all my Homestead Land, Except one Acre where 
y« meeting House Stands, & y^ fourth Part of an Acre which I 
have in this my last Will Given unto my Son John; I also Give 
unto my S** Son Ebenezer my Dwelling House & Barn & all other 
Buildings & orchard or orchards Standing & Being upon S^ 
Land. I also Give unto my S'* Son Ebenezer & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever Eighty Acres of Land to be Laid out in y" 
Common or undivided Lands in Dover afores'* which is Partly 
my own Common Right in S"* Dover, & Partly y^ Common 
Rights which I Purchased of Richard Wentworth, of Solomon 
Pirkins, & of William Weymouth. I also Give to my S*^ Son 
Ebenezer & to his Heirs & Assigns forever forty five acres of Land 
in Barrington afores*^ which I Purchased of Derry Pitman. I 
also Give unto my S^ Son Ebenezer Six oxen, & all my ox-Tack- 
ling, & all my farming Tackling & Utensils, & all my Cows, 
except Two which I have in this Will Given to my Daughter 
Rebecka Tasker; I also Give unto my S'^ Son Ebenezer Two 
Horses, & all my Horse-Tackling & Furniture, & all my Swine, 
& all my Sheep Except Six which I have in this Will Given to 
my Said Daughter Rebecka. 

Item, I Give unto my S** Sons William & Ebenezer, one Sixth 
Part of five Acres of Marsh Lying at y^ Hook afores'i in Equal 
Moieties between them; and also y« whole of my Part of y^ 
Grist-mill Standing at y« S<^ Hook in Equal Proportion, & also to 
Each of them one Third Part of my Part of y* Saw Mill Standing 
at y« S<i Hook; The other Third Part of my Part of S'J Saw-Mill, 
I Give to my Daughter in Law Rebecka Tasker, To her use & 
Improvement During y^ Term of her Present Widowhood, & in 
Case She Shall not Marry, then During y« Term of her Natural 
Life, but in Case She Shall marry then at her marriage I Give y" 
S"^ Third Part of s^ Mill, that is herein Conditionally given to y* 



314 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

s^ Rebecka, unto my Two Sons aforesd, viz; To William & 
Ebenezer, or in Case She Shall not Marry then at her Decease 
I Give y® Same to my S*^ Sons Will™ & Ebenezer I also Give to 
my Two Sons afores'^ viz Will"" & Ebenezer & to their Heirs & 
Assigns for ever forty Eight Acres of Land in Harrington afores<^ 
which I Purchased of Richard Tobey, in Equal Moieties between 
them. I also Give to my S'^ Son Will"" & to my Grand Son 
Samuel Tasker, y^ Son of my Son Sam^^ Tasker Deceas'd & to 
thier Heirs & Assigns for ever five Acres of Land to be Laid out 
in y^ Common or undivid Lands in Dover afores^ which I Pur- 
chased of Nathaniel Frost, to be Equally Divided between them. 
I also Give to my Two Sons afores*^ viz : Will"" & Ebenezer all my 
Carpenters Tools in Equal Proportion. 

Item, I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Davis one Case of 
Draws, one Yoke of Steers Coming in Three Years of age, & one 
Heifer, also Coming in Three Years of Age, And also one Hun- 
dred Pounds, old Tenor, To be Paid her by my Son William 
Tasker aforesd, within y" Term of Three Years after my Decease. 

Item, I Give to my Daughter Rebecka Tasker one Case of 
Draws, now in my House, one Feather Bed & Beding & all y* 
furniture belonging to y^ Same, & one large Brass Kittle, & also 
Two Cows, Two Heifers Coming in Three Years of Age, Six 
Sheep & one Mare. I also Give her my S*^ Daughter Rebecka 
five Hundred Pounds, old Tenor, to be Paid her by my Son 
Ebenezer aforesd, within y Term of Three Years after my 
Decease. 

Item, I Give unto my Grand Son Samuel Tasker afore men- 
tioned & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever, y one half Part of one 
Hundred & Nine Acres of Land, Lying at y^ Hook aforesd, where 
my Son Sam*' Tasker Deceas'd did live, be y^ one half of S** 
Land more or less, & also y* one half of y^ Dwelling House & 
Barn, & y^ one half of y« orchard or orchards Standing & Being 
upon S'* Land. But my Will is that my Daughter in Law 
Rebecka Tasker Shall have y® use & Improvement, Profit & In- 
come of y"= aboves'^ Land which I have herein Given to her Son 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3I5 

Sam'S & also y^ free use & Improvement of y« one half of y* 
Dwelling House, Barn & orchards, herein Given to her S<^ Son 
Sam'', During y Term of her Present Widowhood, And further 
my Will is that in Case my S^ Daughter in Law Rebecka Tasker, 
Shall Marry, before her S*^ Son Sam" Shall attain to y« Age of 
Twenty one Years, then my S*^ Executors Shall take y*= Estate, 
which I have herein Given to my S'' Grand Son Sam", into 
thier Care & Improvement, for his use & Benefit, untill he, my 
S"^ Grand Son Sam" Shall Arrive at y^ aforesd age of Twenty one 
Years. And my Will also further is, that my S<^ Grand Son 
Sam" Tasker Shall Pay unto my S'' Executors, or thier Heirs, 
one Hundred Pounds, old Tenor, or fifty Pounds, old Tenor, to 
Each of them. If the S^ Sam"'« Estate Shall Come into y* 
Hands of my Executors to Manage for him, then they Shall or 
may take the S** Hundred Pounds out of y*' Produce or Profit of 
S<* Estate; But in Case it Shall not Come into their Hands to 
manage Then my Will is that my S"* Grand Son Sam" Shall Pay 
them my S'^ Executors, or their Heirs, y^ S<^ Hundred Pounds, 
old Tenor, within y^ Term of Two Years after he Shall Arrive at 
y^ age of Twenty one Years. 

Item I Give to my Grand Daughter Betty Tasker one Feather 
Bed, now in y« Possession of her Mother, & also one Looking 
Glass; & my Will is that my Said Executors Shall take y" Care 
of, & keep them for my S'' Grand Daughter until She Shall arrive 
at y" age of Eighteen Years, or till her Marriage, which Shall 
first happen. I also Give to my S<^ Grand Daughter Betty Tasker 
one Hundred Pounds, old Tenor to be Paid her by my S'^ Grand 
Son Sam" Tasker within y Term of one Year after he Shall 
Arive at y^ age of Twenty one Years. 

Item, I Give unto my Grand Daughter Mary Tasker one 
Brass Kettle Containing about one Pail full, & one Small Iron 
Kettle; I also Give to my S'' Grand Daughter Mary Tasker one 
Hundred Pounds, old Tenor to be Paid her by my S** Grand Son 
Sam" Tasker within y Term of Two Years after he Shall Arrive 
at y® Age of Twenty one Years. 



31 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

And I do hereby Constitute make & Ordain my S*^ Sons Wil- 
liam & Ebenezer Tasker to be my Executors * * * 

John Tasker 

[Witnesses] Jonathan Thomson, Stephen Jones Ju% Joseph 
Atkinson. 

[Proved Nov. 25, 1761.] 



BENJAMIN GREEN 1755 EPPING 

In the name of God amen the Sixteenth Day of June 1755 I 
Benjamin Green of Eping in the Province of newhampsheir in 
new England farmer being well in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeath to my Brother John Green and 
his Heirs three hundred pounds in paseable bills of Credit old 
tener to be Raised and Levyed out of my Estate — 

Item I Give to my Brother Ephraim Green one half of all my 
Land in Eping and one half of my buldings and one half of all 
my Land in the Township of Bow all in the above said province 
to be the Said Ephraim Greens and his heirs and Assigns 

Itim I Give to my Sister Deborah Green her Heirs and as- 
signs one half of all my Land in Eping and one half of all my 
buldings and one half of all my Land in the township of Bow all 
in Said province I Likewise Constitute make & ordain my 
Brother Ephraim Green my Sole Executer * * * 

Benj* Green 

[Witnesses] David Robinson, Josiah Smith, Jonathan Dear- 
born. 

[Proved Dec. 18, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 18, 1755, authorizing David Stevens and John 
Dearborn, both of Stratham, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 29, 1756; amount, £2020. 13. o; signed by 
David Stevens and John Dearborn.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 317 

SAMUEL BROWN 1755 MOLLIS 

[Bond of Josiah Brown, with David Hubbard, yeoman, and 
Peter Powers, gentleman, as sureties, all of Hollis, in the sum 
of £1000, June 18, 1755, for the administration of the estate of 
Samuel Brown of Hollis; witnesses, John Goffe, Joseph Blan- 
chard.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 18, 1755; amount, £139. 9. 6; signed by 
Francis Worcester and Samuel Cummings.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £361. 9. 6, 
personal estate; expenditures, £784. 8. 9; allowed May 5, 1758.] 



JACOB SMITH, JR. 1755 BRENTWOOD 

In the Name of God Amen I Jacob Smith Jun' of the Parish 
of Brintwood in the Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land Husbandman * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Wife Jemima 
Smith and to her Disposal for Ever all my Moveable Estate both 
within Doors and without, and also all that Part of the moveable 
Estate that belongs to me, or that I now own in the Estate of my 
Hond : Father Jonathan Smith Late of Exeter Deceas'd 

Item I Give to my Well beloved Wife Jemima Smith the Use 
and Improvment of my Now Dwelling House and Barn and the 
Land adjoining y* Same and also the Use and Improvement of 
that Eight Acres of Land which I bought of my Brother Jonathan 
Smith, and James Dudley, And also the use & Improvement of 
y« whole of what I Now owne or ought to owne of y^ Real Estate 
of my Honoured Father Jonathan Smith Late of Exeter Deceas'd 
and to Come into Possession of y Same agreable to y** Last Will 
and Testament of my Hond : Father aforesd Deceas'd, untill my 
Son Henry Smith Shall arive at y^ full age of Twenty one Years, 
She bringing up my Sd Son and Providing for him During the 
Term of her Improving y« Estate as aforesd. And as my wife 



31 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Jemima Smith is Now Pregnant if She Should be Delivered with 
a Living Child, My Will is y* my Wife Shall bring up Sd Child 
also out of y Improvement or profits of my Estate, which I have 
given her, as above Mentioned. 

Item My Will is that If in Case my Wife afore Sd Should be 
Delivered with a Son that my Estate shall be Equally Divided 
between him & My Son Henry Smith aforesd Immediately after 
my Son Henry Shall arive at y* age of Twenty one Years, and if 
my Wife aforesd should be Delivered with a Daughter, My Will 
is that my Son Henry Should have all my Lands and Buildings, 
he Paying out to his Sister the follying Sums of Money (Viz) 
Two Hundred Pounds Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor 
at y^ age of Twenty one Years or Marriage, and Two Hundred 
Pounds Equal to Bills of Credit of y^ old Tenor in Three Years 
after the first Payment. 

Finally I do now Constitute and appoint My trusty and well 
beloved Brother Jonathan Smith of y^ Parish of Brentwood 
aforesd Cordwainer to be Sole Executor * * * 

In Witness whereof I do hereunto Set my hand and Seal This 
Twentyeth Day of June Anno Domini 1755 and in y^ 28*'' Year 
of his Majestys Reign ^^^^^ ^^.^^ .^ 

[Witnesses] Elisha Sanborn, Summersbee Gilman, Joshua 
Young. 

[Proved Nov. 26, 1755.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 27, 1755; amount, £3324. 15. o; signed by 
Elisha Sanborn and Biley Lyford.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £1639. 15. o; 
expenditures, £1405. 18. 4; allowed June 29, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of Jacob Smith, minor, son of Jacob Smith, Jr., 
granted to Jeremiah Bean March 9, 1759.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 203.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Bean, with James Robinson and Jonathan 
Smith as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the sum of £500, March 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3I9 

9, 1759, for the guardianship of Jacob Smith, aged less than 14 
years, son of Jacob Smith, Jr. ; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Langdon, Jr.] 



JONATHAN SNOW 1755 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Snow of Dunstable 
granted to his widow, Sarah Snow, June 23, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 310.] 

[Bond of Sarah Snow, with Thomas Colburn of Nottingham 
West and Joseph French of Dunstable, gentlemen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000, June 23, 1755, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Peter Powers, Joseph Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, attested June 28, 1755; amount, £2160. 14. o; 
signed by Thomas Colburn, Joseph French, and Daniel Searles.] 

[Additional inventory, Feb. 3, 1756; amount, £364. 14. 8; 
signed by Joseph French and Daniel Searles.] 

[List of claims against the estate, March 24, 1756; amount, 
£683. 13- 6.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Jonathan Perham 
and his wife Sarah; receipts, £1366. 5. 11; expenditures, £2065. 
9. I ; mentions "keeping i child of the Intestate under 7 years of 
age 36 weeks. * * * keeping the mother of the Intestate 
one year & Eleven months. * * * Nursing & tending the 
mother of said Intestate in her last sickness her funeral charges " ; 
allowed Oct. 31, 1765.] 



EBENEZER ROBERTS 1755 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Roberts of Somers- 
worth granted to his widow, Mary Roberts, June 25, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 297.] 



320 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Mary Roberts, with Ichabod Rollins, gentleman, and 
James Hobbs, mariner, as sureties, all of Somersworth, in the 
sum of £1000, June 25, 1755, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, June 25, 1755, authorizing James Hobbs, mariner, 
and Moses Stevens, tanner, both of Somersworth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 30, 1755; amount, £5802. 10. o; signed by 
James Hobbs and Moses Stevens.] 



JONATHAN GREELEY 1755 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Greeley of Kings- 
ton, gentleman, granted to his widow, Martha Greeley, June 25, 
1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 300.] 

[Bond of Martha Greeley, with Ebenezer Stevens and Jona- 
than Greeley as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £1000, 
June 25, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Nathaniel Muchmore.] 

[Warrant, June 25, 1755, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Ebenezer Stevens, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 22, 1755; amount, £9454. 2. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Ebenezer Stevens.] 

[Guardianship of Jonathan Greeley, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Jonathan Greeley, granted to Martha Greeley of 
Kingston Dec. i, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 543.] 

[Bond of Martha Greeley, widow, with James Tappan, gen- 
tleman, and Moses Greeley, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 321 

in the sum of £1000, Dec. i, 1760, for the guardianship of Jona- 
than Greeley; witnesses, Edward Eastman, William Parker.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £3414. 12. 2; expenditures, £4998. 15. o; mentions main- 
tenance of one child under 7 years old, 112 weeks, and another 
under 7 years old, 304 weeks; allowed April 23, 1761.] 

[Additional account of the administratrix; receipts, £117. 6. 6; 
expenditures, £101. 19. iij^; allowed Oct. 26, 1765.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to Warrant from the Hon^'° Judge 
New Hamps : / of Probates of Wills &c for the Province of 
New Hamps appointing us the subscribers a Com*^^ to divide the 
real Estate of Jonathan Greley Late of Kingstown in the Prov- 
ince afores** Gent, deceasd. Intestate; to, and among the widow 
& Children of the deceas'd and haveing taken upon us that trust; 
have proceeded as followeth, viz: 

We have set off to Martha Greley widow of the s^ deceasd for 
her dower. Thirty six acres; more or Less; in the Home place 
Bounded as followeth; ten acres more or Less, above the High- 
way beginning at the south westerly Corner of the whole Lot, at 
the westerly End of the Deceasds Land, & from thence running 
Northerly by Samuel Browns Land sixteen Rods to a stake & 
stones, then Easterly to the High way to a stake; then southerly 
sixteen rods to the southerly Line of the Lot; by the Highway 
where it is Bounded with a stake, then westerly on the s^ Line to 
the Upper or westerly End to the place where it first began ; and 
twenty six acres more or less below the way ; Beginning at a stake 
& stones, about one rod & two feet ; Northward ; from the south- 
erly Line of the s<^ whole Lot ; & by the High way & from thence 
running on the s"^ way, Northerly Eighteen rods, & about fifteen 
feet to a stake & stones then Easterly to the Eastermost End of 
the s^ whole Lot to a stake by Hampton Line (so called) then 
southerly by s<^ Hampton Line Eighteen rods & about fifteen 
feet to a stake; then westerly to the forementioned High way; 



322 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to the place where it first began ; both these pieces contain thirty 
six acres, more or Less; and the Easterly End of the Dwelling 
House, & Half the Cellar and the old Barn all standing on the 
forementioned premisses; also twelve acres in the deceasds Lot 
in the second division (so called) in s^ Kingstown Bounded as 
followeth viz : Beginning at the North Easterly Corner of the s"^ 
Lot; & from thence running westerly; by Isaac Godfreys Lot; to 
the North westerly corner of the deceasds Lot ; then southerly on 
the End of the Lot about ten rods & an Half to a stake & stones ; 
then Easterly to the Easterly End of s'^ Lot to a stake & stones ; 
then Northerly about ten rods & an Half to the place where it 
first began : also one Half of the Pew in the Meeting House in the 
East Parish in s<^ Kingstown; below; 

Then to the Children of the Deceasd we set off as followeth viz 
i«* To Moses Greley Eldest son of the deceasd, the first & 
second shares in the Home place; Bounded as follows viz; 
Beginning at the forementioned High way at a stake & stones 
which is a Bounds of the Land sold by order of Court for the 
payment of the debts of the deceasd; & from thence running 
Easterly on the Land sold as afores*^ to the Easterly End thereof ; 
where it is also Bounded with a stake & stones; then Northerly 
on the s^ sold Land ; Nine rods & an Half, & about two feet, to 
the Line of the Lot; then again Easterly on the s*^ Line, till it 
Comes to ten acres of Land in this same Lot ; formerly sold by 
the deceasd to Joshua French; then southerly on s<* French's s** 
Land twenty one Rods & an Half & about two feet to a stake & 
stones; then westerly to the forementioned High way; to a stake 
& stones ; then Northerly on the s*^ way twelve rods, to the place 
where it first began twenty acres more or Less: also the deceasds 
priviledge of a Pew in the mens Gallerie in the forementioned 
meeting House and one Half of the Deceasds Hundred acre Lot in 
Stevens's Town (so Called) viz: the westerly Half & to Lay the 
whole length thereof and one seventh part of the westerly End 
of the dwelling House, & one seventh part of the New Barn: 
both on the Home place — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 323 

3 The Third Share to Edward Greley in the Home place 
Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning at the High way at a stake 
& stones the Bounds of the second share & running Easterly on 
the second share to a stake; which is another Bounds of the 
second share; then southerly by Joshua French's Land seven 
rods to a stake then westerly to the High way where it is Bounded 
on a stake & stones; then Northerly on the s'^ way seven rods to 
the place where it first began; seven acres & an Half be it more 
or Less; and the deceasds forty acres of Land in Chester in the 
Province afores*^; being the one Compleat Half of an Eighty Acre 
Lot also one Quarter of the Deceas'ds Hundred acre Lot in 
Stevens's Town (so called) it being the south Easterly Quarter; 
and to take Half of y^ width at the south End & on the East side 
of the s'* Lot and to run Half the Length thereof ; and one seventh 
part of the westerly End of the dwelling House & one seventh 
part of Half the Cellar; and one seventh part of the New Barn; 
both on the Home place — 

4^y The fourth Share to Jonathan Greley in the Home place 
Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at a stake by the High way 
which is a Bounds of the third share & from thence running 
Easterly on the s*^ third share to the south Easterly Bound 
thereof which is a stake ; then southerly by Joshua French's Land 
three rods & about two feet to s'^ French's Corner of his Land 
then Easterly by s"^ French's Land to Hampton Line (so called) 
to the North Easterly Corner Bounds of the whole Lot; then 
southerly on s'^ Hampton Line five rods to a stake ; then westerly 
to the forementioned Highway to a stake & stones; then North- 
erly on s"^ way Eight rods & about two feet to the place where it 
first began ; ten acres, more or Less ; with one Quarter of the Pew, 
below; in the meeting House in East Kingstown — also the other 
remaining Quarter of the deceasds Hundred Acre Lot in Stevens's 
Town (so called) viz : the North Easterly Quarter thereof, to take 
one Half the width of the s*^ Lot at the North End, & on the East 
side, & to run Half the Length thereof; and one seventh part of 
the westerly End of the dwelling House & one seventh part of the 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

one Half of the Cellar; and one seventh part of the New Bam 
both on the Home place — 

5'y The fifth share to Jane now the wife of David Tilton in the 
Home place Bounded as followeth viz: Beginning at a stake & 
stones by the High way, which is the Bounds of the fourth share : 
and from thence running Easterly on the s^ fourth share to 
Hampton Line forementioned where it is Bounded with a stake, 
which is also a Bounds of the s^ fourth share ; then southerly on 
s'^ Hampton Line to the widows thirds where it is Bounded with 
a stake; then westerly on s^ thirds to the forementioned High 
way ; to a stake & stones the Bounds of s'^ thirds then Northerly 
on s*^ High way seven rods & about two feet to the place where it 
first began ten acres more or less: also one Quarter part of the 
deceasds Eighty acre Lot at Stevens's Town (so-called) viz: the 
south westerly Quarter to be one Half the width of s'^ Lot at 
the south End & on the westerly side & to run Northerly Half 
the Length thereof; also one Quarter part of the deceasds right 
in the undivided Lands in s"^ Stevens's Town ; and one seventh 
part of the westerly End of the dwelling House & one seventh p* 
of the Cellar & one seventh part of the New Barn both on the 
Home place 

6*y The sixth share to Aaron Greley, as followeth viz — one 
acre & an Half in the Home place Laying on the Easterly side of 
the way ; beginning at the s'^ High way & on the southerly Line of 
the whole Lot, at a stake & stones, & from thence running 
Northerly on the s^ way one rod & about two feet to a stake & 
stones a Bounds of the widows thirds then Easterly on the s^ 
thirds to Hampton Line forementioned to a stake the Bounds 
also of the s^ thirds; then southerly to the south Easterly Comer 
Bounds of the whole Lot about one rod & two feet ; then westerly 
on the s*^ southerly Line to the place where it first began — and 
the deceaseds twenty acre Lot in the Division of twenty Acres 
below the Two Hundred Acre Grants (so called) in Kingstown 
aboves"^; also the deceasds part in the saw mill; standing on 
Fellows's Brook, & his priviledge in the stream there with his 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 325 

part in all priviledges & Implements thereto belonging; also the 
Intervale Lot (so called) in Stevens's Town; and one Quarter 
part of the deceasds Eighty acre Lot at s'^ Stevens's Town ; viz : 
the North westerly Quarter to be Half the width at the North 
End on the west side; and to run southerly Half the Length 
thereof: also one Quarter part of the deceasds Right in the un- 
divided Lands in Stevens's Town; and the one seventh part of 
the westerly End of the dwelling House ; & one seventh part of 
Half the Cellar & one seventh part of the New Barn, both on the 
Home place — 

7'y The Seventh Share to Philip Greley in the Home place 
Laying on the westerly side of the way, & Bounded as foUoweth 
viz : Beginning on the Northerly Line of the whole Lot & Joyning 
to Land of Maj' Jonathan Greley & from thence running south- 
erly on the s^ High way about sixteen rods to the widows thirds ; 
then westerly on the s'^ thirds to the westermost End of the 
deceasds Land there to a stake the Bounds of the s<^ thirds; then 
Northerly by Samuel Browns Land to the North westerly corner 
of the Deceasds Land, then Easterly on the forementioned 
Northerly Line to the place where it first began ten acres more 
or Less; also the other remaining Quarter of the Pew below in 
the forementioned meeting House ; also one Quarter part of the 
forementioned Eighty acre Lot in Stevens's Town viz: the 
North Easterly Quarter; to be Half the width of the whole Lot at 
the North End on the Easterly side, & to run Half the Length; 
also one Quarter part of the Deceaseds right in the undivided 
lands in s'^ Stevens's Town ; and one seventh part of the westerly 
End of the Dwelling House & Cellar; and one seventh part of the 
New Barn both on the Home place — 

8iy The Eighth & Last Share to Martha Greley in the De- 
ceaseds forty acre Lot in the second division (so called) in 
Kingstown afores<^ & an addition thereto; in satisfaction for a 
Highway Laid out in s'^ Lot; being all the s^ Lot (that remains 
over & above ; what we have set off for the widows dower in s"^ 
Lot) and the whole addition forementioned — and the Deceasds 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

priviledge of a Pew in the womens Gallery in the forementioned 
Meeting House; also one Quarter part of the Deceas'ds Eighty 
acre Lot in Stevens's Town forementioned, viz: the south East- 
erly Quarter thereof; to be Half the width at the south end & on 
the East side ; and to run Half the Length ; also one Quarter part 
of the deceasds part in the undivided Lands in Stevens's Town ; 
and one seventh part of the westerly End of the dwelling House 
and one seventh part of the one Half of the Cellar; and one sev- 
enth part of the New Barn both on the Home place 
Kingstown December the 28''' day 1762 

Jeremy Webster 
Phinehas Bachelder 
Ebenezer Collins 
Edward Fifield 
[Allowed Oct. 31, 1765.] 

This Indenture made the first Day of October in the Year of 
our Lord one thousand seven hundred eighty four between 
Moses Greeley Gentleman Jonathan Greeley jun"^ joiner David 
Tilton Yeoman & Jane his wife Edward Greeley Yeoman & 
Martha Greeley Spinster all of the East parish in Kingston in the 
County of Rockingham & State of New Hampshire and Aaron 
Greeley Yeoman & Philip Greeley Gent° both of Hopkinton 
in the County of Hillsborough & State aforesaid, all Children 
& Heirs of Jonathan Greeley late of the said East parish in 
Kingston Gentleman deceased Intestate — Whereas a Commit- 
tee appointed by the judge of the Probate of Wills for the late 
Province of New Hampshire to divide the real Estate of the said 
deceased among his widow & Children set off to the said Widow 
for her Dower in said Estate thirty Six Acres more or less in the 
home place of said deceased, the easterly end of the dwelling 
house & half the Cellar, & the old barn on said home place and 
twelve acres in his forty acre Lot in the second division so called 
in said Kingston as by the Return of the said Committee in the 
Probate office for the said County of Rockingham may more 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 327 

fully appear and the said Widow is since dead & the said dower 
has thereby descended to the said Heirs. Now this Indenture 
witnesseth that the said heirs have agreed to make partition and 
by these Presents do make full & absolute Partition of the said 
Dower to & amongst them in manner following that is to say 
that the said Moses Greeley his heirs & Assigns for his double 
share in said Dower shall have hold & enjoy to the only proper 
use & behoof of the said Moses his heirs & Assigns forever that 
ten Acres more or less of land laying on the westerly side of the 
highway running thro' said home place, as the same is bounded 
in the said Return and one seventh part of the said easterly end 
of the said dwelling house & Cellar for the full part of the said 
Moses in the said Dower — And that the said David Tilton & 
Jane his wife her heirs & Assigns shall have hold & enjoy to the 
only proper use and behoof of the said Jane her heirs & Assigns 
forever that twelve Acres in the said forty acre Lot in the said 
Second Division so called in said Kingston as the same is bounded 
in said Return — and one Seventh part of the said Easterly End 
of said Dwelling house & half Cellar for the full part of the said 
Jane in said Dower — And that the said Jonathan Greeley jun"" 
his heirs & Assigns shall have hold & enjoy to the only proper 
Use & benefit of him the said Jonathan Greeley jun^ his heirs & 
Assigns forever one fifth part according to Quantity and Quality 
of that twenty six acres more or less of Land, on the Easterly side 
of the said highway, described & bounded in said Return the 
said fifth to be on the northerly side of said twenty six acres & to 
extend from one end to the other of the same — and one seventh 
part of the said Easterly end of said dwelling house & half Cellar, 
for the full share of the said Jonathan in said Dower — And that 
the said Aaron his heirs & Assigns shall have hold & enjoy to the 
only proper Use & behoof of the said Aaron his heirs & Assigns 
forever one fifth part according to Quantity & Quality of the 
said twenty six Acres the whole length thereof & next adjoining 
the said fifth above apportioned & divided to the said Jonathan 
— and one seventh part of the said Easterly end of said Dwelling 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

house & half Cellar for the full share of the said Aaron in said 
Dower — And that the said Philip his heirs & Assigns shall have 
hold & enjoy & to the only proper use of him the said Philip his 
heirs & Assigns forever one fifth part according to Quanty & 
Quality of the said twenty six acres the whole length thereof & 
next adjoining the said fifth above apportioned & divided to the 
said Aaron — & one seventh part of the said Easterly end of said 
dwelling house & half Cellar for the full Share of the said Philip 
in said Dower — And that the said Edward his heirs & assigns 
shall have hold & enjoy to the only proper use of the Said 
Edward his heirs & assigns forever one fifth part according to 
Quantity & Quality of the said twenty six acres, the whole length 
thereof & next adjoining the said fifth above apportioned & 
divided to the said Philip, & one seventh part of the said Easterly 
end of said dwelling house & half Cellar for the full Share of the 
said Edward in said Dower — And that the said Martha her 
heirs & Assigns shall have hold & enjoy to the only proper use & 
behoof of the said Martha her heirs & Assigns forever the 
remaining fifth part of the said twenty six acres — & seventh 
part of the said Easterly End of said Dwelling house & half Cellar 
for the full share of the said Martha in said Dower To have & to 
hold the said several Shares to the above named persons respec- 
tively apportioned & divided as aforesaid & to their respective 
heirs and Assigns & to their only use & behoof in severalty 
forever In Witness whereof the said Parties have hereunto set 
their hands & Seals the Day & Year first above written 
Signed Sealed & delivered Moses Greeley 

In Presence of Jonathan Greeley jr 

John Tappan David Tilton 

Josiah Bachelder Jane Tilton 

Edward Greeley 
Martha Greeley 
Aaron Greeley 
Philip Greeley 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 329 

GEORGE LAYERS 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of William Elliott of Pelham, yeoman, with John 
Elliott, glazier, and Abraham Elliott, yeoman, both of Ports- 
mouth, as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 26, 1755, for the 
administration of the estate of George Lavers of Portsmouth, 
mariner; witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 



ALLEN TEMPLETON 1755 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Allen Templeton granted to 
Agnes Templeton July 10, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 314.] 

[Bond of Agnes Templeton of Chester, widow, with Robert 
Craige of Chester, blacksmith, and Thomas Craige of London- 
derry, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, July 10, 1755, 
for the administration of the estate of Allen Templeton of 
Chester; witnesses, Martha Craige, John McMurphy.] 

[Warrant, July 12, 1755, authorizing Samuel Barr of London- 
derry and John Tolford of Chester, gentleman, to appraise the 
estate; mentions Agnes Templeton as widow of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 24, 1755; amount, £769. 2. o; signed 
by John Tolford and Samuel Barr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £269. 12. o; 
expenditures, £166. 5. 6; mentions two children; allowed Nov. 
26, I755-] 



RICHARD LAIVIB 1755 KITTERY, ME. 

[Bond of Rebecca Lamb of Kittery, Me., widow, with John 
Griffith, shopkeeper, and Daniel Lunt, tinman, both of Ports- 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mouth, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Aug. 2, 1755, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of Richard Lamb of Kittery, Me., 
mariner; witnesses, John Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 10, 1755; amount, £491. 4. o; not 
signed.] 



JOSEPH NELSON 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Nelson of Portsmouth In 
the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman being Sick & Weak of 
Body * * * J gjy^ ^ Bequeath to Ann my beloved Wife the 
Use & Improvement of all the Said Remainder of my Estate 
Real & Personal During her Remaining my Widow & no longer — 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Lear five pounds old Tenor 
to be paid by my Executor within two Years after my Decease 
She having already had her Portion of my Estate — 

Item I give to my Son Joseph fifty pounds old Tenor or Equal 
thereto in other Bills of Credit to be paid by my Executor within 
two Years after my Decease — 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son William fifty pounds old 
Tenor or Equal thereto as aforesaid to be paid by my Executor 
within three Years after my Decease — 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Samuel Fifty pounds as 
aforesaid to be paid by my Executer within One Year after my 
Said Son Samuel Shall arrive at twenty One Years of Age — 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Benjamin in Consideration 
of his Lameness the Sum of One hundred pounds Old Tenor or 
Equal thereto as aforesaid to be paid the One half at his attaining 
the Age of twenty One Years & the other half within a Year 
afterwards — 

Item all the Rest of my Estate Real & Personal, the Reversion 
& Remainder that is to Say whatsoever Remains after my Said 
Wifes Interest therein Shall be Ended according to the Terms 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 331 

afores^ I give Devise & bequeath the Same to my Son Leader 
His Heirs & Assigns forever — Lastly I hereby Constitute & Ap- 
point my Said Son Sole Executor of this my Last Will & Do 
hereby Revoke all other Wills by me heretofore made — In Wit- 
ness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the First Day 
of Septemb' Anno Domini 1755 

his Mark 
Joseph X Nelson 

[Witnesses] George Waldron, Nathaniel Muchamore, William 
Parker. 

[Proved Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1755, authorizing Deacon Samuel Sher- 
burne and George Waldron, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 20, 1755; amount, £5443. I4- o; signed by 
Samuel Sherburne and George Waldron.] 



REUBEN DEARBORN 1755 NORTH HAMPTON 

[Reuben Dearborn, son of Reuben Dearborn of North Hamp- 
ton, makes choice of his father as guardian Sept. 5, 1755 5 wit- 
nesses, Samuel Palmer, Robert Moulton, 3d.] 

[Guardianship of Reuben Dearborn, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to his father, Reuben Dearborn, Sept. 8, I755-] 

(Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 347.] 

[Bond of Reuben Dearborn, with Jonathan Page as surety, 
both of North Hampton, in the sum of £1000, Sept. 8, I755» for 
the guardianship of his son, Reuben Dearborn, Jr.; witnesses, 
Richard Rust, Samuel Palmer.] 



332 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN DOWNING 1755 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Downing of Newington in 
the Province of New Hampshire Esq' being Indisposed as to 
Bodily Health * * * 

Item I Give and Devise to my two Grandsons the Sons of my 
Son John Deceasd viz John & Samuel two Lots of Land in 
Rochester in Said Province Containing by Estimation in the 
whole One hundred & twenty Acres Adjoining to Land which 
was John Macafee's & lying on Cochecho River the Said Lots 
having the ten Rod Road or high Way So Calld runing between 
them I also give & Devise to them my Said Grand Sons One 
whole Right or Share of an Original Proprietor to Each of them 
to be Assigned to them Respectively in any New Township 
where I am a Proprietor of One or more whole Shares at the 
Discretion of my Executors and it is my Will my Said Grandson 
John Shoud have the Easterly Lot & Samuel the W^esterly Lot of 
the aforesaid Lots in Rochester aforesaid To hold all the Said 
Premises to them & their Respective Heirs & assigns 

Item I give & Devise to my Grandson Jonathan the Son of my 
Son John afores*^ One hundred Acres of Land lying at the upper 
part of the Long Lot So Called against Norway Plain Mills So 
Called Said Lot being in Rochester afores*^ to hold to him his 
Heirs & assigns also I give him my Said Grandson his Heirs & 
assigns one whole Right in any New Township as aforesaid to be 
assigned as aforesaid — And to the two Daughters of my Said 
Son viz Elizabeth & Sarah I give & bequeath One hundred & 
fifty pounds old Tenor according to the Present Value to Each of 
them and also a Cow to Each of them the Said Legacys to be 
paid at their Age of Eighteen or Marriage which Shall first hap- 
pen — And farther it is my Will That all the Goods & Chattels 
which belonged to my Said Son John at the time of his Decease 
which Came to my hands & those of them which Came to the 
hands of my Son in Law M' William Shackford be taken Care of 
by my Executors & Distributed by them Equally among all the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 333 

Children of my Said Son John that Shall be living at the time 
that this my Last Will Shall Come in force — Item I give & 
Devise unto my Grand Sons Samuel & Josiah the Sons of my 
Daughter Susanna Shackford Deceasd That Land in Portsmouth 
with the Buildings thereon Standing which I own near the 
Dwelling House of Nath' Mendam Esq"" & where their Father & 
Mother formerly Lived and I also Give to said Samuel One hun- 
dred Acres of Land in Nottingham in Said Province above the 
place there on which M"" Jonathan Longfellow lives which Land I 
Purchased of M^ Joseph Ceilly by Deed Dated August io*'> 1743 
To hold all the Said Premises to them the Said Samuel & Josiah 
their Heirs & assigns — And to Abigail and Elizabeth the 
Daughters of my Said Daughter Susanna Shackford I give to 
Each one hundred & Fifty pounds old Tenor to be paid at their 
Respective ages of Eighteen or time of marriage which Shall first 
Happen and One full third part of all my Household furniture I 
give to be Equally Divided between them my Said Grand 
Daughters. — I also give to my Said Grandsons & their Heirs & 
assigns one hundred acres of Land in the third Division in 
Rochester afores*^ 

Item — I give & bequeath to my Son in Law Lemuel Bickford 
the Debt he Owes me as it Stands in my Book to which he has 
Signed his Name and I give to my Daughter Temperance his 
Wife the Sum of three hundred pounds old Tenor to Remain in 
the hands of my Executors as Trustees for her Separate & Par- 
ticular use to be Employed & Improv'd by Letting out at Inter- 
est or paid her as She Shall Call for the Same both Principal & 
Interest and after one year if it Remains in the hands of my 
Executors they to allow her Interest for the Same or Such part as 
Shall then be unpaid I also Give her one full third part of my 
Hous'hold Furniture — & two Cows 

Item I give & Devise to John the Son of my Said Daughter 
Temperance a full whole Share in Some new Town Ship where I 
am a Proprietor to be assign'd by my Executors at their Discre- 
tion as afores^ — 



334 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give & Devise to my Grand Sons Nicholas Pickerin 
John Pickerin and James Pickerin the Sons of my Daughter 
Mary Pickerin One Hundred Acres of Land Each in the third 
Division of Land in Rochester aforesaid to hold to them their 
Heirs & assigns and to Temperance their Sister my Grand 
Daughter One full third part of my Household Furniture & one 
hundred & fifty pounds old Tenor according to the Present Value 
as afores'^ and to be paid by my Exec" at her Age of Eighteen or 
time of Marriage which ever Shall first Happen I also give her 
one Cow to be then Deliverd I also give to the Said Nicholas the 
five hundred pounds his Father had of me which is Enterd in my 
Book two thirds of which Sum he Shall pay or Secure to be paid 
to his two Brothers afores** as they Shall Respectively attain to 
the Age of twenty One years viz one third to Each & in Default 
thereof then my Executors are hereby Authorized to Demand & 
Recover of him the Said Nicholas the Said two thirds of Said 
Sum — unless he will give his Brethren his Said Hundred acres — 

Item I give & bequeath to the Minister & Deacons of the 
Church in Newington aforesaid as Trustees the Sum of Five 
hundred Pounds old Tenor to be by them put out on good Secu- 
rity at Interest & the Interest arising thereby to be Applied 
Yearly towards paying the Minister's Salary there & when it 
Shall So happen that there Shall be two Ministers in Said New- 
ington then the Said Interest to be Divided between them this 
bequest being Designed in Ease of the Inhabitants of Said Town 
the Principal Sum to be kept good forever and in the Vacancy of 
a Settled Minister of the Gospel there the said Interest to be Ap- 
plied towards the Support of a School in Said Town during Such 
Vacancy — 

Item I give & Devise to the Minister of Newington & Deacons 
of the Church there for the time being when this my Will Takes 
Effect & to their Successors in Said Offices as FeofTees in Trust 
One Acre of Land in Said Newington bounded Northerly by 
Land in Possession of Nicholas Knight Westerly by the High 
Way leading from the Meeting House in Said Newington to 






NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 335 

Greenland Southerly & Easterly on my Own Land to be Laid out 
fronting on Said High Way Eight Rods & to Carry that Breadth 
back into my Land twenty Rods to be So Laid Out when Ever a 
House Shall be Built either by the Said Inhabitants or at the 
Charge of the Province in General or any Number of Private 
Persons at their Own Charge to be Appropriated to the use of 
Teaching Some useful Learning in at the Discretion of the under- 
takers To have and to hold Said Acre of Land with all the 
Privileges & appurtenances thereof to them the Said Minister & 
Deacons as aforesaid & to their Successors in Said Offices for the 
use aforesaid forever I also give for Encouraging Such a Good 
Design To the Said Minister & Deacons & their Successors In 
Trust as aforesaid the Sum of Five hundred pounds old Tenor to 
be put out to Interest as afores"^ and the Annual Interest to be 
Applied & Employed towards Maintaining & Supporting the 
Charge of Teaching & Instructing of Proper Subjects in Some 
useful Learning as aforesaid and in the mean time until Such 
House Shall be Built the Said Sum from or upon the payment 
thereof to be plac'd at Interest as aforesaid & the Annual Inter- 
est to be added to the Principal & the whole to be made One 
Capital Sum till the Interest is to be Applied to the use & accord- 
ing to the Terms aforesaid and it is my will that this Sum be paid 
for the End aforesaid within One year after my Decease 

Item all the Rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate Real & 
Personal wherever the Same is or Shall be found I give & Devise 
the Same Equally Divided to my two Sons Harrison Downing & 
Richard Downing their Respective Heirs & assigns forever — 

Lastly I Constitute & appoint my Said Sons Joint Executors 
of this my Last Will ordering them to pay all the Legacies & 
bequests above & herein before Mentioned Bequeathed & Given 
Desiring them Faithfully to Execute this my Will According to 
the true Intent & meaning thereof and also give to Each of them 
Severally In Case of the Death or Incapacity of the other of them 
fully to Perform the Same, And I do hereby Revoke all other 
Wills & Testaments by me in any manner heretofore made In 



336 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Fifth 
Day of September Anno Domini 1755 — 

Before Executing this my will I think proper to add that I give 
my Silver can to my Daughter Bickford afores*^ & my Clock I 
give that Son who Shall live in the House in which I Live & my 
Silver Tankard to the other of Said Sons and also that if my 
grandson Nicholas Pickerin will give up his Right to the hundred 
Acres afores"^ he Shall be Exempted from paying any Part of Said 
five Hundred pounds to his Brethren 

John Downing 

[Witnesses] Joseph Adams, Eben"^ Adams, William Parker. 
[Proved March 12, 1766.] 

[Bond of Richard Downing, with John Nutter as surety, both 
of Newington, in the sum of £10,000, March 12, 1766, for the 
execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, William 
Vaughan.] 



GEORGE MITCHELL 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of George Mitchell of Ports- 
mouth granted to his widow, Sarah Mitchell, Sept. 8, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 339.] 

[Bond of Sarah Mitchell, with Nathaniel Peirce and Robert 
Traill, merchant, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£1000, Sept. 8, 1755, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 19, 1755; amount, £7183. 17. o; signed by 
John Wentworth, Clement Jackson, and Jonathan Warner.] 

[Warrant, March 11, 1756, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
William Knight, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 337 

[List of claims; amount, £8923. 3. 3; signed by Eleazer Russell 
and William Knight; attested Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £3534. 1 1 . 8 ; 
expenditures, £1501. 2. o; mentions three children under 7 years 
of age; allowed April 20, 1758.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £8923. 13. 3; amount 
distributed, £2033. 9. 8; allowed April 18, 1758.] 

[John Mitchell of Londonderry, minor, aged more than 14 
years, makes choice of John Mitchell, Jr., his uncle, as his 
guardian, April 13, I759-] 

[Guardianship of John Mitchell, son of George Mitchell, 
granted to John Mitchell, Jr., of Londonderry June 27, 1759.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 262.] 

[Bond of John Mitchell, Jr., with John Hopkins and Edward 
Aiken as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, June 
27, 1759, for the guardianship of John Mitchell; witnesses, Wil- 
liam Parker, James Whidden.] 



ICHABOD ROBY 1755 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Ichabod Robie of Kingston 
in the Province of New Hampshire Husbandman having lived 
many years beyond the common Limit of human Life, & daily 
expecting to be numb'red with the Dead * * * 

First I give & devise to Lydia my beloved wife fifty weight of 
Meat, five Bushels of Indian Corn, two Bushels of English Corn, 
four Gallons of Molasses, four Pounds of Butter, & to keep her 
a Cow, one Barrel of Cyder, Bed & Bedding, all to be seasonably 
provided kept in order, & bro't to Her Yearly & every Year, 
while she remains my Widow by my Son Samuel, as also one 
Room in my House, the Bedding to be wholly at her dispose. 



338 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Secondly I give & devise to my Son Samuel all the Lands 
which I now possess & all my moveables within Doors & without, 
except such as I have given to my wife, or such as are herein 
after excepted. 

Item I give & devise to my Son William thirty Pounds old 
tenor to be paid in a Year after my Decease, I give Him also a 
Bed after the Decease of my wife. 

Also, I give & devise to my Daughter Susanna wife of Heze- 
kiah Swain twenty Pounds old tenor to be paid in two Years 
after my Decease, I also give Her an Iron Keitle. 

I do, also, give & devise to my Daughter Lydia wife of Micha 
Brooks twenty Pounds old tenor within two Years to be paid. 

I do, likewise, give & devise to my Daughter Ruth twenty 
Pounds old tenor, to be paid within two Years after my Decease. 

Item, I give & devise to My Daughter Meribah Connor Widow 
five Pounds old tenor, to be paid within two Years after my 
Death; In the same Manner & Time, I give & devise to my 
Daughter Dorithy, Wife of Benjamin Prescot five Pounds old 
tenor. 

I do also give to my Son William, & my Daughters Susanna & 
Ruth the Priviledge of living in one Room in My House after the 
Decease of my wife 

The true Intent & Meaning of this my last will, is, that my 
Son Samuel pay all my Debts, provide for my wife as above 
mention'd, & pay to my Son William thirty Pounds, to my 
Daughters Susanna, Lydia & Ruth twenty Pounds each, & to 
Meribah & Dorithy five Pounds each, all to be adjusted accord- 
ing to Bills of Publick Credit of the old tenor, & William to be 
paid within one Year & my Daughters within two Years after 
my Decease; & that, my wife have her Bedding or Bed-Furniture 
& after her Decease, William have the Bed, & after My Decease 
Susanna the Iron Kettle free & clear, my meaning is, that I give 
each Article to each Person, as their particular Property & to their 
Sole Use & behoof forever; I order also that my s'* Son Sam^' 
give Liberty, to Susanna, Ruth & William all of them together 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 339 

or either of single to live in one Room of my House; & these 
Matters being adjusted & settled as above, I give to my Son 
Samuel all my Estate Personal & Real, to Him, his Heirs & 
Assigns forever, to his & their use & Behoof forever. 

And, I do hereby constitute & appoint my Son Samuel sole 
Executor to this my Last Will & Testiment. 

Finally, I do hereby utterly renounce & revoke every other 
Will & Testiment of mine, & confirm & establish this my last 
Will & Testiment, 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this 
thirtieth Day of April, In the twenty sixth Year of His Majestys 
Reign, Annoq; Domini one Thousand seven Hundred and fifty 
three. 

his 
Ichabod + Robie 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Jeremiah Hubbard, John Calfe, John fifeld. 

Whereas I Ichabod Robie have made the above my Last Will 
& Testiment, since which my Son William is dead, I do therefore 
give all y* which I before gave to my sd Son William to my Son 
Samuel; to him his Heirs & Assigns forever: In all our Respects 
I confirm my s^ last will & testiment, & y^ Bequest, to my s** Son 
Samuel, of all before given to my Son Will, I hereby confirm 
as a Codicil or Postscript to my s^ Will In Witness whereof I 
have hereunto Sett my Hand & Seal this tenth Day of Sept' 
In y« twenty ninth Year of his Majesty's Reign A: D. 1755. 

his 
Ichabod + Robie 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Sanders Carr, Trustrem Quinby, Sanders Carr 
junr. 

[Proved Aug. 31, 1757.] 



340 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ALLEN ANDERSON 1755 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen this Eleven day of September in y* 
year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty five I 
Allen Anderson of Londonderry in the province of newhampshire 
in new Englan yeman being sick of Body * * * 

Ittem I give and bequith one hundred pounds old tener to be 
Levied out of my personal Esteate to be put into the hands of 
James Clark James Reid James nesmith Robert Clark and there 
assosites the use of it, to go to relive the poor as they shal see 
need and to any other good use but the princaple not to be dis- 
posed of 

Ittem I give and bequeth to my beloved wiff mary Anderson 
the use of my dwelling hous and farm during hir nature Liff and 
the third of it at hir oun despossing at hir death to hir and hir 
hairs or asigens forever with all my houshold goods I give and 
bequith to my Cussen Allen moor my hors Colt and to my Cossen 
James Anderson of Londonderry aforsaid my two brindeled steers 
three years old past 

I give and bequith to mary Paul my old servent a haffer two 
years old past and to Elesabath Cumings if she serve out hir 
time faithfully a heffer of three years old when hir time is out 

Ittem I give and bequith to my Cossen Allen Hopkins my forth 
devisen drawen but not recorded to my Right 

Ittem I give and bequith to my brother Daniel Children to 
witt James Joseph samuel Anderson and martha Anderson there 
sister one hundred and ninty five pounds old tenor to be payed 
out of my Esteate at my wififs desease if they pay the debt due 
to the Esteate of Elias Dickey but if they do not then pay that 
debt then they shal have no mor but five shillings each 

Ittem I give to my Brother James Anderson my wearing 
Close 

Ittem I give and bequith to my Cozzens his sons and daughter 
to witt samuel Robert James Thomas and David Anderson and 
Jean tagert Agness miller margret nesmith ther sisters the one 
third of all my Esteate both real & personal Exepting what is 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 34I 

befor bequithed to them in Equal shairs to them and ther hairs 
or asigens forever 

lettem I give and bequith to my sister martha moor's Cheldrin 
George moor Allen moor williom moor Jean Criste and Elesabath 
moor one third of all my Esteate Ether real or personal Exepting 
whate is befor bequathed to them and there hairs or asigens 
forever 

Ittem I give and bequith the other third of my Esteate Ether 
real or personal to my brother John's Childrin and my brother 
williom son Thomas Anderson the one half of it to said Thomas 
Anderson and the other half to my brother John Anderson 
Children viz Thomas John Anderson and Esbal Hall ther sister 
to them and there hairs or asigens forever Exepting what is 
befor bequithed and I make and ordain Cap* mosses Barnet and 
John wear Gentilmen to be the Executors * * * 

his 
Allen X Anderson 
mark 

[Witnesses] Robert Boyes, James Doack, James Cochran. 

[Proved Nov. 20, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 19, 1755, authorizing Samuel Barr and Robert 
Clendenin, innholder, both of Londonderry, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 17, 1755; amount, £4563. o. o; signed by 
Samuel Barr and Robert Clendenin.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £1472. 16. 6; expenditures, £1451. 10. o; allowed Nov. 24, 
1756.] 



JAMES MOULTON 1755 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen This ii*"* day of Sep*' I755- James 
Moulton of Hampton falls in the Province of Newhampshire in 
New england : being Now Sick and Weak * * * 



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Imprimes: I Give unto my Beloved Wife Lydia moulton 
leberty to live in the East End of my Dweling house so long as 
she shall see cause to live a widow & allso my said wife shall 
have the Improvement of one Third of all my my Rael & Per- 
sonall Estate & to have one Cow & two sheep to Dispose of as 
She Pleases & allso I give leberty to my said wife to Dispose of 
all the movables in my said house that she Brought with her 
when She came to my house — 

Itaim : I give unto my son Richard moulton all my land & salt 
marsh medow ground that I have in the town of Hampton & in 
Hampton falls & one Quater of a whol Right in Chichester & 
all my Buldings & my movables in my house that I have not 
Disposed of all Redey & my stock of cattel horses Sheep & Swine 
& my Husbandtry Tools : 

Itaim I give unto my Daughter Hannah Bean & unto her Son 
Curtice Bean one Half of an Hundred acre lott in the Town of 
Chester to be Equiall to be divided Betwixt them the lott lyes 
undivided with Richard moultons Half lott. I allso Give to my 
said Daughter leberty to live in the East End of my said house 
With her afore Said mother & she is to have a Cow & Two sheep 
& she & her mother is to have a three year old Heifer all to be 
Delivered to her by my son Richard moulton & he is to Keep 
the cow for his sister winter & somer so long as she shall se caus 
to live a widow & I order my said son Richard moulton to Deliver 
to his afore said mother & his sister Bean with convenant fire 
Wood at the Dore of the House so long as thay shall live Widows 
& I Doe Give to my Grand son Curtice Bean two year old stears 
to be Delivered to him by my son Richard with in one year after 
my Deceas 

Itaim I give unto my Daughter mary McCoy Twenty Pounds 
In Pasable Bills of Credet old Tenor to be Paid to her with in 
one year after my Deceas by my Son Richer moulton & allso 
Thirty Pound old tenor In clothing to be Payd to her by my said 
son Richard 

Lastly my will & meaning is that if I have any Estate Either 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 343 

Real or Personally that I have left out of this Will my said son 
Richard moulton is to have it & what Debts I owe I order my 
son Richard moulton is to Pay them & what Debts or Dues 
are owing to me he is to Receive them for him self and I Doe 

appoint my son above named Richard moulton to be Executor 

* * * 

his 
James X Moulton 
mark 
[Witnesses] Jabez Smith, William Sambon, Josiah Rawlins. 
[Proved Sept. 24, 1755.] 

