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PROBATE RECORDS 



OF THE 



Province of New Hampshire 



VOL. 6 
1757-1760 



State Papers Series 
Vol. 36 



Edited by 
OTIS G. HAMMOND 

Director of the 
New Hampshire Historical Society 



PUBLISHED BY 

THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE 
1938 



JOINT RESOLUTION 

Relating to the preservation and publication of portions of the early state and pro- 
vincial 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 
portions of the early state and provincial records and other state papers of New 
Hampshire as the Governor may deem proper; and that eight hundred copies of each 
volume of the same be printed by the state printer, and distributed as follows: namely, 
one copy to each city and town in the state, one copy to such of the public libraries in 
the state as the Governor may designate, fifty copies to the New Hampshire His- 
torical Society, and the remainder placed in the custody of the state librarian, who is 
hereby authorized to exchange the same for similar publications by other states. 

Approved August 4, 1881. 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Adams, William, Hollis, 1757 
Akerman, Benjamin, Portsmouth, 1757 
Allen, Robert, Londonderry, 1757 
Ambrose, Jonathan, Nottingham, 1759 
Ames, David, Newmarket, 1757 . 
Anderson, John, Londonderry, 1757 . 
Archdeacon, Peter, Portsmouth, 1758 
Ayers, James, Londonderry, 1759 
Samuel, Portsmouth, 1760 . 

Babb, Joshua, Portsmouth, 1758. 
Bagley, Orlando, Amesbury, Mass., 1757 
Barnes, Joseph, Portsmouth, 1758 
Batchelder, Daniel, Kensington, 1758 

Jonathan, Newmarket, 1757. 

Joshua, Brentwood, 1757 

Josiah, Hampton Falls, 1759 

Nathaniel, Kensington, 1757 

Page, Chester, 1757 

Samuel, Kensington, 1757 
Bean, Ruth, Exeter, 1758 
Berry, James, Greenland, 1758 
Bickford, John, Dover, 1757. 
Blair, David, Londonderry, 1759. 
Blanchard, Joseph, Nashua, 1758 
Boynton, Samuel, Stratham, 1757 
Brackett, John, Greenland, 1758 . 
Brown, Jeremiah, Hampton Falls, 1758 

Pearson, Hampton Falls, 1760 
Bruce, William, Durham, 1759 . 
Burbank, Jonathan, Hopkinton, 1759 



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330 
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507 

351 
60 

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355 
67 

114 

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131 
22 
149 
356 
249 
160 
372 
238 
204 
226 
229 

515 
368 
500 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Burditt, Daniel, Maiden, Mass., 1760 
Burnside, David, Londonderry, 1757 
Buss, Lydia, Portsmouth, 1758 . 
Butterfield, John, Nashua, 1758 . 
Buzzell, Samuel, Kingston, 1757 . 

Canney, Thomas, Dover, 1758 
Carty, Daniel, Exeter, 1760 . 
Gate, Tucker, Greenland, 1757 . 
Gaverly, Moses, Harrington, 1758 
Ghaddock, William, Somersworth, 1758 
Challis, Enoch, South Hampton, 1759 
Chase, Nathaniel, Londonderry, 1757 

Ruth, Londonderry, 1758 

Thomas, Stratham, 1757 
Ghilds, Richard, Durham, 1757 . 
Ghoate, Benjamin, Kingston, 1758 

Jonathan, Kingston, 1757 
Glark, Enoch, Greenland, 1759 . 

George, Portsmouth, 1759 . 
Glement, Daniel, Sandown, 1758. 
Glements, James, Somersworth, 1758 

John, Salem, 1757 . 
Glifford, Samuel, Kensington, 1760 
Glough, Ann, Brentwood, 1758 . 
Gochran, Joseph, Bedford, 1758 . 

Peter, Amherst, 1758 
Golby, Nathan, Goncord, 1759 . 

Theophilus, Sandown, 1758 . 
Gole, Simeon, Durham, 1759 
Gonant, Josiah, Hollis, 1757. 
Gonnor, Meribah, Kingston, 1757 
Gorliss, David, Salem, 1760 . 
Gotton, John, Portsmouth, 1759 . 

Timothy, Portsmouth, 1759 . 



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38 
360 

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261 

315 
70 

516 
301 

284 

323 
441 
320 
490 
81 
138 
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457 
487 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Vll 



Cram, Jonathan, Hampton Falls, 1759 
Creighton, Ann, Exeter, 1758 
Crockett, Jonathan, Portsmouth, 1758 
Crockford, Daniel, Portsmouth, 1757 
Cummings, Eleazer, Hudson, 1757 

Leonard, Londonderry, 1758 

William, Hudson, 1757 . 

William, Nashua, 1758 . 
Cunningham, John, Londonderry, 1757 
Currier, John, Kingston, 1757 

John, Plaistow, 1758 
Cutt, John, Portsmouth, 1759 

Davis, Benjamin, Plaistow, 1758 

Daniel, Durham, 1759 . 

Joseph, Chester, 1759 . 

Timothy, Portsmouth, 1758 
Dinsmoor, Asa, Hollis, 1758 . 

John, New Ipswich, 1758 
Doe, Andrew, Newmarket, 1760 
Dole, Parker, Plaistow, 1758 
Dow, Daniel, Salem, 1758 

Jonathan, Plaistow, 1759 

Simon, Hampton, 1757 . 
Downs, Gershom, Rochester, 1757 

John, Somersworth, 1757 
Dresser, Jeremiah, Concord, 1760 
Drew, Joseph, Dover, 1757 . 
Dudley, Samuel, Exeter, 1758 
Dustin, Jonathan, Londonderry, 1757 
Dwinell, Amos, Hampton Falls, 1757 

Eastman, Thomas, Danville, 1760 
Eaton, Jabez, Hampton Falls, 1760 
Emmons, Samuel, Kingston, 1757 



501 

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352 

99 

150 

333 
182 

335 
48 
191 
243 
483 

334 
381 

477 

221 

283 

282 

512 

330 

220 

496 

93 

51 

30 

512 

78 

242 

204 

no 

556 

570 

49 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Fassett, Peter, Goffstown, 1760 . 
Fifield, Joseph, Kingston, 1757 . 
Flagg, Eleazer, HoUis, 1757 . 
Flanders, Jeremiah, South Hampton, 1757 

Phihp, Chester, 1758 

Samuel, Brentwood, 1758 
Fogg, Daniel, Rye, 1757 
Forbush, Benoni, Amherst, 1758 . 
Foss, Isaac, Stratham, 1759 . 
Foster, Abijah, New Ipswich, 1760 
French, James, Salem, 1759 . 

James, Salem, 1760 

Samuel, Jr., South Hampton, 1757 



Gage, William, Methuen, Mass., 1757. 
Gale, Jacob, Kingston, 1760. 
Garfield, Benjamin, Hinsdale, 1759 
Garland, Jonathan, Hampton, 1760 . 
Gault, Matthew, Chester, 1759 . 
Gilman, Andrew, Brentwood, 1757 

Jacob, Kingston, 1757 . 

Stephen, Kingston, 1758 

Timothy, Newmarket, 1759 
Gilmore, James, Windham, 1758 
Glines, John, Canterbury, 1757 
Godfrey, Simon, North Hampton, 1758 
Gooding, James, Newmarket, 1757 
Gordon, Thomas, Exeter, 1757 . 
Gould, Joseph, South Hampton, 1757 

Nehemiah, Mason, 1759 
Gove, Enoch, Hampton Falls, 1759 . 

John, Hampton Falls, 1759 . 
Graham, Arthur, Londonderry, 1759 . 
Graves, John, Kensington, 1757 , 



LIST OF ESTATES 



IX 



Griffin, Isaac, Kingston, 1757 
Grow, Ebenezer, Greenland, 1760 

Hadley, Joseph, Hampstead, 1758 

Samuel, Hampstead, 1759 
Haines, Samuel, Greenland, 1760 

William, Greenland, 1760 
Hale, Thomas, Plaistow, 1757 
Hamilton, Samuel, Newmarket, 1758 
Hanson, Isaac, Somersworth, 1757 

Isaac, Dover, 1758 

Joseph, Dover, 1758 
Hardy, Dudley, Exeter, 1757 

Samuel, Stratham, 1759 

Theophilus, Durham, 1757 . 
Hazelton, John, Chester, 1758 
Heath, Richard, Plaistow, 1757 . 

Richard, Plaistow, 1758 
Hill, William, Madbury, 1760 
Hilliard, Jonathan, Hampton Falls, 1758 
Hills, Benjamin, Chester, 1759 

Henry, Hudson, 1759 
Hinsdale, Ebenezer, Deerfield, Mass., 1760 
Hobbs, Benjamin, North Hampton, 1757 

Humphrey, Wilton, 1757 

John, Hampton, 1760 . 

Stephen, Kensington, 1757 
Holland, John, Jr., Exeter, 1758 
Holmes, John, Portsmouth, 1760 
Honey, Gideon, Nashua, 1757 
Hopkins, William, Portsmouth, 1760 
Homey, David, Portsmouth, 1757 
Houston, John, Nashua, 1759 
Hoyt, Daniel, Epping, 1757 . 
Hubbard, Jonathan, Charlestown, 1760 



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411 

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8 

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91 
304 
315 
130 

381 
184 

324 

174 

277 

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301 

413 

150 

521 

44 

57 
580 

87 
282 

518 
91 

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85 

389 

189 

551 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Hunt, Nathan, Sandown, 1759 . 
Huntoon, Josiah, Newmarket, 1758 
Huntress, Samuel, Newington, 1758 

Jackson, Dorothy, Portsmouth, 1758 
Elisha, Portsmouth, 1760 
Joshua, Portsmouth, 1758 
Samuel, Portsmouth, 1758 . 
William, Durham, 1757. 
Jenkins, William, Greenland, 1757 
Johnson, James, Charlestown, 1760 
Jones, John, Durham, 1759 . 

Jonathan, Amesbury, Mass., 1759 
Jonathan, South Hampton, 1759 
Jose, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1760 
Judkins, Joel, Brentwood, 1758 



Kelly, Richard, Salem, 1757. 

Kidder, Benjamin, Bedford, 1757 
Benjamin, Bedford, 1759 

Kimball, Aaron, Hopkinton, 1760 
Joseph, Hampstead, 1758 
Richard, Salem, 1757 
Thomas, Jr., Exeter, 1757 

Ladd, Daniel, Epping, 1758 . 

Lancey, William, Nashua, 1757 

Lang, Daniel, Portsmouth, 1757 
Robert, Portsmouth, 1757 
Ruth, Greenland, 1759 . 
William, Portsmouth, 1759 

Leavitt, Daniel, Exeter, 1760 
Elisha, Stratham, 1758 . 
Ephraim, Stratham, 1757 
Jeremiah, Exeter, 1758 . 



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211 

253 
27 

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430 
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406 
518 
222 

178 

38 

368 

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234 
163 

37 

334 
137 

lOI 

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392 
395 
511 
356 
106 
279 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XI 



Leavitt, Moses, Hampton, 1758 . 
Leslie, Daniel, Londonderry, 1759 
Libby, Jeremiah, Portsmouth, 1757 
Liggett, James, Londonderry, 1759 
Light, John, Exeter, 1757 
Little, George, Plaistow, 1758 
Littlehale, Isaac, Pelham, 1757 . 
Locke, Ward, Kensington, 1758 . 
Lord, Jonathan, Ipswich, Mass., 1757 
Love, John, Londonderry, 1757 . 
Lovering, Samuel, Kingston, 1760. 
Lunt, Daniel, Greenland, 1757 

McCargin, Philip, Hampstead, 1760 
McConechey, John, Bedford, 1757 
Mace, Betty, Dover, 1758 . 
Mack, William, Londonderry, 1760 
McMurphy, John, Londonderry, 1757 
McNeil, Abraham, Manchester, 1757 

John, Londonderry, 1759 
Main, Amos, Rochester, 1760 
Mann, Nathan, Windham, 1758 . 
Mannering, John, Portsmouth, 1757 
Marsh, Ephraim, Londonderry, 1760 
Marston, Daniel, North Hampton, 1757 
Martin, Nolar, Portsmouth, 1758 
Mason, Robert, Durham, 1760 . 
Mattoon, John, Newmarket, 1760 
Mead, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1759 
Meader, Nicholas, Durham, 1759 
Melvin, Patrick, Chester, 1758 . 
Merrill, John, Jr., Bow, 1758 
Joseph, Stratham, 1760 
Samuel, Jr., Hudson, 1758 . 
Meserve, Hanson, Portsmouth, 1759 



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247 
167 
281 

51 

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54 

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26 

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29 
121 
418 
529 
341 
5 
591 
176 
211 
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543 
428 
424 
262 
236 

547 
346 

483 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Meserve, John, Portsmouth, 1760 
Mary, Portsmouth, 1759 
Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1758 
Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1759 
Mills, WilHam, Chester, 1758 
Mitchell, George, Londonderry, 1759 
Morgan, Timothy, Epping, 1757 . 
Morrison, David, Nottingham, 1757 
David, Londonderry, 1760 . 
James, Londonderry, 1757 . 
John, Epping, 1758 
William, Nottingham, 1758 . 
Morse, Jacob, Kingston, 1758 
Moulton, Abraham, Kensington, 1757 



Neal, Joshua, Stratham, 1760 

Samuel, Newmarket, 1760 . 

Nealey, Matthew, Nottingham, 1757 

Nelson, James, Portsmouth, 1759 
Matthew, Portsmouth, 1757. 

Nesmith, Arthur, Londonderry, 1758 . 

Newmarch, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1757 

Newton, John, Kingston, 1757 

Nutt, John, Chester, 1757 . 

Ober, John, Jr., Salem, 1758 
Osgood, James, Concord, 1757 
Otis, Stephen, Madbury, 1759 

Packer, Ann, Portsmouth, 1759 

Page, David, Epping, 1757 . 
Joseph, Plaistow, 1757 . 
Onesiphorous, Kingston, 1758 
William, Brentwood, 1757 

Paine, John, Portsmouth, 1758 



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Xlll 



Palmer, Joseph, Pembroke, 1759 

Samuel, Jr., Hampton, 1759 
Park, Alexander, Windham, 1760 
Parker, WilHam, Litchfield, 1760. 
Pattinson, Mary, Portsmouth, 1757 
Pease, Zebulon, Hollis, 1759. 
Peavey, William, Portsmouth, 1759 
Pecker, John, Haverhill, Mass., 1757 
Perham, Samuel, New Ipswich, 1760 
Perkins, Joseph, Durham, 1759 . 

Joseph, Hampton Falls, 1760 
Perryman, Nicholas, Exeter, 1757 
Philbrick, Caleb, Epping, 1759 

Joses, Rye, 1757 • 
Pierce, Ebenezer, Hollis, 1759 

Pomeroy, , GofTstown, 1759 

Powers, Peter, Hollis, 1757 . 

Prescott, Jonathan, Hampton Falls, 1759 

Samuel, Hampton Falls, 1758 
Pritchard, Christopher, Newcastle, 1758 
Purmort, John, Exeter, 1758 
Putney, Henry, New Ipswich, 1757 

Quinby, Daniel, Brentwood, 1759 



Redman, John, Nottingham, 1758 
Joseph, Hampton, 1758. 

Reed, Philip, Portsmouth, 1759 

Richardson, Seth, Wilton, 1757 
Timothy, Hollis, 1757 . 

Roberts, David, Plaistow, 1758 
Francis, Somersworth, 1758 
Stephen, Dover, 1758 

Robinson, John, Merrimack, 1757 
Jonathan, Brentwood, 1757 . 



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415 
442 

25 
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359 
561 
120 
416 

45 
490 
388 
143 
367 
270 

348 
335 
173 

421 

349 
260 

444 

183 

81 

264 

307 
286 

165 
97 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Rowe, Benjamin, Newington, 1758 
Charles, Hampton Falls, 1758 
Robert, Hampton Falls, 1757 
Robert, Kensington, 1757 

Rowell, Job, Salisbury, Mass., 1758 
John, Epping, 1757. 

Russell, Pelatiah, Litchfield, 1758 
Peter, Litchfield, 1759 . 

Sanborn, Abraham, Kensington, 1757 

Ezekiel, Newmarket, 1757 

Israel, Newmarket, 1758 

Jonathan, Kingston, 1760 
Sanders, Avery, Haverhill, Mass., 1759 
Sargent, Zebediah, Haverhill, Mass., 1757 
Saylor, John, Nashua, 1760 . 
Scribner, Joseph, Exeter, 1757 
Searles, Samuel, Nashua, 1758 
Seavey, Samuel, Rye, 1760 . 
Severance, Ephraim, Jr., Kingston, 1757 
Seward, George, Portsmouth, 1759 
Seymour, Henry, Portsmouth, 1757 . 
Shaw, Benjamin, Nottingham, 1757 . 
Shedd, John, Nashua, 1757 . 
Sherburne, Hannah, Newcastle, 1759. 

Henry, Portsmouth, 1757 

Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1757 
Smith, Andrew, Londonderry, 1757 . 

Benjamin, Haverhill, Mass., 1758 

Elizabeth, Kingston, 1757 

Oliver, Brentwood, 1757 

Oliver, Exeter, 1759 

Priscilla, Portsmouth, 1759 

Samuel, Exeter, 1760 
Stackpole, Samuel, Somersworth, 1758 



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Stark, Archibald, Manchester, 1758 

Stevens, , 1758 

David, Hampstead, 1757 
James, Portsmouth, 1759 
John, Chester, 1757 
Nehemiah, Hampstead, 1757 
Peter, Plaistow, 1759 
Phineas, Charlestown, 1760 . 
Stickney, Moses, Hampton Falls, 1758 
Stinson, Samuel, Dunbarton, 1759 
Stoneman, Charles, Portsmouth, 1760 
Stoodley, Jonathan, Portsmouth, 1759 
Swain, John, Hampton Falls, 1757 
Swett, Benjamin, Hampton Falls, 1757 



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122 
484 

153 
152 
428 
550 

353 
414 

515 
375 
118 

173 



Taylor, Joseph, Exeter, 1757 

Willoughby, Exeter, 1758 
Thing, Jonathan, Brentwood, 1760 
Thomas, Benjamin, North Hampton, 1758 
Thompson, Benjamin, Londonderry, 1759 

William, Windham, 1757 
Tibbetts, Ephraim, Dover, 1760 . 
Tidd, Joseph, Hollis, 1759 
Titcomb, Daniel, Dover, 1758 
Towle, Benjamin, Hampton, 1758 

Ebenezer, Brentwood, 1757 . 
Trussell, Moses, Plaistow, 1759 . 
Tuckerman, Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 1758 



175 
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535 
312 

374 
75 
593 
415 
339 
212 
204 
492 
311 



Underwood, Phineas, Merrimack, 1757 . . . . 151 

Urin, Peter, Salem, 1760 534 

Varney, Moses, Dover, 1759 403 

Samuel, Dover, 1759 439 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Vaughan, Elliot, Portsmouth, 1758 
Vennard, John, Newcastle, 1759 . 



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460 



-, Concord, 1757 



Walker, - 

Alexander, Jr., Londonderry, 1759 
Walton, Benjamin, Amherst, 1760 
Ward, Dorcas, Portsmouth, 1760 
Warren, George, Portsmouth, 1760 
Watkins, Andrew, Newcastle, 1759 
Watson, Isaac, Dover, 1757 . 

Samuel, Dover, 1757 
Watts, John, Plaistow, 1759. 

John, Salem, 1759 .... 
Weare, Mary, Kensington, 1757 . 

Nathaniel, Hampton Falls, 1758 . 
Weeks, Joshua, Greenland, 1757 . 

Walter, Jr., Greenland, 1758 
Welch, David, Kingston, 1757 
Wentworth, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1757 

Ezekiel, Dover, 1757 

Gershom, Somersworth, 1758 

Mark, Somersworth, 1757 

Samuel, Somersworth, 1758 . 

Thomas, Somersworth, 1758. 
West, William, Portsmouth, 1757 
Weston, Ebenezer, Amherst, 1759 
Weymouth, Samuel, Somersworth, 1759 
Wheeler, Abner, Salem, 1758 
Whidden, John, Greenland, 1757. 
Whiting, James, Hollis, 1760 
Whittier, Abner, Amesbury, Mass., 1757 
Wiggin, Bradstreet, Stratham, 1757 . 

Simon, Stratham, 1757 . 
Williams, Benjamin, Danville, 1759 . 



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566 

553 

528 

380 

64 

34 
422 
419 
160 

357 
I 

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96 
21 

95 

286 

69 

280 

349 

41 

398 

373 
267 

35 
560 

53 
157 
107 

493 



LIST OF ESTATES 



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Wilson, , Londonderry, 1759 

John, Plaistow, 1757 
Winchester, Ebenezer, Portsmouth, 1757 
Winslow, Elisha, Kingston, 1760 
Wood, Joseph, Charlestown, 1760 
Worcester, Jesse, Newbury, Mass., 1758 
Worthen, Samuel, Plaistow, 1757 
Wyman, Thomas, Pelham, 1760 . 



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19 

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York, Benjamin, Durham, 1760 
Young, John, Kingston, 1758 
Jonathan, Rochester, 1759 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



JOSHUA WEEKS 1757 GREENLAND 

The Last will and Testement of Joshua weeks of Greenland in 
the province of Newhampshire Gentlman Being of Sound Mind 
and Memory but Calling to mind the mortality of my Body Do 
Therefore this Second Day of November anno: Domini one 
thousand Seven hundred and fifty Two make and ordain this 
my Last will and Testement * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my beloved wife Comfort 
weeks the use & Improvement of one Third part of all my Real 
Estate also that half part of my Dweling house which Shee 
Shall Chuse and also all my household Stuff Dureing her Nat- 
ueral Life as also the use of my negro woman Named Hannah 
and the Improvement of Two Cows Six Sheep one horse my 
RIdeing Chair and pew in the meetinghouse in Greenland afore 
Said So Long as Shee Remains my widow (Exepting one bed 
that my Son william weeks now has in his possesion and my 
will is that my Son william weeks Shall maintain the Said Two 
Cows Six sheep and horse winter and Summer Dureing my Said 
wives wddowhood — ■ 

Item I Give Devise and Bequeath unto my Son John weeks 
and to his heirs and assigns for Ever one half of my Lower flats 
Bounding against my marsh Commonly Called and Known by 
the name of furbors and Shackfords Marsh in Greenland afore 
Said I also Give Demise and Bequeath unto my Said John weeks 
his heirs and assigns for Ever Ten acres of Land Laying in 
Greenland afore Said be it more or Less adjoyning the Land he 
now has in his possesion Runing northwardly upon the Road 
that Leads from my Said Son John^ house to my own untill it 
Coms to a Brook and from Said Brook to Run South Till it 



2 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Corns to James Cats Land and So Bounding on Said Cats Land 
and Land Belonging to John watson Till it Corns to my Said Son 
John weekes« Land that he alrady has also I give and Bequeath 
unto my Said Son John weeks his heirs and assigns my Negro 
whose Name is Neptune 

Item I Give and Bequeth unto my Granson Joshua weeks the 
Son of my Son Joshua weeks Deceased Twenty Shillings Lawful! 
money in full of his portion in my Estate to be paid by my Son 
william weeks within Two years next after my Decease — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter mary the wife 
of Jonathan Chasley one hundred and ten pounds old tenor: 
Thirty pounds thereof to be paid by my Son william weeks 
Emeadatly after my Decease the other Eighty pounds thereof to 
be paid by my Said Son william weeks within two years next 
after my Decease — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Martha Hilton 
the wife of wintroup Hilton one hundred and ten pounds old 
tenor Thirty pounds thereof to be paid by my Son william weeks 
Emeadatly after my Decease the other Eighty pounds to be 
paid by my Said Son william Two years next after my De- 
cease — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto My Granson Joshua Wiggin 
Son of my Said Daughter Martha Hilton one Three year old 
haffer to be Delivered him Emeadatly after my Decease by my 
Son william weeks — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Comfort the 
wife of waiter weeks one hundred and Ten pounds old tenor 
Thirty pounds thereof to be paid by My Son william weeks 
Emeadatly after My Decease the other Eighty pounds thereof 
to be paid by Said Son william weeks within Two years next 
after my Decease — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Two Gransons (viz) 
George Marshal and John Marshal Sons of my Daughter Thank- 
full the wife of George Marshall (who is Lately Deceased) 
Eighty pounds old tenor Equally to be Devided between them 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 

Said George Marshal and John Marshal when they arive to the 
age of Twenty one years to be put to Intrust by my Said Son 
william weeks within two years Next after my Decease and by 
him be paid to them Said George marshal and John marshall 
with the Intrust thereof when they arive to the age of Twenty 
one years 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Two Grandaughters 
Margret Marshal and Comfort marshal the Daughters of my 
Daughter Thankfull Marshall Deceased who was the wife of 
George marshall the fifth part of my household goods to be 
Taken Care of by my Executors at my own and my wives De- 
cease and by them be put to Intrust untill the Said Margret and 
Comfort arives to the age of Eighteen years and then be Equally 
with the Intrust thereof Delivered unto them by my Execu- 
tors — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Margret Smith 
the wife of Ebenezer Smith one hundred and ten pounds old 
tenor Thirty pounds thereof to be paid Emeadatly after my De- 
cease by my Son John weeks and the other Eighty pounds 
thereof to be paid by my Said Son John weeks within Two years 
next after my Decease I also Give and Bequeath unto my Said 
Daughter Margret Smith her heirs and assigns my Negro 
woman Named hannah Emeadatly to Recive her at my own and 
my wives Decease I also Give my Said Daughter Margret my 
lorne Jack 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my fouer Daughters (viz) 
Mary Chasley Martha Hilton Comfort weeks and Margret 
Smith all my house hold Stuff that is not alrady or hereafter 
Desposed of Equally to be devided between them Emeadatly 
after my own and my wives Decease — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son william weeks his 
heirs and assigns for Ever all my Dweling house Barns and out 
houses to Emeadatly possesed of at my own and my wives De- 
cease Togather with all my Lands Madows pasturs thatch 
Ground and Salt Marsh Laying in Greenland afore Said or alee 



4 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

whare Exepting what I have alrady herein and Before Desposed 
of I also Give and Bequeath unto my Said Son william weeks all 
my horses Sheep Swine Stock of Catle of Every Sort and Kind 
Exepting what is and Shall be other waies Desposed of and one 
Bad that he have alrady Received and all my Emplements of 
husbandtarry all So my Guns Sword Case and the works of 
M'' Manton and D'' Mathers Church histrey and al my Right 
in a negro man Named Seizer that is not al Rady Desposed of 
togather with all my Real and personal Estate Not Desposed of 
the Batter to Inable him to pay my Debts and my own and my 
wives funeral Charges — 

Item I Give unto my Son John weeks and my Son william 
weeks all my money Bills Bonds and Notes for payment of 
money Equeley to be Devided Between them — 

Aand I Do hereby Constitute and ordain and apoint My Said 
Sons John weeks and william weeks Executors * * * 

Joshua Weeks 
[Witnesses] James Brackett, Marthy Brackett, Rich^ Young. 

Beit Known unto all men by These presents That whereas I 
Joshua weeks of Greenland in the province of Newhampshire 
Gentlman have made and Declared my Last will and Testement 
in writing Bareing Date the Second Day of November anno: 
Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Two I the Said 
Joshua weeks: by This present Codicil Do Ratifie and Confirm 
my Said Last will and Testement only by This Codicil Do Ex- 
plain my True Intent and meaning how and in what manner my 
household Stuff Shall be Devided that is Given to my four 
Daughters: (viz) Mary Chasley martha Hilton Comfort weeks 
and Margret Smith after the fifth part thereof be Tacken Care of 
by my Executors as mentioned in my Said Last will and Teste- 
ment for my Two Grand Daughters (viz) margret marshal and 
Comfort marshall and That is to Say my Two Executors that I 
have apointed in my Said Last will and Testement Shall and are 
hereby ordred to Devide my Said household Stuff that Remains 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 

into four Equal parts for quantity and quality and and my Said 
four Daughters To Draw Lots for them — 

I Give and Bequeath unto Joshua weeks my Granson The 
Sun of my Son william weeks My upper Case and Bottles Lock 
and Kee Belonging there unto and to my household Stuff Be- 
longs the Suttle in the Corn Barn and what therein is : the Cask in 
my Sellers are not ment household Stuff : Nor any thing that in 
them is — 

further I Give unto my Granson Said Joshua weeks Son of my 
s<^ Son william weeks my Truny that I usely puts my Close In 
Confirmation whereof I Do here unto Set my hand and Seal the 
Elaventh Day of January in the Thirtyeth year of his majestys 
Reign Anno: Domini 1757 — 

Joshua Weeks 

[Witnesses] Nathanel goss, Rich^ Young, Rich^ X Goss. 

his mark 
[Proved June 28, 1758.] 



JOHN MANNERING 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Mannering of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to his widow, Sarah Mannering, Jan. 
12, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 83.] 

[Bond of Sarah Mannering, widows with Stephen March, 
blacksmith, and John Cutt, cooper, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Jan. 12, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Abraham Trefethen, Joseph Alcock.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 13, 1757; amount, £397. 9. o; signed by Jo- 
seph Alcock and John Cutt.] 



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EBENEZER WINCHESTER 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Ebenezer Winchester of 
Portsmouth, physician, granted to Jonathan Gibbs of Framing- 
ham, Mass., gentleman, Jan. 15, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 85.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Gibbs, with Samuel Hale and Seth Ring, 
yeoman, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Jan. 15, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Samuel Haven.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 19, 1757; amount, £501. 14. o; signed by 
Samuel Hale and Daniel Rogers.] 



BENJAMIN SHAW 1757 NOTTINGHAM 

In The Name of God Amen the sixteenth Day of January 1757 
I Benjamin Shaw of nottingham In y" prowence of new Hamp- 
shire In new England yeoman being weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give & bequeath to my well beloved wife Ester Shaw 
the use & Improvement of all my Real Estate untill my Son 
Benjamin shall arive to y" age of Twenty one years with my 
stock & buldings and after that my s"^ wife to have & pecably to 
Injoy the one third part of my land with the fore Room In the 
easterly end of my Dewelling house & one half of my Celler with 
a priviledge In my barn she to have Tow Cows Three sheep and 
a Riding hors she to have all my Debts by bills or nots my wife 
to have & to hold the above mentioned premisses During her 
Widow hood — further more my will is that my wife shall make 
sale of all my lands & marsh In the To won Ship of hampton the 
first oppertunity after my Decease and If In Case she shall 
stand In need of Expending that money for the support of her & 
my three Children In their minority she shall Expend it other 
wise my will Is that my wife shall pay to my son Benjamin one 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 7 

forth part of the Remainder of It & the Rest to be at my 
wifes Disposing 

Itm I Give & bequeath to my son Benjamin Shaw when he 
shall arive at the age of twenty one years Two thirds of all my 
Lands in nottingham To Gather with all my Buildings & stock 
which I have not all Ready Disposed of in y° with in will with 
the whole of all my out Lands & If in Case my wife shall marry 
again Then my son Benj"" to Com Into possession of the whole 
of my Estate to him & to his heirs for Eveir In Case he shall pay 
those Lagesies I shall here after specifie — • 

It™ I Give & bequeath to my Daughter sarah shaw one hun- 
dred pounds old Tenor — • one Cow & Two sheep to be paid by 
my son Benjamin when he shall arive at y" age of Twenty one 

yrs 

If" I Give & bequeath to my Daughter Ester shaw one hun- 
dred pounds old Tenor one Cow & Two sheep to be paid by my 
son Benjm" when he shall arive at full age — 

Lastly I Do Constutetute & appoint my wife Ester Shaw to be 
sole Executrix * * * 

his 
Benjamin X Shaw 
mark 
his her 

[Witnesses] John X Shaw, Susanna X Shaw, Joseph Draper. 

mark mark 

[Proved June 27, 1757.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing Thomas Simpson and 
John Mason, both of Nottingham, yeomen, to appraise the es- 
tate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 25, 1757; amount, £3165. i. o; 
signed by John Mason and Thomas Simpson.] 



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WILLIAM GAGE 1757 METHUEN, MASS. 

[Deborah Gage renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, William Gage, Jan. 19, 1757; witnesses, Daniel 
Jaques, Samuel Cole.] 

[Warrant from Daniel Peaslee, Justice of the Peace, Jan. 19, 
1757, authorizing John Sargent, Samuel Cole, and Daniel 
Jaques to appraise the estate in New Salem of William Gage of 
Methuen, Mass.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 19, 1757; amount, £267. 10. o; signed by 
John Sargent, Daniel Jaques, and Samuel Cole; land in Salem.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Gage of Methuen, 
Mass., granted to his brother, Benjamin Gage of Bradford, 
Mass., cordwainer, July 27, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 237.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Gage, with Jacob Treadwell and George 
Moses, both of Portsmouth, tanners, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, July 27, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £70. 10. o; 
expenditures the same; allowed Aug. 30, 1758.] 



THOMAS HALE 1757 PLAISTOW 

In the Name of God amen This nineteenth Day of January In 
the year of our Lord one Thousend seven Hundred and fifty 
Seven I Thomas Hale of Plastow in the Province of New Ham- 
shire in New England Husbandman * * * 

Imprimis I Give unto my Dearly Beloved Wife Mary the use 
and Improvement of one half of my Dwelling House and one 
Third part of all my Real Estate all Dureing the Time that she 
shall Remain my widow 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9 

Item I Give unto my said Wife all my Household goods and 
my Books and one Third part of my stock of Creatures and Two 
Hundred Pounds in Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid by 
my Executors 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughtor mary noyes or 
her Heirs whatsoever she hath allready Received of me and I 
Give unto her my said Daughter mary or her heirs the sum of 
four Hundred Pounds in Bills of Creadit of the old Tenor more 
or other Bills or money Equivelent to be paid by my Executors 
within one year aftor my Decease 

Item I Give unto my Grand Son Thomas Hale Son to my Son 
Thomas Disceased my House and Barn and all my Lands in 
Hampstead which I Bought of M"" William Eastman his heirs 
and Assigns if he arive to the age of Twenty one 

Item I Give unto my Two Sons Benjamin Hale and Ebenezer 
Hale their heirs and assigns to be Equelly Divided Between 
them all my Housing Lands and meadows in Plastow aforesaid 
which I Have not otherwayes Disposed of in and by this my will 
and all my Lands in the Township of Chester in the Province 
Aforesaid 

I Give unto my Daughter Hannah Hale Eight Hundred 
Pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Exetors within one year after 
my Decease 

I Give unto my Daughter Sarah Hale Eight Hundred pounds 
old Tenor to be paid by my Executors within one year after my 
Decease 

furthermore I Give unto my Two sons Benjamin Hale and 
Ebenezer whome I Constitute and apoint to be my Executors 
Two thirds of my Stock of Creatures and utencels for Husbendry 
and my Gun and my Tooles for Cooper and weaver Trades and 
my furniture for Horss Excep so much as their mother Shall have 
ocatlon to use Dureing Her Widohood and all my wareing ap- 
parill and my will Is that my Executors Equally Receive all my 
money and my Debts that are Due to me and shall Equally Dis- 
charge all my Just Debts Legacies and Funeral Expences and 



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my will is if after my Debts Legacies and funeral Expence and 
Cost of settling my Estate at the Court of Probate are fully Dis- 
charged there should be any of my Estate left not Disposed in 
this my will it Shall be Disposed of Equally Among my Children 
and those that Shall Legally Represent them and this is my Last 
will and Testament Having my present memory and under- 
standing as witness my hand and seal this nineteenth day of 
January Anno Domina seveteen Hundred and fifty seven 

Thomas Hale 

[Witnesses] Abel Merril, John Knight, Joshua Merrill. 
[Proved Sept. 26, 1759.] 

[Mary Hale of Plaistow, widow, accepts the terms of the will 
Sept. 24, 1759.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 26, 1759, authorizing Nathaniel Knight and 
John Knight, both of Plaistow, housewrights, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 19, 1759; amount, £27391. 10. o; signed by 
John Knight and Nathaniel Knight.] 

[Mary Hale of Plaistow makes choice of Capt. Jonathan 
Carleton of Plaistow as guardian of her youngest daughter, 
Sarah Hale, March 3, 1761.] 

[Hannah Hale of Plaistow makes choice of Benjamin Hale of 
Plaistow as her guardian March 3, 1761.] 

[Guardianship of Hannah Hale, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Thomas Hale, granted to Benjamin Hale of 
Plaistow March 6, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 42.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Hale, yeoman, with Jonathan Carleton of 
Plaistow, gentleman, and Benjamin Baker of Chester, cooper, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, March 6, 1761, for the guardianship 
of Hannah Hale; witnesses, William Parker, Lydia Parker.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 

[Guardianship of Sarah Hale, aged less than 14 years, daughter 
of Thomas Hale, granted to Jonathan Carle ton of Plaistow 
March 6, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 42.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Carleton, gentleman, with Benjamin Hale 
of Plaistow, yeoman, and Benjamin Baker of Chester, cooper, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, March 6, 1761, for the guardianship 
of Sarah Hale ; witnesses, William Parker, Lydia Parker.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 8, 1768, authorizing Jonathan Carleton of 
Plaistow, gentleman, Joshua Sawyer of Hampstead, yeoman, 
Samuel Little, gentleman, Humphrey Noyes, yeoman, and John 
Knight, housewright, all of Atkinson, to set off the widow's 
dower.] 

Province of \ We the Subscribers (Persuant to a warrant 
New Hampshire / to us Directed) have Set off to mary Hale of 
Atkinson widow & Relict of Thomas Hale Late of Plaistow in 
said Province Gent Deceased her Right of Dower in the Real 
Estate of the s<^ Deceased (viz) of the Buildings & Land in s'^ 
Atkinson the west end of the Dwell House the upright Part so 
far as the entry way & the Back room below adjoyning with the 
cellar under s'^ part of the House with free Liberty of Passing 
through s*^ entry to all her Parts of the House & cellar when oc- 
casion shall Require & to pass at the fore Door with the privi- 
ledge of the well by s*^ House & to pass to it the best way & of 
watering cattle at the usual Place below the orchard & the use of 
the Spring of water near the Tann House, also Eighteen feet of 
the N° East end of the Barn with one Rod of Land adjoyning her 
part of S'^ Barn on the Back side & one Rod & one half at the end 
with the priviledge of the Barn yard with those that Shall use 
the other Part of the Barn also one third of the garden before the 
Barn the s° East side the same wedth up to the way that go into 
the Barn yard & the Land adjoyning the west end of the House 
to the way that go into s^ yard two Rods by s*^ way also the N° 
west Part of the orchard Bounded at the s° east corner of s** 



12 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

House & Runing s° easterly half one Rod to the s° west of the 
southermost apple tree in the tenth Row from the upper end to 
a stake & stones midway between the s'^ tenth & Eleventh Rows 
then N° Easterly between s^ Rows Down to the edge of a meadow 
then N° westerly by s^ meadow Leaving out two small apple 
trees to a fence that Part enclose s'^ orchard then by s"^ fence as 
it now stands to the N° East corner of s"* House giving Liberty 
for those that Shall live in the East Part of s'^ House to Pass 
Round this part & with a team when occasion shall Require also 
about ten Acres of field & mowing Land out of the Great field 
Bounded at a stake & stones the N° west side of the Barn or 
way that go into s'^ field a litle below the way up to s^ House 
thence Runing S° Easterly by a Road Leading from Hampstead 
by s*^ House to Haverhill about forty five Rods then s° westerly 
by Land of Nath. Knight about forty five Rods then N° westerly 
about thirty five Rods to a Stake & Stones all by a stone wall 
fence then about forty Rods to the Bound by s'^ Barn also Pas- 
ture & wood Land about Sixty Acres Bounded at a Large white 
oak tree Standing in s^ Road about twenty Rods above s'^ Barn 
thence Easterly in the Dividing line between the two Sons of 
the s'^ Deceased as they first Divided about one Hundred & 
three Rods to a stake & stones then Northerly by Lands of 
Benj. Pettingall s^ Knight & Stephen Noyes about seventy Rods 
to a stake & stones then westerly by Land of Asa Page about 
Eighty four Rods to a stake & stones by s'^ Road then Southerly 
about thirty Rods Down s'^ Road to a stake & stones on the west 
side near opposite to a Rocky ledge then west to a meadow fence 
then s° westerly by s*^ meadow fence to Land of Jon. Page then 
southerly by Land of s'^ Jon. about thirty five Rods to a stake & 
stones then N° Easterly to a stake & stones by a stone wall the 
s^ field fence then Northerly about fifteen Rods then N° Easterly 
Still by s^ wall to a stake & stones by s'' Road then Northerly 
about Eight Rods to s^ white oak tree 

we Likewise have Set off to s'^ widow of the Buildings & Land 
in Hampstead in s^ Province the N° east end of the Dwelling 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 13 

House to the Parting about twelve feet also one third of the 
wedth of the Barn on the southerly side with free Liberty & 
convenient Room Round the Same to use them also about 
Eighteen Acres of Land one third in Quantity of the Premises 
on which the Last s'^ Buildings Stand the N° westerly side ad- 
joyning on land lately John Chase's about two Hundred Rods so 
Runing S° East from s*^ Chases Land about fourteen Rods on 
Each end of s*^ Land to stakes & stones 

Atkinson March 28**^ 1769 Jonathan Carleton 

Samuel Little 
John Knight 



JAMES OSGOOD 1757 CONCORD 

In y^ Name of God Amen I James Osgood of y Plantation 
called Rumford in the Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land being now in the full exercise & enjoyment of my Rational 
Powers tho under great bodily weekness * * * 

I give to my well beloved wife Hannah the Improvement of 
my Homestead with y^ buildings thereon standing & also of the 
Pasture contigious thereto on y^ westerly side of y" High way by 
my dwelling House so long as she shall remain my widow & if she 
should at any Time marry again then that she continue entitled 
to the one Half of y^ s*^ Improvement during her natural Life & 
ye other Half of sd Improvements to goe to these my sons to 
whom y'' Reversion of those Lands is ordered also liberty to cut 
her fire wood off my Land lying on y southerly side of y^ mill 
Road adjoyning to Jacob Hoyts Land during her Natural Life 
& the following articles I give her in Fee viz my Indian man 
Servant named George also my Negro woman Servant named 
Lucy also ye two youngest children she now has — also y^ whole 
of my Houshold Goods of all sorts also my mare & one of my 
cows at her choice also the one Half of my Flax swine Grain & 



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Provisions y* shall be in y House at my decease also sixty 
Gallons of Rhum & one Hundred weight of sugar also the Piece 
of all wool cloth which is now at mr Robert Calfs to be dressed 
& y* in consideration of ye above articles my s*^ wife shall bring 
up my youngest son Hazzen without any charge to my estate 
untill he shall arrive at y^ Age Ten years — 

Item I give to my son samuel my Negro Girl named Phillis 
which together with y« Land I have given him by Deed of gift at 
a place called suncook I proprose as y*' whol of his Portion 

Item I give to Daughter Anna Stickny five shillings which 
together with y^ Household goods I have already given her is to 
be the whole of her Portion 

Item to my Daughter Elisabeth webster I give y sum of five 
shillings which together with y" Household stuff she has already 
received is to be y whole of her Portion — 

Item I give to my Daughter Hannah y* sum of Eighteen 
pounds sterling money of great Britain to be paid her when she 
shall arrive at y'' Age of Eighteen years or upon marriage Day 
if She should be married before that Age the s'^ Legacy to raised 
out of my personal Estate at y" descretion of my Executrix if 
that shall suffice after my Just Debts & Funeral charges are 
discharged & if that shall fall short then such deficiency to be 
made up out of y" Lands I have given to my four youngest sons 
and if my s*^ Daughter Hannah should die before she is Eighteen 
years old & leave no lawful Issue then it is my will that y** s'^ 
Legacy should be divided between my four youngest sons in such 
Proportion as is hereafter provided y* the Residue of my Estate 
should be divided 

Item I give to my sons James, Benjamin, John & Hazzen y^ 
whole of my estate both Real & Personal not already disposed 
of to be Equaly divided amongst them save that in regard my 
son James has an Expensive Trade he should have but Half so 
much as one of his three Brethren and it is my will that if either 
of my Four last mentioned sons should die before he shall arrive 
at y^ Age of twenty one years & leave no Lawful Issue then his 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 5 

share shall be divided in the proportion last mentioned among 
his surviving Brethren exclusive of their oldest Brother samuel 
but if y^ deceased son shall leave any lawful Issue then such off- 
spring to be equaly entitled as if their Parent was living — 

and I constitute & appoint my s^ wife Hannah to be the sole 
Executrix of this my last will & Testament In witness where of 
I have set my Hand & seal hereto this twenty fourth Day of 
January Anno Domini 1757 and in the Thirtieth year of his 
majesties Reign 

James Osgood 

[Witnesses] Benj* Rolfe, Ezra Carter, Timothy walker Juner, 

[Proved May 25, 1757.] 

[Warrant, May 25, 1757, authorizing Ezra Carter and Tim- 
othy Walker, Jr., both of Rumford, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, filed Aug., 1757; amount, £7179. 3. o; signed by 
Ezra Carter and Timothy Walker, Jr.] 

Know all Men by these Presents That James Osgood our 
Honoured Father late of Rumford in the Province of New- 
hampshire deceased did by his last Will and Testament give sun- 
dry Tracts of Land in Rumford aforesaid unto his sons James 
Osgood, Benjamin Osgood, John Osgood, and Richard Hazzen 
Osgood to be divided betwixt them in the Proportion following 
(viz*) one seventh part thereof to his son James Osgood and two 
seventh parts thereof to each of his other said sons Benjamin, 
John, and Richard Hazzen Osgood Furthermore Know y^ that 
we the said James & Benjamin being of full age in Behalf of our- 
selves and Hannah Osgood relict widow of the said James Osgood 
deceased in Behalf of the other two sons John and Richard 
Hazzen Osgood both minors have agreed upon the Division of 
the said Tracts of Land as follows (viz*) That the said James 
Osgood shall have one of said Tracts of Land that contains 
ninety five Acres be the same more or less being the forty first 



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Lott in the Eighty Acre Division that was laid out to the Right 
of John Pecker which Land together with the sum of Thirty 
three pounds six shilHngs and Eight Pence old Tenor paid to him 
by his Brother the said Benjamin Osgood and sixty six pounds 
thirteen shillings & four pence paid to him by the said Hannah 
Osgood for & in behalf of the two said minors making in the 
whole the sum of one hundred pounds old Tenor the said James 
Osgood accepts of as his full share in this present Division That 
Benjamin Osgood shall have another of said Tracts of Land con- 
taining Ninety five acres be the same more or less being the forty 
fifth Lott in the said Eighty Acre Division that was laid out to 
the Right of John Austin Also One acre of Interval more or less 
laying in the Fann (so called) being laid out to the Right of the 
said Austin which two Pieces of Land together with the sum of 
two hundred Pounds old Tenor paid to him by the said Hannah 
Osgood in Behalf of the said two minors (himself having paid to 
his Brother James Osgood the sum of Thirty three pounds six 
shillings & Eight pence as above expressed) the said Benjamin 
Osgood accepts of as his full share in this present Division. That 
John Osgood & Richard Hazzen Osgood shall have a six acre 
Lott of Interval more or less the seventeenth Lott in the great 
Plain (so called) which Lot was drawn by said John Pecker. 
Also fifty three acres of Land more or less laying on the northerly 
side of the Mill Road leading to Flanders Mill being laid out to 
the Rights of said Pecker and Astin for their Twenty acre 
Grants. Also Twenty acres of Land more or less laying on the 
southerly side of said Mill Road being laid out to the Right of 
said John Pecker for Emendation to his Interval Lotts Also 
five acres of Land more or less laying at the middle plain (so 
called) bounded as follows (viz*) westerly on Merrimake River 
southerly on Land of the Reverend M^ Timothy Walker East- 
erly on the mountains and northerly on the Land of M'' Stephen 
Farington. Also Fourteen acres more of Land more or less laying 
at the Great swamp (so called) which was laid out for Emenda- 
tion to the Right of John Mattis bounded Easterly & southerly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 17 

on an high way westerly on Land of Aaron Stephens and north- 
erly on Land of George Abbot which five pieces of Land are 
(after the sum of Two Hundred and sixty six pounds thirteen 
shilHngs & four pence paid as abovementioned by the said 
Hannah Osgood is deducted) to be accounted the whole shares 
of the said John and Richard Hazzen Osgood in this present 
Division N: B: The several Tracts or pieces of Land above 
mentioned excepting the two last pieces are all Butted & 
Bounded as particularly expressed in the proprietor's Records of 
said Rumford Reference thereunto being had In Witness whereof 
We have hereunto sett our hands & seals this fifth Day of Aprill 
Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred & sixty two 

James Osgood 
Benjamin Osgood 
Hannah Osgood 

[Witnesses] Stephen Farrington J"", Paul Burbeen. 

[Province Deeds, vol. 70, p. 115.] 



JOHN NEWTON 1757 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Newton of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to his son, John Newton, Jan. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 94.] 

[Bond of John Newton, with Jeremiah Hubbard and Benja- 
min Swett as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £500, Jan, 
26, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Cutts 
Shannon, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 22, 1757; amount, £1008. 19. o; signed by 
Benjamin Swett and Jeremiah Hubbard.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, the personal 
estate; expenditures, £180. 17. 6; allowed Feb. 25, 1761.] 



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DAVID PAGE 1757 EPPING 

[Administration on the estate of David Page of Epping, yeo- 
man, granted to Jonathan Moulton, Jr., of Hampton, gentleman, 
Jan. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 94.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Moulton, Jr., with Israel James of Kings- 
ton, yeoman, and Simon Pottle of Stratham, blacksmith, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Jan. 26, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 27, 1757, authorizing David Lawrence and 
Ebenezer Fiske, physician, both of Epping, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, April 22, 1757; amount, £1228. 7. 6; signed by 
David Lawrence and Ebenezer Fiske.] 

[Warrant, July 18, 1757, authorizing David Lawrence of 
Epping and Noah Emery of Exeter, gentleman, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[Warrant, July 22, 1757, authorizing Capt. James Norris, 
Jonathan Rundlett, Ezekiel Brown, Abraham Perkins, and 
Samuel Smith, all of Epping, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of \ Eppin Nov' 10*^ I757- Pursuant to the 
New Hampshire / within Warrant to us Directed We have Sett 
ofT to Abigail Page widow Relict of David Page late of Eppin in 
Said Province Deceas'd Intestate for her Dower which happens 
to her of the Real Estate which was the Said Davids & of which 
he Dyed Seiz'd, Two Acres of Land in Eppin aforesaid at the 
South Westerly Corner of that which was the Said David's home 
place with the Dwelling house Standing thereon, & have Set 
forth the Same by Metes & bounds as followeth viz* begining at 
the highway at a Stake at the North Westerly Corner of John 
Page's Home place now in his Possession & from thence to run 
South Eighty Degrees & an half East forty Six rods thence North 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I9 

Nineteen Degrees West Seven rods & an half, thence North 
Eighty Degrees & an half West forty Six rods to the highway, 
thence South nineteen Degrees East Seven rods & an half to the 
bounds first mentioned, Which Premisses So bounded we Sett 
of to the Said Abigail in full for her Dower of the Said Real Es- 
tate To hold to her in Severalty During the Term of her Natural 
Life, as Witness our hands the day & year aforesaid — 

James noris 

Abr"" Perkins 

Samuel Smith i- Commitee 

Ezek^' Brown 

Jonathan Runlit 

[List of claims against the estate, Jan. i8, 1758; amount, 
£1260. 7. 3; signed by David Lawrence and Noah Emery.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1403. 7. 6; 
expenditures, £528. 17. o; allowed Dec. 18, 1760.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1260. 7. 3; amount 
distributed, £874. 10. o; allowed Jan. 13, 1761.] 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£401. 7. o; expenditures, £216. 7. o; allowed 1764.] 

[Second apportionment to the creditors; amount of claims, 
£1260. 7. 3; amount distributed, £234. 7. o; allowed April 8, 
1767.] 



SAMUEL WORTHEN 1757 PLAISTOW 

In the Name of God Amen I Samuel Worthen of Plastow in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Son Thomas Wor- 
then the Sum of five Pounds old Tenor to be Paid him Out of my 
Estate by my Executor — 



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And in Consideration that I have heretofore Given him his 
Proportion I Give him no more out of my Estate 

Item I Give and Bequeath Unto my Grandson Samuel 
Worthen Son of my Beloved Son Samuel Worthen Deceas'd the 
Sum of five Pounds old Tenor to be paid him out of my Estate by 
my Executor 

And in Consideration that I have heretofore Given my said 
son his Proportion I Give him no more out of my Estate 

Item I Give And Bequeath Unto my Beloved Son Moses 
Worthen the Sum of twenty Pounds old Tenor to be Paid him 
out of my Estate by my Executor, and in Consideration that I 
have heretofore Given him his Proportion I give him no more 
out of my Estate 

Item. My Will is that all my Estate both Real & Personal 
that is not heretofore Disposed of shall be Divided into three 
Equal Shares or Parts: And the first Share or Part I Give and 
Bequeath Unto the Children of my Beloved Daughter Mary 
Buzzel Deceas'd viz* My Beloved Grandaughter Annah Brown 
My Beloved Grandaughter Deliverance Clifford and My Beloved 
Grandaughter Judith Buzzel 

And I do Give And Bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter 
Judith Dow the Second third part or Share of my Estate Divided 
as aforesaid 

And I Give and Bequeath to My Beloved Daughter Hannah 
Gove the last third part or Share of my Estate Divided as afore- 
said 

Lastly I do by these Presents Constitute and appoint my Well 
beloved Son in Law Jonathan Gove of Hampton falls in the 
Province aforesaid Yeoman, to be Sole Executor of this my last 
Will And Testament: And my Will is that my Executor shall 
Equally Assess the three parts of my Estate Divided as above- 
mentioned to Pay and Satisfy him for his Expence and trouble 
in the Discharge of his trust as Executor According to Law and 
Justice — And further it is to be understood that my Will and 
Meaning is That my Daughters and Grandaughters Abovemen- 



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tioned Come into Possession of what is Given them at my De- 
cease * * * 

And for Confirmation of all aforegoing I have hereunto Set my 
hand and Seal the twenty Seventh Day of January in the thir- 
tieth Year of his Majestys Reign Annoque Domini One Thou- 
sand Seven hundred and fifty Seven 

Sam' Worthen 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Daniel Gove, Jonathan Dow. 
[Proved April 30, 1760.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1760, authorizing Moses Stevens and Jo- 
seph Harriman, both of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, July 7, 1760; amount, £2378. 11. 4; signed by 
Joseph Harriman and Moses Stevens.] 

[Petition of Timothy Dow, Israel Clifford, Thomas Critchett, 
and Judith Buswell, children and grandchildren of Samuel 
Worthen, May 27, 1763, that administration be granted to the 
widow of Jonathan Gove, he being deceased.] 



EBENEZER WENTWORTH 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The Twenty Seventh day of 
January in the year of our Lord Jesus Christ one Thousand Seven 
hundred and fifty Seven I Ebenezer Wentworth of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New-Hampshire Shopkeeper being Sick and 
weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Rebecca 
and her Heirs & assigns for ever all my Estate both real and Per- 
sonal wheresoever and whatsoever But in Case my said Daugh- 
ter shall dye without Issue lawfully begotten of her Body I Give 
bequeath and devise the same unto my Brother Samuel Went- 
worth and his Heirs and assigns for ever — And I do hereby 



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Constitute and appoint my Brother Samuel Wentworth to be 
Executor * * * 

Eb' Wentworth 

[Witnesses] Marmaduke Browne, Rob* Traill, W™ Drake. 
[Proved March 30, 1757.] 

[Inventory, May 25, 1757; amount, £11711. 7. o; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and Robert Traill.] 



PAGE BATCHELDER 1757 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Page Batchelder of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to Andrew Craige and John Underbill, both of 
Chester, yeomen, Feb. i, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 104.] 

[Bond of Andrew Craige and John Underbill, with Joseph 
Batchelder of Hampton Falls, gentleman, and Robert Campbell 
of Londonderry, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 
I, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, WiUiam 
Parker, Jonathan Hopkinson.] 

[Warrant, Feb. i, 1757, authorizing John Roby, tanner, and 
John Webster, innholder, both of Chester, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 7, 1757; amount, £2635. 15. o; signed by 
John Roby and John Webster.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1456. o. o; 
expenditures, £1345. 17. 3; allowed Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Batchelder, minor, aged more than 
14 years, daughter of Page Batchelder, granted to Joseph Lynn 
Aug. 27, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 280.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2$ 

[Bond of Joseph Lynn, yeoman, with Edward Presson, house- 
wright, as surety, both of Chester, in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 
1766, for the guardianship of Mary Batchelder; witness, William 
Vaughan,] 

[Guardianship of Isaiah Batchelder, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Page Batchelder, granted to Edward Presson Aug. 
27, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 401.] 

[Bond of Edward Presson, housewright, with Joseph Lynn, 
yeoman, as surety, both of Chester, in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 
1766, for the guardianship of Isaiah Batchelder; witness, William 
Vaughan.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 27, 1766, authorizing Samuel Emerson, John 
Underhill, gentleman, Jacob Chase, Andrew Craige, and Joseph 
Clark, yeomen, all of Chester, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of \ Where as we the subscribers Were ap- 
New Hampshire J poynted by the Hon^^ John Wentworth Esq' 
Judge of the Probate &c for said Province to Divide the Reall 
Estate of Page Bacheldor of Chester Deceased Intestate among 
the widow and children of said Intestate Have Don it in the fol- 
lowing maner : all that was shown to us — 

first We set of to the widow Elisebath as her Right of Dower 
in said Estate about Twenty one acres of Land Laying on the 
Easterly side of the Homesteed : bounded as followeth : first at 
the South Easterly Corner at a stake and stones being a Bound of 
Cap* Underbills Land then west nor west by the High way 
Eighteen Rods to a stake and stones : then North north East one 
Hundred and Eighty Rods to a stake and stones: then East 
South East 18*" Rods to a stake and stones: Then by Cap* 
Underbills Land streight to the first bounds mentioned — 

2'y We Have Set of to Isaiah Bacheldor the Eldest son a Duble 
share Containing thirteen acres and a half of Land: adjoyning 
to the widows thirds bounded first at the South Easterly corner 



24 NEW HAMPSHIRE WH.LS 

a Stake and stones then west nor west by the High way Twelve 
Rods to a stake and stones then North nor East: i8o: Rods to a 
Beech tree marked then East South East twelve Rods to a stake 
and stones then by the widows third streight to the first bound 
mentioned 

3iy We have Set of to Abigail Bacheldor in her Right one 
single share containing about Six acres and three Quarters 
bounded first at the South Easterly corner at a stake and stones 
being the South Westerly bound of what Land we set of to 
Isaiah Bacheldor then west nor west by the High way Six Rods to 
a stake and stones then north nor East : i8o : Rods to a Hemlock 
tree marked then East South East six Rods to a Beech tree 
marked then by the Land we set of to Isaiah Bacheldor streight 
to the first bounds mentioned 

4'y We have set of to Elisebath Bacheldor in her Right one 
single share containing about seven acres and a Quarter bounded 
first at the South Easterly corner at a stake and stones being the 
south westerly bounds of the Land we set of to Abigail Bacheldor : 
then west nor west by the High way six Rods and a Half to a 
stake and stones then north north East : i8o : Rods to white 
pine tree marked then East South East by Carrs Land six Rods 
and a Half to a Hemlock tree marked then by the Land we set of 
to Abigail Bacheldor Streight to the first bound mentioned — 

S^y We Have set of to mary Bacheldor in her Right one single 
share containing about Seven acres and a Quarter bounded 
first at the South Easterly corner at a stake and stones being the 
South Westerly bound of what Land we set of to Elisebath 
Bacheldor then west nor west six Rods and a Half by the High 
way to a stake and stones then north north East : iSo : Rods to a 
stake and stones then East South East by Carrs Land six Rods 
and a Half to a white pine tree marked then by the Land we set 
of to Elisebath Bacheldor streight to the first bound men- 
tioned — 

6^y We have Set of to Susanah Bacheldor in her Right one 
single share containing about Seven acres and three Quarters 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2$ 

bounded first at the South Easterly corner at a stake and stones 
being the South westerly bound of the Land we set of to mary 
Bacheldor then west nor west by the High way seven Rods to a 
stake and stones then north north East by Pressons and Heaths 
Land : i8o : Rods to a stake and stones then East South East 
by Carrs Land Seven Rods to a stake and stones then by the 
Land we set of to mary Bacheldor streight to the first bound 
mentioned — 

And thus we make our Return this Eighth Day of December 
1766 

Sam'' Emerson 
Joseph Clark 
Jacob Chase 



JOHN PECKER 1757 HAVERHILL, MASS. 

[Hannah Pecker renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Capt. John Pecker of Haverhill, Mass., March i, 1757, 
because of age and infirmity; witnesses, Elizabeth Pecker, Na- 
thaniel Peaslee Sargent.] 

[Administration granted to James Pecker of Haverhill, Mass., 
physician, Feb. 5, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 162.] 

[Bond of James Pecker of Haverhill, Mass., physician, with 
Samuel Watts, gentleman, and John Watts, Jr., husbandman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 5, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of his father, John Pecker, gentleman; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Little, Daniel Little.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 5, 1757, authorizing Thomas Little, tanner, 
and John Watts, yeoman, both of Plaistow, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested April 18, 1757; amount, £3061. 19. o; 
signed by John Watts and Thomas Little.] 



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JOHN McCONECHEY 1757 BEDFORD 

In the Name of God Amen the 1$^^ day of February in the 
year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty seven I 
John m^'Conechey of Bedford in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Husband-man being sick and weak in Body * * * 

Imprimus I Give and bequeath to Mary my dearly and well 
beloved wife the Improvement of one third part of my Real 
Estate during her life allso one mare, and one third of all my 
Personall Estate except Cattle to be at her disposeal at her 
death allso one bond from John Patten and Ninian Cochran of 
Londonderry to me of one hundred and twenty pounds old 
tenor payable Novb*" 5**^ 1758 allso one Cow 

Item I Give to my well beloved Sons Samuel & John 
M^Conechey all my Real Estate Except the third before Ex- 
prest which I likewise Give at their mothers Deceas to them 
their heirs and assigns for Ever in equall shairs — Itim I give to 
the S^ Sam^' one Pair of oxen & to the s'l John one pair of Steers 
Coming in two years old, allso all my Emplyments of Husbandry 
in Equal Shairs between them — Item I Give to my well beloved 
son Alex' Orr & daughter Jannet Orr forty pounds old tenor out 
of my money Estate to be paid as here after Exprest within Six 
months after my decease or to their heirs — Item I Give to my 
wellbeloved Daughter Martha m^Conechey one bond from 
Patten & Cochran afore^<^ of 120 pounds old ten'' Payable Novb'' 
I"* 1757 allso one brown Cow with some white on her Rump and 
one year old that Came of said Cow & one bed & bedsted & 
bolster with half of the Cloaths belonging to s*^ bed and one foot 
wheel — Item I Give to my Daughter Mary m^'Conechey one 
bond from the s^ Patten & Cochran to me of 120 pounds pay- 
able Novb'' the first 1 759 and one Cow that was bought from Hugh 
Gillis & the other half of the bed & bed Cloaths before Exprest 
and one foot wheel Item I Give to my Sons Samuel & John M"- 
Conechey all and Every other articule and thing in Equal Shares 
not before willed & bequeathed they paying all my proper debts 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 

and the before mentioned forty pounds to Alex'' Orr & Jannet 
Orr or their heirs also my funeral Charges and Expences of ad- 
ministeration and Charges attending it — And I do Constitute 
and make and ordain Samuel Patten of Bedford and Province 
afore Said Husband man my only & Sole Executor * * * 

his 
John X m'^Conechey 
mark 

[Witnesses] James Moor, William Moor, Daniel Moor. 
[Proved June 29, 1757.] 

[Mary McConechey, widow, and Alexander, Janet, Martha, 
Mary, Samuel, and John McConechey, children, accept the terms 
of the will June 2^, 1757; witnesses, William Moore, Daniel 
Moore.] 

[Inventory, June 27, 1757; amount, £1963. o. 8; signed by 
William Moore and Daniel Moore.] 

[Bonds of Daniel Moore, with Samuel Patten and William 
Moore as sureties, all of Bedford, in the sum of £500 each, 
June 29, 1757, for the guardianship of Samuel and John Mc- 
Conechey, minors, aged more than 14 years, sons of John Mc- 
Conechey; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 



WILLIAM JACKSON 1757 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen the Eighteenth day of February 
In the year of our Lord God One Thousand Seven hundred and 
fifty Seven I William Jackson of the Town of Durham in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England being aged and 
well Stricken in years * * * 

Imprimis I Give unto Mary my Dearly Beloved Wife one 
Pair of Black Silk Gloves — 

Item I will and Give my Sons William Jackson and Benjamin 



28 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Jackson Their heirs and Assigns all my Real and Personal Estate 
where I now live and Possess with the Priviledges and Appurte- 
nances thereof Lying and being in Durham And Partly in Dover 
in the Province Aforesaid with the Messuages and Tenements 
Thereon with My Marsh thatch bed and flatts to be Equally 
Divided between them According to Quantity and Quality to 
be had and held by them and their heirs Forever Immediately 
after my Decease; Likewise I Give my said Son William my 
Right and property in the Second Division of Lands in the 
Township of Rochester In the Province Aforesaid. It is my Will 
Likewise that my Son Benjamin Shall Have My Right in the 
third Division of Lands in Rochester in the Province Aforesaid 
To them and their Heirs forever — 

I Also Give my Daughter Meribah Huckins wife of Robert 
Huckins Ten Pounds to be paid to her or her heirs or Assigns by 
my Executor within the Term of one year after my Decease — 

Item as to the Remainder and Residence of my Real and Per- 
sonall Estate Wherever the same is: I w^U and Give my Said 
Son William and his heirs forever, whom I do Constitute and 
Appoint to be my Sole Executor * * * 

his 

William X Jackson 

mark 

[Witnesses] Samuel Stiles, Job Demeret, William Bruce. 
[Proved Jan. 30, 1760.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1760, authorizing Stephen Jones, gentle- 
man, and Thomas Chesley, Jr., both of Durham, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, April 28, 1760; amount, £4724. 10. o; signed by 
Stephen Jones and Thomas Chesley, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 

JOHN McMURPHY 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of John McMurphy of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to his brother, Alexander McMurphy, 
Feb. 22, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 104.] 

[Bond of Alexander McMurphy of Londonderry, yeoman, 
with Robert Clark of Londonderry, yeoman, and James Dwyer 
of Portsmouth, truckman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Feb, 22, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, March 30, 1757; amount, £266. 6. o; signed by 
Samuel Barr and Thomas Craige.] 



DAVID AMES 1757 NEWMARKET 

[Bond of Josiah Hilton and his wife, Sarah Hilton, with Ed- 
ward Hilton and Josiah Huntoon as sureties, all of Newmarket, 
in the sum of £500, Feb. 23, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate of David Ames of Newmarket, yeoman, former husband 
of Sarah Hilton; witness, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1757, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Joseph Sanborn, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 20, 1757; amount, £336. 9. o; 
signed by Joseph Sanborn and Thomas Young.] 

[Warrent, Dec. 28, 1757, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Joseph Sanborn, physician, both of Newmarket, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[Notice of the commissioners, May 29, 1758, of a time limit for 
filing claims; signed by Joseph Sanborn and Thomas Young.] 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, June 28, 1758, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Walter Bryent, both of Newmarket, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 



JOHN DOWNS 1757 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Downs of Somersworth, 
yeoman, granted to Ichabod Rollins of Somersworth, gentle- 
man, Feb. 23, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 119.] 

[Bond of Ichabod Rollins, with Cutts Shannon of Portsmouth, 
gentleman, and John Perkins of Dover, yeoman, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Feb. 23, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, March 9, 1757; amount, £1102. 9. o; signed by 
Moses Stevens and William Wentworth.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £70. 16. 3; 
expenditures, £76. 12. 5^^; mentions "Paid the Wid'' Downs 
for y^ Bringing up 2 of Her Childring Being under age when ther 
fathe Dide Viz Gershom Downs was 4 years old John i year"; 
allowed Nov. 28, 1776.] 



THOMAS CHASE 1757 STRATHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Chase of Stratham, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Love Chase, Feb. 23, 1757.] 

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

[Bond of Love Chase, widow, with Andrew Wiggin and Sam- 
uel Leavitt, yeoman, as sureties, all of Stratham, in the sum of 
£1000, Feb. 23, 1757, for the administration of the estate of 
Thomas Chase, innholder; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts 
Shannon.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 1 

[Inventory, March 8, 1757; amount, £5234. 8. o; signed by 
Joshua Neal and Theophilus Smith.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £1965. 15. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1602. 8. o; mentions "Support- 
ing my Children that were Under Seven Years old at their 
Father's Decease Viz Dudley 76 Weeks Mary 156 Weeks Anna 
342 Weeks" ; allowed September 25, 1765.] 

[Warrant, June 13, 1799, authorizing Benjamin Barker, 
Jonathan Wiggin, gentleman, and Thomas Veasey, yeoman, all 
of Stratham, to appraise the income of two thirds of the real 
estate while it was in possession of the widow; report, June 24, 
1799, at $802; signed by Benjamin Barker, Jonathan Wiggin, 
and Thomas Veasey.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 22, 1799, authorizing Paine Wingate, Jonathan 
Wiggin, gentleman, Thomas Veasey, Joseph Durrell, and John 
Light Piper, yeomen, all of Stratham, to divide the real estate.] 

Pursuant to the annexed Warrant we the Subscribers have 
made partition of the real estate of the said Thomas Chase de- 
ceased, and do hereby set off the widow's dower and the respec- 
tive shares as therein directed, having regard to the quality as 
well as quantity of said land. And to the said Love Chase we 
set, as her full thirds in said Estate, the great room at the north- 
erly end of the house with the entry way to the outer door, also 
the Chamber over the said room and the cellar under the same, 
also the scaffold over the stall at the easterly end of the barn & 
the priveledge of keeping her stock in the stall under said scaf- 
fold & of passing & repassing from said barn and likewise of 
using the well and out buildings appurtenant to the house as 
occasion may require — And further we set off to the said Love 
Chase about three acres and eighty six rods of land bounded as 
follows — namely beginning on the northerly side of land here- 
after described as set off to the right of Sarah Piper at a point 
twelve rods & five links from the country road thence running 



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

north twelve degrees East twelve rods & three quarters of a rod 
on the westerly line of the share hereafter described as set off to 
the said Love Chase as the share which belonged to her daugh- 
ter Anna deceased, thence running westerly in a strait line paralel 
to said Pipers northerly line thirty one rods & twenty two links 
until it strikes the land which Phinehas Merrill bought of Jona- 
than Hoit & came out of the Thurston place (so called) thence 
southerly by the Thurston line (so called) seventeen rods & six 
links to land of Thomas Veazey thence by said Veazey's land 
easterly until it comes to the land hereafter described as set off 
to the right of Sarah Piper, thence northerly by said Pipers land 
five rods & a half rod, and thence Easterly by said Piper's land 
seventeen rods & twenty links to the point first mentioned. — 

To the right or share of Sarah Piper we set off a room adjoyn- 
ing to the room set to the widow's thirds & adjoyning to the 
room hereafter described as set to the share of Anna deceased 
with the priveledge of using a fire place & oven somewhere in the 
house, also the use of the scaffold over the barn floor and of the 
well & out buildings, And farther we set to the said Sarah's 
share one acre & five rods of land bounded as follows namely, 
beggining at the southeasterly corner of said land adjoyning to 
land of Tho^ Veazey and to the country road thence running by 
said road five rods & a half rod to a stake, thence westerly by the 
northerly side of said Veazeys land and carrying the full width 
of five rods & a half rod to extend Thirty rods westward to stakes 
at the southerly & northerly corners of said land. 

To Love Chase in the right of her daughter Anna we set off as 
her share the room at the northwesterly corner of the room set 
to her, as her thirds, with the priveledge of the cellar under that 
part of the house & of the scaffold at the northwesterly comer 
of the barn & of the well & out buildings as occasion may require, 
And further we set off to the said Love Chase as the share of the 
said Anna One hundred & fifty rods of land, bounded as follows, 
namely, Beginning on the road at the northeasterly corner of 
Sarah Piper's share, thence running northerly on the road six 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 33 

rods & a half rod thence north seventy four degrees west five 
rods & two Hnks, thence north two degrees west fourteen rods & 
ten Hnks to land hereafter described as set off to Phinehas Merrill, 
thence south eighty seven degrees west three rods, thence south 
twelve degrees west nineteen rods & five links to the first men- 
tioned boundary of the widows thirds & thence easterly on the 
northerly line of Sarah Piper's share twelve rods & five links to 
the bound first mentioned. 

To Phinehas Merrill as his four shares in said Estate we set 
ofif all the buildings and appurtenances of the same not in the 
foregoing shares & thirds set off to others, And further we set 
off to the said Merrill about four acres & one hundred & forty 
one rods, not herein before described and not set off to others, 
being all the remaining part of the said Thomas Chases Estate 
to us directed to set off. 

Given under our hands this Twenty third day of August Anno 
Domini Seventeen hundred & ninety nine 

Paine Wingate 
Jonathan Wiggin 
Thomas Veasey 
Joseph Durell 
John Light Piper 

[Warrant, March 22, 1803, authorizing Paine Wingate, Jona- 
than Wiggin, gentleman, Thomas Veasey, yeoman, Jonathan 
Piper, gentleman, and William Barker, clothier, all of Stratham, 
to divide the widow's dower.] 

Pursuant to the annexed Warrant we the Subscribers do hereby 
make Partition of the Dower of the said Love Chase situate in 
said Stratham, in the manner following. That is to say To the 
Share of Sarah Piper, for her one Sixth part of said Dower, we set 
off eighty eight rods and one half rod of land, bounded as fol- 
lows, namely. Beginning at the northwesterly corner of the share 
formerly set off to the share of the said Sarah Piper, out of the 
estate of Thomas Chase, her late father, deceased thence running 



34 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Easterly by said share eight rods and fourteen & a half links to a 
stake & stone, thence running North twelve degrees East, ten 
rods & eight links, to a stake & stone, thence running north 
Seventy four degrees West eight rods & fourteen & a half links 
to a stake & stone, thence running Southerly ten rods & eight 
links to the bound first mentioned. 

To the share of Andrew Chase, for his sixth part of said Dower, 
we set off eighty eight rods & one half rod of land, bounded as 
follows, namely — Beginning at the Southeasterly corner of the 
land herein set off to Sarah Piper & thence running Easterly by 
said Sarah Piper's former share eight rods and Fourteen & a half 
links to a stake & stone at the southwesterly corner of that which 
was set off to the share of Anna Chase out of her late father's 
estate, thence northeasterly on said Anna's share ten rods & 
eight links to a stake & stone, thence running northwesterly eight 
rods & fourteen & a half links to the northeasterly corner of the 
land herein set off to Sarah Piper, & thence running southerly by 
said Sarah Piper's line to the bound first mentioned. 

To the share of Phinehas Merrill for his four sixth parts of said 
Dower we set off all the residue of the dower of said Love Chase 
situate in said Stratham, lying northerly & westerly of the shares 
herein set off to Sarah Piper & to Andrew Chase reference being 
had to the former seting off of said dower for a particular 
description of the boundaries of said Merrills share — Given 
under our hands at Stratham this 6*^ day of April A D 1803 — ■ 

Paine Wingate 
Jonathan Wiggin 
Thomas Veasey 



SAMUEL WATSON 1757 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Watson of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to James Kielle of Dover, tailor, Feb. 23, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 123.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 

[Bond of James Kielle, with Benjamin Mathes and Eliphalet 
Daniell, mariner, both of Durham, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 23, 1757, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, WilUam Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1757, authorizing Joshua Wingate and 
Joseph Roberts, both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 16, 1757; amount, £316. 15. 6; signed by 
Joshua Wingate and Joseph Roberts.] 

[Commission to Joshua Wingate and Joseph Roberts, gentle- 
men, March 29, 1758, to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, attested Feb. 28, 1759; amount, £485. 3. 8; 
signed by Joshua Wingate and Joseph Roberts.] 

[License to the administrator, March 6, 1765, to sell the 
widow's dower, she being deceased.] 



JOHN WHIDDEN 1757 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I John Whidden of Greenland In 

the Province of New Hampshire Gent, being Aged & Infirm 
* * * 

Item I Give & Devise to my Son John Whidden that Part of 
my Land in Greenland which lies Westerly of a Line runing from 
the Country Road or high Way begining three Rods Easterly of 
the Barn which he now Improves and from thence running on a 
Strait Line (being near North West) to a Red oak Stump stand- 
ing at or near the Creek by Deacon Gates Marsh being about 
Sixteen Rods Easterly of the Land of Thomas Sherburne and 
begining on the other Side of the Said High Way on the West- 
erly Side of my Little Orchard and from thence Runing on a 
Strait Line to the Southerly End of the Stone Wall my Land & 
the Land of Said Sherburne as Said Wall now Stands the Said 



36 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

John to have the Land lying on the Westerly Side of this Line 
also these Pieces of Land being part of my home place I also 
give him ten acres of my Pasture Land to be taken next to the 
Land Lately Cap* James Johnsons now Said to be John Banfields 
to run from the High Way over to the Land of Clement March 
Esq'' and to be the Same number of rods in breadth next to his 
Land that it is at the High Way I also give him one half of that 
Tract of Land I Purchasd of James Jeffrey lying in Portsmouth 
to be taken next to the Land of Samuel Cate to have and hold 
all the Said Parcels of Land with all the Buildings and Appurten' 
to him my Said Son John his Heirs and assigns. I also give him a 
Cow 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Daughter Ann Jones the Wife 
of John Jones the Sum of Fifty Pounds old Tenor according to the 
Present Value to be paid by my Son Samuel within two year after 
my Decease this is besides what She has already had — I also 
give her a Bed & beding thereto belonging 

Item I Give to my Daughter Hannah Jenkins the Wife of 
William Jenkins the Sum of Fifty Pounds old Tenor to be paid 
by my Said Son Samuel as aforesaid at the Same Value besides 
what She has already had 

Item I give to the Children of my Daughter Mary Deceased 
the Sum of Fifty Pounds as aforesaid to be paid by my Son 
Samuel within the time aforesaid & to be Equally Divided be- 
tween them my Grand Children 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Hains the 
Wife of Samuel Hains the Sum of Fifty Pounds old Tenor at 
the Value aforesaid to be paid by my Son John within two years 
as aforesaid 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth the Like 
Sum at the said Value to be paid by Said John within two 
Years as aforesaid I also give her Six Sheep & one Cow and a Bed 
& Furniture one of those now in my house to be Delivered by 
my Son Samuel within a Year after my Decease I also give her 
the use of a Convenient Room in my House which She Shall 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 

Chuse & to have her Fire Wood Provided by my Son Samuel at 
the Door and he to find her all necessary & Comfortable Provi- 
sion the Said Room wood & Provision to be so Provided during 
the time she Shall live unmarried and during that time to main- 
tain her Cow & Sheep aforesaid Summer & Winter I also give 
her all the Rest of my moveables within Doors meaning my 
household Furniture as Pewter Pots Kettles & Chairs 

Item all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate Real 
& Personal I give to my Son Samuel his Heirs Executors & 
admin" forever and I appoint him Sole Executor of this my Last 
Will & Testament & Revoke all other wills by me in any manner 
heretofore made — In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my 
hand & Seal the 26**^ Day of Feb^'^ Anno Domini 1757 

John Whidden 

[Witnesses] William Parker, Elezar Cate, William Cate Juner. 
[Proved May 27, 1767.] 

[Bond of Joseph Whidden, blacksmith, with Samuel Langdon, 
gentleman, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, 
May 27, 1767, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William 
Parker, Robert Parkes.] 



THOMAS KIMBALL, JR. 1757 EXETER 

[Joanna Kimball renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Thomas Kimball, Jr., of Exeter, bricklayer, 
March i, 1757, in favor of Jeremiah Leavitt; witnesses, William 
Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Administration granted to Jeremiah Leavitt of Exeter, inn- 
holder, March i, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 131.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Leavitt of Exeter, innholder, with Jere- 
miah Bean of Exeter and Benjamin Leavitt of Stratham, yeo- 



38 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

men, as sureties, in the sum of £500, March i, 1757, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, John Fernald, John 
Langdon.] 

[Warrant, March i, 1757, authorizing Ephraim Robinson, 
gentleman, and John Purmort, joiner, both of Exeter, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 4, 1757; amount, £892, 9, o; signed by 
Ephraim Robinson and John Purmort.] 



BENJAMIN KIDDER 1757 BEDFORD 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Kidder of Souhegan 
East, yeoman, granted to Benjamin Kidder of Derryfield, yeo- 
man, March 4, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 134.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Kidder of Derryfield, yeoman, with John 
Goffe of Derryfield and Thomas Parker of Litchfield, gentleman, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, March 4, 1757, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Noah Emery, William Parker, 
Jr.] 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Kidder granted to 
his son, John Kidder of Derryfield, Feb. 8, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 171.] 

[Bond of John Kidder, yeoman, with John Goffe and John 
Moore, gentleman, as sureties, all of Derryfield, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 8, 1759, for the administration of the estate of his 
father, Benjamin Kidder; witnesses, Benjamin Smith, Matthew 
Patten.] 

JONATHAN CHOATE 1757 KINGSTON 

Elizabeth Bridgham renounces administration on the estate 
of her former husband, Jonathan Choate, March 8, 1757, in favor 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 39 

of Lieut. Trueworthy Ladd; witnesses, John Ladd, Elizabeth 
Ladd.] 

[Administration granted to Trueworthy Ladd, gentleman, 
March 8, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 134.] 

[Warrant, June 6, 1757, authorizing Jeremy Webster, Ebenezer 
Stevens, Elisha Swett, Samuel Fifield, gentleman, and William 
Calfe, cordwainer, all of Kingston, to set off dower to Elizabeth 
Bridgham, wife of Jacob Bridgham of Kingston, cordwainer.] 

[Inventory, June 14, 1757; amount, £1323. o. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Samuel Fifield.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon''''' Wibird Esq'' Judge of the Pro- 
New Hamps: / bate of Wills &c for the Province of New 
Hamps : 

Pursuant to your Hon" Warrant: Authorizing us the subscrib- 
ers to sett off to Elizabeth Bridgham now the wife of Jacob 
Bridgham: widow & Relict of Jonathan Chote late of Kingstown 
in s'^ Province Deceased her Right of dower in the Estate of her 
s^ Late Husband : we have proceeded & set off to the s'^ Elisabeth 
for her thirds in the Estate of her Late Husband : the s'l Jonathan 
Chote: Bounded as followeth beginning at a Pine Stump the 
south westerly Corner of the whole Tract & running Easterly on 
the southerly Line thereof to the River & so on over the River 
as far as the s*^ Chotes Land goes to a Pitch Pine tree marked: 
then Back again westerly by meadow or Swamp ground of David 
Goodwin & Daniel Goodwin till it Comes to a Red Oak stump 
the south westerly Corner of s^ Goodwins meadow Ground : then 
Northerly to the River to a stake the North westerly Corner of 
s'' Goodwins meadow : then over the River & so down the River 
about thirty Rods to a stake by the River : thence westerly to the 
westerly end of s*^ Chotes Land to a small white oak tree : then 
southerly 24 Rods to the place where it first began twelve acres 
be the same more or less: with the Dwelling House thereon: 



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

said premisses set off & Described as above mentioned by us this 

24*'' day of June Annoq domini 1757. 

Jeremy Webster 
Elisha Sweet 
Eben' Stevens 

[Warrant, March 31, 1758, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Samuel Fifield, gentleman, both of Kingston, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Oct. 12, 1758; amount, £103. 3. 6; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Samuel Fifield.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £672. o. o; 
expenditures, £463. 8. o; allowed May 16, 1759.] 

[Account of Elizabeth Bridgham against the estate ; amount, 
£893. o. o; receipts, £233. 6. 8; balance due, £559- I3- 4; men- 
tions "Keeping Abigail from the 9**^ of January 1752 til may the 
26*^ 1755. . . . D° for Eliz^" from the 9**^ of January 1752 till the 
II th of December 1756. . . . D° Anna from the 9**^ of January 
1752 till the 3*'' of Jany 1758."] 

[Petition of the widow, Elizabeth Bean, Kingston, Sept. 21, 
1773, to the court that Capt. Trueworthy Ladd may be sum- 
moned to show cause for not paying her a balance due.] 



RICHARD CHILDS 1757 DURHAM 

This may Certify that on or about the 25 Day of Janu^ Last 
I heard Hannah a Woman who has for Some years last past 
Lived with Richard Childs Late of Nottingham in New Hamp- 
shire Laborer DeC^ Confess that she was not the Wife of the 
Said Deceased and She told me they were never Married Wit- 
ness my hand the 11*^ Day of March 1757 

John Shephard 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4I 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Childs of Durham, 
laborer, granted to Nathaniel Peirce of Portsmouth March i6, 
I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 135.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Peirce of Portsmouth, with Daniel Peirce 
of Poitsmouth and John Chamberlain of Merrimack, gentleman, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, March 16, 1757, for the admin- 
istration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Jeremiah 
Carleton.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1758, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Nov. 27, 1758; amount, £205. 16. 4; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £122. 15. 8; 
expenditures, £46. 10. o; allowed Dec. 19, 1758.] 



WILLIAM WEST 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William West of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow. Love West, March 14, 1757.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 135.] 

[Bond of Love West, widow, with Philip Reed, mariner, and 
John Ayers, gentleman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £1000, March 14, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate of William West, mariner; witnesses, Henry Seymour, 
John Coultes.] 

[Warrant, March 14, 1757, authorizing Samuel Waters, 
joiner, and George Marshall, sail maker, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. William West, attested May 



42 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

25, 1757; amount, £1228. o. o; signed by Samuel Waters and 
George Marshall.] 

[Warrant, June 14, 1757, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
William Knight, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, July 25, 1758; amount, £612. 6. 5; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and William Knight.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1286. 8. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £732. 9. 6; allowed Sept. 19, 
I759-] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £642. 6. 5; amount 
distributed, £542. 18. 6; allowed Sept. 28, 1759.] 



JOHN GLINES 1757 CANTERBURY 

In the Name of God, Amen. This 16*^ Day of March, 1757. I 
John Glines of Canterbury, in the Province of New-Hampshire 
in New-England, Husbandman, having inlisted my self in his 
Majesty's Service to go against his Majesty's Enemies, * * * 

Imprimis, I give & bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved Wife 
(if she outlives me) the Use & Improvement of All my Home 
Place so long as she shall be & remain my Widow — And also 
the use of all my Creatures, & Tools for farming, as well as all 
the Houshold stuff, which Houshold Stuff she shall have the use 
of during her natural Life. 

Item, To my beloved Daughter Anne, I give & bequeath what 
she has already had of Creatures, & the keeping of them for 
several years past which is all the Portion I can give her out of 
my Estate — Except as hereafter specified. 

Item, To my beloved Son Israel I give & bequeath my hun- 
dred-acre Lot which he already has a Deed of, which is all that 
I can give him out of my Estate — Except as hereafter specified. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 

Item, To my beloved son John, I give & bequeath, (beside a 
pair of Steers which he has already had,) All that I own in the 
Interval which lies between Canterbury Township & Merrimack 
River ; & also all that I own of the Pine Plain which lies between 
the said Interval & the Line of Canterbury Township; and also 
one half of an hundred acre Lot at Contoocook, which I bought 
of Thomas Eastman. 

Item, To my beloved sons William & Richard I give & be- 
queath all my Home place, when their Mother has done with it 
to be equally divided between them except that they are to 
pay out of it two hundred pounds old tenor to their younger 
sisters Mary & Elizabeth when they shall come to the Age of 
twenty one years. 

Item, To my beloved son James I give & bequeath one half 
of my hundred acre Lot at Contoocook, above mentioned. 

Item, I give & bequeath to my beloved Son Nathaniel all the 
present undivided Land belonging to the original Right of 
Samuel Smith jun'' Except that he is to pay out of it forty 
pounds old tenor to his two younger Sisters Mary and Elizabeth 
when they shall come to the Age of twenty one years, as above- 
said — 

Item, To my beloved Daughters Mary & Elizabeth I give 
and bequeath, to each of them one hundred & twenty pounds 
in Bills of Credit of the old tenor, to be paid to them by their 
Brothers, William, Richard & Nathanael when they the said 
Daughters come to the Age of twenty one years: That is, by 
William & Richard, to each of them one hundred pounds. 
And by Nathanael, to each of them twenty pounds. 

Moreover, My own original Right (what is still my own of it) 
I give & bequeath to be equally divided among all my Children 
— And also what stock of Creatures I leave at my Decease, to 
be divided in like manner: — 

My Tools for farming I bequeath to be equally divided 
among my Sons; & Hioushold stuff to be equally divided among 
my Daughters, when their Mother has done with them all 



44 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Lastly, I do constitute, appoint, & ordain my beloved Sons 
William & Richard to be jointly the Executors * * * 

his 
John X Glines 
mark 

[Witnesses] John Gibson, Richard Blanchard, James Scales. 
[Proved Aug. 31, 1757.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 26, 1757; amount, £629. o. o; signed by 
Ezekiel Morrill, Jeremiah Clough, and Ephraim Hackett.] 



BENJAMIN HOBBS 1757 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God, Amen. The Seventeenth Day of March 
1757, I Benjamin Hobbs of Northampton in the Province of 
New Hampshire in New England, Gent"" Being very Sick & 
weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife 
Mercy Hobbs, one third of all my real Estate during her Natural 
Life after which her Thirds are to be equally divided between 
my Son Nathaniel Hobbs & my son in Law John Shepard and 
also I give & bequeath to my Said Wife all the Moveables in my 
House forever & one Half of all my Dwelling House, & Sufficient 
Fire wood till Marriage 

Item I give & bequeath to my son Benjamin Hobbs, the sum 
of five hundred pounds old Tenor, to be paid, one half by son 
in Law John Shepherd at the time my said son Benjamin leaves 
College & the other half by my son Nathaniel Hobbs When my 
sa'* son Nathaniel shall come to the Age of twenty one years, 
And also that my Sa'* son Benjamin be supported comfortly & 
conveniently at College by my Sons Nathaniel Hobbs & John 
Shepherd — 

Item I give & bequeath to my son Nathaniel Hobbs the one 
half of all my Estate both real & personal to him & his Assigns 
forever — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 45 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Hobbs the 
Sum of three hundred pounds old tenor to be paid equally by 
my Son in Law the said John Shepherd & my son Nathaniel, 
When she arrives at the age of eighteen Years & also I give & 
bequeath to her a Cow & four sheap to be deliverd at said 
Time by said sons John Shepherd & Nathaniel Hobbs and also 
Sufficient Fire wood & one half of my House till marriage 

Item I give & bequeath to my son in Law John Shepherd the 
one half of all my Estate both real & personal to him & his 
Assigns forever — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Grand Daughter Mehitible 
Marston the sum of five pounds old tenor to be paid by said 
sons John Shepherd & Nathaniel Hobbs 

I likewise make & ordain & constitute my Friend John 
Weeks Esq"" my sole Executor * * * 

benjamin hobbs 
[Witnesses] William Moulton, Joseph Hobbs, Joseph Knowles. 
[Proved Sept. 27, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 27, 1758, authorizing John Wingate, gentle- 
man, and Jonathan Wedgwood, yeoman, both of North Hamp- 
ton, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 19, 1758; amount, £11870. 5. o; signed by 
John Wingate and Jonathan Wedgwood.] 



JOSES PHILBRICK 1757 RYE 

In the Name of God Amen: I Joses Philbrick of the Perish 

of Rye in New Castle in the Province of New Hampsh' yeoman ; 

being Sick and apprehensive of my approaching Dissolution 
* * * 

Item I hereby Constitute & appoint my well beloved wife 
Abigail Philbrick my Sole Executrix of this my last will & 
testament — 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I hereby will & ordain, that out of my Estate all my Just 
debts be duly paid in a reasonable time by my Executrix — 

Item I Give to my four Sons, (viz) Joseph & Ruben & Daniel 
& Jonathan Each & every of them five pounds New Ten"" to be 
paid by my afores'' Executrix 

Item I give to my four Daughters (viz) Hannah & Triphena & 
Abigail & Sarah; Each & every of them five pounds new Ten'' 
to be paid out of my Estate by my afores'^ Executrix — 

Item I Give to my well Beloved wife all the remainder of my 

Estate real & personal wheresoever of right it Shall appear; to 

be improved by her as She Shall think best; and by her to be 

disposed off, when and at what time She Shall think fit; to 

my afores'^ Children to them & their heirs & assigns for Ever 
* * * 

Dated this twenty Second day of March 1757 & in y 30*^ 
year of his Majestyes Reign 

Joses Philbrick 

[Witnesses] Anthony Emery, Richard Jennes Jun"", noah 
Moulton. 

[Proved April 27, 1757.] 

[Bond of Abigail Philbrick, widow, with Richard Jenness, Jr., 
and Noah Moulton, yeomen, as sureties, all of Rye, in the sum 
of £1000, April 21, 1757, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Fernald.] 



JAMES GOODING 1757 NEWMARKET 

In the name of God aman the 23^1 Day of march in the year of 
our Lord Christ one thousand Sevn hundred and fifty Seven, 
I James Gooding of Newmarket in the Province of New Hamp'' 
in New England, Being Sick and week in body * * * 

Itom I Give to my beloved Son James Gooding all my hus- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47 

banddry tools and utencals for ever also one pair of annd lorns 
after his mothers Deces also one Gon to my Son James C}ooding 

Itom I give to my gran Son Robert Gooding all my waring 
Close and one Gon 

Itom I Give to my well beloved wife Susanna Gooding all 
my Stock of Catle and Sheep horses and Swine and the movable 
Goods in my house that is not before Disposed off During hir 
natroul Life. Itom I Give to my Daughter Susanna Palmer ten 
Shillings. Itom I Give to my Granson John York five Shilling. 
Itom I Give to my Grandaughter Susanna York five Shillings 

Itom I Give to my well beloved Daughter Zeviah Gooding all 
my Stock and moveables that is Left in hir mothers hands at the 
Deceas of hir Said mother and Lastly my will and meaning is 
that what Debts is Due to me that my Son James Gooding is to 
Receve them be the sam of what kind soever 

and I Do apointe my above named Son James Gooding to be 
my Sole Executor * * * 

his 
James + Gooding 
mark 

[Witnesses] Andrew Wiggin, W"" Welsh, Joseph Smith. 
[Proved May 25, 1757.] 

[Bond of James Goodwin (so signed) of Newmarket, yeoman, 
with Joseph Smith of Newmarket and Thomas Davis of Dover 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, May 25, 1757, for the execution 
of the will; witnesses, Ephraim Davis, John Fernald.] 



MARY PATTINSON 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Mary Pattinson of Ports- 
mouth granted to her husband, Joseph Pattinson, March 24, 

I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 136.] 



48 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Joseph Pattinson, yeoman, with Cutts Shannon, 
gentleman, and Joseph Alcock, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, March 24, 1757, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate; witnesses, Hunking Wentworth. 
William Earl Treadwell.l 



JOHN CUNNINGHAM 1757 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God amene I John Cunnangham of London- 
derry In the province of Newhampshire In New England being 
now bound to Go to the war this Inshowing Summer * * * 

Itam I Give and bequith to brother Robart Cunninham five 
pounds old tenor or bills of Credet equall ther too — 

Itam I Give to John Cunningham: son to my brother Robart 
five pounds Like tenor — • 

Itam I Give to Robart Cunningham son to my brother Robart 
five pounds Like tenor — 

Itam I Give to James willson and his wife five pounds each old 
tenor or bills of Credette equal therunto — 

Itam I Give to James tagart my Cosien twintey pounds old 
tenor or pasabill Bills of Cred equall therunto — 

Itam I Give to my Cosien John tagart twintey pounds old 
tenor or pasable Bills of Credet equall therunto — 

Itiam Give to Co'^ andrew toodd twintey pounds old tenor or 
pasabel Bills equall therunto — 

Itam I Give to the Rev* David macGregore teen pounds old 
tenor or pasable Bills equall therunto — 

Itam I Give to Jannet tagart Daughter to John tagart the 
sume of three Hundred pounds old tenor: she paying the Corst 
that may aries on the administeration and Coast of Exac*" 

and I Do appoint make and ordain petter petterson and John 
Clark both of the Town and province aforesaid to be Exac*" 
* * * In wittnes whear of I have hearunto Sett my hand and 
Seal this twintey fifth Day of march In the thirtey year of his 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49 

majestys Rign anno Dom on thousand Seven hundred and 
fifley Seven 

his 
John -f- Cunningham 
mark 

[Witnesses] Thomas Willson, Samuel Barr, John Barr. 
[Proved Dec. 31, 1760.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 11, 1760, authorizing William White and Rob- 
ert Boyd, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 30, 1760; amount, £690. 10. o; 
signed by William White and Robert Boyd.] 



SAMUEL EMMONS 1757 KINGSTON 

[Maria Emmons, widow, and Joseph Emmons, son, renounce 
administration on the estate of Samuel Emmons of Kingston 
March 28, 1757, in favor of Ebenezer Long.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Emmons, yeoman, 
granted to Ebenezer Long of Kingston, yeoman, April 27, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 154.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Long of Kingston, yeoman, with Ebenezer 
Stevens of Kingston and Daniel Little of Plaistow, gentleman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, April 27, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, Cutts Shannon, John Fernald.] 

[Warrant, April 27, 1757, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Jonathan Greeley, gentleman, both of Kingston, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, May 19, 1757; amount, £863. 15. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Jonathan Greeley.] 

[Warrant, July 18, 1757, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 



50 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Jonathan Greeley, Innholder, both of Kingston, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 28, 1757, authorizing Jeremy Webster, Jona- 
than Greeley, gentleman, Peter Sanborn, John Judkins, gentle- 
man, and Thomas Elkins, blacksmith, all of Kingston, to set off 
the widow's dower to Maria, wife of David Colby of Kingston.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon^'^ Richard Wibird Esq' Judge 
New Hamps: J of the Probates of wills &c for s<^ Province 
Pursuant to your Hon" Warrant to us directed Authorizing 
us the subscribers to set off to Moriah Now the wife of David 
Colby of Kingstown in s^^ Province her Right of Dower which 
happens to her of the Real Estate of her Late Husband Samuel 
Emmins deceasd &c we have set off the same as follows viz: 
Beginning at the upper or westerly End of the Deceased land 
taking the whole width thereof & Extending Easterly as the land 
lays to the Path or High way: & so having Land of Jabez Page 
on the west & on the North the s^ Path or High way on the East 
& Land of Sam'^ Sanborn on the south : with the Dwelling House 
& Barn thereon five acres be the same more or Less 

Kingstown february the 2^'^ 1758 Jeremy Webster 

Jonathan Greeley 
Thomas Elkins 

[List of claims against the estate Jan. 24, 1758 ; amount, £706. 
16. o; signed by Jeremy Webster and Jonathan Greeley.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £860. 15. o; 
expenditures, £234. 10. o; allowed July 26, 1758.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £706. 16. o; amount 
distributed, £626. 5. o; allowed Aug. 7, 1758.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5I 

GERSHOM DOWNS 1757 ROCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Gershom Downs of Rochester, 
yeoman, granted to Joseph Walker and his wife, Margaret 
Walker, March 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 136.] 

[Bond of Joseph Walker, Jr., and wife Margaret, with Joseph 
Walker and Barnabas Palmer, yeomen, as sureties, all of Ro- 
chester, in the sum of £500, March 29, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate ; witnesses, Theodore Willey, Theodore Willey, 
Jr., William Parker.] 

[Warrant, March 29, 1757, authorizing John Bickford and Ste- 
phen Berry, both of Rochester, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 16, 1757; amount, £1278. 14. o; signed by 
John Bickford and Stephen Berry.] 

[Account of Joseph Walker and his wife Margaret of the set- 
tlement of the estate of her former husband, Gershom Downs; 
receipts, £558. 14. o; expenditures, £711. 12. o; mentions "keep- 
ing Gershom a minor son of the Dec* 16 months " ; allowed Aug. 
8, 1758.] 



JONATHAN LORD 1757 IPSWICH, MASS. 

[Guardianship of Thomas Lord, aged less than 14 years, son 
of Jonathan Lord of Ipswich, Mass., granted to Jonathan Lord 
of Exeter March 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 136.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Lord, tailor, with Joseph Lougee, tailor, 
and Edmund Lougee, joiner, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum 
of £500, March 29, 1757, for the guardianship of Thomas Lord, 
son of Jonathan Lord of Ipswich, Mass., glazier, deceased; wit- 
nesses, John Fernald and John Langdon.] 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Esther Lord, minor, aged more than 14 years, daughter of 
Mrs. Hannah Lord of Exeter, deceased, makes choice of her 
brother-in-law, Edmund Lougee of Exeter as her guardian 
Feb. 21, 1757; witnesses, James Thurston and Theophilus 
Smith.] 

[Guardianship of Esther Lord, daughter of Jonathan Lord, 
granted to Edmund Lougee of Exeter March 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 136.] 

[Bond of Edmund Lougee, joiner, with Jonathan Lord, tailor, 
and Joseph Lougee, tailor, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of 
£500, March 29, 1757, for the guardianship of Esther Lord, 
daughter of Jonathan Lord of Ipswich, Mass., glazier, deceased; 
witnesses, John Fernald and John Langdon.] 



JOHN SHEDD 1757 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of John Shedd of Dunstable, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Hannah Shedd, March 30, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 195.] 

[Bond of Hannah Shedd, widow, with Thomas Lund and Eph- 
raim Lund, husbandmen, as sureties, all of Dunstable, in the 
sum of £500, March 30, 1757, for the administration of the es- 
tate of John Shedd, housewright; witnesses, Peter Homey, 
Rachel Lund.] 

[Warrant, March 30, 1757, authorizing John Butterfield and 
Ephraim Lund, both of Dunstable, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, April 3, 1757; amount, £2784. 10. o; signed by 
John Butterfield and Ephraim Lund.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1414. 
10. o, personal estate; expenditures, £1219. 8. 5; mentions 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 53 

"maintenance of the children of the Deceased under the age of 7 
years"; signed by Hannah Shedd; allowed Nov. 2, 1759.] 

[Additional account by Samuel Roby and his wife Hannah 
Roby, administratrix; receipts, £41. 2. 6; expenditures the same; 
mentions "maintenance of John Shed a child of the said Deceased 
under the age of 7 years 197 weeks since the Exhibit^ y" former 
ace*"; allowed Oct. 31, 1765.] 

[Additional account by Samuel Roby and wife Hannah; re- 
ceipts, £56. 13. o; expenditures, £46. 19. o; signed by Samuel 
Roby; allowed July 30, 1777.] 



ABNER WHITTIER 1757 AMESBURY, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Abner Whittier of Amesbury, 
Mass., yeoman, granted to his son, Abner Whittier, March 30, 

I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 136.] 

[Bond of Abner Whittier of Amesbury, Mass., yeoman, with 
Samuel French of South Hampton and John Challis of Salisbury 
and Amesbury District, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, March 30, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, March 28, 1757; amount, £1280. o. o; signed by 
Joseph Peaslee and Moses Peaslee.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £202. o. o, 
personal estate ; expenditures, £44. 18. o; allowed April 26, 1758.] 

[Warrant, April 26, 1758, authorizing Enoch Brown, Sargent 
Heath, Nathan Hoag, Moses Peaslee, and Robert Stewart, all of 
Newton, yeomen, to appraise the real estate for settlement on 
the oldest son.] 



54 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Return of appraisal, June 12, 1758; thirty two acres of land 
in Newton, £325. o. o; signed by Enoch Brown, Nathan Hoag, 
and Moses Peaslee. Order of court May 2, 1759, settling the 
estate on Abner Whittier, oldest son.] 

[Bond of Abner Whittier, cordwainer, with Joseph Peaslee 
and Moses Peaslee, husbandmen, as sureties, all of Newton, in 
the sum of £650, May 2, 1759, to pay to each of the other 
children £83. 9. 2^, to the oldest two within one year, and to 
the other males at 21 years of age and the females at 18 years; 
witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £272, 12. 4; 
expenditures, £85. o. o; allowed May 2, 1759.] 



DANIEL LUNT 1757 GREENLAND 

In the name of God amen, I Daniel Lunt of Greenland in the 
Province of New Hampshire in New England, being in Body 
weak * * * 

Imprimis I give and Bequeath unto my wife Mary Lunt one 
Third part of my Real Estate During her natural Life after- 
wards to Return to those hereafter named — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Lunt one 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to be paid when She comes of age — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto mary Williams wife of Ben- 
jamin Williams the use and improvement of that House and 
Six acres of Land I Bought of John Allen as the Deed Shall 
make appear Dureing her natural life and after her Decease, to 
Return to Daniel Durgan her Son to him his heirs and assigns 
for Ever. 

Item I give and Bequeath unto Abraham Lunt of York one 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to him and his heirs for Ever — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto the Children of my Brother 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 55 

Henry Lunt Deceased one Hundred pounds old tenor to be 
Equally Divided among them — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto Samuel and Job Lunt of 
Falmouth one Hundred pounds old tenor to be Equally Divided 
among them — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto the Children of my Sister 
Drake Deceased one Hundred pounds old tenor to be Equally 
Divided among them — 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Brother James Lunt of 
Newbury one Hundred pounds old tenor to improve During his 
natural life after his Decease to go to the Children of my Brother 
John Lunt to be Divided among them — 

Item I give and bequeath unto my Sister mary wingate two 
Hundred pounds old tenor to her and her heirs and assigns for 
Ever — 

Item I give unto Love Gookins one Hundred pounds old tenor 
to her her heirs and assigns for Ever 

Item it is my will that whatever of my Estate whether Real 
or personal Remains after my just Debts and Funeral Charges 
and the above said Lagacies are Paid the Rest of my Estate to 
be Equally Devided Betwixt my Brothers and Sisters or those 
that Legally Represent them, to them their heirs and assigns 
for Ever. 

Lastly I Constitute make appoint and ordain my Cousin 
John Wingate Executor * * * in witness whereof I have 
hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Thirty first Day of March 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Seven — ■ 

Daniel Lnt 

[Witnesses] Mathias weeks, Simeon Dearborn, Levi Dearborn. 
[Proved Oct. 17, 1757.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 13, 1757; amount, £9403. 3. 7; signed by 
Enoch Clark and Levi Dearborn.] 

[Summons, Feb. 17, 1759, to Benjamin Williams of Greenland, 
weaver, and his wife Mary, Sarah, wife of Abner Haines of 



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Greenland, husbandman, and Sarah wife of Matthias Weeks of 
Greenland, yeoman, to appear and give evidence in relation to 
concealment or embezzlement of the estate.] 

Benj'* Williams & Mary his wife and Sarah Weeks appeared 
Pursuant to this Sumons and were Sworn & Benj'' Williams 
Testified that he knew there was the warp of a Linen Web in the 
House of M'' Daniel Lunt when he Died near Enough to make 
twenty five yards and Mary his wife Says the same and that 
there was two 19^ of woollen yarn in Said House and near 
fillen Enough to fill it which two 19^ of woollen yarn with filling 
Sufficient woud make about 25 yards M" Weeks Says M'' Lunt 
warped at her House a Warp of Linen yarn but how much she 
woud not Say but Judgd there was enough for 20 yards tho is 
not certain 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £8300. 9. 7, 
personal estate; expenditures, £3336. 17. 3; allowed Feb. 27, 
1760.] 

[Petition, April 24, 1760, of Gershom Griffith of Hampton, 
innholder, and his wife Mary, formerly widow of Daniel Lunt, 
by their attorney, Cutts Shannon, for the setting off of the 
widow's dower.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 27, 1760, authorizing Capt. William Weeks, 
John Folsom, William Haines, Jr., Joshua Pickering, and James 
Brackett, all of Greenland, to set off the widow's dower.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 118.] 

[Executor's additional account; receipts, £460. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £1732. II. 3; allowed Nov. 13, 1761.] 

Agreable to an order from Rich<* Wibirt Esq'' Judge of Probets 
for the Province of New Hampshire &c To us the Subscribers, 
three of the five men, apointed as a Committee to Set off the 
thirds of Mary GrifTeth wife to Gershom Grif?eth her thirds of 
the Real Estate that falls to her that was her former husband 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 57 

Dan' Lunt Deceased — We who have hereunto Subscribed have 
proceeded & done it in the following manner viz of the twenty 
acres that said Lunt Bought of Nathan Johnson we have Set off 
to the Said Mary the East side of the said twenty Acres the said 
thirds to Run the whole Length of said peace of Land & to be 
Seven Rods wide at the Road and ten Rods wide at the lower 
end toward the great Bay & likewise all the Right that the Said 
Dan' Lunt had in y^ house & Barn that he Bought of Said 
Nathan Johnson we have Set of to the said Mary all which the 
said Mary to Injoy as her Dower or thirds — 

Given under our hand at Greenland the 12**^ of May 1763 

James Brackett 
John Folsom 
Joshua Pickering 

[Executor's additional account; receipts, £4076. i. i ; expendi- 
tures, £3518. 5. 8; allowed March 6, 1764; mentions payments, 
evidently legacies, to Jonathan and Priscilla Allen, Joseph and 
Jane Pallet, children of Nathaniel Drake, children of Robert 
Drake, Abraham Drake, Samuel Lunt, Joshua and Mary Win- 
gate, Simon and Mary Marston; Capt. Little for John and 
James Lunt.] 



HUMPHREY HOBBS 1757 WILTON 

[Anna Hobbs renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Capt. Humphrey Hobbs of Number Two, deceased at 
Fort William Henry, April 4, 1757, in favor of her brother, Joseph 
Simonds.] 

[Administration granted to Joseph Simonds of Middleton, 
Mass., yeoman, April 6, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 146.] 

[Bond of Joseph Simonds, with Nathan Hutchinson of Monson 
and Nathan Blanchard of Number Two, yeomen, as sureties, in 



58 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the sum of £500, April 6, 1757, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, John Langdon, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 22, 1757; amount, £1291. 2. 9; 
signed by John Shepard and Nathan Blanchard,] 

[Warrant, Nov. 24, 1757, authorizing Joseph Blanchard, Jr., 
of Merrimack and Joseph French of Dunstable, gentleman, to 
receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £1730. 6. 7>2 ; attested May 20, 1758, 
by Joseph French and Joseph Blanchard.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1239. 6. 3; 
expenditures, £611. 8. 9; mentions "p^ the Widow for Support 
of her youngest Child 7 months"; allowed June 7, 1759.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1779. i. 7^; 
amount distributed, £627. 17. 6; allowed June 7, 1759.] 



JOSEPH PAGE 1757 PLAISTOW 

In The Name of God amen The Last will and Testiment of 
Joseph Page of Plastow in the provence New hamsher in New 
england yeaman. Being Very Sick and weak in Body * * * 

Itam I give to Mary my Dearly Beloved wife one Haf of my 
Dweling hous and to be cape in Repare by my Exectuer and also 
hav Choice of two Cows out of my stock and to be Capt well 
winter and sumer by my Excetor also I give her six cord of wood 
corded up at the dore also four gallons of rum and Twenty 
bushels of Ingan meal and four bushels of rye meal and two 
bushels of wheet meal and fower Barrels of sider brought and 
put into the Seller and Eight pound of flex teer and Six pound of 
Sheeps wool and one pound of Gotten wool and one bushel of 
molt and Six pound of Suger and two gallons of mallasses and 
also one hundred weight of good beaf and one barrah pig of a 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 59 

month old in the month of march and one pack of oatmeal al 
these artickles to be paid yearly by my Excuter also I give her 
at my Deceas one hundred and fifty wait of good poark to be 
paid by my Executer and also I give her the priviledge of being 
carried to metting by my Excuter as ofen as she pleasseth and 
also to pay his mother as much money yearly as shal pay the 
hier of a good maid to wait on her and also I give her all my 
within doars houshold stuf such as Bidding Chears bras Iron 
wood and tin all these to her and at her Disposing of as Long as 
She Remain my widdow — 

Item I give unto my Son Timothy Ten pounds in money of 
the old taner as it now passeth or Bills of the provence aforesaid 
to be paid to him with in one year after my Deceas which money 
to be paid by my Excetor which together with what Land I have 
here tofore made sure to him by deed is as I say his full portion 
out of my whole Estate both Real and parsonal — 

Itam I give Unto my son moses Ten pound in money or blls of 
craddet of the provence aforesaid of the old taner as thay now 
paseth to be paid to the said moses or his heires within one year 
after my Deceas this money with what Land I have made Sure 
to him by deed when paid by my Excetuer is as I Say his full 
portion out of my Estate Both Rael and parsonal — 

Itam I give Unto my Daughter Mary Herriman Decest that 
is to Say to her Heires Ten pounds in money or bills of credet of 
the provence afore said of the old taner as thay now passeth to be 
paid by my Exeter with in one year after my Deceas which 
Money together with what she has had done or given her hereto- 
fore is her or thaire full potion as I Say out of my rael and par- 
sonal Estate — 

Itam I give Unto my son Joseph with paying my Just debts 
and what I have given by will all my Rael and parsonal Estate 
which I have not Expresly disposed of in this my Last will and 
testament finally I do hereby Nominate and a point My said son 
Joseph to be sole Exectuer * * * 

In testimony I do here Unto Set my hand and affix my seal 



60 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the fift Day of Aprel in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven 
hundred and fifty seven and in The Thirtuth year of his Mejes- 
ties Reign also I order my Exceituer to Bury his mother in a 
desent Christan buriel — 

Joseph page 

[Witnesses] Israel Webster, Daniel Peasle, Daniel Poor. 
[Proved Aug. 2"] , 1760.] 

[Mary Page, widow, accepts the terms of the will Aug. 26, 
1760.] 

[Bond of Joseph Page, with Israel Webster and Daniel Poor as 
sureties, all of Plaistow, in the sum of £1000, Aug. 27, 1760, for 
the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, Solomon 
Loud, Jr.] 



ORLANDO BAGLEY 1757 AMESBURY, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Orlando Bagley of Ames- 
bury, Mass., granted to Orlando Bagley of Kingston, gentleman, 
April 6, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 143.] 

[Bond of Orlando Bagley, with Benaiah Colby of Chester, 
gentleman, and Benjamin Baker of Epping, yeoman, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, April 5, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1757; amount, £5086. o. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Ebenezer Stevens.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon^^'' Richard Wibird Esq'" Judge 
New Hamps: / of the Probate of Wills &c for the Province of 
New Hamps: — ■ 

Pursuant to your Hon" Warrant appointing us the subscribers 
& Com*^*^ to Divide the Real Estate of Orlando Baglie Late of 
Almsbury in the County of Essex in the Province of the Massa- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 6l 

chusetts Bay Esq'" Deceas^ Intestate to & among the Children of 
the s^ Deceas^ Being scituate in the Province afores^ of New 
Hamps : We haveing met & viewed & valued the Premisses have 
divided & set off s^ Estate as follows 

Imp^ To Orlando Eldest son of the deceasd the first & second 
shares being scituate partly in Kingstown in s'^ Province & partly 
in Newtown in s*^ Province as followeth viz One piece scituate in 
s*^ Kingstown being mill Pond Right (so called) in the upland 
division & Bounded as it Lays & haveing a High way on the south 
easterly part & Land of Rowels & Goulds on the south westerly 
part & Land of Ralph Blasdel Ter^ in part on the Northerly part 
& partly on a High way; and then North Easterly & North wes- 
terly on Land or Meadow Ground of the s<^ orlando Baglies ; and 
then North Easterly on Powow River (so Called) forty five 
Acres and Three Quarters be the same more or Less ; and another 
piece being mill Pond Rights in the flowed Ground (so Called) 
Containing fourteen Acres be the same more or Less & was Laid 
out to the original Right of Thomas Stevens & Bounded as it 
Lays, having a High way on the straight side, & Lays partly on 
Land or meadow of Samuel Jewel : & also meadow ground of the 
s^ orlando Baglie, & otherwise Bounded Chiefly on the aforemen- 
tioned Powow River; and two Acres & three Quarters more or 
Less being part of the Deceasds Farm at Newtown aboves*^ 
which shall be hereafter described 

-^diy 'phg Third share to David Baglie Laying on the West- 
erly side of the s"^ Farm at Newton aboves'^ & Bounded as fol- 
loweth viz : Beginning at the North Westerly Corner of s^ Farm 
& from thence Running south westerly on the westerly side of 
s'^ Farm to Davids other Land in s'^ Farm which he had of his 
father (the deceas*^ in his life time) then Easterly or south East- 
erly on s*^ Davids s*^ other Land about Twenty Nine Rods & 
Thre Quarters to A stake & stones then North Easterly to the 
Northerly side of the s<^ Farm to a stake & stones then North 
Westerly 29 Rods & about 12 feet to the place where it first be- 
gan Nine acres more or Less 



62 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

4^y The fourth share to Thomas being also part of the aboves'^ 
Farm at s'^ Newtown beginning at the North Easterly Corner of 
the 3^^ share & running south westerly on the s^ 3^^ share till it 
comes to the south Easterly Corner thereof to the s'^ Davids s*^ 
other Land ; then south easterly on the s*^ Davids s"^ other Land 
30 Rods & about three Quarters to a stake & stones; then North 
Easterly to the Northerly side of s*^ Farm to a stake & stones, 
then North westerly 29 Rods & about 13 feet ^2 to the place 
where it first began Nine Acres more or Less then the foremen- 
tioned two Acres & Three Quarters to the fore Named orlando 
to make up his shares forementioned : Beginning at the North 
Easterly Corner Bounds of the 4*^ share & running south west- 
erly on s*^ 4*^^ share to the south Easterly Bounds thereof to the 
s^ Davids other Land, then south Easterly on s^ Davids s'^ Land 
Ten Rods & about 13 feet to a stake & stones then North East- 
erly to the Northerly part of the Farm to a stake & stones ; then 
North westerly Nine Rods & about 13 feet }4 to the place where it 
first began. Two acres & Three Quarters be the same more or less 

5^^ The fifth share to Dorothy Now the wife of Jacob Morril 
being also part of s^ Farm & Beginning at the North Easterly 
Corner of the Piece Last mentioned & running south Westerly 
thereon to the s^ Davids other Land ; then south Easterly on s^ 
Davids Land to the North Easterly Corner thereof, then south 
south westerly on the s<^ Davids Land till it Comes to Land of 
ColU^ Jonathan Baglie (another of the sons) in the same Farm 
Conveyed to him by the deceas^ in his life time, then south East- 
erly on s^ Jonathans s'^ Land 1 6 Rods & about one foot & a Half to 
a stake & stones then North Easterly to the Northerly side of the s^ 
Farm to a stake & stones then North westerly 25 Rods }4 & about 
1)4 feet to the place where it first began Nine acres more or Less 

6'y The Sixth Share to Jonathan (before Named) Beginning 
at the North Easterly Corner of the 5*^ share & running south 
Westerly on the s^ 5^^ share to the south Easterly Corner thereof 
then southeasterly on the s'^ Jonathans other Land above men- 
tioned & also partly on Henry's other Land Given him by the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 63 

deceas'^ in his Life time Twenty Rods & about Ten feet Si y^ to a. 
stake & stones then North Easterly to the Northerly side of 
the s^ Farm to a stake & stones then North Westerly Nineteen 
Rods & about ten feet & a Half to the place where it first began 
Nine acres more or Less 

7*y The seventh share to Henry (before Named) Beginning 
at the North Easterly Corner of the 6*'' share & running south 
westerly thereon to the s*^ Henry's other Land forementioned to 
the south Easterly Corner of s'^ 6*^ share then south Easterly on 
s"^ Henry's other Land Twenty Two Rods & about one Quarter 
of a Rod to a stake & stones, then North Easterly to the North- 
erly side of the s^ Farm to a stake & stones, then North westerly 
Twenty Rods three Quarters & about lyi feet to the place where 
it first began Nine acre more or Less 

8^y The Eighth & Last share to Sarah widow & Relict of 
Moses Sargent Late of Almsbury deceas'd Beginning at the North 
Easterly Corner of the J^'^ share & running south Westerly 
thereon to the south Easterly Corner thereof to the s'^ Henry's 
s'^ other Land, then south easterly on s^ Henry's s^ other Land 
Twenty one Rods Three Quarters & about ten feet to the east- 
erly Line of the whole Farm then North easterly on the s^ easterly 
Line to the North Easterly Corner thereof, then North Westerly 
Twenty one Rods & about one foot & a Half to the place where it 
began Nine Acres more or Less — 

and it is to be understood here that we reserve a Priviledge 
one Rod wide from y^ Easterly end of the whole Farm to the 
westerly end thereof, on the Northerly side through all the 
forementioned shares, from an open High on the easterly side, 
to another open way on the westerly side, for a drift way for the 
use & benefit of the s^ shares for ever 

August the 3*^ day 1757 Jeremy Webster 

Eben"" Stevens 
Jonathan Greeley 
Jonathan Blasdel 
William Rowell 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ISAAC WATSON 1757 DOVER 

M'' Dudley Watson Says that he often heard his Uncle Isaac 
Watson Say that he had made a Deed of Conveyance to his Son 
Samuel of a Tract of Land which he Said was more than his 
Proportion of his the Said Isaacs Estate besides what he paid for 
it & that he did not Design he Should have any more for that was 
more than his Share and has often heard the Said Samuel Say 
that he had given his father a Quittance and Discharge from any 
farther Demand for his Part of Said Estate 

M' Joseph Hall Says that he heard Isaac Watson Say that he 
purpos'd to Execute a Deed of a Certain Tract of Land lying 
near the Dep*^ Land at Tole End that it was more than his part 
of Said Watsons Estate & that he Designd to make him pay a 
Sum of money for it and after that he heard the Said Isaac Wat- 
son say that he had Executed Such a Deed to his Said Son & 
made him pay two hundred pound for it because that 'twas 
more in Value than his Share tho' he had a Double portion the 
Land he had Conveyd to him was more than his Double Share & 
that Samuel told the Depon* he had Such a Deed & had given an 
Acquittance to his father of any farther Demand on his Estate 
and did not Expect any more and afterwards when the Said 
Isaac was asked why he did not make a Conveyance to Samuel 
of a Little nuke or Gore of Land adjoining to the other the Said 
Isaac Said he woud not do it because Sam^ had got more than 
his proportion of his Estate already and the Said Isaac said the 
£200 he designd to put the Said Sum out to Interest for his 
Son Isaac which he Designd to put out to a Trade & the Dep* 
understood what the said Isaac had so Convey'd he Designd to 
be his Said Samuels Share of his Said fathers Estate 

M'' Joseph Young says that he heard Sam^ Watson Say that 
the Acquittance which he had Signd to his father to Acquit the 
Estate of any father Demand he had got it & Burnd it with his 
Own hand & took it off of the table at M'' Cushions when his 
father Signd the Deed he gave to him the Said Samuel said that 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 65 

he took it and M' Cushion never had tho' it was thot to be Left 
with him 

James Rogers Says that he heard Sam' Watson Say that the 
Land that was Conveyd to him by his father was Intended by 
his father as his full portion & he never Expected any thing more 
and after that he the said Sam' Sold it the Depo* in Conversation 
with the said Sam' Said to him he was unwise to Sell it the Said 
Sam' answerd twas no matter he woud do well Enough why 
Said the Dep' you have given an Acquittance have you not yes 
Says he why how will you do then why Says he if I have Given it 
let them find it and added that he designd to get a Double 
Portion yet out of his fathers Estate. 

