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PROBATE RECORDS 



OF THE 



Province of New Hampshire 



VOL. 1 

1635—1717 

State Papers Series 
Vol. 31 

Part one 

ALBERT STILLMAN BATCHELLOR 
Editor of State Papers 

OTIS GRANT HAMMOND 

EZRA SCOLLAY STEARNS 

Assistants 



CONCORD, N. H. 
RUMFORD PRINTING CO. 

1907 



ALLEN COUNTY PUSLK LIBRARY. 

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2177QS 



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

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

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

Approved August 4, 1881. 



Albert S. Batchellor, Editor of State Papers: 

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

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

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

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

Charles A. Busiel, Governor. 



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PREFACE 



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



VI PREFACE 

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

The General Court was slow in giving practical effect to the 
true view of the subject, and the documents remained for a period 
of one hundred and twenty-five years in the custody of one of 
the five original counties. Under the act of March 10, 1899 (Laws 
of 1899, P- 2 99)> an d the act of March 21, 1901 (Laws of 1901, p. 
645), these documents are being subjected to such methods of in- 
dexing and arrangement as will, in time, make an end of those 
conditions which have rendered their contents practically inacces- 
sible. It has been deemed advisable to present the probate records 
in printed form, constituting a series of volumes in the State 
Papers series. 

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

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



PREFACE Vll 

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

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

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

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

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



Vlll PREFACE 

♦ 

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

ALBERT- S. BATCHELLOR, 

Edit 07' of State Papers. 



HISTORICAL NOTE 



From 1623 to 1641 there was no organization of any colonial 
government in New Hampshire, although John Mason, the landed 
proprietor, had authority by his patent purporting to empower him 
to erect a government. The proprietor died in 1635. If he organ- 
ized any colonial, provincial, or proprietary government under his 
patent, no records of it have survived. It is altogether probable 
that nothing of the kind occurred. Indeed, at a later period it was 
declared that the powers of government contained in Mason's 
patent and others contemporary with it were invalid in respect to 
the grant of powers of government. The reason assigned for this 
decision was that, while the Council of Plymouth had powers of 
government in the territory of its New England jurisdiction, it was 
not competent to delegate those powers. (See opinion of the 
Chief Justices, 1 N. H. Prov. Papers, 336; 1 N. H. Prov. Laws, 
Introduction, xxviii.) 

From 1635 to 1641 the Masonian interests languished, largely 
because there was no efficient or disinterested representative of 
them in the colony. Two independent local governments had de- 
veloped in the Pascataqua region, the lower one, Strawberry Bank, 
being what might be termed the Portsmouth group of settlements, 
and the upper one, constituted of what were afterwards known as 
the Northam or Dover plantations. Exeter followed as an inde- 
pendent plantation in 1638, while Hampton was planted by Massa- 
chusetts as one of its own townships in 1635, on territory over which 
it claimed jurisdiction. (See notes on the independent town gov- 
ernments established at Portsmouth and Dover, and their constitu- 
tions, 1 N. H. Prov. Laws, 744.) 

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



X HISTORICAL NOTE 

of that part of New Hampshire represented by the two Pascataqua 
towns and the Pascataqua proprietors, and consummated as to the 
entire territory of New Hampshire by the accession of the Exeter 
colony in 1643, one system of laws, subject to the reservations in 
behalf of New Hampshire embodied in the articles of union (1 
N. H. Prov. Laws, xxx), became operative over the towns and 
people of the entire territory of Massachusetts Bay and New 
Hampshire. The theory that there was no uniform system of laws 
or usages governing the transmission of property by will, and the 
orderly descent and distribution of estates of deceased persons, 
in the New Hampshire settlements in the first period (that be- 
tween 1623 and 1641 being taken tentatively as the first period) 
is supported by a recital of the previous conditions, which is 
given as a preamble to a certain act relating to the settlement 
of estates in the laws of Massachusetts Bay (Col. Laws of 
Mass., 1660 ed., reprint, p. 200), which, omitting archaic forms 
and expressions is as follows : — "Whereas it is found by experience 
that some men, dying, having made their wills for the disposing 
of their estates, that the said wills are concealed and not proved 
and recorded ; and some others dying intestate, no administration is 
sought for nor granted in any legal way, and yet the wives, children, 
kindred, or some friends of the deceased, or some others, do enter 
upon the lands and possess themselves of the goods of the said 
deceased, and the same are many times sold or wasted before the 
creditors to whom the deceased was indebted know of whom to 
demand, or how to recover their just debts ; for prevention of such 
unjust and fraudulent dealings." A remedial act follows this pre- 
amble. The declaration was made at a point of time so early in 
the period of the union that presumably it is descriptive of what 
was the subject of general knowledge in a considerable part, if not 
all, of the previous history of this jurisdiction. It may also be 
regarded as a partial explanation of the paucity of probate records 
in the first colonial period. The act which follows the preamble 
above quoted bears date not later than 1649, only eight years sub- 



HISTORICAL NOTE XI 

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

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



Xll HISTORICAL NOTE 

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

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

The Body of Liberties of 1641 was adopted in December, and 
subsequent to the union of Massachusetts Bay and New Hamp- 
shire. Article n of that body of laws is as follows: " All per- 
sons which are of the age of 21 years and of right understanding 
and memories, whether excommunicate or condemned, shall have 
power and liberty to make their wills and testaments and other 
lawful alienations of their lands and estates." Art. 79, 81, 82. 
Col. Laws of Mass., 1660 ed., reprint, p. 51 ; 1 N. H. Prov. 
Laws, 753, 761. 

These. are among the important landmarks in the establishment 

of a new system of probate law in the united colonies of Massa- 
chusetts Bay and New Hampshire. The more important features 



HISTORICAL NOTE X11I 

of the development of this law are presented in the contemporary 
publications and compilations of 1660 and 1672. (Col. Laws 
Mass. Bay, 1672 ed., reprint, 1, 157 ; 1660 ed., reprint, 119, 200.) 
New Hampshire became a part of Norfolk county. In the period 
of the union, therefore, the probate records were made and kept at 
the shire town or towns, as they were designated. Governor 
Washburn, in his Judicial History of Massachusetts, p. 32, says, 
"They (county courts) had also probate jurisdiction, and as such 
proved wills, granted administration, and the like. Appeals in 
such cases lying from their decisions to the court of assistants. 
(White's Prob. 9.) This exercise of probate jurisdiction contin- 
ued as long as the old charter was in force. The clerks of the 
courts were, ex officio, recorders, and in the intervals of the court 
the recorder and two of the magistrates were authorized to grant 
letters of administration and probate of wills. (lb.)" 

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



1 i 

XIV HISTORICAL NOTE J 

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

No provisions were enacted in the Cutt laws relative to wills and 
probates, or the descent, settlement, and distribution of estates of 
deceased persons. It must be .presumed, therefore, that the laws, 
usages, and forms which related to these affairs in the time of the 
union remained unchanged, at least to the time of the inaugura- 
tion of the Cranfield government in Oct., 1682. In the commis- 
sion of Charles II to President Cutt, after the part constituting the 
President and Council a court with a very ample jurisdiction, the 
following appears in the text, " So always that the forms of pro- 
ceeding in such cases and the judgment thereupon to be given be as 
consonant and agreeable to the laws and statutes of this our realm 
of England as the present state and condition of our subjects in- 
habiting within the limits aforesaid, and the circumstances of the 
place, will admit." (1 N. H. Prov. Laws, 4.) 

The temper of the people of New Hampshire at this time towards 
such directions as those here emanating from the crown may best 
be inferred from a declaration in the copy of the Cutt laws which 
was retained in the province, the clause to be quoted not appearing 
in the copy that was sent home. It appears in the preamble of 
the laws, and is as follows, "It is therefore ordered and enacted 
by this General Assembly and the authority thereof that no act, 
imposition, law, or ordinance be made or imposed upon us but 
such as shall be made by the said Assembly and approved by the 
President and Council from time to time." (1 N. H. Prov. Papers, 
382.) If there were any doubt as to the determination of the con- 
troling majority and the government of the province of New 
Hampshire to adhere to the colonial laws of the time of the union, 
modified only by their own voluntary enactments, in preference to 
the laws of England, wherever one might conflict with the other, 
such a doubt would seem to be dissipated by the testimony of Rich- 
ard Chamberlain, for a time secretary of the province, in a 
letter to Mr. Blaithwaite, secretary to the Lords Committee of 
Trade and Plantations, of date May 14, 1681. Mr. Chamberlain 



HISTORICAL NOTE i XV 



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

The termination of the first union occurred in the winter of 
1679-80. Reasons have already been adduced indicating very 
conclusively that no change was desired or attempted in the pro- 
bate law in the period under the commission of President Cutt. It 
is hardly open to question that, with regard to probate law, usages, 
and forms "The former laws we [they] were ruled by [were] to 
stand till others [were] made." (Cutt laws, art. 14.) It does not 
appear that any other enactment was made under his government 
affecting the previously existing system of probate law. 

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



XVI HISTORICAL NOTE 

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

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

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



HISTORICAL NOTE XV11 

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

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

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



XV111 HISTORICAL NOTE 

covered by the Dudley-Andros administrations under the commis- 
sion of King James II constituting the Dominion of New England. 
The powers of government conferred by the commissions and in- 
structions, first by the preliminary commission to Joseph Dudley 
and Council, and second in the more elaborate commissions and 
instructions to Sir Edmund Andros, resulted for the time being in 
a radical change in the structure of the colonial organizations in 
New England. This involved the discontinuance of separate 
province and colonial governments in Massachusetts, Plymouth, 
New Hampshire, and several other colonies. In the Judicial His- 
tory of Massachusetts Professor Washburn says, (p. 86) " The 
president [Dudley] took upon himself the probate jurisdiction as 
Supreme Ordinary, but to save the trouble of parties attending at 
Boston he appointed judges of probate and clerks in the remote 
counties to act in his stead." Continuing in the same volume, the 
author says, (p. 95) " He [Andros] assumed to be the Supreme Or- 
dinary, and though it became extremely oppressive for all persons 
having any business of this kind to come to Boston, as by his orders 
they were compelled to do, and although the fees to be paid by the 
parties were greatly increased, yet it ought to be acknowledged that 
he did much to introduce a regular system of forms in the proceed- 
ings in probate courts, which before that had been loose and 
uncertain. He personally attended to the administration of estates 
exceeding fifty pounds, and the ordinary fee for the probate of a 
will was fifty shillings." Several orders relating to probate affairs 
were passed in the brief time of the administration of President 
Dudley and his Council, occupying only six months, between May 
and December, 1686. These are reproduced in 1 N. H. Prov. 
Laws, 92, 142 , passim, particularly 105, 124, 125. 

In the time of the Andros administration, which commenced 
Dec. 20, 1686, and was terminated by a popular uprising April 
18, 1689, the subject of probate affairs was taken up in a formal 
act of date June 1, 1687, entitled " An Act for probate of wills and 
granting letters of administration." The full "text appears - irTlc - 
N. H. Prov. Laws, 206. 



HISTORICAL NOTE XIX 

The people of Massachusetts have been very generally disposed 
to regard the Dudley-Andros administration of 1686-89 as a usur- 
pation. The Bay colony, immediately upon the downfall of the An- 
dros government, resumed the government which was in existence 
at the time of the inauguration of the Dudley administration in 
May, 1686. The laws by which they had formerly been governed 
were revived by an express act. This, of course, included the 
laws relating to wills and probates. (1 N. H. Prov. Laws, 294. 
See Smith's reports, 503.) The deposition of Andros left New 
Hampshire without a colonial government. The people were un- 
able to unite upon a government for themselves. Government was 
relegated to the town organizations. This status continued during 
a period of about ten months. A union was effected between the 
towns and people of New Hampshire and those of Massachusetts 
Bay. This is commonly described as the second union. The 
exact status of probate jurisdiction in New Hampshire at this time 
is somewhat problematical. (1 N. H. Prov. Laws, 259-399.) 

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



XX HISTORICAL NOTE 

the effect on the whole rather to rehabilitate and confirm the ancient 
local statute law than to supersede it by important or extensive in- 
novations. (See Oliver's Puritan Comm., 78, 79,80; Adams's 
Emancipation of Mass., 197; arg. of Att'y-Gen. cited supra, 26 
and 46.) It might be expected that probate jurisdiction would be 
provided for by the erection of a court performing its functions 
without very much variability from 1692-1775. Allen's commis- 
sion and instructions, as Usher claimed, invested the Governor or 
his Lieutenant with power to erect courts and make appointments 
for them. (1 N. H. Prov. Laws, 505.) 

It appears as early as 1693, by the act entitled " An act for the 
settling and distribution of intestates' estates and such as prove in- 
solvent," that the court of probate was already established. (1 
N. H. Prov. Laws, 566.) This fact is again recognized in 1701, 
in the act entitled " An additional act passed for the settlement of 
intestates' estates, thereto added insolvents' estates, how to be dis- 
posed of," Id. 683. In the Laws, ed. of 1716, p. 4, " Act for the 
settlement and distribution of the estates of intestates," the judge 
of probate is again referred to as then in the exercise of an appar- 
ently settled jurisdiction. In the Laws, ed. of 177 1, p. 104, the same 
act reappears. During Ihis period, that is from 1692-1775, the 
Governor and Council constituted a supreme court of probate. 
(3 N. H. Prov. Papers, 683, 717.) 

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



HISTORICAL NOTE XXI 

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

ALBERT S. BATCHELLOR, 

Editor of State Pafers. 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Abbott, 



, 1711 



Walter, 1667 . 

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

Charles, Durham, 1695 

Peter, 1672 
Alcock, Job, Portsmouth, 1712 

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

Joseph, 1680 
Avery, Thomas, 168 1 
Ayers, William, Portsmouth, 17 16 

Babb, Philip, Isles of Shoals, 167 1 
Backvvay, Benjamin, Newcastle, 1699 
Baker, John, Portsmouth, 1697 

John, Portsmouth, 1709 . 

Joseph, Isles of Shoals, 1672 . 
Banfield, John, Portsmouth, 1707 
Barefoote, Walter, Newcastle, 1688 
Batchelder, Alexander, 1660 . 

Ann, Portsmouth, 1660 . . 

Stephen, 1673 .... 
Beal, Edward, Newcastle, 1706 



XXIV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Beard, Joseph, Dover, 1703/4 . 

Thomas, Dover, 1678 

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

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

William, Rye, 1717 
Bickford, John, Isles of Shoals, 1662 

John, Durham, 1685/6 

John, Newington, 1715 

Temperance, 1694 . 

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

Rebecca, 1680 

Bishop, , 1679 

Blagdon, James, Star Island, 1715/16 
Blake, Jasper, Hampton, 1673 

John, Hampton, 1715/16 . 

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

Nathaniel, Hampton, 1695 

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

William, 1677/8 
Bronson, George, 1657 . 
Brooking, Godfrey, Isles of Shoals, 168 

William, "Portsmouth ,1694 . 
Broughton, John, Portsmouth, 1706 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXV 



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

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

Canney, Joseph, 1690 

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

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

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

James, Hampton, 1703/4 . 

Joseph, Hampton, 1704 

Thomas, Hampton, 1652 . 

Thomas, Hampton, 1712 . 
Chesley, George, Durham, 1710 

Philip, 1695 

Samuel, Durham, 1708 

Thomas, Durham, 1697/8 

Thomas, Durham, 1704 . 
Church, John, Jr., Dover, 171 1 
Churchwood, Gregory, 1670/1 
Clapham, Arthur, 1678 . 
Clark, Edward, 1675 
John, Portsmouth, 1694 ■-—. 

John, Newcastle, 1700 



1687 



XXVI 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Clark, John, Exeter, 1706 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1686 
Clement, Job, 1682 . . 

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

William, Hampton, 1662 . 
Combes, Alexander, Portsmouth, 1707 
Cotton, John, Hampton, 1710 . 

John, Portsmouth, 1714 

Seaborn, Hampton, 1684 . 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1689/90 . 

William, 1678 .... 
Cowell, Agnes, Portsmouth, 1681 . 

Edward, 1677 .... 

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

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

Susan, 1649 .... 
Cromwell, Philip, Dover, 1708 
Crowder, John, Portsmouth, 1652 . 
Cuddington, Stockdale, Hampton, 1650 
Cummings, Richard, Portsmouth, 1678 
Currier, Richard, Isles of Shoals, 1708 
Cutt, Eleanor, Portsmouth, 1684 

John, Portsmouth, 1680/1 

Richard, Portsmouth, 1675 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1698 
"Ursula, Portsmouth, 1694 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXVII 



Dalton, Philemon, Hampton, 1656 

Ruth, Hampton, 1665 

Samuel, Hampton, 1681 . 

Timothy, Hampton, 1657/8 

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

Hopkin, Portsmouth, 171 1 

John, Durham, 1685 

John, Durham, 1702 

William, 1697 . 
Dearborn, Godfrey, Hampton, 1680 

Thomas, Hampton, 17 10 . 
Demashaw, Hector, Isles of Shoals 
Dennett, Alexander, 1698 

John, Portsmouth, 1709/10 

Joseph, Portsmouth, 17 14 
Derry, John, Durham, 1697 
Deverson, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1705 
Dew, John, 1674 
Dimond, Thomas, Star Island, 1707 
Doe, Nicholas, 1691 
Dole, Benjamin, Hampton, 1707 
DollofF, Christian, Exeter, 1708 
Dore, Richard, Portsmouth, 1715/16 
Dow, Henry, Hampton, 1659 . 

Joseph, Hampton, 1703 . 

Samuel, Hampton, 1714 . 

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

Robert, Hampton, 1663 . 
Drew, Francis, Durham, 1694'" - 

Francis, Dover, 1717 



1677 



XXV111 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Drew, James, 1674 

Samuel, 1669 . 

Thomas, Durham, 1694 

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

Theophilus, Exeter, 1713 
Durgin, William, Dover, 1702 
Duston, Thomas, 1678 



Edmunds, John, 1696 

Thomas, 1696 . 
Elkins, Gershom, Hampton, 1714 

Henry, Hampton, 1667 

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

Robert, Dover, 1696/7 

Fabes, Elizabeth, Newcastle, 171 1 

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

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

Thomas, Portsmouth, 171 1 
Ferryman, William, 1700 
Field, Darby, 1651 

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

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



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXIX 



Follett, William, Durham, 1690 
Folsom, Ephraim, Exeter, 1709 
John, Exeter, 1692/3 
John, Exeter, 1715 . 
Samuel, Exeter, 1701/2 
Footman, Thomas, 1667 . 
Foss, John, Dover, 1699 
Frost, John, Star Island, 1713 
Fryer, Joshua, Newcastle, 1703 

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

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

Richard, Portsmouth, 1717 
Gibbons, Ambrose, Durham, 1656 
Giles, Matthew, Durham, 1667 
Gilman, Daniel, Exeter, 1683/4 
Edward, Exeter, 1655 
Edward, Exeter, 1690 
John, Exeter, 1700 . 
Moses, Exeter, 1701/2 
Stephen, Kingston, 17 12 . 
Goddard, John, 1667 

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



XXX 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Goodwin, Robert, 1677/8 
Gordon, Alexander, Exeter, 1697 

James, Exeter, 1714 
Gore, William, 1686 
Goss, James, 1688 . 
Gove, Edward, Hampton, 1712 
Graffam, Samuel, Portsmouth, 17 15 
Graffort, Bridget, Portsmouth, 1701 
Green, Edmund, 1668 

Henry, Hampton, 1700 

Isaac, Hampton, 1712/13 
Gresham, Noah, 1677/8 . 
Griffith, Caleb, Portsmouth, 1710 
Grout, Gabriel, Portsmouth, 1707 
Grubb, Gabriel, 1677/8 . 

Hall, John, Greenland, 1677 

John, Dover, 1700 . 

Joseph, Greenland, 1685 

Ralph, Dover, 1706/7 

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

William, Portsmouth, 1693 
Hanson, Isaac, 1683 

Thomas, 1666. 

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

Thomas, England, 1667 . 
Harrison, Nicholas, Dover, 1707/8 
Hart, John, Portsmouth, 1664/5 
Harvey, Joachim, 1678 . 
_Onesiphorous, Isles of Shoals, 1672 

Richard, 1678 .... 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXI 



3/H 



Haskins, William, 1712 . 
Hatch, John, Portsmouth, 1701 
Hatherly, Henry, 1676 . 
Hayward, Hugh, Bristol, Eng., 171, 
Heard, James, Kittery, Me., 1677 

John, Kittery, Me., 1677 . 

John, Dover, 1687 

John, Dover, 1707 . 

John, Dover, 1716/17 

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

Valentine, 1662 
Hilliard, Benjamin, Hampton, 1677 

Emmanuel, Hampton, 1657 

Timothy, Hampton, 1712 
Hilton, Catherine, Exeter, 1676 

Edward, 1670/1 

Edward, Exeter, 1699 

William, Exeter, 1690 

William, 1700 . 

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

James, 1680 

Morris, Hampton, 1706 
Hobby, Sir Charles, Boston, Mass., 1716/17 
Hockaday, Nathaniel, Isles of Shoals, 1664 
Hoddy, John, Portsmouth, 1684 
Holdridge, Isabel, Exeter, 1689 
Holland, Edward, Star Island, 1684 
Roger, 1677/8 .-■ —r r — ; 



1664 



682 
481 
180 
720 
188 
188 
312 
588 
797 
43i 
327 
265 
206 

55 
199 

35 
682 
172 
124 
443 

344 
470 

668 

46 

75 
437 
242 

559 
798 
78 
280 
328 
286 
207 



XXX11 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Home, John, Dover, 1710 

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

Robert, Dover, 1705 
Hull, Dodavah, 1682 

Dodavah, Portsmouth, 17 16 
Reuben, Portsmouth, 1689 
Hunking, Hercules, Star Island, 1659 
John, Portsmouth, 1681 . 
Mark, Portsmouth, 1667 . 
Hunkitt, John, Hampton, 1670/1 
Huntress, George, Newington, 1715 
Hussey, Christopher, 1684/5 . 



Jackson, Clement, Portsmouth, 1708 

John, Portsmouth, 1660 . 