[Bond of Richard Moulton of Hampton Falls, yeoman, with 
William Sanborn of Exeter, yeoman, as surety, in the sum of 
£5000, Sept. 24, 1755, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
Jabez Smith, Jonathan Blanchard.] 



JAMES ROGERS 1755 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God Amen this fifteen*** day of septembr one 
thousand seven hundred and fifty five I James Rogers of London- 
derry in the province of new Hampshire yeman being sick of 
body * * * 

Ittem I give and ordain my son Robert M'^Clur that he have 
the use of my real Esteate for three years from the deate of 
these presents Exepting my meadow which I give to my son 
Thomson free of any rent 

Ittem I give and bequith to my Doughter Ester Rogers all 
my houshold goods exepting my grat pott which I bequith to 
my three Dough ters vz*^ mary seabe martha m'^Clur and Ester 
Rogers in Equal shairs 

Ittem I give and bequith to my son Thomas Rogers five 
pounds new tenor 



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I give and bequith to my son william Rogers five pounds new 
tenor 

I give and bequith to my son John Rogers five pounds new 
tenor 

Ittem I give and bequith my son samuel Thomson my meadow 
that Layeth in his Land in Londonderry aforsaid and to be 
alowed in his pairt of my Esteate for a hundred pounds old 
tenor 

Ittem I give and bequith all the remaining pairt of my Esteate 
Ether real or personal to be devided into Eght Equal shairs one 
Eght pairt to my son Thomas Rogers one Eght pairt to my son 
William Rogers one Eght pairt to my son John Rogers one 
Eght pairt to my son samuel Thomson and his wiff margrat 
Thomson one Eght pairt to my son Joseph seabe and his wifT 
mary seabe one Eght pairt to my son william morison and his 
wiff Jean morison and one Eght pairt to my son Robert m'Clur 
and his wiff martha m^Clur and one Eght pairt to my doughter 
Ester Rogers all the above bequithments in my Esteate is to 
them and their hairs or asigns forever but my hom dwelling not 
to be sold or disposed of till the three years above be ended and 
I apoint and ordain Robert morison Ju"^ of Londonderry to be 
my Executor * * * 

his 

James X Rogers 

mark 

[Witnesses] Robert Boyes, Robert macmurphy, James Mc- 
Neill. 

[Proved Dec. 3, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 6, 1755, authorizing Thomas Wilson and John 
Hunter, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. i, 1755; amount, £3064. 12. o; 
signed by Thomas Wilson and John Hunter; additional inven- 
tory of £13. 2. o, Feb. 28, 1759.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 345 

JAMES MOORE 1755 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen I James Moore of Londonderry 
In the Province of N Hamp" Yeoman being Sick and full of 
Pain * * * 

Item I leave the home place whereon I live to my Son Hugh 
at the Decease of my Dear Wife as like wise a Piece of Meadow 
near Will"" MacClintochs bought of the Senters in this Town 
And I order that he live with his Mother till he is come of Age 
And I leave to her my said Wife besides her Widdows Dower or 
Right of Thirds the Improv* of the said Home Place till my Said 
Son Hugh is come to Age for to enable her to bring up my Min' 
Child" I like wise leave to her my said Wife my Negro Boy Peter 
to be hers during Life and then to descend to my Said Son Hugh 

Item I leave to my Two Eldest Sons Jonas & John That Farm 
w"'' I purchased from John MacMurphy Esq" to be divided in 
Equal proportions between them each of them enjoying that Part 
where they have begun to Improve Only I reserve out of said 
Farm Twenty Acres of Meadow with Land Adjoining in the 
Eastern End of said Farm to be given to my Son William 

Item I give to my said son Will"" a Farm of Land bought from 
the Proprietors of Londonderry lying & bounding upon the East- 
ern End of the home place 

Item I leave to my two eldest Daughters Jannet & Elizabeth 
my Farm upon Merimack River above Amuskeig in Goffes Town 
so called to be divided in equal proportions between them 

Item I leave to my Daughter Sarah a Piece of land Near James 
Pettersons being the fourth Part of Cap" James and Leu* Sam- 
uel Greggs amendment Farm as likewise to my Said Daughter 
Sarah all my Part of Pine Swamp and Stone Dam Meadows so 
called being the Quar' part of Cap** & Sam' Greggs Lots in the 
meadows mentioned 

Item I leave to my Youngest Daughter Mary and to my 
Youngest Son Robert my part of a Farm w^ James Nesmith 
and I bought between us from the Propriety of Londonderry 



346 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Said Land to be divided in equal Proportions between said two 
youngest Children 

Item I order that if it Should please God that my Son John 
now going a souldier on the Crown Point Expedition Should die 
in said Exped" In that Case that his Share Shall be Equally di- 
vided between my Sons James & William 

Item I app* My Dear Wife and Rob* Morison Jun' of London- 
derry to be the Exac" of this my last Will * * * 

James Moore 

Signd Seald Publish'd and Declar'd This 23<^ Day of Sep' 1755 
In Presence of us 
Arthur Nesmith, Thomas Nesmith, Benjamin Nesmith. 
[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 4, 1756, authorizing William Perham, gentle- 
man, and Alexander McCollom, husbandman, both of London- 
derry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 23, 1756; amount, £2947. 14. o; 
signed by William Perham and Alexander McCollom.] 



JOB LANGLEY 1755 DURHAM 

In the name of God amen the Twenty Sixth Day of September 
one thousand Seven Hundred and fifty five I Job Langley of 
Durham in the province of New Hampshire in New England 
being Sick and weak in body * * * 

Imprimus I Give to my dearly Beloved wife Elizabeth Langly 
the one Half of all my Pasonal Estate forever, and the one half of 
a Dwelling house near Durham falls which I purchesed of Wil- 
liam Shepard Late of Durham Deceasd, and also one half of all 
My Real Estate wheresoever and whatsoever for and Dureing 
the Tirm of her Natural Life — 

Item I Give unto my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Langly all 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 347 

my homsteed Estate whereon I now Dwell with all the Rest and 
residue of my real and passonal Estate wheresoever and what- 
soever and her heirs forever — 

Item it is my will that if my Daughter Elizabeth before 
Mentioned Should Die and Leave no Issue of her own body that 
my Brother Samuel Langle should have all my real Estate 
wheresoever and whatsoever — 

and I Do hereby ordain and Constitute my Brother Samuel 
Langley before mentioned my Sole Executor * * * 

Job langley 

her 
[Witnesses] Bethiah + Buss, Joseph Smith, Joseph Sias. 

mark 
[Proved Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1755, authorizing Joseph Sias, trader, and 
Miles Randall, yeoman, both of Durham, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 14, 1755; amount, £4389. 11. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Miles Randall.] 



SAMUEL RYMES 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God, Amen I Samuel Rymes of Portsmouth 

in the Province of New Hampshire Rigger being Sick in body 

* « * 

Item. I give and bequeath unto mary my beloved wife all my 
Estate both Real and parsonal (Except the Legecys hereafter 
mentiond & after the payment of my Just debts) to her During 
her natural Life and and after her decease to My Son Christopher 
Rymes his heirs and assigns forever 

Item. I give and bequeath unto Each of my Children viz* to 
my Son Christopher and my Daughters Ann Rymes, Mary 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Buck, Dorathy Gotwon, Catharine Rymes Elizabeth Rymes and 
Rebecca Rymes, Twenty Shillings New Tenor Each, and I ap- 
point my Frind John Shackford of said Portsmouth Esq' to be 
full and Sole Executor * * * in Testiomy whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Eighth day of 
September in the Twenty ninth Year of of the Reign of King 
George the Second over Great Britain France and Ireland, De- 
fender of the faith &c. annoque Domini One thousand Seven 
hundred and Fifty five 

The mark of 
Samuel -f Rymes 

[Witnesses] Jacob Lavers, W™ Whittemore, Cutts Shannon. 
[Proved Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 26, 1755; amount, £4561. 15. o; 
signed by James Stoodly, Jr., and Cutts Shannon.] 

[Warrant, July 20, 1757, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
William Knight, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, March 29, 1758; amount, £2607. 5. 7; signed 
by Eleazer Russell and William Knight.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £3231. 15. o; 
expenditures, £2871. 3. o; allowed July 26, 1758.] 

[Executor's additional account; receipts, £3010. 12. o; ex- 
penditures, and balance paid to son of the deceased; allowed 
May 27, 1761.] 



ELISHA SANBORN 1755 EPPING 

In the Name of God Amen the nine and twentyeth Day of 
September Anno Que Domini 1755 I Elisha Samborn of Epping 
in the province of New hampshir being upon an Expedition, 
against Crown point * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 349 

Imprimis I give to my gall Rachel Samborn one hundred 
pounds old tenor to Be paid by my Executers here after named 

Item I give to my Brother John Samborn twenty pound 
old tenor to Be paid By sd Executers — 

Item I give to my Sister mary fox five pound old tenor to Be 
paid by s*^ Executers — 

Item I give to my Brothers Benjamin Joseph and Isreal 
after my Debts and the Legacies are paid all my Estate in Lands 
and my stock and the moveballes that I now have in Eping 
and new market to be Equally Devided Amongst them three 

And I do here by make my Cousen Daniel Samborn and my 
Brother John Samborn Executers * * * 

Elisha Samborn 

[Witnesses] Lucy Samborn, Thomas Samborn, Josiah Sam- 
born. 

[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing Moses Coffin of Epping 
and Peter Folsom of Newmarket, yeomen, to appraise the es- 
tate.] 

[Inventory, March 4, 1756; amount, £3343. 12. o; signed by 
Moses Coflin and Peter Folsom.] 



JOHN BLAKE 1755 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen this twenty ninth Day of Septem- 
ber Anno Domini 1755 In the twenty ninth year of his Majestys 
Reign Georg the Second over Grate Britain &c I John Blake of 
Hampton in the Province of New Hampshier in new England 
yeoman * * * 

Itam I Give and bequeath to my brother Samuel Blake of 
said Hampton Cordwainer all my lands and buildings that I 
have in Hampton or Elce where with all my Parsonal Estate of 



350 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

what Kind or Nateur So ever That is I give to my Said Brother 
Samuel all my Estate Real and Parsonal of what Kind and na- 
teur so ever to him and to his heirs and assigns for Ever it is my 
will that My said brother Samuel shall Pay all my Just Debts 

Like Wise I Do Constitute make and ordain my said brother 
Samuel Blake to be sole Executor * * * 

John Blake 

[Witnesses] William Marston, Jonathan Dowse, Anna palmer. 
[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Bond of Samuel Blake, with Jonathan Dowse and William 
Marston as sureties, all of Hampton, in the sum of £500, Feb. 
25, 1756, for the execution of the will ; witnesses, William Parker, 
Peter Dearborn.] 



THOMAS DUNCAN 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Duncan granted 
to Clement March, Sept. 29, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 364.] 

[Bond of Clement March, boat builder, with John Dennett, 
gentleman, and Joseph Cotton, boat builder, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1755, for the admin- 
istration of the estate of Thomas Duncan of Portsmouth, mar- 
iner; witnesses, William Parker, Jeremiah Libby.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1755, authorizing William Langdon, 
tanner, and Charles Hight, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 26, 1756; amount, £452. 17. 3; signed by 
William Langdon and Charles Hight.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 351 

JOHN PAGE 1755 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of John Page of Salem granted 
to his widow, Elizabeth Page, Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 373.) 

[Bond of Elizabeth Page, with Daniel Peaslee of Salem and 
Samuel Little, Jr., of Plaistow, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 29, 1755, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 11, 1755; amount £4027, i. o; signed by 
Peter Merrill and Richard Kimball. 1 



JAMES NOYES 1755 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of James Noyes of Plaistow, 
yeoman, granted to Enoch Noyes of Plaistow, cordwainer, Oct. 
29» 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 380.] 

[Bond of Enoch Noyes, with Samuel Little, Jr., and Thomas 
Noyes, yeomen, as sureties, all of Plaistow, in the sum of £500, 
Oct. 29, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 29, 1755, authorizing Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead and Tristram Knight of Plaistow, gentleman, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory attested April 28, 1756; amount, £6606. 12. o; 
signed by Daniel Little and Tristram Knight.] 

[Mary Noyes, aged more than 14 years, daughter of James 
Noyes, makes choice of her uncle, Samuel Little of Plaistow as 
her guardian March 28, 1757; witnesses, Enoch Noyes, Daniel 
Little.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Noyes, minor, aged more than 14 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

years, and James Noyes and Nathaniel Noyes, aged less than 14 
years, children of James Noyes, granted to Samuel Little April 

27, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 164.] 

[Bond of Samuel Little, gentleman, with Thomas Hale, 
gentleman, and Enoch Noyes, cordwainer, as sureties, all of 
Plaistow, in the sum of £500, April 27, 1757, for the guardianship 
of Mary Noyes, minor, aged more than 14 years, James Noyes 
and Nathaniel Noyes, aged less than 14 years, children of James 
Noyes; witnesses, Cutts Shannon, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, May 22, 1757, authorizing Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead, Tristram Knight, gentleman, Jonathan Clement, yeoman, 
John French, blacksmith, and Jonathan Carle ton, gentleman, 
all of Plaistow, to appraise the real estate for settlement on the 
oldest son.] 

[Appraisal of the real estate July 27, 1757, at £5940. o. o; 
signed by Jonathan Carleton, Jonathan Clement, and John 
French.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £2940. 14. 3 ; expenditures, £1747. 5. o; allowed March 30, 

1758.] 

[Order of court March 31, 1758, settling the real estate on the 
oldest son, Enoch Noyes, he to pay the other children their 
shares.] 

[Bond of Enoch Noyes, with Tristram Knight and Daniel 
Little as sureties, in the sum of £2000, March 31, 1758, to pay 
their proportions to the other children, Sarah, wife of Joseph 
White of Plaistow, Mary Noyes, James Noyes, and Nathaniel 
Noyes; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Account of the settlement of his obligation by Enoch Noyes; 
mentions Mary Noyes as wife of Moses Little; allowed May 31, 
1769.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 353 

JOSEPH PEASLEE 1755 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Peaslee of Salem, 
yeoman, granted to Daniel Peaslee of Salem Oct. 29, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 375.] 

[Bond of Daniel Peaslee, with Thomas Noyes, yeoman, and 
Samuel Little, Jr., both of Plaistow, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, Oct. 29, 1755, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Daniel Peaslee, William Sanders, Nathaniel Chase and his 
wife, Ruth Chase, Samuel Sanders, Esther Sanders, Sarah 
Sanders, Jerusha Sanders, and Oliver Sanders acknowledge the 
receipt of their shares of the estates of their father, Joseph Peas- 
lee, and their mother Nov. 19, 1756; witnesses, Richard Kimball 
and Peter Merrill.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 145.] 



NATHANIEL BOYD 1755 MANCHESTER 

[Margaret Boyd renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Nathaniel Boyd, Nov. 5, 1755, in favor of her "trusty 
and well beloved friend" John Cochran; witnesses, David 
Burns, Elizabeth Goffe.] 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Boyd of Derry- 
field, yeoman, granted to John Cochran of Derryfield, yeoman, 
Nov. 7, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 388.] 

[Bond of John Cochran, with James Cochran and John Brown, 
yeomen, both of Londonderry, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Nov. 7, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 7, 1755, authorizing John Hall and Robert 
Anderson, both of Derryfield, to appraise the estate.] 



354 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Dec. 26, 1755; amount, £1734. 10. 6; signed by 
John Hall and Robert Anderson.] 

[Administration granted to Andrew Todd Oct, 21, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 36.] 

[Bond of Andrew Todd, with John Wallace and Hugh Young 
as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, Oct. 21, 
1756, for administration de bonis non; witnesses, Robert Clark, 
William Clark.] 

[Guardianship of Margaret Boyd and William Boyd, aged 
less than 14 years, children of Nathaniel Boyd, granted to their 
mother, Margaret Boyd, Feb. 27, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 391.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Boyd and Annis Boyd, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, children of Nathaniel Boyd, granted to 
Robert Wallace of Londonderry Feb. 27, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 391.] 

[Bond of Robert Wallace, with Samuel Fisher and James 
Anderson as sureties, all of Londonderry, yeomen, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 27, 1760, for the guardianship of Nathaniel Boyd and 
Annis Boyd; witnesses, William Parker, John Wingate.] 

[Bond of Margaret Boyd, widow, with Samuel Boyd and Rob- 
ert Wallace, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the 
sum of £1000, Feb. 27, 1760, for the guardianship of Margaret 
Boyd and William Boyd; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Wingate.] 



JOSEPH ORDWAY 1755 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Ordway of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Susanna Ordway, Nov. 24, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 430.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 355 

[Bond of Susanna Ordway, with Elisha Winslow and William 
Davis, yeomen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £1000, 
Nov. 24, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Samuel Clark, Anna Freese.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 8, 1755; amount, £449. o. o; signed by 
William Davis and Thomas Wadleigh.] 

[Account against the estate by Susanna Young, administratrix, 
Sept. 29, 1756; amount, £78. o. o; mentions two children, one 
about 4 years and 4 months old, the other 2 years.] 

[Warrant, April 18, 1757, authorizing William Davis and 
William Sleeper, both of Kingston, yeomen, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £137. 16. 9; signed by William 
Sleeper and William Davis; attested Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Bond of Bezaleel Wright of Framingham, Mass., yeoman, 
with William Baldwin of Sudbury, Mass., gentleman, as surety, 
in the sum of £500, Oct. 16, 1758, for the guardianship of Abigail 
Ordway and Samuel Ordway, minors, aged less than 14 years, 
children of Joseph Ordway; witnesses, Andrew Bordman and 
John Davis, Jr.] 

(Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.) 



RICHARD GLIDDEN 1755 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Glidden of Brent- 
wood, yeoman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Glidden, March 
28,1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 510.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Glidden, with Robert Smart and Charles 
Smart, both of Newmarket, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of 



356 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

£500, April 28, 1756, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 17, 1755, authorizing Jonathan Gilman, Jr., 
of Exeter, and Hezekiah Beede of Brentwood, yeomen, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 4, 1755; amount, £2317. i. o; signed by 
Jonathan Gilman, Jr., and Hezekiah Beede.] 



MICHAEL SCRUTON 1755 BARRINGTON 

[Administration on the estate of Michael Scruton of Barring- 
ton granted to his widow, Ann Scruton, Nov. 19, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 392.] 

[Bond of Ann Scruton, with Hugh Montgomery of Barrington, 
joiner, and Jonathan Battishall of Newington, husbandman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 19, 1755, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Michael Scruton of Barrington, flax comber; 
witnesses, William Parker, Mary Parker.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 19, 1755, authorizing Hugh Montgomery and 
Capt. William Gate, both of Barrington, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 21, 1756; amount, £792. 4. o; 
signed by William Gate and Hugh Montgomery.] 



DAVID McKELLIPS 1755 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of David McKellips of Salem, 
weaver, granted to his widow, Ann McKellips, Nov. 20, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. .392.] 

[Bond of Ann McKellips, with James Gochran and Moses 
Barnett as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 357 

Nov. 20, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Robert Boyes, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 26, 1756; amount, £1148. 13. o; 
signed by Benjamin Thompson and Samuel Watts.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1 148. 13. o; 
expenditures, £734. 13. 6; allowed Oct. 31, 1764.] 



JOSEPH WALLACE 1755 LONDONDERRY 

Londondarey november 22 1755 
To the Hon^'* Andrew Wiggens Esq"" Judge of Probe ts the 
humble Request of margaret Wallace widow — honoured Sir I 
understand that Complent has been made to you about the Per- 
sonall Esteat of the Late Deceased Joseph Wallace whoe was 
my beloved husband — which Complent is groundles and weth- 
out any Colower of Reason for my husband some time befor his 
death made a conveance of his Personall Esteat to his son wil- 
liam Wallace by giving him a bill of Seall obliging him to Pay so 
much mony to Each dowghter which according to his obliga- 
tion he hes Performed by Paying to one half of them there Part 
and got their dischairg — and would have Payed the Rest Lik- 
wise to my Certin knowledg but they being of a Contencious dis- 
position wold not acept of it thinking they wor wronged but I 
canot be of their opinion — In W^^ conveance as above s*^ I was 
well pleased and Resigned up my Part to him by signing the arti- 
cls — and as he has alwise been a dutifull son To me so I dout 
not but he will be so still and I desire to bless god that I have 
him to depend upon for I ame afraid my other Children who is 
striving to do all y^ mischief they Can puting him and I under 
Chairges would taike but little caire of me — and theirfor it is 
the sincear Requeast of yowr humble Petitioner that If you 
showld distroy the abovesd article which is the honesty of the 



358 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

afair — I know not whether they be worded acord to Law or 
not but I hop sir that you will Consider that all men is not 
Clerks and Lawyers — In Case these abusd articls faill I desire 
that my sone William Wallace may be administrator of the per- 
sonall And that I may have my thirds Reserved for me out of 
the Same all which Is the sincear Requeast of your humble Pe- 
titioner 

but Remembring the Evill disposition that is in the Com- 
plainints for which Reason I think Best to sign this Incloser 
Befor Witness 
John Tagart her 

John Creaige Margaret X Wallace 

mark 

[Bond of William Wallace, yeoman, with Samuel Barr and 
James McGregore, gentleman, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in 
the sum of £500, Nov. 26, 1755, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 26, 1755, authorizing John Clark and James 
McCormick, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 23, 1755; amount, £269. 14. o; signed by 
John Clark and James McCormick.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £269. 14. o; 
expenditures, £37. o. o; allowed Oct. 27, 1756.] 



ELIZABETH LORD 1755 COS PORT 

[Administration on the estate of Elizabeth Lord of Gosport, 
widow, granted to Dimond Currier of Newbury, Mass., Nov. 24, 
1755.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 392.) 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 359 

[Bond of Dimond Currier, block maker, with John Downs and 
Moses Coker, both of Gosport, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Nov. 24, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
WilUam Parker, Benjamin Parker.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 23, 1755, authorizing John Mobbs and Samuel 
Varrell, both of Gosport, fishermen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 17, 1756; amount, £363. 17. 6; signed by 
John Mobbs and Samuel Varrell.] 



ARCHIBALD CUNNINGHAM 1755 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Archibald Cunningham of 
Londonderry granted to James McGregore and Janet Cunning- 
ham, both of Londonderry, Nov. 26, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 402.] 

[Bond of Janet Cunningham, widow, and James McGregore, 
yeoman, both of Londonderry, with Samuel Barr of Londonderry 
and John Aiken of Chester, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Nov. 26, 1755, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 7, 1755, authorizing Arthur Boyd and James 
Adams, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 18, 1755; amount, £3978. 10. o; 
signed by James Person and William Kelson.] 



WILLIAM DAM 1755 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Dam of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Bridget Dam, Dec. 2, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 405]. 



360 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Bridget Dam, with Perkins Ayers, cordwainer, and 
Benjamin Mackay, saddler, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £500, Dec. 2, 1755, for the administration of the estate of 
William Dam, chairmaker; witnesses, Peter Pearse, Jonathan 
Blanchard.J 

[Warrant, Dec. 3, 1755, authorizing Cutts Shannon, gentle- 
man, and Joseph Buss, Jr., joiner, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Jan. 28, 1756; amount, £480. 18. o; signed 
by Cutts Shannon and Joseph Buss.] 



ALEXANDER KELSEY 1755 LONDONDERRY 

[Bond of Thomas McMaster of Chester, yeoman, and Joseph 
Scobey, with Robert McCurdy, and Robert McClure, yeomen, 
all of Londonderry, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 31, 
1755) for the administration of the estate of Alexander Kelsey of 
Londonderry, yeoman; witnesses, Sarah Boyes, Robert Boyes.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 3, 1755, authorizing Thomas Wilson and 
James Ramsey, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 3, 1755; amount, £4229. o. o; signed by 
Thomas Wilson and James Ramsey.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1509. o. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £684. 17. 4; mentions "keeping 
one of the Children 8 weeks"; allowed Jan. 30, 1760.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £1247. 17. 4; expenditures, 
£188. 17. o; mentions "funeral Charges of one of the Children"; 
allowed March i, 1764.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £1243. 5. 8; expenditures, £90. 
o. o; allowed July 18, 1764.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 36 1 

[Guardianship of Daniel Kelsey, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Alexander Kelsey, granted to James McMurphy 
March 29, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 202.] 

[Bond of James McMurphy of Londonderry, gentleman, with 
James Kelsey of Nottingham, yeoman, and John Hall of Derry- 
field as sureties, in the sum of £5000, March 29, 1764, for the 
guardianship of Daniel Kelsey; witnesses, James Stoodley, 
James Stoodley, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Alexander Kelsey and Elizabeth Kelsey, 
minors, aged more than 14 years, children of Alexander Kelsey, 
granted to James McGregore of Londonderry, gentleman, July i, 

1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 488.] 

[Bond of James McGregore, with Thomas Craige as surety, 
both of Londonderry, in the sum of £100, July i, 1767, for the 
guardianship of Alexander Kelsey and Elizabeth Kelsey; wit- 
nesses, S. Livermore, E. Champney.] 

[Account of James McMurphy as guardian of Daniel Kelsey 
of New Boston, late a minor, son of Alexander Kelsey of London- 
derry; receipts, £5. o. o; expenditures, £1. 8. 9; allowed Sept. 14, 
1769.] 



JOHN TAYLOR 1755 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Taylor of Exeter, 
weaver, granted to Nathan Taylor of Exeter, husbandman, Dec. 

23, I755-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 431.] 

[Bond of Nathan Taylor, with Francis Beckett, cordwainer, 
and Richard Emery, gentleman, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the 
sum of £500, Dec, 23, 1755, for the administration of the estate 
of his son, John Taylor; witnesses, Samuel Clark, Anna Freese.] 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Dec. 23, 1755, authorizing Robert Light and Jona- 
than Gilman, Jr., both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 24, 1755; amount, £89. o. o; signed by Rob- 
ert Light and Jonathan Gilman, Jr.] 



THOMAS ROLLINS, JR. 1755 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Rollins of Stratham, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Patience Rollins, Dec. 24, 1755.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 432. 1 

[Bond of Patience Rollins, with Joseph Smith and Jonathan 
Rollins, yeomen, as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum of £500, 
Dec. 24, 1755, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Richard Rust, Jonathan Wiggin.j 

[Warrant, Dec. 24, 1755, authorizing Theophilus Rundlett and 
Joseph Clark to appraise the estate of Thomas Rollins, Jr., of 
Stratham.] 

[Inventory, March 15, 1756; amount, £154. 9. o; signed by 
Theophilus Rundlett and Joseph Clark.] 

[Bond of William Chase, Jr., with John Taylor and Daniel 
French as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum of £500, Dec. 27, 
1769, for the guardianship of Thomas Rollins, minor, aged more 
than 14 years, son of Thomas Rollins; witnesses, Samuel Hale, 
Jr., John Wentworth.] 



ALEXANDER CALDWELL 1755 DOVER 

[John Caldwell of Londonderry, minor, aged more than 14 
years, makes choice of Matthew Patten of Bedford as his guard- 
ian Dec. 25, 1755; witnesses, John Hunter, John Craige.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 363 

[Guardianship of John Caldwell, son of Alexander Caldwell 
of Dover, mariner, granted to Matthew Patten, yeoman, Dec. 31, 
1755.] 

[Bond of Matthew Patten, husbandman, with Alexander 
McMurphy of Derryfield, gentleman, and Robert McMurphy 
of Londonderry, husbandman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Jan. I, 1756, for the guardianship of John Caldwell; witnesses, 
James Liggett, James McNeil.] 



REUBEN GREELEY 1755 HUDSON 

[Ezekiel Greeley petitions Dec. 26, 1755, for administration 
on the estate of his brother, Reuben Greeley, "Lately Died at 
the Seige at menis", his father declining to act, and he being the 
oldest son.] 

[Bond of Ezekiel Greeley of Nottingham West, yeoman, 
with Daniel Marshall of Nottingham West, yeoman, and John 
Chamberlain of Merrimack, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 16, 1756, for the administration of the estate of 
Reuben Greeley of Nottingham West, yeoman; witnesses, 
Joseph Smith, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, March 24, 1756; amount, £481. 19. 6; signed by 
Nehemiah Lovewell and Benjamin French.] 

[Warrant, June 3, 1756, authorizing Nehemiah Lovewell, 
gentleman, and Benjamin French, innholder, both of Dunstable, 
to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Feb. 25, 1757; amount, £916. o. 8; signed by 
Nehemiah Lovewell and Benjamin French.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £985. 10. o; amount 
distributed, £222. 4. 6; allowed April 13, 1757.] 



364 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £481. 19. 6; 
expenditures, £259. 15. o; allowed April 7, 1756.] 



DANIEL ROBERTS, JR. 1755 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Roberts, Jr., of Hamp- 
stead, yeoman, granted to his widow, Meribah Roberts, Dec. 31, 

I755-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 432.] 

[Bond of Meribah Roberts, with Daniel Johnson and John 
Atwood, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampstead, in the sum of 
£500, Dec. 31, 1755, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, William Wallace.] 

[Inventory, attested May i, 1756; amount, £3070. 10. 6; 
signed by James Graves and Zachariah Johnson.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £1195. 10. 6; expenditures, £534. 12. i; mentions main- 
taining three children from date of death of deceased, which was 
Oct. 16, 1755; allowed May 26, 1757.] 

[Additional account of settlement; receipts, £33. o. il; ex- 
penditures, £37. 12. 10; allowed Dec. 28, 1768.] 



JOSEPH BLAKE 1755 EPPING 

[Bond of Abigail Blake, with Benjamin Clifford and John Cass 
as sureties, all of Epping, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 31, 1755, 
for the administration of the estate of Joseph Blake of Epping; 
witnesses, Jedediah Blake, Abraham Perkins.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 22, 1756; amount, £5229. 12. o; signed by 
Timothy Morgan and Abraham Perkins.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 365 

[Warrant, April 24, 1765, authorizing Capt. Ezekiel Brown, 
Lieut. Josiah Prescott, John Prescott, Cornet Abraham Perkins, 
and Benjamin Wadleigh, all of Epping, to divide the real es- 
tate.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by John Carr and his 
wife Abigail, formerly widow of the deceased; receipts, personal 
estate, £875. 8. 6; expenditures, £1447. 13. 4; mentions mainte- 
nance of one child 6 years, and another 25 weeks; allowed June 
16, 1765.] 

Pursuant to a warrant from the Hon^'° Richard Wibird Esq' 
Judge of Probate of wills &c for the Province of New Hampshire 
appointing Ezekiel Brown Joseph Prescutt John Prescutt Abra- 
ham Perkins and Benjamin Wadleigh a Committee to Divide & 
Sett off to Abigail Carr Lately abigail Blake Relict Widow of 
Joseph Blake Late of Eppin Deceased her Dower which happens 
to her of the Real Estate of the said Joseph Blake Deceas'd 
Intestate and also to Divide the other two thirds of the Real 
Estate of the said Joseph Blake to and among the Children of 
Said Deceased allowing the Eldest Son a Double Share and to the 
other Children each a Single Share and Setting forth the Said 
Dower and each share by metes & bounds; and accordingly we 
the Subscribers have Sot forth the same in the following manner 
viz — 

first: We Set off to Joseph Blake Eldest Son to the Intestate 
twenty one acres of Land Lying on the Southerly Side of the 
home Stead and to be twenty one Rods in weideth on the high- 
way at the west end and Eighteen Rods in weideth on the east- 
erly end and to run a Straight Line from Bound to Bound on the 
Northerly Side, which is allowed to be a Double Share — 

2^ We Set off to mehitabel Blake Eldest Daughter to the 
Intestate ten acres & a half acre of Land adjoining to the Eldest 
Son Double Shareand to extend Northerly into Said home Stead 
So far as to be ten Rods & a half in weideth on the highway at the 
west end and Nine Rods in weideth on the east end and the 



366 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

north Side to be a Straight Line, from Bound to Bound which is 
allowed to be a single share — 

^rd w^e 5gt of to abigail Carr Lately abigail Blake, Relict 
Widow to the Said Joseph Blake Deceas'd, her Dower and is to 
Contain thirty Six acres of Land and Lys adjoining to mehitabel 
B lakes Share and Lyes on the north Side of Said Share and is to 
extend into Said homestead northerly So far as to be thirty Six 
Rods & one third on the highway at the west end, and twenty 
Eight Rods and one third at the east end and the North Side to 
be a Straight Line from Bound to Bound — 

^th \Ye Set off to Jonathan Blake Son to the Intestate a Single 
Share Containing ten acres of Land adjoining to the Widows 
Dower on the north side and is to be Nine Rods & a half Rod in 
weideth on the highway at the west end and Eight Rods at the 
east end and the north side to be a Straight Line from Bound to 
Bound — 

5iy We Set off to asahel Blake Son to the Intestate ten acres of 
Land Lying on the North Side of Jonathan Blakes Share, and to 
extend into Said home stead So far as to be Nine Rods and a half 
Rods in weideth on the highway at the west end, and Eight 
Rods in weideth on the east end, and to be a Straight Line on the 
north Side from Bound to Bound — 

5th We Set off to Shearborn Blake Son to the Intestate ten 
acres of Land adjoining on the north side of asahel Blakes Share 
and to extend into the Said home Stead So far as to be Nine 
Rods and a half Rod in weideth on the highway at the west end, 
and Eight Rods in weideth at the east end and to run a Straight 
Line from Bound to Bound — 

yth We Set off to Sarah Blake Daughter to the Intestate Nine 
acres of Land adjoining to Shearborn Blaks Share on the north 
Side and to extend into Said home Stead So far as to be Eight 
Rods & a half Rod in weideth on the highway at the west end, 
and Eight Rods in weideth at the east end and to run a Straight 
Line on the north Side from Bound to Bound — 

8*^ We Set off to Theophelus Blake Son to the Intestate ten 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 367 

acres of Land adjoining on the north side of Sarah Blakes Share, 
and to be Eleaven Rods in weideth on the highway at the west 
end, and Seven Rods on the east end and to Bind on the north 
Side by Jedediah Blakes Land being a Single Share — 
Eppin June y* 25''^ 1 765 Ezekiel Brown 

Joseph Prescot 
John Prescott 
Abraham Perkins 



JAMES HOBBS 1756 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen, the Eighth Day of Jenu^ 1756. I 
James Hobbs of North Hampton in the Province of New- 
Hampshire in New England Husbandman being Weak in Body 
* * * 

Imprinis I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Son James 
Hobbs the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds Old Tenor to be raised 
& levied out of my Estate And paid by my Son Morrice 

Item I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved Son Benjamin 
Hobbs All my Land Lying and Being in North Hampton Afor- 
said Excepting Ten Acers for my Son Morris & one half of A 
Lot of Land in the first North Devision Joyning to the Land of 
Joseph Brown for my Grand Sons James Hobbs & Jonathan 
Hobbs. And Also I Give A Lot of Marsh Lying the north Side 
of the River near to Moses Perkins's And Also half A Share of 
Marsh Lying Near to the Rivers Mouth And also a Peice of 
Meddow Ground Lying near to Tucks Mill And Also A Peice of 
Marsh Lying in Boulters Cove And also my Dwelling House 
Excepting one Third Part of Said House I reserve for two of my 
Daughters Patiance & Comfort till Marriage And Also I give to 
my Said Son My Barn & all my Stock of Cattle Excepting two 
Cows And Also All my Moveables Excepting Household Goods. 

Item I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Morris 
Hobbs my Dwelling House at Hampton and all my Land Joyning 



368 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

or near to Said House And Also my Share of Marsh Lying on the 
South of the River near to Said Perkins's and also my Share of 
Marsh Lying in the Spring Marsh, And also Ten Acres of 
Land Lying in North Hampton near to Stephen Batchelders 
And Begining At A Cross fence upon a Hill by the Land of my 
Brother John Hobbs And Extending half A Cross my Lot And 
Runing Southward by the Land of my S*^ Brother till Ten Acres 
is Compleated — 

Item I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Easter 
Dearborn Thirty Pounds Old Tenor to be Raised & levied out of 
my Estate And Paid by my Son Benjamin And Also one quarter 
of my Household Goods 

Item I give & Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Lucey 
Sandborn Thirty Pounds Old Tenor to be Raised & levied out of 
my Estate And Paid by my Son Benjamin And also one quarter 
of my Household Goods 

Item I give and Bequeath to well beloved Daughter Patiance 
Hobbs Three Hundred Pounds old Tenor to be Raised & levied 
out of my Estate And Paid by my Son Benjamin And Also one 
quarter of my Houshold Good & One Cow & one Sixth Part of 
my Dwelling House till Marriage 

Item I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Com- 
fort Hobbs Three Hundred Pounds old Tenor two Hundred to be 
raised & levied out of my Estate And Paid by my Son Benjam" 
And One Hundred by my Son Morris And Also one quarter of 
my Houshold Good & one Cow And Also one Sixth part of my 
Dwelling House till Marriage. 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter in Law Mary Hobbs 
a Comfortable Suport out of my Estate till Marriage to be raised 
and levied out of my Estate & Paid by my Son Benjamin & the 
Said Suport not to be Paid unless She will Live with him 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Grand Son James Hobbs the 
One half of my Land at Notingham And Also one quarter of my 
North Division Lot of Land. 

Item I give and bequeath to my Grand Son Jonathan Hobbs 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 369 

the one half of my Land A Notingham And Also one quarter of 
my North Devislon Lot of Land 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Grand Daughter Huldah Hobbs 
one Hundred Pounds Old Tenor to be Raised & levied out of my 
Estate And to be Paid by my Grand Son James Hobbs 

Item I give And Bequeath to my Grand Daughter Lucey 
Hobbs one Hundred Pounds old Tenor to be Raised & levied out 
of my Estate And to be Paid by my Grand Son Jonathan Hobbs 

I Give to my Executors All my Estate Both Real & Parsonall 
Not Mentioned in this Will 

I Likewise constitute make And ordain my Sons Benjamin 
Hobbs and Morris Hobbs Executors * * * 

James hobbs 

[W^itnesses] John Weeks, Reuben Marston, Josiah Dearborn. 
[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Inventory, April 8, 1756; amount, £6102. 11. o; signed by 
Abner Fogg and Daniel Marston.] 



THOMAS NEWMARCH 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Newmarch and Mary Newmarch, 
minors, children of Thomas Newmarch of Portsmouth, granted 
to John Shackford of Portsmouth, gentleman, Jan. 9, 1756.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. 9. p. 132.] 



THOMAS RAND 1756 RYE 

In the Name of God Amen the twelthe day of January one 
thousand Seven Hundred and fifty Six I thomas Rand of Rye in 
the Province of New Hampshire in Newengland Husbandman 
Being very Sick & Week in Body * * * 



370 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Imprimis I Give to my well beloved Son Thomas Rand all the 
Land & Marsh that I have in the Parrish of Rye With My House 
& Barn Standing on my Land and all my Toulls for Husbandtory 
Work 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Son Epharim Rand the one 
Halfe of all my Wright of Land in Epsom one Coue & one third 
of my Waring Clouse one yoke of oxen to Be Given Him by My 
Executor when he is twenty one years old 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Son Ruben Rand the one 
Halfe of all my Wright of Land in Epsom one yoke of Oxen one 
Coue & one third of my Wareing Close to be Given Him by my 
Executor When he Comes to the age of twenty one years 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Daghter mary Chandler 
thirty five Pounds old tenor money to be paid her by my Execu- 
tor. 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Daughter hannah Lock 
thirty five Pounds old tenor money to be Pay her by Executor 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Daughter Elesebeth Lang 
thirty five Pounds old tenor money to be Paid her by my Execu- 
tor 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Daughter Mabarah Rand 
thirty five Pounds old tenor money one Coue & the one Halfe 
of my Household Goods to be Paid her By my Executor — 

Item I Give the Remander to my Executor of my Real & 
Parsonel Estate & if by the Povidence of God he Dyes with out 
an Heir I Give all that I have not other ways Desposed to my 
Son Epharim Rand & if thomas & Epharim Dye with [out] Heirs 
I Give & Bequeath all my Reail Estate to Ruben Rand I Like- 
wise Constute make & ordain my son thomas Rand Sole Execu- 

thomas 
his + Marke 
Rand 

[Witnesses] Richd Rand, Josiah Webster, Rich** Jenness 3*^. 
[Proved Jan. 28, 1756.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 371 

[Bond of Thomas Rand, yeoman, with Richard Rand, gentle- 
man, and Richard Jenness, 3d, as sureties, all of Rye, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 28, 1756, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, Richard Philpot.] 



TIMOTHY LEAVITT 1756 BRENTWOOD 

In the name of God Amen I Timothy Leavit of the Parish of 
Brintwood in y« Tounship of Exeter in the Province of New 
Hampshire in New England Yeoman * * * 

Imprimis. I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Anne 
Leavit one Yoak of Oxen Two Cows Three two Year old Crea- 
tures Eight Sheep Three Swine one Yoak with Irons 1 Plow two 
Draft Chains all my Bonds and notes of hand and all my Indore 
moveables besides what I Shall Particularly Dispose of in this 
my Will to my Children to be at her desposal forever. And also 
I give to my beloved Wife afore Sd : and To my beloved Daughter 
Anne Leavit The use and Improvement of the one half of my 
whome Place both mowing planting and Orcharding with a 
Privelege to use my Cart Wheels & Sleds and the Easterly End 
of my Dwelling house So long as She Remains my Widow and 
also the use and Improvement of y® one half of My Cellar. And 
also my W^ill is that after ye Decease or Scond marriage of my 
Wife aforesd that my Daughter Anne Leavit if She Remains un- 
married should have the use and improvement of my Bed Room, 
and also a Privilege in the Kitchen and Cellar and Garret and the 
use and Improvement of one Quarter part of my orchard, and 
also one Cow and Calf and four Sheep to be kept for her Summer 
& winter by my Executor and also firewood Sufficient for to be 
Cut and hauled by my Executor. 

And furthermore my W^ill is that my Executor hereafter named 
Shall Provide and allow to my Daugter Anne Leavit aforesd 
Yearly So long as She Remains unmarried Eighteen Bushell of 
Corn and Sixty weight of Beef 



372 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Anne 
Leavit aforesd one Feather Bed and Beding, one Cow & Calf, and 
Four Sheep, to be at her desposal forever, and my Will is y* if 
my Daughter Anne Leavit Should marry that my Executor 
Shall pay her Two Hundred Pounds Equal to Bills of Credit of 
y° old Tenor in money or in Stock to the value thereof Immedi- 
ately after her marriage 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my beloved Daughter Deborah 
Dowlin and to her heirs and assigns forever Twenty Five acres of 
Land it being part of my Common Right Lying in y^ Parish of 
Epping in y"* Township of Exter which was proportioned to me 
by y* first Committee for proportioning y^ Common Lands in Sd 
Town I Do also Give to my Daughter Deborah Dowlin afore Sd 
one Cow Four Sheep one Feather Bed and Beding Six Pewter 
Platters Six Pewter Plates one Tramel a Fire Shovel and Tong's 
& Flesh Fork 

Item I Give to y^ Chh of Christ in this Place The Sum of 
Twenty Pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Executor to y* Com- 
mittee of y® Church in Eight months after my Decease 

Item I Give Demise and Bequeath to my Beloved Son Timo- 
thy Leavit and to his Heirs & Assigns forever all the Rest and 
Residue of my Estate both Real and Personal he Paying my 
Just Debts Lagacies and Funeral Charges, and allowing to his 
mother and Sister the Improvement as aforesd in this my last 
Will and Testament 

Lastly I do hereby Constitute Ordain and appoint my beloved 
Son Timothy Leavit to be Sole Executor of this my last Will and 
Testament. In Witness whereof I Do hereunto Set my Hand 
and Seal This Thirteenth Day of January Anno Domini one 
Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty Six 

Timothy Leavitt 

[Witnesses] Samuel Smith, Samel Dudley, Nathaniel Trask. 
[Proved March ii, 1756.] 

[Warrant, March 11, 1756, authorizing Samuel Smith and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 373 

Biley Dudley, both of Brentwood, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, March, 1756; amount, £8999. 16. o; signed by 
Samuel Smith and Biley Dudley.] 



ABIGAIL THOMPSON 1756 DURHAM 

In the name of God Amen the Twentieth Day of January in 
the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty & 
Six, I Abigail Tompson of Durham in the Province of New 

Hampshire in New England being Aged & & Stricken in years 

* * * 

Imprimis I will & give my Sons Robert & Ebenezer Tompson 
Twenty five Acres of Land more or Less at Back River so Called 
in Dover in the Province afores*^ with the Priviledges & Ap- 
purtenances to their heirs and Assigns for ever to be Divided 
Equally between them, to be had and held by them immediately 
after my Decease 

Item it is my will and pleasure that my daughter Abigail 
Tompson shall be paid Two Hundred pounds Old Tenor or an 
Equivilancy thereunto at Time of payment by my Two Sons 
Robert & Ebenezer Afores'^ within five years after my Decease. 
Likewise I give my Daughter Abigail afores*^ all my houshold 
Goods & furniture whatsoever with my Rings & Necklace of 
Gold to be to her & heirs for Ever; Reserving my Mother's 
Cloaths to the purposes hereafter I Intend to dispose of — 

Item as to any other Real Estate, or personal What soever it is 
my will and pleasure to give the Same to my three Children 
viz* Robert, Ebenezer & Abigail their heirs for ever to be Equally 
Divided between them Immediately after my Decease 

Item I give my Brother Solomon Emerson my Negro Woman 
Dinah so Called with my part of my father's Right Samuel 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Emerson Gentman Deceased in the Common Lands in Durham 
to him & his heirs for Ever — 

Item I give Hannah Tompson Daughter of my Son Samuel 
Tompson Deceased Twenty pounds Old Tenor to be paid by my 
Executor within five years after my Decease provided She Lives 
Untill Time of payment — 

Item I give Abigail Tompson Daughter of my Brother Micah 
Emerson Deceased one Riding hood that belonged to my mother 
Judith Emerson — 

Item I give my Cousin Abigail Emerson Daughter of Brother 
Timothy Emerson Deceased one Suit of my mother's as afore- 
said her Cloaths for ever Immediately after my Decease — 

Item I give unto Hannah Emerson Daughter of my Brother 
Solomon Emerson one Suit of my Mother's Cloaths Immediately 
after my Decease 

Item I give unto the Rev^ Joseph Prince one Cow to be well 
wintered out After my Decease to him & his heirs for ever 

I do ordain, Constitue, & Appoint my Son Robert Tompson to 
be my Sole Executor * * * 

Abigail Tompson 

[Witnesses] John Woodman, Samuel Daniels Junr, William 
Bruce. 

[Proved May 26, 1756.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1756, authorizing Jonathan Woodman and 
Joseph Sias, both of Durham, traders, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 26, 1756; amount, £3032. 19. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Jonathan Woodman.] 



BENJAMIN HILLIARD 1756 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty fifth day of January 
Anno Domini 1756 In the twenty ninth year of his Majestys 



I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 375 

Reign I Benjamin Hilyard of Hampton falls in the Province of 
New Hampshire in New England Yeoman being Sick and weak 
in Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my wellbeloved wife Dorothy 
all my Houshold Goods And moveables within Doors for her 
own Use and Improvement so long as she shall think Proper and 
then to Dispose of among my Daughters as she shall think 
Proper I also Give her the Improvement of One half of my 
Dwelling House and half of my Barn And half of all my Lands 
whatsoever or wheresoever for the Bringing up of my Children 
who Are Young Untill my Son John shall arrive at the age of 
twenty one Years if he should live to that age and if he should 
Die before untill the time he would have arrived at that age had 
he Lived. Also the Use of one half of my Husbandry Tools un- 
till that time — 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Benjamin Hilyard to 
him his heirs and assigns One half of my House and Barn and one 
half of All my Land whatsoever or wheresoever to be Equally 
Divided as to Quantity and Quality I also Give him the Improve- 
ment of my Mill Stream and Mill Untill my Son John shall Ar- 
rive at the Age of twenty one Years And after that to have and 
Injoy the one half of Said Mill Stream and Mill Priviledges to 
him my said Son Benjamin his heirs & assigns I also Give to my 
said Son Benjamin One half of all my Husbandry Tools. And 
I Order him to pay to my Daughter Mehetable Weare five 
Pounds New Tenor Yearly for four Years after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Hilyard to him his 
heirs and assigns when he shall Come to the age of twenty one 
years The One half of my House and Barn and one half of all my 
Lands whatsoever or wheresoever to be Equally Divided as to 
Quantity and Quality also one half of my Mill Stream And Mill 
Priviledges also one half of my Husbandry Tools. And further 
my will is That As my Son Benjamin is now abroad in the Prov- 
ince Service if he should Die before he Returns home again 
Then what is beforementioned to be Given to my Said Son Ben- 



376 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

jamin I Give to my Son John in the Same Manner as it was 
given to Benjamin 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mehetable Weare 
One Cow also five Pounds New Tenor a Year for four years after 
my Decease to be paid her by my Son Benjamin or if he should 
Die without Returning as abovementioned then to be paid her 
by my Son John 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Two Daughters Mary Hii- 
yard and Dorothy Hilyard Each of them One Cow and One 
feather Bed And Beding and Ten Pounds New Tenor to be paid 
Each of them as they arrive at the age of Eighteen Years by my 
Executrix 

And further my will is and I do hereby Order That for the 
Payment of my Debts and funeral Charges All my Stock of 
Creatures of what Sort Soever Excepting three Cows shall be 
Sold by my Executrix And if the money that shall be Raised by 
the Sale of my Stock of Creatures with what Money is Due me 
shall not be Sufficient to Discharge the Same Then I Order my 
Executrix to make Sale of so much of my Real Estate as shall be 
wanting and she is hereby Improved so to do that the moveables 
within Doors may not be Sold which Three Cows Excepted are to 
be for the Use of my Executrix for bringing up my Children 

Lastly I do by these presents Constitute and appoint my well 
beloved Wife Dorothy Sole Executrix * * * 

Benjamin Hilyard 
his 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Samuel XFifield, Daniel Sanborn. 

mark 

[Proved March 31, 1756.] 

[Dorothy Hilliard renounces execution of the will March 29, 
1756; witnesses, Samuel Shaw, Samuel Fifield.] 

[Bond of Meshech Weare, with Daniel Sanborn, yeoman, and 
Ezekiel Carr, husbandman, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in 
the sum of £500, March 31, 1756, for the administration, with 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 377 

will annexed, of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel 
Morrison.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1756, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Josiah Batchelder, both of Hampton Falls, yeoman, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 18, 1756; amount, £4870. 11. o; 
signed by Jonathan Fifield and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[Warrant, June 17, 1757, authorizing Joseph Worth, Josiah 
Batchelder, Jonathan Swett, yeomen, Andrew Webster, ship- 
wright, and Jeremiah Lane, yeoman, all of Hampton Falls, to 
set off the widow's dower.] 