[Endorsed] taken ii Apr. 1757 

[Warrant, April 13, 1757, authorizing William Shackford, 
Moses Wingate, gentlemen, Richard Scammon, Joseph Hanson, 
Jr., and Otis Baker, yeomen, all of Dover, to divide the real es- 
tate of Isaac Watson of Dover, yeoman, the oldest son, Samuel 
Watson, being deceased.] 

Province of \ Whereas We the Subscribers being Chosen 
New Hampshire 1 and appointed by The Hon^'^ Richard Wibird 
Esq"" Judge of Probate for Said Province to Divide the Real Es- 
tate of Isaac Watson Late of Dover Dec^ to and among the Rel- 
ict Widow and the Children of s^ Deceased Which we find will be 
Predicial & hurtfull to the whole Estate to Lot out Every Childs 
part by it Self and In as much as it appears that Samuel the Eld- 
est Son of Said Dec'' hath been heretofore advanced by Settle- 
ment Therefore we agree and Conclude to Divide & Settle the 
Same as foUoweth viz* We order & Set off to Joanna Watson 
widow of S'' Deceased the two Lower Rooms in the Southerly 
End of the Dwellinghouse of s"^ Deceased and also the South 
west Chamber over the Largest of Said Rooms together with one 
third of the Cellar under y house also the west End of the barn as 
far as the barn floor with a Privilidge of the floor to bring in & Carry 
out hay or any other fodder whatsoever or for any other use We also 



66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Set off to Said Joanna fifteen acres of Land being part of Shefifields 
Grant (So CalH) and bounds westerly partly on the Lands of 
George Hanson & Partly on the Land of Isaac Hanson Southerly 
on the Land of the Dec* northerly on the Land of Joseph Hanson 
Esq"" or however otherwise the Same be bounded It being that 
Same fifteen acres which the Said Isaac Watson Purchased from 
Charles Baker and is to be agreeable to the Bounds mentioned in 
a Deed of the Same on Record and Nine acres and one hundred 
& forty four Rods of Land more Joyning to the former and begins 
at the Southerly Corner of S"* fifteen acres then runing by Han- 
sons Land forty four Rods then northeast Thirty Six Rods Then 
north forty two Degrees west forty four Rods to s'* fifteen acres 
then by s'* fifteen acres to the afores** Corner with a free and full 
priviledge to pass and Repass any where through Said Estate 
as She may have occasion for transporting her afTects & no 
further So as not hurt or Damage the Estate by any Extrave- 
gancy thus far for her right in the homsted farm. We also order 
to the said Joanna five acres of Land more being part of a Lot 
of Eighteen acres heretofore Improved by s^ Decased for a 
mowing field Lying on the northerly side of the Road Leading to 
Littleworth (so CalH) and is on the westerly side of said field & 
Bounds on the Lands of Ens Joseph Roberts and the Lands of 
Ichabod Hayes and is Seven Rods by the Road and is to Run 
notherly one hundred & Seventeen Rods holding the bredth of 
Seven Rods to the notherly End of Said Eighteen acres being 
untill Said five acres be fully Compleated which Compleats her 
Dower 

And In as much as it appears to us to be hurtfull to Said Es- 
tate to Set off Each Child their meats & bounds We apprize and 
value the Residue of Said Estate in manner & form following 
viz* The two thirds of the house Exclusive of that part Set off 
to the widow Six hundred pounds old Tenor the barn Exclusive 
of D° two hundred pounds old Ten'' The homsted farm Contain- 
ing fifty four acres Exclusive of that part Set off to the widow at 
fifty five pounds old Tenor ^ acre two thousand nine hundred & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 67 

Seventy pounds old Ten'' also thirteen acres more on the noth- 
erly side of the Road Leading to Little worth being part of Eight- 
een acres being part of the Estate of s'^ DeC^ and is Exclusive of 
five acres Set off to the widow at Seventy pounds old Ten'' ^ 
acre nine hundred & ten pounds old Tenor — • 

We further order that the widow and heirs Shall Submit and 
Give way to Each other through Each of their parts of the whole 
premisses for Improvement thereof as far as is needfuU not to 
hurt Each other any further then Necessity requires and that 
They have hold and Enjoy the Same in manner and form as the 
Same is above Expressed — 

Given under our hands the Twenty third Day of April Anno 
Dom 1757 — 

N B we find that there is 136 acres in the Second Division in 
Rochester & Some other wilderness Lands that we Cant view & 
apprize at Present — 

W"* Shackford 
Moses Winget 
Richard Scam'on 
Jos: Hanson j' 
Otis Baker 

[Additional inventory, April 25, 1758, of land in Rochester, 
£1360. o. o; signed by William Shackford, Moses Wingate, and 
Joseph Hanson, Jr.] 

[Bond of Joseph Watson, yeoman, with John Gage, Jr., inn- 
holder, and David Watson, blacksmith, as sureties, all of Dover, 
in the sum of £4000, 1758, to pay the other heirs their shares of 
the estate, there being thirteen children in all ; witnesses, none.] 



JONATHAN BATCHELDER 1757 NEWMARKET 

In the name of God amen The Twelve th day of april in the 
year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty seven I 



68 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Jonathan Batchelder of newmarket in the province of newhamp- 
shire in newengland husbandman being about to go into the 
present war * * * 

Item I give and bequeath to my Son willian Batchelder Ten 
pounds in old Tenor to be paid in one year after my decease by 
my Executor I ten I give to my Son Jathro Batchelder fifty 
pounds old Tenor bills Credit to be paid in three years after my 
decease by my Executor Item I give to my daughter Elisabeth 
Batchelder ten pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Executor in 
four years after my decease: Item I give to my daughter mary 
Batchelder Ten pounds old Tenor to be paid by my said Executor 
in five years after my decease: — Item I give to my Daughter 
Sarah Batchelder Ten pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Ex- 
ecutor in five years after my decease Item I give to my daughter 
hannah Batchelder Ten pounds old Tenor to be paid in six years 
after my decease by my Executor and further my will is That my 
Executor Keep a Cow winter and sumer well for my Loveing 
wife Elizabeth Batchelder and deliver to her Ten bushels of 
good Indean Corn a year yearly and also Two bushels of malt a 
year annualey as Long as she Remains my widdow Item I give 
and bequath to my Son Jonathen batchelder all my Land in 
notingham in the province aforesaid to gather with all my Stock 
namly Two oxen Two Cows Eight sheep with their Lambs To 
gather with the swine and also all The utencales belonging to 
the farm To have and To hold To him and his hairs for Ever and 
I do hearby mak and ordain and appoint my Said Son Jonathan 
Batchelder my Sole Executor * * * 

his 
Jonathan X Batchelder 
mark 

[Witnesses] Elias Critchett, Nath'^ Doe, Thomas Young. 

[Proved June 24, 1761.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Batchelder, with Benjamin Piper and Sam- 
uel Weeks as sureties, all of Newmarket, in the sum of £500, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 69 

June 24, 1 761, for the execution of the will; witnesses, WilHam 
Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 



ZEBEDIAH SARGENT 1757 HAVERHILL, MASS. 

[Warrant, April 13, 1757, authorizing Daniel Shepard, Jona- 
than Watson, and Jonathan Kimball, all of South Hampton, 
yeomen, to appraise the estate of Zebediah Sargent of Haverhill, 
Mass., to be exhibited by Charles Sargent and Aaron Sargent, 
brothers of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, April 19, 1757, land in South Hampton and two 
rights in Perrystown, £1540. o. o; signed by Daniel Shepard, 
Jonathan Watson, and Jonathan Kimball.] 



MARK WENTWORTH 1757 SOMERSWORTH 

[William Wentworth, Benjamin Wentworth, and Ebenezer 
Wentworth renounce administration on the estate of their 
brother, Mark Wentworth of Somersworth, "whose Desire it 
was that John Wentworth should administer with his wife on 
his estate & she having Lately Deceased & Left five Children all 
minors"; dated Somersworth, April 16, 1757; witness, Bartholo- 
mew Wentworth.] 

[Administration on the estate of Mark Wentworth, yeoman, 
granted to John Wentworth of Somersworth, gentleman, May 
-2^^ I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 167.] 

[Bond of John Wentworth, with James Garvin of Somers- 
worth, mariner, and Stephen Jones of Durham, gentleman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 22, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Jeremiah LIbby.] 



70 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, May 5, 1757; amount, £6305, 17. 6; signed by 
Moses Stevens and Moses Carr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3345. 17. 6, 
personal estate; expenditures, £3820. 19. 5; mentions "p'^ 
Ebenezer Wallingford for keeping a Child from the first Day of 
May 1757 to the first Day of May 1764. . . . To myself keeping 
one Child under Seven years old i Year & half. . . . p'^ two 
Daughters out of the moveables"; allowed Feb. 23, 1769.] 



JOHN CLEMENTS 1757 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of John Clements of Salem, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Ruth Clements, June 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 201.] 

[Bond of Ruth Clements of Salem, widow, with William San- 
ders of Salem and Ebenezer Gile of Hampstead, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, June 29, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, April 25, 1757; amount, £470. 10. 6; signed by 
Obadiah Eastman, and Obadiah Dustin.] 



JEREMIAH LIBBY 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Jeremiah Libby of Ports- 
mouth, gentleman, granted to his widow, Sarah Libby, May 11, 

I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 167.] 

[Bond of Sarah Libby, widow, with Jeremiah Libby, gentle- 
man, and George Libby, mariner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, May 11, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate of Jeremiah Libby, Jr. ; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Fernald.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 7I 

[Warrant, May 11, 1758, authorizing Hunking Wentworth and 
John Shackford, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 26, 1758; amount, £4845. o, o; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and John Shackford.] 

[Guardianship of John Libby and Jeremiah Libby, aged less 
than 14 years, sons of Jeremiah Libby of Portsmouth, deceased, 
granted to Joseph Simes of Portsmouth, painter, May 21, 1759.] 

[Bond of Joseph Simes, with Jeremiah Libby, housewright, 
and George Hart, blacksmith, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, May 21, 1759, for the guardianship of John 
and Jeremiah Libby; witnesses, Thomas Packer, David Sewall.] 

[Administration on the estate of Jeremiah Libby, Jr., of Ports- 
mouth, gentleman, granted to Joseph Simes April 25, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 545.] 

[Bond of Joseph Simes, painter, with Moses Noble, block- 
maker, and Michael Whidden, Jr., joiner, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, April 25, 1763, for the ad- 
ministration de bonis non of the estate; witnesses, James 
Grouard, T. Greenwood.] 



DAVID MORRISON 1757 NOTTINGHAM 

In the name of God Amen the fourteenth Day of may Anno 
Domini 1757 I David Morrison of y« town of Nottingham in y« 
Province of New Hampshire in New England Husbandman be- 
ing Indisposed of Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeth to my Daughter Mary Ray 
Wife of W™ Ray five shillings money to be Levyed out of my 
Estate and paid by my Executors within twalve monthes after 
my Decease 



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Itim I Give & bequeath to my Grand son David Ray one 
Half of the ten acre Lot N° 6 in fishstreet in y^ township of 
Notting'" afores'^ to be y Inheritance of my Said Grand Son 
David his Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Daughter Margret Morrison 
all my Home Place where I now Live with all y Buildings stand- 
ing thereon it being y^ lot N° 38 in fish street in y^ Township of 
Nottingham & y one half of y^ Lot N° 6 in fish street aforesaid 
to be the Inheritance of my Said Daughter margret her Heirs 
and assigns for ever and also I Give & bequeath to my said 
Daughter Margret the whole of my Goods Chatties Debts & 
movebale Effects she paying out of y« same the Legacis hereafter 
mentioned my Just Debts & funeral Charges 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Grand son W™ Ray Jun' 
my Gun and one Horse Colt 2 years old to be his property for 
ever only his father W"" Ray to have the use of them till such 
time as my said Grand son W"" Ray shall arive at y^ age of 21 
years 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Grand son John Simpson son 
of Sarah Simpson Deceased which was Wife of Tho^ Simpson of 
Notting"! aforesaid ten pounds old tenor to be Levyed out of my 
Estate and paid by my Excutors at such time as my said Grand 
son shall arive at y" age of twenty one years 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Grand Daughter Elisa- 
beth Simpson ten pounds old tenor to be Levyed out of my 
Estate and paid by my Executors at such time as my said 
Grand Daughter Elisabeth shall arive at y" age of Eighteen 
years 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Grand Daughter Sarah Simp- 
son ten pound old tenor to be Levyed out of my Estate and paid 
by my Executors at such time as my said Grand Daughter 
Sarah shall arive at y" age of Eighteen years 

Item I Give & bequeath to W"" Ray all my Body or wearing 
Clothes to be his forever 

Item I Do hereby Constitute appointe & ordain my Brother 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 73 

William Morrison of Notting™ & my Daughter Margret Mor- 
rison aforesaid to be Executors * * * 

his 
David + Morrison 
mark 
[Witnesses] James Morrison, Andrew Simpson Ju"", Robert 
Harvey. 

[Proved Dec. 12, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 31, 1759, authorizing Robert Harvey, gentle- 
man, and Andrew Simpson, Jr., yeoman, both of Nottingham, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 17, 1759; amount, £2288. o. o; signed by 
Robert Harvey and Andrew Simpson, Jr.] 



JOHN GRAVES 1757 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Graves of the Parish of 
Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in Newengland 
Yeoman being weake of Body * * * 

ily I Give and Bequeath to my wellbeloved wife Elisabeth 
Graves all the household Goods that shee Brought with her and 
all my stock of Cratuers of all Sorts to Depose of as Shee Shall 
See Cause and I Give my Said wife the improvement of one halfe 
of my Dwelling house and the improvement the one halfe of my 
Barn and the improvement of all my Land laying in Kensington 
untill my son John Graves arives to the age of twenty one years 
and then my Said son is to Come into possession as I shall order 
in this my will — and then my Said wife Shall have the improve- 
ment of but one halfe of my home place and halfe the house and 
halfe the Barn During her widowhood and no longer and at her 
Death or marriage Day then the land and house and Barn to go 
to them that I Shall order in this my will 

2ly I Give and Bequeath to my son John Graves forever all 



74 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my land laying in the Parish of Kensington with the house and 
Barn on said land only his mother is to have the improvement as 
is above mentioned in Every particular and no other wise and I 
Give my Said son John Graves my Chast of Draws and a hang- 
ing Cubbard my looking Glass and one Tramill and my loom 
and Table and one Kittle 

3ly I Give and Bequeath To my son william Graves forever 
the one half of my land laying in the Parish of Brintwood in 
New hampshire my son william to have the East End so Runing 
westerly Carrying the whole Breadth of said land untill it Con- 
tains the one halfe of Said piece of land and I Give my Said son 
one Bead and Tramill and one Iron pot two Chasts and one Box 
and my warming pan and one Bason and one puter platter 

4ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Jacob Graves forever the 
one halfe of my land laying in the parish of Brintwood the west- 
erly halfe of Said piece of land 

5ly and I order my wife to bury me in Desent Christian man- 
ner and to pay all my Just Debts and I Do Constitute and ap- 
point Dea° Jonathan Dow to be my Executor * * * In 
Witness whereof I the Said John Graves have hereunto Set my 
hand and seal this Eighteenth Day of May anno: Domini: 1757 
and in the thirtieth year of the Reign of King George the second 

&c 

John Graves 

[Witnesses] Samuel Clifford Ju% Nathan Dow, Ezekiel Dow. 
[Proved Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing Theophilus Page and 
Samuel Clifford, Jr., both of Kensington, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 22, 1757; amount, £5779- 4- 6; signed by 
Theophilus Page and Samuel Clifford, Jr.] 

[John Graves, aged 14 years, son of John Graves, makes 
choice of his uncle, William Marston of Hampton, yeoman, as 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 75 

his guardian March 22, 1758; witnesses, Jabez Smith, John 
Smith.] 

[Bond of WilHam Marston, with Ezekiel Moulton of Hampton 
and Joseph Draper of Kensington, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, April 10, 1758, for the guardianship of John 
Graves, minor, aged more than 14 years, and WilHam Graves, 
aged less than 14 years, sons of John Graves; witnesses, William 
Parker, David Sewall.] 



WILLIAM THOMPSON 1757 WINDHAM 

[Agnes Thompson renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, William Thompson, in favor of her son, Samuel 
Thompson; dated Londonderry, May 20, 1757; witnesses, Sam- 
uel Barr, John Barr.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Thompson of Wind- 
ham, yeoman, granted to his son, Samuel Thompson of Wind- 
ham, May 25, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 169.] 

[Bond of Samuel Thompson yeoman, with Samuel Barr and 
James Wilson, yeoman, both of Londonderry, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, May 25, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, attested May 15, 1759; amount, £1184. 10. o; 
signed by Samuel Barr and James Wilson.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1184. 
ID. o; expenditures, £1459. 3. 3; allowed March 12, 1760.] 



76 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

—WALKER 1757 CONCORD 

[Isaac Walker, aged about 16 years, being fatherless, makes 
choice of Joseph Hall of Rumford as his guardian ; dated Rum- 
ford, May 21, 1757.] 

[Elizabeth Walker petitions for the appointment of Joseph 
Hall as guardian of her son, Isaac Walker; dated Rumford, 
May 21, 1757.] 



WILLIAM JENKINS 1757 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I William Jenkins of Greenland in 
the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman being in Health * * * 

Item I give & bequeath to Mary my beloved wife the use and 
Improvement of that part of my Dwelling House & Cellar which 
I now Improve for her Sole use during her natural Life and I also 
give her two Hundred weight of good Pork Six Cord of good 
firewood hald & Cut at her Door Six Barrells of Cyder to be 
Deliverd & put into her Cellar or deliverd to her Order yearly 
fourteen Bushells of Indian Corn and as many apples as She 
Shall have Occasion of for her own use all these to be deliverd to 
her Yearly during her natural Life by my Son William in Con- 
sideration of what I herein give to him I also give my Said Wife 
One good Cow to be at her Disposal and also the support of 
Said Cow Summer and Winter to be well kept by my said Son 
all the year so long as she Shall keep Said Cow for her own use 
& shall live in my Said House I also give her all the Goods & 
Effects which she brought to me and were her own before our 
marriage together and all the money and Bills of Credit which I 
shall leave. 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Allice Grove the 
Sum of Ten pounds old Ten"" I having given her already her full 
Portion & part of my Estate 

Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ayres the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS ']'] 

Sum of One Hundred Pounds old Tenor I also give her my Bed 
and all the Beding & Furniture belonging I also give her One 
good Cow & six Sheep the Said Hundred pounds to be paid with 
in two Years after my Decease by my Said Son — and the Bed 
Cow & Sheep to be Deliverd Immediately after my Decease and 
it is my will that the said Sums herein given to My Said Daugh- 
ters shall be Equal in value to the Respective Sums herein given 
to them at this time — 

Item all the Rest & Residue & Remainder of my Estate Real & 
Personal both in Possession and Reversion with the Remaind"" & 
Reversion of the Real Estate herein given to my wife I give & 
Devise to my Son William Jenkins his Heirs and assigns and also 
Constitute & appoint him my Said Son to be Sole Execuf of this 
my Last Will and Testament hereby ordering him to pay all my 
Debts funeral Charges & all the Legacies aforesaid and my mean- 
ing is that he shall have all Money & bills of Credit due to me at 
my Decease & not in my House but that which Shall then be in 
my House I give to my wife as aforesaid and I Do hereby Re- 
voke all other wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof 
I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 2'y^ Day of May 1757 

willam Jenkens 

[Witnesses] W"" Parker, Samll Weeks, John Furnald. 
[Proved Nov. 27, 1765.] 

[Bond of William Jenkins of Greenland, with Winthrop Pick- 
ering of Newington as surety, in the sum of £500, Nov. 27, 
1765, for the execution of the will; witness, William Vaughan.] 



JEREMIAH FLANDERS 1757 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Mehitabel Flanders renounces administration on the estate 
of her husband, Jeremiah Flanders, May 24, 1757, in favor of 
her son, Jeremiah Flanders; witnesses, Richard Collins, Chris- 
topher Gould.] 



78 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Jeremiah Flanders of South 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to his son, Jeremiah Flanders of 
South Hampton, yeoman. May 25, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 181.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Flanders, with Richard Collins and Chris- 
topher Gould as sureties, all of South Hampton, yeomen, in the 
sum of £500, May 25, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, July 14, 1757; amount, £7009. I9- o; signed by 
Jerfemy Webster and Richard Collins.] 



JOSEPH DREW 1757 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Drew of Dover, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Tamson Drew, May 25, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 173.] 

[Bond of Tamson Drew of Dover, widow, with Thomas Davis 
of Dover and Ephraim Davis of Durham, yeoman, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 25, 1757 for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Ezekiel Greeley, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 29, 1757; amount, £5897. o. o; signed by 
James Davis and Joseph Sias.] 

[Guardianship of Francis Drew, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Joseph Drew, granted to John Gage, Jr., of Dover, 
gentleman. May 31, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 517.] 

[Bond of John Gage, Jr., of Dover, with Benjamin Watson of 
Dover and Cutts Shannon of Portsmouth, gentlemen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, May 31, 1758, for the guardianship of 
Francis Drew; witnesses, none.] 

[Guardianship of Abigail Drew and Joseph Drew, minors, aged 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 79 

more than 14 years, and Tamson Drew, aged less than 14 years, 
children of Joseph Drew, granted to Hubbard Stevens March 
31, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 329.] 

[Bond of Hubbard Stevens of Durham, tanner, with Ephralm 
Davis of Durham, yeoman, and Moses Stevens ofSomersworth, 
tanner, as sureties, in the sum of £500, March 31, 1762, for the 
guardianship of Abigail Drew, Joseph Drew, and Tamson Drew; 
witnesses, William Parker, Joseph March.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1762, authorizing Ephraim Hanson, 
Joseph Roberts, Howard Henderson, all of Dover, Moses Emer- 
son of Durham, and Solomon Emerson of Madbury to set off the 
widow's dower to Tamson, now the wife of Paul Hayes of Dover, 
gentleman.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant directed to us the 
New Hamp'' j Subscribers By the Hon*"'^ Richard Wibird 
Esq' Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for said Province to view 
the Real Estate of Joseph Drew late of Dover deceas'd and to 
sett off to Tamson now the Wife of Paul Hayes of Barrington in 
said Province Gent° her Dower and the remaining two Thirds to 
Divide among all the Children, or make an impartial Appraise- 
ment of the same according to the present Value in Order to a 
Settlement thereof on y^ eldest Son We have accordingly sett off 
as follows Viz* 

To the said Tamson for her Thirds; part of the Homestead 
Beginning at the N. E. Corner of the House & Runing North 
Twenty Feet, then South 70° East to the lower End of the 
Farm then Southerly by the Fence to the Road, then Westerly 
by the Road Sixty one Rods, then upon a strait Course to the 
Corner of the House first mentioned — Also part of the upper 
End of said Farm Beginning by the Road at the Southerly 
Corner of Sam^i Hayes's Land, and run'ing by said Road 34 Rods, 
then N. 52° East 89 Rods then North 40° W. to the High Way 



80 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

leading from Dover to Durham, then by said High Way to Land 
of Sam^^ Hayes's, then by said Hayes's Land as the Fence now 
stands to the Bounds first mentioned. Also one Third part of the 
Dwelhng House viz*, the Lower Room & Garrett of the East 
End & One Third part of the Barn with Liberty to pass & repass 
to & from said Buildings 

The Remaining Two Thirds we find can't be Divided among 
the Children without prejudice to, or spoiling the whole, there- 
fore have apprised it as follows Viz* — 

55 Acres of the Homestead @ £70 £3850 

25 ditto at a place called the Dry Pines @ £80 2000 

II ditto at Madbury @ £120 1320 

I ditto of Thatch Bed at a place call'd Johnson's 

Creek 130 

^^^ of the Dwelling House 132 

}^^^ of the Barn 66 



old Ten^ £7498 
Witness our Hands this 30*'' of June 1762 

Sol° Emerson 
How^ Henderson 
Joseph Roberts 
Moses Emerson 

[Bond of Elijah Drew, yeoman, with Shadrach Hodgdon, 
gentleman, and James Nute, yeoman, as sureties, all of Dover, 
in the sum of £3750, Nov. 19, 1762, to pay the other children 
their shares when the daughters, Abigail and Tamson, shall be 18 
years of age, and the son, Joseph, 21 years, the oldest son, Fran- 
cis, having sold his share to Elijah; witnesses, William Parker, 
William Vaughan.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Paul Hayes and 
wife Tamson ; receipts, £1427. o. o, personal estate ; expenditures, 
£1261. 12. o; allowed Oct. 26, 1763.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 8 1 

TIMOTHY RICHARDSON 1757 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Richardson of 
HoUis, yeoman, granted to Joshua Wright of HoUis May 25, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 173.] 

[Bond of Joshua Wright, with Daniel Emerson of HoUis, 
clerk, and David Hobart of Dunstable, yeoman, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 25, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 



JOSIAH CONANT 1757 HOLLIS 

[Bond of Catherine Conant, widow, with Daniel Emerson, 
clerk, and Joshua Wright, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hollis, in 
the sum of £500, May 2'j , 1757, for the administration of the 
estate of Josiah Conant of Hollis, yeoman; witnesses, Samuel 
Cummings, Stephen Ames.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1757; amount, £5084. 6. 6; signed by 
Samuel Cummings, Francis Worcester, Jr., and David Hobart.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers, being a Com*'"' to set 
New Hampshire J off to the Widow Katharine Conant, her 
Dower, or thirds that happens to her, out of the Estate of 
Josiah Conant late of Hollis in said Province Joiner Deceased 
Intestate which is as follows, vizt 

About Eight Acres of woodland being in said Holies, be the 
same more or less, bounded as follows beginning at a Stake & 
Stones which is the westerly corner of the Premises, thence 
North easterly by Benjamin Wrights land Seventy Eight 
Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence South Forty one Rods, to land 
lately owned by Enoch Hunt to a Stake & Stones, thence west by 
said Hunts land Sixty Eight Rods to the first Bound Mentioned. 

Also about nine acres of Land more, be the same more or less 
being part of the Homestead being in said Holies, Bounded as 
follows beginning at a stake & stones, which is the northeast 



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corner of the Premises, the same being the northeast corner 
Bound of the Homestead, thence South by land of Benjamin 
Blanchard, Twenty Six Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence west 
Forty one Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence North Seventeen 
degrees west Thirty Eight Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence 
East three degrees North Six Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence 
north about three Rods to the Highway, thence Easterly by the 
Highway Forty Six Rods to the Bound first mentioned, Reserv- 
ing liberty to pass across the Pasture by Benjamin Blanchards 
fence to the other land with putting up the fence or bars, also 
the whole of the Dwelling House standing by the Premises last 
mention'd, meaning all that part of the Dwelling House that was 
built by the Deceased, in his lifetime, (Excepting & Reserving a 
Small Bed Chamber, in the Northeast Corner of the House) 
from the Bottom of the Celler to the Top of the House, together 
with the Liberty of two Rods of Land round the west. South, & 
East Ends of the said House for a Priviledge of Leying wood 
passing & repassing round the said House in all respects, with 
Liberty also, of using the well that is nigh the South End of the 
House; Also one third part of the Barn standing nigh the said 
House, viz* the Easterly End of said Barn, viz* the one half of 
the stable room under the long scaffold, being the northerly end 
thereof, & the whole of the said long Scaffold up to the top of the 
Barn with liberty of the said Barn floor to cart in Fodder, or any 
thing Else, & liberty to thrash out grain &c together with the 
Liberty of two Rods of Land round the North, East, & South 
Ends of said Barn for a Priviledge of carting yarding or any 
thing else that shall be necessary & convenient, the above 
Articles we have set off to the said widow, as her full Dower or 
thirds, out of the Real Estate of the said Josiah Conant De- 
ceased. Holies April 14*'' 1769 — 

Sam^ Cumings 
Jon^ Philbrick 
Noah Worcester 
Amos Fisk 



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[Appraisal of the remaining two thirds of the real estate at 
£103. 10. 8, April 14, 1769, with the recommendation that it 
be settled on the oldest son; signed as above. Order of court, 
April 26, 1769, settling the remainder on Josiah Conant, the 
oldest son, he paying the others their shares.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2983. i. 6, 
personal estate, expenditures, £2463. 12. i; mentions "Main- 
tains Boarding Clothing & providing for Katharine, daughter of 
the Deceased from Decem"" 16*'' 1756, untill she arived to the 
age of seven years, being 195 weeks. . . . ditto Maintaining &c 
Abel, from December 16*^ 1756, untill he arrived to the age of 
seven years, being 303 weeks"; allowed April 26, 1769.] 

[Guardianship of Catherine and Abel Conant, minors, aged 
more than 14 years, children of Josiah Conant, granted to Daniel 
Emerson Dec. 27, 1769.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 232.] 

[Bond of Daniel Emerson, clerk, with Stephen Jewett and 
Ephraim Burge as sureties, all of Hollis, in the sum of £500, 
Dec. 27, 1769, for the guardianship of Catherine Conant and 
Abel Conant; witnesses, John Hale, Samuel Hobart.] 



TUCKER CATE 1757 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen the Twenty Eighth Day of May 
anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Seven I 
Tucker Gate of Greenland in the province of New hampshire 
Yeoman Being very week of Body * * * 

Imprimis My Debts and funeral Charge being paid I Give and 
Bequeath unto my Dutyfull and Loveing Son Joshua Gate all 
my Esteate Boath Real and personal in Greenland afore Said 
and where alee any part thereof may be found to him his heirs 
and assigns Excepting what I Shall herein after Despose of — 

Item I Give unto my Three Daughters viz Abigail Gate 
Rachel Gate and Sarah Gate the use and priveladge of one half 
of my Dweling house Sellar and Barne while thay Remain un- 



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married and a Sufficiency of wood for fire to Burn in Said house 
Dureing Said Terme 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved wife all my 
moveable Estate oxen Cows Sheep Swine horse Kine and all my 
Indore household Goods 

Item I Give unto my Granson Jonathan Allen five Shillings 
old Tenor to be paid unto him by my Executor herein after 
mentioned within one year after my Deceas — 

item I Give unto my Daughter mary Allen five Shillings old 
tenor To be paid unto her by my Executor herein after men- 
tioned within one year after my Decease — 

ittem I Give unto My Daughter Lydia Haines five shillings 
old Tenor to be paid unto her by my Executor herein after men- 
tioned within one year after My Decease — 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Cumfort Sevey five Shillings 
old Tenor to be paid unto her by my Executor herein after Men- 
tioned within one year after my Decease — 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Martha Thing five Shillings 
old Tenor To be paid unto her by my Executor herein after men- 
tioned within one year after My Decease — 

Ittem I Give unto my Daughter Margret Johnson five Shill- 
ings old Tenor to be paid unto her by my Executor herein after 
mentioned within one year after my Decease — 

Ittem My will is that if my Said Son Joshua Gate Shall Die 
without a Lawfull heir Lawfully Begoten of his own Body that 
my Estate Given as afore Said unto him Shall Return unto my 
Two youngest Daughters their heirs and assigns viz Rachel Gate 
and Sarah Gate — • 

Ittem I Do Constitute make and ordain my afore Said Son 
Joshua Gate the Executer * * * 

Tucker Gate 
her 

[Witnesses] nathan Goss, Debroah -f Goss, Rich<^ Young. 

Mark 

[Proved Dec. 28, 1757.] 



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[Bond of Joshua Cate of Greenland, yeoman, with Richard 
Young and Joshua Hill, both of Stratham, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £2000, Dec. 28, 1757, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, David Sewall, Daniel Oilman.] 



DAVID HORNEY 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The second day of June in the 
year of our Lord Christ one Thousand seven hundred and Fifty 
Seven — I David Horney of Portsmouth in the Province of 
new-Hampshire Mariner being Sick * * * 

I Give and Bequeath unto my Son John Horney, if alive, the 
sum of Ten shillings New Tenor. 

Item. I Give unto my wife Hannah the use and Improve- 
ment of my Dwelling House Garden and Barn in Portsmouth 
afores^ during her natural Life in full of her Dower and Thirds of 
my Estate — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Prudence the 
wife of John Gerrish of Newbury in the County Essex in the 
Province of the massachusetts Bay Blacksmith one feather Bed 
one Bolster Two Pillows Two Pillow Bears Two sheets and Two 
bed Blankets — 

Item. I Give unto my Daughter Honour the wife of Joseph 
Hixon of Portsmouth aforesaid the sum of Ten Pounds New 
Tenor — ■ 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Mary Horney the sum of 
Twenty shillings new Tenor — • 

Item I Give unto my son Gilbert Horney the sum of Thirty 
shillings New Tenor — ■ 

Item I Give Bequeath and Devise unto my Daughter Betty 
Horney a Chinee Gown also the one Half of my Personal Estate 
Funeral Charges Debts and Legacys being paid — ■ I also Give 
Bequeath and Devise unto my said Daughter Betty the one half 



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of my real Estate (after the Death of my wife Hannah) and to 
her Heirs and assigns forever — - 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Prudence Gerrish the wife of 
John Gerrish the Rest and Residue of my Estate both real and 
personall wheresoever and whatsoever and to her Heirs and as- 
signs for ever Funeral Charges Debts and Legacys being paid — 

Item I Do hereby Nominate Constitute and appoint Matthew 
Livermore of Portsmouth aforesaid Esq"" to be my Executor of 
this my last will and Testament — And I do Give unto him the 
said Matthew Livermore the Sum of Five Pounds new Tenor to 
buy him a Ring to Remember me by — * * * 

David Horney 

[Witnesses] Clem* Jackson, Sam^ Griffith, John Beck. 
[Proved June i8, 1757.] 

[Hannah Horney accepts the terms of the will July 6, 1757; 
witnesses, James Kielle, Nathaniel Fellows.] 

[Inventory, June 18, 1757; amount, £4806. 11. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Additional inventory, Sept. 16, 1757; amount, £121. 10. o; 
signed as above.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2861. 
17. 6, personal estate ; expenditures, £2215. 4. 8; filed June, 1765.] 



JOHN LIGHT 1757 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Light of Exeter, gentle- 
man, granted to his widow, Deborah Light, June 9, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 195.] 

[Bond of Deborah Light, widow, with Theophilus Smith and 
Noah Emery, gentleman, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 87 

£1000, June 9, 1757, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Thomas Deane, Daniel Tilton.] 

[Inventory, June 28, 1757; amount, £3592. i. 9; signed by 
Benjamin Thing and Nathaniel Folsom.] 

[Petition of the administratrix, Aug. i, 1758, for license to sell 
real estate; license issued Sept. 13, 1758.] 



JAMES MORRISON 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of James Morrison of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Samuel Morrison of Windham June 
9, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 194.] 

[Bond of Samuel Morrison, with John Morrison and Thomas 
Morrison, both of Londonderry, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
June 9, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Hogg.] 

[Warrant, June 9, 1757, authorizing Moses Barnett and John 
Weare, both of Londonderry, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 26; 1758; amount, £2235. 10. o; 
signed by John Weare and Moses Barnett.]. 



STEPHEN HOBBS 1757 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen: The 14*^ day of June 1757 I 
Stephen Hobbs of Kensington in Hampton in the Province of 
New-Hamps: in New England Husbandman: * * * 

Imp^ I Give and Bequeath unto Patience my now dearly be- 
loved wife the one third part of all my Lands for her use & 
Improvement so long as she remains my widow: and also the 



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fore Room In the Easterly End of my dwelling House : only it is 
my true Intent & meaning here, that in Case my Son Samuel 
desires it he shall have liberty to dwell in the s'^ Room till he can 
otherwise provide for himself also the one third part of my 
Barn : viz: at the westerly End: and also that she has sufficient 
fire wood provided for her & bro't Home to the House (as 
shall be hereafter mentioned) all these priviledge my s'^ wife to 
have & Enjoy so Long as she remains my widow: further I Give 
& Bequeath unto my s^ wife one Cow & two sheep and all my 
Houshold stuff within doors for ever & to be at her dispose — 

Itim I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved son Samuel 
Hobbs Twenty acres of Land in my Home place Bounded as 
followeth viz — ■ to Lay on the westerly side of my s"^ Home place 
the whole Length thereof & to Extend Easterly into my s*^ Land 
till it Compleats twenty Acres and also the forementioned 
priviledge as beforementioned : Then further my will is & I do 
hereby order that the residue of my S^ Lands (that is to say) the 
residue over & above the forementioned twenty acres Given to 
the s'l samuel & also twenty acres before Given to my son Noah 
Hobbs I say all remaining above these two twenty acres, my s'^ 
two sons viz: Samuel & Noah to be Equally divided between 
them as Convenient as Can be: but it is to be understood here 
that my s'^' sons shall not Interrupt their mother in her Enjoy- 
ment of what I have hereby given her: and so my s^ sons to 
Come into the Immediate possession of my s^ Lands & Building 
at my decease (saveing their Mothers thirds as above mentioned) 
and then at her marriage or death to Come into the possession 
& Enjoyment of all as aboves^; and all this Estate as above 
mentioned my s'^ sons To Have And To Hold to them their 
Hiers & assigns forever — 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my wellbeloved Daughter 
Hiphzibah one Cow & two sheep to her, her Hiers & assigns 
and also one feather Bed & Comfortable bedding & furniture 
therefor, to her Hiers & assigns as the other further I Give to my 
s<* daughter one Hundred pounds money Equal to the Old Ten- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 89 

our; to be paid as shall be hereafter mentioned and I do aso will 
& ordain that the forementioned Cow & two sheep be kept & 
supported for my s^^ Daughter yearly & every year summer & 
winter so long as she lives a single life & remains unmarried and 
that together & as Convenient for her as may be as also shall be 
further mentioned — and also that she Enjoy the liberty & 
priviledge of the Back Room in the Easterly End of the House — 

Again I Give to my s^ son Samuel all my stock of Cattle 
Horse sheep swine &c (saveing what is before Disposed of) also 
all my tools and Implements for man & Beast to work with I 
order to be Equally divided between my s^ two sons also the 
fire Arms which is now Called theirs Each to have & Enjoy his 
own — further after the marriage or decease of my s'^ wife & 
Daughter my Will is that my s'^ son Samuel shall have & Enjoy 
the whole Easterly End of my s^ dwelling House : and the Gun 
which is now Called mine I Give to the s'^ Samuel also my s^ 
son Samuel at my wifes decease to have Barn as the House fur- 
thermore I Give & Bequeath to my s^ son Noah his Hiers and 
assigns for ever all my Right & Interest in a share of salt marsh 
so Called being scituate in Hampton before mentoned at a place 
Commonly Called the Glade: which s*^ share of marsh my 
Brother Nehemiah Hobbs died siezed of: And to my s*^ son 
Samul I Give and Bequeath all my Right & Interest in another 
share of salt marsh so Called Layin in Hampton aboves'^ by 
Sergeants Island way (so Called) which s^ Last share was also 
my s^ Brother Nehemiah's: and yet further all the Right Interest 
& demand which I now have may or ought to have of in or to 
the Estate of my s'^ Brother Nehemiah deceasd my will is that it 
be Equally divided between my s^ two sons their Hiers & assigns 
forever 

Item I Give to my well beloved son Stephen Hobbs his Hiers 
& assigns the sum of Twenty shillings (New tenour) to be paid 
by my Executors as shall be hereafter mentioned he haveing had 
his portion out of my Estate 

And I do hereby Constitute make & ordain my two sons viz 



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Noah & Samuel to be sole Executors of this my Last Will & 
Testament and I do hereby Will & order that my s'^ Executors 
provide & bring home to my s^ wife her fire wood yearly & every 
year as before mentioned and keep & maintain the Cow & two 
sheep before mentioned for my s"^ Daughter as before mentioned, 
& also pay the forementioned sum of one Hundred pounds old 
tenor to my s"^ Daughter at the End of one year after my decease ; 
and also the forementioned Legacie to my s*^ son Stephen : And 
in all these duties & Legacies my s*^ Executors to be Equal in 
Doing & paying: and also to pay all my Honest Debts, & be at 
the Cost of my funeral * * * 

Stephen + Hobbs 
mark 

[Witnesses] Jeremy Webster, Abraham Smith, Elizebeth 
Webster. 

[Proved Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1757, authorizing Abraham Prescott and 
Jeremiah Sanborn, both of Kensington, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. i, 1758; amount, £5692. 10. o; signed by 
Abraham Prescott and Jeremiah Sanborn.] 



JOSEPH GOULD 1757 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Gould of South 
Hampton, yeoman, granted to Thomas Pike of Newbury, Mass., 
and his wife, Abigail Pike, June 16, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 243.] 

[Bond of Thomas Pike and wife Abigail, with Samuel Currier 
and Abner Morrill, both of South Hampton, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, June 16, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Jeremy Webster, Thomas Morrill.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 9I 

[Warrant, June i6, 1757, authorizing Samuel Currier and 
Abner Morrill, both of South Hampton, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1757; amount, £1594. 2, 4; signed by 
Samuel Currier and Abner Morrill.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £955. 2. 4; 
expenditures, £754. 8. 3; allowed Aug. 30, 1758.] 



GIDEON HONEY 1757 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of Gideon Honey of Dunstable 
granted to his widow, Hannah Honey, June 18, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 275.] 

[Bond of Hannah Honey, widow, with Thomas Blanchard and 
Thomas Blanchard, Jr., husbandmen, as sureties, all of Dun- 
stable, in the sum of £500, June 18, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Hannah Dow, Jonathan Lovewell.j 

[Warrant, June 18, 1757, authorizing Jonathan Lovewell and 
Ephraim Adams, both of Dunstable, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 2, 1757; amount, £1547. 17. 10; 
signed by Jonathan Lovewell and Ephraim Adams.] 

[Accountof the settlement of the estate; receipts, £998. 17. 10 
personal estate; expenditures, £1350. 12. i; allowed Oct. 2, 

1767.] 



ISAAC HANSON 1757 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Amen — 
Now I give to my well beloved Wife Sarah Hanson, all my home- 
stead Lands, and Buildings thereon, and mills and Marsh 



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together with all the movables appertaining thereto, During Her 
Widowhood State, and She to pay all Honest Debts, and when 
She marryeth to carry nothing off from the S'^ Estate only what 
the Law allows Her, and the Sick Child to be taken Care of at 
the Cost of the S'^ Estate So long as he Shall Remain Sick, and I 
Give to my three Daughters, each fifty Pounds old Ten'' out of 
the Same Estate, And Isaac Hanson Jun-" (Now being out in the 
Kings Service) if he Shall return, to be heir of the same and if not 
then John Hanson to have it and his Heirs, and hold it forever, 
And Ebenezer Hanson to have all I own in Berwick old Town 
except the wood below: and All the Rest of my out Lands, or 
all that ever Shall appear to be mine to be Destributed equally 
amongst the Rest of my Children, and John to come in with 
them if Isaac shall Return 

Somersworth June 25**^ 1757 Isaac Hanson 

[Witnesses] Nathanal Downes, Daniel Hanson, William 
Mark 
+ Jons, 
his 

[Proved Jan. 25, 1758.] 

[Bond of Sarah Hanson of Somersworth, widow, with Daniel 
Hanson of Somersworth, yeoman, and Nathaniel Downs of 
Berwick, Me., as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Jan. 25, 1758, for 
the administration of the estate with will annexed; witnesses, 
Meshech Weare, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 25, 1758, authorizing Moses Carr, physician, 
and Moses Stevens, tanner, both of Somersworth, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1758; amount, £5475- I5- o; signed by 
Moses Carr and Moses Stevens.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 93 

SIMON DOW 1757 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen this twenty seventh Day of June 
Anno Domini 1757 in the thirty first year of his Majestys Reign 
Georg the second King over Grate Britain &c I Simon Dow of 
Hampton in the Province of new Hampshier in new england 
yeoman * * * 

I tarn I Give and bequeath to my son Noah Dow my Lettle 
Lot of land Laying in the plains in said Hampton bounding 
northly on land that was Peter Johnsons southly on land of the 
Parsonage, eastly on the Road Westly on land that was layed to 
the falls men in the first of the five Divisions being one acre 
more or less with one acre of Marsh near Sargent Island Path 
on the ox common in said Hampton bound southly on said 
Path that leads to Sargents Island northly on the Mill Creek 
Eastly on marsh of Browns westly on marsh of Dearbons 
I also Give to my said son Noah Dow a Privilidg of Pastouring 
one Cow in my Pastour that lays Joining to Tucks Mill Pond 
with a privilidg of getting fier wood on my wood land northly 
of Lettle River in said Hampton yearly and every year sufihciant 
for one fier I also give to my said son Noah Dow a Privilidg to 
Live in the westly end of my Dw^elling house untill he has 
Provided him self to Live other whare I also give to my said son 
Noah one Eighth Part of the apples that grows in my orchard 
yearly and every year I also give to my said son Noah one Gun 
all that I give to my said son Noah as above said I give to him 
and his heirs excepting only the privilidg of liveing in the westly 
end of my Dwelling house which he is to have no longer than 
till he has Provided him self a place other whare to live 

Itam I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Johnson the 
wife of Peter Johnson my Lettle Lot of land Laying in the Ring 
swamp which said Johnson hath within fence 

Itam I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Jannas the 
wife of Nathaniel Jannes Eighty shillings in money old tenour 
to be Paid to her by my sons Simon Dow and Jeremiah Dow 
equilly between them 



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Itam I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Dow one 
Eighth Part of the Apples in my orchard and one milks Cow and 
nessecery fier wood and sufficiant bread Corn and Meat all as 
afore said to be found and provided for her yearly and every 
year by my sons Simon Dow and Jeremiah Dow equilly between 
them so long as she Remains unmarried I also give to my said 
Daughter Mary a privilidg to Live in the westly end of my 
Dwelling house so long as she Lives unmarried 

Itam I give and bequeath to my said Simon Dow my Dwelling 
house saveing onely the Privilidgs in it that I gave to my said son 
Noah Dow and mary Dow my said Daughter to live in as before 
is expressed in the westly end of my Dwelling house I also give 
to my said son Simon one gun 

Itam I give and bequeath also to my said son Noah Dow and 
my said Daughter mary Dow to Each of them one fether bed 
with the beding and furniture of one bed with all other the 
moveables in my house which I have not here in other ways 
Disposed of to be equilly Devided between them 

Itam I give and bequeath to my Said son Jeremiah Dow the 
house he Lives in 

Itam I give and bequeath to my said sons Simon Dow and 
Jeremiah Dow all my land and marsh and meadow Ground and 
Pastour Ground which I have Laying in said Hampton (which 
I have not here in other ways Disposed of) to be equilly between 
them to them and to their heirs with all other my buildings 
which I have not here in other way Disposed of I also give to 
my said sons Simon Dow and Jeremiah Dow all my stock of 
Cattle and husbandry Implements and moveables out of Doores 
to be equilly Devided between them it is my will that my said son 
Jeremiah Dow Shal have one Gun I Do Like wise Constitute 
Make and ordan my said sons Simon Dow and Jeremiah Dow 
to be Executors * * * 

Simon Dow 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 95 

[Witnesses] John Lamprey, Samuel Palmer 3*^, Robert 
Moulton T,'^. 

[Proved Feb. 29, 1764.] 

[Bond of Simon Dow and Jeremiah Dow, with John Lamprey 
and Samuel Palmer as sureties, all of Hampton, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 29, 1764, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
James Dwyer, William Parker.] 



JOHN LOVE 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of John Love of Londonderry, 
yeoman, granted to Patrick Douglas of Londonderry, yeoman, 
June 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 199.] 

[Bond of Patrick Douglas, yeoman, with Robert Boyes and 
Thomas Wilson, yeoman, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the 
sum of £500, June 28, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Thomas Westbrook Waldron, Joshua Wilson.] 

[Warrant, June 28, 1757, authorizing Thomas Cochran and 
Thomas Wilson, both of New Boston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. i, 1757; amount, £580. o. o; 
signed by Thomas Cochran and Thomas Wilson.] 



EZEKIEL WENTWORTH 1757 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Ezekiel Wentworth of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Wentworth, June 
29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 206.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Wentworth, widow, with Benjamin 
Austin and Benjamin Austin, Jr., as sureties, all of Dover, in 



96 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the sum of £500, June 29, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, none.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing Nathaniel Home of 
Somersworth and Samuel Austin of Dover, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 27, 1757; amount, £2587. 15. o; signed by 
Nathaniel Home and Samuel Austin.] 



DAVID WELCH 1757 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of David Welch of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to Samuel Welch of Kingston June 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 206.] 

[Bond of Samuel Welch, yeoman, with Joseph Fellows, yeo- 
man, and Benjamin Swett as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £500, June 29, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witness, John Fernald.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 30, 1757; amount, £454. 6. 6; 
signed by Samuel Winsley and John Stevens.] 



OLIVER SMITH 1757 BRENTWOOD 

[Bond of Jane Smith, widow, with John Sleeper and Jonathan 
Smith, yeomen, as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the sum of 
£500, June 29, 1757, for the administration of the estate of Oliver 
Smith of Brentwood, husbandman ; witnesses, Israel Smith, 
Enoch Bean.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing John Sleeper, gentleman, 
and Jonathan Smith, yeoman, both of Brentwood, to appraise 
the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 97 

[Inventory, July 6, 1757; amount, £531.6.0; mentions 
"half the house the other half Being his Brother Thomases"; 
not signed.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, personal estate as 
inventoried and £137. o. o; expenditures, £866. 16. o; mentions 
"Abigail maintained 26 weeks. . . . Hannah 104 weeks. . . . 
Jeremiah & Oliver 410 weeks Each & not 7 years old now"; 
allowed Oct. 28, 1761.] 



EPHRAIM SEVERANCE, JR. 1757 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Elizabeth Severance, widow, with Benjamin Swett 
and Jacob Severance, yeomen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the 
sum of £500, June 29, 1757, for the administration of the estate 
of Ephraim Severance, Jr., of Kingston, yeoman; witnesses, 
Joseph Fellows, Anna Swett.] 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing Samuel Winsley, yeo- 
man, and Joseph Fellows, gentleman, both of Kingston, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Sept. 16, 1757; amount, £1416. 3. o; 
signed by Samuel Winsley and Joseph Fellows.] 



JONATHAN ROBINSON 1757 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Robinson of Brent- 
wood, yeoman, granted to his widow, Alice Robinson, June 
29. 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 199.] 

[Bond of Alice Robinson of Exeter, widow, with Ephraim 
Robinson of Exeter, gentleman, and Josiah Shaw of Hampton, 
yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 29, 1757, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, none.] 



98 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, June 29, 1757, authorizing Benjamin Veasey and 
Elisha Sanborn, yeoman, both of Brentwood, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, July 18, 1757; amount, £6321. 18. 3; signed by 
Benjamin Veasey and EHsha Sanborn.] 

[Additional inventory, Dec. 25, 1758; amount, £2850. o. o; 
signed as above.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £2247. 13. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £991. 7. i ; allowed June 27, 1759.] 

[Warrant, March 7, 1770, authorizing Samuel Dudley, Elisha 
Sanborn, Joseph Shaw, yeomen, all of Brentwood, Joseph 
Greeley, and Elisha Sanborn, Jr., to divide certain real estate.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon'^^^ John Wentworth Esq'' Judge 
New Hampsh"" / of the Probate wills &c for said Province 
Pursuant to the appointment or warrant to us the Subscribers 
as a Commettee to Devide a certain piece of Land named in 
Said warrant or appointment belonging to the Heirs of Sd 
Jonathan Robinson Deceas'd & James Robinson Gent: De- 
ceas'd, we have Done the Same according to the best of our 
Judgment faithfully & Impatially in manner following Viz* 

to Heirs of Cap* James Robinson in y peace or percel of land 
afore mentioned begining at Daniel Sanborns north west corner 
bounds at a stake & stones So runing north by Leu* Jonathan 
Veasey's Land ninety Eigh Rods & one half a rod to a stak & 
stones then Runing East forty five Rods to a Stake & Stones 
from thence to run South ninty Eight rods & ^ keeping the 
Equal bredth of forty five rods to a Stake & Stones then west 
forty five rods binding on Sd Daniel Sanborns Land forty five 
rods to the bounds first mentioned 

To the Heirs of Jonathan Robinson before named to begin 
at the northwest corner bounds of Said James's heirs Shair or 
part in said peice of land before mentioned to run north ninty 



I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 99 

Two rods & one half rod to a certain pile or heap of Stones by- 
Said Veasey Line & being Robart Rows bounds of a certain 
Peice of Land which S'^ Rowe bought of cap* Leavit then runing 
Easterly forty five rods to a stake and Stones, then runing 
South ninty Two rods & a half rod to a stake & stones from 
thence runing west forty five rods to the first mentioned bounds 

in the Last Division i-i- i <-> u 

Lhsha Sanborn 

Joseph Shaw 

Jos. Greely 

[Attested March 24, 1770.] 



DANIEL CROCKFORD 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Crockford of Ports- 
mouth, barber, granted to his widow, Isabella Crockford, July 
12, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 235.] 

[Bond of Isabella Crockford, widow, with Ephraim Ham, 
blockmaker, and Samuel Evans, cordwainer, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth in the sum of £500, July 12, 1757, for the admin- 
istration of the estate; witnesses, Robert Drought, T. Green- 
wood.] 

[Warrant, July 12, 1757, authorizing Samuel Waters and 
John Marshall, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 13, 1757; amount, £1022. 2, o; signed by 
Samuel Waters and John Marshall.] 

[Warrant, July 3, 1758, authorizing Eleazar Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate ; mentions John Noble and wife Isabella 
as administrators.] 

[Warrant, March 29, 1758, authorizing Thomas Peirce, gentle- 
man, John Marshall, boat builder, William Lewis, carver, 



100 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Ephraim Ham, blockmaker, and Samuel Waters, joiner, all of 
Portsmouth, to set off to Isabella Noble her dower in the estate 
of her former husband, Daniel Crockford.] 

Province of 1 Portsm*'^ Nov 30 1758 

New Hampsh'' J Wee the Subscribers appointed by the Hon^*« 
Richard Wibird Esq'' Judge of Probate for S*^ Province to Set 
of to Isabella Noble her Dower which happens to her of the 
Estate of her former Husband Daniel Crockford Deceased 
have Set of to Sd Isabella her Dower in Sd Estate Bouned as 
followeth Begining at the North West Corner of the Mains" 
house Runing Southerly on the Street twenty four feet then to 
Run Through the House or Shop twenty feet Back from the 
Street then to Run twenty four feet to Land of M'' John Marshals 
then twenty feet by Sd Marshals Land up to the Street that is 
the Land within the above Bounds and that Part of the House 
from Bottom to Top Standing within Sd Bounds 

Tho« Peirce 
Will"' Lewis 
John marshall 
Sam 11 Waters 
Ephraim Ham 

[List of claims, Jan. 31, 1759; amount, £872, 3. o; signed by 
Samuel Penhallow and Eleazer Russell.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £289. 4. 4, 
personal estate; expenditures, £225. 3. 6; allowed Jan. 31, 1759.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £872. 3. o; amount 
distributed, £64. o. 10; allowed Feb. i, 1759.] 

[Additional inventory, May 20, 1762; amount, £61. 13. 6; 
signed by Samuel Waters and John Marshall.] 

[Administrators' additional account; receipts, £1271. 13. 6; 
expenditures the same; allowed May 26, 1762.] 



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DANIEL LANG 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Daniel Lang of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Marin"" being Sick and 
Weak * * * 

Item I give & Devise to Martha my beloved wife the use and 
Improvem* of all my Estate Real & Personal (Excepting what 
is herein otherwise disposed of) to hold to her During the time of 
her Remaining my widow until and as my Children shall arrive 
at Lawful age viz the Boys to the age of twenty One & the Girls 
to the age of Eighteen then they shall have their Respective 
Portions But upon my wifes marrying after my Decease then 
she is to have only her thirds & Dower according to Law and 
if She Remains a Widow after the Youngest of our Children 
Shall be of full age to Receive his Portion then she to have her 
Dower & thirds as aforesaid and if she Continues a Widow as 
aforesaid She is to take the Care of bringing up and Educating 
our Children till the Respective Ages aforesaid and to have the 
use & Improvement of my Said Estate for that End till the 
Respective times aforesaid But upon her Marriage as afores'^ 
then my Executors are to have the Care & Charge afore said & 
the Income of my Estate for that End (Except what the Law 
gives my Said Wife) till the time their Respective portions are 
to be Delivered & paid to them as afores^ 

Item I give and Devise to my Son Daniel Lang all that Land 
and Buildings I Purchasd of my Grandfather Nath' Lang and 
that Ten acres of Land I purchased of Stephen Jones to hold 
to him my Said Son and the Heirs of his Body Lawfully Begotton 
but he is not to Enter nor have the Profits until he Comes to full 
age but the Said Profits in the mean time are to be Applied as 
above Declared — ^But if my Said Son Shou'd Die without Such 
Heirs then the Said Premises are to go to his Brother Moses 
and the Heirs of his Body Lawfully Begotten and if my Said 
Son Moses Shou'd Die without Such Heirs then the said Premises 
shall be Equally Divided among my three Daughters Catherine 
Martha & Sarah to hold to them their Respective Lleirs & 



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Assigns & the Representatives of Such of them as shall then be 
Deceased 

Item I give and Devise to my Son Moses Lang the Land & 
Buildings thereon Standing where I now Dwell Standing near 
the Mills to hold to him his Heirs & assigns but not to Enter nor 
take the profits untill he arrives at full age as afores'^ but Such 
Profits are to be applied as afores^ But if my Son Moses shoud 
Decease before he shoud attain to full age without Lawful 
Issue the Said Premises herein last mentioned Shall go his 
Brother Daniel if he Shall be then living or to his Male Issue if 
my Said Son Daniel shall be then Deceased in fee Simple 

Item I give & Bequeath to Each of my Daughters aforesaid 
the Sum of three hundred pounds old Tenor according to the 
Present value thereof or other Currency Equal thereto that 
shall be passing at the time of payment which is to be as they 
shall Respectively arrive at the age of Eighteen years yet I 
hereby give my Executors Power in Case either or all of them 
my Said Daughters Shoud marry before that age Liberty to 
pay Said Legacies at said Marriages if said Executors shall 
Judge it proper & Convenient — 

Item I hereby give & Grant to my Executors herein after 
named full Power to Sell all my Right Interest & property in 
my father Robert Langs Estate at a Place in Portsm" afores*^ 
Called Ellinses Point and all my Estate in Rye in said Province 
and to Apply the money that Shall be Raised thereby to the 
Support of my Children all the Rest Residue & Remainder of 
my Estate I give Devise & Bequeath the same to and among 
my said Children Equally and the Legal Representatives of 
Such as shall be Deceasd when Such Estate Shall Come to be 
Divided — 

Lastly I hereby Constitute & appoint my Hon-^ father in 
Law James Moses & my Uncle John GrifTeth Jointly to be 
Executors of this my Last Will & Testament & Revoke all other 
Wills bv me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have here- 



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unto Set my hand & Seal the i6th Day of July Anno Domini 

1757 — 

Dan^ Lang 

[Witnesses] Rich'^ Evans, Thomas Bickford, W°* Lewis. 
[Proved Aug. lo, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 10, 1757, authorizing Samuel Penhallow and 
Andrew Clarkson, both of Portsmouth, merchants, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 23, 1757; amount, £8033. i. 8; signed by 
Andrew Clarkson and Samuel Penhallow.l 



JOSEPH FIFIELD 1757 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Fifield of Kingston In the 
Province of New Hampshire Yeoman Being in Health of Body & 
of Sound mind & memory but being also Aged * * * 

Item I give and bequeath to Sarah my beloved wife all my 
Household Goods meaning my Furniture and necessaries for 
housekeeping within Doors to her own use & to be at her 
Disposal as she Shall judge Proper. I also give her One Hun- 
dred Pounds Weight of Pork Sixty Pounds of Beaf the keeping 
of One Cow & Five Sheep with their Produce yearly, and Eight 
Bushels of Indian Corn one of Rye One Bush^ of Malt one of 
wheat One Pair of Shoes Six pounds of Flax as many apples as 
she can use for her Self One Barrel of Cyder Ten Cords of Wood 
to be hald & Cut fit for use at her Door two Gallons of Molasses 
& Nine Pounds old Tenor bills of Public Credit of the Old Tenor 
or Equal thereto in other Currency all the aforesaid Articles are 
to be provided & Deliverd by my Executor herein after Named 
Yearly to my Said Wife I also Give her the use of One Conve- 
nient fire Room in my Dw-elling House During her Life all 
which is to be in Lieu & In Full of her Dower and thirds of my 
Estate I also give her One Milch Cow 



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Item I give & bequeath to my Son Samuel five pounds old 
Tenor he having already had his part & Portion of my Estate 

Item to my Daughter Sarah Stevens the Wife of Benjamin 
Stevens I give Twenty Shillings old Tenor 

Item I give to my Daughter Margaret the wife of Peter Dear- 
born the like Sum of Twenty Shillings I having already given 
my Said Daughters their Portion of my Estate 

Item I give & bequeath to Each of my Grand Children 
Timothy Eastman Joseph Eastman & Samuel Eastman the 
Children of my Daughter Shuah Eastman Deceasd the Sum of 
five Shillings new Tenor bills of Credit I having given their 
mother my Said Daughter in her Life time what I Designed to 
give her of my Estate — 

Item all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate Real & 
Personal wheresoever the Same is and may be found I give 
bequeath and Devise the Same to my Son John his Heirs & 
assigns forever And I hereby Constitute and Appoint my Said 
Son John Sole Executor * * * 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
25th Day of July Anno Domini 1757 — 

Joseph Fifield 

[Witnesses] John Hunton, Tristrum Sanborn junr, John 
Tucker. 

[Proved July 6, 1761.] 

[Sarah Fifield, widow, acknowledges receipt from her son, 
John Fifield, executor, of the moveables left to her by the will 
of her husband, Joseph Fifield, July 6, 1761, and waives inven- 
tory; witnesses, Ebenezer Stevens, Ephraim Elliot.] 

[Bond of John Fifield, with John Huntoon and John Tucker 
as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £500, July 6, 1761, for 
the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, Richard 
Cutts Shannon.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I05 

ROBERT LANG 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Lang of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to his widow, Abigail Lang, July 25, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 237.] 

[Bond of Abigail Lang, widow, with Philip Reed, mariner, 
and William Earl Treadwell, merchant, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, July 25, 1757, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, John Fernald, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, July 25, 1757, authorizing Jacob Sheafe, merchant, 
and John Griffith, shop keeper, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 6, 1758; amount, £1340. 14. o; not signed.] 



JACOB GILMAN 1757 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jacob Gilman of Kingston, 
husbandman, granted to Abigail Gilman of Kingston, widow, 
July 27, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 277.] 

[Bond of Abigail Gilman, with James Young of Brentwood 
and David Clifford of Kingston, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, July 27, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, James Bean, James Dudley.] 

[Warrant, July 27, 1757, authorizing James Bean and James 
Dudley, both of Brentwood, yeomen, to appraise the estate,] 

[Inventory, Oct. 21, 1757; amount, £968. o. o; signed by 
James Bean and James Dudley.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £165. 18. o; filed 
Feb. 28, 1759.] 



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[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £i 103. o. o; 
expenditures, £1486. 5. 6; mentions "Cloathing Lodging & 
Boarding my Son Peter Gilman 25 Weeks. . . , Ditto for my 
son Jonathan Gilman 160 .... Ditto for my Son Stephen 
Gilman 364 weeks .... Expenses in my Lieing in with my 
son Stephen Gilman"; account submitted by James Proctor, 
executor of the will of Abigail Gilman, deceased, and allowed 
Aug. 28, 1765; signed by James Proctor and David Clifford.] 

[Bond of David Clifford, with Joseph Wadleigh and Daniel 
Clark as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £10,000, June 
5, 1765, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, John 
Moody Gilman, Ann Wadleigh.] 



EPHRAIM LEAVITT 1757 STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen, the fifth Day of August in the year 
of our Lord God, one Thousand Seven Hundred and fifty Seven ; 
I Ephraim Leavit of Stratham in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Yeoman ; Being weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis. I give and Bequeath unto Sarah my well Beloved 
wife, all my Cattle Sheep and Swine, and all my Household 
Stuff, and all other my Personal Estate, Excepting wearing 
Cloaths; also I give unto my Said wdfe, the whole Use and 
Improvement of all my Lands and Marsh in Said Stratham, so 
Long as She Continues my widdow, She paying my Debts and 
funeral Charges. 

Item. I give unto my Son Samuel Leavit all my Wearing 
Cloaths, Besides what I have given him in time past. 

Item. I give unto my Son Jonathan Leavit, and to my four 
Daughters viz*^ Sarah Wadley, Elizabeth Bickford, Martha 
Dolloff & Hannah Dudley one Hundred Pounds in old Tenor 
Money to be Equally Divided Between them; and paid as 
hereafter mentioned. 

Item. I give unto my Son John Leavit, and to my two 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO7 

Daughters Abigael and Susannah, their Heirs and Assigns, all 
my Land and Marsh and all the remaining part of my Estate in 
Said Stratham, to be Equally Divided between them; they to 
come into Possession of the Same when the aforesaid Term of 
my Said wives improvement is Expired; and also at the time 
when they come into possession thereof, to pay Equally Between 
them the aforesaid Sum of one Hundred Pounds old Tenor 
Money to my Son Jonathan, and to my four Daughters afore- 
mentioned. 

Item. I give unto my four Grand Children viz* Martha 
Leavit, Samuel Leavit, Jonathan Leavit, & Stephen Leavit, 
all my Right of Lands in Gilmantown (that I have not already 
Disposed of) to be Equally Divided between them. 

And further my Will is, and I do hereby Constitute appoint 
and ordain my Said Wife, my Sole Executrix * * * 

Ephram Leavit 

[Witnesses] Joshua Neal, Sam^' Cate, Sam' Lane. 
[Proved Aug. 31, 1757.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Leavitt, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to William Pottle, Jr., March 29, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 201 .J 

[Bond of William Pottle, Jr., blacksmith, with Jonathan 
Wiggin and Samuel Wiggin as sureties, all of Stratham, in the 
sum of £500, March 29, 1764, for the guardianship of Samuel 
Leavitt; witnesses, William Parker, William Vaughan.] 



SIMON WIGGIN 1757 STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen the fifth Day of august, Anno: 
Dom: one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Seven I Simon 
Wiggin of Stratham in the province of New hampshire Gent 
Being very week in Body * * * 

I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved wife Susannah the 



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use Improvement and Incom of all my Reail Estate of Lands 
madow Ground and Buildings Laying and being in Stratham 
afore Said untill my Son Joseph Wiggin arives To the age of 
Twenty one years and after that Time one Third part there of 
Duering her Natueral Life — 

Also I Give and Bequeath unto my Said wife all my personal 
Estate of what Kine So Ever and Six acres of Land Laying in 
Eppin in Said province which I Bought of John hains to her and 
her heirs and assigns to Inable her to pay My Just Debts and 
funeral Charges — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Joseph wiggin Twenty 
acres of Land and madow Ground in Stratham afore Said a 
the South-East End of my Land Joyning to Land Now in the 
possion of Samuel Clark and from thence to Run aboute west 
Nor west the whole wedth of my Land So farr as to Make up 
Said Twenty acres to him my Said Son Joseph his heirs and 
assigns for Ever — 

Ittem I Give and Bequeath to my Said wife Liberty to Sell 
So much Land at the west nor west End of the Land I have 
Given to my Son Joseph as Shall be Sufhcent to Inable her to 
pay my Debts and funeral Charges if what is above mentioned 
to her Should prove Insufhcent 

Ittem I Give and Bequeath unto welbeloved Son Simon wiggin 
all my farme of Land and madow Ground that I have in 
Stratham afore Said with all the Buildings Standing thereon 
that is not alrady and hereafter Desposed of by this my Last 
will and testement to him his heirs and assigns for Ever and all 
Right to the Grist mill Standing on the Crick Joyning to Said 
premesses and to Com into the possion thereof at the End of 
the Time that my Said wife have the Improvement thereof — 

allso my Said Son Simon his heirs & assigns Shall have Liberty 
to pass and Repass to and from Said premesses through the Land 
Given To My Said Son Joseph he and thay Shating Gate and 
Barrs after them 

Ittem I Give unto my Daughter Sarah perkins fifty pounds 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO9 

old Tenor To be paid her by my Son Simon wiggin within one 
year next after my Decease Shee haveing alrady Receved most 
of her portion 

Ittem I Give unto my Daughter Susannah wiggin five hundred 
and fifty pounds old tenor to be paid to her by my Son Simon 
wiggin three hundred pounds thereof within three years next 
after my Decease and the other Two hundred and fifty pounds 
thereof within Six years next after my Decease and priveladge 
of Liveing in my Dweling house Till her marage Day — 

Ittam I Give unto My Daughter Mary Wiggin five hundred 
and fifty pounds pounds old Tenor to be paid to her by my Son 
Simon wiggin three hundred pounds thereof when Shee arives 
To the age of Twenty years and the other Two hundred and 
fifty pounds thereof when Shee arives to the age of Twenty 
Three years and priveladge of Liveing in my Dweling house Till 
her marrage Day — 

Ittem I Give and Bequeath unto my Two Sons Henry Wiggin 
and Thomas wiggin the Land I have in Eppin in Said province 
that I Bought of Moses Thurstin and frauds Durgin which 
Contains aboute fifty acres be it more or Less to them their heirs 
and assigns Equally to be Devided Between them for quantity 
and quality — 

I also Give unto my Said Sons Henry and Thomas a peace of 
Salt marsh Containing aboute Two acres and a half be it more 
or Less Laying in Stratham afore Said on the noth East Side of 
the Bass Crick So Called to them their heirs and assigns for 
Ever Equaly to be Devided Between them the Said henry & 
Thomas and to Com into possion thereof at the End of the Time 
my wife is to have the Improvement thereof 

Item I Give unto my Said Two Sons Henry and Thomas Each 
of Them one hundred pounds old Tenor to be paid Them by my 
Son Simon Wiggin when Each of them arives to the age of 
Twenty one years Either in Labor on the Land Given them In 
Eppin afore Said by this my Last will and Testement or in 
passable Bills of Credit — 



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Item I Do Constitute make and Ordain my well beloved 
wife Sussannah Wiggin the Soul Executroix * * * 

Simon Wiggin 

[Witnesses] John Clark, John Neal, Ephraim Barker. 
[Proved Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Bond of Susanna Wiggin, widow, with John Clark, yeoman, 
as surety, both of Stratham, in the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, 
for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Smith,] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Wiggin, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Simon Wiggin, granted to Simon Wiggin Aug, 31, 
1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 79.] 

[Bond of Simon Wiggin, husbandman, with William Pottle, 
Jr., blacksmith, as surety, both of Stratham, in the sum of 
£500, Aug. 31, 1763, for the guardianship of Joseph Wiggin; 
witnesses, William Vaughan, Joseph March.] 



AMOS DWINELL 1757 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Amos Dwinell of Hampton 
Falls, physician, granted to Abigail Dwinell, widow, Aug. 11, 

1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 277.] 

[Bond of Abigail Dwinell, widow, with Jacob Smith and 
Nathaniel Gove, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in 
the sum of £1000, Aug. 11, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Meshech Weare, Caleb Sanborn.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 11, 1757, authorizing Nathaniel Gove and 
Jacob Smith, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS III 

[Inventory, Aug. 29, 1757; amount, £282. 15. o; signed by 
Jacob Smith and Nathaniel 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, £49. 12. 9; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £375. 15. o, 
personal estate ; expenditures, £414. o. o; mentions " Bringing up 
(Anna) a Child of said Intestate from the Time its Father Died 
(in October 1756) till March 1759. . . . D° (Molly & Susannah) 
2 other Children of said Intestate yet under Seven from the 29*^ 
Day of October 1756 till this Time" ; allowed April 25, 1759.] 



ELEAZER FLAGG 1757 HOLLIS 

In the Name of god Amen The twelth Day of august: A: D: 
1757 I Eleazer Flagg of Holies in the Province of New Hamp- 
sheir in New England yeoman — being very Sick and weak in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to Hannah my Dearly beloved 
wife the Improvement of the one third of my Estate During 
her Naturrall life 

Item I Give to my well beloved Son Jonas Flagg whom I 
likewise Constitute Make and ordain my Sole Executor of this 
my Last Will and Testament, for five years sarving of me scence 
he was Twenty one years old Two full Shears of all my Estate — 

Item it is my will that my beloved Son Eleazer Flagg have 
but one Single Shear of my Estate 

Item it is my will that my beloved son John Flagg that is gon 
in to his Majesties savis if he Returns home again if he gives up 
in to my Estate all his wages that he have one shear of my 
Estate and if he Refuses and will not give and Deliver up in to 



112 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my Estate his wages my will is that he Shall have five Pound of 
my Estate and no more 

Item my will is that the Rest of my beloved Chaildren have 
Equell Shears of my Estate and those of them that are marriad 
that what they have had to be so muth of their Shears * * * 

his 
Eleazer X Flagg 
Mark 
[Witnesses] Daniel Emerson, John marshall, Sam^* Cumings. 
[Proved Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 21, 1757; amount, £6654. o. o; signed by 
Samuel Cummings, Samuel Farley, and Stephen Ames.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Samuel Cummings, 
gentleman, Stephen Ames, Samuel Farley, Benjamin Abbott, 
and Zachariah Lawrence, all of Hollis, to set off the widow's 
dower.] 

Province of 1 By Vartue of authority to us from the 
New Hampshire / Honorable Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of 
probate for said Province, to Set of to the widow Hannah Flagg 
Relict of The late Eleazer Flagg of Holies Decesed the one 
third part of the Decest Reall Estate we have Set of to the said 
widow Hannah Flagg at the North End of said Decesed farm 
thirty three acres of land Concesting of plowing mowing pas- 
tering and wood land with the one half of the Dwelling House 
being the East End of s'^ House with prevelidge of the well and 
all so one half of the East Barn being the East End of said Barn 
all which is Discribed in this plan but resarving to the Children 
of the said Decesed prevelidge of passing and repassing as the 
path is now trod from the Barn throw the widows paster land 
to their own land — and all so we have Set of to the said widow 
two acres and three quarters of an acre of orcharding near to 
the South East Cornor of the Said Farm as it is likewise Dis- 
cribed in said plan and the said widow is likewise to have 



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prevelidge of passing through peart of the Childrens land to her 
orchard 

Holies November the 2g^^ 1757 — 

Sam^' Cumings 
Benj'^ Abbot 
His 
Zaceriah X Larrence 
Marck 



THOMAS NEWMARCH 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Sarah Newmarch of Portsmouth renounces administration 
on the estate of her husband, Thomas Newmarch, in favor of her 
son, Benjamin Newmarch, Aug. 17, 1757.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Newmarch, blacksmith, with Joseph 
Cotton, boat builder, and John Cutt, cooper, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Aug. 17, 1757, for the admin- 
istration of the estate of Thomas Newmarch of Portsmouth, 
blacksmith ; witnesses, William Parker, John Fernald.] 



JOSHUA BATCHELDER 1757 BRENTWOOD 

[Mary Batchelder of Brentwood renounces administration on 
the estate of her husband, Joshua Batchelder of Brentwood, 
blacksmith, Aug. 29, 1757, in favor of his brother, Nathaniel 
Batchelder of Kensington; witnesses, James Merrill, Samuel 
Batchelder.] 

[Administration granted to Nathaniel Batchelder, yeoman, 
Aug. 31, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 271.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Batchelder, with Samuel Batchelder, 
wheelwright, and William Parker, gentleman, as sureties, all of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 5 

Kensington, in the sum of £500, Aug. 31, I757> for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, WiUiam Parker, John Parker.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 10, 1757; amount, £2574. o. 6; signed by 
John Judkins and James Merrill.] 

[Administration granted to William Parker, Jr., of Kingston, 
April 10, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 391.] 

[Bond of William Parker, Jr., with Noah Emery of Exeter 
and John Pickering of Greenland, gentleman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £50, April 10, 1767, for the administration de bonis non 
of the estate; witnesses, Hunking Wentworth, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, April 22, 1771, authorizing Zaccheus Clough, gen- 
tleman, Nathan Brown, Daniel Sanborn, yeomen, all of Poplin, 
Dyer Hook, gentleman, and Phineas Sanborn, yeoman, both of 
Hawke, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant from the Judge of 
New Hampsh / the Probate of Wills &c for said Province 
appointing us a Committee to Divide the real Estate of Joshua 
Bachelder late of Brintwood in Said Province blacksmith De- 
ceased among his Children — 

1 We have Set off to Joshua Bachelder the oldest son of 
said deceased for his two shares in said Estate that tract of land 
in Poplin in said Province which said deceased purchased of 
Elizabeth Glidden containing Nine Acres as in the Deed thereof 
to said deceased it is bounded — 

2 We have set off to Sarah the Wife of Phinehas Beede for 
her share in said Estate three acres & fifty Rods of land in a 
tract of Land in said Poplin which said deceased purchased of 
Jonathan Thing beginning at the Northwesterly Corner of 
Nathan Browns land thence to run northerly on the highway 
Seven Rods & an half then Easterly by said Browns Land 
keeping the breadth of Seven Rods & an half till it comes to 
Exeter River 



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3 We have set off to Mary Bachelder for her share in said 
Estate three acres & fifty Rods of Land in that tract purchased 
of Jonathan Thing & adjoining to the share above set of to 
Sarah to begin at the Northwest Corner of the said share set off 
to Sarah & to run Northerly on the highway Eight Rods & 
carrying the breadth of Eighth Rods to run Easterly by Sarahs 
said share till it comes to Exeter River — 

^ly We have set off to William Bachelder for his Share in 
said Estate three acres & fifty Rods in the aforementioned tract 
purchased of Jonathan Thing beginning at the Northwesterly 
corner of the Share above set off to Mary & thence runing 
Northerly on the highway Eight Rods & an half & carrying that 
Breadth to run Easterly by Marys said Share to Exeter River — 

5'y We have set off to Cornelius Bachelder as his Share in 
Said Estate three acres & fifty Rods of Land in the aforemen- 
tioned tract purchased of Jonathan Thing to begin at the 
Northwest Corner of the Share above set off to William & to 
run thence northerly Nine Rods on the highway & carrying 
that breadth to run Easterly by Williams said Share to Exeter 

River April 27*^ 177 1 — • rr i. r-^ i. 

^ Zaccneus Clough 

Dyer Hook 
Phineas Sanborn 



ROBERT ROWE 1757 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this thirtieth Day of August 
Anno Domini Seventeen Hundred And fifty Seven in the thirty 
first year of his Majestys Reign &c: I Robert Row of Hampton 
falls in the Province of New H amps'" in New England Yeoman 
being Aged and Infirm in Body * * * 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my well beloved Wife Mehet- 
able All my Stock of Creatures & Moveables within Doors And 
without I also order her a Comfortable Maintenance Out of my 
Estate by my Son Pain Row As hereafter Mentioned. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 7 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Daniel Row his heirs 
and assigns a Piece of Land in Kingstown where his DwelHng 
House is Containing about four Acres 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Pain Row his heirs 
And Assigns my Home Place Containing About Sixty Acres be 
the Same more or less Lying on both Sides Drinkwater Rode so 
Called with the Buildings thereon Excepting that my Son 
Nathan Row is to have the Improvement of that Part of my 
Dwelling House which he has Liv'd in And Usually Improved 
for the term of two Years after my Decease and no Longer — 

I Also Give to my Said Son Pain Row a Piece of Land of 
About two Acres lying at the Burnt Swamp so Called. And I 
Order my Said Son Pain Row to Keep for his mother Mehetable 
Row both Winter And Summer A Horse and two Cows and 
two Sheep And Also find And Provide for her firewood, Corn, 
Meat, And All necessaries for her Comfortable Support And 
Maintenance During her life And Pay the Charges of her 
Funeral at her Death I Also Give my said Son two Acres of 
Marsh — 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Nathan Row his heirs 
and Assigns All my Land in Kingstown in the Province aforesaid 
not before Disposed of 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Taylor 
Fifty Pounds old Tenor to be Paid her within two years after 
my Decease by my Executor 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Blake 
Fifty Pounds old Tenor to be Paid her by my Executor within 
two years after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson John Row Son of 
John Row Deceas'd fifty Pounds old Tenor to be paid by my 
Executor within four years after my Decease 

Lastly I Do Appoint my Son Pain Row Sole Executor * * * 

his 
Robert + Row 
mark 



1 1 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Richard Nason, William Swain. 
[Proved Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Samuel Prescott and 
Richard Nason, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 23, 1757; amount, £8254. 14. o; signed by 
Samuel Prescott and Richard Nason.] 



JOHN SWAIN 1757 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this thirtieth Day of August 
Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and fifty Seven in the thirty 
first year of his Majestys Reign &c: I John Swain of Hampton 
falls in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman being tho' 
Aged and Infirm in Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Martha 
the Use Incom and Improvement of One half of my House and 
Barn and of my Home Place lying on Each Side of Drinkwater 
Rode so Called and a Piece on the Notherly Side of the way by 
Coll° Prescutts During her Natural life Also the use of All my 
Household Goods for the same term Except what I have Given 
to my Daughter Abigail Swain and to my Grandaughter Mary 
Blake as hereafter mentioned And after my wifes Decease All 
my Houshold Goods shall go to my Daughter Abigail Except 
what I Give to my s^ Grandaughter I also Order that my said 
Daughter Abigail shall have the liberty for to live in the House 
with her Mother so long as my said Daughter shall Remain 
LInmarried & if her mother should Dye yet my said Daughter 
to have the liberty of Living in the House so long as she Re- 
mains Unmarried. I also Give to my said wife two Cows And 
four Sheep and my Swine 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Stephen Swain to him 
his heirs and assigns four Acres of Land where his Dwelling 
House now is Bounding as follows viz* at the westerly End of a 
Pair of Bars by the Rode near his House thence Running Noth- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II9 

erly so as to leave one Rod in wedth from the Westerly End of 
his House And then to Run so as to take one Row of Apple 
trees on the Easterly Side of my Orchard : And from the Place 
where it first Began to Run Easterly by the Road till it Comes 
within One Rod of the Land of Robert Row And so to Run back 
from the Rode so far as to make four acres. 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son William Swain his 
heirs and assigns a Certain Piece of Land Adjoyning to the 
Land where he now lives on the Easterly Side thereof Beginning 
at the Northeasterly Corner of the Garden he now has where 
there is now a Spruice tree And from thence Running on a 
Strait line to the Southeasterly Corner of his land then by his 
land to the Rode and then by the Rode to the Bounds first men- 
tioned also my Right in a piece of marsh lying at Gouges Wigwam 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Swain Fifty 
Pounds old Tenor to be Paid him within One year after my 
Decease by my Son John Swain. I Also give to him his heirs 
& assigns All my Right in a Lott of Land which was Sold by 
William Swain Deceas'd to Francis Page Lying at the Little 
River so Called 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Nathan Swain his heirs 
and assigns a Certain Piece of Land in the Township of Exeter 
which I bought of Nathanael Bartlett by Estimation twenty 
five Acres be the same more or less being the one Moiety or half 
part of a tract of land Containing fifty Acres Granted unto 
Richard Glidden As I Purchased the same Also a Yoke of Steers 
Coming in three years old which have been Called And Reputed 
as his Also one Acre of my Marsh Lying at the Clambanks so 
Called to be Equal as to Quality with my other Marsh Lying 
there 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Swain 
One feather Bed and Beding And one Cow, Also a weavers 
Loom with all the tackling belonging therto Also all my Hous- 
hold Stuff after her mothers Decease which was given to her 
mother 



120 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Grandaughter Mary Blake 
the Bed which was her mothers And a Chest of Draws that was 
her mothers Also a Plain Chest & three Pewter Platters Six 
Pewter Plates three Porringers which were her Mothers to be 
Delivered her by my Executor when she shall Come to the age 
of Eighteen Years I also Give her one Cow. 

Item I Give to my Son in Law Israel Blake five shillings old 
Tenor to be paid by my Executor 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Swain to him his 
heirs and Assigns All my home Place And Salt Marsh And all 
my land in Hampton not before Disposed of And All my Stock 
of Creatures and Husbandry Tools And Personal Estate not 
otherwise Disposed of And I do hereby Constitute my said 
Son John Sole Executor * * * 

John + Swain 
mark 
[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Pain Row, Caleb Swain. 
[Proved Jan. 25, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 25, 1758, authorizing Samuel Prescott and 
Nathaniel Healey, yeoman, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 23, 1758; amount, £9159. 13. o; signed by 
Samuel Prescott and Nathaniel Healey, Jr.; attested by Col. 
Samuel Prescott and Lieut. Nathaniel Healey.] 



NICHOLAS PERRYMAN 1757 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Nicholas Perryman of 
Exeter granted to Noah Emery of Exeter, gentleman, Aug. 

31, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 272.] 

[Bond of Noah Emery, with John Gilman, Jr., of Exeter and 
Cutts Shannon of Portsmouth as sureties, in the sum of £500, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 121 

Aug. 31, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Jr., John Parker.] 



ABRAHAM McNEIL 1757 MANCHESTER 

In the Name of god amen I Abrham m^'Niell of Derry field in 
the Province of Newhampshire In New Ingland Wifeor Being 
wicke of bodey * * * 

Item my will is that my Beloved wife Gian m'^Nieall Shall 
Have one Hallfe of all my Rell and Persnol Estat — 

Item my will is that my Beloved Son Robert m<=Niell Shall 
have twentey Shillens paied him out of my Estat by my Exatours 
with what he has alredy goet — 

Item my will is that my Beloved Dough ter marey m^Neall 
Shall have twentey Shillens paied hir out of my Estat by my 
Exators with what She has alredy got 

Item my will is that the Remandien peart of my Estat Rell & 
persnoal Be Equelly Divied By my Exators Be twixt my belovd 
Childeren Elisabeth m'=Niell & Ginat m^Nieall and William 
m-'Nieall & Richieal m^Nieall 

Item my Will is that all my Rell and Persnol Estate Shall Be 
Sold By my Exators In order to peay the Sumes Before mine- 
sioned — 

Item and I Do Hereby Nominate Counstute & appoint my 
Beloved wife Gian m°Nieall and John Clark of London Derry 
Exautors * * * jj^ Witeness where of I Have here unto Set 
my Hand and Sell this thirtey firest Day of August in y^ thirtey- 
eth year of His majestes Rigen anno Dom 1757 

Abraham McNeill 

[Witnesses] Abraham Merrill, Ebenezer stevnes, John Hall. 
[Proved July 26, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 23, 1757, authorizing John Hall of Derryfield, 
gentleman, and Peter Patterson of Londonderry, weaver, to 
appraise the estate.] 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Oct. lo, 1757; amount, £1072. o. o; signed by John 
Hall and Peter Patterson.] 

[Commission, Sept. 14, 1758, to James Taggart and Samuel 
Dickey, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[Depositions of Thomas Hall, March 24, 1759, and of the 
widow, Jean McNeil, March 26, 1759, as to certain lands and 
liabilities of the estate.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £708. 17. i ; signed 
by James Taggart and Samuel Dickey, and attested March 26, 
I759-] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £988. 10. 6, 
personal estate; expenditures, £533. 10. o; allowed March 28, 
I759-] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £708. 17. i; amount 
distributed, £465. o. 6; allowed March 31, 1759.] 



DAVID STEVENS 1757 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of David Stevens of Hampstead, 
yeoman, granted to Mary Stevens, widow, Aug. 31, 1757.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 2y/.] 

[Bond of Mary Stevens, widow, with Stephen Emerson, 
yeoman, and John Mills, cordwainer, as sureties, all of Hamp- 
stead, in the sum of £500, Aug. 31, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, James Graves, John Muzzey.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 31, 1757, authorizing Thomas Wells and John 
Muzzey to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 18, 1757; amount, £3874. 3. o; 
signed by Thomas Wells and John Muzzey.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I23 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1624. 3. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £996. 15. o; mentions "maintain- 
ing 3 Children under 7 years to this time from the time of the 
dec^ of the Intestate July 29, 1757"; allowed Sept. 26, 1759.] 

[Guardianship of David Stevens and Benjamin Stevens, aged 
less than 14 years, children of David Stevens, granted to Benja- 
min Stevens of Goffstown March 27, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 407.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Stevens, with John Muzzey and Stephen 
Johnson, both of Hampstead, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, March 28, 1760, for the guardianship of David Stevens 
and Benjamin Stevens; witnesses, William Parker, Solomon 
Loud, Jr.] 



MATTHEW NEALEY 1757 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Nealey of Notting- 
ham, yeoman, granted to Thomas Simpson, yeoman, and Mar- 
garet Nealey, widow, both of Nottingham, Aug. 31, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 272.] 

[Bond of Thomas Simpson and Margaret Nealey, with John 
Nealey of Nottingham, yeoman, and Joseph Young of New- 
market, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 31, 
I757> for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William 
Parker, Jr., John Parker.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 28, 1757; amount, £24,641. 12. o; 
signed by John McCrillis and Francis Harvey.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £9702. 3. 2; 
expenditures, £9720. 14. 6; mentions "To the widow margaret 
Nealy for bording the Intestates youngest Child being under 
Seven Years old from the seventh of august 1757 to the seventh 
of august 1760"; allowed Sept. 24, 1760.] 



124 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Sept. 24, 1760, authorizing Benjamin Whitcher, 
Abraham True, James Kelsey, all of Nottingham, yeomen, and 
Capt. James Norris and Abraham Perkins, both of Epping, 
yeomen, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Persueant to a Warrant from the Hon''^° 
New Hamps'' / Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of 
wills for Said Province To Benjamin Witcher Abraham True 
James Kelsey all of Nottingham in Said Province and Cap* 
James Norris Abraham Perkins both of Epping in Said Province 
to Divide the real Estate of Matthew Neley Late of Nottingham 
in Said Province Deceased Intestate and according to Said War- 
rant We Benjamin Witcher Abraham True James Kelsey James 
Norris and Abraham Perkins aforesaid have Divided Said Estate 
and are Set forth by meets and Bounds each one his or her 
Proportion or Share as is hereby Described and Set Down in the 
following Manner viz: To margaret the widow of Said Intestate 
one full third Part of Said Estate as her Dower for term of Life 
and is as followeth viz : twenty acres of Land more or Less Lying 
on the North Side of Bow Street in Said Nottingham belonging 
to the home Lotts together with the house & Barn Standing on 
the Same and Likewise forty acres be it more or Less lying the 
South Side of Bow Street and the west Side of fish Street Bound- 
ing upon Said Bow Street & fish street excepting two acres that 
we Set off to Margaret Neley Daughter of the Intestate Said 
forty acres Lyes in the home Lotts in the first Division and also 
Eighty acres of Land more or less lying in Lott N° 2 in the Second 
Division in Bow Street in Said Nottingham and also one Quarter 
Part of a Sawmill known by the Name of Drowns mill in Said 
Nottingham — 

To matthew Neley Eldest Son of Said Intestate we Set of as a 
Double Share Sixty Six acres more or less Lying in Lott N° 13 
in Summer Street and twenty acres of Land Lying in Lott N° 11 
in Said Summer Street in the Second Division in Said Notting- 
ham and also one Eighth Part of a Sawmill known by the Name 
of the great falls mill — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 25 

To Joseph Neley Second Son of Said Intestate we allow a full 
Single Share one hundred & Six acres of Land more or less Lying 
in Lott N° 21 in the Seventh Range in the third Division in Said 
Nottingham and also one Quarter Part of that Lott N° 4 in the 
Sixth Range in Said third Division beginning at the Northeast- 
erly end of Said Lott and run Southwesterly earring the Whole 
Weideth of Said Lott So far as will Contain Just one fourth Part 
of Said Lott N° 4 — 

To Andrew Neley third Son of the Intestate we allow as a full 
Single Share three Quarters of the Lott N° 4 in the Sixth Range 
in the third Division in Said Nottingham Beginning at the South- 
westerly end of Said Lott and run Northeasterly So far as will 
Contain Just three fourths of Said Lott and also three Quarters 
of that tract of Land Lying in that Lott N° 5 in the Said Sixth 
Range that belonged to the Said Intestate at his Decease begin- 
ing at the Southwesterly end and run Northeasterly as Said Lott 
runs So far as will Contain Just three fourths of Said tract — 

To Jean Samborn Eldest Daughter of the Intestate we allow 
as a Single Share all that Lott of Land Lying in Bow Street N° 25 
in the Second Division in Said Nottingham and also twelve acres 
of Land Lying in Lott N° 8 in winter street in the said second 
Division and is to begin at the southeast end of said Lott and run 
Northwesterly Carring the whole weideth of said Lott so far as 
will Contain Just twelve acres of Land and also one Quarter Part 
of a Sawmill known by the Name of Fowlers mill in said Not- 
tingham — 

To Mary Mason Second Daughter of the Intestate we allow 
as a Single Share all that tract of Land Lying in the Lott N° 20 
in the Seventh Range of Lott in y*^ third Division in Said Not- 
tingham that Lyes the southwest side of Pleasant Pond So Called 
and also one Quarter Part of that tract of Land Lying in Lott 
N° 5 in y® sixth Range of Lotts in Said third Division that be- 
longed to the said Intestate at his Decease and is to begin at the 
Northeast end of said tract and run southwesterly carring the 
whole weideth of Said tract so far as will Contain Just one fourth 



126 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Part of said tract and also thirty acres of Land Lying at the 
Southeast end of Lott N° lo in winter street in the Second Divi- 
sion in Said Nottingham — 

To Sarah Neley third Daughter of the Intestate we allow as a 
Single Share all that tract of Land Lying in Lott N° 8 in Winter 
Street in the second Division in said Nottingham that belonged 
to the Intestate at his Decease excepting twelve acres that we 
have allowed to Jean Samborn eldest Daughter of the Intes- 
tate — 

To Margaret Neley youngest Daughter of the Intestate we 
allow as a Single Share all that tract of Land Lying in Lott N° lo 
in winter street in the Second Division in said Nottingham that 
belonged to the said Intestate at his Decease excepting thirty 
acres which we allow to mary mason which Lyes at the South- 
east end of Said Lott and also one hundred acres of Land Lying 
in Lott N° lo in the Nineth Range of Lotts in the third Division 
in Said Nottingham and also two acres of Land Lying in Lott 
N° 3 in fish Street in the first Division in Said Nottingham and 
Bounded as followeth begining at the Northeast Corner of Said 
Lott upon Sd fish Street and run Southwesterly as said street 
runs till it Contains half the weideth of Said Lott then run 
westerly earring one half the weideth of Said Lott till it contains 
Just two acres of Land — 

To the Division as is above mentioned we the Subscribers do 
hereunto Set our hands this 25**^ Day of December Anno Que 
Domini one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty &c 

Benjamin Witcher ' 

Abraham True 

James kelse [ Committee 

James noris 

Abraham Perkins 
[Guardianship of Joseph Nealey, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Matthew Nealey, granted to Joseph Sias of Lee 
Jan. 15, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 331.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 12/ 

[Bond of Joseph Sias, with Joshua Burnham of Lee and John 
Nealey of Nottingham, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Jan. 15, 1767, for the guardianship of Joseph Nealey; witnesses, 
William Parker, Reuben Hill.] 

[Bond of Joseph Nealey, with Asa Gile and Joseph Hodgdon 
as sureties, all of Nottingham, in the sum of £1000, Aug. 16, 
1782, for the administration de bonis non of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Jonathan Flanders, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 12, 1782; amount, £301. 10. o; signed 
by Rice Rowell, Thomas Bartlett, and Jonathan Gove.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 30, 1782, authorizing Rice Rowell, John Har- 
vey, gentleman, Jonathan Gove, gentleman, Andrew Simpson, 
yeoman, and John Ford, blacksmith, all of Nottingham, to 
divide the real estate.] 

State of New "i Pursuant to a Warrent to us Directed by the 
Hampshire I Honourable Joseph Gilman Esq"" Judg of Pro- 

Rockingham ss J bate of Wills &c for the Said County of Rock- 
ingham we have Divided the Estate of Mathew Nealey Not 
already Divided Late of Nottingham in Said County Yeoman 
Deceased Intestate in Manner following viz To Each of the 
Children and the Representatives of Such as are Dead a Single 
Sheare Each which is buted and bounded as foUoweth viz 

To Joseph Nealley Son to Said Deceas'd for his Single Share 
of Said Estate Not already Divided Begining at the highway on 
the Line between Said Deceas'd Estate and Land of Thomas 
Bartlett and Bounded Easterly & Southeasterly on Said Bartlets 
and Said Bartlets Mothers Land Northwesterly and Land Set 
of to Andrew Nealey out of Said Estate and Southwesterly on 
Said highway Containing four acres of Land Presiesly with the 
Mansion House Standing thereon 

To Andrew Nealey Son to Said Deceas'd Not already Divided 
we have Set of all the Remainder of Said Deceas'd Estate Laying 
on the North Side of the highway Commonly Call'd Bow Street 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

belonging to the home Stead Bounded Southeasterly on Land 
Set of To Joseph Son to Said Deceas'd Easterly on the widdow 
Love Lunts Land Northwesterly on Rice Rowell Land and 
Southwesterly on Said highway 

To the Hairs of Jena Samborn Daugtor of Said Deceas'd we 
have set of out of his Estate Not already Divided as followeth a 
Certain Peice of Land bounded as followeth viz begining on fish 
street at the bounds between the Lots N° 4 & three in Said Fish 
Street and Bounded by Said fish street untill it Comes to Two 
acres of Land formerly set of to Margrit Norris in a former 
Division of said Deceas'd Estate then Northeasterly on Said 
Two acres untill it Comes to the Miter Line So Call'd then on a 
Parrelel Line with fish Street untill it Comes to the Divideing 
Line between the third and fourth Lot in fish street then by Said 
line between said third and fourth Lots in fish street untill it 
Comes to the bounds first Mentioned and also Part of the Lot 
N° 2 in Bow street Hundred acres Lots Laying on the North Side 
of the highway that Leads from Nottingham to Deerfield 
Bounded Southeasterly on Land belonging to Ebenezer and 
Ezra Barker Northeasterly on bow Street Northwesterly on 
Land Sold out of said Lot to James Morrison and Southwesterly 
on the said highway that goes from Nottingham to Deerfield 

To Mary Hodgdon Daughter of Said Deceas'd we have set of 
for her share of said Deceasd Estate Not heretofore Divided a 
Certain Peice of Land out of said Lot N° 2 in bow street Hun- 
dred acre Lots on the Southwesterly side of the highway that 
Lead from Nottingham to Deerfield and is bounded South- 
easterly on Lands belonging to Ebenezer Barker and Ezra Bar- 
ker and to Extend the full of one half of the width of Said Lot in 
Every Part Except what has been sold out of Said Lot to Mor- 
rison and to Run to the Southwesterly End of said Lot 

To Sarah Gile Daughter of Said Deceasd for her share of said 
Estate Not already Divided we have Set of all the Remaining 
Part of Said Lot N° 2 in bow street Hundred acre Lots on the 
Southwesterly side of the highway that Leads from Nottingham 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 29 

to Deerfield Except what has already been set of to Mary Hodg- 
don and what has been Sold to Morrison. 

To Margrit Norriss Daughter of Said Deas'd for her share of 
said Estate Not before Divided we have set of a Peice of Land 
in Nottingham Bounded as followeth viz Begining on Bow 
street at Place Called Back Street then by bow street to the 
Corner of the Squaire Near the Meeting House then by the 
Squaire to a Peice of Land Sold out of the Lot N° 2 in bow street 
ten acre Lots to Jonathan Longfellow then by said Land Sold to 
Said Longfellow to the Miter Line So Called to the South west- 
erly Corner of the Two acres Set of to the Said Margrit in a for- 
mer Division of said Deceas'd Estate then by Land Set of to the 
hairs of Janey Samborn in this Division untill it Comes to the 
line between the third and fourth lots in fish street then by the 
line between Said third and fourth Lots to Back Street then by 
Said back street to the Place first Mentioned 

The four going is a Just and Impartial Division of said De- 
ceas'd Estate Not before Divided to the best of our Judgments 
Nottingham Decemb^ 5**^ 1782 

Rice Rowell 

John Harvey 

Jonathan Gove )■ Committee 

And"* Simpson 

John Ford 

[Bond of Matthew Nealey Sanborn, with Joseph Hodgdon and 
Joseph Nealey as sureties, all of Nottingham, in the sum of 
£200, April 12, 1783, to receive the real estate of his mother, 
Jane Sanborn of Nottingham, he being the oldest son, and to 
pay the other children their shares; witnesses, Nathaniel Parker, 
William Fogg.] 



130 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

DUDLEY HARDY 1757 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Dudley Hardy of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Hardy, Aug. 31, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 272.] 

[Bond of Mary Hardy of Exeter, widow, with Biley Hardy of 
Exeter and Jeremiah Hubbard of Kingston, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, Aug. 31, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, WiUiam Parker, John Parker.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 25, 1757; amount, £6903. 9. o; signed 
by James Oilman and John Odlin.] 

[Administration de bonis non on the estate of Dudley Hardy 
granted to John Giddings March 29, 1769.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 369.] 

[Bond of John Giddings, with Robert Hardy and Eliphalet 
Gilman, yeomen, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of £500, 
March 29, 1769, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Samuel Hale, Jr.] 



SAMUEL BUZZELL 1757 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Buzzell of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to William Buzzell of Kingston, yeoman, Aug. 
31, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 272.] 

[Bond of William Buzzell, with Jeremiah Hubbard and Sam- 
uel Roby as sureties, all of Kingston, yeomen, in the sum of 
£500, Aug. 31, 1757, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, John Parker.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 31, 1757, authorizing Samuel Winsley and 
Ebenezer Sleeper, both of Kingston, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I3I 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 28, 1757; amount, £744. 2. 4; 
signed by Samuel Winsley and Ebenezer Sleeper.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £744. 2. 4, 
personal estate ; expenditures, £744. 2. i ; allowed May 30, 1759.] 



NATHANIEL BATCHELDER 1757 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen: I Nathaniel Batcheldor of the 
Parish of Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in New 
England yeoman being week of Body * * * 

ily I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife margaret 
Batchelder all my Stock of Creatures of all sorts excepting 
one Cow and I Give my Said wife all my moveables within 
Doars all to Despose as Shee shall See Cause and I Give my said 
wife the improvement of all my Real Estate untill my two sons 
Nathaniel and Joseph Shall Come to the age of twenty one years 
then my wife is to have the improvement of but one third of my 
Real Estate as long as Shee lives and at her Death then her thirds 
to go to those that I Shall Give it to in this my will and I Give 
my said wife my east fore Room to improve So long as Shee 
Continues my widow and no longer — 

2ly I Give and Bequeath forever unto my two Sons Nathan- 
iel Batchelder and Joseph Batchelder my house and Barn and all 
my land laying in Kensington and in hampton falls parish and 
allso all my salt marsh laying In partnership with Nathan Batch- 
elder Said marsh lays at hampton Twon all my land above men- 
tioned and marsh and house and Barn to be Equally Divided 
between them when they Come to the age of twenty one years 
only there mother Is to Improve as Is above Exprest my two sons 
paying as I Shall order them in this my will 

3ly I Give and Bequeath to my son John Batchelder all my 
land laying In the township of Nottingham forever It being one 
third of a two hundred acre lot 

4ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Ephraim Batchelder 



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three hundred pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit or Equal 
there unto in silver at Dollars Six pound apiece to be paid to him 
by my two sons Nathaniel and Joseph to pay Equally alike and 
to be paid to my Said son Ephraim when he Shall Come to the 
age of Twenty one years 

5ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Josiah Batchelder two 
hundred pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit or in Silver 
Equal thereunto Dollors at Six pound apiece to be paid to him 
by my two sons Nathaniel and Joseph Equelly alike to be paid 
to him when he Shall Come to the age of twenty one years 

61y I Give and Bequeath to my son Thomas Batchelder two 
hundred pounds money old tenor Bills of Credit or in Silver 
Equal thereunto in Dollors at Six pound apiece to be paid to him 
by my two sons Nathaniel and Joseph and to be paid to him when 
he Shall Come to the age of twenty one years 

7ly I Give and Bequeath to my mother Sarah Batchelder 
one Cow and three sheep to be paid to her by my wife at my 
Decease and I Do Constitute and appoint my wife margeret 
Batchelder and my Brother Thomas Batchelder to be my Execu- 
tors to this my last will and testiment Rattifying and Confirm- 
ing this and no other to be my Last will and testiment In witness 
whereof I the Said Nathaniel Batchelder have hereunto set my 
hand and seal this seventh Day of September: anno: Domini: 
1757 and in the thirty first year of the Reign of King George the 
second &c 

Nathaniel Batchelder 

[Witnesses] Joseph Tilton, Nathan Batchelder, Benjamin 
Batchelder. 

[Proved Aug. 9, 1764.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 9, 1764, authorizing Jonathan Dow of Ken- 
sington, yeoman, and Jonathan Gilman of Exeter, innholder, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 27, 1764; amount, £14,876. 10. o; signed by 
Jonathan Dow and Jonathan Gilman.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 33 

[Administration, with will annexed, granted to Winthrop 
Rowe March 27, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 410.] 

[Bond of Winthrop Rowe of Kensington, with Nathaniel 
Healey, Jr., of Kensington, gentleman, and Thomas Rand of 
Hampton, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £5000, March 
27, 1765, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Joseph 
Pattinson, William Vaughan.] 

[Guardianship of Josiah Batchelder and Ephraim Batchelder, 
minors, aged more than 14 years, granted to Joseph Tilton May 
23, 1769-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 551.] 

[Bond of Joseph Tilton of Kensington, with Timothy Tilton of 
Kingston as surety, in the sum of £500, May 23, 1769, for the 
guardianship of Josiah Batchelder and Ephraim Batchelder, sons 
of Nathaniel Batchelder; witnesses, John Wentworth, Jr., 
William Parker.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant to us directed from 
New Hamp'' j the hon'^^" the Judge of the Probate of Wills &c 
for said Province authorizing & appointing us a Committee to 
divide a Lot of Land belonging to the heirs of Nathaniel Bach- 
elder late of Kensington Deceased, and Sherburne Tilton of said 
Kensington lying in Common & undivided being the Lot origi- 
nally granted to Aaron Morril Numbered thirteen in the Sixth 
Range in the third Division of Lots in Nottingham — We have 
proceeded And Set off to the Said Sherburne Tilton for his Third 
part of Said Lot one hundred & fifty Acres more or less off the 
Northeasterly End of said Lot, beginning at the Northeasterly 
End of said Lot & carrying the whole Breadth of Said Lot to run 
Southwesterly into Said Lot two hundred & thirty Rods & 
twelve feet — 

2^^y To Timothy Bachelder one of the sons of the Said 
Nathaniel Bachelder Deceased for his Share in the two thirds of 
said Lot we have set of four Acres & three Quarters more or less 



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bounding on that part of said Lot set off to Sherburne Tilton & 
thence running Southwesterly carrying the whole breadth of 
Said Lot Seven Rods one Quarter & one foot — 

^diy \Ye have Set ofT to Samuel Bachelder another of the 
Sons of said Deceased four Acres & three Quarters more or less 
bounding on the part above mentioned to be set off to Timothy 
Bachelder & taking the whole breadth of said Lot to run South- 
westerly into Said Lot Seven Rods one Quarter & one foot — 

4^^ We have Set ofT to Thomas Bachelder another Son of said 
Nathaniel Bachelder Deceased four Acres & three Quarters more 
or less bounding on the part abovementioned to be set off to 
Samuel Bachelder & Carrying the whole breadth of Said Lot to 
run thence Southwesterly into Said Lot Seven Rods one Quarter 
& one foot 

S*'^ To Josiah Bachelder another Son of Said Deceased we 
have set off four Acres & three Quarters more or less bounding on 
the Part Set off to Nathaniel Bachelder abovementioned & tak- 
ing the whole breadth of Said Lot to Run thence Southwesterly 
into Said Lot Seven Rods one Quarter & one foot — 

6*'" To Ephraim Bachelder another of the Sons of Said De- 
ceased we have set off four Acres & three Quarters more or less 
beginning at the Share above set off to Josiah Bachelder & 
thence running Southwesterly into Said Lot carrying the whole 
breadth thereof Seven Rods & a Quarter & one foot — 

7'y To Joseph Bachelder another Son of Said Deceased we 
have likewise set off four Acres & three Quarters more or less be- 
ginning at the Share set off to Ephraim Bachelder as before men- 
tioned & Carrying the whole breadth of said Lot to run thence 
Southwesterly into Said Lot Seven Rods one Quarter & one 
foot — 

gth Tq Nathaniel Bachelder another Son of Said Deceased 
we have set off Nine Acres & an half more or less bounded on the 
Share above mentioned to be set off to Joseph Bachelder & 
carrying the whole breadth of Said Lot to run thence South- 
westerly fourteen Rods and an half & two feet — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 35 

9 To John Bachelder another of the Sons of Said Deceased 
all the Remainder of Said Lot we have set off bounding North- 
easterly on the Share above mentioned to be set off to Nathaniel 
Bachelder & then running Southwesterly (Carrying the whole 
breadth of said Lot) to the Southwesterly end thereof being 
forty Acres more or less — Memorandum that thro all the 
Shares above mentioned to be Set off to the heirs of the said 
Nathaniel Bachelder deceased we have reserved & set off a 
Drift Way on the Northwesterly Side of Said Lot for the Said 
Tilton his heirs & Assigns to pass thro to his Said Share of Said 
Lot forever — Witness our hands the first Day of November 
Anno Domini 1769 — 

Joseph Wadleigh jr 
David Green 
winthrop Rowe 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £91. 6. 8; 
expenditures, £93. 4. 4^; allowed Sept. 26, 1781.] 



ABRAHAM MOULTON 1757 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Abraham Moulton of Kensington 
in the Province of New Hampshire yeoman being infirm in 
body * * * 

Item As it has pleased God in his holy Providence to deprive 
my two Daughters Mary & Elizabeth of the Exercise of their 
Reason, I give Each of them only five Shillings old Ten"" to be 
at their Disposal, & for the further Maintaining them I Will 
& order that my Daughter Huldah Hilyard take the Care & be 
at the trouble & Charge of maintaining & keeping the one of 
them viz* my Daughter Elizabeth, and that my Daughter 
Dorothy Page take the Care & be at the Charge & trouble of 
keeping & maintaining the other viz* my Daughter Mary — ■ 
for which purpose, & on Condition of the faithful performance 
whereof I Give Devise & bequeath unto my said Daughters 



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Huldah Hilyard (the wife of Joseph Chase Hilyard) & Dorothy 
Page (the wife of James Page) & to the Heirs & assigns of them 
my said Daughters respectively forever, All my Real Estate 
wherever the same is or may be found, to be equally Divided 
between them — • 

I further will & order that in Case one of my Said Daughters 
mary & Elizabeth, die before the other that the surviving one be 
equally maintained by my said Daughters to whom I have 
given my real Estate — 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Daughter Dorothy Page her 
heirs & assigns my Riding Mare & one Cow & five Sheep and all 
my Implements of husbandry, two feather beds & bedding, a 
brass kettle, & great Iron Pot & a small one, with a fire shovel & 
Tongs, & a warming pan, & all my Chairs & my Round Table 
& largest & square Table & one Dozen of pewter plates and three 
pewter Platters not the largest, all my wooden Trays plates & 
Dishes & my moveable pine Closet or Cupboard, & all my wife's 
(her mother's) wearing apparrel, & my Great Bible — 

Item all the rest & residue of my Estate of what nature or 
Kind soever I give & bequeath to my Daughter's Huldah Hil- 
yard & Dorothy Page their heirs & Assigns to be equally Divided 
between them 

Item I will & order that my Daughter Hilyard have & hold to 
herself her heirs & Assigns the westerly half of my Dwelling 
house And my Daughter Page her heirs & Assigns the Easterly 
half of my said Dwelling house The Division of every other 
thing herein bequeathed them I leave to be made by them — 

Item I hereby constitute & appoint my Sons in Law Joseph 
Chase Hilyard & James Page Executors * * * in Witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the Tenth day of 
September Anno Domini one thousand Seven hundred & fifty 
Seven — 

Abraham Moulton 

[Witnesses] John Page, Caleb Shaw, W"" Parker j^ 
[Proved Dec. 17, 1761.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 137 

WILLIAM LANCEY 1757 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of William Lancey of Dunstable, 
yeoman, granted to William Lancey of Souhegan West, husband- 
man, Sept. 12, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p 425.] 

[Bond of William Lancey, with Samuel Lamson and Ebenezer 
Lyon, both of Souhegan West, husbandmen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Sept. 12, 1757, for the administration of the estate 
of his father, William Lance}^; witnesses, Benjamin Wright, 
Jonathan Lovewell.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 12, 1757, authorizing John AUd and Nehemiah 
Lovewell, both of Dunstable, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 11, 1758; amount, £1049. 3. o; signed by 
John Alld and Nehemiah Lovewell.] 

[Commission to John Alld and David Hobart, both of Dun- 
stable, yeomen, to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Oct. 3, 1758; amount, £2650. 6. 2; signed by 
John Alld and David Hobart.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1554. 6. o; 
expenditures, £226, 8. 3; allowed Nov. 17, 1758,] 

[Settlement of claims ; amount of claims, £2650. 6. 2 ; amount 
distributed, £1327. 17. 9; allowed Dec. 2, 1758.] 



EZEKIEL SANBORN 1757 NEWMARKET 

[Elizabeth Sanborn renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband in favor of her son, Jonathan Sanborn, Sept. 14, 
1757; witnesses, Samuel Weeks, Moses Coffin.] 

[Administration on the estate of Ezekiel Sanborn of New- 
market, yeoman, granted to Edward Sanborn and Jonathan 
Sanborn, both of Newmarket, husbandmen, Sept. 15, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 288.] 



138 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Edward Sanborn and Jonathan Sanborn, with Josiah 
Burleigh and John Pike as sureties, all of Newmarket, husband- 
men, in the sum of £500, Sept. 15, 1757, for the administration of 
the estate ; witnesses, William Parker, Edward Eastman.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 15, 1757, authorizing Jonathan Gilman of 
Exeter and Moses Coffin of Epping, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov., 1757; amount, £12,107. I4- o; signed by 
Jonathan Gilman and Moses Coffin.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3605. 2. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1498. 4. o; allowed Sept. 27, 
1758.] 



MERIBAH CONNOR 1757 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God, Amen. I Meribah Conner of Kingston 
in the Province of New-Hamshire Widow * * * 

Secondly I give & bequeath to my nephew Amasa Dow of s"^ 
Kingston & the Children which He now hath, all my Estate 
Personal & Real to be at His & their disposal, to His & their use 
& Behoof forever. 

Thirdly, I constitute & appoint s*^ Amasa Dow to be my Sole 
Executor to this my Last Will & Testiment * * * 

In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my Hand & Seal 
this twentieth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one 
thousand seven Hundred & fifty seven her 

Meribah + Connor 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Sanders Carr, Edward Sleeper, Micah Brooks. 