John, Portsmouth, 1690/1 

Nathaniel, Portsmouth, 17 15 

Thomas, 1691 . 

Walter, Durham, 1697/8 . 

W T illiam, Portsmouth, 1672 
Jaffrey, George, Portsmouth, 1706/7 
James, Thomas, 1671 
Jenkins, Henry, 1670 

Stephen, Durham, 1694 . 
Jenness, Francis, Hampton, 17 14 
Joce, Christopher, Portsmouth, 1676 

Jane, Portsmouth, 1689 . 

John, Portsmouth, 1694 . 

Richard, Portsmouth, 1707/8 

Johns, Catherine, 1660 . 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXX111 



Johnson, Edmund, Hampton, 1650 

James, Newcastle, 1678 . 

Peter, Hampton, 1674 

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

George, Exeter, 1694/5 

James, 1686 

John, Portsmouth, 1667 . 

John, Dover, 1706 . 

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

Keais, Samuel, Portsmouth, 17 16 . 

Kelly, Abraham or Andrew, Newcastle, 

Kendrick, Joshua, 1662 . 

Kennard, Edward, Portsmouth, 17 12 

Kenniston, John, 1677 

Kent, Oliver, Durham, 1670 . 

Kimming, John, Exeter, 1708 

King, Richard, Portsmouth, 1653 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1666/7 . 

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

Ladbrook, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1684 
Lang, Robert, 17 15/16 . 
Langdon, Tobias, Portsmouth, 1664 
Larriford, John, 1672 
Lavers, George, Portsmouth, 1683/4 
Lawrence, David, Exeter, 1709/10 . 
Leach, James, Portsmouth, 1696/7 . 
Leader, Richard, 1668 . 

Lear, Tobias, 1677/8 . . . 

Leavitt, Hezron, Hampton, 1702/3 . 
Isabel, Hampton, 1698/9 . 



1709 



20 
213 

157 

5i 
712 

406 
302 
107 

553 
702 
231 

796 

635 
56 
700- 
i 9 r 
120 
625 

25 

93 

75 

397 

39°* 

285. 

785 
81 

133 
268 
649. 

4 2 3 
no 
204 

499 
449, 



in 



XXXIV 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Leavitt, Nehemiah, Exeter, 1715 

Samuel, Exeter, 1707 

Thomas, Hampton, 1692 
Leggett, John, 1665 
Leighton, John, Dover, 17 12 

Thomas, Dover, 1671 

Thomas, 1677 . 
Lemon, William, 1660 . 
Lewis, John, Newcastle, 1700/1 

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

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

Allen, Portsmouth, 1701/2 

Edward, 1663 . 
Locke, John, Hampton, 1706/7 
Lovering, John, Dover, 1668 . 
Lowe, John, Portsmouth, 17 13 
Ludecas, Mrs., Dover, 1664 . 
Lux, Audrey, Portsmouth, 1688 

William, Newcastle, 1684 

Mann, Michael, Portsmouth, 1687 
Mansfield, Henry, 1678 . 
Manson, Richard, Portsmouth, 170 

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

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

John, Hampton, 1699/1700 



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXV 



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

Martin, John, 1664 . 

Martyn, Matthew, 1677 . 

Richard, Portsmouth, 1692/3 
Richard, Jr., 1691 . 

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

Matthews, Benjamin, Durham, 1710/11 
Francis, Durham, 1704 
Isaac, Portsmouth, 1716 . 
Walter, 1678 . 

Maud, Daniel, 1654/5 

Maverick, Antipas, Exeter, 1678 

Meader, Nathaniel, Durham, 1705 

Melcher, Edward, Portsmouth, 1695 

Mills, Ann, Portsmouth, 1716 
Richard, Portsmouth, 1715 

Mingy, Jeffrey, Hampton, 1658 

Moody, Joshua, Portsmouth, 1693 

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

Morgan, William, Exeter, 17 12 

Morrill, Nicholas, Portsmouth, 1697 

Morris, Thomas, 1701 

Moses, Aaron, Portsmouth, 1713 

Moulton, Daniel, 167 1 

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

Mussell, Robert, 1663/4 • 



337 
141 

485 
72 

182 
376 

353 

429 

1 

372 
669 

533 

790 
211 

27 
226 

539 

409 

788 
782 

37 
384 
184 

47i 
701 

434 
487 
716 

I2 5 

483 

18 

5S5 
66 
61 



XXXVI 



LIST OF ESTATES 



Nelson, Matthew, Portsmouth, 17 13 
Nichols, James, 1651 
Nock, Henry, Dover, 1713 

Silvanus, Dover, 1716 

Thomas, 1667 . 

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

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

O'Shaw, Daniel, Newcastle, 17 15 
James, Newcastle, 1716 . 

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

Owen, John, Portsmouth, 1704 

Page, Francis, Hampton, 1706 

Robert, Hampton, 1679 . 

Stephen, Hampton, 1713/14 

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

Thomas, Newcastle, 1694 
Palmer, , 1661 

Christopher, Hampton, 1706/7 

William, 1685 • 
Parker, Noah, Portsmouth, 1708 

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

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



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXVll 



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

Abraham, 1715 

Abraham, Jr., 1677 • 

Humphrey, Hampton, 1712 

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

Thomas, Hampton, 1663/4 

Thomas, Kingston, 1712 . 

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

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

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

Joshua, Portsmouth, 17 16/17 

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

William, Durham, 1682 . 

William, Portsmouth, 1693 
Plaisted, Ichabod, Berwick, Me., 17 

Elisha, Portsmouth, 1690 

John, 1707/8 . 
Plimpton, Henry, 1652 . 
Polly, Edward, 1715 
Pomeroy, Joseph, 1674 • 

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

Quick, Nathan, 1677/8 . 

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



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Rand, Francis, 1689 

John, 1694/5 . 

John, Durham, 1698 

Remembrance, 1694/5 

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

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

John, 1677 
Rice, Henry, Dover, 171 1 
Richards, Mary, Portsmouth, 1702/3 

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

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

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

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

James, Portsmouth, 1700 . 

Samuel, Portsmouth, 1694 

Thomas, Exeter, 1706 
Rose, Roger, Portsmouth, 1705 
Rouse, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1712/1, 
Rowe, Richard, Dover, 1703 . 
Royall, Teague, 1677 
Rutherford, Robert, Portsmouth, 17 15 
Rymes, Samuel, Portsmouth, 1711/12 

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



LIST OF ESTATES 



XXXIX 



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

Philip, Portsmouth, 1689 . 
Seward, , 1681 

John, Portsmouth, 1705 

Richard, 1662/3 

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

Edward, Exeter, 1712 

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

Caleb, 1715 

Roger, Hampton, 1660 
Sherburne, Ambrose, 1676 

Henry, 168 1 

John, Portsmouth, 1690 . 

John, Portsmouth, 1691 . 

Samuel, 1691 . 
Shipway, John, Portsmouth, 1683 

John, Portsmouth, 1690 . 
Shortridge, Richard, Portsmouth, 17 12 
Simonds, Thomas, 1674 . 
Sinclair, John, Exeter, 1699/1700 
Sleeper, Moses, 1680 
Sloper, Richard, Portsmouth, 1711 
Smart, Robert, Exeter, 1703 . 
Smith, Israel, Hampton, 1706 

James, Durham, 171$. 

John, Hampton, 1709 

Joseph, Hampton, 1712 

Nicholas, Exeter, 1673 

Nicholas, Exeter, 1715/16 

Robert, Hampton, 1699/1700 



632 

156 
120 

345 
328 

257 
546 

57 
103 

285 
698 
692 
810 

772 

47 

175 
252 

34 1 
362 

362 

266 

34 2 
701 

I5 1 

454 
242 

671 

508 

55i 

728 

636 
694 
146 
782 
457 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Snell, Agnes, 1681 

George, Portsmouth, 1706 

Richard, Boston, Mass., 1691 
Stanyan, Anthony, Hampton, 1688/9 
Start, Thomas, 1674 
Steele, Francis, Exeter, 17 17 . 
Stevens, Caleb, 1675 

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

Thomas, Durham, 1664 . 

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

Lucy, Newcastle, 1699/1700 

Richard, 1679 

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

William, 1661 . 
Swaine, Francis, 1665 

Hezekiah, Hampton, 1670 

John, Newcastle, 1699 

Mary, Newcastle, 1704 

William, 1692 

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

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

William, Dover, 1699/1700 
Taskett, Samuel, Durham, 1704 
Taylor, Henry, 1649 

William, 1677/8 
Thing, Jonathan, 1674 

Jonathan, Exeter, 1695 



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

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

Philip, Hampton, 1696 

Philip, Hampton, 1709 
Trickey, Ephraim, Dover, 1701 

Isaac, Dover, 1712 . 

Joseph, Dover, 17 13 

Thomas, 1675 . 

Trueworthy, , 1673 

Tuck, Edward, Hampton, 1653 

Robert, 1664 
Tucker, John, Star Island, 1670 

Philip, Portsmouth, 1695 . 

Richard, 1679 

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

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

Urin, William, Star Island, 1664 

Varney, Humphrey, Dover, 1713 . 

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

Wakeham, John, 1691/2 

Thomas, Portsmouth, 1698 

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

Walford, Jeremiah, Portsmouth, 1660 



35 
267 
182 

634 
746 

421 

640 

482 

690 

713 
169 

142 

25 

79 

121 

409 
241 

39 2 

74 
20 

60 

814 
286 
i93 

73 

7H 
717 

258 

366 
441 

174 
302 

43 



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LIST OF ESTATES 



Walford, Thomas, Portsmouth, 1666 

Thomas, 1678 . 
Walker, Joseph, 1683 

Robert, Portsmouth, 1714 

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

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

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

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

John, Newcastle, 1695 

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

James, Newcastle, 1706/7 

William, 1654 . 

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

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

Bradstreet, Exeter, 1709 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1664 

Thomas, Exeter, 1695/6 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1700 



LIST OF ESTATES 



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

Stephen, Durham, 1096 . 

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

Robert, 1676 . 
Wilson, Humphrey, Exeter, 1698 

John, Exeter, 1699/1700 . 

Thomas, Exeter, 1642/3 . 

Thomas, 1662 . . 

William, Hampton, 1710 . 
Wincoll, John, Portsmouth, 1715 
Windsor, Samuel, 1687 . 
Wingate, John, Dover, 1683/4 

John, Dover, 1714 . 

Moses, Dover, 1695/6 

Oliver, England, 1664 
Winsley, Samuel, Kingston, 1710 
Woodis, John, Portsmouth, 1670 
Woodman, John, Dover, 1705 
Woodward, James, 1647 
Wright, Nathaniel, Stratham, 17 16 
Wyatt, John, Portsmouth, 1670 

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



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1699 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



JOHN MASON 1635 LONDON ENG. 

In the Name of God Amen, I Cap 1 John Mason of London Esq 1 " 
being Sick in body but of perfect mind & memory, laud & praise 
be therefore given to Almighty God, doe make & declare this my 
present last Will & Testament in Manner & forme following (that 
is to Say) first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands 
of Almighty God my Maker hopeing & Assuredly beleiveing y l 
by & through the Meritts of the most pretious death & passion of 
my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ I shall be Saved and have full 
& free pardon & remission of all my Sins and Enjoy Everlasting 
life, in the Kingdom of heaven Amongst the Elect Children of 
God, My body I committ to y e Earth from whence it came to be 
buried in the Collegiate Church of S 1 Peter in Westmin 1 " without 
Any ffunerall Pompe, or Ceremonie. And as concerneing all & 
Singuler the Goods Chattells Debts & personall Estate, which 
it hath pleased God of his Goodness to bless me withall in 
this life after my Debts shall be paid & my ffunerall Charges 
discharged I give devise & bequeath the Same unto Such person 
& persons, in Such manner & forme & Under Such provisoes 
Conditions and Limitations as are hereafter Expressed (that is to 
say) 

Imprimus I Give and bequeath Unto five poor people of the 
Town or parish of Portsmouth in the County of Southampton the 
sume of rive pounds to be distributed According to the discretions 
of the Church warden of the said Town or p r sh for the time being, 
and to be paid by my Executrix Unto y e said Church warden of 
the s' 1 Town or p r ish within one Year Next after my Decease the 
S li Churchwardens, within One Year Next after the receipt of y e 
said legacie given unto My Executrix an honest and Just Account, 
of the distribuc'on of the s' 1 legacie, to y e use of the s d poor people. 



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

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

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

All the rest & residue of all & Singuler my goods & Chattells 
and ready Money debts and personall Estate whatsoever & where- 
soever, after my Debts shall be paid, and my Legacies & ffunerall 
Charges shall be discharged, I will that my Wife shall have the 
use thereof and of Every part thereof And shall receive have & 
Enjoy to her Owne proper use all the encrease, profitt cS: benefitt 
that shall be made thereof, by for and dureing the terme of her 
Naturall life. And from and Imediately after the decease of my 
said wife, then I give devise and bequeath the S d rest and residue 
of all and Singuler my Goods Chattells ready Mony Debts & 
personall Estate whatsoever Unto my flour Grand Children John 
Tufton Ann Tufton Robert Tufton and Mary Tufton to be Equally 
divided Amongst them part and part like and to be paid to the 
men Children at their severall Ages of One and Twenty Years ; 
And to the women Children at their Ages of One and twenty- 
Years ; or dayes of Marriage which shall first happen, & if any 
of them dye in their Minoritye then the part or porc'on of him or 
them soe dy r ing shall be parted & divided Unto and Amongst the 
Survivour or Survivors of my' s fl four Grand-Children respectively 



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And my Will and minde is, and I doe hereby devise and Appoint, 
that in case my said Wife Ann Mason shall dye & depart this 
mortall life before all my Said four Grand-Children shall be 
capable to receive have hold and Enjoy the Severall legacies 
and bequests before in this my Will given & bequeathed unto 
them and to hold and Enjoy the Lands and Tenem ts hereafter in 
this my Will by me Given and bequeathed unto them or to them 
& their heirs respectively y* y n and in such case my Loveing 
Brother in Law John Woollaston shall receive the parts & portions 
of such of my s d four Grand Children as shall be then in their 
Minoritye, and take possession of such Land ; as I shall in this 
my will give, devise & bequeath Unto them, and shall Imploy y e 
same for y e benefitt & Maintainance of my s' 1 Grand Children ; 
& shall pay the same to them respectively as they shall attaine to 
their Ages of One & Twenty Years or dayes of Marriage as 
aforsaid. And I doe hereby make & Ordaine y e said John Wol- 
laston after the decease of my said Wife Sole Guardian of and for 
my said Grand Children or Such of them as shall be in their 
Minoritie at the time of the decease of my Said Wife and in Case 
my s (1 wife, and my s' 1 Brother in Law John Wollaston ; shall 
both dye and depart this Mortall Life before my said Grand 
Children shall be capable to have & receive their portions as 
aforsaid ; and to enjoy such Land as hereafter in this my will is 
bv me given and bequeathed unto them respectively then I leave 
the Education and bringing up of such my said Grand Children ; 
as shall be in their Minoritie, and the receiveing haveing and 
possessing of such Lands Tenem ts legacies and bequests as I have 
and shall give them by this my will unto such person or persons 
as my said Brother in Law John Wollaston shall in his life time 
Nominate & appoint for that purpose & to no other person or per- 
sons whatsoever. — And I doe hereby Charge my said Grand 
Children and Every of them to make Choice of and accept of my 
said Brother in Law & such' person or persons as he shall Appoint 
& none other whatsoever to be Executrix Guardian & Guardians 
for them, after the decease of mv said Wife, And I doe herebv 



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

Now as conserneing y e Disposition of all & Singular my Man- 
nors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements & hereditam 18 with their and 
Every of their Rights Members & Appurtenances ; as well within 
the Realme of England as Else where I give devise & bequeath 
the same and Every of them to Such person & persons upon Such 
Trusts and Confidence to such uses & intents & purposes, & 
under Such provisoes, Conditions & Limittac'ons as are hereafter 
Expressed. (That is to say) first I Give devise & bequeath unto 
the Mayor and Comonallity and Corporation of The Town of 
Kingslyn in the County of Norfolk where I was borne by what 
name title or Addition soever, the s' 1 Towne or Corporation is have 
been or shall be Called Known or incorpretted and to their suc- 
cessors for Ever Under the provisoe or Condition Nevertheless 
here after expressed, Two thousand Acres of Land in my County 
of New hampshire Or Mason hall in New England which by my 
Executrix & Overseers aforesaid shall be thought most ritt, And 
the Reverc'on & Reverc'ons remainder & remainders of the same 
two thousand acres of Land and Every part thereofF to have & to 
hold the same and Every part thereof unto the said Mayor and 
Comonallity & Corporation of the said Town of Kingslyn And 
their Successors for Ever for & under the Yearly Rent of One 
penny of Lawfull mony of England to be paid to my heirs if it 
shall be demanded, And alsoe Allowing unto my heirs for ever 
two ffifth parts of all such Mynes Royall as shall be at any time 
after my decease found in & upon the same Land or any part 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 

thereof Provided allvvayes & my will & minde is, And I doe 
hereby devise & appointe that the said Mayor and Comonallity 
their successers or Assignes, Shall within ffive Years next after 
my Decease plant & sett upon the said thousand Acres of Land 
ffive ffamillies of people at least to plant upon y e same, & that the 
Cleare Yearly profitt that shall be made of & upon the s' 1 Two 
Thousand Acres of Land shall be Yearly for Ever Distributed 
& Disposed of towards the Maintainance & Releife of the poor 
people of y e s' 1 Towne at the discretion of the Mayor & Aldermen 
or the Cheifest Govern' of y e said Town for the time being. And 
I will that my said wife Ann Mason shall at y e request Cost & 
Charges in y e Law, of y e said Mayor & Cominalitye their Succes- 
sers or Assignes Lawfully & sufficiently convey Release & Assure 
unto the said Mayor & Comonality & their Successers for Ever 
all her Right Estate Dower Title of Dower and Interest of and in 
y e said two Thousand Acres of Land, and that by Such lawfull 
wayes & Means, as by the s a Mayor and Comonalitie or their 
successors or by their Councill learned in the Law shall be rea- 
sonably devised or advised and required. 

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



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

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 7 

before bequeathed by this my will & the Reverssion and Rever- 
ssions Remaind r & Remaind rs Rents & Yearly and Otther profitts 
whatsoever of the same p r misses. To have & to hold y e same 
and every part thereof Except before Excepted, Unto my s d Grand 
Child Robert Tufton & to his heirs & Assignes for Ever, Pro- 
vided allways and upon Condition Nevertheless and my true 
Intent & meaneing is that the said Ann my Wife shall have & 
Enjoye the said Mannor and p'misses Given to my s' 1 Grand Child 
Robert Tufton as aforesaid and receive take and enjoye to her 
ovvne proper use the Rents Issues & profitts thereof untill my said 
Grand Child Robert Tufton shall Attaine to & Accomplish his 
full Age of One & Twenty Years, (if my said wife shall soe long 
live) Provided alsoe & my ffurther will minde & meaneing is & 
I doe hereby devise & Appoint y l my s' 1 Grand Child Rob 1 Tufton 
shall alter his Sir Name & Sir Name himselfe Mason ; before he 
shall be Capable to Enjoye the s' 1 Mannor and p'misses Accord- 
ing to this my Will for y* my true intent and meaning is that the 
s d mann r & p'misses shall Continue in my name as now it doth & 
no Otherwise. 