Pursuant to an Order from the Honourable Richard Wibird 
Esq' Judge of Probate of Wills for the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Bearing Date the 17*^^ of June 1757 Authoriseing us to Set 
off to Dorothy Hilyard widow & Relict of Benjamin Hilyard 
Late of Hampton falls in the Province aforesaid Deceas'd the 
Dower or thirds which happens to her of the Real Estate of the 
said Deceas'd — 

We have Accordingly Set off the Same as hereafter Described 
And Bounded viz* for her third part of the Buildings we have set 
off the Southeasterly lower Room of the Dwelling House and 
fire Place thereto belonging And also the Chamber and Garret 
over said Room and Privilidge of the Stairs to go into the same 
And the Southerly third part of the Celler Under said Room ; and 
the Easterly End of the Barn to the floor Place, and the South- 
erly part Over the floor Place as far as the Scaffold is now laid 
with a third Part of the Priviledge of the floor Place And for her 
third Part of the Land we have set off as follows viz* ten Acres 
near the House which Includes her third Part of the orchard and 
is Bounded as follows, Beginning by the highway twenty feet 
Southerly of the Southwesterly Corner of the Dwelling House 
thence Running Easterly to a Stake standing twenty feet South- 
erly of the Southeast Comer of the Dwelling House, thence Run- 



378 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ning thro' the Orchard North 49 Degrees East ten Rods to a 
Stake, thence Running North ']'] Degrees East forty Six Rods to 
a Stake, thence on a Strait Course to a Stake set up near the 
Southwesterly Corner of the Saw Mill, and from said Stake to a 
Stake at the westerly End of a Pair of Barrs in Deacon Batch- 
elder's fence And from thence Westerly as the fence now Stands 
between said Bachelders and Hilyards land to a Stake Standing 
by the fence a little Notherly of the Brook And from thence to a 
Stake behind the Barn which is fourteen Rods from the Middle 
of the well and from thence on a Strait Course to the middle of 
the well which will Strike the Post of the Barn Standing at the 
Southwesterly Corner of the Barn floor, and from the middle of 
the well to the Northeast Corner of the Dwelling House and then 
by the Easterly End and Southerly Side of the House to the 
highway and then by the Highway to the Bounds first men- 
tiond, also another Piece on the lower field Containing four acres 
and Ninety Nine Rods lying on the Notherly Side of the field 
Bounding Notherly by land belonging to the Heirs of Timothy 
Hilyard Deceas'd as the fence now is so far as their Land goes, 
and then Continuing the Same Course to the Meadow, and then 
by the Edge of the meadow to a Stake Set up half a Rod South- 
erly of a Large Pine Stump on the Edge of the Bank, And 
from thence westerly to a Small Swamp white Oak Spotted 
Standing by the fence at the westerly End of the field ten Rods 
from the Northwesterly Corner of said field. And from said Oak 
to the Northwesterly Corner of said field ten Rods as the fence 
now is We have Also set off to her of the Meadow adjoyning to 
said field One acre and One hundred & fourteen Rods Bounding 
Notherly by Taylors River so Called Easterly by meadow Sold 
to Deac° Josiah Bachelder westerly by the meadow Sold to Cap* 
Jonathan Moulton As the Stakes are now set up And Southerly 
by the Upland, which makes the full of her thirds — 

And it is to be Understood that there is liberty Reserv'd to the 
heirs of the said Benjamin Deceas'd & their Assigns of Passing 
thro' the Upper End of that part of the lower field which we have 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 379 

set off to the said Dorothy for her thirds for to Come at the Land 

belonging to them that being the only Place where there is Con- 

veniency of Passing — 

And this we make as our Return Dated the twenty fifth Day of 

July Anno Domini 1757 As Witness Our hands. — 

Joseph Worth 
Josiah Bachelder 
Andrew Webster 
Jonathan Swett 
Jeremiah Lane 



JOSEPH BUSS 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of Joseph Buss of Portsmouth, joiner, with Joseph Al- 
cock of Portsmouth, shopkeeper, and James Kielle of Dover, 
tailor, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Jan. 28, 1756, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of his father, Joseph Buss; witnesses, 
William Parker, Richard Philpot.] 

[Lydia Buss of Portsmouth, widow, renounces administration 
on the estate of her husband, Joseph Buss of Portsmouth, joiner, 
Feb. — , 1756, in favor of Joseph Buss, oldest and only surviving 
son; witness, John Paine.] 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Buss granted to his 
son, Joseph Buss, Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 465.] 

[Inventory, June 30, 1756; amount, £2646. i. o; signed by 
Daniel Jackson and Samuel Waters,] 



FRANCIS FOOTMAN 1756 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen I Francis Footman of Durham In 
the Province of New Hampshire husbandman Being aged * 



380 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give unto my two Sons Namly Thomas Footman and 
John Footman Equally Divided Betweane them all my Estate of 
what Nator or kind Soever: and whare So Ever the Same is or 
Shall Be Found Ither Raiel or Personal Not heare to fore By me 
Legally Disposed of: Finally I Constitute and appint Benjamin 
Mathes And John Burnum Both of the Town and Province afore 
Said To be Exec*°" * * * 

In Witness whare of I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the 
Twenty ninth Day of January Anno Domini one thousand 
Seven Hundred and fifty Six In the twenty ninth Year of his 
Majestys Reign 

his francis footman 

[Witnesses] Abraham X Stevenson, John Jenkens, Joseph 
Stevenson Juner. mark 

[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing Benjamin Smith, gentle- 
man, and Joseph Sias, trader, both of Durham, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, March 10, 1756; amount, £5738. 17. 6; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Benjamin Smith.] 

[Guardianship of John Footman, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to John Sullivan Aug. 9, 1769.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 551.] 

[Guardianship of Thomas Footman, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to John Sullivan Aug. 9, 1769.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 550.] 

[Bond of John Sullivan, with Thomas Bickford and Winthrop 
Bickford, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 9, 
1769, for the guardianship of John Footman, son of Francis 
Footman; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Hale, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 38 1 

[Bond of John Sullivan, same sureties, amount, and date, for 
the guardianship of Thomas Footman, son of Francis Footman; 
witness, William Parker.] 

Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hon'''* John Sherburne Esq' 
Judge of the Probate of Wills &" for the County of Rockingham 
Directing and appointing us the Subscribers a Committee to 
Divide the Real Estate of Francis Footman late of Durham De- 
ceased have Done it in the following manner Viz. We have set 
off to Thomas Footman Eldest son of said Deceased one half of 
said Real Estate as follows The late homestead Farm of said De- 
ceased containing about Forty Three Acres, Laying on the 
North Side of the Highway that leads from Durham Falls, to 
Durham Point (so called) and Adjoining thereto, and is Bounded 
Westerly by Land of the Heirs of Daniel Davis Deceased, North- 
erly by land of Abraham Stevenson & Jonathan Warner Esq' and 
Easterly by land of said Jonathan Warner as the same was held 
& Improved by said Deceased. Also a lot containing about Six 
Acres and one half Acre adjoining the Aforesaid highway on the 
South Side thereof and opposite to the aforesaid Homestead, and 
Bounded westerly by Land of the Heirs of the Afores'^ Daniel 
Davis, Southerly by land Lately belonging to Benj" Mathes 
Esq"^ Deceas^ & Easterly by land laying Common — 

Also About Sixteen Acres of Land in said Durham at a place 
Called & known by the Name of Colleys Marsh Including part of 
said Marsh Bounded Southerly by land of Daniel Warner Esq' 
Northerly by a highway Westerly by land of Joseph Smith, & 
Easterly by land of Stephen W^illey, as the Same was held & Im- 
proved by the Testator — 

To John Footman the other Son of Said Deceased for his half 
a Sixty Acres Lot of Land laying partly in Durham Aforesaid, 
and partly in the Parish of Lee as the same was granted by the 
Town of Dover to Thomas Footman Father of said Francis, and 
laid out to him as will appear by the said grant & Return & 
Dover Records — Also about Nineteen Acres and one half Acre 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of Land in Durham Aforesaid adjoining Colleys Marsh Afores"* 
and is Bounded on Every Part by land of Valentine Mathes Esq' 
& Daniel Warner Esq' as the same was held & Improved by the 
said Francis Footman in his lifetime — Witness our hands at 
Durham the 13*^ day of April 1774 

Volintine Mathes ] 

John Smith \ Committee 

E Thompson J 



LAWRENCE STRAW 1756 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Lawrence Straw of South- 
Hampton in the Province of New-Hampshire in New-England 
Husbandman being W^eak in Body * * * 

Item — Secondly I give to my well beloved Wife Abia Straw 
the use and Improvement of one half of my Real Estate the 
East End of my House and all the Cellar the one half of all my 
Stock and one half of my Household goods and Household Stuff 
These I give her the use and Improvement of So long as She 
remains my Widow. 

Item Thirdly I give to my Son Moses Straw Twenty Five 
Shillings Lawful Money or Five Pounds old Tenor as Money 
now passes to be paid him by my Executor within Six Months 
after my Decease — 

Item Fourthly I give to my Son Ezra Straw the other half of 
my Real Estate and the other half of my Stock, and if my Wife 
Abia Straw refuses my Will and chooseth to stand by the Law, 
then I give to my son Ezra Straw two Thirds of my Real Estate 
and two thirds of all my stock with all my husbandry utensils, 
and after the Decease of my wife I give him the whole of all my 
real Estate and the whole of my stock. I give him all my 
Husbandry utensils and Implements to take Possession of 
immediately after my Decease. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 383 

Item Fifthly I give to my Daughter Hannah Straw Three 
Hundred Pounds old Tenor as money now passes, the one Half 
to be paid her within Six months after my Decease, and to be 
paid with the one Half of my Household Goods and Household 
stuff if they are Valued at one Hundred and Fifty Pounds old 
Tenor, and if they are not Valued so high as to amount to it then 
the rest to be paid her in money, and if they amount to more than 
one Hundred and Fifty Pounds old Tenor yet my will is that 
the one Half of all my Household goods and house hold Stuff 
be delivered to her within Six months after my Decease. And 
my will also is that the other Hundred and Fifty Pounds be paid 
her within Six Months after the Decease of my Wife Abia 
Straw, as the first one Hundred and Fifty Pounds was paid That 
is to say to be paid out of the other Half of my House hold goods, 
and house hold stuff if they are Valued So high as to amount to 
One hundred and Fifty Pounds old Tenor But if not, then the 
remainder to be paid in Money. But yet if they amount to 
more than one Hundred and Fifty Pounds yet my Will is that 
they be Delivered to her by my Executor, or if Either the first 
Half, or the Second half of my Household Goods and Household 
Stuff do not amount to one Hundred and Fifty Pounds Old 
Tenor Each, that then my Executor pays her the remainder in 
Money at the Expiration of Each Time. My will further is that 
if my Wife refuseth to accept of my Will and if She accepts of 
what the Law allows her then my Daughter is to have two Thirds 
of my Household goods and two thirds of my household stuff 
delivered her by my Executor within Six Months after my 
Decease, But if they do not amount to Two Hundred Pounds 
Old Tenor, then the rest to be paid her by him in money, and 
the Other Third part of my Household goods and House hold 
stuff to be delivered to her within six months after the Decease 
of my Wife, and if they do not amount to One Hundred Pounds 
Old Tenor, then the rest to be paid her in Money, But yet if they 
amount to More yet my Will is that they are all of them delivered 
to her, by my Executor. 



384 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Finally I do make Ordain and constitute my son Ezra Straw 
to be Sole Executor * * * Iq Witness whereof I have Set 
my Hand and Seal this Twenty Ninth Day of January Anno 
Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty Six and in the 
Twenty Ninth year of the Reign of George the Second King 
over great Britain & 

his 
Lawrence + Straw 
Mark 
his 
[Witnesses] Prince + Flanders, Morrill Flanders, Israel Straw 

mark 
[Proved May 26, 1762.] 

[Inventory, July 27, 1762; amount, £5788. i. o; signed by 
Abner Morrill and James Graves.] 



JOSIAH BURLEIGH 1756 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God, Amen. The third Day of February 
1756. I Josiah Burley of the Parish or Town of New Market 
within his Majesties Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land House Carpenter, being very sick, and weak in body 

* * * 

Imprimis. I give and Bequeath To Hannah my dearly 
beloved Wife The one half of all my Land, & orchard adjoyning 
To my Dwelling House; and the Kitchen and bedroom and half 
the Dary in the East End of my Dwelling house; and sufficient 
Room in my barn To keep her Cows & Sheep and Their hay So 
Long as she shall Continue My Widow. I also give and be- 
queath to my Wife, one Cow, & one heifer of Three years old, 
and Three Sheep & all my houshold Goods, Beds & Bedding 
&c., for her own forever, and also a Sufficiency of fire wood for 




NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 385 

her during her widdowhood ; To be brought to her Door, by my 
Execr*' hereafter named. 

Item I give and bequeath To my well Beloved Son Josiah, 
(whom I do hereby ordain, & appoint to be sole Exec'"^ of this my 
last Will and Testament) all my Lands & buildings, Stock, & 
utensils of all sorts. Bills, Bonds, notes, &c Even all my Personal 
& Reall Estate (Excepting what I have bequeathd To my wife as 
above.) and What is bequathd To her During her widdowhood 
I bequath to him, after her Death, or after she ceaseth to be 
my Widdow, by marrying again, he Paying my Debts, and 
funeral Charges &c 

Item I give and bequath To my well beloved son Thomas, one 
hundred, & fifty Pounds in Work, or Lumber, in old Tennor: 
fifty Pounds of it within half a year after my Decease, & the 
other hundred within one year & half after my Decease, To be 
paid by my Exec*"^ above named. 

Item I give & bequeath to my well beloved Son Samuel, one 
hundred & fifty Pounds old Tennor, To be Paid by s^ Exec"'; 
In work about his building; When he shall build an house &c 

Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter Eliza- 
beth one hundred Pounds old Tennor; To be Paid by Said 
Exec" within four years after my Decease. * * * 

His 

Josiah + Burley 

Mark 

[Witnesses] Benjamin Smart, John Bartlett, Joseph Sandbom. 
[Proved Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing John Bartlett, tanner, 
and Robert Smart, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, May 4, 1756; amount, £3864. 17. o; signed by 
Robert Smart and John Bartlett.] 



386 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

SETH RING 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Seth Ring of Portsmouth in the 
Province of New Hampshire Husbandman being Weakly & 
Infirm of Body * * * 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Benjamin the Desk which 
Stands in the Room where I usually Lodge & the Sum of five 
Shillings New Tenor bills of Credit of Said Province I having 
heretofore given him what I Principally Design'd he Shoud have 
of my Estate 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Sons Eliphalet & Seth & my 
Daughter Mary Huntress who are all now at Halifax (as I 
Suppose) to Each of them besides what I have already done for 
them the Sum of One hundred Pounds old Tenor Bills of Credit 
aforesaid or Equal thereto to be paid by my Executor Imme- 
diately after my Decease — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Jane Alcock one of 
my Beds viz the Best I have with the Bedstead & one pair of 
Good Sheets & one pair of Good Blankets & a Good Coverlid — 
She to have her Choice of these things 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Shackford 
my Riding Chair & my Second best Bed with a pair of Good 
Sheets & a pair of Good Blankets & a Coverlid as aforesaid 
after my Daughter Alcock has Chosen them which I have given 
to her as aforesaid I having heretofore done what I coud afford 
for my Said Daughters 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Josiah All my Wearing 
Apparel that I Shall leave both Wollen & Linen Buttons Buckles 
Shoes & Every thing of my Wearing Apparel — 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son George (if he Ever Comes 
to Demand it) the Sum of Ten Pounds old Tenor — afores'* 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter in Law Hannah 
Simmes the Cow which We have usually milk'd for the Family's 
use & kept at Home — And as I have Built an Addition to the 
House which was her Fathers & a Barn upon the Land that was 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 387 

his I give my Right in & to the Said Buildings to the Said Hannah 
her Heirs & assigns In Consideration of her kind Care of & 
Dutiful behavior Towards me — Item all the Rest & Residue of 
my Estate I give & Bequeath to my Son Joseph Ring & Con- 
stitute & appoint him to be Sole Executor of this my Last Will & 
Testament ordering him to pay all my Debts & Legacies — & I 
hereby Revoke all other Wills by me heretofore made — But as 
I have a Right in the Social Library in Portsm" aforesaid It is not 
my Intention that my Said Son Joseph Shoud have that as he 
does not Live in Said Town & woud not be of use to him I there- 
fore hereby give & Devise & bequeath all my Right in Said Li- 
brary (being a full Share & Right of an Original Proprietor with 
all additional Purchases of Rights) unto my Grandson Joseph 
Alcock the Son of my Said Daughter Jane to him his Heirs & 
Assign's — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
fifth Day of February Anno Domini 1756 

Seth Ring 

[W^itnesses] Tho« Wibird, Thales Greenwood, William Parker. 
[Proved May 30, 1757.] 

[Bond of Joseph Ring of Scarborough, Me., mariner, with 
John Hart and Joseph Alcock, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 30, 1757, for the execution 
of the will; witnesses, Samuel Watts, T. Greenwood.] 



DAVID BEVERLAND 1756 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of god Amen 

I David Beverland of Londonderry within the province of 
Newhamp"^ In New England Yeman being Very much Indis- 
posed In Body * * * 

Imprimes I Gave and Bequeth to my Dearly Beloved Son 
Thomas Beverly one third part of my whole Estate 



388 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my two Dearly Beloved Daugh- 
ters Elisabeth and margrate Beverly one other third part of my 
Real and personall Estate to be Divided Equally Between them 
Both 

Item I Give and Bequeth to my Younger Son David Bevera- 
land the other third part of my Estate 

Likewise I order that if it please god in his providence to call of 
either of them by Death or more then one of them without an 
hier or eishew that thier part Shall Equally be Divided among 
the Rest of the Remaing children and I Do Nominate and 
constute John Barrett and Joseph Boyes Exacutors * * * 
In witness whereof I Do hearunto Set my hand and Seal this 
Seventh Day of February Anno Dominie 1756 and In the 
Twenty ninth year of his majestys Reign 

his 
David X Beverland 
Mark 

[Witnesses] James Boyes Ju% Joseph bell, William Rogers. 
[Proved May 26, 1756.] 

[Warrant, March 6, 1756, authorizing James Nesmith, Jr., 
and Thomas McClary, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 25, 1756; amount, £390. 5. 3; 
signed by Thomas McClary and James Nesmith, Jr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £1958. 18. 6; 
expenditures, £302. 11. 6; allowed May 24, 1758.] 



JOHN FOLSOM 1756 EXETER 

In The Name of God Amen This Twelveth Day of Febuary 
anno Domini 1756 I John Foulsom of Exeter in the province of 
Newhamp Gentelman * * * 



il 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 389 

I Give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Mary the Use and 
Improvement of my Two Little Romes in my Dwelling hose (viz) 
my bead Rom & Little Chitchen where there is a Fier Place in 
Each Roam & the Celler under the Said bead Rom & allso I Give 
unto my Said Wife one Cow & Six Sheep and to be Kept on my 
Whome Place Summer & Winter and my Will is That my Said 
Wife Shall have Two Galons of Rum and Two galons of melasses 
a year & yearly During the term here after mentiond and Like 
wise to have one hunderd wait of Good Pork and one hunderd 
Pound of Good Beafe Ten bushels of Inden Corn Two barels of 
Cyder and what appels She Shall have accation of for her own use 
both Summer & Winter and what fier wood She Shall have 
accation for Cut & haled to her Door and The use of a horse to 
Ride to meeting all During her naturel Life or So long as She 
Remains my W^idow and all to be at The Coust of my Excutors 
Eaqualy betwen them and allso I Give to my Said Wife one 
Coverled & Two blankets 

It™ I Give unto my Son Peter Foulsom and to his heirs & 
assing fer Ever all my Lands That I have att Purscassett (So 
Caled) That adjoyns to my Said Sons home place that he now 
lives on the Said Lands Lyes Partly in Exeter & partly in New- 
market he my Said Son Peter Paying The one halfe of all my 
Debts & the one halfe I Given to his mother and The Legseys 
That I Shall order him in This my Last Will and Testement 

It™ I Give unto my Son Joshua Folsom and to his heirs & 
assings for Ever Fifty acres of Land lying and being in the parish 
of Epping and being the one halfe part of That hunderd acre Lot 
which Was allowed & propotiond To me by a Commitee Chosen 
by the Town of Exeter and lays in the Second Raing The Said 
fifty acres above mentioned being all The Remainder Part of The 
above Said Hunderd acres but what I have Convayed to my 
Said Son allredey by Dead and I Give to my Said Son Joshua 
Two barels of Cyder yearly for Ten years after Deceeace and to 
be Deliverd to him by my Son Josiah Foulsom at his house in 
Exeter 



390 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

It™ I Give unto my Son Josiah Foulsom and to his heirs and 
assings for Ever, all my home place That I now live on in Exeter 
& like wise all my buldings of all Sorts (Exepting one Quarter of 
an acre and The house Standing Thereon Which I Shall here 
after in This my Last Will Give to my Daughter Susannah Bean) 
The Said Lands Is bounded northerly Partly on The Country 
Road and Partly on The above mentioned Quarter of an acre 
and Easterly on Land of oliver Smith & Southerly on Land of 
John Leavit and Westerly on Land belongin To The heirs of 
Benjamin Foulson Decest allso I Give unto my Said Son Josiah 
& his heirs & assings all my Lands which I have on the South 
Side of Walls Cove (So Caled) in Exeter afore Said be the Lands 
more or Less and I Give to my Said Son Josiah all my Utensells 
for husbondry He my Said Son to Com into Porsition There of 
at my Deceece Excepting What I have Given to his mother 
During the Term before mentioned and That at her Deceece or 
marrige my Said Son Josiah Paying halfe my Just Debts and 
The Legices as I Shall order him in this my Last Will and The 
halfe of my fumal Charges 

If" I Give unto my Daughter Mary Foulsom Fifty Pounds old 
tener money to be Paid to her by my Son Peter Folsom The one 
halfe in one year after my Deceece The other Twenty five 
Pounds old ten in Two years after my Decece 

It™ I Give unto my Daufter Elisabeth Thirston fifty Pounds 
old-tener money and to be paid to her by my Son Josiah Folsom 
and to be paid to her Twenty five Pounds old ten in one year 
after my Deceece and The other Twenty Five Pounds old ten in 
Two years after my Deceece 

It™ I Give unto my Two Dafters (viz) mary Foulsom and 
Elisabeth Thirston and to There heirs and assings forever 
Equaley to be Devided betwen Them for Quantity & quality 
All That Thirty acres of Land more or Less Lying att Dear Hill 
(So Caled) in The parish of Brintwood and Lays att The head of 
John Things Grant northerly on Capt John Gilmans Land or 
belonging to his heirs Southerly on oliver Smiths Land and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 39I 

Westerly on Land belonging To The heirs of Benjamin Foulsom 
Deceaced 

It '"^ I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Foulsom Sixty Pound 
old tener and to be paid unto her by my Son Peter Foulsom and 
to be Paid Fifteen Pounds old tener in one year after my Deceace 
and So fifteen Pounds old tener yearly untill The Sixty Pounds 
be paid 

It" I Give unto my Daughter Susannah Bean and to her heirs 
& assing one Quarter of an acre of Land in my home Place and to 
Lay at the North East Corner of my Land and to begin adjoyn- 
ing to Oliver Smith Land at The Countrey Road and Then to 
Run Westerly as The Road runs four Rods and Then to Run 
Southerly or Southwesterly Caring the Same breadth of four 
Rods untill it mark out forty Sevean Rods with The bulding 
which Stands on Said Land and Likewise I Give unto my Said 
Daughter Susannah Fifty Pounds old tener and to be paid by 
my Son Josiah Twelve Pounds ten Shilings old ten in one year 
after my Decease & So Twelve Pounds Ten Shilings yearly 
untill The fifty Pounds be paid 

It™ I Give unto my Grand Son John Thirston one yoke of 
Stears Comming in Three years old at my Deceece and to be 
Deliverd to him by my Excutors 

It™ I Give unto my Three Sons Peter Joshua and Josiah all my 
wearing apparil Equaly to be devided between them 

It™ I Give unto my four Daughters Mary Elisabeth Sarah & 
Susannah Equaly to be Devided between them all my Stock of 
Cattel Sheep and Swine and horse and all my hause hold Goods 
with Dores Excepting what I have allredey Desposed of in This 
my Will and finaly I Do herely Constitute & appoint my Two 
Sons Peter Folsom & Josiah Foulsom to be my Excutors * * * 

his 
John + Folsom 
mark 

[Witnesses] Joseph Leavit, Rob* Light, The: Smith. 

[Proved Sept. i6, 1757.] 



392 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Sept. i6, 1757, authorizing Theophilus Smith of 
Exeter and Israel Gilman of Newmarket, gentleman, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 28, 1758; amount, £13,584. 5. o; 
signed by Israel Gilman and Theophilus Smith.] 



SAMUEL NEAL 1756 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I Samuell Neal of Greenland in y« 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman being 
infirm & weak in body, * * * 

Item. I give & bequeath unto my beloved Wife Elizebeth 
During her Nateral Life y Improvement of one third part of all 
my Real Estate & y^ Improvement of Two Cows & of Six Sheep 
& the improvement of half my House y^ East end from y^ Seller 
to y^ Garret & of half my Barn, and all y^ movables I give to her 
to be at her Disposal as She Shall See best — 

Item I give & bequeath unto my grand Son Samuell Neal 
Mason the Son of my Daughter Elezabeth Mason Deces'^ twenty 
Acres of Land on y" South Side of my Home farm adjoyning to 
my Brother Deacon John Neals Land, To Run from y^ Road y« 
whole length of my land & so far Northwardly as to Contain 
Twenty Acres, he Paying his Brother Daniel Mason y« Son of 
my said Daughter Elizebeth five Pounds old Tenor in value as it 
Now Stands Said Legice being the Portion which I Designed for 
my Daughter their Mother Deces'd, & also all y^ Buildings on 
Said Land after y« Death of my Wife & y^ Marriage of my 
Daughter Hannah if he lives to y^ Age of Twenty one Years & in 
Case of his Death in his Non Age the one half to go equally 
between my Children or their heirs the other half to his Brother 
Daniell Mason if he lives to y^ Age of Twenty one Years, & if not 
to go equally between my Daughters or their heirs. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 393 

Item I give & bequeath unto my Grandson Jonathan Neal 
Berry ye Son of my Daughter Genea Berry Deceas'd Eleven 
Acres of Land lying on y* east end of my land Bounded Southerly 
partly on my own & partly on two Acres of Meddow land which 
I Sold to my Brother Decon John Neal Easterly on Berrys 
Island so Called, Northerly on land of Sam^' Johnson's, Westerly 
on my own, to Run so far Westward from said Island into my 
land as to Contain Eleven Acres it bearing y^ Same Wedth at y^ 
Westward end y* it is from Said Deac° Neals Two Acres to s^ 
Johnson's land with all y" Priveledges & appurtenances to y« 
Same blonging Provided y* he live to y^ Age of twenty one Years 
and in Case of his Death in his Non Age ye one half of y° land to 
be equally Divided between my Children or their heirs, & y* 
other half to go to his Brother James Berry y« Son of my Said 
Daughter Genea if he live to y^ age of Twenty one & if not to go 
equally between my Children or their Heirs. 

Item I give unto my Daughter Hannah Neal y^ Use of one 
Room in my Dwelling House So long as She Remains unmarried. 

Item All y^ Rest Residue & Remainder of all my Estate both 
Real & Personal after my Debts Legacies & funeral Charges are 
Paid - — I give Divise & bequeath unto my four Daughters, viz. 
Comfort Berry, Mergeret Philbrook, Hannah Neal & Ruhamah 
Norton to be equally Divided between them to them & to theirs 
Heirs Executors Administrators & Assigns forever — • 

Lastly I Do hereby Constute & appoint Frances Berry & 
William Norton Jun"" Both of Greenland in y Province of New 
Hampshire Yeomen to be my Executors of this my last will & 
Testament, and I Do hereby Revoke all Other Wills heretofore 
by me made — In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand 
& Seal the sixteenth Day of February one thousand Seven 
Hundred fifty & Six 

Samuel Nel 

[Witnesses] William Nortoren, Henry Clark, Simeon Dearborn. 
[Proved Aug. 25, 1756.] 



394 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Aug. 25, 1756, authorizing Enoch Clark, innholder, 
and William Haines, Jr., yeoman, both of Greenland, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 5, 1756; amount, £4478. 13. o; signed by 
Enoch Clark and William Haines, Jr.] 



ABIGAIL WALKER 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of Amen. I Abigail Walker of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampshire Widow being in health * * * 

Item I give and devise unto George Walker Shannon Nathan- 
iel, Abigail and Margaret Shannon being the Children of My Son 
Nathaniel Shannon deceas'd The Sum of Five pounds Old Tenor 
Each to be paid out of a note of hand which my Said Son 
Nathaniel gave to George Walker Late of Portsmouth aforesaid 
Gentleman deceasd my late husband, and by him given to me, 
The said Sums to be paid by my Executor as Soon as he Can 
Recover the Money due on the Said Note, and not until he Shall 
Recover the Same, in Case he Shall Endeavour the Same by all 
proper means — 

Item I give and Devise unto Richard Cutts Shannon, William 
Thomas, James Noble, Nathaniel, Mary and Elenor Shannon 
Children of my son Cutts Shannon Five pounds old Tenor Each, 
to be paid by my Executor as aforesaid 

Item, I give unto my son Cutts Shannon and to his heirs and 
assigns forever all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my 
Estate both Real & personal Named or unnamed wheresoever 
the Same is or Shall be found wheather in possession Revertion 
or Remainder. And I Constitute and appoint my said Son 
Cutts Shannon to be Sole Executor of this my last Will and 
Testament. And I hereby Revoke disannull and make Void all 
other and former wills and Testaments by me in any manner 
heretofore made. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 395 

hand and Seal the Eighteenth day of February Anno Domini 
1756, and in the Twenty ninth Year of his Majestys Reign — 

Abig' Walker 

[Witnesses] H. Wentworth, Daniel Rogers, Joseph Allcock, 
[Proved Oct. 29, 1762.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 23, 1762; amount, £3217. o. o; 
signed by John Shackford and James Stoodley.] 

[Order of court, June 13, 1763, allowing an appeal against the 
probate of the will to Alice Hight of Portsmouth, widow, in be- 
half of her children by Nathaniel Shannon of Portsmouth, 
deceased.] 

[Bond of Alice Hight, with Joshua Brackett, physician, and 
Jotham Rindge, merchant, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £50, June 13, 1763, for the prosecution of her appeal; 
witnesses, Nathaniel Shannon, William Vaughan.] 



BENJAMIN RICHARDS 1756 ROCHESTER 

[Eleanor Richards renounces administration, Feb. 18, 1756, in 
favor of Joseph Hanson, on the estate of her husband, Benjamin 
Richards of Rochester, yeoman, "being a Private Soldjer in Col" 
Blanchards Regiment in the late Expedition ag^* Crown point 
and Died Intestate in his return from Said Expedition at a place 
Called Licester."] 

[Administration granted to Joseph Hanson of Dover April 
28, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 524.] 

[Bond of Joseph Hanson of Dover, with Moses Stevens of 
Somersworth, tanner, and Samuel Brewster of Barrington, 
housewright, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, April 28, 1756, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, none.] 



396 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the settlement of the estate: receipts, £141. 10. o; 
expenditures, £147. 18. 6; expenditures are credited to the 
estate of Joseph Hanson, administrator; filed June 20, 1757.] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to John Gage June 30, 
1762.] J 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 397.] 

[Bond of John Gage of Dover, with Cutts Shannon of Ports- 
mouth, gentleman, and William Parker of Kingston as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, June 30, 1762, for the administration de bonis 
non of the estate; witnesses, Joseph March, Richard Cutts 
Shannon.] 

[Warrant, June 30, 1762, authorizing Charles Baker of Somers- 
worth, blacksmith, and Solomon Hanson of Dover, yeoman, to 
appraise the estate.] f^ 

[Inventory, Sept. 20, 1762; amount, £2135. 16. 6; signed by 
Charles Baker and Solomon Hanson; also an inventory of the 
estate of Joseph Richards of Rochester, same date, John Gage, 
administrator; amount, £2203. 14. o; also signed by Charles 
Baker and Solomon Hanson.] 

[Warrant, July 27, 1763, authorizing Charles Baker of 
Somersworth and Solomon Hanson of Dover to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £1512. 16, 2; signed by Charles Baker 
and Solomon Hanson; filed May 30, 1764.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1743. 19. 5; 

expenditures, £1202. 11. 10; mentions two children under 7 

years of age; allowed June i, 1770.] 

I' 
[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1512. 16. 2; amount 

distributed, £541. 7. 7; allowed June 21, 1770.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 397 

AMOS CLARK 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

[Sarah Clark renounces administration on the estate of Amos 
Clark of Hampstead Feb. 20, 1756, in favor of Capt. Jonathan 
Carleton of Plaistow.] 

[Administration granted to Jonathan Carleton of Plaistow, 
gentleman, Feb. 25, 1756.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 465.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Carleton, gentleman, with Thomas Hale 
and Moses Belknap, yeomen, as sureties, all of Plaistow, in the 
sums of £500, Feb. 25, 1756, for the administration of the estate 
of Amos Clark of Hampstead, yeoman; witnesses, William 
Parker, Titus Salter.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing Peter Morse and John 
Webster, both of Hampstead, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested March 26, 1756; amount, £604. 17. o; 
signed by Peter Morse and John Webster.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £898. 3. 8, personal 
estate; expenditures, £872. 4. i ; allowed Jan. 30, 1760.] 



AARON STEVENS 1756 PLAISTOW 

[Elizabeth Stevens renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Aaron Stevens of Plaistow, in favor of "one of the 
Children," Feb. 24, 1756; witnesses, Ebenezer Noyes, James 
Noyes.] 

[Administration granted to John Stevens of Plaistow, hus- 
bandman, Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 465.] 

[Bond of John Stevens, husbandman, with Jonathan Carleton, 
gentleman, and Moses Belknap, yeoman, as sureties, all of 



398 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Plaistow, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 1756, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Titus Salter.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing Thomas Johnson and 
Ebenezer Noyes, both of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Aaron Stevens of Kingston, son of Aaron Stevens of Plaistow, 
consents that his brother, John Stevens, administer the estate 
of their father, March 3, 1756; witnesses, Thomas Johnson, 
Ebenezer Noyes.] 

[Inventory, April 26, 1756; amount, £728. 16. o; signed by 
Thomas Johnson and Ebenezer Noyes.] 

[Warrant, Feb, 23, 1757, authorizing Jonathan Carleton, 
gentleman, Thomas Johnson, Moses Stevens, Ebenezer Noyes, 
yeomen, all of Plaistow, and John W^ebster of Kingston, yeoman, 
to set off the widow's dower.] 

Provence of \ Plastow Apriel the ig*^ 1757 We the Sub- 
New Hampsher / scribers Being Appointed as A Committee 
to Seet off to Elizabeth Stevens of Kingstown widow Reluit to 
Aaron Stevens Late of Plastow Deceased which Happens to her 
of the Real Estate of her Late Husband aforesaid one full third 
Part there of According to Quantity & Quality, that is to Say 
Begining At a Stake and Stones by Land of Thomas Johnsons & 
so Runing North Easterly by said Johnsons Land to a Stake & 
Stons by Land of John Stevens that he had of his Honnoured 
Father thence Runing North westerly nine Rods by said Stevens 
Land thence Runing south westerly to a stake and stons standing 
by the backside of the House, and so through the House to a 
Stake that Stand aboute a Rod a fore Side of said House, thence 
Runing Easterly aboute four Rods to a Stake and Stones, thence 
westerly to a stake and stones Standing by the Road that Leades 
to Plastow meeting House thence Runing four Rods by said 
Road to the bound first menchened 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 399 

In Witness whereof we have here unto set to our Hands 

John Webster 

Moses Stevens 
Thomas Johnson 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £423, 8. o; 
expenditures, £501. 19. 8; allowed Dec. 26, 1757.] 

[License to the administrator, April 27, 1758, to sell the widow's 
dower, she being deceased.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £103. o. o; expenditures, £118. 
14. 8; allowed Nov. 25, 1760.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Stevens, aged less than 14 years, 
daughter of Aaron Stevens, granted to Thomas Wadleigh of 
Kingston March 26, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 404.] 

[Bond of Thomas Wadleigh of Kingston, yeoman, with Nath- 
aniel Bartlett and John Bradley, both of Plaistow, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, March 26, 1760, for the guardianship 
of Mary Stevens; witnesses, William Parker, Eleazer Emerson.] 



JOSEPH TAYLOR 1756 CHESTER 

[Guardianship of Ann Taylor, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
daughter of Joseph Taylor of Chester, deceased, granted to 
Abraham Drake of North Hampton, yeoman, Feb. 25, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 464.] 



JAMES VARNUM 1756 CHESTER 

[Administration on the etate of James Varnum of Chester 
granted to his widow, Abigail Varnum, April 28, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 518.] 



400 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Abigail Varnum of Chester, widow, with Samuel 
Emerson of Chester and Samuel Rankin of Londonderry, inn- 
holder, as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 28, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, James 
Norris.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1756, authorizing Samuel Emerson and 
John Webster, both of Chester, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 13, 1756; amount, £1633. 15. o; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and John Webster.] 



TIMOTHY DALTON 1756 NORTH HAMPTON 

In The Name of God Amen I Timothy Dal ton of North Hamp- 
ton in the Province of New Hampshire in Newengland Being 
Weak in Body * * * j Give and Bequete unto my Son 
John all my land in Epsom and all that is Growing Thereon & 
One Bed and I Give unto my Son John a Yoke of Oxen I Give 
unto my son John my Colt only to Pay my Son Josiah Thirty 
Pounds Old Tenor in Money or Bills of Cred* for it and I Give 
unto my Beloved Son Timothy & To my Beloved Son Josiah all 
my Salt Marsh in Hampton and my house and Barn and all the 
Land Belonging unto them where they now Stand in North 
hampton and I Give to Timothy and to Josiah all the Remaining 
Part of my Stock that I have not yet Dispos'd of to be Equaly 
Divided and I Give all my Inden and English Corn to my Son 
Timothy & to my Son Josiah & to my Son Michal and to Be 
Equaly Divided and I Give to my Son Timothy & to Josiah & to 
Michal all my Hay I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Prescut 
forty Shillings Old Tenor Bills of Cred* and I Give unto my 
Daughter Abigail fifty Pounds Old Tenor Bills of Cred* and 
Allso One Cow I Give unto my Daughter Meheteble fifty Pounds 
Old Tenor Bills Cred* and I Give unto my Daughter Meheteble 




NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 40I 

One Cow and I Give unto my Daughter Hannah fifty Pounds 
Old Tenor Bills of Cred* & One Cow I Give unto my son Michal 
One Hundred Pounds Old Tenor Bills of Cred* I Give my 
Daughter Abigail my Loom that I Weave in and all the Tackling 
I Give All my flax to Abigail my Daughter and to Meheteble and 
to Hannah I Give my two Best Hatts to Timothy and my felt hat 
to Josiah and I Give my Close to Timothy and to Josiah I Give 
unto my Three Daughters Abigail Meheteble & Hannah A 
Priveledge in the House & I Give also to my three Daughters 
there Equaly Shears in the Houseell Goods till they Are Better 
Provided for I Give to my Son Timothy my Gun and I do Ordain 
and appoint my two Sons my Brother Michal & my Son Tim- 
othy & Josiah to Be my Excetetors and Excecetrix to this my 
Last Will and Testament in Wittness Whereunto I have Set my 
Hand and Seal this 23*'' Day of Feberey 1756 and in the Twenty 
Eight year of the Reighn of Our Most Sovereign Lord George the 
King the Day and date Above Mentioned 

Timothy Dalton 

[Witnesses] Sim Dearbun, Jonathan Marston, Joshua Went- 
worth. 
[Proved April 8, 1756.] 

[Warrant, April 8, 1756, authorizing John Hobbs, Capt. John 
Leavitt, and Jeremiah Dearborn, all of North Hampton, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 9, 1756; amount, £4272. o. o; signed by 
John Hobbs, John Leavitt, and Jeremiah Dearborn.] 



JOHN JOHNSON, JR. 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

j [Administration on the estate of John Johnson, Jr., of Hamp- 
jstead, yeoman, granted to his mother, Mary Johnson of Hamp- 
stead, widow, March 3, 1756.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 476.] 



402 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Mary Johnson of Hampstead, widow, with John 
Hogg of Hampstead, yeoman, and James Dwyer of Portsmouth, 
truckman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, March 3, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Mary 
Parker.] 

[Warrant, March 3, 1756, authorizing John Muzzey and Ben- 
jamin Kimball, both of Hampstead, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] m 

[Inventory, attested March 17, 1756; amount, £3078. 5. o; 
signed by John Muzzey and Benjamin Kimball; additional 
inventory adds £5. 10. o.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1205. 4. 0, 
personal estate; expenditures, £681. 3. 11; allowed June 9, 
1758.] 

[Agnes Johnson, widow of the deceased, acknowledges receipt 
from the administratrix of £16. o. o, June 7, 1758; witnesses, 
John Muzzey, James Vance.] 



OBADIAH CLOUGH 1756 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Sarah Clough, widow, with Isaac Smith, innholder, 
and Thomas Wadleigh, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the 
sum of £500, March 6, 1756, for the administration of the estate 
of Obadiah Clough of Kingston, yeoman; witnesses, Paul Chase, 
Daniel Brown.] 

[Inventory, March 29, 1756; amount, £2134. o. o; signed by 
Henry Morrill and Isaac Smith.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 7, 1762, authorizing Israel Dimond, gentle- 
man, Nathan Jones, Moses Colby, yeomen, all of Hawke, Icha- 
bod Shaw of Sandown, gentleman, and Daniel Beede of Brent- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O3 

wood, yeoman, to divide the real estate among Edward Eastman 
and his wife Sarah, who was widow of the deceased, and the three 
daughters.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon'''^ Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of 

Newhamp"" j y^ Probate of wills &c for said Province — 

We the Subscribers being by your Honours warrant appointed 
a committee to Divide the Real Estate of Obadiah Clough Late 
of Kingstown in said Province Deceas'^ Intestate &c — 

Accordingly we have met view* valued divided & Set off the 
Same in the following maner viz. To Edward Eastman & 
Sarah his wife who was the wife of y® Said Intestate as her Dower 
of y^ Said Estate a full third Part begining at a stake & Stones 
by the fence between Said deceased & moses Colby than to Run 
South Six degrees west to a Stake & Stones by the Side of Nathan 
Joneses Land than to Extend Easterly Carreing the full breadth 
of }'^ Said Deceaseds Land to the Extent thereof twelve acers & 
one half more or Less also the one third of the house & barn 

The other two thirds we have Divided to and among the 
Children of the said deceas<* In the following maner — 

to Judeth the First Share begins at the Bounds of the widows 
Dower at Colbys Land than Runs westerly thirty one Rods on 
said Colbys Land to a stake & Stones than South Six degrees 
west abought forty three Rods across Said deceasd^ Land to a 
stake & Stones than Easterly Carriing the full breadth of Said 
Deceas*^^ Land to the Said Dower Reserveing a drift way if one 
Rod wide by Colbys Land to the Said Dower or thirds Eight 
acers more or Less — 

also we allow the Said Judeth y* two ninth Parts of y^ house & 
Barn 

To Mary the Second Share Begins at the first mention 'd 

bound of Judeths Share than Runs westerly Forty four Rods to a 

i stake & Stones than South 6 Degrees west across Said deceaseds 

Land to a stake & Stones than Easterly Carring the full Bredth 

of Said deceaseds Land to Judeths Share Eleven acers & one 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

half more or Less also the Two Ninths of y^ house & Bam Re- 
serveing a drift way of one Rod wide from y" house to Judeths 
Share by Said Colbys Land also Convenant Previlidge to Pass to 
& from the house & Barn — 

To Sarah the third Share begins on Marys Share Runs west- 
erly Carring the full bredth of Said deceaseds Land to the Extent 
thereof Eighteen acers & one half more or Less also the Two 
ninth Parts of y^ house & bam this division made by us this 28*'' 
day of September 1762 — 

Israel Dimond 1 

Daniel Beede \ Committee 

Moses Colbey J 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £821. o. 0, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1008. 10. o; mentions "Nursing 
the Eldest Daughter of the Intestate for 7 years, She being week 
& helpless . . . bringing up 2 Small Children of the Intestate"; 
allowed Oct. 27, 1762.] 



HANNAH BLAGDON 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Hannah Blagdon of Ports- 
mouth, widow, granted to Samuel Dalling of Boston, Mass., 
mariner, March 15, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 483.] 

[Bond of Samuel Dalling, mariner, with John Clark and George 
Janvrin, mariners, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, March 15, 1756, for the administration of the estate of 
Hannah Blagdon, single woman; witnesses, William Parker, 
Andrew Wiggin.] 

[Warrant, March 15, 1756, authorizing Daniel Jackson and 
John Shackford, gentlemen, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 405 

[Inventory, March 20, 1756; amount, £382. 14. 6; signed by 
Daniel Jackson and John Shackford.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £462. 19. 6; 
expenditures, £186. 3. o; allowed Nov. 30, I757-] 



PETER HAYES 1756 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, this Sixteenth Day of March 
Anno Domini one thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Six; I Peter 
Hayes of Dover in y" Province of New Hamps"^ in New-England 
Husbandman Being in good health of Body * * * 

Imprimis, I Give to my Beloved Wife Sarah Hayes y* fourth 
Part of y*= Produce of y Land which I Gave to my Son Reuben 
Hayes by one Deed of Gift, namely one fourth Part of y^ Produce 
of s<* Land, of every kind. Yearly & every Year, y s^ Land to be 
manured & Tilled by my S'^ Son Reuben, & y^ fourth Part of ye 
Produce or Crops of S'^ Land, to be well & Seasonably Secured & 
Housed for y use of my s^ Wife, by my s^ Son Reuben, or at his 
Cost & Charge, Yearly & every Year During y° Term of her 
Continuing my Widow. I also Give to my s'^ Wife to her own 
Disposal, Two Cows & four Sheep & Two Swine, being Part of 
y^ Live Stock which I Shall leave upon y^ Place on which I now 
live; And also y^ one half of my Household Goods & furniture, 
Except one Bed & y« Beding belonging to it. I Give to my s^ 
Wife During y^ Term of her natural life, & at her Decease I Give 
S"^ Household Goods & furniture to my Daughter Anna Hill And 
my Will is that my S'^ Son Reuben Shall Provide Convenient 
House Room for my S'^ Wife to live in, & also good fire Wood 
Sufficient to keep her one fire, & likewise Barn Room Sufificient to 
House her fodder & Cattle, & all During y® Term of her Con- 
tinuing my Widow. 

Item I Give unto my s^ Son Reuben Hayes & to his Heirs and 
Assigns forever all my Homestead Land Dwelling House & Bam 



406 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

& Orchard, Standing upon S*^ Land, in Dover af ores'*, which I 
have also Convey'd unto him by one Deed of Gift under my 
Hand & Seal ; I also Give unto my S** Son Reuben Twenty Shil- 
lings, old Tenor, to be Paid him by my S** Executor within y« 
Term of one Year after my Decease. 

Item, I Give unto my Son Benjamin Hayes & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever one Hundred Acres of Land in y^ Two Mile 
Streak, So Called, in Harrington, where he now lives, which Land 
I have also Convey'd unto him by one Deed of Gift under my 
Hand & Seal. I also Give unto my S** Son Benjamin, & to his 
Heirs & Assigns for ever, one Third Part of my Lands in Roches- 
ter, both in y^ Divided in y^ undivided Lands in S** Town. 

Item, I have heretofore Given to my Son John Hayes Eight 
Hundred Pounds Cash, Old Tenor; And I do now hereby also 
Give unto him my s^ Son John & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever 
the one Third Part of my Lands in Rochester aforesaid ; both in 
y^ Divided & in y^ undivided Lands in s** Town ; & also one Yoke 
of Steers, Two Years Old, which I Shall leave upon the Place 
where I now live. 

Item. I Give unto my Sons Ichabod & Elijah Hayes & to thier 
Heirs & Assigns for ever, the following Tracts of Land Lying in 
Berwick in y« County of York, viz: one Tract of Land which I 
Purchased of my s** Son Reuben Hayes, Containing about one 
Hundred & Six Acres, together with y" Dwelling House Bam & 
Orchard Standing & Being upon S** Land ; And also another Tract 
of Land in S'* Berwick which I Purchased of Elihu Gunnison 
Esq' Containing fifty Acres ; And also another Tract of Land in 
S** Berwick Containing forty Acres, being Part of an Hundred & 
forty Acre Lot which I Purchased of s** Gunnison, the other 
Hundred Acres of s"* Lot I Sold to Samuel Clements of Summers- 
worth, all which Tracts of Land I have also Convey'd to my s"* 
Sons Ichabod & Elijah by one Deed of Gift under my Hand & 
Seal, to be Equally Divided between them. I also do hereby 
Give unto my s^ Sons Ichabod & Elijah & to thier Heirs & As- 
signs for ever, the one Third Part of my Lands in Rochester 
afores'd in y* Province of New-Hamps*^ afores'd, both in y* 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 407 

Divided & in y« undivided Lands in S'* Town, to be equally Di- 
vided between them. I also Give unto my s^ Sons Ichabod & 
Elijah all my live Stock of Cattle Sheep Horse Kine & Swine 
which I Shall leave at my Decease, both on y" Place where I 
now live, & also upon my Place at Berwick afores'd, Except Such 
of them as I have herein Given to my s<^ Wife, & to my Son John 
Hayes. It is to be noted, that all y^ live Stock upon y Place 
where I now live which do Properly belong to me and which I 
have Disposed of in & by this Present Will, Exept my Horse 
Kine & Swine, are Ear-Marked, by y^ Top of each Ear being 
Cutt off, & a Slit Cutt down in each Ear from y« Top, after y« 
s"^ Piece is Cutt off & also a Notch, Commonly Call'd an half 
Penny, Cutt in y" under Side of y® Right Ear. I also Give unto 
my S*^ Sons Ichabod & Elijah all my farming Tackling & utencils, 
as Yokes Plows Carts Wheels & Chains &c^ And also one Bed & 
Beding belonging unto it, and all my Wearing Aparril; & like- 
wise whatsoever Shall be Due to me at my Decease, by Bill Bond 
or Note of Hand. And my Will is that all y^ Personal, as well 
as Real Estate herein Given to my S'^ Two Sons Ichabod & Elijah 
Shall be Equally Divided between them. 

Item. I Give unto my Daughter Anna Hill all my Household 
Goods, Beds Beding & furniture belonging to them. Excepting 
one Bed & y^ Beding belonging unto it, which I have, in this 
Present W^ill, Given unto my s*^ Two Sons Ichabod & Elijah 
Hayes, & Excepting also y® Use & Improvement of y^ one half of 
my S"^ Household Goods, y° use whereof I have in this Present 
Will Given unto my S*^ Wife During y^ Term of her Natural 
life, & at her Decease my Will is that my S*^ Daughter Anna 
Shall have the whole of my S'^ Household Goods & furniture. 

And I do hereby Constitute make & Ordain my S<^ Son Benja- 
min Hayes to be my Sole Executor * * * 

His 

Peter + Hayes 

Mark 

[Witnesses] Jon* Gushing, John Wood, Peter Gushing. 

[Proved April 27, 1757.] 



408 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WALTER McFARLAND 1756 MANCHESTER 

In the Name of God amen I Wallter macfarrlien of Derryfield 
within the province of New Hampshier in New England Wifer 
Being Wieck of Body * * * 

Item my Will is that my beloved Wife Elenor macfarrlien 
Shall Have one Houndred and fortey poundes old tenor out of 
my Rell and pernsol a Stet as Soon as Convinens will allow after 
Sell is med of S"^ Estat together woth my Beed & greet whill and 
Litel whill and pot & tramell — 

Item My will is that my beloved son Samuel macfarrlien Shall 
have five Shillengs paid him out of my Estate by my Exautors 
with what he has already got — 

Item My will is that my Beloved Daughter marget m^farrlien 
Shall Have one Houndred pounds old tenor out of my Estate 
after Sell is med of S'^ Estate worth Convenint Speed 

Item My will is that my Beloved Daughter marey m'^farrlien 
Shall Have Eightey pounds old tenor out of my Estate paid 
hier by my Exators — 

Item My will is that my Beloved Daughter marthey m^farrlien 
Shall Have Sixtey poundes old tenor out of my Estate paid hier 
by my Exautors — 

Item My will is that my Beloved Son Joseph m*=farrlien Shall 
Have Sevintey poundes old tenor out of my Estate paid Him by 
my Exautors 

Item My will is that my Hounred mouther Margout m"- 
farrlien Shall Have fourtey poundes old tenor out of my Estate 
paid Hir By my Exautors — 

Item my will is that all my Rell and personal Estate Shall Be 
Sold By my Exatours Excep what is all Redey Excepted in order 
to pay the Soumes Before minesioned and if ther is aney money 
more In the Hands of my Exautors Efter peaying the Soumes 
minesioned to Be peorishned aCourding to the above Soumes 
all Readey minesioned — 

Item And I do hereby Nominate Consitute and appoint my 
Belovied wife Elienor m^farrlien and Leu* John Hall Exautors 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O9 

* * * In witeness whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and 
Sell this Sevintenth day of march in the twountey ninth year of 
Hies majistes Reigen Anno: Dom: 1756 

Waltor m^farlond 

[Witnesses] William Mdintok, Adam dickey, Alex"" Mac- 
murphy. 