[Proved Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Bond of Amasa Dow, with Edward Sleeper and Micah Brooks 
as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £500, Nov. 30, 1757, 
for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, David 
Sewall.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 139 

SAMUEL FRENCH, JR. 1757 SOUTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen. I Samuel French Jun"" of South- 
Hampton In the Province of New Hampshire in New-England 
Husbandman being under bodily Weakness * * * 

Item — Secondly I give to my Well beloved Wife Mary 
French the use and Improvement of my Home Lots with the 
buildings thereon. I also give her the use and Improvement of 
my Stock and moveables of all kinds untill my son Samuel 
French shall arrive at the Age of Twenty one years, and then my 
Son Samuel Shall have Liberty to live in the House with his 
mother if he sees fit. Then I give her the use of part of the 
House, the Barn, and one third Part of my home Lots, she tak- 
ing her third on the North Side of the High way where the Build- 
ings now stand, these I give her the Improvement of so long as 
She remains my Widow. I also give her the use and Improvement 
of my Lands in Kingston untill my Son Henry French Shall 
arrive at the age of Twenty one years. I also give her, her Fire 
Wood, So long as she remains my widow, she taking it off of my 
Kingston Lands. I also give her all my Household Goods, 
Household Stuff, and household Moveables to dispose of how 
and when she sees fit. My Will also is that she maintains my 
son Ezekiel French till he arrives at the age of Twenty one years, 
and my Daughter Mary French till she arrives at the age of 
Eighteen years. 

Item — Thirdly I give to my Son Ruben French Fifty Pounds 
old Tenor Money, Bills of Credit, retaining its present Value to 
be paid him by my Son Samuel French hereafter named, any 
time within three years after he arrives at the Age of Twenty one 
years 

Item — Fourthly I give to my Son Green French Fifty 
Pounds old Tenor Money Bills of Credit, retaining its present 
Value to be paid him by my Son Samuel French hereafter named, 
any time within three years after he arrives at the Age of Twenty 
one years. 

Item Fifthly, I give to my Daughter Ruth French Fifty 



140 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Pounds old Tenor Money Bills of Credit, retaining its present 
Value to be paid her by my Son Samuel French hereafter named, 
any time within three years after he arrives at the Age of 
Twenty one years. 

Item — Sixthly. I give to my Daughter Deborah French 
Fifty Pounds old Tenor Money, Bills of Credit, retaining its 
present Value to be paid her by my son Samuel French hereafter 
named, any time within three years after he arrives at the Age of 
Twenty one years. 

Item — Seventhly. I give to my Daughter Hannah French 
Fifty Pounds old Tenor Money, Bills of Credit, retaining its 
present Value to be paid her by my son Samuel French hereafter 
named, any time within three years after he arrives at the age of 
Twenty one years. 

Item — Eighthly. I give to my Daughter Mary French 
Fifty Pounds old Tenor Money, Bills of Credit, retaining its 
present Value to be paid her by my Son Samuel French here- 
afternamed, any time within three years after he arrives at the 
Age of Twenty one years. 

Item — Ninthly. I give to my Sons Henry French and 
Ezekiel French my Lands in Kingston after my Debts are paid, 
Excepting fire wood which I before reserved for the use of my 
Wife so long as she remains my Widow. That is to Say, I Give 
to my Son Henry French the use and Improvement of my Lands 
in Kingston, after he Shall arrive at the age of twenty one years. 
This I give him the use and Improvement of until my Son Eze- 
kiel French Shall arrive at the Age of Twenty one years, and then 
my Will is that the Said Kingston Lands are Equally divided 
between them that is to say between the Said Henry and Ezekiel 
French. This I give to them, their Heirs and Assigns for Ever. 

Item — Tenthly I give to my Son Samuel French the Liberty 
of living in my House with his mother as long as he sees fit. 
My Will also is that my son Samuel French pays the foregoing 
Legacies which I have bequeathed and given to my Children 
within the Time beforementioned, that is to say To Ruben, To 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I4I 

Green, To Ruth, To Deborah, To Hannah and to Mary French 
Fifty Pounds Each. And when he arrives at the Age of Twenty 
one years I give him the use and Improvement of two Thirds of 
my Home Lots, during my wifes Widowhood. I also give to 
him his Heirs and Assigns forever and Liberty to dispose of the 
Same, when and to whom he pleases, after he arrives at the age 
of Twenty one years, that part of my home Lot upon the South 
Side of the High Way, And that Part of my home Lot upon the 
North side of the High Way with the Buildings thereon I give 
him the use and Improvement of. After the Decease or mar- 
riage of my Wife, during his natural Life, and then to his Eldest 
Heir and assigns for ever. I also give him all my stock of 
Cattle and Husbandry utensils after he arrives at the age of 
Twenty one years, to dispose of, how, when and to whom he 
pleases. 

Finally — I do make Ordain and Constitute my Well beloved 
Wife Mary French to be sole Executrix * * * in Witness 
Whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Seal this Twenty 
Second Day of September Anno Domini One Thousand Seven 
Hundred and Fifty Seven, and in the Thirty First year of the 
Reign of George the Second King Over Great Britain &c. 

Samuell french Juner 
his 

[Witnesses] Henry + French, Benjmin morrill, James French. 
Mark 

[Endorsed "presented for Proof the last Wendsday in October 
proof was suspended on & again & at Length Disallowed for 
want of Proof."] 

[Warrant, Oct. 2'], 1757, authorizing Samuel French, gentle- 
man, and Abner Morrill, yeoman, both of South Hampton, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 5, 1757; amount, £3064. 11. o; signed by 
Samuel French and Abner Morrill.] 



142 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel French, Jr., granted 
to his widow, Mary French, Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 435.] 

[Bond of Mary French, widow, with Samuel French, gentle- 
man, and Joseph Whiter, yeoman, as sureties, all of South 
Hampton, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 28, 1757, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Reuben French, Moses French, 
Joseph French, Hannah French.] 

To the Honor'' ^^ Judge of Probate in y^ Province of New 
Hampshire 

Hon'^'^ S'' I Being with m"" Sam^' French Late of South Ham- 
ton And Haveing y^ Care of him as a Phisition frequently visited 
him in his Last sickness am fully of y opinion that he was Not 
for some Month before his Death in a Capacity of acting or 
Transacting Any Bisness of Importance Rationally being to 
Impared in his Reason 

Amesbury Decemb' y 23'- 1757 Nehemiah Ordway 

South-Hampton Dec: 31, 1757 

S" I am informed you are desirous of having my Thoughts 
concerning Samuel French late of this Town deceas^, whether 
he was a Person of Sound Judment and of Perfect Mind and 
Memory when he made his Will. 

To which I Say, that I do not Imagine that he was a Person of 
sound Judgment And I also believe his Powers to be much Weak- 
ned by Reason of his long Sickness. I visited him often in his 
Sickness, Especially in the latter Part of it, and some times 
thought him some thing Delirious. He insisted much upon my 
writing his Will, And when I wrote, I asked him some Questions 
concerning his Will why he made it as he did ? And he gave me 
his Reasons which I thought had some Weight in them. But 
notwithstanding his Reasons, it is doubtful with me, whether he 
was so capable of disposing of his Estate as he was before his 
Sickness 

From your Humble Serv* William Parsons 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 43 

PETER POWERS 1757 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Powers of Hollis, 
gentleman, granted to Stephen Powers of Hollis, yeoman, Jan. 
6, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 411.] 

[Bond of Stephen Powers of Hollis, with Jacob Bailey of 
Hampstead, gentleman, and Abel Webster of Hollis, yeoman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £3000, Jan. 6, 1758, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, David Sewall, Elizabeth Adams.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 6, 1758, authorizing Benjamin Blanchard and 
Abel Webster, both of Hollis, yeomen, to appraise the estate; 
mentions Stephen Powers as son of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 23, 1757; amount, £2166. 15. 3; signed by 
Jeremiah Lawrence, Benjamin Blanchard, and Abel Webster; an 
addition of £40. 18. 6 was made June 12, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 14, 1758, authorizing Jonathan Lovewell of 
Dunstable, gentleman, Francis Worcester, and Benjamin Blanch- 
ard, yeomen, both of Hollis, to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant To a Warrant from the Hon'''^ 
N. Hamp'' / Richard Wibird Esq Judge of the Probate of 
Wills &c for Said Province — Directed to us the Subscribers 
with Jon* Lovewell Esq appointing us a Committee to Value 
appraise & Set off to Anna Powers of Hollis In Said Province 
Widow Relict of Peter Powers Late of Hollis aforesaid Gent. 
Deceased Intestate (her former husband) her Dower which 
happens to her of the Real Estate of the Said Intestate & of 
which he Died Seized & to Set forth the same By metes & Bounds 
to hold to her In Severalty as her thirds In Said Estate and the 
Premises hereafter Described we Adjudge to be Equal to One 
third part of the Real Estate of the Said Deceased which we Set 
off to her as follows — Begining at a Stake & Stones the North- 
west Corner of the Premises w"*" is Deacon Worsters Corner & 



144 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Runing from thence East Seventy two Rods & an half to a Stake 
& Stones by the Road Leading from Josiah Bloods to the Widow 
Conants thence Southerly by Said Road one hundred & four 
Rods To a Stake & Stones by Josiah Bloods Land thence West 
Seventy two and an half Rods To a Stake & Stones thence West 
by the Rev^ M'' Joseph Emersons Land & Land of Benjamin 
Blanchard one hundred & four Rods to the Bounds first men- 
tioned with the One half part of the house & Barn Standing on 
Said Prem^ which was part of the homestead of the Said Dece*^ as 
also y^ Pew In y meetinghouse In Hollis 

Nov^ 7th 1759 — Benjamin Blanchard Jun. 

Francis Worcester Juner 

[List of claims against the estate ; amount, £15,570. 3. 6; signed 
by Matthew Thornton and Francis Worcester; attested July 31, 

I759-] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £15,405. 7. 4; expendi- 
tures, £5048. 6. 8; allowed Jan. 30, 1762.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £15,070. 5. 6; amount 
distributed, £10,357. o. 8; allowed Feb. 2, 1762.] 

[Additional account of the administrator; receipts, £274. 1 1. 4; 
expenditures, £188. 16. 6; allowed Aug. 27, 1773.] 

[Additional distribution of £1714. 16. 8 to the creditors; al- 
lowed Sept. 9, 1773.] 

[Bond of Francis Powers of Hollis, cordwainer, with Joseph 
Bailey, joiner, and John Dwinell, yeoman, both of Londonderry, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, April 21, 1791, for the adminis- 
tration de bonis non of the estate ; witnesses, Nathaniel Parker, 
John Nesmith, Jr.] 



ROBERT ALLEN 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Margaret Lee of Boston, Mass., renounces administration 
on the estate of her son, Robert Allen, who "dyed Comming 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I45 

down from the Camp", in favor of William Clendenin, Sept. 

26, 1757.] 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Allen of Londonderry, 
husbandman, granted to William Clendenin, gentleman, Sept. 

27, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 298.] 

[Bond of William Clendenin, gentleman, with James Wilson, 
yeoman, and David Hopkins, cordwainer, as sureties, all of 
Londonderry, in the sum of £500, Sept. 27, 1757, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, David 
Sewall.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 27, 1757, authorizing James Wilson and 
Matthew Reid, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 6, 1757; amount, £198. 12. o; signed by 
James Wilson and Matthew Reid.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £570. 2. o; 
expenditures, £239. 15. 6; allowed Nov. i, 1758.] 



ELIZABETH SMITH 1757 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Elizabeth Smith of Kingston 
granted to Nathaniel Smith Sept. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 296.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Smith of Epping, with Daniel Smith of 
Kingston and Nathaniel Gordon of Exeter as sureties, yeomen 
all, in the sum of £500, Sept. 26, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate of his mother, Elizabeth Smith ; witnesses, William 
Parker, Benjamin Rolfe.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 26, 1757, authorizing Theophilus Smith of 
Exeter and Biley Lyford of Brentwood, yeoman, to appraise 
the estate.] 



146 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Oct. 11, 1757; amount, £2354. 8. o; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and Biley Lyford.] 

[Additional inventory by the administrator of "Debts Due 
to The Estate of my Houn^ Father Nathaniel Smith & mother 
Elisabeth Smith both Late of Kingstown Deceased", Aug. 29, 
1758; amount, £2040. 11. 0.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3381. 8. 10; 
expenditures, £77.0.0; allowed Aug. 30, 1758. Additional ac- 
count, Aug. 12, 1760, of receipts of £88. 4. o, and expenditures of 
£12. 16. o.] 



ANDREW SMITH 1757 LONDONDERRY 

In the name of God amene I Andrew Smith of Londonderry 
in the province of Newhampshire in New en gland being sick 
and wekly of bodey * * * 

Itam my will is that my aged and Honred mother shall have 
and Injoy all my personal estate in fee to hir and hir assigns for 
ever she Cliring and paying my funnral Charges 

Itam I Give and bequith to my Sister Susanna Smith one 
quarter parte of my Reall estate with the quarter parte of the 
buldins and Improvements ther on in fee Sempel which is in 
full for all Legesies and bequithments that I the testator was in 
any ways to Give hir by my fathers Last will and testement 

Itam I Give and bequith unto my brother in Law James 
petterson who is married to my sister Rachel one hundred and 
fiftey pounds old tenor to be paid by my brother william smith 
hear after mentioned as also the one half of my part of the Saw 
mill lorns 

Itam I Give and bequith unto my brother In law Jonathan 
Adams who is married to my Sister Sarah Smith one hundred 
and fiftey pounds old tenor to be paid by my brother william 
smith hear after mentioned 

Itam I Give and bequith to my brother william smith all the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 47 

other three quarters of my Reall estate with the buldins and 
Improvements ther on in fee simpel to him his heirs and assigns 
for ever and my part of the Saw mill with the one half of the 
lorns of the Same he paying the before mentioned Legises and 
performing and full filling all the Deuteys to my Honr'ed mother 
that I the testator was oblidged to Do and perform by my 
Honr'ed fathers Last will and testement: and also to pay to 
my sister Sarah Smith wife to Jonathan Adams three hundred 
pounds old tenor that I the testator was oblidged to pay by my 
said fathers testement 

and I Do appoint make and ordain my brother william smith 
of the Town and province aforesaid to be my exacutore * * * 
in wittnes whear of I have hear unto Sett my hand and Seal 
this twintey six Day of September in the thirty first year of 
His majisty's Rign ann Dom: on thousand Seven hundred and 
fiftey Seven 

Andrew Smith 

[Witnesses] James Nodd, John Bell, Samuel Barr. 
[Proved March ii, 1760.] 

[Administration on the estate of Andrew Smith, yeoman, 
granted to William Smith of Londonderry, yeoman, March 11, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 395.] 

[Bond of William Smith, yeoman, with Samuel Barr and 
John Bell, yeoman, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the 
sum of £500, March 11, 1760, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, none.] 



ISAAC GRIFFIN 1757 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Isaac Griffin of Kingston 
granted to Mary Griffin, widow, Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 308.] 



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[Bond of Mary Griffin, widow, with Abraham Smith, gentle- 
man, and John Darling, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, 
in the sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the administration of 
the estate of her husband, Isaac Griffin; witnesses, Jeremy 
Webster, Mary Blake.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Josiah Tilton, both of Kingston, to appraise the escate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 3, 1757; amount, £4372. 10. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Josiah Tilton.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1512. 
10. o, personal estate; expenditures, £1744. 5. o; mentions 
"Support of two Children both under Seven from the Death of 
Said Intestate to this Day being 73 Weaks Each"; allowed 
Jan. 15, 1759.] 



WILLIAM ADAMS 1757 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of William Adams of Hollis 
granted to Mary Adams, widow, Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 304.] 

[Bond of Mary Adams, widow, with Samuel Cummings, gen- 
tleman, and Jonas Flagg, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hollis, in the 
sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker and John Pendexter.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 21, 1757; amount, £3120. 13. o; signed by 
Samuel Farley and Stephen Ames.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; re- 
ceipts, personal estate, £970. 13. o; expenditures, £1656. 9. 6; 
allowed July 28, 1762; mentions "maintaing one of the dec*^ 
Children und'' 7 years of age 3>^ years . . . another of his 
Children 4 years ^4 and three Weeks."] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 49 

[Guardianship of Mary Adams, daughter of WilHam Adams, 
granted to Stephen Ames Aug. 12, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 433.] 

[Bond of Stephen Ames, with Stephen Powers and Jonas 
Flagg as sureties, all of Hollis, in the sum of £500, Aug. 12, 1762, 
for the guardianship of Mary Adams; witnesses, William 
Vaughan, WiUiam Parker.] 

[Administratrix's additional account; receipts, £546. o. o, or 
£27. 6. o, lawful money; expenditures, £44. 7. 10; allowed Oct. 
26, 1768.] 



SAMUEL BATCHELDER 1757 KENSINGTON 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Batchelder of Ken- 
sington granted to Mercy Batchelder, widow, Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 308.] 

[Bond of Mercy Batchelder of Kensington, widow, with 
Phineas Batchelder and Ebenezer Batchelder, both of Kingston, 
yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Benja- 
min Rolfe.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Phineas Batchelder of 
Kingston and William Parker of Kensington, gentleman, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 10, 1757; amount, £5760. 5. o; signed by 
Phineas Batchelder and William Parker.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2020. 5. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £421. 5. o; mentions "Maintain- 
ing a Son of the Deceased named Samuel under 7 years of age 
52 Week .... maintaining a Daughter of the Deceased 
named Sarah 36 Week"; allowed Oct. 4, 1758.] 



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ELEAZER CUMMINGS 1757 HUDSON 

[Administration on the estate of Eleazer Cummings of Not- 
tingham West granted to Martha Cummings, widow, Sept. 28, 
I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 298.] 

[Bond of Martha Cummings, widow, with John Marsh and 
Thomas Marsh, yeomen, as sureties, all of Nottingham West, 
in the sum of £1000, Sept. 28, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Richard Greeley, William Parker.] 



HENRY HILLS 1757 HUDSON 

[Dorcas Hills of Nottingham West renounces administration 
on the estate of her husband, Henry Hills of Nottingham West, 
Sept. 21, 1757.] 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Hills, yeoman, granted 
to Ezekiel Hills, yeoman, Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 308.] 

[Bond of Ezekiel Hills of Nottingham West, with Henry Hills 
of Nottingham West and Ebenezer Richardson of Pelham as 
sureties, yeomen all, in the sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Wingate.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Samuel Greeley and 
Samuel Hills, both of Nottingham West, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate, administration being granted to Ezekiel Hills, son of the 
deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 17, 1757; amount, £2453. 10. o; 
signed by Samuel Greeley, Jr., and Samuel Hills.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I5I 

ABRAHAM SANBORN 1757 KENSINGTON 

[Administration on the estate of Abraham Sanborn granted 
to his widow, Dorothy Sanborn, Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 309.] 

[Bond of Dorothy Sanborn, widow, with Theophilus Smith of 
Exeter and Jonathan Prescott of Kensington, blacksmith, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Abraham Sanborn of Kensington, gentle- 
man ; witnesses, Ebenezer Light, John Nelson.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Samuel Prescott of 
Hampton Falls and Joseph Tilton of Kensington, gentleman, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 24, 1757; amount, £17,016. 8. o; signed by 
Samuel Prescott and Joseph Tilton.] 



PHINEAS UNDERWOOD 1757 MERRIMACK 

[Administration on the estate of Phineas Underwood of Mer- 
rimack granted to Mary Underwood, widow, Sept. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 309.] 

[Bond of Mary Underwood, widow, with Joseph Blanchard, 
Jr., and Jonathan Cummings, gentleman, as sureties, all of 
Merrimack, in the sum of £500, Sept. 28, 1757, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Samuel Cummings, Jotham 
Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1757, authorizing Joseph Blanchard, Jr., 
and Jonathan Cummings, gentleman, both of Merrimack, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 27, 1757; amount, £6692. i. o; signed by 
Joseph Blanchard, Jr., and Jonathan Cummings.] 



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[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £2140. 13, 6, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1470. 19. 6; mentions "Bringing 
up two Children under 7 from the Intestates decease to this Day 
being 176 Weeks for one"; allowed June 7, 1759.] 



NEHEMIAH STEVENS 1757 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Nehemiah Stevens of Hamp- 
stead granted to Anna Stevens, widow, Sept. 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 309.] 

[Bond of Anna Stevens, widow, with John Muzzey and 
Stephen Johnson, Jr., yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampstead, in 
the sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Stephen Emerson, John Mills.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1757, authorizing Thomas Wells of Ches- 
ter, gentleman, and John Muzzey of Hampstead, yeoman, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 18, 1757; amount, £1922. 18. o; 
signed by Thomas Wells and John Muzzey.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £722. 18. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1093. 19. o; mentions "there 
being 3 Children, 2 under Seven .... maintainance of two 
Children of the Intestate under 7 years Nine years"; allowed 
Oct. 17, 1769.] 

[Citation to the administratrix, April 7, 1773, to appear and 
account for the income of the estate.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £2'j. 3. 4; expenditures, £21. 
2. 0>^; allowed April 28, 1773.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 53 

JOHN STEVENS 1757 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of John Stevens of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to John Stevens of Chester Sept. 29, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 309.] 

[Bond of John Stevens, husbandman, with Samuel Emerson 
and Thomas Wells, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Chester, in the 
sum of £500, Sept. 29, 1757, for the administration of the estate 
of his father, John Stevens; witnesses, Jethro Sanborn, Eliza- 
beth Sanborn.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1757, authorizing Samuel Emerson and 
Thomas Wells, gentleman, both of Chester, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 6, 1757; amount, £3118. 19. o; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and Thomas Wells.] 

[Timothy Stevens, aged more than 14 years, son of John 
Stevens, makes choice of Stephen Johnson, Jr., of Hampstead as 
his guardian Dec. 21, 1757; witnesses, John Kezar, Benjamin 
Little.] 

[Guardianship of Timothy Stevens granted to Stephen John- 
son Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 394.] 

[Bond of Stephen Johnson, Jr., yeoman, with John Hogg, 
gentleman, and John Muzzey, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hamp- 
stead, in the sum of £500, Dec. 28, 1757, for the guardianship of 
Timothy Stevens; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts as per in- 
ventory; expenditures, £357. 17. 6; filed May 2'], 1761.] 



154 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

MATTHEW NELSON 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Nelson of Ports- 
mouth granted to Deliverance Nelson, widow, and John Nelson, 
husbandman, Oct. i, 1757.] 

fProbate Records, vol. 20, p. 309.] 

[Bond of Deliverance Nelson, widow, and John Nelson, hus- 
bandman, with Henry Sherburne, gentleman, and Walker Lear, 
yeoman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Oct. 
I, 1757, for the administration of the estate of Matthew Nelson, 
cordwainer; witness, Hunking Wentworth.] 

[Warrant, Oct. i, 1757, authorizing Henry Sherburne and 
George Waldron, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 30, 1757; amount, £6441. 6. o; 
signed by Henry Sherburne and George Waldron.] 

[Additional inventories of £170. 10. o, Oct. 23, 1758, and 
£19. o. o, Nov. 29, 1758; signed as above.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £1971. 16. 4, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1380. o. 7; allowed Feb. 28, 

I759-] 

[Warrant, April 15, 1762, authorizing William Shackford, 
John Shackford, Joseph Langdon, gentleman, George Waldron, 
yeoman, all of Portsmouth, and Richard Jenness, 3d, of Rye to 
divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers by a Warrant to us from 
New Hamp"- J the Hon^^'' Rich^ Wibird Esq^ Judge of the 
Probate of Wills &" for Said Province have Divided the Real 
Estate of Matthew Nelson Late of Portsmouth Deceased in- 
testate in the manner following Viz 

to the wedow Deleverance Nelson all the Land & marsh on the 
East Side of the high way being 12 acres also half an acre where 



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the house Stands as it is bounded out by Stacks also the west 
End of the house as fur as the Chimney & Doer the East End of 
the Seler with Leberty to Pase to & from Said Seler also one 
third of the barn at the west End 

the Reman der we have Divided in the following maner 

1 2 Parts that m'' John Gardner bought of John Nelson as 
his Part and Philip babb in the Right of his wife on the North 
Side being aboute thirteen acres and halfe Eight Rods & 12 
feet by the high way at the torn of the fence in the feld Eight 
Rods one foot and halfe and at the head of the Parstor thirteen 
Rods & Six feet to Staks in the Ground 

2 2 Shares to the heirs of James Nelson Late of Portsmouth 
Deceased Said James being the oldest Son of the afore Said 
Matthew Nelson bounding northerly on the afore Said John 
Gardner Eight Rods & 12 feet by the above Said high way at the 
torn of the fence in the feld Eight Rods one foot and halfe and at 
the head of the Parster thirteen Rods & Six feet to Staks in the 
Ground with that Part of the barn Standing on Said Land Exsept 
that Part of the Barn Set of to the wedow as above Said 

3 one Share to m'' Sam^^ Gate with the 2 Shares Set of to the 
heirs of the Oldest Son on the North Side that the Said Gate 
bought of George Nelson bounding four Rods and Six feet on the 
afore Said high way four Rods & one foot at the torn of the fence 
in the feld and at the head of the Parster Six Rods and 12 feet to 
Stakes in the Ground 

4 the Remander being the Sixth Share we have Set of to 
George ham in the Right of his wife She being the youngest 
Daugester Lying on the South Side of the above Said Land 

it is further agread that the wedow Deleverance Nelson Shall 
have the whole of the above said house to make Good her third 
Duering her Life the 11 day of May 1762 

W:Shackford 
Joseph Langdon 
John Shackford 
Rich'^ Jenness 3*^ 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 57 

BRADSTREET WIGGIN 1757 STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen The fifth Day of October Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Seven — I 
Bradstreet wiggin of Stratham in the province of Newhamp- 
shire in Newengland Yeoman Being very Sick and week in 
Body * * * 

Ittem I Give and Bequeth unto my apprentice Joseph Den- 
net one hundred acres of Land in a place Called New Salam in 
the province afore Said in the Second or Third Devison to him 
his heirs and assigns provided he Sarves out his Time Till he 
arives to the age of Twenty one years and aquits the oxen and a 
Trade mentioned in his Indenturs — 

Ittem I Give and Bequeath unto my Three Sons Coker 
wiggin winterop wiggin and Chace wiggin all my Land and 
medow Ground Thatch Ground orchard and Buildings in 
Stratham afore Said and all my Land in the Township of Bow in 
Said province and in New Salam in Said province or any other 
place (Excepting the hundred acres Given to Joseph Dennet) 
after My Debts and funeral Charges are paid Equally to be De- 
vided amongst them the Said Coker Winterop and Chace for 
quantity and quality — 

Ittem I Give unto My Daughter Martha wiggin fifty pounds 
Money Equal to Dollers at Six pounds apeace To be paid her by 
my Son Coker wiggin when She arives to the age of Twenty years 

Ittem I Give unto my Daughter Comfort wiggin fifty pounds 
Money Equal To Dollers and Six pounds apeace to be paid her 
by My Son winterop wiggin when Shee arives to the age of 
Twenty years — 

Ittem I Give unto My Daughter Anna Wiggin fifty pounds 
Money To be paid Equal to Dollers at Six pound apeace to her 
by my Son Chace Wiggin when Shee arives to the age of Twenty 
years — and in Case My personal Estate prove Insufficent to 
pay my Debts and funeral Charges I Give My Executors here 
after named full power to Sell So much of my Real Estate as 



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Shall be Sufficent to pay the Remainder where thay Shall 
Think most proper 

Ittem I Constitute Make and ordain my unkle Thomas wig- 
gin Jun"" and my Brother Chace wiggin the Executors * * * 

Bradstret Wiggin 
his 
[Witnesses] John piper, Sam" + piper Jun', Rich'^ Young. 

Mark 
[Proved Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 2'], 1757; amount, £11,638. 5. 6; signed by 
Stephen Boardman and Andrew Wiggin.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2945. 
17. 6; expenditures, £4486. 18. o; mentions " Maintainance of 
Nancy one of the Dec^ Children 8 Months .... Maintainance 
of Comfort another Daughter 21 Months .... Maintainance 
of Martha another Daughter three years .... Funeral Charges 
of two of the Deceasds Children viz Nancy & Comfort"; al- 
lowed Jan. 30, 1765.] 

[Guardianship of Chase Wiggin, Winthrop Wiggin, and Coker 
Wiggin minors, aged more than 14 years, sons of Bradstreet 
Wiggin, granted to Winthrop Hilton Jan. 30, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 375.] 

[Bonds of Winthrop Hilton of Newmarket, gentleman, with 
Chase Wiggin of Newmarket, yeoman, and Thomas Wiggin of 
Stratham, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £5000 each, Jan. 
30, 1765, for the guardianship of Winthrop Wiggin, Chase Wig- 
gin, and Coker Wiggin; witnesses, William Eastman, William 
Vaughan.] 



TIMOTHY MORGAN 1757 EPPING 

In The name of God Amen the Eighth Day of October 1757 I 
Timothy Morgan of the parish of Epping in the province of New- 
hampshire yeoman Being very Sick and weak in Body * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 59 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeath to Bette Morgan my Dearly 
Beloved wife whom I Likewise Constitute make and ordain my 
Sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament the whole 
Improvement of my Estate Both Reall and personal untill my 
two Sons are twenty one years of age that is to Say when my 
Eldest Son is arrived to twenty one years my will is that he 
Enjoy his part & the other to be Enjoyed By my wife untill my 
youngest Son is of the age of twenty one years as abovesaid. 

Item I give and bequeath to well beloved Sons Reuben and 
Benjamin all my Lands Lying and being in the Parish of Epping 
By them freely to be possessed and Enjoyed and to be Equally 
divided Between them with the Buildings and appurtenances 

Item I give to my well beloved Daughter Hannah forty 
pounds old tenor to be paid by my son Reuben in one year after 
he Shall Come in possession of the above said Land. Item I 
Give to my well beloved Daughter Abiah thirty pounds old 
tenor to be paid out of my Estate by my son Reuben in two 
years after he Shall come in possession of the Said Land. Item 
I Give to my well Beloved Daughter Elizabeth Thirty pounds 
old tenor to be paid out of my Estate the one half By my son 
Reuben and the other half by my son Benjamin in three years 
after my Son Reuben Shall Come into possession of the above 
Said Lands. Item give to my well beloved Daughters Anna & 
Susannah thirty pounds old tenor apiece to be paid out of my 
Estate the one half to my Daughter Anna, By my son Benjamin 
in one year after he shall Come into possession of the above 
Said Land, and the other half to my Daughter Susannah in 
two years after he shall Come in possession of the above said 
Land * * * 

Timothy Mgan 

[Witnesses] Ezikiel Brown, Jeremiah Prescut, frances Jennes. 
[Proved Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Inventory, attested May 31, 1758; amount, £3828. 19. 6; 
signed by Ezekiel Brown.] 



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MARYWEARE 1757 KENSINGTON 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Weare, aged less than 14 years, 
granted to his father, Joseph Weare of Kensington, Oct. 10, 

I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 310] 

[Bond of Joseph Weare, yeoman, with Nathaniel Gordon of 
Exeter, yeoman, as surety, in the sum of £500, Oct. 10, 1757, for 
the guardianship of Nathaniel Weare, his son by his wife, Mary 
Weare, deceased; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Parker.] 



JOHN BICKFORD 1757 DOVER 

In The name of God amen. The Tenth Day of October 
Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Seven, I 
John Bickford of Dover in y« Province of New-Hamps'" in New- 
England Weaver, being exercised with great Bodily Infermities, 
& weakess * * * 

Imprimis, I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Judith 
Bickford the one fourth Part of y'' Produce of all my Land, both 
of Tillage Mowing Pasturing Land & Orchard ; The fences about 
s<^ Land to be kept in Repair, the Several Crops to be Seasonably 
Gathered in Secured & Housed, by my s'^ Executor, or at his 
Cost & Charge, at thier Respective Harvists, Yearly & every 
Year, that is to Say, y" one fourth Part of S*^ Crops for y^ use 
of my S"^ Wife, During the Term of her Continuing my Widow. 
But in Case She Shall Marry, then my Will is that She Shall 
have her Proper Dowry as by Law Allowed. I also Give to my 
s"^ Wife y* free full & Sole use of one Lower Room in my Dwelling 
House namely that Room which I Commonly Lodg in, and Such 
Improvement of y^ Chamber over it, & y" Celler under it as She 
Shall have occation for: And also y^ use & Improvement of Such 
a Part of my Barn as Shall be needful to House her Cattle Sheep 
& fodder. My Will also is that my Said Executor Shall Procure 
& Provide good fire Wood for y" use of my s*^ Wife, at y"^ Door of 



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her Dwelling House Sufficient to Support one Comfortable fire 
Yearly & every Year During y afores'd Term: I also Give unto 
my s^ Wife the Sole use & Improvement of all my Household 
Goods, Beds & Beding During y afores'd Term of her Continu- 
ing my Widow; But in Case She Shall Marry, then her Thirds of 
s^' Household Goods Beds & Beding, & at her Marriage, my Will 
is that the other Two thirds of my s*^ Household Goods Beds & 
Beding Shall be equally Divided among my three Daughters, 
namely Elisabeth Bickford Martha Tibbets & Abigail Bickford, 
and also what of S*^ Household Goods Beds & Beding Shall Re- 
main at y^ Decease of my S*^ Wife Shall be Divided among my 
S"^ three Daughters as aboves'd. I also Give unto my S^ Wife 
to her own Disposal one Cow three Sheep & one Pigg. 

Item. I Give unto my Son Jonathan Bickford, whom I Con- 
stiute make & Ordain Sole Executor of this my last Will and 
Testament, & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever all my Land 
Orchards & all my Buildings Standing & Being upon S'^ Land; 
Except y use of Such Part of y^ S^ Buildings, & Such Part of y^ 
Produce of S'^ Land as I have in this Will Given to my s^ Wife I 
also Give to my s^ Son Jonathan Bickford all my Live Stock of 
Cattle Horse Kine Sheep & Swine, Except Such of them as I have 
in this Will Given to my s^ Wife, & Daughters, viz: Elisabeth & 
Abigail. I also Give to my s'* Son Jonathan Bickford all my 
farming Tackling & utencels, and all my Wareing Apparel ; And 
also all such Estate that doth Properly belong to me, of what 
Kind Soever, or where soever y Same may be found tho' not 
mentioned in this Will. 

Item, I Give to Each of my two Daughters, viz: Elisabeth and 
Abigail Bickfor, one Cow to be Delivered unto them by my 
Executor, when & So Soon after my Decease, as they Shall De- 
mand them. I also Give unto my S"^ Daughters Elisabeth Bick- 
ford Martha Tibbets & Abigail Bickford, one Hundred Pounds, 
old Tenor, Each, to be Paid them by my S^ Executor within y« 
Term of one Year after y'' Deceas of my S^ Wife. * * * 

John Bickford 



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[Witnesses] Joseph Bickford Juner, Ephraim Bickford, Eliza- 
beth Canne. 

[Proved Sept. 29, 1762.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 29, 1762, authorizing William Twombly, 
gentleman, and Joseph Hanson, yeoman, both of Dover, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 9, 1762; amount, £7118. 10. o; signed by 
William Twombly and Joseph Hanson.] 



DAVID BURNSIDE 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of David Burnside of London- 
derry granted to James Paul and his wife, Margaret Paul, 
Oct. 14, I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol 20, p. 310.] 

[Bond of James Paul and Margaret Paul, with Benjamin 
Thompson and John Doak, yeomen, as sureties, all of London- 
derry, in the sum of £2000, Oct. 14, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate of David Burnside, trader; witnesses, William 
Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 14, 1757, authorizing Samuel Barr, John 
Weare, gentleman, and Benjamin Thompson, trader, all of 
Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 21, 1757; amount, £5086. 18. 5; signed by 
Samuel Barr, John Weare, and Benjamin Thompson.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £10,087. 
15. 2, personal estate; expenditures, £5415, 6. 10; filed Aug. 29, 

I759-] 

[Additional inventory, Aug. 29, 1759; amount, £4986. 15. i.] 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £5357. 2. 4; 
expenditures, £645. 8. 8; allowed Sept. 28, 1763.] 



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RICHARD KIMBALL 1757 SALEM 

[Jemima Kimball requests administration on the estate of her 
husband, Richard Kimball of Salem, Oct. 17, 1757, and the ap- 
pointment of Daniel Gage of Pelham and John Hall, Jr., of 
Salem as appraisers; witnesses, William Richardson, Joseph 
Rowell.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Kimball, gentleman, 
granted to his widow, Jemima Kimball, Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 317.] 

[Bond of Jemima Kimball, widow, with Daniel Peaslee and 
Daniel Muzzey as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Richardson, 
Benjamin Wheeler, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing William Richardson of 
Pelham, gentleman, and Richard Dow of Salem, yeoman, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 12, 1757; amount, £6284. 14. o; 
signed by William Richardson and Richard Dow ; mentions the 
intestate as Capt. Richard Kimball.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by John Webster and 
his wife Jemima, administratrix; receipts, £2152. 14, o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £762. 7. 3; allowed Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 15, 1758, authorizing John Hall, Daniel 
Massey, Ralph Hall, John Johnson, yeomen, and Obadiah East- 
man, gentleman, all of Salem, to divide the real estate.] 

Pro van ce of 1 To the Honnerable Judge of probates of 

Newhampshier J wils for the Provance of new hampshier in 

obediance to a warrent from your honner to Settel the Estate of 

Capt richard kimbal Late of Salem Deceas'd we have settled it in 

the foiling manner viz 

I 'y we have set of one third part to Jemima webster of plastow 



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who was the wife of said intestate as hir Dowry and boundded as 
followeth Beginning at a white oak tree at the west end of the 
house thence running Easterly by the road to Land of Even 
Jonses thence southerly by Land of Jonses to the Corner bound 
thence to the bounds first mentioned and also the west End of the 
house and also the East Scaffold and Lento in the barn 2^y we 
have set of to richard kimbal minor the home place with the 
hous and barn his mothers thirds Excepted and also a peice of 
meadow ground about seven acres Lying apon Spicket river and 
also a peice of wood Land Lying betwen nathannel merriels and 
peter merriels Containing about twenty acres 3'^ we have set 
of to Easter whealer one of the heirs of the intestate four acres of 
Land it being one half of an Eight acre Lot Laing apon Land of 
Daniel marcies and Steven whelers and a Country road and 
bounded as followeth beginning at a Red oak tree marked by the 
road thence running westerly by sd road about twenty poles to a 
stake and Stones thence Southerly about thirty three pols to a 
Stake and Stons thence Southeasterly about twenty poles to a 
stake and stons thence Northerly to the bounds first mentioned 
and also four acres and an half of meadow ground Laing upon 
hittetete brook it being one half of nine acre Lot beginning at the 
East end of the Lot a Stake and Stones and a pitch pine being 
the tow Corner bounds So running westerly apon both sides of 
the brook to Contain four acres and a half 4^^ we have Set of to 
hannah wheler one of the heirs of the intestate four acres of Land 
it being one half of an Eight acre Lot Lying apon Land of Daniel 
marcies and apon Steven whelers and a Country road and 
boundded as followeth beginning at a Stake and Stons by sd 
road thence westerly by sd road about twenty pols to a swamp 
white oak thence southerly thirty three pols to a red oak marked 
thence Southeasterly twenty poles to a Stake and Stons thence 
northerly to the bounds first mentioned and also a peice of 
meadow ground about four acres and a half it being on half of a 
nine acre Lot begining at the westerly end of Said Lot the tow 
Corner bounds being a whit oak and a pitch pine so running 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 65 

Easterly apon both sids of the brook to Contain four acres and a 

half 

John Hall Jun 
Daniel Massey 
Rapha Hall 
John Johnson 
Obadiah Eastman 

[Guardianship of Richard Kimball, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Richard Kimball, granted to Timothy Ladd June 
30, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2t„ p. 46.] 

[Bond of Timothy Ladd of Plaistow, yeoman, with Joseph 
Wright of Salem, gentleman, as surety, in the sum of £500, 
June 30, 1763, for the guardianship of Richard Kimball; wit- 
nesses, Cutts Shannon, William Parker.] 



JOHN ROBINSON 1757 MERRIMACK 

[Bond of Timothy W^ilkins of Concord, Mass., yeoman, with 
Asa Spaulding of Billerica, Mass., yeoman, as surety, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 17, 1757, for the guardianship of John Robinson, 
minor, in his fifteenth year, son of John Robinson of Merrimack; 
witnesses, Andrew Boardman and Reuben Prentice.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



NATHANIEL CHASE 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Chase of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to James Chase Oct. 18, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 317.] 

[Bond of James Chase of Londonderry, yeoman, with Edward 
Clark and Nathaniel Merrill, yeomen, both of Salem, as sureties, 



l66 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

in the sum of £500, Oct. 18, 1757, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Rebecca Peaslee, Eh'zabeth Peaslee.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 18, 1757, authorizing Samuel Greeley and 
Samuel Hills, both of Nottingham West, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate; mentions James Chase as son of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 12, 1757; amount, £648. 4. 6; 
signed by Samuel Greeley, Jr., and Samuel Hills.] 

[Warrant, March 3, 1758, authorizing Joseph Blanchard of 
Merrimack and Samuel Greeley of Nottingham West, gentle- 
man, to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims; amount, £440. 16. 4; mentions "Due to Abi- 
gill Webster for Rates her late Husband Was to have Collected 
from said Chase"; signed by Joseph Blanchard and Samuel 
Greeley, Jr.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £648. 4. 6, 
personal estate; expenditures, £499. o. 3; mentions "my Self & 
my Wifes attendance on the Deceas*^ & his Wife in their last 
Sickness 10 Days each .... keeping a Child of said Intestate 
under seven for one year"; allowed Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount distributed, £148. 15. 3; al- 
lowed Dec. I, 1758.] 



ANDREW GILMAN 1757 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Andrew Oilman of Brentwood 
granted to Jeremiah Oilman of Brentwood, yeoman, Oct. 19, 

1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 317.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Oilman, with Daniel Leavitt and Nicholas 
Dudley as sureties, all of Brentwood, yeomen, in the sum of 
£500, Oct. 19, 1757, for the administration of the estate of An- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I67 

drew Gilman, gentleman; witnesses, Samuel Dudley, Biley 
Dudley.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 19, 1757, authorizing John Gilman, Jr., of 
Exeter and Biley Dudley of Brentwood, yeoman, to appraise the 
estate; mentions Jeremiah Gilman as son of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 24, 1757; amount, £6985. 15. o; signed by 
John Gilman, Jr., and Biley Dudley.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1545. 
15. o; expenditures, £2079. 4. 7; allowed Oct. 31, 1759.] 

[Additional account: receipts, £1740. o. o; expenditures, 
£1238. o. 6; allowed Oct. 31, 1765.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Leavitt, Stephen Leavitt, and Gilman 
Leavitt, children of Daniel Leavitt by his wife, Anna Leavitt, 
daughter of Andrew Gilman, granted to their father Oct. 31, 

1765-] 

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

[Bond of Daniel Leavitt, with Levi Morrill and Jeremiah 
Gilman as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the sum of £500, Oct. 
31, 1765, for the guardianship of Mary Leavitt, Stephen Leavitt, 
and Gilman Leavitt ; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Hobart.] 



ISAAC LITTLEHALE 1757 PELHAM 

[Hannah Littlehale renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Isaac Littlehale, Oct. 22, 1757, in favor of Capt. 
William Richardson; witnesses, James Hobbs, Daniel Hutchin- 
son.] 

[Administration on the estate of Isaac Littlehale of Pelham 
granted to William Richardson of Pelham, gentleman, Oct. 26, 
I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 28.] 



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[Bond of William Richardson, with Amos Richardson and 
Levi Hildreth as sureties, all of Pelham, in the sum of £500, 
Oct. 26, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Joseph Hamblett, Josiah Hamblett.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing Joseph Butler and Levi 
Hildreth, both of Pelham, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 27, 1758; amount, £2698. 15. o; signed by 
Joseph Butler, Levi Hildreth, and Hannah Littlehale.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £2390. 6. 7 ; 
expenditures, £1932. 19. 8; mentions " 163 Weeks a Child of the 
dec^ born Sepf i, 1758"; allowed Nov. 4, 1761.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £627.12.11; expenditures, 
£88. o. o; allowed June 29, 1763.] 

[Guardianship of Isaac Littlehale, aged less than 14 years, son 
of Isaac Littlehale, granted to Daniel Hutchinson June 28, 
1763-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 191.] 

[Bond of Daniel Hutchinson, with Daniel Gage and Joseph 
Butler as sureties, all of Pelham, in the sum of £500, June 28, 
1763, for the guardianship of Isaac Littlehale; witnesses, 
Ephraim Cummings, John Ferguson.] 



JOHN WILSON 1757 PLAISTOW 

[Margaret Wilson renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, John Wilson of Plaistow, miller, Oct. 25, 1757, in 
favor of her brothers, James Waddell of Chester and John 
Waddell of Londonderry; witnesses, John Johnson, John 
Morrill.] 

[Administration granted to James Waddell and John Waddell 
of Londonderry Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 317.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 69 

[Bond of James Waddell and John Waddell, with Thomas 
Johnson and John Barnett as sureties, all of Londonderry, in 
the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, WilHam Parker, Jr., Cutts Shannon.] 

[Wai-rant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing John Hogg of Hamp- 
stead, gentleman, and Thomas Little of Plaistow, tanner, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 28, 1757; amount, £2341. 19. o; 
signed by John Hogg and Thomas Little.] 

[Commission to John Tolford of Chester, gentleman, and John 
Hogg of Hampstead, March 8, 1758, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 

[List of claims, attested Sept. 27, 1758; amount, £569. 9. 6; 
signed by John Tolford and John Hogg.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate ; receipts, £3004. 
10. o; expenditures, £1391. 10. 11 ; mentions "p^ Margaret Wil- 
son her acco* for the Support of 2 Children & the charge of the 
Last Sickness & Funeral Charge of one of them"; allowed Sept. 
27, 1758.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £569. 9. 6; amount 
distributed, £403. 4. g}^; allowed Oct. 15, 1758.] 

[Administrator's additional account; receipts, £3. 13. 4; ex- 
penditures, £8. 10. 8; mentions decease of the widow; signed by 
James Waddell; allowed April 19, 1786.] 

[Additional distribution of £3. 13. 4 to the creditors; allowed 
May 17, 1786.] 



JOSEPH SCRIBNER 1757 EXETER 

[Lydia Scribner renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Joseph Scribner of Exeter, and of his son, Joseph 



1 70 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Scribner, Jr., Oct. 25, 1757, in favor of her son-in-law, Joseph 
Lougee of Exeter, tailor; witnesses, Theophilus Smith, John 
Glidden.] 

[Bond of Joseph Lougee, with John Steele and John Glidden, 
yeomen, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 
I757> for the administration of the estate; witnesses, John Smith, 
William Parker, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Nov. i, 1757; amount, £3227. 11. o; signed by 
Caleb Kimball and Theophilus Smith.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2183. 13. o; expendi- 
tures, £1837. 7. o; allowed April 17, 1760.] 



DANIEL FOGG 1757 RYE 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Fogg of Rye, yeoman, 
granted to his widow, Hannah Fogg, Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 317.] 

[Bond of Hannah Fogg of Rye, widow, with Samuel Knowles 
of Rye and Josiah Batchelder of Hampton Falls, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Jr., William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing Samuel Knowles, yeo- 
man, and Richard Jenness, 3d, gentleman, both of Rye, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Jan. 25, 1758; amount, £10,044. lO- o; 
signed by Richard Jenness, 3d, and Samuel Knowles.] 

[Guardianship of Daniel Fogg, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Daniel Fogg, granted to Jeremiah Fogg of Kensing- 
ton, clerk, Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 317.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 71 

[Bond of Jeremiah Fogg, clerk, with Jonathan Dow and Sam- 
uel Clifford, Jr., yeomen, as sureties, all of Kensington, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for the guardianship of Daniel Fogg; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 5, 1760, authorizing Richard Jenness, 3d, 
Reuben Moulton, yeoman, both of Rye, Samuel Knowles, 
Enoch Sanborn, and Stephen Batchelder, yeomen, all of North 
Hampton, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 By order from the Hon'^^'^ Rich'^ Wibird 
New Hampshire / Judge of the Probate of Wills for Said Prov- 
ince &c appointing us a Commettee to Divide the Real Estate of 
Daniel fogg Late of Rye yeoman Deceased — after a Careful 
Suervey of Said Estate we have agreed & Set of to Each Party 
their Respective Shares & parts of Said Estate in the Manner 
following Viz — 

to hannah fogg Wedow Relick of Said Intestate one full third 
Part thereof viz the East Lower fore Room the west fore Cham- 
ber one third of the Garrat at the East End and one third of the 
Celler at the East End also twelve feet of the west End of the 
Barn the whole weadth also Seventeen acres of Land in Rye in the 
home Place Laying on the west side of the high way that Leads 
from Rye to hampton and the north End by the high way that 
Leads from Rye to North hampton and from Said high way on 
the west 34 rods to a tree Marked and by the high way on the 
East Side 27 Rods to a Stake in the Ground taking one 3*^ part of 
the orchard as it is Laid out and Bounded also the third Part of 
thirteen acres at north hampton in the 12 Shares So Called on 
the west Side as it is Laid out and Bounded also one third Part 
of the Salt marsh at hampton on the South Side as it is Laid out 
and bounded also all the Salt Marsh at Little River So Called 
also the third Part of five acres of Land at the Little Boars head 
as it is Laid out and Bounded 

to Daniel fogg the Eldest & only Son of the said Intestate a 
Doble Share of the Remaining two thirds viz the East fore 



172 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Chamber Parte of the Kitchen Celler & Garret as makes up his 
full part of the house afore Said also 20 feet the full Breadth of the 
East End of the Barn — Also about Eight acres of Land at y^ 
East End of the house Bounding on the high way from hampton 
to Rye on the west & the way to the Sea on the north the wedow 
Elken's Land on the East and on the South Land of Nehemiah 
Moultens Also aboute 13 acres of Land at the west Side of the 
high way that Leads to hampton afore Said at the South End of 
the home place & to Extend Northerly into baid Place on the 
East & west to Stakes Set up for Bounds also aboute 5 acres of 
wood Land in the North Division Shares on the South Side to 
marked trees also his Part of 13 acres at Northampton on the 
East Side also his Part of the orchard Joyning to the wedow also 
his full part on the north Side of y^ Marsh at hampton as it is 
Bounded out also his part of five acres of Land at Little Boars 
head on the west Side also one acre of thach Ground in Rye 

to Sarah fogg the only Daughter a single Share of ^ of Said 
Estate the west Lower fore Room with all the house & Barn not 
before mentioned in this instrement also about 19 acres of the 
home place on the west Side of the afore Said way to hampton 
Bounding northerly on the wedows part & southerly on Daniels 
part as it is Stalked out also her Part of the 13 acre the midle 
Share as it is bounded out also her part of 5 acres at Boars head 
the midle Share also her part of Salt marsh at hampton the midle 
share as Bounded out also halfe an acre of thach Ground in Rye 
to Gather with about 3 acres of the Remander of wood Land afore 
Said Except one acre of wood Land to the wedow hannah fogg 
for her to Cutt wood on when She Cant Geet wood Conventely 
on the Land before Laid out to her 
Rye august 26*'' 1761 

Rich*^ Jenness 3<^ 
Samuel Knowles 
Enoch Sanborn 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 173 

BENJAMIN SWETT 1757 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty Sixth Day of October 
Anno Domini Seventeen hundred And fifty Seven — I Benjamin 
Swett of Hampton falls in the Province of New-Hampshire in 
New England Blacksmith being Infirm in Body * * * j 
do Constitute and Appoint my friend Meshech Weare of Hamp- 
ton falls aforesaid Esq"" to be Sole Executor of this my will to 
make a Just Settlement of my affairs to Receive all Debts Due to 
me and to Discharge Such as I owe so far as my Estate will be 
Sufficient And to Pay himself a Debt for which he Stands In- 
gaged on my account to Mark Hunking Wentworth Esq"" for 
Something more than five hundred Pounds old Tenor And if 
there shall be Any Remainder after my Debts as abovemen- 
tioned And necessary Charges shall be Paid, It shall be Disposed 
of As follows Namely to my Sister Deliverance Coleman of 
Nantuckett twenty Pounds old Tenor and to my Sister Huldah 
Coleman of Nantuckett thirty Pounds old Tenor they not hav- 
ing had their full share of their fathers Estate as others have had. 
And all the Remainder of my Estate I Give to my Son Jonathan 
Swett * * * 

Benj^ Swett 

[Witnesses] John Green, Nath* Healey Junr, Daniel Cram. 

[Proved Feb. 23, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1758, authorizing Joseph Worth and Jona- 
than Swett, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 28, 1758; amount, £1902. 7. 4; signed by 
Joseph Worth and Jonathan Swett.] 



HENRY PUTNEY 1757 NEW IPSWICH 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Putney of New Ips- 
wich granted to Martha Putney, widow, Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 471.] 



174 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Martha Putney, widow, with Reuben Kidder, gen- 
tleman, and Aaron Kidder, yeoman, as sureties, all of New 
Ipswich, in the sum of £500, Oct. 26, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Clary, Joseph Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing Reuben Kidder and 
Aaron Kidder to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 10, 1757; amount, £62. 3. 11 ; signed 
by Aaron Kidder and Reuben Kidder.] 

[Warrant, May 20, 1758, authorizing Reuben Kidder and 
Aaron Kidder to receive claims against the estate.] 

[Martha Putney's account against the estate, May 21, 1759; 
amount, £218. 15. 8; mentions "Bringing up a Child from Dec 
1755 to the Day of Date hereof Said Child is Seven years old 
Next Sepf"; allowed May 22, 1759.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £59. 19. o; signed 
by Reuben Kidder and Aaron Kidder.] 



RICHARD HEATH 1757 PLAISTOW 

[Caveat of Stephen Harriman of Haverhill, Mass., Oct. 26, 
1757, against granting administration on the estate of Richard 
Heath of Plaistow, husbandman, without notice to the widow, 
who has eight small children.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Heath of Plaistow, 
yeoman, granted to Thomas Hale and Benjamin Richards of 
Plaistow Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. no.] 

[Division of the estate among the creditors; claims, £1327. 
I. 10; paid, £445. 2. 3; allowed Nov. 30, 1759.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 341.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 175 

JOHN ROWELL I757 EPPING 

[Administration on the estate of John Rowell of Epping, 
joiner, granted to his widow, Sarah Rowell, Oct. 26, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 329.] 

[Bond of Sarah Rowell, widow, with Joseph Chandler and 
John Dow, yeomen, as sureties, all of Epping, in the sum of 
£1000, Oct. 26, 1757, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Jr., John Smith.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 26, 1757, authorizing Jacob Freese, yeoman, 
and Ebenezer Fiske, physician, both of Epping, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 20, 1758; amount, £3869. 2. o; signed by 
Jacob Freese and Ebenezer Fiske.] 



JOSEPH TAYLOR I757 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Taylor granted to 
John Taylor Oct. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 329.] 

[Bond of John Taylor of Brentwood, yeoman, with Zaccheus 
Clough of Brentwood and Willoughby Colby of Exeter, yeomen, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 28, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate of Joseph Taylor of Exeter, yeoman; witness, 
William Parker, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 15, 1757; amount, £3424. o. o; signed by 
Caleb Kimball and Ephraim Robinson. Additional inventory 
of £182. o. o, April 28, 1760.] 

[Anna Taylor and Catherine Taylor, daughters of Joseph Tay- 
lor, "One of us ninteen Years & the other Sixteen Years of Age & 
without father or mother", make choice of their brother-in-law, 
Moses Lovering, as their guardian March 31, 1761.] 



176 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of Anna Taylor and Catherine Taylor, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, children of Joseph Taylor, granted to 
Moses Lovering of Exeter, yeoman, April 8, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 69.] 

[Bond of Moses Lovering, yeoman, with Jonathan Gilman, 
innholder, and Noah Emery, attorney at law, as sureties, all of 
Exeter, in the sum of £500, April 8, 1761, for the guardianship of 
Anna Taylor and Catherine Taylor; witnesses, Richard Sutton, 
John Taylor.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £458. 14. 8; 
expenditures, £278. 15. 6; allowed April 8, 1761.] 



DANIEL MARSTON 1757 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the of God Amen I Daniel Marston of North Hampton in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman 
being in poor state of Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Beloved wife Sarah 
Marston the improvement of one third part of all my Estate 
dureing her Naturel Life and all My Household stuff I give to 
her to be at her Disposell my weareing Cloaths and Tropeing 
furniture Excepted — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my three Sons Daniel Samuel 
and Robie Marston All my lands in the Township of Nottingham 
to be Equelly Divided between them to them their hiers Exectr* 
Adminisf and Assigns forever Samuel to have his part on the 
Easterly Side Daniel to have his part in the middle and Robie to 
have his third part on the westerly side of s'^ Land and I also 
Give to Each of my s'^ Sons Daniel Sam^' and Robie all my 
part of a Saw Mill in Nottingham aforesaid each of them to 
have one third of my part when they arive to the Age of twenty 
one Years. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 177 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Theodore Marston 
all my Lands in the Township of Bow and also all my Right of 
land in a place CalH Buckstreet to him his Heirs and Assigns 
forever. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Anna Marston 
three Hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid at the Age of 
Eighteen Years or at the time of her Marriage if Sooner — 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Meriam three 
Hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid at the age of Eighteen 
Years or time of Marriage if Sooner — 

Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Three hundred Pounds old 
Tenor to be paid at the Age of Eighteen Years or at the time of 
Marriage if sooner. 

Item I Give unto my Son David Marston three Hundred 
Pounds old Tenor to be paid to him at the Age of Twenty One 
Years All the above Legicies to be paid by my Executor here- 
after named. 

Item I Give unto my Beloved Wife Sarah and my three 
Daughters above named the Improvement of one half of my 
Dwelling House from the Seller to the Garritt (the East end) to 
my Daughters with their Mother so long as they remain un- 
married and to my Wife Dureing her Naturel Life — • I Also Give 
to my five Sons Daniel Sam^' Robie Theodore and David all 
my Cloaths (my Trooping Cloaths Excepted) to be equally 
Divided between them 

Item All the Rest and Residue of my Estate both Real and 
Personel wherever it may be found I Give and bequeath unto my 
son Simon Marston to him his Heirs and Assigns forever with 
all my Debts Dew to me at my Decease, He paying all my Just 
Debts and funeral Charges with all the Above Mentioned 
Legicies. 

Lastly I do hereby Constitute and Appoint my well Beloved 
wife Sarah Marston and My son Simon Marston to be my 
Exector^ * * * ^^ Witness whereof I have hereunto set my 
Hand and Seal this Ninth Day of November Anno Dom : Seven- 



178 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

teen Hundred & fifty seven & in the 31^* Year of the Reign of 
George the Second by the Grace of God King &c 

Daniel maston 

[Witnesses] John Taylor, John M'fee, Levi Dearborn. 
[Proved Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Bond of Sarah Marston, widow, with Simon Marston, yeo- 
man, Levi Dearborn, both of North Hampton, and John McFee 
of Rochester, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 30, 1757, for 
the execution of the will ; witnesses, Thomas Westbrook Waldron, 
William Parker.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Marston, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Daniel Marston, granted to Ebenezer Sanborn 
May 21, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 545.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Sanborn, gentleman, with Simon Page, 
yeoman, as surety, both of North Hampton, in the sum of 
£500, May 21, 1763, for the guardianship of Samuel Marston; 
witnesses, Jonathan Pinkham, William Vaughan.] 



RICHARD KELLY 1757 SALEM 

[Judith Kelly, widow, and William Kelly, oldest son, renounce 
administration on the estate of Richard Kelly, who died Sept. 9, 
1756, in favor of Peter Merrill; witness, Peter Merrill.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Kelly of Salem, 
yeoman, granted to Peter Merrill Nov. 23, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 352.] 

[Bond of Peter Merrill, yeoman, with Andrew Balch, gentle- 
man, and Edward Clark, yeoman, as sureties, all of Salem, in the 
sum of £500, Nov. 23, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Susanna Copp, Caleb Balch.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I79 

[Warrant, Nov. 23, 1757, authorizing Richard Dow and John 
Hall, Jr., both of Salem, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 6, 1757; amount, £512. 12. o; signed by 
Richard Dow and John Hall, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 14, 1758, authorizing Joseph Wright, gentle- 
man, and Richard Dow, yeoman, both of Salem, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, attested Sept. 4, 1758; amount, £364. i. 3; 
signed by Joseph Wright and Richard Dow.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £392. 3. o; 
expenditures, £364. 16. o; allowed Sept. 6, 1758.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £364. i. 3; amount 
distributed, £27. 6. 2; allowed Sept. 7, 1758.] 



JOHN ANDERSON 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Janet Anderson renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, John Anderson of Londonderry, Nov. 14, 1757, in 
favor of her brother, James Anderson, and Samuel Fisher; wit- 
ness, Robert Wallace.] 

[Administration granted to James Anderson, Jr., and Samuel 
Fisher of Londonderry, yeomen, Nov. 15, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 352.] 

[Bond of James Anderson and Samuel Fisher, both of London- 
derry, yeomen, with Robert Anderson of Derry field and Robert 
Wallace of Londonderry, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Nov. 15, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, James Wallace, Robert Campbell.] 

Londonderry February the 25*'' 1760 
To the Honourable Judge of Probates 

The humble petition of Jannet Anderson Widow Humbly 
Sheweth that your petitioner humbly Begs for y Patience to 



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hear my Complaints and Difficulties which I Laboured under 
and now Labours under first when my Husband was taken from 
me I was in Difficult Circumstance for in thirteen Days after the 
Decease of my Husband I was Deliver'd of a Child and then 
was taken ill with a fever which held me ill for two months which 
Render'd me Incapable of Carrying on the Administration and 
under these Difficult Circumstances I gave way to my Brother 
James Anderson and my Brother Samuel Fisher to administer 
but I wanted to be in along with my Brother Anderson but he 
hurried on the administration and told me that I Could not be 
one with him Because I was not able to go to your Honour to 
take out the Letters of administration and I think I Could do 
Better for the Children than what he does and now I wou'd 
Desire the favour of your Honour to give me Liberty to act in 
the Room of my Brother Anderson and to be Ex*"" in his Stead 
for I think it wou'd not be so Chargeable to the Estate if I had 
the managment of the Whole of it So I hope your Honour will 
Consider me in my Difficulty and grant your petitioner my 
Request, and for you I will Ever pray — 

Jannet Anderson 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1477. 13. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1658. 13. 11; allowed Feb. 27, 
1760.] 

Agreeable to the within warrant we the Subscribers have 
Gone and Veiw<^ the Estate of John anderson Late of London 
Derry Dec^ therein Mentioned — and according to the Best of 
our Judgments have Set of the widdows thirds of Said Estate as 
therein Directed and the Bounds thereof is as follows Viz Begin- 
ing at a Red oak tree a few Rods South west of the house that 
belongs to S*^ farm thence North fivefty four Degrees East Eight 
Rods to a Stake thence North twenty four Degrees west ten 
Rods to a Stake thence North sixty one Degrees East ten Rods 
and an half to a heap of Stones thence South thirty four Degrees 
East Eight Rods to a stake thence North fivefty four Degrees 



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East to a Broken Red oak tree Marked Standing in the Line 
Betwen S'l farm and Land Belonging to Mathew Thornton 
Esq"" South East twenty Six Rods to the Leading Rhoad to 
Litchfeild thence South west and Bounding on Said Rhoad to 
the Cross Rhoad through Said farm thence North westerly to 
the Bounds first Mentioned Containing about twenty Acres and 
one hundred Rods be the Same More or Less — as also another 
part of Said farm Bounded as follows Begining at a heap of 
Stones on the South west Side of the Cross Rhoad Before Men- 
tioned about Ten Rods Distant from the house belonging to S<^ 
farm and Due Southwest from S"^ house thence Runing South- 
west by Marked trees to the Line of John Clarks Land to a Red 
oak tree Marked thence South East and Bounding on S^ Clarks 
Land about fourty four Rods to a heap of Stones upon the afores'^ 
Leading Rhoad to Litchfeild thence Northeast and bounding on 
S*^ Rhoad to the before Mentioned Cross Rhoad thence North 
westerly Bounding on S'^ Rhoad to the bounds first Mentioned 
Containing about Sixteen acres be the Same More or Less as 
also one half of the house and one third of the Barn Belonging 
to the premises and also a Common privilige for Both the wid- 
dows thirds and the Rest of S^ Estate from the North west Cor- 
ner of the House to the North East Corner of the Barn and to the 
High way — • 

Given Under our hands at Londonderry y^ 20*'* of March 1766 

Edward Aiken 
Henry Campbel 
James MacGregore 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£73. 10. o; expenditures, £98. 3. 7>^; filed March, 1767; men- 
tions widow and three children.] 

[Guardianship of Jane Anderson, Matthew Anderson, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, and John Anderson, aged less than 14 
years, children of John Anderson of Londonderry, granted to 
Samuel Fisher April 7, 1770.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 26, p. 405.] 



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[Bond of Samuel Fisher, with Robert Wallace and Thomas 
Wallace as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, 
April 7, 1770, for the guardianship of Jane Anderson, Matthew 
Anderson, and John Anderson, children of John Anderson; 
witnesses, Thomas Wallace, Jr., Robert Wallace, Jr.] 



JOHN NUTT 1757 CHESTER 

[Bond of Mary Nutt of Chester, widow, wiith John Ramsey of 
Londonderry, gentleman, and Nathaniel Lynn of Chester, yeo- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 17, 1760, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of John Nutt of Chester, yeoman; 
witnesses, John Cummings, Robert Clark, Agnes Lynn, Ann 
McCarrell.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 15, 1757, authorizing Robert Craige and 
James Crossett, both of Chester, yeoman, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 2, 1760; amount, £1194. 5. o; signed by Rob- 
ert Craige and James Crossett.] 

[License to the administratrix, Mary Greer, Aug. 20, 1760, to 
sell real estate.] 

[Guardianship of Jane Nutt, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
daughter of John Nutt, granted to Joseph Lynn Aug. 27, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 280.] 

[Bond of Joseph Lynn, yeoman, with Edward Presson, house- 
wright, as surety, both of Chester, in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 
1766, for the guardianship of Jane Nutt; witness, William. 
Vaughan.] 



WILLIAM CUMMINGS 1757 HUDSON 

[Administration on the estate of William Cummings of Not- 
tingham West granted to Sarah Cummings Nov. 24, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 531.] 



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[Inventory, Dec. 2, 1757; amount, £4284. 3. 6; signed by Sam- 
uel Greeley, Jr., and Henry Hale.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 541.I 



SETH RICHARDSON 1757 WILTON 

[Administration on the estate of Seth Richardson of Number 2 
granted to Sarah Richardson, widow, Nov. 24, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 353.] 

[Bond of Sarah Richardson, widow, with Samuel Greeley, 
Jr., and Ezekiel Hills, yeoman, as sureties, all of Nottingham 
West, in the sum of £500, Nov. 24, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Elliot Vaughan, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 14, 1757; amount, £1520. 16. o; 
signed by Ephraim Butterfield and Jacob Putnam.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £411. 16. o, 
personal estate; expenditures, £492. 15. 6; mentions "mainte- 
nance of Susannah the Daughter of the said Deceased under the 
age of seven years 192 weeks in the whole deceased y^ i^^^ of 
Nov 1759"; allowed Jan. 24, 1761.] 



HENRY SEYMOUR 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Seymour of Ports- 
mouth, shopkeeper, granted to Ann Seymour, widow, Nov. 30, 

I757-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 360.] 

[Bond of Ann Seymour, widow, with Mark Langdon, gentle- 
man, and John Sherburne, merchant, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Nov. 30, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate ; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 



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[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1757, authorizing Eleazer Russell and John 
Shackford, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 20, 1758; amount, £2097. 3. 6; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and John Shackford.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 11, 1758, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, May 30, 1759; amount, £1052. 17. 9; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 



THEOPHILUS HARDY 1757 DURHAM 

[Sarah Hardy renounces administration on the estate of her 
son, Theophilus Hardy, and his wife, Love Hardy, who left 
several minor children, in favor of Mark Jewell of Durham, hus- 
bandman, Nov. 30, 1757; witnesses, Joseph Sias, Miles Randall.] 

[Administration on the estate of Theophilus Hardy of Durham, 
yeoman, granted to Mark Jewell, husbandman, Nov. 30, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 375.] 

[Bond of Mark Jewell, with John Davis and Thomas Simpson 
of Nottingham, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 
30, 1757, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Simon 
Randall, David Sewall.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 31, 1757; amount, £5600. 17. o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Miles Randall.] 

[Guardianship of Theophilus Hardy, Mary Hardy, Sarah 
Hardy, Love Hardy, and Nathaniel Hardy, minors, children of 
Theophilus Hardy, granted to Joseph Sias Feb. 28, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 199.] 

[Bond of Joseph Sias of Durham, trader, with Jeremiah Burn- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I85 

ham of Durham, yeoman, and Josiah Ladd of Exeter, gentleman, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 28, 1759, for the guardian- 
ship of Theophilus, Mary, Sarah, Love, and Nathaniel Hardy; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Hoag.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £3099. o, o; 
expenditures, £3085. 19. i; allowed June 4, 1765.] 

[The guardian being dissatisfied with the account, he and the 
administrator agree, July 13, 1767, to submit the same to 
Moses Emerson, merchant, John Smith, schoolmaster, and 
Ebenezer Thompson, physician. They report, Aug, 15, 1767, 
that the administrator is indebted to the estate £20. 15. 8.] 

Province of 1 January the 25*^^ Anno Domini 1768 Pur- 
New Hampshire J suant To an order from The Honourable The 
Judge of Probate of Wills &c for the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Appointing us the subscribers a Committee to view the 
Real Estate of Theophilus Hardy late of Durham in said Prov- 
ince yeoman Deceas^ Intestate & to Consider whether the same 
might be Divided into five shares (allowing a Double Portion or 
share to the Eldest Son) without prejudice to or Spoiling the 
whole and in Case it might be so divided To make the Division 
and if not To Appraise the same According To the Present 
value in order to make a settlement of the whole on the Eldest 
Son as the Law of said Province in such Cases Provided Directs 
— We have met & viewed the Real Estate of the Said Intestate & 
upon due Consideration do adjudge That the Same Cannot be 
Divided as aforesaid without prejudicing & spoiling The whole: 
whereupon we have appraised The same as follows viz The 
House Barn & one acre & a Quarter of Land Near Durham 
Falls at sixty five pounds Lawful money and the Twenty Acres 
of Land adjoining To Lands of Cap* Thomas Chesle which the 
Said Intestate bought of Col" Joseph Smith of Newmarkett at 
Sixty pounds Lawful money in the whole Amounting to one 
hundred & twenty five pounds which we apprehend to be the 



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present value thereof Witness our hands the Day & year above 

mentioned 

Moses Emerson 
Hubbard Stevens 
Jn° Sullivan 
Ephraim Folsom 

[Bond of Theophilus Hardy of Durham, yeoman, with John 
Sullivan of Durham and Walter Bryent, Jr., of Newmarket as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, July 26, 1769, for the payment of 
their shares to Mary Hardy, Sarah Hardy, Love Hardy, and 
Nathaniel Hardy; witnesses, Stephen Cogan, Susanna Varrell.] 

[Bond of Antipas Gilman of Gilmanton in the sum of £50, 
Oct. 20, 1785, as guardian of Nathaniel Ladd and wife of Gil- 
manton, to prosecute a suit on the bond of Theophilus Hardy to 
pay his co-heirs their shares; witnesses, Samuel Parker, William 
Parker.l 



THOMAS GORDON 1757 EXETER 

In the Name of God amen the Second day of december an- 
noque domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Seven I 
Thomas Gorden of Exeter in the Province of Newhampshire in 
New England yeoman being ancient * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Thomas Gorden his 
heirs and assigns for ever aboute Six acres of land be the same 
more or less lying in the Parish of Brintwood in the Province 
aforesaid on the Southerly Side of Jonathan Gliddens land and 
the Northerly Side of James Beans land and on the Westerly 
Side of the litle River So Called and to be bounded on the 
westerly End by land which I Shall Give to my Son Daniel in 
this my Will and I also Give to my Said Son Thomas fifty Pounds 
Equal to Silver Coine at the Rate of four Pounds old tenor per 
ounce to be Paid to him within three years after my decease, I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 87 

having Given him the Greatest Part of his Portion already by 
deed. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Daniel Gorden his heirs 
and assigns forever fourteen acres of land be the same more or less 
lying on the Westerly side of that way which Leads from the 
way that Goes from the Great hill So Called to the mill Com- 
monly Called the black Rock mill to my Son Thomas Gordens 
dwelling house it being that fourteen acres of land which was 
allowed to me by the last Committee which Proportioned the 
Comon and undivided land in Said Exeter and also Seven acres 
of land lying on the East Side of land heretofore belonging to 
Nathaniel Smith deceased and on the Northerly End by land in 
Possession of James Bean and on the Southerly End by land which 
I Shall Give to my son Benoni Gorden in this my will and to 
be at that End as the fence now Stands between my Said Sons 
viz daniel and Benoni and also Twenty Pounds Equal to Silver 
Coin at the Rate of four Pounds old tenor bills of Publick Credit 
per ounce 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Benoni Gorden his heirs 
and assigns forever five acres of mowing land more or less bound- 
ing Northerly by land which I Gave my Son Thomas by deed 
Westerly by land lately belonging to Nathaniel Smith deceased 
and Southerly as the fence now Stands between my Said Sons 
viz: daniel and Benoni and Easterly by Jonathan Glidens land, 
and also one hundred Pounds to be paid to him his heirs and as- 
signs within one year after my decease at the Rate of Silver 
Coin at four Pounds per ounce I haveing Given him Part of his 
Portion heretofore by deed. I further Give him my wareing 
appariel. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Timothy Gorden his 
heirs and assigns for ever Twenty Pounds old tenor bills of 
Publick Credit Equal to Silver Coin at the Rate of four Pounds 
per ounce to be Paid within two years after my decease he 
having Received the Greatest Part of his Portion already. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son James Gorden his heirs 



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and assigns forever Thirty Pounds old tenor bills of Publick 
Credit Equal to Silver Coin at the Rate of four Pounds per 
ounce to be Paid within two years after my decease he having 
Received the Greatest Part of his Portion already. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Dinah Mugoon 
her heirs and assigns forever one hundred Pounds old tenor 
bills of Publick Credit Equal to Silver Coin at the Rate of four 
Pounds Per ounce to be paid by my Son Benjamin Gorden out 
of what I Shall Give to him in this my will within four years 
after my decease and also a Suite of mourning Cloaths at my 
decease and a Cow and a Tramiel and a Pot hooks and three 
Puter Plates and a fether bed and beding it being the bed and 
beding which I now use my Self to lodge in. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my daughter Abigail Robards her 
heirs and assigns forever Seventy five Pounds old tenor bills of 
Publick Credit Equal to Silver Coin at the Rate of four Pounds 
per ounce to be paid by my Son Nathaniel Gorden out of what I 
Shall Give to him in this my will within one year after my de- 
cease, and a Cow and a Smaul pot and a Tramel and a Pot hook 
and three Puter Plates to be delivered to her as Soon as may be 
Conveanantly after my decease. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Smith her 
heirs and assigns forever, fifty Pounds old tenor bills of Publick 
Credit Equal to Silver Coin at the Rate of four Pounds per 
ounce to be paid by my Executors Equaly out of what I shall 
Give them in this my will within four years after my decease, 
and a fether bed which was her mothers and beding and three 
Sheep and three Puter Platters to be delivered to her as Soon 
as Conveanantly may be after my decease. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my two Sons viz: Benjamin 
Gorden and Nathaniel Gorden their heirs and assigns forever 
all my homestead and my dwelling house and barn and other 
buildings thereon Excepting half an acre of land to be Reserved 
for a burying Place as Convenant as may be where my last wife 
was buryed and Several of my Children & Grand Children and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 89 

also a Conveanant way to Pass and Repass to and from it to 
the Cuntry Road leading from Exeter to Kingstown. I also 
Give and bequeath to my Said Sons Benjamin and Nathaniel 
all my medow adjoyning to Benjamin Graves & Henry Steels 
land and land which I Sold to Joseph Kimbull of Exeter afore- 
said. I also Give them all my Stock of Creatours and all my 
Usenteals of Husbandry and all other of my Personal Estate 
which I have not alredy disposed of in this my Will, the Said 
Premises to be Equally divided between them 

Finaly I do hereby Constitute appoint and ordain My Two 
Sons viz: Benjamin Gorden and Nathaniel Gorden of Exeter 
afore Said my Executors * * * 

his 

Thomas + Gorden 

mark 

[Witnesses] Josph Kimball, Daniel Smith, Sam^^ Gilman. 
[Proved May 27, 1761.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Gordon and Nathaniel Gordon, both of 
Exeter, with Joseph Kimball of Exeter and Joseph Smith of 
Kingston as sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 27, 1761, for 
the execution of the will; witnesses, Cutts Shannon, Solomon 
Loud, Jr.] 



DANIEL HOYT 1757 EPPING 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Hoyt of Epping, hus- 
bandman, granted to Joseph Cilley of Nottingham, gentleman, 
Dec. 3, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 376.] 

[Bond of Joseph Cilley, with Robert Harvey of Nottingham, 
gentleman, and Joseph Burleigh, Jr., of Newmarket, yeoman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, Dec. 3, 1757, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 



190 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Dec. 3, 1757, authorizing Joseph Chandler and 
Simon Drake, both of Epping, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 9, 1758; amount, £1652. 7. 6; signed by Jo- 
seph Chandler and Simon Drake.] 

[Warrant, April 26, 1758, authorizing John Bartlett of Not- 
tingham, Joseph Chandler, Ebenezer Dow, Simon Drake, and 
Jonathan Elliot, all of Epping, yeomen, to set off the widow's 
dower.] 

Province of 1 Pursuent to the within Preceipt I John Bart- 
New Hamp« I lett of Nottingham & we Simon Drake & Jon- 
athan Elliet of Epping within Named have Sott of to Juda Hoit 
Widow Relict of Daniel Hoit Late of Epping Deceasd Seven 
acres of Land and the House & Barn theiron to be her full Right 
of Dower and is Bounded as followeth viz Begining at the north- 
east Corner of the Said Daniel Hoit Land and run South 29 De- 
grees West twenty Rods and Sixteen feet to a stake then run 
west and be north fifty seven Rods to a stake then run North 
29 Degrees East twenty Rods & Sixteen feet from thence east & 
be South fifty Seven Rods to the Place first mentioned as Witness 
our hand this 22°*^ Day of June at Epping 1759 

John Bartlett 
Simon Drake 
Jonathan Eliot 

[Warrant, July 26, 1758, authorizing David Lawrence and 
James Norris, gentleman, both of Epping, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, July 31, 1759; amount, £1108. 12. 9; signed by 
David Lawrence and James Norris.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1732. 7. 6; 
expenditures, £570. 12. o; allowed Feb. 22, 1760.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IQI 

NATHANIEL SHERBURNE 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Sherburne of 
Portsmouth, shopkeeper, granted to Mehitabel Sherburne, 
widow, Dec. 5, 1 757-1 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 377.] 

[Bond of Mehitabel Sherburne of Portsmouth, widow, with 
William Pearson of Portsmouth, shopkeeper, and Joseph Sher- 
burne of Boston, Mass., merchant, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Dec. 5, 1757, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Nathaniel Mendum, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 5, 1757, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Sam- 
uel Penhallow, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 23, 1758; amount, £8680. 16. 10; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 



JOHN CURRIER 1757 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen I John Currier of Kingston in the 
Province of Newhampshire in New England Yeoman being 111 & 
weak in body * * * 

Item To my beloved Wife Ruth Currier I Will & bequeath 
forty Dollars to be her own As also my Negro Servant Named 
Sego to be at her dispose I also give her all that is owing to me by 
Notes Bills bonds or book debts & all my moveable & personal 
Estate (Excepting what shall hereafter in this my will be disposed 
of otherwise by me) she paying the Legacys to my Children that 
I shall in this my will Appoint her to pay. I also Will her the 
Improvement of One half of my Dwelling house & the one half 
of the Cellar that is in it & the Improvement of my New barn so 
long as she shall remain my Widow I also will her the Improve- 
ment of all my Lands & real Estate that I Shall in this my will 



192 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

bequeath to my two Sons Ezra & John the whole of their re- 
spective parts till they shall respectively Come to be of Age and 
after that the Improvement of the one half of Each of their parts 
in my Lands As long as she shall remain my widow I also give 
her of the things in my house one Bed & furniture half a dozen 
of Chairs & a Case of draws to be her Own to use & dispose of as 
she shall please I also will her the Improvement of the whole of 
my live stock of Cattle horse sheep & swine she keeping the Same 
good till my Children to whom they shall in this my will be given 
shall respectively come of Age to receive them of her or as long as 
she shall remain my Widow 

Item To my three Daughters Mary, Rhoda, & Judith I will 
And bequeath to Each & Every one of them Ten Acres of land 
to them & their heirs which said ten acres of land to Each of 
them is to be taken out of a Certain forty Acre lot of land which 
I purchased of John Fifield of Kingston & at or near A place 
Called Beech plain in s"^ Kingston 

Item To my Said three Daughters Mary, Rhoda & Judith I 
will & Bequeath the Sum of two hundred Pounds money Ac- 
cording To the old Tenour to Each & Every one of them to be 
paid them by my Executrix hereafter Named As soon as they 
shall arrive to the age of Eighteen years or at marriage I also give 
& bequeath to Each of my said Daughters a Cow to be receivd 
by them at the age of Eighteen years or at marriage 

Item To my Son Ezra I will & bequeath to him & his heirs 
my Dwelling house & all my homestead Land Adjoyning & 
lying On Each side the way together With the Orchard & build- 
ings standing thereon As also a piece of land which I purchasd 
of Tristram Sanborn of Kingston Containing about fifteen acres 
& lying between the Land of Joshua Woodman & Cap'' Orlando 
Bagly of said Kingston Woodmans on the North & Bagly's on 
the south of it As also a Piece of salt marsh which I purchased of 
John Casman of South hampton Containing about two acres & 
an half lying in South hampton Near Gatchels rocks So called I 
also give him the Sum of two hundred Pounds money According 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I93 

to the old Tenour to be paid him by my Executrix as soon as he 
shall arrive to the age of Twenty one Years 

Item To my Son John I will & bequeath to him & his heirs all 
that tract of land that I purchased of Samuel Emmons Late of 
Kingston deceas'd Containing one or two & thirty Acres or 
thereabouts having Land of Joseph Bean of said Kingston on 
the west & land of Deacon Nathan Bacheller deceasd on the 
East as also all that tract of land which I purchased of Ebenezer 
Webster of Kingston where said Webster some Years Ago lived 
Said tract of land Containing twenty Seven acres or thereabouts 
As also the remainder of the forty Acre lot forementioned which 
I Purchasd of John Fifield of Kingston after the thirty acres 
which I have already bequeathd to my three Daughters is taken 
out of it As also a piece of Salt Marsh which I purchasd of Joseph 
Greeley Jun' Containing about two Acres lying in South hampton 
& near Gatchels rock so Called As also the Sum of four hundred 
Pounds in money According to the old Tenour to be paid him by 
my Executrix as soon as he shall arrive to the age of twenty one 
Years 

Item To my Son Ezra I Will & bequeath to him & his heirs 
a Peice of land which I purchasd of my Brother Eliphalet Cur- 
rier lying in South hampton & joyning to land of Lawrence 
Straw said piece of land Containing Seven Acres or thereabouts 

Item my Wearing Apparel I give to my two sons Ezra & John 
to be Equally divided between them 

Item I Give to Each of my Said Sons a bed & bedding in my 
house 

Item To my son Ezra I give my Desk 

Item as to the rest of my houshold goods that I have not al- 
ready in this my will disposd of my will is that they be Equally 
divided between my three Daughters Each to receive her part 
as soon as she arrives to the age of Eighteen years or at marriage 

Item to my two Sons Ezra & John I also give & bequeath all 
my Stock of Cattle & horse sheep & swine (Excepting the three 
Cows already bequeathed to my three Daughters) to be Equally 



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divided between them as also all my tools of husbandry & Im- 
plements for work abroad such as Carts & sled Yokes & Chains 
Axes hoes & the like to be Equally divided between them 
likewise 

Item all my right & Interest in the Iron Works Saw Mill & 
Grist mill at Trickling falls so Called I give & bequeath to my 
two Sons Ezra & John to be Equally divided between them 

Item my will is that the ten Acres of land which I have In 
this my will bequeathed to Each of my three daughters to be 
taken out of the forty Acre lot which I purchased of John Fifield 
as before mentioned shall be set off to them in the following 
manner Vizt Mary's to be taken off of the West Side Extending 
the whole length of the said lot Rhoda's ten Acres adjoyning to 
her's & Judiths ten Acres Adjoyning to hers Each to Extend the 
whole length of the lot likewise. 

Item my will is & I do hereby Constitute & Appoint my 
beloved wife Ruth Currier to be Sole Executrix * * * in 
testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 
seventeenth day of December Anno Domini One Thousand 
seven hundred & fifty Seven & in the thirty first year of his 
Majisties Reign 

John Currier 

[Witnesses] Peter Coffin, Jeremiah Currier, Theophilus Clough. 

[Proved March i, 1758.] 

[Warrant, March i, 1758, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Ebenezer Stevens, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1758; amount, £21,268. 5. 9; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Ebenezer Stevens.] 



WILLIAM PAGE 1757 BRENTWOOD 

[Elizabeth Page renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, William Page of Brentwood, Dec, 26, 1757, in favor of 
Sargent Currier of South Hampton.] 



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[Administration granted to Sargent Currier of South Hamp- 
ton, yeoman, Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 404.] 

[Bond of Sargent Currier, with Abner Morrill and Ephraim 
Carter as sureties, all of South Hampton, yeomen, in the sum 
of £2000, Dec. 28, 1757, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, David Sewall, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 28, 1757, authorizing Samuel Currier and 
Eliphalet Merrill, both of South Hampton, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 15, 1758; amount, £635. 17. 9; signed by 
Samuel Currier and Eliphalet Merrill.] 

[Citation to Sargent Currier of Hopkinton, April 13, 1778, to 
appear and render an account of the estate.] 



HENRY SHERBURNE 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Henry Sherburne of Portsmouth 
in the Province of New Hampshire Esq"" being aged & weak of 
Body * * * 

Item I give and Devise to my Sons Samuel Sherburne & 
Henry Sherburne all my Lands lying between the Roads or 
high Ways Commonly Called the middle Road & the Mill Dam 
Road joining to the Said Middle Road the Land of Thomas 
Packer Esq"^ the Land of Mark Langdon Thomas Wibird & 
Daniel Warner Esq" Equally Divided between them my Said 
Sons their Heirs & Assigns 

Item my Farm at Greenland and all my Lands there I give & 
Devise to my Sons Samuel & John & if either of them Shall Dye 
without Lawful Issue then the whole shall be for & go to the 
Survivor of them & his Heirs & assigns but if they both leave 
Lawful Issue then to go to Such Issue & their Heirs & Assigns 



ig6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I give and Devise to my Son Henry all that Land I have 
joining to his Land on the Southerly Side of the Road leading to 
Rye or on the left hand of the said Road as one goes to Rye to 
him his Heirs & Assigns & my Land lying on the other Side said 
Road near the Same & so runing up to the Cedar Swamp being 
Sixty Acres more or Less I give & Divise to my Grandson Henry 
the Son of my Said Son Henry his Heirs & Assigns. I also give 
my Said Son Henry that Seventeen acres of Land which joins to 
or is near his Land which was Set off to me from Rye aforesaid I 
also give to my Said Son all my Land & marsh and Buildings at 
the Place called Little Harbour whether it lies in New Castle or 
Portsmouth or falls within the Bounds of Rye aforesaid all to 
him his Heirs & assigns — and my fresh Marsh lying at the head 
of the Creek so called near the Marsh of Hunking Wentworth & 
Elliot Vaughan Esq" I give with my Said Farm at Greenland & 
to go in the Same manner as I have ordered That as aforesaid — 

Item all my Lands in Kingston Haverhill Kittery and all my 
Rights & Lands in the New Townships in the Province of New 
Hampshire or Else where not herein otherwise disposed of I 
give the Same Equally Divided between my Sons Henry and 
John their Respective Heirs and Assigns — I also give to my 
Son Henry the House & Land thereto belonging where my Late 
Son in Law John Eyre Lived near the Dwelling House of Samuel 
Wentworth in Portsmouth aforesaid to him his Heirs & assigns — • 

Item I give to my Grandson John the Son of my Son John all 
the Land I own between the Said House & the School House and 
the Street & mr Packer's Land to him his Heirs & Assigns 

Item I give to Each of my Daughters Ann Langdon & Dorothy 
Oilman the Sum of One hundred pounds old Tenor to be paid to 
them by my Executor 

Item I give Devise & Bequeath to my Son John my Mansion 
House & Land thereto belonging and all other my Real Estate 
Lying on the North Side of Crafford's Lane or Daniel Street So 
Called to him his Heirs & assigns and all the Rest of my Estate 
Real and Personal not herein otherwise Disposed of I give & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 197 

bequeath to him my Said Son John his Heirs & assigns & hereby 
Constitute & appoint him to be Sole Executor of this my Last 
Will & Testament & order him to give up without any Demand 
to the Reverend M'^ Samuel Langdon the Bond I have of his & 
the Debt he Owes me and to Pay to the Reverend M"" Arthur 
Brown & the Rev* M^" Samuel Haven the Sum of twenty pounds 
Each old Tenor as a token of my Regard & Respect for them 
* * * In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & 
Seal the 27th Day of Decemb'' Anno Domini 1757 

H Sherburne 

[Witnesses] Sam* Langdon, Sam' Haven, William Parker. 
[Proved April 29, 1758.] 

[Decree of court, April 29, 1758, proving and allowing the will 
against the protest of Samuel Sherburne, oldest son, who claimed 
that the testator was not of a sound and disposing mind.] 

[Bond of Samuel Sherburne of Portsmouth, with Joseph 
Langdon of Portsmouth, gentleman, and Peter Gilman of Exeter 
as sureties, in the sum of £100, June 6, 1758, to prosecute an 
appeal of the probate of the will; witnesses, Jonathan Long- 
fellow, Joshua Crockett.] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to Henry Sherburne of 
Portsmouth, gentleman, Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 102.] 

[Bond of Henry Sherburne, gentleman, with George Waldron, 
husbandman, and Samuel Cate, yeoman, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £3000, Nov. 29, 1758, for the administra- 
tion de bonis non of the estate; witnesses, David Sewall, William 
Parker.] 

At a Court of Supreme Probate held at Portsmouth within & 
for the Province of New Hampshire on the 27*'' Day of Octob' 
1763 his Excellency the Governor having Transmitted to the 
Council a Copy of a Judgment of his Majesty in Council on the 



198 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

appeal of John Sherburne of Portsmouth aforesaid Merch* 
against Sam^ Sherburne Esq"" & others Relating to the Probate 
of the Will of Henry Sherburne Late of Portsm° aforesaid Esq'' 
Deceased Reversing a Judgment of this Court concerning the 
Same and affirming a Decree of the Judge of Probate of wills for 
said Province touching the said Will &c with which his Excel- 
lency Recommended that they woud do what was proper to be 
done in the Case upon which it is considered that as the Decree 
of the Judge of Probate is affirmed & that of this Court Re- 
versed the Said Copy ought to be Sent down to the said Judge to 
be carried into Execution 
A True Copy attested 

^ T Atkinson Jun'' Sec^ 

From this Probate & Decree an appeal was Asked & Granted 
to the Supreme Court of Probate where the Probate of the Will 
as to the Real Estate was Reversed Two of the Witnesses being 
Disallowed as Incompetent and as to the Question of the Tes- 
tators Sanity the Court was Divided from which Decree rVn 
appeal was Asked And Granted to his Majesty in Counsel 
Whose Judgement is as follows Viz* 

At the Court at Saint James's the 5*^ of April 1762 
The Kings most Excellent Majesty 
Lord President Erl of Powis 

Lord Chamberlin Earl of Hardwicke 

Duke of Rutland Lord Bathurst 

Duke of New Castle M'' Vice Chamberlain 

Earl of Bute 

Upon reading at the Board a Report from the Right Honour- 
able the Lords of the Committee of Council for hearing Appeals 
from the Plantations dated the 16*^^ of last Month in the Words 
following Viz 

Your Majesty having been pleased by your Order in Council 
of the 2'' of January last to refer Unto this Committee the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 199 

humble Petition And Appeal of John Sherburne Gentleman, 
Youngest Son of Henery Sherburne late of New Hampshire Esq"" 
deceased Setting forth Amongst other things that the Said 
Henery Sherburne being Seized of a Considerable Real Estate 
in the Said Province And also of some Personal Estate And 
having Several Children And no Wife And being minded to dis- 
pose of his Said Estate Amongst his Said Children in Such a 
manner as he Saw fit did duly make his last Will and Testament 
in Writing And therein taking Notice of his being Aged Weak 
of Body but of Sound and Disposeing Mind And Memory 
willed that all just Debts Should be paid out of his Personal 
Estate by his Executor — Item he desvised to his Sons Samuel 
Sherburne And Henery Sherburne Certain Lands therein Men- 
tioned equally between them their Heirs And Assigns Item his 
Farm at Greenland And Certain other lands there he devised to 
his sons the Said Samuel And the Appellant, John Sherburne, 
And if Either of them shou'd Die without Issue then to the 
Survivor of them And his Heirs but if they both left lawful 
Issue then to go to such Issue — Item he Devised to his Son Hen- 
ery Certain other Lands to him his Heirs And Assigns — And 
Certain Other Lands he Devised to his Grandson Henery Son 
of his Son Henery And his Heirs And Assigns And devised to 
his Son Henery Certain other Land — And his Fresh Marsh 
lying at the head of the Creek, he gave with his Said Farm at 
Greenland And to go in the Same manner as he had given that 

— Item all his Lands in Kingston Haverhill Kittery And all his 
Rights And Lands in the New Townships in New Hampshire or 
Elsewhere not in his Said Will otherwise disposed of he gave the 
Same equally to be divided between his Said Son Henery And 
the Appellant John Sherburne — He gave to his Said Son Henery 
his Heirs And Assigns a Certain House and Land — And De- 
vised to his Grandson Son John Son of the Appellant John 
Certain Lands therein Mentioned to him his Heirs And Assigns 

— He gave to each of his Daughters Ann Langdon And Dorothy 
Gilman One hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid by his 



200 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Executor He devised to his son the Appellant John Sherburne 
his Mansion House And Land thereto belonging And all other 
his real Estate Laying on the North Side of Craffords Lane or 
Daniels Street to him his Heirs And Assigns And all the rest of 
his Estate Real And personal not therein Otherwise Disposed of 
he gave to his Said son John the Appellant his heirs And Assigns 
And Appointed his Said Son John Sole Executor of his Will 
And the Testator ordered his Executor to give Up without any 
Demand to the Reverend Samuel Langdon the Bond he had of 
his And the Debts he owed him And to pay to Arthur Brown 
And the Reverend Samuel Haven Twenty Pounds Each old 
Tenor as a Token of the Testators Regard And Respect from 
them. And he revoked all other Wills by him thentofore 
made which Will was signed And Sealed by the Testator in the 
presence of three Witnesses Viz Samuel Langdon Samuel Haven 
And William Parker who Attested the Same to be Signed Sealed 
And Declared by the Said Testator to be his last Will And Tes- 
tament in their Presences who Subscribed as Witnesses in his 
Presence — That the two first Subscribing Witnesses are two 
of the Small Legatees in the Will And the Testator soon After 
making his Said Will without Revokeing or Altering the Same. 
That the Appellant John Sherburne the Executor of the Said 
Will And one of the Devisees therein After the Testators De- 
cease propounded the Said Will before Richard Wibard Esquire 
the Judge of Probate of Wills in the Said Province : But the Said 
Samuel Sherburne tho' he had been very amply provided for by 
the Testator in his life time yet with a Vew to Defate the Ap- 
pellant of the Provision that had been made for him by his 
Father in his Said Will thought fit to enter a Caveat against the 
Pro vein g thereof Alledging And Pretending that there was 
Some inequality in the Dispositions therein Contained And that 
the Will being but a Short time before the Testators Death he 
was not Capable by Reason of his Sickness of making any Rea- 
sonable And Just Settlement of his Estate: whereupon the 
Parties proceeded to make Proofs And Examine Witnesses in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 201 

the Court of the Said Judge of Probates touching the VaHdity of 
the Said Will And the three Subscribing Witnesses being all 
Examined as to the fact of the Execution of the Will Samuel 
Langdon & William Parker Two of them deposed that they Saw 
the Testator Sign & Seal & heard him Declare the Same to be 
his last Will & Testament, And that at the time of Doing thereof 
he was to their best Discernment of Sound disposing Mind And 
Memory And that they with the Other Subscribing Witness 
Samuel Haven Subscribed the Same as Witness in the Testators 
Presence. And the Said Samuel Haven made Oath to the Same 
Saving that he Said he Cou'd not Swear that the Testator was 
or that he was not at that time Capable of Disposeing of his 
Estate but that at that time Whilst he Discoursed with the 
Testor the Testator discoursed rationally — That there was 
Also Several other Witnesses Examined touching the Sanity of 
the Testator And the Disposition of his Estate And on the 2g^^ 
of April 1758 the Cause came on for Sentence before the Judge 
of Probates, who after hearing Counsel for both Sides And the 
Depositions of the witnesses read was of Oppinion the will 
was good for that it appeared by the Oaths of the Witnesses to 
the will that it duly Executed According to the Law of the 
Province for preventing Frauds & Perjuries; That the Testator 
had then the Use of his Reason And Two of the Witnesses were 
Express as to his Capacity at that time And the other Seemed 
only to be Uncertain of the proper meaning And Extent of the 
Words Used on the Occasion of disposing mind And Memory 
And the Proof was Sufficient to Satisfy the Statute ; besides there 
was Several other Witnesses proveing the Testator to have the 
Use of his Reason during his Sickness to the last day of his life 
And that there was not any Evidence to the Contrary; And as 
to the Objection of an Enequal Disposition of the Estate by the 
Will the Testator might have Reason to make it And there was 
Evidence to that Purpose Therefore the Judge Pronounced for 
the Will And Decreed a Probate thereof to be Grated to the 
appelant That the Said Samuel Shereburne the Eldest Son of the 



202 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Said Henery Shereburne the Father Deceased being Dissatisfied 
with that Sentence and having been joined by Peter Gilman 
Esq'^ And Dorothy his wife And Joseph Langdon And Ann his 
wife which Said Dorothy And Ann are the two Daughters of the 
Said Henery Shereburne Deceased who intervened for their In- 
terest they prayed and were allowed an Appeal therefrom to 
the Governor And Council of the Said Province Sitting as a 
Court of Supreme Probate — That the Parties went into New 
And further Proofs in the Said Suprame Court And there were 
Several Other Witnesses Examined to the Number of Eight or 
Nine who Corroborated the former Proof of the Testators San- 
ity And Also of his Declaration in favour of the Appellant his 
son John And his having before made Provision for his other 
Children that Two Receipts were Exhibited Dated the i^* of 
March And the 5*'' of April 1758 from Two of the Subscribing 
Witnesses Samuel Langdon And Samuel Haven to the Appel- 
lant as Executor of the Testator that is to say Langdon for his 
Note of £80. o. o Old Tenor Delivered Up to them According 
to the Will And the Other for his Legacy of £20. o. o given him 
thereby : And also a General Release from the Appellant to them 
of all Actions that on the 29*'' of June 1758 the Cause Coming 
on to be heard again in the Said Supreme Court an Objection was 
taken to the Competency of the two Subscribing Witnesses to 
the Will Viz Samuel Langdon And Samuel Haven for that they 
were Legatees in the Will And the Said Supreme Court was 
pleased for that Cause to over Rule their Evidence And to 
Adjudge them to be disqualified to be Witnesses to prove the 
Said Will And therefore did Adjudge that the Said Will so far 
as it Related to the Real Estate of the Testator Should be Dis- 
approved and Disallowed And as to the Sanity of the Testator 
the Judges having been divided in their oppinion gave no Judg- 
ment thereon that the Petitioner Conceiving himself aggrived 
by the Said Sentence of the Supreme Court in disapproving And 
Disallowing the Said so far as it Relates to the Said Real Estate 
And Also by the Said Supreme Courts not proceeding to a Sen- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2O3 

tance in Affermance of the Probate decreed of the Said Will by 
the Said Judge of Probate prayed And was Allowed an Appeal 
to your Majesty in Council from that part of the Said Sentance 
that Adjudges the Said Will so far as Relates to the Said Real 
Estate be disapproved And disallowed, The Petitioner therefore 
prays that the Same may be reversed And that the Said Final 
Sentence of the Judges of probate pronounced in favour of the 
Said Will And Decreeing Probate thereof to the Appellant may 
be Affirmed — The Lords of the Committee in Obedience to 
your Majestys Said Order of Reference this day took the Said 
petition And Appeal into their Consideration And heard all 
partys therein Concerned by their Counsel Learned in the Law 
and do thereupon agree humbly to Report as their oppinion to 
your Majesty that the Court of Probate has no jurisdiction so 
far as the Will Relates to Real Estates And if they had, that 
Samuel Langdon And Samuel Haven are Competent Witnesses 
And ought Not to have been Rejected And that therefore the 
Sentence given by the Supreme Court of Probates on the 29*^ 
of June 1758 Shoud be reversed And Upon the Rest of the Cause 
the Judgment given by the first of Probates on the 29*^ April 
1 758 Affirmed — 

His Majesty this day took the Said Report into Consideration 
And was pleased with the Advice of His Privy Council to Ap- 
prove thereof And to order as it is hereby Ordered that the 
Sentence given by the Supreme Court of Probates on the 29'^ of 
June be reversed And Upon the Rest of the Cause that the Judg- 
ment by the first Court of Probates on the 29*^ of April 1758 be 
Affirmed — Whereof the Governer or Commander in Chief 
of his Majestys Province of New Hampshire for the time being 
and all others whom it may Concern are to take Notice And 
Govern themselves Accordingly. 

Hen ffane 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 25.] 



204 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

EBENEZER TOWLE 1757 BRENTWOOD 

[Warrant, Dec. 28, 1757, authorizing Joseph Godfrey and 
Daniel Beede, both of Brentwood, yeomen, to appraise the es- 
tate of Ebenezer Towle of Brentwood, yeoman, administration 
of which is granted to his widow, AHce Towle.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 5, 1758; amount, £2080. 19. o; signed by 
Joseph Godfrey and Daniel Beede.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £615. 19. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, Z2']']. 10. o; mentions "maintaining two 
Children under 7 years of age from Aug* 24, 1757 to May 30*^ 
1759"; allowed May 30, 1759.] 



SAMUEL BOYNTON 1757 STRATH AM 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Boynton of Stratham, 
blacksmith, granted to Sarah Boynton, widow, Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 409.] 

[Bond of Sarah Boynton of Stratham, widow, with Joshua 
Hill of Stratham and Joshua Gate of Greenland, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 28, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 28, 1757, authorizing Joshua Hill and Nathan 
Hoag, both of Stratham, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 19, 1758; amount, £2416. i. o; signed by 
Nathan Hoag and Joshua Hill.] 



JONATHAN DUSTIN 1757 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Dustin of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Sarah Dustin of Londonderry, widow 
Dec. 28, 1757.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 396.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 205 

[Bond of Sarah Dustin, widow, with John Dow of Plaistow, 
yeoman, and James Paul of Londonderry, husbandman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 28, 1757, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 7, 1758; amount, £93. 19. 9; signed by Oba- 
diah Eastman, Seth Pattee, and Abraham Dow.] 



ROBERT ROWE 1757 KENSINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Robert Row of the Parish of 
Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in newengland 
yeoman * * * 

I 'y I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Apphia Row 
the improvement of the East End of my Dwelling house and the 
seller under said end of said house and the one third part of my 
Barn and the one third part of all my land laying on the west 
Side of the Road that goeth from Kensington to Exeter it being 
five halfe Shears my said wife to have the improvement of what 
is above mentioned so long as Shee Continues my widow and 
no longer and at her Death or Day of marriage then what I have 
Given to my wife to go to those that I shall Give them to in this 
my will ; and I Give my said wife the one halfe of all my Stock of 
Creatures of all Sorts and all the house hold Goods shee Brought 
with her when I married her and all that we Got since wee 
lived together that Shall be in the house at my Decease my said 
wife to have to Despose of as Shee Shall think proper 

2*y I Give and Bequeath to my son Joseph Row forever the 
one halfe of a sixty acre lot laying in the Township of Chester he 
haveing had his portion mostly Given him by Deed 

3ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Jonathan Row forever 
my Dwelling house and seller under it and my Barn and the one 
halfe of my five halfe Shears laying in the parish of Kensington 
laying on the west Side of the Road that leadeth from Kensing- 



206 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ton to Exeter and I Give my said son the one halfe of my salt 
marsh laying in the falls parish and the one halfe of all my stock 
of Creatuers of all sorts and all my implyments of husbandry 

and I Give my said son Jonathan Row all the moveabls that 
was in the house when I married my last wife that I have not 
otherwise Desposed of Before only his mother is to improve as 
Before mentioned he paying as I shall order him in this my will 

4ly I Give and Bequeath to my son moses Row forever the 
one halfe of a sixty acre lot laying in the Township of Chester 
he haveing his portion Given him by Deed. 

5ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Jeremiah Row five pounds 
money old tenor Bills of Credit to be paid to him By my Execu- 
tors within one year after my Decease he haveing had his por- 
tion Given him by Deed 

61y I Give and Bequeath to my son Benjamin Row forever the 
one halfe of my five half Shears laying in the Parish of Kensing- 
ton laying on the west Side of the Road that goeth from Kensing- 
ton to Exeter and the one halfe of my salt marsh laying in the 
falls parish only his mother is to have the improvement of what 
is before mentioned her widowhood and no longer he paying as 
I Shall order him in my will 

7ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Robert Row forever all my 
land laying at Dearhill so Called in the Township of Exeter be it 
more or less Excepting fourscore acres that I have Given my 
son Jeremiah Row by Deed 

Sly I Give and Bequeath to my son Winthrop Row forever 
one hundred acre lot laying in the Township of Chester Buting 
on the north Branch of Exeter River 

9ly I Give and Bequeath to my son Caleb Row forever a 
hundred acre lot so Called laying in the township of Chester it 
being number 43 which lot his father Bought in the year 1757 

loly I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Row forever an 
hundred acre lot in the Township of Chester and laying in that 
Division Called the second hundred acre lots and a meadow 
lot so Called 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 207 

Illy I Give and Bequeath to my son Ephraim Row forever a 
fourscore acre lot laying in the Township of Chester 

I2ly I Give to my four sons namely winthrop Row and Caleb 
Row John and Ephraim Row forever all my part in the Common 
or undivided land in the Township of Chester to be Equally 
Divided Between them and if any one of my above mentioned 
four youngest sons Dye without an heir then the other named 
to have what I have Given him in this my will 

I3ly I Give and Bequeath to my five Granchildren the Chil- 
dren of my Daughter Jane Sweat namely Joseph Josiah Jonathan 
mehetable and sarah Sweats one hundred pounds money to 
paid in Dollors at three pound apiece or in Bills of Credit 
Equal there unto to be paid to them within three years after 
my Decease By my son Jonathan Row 

I4ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Ruth fellows one 
hundred pounds money in Dollors at three pounds apiece or in 
Bills of Credit Equal thereunto to be paid to her By my son 
Benjamin Row within one year after my Decease 

I5ly I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth fellows 
one hundred pounds money in Dollors at three pounds apiece or 
in Bills of Credit Equal thereunto to be paid to her By my 
Executors within one year after my Decease my Executors to 
pay fifty pounds each 

i61y and if there be any thing that I have not Desposed in this 
my will I Give it or them to my Executors and I order my Execu- 
tors to bury me in Decent Christian manner at their Charge 

and I Do Constitute and appoint my two sons namly Jonathan 
Row and Benjamin Row to be my Executors * * * in 
Witness Whereof I the Said Robert Row have hereunto set my 
hand and Seal the Twenty Eighth Day of December: anno: 
Domini: 1757 and in the thirty first yeare of the Reign of King 
George the second &c 

Robert Row 

[Witnesses] Ezekiel Dow, Benja prescott, Joseph Tilton. 
[Proved March 25, 1761.] 



208 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, March 31, 1761 ; amount, £35,108. 2. 4; signed by- 
Philemon Blake and William Parker. 1 



BENJAMIN AKERMAN 1757 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God, Amen. The last will and Testament of 

Benjamin Akerman I Benjamin Akerman of Portsmouth in the 

Province of New Hampshire being Sick and Weak in Body 
* * * 

Item To my Beloved wife Mary I give the house I now live 
in with the Slaughter house and Gardens with all my moveables 
during her naturall life which is to be in Steed of her thirds — 

Item To my son Benjamin his heirs and Assigns I give my 
house Orchard Lands and Tanyard At Islington so Called that 
was Kirks, togather with that Lot of Land at Barrington that 
was my Origanal Right — 

Item To my Son Simeon and his heirs and Assigns I Give my 
lot of Land on Pickerins neck that Lays between a Lot belonging 
to Thomas Packer Esq"" & Cap* Luke Mills 

Item To my Two Sons Nahum and Josiah, their heirs & As- 
signs I Give after the decease of my wife the house I now live in 
With the Gardens & Land adjoyning my Slaughter house and 
Garden and the Land thereto adjoyning to be Equally between 
them. 

Item To my Three Sons viz* Simeon Nahum and Josiah and 
their heirs and Assigns I Give all my Orchard Mowing Land and 
pasture Land in Portsmouth Laying towards or near Sagamores 
Creek — In Equal Shares between them togather with all the 
Residue of my Lands at Barrington in Equal Shares — 

Item To my Four daughters viz* Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, and 
Hannah I Give One hundred Pounds old Teno Each to be paid 
by my Executors — 

Item, All the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate after 
the payment of my Debts Legacies and bequests, I give to my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 209 

Two Sons viz Nahum & Josiah their heirs and Assigns in Equal 
Shares — 

And I do Appoint My Two Sons Benjamin and Simeon to be 
Executors * * * And for the Confirmation of all before 
written I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the Thirty first day 
of December in the 31^* Year of his Majestys Reign Annoque 
Domini 1757. 

Benj* Akarman 

[Witnesses] Rob* Stokell, John Marshall, Cutts Shannon. 
[Proved Jan. 25, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 25, 1758, authorizing John Shackford and Cutts 
Shannon, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the es- 
tate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 31, 1758; amount, £16,801. 6. 9; 
signed by John Shackford and Cutts Shannon.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £1228. 6. 9, 
personal estate; expenditures, £1097. 9. o; allowed Dec. 26, 1759.] 



SAMUEL SEARLES 1758 NASHUA 

In the Name of God Amen, the Seventh Day of January anno 
Domini 1758 I Samuel Searl of Dunstable in the Province 
of New Hampshire Yeoman, being very sick & weak of 
Body * * * 

Item; I Give & Bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Lydia 
Searl the use & improvement of one full third Part of all my 
Real Estate during her natural Life ; & all the Household goods & 
furniture that my said wife brought with her to my Estate, & a 
good milched Cow in the room of that Cow that she brought 
with her to my said Estate, the s"* Goods to made as good as 
when I received them. 



2IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give & Devise to my Son Samuel Searl & his Assigns 
forever all my Real Estate Lands Meadows & Buildings; Except 
the use & improvement given to my Wife as afores<^ he my said 
Son paying all my Just Debts & Funeral Charges & Legacy 
herein after given to my Daughter Mary Searl; and I also give 
my said Son the rest & Residue of my personal Estate, besides 
what is given to my wife afores^ — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Searl the Sum 
of twenty five Pounds Sterling money of Great Briton, the one 
half of the s^ Sum to be paid to her at her age of Eighteen years 
& the other half, at her age of twenty one years ; and I also give 
to my said Daughter all the Household Goods & Furniture that 
her own Mother Mary Searl brought to my Estate & also such 
as belonged to her Grand Mother Elizabeth Butterfield that 
her said Mother Mary Searl had ; notwithstanding the Personal 
Estate before herein given to my said Son ; 

And I do make Ordain & appoint Ephraim Adams of Dun- 
stable in the Province of New Hampshire my sole Execu- 

his 
Samuel + Searl 
mark 
his 
[Witnesses] Benjamin Thomson, John fletcher, John + Searl. 

Mark 
[Proved June 7, 1758.] 

[Mary Searles, widow, accepts the provisions of the will May 
26, 1758; witnesses, Eleazer French, Jacob Adams.] 

[Inventory, attested May 31, 1758; amount, £4445. 6. o; 
signed by Phineas Lund, Daniel Searles, and William Lund.] 

[Mary Searles of Dunstable, minor, makes choice of Thomas 
Lund of Dunstable as her guardian Nov. 24, 1758; witnesses, 
John Searles, Jonathan Lovewell.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2X1 

[Guardianship of Mary Searles, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Samuel Searles, granted to Thomas Lund of 
Dunstable Dec. 4, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 123.] 

[Bond of Thomas Lund, with John Lovewell and John Searles 
as sureties, all of Dunstable, in the sum of £1200, Dec. 4, 1758, 
for the guardianship of Mary Searles; witnesses, Joseph Whiting, 
Jonathan Lovewell.] 



JOSHUA JACKSON 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Joshua Jackson of Ports- 
mouth granted to Nathaniel Jackson, cordwainer, and Samuel 
Jackson, joiner, Jan. 13, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 416.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Jackson and Samuel Jackson, with Jere- 
miah Libby, housewright, and Mark Hunking, mariner, as 
sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £1000, Jan. 13, 1758, 
for the administration of the estate of Joshua Jackson, their 
brother; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Inventory, attested March 2"] , 1758; amount, £1902. 4. 6; 
signed by George Marshall and Thomas Peirce.] 

[Account of the administrators of the estate of Joshua Jackson, 
blacksmith; receipts, £839. 15. 4, personal estate; expenditures 
the same; mentions a son; allowed Dec. 31, 1760.] 



NOLAR MARTIN 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Nolar Martin of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to Elizabeth Martin, widow, Jan. 24, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 417.] 



212 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Elizabeth Martin, with William Hooker, joiner, and 
John Banfill, yeoman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 24, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, David Sewall, Elizabeth Adams.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 24, 1758, authorizing Thomas Bickford, school- 
master, and William Hooker, joiner, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 20, 1759; amount, £579. 19. o; signed by 
Thomas Bickford and William Hooker.] 

[Claims of the administratrix against the estate from Dec. 14, 
1754, to Dec. 20, 1758; amount, £1310. 16. o; mentions board of 
two children for four years.] 



BENJAMIN TOWLE 1758 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen the Thirteenth day of February 
1758 I Benjamin Towle of Hampton in the Province of New- 
Hampshire in New England Husbandman being Weak in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Sarah 
Towle the Improvement of the East half of my Dwelling House 
And Barn dureing Life, and all my moveables in my House And 
one half of my Stock of Cattle horses Sheep & Swine forever And 
also one Third of my Real Estate dureing Life 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Son Benjamin Towle the West 
half of my Dwelling House And one half of my Barn And the 
Other half of my Said House & Barn I give unto my Said Son 
After the Deceas of my Said Wife And one half of all my Estate 
in Hampton Both real & Personall to Improve dureing Life and 
then to go to Rebeckah Towle the Wife of Said Benjamin to 
Improve till my Grand Son Jacob Towle Shall come to the age of 
Twenty one Years And then to go to Said Jacob & to Assigns 
forever 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Son Elisha Towle my House & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 213 

Barn where he now lives & one Half of All my Estate in Hamp- 
ton both Real & Personall to him & his Assigns forever 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Grand Son John Sleeper my 
right of Land in Cantabury to him & to his assigns forever — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Page Thirty 
Pounds Old Tenor to be raised & levied out of my Estate & Paid 
by my Son Benjamin 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Tabathy Tuck 
Thirty Pounds Old Tenor to be raised & levied out of my Estate 
and paid by my Son Elisha 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Patience Hobbs 
Thirty Pounds Old Tenor to be raised & levied out of my Estate 
And Paid by my Son Benjamin 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Hapzabah Page 
Thirty Pounds Old Tenor to be raised & levied out of my Estate 
& Paid by my Son Elisha 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Clififord Thirty 
Pounds Old Tenor to be raised & levied out of my Estate & paid 
by my Sons Benjamin & Elisha 

I give & Bequeath to my Sons Benjamin Towle & Elisha 
Towle All my Estate that is not mentioned in this Will 

I Likewise constitute make & ordain my Sons Benjamin 
Towle & Elisha Towle and my Son in Law John Page to be my 
Executors * * * 

his 
Benjamin + Towle 
Mark 

[Witnesses] John Weeks, James Leavit, Sambon Chandler. 

[Proved June 2y, 1759.] 

[Warrant, June 27, 1759, authorizing Joshua Lane, cord- 
wainer, and James Leavitt, yeoman, both of Hampton, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 29, 1759; amount, £7110. i. o; 
signed by Joshua Lane and James Leavitt.] 



214 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Province of New H amps' 

Whereas by an Act of the General Assembly of Said Province 
Entitled "An Act for making Partition of Certain Lands therein 
mentioned" among other things it is Enacted that there be five 
freeholders in this Province appointed and authorized they or 
any three of them to make Partition of Said Lands; Part of 
which Lands Refered to in said act are Certain Lands in Hamp- 
ton Devised to Elisha Towle, and Benjamin Towle in Common 
by their father Benjamin Towle late Deceas'd — 

In Pursuance of which Act we the Subscribers have Under- 
taken to make Partition And Division of said Lands between 
the said Elisha and Benjamin, and having given Due Notice to 
all Parties Concern'd Agreeable to the Direction in said act, We 
have made the Partition And Division to Each to hold in Sever- 
alty as follows viz* of that tract of Land which lyes on the 
Notherly Side of the Road where the Dwelling Houses of the said 
Elisha and Benjamin Stand Containing in the whole about one 
hundred forty three acres we have set off to the Said Elisha the 
Easterly Part where his Dwelling House Stands to begin at a 
Stake set up by the Road near a pair of Barrs and from thence to 
Run to the Southeasterly Corner of Elkins's land and the Said 
Elisha to have all to the Eastward of this line which is about 
fifty acres & three quarters: also we have set off to the Said 
Elisha a Piece on the Notherly Side of the Spruce Swamp Con- 
taining About thirteen acres — being fifty four Rods and three 
Quarters on the Easterly Side and fifty one Rods and one Quarter 
on the Westerly side Bounded on the Westerly Side by a Red 
Burch Spotted and on the Easterly Side by a Spruce tree Spotted 
as is Described in the Plan herewith annexed ; also a Small Lott or 
Share Containing About three quarters of an acre lying at the 
Northwesterly Corner of the abovementioned Piece at the Spruce 
Swamp. — and all the Remainder of that tract of Land lying on 
the Notherly Side of the Road aforesaid we have set off to the 
said Benjamin Towle in Severalty and also a Small Lott or 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 215 

Share Containing about one acre on the Notherly side of the 
Spruce Swamp. — ■ 

Also we have Divided One Other Piece of Land lying on the 
Southerly side of the aforesaid Road Containing in the whole 
forty Six acres and a half and twenty one Rods as follows viz* 
We have set ofif to the said Elisha the Northeasterly Part Con- 
taining twenty Eight acres and twenty one Rods ; and to the said 
Benjamin the Southwesterly part Containing Eighteen acres and 
a half, The Dividing line between said parts is as follows to begin 
at a Stake set up Sixteen Rods and a half from the Corner by 
the backway And from said Stake to Run across said land to a 
Red Burch Spotted at the Southeasterly Side of said Piece of 
land as Described in the Plan herewith annexed. Also we have 
Divided Sundry Pieces of Marsh between the said Elisha and 
Benjamin as follows viz* To the said Elisha a small Piece near 
the Beach Containing two acres and thirty two Rods Described 
in the Plan by the letter A Also one other Piece near Browns 
mill Containing two Acrfes and thirty two Rods Described in the 
Plan by the letter D, also one Other piece near Pine Island Con- 
taining One acre Described in the Plan by the letter F, also one 
other piece on the Beach Containing about three quarters of An 
Acre Described in the Plan by the letter G And to the said 
Benjamin we have set off a Piece of Marsh near the Beach Con- 
taining one acre and three quarters being one half of what is 
Described in the Plan by the letter B the other half belonging to 
Other persons, also one other piece of marsh near the beach 
Cassway Containing three acres and four Rods Described in the 
Plan by the letter C also one other Piece near Browns mill Con- 
taining one hundred and one Rods Described in the Plan by the 
letter E. And this we make as Our Return of the Partition and 
Division of the Sundry Pieces of land and Marsh beforemen- 
tioned this fourth Day of June Anno Domini 1760 — 

Meshech Weare 
Jonathan Tilton 
James Leavit 



2l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Whereas the whole of The Lands belonging to the Said Elisha 
and Benjamin Towle, Devised to them in Common by their 
father Benjamin Towle Deceas'd which are Refer'd to in the 
beforementioned act Are Not Contained in the foregoing Re- 
turn; and James Leavett, who assisted in making the Division 
of what is beforementioned being unable to assist in Dividing the 
Remainder; We the Subscribers three of the Committee Ap- 
pointed by the aforesaid Act Have Divided the Remainder 
(haveing Given Due Notice to all Parties Concern'd) which is 
part of a Lott or Share In the Second North Division so Called 
In Hampton lying on the Easterly Side of the Road near the 
Dwelling House of m"' Jonathan Page five Acres of which Lott 
having before been Sold to said Jonathan Page at the Notherly 
End the whole width of the Lott : we have Divided the Remain- 
der of said Lott Containing thirteen Acres and twenty Seven 
Rods to the said Elisha and Benjamin Equally to hold to Each 
in Severalty Namely to the Said Elisha the Westerly half and to 
the said Benjamin the Easterly half the Division being made 
Lengthways of the Lott And the bounds of the Division being a 
Red Ash tree Spotted on four Sides in the middle of the Lott by 
said Page's five Acres at the Notherly End and a Stake in the 
middle of the Lott at the Southerly End. And This we make as 
Our Return this fourth Day of September Anno Domini 1760 
A Plan of which Lott and Division is herewith Returned. — 

Meshech Weare 
Josiah Sanborn 
Jonathan Tilton 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by Elisha Towle; 
receipts, £1607. 7. 9^2, personal estate; expenditures, £1560. 
14. I ; mentions "paid to Jonathan Tuck his Legacy .... John 
Page his D° . . . . Thomas Page his D° . . . . Patience Hobbs 
her D° . . . . William Clifford his D°"; allowed Feb. 27, 1765.] 