Item I give devise & bequeath unto my s d Brother in Law John 
Wollaston his heirs & Assignes for Ever upon the Trusts & Confi- 
dences, and to the uses intents and purposes Nevertheless hereafter 
Expressed Two Thousand Acres of Land, in my County of New- 
hampshire in New England aforesaid where my said Brother & 
Executrix afores' 1 shall think fitt upon trust & Confidence, & to the 
use intent and purpose, that my said Brother John Wollaston or 
his heirs, And my said wife Ann Mason shall with all speed con- 
venient after my decease at y e Charges of my Estate In due forme 
of Law, Settle & Convey One Thousand Acres of y e said Land 
to some ffeorTees in trust & to their heirs for Ever, for & towards 
y e Maintainance of an honnest Godly & Religious Preacher of 
Gods word in some Church or Chappie or other publick place y l 
shall be Appointed for devine Worshipp & Service within the said 
County of New hampshire, where my s d wife and Brother shall 
think fitt, the said ffeofees & their heirs ; paying & allowing unto 



6 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

all the Rest & residue of all & Singular my Mannors Messuages, 
Lands Tenem ts & hereditaments with their & Every of their 
App rS lying and being within y e said County of Newhampshire or 
Elsewhere in New England afors' 1 , not before bequeathed by this 
my will ; I Give devise & bequeath y e same & Every part thereof 
and the Reverc'on and Reverc'ons Remainder & Remainders 
thereof and of Every part thereof under the provisoes and Condi- 
tions Nevertheless hereafter Expressed unto my Grand Child John 
Tufton, And to the heirs of his body Lawfully to be begotten & 
for want of such Issue to the said Robert Tufton or my Grand 
Child, & to the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten, & for want 
of such Issue to my Cosin Doctor Robert Mason Chanceller of 
the Diocess of Winchester, & to the heirs male of his body Law- 
fully begotten or to be begotten & for want of such Issue to my 
Right heirs & Assignes for Ever Provided allwayes Nevertheless 
and my will minde & meaning is that my said wife Ann Mason 
shall have hold & Enjoye ; y e said Mann™ Messuages lands and 
p r mises by me given unto my said Grand Child John Tufton as 
aforsaid and receive y e rents Issues and profitts thereof & of Every 
part thereof to her Owne proper use and behoofe untill my said 
Grand Child John Tufton shall Attaine to and Accomplish his full 
Age of One & Twenty Years if y e said Ann my wife shall soe 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



long live, provided alsoe, & my further will minde & meaning is 
& I doe hereby devise & Appoint, that my said Grand Child John 
Tufton, shall alter his Sir Name, and shall name himself Mason, 
before he shall be Capable to enjoye y e said Mannors Lands & 
p r misses or any part thereof According to my bequest for that my 
true intent & meaning is that the said Lands shall not descend 
from the name of Mason but that my said Grand Child & his heirs 
shall Enjoy the same Land & p r misses in my Owne S r Name & 
not otherwise, Provided allso & my will & minde is, and I doe 
hereby devise & appoint that my s' 1 Grand Child John Tufton or 
his heirs shall well & truly pay or Cause to be paid unto my Grand 
Child Mary Tufton his Sister out of y e Mannors Messuages Lands 
& Tenem ts by me bequeathed unto him as aforesaid y e sume of five 
hundred pounds of Lawfull money of England for her better pre- 
ferm 1 & advancement in Marriage the same to be paid unto her or 
her Assigns within one year next after y e day of y e Marriage of 
the said Mary Tufton without fraud or Covin, provided alsoe & 
my further will Minde & meaning is & I doe hereby devise & 
appoint y* in Case my s' 1 Grand Children John Tufton, Ann Tufton, 
Rob 1 Tufton and Mary Tufton ; or any of them shall refuse or 
be unwilling to take & Accept of my s' 1 Brother in Law John Wol- 
aston, or such person or persons as he shall appoint to be in his 
or their Guardians or Guardians after the decease of my wife, dure- 
ing their or any of their Minorities, or if in Case my said four 
Grand Children or any of them, their or any of their heirs Execut rs 
Adm rs or Assignes or any of them shall at any time or times after 
my Decease by any wayes or means whatsoever sue vex molest 
trouble or prosecute my Execuf 8 or Administ rs for the sume of one 
Thousand pound of Lawfull money of England which was here- 
tofore deposited in my hands by Joseph Tufton their Father or for 
any part thereof y* then & from thence forth in Either of those 
Cases y e Legacies & bequests by me given and bequeathed to 
such of my said four Grand Children & to his or their heirs as 
shall soe offend Contrary to the true meaning herein before 
declared shall be voyde & of none effect as if y e same had never 



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

Item I give devise & bequeath all and Singular my Messuages 
Lands Tenem ts and hereditaments with their & Every of their 
App rs lying & being within the Realme of England or elsewhere, 
not bequeathed by this my will unto myLoveing wife Ann Mason 
and her Assignes for and dureing the Tearm of her Naturall Life 
and after her Decease to my abovesaid Brother in Law John Wol- 
leston and his assignes for & dureing y e Joynt lives of my said 
Daughter Ann Tufton and her now husband upon trust & Confi- 
dence Nevertheless that the said John Wolleston & his Assignes 
shall pay and disburse the rents and profitts of the said p r misses 
and every part thereof for and towards the proper Maintenance 
and stay of Liveing of and for & y e said Ann my Daughter and 
noe otherwise. And in case my said Daughters now Husband 
shall dye and depart this Life in the life time of my said Daughter 
Ann Tufton, then and from thenceforth I Give devise & bequeath 
my s d last menc'oned Messuages Lands Tenements and heredita- 
ments Every part thereof unto my said Daughter Ann Tufton for 
& dureing y e Tearm of her naturall Life, and from & Imediatly 
after y e decease of my said Wife and Daughter and of the longest 
Liver of them then to my said Grand Children John Tufton Ann 
Tufton Rob 1 Tufton & Mary Tufton and to their heirs & Assignes 
for Ever and to none other use intent or purpose whatsoever under 
the provisoes & Conditions nevertheless herein before declared. 

ffinally I doe hereby revoke Countermand and make voyde all 
former Wills Testaments Codocills Exec r8 Legacyes & bequests 
whatsoever by me at any time made Named given, Willed, or 
Appointed, before the makeing of this my will willing & mindeing 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II 

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

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

John Mason 

Signed, Sealed, published & declared by the said Cap 1 John 
Mason the Testator as his Last will & Testament on the day and 
year above written In y e presence of us whose Names are here 
underwritten 

Tho : Noell 
Mathew Mason 
J fferrett Not 1 * 

Probatum fuit Testamentum supra scriptum Apud London 
Coram ven rb]i viro Magistro Willo. Clarke legum Dre — surr ven- 



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erabili viri D'ni Henrici Martin militi legum etiam Doctoris Curiae 
prerogative Cant Magistri Custodis sive Comissarii legitime Con- 
stit vici'mo sc'do die Mensis Decembris Anno D'ni Millesimo 
sexcentessimo Tricesimo Quinto Juramento Annse Mason relictis 
dicti defuncti et Executricis in hujusmodi testamento nominat Cui 
Comissa finit Administratio oium et singulorum bonorum Jurium 
et Creditorum d'i defuncti de bene et fidlt'r Administrando eadem 
ad s'ti Dei Evangelia Jurat. 

Sadler 127 Q^ Tho : welham Reg ris Dep ty 

Tertio/Examinat r 

Pro : New Hampsh r 

A True Copia from the Superiour Court files Compared the 
21 st March 1704/5 

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

The Doposition of Stephen Biles and Joseph Mason. 

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

Testified upon Oath before me 

Jo Endecott Gov r 

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

Attest r Edward Rawson secret 

[Council Book 1, p. 37.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 3 

JOHN PHILLIPS 1641/2 

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

[Court Records, July 5, 1643, in Deed, vol. 1, p. 16.] 

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

[Court Records, July 28, 1642, in Deeds, vol. 1 , p. II.] 

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

[Court Records, July 5, 1643, ' n Deeds, vol. 1, p. 16.] 



THOMAS WILSON 1642/3 EXETER 

In the name of God Amen. 

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

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



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

witnesses : A hand. 

Edward Hilton 
John Smart 
John Legat 
John Richardson 

Deposed in Court the 20 th of the 7 1643. 

Increase nowell 

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

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



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

Edward Hilton 
John Richardson 
John Legat 

This explication was taken & allowed by the Court uppon the 
testimony of John Legat, & John Richardson, abovenamed & 
subscribed 

Increase nowell 

[Suffolk County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN WHITE 1646 

[Order of Court, Aug. 26, 1646, to John Reynolds and Robert 
Mussell to take an inventor)- and settle the estate of John White.] 
[Court Records, Aug. 26, 1646, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 36.] 

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

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

[Court Records, Aug. 26, 1646, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 36.] 



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JAMES WOODWARD 1647 

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

Impr. John Sherborne owes me 5 1 to be payd on Michalmas 
Day next (so Called) in the moneth of septemb. w ch in Case It be 
not payd he must pay six pound/ 

It he sayth That he hath served m r Williams of Saco Almost 
A yeare for w cb he Expecteth sevene pounds. 

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

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

Itm. due to Thomas Warner for A Red wastcote 6* 

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

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

James X Wooward 
his scribled marke 

Witness to this Testamentory writeing 

Stephen Bachiler 

Roger X Knight his marke 

Andrew Leyfers marke 

Takne Into the Courte hild att Dover the 10 th of the 7" 1 m° 1647 
And the Courte Allowes of It to have It Recorded. 

*$ me George Smyth recorder 
[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1647, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 39.] 



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SUSAN CRAWFORD 1649 

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

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

[Court Records, Oct. 6, 1649, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 66.] 

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

It is ordered by this Courte that the foresaid William Seavie 
shall paye unto the foresaide Thomas willey & the saide margaret 
(whoe are gardians unto the said Sarah Crawford.) the forsaide 
thirtie pounds in manner followinge that is to saye XV 1 in Cattell, 
VIII 1 in linen & wollen Cloth, to be praised by one man to be 
chosen by william Seavie, and one other man to be chosen by 
Thomas willey, and by william Store marshall, and the other 
VII 1 in currant money. 

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1650, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 74.] 

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

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1650, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 74.] 
2 



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1 

HENRY TAYLOR 1649 

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

[Court Records, Oct. 6, 1649, la Deeds, vol. 1, p. 67. 



JOHN MOULTON 1649/50 HAMPTON 

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



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

witnessed to this by mee John Moulton 

Robert Tuck 

Willi Estowe 

[Proved Oct. 1, 1650.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 7.] 



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STOCKDALE CUDDINGTON 1650 HAMPTON 

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



ANTHONY SADLER 1650 

[Administration on the estate of Anthony Sadler granted to 
his widow, Martha Sadler, Oct. " i 8t 3 d day," 1650. The court 
reserved £10 out of the estate for the use of her child, then 
unborn.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



THOMAS TURP1N 1650 

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

[Court Records, Oct. 8-10, 1650, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 75.] 



EDMUND JOHNSON 1650 HAMPTON 

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edmund Johnson granted to 
his widow, Mary Johnson, April 8, 1651.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

[Order of court Oct. 7, 1651, that the children have the follow- 
ing portions out of the estate : Peter Johnson, the oldest, £32 at 
the age of twenty-one, John Johnson £16 at the age of twenty- 
one, James Johnson £16 at the age of twenty-one, and Dorcas 
Johnson £16 at the age of eighteen or day of marriage with her 



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

Wheras at y e Court held at Hampton the (7 th ) of y e (8 th ) m° : 
1653 It was ordered y l y e Childeren of Edmond Jonson late of 
Hampton deceased should have out of their fathers estate for their 
portions as followeth viz Peter Jonson the eldest thirty two pounds 
att y e age of one & twenty years John Jonson sixteen pound att 
y e age of one & twenty years James Jonson sixteen pound att y e 
age of one & twenty years & Dorcas Jonson sixteen pound att y e 
age of eighteen years or at y e day of hir marriage w th hir mothers 
consent w ch of y m shall first happen. 

Know yea that I Thomas Coleman father in law [step-father] unto 
the aforesaid Childeren doe by these p r sents bind my selfe my heires 
Executo r8 & Administrate 1 " 8 unto y e goverm 1 of y e Massachusets in 
Newengland in y e full & intire some of fower score pound of cur- 
rant money to pay the aforesayd Legasies unto the aforesayd Chil- 
deren respectively or according to y e order of y e Court abovesayd 
As also to bee att the charges of y e Educacon of the sayd childeren 
and to have them taught to write & read. And for y e more sure 
^pformance of y e p r misses: according to y e order of y e sayd court I doe 
with the full & free consent of Mary my wyfe (mother unto y e sayd 
Childeren) binde over in security (unto the sayd Goverm 1 ) for y e 
^formance of y e sayd Legasies or portions allotted unto the sayd 
childeren by the Court aforesayd as also for their educacon as 
aforesayd all those lands that did belonge to the aforesd Edmon 
Jonson liing & being w^in y e bounds of the towne of Hampton 
aforesayd & now in y e possession of mee the sayd Tho : Coleman : 
As namely eight acres of Salt marsh butting uppon y e great Oxe 
Com'on on y e : E : Tho : Moulton on y e (S : W) Edward Colcord 
on y e (N. E) y e town wast. And three acres of fresh medow 
butting uppon y e great Sault marsh on y e (N E) Jn° Wedgewood : 



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

Tho : Coleman w th a Seale to itt 

Signed Sealed & delivered to use of y e goverm* aforesaid in y e 
p r sence of us. 

Tho: Bradbury 

Wymond Bradbury 

Jacob Hooke 

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

Tho : Bradbury rec d 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 31.] 



GEORGE WEBB 165 1 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of George Webb of Dover granted 
to George Smith April 8, 165 1.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

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



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DARBY FIELD 1651 

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

[Court Records, Oct. 1, 1651, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 91.] 



JAMES NICHOLS 1651 

[Administration on the estate of James Nichols granted to Wal- 
ter Knight Oct. 1, 165.1.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 1, 1651, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 91.] 



THOMAS CHASE 1652 HAMPTON 

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

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

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



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[Order of court, Oct. 10, 1665, appointing Christopher Hussey, 
Ensign John Sanborn, and Thomas Philbrick, Jr., a committee to 
divide the estate among the children, with the consent of the 
administratrix, she to have £4 out of the lands.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



JOHN CROWDER 1652 PORTSMOUTH 

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

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

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

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

Dated this . 5 . of march . 1652. / 

"$ us Brian pendleton 
Richarde waldern 

[Court Records, Oct. 8, 1652, in Deeds, vol. 1, p. 98.] 



HENRY PLIMPTON 1652 

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

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



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EDWARD TUCK 1653 HAMPTON 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



RICHARD KING 1653 PORTSMOUTH 

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



WILLIAM WEYMOUTH 1654 

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



BERRY 1654 

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

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



GEORGE ABORN 1654 HAMPTON 

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



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wife we being present. In witnesse whereof we have hereunto set 
our hands 8 th 3 d 1654. 

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

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

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

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



JOHN WEDGWOOD 1654 HAMPTON 

The last will & testam 1 of John wedgwood of Hampton 
In y e name of God Amen : The twentie fourth day of y e month 
of November one thousand six hundred fiftie fower I John wedg- 
wood husbandman of Hampton in y e County of Norfolke being of 
whole minde & in good & ^fect remembrance Laud & praise 
bee unto Allmighty God make & ordaine this my p r sent Testament 
concerning herein my last will in manner & forme following that 
is to say first I com'end my soule unto Almighty God my Maker 
& my redeemer Item I bequeathe to my eldest Sonne viz John 
my house & land att Exiter viz (12) acres of upland & fower acres 
of meadow more or lesse, also a certaine ^cell of meadow liing 
att Puscasicke, & one hundred & fifty acres of upland liing next 
M r Edward Hiltons the w ch y e said John shall have after the decease 
of his Grandmother butt in case my said Sonne dye before hir 
then my wyfe Mary to enjoy, & as she see cause to dispose of it 
for hir owne benefitt & my childerens then liveing Item my house 
& lands att Hampton the whole upland being fifteen Acres & in 
fresh meadowe fower & salt marsh five, is to bee divided one halfe 
to my said wyfe & the other halfe to my two Sonnes Jonathan & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2 J 

David att y e age of twenty one years, in y e meanetime my wyfe 
to Enjoy all & after hir decease all be wholy theirs : It : to my 
Daughter Mary if y* she marries before hir mothers decease one 
kettle, & to Jn° my gunn, & Jonathan my sword : It : to my 
daughter Abigail & my Sonne David two Oxen the which are to 
be sould to their use & one Iron pott to my said daughter last men- 
tioned It : ther being nineteen hundreth foot of board att Exiter 
they are to satisfie my true and Lawfull debts, w cb quantity if they 
will not suffise that then the rest to be satisfied out of y e bequests 
above said ^portionably : And of this my p r sent Testam 1 I make 
& ordaine y e said Mary my wife my Executrix. And of y e Exe- 
cucon of y e same I make & ordaine willi : ffifield & Henry Moulton 
overseers, & I utterly revoake & adnull all & every other former 
Testam t8 wills Legasies & Bequests, Executo r % & over seers by 
mee in any wise beefore this tyme made, named, willed, & 
bequeathed : 
witnesses 

Seth ffletcher 

Willi ffifeild 

Henry Moulton 

[Proved April 10, 1655.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 43.] 



DANIEL MAUD 1654/5 

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

& mercifull redemer and my body to be layd in the 

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



28 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

such few bookes as I have for the use and benefit of such a one as 
may be fitt to have improvement especially of those in the Hebrew 
tonge, but in case such a one be not had, to let them go to som of 
the next congregation as may have the use of them as York or 
Hampton becawse learning is so much out of relish w th disuse. 
Excepting one booke titled Derpnosophistanom w ch I want have 
left for Cambridge Library, and my little Hebrew bible for M r 
Brocke, or any inferiour bookes for learning of Hebrew, or to read 
in learning. And for my wife's 4 children seing I received som 
of her debts since my marriage of about 11 £ to have (of my estate 
not reall) to be comeing to them to the value of twenty markes to 
be for theire use when they com to capablenesse to improve the 
same besides what they have had allowed to them in every one a 
calfe now com to a cowe ; my best outward wearing coate to Mr. 
Roberts & a cloath gowne w ch was my wifes to his wife. Som 
debts I owe unto M r Pendleton, & 14s. to Mr Cutts wh there is 
io 3 in my purse to be coming to him towards the ansuring of, 
20 8 to George Walton w h Tho : Beard hath undertaken to satisfye 
for me, 4 s to goodwife Tucke of Hampton & 5 s to the french 
Doctor wh there is sugar in my closet to satisfie for, wh I desire 
may com to them & 2 s to one George Field then dwelling in 
boston but he was removed fro m thence as was sayd to Sudbury 
w ch I owed him for som comeing hence of som comodityes hither 
from Boston Somthing I am indebted to Mr. Newgate about 7 s 
and od. to Mr. Usher for som bookes w cb I desire may be returned 
to them, this is that I can in p r sent call to mind I desire my well 
beloved friendes Mr. Drake, William Daveport & John Hall to 
undertake . . . le with them for their satisfaction of, if there be 
any remayning to bee in part taken to theire owne use or to such 
as are are at want hereabout, one thing there is of som greater 
importance w h is a little tractate wrapped up in my deske w h I 
would have committed to Mr. Brock to put into the handes of Mr 
Davenport who as I heard is intended to go for England that he 
would peruse, and for putting it forth I would leave it to his wise 
& godly ordering of w c h I thinke there is a truth of God in, & som 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 29 

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

Susan Halstoe & his brothere & Sister and Sister in law who have 
no need of supply es fro m me, I desire to be heartily remembered 
to them, they are all in years, And this is that I have in p r sent 
to say. In witness whereof I have set to my hand and seal, this 
17 th of this 11 th month 1654 

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

In presence of theise underwritten By Me Daniell Maud 

William Wentworth [Seal] 

Job Clements 

[Proved Jan. 26, 1655/6.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 1, p. 1.] 



EDWARD GILMAN 1655 EXETER 

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

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 45.] 



30 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

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



WILLIAM ESTOW 1655 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen y e (16 th ) of y e (8 th ) m° in y e yeare 
of o r Lord god 1655 : I William Estow of y e towne of Hampton 
in y e County of Norfolke being of whole minde & in good and 
^fect memory laud & prayse bee unto Almighty god maker & 
redeemer. This my p r sent testament concerning herein my last 
will in manner & forme following that is to say I commend my 
soule unto Almighty god My maker & Redeemer, & my body 
to y e grave, I bequeathe unto my sonne-inlaw moris Hobbs & 
my daughter Sarah my house wherin hee dvvelleth and the Lott 
therunto belonging w tb two shares of Cow com'ons and one of 
y e Oxe Com'on with all privilidges that belong to y e two shares 
of y e Cow Com'on, also an acre of sault marsh more or less at y e 
severals Item tenn acres of land more or less to my two daughters 
equally to bee divided betwixt them Sarah to have the south side 
toward Christopher Palmer w ch land joyning to y e house Lott : It : 
one share of the Cow Com'on to my daughter Mary. It : twelve 
acres of upland more or less liing in y e Mill field equally to bee 
divided betwixt my two daughters with y e Swamp att y e end of it 
Sarah to lie on y e west side Item I bequeathe unto my daughter 
Mary eight acres of Salt Marsh & to my daughter Sarah nine 
acres this ^cell to be equally divided for quallity according to 
quantity : y e marsh of Christophers on y e East It : twelve acres 
of fresh meadow I give unto my two daughters equally to bee 
divided betwixt them it Joyning to Christopher Palmers on y e 
southest Item to my Daughter Sarah Hobbs fower Oxen & two 
cowes w ch is old gentle & blackish & one yearlin heifer : And I 
give unto my grandson John Hobbs one heifer of two years old, 
& the said Jn° Hobbs to give unto his sister Sarah y e second calfe 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 31 

that this heifer shall bringe & I give unto him my gunn : Item 
I give to my daughter Mary Marston al y e rest of my cattell w ch is 
3 Cows w ch is old brown, old cole & young gentle & i heifer .2 : 
year old & 1 bull & 3 calves Item I give unto my daughter 
Mary Marston seven bushells of wheat : It : I give unto y e chil- 
deren of willi : Moulton forty shillings w cl1 is tenn shillings to eatch 
of them to bee payd in fower yeare the eldest to have y e first tenn 
and y e rest according to their age yerely : Item I give unto my 
my daughter Sarah Hobbs all y e rest that is not in my will 
and farther more I give unto my Sonne-inlaw Tho : Marston the 
farthermost stack of Salt Marsh hay that stands in y e marsh & two 
good loads of fresh hay. And farthermore this is my will that my 
Son-in law Morris Hobbs shall pay w l debts I am indebted to any 
& to have & receive what is due to mee from any Revoking & 
annulling all other & every other former Testam ts wills Legasies 
bequests by mee in anywise before this tyme made named willed, 
or bequeathed any other tyme that is ^perly mine et : 

Read sealed & delivered in y e Willi : Estow 

p r sence of us : 

Abraha : Pirkins 

willi : Moulton : 

[Proved April 8, 1656.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 52. A copy is found in the New 
Hampshire Probate Files.] 

[On the back of the New Hampshire copy :] 

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

one y e west Moses Cooke butting one y e Roode which gooes 
to y e beach 

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

the nine and eight acres of Salt marsh 

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



32 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 53.] 

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

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



SAMUEL PARKER 1656 

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

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



AMBROSE GIBBONS 1656 DURHAM 

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

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



33 



with the provisoe the aforenamed Henry and Samuell are to pay 
unto the said Henry Sherborn 6 children Elizabeth Mary Henry John 
Ambrose Sarah and Rebeckah or any more which maybe lawfully 
begotten by rebeckah sherborne the wife of Henry sherborne being 
the daughter of Ambrose Gibbins the some of Twenty one pounds 
starling to witt to the said to every of the fore named children 
when they Come to lawfull Age the sonn 8 at twenty one yeares and 
the Daughters at eighteene yeares and in Case any of these chil- 
dren should Dy the portion that should have bin theires is to be 
divided amongst the rest of them that are living In Witnes 01 
the truth hereof wee whose names are under written have Sub- 
scribed : 

Jonas Bying his marke 

his m k e Ambrose X Gibbins 

Tho. X Johnson 

william Roberts 

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

Attests Edward Rawson Secret 



PHILEMON DALTON 1656 HAMPTON 

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

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



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

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

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

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

Signed and Sealed in his 

the ^sents of us Philemon Dalton X mark 

Abraham Perkins [Seal] & Seele 

Timothie Dalton 

[Proved Oct. 14, 1662.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Philemon Dalton of Hampton, taken 
by Robert Page, William Godfrey, and Thomas Marston July 1, 
1662; amount, £261.16.4.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



GEORGE BRONSON 1657 

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 35 

HENRY THORNER 1657 WAPPING ENG. 