[Proved March 31, 1756.] 

[Inventory, April 20, 1756; amount, £927. 16. 6; signed by 
Alexander McMurphy and John Cochran.] 

[Margaret McFarland, Mary McFarland, and Martha McFar- 
land, minors, aged more than 14 years, make choice of Moses 
Bamett, gentleman, and James Taggart, yeoman, both of Lon- 
donderry, as their guardians. May 26, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of Margaret McFarland, Mary McFarland, 
Martha McFarland, and Joseph McFarland, minors, children of 
Walter McFarland, granted to Moses Barnett and James Tag- 
gart Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. no.] 

[Bond of Moses Bamett, gentleman, and James Taggart, 
with John Holmes and Robert McCurdy as sureties, all of Lon- 
donderry, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 29, 1758, for the guardian- 
ship of Margaret, Mary, Martha, and Joseph McFarland, 
"three of whom are upwards of fourteen years of Age," children 
of Walter McFarland; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shan- 
non.] 

[Caveat of the guardians, Nov. 29, 1758, against the allowance 
of the executor's accounts without their examination.] 

[The guardians consent to the allowance of the executor's 
accounts Dec. 19, 1758, "as the widow and Children has but 
Little or Nothing Coming to them"; signed by Moses Barnett 
and James Taggart.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1224. 8. 3; 
expenditures, £1164. 8. 3; allowed Dec. 28, 1758.] 



4IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

TIMOTHY GERRISH 1756 KITTERY, ME. 

[Sarah Gerrish renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Timothy Gerrish, in favor of two of her sons, Robert 
Elliot Gerrish and Joseph Gerrish, March 22, 1756; witnesses, 
William Pepperell, Elizabeth Gerrish.] 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Gerrish of Kittery, 
Me., granted to his sons, Robert Elliot Gerrish and Joseph Ger- 
rish, both of Kittery, Me., March 24, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 481.] 

[Bond of Robert Elliot Gerrish and Joseph Gerrish, both of 
Kittery, Me., gentlemen, with Hunking Wentworth and John 
Dennett, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, March 24, 1 756, for the administration of the estate ; 
witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Penhallow.] 1, 

[Warrant, March 24, 1756, authorizing Shadrach Hodgdon 
and Joseph Drew, both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 17, 1756; amount, £1900. o. o; signed by 
Shadrach Hodgdon and Joseph Drew.] 

[Expenditures in the settlement of the estate; amount, £175. 
19. o; signed by Robert Elliot Gerrish and Joseph Gerrish; 
allowed March 31, 1757.] 

[Additional inventory. May 23, 1757; amount, £400. o. o; 
signed by Shadrach Hodgdon and Joshua Wingate.j 



SAMUEL PATTERSON 1756 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Patterson of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Elizabeth Patterson, widow, and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4II 

Peter Patterson, yeoman, both of Londonderry, March 31, 

1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 486.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Patterson, widow, and Peter Patterson, 
yoeman, both of Londonderry, with Robert Clark of London- 
derry, yeoman, and Samuel Emerson of Chester as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, March 31, 1756, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Morrison.] 

[Inventory, attested March 29, 1756; amount, £2436. o. o; 
signed by Thomas Dunshea and Thomas Christy.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £741. 11. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £704. 13. 4; mentions funeral of a 
daughter, and "Support of the family there being one under 
seven & Several Small Children"; allowed Sept. 30, 1761.] 



THOMAS WALDEN 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Thoms Walden of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to his widow, Anna Walden, March 31, 

1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 489.] 

[Bond of Anna Walden, widow, with Paul March and William 
Earl Tread well, merchants, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £500, March 31, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Morrison.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. Thomas Walden, Aug. 21, 
1760; amount, £3100. 10. o; signed by Hunking Wentworth and 
Cutts Shannon.] 



412 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JONATHAN HOBBS 1756 NORTH HAMPTON 

[Administraton on the estate of Jonathan Hobbs of North 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Hobbs, March 
31. 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 494.] 

[Bond of Mary Hobbs of North Hampton, widow, with Wil- 
liam Berry of Rye, yeoman, and Jeremy Webster of Kingston as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 31, 1756, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Benjamin 
Prescott.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1756, authorizing Abner Fogg and Reu- 
ben Marston, gentlemen, both of North Hampton, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 6, 1756; amount, £460. 15. o, personal estate; 
signed by Reuben Marston and Abner Fogg.] 



SAMUEL HART 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Hart of Portsmouth 
granted to Samuel Hart, joiner, and John Hart, blacksmith, 
both of Portsmouth, March 31, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 498.] 

[Bond of Samuel Hart, joiner, and John Hart, blacksmith, 
with Joseph Alcock, shopkeeper, and John Gunnison, tailor, as 
sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £1000, March 31, 1756, 
for the administration of the estate; witnesses, none.] 

[Inventory, attested April 28, 1756; amount, £4237. 9. o; 
signed by Eleazer Russell and John Shackford.] 

[Articles of agreement, Sept. 20, 1758, between Samuel Hart, 
joiner, Robert Hart, butcher, John Hart by his attorney John 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I3 

Shackford, Thomas Hart, shopkeeper, John Elliot, glazier, and 
his wife Hannah, all of Portsmouth, and John Elliot as attorney 
for William Elliot of Pelham and his wife Elizabeth, they, the 
said Samuel, Robert, John and Thomas Hart, and Hannah Elliot 
and Elizabeth Elliot being co-heirs of Samuel Hart, appointing 
John Griffith, shopkeeper, Samuel Waters, joiner, Thomas 
Pcirce, gentleman, James Stoodly, innholder, and John Dennett, 
gentleman, all of Portsmouth, referees to divide the estate and 
settle claims; witnesses, Thomas Landell, Hawley Marshall, 
James Stoodly.] 

Prov^ of 1 Pursuant to the annexed articles of agree- 
New Hamp"^ / ment we the Referees therein named, have 
heard the several parties respecting their several Claims, as 
Creditors to the Estate of Sam^ Hart Esq' deceased, and find 
there is Due to M' Samuel Hart the sum of Four Hundred & 
sixty pounds seventeen shillings & 5*^ old tenor — 

And we find there is due to Co' John Hart Two Thousand 
Seven Hundred & sixty eight pounds, seventeen shillings & five 
pence old tenor 

And we find due to M"" Thomas Hart One thousand & Eighty 
Eight pounds fifteen shillings & nine pence old tenor 

And we have taken into consideration M"" John Elliots account 
and find there is nothing due to him from s^ Estate, and so we 
dismiss the ace* as it now stands — he keeping the Bed men- 
tioned in s"^ Ace* & he to discharge the Estate from any Claim for 
his Wife & her sister Mary Warren deceas'd on ace* of their 
father Almarys Estate — 

And we have also valued & apraised the several parcells of 
Land & Buildings here after discrib'd, and Assigned, the same 
for the payment of said Debts respectively Viz* 

To M'^ Samuel Hart, the Half of that piece of Land between 
M' Michael Whiddens Land & the Land of Reuben Abbett & 
being that half Joining said Abbett, being the same part or piece 
of Land that the said Sam' Hart has improved some time since 



414 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

for Five hundred pounds old tenor, which sum being thirty nine 
pounds three shillings old tenor more than was due to him from 
s'* Estate, he must be accountable or pay to the Heirs of said 
Estate for the same — 

And to Co' John Hart the mansion House & Garden thereto 
belonging, and a piece of Land right over against s*^ House be- 
tween the Land of M' Furnell & Mark H^ Wentworth Esq' 
being Thirty feet front & about Thirty five feet deep with all the 
Privilidges thereto belonging for Two Thousand nine hundred 
pounds old Tenor which sum being. One hundred Thirty one 
pounds two shillings & seven pence old ten"^ more than was due 
to him from s"^ Estate, we adjudge that he should pay s^ Sum 
for the use of the Heirs of the Deceas'd 

And to M' Thomas Hart a piece of Land & Tann yard being 
Two hundred & twelve feet on the Notherly side upon the Street 
that leads from M' Thomas Peverlys House to the Salt Water 
Westward & One hundred & eighty eight feet on the southerly 
side & about ninety feet deep, with the Bark House frame mill- 
stone & the other frame with all the prividges to the same 
belonging (be the same more or less) For Twelve Hundred 
pounds old Tenor which sum being one hundred & Eleven 
pounds four shillings & 3"^ old Tenor more than was due from s^ 
Estate, we Judge he should pay the s^ sum for the use of the 
Heirs of the deceased — 

And we have apprais'd a piece of Land being the other half of 
that Lott of Land sett of to M' Sam* Hart, being that half next 
to the Land of M'^ Michael Whiddens Land, without the Barn & 
Shay house that is now upon the same, to be Five Hundred 
pounds old tenor & find the same to be two small to be divided 
between the Heirs — 

We likewise have appraised the Lott of Land & old House 
where Robert Hart now lives the Land upon the Notherly side 
Joining the Tanyard lott being about Eighty feet & about Eighty 
feet upon the westerly side fronting upon the Street that Leads 
to the Bridge being something of this form to be worth Four 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 415 

hundred pounds old Tenor, and find the same to small to be 

divided between the Heirs 

N B We have not concerned ourselves with or adjudgd any 

thing concerning the charges of administration or Debts due to 

other Creditors, or such as the said Adminisf^ have paid — 
In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands & Seals 

this Twentyeth day of October 1758 

Sam" waters 
John Dennett 
Tho« Peirce 

[Order of court, Nov. 29, 1758, settling the remainder of the 
real estate upon Samuel Hart, oldest son, he to pay the others 
their shares.] 

[Bond of George Hart of Portsmouth, gentleman, with George 
Libby of Portsmouth, merchant, and Eliphalet Ladd of Exeter, 
merchant, as sureties, Sept. 30, 1778, for the administration de 
bonis non of the estate; witnesses, Thomas Clark, William 
Parker.] 



DANIEL PERKINS 1756 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Perkins of Hampton 
Falls, cordwainer, granted to his widow, Susanna Perkins, 
March 31, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 486.] 

[Bond of Susanna Perkins, widow, with Ezekiel Carr and 
Daniel Sanborn, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the 
sum of £500, March 31, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Meshech Weare.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1756, authorizing Jonathan Fifield and 
Jonathan Gove, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 



41 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, attested June 28, 1756; amount, £807. 5. o; signed 
by Jonathan Fifield and Jonathan Gove.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 26, 1758, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Jonathan Swett, yeoman, both of Hampton Falls, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Dec. 18, 1758; amount, £217. 11. 7; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[License to Susanna Carr, administratrix, April 25, 1759, to 
sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 223.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Daniel Carr and 
his wife, Susanna Carr, formerly Susanna Perkins, administra- 
trix; receipts, £240. o. o, personal estate; expenditures, £544. 
o. o; mentions " Daniel one Son of the dec'* was 4 years old when 
his father died which was Sepf^ 1755 . . . Mehitable a daughter 
of the dec* 6 months old at that time"; allowed Oct. 26, 1759.] 

[Bond of Daniel Perkins, cordwainer, with Ebenezer Fogg, 
gentleman, and Joseph Hook, cordwainer, as sureties, all of 
Seabrook, in the sum of £40,000, Feb. 28, 1781, for the adminis- 
tration de bonis non of the estate of Daniel Perkins of Seabrook 
cordwainer; witnesses, Abiatha Merrill, William Eaton.] 



ZACHARIAH CHANDLER 1756 ROXBURY, MASS. 

[License, April 5, 1756, to Hannah Chandler, widow, one of the 
administrators de bonis non of the estate of Zachariah Chandler 
of Roxbury, Mass., to sell real estate.] 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 417 

MORRIS HOBBS 1756 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen the Sixth Day of April 1756 I 
Moris Hobbs of North Hampton in the Province of New Hamp- 

shier in New England Carpender Being Sick & Weak in Body 

* * * 

Imprimies I give & Bequeath to my Dearly Beloved Wife 
Mary Hobbs One Third of the Income or Improvement of all my 
Estate during her Natural Life and All my Estate till my Eldest 
Son comes to the Age of Twenty one Years 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Son Moris Hobbs the one Half 
of All my Estate both Real & Personall Excepting House Hold 
Goods to him & his Assigns for ever 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Son Thomas Hobbs the one 
half of All my Estate both Real & Personall all excepting House- 
hold Goods to him & his Assigns forever And if either of my S** 
Sons Should Dye before they come to be the age of Twenty one 
to go to the other Son 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Huldah Hobbs one 
Half of my Household Goods & Also Two Hundred & Ten 
Pounds old Tenor to be Raised & Levied out of my Estate And 
Paid by my Son moris And A Comfortable Support till She 
Coms of Age of Eighteen And Also one half of the South Room in 
my House till marriage 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Hobbs one 
half of my Household Goods & Also Two Hundred Pounds Old 
Tenor to be Raised & levied out of my Estate and Paid by my 
Son Thomas And Also A Comfortable Support out of my Estate 
till She comes to the age of Eighteen And Also one half of my 
South Room till Marriage 

I Likwise Constitute make & ordain my Said Wife Mary 

Hobbs & Benjamin Smith of Said North Hampton Executors 

* * * 

Morris Hobbes 

[Witnesses] Nath' Gookin, James Godfree, John Weeks. 
[Proved April 28, 1756.] 



41 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, April 28, 1756, authorizing Samuel Fogg of Exeter 
and James Godfrey of North Hampton, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 26, 1756; amount, £6051. o. o; 
signed by Samuel Fogg and James Godfrey.] 



JAMES TOWLE 1756 HAA^IPTON 

In the Name of God Amen the Eighth Day of April 1756 
We James Towle of Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England Husbandman And Kezia Towle Wife of Said 
James Towle of Hampton in Said Province Spinster We being 
Weak in Body * * * 

Imprimas We give & Bequeath to our Well Beloved Son 
Abraham Perkins Towle the one half of All our Land & Marsh 
Excepting A Peice of Land Lying Joyning to the Land of Richard 
Sandborn & the Land of Lieut. Jonath° Levit and A Peice of 
Marsh in y^ Spring Marsh beyond the great Crick About Two 
acrs more or Less And a peace of Swomp Lying by Land of 
Tomas Nudd & Land of my Father Joseph Towle which Peice 
Contanes Five Acers at the South End of my Lot in Said Swomp 
which Peices are for our Son Jonathan Also we give to our S** 
Son Abraham the one Half of All our Real Estate to him And to 
his Assigns for ever And Also the one Half of All our Personall 
Estate 

Item We give & Bequeath to our well beloved Son James 
Towle the one half of all our Land & Marsh Excepting a Tract of 
Land Lying between Land of Richard Sandborn & Land of 
Jonathan Lovit And A Tract of Marsh in the Spring Marsh Two 
Acers More or Less South of the Great Crick And A Tract of 
Meddow Lying Between Meddow of our Father Joseph Towle & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I9 

Meddow of Thomas Nudd for my Son Jonathan And Also we 
give to our Said Son James the one half of all our Real Estate to 
him & to his Assigns forever And also one Half of All our Per- 
sonell Estate my Two Said Sons Abraham Perkins Towle & 
James Towle Equally to devide S"^ Estate At the time my Said 
Son James shall Come to the Age of Twenty one Years 

Item We give & Bequeath to Our Wei beloved Son Jonathan 
Towle A Tract of Land Lying by the Country Road between the 
Land of Richard Sandbom & Land of Jonathan Lovit And Also 
A Peice of M arsh Lying the South Side of the great Crick About 
Two Acers And also A Tract of Meddow Containing Five Acers 
At the South end of My Meddow And Lying Between Meddow 
of our Father Joseph Towle And Meddow of Thomas Nudd To 
him & his Assigns — 

Item W^e Give & Bequeath to our Welbeloved Daughter Mary 
Silver the Sum of Twenty Pounds Old Tenor to be leavied & 
Raised out of Our Estate & Paid by Our Son James Towle 

Item We Give & Bequeath to Our Welbeloved Daughter 
Mehetable Perkins the Sum of Ten Pounds Old Tenor to be 
Raised & leavied out of Our Estate & Paid by our Son Abraham 
Perkins Towle 

Item We Give & Bequeath to Our welbeloved Daughter Anna 
Sandbom the Sum of Ten Pounds Old Tenor to be Raised & 
Levied out of Our Estate & Paid by our Son Abraham Perkins 
Towle 

Item We Give & bequeath to Our Welblovd Daughter Huldah 
Towle the Sum of Ten Pounds Old Tenor to be Raised & leavied 
out of Our Estate & Paid by our Sons Abraham Perkins Towle & 
James Towle 

We Likwise Constitute make & ordain our Two Sons Abraham 
Perkins Towle & James Towle Executors * * * 

his 
James + Towle 

Mark 
kezia Toole 



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[Witnesses] John Weeks, Benjamin Mason, Joseph towle, 
Edmund Mason. 

[Proved July 9, 1756-] 

[Bond of Kezia Towle, widow, with Benjamin Mason, tailor, 
and Joseph Towle, 3d, as sureties, all of Hampton, in the sum of 
£1000, July 9, 1756, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, Samuel Parker.] 



JOHN POWELL 1756 BRENTWOOD 

[Patience Powell renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, John Powell of Brentwood, April 12, 1756, in favor of 
John Sleeper of Brentwood, trader; witnesses, Samuel Dudley, 
Jr., Daniel West.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Powell, husbandman, 
granted to John Sleeper of Brentwood, yeoman, May 17, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 533.] 

[Bond of John Sleeper, yeoman and trader, with Reuben San- 
born and Richard Fitzgerald, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 17, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, John Fernald, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, July 12, 1756; amount, £270. o. o; signed by 
James Young and John Smith.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £206. o. o; 
expenditures, £82. 4. o; mentions support of children; allowed 
May 31, 1758.] 



BENONI WRIGHT 1756 HINSDALE 

[Bond of Moses Wright of Hinsdale, yeoman, with Josiah 
Willard and William Symes, gentleman, both of Winchester, as 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 421 

sureties, in the sum of £500, April 16, 1756, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Benoni Wright of Hinsdale, gentleman; 
witnesses, Abraham Scott, James Scott.] 

[Warrant, April 16, 1756, authorizing Capt. Samuel Hunt, 
Lieut. Jonathan Belding, and Stephen Belding, freeholders, all of 
Northfield, Mass., to appraise the estate ; mentions Moses Wright 
as son of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, July i, 1756; amount, £1030. o. o; signed by 
Jonathan Belding, Samuel Hunt, and Stephen Belding.] 



ABRAHAM BROWN 1756 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Abraham Brown of South- 
hampton in the Province of Newhamp' in New England Gentle- 
man being in health of body * * * 

Item I Will & bequeath Unto my Son Samuel Brown (in 
Addition To what I have already given him by a deed in lands & 
Marsh &c) Two Acres of land lying in the Parish of Brentwood 
which I Purchasd of Jabez Clough of Said Brentwood (as by a 
Deed bearing date the ig^^ day of April 1755 May more fully 
Appear) to him & his heirs forever As also one feather bed & 
bedding in my house — 

Item I Will & bequeath to my Son Abel Brown (in Addition To 
what I have already given him by a deed in lands & marsh &c) 
my Right of lands in a New Township Commonly known by 
The Name of Maj'' Stevens's town in Newhamp"" Aforesaid which 
I Purchas'd of Samuel Bean of Kingston (As by a deed bearing 
date the 12*'' day of January 1753 may more fully Appear) to 
him & his heirs forever, As also all my Stock of Horses Cattle, 
Sheep, & Swine, & also all my Tools & Implements of Husbandry, 
& all Moveables out of doors, & a feather bed & bedding, & my 
Clock & loom in the house; & also all my debts, & whatever 



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Shall be owing to me by Notes Bills or Bonds he paying my 
Debts, funeral Charges, & the Legacy's that Shall hereafter in 
this my will be Appointed to him to pay — 

Item I Will & Bequeath to my two Daughters Viz* Ann Elkins 
The wife of Thomas Elkins & Hannah Hook the wife of Dyer 
Hook both of Kingston in New Hamp"^ (In Addition to what I 
have already given them) My Right in Two Twenty Acre Lots 
the one Above the two Hundred Acre grants in Said Kingston & 
the other below Said two Hundred Acre grants which I Purchasd 
of Capf Joseph Greeley of Said Kingston (As by Deed from him 
may fully Appear) what I Own in Said Lots to be given to my 
Said two Daughters to be Equally divided between them to 
them & their Heirs forever — 

Item — I Will & bequeath to My Daughter Sarah Tompson the 
Wife of Matthew Tompson of Stretham in Newhamp"" (in Addi- 
tion to what I have already given her) A Certain tract of Land 
lying in Exeter in Said Newhamp' which I Purchasd of Dudley 
Hardee of Said Exeter Containing fifteen Acres (As by a deed 
from Said Hardee dated the 24**" day of July 1752 may With its 
bounds more fully Appear) to her & her heirs forever As also the 
Sum of about fifty Pounds Money According to the old Tenour 
which remains due to me of a Sum of money that I lent to her 
husband the Said Matthew Tompson & for which I took No 
Security of him — 

Item I Will & bequeath to Moses Clough the Son of My 
Daughter Miriam Clough Deceas'd the Sum of Two hundred 
Pounds Money According to the old Tenour to be paid by my 
Executor hereafter Named as soon As he shall arrive to the Age 
of twenty One Years — 

Item I Will & bequeath to the three Daughters of My afore- 
mentioned Daughter Miriam Clough Deceas'd viz* Sarah, 
Miriam & Mary The Sum of One hundred Pounds in Money 
According to the old Tenour to Each of them to be paid them by 
my Executor As soon as they shall arrive to the Age of Eighteen 
Years or at their Marriage — 



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Item I give & bequeath to the Said three Daughters of my 
Said daughter Clough Deceasd all my houshold goods & furni- 
ture that shall be left by me at my decease that I have not al- 
ready in this my last Will & Testament disposd of to be Equally 
Divided between them — 

Item all my Wearing Apparrell I give to my two Sons Samuel 
& Abel beforementioned to be Equally Divided between them 

Item I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my Son Abel Brown To 
be Sole Executor * * * 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 
Sixteenth day of April Annoq* Domini One Thousand Seven 
hundred & fifty Six — 

Abraham Brown 

[Witnesses] Abraham Smith, Thomas Bacheller, Nathanael 
Bacheller, 

[Proved April 12, 1758.] 

[Caveat, March 29, 1758, by Thomas Elkins and Dyer Hook, 
both of Kingston, yeomen, who married daughters of Capt. 
Abraham Brown, against the probate of the will without notice; 
objections withdrawn by both April 8, 1758.] 

[Warrant, April 12, 1758, authorizing Jeremy Webster of 
Kingston and Ephraim Brown of South Hampton, gentleman, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 25, 1758; amount, £4827. 14. 7; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Ephraim Brown.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3547. 14. 7, 
personal estate; expenditures, £711. 10. 9; allowed Nov. 28, 
I759-] 



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REUBEN SANBORN 1756 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen the Seventeenth Day of x\pril In 
the twenty Ninth Year of his Majestys Reign And in the Year 
of Our Lord Christ Seventeen Hundred and fifty Six I Reuben 
Sanborn of Hampton falls in the Province of New Hampshire in 
New England Yeoman being Sick and Weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughters Anna Loverin 
And Abigail Cram to Each of them One hundred Pounds old 
Tenor to be paid by my Executor fifty Pounds to Each of them 
within One Year after my Decease And the Remaining fifty 
Pounds to Each of them within two Years after my Decease 
And if the Said Sums be not Paid by the times herementioned 
then I Give to my Said Daughters Each of them (if the Sums 
abovementiond Remain LTnpaid to Each of them) two Acres of 
Land that is to Say to my Daughter Anna Loverin her heirs And 
assigns two Acres on the westerly Side of my Pasture Adjoyning 
to my Brother Joseph Sanborn's Land — And to my Daughter 
Abigail Cram two Acres to her & her heirs and assigns Adjoyning 
to My Daughter Loverin two acres which land is to be instead of 
the Sums above mentioned so that if they have the Land then 
the money is not to paid them 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Sergent her 
heirs And Assigns two Acres of Land In Hampton falls aforesaid 
where her Husband Edward Sargent Now Lives to begin by the 
Way that goes by his house three Rods Westerly of his Barn 
and so to Run Down by the way to the Crossway that Goes to 
the mill and to Run back from the way so far as to make two 
acres to be of Equal wedth throughout 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughters Mary Brown and 
Phebe Sanborn the Westerly half of my House where I now live 
from top to bottom for them to live in and Improve so long as 
they Remain Unmarried Also a Priviledge in the Yard before 
my Door for Laying of firewood and other necessaries And for 
Drawing water in the well Also a Priviledge in my Orchard for to 



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get Apples Sufficient for their Own Use Summer & for Winter 
Apples — Also firewood Sufficient for one fire to be Provided for 
them by my Executor, at the Door Cut fit for the fire Also the 
Use and keeping of one Cow for Each of them to be kept for 
them both Summer and Winter by my Executor — Also the 
Improvement of my Garden that is behind my house. I Also 
give to Each of them ten Bushels of Corn now in my house And a 
Sufficient Proportion of my other Provisions in the House for 
their Support the Ensuing Summer I also Give to Each of them a 
Pig of those which I now have at the Door I also Give to Each of 
them ten Bushels of Corn and two Barrils of cyder to be provided 
for them yearly & put into the House by my Executor so long as 
they Remain Unmarried As abovementioned And my will And 
Meaning is that if One of my said Daughters should marry 
before the Other then that which Remains Unmarried to Injoy 
the Priviledge of the House Yard, Well, firewood, Orchard keep- 
ing of a Cow Garden, ten bushels of Corn & two Barrils of Cyder 
Yearly to be provided by my Executor As abovementioned So 
long as she Remains Unmarried — I also Give to Each of my 
said Daughters Mary Brown & Phebe Sanborn One hundred 
Pounds old Tenor to be paid them by my Executor (if they shall 
Marry) within One Year after the time that Either of them 
shall Marry And if My Executor shall not Pay the said Sums 
as here ordered then I Give to Each of my Said Daughters her 
heirs & assigns two Acres of Land In the Same Manner as I 
gave to my Daughters Anna Loverin & Abigail Cram to lye Ad- 
joyning thereto — I also give to my Daughter Phebe Sanborn 
One Cow And all my Houshold Goods Commonly Used in the 
House 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Reuben Sanborn to 
him his heirs and Assigns all my Estate both Real & Personal 
not Otherwise Disposed of in this my Will And I do hereby 
Appoint him Sole Executor * * * . 

Reuben + Sanborn 
Mark 



426 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Samuel Prescutt the third, James 
Prescutt. l 

[Proved May 28, 1756.] 

[Bond of Reuben Sanborn, with Bradbury Green and Stephen 
Healey as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of £1000, 
Aug. 19, 1757, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Meshech 
Weare, Jonathan Cram.] 



JOHN MARSHALL 1756 HUDSON 

[Thankful Marshall, widow, and John Marshall, oldest son, 
renounce administration on the estate of John Marshall of Not- 
tingham West April 20, 1756; witnesses, Ezekiel Greeley, Eze- 
kiel Chase.] 

[Administration granted to Daniel Marshall of Nottingham 
West, yeoman, April 20, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 507.] 

[Bond of Daniel Marshall, husbandman, with Ezekiel Greeley, 
trader, and Samuel Greeley, Jr., innholder, as sureties, all of 
Nottingham West, in the sum of £1000, April 20, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, Josiah Spaulding, 
Ezekiel Chase.] 

[Thankful Marshall releases all her rights in the estate to 
Daniel Marshall for £200 April 20, 1756; witnesses, Ezekiel 
Greeley, Samuel Greeley.] 

[Inventory, May 10, 1756; amount, £2286. 8. 6; signed by 
Phineas Underwood and Stephen Chase.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 10, 1756, authorizing Joseph Blanchard, Jr., 
and Phineas Underwood, yeoman, both of Merrimack, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 427 

[List of claims, March 3, 1757; account, £2904. 9. 7; signed by 
Joseph Blanchard and Phineas Underwood.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1713. 11. 7, 
personal estate; expenditures, £398. 16. o; allowed Dec. 16, 

I757-] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £2904. 9. 7; amount 
distributed, £1314. 15. 7; allowed Dec. 16, 1757.] 



TIMOTHY JOHNSON 1756 GREENLAND 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Johnson of Green- 
land, joiner, granted to his widow, Margaret Johnson, April 21, 

1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 507.] 

[Bond of Margaret Johnson, widow, with John Allen and 
William Johnson, yeomen, as sureties, all of Greenland, in the 
sum of £500, April 21, 1756, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Richard Sanborn, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, April 21, 1756, authorizing Nathan Murdough and 
Samuel Norton, both of Greenland, joiners, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, July 2'], 1756; amount, £52. 11. o; signed by 
Nathan Murdough and Samuel Norton.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 17, 1756, authorizing Enoch Clark, innholder, 
and Nathaniel Marston, yeoman, both of Greenland, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £678. 10. i; signed by Enoch Clark 
and Nathaniel Marston; attested May 25, 1757.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £55. 19. o; 
expenditures, £32. o. o; allowed July 2'], iJS7i with mention of a 
child less than 7 years of age at the decease of the intestate.] 



428 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS » 

JOHN FARRAR 1756 EPPING 

[Bond of Ezekiel Brown, yeoman, with James Norris, gentle- 
man, and Benjamin Baker, yeoman, as sureties, all of Epping, 
in the sum of £1000, April 28, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate of John Farrar of Epping, yeoman; witnesses, none.] 

[Warrant, April 28, 1756, authorizing Samuel Thurston and 
Joseph Gordon, yeomen, both of Epping, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of personal estate, attested July 28, 1756; amount, 
£649. 16. o; signed by Joseph Gordon and Samuel Thurston.] 

[Inventory of real estate, Sept. 29, 1756; amount, £1500. o. o; 
signed by Samuel Thurston and Joseph Gordon.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £746. 7. 8, 
personal estate; expenditures, £386. 1.9; allowed Nov. 13, 1759.] 



DANIEL ROBERTS 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

In the Name of God Amen this 30**" day of April A D 1756 
I Daniel Roberds of Hampstead in the Province of New Hamp 
Shire in New England yeoman * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath to Martha my Dearly beloved 
wife the free use of half my Dwelling House & half my celler and 
half my Barn and convenient Room for improveing House and 
Barn and well and also the improvement of ten Acres of Land 
five acres of Plowing & mowing land & five acres beyond the 
Causway that was Mudgits so long as she remains my Widow 
I also give my said Wife two sheep and two lambs and one Cow 
and all my swine I also give the use of My Housel stufT to my 
said wife giveing her Power to Dispose of the same to my 
Daughters as she se cause 

Item I Give to my welbeloved son Daniel's three Daughters 
five shillings old tenor Each 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 429 

Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter Mary Foster two 
acres and half of my whomstead with the ten Acres I have 
already given a Deed of 

Item I Give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughters 
namely Hannah & Sarah all my Real & Personal Estate that I 
have not yet Disposed of Equally to be divided between them 
both: onely I give my Daughter Hannah one Cow more than 
Sarah; they paying my legeses and all my Just Debts and mine 
and my wifes Funeral Charges 

I hereby Constitute make and ordain my said Daughters 
namely Hannah and Sarah my Executrixes * * * 

Daniel Robardes 

[Witnesses] Joseph Little, Bejamin heath, Daniel Little. 
[Proved Oct. ii, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 11, 1757, authorizing John Muzzey and Daniel 
Johnson, both of Hampstead, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 26, 1757; amount, £1751. 15. o; 
signed by John Muzzey and Daniel Johnson.] 



JOHN RICKER 1756 SOMERSWORTH 

In y^ Name of God Amen the fifteenth Day of May in y® 
Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Six 
I John Ricker of the Town of Somersworth in y* province of 
New-Hampshire in New-England Yeoman * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my Dearly beloved Wife 
Hannah y^ Improvement of one half of My Homestead during 
her Widowed Lif & if she marries again y^ one third of y^ Im- 
provement of my S** Homestead during her natural Life. 

Item I give & bequeath to My S*^ Wife Hannah one Cow & one 
Heifer, and the Improvement of all my Houshold Goods during 
her natural Life. 



430 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Phinehas Twenty 
Acres of land where he now lives and about Twelve Acres more 
out of my pasture on ye northerly Side of it Joyning to land in 
possession of Brother Ephraim Ricker which S'^ Son has now in 
possession and five acres more Joyning to said twelve acres, 
from land in possession of Richard Ricker to y* land in posses- 
sion of Deacon Gershom Wentworth to him his Heirs & assigns 
for ever Excepting So Much wood as I shall want & a privilage 
for me & mine to water Creatures at y Brook He paying fifty 
pounds old Ten"^ to his Sister Judith, & y^ Child'* of his Sister 
Elizabeth & olive deceased, one third to Judith y^ rest to be 
equally divided between S"^ Children all to be paid in Species 
within four years after my decease. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Nathaniel 
Twenty acres of land where he now lives and fourteen acres of 
land more at y*= Southerly End of My Tract of land at Black- 
water, a place So called in Dover, to him his Heirs and assigns 
for ever, He paying fifty pounds old Ten"" in Species To his Sister 
Judith, and y^ Children of his Sisters Elizabeth & Olive deceased, 
y* is one third of S<^ fifty pounds to S*^ Judith & ye other Two 
thirds to S'^ Child" a third to each Daughters Children, within 
four Years after my decease. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Beloved Son Paul thirty three 
acres of land at Blackwater af's*^ where he now Improves at y^ 
northerly End of my S'* Tract of land to him his Heirs & assigns 
for ever, he paying to his Sister Judith & y^ Children of his Said 
Deceased Sisters as aforesaid. — 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Son Ebenezer 
Thirty three Acres of land at Blackwater af'S'^ out of my S** 
Tract of land Next adjoyning to My S*^ Son Paul to him his 
Heirs & assigns for ever He paying to his Sister Judith & y' 
Children of his Said Sisters as aforesaid 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Son Daniel y^ whole 
of My Homestead excepting y« Improvement of part thereof as 
aforesaid to him his Heirs and assigns for ever excepting half of 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 1 

one Acre hereafter to be Mentioned, He paying to his Sister 
Judith and the Children of his deceased Sisters af's'* one Hundred 
pounds old Ten' in Species, one third thereof to his s*^ Sister 
Judith & y^ other Two thirds to y* S^ Children, one third to y* 
Children of one of y" deceased Sisters & y^ other third to y« Chil- 
dren of y^ other deceased Sister, & So y* other Mentioned Sums 
are to be paid. 

Item all y^ rest of My Stock of Creatures that I have not 
disposed of I give & bequeath to my Said Son Daniel to him his 
Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I give & bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Judith after 
y^ decease my beloved Wife Hannah y^ one third of all my 
Household goods to her her Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item after y" decease of My Wife Hannah I give & bequeath to 
y* Children of my beloved Daughter Elizabeth deceased, y^ one 
third of all My Household Goods to them their Heirs & assigns 
for ever 

Item after y^ decease of my Wife Hannah I give & bequeath 
to y^ Children of my beloved Daughter olive one third of all my 
Household goods to them their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My S"^ Son Nathaniel y^ priviledge 
of passing with a team f"" his land on y^ westerly Side of y twenty 
acres before Mentioned given to my Son phinehas, to y® South 
End thereof, and from thence to my S*^ Son phinehas & Nathaniel 
I give y^ priviledge of a Cart road round on y® Notherly West- 
erly & Southerly Side of y® Estate belonging to the Heirs of My 
Brother Meturen Ricker lately deceased, to y^ Cluster of pare 
Trees by y Country road to them their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath To all My Children & others, who 
Bury their Dead at y Burying place in my field one half of an 
Acre Joyning to y° Country road upon Condition they make a 
good fence round y^ Same & maintain it 

Item I will that My Son Daniel part with So Much of My 
personal Estate to My Executors as shall be necessary to pay All 
My lawfull Debts 



432 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I do likewise Constitute make & ordain my beloved Son 
Phinehas My Sole Executor * * * 

John Ricker 

[Witnesses] Ebenezer Wallingford, Gershom Wentworth, 
Benj* Wentworth. 

[Proved June 29, 1757.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing Moses Stevens and 
Ichabod Rollins, both of Somersworth, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 27, 1757; amount, £3676. 5. o; signed by 
Moses Stevens and Ichabod Rollins.] 



BENJAMIN HAYES 1756 ROCHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen The Fifteenth day of May 1756 
I Benj* Hayes of Rochester in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England yeoman Being very sick & weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & Bequeath to Jean my Dearly Beloved wife 
one third Part of all the Income of my first Division Lands in s^ 
Rochester During Her State of Widowhood together with the one 
Half of my dwelling House, & all my Household Goods Debts 
cows mare & all moveable Effects with the sheep & lambs which 
I Have not already Disposed off to my son & s'' moveable 
Estate is to be divided by my wife at her decease amongst my 
Children at Her Discretion — 

Item I give to my welbeloved son Benj» all my first Division 
lands in s^ Rochester together with a double Part in my second 
third & undivided Lands in s*^ Town To Him the s<^ Benj* His 
Heirs & assigns forever. 

Item I give to my welbeloved Daughters Abigail Elizabeth & 
Hannah all the Remainder of the Land which I have not before 
given to my son Benj' to be Equal Divided amongst them 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 433 

Item I Likewise Constitute make & ordain my Beloved wife 
Jean & my Son Benj* my Executors * * * 

Mark 
Benj" Hayes X 
His 

[Witnesses] John Hayes mark X , Wentworth Hayes his 
X mark, Jean Herd Her X . 
[Proved June 30, 1756.] 

[Bond of Jane Hayes of Rochester, widow, and Benjamin 
Hayes of Rochester, yeoman, with Wentworth Hayes of Roch- 
ester and John Hayes of Dover as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
June 30, 1756, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William 
Parker, John Fernald.] 



SAMUEL EATON 1756 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Eaton of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to Jabez Eaton of Hampton Falls, yeo- 
man. May 18, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19. p. 533.] 

[Bond of Jabez Eaton, yeoman, with Amos Dwinell, physician, 
and Nathan Green, trader, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in 
the sum of £500, May 18, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate of his brother, Samuel Eaton of Hampton Falls; witnesses, 
William Parker, Nathaniel Adams.] 

[W^arrant, May 18, 1756, authorizing Samuel Collins and 
David Norton, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 6, 1756; amount, £796. 14. o; 
signed by Samuel Collins and David Norton.] 



434 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JONATHAN PAGE 1756 PLAISTOW 

[Thomas Page of Plaistow consents that administration on the 
estate of his son, Jonathan Page of Plaistow, be granted to Jacob 
Kent of Plaistow, May 21, 1756.] 

[Bond of Jacob Kent, with Jonathan Clement and Samuel 
Little, Jr., as sureties, all of Plaistow, in the sum of £1000, 
May 26, 1756, for the administration of the estate of Jonathan 
Page, Jr., of Plaistow, yeoman; witness, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, attested May 25, 1756; amount, £1266. 15. o; 
signed by Jonathan Kimball and Samuel Little, Jr.; mentions 
land in Haverhill, Mass.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £610. 6. 2, 
personal estate; expenditures, £625. 8. 8; mentions maintenance 
of children, Jacob Page, born April 4, 1750; Ruth Page, born 
March 29, 1752; Jonathan Page, born Dec. 14, 1753; Elias Page, 
born Jan. 17, 1756; allowed June 3, 1757.] 



JOSEPH SCRIBNER, JR. 1756 EXETER 

[Elizabeth Scribner renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Joseph Scribner, Jr., of Exeter May 24, 1756, in 
favor of Joseph Scribner, father of the deceased; witnesses, 
Joseph Lougee, Robert Lord.] 

[Administration granted to Joseph Scribner of Exeter May 
26, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 556.] 

[Bond of Joseph Scribner, yeoman, with Joseph Lougee, 
tailor, and Noah Emery, gentleman, as sureties, all of Exeter, in 
the sum of £500, May 26, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, Jeremy Webster, John Nutter.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 435 

[Warrant, May 26, 1756, authorizing Theophilus Smith and 
Caleb Kimball, mason, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 15, 1756; amount, £715. 18. 9; signed by 
Caleb Kimball and Theophilus Smith.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Jan. 14, 1757; amount, 
£383. 5. o; signed by Joseph Scribner; mentions a widow and two 
small children,] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to Joseph Lougee of 
Exeter, tailor, Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 329.] 

[Bond of Joseph Lougee, tailor, with John Steele and John 
Glidden, yeomen, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of £500, 
Oct. 26, 1757, for the administration de bonis non of the estate; 
witnesses, John Smith, William Parker, Jr.] 

[Account of Joseph Scribner as administrator; receipts, 
£379. 18. o; expenditures, £393. 7. 8; allowed April 17, 1760.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Joseph Lougee as 
administrator de bonis non; receipts, £230. o. o; expenditures, 
£511. 16. i; allowed April 17, 1760.] 



WILLIAM HOBBS 1756 AMHERST 

[Administration on the estate of William Hobbs of Souhegan 
West, yeoman, granted to his widow, Amy Hobbs, May 25, 

1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 533.] 

[Bond of Amy Hobbs of Souhegan West, widow, with John 
Goffe of Bedford and Reuben Chesley of Dover, yeoman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, May 25, 1756, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Mary Parker, William Parker.] 



436 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 25, 1756; amount, £3021. 18. o; 
signed by Benjamin Hopkins and William Peabody.] 

To the Hon''! Judge of probates of Wills &c 

Sir in Obeydiance to your warrant dated y^ 25 Day of August 
A D 1756 We Benj'° Hopkins and Nathan Hutchinson of Mon- 
son yeoman & William Pebody of Souhegan West yeoman the 
Committee Appointed to Set off Amey Hobbs^ thirds have don 
it in y^ following manner begining at The South Easterly Corner 
of said Thirds at a Small Elm Tree on y^ Bank of Souhegan River 
marked with W then Runing North Twelve Degrees West to a 
wite pine Tree Marked W & so on to y^Notheren line then Run- 
ning Westerly forty Six Rods then Running South twelve degrees 
East to a pitch pine marked W And So on to An Elm marked W 
& Still Continuing y^ Same point to an Other Elm marked W on 
the River bank & So on the River to the bounds First mentioned 
Together with The old End of the house and Cellar and one 
third of y* Barn at y® South Side 

Souhegan West No 3 October y« 8"^ 1756 — 

( Benjamin Hopkins 
Committee s Nathan Hutchinson 
[ William Peabody 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2040. 5. 6; 
expenditures, £1822. 11. 11; allowed June 28, 1758.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £212. 13. 7; expenditures, 
£281. 18. o; allowed Nov. 22, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of Phoebe Hobbs, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of William Hobbs, granted to John Shepard 
Sept. 2, 1762.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 447.] 

[Bond of John Shepard, Jr., with Robert Read, gentleman, 
and Ephraim Hildreth as sureties, all of Amherst, in the sum 
of £500, Sept. 2, 1762, for the guardianship of Phoebe Hobbs; 
witnesses, James Rollins, Abigail Rollins.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 437 

EDWARD ROLLINS 1756 ROCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Rollins of Rochester 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth Rollins, May 26, 1756.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 533.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Rollins, widow, with John Knight, gentle- 
man, and John Nutter, yeoman, as sureties, all of Newington, 
in the sum of £500, May 26, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, May 26, 1756, authorizing Richard Downing of 
Newington, gentleman, and Charles Baker of Somersworth, 
yeoman, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 21, 1756; amount, £3777. 16. 6; signed by 
Richard Downing and Charles Baker.] 



JOHN ELLIOT 1756 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Elliot of South Hamp- 
ton, yeoman, granted to his widow, Hannah Elliot, May 26, 

1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p, 546.] 

[Bond of Hannah Elliot of South Hampton, widow, with 
Jonathan Kimball of South Hampton, yeoman, and David 
Elliot of Newton as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 26, 1756, 
for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, 
John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, May 26, 1756, authorizing Gideon Bartlett of 
Newton and Jonathan Kimball of South Hampton to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 10, 1756; amount, £3888. 6. i; signed by 
Gideon Bartlett and Jonathan Kimball.] 



438 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, March 30, 1757, authorizing William Rowell, David 
Bagley, gentlemen, Cutting Favor, yeoman, Jonathan Watson, 
cooper, and Daniel Goodwin, yeoman, all of Newton, to divide 
the real estate.] 

. ^ ] To the Hono'''"^ Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge 

^^ ^^ , . V of the Probate of Wills &c for y® Province of 

New Hampshir K.. ^t u- 

J New Hampshir 

Persuant to your Hon" Warrant to us directed appointing us a 
com"^ to view the Real Estate of John Elliot Late of Newtown 
decesed Intestate & set off to Hannah Elliot widow of the decesed 
her Right of dower in s** estate &c We haveing met & viwed as 
natural the premises which we find in this province & have sett 
off to the s<^ widow for her thirds as followeth which we Judge to 
be a full third part of s^ Estate Viz Begining at y® south easterly 
Comer Bounds of the Homestead of the decesd at the High 
way & Runing Northerly on the Easterly Line of sd Estate to 
the North Easterly Corner of sd Homestead: then Runing 
Westerly on the Northerly Line of sd Homestead forty Rods to a 
stake & stones then Runing southerly across sd Homestead to a 
stake & stones at the fore mentioned High way then Easterly 
on sd way thirty two Rods to the place first mentioned twenty 
five acres or be the same more or Less: with the one half of the 
Dwelling House thereon viz the Easterly end thereof & one half 
of the celler; and also the one half of the Barn thereon viz the 
Easterly End thereof: with all the privilages & appurtenances 
(saveing & Excepting a privilage to use and Improve the other 
End of sd Dweling House as followeth : sd Privilage Begining at 
y« High way at a stake and stones so Runing northerly to the 
midle of the fore Door & so through sd House to a stake & stones 
half a Rod Northerly from sd House then westerly two Rods to a 
stake & stones at y** Northwesterly corner of y* House then Run- 
ing southerly to a stake & stones at the High way two Rods 
westerly from the Bounds now first mentioned and also a con- 
veinant privilage to use and improve the westerly End of the 
Barn 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 439 

P^urthermore it is our Humble opinion & Judgment: tiiat the 
Remaining two thirds of sd Estate Cannot be Divided without 
great prejudice to & spoiling of the whole: there fore We apprise 
& value the same as foUoweth Viz the whole Remaining two 
thirds of sd Estate We Judge the present value to Be 1935 
Pounds (old tener) as witness our Hands the 15th day of April 
anoqui Domini 1757 

William Rowell 
David bagly 
Cutting favour 
Jonathan Wattson 
Daniel Goodwin 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £960. 18. 9; 
expenditures, £483. 12. o; allowed July 21, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Dec. i, 1757, authorizing Joseph French, Samuel 
Currier, Samuel Barnett, Richard Collins, and Eliphalet Merrill, 
all of South Hampton, to divide the real estate among the widow 
and eleven children.] 

Province of \ Where as We The Subscribers Being By 
New Hampshire / The Hon'^ble Richard Wibird Esq Judge of 
the Probates of Wills For said Province appointed a committee 
To set off to Hannah Elliot Widow Relict of John Elliot Late of 
South Hampton Deceased Intestate Her Dower which Happens 
to her of the Real Estate of which he Died Seiz'^ of By meets and 
Bounds To hold to her In severalty and to view and Consider 
whither The Remainding part of said Estate Can be Divided 
among the Children of said Deceased which survived Him with 
out Prejudice or spoiling of the whole as appears By Warrant 
Directed In Pursuance where of we Have setteled said Estate as 
Followeth 

Imps To Hannah Elliot Widdow and Relict of the Deceasd 
for her Right of Dower in said Estate about Twenty three acres 
and sixty five Rodes of Land Laying on the Easterly side of the 
Deceas<* homsted Beginning at the Bounds Between James 



440 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

George and said Deceas"^ Estate then Running westerly By a 
High way about thirty one Rodes To a stake and stones thence 
Nourtherly about one Hundred & Four Rodes to A stake and 
stones thence about thirty nine Rodes Easterly to the Bound in 
the Line Beween s^ George and y« Deceas*^ Land thence south- 
erly about one Hundred and ten Rodes To the first mentioned 
Bounde Be the same more or Less with y« Deceas<^ House and 
Barn that standes upon the Land set off to said widow for her 
thirds — 

2'y We Have Viewed and Considered whether the Remainding 
Part of said estate can be Divided among the Children of said 
Deceased and we find that it Can not be Divided with out Prej- 
udice or spoiling of the whole and so we Have appraised it in our 
Judgments according to the Present Value in order That the 
same may be settelled upon one of the sones of said Deceased 
First we Have apprised the Remainding Part of the Deceas** 
Homestead at Forty Pounds old tenor pr acre and Bounded it 
as followeth Begining at a stake and stones by the High way on 
the westerly side of the Widows thirdes thence Running westerly 
52 Rodes by said way thence North westerly by said way 97 
Rodes to a stake and stones thence North Easterly 71 Rodes to a 
stake and stones then southerly to the First mention 'i Bounde 
it Being about 39 acres and another Piece of Land Belonging to 
the Deceased Being Scituate Parte in South-Hampton and parte 
in New town in said Province Containing about 15 acres Butting 
Easterly upon a High way and Southerly upon Land of David 
Elliots and Westerly and Nourtherly upon Land of Benjamin 
Morsses and we Have apprised it at 35 pounds old tenor p^ acre 
In Testament of all foregoing We Have Here unto set our 
Hands the 23 Day of January 1758 

Joseph French 
Samuel Currier 
Samuel Barnard 
Rich^ Collins 
Eliphelet Merrill 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 44 1 

[Ordered by the court, April lo, 1758, that the two thirds of 
the estate be settled on the oldest son, John Elliot, he to pay the 
other children £143. 15. o each.] 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£477. 6. 9; expenditures, £211. 6, 10; allowed April 10, 1758.] 

[Bond of John Elliot, joiner, with Daniel Goodwin and Jon- 
athan Currier, Jr., yeomen, as sureties, all of Newton, in the sum 
of £800, April 10, 1758, for the payment to the other children; 
witnesses, Timothy George, Timothy Goodwin.] 

[Bond of Thomas Elliot of Sandown, with David Bagley and 
Thomas Bedel, both of Newton, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Sept. 23, 1760, for the guardianship of Timothy Elliot, 
minor, aged more than 14 years, son of John Elliot; witnesses, 
Eliphalet Bartlett, Gideon Bartlett.j 

[Bond of Daniel Goodwin of South Hampton, with Henry 
Lancaster and Stephen Bartlett, both of Newton, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Sept. 23, 1760, for the guardianship 
of Judith Elliot and Lois Elliot, minors, aged more than 14 years, 
children of John Elliot; witnesses, Gideon Bartlett, Eliphalet 
Bartlett.] 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£265. 19. II; expenditures, £124. o. o; allowed March 19, 1762.] 



HENRY DEARBORN 1756 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Dearborn of Hampton, 
yeoman, granted to Esther Dearborn, widow, and John Taylor, 
yeoman. May 26, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 546.] 

[Bond of Esther Dearborn, widow, and John Taylor, both of 
Hampton, with Samuel Fogg of Exeter and Jeremiah Eastman 



442 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of Kensington, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 26, 
1756, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William 
Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Lovering, yeoman, with Abner Fogg, 
gentleman, and Benjamin Hobbs, yeoman, as sureties, all of 
North Hampton, in the sum of £2000, May 26, 1756, for the 
guardianship of his son, Simon Dearborn Lovering, aged less 
than 14 years; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 25, 1756; amount, £22,082. 8. 6; 
signed by Jonathan Page and Josiah Sanborn.] 