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DANIEL DOW 1758 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Dow of Salem, yeo- 
man, granted to Nathaniel Dow of Salem, yeoman, Feb. 14, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 506.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Dow, with Andrew Balch, gentleman, and 
Peter Merrill, blacksmith, as sureties, all of Salem, in the sum of 
£2000, Feb. 14, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Joshua Thorndike, Ephraim Woodbury.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 14, 1758, authorizing John Hall, Jr., yeoman, 
and Daniel Massey, both of Salem, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 9, 1758; amount, £1586. 15. o; signed by 
John Hall, Jr., and Daniel Massey.] 



SAMUEL STACKPOLE 1758 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Stackpole of Somers- 
worth granted to Philip Stackpole of Somersworth, yeoman, 
Feb. 22, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 435.] 

[Bond of Philip Stackpole, with John Hall of Somersworth, 
yeoman, and Samuel Hall of Portsmouth, tanner, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, Feb. 22, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Sargent Currier.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 22, 1758, authorizing James Hobbs, gentle- 
man, and Daniel Goodwin, yeoman, both of Somersworth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested April 25, 1758; amount, £2693. 7. o; 
signed by James Hobbs and Daniel Goodwin.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 221 

TIMOTHY DAVIS 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

The Deposition of Joseph Moulton Aged Seventy two & of 
Abigail his wife Aged Seventy Years & of Jeremiah Libbey Aged 
Sixty Nine Years all of Portsmouth in the Province of New 
Hampshire in New England these Deponents Testifie that they 
knew & are well Acquainted with Timothy Davis of Berwick in 
the County of York in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay 
who is the Reputed son of Timothy Davis Late of Portsmouth 
aforesaid Deceased who was the Reputed son of Timothy Davis 
formerly of said Portsmouth who died near about Forty Years 
ago That the said Timothy first named was the Eldest son of the 
said Timothy his father born in s^ Portsm" as was also his father 
& was the Eldest son of his Father That the said Persons were 
Born in said Portsm° as aforesaid were brought up there & lived 
in the Neighbourhood of these Deponents That the Said Tim- 
othy Davis the Eldest who Deceased so long ago lived in Ports- 
mouth aforesaid but was Reputed to have been Born in Wales 
being Commonly Called a Welsh Man & it was Commonly said 
in his time that he had an Estate in some part of Wales That he 
Died in said Portsmouth Leaving Several Children with whom 
these Deponents were well Acquainted of Which the Second 
Timothy above named was the Eldest That all the s^ Timothys 
followed the Trade of a Joiner & farther say not 

Joseph Moulton 
Abigail Moulton 
Jeremiah Libbey 
[Attested March i, 1758.] 

[Province Deeds, vol. 55, p. 308.] 

[See estate of Timothy Davis, 1736, vol. 2, this series, p. 609.] 



PHILIP FLANDERS 1758 CHESTER 

[Hannah Flanders renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Philip Flanders of Chester, March 2, 1758, in favor 



222 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of Lieut. Samuel Roby of Chester, she having no children of age; 
witnesses, Samuel Emerson, Nathaniel Emerson.] 

[Administration granted to Samuel Roby of Hampton Falls, 
gentleman, March 21, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 453.] 

[Bond of Samuel Roby, with Samuel Emerson of Chester and 
Josiah Batchelder of Hampton Falls, yeoman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, March 21, 1758, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, March 21, 1758, authorizing Andrew Craige and 
John Webster, both of Chester, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 19, 1758; amount, £794. o. o; signed by 
Andrew Craige and John Webster.] 

[Commission, June 28, 1758, to Samuel Emerson and John 
Webster, innholder, both of Chester, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[List of claims, March 26, 1759; amount, £467. 5. 4; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and John Webster.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £764. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £484. 2. 8; allowed April 25, 1759.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £634. 11. 2; amount 
distributed, £279. 17. 4; allowed May 5, 1759.] 



JOEL JUDKINS 1758 BRENTWOOD 

In The Name of God Amen This Eleventh Day of March one 
Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Eight I Joel Judkins of 
Brintwood in our Province of New Hamp' In New England 
Yeoman Being Sick of Body * * * 

Imprimas I give and bequeath To my Son Joseph Judkins The 
one half of all my Real Estate that I have not allredy Disposed 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 223 

of in Brintwood or Else where Except The Lott before my Dwell- 
ing house on y*' South westerly Side of the High way that Leads 
to Crawles falls adjoyning on Thomas Chritchets Land ; and The 
Little Lott by the Pond on the northeasterly Side of said high 
Way and the orchard on the northerly Side of the high way 
aforsd — att the Southeasterly End of the house Containing 
aboute Two acers The three peaces afors*^ Joseph is to have no 
parte of and all three Peaces Contain aboute five acers and an 
half Takeing in y« Barn House and Well — which Samuel is to 
have with y other half of all 

Item I Give and bequeath To my Son Samuel Judkins the 
House Barn well and Three Peaces of Land Last mentioned over 
and above the one half of my Estate afors^ and the one Half of 
the Remaining Parte of my Estate To be Equally Divided Be- 
tween him & his Brother Joseph Provided and upon Conditions 
that they and Each of Them Submitt to the primises And Pre- 
form the duties hereafter Injoyned them and my will is that 
Joseph & Samuel Shall have the Stears Equally Betwen them 
and that the old farrow Cow to be fated att Samuels Cost for 
Beaf for the famely this fall & to be killd & Equally Divided Be- 
twen His mother my wife and his Sister Sarrah my Daughter 
& him and my will is that Joseph Shall have all my wareing ap- 
parel 

Item I give and bequeth to my Wellbeloved wife Anna Jud- 
kins The Privelidge of Living in my house with Samuel my Son 
and Daughter Sarah as Long as She Remains my widow and my 
will is that If Samuel Sees good to pull Down the house it being 
old and Sett up an other in y« place for y« use of his mother & 
Sarah as aforsd he may Do it allso I give to my wife one Cow to 
be kept winter and Summer for her use as Long as She Remains 
my widow by Joseph & Samuel 

Allso I Give to my wife my best fether Bed and Beding Be- 
longing Thereto as Long as She Remains my widow and the one 
half of all my movebales within Doors which half y^ Bed afors*^ 
is parte of to be for her use as Long as She Remains my widow as 



224 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

afors*^ after that to Returne to my Daughters Mary Bean abigail 
Gorden & Rebeca Lord 

Allso I Give To my Daughter Sarah Judklns The use of the 
other half of my moveabls within Doors for Ever If She Should 
marey If not no Longer then her Life time & allso one Cow and 
Two Sheep To be kept Intirely for her use as Long as She Liveth 
and on married as afors<^ winter & Summer By my Two Sons as 
afors^ they to be at Equall Cost therein and If She marries to be 
hers for Ever and allso a privelige of Liveing In the house on the 
Same Terms of her mother: and in Case She Should not marey 
the Cow & Sheep to Returne To Joseph and Samuel att her 
Decase and the movebals afors*^ to Returne To my three Daugh- 
ters To witt Mary Bean abigail Gorden & Rebeca Lord or their 
hairs 

Item I Give and bequeth To my Daughter Mary Bean one 
hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid by my Son Joseph Judkins 
in Two Years after my Decase or her hairs If She Should not 
Live to y* time 

Item I Give To my Daughter abigail Gorden one Hundred 
Pounds old tenor to be paid By Samuel my Son in Two Years 
after my Decase : N : B : I Give and bequeth to my wife all That 
is before or after mentiond in this will Provided and on Condi- 
tions She aquits her Thirds of my Estate and not Else 

Item I Give to my Daughter Rebeca Lord one Hundred 
Pounds old Tenor to be paid By Samuel my Son in Two years 
and an half after my Decase : and my Son Samuel to pay Sarah 
one Hundred pounds old Tenor att marige Day over & above her 
maintainenc afors*^ 

Item I Give to Jonathan Judkins my Grand Son the Son of 
Zecheriah Judkins my Son Decas'i Sixty pounds old Tenor to be 
paid when he is Twenty one years of age If he Lives To it In Lue 
of his fathers Portion his father haveing had his Portion allredy 
By Joseph & Samuel Equally 

Item I give to my Grand Daughter Rebecca Judkins Daughter 
To my Son Zecceriah Judkins afors"^ Decs'^ Ten pounds old tenor 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 225 

To be paid when She arives to y« age of Eighteen years by my 
Sons afors** 

Item I give to abigaill Hutchenson Daughter of John Huchen- 
son of Iping Ten pounds old tenor to be paid when She arives to 
the age of Eighteen years By my Sons afors*^ allso my will is that 
my wife and Sarah my Daughter Shall Have an Honourable 
maintainance out of my Estate and that my Two Sons Joseph 
and S^^ Aforesaid Shall find and Suply Them with all Things 
Comfortable and Nessessary for their Suport Dureing the time 
thay Remain unmaried and to keep my wife Two good Sheep for 
her use & profits winter and Sumer for The Term afors"^ and that 
my wife an Daughter aforsd Shall Have Two thirds of the appels 
that Grow in the orchards that is one third a pace During y* 
Term afors"^ and the Privilige of Some good Spots of Land If 
thay See fitt to Improve it for Sowing of flax and good Garden or 
Gardens where thay Chuse it Dureing S'^ Term and allso the 
mare To be for all their use as they Shall have ocation and allso 
that my wife Shall have the privelige to keep a Swine She now 
hath of her own Dureing S*^ Term and my will Is that all my 
Just Debts and funerall Charges Shall Be Paid oute of my Estate 
By my Two Sons Joseph and Samuel Equally and the Estate be- 
formentioned that is y« Lands To be Equally Divided betwen 
my Two Sons afors<^ Except The three Small peaces before Ex- 
cepted which are my Son Samuels as afors"* and they the Said 
Joseph and Samuel To hold S'^ Lands to them and their hairs 
for Ever and I Do Hereby make ordain and Appoint my well 
Beloved and Trusty friend James Bean of Brintwood and Prov- 
ence aforesaid yeoman Sole Executor * * * 

Joel Judkins 

[Witnesses] Thomas Critchet, Anne Critchet, John Sleeper. 
[Proved May 31, 1758.] 

[Warrant, May 31, 1758, authorizing John Sleeper and 
James Dudley, both of Brentwood, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.! 



226 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, June 28, 1758; amount, £4061. o. 6; signed by 
John Sleeper and James Dudley.] 

[Account of the executor; receipts, £1811. o. 6, personal estate; 
expenditures, £572. 4. 6; allowed Aug. 29, 1759.] 

[Guardianship of Jonathan Judkins, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Zachariah Judkins of Brentwood, yeoman, 
granted to Jonathan Smith of Brentwood, cordwainer, March 

^1^ I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 203.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Smith, with James Proctor of Kingston, 
blacksmith, and John Sleeper of Brentwood, trader, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, March 27, 1759, for the guardianship of 
Jonathan Judkins; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 



JOHN BRACKETT 1758 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God amen, the Seventeenth Day of March in 

the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty 

Eight I John Bracket of Greenland in the province of Newhamp- 

shire in Newengland Gentlman Being very week in Body 
* * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Granddaughter Mary 
Bracket the Daughter of my Son Thomas Bracket Late of Green- 
land afore Said Deceased a peace of Land Laying in Greenland 
aforesaid Between the Road that Leads to hampton and the 
Road that that Leads to Stratham which peace of Land Contains 
about a quarter of an acre be the Same more or Less it being one 
half within Said Bounds the other half thereof is owned by my 
Brother James Bracket and if my Said Granchild Should Dye 
without Lawfull Issue the Said premesses Shall Return to my Son 
Joshua Bracket I haveing alrady Given to my Said Son Thomas 
Bracket Deceas'^ his portion of my Estate by a Deed of Gift 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well Beloved wife Elisa- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 227 

beth Bracket my negro named pay and my horse and Rideing 
Chair and one third of my Estate Dureing her Nauteral Life 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son George Bracket his 
heirs and assigns for Ever all the Land madow ground Thatch 
Ground and fiats that I have in Greenland afore s'^ and in 
Stratham in Said province with all Buildings privelages and 
appurtinances Standing and Being thereon Exepting the Land 
Marsh and flats I Bought of Coffin — 

I also Give unto my Said Son George Bracket his heirs and 
assigns the one half of my part of the Sawmill Standing at a 
place Called wadleghs falls in Durham in Said province with all 
the priveladges and appurtinances there unto Belonging and 
also one half of my Land in Nottingham in Said province that I 
have in partnership with Samuel Bracket James Bracket and 
Issa foss also all my Stock of Cattle Sheep horses Swine Exepting 
one horse alrady Given to my wife and all my Utancials for 
husbandarey and all my wareing Cloaths and my Clock and if 
my Said Son Should Dye without LawfuU Issue then the Said 
premesses Shall Return To my Surviveing Childred Equally to 
be Devided among them 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Benning Bracket his 
heirs and assigns for Ever and my Land marsh and flats I have in 
Stratham afore Said that I Bought of peter Coffin and also 
Seventy acers of Land in Newmarket in Said province that I 
Bought of Joseph Smart be the Same more or Less also the other 
half of my part of the Sawmill Standing on wadleighs falls So 
Called in Derham afore Said with all priveladges and appurti- 
nances thereunto Belonging and all the Land I have in Durham 
and Newmarket afore Said in a Grant of Land Called Simonses 
Grant and also that Twenty acres of Land in Durham afore Said 
that Abner Coffin is Now in possession of or the Money Said 
Coffin Shall pay for the Redemcion thereof and the other half of 
My Land in Nottingham afore Said that I have in pertnership 
with Samuel Bracket James Bracket and Isaac foss — • I also 
Give unto my Said Son Benning Bracket one yoak of oxen Two 



228 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Cows Eight Sheep and one horse to be paid and Delivered unto 
him by my Son George Bracket when my Said Sun Benning 
arives to the age of Twenty one years and Two Chains one Ring 
and Staple and a New plow and plow iorns if he Dyes without 
Lawful Issue Said premesses to Return to my Surviveing 
Children 

Item I Give unto my Son Joshua Bracket Two Thousand 
pounds money Equal to the present Currincy of old Tenor at 
this Time to be paid unto him by my Son George Bracket within 
Six months after my Decease and also M'' Henrys works upon 
the Bible in five voloms — and a mare that he Calls his and one 
Cow and my Long Gun that was my fathers 

Item I Give unto My Son John Bracket Sixty pounds Money 
Equal to the Currincy of old Tenor at this Time yearly to be paid 
him by my Son George Bracket Dureing the Time of my Said 
Son Johns Nauteral Life 

Item I Give unto my four Sons Joshua John George and Ben- 
ning Brackets Each of them a Bad and Bading 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Mary Bracket Six hundred 
pounds money Equal to the Currincy of old Tenor at this Time 
To be paid unto her by my Son George Bracket within Twelve 
months next after my Decease and one half of all my Indore 
household Goods not alrady Desposed of to be Delivered to her 
at my wifes Decease 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Elisabeth Bracket Six hundred 
pounds Equal to the Currincy of old tenor at This Time to be 
paid to her by my Son George Bracket within Twelve months 
next after my Decease and one half of all my Indore house hold 
Goods Not alrady is not Desposed of to be Delivered unto her at 
my wifes Decease 

Item I Give and bequeath unto My four Sons and Two Daugh- 
ters viz Joshua John George Benning Mary and Elisabeth 
Brackets theire heirs and assigns all my out Lands not alrady 
Desposed of Laying in Nottingham Ipsom and Bow all within 
Said province To be Equley Devided Between them 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 229 

Item I Give unto My Son George Bracket all my money 
bonds Notes and Debts and all my Trooping furnitior — 

Item I Do hereby apoynt and or Dain my well Beloved wife 
Elisabeth Bracket and My Trusty Son George Bracket My Sole 
Executors * * * 

John Brackett 

[Witnesses] James Brackett, nathanil watson, waldron kinnison. 
[Proved Feb. 28, 1759.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Brackett, widow, and George Brackett, 
yeoman, with William Weeks, gentleman, and James Brackett, 
yeoman, as sureties, all of Greenland, in the sum of £1000, 
Feb. 28, 1759, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William 
Parker, John Dennett.] 



JEREMIAH BROWN 1758 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this twentieth Day of March In the 
year of Our Lord Christ Seventeen hundred and fifty Eight, I 
Jeremiah Brown of Hampton-falls in the Province of New 
Hampshire in New England Yeoman * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my wellbeloved Wife Mary The 
Use Income and Improvement of One half of my Dwelling House 
and one half of my Barn And One half of my Place where I now 
live viz* of the Mowing, Orchard, Pasture, & Planting Land 
Also the Use of my Horse, And two Cows and four Sheep to be 
Provided Out of my Stock of Creatures, All the foregoing she is to 
have the Use And Improvement of During the time she shall 
Remain my Widow And no Longer I Also Give her All my Hous- 
hold Goods to Dispose of As she Pleases 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Jedediah Brown his 
heirs and Assigns a Lott of Land which I Purchased of Daniel 
Gale lying in the Township of Chester in the Province aforesaid 
Containing by Estimation One hundred Acres, Also the use 



230 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

benefit And Improvement of a Part of my Orchard by the falls 
River so Called which I Purchased of Jonathan Longfellow; 
Namely my said Son Jedediah and my Son Elisha Brown are to 
have the Improvement Equally between them of One half of said 
Orchard Until five years after my Son Jonathan Brown shall 
Come to the Age of twenty one years And no longer — 

Also five Acres of Marsh by Blackwater River so Called which 
I Purchased of my Brother Thomas Brown Also One half my 
Husbandry Tools And two oxen And One Cow to be Deliverd 
to my said Son Jedediah when he shall Come to the Age of 
twenty One years by my Executor 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Brown his 
heirs and Assigns to Come into Possession when he shall Arrive 
at the Age of twenty One Years A Piece of Land Situate in 
Hampton falls aforesaid which I Purchased of Jonathan Long- 
fellow Containing About twenty Acres lying by the falls River so 
Called, Also A Piece of Land lying by Little hill so Called Con- 
taining About twelve Acres, Also five Acres of Marsh which I 
Purchased of David Swett Also two Cows to be Deliverd him 
when he arrives at the Age of twenty one years by my Executor 
my said Son Jonathan having now a yoke of Steers which I 
allow to be his own And he is to have the Liberty of Keeping 
them or Another yoke in their Room Upon my Place untill he 
shall arrive at the Age of twenty One Years and then to take 
them to his own use And further my will is that my Said Son 
Jonathan shall Live And Carry on with his Brother Elisha And 
have his Support out of the Place untill he is twenty one years of 
Age 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Elisha Brown his heirs 
and assigns all my Estate both Real And Personal not Otherwise 
Disposed of And I Order him to Pay all Such Debts as I owe and 
to Receive such As are Due to me And further My will is that my 
Sons Elisha & Jonathan shall Assist their Brother Jedediah about 
Building a House on his Land at Chester by Labouring with him 
to get up the frame and board the Same 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 23 1 

Lastly I do Constitute and Appoint my Son Elisha Brown 
Sole Executor of this my will * * * 

his 
Jeremiah + Brown 
mark 

[Witnesses] Joseph Pearkins, Daniel Chase Green, Paul Green- 
leaf. 

I Jeremiah Brown abovenamed being thro' the Goodness of 
God Yet in the Land of the living and of a Sound Disposing 
mind and Memory this Eighth Day of June Anno Domini 1758 
Do hereby add to my foregoing Will this which follows being 
Desirous to Prevent All Disputes among my Children after my 
Decease Namely my will is and I do hereby Order That in Case 
any thing shall be Recoverd Against my Estate by Any Person 
to whom I have Sold Lands with Warranty on account of the 
failure of my title thereto, that then whatsoever shall be so 
Recoverd shall be Paid and born Equally Among my three Sons 
beforementioned Elisha Jedediah and Jonathan, I having Dis- 
posed of my Estate Among them in such a manner as Renders 
this to be Just and Equal * * * 

The mark of 
Jeremiah + Brown 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Joseph Pearkins, Paul Greenleaf. 
[Proved June 28, 1758.] 

[Mary Brown, widow, accepts the terms of the will and waives 
inventory June 26, 1758.] 

[Bond of Elisha Brown, yeoman, with Meshech Weare and 
Joseph Perkins, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the 
sum of £1000, June 28, 1758, for the execution of the will; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Josiah Hilton.] 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

CHARLES ROWE 1758 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Judith Rowe renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Charles Rowe of Hampton Falls, March 22, 1758, in 
favor of Nathan Rowe of Hampton Falls; witness, Benjamin 
Rowe.] 

[Administration on the estate of Charles Rowe, blacksmith, 
granted to Nathan Rowe, yeoman, March 24, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 454.] 

[Bond of Nathan Rowe, with Meshech Weare of Hampton 
Falls and Noah Emery of Exeter, gentleman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, March 24, 1758, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, John Goffe, Moses Blaisdell.] 

[Warrant, June 28, 1758, authorizing Richard Nason, gentle- 
man, and Elisha Prescott, yeoman, both of Hampton Falls, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 18, 1758; amount, £263. 18. o, personal es- 
tate ; signed by Richard Nason and Elisha Prescott.] 

[Additional inventory, Nov. 25, 1759; amount, £105. o. o; 
signed as above.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £226. 15. 8; signed 
by Richard Nason and Caleb Sanborn; attested Jan. i, 1760.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £370. 8. o, persona 
estate; expenditures, £196. 2. o; allowed Sept. 10, 1760.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £226. 15. o; amount 
distributed, £174. 6. o; allowed Sept. 16, 1760.] 



SAMUEL HUNTRESS 1758 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God, Amen the Twenty Ninth Day of March 
in the Thirty first Year of his Majt«« Reign Anno Domini 1758, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 233 

I Samuel Huntriss of Newington in the province of Newhamp' 
in New England Yeoman knowing my Mortalitie * * * 

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary over and above 
her Dower five Shillings 

Item I give unto my ffive Chilldren Viz* William Solomon 
Joseph Abigail Wife of Phinehas Coalman and Eliz^ the wife of 
Samuel Fabyan ffive Shillings Each — 

Item I give unto my s^ Son William Huntriss two thirds of all 
the land I own in Newington aforesaid where I now Dwell be the 
whole Tract fforty Acers More or less, and all my Oxen Cows 
Horses or Horse kind Sheep Swine that is to Say all my Cattle of 
all kinds Except what I Shall hereafter give by this my last will 
to my Said Son Joseph, Togeather with my Dwelling house 
Barn out houses, orchards, gardens &c with all the Privelidges 
thereof What Soever within Doors and without Except before 
Excepted to him the s^ William Huntriss his heirs and assigns 
for Ever in Fee Simple 

Item I give unto the Chillderin of my Son George Huntriss and 
my Said Son Solomon Huntriss all my Right title Intrest Estate 
and Demand which I have to any lands in the Town Ship of 
Barnstead in the Province aforesaid to be Equally devided be- 
tween them the Said Chillderin of my Said Son George Huntriss 
Deceased and my Son Solomon aforesaid to them the S*^ Chil- 
deren of the Said George and the s<^ Solomon in Severalty and to 
there Several and Respective Heirs and assigns in Fee Simple 
for ever Except it shall so happen that the s*^ Chillderen Shall 
Die before they arive to ffull age in the law or the Said Solomon 
Shall happen to Die with out lawfull Issue of his Body then the 
S<* Device or Devices part or parts of S'^ Lands Shall revert to the 
s^ William and Jos: in the ffollowing Proportion to be justly 
divided between them according to Quantity and quality vizt 
two thirds thereof to the s<^ William Huntriss and one third 
thereof to the Said Joseph Huntriss 

Item I give unto my Said Son Joseph Huntriss the one third 
part of the Said land whereon I now Dwell the whol being fforty 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Acers more or less the Other two thirds of said fforty Acers I 
haveing before in this my last will given to my said Son William 
I also give my said son Joseph one half of that Dwelling house 
wherein my Brother John Huntriss Deceased used to live which 
half was given me by my honoured ffather I also give to my s** 
Son Joseph one good Cow and four Sheep one Dozen of my 
Peauter Plates and two peater Dishes one of the leargest Size the 
Other of the lesser Size 

Item I give unto my two gransons the Sons of my Son Samuel 
Huntriss Deceased fiftve pounds old Tenor money Each if they 
Shall arive to the age of Twenty one years. 

All the Rest and Residue of my Estate wheither real or per- 
sonal I give and bequeath to my aforesaid Will'" Huntriss and I 
doe hereby Constitute and Appoint him my said Son William 
Huntriss Executor * * * 

his 
Sam'i _|_ Huntriss 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Geo Walton, Josiah Downing J% Noah Rawllings. 

[Proved May 20, 1758.] 

[Mary Huntress, widow, acknowledges receipt of one third of 
the personal estate and waives inventory May 22, 1758; wit- 
nesses, James Pattinson, Valentine Mathes.] 



JOSEPH KIMBALL 1758 HAMPSTEAD 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Kimball of Hamp- 
stead, yeoman, granted to his widow, Sarah Kimball, March 30, 
1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 35.] 

[Bond of Sarah Kimball, with John Kent of Hampstead and 
John Dustin of Plaistow, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£2000, March 30, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Ebenezer Kimball, Daniel Little.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 235 

[Inventory, April 22, 1758; amount, £4831. 18. o; signed by 
Daniel Little and John Kent.] 

[Commission, March 28, 1764, to Thomas Little, John 
Ingalls, and Willett Peters, all of Plaistow, yeomen, to set off the 
widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 In obedience to a Warrant to us Directed 
Newhampshear / from the Honor^i^ Richard Wibird Esqr Judge 
of the Probate of Wills &c for said Province 

We Have set of to the Widow sarah Kimball for her Dower out 
of the Reall Estate of her Late Husband Joseph Kimball Late of 
Hampstead yeoman Deceas'' aboute twenty acres of Land where 
the house stands and is bounded at the northeast Corner with a 
stake and stons also a bound of John Kents Land thence westerly 
by his Land aboute forty one Rods to a White oake tree marked 
thence southerly partly by s^ Kents Land and Partly by John 
Ingalls Land and partly by Jonathan Nelsons Land to a Red 
oake stump by the Roade being aboute seventy four Rods thence 
Easterly and Northerly Round by the Roade to the first Bounds 
and also the House on the same and one third of the Barn the 
East End thereof with a Convenient way to the barn and a 
Convenient barn yard 

Dated Hampstead April y« 19: 1764 John Ingalls 

Thomas Little 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £2240. 18. o; expendi- 
tures, £2290. II. 4; allowed Oct. 31, 1764.] 

[Guardianship of Patty Kimball, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Joseph Kimball of Hampstead, granted to 
Sarah Kimball Oct. 31, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 322.] 

[Bond of Sarah Kimball, widow, with Samuel Brown, yeoman, 
as surety, both of Hampstead, in the sum of £500, Oct. 31, 1764, 
for the guardianship of Patty Kimball; witnesses, William 
Parker, William Vaughan.] 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Additional account; receipts, £67. 13. o; expenditures, £27. 
2. 2; mentions "bringing up the Children"; allowed Oct. 26, 

1768.] 

[Administratrix's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £2240. 18. o; expenditures, £3438. 10. 6; allowed Jan. 
26, 1769.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 332.] 



JOHN MERRILL, JR. 1758 BOW 

Portsmouth March 30*'' 1758 — 
To the Hon^^^ Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of Probate for the 
province of New Hampshire. 

The Humble Request of Timothy Walker of pennicook In 
said province, for & In Behalf of the Heirs if Such there are of 
John Merrill of said Pennicook, & for & In Behalf of the Father 
of said Merrill by his Desire, Shews — 

That the said Merrill Was Out in the Army the Last Year, & 
is missing, Whether Dead or alive no one Can tell, & the Wife 
of the said John, your Requester, as well his Father is Informed, 
Calls her self a widow, & has applyed, or will Soon for a Letter of 
Administration on y® Estate of her Husband Jn° Merrill as tho 
Dead, & now Just on the point of Marriage, Wherefore Your In- 
former for & in Behalf of the Heirs, Altho by No Legal authority, 
& for & in Behalf of his Fathar, by his Desire, prays that your 
Honour will not Grant Any Letter of Administration to the wife 
of the said John Merrill ; Untill hes Dead by Law, or otherways, 
Your honour may have farther Intelligence of the facts, or as In 
your wisdom Shall think proper to Act. — 

Timothy walker 

[Administration on the estate of John Merrill of Bow, yeoman, 
granted to his father, John Merrill of Bow, yeoman, Aug. 27, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 480.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 237 

[Bond of John Merrill, with Timothy Walker and John Web- 
ster as sureties, all of Bow, in the sum of £500, Aug. 27, 1760, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, 
Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 21, 1760; amount, £1829. 8. o; signed by 
Richard Eastman and Ezra Carter.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £99. 4. 10^; expendi- 
tures, £128. 18. 4; mentions "Paid the Doctors for Attendance 
on two the Deceased children which died"; allowed May 31, 

1768.] 



RUTH CHASE 1758 LONDONDERRY 

[Bond of Stephen Spaulding of Londonderry, yeoman, with 
Nathan Cross, yeoman, and Samuel Greeley, gentleman, both 
of Nottingham West, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 
31, 1758, for the administration of the estate of Ruth Chase of 
Londonderry, widow; witnesses, William Richardson, Daniel 
Marshall.] 

[Warrant, March 31, 1758, authorizing William Richardson 
of Pelham and Samuel Greeley of Nottingham West, gentlemen, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 13, 1758; amount, £1800. o, o; signed by 
William Richardson and Samuel Greeley, Jr.] 

[Commission, Dec. 12, 1759, to Samuel Greeley, Daniel Mar- 
shall, Reuben Spaulding, Samuel Hill, and Roger Chase, all of 
Nottingham West, to divide the real estate into five shares, a 
double share for the oldest son. On the reverse are the names 
''Abigi Chase Ruth Kelly Mary Kelly Eliz* mar'^sis Dec^ (Doro- 
thy Beetle Abiel Beetle) Joseph Kelly Eldest Son of London'' 
Oliver Saunders of New Salem Roger Chase of Nottingham 
West."] 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Joseph Kelly of Londonderry, yeoman, with Roger 
Chase of Nottingham West and Oliver Saunders of Salem, yeo- 
men, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 14, 1760, to pay the 
other children their shares of the estate of his mother, Ruth 
Chase, as follows: to Abigail Chase, Ruth Kelly, and Mary 
Kelly £62, 10. o each, and to Dorothy Beetle and Abiel Beetle, 
children of Elizabeth Beetle, deceased, who was a daughter of the 
intestate, the share of the said Elizabeth, £62. 10. o, to Dorothy 
when 18 years of age, and to Abiel when 21 ; witnesses, William 
Parker, William Parker, Jr.] 



JOSEPH BLANCHARD 1758 NASHUA 

In the name of God Amen I Joseph Blanchard of Dunstable in 
the Province of New Hampshire * * * 

Item that all my Children under Twenty one Years be Brought 
up taken care of & Educated by & at the Discretion of my Ex"' 
hereafter named, the Expence to be paid out of my real Estate 
Untill Each of them Severally Come to the age of Twenty one 
years & not to be any part of their portion & in as much as my 
Son Joseph Blanchard, in Lands & otherwise hath had advance 
what I Esteem to be Equal to five thousand pound at 3 pound 
ten pr Dollar old Tenor, that there be no further advance for his 
portion untill Each of his Brothers & Sisters has had of Equal 
value — 

And that my Daughter Rebecca the wife of M"^ James Minot 
has had by Deed to her Husband and other ways what I esteem 
to be Equal to four Thousand pounds old Tenor all in Bill of 
New Hampshire the Value Determin'd at three Pound ten Per 
Dollar. 

& that my S*^ Executr^ Divide & Sett off to the remander of 
my Children (viz) Katharine Jon^ Sarah James Jotham augustus, 
& Hannah so much of my real Estate as She Shall at any time 
think fit always to observe that they all Who have not as yet 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 239 

marryed have in Equal proportions untill they have four thou- 
sand pounds old Tenor Each at three pound ten Per Dollar & 
Each Son when he Comes to Lawful age Shall have his Choice as 
to Scituation & that the remander of my Estate real & personal, 
(Except what I hereafter give to my wife) be Divided in Equal 
Shars Amoung all my Children married & unmarried, reserving to 
my Ex'^ full power, in this Last Division to give more or less to 
any Child as they are more or less Dutyful 

Item I give & Bequeath to my Weell Beloved Wife Rebecca 
The Dwelling House I now live in with all the Furniture there 
unto appertaining, The Farm I now live on, Improv'd & Unim- 
proved with all the Building Stock & Tools of Husbandry of 
every Kind there unto Belonging, Likewise my Negro Man 
servant Called Cesar, free from all Incumbrances, to be Solely at 
Her disposal her Heirs & Assigns forever. Like wise my part in 
the Social Library at Portsmouth, All my fire Arms Swords 
Watch & Wearing apparrell & all my Provision of every kind 

Notwithstanding anything before Written I give & bequeath 
unto Elizabeth Parker the Daughter of the Rev*^ M"" Tho: 
Parker of Dracut Two hundred Pound old Tenor at the value of 
the Money the 29 of June Seventeen Hundred fifty five, to be 
paid a year after my Decease 

and my said wife Rebecca Blanchard Depending on her 
tender Care & Equal Affection to all my Children who with 
tender Kindness & reverend Respectful behaviour Carry towards 
her do Committ the aforesaid trust to her & Constitute Ordain 
& appoint her Sole Executrix of this my Last will & Testament : 
Dated April 6*^ in The Thirty first year of his Majestys Reign 
A D 1758 

Joseph Blanchard 

[Witnesses] Zacheus Lovewell, Mathew Thornton, Elias Smith. 
[Proved May 3, 1758.] 

[Bond of Rebecca Blanchard of Dunstable, widow, with James 
Minot, gentleman, and Joseph Blanchard, both of Merrimack, 



240 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

as sureties, in the sum of £5000, May 3, 1758, for the execution of 
the will; witnesses, Katharine Blanchard, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Blanchard of Merrimack, with James 
Blanchard of Dunstable and Oliver Parker of Monadnock No. 7, 
yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 2, 1774, for the 
administration, with will annexed, of the estate; witnesses, 
Samuel Hale, Jr., William Chadbourne.] 

[Inventory, June 15, 1776; lands in Dublin, Stoddard, and 
Fitzwilliam, £185. o. o; signed by Enoch Hale and Samuel 
Moore.l 



THOMAS CANNEY 1758 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen the tenth Day of April in the year 
of our Lord Christ Seventeen hundred and fifty Eight I Thomas 
Canne of Dover in the Province of New Hampshire in New Eng- 
land yeoman being Something Aged & Infirm in body * * * 
(2ly) I Give & Bequeath to My Eldest Son Thomas Canne ten 
acres of Land more or less where he now Dwells also one hundred 
pounds old tenor at my Decease to be paid him by my Said 
Execu^ which with three hundred pounds old Tenor more I paid 
him my Self heretofore which Sums together with what I have 
already Given him is in full of his Portion out of my Estate. 
Item I Give to my Daughter Susanna Hanson one hundred 
pounds old Tenor to be paid her by my Execu"" in three years 
after my Decease. Item I Give to my Daughter Martha Meder 
one hundred pounds old Tenor to be paid her in three years after 
my Decease in Manner aforesaid. Item I Give to my Son 
Benjamin Canne one hundred pounds old tenor to be paid him in 
manner & term afore S^^ which Sum together with what I have 
already Given him Compleats his Portion. Item I Give to my 
Daughter Rose Canne one hundred pounds old tenor to be paid 
her by my Execu' also, one Fether Bed and furniture for the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 24I 

Same also one Iron Pot one Iron Skilott one frying pan & one 
Pewter Platter, together with free & full Liberty of one Room in 
my house to Dwell in and also to have an equal Share or Com- 
fortable Support out of my Real & Personal Estate So long as 
She Shall remain Single & unmarried. Item I Give to my Son 
William Canne one hundred pounds old tenor to be paid him by 
My Said Execu'^ in manner & term aforesaid which with what I 
have already Given him Compleats his Portion. Item I Give to 
my Son John Canne all my homsted farm where I now Dwell 
except a small orchard with the Land whereon it Stands Joyning 
to Ephraim Tibbets's Land &c I likewise give to my Said Son 
John Canne all the Edifices buildings & other orchards thereon 
together with all that tract or tracts of Land of mine on the 
westerly Side of the back River also one Right in the ox Pasture 
So Call'd together with one piece of thatch Bed at or near 
patridge point also one fether bed & furniture for the Same to- 
gether with all my farming Utencels (Viz*) Plows harrows Cart & 
wheels Sleds Yoaks Chains axes &c with all the Iron work in or 
about my house except what I have already Given to my Daugh- 
ter Rose Canne to be to him the S** John Canne his heirs & 
assigns forever he & they Carefully Complying with & paying 
out the above Metioned Debts and Legacies. Item I Give to 
my Grand Son Joseph Canne the within mentioned Small 
orchard with the Land whereon it Stands Joying to Land which 
formerly belonged to Joseph Hall Deceased also to the Land of 
Eph'' Tibbets aforesaid and I Desire that my Son Benj^ Canne 
may have the Care and management of the Same for my S** 
Grand Son untill he is Twenty one years of age. Item I Con- 
stitute & appoint My Son John Canne Sole Executor * * * 

his 
Thomas -f Canne 
Mark 
[Witnesses] Elijah Tuttel, Nathaniel Austin, Alex"" Caldwell. 
April 10*^ 1760 
P : S ; Mem" I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Rose Canne 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

over & above what is mention'd in the foregoeing Will (viz*) one 
Fire Shovel on p' of Tonges and one Tramel. And all the Rest 
& Residue of my Estate Real & personal or of whatever name 
Nature or kind or where Soever the Same is or Shall be found I 
Give & Bequeath to be Divided in equal Shares or proportions 
amongest all my Children * * * 

his 
Thomas + Canne 
Mark 
[Witnesses] Elijah Tuttel, Nathaniel Austin, Alex' Caldwell. 
[Proved June 30, 1762.] 

[Inventory, attested July 27, 1763; amount, £11,518. o. 3; 
signed by Joseph Hanson and Thomas Tuttle.] 



SAMUEL DUDLEY 1758 EXETER 

In the Name of God amen, the Thirteenth day of april an- 
noque Domini one Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Eight I 
Samuel Dudley of Exeter in the Province of Newhampshire in 
New England yeoman being week in body * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Sister Mary Watson one 
hundred Pounds Equal to old tenor bills of Publick Credit to be 
Paid by my Executor out of my Estate. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Sister Elizabeth Dudley one 
hundred Pounds Equal to old tenor bills of Publick Credit to be 
Paid by my Executor out of my Estate. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Sister Sarah Leavit one hun- 
dred Pounds Equal to old tenor bills of Publick Credit to be 
Paid by my Executor out of my Estate. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Sister Marcy Thing one 
hundred Pounds Equal to old tenor bills of Publick Credit to be 
Paid by my Executor out of my Estate. 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Brother Jonathan Dudley of 
Brintwood alias Keenborough in the Province aforesaid all my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 243 

land and orchard lying in Exeter aforesaid, and all my other 
Estate Real and Personal whare Ever it may be found to be his 
his heirs and assigns forever he or they Paying out as above 
mentioned. 

Finally I do hereby Constitute appoint make and ordain my 
brother Jonathan dudley aforesaid my Sole Executor * * * 

his 
Samuel + dudley 
Mark 
[Witnesses] Samuel Blake, Jeremiah Ellsworth, John Purmort. 
[Proved Feb. 28, 1759.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Dudley, with Jeremiah Ellsworth as surety, 
both of Brentwood, in the sum of £500, Feb. 28, 1759, for the 
execution of the will; witnesses, Joseph Newmarch, William 
Parker.] 



JOHN CURRIER 1758 PLAISTOW 

In The Name of God Aman The Last will and Testament 
of John Currier of Plastow In the Provence of New hamsher 
in New england yeaman — Being Very sick and weak in 
Body * * * 

Imprimes I Give unto my son John Twenty acors of Land he 
paying to my Executors one Hundred pounds of silver money of 
the old taner that is to say in Dolers at forty and five shillings per 
Doler also I order my son John to pay to my Executors one 
Hundred pounds of Hamsher money of the old taner that is to 
say to be in Vallew as good as one Hundred pounds old taner is 
at this day and the said Land that I Give to my son John is part 
of the Land that I Now live one and the west End of my Land 
and is bounded as followeth — Begining at the southwest angel 
or Corner with a stake and stones it also being Daniel whit- 
tickers Nortwest corner Bounds of his Land thence a way East- 
erdly By Whittickers Land about Eighty and five Rhods and 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

a haf to a walnut tree marked standing Near the Line of whitick- 
ers Land Thence a way Northerdly about Thirty seven Rhods 
and a haf to a walnut tree marked Near the Line of Theoder 
Adkissons Esq"" Land thence a way westerdly By adkissons Land 
a Bout Eighty five Rhods and a haf to a stake and stones Thence 
a way Southerdly about Thirty seven Rhods and a haf to the 
furst Bounds mentioned; the southwest corner Bounds of this 
Land was Daniel Whittickers origenal Bounds Now Bounds of 
Timothy Lads Land which Land when the money a Bove said is 
paid is the full of his portion as I say out of my Estate Both 
Rael and Personal — 

Item I Give unto my daughter sarah fifty pounds old taner of 
Hampsher money to Be paid to her by my Executors when she 
is Eighteen years of age and the money when paid is to be made 
as good in Vallew as it is at this day : when paid which is as I Say 
her full part out of my Estate Both Rael and personal 

Itam I Give unto my Daughter Rachel fifty pounds old taner 
of New hamsher money or Bills of Creddet to be paid to Her by 
my Executors when she arive to the age of Eighteen and the 
money when paid is to be made as good in vallew as fifty pounds 
old taner is at this day which is as I say her full part out of my 
Estate Both Rael and Personal — 

Itam I Give unto my Daughter mary fifty pounds of Hamsher 
money of the old taner to Be paid to her By my Executors to her 
when she coms to the age of Eighteen and the money when paid 
is to be made as good to her By my Executors as fifty pounds old 
taner is at this day of the date hereof which is as I say her full 
part out of my Estate Both Rael and personal — 

Itam I Give unto my Grand Daughter anne Marbel five 
pounds old taner of Hamsher money to be paid by my Executors 
when she a Rive to the age of Eighteen and the money when paid 
to be made as good as it is at this day which money with what 
I have given her mother here to fore is her full part out of my 
Estate Both rael and personal as I Say 

Itam I give unto my son Daved all my Rael and personal 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 245 

Estate which I have not Expresly Disposed of in this my Last 
will and testament with paying all my just debts — 

Finally I do hereby Nominate and apoint my son Daved and 
M'' Timothy Lad of Plastow to Be my Sole Executors * * * 
In Testimony I do Hereunto set my hand and affix my seal 
the fourteenth day of aprel in the year of our Lord one thousand 
seven Hundred and fifty Eight and in the Thirty furst year of 
his majesties Raign — 

his 
John + Currier 
Mark 
[Witnesses] Moses Page, John Webster junr, Daniel Poor. 
[Proved May 31, 1758.] 

[Warrant, May 31, 1758, authorizing Tristram Knight and 
Jonathan Page, both of Plaistow, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 6, 1758; amount, £4743. i. o; signed by 
Tristram Knight and Jonathan Page.] 



WALTER WEEKS, JR. 1758 GREENLAND 

[Administration on the estate of Walter Weeks, Jr., of Green- 
land granted to Mary Weeks, widow, April 18, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 473.] 

[Bond of Mary Weeks, with Walter Weeks and Abraham 
Dearborn, yeomen, as sureties, all of Greenland, in the sum of 
£1000, April 18, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, April 18, 1758, authorizing Enoch Clark, innholder, 
and James Brackett, yeoman, both of Greenland, to appraise 
the estate.] 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, May 9, 1758; amount, £3050. 4. o; signed by 
Enoch Clark and James Brackett.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £2007. 11. 4, personal 
estate; expenditures, £554. 19. o; mentions "bringing up Walter 
Weeks a minor under seven years of age till this Day" ; allowed 
Sept. 26, 1759.] 

[Additional account of Andrew Wiggin, 3d, and Mary, his 
wife, formerly Mary Weeks, administratrix; receipts, £1759. 3. o; 
expenditures, £587. 10. o; mentions "Maintenance of Walter 
Weeks a Minor from 26 Sepf^ I759 till he was 7 years old being 
228 Weeks"; allowed June 24, 1772.] 



JOHN BUTTERFIELD 1758 NASHUA 

[Mary Butterfield renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, John Butterfield, April 22, 1758, in favor of her 
son, Thomas Butterfield; witness, Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Butterfield of Dun- 
stable, yeoman, granted to Thomas Butterfield of Dunstable, 
yeoman, June 13, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 11.] 

[Bond of Thomas Butterfield, with Ebenezer Harris and 
Thomas Lund, yeomen, as sureties, all of Dunstable, in the 
sum of £500, June 13, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Hannah Dow, Jonathan Lovewell.] 

[Warrant, June 13, 1758, authorizing Jonathan Lund and 
Elnathan Blood, both of Dunstable, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 9, 1758; amount, £4060. 16. o; 
signed by Jonathan Lund and Elnathan Blood.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 247 

[Return of claims against the estate, Dec. i, 1769, one, only, 
being allowed, that of Thomas Butterfield for £3266. 13. 6, or in 
lawful money, £163. 6. 8; signed by Jonathan Lovewell and 
Samuel Roby.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £181. 2. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £35. 13. 9; allowed Feb. 7, 1772.] 

[Settlement of the balance of the estate on Thomas Butter- 
field, sole creditor, Feb. 7, 1772.] 



PELATIAH RUSSELL 1758 LITCHFIELD 

[Administration on the estate of Pelatiah Russell of Litch- 
field, yeoman, granted to Olive Russell, widow, April 22, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 531.] 

[Bond of Olive Russell of Litchfield, with Samuel Moore of 
Litchfield, gentleman, and John Gofife of Derryfield as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, April 22, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Margaret Moore, Sarah Goffe.] 

[Bond of Timothy Underwood, yeoman, with James Pollard, 
gentleman, as surety, both of Westford, Mass., in the sum of 
£500, Dec. 10, 1760, for the guardianship of Pelatiah Russell, 
in his ninth year, son of Pelatiah Russell; witnesses, Gershom 
Fletcher and Andrew Bordman.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



GEORGE LITTLE 1758 PLAISTOW 

The last will and testement of George Little of the town of 
Plastow in the Province of new hamshire in new england yeoman 

Imp"" whereas my son Thomas Little have received his whole 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

portion by deeds of gift I give him five shillings in lawful mony 
of new England 

Item whereas my Son George Little have received his whole 
portion in land and other Species I give him five Shillings in 
lawful money of new England 

Item whereas my Son Ezekil Little have received his whole 
portion in land and other species I give him five shillings in 
lawful mony of New England 

Item I give to my Daughter Edna Ela all my household goods 
that is in my possesion 

Item I give to my son Joseph Little whom I constitute make 
and ordain my whole and sole executor of this my last will and 
testement my dwelling house and all the land and orchard ad- 
joyning to the house being about five acers and all my land on 
the west sid of the road that I have not givend to my son Ezekiel 
bounded as followeth begining at the road at a stake with 
stones about it which is Ezekiel northerly bounds and the runing 
westerly about seventy rods to a stake with stones about it and 
then norwesterly to a stake with stones about it at the corner 
of the rye feild and then notherly to a red oak tree near the 
brook and then runing easterly by the parsonage medow about 
one hundred and sixty rod to the land of Caleb Emersons land 
and then southerly and easterly by said Emersons land to the 
road and then southerly by the road to the bounds first men- 
tioned it being about ninty acers and I give to my son Joseph all 
my estate real and parsonal that is not above given away in this 
my last will and testement: and to receive all the detes that are 
due to me and to pay all the detes that I do owe and legecies 
and also my funeral charges: and this is my last will and teste- 
ment haveing my perfect memory and understanding as witness 
my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of April annoque domini 
one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight 

George Little 

[Witnesses] Eldad Ingalls, Stephen Dole, John Ingalls. 

[Proved July 30, 1760.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 249 

[Bond of Joseph Little, with Eldad Ingalls and Stephen Dole 
as sureties, all of Plaistow, in the sum of £500, July 30, 1760, 
for the execution of the will; witnesses, none.] 



JAMES BERRY 1758 GREENLAND 

[Administration on the estate of James Berry of Greenland, 
yeoman, granted to James Berry of York, Me., and Francis 
Berry of Greenland April 26, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 4.] 

[Bond of James Berry of York, Me., and Francis Berry of 
Greenland, yeoman, with Abner Fogg of North Hampton and 
Paul March of Portsmouth, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, April 26, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, April 26, 1758, authorizing William Haines, Jr., Sim- 
eon Dearborn, yeoman, and Enoch Clark, innholder, all of Green- 
land, to appraise the estate; mentions the administrators as sons 
of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, June 6, 1758; amount, £6953. 6. o; signed by 
Simeon Dearborn, Enoch Clark, and William Haines, Jr.] 

[Account of the administrators; receipts, £682. 6. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £545. 15. o; allowed Sept. 2'], 1759.] 

[Agreement of the heirs, June 25, 1760, to submit all differences 
to Samuel Veasey of Stratham, yeoman, Ebenezer Sanborn of 
North Hampton, gentleman, and Samuel Fabyan of Newington, 
yeoman, for decision; signed by James Berry, Francis Berry, 
Richard Berry, Robert Tufton Philbrook, and Henry Dow in 
behalf of his mother. Charity Dow.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 17, 1761, authorizing Richard Jenness, 3d, of 
Rye, Ebenezer Johnson, William Haines, William Berry, yeo- 



250 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

men, and John Folsom, innholder, all of Greenland, to set off 
the widow's dower.] 

Province of \ By order from the Honb'^ Rich'^ Wibird 
New Hampshire / Judge of the Probate of wills for Said Province 

we the Subscribers have Set off to Eleanor Berry of Green- 
land Wedow her Part of the Estate of her Late Husband James 
Berry Dec*^ viz 

the Land on the west Side of the high way from the house 
begening at Chapmans Land & runing by Said high way twenty 
Rods to a noch in the fence and at the West end of Said Land 
twenty Rods from Land of Joseph Heans Deceased to a white 
Borch tree marked — 

the Land where the house Stands the full one third on the 
North Side twenty five Rods from Chapmans Land by Said 
high way to a noch in y^ fence & twenty five Rods at the East 
End by Land of W" wallas to Bounds in y^ fence 

the one halfe of ten acres by John Heans Land next to Said 
Heans Eight Rods in weadth as the Bounds Stand in the fence 

the north End of the house Lower Room & Chamber with y« 
Small Celer under said house 

also the west End of the Barn ten feet in Length with a priva- 
ladge of the Barn flooer for thrashing 

the Pear tree & Six apple trees in the Grate orchard that is 
marked 

Greenland January 24*^ 1761 Ebenezer Johnson 

Rich*^ Jenness 3<* 
William Berray 

[Commission, March 31, 1761, to Richard Jenness, 3d, of 
Rye, Ebenezer Johnson, William Berry, yeomen, William Weeks, 
gentleman, and John Folsom, innholder, all of Greenland, to di- 
vide the real estate. The committee report against the division, 
and appraise the real estate at £6276. 13. o; signed by Ebenezer 
Johnson, Richard Jenness, 3d, and William Berry.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25 1 

[Additional account of the administrators; receipts, £1646. 
17, o; expenditures, £1514. 4. 4; allowed March 31, 1761.] 

[Warrant, April 6, 1765, authorizing Richard Jenness, 3d, 
and Joseph Brown, yeomen, both of Rye, Levi Dearborn of 
North Hampton, physician, John Folsom, and Enoch Clark, 
both of Greenland, innholders, to divide the real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 408.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant Directed to us the 

New Hampsh"" / Subscribers from the Hon'''* Richard Wibird 
Esq' Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Province to 
Divide the Real Estate of James Berry late of Greenland De- 
ceasd Intestate among the Children of Said Deceased 

i^* To the heirs of William Berry Eldest Son of the aforesaid 
James Berry Deceased two Shares of Land Bounded as follows 
Viz on the West Side of the Highway with Land of the Widow 
Chapman & Land of the Heires of Joseph Haines on the North 
Land of Francis Berry & Joseph Berry on the South & Land of 
Robert Tuftin Philbrick on the West Containing Twenty one 
Acres and a Half as it is Laid out & Bounded also the Barn as it 
Stands on the East Side of the Highway to the aforesaid Heirs 
of William Berry Deceased for their Two Shares — 

2'y Laid out to Francis Berry his Share or part of Land on the 
East Side of the Highway where the House Stands Containing 
ten Acres with Land of the Widow Chapman on the North 
begining at the Widow Chapman Land & Runing by the High- 
way thirteen Rods to a Stake in the Ground & Carrying that 
Bredth of thirteen Rods to William Wallases Land as the Bounds 
now Stands Also the Sixth part of the House as it is Divided — 

3'y Laid out to Priscilla Philbrick her Share or part of Land 
lying on the East Side of the Highway Containing Twenty 
Acres Bounding Northerly on Land of Francis Berry aforesaid 
■& from Said Francis Berrys Land by the Highway Seventeen 
Rods & 2 feet to a Stake in the Ground Carrying that Bredth of 
Seventeen Rods & two feet to Land of William Wallaces as the 



252 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Bounds Now Stands Also the Sixth part of the house as it is 
Divided — 

4'y Laid out to James Berry his Share or part of Land Con- 
taining Eleven Acres on the East Side of the Highway Bounding 
with Land of Priscilla Philbrick on the North & Runing from 
her Land Southerly by the highway Seventeen rods & fourteen 
feet to a Stake in the Ground And Carrying that Bredth of 
Seventeen rods & fourteen feet to Land of William Wallice as 
the Bounds now Stands also the one Sixth part of the House as it 
is Divided — 

5'y Laid out to Richard Berry his part or Share of Land 
Containing twelve acres on the East Side of the Highway 
Bounding with Land of James Berry on the North & Runing 
from Said James Berry's Land Southerly by the Highway 
Twenty two rods & three feet to a Stake in the Ground and 
Carrying that Bredth of 22 rods & 3 feet to William Wallases 
Land, Also the one Sixth part of the House as it is Divided — 

6'y Laid out to Joseph Berry his Share or part of Land Con- 
taining twelve Acres and one half be the Same more or Less 
Bounding Westerly on the above Said Highway Southerly on 
the Highway that Leads to Rye & Easterly on land of William 
Wallice as the Stake Drove in the Ground now Stands, Also 
four acres one Hundred & Twenty rods more or Less on the 
West Side of the Highway Bounding Easterly on Land of 
Francis Berry Northerly on Land Laid out to the Heirs of Wil- 
liam Berry DeC^ Westerly on Land of Rob* Tuftain Philbrick & 
Southerly on the one Acre Laid out to Charity Dow as the 
Bounds now Stands Also the one Sixth part of the House as it is 
Divided — 

7'y Laid out to Charity Dow her Share or part of Land Con- 
taining ten acres Bounding Northerly on Land of John Haines 
Easterly on the Highway & Southerly on land of William Wal- 
laces as Said Ten Acres is laid out & Bounded also one Acre of 
Land on the West Side of the Highway with Land of Francis 
Berry on the East Land laid out to Joseph Berry on the North & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 253 

Land of John Haines on the South — All the aforesaid Pieces 
of Land lying & being in Greenland aforesaid and was the Estate 
of James Berry Late of Greenland Deceased Survayed & Di- 
vided by us this 23^^ Day of April 1765 

Rich^ Jennes 3^ 
Enoch Clark 
John Folsom 
Joseph Brown 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 408.] 



SAMUEL JACKSON 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen The Last will and Testament of 
Samuel Jackson I Samuel Jackson of Portsmouth in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire Joyner being Week in body * * * 

Item I give unto my well beloved wife all that my house and 
Lands where I now Live, and all the Lands I purchased from 
her Father Moore during her Natural Life, and all the Land that 
was my Fathers on the north side the fresh Marsh Creek that I 
am now possed off, I give to her to be Improved by her towards 
the Support of her Children untill the Youngest of them Shall 
arive to the age of Eighteen Years, and all my household goods 
(Except one bed & beding therefor) with my Two Cows & one 
heifer, to be at her own disposall. 

Item I give unto my Sons Joseph Nathaniel Samuel Thomas 
& Richard and to my Daughter Mary (they being Children I 
had by my first wife) all my Land in Kittery in the County of 
York that was part of the Estate of their Grandfather Hill to be 
divided in Equal Shares to be to them their heirs and assigns 
and my will is that if any one or more of my said Children should 
die Intestate under the age of Twenty one Years And his or her 
part not disposed off (if more than Twenty one Years old) his 
her or their part shall be divided to and among the Survivors or 
Survivor of them in Equal Shares. 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item I Give unto my Son Jonathan my Daughters Elizabeth 
Margaret and Sarah after the decease of my wife, all that my 
house and Land where I now live, and all the Land I purchased 
from their Grandfather moore in Equal Shares only the peice of 
flats Grounds to be to Jonathan more than his Share of the whole, 
to be to them their heirs and assigns and if any or either of four 
Last mentioned Children shall die under the age of Twenty one 
Years, or if more than Twenty one Years old Intestate and his 
part not disposed of It shall be Equally divided among the 
Survivors or Survivor of them 

Item I give unto my Son Samuel my Gun that was my Brother 
Joshua's — 

Item I give unto my Son Richard all my working tools — 

Item I give unto my Daughter Mary one bed & beding, it 
being the Same that was her mothers, and all her mothers 
wearing apparrell 

And after my youngest Child is arived to the age of Eighteen 
Years, then it is my will that the Land Lying on the north side 
the fresh marsh Creek in Said Portsmouth, and that I gave my 
wife the Improvement of untill that time, shall be sold by my 
Executor and the money Raised by the Sale thereof shall be 
Equally divided among my Children I had by my first wife or 
in Case of the death of any to be to the Survivor as I mentioned 
by the Lands herein given them and my Executor I impower to 
Sell the Same — 

Item After the Settlement of my Estate by my Executor, 
what of Cash shall Remain in the hands of my Executor I Give 
one third part thereof unto my Beloved wife to be paid her by 
my Executor. I also Give her my Canoe — 

Item The other Two thirds parts of the aforesaid Cash I give 
in Equal Shares to and among my Children I had by my first 
wife, to be paid to the Boyes when, and as they arive to the ageof 
Twenty one Years, and to the Girl when and as She arives to the 
age of Eighteen, and I desire my Executor to take Each Childs 
Share that is under age as aforesaid & put it out to Interist untill 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 255 

they Severally arive to age as aforesaid, and if any or either of 
my Children shall die under the age aforesaid then his her or their 
part of the Said money shall be equally divided among the Sur- 
vivors of them 

Item All the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate if any 
their be I give to be divided among my Children I had by my 
first wife — And I Constitute and Appoint my brother Nathan- 
iel Jackson Sole Executor * * * and In Testimony whereof 
I the Said Samuel Jackson have hereunto Set my hand and Seal 
this Twenty Sixth day of April in the thirty first Year of his 
majestys Reign annoque Domini one thousand Seven hundred 
and fifty Eight 1758 

Samuel Jackson 

[Witnesses] George Marshall, Joseph Davis, Cutts Shannon. 
[Proved May 31, 1758.] 

[Warrant, May 31, 1758, authorizing Samuel Waters and Sam- 
uel Penhallow, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1758; amount, £6104. 15. 5; signed by 
Samuel Waters and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Richard Jackson, minor, aged more than 16 years, son of 
Samuel Jackson, makes choice of Nathaniel Jackson of Ports- 
mouth, cordwainer, as his guardian Sept. 19, 1758; witnesses, 
William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Guardianship of Richard Jackson granted to Nathaniel 
Jackson Sept. 19, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 57.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Jackson, with Michael Whidden, Jr., joiner, 
as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Sept. 19, 
1758, for the guardianship of Richard Jackson; witnesses, Wil- 
liam Parker, David Sewall.] 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2642. 14. i, personal 
estate; expenditures, £2590. 14. i; allowed March 25, 1761.] 



ISRAEL SANBORN 1758 NEWMARKET 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty ninth Day of April 
1758 I Israel Samborn of Newmarket in the Province of New- 
hampshire Black Smith Being listed in the Kings Service and 
going into the Armie Uncertain where I shall Ever Return or 
Not * * * first I Give all my land and mobibles to my 
Brother Benjamin and Joseph to be Divided Equal Between them 
I Give to my Honoured Mother Elizabeth folsom one hundred 
and forty pounds acording to Dollars Six pound per dollar to 
Come out of my brother Josephs part that I Give him as fast as 
the Land produces it. I Give to my Sister mary fox twenty 
pounds Equal to Dollars Six pound per Dollar to Be paid out of 
my brother Benjamins part — 

If my Brother John Comes home and I Dont I Give him all 
that was willed to me by our honoured father But If not I 
Give it all to my honoured mother * * * 

In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal 
this twenty Eighteth Day of April one thousand Seven hundred 
and fifty Eight and In the 31 year of his majesties Reign 

Israel Sanborn 

[Witnesses] Moses Coffin, John Samborn, Mary pike. 
[Proved Nov. 28, 1759.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Sanborn of Newmarket, cordwainer, with 
Moses Coffin of Epping and John Sanborn of Newmarket, yeo- 
men, as sureties, in the sum of £800, Nov. 28, 1759, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate, with will annexed ; witnesses, Shadrach 
Bell, David Sewall.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 257 

JAMES GILMORE 1758 WINDHAM 

In y« Name of god amen I James Gillmoor of the parish of 
Windham within the province of Newhampshire in New England 
Gentleman : Being Sick and Indisposed in Body * * * 

Item my Will is that my Dearly Beloved Wife Margrat Gill- 
moor Shal Be paid By my Exa*°" the Sum of thirty Eight Dollars 
which is now Due to me upon notes of hand ; and Like wise all 
my houshould furniture for her use and Benefict Dureing her 
Naturall Life 

Item my Will is that my Wife Shall have my Mear Saddle and 
Bridle and her Choice of two of my Cows given her By my 
Exa*°" 

Item my Will is y* my wife Shall have given her By my Son in 
Law Gann Armour he In joying my Real Estate twenty Six 
Bushalls of Indean Corn and four Bushalls of Riey and four 
Barralls of Syder and Cute her wood and Bring it hom to her 
what is Necesary for her fire ; and the afore said Mear and Cows 
to be keept for her Bouth Sumer and Winter all these articles 
afores^ to Be performed By the S^ Gann Armour Yearly and 
Every year Dureing her Naturall Life — 

Item my Will is that my Beloved Son Gann Armour and Jenet 
Armour his Wife Shall have and In joy all my Real Estate and all 
the money that is Due to me upon notes or Bounds Exclusife of 
the afore mentioned Dollars: and Likewise all my Stock of 
Chattle Exclusife of the afores*^ Mear and Cows: and also all my 
farming utentials for their use and Benefite : he paying the Sums 
here after mentioned to my other Children and to other hereafter 
mentioned : Said Sums is as followeth and Days of payment the 
first payment of the one half is at the End of two years after my 
Decease and the other half at the End of four years 

Item my Will is that my Son Gann Armour pay out of my 
Estate to my Son in Law Samuell m^addams and Mary m "ad- 
dams his wife the Sume of five hundred pound old tenor and also 
to Each of their Children : that is Janet — John — Margrat — 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and James m"addams the Sum of one hundred pound old tenor — 
Likwise to my Son in Law John Stuart and Margrat Stuart his 
Wife the Sum of one hundred and fifty pounds old tenor and to 
Each of thire three Childern he hath By my Doughter Margrat 
Stuart that is Sarah and John Stuart and the youngest which is 
not yet Baptizt the Sum of one hundred and fifty pound old 
tenor — and Likewise to my Son in Law James Gillmoor and 
Augness Gillmoor his Wife the Sum of three hundred pounds old 
tenor • — and also to James Gillmoor a Child Son to the 
afores'^ James Gillmoor and Augness Gillmoor the Sum of four 
hundred pound old tenor and Likwise to jean Armour and Mary 
Armour Children to the afores'^ Gann Armour and Janet Armour 
his Wife to Each of them the Sum of three hundred and fifty 
pound old tenor — But if Dollars Should Be Com Less then Six 
pound pr Dollar; then these afores<^ Sums to Be Less accord- 
ingly — 

Item my Will is that David Gillmoor the Boy that Lives with 
me have one hundred pound old tenor paid him By my Son in 
Law Gann Armour out of my Estate at the End of four years 
after my Deceass 

Item my will is that Anthony Eady that is Bound to Serve me 
Shal have fifty pound old tenor paid to him By the afore S<^ 
Gann Armour out of my Estate at the End of the time he is 
Bound provided he serves out his time honestly and is obedient 
to my wife Margrat Gillmoor his Mistress But if not I allow him 
Nothing — 

Item my Will is y* my Son Gann Armour pay out of my Estate 
to the first Minister in this parish of Windham as Soon as Set- 
tled the Sum of fifty pounds old tenor; — and Likwise fifty 
pound old tenor to the Bulding of a pulpet in the Meetting hous 
of S*^ Windham as Son as the work is Don — 

and I Do here By Constitute nominate and appoint my Be- 
loved Son in Law Gann armour afore mentioned and Samuel 
Morison of Windham a fore S*^ Gentleman — my Exacutors 
* * * in Witness whereof I have here unto Sett my hand 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 259 

and Seal this Ninteenth Day of May and in the thirty first year 
of his Majesties Reigne anno Domi 1758 

his 
James + Gillmoor 
Mark 
[Witnesses] William Thom, John Thom, William Thom Junr. 
[Proved June 28, 1758.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 29, 1758; amount, £5550. 10. o; signed by 
John Cochran and William Thom.] 

[Guardianship of James Gilmore granted to his father, James 
Gilmore, June 28, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21 p. 8.] 

[Bond of James Gilmore, with Gain Armour and William 
Thom as sureties, all of Windham, in the sum of £1000, June 28, 
1758, for the guardianship of James Gilmore; witnesses, William 
Parker, Nathan Rowe.] 

[Guardianship of Sarah Stewart and John Stewart granted to 
their father, John Stewart, April 30, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 249.] 

[Bond of John Stewart of Haverhill, Mass., with Nathaniel 
Woodman and William Wheeler, both of Salem, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, April 30, 1766, for the guardianship of his chil- 
dren, Sarah Stewart and John Stewart, for the estate given them 
by their grandfather; witnesses, William Vaughan, William 
Parker.] 



ARTHUR NESMITH 1758 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Arthur Nesmith of London- 
derry granted to Margaret Nesmith of Londonderry, widow, 
May 24, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 76.] 



260 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Margaret Nesmith, with John Hopkins and James 
Wilson, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of 
£1000, May 24, 1758, for the administration of the estate of 
Arthur Nesmith, cooper; witnesses, John Hopkins, Samuel 
Barr.] 

[Warrant, May 24, 1758, authorizing John Barnett and George 
Duncan, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested March 22, 1759; amount, £3382. 16. o; 
signed by John Barnett and George Duncan.] 



JOSEPH REDMAN 1758 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God amen this twenty forth Day of May 
Anno Domini 1758 In the thirty first year of his majestys Reign I 
Joseph Redman of Hampton in the province of Newhampshire in 
New England yeoman being Sick and weeak In Body * * * 

First I give and bequeath to my Son John Redman all my 
land Laying in my home place and adjoyning to Itt Excepting 
Six acres in the first range Joyning upon Little river marsh 
Southerly and wersterly upon william Masting which I bequeath 
to my Son David Redman 

2'^ly I gve unto My Son John Redman all my buildings 
Dweling House Barn on itt with all my lands in the first Division 
of the five Devisions in hampton both on the northerly and 
Southerly Side of little River with my land in The East field So 
Called and my Spring Marsh So Called And my Boares marsh 
bought of Daniel Moulton With my marsh on the Northerly 
Side of the beach Casway Joyning Southerly to palmers marsh 
Excepting the above mentioned Six acres 

3'*ly I Give and bequeath to my Son trustrim Redman my 
Share of land att north hill in the Second North Devision In s^ 
Hampton with my Share of Marsh and a Share of thatch Ground 
both laying on the ox Common and my Share of upland on S"* 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 26l 

OX Common with my Share of hucklebury Marsh So Called and 
a little Share of marsh in little marsh partly Covered with Sand 

4'y I Give and bequeath to my son David Redman One hun- 
dred pounds in money old tenor sixty pounds of to be paid by 
my Son John Redman and Forty pounds to be paid by my Son 
trustrim in one year after my Decease 

5'y Itt is my will that my S*^ Sons John Readman Trustrim 
Redman and David Redman Shall have all my right and land 
Laying in Chichester in S'l Province and Devided Eaqueally 
between them with my apparall and my Movables in the house 
I also Give to my s^ three Sons Equally between them 

6'y I give to My S"^ two Sons John and trustrim all my Stock 
of Cattle and husbandry Emplements Eaqualy Between them 

7'y I Give and bequeath to my Daughter hannah Godfree 
Wife to Nathan Godfree five pounds old tenor to be paid By 
my S*^ Son John 

S^y I Give and bequeath to my Daughter patience Newman 
wife to Benjamin Newman five pounds old tenor to be Paid by 
my Son trustrim 

I Doe likewise apoint and ordain my S*^ Sons John Redman 
and Trustrim Redman to be Executors * * * 

Joseph Redman 

[Witnesses] John Lester, mary Peacock, Samuel Greenfield. 

[Proved June 28, 1758.] 



DANIEL CLEMENT 1758 SANDOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Clement of Sandown, 
yeoman, granted to Sarah Clement of Hampstead, widow. May 
29- 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 4.] 

[Bond of Sarah Clement, with Theophilus Eaton, yeoman, 
and William Marshall as sureties, all of Hampstead, in the sum 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of £500, May 29, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, WiUiam Parker, William Weeks.] 

[Inventory, June 2^] , 1758; amount, £3022. o. o; signed by 
Theophilus Eaton and William Marshall.] 



PATRICK MELVIN 1758 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen I Patrick melven of Chester in the 
Province of New hamp'' in Newengland Weaver Being Very 
weak in Body * * * 

Imprimes I Give to mary my Well Beloved wife the whole of 
my Personell Estate for her to use Improve and Dispose of as 
She Sees cause, and also the Improvement of one third of my 
Reall Estate During Life 

Item I Give to my Son Benjamin Melven my homesteed place 
where on I Dwell Containing twenty acres more or Less and also 
all my Lands that I Purchesed from adam Smith as by his Deed 
to me may fully appear be it more or Less: and also the Im- 
provement of two thirds of my five acres that I Purchesed 
from Jonas Clay till my two Children shall Come of Lawfull 
age to whome I shall Give the same ; he paying and Performing 
as I shall here after order 

Item I Give to my son Abreham Melven the Sum of Two 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to be Paid to him by my son Benja- 
min when he shall arive to the age of twenty years old 

Item I Give to my Daughter Elisebath melven the Sum of 
two Hundred Pounds old tenor to be Paid to her when she shall 
arive to the age of twenty one years old or marriage Day ; to be 
Paid to her by my son Benjamin melven 

Item I Give to my Daughter mary melven the sum of two 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to be Paid to her out of my Estate by 
my son Benjamin Melven when she shall arive to the age of 
twenty one years old or Day of marriage 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 263 

Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah melven the sum of two 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to be Paid to her out of my Estate by 
my son Benjamin melven when she shall Arive to the age of 
twenty one years old or Day of marriage 

Item I Give to my son John melven the sum of Two Hundred 
Pounds old tenor to be Paid to him out of my Estate by my son 
Benjamin melven when he shall arive to the age of twenty one 
years old ; and I also Give him the one Half of my five acres of 
Land that I Purchesed from Jonas Clay as by Deed may appear 

Item I Give to my Daughter Lydia melven the sum of two 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to be Paid to her out of my Estate by 
my son Benjamin melven when she shall arive to the age of 
twenty one years old or Day of mariage ; and I also Give to her 
the one Half of my five acres of Land that I Purchesed from 
Jonas Clay as by Deed may appear 

Item I Give to my Daughter Jean melven the sum of two 
Hundred Pounds old tenor to be Paid to her out of my Estate by 
my son Benjamin melven when she shall arive to the age of 
twenty one years old or Day of marriage 

Item It is my will that my funurell Charges shall be Paid in 
Equell Proportion out of Each ones proportion as I have Given 
to them : and I Do appoynt my well Beloved wife mary and my 
son Benjamin melven to be my Executros * * * in witness 
to all above written I Have here unto set my hand and affixed my 
seal the 2g^^ Day of may annodomini 1758 first above written 

his 

Patrick + melven 

mark 

[Witnesses] thomas Willson, David Nutt, Sam'' Emerson. 

[Proved April 25, 1759.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Melvin, yeoman, with Samuel Emerson as 
surety, both of Chester, in the sum of £500, April 25, 1759, for the 
execution of the will; witnesses, Zaccheus Clough, William 
Parker.l 



264 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Receipt of Mary Melvin, April 24, 1759, for the personal es- 
tate bequeathed to her in the will; witnesses, Samuel Roby, 
Samuel Emerson. 1 



MOSES LEAVITT 1758 HAMPTON 

[Additional account of the administratrix, Sarah Dearborn, 
wife of Jonathan Dearborn, formerly widow of Moses Leavitt; 
mentions support of a child under seven years of age one year 
after former account; allowed May 31, 1758.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Leavitt, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Moses Leavitt of North Hampton, granted to 
John Weeks of Hampton Dec. 8, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 125.] 

[Bond of John Weeks, with Benjamin Prescott and Stephen 
Haley, husbandmen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 8, 
1758, for the guardianship of Mary Leavitt, minor, daughter of 
Moses Leavitt of North Hampton; witnesses, William Parker 
and D. Sewall.] 

[See estate of Moses Leavitt, 1745.] 



DAVID ROBERTS 1758 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of David Roberts of Plaistow, 
yeoman, granted to Joanna Roberts, widow. May 31, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 506.] 

[Bond of Joanna Roberts of Plaistow, with Thomas Johnson 
of Plaistow and Nathaniel Dow of Salem, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, May 31, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, James Stoodley, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 265 

[Warrant, May 31, 1758, authorizing Thomas Johnson and 
Moses Stevens, both of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise the es- 
tate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 28, 1758; amount, £1557. 4. o; signed by 
Moses Stevens and Thomas Johnson.] 

[Warrant, April 25, 1759, authorizing Thomas Johnson, 
yeoman, Jonathan Carleton, gentleman, Moses Stevens, John 
Knight, and Bartholomew Heath, yeomen, all of Plaistow, to 
set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 we the Subscriber being appointed a Com- 
New-Hampshire / mitte to set off to Joanna Roberds widow 
Relict of David Roberds late of Plastow Decased her Dower of 
thirds of the Real Estate of her late Husband aforesaid as is 
hereafter mentioned about nine acres & one quarter of Land 
with the House & Barn standing on the Same Excluding the 
shop said Land is Bounded as followeth (viz) begining at a 
stake & stones by a Road thence Runing westerly by land of 
Henry Heseltine about twenty Eight Rods to a stake & stones 
thence by land of s'l Estate about forty five Rods southerly to 
two white oak trees by Land of Bartholomew Heath thence by 
s"^ Heath about Eleven Rods & one half to a stake & stones 
thence Northeasterly by Land of s^ Estate about Sixty Rods 
to a stake & stones by s^ Road thence Northwesterly by s^ Road 
about twenty one Rods to the Bound first mentioned 
In Witness whereof we have set to our Hands 
Plastow May 28*^ 1759 Thomas Johnson 

Bartholomew heath 
John Knight 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1789. 10. 6; expendi- 
tures, the same; mentions "maintaining 2 of the dec'^'' Children 
from Feb^ 17, 1757, to Ocf 29, 1760, being both now under 
Seven Years of age"; allowed Oct. 29, 1760.] 



266 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JACOB MORSE 1758 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jacob Morse of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Abigail Morse, May 31, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 11.] 

[Bond of Abigail Morse, widow, with Orlando Bagley, gentle- 
man, and Ralph Blaisdell, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, 
in the sum of £1000, May 31, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Jeremy Webster, Jonathan Blaisdell.] 

[Warrant, May 31, 1758, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
Jonathan Blaisdell, yeoman, both of Kingston, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 16, 1758; amount, £3356. i. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and Jonathan Blaisdell.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, personal estate as 
inventoried and £7. 8. o; expenditures, £392. 16. o; mentions 
two children under 7 years of age; allowed Sept. 30, 1761.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Morse and Sarah Morse, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, and of Abigail Morse and Ruth Morse, 
minors, aged less than 14 years, daughters of Jacob Morse, 
granted to Moses Cooper of Newbury, Mass., March 5, 1764.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 341, p. 133.] 

[Bonds, one for each ward, of Moses Cooper, yeoman, with 
Nathan Chase of Newbury, Mass., yeoman, and Abner Morse of 
Kingston as sureties, in the sum of £1000 on each bond, March 
5, 1764; witnesses, Samuel Rogers and Samuel Rogers, Jr.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN MORRISON 1758 EPPING 

[Administration on the estate of John Morrison of Epping 
granted to Mary Morrison of Epping May 31, 1758.] 

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 267 

[Bond of Mary Morrison, widow, with Ebenezer Morrison 
and Ezekiel Brown, husbandman, as sureties, all of Epping, in 
the sum of £1000, May 31, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 29, 1758; amount, £7578. 10. 5; 
signed by Jonathan Rundlett and Jacob Freese.] 

[Account of John Perkins of Epping and Mary, his late wife, 
administratrix; receipts, £4940. 14. i, personal estate ; expendi- 
tures, £3367. 10. 3; allowed Aug. 29, 1764.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Morrison, John Morrison, and David 
Morrison, children of John Morrison, granted to Moses Baker 
Aug. 29, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 290.] 

[Bond of Moses Baker of Candia, yeoman, with John Perkins 
of Epping, yeoman, as surety, in the sum of £500, Aug. 29, 
1764, for the guardianship of Mary Morrison, John Morrison, 
and David Morrison, aged less than 14 years, children of John 
Morrison ; witness, William Vaughan.] 

[Bond of Moses Baker of Candia, with Ezekiel Brown, gentle- 
man, and Thomas Dearborn, yeoman, both of Epping, as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £200, Feb. 8, 1771, for the guardianship of 
John Morrison, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of John 
Morrison; witnesses, Elizabeth Parker, William Parker, Jr.] 



ABNER WHEELER 1758 SALEM 

In the Name of God Amen the Last Will & Testament of 
Abner wheeler of Salem in the Province of New Hampshire in 
New England Yeoman * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my Brother Jonathan Wheeler 
jun"" all & Singular of my Lands he paying to my Brother Wil- 



268 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Ham Wheeler Fifty Spanish Milled Dollars within the Term of 
One Year after my Decease. 

Item I give & bequeath unto my Brother William Wheeler 
whom I do hereby constitute & appoint my Sole Executor of this 
my last will all those Debts by Bonds Notes of Hand or other- 
wise that are due to me as likewise all my Stock Moveables 
Household stuff & Cloathing. I likewise give him Fifty Spanish 
Milled Dollars to be paid him by my Brother Jonathan Wheeler 
jun'' as above mentioned I give him these things he paying all 
my just Debts executing this my will & paying my funeral 
Charges, & I do hereby publish & declare this to be my Last will 
& Testament This Second Day of June Anno Domini One 
Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty & Eight & in the Thirty First 
Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second of 
Great Brittain France & Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c 

his 
Abner + Wheeler 
Mark 

[Witnesses] Abner Bayley, Mary Bayley, Hannah Patee. 
[Proved Nov. 15, 1758.] 

[Bond of William Wheeler of Salem, yeoman, with John 
Webster of Plaistow, gentleman, as surety, in the sum of £4000, 
Nov. 15, 1758, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William 
Parker, Samuel Parker,] 



WILLOUGHBY TAYLOR 1758 EXETER 

In The name of God amen This Third Day of June anno 
Domini 1758 I Willibey Tayler of Exeter in the Province of 
Newhamp'' Cordwiner being in helth of body and of a Sound and 
Perfect mind & memory Thankes be to allmighty God for the 
Same; but am Desined to go into The Desined Expedition now 
forming against his majesties Enemies * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 269 

First I Give and bequeave unto my brother William Tayler 
and to his heirs and assing for Ever all my Real and Personall 
Estate, Lying and being in Exeter or Else where my Said Brother 
William to Come into Porsission Emeaditaly after my Decease 
viz all that acre of Land which I Purchesed of Caleb Gilman 
where I have Erected i new House and all The Land and other 
Estate which falls to me as an heir to my Hone*^ Father Joseph 
Tayler Late of Exeter Deceased, and I hereby appoint my be- 
loved brother William Tayler of The Same town & Province 
afore Said to be Sole Excu' * * * 

Willoughby Taler 

[Witnesses] Caleb Gilman, Robart Kimball, Theo: Smith. 
[Proved Aug. 30, 1758.] 

Fort Edward July y« 24^^ 1758 
My Dear I can send you but a few lines to let you know 
Yesterday as a Number of Carts with a Gaurd went from this 
place towards Lake George were Attackt By the Indians who 
made a great Slaughter upon them wee heard the Guns and turn 
out and pursued the enemy with all Speed the mischief being 
done about 4 miles of wee came upon some of them, when they 
took into the woods & wee followed them ; when they halted ; and a 
fire begun upon both Sides, there was one man shot through the 
Shoulder within 10 foot of me, they kil<^ but one of Cap* Gilmans 
men his name was Willoughby Tayler — 

Wee were engaged with them near two hours att length they 
went of but the Slaughter they made upon the Gaurds and upon 
the Oxen was very Shocking wee buried twenty five two of 
them were women, and they kiled 100 & Odd Cattle and des- 
troy"^ a Great Quantity of Liquors & Provisions — 

being in hast I must Conclude with very kind love to you 
and our dear Children which is all att Present from your Loving 
husband till Death 

William Harris 



270 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Addressed] To M' William Harris Att Exeter In New Hamp- 
shire 

[Bond of William Taylor, with Caleb Gilman and Robert 
Kimball as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum of £500, Aug. 30, 
1758, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, 
James Stoodley, Jr.] 



SAMUEL PRESCOTT 1758 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God amen this third Day of June In the year 
of Our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hundred and fifty Eight. 
I Samuel Prescutt of Hampton falls in the Province of New 
Hampshire Esq"" * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Jeremiah Prescutt to 
him his heirs and Assigns forever All the Land I have in the 
Parish of Eping in the Province aforesaid lying on the Southerly 
Side of Lampereel River so Called, I having already Given him a 
Deed of ten acres on the Notherly Side of said River. And fur- 
ther I Give to my said Son his heirs and assigns the One half of a 
Last hundred Acre Lott so Called in the Township of Chester in 
the Province aforesaid which Lott is Number 34, to be Equally 
Divided as to Quantity & Quality I Also Give him One third 
part of a Piece of Salt Marsh Containing About five Acres Ly- 
ing near the falls River so Called in Hampton falls aforesaid ; 
Also two hundred Pounds old Tenor to be Paid him by my son 
William Prescutt, Also my Sword, Walking Cane, And Great 
Bible 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Samuel Prescutt to him 
his heirs and assigns forever twenty Acres of Land in Hampton 
falls aforesaid where his Dwelling House now is Bounding East- 
erly on Exeter Road And so to go Westerly Carrying the whole 
Wedth of my Land 'till twenty Acres are Compleated. Also a 
Piece of Land in Hampton falls aforesaid by the Crankway 
so Called Containing about twenty one Acres, Also a Piece of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 27 1 

Land in Hampton falls aforesaid on the Easterly Side Taylors 
River so Called Containing About twenty Acres And is part of 
the Land I Bought of John Swain & Nathanael Prescutt Bound- 
ing by said Taylors River Westerly, by land of Joseph Sanborn 
Southerly, by land left for a way Easterly, And by land belong- 
ing to the heirs of Joseph Garland Deceasd Northerly Also one 
Acre of Marsh on the Southerly Side of my Marsh by Swains 
Creek so Called. Also One half that hundred Acre Lott in 
Chester aforesaid of which I have given the Other half to my 
son Jeremiah Also One feather Bed and Beding. And I Order 
him my said Son Samuel to Pay One hundred Pounds old Tenor 
to my Son John Prescutt and One hundred Pounds old Tenor to 
my Son Joseph Prescutt One half to be paid within One year 
after my Decease, and the Other half within two years after my 
Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Prescutt his heirs 
and assigns a Piece of Land lying in the Parish of Eping in the 
Province aforesaid where he now lives Containing About fifty 
four Acres Bounding Southerly partly on land I gave to my Son 
Joseph And partly on land my said Son John Bought of his 
Brother Jeremiah, Notherly on Land belonging to the heirs 
of Jonathan Prescutt Deceas'd, Also one half of a first hundred 
Acre Lott so Called in Chester aforesaid Number 83. Also one 
third part of a Piece of Marsh of About five acres lying near the 
falls River so Called in Hampton falls aforesaid. Also one 
feather Bed And Beding. Also One hundred Pounds old Tenor 
to be Paid him by my Son Samuel Prescutt. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Joseph Prescutt to 
him his heirs And Assigns A Piece of Land lying in Eping afore- 
said where he now lives Containing About forty four acres. 
Also nine acres of Land on the Notherly Side of Lampereel 
River so Called Bounding Southerly by said River, Notherly 
by land of my Son John. Also one half of that hundred Acre 
Lott in Chester aforesaid of which my Son John has the Other 
half. Also one third part of a Piece of Marsh of About five acres 



272 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

lying near the falls River so Called in Hampton falls aforesaid. 
Also one hundred Pounds old Tenor to be Paid him by my Son 
Samuel. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son William Prescutt to him 
his heirs and assigns All my Home Place Land and Buildings Ex- 
cept what I have Already Given to my Son Samuel Containing 
About fifty two Acres where my House and Barn Stand. Also 
a Piece of Land I Bought of Caleb Swain Containing About 
twenty Acres. Also a Piece of Land which I Purchased of Rob- 
ert Row and Nathanael Prescutt on the Westerly Side of 
Taylors River. Also a Piece of Land in Hampton falls aforesaid 
which I Lately Purchased of Reuben Sanborn Containing About 
thirty Acres. Also About three Acres of Salt Marsh by Swains 
Creek so Called being the Remainder of what marsh I have at 
that Place not given to my Son Samuel. Also all the Land which 
belongs to me in the Township of Chester aforesaid not before 
Disposed of in this my will. I Also Give him my Clock, And 
one feather bed and beding And all my Husbandry and Carpen- 
try Tools, And my Gun And Desk, And I Order my said Son 
William to pay to my Son Jeremiah two hundred Pounds old 
Tenor one half within One Year after my Decease And the 
Remainder within two years after my Decease. I Also Order 
my Said Son William to Pay the Sum of four hundred and Ninety 
Pounds old Tenor Equally between my four Sons Jeremiah, 
Samuel, John, and Joseph within one year after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson Samuel Prescutt 
Son of Jeremiah, twenty Pounds old Tenor to be paid him when 
he arrives at the age of twenty one years by my Executor 

Item I further Give to my Sons Samuel and William Equally 
Between them my Part of the old Sawmill so Called in Hampton 
falls aforesaid And Priviledges thereto belonging 

Item My will is And I do hereby Order that after my Debts 
And funeral Charges shall be Paid, My Stock of Creatures 
Wearing Apparell, Moveables within Doors, Not before Disposed 
of in this my will. And my Bonds, Notes, and Money As also 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 273 

what Lands I own in a tract of land Granted to Ichabod Robie 
Esq"" and Others, shall be all Equally Divided Among my five 
Sons beforementioned And further my will is and I do hereby 
Order that if anything shall be Recover'd Against my Estate on 
account of a Piece of Land which I have Sold lying in Kensing- 
ton in the Quarter of Mile so Called which is now in Controversy 
in the Law, That my Son William shall Pay the Same 'till it 
Amounts to the Sum of three hundred Pounds old Tenor, and 
if Any thing more than that Sum shall be Recoverd that the 
Remainder shall be paid and Satisfied Equally by my Sons 
Jeremiah, Samuel, John, Joseph, & William 

Lastly I do by these presents Constitute and Appoint my Son 
William Prescutt Sole Executor * * * 

Sam^' Present 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Elisha Prescut, Malachi Shaw. 

[Proved June 28, 1758.] 

[Jeremiah Prescott, Samuel Prescott, John Prescott, and 
Joseph Prescott, sons of Samuel Prescott, accept the provisions 
of the will and waive inventory of the personal estate June 20, 
1758.] 

[Bond of William Prescott, yeoman, with Meshech Weare 
and Elisha Prescott, yeoman, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, 
in the sum of £1000, June 28, 1758, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, William Parker, Josiah Hilton.] 



BENJAMIN ROWE 1758 NEWINGTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Benjamin Row of Newington In 
the Province of New-hampshire in New-England, being about to 
Goe Into the War * * * Imprimis I Give And bequeeth to 
My Mother Rachel Row Widdow fifty Pounds old Tenor To be 
paid Unto her by my Executor who Is hereafter to be Men- 
tioned And the Rest to be Equally Divided Among My Sisters 



274 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

that Shall Survive Me : And All to be paid to them by the Exec- 
utor of this My Last will And Testament and to be paid with In 
Six Months After they Receive a Certain Account of My De- 
cease In Case God should so order It in his Providence that I 
should not Return to my friends Again. And I Doe with All 
Constitute And Appoint my frind & Cozen Jonathan Quint to 
be the Sole Executor of This My Last Will And Testament. 
In Witness Whereof I have To These presents set my hand 
And Seal This Third Day of June In The Thirty first Year of the 
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord George The 2'^ of Great Brittaine 
&c King Defender of the faith And In the Year of our Lord God 

1758. 

Benjamin Row 

his 
[Witnesses] Joseph Adams, Benj : Adams, John + Brown. 

marke 
[Proved Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Quint, yeoman, with Benjamin Adams, 
gentleman, as surety, both of Newington, in the sum of £1000, 
Nov. 29, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses. 
William Parker, Moses Barnett.] 



JOSEPH BARNES 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Guardianship of Joseph Barnes, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Joseph Barnes of Portsmouth, potter, granted to 
Mark Langdon of Portsmouth, gentleman, June 3, 1758.] 

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

[Bond of Mark Langdon, with Thomas Pattinson and James 
Hewitt, mariners, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, June 3, 1758, for the guardianship of Joseph Barnes, son 
of Joseph Barnes, deceased ; witnesses, William Parker, David 
Sewall.l 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 275 

MOSES CAVERLY 1758 HARRINGTON 

In The name of God Amen. The Last will and Testament of 
Moses Caverly of Barrington in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Bricklayer * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Dearly beloved wife 
Margaret Caverly all my Real Estate in Barrington aforesaid 
during her Natural Life and the Improvement of all my hous- 
hold furniture so long as she shall live 

Item. To my Two Sons Moses and Thomas Caverly I give 
(after the decease of my said wife) all my Real Estate in said 
Barrington aforesaid to them their heirs and assigns to be 
Divided in Equal Shares between them, and also my Stock of 
Cattle and Utensels to be divided as aforesaid — 

Item. To my Two Sons William and Nathaniel Caverly I 
give five Shillings new Tenor Each, they having had a house 
and Land at Islington by Deed 

Item. To my Daughter Mary Nelson I give Twenty pounds 
old Tenor to be paid by my Two Sons Moses and Thomas viz 
Ten pounds to be paid to her by Each of them — 

Item. To my Two Daughters Sarah and Hannah Caverly. 
I give (after the decease of my wife) all my household furniture 
to be Equally divided Between them — 

Item. My Brick Yard in the Rock field so Called in Ports- 
mouth in the Province aforesaid and the way leading from the 
Road thereto I order to be Sold by my Executor and the money 
Raised thereby to be applyed to the payment of my Debts and 
funeral Expences, and after the payment of the Same, the Resi- 
due if any there by shall be divided Equally between all my 
Daughters — 

Item, all the Rest Residue and Remainder of my Estate 
after the payment of the Legacy given to my Daughter Mary I 
give unto my aforesaid Two Sons Moses and Thomas Caverly 
their heirs and assigns — 

And I Do appoint my said Son Moses Caverly to be Sole 



276 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Executor of this my last will and Testament, hereby Revoking & 
making Void all Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made, 
Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last will and 
Testament. In Testimony whereof I the said Moses Caverly 
have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Twelfth day of June in 
the thirty first Year of his Majestys Reign annoque Domini One 
thousand Seven hundred & fifty Eight 

Moses Caverly 

[Witnesses] Jacob Treadwell, Nathanael Jackson, Cutts 
Shannon. 

[Proved April 17, 1765.] 

[Bond of Moses Caverly of Barrington, yeoman, with William 
Earl Treadwell of Portsmouth, merchant, as surety, in the sum 
of £500, April 16, 1765, for the execution of the will; witness, 
William Parker.l 



ARCHIBALD STARK 1758 MANCHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen June 22^^ Annoque: Dom. 1758 I 
Archibald Stark of Derryfield & Province of New Hampshire 
Yeoman, Being weak in Body * * * i Bequeath to my 
well-beloved wife Elinor Stark one third part of the Income of 
my Estate, During her Life. Item I Bequeth my whole Estate 
Real & Personal to my Children William Stark, John Stark 
Archibald Stark Samuel Stark, Henry Stark, Isabel Stirling & 
Jean Stinson To be Divided in Equal Shars amongest them, after 
they have Performed as above & given to every one of my Grand - 
Children a Cow or the Value thereof in Money. 

Finally I Ordain & Appoint my Two Sons William Stark & 
John Stark Executors * * * 

Archebld Stark 

[Witnesses] Caleb Towle, Benjamin Sleeper, Caleb towl jun^ 
[Proved Aug. 4, 1758.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 277 

[Inventory, attested Jan. 29, 1759; amount, £9618. 12. o; 
signed by Matthew Patten and Thomas Hall.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £4161. 3. 8; signed 
by Matthew Patten and Alexander McMurphy; attested June 
12, 1760.] 

[Account of the executor; receipts, £1618. 12. o, personal es- 
tate; expenditures, £4624. 17. 2; allowed Oct. 31, 1765.] 



RICHARD HEATH 1758 PLAISTOW 

[Miriam Heath of Plaistow renounces administration on the 
estate of her husband, Richard Heath of Plaistow, yeoman, in 
favor of Lieut. Thomas Hale and Ensign Benjamin Richards, 
both of Plaistow, June 24, 1758; witnesses, Thomas Little, Mary 
Little.] 

[Administration granted to Thomas Hale and Benjamin Rich- 
ards Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. no.] 

[Bond of Thomas Hale, gentleman, and Benjamin Richards, 
yeoman, with John Wentworth of Somersworth and Andrew 
Craige of Chester, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Nov. 29, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Cutts Shannon, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 29, 1758, authorizing Thomas Little, yeoman, 
and Tristram Knight, gentleman, both of Plaistow, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 23, 1759; amount, £1387. 11. o; 
signed by Tristram Knight and Thomas Little.] 

[Commission, Feb. 28, 1759, to Thomas Little and Tristram 
Knight to receive claims against the estate.] 



278 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[List of claims, Sept. 25, 1759; amount, £1327. i. 10; signed by- 
Tristram Knight and Thomas Little.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1327. i. 10; amount 
distributed, £445. 2. 3; allowed Nov. 30, 1759.] 

[Account of Benjamin Richards, surviving administrator; re- 
ceipts, £1460. o. o; expenditures, £569. 15. 6; mentions "al- 
lowed the Widow out of the Inventory for her Support and main- 
taining a Child .... paid for the funeral of a Child under age " ; 
allowed Jan. 12, 1760.] 



STEPHEN OILMAN 1758 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Stephen Gilman of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Gilman, June 28, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 11.] 

[Bond of Mary Gilman, with Daniel Gilman and Nathaniel 
French, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of 
£500, June 28, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Ruth Brown, Josiah Bartlett.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 29, 1758; amount, £2212. 13. o; 
signed by Samuel Winsley and Josiah Bartlett.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1391. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £1995. 6. o; mentions "Bringing up 2 Children under 
seven years old 364 weeks. . . . Extra Costs in nursing & Pro- 
viding for the youngest Child being a Cripple nine years": 
allowed Oct. 26, 1768.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers being appointed a Corn- 
New Hamps"^ / mittee to Set off to Mary Gilman Widow & 
Relict of Stephen Gilman late of Kingston yeoman Deceased her 
Dower which happens to her of the real Estate of which he died 
Seized — Have proceeded & set off to her twelve Acres more or 
less of Land with the buildings thereon bounded as follows viz* 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 279 

beginning at a White oak Stake marked & Standing (near the 
fence at the Country Road) twenty Rods South of the North- 
west Corner of the late homestead of said Deceased thence 
running Southerly by said Road about twenty Rods to the high- 
way leading to the Spring (so called) then running Easterly partly 
by said high way & partly by Land of John Fifield to land said 
Mary heretofore sold to D"" Josiah Bartlett, then running north- 
erly by said Bartlets Land Twenty Rods, then Running west- 
erly to the said White oak Stake — November 28*^^ 1768 

Eben"^ Stevens 1 
W"" Parker jr ^ Committee 
Josiah Bartlett J 



JOB ROWELL 1758 SALISBURY, MASS. 

[Administration de bonis non on the estate of Job Rowell of 
Salisbury, Mass., granted to Sarah Rowell June 28, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 20, p. 518.] 

[Bond of Sarah Rowell, widow, with Samuel Bernard, gentle- 
man, and Eliphalet Merrill, yeoman, as sureties, all of South 
Hampton, in the sum of £1000, June 28, 1758, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate, the executor being deceased; witnesses, 
William Parker, James Stoodley, Jr.] 



JEREMIAH LEAVITT 1758 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Jeremiah Leavitt of Exeter, 
gentleman, granted to his widow, Mary Leavitt, June 28, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 5.] 

[Bond of Mary Leavitt, with Samuel Fogg, yeoman, and 
Ephraim Robinson, trader, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the sum 
of £1000, June 28, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Abel Brown.] 



28o NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, June 28, 1758, authorizing Ephraim Robinson and 
John Purmort, both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 25, 1758; amount, £2526. 7. o; signed by 
Ephraim Robinson and John Purmort.] 

[Commission, April 24, 1759, to Ephraim Robinson and Noah 
Emery, both of Exeter, gentlemen, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 

[List of claims, April 25, 1760; amount, £3742. 9. 5; signed by 
Ephraim Robinson and Noah Emery.] 

[Account of Benjamin Connor and his wife Mary Connor, ad- 
ministratrix; receipts, £4109. 8. o; expenditures, £1551. 5. 4; 
mentions "Support of 2 Children under Seven Years of Age 2 
Years & Six months Each"; allowed Oct. 10, 1760.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £3742. 9. 5; amount 
distributed, £2558. 2. 8; allowed Nov. 18, 1760.] 



SAMUEL WENTWORTH 1758 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Wentworth of Somers- 
worth, yeoman, granted to Sarah Wentworth of Somersworth, 
widow, June 28, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 12.] 

[Bond of Sarah Wentworth, with Otis Baker, merchant, and 
Isaac Home, husbandman, both of Dover, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, June 28, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, James Stoodley, Jr.] 

[Warrant, June 28, 1758, authorizing Moses Carr, physician, 
and Ezekiel Wentworth, yeoman, both of Somersworth, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 19, 1758; amount, £6865. o. 6; signed by 
Moses Carr and Ezekiel Wentworth.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 281 

WARD LOCKE 1758 KENSINGTON 

[Margaret Locke of Kingston renounces administration on the 
estate of her son, Ward Locke of Kensington, housewright, 
June 30, 1758, in favor of Moses Shaw of Kensington; witnesses, 
William Parker, Jr., Joseph Greeley, Jr.] 

[Administration granted to Moses Shaw July 26, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 24.] 

[Bond of Moses Shaw, housewright, with William Parker of 
Kingston and Joseph Cilley of Nottingham, gentleman, as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £400, July 26, 1758, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Hall.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 8, 1759; amount, £707. I5- o; signed by 
William Parker and Jonathan Perkins.] 



STEVENS 1758 

Honrabil Sir I Recived a sititation from your Hon^ Last wiek 
bearing Date 24 of January Kept up one purpos I supose to non 
pluses me and was Likewise suprayising to me for mr John 
Hoog told me he had settled the afear but sir when my husband 
Dayed July Last was twelve months I was then the Likelest to a 
dayed and Lay two month after he Dayied with 4 small Child ring 
about me in the woods destitute almost of either brede or meate 
but was suplayd by the Charety of Christian pepoal ; and had but 
a smal stock only 3 Cows 2 heffers and a hors and having no hay 
to Keepe them Got them praysed and payd deets with the price 
of them which I Cann Shew: but Sir I Cann not Com this Sesean 
of the year having no hors and not abel to hayer one and Likwise 
the warning so short that itt is Imposable for me to attend the 
Last wedensday of february Covant but as sown as it is posabel 
for me to traviel I will Com and setle Evirey thing in that Regard 
in a klear Light and prays that adiminestration may not be 



282 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Granted for thes Resons and many others untill I Com which is 
sir from a destitute widow 

Londonderry february y« 23: 1759 

her 

Sarah X Stevens 

mark 



JOHN DINSMOOR 1758 NEW IPSWICH 

[Hannah Dinsmoor renounces administration on the estates of 
her sons, John Dinsmoor and Asa Dinsmoor, July 4, 1758, in 
favor of her son, Abraham Dinsmoor; witnesses, Benjamin 
Wright, Gershom Drury.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Dinsmoor of New Ips- 
wich granted to Abraham Dinsmoor of Hollis, yeoman, July 6, 

1758.] 

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

[Bond of Abraham Dinsmoor, with Samuel Thurston of Ep- 
ping and Abner Thurston of Stratham, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, July 6, 1758, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, William Parker, Moses Thurston.] 

[Warrant, July 6, 1758, authorizing Samuel Cummings, gen- 
tleman, and Stephen Ames, yeoman, both of Hollis, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 23, 1758; amount, £1385. 18. o; signed by 
Samuel Cummings and Stephen Ames.] 



JOHN HOLLAND, JR. 1758 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Holland, Jr., of Exeter, 
laborer, granted to John Odlin of Exeter July 6, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 29.] 

[Bond of John Odlin, with James Leavitt and Noah Emery, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 283 

both of Exeter, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum of £500, July 
6, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Theophi- 
lus Smith, Jonathan Loud.] 

[Warrant, July 6, 1758, authorizing Noah Emery and James 
Leavitt to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, July 8, 1758; amount, £782. 10. 3; signed by James 
Leavitt and Noah Emery.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £782. 10. 8, personal 
estate; expenditures, £77. 14. 8; allowed March 31, 1762.] 



ASA DINSMOOR 1758 HOLLIS 

[Administration on the estate of Asa Dinsmoor granted to 
Abraham Dinsmoor of Hollis, yeoman, July 6, 1758,] 

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

[Bond of Abraham Dinsmoor, with Samuel Thurston of Ep- 
ping and Abner Thurston of Stratham, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, July 6, 1758, for the administration of the es- 
tate of Asa Dinsmoor of Hollis, yeoman; witnesses, William 
Parker, Moses Thurston.] 

[Warrant, July 6, 1758, authorizing Samuel Cummings, gen- 
tleman, and Stephen Ames, yeoman, both of Hollis, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 23, 1758; amount, £400. o. o; signed by Sam- 
uel Cummings and Stephen Ames.] 



WILLIAM CHADDOCK 1758 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Chaddock of Somers- 
worth, mariner, granted to Abra Chaddock of Somersworth, 
widow, July 26, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 23.] 



284 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Abra Chaddock, with William Wentworth, gentle- 
man, and William Stackpole, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, July 26, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, James Hobbs.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 30, 1758; amount, £3559. 10. o; signed by 
Moses Carr and James Hobbs.] 



JOSEPH COCHRAN 1758 BEDFORD 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Cochran of Bedford, 
yeoman, granted to Margaret Cochran of Bedford, widow, and 
Samuel Cochran of Litchfield, yeoman, July 26, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 30.] 

[Bond of Margaret Cochran and Samuel Cochran with Samuel 
Patten and Robert Walker, both of Bedford, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £900, July 26, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Matthew Patten, Elizabeth Patten.] 

[Warrant, July 26, 1758, authorizing Samuel Patten and Rob- 
ert Walker, both of Bedford, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 22, 1758; amount, £5097. 10. 9; signed by 
Samuel Patten and Robert Walker.] 

[Account of the administrators; receipts, £2850, 9, 6, personal 
estate; expenditures, £652. 15. 2; mentions "maintaining two 
Children of said Intestate 64 Weeks Each .... To a Negro 
Infant appraised at £40 allow^ the accountant for its main- 
tenance"; allowed Sept. 26, 1759.] 

[Additional account of the administrators; receipts, £109. 17. 
8)4 ; expenditures, £71. 5. 10; mentions "Boarding Victualling 
&c Agnes Cochran Daughter of the Deceasd Six years & Eight 
Months .... Boarding victualling &c Mary Cochran Daugh- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 285 

ter to the Deceased Six years & Eight Months"; allowed Oct. 
30, 1765-] 

[Petition of James Steele of Bedford, yeoman, Nov. 9, 1774, 
who married Margaret, widow of Joseph Cochran, for the set- 
ting off of the widow's dower.] 

[Commission, Nov. 9, 1774, to Robert Walker, gentleman, 
Thomas Boyes, James Aiken, John Moore, yeomen, all of Bed- 
ford, and Alexander Gilchrist of Goffstown, yeoman, to set off 
the widow's dower.] 

To the Honourable John Sherburne Esq"" Judge of the probate 
of Wills for the County of Rockingham 

Hon'''^ Sir, Pursuant to your order to us to Divide the Estate 
of Joseph Cochran Late of Bedford Deceased, and set off the 
Dowrey that happens to Margret Steel Widow of the said 
Joseph Cochran now the wife of James Steel. Agreeable therto 
we have made the following Division (Viz) Begining at a white 
pine Stump at the west End of said farm thirty three Rods from 
the south west Corner bound thereof, to Run East from said 
stump, till it come to the East Line of the farm, and North from 
the formentioned stump thirty two Rods to a stake and Stones 
that is in the West Line of said farm, thence East Parralill to 
the first Mentioned Line till it come to the East End of said 
farm. Reserving the orchard that is about the Midle of said farm 
which happens to be in that Part set off to Steel and his wife, 
for the use of the Heirs, Excepting three Rows of Apple trees on 
the south side of the orchard from the West to the East End 
thereof, which three Rows the said Steel and his Wife is to have 
for their use and Improvement, Said Steel and his wife is to have 
the house and ten feet of the East End of the Barn that is on 
said farm. Reserving a lane two Rods wide from the high Way 
that is at the West End of said farm in to the barn and the 
floorway of the barn for a Priviledge for all the Parties that Im- 
prove any Part of said farm to Enjoy in common. Likewise said 
Steel and his wife is to have the Improvement of a Lot of 



286 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Medow in Crosbys medow (So Called) that belonged to said 
farm Excepting two acres on the south Side of said Lot of medow, 
which two acres is Reserved for the use of the Heirs 
Bedford March 29: 1775 

Robert Walker 
John Moor Jun"" 
Alex"" Gilcrist 
James Aikin 
Thomas Boies 



STEPHEN ROBERTS 1758 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Stephen Roberts of Dover, 
tanner, granted to Keziah Roberts of Dover, widow, July 26, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 24.] 

[Bond of Keziah Roberts, with Joseph Bickford and Timothy 
Roberts, yeomen, as sureties, all of Dover, in the sum of £500, 
July 26, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Ebenezer Long.] 

[Warrant, July 26, 1758, authorizing Timothy Robinson and 
Alexander Caldwell, both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 28, 1758; amount, £8029. 6. o; signed by 
Timothy Robinson and Alexander Caldwell.] 



GERSHOM WENTWORTH 1758 SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of God Amen, The Second Day of August in the 
Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Eight, I 
Garshom Wentworth of the Town of Somersworth in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in New England Gentleman * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 287 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to My dearly beloved Wife 
Sarah y^ Improvement of the one half of my Estate both real & 
personal during her widowhood and if She marries again then 
the one third of My real & personal Estate during her natural 
life. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Sons Gershom Went- 
worth & Benjamin Wentworth all my lands in Somersworth, 
in Rochester, in the New Township at the Head of Berwick 
commonly known by y" Name of Towwow, & else where, with all 
y« buildings thereon standing (excepting y^ lands hereafter to be 
Mentioned) together with all y appurtenences priviledges & 
commodities to the same belonging, equelly to be divided be- 
tween them, to them their Heirs & assigns for ever, except y^ 
Improvement of part thereof as afore said. 

Item I give and bequeath to My two Said Sons Gershom & 
Benjamin all My Interest in Saw Mills in S<^ Somersworth, to- 
gether with all the appurtenances & priviledges to the same be- 
longing to be equally divided between them, to them their 
Heirs and assigns for ever excepting the Improvement of part 
thereof as af'^s'^. 

Item I Give to my two S*^ Sons Gershom & Benjamin, to 
each of them one feather bed. 

Item I give & bequeath to My S^ beloved Son Gershom My 
Silver Tankard, to him his Heirs & assigns after the decease of 
my S^ wife Sarah, 

Item I give & bequeath to my S*^ beloved Son Benjamin My 
Silver Kan & all My Silver spoons to him his Heirs & assigns 
after y decease of My Said Wife Sarah. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Grand Daughter 
Sarah Baker y^ Child of My beloved Daughter Lydia deceasd all 
my Interest in lands in Canterbury together with all y" appur- 
tenances & priviledges to y® same belonging to her her Heirs & 
assigns for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to my Said beloved Grand Daughter 
Sarah, the one half of my Second Division Lot in Rochester 



288 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

which my beloved Brother Paul Wentworth gave me in His last 
will & Testament and also all my lands in the Third Division of 
lands in S*^ Rochester together with all the appurtenences & 
priviledges to y" same belonging, to her her Heirs & assigns for 
ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to the present Church of Christ in 
Somersworth two Hundred Pounds old Tennor y^ use or Interest 
of S"^ Sum to be Improvd by S*^ Church for y^ use & benefit of 
S*^ Church, as Said Church shall think or Judge for y« best, the 
S^ two Hundred pounds to be paid equally by my two S*^ Sons 
Gershom & Benjamin within one year after my decease. 

Item I give and bequeath to my two S'^ Sons Gershom & Ben- 
jamin the one half of my Stock of Creatures, & the other half also 
& all the rest of my Household Goods after my S"* wife Sarahs 
Decease. 

Item Its My will that My two S'^ Sons Gershom & Benjamin 
pay equally between them all my lawfull Debts, and all My 
funeral Charges. 

Item all y rest of My Estate both real & personal I give & 
bequeath to my two S*^ Sons Gershom & Benjamin, to be equally 
divided between them, to them their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I do hereby Constitute make & ordain My S*^ Beloved 

Wife Sarah and my Said beloved Son Gershom my Sole Executors 
* * * 

Ger: Wentworth 
his 
[Witnesses] John + James, Ebenezer Ricker, Thomas Went- 
worth. Mark 

[Proved June 27, 1759.] 

[Sarah Wentworth declines to act as executor of the will of her 
husband, Gershom Wentworth, June 25, 1759; witnesses, 
Ezekiel Wentworth, Mercy Ricker.] 

[Bond of Gershom Wentworth, with Benjamin Wentworth and 
John James as sureties, all of Somersworth, yeomen, in the sum 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 289 

of £1000, June 27, 1759, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, Benjamin Prescott.] 



JESSE WORCESTER 1758 NEWBURY, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Jesse Worcester of Newbury, 
Mass., yeoman, granted to Francis Worcester of Hollis, yeoman, 
Aug. 19, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 42.] 

[Bond of Francis Worcester, with Joseph Knight, saddler, and 
James Thurston, blacksmith, both of Exeter, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Aug. 19, 1758, for the administration of the estate 
of his brother, Jesse Worcester; witnesses, Abner Thurston, 
Theophilus Smith.] 

[Inventory of the estate in New Hampshire, Aug. 19, 1758, 30 
acres of land in Brentwood, £600. o. o; signed by Theophilus 
Smith and Abner Thurston.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £360. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £727. 12.0; allowed Nov. 12, 1761.] 



NATHANIEL MESERVE 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Bond of George Meserve, merchant, with William Earl 
Treadwell, merchant, and Paul March, gentleman, as sureties, 
all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £5000, Aug. 18, 1758, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of Nathaniel Meserve of Portsmouth ; 
witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 19, 1758, authorizing John MofTatt, Jacob 
Sheafe, and Samuel Penhallow, merchants, all of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate of Nathaniel Meserve, administration, with 
will annexed, being granted to his son, George Meserve.] 



290 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

BENJAMIN SMITH 1758 HAVERHILL, MASS. 

[Certificate of Sargent Smith, Aug. 21, 1758, that he is ad- 
ministrator of the estate of Benjamin Smith of Haverhill, Mass., 
and that he has settled his accounts in Essex County, Mass.; 
witness, Nathaniel Peaslee Sargent.] 

We the Subscribers are well knowing that Benj* Smith late of 
Haverhill in y County of Essex deceas'd Intestate who died 
about Sixteen Years ago, left but four Children & Heirs y" 
Eldest named Benjamin, y^ Second named Ballard & y" third 
named Abigail, & the last named Dorothy & that Dorothy the 
Widdow of y" s<^ Benj'' is now married to Obadiah Johnson & in 
full Life as we are Informed — 

Dated Haverhill Aug* 2i«* 1758 

Thomas Abbot 
Sargent Smith 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Smith, joiner, 
granted to Sargent Smith of Newbury, Mass., yeoman, Oct. 3, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 83.] 

[Bond of Sargent Smith of Newbury, Mass., yeoman, with 
John Webster, gentleman, and Daniel Poor, yeoman, both of 
Plaistow, as sureties, in the sum of £2000, Oct. 3, 1758, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, John Green, Nathaniel 
Peaslee Sargent.] 

[Inventory of estate in New Hampshire, Oct. 5, 1758; land in 
Plaistow, £480. o. o; signed by John Webster, Timothy Ladd, 
and Daniel Poor.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 13, 1758, authorizing Col. James White, Tris- 
tram Knight, John Webster, gentlemen, Timothy Ladd, and 
Daniel Poor, yeomen, all of Plaistow, to appraise the estate in 
New Hampshire for settlement on the oldest son; return of 43 
acres of land in Plaistow at £537. 10. o; signed by James White, 
Tristram Knight, John Webster, and Timothy Ladd.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 1 

[Order of court, Dec. i8, 1758, settling the real estate on Ben- 
jamin Smith, oldest son, he to pay the others their shares.] 

[Bond of Thomas Abbott of Andover, Mass., yeomen, in be- 
half of Benjamin Smith of Andover, Mass., blacksmith, with 
Daniel Poor and Samuel Kimball, both of Plaistow, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 18, 1758, for the payment to 
the other heirs of their shares; witnesses, Joshua Emery, Nathan- 
iel Peaslee Sargent.] 

[Account of the administrator against the estate; amount, 
£118. o. o; allowed Dec. 18, 1758.]. 



BETTY MACE 1758 DOVER 

In The Name of God Amen the twenty third Day of August 
1758 I Betty Mace of Dover In the Province of New Hamp"^ Be- 
ing Sick & weak in Body * * * 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Hon*^ Mother Eliz" Harford 
my black Gound & Riding-Hood 

Item I give & bequeath to my Sisters Patience Ham & Ann 
Evers all my wearing apparrel not before mentioned to be 
Equally Divided between them 

Item I Give & bequeath to my Couzin Elizabeth Nethersell 
Daughter of my brother Joseph Harford & to her Heirs forever all 
my real & personal Estate Debts & moveable Effects whatsoever 

Item I Constitute ordain & appoint my friend Thomas West- 
brook Waldron sole Executor * * * 

Betty Mace 

[Witnesses] Silvan us Hussey, Zaccheus Purintun, William 
Wentworth. 

[Proved Sept. 27, 1758.] 

Whereas Betty Mace Late of Dover in the Province of New 
Hampshire Widow Deceasd Appointed me Sole Executor of 



292 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

her Last Will & Testament but In Consideration that the Resid- 
uary Legatee who was when Said Will was made a Singlewoman 
Inncapable of the Executorship thereof is now married & her 
Husband Desiring to have the management thereof in his own 
hands I hereby Renounce & Relinquish the Said Trust and Sub- 
mit the Same to the Disposition of the Law Witness my hand 
the 15*^ day of March 1759 

Tho^ W" Waldron 

[Bond of Samuel Heard, Jr., yeoman, with Thomas West- 
brook Waldron, gentleman, as surety, both of Dover, in the sum 
of £1000, March 15, 1759, for the administration, with will an- 
nexed, of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, David SewalL] 



JOHN PAINE 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

To the Hon^i« Richard Wibird Esq' Judge of the Probate of 
Wills and Granting administration on the Estates of Persons 
deceased within the Province of New Hampshire. 