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

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

[Inventory was presented Sept. 12, 1657 ; amount, £171.1.6}.; 
taken by Brian Pendleton and Richard Waldron.] 
[Court Records, Sept. 12, 1657, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 20 b.] 



WILLIAM SWAINE Jr. 1657 WHHBF HAMPTON 

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

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

EMMANUEL HILLIARD 1657 HAMPTON 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 1, p. 74.] 

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

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

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



36 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 1 5 1.] 



TIMOTHY DALTON 1657/8 HAMPTON 

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

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

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

Signed Sealed and Timothie Dalton 

Delivered in the ^sents [Seal] 

of us 

Henrye dow 

John Cleford 

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 37 

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

Signed & sealed in the Timothie Dalton 

p r sence of us [Seal] 

Henery Moulton 

Joseph X Huchins 
His marke 

[Proved April 8, 1662.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JEFFREY MINGY 1658 HAMPTON 

June y e 4 th 58 

Goodman Mingy sick gave Eliakim wardell that peece of land 
w ch iy e th one the left hand of thebridg as wee goe to Exeter 

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

and the fresh Medow in the great Medow 

and the salt Marash that lyeth by M r Stanells 

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

and all the rest I give to my wife 

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

This was attested by Anthony Tayler & Phillip his wyfe uppon 
their oathe. in y« court held att Hampton y e 5 th 8 th m° : 58 : 

Tho : Bradbury rec d 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
1, P- 76.] 



38 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
1. P- 76.] 

HENRY DOW 1659 HAMPTON 

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

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



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39 



and Pay unto my five yongest Children above sayd five and 
twenty pounds thatt is to say five pounds a peece : to bee Payd 
five pounds to the eldest the yeere after my wives Decease and so 
five pounds a yeere to the next yonger untill the some of five 
pounds bee payd to the . . fter and still with this ^viso thatt 
in Cause my sone Henery bee nott willing to leave the place 
vvheare Thomas Sleeper lived & to take the lands above sayd After 
my wives Decease upon the Conditions above named then the sd 
House & House lot with the Six acres of medow are to Returne 
to my sonn Joseph who upon the takeing possesion of them is to 
undertake for the paying of the twenty five pounds above sd to my 
five yongest Children according to the times above mentioned : 
Itt I Give unto my wife two of the best of my swine & so much of 
the Corne in the House as may maintaine Her & my Children untill 
Harvest & all the Crop on the House lott att Harvest & the Corne 
till Harvest to bee twenty bushels To this my last will & testa- 
ment I sett my Hand & Seale y e 16 : 2 mo 1659 

Wittnes : Henrye dow 

Robert Page 

His X marke 

Sam 11 Dalton 

[Proved Oct. 4, 1659.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
1, P- 85.] 

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, 
vol. 1, p. 86.] 

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

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

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



40 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

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

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

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

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

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



HERCULES HUNKING 1659 STAR ISLAND 

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

Rouger X Kneait wetnas of Harkles X Hunkings 

the marke 

of Cester X Lor wetnes 

this the 21 th of Agost 1659 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 41 

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

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JAMES WALL 1659 HAMPTON 

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

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



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

Signed Sealed & Confermed James [Seal] wall 

in the p r sents of 

Samuell Dalton 

John X Cass 
His marke 

[Proved Oct. 4, 1659.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 43 

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

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



JEREMIAH WALFORD 1660 PORTSMOUTH 

The last will & Testam 1 of Jeremiah Walford of Portsmouth 
16. Aprill, 1660 

Being visited by y e hand of god w th sicknes & n 1 knowing how 
hee may please to deale with mee, I have thought meet to make 
y 8 as my last will & Testam 1 as followes 

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

My worldly goods I thus dispose of. 

I will y l my beloved wife shall have y e use of my house lands 
Cattell, & my whole estate as long as shee lives unmarryed, if 
shee marryes y n my estate to fall to my Children in y 8 matin 1 " 
Twenty Acres of land lying on y e East side of my house to bee 
divided between my two sonns equally, togither with three Acres 
of Marsh lying in y e middle of y 8 Great Island. 

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

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

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

as witnesseth my hand Jeremiah X Walford 

I shall intreate my hon rd ffather his marke 

Tho: Walford & M r Henry 
sherburn to bee my Executo rs 
Wittnesse 

Henrie Sherburne 

Henry X Savage his marke. 

[Proved June 27, 1660.] 



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



JOANNA FERNALD 1660 

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

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

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

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

It I give & bequeath unto my s 11 daughters Elizabeth & Mary 
my now dwelling house betweene them & it is my will that Eliza- 
beth my daughter shall have y e first choice of w cb ^ l she shall 
Like best of y e s d house & if it shall hapen that my daughter 
Mary shall marry first that then the husband of my s' 1 Daughter 
shall build for my s rt Daughter Elizabeth as good a house on y e 
Hands her father gave her or allow the vallew thereof as shalbe 
apprized by two Indifferent men & the Like is my will concern- 
ing my daughter Elizabeth if she mary first & that they shall not 
mollest or disturbe one the other before the p r missess be ^formed 
& in meanwhile Live quietly together 

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

It I give & bequeath unto my Sonn John all the surgery bookes 
& Instrum ts that were his fathers w Ul his chest 

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

It I give & bequeath unto my son William fortie shillings 

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



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

witness Johanna fernall 

Anthony Ellins 

John Deamant 

Elias Stileman 

proved in Court at portsmouth the 28 Jun 60 

*$ Elias Stileman Cleric 

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



WILLIAM LEMON 1660 

That whereas W 1 " Lemon deceaseing & Leaving No written 
will behind him concerning his estate, And M r Antipas Mavick 
Exhibiting to this Court testimony that y e s d Lemon gave him his 
estate before witness, This Court accordingly doth allow thereof, 
provided the s (1 Maverick doth enter into 20 bonds to be respon- 
sall for y e s d estate to any other that shall make proofe of a better 
title to y e same & is hereby enjoyned to bring in an Inventory of 
the estate to y e next Countie Court at dover or portsmouth 

[Antipas Maverick of Kittery gives bond as required above.] 
[Court Records, June 26, 1660, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 42 b.j 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



46 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

CATHERINE JOHNS 1660 

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

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

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



ALEXANDER BATCHELDER 1660 

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



MARKER HINGER 1660 

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

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



JOHN JACKSON 1660 PORTSMOUTH 

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

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

This Court grants unto Widdow Joane Jackson & Rich. Jackson 
pow r of Administrac'on unto y e estate of John Jackson deceased 
with out will, the s d Joane & Richard Jackson brought in an 
Inventory of y e s d estate into this Court at y e same time amount- 
ing unto 234 1 : 15 s Concerning w ch estate the Court ord rs with y e 
Consent of Ric Jackson & Tho : Jackson then p r sent that the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 47 

Widow shall have the whole estate in her hand during her Life 
excepting 4 acres of marsh to be equally betweene Tho. Jackson 
& John Jackson w eh they are to have at p r sent & after .s' 1 Widows 
decease Richard Jackson to have the house & Land at home & to 
allow his Bro : Thomas: 20 shillings & his brother John Jackson 
eleven pownds ; & the s <l Thomas Jackson to have one halfe y e 
Land in y e plaine & John Jackson y e other halfe & w l the estate 
that is in moveables shall be wasted the 3 brothers aforesd to beare 
theire proportions of it & w' debts y e estate oweth to pay accord- 
ing to proportion and w* is due to y e estate to have their propor- 
tions the Eldest to beare & have a double portion as the estate 
may increase or decrease in debts & moveables / . 
[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 130 b.] 

December the 24 th 16S1 This day by the ffree consent & app 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

begins the course being nighest N East Easterly : 76 : Pole, at 

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

Richards presence three shillings in money in my own house 

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



ROGER SHAW 1660 HAMPTON 

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

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



48 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

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

Item I give to Margarett ward my Daughter ffive shillings 
Item I give to my Daughter Ann ffogg thirteene pounds 
Item I give to my Daughter Hester Thirteene pounds 
Item I give to my Daughter Marie Twenty pounds. 
Item I give unto my son Daniell Tilton ffive pounds 
Item I give to my son Benjamin one horse Coult, Three yeare- 
lings one Ewe Lamb the bed he lyeth on two puter Dishes, one 
of ev r ye Iron thing in the howse if there be two (or els not) A 
third part of all husbandry ware halfe of all Carpenters Tooles I 
have : six bushels of wheat and rTowerteene of Indian Corne but 
hee must be att cost of all labo r to itt : Also I appoint Benjamin 
to have for his use my howse and Land on the southeast side 
the Country high way now for his use. Excepting halfe of the 
Orchard wch I give to my son Joseph for Two yeares and the 
peece of medow on this side the Towne Bridge, And for all these 
goods I give unto Benjamin my will is that he shall pay unto 
Daniell Tilton [t]he sum of Twenty five pounds when hee comes 
to the aige of 21 yeares : The wch sum is xxth pt of itt wch 
I was to pay by Covent & 5 1 I give him more as is above expressed 
in my will And for want of paym 1 of his 25 1 I do bind over my 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 49 

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

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

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

Signed sealed in the 
presence of us : 

John Cleford 

Samwell Hall Ser. 

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



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

Signed Sealed in Roger [Seal] Shawe 

the p r sents of us 

Samuell Dalton 

John Cliford 

[Proved Oct. 10, 1661.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

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



ANN BATCHELDER 1660 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of Anne Batchelor widdow of Ports- 
mouth in Pascataq River made y e 5 th Novemb r 1660. 

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 5 1 

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

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

I give unto Jane ffurzen my best hatt & blue pettycoate 

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

If in Case I dye before my Servant Richard Peirce his time bee 
out w 1 time remaines I give him, w th an Axe, handsaw, Adze Augre 
a calking Iron or two togither w th two suits of Apparell & three 
shirts 

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

I give unto Tho : Paine w 11 his time is expired forty shillings & 
Executours for y e better performance of this my will I make 
Joshua Moodey & M r Elias Stileman & desire M r James Pendleton 
to bee my overseer. 

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

Witnesse Ann X Batchelour 

The Marke of 

Mary X Walford 
The marke of 

Ann X Hart. 

[Proved June 26, 1661.] 

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



THOMAS JOHNSON 1661 DURHAM 

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

[Inventory, July 1, 1661 ; amount, £200.6.6 Tsigned by John 
Davis and William Roberts.] 



52 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

This Court ord r8 that the child of Thomas Johnson shall live 
with goodman Layton if he consent untill she be ten yeeres of 
age, & he to be allowed out of her estate 5 11 a yeere, & from the 
age of ten yeeres untill she be fourteene yeeres he is to Keepe & 
maintaine her at his ovvne pro^ cost & charge & then she is to 
make choice of her guardian, unto this agreem' goodman Layton 
did consent 

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

The Estate of Thomas Johnson of Oyster River deceased not 
having any heire making claime thereunto is Comitted to the use 
of the Towne of Dover according unto the Law title eschates pa : 
28, & this Court further orders that the Administrato 1 " 8 to y e s d 
estate deliver it up unto the select men of the s d Towne & a Com'- 
ittee be appoynted to audit y e s d Administrato" acco 1 

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

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



WILLIAM STORY 1661 

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

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

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

The s d Austin brought into Court an Inventory of the Said 
estate amounting to : 130 1 . 5*. o d . the Widow of y e s d Story now 
wife to y e s d Austin is allowed her thirds out of the whole w cb is 
43 1 . 6 9 . 8 d ; & the remaind r 86 l : 16" 4 to be devided among the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



5 6 



fower children the Eldest to have a double portion Viz 34 1 . 14 8 . 8 d 
& the other three 17 1 . 7 8 a peece when they com to y e age of 21 
yeeres. the whole estate to remane in y e hands of s d Samuell Aus- 
tin the father in Law [step-father] to y e s (l children for there bring- 
ing up or shall chuse there Gardian before provided he give dou- 
ble bonds unto this Court that it shalbe p d to the children accord- 
ingly, & is granted Libertie to sell any of the houses & Lands or 
to lett the Same provided he brings in good securite to next Court 
at yorke for paym* of the Childrens portions 
[Court Records, June 27, 1661, in Deeds, p. 57 b.] 



PALMER 1661 



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

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



TIMOTHY DALTON JR. 1662 HAMPTON 

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

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

1663.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



WILLIAM COLE 1662 HAMPTON 

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

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



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retaining my ^fect sence & understanding Doe Declare itt, to bee 
my last will as followeth viz thatt unice Coule my wife shall 
have all Her Cloathes which she left with mee both Her wollin 
Clothes & Her linin & Her small linin y l is to say Hancherchers 
neckclothes & Head linen thatt is made for Her; & for my Housen 
& lands that is free & nott Ingaged I Doe Give & bequeath the same 
unto Thomas Webstar of Hampton upon Good Considerations & 
my Cattell & Houshold stuff & tvvoles & whatt Ever Else Remaines 
free after Ingagements Discharged all to Remaine unto the sole 
& flpur use of the sd Thomas Webster his Heires & Assignes for 
Ever upon Condition of his keeping of mee Comfortably Duering 
the time of my naturall life & I doe appoint my loving freinds 
Deacon Willi' 1 Godfrey & Thomas webstar to bee my lowfull 
Exequetors to this my last will & Testiment the which I Conferme 
with my hand & seale the twenty sixt of may one thousand six 
Hundred & sixty two 

Sealed & Confermed in y e William [Seal] Coule 

^sents of us His marke & Seale 

William Godrey 

His X marke 

Samuell Dalton 

[Proved April 14, 1663.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files,. 
vol. 1, p. 35.] 

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, 
vol. 1, p. 35.] 

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

Amount, £59.14.0 

Debts, 18. 13.7 



£41. 0.5 



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o:> 



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



THOMAS WILSON 1662 

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

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



JOHN WEBSTER 1662 PORTSMOUTH 

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

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

[Administration on the estate of John Webster of Portsmouth 
granted to Capt. Richard Waldron June 30, 1663.] 
[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75.] 



JOHN BICKFORD 1662 ISLES OF SHOALS 

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



VALENTINE HILL 1662 

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

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

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



56 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

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

[Additional inventory, June 7, 1721 ; amotTht, £75.0.0; signed 
by Stephen Jones and Joseph Jones.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 185.] 



JOSHUA KENDRICK 1662 

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

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



JOSEPH AUSTIN 1662/3 DOVER 

I Joseph Austin of dover in perscataque beinge sike of body 

*■ * * 

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 57 

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

wittnis Joseph X Austin [seal] 

the words interlined wich ise his marke 

left wos before the seillinge 
hearofe : 

John Robeards 

mary hanson 

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

fl ord r of Court Elias Stileman Cler 

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



RICHARD SEWARD 1662/3 

ffebrary 21 1662 

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

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



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

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

wittnes Richard X Seaward his marke 

Nichleus Winkleey [seal] 

Thomas Bransell 

Tho : Besson 

Will Atwood 

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

Before mee Brian Pendleton 

Comisioner 

[Proved July 1, 1663.] 

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



ROBERT DRAKE 1663 HAMPTON 

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 59 

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

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

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

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

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

Testes [Seal] Robert X Drake 

John Barsham his Marke 

Giles fuller 

[Proved April 14, 1668.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, 
vol. 1, p. 106.] 

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



60 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ROBERT MARSHALL 1663 

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



EDWARD LLOYD 1663 

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

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

This Court being informed that there is a failing of y e Adminis- 
tra r9 to m r Edw. Lyds Estate by Reason of the death of one of 
them & the neglect of another doe se it meet that m r Richard Stile- 
man that was one of them should & may act from time to time in 
& aboute the s d Estate by himselfe alone as all or any two of them 
might have done untill the Court shall take further ord r thereaboute. 

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



HENRY HALLWELL i66q DURHAM 



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

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



JOHN TUTTLE 1663 DOVER 

Jn° Tuttle of Dover dying Intestate, this Court empowers his 
Widdow Dorothy Tuttle as Administratrix to y e s d estate who 
brought into Court an Inventory of his estate amounting to 
85 11 :19 s :6 : d w ch the Court ord r as followeth : viz* It appearing to 
this Court y* the Eldest daughter of the deceased is maried & hath 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 6l 

had her portion already ord d that his Son Jn° Tuttle shall have 
io 11 when he comes to 21 yeeres of age & y e youngest daughter to 
have 15 11 when she corns to the age of 18 yeeres, or be disposed 
of in marrieg & the remainder of y e estate shall be to y e Widdow 
during her Life or Widdowhood estate & if in Case she shall 
marry then to have the thirds according unto Law ; & after y e wid- 
dows decease or marriage the Son to have the Lands. / 
[Court Records, June 30, 1663, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 75 b.] 

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



ROBERT MUSSELL 1663/4 

In the Name of God Amen 

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

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



62 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

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

Signed & sealed in Robart Mussell [seal] 

the presents of us. 

John Adams 

Richard : Tucker. 

[Proved June 30, 1674.] 

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

Articles of agreem' made and concluded on this tenth day of 
April in the fourth year of the Reign of our Sove r Lord George 
by the Grace of God of Great Brittaine & Ireland King Anoq 
Dom. 1718 That whereas Sundry tracts or ^9 eels of Land within 
the Township of New Castle in New Hamp r as *$ the draft here- 
unto annexetd and also a tract or ^cel of Land within the 
Township of Kittery in the County of Yourk & Pro of the Massa. 
bay in N. England did belong & a^taine unto Robert Mussell our 
Grand father late of S d New Castle formerly Portsm des'd all 
w ch Land do now of right belong unto us y e Subscribers John 
Crunch & Francis Crunch his wife Tho 8 Cosen & Eliz a Cossen his 
wife Tho s Marshall Jun r Chrustopher Fedrick and Mary Fedrick 
his wife Tho s Pierce and Eliz a Pearce his wife all of New Castle 
aboves' 1 and all the Surviving heirs to the S d ^cels or tracts of 
Land &c a Now Know y e that we the S d John and Frances Cronch 
Tho s & Eliz th Cosen Tho s Marshal Jun r Chrustopher Fedrick and 
Mary Fedrick his wife Tho ? & Eliz a Pearce for each of us our 



63 

Selves or our heirs exec" and adm" or any of them for Ever by 
these p r sents Have given & granted and by these p r sents have 
released and do for Ever quit claim to any part or portion of the 
S d Lands except what falls to our Share as hereafter is expressed 
and Sett forth and is in the Plott or figure hereunto annexed 
(Viz 1 ) I st To John Crunch & Frances his wife and to their heirs 
exec rs adm™ & assigns all that tract of Land in the Township of 
Kittery on the Creek that runs to Broadbut Harbour and is what 
Sam 11 Ford now possesses and also all that lott of Land in New 
Castle whereon his house now Stands together w th all the Garden 
land round it and water Side thereunto belonging and abutting 
begining at a Stake N° forty two degrees west distance fifty two 
foot from the N. W. Corner of Tho s Marshals Sen rs old house & 
So from that Stake on a north Course to the Land late Nath 1 Fryer 
dec'ed and is now in the possession of John Frost being about 
Ninety foot and So down East South east by the S d Frosts land 
across the high way over the Bank into the River aboute 190 foot 
to low Water mark and then along by the River side to a stake on 
the flats and from that Stake up on a west eight degrees north 
Course over aCross the Bank & highway again aboute one hun- 
dred & ninety foot to the first Stake up on the Garden side north 
42 deg. west and 52 foot from the said Marshals Corner to have 
& to hold all the S d parts or division of the S d premisses w th all the 
appurtenances northard of that and thereunto belonging or any 
ways attaining to them the S d John & Frances Cronch and every 
of their heirs exec" adm rs or assigns for Ever — 2 nd To Tho 9 Cosen 
and Eliz th his wife and their heirs exec 1-9 adm r8 and assigns forever 
all that tract or plott of Land that lyes in N. Castle by the Sea 
Side on the South Side of the Sandy beech and is bounded by the 
Land formerly James Pendleton on the north side thereof and is 
aboute two acres w th all the priveledges & appurtenances thereof 
and that for Ever— 3 dly To Tho s Marshal Jun r all y l South and 
east part of his fathers old possession begining from low water 
mark adjoyning to John Cronch on the north Side and So to run 
up from the River by the Said Crunches Lott aCross the high way 



64 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

about 190 foot to y e S° west part or Corner Stake of the S' 1 
Cronchis Lott and then along by the west Side of the Same on a 
north Course to y e Land now in the possession of John Frost and 
So along westerly by s' 1 Frosts Land & M r Hinck's till it corns to 
a bryer bush and from that bryer bush South Sixteen degrees East 
over the Rocks two hundred & fifty foot to a stake and from that 
Stake on a south fifty degrees west Course Seaventy Six foot or 
thereabouts to y e high way that leads along by m r Reeds Door and 
so Southard by the high way to y e Land late of Andrew Pepperills 
De'd and So by S d Pepperells Gardin through the pond & over 
across the high way into y e River and then along by the River 
northard to John Crunchis bounds To have & to hold to him the 
S d Tho 8 Marshall and his heirs exec rs adm rs & assigns for Ever 

w* all the priviledges thereunto belonging 4 th to Christopher 

and Mary Fedrick all that part or plott of Land whereon his house 
now Stands begining at the water Side next & adjoyning to y e lott 
formerly belonging unto black Esses alias Cosso and So to run 
up Southerly by the side of the S (1 Cosso's lott to y e S. W. Corner 
and then Easterly by the Same lott until it corn's to y e bryer bush 
& bounds of the afores' 1 Tho 8 Marshal Jun r lot and so along by 
that line South i6 (1 East one hundred & Seaventy three foot to a 
stake & from that Stake through y e Croch of an aple tree on a 
South forty three degrees west Course ninety nine foot or there- 
abouts to a Stake w th in the fence on the highway and So along 
westerly as the high way runs Eighty five foot to a stake w th in the 
fence & from that Stake on a north Sixteen degrees East Course 
Eighty nine foot to an other Stake in the field and So down on a 
north twenty Seaven degrees west course into the River a Cross 
the high way leaving Tho 8 Pearces house two foot & a halfe to y e 
Westward of the line all w ch piece or plot of ground is y e Said 
Fedricks portion or Share to them and their heirs exec rs adm rs 
and assigns for Ever To have & to hold w th all y e priviledges 

and Apurtenances thereunto belonging 5 th to Tho 8 Pearce & 

Eliz a his wife all that Land that Lyes to the westard of s (1 Fed- 
ricks from the high way down northward to y e high way by the 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 65 

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

signed sealed & D D in the John Cronch [Seal] 

^sence of us Frances Cronch [Seal] 

John ffrost Tho s Cosen [Seal] 

Nath 1 hite Eliz th Cosen [Seal] 

Henry Payn Tho s Marshal Ju r [Seal] 

Christop r ffredrick [Seal] 
Mary ffredrick [Seal] 
Tho s Pearce [Seal] 

Eliz a Pearce [Seal] 

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



66 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



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772 us sets La.nd Divided 
anxoruast his heirs Jjtril 






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J. <fiA ere 71 s Co. rden. 