[Additional inventory, Nov. 22, 1756; amount, £5730. 12. 2; 
signed by Jonathan Page and Josiah Sanborn.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 14, 1757, authorizing Peter Folsom of Exeter, 
Robert Moulton of Hampton, Josiah Sanborn and Josiah Robin- 
son, both of Exeter, and Simeon Dearborn of North Hampton 
to divide the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 272.] 

[Simon Dearborn Lovering makes choice of his father, 
Ebenezer Lovering, as his guardian April 19, 1757.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Lovering, with Abner Fogg and Samuel 
Jenness of Rye, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, April 
18, 1757, for the guardianship of his son, Simon Dearborn 
Lovering, minor, aged more than 14 years; witnesses, John 
Langdon, John Fernald.] 

Province of 1 Agreable to a Warrent from the Hon^* 
New Hamps"^ / Rich*^ Wibird Esq"^ Judge of the Probate of 
Wills for Said Province &c Impowering us a Committe to Divide 
the Real Estate of Henry Dearborn late of Hampton in said 
Province Yeoman Deceas'd we have Effected the same in the 
following manner, viz. we have set off to y" widdow Esther 
Dearborn, widdow Relict of said Deceas'd one full third Part of 
all the Real Estate that was shown us as the Estate y* y^ said 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 443 

Deceased Died Posses'd off, according to Quantity & Quality to 
y^ best of our Judgments, to hold to her in severalty as her 
Dower thereof, viz. two lotts of Land where the said Deceas'd 
lived in his life time & on which his Building now stand contain- 
ing about twenty Eight Acres with said Buildings, and likewise 
thirty five Acres of upland & swamp adjoyning to y« said two 
lotts or a highway on y<= South & Robert Moultons land on y*" 
west thirty three Rod & an half & Runing from thence north 
fifty five Degrees East untill it Comes to Taylor Wear's land, 
and then by Said Tayler Wears land untill it comes to the said 
two Shares or highway — we have likewise Set off to y" Said 
Widdow about Eighteen Acres of Salt Marsh in Hampton afore 
said in five Peices, one peice contains about five Acres & an half 
& was bought of John Sherburne by y^ said Deceas'd Deed 
bearing Date y^ 31^* of May Anno Dommini one thousand 
seven hundred & thirty six, another Peice contains two Acres 
bought of Jonathan Godfree Deed bearing Date y y^^ Day of 
november Anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred & twenty 
two, the third Peice contains two Acres and an half & twenty 
two Rods bought of Jonathan Godfree & lyeth undivided with 
Nathan Godfree y^ whole peice is bounded eastward & westward 
on the River Northwardly on Jonathan Dearborns Marsh & 
Southward on James Godfrees Marsh, the forth Peice contains 
about three Acres & an half of flats or Thatch Ground which y^ 
Deceased bought of Shubal Sanborn, & lieth undivided with 
Robert Drake y^ whole lyes adjoyning to flats which Dan'' & 
Jonathan Marston owned on the Southward, & marsh of Jona- 
than Elkins on y« north — the fifth Peice contains four acres & 
is part of a Peice of marsh that Decended to y Deceased from 
his father containing about eighteen Acres, the Said four acres 
is bounded on Marsh of Nathan Cram's on y^ north, on a certain 
Slow on y« north East and on Marsh we have set of to Sarah 
Taylor on y« South, & on Marsh we have set of to Elisabeth 
Sanbume on y^ west — And the Remaining two third we have 
Divided into three Equal Parts according to Quantity & Quality 



444 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to y^ best of our judgments and set them off to y^ heirs of the 
said Deceased in the following manner, viz. we have set of to 
Sarah Taylor the Daughter of y Said Deceased to her to hold in 
severalty a Peice of Land Containing about seven acres & an 
half which lyeth on y" Southwestward side of Exeter Road before 
the House of y^ Said Deceased, bounded Northwardly on y« said 
Road & on land belonging to James & Jonathan Sanborn East- 
wardly on land of Thomas Elkins, southwardly on Robert 
Drake's land, Westwardly on a highway or James Foggs land, 
we have likewise set off to y® said Sarah twenty Six Acres of 
upland & Swamp adjoyning to Pages Road on y^ Northward, on 
land set off to Ebenez"^ Lovering on y® East on y^ Widdow's 
thirds on y^ South & on Robert Moulton's land on y^ west, we 
have likewise Set off to said Sarah about twenty two Acres of 
Land on y^ Southwestward side of Exeter Road adjoyning to y* 
Road on y^ northeastward end, Southwardly on James Foggs 
land, Southwestwardly on Nathan & Jonathan Tiltons land, or 
ass brook (so called) northwardly on land we set of to Elisabeth 
Sanborn, said peice is to be Seventeen Rods wide at y^ Road on 
a Perpendicular line & Nineteen Rods wide at y^ other end, that 
is at y® westward end of James Foggs land on a Perpendicular 
line, the northward side of said twenty two acres is to Run from 
the Road to Tilton's Land or ass Brook — we have likewise Set 
off to Said Sarah about Eleven Acres of salt Marsh in three 
Peices, one peice contains about three acres and three quarters 
of an acre Bought of Joseph Batchelder being commonly known 
by y° name of Birch Island, another Peice contains about three 
acres & an half & Decended to y*' Deceased from his father, 
bounded Eastwardly on Hampton River Southwardly on James 
Lovits Marsh, westwardly on Shaws Marsh, northwardly on 
Chases Marsh; the other Peice contains about three Acres & 
three quarters of an Acre being Part of y* Eighteen Acres above 
mentioned y* Decended to y^ Deceas'd from his father, said 
three acres & three quarters is bounded northwardly on four 
acres we set off to y^ widdow, northeastward on a certain Slow, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 445 

Eastwardly on a quarter of an acre set off to Ebenez' Lovering, 
Southwardly on Marsh of Taylor Wear's & Benj°> Moulton's, 
westwardly on Marsh set of to Elesabeth Sanborn. — nextly we 
have set of to Elisabeth Sanborn, Daughter of y said Deceased 
to hold to her in severalty, viz about sixty four acres of land on 
y south westward side of Exetor Road, bounded on Exetor Road 
on y« north Eastward, & land we Set of to Sarah Taylor on y" 
south, & Capt" Jonathan Tiltons Land on y^ west, & on Will™ 
Sanborn's land on y" north; and likewise about three quarters of 
an Acre of land, it being the eastward end of Seven Acres y* y^ 
Deceased bought of Jesper Blake, said peice being left Seperated 
from his other lands by changing of lands, we have likewise Set 
of to Said Elisabeth about thirteen Acres & an half of Salt 
Marsh in three Peices, one peice contains about two acres and 
an half & lyeth on Bolters neck (so called) and is undivided with 
Corn* Jonathan Dearborn Bought of Jonathan Elkins, an- 
other peice contains two Acres and an half bought of Benj'" Cram 
Deed bearing Date Decemb'' 28**' one thousand Seven hundred & 
fifty two — the other Peice contains about Eight Acres & an 
half & is part of y® above Eighteen Acres, y'' said Elisabeth is to 
have all y* is to y^ westward of a certain creek containing about 
seven acres & an half & also one acre below said creek, Runing 
the whole wedth of y^ Marsh & so far from y^ Creek to y^ East- 
ward as to contain one acre — Lastly we have set off to Ebenezer 
Lovering as Representative to Simon Lovering son to Mary 
Lovering Deceased the Daughter of y^ Said Deceas'd to hold to 
him in Severalty viz. seventy four Acres of upland & Swamp 
adjoyning to Pages Road on y^ northward Tayler Wear's land 
on y« East & y^ Widdows thirds on y^ Southw'd & the twenty six 
acres y* we set off to Sarah Taylor on y" west; we have also Set 
off to Said Lovering about thirteen acres of Salt Marsh in Hamp- 
ton aforesaid in Seven Peices, viz. on peice contains about four 
Acres & lyeth in y^ ox common so called, & Decended to y® 
Deceased from his father Bounded northwardly & Eastwardly 
on Browns River Southwardly on y^ glade so called westerly on 



446 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Marsh belonging to y" Heirs of John Dearborn Deceas'd, an- 
other peice contains two acres bought of Sam'^ Dalton, bounded 
Southwardly on y River, Eastwardly on Sam'' Fogg, north- 
wardly on Steph" Page, westw* on Daultons; y" third Peice con- 
tains two Acres bought of Henry Dearborn J"" lying at a Place 
called y^ great Neck, another peice contains about two Acres 
bought of Henry Elkins & lyeth in the Spring Marsh (so called), 
the fifth Peice contains about an Acre & quarter & is known by 
y" name of the Acre & lyeth near y^ Beech Cossey & Decended to 
y^ Deceas'd from his father, the sixth Peice contains about three 
quarters of an Acre & is known by y^ name of a Thatch Share & 
Decended to y^ Deceas'd from his father: the seventh & last 
Peice contains about an acre & is y^ Eastward end of the above- 
said Eighteen acres, containing two small Islands be y same 
more or less & also one quarter of an acre of the South Eastward 
Point on y^ westward side of y" Slow adjoyning to Tayler Wears 
Marsh on y^ Southward 

Given under our hands this 31^* day of August one thousand 
Seven hundred fifty & seven &c — 

Robert Moulton 

Josiah Sanborn 

Peter folsom 

Josiah Robinson 

Simeon Dearborn 



Committee 



[Account of the settlement of the estate by Esther Dearborn ; 
receipts, £2135. 5. 4; expenditures, £73. 5. 6; allowed Aug. 31, 
I757-] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by John Taylor; re- 
ceipts, £13. 5. o; expenditures, £439. 18. 8; allowed Dec. 18, 
I757-] 

[John Taylor's additional account; receipts, £1987. 12. o; ex- 
penditures, £5. o. o; exhibited Feb. — , 1760.] 

[Account of the division of the personal estate; mentions the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 447 

widow as now the wife of Joseph Wadleigh; allowed Aug. 29, 
1776.] 



JONATHAN PAGE, JR. 1756 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Page, Jr., of Plais- 
tow, yeoman, granted to Jacob Kent of Plaistow, yeoman, May 
26, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 546.] 

[Thomas Page of Haverhill, Mass., declined administration on 
the estate of his son, Jonathan Page of Plaistow, June 3, 1757, 
and requested the appointment of Jacob Kent.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Administration on the estate in Essex County, Mass., of 
Jonathan Page of Plaistow, intestate, was granted to Jacob Kent 
June 6, 1757.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 334, p. 374.] 

[Bond of Jacob Kent, husbandman, with Samuel Bailey, Jr., 
and Nathan Bailey, cordwainers, both of Newbury, Mass., as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, June 6, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Daniel Appleton and James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory of real estate in Massachusetts, taken by Stephen 
Huse, Joshua Sawyer, and Benjamin Clement, all of Haverhill, 
Mass., May 30, 1757; amount, £58. 13. 4.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 334, p. 398.] 

[Accountof the administrator, Junes, 1758; received, £61.3.4; 
expended, £22. 7. ii>2.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 335, p. 324.] 

[Certificate of William Parker, Register, Portsmouth, June 9, 
1757, that Jacob Kent, administrator, has exhibited to the court 



448 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

there his account of administration, and that in his inventory 
there is no real estate lying in the province of New Hampshire. 
The court wrote to the administrator that the latter did not 
tell him that when making the allowance to the three children 
they had no mother, therefore the ten pounds allowed is increased 
to fifteen pounds, twelve shillings.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Account, rendered by the administrator May 7, 1759; re- 
ceived, £50. 19. 2; expended, £33. 6. 3>^. There was a charge 
for bringing up three young children since June, 1758, there 
being no father or mother. 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 336, p. 214.] 

[Distribution of the balance of the estate, £17. 12. io>^, to the 
children, as follows: — 

To Josiah Page, eldest son, £5. 17. 8. 
To Jacob Page, £2. 18. 10. 
To Ruth Page, £2. 18. 10. 
To Jonathan Page, £2. 18. 10. 
To Elias Page, £2. 18. 10.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Probate Records, vol. 336, p. 214.] 

[Guardianship of Elias Page, Jonathan Page, Ruth Page, 
Josiah Page, and Jacob Page, minors, all less than 14 years old, 
granted to Jacob Kent June 12, 1758.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 335, p. 353.] 

[Bonds of Jacob Kent, one for each ward, with Tristram 
Knight, gentleman, and Stephen Knight, cordwainer, both of 
Plaistow, as sureties, in the sum of £1000 on each bond, June 
12, 1758; witnesses, Daniel Appleton and Jonathan Cogswell, Jr.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Guardianship of Josiah Page, minor, more than 14 years old, 
granted to William Page of Hampstead April 18, 1763.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 340, p. 277.] 

[Bond of William Page, blacksmith, with Thomas Page of 
Haverhill, Mass., yeoman, and Caleb Tappan of Newbury, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 449 

Mass., cordwainer, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, April 18, 
1763, for the guardianship of Josiah Page; witnesses, Samuel 
Rogers and James Tarbox.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



WILLIAM RINDGE 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I William Rindge of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampshire being bound to Sea * * * 

Item I give & bequeath to my well beloved Brother John 
Rindge Two hundred Pounds Cash old Tenor to be paid by my 
Executor within one Year after my decease — 

Item I give to my well beloved Brother Isaac Rindge Two 
hundred Pounds to be p** him within one year after my Decease 
by my said Executor — 

Item I Give my Brother Jotham Rindge Two hundred pounds 
Old Tenor within one Year after my Decease to be p^ him by 
my Executor 

Item I give & bequeath to Ann Peirce daughter to my well 
beloved sister Ann Peirce dec^ Two hundred Pounds old Tenor 
in one year after my decease to be p*^ by my said Executor 

Lastly I give & bequeath to my well beloved Brother Daniel 
Rindge all my Land Houses & Tenements Debts dues money & 
Estate of whatsoever name or Denomination or wherever it is 
or may hereby making & appointing him my sole Executor to 
this my Last Will & Testament he paying the aforesaid Legacys 
& Just Debts &c In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal this 27*'' day of May 1 756 

William Rindge 

[Witnesses] J Wentworth, H^ Apthorp, John Payne. 
[Proved Feb. 24, 1768.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 27, 1771; amount, £569, 6. 8; signed by 
George King and William Torrey.] 



450 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

NATHANIEL MESERVE 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Nathanael Meserve of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Esq"^ being bound on the Ex- 
pedition against Crown Point. * * * Item I give & bequeath to 
Mary my beloved Wife for the bringing up my Children which 
are under Eighteen Years of Age until the Youngest of them 
shall attain to that Age or in Case the youngest should Dye before 
that then till the next shall arrive at that Age the Use & improve- 
ment of my dwelling House and Garden where I now dwell with 
the Use of all the Land & Buildings thereon lying Westward of a 
Line running from the South East Corner of my Garden North- 
ward to the Elm Tree standing Northward from the Garden 
and from thence on the same Course into the Creek and also the 
Use of the new ware House at the Point of my Land on the 
North East Part thereof with Liberty to pass & repass to & from 
the same over my Ship yard as there shall be Occasione with the 
Use of my Pasture Land at the Creek so called in Portsm" afore- 
said & that I purchased of Samuel Jackson on the North Side 
the Creek & the Use of my Land near the Rope walk not other- 
way's disposed of and the Rent of my Farm near Newington in 
said Province the salt Marsh I purchased of Joseph Jackson & 
that Land called the Cedar Swamp the Rent of all these and 
Forty Pounds Old Tenor or equal to what that now is to be paid 
her Annually by my Son John with the Use of my Personal Es- 
tate (not herein otherway's disposed of) for the bringing up the 
said Children and her own comfortable Support during the 
Time aforesaid. And I also give her instead «& lieu of her Dower & 
Thirds of my Estate to hold to her during her Life the Rent of 
my said Farm, the Use of my Dwelling House Garden Land and 
Buildings aforesaid lying Westward of said Line and the Use of 
half my Household Furniture within Doors for her Use & the Use 
of such of my Daughters as shall be unmarried after the Time 
aforesaid, & see Cause to live in my said House with her. I also 
give her during her Life my Negro Boy Named Ocro in Case he 
out lives her and during his if he should dye first. Item I give & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 45 1 

devise to my Son Nathanael the Building Yard near my said 
House with all the Utensils Tools & Impliments thereto belong- 
ing with all the Wharfing Buildings and Land Eastward of the 
Line aforesaid (Excepting the Wharfe & Land whereon it stands 
and the Warehouse) I also give & devise to my said Son (after 
my Wifes Interest therein is Ended) my Pasture Land at the 
Creek aforesaid and the one half of my Part & Interest in that 
Tract of Land in said Province called by the Proprietors under 
Mason's Patent so called the Royal Society Lands all which he 
is to have & to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns and I order him to 
pay to my said Wife for the Interest aforesaid the Sum of Forty 
Pounds a Year during the Time aforesaid and after his youngest 
Sister shall be Eighteen Years of Age then the said Payment to 
Cease or in Case of her Decease before that age then till the next 
shall arrive at that age and then to Cease as is herein before De- 
clared. — Item I give and devise to my Son John the House & 
Land thereto belonging where he now Lives which was lately the 
Mansion House of Jotham Odiorne Esq' Deceas'd & my Rope 
Walk so called with all the Land & Buildings thereon the Wharfe 
Ware House and all the Tools & Implements for Rope making 
together with all my Lands in Rye Town Dantzick & New 
Chester all in said Province to hold to him his Heirs & Assigns 
and I order him to pay to my said Wife twenty Pounds a Year 
old Tenor as aforesaid during the said Term for the Use before 
Exprest & no longer. Item I give & devise to my Son George 
the Ware House on the Point aforesaid the Wharf & Land whereon 
it Stands and Privelege thereto belonging with Liberty of Pass- 
ing & repassing to and from the same (after the Interest granted 
to my Wife as aforesaid is determined) over the Building Yard 
aforesaid as above Expressed and my Land on the North Side 
of the Creek which I purchased of Samuel Jackson & the other 
half of my Land called the Royal Society Lands aforesaid to 
hold to him his Heirs & Assigns and I also give him my said Son 
my Right Interest & Property in the Social Library in said 
Portsmouth — 



452 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give & devise to my Son Hanson one Quarter Part of 
the Snow Stretham of which he is now Master and one Quarter 
Part of the Cargo or Equivalent to one Quarter Part of the 
Cargo he shall now take in said Vessel I also give & devise to 
him the reversion of my said Farm that is all the Right Title 
Interest & Property thereof after my W^ifes Decease I also give 
& devise to him my said Son Hanson all my Right Title Estate 
Interest & Property to the Lands called Allen's Town and of in 
& unto any Part thereof To have & to hold all the said Premises 
to him his Heirs & assigns and further it is my Will that my Son 
Nath' shall after the Decease of my said Wife make a Convey- 
ance in fee to my said Son Hanson of the House, & Land thereto 
belonging where the said Nathaniel now lives and upon his so 
doing I give & Devise to him after my Wifes Decease my said 
Mansion House and all the Land & Buildings aforesaid which I 
have herein before given to my said W^ife for Life to him his 
Heirs & Assigns But if the said Nath' shall refuse & neglect to 
make such Conveyance then I give the said House Land & 
Buildings lying Westward of said Line as above described to 
my Son Hanson his Heirs & Assigns my Will & meaning is that 
Nathanael shall have his Election to have my said House & 
Premises beforementioned instead of that he now Possesses & 
Hanson to have his by his Conveyance as aforesaid But Nathan- 
ael shall have no Interest or Property in the said Premises (if the 
said Hanson shall be living at the Time of his Mothers Decease 
as aforesaid) until he the said Nathanael shall have Executed a 
Good & valid Conveyance of all the Land & Buildings belonging 
to him where he now lives as aforesaid — or if Nathanael shoud 
be prevented by Death or otherwise then Hanson shall have the 
Premises aforesaid as above Expressed after the Decease of my 
said Wife I mean my House Buildings & Land Westward of 
said Line — Item I give & devise to my Daughter Annah Wills all 
my Land in a Place called Menadnack Number one & in new 
Boston so called in said Province (having already given her by 
Deed & otherway's Considerable out of my Estate) to her her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 453 

Heirs & Assigns. Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Odiorne 
all my Land in the Place called South Town and in the Place 
called Wears Town in said Province to her her Heirs & assigns 
having also given her already other Things besides. Item I 
give and Devise to my Daughter Mary Batson all my Land in 
that Tract of Land called Dover first Grant and that Tract 
called Hopkinton both in said Province to her her Heirs & As- 
signs having also done for her by other Means. Item I give & 
devise to my Daughter Ann & to her Heirs & Assigns all my 
Lands in the Place called Menadneck Number five in Peters- 
borough both in said Province & one Lott of Land fronting on 
Dear Street Seventy one feet & carrying that Extent back 
Eighty feet and is the Lott there Numbered one. Item I give 
and devise to my Daughter Elizabeth all my Lands in Bedford 
& Hillsborough both in said Province & one Lott on Dear Street 
aforesaid of the same Dimcntions of the others being the Lott 
Number three to her her Heirs and Assigns, Item I give & 
devise to my Daughter Jane all my Lands in the Place called 
Daniel Marstons Town, Palmers Town & Browns Town so called 
all in said Province & one Lot of Land on Dear Street of the 
same Dimentions aforesaid to hold to her her Heirs & Assigns 
being N° 4. Item I give & devise to my Daughter Esther all my 
Land at the Place called Menadneck Number Eight and one 
Lot of Land in Derryfield belonging to me & one hundred & 
fifty Acres of Land in Barrington which I purchased of M" Ann 
Slayton and one Lot of Land on Dear Street being the Lot there 
next to the Creek and Numbered Seven. Item I give to each of 
my four youngest Daughters viz. Esther, Jane, Elizabeth & Ann 
the Sum of Five hundred Pounds old Tenor according to the pres- 
ent Value or Equal thereto in Money or other Currency in said 
Province at the Time of Payment to be raised & paid by my 
Executors by Sale of so much of my Personal Estate, my Land 
at Barrington not otherway's disposed of my Land at Frame 
Point so called and that which was formerly William Locks 
Land which I purchased of Ephraim Dennet & his Wife all 



454 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

which I hereby give them Power to Sell & to Execute good & 
valid Deed or Deeds of Conveyance of the same and also the 
Vessel now in building in my Building Yard with all the Rigging 
Prepared for the same which I would have Sold Immediately & 
not fitted out if my Decease should happen before that is done ; 
these Legacy's to be raised & put out to Interest by my said 
Execu" as my said Daughters shall arrive at the Age of Eighteen 
Years Respectively for them and as they arrive at the Age of 
Twenty one Years or at Marriage then which ever of those Events 
shall first happen they are to have the Intire Command & dis- 
posal thereof, Each to her Self respectively and if by any acci- 
dent it should happen that my Personal Estate with the Land 
before ordered to be Sold as above Declared will not be Sufficient 
to Raise the aforesaid Sums with other Demands on my Estate 
then Each Legatee is to abate in Proportion & have only the 
Sum that may be raised & spared from other more necessary 
Payments for paying said Legacys and all the Rest of my Estate 
not herein disposed of I give & devise to all my afores** Children 
in the same Proportion which the Law would give it them if I 
had made no Will and if either of my said four Daughters should 
be married before she shall be Eighteen Years of Age her Legacy 
afores. shall be paid as soon as the same may be done at or after 
her Marriage. I also give to Each of my said four youngest 
Daughters a Feather Bed with good decent Furniture & Bedding 
according to the Discretion of my Executors making them all 
Equal 1 as near as may be and in Case my Wife should Decease 
before my youngest Daughter arrives at the Age of Eighteen I 
then Desire their Uncle George Libbey to be their Guardian to 
do for them instead of my said Wife & to apply the aforesaid 
Income of my Estate given for their Support as is herein before 
Declared to that purpose according to the true Intent & mean- 
ing of this my Will and I hereby Earnestly Request of him to 
take this care upon him. Lastly I Constitute & appoint my Said 
Wife and my Son Nathanael Executors of this my last Will & 
Testament hereby revoking all others by me in any manner 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 455 

made before this In Witness whereof whereof I have hereunto 
set my Hand & Seal the 28th Day of May Anno Domini 1756. 

Nath. Meserve 

[Witnesses] William Parker, John Hart, Elizabeth Adams, 
John Furnald. 

[Proved Aug. 18, 1758.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 36.] 

[Mary Meserve, widow, waives the will of her husband, 
Nathaniel Meserve, Aug. 9, 1758, and claims dower.] 

[Probate Records, vol. i6, p. 492.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 18, 1759; amount, £40,348. 9. 6; signed by 
John Moffatt, Jacob Sheafe, and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 152.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 6, 1759, authorizing John Moffatt Jacob 
Sheafe, Samuel Penhallow, and John Penhallow, merchants, and 
John Shackford, all of Portsmouth, to set off to Mary Meserve 
the widow's dower, and to divide the personal estate among the 
widow and children.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 527.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hon*''* 
New Hamp"" / Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of the Probate of 
Wills &c for Said Province to us the Subscribers to sett of to M'" 
Mary Meserve Widow Relict of Nathaniel Meserve Esq"" late of 
Portsmouth Dec"* her Dower of the Real Estate of Said Dec*^ of 
which he died Seized and Likewise to divide the Personal Estate 
of Said Dec^ to be Shewn us by the Administrator in manner fol- 
lowing viz one third part thereof to the Said Widow & the 
Remaining two thirds among the Children of Said Dec*^ We sett 
off to the Widow M" Mary Meserve for her third part of the Real 
Estate at the East End of the Mantion House the back Kitchen 
only Exepf* With a Passage way from the great Entrey into said 
Kitchen & the Said Passage way is to be where there is now a 
Closset & those in the west end of said house to have Liberty to 
Pass & Repass through the East End of said House to Carry 



456 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

anything into the Sellar under the Said West End we also set 
of to Said Widow the East half of the Garden beginning at the 
broad Ally & the priviledge of the Well in Common & the Whole 
of the Bam Standing upon the East Side of said Garden and 
from the North end of said Barn a Streight line Running to the 
South East Corner of the Work house (so Called) and from said 
Corner into the River in which said Work house is Included & 
from said Work house Including all the Warfage and Priviledges 
untill it shall meet a parellel line which Runs through the East 
side of the Great Entry of said house and the Said great Entry 
to be in Common and the Passage way to be left open leading 
from the front of said House down to the Wharf Warehouses 
and Landing upon the point of land the Said Way to be left 
open for the Benefit of those that have their Interest laying upon 
the aforesaid point of Land and W^e Also set off to Said Widow a 
piece of pasture Land Beginning at Cap* George Meserve Dec*^ 
house and runs down to the Creek and lays upon the South Side 
of the Roape Walk 

[Personal property; to the widow, £6281. o. 2; to the heirs of 
Nathaniel Meserve, £1012. 18. 10; to Anna Wells, the heirs of 
John Meserve, Sarah Odiorne, George Meserve, Hanson Me- 
serve, Mary Batson, Ann Meserve, Elizabeth Odiorne, Jane 
Meserve, and Esther Meserve, each £506. 9. 5; signed by John 
Moffatt, Jacob Sheafe, John Shackford, and John Penhallow; 
attested Nov. 11, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 527.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, £31,722. 14. 3; expenditures, £23,783. 2. 10; allowed 
Sept. 24, 1764; mentions " W™ Odiorne his Wifes Legacy £600," 
"3 youngest Daughters," "paid Ann Meservey to Buy a Gown 
£42. o. o," "Schooling for Esther," "to Ann to buy Shoes &c." 
"Shoes & Mitts for Janne"; mentions also a widow, and lega- 
cies of £600 each to Ann Meserve, Esther Meserve, and Jane 
Meserve.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 328.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 457 

ELIZABETH FERNALD 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the name of God Amen the Twenty Ninth Day of May 
Anno Domini 1756 I Elizabeth Fernald of Portsmouth in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Widow of William 
Fernald Late of Kittry in the County of York Shipwright De- 
ceased — being aged * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath unto My Son William Fernald and 
his Heirs the Sum of five Shillings to be paid him or them by My 
Executor out of My Estate within three Year after My Decease 

Item I Give and bequeath unto My son John Fernald his 
heirs and assigns forever the Eastermost half of My Dwelling 
House and the Eastermost half of My Land whereon and where 
about My said house Stands Scituate in Portsmouth aforesaid 
fronting on the high way that Leads from Pickerins Mills (so 
Called) to the North Meetinghouse in Portsmouth aforesaid 
thirty feet or thereabouts Carrying that Same breadth of thirty 
feet or near thereabouts back towards the South or South West- 
erly to the Mill Pond — It being the one half of that piece or 
parcel of Land Given and granted unto Me by My Father 
William Cotton Late of Portsmouth aforesaid Deceased — 

Item: I Give unto the Children of My Daughter Mary Men- 
dum Deceased the Sum of five Shillings Equally among them 
to be paid out of My Estate by My Executor within three 
Years after My Decease 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto My Daughter Elizabeth 
Lowd the wife of Joseph Lowd and to her own Disposing the 
Sum of fifty Pounds New Tenor to be paid her out of My 
Estate within three Years after My Decease by my Executor 
hereafter Named — 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto My Son George Fernald his 
Heirs and assigns forever the Westermost half of My Dwelling 
House and the Westermost half of My Land on and near where 
My Said house Stands Scituate in Portsmouth aforesaid fronting 
on the Highway that Leads from Pickerins Mills to the North 



458 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Meeting House thirty feet or thereabouts Carring that Same 
breadth of thirty feet or thereabouts back South or South West- 
erly to the Mill pound and Whereas I have Let part of the said 
Land to Benjamin Eaton by Lease for a Certain Term My Will is 
that the said Benjamin Eaton shall have the Liberty of Moving 
of his house from said Land when his Lease is out, or to take 
another Lease from My son George aforesaid if My Decease 
happens before the Lease I gave is out. I also give unto My said 
Son George Fernald his heirs and assigns forever My Negro 
Man called by the Name of Dick, also all of My personal Estate 
that shall be Left by Me undispos'd of at the time of My De- 
cease my Said Son George paying the said Legacies. And I do 
hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint My Said Son George 
Fernald of Portsmouth aforesaid Cooper to be My Sole Ex- 
ecutor * * * 

Elizabeth fernald 

[Witnesses] Luke Mills, George Hunttrss, William Kennedy. 
[Proved July 20, 1761.] 

[Bond of George Fernald, Cooper, with George Huntress, 
innholder, and William Kennedy, laborer, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, July 20, 1761, for the execution 
of the will; witnesses, Eleazer Russell, Mark Nelson.] 



PHILIP NELSON 1756 PLAISTOW 

The Last will and testament of Phillip Nelson of Plastow in 
the Province of New Hampshear in New England Black 
smith * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife 
Abiah Nelson one third Part of my Real Estate During her 
Naturall Life and the income of my whole Estate after the 
Debts are paid untill my Children Comes to the age of Eighteen 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 459 

years of age or marrieth which shall happen first and my will is 
that my Estate be Equilly Divided between my three Daughters 
and when the first marries or Comes of age as above said my will 
is that her shear shall be set of and so to have Each Childs share 
set of as they Comes of age or marries 

Item I give unto my wife Abiah Nelson my book Debts In 
order to Pay Debts I also make her my sole Eccutrix of this my 
Last will and testament Ratifiing and Confirming this to be my 
Last will and testament In witness where of I have here unto 
set my hand and scale this thirty first Day of may anno Do- 

™^^^ ^756 PhiHp Nelson 

[Witnesses] John Ingalls, Joseph Little Jur, Thomas Little. 
[Proved June 27, 1757.] 

[Inventory, attested Jan. 31, 1757; amount, £315. 15. o; 
signed by John Morrill and Moses Hale.] 



ABRAHAM NUTE 1756 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen the Thirty first Day of May in the 
year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred & Fifty 
Six I Abraham Nute of Dover in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England Yeoman being Sick & weak in body * * * 

Imprimis I Give to my well beloved wife Rachel Nute one 
good Cow to be Delivered to her by my Execu"^ in one week 
after my Decease as also the theird of my Real and personal 
Estate in the Same way and manner as the Law proscribes as to 
Widows Dower — 

Item I Give to my Eldest Son Isaac Nute whom I appoint 
Impower & Constitute Sole Executor of this my last will & 
Testament all my honisted farm where I now Dwell in Dover 
aforesaid Encluding pasture thatch beds orchard Edifices & 
buildings thereon with all and Every other Estate of any Sort 



460 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

or kind whatsoever with the Encumberances thereon on the 
following Condition viz' that he the Said Isaac Discharge all my 
Just Debts Doctors funeral Expence and allow and pay of the 
following Legacies on Complyance of which the above premisses 
to be to the Said Isaac his heirs & assigns forever 

Item — I Give to my Daughter Joanna Nute one good Cow 
also one pair of Looms and Loom gears of all Sorts fitting for 
Country work being the Same Loom & Gears now in my house 
which Cow Loom and Gears are to be Delivered her by my 
Execu"^ in one week after my Decease also order that She Shall 
have free & full Liberty of one Room in my house for her Self & 
Looms So Long as She Shall Continue unmaried — I also give 
unto her the Said Joanna one third part of all my househould 
goods & furniture Exclusive of her mothers third part to be 
Delivered her in manner aforesaid — 

Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah Nute one good Cow and 
also one third part of all my household goods & Furniture Ex- 
clusive of her mothers thirds to be Delivered her in three years 
after my Decease by my Said Execu"" 

Item I Give to my Son Abraham Nute All my Wearing ap- 
parrell of Every Sort and also three hundred pounds old Tenor 
in bills of this province or money Equal there to to be paid him 
by my Said Executor as Soon as he shall arrive to the age of 
Twenty one years — 

Item I Give to my Daughter Mary Nute one good Cow also 
the one third part of all my household goods & furniture Ex- 
clusive of her mothers third part as aforesaid the aforesaid 
household goods to be Equally Divided between my three 
Daughters & the Said Marys part or portion to be Delivered her 
at the age of Eighteen years by my Said Execu"" * * * 

Abraham Nute 

[Witnesses] Joseph Austin, Elijah Tuttel, Alex"" Caldwell. 
[Proved April 30, 1756.] 

[Warrant, June 30, 1756, authorizing Joseph Austin and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 46I 

Alexander Caldwell, both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 27, 1756; amount, £2994. 7. 6; signed by 
Joseph Austin and Alexander Caldwell.] 



SAMUEL HEARD, JR. 1756 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen, this first Day of June Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Six, I Samuel 
Heard, Jun'" of Dover in y^ Province of New Hamps"" in New- 
England Husbandman, Being Exercised with great Bodily In- 
firmities * * * 

Imprimis I Give to my Wife Dorcas the third Part of my 
Estate both Real & Personal, During her natural life, or her 
Proper Dowry as by Law Established. 

Item I Give to my Son Nathanael Heard y^ one half of my 
Right Title & Interrest in & unto a Saw Mill Standing on Salmon 
fall River, between Rochester & To wow; & also Twenty Shilling 
Cash, old Tenor, to be Paid him by my s^ Executor within y 
Term of one Year after my Decease. 

Item. I Give unto my Son Samuel Heard, whom I Constitute 
make & Ordain Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testa- 
ment, and to his Heirs & Assigns for ever, all my Homestead 
Land & Orchards, Dwelling House & Barn & all other Build- 
ings Standing & being upon s^ Land ; and also five Acres of 
Land at Black- Water; & Two Yoke of oxen, & five Sheep; also 
my Cart & Wheels Plow, Sleds Yokes & Chaines, & all other 
my farming Tackling & Utensils; and also y^ Hand Irons fire 
Shovel & Tongs & Trammels in my s^ Dwelling House. 

Item I Give unto my Son Daniel Heard & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever, Sixty Acres of Land, in Rochester in y* Sec- 
ond Division which Land I Purchased of Jonathan Wentworth 
Deceas'd; And also one Yoke of Oxen to be Delivered him by 



462 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my S*^ Executor, when he Shall Arrive at y* Age of Twenty one 
Years. 

Item I Give unto my Son Jethro Heard & to his Heirs & As- 
signs for ever, Twenty Six Acres of Land in Rochester afores"* 
in y Second Division Lot which fell to my father Tristram 
Heard Deceas'd ; And also all my Land in y* Third Division, 
& in y*' undivided Land in S^ Rochester and also the one half of 
my Right Title & Intrest in & unto a Saw Mill Standing on 
Salmon fall River between Rochester & Tawaw; 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Twenty Sillings, old 
Tenor, to be Paid her by my Executor within y^ Term of one 
Year after my Decease. 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Phebe Twenty Shillings, old 
Tenor, to be Paid her by my S** Executor within y* Term of one 
Year after my Decease. 

Item I Give unto my two Daughters Dorkas & Keziah all my 
Household Goods, Beds & Beding & furniture. Except y* fire 
utensils which I have Given in this Will to my Son Samuel 
Heard, & Excepting also my wives Thirds or Dowry which 
She may Dispose of as She Pleases. 

His 
Samuel X Heard 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Paul Varney, Spenser Wentworth, Daniel Evens. 
[Proved June 30, 1756.] 



HENRY CURRIER 1756 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Henry Currier of South 
Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
being under bodily Weakness * * * 

Item 2^ I give to my beloved Wife Elisabeth Currier the use 
and Improvement of one Half of all my Buildings, and Real 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 463 

Estate dureing her Widowhood. Further more I give her the 
use and Improvement of my Stock of all Kinds during her wid- 
owhood and my Household Goods and Household stuff of all 
sorts to dispose of them among my Children when and how she 
shall see fit. 

Item 3^^'^ I give to my Son Sargeant Currier The other half of 
my Buildings and Real Estate, and the whole of them, that is to 
Say the whole of my Buildings and all my Real Estate wherever 
it may be found, after the Decase of my Wife, or immediately 
upon her marrying another Husband. 

Item 4^^^y I give to my Daughter in Law Sarah Currier Relict 
of My Son Henry Currier Deceased the Sum of Five Pounds old 
Tenor, to be paid her within Five years after my Decease. 

Item 5*^'y I give to my Daughter Abigail Allen the Wife of 
Jeremiah Allen the sum of one Hundred Pounds old Tenor 
money retaining its present Value, the one Half of it to be paid 
in goods at money Price, by my Executer hereafter named 
within the space of five years after my Decease, and Half in 
money within the same space of Time. 

Item 6*'''y I give to my Daughter Miriam Morrill the wife of 
Moses Morrill the sum of Fifty Pounds old Tenor Money re- 
taining its present Value, the one half of it to be paid in goods at 
Money Price, by my Executor hereafter named within the Space 
of Five years after my Decease, and the other Half in money 
with the same space of time. 

Item "J^^^y I give to my Daughter Elisabeth Currier the Sum 
of Three Hundred Pounds old Tenor Money retaining its present 
Value the one half of it to be paid in goods at money Price, by 
my Executor hereafter named on the Day of marriage or at 
furthest when she shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years, 
and the rest in money 

Item S^^^y I give to my Daughter Anna Currier the Sum of 
Three Hundred Pounds old Tenor Money retaining its present 
Value, the one half to be paid her in Goods at Money Price by 
my Executor hereafter named on the Day of Marriage or at 



464 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

furthest at the age of Twenty one years, and the rest in money. 

Item 9**"'^ I give to my Daughter Dorothy Currier the sum of 
Three Hundred Pounds old Tenor Money retaining its present 
Value the one Half of it to be paid in Goods at money Price, by 
my Executor hereafter named on the Day of Marriage or at 
furthest when she shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years, 
and the rest in money. 

Item lo^^^'y I also appoint and order and my Will is that my 
Son Sargeant Currier pays to my Daughters and to my Daughter 
in Law the before mentioned Legacies which I have bequeathed 
to them and to fulfill this my Will, to whom I further give all my 
Wearing Apparel with my Gun, and all my Implements of Hus- 
bandry 

Item 1 1 ^'^^y I do make and Constitute my Son Sargeant Currier 
to be sole Executor * * * in Witness whereof I have here- 
unto Set my Hand and Seal this Third Day of June Anno Domini 
One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Six and in the Twenty 
Ninth year of the Reign of George the Second King over Great 
Britain &c. 

Henry Currier 

[Witnesses] off en french, Ezekiel Morrill, Jeshua geerg. 
[Proved June 29, 1757.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing Samuel French, gentle- 
man, and Abner Morrill, housewright, both of South Hampton, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 23, 1757; amount, £14,155. 9. o; signed by 
Samuel French and Abner Morrill.] 



EDWARD STEVENS 1756 EPPING 

In The name of God amen This forth Day of June anno domin 
1756 I Edward Stevens of The parish of Epping in the Province 
of Newhamp' yeoman being in helth of body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 465 

It™ I Give and bequeath unto my Well Beloved Wife Marthy 
and to her Disposel all my housel stuf That shee brought to me 
When I married her, and Like wise I Give to my Said Wife The 
use & Improvement of all my Land & bulding to bring up my 
Children untill my youngest Child shall arive to Seven years of 
age or untill my Son Joseph arive to The age of Twenty one 
years 

If" I Give unto my Son Joseph Stevens and to his heirs & 
assings for Ever The full one halfe Part of all my Land Lying and 
being in Epping 

It™ I Give unto my other Children (viz) Elisabeth Johanna 
Doley Pheabe & Bettey (and if my Wife Should be Deliverd 
within a fue months with a Liven Child that to be made Eaqual 
with my other five Daughters) all my other Estate both Real 
and Parsonal whatsoever not all readey Given away in this my 
Last will Equaley to be Devided betwen them there heirs & 
assing for Ever 

Lastly I Do here by Constitute and appoint Theophilus Smith 
of Exeter in the Province afore Said Esq'" to be Sole Excu- 
tor * * * 

his 

Edward + Stevens 

mark 

[Witnesses] Rob* Light, Abnar thustin, Ebn"" Light. 
[Proved Sept. 9, 1757.] 

To the Hon*'^® Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of probate for the 
province of New hampshire I your Humble petitioner Relict of 
Edward Stevins Deceased Being Left with three Small children 
the Eldist But five year old and the yongest But about Sixteen 
months old ; And the Hon'''^ Theo'^ Smith Esq"" he being Executor 
to the Last will of my Dec*^ Husband tells me that he has no 
Right to give me any of the moveable Estate which my Husband 
Died Siezed of nor yet of the Com or hay or any of the produce 
of the Estate of the Dec* for the year past unless your Honour 



466 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

will be pleased to allow me Some part thereof to Support me and 
my Small Children who must all Necessarily Suffer Except y 
Honour do allow me some thing your Hum''^® petitioner prays 
that She may have one Bed and that small matter of houshold 
goods which she Carried there And Likewise prays that She may 
have one Cow and Enough of the hay to winter her, and likewise 
one Swine and so much of the Com as y Hon' Shall think Suffi- 
cient for the Support of my fatherless family the Currant year 

if you Shall please to grant the above petitioner y^ greatly 
obledge your Humble petitioner 

Epping Nov^' 16**^ 1757 Martha Stevins 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 15, 1757; amount, £2437. 8. o; 
signed by David Lawrence and James Norris.] 

[Guardianship of Joanna Stevens, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Edward Stevens, granted to William Dyer 
June 29, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 47.] 

[Bond of William Dyer, husbandman, with Ephraim 
Barker and Samuel Baker, joiners, as sureties, all of New- 
market, in the sum of £500, June 29, 1763, for the guardian- 
ship of Joanna Stevens; witnesses, Cutts Shannon, Christopher 
Toppan.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1381. 8. o; 
expenditures, £1592. 10. 4; allowed Oct. 30, 1765.] 



JOSEPH MILLER 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The fifth day of June in the 
year of our Lord Christ one Thousand seven hundred and fifty six 
I Joseph Miller of Portsmouth in the Province of new-Hamp- 
shire husbandman, being advanced in years * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 467 

I Give unto my Grand son Richard Nobel if alive, son of my 
Daughter Margaret Nobel deceased, five shillings — 

I Give unto my son Joseph Miller, if alive, five shillings — 

I Give unto my Grand son John Miller son of my son Joseph 
Miller, five shillings 

I Give unto my Grand Daughter Susannah Wells, Daughter 
of my Daughter Hannah Dec* Five Pounds — 

I Give and Bequeath the rest and residue of my Estate both 
real and personal wheresoever and whatsoever unto my son in 
law John Pendexter of Portsmouth afores^ shipwright and unto 
his Heirs and assigns for ever — 

Further More I do hereby Constitute and appoint my son 
in Law John Pendexter to be sole Executor * * * 

his 

Joseph + Miller 

Mark 

[Witnesses] John Dennet, Robert Hart, Nath' Tread well jun'. 
[Proved Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Bond of John Pendexter, butcher, with Robert Hart, butcher, 
and Philip Pendexter, truckman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, William Parker, Elizabeth Adams.] 



THOMAS PATCH 1756 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Patch of Dunstable, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Anna Patch, June 7, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 559.] 

[Bond of Anna Patch, widow, with Benjamin Parker, gentle- 
man, and Elnathan Blood, husbandman, as sureties, all of 
Dunstable, in the sum of £500, June 7, 1756, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, John Lovewell, Jonathan Lovewell.] 



468 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, June 21, 1756; amount, £2565. o. o; signed by 
William Cummings and Francis Worcester, Jr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Jonathan Tarbell 
and his wife, Anna Tarbell administratrix; receipts, £858. o. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £761. 12. 3; mentions funeral of 
Sarah Patch, daughter, aged less than 7 years, and maintenance 
of other children not named; allowed June 21, 1757.] 

[Bond of Francis Worcester, yeoman, with John Hale, physi- 
cian, and Samuel Hobart, gentleman, as sureties, all of Hollis, in 
the sum of £500, March 3, 1760, for the guardianship of Thomas 
Patch, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of Thomas Patch of 
Dunstable, yeoman, deceased; witnesses, Percival Hall, Solomon 
Chase.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £571. 7. 9; expenditures, £422. 
0.0; allowed Jan. 24, 1761; signed by Jonathan Tarbell and 
Anna Tarbell.] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Patch, David Patch, and Daniel 
Patch, aged less than 14 years, children of Thomas Patch, 
granted to Samuel Hobart Jan. 26, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 541.] 

[Guardianship of Anna Patch, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
daughter of Thomas Patch, granted to Samuel Hobart Jan. 26, 
1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 541.] 

[Bond of Samuel Hobart, with John Hale and Joseph Wright 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Jan. 24, 1763, for the guardianship 
of Anna Patch ; witnesses, William Parker, George Libby.j 

[Bond of Samuel Hobart of Hollis, gentleman, with John Hale 
of Hollis and Joseph Wright of Salem, gentleman, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Jan. 26, 1763, for the guardianship of Joseph, 
David, and Daniel Patch; witnesses, William Parker, George 
Libby.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 469 

[Guardianship of Joseph Patch and David Patch, minors, aged 
more than 14 years, sons of Thomas Patch, granted to Samuel 
Hobart Oct. 29, 1765.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 23.] 

[Bond of Samuel Hobart, with John Chamberlain of Merri- 
mack, gentleman, as surety, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1765, 
for the guardianship of Joseph Patch and David Patch; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, William Vaughan.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £30. 11. 8; expenditures, £14. 
14. I ; mentions an oldest son; allowed Oct. 21, 1766.] 

[Appraisal of estate, Oct. 7, 1766, at £133. 6. 8, signed by 
Samuel Cummings, Francis Worcester, and James Jewett, and 
order of court settling it upon the oldest son, Thomas Patch, he 
to pay the other children their shares, the widow waiving her 
right of dower.] 



JOHN RUNNELLS 1756 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen the Twentyeth Day of June in the 
Year of our Lord God one thousand Seven hundred and fifty 
Six I John Ronals of the Town of Durham in the Province of 
Newhampshire in New-England being Sick and weak in 
Body * * * 

Imprimus I give unto my well beloved wife Hannah Two Cows 
my ryding mare Eight old Sheep and a third part of all my Live 
Stock forever and a third part of my whole Estate During her 
Natural Life 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son John Ronals fifty 
pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levyed out of my Estate and 
paid by my Executor within four years after my Decease — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son Abraham Ronals Sixty 
pound old Tenor to be raised and Levy'd out of my Estate and 
paid by my Executor within Six months after my Decease — 



470 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son William Ronals the 
Sum of fifty pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levy'd out of my 
Estate and paid by my Executor within Eighteen months after 
my Decease — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Elizabeth Snell 
the sum of Twenty five pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levyed 
out of my Estate and paid by my Executor within Twelve 
months after my Decease — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son Joseph Ronals his heirs 
and assigns forever all my farm or home Stead Estate where 
I now live in the Town of Durham and Province aforesaid with 
all Previlidges whatsoever thereunto belonging to be had and 
held by him and them Immediately after my Deceace — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Sarah Bunkar the 
Sum of Twenty five pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levy'd 
out of my Estate and paid by my Executor within Two Years 
after my Decease — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son Stephen Ronals the Sum 
of Fifty pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levyed out of my 
Estate and paid by my Executor when he Comes to the age of 
fourteen Years it is also my will that my Said Son Stephen Shall 
be maintained out of my Estate and Live with his mother till he 
Comes to the age of fourteen years — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son Solomon Ronals the 
Sum of fifty pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levyed out of 
my Estate and paid by my Executor when he Comes to the Age 
of fourteen Years it is also my will that my Said Son Solomon 
Shall be maintained out of my Estate and Live with his mother 
till he Comes to the Age of fourteen Years Likewise I give unto 
my Said Son Solomon a Gun — 

Item I will bequeath and give my Daughter Deliverance 
Ronals the Sum of Twenty five pounds old Tenor and all my 
household moveables forever — and to be maintained out of my 
Estate and Live with her mother till She Comes to the age of 
fourteen years — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47I 

Item I will bequeath and give my Son Winthrop Ronals the 
Sum of fifty pounds old Tenor, to be raised and Levyed out of 
my Estate and paid by my Executor when he Comes to the Age 
of fourteen years it is also my will that my Said Son Winthrop 
Shall be maintained out of my Estate and Live with his mother 
till he Comes to the Age of fourteen Years — 

Item I will bequeath and give Hannah Wille the Sum of 
Twenty five pounds old Tenor to be raised and paid by my 
Executor within Twelve months after my Deceace — 

Item I will bequeath and give Elizabeth Wille the Sum of 
Twenty five pounds old Tenor to be raised and Levyed out of my 
Estate and paid by my Executor within Twelve months after my 
Decease — 

Item as to the rest and residue of my Estate whither real or 
Personal wheresoever I do will and give unto my Son Joseph 
Ronals before mentioned and to his heirs forever whom Likewise 
I do ordain and Constitute my Sole Executor * * * 

his 
John + Ronals 
mark 

[Witnesses] Benjamin Drew, Ebenez"^ Jones, Hercules Moony. 
[Proved Aug. 25, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 25, 1756, authorizing Hercules Mooney, 
schoolmaster, and Benjamin Drew, yeoman, both of Durham, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 28, 1756; amount, £4066. 15. o; signed by 
Hercules Mooney and Benjamin Drew.] 

[Guardianship of Deliverance Runnells, minor, aged more than 
14 years, daughter of John Runnells, granted to Hannah Runnells 
of Durham, widow, Dec. 13, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 129.] 

[Bond of Hannah Runnells, widow, with Hercules Mooney of 
Durham, gentleman, and John Foy, Jr., of Barrington, yeoman, 



472 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

as sureties, in the sum of £1200, Dec. 13, 1758, for the guardian- 
ship of Deliverance Runnells; witnesses, Thomas Peirce, T. 
Greenwood.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1006. 9. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £726. 11. o; allowed Dec. 19, 

1758.] 

[Administration granted to Lydia Runnells, widow, Feb. 
25, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 346.] 

[Bond of Lydia Runnells, widow, with Jonathan Pinkham and 
James Libby as sureties, all of Dover, in the sum of £500. 
Feb. 25, 1767, for the administration of the estate with will 
annexed; witnesses, William Parker, William Vaughan.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by James Libby and 
his wife, Lydia Libby, administratrix; receipts, £145. 13. 5; 
expenditures, £145. 13. 5; mentions "Cash paid the widow Han- 
nah for maintaining the Children According to the Will. . . . 
Sundry Legasies viz to Jon* Bunker & his wife for her Portion. 
. . . D° to Elizabeth Small. . . . D° Eliz* Willey. . . . D" 
Edw^ Leathers. . . . p^ Jn° Runnells a Son of Said Deceased. 
. . . Abraham & Hannah Knight. . . . W"" Runnells his Legacy 
. . . Widow Hannah for keeping the said Children. . . . Hud- 
son Pevey who married the Widow" ; allowed Nov., 1769.] 