Whereas John Pain Late of Portsmouth within the Province of 
New Hampshire Joyner deceasd died Intestate Leaving neither 
widow nor Children, and no Relation nigher than an Aunt, and I 
am that Person & as adm° of said Estate by Law is my Right, I 
pray that Your Hon' will Grant administration of said Estate to 
my Two Children viz Joseph Buss and Hannah Horney Jointly, 
and after the payment of Debts due from said Estate & the Same 
is Settled if no other distribution should be made, I desire the 
Same may be divided Equally Between my said Children — & 
desire that one half of the movables may be deliverd to my said 
Daughter, she giving Security to pay half the debts due from 
said Estate 

Portsmouth, August 24, 1758 her 

Witness, Nath' Fellows Lydia X Buss 

Mark 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 293 

[Administration granted to Joseph Buss, joiner, and Hannah 
Horney, widow, both of Portsmouth, Aug. 30, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 52.] 

[Bond of Joseph Buss and Hannah Horney, with John Shack- 
ford and WilHam Pearson, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Aug. 30, 1758, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Hart.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 23, 1758, authorizing Hunking Wentworth and 
Samuel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 30, 1758; amount, £1988. 16.6; signed by 
Hunking Wentworth and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Account of the administrators; receipts, £1701. 8. 9; expendi- 
tures, £2276.4.11; mentions "Sundrys Supply the dec^ for 
mourning on His mothers death, . . , paid for the dec"^" Funeral 
in Jamaca"; allowed July 29, 1761.] 

[Caveat, Jan. 27, 1762, by Joseph Sherburne of Boston, Mass., 
representing John Paine, father of the deceased, against the al- 
lowance of the accounts of the administrators.] 

[Additional account of Hannah Horney, surviving administra- 
tor; receipts, £622. 16. 2; expenditures the same; allowed April 
29, 1762.] 



LYDIA BUSS 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The Last will and Testament of 
Lydia Buss. I Elizabeth Buss of Portsmouth in the Province of 
New Hampshire Widow being aged and Infirm * * * 

Item unto my Son Joseph Buss I give Twenty Shillings old 
Tenor 

Item unto my Daughter Hannah Horney & her heirs and as- 
signs I give the one quarter part of the Real Estate that was my 



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Late husbands and after his decease was the Share of Mary Buss 
late of Portsmouth Single woman deceased (my daughter), and 
on her decease decended to me as next of Kin, which is the Share 
I hereby dispose of, and I also give unto my said Daughter all the 
Personal Estate that was my said Daughter Marys as well what 
was her Share in her fathers Estate as otherwise, also the One 
half of the Estate that fell to me by the Death of my Nephew 
John Pain Late of said Portsmouth Joyner deceasd, be the Same 
Real or parsonall. And as to the Thirds of the movable Estate 
that was my said Husbands and fell to me at the time of his 
death, I will that the Same shall Be disposed off so far as to 
defray and pay of all Debts Due from me, and my funeral Ex- 
pences and if after the payment thereof any thing shall Remain 
I will that the Same shall be Equally divided Between my Son 
Joseph and Daughter Hannah — 

Item. To my Son Joseph I Give the one half of the aforesaid 
Estate that fell to me by the Death of my said Nephew and all 
other of my Estate if any there be shall be Equally divided be- 
tween my said Children, And I appoint my said Son Joseph 
and Daughter Hannah to be Executors of this my last will and 
Testament and hereby Revoke all other wills and Testaments by 
me formerly made Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to 
be my last will and Testament In Testimony whereof I have 
hereunto Set my hand & seal this Twenty Six day of August 
anno Domini 1758 

her 

Lydia + Buss 

mark 

[Witnesses] Nath' Fellows, James Thompson, Rich"* Greley, 
Cutts Shannon. 

[Proved Jan. 31, 1759.] 

[Caveat of Joseph Buss of Portsmouth, Oct. 25, 1758, against 
the probate of his mother's will on the grounds of mental 
incompetency.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 295 

[Summons, Nov. 28, 1758, to Clement Jackson, Hannah Hale, 
Ann Yeaton, and Priscilla Downs, single women, all of Ports- 
mouth, to appear and testify as to the testator's sanity.] 

[John Nelson states that he was prevented from appearing in 
court by the death of one of his children and the sickness of his 
wife and two other children; dated Exeter, Nov. 28, 1758.] 

The deposition of Priscilla Down of Lawfull age testifieth & 
saith that she was well acquainted with Miss Lydia Buss for nine 
or ten months before her Death & that she the said Lydia was 
very Childish & forgetfull for all that time often forgetting & 
denying that she had eat her meals when I well rembered she had 
eat them, and mistaking the evening for the morning, & neglect- 
ing to warm her bed in the Coldest night in winter she would 
warm it in the hottest night in Summer — And in her last Sick- 
ness when she was at her Daugher Hornys She w* Say she was at 
M' Mark Wentworth's house & that she wanted to get home, & 
when she was told that she was at her Daughter Hornys she w<* 
say her Son Horny was angry with her for Staying there & Com- 
plained that he did not Come up to see her and many Such like 
Childish actions & word too many to enumerate which shew the 
want of reason & understanding 

her 
Priscilla X Down 
mark 

Sworn in Court Nov 30*'' 1758 

attest W"" Parker Reg' 

The Deposition of George Gains of Lawful age Who testifieth 
& saith that he was well acquainted with Miss Lydia Buss late of 
Portsmouth widow deceased & that he knew her well for Six 
years before her death, All which time this deponent says She 
was very Childish and weak in her understanding being very old 
& subject to fits, & as this deponent veryly thinks not of dispos- 
ing mind & memory fit to make a will. And that she was full of 



296 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Childish actions Such as denoted want of reason & understand- 
ing. That one day last June this deponent was papering a room 
for M'' Joseph Buss where the said Lydia Buss came & picked up 
the strips of paper & had them put on her head as Ribbands & 
wore them as Such & seem'd greatly pleased with them as a Child 
w*^ with any Toys & would have wore them to her Daughter 
Horneys unless she had been hindred by her Said son Joseph 
Buss. And that Sometime in February last her Nephew John 
Paine being gone a voyage to Jamaica & having Saild in January 
last & being looked for in may or June folloing she the said Lydia 
in the Said month of February last laid by for her Said Nephew 
a piece of roasted pork & kept it till it stunk Saying the said John 
Paine was very fond of roast Pork, & that in the month of march 
last she would very often enquire once or twice a week whether 
the Brig (in which her nephey Saild) was expected Soon altho she 
was always informed it would not arrive before may or June — 
And after the news came that her said nephew was dead in 
Jamaica she would often Say she wished the Brig w^ arrive that 
she might see her Said nephew, and that in winter time after the 
said Brig was Saild & might probably have got to Jamaica She 
the said Lydia w^ often in a great Storm inquire whether it did 
not endanger the Brig & seemed very anxious about the poor boy 
as she Calld the said John Pain. And that she was full of such 
like Childish Talk and actions. 

Sworn in Court Nov' 30*'' 1758 attest George Gains 

W"" Parker Reg' 

[Bond of Joseph Buss of Portsmouth, joiner, with Joseph 
Alcock of Portsmouth, shopkeeper, as surety, in the sum of 
£100, Jan. 31, 1759, to prosecute his appeal against the probate 
of the will, contested between himself and his sister, Hannah 
Horney of Portsmouth, widow, and allowed by the Judge of 
Probate; witnesses, Hunking Wentworth, Thomas Palmer.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 297 

BENJAMIN CHOATE 1758 KINGSTON 

[Bond of Ruth Choate, widow, with William Calfe, cord- 
wainer, and Benjamin Swett, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kings- 
ton, in the sum of £2000, Aug. 28, 1758, for the administration 
of the estate of Benjamin Choate of Kingston, yeoman ; witnesses, 
Jeremy Webster, Simeon Brown.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 18, 1758, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
William Calfe, both of Kingston, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 28, 1758; amount, £3575. 5. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and William Calfe.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £911. 5, o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £660. 13. o; mentions "Supporting one 
Child from four years old to seven"; allowed Sept. 30, 1761.] 

[Commission to Jeremy Webster, Josiah Bartlett, John Calfe, 
gentleman, Solomon Wheeler, and Simmons Secomb, yeomen, 
all of Kingston, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of New Hamps: Rockingham: 

Pursuant to Warrant from the Honb'** John Wentworth Esq' 
Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for the County of Rockingham 
in the Province afores*^ to us the subscribers directed appointing 
us a Com*^^ to Divide the real estate of Benjamin Choate late 
of Kingstown in the County afores*^ deceas'd to & among the 
widow & Children of the deceas'd: We have proceeded & have 
divided & set off the s*^ estate as followeth viz : 

i^' To Ruth widow of the deceasd (now wife of William Sleeper) 
for her right of dower (or thirds) in s** estate as followeth 

i^* In the Home place: beginning at the High way going 
through s'^ Kingstown, at the southwesterly Corner of the 
premisses & from thence running Northerly by s^ High way to 
the North westerly Corner of the Barn and so on by the s^ High 
way to a stake about one rod Northerly from the North westerly 
Corner of the dwelling House, then easterly four rods to a stake; 



298 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

then southerly about twelve rods to a stake, then Easterly to the 
south westerly Corner of Solomon Wheelers land then still 
easterly by s'^ Wheelers land till it comes to Joshua Bartlets Jun' 
land on which he now lives, then south crossing the premisses, 
to the Southerly Line of the premisses, then westerly to the fore- 
mentioned Highway to the place where it first began Nine acres 
more or less; with the fore room in the Dwelling House & the 
chamber & garret over it & one Half of the cellar under it & one 
third of the Barn viz: the easterly end thereof; But it is to be 
understood here and our true Intent & meaning is that there be a 
priviledge from the High way to the House & also the Barn and 
about each of them for the children to go to, & from, the s^ 
Buildings to use & Improve their respective parts of, & Interest 
in them as Convenient as may be 

2*y In the woodland as followeth viz: four acres more or less 
Scituate in s^ Kingstown being laid out to the right of Benjamin 
Choate father of the forementioned Benjamin Choate, & is 
Bounded as may appear on s"^ Kingstown Book of records; and 
eight acres Joyning to the s*^ four acres which is part of Nine 
acres purchas'd of D'' Simeon Brown s^ eight acres Bounded as 
followeth viz: beginning at the Northerly End or side of the s<* 
Nine acres & takeing the whole width thereof to Extend south- 
erly as the land lays, so far as to leave one acre on the southerly 
side or end thereof, which s'^ acre is set off to one of the children 
as shall be hereafter mentioned 

2'y To Ruth daughter of the deceasd, now the wife of Benja- 
min Judkins for her share in the premisses seven acres more or 
less Beginning at the North Easterly Corner Bounds of the whole 
tract on the High way going to Trickleing falls (so called) & 
Joyning land of Joshua Woodman jun'' and from thence to run 
southerly by s"^ High way about thirty rods to a stake & stones, 
then westerly about forty rods to a Black Oak Tree marked, 
then Northerly to a stake & stones at the south westerly corner 
of s^ Woodmans land then easterly by s"^ Woodmans land to the 
place where it first began with one fifth part of the dwelling 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 299 

House & Barn exclusive of the widows thirds & privilidge to go to 
them to use & Improve them 

2 3 The Second & Third shares to Ammi Choate the eldest 
son of the deceasd Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning at the s<* 
High way going to the Trickleing falls (so called) at the stake & 
stones the Bounds of the first share & from thence running west- 
erly by the s^ first share to a Black Oak Tree the Bounds thereof, 
then southerly to a Pitch Pine Tree & so on the same Course to 
Land belonging to the Hiers of M"" Benjamin Choate father 
to the forementioned Benjamin Choate deceasd then easterly 
by the last mentioned land, to ten acres of land which is part 
of the premisses hereby divideing then southerly as the s^ ten 
acres lays to the south westerly corner thereof, then Easterly 
to the south Easterly Corner Bounds of the whole tract then 
Northerly about sixty rods to the stake & stones first mentioned, 
and two fifths of the remaining part of the Dwelling House & 
two fifths of the remaining part of the Barn exclusive of the 
widows thirds, with convenient priviledge of land from the High 
way to the s"* House & Barn & about them both to use & Im- 
prove the same 

4'y The fourth share to Simeon Choate Bounded as followeth 
viz Beginning at a stake & stones the North westerly corner 
Bounds of the first share also the south westerly corner Bounds of 
the forementioned Joshua Woodman jun' land & from thence 
running southerly by the first, & part of the second & third 
shares to the souther: Line of the premises hereby divided, then 
westerly on the s^^ Line to the widows thirds then North by the 
s^ thirds to the south westerly corner Bounds of Joshua Bartlets 
Jun' land, then Easterly by s^ Bartlets land to the place where 
it first began Eleven acres more or less and one fifth of the re- 
maining part of the Dwelling House & Barn Exclusive of the 
widows thirds with a Convenient priviledge of land to go from 
the High way to them & about them to use & Improve them 

5'y The fifth & last share to Benjamin Choate Bounded as 
followeth viz: Beginning at the North westerly Corner Bounds 



300 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of the forementioned Solomon Wheelers land by the High way 
called Scotland rode & from thence running westerly by s"^ rode 
or way to the main rode going thro' s'^ Kingstown then southerly 
by the last mentioned rode or High way Eight rods to a stake 
which is a Bounds of the widows thirds then Easterly by the s<^ 
thirds four rods to a stake another Bounds of the s^ thirds then 
southerly still by the s^ thirds Twelve rods to a stake which is 
also another Bounds of the s'^ thirds then Easterly by the s*^ 
thirds to Solomon Wheelers land fore mentioned, then Northerly 
by s*^ Wheelers Land to the first mentioned High way three acres 
& an Half more or less, and one acre in the forementioned wood 
land it being part of Nine acres forementioned in setting off the 
widows thirds; & is part of the s"^ nine acres, & lays on the south- 
erly side thereof to run the whole length thereof from east to 
west & to be of an Equal Breadth in all places & is Bounded 
Northerly on part of the s'^ thirds, also we set off to the s'^ 
Benjamin one fifth of the remaining part of the dwelling House 
& Barn with Convenient priviledge to go from the s^ High way 
to them & about them as there shall be Occasion in their useing 
& Improveing of them 

In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands this Seven- 
teenth Day of april in the 12*'' year of his majestys Reign annoq : 
Domini 1772 

Jeremy Webster 
Josiah Bartlett 
John Calef 
Solomon Wheeler 
Simmons Seccomb 

[Additional account by William Sleeper and Ruth Sleeper, 
formerly Ruth Choate, administratrix; receipts, £16. 10. 7>^; 
expenditures, £8. i. o; allowed April 29, 1772.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3OI 

ANN CLOUGH 1758 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Ann Clough of Brentwood 
granted to Jacob French of South Hampton, yeoman, Aug. 28, 

1758.1 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 42.] 

[Bond of Jacob French, with Samuel French of South Hamp- 
ton, gentleman, and Reuben Sanborn of Hampton Falls, yeo- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Aug. 28, 1758, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate of his mother, Ann Clough ; witnesses, 
William Parker, Samuel Slade.] 

[Agreement, Jan. 2, 1759, of Jacob French, William French of 
Hampton Falls, Samuel Winslow and wife Jane, formerly Jane 
French, Nathan Sanborn and wife Jemima, formerly Jemima 
French, all of Epping, Daniel Roby of Chester and wife Anna, 
formerly Anna French, Winthrop Clough of Kensington and wife 
Rachel, formerly Rachel French, Anthony Peavey and wife 
Mary, formerly Mary French, children of Ann Clough, formerly 
Ann French, widow of Jacob French of Hampton Falls, joiner, 
as to the division of her personal estate; witnesses, Elijah Cram, 
James Russell.] 



JONATHAN HILLIARD 1758 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this twenty Ninth Day of August 
Anno Domini 1758 In the thirty Second Year of his Majestys 
Reign I Jonathan Hilyard of Hampton falls in the Province of 
New Hampshire in New England Yeoman * * * 

Item my Will is as to my well beloved wife Mary that she have 
the same part and Share of my Estate Real and Personal As 
the Law allows 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Joseph Hilyard his 
heirs and assigns Six Acres of Land at the Southwesterly Corner 
of my Land where I Live Bounding Southerly by the Way 



302 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

which goes by my House to Hogpen so Called to be twenty Rods 
in wcdth upon said way, and so to Run back from said way 
Carrying the same wedth by the Side of Cap* Nason's land untill 
Six acres are Compleated, I also give to my said Son two acres 
of Marsh which I Bought of Abner Sanborn 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Benjamin Hilyard his 
heirs and Assigns All the Remainder of my Land in Hampton 
be the Same more or Less With my Dwelling House and Barn 
and all my Buildings And all Appurtenances to said Land and 
Buildings belonging or Appertaining And in Consideration 
hereof I Order him my said Son Benjamin to Purchase forty 
acres of Good Land Suitable for to Settle upon in the Township 
of Chester or Nottingham or in Some other Town as Convenient 
for to Settle in as said Towns are And to Convey said forty 
acres of Land to my Son Jonathan Hilyard when he said Jona- 
than shall Arrive at the age of twenty one years so that he my 
said Son Jonathan may have & injoy the Same to him his heirs 
and assigns which is part of the Settlement I Design for my said 
Son Jonathan I Also Order my said Son Benjamin to pay to his 
Sisters as hereafter mentioned 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Hilyard his 
heirs and assigns my Right in the tract of Land Granted to 
Ichabod Robie Esq' And Others by the Purchasers of the Right 
of John Tufton Mason Esq% Also the forty acres of Land my 
Son Benjamin is to purchase for him As Above Ordered, And 
further I Order my said Son Benjamin to pay what shall from 
time to time be Due upon the above mentioned Right that so 
the Same may not be forfeited 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Sanborn 
Six sheep to be Deliverd her by my Executor. 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughters Hannah, Eliza- 
beth, Nanne, Mary and Marcy Each of them fifty Pounds New 
Tenor to be paid to Each of them As they Respectively Arrive 
to the age of twenty one years by my Executor hereinafter- 
named 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3O3 

Item I Give And Bequeath to Marcy Taylor who formerly 
lived with me twenty five Pounds New Tenor to be paid her by 
my Executor within four years after my Decease or at the time 
of her being married which shall first happen 

Item I Order that my Husbandry Tools shall be kept for man- 
aging my Place my wife Mary to have the use of them with my 
said Son Benjamin And as to my Stock of Creatures after my 
Debts and funeral Charges shall be paid the Remainder to my 
Son Benjamin 

Lastly I Do by these presents Constitute & Appoint my Son 
Benjamin Hilyard Sole Executor * * * 

Jonathan Hilyard 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Joseph Chase hilyard, Joseph 
Pearkins. 

[Proved Nov. 30, 1758.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 30, 1758, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Deacon Josiah Batchelder, both of Hampton Falls, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 10, 1759; amount, £10,186. 16. o; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Josiah Batchelder.] 

[Guardianship of Mercy Hilliard, minor, daughter of Jona- 
than Hilliard, granted to Joseph Chase Hilliard of Kensington, 
yeoman, June 27, 1770.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 26, p. 256.] 

[Bond of Joseph Chase Hilliard, with Richard Nason of Hamp- 
ton Falls and Stephen Prescott of Kingston, yeoman, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, June 27, 1770, for the guardianship of Mercy 
Hilliard, aged less than 14 years, daughter of Jonathan Hilliard; 
witnesses, John Wentworth, Nathan Green.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Hilliard, minor, aged more than 14 
years, granted to Joseph Chase Hilliard of Kensington, yeoman, 
July 12, 1770.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 26, p. 457.] 



304 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Joseph Chase Hilliard, with Caleb Shaw of Kensing- 
ton, gentleman, as surety, in the sum of £200, July 12, 1770, 
for the guardianship of Mary Hilliard, daughter of Jonathan 
Hilliard; witnesses, John Shaw, William Parker, Jr.] 



ISAAC HANSON 1758 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Isaac Hanson of Dover, yeo- 
man, granted to Susanna Hanson of Dover, widow, Aug. 30, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 43.] 

[Bond of Susanna Hanson, with Ichabod Canney of Dover and 
Benjamin Canney of Somersworth, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Aug. 30, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Thomas Hart.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 30, 1758, authorizing Joseph Austin and Joseph 
Hanson, Jr., both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 9, 1758; amount, £7929.4.0; signed by 
Joseph Austin and Joseph Hanson.] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to Ichabod Canney of 
Dover, yeoman, Sept. 23, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 500.] 

[Bond of Ichabod Canney, with Benjamin Canney of Dover 
and John Plummer of Rochester, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Sept. 23, 1760, for the administration de bonis non of the 
estate; witnesses, Cutts Shannon, John Hogg.] 

Province of \ We the Subscribers being apointed with others 

New Hams' / by the Hon^'^ John wentworth Esq"" Judge of 

Probate of wills for said Province as ^ Warrant to us directed To 

Devide the Rale Estete of Isaac Hanson Late of Dover Decs^ 

among his Childrin by the Request of the oldest Son, we have 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3O5 

divided the Estate as hereafter to them as it appeared to us it 
might be done 

first — To Tobias Hanson the oldest Son Two Shires the 
Dweeling House and Part of the homestead Land bounding as 
followeth viz Begining by the main Road that Leeds through 
Cochecho South 12'^ west Eighteen Rods from the west Cornor of 
the afores*^ Land Runing Noth Sc^ East Eight Rods then South 
io<^ east five Rods then noth So"^ East Seventy four Rods to 
Sheffelds Land So Call*^ then by Sheffelds Land south 45^ east 
Eleven Rods to George Hansons Land then by s^ Georges Land 
South 31*^ west Sixty Two Rods then noth fifty eight Degrees 
west fifty Seven Rods then south 89^^ west Sixteen Rods to the 
Road then by s** Road to the first bound Containing nineteen 
acres more or less all within these afores'^ bound we set of to the 
afores*^ Tobias Hanson for his Two Shers in the afores^ Estate 
Together with the barn now standing on his sisters Hannah 
Right or Loot of Land in the afores<^ Estate we alowing the afores^ 
Tobias Hanson six months from the Date hearof to take of the 
afores'^ barn. If s** barn is not Remov^ with in the afores'^ time 
alow^ then his afores** sister Hannah Hanson to keep the af ores'* 
barn — 

2ly — To Lydia watson part of the home Stead Land begining 
noth 69^ East Seven Rods and a half from the west Cornor of 
saide Land Runing South iS'^ East fifteen Rods then noth 76"* 
East Twenty Two Rods then Runing noth i8<^ west Twelve 
Rods then South 76^ west eleven Rods then noth 29*^ west three 
Rods then to the first bounds Containing one acre and Three 
Quarters, more Land eight acres and half Lying on the south Sid 
of the Road that Leeds from Cochecho to Jon^ Bickford in Dover 
bounding Notherly by the way and Southerly by Elijah Tuttels 
Land and Westerly Partly by Moses and Aron Wingate and 
Partly by Caleb Hodgdon there Land all within these afores^ 
Lydia bounds more or less we set of to the afores^ Lydia Watson 
for her Right in the fores'* Estate 

3'y — To Hannah Hanson Part of the home Stead begining by 



306 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the main Road that Leeds through Cochecho att Benj^ Hanson 
Land Runing noth I2<^ east eight Rods then noth eighty nine 
Degrees east Sixteen Rods then South 58 '^ east fifty seven Rods 
to George Hanson Land then by s^ Georges Land South 31"^ 
west thirty eight Rods then noth 82^ west Twenty nine Rods 
then noth 37 '^ west Teen Rods and a half to Knock Hoige Land 
then by s^ Hoiges Land noth iG'* east twenty Rods then noth 
Two Degrees east Twenty four Rods by the wi'^ Sarah Hanson 
Land then noth 58 '^ west Partly by the wi'^ Sarah and Partly by 
Benj» Hanson their Land to the first bounds Containing Thirteen 
acres all within these afores^ Hannah bounds more or Less we 
set of to the afores'^ Hannah Hanson for her Right in the afores<^ 
estate excepting the barn Standing on the afores^ Hannah Land 
low^ to her brother Tobias If the afores'i Tobias Hanson moves it 
of from the afores"^ Hannah Land within the time we alow^ him 
If not Removd within the Time alowed then the afores'^ Hannah 
Hanson to have the afores^^ barn for her own — 

4'y — To Isaac Hanson Part of the homestead Land begining 
att the west Cornor of s'^ Land by the Road Runing South 12*^ 
west Eighteen Rods by s'l Road then noth 80*^ East eight Rods 
then South ic^ East five Rods then noth 80^ east Seventy four 
Rods to Sheffelds Land so CaH then noth 45 ^^ west Twenty eight 
Rods by Sheffeld then noth 67'^ west six Rod then South 6y^ west 
twenty seven Rods by Humphry Hansons Land Late of Dover 
Deces'i then South 18'^ east twelve Rods then South Seventy six 
Degres west Twenty Two Rods then noth 18*^ west fiften Rods 
then a Strate Corse to the first bounds Containing nine acres 
more or Less all with in these afores^ Isaac bounds we set 
of to the afores'^ Isaac Hanson for his Right in the afores<^ 
Estate — 

5'y To Susannah Hanson and Rose Hanson the out Land Lying 
on the west side of the mane Road that Leeds from Cochecho to 
Rochester att black water So CaH and Lying Partly in the Town 
of Summerworth and Partly in Dover afores^ Containing Eighty 
acres to be Equelly Divided between the afores'^ Susannah and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3O7 

Rose acording to Quonitty and Quolity for there Part of the 

aforesaid Estate 

All which is Humbly Submitted by us acording to the best of 

our Judgment. Dover april 6*^ 1771 — 

Joshua Wingate 1 

Joseph Roberts > Committee 

Elijah Estes J 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £75. 18. o; expendi- 
tures, £76. 12. 9; allowed May 22, 1771.] 



FRANCIS ROBERTS 1758 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Francis Roberts of Somers- 
worth, yeoman, granted to Moses Carr of Somersworth, physi- 
cian, Aug. 30, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 47.] 

[Bond of Moses Carr, with James Philpot of Somersworth, 
mariner, and James Kielle of Dover, tailor, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Aug. 30, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Thomas Hart.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 30, 1758, authorizing John Wentworth, gentle- 
man, and Moses Stevens, tanner, both of Somersworth, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 28, 1758; amount, £5090.15.0; 
signed by John Wentworth and Moses Stevens.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2167. 14. o; expendi- 
tures, £2191. 12. 3; allowed June 30, 1762.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £3616. o. 8; expenditures, £3481. 
17. 3; allowed April 29, 1772.] 

Rockingham ss 

To the Honble John Wentworth Esq'' Judge of the probate of 
wills &c for the County of Rockingham 



308 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Humbly shews Love Roberts of Somersworth in the County of 
Rockingham yeoman that your Petitioner owns one Half of one 
Hundred Acres of Land with the Buildings on the Same in 
Somersworth afores^ which descended & Came unto your Peti- 
tioner & Francis Roberts late of said Somersworth dec^ from their 
Father Love Roberts late of Somersworth afores'^ Gent" dec<^ 
which said Estate your Petitioner and the s^ Francis held in 
Common & undivided with Francis till his Death & Now is held 
in Common and undivided by your Petitioner to whom one 
Moiety belongs & the other moiety to Betty, Sarah, Francis, 
John & Molly Children & Heirs to the said Francis wherefore 
your Petitioner prays your Honor to Issue your Warrant to Five 
sufficient Freeholders to divide the premises afores'^ into two 
equal parts the one Moiety to hold to your Petitioner in severalty 
& the other to the Heirs of said Francis & set them off by good 
& sufficient metes & Bounds 

Portsm" April 29*'^ 1772 Love Roberts 

[The court ordered notice to be served on Charles Baker, 
guardian of Molly, Francis, and John Roberts, John Ham and 
his wife Betty, daughter of Francis Roberts, and Sarah Roberts.] 

[Warrant, May 4, 1772, authorizing Ichabod Rollins, James 
Garvin, gentlemen, Francis Yeaton, Jonathan Wentworth, and 
John Pike, husbandmen, to divide the estate held in common.] 

Pursuant To a Warrant To us directed By the Hon" John 
Wentworth Esq"" Judge of Probate for the County of Rocking- 
ham, To divide the Real Estate of Love Roberts, late of Somers- 
worth in said County dec<^ between Love Roberts Son to the said 
deceased and the Heirs of Francis Roberts late of Somersworth 
afores*^ deceased. We have divided the same in the Following 
Manner — 

To the Heirs of said Francis, the western End of the Home- 
stead Scituate on the South side of the road that leads from 
Salmon falls to the Meeting House in said Town, Begining at the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3O9 

N: W: Corner of s'* Land then So: 24° East Six Chains Then So: 
11° 30. E. Nine Chains, So: 50° E: Nine Chains Sixty Hnks — 
North seventy five degrees E: Thirteen Chains Twenty links — 
No: 39° E: Twelve Chains fifty links — North 13° W: Nine 
Chains fifty Links — So: 87° 30 W: Twelve Chains No: 15° W: 
Eight Chains — So: 62° W: Three Chains — So: 68° W: Seven 
Chains — Then on a strait Course to The first Bounds, Contain- 
ing Fifty four Acres — also a Tract of Land at Black-Water (so 
Called) in s^^ Town — Begining at the N E Corner of the Parson- 
age in s-i Town, Then No: 6° W: Thirteen Chains — So: 84° W: 
Fifteen Chains Fifty links — So: 6° E: Thirteen Chains So: 
84° W: Eleven Chains fifty links — So: 6° E: 7:50 No: 84° E 
Thirteen Chains 50 L to the Parsonage afores^ — No : 6° West 
7 :50 — No : 84° E Thirteen Chains Sixty links to the first Bound 
Containing Thirty Six Acres also half a Right in the Town of 

Canterbury in the County of 

To the s^ Love the Eastern End of s^ Homes'^ Begining at the 
N: E: Corner of the Heirs of s<^ Francis then So: 13° E Nine 
Chains fifty Links — So : 39° W : Twelve Chains Fifty Links — 
So: 75° W: Thirteen Chains Thirty Links — So: 50° E Eight 
Chains Forty Links — No: 87° E: Six Chains fifty Links No: 
Fifty five degrees E : Seventy five Links — No : 86° E Four 
Chains So: 84° E Three Chains No 15° E Nine Chains No: 46° E: 
5 Chains — No: 66° 30" E. seven chains — No: 41° E: 2}4 
Chains No: 6° E: Three Chains 75 links — No 15° W: Six Chains 
fifty links — No: 29° 30" W: Five Chains Fifty Links — So: 
79° W: Three Chains — West One Chain fifty links So: 87° W: 
Nine Chains Eighty Eight Links — Then on a strait Course to 
the first Bound, Containing Forty four Acres — Also to the s"^ 
Love or his Assigns, the remainder of the Tract of Land at black 
Water afores*^ Beginning at the S: E: Corner of the Parsonage 
afores'i Then runing S: 84° W Thirteen Chains Sixty links No: 6° 
W Three Chains — So: 84° W: Thirteen Chains 50 Lk — So: 
6° E Three Chains No : 84° E : Three Chains forty seven links — ■ 
So: 10° E. Twelve Chains — No: 80° E: Twenty Three Chains 



310 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Fifty links — Then on a Strait Course to the first Bound Con- 
taining Thirty Acres — also the remaining half of the right 
afores'^ in the Town of Canterbury — Dated at Somersworth the 
26 day of May, 1772 

Icha^ Rollins 

James Garvin 

Jon" Wentworth }■ Committee 

Francis yeaton 

John Pike 

[Warrant, Dec. 25, 1772, authorizing Ichabod Rollins, James 
Garvin, Francis Yeaton, Jonathan Wentworth, and John Pike to 
divide the real estate.] 

Pursuant to a Warrant To us directed By the Hon « John Went- 
worth Esq' Judge of Probate for the County of Rockingham To 
divide the Real Estate of Francis Roberts late of Somersworth in 
s^ County dec*^ Between the Wid'' of s^ Francis and his heirs, 
We have divided the Same in the Following Manner — 

To the Wid^ of s^ Francis the Eastern End of the homes^ 
Begining at the N : E : Corner of s^ Land by the Road that leads 
from Salmon-falls to the Meeting-house in s^ Town Then Runing 
So: 15° E 8 Chains — No: 87° 38 E 12 Chains So 13° E 9 Chs 
50 Ls — So : 39° W : 12 Chs 50 Ls No : 22° W : 25 Chs 40 Ls to the 
Road afores'^ Then on a Strait Course to the First Bound — 
Containing 19 Acres & half — To Francis Roberts Son to s^ 
Francis dec^ Sixteen Acres and one Quarter Begining at the N W 
Corner of the Wid"^ Thirds By the Road afores'^ then Runing 
So 22° E 25 Chs 40 Ls — So: 75° W: 7 Chs — No: 21° W: 24 Chs 
20 Ls to the Road afores*^ Then on a strait Course to the First 
Bound — To John Carr Roberts Son to the s"^ Francis dec<* 
Nine Acres and 20 Poles Begining at the N: W: Corner of s** 
Francis Then runing So: 21° E 24 Chs 20 Links — So: 75° W: 4 
Chains 90 links — No: 19° W: 24 Chains to the road afores'* 
then on a Strait Course to the First Bound — To Molly Roberts 
daughter to the s*^ Francis dec^ Nine Acres and 20 Poles Begining 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 3 II 

at the N: W: Corner of s^ John, Then Runing So: 19° E 24 Chs 
So: 75° W: one Chain Forty Links No: 50° W: 9 Chs 60 Links 
No 11° W 9 Chains — No: 24° W: 6 Chains to the road afores"^ 
Then on a Strait Course to the First Bound — To Betty Ham 
daughter to the s^ Francis dec^ Six Acres at Black Water in s*^ 
Town, Begining Three Chains To the No'* of the S: W: Corner of 
the Parsonage in s^ Town, runing W: 6° S 13 Chs 50 Links — 
No: 6° W: 4 Chs 40 L East 6° No: 13 Chains 50 L to the Parson- 
age afores^ — So : 6° E 4 Chs 40 Ls To the First Bound — Also 

half a Right in the Town of Canterbury in County of To 

Sarah Roberts Daughter to the s<* Francis Dec* Thirty Acres at 
Black Water afores** Begining at the N : E : Corner of the Parson- 
age afores^ Runing W: 6° S 13 Chains and Half — So: 6° E. 7 
Chains and half — W: 6° S 13 Chs 50 L — No: 6° W 7 Chains & 
Half — E: 6° No: 11 Chs 50 Links N: 6° W: 13 Chs — E: 6° 
No: 15 Ch 50 Ls Then So: 6° E 13 Chains To the First Bound — 
Dated at Somersworth December 21^* 1772 

Icha'* Rollins 

James Garvin 

Jon" Wentworth )■ Committee 

Francis Yeaton 

John Pike 

[Additional account of the administrator; receipts, £3616. 
0.8; expenditures, £3626. 13. 11 ; mentions "half of a Negro 
man"; allowed Aug. 31, 1774.] 



NATHANIEL TUCKERMAN 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Tuckerman of 
Portsmouth, mariner, granted to John Tuckerman of Newcastle, 
fisherman, Aug. 31, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 55.] 

[Bond of John Tuckerman, with Joseph Brewster, shopkeeper, 
and George Boyd, rope-maker, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, 



312 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

in the sum of £1000, Aug. 31, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 



BENJAMIN THOMAS 1758 NORTH HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen I Benjamin Thomas of North 

Hampton in the Province of New Hampshire Gent, being aged 
* * * 

Item I give to Abigail my beloved wife the use & Improvement 
of my Part of the Dwelling House wherein I live with Liberty of 
the use of the Well Cellar & Dairy Room thereto belonging with 
liberty of taking as many Apples as She Shall have Occasion to 
use for her Self out of my Orchard & Land Sufficient for a Garden 
as She Shall judge Convenient and besides this I give her one 
hundred Pounds of Pork & One hundred Pounds of Beef and the 
use of two good milch Cows maintain 'd Winter & Summer with 
Sufficient fire wood to be hal'd & Cut at her Door with Ten 
Bushels of Indian Corn & two Bushels of English two Bushels of 
Malt & three Barrels of Cyder when my Orchard produces fruit 
Sufficient for it with Twelve pounds of Flax from the Swingle 
with three pounds of Sheeps wool all these Particulars to be pro- 
vided for her yearly by my Executor during the time she shall 
Remain my Widow I also give her all the Goods & Estate She 
bro't to me at her marriage with me and that house hold Furni- 
ture which has been made or Purchased Since we have lived to- 
gether by us and also a Decent Suit of Mourning — and in 
Default of my Said Execufs finding and Providing for my Said 
wife the Particulars above mentiond yearly I hereby give her 
Power to Dispose of any part of my Personal Estate or to Enter 
& take the Profits of any Part of my Real Estate Equal in Value 
to what Shall be wanting and in Arrearage of the Said paym*' or 
Provision aforesaid Yearly — this is to be in Lieu of her Dower — 

Item I give to my Son Jonathan my Great Coat and to my Son 
Benjamin Thomas twenty Shillings old Tenor I having given 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 313 

them their part & Portion of my Estate and as much as I can 
afford them — 

Item I give to my Grandsons Elisha & WilHam the Sons of my 
Son James Deceased all my wearing Apparel Except what is 
otherways herein Particularly Dispos'd of — to be Equally 
Divided between Them — Item I give to my Grand Daughter 
Abigail Nudd all my Household Furniture within doors not 
herein before given to my wife Provided the Said Abigail Shall 
live to the Age of Eighteen years but if she Shall Die before she 
arrives at that age then the Said Goods are to be for her Sister 
Martha these being the Daughters of my Daughter Abigail 
Deceas'd. I also give to Each of my Grand Children not 
herein Named and who are Children of my Said Daughter De- 
ceased and the Children of my Son James Deceasd who are not 
before herein named five Shillings old Tenor Each — 

Item I give to my Son Elisha my best Strait Bodied Coat and 
all my other Personal Estate not herein before Disposed of to 
Enable him to pay all my Debts & Legacies and to give & Pro- 
vide for me a Decent Funeral & make the Yearly Payments 
aforesaid to my wife I also give & Devise to my Son Elisha all my 
Real Estate to him his Heirs & assigns forever upon Condition of 
his making Said Yearly payments to my Said Wife as above 
mentioned & permitting her to use & Improve that part of the 
Same herein before given to her use according to the Limitation 
aforesaid Quietly & Peaceably and after her Interest & use 
therein shall be Determined either by her Death or marriage 
then my Said Son to have & hold the whole as aforesaid but if he 
Should Sell the Same before my wifes term therein as afores*^ 
Shall be Ended I hereby Subject the whole of my Said Real 
Estate to answer for the bequests made to her as above men- 
tioned & give her by these Presents full Power to Enter into the 
Same for that End — in whose hands Soever it shall be 

Lastly I hereby appoint my Son Elisha to be Sole Execuf^ of 
this my last Will & Testament and hereby Revoke all other 
wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have here- 



314 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

unto Set my hand & Seal the 12*^ Day of Septemb"" Anno Domini 

1758 

Benj" Thomas 

[Witnesses] Daniel Samborn, Reuben Gove Dearborn, Charles 

Crymbel, William Parker. 

In the Name of God Amen I Benjamin Thomas within Named 
having Considered my foregoing Will & there being Some altera- 
tion in my Circumstances Since I made the said Will as some 
other Reason for making an Alteration I Judge it proper to make 
this as a Codicel to my Said Will & Testament In the first place I 
give to my Said Wife my horse which I now Own or if I shall 
Change him for any other that which I shall own at my Decease 
to be at her own Disposal — To my Grand Daughters Abigail 
Nudd & Martha Nudd I give all my household furniture within 
Doors which in my Said Will is given only to Abigail I now give 
the Same to them both Equally Divided and if one of them Dies 
before marriage the Survivor to have the whole — And as to the 
Devise in my Said Will which I have in my Said Will made to my 
Son Elisha Considering that he does not manage his Affairs with 
Prudence & good Husbandry I Revoke every article thereof & 
give him only a Strait Bodied Homespun Coat of my wearing 
Apparel & twenty Shillings old Tenor besides what he has already 
had of my Estate And all & Every matter article & thing which 
in my said Will is given & Devised to my Said Son Elisha I 
hereby give & Devise the Same to my Grand Son James Nudd to 
hold to him his heirs & assigns he & they doing & Performing for 
my said Wife what my Said Son Elisha is orderd to do In my 
Said will and to hold to him the said James under the Same 
Conditions & Limitations as fully & Effectually as if the same 
Estate had been at first Devised & given to him the Said James 
In all other Respects I confirm my Said Will and order & Ordain 
this Codicil to be Considered as part of my last Will & Testament 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
15th Day of May Anno Domini 1760 

Benj Thomas 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 315 

[Witnesses] Abigail Parker, Samuel Parker, Sol' Lowd, W™ 
Parker, 

[Proved Nov. 26, 1766.] 



JOSEPH HANSON 1758 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Hanson of Dover 
granted to his son, Ephraim Hanson of Dover, innholder, Sept. 
12, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 57.] 

[Bond of Ephraim Hanson, with Dependence Bickford, yeo- 
man, and James Kielle, tailor, as sureties, all of Dover, in the 
sum of £2000, Sept, 12, 1758, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, William Parker, Thomas Wendell.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 13, 1758, authorizing William Shackford and 
Thomas Westbrook Waldron, both of Dover, gentlemen, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 4, 1758; amount, £25,266. 14. 11; signed by 
William Shackford and Thomas Westbrook Waldron.] 

[Guardianship of John Burnham Hanson, minor, aged more 
than 14 years, son of Joseph Hanson, granted to Valentine 
Mathes Jan. 22, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 145.] 

[Bond of Valentine Mathes of Durham, yeoman, with Win- 
throp Burnham of Durham, tanner, and Nathaniel Adams of 
Portsmouth, merchant, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Jan. 22, 
1759, for the guardianship of John Burnham Hanson; witnesses, 
Winborn Adams, Meriel Burnham.] 



JAMES CLEMENTS i75« SOMERSWORTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The Twentieth day of Sep' in y" 
year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Eight I 



3l6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

James Clements of The Town of Somersworth in the province of 
New: Hampshire in New England, Husbandman * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife Sarah, 
the one quarter of the Income of my Homestead Yearly, During 
her widowhood, & if she marries again, then y^ Improvement of 
one Third of My Homestead, during her natural life 

Item I Give & bequeath to my said Wife Sarah all my personal 
Estate as Household Goods Stock of Creatures &c excepting my 
Gun 

Item I give & bequeath to my S^ wife Sarah the use of My 
House during her widowhood & if she marries again, then the use 
of one half of My House during her natural life 

Item I give & bequeath To My beloved Son Job the one half of 
all My lands in Somersworth, Rochester, Dover & elsewhere to 
him his Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to My belved Son Abner, the other 
half of all My lands in Somersworth, Rochester, Dover & else- 
where, to him his Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item Its my will that my Said Sons Job & Abner cut & hall 
equally between them so Much firewood for My s*^ wife Sarah, 
as she shall have occasion to burn during her widowhood. 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Daughter Abigail 
fifty pounds old Ten' after the rate of Dollers at Six pounds old 
Tennor to be paid equally by My two Said Sons Job & Abner 
within Seven years after My decease 

Item I give & bequeath to my beloved Daughter Shuah fifty 
pounds old Ten"" after y rate of Dollers at Six pounds old Tennor 
to be paid equally by my two Said Sons Job & Abner within 
Seven years after my decease. 

Item I give & bequeath to My beloved Daughter Sarah fifty 
pounds old Tennor after y^ rate of Dollers at Six pounds old 
Ten"^ to be paid equally by My two s'^ Sons Job & Abner within 
Seven years after My decease. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son Abner My dwell- 
ing House after My wife has done with it, He helping My Son 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 317 

Job to build another End to the house he lives in, that Is being at 
half the Cost. 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Grandaughter, Sarah, 
y daughter of my beloved Son John deceasd Two Hundred 
pounds old Ten'' after y« rate of Dollers at Six pounds — to be 
paid equally by My s^ Sons Job & Abner, when she arrives at y* 
age of Eighteen Years, but if she dies before she arrives at S'^ age, 
they are to keep Said Soms to themselves 

Item I give & bequeath to My S*^ Grandaughter Sarah Eight 
good sheep to be paid her equally by My two Sons Job & Abner 

Item Its My will that My S"^ Sons Job & Abner give each of 
them a Cow, to my s*^ Grandaughter Sarah, when she arrives at 
y« aforesaid age. If she Marries befor said age, she is to be paid 
when she marries 

Item I give & bequeath to My Grandson James, y® Son of 
My S<^ Son Abner My Gun. 

Item I will that My s^ Sons Job & Abner pay My funeral 
Charges & all My LawfuU Debts, 

Item I do hereby Constitute Make and ordain My S'* Sons 
Job & Abner My Sole Executors * * * 

James Clements 

[Witnesses] Samuel Russell, Samuel Rendel Juner, Daniel 
Pike. 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1764.] 

[Sarah Clements, widow, accepts the terms of the will and 
waives inventory Oct. 31, 1764; witnesses, James Pike, Moses 
Stevens.] 

[Bond of Job Clements and Abner Clements, with Samuel 
Randall, gentleman, as surety, all of Somersworth, in the sum of 
£10,000, Oct. 31, 1764, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
John Sullivan, William Vaughan.] 



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JOHN YOUNG 1758 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of John Young of Kingston, 
wheelwright, granted to Dorothy Young of Kingston, widow, 
Sept. 2-], 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 58.] 

[Bond of Dorothy Young, with Benjamin Cilley, yeoman, and 
Aaron Young, millwright, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum 
of £2000, Sept. 27, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, David Sewall, Jonathan Sanborn.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 30, 1759; amount, £4037.6.0; signed by 
Thomas Eakens and James Proctor.] 

[Moses Young, aged about 19 years, makes choice of his uncle, 
Jonathan Young of Kingston, gentleman, as his guardian Feb. 5, 
1759; witnesses, John Sleeper, Edward Sargent, Nathaniel 
Etheridge.] 

[Guardianship of Moses Young, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of John Young, granted to Jonathan Young of Kings- 
ton, gentleman, Feb. 6, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 192.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Young, with Aaron Young and Benjamin 
Sanborn as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of £500, Feb. 6, 
I759> for the guardianship of Moses Young, son of John Young of 
Kingston, yeoman, deceased; witnesses, Nathaniel Huntoon, 
Jacob Garland.] 

[List of claims against the estate, June 10, 1760; amount, 
£1237. 8. 7; signed by Jeremy Webster and William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 14, 1760, authorizing Jeremy Webster, Jona- 
than Greeley, Josiah Bartlett, physician, William Parker, gentle- 
man, and Thomas Batchelder, joiner, all of Kingston, to set off 
the widow's dower.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 319 

Province of New Hamps'^ 

Pursuant to Warrant from the Honb^'' Court of Probate of 
Wills &c for s'^ Province We the subscribers have proceeded & set 
off to Dorothy Tompson now the wife of Thomas Thompson 
formerly Widow & Relict of John Young Late of Kingstown in s*^ 
Province deceasd her Dower (or Thirds) in the Estate of her 
former Husband the s*^ John Young described & Bounded as 
followeth viz : all the Land belonging to the deceas'd in his Life 
time that Lays on the Easterly side of the High way going by 
Alder Meadow Mill (so Called) to the North Rode (so Called) 
and on the Easterly side of the Brook that runs from the s"^ mill 
till it Comes into Lieu* Samuel Colcords Land as it lays & is 
Bounded; seven acres be it more or Less; as witness our hands 
the 3^^ day of March Anno: dom: 1760 

Jeremy Webster 
W°> Parker 
Thomas Bachelder 

[Account of Thomas Thompson and his wife Dorothy, admin- 
istratrix; receipts, £3661.3.0; expenditures, £1838.7.2; men- 
tions "Sundries in Inventory by mistake which were given by 
said Deceased in his life time to one of his Sons for house keep- 
ing .... maintenance of a Child under 7 years 2 years 3 
Months"; allowed Nov. 14, 1760.] 



WILLIAM MORRISON 1758 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of William Morrison of Notting- 
ham, yeoman, granted to James Morrison of Nottingham Sept. 
27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 65.] 

[Bond of James Morrison, with Thomas Simpson and James 
Kelsey as sureties, all of Nottingham, yeomen, in the sum of 



320 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

£2000, Sept. 21, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, WilUam Parker, David Sewall.] 



THEOPHILUS COLBY 1758 SANDOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Theophilus Colby of San- 
down, yeoman, granted to Priscilla Colby, widow, Sept. 27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 76.] 

[Bond of Priscilla Colby, with Benjamin Tucker of Sandown, 
yeoman, and John Woodman of Hampstead, cooper, as sureties, 
in the sum of £2000, Sept. 27, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, John Muzzey, John Hogg.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 27, 1758, authorizing John Hogg, gentleman, 
and John Muzzey, yeoman, both of Hampstead, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 2, 1758; amount, £846. 5. o; signed 
by John Hogg and John Muzzey.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £891. 15. o; expendi- 
tures, £595. 8. 6; mentions "maintaining i of the Deceas'd Chil- 
dren 3^ years She being 7 years old in May 1759 .... Ditto 
another Child 4^ Years She being now of that Age"; allowed 
Nov. 26, 1761.] 



SAMUEL FLANDERS 1758 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Flanders of Brent- 
wood, yeoman, granted to Mary Flanders, widow, Sept. 27, 
1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 76.] 

[Bond of Mary Flanders, with Orlando Weed of Brentwood 
and Benjamin Cilley of Kingston as sureties, in the sum of £500, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 321 

Sept. 2"], 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
WiUiam Parker, David SewalL] 

[Warrant, Sept. 27, 1758, authorizing Orlando Weed and 
Joseph Godfrey, both of Brentwood, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 19, 1758; amount, £4010. 6. o; signed by 
Orlando Weed and Joseph Godfrey.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1542. 6. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £767. 18. 6; allowed Oct. 31, 1759.] 

[Warrant, Nov. i, 1759, authorizing Daniel Beede, Joseph 
Godfrey, Ebenezer Sleeper, Jonathan Cram, and Leander Weed, 
all of Brentwood, to set ofif the widow's dower.] 

[Warrant, March 25, 1761, to the same parties to divide the 
real estate.] 

[Additional account of expenditures by the administratrix; 
amount, £74. o. o; Onesiphorus Flanders, Samuel Flanders, 
and Mehitabel Flanders certify, May 27, 1761, that their mother 
has done the work on the cellar as charged; Daniel Beede and 
Edward Locke certify to the same; allowed May 27, 1761.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon*''^ Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of 
New Hamp"" J the Probate of wills &c for said Province 
Whereas by your Hon" warrant we y^ subscribers ware ap- 
pointed a Committee to divide the Real Estate of Samuel Fland- 
ers Late of Brintwood in said Province deceas<^ Intestate to & 
amonge the widow and Childran of the said deceas*^ agreeable 
to Law Accordingly we have mett view^ valued Divided & set off 
thee said Estate In shares as folio we th viz 

i^* To Mary Flanders y widow of y s^ Deceas*^ her Dower or 
third part as follows Begining on Lyfords Land Runing westerly 
Carrying the whole Bredth of y^ s"* Deces"^^ till it Comes to y« 
high that Leads by the said deces'^ house & binding on Every 
part of y^ East side of s'^ way & on the west side of Said way 



322 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Begining at Eph™ Merrills Land Runing northerly on said way 
Twelve rods to a stump than west & by North 140*^ Rods to the 
head of y« Lott than Southerly Twelve Rods to s^ morrills North- 
west Corner than Easterly on morril to the afore said way Seven- 
teen acers more or Less & y^ fore Room in the house with y" 
one half y^ Celler & the one half of the Chamber &c — 

The other Two thirds we have Divided & set off to and amonge 
y* children of said Deceas'^ as followeth viz To Rhoda the i"* 
Share Begining at a stump Mention*^ for a bounds of the widows 
3** from said stump Runs northerly on Said way Thirteen Rods & 
one half than to Run west & by North Carrying the Bredth of s<^ 
13^ Rods sixty Rods five acers more or Less and y^ one Twelfth 
part of the Said dwelling house To Samuel the 2 & 3*^ Shares 
Begining at a stake Being the South west Corner of Rhoades 
from thence Runs North 27 degrees East Twenty Rods & one 
half to a stake than runs west & by north Ce^rrying y« Bredth of 
y^ 20 & j^ Rods 8o*y Rods to the way at the head of y^ Lott Ten 
acers more or Less & y^ Sixth part of s^ House To Abigail the 
4*^ Share begins at y® north East Corner of Sam^'^ Being a stake 
than Runs north 27 Degrees East Ten rods & one quarter to a 
stake than west & by North Carrying the Bredth of 10 & >^ Rods 
to the afore said way five acers more or Less & the one Twelfth 
part of the said house To Mary y« 5*^ Share Begining at a stake 
Being the north East Corner of Abigails from thence Runs north 
27 Degrees East Ten Rods & one quarter to David Weeds Land 
than Runing westerly Binding northerly on weed & southerly on 
Abigail to y" afore said way five acers more or Less & y^ Twelfth 
part of s'^ house To Oniciphoras the 6*'* share Begins at a stake 
Being y« north East Corner of Rho^^ Share Runs northerly bind- 
ing on said way Thirteen Rods & one half to a stake than west & 
by north Carrying y** same Bredth of 13 & J^ Rods to Sam'^' & 
Abigails shares five acers more or Less & y^ Twelfth part of the 
Said House Mehetabels the 7*^' share Begins at the stake Last 
mention'^ & Runs northerly binding on said way thirteen Rods & 
two thirds to David Weeds Land than west & by north Carrying 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 323 

the Bredth of thirteen Rods & two thirds of a rod to Marys 
Share five acers more or Less & y« twelfth part of the said house 
The above Division was made by us the subscribers this 30*'' 
day of march Anno Dom 1761 According to the Best of our 
Judgment & Discretion 

Ebenezer Sleeper 
Joseph Godfry 
Daniel Beede 

Committee 



JOSIAH HUNTOON 1758 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Josiah Huntoon of New- 
market, cordwainer, granted to Joanna Huntoon of Newmarket, 
widow, Sept. 27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 91.] 

[Bond of Joanna Huntoon, with Edward Hilton and Thomas 
French, yeomen, as sureties, all of Newmarket, in the sum of 
£500, Sept. 27, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Daniel Huntoon, Mary Hilton.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 2'], 1758, authorizing Charles Rundlett and 
Josiah Hilton, both of Newmarket, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 29, 1758; amount, £1136.0.0; 
signed by Josiah Hilton and Charles Rundlett.] 



PETER COCHRAN 1758 AMHERST 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Cochran of Souhegan 
West, yeoman, granted to Jane Moore of Londonderry, widow, 
Sept. 28, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 163.] 



324 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Jane Moore, with Samuel Moore and Robert Moore, 
yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, 
Sept. 28, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Agnes Moore, Mary Moore.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 28, 1758, authorizing Robert Clark and John 
Wallace, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the estate; 
mentions Jane Moore as sister of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 12, 1758; amount, £1306.5.0; 
signed by John Wallace and Robert Clark.] 

[Additional inventory, Sept. 22, 1760; amount, £92.15.0; 
signed as above.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1128. 15.0; per- 
sonal estate; expenditures, £442. 4. o; allowed Sept. 23, 1760.] 



JOHN HAZELTON 1758 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of John Hazelton of Chester, 
yeoman, granted to Mary Hazelton of Chester, widow, Sept. 27, 
1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 97.] 

[Bond of Mary Hazelton, with Samuel Emerson and Daniel 
Webster, yeoman, as sureties, all of Chester, in the sum of £500, 
Sept. 27, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Thomas Wells, Nathaniel Emerson.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 9, 1758; amount, £7135.13.0; signed by 
Thomas Wells and Daniel Webster.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £2715. 13. o; expendi- 
tures, £237. 12. o; mentions two children under 7 years of age; 
allowed Sept. 26, 1759.] 

[Warrant, May 30, 1766, authorizing Samuel Emerson, 
Thomas Wells, gentleman, Ephraim Hazelton, Thomas Hazelton, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 325 

yeomen, and Thomas Wells, Jr., husbandman, all of Chester, to 
divide the real estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 410.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers being appointed by the 
Newhampshire / Honorabl Judge of Probat for Said Province to 
Set of and Divide the Real Estate of John Hasseltine of Chester 
Decased agreable to a warrant sent to us have Don it as foUow- 
eth — 

first we have set of to mary Hall Late wife of the Said Deceased 
ten acrs of Land for hir thirds in the homstead Laying on the 
Southerly Side bounded first at the Southeasterly Corner at a 
Stake and Stons then Runing westerly by Deacon Hasseltine 
Land one Hundred Rods to a Stake and stons by Jeams Akins 
Land then abouth north East by s*^ aikins Land Seventeen Rods 
to a Stake and Stons then Runing about South East to a stake 
and stons by the High way then by s'^ High way fifteen Rods to 
the first bounds mentioned allowing hir one third of the house on 
the Same but Reserving Liberty and a Priveledg for Sam'^ Has- 
seltine to Improve the other parte of s'^ house as he sees Cause 

2'y we have set of to Sam'^ Hasseltine Elder Son of the De- 
ceased a Duble Shear Containing twenty acrs of Land more or 
Les Laying on the homstead Laying on both sids of the high way 
the first peace Laying on the west side and is bounded Lastly on 
s*^ High way Southerly on what Land we set of for thirds and 
Northwesterly on Land Now in poseson of Jeams and John 
Akens the other peace about six Acrs Laying on the East Side of 
the high way boundering on s^ high way Southerly on the High 
way Leading to the Saw mill Easterly on majer tolfords Land 
and Northerly on Land in Poseson of John Akens — 

yy we have set of one single Shear to Jeams Hasseltine ten 
Acers of Land more or Les Laying in Sandown bounding westerly 
on the High way Leading from Chester toward Haverhill 
Norther on Aron Rowell Land Easterly on a High way and 
Southerly on williams Follinsbees Land with about one Acer 



326 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Laying on the westerly side of s'^ High way Leading towards 
Havehrill Northerly on s^ Rowell Land westerly on Londonderry 
Line and southerly on s"^ Follinsbees Land together with fifty 
Acrs more or Les Laying in Chester in the second part of the 
Second Division that is Number fifty five Laying on the south- 
erly side of Said Lot Boundind Southerly on Dearbons Land 
Easterly and westerly on Land Left for High way so taking Ex- 
actly half the wedth of Said Lot to stakes and stons at Each 
Ende 

4'y we have set of to Belle Hasseltine one single share Contain- 
ing about seventy Acrs more or Les Laying in three peaces the 
first in Sandown in ... . wests Division Next Chester Con- 
taining about 20 Acrs more or Les Bounding on the north side 
upon Land of Sam'' Keens Land Southerly on Capt thomus 
wills Land Laying about Eight Score Rods in Length the second 
peace Lays by Akens mill So Called in Chester and Containing 
ten acres and is Bounded on Northeasterly on Jacob Hills 
Land Norwesterly on williams Craffords Land Southwesterly 
and South Easterly on Land Left for High ways the third peace 
Ly in Chester and Contains fifty acers more or Les Laying on the 
Northerly sid of that Hundred Acer Lot in the Second part of the 
Second Division that is Nomber fifty five and is Bounded as 
foleth Northerly on Land of Col" Jonathan moultons Easterly 
and westerly on Land Left for High ways and Southerly on the 
Land we have set of to Jeams Hasseltine 

5'y we have set of to John Hasseltine one single share Contain- 
ing about one Hundred and fifty Acers more or Les Laying in 
three peaces Laying in the township of Chester the first peace 
Contains the whole of that Eight acer Lot in the third Division 
that Number 20 as s'^ Lot is Layd out and bounded as by the 
Records of Chester as the Same may more fuly appear the second 
peace Contains forty acers more or Les being one Half of that 80 
Acre Lot in the s'' third Division that is Number twenty one and 
is not Divided the third peace Contains about thirty Acres more 
or Les in the forth Division it being full Half of that Sixty Acre 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 327 

Lot that is Number 92 Laying near tower Hell pond not Divided 
Chester march 20**^ 1767 Sam'^ Emerson 

Ephraim Hasseltine 
Thomas Hasseltine 



SIMON GODFREY 1758 NORTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Simon Godfrey of North 
Hampton, cordwainer, granted to Abigail Godfrey, widow, 
Sept. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 80.] 

[Bond of Abigail Godfrey, with John Allen, yeoman, and Tim- 
othy Jones, innholder, as sureties, all of Greenland, in the sum of 
£500, Sept. 29, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 27, 1758; amount, £452. 16. 5; 
signed by Joseph Clark and Timothy Jones.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £941. 11. 5, personal 
estate; expenditures, £934. 12. 6; mentions "230 Weeks main- 
taining One of the dec^ Children yet under 7 years old " ; allowed 
Dec. 29, 1762.] 



JOSEPH HADLEY 1758 HAMPSTEAD 

The Last Will and Testament of Joseph Hadly of Hampstead 
in the Province of New Hampshire Yeoman * * * 

first I Give and Bequeath to Annah my Dearly Beloved wife 
All my Household Stuf to be by her freely Posess"^ and Enjoy* 
and allso the Improvement of my Stock So Long as She Remains 
my widow (Excepting only one Cow which my Daughter Han- 
nah is to have at my Deceese — 

Secondly I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Son Joseph the 
Sum of ten Pounds old tenor — 



328 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

thirdly I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Easther 
the Sum of ten Pounds old tenor 

forthly I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Elisa- 
beth the Sum of ten Pounds old tenor 

fifthly I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Hannah 
the Sum of ten Pounds old tenor; and allso one Cow at my 
Deceese 

Sixthly I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Mary 
the Sum of ten Pounds old tenor 

Seventhly I Give and Bequeath to my Belov^ Daughter 
Susanna the Sum of ten Pounds old tenor 

Lastely I Give and Bequeath to my two Belov^ Youngest sons 
namely David and Daniel; whom I Likewise Constitute and 
Appoint the Sole Executors of this my Last Will and testament 
Equaly alike (and as tennants in Common and of Equal Pro- 
priatey) All and Singaler the whole of my Real and Personall 
Estate which I have not Disposd of above in this my Last will 
and testament * * * in Testimony whareof I have here- 
unto Sett my hand & Seal this fourth Day of occf Anno Domi 
1758 his 

Joseph + Hadly 
mark 
his 

[Witnesses] Samuel -f Hadly, Nicodenes Watson, John John- 
son, mark 

[Proved Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 24, 1759; amount, £3228.10.0; 
signed by John Johnson and Nicodemus Watson.] 



JOHN OBER, JR. 1758 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of John Ober, Jr., of Salem, yeo- 
man, granted to Anna Ober of Salem, widow, Oct. 4, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 95.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 329 

[Bond of Anna Ober, with John Ober and Ebenezer Woodbury, 
yeoman, as sureties, all of Salem, in the sum of £2000, Oct. 4, 
1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, John Dins- 
moor, Andard Armour.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 16, 1758; amount, £1882.10.0; signed by 
Andrew Balch and John Hall.] 



ELLIOT VAUGHAN 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Elliot Vaughan of Portsmouth 
granted to Anna Vaughan of Portsmouth, widow, Oct. 11, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 84.] 

[Bond of Anna Vaughan, with William Bennett, gentleman, 
and Daniel Peirce as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£1000, Oct. II, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 11, 1758, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 18, 1758; amount, £42,955. 14. 6; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[License to the administratrix, Dec. i, 1760, to sell "a Certain 
Island in Portsmouth aforesaid situate in the Northerly part of 
said Town near the Ferry Place to Kittery with a Ware house 
thereon standing".] 

[Administration on the estate of Elliot Vaughan of Portsmouth 
granted to James Noble of Boston, Mass., Aug. 15, 1758.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. 10, p. 45.] 

[Inventory of the estate in York county, Me., Nov. 9, 1758; 
amount, £1830. 15. o; lands in Scarborough, Me.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. 10, p. 92.] 



330 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administrator's account against the estate; amount, £12. 8. o; 
claims against the estate, £735. 11. o; allowed June 21, 1759.] 

[York County, Me., Probate Records, vol. lo, p. 92.] 



PARKER DOLE 1758 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of Parker Dole of Plaistow, 
cordwainer, granted to Hannah Dole of Plaistow, widow, Oct. 
13. 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 85.] 

[Bond of Hannah Dole, with Tristram Knight, gentleman, and 
Timothy Ladd, yeoman, as sureties, all of Plaistow, in the sum 
of £1000, Oct. 13, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Daniel Little, Joseph Little.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 13, 1758, authorizing Tristram Knight and 
Timothy Ladd to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 16, 1758; amount, £3761.6.6; 
signed by Tristram Knight and Timothy Ladd.] 



PETER ARCHDEACON 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Archdeacon of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to Andrew Clarkson of Portsmouth, 
merchant, Oct. 17, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol.. 21, p. 85.] 

[Bond of Andrew Clarkson, with Thomas Hart, merchant, and 
George Libby, mariner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 17, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 2'j, 1759; amount, £95.5.0; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 33 1 

DOROTHY JACKSON 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen the Nineteenth day of October in 
the Year of our Lord 1758, I Dorothy Jackson of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampshire Innholder, Widow of Ephraim 
Jackson late of Portsmouth aforesaid Cooper Deceased being 
Aged and weak in body * * * 

Item I Give unto My Son in law * Johnson Jackson the Sum 
of ten Shillings 

Item; I Give unto My Son in Law Jeffry Jackson the Sum of 
ten Shillings — 

Item, I Give unto My Son in law Joseph Jackson the Sum of 
ten shillings also one Carved Casse of Draws, and a Suit of White 
Curtains & vallins for a Bed 

Item I Give unto My Son William Jackson the Sum of ten 
Shillings 

Item I Give unto each of the Children of My Son-in-law 
Ephraim Jackson Deceased the Sum of five Shillings — 

Item, I Give unto My Son in law John Murphy the Sum of 
ten Shillings 

Item I Give unto My Daughter-in-law Elizabeth Churchill the 
Sum of Ten Shillings — 

Item. I Give unto My Daughter-in-law Mary Monson the 
Sum of ten Shillings — 

Item I Give unto My Daughter Dorothy Whipple the Sum 
of ten Shillings — 

Item I Give unto My Daughter in law Hannah Bestow the 
Sum of ten Shillings — 

And as to the rest and residue of My Estate both real and 
personal that I leave at the time of My Decease after My just 
Debts And funeral Charges are paid out of the Same, I Give and 
bequeathe the Same to and among all the before Named Children 
of My late Husband Ephraim Jackson Deceased Males and 
females viz. to Johnson Jackson, Jeffry Jackson, Joseph Jackson, 

* Stepson. 



332 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

William Jackson, the Children of Ephraim Jackson jun"^ De- 
ceased, Elizabeth Churchill Mary Monson and Hannah Bestow, 
and to their heirs and Assigns forever to be Divided equally 
among the Said Children and the Children of My Said Son-in- 
law Ephraim that is for both the Children of My Said Son-in-law 
Ephraim to have one Shear, or an equal part with one of the 
Children of My Said Husband, equally between them both 

And I the Said Dorothy Jackson Do hereby Constitute Make 
and Ordain Thomas Bickford of Portsmouth in New Hampshire 
aforesaid Schoolmaster and John Marshall of Portsmouth afore- 
said Boat builder Executors * * * 

Dorothy Jackson 

[Witnesses] W"* Hooker, the Mark of Mary -f Stoneman, 
alec stonman. 

[Proved Jan. 31, 1759.] 

[Administration with will annexed granted to John Murphy 
Nov. 25, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 279.] 

[Bond of John Murphy, mariner, with John Churchill, yeoman, 
and Nathaniel Furber, boat-builder, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Nov. 25, 1761, for the administration, 
with will annexed, of the estate; witness, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 26, 1763, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Nov. 17, 1763; amount, £1541. 11. 2; signed 
by Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £1528. 15. 8; expendi- 
tures, £618. 15. 8; allowed March 10, 1764.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £1541. 11. 2; amount 
distributed, £910. o. o; allowed March 21, 1764.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 333 

LEONARD CUMMINGS 1758 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Leonard Cummings of Lon- 
donderry, yeoman, granted to Jane Cummings of Londonderry, 
widow, Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 91.] 

[Bond of Jane Cummings, widow, with John Senter and 
Samuel Senter, husbandmen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, 
in the sum of £1000, Oct. 25, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, John Lovewell, Jonathan Lovewell.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 25, 1758, authorizing William Butterfield and 
Samuel Senter, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 25, 1758; amount, £3182. 19.0; signed by 
William Butterfield and Samuel Senter.] 

[Guardianship of Jerathmeel Cummings and Rachel Cum- 
mings, minors, aged more than 14 years, and Silas Cummings, 
aged less than 14 years, children of Leonard Cummings, granted 
to Joel Parkhurst of Dunstable, Mass., yeoman, Feb. 21, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 172.] 

[Bond of Joel Parkhurst of Dunstable, Mass., yeoman, with 
Noah Tarbox of Londonderry and John Fletcher of Dunstable as 
sureties, in the sum of £5,000, Feb. 21, 1766, for the guardianship 
of Jerathmeel Cummings and Rachel Cummings, aged more than 
14 years, and Silas Cummings, aged less than 14 years; witnesses, 
Leod Tarbox, John Clark, Eleazer Farwell, James Whitney.] 

[Bond of Joel Parkhurst, husbandman, with Joseph Spaulding, 
husbandman, as surety, both of Dunstable, Mass., in the sum of 
£500, Sept. 14, 1769, for the guardianship of Silas Cummings, 
minor, in his fifteenth year, son of Leonard Cummings ; witnesses, 
Joseph Lee and Nathan Barrett.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



334 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

BENJAMIN DAVIS 1758 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Davis of Plaistow, 
yeoman, granted to Ruth Davis of Plaistow, widow, Oct. 25, 

1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 86.] 

[Bond of Ruth Davis, with James Pike of Plaistow, yeoman, 
and John Johnson of Hampstead as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Oct. 25, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, William Gilchrist.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 25, 1758, authorizing James Pike and Moses 
Stevens, both of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 26, 1759; amount, £3804.7.8; signed by 
James Pike and Moses Stevens.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1162. 5. 2, personal 
estate; expenditures, £348. 8. 4; mentions "maintaing 3 of the 
dec^^ Children Under Seven years old Since his decease viz Ruth 
from Sept^ 16, 1758 to June 19*^ 1759, is 39 weeks (then Seven 
years old) Moses from D° to Oct' 31 1759, (said Child born 
Jany 27, 1755) 57 weeks Amos from D° to D° (born May 8, 1757) 
57 weeks"; allowed Oct. 31, 1759.] 



DANIEL LADD 1758 EPPING 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Ladd of Epping, yeo- 
man, granted to Alice Ladd of Epping, widow, Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 91.] 

[Bond of Alice Ladd, with Philip Wadleigh of Exeter and 
Joseph Wadleigh of Brentwood, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 25, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, James Stoodley, Jr., William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 25, 1758, authorizing Ezekiel Brown and Abra- 
ham Brown, both of Epping, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 335 

[Inventory, attested Dec. 26, 1758; amount, £1785.11.0; 
signed by Ezekiel Brown and Abraham Brown.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Ladd, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Daniel Ladd, granted to John Dow of Epping Jan. 
30, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 384.] 

[Bond of John Dow, yeoman, with Daniel Tilton of Exeter, 
trader, and Richard Hoyt of Epping, yeoman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Jan. 30, 1760, for the guardianship of Nathaniel 
Ladd; witnesses, William Parker, John Langdon, Jr.] 



JOHN PURMORT 1758 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of John Purmort of Exeter, 
joiner, granted to Hannah Purmort Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 213.] 

[Bond of Hannah Purmort, widow, with Ephraim Robinson, 
gentleman, and Daniel Grant, cabinet-maker, as sureties, all of 
Exeter, in the sum of £1000, Oct. 25, 1758, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Benjamin Dow, Noah Emery.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 25, 1758, authorizing John Oilman and Eph- 
raim Robinson, shopkeeper, both of Exeter, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. i, 1759; amount, £9206. 8. 6; signed by John 
Oilman, Jr., and Ephraim Robinson.] 

[List of claims against the estate, Sept. 20, 1760; amount, 
£6914. 3. 5 ; signed by John Oilman, Jr., and Ephraim Robinson.] 



WILLIAM CUMMINOS 1758 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of William Cummings of Dun- 
stable, yeoman, granted to Lucy Cummings of Dunstable, 
widow, Oct. 25, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 91.] 



336 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Lucy Cummings, with Zaccheus Lovewell and Noah 
Johnson, husbandman, as sureties, all of Dunstable, in the sum 
of £500, Oct. 25, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Samuel Cummings, Jonathan Lovewell.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 20, 1758; amount, £8210.3.4; signed by 
Samuel Cummings and Francis Worcester, Jr.] 

[Petition of the widow for an allowance from the estate, no 
date, "having a great fammily and Divers Small Children and 
one but about a month old."; witness, Whitcomb Powers.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, £2983. 9. 8; 
expenditures, £3160. i. 3; allowed June 24, 1761.] 

[Caveat of Stephen Powers of Hollis in his own behalf, and as 
an heir to the estate, Jan. 30, 1762, against the allowance of the 
account of Lucy Cummings, administratrix, without notice.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 27, 1763, authorizing Samuel Cummings, 
Francis Worcester, Jr., and Benjamin Blanchard, Jr., all of 
Hollis, to set off the widow's dower to Lucy Kendall, wife of 
Ebenezer Kendall of Dunstable, Mass., yeoman.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant to us from the 
New Hamp' / Hono**'^ Richard Wibord Esq' Judge of Probats 
of Wills for the Province of New Hampsheir To seat of to Lucy 
Kendall late widow of Deacon William Cumings late of Dun- 
stable Deceased her Part or Dower of thirds in the Deceseds 
Estate During her life — we have Seat of to the said Lucy 
Kendall about 40: acres on the westerly side the Homsted as is 
Discribed in the Plan which we have taken of the same the 
Dwelling House stands on the Land set of to the s"^ Lucy and she 
is to have the west End of the House the lowar rom Chamber and 
garat and one half of the sellor with one half of the liberty of the 
Enterry and stears in to the Chamber and garrat with liberty of 
Baken in the oven in the East rom and the said Lucy is to have 
one half of the Barn with Sutable yard rom and liberty of passing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 337, 

and repassing to and from the Barn and the Children of this 
.... to have the East End of the DwelHng House from the 
garret to the bottom with half the sollor and Enterry and stears 
and sutable yeard rom for laying wood and the s"* Children is to 
have the benifit of the old House that stands on the Said Lucys 
thirds 

Holies March the 6*^ 1764 Francis Worcester 

Benjamin Blanchard 
Sam^ Cumings 

[Additional account of the settlement of the estate; receipts, 
£2237.11.8; expenditures, £3030.9.9; mentions "Boarding 
Clothing & Maintaining Three children under seven years of age 
(viz) Caleb Cumings from Septem'' i, 1759 till January i^' 1762, 
at which time he arived to Seven years. . . . Joshua Cumings 
from Septem"" i^* 1759 till Feb. i«* 1764 at which time he was 
seven years of age .... Larnard Cumings from January 31 
1759, till this day, or untill he shall be seven years of age"; 
allowed March 27, 1764.] 

[Guardianship of Caleb Cummings, Joshua Cummings, and 
Earned Cummings, aged less than 14 years, children of William 
Cummings, granted to Samuel Hobart April 11, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 214.] 

[Bond of Samuel Hobart, with John Hale and John Atwell, 
joiner, as sureties, all of Hollis, in the sum of £100, April 11, 
1764, for the guardianship of Caleb Cummings, Joshua Cum- 
mings, and Earned Cummings; witnesses, Jonathan Johnson, 
John Williams.] 

[Guardianship of Philip Cummings, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of William Cummings, granted to William Cummings 
April 23, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 218.] 

[Bond of William Cummings of Dunstable, yeoman, with 
Stephen Powers and John Atwell, yeoman, both of Hollis, as 



338 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

sureties, in the sum of £3000, April 23, 1764, for the guardianship 
of Philip Cummings; witnesses, Samuel Hobart, Joshua Boyn- 
ton.] 

[Warrant, April 27, 1764, authorizing Samuel Cummings, John 
Hale, Francis Worcester, Jr., yeoman, Benjamin Blanchard, Jr., 
and David Hobart, gentleman, to appraise the remainder of the 
real estate for settlement upon the oldest son. Return of ap- 
praisal at £1866.0.0, April 30, 1764, signed by Samuel Cum- 
mings, Francis Worcester, John Hale, and Benjamin Blanchard. 

A note adds "Childrens Names, William Philip, Lucy, 
Bridgett Elisabeth Rebecca Caleb: Joshua Larnard but Ebenezer 
has got a deed of gift of 100 acres of Land which was apprisd 
at £800 which is more than his Equal, or Double Share."] 

[Appraisal of the two thirds of the real estate at £70, o. o 
sterling, attested July 3, 1765; signed by Samuel Cummings, 
Francis Worcester, and Benjamin Blanchard; order of court 
settling the estate upon William Cummings, second son, the 
oldest son, Ebenezer, having received his share.] 

[Guardianship of Caleb Cummings, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of William Cummings, granted to Samuel Tarbell 
June 14, 1770.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 232. J 

[Bond of Samuel Tarbell of Mason, with Stephen Powers and 
John Atwell of Hollis as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 14, 

1770, for the guardianship of Caleb Cummings; witnesses, 
Samuel French, Ephraim Lund.] 

[Bond of Samuel Tarbell, with Nathan Coburn and David 
Sloane as sureties, all of Mason, in the sum of £500, March 13, 

1 77 1, for the guardianship of Caleb Cummings; witnesses, David 
Farnsworth, Richard Lawrence.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 339 

DANIEL TITCOMB 1758 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen, I Daniel Titcomb of Dover in y« 
Province of New Hamps' in New-England Blacksmith; Being 
Exercised with great Bodily Infirmities * * * 

Imprimis. I Give to my Beloved Wife Anne Titcomb the free 
& full use & Improvement of y Westerly lower Room in My 
Dwelling House, & Such a Priviledge in y^ Celler under it as She 
Shall have Occation of for her own use; And also the use and 
Improvement of y« one half Part of my Barn, During y« Term 
of her Continuing my widow; I also Give unto my S"^ wife y" 
one half Part of the Produce of my Homestead Land of every 
kind, & my will is that y« one half Part of y« Hay Produced by 
my Mowing Land, & one half Part of y^ Crops of every kind, 
Produced by my Tillage Land, Shall be well & Seasonably 
Secured & Housed, by my Son Daniel Titcomb, or at his Cost & 
Charg, for y« Use of my S<^ wife, Yearly & every Year, During 
y« afores'd Term of her Continuing my widow; But in Case jShe 
Shall Marry, then my Will is that She Shall have her Proper 
Dowry out of my Estate, as by Law Established. My will also 
further is that my S"^ Wife Shall have y* free liberty of using So 
much of y« fire-Wood Standing & Being upon my Said Land as 
She Shall have occation of to Support one Comfortable fire 
During y« afores'd Term of her Continuing my widow. I also 
Give unto my S*^ Wife all my Household Goods, Beds Beding & 
furniture belonging unto them, & also all my Live Stock of 
Cattle Sheep & Swine to her own Disposal. 

Item I Give unto my Son John Titcomb fifty Pounds, old 
Tenor, to be Paid him by my S'^ Son Daniel Titcomb, within y" 
Term of Six Months, after my Decease, & y« Decease of my S"* 
Wife. 

Item, I Give unto my S^ Son Daniel Titcomb, & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever, all my S*^ Homestead Land, together with my 
Dwelling House, Barn, Smiths Shop, & all other Buildings 
Standing & Being upon S*^ Land, Excepting y« Use & Improve- 



340 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ment of Such a Part of y^ S*^ Dwelling House & Barn, & Such a 
Part of y^ Produce of S^ Land as I have in & by this Will, allow'd 
& Given to my 5*^ wife, During y^ Term of her Continuing my 
widow, and Such a Part as is Allowed her by Law During y^ 
Term of her natural life. I also Give to my S"^ Son Daniel all 
my Smiths Tools & Utensils. 

Item. I Give unto my Son David Titcomb fifty Pounds, old 
Tenor, to be Paid him by my S"^ Son Daniel Titcomb, within y« 
Term of one Year after my Decease, & y^ Decease of my S^ Wife. 

Item. I Give unto my Son Enoch Titcom Two Hundred 
Pounds, old Tenor, to be Paid him, by my S"^ Son Daniel Tit- 
comb, within y« Term of Two Years after my Decease & y^ 
Decease of my S*^ wife. 

Item. I Give unto my Son Benjamin Titcomb & to his Heirs 
& Assigns for ever, all my Land in Rochester being y^ one moiety 
or half Part of a Tract of Land which I together with John 
Plumer of S'* Rochester lately Purchased of Joseph Watson of 
Dover afores'd & which Tract is now Posses'd by my Self & S"^ 
Plumer as Tenents in Common. 

Item, I Give unto my Daughter, Sarah Winget one Hundred 
Pounds, old Tenor, to be Paid her by my S^ Son Daniel Titcomb, 
within y« Term of one Year after my Decease & y Decease of my 
Sd Wife. 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Mary Titcomb Two Hundred 
Pounds, old Tenor, to be Paid her by my S'^ Son Daniel Titcomb 
within y« Term of Two Years after my Decease, & y^ Decease of 
my s^ wife. And my Will also is that my S<^ Daughter Mary 
Shall have y liberty of living in that Part of my Dwelling House 
which I have herein Allotted & Asign'd unto my wife to live in. 
So long as my S'^ Daughter Shall live unmarried. 

Item, I Give unto my Daughter Elisabeth Plumer fifty 
Pounds, old Tenor, to be Paid her by my S'^ Son Dan^' Titcomb 
within y« Term of Two Years after my Decease, & y*' Decease of 
my S^ Wife. 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Abigail Libbe fifty Pounds, old 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 34I 

Tenor, to be Paid her by my S<^ Son Dan^' Titcomb within y« 
Term of Two Years after my Decease & y^ Decease of my S*^ 
Wife. 

And I do hereby Constitute make & Ordain my S'^ Wife Anne 
Titcomb my Sole Executrix * * * jn Witness whereof I do 
hereunto Set my hand & Seal this Twenty Seventh Day of 
October Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty 
Eight, & in y^ Thirty Second Year of y^ Reign of his Majesty 
King George y^ Second. 

Daniel Titcomb 

[Witnesses] William Shackford, Benj* Lebby, Peter Tibbets. 
[Proved March 28, 1759.] 

[Bond of Ann Titcomb, widow, with Daniel Titcomb, yeoman, 
James Kielle, tailor, and John Titcomb as sureties, all of Dover, 
in the sum of £6000, March 28, 1759, for the execution of the 
will; witnesses, John Clark, William Shackford, and D. Sewall.] 



NATHAN MANN 1758 WINDHAM 

[Mary Mann of Windham, being, "Infirm of bodey," re- 
nounces administration on the estate of her husband, Nathan 
Mann, in favor of James Wilson, chief creditor; dated at London- 
derry, Oct. 30, 1758; witnesses, Samuel Barr, John Barr.] 

[Administration on the estate of Nathan Mann of Windham, 
husbandman, granted to James Wilson of Londonderry, yeoman, 
Nov. 21, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 102.] 

[Bond of James Wilson, yeoman, with William Crawford of 
Chester and Gain Armour of Windham, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £2000, Nov. 21, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Samuel Barr, John Wilson.] 



342 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory, Nov. 25, 1758; amount, £2426.8.0; signed by- 
Samuel Barr and James Dunlop.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £948.8.0, personal 
estate; expenditures, £777. 14. 2; allowed Sept. 27, 1759.] 



ANN CREIGHTON 1758 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Ann Creighton of Exeter, 
widow, granted to Thomas Creighton of Exeter, shipwright, 
Nov. 14, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 95.] 

[Bond of Thomas Creighton, with Nathaniel Folsom, gentle- 
man, and Jonathan Lord, tailor, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the 
sum of £1000, Nov. 14, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Mary Parker.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1764, authorizing Samuel Gilman, Jr., 
Nathaniel Folsom, Noah Emery, gentlemen, Daniel Tilton, and 
Theophilus Gilman, traders, all of Exeter, to divide lands held 
in common by Martha Pearson of Portsmouth, widow, and the 
heirs of Ann Creighton.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 350.] 

Province of I Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hon**'" 
New Hampshire [ Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate 
of Wills &c for Said Province, Appointing us the Subscribers a 
Committee to make Partition & Division of Lands held in 
Common & undivided by Martha Pearson of Portsmouth in Said 
Province Widow, and the Heirs of Ann Creighton Deceas'd 
(Agreeable to a Special Act or Law of Said Province Authorizing 
the Judge of Probate for Said Province for the time being to 
make Partition & Division of Said Lands as he is by Law 
Enabled to do of the Estates of Persons dying Intestate) and to 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 343 

Set forth Each part by metes & bounds To Hold to the respective 
parties in Severalty — 

We have Accordingly made Partition & Division of Said 
Lands in manner Following — Namely We have Proportioned & 
Set off to the Heirs of the Said Ann Creighton Forty rods of Land 
in Exeter in Said Province Adjoyning to Lands heretofore Jabez 
Smith's Deceas'd & Lying on the Northerly Side of the road 
leading from the Great Bridge in Exeter towards Stratham & 
begins at the road aforesaid About two feet Eastward of the 
South Easterly Corner of a Shop or Storehouse lately belonging 
to & occupied by the said Jabez Smith Deceas'd, and from thence 
to run South Seventy five Degrees East Sixty feet by Said road 
to a Stake & Stones, & from thence to run North Four Degrees 
West Eleven rods Seven feet & three Inches to a Stake, and 
thence North Seventy five Degrees West Sixty feet to a Stake and 
from thence South four Degrees East Eleven rods Seven feet 
and three Inches partly by Lands of Joshua Wilson & partly by 
Lands lately the Said Jabez Smith's, now in Possession of James 
Thurstin to a Stake and Stones where it begins. And also about 
an Acre & a half and thirty three rods of Land in Said Exeter 
bounded as follows viz beginning at the Westerly Corner of Eight 
acres of Land held in Common by the Said Parties at a Stake 
Standing where Hampton road & Stratham road meet Exeter 
road And from thence to run South fifty Eight Degrees East by 
Hampton road aforesaid Eighteen rods, thence South Seventy 
Degrees East Ten rods. Thence South Eighty Degrees East Six 
rods by Said road. Thence North Ten Degrees East Six rods to a 
Stake, Thence about North Fifty Six Degrees West Twenty 
Seven rods and one foot to Stratham road aforesaid and from 
thence by Said Stratham road Twelve rods to the Corner of the 
Eight acres aforesaid begun at. And also Two Acres & Seventy 
rods of Land in Exeter aforesaid bounded as Follows viz Begining 
at the North Easterly Corner of the Land Lately Called & 
known by the name of Joshua Wilson's Field, Adjoining to 
Theophilus Smith Esq" Land at Stratham road aforesaid & from 



344 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

thence to run South thirty Degrees West Twenty five rods by 
Said road to a Stake and Stones, And then to begin again at the 
aforesaid North Easterly Corner and to run North forty five 
Degrees West Five rods & an half by Said Smith's land, and 
thence West Twenty five rods. Thence South about Thirty two 
Degrees East by Joshua Wilson's land to the Southerly End of 
the Twenty five rods line aforesaid at Said Stratham Road, All 
which Pieces of Land as before Described we have Sett off to the 
Said Heirs of the Said Ann Creighton Deceas'd To Hold to them 
in Severalty — 

And to the Said Martha Pearson We have Proportioned and 
Set ofif Forty rods of Land in Exeter aforesaid on the Northerly 
Side of the road Leading from Exeter Great Bridge towards 
Stratham and bounded as Follows viz begining at a Stake 
Standing by Said Road at the South Easterly Corner of the 
aforementioned Forty rods of Land herein before Set off to the 
Said Heirs of Ann Creighton Deceas'd and from thence to run by 
the Same Forty rods of Land North four Degrees West Eleven 
rods Seven feet & three Inches, thence South Seventy five De- 
grees East by Joshua Wilson's land Sixty feet, Thence South four 
Degrees East by Said Wilson's land Eleven rods Seven feet & 
three Inches to the road aforesaid Leading towards Stratham, to 
a Stake & Stones Thence North Seventy five Degrees West by 
the road aforesaid Sixty feet to the Stake begun at — And also 
about Six Acres and Forty Seven rods of Land in Said Exeter 
lying South Eastwardly of the aforesaid Stratham road & North- 
erly of the Said Hampton road and Bounded as Follows viz 
Begining at Stratham road aforesaid At a Stake Standing at the 
North westerly Corner of the aforesaid one acre & a half & thirty 
three rods of land before Set off to the Said Heirs of Ann Creigh- 
ton Deceas'd, and from thence to run about South Fifty Six 
Degrees East Twenty Seven rods & one foot to a Stake, Thence 
South Ten Degrees West Six rods to Hampton road aforesaid, 
Thence by Said road South Eighty Degrees East two rods, 
Thence South Eighty five Degrees East Twenty four rods & an 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



345 



half by the Said Hampton road, Thence North Twenty three 
Degrees West about Forty Eight rods to Stratham road afore- 
said, Thence South about Forty Eight Degrees West about 




thirty one rods by Said Stratham Road to the Corner begun at 
— Which Two pieces of Land last bounded & Described we have 
Sett off to the Said Martha Pearson To Hold to her in Severalty 



346 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

— Done at Exeter this Twenty Eighth day of July Anno Domini 
1764. 

Sam' Gilman j' ' 

Noah Emery 

Nathii Folsom 

Theo' Gilman 



Com'ittee 



SAMUEL MERRILL, JR. 1758 HUDSON 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Merrill of Nottingham 
West, husbandman, granted to Rebecca Merrill of Nottingham 
West, widow, Nov. 17, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 171.] 

[Bond of Rebecca Merrill, with Ebenezer Blodgett and Jere- 
miah Blodgett, housewrights, as sureties, all of Nottingham 
West, in the sum of £2000, Nov. 17, 1758, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, Thomas Colburn, Jonathan Love- 
well.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 4, 1758; amount, £471.3.6; signed by 
Thomas Colburn and George Burns.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts. £963. 17. 4, per- 
sonal estate; expenditures, £709. 11. o; mentions "maintenance 
of 2 children of the said Deceased under the age of seven years 
from the last of September 1758 to this day"; allowed May 8, 
1760.] 

[Bond of Samuel Merrill of Nottingham West, with Ezekiel 
Chase of Nottingham West and Joseph Butler of Pelham as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, May 16, 1760, for the guardianship 
of Abel Merrill and Rachel Merrill, aged less than 14 years, 
children of Samuel Merrill, Jr.; witnesses, Eleazer Whiting, 
Hugh Tallant.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 347 

[Guardianship of Abel Merrill, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of Samuel Merrill, Jr., granted to Daniel Merrill April 14, 

1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 544. 1 

[Bond of Daniel Merrill, yeoman, with Nathaniel Merrill, 
clerk, and James Sherburne, yeoman, as sureties, all of Pelham, 
in the sum of £500, April 14, 1763, for the guardianship of Abel 
Merrill ; witnesses, Catherine Parker, William Parker.] 

[Bond of John Hamblett, cooper, with Amos Richardson and 
Josiah Hamblett, yeomen, as sureties, all of Pelham, in the sum 
of £10,000, March 28, 1764, for the guardianship of Isaac Merrill, 
aged less than 14 years, son of Samuel Merrill of Nottingham 
West, yeoman, deceased; witnesses, John Kimball, Samuel 
Davis.] 

Pursuant to the order of the Judge of Probate of Wills &c for 
the Province of New Hampshire we the subscribers have viewed 
the Real Estate of Samuel Merril Ju' Late of Nottingham west 
yeoman Deceased Intestate which said Estate is in Nottingham 
west in said Province and contains abote Forty acres bounded 
Northerly and Easterly by Daniel merrils Land southerly & 
westerly by Tyngs land and have set off to Rebecca Merrill the 
Widow of said Interstate her Dower being one third of the same 
bounded as followeth begining at the Northeast corner from 
thence runing westerly by Daniel Merrils land Eighty Three 
Rods from thence runing southerly Twenty three rods to a 
stake and stons from thence Runing Easterly Seventy one Rods 
to a stake and stons by the Town Rode thence Northerly by 
said roade Twenty three Rods to the Bounds first mentioned 
where we began — 

and the Remaining two thirds of said Real Estate we Judge 
can not be divided amoungst the Children without Prejudice and 
Spoiling the whole for a settlement and we have appraised the 
said two thirds and Judge the present Value of it to be Twenty 



348 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

five Pounds five shillings & four pence Lawfull Sterling money of 
Great Britan Nottingham west May y^ 4*'^ 1769 — 

George Burns 

Sam'' moor 

Henry Chase 

Nehemiah Hadley , 



Committee 



CHRISTOPHER PRITCHARD 1758 NEWCASTLE 

[Administration on the estate of Christopher Pritchard of 
Newcastle granted to Shadrach Bell of Newcastle Nov. 20, 

1758.] 

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

[Bond of Shadrach Bell, innholder, with Joseph Newmarch 
and Thomas Bell as sureties, all of Newcastle, in the sum of 
£500, Nov. 20, 1758, for the administration of the estate of 
Christopher Pritchard, mariner; witnesses, Nathaniel Sargent, 
Benjamin Randall.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 20, 1758, authorizing Nathaniel Sargent, 
physician, and Benjamin Randall, mariner, both of Newcastle, 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 3, 1759; amount, £410.12.6; signed by 
Nathaniel Sargent and Benjamin Randall.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £438. 17. o; expendi- 
tures, £228. 6. II; allowed Nov. 23, 1759.] 



WILLIAM MILLS 1758 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of William Mills of Chester, 
husbandman, granted to John Mills of Chester, yeoman, Nov. 
29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 103.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 349 

[Bond of John Mills, with Andrew Craige and John Underhill 
as sureties, all of Chester, yeomen, in the sum of £500, Nov. 29, 
1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William 
Parker, Benjamin Adams.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 22, 1759; amount, £2363. o. o; signed by Wil- 
liam Litch and James Crossett.] 



THOMAS WENTWORTH 1758 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Wentworth of Som- 
ersworth granted to Mary Wentworth of Somersworth, widow, 
Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 107.] 

[Bond of Mary Wentworth, with John Wentworth of Somers- 
worth and Thomas Hale of Plaistow, gentlemen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, Nov. 29, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 29, 1758, authorizing Moses Stevens and 
Benjamin Warren, both of Somersworth, tanners, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 25, 1758; amount, £1925.0.0; signed by 
Moses Stevens and Benjamin Warren.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1705. 10. o; expendi- 
tures, £1856. 18. o; mentions "Bringing up 4 Children 500 weeks 
all added together"; allowed June 28, 1769.] 



JOHN REDMAN 1758 NOTTINGHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Redman of Notting- 
ham, yeoman, granted to Nicholas Smith of Brentwood, yeoman, 
Nov. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 276.] 



350 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Nicholas Smith, with Jeremiah Bean of Brentwood, 
yeoman, and Theophilus Gilman of Exeter, blacksmith, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 29, 1758, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Theophilus Smith, John Gilman, 
Jr.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 29, 1758, authorizing Theophilus Smith and 
John Gilman, Jr., both of Exeter, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 22, 1758; amount, £7286. 2. 6; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and John Gilman, Jr.] 

[Commission, June 9, 1759, to Noah Emery and Nicholas 
Gilman, both of Exeter, gentlemen, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[Warrant, May 14, 1760, authorizing Theophilus Smith, John 
Gilman, both of Exeter, Benjamin Shepard, Joseph Morrill, 
and Robert Kelsey, all of Nottingham, to set ofif the widow's 
dower.] 

[Additional inventory, filed Feb. 12, 1761; amount, £520. 10. 
o; signed by Theophilus Smith and John Gilman, Jr.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant to us Directed by 
New Hampshire / the Hon''^^ the Judge of Probate for Said 
Province Appointing us a Committee to Sett off to Sarah Red- 
man of Nottingham in said Province widow Relict of John 
Redman late of Said Nottingham Yeoman Deceas'd, her 
Dower of the Estate of which he Died Seiz'd In Said Province & 
to Sett forth the Same by Metes & bounds to hold to her in 
Severalty We have Accordingly Sett off to the Said Sarah Red- 
man for her Dower of the Said Estate a Certain Piece of Land 
in Said Nottingham Containing about Forty three acres & an 
half of Land more or Less bounded as follows viz begining at the 
Northerly Corner of the Lott Numbered Seventeen in Bow 
Street & on the North Easterly Side of Said Street — & from 
thence to run North forty three Degrees East Seventy three 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 351 

rods to the North East Side of Said Redman's land, Thence 
South forty three Degrees East Ninety one rods to the Corner of 
Said Land Thence South forty three Degrees West Sixty one 
rods to another Corner of Said Land Thence South forty three 
Degrees East twenty one rods, Thence South fifty five Degrees 
West, Twelve rods. Thence North fifty three Degrees West one 
hundred & twelve rods to the bounds begun at — Which Prem- 
isses we have Sett off to the Said Sarah Redman for her Dower 
(which happens to her of the Said Estate of which the Said 
John Redman Dyed Seiz'd) in Severalty During the Term of 
her Natural Life, as Witness our hands the third day of Febru- 
ary Annoque Domini 1761. — 

John Gilman Jr 
Benj* Shepard 
Joseph morrill 
Robert Kellse 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £5240. 12. 5; 
signed by Noah Emery and Nicholas Gilman; attested June 
23, 1761.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £7925. 15. 6; expen- 
ditures, £2963. 15. 6; allowed Oct. 12, 1761.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £5240. 12, 5; amount 
distributed, £4962. o. o; allowed Nov. 23, 1761.] 



JOSHUA BABB 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Joshua Babb of Portsmouth 
granted to Philip Babb of Portsmouth, husbandman, Nov. 29, 
1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 114.] 

[Bond of Philip Babb, with George Waldron and Nathaniel 
Muchmore, yeomen, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 



352 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of £1000, Nov. 29, 1758, for the administration of the estate of 
Joshua Babb, glazier; witnesses, David Sewall, WilHam Parker. 

[Warrant, Nov. 29, 1758, authorizing Cutts Shannon and 
John Elliot, both of Portsmouth, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Jan. 31, 1759; amount, £928. 15. o; 
signed by Cutts Shannon and John Elliot.] 

[Commission to Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow, mer- 
chant, both of Portsmouth, to receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, April 30, 1760; amount, £590. 16. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £1300. o. o; expen- 
ditures, £310. II. 6; allowed April 30, 1760.] 



JONATHAN CROCKETT 1758 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen, The first Day of December 
Seventeen Hundred & fifty Eight — I Jonathan Crocket of 
Portsmouth in the Prov^ of New Hampsh^ Mariner being now of 
a sound & disposing mind & memory tho weak of Body * * * 

Item I give unto my only Daughter Elizabeth Crocket five 
Pounds old Tenor to be pd by my Executrix when my S'^ Daugh- 
ter Shall arrive at y^ age of Eighteen years — 

The Residue of my Estate real & personal wheresoever & 
whatsoever I give & bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Elizabeth 
Crocket To Have & To Hold to her & her Heirs & assigns 
forever 

and I do hereby constitute & appoint my Said Wife Elizabeth 

Crocket Executrix * * * 

his 

Jonath X Crocket 

mark 

[Witnesses] D Pelrce, Hannah Dame, Hannah Chadbourne. 

[Proved Jan. 31, 1759.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 353 

BENONI FORBUSH 1758 AMHERST 

[Administration on the estates of Benoni Forbush of Souhegan 
West, yeoman, and Mary Forbush, his widow, granted to John 
Shepard of Souhegan West, gentleman, Dec. 5, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 122.] 

[Bond of John Shepard, with Thomas Parker of Litchfield and 
James Kielle of Dover, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £2000, 
Dec. 5, 1758, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
John Hart, Thomas Westbrook Waldron.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 5, 1758, authorizing Robert Reed and Samuel 
Gray, both of Souhegan West, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 19, 1759; amount, £110. o. o, real 
estate; signed by Robert Reed and Samuel Gray.] 

[Commission, March 28, 1759, to Joseph Blanchard of Merri- 
mack and Samuel Patten of Bedford, yeoman, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Sept. 28, 1759; amount, £503. 2. 11 ; signed by 
Joseph Blanchard and Samuel Patten.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £782. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £403. 18. o; allowed April 25, 1760.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £465. 2. 11 ; amount 
distributed, £378. 2. o; allowed April 26, 1760.] 



MOSES STICKNEY 1758 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Moses Stickney of Hampton 
Falls, husbandman, granted to Nathaniel Gove of Hampton 
Falls, husbandman, Dec. 6, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 125.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Gove, with Reuben Sanborn, yeoman, 
and Wade Stickney, husbandman, as sureties, all of Hampton 



354 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Falls, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 6, 1758, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Wyseman Clagget, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 6, 1758, authorizing Jonathan Gove and 
Abner Philbrick, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 19, 1759; amount, £2922. 10. o; 
signed by Jonathan Gove and Abner Philbrick.] 



ONESIPHOROUS PAGE 1758 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Onesiphorous Page of Kings- 
ton, husbandman, granted to Ebenezer Batchelder of Kingston, 
yeoman, Dec. 9, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 126.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Batchelder, yeoman, with John Darling, 
yeoman, and Thomas Batchelder, joiner, as sureties, all of 
Kingston, in the sum of £300, Dec. 9, 1758, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, John Sanborn, William Parker, 
Jr.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 9, 1758, authorizing Edward Fifield and 
William Parker, Jr., both of Kingston, gentlemen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 19, 1758; amount, £250. 6. o; signed by 
Edward Fifield and William Parker, Jr.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £459. 16. 6; expendi- 
tures, £399. 2. 4; mentions "Deceased wages receivd out of the 
Province Treasury. . . . p*^ Joseph Eastman for keeping David 
Page a son of said Deceased under Seven Years of Age, from the 
19*'' of feby 1759"; allowed Jan. 28, 1761.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 355 

[Additional account; receipts, £60. 13. 8; expenditures, £34. 
15. o; filed Sept. 2, 1761.] 



DANIEL BATCHELDER 1758 KENSINGTON 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Batchelder of Kens- 
ington, joiner, granted to Mary Batchelder of Kensington, widow, 
Dec. 15, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 249.] 

[Bond of Mary Batchelder, with Jeremiah Fogg, clerk, and 
James Fogg, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kensington, in the sum 
of £1000, Dec. 15, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., Sarah Fogg.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 15, 1758, authorizing William Parker of Kings- 
ton, gentleman, and John Sherburne of Kensington, joiner, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 15, 1758; amount, £3250. 13. 6; signed by 
William Parker, Jr., and John Sherburne.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1443. 13. 6, per- 
sonal estate; expenditures, £2387. 5. 10; mentions "By Mainte- 
nance of 3 Children under Seven Years of Age the first 156 
weeks the Second 234 weeks the third 253 weeks"; allowed 
Oct. 10, 1763.] 

[Guardianship of Elizabeth Batchelder, Abigail Batchelder, 
and Hannah Batchelder, aged less than 14 years, children of 
Daniel Batchelder, granted to Joseph Wadleigh, Jr., Oct. 10, 
1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 120.] 

[Bond of Joseph Wadleigh, Jr., with Joseph Wadleigh as 
surety, both of Kensington, in the sum of £500, Oct. 10, 1763, 
for the guardianship of Elizabeth, Abigail, and Hannah Batchel- 
der; witnesses, William Parker, Jr., Michael Brown.] 



356 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ELISHA LEAVITT 1758 STRATH AM 

[Administration on the estate of Elisha Leavitt of Stratham, 
cordwainer, granted to Elizabeth Leavitt of Stratham, widow, 
Dec. 27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 136.] 

[Bond of EHzabeth Leavitt, with James Merrill, Jr., of 
Stratham and Timothy Jones of Greenland, joiners, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, Dec. 27, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, none.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 27, 1758, authorizing Joshua Neal, house- 
wright, and Satchell Clark, cooper, both of Stratham, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 2, 1759; amount, £394. I5- o; signed by- 
Joshua Neal and Satchell Clark.] 

[Commission, March 28, 1759, to Theophilus Smith of Exe- 
ter and Joshua Neal of Stratham, gentleman, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Oct. 10, 1759; amount, £269. i. 10; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and Joshua Neal.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts £421. 11. 8; expendi- 
tures, £336. II. 6; mentions "By charges in the Sickness & 
funeral of a Child which Died und'' Seven Years of age"; al- 
lowed Jan. 30, 1760.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £269. i. 10; amount 
distributed, £85. o. o; allowed March 21, 1760.] 



RUTH BEAN 1758 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Ruth Bean of Exeter, widow, 
granted to James Bean of Brentwood Dec. 27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 136.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 357 

[Bond of James Bean, with Timothy Jones of Greenland, 
joiner, and John Bergin of Newmarket as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, Dec. 27, 1758, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, WiUiam Parker, James Graves.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 27, 1758, authorizing John OdHn and Samuel 
Gilman, both of Exeter, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 10, 1759; amount, £3584. 15. o; signed by 
John Odlin and Samuel Gilman, Jr.; attested by James Bean, 
Quaker.] 



SAMUEL HAMILTON 1758 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Hamilton of New- 
market granted to John Bergin of Newmarket Dec. 27, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 134.] 

[Bond of John Bergin, glazier, with Samuel Hart, joiner, and 
William Kennedy, laborer, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Dec. 27, 1758, for the administration of the 
estate of Samuel Hamilton, schoolmaster; witnesses, Cutts 
Shannon, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 2"], 1758, authorizing Joseph Smith and Joseph 
Judkins, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 27, 1759; amount, £28. 15. o; signed by 
Joseph Smith and Joseph Judkins.] 



NATHANIEL WEARE 1758 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Weare of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to Mehitabel Weare of Hampton Falls, 
widow, Dec. 29, 1758.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 213.] 



358 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Mehitabel Weare, with Meshech Weare and Andrew 
Webster, shipwright, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the 
sum of £500, Dec, 29, 1758, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Caleb Sanborn, Jeremiah Lane.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 29, 1759, authorizing Jonathan Swett and 
Caleb Sanborn, both of Hampton Falls, gentlemen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 4, 1759; amount, £557. o. o; signed by Caleb 
Sanborn and Jonathan Swett.] 

[Warrant, June 26, 1759, authorizing Meshech Weare and 
Caleb Sanborn, innholder, both of Hampton Falls, to receive 
claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Dec. 26, 1759; amount, £2146. 19. o; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Caleb Sanborn.] 

[Account of Mehitabel Shaw, administratrix; receipts, £557. 
o. o, personal estate; expenditures, £560. 12. o; mentions "For a 
Nurse and Necessaries in my Lying in with a Child After the 
father went in the Army. . . . For Expences for bringing up of 
three Children from the time of the Death of their Father on the 
25*^^ of Nov 1758 being one year and Nine months, the Eldest 
of them being not yet Six years old " ; allowed Aug. 27, 1760.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Weare, Elizabeth Weare, and Mehita- 
bel Weare, aged less than 14 years, daughters of Nathaniel 
Weare, granted to Jonathan Moulton Feb. 24, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 541.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Moulton of Hampton, with Hunking 
Wentworth and Cutts Shannon, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, 
as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 24, 1763, for the guardian- 
ship of Mary, Elizabeth, and Mehitabel Weare; witnesses, 
William Vaughan, George Libby.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 359 

JOSEPH PERKINS 1759 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Perkins of Durham, 
husbandman, granted to Joseph Hicks of Dover, gentleman, 
Jan. 12, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 140.] 

[Bond of Joseph Hicks, with Samuel Hale of Portsmouth and 
Thomas Westbrook Waldron of Dover, gentlemen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, Jan, 12, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Thomas Parker, Jr., Jonathan Blanchard.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 12, 1759, authorizing Hubbard Stevens, tan- 
ner, and Miles Randall, yeoman, both of Durham, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 30, 1759; amount, £292. 8. o; 
signed by Hubbard Stevens and Miles Randall.] 

[Commission, Nov. 13, 1759, to Benjamin Mathes, gentle- 
man, and Jonathan Chesley, husbandman, both of Durham, to 
receive claims against the estate.] 

[List of claims, April 10, 1760; amount, £728. 2. o; signed by 
Benjamin Mathes and Jonathan Chesley.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £703. 8. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £337. 8. o; allowed March 26, 1761.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £728. 2. o; amount 
distributed, £366. o. o; allowed April 22, 1761.] 



TIMOTHY OILMAN 1759 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Gilman of New- 
market granted to Deborah Gilman of Newmarket, widow, 
Jan. 12, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 140.] 



360 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Deborah Gilman, with John Bergin of Newmarket, 
glazier, and Zebulon Giddings of Exeter, trader, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, Jan. 12, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, WilHam Parker, James Oilman.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 12, 1759, authorizing Winthrop Hilton, gentle- 
man, and Peter Folsom, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 16, 1759; amount, £3618. 6. o.] 



WILSON 1759 LONDONDERRY 

Londonderry January y^ 20 1759 

Sir after Duerespects thes Coms to Inform you that Benjamin 
Willson of this town is Coming Down to Portsmouth to Ad- 
minester on his fathers Estat who is Leatly Deceased and the 
Widow and his oldest son is both Alive and the widow Praid me 
to writ to you that he May be stopt till the Wether be a litell 
modrat that she Can Com Down or that she may have time to 
appoint Some Proper Person to Adminester on said Estat there 
is nothing to Adminester on but a small Mater of Personall estat 
which will hardly Clear the Charges this is all that is Nidfull at 
Present from sir your humbel ser* 

Rob* Wallace 



ENOCH CLARK 1759 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen, The twenty third day of January 
1759. I Enoch Clark of Greenland, in the Province of New 
Hampshire, Inholder, being under bodily Indisposition * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to Mary my beloved wife, the 
third Part of all my real Estate in Greenland to be under her 
Improvement or for her use & benefit, during her natural life, 
according to The direction of the Law in such Case; also I give 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 36I 

her sixteen Pounds lawful money of Great Britain, or equal 
thereto, in whatsoever may be the lawful Currency of the Prov- 
ince aforesaid, to be Paid by my Executor, also one good Cow, 
six Sheep, my riding Chair The third part of all my household 
Furniture, excepting a Clock & Desk, & the third part of all the 
Eatables such as Grain, Meat & Sauce, which may be in my 
house at the time of my Decease ; also Six Cord of good fire wood 
annually, during her widow-hood to be cut & Haled to her 
Door, one half of it by my Son Joseph & the other Half by my 
Son Enoch, or by their Heirs or assigns; also my large Bible dur- 
ing her natural life, & after her Decease to Mary Clark, the 
Second Daughter of my Son Joseph, & in case of her Decease, 
before Then, it shall return to my Son Enoch, or his Heirs — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Joseph the house where he 
Now lives, in Greenland, with all the Land adjoining thereto, 
which belongs to me, and all the Buildings thereon, & appurte- 
nances thereunto Belonging, excepting eight acres adjoining to 
Land of Lieut. Nathan Johnson's; also I give him all the Imple- 
ments of Husbandry on said Farm, which belong to me, that is 
to say a Cart, Ploughs, iron Chains one iron bar & all the Move- 
ables belonging to me within said house; And the Mare which is 
now on said farm & a Steer coming in three, also one Half of a 
Pew in the meeting house in Greenland adjoining to the Pew 
which belongs to M"^ Tufton Philbrook — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Greenleaf one Acre of Land 
in said Greenland, adjoining on the easterly part to a Lot of 
Land which I Sold to M^ Thomas Odiorne, & running back to 
the Ditch in the bog & By said Ditch, & fronting on the Country 
road leading to Exeter, so Far West as to make one Acre; also 
I give him one half of the above mentioned eight Acres of Land 
reserved out of the farm which I have given to my Son Joseph & 
adjoining to Land of Lieut. Nathan Johnson's aforesaid; also 
I give him a mortgage Deed of twenty five acres of Land in 
Exeter, which I have from Constantine Gilman, the bounderies 
of which are specified in said Deed bearing Date the twenty 



362 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

second day of October, Anno Domini 1754; also a quantity of 
house Timber hewed, lying near my Barn, & about twelve hun'^ 
feet of pine boards sixteen pounds lawful Money of Great 
Britain, or equal thereto in whatever may be The lawful Cur- 
rency of the aforesaid Province, to be paid by my Executor, 
also one Cow, one of the middling sort of my Feather Beds One 
Coverlaid, one pair of tow & linnen Sheets, one of my pewter 
Dishes of the middling Size, and six plates of the smallest Size; 
also Half of a Pew in the meeting house aforesaid, on the left 
hand of The Pulpit adjoining to a Pew of the late Cap* Jn* 
Bracketts, & a whip Saw — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Ebenezer two fifty Acre 
Lots of Land lying in Notingham East in the aforesaid Province, 
which I bought of Tho^ Burleigh, with the house & barn thereon 
& all the Appurtenances thereunto belonging, & five pounds 
lawful money of Great Britain, or equal thereto in whatsoever 
may be the lawful Currency of said Province & my beaver Hat ; 
also one of the middling Sort of my beds, one Coverlaid, one pair 
of tow & linnen Sheets, one Cow, one Pewter Dish of the mid- 
dling size ; & six plates of the smallest, a cros-cut Saw, the short- 
est of my Guns, & half of the Forementioned Pew adjoining to 
M' Tufton Philbrook's Pew — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Daniel twelve acres of 
Land which I bought of Tho« Burleigh, lying in Notingham 
aforesaid & all the Land that I have in Ipsum & the Sum of 
Forty pounds lawful money of Great Britain to be paid to Him 
at the Age of twenty two Years, if he shall arrive to that Age; 
thirty two pounds of said sum to be paid by my Executor, & 
eight pounds by my Son Joseph, or by their Heirs or assigns; 
also I give him one of the middling Sort of my feather Beds, one 
Coverlaid two tow & linnen Sheets, one pewter Dish, middling 
size, six plates of the middling Size, one of the best of my large 
silver Spoons, half of a Pew in the Gallery & six Sheep — 

Item I give & bequeath to Rev^ Sam' Macclintock forty 
Shillings lawful money of Great Britain, or equal thereto in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 363 

whatsoever may be the lawful Currency of said Province to be 
paid By my Executor — 

Item I give & bequeath to the Parish of Greenland forty Shil- 
lings lawful money of Great Britain, or equal thereto in whatso- 
ever may be the lawful Currency of the Province aforesaid, 
towards purchasing a Bell for the Meetinghouse in said Green- 
land, to be paid to the Parish by my Executor, when said Parish 
shall buy or send for a Bell ; on condition that he shall be truly 
paid by said Parish, agreeable to their Vote, the ballance of the 
account of building the Meetinghouse which is due to me — 

Item I give & bequeath to my four youngest Sons, viz. Enoch 
Greenleaf, Ebenezer & Daniel, all my wearing apparrell, to be 
equally divided between them — 

Item I give to my Negro Woman Phillis her Freedom after 
serving Fifteen Years from the date hereof; me, during my life 
(& in case of My Decease before the Expiration of said Term) 
my Son Enoch or His Heirs or assigns the remaining Part of said 
Term — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Son Enoch whom, I constitute 
& appoint sole Executor of this my Last will & Testament the 
dwelling House where I now live with all the Land adjoining 
thereto (except The abovementioned acre given to my Son 
Greenleaf) and all the Buildings thereon & appurtenances 
thereunto belonging, also four acres of the aforesaid eight Acres 
of Land, adjoining to Land of Lieut. Nathan Johnson's afore- 
said ; also a Lot in the cedar Swamp in Greenland which I bought 
of one Sherburne ; also half of the aforesaid Pew on the left hand 
of the Pulpit adjoining to a Pew of the Late Capt. Jn° Brackett's 
reserving the Privilege to my wife of sitting in said Pew during 
her Life; also all my Money, Bills, Bonds, & Debts, all my store 
of spirituous Liquors, all my live Stock, All my Casks, my 
Clock Desk & all my other houshold Furniture Except what is 
given away already & mentioned under the above Articles, and 
all & every other Part or Parcel of my Estate, whether Real or 
personal which I have not given away already in this My Last 



364 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

will & Testament, or which may not be given away Before my 
Decease, and I appoint him his Heirs Executors or assigns to see 
that all the abovementioned Articles of this my last will And 
Testament be faithfully fulfiU'd according to my Intention 
Therein express'd, & to pay all my just Debts & funeral Charges, 
out of his Legacy * * * Enoch Clark 

[Witnesses] Joseph Moultin jun'', John Folsom, Joshua Pick- 
erin Ju^ 

[Proved Feb. 28, 1759.] 

Mary Clark signified & declared Her Consent to this last will 
& Testament of her Husband lately Deceas'd in presence of us 

John Folsom 
Joshua Pickerin Ju' 

[Bond of Enoch Clark, innholder, with John Folsom and 
Joshua Pickering, Jr., as sureties, all of Greenland, in the sum 
of £1000, Feb. 28, 1759, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Dennett.] 

[Daniel Clark of Greenland, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of Enoch Clark, makes choice of his brother, Joseph Clark 
of Greenland, cooper, as his guardian, March 22, 1759; wit- 
nesses, Enoch Clark, Robert Bryent.] 

[Guardianship of Daniel Clark granted to Joseph Clark April 
25, I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 219.] 

[Bond of Joseph Clark, with Enoch Clark and William John- 
son, yeoman, as sureties, all of Greenland, in the sum of £1000, 
April 25, 1759, for the guardianship of Daniel Clark; witnesses, 
William Parker, Moses Stevens.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 18, 1761, authorizing Richard Jenness, 3d, of 
Rye, Levi Dearborn of North Hampton, physician, Joseph 
Brown of Rye, yeoman, James Brackett, and Thomas Odiorne 
to set off the widow's dower.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 365 

Prov^ of 1 Memorandum of one third part of the Real 

New Hamp"" j Estate of M"" Enoch Clark Late of Greenland 
Deceas'd sett of to his widow Mary Clark by us the Subscribers 
Appointed for that end by the Hon^'^ Rich"^ Wibird Esq'' Judge 
of Probate of Wills &c this 27 Day of Feb'^y 1761 — viz' — 

The Westerly end of the Barn belonging to the whomstead 
ten foot from the west end up & down with the privilege of 
using the Barn floor & keeping her riding Chair therein 

The working Shop begining at one third of the Chimney & 
runing South to the beem then east to the side as mark'd out — 

One third of the acre given to Greenleaf Clark four rods & a 
half fronting the road & running that breadth the whole Depth 
back — the westerly part of s"^ acre — 

The whole westerly end of the Land of s<^ Deceas'd beginning 
at Greenleaf Clarks fence & running westerly to the corner by 
the schoolhouse about fourteen rod then running Southerly 
twenty six rod then easterly twenty two rods then Northerly to a 
fence in the bog running to Greenleafs acre then by his fence to 
the Road. 

The Garden one rod the south side of the Garden the whole 
depth — 

The orchard beginning at the North west corner of the milk 
house & running Westerly four rods & half, then Southerly two 
rods & Quarter then Easterly five rod & half to the house with 
liberty to pass round the House — 

Cedar Swamp beginning at the North West corner & running 
Southerly Sixteen rods then easterly six rods to a mark'd tree 
then runs Northerly sixteen rods then Westerly to the first 
mentioned bounds 

Joseph Clarks House the east end of the Chamber as the Peti- 
tion now stands & the North or kitchin Room below, & the east 
end of the Cellar one third 

The East end of Jos Clarks Barn as far North as the main post 
or fence, & one third of Barn floor — 

The Northerly end of the Pasture the easterly side of the road 



366 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

as is parted by a stone wall, likewise the North end of the orchard 
& all the field above the orchard beginning one rod above a pair 
of Barrs which Barrs are about six rods above Jos Clarks House 
so as to take in three rows of apple trees to the North, 

The Pasture Joyning L* Nathan Johnson beginning Eleven 
rods from the fence & running Westerly by the Road thirteen 
Rods then running back to the other fence so as to make two 
acres & two thirds — 

The outer Cellar Six foot & half from the South end across. 