[Deeds, vol. 12, p. 207.] 



WILLIAM MOULTON 1663/4 HAMPTON 

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

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 67 

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 69 

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

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

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



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

Wittnes my Hand & seale Will [Seal] moulton 

Signed Sealed and Confermed 
in the p r sents of 

Robertt X Page 
His mark 

Samuel Dalton 

Thomas Page 

[Proved Oct. n, 1664.] 

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

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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol- 

2, p. 12.] 

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

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



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THOMAS PHILBRICK 1663/4 HAMPTON 

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

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

Impri I Give and Bequeth unto my son James Philbrick and 
to my Grand Child John Philbrick my fresh medow lying near to 
the Beach being by Estimation six acres more or less as itt is the 
which to bee Equally Devided betwen them att such time as shal 
be . after mentioned : Ittem I Give unto my son James Phil- 
brick . . Dwelling House and my House lott with the orch- 
yard and all priveledges and appertinances thear unto 

belonging to him . . His Heiers for Ever : Ittem I Give & 
bquith unto my son . . and to my Grand Child John Philbrick 
my .... of Thomas Sleeper lying towards the Clam- 
bancks in that . . of marsh Comonly Called the Little ox 
Comon to bee Devided . . them att such time as is hereafter 
mentioned 

Ittem I Give unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the some 01 
. pounds to bee payd by my Exequetor after my disease 
Ittem I Give unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the land which 
was sometimes Daniell Hendrakes Called the Hop Ground to bee 
wholly att His Disposall at this p r sent time : Ittem I Give unto 
my sonn James one bed with all the furnituer thearunto belongeing 
and a payer of Cob Irons and a payer of tongues : Ittem I Give 
unto my Grand Child John Philbrick thatt Bed which hee useth to 
ly upon with the Bedding Belonging to It. and my Beetle and 
[fower] 1 wedges and one of my Hakes: and a weanable Cow 
Calfe within a yeer after my Diseace to bee payd by my Exequetor 
and like wise I Give to my Grand Daughter Hanna Philbrick one 
weanable Cow Calfe the next yeer to bee payd by my Exequetor 

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

1 Words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



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is to pay or deliver unto my sonn Thomas Philbrick the first Colt 
which she shall bring when itt is vveanable Ittem I Give my 
fower Cowes to ■ my fovver Daughters to my Daughter Elizabeth 
one to my Daughter Hanna one to my Daughter mary [one] and 
to my Daughter martha one to bee Delivered by my Executo 1 after 
my Deseace and the moveables in the House which [are] not 
Expressed above are to bee Equally Devided between [my four] 
Daughters after my Desease. and I Doe appoint my sonn 
[James] Philbrick to bee my lawfull Exequetor to this my Last 
[will] and Testament and I Doe Declare itt to bee my Intent thatt 
[when] my Grand Child John Philbrick shall Come to the age of 
twenty one yeeres thatt then hee shall Enter upon & posses whatt 
I have Given him by this last will :" and thatt att the Deseace of my 
Daughter Elizabeth Garland her son James Chase shall have one 
Cow in lew of the Cow which I have Given my daughter Elizabeth 
& thatt the Cow Given to my Daughter Cass shalbee for the use 
and ^fitt of her daughter martha : & for the Confermation Hereof 
I have sett to my hand & Seale the twelft of march 166 : 64 : 
Signed & Sealed in y e p r sents of Thomas [Seal] Philbrick 
Samuell Dalton X 

Mehetabel Dalton his mark 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1667.] 

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

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



JOHN MARTIN 1664 

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

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



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

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

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

Witnesse John Martin [seal] 

Joshua Moodey 

Richard Martyn 

[Proved June 30, 1664.] 

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



ROBERT READ 1664 HAMPTON 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



WILLIAM URIN 1664 STAR ISLAND 

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

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

[" A trew Invice of the goods of William Uren deceased the 
last of Apperill 1664"; amount, £433.12.8; signed by Jo" Hunk- 
ing, John Fabes, and Christopher Joce ; brought into court July 
11, 1664, by Capt. Pendleton.] 



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

Nathaniel ffryer 

Taken upon oath the 11 th 
November 1685, before me 

R Chamberlain Just P. 

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



OTHO TUCKERMAN 1664 PORTSMOUTH 

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

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

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



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

WILLIAM KING 1664 ISLES OF SHOALS 

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

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

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

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



MRS. LUDECAS 1664 DOVER 

* 

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

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

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

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



THOMAS HINKSON 1664 PORTSMOUTH 

The will of thomas Hinkson June the 3 th 1664 

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



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

in the prasence 
of these witnases 

the marke X of thomas Waiver 

the marke X of thomas Peverell 

Walter Rodes 

Tho : Walford tooke his oath hereunto the 29 June 1664 

Elias Stileman Cleric 

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

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

brought into Court at the same time by the s rt Widdow an Inven- 
tory of the estate amounting unto 84". 09 s . 3 d unto w ch she tooke 
her oath debts 6 1 : 7 s : Star 1 owing 

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

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

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



OLIVER WINGATE 1664 ENGLAND 

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 77 

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

Inventory presented by Edward Holland, amounting to £60. 
11. 2.] 

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

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



THOMAS WIGGIN 1664 EXETER 

I Thomas Wiggin of Quamscott being Sensible of the infermy- 
ties & decaye of old age & not Knowing how soon it may please 
god to take me out of this transitory Life Being in ^fict memory 
doe ordayn this as my Last will & testam 1 

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

It : I give unto my Loving wife afores' 1 : a Scarlett sute & 
Cote, provided that if my Sonn Andrew wiggins doe pay or cause 
to be p d unto his mother the some of five pownds or a good Cow 
of Like vallu he to have the sd sute otherwise my s d wife to have 
& Injoy the same as aforesd : 

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

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

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

It I give unto my s d wife one peece of broad cloth & w f ever 
debts are owing or shalbe owing & due unto me together with any 
other goods whoever not fformerly given Nor abov menconed 



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having alreadie Give unto my two sons Andrew & Thomas there 
portion, & for the better execution of this my will : I make my 
Loving wife Katherin afores d my Executrix, & desire my Loving 
friends Sam : Haines, & Elias Stileman to be my overseers, here- 
by Revokeing all former will or wills In witness whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand & seale the 16 : of June 1664 

Testes : Tho : Wiggin [Seal] 

Joshua Moodey. 

Elias Stileman 

Samuell Haines 

[Proved 1666.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



PHILIP FOGGETT 1664 

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



NATHANIEL HOCK AD AY 1664 ISLES OF SHOALS 

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

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



THOMAS STEVENSON 1664 DURHAM 

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

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

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



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



79 



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



ROBERT TUCK 1664 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Tuck, appraised by Robert 
Page and Thomas Ward Nov. 17, 1664. Amount, £385.17.2.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, vol. 1, p. 39.] 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Files, vol. r, p. 39, and Court Records, Oct. 
11, 1664.] 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 

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

Articles of agreem 1 made & concluded upon by & between m r 
John Samborn on y e one p te & Johannah Tuck on y e other p l both 
residing at Hampton in y e County of Norfolk & Administrato r & 
Administratrix to y e estate of Robert Tuck deceased : Imp : It 
is agreed upon y e y e sd widdow Johannah Tuck shall deliver up 
power of Administ r in this p r sent Court unto y e aforesd m r John 
Samborn concerning y e aforesd Estate of Robert Tuck deceased : 
In Consideration wherof y e aforesd John Samborn doe engage to 
pay unto y e aforesd widdow Johanna Tuck the full sum of fiveteen 
pounds ^ yeare duering y e terme of her naturall life & y* she 



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

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

as attests Tho : Bradbury rec' 1 

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

upon y e Complaint of y e aged widow Tuck y l she wanteth neces- 
sary Comforts & that John Samborn Administrato r to her late 
husbands estate doth not take due care for her though there bee 
suffitient estate to due it : It is therefore ordered by this Court : 
y e Select men of Hampton or a Committee of two or three of them 
whom the rest shall choose & appoint for y l end ; Are hereby 
required & impowered from time to time to take due care y l y e 
said widdow Tuck bee supplied with all necessary comforts for her 
livelyhood sutable to her condicon ; And John Samborne Adminis- 
trato r is ordered, & requiered by y e authority of this Court to make 
payment for y e same out of y e estate of Robert Tuck Deceased, 
& w' ever hee shall Disbursse to keep a faithfull accomp 1 therof 
& it is to bee allowed in his account as Administrato r : And y' y* 
sd Samborn shall have power to make sale of land belonging to 
y e sd Tucks estate to supply y e necessity of y e sd widdow Tuck : 
Ordered by the court at Hampton 14 : 8 : 1673. 

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

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



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

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



TOBIAS LANGDON 1664 PORTSMOUTH 

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

At a County Court held at Dov r 27 Jun 65 Tobias Langdon of 
portsm dying intestate this Court grants pow r of Administrac'on 
unto his Widdow Elizabeth Langdon unto his estate who at y e 
same time brought into Court an Inventory of the Estate amounting 
unto 383' : 9 8 The w ch s' 1 Sum' the Court ord r y % y e Widow shall 
have Yi p l of the house & Land during her Life & y e other ^ d8 the 
Eldest of Sayd Langdons sonns to have a double porc'on out of 
it at y e age of 21 yeeres w ch is to be apprized, the remainder to 
be distributed among the rest of y e children at y e age of 18 yeeres 
& all the moveables to remain in the hands of the Widow for y e 
bringing up of his s <l children & after the decease of the s d widow 
her j4 p l of house & Land in the vallue thereof to be devided among 
all his s d children the Eldest son paying y e rest their parts out of 
it & So to have y e ]/i of hous & Land : upon further considerac'on 
the Court respitts this as their determynation untill they take 
further ord r aboute the better settlement thereof: Afterwards this 
is refered to y e Court of associats to ord r 

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

Elias Stileman Cleric 



JOHN HART 1664/5 PORTSMOUTH 

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



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

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

I x I give & bequeath unto my Grandchild Mary Rachell that 
feece of Land Scituate <£- being bctwccne the S d house § Land & 
the house & Land of m x Allexsand' Addams in Boston to be to the 
only use & behoofe of her y* s d Mary & her heires for ever: 

I x I give & bequeath unto y* s d Mary my Granchild a feece 
of black Stuff to make her clothing w ih all 

P I give & bequeath unto Ami Rochell & Temperance Rochell 
my grandchildren ?ny black coale to cloth them with all: 

I I The remainder of my Estate my Will is that the one half 
thereof be to the only use & behoofe of my zvife & the other halfe 
I give unto my daughter yudeth & her Three children she had by 
Rob 1 Rachell Equally to be divided between them my overseers 
taking sufficient securitie for the childrens fart* 

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

Signed sealed & John hart [seal] 

deliverd in p r nts of 

witnis Phillip Wick [?] 

signe of X Thomas Enion 



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

All y e rest of my estate except w* is heereafter excepted I will 
my wife shall have the use of it while shee lives & w* shee leaves 
w n shee dyes shalbe divided betweene my Daught' & her 3 child" 
by Rachell, to each an equall share ^vided y l if shee Marry 
shee shall have 5 1 forever & y e oth r two 3 d3 betw: y e ^sons aforesd 
^vided also that shee shall not unnecessarily wast or imbezzle 
any of y e s d estate 5. 7. 67 

[Proved Sept. 18, 1667.] 



THOMAS WIGHT 1665 EXETER 

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



FRANCIS SWAINE 1665 

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



JOHN LEGGETT 1665 

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



WILLIAM BROAD 1665 PORTSMOUTH 

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



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RUTH DALTON 1665 HAMPTON 

The Last Will and Testament of M r8 Ruth Dalton of Hampton 
Widow : Excectrix to the last Will and Testament of M r Timothy 
Dalton deceased : being sick and vveake of body but firme of 
understanding and memory. Item wheras I have formerly Bar- 
gained and sold unto my Loving Kinsman Nathaniel Bacheler 
all my Houses and Lands as is specified in his bill of sale bare- 
ing Date The Twenty second day of March Anno 1663 or 64 I 
now Ratify and confirme to him and his heirs forever. It. my 
will is that the severall legacies mentioned in the aforesaide bill 
of sale be paide to the respective persons according as it is ther 
mentioned. 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Signed and Sealed in the Ruth X Dalton 

presence of us witnesses Her marke 

Seaborne Cotton 
X 

Robert Smith. 

[Proved Dec. 8, 1665.] 

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

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

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

THOMAS HANSON 1666 

These presents wittnesse that I Thomas Hanson Being in per- 
ffect mind & memory though weak in Body doe make this my 
Last Will & testament, ffirst I Bequeath my soul to God that gave 
itt & my body to y e Earth to bee decently Buried. My Will is 
thatt afFter my debts are paid with my funeral 1 Charge I doe give 
To my Loving Wife (duering her Naturall liffe or soe long as 
shee keeps herselfe a Widdow) all My housing with the Improved 
Ground thereunto Belonging at Cutchecho with all my Cattell 
and moveables withall my .... stuffe, she paying to my 
two daughters when they Come to the age off eighteen years old 
twenty pound a peece. But in case shee shall marry again then 
my will is that she shall have Butt one third off houses & improved 
Lands with all moveables and the other two thirds I give to my 
son' Tobias with all y e Rest off that threscore acres off Land ly- 
ing in Com'on & nott improved given mee in two grants ffrom y e 
Town one off fforty acres another off twenty acres all which affter 
my decease I Give to my son' Tobias, except whatt is Beffore 



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given to my wife Likewise I Give to my son' Thomas thatt thirty 
acres oft' Land I Bought off William Hackett & thatt fifty . . . 
off Land thatt I Bought oft* Cap 1 Bearffoott with ffive pounds in 
Cattell. also I Give to my two youngest son's Isaac & Timothy 
ten' pounds a peece When they Come off age withe thatt six score 
acres of land Granted me By y e town & laid outt to mee Between 
ffresh Creek and Nechowoneck River Be equaly devided Between 
them and doe apoint my Loving Wiffe Mary Hanson my soule 
Exequetrix to see all this my Last will to Be perftbrmed and to pay 
outt all these Legacies when my Children Come oft* age : outt oft* 
y e Chattells and if there is more in any Goods or Chattels or 
any bils Bonds or amounts due to mee ffrom any man affter my 
debts are paid and all y e aboves d Legacies. I Give & Bequeatth 
to my Wife with third off houses & lands to Bestow upon any off 
her Children that shall Be most Obedient as shee shall see Cause, 
in Wittnesse heroff I have putt to my hand & seale 

signed seleid and deliverd , I Thomas hanson (seal) 

in the presence of us 

Richard Walderne 

Samuell hale 

[Proved June 27, 1666.] 



RICHARD BRAY 1666 EXETER 

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

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

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 87 

THOMAS WALFORD 1666 PORTSMOUTH 

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

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

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

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

It: I : give to John Peverly, a point of Marsh about halfe an 
acre, lying before his ffathers dore on the norther side of the 
Creek- 
It. I give to my Grand child John Westebrook : twenty acres 
of upland, but not to come over the Creeke — 

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

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

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

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

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

one yong Sowe to Sara Jones my Grand child — 



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one yong Sowe to Mary Savidg my grandchild — 

one Sowe & one barrow to my daughter westbrook — 

one ould Sowe to my daughter Peverly — 

one yong one to my Grandchild Samuell Jones — 

one yong one to my Grandchild Hester Savidg — 

one Swine towards my buriall — 

one yong one to John Homes — 

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

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

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

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

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

witnes. Thomas X Walford 

Richard sloper by his mark 

Nicolas X Doe 
by his marke 

[Proved June 27, 1667.] 

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



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

Taken upon oath 27 th June 67 before me 

Elias Stileman Com'iss r 

Vera Copia as attests 

Elias Stileman Record 1 " 

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

The Deposition of Jn° Homes aged 26 yeares or there aboute 
Testifieth & Saith that I heard my Granfather Tho: Walford say 
that he had given y e peese of marsh between W m Brookins his 
marsh & Mary Hinckson her marsh unto Elizabeth Savidg for her 
Life & after her death to her daughter Mary & tooke a stone or a 
boult & putt up by y e marke tree & Said so far it should com, & I 
heard y e s d Walford say that he had given it as fores' 1 severall 
times, & further Saith Not : 

Taken upon oath 27 June 67 before me 

Elias Stileman Com'is' 

vera Copia according to y e originall as attests 

Elias Stileman Record' 

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

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

Taken upon oath 27 June 1667 

before me Elias Stileman Com'iss r 

This is a true Coppie according to y e Originall as attests 

Elias Stileman Record" 

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



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The Deposition of Martha Westbrook aged 22 yeares or there 
aboutes 

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

Sworne y e 27 June 1667 

before me Elias Stileman Com'iss r 

Veria Copia as attests 

Elias Stileman Record r 

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

In answer to y e petion of Widdow Walford The Court orders 
that her thirds of the Land of her deceased husbands be Layd 
out unto her according to Law & the will of her s (1 husband & that 
John Sherburne Phillip Lewis & W m Cotten have hereby power or 
any two of them to Lay it out as abovs d 

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

The Humble Petic'on of Jeremiah Walford to the Honoured 
Councel now sitting at Portsmouth in the Province of New-Hamp 
shir March y e i 4 1680, 

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



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selfe to be the right heir, rlor which your humble Peticon 1- shal be 
yet farther obliged to pray for Your Honours prosperity. 

Yo r humble Peticon 1 " 

Jerem: Walford 
Vera copia from y e Councel book Teste 

Ric' 1 Chamberlayn Secr io . 

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

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

Humbly sheweth, That your Honours would please to take 
into yo r considerac'on and give Order for y e disposing of y e estate 
of abovesaid Thomas Walford Sen 1- ; which was given by him to 
his Grandchild Thomas Walford Jun r our brother, who was sud- 
denly taken away by death, not disposing y e same. In which 
estate we conceiv ourselves to have a share, but know not how to 
acquire y e same. Therefore do humbly fly to your fatherly Pat- 
ronage, that your Honours would please to yield us relief therin 
& p r scribe a way for the obtaining of the same. We your Peti- 
tioners heard our Grandfather Walford say in time of his life, that 
he gave above said estate to our brother Walford, as desirous that 
he should bear up his name ; and therefore conceiv, that he bear- 
ing such fatherly love to our brother, was not unwilling, that 
when our brother should leav y e estate his nearest kinred should 
succeed in it. We again & again therefore humbly sue to your 
Honours, to mind us in our streights, and redress what wrong 
may oppress us with all. Wherein we shal be yet farther obliged 
to pray for Yo r Honours prosperity, who remain 

Yo r Hon rs humble Petic'oners 

Mary Musset. 
Martha More. 

[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. 1, p. 4.] 



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To the honoured President & Council now assembled at Portsm 
in the Province of Newhampshire the humble Petitions of Jean 
Goss Hanna Jones Mary Brookin Elisab: Savage, Sept: 7 th 
1 68 1. 

Are, that whereas yo r Petitioners father Thomas Walford 
deceased did in his will bequeath to Thomas Walford his Grand- 
childe ten acres of Marsh & four acres of Marsh more to Jeremiah 
Walford his Brother being part of a peice of Marsh belonging 
to Sagomore Creek. Now there yet remaining an overplus of 
Marsh besides what was given to y e s' 1 Brothers. Yo r Petitioners 
humbly conceive the overplus to belong to y e s rt Walfords our 
fathers children. He himself likewise in his will ordering y* w* 
was overplus y* should be divided among his children ; ffarther 
our ffather Thomas Walford in his Will did give the thirds of his 
estate to our mother his wife without any Limitation, which estate 
we likewise conceive to belong to her children, she deceasing & 
leaving no other order. The ten acres also beforementioned 
given by our father to afores d Tho: Walford, he dying without 
Will, we conceive to fall to our fathers children ourselves. We 
therefore humbly Petition this hono r ed Council seriously to weigh 
& Consider of this our Case in all it circumstances that by yo r 
aid & assistance our just due and rights in y e above things them- 
selves as also in regard of w l damages we have sustained in being 
kept from them so long may be obtained. Herein you will yet 
farther engage y r humble Petitioners to pray for yo r honours Pros- 
perity & so remaines your honors humble Petition's 

Jean Goss 
Hanna Jones 
Mary Brookin 
Eliza Savage 

[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. i, p. 12.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 93 

THOMAS KING 1666/7 EXETER 

In y e name of God amen 

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

And my will is thatt after her Decease the sd Estate of move- 
ables bee Devided into three parts or In Cause thatt my wife 
should Dispose of her selfe in marriag that then the two thirds 
shall bee Divided Acordingly viz one third ^t unto my Coson 
Henery Moulton & one third partt to Jonathan Thinge and one 
third partt to my Cossen Christian Dolhortt if the sd Jonathan & 
Henery shall see thatt hee settle him selfe In some provable way 
of Good husbandry and the sd third partt together with the twenty 
Acres of land formerly mentioned to bee & Remain unto the 
first Child which hee the sd Christian shall have by my Cosson 
Rachell his p r sentt wife 

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

Signed Sealled & Confermed Thomas [seal] King 

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

Seaborne Cotton 

Samuell Dalton 

[Proved April 9, 1667.] 