JOSEPH MEAD 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Mead of Portsmouth, 
currier, granted to Benjamin Akerman and Richard Fitzgerald 
June 21, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 559.] 

[Ruth Mead renounces administration on the estate of her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 473 

husband, Joseph Mead, in favor of any of the next of kin; 
witnesses, Samuel Ayers, Ruth Child.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Akerman, tanner, and Richard Fitzgerald, 
tailor, with Reuben Sanborn, prison keeper, and Richard Tib- 
betts, joiner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, 
June 21, 1756, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
John Fernald, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, June 21, 1756, authorizing John Shackford and 
Cutts Shannon, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 22, 1756; amount, £2565. 4. o; signed by 
John Shackford and Cutts Shannon.] 



JOSEPH STEVENS 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Stevens of Hampstead, 
yeoman, granted to Timothy Stevens of Hampstead June 23, 
1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 561.] 

[Bond of Timothy Stevens of Hampstead, cordwainer, with 
John Hogg of Hampstead, gentleman, and Robert Boyes of 
Londonderry as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 23, 1756, for 
the administration of the estate ; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Fernald.] 

[Warrant, June 23, 1756, authorizing John Hogg and John 
Muzzey, joiner, both of Hampstead, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested March 6, 1758; amount, £1006. 16. o; 
signed by John Hogg and John Muzzey.] 

[Warrant, March 8, 1758, authorizing John Johnson and John 
Hogg, both of Hampstead, to receive claims against the estate.] 



474 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1758, authorizing Thomas Little of Plais- 
tow, tanner, John Hogg, and John Johnson, both of Hampstead, 
to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 by virtue of a warrant to us Directed from 
Newhampshear / the Honourable Court of Probate for s"^ prov- 
ince we have set of to the widow Ruth Stevens Relict of Joseph 
Stevens Late of Hampstead yeoman Deceas** for her Right of 
Dower out of the Reall Estate of her s^ Husband aboute three 
acres and a half of Land on the north side of the Roade bounded 
as followeth (viz) begining at the southeasterly Corner at a 
stake and stons by the Roade thence north through the Corner 
of the Bam to a stake and stons by Colbys Land being aboute 
fifteen Rods thence westerly or north westerly by Colbys Land 
aboute twenty seven Rods to a stake and stons by Woodmans 
Land thence south westerly by his Land aboute twenty five Rods 
to a stake and stons by the Roade thence by the Roade aboute 
thirty four Rods to the first bounds mentioned, also aboute one 
acre on the southerly side of the Roade bounding northerly by 
the Roade Eight Rods westerly or north westerly by Timothy 
Stevens Land twenty Rods southerly by Land belonging to s'^ 
Estate Eight Rods and Easterly or southeasterly by the Land 
belonging to s'* Estate twenty Rods bounded with a stake and 
stons at Every angle, and aboute two acres more on the south 
side of the Roade near the house as it was Laid out by Kings- 
town propriators to said Joseph Stevens and Entred in their 
propriators book of Records 

October y« 19: 1758 John Hogg 

John Johnson 

Thomas Little 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1266. 16. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £784. 16. i; allowed Nov. 29, 
1758.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £481, 19. 11; expenditures, 
^330. 9. 8; allowed Sept. 24, 1760.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 475 

VALENTINE NUTTER 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Volentine Nutter of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Shipwright being Sick & 
Weak * * * Item I give to my Children viz William 
Nutter Mary Wills Anthony Nutter Agnes Greely Grafton 
Nutter Henry Nutter Volentine Nutter Jacob Nutter and Sarah 
Nutter to Each of them the Sum of five Shillings old Tenor to be 
paid by my Executrix — 

Item all the Rest Residue & Remainder of my Estate both 
Real & Personal I give Devise & Bequeath to Mary my beloved 
Wife to hold to her her Heirs & Assigns forever as an Acknowl- 
edgment of my Gratitude to her for her Great Love & tenderness 
to me in my Long Indisposition & the Great trouble & Labour 
that has been Occasioned to her thereby — 

I also Constitute & appoint her Sole Executrix of this my Last 
Will & Testament and hereby Revoke all other Wills & Testa- 
ments by me in any manner heretofore made — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
26tH Day of June Anno Domini 1756 - Volentine Nutter 

+ his mark 

[Witnesses] W"* Parker, Sarah treadwell, Sam" Nutter. 

[Proved Jun. 26, 1757.] 

[Bond of Mary Nutter of Portsmouth, with Stephen Jones of 
Durham and Samuel Nutter of Newington as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 26, 1757, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Henry Nutter, minor, aged more than 14 years, makes choice 
of William Earl Treadwell as his guardian, 1762; witnesses, 
William Parker, Mary Parker.] 

[Guardianship of Jacob Nutter, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Valentine Nutter, granted to William Earl Tread- 
well Jan. 18, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 375.] 



476 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of William Earl Treadwell, merchant, with Benjamin 
Hart, ropemaker, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 18, 1765, for the guardianship of Jacob Nutter; 
witnesses, Jotham Blanchard, William Vaughan.] 



HENRY ELKINS 1756 RYE 

[Bond of Catherine Elkins of Rye, widow, with Daniel Fogg of 
Rye and Reuben Marston of North Hampton, yeomen, as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £500, June 30, 1756, for the administration of 
the estate of Henry Elkins of Rye, yeoman ; witnesses, William 
Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 27, 1756; amount, £5559. 3. o; signed by 
Richard Jenness, 3d, and Samuel Knowles.] 



NOAH BRADDEN 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Noah Bradden of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to his widow, Mary Bradden, June 30, 
1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 582.] 

[Bond of Mary Bradden, widow, with Joseph Loud and Ed- 
ward Loud, cordwainers, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £500, June 30, 1756, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 17, 1756; amount, £113. 11. o; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and Thomas Peirce.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 477 

JOSHUA BROWN 1756 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Joshua Brown of Kingston, 
trader, granted to his widow, Joanna Brown, June 30, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 567.] 

[Bond of Joanna Brown of Kingston, widow, with Josiah 
Bartlett of Kingston, physician, and John Stevens of Plaistow, 
yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 30, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Fernald.] 

[Warrant, June 30, 1756, authorizing William Calfe and 
Benjamin Swett, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 19, 1756; amount, £1223. 12. o; signed by 
Benjamin Swett and William Calfe.] 

[Warrant, March 13, 1759, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
William Parker, gentleman, both of Kingston, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, June 10, 1760; amount, £1822. 2. 10; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and William Parker,] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Joanna, now wife 
of Jonathan Brown of Kensington; receipts, £2318. 17. 11; ex- 
penditures, £886. 3. 6; mentions Deborah, widow of John Light, 
and Sarah, widow of Theophilus Clough; allowed April 20, 1761.] 



SAMUEL PERKINS 1756 DURHAM 

[Bond of Joseph Perkins, husbandman, with Samuel Chesley, 
yeoman, and Hercules Mooney, schoolmaster, as sureties, all of 
Durham, in the sum of £500, July 8, 1756, for the administration 
of the estate of Samuel Perkins of Durham, yeoman; witnesses, 
John Parker, William Parker.] 



478 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, July 8, 1756, authorizing Samuel Chesley and Her- 
cules Mooney, both of Durham, to appraise the estate; mentions 
Joseph Perkins as son of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 24, 1756; amount, £31. o. o; signed by 
Samuel Chesley and Hercules Mooney.] 



SAMUEL KNIGHT 1756 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Knight of Plaistow, 
yeoman, granted to John Knight of Plaistow July 28, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 591.] 

[Bond of John Knight of Plaistow, housewright, with Moses 
Thurston and John Thurston, both of Stratham as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, July 28, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, July 28, 1756, authorizing Jacob Bailey, gentleman, 
and Lemuel Tucker, husbandman, both of Hampstead, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 20, 1756; amount, £899. 10. o; 
signed by Lemuel Tucker and Jacob Bailey.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1044. 7. 4; 
expenditures, £1090. 18. 4; allowed Sept. 26, 1759.] 



CALEB HOWE 1756 HINSDALE 

[Administration on the estate of Caleb Howe of Hinsdale, 
yeoman, granted to Abner Howe of Hadley, Mass., July 28, 
1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 591.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 479 

[Bond of Abner Howe of Hadley, Mass., blacksmith, with 
Moses Wright of Hinsdale, yeoman, and James Neal of Green- 
land as sureties, in the sum of £1000, July 28, 1756, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate; witnesses, none.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 28, 1756; amount, £134. 10. 3; signed by 
John Evans and Thomas Taylor.] 



JOHN LONG 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Long of Portsmouth, 
joiner, granted to his widow, Sarah Long, Aug. 2, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 601.] 

[Bond of Sarah Long, widow, with Jeremiah Wheelwright, 
gentleman, and Samuel Tripe, sailmaker, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Aug. 2, 1756, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Nathaniel Adams.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 2, 1756, authorizing John Ayers and John 
Shackford, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 27, 1756; amount, £100. 3. o; signed 
by John Shackford and John Ayers.] 



RICHARD SHORTRIDGE 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Shortridge of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Cooper being Infirm and 
Disorded in Body * * * 

Item I give to Abigail my beloved Wife the use & Improve- 
ment of all the Residue of my Estate During the time She Shall 



480 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Remain Single & my Widow — but upon her Marriage to have 
only what the Law will give her — 

Item at the Decease or Marriage of my Wife I give & Devise 
to my Sons viz Samuel Richard & John all my Real Estate to be 
Equally Divided between them to hold to them their Heirs & 
assigns and order that if Either of them Shall be Disposed to 
Sell his Right or Share therein he Shall offer the Same first to his 
Brethren or Brother that Shall be Disposed to Purchase the 
Same and let them or him have the Same Provided they or he 
will Give as much for the Same as Another — 

Item I give to Miriam my Daughter the Wife of John Sher- 
burne five Shillings new Tenor having already given her her 
Portion out of my Estate — 

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth the Wife 
of William Brown five Shillings new Tenor as aforesaid and for 
the Same Reason — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Abigail the Wife of 
John Philips Five Shillings as aforesaid for the Same Reason — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary the Sum of One 
hundred & fifty pounds Old Tenor as it now passes to be paid to 
her by my Executors out of my Personal Estate within One Year 
After my Decease — 

Item I give and Devise to my Daughter Sarah the Like Sum 
in Said Bills as they now pass & to be paid as aforesaid and If my 
wife Judges She can Spare it I would have her add the Sum of 
fifty pounds old Tenor as afores"* at Such time She Shall See 
Cause to Each of my Said Daughters Last mention'd but this 
I leave wholly to the Discretion & pleasure of my Said Wife And 
all the Residue & Remainder of my Estate not herein Dispos'd 
of I give & Devise the Same to my Said Wife & her Disposal — 
and I hereby Revoke all other Wills by me heretofore made and 
appoint my Son Samuel and my Said Wife Joint Executors of 
this my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto Set my hand & Seal the third Day of August Anno 

^^"^^"^ ^756 Richard Shortridg 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 48I 

[Witnesses] Mark Langdon, Samuell Manson, John Griffeth. 
[Proved Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Bond of Abigail Shortridge, widow, and Samuel Shortridge, 
weaver, with Mark Langdon, gentleman, and John Griffith, shop- 
keeper, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Sept. 
29, 1756, for the execution of the will ; witnesses, William Parker, 
John Fernald.] 



JOHN SCRIBNER 1756 EXETER 

The Last Will and Testament of John Scribner of Exeter 
in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman made the 10*'' 
Day of August Anno Domini 1756, being Sick and weak of 
Body * * * 

Imprimis. I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my well Beloved 
Wife Sarah Scribner my part of the Grist mill to be absolutely 
at her disposal, and the one half of my Stock of Cattle Sheep 
and Swine, and all my moveables within Doors, to be at her 
disposal. I also Give her the use and Improvement of my Part 
of my now dwelling House (viz) the Easterly End of S'^ House 
and the one half of the Celler, and Likewise the Improvement of 
the one half of my Lands where I now Live known by my Home 
Place, and the use of my part of the Saw mill, all during her 
Natural Life. 

Item I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Son John Scribner 
to him his Heirs and assigns the one half of my Place where I 
now Live being at a place commonly Called King's falls, and 
known by my Home Place. I also Give unto my Son John 
Scribner his Heirs and assigns the Other half of my Lands with 
my part of my now dwelling House, and my half of the Saw mill 
and Privilege of the Stream at his mothers Decease. I Likewise 
Give him the one half of my Stock of Cattle Sheep and Swine 
and all my Implements for Husbandry, 



482 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item. I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Young Ten pounds 
old Tenor besides what I have already given her to be payed her 
by her Brother John Scribner in Convenient Time after my 
Decease. 

Item. I Give unto my Daughters Martha Robinson, Sarah 
Robinson and Elizabeth Harper Five pounds a piece (Old Tenor) 
to be Payed unto them by their Brother John Scribner, in Con- 
venient Time after my Decease. 

Finally, I Give Devise & Bequeath unto my Son John Scribner 
to him his Heirs and assigns the residue of my Estate whether 
Real or Personal not before disposed of, He paying my Just 
Debts Legacies and Funeral Expences and do appoint him 
Executor * * * 

John Scribner 

[Witnesses] Benj Gilman, Edward Ladd, Caleb Gilman. 
[Proved Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1756, authorizing Benjamin Gilman of 
Brentwood and Caleb Gilman, Jr., of Exeter, yeomen, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 27, 1756; amount, £2209. 2. o; 
signed by Benjamin Gilman and Caleb Gilman, Jr.] 



EDWARD COLCORD 1756 BRENTWOOD 

In the Name of God Amen I Edward Colcord of the Parish of 
Brentwood in the Province of New Hampshire in New England 
Gentleman * * * 

Item I Give Demise and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah 
Colcord and to her heirs and assigns forever the Sum of one 
Hundred and Fifty Pounds Equal to Bills of Credit of y« old 
Tenor to Be paid by my Executor out of my Estate in one Year 
after my Decease it being In full of the Legasie Given her by her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 483 

honoured Grandfather Nicholas Gordon Late of Exeter De- 
ceas'd 

Item My Will is, that after my Just Debts Funeral Expences 
and the afore mentioned Legacie is paid ; that my Beloved Wife 
Mary Colcord Should have the Use and Improvement of all my 
Estate Both Real and Personal During her Natural Life 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my son Edward Colcord all my 
wearing Apparril and my little Gun he having Receivd his Por- 
tion of my Estate before as by Deed of Gift may appear 

Item Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Colcord 
aforesd her heirs & assigns forever the Sum of Two Hundred 
Pounds Equal to bills of Credit of y" old Tenor to be paid by my 
Executor out of my Estate In Six months after the Decease of 
my Wife mary Colcord aforesd 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Colcord 
her heirs And assigns forever the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds 
Equall to Bills of Credit of y^ old Tenor to be paid by my Execu- 
tor out of my Estate In Six months after y** Decease of my Be- 
loved Wife Mary Colcord aforesd — 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Meriah Colcord 
and to her heirs and assign's forever the Sum of Two Hundred 
Pounds Equal to Bills of Credit of y« old Tenor To be paid by 
my Executor out of my Estate In Six months after the Decease 
of my wife aforesd 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Deborah Colcord 
her heirs and assigns forever the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds 
Equal to Bills of Credit of y« Old Tenor to be Paid by My Execu- 
tor out of my Estate In Six months after the Decease of my 
Wife aforesd 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Anna Colcord and 
to her heirs & assigns forever the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds 
Equal to Bills of Credit of y« Old Tenor to be paid in Six months 
after the Decease of my Wife mary Colcord aforesd By my Ex- 
ecutor 

The afore mentioned Sums (of Two Hundred Pound Each) 



484 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Given to my Five Daughters as above mentioned, is Given to 
make them Equal to what I Gave to my Three Daughters at 
their marriage Namely to Mary Hearsey Hanah Winslow and 
Lydia Philbrick 

Item My Will is, that after the Decease of my Beloved Wife 
Mary Colcord aforesaid and the Payment of y^ aforementioned 
Legaces to My Daughters that all the Rest and Residue of my 
Estate both Real and Personal Should be Equally Devided be- 
tween my Eight Daughters (Viz) Sarah Colcord Mary Hersey 
Elizabeth Colcord Hanah Winslow Lydia Philbreck meriah 
Colcord Deborah Colcord & Anna Colcord to them and their 
Desposal forever 

Finally I Do hereby Constitute Ordain and appoint my 

Trusty & well Beloved Son Edward Colcord to be Sole Executor 

of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I do 

hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Fourteenth Day of August 

Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Six And 

in the 30*^ Year of his Majistys Reign 

Edward Colcord 

[Witnesses] Hawly Marshall, Aaron Rawlings, Daniel Leavitt. 
[Proved Oct. 27, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 21, 1757, authorizing John Gilman of Exeter, 
gentleman, Samuel Dudley, gentleman, Sinclair Bean, Daniel 
Leavitt, and Hawley Marshall, all of Brentwood, yeoman, to set 
off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 Brintwood June 25*^ 1757 Pursuant to the 
New Hamp' / above Warrant to us directed We have it off to 
Mary Colcord Widow of Edward Colcord Deceased above men- 
tioned for her Dower which happens to her of his Real Estate 
one third part thereof according to Quantity and Quality being 
about fifteen acres more or less With the Edifices and Appur- 
tenances to hold to her in Severalty by the following meets and 
boungs Viz Begining at a White Oak tree four Rods and four 
feet from the South West Corner of the Mansion house of Said 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 485 

Deceas'd Marked With E C and from thence runs Sixty Tow 
Rods about North to a large Red oak tree marked E C from 
thence runing about East & by North thirty nine Rods to a 
White pine tree marked E C adjoyning to Sinkler Beans thence 
runing Southerly by Said Beans land forty two Rods to his South 
West Corner Bounds and twenty rods on the Same point by 
Daniel Leavits Land and from thence Runing Westerly binding 
on Said Leavits land untill it Comes to Hawly Marshalls land 
then runing north to his north East Corner and then West to his 
North West Corner and from thence Southerly by Said Mar- 
shalls land to the high Way and from thence runing Westerly 
Bounding by the Said high Way nine Rods and an half to the 
bounds first mentioned Witness our hands the day and year 
aforesaid. — 

Hawly Marshall 
Daniel Leavit 
Samuel Dudley 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 227.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 8, 1756; amount, £4119. 2. o; signed by 
James Leavitt and John Dudley.] 

[Commission, July 18, 1757, to John Odlin and Noah Emery, 
both of Exeter, to receive claims against the estate.] 

[Additional inventory, Nov. 12, 1757; amount, £96. 15. o; 
not signed.] 

[List of claims; amount, £3758. 3. 10; signed by John Odlin 
and Noah Emery; attested May 24, 1759.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £2215. 10. 2 ; 
expenditures, £1243. 19. o; allowed May 31, 1759.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £3758. 3. 10; amount 
distributed, £971. 11. 2; allowed June 8, 1759.] 

[Executor's additional account; receipts, £1056. 16. 4; ex- 
penditures, £270. 16. 11; allowed Oct. 28, 1765.] 



486 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Additional settlement of claims; amount distributed, £786. 
o. O; allowed Dec. 10, 1765.] 

[Executor's additional account; receipts, £820. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £75. o. o; allowed Feb. 28, 1770.] 



JONATHAN GARLAND, JR. 1756 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Garland, Jr., of 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to his widow, Bethia Garland, 
Aug. 25, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 605.] 

[Bond of Bethia Garland of Hampton, widow, with John 
Weeks of Hampton and Samuel Tuck of Kensington, yeoman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 25, 1756, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 25, 1756, authorizing Nathaniel Drake, 
gentleman, and Joshua Lane, cordwainer, both of Hampton, to 
appraise the estate; mentions Bethia Garland as widow of the 
deceased.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 20, 1756; amount, £2010. 17. o; signed by 
Nathaniel Drake and Joshua Lane.] 



JAMES McDonnell 1756 hollis 

In the name of god Amen the Twenty fifth Day of august 1 756 
I Joseph mcDonnall of Holies and the Province of New Hamp- 
sheer in New England Husbandman being weak in body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my well Be Loved Brother 
James McDonnall and his heirs all my Part and Shar of one 
hundred and Eighteen acres of Land that was our Brother 
Randls Deceesed on the which he had Sat up a house and Barn — 
out of the which the Said James is to pay to my well be loved 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 487 

Sister Rose annar Dickey widow one hundred Pounds according 
to the old Tenor in Hampsher money 

Item I give and bequeath to my Beloved Brother Elexander 
McDonnall and his Hiers all my Hom Stead on whih I Dwell and 
all my part or Share of madow Caled Swallows madow and Like 
wise my gun 

The Improvement and profitts of my hom stead and my 
madow untill my Brother Elexander or his Heirs shall Call for it 
I give to my honord mother as long as she needs it then to the 
Poor — 

Like wise I give to my hon^ Mother my horse and a Cow with 
a whit face a heifer and two Calves and my Corn Rye sider and 
Meat 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Sister Elisebith 
Campall my Cow that is black and white and I give my great 
Coat to my Brother Campall 

Item I give and bequeath to Cusan Henry Forgason a brown 
Stear with a whit face and Deer Skin — and all the Rest of my 
Cloth I give to my Brother Elexander and his heirs as all so my 
grat Bible after my Mothers Decese 

Item My peart of the hom stead with the Paster the south side 
it that my Brother Randall Left me I give the Improvement to 
my hon"^ mother During her life and then to be sold to som of our 
famaly and the money to be given to the poor at the Discression 
of My Executor 

and Like wise I Constitue make and ordain Isaac Farrow my 
sole Executor * * * 

Joseph McDonnell 

[Witnesses] Benjamin Brooks, Benjamin Brooks jun*^, Eben- 
ezer Giles. 

[Proved July 27, 1757.] 

[Warrant, July 27, 1757, authorizing Samuel Cummings, 
physician, and Stephen Ames, yeoman, both of Hollis, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 



488 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Oct. 4, 1757; amount, £1957. 10. o; signed by 
Stephen Ames and Samuel Cummings.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £652. o. 9; 
expenditures the same; allowed Jan. 30, 1764.] 

[Receipt to the executor for legacies, Feb. 20, 1764; signed by 
Alexander McDonnell, Robert Campbell, Henry Ferguson, and 
Mary McDaniels; witnesses, Benjamin Blanchard, 3d, Samuel 
Hobart.l 



ADDINGTON DAVENPORT 1756 BOSTON, MASS. 

This is the last Will & Testament of me Addington Daven- 
port of Boston in New England Merchant 

I Give, Devise & bequeath unto my dear Wife Ann Daven- 
port, and her Heirs & Assigns for ever, all my Lands, Tene- 
ments, and Hereditaments, in the Town of Boston or elsewhere 
in New England, which I am now possessed of, or shall be on the 
death of my Honoured Grandmother Elizabeth Davenport 

Likewise, I give and bequeath unto the said Ann Davenport, 
her Executors, Administrators, or Assigns, all my personal Es- 
tate whatsoever & wheresoever. And I do hereby Constitute 
& appoint the said Ann Davenport, William Baker Esq"^ Alder- 
man of London, Joseph Dowse of Boston in New England 
Esq"^ Merchant & James Holland of Batwell in the County of 
Nottingham Hosier, Executors of this my last Will & Testa- 
ment, dated this First day of September, in the Year One 
Thousand, Seven hundred & Fifty Six 

Addington Davenport 

[Witnesses] John Carter, John Morgan, Geo^ Hogsflesh. 
[Proved March 25, 1761.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Addington Davenport of Ports- 
mouth, merchant, April 6, 1761; amount, £9368. 13. 8; signed 
by Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 489 

ELEAZER BOYD 1756 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen, September the Sixth AD 1756. 
I Eliezar Boyd of Londonderry, in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Yeman * * * 

Imprimis. I Give & Bequeth unto my well be Loved 
Brother John Boyd & my Sister Mary Boyd, all my Estate Both 
Real & Personal, to be Divided in Equal Shares between Them; 
after, all my Just Debts are paid. Excepting the Following 
Legacies which they are to pay out of Said Estate 

Item I Bequeth to My Honoured Father & Mother Each 
Twenty Shillings or a pare of Gloves. 

Item I Bequeth to My Brother Samuel Boyd, Anne Archibald 
my Sister, & my Sister Elizabeth Boyd, Each a Dollar. 

Lastly, I Ordain & Appoint, Samuel Rankin of Londonderry 
& Province of New Hampshire Innholder My Sole Executor 
* * * V Eliezer Boyd 

[Witnesses] Will"" Ranken, Hannah + Rankin, Mathew 
Thornton. make 

[Proved Feb. 25, 1761.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 25, 1761, authorizing James McGregore, gen- 
tleman, and Samuel Allison, yeoman, both of Londonderry, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 9, 1761; amount, £1227. 15. o; 
signed by Samuel Allison and James McGregore.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £137. 15. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £311. 7. o; allowed June 24, 1761.] 



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JONATHAN THOMPSON 1756 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen The tenth day of September one 
Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Six I Jonathan Thompson 



490 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of the Town of Durham and Province of Newhampshire being 
Aged and well Stricken in years * * * 

first I will and bequeath unto my Loving wife Sarah Thomp- 
son all my Cattle Horses and all my Live Stock with all My 
Goods within Doors also my Eleven Acres of Land Lying on the 
South Side of Little River So Called to her and her Disposal 
also the third of my Estate as Law Directs for widows 

2 I will and Bequeath unto my Son Jonathan Thompson his 
heirs and assigns forever my Twenty five acres of Land that was 
granted Unto me By the Committee of Durham and one half my 
Right In Little River Sawmill with half my Right In the falls 
where Said Mill Stands with what I have Already Given him — 

3 I will and Bequeath unto my Son Joseph Thompson his 
heirs and Assigns for Ever all my Land in the Town of Rochester 
with My Right In the grist mill and fulling mill at Little River 
with one acre of Land Joyning thereunto with my Right of the 
falls where Said mill Standeth with one half of the house where 
Benjamin whicher now Lives that Joseph Smith and I Built 
with one half of the Tract of Land where the house standeth — 

4 I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Thompson 
Three hundred pounds Old Tenor and to Be paid By my Execu- 
tor within Two years After my Decease — 

5 I will and Bequeath unto my Daughter hannah Demerit 
Three hundred pounds old Tenor and to Be paid By my Executor 
within Three years after my Decease 

6 I will and Bequeath unto my Daughter Susanna Thompson 
Three hundred pounds Old Tenor and to Be paid By my Execu- 
tor within four years after my Decease — 

7 I will and Bequeath unto my Daughter Abigail Thompson 
Three hundred pounds old Tenor — and to Be paid By my 
Executor within five years After my Decease — 

8 I will and Bequeath unto my Son John Thompson his heirs 
and assigns forever all my Land at my Homestead that I now 
Live on with my Dwelling house and Barns with all Other 
Buildings and Orchards thereon Also thirty Acres of Land that 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49I 

I Bought of Abraham Stevenson also Twelve Acres and a half 
that I Bought of Leiu* Jonathan Woodman and half of my Right 
In Little River Sawmill with half my Right In the Sawmill falls 
on which the mill Standeth — 

And Do By these presents appoint my Son John Thomson 
my Lawful Executor on things In Trust to See this my Last will 
and Testament Performed In all Things Before A4entioned — 

and all the Remainder of my Estate not Mentioned In this 
will or In any ways hereafter Shall Be Comeing I give and Be- 
queath unto my Son Jonathan Thomson and my four Daughters 
Namely Elizabeth Thompson hannah Demerret Susanna 
Thomson and Abigail Thompson to Be Equally Divided 
Amongst them and their heirs or assigns * * * 

Jonathan Thomson 

[Witnesses] Ebenez"" Thompson, Benj Thompson, Seth 
themsen. 

[Proved Feb. 23, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1757, authorizing Joseph Slas and Jona- 
than Woodman, both of Durham, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, July 22, 1757; amount, £12,858. o. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Jonathan Woodman.] 



JACOB CLOUGH 1756 CHESTER 

[Elizabeth Clough, widow, renounces administration on the 
estate of her husband, Jacob Clough of Chester, yeoman, Sept. 
20, 1756, in favor of her son-in-law, Daniel Brown of Brent- 
wood, yeoman, who married the oldest daughter of the deceased; 
witnesses, Samuel Emerson, Dorothy Emerson.] 



492 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to Daniel Brown of Brentwood, 
yeoman, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 624.] 

[Bond of Daniel Brown of Brentwood, with Jonathan Brown 
of Kensington and Benjamin Brown of South Hampton, yeo- 
men, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1756, authorizing James Merrill and John 
Sleeper, both of Brentwood, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 4, 1756; amount, £1272. 13. 6; signed by 
John Sleeper and James Merrill.] 

[Hannah Clough and Judith Clough, aged more than 14 years, 
children of Jacob Clough, make choice of their uncle, Thomas 
Flanders of Exeter, as their guardian. May 24, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of Hannah Clough and Judith Clough, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, and Zilpah Clough, aged less than 14 
years, children of Jacob Clough, granted to Thomas Flanders of 
Exeter, yeoman, May 25, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 174.] 

[Bond of Thomas Flanders, with Orlando Bagley of Kingston 
and Benjamin Scribner of Brentwood, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 25, 1757, for the guardianship of Hannah 
Clough, Judith Clough, and Zilpah Clough, witnesses, William 
Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 4, 1757, authorizing Samuel Emerson, Win- 
throp Rowe, Reuben W^hitcher, Joseph True, all of Chester, 
and James Merrill of Brentwood to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of \ We the Subscribers being appoynted by the 
Newhampshire / Hon'^'^ Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of the 
Probate of Wills &c for said Province to set of to Elisebath 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 493 

Clough Widow Relict to Jacob Clough Late of Chester Deceased 
her Right of Dower in his Reail Estate — accordingly 

We have this Day meet and mesured the whole of Said Estate : 
and have DeHbiretly considered of the same and Have mesured 
of to her the Said Elisebath Eighteen acres and a Quarter of 
Land Laying on the Westerly side where on the house and Bam 
are, bounded as followeth first at the south westerly corner a 
Hemlock tree marked on four sides then North 29 Degrees East 
bounding on Benjamin Trues Land one Hundred and twenty one 
Rods to a stake and stones then about East South East twenty 
five Rods to a stake and stones then South 29 Degres west One 
Hundred and twenty one Rods to a stake and stones then west 
nor west bounding on Land belonging to the Heirs of Jacob 
Eastman twenty five Rods to the first bounds mentioned and 
bounding on the High way Laid out acrost one corner of the 
Same: and Thus We make our Return this twenty fourth Day 
of October 1 757 

Sam" Emerson 
Winthrop Row 
Reuben Whitcher 
Joseph True 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £804. 12. o; expenditures, £818. 18, 4; allowed April 26, 
1758.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £90. o. o; expenditures, 
£90. o. o; allowed March i, 1759.] 



ELIAS ALEXANDER 1756 WINCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Elias Alexander of Win- 
chester, yeoman, granted to Elijah Alexander of Winchester 
Sept. 23, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 624.] 



494 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Elijah Alexander of Winchester, yeoman, with 
Josiah Willard of Winchester and John Light of Exeter as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £500, Sept. 23, 1756, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Daniel Peirce.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 4, 1756; amount, £1408. 7. 11; signed by 
Josiah Willard and Samuel Ashley.] 

[Joel Alexander of Winchester, minor, son of Elias Alexander, 
makes choice of his uncle, Ebenezer Alexander, as his guardian 
May 3, 1758; witness, Josiah Willard.] 

[Guardianship of Joel Alexander, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to Ebenezer Alexander Dec. 14, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 171.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Alexander, gentleman, with Josiah Willard 
and Elijah Alexander, yeoman, as sureties, all of Winchester, in 
the sum of £500, Dec. 14, 1758, for the guardianship of Joel 
Alexander; witnesses. Wilder Willard, Josiah Willard.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, inventory and £10.0. o; expenditures, £667. 17. o; allowed 
Dec. 29, 1760.] 



JOHN HANSON, JR. 1756 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of John Hanson, Jr., of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mercy Hanson, Sept. 23, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 624.] 

[Bond of Mercy Hanson of Dover, widow, with Isaac Hanson 
and Robert Hussey, yeomen, both of Somersworth, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, Sept. 23, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Edward Stevens.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 23, 1756, authorizing John Hanson and 
Joseph Hanson, Jr., both of Dover, to appraise the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 495 

[Inventory, Nov, 3, 1756; amount, £2100. 4. 6; signed by 
Joseph Hanson, Jr., and John Hanson.] 



ITHIEL SMITH 1756 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Ithiel Smith of Brentwood, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Catherine Smith, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 8.] 

[Bond of Catherine Smith, widow, with James Bean and 
Daniel Gordon, yeomen, as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the 
sum of £1000, Sept. 29, 1756, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 13, 1756; amount, £2407. i. o; signed by 
Samuel Dudley, Jr., and James Young.] 

[List of claims against the estate, March 22, 1757; amount, 
£528. 16. II.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1125. 9. o; 
expenditures, £905. 19. 11; mentions "Bringing up 3 Children 
under 7 years of age"; allowed Sept. 27, 1758.] 

[Ithiel Smith, aged about 16 years, makes choice of his mother, 
Catherine Smith, widow of Ithiel Smith, as his guardian, Sept. 
26, 1758; witnesses, James Dudley, John Sleeper.] 

[Guardianship of Ithiel Smith, minor, son of Ithiel Smith, 
granted to Catherine Smith Sept. 27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 73.] 

[Bond of Catherine Smith, with John Sleeper of Brentwood, 
trader, and John Dudley of Exeter, trader, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Sept. ^'-j , 1758, for the guardianship of Ithiel 
Smith; witnesses, John Weeks, William Parker, Jr.] 



496 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, March 26, 1766, authorizing Samuel Dudley, 
Jonathan Smith, John Folsom, James Bean, and Jeremiah Bean, 
all of Brentwood, to divide the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 362.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1256. 16. o; 
expenditures, £919. 12. o; mentions "Keeping a Child of three 
years old of s<* Deceas*^ 574 weeks . . . which Child is De- 
cease* . . . Keeping another Child which was four years & four 
months old at her fathers Deceas . . . keeping a third Child 
52 weeks till she was seven years of age"; allowed April 30, 
1766.] 

Province of \ In Pursuance of a Warrant from the Hon''^' 
Newhampshire / John Went worth Esq"^ Judge of Probate of 
wills &c for s"* Province to us Directed to Divide the Real Estate 
of Ithiel Smith Late of Brentwood Deceas*^ Intestate We have 
meet view^ valued Divided & Set off the widows Dower & y* 
several shares in said Estate as followeth viz to Catherine the 
widow Relect of said Ithiel for her Dower or Com pleat third 
Part of said Estate two Pieces the first Begining at a stake 
standing in the Line Between Land of the heirs of John Sleeper 
Deceas^ & s<^ Estate Just twelve Rods from Land of Jonathan 
Glidden then to Run north about 23 Rods to a stake then a west 
point Carrying that full Bredth to the west Part of said Estate 
the other Piece Containing one acre together with the Dwelling 
house thereon to Begin at the Northeast Corner of said De- 
ceas'^s Land on the South Side of the Rode than to Run westerly 
on the Said Rode twelve Rods then such a Course to the Easterly 
Line of Said Estate as shall Compleat said acer — 

And the Residue of said Estate we have Divided to & amongst 
the children of the s"^ Intestate as followeth viz we have set off to 
Ithiel the first & second Shares Bounded as followeth Begining 
at the South East Corner of Land which Said Catherine Sold to 
Eli Beede then to Run on said Beede to the west side of Said 
Estate then Begins at s^ Beedes Corner first mentioned & Runs 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 497 

south on the side of said Estate forty seven Rods to a stake so to 
Carry the said forty Seven Rods wide Cross the whole tract of 
Land to Land of Job Kenestone alis John PhiHps Esq Seven 
acers more or Less — 

To hanah we have set off two acers & one quarter more or Less 
Bounded as followeth Begining at the South East Corner of s<* 
Intestates Land then Runing north five Rods & one half Rod on 
Land of the Heirs of John Sleeper Deceas'^ then west to Land of 
Enoch Bean & Southerly bounding on Land of Jonathan Glid- 
den — and to Susanah two acers & one quarter more or Less 
Begining at the North East Comer of hanahs Runs north Six 
Rods & one half to a stake then west Carrying that width (have- 
ing hanahs on the South & the widows thirds on the north) cross 
the whole tract to Land of Enoch Bean — And to Catherine we 
have set off one acer more or Less Begining at the northwest 
corner of the Land said widow Sold to Eli Beede then Runing 
south 24 Rods then west to the west side of the whole tract then 
north to said way then to the Bounds first men<^ also one acer 
four Rods wide on the South Side of Ithiels Joining to s** thirds 
(N.B. That we Reserve a way of one Rod wide on the East 
End of Each above s^ share also on the East End of the thirds 
for a Drift way for Each one Respectively to Come to their 
Rights or shares) And to Anne we have set off three acers on the 
south side of the Rode Begining at the northwest Corner of the 
widows thirds & Runs westerly on the Rode sixteen Rods thence 
Southerly to the South end of the whole tract of Land so as to 
Compleat said three acers Easterly bounding on s"* thirds & to 
Mole we have Set off four acers Being what Remains of said 
Intestates Estate to the west of annes share — 

Divided & set off by us this 2'^ day of feb'^ 1767 — 

Samuel Dudly I ^j ^^^ 

lonathan Smith r ^ 
";,_,,, Committee 

John i^olsham J 



498 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JAMES CHRISTY 1756 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of James Christy of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Agnes Christy, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 626.] 

[Bond of Agnes Christy, widow, with Thomas Christy of 
Londonderry and William Hogg of Souhegan West, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Sept. 29, 1756, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 16, 1756; amount, £2175. 2. o; 
signed by Hugh Cromey and Thomas Rogers.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1778. 2. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £617. 14. 6; mentions "Main- 
tenance of two of the Intestates Children under Seven to this 
time being two years"; allowed Nov. 2, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of James Christy, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of James Christy, granted to Robert Clark of London- 
derry May 7, 1760.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 490.] 

[Bond of Robert Clark, with John Mitchell and William Ayers 
as sureties, all of Londonderry, yeomen, in the sum of £500, 
May 7, 1760, for the guardianship of James Christy; witnesses, 
John Clark, Jonathan Lovewell.] 



JOHN ROBERTS 1756 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of John Roberts of Brentwood, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Abigail Roberts, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 626.] 

[Bond of Abigail Roberts, widow, with James Bean and Daniel 
Gordon, yeomen, as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the sum of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 499 

£500, Sept. 29, 1756, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1756, authorizing James Robinson, gen- 
tleman, and James Young, yeoman, both of Brentwood, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 18, 1756; amount, £3062. 19. o; 
signed by James Robinson and James Young.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1223. o. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1058. 10. o; allowed Sept. 27, 
1758.] 



ROBERT DRAKE 1756 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Drake of Hampton 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth Drake, Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 626.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Drake, widow, with James Leavitt, yeo- 
man, and Philip Towle, gentleman, as sureties, all of Hampton, 
in the sum of £1000, Sept. 29, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Thomas Drake, aged 14 years, son of Robert Drake, makes 
choice of his grandfather, Capt. Nathaniel Drake of Hampton, 
as his guardian, Sept. 28, 1756.] 

[Guardianship of Thomas Drake, minor, aged more than 14 
years, and Hannah Drake, aged less than 14 years, children of 
Robert Drake, granted to Nathaniel Drake Sept. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 19, p. 626.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Drake, gentleman, with Philip Towle, 
gentleman, and James Leavitt, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Sept. 29, 1756, for the guardianship of Thomas Drake 
and Hannah Drake; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 



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ANN SLAYTON 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ann Slayton of Portsmouth, 
widow, granted to John Harvey and Richard Harvey of Ports- 
mouth, yeomen, Sept. 30, 1756.] 

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

[Warrant, Sept. 30, 1756, authorizing Hunking Wentworth and 
John Shackford, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 23, 1757; amount, £6442. 4. o; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and John Shackford.] 

[Commission to Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow, shop- 
keeper, both of Portsmouth, May 25, 1758, to receive claims 
against the estate; mentions John Harvey and Richard Harvey 
as sons of the deceased.] 

[List of claims, Dec. 27, 1758; amount, £1433. 13. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 28, 1760, authorizing Mark Hunking Went- 
worth, Samuel Hale, Jacob Sheafe, Daniel Rogers, and Samuel 
Penhallow, all of Portsmouth, to appraise the real estate 
of Thomas Harvey of Portsmouth, gentleman, and of Ann 
Slayton, who was the widow of Thomas Harvey, and to advise 
whether it should be divided among seven children or settled on 
the oldest son.] 

[Appraisal of the real estate at £6625. o. o; signed by Mark 
Hunking Wentworth, Samuel Hale, Jacob Sheafe, Daniel Rogers, 
and Samuel Penhallow; order of court, Aug. 30, 1760, settling the 
estate on John Harvey, oldest son, he paying their shares to the 
other children and the heirs of those deceased.] 

[Bond of John Harvey, boat builder, with Samuel Cutts, 
merchant, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £3000, 
Aug. 30, 1 760, for the payments ordered by the court ; witnesses, 
William Parker, Charles Banfill.] 



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[Account of the settlement of the estate, presented by Samuel 
Cutts, bondsman; receipts, £8715. 8. 4; expenditures, £8896. 
I. ii>^; signed by Samuel Cutts; mentions "Paid Henry Rust 
in full of his wife's part . . . Richard Harvey his part . . . 
W™ Odiorne y Husband of a Daughter of M" Jane Harvey 
dec*^ . . . Ann Meserve. . . . Geo. Meserve for 2 Daughters 
under age. . . . John Harvey Two Shares . . . George Wal- 
dron . . . Eliz*'» Libby y^ Ball« of her deed . . . Rich"^ Har- 
vey, Theodore Harvey"; allowed June 15, 1791.] 



EDWARD WYMAN 1756 PELHAM 

[Hannah Wyman requests administration on the estate of her 
husband, Edward Wyman, husbandman, dated Pelham, Oct. 11, 
1756.] 

[Bond of Hannah W^yman, widow, with John Butler, Jr., and 
Isaac Littlehale, yeoman, as sureties, all of Pelham, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 14, 1756, for the administration of the estate of 
Edward Wyman of Pelham, yeoman; witnesses, William Rich- 
ardson, Abner Richardson.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 14, 1756, authorizing Amos Gage, yeoman, 
and William Richardson, gentleman, both of Pelham, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 10, 1756; amount, £1688. 5. o; "the wid* 
of the Father of y^ Deceasd her part being Included " ; signed by 
William Richardson and Amos Gage.] 

[Warrant, May 17, 1759, authorizing Ezekiel Chase of Notting- 
ham West and William Richardson of Pelham, gentleman, to 
receive claims against the estate.] 

[Warrant, May 18, 1759, authorizing Ezekiel Chase of Not- 



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tingham West, William Richardson, gentleman, and Amos Gage, 
yeoman, both of Pelham, to set off the widow's dower.] 

[List of claims, attested Feb. 28, 1760; amount, £573. 16. 11, 
and £320. o. o "due to the Legatees" Hannah, wife of John 
Perham, Catherine, wife of Ebenezer Beard, Judith, wife of 
Jonathan Perham, Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Abbott, £30. o. o 
each, and to Abigail Wyman, £200. o. o; signed by William 
Richardson and Ezekiel Chase,] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1694. 5. o; 
expenditures, £1495. 10. 4; mentions "maintaing i Child und' 7 
years old 26 weeks & nursing in his Sickness before he died . . . 
maintaing i of the Dec^ Children 5 years & Two months he 
being 7 years old in July 1761 "; allowed Nov. 4, 1761.] 



EZRA LITTLEHALE 1756 PELHAM 

[Lydia Littlehale of Pelham renounces administration on the 
estate of her husband, Ezra Littlehale, Oct. 11, 1756, in favor of 
his brother, Isaac Littlehale; witness, James Hobbs.] 

[Administration on the estate of Ezra Littlehale of Pelham, 
yeoman, granted to his brother, Isaac Littlehale, Oct. 14, 1756.] 

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

[Bond of Isaac Littlehale, with Jonathan Hopkinson and Wil- 
liam Elliot as sureties, all of Pelham, yeomen, in the sum of 
£500, Oct. 14, 1756, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Richardson, Abner Richardson.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 14, 1756, authorizing William Richardson, 
gentleman, and Amos Gage, yeoman, both of Pelham, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 10, 1756; amount, £785. 18. o; signed by 
William Richardson and Amos Gage.] 



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[Lydia Littlehale, widow, renounces administration on the 
estate of her husband, Ezra Littlehale, in favor of Capt. William 
Richardson of Pelham, the former administrator, Isaac Little- 
hale, being deceased; not dated; witnesses, John Littlehale, 
Aaron Coburn.] 

[Administration granted to William Richardson of Pelham, 
gentleman, April i, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 28.] 

[Bond of William Richardson, with Josiah Hamblett of Pel- 
ham, yeoman, and Ezekiel Chase of Nottingham West as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £500, April i, 1758, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, Amos Gage, Jacob Butler.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Sept. 8, 1758; amount, 
£160. 3. 3; signed by Ezekiel Chase and Josiah Hamblett.] 

Pelham November Sixth 1758 — 

Whereas Cap* W™ Richardson adm*^ to the Estate of Ezra 
Littlehale Late Deceasd & I the other Subscriber namely Lidia 
Littlehale Relict wid*" of s** Ezra have agreed a division of the 
Real Estate of s<^ Deceasd I therefore acquit all my right in & to 
a Certain piece of Land as hereafter set forth Viz a pice of upland 
& mead'' beginning at a white Oak tree Standing at the South 
east Corner of the mead'' from thence westerly by Land of Philip 
Richardson on a Line of Trees marked to a white oak marked 
being a Corner bound thence running Eastwardly by wymans 
Land about 40 poles to a pine tree marked from thence East 
to a stake & stones on the west side of y® mead"^ from thence 
Crossing y^ meadow to a stake & stones standing in y^ Eastward 
Line of y* farm thence Southwardly to the first mentioned 
bounds the Same Containing about fourty acres more or Less and 
I accept y^ Remaining pait of Land & house Included in a deed 
of sale from Isaac Littlehale to the afors'^ Deceasd for my Thirds 
of s*^ Real Estate — 



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in witness whereof we have hereto Set our hands Dated as 
above 

William Richardson 

her 
Lidya X Littlehale 
mark 

[Witnesses] Josiah Thompson, Ezekiel Chase. 

Ezra will be 5 years old y^ 6*'' Day of December next 
y' youngest being a girl named Elizabeth will be 3 years old 
December 26 next was 3 weeks old when her father Died 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1010, 18. o; 
expenditures, £380. 8. o; mentions "an allowance to the Chil- 
drens maintenance being 2 under 7"; allowed March 9, 1759.] 



JOSIAH CLOUGH 1756 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of Josiah Clough of Salem, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Abigail Clough, Oct. 14, 1756.] 

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

[Bond of Abigail Clough, widow, with Isaac Clough, gentle- 
man, and Isaac Clough, Jr., yeoman, as sureties, all of Salem, in 
the sum of £500, Oct. 14, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Jonas Hastings, Peter Merrill.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 14, 1756, authorizing John Bayley and John 
Hall, Jr., both of Salem, to appraise the estate; mentions Abi- 
gail Clough as widow of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 22, 1756; amount, £237. i. o; signed by John 
Bayley and John Hall, Jr.] 



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JOHN LEIGHTON 1756 DOVER 

In The Name of God Amen the Eighteenth Day of October 
1756: I John Layton of the Town of Dover In the Province of 
New-hampshire In New-England Yeoman Being Sick, and Weak 
In Body * * * 

Imprimis, I Give And Bequeath to Abigail my Dearly beloved 
Wife one Third of my Estate That Is with this Advantage; It is 
my will that My Two Eldest Sons William Layton And Hatevil 
Layton Maniage & Improve my wife's Thirds In Husband Like 
manner And Render to her the Whole Produce of said Thirds, 
Yearly, Dureing her Life. 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my two Eldest Sons William & 
Hatevil the whole of my Land Estate be it more Less : that is the 
Farm on which I Now Live togather with the out houses Barn 
Orchard with all the privilidges And Appurtenances there Unto 
belonging or In Any Wise Appurtaining: They to Have Two 
Thirds of Said Lands Immediately Upon my Decease And the 
other Third After my wifes Decease to be to them their heirs and 
assigns for Ever: they being obliged to Improve my wives Thirds 
as before mentioned & to Render the produce of Said Thirds 
Yearly to her dureing her Life, And Upon Condition of these 
my Two Sons their paying Such Legacyes to my other Children 
As Shall be hereafter Mentioned. 

Item I Give to all my other Eight Children: viz* Tobias, Paul, 
Jonathan, And James; also Abigail, Olive, Mary, and Deborah 
fourty Pounds Each Immediately after they Come to be of Age: 
that Is The Sons Twenty one years of age and My Daughters 
Eighten years of Age. And all This to be paid by my 
Executors, which Will be here after mentioned. 

Also Upon further Consideration I Declare that It is my will 
with Respect to my beloved Wife That Instead of her haveing 
but A Third of my House: It is my will that She have the one 
half of my Dwelling house for her Use and behoof Dureing her 
Life ; And that she have the whole of my Household Moveables, 



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And all my Stock of Cattle & sheep to help my said wife In 
bringing Up our Children that Are Young. I Likewise doe 
Constitute make & ordain my Two Eldest Sons William & 
Hatevlll Layton my Executors * * * 

his 
John + Layton 
Mark. 

[Witnesses] Thomas Tuttle, John Tuttle, Joseph Lalghton. 
[Proved Nov. 24, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 24, 1756, authorizing Thomas Tuttle and 
John Tuttle, both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 23, 1757; amount, £1294. 10. o; 
signed by Thomas Tuttle and John Tuttle.] 



JOHN McCLURG 1756 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of John McClurg of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary McClurg, Oct. 21, 
1756.] 

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

[Bond of Mary McClurg of Londonderry, widow, with An- 
drew Todd of Londonderry and Robert Archibald, of Ports- 
mouth, tailor, as sureties. In the sum of £500, Oct. 21, 1756, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, 
John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 21, 1756, authorizing James Campbell and 
Hugh Young, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 21, 1757; amount, £1946. 2. o: 
signed by James Campbell and Hugh Young.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 507 

[Inventory of personal estate disposed of by the widow before 
administration; amount, £125. o. o; dated June 29, 1757.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by William Wilson 
and his wife Mary, formerly Mary McClurg, widow and admin- 
istratrix; receipts, personal estate, £728. o. o; expenditures, 
£977- 15- 7; allowed Dec. 16, 1757, mentioning the intestate as 
having died without issue.] 



PAUL CHASE 1756 SANDOWN 

[Sarah Chase petitions for administration on the estate of 
Paul Chase of Sandown, and for the appointment of John Wood- 
man and Orlando Colby as appraisers, Oct. 25, 1756.] 

[Administration on the estate of Paul Chase granted to his 
widow, Sarah Chase, Dec. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 74.] 

[Bond of Sarah Chase of Sandown, widow, with Samuel Bean 
of Sandown, yeoman, and John Woodman of Hampstead, yeo- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 29, 1756, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of Paul Chase, yeoman; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 2'j , 1756, authorizing John Woodman and 
Orlando Colby, both of Sandown, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate ; mentions Sarah Chase as widow of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 27, 1756; amount, £1122. 19. 4; 
signed by John Woodman and Orlando Colby.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1756, authorizing Samuel Emerson of 
Chester and Moses Tucker of Sandown to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £656. 19. 2; signed by Samuel Emer- 
son and Moses Tucker.] 



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[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £983. o. o; 
expenditures, £423. 19. o; mentions "17 weeks board & diet for 
Son Samuel from Sept' 23** the time of the dec^* death to Jan^ 
20 then 7 year old — To anna & Joseph to July 27, 1757 being 
92 weeks for both"; allowed July 27, 1757.] 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate by Moses 
Sawyer and wife Sarah, "late Sarah Chase"; receipts, £759. i. o; 
expenditures, £974. 11. 2; mentions "maintaining anna from 
July 2y, 1757, to Feby 18 1758. . . . Ditto Joseph from July 
27, 1757, to Ocf loti' 1759 ... & still under 7 years old"; 
allowed Oct. 10, 1759.] 

[License to the widow, now wife of Moses Sawyer of Hopkin- 
ton, Jan. 25, 1771, to sell real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 26, p. 456.] 