The Inner Cellar three foot & Eight Inches from the West 
side, the whole length 

The Kitchin part of the mansion House & the bedroom next to 
it & the garret over the west end with liberty of a passage to the 
garret & Cellar & Well also liberty of the back yard by the 
Well — 

Five rod of Land Deep Next to Tho* Odiornes & Eight rod in 
length by the road running from s** Odiornes Land easterly 
towards the meetinghouse 

Liberty of setting a pig pen at the South end of the Kitchen'^& 
a passage round the House & liberty of the fore yard to pass & 
repass 

Rich'^ Jenness 3<* 
Levi Dearborn 
Tho^ Odiorne 
Joseph Brown 
James Brackett 



AVERY SANDERS 1759 HAVERHILL, MASS. 

[Administration on the estate of Avery Sanders of Haverhill, 
Mass., joiner, granted to Joseph Clark of Methuen, Mass., 
yeoman, Jan. 24, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 145.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 367 

[Bond of Joseph Clark, with Peter Merrill and Richard Dow, 
both of Salem, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of £2000, Jan. 
24, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, David 
Sewall, John Langdon.] 



JONATHAN PRESCOTT 1759 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Abigail Whidden, late of Hampton Falls, renounces adminis- 
tration on the estate of her son, Jonathan Prescott of Hampton 
Falls, Jan. 30, 1759, in favor of her husband, James Whidden of 
Nottingham; witnesses, Joseph Cilley, Robert Harvey.] 

[Administration granted to James Whidden, yeoman, Jan. 
31. I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 146.] 

[Bond of James Whidden, with Joseph Cilley and Robert 
Harvey, both of Nottingham, gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, Jan. 31, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, John Shackford, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 31, 1759, authorizing Thomas Simpson and 
John McCrillis, Jr., both of Nottingham, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 25, 1759; amount, £482. o. o; signed 
by John McCrillis and Thomas Simpson.] 



GEORGE SEWARD 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of George Seward of Ports- 
mouth, cordwainer, granted to his son, George Seward of Ports- 
mouth, boat-builder, Jan. 31, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 146.] 



368 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of George Seward, with John Shackford and Joseph 
Cotton, boat-builder, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £1000, Jan. 31, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witness, Daniel Gilman.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 28, 1759; amount, £2065. 7. o; signed by 
Daniel Jackson and Samuel Waters.] 

[Administrator's account of the settlement of the estate; 
receipts, £1025. 7. o; expenditures, £491. 19. 10; allowed May 
28, 1760; mentions "my Mothers Funeral."] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 449.] 



WILLIAM BRUCE 1759 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of William Bruce of Durham, 
trader, granted to Elizabeth Bruce of Durham, single woman, 
Jan. 31, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 150.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Bruce, with Joseph Atkinson, physician, 
and Hercules Mooney, schoolmaster, as sureties, all of Durham, 
in the sum of £1000, Jan. 31, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, S. Livermore, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Inventory, attested May 30, 1759; amount, £4100. 8. 6; 
signed by Jonathan Woodman and Miles Randall.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate by John Lane and 
wife Elizabeth Lane, administratrix; receipts, £3153. 13. 6, 
personal estate; expenditures, £3587. 15. 3; allowed Nov. 24, 
1762.] 



BENJAMIN KIDDER 1759 BEDFORD 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Kidder granted to 
his brother, John Kidder of Derryfield, Feb. 8, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 171.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 369 

[Bond of John Kidder, yeoman, with John GofFe and John 
Moore, gentleman, as sureties, all of Derryfield, in the sum of 
£500, Feb. 8, 1759, for the administration of the estate of Benja- 
min Kidder of Souhegan East, yeoman; witnesses, Benjamin 
Smith, Matthew Patten.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 9, 1759, authorizing Moses Barron of Bedford 
and John Moore of Derryfield, gentlemen, to appraise the estate 
of Benjamin Kidder, Jr.] 

[Inventory, May 30, 1760; amount, £153. 4. 5>^; signed by 
Moses Barron and John Moore; mentions "his wages in his 
majesties Service 1757 £51. 5. 4."] 



ENOCH CHALLIS 1759 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Dorothy Challis renounces administration on the estate of 
her husband, Enoch Challis of South Hampton, in favor of her 
brother, Peleg Challis, Feb. 12, 1759.] 

[Administration granted to Peleg Challis of Amesbury, Mass., 
yeoman, Feb. 28, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 181.] 

[Bond of Peleg Challis, with David Bagley of Newton and 
Benjamin Batchelder of Chester, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, Feb. 28, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Dennett.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 28, 1759, authorizing Daniel Goodwin and 
John Elliot, both of South Hampton, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, March 27, 1759; amount, £7735. 6. 4; signed by 
John Elliot and Daniel Goodwin.] 

[Warrant, May 22, 1759, authorizing Jeremy Webster, Joseph 
Bean, innholder, Nathan Ordway, yeoman, all of Kingston, 



370 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Jonathan Kimball, and Daniel Goodwin, both of South Hamp- 
ton, yeomen, 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 
afores** 

Pursuant to your Hon"^^ Warrant to us directed appointing us a 
Com*«« to set off to Dorothy Challis of South Hampton widow 
her dower which happeneth to her of the Real Estate of her Late 
Husband Enoch Challis of South Hampton aboves'^ deceas*^ 
&c — We haveing met at the place & viev/ed the premisses &c 
& maturely Considered the Case & Circumstances have set off 
to the s^ widow the s*^ Dorothy for her thirds or Dower in s*^ 
Estate as followeth viz : Beginning at the south westerly Corner 
of the deceas'ds Lands or Estate & running North Easterly on 
the High way fifty & Nine Rods to a stake by the fence: then 
North westerly to a Poplar Tree standing at the Northwester- 
most part of the s'^ Lands s^ tree is marked on four sides : and in 
Case the s** Poplar tree should not stand exactly in the Line of the 
s^ land ; our meaning is that this Line shall run that Course thro' 
the s'^ Estate to the Northwestermost part thereof: then south 
westerly as the deceas<^ Land Lays to the North westerly corner 
thereof being about fifty six Rods then South Easterly on that 
line of the whole tract to the place where it first began: thirty 
three acres more or less : also the New Dwelling House being on 
the s'^ thirds : with the one Half of the Barn viz : the westerly End 
thereof: with full liberty & priviledge to use & Improve her s*^ 
part of the s<^ Barn in summer & in winter as Occasion may 
serve: the s^ premisses with the Appurtenances as above men- 
tioned & described : we set off to the s*^ widow for her Dower of 
the Real Estate of her s"^ Late Husband : — as witness our hands 
the 31^* day of May Anno: Domini 1759 

Jeremy Webster 
Joseph Bean 

Jonathan Kimball 1^ Com* 
Nathan Ordway 
Daniel Goodwin 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 1 

[Guardianship of Lydia Challis, Sarah Challis, and Thomas 
Challis, aged less than 14 years, children of Enoch Challis, 
granted to Micah Hoyt of Newton March i, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 395.] 

[Bond of Micah Hoyt, yeoman, with William Smith and 
Samuel Brown, both of Kingston, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, March i, 1760, for the guardianship of Lydia 
Challis, Sarah Challis, and Thomas Challis; witnesses, William 
Parker, Jr., Eliphalet Coffin.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £1847. 18. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £1862. 7. 8; mentions "bringing up the 
Young Children"; allowed May 28, 1760.] 

Province of New Hampshire 

To the Honourable John Sherburn Esq'^ Judge of probates of 
Wills for the County of Rockingham 

The petetion of Lydia Varnum widow to Peter Varnum De- 
cease* and Daughter of Enoch Challis of Newtown in said prov- 
ince Deceased Humbly Sheweth that whereas my uncle Peleg 
Challis who administred on the estate of my said Father De- 
ceased Lives in Amesbury in the province of the massachusetts 
Bay; and my said Father Left three children Liveing: and my 
grand father Micah Hoit of s*^ newtown was Guardian for all of 
the three my Father Died Seized of an estate of an Hundred 
acres of Land in said Newtown and my uncle who was the ad- 
ministrator Sold aboute twenty acres to pay my Fathers Debts 
and Since my Grandfather is Deceased and there have been no 
Settlement and your petetioner is a poor widow Left with won 
child and wants to have' my part of my Fathers Estate to 
Improve towards Supporting my Self and child of aboute 18 
months old: I am the Eldest of my Fathers children there is a 
Sister aboute twenty years old and a Brother aboute Eighteen or 
Nineteen and the Estate is now Improved by my uncles Benja- 
min and Samuel Hoits Sons to my said Grandfather Micah Hoit 
Deceas<* & we did not Chuse Guardians for our Selves as we might 
have don your petetioner prays your Hon"^ to appoint a Commit- 



372 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

tee to Divide said Estate So that your petetioner may have 
some Encum and that it be don as soon as may be and your 
petetioner who as in Duty bound Shall Ever pray 
Newtown ii*'^ April: 1775 her 

Lydia X Varnum 
mark 
Test Caleb Pilsberry 

[Additional account of the administrator; receipts, £2. 4. 10; 
expenditures, £11. 14. o; attested May 31, 1775.] 



DAVID BLAIR I759 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God amen the Sixteen Day of Feb^ one thou- 
sand Seven hundred and fifty nine I David Blair of Londonderry 
within his Maj*'^ provance of Newhamps. in Newingland yeman 
being in helth and Steringh * * * 

Imprimesses I Give and bequeath unto My wellbeloved 
Brother William Blair all my Reale and personall Estate that I 
am possesed of or hes a right unto after My Debts and funerall 
Charges is pay^ and the legecies hereafter mentioned 

Etam I allow to be pay* out of my Estat to my Sister ann 
Cliningens ten Shillings Starling — 

Itam I allow to be pay* out of my Estat to my Sister Elesebeth 
Blair twinty pounds Starling — 

Itam I allow to be pay^ out of my Estat to my Brother will™ 
Blairs Son william ten Shillings Starling — 

Itam I allow to be pay** out of my Estat to my Brother will" 
Blairs Daughter Jean Blair twinty pounds Starling — ■ 

Itam I allow to be pay* out of my Estat to my Brother will"" 
Blairs Daughter Frances Blair ten Shillings Starling and Like- 
wise I Constitute make and ordain my Brother william Blaire 
and Moses Barnett to be my Sole Executors * * * 

David Blair 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 373 

[Witnesses] Rob* Clindinin, William Vance, Samuel Barr. 
[Proved Aug. 28, 1765.] 

[Bond of William Blair, husbandman, with Robert Clendenin, 
husbandman, and Samuel Livermore as sureties, all of London- 
derry, in the sum of £200, Oct. 2, 1765, for the execution of the 
will; witnesses, Peter Green, Samuel Eaton.] 



SAMUEL WEYMOUTH 1759 SOMERSWORTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Weymouth of Somers- 
worth, yeoman, granted to John Mason of Somersworth, hus- 
bandman, Feb. 22, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 163.] 

[Bond of John Mason, with Jacob Lavers of Portsmouth, 
joiner, and George Home of Dover, yeoman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £2000, Feb. 27, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, David Sewall.] 

[Esther Mason, wife of John Mason, authorizes her husband 
to receive what is due her from the estate of her brother, Samuel 
Weymouth, 1759; witnesses, William Perkins, Joseph Tate.] 



NEHEMIAH GOULD 1759 MASON 

[Bond of Esther Gould, widow, with Phineas Waite and Wil- 
liam Parker, yeomen, as sureties, all of Groton, Mass., in the sum 
of £100, Feb. 25, 1759, for the administration of the estate of her 
husband, Nehemiah Gould of No. i ; witnesses, James Reynolds 
and William Lawrence.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Account of the settlement of the estate; mentions "Bringing 
up her Posthumes Child to this time being four Years And nine 



374 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

months .... Supporting three other of the deceased Children 
all under seven years of age Two of which were Supported by her 
more then Two years Each & the other nine months"; allowed 
June 25, 1764.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



BENJAMIN THOMPSON 1759 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Thompson of Lon- 
donderry, yeoman, granted to Janet Thompson of Londonderry 
Feb. 27, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 213.] 

[Bond of Janet Thompson, widow, with John Crombie and 
John Crombie, Jr., yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in 
the sum of £1000, Feb. 27, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Blair, Moses Barnett.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 27, 1759, authorizing Samuel Barr, Moses 
Barnett, gentleman, and William Blair, 3d, all of Londonderry; 
to appraise the estate.] 

[Barbara Thompson, aged more than 14 years, and James 
Thompson, aged about 12 years, children of Benjamin Thomp- 
son, make choice of James Carr of Goffstown as their guardian 
April 23, 1759; witnesses, Moses Barnett, Samuel Barr.] 

[Guardianship of Barbara Thompson, minor, aged more than 
14 years, and of James Thompson, aged less than 14 years, 
children of Benjamin Thompson, granted to James Carr of 
Goffstown April 25, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 220.] 

[Bond of James Carr, with John Goffe of Derryfield and 
Samuel Moore of Litchfield, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of 
£1000, April 25, 1759, for the guardianship of Barbara and James 
Thompson; witnesses, William Parker, Timothy Walker, Jr.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 375 

[Inventory, attested July 23, 1759; amount, £6343. 16. 11; 
signed by Samuel Barr and Moses Barnett.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1943. 16. 11, per- 
sonal estate; expenditures, £2032. 3. 3; mentions "maintain- 
ance of a Child under Seven 2 Years to January 24, 1761"; 
allowed Nov. 26, 1760.] 

[Additional account of the administratrix; receipts, £500. o. o; 
expenditures, £1246. 8. 8; mentions "maintaining of a Child 
under Seven years of age 2 years & Eight Months .... Neces- 
saries for Schooling the Children"; allowed Nov. 30, 1763.] 

[Guardianship of James Thompson minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Benjamin Thompson, granted to Robert Clark 
Nov. 30, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 121.] 

[Bond of Robert Clark of Londonderry, yeoman, with James 
Caldwell of Bedford, yeoman, and Samuel Emerson of Chester 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Nov. 30, 1763, for the guardian- 
ship of James Thompson; witnesses, William Parker, Jr., Wil- 
liam Vaughan.] 



JONATHAN STOODLEY 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Stoodley of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to Mary Stoodley of Portsmouth, 
widow, Feb. 28, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 167.] 

[Bond of Mary Stoodley, with John Shackford and John 
Dennett, gentleman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £500, Feb. 28, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, George Seward.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 28, 1759, authorizing Hunking Wentworth 



376 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and Samuel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 4, 1759; amount, £6114. 11. o; signed by 
Hunting Wentworth and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[John Stoodley, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of 
Jonathan Stoodley, makes choice of Samuel Treadwell of Ports- 
mouth, boat-builder, as his guardian June 18, 1768; witnesses, 
Samuel Parker, Joseph Moulton.] 

[Bond of Samuel Treadwell, with Nathaniel Treadwell of 
Portsmouth, tanner, as surety, in the sum of £500, June 18, 
1768, for the guardianship of John Stoodley; witnesses, Joseph 
Moulton, Samuel Parker.] 

[Citation to Mary Furber, administratrix, Oct. 20, 1790, to 
render an account of the estate.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £130. 14. 6^4 -, ex- 
penditures, £107. 10. 10; mentions " maintainance of John be- 
fore he arrived to seven years of age being in the whole 38 weeks. 
. . . maintainance of Elizabeth before she arrived to seven 
years of Age five Years & eight months" ; allowed Feb. 16, 1791.] 

Rockingham ss To the honorable Oliver Peabody Esq' Judge 
of the Probate of wills &c within & for the County of Rocking- 
ham 

Humbly shew the subscribers that they are tenants in Common 
of a messuage and lot of Land situate in Portsmouth in said 
County being two thirds of the real estate of which Jonathan 
Stoodley late of Portsmouth aforesaid dec* died seized they 
therefore pray your honor to order partition of said estate be- 
tween them agreeable to their respective claims viz to Nath^ 
Folsom two sixth being the double share that belonged to James 
Stoodley son of said dec^ and to Mary Furber one sixth as heir 
of her son John Stoodley, to Robert Ham one sixth which be- 
longed to Mary Treadwell dec*^ to Catherine Treadwell one 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 377 

sixth & to Elizabeth Gookin one sixth — and as in duty bound 
will pray 

Portsmouth Feb" i6th 1791 

Nath^ Folsom for James 

Stood ly 2 shares 
Robert Ham 
Mary Furber 
Nath' Tread well y 
Na' Gookin 

[Warrant, Feb. 16, 1791, authorizing John Fernald, Daniel 
Hart, Jacob Walden, Thomas Sheafe, and Thomas Chadbourne, 
all of Portsmouth, to divide the real estate.] 

State of New Hampshire 1 Pursuant to the Warrant to us 
Rockingham ss J directed by the Hon^^^ Oliver Pea- 

body Esquire Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for the said 
County We have made a Division of the Estate of Jonathan 
Stoodly late of Portsmouth deceased as mentioned in said War- 
rant to us directed as follows Viz* 

Mary Furber widow for her Dower to have the Eastern Front 
Room Closet Bed Room Store Room over the Shop and Shop 
Cellar under the Bed Room with all the Avenues leading to 
them, with the priviledge of the front Entry and a passage way to 
hir Cellar from the front Cellar door near the Shop and of the 
Yard at the West End of the house which is to be in Common 
Amongst the heirs — 

Mary Furber and Nath^ Folsom to have the large front 
Chamber and the two Small Chambers at the Eastern End of it 
Adjoining thereto and the south half of the Eastern Garrett 
and one Cellar at the left hand as you pass down the Cellar 
stairs Eight feet by six feet the Other Cellar is Eight feet Square 
south of the south East Chimney — with all the avenues leading 
to them and the priviledge of the front Cellar door and front 
Entry and the Western Yard which is to be in Common as before 
described 



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Nath' Gookin and Robert Ham to have the two Western 
Lower Rooms and the Cellar under them and the North half of 
the Eastern Garrett with the priviledges of the Yard Cellar door 
and Entry as described above 

Nath^ Treadwell & Nath' Folsom to have the whole north 
East part of the House fronting Fore Street and Cellar under it, 
the whole of the Land untill it comes squair with the western 
End of the Great House and the priviledge of the front Entry and 
Western Yard in Common with the rest of the heirs as above dis- 
cribed 

And when the House shall be down then Each respective heir to 
have the Number feet of Land as by Division is set of to them in 
the Plan hereto Anexed Reference there to being had as may 
more fully appear 

Portsmouth y^^ March 1791 Witness our hands 

David Hart 
Jacob Walden 
Thomas Chadbourn 



ANDREW WATKINS 1759 NEWCASTLE 

[Administration on the estate of Andrew Watkins of New- 
castle, gentleman, granted to Jane Watkins, widow, Feb. 28, 
1 759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 199.] 

[Bond of Jane Watkins, with Joseph Newmarch and George 
Frost, mariner, as sureties, all of Newcastle, in the sum of £500, 
Feb. 28, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Folsom.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 28, 1759, authorizing Nathaniel Sargent, 
physician, and John Simpson, mariner, both of Newcastle, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 29, 1759; amount, £1898. 12. o; signed by 
Nathaniel Sargent and John Simpson.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 38I 

SAMUEL HARDY 1759 STRATH AM 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Hardy of Stratham, 
cordwainer, granted to Sarah Hardy of Stratham, widow, Feb. 
28, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 183.] 

[Bond of Sarah Hardy, with David Burleigh of Stratham, yeo- 
man, and John Nelson of Exeter, shipwright, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Feb. 28, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Dennett.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 28, 1759, authorizing David Stevens and Jacob 
Lowe, both of Stratham, husbandmen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 27, 1759; amount, £227. 15. o, 
personal estate; signed by Jacob Lowe and David Stevens.] 



DANIEL DAVIS 1759 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Davis of Durham, 
yeoman, granted to Elizabeth Davis of Durham, widow, Feb. 
28, I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 192.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Davis, with Ephraim Davis and Valentine 
Mathes, yeomen, as sureties, all of Durham, in the sum of £1000, 
Feb. 23, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
John Burnham Hanson, Jonathan Drown.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1759, authorizing Joseph Smith and 
Joseph Sias, trader, both of Durham, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 27, 1759; amount, £11,975. I5- o; signed by 
Joseph Sias and Joseph Smith.] 

[Warrant, April 13, 1764, authorizing Joseph Smith, Ebenezer 
Thompson, physician, Jeremiah Burnham, Miles Randall, and 



382 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Jonathan Woodman, yeomen, all of Durham, to divide the real 
estate.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 310.] 

Pursuant to a warrant from the hon'« Richard Wibird Esq' 
Judge of the Probate of wills &<> for the province of Newhamp- 
shire Appointing us the Subscribers a Committee to Divide the 
Real Estate of Daniel Davis Late of Durham in Said province 
yeoman Deceased intestate among the wife and Children of 
Said intestate — accordingly we have made a Division of said 
Estate in manner Following viz — 

i«* To Elizabeth Davis widow & Relict of Said intestate for 
her thirds in Said Estate part of the homestead Farm viz. Six- 
teen acres of up Land, Together with the Flatts adjoining. Butted 
& Bounded as followeth Beginning by the highway adjoining to 
Land Belonging to the heirs of Francis Footman Deceased & 
Running by Said highway North 54° west 32 Rods to a heap of 
Stones & then North 40° East 132 Rods to a Stake by the Salt 
marsh & So the Same point of Compass to the Channel of the 
Creek the Line between Said Estate and Abraham Stevensons 
land & then by Said Channel to the afores'* Footmans Land & by 
Footmans Land to the first bounds — also Twenty one acres of 
Land on the opposite side of the highway aforsaid Beginning 
By Said highway at a heap of Stones adjoining Land Sat of to 
thomas one of the heirs and Running By the highway South 54° 
East 22 Rods to Land Sat of to Sarah one of the heirs & then 
South 32° west 59 rods then South 78° East 7 rods then South 
53° west 24 rods — then north 58° west 39 rods and then North 
East to the first Bounds, also one half of the Dwelling house on 
Said Farm being the East End & one half the Barn with Liberty 
to Pass and Repass from the highway to Each & the priviledge 
of Laying wood &'' by the Door of said house — 

2'^^y To Obadiah Davis Eldest Son of Said intestate for his 
Double Share in Said Estate the following peices of Land all in 
the town of Durham afors"^ viz. 12 acres of Land at a place 
Called the hook being Said intestates share or Lot in the Second 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 383 

Division of Common Lands in Said town also five acres of Land 
at North River being said intestates share in the third Division 
of Common Lands in Said town also 24 acres of Land Laid out to 
Said Intestate on the South Side of Little River for Butts & 
Bounds thereof Reference Being had to the Return on said town 
records also 17 acres of Land Laid out to Said intestate at a 
place Called the hornswoods for Butts & Bounds thereof Refer- 
ance being had to the return under the lottlayers hands on said 
town Records — 

3^'y To Thomas Davis Second Son of Said intestate for his 
Share in Said Estate part of the homestead viz about fourteen 
acres & 3 quarters of an acre of Land, Six acres and 3 quarters 
is butted and bounded as followeth beginning by the highway ad- 
joining to Land Sat of to the widow at a heap of Stones and Run- 
ning North 40° East 132 Rods to the flatts & then about N W. 6 
Rods & >^to a stake & then South 41° 30^ to the aforsaid highway 
& by that to the first bounds including the flatts that fronts 
against it also about 8 acres on the opposite of the highway 
Beginning at a heap of Stones by the widows thirds & Running 
South west 108 Rods to a heap of stones & then N. 58° west 12 
Rods & then to a heap of stones and then N E 108 Rods to the 
highway & By that to the first bounds also the Lower Room in 
the w^est End of the house & ^2 the barn with Liberty to pass & 
Repass from the highway to Each — 

^thiy "Pq francis Davis third Son of Said intestate for his 
Share the following Lands viz. one whole Share or Right of land 
in the town of Canterbury originally granted to Said intestate 
also 37>^ acres of Land in the town of nottingham being the 
Eastern Part of the Lot N° 45 in the Second Division in winter 
Street & was originally granted unto one David Chafifins also 8 
acres of Common Grant in Said Town of Durham not Laid out 
& was part of said intestates share in the first Division of Com- 
mon Lands in s'* Town — 

^thiy 'Pq Elizabeth Cromett Eldest Daughter of Said intestate 
for her share Part of the homestead viz about 18 acres & 3 



384 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

quarters of an acre of Land 8 acres & 3 quarters is Butted & 
bounded as followeth Beginning by the highway adjoining to 
Zurviahs share one of the heirs at a heap of Stones and Running 
North forty five Degrees East 132 Rods to the flatts & then N. W 
one rod & then S W 21 Rods & then South 81° West 15 Rods & 
then S W to the highway & by that to the first bounds Together 
with all the thatch bed & Saltmarsh fronting or that was im- 
proved by the Intestate to the westard thereof also about 10 
acres on the opposite Side of the highway Beginning by Zurviah 
Share at a heap of Stones & Running S W 108 rods to a heap of 
stones & then N 58° west to the parsonage or Town lot & by that 
to the highway & so by that to the first bounds also the west 
Chamber in the house — • 

5th ly Xq Sarah Davis Daughter of Said intestate for her Share 
in Said Estate 4 acres & >^ an acre in the homestead Butted & 
Bounded as followeth viz Beginning by the highway adjoining 
the widows thirds & Running South 32° west 59 Rods and then 
South 78° East Nineteen Rods then N 36° East 30 rods & then 
N 32° west 17 Rods & then north 32° E 17 Rods to the road & 
then to where it Began being four Rods — also the 5*^ Part of 
the Second Third & fourth Divisions of Lands in the Town of 
Rochester that Belongs to the Original Right of Col' James 
Davis Late of said Durham Deceased also 18 acres of the Com- 
mon or undivided Lands in said Town of Durham & is Part of 
the Original Right of said Intestate in the first Division of Com- 
mon Lands in said Town — 

ythiy Yo Phebe Davis Daughter of Said intestate for her Share 
in Said Estate part of the homestead viz about 13 acres and 3 
Quarters of an acre Six acres and three Quarters is Butted & 
Bounded as followeth beginning by the highway adjoining to 
Thomas^ Share at a heap of Stones & Running North 41° 30^ 
East 132 rods to the flatts & then Northwest 6 rods >^ to a Stake 
& then South 43° west to the highway to a heap of Stones & then 
by the highway to the first bounds with the thatch bed that 
fronts it. Also Seven acres of Land on the opposite Side of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 385 

the highway beginning at a heap of Stones by thomas Share & 
Running S W 108 rods to a heap of Stones & then N 58° west 10 
Rods & ]4 Rod to a heap of stones & then N E 108 Rods to the 
highway & by that to the first bounds — 

gthiy 'Pq Zurviah Davis Daughter of Said intestate for her 
Share in Said Estate part of the homestead viz about fourteen 
acres. Six acres is Butted & Bounded as followeth Beginning 
by the highway adjoining to Phebes Share at a heap of Stones 
& Running N 43° East 132 Rods to the flatts to a Stake & then 
N W 6 rods & y^ rod to a Stake & then South 45° west 132 Rods 
to the highway to a heap of Stones & By that to the first bounds 
with the thatch bed that fronts &c also about 8 acres on the op- 
posite Side of the highway beginning by Phebes Share & Run- 
ning S W 108 Rods to a heap of Stones & then N 58° west 12 
Rods & then North East to the highway & by that to the first 
bounds Excepting out of it the house & Barn Sat of to other 
heirs & Liberty to Pass & Repass — witness our hands at 
Durham the 25*'' Day of September in the fourth year of his 
majesties Reign A D 1764. 

Joseph Smith 1 

Ebenezer Thompson \ Committee 

Jerem^ Burnum Jun J 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £2582. o. 6, personal 
estate; expenditures, £1327. 17. o; mentions "maintaining one 
Child 9 months"; allowed Nov. 8, 1764.] 

[Guardianship of Francis Davis minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Daniel Davis, granted to Ebenezer Thompson Oct. 
31 » 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 323.] 

[Guardianship of Thomas Davis, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Daniel Davis, granted to Ephraim Davis Oct. 
31, 1764-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 2-x,, p. 322.] 



386 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Ebenezer Thompson, physician, with Joseph Smith 
and Ephraim Davis, yeoman, as sureties, all of Durham, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 31, 1764, for the guardianship of Francis 
Davis; witnesses, Wyseman Claggett, John Sullivan.] 

[Bond of Ephraim Davis, yeoman, with Joseph Smith and 
Ebenezer Thompson, physician, as sureties, all of Durham, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 31, 1764, for the guardianship of Thomas 
Davis; witnesses, Wyseman Claggett, John Sullivan.] 



JAMES NELSON 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Guardianship of the children of James Nelson of Portsmouth 
granted to Samuel Sherburne of Portsmouth, husbandman, 
March i, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 201.] 

[Bond of Samuel Sherburne, with John Nelson, shipwright, 
and Thomas Flanders, joiner, both of Exeter, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, March i, 1759, for the guardianship of the children 
of James Nelson, deceased; witnesses, David Sewall, John 
Langdon.] 



NATHANIEL MESERVE 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Nathaniel Meserve, Jr., of 
Portsmouth, shipwright, granted to Sarah Meserve March 2, 
I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 249.] 

[Bond of Sarah Meserve, widow, with Mark Hunking, mariner, 
and George Meserve, merchant, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in 
the sum of £1000, March 2, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Michael Whidden, James Whidden.] 

[Inventory, June 20, 1759; amount, £7296.3.7; signed by 
John Shackford and Jacob Sheafe.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 387 

[Commission, May 4, 1771, to Samuel Penhallow, Samuel 

Hale, William Torrey, Whipple, and John Parker, all of 

Portsmouth, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hon^'* John 

New Hamp^ J Wentworth Esq"^ Judge of the Probate of Wills 
&c for said Province directed to us to divide the Real Estate of 
Nath^ Meserve late of Portsmouth in said province Shipwright 
dec"^ Intestate — we have done the same in the following manner 
— viz* 

We have set off to Sarah the Wife of Nehemiah Wheeler who 
was Wife of said Intestate a part of the Mansion House belonging 
to the Estate of said deceased scituated in Portsmouth aforesaid 
viz* the Southwest Room in s^^ House with the Chambers over it 
& the Cellar under it and a piece of Land adjoining bounded as 
follows Southerly by Land belonging to the Heirs of George 
Meserve dec* Fifty one feet. Westerly by Land of John Hart & 
the Heirs of Jonathan Odiorne dec^ Twenty five feet. Northerly 
by Land hereafter set off to Jane Meserve one & fifty feet. East- 
erly by the yard adjoining s'^ House twenty five feet. — 

To Henry Meserve the Son of said Intestate we have set off a 
certain Tract of Land in Portsm" aforesaid containing three acres 
bounded as follows viz Northerly by a Road that leads to New- 
ington Easterly by Land of John Martin & Hunking Wentworth 
Esq"" Southerly by Land of John Penhallow & Eleazer Russell, & 
Westerly by Land of John Hart Esq"" also another piece of Land, 
adjoining to the Mansion House of said deceased bounded 
Easterly by a Street thirty feet. Southerly by said House, & 
Land hereafter set off to Sarah Meserve Eighty Seven feet, 
Westerly by Land of John Hart j"" thirty feet, & Northerly by said 
Harts Rope walk Eighty Seven feet — 

To Sarah Meserve Daughter of said Intestate we have set off 
the Kitchen in said Mansion House & the Northwest Chamber 
over it & the Cellar under it, with a piece of Land adjoining 
bounded Northerly by Land set off above to Henry Meserve one 
& fifty feet. Easterly by a yard on the West End of said House 



388 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Eight feet, Southerly by Land hereafter set off to Mary Meserve 
one & fifty feet, Westerly by Land of John Hart Eight feet. 

To Mary Meserve Daughter of said Intestate we have set off 
the North East Room in said Mansion House with the Chamber 
over it & the Cellar under it, and a piece of Land Sixteen feet 
wide & one & fifty feet long adjoining to the last mentioned piece 
sat off to the said Sarah. — 

To Jane Meserve Daughter of said Intestate we have set ofT 
the South East Room in the said Mansion House with the 
Chamber over it & the Cellar under it & a piece of Land adjoin- 
ing to the last mention'd piece sat off to Mary Meserve above, 
being Eight feet wide & one & fifty feet long. — The Yards 
on the South Side & the west End of said House, & the 
Entries in s'^ House & the Well to be in Common among the 
Parties. — 

Portsmouth May lo**^ 1771 Sam' Penhallow 

Will"" Torrey 
Jn° Parker 



POMEROY 1759 GOFFSTOWN 

[Mehitabel Pomeroy of Goffstown makes choice of Capt. 
Moses Barron of Bedford, gentleman, as her guardian, March 3, 
1759; witnesses, John Goffe, William S. Harvey.] 



BENJAMIN GARFIELD 1759 HINSDALE 

[Bond of Eunice Garfield of Hinsdale, widow, with Benjamin 
Bellows of Walpole and Oliver Willard of Brattleborough, Vt., 
gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, March 8, 1759, for 
the administration of the estate of Benjamin Garfield of Hins- 
dale, yeoman; not signed or witnessed.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 389 

JOHN HOUSTON 1759 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of John Houston of Dunstable, 
carpenter, granted to Hannah Houston of Dunstable, widow, 
March 8, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 213.] 

[Bond of Hannah Houston, with Nehemiah Lovewell of Dun- 
stable, gentleman, and Timothy Taylor of Merrimack, husband- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £2000, March 8, 1759, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, Noah Johnson, Jonathan 
Lovewell.] 

[Warrant, March 8, 1759, authorizing Noah Johnson and 
Nehemiah Lovewell, both of Dunstable, husbandmen, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 12, 1759; amount, £293.5.6; signed by 
Noah Johnson and Nehemiah Lovewell.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1079. 2. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £1091.11.6; mentions "maintance of 
Noah a child of the Intestate under y^ age of 7 years 205 weeks. 
. . . Nursing & Vittilling 4 children of the Intestate 20 weeks 
each at 40/ p'' week being all sick togather. . . . Nursing 
Hannah a daughter of the Intestate 6 years & 3 months being 
sick"; allowed Oct. 31, 1765.] 



ARTHUR GRAHAM 1759 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Arthur Graham of London- 
derry, yeoman, granted to Eleanor Graham of Londonderry, 
widow, March 10, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 276.] 

[Bond of Eleanor Graham, with Samuel McKeen and Samuel 
Smith as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £500, March 



390 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

10, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, Joseph 
Butler, David Campbell.] 

[Warrant, March 10, 1759, authorizing Samuel Anderson and 
Hugh Graham, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested April 16, 1759; amount, £2905. 10. o; 
signed by Hugh Graham and Samuel Anderson.] 



JOSEPH PALMER 1759 PEMBROKE 

In the Name of God Amen this Fifteenth Day of March 
Annoq. domini Seventeen Hundred Fifty & Nine, I Joseph 
Palmer late of Stratham in the Province of New-Hampshire in 
New-England yeoman, now residing at a Place Called Buckstreet 

in said Province being now very Weak and Infirm in Body 

* * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath unto Sarah my beloved wife 
(whom I do hereby constitute & ordain my sole Executrix of this 
my last well & Testament) all the money due to me from all 
Persons whomsoever & all my cattle, and Houshold Goods & 
Even all my moveable Estate whatsoever or wheresoever 

Item My will is that my said Executrix (at my Decease) pay 
unto my beloved Daughter Elizabeth (the now Married Wife of 
Stephen Thirston of said Stratham) Forty Shillings in Bills of 
the old tenor which with what I have already given Her I judge 
to be her Equall part of my Estate 

Item My will is that my said Executrix pay all My Debts 
Funerall Charges & the cost of Proving this my last will &c 

Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Daniel Palmer 
and to his Heirs & Assigns forever about seventy acres of Land 
Situate Lying & Being in the Town of Bow in said Province viz 
one quarter part of the first Division Lot of that Right in said 
Bow that origionally belonged unto cap* John Gilmon; said 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 39I 

Division is N° twenty and lies in the Fourth Rang of the first 
Division Lots in said Bow ; — and also the first Division Lot of 
that Right in S'^ Bow that origionally belonged to Chase Wiggin 
said Lot is No Nineteen & lyes in said Range, Together also with 
one Moity or half part of the first Division Lot of that Right in 
said Bow that origionally belonged unto Ens" Joseph Merril said 
division is N° Eighteen & lyeth in said Range: the said half part 
is to lye Adjoying to the aforementioned Lot N° Nineteen 

Item I give and Bequeath unto my beloved son John Palmer 
and to his Heirs & assigns forever about sixty acres of land 
situate Lying & Being in the aforesd Town of Bow; viz the other 
Moiety or half part of the aforementioned Lot N" Eighteen to- 
gether also with the first Division Lot of that Right in said Bow 
that origionally belonged to John Satchel said Lot is No seven- 
teen and lyeth in the aforementioned Range — 

Item My will is that my afore mention Son Daniel when he 
shall arive at the age of Twenty Three years shall pay Unto My 
Beloved Daughter Mehetable Palmer twentv Five Spanish 
mill'd Dollars of full weight or so much m any lawful money 
that shall then be passing in said Province as shall be Equall in 
valine thereto 

Item My will is that my aforementioned son John when he 
Shall arive at the age of twenty three years shall pay unto My 
beloved Daughter Hannah Palmer twenty Five Spanish Mill'd 
Dollars of full Weight or so much in any lawfull money that shall 
then be passing in said Province as shall be Equall in Vallue 
thereto * * * 

Joseph palmer 

[Witnesses] David Connor, Samuel Innes, Samuel Connor. 
[Proved May 30, 1759.] 

[Bond of Sarah Palmer of Bow, with Jonathan Robinson of 
Stratham and David Connor of Buckstreet, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, May 30, 1759, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Wingate.] 



392 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

RUTH LANG 1759 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen — 

I Ruth Lang of Greenland in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England widdow * * * 

Imprimes I Give Unto my son Nathaniel Shearburn of 
Portsm° five shilling New Tenor to be paid by my Executor 
within one Year after my Deceas. 

Item I Give Unto my Daughter Mary Philbrock wife of Caleb 
Philbrock five shillings New Tenor to be paid by my Executor 
within one Year after my Deceas. 

Item I Give Unto my Son John Shearburn of Kensington five 
shillings New Tenor to be paid by my Executor within one Year 
after my Deceas. 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Ruth Row of Kensington five 
shillings New Tenor to be paid by my Execf^ within one Year 
after my Deceas. 

Item I Give unto my Daughter Pressilla Sandborn five shilling 
New Tenor to be paid by my Executor within one Year after my 
Decease 

Item All The Rest and residue of my Estate Real and Personel 
of what Nature or kind soever wheresoever the same may be 
found I Give and Bequeath unto my Son in Law Matthias 
Hains of Greenland 

Lastly I Appoint and Ordain Matthias Hains aforesaid to be 
my sole Executor to this my Last will and Testamen ordering 
him to pay the Legassies as abovsaid. — 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 
19*^ Day of March Anno Domini 1759 and in the 32*^ Year of the 
Reign of George the Second King &c 

her 

Ruth + Lang 

Mark 

[Witnesses] William Haines, William Blazer, Levi Dearborn. 
[Proved Feb. 10, 1761.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 393 

[Bond of Matthias Haines, gentleman, with WiUiam Haines, 
yeoman, as surety, both of Greenland, in the sum of £500, Feb. 
10, 1 761, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Solomon Loud, 
Jr., William Parker.] 



MATTHEW GAULT 1759 CHESTER 

In the Name of God, Amen this nineteenth Day of March 
Annoq. Domini one thousand seven Hundred fifty & nine I 
Matthew Gaalt of Chester in the province of New-Hampshire in 
New-England, Husbandman * * * And as touching my 
woldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this 
life I give and Bequeath the whole of it unto Elizabeth my now 
Married & well beloved wife (whom I do hereby constitute & 
ordain my Sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament) and 
to her Heirs and Assigns for Ever, that is to say I give to my said 
wife and to her Heirs & Assigns for ever — the whole of all & 
Each of those Lots of Lands that were given unto me &c by 
my Honoured father Samuel Gaalt of said Chester in said Prov- 
ince in and by his deed to me under his hand & seal Bearing Date 
the twenty ninth Day of January annoq. Domini seventeen 
Hundred fifty & nine together with all the money due to me 
from any person or persons whatsoever and all my cattle Hous 
Hold goods or moveable Estate whatsoever and Even the whole 
of My worldly Estate & Interest Either in possession or Rever- 
sion 

and furthermore My will is that My funerall charges and all 
the debts lawfully due from me to any person or persons what- 
soever be paid out of my Estate by My Said Executrix * * * 

Matthew Gait 

[Witnesses] John Noyes, Asa foster, Abigail whittemore. 
[Proved Aug. 29, 1759.] 



394 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JAMES LIGGETT 1759 LONDONDERRY 

In the Name of God Amen I James Ligget of Londonderry 
within the province of New hampshire In New england yeo- 
man * * * 

Itim my Will is that my Beloved Brothers John Ligget and 
Samuel Ligget now Living in the Kingdom of Ireland Shall 
Posses all my Reall Estate in the Peack (so caled) which is the 
Place I Bult and improved upon In Equall Shairs to them their 
Heairs and assighns for Ever: they the afore Said John and 
Samuell paing in Equall Shairs to my beloved Sisters Effey 
Ligget who was maried to John Smith to hir or hir Heairs or 
asigns the Sum of two Hundred Pounds old tenor and to my 
Sister Kathrin Ligget who was married to Archibald mac- 
Konechey the sum of two Hundred Pounds old tenor, to Hir or 
hir heairs or assighns — 

Itim my Will is that my third Devision and mendiment Land 
and Likewise my Half of the fourth Devision and a peace 
of midow Laying in hittitite (so caled) Shall be sold by my 
Exactor — 

Itim my Will is that Robert macmurphy Shall have the In- 
come of my Home Place untill the Heairs Comes hear to Receve 
Said Place free of Rent 

Itim my Will is that Jane macmurphy Shall have two Hun- 
dred Pounds old tenor out of the money of which above men- 
cioned lands shall be Sold for 

Itim my Will is that Robert macmurphy Shall Have all my 
Personal Estate — 

And I do Hearby Nominate Constitute and apointe my well 
beloved freand Robert macmurphy of Londonderry afore Said 
yeoman Exacitor of this my Last Will and testament and I Do 
Hearby utterly disalowe Revocke and Disanull all and Every 
other testament Will and Legaceis by me Done or Bequeathed 
In wittnes whereof I have heare unto Set my hand and Seall this 
twenty first Day of march and in the thirtey Second year of his 
Majesties Reign anno: Domo: 1759 y j • 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 395 

[Witnesses] Sam'' Houston, Alex'' Houston, John + mils his 
mark 

[Proved Feb. i8, 1760.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 19, 1760, authorizing Samuel Houston and 
Alexander McMurphy, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested June 18, 1760; amount, £2634. 12. o; 
signed by Samuel Houston and Alexander McMurphy; mentions 
real estate in The Pike, so called, in Londonderry.] 



GEORGE CLARK 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of George Clark of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to John Long, commander of the ship Win- 
chelsea, April 4, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 213.] 

[Bond of John Long "now resident in Portsmouth Commander 
of the Ship Winchelsea", with Mark H unking Wentworth and 
Wyseman Claggett, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of 
£2000, April 4, 1759, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, John Knight, Jr., Henry i\pthorp.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £49. 9. o; expendi- 
tures, £27. 14. 10; allowed May 23, 1759.] 



WILLIAM LANG 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen the fifth day of april one thousand 
Seven hundred and fifty nine I William Lang of Portsmoth in 
the Province of New Hampshire Husbandman Being Very Sick 
& Week in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give to my well beloved Wife Susanna Lang the 
one half of My Reale Estate also the one halfe of my House hold 



396 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Goods for and during her widowhood & if She Marrays to Dis- 
pose of amongst my Children as She Shall here after think most 
Proper — 

Itam I Give to my Well beloved Son Willim Lang and to his 
Heirs and assigns for Ever the one halfe of a forty acre Lot of 
Land in the town Ship of Chester that I Bought of Simon Barry 

Itom I Give to my well beloved Son John Lang Nine Dollers 
or that Value to be paid him in Paper Bill by my Executors with 
in one Month after my Decease 

Itom I Give to my Son Benjamin Lang and to his Heirs and 
assigns for Ever the one halfe of a thirty acre Lot of Land in the 
township of Chester it being Land I Bought of Simon Bary of 
Rye 

Item I Give to my well beloved son thomas Lang and to his 
Heirs and assigns for Ever the one half of one Eighty acre Lot 
of Land in the town Ship of Chester it being Land I Bought of 
Simon Bary 

Item I Give to my well beloved Son Mark Lang the Halfe of 
all my Real Estate not before Disposed of in this my Last will 
also halfe of my Parsnel Estate 

Item I Give to my wellbeloved Daughter Susanna Yeaten one 
Doller to be paid her by My Executors within one month after 
my Decease 

Item I Give to my Well Beloved Daughter Molly Lang Seven- 
teen Dollers or that Value in Bills of Creadit to be paid her by 
my Executors within one month after my Decease 

Item I Give to my Grand Child John Rand ten Pounds old 
tenor Bills or that Value to be Paid him with intrest at fifteen 
pr Cent if he Shall Live to the age of twenty one years old to be 
paid by my Executors 

Item I Give to my Grand Child Rachel Rand ten Pounds old 
tenor Bills or that Value to be paid her by my Executors with 
intrest at fifteen pr Cent if She Shall Live to the Age of Eighteen 
years old 

Item I Give to my Grand Child Lucia Rand ten Pounds old 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 397 

tenor Bills or that Value to be Paid her by my Executors with 
intrest at fifteen pr Cent if She Shall Live to the age of Eighteen 
years old 

I Likewise Constitute make & ordane my wellbeloved wife 
Susanna & my well beloved Son Mark Lang to be Sole Exec- 
utors * * * 

his 
Willim + Lang 
Mark 

[Witnesses] John Norton, Jonathan Norton, Rich^ Jenness j<^. 
[Proved Aug. 29, 1759.] 

[Bond of Susanna Lang, with Richard Jenness, 3d, gentleman, 
and Walter Weeks, yeoman, both of Greenland, as sureties, in 
the sum of £2000, Aug. 29, 1759, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, David Sewall, Jonathan Jewett.] 



JAMES AYERS i759 LONDONDERRY 

In The Name of God Amen I James Eyers of Londonderry 
Yeman & Treader in y« Provance of New-Hampshire in New 
England, Being Sick and full of pain * * * 

Imprimes Unto my well Beloved wife the one third of all my 
Reall and personall Estate Durin her life and then to Devolve 
to my Children in proportion as my Other Esteate — 

Item I Bequeth to my Sons will'" and Sam^' my Home lott 
will"" To have the South and Sam^' the North side of said lott 
and it is my will thatt the Exec"" of this my last will and Testment 
may sell to the Best Advantage thatt lott or percell of land I 
Bought of John and David M-'Alester and after the Debts of s'^ 
Place are paid it is my will thatt my four Doughters have there 
Equell part with my two Sons of w* Remains of S*^ lott of land — 

My Personall Estate Exceep whatt is Bequethed to my wife is 
to Divoulve to my two Sons — 



398 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

And of this my Last will and Testment I Do nominate and 
Appoint my Natrull Son Wm Eyars & and my Trusty freind 
Edward Aken son to Nath'' Aken To be wholl and Sole Ex" to 
this my last will & Testment 

James Eayers 
her her 

[Witnesses] Elizabath + Elison, Anna + Boyd, Sam^' Cochran. 

mark mark 

[Proved at Boston, Mass., May 4, 1759.] 

[William Ayers of Londonderry declines executorship of his 
father's will June 26, 1759; witnesses, Thomas Wallace, Robert 
Wallace.] 

[Warrant, June i, 1759, authorizing Samuel Fisher and 
Thomas Wallace, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate,] 

[Inventory, June 20, 1759; amount, £3456. 11. 6; signed by 
Samuel Fisher and Thomas Wallace.] 

[Account of Edward Aiken, executor, receipts, £4231.3. 11; 
expenditures, £4253. 9. 6; filed Sept., 1763.] 



EBENEZER WESTON 1759 AMHERST 

In the Name of God Amen — this Twenth fourth Day of 
April A D 1759 I Eben"" Weston of a place Called Souhegan west 
(N B) in the Province of NewHamp'' Yeoman * * * 

Imprimis I give to my well beloved Wife Ruth Weston Six 
Bushels of Endian Corn four Bushels of Rye one Bushel of Wheet 
Yearly but if the s*^ Bushel of Wheet should not be produced on 
my place then an Equivalant In Rye & one Bushel of malt yearly 
& Ninety pounds of Poark Forty pounds of Beaff Annually with 
three peck* of Beans one Bushel & an half of Turnups & Ten 
pounds of Flax & one Bushel And an half of Petatoes yearly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 399 

And a good Cow keept well for her from year to year so long as 
Shee shall remain my widdow and to have a Horse found her 
when & where shee shall have occation so long as Shee Shall 
remain my widdow & half y Ground that is now fenced in for a 
garding y same to be Well fenced & Well Dunged so long as Shee 
Remains my Widdow with nine Shillings Sterling Money of 
great Britain Annually so Long as Shee remains my Widdow 
with the Full Privilidge of my house of every part thereof During 
the aforesd period With the house Hold Moveable Effects which 
Shee Brought me to her Self for her own use & Benefit for ever 
& as much wood Brought to the Door & cut fit for ye fire so Long 
as Shee Shall Remain my Widdow And if my Wife should marry 
again then my will is that Shee Quit the Legacies only those 
Effects shee Brought — 

Item I Give to my Sons Eben"^ Weston Ju"^ & Dan'^ Weston 
their Heirs and assigns for ever All my Real Estate or Estate in 
Lands As shall Appear by Deed or Deeds viz to Eben'' Weston 
afores'^ Thirty five acres on the Easterly Side of y^ farm I now 
live on Adjacent to the Tract my son Eben"" Afores'^ purchased of 
me with one moiety of y" Intervail belonging To that Tract of 
Land I Bought of Co'' Eben'' Nichols Including the Intervail 
that is Included in y« Deed the s*^ Eben"" hath of the Land he 
bought of me — & After my Wifes Decease the house I give To 
Dan" Aforesd or if my wife should Contract Matrimony then s^ 
House to be Da"^ As afores*^ & my Barn to be Divided Equally 
between Eben'' & Dan" as afores<^ & my Stock to be Equaly 
Divided between Eben'' & Dan" I Likewise Constitute & ordain 
the s'^ Eben'' Ju'' my sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testa- 
ment And the s*^ Eben'' To Levy & Rais out of y« premises money 
to pay my Debts & Funeral Charges & s<^ Eben'' & Dan" to pay 
the Legacies herein before & hereafter mentioned by Parts as 
here Destin^ Eben'^ Weston to provide one third of my wife^ 
maintainance As Allowed herein & Danil y« other Two thirds & 
my Wifes Funeral Charges my Executor to Levi out of my Es- 
tate — 



400 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item it is my Will that the S^ Ebener Ju'' Should pay my 
Daughter Mehetibel Nichols one pound Sterling money As a 
Legacey out of my Estate & to Elezebeth Larrabee my Daughter 
one pound Sterling money in Two years after my Decease 

Item it is my will that Daniell aforesd should have all my 
Real Estate which I have not given to Eben'' afores'^ on his Pay- 
ing the Legacies mentioned herein To Hepzibah Weston my 
Daughter Six pounds Sterling money to be paid In Two months 
After my Decease, And the s'l Dan'^ to pay my son Tho^ Weston 
Six pounds as Aforesd viz Sterling money in Two months after 
my Decease Likewise to pay to Isaac my son the same sum at 
the same time as to ye other Children viz Hepzibeth & Thomas 
Allso it is my Will that Eben"" Juner as aforesd should pay To my 
Daughters Tabatha & Son Southrick Six pounds Sterling money 
to Each of them In Two months After my Decease 

Item it is Will that Hepzibah & Tabatha should have all my 
house hold goods Excepting what I Disposed of In this Testa- 
ment heretofore which shall be Estimated as part of their portion 
before bequathed & what y" Effects are valued at Shall be 
Equaly Divided among my Children which have none of my real 
Estate That is Excluding Mehitabel & Elezebeth before men- 
tioned * * * 

Ebenezer Weston 

[Witnesses] Semeel Lamsen, William odell, John Shepard 
Jun^ 

[Proved May 26, 1761.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 5, 1761, authorizing Samuel Lamson and John 
Shepard, Jr., both of Amherst, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 25, 1761; amount, £7140. 15. 8; signed by 
Samuel Lamson and John Shepard, Jr.] 

[Bond of John Shepard, Jr., of Amherst, with Samuel Lamson 
of Amherst and Nathaniel Bartlett of Plaistow as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, May 27, 1761, for the guardianship of Thomas and 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4OI 

Isaac Weston, minors, aged more than 14 years, children of 
Ebenezer Weston; witnesses, William Parker, Samuel Little, Jr.] 



JONATHAN JONES 1759 AMESBURY, MASS. 

[Mehitabel Jones renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Jonathan Jones of Amesbury, Mass., April 24, 1759, in 
favor of her oldest son, Daniel Jones of South Hampton; wit- 
nesses, Barnes Jewell, Dorothy Jewell.] 

[Warrant, April 25, 1759, authorizing Abner Morrill and 
Eliphalet Merrill, both of South Hampton, yeomen, to appraise 
the estate, administration of which is granted to Daniel Jones.] 

[Inventory, May 3, 1759; amount, £6195. 15. o; signed by 
Abner Morrill and Eliphalet Merrill.] 

[Petition of the widow, of Amesbury, Mass., for the setting off 
of her dower, and suggesting Joseph Jewell, Reuben Dimond, 
Benjamin Brown, Richard Collins, and Deacon John Ordway as 
a committee.] 

[Petition of the widow. May 20, 1760, for the setting off of her 
dower, and suggesting Deacon Joseph French, Reuben Dimond, 
Deacon Samuel Currier, Richard Collins, all of South Hampton, 
and Jeremy Webster of Kingston as a committee.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1760, authorizing Jeremy Webster of King- 
ston, Joseph French, Reuben Dimond, Samuel Currier, and 
Richard Collins, all of South Hampton, to set off the widow's 
dower.] 

Province of 1 Whereas we the Subscribers Were Appinted 
New Hampshir / by the Honourable Richard Wibird Esq' 
Judge of the probate of wills &c within and for said province and 
authorized and Impowered to sett olT to Mehitable Jones of 
Almsbery in the county of Esex and province of the Massatu- 



402 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

setts bay widow her dower which hapneth to her of the Real 
Estate of Jonathan Jones of said Almsbury Deceased lying in 
South Hampton in the province of New Hampshir aforesd and 
accordingly We have Set off to the widow of the Deceased for 
her third part of six acers and thirty three Rods of land belonging 
to the home stead bounded as fowlleth Begining at y River next 
to Joseph Jewels land thence Runing by y® River Northly the 
whole width of the land till it comes to the land set off to Abigal 
pike formerly the widow of Joseph Gould Deceased thence Run- 
ing from sd River by the line of y^ sd pikes land fifty six Rods 
westerly to a stake and stones and then Runing five Rods and 
one foot southerly to a stake and stones and then Runing 
Eaighteen Rods westerly to a stake and stones thence Runing 
sixteen Rods to the west side the back Door of the Dweeling 
house thence to follow y^ province line Easterly till it meets 
Joseph Jewels land and then to follow the Line by said Jewels 
land Down to the River the bound first Mentioned and also the 
west bay and half the Barn floor Bay in the Barn Reserving a 
conveniant privilege for y use of the other part of the Barn. 

then we set off to the Widow one third part of the orchard 
Begining at Cristopher Goulds corner bound from thence 
Runing Eaight Rods by the line of the said Gould land northerly 
to a stake and stones and then Runing westerly across the or- 
chard to a stake and stones standing nere the River and then 
Runing southerly by the River to the original bound of said land 
then Runing Easterly to the Bound first Mentioned Reserving 
a conveniant passing way to pass and Repass to the other part of 
the orchard through y^ said third part then we set off six acers 
and Sixty four Rods of Land Lying on the Northerly side powes 
River Begining at Sam^' Jones north westerly Corner bound 
Next to Cap* John Currier land thence Runing by y*' line of the 
said Curriers land in part and by y^ land of sam^' straw in part 
till it Comes to a stak and stones standing in the line next to the 
said Straws land then Runing by the line of Jacob Jones land 
fourteen Rods Easterly then Runing southerly fourteen Rods in 



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Width till it Comes to the said Sam'' Jones land first mentioned 
Reserving a Convenient passing way to pass and Repass from 
the widows land through the other part of the Estated of y« sd 
Jonathan Jones Deceased out to y^ high way which we Judge to 
be her full third part of the Real Estated of y sd Deceased this is 
our Return as Witness our hands this tenth Day of July ano 
Dom"' 1760 

Reuben Dimond 
Joseph french 
Samuel Currier 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £3085. 5. o; expendi- 
tures, £2089. 19. 3; allowed Dec. 31, 1760; additional account; 
receipts, £995.5.9; expenditures, £772. 11. 7; allowed Dec. i, 
1763; another of expenditures of £460.0.0, allowed Sept. 30, 
1772; another of expenditures of £26. 18.9, allowed Oct. 25, 
1788.] 



MOSES VARNEY 1759 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of Moses Varney of Dover, 
yeoman, granted to Phoebe Varney, widow, and James Varney, 
yeoman, both of Dover, April 25, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 222.] 

[Bond of Phoebe Varney and James Varney, with Nathaniel 
Austin and Elijah Tuttle, yeomen, as sureties, all of Dover, in 
the sum of £1000, April 25, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, W. Claggett.] 

[Warrant, April 25, 1759, authorizing Joseph Austin and 
Joseph Hanson, both of Dover, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 8, 1759; amount, £10,718. 18. o; signed by 
Joseph Austin and Joseph Hanson.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1930. 2. 2, personal 
estate; expenditures, £2031. 4. 2; allowed April 23, 1764.] 



404 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, April 29, 1765, authorizing Thomas Westbrook 
Waldron, Joshua Wingate, gentlemen, Alexander Caldwell, yeo- 
man, Ephraim Hanson, innholder, and Joseph Hanson, yeoman, 
all of Dover, to divide the real estate.] 

Province of \ Pursuant to a Warrant from the Hono'''"^ the 

New Hamp"^ / Judge of Probate of Wills & for Granting 
Letters of Administration for the Province aforesaid — Wee the 
Subscribers have Divided the Estate of Moses Varney Late of 
Said Dover Dec^ according to the Annex'i Plan — viz* — 

To His Widow Phebe Varney her thirds N" 3: 4 & 6 in the 
homested & Eight acres N° 7, in the home Lot at Rochester with 
a Priviledge of Passing & repassing to & from any of her Said 
thirds through any of the heirs parts where it may adjoyn thereto 
& most Conveniently Suit unto the road or roads as also the room 
in the west End of the Dwelling house — - 

To James Varney the Eldest Son N° i : & 2 In the homested & 
also thirty acres in a third Division Lot N° 49: in the Town of 
Rochester aforesaid within which is Comprehended the shares of 
Sarah the wife of Solomon Leighton & Lydia the wife of Solomon 
Varney which he Purchased of them by Deeds Duly Authenti- 
cated — 

To Elijah Varney his share N° 5 : in the homested & also Eight 
acres N° 8: in the s'^ home Lot at Rochester within which is 
Comprehended the Share of Humphry Varney which he Pur- 
chased of him by a Deed Duly Authenticated therefor — 

To Peter Benjamin & Elizabeth Varney the whole Second 
Division right in the Town of Rochester aforesaid N° loi also 
the fourth Division belonging to said right & also three Eighths 
of one third of another fourth Division in Said Rochester Equally 
Divided Between them 

To Mordeca Varney his Share thirty acres in a Second Division 
in Said Rochester N° 79: & also Eighteen acres in a third Division 
Lot in said Rochester N° 5 Both pieces In Comon with the other 
owners of Said Lots it being the Deceas<^* right therein 



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405 







406 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

To Moses Varney twenty four acres in the said home Lot at 
Rochester N° 9 

To Phebe the wife of Joseph Bickford jun' one hundred & ten 
acres in the third Division in Said Rochester N° 49 

All which Contains the whole of the Estate Shewn us to Divide 
& is Humbly Submitted By us the Subscribers — Dover July 
26*'' 1765 — 

Joshua Wingate 
Alex^ Caldwell 
Jos: Hanson 
Eph"" Hanson 



JONATHAN JONES 1759 SOUTH HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Jones of South 
Hampton granted to Daniel Jones of South Hampton April 25, 

I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 219.] 

[Bond of Daniel Jones, with Abner Morrill and Eliphalet 
Merrill as sureties, all of South Hampton, in the sum of £1000, 
April 25, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, Timothy Walker, Jr.] 

[Caveat of William Parker, Jr., May 15, 1760, in behalf of the 
heirs, against the allowance of the administrator's account with- 
out their appearance.] 

[Warrant, June 12, 1761, authorizing Jeremy Webster of King- 
ston, William Rowell of Newton, Richard Collins, Joseph Jewell, 
and Joseph Collins, yeomen, all of South Hampton, to divide the 
estate.] 

Province of 1 Pursuant to a Warrant from the Honb'* 

New Hamps: / Richard Wibird Esq"" Judge of the Probate of 

Wills &c for said Province appointing us the subscribers a Com*«" 

to divide the real Estate of Jonathan Jones Late of South Hamp- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O7 

ton Deceas'd Intestate to & among the Children of s'^ Deceasd 
&c — 

We have proceeded & divided the s^ estate as followeth: 
makeing two divisions thereof: The first in the Home place: and 
have set of to Moses Jones the first share in the s"^ first Division 
Bounded as followeth viz: beginning at the Province Line and 
on a High way going by s"^ estate where it is Bounded with a stake 
& stones; from thence running easterly to Land set off to the 
widow of the deceasd for her thirds or right of dower, in the s"^ 
estate where it is Bounded with a stake near the Back door of the 
Dwelling House of the deceasd : then Northerly on the s^ thirds 
about six rods to a stake : then westerly to the s'^ Highway to a 
stake by the fence : then southerly on s*^ way about six rods to the 
place where it first began : one Quarter of an acre more or Less — 

2^y The second share to Samuel Jones Beginning at a stake by 
the s'^ way the Bounds of the first share: from thence running 
easterly by s"^ first share to the s'^ thirds where it is Bounded with 
a stake, which is the Bounds of the s'^ first share : then Northerly 
on s*^ thirds about five rods to a stake: then westerly to the s'^ 
way to a stake, then southerly on the s"^ way about five rods to 
the place where it first began, one Quarter of an acre more or 
Less — 

3'y The Third share to Hannah the wife of John Elliot Begin- 
ning at a stake which is the Bounds of the second share: then 
running Easterly on s^ second share to the s*^ thirds to a stake 
which is also a Bounds of the s*^ second share then Northerly on 
s'l thirds about four rods and a Half to a stake which is a Corner 
Bounds of the s^ thirds: then westerly to the s<^ way to a stake 
then southerly on s*^ way about four rods and an half to the place 
where it first began, one Quarter of an acre be it more or Less — 

4'^ The fourth share to John Jones Beginning at a stake which 
is the Bounds of the third share then running Easterly on the 
s<^ third share four rods and about two feet to a stake, then 
Northerly to the High way to a stake, then westerly on the s^ 
way four rods and about two feet to the Corner of the land : then 



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southerly on the High way to the place where it first began: one 
Quarter of an acre more or Less 

^th & giy xhe fifth & sixth shares to Daniel Jones Eldest son of 
the deceasd Beginning at a stake by the High way which is the 
Bounds of the fourth share & running southerly on the s^ fourth 
share till it comes to the third share where it is Bounded with a 
stake which is the Bounds of the fourth share then running 
easterly four rods and about two feet to a stake : then easterly 
on the forementioned third share & widows thirds four rods & 
about two feet to a stake : then Northerly to the High way to a 
stake by the fence: then westerly on the s"^ way four rods and 
about two feet to a stake : then still westerly on the s*^ way four 
rods and about two feet to the place where it first began : Half 
an acre more or Less — 

7'y The seventh share to Sarah the wife Ezekiel Flanders 
Beginning at a stake by the s^ way which is the Bounds of the 
sixth share & running southerly on the s"* sixth share to the fore- 
mentioned thirds where it is Bounded with a stake the Bounds 
also of the s^ sixth share : then easterly on the s^ thirds four rods 
and a Half to a stake then Northerly to the way to a stake then 
easterly on the s'^ way five rods and a Half to the place where it 
first began one Quarter of an acre more or Less — 

8^y The Eighth share to Judith Jones Beginning at a stake by 
the High way which is the Bounds of seventh share; & running 
southerly on the s"^ seventh share to the widows thirds where it is 
Bounded with a stake a Bounds of the s'^ seventh share: then 
running easterly on the s"^ thirds five rods and an Half to a stake, 
then Northerly to the way or Christopher Goulds Land to a 
stake: then westerly on s'^ way or Goulds Land six rods and a 
Half to the place where it first began one Quarter of an acre 
more or Less — 

9'y The Ninth & Last share to Mehetabel Jones widow of the 
deceasd in the Right of her daughter Miriam that is deceasd: 
Beginning at a stake the Bounds of the Eighth share & then run- 
ning southerly on the Eighth share to the s"* thirds then easterly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4O9 

on the s^ thirds about six rods and a Quarter to a stake another 
Bounds of the s'^ thirds, then Northerly also on the s^ thirds to 
the s"^ Christopher Goulds Land where it is Bounded on a stake : 
which is another Bounds of the s'^ thirds: then westerly on the s^ 
Goulds Land about seven rods and a Half where it first began ; 
one Quarter of an acre more or Less — 

2^y The second division set off & Bounded as followeth viz: 

i^* The first share to Mehetabel widow of the deceasd in the 
right of her daughter Miriam deceasd in the orchard Bounded as 
followeth viz: Beginning at a stake in the orchard standing by 
the forementioned Christopher Goulds orchard; which is a 
Bounds of the widows thirds in the orchard; and from s^ stake 
running Northerly on s<^ Goulds orchard till it comes to Powow 
River (so called) : then westerly or south westerly by the s^ 
River to a stake standing on the Rivers Brink: then southerly to 
the s'^ thirds in the s'^ orchard where it is Bounded with a stake & 
stones ; then easterly on the s'^ thirds about four rods to the place 
where it first began : Half an acre more or Less 

2'y The second share to Samuel Jones in the above mentioned 
orchard ; Beginning at a stake & stones by the s*^ thirds which is 
the Bounds of the first share: then running Northerly on the s'^ 
first share to the s*^ River where it is Bounded on a stake which is 
a Bounds of the first share; then south westerly, on the s*^ River 
to the s*^ thirds then Easterly on the s*^ thirds about four rods to 
the place where it first began : Half an acre more or Less — 

3'y The Third share to Moses Jones in the deceasds Land on 
the River Bounded as followeth viz : Beginning on the High way 
& at the River by the Bridge & from thence running Northerly on 
the River to a stake: then southerly to the High way to a stake; 
then Easterly about twelve rods to the place where it first began 
Half an Acre & ten rods more or Less — 

4'y The fourth share to Hannah now the wife of John Elliot: 
Beginning at a stake by the s*^ High way which is the Bounds of 
the third share: then running Northerly on the s*^ third share 
till it comes to the river: then still Northerly on the river to a 



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stake : then southerly to the forementioned High way to a stake 
then easterly on the s"^ High way about five rods to the place 
where it first began Half an acre & ten rods be it more or Less — 

S^y The fifth share to Judith Jones Beginning at a stake by 
the s'^ High way which is a Bounds of the 4*'' share: and then 
running Northerly on the s^ fourth share till it strikes the River 
then Northerly on the River till it Comes to the great Rock (so 
Called) in the turn of the River: (which said great Rock is a 
Bounds of the deceas'ds Land on that side of the River) and then 
from s"^ great Rock running westerly (or South Westerly) on ten 
acres of the Deceasds Land sold by order of Court since his death 
about two Rods to a stake then southerly to the forementioned 
High way, then Easterly on s*^ way about five rods to the Bounds 
first mentioned ; Half an acre & ten rods more or Less — 

6 The sixth share to John Jones Beginning on the s*^ High 
way at a stake which is a Bounds of the fifth share ; & from thence 
running Northerly on the s"^ 5*"^ share to the forementioned ten 
acres to a stake the Bounds of the fifth share : & then westerly or 
south westerly on the s'^ ten acres about five rods & three Quar- 
ters to a stake; then southerly to the s^ High way to a stake: 
then Easterly on s^ way about four and a Half rods to the place 
where it first began ; Half an acre and ten rods be the same more 
or Less — 

7'y The seventh share to Sarah now the wife of Ezekiel 
Flanders Beginning on the s'^ High way at a stake the Bounds of 
the sixth share then running Northerly on the s*^ sixth share to 
the Land formerly sold as aboves*^ to a stake the Bounds also of 
the 6*'* share; then running as the Last mentioned westerly (or 
south westerly) on the Land sold as forementioned about six 
rods and a Quarter to a stake then southerly to the s'^ High way 
to a stake; then easterly on the s'' way about five rods to the 
place where it first began: Half an acre & ten rods more or 
Less — 

gth ^ giy xhe Eighth & Ninth shares to Daniel Jones Eldest 
son of the deceasd Beginning at the s^ High way, at a stake 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 4II 

which is the Bounds of the seventh share & running Northerly on 
the s*^ seventh share to the Land sold as aboves*^ where it is 
Bounded on a stake which is the Bounds of the seventh share: 
then running westerly (or south Westerly) on the Land formerly 
sold as forementioned till it comes to a stake standing by the 
fence which is between the deceasds s^ Land and a piece of Land 
now in the possession of Joseph Jones: and then easterly on s"^ 
Joseph Jones's s<^ Land till it strikes the forementioned High 
way and then still easterly on the s<^ way to the place where it 
first began one acre & twenty rods more or Less — 

In Testimony of all foregoing we do hereunto set our hands the 
28*'' day of July Anno Domini 1761 

Jeremy Webster 
William Rowell 
Rich*^ Collins 



SAMUEL HADLEY 1759 HAMPSTEAD 

In the name of God Amen: this Second day of May: 1759: I 
Samuel Hadley of the Town of Hampstead in the Province of 
New Hampshire in New England yeoman * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath to Judith my Dearly beloved 
Wife the Improvement of all my Real & Personal Estate so long 
as she remains my widow: and when she shall Marry another 
man my will is that she have the improvement of only one third 
of my Estate after my funeral Charges and other Debts are 
paid 

Item I Give and bequeath to my two Sons namely Samuel & 
Jonathan all my Real Estate & my Right in a saw mill & also 
all my Husbandry Tools and all my Creatures not invadeing 
their mothers Right as above Exspressed : my said son Samuel to 
have my fire lock: and in all other respects my said two sons to be 
Equal and to pay Equal to their sisters 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Seven Daughter namely 



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Dorothy Abigail Sarah Judith Ruth Hephszibah Elenar; one 
Hundred pounds old tenor to Each to be paid by my two said 
sons; my said son Samuel to pay one Hundred pounds old tenor 
to my Daughter Abigail when he is Twenty two years old; 
further my said son Samuel to pay to my Daughter Sarah one 
Hundred pounds old tenor when he is Twenty four years old; 
my will is that when my said son Jonathan is Twenty two years 
old he shall pay to my Daughter Judith one Hundred pounds old 
tenor: further it is my will that my said son Jonathan when he is 
Twenty four years old Shall pay to my Daughter Ruth one 
Hundred pounds old tenor: further it is my Will that my said son 
Samuel Pay to his sister Hephszibah when he is Twenty Six years 
old one Hundred pounds old tenor; again it is my Will that my 
said son Jonathan pay to my Daughter Elaner one Hundred 
pounds old tenor when he is Twenty six years old ; also it is my 
will that my said two sons Samuel & Jonathan pay to my 
Daughter Dorothy one Hundred pounds old tenor Equally 
betwen them when Jonathan my said son is Twenty Eight years 
old ; further it is my Will that if one of my said sons die without 
Heirs the surviveing son to have what is willed to them both he 
paying what is Wil'd to my said Daughters if it be not paid 
Item I give to my above said Daughters all my Housel stuff 
Equally Divided betwen them after my wife have done with 
them: I hereby Constitute make and ordain Judith my wife my 
soul Executrix of this my Last will and Testament giveing her 
all that is due to me from any Person or Persons She paying my 
funeral Charges and Just Debts * * * 

his 

Samuel + Hadley 

mark 

[Witnesses] Eben' Gile, John Beard, Daniel Little. 
[Proved June 3, 1761.] 

[Inventory, attested June 2, 1763; amount, £5686. o. o; signed 
by Edmund Sawyer and Edmund Morse.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 413 

BENJAMIN HILLS 1759 CHESTER 

In the Name of God Amen. The Second Day of May 1759. 
I Benjamin Hills of Chester in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England Yeoman, being Aged & infirm in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to Rebecca my dearly beloved 
wife, a Case of Draws One Feather Bed with the Cloaths & 
furniture & all the Peuter to her & her Heirs forever My riding 
Horse & Two Cows, & one Third part of my Dewilling house & 
Barn, & y one Halfe of the income of my Homestead, with a 
Sufficiency of good firewood during her Natural Life to be carried 
on & procured Yearly by my Executor. 

Item I Give to my well beloved Samuel Hills besides what I 
have Already given to him ye Sum of five Shillings 

Item I give to my Well beloved Daughter Abigail Moody 
besides what I have already given her the Sum Seven Dollars or 
An Equivalent in Paper Currancy within one Year after my 
Discease to her & her Heirs for Ever 

Item I give to My Well beloved Daughter Rebecca Hills be- 
sides what I have Already given to her the Sum of Seven Dollars 
or An Equivalent in paper Currency within Two Years After My 
discease to her and her Heirs for ever 

Item I give to My well Beloved Daughter Johanah Hazeltine 
besides what I have Already given to her y^ Sum of Ten Dollars 
or An Equivalent in paper Currency to her & her Heirs for ever 
to be paid within Three Years After my Discease 

Item I give to my well beloved Son Abner Hills besides what I 
have already given to him All my remaining part of that Hun- 
dred Acre Lott which I purchased of Philemon Blake to him & 
his Heirs forever 

Item I give to My Well beloved Daughter Hannah French 
besides what I have Already Given to her y^ Sum of Ten Dollars 
or An Equivalent in paper Currancy within Four Years After my 
discease to her & Her Heirs for ever 

Item I give to My well beloved Daughter Prudence Chase 



414 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

besides what I have already given to her the Sum of Ten Dollars 
to be paid within five years After my discease 

Item I give to My well beloved Son Moses Hills besides what I 
have Already given him All my Coopers Tooles to him & his 
Heirs for ever 

Item I give My Wearing Apparels to My Sones Equally to be 
divieded Amongst them 

Item I gve to My Daugters After My Wifes discease All my 
Household Stuff to be Equally dived Amongst them 

Item I give to My well beloved Son Benjamin Hills whom I 
Constitute my Executor of this my last Will & Testament All my 
Other Estate as well real as personal whatsoever & wheresoever 
whether in possession or revesion or remainder by him freely & 

fully to be possess'd & Enjoyed for ever by him & his Heirs 

* * * 

Benjamin Hills 

[Witnesses] Joseph Richardson, Nathan Long, John Ambros. 
[Proved May 25, 1763.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Hills, with Nathan Long as surety, both of 
Chester, yeomen, in the sum of £500, May 25, 1763, for the 
execution of the will ; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 



SAMUEL STINSON 1759 DUNBARTON 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Stinson of Starks- 
town, yeoman, granted to James McCalley of Litchfield, yeo- 
man, and his wife, Jane McCalley, May 4, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 276.] 

[Bond of James McCalley and Jane McCalley, with Thomas 
Russ of Derryfield, cordwainer, and Matthew Patten of Bedford 
as sureties in the sum of £2000, May 4, 1759, for the administra- 
tion of the estate; witnesses, Hugh Sterling, John Hall.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 415 

[Warrant, May 4, 1759, authorizing John ?Iall and Hugh 
Steding, both of Derryfield, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 26-27, I759; amount, £1722. 7. o; signed by 
John Hall and Hugh Sterling,] 

[Account of the administrators; receipts, £896. 7. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £1055. i. o; mentions "Sundry Expences 
Laying in & nursing &c with a Child since the decease of said 
Stinson being Very 111 Some time after .... Supporting the 
dec*^^ Son John from Aug* 19 1757 to Feb^ lo**' 1760 being under 
seven years of age .... Ditto his Son Sam'^ born march 29"^ 
since his fathers Death to the above date"; allowed Feb. 18, 
1760.] 



ZEBULON PEASE 1759 

[Phoebe Stevens, wife of Samuel Stevens of Newmarket, 
yeoman, acknowledges the receipt from her son, Samuel Pease, 
of £452. o. o which came to her from the estate of her son, 
Zebulon Pease, May 7, 1759; witnesses, William Parker, David 
Sewall.] 

[See estate of Nathaniel Pease, 1749, vol. 3, this series, p. 678.] 



JOSEPH TIDD 1759 HOLLIS 

In the Name of God amen the fifteenth Day of May: 1759 I 
Joseph Tidd of Holies in the Province of New Hampsheir Hus- 
bandman being bound into his majesties Sarvis * * * 

Imprimis I Give and bequeath to and order that my Honored 
mother be Comfortably Supported out of my Estate in a Decent 
mannar so long as she shall need it — 

Itim I Give to my well beloved Brother Benjamin Peirce all 
my wearing apparrill — 

and after my mothers Decess my Will is that all the Remander 



41 6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of my Estate be Equally Devided betwen my Brother and Sister 

and I Do likewise Constitute make and ordain Samuell Jewett of 

Holies yeoman in the Province aforesaid my sole Executor 
* * * 

Joseph Tidd 

[Witnesses] Peter Wheeler, Sam^ Cumings, Prudence Cumings 
Jun^ 

[Proved Jan. i6, 1760.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 4, 1760; amount, £256. 2. 11 ; signed by Ben- 
jamin Abbott and Ezekiel Jewett.] 



CALEB PHILBRICK 1759 EPPING 

In the Name of God Amen the 16*^^ Day of May 1759 I Caleb 
Philbrick of Epping in the Province of New Hampshire in New 
England Husbandman I being Well in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my beloved wife mary Phil- 
brick the Incum of one half of my home Stead and the Best room 
in my House and also one half of my Barn So Long as She Re- 
mains my widow and also I give to my wife all my Parsenal 
estate at her Despossel 

Item. I give & bequeath to my well bloved Son John Phil- 
brick all my Land where My Son John Now Lives that I have 
not Despos'd off before by deed, escept two acres Which I Re- 
serve for my Son Samuel — 

Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Son Samuel 
Philbrick two acres of Land and Bounded as followeth Begining 
at the South westerly Coner of the Six acres I Sold him and run 
Northeasterly Binding on Said Six acers the Whole Bredth of my 
Land So far as will Contain two acres 

Item. I give & Bequeath to my Son Jonathan Philbrick the 
one half of my home Stead according to Quantity & Quality and 
also one half of my Buldings — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 417 

Item. I give & bequeath to my well beloved Son Nathanieal 
Philbrick all my Land Lying between the Land of Joseph Avery 
and thomas Drakes and also I order my son Nathaniel to Pay to 
my Executors five Hundred Pounds old tenor — 

Item. I give to my beloved son Elias Philbrick the one half of 
my home Stead according to Quantity & Quality and also one 
half of my Buldings and to Come in Porsession at the age of 
twenty one years 

Itim I give and bequeath to my beloved Dafter Elenar fogg 
twenty five Pounds old tenor and to be Paid By my Executors or 
Executor 

Item I give & bequeath to my beloved Dafter Abaigal Phil- 
brick twenty five Pounds old tenor and also one good Cow and 
Like wist to be fited with goods at the Day of her marridge or at 
y* years of Eighteen as Well as her Sister Elenar was and to be 
Paid by my Executors — 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Dafter Ruth Phil- 
brick twenty five Pounds old tenor and also one good Cow and 
Like wise to be fited with goods at the Day of her marridge or at 
the age of Eighteen years as well as her Sister Lienor was and to 
be Paid by my Executors — 

Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Dafter alley Philbrick 
twenty five Pounds old tenor and also one good Cow and Like- 
wise to be fitted with goods at the Day of her marridge or at the 
age of Eighteen years and to be Paid by my Executors — 

I Likwise Constitute make & ordain my Wife mary Philbrick 
and my Son Jonathan Philbrick Executors * * * 

Caleb philbrock 

[Witnesses] Joseph Chandler, Peter Robinson, Abraham 
Perkins. 

[Proved Dec. 26, 1759.] 

[Bond of Mary Philbrick and Jonathan Philbrick, yeoman, 
with Abraham Perkins and Joseph Chandler, yeomen, as sure- 



41 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ties, all of Epping, in the sum of £1000, Dec. 26, 1759, for the 
execution of the will ; witnesses, William Parker, Joseph Simes.] 



STEPHEN OTIS 1759 MADBURY 

In the Name of God Amen, this twenty Second Day of May 
1759 I Stephen Otis of Madbury Weaver, being very Sick & weak 
in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give unto my three eldest Sons (viz) Joshua 
Stephen and John Otis if living, to each the Sum of Forty Shil- 
lings to be paid out of my Estate by my Executor or Executors 
without fraud. 

Item. I give & bequeath to my Wife Elizabeth Otis whom I 
constitute and ordain my sole Executrix of this my last will and 
Testament all my Estate, Real & Personal to be by Her enjoy'd 
during her widowhood after which tis my will it be divided be- 
tween the Children born to me of Her Body (i.e.) to the one or 
more of which she is now pregnant if it prove a Son to have a 
Double Share but if it prove a Daughter to share equally with the 
One now living (viz) Susannah Otis. * * * 

Stephen Otis 

[Witnesses] Israel Hodgdon, John Hanson, Nathan Kidder. 
[Proved Aug. 29, 1759.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Otis, with John Hanson and Israel Hodg- 
don, both of Dover, husbandmen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£3000, Aug. 29, 1759, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
Timothy Walker, Jr., David Sewall.] 



JOHN McNEIL 1759 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of John McNeil of London- 
derry, mariner, granted to James Caldwell of Londonderry, 
yeoman. May 28, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 286.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 419 

[Bond of James Caldwell, with Matthew Thornton and 
Robert Clark, yeoman, as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the 
sum of £500, May 28, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Matthew Reid, Samuel Emerson.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1759, authorizing Robert Boyes and James 
Ramsey, trader, both of Londonderry, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 14, 1759; amount, £4732. o. o; 
signed by Robert Boyes and James Ramsey.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2064. 12. o; expendi- 
tures, £2175.9. 10; mentions "Keeping of the Deceasts Child 
from Aprile 20*^ A D 1756 to March 20*'^ 1761"; allowed Dec. 
17, 1764.] 



JONATHAN YOUNG 1759 ROCHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Young of Rochester, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Young, May 29, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 303.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Young, widow, with Richard Bickford of 
Rochester, husbandman, and James Kielle of Dover, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, May 29, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Cutts Shannon, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, May 29, 1759, authorizing James Place and Joseph 
Walker, both of Rochester, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 26, 1759; amount, £2579. 11. o; signed by 
James Place and Joseph Walker.] 



JOHN WATTS 1759 SALEM 

[Elizabeth Watts renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, John Watts of Salem, May 30, 1759, in favor of Samuel 
Watts of Haverhill, Mass.] 



420 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to Samuel Watts of Haverhill, Mass., 
yeoman, May 30, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 249.] 

[Bond of Samuel Watts, with Samuel Little, Jr., of Plaistow, 
yeoman, and Cutts Shannon of Portsmouth, gentleman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £500, May 30, 1759, for the administration 
of the estate; witnesses, Samuel Penhallow, William Parker.] 

[Inventory, April 26, 1759; amount, £2276.4.0; signed by 
Samuel Watts and Jonathan Page.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2165. 15. 4, personal 
estate; expenditures, £1524. 2. 10; mentions "Support of the 
Children"; allowed May 27, 1761.] 

Wee the subscribers a Committee apointed to Set off the Right 
of Dower or thirds to Elisabeth Watts Rellict To John Watts 
Late of Salem In the Province of New Hampshire yeoman Decs'* 
and Have accordingly set off as folio we th (Viz) Two Hundred 
and fifty Seven Pound seven shillings old tenor In Personal 
Estate allso The House and Barn and three acres of Land on the 
Easterly side of the Roade and Joyns on Land of obediah East- 
man and James Gregg, and also Twelve acres of Land on the 
westerly side of the aboves'i Roade Begining at a stake and 
stones a Bounds of moses Kelley's Land so Westerly By s<* 
Kelleys Land to a Nother stake and stones By Dustons Land 
so Takeing Equal width at Each End so far as to contain the 
aboves'^ Twelve acres — 

Dated at Salem y« s^^ of Jana-" 1762 — 

Obadiah Eastman 
Timothy Ladd 

Committee 

[Additional account of the administrator; expenditures, £48. 
4. o; mentions "Funeral Charges for a Child"; allowed Aug. 29, 
1764.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 421 

PRISCILLA SMITH 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Priscilla Smith of Portsmouth, 
single woman, granted to Martha Smith of Portsmouth, single 
woman. May 30, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 249.] 

[Bond of Martha Smith, with H unking Wentworth and George 
Jaffrey as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, May 
30, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, William 
Parker, Richard Harvey.] 

[Warrant, May 30, 1759, authorizing Joseph Peirce and Joha 
Wendell, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate; mentions 
the administratrix as sister of the deceased,] 

[Inventory, Oct. 10, 1759; amount, £80. 15. o; signed by John 
Wendell and Joseph Peirce.] 



DANIEL QUINBY 1759 BRENTWOOD 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Quinby of Brentwood, 
husbandman, granted to his widow, Hannah Quinby, May 30, 

I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 276.] 

[Bond of Hannah Quinby, with Joseph Judkins and Sinclair 
Bean, yeomen, as sureties, all of Brentwood, in the sum of £500, 
May 30, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Samuel Dudley, Benjamin Veasey.] 

[Warrant, May 30, 1759, authorizing Sinclair Bean and Samuel 
Dudley to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 27, 1759; amount, £1366. 12. o; 
signed by Sinclair Bean and Samuel Dudley.] 



422 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN WATTS 1759 PLAISTOW 

In the Name of God amen this Eleventh Day of June Anno 
Domini 1759: I John Watts of Plastow in the Province of New 
Hampsh'' in New England yeoman : being aged * * * 

Item I Give and bequeath unto Sarah my dear and well be- 
loved wife all my Household stuff and Goods within doors to be 
at her disposall also the use & Improvement of one third part of 
all the Housing & Lands which I herein bequeath to my two sons 
Samuel & Nathaniel Dureing her naturall Life to be by her 
freely possessed & in joyed 

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Samuel all 
the Housing and Lands where he now lives Lying in the Town of 
Haverhill in Essex adjoyning to Land of Jonathan Marbles 
Heirs on one side & Websters Land on the other side in full of his 
portion in my Estate he paying to my Daughters what I here in 
order him 

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Johns 
Heirs the Farm whereon he dwelt adjoyning to Land belonging 
to the Heirs of Cap* Pecker on the south & on all other parts on 
the Highway Leading to Londonderry & Land of other Persons: 
in full of his portion in my Estate 

Item I give and bequeath unto my welbeloved son Nathaniel 
all my Land and Buildings in Plastow and Salem near Prove- 
dence Brook so Called within fence & not Disposed of he paying 
what I shall hereafter appoint him it being in full of his Portion 
of my Estate 

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter 
Sarah Clement one Hundred pounds old tenor New Hampshire 
Money which I order my said son Samuel to pay her within one 
year after my Deceas 

Item I give and bequeath unto the Heirs of my well beloved 
Daughter Elizabeth Curriar one Hundred pounds money old 
tenor to be paid by my Executor in manner following to my 
grandaughter Hannah Curriar Sixty pounds old tenor when she 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 423 

shall be Twenty one years old : and to my four granson Nathaniel 
Dudly James Simeon: I order that as they arive to the age of 
Twenty one years that they have ten pounds old tenor paid to 
each of them by my Executor and if any of them die before they 
have received as above their part to be equally Divided to the 
survivers 

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter 
Mehitabel Eastman wife of Obadiah Eastman one Hundred 
pounds money old tenor New Hampshire money which I will and 
order my said son Samuel to pay her within two full year after 
my Decease 

Item I give unto my well beloved Daughter Mary Webster 
wife of Joshua Webster one Hundred pounds old tenor which I 
order my s^ son Nathaniel to pay her in one year and half after 
my Decease 

all the remainder of my Estate Exsepting some Land that I 
shall hereafter mention after all my Just Debts and mine and my 
Wives funeral Charges is paid is to be Equally Divided between 
my two sons Samuel & Nathaniel 

and I do hereby Constitute ordain & appoint my son Nathan- 
iel to be sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament I also 
impowr my Executor to sell about sixty Acres of Land that 
lyeth between my son in Law Eastmans Land and the Land I 
have given to the Heirs of my s'^ son John and also adjoins to 
Land of Seth Patee : the money this peice of Land fetches what is 
not improved to pay my s<^ son Johns Debts and for my support 
in my lifetime I will and order to be given to my said son Johns 
son when he is Twenty one years old and if he departs this life 
before that time to be equally Divided to the surviveing Children 
of my said son John • * * John Watts 

[Witnesses] Henry hall, Abigail + Annis, Daniel Little. 
[Proved Jan. 4, 1760.] 

[Inventory, attested Feb. 11, 1760; amount, £3623. 11. o; 
signed by Tristram Knight and Jonathan Page.] 



424 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

NICHOLAS MEADER 1759 DURHAM 

In the Name of God, Amen, the Ninth Day of June Anno 
Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Nine, I Nicholas 
Meader of Durham in y Province of New Hamps® in New- 
England Husbandman, being advanced in Years, * * * 

Imprimis, I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved wife Sarah 
Meader the free & full Use & Improvement of my Dwelling 
House & Barn, & y^ Produce of that Division of my Homestead 
Land on which my S*^ Dwelling House Stands, & also y^ Produce 
of a Certain Piece of my mowing Land, beginning at a Certain 
Elm Tree which is y« Bound between my Land & my Brother 
Joseph Meaders Land, from thence Runing Easterly by y« 
Dividing line between my Land & my s'^ Brothers Land Twenty 
Rods, from thence northerly to a large Rock lying upon y« 
Land near a Division line between my Land & my S*^ Brothers 
Land, & from thence by y^ Division line between my Land & my 
S"^ Brothers Land to my Pasture Land, And also the Produce of 
all my Thatch Bed from y« head of the Creek down to a Certain 
Stone Set in y« Ground, with liberty to Dry or Cure s'^ Thatch 
upon y Land, y use of which I have Given to my Son Daniel 
Meader, adjacent to S'* Thatch Bed, And also all y^ Produce of 
my Salt Marsh from y^ head thereof Down to y Trench, & from 
thence by y s"^ Trench northerly to an heap of Stones. And 
also y one half of y*' Feed of my Pastures, both of y^ uper and 
lower Pastures; and also y® use & Improvement of thirteen 
Acres of my Land lying at Wheelwrites Pond ; for fire wood to 
Support her fire, y^ s^ thirteen acres in that Part of my s'^ Land 
which adjoyns to Joseph Stimson's Land, Runing from y^ High 
Way across my Land to y« afores'^ Pond, & of a Breadth Suffi- 
cient to Compleat thirteen acres, holding an equal Breadth in 
Every Part. All y« aforegoing articles which I have Assigned 
unto my s^ Wife, I Give & Allow for her Sole use & Improvement 
yearly & every year during y^ Term of her Continuing my Wid- 
ow, but in Case She Shall Marry, then my will is that She Shall 
have her Proper Dowry out of my Estate, as by Law established. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 425 

I also Give & Grant to my S<^ Wife y free & full use and Improve- 
ment of all my Household Goods, Beds & Beding, & also of all my 
farming Tackling and utensils, during y^ afores'd Term of her 
Continuing my widow. I also Give to my S*^ wife, to her own 
Disposal, my Saddle Horse & one Yoke of oxen, & also y« one 
half of y^ Remaining Part of my live Stock of Cattle Sheep & 
Swine. 

Item, I Give unto my Son Samuel Meader & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever. Ten Acres of Land Adjoyning to his Home- 
stead Land, being Part of my forty Acres on which my Son, 
John Meader lives, y" s** Ten Acres Lyes in a Strip Runing y« 
whole length of my S"^ forty Acres, & as wide as to Compleat &^ 
Ten Acres ; and also Six Acres of Land more Lying on the West- 
erly Side of Lamper-Eel River, being the Part of Land that fell 
to me in y" Hook Land So Call'd. 

Item, I Give unto my Son John Meader y^ free & full use & 
Improvement of my Thirty Acres of Land where he now lives; 
and also y« Produce of my Thatch Bed, begining at a Certain 
heap of Stones, lying near y" little Marsh, & from thence Runing 
down to y*' Mill Dam, & also y'' Produce of y^ one half of my 
Salt Marsh lying below the Trench, During the Term of his 
Natural life. 

Item I Give to my Son Daniel Meader y" Produce of all my 
Land, begining Twenty Rods from y" aforesd Elm Tree & from 
that Extent Runing down to y*' Marsh Point; And also y one 
half y^ feed of my Pasture Land; and also y" use of Twelve 
Acres of my wood Land, at Wheelwrite's Pond, to Support his 
fire. During y^ Term of his natural Life. 

Item, I Give unto my Son David Meader & to his Heirs & 
Assigns for ever, my Dwelling House & Barn and that Division 
of Land which my S'^ Dwelling-House Stands upon, & the one 
half of my Pasture Land, and also a Certain Piece of my mowing 
Land, begining at a Certain Elm Tree, being y« Bound between 
my Land & my Brother Joseph Meaders Land, & from thence 
Runing Easterly by y^ Dividing Line between my Land & my 



426 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

s^ Brothers Land Twenty Rods, & from thence Northerly to a 
large Rock lying upon y« Land near a Division Line between my 
Land & my s^ Brothers Land, & from thence westerly by y" 
Division Line between my Land & my s^ Brothers Land to my 
Pasture Land. And also all my Thatch-Bed from y« Head of y« 
Creek down to a Certain Stone, Set in y Ground, with liberty to 
Cure or Dry his Thatch, Yearly & every Year, upon y^ Land y* 
use & Improvement of which I have Given to my Son Daniel 
Meader, during his natural life, which Land is Adjacent to S'^ 
Thatch-Bed. And also my Salt Marsh from y" Head thereof 
down to y" Trench, & from thence Northerly by y S<^ Trench to 
an heap of Stones. And also y one half of my Pasture Land, 
both of y" upper & lower Pastures. And also Thirteen Acres of 
my Land lying at Wheelwrites Pond, being that Part of my 
Land which adjoyns to Joseph Stimson's Land, Runing from y* 
High-Way across my Land to y^ afores*^ Pond & of a Breadth 
Sufficient to Compleat Thirteen Acres, holding an Equal Breadth 
in every Part, And also all my Household Goods Beds & Beding, 
& all my farming Tackling & utensils. But my Will is that my 
S^ Wife During y« Term of her Remaining my Widow, Shall 
have y^ free & full use & Improvement, Profit & Income of all y" 
afore mentioned Articles, which I have herein Given to my s*^ 
Son David & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever, as is before Ex- 
pressed. I also Give to my S*^ Son David all my Waring Aparril. 
Item I Give unto my Grand-Son Thomas Meader & to his 
Heirs & Assigns for ever Thirty Acres of Land lying where his 
father John Meader now lives, & also my Thatch Bed begining 
at a Certain heap of Stones lying near y little Marsh, & from 
thence Runing down to y mill Dam, & also y« one half of my 
Salt marsh lying below y" Trench, y" use & Improvement Prod- 
uce & Profit of which Land Thatch Bed & Salt Marsh I have 
herein given to his S^ father during y« Term of his natural life. 
But in Case my s'* Grand Son Thomas Meader Should not Sur- 
vive his s<^ father John Meader, then I Give unto my Grand Son 
Stephen Meader & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever all y" above 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 427 

mentioned Articles herein Given to y° s^ Tho* Meader, to be 
Possess'd & Enjoy'd by him y« S^ Stephen Meader, after y De- 
cease of his S<^ father, & by his Heirs & Assigns for ever. 

Item, I Give unto my Grand-Son Mark Meader, the Son of 
Daniel Meader, & to his Heirs & Assigns for ever, all my Land, 
begining Twenty Rods from the afores'd Elm Tree & from that 
Extent Runing down to y Marsh Point; And also y one half of 
my Pasture Land both of y" upper & lower Pastures; and also 
Twelve Acres of my Wood Land lying at Wheelwrites Pond, The 
use & Improvement Produce & Profit of which Land, both mow- 
ing Pasturing & Wood Land, I have herein Given to his father 
Dan' Meader during y" Term of his natural life; But after his 
Decease, to be Possess'd & Enjoy'd by his S'^ Son Mark Meader 
& by his Heirs and Assigns for ever. And my Will is that my 
s'* Son Daniel Meader, & my s"^ Grand Son Mark Meader Shall 
make & keep in good Repair y" Partition fence between the mow- 
ing Land & y Pasture Land, begining at y Elm Tree afores'd & 
Runing Northerly to a Certain heap of Stones being y" Bound 
between my Land & my S** Brother Joseph's Land. 

Item I Give to my Grand Daughter Lydia Roberts four Hun- 
dred Pounds, old Tenor, to be Paid her by my Said Son Samuel 
Meader, within y^ Term of Six Months after my Decease. 

And I do hereby Constitute make & Ordain my s'^ Wife Sarah 
Meader to be my Executrix, & Thomas Tuttle of Dover in y* 
Province afores'd to be my Executor * * * 

nicos meder 

[Witnesses] William Laighton, Hatevil Laighton Jn', Tobias 
Laighton. 

[Proved July 29, 1767.] 

[Inventory, attested April 27, 1768; amount, £533. i. 8; 
signed by Amos Peaslee and Silas Tuttle.] 



428 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

PETER STEVENS 1759 PLAISTOW 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Stevens of Plaistow, 
husbandman, granted to Tristram Coffin of Newbury, Mass., 
yeoman, June 12, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 256.] 

[Bond of Tristram Coffin, with Peter Coffin, clerk, and Jeremy 
Webster, both of Kingston, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
June 12, 1759, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Daniel Treadwell, William Parker, Jr.] 

[Warrant, June 12, 1759, authorizing Samuel Kimball, yeo- 
man, and Nathaniel Cheney, cordwainer, both of Plaistow, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 8, 1759; amount, £570. 4. o; signed 
by Samuel Kimball and Nathaniel Cheney.] 

[List of claims against the estate. May 31, 1762; amount 
£131. 2. 5; signed by Nicholas White and Thomas Follansbee.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £540. 4. 6; expendi- 
tures, £444. 7. 10; mentions a widow and two minor children; 
allowed Nov. 16, 1762.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £111. 2. i; amount 
distributed, £95. 16. 8; allowed March 2, 1763.] 



THOMAS MEAD 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen. The Last will and Testament of 
Thomas Mead of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Cooper. I Thomas Mead being Sick * * * 

Item. I Give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Han- 
nah Mead, the whole of my Estate both Real and personal dur- 
ing her Natural life. But if she shall have Occation to use any 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 429 

part or the whole thereof, the same I give unto her, her heirs and 
assigns. 

Item After the decease of said Wife, if any of my Estate shall 
be Remaining, the Real Estate to be divided between my Son 
Joseph and daughter Marga' and my parsonal Estate to my 
daughter marga' I give the Same to them as aforesaid to them 
their heirs and assigns — 

Item, my will is that my Two Grand Children Joseph and 
ann Wilkinson shall be paid the Sum of Ten pounds old Tenor 
(at the present Value) Each to be paid by my Son Joseph and 
daughter marga* the Boye to Receive his part at twenty one 
Years of Age, and the Girl at Eighteen 

Item, I do Request, and hereby appoint m"" Benjamin Aker- 
man of Portsm° to be Sole Executor * * * j have hereunto 
Set my hand and Seal the thirteenth day of June, in the 32'* 
Year of his majesty's Reign annoque Domini One thousand 
Seven hundred and fifty nine — 

Thomas Mead 

[Witnesses] Richard Fitzgerald, Richard Shortridge, Joseph 
Akarman. 

[Proved Sept. 26, 1759.] 



ALEXANDER WALKER, JR. 1759 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Alexander Walker, Jr., of 
Londonderry, trader, granted to Alexander Walker of London- 
derry, yeoman, June 14, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 256.] 

[Bond of Alexander Walker, with Samuel Rankin and Thomas 
Walker as sureties, all of Londonderry, in the sum of £1000, 
June 14, 1759, for the administration of the estate of his son, 
Alexander Walker, Jr. ; witnesses, William Parker, David 
Sewall.l 



430 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, June 14, 1759, authorizing Moses Barnett and 
James McGregore, gentlemen, both of Londonderry, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 19, 1759; amount, £3286. 7. 7; 
signed by Moses Barnett and James McGregore.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £1557. o. 6; signed 
by Moses Barnett and James McGregore; attested Feb. 2, 1761 ; 
also list of claims for which Alexander Walker, Sr., was surety; 
amount, £2199. 1.6; signed by Alexander Walker, and attested 
June 2, 1761.] 

[Bond of Samuel Barr and James McGregore, gentleman, both 
of Londonderry, with John GofTe of Derryfield and David Steele 
of Peterborough, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, June 
8, 1769, for the administration de bonis non of the estate; wit- 
nesses, James Kielle, Ezekiel Greeley, John Parker, Samuel 
Hale, Jr.] 

[Account of the administrators, May 30, 1770; nothing to 
administer; signed by both.] 



GEORGE MITCHELL 1759 LONDONDERRY 

[Guardianship of John Mitchell, minor, son of George Mitchell 
of Londonderry, granted to John Mitchell, Jr., of Londonderry,. 
June 27, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 262.] 



JOHN JONES 1759 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of John Jones of Durham^ 
yeoman, granted to Abigail Jones of Durham, widow, June 27, 
I759-] 

fProbate Records, vol. 21, p. 261.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 1 

[Bond of Abigail Jones, with Hubbard Stevens and Joseph 
Stevens, both of Durham, tanners, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, June 27, 1759, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Wilham Parker, John Mitchell, Jr.] 

[Warrant, June 27, 1759, authorizing William Drew and 
Samuel Demeritt, both of Durham, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 26, 1759; amount, £9754. 11. 6; signed by 
William Drew and Samuel Demeritt.] 

[Account of Ebenezer Jones and his wife, Abigail Jones, ad- 
ministratrix; receipts, £2829. 11. 6; expenditures, £1618. 7. 10; 
allowed Sept. 30, 1761.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1762, authorizing Benjamin Mathes, 
Joseph Sias, gentleman, Jonathan Woodman, yeoman, Joseph 
Atkinson, and Thomas Chesley, yeoman, all of Durham, to set 
off the widow's dower.] 

Province of | Pursuant to a Warrant directed to us the 
New Hampshire j Subscribers by the Hon^'"' Richard Wibird 
Esq'' Judge of the Probate of Wills for the Province afores*^ 
To set off the one third part of the Real Estate of John Jones 
late of Durham in s^ Province Yeoman deceas'd unto Abigail 
Jones the Widow of the said Deceas'd — 

We have accordingly set off and bounded the s^ Abigails part 
as follows — beginning at the North West corner of the land 
which belonged to the said John by Eli Clarks land and running 
South Seventy One degrees East thirty one Rods & a half — 
then Runing South three deg""^^ west Sixty Rods, then East four 
Rods, then South 3 Deg^ West fifty Seven Rods to Benjamin 
Jones's land, then South 86 Deg^ West forty three Rods by s'^ 
Benjamin's land, then South 76 Deg^ West Seven Rods, then 
West Twenty four Rods to the Road, then North Ten Deg* 
West fifty Six Rods by the Road to Clark's land then North 
Seventy five Deg^ East Sixty Rods by s*^ Clarks land, then North 



432 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

four deg" East fifty four Rods to the first mention'd bound — 
the whole within s^ Boundarys is forty three Acres Excepting 
Two thirds of the orchard at the East End which is in the Above 
Boundaries — 

And also we have set of to the s^ Abigail her third of the 
dwelling house it being that which was first built, joining on the 
north side of the new house, together with the Cellar under her 
part — Also one third of the Twelfth part of the Stream at 
Durham Falls &c — Also one third part of the Barn viz* the 
Southerly end. — 

And Also we have agreed that all the possessors of the Estate 
of the s"^ John Jones deceased shall have full liberty to pass and 
Repass thro' each other's land to and from their respective lotts 
& the buildings and Orchard — 
Durham October 20*'' 1762 

Benjamin Mathes 1 

Joseph Atkinson j 

Thomas Chesle \ Committee 

Joseph Sias 

Jonathan Woodman 



OLIVER SMITH 1759 EXETER 

In Name of God amen This Fifth Day of July anno Domini 
1759 I Oliver Smith of Exeter in the province of Newhamp"" 
Gentelman being but Weak of body * * * 

first I Give unto my beloved Wife Rachel and to her Disposel 
all The Houshuld Stufe which she brought to me when I marred 
her, and I Give to my said wife one Cow and that to be Keept 
sumer and winter During the naturall Life of my Said wife or 
so Long as she Remains my widow as I shall hereafter order & 
I Give unto my said wife the Use and improvement of the west- 
erly End of my Dwelling House and my bead Room and the one 
Halfe of my Celler and fierwood for one fier haled to her Door 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 433 

and the wood to haled from my Place at Dear Hill (so Caled) 
and teen bushels of Corn one Hunderd walght of Pork one Hun- 
derd waight of beafe Two Galons of Rum Two Galans of melases 
Four Barels of Cyder one bushal of Potaters one bushel of Tur- 
naps & half a bushel of beans Six Pounds of sheeps wool Ten 
Pounds of flax from the swingel Two Pare of Shews & the use of 
my Garden & Clock all The Pertucklers to be Paid and Deliverd 
to my said wife yearly During her natural Life or so Long as 
Shee Remains my Widow and I Give unto my said wife fifty 
pounds old tener and to be Paid out of my money 

Iti" I Give unto my my Daughter mehetabel Lyford & to her 
Disposel The full one Halfe of all my Personall Estate both 
within Dors & with out not allready Desposed of, to her mother 
in this my Last will viz the one halfe of my Housel Goods & the 
whole of my Clock after her mothers Desceece or marrage and 
the one halfe of all my Stock of Catel Sheep horses & Swine & 
the one halfe of my Debts & money 

And I Give unto my Said Daughter mehetabal The use and 
Inprovenent of all my Lands be the same more or Less Lying & 
being in the Parish of Brintwood & near Dear Hill (so Caled) 
During her naturall Life and Thin The said Lands to be Equaly 
Divided to & among the Children of my said Daughter meheta- 
bel That Shall Survive There mother & to there heirs & assings 
My said Daughter or her Leguall Representives Paying and De- 
livering to my said wife The full one halfe Part of what She is 
to have yearly as a Leagsey During her naturall Life or so Long 
as shee Remains my Widow 

Iti™ I Give unto my two Grandsons (viz) oliver Calfe and 
Jeremiah CafTe sons to my Daughter Ruth Calfe Deceased and 
to there Heirs & assings for Ever Equaly to be Divided between 
them all my Lands in Exeter or Stratham Caled my whome- 
stead be the same more or Less With all my buldings standing 
on the same and allso all That seventeen acres & halfe of Land & 
medow Ground Which I Purchesed of John Folsom Laying in 
Exeter aforesaid & on the south side of Walls Cove (so Caled) 



434 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

They my said Grand sons to Come into Possession Imeadetly 
at my Decease Exepting That Part of the Dwelling House and 
Garden which I Gave to my wife & That at her Decease or mar- 
rage and my will is That if Either of my said Grand sons should 
Die before he arive to the age of Twenty one years Leiving no 
Issue Lawfully begoten of his body Then his Surviving Brother 
Shall have his Part of my Real Estate and furthermore I Give to 
my said Grand sons above mentioned the full one halfe Part of 
all my Personall Estate both within Dors & without Equally to 
be Divided between them & There aunt Lightford Excepting 
my Clock and what I Shal Give to There Sister Elisabeth in my 
Last will and what I have Given to my wife in this my Last 
will and Like wise my Will is That my said Grand sons viz Oliver 
Calfe & Jeremiah Calfe Shall have free Liberty to Cut There 
fier wood for there fiers for Twenty years after my Decease on 
that Tract of Land in brintwood which I Gave to my Daughter 
mehetabel & to her Children my Said Grand sons oliver & Jere- 
miah Paying & Delivering unto there Grandmother as it shall 
becom Due the full one halfe Part of what I have Given her in 
this my Last will & Testenent and to Pay There sister Elisa- 
beth her Legsecy as I shall order in this my Last will. 

Iti™ I Give to my Grandaughter Elisabeth Calfe Daughter of 
Ruth Deceased The full one halfe Part of my Housel Stufe within 
Dores Exepting my Clock and what I have Given to her Grand- 
mother and I Give unto my said Grandaughter Elisabeth Calfe 
Five Hunderd Pounds old tener as money is at This time and to 
be paid to her by my two Grand sons oldiver Calfe and Jeremiah 
Calfe Each to Pay to there sister Two Hundrd and fifty Pounds 
old ter & to be Paid in six month after They arive at the age of 
Twenty one years 

Iti™ I Give unto Abraham Clark That Served his time with 
me fifty Pounds old tenor bills of Credit to be paid by my Execu- 
trix in one year after my Decease 

Iti™ I Give unto my two Grandsons Oliver Calfe & oliver 
Smith Lightford and to There heirs & assings Eccquely to be 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 435 

Divided between them according to Quantity & Quality all my 
Right in the Town of Gilmantown in the province afore said be 
the same more or Less 

Iti-" I Give unto Ithiel Smith Son of Ithiel Smith Late of 
Brintwood Deceased and to his heirs & assings all my Right of 
Land in That Tract of Land Granted by Theador Atkisson 
Esq"^ and others to John Samborn & others & Layeth near 
Pemessewaseet (So Caled) in the Province afore said 

Lastly I Do hereby Constitute and appoint My Wife Rachel 
to be sole Excu^ * * * 

Oliver Smith 

[Witnesses] Abnar Thustin, Joshua Wilson, Theo: Smith. 
[Proved June 25, 1760.] 

[Bond of John Calfe of Exeter, yeoman, and Moses Lyford of 
Brentwood, tailor, with Abner Thurston, cordwainer, and 
Joshua Wilson, yeoman, both of Exeter, as sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, June 25, 1760, for the administration, with will an- 
nexed, of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, 
Jr.] 

[Warrant, June 25, 1760, authorizing Theophilus Smith and 
James Leavitt, gentleman, both of Exeter, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1760; amount, £33,172. 11. o; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and James Leavitt.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £137. o. o and per- 
sonal estate; expenditures, £795. n. 6; mentions "abigail 
Maintained 26 Weeks .... Hannah 104 weeks .... Jere- 
miah & Oliver 416 weaks each & not 7 years old now"; allowed 
Oct. 28, 1761.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 235.] 



436 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

NATHAN HUNT 1759 SANDOWN 

Province of 1 To the Honnerd Richard Wibard Esq"" Judge 

Newhamp"" J of Probets of wills &c — ■ 

Sir my husband Being Ded and Left me with a famuely of 
small children and I my selfe not capebel To manige the setteling 
of the small Estate Left by my husband this is To Request of 
your Honner To grant a Leter of administration To Eben"" 
Stevens Esq"^ as he is the Digest Credeter that I Know of To the 
Estat of the Decesed — and is so doing you will much oblige 
your most Humbel Sarvent 

Kingston July the 18*^ 1759 her 

Ledea X Hunt 

Ichabod Shaw mark 

Sarah Shaw 

[Administration on the estate of Nathan Hunt of Sandown, 
yeoman, granted to Ebenezer Stevens of Kingston July 25, 
1 759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 274.] 

[Bond of Ebenezer Stevens, with Daniel Peirce of Portsmouth 
and Samuel French of South Hampton, gentleman, as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000, July 25, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, none.] 

[Warrant, July 25, 1759, authorizing Ichabod Shaw and Israel 
Dimond, both of Kingston, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 10, 1759; amount, £1476. 12. o; 
signed by Ichabod Shaw and Israel Dimond.] 

[Additional inventory, March 12, 1761; amount, £310.0.0; 
signed as above.] 

[Warrant, May 23, 1761, authorizing Ichabod Shaw of San- 
down, Israel Dimond, Nathan Jones, Henry Morrill, and Moses 
Colby, all of Hawke, yeomen, to divide the real estate among the 
widow, Lydia Hunt, and the seven children.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 437 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers being appointed By the 
New Hamp'' / hon^'« the Judge of the Probate for said Prov- 
ince A Committee to view the Real Estate of Nathan Hunt late 
of Sandown in said Province Yeoman Deceased Intestate & to 
set off to Lydia the widow of said Deceased her Dower in said 
Estate & to Consider whither the remaining two thirds of said 
Estate may be divided among all the Children of said Deceased 
without prejudice to the whole, & if it cannot to appraise the 
Same Have proceeded & Set off to the said Lydia her Dower as 
follows viz beginning on Land possessed by Samuel Plummer 
then run* Southerly by said Plummers Land thirty three Rods to 
Land in Possession of Benj" Pilsbury thence westerly twenty 
Rods to a Stake & Stones, thence northerly fifty two Rods to a 
Stake & Stones at Angling Pond thence Easterly thirteen Rods 
to a Stake & Stones thence Southerly thirty eight Rods to a 
Stake & Stones thence Easterly five Rods to the Place where it 
first began — 

We have also Considered the remaining two thirds & think it 
can not be divided among all the Children of Said Deceased 
without Prejudice to the whole & have therefore Appraised the 
same & think the Present Value thereof to be five hundred & 
forty pounds Old Ten"" there being twelve Acres of the Same — 
Witness our Hands June 8^^ 1762 

Ichabod Shaw ] 

Israel Dimond j^ Committee &c 

Henry Morrill J 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £928. 17. o; expendi- 
tures, £861. 17.2; mentions "Support of Eliz"* Hunt for three 
years being a minor under 7 years"; allowed June 30, 1762.] 



ANN PACKER 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Ann Packer wife of Thomas 
Packer of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire Esq' 



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By and with the Consent of my Said Husband having a Personal 
Estate in my Own Right »& being my Own Property * * * 

Imprimis If Providence shoud order it so that I shoud be left a 
Widow & Contract any Debts my Will is that Such Debts & my 
Funeral Charges be paid out of my Estate with all Convenient 
Speed after my Decease — 

Item I Give & bequeath all my wearing apparel to my Daugh- 
ters Elizabeth Wentworth Mehetabel Rogers & my Grand- 
Daughter Anna Peirce Equally to be Divided — 

Item all the Residue of my Estate I give & Devise to my Sons 
John Daniel William Isaac and Jotham and my Daughters 
Elizabeth & Mehetabel & my Said Grand Daughter Anna Peirce 
Equally to be Divided without any Preference of One to the other 

Item Lastly I hereby Constitute & Appoint my Son Daniel 
Rindge Sole Executor * * * in Witness whereof I have 
hereunto Set my hand and Seal the Thirty first Day of July 
Anno Domini 1759 

Ann Packer 

[Witnesses] James Stoodly Ju"", John Clark, Joshua Brackett. 
[Proved Feb. 8, 1762.] 

Know All Men By these Presents That I the within Named 
Thomas Packer for Divers good Causes & Considerations more 
Especially that Justice & Equity may be Done to the Children 
& Grand Child of my Said Wife within named and that neither 
I my Self nor any Person Claiming in my Right either by Decent 
as next of kin or by Purchase may have any Part Interest or 
Demand in & unto the Estate mentioned & Referrd to & be- 
queathed by the within Written Will & Testament or thereby 
Intended to be Dispos'd of Did freely Consent to & approve of 
making the same as therein Declared & to the full & Due Execu- 
tion thereof and farther did advise my Said Wife to Dispose of 
the said Estate in such manner and form & to whomsoever she 
shoud See Cause — And I do by these Present fully Approve 
Ratify & Confirm the said last Will & Testament as within 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 439 

Written & Executed & Every clause & article thereof And for my 
Self my Heirs Executors & admin" do hereby Grant Remise 
Release & forever Quit Claim to the within Named Devisees & 
Legatees Respectively all the Right Title Interest & Demand 
which I by Law have or Ought to have to the Estate Devised or 
Bequeathed to them in & by this Said Last Will & Testament of 
my Said Wife And that I my Heirs Executors or Admin" shall 
not & will not make any Objection or take any Exception to the 
Probate & full Allowance »& Approbation thereof In Witness 
whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the thirty first Day 
of July Anno Domini 1759 — 

Tho^ Packer 

[Witnesses] James Stoodly Ju% John Clark, Joshua Brackett. 



SAMUEL VARNEY 1759 DOVER 

In the Name of God Amen y^ twenty forth of y^ 8'^° one 
thousand Seven Hundred & fifty Nine I Samuel Varney of Dover 
In the Province of Newhampshire in Newengland Husbandman 
Being veary week in Body * * * 

Item I Give To Mary My well Beloved wife all My Estate 
within Dores & without Dureing Hir widowhood Exclusive of y* 
above Debts & Nessesary Charges that Shall Arise on the Estate 
& what I Shall Bisstow on my two Daughtors Hereafter men- 
tioned — 

Item I Give to My Daughtor Sarah twenty & Seven Pounds 
Starling Money when Shee Shall arrive to the age of twenty 
years to Be Paid in Household Goods 

Item I Give to My Daughtor Mary when Shee arrives to 
Eighteen years of age Thirty & two Pounds Starling Money to 
Bee Paid as above — 

Item I Give unto My Seven Sons Solomon Timothy Samuel 



440 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Simeon Amus Shubel & Joseph — after the Deceas or marriage 
of My Wife all the Remaining Part of my Estate to Bee Equally 
Devided Between them. 

I also Constatute Make and ordain My Eldest Son Solomon 
Varney Sole Executor * * * 

Samuel Varney 

[Witnesses] Silvanus Hussey, Danl Ricker, Samuel Richards. 
[Proved April 30, 1760.] 

[Bond of Solomon Varney, with Paul Ricker and Samuel 
Richards as sureties, all of Dover, in the sum of £500, April 30, 
1760, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William Parker, 
David Sewall.] 

[Mary Varney, widow, expresses her satisfaction with the 
executorship of Solomon Varney June 25, 1760; witnesses, 
William Ham, Samuel Richards.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Varney, minor, son of Samuel 
Varney, granted to Nathaniel Varney of Dover, yeoman, Jan. 
28, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 21.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Varney, with John Brewster and Jacob 
Chamberlain, both of Rochester, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum 
of £500, Jan. 28, 1 761, for the guardianship of Samuel Varney; 
witness, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Amos Varney, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Samuel Varney, granted to Joshua Varney Nov. 
28, 1764.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 342.] 

[Bond of Joshua Varney of Dover, with Joseph Lowe and 
Enoch Hoag, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, Nov. 28, 1764, for the guardianship of Amos Varney; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., William Vaughan.j 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 44I 

NATHAN COLBY 1759 CONCORD 

[Hannah Colby, widow, and Nathan Colby, oldest son, re- 
quest that administration on the estate of Nathan Colby of 
Rumford be granted to Timothy Walker, Jr., of Rumford, 
Aug. 24, 1759.] 