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



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

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



HENRY ELKINS 1667 HAMPTON 

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

I st : I give & bequeathe unto my loveing Sone : Gershom 
Elkins my dwelling house & out howsing being & standing, on 
my house Lott 

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

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

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

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

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

It: I give to my sone Eliezer Elkins my youngest sone five 
pound to be payd by mine Executo 1 " w th in a yeare after my de- 
cease 



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

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

And I doe make & appoint my Sone Gershom Elkins, to bee 
my lawfull Executd* to this my last will & Testam 1 : who is to 
take care for my comfortable subsistance whilst I live & for my 
decent buriall att my death in a Christian manner & Costome : 
And for y e conrirmacon of this my last will and Testam 1 I have 
herunto set my hand & seale y e 27 th of Aprill 1667 

Signed Sealed & confirmed Henry Elkins w th a seale 

in y e p r sence of us to it 

Sam: Dalton : 
Mehetable Dalton 

[Proved April 9 and 13, 1669. j 

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

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



WALTER ABBOTT 1667 

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

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

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

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



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97 



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

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

witnes my hand this : 16 : may : 1667 

Signed in presents of us the mark of X walther Abbott 

John Sherburne 

francis X Rand by his mark 

william X Cotten 

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

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



CLEMENT RALPH 1667 DURHAM 

Oyster Riv r att . . . . Follets house this 2 d day of June : 

1667 

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

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



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

teste John Parnell 

William Roberds 

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

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

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



THOMAS HARRIS 1667 ENGLAND 

I Thomas Harris late of Dittesonn, neare Dartmouth in the 
Countie of Devon in Ould England Marriner, and now bound out 
Boateswaine of a Katch James of Pascataquay River, in Newe- 
England, on M r Edward Cowle Comannder on a Voyage to ffiall, 
being blessed bee God in very good health of bodie, and of sound, 
and perfect memorie, not knoweing how it may please God to 
deale w th mee in this my p'nt Voyage, leaveing out the formall 
words of a will, and hereby makeing void, and null all other, and 
former wills doe hereby make, and Declare this my last will, and 
Teastament as folio weth Viz 1 

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Signed, sealed, and Tho: Harris [seal] 

declared in ^nce of us : 

ffrancis X Jen'ings 
his mark 

Mary Stilman 

Ric: Stileman Ser: / : 

[Proved July i, 1668.] 



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[Inventory of bills and debts due to Thomas Harris, who died 
in 1667; amount, £75.0.4; attested by Edward Melcher July 1, 
1668.] 

[Letter, March 13, 1667/8, from Duens Harris, widow 01 
Thomas Harris, to Thomas Jackson and Edward Melcher, 
acknowledging receipt of news of her husband's death, and 
directing the disposal of his estate ; also power of attorney to 
Jackson and Melcher, dated March 14, 1667/8, and witnessed 
by John Cutt, George Bagster, and Nicholas Trust.] 



THOMAS NOCK 1667 

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

[Court Records, June 25, 1667, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 129.] 



JOHN GODDARD 1667 

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

[Inventory of the estate of John Goddard, who died Nov. i2> 
1666, dated Sept. 16, 1667 ; amount, £554.2.0; signed by Robert 
Burnham, William Williams, John Folsom, and Jonathan Thing.] 

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

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



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

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

the marke of 
Welthin X Simons 
John godward 

the marke of 
Arthur X Benicke 

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

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



MATTHEW GILES 1667 DURHAM 

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

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

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



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

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



MARK HUNKING 1667 PORTSMOUTH 

Pascataway River 1 July 1667 
The last will & testam 1 of mee Marke Hunkins : I being in 
^fect memory yet not knowing how God may deale w th mee 
thought good to settle my house & busines in as good an order as 
I can : to see — 1 I bequeath my Soule to god y 1 gave itt. 2 I 
make my welbeloved wife my Sole Executo r after my just debts 
ar paid I do bequeath to my wyfe my now dwelling house and all 
y e lands y l doth belong to itt on this neck w th y e marsh to y e 3. 
acres & all my household goods : to see w th in dores & w tb out only 
one Cowe com'only called by y e name of Brown, & one great brass 
pott w ch I give unto my Daughter Mary as her portion from mee 
3 My will is y e if my wyfe doth Marry duering her Naturall life 
then my said house & lands shall returne to my Eldest sonne 
Marke Hunkins, butt if she live & die a widdow then to keep r 
said house & goods duering her Naturall life, & afterwards said 
house & lands shalbe my Eldest sonnes as above if hee bee alive 
if not then to my next Sone & as for my household goods & cattells 
my will is y fc after my wifes decease or if she marry that then said 
goods shall [be] equally divided amongst all mychilderen except 
one long fowling peece & one fire lock gunn & a sword I give 
to my Sonne Marke, & my great fowling peece I give to Tho: 
fFurnell : & two small gunnes & a sword to my sone Archelaus 
Hunkins : My will is y l y e track of land of about twenty acres 
that lie neare will: Seves & y e fower acres of Marsh w ,:h I bought 



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

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

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

[Proved Oct. 4, 1667.] 

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

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

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



RICHARD SEWARD 1667 PORTSMOUTH 

In y e name of God Amen. / 

I Richard Seaward of Portsmouth in Pascactoque River in New 
England beinge sick & weake in body but ^fect in mind & mem- 
ory doe make & Appoynt this to be my Last will & testament, as 
followeth (Viz 1 

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



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

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

It: my will is that Knight Island be likewise Equally divided 
betweene me & Richard Jackson. And the halfe that falls to my 
share to be likewise divided between my wife & children, And my 
will is that there be noe sale made of w l my part is in y e said 
Island on noe Ace 1 whatever. / 

It: My will is y* w 1 Tobacco I have in y e vessell called y e 
Prosperouse, And likewise what is due from m r Richard Cutt 
& m r ffryer to me w th y e tobacco due to me in y e province of Mary 
Land to be sold for y e satisfyinge of my debts, And w* is above y l 
w ch will sattisfie my said debts to be put to use for y e maintenance 
of my wife & Children, And for y e rest of my Estate in w l nature 
kind or quallatie soever it be I give & bequeath to my wife & 
Children to be Equally divided betweene them, and doe hereby 
appoynt my Loveing friends Major Nicholas Shapley & m r Nath 11 
ffryer to be y e Overseers of this my will untill my children be of 
Age. 

In Wittness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this i 9t day ot 
August 1667. / 

Testes. Richard Seaward 

Testt by me Thomas Miller 

Arthur X Roper. / 

[Proved April 25, 166S.] 

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



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

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



THOMAS FOOTMAN 1667 

made the 14 th of Agus 1 1667 

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

witnes Thomas footman [seal] 

the marke of 

Bengemin X Mathews 

William ffollett 

witnes the marke of 

John X Bickford 

Robert Burnum 

Nicholas Harrisson 

Thomas Drew 

[Indorsed] Imperfict will of Tho: ffootman brought into Court 
held 30 June 1668 

[Inventory; amount, £234.14.0; signed by John Bickford, 
John Davis, and Anthony Nutter; attested by the widow, Cath- 
erine Footman, March 30, 1669.] 



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[Administration on the estate of Thomas Footman granted to 
his widow, Catherine Footman, the will being imperfect.] 
[Court Records, June 30, 1668, in Deeds, vol 2, p. 151. 

W ,n Durgin making a motion to this Court y l he having marryed 
y e Relict of Thomas ffootman, & the children being maintained 
by him, as alsoe there being 74 11 : i s .2 d . to be p d unto severall men 
w cb ^ sa -^ ffootman owed, Desires this Court soe to ord r & Settle 
the estate soe as y x y e children might have theire portions sett out 
unto them, & y* he might Know & have a Libertie to dispose of 
what the Court should thinke fitt for y e bringing up the children 
& paying y e debts & s (l relicts proportion of s d estate that soe he 
might not be called any further acco 1 or Question about y e same. 

In Answ r hereunto the Court orders that y e one hundred acres 
of Land menconed in y e Inventory at y e North west of W m Beards 
Creeke neere Jn° Bickfords Lott & y e six acres of marsh & sixtie 
acres of Land adjoyning to it neere Rob'Burnams Lott & Willia 
ffolletts Lott neere Lam^ill River & two Acres of marsh Joyning 
to Anthony Nutters together with an Island Lying at y e house 
to be seperated & Sett a part & shalbe too & for y e children of said 
ffootman for y r portions when they come of age according as y e 
Associate Court 28 th Sep 4 1669 did ord r . And the Remainder 
of all goods Lands houses chatties & cattle menc'oned in s d In- 
ventory to be the s d Relict Katherin ffootman now wife to s d Dur- 
gin, & to y e s d W"' Durgin for ever for bringing up s' 1 ffootmans 
children untill they come to age & paym 1 of all Just debts due 
from the s d ffootmans estate. 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 190.] 

John Footman allow'd administration on Thomas Footmans 
Estate De bonis non. 

[Probate Minutes, March 4, 1723/4.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO/ 

JOHN JONES 1667 PORTSMOUTH 

In the Name Of God Amen ; the second day of septtember in the 
Eighteenth Yeare of the Raigne of our Sov r aigne Lord Charles 
the second by the Grace of God of England Scotland ftVance and 
Ireland King defender of the faith &c : I John Jones of Portes- 

mouth in the Riv r of Piscataqua Blaksmith being sicke in body 

* * # 

I give and bequeath Unto my welbeloved Children ffrancis 
Jones Mary Drew Nathanaell Jones, James Jones and John Jones 
the sum'e of One shilling a peece to be paid them in lawfull mony 
of New England w th in one yeare next aft r my decease and as for 
my lands and other goods not before disposed I give and bequeath 
Unto my welbeloved wife Anne Jones to be disposed of by her for 
satisfaccon of my debts and other Expences about my funerall at 
her will and pleasure and I doe hereby make and ordeyne my said 
wife to be my full and sole Executrix of this my last will and Tes- 
tam* In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale 
this day and year first above written 

Signed sealed & published the m'k of 

in p'sence of John X Jones [seal] 

the m'k of 

James X Drew 

Abra: Corbett 
the m'k of 

Roger X Knight 

[Proved Sept. 17, 1667.] 

[Account of disbursements out of the estate by the executrix,. 
April 30, 1667; amount, £42.17.0.] 

[By the court records, Sept. 17, 1667, the inventory amounted 
to £52.0.0.] 



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WILLIAM GODFREY 1667 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

I William Godfrey of Hampton in the County of Norfolke in 
New England being very sick & weak of Body butt sound of mind 
& understanding : Doe make this my last will as followeth 

Conserning such Estate as God hath Given mee in this world I 
Doe will & bequeth as followeth 

Imp I Give and bequeth unto Margery My Loveing wife all 
my stock of Cattle Duering the terme of her naturall life and whatt 
:stock of Cattle shall Ramane att her Decease to Return to my sonn 
Isaac Godfrey : Itt I Give unto Margery Godfrey my wife my 
Dwelling House Duering the terme of Her naturall life 

Itt I Give unto Margery Godfrey my wife all my Houshold 
Goods . . . her & her heires for Ever 

Ittem I Give unto Margery my wife and Isaack Godfrey my 
sonn all my land both of upland medow & marsh pastors orchyard 
or Gardens or other Inclosure (Excepting whatt shall bee here- 
after mentioned) to bee and Remain to them Duering y e terme of 
my wives naturall life & att my wives Decease to bee & Remaine 
the sole ^priety & possetion of my son Isaac Godfrey to him hes 
Heires for Ever, Item my will & pleasure is thatt my sone in law 
webester shall have & Injoy that peece [of] 1 the land last pur- 
chesed of Nath Boulter y l Remaines in [y e ] Hands of my son Isaac 
or else thatt my son [Isaac] pay him the some of five pound & 
keep the s d [land] Himselfe 

Itt I Give and Bequeth unto my son John Godfrey so much 
[of] my planting lott as will make up y l p 1 whearon hes House 
-standeth fower trees which is so to bee layd outt to him as y l itt 
may take in all the unbrok up land to the [Swamp] 

Ittem I Give & bequeth unto my Daughter sarah Godfrey the 
some of Six pounds to bee payd by my son Isaac y e year after my 
wives Decease : 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Daughter Deborah Godfrey the some of 

1 The words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS IO9 

Six pound to bee payd to her the second year after my wives 
Decease : & my wife & my son I sack to have & In joy all my 
Comonedg & other towne privledg which is to Remain to my son 
Isaac after my wives Decease And I Doe make my loveing wife 
& my sone Isaack my law full Executor to this my last will & 
testiment to see the same ^formed & I appointt my loving freinds 
Robert! Page & Samuell Dalton to bee as over seeres to all Intents 
& Constructions herin Contained wittness my hand & seale y e 2 d 
S th mo 1667 

Wittnes William Godfrey 

Abraham Perkins X 

Samuell Dalton His mark [seal] & Seale 

[Proved April n, 167 1.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 212.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Deacon William Godfrey, taken April 
10, 167 1, by Samuel Dalton and Abraham Perkins; amount,. 
£267.7.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 213.] 



EDMUND GREEN 1668 

[Administration on the estate of Edmund Green granted to 
Nathaniel Fryer and the widow, Lydia Green, June 30, 1668.] 

[Administration granted to Lydia Green and Isaac Trickey July 
3, 1669, the former administration to be void, being illegal.] 

[Court Records, July 3, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 158.] 

[Inventory, May 2, 1668, taken at the request of the widow ; 
amount, £50.16.9; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Joachim 
Harvey.] 



IIO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

RICHARD LEADER t668 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Leader granted to John 

Hole and Samuel , June 30, 1668, " they having married y e 

daughters of s' 1 Lead 1 "." 

[Court Records, June 30, 1668, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 149 b.] 



JOHN LOVERING 1668 DOVER 

[Inventory of the estate of John Lovering of Nevvichwannock, 
who died July 27, 1668; taken August n, 1668; amount, 
£232.7.0; signed by John Wincoll, Roger Plaisted, and Andrew 
Searle ; brought into court Sept. 30, 1668.] 

This Court confirmes the Administrac'on granted Hester Lover- 
ing & Cap 1 Waldren to y c estate of Jo" Lovering at y e Court of 
Associates held at Dover y e 29 : septemb: 1668, & orders con- 
cerning y e estate that y e s rt Hester have one third part of all the 
housen & Land during her naturall life, & one third part of other 
the estate for Ever, & the rest of y c estate to be divided among y e 
children the eldest Son : to have a double portion, & further this 
Court appoynts m r John Wincoll & m r Ezekiell Knight to be 
guardians to y e children untill they be of age to chuse for them- 
selves or till y e Court take farther ord r & that y e Administra rs make 
a returne of w l they doe herein at y e Next Countie Court at portsm 

[Court Records, July 3, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 158.] 

M r Ezekiell Knight brought into Court an acco e of vv* charge he 
hath been at aboute maintaing & the bringing up John Loverins 
children from y e time of his marrying Hester Loverin his vviddow 
untill y e time they weere putt out, In Considerac'on whereof this 
Court allowes him all the movables menc'oned in y e Inventory of 
s (l Loverens estate, & to rechave & pay all s' 1 Loverings debts, but 
they reserve the house & Land menc'oned in y e said Inventory to 
be for y e children according as this Court shall see Cause to ord r 
together w th the rents thereof from y e time of y e death of s' 1 Knights 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS III 

wife relict of s' 1 Loverin, ffurther ord r & Impovver Cap 1 Jn° Wincoll 
gardian to y e children that he Looke after & gather in the rents of 
s' 1 house & Land for y e use of the children, & to Lett & set y e same 
from time to time till this Court take further order, & y l he dispose 
of y e eldest daughter either by putting her out or Continewing of 
her vv th m r Knight as may be best for y e childs Good : / 
[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 



JOHN PICKERING 1668 PORTSMOUTH 

The 11 Day of y e 11 month 1668 

In the name of god Amen : I John Pickern Senir beeing in 
pirfect Memory do give & bequeth my body to the dust & my 
Spirit to god that gave it 

Likewisse I give unto My Deere sonne Thomas Pickrin my 
dwelling housse and land Ajoyning to the great beay with all the 
portinances belonging to it 

likewisse I give My Horse to my sonn Thomas togethere with 
all the Houseall goods & tools belonging there too : Likwisse I 
give to my soon Thomas Pickrin too stere Calves : together with 
the keeping of Sixe Cowes as Long as Antony Stanell of Hamton 
shall live : Likwisse to My too doghters Rebecah and Abigail I 
give that fifty Pounds due by bill to be paid by M r Antony Stanell 
together with an ocks Equally to be divided to them too together 
with fore swinee Equally to be divided between them too 

Likwiss I give to my too doghters Mary & Sarah fore ocken : 
sixk Cowes sixk swine to be Equally divided be tweene them too 
witness The Mark of 

Phillip Swaddon John X Pickrin 

Joseph Hall 

[Inventory of the estate of John Pickering of Portsmouth, Jan. 
29, 1668/9; amount, £303.4.6; signed by Elias Stileman and 
John Sherburne.] 



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[Administration on the estate of John Pickering granted to his 
son, John Pickering, June 29, 1669, the will being imperfect.] 
[Court Records, June 29, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 155 b.] 



JOHN TANNER 1669 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Tanner, carpenter, granted 
to John Fletcher "At a meeting of Cap 1 Ric: Waldren m r Ric: 
Cutt & Elias Stileman y e 30 th of march 1669 by Vertue of Mages- 
tratticall pow r Granted them by the gen — Court."] 

[Court Records, March 30, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 153.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Tanner of Portsmouth, June 
26, 1669; amount, £7.9.0; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Elias 
Stileman.] 



JOHN REYNER 1669 DOVER 

In the name and fear of god amen : — 

Know all men to whom these presents shall come, that I John* 
Reyner of Dover in New-England, * * * 

After my just debts which I shall ow to anie person be truly 
payed, and necessary funerall expences satisfied, That of my dear 
love, and tender affection to my wife, and desire of her comfort- 
able subsisting ; and being confident of her care, of and moth- 
erly affection to, her children : I will and bequeath to her my whole 
estate ; in New-England ; in or out of this jurisdiction, houses, 
lands, chattels moveables rents debts and what ever else is or may 
be, anie part of or belonging to the same, (Excepting such lega- 
cies as hereafter in this my will shall by me be disposed other- 
wayes) to be by her injoyed, and improved, to her own use, and 
benifit, together with the rents of my land in Old-England, lying, 
and being in the Countie of Yorke, in Town of Gildersome, in the 
Parish of Batly, either alreadie due, or that hereafter shall be, 
during the terme of hir naturall life, (she remaining my widdow). 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS II3 

but in case she shall se good to change her condition, and enter 
into marriage ; then my will is that my whole estate im'ediately 
before such change of her condition, be equally divided into 
parts, and that she enjoy one halfe of this estate in Nevvengland, 
as afforesaid : together with one third of the rents of that in Old 
England, as above the other halfe of my estate here in New- 
england, with the other two thirds of the rents of the abovesaid 
lands in Old England, upon her so entering int married estate, 
as also that halfe left in her hands, with the one third of the rents 
of that in old England as afforesaid, at her decease ; Or the whole 
(in case she marie not) at her decease be so disposed and equally 
divided that my five Children John, Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail, 
and Judith Reyner my natural son and daughters, by this my last 
wife may have each one equall benifit by and portions out of the 
said estate, both in Newengland and old yet that the particular 
parts, or parcels of the said estate, here, or there, or elsewhere 
(if anie be) be setled upon the persons, to whom hereafter be- 
queathed to my son Jachin Reiner of Rowley, and daughter Hanna 
Lane, wife to Job Lane of Billerica ; to each of which I have given 
theire full portions as my estate will reach, I will and bequeath 
the old silver beer bowle, and so much monie as shall be ten shil- 
lings more than the worth of the cup, one of them to have the 
cup, the other the monie, Jachin to have his choise ; the cup is 
that which I had with ther mother ; to my son John Reyner I will 
and bequeath by these presents my Librarie, books and manu- 
scripts (except such English books as his mother shall make 
choise of for her use) this besides an equall proportion with anie 
of his sisters as arrbrsaid. Item I doe by these presents will and 
bequeath my land in Old England in the Countie of yorke as 
abovesaid, to my son John his heirs and assig'es to have and hold 
forever in fee simple and do hereby ingage him to dispose of the 
rents according as is above specified, during my wife his mothers 
life ; and so long after as my afformentioned four Daughters Eliza- 
beth, Dorothie, Abigail an Judith or anie of them shall leave their 
part of the princpall in his hands, not exceeding the terme of 
s 



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twentie years they standing to the losse or gain of the said estate 
according to interest therein ; and being at equall charges for re- 
coverie of the same, if attended with anie difficulties, my will also 
is that my son John, injoy my housing and land on Dover neck, 
and my foure daughters Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail, Judith, my 
land lying in the woods near Cachecha ; being equally devided 
among them a due respect being had by the deviders to the 
qualitie as well as quantitie of the said land or anie part or 
share thereof, yet not contradicting the premises viz that everie 
and each of my above named five Children, my son John, and 
Daughters Elizabeth, Dorothie, Abigail, and Judith have equall 
shares in, benefit by, and portions of my whole estate; in New- 
England and Old, and elsewhere if anie (excepting the above 
mentioned legacies bequeathed to my sons Jachin and John and 
Daughter Hanna viz cup monie, and Librarie, as also ten pounds 
which I give my wife to dispose of at her decease as she shall see 
good) all which estate of myn in what place soever as aforesaid 
I doe by this my last will and testament bequeath to my above- 
named live children John Elizabeth Dorothie Abygal and Judith 
according to the premises what anie have receved, (not herin ex- 
cepted), to be considered as part of their share, my will is also 
that if anie my foure children yet unmaried, shall by gods provi- 
dence be so diseposed, as to enter upon mariage, during the time 
the estate according to this my will remaneth in their mothers 
hands, or posession, there be some sutable encouragment, as the 
estate will afford (hir own need duly first considered) given to 
each one as the case shall require, I constitute and appoint my 
beloved wife Francis Reyner sole executrix of this my last will 
and testament and intreat my worthie friends ; mr Richard Wal- 
dern, and mr Joshua Moodie, to be helpfull to my wife, and chil- 
dren, by their faithfull counsel, and advice, or otherwayes as god 
shall inable ; in signe of all and everie the premises, I hereto set 
my hand and seal this nintenth day of April in the year of our 
lord on thousand six hundred sixtie and nine, if anie of the above- 



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said five children decease before actual possession they shall have 
libertie to dispose of their right being of age 

the word (named) between line John Reyner [seal] 

third and fourth (nie) line fifth 
(make) line twentie second interlined 
with some other letters befor signing 
and sealing and part of fortie first 
and second line. — 

signed sealed and delivered in 
presence of us 

Testes Hatevill Nutter 
John Hall 

[Proved June 30, 1669.] 