WILLIAM STRAW 1756 SANDOWN 

[Administration on the estate of William Straw of Sandown, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Susanna Straw, Feb. 23, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 1 10.] 

[Bond of Susanna Straw of Sandown, widow, with Thomas 
Wells of Chester, gentleman, and Ebenezer Gile of Hampstead, 
yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 23, 1757, for the 
administration of the estate ; witnesses, William Parker, Nathan- 
iel Marshall.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Thomas Wells of Chester 
and Orlando Colby of Sandown, yeoman, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory attested Nov. 20, 1756; amount, £1000. 13. 6; 
signed by Thomas Wells and Orlando Colby.] 

[List of claims against the estate, no date; amount, £274. 4. 6; 
"Thare Is Likewise three children was under seven years old 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 509 

when there father Died — one was 5 years & 8 months one was 
2 years & 7 month one was 7 months."] 

[Warrant, Dec. 27, 1758, authorizing Jethro Sanborn of 
Sandown and James Graves of Hampstead, gentleman, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, attested June 21, 1759; amount, £261. 3. 2; 
signed by Jethro Sanborn and James Graves.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 29, 1759, authorizing Samuel Emerson of 
Chester, James Graves of Hampstead, and Thomas Wells of 
Chester, gentlemen, to set ofT the widow's dower.] 

Province of \ Sandown September 8^^ 1 759 We the Sub- 
Newhampshire / scribers being appoynted a Committee by the 
Honnor'''^ Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate for the 
Province afforesaid : to set of to Susanah Straw widow and Relect 
to William Straw Late of Sandown afforesaid Deceased her 
thirds or Right of Dower that fell to her of her s^ Husbands 
Estate: accordingly we Have Don it in the following mannor 
(Viz) We find the whole Estate to Contain twenty Seven acres 
and three Quarters; and we have Laid of to her on the southerly 
side of said Land where the house and Barne stands Eight acres 
for her third part bounded first at the South west Corner at a 
stake and stones standing in the midle between a white oak and 
a Black Burch being the Bounds of the Sixty fifth Lot in that 
Range and Runing about East South East bounding on the other 
half part of said Lott Eighty Rods to a stake and stones then 
north by East sixteen Rods to a stake and stones then west nor 
west Eighty Rods to a stake and stones by the High way then 
by s^ High way sixteen Rods to the first bounds mentioned 

Sam'' Emerson 
Thomas Wells 
James Graves 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £743. 3. o; 



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expenditures, £237. 10. o; mentions "Support of three Children 
so long as to amount to 5 years for one"; allowed March 26, 
1760.] 



JONATHAN OILMAN 1756 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Gilman of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to Jonathan Gilman of Exeter Oct. 27, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 33.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Gilman of Exeter, trader, with James 
Leavitt of Exeter, gentleman, and Joseph Wadleigh of Brent- 
wood, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 27, 1756, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, 
John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Theophilus Smith and 
John Robinson, yeoman, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 3, 1756; amount, £11,832. 13. o; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and John Robinson.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 16, 1756, authorizing John Haines, black- 
smith, Josiah Sanborn, tanner, Peter Folsom, joiner, Jeremiah 
Calfe, joiner, all of Exeter, and Samuel Lane of Stratham, cord- 
wainer, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of | We the Subscribers being appointed by the 
New Hamp^ j Hon^'^ Richard Wibird Esq"^ Judge of the Pro- 
bate of Wills &c for Said Province ; to Set off to Elizabeth Gilman 
of Exeter in Said Province, Her Dower which happeneth to her 
of the Real Estate of her Late Husband Jonathan Gilman 
Deceased Intestate of which he Died Siezed ; being one full third 
part thereof, according to Quantity and Quality of Said Estate: 
and Set forth Said third part by Metes and Bounds to Hold to 
her in Severalty; and make Return &c — 

Therefore after Mature and Deliberate Consideration of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 51 1 

Quantity and Quality of Said Estate, we have Set off to the Said 
Widow her full third part thereof (according to the best of our 
Skill & Judgment) and Bounded the Same as follows viz* Be- 
gining at the corner of Charles Rundlets Land, by the Road 
that Leads from Said Exeter to Epping; then Runing Notherly 
by Said Road till it comes to a Rock, being five Rods Southward 
of the Front Door of the Dwelling House on Said Estate: and 
from Said Rock to Run North thirteen Degrees Easterly 
(through Sd House) Eight Rods and a half, to a Stake put down 
one Rod and a half North from the North Side of Said House, 
And from Said Stake to Run (through the orchard) North 
Eighty five Degrees Easterly, fifteen rods to a pile of Stones, 
And from S'^ Stones to run North Seventeen Degrees Easterly, 
ten Rods to a Walnut Tree, and from Said Tree to run North 
three Degrees Easterly four Rods, to a Larg Rock, then South 
Seventy three Deg^ West, twenty two Rods, to the Southeastly 
corner of the Little Bam on Said Estate, Thence Runing South 
thirty five Deg^ Westerly four Rods to Said Road, Then to Run 
Northerly by Said Road, till it comes to a Large Rock in the 
fence, against John Hains' House; and from Said Rock to Run 
by the Easterly Side of the Way that Leads to the fresh meadows 
'till it comes to Capt. John Gilmans Land : then to Run Southerly 
and Easterly by Said Capt Gilmans Land to Thomas Lifords 
Land, Then Runing Southerly by Said Lifords Land, to Joseph 
Clarks Land, Then Runing Westerly & Southerly by Said 
Clark's Land to Said Rundlets Land, Then to Run Westerly by 
Said Rundlets Land to the Comer first mentioned. 

And also we have Set off to Said Widow as her Thirds, the 
Easterly End Rooms of Said Dwelling House from Bottom to 
top; and also the two Bed-rooms that are in the Back Lean to 
belonging to Said House : with one third part of the Cellar under 
Said House, at the North Side of Said Cellar; with Liberty of 
passing and repassing up Stairs and down, both Celler & Cham- 
ber Stairs: also the priviledge of Baking in the oven as She Shall 
Stand in need ; and one third of the Use of the Well, with Liberty 



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of passing & Repassing out Doors and in, and Round about Said 
House and Barn on Necessary occasions. 

Also Said Widow is to Have the Little Barn on Said Estate 
for use and improvement as her thirds. 

We make this Return the first Day of April Annoque Domini 

1757 

John haines 
Sam' Lane 
Peter folsom 
Josiah Sanborn 

[Bond of James Leavitt, gentleman, with Nathaniel Gordon 
and Benjamin Gordon, yeomen, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the 
sum of £500, May 2"-] , 1761, for the guardianship of John Gil- 
man, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of Jonathan Gilman; 
witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £7664. 4. o; 
expenditures, £7568. 16. 6; mentions widow and children; 
allowed July 27, 1763.] 



MOSES COPP 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Moses Copp of Hampstead, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mehitabel Copp, Oct. 27, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 24.] 

[Bond of Mehitabel Copp, widow, with Stephen Emerson and 
Moses Kimball, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampstead, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 27, 1756, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Edward Colcord.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Daniel Little and Benja- 
min Emerson, gentleman, both of Hampstead, to appraise the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 513 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 26, 1757; amount, £5422.16.0; 
signed by Daniel Little and Benjamin Emerson.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 10, 1757, authorizing Daniel Little, George 
Little, Benjamin Emerson, gentlemen, John Moore, yeoman, all 
of Hampstead, and Thomas Little of Plaistow, yeoman, to di- 
vide the estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 92.] 

[List of payments to creditors by the administratrix, Oct. 23, 
1758; amount, £664. 10. 2; mentions Elizabeth Ingalls, wife of 
John Ingalls, daughter of the deceased.] 

Province of | by virtu of a warrant to us Directed from 
New hampshar j the Honourable Court of probate of wills &c. 
for the province afores** to Divide the Reall estate of Moses Copp 
Late of Hampstead in s^ province Gen* Deceas<^ we have at- 
tended that service and Have Divided the same as followeth 
(viz) 

first we have set of to the widow Mehetabell Copp as her 
Dower of said estate the easterly half of the house & half the 
Celler and one third part of the barn the east end allowing half 
the fiore way to Joshua and aboute twenty acres on the easterly 
sid of the Roade bounded as followeth (viz) begining at the 
south west Comer at a stake and stons by moses Hales Land 
thence northerly by the Roade aboute twenty four Rods to a Red 
oake tree marked thence northeasterly by Land set of to Joshua 
Copp aboute one Hundred and thirty two Rods to a Red oake 
tree marked by Samuel Littles Land thence southerly by s"* 
Littles Land aboute twenty four Rods to a stake & stons by 
moses Hales Land thence by s^ Hales Land southwesterly to the 
first bounds, and the Improvement of the orchard which is on 
Joshuas Land her Life time and then to Return to Joshua and 
also aboute sixty five Rods of Land that the buildings stands on 
and for a Conveniency of Improveing the buildings 

secondly we have set of to Joshua Cop the only son for his 



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Double share the west half of the house and half the Celler & two 
thirds of the barn the westerly part with half the flore way and 
aboute sixty five Rods of Land for the Conventiency of the build- 
ings which together with the sixty five Rods set of to the widow 
makes in the whole one Hundred and thirty Rods and is bounded 
as followeth (viz) begining at the north east Corner at a stake & 
stons by the Road on the north side of the house thence south 
westerly aboute sixteen Rods to a stake & stons thence south 
easterly aboute nine Rods to a great Rock thence easterly aboute 
ten Rods to a stake & stons by the s*^ Roade thence by s'^ Roade 
about eleven Rods to the first bounds mentioned we have also 
set of to s<^ sone aboute thirty three acres on the easterly side of 
the Roade bounded as followeth (viz) begining at the south west 
Corner at a Red oake tree marked also a bounds of the Land set 
of to the widow thence by the Roade northerly aboute forty 
eight Rods to a stake & stons by the Reverend M"" Trues Land 
thence northeasterly partly by M' Trues Land & partly by 
Stephen Emorsons Land aboute one hundred and Eight Rods to 
a stake & stons thence southeasterly partly by Benjamin Emor- 
sons Land & partly by Samuel Littles Land aboute forty four 
Rods to a Red oake tree marked also a bounds of Land set of to 
the widow thence by her Land south westerly to the first bounds 
mentioned allowing the Widow the Improvement of the orchard 
that is on the same her Life time 

^diy \Yg have set of to Elisabeth Ingalls the wife of John 
Ingalls Daughter of the Deceas'* for her share aboute twenty 
acres of Land on the west side of the Roade and is bounded as 
followeth (viz) begining at the southeast Corner at a stake & 
stones at the Roade thence south westerly by Land set of to the 
buildings sixteen Rods to a stake and stons thence further south 
westerly aboute one hundred and fourteen Rods to a pine stump 
by James Dustins Land thence north westerly by s*^ Dustins 
Land aboute Eighteen Rods & a half to an elm tree thence north 
easterly by M"^ Trues Land aboute one hundred and forty two 
Rods to a stake & stons by the Roade thence by the Roade 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 515 

southerly aboute thirty six Rods to the first bounds mentioned 
4'y we have set of to mehetabell Copp daughter of the s^ 
Deceas** for her share aboute twenty one acres of Land on the 
west sid of the Roade and is bounded as followeth (viz) begining 
at the northeast Corner at a stake and stons by the Roade 
thence westerly aboute ten Rods to a great Rock thence nor- 
westerly aboute nine Rods to a stake and stons also a bounds of 
the Land set of to Elisabeth thence southwesterly by her Land 
aboute one Hundred and fourteen Rods to a pine stump by 
James Dustins Land thence south easterly partly by s^ Dustins 
Land and partly by John Kents Land aboute seventeen Rods and 
a half to a black oake tree marked thence south easterly by Land 
now in the possestion of Benjamin Heath aboute one Hundred 
and thirty two Rods to a stake and stons by the Roade thence 
northerly by the Roade about twenty four Rods to the first 
bounds mentioned 

Daniel Little ) 

George Little / Commte 

Thomas Little / 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £1382. 16. o; expenditures, £457. 7. o; allowed Oct. 25, 

1758.] 



THOMAS CONNELL 1756 PEMBROKE 

[Account of the settlement of the estate of Thomas Connell of 
Suncook by Mary Connell, administratrix; receipts, personal 
estate as inventoried, and £10. 19. o; expenditures, £575. 14. o;. 
allowed Oct. 27, 1756.] 



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DAVID EASTMAN 1756 SANDOWN 

[Administration on the estate of David Eastman of Sandown, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Susanna Eastman, Nov. 24, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 49.] 

[Bond of Susanna Eastman of Sandown, widow, with Ephraim 
Brown of South Hampton, yeoman, and John Eastman of Salis- 
bury, Mass., as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Femald.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Thomas Wells of Chester, 
gentleman, and James Graves of Hampstead, yeoman, to ap- 
praise the estate; mentions Susanna Eastman as widow of the 
deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 20, 1756; amount, £1535. 12. o; 
signed by Thomas Wells and James Graves.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £473. 12. o; 
expenditures, £1076. 2, o; mentions "Laying in with a Post- 
humus Child nursing the Child 6 months attending the Same in 
its Sickness & Expence in its burial. . . . nursing a Child one 
Year before his arival at 7 years of age after its fathers decease 
viz. Kingsbury. . . . keeping i Child Two years before its ar- 
rival to 7 years of age. . . . keeping Two other Children two 
years since their fathers decease, one of which was three year old 
& the other one year old at their fathers decease"; allowed 
Aug. 30, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 30, 1758, authorizing Thomas Wells of Chester, 
gentleman, James Graves of Hampstead, gentleman, and Reuben 
Clough of Sandown, yeoman, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a warrant to us directed from 
New Hampshir / the Honr^^« Judg of the probate of wills and 
for the s** province as a Commitee to set of to Susannah Eastman 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 517 

wife of Nath" Eastman Jun' of the Parish of Sandown in s"* 
province yeoman hir Right or dowry of the Real Estate of her 
Late Husband David Eastman Late of Sandown afores^ yeoman 
Decesed which he died seized of and have set apart twelve acres 
of s*^ Estate the Same by meats and bounds (viz) at the south- 
east comer a Chestnut tree standing by the Highway thence 
Northly by said way forty Rhods to a maple which is the south- 
east Corner of Jacob Wells Land thence westerly on s^ wells 
Line forty Eight Rhods to a stake and stons thence southrly 
forty Rhods to y^ Line of the Land of Daniel Hibbard then East- 
rly on Said Hibbards Land to the first bound mentioned acording 
to best of our Judgment and siteuate acording to her Choise as 
wittnis our hands this 15 day of Novem^"" 1758 

Thomas Wells 1 

James Graves > Commitee 

Reuben Clough J 



WILLIAM BROWN CLOUGH 1756 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I William Brown Clough of the 
Parish of Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in New- 
england yeoman Being weake of Body * * * 

I 'y I Give and Bequeath to my honored mother Rachal Clough 
my house and Bam and all my Land laying in the Parish of 
Kensington and all my Stock of Creatuers of alsorts and all my 
Husbandry tools of all Sorts all to Despose as shee shall see 
Cause shee paying as I shall order her in this my will 

2ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Betty Clough all the 
houshold Goods that ware her mothers and the one halfe of all 
my land laying in the Township of Nottingham in Newhamp- 
shire and I Give my said Daughter two hundred pounds money 
old Tenor Bills of Credit and a Cow all to be paid to her by my 



51 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Executrix when Shee shall Come to the age of Eighteen years or 
Day of marriage which Shall hapen first 

3ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Anne Clough all the 
household Goods that ware her mothers and the one halfe of all 
my Land laying in the Township of Nottingham in Newhamp- 
shire and I Give my said Daughter two hundred pounds money 
old tenor Bills of Credit and one Cow all to be paid to her By 
my Executrix when she Shall Come to the age of Eighteen or 
Day of marriage which shall hapen first 

4ly I Give to my Brother winthrop Clough the one halfe of all 
my wearing Cloths of all sorts 

5ly I Give and Bequeath to my Brother Benjamin Clough the 
one halfe of all my wearing Cloths of all Sorts and all my Sur- 
veying instruments and all my Books 

61y And I in this my will order my Executrix to take Good 
Care of my two Children and Bring them up on my Estate — 

And I Do Constitute and appoint my honored mother Rachel 
Clough to be my Executrix to this my Last will and Testiment 
Rattifying and Confirming this and no other to be my will and 
Testiment In witness whereof I the Said William Brown Clough 
have hereunto set my hand & afhxt my seal this Twenty Eighth 
Day of October anno: Domini: 1756 and in the Thirtieth yeare of 
the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George the second &c 

William Brown Clough 

[Witnesses] Stephen Palmer, Benjamin Brown, Philip Dow. 
[Proved April 27, 1757.] 

[Warrant, April 27, 1757, authorizing Philip Dow and The- 
ophilus Page, both of Kingston, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 18, 1757; amount, £7257. 10. o; 
signed by Philip Dow and Theophilus Page.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 519 

NATHANIEL HAMMOND 1756 SWANZEY 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Hammond of 
Swanzey, yeoman, granted to Joseph Hammond of Swanzey, 
yeoman, Nov. 6, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 60.] 

[Bond of Joseph Hammond, yeoman, with Jonathan Ham- 
mond, gentleman, and Thomas Hammond, yeoman, as sureties, 
all of Swanzey, in the sum of £500, Nov. 6, 1756, for the admin- 
istration of the estate; witnesses, Samuel Watts, Josiah Willard.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 23, 1756; amount, £1023. 3. 4; signed by 
Samuel Belding and Thomas Cresson ; mentions date of death of 
deceased as Feb. 2, 1756.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £1324. 11 . 5 ; 
expenditures, £269. 11. 11 ; allowed Nov. 30, 1758.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £1436. 10. 10; 
signed by Josiah Willard and Samuel Ashley.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1471. 3. o; amount 
distributed, £1069. i. 10; allowed Nov. 30, 1758.] 



JOHN YEATON 1756 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God, Amen the eighth day of November 1756 
I John Yeaten of New Castle in the Province of New-Hampshire, 
Fisherman alias Husbandman being very Sick & Week in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath to Elisabeth my dearly beloved 
wife the Income of all my Estate this present Year with all my 
Stock of Creatures and one half of the Income of all my Estate 
fer the two next ensuing or following Years to be delivered Her 
by my Son Richard Yeaten. 



520 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give to my well beloved Son Richard Yeaten the Im- 
provement fer two Years next following of all my real Estate he 
giving to my beloved Wife one half of the Income of the Same 
delivered to Her or her order in there proper Seesons 

Item It is my Will that at the expiration of the two Years my 
son Richard is to have the Improvement of my real Estate that 
then all my Estate both Real and Personal be equally divided 
between my Children Viz. the Representatives of my son John 
deceased, my daughter Elisabeth Odiome, my son Samuel 
Yeaton, Mary Odiome, My Son Richard, my daughter Hannah 
Gorden, Philip Yeaten, Joseph Yeaten, and my son Benjamin 
Yeaten nine Shares in all — 

Item I do Censtitute make and ordain my Son Richard Yeaten 
my sole Executor * * * his 

John + Yeaton 
mark 

[Witnesses] Stephen Chase, Nat' Sargent, Jos: Newmarch, 
Joshua Chase. 

[Proved Jan. 26, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 26, 1757, authorizing Joseph Newmarch and 
Nathaniel Sargent, physician, both of Newcastle, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 20, 1758; amount, £1615. 19. 6; 
signed by Joseph Newmarch and Nathaniel Sargent.] 



JOHN DAVIS 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

In the Name of God Amen this 15^^ day of november 1756 I 
John Davis of Hampstead in the Province of New Hampshire in 
New England Weaver: * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath to Sarah my Dearly beloved 
wife the free use of my Dwelling House & Bam and all my Land 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 521 

being about ten Acres and my Cow if I have one dureing her 
nateral Life and I Give to my Said wife all my Housel Stuff Ex- 
septing two sheats & two Blankitts and Bed I have given my son 
Samuel I also give my said wife all the Provizian that I shall 
leave in my House 

Item I Give my Daughter Hannah Rowel & my son Obadiah 
& my son Josiah and my son Ephraim and my son Samuel Each 
of them five shillings to be paid by my Executor at the End of 
one full year after my wifes Decease 

Item I Give to my son Samuel all my Real & Personal Estate 
Exsepting what I have as above alowed to my wife he my said 
son Samuel paying all my Just Debts & Funeral Charges & 
Leggeses as expresed to my five other Children : I hereby Consti- 
tute make and ordain my said son Samuel my Executor * * * 

John Davis 

[Witnesses] Thomas Emery, Abigail [illegible], Daniel Little. 
[Proved Jan. 26, 1757.] 

[Samuel Davis, aged 16 years, son of John Davis, makes 
choice of Ebenezer Gile of Hampstead as his guardian Jan. 3, 
1757; witness, Samuel Little, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Davis granted to Ebenezer Gile, 
yeoman, Jan. 27, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 103.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Gile, yeoman, with Daniel Little and Wil- 
liam Heath, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hampstead, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 2"], 1757, for the guardianship of Samuel Davis; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Femald.] 



SAMUEL WORTHEN 1756 HAMPSTEAD 

[Mehitabel Worthen renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Samuel Worthen of Hampstead, in favor of Benja- 
min Kimball.] 



522 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to Benjamin Kimball of Hampstead, 
yeoman, Feb. 23, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 1 10.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Kimball, with Ebenezer Gile and Jacob 
Bailey, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hampstead, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 23, 1757, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 19, 1756, authorizing Nathaniel Heath and 
John Muzzey, both of Hampstead, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 19, 1757; amount, £2062. 5. o; 
signed by Nathaniel Heath and John Muzzey.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £794. 6. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £871. 15. 8; mentions "allowance 
to the widow for keeping & maintaining a Child under Seven 
104 Weeks"; allowed Sept. 27, 1758.] 



BENJAMIN PETTENGILL 1756 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Pettengill of Plais- 
tow, yeoman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Pettengill, Nov. 
24, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 44.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Pettengill of Plaistow, widow, with Job 
Eaton of Plaistow, yeoman, and Samuel Sleeper of Sandown, 
gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 24, 1756, authorizing Moses Stevens and 
Jonathan Kimball, both of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 523 

[Inventory, attested June 23, 1757; amount, £5867. 8. 6; 
signed by Jonathan Kimball and Moses Stevens.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Elizabeth Sanborn, 
formerly widow of the deceased; receipts, £1417. 18. 6, personal 
estate, including a "Gift from the accountants Husbands 
Father"; expenditures, £874. 15. 3; allowed Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Warrant, April 4, 1758, authorizing Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead, William Ayers, Samuel Kimball, yeomen, Jonathan 
Carleton, gentleman, and Samuel Little, yeoman, all of Plaistow, 
to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of \ In obedience to a Warrant to us the sub- 
New Hampshire / scribers from the Hon^^^ judge of Probates of 
Wills for said Province to sett off to Elizabeth who was the 
Widow of Benjamin Pettengil Late of Plastow in said Province 
Gent Deceased for her Dower of the Real Estate of said Deceased 
& to appraise the other two thirds according to the presant value: 
We have sett off to the said Elizabeth as followeth: about nine 
acres where the Buildings are beginning two Rod East from the 
shopp by the Highway then westerly as the fence is by the 
Highway forty Rods to a stake there northerly to John Bradlys 
southwest Corner then Easterly by said Bradlys to a stake by 
the Paster then southerly to a Black oake leaveing out the Head 
of the spring then to the bounds first mentioned also four acres 
and half two acres and half square in the south east Corner of the 
field and two acres in the paster adjoyning to the Highway and 
to the two acres & half afore said and half the wood in the 
whomstead paster also five acres of Paster that was bought of 
Cornelias Johnson & also five acres of woodland the southerly 
side of the fifteen acres of wood land Bought of Benjamin Gale: 
the Dower in the Buildings on the premises in the Dwelling 
House the frunt Rooms below and the garrit over them one third 
of y^ Celler the westerly part ; the whole of the Little Bam and 
room in the grate Barn to lay her Inglish Corn and sutable floor 



524 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

room for thrashing: and if said Elizabeth wants barn room after 
the Little Barn is not fit for use she is to take that part of the 
grate Barn that is on the East side of the Bame floor instead of 
the Little Barn we allow one third of the shop to the Dower where 
it will be least hurt to her eldist son: and where as all the building 
are on said Dower it is to be understood that all needed liberty 
for improveing the well and each partys property is allowed by 
us: we also set to said Widow one third of the Deceased Intrest 
in two sawmills: as to the Estate of the Deceased at sandown 
the said Widows Dower to take all the Land on the north side of 
the Brook below the Medow then up the Brook until it includes 
one third of the Medow now fit for mowing and also four acres 
of wood Land on the East end of the Island and one third of the 
Barn at the East end and one third of the Dwelling House each 
part to have all needfull liberty to improve their propertys: 
we also appraise the other two thirds of the value of thirty four 
Hundred pounds old tenor 

Dated June: 27: 1758: Daniel Little ^ 

Samuel Kimball > Commite 
Samuel Little J 

[The court orders, July 8, 1758, that the remaining two thirds 
of the real estate be settled on Benjamin Pettengill, oldest son, 
he to pay the other children their shares.] 

[David Pettengill, Andrew Pettengill, and Elizabeth Petten- 
gill, minors, children of Benjamin Pettengill, make choice of 
Joseph Harriman of Plaistow as their guardian; dated Kingston, 
July 7, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of Joanna Pettengill and James Pettengill, aged 
less than 14 years, children of Benjamin Pettengill, granted to 
Joseph Harriman of Plaistow, yeoman, July 8, 1758,] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 21.] 

[Guardianship of David Pettengill, Andrew Pettengill, and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 525 

Elizabeth Pettengill, minors, aged more than 14 years, granted 
to Joseph Harriman July 8, 1758.] 
(Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 21.] 

[Bond of Joseph Harriman of Plaistow, yeoman, with Jona- 
than Kimball of Plaistow, yeoman, and Daniel Little of Hamp- 
stead as sureties, in the sum of £1000, July 8, 1758, for the 
guardianship of David, Andrew, and Elizabeth Pettengill; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Benjamin Pettengill.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Pettengill, with Jonathan Kimball of 
Plaistow and Daniel Little of Hampstead as sureties, in the sum 
of £1700, July 8, 1758, for the payment of their shares to the 
other children, being eight in all, including himself; witnesses, 
William Parker, Joseph Harriman.] 

[Bond of Joseph Harriman, with Jonathan Kimball and Daniel 
Little as sureties, in the sum of £1000, July 8, 1758, for the 
guardianship of Joanna Pettengill and James Pettengill; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Benjamin Pettengill.] 

[Guardianship of James Pettengill, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Benjamin Pettengill, granted to Jonathan Carleton 
Feb. 26, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 207.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Carleton, gentleman, with Daniel Poor, 
gentleman, and Asahel Harriman as sureties, all of Plaistow, in 
the sum of £500, Feb. 26, 1766, for the guardianship of James 
Pettengill ; witnesses, Elizabeth Hall, John Harriman.] 

[Receipts, Dec. 13, 1773, from David Pettengill, Andrew 
Pettengill, Jacob Garland and his wife, Elizabeth Garland, in her 
right, Joseph Calfe and his wife, Joanna Calfe, in her right, to 
their former guardian, Joseph Harriman of Plaistow, for their 
shares in the estate of their father, Benjamin Pettengill; wit- 
nesses, Matthew Pettengill, Nathaniel Peabody.] 



526 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

MOSES THURSTON 1756 STRATHAM 

[Sarah Thurston renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Moses Thurston of Stratham, in favor of his oldest son, 
Stephen Thurston; no date; witnesses, Samuel Lane, Thomas 
Chase.] 

[Administration granted to Stephen Thurston Nov. 24, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 44.] 

[Bond of Stephen Thurston, Jr., with Joseph Palmer and John 
Thurston as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum of £500, Nov. 
24, 1756, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William 
Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 28, 1756; amount, £7427. 12. 6; signed by 
John Clark and William Pottle.] 

[Guardianship of Oliver Thurston, John Thurston, and Benja- 
min Thurston, aged less than 14 years, children of Moses Thurs- 
ton, granted to John Thurston of Stratham, yeoman, Jan. 20, 
1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 94.] 

[Bond of John Thurston, with John Clark, yeoman, and Wil- 
liam Pottle, blacksmith, as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 20, 1757, for the guardianship of Oliver, John, and 
Benjamin Thurston ; witnesses, William Parker, Stephen Thurs- 
ton, Jr.] 

[Warrant, April 13, 1757, authorizing Simon Wiggin, Joshua 
Neal, William Pottle, Samuel Lane, and John Clark, all of 
Stratham, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of \ We the Subscribers (with Mess" W"* Pottle 

New Hamp' J & Joshua Neal) being Appointed a Committee 

by the Hon^'^ Richard Wibird Esq^ Judge of the Probate of 

Wills &c for said Province; to Set off to Sarah, the Widow of 

Moses Thirston Late of Stratham in Said Province Yeoman 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 52/ 

Deceas'd her Dower which happens to her of the Real Estate 
which was the Said Deceasd" of which he Died Siez'd and Set 
forth the Same by Metes and Bounds; and Make Return &c 

Therefore after Mature and Deliberate Consideration of the 
Quantity and Quality of Said Estate ; we have Set off to the Said 
Widow, her Dower, or third part of Said Estate, (according to the 
Best of our Discretion and Judgment) and Bounded the Same 
as follows, viz' five acres of the Homestead, begining at the Mill 
Brook, and Runing Norwest by Land in Possession of Sam' Clark 
54 Rods to a Stake, then Southwest fourteen Rods and a half, 
then Southwest fourteen Rods and a half, then Southeast 52 
Rods, then North 65° East to Said Brook; also we have Set off 
to Said Widdow Ten Acres of Land, S** Deceas'd bowt of James 
Leavit, And also about four acres of Land and Marsh, Bounding 
Northeasterly & South Easterly on Said Widows Land; and 
Southwesterly on Stephen Thirstons Land, and Norwestly on 
y* Salt River, 

Also we have Set off to Said Widow, the two Bedrooms in the 
Back Lean to, of the House on Said Estate, and the Chamber over 
Said Lean to ; and one third part of the Celler at the North Side 
thereof, with Liberty of Washing and Boyling in the great West 
Room of Said House whenever she has occasion; and of Baking 
in the oven, when She has occasion thereof; and of Passing & 
Repassing through the two Larg lower Rooms on all occasions 
and out Doors and in, up Stairs and down both Celler & chamber 
Stairs; and one third of the Well, with Liberty of Laying wood at 
the Door and passing Round the Said House; and also passing 
& Repassing through Said Estate to her Said third part as She 
Shall have occasion. 

Also we have Set off to Said Widow the Westerly end of the 
Barn on Said Estate, called the New End of 13 feet Length and 
the Scaffold over the South Side, from Said new End, to the mid- 
dle of the thrashing floor- way; with Liberty of passing to and 
from Said Barn ; and also Liberty of the Barn yard for Creatures, 
and Laying Dung as She Shall have occasion. 



528 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

we make this Return this 26*'' Day of April Annoque Domini 

1757 

Simon Wiggin 
John Clark 
Sam' Lane 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2615. o. o, 
personal estate ; expenditures, £2949. 6. i ; allowed April 4, 1763.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £180. o. o; expenditures, £375. 
15. 7; allowed Nov. 30, 1763.] 

[Guardianship of John Thurston, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Moses Thurston, granted to Jonathan Wiggin 
July 27, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 79.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Wiggin of Stratham, yeoman, with Wil- 
liam Moore of Stratham and David Clifford of Kingston, yeo- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £500, July 27, 1763, for the guar- 
dianship of John Thurston; witnesses, William Parker, Jonathan 
Oilman.] 

[Report of committee, Dec. 15, 1763, that the estate should not 
be divided among the children in eleven equal shares, allowing 
two shares to the oldest son, and appraising the remainder at 
£4400. o. o; signed by Nathan Hoague, Samuel Lane, and 
Thomas Wiggin. Order of court, Dec. 28, 1763, settling the 
estate on David Clifford, who had purchased the right of the 
oldest son and one of the other sons, he to pay the other children 
their shares.] 

[Bond of David Clifford of Kingston, yeoman, with Benjamin 
Scribner of Brentwood and Daniel Smith of Kingston, yeomen, 
as sureties, in the sum of £2000, Dec. 28, 1763, for the payment to 
the other heirs of their proportions, he having purchased the 
right of the second son, the oldest son declining to accept the 
estate as appraised ; witnesses, Coffin Moore, Hubartus Smith.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 529 

[Guardianship of Oliver Thurston, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Moses Thurston, granted to Jonathan Wiggin Feb. 
29, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 182.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Wiggin of Exeter, yeoman, with Joseph 
Wiggin of Exeter and Stephen Thurston of Rye, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 29, 1764, for the guardianship 
of Oliver Thurston; witness, William Stilson.] 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Thurston, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Moses Thurston, granted to Jonathan Wiggin 
March 29, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 201.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Wiggin, yeoman, with William Pottle, Jr., 
blacksmith, and Nathaniel Wiggin, tanner, as sureties, all of 
Stratham, in the sum of £500, March 29, 1764, for the guardian- 
ship of Benjamin Thurston; witnesses, none.] 

[License to the administrator, July 30, 1772, to sell land in 
Gilmanton.l 



JAMES HILL 1756 SWANZEY 

[Administration on the estate of James Hill of Swanzey, yeo- 
man, granted to Peter Powers of Hollis, gentleman, Nov. 24, 
1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 44.] 

[Bond of Peter Powers of Hollis, gentleman, with William 
Cummings of Dunstable, gentleman, and Cutts Shannon of 
Portsmouth as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1756, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, 
John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, April, 1757; amount, £236. 6. o; signed by Josiah 
Brown and Joseph Hammond.] 



530 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOSEPH GOULD 1756 AMESBURY, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Gould of Amesbury, 
Mass., yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Gould, Nov. 24, 
1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 44.] 

[Bond of Mary Gould, widow, with Ephraim Brown and Ben- 
jamin Barnard, yeomen, as sureties, all of South Hampton, in 
the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 24, 1756, authorizing Samuel French and 
Benjamin Barnard, both of South Hampton, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory of real estate, Jan. 6, 1757; amount, £577. 10. o; 
signed by Benjamin Barnard and Samuel French.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 28, 1757, authorizing Jeremy Webster of 
Kingston, Reuben Dimond, Samuel French, Benjamin Barnard, 
and Richard Collins, all of South Hampton, to set off the widow's 
dower.] 

Province of 1 To the Honb^^ Richard Wibird Esq' Judge 
New Hamps / of the Probate of Wills &c for the Province of 
New Hamps: 

Pursuant to your Hon" Warrant to us directed appointing us 
to set off to Mary Gould of South Hampton widow & Relict of 
Joseph Gould Late of Almsbury in the County of Essex in the 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay deceas<^ her Right of Dower in 
the Real Estate of the s"^ Joseph Gould in this Province; We 
haveing met & viewed the premisses & sett of to the s** Mary 
Gould for her dower as followeth viz: Beginning at a stake & 
stones, standing on the Easterly Line of s*^ Intestate's estate in 
s^ South Hampton & Joyning to Land of Jonathan King & from 
thence running Northerly on the s'^ easterly Line about forty four 
Rods & one Quarter of a Rod to a stake & stones then westerly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53I 

about Thirteen Rods & a Half to a stake & stones on the west- 
erly Line of s'* Estate then southerly on the s^ westerly Line 
about forty four Rods & a Quarter to a stake standing in a small 
swamp: then Easterly about Thirteen Rods & Three Quarters 
to the place where it first began Three acres & Two Thirds of an 
acre be the same more or Less: In Testimony whereof we have 
hereunto set our hands the 12*^ day of April Annoq domini 1757 

Samuel french 
Rich<^ Collins 
Benjamin Barnard 

[Account of expenditures in the settlement of the estate, April 
25, 1757; amount, £81. 6. o; allowed May 25, 1757.] 



EMERSON LEAVITT 1756 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Emerson Leavitt of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to Daniel Gilman of Exeter Nov. 24, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 44.] 

[Bond of Daniel Gilman, gentleman, with Benjamin Magoon 
and John Ladd, yeomen, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of 
£500, Nov. 24, 1756, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 24, 1756, authorizing John Kimball and Caleb 
Gilman, Jr., both of Exeter, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. i, 1756; amount £422. 10. o; signed by John 
Kimball and Caleb Gilman, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 22, 1757, authorizing Noah Emery, gentleman, 
and Daniel Tilton, trader, both of Exeter, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Aug. 31, 1757; amount, 
£580. I. i; signed by Noah Emery and Daniel Tilton.] 



532 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £564. 14. o; 
expenditures, £387. 4. 8; mentions "By the Widow for keeping 
3 Children. . . . To the wido for Expence of Laying in"; 
allowed Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £176. 9. 4; expenditures, £60. 
o. o; filed June, 1760.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £580. i. i; amount 
distributed, £116. o. o; allowed July 16, 1760.] 



JOSEPH JACKSON 1756 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Jackson of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Hannah Jackson, Nov. 24, 
1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 44.] 

[Bond of Hannah Jackson, widow, with Nathaniel Davis 
and Daniel Meserve, Jr., yeomen, as sureties, all of Madbury, 
in the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1756, authorizing Hubbard Stevens, tan- 
ner, of Durham and Samuel Brewster of Barrington to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 27, 1757; amount, £1546. 5. o; 
signed by Hubbard Stevens and Samuel Brewster.] 



ISRAEL HUSE 1756 SANDOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Israel Huse of Sandown, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Huse, Nov. 26, 1756.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 41.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 533 

[Bond of I\Iary Huse of Sandown, widow, with Samuel Sleeper 
of Sandown, yeoman, and Jonathan Ferrin of Newton, gentle- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1756, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of Isarael Huse, Jr., of Sandown, 
yeoman; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1756, authorizing Thomas Wells of Chester, 
gentleman, and Theophilus Eaton of Sandown, yeoman, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 20, 1756; amount, £6146. i. 6; 
signed by Thomas Wells and Theophilus Eaton.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2027. 2. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1178. 19. 8; mentions a post- 
humous child, also "mainting three of the dec*^ Children that 
were under the age of Seven years viz one 2 years & 6 months 
one 6 years & 3 months one 5 months Posthumus"; allowed 
June 29, 1763.] 

[Warrant, June 3, 1767, authorizing Samuel Emerson, Thomas 
Wells, Samuel Roby, gentlemen, all of Chester, Benjamin 
Tucker and Nathaniel Batchelder, both of Sandown, gentlemen, 
to divide the real estate among the widow and seven children.] 

Province of ^ Sandown Sept 7*"^ 1767 A Division of the 
Newhampshire / Reall Estate of Israel Huse of Said Sandown 
in s** Province yeoman Deceased amongst his heirs : made by us 
the Subscribers By order of the Hon^^ John Wentworth Esq' 
Judge of the Probate of Wills: &c: for Said Province — 

first we have Set of To mary Huse widow of said Deceased for 
her thirds nineteen acres of Land Laying on the Southerly Side 
of Said Estate Bounded first at the south east comer at a stake 
and stone by the High way Leading By Jonathan Colbys then 
Easterly by said way Seventy Eight Rods to a stake and stones ; 
then northerly by Timothy Stevens Land twenty five Rods to a 
stake and stones, then west by north Seventy Eight Rods to a 



534 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

stake and stones; then southerly by the High way twenty five 
Rods to the first bounds with about five acres and three Quarters 
Laying on the south easterly corner of said Land Bounded first 
at the south East corner a white oake tree marked then by the 
High way west by north Thirty Seven Rods to a stake and stones 
then northerly by Timothy Stevens Land twenty five Rods to a 
stake and stones then East by South thirty Seven Rods to a stake 
and stones then southerly by the High way twenty five Rods 
to the first bounds — with the northerly or Back part of the 
House from the Bed Room to the East End of said House from 
top to Bottom : with one third part of the Barn : saving a Privi- 
ledge to the other Heirs to Improve their part of the Buildings 
as their may be occasion — 

2^y We have set of to Jonathan Huse the Eldest son a Duble 
share containing about twelve acres Bounding Southerly on 
what Land we have set of for the widows thirds: Bounded first 
at the South west corner at a stake and stones being the nor- 
west bound of what Land we have set of for the widows thirds 
then Easterly Bounding partly on said thirds and partely on 
Timothy Stevens Land one Hundred and forty five Rods to a 
stake and stones: then northerly by the High way Sixteen Rods 
to a stake and stones then west by north one Hundred and forty 
five Rods to a stake and stones then southerly by the High way 
thirteen Rods and a Half to the first bounds with the one Half 
of the westerly End of the House from Top to Bottom and one 
Half of the Bed Room at the norwest corner of said House and 
one Quarter of two thirds of the Barn 

3'y We have set of to Joseph Huse a single share containing 
about seven acres bounded first at the south west corner a stake 
and stones then east by South Bounding on what Land we Have 
set of to Jonathan Huse to a stake and stones then Northerly by 
the High way Eleven Rods to a stake and stones then west by 
north one Hundred and forty five Rods to a stake and stones 
then by the High way Eight Rods to the first bounds with one 
Quarter part of the East End of the House being the fore Room 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 535 

of s^ House from top to Bottom and one Eighth part of two 
thirds of the Bame 

4'y We set of to Abigail Ingalls one Single share Containing 
about seven acres and a Half Bounded first at the south west 
corner a stake and stones being the norwest bound of what Land 
we have set of to Joseph Huse then Northerly by the High way 
nine Rods to a stake and stones: then Easterly by the High way 
thirty four Rods to a stake and stones then South four Rods to a 
stake and stones then East by South about ninety Six Rods to a 
stake and stones then southerly by the High way thirteen Rods 
to a stake and stones being the noreast bounds of what Land 
we Set of to Joseph Huse then streight to the first bounds with 
one Quarter part of the fore Room in the East End of the House 
from top to the Bottom and one Eight part of two thirds of the 
Barn 

5iy We set of to Hannah Hook one single share containing 
seven Acres and a Half Bounded first at the South East corner 
a stake and stones being the North East bound of what Land we 
Have set of to Abigail Ingalls then northerly by the High way 
thirteen Rods to a stake and stones then west by north ninety 
Six Rods to a stake and stones then by the High way southerly 
partely and partely on what Land we Have set of to abigail 
Ingalls thirteen Rods to a stake and stones: then streight to the 
first bounds mentioned with one Quarter part of the westerly End 
of the House and the Bed Room at the norwest corner of said 
house from top to Bottom and one Eight part of two thirds of 
the Barn — 

6'y We set of to Sarah Huse a single share containing about 
seven acres and a Half bounded first at the south east corner a 
stake and stones then west by north by what Land we have set 
of to Hannah Hook Ninety Six Rods to a stake and stones then 
northerly by the High way twelve Rods to a stake and stones 
then East by South ninety six Rods to a stake and stones: then 
by the High way twelve Rods to a stake and stones : then by the 
High way twelve Rods to the first bounds: with one Quarter 



536 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

part of the fore Room in the East End of the House from top to 
Bottom, and one Eight part of two thirds of the Barn — 

7'y We Set of to Mary Huse a single share containing about 
Seven acres and a Half bounded first at the south east corner a 
stake and stones being the north East bound of what Land we 
have set of to Sarah Huse then north by the High way twelve 
Rods to a stake and stones then west by north ninety Six Rods 
to a stake and stones then southerly by the High way twelve 
Rods to a stake and stones then streight to the first bounds: 
with one Quarter part of the fore Room in the East End of the 
house from top to bottom and one full Eight part of two thirds 
of the Barne — 

8'y We set of to Israel Huse a single share containing about 
seven acres bounded first at the south east corner a stake and 
stones being the north east bounds of what Land we have set of 
to mary Huse then north by the High way Eleven Rod and a 
Half to a stake and stones then westerly bounding on David 
Peasley is Land ninety six Rods to a stake and stones by the 
High way then southerly by the Highway thirteen Rods to a 
stake and stones : then by mary Huses Land streight to the first 
Bounds with one Quarter part of the fore Room in the west End 
of the house and the Bed Room at the Norwest corner of s** 
house from top to Bottom and one full Eight part of two thirds 
of the Barn — 

Sam" Emerson 
Thomas Wells 
Nath" Batchelder 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate by Reuben 
Clough and his wife Mary Clough, administratrix; receipts, 
£42. 8. 2; expenditures, £10. 17. 6; allowed May 25, 1768.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 537 

MOSES WILLARD 1756 CHARLESTOWN 

[Bond of Susanna Willard of Charlestown, widow, with Isaac 
Parker of Charlestown, gentleman, and Josiah Willard of Win- 
chester as sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 2, 1756, for the 
administration of the estate of Moses Willard of Charlestown, 
gentleman; witnesses, Benjamin Bellows, William Heywood, 
Timothy Brown, James Scott.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 2, 1756, authorizing Isaac Parker, gentleman, 
John Hastings, Jr., and William Heywood, yeoman, all of 
Charlestown, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 31, 1756; amount, £1566. 4. 3; signed by 
Isaac Parker, John Hastings, Jr., William Heywood, and Su- 
sanna Willard.] 

[Guardianship of Aaron Willard, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to James Willard of Number Four Jan. 25, 1760.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 384.] 

[Bond of Moses Willard, with John Hastings, Jr., and Lemuel 
Hastings as sureties, all of Charlestown, in the sum of £1000, 
Feb. I, 1760, for the guardianship of Abigail Willard, minor, 
aged more than 14 years, daughter of Moses Willard; witnesses, 
Susanna Johnson, Lydia Howe.] 

[Bond of James Willard, with William Heywood and Benja- 
min Sawyer as sureties, all of Charlestown, in the sum of £1000, 
Feb. I, 1760, for the guardianship of Aaron Willard; witnesses, 
James Carr, Eleazer Burt.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 7, 1760, authorizing John Hastings, William 
Heywood, Ebenezer Putnam, James Porter, yeoman, and Samuel 
Hunt, gentlemen, all of Charlestown, to divide the real estate.) 

Province of 1 To the Hon^'« Richard Wilbort Esq"" Judge 
New Hampshire J of the Probate of Wills for s"* Province. Pur- 
suant to your warrant given the 7*'' of February Anno Domini 



538 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

1760 for y^ Dividing y« Estate of Moses Willard Gent. Late 
of Charlestown Deceased, Amongst his ten youngest Children 
Equally we have agreable to y^ warrant Made y« Division & 
set of Each one their part as here after Discribed. 

Moses Willards Share viz. To a part of a thirty Acre Lott N» 
3 in y* first Division of Upland bounded as follows, viz, it begins 
at a white pine on y ^ Edge of y^ Create Meadow & Runs Northerly 
on y^ Edge of s** meadow 36 Rod to a stake & then making an 
angle Runs East 35° S. 62. Rod to y« Easterly Line of s'^ Lott 
then Runing Southerly & Westerly to where it began as Recorded 
on y^ Proprietors Book — Also one half of y® House & barn on s** 
thirty acre Lott with Liberty of Improving them where they 
Stand. Also a five acre Lott N° 20 in y^ Second Division of 
Interval Lying in y^ Creat Meadow and three Rod two feet & 
Nine Inches wide on y® South Side of Lott N° 21 in s** Second 
Division of Interval ^ — And also on Sixth part of one Right of 
Undivided Land. — 

Aaron Willards Share viz. To two Llouse Lotts N° 37. & 57. — 
Also 2 Rod 12 feet & ^2 wide on y^ North Side of a three acre 
Lott N° 24 in y^ first Division of Interval & one rod 14 feet & y^ 
wide on y^ South Side of Lott N° 25 in s'^ first Division, & also 
half a thirty acre Lott N° 44 in y^ first Division of Upland, viz. 
y^ South part of s'^ Lott y^ Divisional Line through s*^ Lott; 
beglning, 16, Rod & 12 feet from y* N. W. Corner of s^ Lott by 
Great Meadow & Runs E. 35° S. to y^ Easterly line of s<^ 30 acre 
Lott — & also one Third part of one Right In y Undivided 
Land — 

John Willards Share Viz The whole of y® fifth or Last Division 
of Interval belonging to s'^ Estate. Also one whole Right & one 
fifteenth of a Right in y^ Undivided Land. Also to one half of 
a fifty Acre Lott N° 20. & half a Thirty acre Lott N° 18. These 
two Lotts ly In partnership with M"^ Seth Walker. 

Jemima Wife to Sllvanus Hastings her Share Viz. To one 
whole Right in Rockingham. — To one Third part of a Right in 
y« Undivided Land. — Also Eight Rod & one foot wide in Lott 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 539 

N° 14 in y^ Second Division of Interval bcgining at y^ S. W. 
Corner of s*^ Lott & Extending that wedth on y* South Side 
Through s<* Lott. — 

Susannah widow of y° Late Cap* James Johnson Deceas'd her 
Share — Viz, To two House Lotts N° 22 & 23 

Huldah wife to Joseph Willard her Share Viz. To one three 
Acre Lott N° 55 in y Third Division of Interval. — To one three 
Acre Lott N° 23 in y« first Division of Interval. — & also Eleven 
feet wide on y« South Side of Lott N° 24. in s'* first Division & 
to Extend that wedth Through the Length of s^ Lott. Also one 
third part of a Right in y^ Undivided Land. 

Miriam Willards Share Viz. To two House Lotts N° 38, & 58. 
To half a thirty Acre Lott N° 44 in y" first Division of Upland, 
viz. y« North part of s^ Lott bounded Southerly on Aaron Wil- 
lard. Also one three Acre Lott N° 26. in y^ first Division of 
Interval, & one Rod & Seven feet wide on y° North Side of Lott 
N° 25 and y^ above s*^ first Division & to Extend that wedth 
through y^ Length of S'^ Lott. Also one Third part of a Right 
in y^ Undivided Land. — 

Abigail Willards Share Viz. To a five Acre Lott N° 18 in y« 2<* 
Division of Interval & all y^ Lott N° 17 in s^ 2^ Division Except a 
Strip Six feet wide on y« South Side which Lies to Molleys part 
also a fifty Acre Lott Lying at a place Called Crash Meadow & 
ten acres off y* North End of a Sixty Acre Lott N° 32 begining 
at y^ North East Corner of s'^ Lott & Runing on y® East Thirty 
Eight Rod & Making an Angle Runs W'est 15° North to y" 
Westerly line of s^ Lott N. B. there is an Allowance for a high way 
two Rod wide Through s'^ Lott. Also one half of a Right & two 
fifteenths of a Right in y« LTndivided Land 

Susannah Wife to Isaac Parker Gen* Mother of Betty Willard 
Deceas'd her Share Viz. To y^ North part of a thirty acre Lott 
N° 3 in y^ first Division of Upland Bounded Southerly on Moses 
Willard as Discrib'd in his part & half y« house & Barn on s"^ 30 
acre Lott with Liberty to Improve them where they Stand. To 
a five Acre Lott N° 22 in y^ 2<^ Division of Interval & three Rod 



540 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

four feet & three Inches wide on y^ North Side of Lott N° 21 
in y^ Afores*^ 2^ Division & to Extend that weidth through y® 
Length of S** Lott & one Sixth part in y^ Undivided Land. 

Molley Willard's Share Viz. to three Rod four feet & a half 
wide on y^ North Side of Lott N° 14 in y^ 2^ Division of Interval 
& to Extend that weidth through s"^ Lott & Lotts N°i5&i6in 
s<J 2^ Division & Six feet wide on y^ South Side of Lott N° 17 in 
y« af ores'* 2^ Division & fifty Acres off of y*' South End of a 
Sixty Lott N° 32 Bounded Northerly on Abigail Willard as 
Discrib'd in her part, Also one half of a Right & two fifteenths 
of a Right in y^ Undivided Land 

James Nutting Willard y^ Eldest son to y* Deceas'd Repre- 
sented in y« warrant to have Rec* his full Share, he being Disat- 
isfyed with it and wholly Refused to give an Acquittance to y* 
Estate y^ heirs Agreed to give him a fifty Acre Lott N° 42 Lying 
in a place Call'd y^ pond Meadow Valued at £4. o. o Sterling 

The three Eldest Daughters to y^ Deceas'd, viz. Jemima Sus- 
annah & Huldah having Rec* £10 Sterling Each at y* time of 
there Marriage we have Deduced y^ above Sum out of Each of 
their parts so as to make the Other Heirs Equal to them in y* 
Division of y^ Estate. 