[Administration granted to Timothy Walker, Jr., of Rumford, 
bricklayer, Aug. 29, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 278.] 

[Bond of Timothy Walker, Jr., bricklayer, with John Noyes of 
Suncook and James Graves of Hampstead, gentlemen, as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £2000, Aug. 29, 1759, for the administration of 
the estate; witnesses, Israel Hodgdon, John Hanson.] 

[Warrant, Nov. 29, 1759, authorizing Ezra Carter and George 
Abbott, yeoman, both of Rumford, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 28, 1759; amount, £3022. 17.0; signed by 
Ezra Carter and George Abbott.] 

[Commission, Nov. 28, 1759, to Ezra Carter of Penacook and 
John Noyes of Bow, yeoman, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 

[List of claims, June 12, 1761 ; amount, £2354. 3. 10; signed by 
Ezra Carter and John Noyes.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2141. o. o; expendi- 
tures, £1522. 6. 9; mentions "maintaince of Children that are 
under Seven Years old at this time .... funeral Charge & the 
Charge of lying in after the Intestates Decease"; attested Aug. 
6, 1761.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £2354. 3. 10; amount 
distributed, £618. 13. 3; allowed Nov. 25, 1761.] 



442 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM PEAVEY 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Peavey of Ports- 
mouth, mariner, granted to John Peavey of Portsmouth, car- 
penter, Aug. 27, I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 276.] 

[Bond of John Peavey, with Daniel Warner and Nathaniel 
Warner, merchant, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£2000, Aug. 27, 1759, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, George Libby, Thomas Wendell, T. Greenwood.] 



SAMUEL PALMER, JR. 1759 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen this twenty Seventh Day of August 
Anno Domini 1759 and in thirty third year of his Majestys 
Reign Georg the Second King over Grate Britain &c I Samuel 
Palmer Juner of Hampton in the Province of new Hampshier in 
new England Esq'' * * * 

first I give and bequeath to my Daughter Jane Knowls the 
wife of Samuel Knowls twenty five pounds in money old Tenor to 
be Paid to her by my son Samuel Palmer within two years after 
my Decease 

Secondly I give and bequeath to my Daughter Anna Palmer 
one hundred Pounds in money old tenor to be paid to her by my 
Said Son Samuel Palmer within one year after my Decease I also 
give to my Said Daughter Anna Palmer one fether bed and 
furnituer belonging to it that was her own mothers and further it 
is my will that my Said Daughter Anna Palmer shall have Lib- 
erty to Live in and Improve the westerly End of my Dwelling 
house untill she is married and also have six bushels of Indian 
Corn and sixty pounds weight of Pork and forty Pounds waight 
of beef and four Cord of fier wood and the milk of one Cow all 
found and Provided for her yearly and every year by my said 
Son Samuel Palmer untill she is married and no Longer 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 443 

thirdly I give to my said Daughters Jane and Anna all the 
moveables of all sorts that was their own mothers to be 
equilly Devided between them excepting onely the bed and 
beding which I gave to my said Daughter Anna as afore 
said 

fourthly I give and bequeath to my son the said Samuel 
Palmer my Dwelling house and barn saveing onely the Privilidg 
as afore Said that my said Daughter Anna Palmer is to have of 
Liveing in the westerly Room in my Dwelling house untill she 
is married I also give to my said son Samuel Palmer all my land 
where my Dwelling house is six acres more or less with all my 
land in the Pastour some time Called Palmers Pastour Joining 
westerly to land of Redmans Southly to land of the Dows 
Eastly on Land of the Palmers six acres more or less with all my 
land Laying in the nook so Called six acres more or less bounding 
northerly on the way that Leads to tucks mill westly on land of 
Jeremiah Moulton southly on Palmers Paster so called Eastly on 
land of Josiah Moulton Junr to gether with all other my land 
laying in the first Division of the five Divisions in said Hampton 
both on the northly and southely side of lettle River with all my 
marsh Called the spring marsh and my meadow in the old fresh 
meadow near the Beach and also all my huccle Berry marsh 
laying between tuck mill and the Beach all the Said Parcels of 
land marsh are laying in Hampton afore said I give to my said 
son Samuel all my stock of Cattle and husbandry Implements 
with all my moveables in my house which I have not here in 
other ways Disposed of as afore said it is my Will that my Said 
Daughter Anna Palmer shall have one seventh Part of the apples 
in my orchard yearly every year so long as she Remains un- 
marryed 

all the Lands I have Laying in Hampton as afore said or else 
where I give to my said son Samuel Palmer and to his heirs and 
assigns for ever and I Do here by Constitute make and ordain 
my Said Son Samuel Palmer to be sole executor * * * 

Samuel Palmer Junr Esq 



444 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] John Lamprey, Jonathan Lock, Robert Moulton 

[Proved June 30, 1762.] 

[Inventory, attested Nov. 24, 1762; amount, £5317.0.0; 
signed by John Weeks and John Lamprey.] 



PHILIP REED 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of PhiHp Reed of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to Dorothy Reed of Portsmouth, widow, 
Aug. 29, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 285.] 

[Bond of Dorothy Reed, with Mark Langdon, gentleman, and 
Samuel Griffith, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in 
the sum of £3000, Aug. 29, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, David Sewall, Benjamin Akerman.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 13, 1759; amount, £5859. 19. 11; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.l 



ENOCH GOVE 1759 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Enoch Gove of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to his widow, Hannah Gove, Aug. 29, 
I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 303.] 

[Bond of Hannah Gove, with Jonathan Swett and Caleb San- 
born, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in the sum of 
£3000, Aug. 29, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Meshech Weare, Susanna Sanborn.] 

[Warrant, Aug. 29, 1759, authorizing Jonathan Swett, gentle- 
man, and Nathaniel Gove, yeoman, both of Hampton Falls, to 
appraise the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 445 

[Inventory, Oct. lo, 1759; amount, £12,123.2.0; signed by 
Jonathan Swett and Nathaniel Gove.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £3058. 18. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £838. 10. 3; mentions personal estate of the 
former husband of the administratrix and his children; allowed 
March 28, 1760.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers being Appointed a 
New Hamps"" j Committee by the Honourable Judge of 
Probate of Wills &c : for said Province To Divide the Real Estate 
of Knock Gove late of Hampton falls in said Province Yeoman 
Deceas'd Intestate Among the Widow and Children of said 
Intestate. We have accordingly made Division of said Estate 
Shewn to us by Hannah Gove Administratrix of said Estate As 
follows viz* 

To the said Hannah Gove the Widow for her Dower and 
thirds in said Estate We have Divided and Set off The Easterly 
Lower Room in the Dwelling House, where the said Deceas'd did 
lately live and the Back Room iVdjoyning thereto — And the 
Garrett Over said Easterly Lower Room, And One third of the 
Celler As the Same is now Parted: also a Small Piece of Land 
between the East End of the Dwelling House and the Country 
Road, also a Priviledge in the Yard before the House for laying of 
wood going to the well and Such like also One third of the Barn 
at the Easterly End as far as to the third Post and Beam And a 
Proportionable Priviledge in the Cow yard also a Small Piece of 
Land for a Garding between the Cow yard And Orchard As the 
Same is now in fence also about One third of the Orchard at the 
west End Marked in the Plan herewith annexed by the letter m. 
and Bounded by Stakes Set up at Each End: also all the Re- 
mainder of that Piece of Land lying to the Westward of the 
Orchard and Barn yard Containing about twenty Eight Acres 
and a half Marked in the Plan by the Letter A. Bounding South- 
erly by a Way Westerly Land of Jonathan Chase & Notherly 
By Lands of Abraham Dow, Jonathan Moulton & y^ widow 



44^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

French also we have Set off to her five acres out of that Piece of 
Land which lyes on the Easterly Side of the Countrey Road being 
the Second Share from the Road As Discribed in the Plan and is 
Bounded Westerly by a Share Set off to Knock Gove Easterly by 
a Share set off to Mary Gove by Stakes Set up at Each Corner, 
Notherly by a Way which goes into Halls farm so Called and is 
ten Rods and Eight links of a Chain in Wedth by Said Way, 
Southerly by a Strip of Land one Rod and a half in Wedth left 
for a way to Cap* Pike's land And is Nine Rods and three 
quarters of a Rod in wedth at that End Also a Piece of Salt 
Marsh in Hampton Falls aforesaid Containing five acres and 
One hundred and Seven Rods lying by the Dock And Commonly 
Called the Dock Marsh, Also One acre at the Easterly End of 
another Piece of Marsh near Waltons Grist mill Marked in the 
Plan by the letter O. Provided Nevertheless that the Lower 
Room in the Easterly End of the Dwelling House is not so set off 
to the said Hannah But that the Sons Enock Gove and Nathan 
Gove to whom the other part of the House is Set off may have 
liberty of Passing thro' to go to the Celler as they may have 
Occasion — 

And the Remainder of Said Real Estate we have Divided 
Among the Children of said Deceas'd as follows viz* : 

To Eleazar Gove the Eldest Son we have Divided and set off 
two Shares in that tract of Land lying on the Easterly Side of the 
Countrey Road at the Southerly End thereof the first Share Con- 
taining Eight acres and One Quarter of an acre Bounding South- 
erly by Canes Brook so Called Westerly by the Countrey Road 
and is twenty four Rods and three Quarters of a Rod in wedth 
by the Road and thirty One Rods and a half in Wedth at the 
Easterly side to Stakes Set up And the Second Share adjoyning 
to the first Containing Six Acres And One Quarter of an acre 
being fourteen Rods and a half in Wedth at the Westerly End by 
the Road and twelve Rods and three quarters of a Rod at the 
Easterly End to Stakes Set up — 

Also we have Set off to the Said Eleazar two Shares in the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 447 

Orchard at the Southeasterly Corner Marked in the Plan by the 
letters b. and c. Each Share being About two Rods and a half in 
wedth and about ten Rods in length as the Stakes are Set up. 
Also we have set off to the said Eleazar the One half of his fathers 
Right in the Tract of Land Granted to Ichabod Robie Esq'- And 
Others by the Purchasers of the Right of John Tufton Mason 
Esq^ Also two shares in the Marsh Namely One Piece Called the 
Marston Piece Containing One acre and one quarter of an acre 
Marked on the Plan by the letter P. and one other piece being 
the Westerly part of that piece of marsh near Walton's Mill 
Containg one acre and One hundred Rods Marked in the Plan by 
the letters Q and R. 

Also we have Divided and set off to Enock Gove Son of the 
said Deceas'd for his Share of that Piece of Land lying on the 
East Side of the Countrey Road viz* Eight Acres And One 
Quarter of An Acre at the Northwest Corner Bounding Westerly 
by the Countrey Road Notherly by the way into Halls farm And 
is 29 Rods and One Quarter of a Rod by said Way to a Stake 
Set up Bounding Easterly by a Piece set off to the widow and by 
a Stake at the Southerly End Also One Share in the Orchard 
Marked in the Plan by the letter k. being about ten Rods in 
length and two Rods & a half in wedth being the Second Share 
from the Notherly Side. 

Also One Share in the Marsh lying at the Southeasterly 
Corner of a Piece of Marsh by Perkins River so Called Said 
Share Contains about one acre and Eleven Rods Marked in the 
Plan by the letter A being fifteen Rods and five links of a Chain in 
Wedth at the Southerly End And Seven Rods and five links at 
the Notherly End by the Creek 

Also we have Divided And Set off to Nathan Gove Son of said 
Deceasd for his Share Part of that Piece of Land lying on the 
Easterly Side the Countrey Road viz* Seven acres and fifty five 
Rods at the Northeasterly Corner Bounding Easterly by land of 
Cap* Pike Notherly by the way into Halls farm And is Eighteen 
Rods and three Quarters of a Rod in wedth at that End, Westerly 



448 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

by a Share Set off to Rachel Chase by Stakes Set up Southerly by 
a Strip of land left for a way to Cap* Pike's land And is Eighteen 
Rods and a half in wedth at the Southerly End As Described in 
the Plan. Also One Share in the Orchard Marked in the Plan by 
the letter i being the Notherly Share Also One Share in the 
Marsh being part of that Piece of Marsh near Perkins's River 
aforesaid Said Share Contains about One acre and Eleven Rods 
Marked in the Plan by the letters D. and E. the Piece D. being 
Surrounded mostly by a Creek And the Piece E. is a Small 
Piece between the Creek and the Share Set off to William 
bounded by Stakes Set up. 

Moreover we have Divided And set off to the abovenamed 
Enock Gove and Nathan Gove Between them As part of Each of 
their Shares The Shop by the Countrey Road near the Dwelling 
House And the Land on which it Stands Also All the Remaining 
part of the Dwelling House & Barn And Priviledge of a yard by 
the Door Cow yard well and Land About the House Except 
what is set off to the widow for Dower as beforementioned 

Also we have Divided And Set off to William Gove Son of the 
said Deceas'd for his share Part of that Piece of Land lying on 
the Easterly Side of the Countrey Road viz* Six Acres and One 
Quarter of an acre Bounding Notherly by the way into Halls 
farm and is fourteen Rods in Wedth by said Way, Westerly by a 
Share Set off to Mary Gove by Stakes set up, Southerly by a 
Strip of land left for a way to Cap* Pike's land And is thirteen 
Rods And Eight links of a Chain in wedth at the Southerly End 
Easterly by a Share Set off to Rachel Chase by Stakes Set up. 
Also we have Set off to the said William One half of his fathers 
Right in the Tract of Land Granted to Ichabod Robie Esq' 
And Others by the Purchasers of the Right of John Tufton Mason 
Esq"" — Also One share in the Marsh being Part of that Piece of 
Marsh by Perkins's River aforesaid Said Share Contains about 
One acre and Eleven Rods Marked in the Plan by the letter F. 
being Nine Rods and a half in Wedth Bounding Westerly by a 
Share set off to Sarah Blake by Stakes Set up, Southerly by a 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 449 

Creek, Easterly partly by Nathan and partly by Mary as the 
Stakes are Set up also One Share in the Orchard Marked in the 
Plan by the letter k. Running from South to North thro' the 
Orchard and bounded by Stakes Set up 

Also we have Divided And Set off to Rachel Chase wife of 
John Chase ju"" Daughter of said Deceas'd for her Share Part of 
that Piece of Land lying on the East Side the Countrey Road 
Containing Eight Acres and One Quarter of an acre Bounding 
Notherly by the way into Halls farm And is twenty Rods and 
One Quarter of a Rod in wedth by said Way Westerly by a Share 
Set off to William by Stakes Set up Southerly by a Strip of land 
left for a way to Cap*^ Pikes land And is Eighteen Rods And 
twenty one links of a Chain in wedth at the Southerly End: 
Easterly by a Share Set off to Nathan by Stakes Set up. Also 
One Share in the Orchard Alarked in the Plan by the letter d. 
being about ten Rods in lengh and two Rods and a half in wedth 
Bounded by Stakes Set up Also one Share in the Marsh being 
part of that Piece by Perkins's River Said Share Contains about 
one acre and Eleven Rods Marked in the Plan by the letters I. 
and K. being ten Rods and three quarters of a Rod in wedth at 
the Notherly End And Eleven Rods and one quarter of a Rod in 
wedth at the Southerly End Bounding Easterly by a Share set 
off to Sarah Blake and westerly by a Share Set off to Mary 
Greenleaf by Stakes set up 

Also we have Divided and set off to Margarett Greenleaf wife 
of Paul Greenleaf Daughter of said Deceasd for her Share Part 
of that piece of Land lying on the Easterly Side the Countrey 
Road, Said Share Containing Eight acres and One quarter of an 
Acre Bounding Westerly by the Countrey Road and is Eighteen 
Rods and Sixteen links of a Chain in wedth by Said Road, South- 
erly by a Share Set oft' to Hannah Brown by Stakes set up, 
Easterly by land of Cap* Pike And is Seventeen Rods in Wedth 
by said Pike's land and Notherly by a Strip of Land left for a way 
to Cap* Pike's land by Stakes Set up. Also One share in the 
Orchard marked in the Plan by the letter e. being about ten 



450 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Rods in length and two Rods and a half in wedth Bounded by 
Stakes Set up. Also One share in the Marsh being part of that 
Piece of Marsh by Perkins's River Said Share Contains One 
acre and twenty Rods marked in the Plan by the Letter L. being 
twelve Rods and a half in wedth at the Notherly End and twelve 
Rods and three Quarters of a Rod at the Southerly End Bound- 
ing Westerly by a Share Set off to Hannah Brown and Easterly 
by a Share Set off to Rachel Chase by Stakes set up — 

Also we have Divided And set off to Sarah Blake wife of 
Jeremiah Blake Daughter of said Deceas'd for her Share Part of 
that Piece of Land lying on the Easterly Side of the Countrey 
Road, said Share Containing Eight Acres and one Quarter of An 
acre Bounding Westerly by the Countrey Road and is twenty 
Rods in wedth by said Road, Southerly by a Share set off to 
Eleazar by Stakes Set up. Easterly by land of Cap* Pike and is 
twenty Rods in Wedth at the Easterly End Notherly by a Share 
Set off to Hannah Brown by Stakes set up Also One Share in the 
Orchard marked in the Plan by the letter f. being the fourth 
Share from the Notherly Side Bounded by Stakes Set up. Also 
One Share in the marsh Containing about one acre and Eleven 
Rods Marked in the Plan by the letters G and H. being ten Rods 
and a half in Wedth at Each End Bounding Easterly by a Share 
set off to William and Westerly by a Share set off to Rachel 
Chase by stakes set up. 

Also we have Divided And set off to Hannah Brown wife of 
Jonathan Brown Daughter of said Deceas'd for her Share 
Part of that Piece of land lying on the Easterly Side of the 
Countrey Road said share Containing Eight Acres and One 
Quarter of an acre Bounding Westerly by the Countrey Road 
and is Eighteen Rods and a half in wedth by said Road, Southerly 
by a Share set off to Sarah Blake by Stakes set up. Easterly by 
land of Cap* Pike and is Eighteen Rods and a half in wedth by 
said Pike's land, and Notherly by a Share Set off to Margaret 
Greenleaf by Stakes set up — Also One Share in the Orchard 
Marked in the Plan by the letter g. and is the third Share from 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 451 

the Notherly side Bounded by Stakes set up. Also One Share in 
the Marsh at the Westerly End of the aforesaid Piece by Perk- 
ins's River Containing two acres marked in the Plan by the letter 
M being twenty Six Rods & three quarters of a Rod on the 
Southerly Side and twenty two Rods and one quarter on the 
Notherly Side Bounding Easterly by a share set off to Margarett 
Greenleaf by Stakes Set up — 

Also we have Divided And set off to Mary Gove Daughter of 
said Deceas'd for her Share part of that Piece of Land lying on 
the Easterly Side of the Countrey Road, Said Share Containing 
Eight Acres and One Quarter of an acre Bounding Notherly by 
the Way into Halls farm Eighteen Rods in wedth by said Way 
Westerly by a Piece Set off to the Widow by Stakes set up 
Southerly by a Strip left for a way to Pikes land and is Sixteen 
Rods and Eight links of a Chain in Wedth at the Southerly End 
Easterly by a Share Set off to William by Stakes set up — Also 
a Share in the Orchard Marked in the Plan by the Letter 1. 
between the Share of William and that set to the widow also 
One share in the abovementioned Piece of Marsh Containing 
One Acre and Eleven Rods Marked in the Plan by the letters 
B & C. The Piece Marked B, lying between Enock's Share & the 
Creek And that Marked C. is a Small piece on the Notherly side 
the Creek Bounded by Stakes Set up. All which Several Shares 
Are Described and Marked in the Plans herewith annexed In 
Making which Division we have had Regard to the Quality as 
well as Quantity of Said Estate and made the Several Shares As 
Equal as we Could : and this we make as our Return Dated the 
tenth Day of March Anno Domini 1761. — 

Meshech Weare 
Jeremiah Lane 

[Additional account of the administratrix; receipts, £2260. 
18. 9; expenditures, £331. 10. o; allowed Sept. 30, 1761.] 

[Petition, June 12, 1804, for division of the widow's dower, she 
being recently deceased ; signed by Nathan Gove, William Gove^ 



452 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



-££>V 







A Plan of the sundry pieces of marsh Belonging to the Estate of Lieu* Enoch Gove 
Late of Hamp* falls Deceased which marsh is Divided Between the Several Heirs of 
said Deceased A to Enoch Gove B to mary Gove C to mary D and E to Nathan F to 
William G and H to Sarah Blake I and K to Rachel Chase L to Marg* Greenleaf M to 
Hannah Brown N to the widow O to the widow P to Eliazer Call'd the marston piece 
Containing I )4 Acres Not measured therefore perhaps not in its proper shape Q and 
R to Eliezer. 

Hampton falls Aug' 23: 1760. 

Jer. Lane 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



453 



M^'aru7>^'r"^'.r , vS 






A Plan of the Land of 
mr. Enoch Gove Late of 
Hampton falls Deceased, 
which Land is Lying in 
Hampton falls afores"* Con- 
taining no Acres 62 Rods 

A. Contains 28 Acres & 
102 Rods Set to the widow 

B. Contains 81 Acres & 120 Rods, Divided 
into Sundry parts with the owners name in Each 
part a High way i }4 Rod wide Runing through 
the midst from the Country Road to Land of 
Cap' Pikes. 

C. the orchard Divided into 12 parts. 

a. a corner to Fogg. b. To Eliezer. c. to 
Eliezer. d. to Rachel Chase, e. To Marg* 
Greenleaf. f. To Sarah Blake, g. To Hannah 
Brown, h. To Enoch, i. To Nathan, k. to 
William . 1. To Mary. m. To the Widow. 
^1^ the House, n. a priviledge about the 
west E nd bel onging thereto about 3 Rod Each 
way. ""TH the Barn. H shop. 

Hampton falls April 30. 1760. 

Jer: Lane Surveyor 



454 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and Joseph Philbrick in behalf of the rest of the heirs except 
Rachel Chase and Mary Perkins.] 

[Commission, Sept. 17, 1804, to John Smith, Benjamin Dow, 
John Janvrin, Joseph Philbrick, all of Seabrook, and Simeon 
Rowe of Kensington to divide the widow's dower.] 

Rockingham ss Pursuant to the above warrant We have set off 
the shares as follows (viz) — We have set off to Mary the Wife 
of Joseph Perkins one share containing one acre & one hundred 
and thirty rods & bounded as follows (viz) beginning at the 
westerly end of the Dower in the home place thence running 
easterly carrying the full wedth of said Dower fifteen rods & one 
half rod to a stake binding northerly on land of Benjamin Dow 

We have set ofT to Hannah the wife of Thomas Chase one 
share containing one acre & one hundred & thirty rods, binding 
westerly on land set off to Mary the wife of Joseph Perkins, 
thence running easterly fifteen rods & one half rod to stakes & 
stones carrying the full wedth of said Dower 

We have set off to Heirs of Elezer Gove one share containing 
one acre & one hundred & thirty rods binding westerly on land 
set of Hannah the wife of Thomas Chase, thence running easterly 
carrying the full wedth of the said Dower fifteen rods & one half 
rod to stakes & stones 

We have Also set off to the aforesaid Elezer heirs one half 
share in the home place containing two acres & fourty rods bind- 
ing westerly on land set off to the heirs of Sarah the wife of Jere- 
miah Blake thence running easterly carrying the full wedth of 
said Dower nine rods & one half rod to stakes & stones — 

We have further set off to the aforesaid Elezer heirs one half 
share situate in Seabrook on the northerly side of the farm road 
so called binding Easterly on land of Paul Greenleaf & westerly 
on land of Enock Gove Jr the above half share contains about 
Five acres 

We have set off to the heirs of Pegey the former wife of Paul 
Greenleaf one share containing Two acres & one half acre 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 455 

bounded as follows westerly on land set off to the heirs of Elezer 
Gove, thence running easterly carrying the full wedth of said 
Dower thirteen rods binding northerly four rods on land of 
Benj'* Dow & nine rods on land of Timothy B. Lock to stakes & 
stones 

We have set off to the heirs of Sarah the wife of Jeremiah Blake 
one share containing Three acres & fourty two rods binding 
westerly on land set off to Pagey the former wife of Paul Green- 
leaf thence running easterly carrying the full wedth of said 
Dower fourteen rods & one half rod to stakes & stones, the above 
shares binding southerly on a Highway with a stake & stones 
between each share 

We have set off to Nathan Gove one share containing five 
acres & One hundred & twenty five rods binding westerly on 
land set off to the heirs of Elezer Gove thence running easterly 
Twenty five rods carrying the full wedth of the said Dower to 
stakes & stones binding southerly on a Highway northerly on 
land of Timothy B Lock in part & land of Enoch Gove in part 

We have set off to William Gove one share containing Five 
acres & fifty two rods binding westerly on land set oft" to Nathan 
Gove thence running easterly carrying the full wedth of the said 
thirds binding southerly on a highway Thirty four rods & nine- 
teen links to a stake & northerly on land of Enoch Gove Jr. 
twenty two rods to a stake 

We have set off to the heirs of Enoch Gove all the Remainder 
part of the Twenty eight acres in the home place it being about 
four acres, together with all the building thereon, and all privi- 
leges to the same belonging 

We have set off to Rachel Chase one share containing Five 
acres & two thirds of salt marsh it being the dock lot marsh (so 
called) Also one acre thach ground or flatts situate in Seabrook in 
the great flatts 

Seabrook Octo"""" 2'* 1804 Simon Rowe 1 

Benj'' Dow r Committe 

Joseph Philbrick J 



456 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ISAAC FOSS 1759 STRATHAM 

In the Name of god Amen this thirtyeth Day of August Anno 
Domini one thousend Seven hundred and fifty nine. I Isaac 
foss of Stratham in the province of New Hampshir in New Eng- 
land gentelman, Being of Sound mind and memory But weak in 
body * * * 

Imprimas I give and Bequeath to my Beloved wife Sarah foss 
the Southerly End of my house from top to Bottom to improve so 
Long as She Remains my widow & the improvement of my 
orcherd Before the house and a horse when She wants and the 
Keeping of one Cow and four sheep winter and summer and the 
Income of s'^ Cow and Sheep and Sufhcent firewood Cut fit for 
the fire at the Dore these to Be provided So long as She Remains 
my widow 

Itam I give to my son thomas foss my Land that I bought of 
Nathanell write white & my Land I Bought of James Keneston 
& my Land I Bought of John pray Runing about North west 
from Sandy point Road to the River Except an acre of flats at 
the mouth of walls Creek : and my marsh I had of John wiggen 
and one half of my part of a Saw mill at wadleys falls So Called 
& one half of my Land at Notingham according to Quantity and 
Quality & one Chain & a pair or Set of Cart whoops & a pair of 
Steeres 

Itam I give to my son Isaac Cole foss the Remainder of my 
land and marsh & flats in Stratham and Notingham not Before 
Disposed of and my Dwelling house that I now Live in Except 
that part my wife is to improve & the whole when She hath Done 
with it & my Barns on sd Land and the other half of my part of a 
saw mill at wadleys falls So Called & my oxen and two Cows and 
two hefifers & my horse & my husbandry tooles & Implements 
Except what I gave to my son thomas foss 

Itam I give to my son in Law Eliphelet wiggens fifteen pounds 
old tenor 

Itam I give to my Daughter Sarah Burley one hundred and 
twenty pounds old tenor money to be paid in four years after my 
Decease 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 457 

Itam. I give to my Daughter Comfort foss one hundred & 
twenty pounds old tenor money to be paid five years after my 
Decease and to Be fitted out as my other Daughters ware to 
Keep house withall at or Before the time She marries & a privi- 
ledg in the Rome with her mother while single 

Itam I give to my Daughter Eleasebath foss one hundred and 
twenty pounds old tenor money to be paid six years after my 
Decease and to be fitted to Keep house as well as my other 
Daughters ware at or Before marrige Day and a priviledg in 
the Rome with her mother while single 

and Lastly I give to my sons thomas and Isaac Cole all the 
Debts Due to me and if their be any thing not Deposed of I give 
it to my sd sons and order them to pay all my Debts Legecis and 
funerall Charges according to what thay Recive And I Do 
hereby Nominate and appoint my sd sons thomas foss and Isaac 
Cole foss to be Executors * * * 

Isaac foss 

[Witnesses] Ephraim Crockit, Cotton dockum, Daniel Sam- 
born. 

[Proved Nov. 25, 1761.] 

[Administration on the estate of Isaac Foss of Stratham, 
testate, granted to Thomas Foss and Isaac Cole Foss, executors, 
Nov. 25, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 279.] 

[Bond of Thomas Foss and Isaac Cole Foss, both of Stratham, 
yeomen, with Daniel Sanborn of North Hampton as surety, in 
the sum of £500, Nov. 25, 1761, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, William Parker, Theophilus Smith.] 



JOHN COTTON i759 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen the thirtieth Day of August in the 
Year of our Lord 1759, I John Cotton of Portsmouth in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire Tanner being Weak in Body * * * 



458 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto my Son William Cotton his 
heirs and assigns forever the Sum of four pounds money New 
Tenor to be paid out of my Estate by my Executor within two 
Years after my Decease 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto My Son John Cotton his heirs 
and assigns forever the Sum of four pounds Money New Tenor 
to be paid out of my Estate by my Executor within two Years 
after my Decease — 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Cotton 
her heirs & assigns forever the Sum of four pounds New Tenor 
and one feather Bed to be paid and Deliver'd out of my Estate 
by my Executor at a Convenient time after my Decease — 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha Cotton 
her heirs and assigns forever the Sum of ten Shillings money 
new Tenor, One feather bed and one Large Oval Table to be 
paid and Delivered out of my Estate by my Executor a Con- 
venient time after My Decease — 

Item: I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth 
Cotton her heirs and Assigns forever the Sum of twelve pounds 
money new Tenor and one Feather bed to be paid and Delivered 
out of my Estate by my Executor when she the Said Elizabeth 
shall arive at the age of Eighteen Years or on the Day of her 
Marriage which shall first happen — 

Item: I Give and Bequeath unto My Daughter Abigail Cotton 
her heirs and assigns forever the Sum of twelve pounds money 
new Tenor and One Feather bed to be paid and Delivered out of 
my Estate by my Executor when the Said Abigail shall arive at 
the Age of Eighteen Years or on the Day of her Marriage which 
shall first happen — 

Item: I Give and bequeath unto My Daughter Sarah Cotton 
her heirs and Assigns forever the Sum of Twelve pounds money 
new Tenor one Large Looking glass and a Chest of Draws, the 
Said Looking Glass and Chest of Draws I Will and order to be 
Sold to the best advantage by my Executor and the money that 
is raised thereby, and the Said twelve pounds New Tenor be all 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 459 

put out to use and the Principal and Intrest thereof to be paid 
unto the Said Sarah when she shall arive at the age of Eighteen 
Years or on her Marriage Day 

And I Will and Order that my Dwelling-house and Land where 
I now live with all the privelidges and appurtenances thereof, 
with my Pasture and the whole of my Estate Both Real and 
personal Whatsoever and Wheresoever Not in this My Will dis- 
posed of, Be Sold by my Executor at a publick vendue and out 
of the Money that is raised thereby, I Will that all my just 
Debts funeral Charges Leagacies Necessary Charges and the 
Charges in Cloathing and Boarding My Minor Children until 
they shall be put out to an apprentice or Sarvice be paid, and the 
Remainder of What my Said Estate shall be Sold for after the 
payment of my Said Debts funeral Charges Leagacies Necessary 
Charges Cloathing and Boarding My Minor Children be taken 
from the Same I Give and Bequeath unto my Sons Clement 
Cotton and Joel Cotton their heirs and Assigns forever & the 
Same to be Divided Equally between the Said Clement and Joel 
Cotton their heirs and assigns both Principal and Intrest, (as I 
Desire the Money may be put to use as Soon as may be) and for 
the Same to be paid unto the Said Clement and Joel Cotton 
when they shall respectively arive at the age of Twenty One 
Years, by my Executor — ■ And if one or More of my Said Chil- 
dren shall Decease before their Said Respective ages or Mar- 
riages I Will and Order that the Leagacy or Leagacies of the 
Deceased be equally Divided among My Serviving Children by 
my last Wife Bethiah I Also Will and order that those of my 
Children (that are in their Minority, and not as Yet put out) 
Be put out to Apprentice or Service Soon after my Decease by 
my Executor to places or people that my Children Consent to 
live with and my Executor shall approve of. And I Do hereby 
Nominate Constitute and appoint my Well beloved friend M"" 
Andrew Clarkson of Portsmouth in New Hampshire aforesaid 
Merchant to be My only and Sole Executor * * * 

John Cotton 



460 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] Thomas Bickford, Jos Clark, Deborah Mealcher. 
[Proved Sept. 26, 1759.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 6, 1759, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Samuel 
Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the es- 
tate.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 6, 1759; amount, £2295. 15. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 



JOHN VENNARD 1759 NEWCASTLE 

[Samuel Vennard renounces administration on the estate of 
his mother Sept. 10, 1759, in favor of his brother, William Ven- 
nard ; witness, Joshua White.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Vennard of Newcastle, 
mariner, granted to William Vennard of Newcastle, mariner, 
Sept. 10, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 286.] 

[Bond of William Vennard, with Alcock Stevens, cooper, and 
Meshech Bell, innholder, as sureties, all of Newcastle, in the 
sum of £2000, Sept. 10, 1759, for the administration of the es- 
tate; witnesses, Samuel Parker, David Sewall. In this bond the 
name Elizabeth Vennard is changed to John Vennard as the 
deceased.] 



JOHN GOVE 1759 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Citation, Sept. 11, 1759, to Ruth Gove of Hampton Falls, 
widow, and Edward Gove, Jr., son of the deceased, to appear and 
take administration on the estate of her husband, John Gove of 
Hampton Falls, yeoman, deceased, intestate, more than six 
months, or to show cause why it should not be granted to Sam- 
uel Page, who married a daughter of the deceased.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 46 1 

[Ruth Gove renounces administration Oct. 2, 1759; witnesses, 
David Gove, Martha Gove, Ebenezer Lovering.] 

[Administration granted to Edward Gove of Hampton Falls, 
yeoman, Oct. 31, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol 21, p. 315.] 

[Bond of Edward Gove, Jr., with Nathaniel Gove and Eben- 
ezer Lovering as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, yeomen, in the 
sum of £2000, Oct. 31, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Ebenezer Stevens, David Sewall.] 

[Guardianship of Patience Page, aged less than 14 years, 
granted to her father, Samuel Page of Kensington, Feb. 14, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 388.] 

[Bond of Samuel Page, with Theophilus Page and Joseph Clif- 
ford as sureties, all of Kensington, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 
14, 1760, for the guardianship of his daughter. Patience Page; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., Joseph Greeley, Jr.] 

Province of New Hamps"^ 

Whereas by an act of the General Assembly of said Province 
Entituled "An act for making Partition of Certain Lands therein 
Mentioned" Among Other things it is Enacted that there be 
live freeholders in this Province Appointed and Authorised they 
or any three of them to make Partition of said Lands Part of 
which Lands Referred to in said act are a Certain Piece of Land 
Situate in Hampton falls on the Notherly Side of the Road 
Commonly called the Mill Road near the Sawmill formerly 
Deacon Weare's Lying in Common And undivided between the 
heirs of John Gove Deceasd and the heirs of John Hobbs De- 
ceas'd In Pursuance of which act we the Subscribers have under- 
taken to make Partition and Division of said Piece of Land hav- 
ing first given Due notice to all Parties Concerned agreeable to 
the Directions in said Act: And have Divided the Same as fol- 
lows viz' The Whole Piece Containing Eleven Acres and Eighty 
two Rods, We have set off to the heirs of John Gove Deceas'd to 



462 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

hold to them in Severalty five Acres on the Westerly Side, and 
to the heirs of the said John Hobbs Deceas'd the Remaining Six 
Acres and Eighty two Rods on the Easterly Side to hold to them 
in Severalty having Regard to the Quality of the Land in mak- 
ing said Division the bounds of said Division being a Stake set 
up at Each End — and the Easterly half set off to the heirs of 
said Hobbs we have Divided to and among said Heirs to Each 
to hold in Severalty as follows viz* That Share at the Notherly 
End marked in the Plan herewith annexed N° i. Containing one 
hundred Rods of Land being Nine Rods in wedth we have set off 
to the heirs of Amos Towle Deceas'd, And the Second Share 
Marked in the Plan N° 2, Containing one hundred Rods of 
Land being Nine Rods in wedth we have set off to the heirs of 
James Towle Deceas'd. And the third Share marked in the 
Plan N° 3. Containing One hundred Rods of land being Nine 
Rods in wedth We have set off to Thomas Brown and Mehetable 
his wife in her Right. And the fourth Share Marked in the 
Plan N° 4. Containing One hundred Sixty four Rods of Land 
being fourteen Rods in wedth we have set off to Jonathan Towle 
And the fifth share marked in the Plan N° 5, Containing one 
hundred Sixty four Rods of Land being fourteen Rods in wedth 
We have set off to John Towle And the Sixth Share marked in 
the Plan N° 6. Containing One hundred Sixty four Rods of Land 
being fourteen Rods wedth we have also set off to the said John 
Towle. And the Seventh Share marked in the Plan N° 7. 
Containing one hundred and fifty Rods of Land being thirteen 
Rods in wedth we have set off to Jonathan Page and Mary his 
wife in her Right. And the Eighth Share marked in the Plan 
N° 8. Containing one hundred Rods of Land being the Share by 
the Mill Road aforesaid We have set oft to Joseph Towle As set 
forth in the Plan herewith Annexed. And this we make as our 
Return Dated the twenty third Day of June Anno Domini 

' Meshech Weare 

Josiah Sanborn 
Jonathan Tilton 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 463 

[Inventory, March 20, 1760; amount, £30,511. 12. o; signed by 
Ezekiel Worthen and Ephraim Brown.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 9, 1760, authorizing Meshech Weare, Ezekiel 
Worthen, gentleman, Abner Phiibrick, Nathaniel Gove, and 
Jeremiah Lane, yeomen, all of Hampton Falls, to divide the real 
estate.] 

Province of New Hamps' 

We the Subscribers being appointed by the Honourable Judge 
of Probate of Wills &c; for the Province aforesaid a Committee 
to Divide the Real Estate of John Gove Yeoman Late of Hamp- 
ton Falls Deceas'd Intestate to and among the widow and Chil- 
dren of said Intestate Have Accordingly Divided the Same as 
hereafter Described, viz* there being Seven Children or Repre- 
sentatives of the said Deceas'd We have Divided the whole into 
Eight Shares allotting to the Eldest Son two Shares in the Same 
manner as we Should have made the Division had there been no 
third to have been set off to the Widow and then have Divided 
and Set off to the widow her third Part out of Each Respective 
Share the Division being made in this manner at the Special Re- 
quest of Ruth Gove the widow of the said Deceas'd that her thirds 
might be so allotted that after her Decease Each Child's share 
might be Conveniently together: The Division is as follows 

To Ruth Gove the widow of the said Intestate for her third 
part of what would be the Eldest Son's two shares if the whole 
were Divided among the Children, we have Set off the Westerly 
half of the Dwelling House where the said Ruth now lives, and a 
Piece of Land Containing one acre and fifty three Rods the 
Southwest Corner of the land on the North Side of the .... 
where the House Stands being twelve Rods and one quarter of A 
Rod in wedth by the Highway and the Easterly line passing 
through the middle of the House Bounded by Stakes set up as 
Described in the Plan by the letter O. also one third of the 
Largest Barn on the Southerly Side of the way at the Westerly 
End of said Barn, also a Piece of Land on the Westerly Side of 



464 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the land which Hes on the South Side of the Way Containing 
fourteen acres and one hundred & Seven Rods being twenty four 
Rods in wedth at the Southerly End and the Easterly line Pass- 
ing through the Barn so as to take one third thereof at the 
westerly End Described in the Plan by the letter T, Bounded by 
Stakes Set up being Nineteen Rods in wedth on the Highway and 
from the highway Running South twenty five Degrees west 
Eight Rods passing through the Barn then on a Strait Course 
to the End of the twenty four Rods at the South End — Also a 
Piece of Marsh Containing two acres and a half of an acre lying 
on the Southerly Side of a Piece of Marsh by french's Creek so 
Called being Seven Rods and a half in Wedth Bounded by Stakes 
Set up and marked in the Plan by the letter m. 

Also to the said Ruth for her third part of what Would be the 
Share of Daniel Gove one of the Sons of the Said Intestate if the 
whole were Divided Among the Children We have Set off A 
Piece of Land at the upper or Westerly End of the old Place so 
Called Containing Eight Acres and twelve Rods Described in the 
Plan by the letter C. being fifty two Rods And Eight links in 
length upon the Notherly Side from Jonathan Chase's land then 
Running Square across to the Southerly Side to a Pine Tree But 
not to Include one acre and a half at the Southwest Corner 
whereon an Orchard is Planted as marked in the Plan by the 
Letter D. also we have set off to the said Ruth One other piece of 
land Containing two acres and fifty three Rods part of that 
piece of Land which lyes on the notherly Side the way where the 
aforesaid Dwelling house is being Seven Rods And a half in 
wedth the Southwest Corner thereof being twenty two Rods and 
four links from the Southwest Corner of a Piece of land own'd by 
Edward Gove And is Bounded by Stakes Set up and Described 
in the Plan by the Letter M. and is fifty five Rods in Length. 
Also one Piece of Marsh at the Northeast Corner of the Halls 
farm Marsh Containing One acre and fifty four Rods lying in a 
triangular form Bounded by Stakes Set up Marked in the Plan 
by the letter a. Also we have Set ofT to the said Ruth for her 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 465 

third part of what would be the Share of Obediah Gove One of 
the Sons of the said Intestate if the whole were Divided among 
the Children A Piece of Land in Kensington on the Noth Side of 
the Road Called Stumpfield Road Containing Eleven acres & 
Seventy three Rods on the Westerly Side of the land where the 
said Obediah lives it being twelve Rods and Sixteen links in 
wedth Bounded by Stakes Set up, and Marked in the Plan by 
the Letter X. 

Also we have Set off to the Said Ruth for her third Part of 
what would be the Share of Jonathan Gove One of the Sons of 
the said Intestate if the whole were Divided among the Chil- 
dren a Piece of Land at the upper End of the Long Pasture so 
Called Containing ten acres and twenty five Rods being twenty 
three Rods and a half in Wedth Bounded by Stakes Set up 
Marked in the Plan by the Letter H. also a Piece of Marsh Con- 
taining one acre and Seventeen Rods lying on the Notherly 
Side of a Piece of Marsh near Blackwater River so Called 
Bounded by Stakes Set up Marked in the Plan by the Letter i. 

Also we have Set off to the said Ruth for her third Part of 
what would be the Share of David Gove one of the Sons of the 
Said Intestate if the whole were Divided Among the Children A 
Piece of Land lying on the Southerly Side of the Mill Road so 
Called Containing three acres and Sixty Rods being Seven Rods 
& ten links And a half in wedth And on the Westerly Side Sev- 
enty three Rods in length from the aforesaid Mill Road And on 
the Easterly Side Seventy Rods in length Bounded by Stakes 
Set up Marked in the Plan by the Letter K. which lyes on the 
west Side of the home farm 

Also one other Piece of Land containing five acres and Eighty 
Eight Rods on the Notherly Side of the aforesaid Aiill Road 
adjoyning to land of Jeremiah Gove on the west being Eleven 
Rods and Eight links in wedth Bounded by Stakes Set up, 
Marked in the Plan by the Letter P, also One acre of Marsh on 
the Southerly Side of a Piece of Marsh Southerly of Perkins 
River so Called being two Rods and Sixteen links in wedth 



466 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

marked in the Plan by the Letter t. Bounded by Stakes Set 
up. — 

Also we have Set off to the said Ruth for her third part of what 
would be the Share of Ruth Green Daughter of Said Intestate 
if the whole were Divided Among the Children ; A Piece of Land 
in Kensington Containing Six acres lying on the Southerly Side 
of Stumpfield Road so Called And on the Westerly Side of the 
Piece of Land which lyes there Bounded by Stakes Set up, 
Marked in the Plan by the Letter V. also a Piece of marsh in the 
Halls Farm Marsh so Called Containing one acre and one hun- 
dred And Six Rods Bounded by Stakes set up marked in the 
Plan by the Letter c. Also One Other Piece of Marsh Contain- 
ing two acres and a half lying on the Notherly Side of a Piece of 
Marsh in Salisbury near the Place formerly Joseph Dow's being 
Nine Rods and Eight links in Wedth at the westerly End 
Bounded by Stakes set up Marked in the Plan by the Letter s. 

Also we have set off to the said Ruth Gove for her third part 
of what would be the Share of Patience Page Grandaughter of 
the said Intestate her Mother one of the Daughters of said 
Intestate being Dead; A Piece of land Containing Eight acres 
lying on the Easterly Side of the land on the Southerly Side the 
way near the Dwelling House Adjoyning to land of Jonathan 
Chase being fourteen Rods and fourteen links in wedth at the 
Notherly End by the way, and fifteen Rods and Sixteen Links 
at the Southerly End Bounded by Stakes Set up marked in the 
Plan by the Letter Q. also a Piece of marsh Containing one acre 
and one hundred and Six Rods in the Halls farm Marsh so Called 
being Eight Rods in wedth Bounded by Stakes Set up Marked in 
the Plan by the letter d. 

The Widows thirds being Set off as abovementioned in order 
that the Childrens Shares after her Decease might lye Con- 
veniently together We have Divided the Remainder of said Real 
Estate Among the Children As follows viz* To Edward Gove the 
Eldest Son for his two Shares we have Set off a Piece of land 
where the Dwelling House is Containing Six Acres and one hun- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 467 

dred and Seven Rods, with the Easterly half of the Dwelling 
House The Westerly line is twenty two Rods beginning by the 
way and Passing through the middle of the Dwelling House then 
Easterly Seven Rods then Notherly fourteen Rods and ten 
links then Easterly twenty five Rods and a half, then Southerly 
thirty Eight Rods to the aforesaid Road then Westerly by the 
Road to where it began Bounded by Stakes and Stones Marked 
in the Plan by the Letter N. Also a Piece of Land on the South 
Side the way — Containing twenty Seven Acres And fifty three 
Rods with two thirds of the Largest Barn thereon Bounding 
Westerly by a Piece Set off to the Widow Southerly by French's 
land. Easterly by a Piece Set off to Patience Page and Northerly 
by the way by Stakes set up Marked in the Plan by the Letter 
S. Also a Piece of Marsh Near Waltons Mill so Called Con- 
taining three acres and fifty two Rods Marked in the Plan by the 
Letter r. Also a Piece of Marsh by French's Creek so Called 
being the Notherly half of Said Piece of Marsh there lying being 
Seven Rods and a half in wedth Bounded by Stakes set up 
Marked in the Plan by the Letter n. 

Also we have Set off to Daniel Gove for his Share a Piece of 
Land where the said Daniel now lives being part of the old Place 
so Called Containing fourteen acres and One hundred and four 
Rods at the Easterly End with the Dwelling House and Largest 
Barn thereon Bounded westerly by a Piece set off to the widow 
by a Stake at the Notherly Side and a Pine tree at the Southerly 
Side Notherly partly by land of Jonathan Gove and partly by a 
way and on the other sides partly by a Countrey Road partly by 
land of the widow Carr and partly by land of Edward Gove De- 
scribed in the Plan by the letter B. Also a Piece at the South- 
west Corner of the old Place Containing one acre and a half 
being twelve Rods in wedth and twenty two Rods in Length De- 
scribed in the Plan by the Letter D. Also one other Piece of 
Land Containing four acres and One hundred and Seven Rods 
lying at the Southeast Corner of the farm where the Deceas'd 
lately liv'd Being fourteen Rods and fifteen links & a half in 



468 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

wedth at the Southerly End by the way and thirteen Rods in 
wedth at the Notherly End Bounded by Stakes set up Marked in 
the Plan by the Letter L. also a Piece of Marsh Containing two 
acres and a half on the Notherly Side of that piece South of Per- 
kins River being Eight Rod in wedth marked in the Plan by 
the letter p. also a Small piece in the Halls farm Marsh Con- 
taining thirty Six Rods marked in the Plan by the Letter n. 

Also we have set off to Obediah Gove for his Share a Piece of 
Land in Kensington Adjoyning to two acres whereon the said 
Obediah's House Stands on the Notherly Side of Stumpfield 
Road aforesaid Containing Sixteen Acres And One hundred And 
twelve Rods Bounding westerly by a Piece set off to the widow 
for her thirds Southerly by the aforesaid Road and at the South- 
east Corner by two acres belonging to said Obediah where his 
house Stands And on the other sides by lands of Other Persons 
And is Marked in the Plan by the Letter W. also a Piece of 
Marsh near Waltons Mill Containing about one acre Called the 
Island Marked in the Plan by the letter k. also half an acre 
near Browns Rocks on the Southerly side of the Piece of marsh 
there marked in the Plan by the letter q. 

Also we have Set off to Jonathan Gove for his Share A Piece of 
Land part of the long Pasture so Called Bounding westerly by a 
Piece set off to the widow for her thirds Southerly by the way 
and on the other Sides by lands of Others Marked in the Plan by 
the letter G also one other Piece at the Easterly Corner of the 
Long Pasture so Called Marked in the Plan by the Letter F. 
both Pieces Containing twenty Seven acres and fifteen Rods — 
also half an acre of Marsh near Brown's Rocks so Called being 
the Middle half Acre Marked in the Plan by the letter g. Also 
a Piece of Marsh Near Blackwater River so Called Containing 
two acres and thirty five Rods Bounding Notherly by a Piece 
set off to the widow for her thirds by Stakes set up and is Marked 
in the Plan by the letter j. Also we have Set off to the said Jon- 
athan the Small Barn on the old Place so Called to be by him 
taken off of said Place within twelve months from this Date 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 469 

Also we have set off to David Gove for his share a Piece of 
Land on the North side the mill Road so Called Containing 
Eleven acres and four Rods Marked in the Plan by the letter E. 
Bounding westerly by a piece set off to the widow for her thirds, 
Southerly by the way and on the other Sides by lands of Others, 
also one other Piece on the Southerly Side of the said Mill way 
Containing Seven acres and thirty five Rods Bounding westerly 
by a Piece set off to the widow for her thirds and is Seventy 
Rods in length on the Westerly Side Notherly by the way And 
on the other sides by the Shares of Others As Marked in the Plan 
by the Letter J . Also a Small Piece of marsh near Browns Rocks 
so Called Containing half an acre marked in the Plan by the 
letter f. Also a Piece of marsh South of Perkins River so Called 
Containing one acre and a half Marked in the Plan by the letter 
o. Bounding Southerly by a Piece set off to the widow for her 
thirds by Stakes set up, and Notherly by a Piece set to Edward 
Also we have Set off to said David the Small House in which he 
now lives And the Small Barn on the South side the way he to 
take off said house and Barn within twelve months from this 
Date or to forfeit them 

Also we have set off to Ruth Green for her Share a Piece of 
Land in Kensington on the Southerly Side of Stumpfield Road 
so Called Near where Obediah Gove lives Containing Nine acres 
Marked in the Plan by the Letter U. Bounding Notherly by 
said Road, Westerly by a Piece set off to the Widow for her 
thirds by Stakes set up and on the Other sides by lands of Others. 
Also one Other Piece in Hampton falls on the Southerly Side the 
Mill Road so Called Containing Seven Acres Bounding Notherly 
by said Road, Easterly by land of Jonathan Weare And others 
twenty Eight Rods and on the Other Sides by Shares Set off to 
others by Stakes set up As Marked in the Plan by the letter L 
Also a Piece of Marsh in the Halls farm Marsh so Called Contain- 
ing three Acres and fifty four Rods marked in the Plan by the 
letter v. Bounding westerly by a Piece Set to the widow for 
her thirds by Stakes set up, and on the other Sides by marsh of 



470 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Others, also a Piece of flatts near the Beach Called three Acres 
marked in the Plan by the letter k. also a Piece of marsh in 
Salisbury Containing one acre and a half Marked in the Plan by 
the letter 1. Bounding Notherly by a Piece Set off to the widow 
and on the other Sides by Marsh of Others. 

Also we have set off to Patience Page for her Share a Piece of 
Land in Halls farm Containing thirteen Acres and thirty four 
Rods Marked in the Plan by the letter A. with a Piece of Marsh 
adjoyning thereto Containing five acres and fifty four Rods 
marked in the Plan by the letter e. Also a Piece of Land on the 
South Side of the way that goes by the House where the Deceas'd 
lately lived Containing Eight Acres marked in the Plan by the 
letter R. Bounding Notherly by said way Easterly by a Piece 
set to the widow for her thirds by Stakes set up and Westerly by 
a Piece set off to Edward. Also we have set off to said Patience 
the House on the old Place Called the Mill House, to be Re- 
moved off of said Place within twelve months from this Date or 
Else to be forfeited 

To All Which Several Shares after the widows Decease the 
Perticular Parts set off to her out of Each Share are to be an- 
nexed — 

And this we make As Our Return Dated this thirtieth Day of 
June Anno Domini 1761 — 

Meshech Weare 
Abner Philbrick 
Jeremiah Lane 

Each ones share Including with them the widdow's Thirds 

whole upland 
acres Rods 
To Edward, N, O, Eight acres S, T, 42 
To Daniel B C D 24 acres 32 Rods, L M 7 
To Obadiah W X 28 acres 25 Rods 
To Jonathan F G H 37 acres 40 Rods 
To David E P J K 27 acres 27 Rods 



50 


00 


31 


32 


28 


25 


37 


40 


27 


27 



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471 



To Ruth I 7 acres U 9 V 6 

To Patience A 13 acres 34 R Q R 16 acres 

upland 



To Edward m, n five acres r 3 acres 52 R 
To Daniel a i acre 90 Rods. p. 2 acres & half 
To Obadiah h. one acre, q, half an acre 
To Jonathan 3 acres 22 R. i. j. and g half an 

acre 
To David f. half an acre. o. Two acre & half 
To Ruth b, c five acres k one 1, s. four 
To Patience d. e seven acres 

marsh 
upland 

Land & Marsh Total 



22 


00 


29 


34 


224 


158 


whole marsh 


acres 


Rods 


8 


52 


4 


10 


I 


80 


3 


102 


3 


00 


10 


00 


7 


00 



37 
224 



262 



22 'Rod. 



B. The Old place so call'd with C & D contains 
Twenty four Acres & 32 Rods 

B. To Daniel as part of his share 14 acres 104 Rod 

C. To the widow. 8 acres & 12 Rods 

D. To Daniel whereon his own orchard stands 
I }4. Acre 

E. To David Eleven acres & 4 Rods 

F. G. To Jonathan 27 acres & 15 Rods 
H. To the Widow Ten Acres & 25 Rods 
I. To Ruth wife of David Green 7 acres 
J. To David Seven acres & 35 Rods 

K. To the Widow Three acres & 60 Rods 




84 



82 




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k. To Ruth flatts, call'd 3 Acres Equel to one 

1. To Ruth in Salisbury one acre & half 

m. To the widow 2 acre & 80 Rods by Frenches creek, call'd 

n. To Edward 2 acres & 80 Rod by Frenches creek 

o. To David one acre & half south of Perkins River, call'd 

p. To Daniel 2 acres & half, 
south of Perkins River 

s. To the widow Two acres & 
half in Salisbury ^ c; 

u. To the widow one acre "^ 










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473 




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Province of 1 A Plan of the Estate of John Gove Late of Hampton falls 
New Hampshire / Deceased Intestate with the Division thereof Lying in Sundry 
pieces both upland and Marsh and is Included within Black Lines Except by Creeks & 
Rivers in the marsh; Lines of Division between the Children of said Intestate a fine 
black Line, and the Widows Third part set off upon Each ones share with a prick'd 
Line. Each ones share of upland Discribed to them by Capital Letters as A. B. C. &c. 
of marsh by Small Letters of the alphabit as a. b. c. &c. 

Hampton falls may 4''' 1761. 

p'' Jeremiah Lane Surveyor 

A. In Halls farm so call'd containing 13 Acres & 34 Rods and is set to Patience, 
Daughter of Sam' Page &c as part of her share 

a. To the widow which contains i acre & 54 Rods 

b. To Ruth Three Acres & 54 Rods. 

c. To the Widow one acre 106 Rods. ^ 

d. To the widow one acre 106 Rods. 

e. To Patience Five acres 54 Rods. 

f. To David half an acre, at Browns Rocks so call'd 

g. To Jonathan half an acre, at Browns Rocks, 
q. To Obadiah half an acre, at Browns Rocks. 

r. To Edward Three acres & 52 Rods near W'altons mill, 
h. To Obadiah one acre, call'd the Island, 
i. To the widow one acre & 17 Rods, at Black water River 
j. To Jonathan Two acres & 35 Rods, at Black water River 
u. To Daniel 36 Rods 



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iioj6iiis-ufi 



U. To Ruth the wife of David Green Nine acres 

V. To the widow six acres 

W. To Obadiah sixteen acres & 112 Rods 

X. To the widow Eleven acres & 73 Rods 




L. To Daniel Containing four acres & 107 Rods 
M. To the widow, Two acres & 53 Rods 
N. To Edward Six acres & 107 Rods 
O. To the widow one acre & 53 Rods 
P. To the widow five acres & 88 Rods 
Q. To the widow Eight acres 
R. To Patience Eight acres 
S. To Edward Twenty Seven acres & 53 Rods 

T. To the widow fourteen acres & 107 Rods which is 19 Rod on the highway 
then through the Barn S 25 Deg. W. 8 Rod from thence to contain as aforesaid 




NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 475 

[Bond of Theophilus Page of Kensington, yeoman, with 
Ezekiel Worthen of Kensington, gentleman, as surety, in the 
sum of £500, April 13, 1770, for the guardianship of Patience 
Page, aged less than 14 years, daughter of Samuel Page, his son; 
witnesses, Benjamin Eastman, Enoch Worthen.] 



JONATHAN AMBROSE 1759 NOTTINGHAM 

In The Name of God amen This fourteenth Day of September 
Anno Domini 1759 I Jonathan Ambrose of Nottingham in the 
province of New hampshire Joyner being now Sick of a feavour 
and being apprehensive of the near approach of death * * * 

I Give and bequeath to my Son Natthaniel Ambrose twenty 
Shillings old ten"" to be paid when he Comes to the age of twenty 
one years, by my Executer hereafter named. 

Item I give to my Son Samuel Ambrose twenty Shillings old 
ten'' when he Comes to the age of twenty one years, to be paid 
by My Executer hereafter named. 

Item I give unto my daughter Abigail Ambrose twenty Shil- 
lings old ten'' to be paid to her at the age of Eighteen years old 
by my Executer hereafter named. 

Item I give to my Daughter hannah Ambrose twenty Shillings 
old ten' to be paid to her at the age of Eighteen years. 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary Ambrose twenty Shillings 
old ten'' to be paid to her at the age of Eighteen years. 

Item I give to my daughter Rebecka Ambrose twenty Shillings 
old ten"" to be paid to her at the age of Eighteen years 

Item As it appears that my wife is like to have another Child 
tho yet unborn I give unto it twenty ShilHngs old ten"" (if it lives) 
to be paid at twenty one years of age if a son and at Eighteen if 
a daughter — • 

Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Abigail 
and to her heirs and assigns forever, all my lands and Buildings 
laying and being in Exeter or Elsewhere and also I give unto my 



476 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Said wife all my movables both within doors and without, with 
my Cattle and Swine and likewise my tools belonging to my 
trade to be at her disposal for the bring up my Children Except 
what is before disposed of to be paid to my Children Above 
named 

finally I do make and ordain my honoured father in law Sam- 
uel Goodhue of Hollis Gen* to be Sole Executer * * * 

his 

Jonathan + Ambrose 

Mark 

her 
[Witnesses] Benjamin Butler, Robert Harvey, Martha + 
Huchinson. mark 

[Proved May 23, 1760.] 

[Abigail Ambrose, widow, consents to the executorship of her 
father, Samuel Goodhue of Hollis, May 23, 1760; witnesses, 
Daniel Grant, Sarah Bickford.] 

[Bond of Samuel Goodhue, with John Hutchinson of Notting- 
ham and Nicholas Doe of Newmarket, yeomen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, May 23, 1760, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, Thomas Bradford, Mary Wendell.] 

[Guardianship of Nathaniel Ambrose, minor, aged more than 
14 years, granted to Richard Bartlett April 18, 1769.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 369.] 

[Bond of Richard Bartlett of Pembroke, physician, with Aaron 
Whittemore of Pembroke, husbandman, and John GofTe of 
Derryfield as sureties, in the sum of £100, April 18, 1769, for the 
guardianship of Nathaniel Ambrose, living in Pembroke; wit- 
nesses, Samuel Hale, Jr., Jotham Odiorne.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 477 

JOSEPH DAVIS 1759 CHESTER 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Davis of Chester, 
cordwainer, granted to Matthew Thornton of Londonderry 
Sept. 15, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 328.] 

[Bond of Matthew Thornton, with James Ewins, yeoman, 
and WiUiam Wallace, cordwainer, as sureties, all of Londonderry, 
in the sum of £500, Sept. 15, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Thomas Christy, Joseph Smith.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 15, 1759, authorizing Samuel Emerson and 
Jonathan Hall, yeoman, both of Chester, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 19, 1759; amount, £273. 5. o; signed by 
Samuel Emerson and Jonathan Hall.] 

[Guardianship of Abigail Davis, Sarah Davis, Samuel Davis, 
Nathan Davis, and Hannah Davis, minors, less than 14 years 
old, children of Joseph Davis, was granted to Benjamin Davis 
of Newbury, Mass., July 10, 1761.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 338, p. 253.] 

[Bonds, one for each ward, of Benjamin Davis, joiner, with 
Edmund Davis of Newbury, Mass., cordwainer, and John 
Choate, Jr., of Ipswich, Mass., blacksmith, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000 on each bond, July 10, 1761; witnesses, Daniel 
Davis and Daniel i\ppleton.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Guardianship of Daniel Davis, minor, more than 14 years old, 
son of Joseph Davis, was granted to Edmund Davis of Newbury, 
Mass., July 10, 1761.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Records, vol. 338, p. 253.] 

[Bond of Edmund Davis, cordwainer, with Benjamin Davis of 
Newbury, iNIass., joiner, and John Choate, Jr., of Ipswich, 
Mass., blacksmith, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, July 10, 
1761; witnesses, Daniel Davis and Daniel Appleton.j 

{Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



47^ NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

HANNAH SHERBURNE 1759 NEWCASTLE 

In The Name of God Amen, I Hannah Sherburne of New Cas- 
tle in the Province of New Hampshire Widow, * * * 

Item, I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Thomas Odiorne 
of Greenland in the Province aforesaid Shopkeeper, and to my 
Grand daughter Elizabeth Odiorne who now lives with me All 
that my part Share Right & Title of in and to, the Dwelling 
House where I now live in New Castle aforesaid, together with 
the Land & appurtenances thereto belonging, To Hold to them 
the said Thomas Odiorne and Elizabeth Odiorne and their Heirs 
as Tenants in Common, and not as joint Tenants To the only 
proper Use and Behoof of them the said Thomas Odiorne and 
Elizabeth Odiorne and their Heirs for Ever, Save and Except 
a peice of Salt Marsh Containing by Estimation One Acre and an 
Half or thereabouts adjoining to Land of my Son Noah Sher- 
burne, and which he rented of me at halves, Which said last 
mentioned peice or Parcell of Salt Marsh so reserved as aforesaid 
I do hereby give unto my aforesaid Son Noah Sherburne of New 
Castle aforesaid Husbandman, for and during the Term of his 
naturall Life, And after his Decease, I give the same to the said 
Thomas and Elizabeth Odiorne & their Heirs for Ever as Ten- 
ants in Common as aforesaid. Item I give unto the said Eliza- 
beth Odiorne One Cow, One Calf and two Sheep, also the Bed 
and Bedding, which I now lie on, All the Furniture of my Cham- 
ber as it now stands, all my Wearing Apparell Outside and In- 
side, One large Pewter Soup Dish Six Pewter Plates, and my 
little Kettle. Item I give unto my Daughter Katherine Odiorne 
of Portsmouth in the Province aforesaid Widow, my large Bible 
and a Pewter Dish, for her life, and at her Decease, I give the 
same to the said Thomas Odiorne. Item I give and bequeath 
to my Daughter Hannah Blunt Wife of John Blunt of New 
Castle aforesaid Mariner, my Desk and Set of White Curtains 
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Randall 
Wife of James Randall of New Castle aforesaid Mariner, my 
great Iron Kettle Item I give to my Grandson Ebenezer Odiorne 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 479 

of Portsmouth Chairmaker and to his Heirs for Ever All my 
Right in & to Lands in Epsom in the Province aforesaid Item I 
give unto the said Thomas Odiorne, my large Looking Glass in 
the Hall of my said Dwelling House And I do hereby Nominate 
and appoint the said Thomas Odiorne Executor and residuary 
Legatee of and under this my Will, and desire that he may be 
Guardian of the Body and Estate of his said Sister Elizabeth 
Odiorne untill She shall attain the age of Twenty One Years, 
or be married * * * j^ Witness whereof I have hereunto 
Set my Hand and Seal this Seventeenth day of September Anno 
Domini 1759. 

The Mark of + Hannah Sherburne 

[Witnesses] Mark Langdon, Geo: Janvrin, Samuel Aris. 

[Proved Jan. 26, 1763.] 



JOSIAH BATCHELDER 1759 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen the twenty Second Day of Septem- 
ber in the year of Our Lord Christ one Thousand Seven hundred 
And fifty nine, I Josiah Bachelder of Hampton falls in the Prov- 
ince of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Sarah the 
Use Income and Improvement of One third part of all my Lands 
In Hampton whether Upland Salt Marsh or meadow And One 
third Part of my Dwelling House and Celler and of my Barn for 
her to Improve During her Natural life if she Sees Cause; I also 
Give her to be at her own Disposal One third part of all my 
Stock of Creatures and of all my moveables without Doors of 
what Sort soever, And of all my Houshold Goods within Doors ; 
And the Remaining two thirds of all my Stock of Creatures 
and moveables without Doors I Give to my two Sons Nathanael 
And David Equally Divided between them. And the Remain- 
ing two thirds of All my Houshold Goods within Doors I Give to 
my said Wife to Dispose of Among all my Children According to 



480 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

her Discretion, And if no such Disposal shall be made by her In 
her lifetime Then I Give one half of said two thirds to my Daugh- 
ter Healey, And the Remainder Equally among all my Sons 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Nathanael Bachelder 
one half of all my Lands and Buildings in Hampton of what 
Sort soever (Excepting one Acre and a half of marsh lying in a 
Bend of Taylors River so Called which I have Given to my Sons 
Elisha and Reuben as hereafter mentioned ; and the Improvement 
my wife is to have) what I have here Given to my Said Son 
Nathanael my meaning is that he shall hold the Same in the fol- 
lowing manner Namely To him During his Natural life, And if 
he shall Dye without Issue lawfully Begotten of his Body then 
the Same shall go to my Son David Bachelder his heirs and as- 
signs. But if my Said Son Nathanael shall have Issue Lawfully 
begotten of his Body then to hold the Same to him the said 
Nathanael his heirs and assigns. 

I also Give to my said son Nathanael his heirs & assigns One 
half as to Quantity and Quality of what land I own in the 
Eighty Acre Division so Called in the Township of Chester in 
the Province aforesaid which is half a Lott laid out to the Orig- 
inal Right of Philip Towle and one Lott which I boughtof 
Michael Dearbon, my said Son Nathanael to have one half of 
said Lott and half. Also One half of a Certain Piece of Land which 
I have lying in the Township of Kingstown in the Province afore- 
said Containing About Sixty Acres lying at the upper or westerly 
End of the Lott N° i in the two hundred acre Grants so Called 
Bounding on Exeter line Westerly, And Land of Jonathan Swett 
Easterly. I Also Give to my said Son Nathanael One half of all 
my Right in the Township of Chichester in said Province, And 
I Order him my Said Son Nathanael to Pay to his Sister Sarah 
Healey Six Pounds Sterling or Equivalent thereto In any Bills 
of Publick Credit; to be paid her within two years after my 
Decease — 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Elisha Bachelder to 
him his heirs and assigns One half of a Certain tract of Land 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 48 1 

which I have lying in Kingstown aforesaid being part of the 
Lotts N° I, and N° 2, In the two hundred Acre Grants so Called, 
my said Son Elisha to begin at the Lower or Easterly Side of 
Land Owned by Cap* Richard Nason, And thence to go East- 
wardly so far as to take One half that tract of Land which I 
there have lying below or to the Eastward of said Nason's land. 
I Also Give to my said Son Elisha his heirs and assigns one half 
of all my lands in the Township of Chester aforesaid Except 
what I have given In this my will to my Sons Nathanael And 
David. I also give to my said Son Elisha his heirs and assigns 
one half of All my Right in the tract of Land Granted to Ichabod 
Robie Esq"^ and Others by the Purchasers of the Right of John 
Tufton Mason Esq'' 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Reuben Bachelder to 
him his heirs and assigns the Eastwardly half of that tract of 
Land which I have lying in Kingstown aforesaid, the Westerly 
half whereof I have Given to my son Elisha. Also the half of all 
my Lands in the Township of Chester aforesaid Except what I 
have Given to my sons Nathanael and David ; Also one half of 
all my Right In the tract of Land Granted to Ichabod Robie 
Esq"" And others by the Purchasers of the Right of John Tufton 
Mason Esq"" 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Sons Elisha & Reuben above- 
named One Acre and a half of marsh lying in a Bend of Taylors 
River so Called at the Northeasterly part of my meadow there 
which is part of my home Place to be Equally Divided between 
them, Each to hold One half thereof in Severalty to him his 
heirs And Assigns — 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Son David Bachelder to 
him his heirs and assigns. On half of all my Lands and Buildings 
In Hampton of what Sort soever (Excepting that in the Bend of 
Taylors River which I have Given to my sons Elisha And Reu- 
ben; And the Improvement which my wife is to have) Also I 
Give and Bequeath to my said Son David his heirs and assigns 
the one half as to Quantity and Quality of what Land I own in 



482 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the Eighty Acre Division so Called in the Township of Chester 
aforesaid, the Other half whereof I have Given to my Son Na- 
thanael as abovementioned ; also One half of the Piece of Land in 
Kingstown aforesaid Containing about Sixty Acres as above 
Described the Other half whereof I have Given to my Son Na- 
thanael, Also One half of all my Right in the Township of Chi- 
chester aforesaid the other half whereof I have Given to my Son 
Nathanael And I Order my Said Son David to pay to his Sister 
Sarah Healey within two years after my Decease Six Pounds 
Sterling or Equivolent thereto in Bills of Publick Credit. 

Item I Give and Bequeath my wearing Apparell to my Sons, 
Nathanael, Elisha, Reuben, and David Equally Between them — 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Healey 
twelve Pounds Sterling or Equivolent thereto in Bills of Publick 
Credit to be Paid her within two years after my Decease by my 
Sons Nathanael and David Equally between them as before 
Ordered 

Lastly I Do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint My 
Sons Elisha Bachelder and David Bachelder to be Executors 

* 4c * 

Josiah Bachelder 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Sam^' Shaw, Joseph Bachelder. 
[Proved Oct. 31, 1759.] 

[Elisha Batchelder of Kingston declines executorship of the 
will in favor of his brother, David Batchelder, Oct. 29, 1759.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 31, 1759, authorizing Meshech Weare and Jo- 
seph Batchelder, husbandman, both of Hampton Falls, to ap- 
praise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 24, 1759; amount, £47,795. 6. o; signed by 
Meshech Weare and Joseph Batchelder.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 483 

HANSON MESERVE 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen The twenty Seaventh day of 
September anno Domine One thousand Seven hundred and fifty 
nine — 

I Hanson Meserve of Portsmouth in y^ Province of New 
Hampshire Mariner * * * 

Item I Give unto my Beloved Brother Georg Meserve of 
Portsmouth aforesaid Merchant all that my Farm in Ports- 
mouth aforesaid now in the occupation of John Hight, and all 
my Lands in that Township or Tract of Land Calld Aliens Town 
in Said Province and all that that was my Late Honourd Father 
Nathaniel Meserve Mansion house in Said Portsmouth with y® 
Garden Warehouse and all the Privileges and appurtenance 
thereunto belonging of what kind or Nature Soever and all my 
Personal and Real Estate whot soever and wheresoever it is or 
may be found I giv unto my Said Brother George Meserve To 
Have & to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever and I do 
hereby Constitute and appoint my Said Brother George Meserve 
Executor * * * 

Hanson Meserve 

[Witnesses] D Peirce, Sam' Hale, Will^ Earl Treadwell. 
[Proved Dec. 31, 1762.] 



JOHN CUTT 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Cutt of Portsmouth 
granted to his son, John Cutt of Portsmouth, cooper, Oct. 2, 
1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 304.] 

[Bond of John Cutt, with Samuel Cutt, merchant, and James 
Dwyer, truckman, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£1000, Oct. 2, 1759, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, James King.] 



484 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, Oct. 2, 1759, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Sam- 
uel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 26, 1760; amount, £7228. 7. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £3578. 7. o; expendi- 
tures, £1682. 13. i; allowed Jan. 20, 1761.] 

[Additional inventory, Feb. 25, 1761; amount, £1662. o. o; 
lands in Chester; signed as above.] 

[Appraisal of the real estate, March 7, 1761, at £10,990. o. o; 
signed by Hunking Wentworth, John Hart, Daniel Rogers, 
Joseph Alcock, and Stephen March. Order of court, June 30, 
1 761, settling the real estate on the only son, John Cutt.] 

[Receipt, April 18, 1761, from Jacob Mills to his brother, John 
Cutt, for ^1000, part of his wife's portion of the estate of her 
father, John Cutt.] 

[Additional account of the administrator; receipts, £1983. 
8. II; expenditures, £986. 3. 2; allowed June 24, 1761.] 



JAMES STEVENS 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen, The Last will and Testament of 
James Stevens, I James Stevens of Portsmouth in the Province 
of New Hampshire being Weak in Body * * * 

Item, To Mary my beloved wife and to her heirs and assigns I 
give my Negro woman named Flora, (and I desire my said wife 
to Sell her so that she may go and live at Gloster in the County 
of Essex) all the Estate that was her's at the time of her Inter- 
marriage with me (Except a Suit of Curtains) my Best bed 
bedsed Curtain Rods Curtains and Vallins, my worst Bed, Six 
leather Chairs, one Great leather Chair, a Haretine Easey Chair, 



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my Great Silver Tankard, one Silver Spoon, one Silver Porringer, 
three Silver Teaspoons, one Cow my little Looking Glass and one 
third part of all the Residue of my parsonal Estate herein not 
particularly disposed off, also unto my said wife during her 
natural Life I give Two thirds of the Income of my Real Estate 
in Gloster in the County of Essex, my Desk Closestool and bed- 
pan 

Item, To my son Samuel James Stevens and to his heirs and 
assigns I give my Silver pepper box one Silver Spoon; my desk, 
Close Stool and Bed pan after my wife decease; with one third 
part of my parsonal Estate not herein particularly given away — 

Item. To my Daughter Susanna James, her heirs and as- 
signs, I give one Silver Porringer one Silver Spoon one bed and 
bedsteed and one third part of my parsonal Estate not herein 
particularly given away — 

Item. To my Daughter Elizabeth, the wife of Jacob Elwell, 
her heirs and assigns I give my Chest of Drawers, she having al- 
ready what more I designd for her. 

Item. To Elizabeth Littlehale that now lives with me, and 
her heirs and assigns I give my second best bed beding for the 
Same, Second best Curtains Vallins bedsted & Curtain Rods; 
my little Silver Tankard one Silver Porringer one large Silver 
Spoon and Two Silver Tea Spoons — 

Item I appoint my Brother William Stevens and M"" James 
Stoodley Jun"" to be Executors of this my last will and Testament, 
and desire them to Receive the third part of the income of my 
Estate in Gloster that is not herein before mentioned and lay out 
the Same in Repairing the Same, during the time of my wife's 
natural Life and immediately after the decease of my said Wife I 
order the said Estate at Gloster to be sold and hereby authorise 
my Executors (or the Survivour if one dies before the Same is 
finished) to Sell the Same and the money that shall be Raised by 
the Sale thereof Togather with what of the third part of the Rent 
Remaining unlaid out as aforesaid (if any there be) shall be di- 
vided among all my Children in Such manner as the Law directs 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 487 

as in Interstate Estates, viz Two Shares to my Son & a Single 
Share to Each of my Daughters, and I farther order and desire 
my Executors to Sell My Great looking Glass Great Brass Kettle 
and high Candle Stick and the money Raised by said Sale to be 
Improved to defray the Expences of my Funeral * * * and 
in Confirmation hereof I have here unto set my hand & Seal this 
fourth day of October in the Thirty third Year of his majesty's 
Reign annoque Domini 1759 — 

James Stevens 

[Witnesses] Clem* Jackson, John Shackford, Cutts Shannon. 
[Proved Oct. 23, 1759.] 

[Warrant, Oct. 23, 1759, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Cutts 
Shannon, gentleman, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Oct. 23, 1759; amount, £2872.7.0; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Cutts Shannon.] 

[Account of James Stoodley, executor; receipts, £2891. 2. i, 
personal estate; expenditures, £3096. 16. o; mentions "Expences 
of the two Brothers of the Deceas'd while at the Funeral"; al- 
lowed April 27, 1768.] 

[Additional account of James Stoodley, surviving executor; 
receipts, £106.6.8; expenditures, £84.9.1; allowed Dec. 12, 
1769.] 



TIMOTHY COTTON 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Timothy Cotton of Ports- 
mouth, joiner, granted to Mary Cotton of Portsmouth, widow, 
Oct. 30, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p 309.] 

[Bond of Mary Cotton, with John Elliot, glazier, and Gregory 
Purcell, merchant, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of 
£500, Oct. 30, 1759, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, George Libby, David Sewall.] 



488 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

PETER RUSSELL 1759 LITCHFIELD 

In the Name of God Amen: I Peter Russel of Litchfield In the 
Province of New Hampshire Gentleman Being Sensiable of my 
Approaching Dissolution * * * 

Item my Will is and I do hearby Bequeath unto my Beloved 
wife Deborah whome I Likewise Constitute and ordain Sole 
Executor of this my Last will and Testament for her maintenance 
and support after my Decease During her Natural Life the one 
full Third part of the Improvemet of my Real Estate and one 
half of my house with one Third part of my Barn with one Third 
part of my household furnture with one Third part of my stock 
and Husbandry Utensills 

Item my will is and I do Give unto the Heirs of my son Peletiah 
Rusell Deceased five Shillings Starling which is his or there full 
pard or Portion out of my Estate to be paid within one year 
after my Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto My Daughter Rachel five 
Shillings Starling which is her full portion out of my Estate to be 
paid within one year after my Decease which is her full part out 
of my Estate 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Rebackah three 
Pounds five Shillings Starling mony to be paid within one Year 
after my Decease which is her full part out of my Estate 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Phebe four 
Pounds Starling mony to be paid within one Year after my 
Deceas which is her full part out of my Estate 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Deborah five 
Shillings Starling mony to be paid within one Year after my 
Decease which is her full part out of my Estate 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Hannah four 
Pounds Starling mony to be paid within one Year after my De- 
cease which is her full part out of my Estate 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah four 
Pounds Sterling mony within one Year after my Deceas which is 
her full part out of my Estate 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 489 

Item my will is that my four sons (viz) Peter Russell Jun' 
Joseph Russel James Russell & Thomas Russell Have the Re- 
mainder of my Estate Real and Personal in Equal Propotion 

Item my will is that all my Just Debts and Duties that I do 
owe In Right to any Person or Persons whatsoever Shall be well 
and Truly paid together with all the Leagusies Before mentioned 
within the Term of one Year after my Decease by Executor 
Before Mentioned Together with a Desent Burial to be paid out 
of my Estate by my Executor 

Item my will is that at the Decease of my wife her Thirds 
Shall be Equaly Devided Between my four sons (viz) Peter 
Joseph James & Thomas with my Six Daughters (viz) Rachel 
Rebackah Phebe and Deborah Hannah and Sarah in Equal 
Propotion * * * 

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal 
this third day of November in the Thirty third Year of his 
Majestyes Reign Anno Q Dom. 1759 

Peter Russell 

[Witnesses] william Patterson, William mcQuesten Junier, 
James Underwood. 

[Proved Nov. 28, 1759.] 

[Bond of Deborah Russell, with James Nahor and William 
Reed, gentlemen, as sureties, all of Litchfield, in the sum of 
£1000, Nov. 28, 1759, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
John Harvell, John Cochran.] 



MARY MESERVE 1759 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Mary Meserve of Portsmouth, 
widow, granted to Joseph Jackson of Portsmouth, housewright, 

Nov. 5, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 328.] 



490 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Joseph Jackson, with James Dwyer, innholder, and 
George Janvrin, mariner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £3000, Nov. 5, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Joseph Simes, Mary Wendell.] 



SIMEON COLE 1759 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Simeon Cole of Durham, 
yeoman, granted to Abner Clough of Nottingham, yeoman, 
Nov. 16, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p 351. 1 

[Bond of Abner Clough, with Ezekiel Greeley of Londonderry 
and Nathaniel Thompson of Durham, husbandmen, as sureties, 
in the sum of £2000, Nov. 16, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witness, David Sewall.] 



EBENEZER PIERCE 1759 MOLLIS 

[Bond of Elizabeth Pierce, widow, and Eleazer Stearns, both 
of Hollis, with Ebenezer Ball of Hollis, husbandman, and 
Zachariah Shattuck of Monson as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Nov. 26, 1759, for the administration of the estate of Ebenezer 
Pierce of Hollis; witnesses, Rachel Lovewell, Jonathan Lovewell.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 7, 1759; amount, £2736.7.4; signed by 
Benjamin Blanchard, Jr., and Francis Worcester, Jr.] 

[Account of Eleazer Stearns and his wife, Elizabeth Stearns, 
administratrix; receipts, £1243.7.4, personal estate; expendi- 
tures, £841 .8.8; mentions " maintaince of Mary daughter of said 
Deceased under seven years old 297 weeks"; allowed Sept. 19, 
1765.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49I 

[Guardianship of Mary Pierce, aged less than 14 years, daugh- 
ter of Ebenezer Pierce, granted to John Hale Oct. 8, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 558.] 

[Bond of John Hale, with Samuel Cummings and Samuel 
Hobart as sureties, all of Hollis, in the sum of £300, Oct. 8, 1765, 
for the guardianship of Mary Pierce; witnesses, Samuel Hale, 
Ebenezer Pierce.] 

We the subscribers Set of to Elizabeth Stearns late widow & 
Relict of Ebenezer Peirce of Holies in the Province of New 
Hampshire D*^ her Dower, or one full third part of her said 
Husbands Real Estate lying & being in Holies, being in two 
pieces Containing Eleven Acres & sixty one pole, be the same 
more or less. One piece lying on the East side of the Road Con- 
taining one Acre & eleven Rods bounded as follows, beginning 
at a stake & Stones, about one Rod north of the House, thence 
East Seventeen Degrees South Ten Rods to a Stake & Stones, 
thence South Fifteen degrees west Thirteen Rods & an half till 
it comes to land lately owned by Richard Peirce to a Stake & 
Stones, Thence Westerly by said Peirces land to the Road, 
Thence Northerly by said Road to the first Bound Mentioned 
Together with the House well «&c which is on this Piece. — 

The Other piece lying on the west side of the Road, Containing 
Ten Acres & Fifty Rods, Bounded as follows beginning at a 
Stake & Stones, being the Southeast Corner of the Premises, 
bounding on land lately owned by Richard Peirce, Thence West- 
erly by said Peirces land Twenty six Rods to a Stake & Stones, 
Thence North nine degrees East Fifty Rods untill it comes to 
land owned by Timothy Cook to a Stake & Stones, thence East- 
erly by said Cooks land to the Road, thence Southerly by said 
Road to the first Bound mentioned. — The Barn Stands on this 
piece, & the Widow is to have only the East end as far as the 
Floar way, with priviledge of the Floar to pass & repass & to 
thrash grain &*=, allowing the Heirs liberty of the other part of the 
Barn, & yard room to the Road also liberty for the heirs to pass 



492 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

& repass through the last mentioned piece of Land, on the north 
side next said Cooks, where it will be the least damage, they 
putting up the fences &*= — 

Holies April 15th 1766 Sam" Cumings 

Samuel Hobart 
Stephen Powers 

[Additional account of the administrators; receipts, £13, 8. o; 
expenditures, £3. 11. o; allowed June 27, 1766.] 



MOSES TRUSSELL 1759 PLAISTOW 

[Bond of Jane Trussell, widow, with John Mills and Thomas 
Williams, both of Hampstead, yeomen, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, Dec. 6, 1759, for the administration of the estate of Moses 
Trussell of Plaistow, yeoman; witnesses, Daniel Little, Edmund 
Sawyer.] 

[Inventory, attested March 3, 1760; amount, £1895. 5. o; 
signed by Edmund Sawyer and Edmund Morse.] 

[Guardianship of Jacob Trussell, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Moses Trussell, granted to Jonathan Carlton June 
2, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 46.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Carleton of Plaistow, gentleman, with 
Joseph Blanchard of Merrimack as surety, in the sum of £500, 
June 2, 1763, for the guardianship of Jacob Trussell; witnesses, 
John Hale, Thomas Westbrook Waldron.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 27, 1764, authorizing Edmund Sawyer, Ed- 
mund Morse, John Mills, Bartholomew Heath, and Nathan 
Goodwin, all of Hampstead, to appraise the real estate for settle- 
ment on the oldest son; returned at £800 Feb. 20, 1764, signed by 
Edmund Sawyer, Edmund Morse, and John Mills.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 493 

[Warrant, April 12, 1764, authorizing Edmund Sawyer, Ed- 
mund Morse, and John Mills to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 To the Hon'''" Richard Wibird Judge of 
Newhampshire j Probate &c for said Province 

In obedience to a warrant from your Hon"^ to us Directed For 
that purpose We have sot off to the widdow Jane Trussell her 
thirds of the Real Estate of Moses Trussell Deceas*^ as Directed 
in Said warrant which is Bounded as followeth (Viz) 

Begening at the South Easterly Corner of Land now in Posses- 
sion of Joseph Hadley of Hampstead thence Runing Southerly 
By the Highway that Leads from Hamp'^ to Plastow about 
twelve Rods to a stake and stons Thence westerly aboute Sixty 
Rods to a stake and stons Thence Northerly aboute fourty Rods 
to the westerly Corner of Said Hadleys Land then Runing By Sd 
Hadleys Land as that Runs to the Bounds first mentioned En- 
cluding the Buildings on the Same 

Plastow June y'' 11*'' 1764 Edmund Sawyer 

Edmund Morss 
John mills 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1145. 5. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £590. 7. 8; mentions "Suport of a Child 
under Seven years 112 weeks"; allowed June 21, 1764.] 



BENJAMIN WILLIAMS 1759 DANVILLE 

In the Name of God x'Xmen this Nineteenth Day of December 
one thousand Seven hundred fifty nine I Benjamin Williams of 
Newbury in the County of Essex and Province of the Massa- 
chusets bay in New England Husbandman * * * 

Imprimis I Give to my beloved Wife Jemima all my houshold 
Goods wereing apperrel & Provision in the house I give her also 
the Improvment of all my Estate both real and personal four 
years from this time provided She take the care of & bring up my 



494 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

children till the four years be Expired & after the S'^ four years 
are Expired my will is that She Should have the Imprment of 
one third part of all my Estate during her natural life I also Give 
to this my wife five acres of land in Newbury which lays by 
Indian river so called and I do constitute & ordain this my wife 
the Sole Executrix of this my last will & testament and it is my 
will that She pay all my Just debts and funeral charges and re- 
ceive all that is due to me 

Item I give to my Daughter Abigail four pounds to be paid by 
my Son Thomas in four years from this time besides what I have 
Given her before 

Item I give to my Daughter Mary thirty Pounds to be paid to 
her by my Sons Thoms and Joseph Equly between them, in four 
years from this time 

Item I Give to my Son Thomas the one half of all my Estate 
both real and parsonal which is not otherwise disposed of when 
he Shall arive to the age of twenty one years or when his mothers 
four years Improvment are Ended: this I give him provided he 
Shall pay to his Sister Abigail four Pounds his Sister Mary fifteen 
pounds his Sister Jemima twenty Six pounds twelve shillings & 
Eight pence and to his brother Benjamin twenty five pounds at 
Such times as I have Given it to them 

Item I Give to my Son Joseph the other half of all my Estate 
when his mothers four years Improvment are Ended this I Give 
to this my Son provided he Shall pay to his Sister Mary fifteen 
pounds his Sister Sarah twenty Six pound twelve Shillings & 
Eight pence and to his Brother Benjamin twenty five Pounds at 
Such times as I have given it to them in this my will 

Item I give to my Daughter Jemima twenty Six pounds twelve 
Shillings & Eight pence to be paid to her at the age of twenty one 
years or at marrage which Shall first happen by my Son Thomas 

Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah twenty Six pounds twelve 
Shillings and Eight pence to be paid to her by my Son Joseph 
when She Shall arive to the age of twenty one years or at Marrage 
which Shall first happen 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 495 

Item I Give to my Son Benjamin fifty Pounds to be paid to 
him by my Sons Thomas and Joseph Equilly between them when 
he Shall arive to the age of twenty one years * * * 

Benjamin Willems 

[Witnesses] Abner Sawyer, Caleb Moody Ju"", Edmund Bayley. 
[Endorsed] not provd filed Aug* 1766 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Williams of Hawke, 
cooper, granted to Jemima Williams, widow, Aug. 27, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 280.] 

[Bond of Jemima Williams, widow, with Jonathan Blake and 
Israel Dimond, yeomen, as sureties, all of Hawke, in the sum of 
£500, Aug. 2";, 1766, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
ness, William Vaughan.] 

[Inventory, filed Dec. 3, 1766; amount, £479. 11. 4; signed by 
Samuel Webster and Henry Morrill.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £235. 7. 4, personal 
estate; expenditures, £127. 17. 10. 2; allowed July 29, 1767.] 

Province of \ We the Subscribers Being appointed a 
New Hampsh"^ j Committee By the Hon^'^ Judge of Probate 
of wills &c for said Province to Divide & set off to Jemima Wil- 
liams of Hawke widow & Relict of Benjamin Williams late of 
Hawke yeoman Deceas^ Intestate her Dower which happens to 
her of the Real Estate of the said Deceased, Being one full third 
Part: Likewise the other Two Thirds to be Divided among the 
Children of said Intestate Pursuant to the above trust we found 
the said Intestate when he Died to be siezed of sixty six acres and 
three Quarters of an acre of Land in Hawke aforesaid which we 
Proceeded to sett off and Divide in the Following manner (viz) 
Leaving one Third Part of said Land on the North and the other 
third part on the south the widows Thirds Lying in the middle 
and to be sixteen Rods on the High-way and to Run west that 
width the whole Length of said Land Containing Twenty Two 



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acres and twenty Rods Likewise one Third part of the House and 
Barn and a Third part of the Income of the orchard Likewise one 
Third part of a Coopers shop on said land and then sett off & 
Divided the other Two Thirds to the Children being seven in 
Number in the following manner (viz) Eleaven acres and 
twenty Rods on the North side of said Land to Thomas williams 
the Eldest Son it Being Two Shares Then five acres and an Half 
and Ten Rods to Mary the wife of Dudley Kindrick & Likewise 
the Same Number of acres to Jemima Williams which Contains 
the one Third part on the North side of the widows Then the 
other Third part on the south of the widows; Sett off to Joseph 
Williams one share Being five acres and an Half & fifteen Rods 
adjoining to the widows then one share to Abigail the wife of 
Stephen moulton one share to Sarah Williams & one share to 
Benjamin Williams all the above shares or Pieces are Bounded at 
Each End with stakes and stones — and Likewise Evry one of 
them their share in the Buildings — ■ 

Dated at Hawke aforesaid this Twelfth Day of December 
Annoque Domini 1767 

Henry morrill 
Israel Dimond 
Phineas Sanborne 



JONATHAN DOW 1759 PLAISTOW 

[Mary Dow renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Jonathan Dow of Plaistow, who "Died Intestate Some 
time about the month of June last having no Child of full age", 
Dec. 19, 1759, in favor of Nathaniel Bartlett of Plaistow; wit- 
nesses, Enoch Bartlett, Katharine Bartlett.] 

[Administration granted to Nathaniel Bartlett, yeoman, Dec. 
26, I759-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 352.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 497 

[Bond of Nathaniel Bartlett, with Daniel Annis of New Hop- 
kinton and John Webster of Penacook, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Dec. 26, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, WilHam Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 26, 1759, authorizing Moses Stevens and John 
Green, both of Plaistow, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 28, 1760; amount, £5532. 5. o; signed by John 
Green and Moses Stevens.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts as per inventory; ex- 
penditures, £361. 13. 2; allowed May 27, 1761.] 

[Warrant, June 24, 1761, authorizing Nicholas White, Samuel 
Little, William Ayer, gentleman, Moses Stevens, and Thomas 
Cheney, yeomen, all of Plaistow, to set off to John Cooper and 
his wife Mary her dower in the estate of her former husband, 
Jonathan Dow.] 

Province of \ Plastow January y 22 : 1762 
Newhamp' J By order of y^ Hon^'i^ Judg of Probate of 
wills &c the subscribers have set of to John Cooper of Plastow 
yeoman & mary his wife her Dowry which Happened to Her out 
of the estate of her former Husbon Jonathan Dow Late of Plas- 
tow Disceast buted & bounded as followeth (viz) Begining at y" 
high way at a stake & stones about ten Rods southerly of Land 
belonging to Cap* Ayers thence southwesterly about Sixty Poles 
to a small white oack mark* with stones about it thence North 
westerly about fifty Poles to a small wallnut tree mark* thence 
south westerly about thirty Poles to a stake by John ayers Land 
thence on y^ Line on s^ ayers Land to Sawyers & by Sawyers to 
y^ highway thence Notherly by y" Rode to y^ bounds first men- 
tioned In eluding in s'^ Dowry y^ one halef of the house & barn 
with y^ Privilidges there to belonging 

moses Stevens 
Thomas Cheney 
William Ayer 



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[Guardianship of Phoebe Dow, Nathan Dow, and William 
Dow, aged less than 14 years, children of Jonathan Dow, granted 
to Samuel Kimball Nov. 24, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 500.] 

[Guardianship of Mary Dow, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Jonathan Dow, granted to Samuel Kimball 
Nov. 24, 1762.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 500.] 

[Bond of Samuel Kimball of Plaistow, yeoman, with Benjamin 
Scribner of Brentwood and James Bly of Plaistow, yeomen, as 
sureties, in the sum of £1000, Nov. 24, 1762, for the guardianship 
of Mary Dow; witnesses, Daniel Gilman, 3d, John White.] 

[Bond of Samuel Kimball, with the same sureties, in the sum 
of £1000, Nov. 24, 1762, for the guardianship of Phoebe, Nathan, 
and William Dow, aged less than 14 years, children of Jonathan 
Dow; witnesses, the same.] 

[Additional account of the administrator; receipts, £1081. 9. o; 
expenditures, £1613. 17. 2; mentions "allowance to the Widow 
for brings up two of the deceased children Since may 1762"; 
allowed Dec. 29, 1762.] 

[Guardianship of Phoebe Dow, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Jonathan Dow, granted to William Ayer 
May 17, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 78.) 

[Bond of William Ayer, with Ebenezer White as surety, both 
of Plaistow, in the sum of £500, May 17, 1763, for the guardian- 
ship of Phoebe Dow; witnesses, William Parker, John Went- 
worth.] 

[Account of Samuel Kimball as guardian of Nathan Dow and 
William Dow, minors, children of Jonathan Dow; receipts, 
£10. 6. 6; expenditures, £56. 8. o; allowed April 30, 1766.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 196.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 499 

Provence of 1 To The Honarabel John wintworth Esq"^ Judg 
Newhamsher / of Probets for Said Provence — 

In a Bedence to the order of the Governor Council & assembley 
we have attended the service of Deviding the Estate of Jonathan 
Dow Late of Plastow Decest and have Divided of to Nathan & 
wilHam a Bout fourteen ackers and a half of Land alowing the 
Eldest Son a Dubel Share (it is Bounded as followeth) Beginning 
at a stake & stones By the Rhode Being a Bounds of Cap* william 
ayer Land thence Runing southerdly by the Rhode Ten Rhods 
to a stake and stones that is a Bounds of there mothers thurds 
thence westerdly By there mothers Land about fifty eight Rhods 
& half to a stake and stones Thence Norlwesterdly By there 
mothers Land a Bout thurty eight Rhods & half to a small tree 
marked which is a Bounds of there Sisters Land thence Noarth 
Earsterly or Earsterly By there Sisters Land about fifty Rhods to 
a stake and stones By Land of Cap* ayer thence By ayer Land 
South Earsterly a Bout thurty three Rhods to a stake and stones 
thence By ayer Land Earsterdly or Southeasterly about Eighteen 
Rhods to the furst Bounds mentioned — we Give it as our 
appinion that it is there parts of Said Land — 

Plastow august 8-1766 - Jonathan Carleton 

Daniel Poor 
Humphery Noyes 

[Additional account of Samuel Kimball as guardian of Mary 
Dow, Nathan Dow, William Dow, and Phoebe Dow, children of 
Jonathan Dow; receipts, £64. i. 5^; expenditures the same; 
allowed May 25, 1768.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 171.] 



JAMES FRENCH 1759 SALEM 

[Mary French, "being his Heir," renounces administration on 
the estate of James French of Salem Dec. 25, 1759, in favor of 
Capt. Jacob Bayley; witnesses, Abner Bayley, Hannah Pattee.] 



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[Administration granted to Jacob Bayley of Hampstead, 
gentleman, May g, 1760,] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 431.] 

[Bond of Jacob Bayley, with James Dwyer of Portsmouth, 
innholder, and James Carr of Goffstown, yeoman, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 9, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 



JONATHAN BURBANK 1759 HOPKINTON 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Burbank of New 
Hopkinton, gentleman, granted to his widow, Ruth Burbank, 
Dec. 26, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 352.] 

[Bond of Ruth Burbank, with Daniel Annis of New Hopkin- 
ton, and James Cochran of Londonderry, yeomen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Dec. 26, 1759, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 26, 1759, authorizing Peter Howe and John 
Putney, both of New Hopkinton, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. John Burbank, March 19, 
1760; amount, £5847. 11. 2; signed by John Putney and Peter 
Howe.] 

[Commission July i, 1 761, to Ezra Carter of Bow and Timothy 
Clements of New Hopkinton, yeoman, to receive claims against 
the estate.] 

[Commission, July 25, 1764, to Henry Lovejoy of Bow and Asa 
Foster of Pembroke, gentlemen, to receive claims against the 
estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5OI 

DANIEL LESLIE 1759 LONDONDERRY 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Leslie of Londonderry, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Hannah Leslie, Dec. 26, 1759.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 352.] 

[Bond of Hannah Leslie, with James Cochran of Londonderry 
and Daniel Annis of New Hopkinton, yeomen, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, Dec. 26, 1759, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Warrant, Dec. 26, 1759, authorizing James McGregore and 
William Rankin, both of Londonderry, yeomen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested March 12, 1760; amount, £10,265. 2. o; 
signed by James McGregore and William Rankin.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £2325. 2. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £4032. 9. 10; mentions "maintaing 3 of the 
dec^ Children under the age of 7 years one 156 Weeks & still 
under age one 117 one 24"; allowed Nov. 12, 1762.] 

[Bond of Alexander Leslie, cordwainer, with James Cochran 
and Jonathan Cochran, yeomen, as sureties, all of Londonderry, 
in the sum of £500, April 25, 1778, for the administration de 
bonis non of the estate; witnesses, Dinah Cochran, Samuel 
Allison.1 



JONATHAN CRAM 1759 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen This twenty Ninth day of Decem- 
ber in the year of Our Lord Christ One Thousand Seven hundred 
fifty nine I Jonathan Cram of Hampton falls in the Province of 
New Hampshire in New England Yeoman * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth 
the Use Income and Improvement so long as she shall Remain 



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my Widow, of the Southerly part of my new House as far As the 
Partition between the Rooms, Also of the Celler Under the Same, 
And of One half of my Barn that is on the South Side of my 
House, And of One half of my Orchard on the West Side of 
Exeter Rode, And also of One half of my Land where I now live 
on the Westerly Side of Exeter Road Containing about One 
hundred Acres in the whole And also of two Cows and My Horse 
and Six sheep out of my Stock of Creatures, And also of One half 
of all my moveables within Doors: All That is here mentioned 
that my wife is to have the Improvement of so Long as she Re- 
mains my Widow at her Decease or time of marrying Again shall 
go to my two Sons Nehemiah And Jonathan my Executors Ex- 
cepting the moveables. And further I give and Bequeath to my 
said Wife One third part of all my Moveables within Doors for 
her to use and Dispose of As she shall think proper what I have 
here given my said wife is so to be understood that she Release 
Any Other Demands on my Estate — 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Cram to him his 
heirs And assigns a Piece of Land where he now lives in Chester 
in the Province aforesaid it being one half of An Hundred Acre 
Lott so Called Number i8 Also one half of an hundred Acre Lott 
so Called in Chester aforesaid Number i6, being the Southerly 
half of said Lott Also One third Part of half a Right which I own 
in the Township of Chichester in the Province aforesaid. 

And I Order him my said Son John to Pay to my Son Ebenezer 
when he shall Come to the Age of twenty years One yoke of three 
year old Steers, One Cow one three year old heifer, a Horse five 
Sheep, two Chains, a Cops and Pin. And I further Order my 
Said Son John to Pay to my Son Joseph when he shall Come to 
the Age of Twenty years, One yoke of three year old Steers, five 
Sheep And One Chain. 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Two Sons Nehemiah Cram 
And Jonathan Cram to them their heirs and Assigns Equally 
Divided between them As to Quantity and Quality All my Home 
Place where I now live on the westerly Side of Exeter Rode Con- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 503 

taining About one hundred Acres be the Same more or Less with 
the Buildings thereon Excepting the Improvement of any part 
thereof Otherwise ordered in this my will for the term of such 
Improvement I Also Give to my said two Sons Nehemiah and 
Jonathan in manner aforesaid, One Other Piece of Land in 
Hampton falls aforesaid Containing About thirty five Acres 
Adjoyning to Land of Cap* Row And Philimon Blake, Also One 
Other piece of Land in Hampton falls aforesaid on the East 
Side of Exeter Rode Containing About twenty three Acres Ad- 
joyning to land of Benjamin Cram on the Northerly Side, Also 
one other piece of Land in Hamptonfalls aforesaid Containing 
About twenty Acres near Taylors River so Called Adjoyning to 
land of Benjamin Moulton, Also One Other Piece of Land lying 
in Kensington in the Province aforesaid at a Place called Grassy 
Swamp Adjoyning to land of Col° Peter Gilman Also a Piece of 
Salt Marsh in Hampton falls aforesaid Containing About two 
Acres and a half, Also all my Husbandry And Carpentry Tools, 
And All my Stock of Creatures not Otherwise Disposed of in this 
my will all these to be Equally Divided Between my said two 
Sons Nehemiah And Jonathan And I Do hereby order them to 
pay to my Son Joseph Cram when he shall arrive, at the age of 
twenty years. One Cow, one three year old heifer One Horse one 
Chain and one Cops and pin. I Also Order them to find and 
Provide for my Daughter Mary Cram five Cord of Good fire- 
wood Hailed to the Door and Cut fit for the fire yearly so Long as 
she shall live unmarried, also one Barrill of Cyder and to let her 
have Out of the Orchard Apples Sufficient for her use Winter 
And Summer 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Ebenezer Cram to him 
his heirs and assigns An Hundred Acre Lott so Called in Chester 
in the Province aforesaid Number 22, also One Cow, one Horse, 
five Sheep, one yoke of three year old Steers one three year old 
heifer two Chains and One Cops and pin to be paid him by my 
Son John as before ordered in this my will 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Benjamin Cram his heirs 



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and assigns An hundred Acre Lott of Land in Chester aforesaid 
Number 20, in the Second Range of Lotts, Also One Cow, One 
Horse, five Sheep, One Yoke of three year old Steers One three 
year old heifer two Chains and One Cops and Pin to be paid him 
when he shall Arrive at the Age of twenty years by my Son 
Nehemiah Cram whom I hereby order to pay the Same 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Sons Joel Cram and Joseph 
Cram their heirs and Assigns Equally Divided between them 
An hundred Acre Lott so Called in Chester aforesaid Number 
112, Also three Quarters of an hundred Acre Lott in Chester 
aforesaid Number 113, Also three quarters of An Eighty Acre 
Lot so Called in Chester aforesaid Number 100, Also I Give to 
Each of them One Cow, One Horse, five Sheep One Yoke of three 
year old Steers, one three year old heifer two Chains, and One 
Cops and pin to be Paid them as they Respectively Arrive at the 
age of twenty Years, Joel to be paid by my Son Jonathan, And 
Joseph to be paid by my Sons John Nehemiah And Jonathan as 
before ordered in this my will. 

Furthermore I do hereby Give all my wearing apparel to my 
four Sons Ebenezer Cram Benjamin Cram Joel Cram And 
Joseph Cram to be Equally Divided between them 

Item I Give And Bequeath to my Daughter Mary Cram One 
hundred Pounds old Tenor to be paid her by my Executors within 
One year after my Decease, also One third part of All my Move- 
ables within Doors at my Decease, Also the Use of One fire Room 
Namely at the North End of my new House and half the Celler 
under the Same so Long as she Remains Unmarried Also firewood 
Cyder and Apples to be Provided by my Sons Nehemiah and 
Jonathan and Deliverd her As before Ordered so long as she shall 
Remain Unmarried. I Also Give her one Cow And a two year 
old heifer And four Sheep And the Cow is to be kept for her 
winter and Summer by my said Sons Nehemiah and Jonathan if 
my said Daughter shall Desire it so long as she Remains Un- 
married 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son Nehemiah Cram my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 505 

Great Bible Also half a Sixty Acre Lott so Calld in Chester 
aforesaid 

Item I Give One half An Original Right which I have in the 
Township of Chichester in the Province afores'd Equally be- 
tween my three Sons John, Nehemiah and Jonathan. And I 
Give my Clock to my Son Jonathan, what is here mentioned in 
this place of part of a Right in Chichester to my Son John In- 
tends the Same as was before mentioned to him 

Item If there be Any Lands belonging to me not mentioned in 
this my will I Give the same to my Sons Nehemiah And Jonathan 
Equally between them also my Right in the old Sawmill so 
Called in Hampton 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my four Sons Ebenezer Benjamin 
Joel And Joseph all my Houshold goods not before Disposed of 
Equally between them 

Lastly I Do by these presents Constitute and appoint my Sons 
Nehemiah Cram and Jonathan Cram to be Executors * * * 

Jonathan Cram 

[Witnesses] Meshech Weare, Jonathan Tilton, Nathan Tilton. 
[Proved May 28, 1760.] 

[Elizabeth Cram, widow, renounces her legacy and claims 
dower May 28, 1760; witnesses, Jonathan Tilton, Joseph Shaw.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1760, authorizing Theophilus Smith of 
Exeter and John Sherburne of Kensington to appraise the es- 
tate.] 

[Inventory, June 5, 1760; amount, £50j8o3, 14. 6; signed by 
Theophilus Smith and John Sherburne.] 

[Guardianship of Ebenezer Cram, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Jonathan Cram, granted to John Cram of Chester 
Oct. 29, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 512.] 

[Guardianship of Joel Cram and Joseph Cram, minors, aged 



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more than 14 years, children of Jonathan Cram, granted to 
Jonathan Cram of Hampton Falls Oct. 29, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 513.] 

[Guardianship of Benjamin Cram, aged less than 14 years, son 
of Jonathan Cram, granted to Nehemiah Cram of Hampton 
Falls Oct. 29, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 513.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Cram, yeoman, with Theophilus Smith of 
Exeter and John Cram of Chester, yeoman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1760, for the guardianship of Joel Cram 
and Joseph Cram; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Bond of John Cram of Chester, yeoman, with Theophilus 
Smith of Exeter and Jonathan Cram of Hampton Falls, yeoman, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1760, for the guardianship 
of Ebenezer Cram; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Bond of Nehemiah Cram, yeoman, with Theophilus Smith of 
Exeter and John Cram of Chester, yeoman, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, Oct. 29, 1760, for the guardianship of Benjamin 
Cram; witnesses, William Parker, Cutts Shannon.] 

[Guardianship of Joseph Cram, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Jonathan Cram, granted to Nehemiah Cram of 
Hampton Falls Feb. 25, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 346.] 

[Guardianship of Joel Cram, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of Jonathan Cram, granted to John Cram of Raymond 
Feb. 25, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 346.] 

[Bond of John Cram of Raymond, with Nehemiah Cram of 
Hampton Falls and Simon Sanborn of Hampton as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 1767, for the guardianship of Joel 
Cram; witness, William Vaughan.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 507 

[Bond of Nehemiah Cram, with John Cram and Simon San- 
born as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 25, 1767, for the guard- 
ianship of Joseph Cram; witnesses, William Vaughan, William 
Parker.] 



SAMUEL AYERS 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Ayers of Portsmouth, 
barber, granted to Jacob Lavers, joiner, and Samuel Frost, 
mariner, both of Portsmouth, Jan. i, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 358.] 

[Bond of Jacob Lavers, joiner, and Samuel Frost, mariner, 
with Charles Hight, sailmaker, and John Wendell, merchant, as 
sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Jan. 2, 1760, for 
the administration of the estate; witnesses, Joseph Simes, 
Eliza Wibird.] 

[Inventory; amount, £2091. 9. o; signed by John Shackford 
and Joseph Peirce; no date.] 

[Warrant, April 5, 1762, authorizing Eleazer Russell and Sam- 
uel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[List of claims, Oct. 26, 1762 ; amount, £10,380. 7. 4; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 



PETER FASSETT 1760 GOFFSTOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Fassett of Gofifstown 
granted to James Carr of Goffstown, yeoman, Jan. 4, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 358.] 

[Bond of James Carr, with John Gofife of Derryfield and Moses 
Barron of Bedford, gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £500, 
Jan. 4, 1760, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Langdon, Jr.] 



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[Warrant, Jan, 4, 1760, authorizing John Goffe of Bedford, 
gentleman, and Job Kidder of GofTstown, yeoman, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Jan. 25, 1760; amount, £49. 12. 9; signed 
by John Goffe and Job Kidder.] 



WILLIAM PARKER 1760 LITCHFIELD 

[Administration on the estate of William Parker of Litchfield, 
rope-maker, granted to his brother, Thomas Parker of Litchfield, 
gentleman, Jan. 19, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 358.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Parker granted to 
his widow, Mehitabel Parker, and Thomas Parker of Litchfield, 
Feb. 7, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 385.] 

[Bond of Mehitabel Parker and Thomas Parker, with William 
Richardson of Pelham and Richard Nason of Hampton Falls, 
gentlemen, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 7, 1760, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, Thomas Westbrook 
Waldron, John Chamberlain, Thomas Bixby, Samuel Gibson.] 



THOMAS WYMAN 1760 PELHAM 

In the Name of God amen the Nineteenth Day of January one 
Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty and in y Thirty third year 
of his Majestys Reign: I Thomas Wyman of Pelham in the 
Province of Newhampshire Husbandman Being very Sick and 
weak in Body * * * 

Item My will further is: I Give to my only Surviving Son 
Thomas Wyman Ju' all the lands I now Possess in the Town of 
Pelham wheresoever the same may be found: viz my homstead 
or house Lots Containing about Sixty acres more or less allso 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 509 

Beaver Brook meadow with the upland adjoyning thereunto 
about Thirty nine acres more or less: allso one hundred acres at a 
Place Called Chandlers farme more or less being quantity for 
quallity as the same may be Butted and Bounded : and Divided 
with Cap* William Richardson : allso all my Buildings Standing 
on any of the above said lands: allso all my Stock of Cattle my 
horse and hogs Excepting one red Coullared Cow which I give to 
my Daughter Sibbell Wyman: allso I further Give to my said 
son Thomas all my working Tools of husbandry allso all my 
other Movable Estate without and within Doors of Every sort 
Excepting that Part of household stuff or Movable Estate which 
I have lately sold to my Daughter Sibbell Wyman by a Bill of 
sale Some time before I made this Will: the whole that I have 
Given to my said son Thomas: I Likewise Give it to his Lawfull 
heirs: 

Item my will further is: I Give to my Daughter Lucy Stearns 
or to her Lawfull heirs with what I have allready Given her: 
the sum of one hundred Pounds passable money according to 
the old Tenor to be Paid to her out of my Estate by my Son 
Thomas Wyman or his lawfull heirs at or before the End of 
two years from my Discease 

Item My will further is I Give to my Daughter Sibbell Wyman 
or to her Lawfull heirs : with what I have allready Given together 
with the within mentioned Cow: the Sum of three hundred 
Pounds Passable money according to the old tenor: to be Paid 
to her out of my Estate by my said Son Thomas Wyman or his 
lawfull heirs at or before the End of one year from my Decease : 

Item I Constitute and ordain my Son Thomas Wyman Ju"^ 
above mentioned and M"" John Butler of Pelham in said Province 
Husbandman to be my Executors * * * Jn Witness 
whereof I have here unto Set my hand and Seal the Day and 
year above Written 

his 
Thomas + Wyman 
mark 



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[Witnesses] James Sherburne, Eleazar Whiting, WiUiam 
Wyman. 

[Proved Feb. 13, 1760.] 

[Bond of Thomas Wyman, Jr., and John Butler, with James 
Sherburne and WilHam Wyman as sureties, all of Pelham, in the 
sum of £1000, Feb. 13, 1760, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., William Parker.] 

[Account of the executors; receipts as by inventory; expendi- 
tures, £1056. 14. 4; allowed June 17, 1761.] 



JAMES JOHNSON 1760 CHARLESTOWN 

[Administration on the estate of James Johnson of Number 
Four, gentleman, granted to his widow, Susanna Johnson, Jan. 
25, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 384.] 

[Bond of Susanna Johnson, with Isaac Parker, gentleman, 
and John Hastings, Jr., yeoman, as sureties, all of Charlestown, 
in the sum of £1000, Feb. i, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Heywood, Silvanus Hastings.] 

[Inventory, April 5, 1760; amount, £219. 10. o; signed by John 
Hastings, Jr., and William Heywood.] 

[Account of Susanna Hastings, administratrix; receipts, 
£229.16.7^; expenditures, £573. 19. 5>2; mentions "Cash 
paid Jos: Morse which he lent Cap* James Johnson when in 
Captivity"; allowed May 16, 1774; signed by John Hastings, 
Jr., and Susanna Hastings.] 



DANIEL CARTY 1760 EXETER 

[Anna Carty renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Daniel Carty, in favor of her father-in-law, John 
Carty, Jan. 29, 1760; witnesses, Nathan Rowe, Noah Emery.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 II 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Carty of Exeter, 
yeoman, granted to his father, John Carty of Exeter, yeoman, 
Jan. 29, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 362.] 

[Bond of John Carty, with Nathaniel Folsom, gentleman, 
and Jeremiah Smith, yeoman, as sureties, all of Exeter, in the 
sum of £500, Jan. 29, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, John Langdon, Jr.] 



DANIEL LEAVITT 1760 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Daniel Leavitt of Exeter, 
laborer, granted to Daniel Tilton of Exeter, trader, Jan. 30, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 383.] 

[Bond of Daniel Tilton, with Theophilus Smith of Exeter and 
John Dow of Epping, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, 
Jan. 30, 1760, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
William Parker, John Langdon, Jr.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £102.0.0 "Cash 
rec<^ of Cap* Sam' Gerrish for Wages as an artificer in the Kings 
works"; expenditures, £51. o. o; allowed Feb. 25, 1761.] 

[Guardianship of Daniel Leavitt, aged less than 14 years, 
granted to Nathaniel Healey Feb. 22, 1769.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 365.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Healey of Kensington, with Benjamin 
Moulton and Jeremiah Lane, both of Hampton Falls, yeomen, 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, Feb. 22, 1769, for the guardian- 
ship of Daniel Leavitt, son of Daniel Leavitt ; witnesses, Samuel 
Hale, Jr., Stephen Swett,] 



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JEREMIAH DRESSER 1760 CONCORD 

[Administration on the estate of Jeremiah Dresser of Rumford, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Mehitabel Dresser, Jan. 30, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 384.] 

[Board of Mehitabel Dresser, with Ephraim Worthen of 
Rumford, yeoman, and Nehemiah Lovewell of Dunstable, 
gentleman, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Jan. 30, 1760, for the 
administration of the estate; witnesses, William Parker, John 
Langdon, Jr.] 



ANDREW DOE 1760 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Andrew Doe of Newmarket, 
husbandman, granted to Samuel Doe of Newmarket, gentleman, 
Jan. 30, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 383.] 

[Bond of Samuel Doe, with Thomas York of Durham, yeo- 
man, and Zachariah Foss of Portsmouth, innholder, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, Jan. 30, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Langdon, Jr.] 



BENJAMIN YORK 1760 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin York of Durham, 
yeoman, granted to Thomas York of Durham, yeoman, Jan. 30, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 384.] 

[Bond of Thomas York, with William Drew of Durham, 
yeoman, and Samuel Doe of Newmarket, gentleman, as sureties. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 513 

in the sum of £500, Jan. 30, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Langdon.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1760, authorizing Thomas Young and 
Robert Smart, yeoman, both of Newmarket, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested April 30, 1760; amount, £1578,4.3; 
signed by Thomas Young and Robert Smart.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £1577. o. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £425. 13. 4; mentions "Two Years looking 
after & Tending the dec^ and his wife"; allowed Nov. 25, 1761.] 



SAMUEL SMITH 1760 EXETER 

[Dolly Smith renounces administration on the estate of her 
husband, Samuel Smith of Exeter, yeoman, "Lately Dyed (in 
the Army) ", in favor of her father, Theophilus Smith of Exeter, 
Jan. 26, 1760; witnesses, James Thurston, Benjamin Boardman, 
Theophilus Smith, Jr.] 

[Administration granted to Theophilus Smith of Exeter Jan. 
30, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 385.] 

[Bond of Theophilus Smith, with Daniel Tilton of Exeter, 
trader, and Joshua Neal of Stratham, gentleman, as sureties, in 
in the sum of £1000, Jan. 30, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, John Langdon, Jr.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1760, authorizing Ephraim Robinson and 
Noah Emery, both of Exeter, gentlemen, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, April 30, 1760; amount, £2356.5.0; signed by 
Ephraim Robinson and Noah Emery.] 



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JOHN MESERVE 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Meserve of Portsmouth, 
rope-maker, granted to his widow, Sarah Meserve, Jan. 30, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 383.] 

[Bond of Sarah Meserve, with Luke Mills, mariner, and 
Samuel Waters, joiner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £1000, Jan. 30, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, John Pickering, Samuel Ham.] 

[Warrant, Jan. 30, 1760, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, shopkeeper, both of Portsmouth, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Feb. 4, 1760; amount, £4240. 4. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Warrant, April 27, 1761, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Samuel Penhallow, merchant, both of Portsmouth, to receive 
claims against the estate; another warrant of the same date 
appoints Andrew Clarkson and William Knight, both of Ports- 
mouth, merchants.] 