[Inventory, June 15, 1669; amount, £657.2.7 ; signed by Peter 
Coffin, Job Clements, and John Roberts.] 



WILLIAM DREW 1669 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of William Drew of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth Drew, June 29, 1669.] 
[Court Records, June 29, 1669, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 155.] 



SAMUEL DREW 1669 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Drew granted to An- 
thony Ellins of Portsmouth July 3, 1669.] 

[Court Records, July 3, 1669. in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 158.] 



THOMAS PEVERLY 1670 PORTSMOUTH 

The last will & testament of Thomas Peverly, being very 
weake & sick in body, but in perfect memory. — 

Inprimis I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God 



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from whome I Receaved it, and my body to the earth after my 
decease to be buried in a Christian manner. 

It: I doe bequeath & give unto my beloved wife Jane Peverly 
all my whole estate, of houseing, lands both upland & meadowes, 
with all my Cattell of every sorte & kinde, with all my houshold 
stuffe & goods of what nature soever both within dores & without 
dureing the tearme of hir Naturall life, in case she keepe hir 
selfe a widow, but if she shall dispose of hir selfe in manage, 
then to have onely the thirds of all dureing hir life, the debts that 
I owe being first satisfide. — 

It: I doe further declare my will thus : that in case my wife 
shall dispose of hir selfe in Manage, that then the whole estate 
shall be & belong to my sonne John Peverly, he paying to his 
mother the thirds of the whole estate as it shalbe adjudged to be 
worth betweene two indifferent men eaqually chosen, & the debts 
first paid out of the whole : And the said John Peverl}- is after- 
wards to pay five pounds a peece to the Rest of my children, that 
is to say to Thomas Peverly five pounds, to Lazaras Peverly five 
pounds, to Samuell Peverly five pounds, to Jeremiah Peverly five 
pounds & to Sarah Peverly five pounds, and alsoe to give unto 
my Daughter Martha Noble five acres of upland on the wester 
side of the path belovve my now Corne feild — 

It: I doe further declare my will, that if my wife Jane Peverly 
shall not dispose of hir selfe in Manage, but shall live Upon the 
estate dureing hir life, that then after hir decease the whole estate 
then left shall fall to my sonne John Peverly, he paying the Leg- 
ases above exprest when the Children come to age, he maintaine- 
ing the Children till they be capeable to be disposed of abroad. 

It: I doe make my beloved wife Jane Peverly my executrix 
to this my will, & doe alsoe intreate & apoint my loving freinds 
& Neighbours John Shirburne senior & Richard Sloper to be my 
Overseers & assistants to my executrix to see this my will per- 
formed : In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & 
seale this nineteenth day of Aprill : one thousand six hundred 
and seaventy. 1670 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I I 7 

It is further bv me declared that I doe give unto my daughter 
Holmes seaven acres of upland out of lands that is given me by 
this towne not yet laid out in any place convenient for hir — 

Sealed signed & delivered in Thomas X Peverly [seal] 

the presents of us./ by his marke & seale 

this subscription Really 
intended to the will. 

John X wesbrook 
by his marke 

Richard Tucker 

[Proved June 30, 1670.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Peverly of Portsmouth, 
May 26, 1670; amount, £191.5.9; signed by Richard Tucker, 
John Westbrook, and John Sherburne.] 



HEZEKIAH SWAINE 1670 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Hezekiah Swaine of Hampton, 
taken by Thomas Marston and Nathaniel Batchelder May 2, 1670 ; 
amount, £142.18.0; attested by William Swaine, administrator.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 191.] 

Hezekiah Swaine of hampton in y e County of [Norfolke 
lately] 1 Deses [&] having mad no will, & levinge an [estate and 
also] some [debts] to bee payed : His Brother willam [Swaine] 
mad adminstrator to y e estate may y e 6 th 1670 & and 3 sisters 
Hanath, bethia and prudence Swaine [being heires to] the estat 
left for y e Devidinge of y e estate they agre [as followeth] if y d 
Court see Cause to Confirme it 

y r y e land & Chatils as it is prised in y e inventory presented 

[to y e Court] shall bee Devided into five parts y e brother willam 

[Swaine to have two] parts & y e sisters ech : of them one part 

wilam Swaine [to have] his two parts out of y e land &: what 

1 Words in brackets are supplied from the recorded copy. 



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remaine [y e s (1 vvilliam to] have & to bee acounteble to y e rest of 
his sisters for [as much pay] acordinge as it is prised in y e inven- 
tory, & y e [three parts to bee] equily Devided amonge y e sisters, 
also what [debts is due to y e ] estat to [bee] devided acordinge 
to thayer proportion [y e said william] two [parts & y e three] sis- 
ters an equill part one as much [as y e other] & also [all debts] 
Due to eney from y e estat to pay [according to that rule] & to 
this wee y e sd william Hanah bethia & pru [dence Swaine] doe 
freely & willingly agree to if y e Court see m[eet] & with y c Con- 
sent of our mother prudence Cox : as wittnes our 

Nathan 11 weare [William Swaine] 

William [fHfeild] y e marke of [ffrancis Jenis] 

this 4 th of October 1670 y e husband [of Hana Swaine] 

y e marke of [Bethia Swaine] 
[Approved Oct. 11, 1670.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 190.] 



JOHN HUGGINS 1670 HAMPTON 

The last will & Testam 1 of John Hugins sen. aged about 61 : 
years being made & signed this 31 st : of May 1670 * * * 

I John Huggins of Hampton in y e County of Norfolk in new- 
england doe make & declare this my last will & Testam 1 * * * 

as for y e outward estate w ch god hath given mee as it is y e will 
of god so my will is y l out of it my debts be tirst payd & then my 
wyfe & Childeren should live of y e rest I doe therfore for y e Chris- 
tian Educacon of my younger children give to my deare & beloved 
wyfe Bridget y e imprvm 1 of my now dwelling house & land adjoyn- 
ing, together w th y e meadow Com'onages, & any other rights & 
privilidges ap^teyning therunto as also two oxen, two cowes, & 
one heifer two years old w th sixteen sheepe & lambs duering y e 
terme of her naturall life after w ch y e ^prietie of y e abovsd lands to 
bee disposed of to my Childeren who have not yet received their 
portions according to y e reasonable will of my said wyfe 

Item I give to my Sone John six acres of land more or less in 



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y e east feild as it is lay'd out w 11 ' a cow Com'onage and all other 
rights belonging therunto, as also my right in some land in y e 
woods com'only called m r Legatts, besides w' other guifts & por- 
tion hee hath received of mee already in cattle or otherwise to his 
owne *$*$ use & behoofe for ever, I doe also appoint my dearly 
beloved wyfe Bridgett & my loveing sone John Executo r & Exec- 
utrix of this my last will & Testam 1 & have accordingly herto 
set my hand & seale this May 31 ; 1670 

Signed & Sealed in y e p r sence John hugin w th a seale to it 
of us Seaborne Cotton 
Will: ffuller 

[Proved Oct. 11, 1670.] 

[Norfold County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, p. 192.] 

[Inventory of the estate of "John Huggins, Sener of Hampton 
Late deceased upon The Seaventh day of June 1670;" taken by 
William Fuller, John Sanborn, and Henry Dow June 30, 1670 ; 
amount, £177.1.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



JOHN WYATT 1670 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of John Wyatt of Portsmouth, June 5, 
1670; amount, £94.13.4; signed by Richard Shortridge and 
Robert Purington.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Wyatt granted to his 
widow, Salome Wyatt, June 28, 1670.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1670, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 168.] 



JOHN WOODIS 1670 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of John Woodis granted to his 
father Richard Woodis of Boston, June 28, 1670, who presented 
an inventory amounting to £26.8.6.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1670, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 166] 



120 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



[Inventory of the estate of John Woodis of Portsmouth, May 
30, 1670 ; amount, £26.0.6 ; signed by Richard Stileman and 
Thomas Parker; attested by Ruth Woodis June 28, 1670.] 



OLIVER KENT 1670 DURHAM 

[Administration on the estate of Oliver Kent of Oyster River 
granted to his widow, Dorothy Kent, and John Bickford June 
28, 1670.] 

[Court Records, June 28, 1670, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 166.] 

[Inventory, June 26, 1670; amount, £113.12.0; signed by 
Thomas Edgerly and John Bickford.] 
[Probate Records, vol. I, p. 92.] 



HENRY JENKINS 1670 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Jenkins, June 30, 1670 ; 
amount, £3.0.0; signed by William Furber ; brought into court 
July 1, 1670.] 



JOHN SEELEY 1670 

[Petition of William Seeley, June 30, 1670, for administration 
on the estate of his brother, Capt. John Seeley ; mentions wife 
and children of the deceased. William Seeley and Elias Stile- 
man were appointed administrators.] 

M r W m Henderson as Atturney to William Tapping & Johan- 
nah Tapping of London Administra rs to y e housen & Land of 
Cap 1 John Sealy deceased in y e hand of Elias Stileman who had 
granted him Administrac'on to y e same by the County Court some 
yeares since to Looke after y e same till a right claim should be 
made by his y e s d Jn° Sealys heires or adminis rs out of England 
should appeare This Court upon exammynac'on of s d Henderson 
Ler r of Atturney & other writings exhibited to this Court now on 



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file doe ord r that the s' 1 Housen & Land w ch are on Docters Island 
be forth with deliv rd up unto s' 1 W" 1 Henderson for the Use of s' 1 
W 1 " Tapping & Johannah, & to Stand responsible two yeares in 
case a better title & claime should appear y e s <l stileman to be p' 1 
for his time & trouble Looking after y e same, & ord r y 1 y e clarke 
take a coppie of his s (l Hend r sons Lr r of atturny & returne y e 
originall 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 



JOHN TUCKER 1670 STAR ISLAND 

Know all men by these ^rsents that I John Tucker fisherman 
of the Yles of shoales, vidz 1 Starr Yland In the County of Ports- 
mouth being by gods providence at the house of John Amerideth 
of the Town of Kittery In the County of Yorke, very sicke & 
weake of body, yett at ^rsent of Indifferent firme memory and 
understanding, doe make this my last will & Testament/ 

1 Inp s I Comitt my spirit unto god that gave Itt, & my body 
unto the dust from whence It came, to bee decently buried at the 
Charge of my executors, whom I shall name & appoynt/ 

2 : I dispose of my outward estate In manner as followeth, 
vidz 1 my will is that all my debts bee duly & truely payd by my 
executors/ 

3 : I give & bequeath unto Thomas Wells Minister of the Town 
of Kittery the full & Just some of one pound tenn shillings, to bee 
payd by my executors after my decease, the one halfe In money 
& the other halfe In fish/ 

4 : I give & bequeath all the rest of my estate whatsoever unto 
my very Loveing freind John Amerideth, & Johanna his wife, & 
my will is, that all those y* have any estate of mine in their Cos- 
tody, or y l doe ow any debt unto mee, do deliver & pay the same 
unto the s rt Amerideth or his wife after my decease, upon y r de- 
mand or either of them their heyres, executors administrators or 
Assignes, in speties, as the same is to bee delivered or payd unto 
mee/ 



122 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

5 : I doe Nominate & appoynt the aboves d John Amerideth 
senior of the Town of Kittery in the County of Yorke, to bee the 
executor unto this my last will & testament, & do here by Injoyne 
him faithfully to ^rforme all & every of the ^misses above men- 
tioned/ In witness w r of I have here unto sett my hand & seale 
Dated y e last vidz* the Thyrty one day of October, In the Twenty 
secund yeare of the Reign of o r Soveraigne Ld King Charles the 
secund, by the Grace of god King of Great Brittain, France & 
Ireland, & In the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred & 
seaventy/31: 8: Anno: Dom: 1670: 

Subscribed & sealed in the The X marke of 

^rsence of us/' John Tucker [his seal] 

William Rawling 

the marke of X 

Thomas sharpan 

[Proved Jan. 3, 1670/1.] 

[York County, Me., Court Records, vol. B, p. 97.] 

[Inventory, amounting to £74.1.10^; attested by John Ameri- 
deth April 26, 1671.] 

[York County, Me., Court Records, vol. B, p. 97.] 

The Deposition of Thomas Wells aged 24 yeares, sayth y' when 
hee wrott John Tuckers Will hee could not ^rceive nor discerne 
but at that tyme Jo 11 Tucker was of good and ^rfect Memory & 
understanding, & y t the will that hee wrotte was as to the sub- 
stance of it the same that him selfe related unto this Deponent, as 
alsoe an accompt of some debts due unto the sayd Tucker, & 
some debts that the sd Tucker owed unto some men/ This Depon- 
ent further sayth, that w r as hee expressed In the will (of Indiffer- 
ent memory & understanding, It was not from any ImpTection 
that hee could ^rceive in his memory or understanding, at that 
tyme, but because y* hee thought, that y l bodily sickeness & Infirm- 
-rty in any one mrg+rr~debilitate~& weaken memory & understand- 
ing, & further sayth y l w n John Tucker made his marke to his 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I 23 

will that hee sayd I intended it for J. T but my hand shakes, I 
know not whither It bee well done or to y l affect, & further sayth 
not/ Taken upon oath this 26 : of Aprill 167 1 : *§ 

Edw: Rishworth ReCor: 
[York County, Me., Court Records, vol. B, p. 97.] 



GREGORY CHURCHWOOD 1670/1 

[Inventory of the estate of Gregory Church wood, Feb. 7, 

1670/1 ; amount, £11.0.11 ; signed by Richard and Thomas 

Bartlett.] 

[Administration on the estate of Gregory Churchwood granted 
to John Fabyan, who presented an inventory amounting to £11. 
11.0, to which £2.10.0 was afterwards added.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 175.] 

The deposition of William Weeks aged about 35 y rs & of Sam'- 
uell Streeke aged about 28 years 

These depolant Sworne Saith that this Hum'phery Churchwood 
is brother to Grigorie Churchwood that was drowned in the boat 
w th Edward Carter : & weare both of them borne at kingsware 
neare Dartmoth in England & weare the Reputed sons of Hum'- 
pery Churchwood their ffather & brought up by him & further 
they say not :// 

William Weekes & Sam'uell Streeke made oath to these depo- 
sitions this 29 th of Aperell 1675 before mee :/ 

Peter Twisden Com'isho r 

[Order of court, June 29, 1675, that John Fabyan, administra- 
tor, deliver the balance of the estate to Humphrey Churchwood, it 
appearing to the court that he is the brother of Gregory Church- 
wood and the next heir.] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in L^eeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 



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EDWARD HILTON 1670/1 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Hilton granted to 
Edward Hilton, William Hilton, Samuel Hilton and Charles Hil- 
ton, March 6, 1670/1.] 

[Inventory, March 9 and 10, 1670/1 ; amount, £2204.0.0 ; signed 
by Samuel Dalton, Antipas Maverick, Robert Burnham, William 
Follett, and William Moore ; Christopher Palmer, at the same time, 
made claim to a part of the estate in behalf of two sisters to the 
administrators, who were daughters of the deceased.] 



EDWARD CATOR 1670/1 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Cator granted by the 
commissioners, to John Fabyan and James Blagdon March 7, 
1670/1.] 

[Court Records, March 7, 1 670/1, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 170.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Cator granted to John 
Fabyan July 1, 1671, " the former Administra rs Viz 1 James Blag- 
don & s d ffabins refusing to hold together."] 

[Court Records, July 1, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 1S0.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 31, 1667, that John Fabyan, administrator 
of the estate of Edward Cator, send £20 to the widow, she being 
in England and in distress, and that he deliver the rest of the estate 
to James Blagdon, attorney for Cator's daughter.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Division of the estate is presented and placed on file June 24, 
1679.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1079^ Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] - 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 25 

[Petition of John Fabyan, James Blagdon, and Robert Town- 
send, attornies, for a division by the court of the estate of Edward 
Cator to the widow and two daughters ; dated June 26, 1679.] 

[Account of the estate, and order of the court for the division 
of the estate equally among the widow and two daughters in ac- 
cordance with the petition.] 



JOHN HUNKITT 1670/1 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of John Hunkitt of Hampton, taken by 
Samuel Dalton and John Sanborn March 22, 1670/1 ; amount, 
£14.19.3.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



PHILIP BABB 1671 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Philip Babb of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to Nathaniel Fryer April 24, 167 1.] 

[Court Records, April 24, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 170.] 

[Joseph Hall petitioning the court for recompense for maintain- 
ing for two years Peter Babb, son of Philip Babb, the father and 
mother both being dead, and the child five years old next Mich- 
aelmas, the court, June 27, 1676, binds Peter Babb as an appren- 
tice to Joseph Hall until he reaches the age of twenty-one years.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 15.] 



DANIEL MOULTON 1671 

[Inventory of the estate of Daniel Moulton June 22, 167 1 ; 
amount, £180.17.6; debts due to the estate, £30.18.11; debts 
dtre fr om the estate, £ t8 .o.u ; - signed by E lias"Stileman and Joseph 1 

Morse.] 



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THOMAS JAMES 167 1 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas James granted to 
James Blagdon June 27, 1671.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1671, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 175.] 



THOMAS LEIGHTON 167 1 DOVER 

In y e name and feare of God Amen I Thomas Layton seni r of 
Dov r in New England Aged sixty seven yeares or there aboutes, 
beinge exercised with great infirmity of body, * * * 

As for my outward Estate my Will is that my p r sent Wife Joan- 
na do enjoy (during her naturall life if she continue in the estate of 
widdowhood, or duringe her widdowhood if she marry) my whole 
Estate both personall and Reall to be improved for her comfortable 
maintenance, and at her marriage one third part of y e whole, after 
that her marriage to be improved by or for her till her d'eceace. 
That my onely son and heire Thomas Layton shall have (besides 
what he hath or shall receive before my deceace) All my hous- 
inge Landes Orchard Marshes flatts, with their priviledges or 
appurtenances either within or out of this Town to be had and 
held by him his heires or assignes forev r After they fall from his 
mother by marriage or her decease as abovesaid, To him also I 
Give one quarter part of the movables which shall be Left undis- 
posed of by my wife for her comfortable supply as abovesaid, He 
y e said Thomas Layton my sonne payinge To my Daughter Mary 
y e wife of Thomas Roberts juni r To y e value of tenne poundes To 
my Daughter Elizabeth wife of Phillip Cromwell to y e value of 
forty pounds To my Daughter Sarah (unmarried at p r sent) to 
the value of forty poundes ; which he is to pay to them or their 
heires or assignes within the space or terme of two yeares after 
y e decease of his Mother Joanna if they shall demand it, which I 
by these p r sents Assig'e to them out of the said Estate together 
-with-a-quarter-part of the-mavables to each of them .which, may. he- 
Left by my wife Joanna. He y e said Thomas my sonne also set- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I 27 

tinge John my Indian Servant free and painge him to y e value of 
five poundes at y e decease of y e said Joanna. Moreover I doe 
hereby constitute and appoint my sonne and heire Thomas above- 
said Executor and my wife Joanna Executrix jointly whilst they 
are both livinge and severally after the Deceace of either of them 
In wittness of the p r mises I doe here unto set my hand and seale 
this one & twentyeth day of September Anno Domini 1671 

Test Thomas X Layton seni r [seal] 

(to each of them) interlined his mark 

Jn° Reyn r 

X Thomas Roberts juni r his mark 

[Proved June 25, 1672.] 

[Inventor)-, Feb. 15, 167 1/2 ; taken at the request of the widow 
and her son, Thomas Leighton ; amount, £475.5.0; signed by 
Job Clements, John Dam, and John Hall.] 



JOHN GARLAND 167 1 HAMPTON 

The last will and teastiment of John Garland senior: aged about 
fivety yeares of Hampton in the countie of norfolke : in nue eng- 
land Being made and signed : this 15 th day of november 1671 : 

In the name of Jesus christ who is Lord of quick and dead : 
who hath [taught] 1 uss to doe the will of our Heavenly father And 
yet hath in his word Ratified the will of the teastatour when he is 
dead : I John Garland sick in body * * * 

As for my outward Estate which god have [gratiously] given 
me As it is the will of god so my will Is that out of It [my debts] 
being first paide that then my wife and childreng : should live of 
[y e ] Rest : I doe thearfore give and Bequeath unto Elizabeth my 
loving wife the north End of my dwelling House the lower Rome 
& the bed in the Rome & all : furniture to itt : and ten : pound a 

-— * Words in - b rackets are -s u pp lied - f r om t he « recorded^opy, Norfo l k County y .. M .ass. r . 
Deeds, vol. 2, p. 249. 