P. S. y* word. Right, used in y^ Several parts or Shares is one 
64*'' part of y^ Undivided land 

Charlestown June the iS*** 1760 John Hastings Jun' 

Ebenezer Putnam 
W™ Heywood 



ROBERT LIGHT 1756 EXETER 

In the name of God amen This Sixth Day of December anno 
Domini 1756 I Robert Light of Exeter in the provinc of New 
Hampshire Esq' being but weake of body * * * 

I I Give and bequeath unto my Well Beloved Wife Elisa- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 541 

beth and to her Disposel for Ever The one full Third Part of all 
my Personal Estate both within Dores and Without, and Like 
wise I Give unto my s*^ wife and to her Disposel The one fifth 
Part of the two thirds parts of all That Remainder of all my Per- 
sonal Estate for the Bringing up of my Children untill They 
Shall Come to the age of fourteen years old and allso my Will is 
That my Said Wife Shall Have The use and Improvement of 
all my Real Estate not other Wise Disposed of in this my Last 
will as Long as She Shall Remain my Widow or untill my said 
Children Come to The age of Fourteen years or Either or 
Every of Them as They Shall arive to the age of fourteen and I 
Do hereby Impower my Said Executors if Kneed Requier The 
Same to Sell So much of my out Lands as to Pay my Debts «&c 
if wanting, before my movable Estate be Disposed of (Viz) 
Thirty five acres of Land more or Less which I Purchesed of 
Caleb Gilman of Exeter afore Said and Lay at a Place (Caled 
the oake Land) and allso The one Quarter of an acre of Land 
which I Bought of Susannah Webster of Exeter afore Said as 
administrix to The Estate of Thomas Webster Late of Exeter 
Deceesed and allso The one quarter Part of an acre of Land 
Lying at The new field (So Caled) in new market which I Bought 
of Christen Miller Admins^ to the Estate of Joseph Miller Late of 
Newmarket Decesd These Several Peases of Land together 
with There appurtance my will is That my Executors at There 
Disscression Dispose of If need be for The Payment of my Jest 
Debts & Charges That may arise, before my Personal Estate 
be Exposed to Sale 

It" I Give unto my Son Robert my Silver Hilted Sword 
If" I Give unto my Son John my Gould Sleave buttens 
It" I Give unto my Son Ebenezer my Silver Shue buckels 
It" my Will is That ail The Remainder of my Estate both 
Real and Persona Not all Ready Disposed of in this my Last will 
and Testement, as The Laws of the Province afores'^ Devides 
Intestate Estates viz That my Daughter Dorithy & her heirs 
&c have The one Seventh Part and to Come into Pursition 



542 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

at the age of Eighteen years or marage which Shall first 
happen 

It™ & that my Daughter Elisabeth to have The one Seventh 
Part as before mentioned to Come into Porsition at the age of 
Eighteen years or at marage which Shall first happin 

It" and That my Son Robert Light Shall Have Two Seventh 
Parts of The above mentioned Estate he to Come into Porsition 
at the age of Twenty one years 

It"" and to my Daughter Hannah to have The one Seventh 
Part as above mentioned and to Come in to Porsition at the 
age of Eighteen years or marrage which Shall first happin 

It"" and to my Son John Light & to his heirs & asings The 
one Seventh Part as above mentioned he to Come into Porsition 
at the age of Twenty one years 

It"" and my Son Ebenezer Light to have the one Seventh 
Part as above mentioned he to Come into Porsition at the age of 
Twenty one years 

and further my Will is That if any of my Said Children Should 
Die before Thay arive to the age above mentioned That his 
her or There Parts be Equally Devided among the Surviving 
Children 

Lastly I Do hereby Constitute and ordain my beloved Wife 
Elisabeth and my beloved Brother John Light of Exeter afore 
Said Gentelman to be my Executors * * * 

Rob* Light 

[Witnesses] William Harris, James thustin, Theo: Smith. 
[Proved Dec. 29, 1756.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1756, authorizing Theophilus Smith and 
Benjamin Thing, yeoman, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. i, 1757; amount, £9321. 10. o; signed by 
Benjamin Thing and Theophilus Smith.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £12,733. 9. 3; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 543 

expenditures, £12,886. 10. 4; mentions "Paid my Daughter 
Creighton in fitting of her marriage"; filed Oct. 25, 1769.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1770, authorizing Theophilus Smith, 
John Rice, Noah Emery, Nicholas Gilman, and Samuel Brooks, 
all of Exeter, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant From the Hon'''" 
New Hampshire ; John Wentworth Esq'^ Judge of the Probate 
of Wills &c for Said Province Appointing us a Committee to 
Divide the Real Estate of Robert Light Late of Exeter Esq' 
Deceas'd Testate According to his Will, That is to Elizabeth 
Light Widow relict of Said Testator one third Part, and the Re- 
maining Two thirds into Seven shares or parts & Sett off two of 
them to Robert the Eldest Son, and one fifth of one Seventh part 
which belonged to Ebenezer a Son of Said Testator (Deceased), 
and to Each of the other Children of Said Testator one Seventh 
part & one fifth of one Seventh and Set forth Each part by 
metes & bounds to Hold to them respectively in Severalty, 
making the Shares as Equal as may be in the Proportion afore- 
said — 

We have Divided and Sett ofT to Each of them their Several 
and respective shares & Proportions of the Said Estate as 
Follows viz* 

First To the Said Elizabeth Light the widow of Said Testator, 
We have Sett off to Hold to her in Severalty, in Dower, During 
her Natural Life, The South Easterly end of the mansion house 
of the Said Testator & of the Garden thereto Adjoyning, Begin- 
ing at the Highway at four feet Distance Southerly from the 
Southerly Comer of the Said Mansion house, and from thence 
to run North Thirty five Degrees West till it Comes Square with 
the fore door of Said house and from thence to run through the 
middle of the Said fore door & Chimney to the middle of the back 
door next the Garden & on the Same Course Six feet from 
the Said Back door, and then to run North westerly at Six feet 
Distance from the back Side of the Said house. Eight feet, 



544 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Thence to run North thirty five Degrees East about Forty two 
feet to William Sibley's Garden fence thence Southerly & South 
Westerly by Said Sibley's land to the Easterly Corner of Said 
house and So to the bounds begun at, with all the Cellar under 
that part of Said house, & the lower room adjoyning to Said 
Cellar with the Chamber and Garret over the Same, with the 
Priviledge of Passing & repassing at all times into & through the 
fore Entry & up & Down the fore Stairs, and into and through 
the back Chamber & back Entry into the Garret & into her 
Garden Also the Priviledge of Baking in the Kitchen oven, and of 
Drawing Water At & out of the Well near the New part of Said 
house. We also Sett off to her as aforesaid the Woodhouse (being 
about Twenty four feet & half in Length & twenty two feet in 
Width at the Northerly End of the Smith's Shop near the Great 
Bridge — We also Sett off to her as aforesaid one Acre of Land 
at the Neck So Called in Exeter aforesaid, bounded as Follows 
viz begining at a Stake in the fence adjoyning to Josiah Ladd's 
land, at Seven rods Distance W^est Eleven Degrees South from 
the Rev* M' Woodbridge Odlin's land and from Said Stake to 
run that Course Five rods and an half, and then to Extend North 
Twenty Degrees West Carrying the Breadth of five rods & an 
half in Every part to the New highway so Called, laid out for the 
benefit of the owners of the Said Neck — We also allow her the 
Priviledge of an Alley Six feet wide to pass & repass into her 
Garden from the New way that runs up by Samuel Halls house to 
his barn, which Six feet wide is to be at the North Easterly Side 
of the House lott, next adjoyning to said Halls and the aforesaid 
Sibley's land, and is to be an alley for the benefit of the Said 
Elizabeth and the other owners of the Said house to Come at 
their respective parts of Said house & land adjoyning — We also 
allow an Alley of four feet wide from the aforesaid Alley on the 
Northwesterly Side of the Said widow's Garden untill it Comes to 
Six feet Distance from the back side of Said house, and from 
thence Carrying the width of Six feet between Said house and 
the Garden hereafter Set off to Hannah till it Comes about 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 545 

Twelve feet beyond the house North Westerly to the Lott or 
Share Sett of hereby to John the Younger Son 

2^y And to the Said Robert Light the Eldest Son of the Said 
Testator, We have Sett off for his Two Shares and one fifth part 
of one Seventh part of Said Estate To Hold to him in Severalty 
forever, The South Easterly End of the Blacksmith's Shop & 
land & wharf whereon it Stands next the Great Bridge being 
Twenty two feet wide and Sixteen feet Long with all the Privi- 
ledge lying between that & the highway, And also All the New 
End of the mansion house being the Northwesterly End of Said 
house with all the Cellar under the Same & from that to the Top 
of Said house with all the land between the Said house & the 
Lott hereafter herein Set off to John the Younger Son, and so to 
the Road between the Said mansion house & the Said Shop, with 
all the Priviledges and The Appurtenances thereof, And also the 
Priviledge of Passing and Repassing into & through the Kitchen 
in the middle part of Said house into & from his Said New part of 
Said house, also the Priviledge of Baking in the oven of Said 
Kitchen 

3*^'^ And to John Light the Younger Son of the Said Testator 
We have Set off for his Seventh part & one fifth of one Seventh 
part of Said Estate, That part of the house lott bounded as 
Follows viz begining at the North Westerly Corner of the Said 
Lott Near Samuel Halls house at the lane & from thence to run 
South by the road Two rods & Two feet till it Comes to that part 
herein before Sett off to Robert, thence North Seventy Degrees 
East about five rods & two feet till it Comes to the aforesaid 
Alley of Six feet wide, & then Northerly by Said Alley to the 
aforesaid lane or new way, thence by the Said Lane or new way 
to the Corner begun at, so as to be Two rods wide on a Square; 
Also the Kitchen in the middle part of Said mansion house, and 
the one half of the Cellar under the middle part of Said house 
Adjoyning to the Said Kitchen and the Garret over the middle 
part of the house, with the Priviledge of Passing & repassing to 
& from the Said Garret up the back Stairs & through the back 



546 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Chamber herein afterwards Sett off to Hannah, To Hold to him 
the Said John Light in Severalty Forever, and also the Priviledge 
of Drawing Water at the Well in Said Robert's Part. — 

4^^ And to Dorothy Creighton the Eldest Daughter of the 
Said Testator We have Set off for her Seventh part & one fifth of 
one Seventh part of Said Estate To Hold to her in Severalty 
Forever, one acre of Land at the Neck So Called bounded as 
Follows viz begining at the South Westerly Corner of that Acre 
of Land before Set off to the widow in Dower, and from thence to 
run West Eleven Degrees South Seven rods, & then to Extend 
North Twenty Degrees West Carrying the full width of Seven 
rods, to the New highway aforesaid; also the Middle part of the 
Smiths Shop being Twenty Five feet in Length & Twenty two 
feet in Width between that part of Said Shop herein before Set 
off to Robert, and the woodhouse Set off to the widow, And also 
the Back Chamber in the South Easterly End of Said house, 
with the Priviledge of Passing & repassing to & from the Same 
through the Lane & Alleys aforesaid, with the Priviledge of 
Drawing Water at the Well in Robert's part — 

S^y And to Elizabeth Jenkins another Daughter of the Said 
Testator We have Set off For her Seventh part & one fifth of one 
Seventh Part of Said Estate, About one acre & an half of Land at 
the Neck So Called lying in a Triangular Form and bounded 
Southerly by Land belonging to the heirs of Nathaniel Oilman 
Esq"" Deceased North Easterly by that one acre herein before Set 
off to Dorothy Creighton, and Westerly by the New highway 
aforesaid — and also the whole of the Barn & the lott whereon it 
stands, Excepting one rod wide at the Westerly End across the 
Said Barn lott, which we herein hereafter Set off to Hannah the 
Youngest Daughter of Said Testator, To hold to her the Said 
Elizabeth Jenkins in Severalty Forever. — 

5thiy ja^Yid to Hannah Light the Youngest Daughter of Said 
Testator We have Set off for her one Seventh part & one fifth of 
one Seventh part of Said Estate, To Hold to her in Severalty 
forever, The fore Chamber in the middle part of Said mansion 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 547 

house over the Kitchen with the back Chamber thereto adjoyn- 
ing with all the land remaining in the houselott, lying between 
the lott herein before Set off to John the Younger Son and the 
aforesaid Alleys — Also about Four rods & a quarter of Land in 
the Westerly End of the aforesaid Barn lott, to be one rod Wide 
across that End of said Lott, also, one half of the Cellar under her 
Said Back Chamber, with the Priviledge of Passing & repassing 
into & from the Same at all times through the Kitchen, and also 
of Baking in the Kitchen oven & of Drawing Water at the Well ; 
And also the Priviledge of Passing & repassing through the fore 
door & up & Down the fore Stairs into & from her Said Chambers 
and also to pass & repass through the back Entry and through 
all the aforesaid Lanes & Alleys into & from her Said Part of the 
mansion house and houselott — 

All which Premisses So Divided & Set off as aforesaid are 
Scituate lying & being in the Town of Exeter aforesaid 

Done at Exeter aforesaid the Eighth day of May Anno 
Domini 1770. — 

Theophilus Smith 1 

Noah Emery I' Committee 

Sam' Brooks J 



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JACOB LAYERS 1756 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Jacob Lavers of Portsmouth, 
yeoman, granted to his son, Jacob Lavers of Portsmouth, Dec. 
9, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 64.] 

[Bond of Jacob Lavers, joiner, with Thomas Parker and 
Joseph Alcock, shopkeepers, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £500, Dec. 9, 1756, for the administration of the estate of 
Jacob Lavers, cordwainer; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 31, 1757, authorizing Samuel Weeks and 
Matthias Haines, both of Greenland, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 26, 1757; amount, £9. o. o, and real estate in 
Greenland and Barrington; not signed.] 



THOMAS GAGE 1756 PELHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Gage of Pelham, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Phoebe Gage, Dec. 21, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 262.] 

[Bond of Phoebe Gage, widow, with Joseph Butler and Ben- 
jamin Barker as sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 22, 1756, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, Ezekiel Chase, 
Amos Gage.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 22, 1756, authorizing William Richardson, gen- 
tleman, and Amos Gage, yeoman, both of Pelham, to appraise 
the estate; mentions Phoebe Gage as widow of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested April 18, 1757; amount, £6769. 10. o; 
signed by William Richardson, Amos Gage, and Phoebe Gage.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 551 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, personal 
estate, £2163. o. o, including £70. o, o "for y« s^ Deceast Wages 
in y War," and £40. o. o "for y s^ Deceasts Gun Lost in y" 
Warr"; expenditures, £2554. 12. 2; mentions "maintainance of 
one of y^ S^ Deceasts Children Namly Sarah one year & 4 
months she Being But 5 year & 8 month old at her Fathers De- 
ceas. . . . maintaining of y« Said Deceasts Daughter Elisabeth 
Two years & 3 months, she being about one year old at 
her s^ Fathers Decease"; allowed Dec. 19, 1764; approved by 
James Gage, John Gage, and Joanna Gage, heirs at law, 
Dec. 8, 1764.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 19, 1764, authorizing Josiah Hamblett, Ben- 
jamin Barker, Joseph Butler, Barnabas Gibson, yeomen, and 
William Richardson, gentleman, all of Pelham, to divide the real 
estate among the widow and six children.] 

[Warrant, April 16, 1765, authorizing the same men to ap- 
praise the real estate, that it may be settled on the oldest son; 
returned April 18, 1765, at £7200. o. o; ordered, April 25, 
1765, to the oldest son, James Gage, he to pay the others their 
shares.] 

[Bond of James Gage, with Daniel Gage and William Wyman 
as sureties, all of Pelham, in the sum of £5000, April 25, 1765, to 
pay each of the other children £685. o. o; witnesses, Sarah 
Parker, William Vaughan.] 

[Guardianship of Sarah Gage and Jonathan Gage, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, children of Thomas Gage, granted to 
Daniel Gage April 25, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 458.] 

[Bonds of Daniel Gage, with James Gage and William Wyman 
as sureties, in the sum of £5000 each, April 25, 1765, for the 
guardianship of Jonathan Gage and Sarah Gage; witnesses, 
Sarah Parker, William Vaughan.] 



552 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JUDITH ODLIN 1756 EXETER 

The Last Will and Testament of Judith Odlin of Exeter In the 
Province of New : Hampshire Widow, made the Twenty third of 
December Anno Domini 1756. Being Sick and weak of Body 

Imprimis, I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Sons John, 
WInthrop, William & Ellsha Odllns, and to my Daughter Eliza- 
beth Brooks all my Right In Land at Newmarket Belonging to 
me out of the Estate of my Hon*^ Father late of Exeter deceased, 
to them their Heirs & assigns to be Equally divided amongst 
them. 

Item I Give to my Son John Odlin all my Stock of Sheep 

Item I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth Brooks my Russet 
Gown. 

Item. I Give to my Daughter Anna Odlin all my Houshold 
Furniture, and all my wearing Apparrel (Excepting the Gown I 
have given to my Daughter Elizabeth Brooks) I also Give to my 
Daughter Anna Odlin, all my Silver Spoons Money Notes and 
Debts due to me, or that Shall remain after my Just Debts & 
Funeral Expences are payed — 

Item. I Give unto my Sons John, WInthrop, William & 
Ellsha Odllns, And to my Daughter Anna Odlin, The Library 
y* belonged to my Husband the Rev"^ Ellsha Odlin late of Ames- 
bury deceased to be Equally divided amongst them. 

Finally, I do Appoint My Son in Law M' Samuel Brooks and 
my Son John Odlin Jun"^ Executors to y« my last Will & Testa- 
ment — As Witness my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above 

Written. 

Judith odlin 

[Witnesses] John Odlin, Samuel Thing, Woodbridge Odlin. 
[Proved March 31, 1757.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1757, authorizing Benjamin Thing, yeo- 
man, and John Rice, trader, both of Exeter, to appraise the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 553 

[Inventory, April 9, 1757; amount, £385. o. 7>^; signed by 
Benjamin Thing and John Rice.] 



BENJAMIN SMITH 1756 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Smith of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mehitabel Smith, Dec. 28, 1756.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 69.] 

[Bond of Mehitabel Smith of Exeter, widow, with John Pur- 
mort of Exeter and Nathaniel Smith of Hampton as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, Dec. 28, 1756, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Femald.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 15, 1757; amount, £9181. 12. 6; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Ephraim Robinson.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £1877. 6. 11; 
signed by John Purmort as attorney for the administratrix.] 

[Warrant, May 9, 1760, authorizing Ephraim Robinson, John 
Gilman, Jr., Theophilus Gilman, Jonathan Norris, and Henry 
Steele, all of Exeter, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hon**^* 
New Hampshire / Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of 
Wills &c for Said Province To us Directed Appointing us a Com- 
mittee to Divide the Real Estate of Benjamin Smith late of 
Exeter in the Province aforesaid Yeoman Deceas'd Intestate 
among the Widow & Children of Said Intestate Viz to Mehetabel 
the widow One third part, and the share of a Child Deceas'd in 
Infancy, and the Remaining part among the Children allowing 
the Eldest Son a Double share and to make Such Division as 
Equal as Possible in the Proportion aforesaid with regard to the 
Quality as well as Quantity of the Estate, and to set forth Each 
share by metes & bounds with the name of the Person to whom 



554 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

we should Allot the Same, To Hold to them Respectively In 
Severalty — which Warrant bears Date at Portsmouth the g^^ 
day of May 1760. — 

We have Accordingly Divided and Allotted the said Real 
Estate Among the Said Widow & Children in manner & Form 
Following Viz We Have allotted and Set off to Mehetabel the 
aforesaid W^idow For her Dower in the Said Real Estate The 
Mansion house and Barn and Twenty four acres & seventy five 
rods of Land being Part of the Homestead whereon the Said 
Deceas'd lately Lived in Exeter afores"* bounded as Follows viz 
begining at the North Easterly Corner of the Said Homestead 
at the Highway Leading to Kingston and to run from thence 
Southerly by the Said Highway about Thirty Seven rods to 
Land lately John Foulsam's Deceas'd, and then Westerly & 
North westerly by that Land untill it Comes to the New High- 
way so Called that leads from Joseph Thing's Dwelling house to 
Cap* John Oilman's mill and then by the Said New Highway Five 
rods, and then to run Sixty three rods North about Sixty five 
Degrees East to the South Westerly Corner of the Said Cap* 
John Oilman's Pasture, and from thence Easterly bounding by 
Said Pasture to the Highway aforesaid where we began — 

And also Seventeen acres of Land lying in the Pasture on the 
Westerly Side of the aforesaid New Highway & bounded as Fol- 
lows Viz. Begining at a Stake Standing North About Seventy 
Degrees West Fifty five rods from a Rock at the South Easterly 
Corner of that Ten acres of Land which the Said Mehetabel 
Smith as administratrix of Said Estate Sold to Jonathan Norris 
at Publick Vendue by Licence from the Judge of Probate &c, 
And from Said Stake to run South Twenty two Degrees west 
Sixty three rods to Phenuel Chapman's land, & then to begin 
again at Said Stake and to run North About Seventy Degrees 
West Sixty rods, Thence South twenty two Degrees West 
Twenty nine rods to the Said Chapmans land, and then runing 
Southeasterly Southerly and again South Easterly by Said 
Chapman's land to the South westerly End of the Sixty three 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 555 

rods line aforesaid with the Priviledge of a Drift way to the Same 
from the Said New highway partly through Benjamin's & partly 
through Nicholas's lotts hereafter to be Described all which we 
allott & Set off to the Said Mehetabel for her right of Dower and 
Thirds in the Said Real Estate To Hold to her in Severalty 
During the Term of her Natural Life. — 

2"^ And to the Said Mehetabel as next of Kind to Mehetabel 
a Daughter of the Said Deceas'd (who Dyed an Infant Since her 
Father's Decease) We have sett off & allotted all the remaining 
part of the Said Homestead lying in a Triangular Form on the 
Easterly Side of the aforesaid New High way (Between the Said 
Highway & the aforesaid Capt John Oilman's Pasture and the 
aforesaid Twenty four acres & Seventy five rods, sett of as afore- 
said to the Said Widow for her thirds) — Containing about Ten 
Acres more or Less, To Hold to the Said Mehetabel in Severalty 
Forever as Next of Kind to the Said Mehetabel Deceas'd — 

3^ And to Joseph Smith the Eldest Son of Said Deceas'd We 
have Sett off and Allotted for his Double share of the Said Real 
Estate, a Tract of Land in Brintwood in said Province whereon 
he now lives Containing about Twenty five acres more or Less — 
And Also Nine acres & a half of Land lying in Exeter aforesaid 
on the Westerly Side of Said New High way (adjoyning to that 
thirty acres of Land which the Said Widow in her Said Capacity 
of Administratrix Sold at Publick Vendue as aforesaid to Samuel 
Goodhue) and is to begin at the South Easterly Corner of the 
Said land sold to said Goodhue, at the said New Highway, and to 
run South Westerly by the Said highway nine rods and then to 
Extend North Seventy one & a half Degrees West Carrying the 
breadth of nine rods as aforesaid to the North W^esterly End of 
the aforesaid Pasture at Joseph Thing's Land Which Premisses 
We have Allotted & set off to the Said Joseph Smith for his 
Double share of the Said Real Estate, To Hold to him in Sev- 
eralty Forever — 

4. And to Benjamin Smith another Son of said Deceas'd We 
have Allotted & sett off for his share in the Said Real Estate 



556 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Eight Acres of Land (part of the aforesaid Pasture) bounded as 
Follows viz begining at a Rock at the South Easterly Corner of 
the aforesaid Ten acres of Land which the said Mehetabel Sold 
to the aforesaid Jonathan Norris and from thence to run North 
about Seventy Degrees West Fifty live rods to that part of the 
Said Pasture before Sett off to the Widow's thirds, and then by 
the Said thirds South twenty two Degrees West Twenty Six 
rods, Thence South about Seventy Degrees East to the New 
Highway aforesaid & then North Easterly by the Said new High 
way to the rock begun at — And Also three acres of Said Pas- 
ture bounded as Follows viz begining at the Northerly Corner of 
that part of Said Pasture Set off as aforesaid to the widow's 
Thirds, and from thence to run North about Seventy Degrees 
West Fifty rods to the head of Said Pasture and then to Extend 
South Westerly So farr as to be Ten rods wide at Each End and 
to Contain three acres — To Hold to him the Said Benj^ in 
Severalty Forever — 

5 And to Sarah Hoit a Daughter of the said Deceas'd we 
have Sett off and Allotted for her share in the Said Real Estate 
Ten acres of Land part of Said Pasture bounded as Follows viz* 
begining at the Said New Highway at the South Easterly Corner 
of the aforesaid Joseph Smith's part of Said Pasture and from 
thence to run North Seventy one Degrees & a half west one hun- 
dred & Thirteen rods, and then to Extend Southerly till it Comes 
to a Strip of Land which the aforesaid widow Sold to Jonathan 
Norris — And also one acre of Said Pasture bounded as Follows 
viz begining at the South Easterly Corner of that three acres 
Sett ofT as aforesaid to Benjamin Smith and from thence to run 
South Twenty two Degrees West three rods & an half and thence 
to Extend North Westerly Carrying that breadth to the head of 
the Said Pasture^ To Hold to her in Severalty Forever. 

6. And to Nicholas Smith another Son of the said Deceas'd 
We have allotted & sett off for his share in the said Real Estate 
Eight acres of Land in the aforesaid Pasture bounded as Follows 
viz begining at a stake at the said New Highway at the South 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 557 

Easterly Comer of the aforesaid Eight acres allotted & Sett of 
Benjamin, and from Said Stake to run North about Seventy 
Degrees West to that part of said Pasture before Sett off to the 
widows thirds, and thence South Twenty two Degrees West by 
the Said Thirds to the afores*^ Phenuel Chapman's land, and 
thence Easterly & North Easterly by Said Chapman's land & by 
the said new Highway to the stake begun at — And also three 
acres of the Said Pasture bounded as Follows viz begining at the 
South Easterly Comer of that one acre of said Pasture before 
Set off to Sarah Hoit & from thence to run South twenty two 
Degrees west by the upper End of Said Thirds till it Comes to 
the Said Chapman's land & then by his said land Westerly and 
Northwesterly to the head of Said Pasture and thence Northerly 
to the head of the Said Sarah Hoit's one acre afores** and thence 
South about Seventy Degrees East by the said one acre to the 
bounds begun at To Hold to him the Said Nicholas Smith in 
Severalty Forever — 

7. And to Rhoda Smith another Daughter of the said Deceas'd 
We have Allotted and Set off for her Share in the said Real 
Estate Four acres and a half of Land in the Lower lott so Called 
(next to Ephraim Robinson's land which he bought of the Said 
Widow Smith) and is bounded as Follows viz* begining at the 
South Westerly Comer of the Said Robinson's land at the high- 
way, and from thence to run North Forty Seven rods to Rich- 
ard Smiths land, thence North Eighty three Degrees West by 
Said Richard Smiths land Seventeen rods & a half and then 
begining again at the first bounds & runing westerly by the 
Said highway Eleven rods & a quarter, and thence on a strait 
line to the End of the Seventeen rods & a half (line) aforesaid, 
To Hold to the Said Rhoda Smith in Severalty Forever. — 

8. And to Mary Smith another Daughter of Said Deceas'd 
We have Allotted and Set off for her share in the Said Real Es- 
tate Four Acres and a half of Land in the Said lower lott bounded 
as Follows viz begining at the South Westerly Corner of the 
aforesaid Share Set off to Rhoda as above, and from thence to 



558 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

run Westerly by the highway Eleven rods & a quarter, & then 
beglning again at the first bounds & runing Northerly By the 
Westerly Side of the Said Rhoda's share to the Said Richard 
Smiths Land and then by his Said Land North Eighty three 
Degrees West Seventeen rods & a Quarter to a Stake, and from 
thence on a Strait line to the highway at the Westerly End of 
the Eleven rods & a quarter (line) aforesaid, To Hold to the 
Said Mary Smith in Severalty Forever. 

9. And to Betty another Daughter of the Said Deceas'd We 
have allotted & Set off for her share in the Said Real Estate 
Four Acres and a half of Land in the Said Lower Lott, bounded 
as Follows viz begining at the South westerly Corner of the 
aforesaid share Set off to Mary as above and from thence to run 
westerly by the highway Eleven rods and a Quarter and then 
begining again at the first bounds and runing Northerly by the 
Westerly Side of the Said Marys share till it Comes to the Said 
Richard Smith's land and then North Eighty three Degrees 
West Seventeen rods & a quarter to a Stake and then Southerly 
on a Strait Line to the westerly End of the Eleven rods & a 
quarter (line) aforesaid — To Hold to the Said Betty Smith in 
Severalty Forever — 

10. And to Timothy Smith another Son of Said Deceas'd 
We have Allotted and Set off for his share in the Said Real Es- 
tate about Five Acres of Land more or Less being all the re- 
mainder of the Said lower Lott and bounded as Follows viz 
begining at the highway at the South westerly Corner of the 
aforesaid share Set off to Betty as above And from thence to 
run Northerly by the Westerly Side of the Said Betty's share 
aforesaid till it Comes to the Said Richard Smiths Land and 
thence North Eighty three Degrees West by his Said land about 
Sixteen rods to Cap* John Oilman's Land and then Southerly & 
South Easterly by his Said Land to the highway aforesaid, and 
then Easterly by the Said highway Eleven rods & a quarter to 
the bounds begun at To Hold to the Said Timothy Smith For- 
ever in Severalty. — 



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GIDEON WEBSTER 1756 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Gideon Webster of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to his father, John Webster of Kingston, Dec. 
29, 1756.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 75.] 

[Bond of John Webster, yeoman, with Jeremy Webster and 
Isaac Webster, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £500, Dec. 29, 1756, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Femald.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1756, authorizing Richard Hubbard of 
Kingston and Thomas Johnson of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 25, 1757; amount, £434. 18. o; signed by 
Richard Hubbard and Thomas Johnson.] 



ISAAC SMITH 1756 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Isaac Smith of Kingston 
granted to his widow, Mehitabel Smith, Dec. 29, 1756.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 74.] 

[Bond of Mehitabel Smith of Kingston, widow, with Samuel 
Buzzell of Kingston, and Samuel Bean of Sandown, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 29, 1756, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 10, 1757; amount, £802. 7. o; signed by 
Samuel Winsley and Ebenezer Stevens.] 

[Warrent, July 6, 1757, authorizing Col. Ebenezer Stevens and 
Samuel Winsley both of Kingston, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 



562 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[List of claims, March 27, 1758; amount, £1219. 14. 6; signed 
by Ebenezer Stevens and Samuel Winsley.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £996. 7. o; 
expenditures, £461. 3. o; mentions "Bringing up the Child 
under 7 years of Age 18 month"; allowed May 31, 1758.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1219. 14. 6; amount 
distributed, £535. 5. o; allowed June 3, 1758.] 



APPENDIX 

Documents out of place, and discovered too late to be printed 
in their proper order. 

JONATHAN FREESE 1748 HAMPTON 

[Bond of Jonathan Moulton of Hampton, with Daniel Peirce 
and Hunking Wentworth, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Feb. i, 1766, for the guardianship of George 
Freese and Joseph Freese; witnesses, Thomas March, Biley 
Lyford.] 

[See vol. 33, p. 555.] 



JAMES MARSH 1748/49 HUDSON 

[Account of Onesiphorous Marsh as guardian of Submit 
Marsh, daughter of James Marsh of Nottingham West, de- 
ceased; receipts, £23. 13. 6; expenditures the same; mentions 
"Clothing & Maintaining the said Submit three years & an half, 
from Septem"" 2^ 1752, untill she arived to the age of Seven 
years"; allowed Nov. 8, 1765.] 

[See vol. 33, p. 652.] 



ABRAHAM GREEN 1751 KINGSTON 

[Bond of John Green of Kensington, with Silas Peaslee of 
Kingston and Ephraim Jones of Hawke as sureties, in the sum 
of £200, Dec. 25, 1769, for the guardianship of Anna Green, 
minor, aged more than 14 years, daughter of Abraham Green; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., William Parker.] 

[See vol. 34, p. 118.] 



564 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JONATHAN FRENCH 1751 NASHUA 

In the Name of God amen, the first day of November in the 
twenty fifth year of his majestys Reign Annoq Dom: 1751 I 
Jonathan French of Dunstable in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Yeoman, being Weak and Infirm of Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath to Jane my Beloved wife 
(Whome I also Constitute make And Ordain Sole Executrix of 
this my Last will and testament) all that part of my Homestead 
in Dunstable within the Following Bounds Containing about 
Seventy Acres with all the Buildings proffitts and Appurte- 
nances thereon, for her Sole use & Improvement during her 
Naturall Life, Viz* Begining at the east end of my Said Home- 
stead at Merrimack River Seventeen Rods from the Corner of 
John Lovewells Land at s^ River & from thence runing west- 
ward keeping the Same distance from s"^ Lovewells Land About 
fifty Rods to an old Ditch, then turning South thirty three rods 
by S*^ Ditch thence west eight Degrees South till it comes to the 
West end of my S** Homestead at Jonathan Lovewells Land all 
that part of my Homestead Lying to the Southward of the 
afores<* Lines as Described from the River afores'* Howsoever 
butted & Bound be it more or less. 

Item The Sole use and Improvement of two Acres of meadow 
in Dunstable afores*^ (Lying on Salmon Brook) which I pur- 
chased of Isaac Cumings During the term of her Naturall Life 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my S** Wife Jane all my per- 
sonal! Estate Household Goods Debts and moveable Effects to 
her Sole use and property 

Item I give to my Well beloved Kinsman Oliver Woods all 
that Remaining part of my Homestead Lying the northerly side 
the Dividing line forementioned in the bequest to my wife, to 
him his Heirs and Assigns Also one Acre and an half of meadow 
on Salmon Brook I purchased of Jonathan Lund — 

Item I give and Bequeathed unto the S*^ Oliver after the De- 
cease of my S"* Wife & to his Heirs and Assigns all the Lands 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 565 

Buildings meadows And Appurtenances Which I have in this my 
will Given her the Improvement of and Belonging to y« Real 
Estate * * * 

Jonathan P'rench 

[Witnesses] John Combs, Eleazer Farwell, Joseph Blanchard. 

[Proved April 26, 1758.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 20, 1757; amount, £3608. 10. o; 
signed by Thomas Lund and Jonathan Lund.l 



NICHOLAS WIGGIN 1752 STRATHAM 

[Bond of Jonathan Wiggin of Stratham, yeoman, with William 
Pottle, Jr., of Stratham and George Brackett of Greenland, yeo- 
men, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 30, 1765, for the guard- 
ianship of Nathaniel Wiggin, Jr., witnesses, Richard Wibird 
Penhallow, William Parker.] 

[See vol. 34, p. 194.] 



THOMAS CHANDLER 1752 BEDFORD 

[Bond of W^illiam Peabody, with Andrew Bradford, gentle- 
man, and John Shepard, Jr., as sureties, all of Amherst, in the 
sum of £500, Nov. 25, 1765, for the guardianship of Zachariah 
Chandler; witnesses, Nathan Blanchard, Mercy Shepard, Jr.] 

[See vol. 34, p. 286.] 



ELISHA JOHNSON 1753 HAMPTON 

[Bond of John Keuniston of Greenland, with Jonathan 
Dockum of Greenland and Joseph Kenniston of Kensington, 
yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £5000, Jan. 29, 1766, for the 



566 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

guardianship of Israel Johnson; witnesses, George Jaffrey, 
William Vaughan.] 

[Bond of John Kenniston of Greenland, with Jonathan 
Dockum of Greenland and Joseph Kenniston of Hampton as 
sureties, in the sum of £400, April 29, 1767, for the guardianship 
of Elisha Johnson ; witnesses, William Parker, William Parker, 

Jr.] 

[See vol. 34, p. 312.] 



DAVID COCHRAN i753 LONDONDERRY 

[Bond of Samuel Allison, gentleman, with Stephen Holland 
and William Wallace, yeoman, as sureties, all of Londonderry, 
in the sum of £500, Oct. 28, 1765, for the guardianship of David 
Cochran; witnesses, James Nichols, Hugh Gregg.] 

[Seevol. 34, p. 319.1 



JOSEPH BEAN I753 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Joseph Bean, Jr., yeoman, with John Fifield, yeo- 
man, and Josiah Bartlett as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £2000, April 16, 1765, for the guardianship of Daniel Bean 
and Folsom Bean ; witnesses, Elizabeth Parker, William Parker, 

Jr.] 

[Seevol. 34, p. 371.] 



TRISTRAM SANBORN 1753 KINGSTON 

[This will, printed p. 264 of this volume, should be dated 
April 13, 1753, instead of 1755, and was proved March 8, 1771.I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 567 

ADAM DICKEY 1753 CHESTER 

[Bond of John Taylor, with David Taylor and Adam Taylor 
as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, Aug. 8, 1765, 
for the guardianship of Janet Dickey and Adam Dickey; wit- 
nesses, Samuel Taylor, Matthew Taylor.] 

[See vol. 34, p. 403.] 



INDEX 

NAMES OF PLACES 



Allenstown 452 

Amesbury, Mass 182, 530, 552 

Amherst 435, 436, 565 

(Souhegan West) 435, 436, 498 

Amoskeag 345 

Andover (Brownstown) 453 

Ass Brook 444 

Barbados 123 

Back River 373 

Barnstead Ill, 114 

Barrington 23,94, 111, 112, 121-123 

191, 288, 313, 314, 356, 395, 406 
453, 471, 532, 550 

BatweU, Eng 488 

Bedford 258, 362, 435, 453, 565 

Beech Plain 171, 172 

Berry's Island 393 

Berwick, Me 82, 149, 223, 406, 407 

Billerica, Mass 190 

Birch Island 444 

Blackwater 430, 461 

Blackwater River 48, 51 

Boar's Head 161 

Boscawen 227 

(Contoocook) 227 

Boston, Mass. . . . 109, 145, 258, 404, 488 

Boulter's Cove 367 

Boulter's Neck 445 

Bow 27,28,61,311,316 

Brattleborough, Vt 303 

Breakfast Hill 112 

Brentwood 9,20,27-29,64^66,75 

86, 89-93, 163, 191, 209, 274, 276 
277, 292, 293, 296, 297, 317, 318 
355, 356, 371, 373, 390, 402, 420 
421, 482, 484, 491, 492, 495, 496 
498, 510, 528, 555 

Bride HiU 76 

Brown's River 445 

Brownstown (Andover) 453 



Canaan 288 

Canterbury 112, 114, 146, 226-229 

Cedar Swamp 450 

Cedars 73 

Charlestown 301, 537, 538 

(No. 4) 537 

Chase's Marsh 444 

Chester 4-6, 27, 28, 30, 54 

56, 68, 111, 159, 171, 172, 246 
262, 264, 266, 294, 296, 297, 310 
311, 323, 329, 342, 359, 360, 399 
400, 411, 491-493, 498, 507-509 
516, 533, 567 

Chichester 66, 73, 114, 115, 342 

Clam Banks 13, 48, 51, 161 

Clay Cove 243 

Cocheco River 332 

Colley's Marsh 381, 382 

Concord 129, 212, 227-229 

(Rumford) . . 129-131, 212, 227, 274 

Connecticut River 301 

Contoocook (Boscawen) 227 

Country Pond 214, 215 

Crash Meadow 539 

Crown Point 307, 346, 348, 450 

Dantzic (Newbury) 451 

DanvUle (Hawke) 402, 563 

Deer Hill 64,65,390 

Derryfield (Manchester) 353, 361 

363, 408, 453 

Dover 10,11,22,23,82,83 

121-123, 145, 146, 150, 178, 225 
280, 285, 300, 301, 303, 307 
312-314, 362, 363, 373, 379, 381 
395, 396, 405, 410, 430, 433, 435 
459, 461, 472, 494, 505, 506, 532 

Dover First Grant 453 

Dunstable (Nashua) 181, 182, 319 

363, 467, 468, 529, 564 
Durham 11, 79, 145, 146, 177, 178 



570 



INDEX 



Durham, continued. 

220, 225, 226, 257, 280-282 
285-291, 299-301, 308, 309, 346 

347, 373, 374, 379-382, 469-471 

475, 477, 478, 489-491, 532 

Durham FaUs 287, 346, 381 

Durham Point 381 

East Kingston 249, 322, 323, 326 

Epping 20, 26, 34, 85, 101, 119 

164, 180, 181, 260, 273, 310, 316 

348, 349, 364, 365, 372, 389 

428, 464, 511 

Epsom 99, 111, 370, 400 

Exeter 6, 17, 18, 24, 26, 27 

35, 36, 39-43, 61, 64, 65, 67 
74-76, 85, 87, 95, 102, 103 
117-120, 129, 130, 163, 164, 176 
177, 201, 204, 209, 247, 265, 268 
270, 273, 276, 285, 293-296, 298 
317, 343, 356, 361, 362, 371, 372 
388-390, 392, 415, 418, 422, 434 
435, 441, 442, 444, 445, 465, 481 
483-485, 492, 494, 495, 510-512 
529, 531, 540-544, 547, 552-555 
Exeter River 27 

Fellows's Brook 324 

FoUett's Swamp 283 

Fox Point 288 

Frame Point 453 

Framingham, Mass 355 

Freetown 146 

Fremont (PopUn) 248 

Fuller's Creek 277 

Gerrish's Bridge 123 

Gilmanton 28, 61, 66, 111, 112 

114, 176, 177, 219-221, 298, 529 

Glade 445 

Goat Island 288 

Goffstown 345 

Goldings 166 

Gosport 358,359 

Great Creek 418, 419 

Great Falls 149 

Great Neck 73, 102, 446 



Green Hill 123 

Greenland 86, 98, 99, 101, 125 

137, 207, 335, 392-394, 427, 479 

550, 565, 566 

Groton, Mass 301 

Hadley, Mass 478, 479 

Halestown (Weare) 143, 144, 156 

Halifax, N. S 386 

Hampstead 2, 55, 56, 59 

60, 68, 141, 177, 178, 191, 192 
197, 257, 264, 351, 352, 364, 397 
401, 402, 428, 429, 448, 473, 474 
478, 507-509, 512, 513, 516 
520-523, 525 

Hampton 7, 12, 13, 51, 72 

76, 81, 82, 84, 95, 100-103, 114 
120, 155, 157-163, 182, 195, 210 
273, 277, 278, 280, 311, 321, 323 
324, 342, 349, 350, 367, 400, 418 
420, 441-443, 445, 486, 499, 553 
563, 565, 566 

Hampton Falls 13, 47, 48, 50, 62 

64, 73, 78, 79, 115, 120, 144, 171 

172, 209, 211, 212, 246, 247 

341-343, 375-377, 415, 416, 424 

426, 433 

Hampton River 444 

Harvard, Mass 301 

Haverhill 66 

HaverhiU, Mass 55, 85, 140 

192, 434, 447, 448 

Hawke (Danville) 402, 563 

HiU (New Chester) 451 

Hillsborough 463 

Hinsdale 420, 421, 478, 479 

Hogg Hill 219 

HoUis 190, 233, 234 

317, 468, 486, 487, 529 

Hook 288, 309, 312-314 

Hop Ground 73 

Hopkinton 326, 453, 508 

Horseshoe Pond 130 

Hudson 304, 363, 426, 563 

(Nottingham West). . . 181, 182, 304 
306, 319, 363, 426, 501-503, 563 



INDEX 



571 



Island Pond 60 

Isles of Shoals 237 

Kensington 142, 144, 155-157, 171 

172, 186, 219, 246, 442, 477, 486 
492, 517, 563, 565 

King's Falls 481 

Kingston .... 6, 7, 9, 14-19, 21, 70, 77, 78 
89, 90, 92, 116, 117, 139, 141, 142 
157, 171, 172, 182, 184, 185, 187 
194-196, 209, 213, 215, 218-222 
231, 232, 249-251, 264-268, 293 
294, 298, 320-322, 324-327, 337 
354, 355, 396, 398, 399, 402, 403 
412, 421-423, 477, 492, 518, 524 
528, 530, 554, 561, 563, 566 

Kittery, Me 329, 330, 410, 457 

Lamprey's Cove 112 

Landing Place Marsh 277 

Lee 289,290,381 

Little 13 

Little Boar's Head 13 

Little Neck 73,81 

Little River 13, 16-18,64, 111, 112 

275, 276, 278, 296, 297, 490, 491 

Littleworth 122, 123 

Lobs Hole 160 

London, Eng 25, 145, 488 

Londonderry. . . .6, 13, 14, 155, 174-176 
222, 223, 233-236, 238, 240, 241 
246, 329, 337, 340, 341, 343-346 
353, 354, 356-363, 387, 388, 400 
409-411, 473, 489, 498, 506 
566, 567 

Madbury 24, 121-123, 286, 287, 532 

Manchester 353, 408 

(Derryfield) . .353, 361 , 363, 408, 453 
Marlborough (Monadnock No. 5) . . . 453 

Meader's Point 288 

Meredith (Palmerstown) 453 

Merrimack 363, 426, 469 

Merrimack River. 228, 229, 305, 345, 564 

Middleton 307 

Monadnock 137, 138 

Monadnock No. 1 (Rindge) 452 



Monadnock No. 5 (Marlborougli) . . .453 
Monadnock No. 8 (Washington) . . . .453 

Monson 436 

Morgan's Brook 37, 41, 43-46 

Musquash Brook 305 

Narragansett, Me 107 

Nashua 181, 319, 467, 564 

(Dunstable) 181, 182, 319 

363, 467, 468, 529, 564 

Neck 544, 546 

New Boston 134, 361, 452 

New Chester (Hill) 451 

NewCutts 12 

New Durham 281 

Newbury (Dantzic) 451 

Newbury, Mass 232, 358, 447, 448 

Newburyport, Mass 60 

Newcastle 242, 248 

260-262, 519, 520 

Newfields 541 

Newington 69, 70, 111, 183, 332 

334, 336, 356, 437, 450, 475 

Newmarket 34, 106-109, 145, 164 

191, 203, 204, 206, 242, 254, 255 
269, 270, 273, 274, 282-284, 291 

309, 349, 355, 384, 385, 389, 392 

466, 541 

Newton 77, 140, 213, 282 

437, 438, 440, 441, 533 

Newtown 287-289 

Nock's Marsh 122 

North Hampton .... 12, 34, 67, 78-82 
95, 100, 101, 111, 156, 270, 293 

310, 331, 367, 368, 399-401, 412 

417, 418, 442, 476 

North River 288 

Northfield, Mass 302, 421 

Norway Plain 332 

Nottingham 32,33, 61, 112, 114 

115, 135, 136, 143, 156, 172, 199 

204, 220, 221, 225, 333, 361, 368 

369, 517, 518 

Nottingham West (Hudson) ... 181, 182 

304, 306, 319, 363, 426, 501-503 

563 



572 



INDEX 



Number 4 (Charlestown) 537 

Oyster River 283, 288 

Palmerstown (Meredith) 453 

Pawtuckaway Falls 135 

Peak 102 

Pelham 21, 22, 165, 169, 181 

238, 329, 413, 501-503, 550, 551 

Pembroke 178, 179, 248, 515 

(Suncook) 178, 180, 515 

Pemigewasset River 73, 74 

Perrystown (Sutton) 134 

Peterborough 453 

Pickering's Neck 135 

PineHiU 64,65 

Pine Swamp 166, 345 

Piscassett 389 

Piscataqua (Portsmouth) 103 

Pitch Pine Plain 149 

Plaistow 1, 2, 56, 85, 86, 139-141 

177, 351-353, 397-399, 434, 447 

458, 474, 477, 478, 513, 522- 

525, 561 

Plymouth, Mass 198 

Poplin (Fremont) 248 

Portsmouth 11, 12, 24, 25, 33, 35 

54, 60, 69, 70, 82, 93, 94, 100, 103 
104, 109, 111, 112, 125, 128, 129 
132-135, 137, 138, 145, 153-155 
164, 170, 178, 179, 191, 198, 206 
207, 242, 244-249, 258, 260-262 
270, 271, 295, 329-331, 333, 336 
347, 348, 350, 359, 360, 369, 379 
386, 387, 394-396, 402, 404, 410- 
413, 415, 420, 447, 449-451, 455 
457, 458, 466, 467, 472, 473, 475 
476, 479, 481, 488, 500, 506, 529 
550, 563 
(Piscataqua) 103 

Quarter Mile 102 

Raymond 164, 248 

Reading, Mass 197 

Rindge (Monadnock No. 1) 452 



Rochester 23, 95, 96, 121, 123 

124, 146, 150, 223, 280, 281, 289 

304, 307, 332, 334, 396, 406, 432 

433, 437, 461, 462, 490 

Rockingham, Vt 302, 303, 638 

Roxbury, Mass 416 

Rumford (Concord) 129-131, 212 

227, 274 

Rye 68, 99, 110, 111, 113 

114, 158, 162, 198, 209, 211, 242 

243, 369-371, 395, 412, 442 

476, 529 

Ryetown (Warner) 451 

Saco River 107 

Salem 54, 56, 125, 351, 353 

356, 468, 504 

Salem, Mass 30 

Salisbury (Stevenstown) 19, 134 

322-326, 421 

Salisbury, Mass 182-184, 201 

260, 516 

Salmon Brook 564 

Salmon FaUs River 121, 123, 124 

224, 461, 462 

Salt River 41 

Sandown 402, 441, 507-509, 516 

517, 524, 532, 533, 561 

Sargent's Island 73, 103 

Scarborough, Me 201, 202, 387 

Seabrook 416 

Shaw's Marsh 444 

Society Land 451 

Somersworth ... .47, 82-84, 95, 104, 118 

147, 148, 150, 223, 225, 256, 304 

319, 320, 395, 396, 406, 429, 432 

437, 494 

Souhegan River 436 

Souhegan West (Amherst) . 435, 436, 498 

South Hampton .. ..89, 183, 184, 186 

187, 195, 198, 201-203, 219, 232 

260, 382, 421, 423, 437, 43&-441 

462, 464, 492, 516, 530 

Southtown 453 

Spring Marsh 13, 368, 418, 446 

Spruce Swamp 270 



INDEX 



573 



Steven town (Salisbury) 19, 134 

322-326, 421 

Stone Dam Meadow 345 

Stratham 26-30, 34^36, 42-45, 64- 

66, 68, 81, 84-86, 110, 127, 163 

207-209, 232, 258, 260, 316, 362 

422, 478, 526, 528, 529, 565 

Sudbury, Mass 355 

Suncook (Pembroke) 179, 180, 515 

Sutton (Perrystown) 134 

Swain's Creek 172 

Swanzey 519,529 

Taylor's River 378 

Timber Swamp 73, 102 

Townsend, Mass 237 



Towow 461, 462 

Two Mile Streak 406 

Wadleigh's Falls 205 

Wall's Cove 390 

Warner (Ryetown) 461 

Washington (Monadnock No. 8). . . .453 

Weare (Halestown) 143, 144, 156 

(Wearestown) 453 

Wearestown (Weare) 453 

Westford, Mass 155 

Wheelwriglit's Creek 39, 41, 42 

Winchester 420, 493, 494, 537 

Windham 238, 271, 272 

Winnicut River 81 

Winnipesauke River 134 

Woburn, Mass 169, 190 



INDEX OF PERSONS 



Abbott, Amos 131 

Deborah 274 

Elizabeth (Wyman) 502 

Hannah (Eaton) 197 

Nathaniel 212, 213 

Reuben 413 

Samuel 502 

Thomas 84 

Adams, Ebenezer 336 

Elizabeth 455,467 

James 175, 359 

John 226 

Joseph 336 

Nathaniel 433, 479 

Addison, William 237 

Aiken, Edward 327 

John 359 

Akerman, Benjamin 11, 137, 138 

153, 472, 473 
Benjamin, Jr 11 

Alcock, Elizabeth 165 

Jane (Ring) 386, 387 

John 165 

Joseph 11, 165, 178, 179 

379, 387, 395, 412, 550 

Keturah 164, 165 

Mary 165 

Alexander, Ebenezer 454 

Elias 493,494 

Elijah 493,494 

Joel 494 

Allen, Abigail (Currier) 463 

David 125 

Hannah (Weare) 50, 53 

Jeremiah 463 

John 208,427 

Susanna 125 

William 145 

Allison, Samuel 489, 566 



Almary, Ma