[List of claims, Feb. i, 1762; amount, £9589. 8. 10; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Samuel Penhallow.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 15, 1762, authorizing Eleazer Russell, Samuel 
Penhallow, and John Griffith,, all of Portsmouth, shopkeepers, 
to set off the widow's dower.] 

Province of 1 We the Subscribers appointed a Commit- 
New Hampshire / tee By the Hon'*'* Richard Wibird Esq 
Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for said Province to set off to 
Sarah Meserve Widow Relict of John Meserve Late of Ports- 
mouth Ropemaker Deceas'd her Dower of the Real Estate of 
said Deceas'd Pursuant thereto by Estimation according to the 
best of our Judgment We set off and hereby do report to have 
set off to the said Sarah Meserve for her Dower, the Mansion 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 515 

House & Land & Buildings thereon, Bounded Southerly on the 
Street to Islington, Westerly on the street to the Bridge, North- 
erly & Easterly on the Land of Doctor John Ross Late of Ports- 
mouth Deceas'd — 

Given under our hands Portsmouth May the 14*'' 1762 — 

Eleazer Russell 
Sam' Penhallow 
John Griffeth 

[Additional inventory, Sept. i, 1762; amount, £419.16.3; 
signed as above.] 



PEARSON BROWN 1760 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Administration on the estate of Pearson Brown of Hampton 
Falls, yeoman, granted to Samuel Gerrish of Dover, gentleman, 
Feb. I, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 385.] 

[Bond of Samuel Gerrish, with Philip Johnson of Greenland 
and Alexander Todd of Landonderry, gentlemen, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, Feb. i, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Nathaniel Adams.] 



CHARLES STONEMAN 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Charles Stoneman of Ports- 
mouth, joiner, granted to his widow, Esther Stoneman, Feb. 
4, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 385.] 

[Bond of Esther Stoneman, with Joseph Abbott, laborer, and 
John Savage, farmer, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £500, Feb. 4, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 



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witnesses, Elizabeth Wibird, Mary Wendell.] 

[Warrant, March 7, 1760, authorizing Richard Evans and 
Daniel Davis, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, March 8, 1760; amount, £475. 10. o; not signed.] 



SAMUEL CLIFFORD 1760 KENSINGTON 

In The Name of God Amen I Samuel Clifford of the Parish 
of Kensington in the Province of Newhampshire in Newengland 
Yeoman * * * 

ily I Give and Bequeath to my Well beloved Wife Sarah 
Clifford the improvement of the east end of my Dwelling house 
and the one halfe of my orchard and the Improvement of all 
my moveables Within Doars During her Widowhood and no 
longer and at her Death or Day of marriage the house orchard 
and moveables to go to those that I Give them to in this my Will 
— and I Give my sd wife two Cows to improve her Widowhood 
and to be Keept winter and Sumer by my son Samuel Clifford 
and at her Death I Give Said Cows to my son Samuel Clifford and 
I Give my Said wife twelve Bushels of Indian Corn one Bushel 
of Rye two Bushels of wheet two Bushels and a halfe of mault 
two hundred weight of pork one hundred weight of Beef Eight 
pound of sheeps wool five pound of Gotten wooll Six pound of 
flax from the Coome and five Cord of wood at the Doar Cut fit 
for the fier all and every article which I have given my Said 
wife I order my son Samuel Clifford to provide for his mother 
yearly and every year so long as Shee Continues my Widow and 
no longer But if my Son Samuel Should Refuse to provide for 
his mother as is above exprest then my Said wife Shall have 
Liberty By this my will to Enter into possession of all my estate 
During her widowhood 

2ly I Give and Bequeath forever unto my son Benjamin Clif- 
ford the one halfe of my land laying in the Parish of Eppin be y* 



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whole fifty acres more or less he haveing had a large Portion 
Given him by Deed from his father 

3ly I Give and Bequeath to my Son Joseph Clifford three 
pound money old tenor Bills of Credit to be paid to him by my 
Son Samuel Clifford within one year after my Decease he having 
had his portion by Deed Before 

4ly I Give and Bequeath to my four Daughters namely 
abigail Carr Sarah Prescott Rachal Prescott and hannah 
Palmer all my Brass Iron puter Beads and Beading in or Belong- 
ing to my house Excepting one Bead and Beading Belonging to 
Said Bead and I Give my Said Daughters all my Chasts and 
Chairs Excepting my newest Great Chair all and every article 
to be Equally Divided between my Said four Daughters at my 
wives Decease and not till then 

5ly I Give and Bequeath to my Son Samuel Clifford forever 
the east end of my Dweling house the one halfe of my Barn and 
my orchard only his mother is to improve as is Before mentioned 
and I Give my Said son all my Stock of Creatures of all Sorts 
whatsoever and newest Create Chair and one Bead and the 
Beading Belonging to Said Bead and I Give my Said son Samuel 
Clifford forever all my land laying in the Parish of Kensington 
be the Same forty four acres more or less laying in the first 
West Division So Called and in the Second Range — and I 
Give my Said son all my Implyments of husbandry and all my 
Wearing Cloaths and all my money by me or Due to me and if 
their be any thing that I have not Desposed of in this my Will 
I Give it or them to my Executor — and I Do Constitute and 
Appoint my son Samuel Clifford to be my Executor * * * 

In Witness Whereof I the s'^ Samuel Clifford have hereunto 

Set my hand and affixt my seal This Eighth Day of february: 

anno: Domini 1760 and in the thirty third year of the Reign of 

King George the second &c ^ , r-i-rr i 

Samuel Clifford 

[Witnesses] Simon Clifford, Theophilus Page, Ezekiel Dow. 
[Proved April 27, 1763.] 



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[Warrant, April 27, 1763, authorizing Theophilus Page and 
Benjamin Brown, Jr., husbandman, both of Kensington, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 28, 1763; amount, £11,000.0.0; 
signed by Theophilus Page and Benjamin Brown.] 



JOHN HOLMES 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Holmes of Portsmouth, 
shipwright, granted to Jeremiah Holmes of Portsmouth, ship- 
wright, Feb. 8, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 385.] 

[Bond of Jeremiah Holmes, with Benjamin Holmes, mariner, 
and James Holmes, shipwright, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, Feb. 8, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate ; witnesses, William Parker, Lydia Parker.] 



SAMUEL LOVERING 1760 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Lovering of Kingston, 
yeoman, granted to William Lovering of Kingston, yeoman, 
Feb. II, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 388.] 

[Bond of William Lovering, with John Thorne, yeoman, and 
Josiah Bartlett, physician, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the 
sum of £500, Feb. 11, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Jr., Nathan Rowe.] 



EBENEZER JOSE 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God Amen I Ebenezer Jose of Portsmouth in 
the Province of New Hampshire in New England Cooper being 
at Present in an ill State of bodyly Health * * * 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 519 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my beloved Son Ebenezer 
Jose & to his heirs & assigns the moity or one half of all my 
Estate Subject nevertheless to such Conditions restrictions & 
reservations as are herein after mentioned & not otherwise — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my beloved son Michael Dennis 
Jose & to his heirs & assignes one moity or half Part of my Estate 
afores*^ Subject nevertheless to such Conditions & reservations 
and ristrictions as are herein after Expressed & not otherwise 

Item — I give & bequeath to my beloved Daughter Joanna 
Jose Two Hundred Pounds of the Value of the Present Currency 
of the old Tener So called One Hundred Pounds to be paid her 
by my Son Ebenez'' Jose the other Hundred Pounds thereof to 
be paid her by my Son Michail Dennis Jose and each respec- 
tively to Pay the Same within one Year after they respectivly 
arrive at the age of Twenty one Years or their coming into the 
Possession of the respective Legacies above s'* which soever 
Shall last happen (if Personaly Demand by her) & not otherwise 
and this is one of the Conditions mentioned in the respective 
Legacys bequeathed them above — 

Item My Will is & I hereby give & bequeath unto my beloved 
wife Margret Jose the whole & Sole Improvement of my now 
Dwelling House & the Land whereon it Stands togeather with 
all the Gardens out Houses and also all the Furniture House- 
hold Stufif & Utensells therein or thereunto belonging ; to have & 
to hold the same during the Time She Continues my Widow & 
no longer and then to revert to my Said Sons as above men- 
tioned & this also is one of the Conditions & reservations made 
in the respective Legacys given to my Said Sons as above 
mentioned — 

Item My Will is That it case it should happen that either of 
my Said Sons should Die before he arives at the age of Twenty 
one Years that the Survior Shall Have Hold & Enjoy the Legcy 
herein before bequeathed to such son so Dying & the Said 
Survivor in this Case to Pay to his Sister Joanna Four Hundred 
Pounds (old Tenor as afore s'^) to be paid her at Such Period & 



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on Such demand as is before in this will mentioned for the 
Payment of One Hundred Pounds by my aforesaid sones re- 
spectivly & this to be in Lieu of the s*^ Two hundred Pounds 
before mentioned & in full of all her Demands by Virtue of this 
my Will — 

Lastly I do hereby also nominate Constitute & appoint my 
beloved Wife Margret Jose Executrix & my much respected 
Brother Cap" Joseph Hixon Executor of this my Will & Testa- 
ment hereby revoking & Disannulling all others by me Excecuted 
in Testamony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal this 
20*'' Day of Feb'^^ One thousand Seven hundred & Sixty — 

Ebenezer Jose 

[Witnesses] Niel Lamont, Theodore Atkinson Jun"", Richard 
Servan. 

A Codicil to be Annext to & taken as Part of my Last Will & 
Testament, 

Whereas I Ebenezer Jose of Portsmouth in New Hampshire 
in New England have Executed a last will and Testament 
Bearing Date the 20*^ Day of February Instant in which I have 
Disposed of & order'd the Settlement of my Real & Personal 
Estate but made therein no Particular Disposition of my Estate 
that Desended to me from my Father Richard Jose late of Ports- 
mouth Decease'd & as I have not in my said will order'd what 
Part of my Estate shou'd be Disposed of for the Payment of my 
Just Debts & Funeral Expences or for the Repayment of such 
Debts as may be Contracted in my sickness. I do by these 
Presents order & Direct that what ever may be my Part share 
or Portion coming & belonging to me from my said Fathers 
Estate shall be Disposed of for the Paym* of such Debts & 
Funeral charges & I hereby Impower and Desire my said Exe- 
cutors to sell & Dispose of the same and Apply the neat Proceeds 
thereof as there shall be occation to answer the Ends aforesaid 
Dated at Portsm° the 26^^ Day of Feb''>' 1760 

Ebenezer Jose 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 521 

[Witnesses] Theodore Atkinson Jun"", Abraham Crusey, Rich- 
ard Servan, 

[Proved March 26, 1760.] 



EBENEZER HINSDALE 1760 DEERFIELD, MASS. 

In the Name of God Amen I Ebenezer Hinsdale of Deerfield 
in the County of Hampshire in the Province of the Massachu- 
setts Bay in New England Esq' being very infirm and Weak in 
Body, But of Sound and perfect Mind and Memory (Blessed be 
God) Do this Twenty Third Day of February in the Year of our 
Lord one Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty make and Publish 
this my last Will and Testament * * * 

And my real Estate and Personal Estate I dispose in the fol- 
lowing manner, That is to say I give to my worthy and beloved 
Wife Abigail all my Personal Estate of every sort wheresoever 
the same is or may be at the Time of my decease to have and to 
hold s'^ personal Estate to her the s'^ Abigail her Executors Ad- 
ministrators and Assigns forever. 

Also I give to my said wife all my real Estate lying and being 
within the Township of Deerfield afores'^ and the District of 
Greenfield, To have and to hold s'^ real Estate to her my said 
Wife during the Term of her Natural Life and no longer And 
to the Natural and lawfuU begotten Children of my Brother 
Samuel Hinsdale who shall be living at the time of my said 
wifes Decease Born or that shall be Born I give three Ninth 
Parts of all my s"* real Estate in Deerfield and Greenfield afore- 
said to be taken immediately upon my s^ Wife's decease and not 
before, And to have and to hold the s^ three Ninth Parts to said 
Children in the following manner and Proportion to wit in case 
said Children shall be all male or all Female It is my will Intent 
and meaning that said three Ninths shall be equally divided to 
and among them and that each of said Children shall hold one 
such equal Part and Share to him or Her and his or her Heirs 



522 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and assigns forever; But in case it shall so happen that some of 
said Children shall be Male and some Female It is my Will and 
meaning that Each and every Male of said Children shall take 
and have a share and Portion double to the share and Portion 
of the Female of said Children and that the shares of the males 
shall be equal the one to y*" other and that the shares of the 
Females shall be Equal the one to the other and that Each one 
of them both Male and Female shall have and hold their respec- 
tive Shares to him and her, and to his and her Heirs & assigns 
forever respectively. 

Also to the natural Children of my Brother John Hinsdale 
deceased, who shall be living at the Time of my said Wife's De- 
cease I give two ninth Parts of all my said Real Estate in Deer- 
field and Greenfield aforesaid to be taken immediately on my 
said Wife's decease and not before, and to have and to hold the 
said two ninth Parts to said Children in the following Manner 
and Proportion, That is to say in case such Children shall be 
all Male or all Female It is my Will and meaning that s'^ two 
ninth Parts shall be equally divided between them, and that 
each of said children shall hold one such equal Part and Share 
to him or her and his or her Heirs and assigns forever. But in case 
some of said Children shall be Male and some Female It is my 
will and meaning that each and every Male among said Children 
shall take and have a Portion and share double to the share and 
Portion of the Female among said Children and that the Shares 
of Each male shall be equal the one to the other & the Share of 
Each Female shall also be equall the one to the Other, and that 
Each one of them both Male & Female Shall have and hold 
their Respective Shares to him & her & his & her Heirs and as- 
signs Forever Respectively. 

And to the Natural and lawfull begotten Children of my 
Brother Elijah Williams Esq'' who shall be living at the Time of 
my said Wife's decease, Born or that shall be Born I give Four 
Ninth Parts of all my s^ real Estate in Deerfield and Greenfield 
aforesaid to be taken immediately after my said Wife's decease, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 523 

and not before, and to have & to hold the four Ninth Parts to 
them s^ Children in the following Manner and Proportion that 
is to say in case such children shall be all Male or all Female, 
It is my will that s'^ four Ninth Parts shall be equally divided 
between them and that Each of said Children shall hold one 
such equal Part & Share to him or her and his or her Heirs and 
assigns Forever But in Case some of said Children shall be Male 
and some Female It is my Will and meaning that Each & every 
Male of said Children shall take and have a Portion and Share 
Double to the Portion and Share of the the Female among said 
Children and that the shares of Each Male (if there be more than 
one) shall be equal the one to the other, and that the Shares of 
the Females (if there shall be more than one) shall be equall the 
one to the other and that each one of them both Male and Fe- 
male shall have and hold their respective Shares to him and her 
and his & her Heirs and assigns Forever respectively 

Also I give to my s^ Wife Abigail all the residue of my Real 
Estate wheresoever the same lies and is Situate either in this 
or any other Province or Colony in America to have and to 
hold the said Residue to her the said Abigail Heirs and assigns 
forever to her Sole use & disposal forever 

Also in Case Darius Hinsdale the Son of my Brother Samuel 
Hinsdale shall be liberally Educated and shall be sent for such 
Education to Harvard Colledge in Cambridge in New England ; 
I give to said Darius Twenty Pounds Sterling Money of Great 
Britain to be paid to him immediately on his being entred and 
Admitted a Student of s^ Colledge, & in case s<i Darius shall 
continue a Student of said Colledge one year I give to him an- 
other Sum of Twenty Pounds Sterling to be paid to him at the 
Expiration his s'^ First year & in case he shall continue a Student 
at said Colledge two years I give him another Sum of Twenty 
Pounds Sterling to be paid at the End of said Second year. And 
in Case he shall continue a Student there three years I give him 
s'^ Darius another Sum of Twenty Pounds Sterling to be paid 
to him at the End of his Third Year, And in case he shall con- 



524 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

tinue a Student of said Colledge Four Years and shall at the 
end of said Four years be Honoured with the Degree of Bachelor 
of Arts, at said Colledge I give him said Darius other Twenty 
Pounds Sterling to be paid immediately after his being Ad- 
mitted to Said Degree. 

Also in case my Hon'^ Mother shall out live her present Hus- 
band M'' George Beale I give to her my said Mother an annuity 
of Forty Shillings Sterling to be paid to her every Year during 
her Natural Life from and after her said Husband's decease. 

And I hereby order that in case It should so happen that all 
my Personal Estate besides and Exclusive of all Wearing ap- 
parrell and all my Household Furniture and Utensils, of all 
Sorts and all such Husbandry Implements & Utensills as my 
Executor shall Judge Necessary for her own use; Shall not 
Extend and be Sufficient to pay and satisfy all the Just Debts 
which I shall owe at the Time of my decease, I say I Order that 
my Executrix herein after Named shall Sell so much of any of 
my Lands either in New Hampshire or this Province according 
to her discretion as shall be necessary & Sufficient together with 
my Personal Estate Exclusive of the Wearing apparrell House- 
hold stuff and Husbandry Implements aboves^ to make Moneys 
Enough to pay my s"^ Debts Notwithstanding the above demises 
of the Remainder of my Estate in my Lands in Greenfield & 
Deerfield after y Expiration of my Wife's said Term there in to 
the Children of my Brethren above named, and in that case I 
fully authorize and Impower my Executrix herein after Named 
to make Sale of so much Land as aboves'^ and to make and 
Execute all Such Deeds, and Instruments as shall be proper & 
Needfull effectually to convey such Land to y Purchaser. 

But if my Personal Estate exclusive of all Wearing apparrell 
& all my Household Stuff and all such Husbandry Utensills as 
abovesaid, shall be fully sufficient to pay my Just Debts; In 
that Case It is my will and Intent that none of my Lands or 
Real Estate either in Deerfield or Greenfield should be Sold to 
pay Debts But that my Personal Estate not herein before Ex- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 525 

eluded and Excepted shall be improved & disposed to that 
Purpose and it was my true meaning in the foregoing Gift and 
Bequest thereof to my Said Wife that She should have the same 
so charged — 

And Lastly I hereby make and appoint my s^ Wife Abigail 
sole Executrix * * * 

Ebenezer Hinsdale 

[Witnesses] Joseph Hawley, Thomas Williams, Moses Sever- 
ance. 

[Proved in Massachusetts Feb. 17, 1763, and in New Hamp- 
shire March 2, 1763.] 

[Inventory, filed March, 1764; amount, £119. 10. 10; personal 
estate; signed by Peter Evans and Daniel Shattuck.] 



ALEXANDER PARK 1760 WINDHAM 

[Bond of Joseph Park, with Robert Park and Alexander Park 
as sureties, all of Windham, yeomen, in the sum of £500, Feb, 
26, 1760; for the administration of the estate of Alexander Park 
of Windham, yeoman; witnesses, John Cochran, Robert Boyes.] 

[Warrant, Feb. 26, 1760, authorizing John Cochran and Sam- 
uel Morrison, both of Windham, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate; mentions Joseph Park as son of the deceased.] 

[Inventory, March 8, 1760; amount, £4270. i. o; signed by 
Samuel Morrison and John Cochran.] 



ABIJAH FOSTER 1760 NEW IPSWICH 

[Administration on the estate of Abijah Foster of New Ips- 
wich, yeoman, granted to his widow, Mary Foster, March i, 
1760.] 

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



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[Bond of Mary Foster, with Samuel Kenney, yeoman, and 
Timothy Heald, gentleman, as sureties, all of New Ipswich, in 
the sum of £1000, March i, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Asa Bullard, Martha Brooks.] 

[Inventory, March 19, 1760; amount, £140. 11. 7. 2; signed 
by Ephraim Adams and Benjamin Adams.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Foster, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Abijah Foster, granted to Aaron Kidder of New 
Ipswich April 25, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 549.] 

[Bond of Aaron Kidder, with John Dutton and Ichabod Howe 
as sureties, all of New Ipswich, yeomen, in the sum of £500, 
April 25, 1760, for the guardianship of Samuel Foster; witnesses, 
Francis Fletcher, Peter Fletcher.] 



ELISHA JACKSON 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Elisha Jackson of Portsmouth, 
mariner, granted to Daniel Jackson of Portsmouth, gentleman, 
March 3, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 395.] 

[Bond of Daniel Jackson, gentleman, with Simeon Akerman, 
boat-builder, and Richard Hart, shopkeeper, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sura of £500, March 3, 1760, for the admin- 
istration of the estate of his son-in-law, Elisha Jackson; wit- 
nesses, William Frost, William Parker.] 

[Warrant, March 3, 1760, authorizing John Griffith and 
Thomas Hatch, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1760; amount, £797. 17. o; signed by 
John Griffith and Thomas Hatch.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 527 

[Guardianship of Hannah Jackson, minor, aged more than 
14 years, daughter of Eiisha Jackson, granted to WilHam Pearne 
May 8, 1762.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 346.) 

[Bond of William Pearne, mariner, with George Boyd, mari- 
ner, and Ebenezer Odiorne, turner, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, 
in the sum of £500, May 8, 1762, for the guardianship of Han- 
nah Jackson, daughter of Eiisha Jackson, blockmaker; witnesses, 
Samuel Aris, Joseph Lowe.] 

[Guardianship of Hannah Jackson, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Eiisha Jackson, granted to Joseph Lowe of 
Portsmouth, tinman, Dec. 2, 1767.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 25, p. 46.I 

[Bond of Joseph Lowe, with Thomas Chadbourne, black- 
smith, as surety, both of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Dec. 
2, 1767, for the guardianship of Hannah Jackson; witnesses, 
Peter Pearse, Robert Parkes.] 

[Account of William Pearne, guardian; receipts, £296. 13. 4; 
expenditures, £1983. 5. o; mentions "boarding Schooling & 
Cloathing the said Ward from the 4*^ day of January 1755 till 
the 2^ day of February 1763"; allowed Jan. 31, 1770.] 



PHILIP McCARGIN 1760 HAMPSTEAD 

[Petition of Dinah Robertson, Hampstead, March 8, 1760, 
for the appointment of John Muzzey of Hampstead as guardian 
of her son, Philip McCargin, aged less than 14 years.] 

[Guardianship of Philip McCargin, aged less than 14 years, 
son of Philip McCargin of Hampstead, yeoman, granted to 
John Muzzey of Hampstead March 28, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 408.] 

[Bond of John Muzzey, with Peter Eastman and Stephen 
Johnson as sureties, all of Hampstead, in the sum of £1000, 



528 ' NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

March 28, 1760, for the guardianship of PhiUp McCargin; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 



GEORGE WARREN 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of George Warren of Ports- 
mouth, blacksmith, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Warren, 
March 21, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol 21, p 400.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Warren, with Robert Hart and John 
Pendexter, butchers, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum 
of £500, March 21, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Administration on the estate of George Warren granted to 
his widow, Elizabeth Warren, and George Warren of Ports- 
mouth, blacksmith, May 28, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol 21, p 448.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Warren and George Warren, yeoman, 
both of Portsmouth, with John Pendexter of Portsmouth, yeo- 
man, and Thomas Leighton of Newington, husbandman, as 
sureties, in the sum of £3000, May 28, 1760, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, David Sewall, George Seward.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1760, authorizing Eleazer Russell and 
Thomas Peirce, gentlemen, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the 
estate; the same document was issued under date of March 21, 
1760.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 27, 1760; amount, £2675. 8. o; signed by 
Eleazer Russell and Thomas Peirce.] 

[Account of the administrators; receipts, as per inventory; 
expenditures, £20. 19. 7><; allowed Oct. 29, 1766.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 529 

DANIEL BURDITT 1760 MALDEN, MASS. 

These may Certify that I Joanna Burditt Earnestly Desire 
that m' Thomas Burditt of maiden may be Guardian of my only 
Child Joanna Burditt who is about four years old 

her 

Joanna X Burditt 

mark 

[ Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of Thomas Burditt of Maiden, Mass., cordwainer, with 
Thomas Burditt of Medford, Mass., leather dresser, as surety, in 
the sum of £500, March 24, 1760, for the guardianship of Joanna 
Burditt, daughter of Daniel Burditt of Dunstable; witnesses, 
Andrew Bordman and David Green.] 

[Middlese.K Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Green, gentleman, with Joanna Burditt, 
widow, as surety, both of Maiden, Mass., in the sum of £500, 
Nov. 28, 1763, for the guardianship of Joanna Burditt, minor, in 
her ninth year, daughter of Daniel Burditt of Maiden, Mass. ; 
witnesses, Andrew Bordman and Ebenezer Stedman.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 



AMOS MAIN 1760 ROCHESTER 

In y" Name of God Amen the twenty fourth Day of March one 
Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty I Amos Main of the Town of 
Rochester in ye Province of New Hampshire in New-England 
Clerk being very weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath to my dearly beloved Wife 
Elizabeth y'' produce of the one Third of My Homestead during 
her widowed, & if she marries again then the Improvement of 
one Third of My Homestead during her Natural Life. 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said dearly beloved wife all 
my Houshold goods to be disposed of by her w^hen she pleases 
among her Daughters 



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Item I give & bequeath to my Sd dearly beloved Wife My 
Negro man Pomp to her, her Heirs, & assigns, and also my 
Gelding Horse & my mare. 

Item I give & bequeath to my S^ beloved Wife three Cows, & 
all my Hiefers, to her Her Heirs & assigns. 

Item I give & bequeath to My Said beloved Wife y« Improve- 
ment of two or three Acres of My Homestead, where she pleases 
for planting. 

Item I give & bequeath to Said beloved wife & My Unmarried 
daughters y" use of one half of My dwelling House, which half she 
pleases, so long as she & they or any of them remain Unmarried. 

Item I give & bequeath to My beloved Son Josiah all my 
Homestead (excepting half an Acre, which I shall hereafter dis- 
pose off for a Burying place, & a few rods w^ I shall hereafter 
Mention, out of y lot which was originally John Busseys & y^ 
produce & improvement of part thereof as afore Said, together 
with y*^ buildings thereon standing and all y^ appurtenances & 
priviledges thereunto belonging excepting y*' use of part of Sd 
House as above Said, To Him his Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give and bequeath to My S<^ beloved Son Josiah My 
Home lot, which is Called y" Ministers lot, which fell to me by 
Virtue of my being y^ first Settled Minister in Said Town of 
Rochester, to him his Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to My Said beloved Son Josiah y® 
Marsh in y^ Lot called y« Ministers Lot in y^ Second Division 
of lands in S^ Rochester to him his Heirs and assigns for ever, 
with y^ priviledge of passing too & from S^ Marsh as he shall 
have occasion. 

Item I give & bequeath to My S'^ beloved Son my Oxen & 
Steers for y common use of y^ family 

Item I give and bequeath to My Said beloved Son Josiah, 
My Stallion Horse & one Cow 

Item I give and bequeath to My S*^ beloved Son Josiah y« 
whole of My third division lot which belongd to y^ Ministers 
right or lot before Mentiond, to him his Hiers & assigns for ever. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 531 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved daughter Mary 
Seventy Acres of land in y" Second Division of lands in S'^ 
Rochester, which I bought of M' John Wood, which originally 
belongd to John Bussey, to Her, Her Heirs & Assigns for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to My beloved Daughters Elizabeth 
& Lydia Two thirds of y'' Lot of Land in y^ Second Division in 
S'^ Rochester which I bought of Jonathan Church, to be equally 
divided between them, to them their Heirs & assigns for ever. 

Item I give & bequeath to My beloved Daughters, Hannah, 
Abigail & Mercy y« whole of My Lot in y« Second Division of 
Rochester afrs^ belonging to y Ministers right before Mentioned, 
excepting y<= Marsh before Mentioned, to be equally divided 
between them, to them their Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item It is My Will that My Said beloved Son Josiah receive 
all My Outstanding Debts, & that he pay all my lawfuU debts 
out of y'' Same So far as they will go: & if they are not enough 
to discharge all my debts, then its my will that my Said Son 
take or Sell so Much of My lands in S^ Rochester, as yet not 
bequeathed as shall be Sufficient to discharge S*^ outstanding 
Debts, & what remains of My Unbequeathed lands in Said 
Rochester, after My Said debts are discharged, I give & be- 
queath to all My afore Said Daughters, to be equally divided 
between y™ to them their Heirs & assigns for ever 

Item I give and bequeath to My beloved Grand Son Amos 
main Hayes a Certain parcell of land belonging to y Lot I 
bought of S'l John wood, which originally belong'd to S^ John 
Buzzey, y* is to say y^ Home lot, begining by y^ main road y* 
passes thro' y^ first Division of lands in S^ Rochester Joyning 
to y« northeasterly Corner of Wentworth Hayes land, running by 
S<^ Road Northwesterly four rods then taking y« four rods in 
width, running Southwesterly by S^ Wentworth Hayes land 
till Said Wentworth Hayes's tan pits are included and no farther, 
to him his Heirs & assigns for ever, only y« S'^ Wentworth Hayes 
to have y^ Improvement thereof, during his natural life. 

Item I give & bequeath one half acre of land Square, Joyning 



532 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

to y^ South-west Corner of y Burying place by y^ Meeting 
House in S*^ Rochester for a Burying place for My family forever 

Item I give and bequeath My whole Library to My S"^ Wife 
& Children to be equally Divided between y" to y°* their Heirs 
& assigns 

Item I do hereby constitute make & ordain My S"^ Son Josiah 
My Sole Executor * * * 

Amos Main 

[Witnesses] Charles Baker, Is"" Libby, Paul Libby. 
[Proved April 30, 1760.] 

[Inventory, July 28, 1760; amount, £5580. o. o; signed by 
Edward Tibbetts and Isaac Libby.] 



JONATHAN GARLAND 1760 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen this twenty fifth Day of march 
Anno Domini 1760 in the thirty third year of his Majestys 
Reign Georg the second King over Grate Britain &c I Jonathan 
Garland of Hampton in the Province of new Hampshier in new 
England Cordwainer * * * 

I I give and bequeath to the Children of my son Jonathan 
Garland Deceased twenty shillings in money old tenor — 

2"d I giyg an(j bequeath to my son Joseph Garland twenty 
shillings in money old tenor — 

3'y I give and bequeath to my Daughter Abigail Marston the 
wife of David marston twenty shillings in money old tenor — 

4^^ I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Tucke the wife 
of Benjamin Tucke twenty shillings in money old tenor — 

5th J gjyg and bequeath to my Daughter Rachel Johnson the 
wife of Benjamin Johnson twenty shillings in money old tenor — 

6th J giyg and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Garland one 
fether bed and beding belonging to one bed and furnituer of it 
and one Cow and also it is my will that my said Daughter Mary 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 533 

shall have so much Puter and brass and Iron and wooden furni- 
tuer for the furnishing a house as either of her Sisters that are 
married had of me all to be provided for her by my son Samuel 
Garland : further it is my will also that my said Daughter Mary 
shall have liberty to live in the westly Room in my Dwelling 
house so long as she Remains unmarried 

y^^ I Give and bequeath to my son the said Samuel Garland my 
Dwelling house Saveing onely the liberty for my said Daughter 
Mary to live in the westly Room of my Dwelling house as afore 
said. I also give and bequeath to my afore said son Samuel 
Garland my barn and all my buildings in Hampton with all my 
land and marsh and meadow Ground that I have laying in said 
Hampton to gether with all my Right in the town ship of Chi- 
chester in the Province afore Said with all my thatch Ground 
laying at the Cross Beach, I also give to my said son Samuel 
all my stock of Cattle and husbandry Implements that is I give 
to my said son Samuel Garland all my estate Real and Parsonal 
to him and to his heirs -and assigns for ever which I have not here 
in other ways Dispoised of, and it is my will that my said son 
Samuel garland Shall Pay my afore said Leaguses Just Debts 
and funeral Charges. I Do Like wise Constitute make and or- 
dain my said son Samuel Garland to be sole executor * * * 

Jonathan Garland 

[Witnesses] Samuel Dow, Samuel Palmer 3^^, Jonathan Dow. 
[Proved May 28, 1760.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1760, authorizing Samuel Palmer and 
Deacon Joseph Philbrick, both of Hampton, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, July 28, 1760; amount, £6948. 5. o; signed by 
Samuel Palmer and Joseph Philbrick.] 



534 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

SAMUEL HAINES 1760 GREENLAND 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Haines of Greenland, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Anna Haines, March 26, 1760.] 

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

[Bond of Anna Haines, with Joshua Jenness of Rye, yeoman, 
and Benjamin Parker of Portsmouth, shopkeeper, as sureties, in 
the sum of £1000, March 26, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Theodore Atkinson, Jr.] 

[Warrant, March 26, 1760, authorizing Richard Jenness, 3d, of 
Rye and John Folsom of Greenland, yeoman, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 28, 1760; amount, £5319. 5. o; 
signed by Richard Jenness, 3d, and John Folsom.] 



PETER URIN 1760 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Urin of Salem, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Ruth Urin, March 27, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 412.] 

[Bond of Ruth Urin, with Peter Merrill, blacksmith, and Isaac 
Clough, Jr., yeoman, as sureties, all of Salem, in the sum of 
£500, March 27, 1760, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Edward Clark, Amos Merrill.] 

[Warrant, March 27, 1760, authorizing John Hall and Edward 
Clark, both of Salem, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 15, 1760; amount, £i959- 5- o; signed by 
John Hall and Edward Clark.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 535 

WILLIAM HOPKINS 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name of God amen The Twenty Seventh Day of 
March in the Year of our Lord Christ 1760, I WiUiam Hopkins 
of Portsmouth in the Province of New Hampshire Blockmaker 
being weak and low in Body * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath to My beloved Wife Elizabeth 
Hopkins, her heirs and assigns forever My Dwelling House and 
the Land thereto belonging with all the appurtenances thereof. 
Also the whole of My Estate both real and personal Whereso- 
ever and Whatsoever after My just Debts and funeral Charges 
is payed out of the Same as aforesaid 

And I the Said William Hopkins Do hereby Constitute Make 
and Ordain My Said Wife Elizabeth Hopkins Sole Execu- 
trix * * * 

William Hopkins 

[Witnesses] Israel True, Thomas Bickford, Hannah Bickford. 
[Proved Nov. 25, 1761.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Hopkins, with Thomas Bickford, school- 
master, and Titus Salter, merchant, as sureties, all of Ports- 
mouth, in the sum of £500, Nov. 25, 1761, for the execution of 
the will; witnesses, William Parker, Ichabod Libby.] 



JONATHAN THING 1760 BRENTWOOD 

In the Name of God Amen I Jonathan Thing of Brentwood 
In y« Province of New Hampshire in New England Yeoman, 
being weak of Body * * * 

Item I Give Devise and Bequeath to my well Beloved Sons 
Jonathan Thing and John Thing their heirs and assigns forever 
all my Lands to be Equally Divided between them Immediately 
after my Decease 

Item I Give and bequeath to my Son Jonathan Thing the 
Dwelling house that he now lives in and y« one half of my Barn, 



536 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

and my will is y* my Son Jonathan Thing aforesd Should have 
his part of my Whome place on y Westerly Side of Sd Place 

Item I Give and Bequeath to my Son John Thing my Now- 
Dwelling House and y one half of my Barn, and my will is y* 
my Son John Thing aforesd Should have his part of my whome 
place on y Easterley Side of Sd place 

Item I Give to my well Beloved Daughter Elizabeth Thing y 
Sum of Two Hundred and fifty Pounds old Tenor money when 
She arives at y^ age of Eighteen Years, to be paid by my two 
Sons aforesd 

Item I Give to my well beloved Daughter Mehetable Thing y^ 
Sum of two Hundred and fifty Pounds old Tenor money to be 
paid by my two Sons before mentioned when She arives at y 
age of Eighteen Years 

Item I Give to Each of my Daughters aforementioned (Viz) 
Elizabeth Thing and Mehetable Thing a Cow and Calf Imme- 
diately after my Discease and also to Each of my Sd Daughters 
a pair of Sheep 

Item I Give to my Sd Daughters Elizabeth Thing and Mehe- 
table Thing all my Indoor Moveables Excepting my wearing 
Apparrel, which I Give to my two Sons before mentioned 

Item My Will is y* my two Daughters be brought up by my 
two Sons aforesd at their Cost and Charge till they arive at y^ 
age of Eigteen Years 

Item I Give Devise & Bequeath to my two Sons aforesd Viz 
Jonath Thing and John Thing all y^ Rest of my Stock and all my 
out Door moveables to be Equally Divided between them after 
My Decease 

Item I Give and Bequeath My Pew in Brentwood meeting 
house to be Equally Divided between my four Children Namely 
Jonathan Thing John Thing Elizabeth Thing & Mehetable 
Thing 

Finally I Do hereby Constitute Ordain and appoint My 
Trusty and Well beloved Sons Jonathan Thing and John Thing 
to be Executors * * * Jn Witness whereof I have hereunto 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 537 

Set my hand and Seal this Twenty Seventh Day of March Anno 
Domini 1760 and in y Thirty Third Year of his Majestys Reign 

Jonathan Thing 

[Witnesses] Nathaniel Trask, Gilman Lougee, Edward Thing. 
[Proved April 30, 1760.] 

[Warrant, April 30, 1760, authorizing Samuel Dudley and 
Abraham Clark, both of Brentwood, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested May 27, 1760; amount, £12,245. o. o; 
signed by Samuel Dudley and Abraham Clark.] 

[Guardianship of Elizabeth Thing, minor, aged more than 14 
years, daughter of Jonathan Thing of Brentwood, granted to 
Jonathan Cram of Brentwood June 25, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 460.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Cram, yeoman, with Jeremiah Rowe, yeo- 
man, and Moses Lyford, tailor, as sureties, all of Brentwood, in 
the sum of £500, June 25, 1760, for the guardianship of Elizabeth 
Thing; witnesses, Solomon Loud, Jr., William Parker.] 



DAVID CORLISS 1760 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of David Corliss of Salem, yeo- 
man, granted to his widow, Hannah Corliss, March 28, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 407.] 

[Bond of Hannah Corliss, with Peter Merrill, blacksmith, and 
Isaac Clough, Jr., as sureties, all of Salem, in the sum of £500, 
March 27, 1760, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, 
Edward Clark, Amos Merrill.] 

[Inventory, April 3, 1760; amount, £1681. 5. o; signed by 
John Hall and Edward Clark.] 

[Petition of Hannah Corliss, June 30, 1762, for licence to sell 
real estate, stating that "the demands against the said Estate 



538 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

amounts to the Sum of about 730 £ old Tenor besides Two young 
Children at the time the dec*^ went into the army one of which 
was Sickley and lived only about four months after the father, 
and one Child the adm^ was big with at the time the dec<^ went 
away which Child was only one month old at the time of his 
decease"; licence granted the same date.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1681. 5. o; expendi- 
tures the same; mentions "maintaing 3 Children of the dec^ to 
this time being under age in the whole being 372 weeks, one only 
4 years old now"; allowed June 7, 1763.] 



DAVID MORRISON 1760 LONDONDERRY 

[Bond of John Morrison, yeoman, with Abram Morrison, 
cooper, and Alexander Craige, weaver, as sureties, all of Lon- 
donderry, in the sum of £500, March 29, 1760, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate of David Morrison of Londonderry, yeoman ; 
witnesses, Robert Wallace, Hugh Young.] 

[Warrant, March 29, 1760, authorizing Robert Wallace, gen- 
tleman, and Hugh Young, yeoman, both of Londonderry, to ap- 
praise the estate; mentions John Morrison as a brother of the 
deceased.] 

[Inventory, April 12, 1760; amount, £3868. 5. o; signed by 
Robert Wallace and Hugh Young.] 



WILLIAM HAINES 1760 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I William Haines of Greenland in 
the Province of New Hampshire Gen* being under Indisposition 
of Body * * * 

Item I give & Bequeath to Mary my beloved wife the use & 
Improvement of the Room in my Dwelling House where we 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 539 

usually Sit the Chamber over it the Bed Room we lodge in the 
Dairy Room & the Poarch leading to the Well During her Life 
I also give her to her own Disposal all my Houshold Goods & 
moveables within Doors meaning my Furniture & utensils of 
housekeeping I also give her my weaving Loom with all the Geer 
& Tackle thereto belonging I also give her two Milch Cows & 
the keeping of the same Winter & Summer & the Calves till they 
shall be three months old Yearly During her Life I also give her 
Eight cord of Good Merchanable Cord wood to be hal'd to her 
Door Yearly During her Life & Cutt fit for her fire & Eight 
Bushels of Corn, a Bushel of Good wheat two Bushels of malt 
three Barrels of Cyder, one hundred pounds weight of good Pork 
& the same quantity of good Beef five pounds of Sheeps wool 
& three pounds of Gotten wool all & every of said particulars to 
be provided & delivered to her Yearly at her House afores'^ 
I also give her my Saddle horse which I usually Ride & my part 
of the Horse Chair & tackling which I have with my Son Wil- 
liam — 

Item I give to my Son Matthias twenty acres of Land more or 
Less where he now lives bounded South Easterly by the Road 
leading to Hampton on the South West by the Way leading from 
said Road to John Langs on the North West by Land of said 
Langs & on the North East by a Fence which parts said Twenty 
Acres more or less from my other Lands said Fence running up 
to the Country Road I also give him all my part share & interest 
in the undivided Lands in the Town of Epsom in said Province 
& one half part of my Right title & Interest in the Stream & 
Sawmill at Greenland aforesaid on the Road leading to Stratham 
at the place called the great Bridge & one half of an acre of 
thatch ground Lying in the Parish of Rye all which premises I 
devise to him my said son his Heirs & Assigns forever — 

Item I give & Devise to my son William his Heirs & assigns all 
my salt Marsh & Thatch ground in Greenland afores*^ and all 
other my lands and Buildings & all Real Estate in Greenland 
with the Reversion & Remainder of the Buildings aforesaid 



540 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

devised & given to the use of my Wife besides what I have given 
to his Brother Matthias as afores'* I also give my said son Wil- 
Ham all the Residue & remainder of my personal Estate which 
is not Disposed of in this my last will & I order him to provide 
for his mother all the particulars herein before given to her as 
aforesaid & in Defalt of his so Doing then She shall hereby have 
full power & authority to enter upon & take the profits of any 
part of my Real Estate herein given to the said William to the 
full V'alue of what he shall fail of providing & Delivering to her 
Yearly as afores*^ 

Item I give & Devise to my Son David the Bed & Beding 
which he has of mine in his possession as also the Chains Sled 
& other Utensils which he already has in his hands & for some 
time has had & I also Confirm to him his Heirs & assigns all that 
Land which I have given him by Deed already Executed all 
which I intend to be his full part & all that he shall have of my 
Estate — 

Item I give & devise to my Son John that five hundred pounds 
which I let him have to pay for the Land he purchased of Dud- 
ley Ladd & Nathaniel Ladd & the Smiths anvil & other Tools 
which I let him have with the Shop I built for him & half an acre 
of thatch ground in the Parish of Rye all which he has already in 
his hands & possession to his Heirs & assigns forever 

Item I give to Patience Lock & Jonathan Lock the Children of 
my Daughter Sarah Lock the late Wife of Jonathan Lock be- 
sides what I have already given her in her life time the Sum of 
fifteen pounds viz* to each Seven pounds Ten Shillings of the old 
Tenor or other Bills of Credit or money equal to so much old 
Tenor as it now passes to be paid within two Years after my 
Decease to be paid by my Son William — 

Item I give & bequeath my Grand Children John & Margaret 
Johnson the Children of my Daughter Margaret Deceas'd the 
Sum of fifteen pounds old Tenor as aforesaid that is Seven 
pounds ten Shillings each to be paid by my Son William within 
four Years after my Decease — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 54 1 

Item I give & bequeath to my Daughters Mary Johnson & 
EHzabeth Jones each Fifteen Pounds old Tenor as aforcs"^ be- 
sides what they have already had to be paid by my Son William 
within four Years after my Decease 

Lastly I Constitute & Appoint my Son William to be Sole 
Executor * * * Jn Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett 
my hand & Seal the first Day of April Anno Domini 1760 & in 
the thirty third year of his Majesties Reign 

Wiliam Haines 

[Witnesses] Abraham Johnson, John Lang, Ebnezor Johnson 
Jur. 

[Proved Feb. 10, 1761.] 

[Bond of William Haines, yeoman, with Matthias Haines, 
gentleman, as surety, both of Greenland, in the sum of £1000, 
Feb. 10, 1 761, for the execution of the will; witnesses, William 
Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 



SAMUEL SEA VEY 1760 RYE 

In the name of God amen the first day of Aprail, one thousand 
Seven Hundred and Sixty I Samuel Sevey of Rye in the Province 
of New Hampshire Husbandman Being Very Sick & Week in 
Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved wife Abagail 
Sevey one cow and all my house hold Goods to her dispose 
amongst my Children for Ever also one third of all the income of 
my Estate and one third of my house with fire wood Conveant 
for her to be found by my Executor for and duering her Life time 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Ithamy 
Sevey the one halfe of my Right of Land in Jenness town to him 
& to his Heirs and assigns for Ever 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Samuel 
Sevey Ju"" that house & Barn where he now Lives also the Land 



542 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

he improves by Said house also the one halfe of my Land in 
Jennes town to him & to his heirs & assigns for Ever. 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Henry 
Sevey the one halfe of my Land in the town Ship of Epsom to 
him and to his Heirs and assigns for Ever 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Jonathan 
Sevey the one halfe of my Land in the township of Epsom to him 
and to his Heirs and Assigns for ever also one hundred pounds 
new tenor bills to be paid him by my Executore 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Moses 
Sevey and to his Heirs and assigns for Ever all my Estate Real & 
Persnal where So Ever & what So Ever not other ways Disposed 
of in this my Last will 

Itam I Give to my Grandson Sam' Sandborn ten pounds New 
tenor to be paid him by my Executor when he is twenty one years 
old & if he Should dye befor then to be paid to his Brother 
Nathaniel Sandborn 

Itam I Give and Bequeath to my Grand Son Nathaniel Sand- 
born ten pounds New tenor to be paid him by My Executore 
when he Comes to the age of twenty one years and if he Shall dye 
before he Comes to the age of twenty one years then to be paid 
to his Brother Sam' Sandborn 

Itam I Give unto my three Daughters twenty Pounds New 
tenor Bill Each of them namely Abagail Clifford Mary Connor 
and Mehetable Blue to be paid them by My Executour with in 
one mounth after my Decease 

Lastly I do by these Presents Constitute and appoint my Son 
Moses Sevey to be my Sole Executor * * * 

Samuel 
his + Marke 
Sevey 

[Witnesses] Francis Lock, Henry Dow, Rich'' Jenness 3^. 

[Proved Sept. 30, 1761.] 

[Warrant, Sept. 30, 1761, authorizing Francis Locke and Sam- 
uel Jenness, both of Rye, yeomen, to appraise the estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 543 

[Inventory, Nov. 5, 1761; amount, £7720.0.0; signed by 
Francis Locke and Samuel Jenness.] 



JOHN MATTOON 1760 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of John Mattoon of Newmarket, 
mariner, granted to Hubartus Mattoon of Newmarket, black- 
smith, April 2, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 463.] 

[Bond of Hubartus Mattoon, with Jacob Fowler of Newmar- 
ket, tailor, and John Dudley of Exeter, trader, as sureties, in the 
sum of £1000, April 2, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Amos Seavey, Cutts Shannon.] 



SAMUEL PERHAM 1760 NEW IPSWICH 

[John Perham, aged and infirm, states that he is grandfather 
of the children of Samuel Perham, and requests that his son, 
Lemuel Perham of Dunstable, may administer the estate, and be 
appointed guardian of the five children under 14 years of age; 
dated Littleton, (Mass.), April 3, 1760.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Perham of New Ips- 
wich, yeoman, granted to Lemuel Perham of Dunstable, Mass., 
yeoman, April 15, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 412.] 

[Bond of Lemuel Perham of Dunstable, Mass., with Thomas 
Lund and Oliver Woods, husbandmen, both of Dunstable, N. H., 
as sureties, in the sum of £500, April 15, 1760, for the adminis- 
tration of the estate; witnesses, Phineas Lund, Jonathan Love- 
well.l 



544 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Warrant, April 15, 1760, authorizing Reuben Kidder, gentle- 
man, and Joseph Bates, husbandman, both of New Ipswich, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1760; amount, £474. 6. o; signed by Reu- 
ben Kidder and Joseph Bates.] 

Province of Newhampshire Newipswich Janna'' y" 2'^ 1761 

To The Right Honorable Richard Wibert Esq'' Judge of Pro- 
bates — 

Sir this is to Inform you that m'' Sam'^ Perham of this place & 
wife Died Last March and Left Seven Children the youngest was 
about nine months old and five of y^ youngest of S"^ Children have 
no Guardeen : — 

Your Humble Petisioners prayeth that you would grant (if 
Such a thing may be) that Lemuel Perham may no Longer ad- 
minister on y" Estate of y^ Deceas^ for he has Taken no Care to 
pay anything for keeping S"* Children and hath Taken y Chief 
of y Stock into his own hands which he might have Sold for the 
Support of y Children which he Refused and Tels those which 
have the Children that they must keep them or provide places 
for them which they cannot by Reason of there being no money 
for their Support and there is no body to Let them out for any 
Term of Time the oldest of s'^ five is Eleven years old and y 
administrator has paid Towards Cloathing S'^ Children Eighteen 
Shillings and Sixpence in Sterling money, the most of s*^ Children 
Remain at the places that in pity they ware taken to when their 
parents ware Sick — We therefore Desire that your Honour 
would be pleased to Consider us in our Difficulties as an Infant 
Plantation and be plased to Give a Letter of administration to 
Cap* Reuben Kidder and of Gaurdeenship for he appears a man 
of Truth and fidelity and we make no Doubt he will Take faith- 
full Care of y" poor fatherless and motherless Children that we 
as an Inhabitants may not be at y^ Cost to Bring them up when 
we Believe there is Estate Enough to pay all y Debts and Bring 
up s"^ Children if Prudently managed — 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 545 

But if Such a thing may not be as to put in a new Administra- 
tor y Petisioners pray you would by some means Releive us from 
these Difficulties and you'l greatly Oblige y Humble petisioners 
and Servants — 

Oliver Procter Benj* King 

Jonas Woolson Isaac Appleton 

John Dutton John Chandler 

Eben"" Bullard John Dutten Ju 

Joseph Bates Joseph Kidder 

Ephraim Adams Benjamin Adams 

Joseph Stevens 

[Guardianship of Mary Perham, Lydia Perham, Sarah Per- 
ham, Asa Perham, and Elizabeth Perham, aged less than 14 
years, children of Samuel Perham, granted to Reuben Kidder of 
New Ipswich, yeoman, Jan. 20, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 7.] 

[Bond of Reuben Kidder, with Joseph Blanchard of Merri- 
mack and Samuel Hobart of Dunstable, gentleman, as sureties, 
in the sum of £1000, Jan. 20, 1761, for the guardianship of Mary, 
Lydia, Sarah, Asa, and Elizabeth Perham; witnesses, Hercules 
Mooney, William Parker.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Perham and Amos Perham, minors, 
aged more than 14 years, children of Samuel Perham, granted to 
Benjamin Adams of New Ipswich, yeoman, Feb. 24, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 30.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Adams of New Ipswich, yeoman, with 
Joseph Cotton, boat-builder, and John Elliot, glazier, both of 
Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 24, 1761, for 
the guardianship of Samuel and Amos Perham; witnesses, Wil- 
liam Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Warrant, June 6, 1761, authorizing Jonathan Lovewell and 
Jonathan Loud, gentleman, both of Dunstable, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 



546 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[List of claims, March 22, 1762; amount, £373. 7. 11; signed 
by Jonathan Lovewell and Jonathan Lund.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £412. 13. 3; expendi- 
tures, £139. 4. 2; mentions children, Samuel Perham, Amos 
Perham, Lydia Perham; allowed May 5, 1762.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £373. 7. 11 ; amount 
distributed, £273. 9. i; allowed May 22, 1762.] 



AARON KIMBALL 1760 HOPKINTON 

In The name of God Amen : I Aaren Kimball of new Hoepkin- 
town so Caled In the proviance of new hampshear in new Eng- 
land yamman * * * 

secondly I Hearby Appoint my Beloved wife Susanah Kim- 
ball Executer of this my last will — And 

I Hearby Give to my wife Susanah Kimball all my personal 
Estate Also I Give unto my beloved wife above said all the Im- 
provement of my Homestead that is alredy under Improvement 
so long as She Remains my Widow 

thirdly I Give unto my sun Abel Kimball a fourty acher lot 
He now lives on 

Fourthly I Give unto my suns timothy Kimball and Abraham 
Kimball all my home stead Containing by Estemation Eighty 
achers also I Give to my sd suns Timothy and Abraham Kimball 
a forty acher lot of land laying by land of Jotham How all sd 
land to be Eaqualy Devided 

fiftly I Give unto my sun Samuel Kimball a second Devishon 
lot of land Containing by Estemation Eighty achers which lot I 
purchesed of Jotham How 

Sixthly I Give unto my three yongest suns Aaron Kimball 
nathaniel Kimball and Phinias Kimball all my lands and medow 
in the township of the above said hopkintown that I have not 
alredy Disposed of and In Case one or more of my three yongest 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 547 

suns Decese Before thay arive to the age of twenty one years 
then he or thay that survive is to have the whole 

Seventhly I Give unto my Daughter Elisabeth How five 
pounds old tennor to be payed By my suns timothy and Abraham 
Kimball in two years after my Decease : 

Sly I Give unto my Daughter mary How Fifty pounds old 
tennor to to Be payed by my suns timothy and Abraham in one 
year after my Deceas 

9ly I Give unto my Daughter Susannah Kimball one hundred 
and fifty pounds old tennor to be payed By my suns timothy and 
Abraham at the age of Eighteen 

loly I Give unto my Daughter Ruth Kimball one hundred 
and fifty pounds old tennor to be payed By my Suns timothy and 
Abraham above said at the age of Eighteen 

The Above Leageses to be payed Eaqualy by the above said 
Timothy Kimball and Abraham Kimball in money at the Same 
Value as it is at this Day 

In testemony of all which I have Hear to Set my Hand and 
seal this fifth Day of Aprill anno Domini one thousand seven 
Hundred and sixty and in the thirty third year of His majesties 
Reign 

Aron kimball 

[Witnesses] Nathan Kimball, Samuel kimball, Benj'^ Gage. 
[Proved Aug. 27, 1760.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 20, 1760; amount, £14,514, 14. 6; signed 
by Ezra Carter and Matthew Stanley.] 



JOSEPH MERRILL 1760 STRATHAM 

In the name of God amen the Sixteenth Day of april 1760 — 
Joseph merril of Stratham in the province of newhempshir in new 
England Shoomaker Being well in Body * * * 

Imprimis I Give and Bequeath to Charity Merril my beloved 
wife the norwest End of my Dweling house and one third of my 



548 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Seler & twenty Rods of Land near my Dweling house and the 
Liberty of water at my well So Long as She Lives my widow and 
my executor hear after named shall provide for my said wife 
three Cord & a half of fier wood a year yealy So Long as she 
Lives my widow : and I Give to my Said wife the income of one 
Cow & two Sheep So Long as she Lives my widow and my Said 
wife to tak her Chois of my Cows and Sheep and my Executor 
hear after named shall keep said Cow and sheep sumer and 
winter so Long as she Lives my widow and I give to my Said wife 
fifteen bushels of Ingin Corn & fifteen pounds of Flax a year 
yearly So Long as She Lives my widow from the Swilgle and I 
give to my said wife two Cyder Barrals and to be fild with good 
cyder and apals for my wifes own use and fifty pound of Beef a 
year yearly as She Lives my widow and I give to my Said wife 
one Swine and to be parstred by my Executor hear after named 
so long as she Live my widow and all to be paid and Dun by my 
Executer hear after named for my widow that is above writen 
yearly So long as She Remains my widow and if my Said wife 
Shold marry again then She is to quit all these things above 
writen and to have only hir thirds of my Estate 

Itim I Give to my Beloved Son Joseph merril five pounds in 
money or pasable Bills of Credit old tener to be paid out of my 
estate by my Executor hear after named with in two year after 
my Decease I have given to my Son Joseph merril formerly what 
I thought was proper for him 

Itim I Give to my beloved Son Dainel merril five pounds in 
money or passable bill of Credit old tener to be paid out of my 
Estate by my Executor hear after named with in two year after 
my Decease I have Given to my Son Dainel merril formerly what 
I though w^as proper for him 

Itim I Give to my beloved Son James merril five pounds in 
money or passable bills of Credit old tener or one half of my 
wearing Close which the Said J aims pleases to be paid by my 
Executer hearafter named with in two three mounths after my 
Decease 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 549 

Itim I Give to my beloved Daughter Elizabath Lavitt five 
pounds in money or passable Bills of Credit old tener and my 
handiorns to be paid by my Executor hear after named within 
two year after my Deceas 

Itim I Give to my Granson Josiah Lavitt Sixteen Dolers or the 
Valey of it in marchentable pay to be paid by my Executor hear- 
after named to be paid to the Said Josiah when he Coms to be 
one and twenty years of age if then Living outherwas for to 
Return to my Son Benjamin one half and the outher to my 
Daughter Elizabath Lavitt 

Itim I Give to my Beloved Daughter Ester merril fifty pounds 
of money or passable Bills of Credit old tener and a Cow and Calf 
and a Brass kittel and Still and kulinder and two Sheep to be 
paid by my Executer and Deliverd that is my Executor hear after 
named is to pay the Said Ester the fifty pounds & Deliver the 
outher things above menshened to the above Said Ester when 
she is of Eighteen years of age and the Bed that the said Ester 
Lies on 

Itim my Will is that my Wife shall have the houshold goods 
that she Brough with her and one half of all the houshold goods 
that we have got together since we ware marrid, and my Son 
Benjamin merril shall find my said wife a hors for her to Ride on 
So long as she Lives my widow and if my said wife shold marrey 
again then She is to quit all these things above written 

Itim I Give to my beloved Son Benjamin Merril the East end 
and back part of my Dweling house and Barn and I Give all my 
Land in Stratham to my son Benjamin merril and his Heirs & 
assings for Ever, and I give all my Cattel and Sheep and hors & 
Swine to my son benjamin merril that are not gifen away befor 
and my Said Son Benjamin is to have my shop & tools with all 
my LTetensels for husbandtri of what nater or kind so ever & the 
bed & beding that he now Lies upon and my gun & Loome & 
sadil & Bridel & Cyder Barrils & malt Barrils & a lorn Kittel 
to be my said Benjmin merril and I ordar my son Benjamin 
merrill to pay all my honest Debts and all the Legeses above 



550 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mensined in my will & give me & my wife a Deaseant burel my 
will is that my Son Benjamin merril is to have one half of my 
Close I Likewise Constitut and make & ordain my Said Son 
Benjamin merril my Sole Executor * * * 

Joseph merrill 

[Witnesses] Jacob Low, Thomas Moore Jun., William Moore 
Jun^ 

[Proved March 27, 1771.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Merrill, with William Moore, 3d, and 
Jacob Lowe as sureties, all of Stratharn, in the sum of £500, 
March 27, 1771, for the execution of the will; witnesses, Samuel 
Hale, Jr., Joseph Boyd.] 



PHINEAS STEVENS 1760 CHARLESTOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Phineas Stevens of Charles- 
town, gentleman, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Stevens, 
April 16, 1760.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 488.] 

[Bond of Elizabeth Stevens, with John Hastings, Jr., and 
William Heywood, yeomen, as sureties, all of Charlestown, in the 
sum of £500, April 16, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Benjamin Bellows, Samuel Hunt.] 

[Warrant, April 16, 1760, authorizing Isaac Parker and John 
Hastings, Jr., both of Charlestown, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory; attested Dec. 27, 1760; amount, £347. 3. o; signed 
by Isaac Parker and John Hastings.] 

[Warrant, May 8, 1761, authorizing Isaac Parker, Samuel 
Hunt, gentlemen, John Hastings, Jr., William Heywood, and 
Stephen Farnsworth, yeomen, all of Charlestown, to divide the 
real estate.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 551 

Province of 1 Agreable to the Warrant Exhibited to us 

N. Hampshire J y° Subscribers by y« Judge of the Probate of 
wills, for the Dividing of y« Estate of Cap* Phinehas Stevens Late 
of Charlestown Deceas'd finding the Real Estate to be £93. 10 — 
Sterling Money of Great Britton after the Debts being paid, of 
which Sum we have set of to y" widow Elizabeth Stevans Relect 
to y« Intestate £31 in Land & three & four pence in Money being 
her Dower or thirds of y« above £93. 10. Viz 2 three acre Lotts 
N° 36 & 37 in the first Division of Interval at £21 — also i six 
acre Lott N° 41 in y" fourth Division of Interval at £10 — Mak- 
ing £31 — 

The Remainder of y^ Real Estate being Sixty two pounds Ten 
shillings Lying 111 Convenient for a Division we Judge it best to 
be Settled upon Sam' Stevens the Eldest son to the Intestate 
upon his paying to Each of y" Heirs y sum of six pounds four 
shilling & Eight pence Sterling Money Viz. To Willard, & Simon, 
Enos, Mary, Phinehas Catharine Prudence & Solomon Stevens 
being all Heirs to the Deceas'd Allowing Sam' Stevens to be 
Equal to two of y^ other Heirs and three shilling & four pence 
Sterling to y* widow makes in y® whole £62 — 10 — 

The Estate that is to be Settled on s^ Sam' Stevens is as fol- 
lows Viz — 

3 5 acre Lotts N° 61 : 62 & 63 in y^ Second Division of Interval 
at £54 — 

I 6 Acre Lott N° 32 in y fourth Division D'' £8. 10 — £62. 
10 — 

Charlestown y« 25^^ august 1761 j^^^^ p^^j^^^ ^ 

W"" Heywood / Com**« 



JONATHAN HUBBARD 1760 CHARLESTOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Jonathan Hubbard of 
Charlestown, gentleman, granted to Benjamin Bellows of Wal- 
pole April 16, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 412. | 



552 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Benjamin Bellows of Walpole, with Theodore At- 
kinson and Daniel Peirce, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, April 16, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, Theodore Atkinson, Jr., Joseph Weeks.] 

[Warrant, April 16, 1760, authorizing Isaac Parker, gentle- 
man, and John Hastings, Jr., both of Charlestown, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 26, 1760; amount, £98. o. 3; signed 
by Isaac Parker and John Hastings, Jr.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £99. 11. 8; not 
signed.] 

[Bond of Amos Whitney, gentleman, with Zachariah Emery, 
yeoman, as surety, both of Townsend, Mass., in the sum of 
£500, Oct. 16, 1 761, for the guardianship of Jonathan Hubbard, 
minor, in his fifteenth year, son of Jonathan Hubbard ; witnesses, 
Eleazer Green, Jr., and Abel Lawrence.] 

[Middlesex Co., Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Guardianship of Samuel Hubbard, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Jonathan Hubbard, granted to Benjamin 
Bellows March 11, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 442.] 

[Bond of Benjamin Bellows of Walpole, with Samuel Stevens 
and Simeon Olcott, gentleman, both of Charlestown, as sure- 
ties, in the sum of £1000, March 11, 1765, for the guardianship 
of Samuel Hubbard; witnesses, John Holt, Benjamin Bellows, 

Jr.] 



JOSEPH WOOD 1760 CHARLESTOWN 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Wood of Charlestown, 
yeoman, granted to Benjamin Bellows of Walpole April 16, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 412.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 553 

[Bond of Benjamin Bellows, with Theodore Atkinson and 
Daniel Peirce, both of Portsmouth, as sureties, in the sum of 
£500, April 16, 1760, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, Theodore Atkinson, Jr., Joseph Weeks.] 

[Warrant, April i6, 1760, authorizing Isaac Parker, gentle- 
man, and John Hastings, Jr., yeoman, both of Charlestown, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 26, 1760; amount, £61. 10. 3; 
signed by Isaac Parker and John Hastings, Jr.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £53. 5. 8.] 



DORCAS WARD 1760 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of Dorcas Ward of Portsmouth, 
widow, granted to Henry Sherburne of Portsmouth, gentleman, 
April 17, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 413.] 

[Bond of Henry Sherburne, with John Pendexter, butcher, 
and John Gunnison, tailor, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the 
sum of £500, April 17, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Inventory, April, 1760; amount, £2182. i. 3; signed by Sam- 
uel Sherburne and Thomas Peirce.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £2172. 3. 3; expendi- 
tures, £994. 17. o; mentions "Expense for Nahum a Son Shoes 
&c his board &c. from March 29, 1760, to march 31, 1762 being 
104 weeks he having been kept School during that time .... 
nursing negro Woman in her Sickness"; allowed March 31, 
1762.] 

[Additional account; receipts, £1177. 6. 3; expenditures, £497. 
6.3; mentions "Eight Munths Board of Nahum from first of 
April till Last of Nov"; allowed June 2"], 1764.] 



554 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Additional account; receipts, £771. 18. o; expenditures, £123. 
18. 3; mentions Nahum Ward, son of the deceased; allowed Aug. 
31. 1769.1 

[Guardianship of Nahum Ward, minor, aged more than 14 
years, son of Nahum Ward, granted to Noah Parker of Ports- 
mouth, gunsmith, Oct. 30, 1765.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 24, p. 23.] 

[Bond of Noah Parker, with George Gains and Edmund Davis, 
joiners, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, Oct. 
30, 1765, for the guardianship of Nahum Ward; witnesses, 
Richard Wibird Penhallow, William Parker.] 



JACOB GALE 1760 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen: the 22^ day of April 1760 I Jacob 
Gale of Kingstown in the Province of New Hamps: in New 
England, Inn holder; being now Sick in Body * * * 

Imp^ I Give and Bequeath unto Susanna my now dearly 
beloved wife the one third part of all my personal estate to her, 
her Hiers & Assigns for ever, & to be at her dispose; Likewise I 
Give to my s^ wife Dureing he Natural Life the One Third part 
of my Real Estate, and my dwelling House and Barn I Give to 
her only so Long as she remains my widow — 

And I do hereby Constitute make & ordain my s^ wife & my 
son Daniel to be sole Executors of this my Last Will & Testa- 
ment — 

And my Will is that my Executors pay all my Honest debts; 
and gather & Collect all my debts that are due to me — 

Further I Give to my s^ wife Susanna, & my s*^ Son Daniel 
my Said Executors the remaining two thirds of my Estate; 
by them to be enjoyed & Improved; for the Support of my 
younger Children until they & Each of them arrives to the age of 
fourteen years ; and hereby will & order them to take Care of & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 555 

provide for each of them until they arrive to that age ; and then 
viz: when my youngest Child Liveing Shall be fourteen years 
old, my will is that the s*^ two thirds of my Estate both Real & 
personal be divided to & among my Children in the following 
manner viz: my sons Jacob, Daniel, Eliphalet, Amos, Eli, Ben- 
jamin, John Collins & Stephen be all Equal in all their parts & 
shares (Saveing & Excepting the s*^ Amos) whose share or part 
my will is that it shall be ten dollars Less than one of the other 
sons ; and my Daughters viz : Susanna now the wife of Nathanael 
Bachelder, & Mary, shall be Equal in their shares or parts but 
their shares or parts to be but Half so much as the sons; And 
I haveing furnished my s'* daughter Susanna for House keeping 
in order for marrying &c to the amount of 200 Dollars which is 
to be allowed towards her part and so I Give & Bequeath the s<^ 
two thirds of my Estate to my s'^ Children as abovementioned to 
be divided among them viz: the s^ Sons to be Equal in their 
shares or parts : (Saveing & Excepting Amos) as bovementioned 
whose part is to be Ten Dollars Less than another share and a 
daughters share or part to be but Half so much as a sons and so 
my s*^ Daughters in that proportion to be Equal, allowing & 
Includeing the above mentioned sum which she has already 
receiv'd, it being deliver'd to her in January 1757: And then the 
other remaining Third with the Dwelling House & Barn I will 
at the Decease of s^ wife to be divided to & among my s** Chil- 
dren in the forementioned proportion; only without Exception 
viz my s'^ sons to be Equal therein, and my s*^ Daughters also 
to be Equal ; tho but Half So much as a son : and so my s*^ Chil- 
dren my s'^ Estate in the forementioned Manner; To Have And 
To Hold to them their Hiers & assigns forever; And further I 
Will & order that the forementioned Division of my s*^ Estate 
at Each of the Seasons there of be made & Set off to my s<^ 
Children by five of the Selectmen for the Town of Kingstown, 
(or within the Town of s^ Kingstown) that shall then be in the 
office of Select men, or the Major part of them * * * 

Jacob Gale 



556 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Witnesses] Jeremy Webster, Daniel Rowell, William Witcher. 
[Proved June i6, 1760.] 

[Warrant, June 16, 1760, authorizing Jeremy Webster and 
William Parker, both of Kingston, gentlemen, to appraise the 
estate.] 

[Amos Gale, son of Jacob Gale, makes choice of his mother, 
Susanna Gale, as his guardian Jan. 21, 1761; witnesses, Jeremy 
Webster, Daniel Gale.] 

[Guardianship of Amos Gale, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of Jacob Gale, granted to Susanna Gale of Kingston Jan. 
28, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 18.] 

[Bond of Susanna Gale, widow, with Jeremy Webster and 
Daniel Gale, yeoman, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of 
£500, Jan. 28, 1 761, for the guardianship of Amos Gale; wit- 
ness, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Guardianship of Eli Gale, minor, aged more than 14 years, 
son of Jacob Gale, granted to Nathaniel Batchelder March 14, 
1763-] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 542.] 

[Bond of Nathaniel Batchelder, yeoman, with Jeremy Webster 
and William Parker as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of 
£500, March 14, 1763, for the guardianship of Eli Gale; wit- 
nesses, John Elliot, Jonathan Currier.] 



THOMAS EASTMAN 1760 DANVILLE 

In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Eastman of Hawke in 
Province of New Hampshire being bound abroad in the Ex- 
pedition against Canada * * * 

Item. I give & bequeathe to my Brother obadiah Eastman 
his heirs & Assigns Seven hundred pounds Old Ten"" as money 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 557 

now is viz* Dollars at Six pounds a piece to be paid him in one 
Year after my Decease by my Executer hereafter named — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Brother Ebenezer Eastman 
Seven hundred pounds old Ten"^ as money now is, when he shall 
arrive to the age of twenty one years to be paid him by my 
Executor hereafter mentioned. 

Item I give & bequeath to my Sister Sarah Eastman One hun- 
dred pounds Old Ten'' as money now is to be paid her by my 
Executor when she arrives to the age of Eighteen Years — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Sister Mary Eastman One 
hundred pounds old Ten"" to be paid her by my Executor when 
she arrives to the age of Eighteen Years, as the money now is — 

Item I give & bequeath to my Brother Edward Eastman his 
heirs & Assigns for ever all the residue of my Estate both real 
& personal wherever the same is or may be found with all Debts 
& monies that at the time of my Decease may be due & justly 
coming to me 

My will further is that if my said brother Ebenezer Should die 
before he is twenty one years of age that the money herein given 
him shall be equally divided between my said Sisters Mary & 
Sarah & paid to them accordingly — or if either of my said 
Sisters should die before they are respectively eighteen years of 
age that what is given them be paid the Survivor — 

& I hereby Constitute & appoint my said Brother Edward 
Eastman Sole Executor * * * in Witness whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand & Seal the 24.*^ Day of April Anno 
Domini one thousand Seven hundred & Sixty — 

Thomas Eastman 

[Witnesses] Elizabeth Parker, Eliphalet Coffin, W Parker. 
[Proved Dec. 23, 1760.] 

[Bond of Edward Eastman, yeoman, with Thomas Wadleigh, 
yeoman, and Thomas Welch, innholder, as sureties, all of Hawke, 
in the sum of £1000, Dec. 24, 1760, for the execution of the will; 
witnesses, Elizabeth Parker, William Parker.] 



558 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Guardianship of Ebenezer Eastman, minor, aged more than 
14 years, son of Thomas Eastman, granted to Jonathan Fifield, 
Jr., of Hampton Falls, yeoman, March 17, 1761.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 50.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Fifield, Jr., with Thomas Wiggin, gentle- 
man, and Joseph Fifield, yeoman, both of Stratham, as sureties, 
in the sum of £500, March 17, 1761, for the guardianship of 
Ebenezer Eastman; witnesses, Richard Nelson, Cutts Shannon,] 



JOSHUA NEAL 1760 • STRATHAM 

In the Name of God Amen, the twenty fourth Day of April, 
in the year of our Lord God one Thousand Seven Hundred and 
Sixty I Joshua Neal of Stratham in the Province of New Hamp- 
shire Gentleman, being weak in Body * * * 

Imprimis. I give and Bequeath unto Abigael, my well Beloved 
wife the whole Use and improvement of all my Home place 
where I now Dwell both House and Land; and also the use & 
improvement of one third part of my Land & Buildings at my 
Farm where I formerly Dwelt; and also the use & improvement 
of all my Household Goods, During her Natural Life; also I 
give to my Said wife one Cow, and all my Sheep, and all the 
Swine at my Door, and all the Provisions I now have in my 
House, and all the Money I Shall have by me at my Decease; 
and Two Hundred Pounds in Money of the old Tenor to be 
paid her out of my Estate within twelve Months after my 
Decease ; and also Six Cords of wood per year yearly During her 
Natural Life to be Delivered to her Equally by my Executors 
hereafter Named. 

Item. I give unto my two Grand Daughters viz* Elizabeth 
Grif^th and olive Griffith their Heirs and Assigns, Two Hundred 
Spanish Mill'd Dollers; or so much of other Money as Shall be 
Equal to two Hundred Dollers, to be Equally Divided between 
them, and paid to them when they Shall come to the age of 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 559 

twenty one Years, or Marriage Day, And in Case that Either 
of them Shall Die before She Arrives to that Age or Marriage Day 
that the whole Sum be paid to the Surviving one if it Arrives 
to the Abovesaid time. And in Case that Neither of them Shall 
Arrive to that Age or Marriage Day, My Will is that Said Sum 
be paid to my two Daughters Anna Veazey and Abigael Cate 
or to their Heirs, Equally to Each. 

Item I give Unto my Grandson Stephen Cate his Heirs and 
Assigns All my Home place where I now Dwell both House and 
Land and he to come into Possession thereof at the Age of twenty 
one years, if my Said wife has Done with the improvement 
thereof by that time, also I give Said Stephen my Gun, to be 
Deliver'd to him at the Age of twenty one years. 

Item. I give to my Grandson Joshua Veazey his Heirs and 
Assigns one Hundred Spanish Mill'd Dollers, or so much other 
Money as Shall be Equal thereunto, to be paid out of my Es- 
tate when he Shall Arrive to the Age of twenty one Years. 

Item. I give unto my two Daughters their Heirs and Assigns 
viz* Anna Veazey and Abigael Cate, (after all my Debts and 
Legacies, and Funeral Charges are paid) all the Remainder of 
my Estate both Real and Personal, whatsoever & wheresoever 
which I have not given away as aforesaid, to be Equally Divided 
between them. 

And further my Will is, and I do hereby Constitute Appoint 
and Ordain my two Sons in Law viz* Thomas Veazey and Sam- 
uel Cate my Sole Executors * * * 

Joshua Neal 

[Witnesses] Samuel Veasey, Samuel Leavitt, Sam' Lane. 
[Proved May 28, 1760.] 

[Bond of Thomas Veasey and Samuel Cate, both of Stratham, 
yeomen, with Hubartus Neal of Newmarket, gentleman, and 
Samuel Leavitt of Straham, yeoman, as sureties, in the sum of 
£5000, May 28, 1760, for the execution of the will; witnesses, 
David Sewall, Samuel Lane.] 



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ROBERT MASON 1760 DURHAM 

In the Name of God Amen — 

the Twenty fifth day of april in the year of our Lord one 
Thousand Seven hundred and Sixty I Robert Mason of Durham 
in newhampshire in newengland husbandman being Sick and 
in a Low Condition * * * 

Item I give and bequath my Daughter mary mason five 
ShiUings to be paid to her when she arives to the age of Eighten 
years by my Said Executrex — 

Item I give and bequath to my Daughter Temprance mason 
five ShiUings to be paid her by my Executrex when she a rives 
to the age of Eight years 

Item I give and bequath to my Son Lemuel mason five shil- 
lings to be paid by my Executrex when she Coms to be Twenty 
one years of age — 

Item I give and bequath unto my Loveing wife Susana mason 
all the Remaining part of my Estate in the Town of Durham 
both Real and personal to her and her hairs and assigns for 
Ever To have and To hold — 

and I do hereby make ordain and appoint my Said Loveing 
wife Susana mason my Sole Executrex * * * 

Robert Mason 

[Witnesses] John Adams, Thomas young, Josiah Hilton, 
[Proved May 28, 1760.] 

[Inventory, June 18, 1760; amount, £1523. 4. o; signed by 
Thomas Young and Walter Bryent.] 



JAMES WHITING 1760 HOLLIS 

[Claims of James Whiting, April 26, 1760, against the estate 
of his father, James Whiting of Hollis, deceased; amount, 
£257. 18. o; mentions "my brother .... Docf Hall for his 
Bill for visits and medicines for the Deceased & wife when sick" ; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 561 

claimant desires "Administration may not be Granted to any 
other person as I am an heir and the bigest Creditor and being 
obliged to go in the war desire the Adm" may rest untill I return 
next fall if Providence admit of it."] 



JOSEPH PERKINS 1760 HAMPTON FALLS 

In the Name of God Amen this Twenty Ninth day of April 
anno domini one Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty: I Joseph 
Perkins of Hampton falls in the Province of New Hampshire 
in New England yeoman being Sick and weak in body * * * 

Secondly. I Give and Bequeth unto my well beloved wife 
Elesebeth Perkins my Riding Beast I also give my wife the one 
third Part of all my Land and marsh which in Right that doth 
to me belong for her to use and Improve as Long as she shall 
Remain my widow I also Give my said wife all my houshold 
goods within doors for her use and Improvment and for her to 
dispose of to my Children as She Shall See fit 

3'^'y I Give and Bequeth unto my Son Benjamin Perkins & his 
heirs for Ever that twelve acres of up Land Laying on the falls 
River Eastward of my Dwelling house which twelve acres of 
Land I Bought of Abraham Dow: I also Give my Said Son Ben- 
jamin four Acres of Salt marsh Laying in hampton falls at a 
Place Called Perkens Neeck to be the East End of my marsh 
there I also order my Son David Perkins to Deliver to my Said 
Son Benj" one good Cow when he Shall Come to the age of 
twenty one years I also order my Said Son Benj" Shall be Put 
out to Som Sutable Trade at Convenant age: I order my Ex- 
ecutor here after Named shall Improve what I have given My 
Son Benj " in this my will untill he the Said Benj " Shall Com to 
the Age of Twenty one years : — 

^thiy J Give unto my Daughter Lydia Swain wife to william 
Swain of Hampton falls Junour Twenty Pounds old tenor to be 
Leavid out of my Estate and and be Paid within one year after 
my Decease: to be Paid by my Executor here after Named: 



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^thiy J Give and Bequeth unto my Daughter Sarah Perkins 
Two Hundred Pounds old tenor in money or houshold goods to 
be Leavid out of my Estate and to be Paid by my Executor 
within two years after my Decease to be money or goods which 
Shall Then best Sute him to Pay : — but and if She Shall marry 
within two year after my Decease then he my Executor Shall 
Pay her the money or goods on her marrage; 

5th ly J Give and Bequeth unto my Daughter Hannah Perkins 
Two Hundred Pounds old Tenor in money or houshold goods to 
be Leavid out of my Estate and to be Paid her by My Executor 
hereafter Named when She Shall Come to the age of Eighteen 
year: to be money or goods which Shall best Sute my Executor 
at that time: I also order my said Daughter Hannah Shall be 
Brought up on my Estate until She Shall Come to the age of 
Eighteen year : by my Executor here after Named 

ythiy 2^pj(j Lastly I make and ordain my Son David Perkins Soal 
Executor to this my will : I Give and bequeth unto him my Son 
David he Paying and Preforming what I have ordered him to 
Pay and Preform in this my will to him and to his heirs and as- 
signs for Ever all my whole Estate which I have Not Disposed 
of alreaddy in this my will as Land marsh Buildings Cattle 
Sheep and Swine with my Impliments of Husbandry or hus- 
bandry tools or any Estate or Part of Estate whatsoever with 
Those Parts I have given of my Estate to my wife the Improv- 
ment of for a Term of time when the time of her Improvment 

IS out * * * 

Joseph Pearkins 

[Witnesses] John Pierce, Ebenezer Tucker Jun, Abner Phil- 
brick. 

[Proved June 24, 1761.] 

[Warrant, June 24, 1761, authorizing Jonathan Fifield, Jr., 
and Henry Roby, both of Hampton Falls, yeoman, to appraise 
the estate.] 

[Inventory, Aug. 3, 1761; amount, £10,178. o. o; signed by 
Henry Roby and Jonathan Fifield.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 563 

JONATHAN SANBORN 1760 KINGSTON 

In the Name of God Amen this 7*'' Day of may 1760 I Jona- 
than Sanborn of Kingston in the Province of New Hampshire in 
New England Yeoman * * * 

Imp^ I Give & Bequeath unto Hannah my now well Beloved 
wife the one half of my home Place that is to say as I have Be- 
fore Disposed of one half of what was formerly my home Place 
by Deed I Give to my said wife one half of the Remainder with 
one third Part of the House & Barn standing on said Place for 
her use & improvement so Long as she Remains my widow: 
further I Give & Bequeath to my said wife two Cows two sheep 
& one swine to her her Hiers and assigns forever also all the 
Household stuff that she Brought with her to me that shall be 
found in being at my Discease also the Priviledge of Cutting a 
Load of hay yearly on my Land in the mill Pond meadow so 
Called so Long as she Remains my widow 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved son Timothy 
Sanborn his Hiers & assigns forever all the Residue of my Land 
when he now Lives; Forty acres I have already Given him the 
said Timothy by Deed and the Residue of my Land there I 
hereby Give to him his hiers & assigns as above mentioned : and 
also the one twelfth Part of the saw mill in s<^ Town Called the 
Little River saw mill it being the Lower mill on the said Little 
River in said Town also the one half of my Pew in the meeting 
house in said town 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved son Samuel 
Sanborn his Hiers and assigns forever all the Residue of my 
Land in the Seventh Lott in the Division of the two Hundred 
acre Grants so Called in the Parish of Sandown in Said Kingston 
viz all the Residue of my Land in said Lott over and above what 
I have Before this instrument Given to him the said Samuel 
Sanborn with the one half of my Right & Intrest in the saw mill 
on said Lott where the said Samuel now Lives (Commonly 
Called Deerfield mill) and the said half of my Right & Intrest 
in the Privilidge of the Stream & other Priviledges & appur- 



564 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

tenances there to Belonging: He Paying the Legacies hereafter 
mentioned 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Daughter Love 
now the wife of Reuben Clough one Hundred Pounds Equal to 
what is Called the old tenor to be Paid as followeth viz one 
moiety at the End of one year and the other moiety at the End 
of two years after my Discease and to be Paid as above said by 
my son Samuel Sanborn the one half of Each Payment to be 
made in marchantable Lumber and the other half in Passable 
Bills of Cred* of the afors'^ old tenor or other money or Passable 
Bills Equivalent she having already had her Portion out of my 
Estate 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved son wooster 
Sanborn his Hiers & assigns forever all the Residue of my Land in 
Brentwood in the Province afors*^ which I Purchased of Maj' 
Daniel Gilman of Exeter (that is to say) all the Residue of my 
Land there over and above what I have Before Given him my 
said son wooster by Deed, with all the Priviledges & appur- 
tenances thereto Belonging; with the other half of my Right & 
Intrest in the forementioned saw mill Commonly Called Deer- 
field mill with the other half of the Priviledge of the Stream & the 
other half of my Right & Intrest in all the Priviledges & appur- 
tenances there to Belonging — 

Item I Give & Bequeath to my well Beloved Daughter Joanna 
now the wife of Robert Crafford, her hiers & assigns one Hundred 
Pounds Equal to that which is now Called the old tenor to be 
Paid the one half in one year after my Discease the other half 
in two years after my Discease The one half of Each Payment 
to be made in Good marchantable Lumber and the other half in 
Passable Bills of the old tenor or in other Money or Passable 
Bills Equivalent Fifty Pounds of which sum to be Paid as above 
mentioned by my son Samuel Sanborn and the other fifty 
Pounds to be Paid as above said by my son Jonathan Sanborn she 
the said Joanna having also had her Portion out of my Estate — 

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my well Beloved son Jonathan 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 565 

Sanborn his hiers & assigns forever all the other half of my Home- 
stead Living being Situate in Kingston it being Part of the Little 
River Mill Grant so Called with the one half of the Buildings 
thereon the other half of my said Homestead Living I have 
Before this Instrument Given my said son Jonathan by Deed 
But it is to be understood here that I have in this my Last will 
Given one half of the Remainder of my said Homestead Living 
to my said wife for her use & Improvement so Long as she Re- 
mains my widow; and so my said son Jonathan is not to Come 
into Possession of her part till her marriage after my Death or 
her Decease and then my said son Jonathan his hiers & assigns 
to Come into the Peaceable Possession & Enjoyment thereof 
with the Remaining Part of my Right or Intrest in the Little 
River saw mill so Called with the stream & Dam & all Privi- 
ledges and appurtenances thereto Belonging which I have not 
Disposed of by this my Last will : And also my meadow in trick- 
ling falls mill Pond so Called being about ten acres more or Less 
as it is Laid out & Bounded also a small Piece of Land which I 
Purchased of Richard Long Lying Near the Cramberry meadow 
(so Called) in said Town also about fifteen acres of Land be the 
same more or Less which was Laid out to the Right of my Honor"* 
Father Jonathan Sanborn Esq"" in the upper west Devision 
Next to Chester and in the seccond Range of Lotts in said 
Devision also one half of a Right or share in the Common & Un- 
devided Lands in said Kingston also the other half of my Pew 
in the meeting House in said Town I also Give to my said son 
Jonathan and his hiers and assigns all the Rest of my Estate 
Both immovable as Lands &c where Ever situated & moveable 
as Cattle sheep &c & implements for work &c and all other of 
my Estate of what Name or Nature soever which I have not 
Disposed of by this my Last will & testament He paying the 
Legaices here in Before mentioned — 

And I Do further will & ordain that my two sons Samuel 
& Jonathan Pay the Beforementioned Legacies as Beforemen- 
tioned — • 



566 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

And I Do hereby Constitute make & ordain my said son 
Jonathan to be sole Executor * * * . 

Jonathan Sanborn 
his 
[Witnesses] Amasa + Dow, Josiah Bartlett, Parmenas Watson. 

Mark 
[Proved June 25, 1760.] 

[Inventory, July 3, 1760; amount, £9667. 8. o; signed by 
Jeremy Webster and William Parker.] 



JAMES FRENCH 1760 SALEM 

[Administration on the estate of James French of Salem, yeo- 
man, granted to Jacob Bailey of Hampstead, gentleman, May 9, 
1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 431.] 



BENJAMIN WALTON 1760 AMHERST 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Walton of Am- 
herst, yeoman, granted to John Harvell of Litchfield, yeoman. 
May 13, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 432.] 

[Bond of John Harvell, with Jonathan Lovewell of Dunstable 
and William Richardson of Pelham, gentleman, as sureties, in 
the sum of £500, May 13, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate; witnesses, William Parker, Solomon Loud, Jr.] 

[Warrant, May 13, 1760, authorizing William Read, gentle- 
man, and James Underwood, yeoman, both of Litchfield, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1760; amount, £1025. 10. o; signed by 
William Read and James Underwood.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 567 

JOHN SAYLOR 1760 NASHUA 

[Administration on the estate of John Saylor of Dunstable, 
yeoman, granted to WiUiam Greenleaf of Boston, Mass., mer- 
chant. May 17, 1760.] 

(Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 432.] 

[Bond of William Greenleaf, with William King and Thomas 
Bradford, both of Portsmouth, merchants, as sureties, in the 
sum of £500, May 17, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Simon Hobbs, Benjamin Ingalls.] 

[Inventory, May 5, 1760; amount, £348. 3. i ; signed by John 
Swallow, Timothy Read, and Philip UUerick.] 

[Administration de bonis non granted to David Fick Jan. 
5. 1764-] 

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

[Bond of David Fick of Salem, Mass., sugar refiner, with 
William Torrey and Henry Appleton, both of Portsmouth, 
merchants, as sureties, in the sum of £10,000, Jan. 5, 1764, for 
the administration of the estate; witness, William Vaughan.] 

[Inventory of the real estate in New Hampshire, Nov. 12, 
1764; amount, £266. 10. o; signed by Enoch Hunt, Stephen 
Powers, and David Nevin.] 

[License to the administrator, David Fick of Dunstable, yeo- 
man, April 13, 1767, to sell real estate.] 

[Warrant, April 13, 1767, authorizing Jonathan Lovewell and 
Robert Fletcher, yeoman, both of Dunstable, to receive claims 
against the estate.] 

[Power of attorney from David Fick of the Northern Liber- 
ties, Philadelphia, Pa., sugar refiner, to James Lovell of Boston, 
Mass., merchant, July 2, 1768, to settle his account as adminis- 
trator.] 



568 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £32. 6. o; expendi- 
tures, £30. 6. o; allowed May 29, 1772.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £151. 4. 3>^; 
signed by Jonathan Lovewell and Robert Fletcher, and attested 
May 26, 1772.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £151. 4. S}4; amount 
distributed, £2. o. o; allowed May 29, 1772.] 



EBENEZER GROW 1760 GREENLAND 

In the Name of God Amen I Eben' Grow of Greenland in the 
Province of New Hamp"" Blacksmith going into the army & as 
tis uncertain whither I shall return again or not * * * 

Imprimis I give & bequeath unto my Brother Isaac Grow One 
Broad Cloth Coat Jacket & Breeches, one Shirt, one pair of 
Stockens one Castor Hatt & one Wigg all which are now in a 
Chest in the Hands of M"^ Joshua Pickerin also I give him my 
s'* Bro"" all my wages except fifty pounds which is given to 
Bro"" Elijah. 

Item I give & bequeath unto my two Sisters Hannah and Sarah 
Grow One hundred & fifty pounds old Tenor Equally Divided 
between them both which is let out at Interest & the Notes in 
the Hands of M"" Joshua Pickerin Jun"" of s*^ Greenland — 

Item I give unto my Brother Elijah the Sum of fifty pounds 
old Tenor out of my Wages — & herely Constitute & appoint 
M"" Joshua Pickerin my Sole Executor * * * 

In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal the 
20*^ Day of May 1760 — 

Ebenezer Grow 

[Witnesses] John Sherburn haines, Tho^ Odiorne, Thomas 
piper. 

[Proved March 31, 1762.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 569 

ELISHA WINSLOW 1760 KINGSTON 

[Administration on the estate of Elisha Winslow of Kingston, 
gentleman, granted to Jonathan Downing of Kingston, yeoman. 
May 21, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 433.) 

[Bond of Jonathan Downing, with Elisha Swett and Francis 
Batchelder, yeomen, as sureties, all of Kingston, in the sum of 
£500, May 21, 1 761, for the administration of the estate; wit- 
nesses, William Parker, Abigail Parker.] 

[Administration granted to Jonathan Moulton Oct. 27, 1763.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 89.] 

[Bond of Jonathan Moulton of Hampton, with Joseph Wright 
of Salem, gentleman, and Benjamin Blake of Epsom, husband- 
man, as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 27, 1763, for the ad- 
ministration of the estate; witnesses, John Hale, Samuel Hobart.] 

[Inventory, Nov. 5, 1764; amount, £620. o. o; signed by John 
Moulton and William Parker, Jr.] 

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £146. 16. 8; signed 
by Jonathan Greeley and William Parker, Jr., and attested 
March 21, 1767.] 

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £35. 2. o; expendi- 
tures, £13. 17. o; allowed Sept. 19, 1767.] 

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £146. 16, 8; amount 
distributed, £21. 5. o; allowed Oct. i, 1768.] 



SAMUEL NEAL 1760 NEWMARKET 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Neal of Newmarket, 
yeoman, granted to his widow, Catherine Neal, May 2%, 1760.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 21, p. 447.] 



570 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Bond of Catherine Neal, with Hubartus Neal, gentleman, and 
Walter Neal, husbandman, as sureties, all of Newmarket, in the 
sum of £5000, May 28, 1760, for the administration of the estate; 
witnesses, Richard Jenness, 3d, David Sewall.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1760, authorizing Capt. Winthrop Hilton 
and Peter Folsom, both of Newmarket, to appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Aug. 28, 1760; amount, £10,385. 10. o; 
signed by Winthrop Hilton and Peter Folsom.] 



JABEZ EATON 1760 HAMPTON FALLS 

[Bond of Sarah Eaton, widow, with Jacob Smith, yeoman, and 
Abner Hoyt, husbandman, as sureties, all of Hampton Falls, in 
the sum of £3000, May 28, 1760, for the administration of the 
estate of Jabez Eaton of Hampton Falls, gentleman ; witnesses, 
Meshech Weare, Giles Merrill.] 

[Warrant, May 28, 1760, authorizing Richard Smith, gentle- 
man, and Daniel Felch, yeoman, both of Hampton Falls, to 
appraise the estate.] 

[Inventory, attested Oct. 28, 1761; amount, £12,956. 5. o; 
signed by Richard Smith and Daniel Felch,] 

[Warrant, July 7, 1762, authorizing Meshech Weare, Richard 
Smith, Daniel Felch, Tristram Collins, and Jeremiah Lane, 
tailor, all of Hampton Falls, to divide the real estate.] 

[Account of the administratrix; receipts, £1406. 5. o, personal 
estate; expenditures, £860, 8. 8; allowed May 30, 1764.] 

Province of 1 By Order of the Hon^'« Richard Wibird 
New Hampsh"' / Esq'' Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for 
Said Province To us the subscribers, to Divide the Real Estate of 
Jabez Eaton Late of Hamptonfalls in the Province aforesaid 
Yeoman Deceased Intestate, among the Widow & children of 
Said Intestate as the Law Directs &c. We have as follows (viz) 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 571 

Firstly We have Set off to Sarah Eaton widow Relict of Said 
Intestate as her Dower & third part of said Estate, a piece of 
Land where the House stands Containing two Acres with Or- 
chard thereon, Bounded as follows (viz) Westerly on a share of 
Orchard Set to Joshua Eaton hereafter named, the south west- 
erly Corner Bounds of said two acres being stake & stones put 
Down by the fence six rods & Ten Links of the chain from the 
Southwest Corner of said Orchard, thence runing by the High- 
way before the House Twelve rods & a quarter to stake and 
stones by the fence & runing from said Highway Northerly 
Down to the Creeck where it is also Bounded, at the Northwest 
Corner with a small maple tree standing Down the Bank being 
Six Rods & Ten Links of the chain from the fence which runs 
from the Highway Down to said Creek at the West End of the 
orchard, & from said maple Easterly Twelve Rods & a quarter to 
an Elm tree spotted on three sides which piece of Land is 
mark'd in the Plan hereto annexed with the Letter W. We 
have also set to the said Sarah the East half of the Dwelling 
house so far as to the middle of the Chimney throughout from 
Top to Bottom, also the West End of the Barn so far as the 
middle of the Barn floor also the Priviledge of the Barn yard be- 
longing thereto We have also set to the said Sarah a piece of 
Land in the place call'd the Carr pasture Containing Ten acres & 
one hundred & thirty two Rods being the westerly side of said 
pasture which piece of Land is mark'd in the aforesaid Plan with 
the Letter P. Also a piece of Land lying before the house on the 
Southerly Side of the highway call'd the Barn Lott Containing 
Five acres & one hundred & twelve rods which piece of Land is 
mark'd in the Plan with the Letter N. Also a Piece of Land in 
the place Call'd the great Pasture Containing three acres & one 
hundred & forty rods Lying at the Southwest Corner of said 
Pasture being fourteen Rods and a half wide at the South End 
where we have put Down stake and stones by the fence & Run- 
ing Northerly Forty five Rods being thirteen Rods & a quarter 
wide at the North End where is also stake & stones which piece 



572 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of Land is mark'd in the Plan with the Letter M. Also a piece of 
Land in the place Calld the Brown place Containing fourteen 
acres & one hundred and thirty six rods, the south westerly 
corner Bound being stake and stones put Down at the corner of 
the fence and the Northwesterly Corner Bound a stake at the 
south westerly Corner of the Field & Bounded Northerly on said 
field as the fence now stands allowing a Drift way for passing and 
repassing to the marsh where the way now is by said fence which 
piece of Land is mark'd in the Plan with the Letter D. We have 
also set to the said Sarah a piece of Marsh Containing Four 
Acres and Seventy Eight Rods which piece of marsh is Call'd 
the mill Island piece and is mark'd in the aforesaid plan with the 
Letter (i) Also a piece of marsh Containing two Acres being the 
Northerly side of the piece of marsh Call'd the Sanborn marsh 
& we have set a stake at Each End for the Southerly Bounds of 
Said two acres which piece of marsh is mark'd in the plan with 
the Letter (f) 

Secondly We have Set off to Samuel Eaton Eldest Son of the 
Said Intestate for his Double Share of said Estate A Piece of 
Land Containing Sixty Rods being part of that call'd the Brown 
place and is the piece on which the Old house stands which is 
Call'd the Brown house together with said house which piece is 
mark'd in the aforesaid Plan with the Letter Q. Also A piece of 
Land Lying before Said old house on the southerly side of the 
Highway Containing Eight Acres & one hundred & fifteen Rods 
being the Northerly part of the field belonging to the aforesaid 
Brown place and is Bounded as follows (viz) begining at a stake 
by the fence at the upper End of the orchard which stake is about 
two Rods from the Northwesterly Corner of said orchard from 
thence runing on a strait line through the Orchard Easterly 
Down to the Edge of the Marsh which is about Ninty Rods to a 
Stake set up at the Edge of said marsh about twelve Rods South 
from the fence and from thence to said fence then Bounded 
Northerly on said fence, Land of Jonathan Walton & the high- 
way which piece is Described in the aforesaid Plan by the Letter 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 573 

B. Also a piece of Land Containing Ten Acres & Ninty two 
Rods, Nine acres & twelve Rods of which is the Westerly Side of 
the aforesaid Brown place, being fourteen Rods wide at the 
North End where there is a stake set up, & Ten Rods wide at the 
South End at which Ten Rods we have also set a stake with 
stones around the same & one acre & a half of Said Ten Acres & 
Ninty two Rods is the South Easterly Corner of the piece calld 
the great Pasture being Forty five Rods in length and five Rods 
& Eight Links of the chain in wedth at Each End where we have 
put Down stake & stones both of which pieces are included in 
one and are accordingly set forth in the plan as but one piece 
which is there Described by the Letter H. 

We have also Set to the Said Samuel a piece of Marsh call'd 
the Close Containing Four acres & Seventy three Rods mark'd 
in the Plan with the Letter (k) 

Thirdly We have Set off to Paul Eaton for his share the west 
half of the Dwelling house so far as to the middle of the Chimney 
throughout, also a strip of Land at the backside of the same & at 
the West End Joyning thereto half a Rod wide together with the 
Priviledge of the yard before Said house belonging thereto and 
also the priviledge of the Well 

We have also set to the said Paul a Piece of Land where the 
Barn stands Containing three acres Bounded as follows (viz) 
Westerly on Land Set to the widow aforesaid Begining at the 
aforesaid widows South Easterly Bounds which is stake & stones 
by the highway & Runing by said way sixteen Rods & a half to 
stake & stones by the fence & Runing Northerly to the Creek 
where it is bounded on the west side with an Elm tree before 
mentioned which is spotted on three sides from thence Easterly 
Sixteen Rods & a half to a black oak tree spotted on three sides 
which piece of Land is Described in the aforesaid Plan with the 
Letter V. we have also set to the said Paul the East End of the 
Barn so far as to the middle of the Barn floor: also a piece of 
Land in the place call'd the Car Pasture Containing Five acres 
Lying on the Easterly side of said pasture being Eleven Rods and 



574 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ninteen links of the chain wide at Each End where we have put 
Down stake & stones which piece of Land is mark'd in the Plan 
with the Letter O. Also a piece of Land lying in the place calld 
the great Pasture Containing two acres & a quarter Lying on the 
westerly side of the aforesaid acre & a half set to Sam' in said 
great pasture as aforesaid the westerly Bounds of which are its 
Easterly Bounds & from then Runing Westerly Eight Rods to 
stake & stones at Each End which piece of Land is mark'd in the 
Plan with the Letter L. we have also set to the said Paul a Piece 
of marsh Lying in Salisbury at the place call'd the wood side 
medow Containing one acre lying on the southerly side of said 
Piece of marsh being four Rods & two thirds of a Rod wide at 
Each End where we have set Down stakes which piece of marsh 
is mark'd in the Plan with the Letter (a). 

Fourthly We have Set off to Sarah Eaton for her share a Piece 
of Land in the home place Containing four acres Bounded as 
follows (viz) Westerly on a share set to Paul aforesaid which 
Easterly Bounds are the Westerly Bounds for the Said Sarahs 
four acres from thence Runing Easterly Twenty three Rods at 
Each End to stake & stones by the highway, & to a black burch 
at the North End spotted on three sides which piece of Land is 
mark'd in the Plan with the Letter T. also a Piece of Land in the 
aforesaid Brown place So call'd Containing five acres & a half 
Bounded as follows (viz) Easterly on Land set to the widow, in 
part and part on Land of Trustram Collins, being Six Rods & a 
half wide at the South End where we have Set Down stake & 
stones, & seven Rods at the North End from the North Westerly 
Corner Bound of the aforesaid widows share before mentioned, 
to a stake by the highway fence, allowing the Priviledge of 
Passing & Repassing through the North Easterly Corner of said 
share where the way now goes which share is mark'd in the Plan 
with the Letter E. also we have set to the said Sarah a piece of 
marsh Containing one acre & one hundred and thirty six Rods 
being the southerly side of the piece Call'd the Sanborn Marsh to 
a stake set Down at Each End which piece of marsh is mark'd in 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 575 

the Plan with the Letter (e) also one other piece of marsh Lying 
in Salisbury aforesaid being part of the piece of marsh Call'd the 
wood side as aforesaid Containing one acre Lying on the North- 
erly side of the aforesaid acre set to Paul aforesaid the North- 
erly Bounds of which is its southerly Bounds from which 
Runing Northerly five Rods at Each End to stakes there set 
Down which piece of marsh is mark'd in the Plan with the 
Letter (b) 

Fifthly We have set off to Jabez Eaton for his share a piece 
of Land in the aforesaid home place Containing four acres and 
a half Bounded Westerly on the share Set to Sarah aforesaid 
from thence Runing Easterly the whole wedth of said home place 
thirty three Rods on the highway to a stake set Down by the 
fence, & twenty Seven Rods on the North side by the Creek to 
a Black oak tree standing up the Bank spotted on three sides 
which piece of Land is mark'd in the Plan with the Letter S. 
Also a piece of Land Lying on the south side of the highway over 
against said four acres & half being part of the place Call'd the 
great Pasture aforesaid Containing five acres & thirty two Rods 
being the North Westerly part of Said great pasture, Bounded 
Westerly on Land of Benjamin Eaton, southerly on Land set to 
the aforesaid widow as part of her Dower, thirteen Rods & one 
third part of a Rod to stake & stones. Northerly on the highway 
twelve Rods and two thirds of a Rod to a stake by the fence 
Easterly on the share set to Joshua aforesaid, which piece of 
Land is Described in the Plan by the Letter K. Also a piece of 
Land Containing half an acre which is the upper End of the 
orchard by the aforesaid Dwelling house, with orchard thereon 
Lying in a strip from the highway to the aforesaid Creek three 
Rods & five links wide to stake & stones at Each End which 
is mark'd in the Plan with the Letter Y. Also a piece of marsh 
in Salisbury aforesaid being the Northerly part of the piece of 
marsh calld the wood side Bounded Northerly on the Ditch, 
Easterly on the River, being Ten Rods & three quarters on said 
River to a stake and thirteen Rods and a half wide at the West 



576 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

End where is also a stake put Down in the marsh, the south side 
being on a strait Line from stake to stake Containing two acres 
& one hundred & twenty Eight Rods which piece of marsh is 
mark'd in the Plan with the Letter (d). 

Sixthly We have set off to Joshua Eaton for his share a piece 
of Land Containing four acres & Seven Rods being the Easterly 
End of the aforesaid home place Bounded Westerly on the share 
set to Jabez aforesaid whose Easterly Bounds before named are 
the Westerly Bounds of the said four acres & seven Rods from 
which Bounds to contain all that lies Easterly from them of 
said home place which piece of Land is mark'd in the plan with 
the Letter R. Also a piece of Land Lying on the southerly side 
of the highway being the North Easterly part of the place 
Call'd the great pasture aforesaid Bounded Westerly on the afore- 
said share Set to Jabez the Easterly Bounds of which are its 
Westerly Bounds, Bounded Northerly on the aforesaid highway 
twelve Rods & two thirds of a Rod, & southerly on Paul afore- 
said and part on the aforesaid Samuel thirteen Rods & a third 
part of a Rod, & Easterly on the said Samuel taking half the 
wedth of the aforesaid place call'd the great pasture Containing 
five acres & a half which piece of Land is Described in the plan 
by the Letter L Also a piece of Land with orchard thereon 
Containing half an acre being part of the aforesaid orchard by 
the Dwelling house Bounded Westerly on the aforesaid share of 
orchard set to Jabez whose Easterly Bounds are its westerly 
Bounds being three Rods and five links wide at Each End & 
throughout Bounded Easterly on the share of orchard set to 
the aforesaid widow whose before named Westerly Bounds are 
its Easterly Bounds which piece is mark'd in the Plan with the 
Letter X. Also a piece of marsh in Salisbury aforesaid being 
part of the piece calld the wood side aforesaid Containing two 
acres & sixty two Rods Bounded Northerly on the Share Set 
to Jabez aforesaid Easterly on the River ten Rods & three 
quarters to a stake, & being thirteen Rods & a half wide at the 
West End where is also a stake set Down in the marsh & Runing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 577 

on a strait line from stake to stake which piece of marsh is markd 
in the Plan with the Letter (c). 

Seventhly. We have Set off to Abigail Eaton for her share a 
Piece of Land Containing five acres & twelve Rods being part 
of the piece of Land Call'd the Brown place Bounded Westerly 
on the share set to Samuel aforesaid Northerly on the aforesaid 
highway seven Rods to a Stake by the fence Southerly on a 
highway six Rods & Runing on a strait line from stake to stake, 
which piece of Land is markd in the plan with the Letter G. 
Also a piece of Land Containing five acres & Sixty Rods being 
the South Easterly part of the field belonging to said Brown 
place Bounded Southerly on the fence the whole length of said 
fence So far as it goes strait, which is about fifty Rods Westerly 
on a share set to Mary Eaton hereafter named Runing from the 
upper End of said strait piece of fence Northerly about square 
twelve Rods to a stake by the Edge of a Ditch, from thence 
on a strait line about fifty five Rods to a stake which stands 
twenty two Rods North from the lower End of the aforesaid 
strait piece of fence which piece of Land is markd in the Plan 
with the Letter A. Also a piece of marsh Joyning partly on said 
piece of Land Containing two acres & Seventeen Rods the North 
Westerly Bound of which marsh is a stake set Down thirteen 
Rods North of said lower End of the aforesaid strait piece of 
fence & from said stake Easterly about square is another stake 
which is by the Ditch & is the North Easterly bound of said 
piece of marsh from thence following the Ditch & fence &c 
to the aforesaid stake which piece of marsh is markd in the Plan 
with the Letter (g) 

Eighthly We have Set off to Mary Eaton for her share a piece 
of Land Containing four Acres & one hundred & thirty four Rods 
being the South Westerly part of the Field in the aforesaid Brown 
place Bounded as follows (viz.) begining at a stake by the high- 
way which stake is the South Westerly Corner Bounds of the 
aforesaid Samuels Share in said field and from said stake south- 
erly as the fence goes six Rods then westerly with the fence by 



578 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

said highway to the Corner of said field which is about Eleven 
Rods then South Easterly about Seven Rods as the fence goes 
to a stake set up at the Corner of said fence which stake is the 
North Easterly Corner Bound of the Share set to Sarah afore- 
said from thence Easterly as the fence of the field goes to the 
Corner which is about forty Rods then Northerly by the fence 
to the Corner then to the aforesaid stake set by the Ditch for 
the aforesaid Abigails Northwesterly Corner Bounds, from 
thence on a strait line thro' the orchard to the stake first men- 
tioned which piece of Land is markd in the Plan with the Letter 
C. Also a piece of Land in the aforesaid Brown place Containing 
five acres & Nineteen Rods Bounded Westerly on the aforesaid 
Abigails Share Northerly on the highway Seven Rods to a stake 
by the fence & southerly on a highway Six Rods to stake and 
Stones by the fence from thence on a strait line Northerly to 
the aforesaid stake by the highway which piece is markd in 
the Plan with the Letter F. Also a piece of marsh being part 
of said Brown place Containing two acres & seventeen Rods 
Bounded Westerly on Samuel aforesaid in part & part on Abi- 
gail aforesd to the aforesaid stake set for the Northwesterly 
Bound of the said Abigails marsh & southerly on said Abigails 
Marsh to the stake by the Ditch aforesaid Easterly on said Ditch 
& Northerly by fence &c to the stake for the aforesaid Samuels 
North Easterly Bounds, which piece of marsh is mark'd in the 
Plan with the Letter (h) 

thus have we Divided the Real Estate of Jabez Eaton afore- 
said and this we make as our Return thereof. Dated at Hamp- 
ton falls December 29*^ 1763 

Tristram Collins 

Richard Smith I' Committee 

Jeremiah Lane 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



579 



A Plan of the Real Estate of Jabez Eaton Late of Hamptonfalls Deceased Intestate, 
as it is Divided among the Widow & Children of said Intestate Said Estate both Lands 
& Marsh are Included within Black lines, Except by Rivers & Creeks are prick'd: 
Division lines between shares are prickd lines the shares of upland are mark'd with 
Capital Letters as A. B. C. &c. the marsh with small Letters as a. b. c. &c. A Con- 




^ SccU «f so if.rfj. ia f, tut Int'k 



tains 5 Acres & 60 Rods B. 8 Acres & 115 Rods C. 4 A. 134 R. D. 14 A. 136 R. E. 5 A. 
80 R F. 5 A. 19 R. G. 5 A. 12 R. H. 10 A. 92 R. I. 5 A. 80 R. K. 5 A. 32 R, L. 2 A. 
40 R. M. 3 A. 140 R. N. 5 A. 112 R. O. 5 Acres. P. 10 A. 132 R. Q 60 Rods. R. 4 A. 
7 R. S. 4 A 80 R. T 4 A. V. 3 A. W. 2 A. X 80 R y. 80 R. Marsh, a i Acre b. i A. 
c 2 A. 62 R. d. 2 A 128 R. e. I A 136 R. f . 2 A. g. 2 A 17 R. h. 2 A 17 R. i. 4 A 78 R. 
k. 4 A 73 R. 



580 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN HOBBS 1760 HAMPTON 

Province of 1 Whereas by An Act of the General Assembly 
New Hamps'' j of said Province Entituled "An Act for mak- 
ing Partition of Certain lands therein mentioned" among other 
things it is Enacted that there be five freeholders in this Province 
Appointed And Authorised they or any three of them to make 
Partition of said Lands, Part of which Lands Referred to in said 
act are Certain Lands in Hampton Lying in Common among 
the Heirs of John Hobbs late Deceas'd And Others — 

In Pursuance of which Act we the Subscribers have Under- 
taken to make Partition and Division of Said Lands as follows 
(having first given Due Notice to all Parties Concern'd Agreeable 
to the Direction in said act :) Namely A Piece of Land in Hamp- 
ton near Lobbs Hole so Called Containing in the whole twenty 
five Acres and one hundred forty four Rods lying in Common 
between the heirs of John Hobbs Deceas'd and the heirs of 
Amos Towle Deceas'd On the Southerly Side of a Certain high- 
way we have Divided and sett off the westerly half to the heirs 
of the said Amos Towle Deceas'd to Hold in Severalty and the 
Easterly half to the Heirs of the said John Hobbs Deceas'd 
to hold in Severalty the Bounds of said Division being a Stake 
and Stones on the Notherly Side by the aforesaid highway, and 
on the Southerly Side a Small Pine Spotted and a heap of 
Stones as Described in the Plan herewith annexed: and the 
Easterly half of said Piece of Land we have Divided to and 
among the Several heirs of the said John Hobbs Deceas'd to 
hold to Each of them in Severalty as follows viz* The Easterly 
Share marked in the Plan N° i we have set off to John Towle 
Containing One Acre and Ninety Nine Rods of Land the Bounds 
between that & the Second Share being at the Notherly End a 
Stake and Stones by the aforesaid highway, and at the Southerly 
End a Birch Tree Standing in the Corner of the fence And the 
Second Share marked in the Plan N° 2 we have Set off to the Said 
John Towle he having a Double Share; said Second Share is 
five Rods and a half in wedth at Each End and Contains the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 58 1 

like Quantity of Land the Bounds between that and the third 
Share being at the Notherly End a Stake and Stones by the 
aforesaid highway and at the Southerly End a Knotch in the 
fence and the third Share Marked in the Plan N° 3 being five 
Rods and a half in wedth at Each End Containing the like 
Quantity of Land we have sett off to Thomas Brown and 
Mehetable his wife in her Right The Bounds between the third 
and fourth Shares being at the Notherly End a Pine bush Spot- 
ted by the aforesaid Way and at the Southerly End a Knotch 
in the fence. And the fourth Share marked in the Plan N° 4 
being Six Rods in wedth at each End Containing the like Quan- 
tity of Land we have sett off to Joseph Towle the Bounds be- 
tween the fourth and fifth Shares being at the Notherly End a 
Small pine bush Spotted by the aforesaid highway and at the 
Southerly End a Small Alder Spotted. And the fifth Share 
marked in the Plan N° 5 being Six Rods and one quarter in 
wedth at Each End Containing the like Quantity of Land we 
have sett off to Jonathan Towle, the Bounds between the fifth 
and Sixth Shares being at the Notherly End a Stake by the 
aforesaid way, and at the Southerly End a knotch in the fence. 
And the Sixth Share marked in the Plan N° 6, being Six Rods 
and one quarter in Wedth at Each end Containing the like 
Quantity of Land we have sett off to the heirs of James Towle 
Deceas'd the Bounds between the Sixth and Seventh Shares is 
at the Notherly End a Pine bush Spotted And at the Southerly 
End a Pine Stump Spotted. And the Seventh Share marked 
in the Plan N° 7, being Six Rods and a quarter and two links 
of a Chain in wedth at Each End Containing the like Quantity 
of Land we have sett off to Jonathan Page and Mary his wife 
in her Right the Bounds between the Seventh and Eighth Shares 
being at the Notherly End a Stake and Stones by the aforesaid 
way and at the Southerly End a knotch in the fence. And the 
Eighth Share marked in the Plan N° 8, being Six Rods and a half 
in wedth at Each End Containing the like Quantity of Land we 
have Set off to the heirs of Amos Towle Deceasd. And this 



582 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

we make As Our Return Dated the twenty third Day of June 

Anno Domini 1760 — ,;, , 1 ttt 

Meshech Weare 

Jonathan Tilton 

James Leavit 

Province of 1 Whereas by an Act of the General Assemby 
New Hamps' J of said Province Entituled "An Act for making 
Partition of Certain Lands therein Mentioned" Among Other 
things it is Enacted that there be five freeholders in this Prov- 
ince appointed and authorized they or any three of them to 
make Partition of said Lands Part of which Lands Referred to in 
said act are a Certain Piece of Land in Hampton lying in Com- 
mon among the Heirs of John Hobbs late Deceas'd and the heirs 
of Amos Towle late Deceas'd near the House of Jonathan Towle 
in Hampton and a Certain Piece of Land in Kensington at the 
Cedar Swamp lying in Common Among the heirs of John Hobbs 
late Deceas'd and Thomas Brown, and a Piece of Land in North 
Hampton lying in Common with the heirs of Amos Towle late 
Deceasd and Others In Pursuance of which Act we the Subscrib- 
ers have Undertaken to make Partition and Division of said 
Lands having first given Due Notice to all Parties Concernd 
agreeable to the Directions in said act And have Divided Said 
Lands as follows viz* That Piece of Land in Hampton near 
Jonathan Towles house Containing four acres and Eight Rods 
of Land in the whole Bounding Southerly by the Countrey 
Road and Eastwardly by a way which goes by Jonathan Towles 
House we have Divided between the heirs of John Hobbs 
Deceas'd and the heirs of Amos Towle Deceas'd to Each to hold 
in Severalty And have set of the Southerly half next the Coun- 
trey Road to the heirs of the said John Hobbs Deceas'd And the 
Notherly half to the heirs of said Amos Towle Deceas'd, the 
Bounds being a Stake and Stones set up. And the Southerly 
half of said Piece of land we have Divided to and among the 
Several heirs of the said John Hobbs Deceas'd to hold to Each of 
them in Severalty as follows viz*. We have set off the Southerly 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 583 

Share next the Countrey Road marked in the Plan N° i to 
Jonathan Towle: and the Second Share marked in the Plan N° 
2 to John Towle: And the third Share marked in the Plan N° 3 
to John Towle: and the fourth Share marked in the Plan N" 
4 to the heirs of James Towle Deceas'd: And the fifth Share 
Marked in the Plan N° 5 to Thomas Brown and Mehetable 
his wife in her Right: And the Sixth Share marked in the Plan 
N° 6 to the heirs of Amos Towle Deceasd : And the Seventh Share 
marked in the Plan N° 7 to Jonathan Page and Mary his wife in 
her Right: And the Eighth Share marked in the Plan N° 8 to 
Joseph Towle, all which Several Shares have the same quantity 
of land and are of the Same wedth being three Rods and Eight 
links of a Chain in wedth And are Divided by Parellel lines 
Across said lott and Stakes set up at Each Division as Described 
in the Plan herewith annexed. — That Piece of Land in Ken- 
sington at the Cedar Swamp lying in Common among the heirs 
of John Hobbs Deceas'd and Thomas Brown we have Divided 
between the said heirs and said Thomas Brown and have Set 
off to the said Thomas Brown to hold in Severalty ten acres at 
the Southerly End of said Lott : And to the said heirs ten Acres 
and One Half of an Acre to hold in Severalty at the Notherly 
End of Said Lott making the Division Equal having Regard to 
Quantity and Quality — the Bounds of said Division are a 
Black burch tree Spotted Standing by the fence on the westerly 
side And a Stump of a tree Standing by the fence on the Easterly 
Side Spotted. And the Notherly half of said Piece of Land 
we have Div-ided to and among the Several heirs of the said John 
Hobbs Deceasd to hold in Severalty as follows viz* that Share 
next to Thomas Brown's marked in the Plan N° i Running 
Across the Lott being Sixteen Rods And a half in wedth we have 
Set off to Joseph Towle: the Second Share marked in the Plan 
N° 2 being Sixteen Rods and Eleven links of a chain in wedth 
we have set off to Jonathan Towle the third Share marked in the 
Plan N° 3 being Sixteen Rods and ten links of a chain in wedth 
we have set off to Jonathan Page and Mary his wife in her Right : 



584 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the fourth Share marked in the Plan N° 4 being Sixteen Rods 
and nine Hnks in wedth we have set off to the heirs of James 
Towle Deceas'