128 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

yeare to be payd as followeth & nesesary Housold stufe that shall 
be nedfull for a single woman & a Hors to be found Her by my 
Excectatour : & wood brought to Her dore fitt for the fire : so long 
ass she live in the House if she Remove from the House or marry 
then the wood & Hors & the House & five pound of the former ten 
to cease : she only to Have five pound a yeare paid Her : and to 
Have the bed and furniture away with Her : & I give unto Her 
the milke of a cow so Long as she live in the House : aforesd : 

tt I give & bequith unto my son John : garland : my Dwelling 
House and barn & all my out Housing and all the land : a bout 
the House & the medow : all that I bought of phillip lewes : & 5 
ackes : more or less of salt marsh lieng in the Littill oxe comon : 
which wase formerly Tho: chaces : and a mare colt : which I for- 
merly gave him Likewise I give unto my son John garland : all 
my stock of cattell Horses & swine : And Impliments of Hus- 
bandry : that are about my House att Home : and all my Housolld 
stufe : & beding Excepting what shall be after mentioned : He 
paying : the former pay to His mother which is formerly men- 
tioned untill : His brother Jacob garland & peter garland shall 
come to the age of twentie one yeares : and then that : pay to be 
Equally : devided & thay all to pay there mother : one ass much 
ass the other : 

tt I give unto my son : Jacob : garland & peter garland the 
[one] Half: of that land that I bought of m r Seaborn cotten that 
is in the woods with the plows & Impliments of Husbandry that 
is theare : the land and them to be equally : devided between 
them : which is att the Hog pen plaine : thay to Have it [ass] 
thay come to the age of twentie one years : : ase also each [of] 
them a bed and the furneture to itt : when : thay come to [y e age] 
of twentie one years : to be paid to them by my Excecteure 

And I doe hearby apoint my deare and loving wife Elizabeth 
Garland : & my son John garland to be my lawfull Exceto 1 " & 
Excectetour : she untill : my son John come to the age of [one] 
and twpnh'p.yparsp.,: and then • my son John gnrland to he my 
Excectetour to this my last will and teastiment and for the confer- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 29 

mation Hearof I the above sd John garland Senior Have Hear- 
unto put my Hand and seall the day and yeare above 

Signed & sealed in the pressenes : The mark of 

of uss John X garland [seal] 

Robard X page & Senior 

His mark 

Hen: Dow 

[Proved April 9, 1672.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files; Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 249.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Garland of Hampton, "late 
deceased upon the 4 day of Jenuary 167 1," taken by Robert 
Page, James Philbrick, and Henry Dow Feb. 6, 1671 ; amount, 
£363.0.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



SAMUEL FOGG 1671/2 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I Samuell ffog of Hampton in the County of Norfolke being 
very weake & Inferme in Body butt of sound understanding and 
of a Disposseing mind Doe make this my last will & testamentt 
as followeth, I sollemly Comitt my soule unto allmighty God the 
father of Spirits and my fraile and weake body unto the earth 
from whence itt was taken to bee buried in such Decientt manner 
as my Exequetors hereafter mentioned shall appoint 

And for whatt Estate the lord of his bounty Hath bestowed upon 
mee in this world my will is as followeth 

1st I Give & bequeth unto Mary my Beloved wife Duering the 
terme of Her naturall life as Her Dowry the one Halfe of my Salt 
marsh which lyeth on this side of the falls River towards the 
towne the which was formerly the marsh of Roger shaw and so 
mu ch of the five Acres in the little Comon as wi ll make up Heir 
thirds of all the marsh in my possetion 

Itt I give unto mary my wife for her Improvement the one 



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r 

Halfe of Eight Acres of planting Land in the East feild viz thatt 
partt thatt which lieth towards william Samborns land towards 
the north (and so much as will make up her thirds of the upland) 
att the South End of my Howse Lott 

Itt I Give unto mary my wife the west End of my Dwelling 
House Duering the terme of Her widowhood & no longer, butt 
if shee shall Remove Her Dweling from thence in the time of 
her widowhood then the whole Howse to bee leatt with the lands 
by my Exequetors untill my Eldest sonn shall Come to the Age 
of twenty one years, and then my Eldest sonn is to posses itt and 
pay unto mary my wife Her thirds of the Rentt 

Ittem I Give unto Mary my wife two Cows & the whitt Rone 
mar and whatt Howsehold stuff' she brought into the Howse with 
her or whatt beding or other Household stuff she hath Else whear 
to bee & Remain to Her & Her Heirs for Ever 

Ittem I Give & bequeth unto my Eldest sonn Samuell fog the 
other two thirds of my land marshes & medows & Comonage the 
which he is to Enter upon & posses when he shall Come to the 
Age of twenty & one years, butt shall nott Have full power in 
selling or disposeing of his Estate withoutt the Consentt of my Ex- 
equetors untill hee shall come to the Age of twenty fower years. 

Itt I Give unto my son Samuell ffoge all my Howseing & 
barne & out Howseing the which he is to Enter upon & posses 
att the Age of twenty one years paying the thirds of the Rentt for 
the Howse to my wife Duering the time of Her widowhood and 
for my stock of Cattle & other moveables & twoles and Imple- 
ments of Husbandry nott otherwayes Disposed of by this my Last 
will they are to bee improved & Renewed att the Discression of 
my Exequetors so as thatt the stock may bee maintained & nott 
wasted & Imbesseled untill my sone shall Come to the Age of 
twenty one years and then to be and Remaine to him & att his 
Disposall payeing these following legacies 

Itt I Give & bequeth unto my son Daniell ffog the some of 
fifteen pounThtrjrbee-payd by my son Sam 11 fog when Daniel shall 
Arive to the Age of twenty one years 



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Itt I Give unto my Daughter mary fog one fetherbed & one 
fether boulster & one pillow & two Blankits one of them a Red 
blanket and two payer of sheets which were her mothers 

Itt to my Daughter mary and Brass pan & three puter platters 
and Som other puter & Earthin Dishies which were hir mothers, 
and these Goods being prized to my Daughter Mary my son 
Samuel is to make up the some of fifteen pound to Her when she 
shall Come to the Age of twenty one years or att Her marring 
which shall Happen first 

Itt I Doe Give unto my son Daniell fog the other third partt 
of my land, which he is to Enter upon & posses att my wives 
Decease & within one year after to pay the some of fifteen pounds 
back againe unto my son Samuel if hee hath Received itt before 
the Land fall to him 

Ittem I Give unto my son Daniell fog my two new puter plat- 
ters & a puter Bason 

Ittem I Give unto my son Samuell flog my two Tables & 
one bed stead & one Greatt Chayer & three Chests and one new 
Greene Rug and a Sute of Curtains, and one fowleing peece and 
all the Rest of my Howsehold stuff I Give & bequeath unto mary 
my wife & to the three Children which I have by Her 

Itt I Give unto my Son Seath ffoge the some of Six pound to 
bee payd to him by my son Sam 11 when he shall Come to the 
Age of twenty one year 

Ittem I Give unto my Son James ffog the some of Six pound 
to bee payd when he shall Com to the Age of twenty one years 
to bee payd by my son Samuel 

Itt I Doe Give unto my youngest Daughter Hanna ffog the 
some of Six pound to bee payd by my son Samuell when she 
shall Come to the Age of twenty one years and if her marriag 
shall Happen forst then to be payd att her Day of marring 

and my will is thatt my Eldest Son should Die withoutt Heire 
of his owne body thatt then His portion of Land to Desend to my 
-next -son,- and if any^of my other Children should Die without 
Issue, thatt then their portion shall bee Devided amongst the Rest 
of my Children that shall Survive 



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And I Doe by these p r sents Appointt my Loveing fFather in Law 
Deacon Robertt Page and my loving ffreinds william ffiiller & 
Nathaniell Bachelder to bee my lawfull Exequetors to this my 
last will & testament : to see thatt the same be performed accord- 
ing to the tru Intentt & meaning herof and if God shall take 
away any of them thatt if god ^mitt they shall Have power & 
liberty to make Choyce of whom shall suply in his or their place 
in point of Exequetorship and I Doe appoint my Loveing Brother 
Thomas ward & my loveing ffreind Samuell Dalton to bee as 
overseers to this my will who Have the like power to make 
Choyce of suply in their places in Cause of Death or Removall 

and my will is thatt my three Eldest Children shall bee Settled 
by my Exequetors viz my Son Samuell & Daniell to som Good 
trade which they shall most Desire and to be placed in such 
famelyes as may bee for their Comfortt & Advantag both for soule 
& body as much as Can bee Attained and I Appoint that such 
wearing Cloathes as I shall leave att my Death shall bee Im- 
proved by my Exequetors to fitt outt my two sons Samuell & 
Daniell to service and to make such further supply as they in 
Descrestion shall Judg meett. 

And my will is thatt my Executors shall take such Care both 
in the time of my wives widowhood & att all times thatt my Estate 
may bee p r formed and y l the Hovvseing Due nott Goe to Decay 
without Repayeration and thatt the fences and other things Doe 
nott suffer strip & wast in the time whilst itt is outt of my sons 
Hands 

And my will is Conserning my Daughter Mary bee Desposed 
of to the tuission of my loving ffreinds william ffuller & ffrances 
His wife, and if God should take away Goodwiffe ffuller whilst 
my Daughter mary is in Her menority I will & Comitt her tuition 

unto my Brother Benjamin & to Goodwif Bachelder) and 

my will is thatt my Howseing & lands & stock of Cattle & other 
moveables & Improved by the Discression of my Exequetors for 
the subsistance of my wife &~my three youngest Children untill- 
my son Samuel shall Arive to the Age of twenty one years and 



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to this I Affix my Hand & Seale as my last will this ninth Day 
of Janewary 167 1 

Signed & sealed in Samuell [seal] fogge 

the p r sents of us 

will ffuller 

Samuell Dalton 

Frances ffuller 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1672.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 264.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Fogg of Hampton " late 
Deceased upon the 15 day of Aprill 1672;" taken by Thomas 
Marston and William Sanborn May 3, 1672 ; amount, £249.19.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 2, 
p. 265.] 



JOHN LARRIFORD 1672 

[Administration on the estate of John Larriford granted to 
Thomas Jackson of Portsmouth, March 26, 1672.] 

[Administration was confirmed by the court June 25, 1672, and 
Thomas Jackson was required to give security for the estate as 
inventoried ■' for y e use of y e next heire that shall appeare to chal- 
leng y e same."] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 186.] 

[Inventory; amount, £16.12.5 ; signed by Elias Stileman and 
William Cotton; attested by the administrator June 25, 1672.] 



PETER ADAMS 1672 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Adams granted by the 
commissioners to Thomas~Jackson of Portsmouth, March 26, 1672.] 
[Court Records, March 26, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 



134 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration confirmed by the court June 25, 1672, and 
Thomas Jackson, presenting an inventory, "is enjoyned to give 
securitie to y e clarke to respond y e estate that it may be forth com- 
ing to y e right heire."] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 186.] 

["An Invoice of what Petter Adams ; Deceased the first of No- 
vember 167 1 left in the Custody of Thomas Jackson ; of Porchm 
Cupp r " ; amount, £9.15.8 ; witnessed by John Fletcher and Will- 
iam Irish ; attested by Thomas Jackson June 25, 1672.] 



RICHARD YORK 1672 DOVER 

In the Name of god Amen the later will and testament of Ritch- 
ard yorke whoe being well stricken in years but ripe in memory 
this 23 daye of appriell one thousand six hundred seventie and 
tow viz I doe leave and bequeath to my sonne John Yorke that I 
now live in my farme the dwelling howses and owtt howses with 
all & . . . privelidges and y e Apertinantes thereunto belong- 
ing togeather with y e stock whitch shall . . . upone y e farme 
after my deseas and y e legeses here mentioned to be payd and 
what stocke . . . and sheepe and swine shall be left after 
y e legeses be payed shall be equally devied between . . . sonne 
John yorke and daughter Elizabeth C — tie and my sonne 
daughter grace yorke and like wise allso I doe leave and be queave 
to my wife . . . yorke duering here life time one third part 
of y e estate and one Cowe only my sonne John yorke paying 
y e just debts to any parson or parsons that can be made Justly 
apeare allso I doe leave and bequeath to my sonne Samuell yorke 
five pounds allso i doe leave and bequeath to my daughter Ratchell 
Halle five pounds and all so I doe leave and bequeath to my sonne 
Bengeman yorke that tracket of land which I hold by towne grant 
situate ling and being neare the second fale of Lampleriver ad- 
joyning unto that which~wase latelye~John Martaines lott together 
with one yoke of oxen and all so doe leave and bequeat to my 



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OD 



daughter grace yorke tenne pounds all soe leave and bequeath 
unto my tow grandchildren Richard yorke and Bengieman yorke 
fiftie shillings apeice all so my daughter grace yorke leges is to 
be payd at her day of marage or eightene yeres of age now I 
Richard living and being ripe in memorye doe now acknowledge 
this to be my last will and testament sined sealed and accknoled 
in y* pesence of us to be his act and deede dated y e 23 of appreell 
1672 

wittnesse us :) [seal] 

y e marke of X nicholous Doe :) 

ffrancis Thorne :) 

An Imp r fit will of Ric: Yorke brought in to the County Court 
held in portsm 30 June 1674 

this Court Appoynts his wid Eliza: york & Jo n york Adminis- 
tra s to y e estate & ord r y* the estate be devied according to this 
im^fit will & give securty that they will ^form y e same accord- 
ingly 

Elias Stileman Cleric 
Eliza: yorke & Jn° yorke 

[Inventory, March 27, 1674; amount, £264.13.0; signed by 
William Roberts, John Rand, Benjamin Matthews, and Thomas 
Willey.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard York of Dover was 
granted to his widow, Elizabeth York, and John York June 30, 
1674, and they were ordered to divide the estate according to the 
terms of the will, which was imperfect ; amount of inventory, 
£264.13.0. They gave bond for double the amount of the inven- 
tory, with Nicholas Doe and Samuel Willey as sureties.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 3.] 

It is agreed betwixt William Graves on the one part, and John 
York his Son in law [step son] on y e other part ; That what the 
sd William Graves hath received of Richard Yorks Estate de- 
ceased, It shall be to y e use of William & Elizabeth Graves The 
sometimes Widow of sd Richard York deceased, during the lives 



136 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of the sd William & Elizabeth Graves ; which are, One ffeather 
bed and Boulster, with Blankets & Covering to it. 2 ly That 
whereas Elizabeth Graves & John York her son jointly adminis- 
tred on sd Richard Yorks estate deceased, That the sd John 
York only shall be liable to pay all his deceased ffather Richard 
Yorks debts. 3 ly That one third of all the sd Richard Yorks land 
deceased, whether in tillage, or meadow, or orchard, in being dur- 
ing the sd Richard Yorks life, shall be laid out on a com'on charge 
betwixt y e Parties beforesaid, & afterwards shall be to y e use of 
the sd Elizabeth Graves during her life, but after her decease to 
be to y e use of the sd John York & his heirs for ever, ffourthly, 
That the sd John York shall deliver to the sd Willia Graves, 
One Cow, & ffive pounds in staves, and shall bear y e charge of 
the present Court at Dover. On the true performance of all the 
before said Articles these shall acquit from all difference whoever 
betwixt the sd William Graves & John York to the day of the date 
hereof. In witness to the Articles above, We the Parties above 
articling, have mutually set to our hands this 8 th of June 16S1 

Signed & delivered The mark X of 

in y e p r sence of William Graves 

Thomas Broughton 

John X shore 
his mark 

Owned by William Graves & John York in Court held at Dover 
7 th June 1681, to be their act & deed. 

Elias Stileman Record" 

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



WILLIAM JACKSON 1672 PORTSMOUTH 

[Administration on the estate of William Jackson of Portsmouth 
granted by the commissioners to Thomas Daniell May 8, 1672.] 
[Court Records, May 8, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 

[Inventory, July 5, 1672 ; amount, £8.15.3 ; sworn to-by- Thom- 
as Daniell June 27, 1673.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 137 

ONESIPHOROUS HARVEY 1672 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Onesiphorous Harvey of the 
Isles of Shoals granted by the commissioners to Thomas Daniell 
May 8, 1672.] 

[Court Records, May 8, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 181.] 



ALLEN LLOYD 1672 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of Allen Lloyd of Portsmouth, June 
24, 1672; amount, £201.15.6; signed by Elias Stileman, John 
Fletcher, and John Pickering, appraisers.] 

[Administration on the estate of Allen Lloyd of Portsmouth 
granted to his widow, Sarah Lloyd, who presented an inventory 
amounting to £202.15.6, and a list of liabilities amounting to 
£39.10.6. 

"fFor y e setleing of y e estate y e Court ord rs that the house & 
Land on w ch it standeth be to y e son of s d Lyde when he shalbe 
of age & y e thirteene acres at y e pulpet & y e rest of y e estate 
be to y e widow for paying of y e debts & bringing up y e child & the 
whole to remaine in her hand untill y e child be of age, & the thirds 
thereof during her life." 

[Court Records, June 25, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 187.] 



JOHN GODDARD 1672 

In th e name of god Amen, th e Second of July in the year of our 
Lord one thousand Six hundred and Seventy Second being but 
Sickly in body Item I give and bequeath my whole Estate as 
above Said unto my very loving brother Brother Benjamin God- 
ward always provided th'So long as my mother wealthin Simmons 
liveth th e S d Estate Shall remain in the hands of my S d mother and 
brother as now it is in the hands of my S d mother and myne own 
-and-after-my-S a -Mothers decease to-be-totaily-andSoly toirhre right 
and to behoof of my S d Brother Benjamin godward forever ; Ex- 



I38 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

cept thirty pounds w cl1 I will and bequeath to the three Sons of my 
three Sisters ; viz John Gilman ten pounds John Bennet ten pounds 
James Thomas Jun r ten pounds to be paid to them when they come 
of age ; and I do Constitute and ordain Robert Burnam and John 
Davis to be Executors of this my last will and testament as witness 
my hand and Seall 

Test John Godward [Seall] 

John Barsham 

her 
Mehitable Barsham X 

his mark 
John Simmons X 

mark 
[Proved June 4, 1694.] 
[Deeds, vol. 5, p. 91.] 



JOSEPH BAKER 1672 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Baker, ' 4 who dyed in- 
testate on lies of sholes," granted by the commissioners to Edward 
Beale Nov. 2, 1672.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 2, 1672, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 195.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Baker, who died Oct. 16, 
1672 ; dated Nov. 19, 1672 ; amount, £39.11.2 ; signed by James 
Blagdon, Edward Soule, Peter Twisden, Elias Stileman, Nathan- 
iel Fryer, and James Rendell.] 

[Administration confirmed by the court, and inventory presented, 
amounting to £39.11.2.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1673, * n Deeds, vol. 2, p. 202.] 

The Deposition of Mary Twisden aged about 41 years : 
— This depoiarrt-Sw orne Sai th—trral Jose p h backe r when he lay 
one his death beed in the house of her husbands the Said backer 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 39 

did wish that Edward Beale was com shee asked of him what he 
would have of the said Beale he the Said Backer said he would 
willingly speake w th him for he did owe to him the greatest debt 
that he did owe in the world & that the Said Beale should take his 
house & land & all that he had and pay his debts for he had enough 
to pay his debts & to burie him like a man & ferther saith not : 
Taken upon oath by m rs Mary Twisden y e 10 July 1673 

before me Elias Stileman Com'is r 

The deposition of Phillipe Hatch Aboute 22 years 
This depolant Sworne Saith that Joseph Backer did goe to sea 
w th him in a shollope of Peter Twisdens & that Sum'er before the 
Said Backer died & he hard the Said Backer say that Sum'er manie 
times that he did owe Edward Beale eightene pounds w ch was more 
than he did ow to all the world besids & furthe saith not : 
10 July 1673 taken upon oath by phillip Hatch 

before me Elias Stileman Com'is r 

The deposition of Peter Twisden aged about 45 years 
This depolant Sworne Saith that Joseph Backer lying one his 
death bed at his house he desird him to Set his busines in order 
for he was in a very Sicke Condishon & the Said Backer anserd 
him he had done that allredie for Edward Beale should take all 
& pay all if he died for he was most In debt to him & further saith 
not 

Taken upon oath y e 10 th of July 1673 by m r peter Twisden 
before me 

Elias Stileman Com'is r 

The deposition of John Windsland aged about 41 years 
This depolant sworne Saith that he was in the house of Peter 
Twisden Watching w th Joseph Backer when the Said Backer lay 
one his death bed & Edward Bale being their w th him he hard the 
Said Backer Say that Edward Beale should take his house & pay 
himselfe & further saith not. 

10 : July 1673 taken upon oath by Jn° Winsland before me 

Elias Stileman Comis 1 



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WILLIAM HAM 1672 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will and Testament of Willyam Ham S en of Ports- 
mouth in The River of piscatque * * * 

P I Give To my Grandchild Willyam Ham all That My now 
dwelling House & houseing with all The Lands Thereto belong- 
ing fensed and unfensced Soe far as The Spring That wee use To 
fetch water att In The Som'er Time Commonly Called The furthe 
Spring and Soe to th North weste ward as my bounds doth Runn 
with all my whole estate both of household Goods of w* kind Soever 
with all my Cattell of w l sorte soever xcepting one red Cow — 

P I Give To my other too Grand Children Thomas Ham And 
John Ham To be divided equally betweene Them All The Reste of 
my Lands to me belonging begin'ing at The further spring where 
my Grand Child willyam Ham endeth and so To Take itt as itt is 
Laid out and Recorded In The Towns Records In portsmouth 
with all The priviledges theire unto belonging — 

P I Give to my daughter Elizabeth Cotten my Red Cow and 
all her Children Liveing twellpense apeese In The Name of a 
Legasy — 

And further I doe hereby Make my said Grand Child willy 1 " 
Ham my full and whole Executor and To se This my Will per- 
formed : : and doe appointe John Hunkinge and Richard Jackson 
to be my overseers of This my Will accordin to The true intente 
Thereof In wittnees hereof i have here unto sett my hand and 
Seale This twenty one day of December Annoe Dominy 1672 — 

Sealed Singned And Delivered william ham [seal] 

In The presense of us 

Richard Cutt 
The marke of 

Willyam X king 

John Stanley 

[Proved June 27, 1673.] 

[Inventory of the estate of William Ham, who died Jan. 26, 

1672/3; taken Jan. 27, 1672/3: amount, ^122.17.0; signed by 
John Hunking and Richard Jackson.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I4I 

WILLIAM MARSTON 1672 HAMPTON 

the last will & testament of william marston sen 1 " of hamton 
who being through the mercy of god of perfit & sound memory 
& understanding as followeth I bequeath my soull to him that 
gave it & my boddi to the earthe I give to my Eldest Sonn 
Thomas marston five shillines & to my son william marston five 
shillinges & to my sonn John marston five shillinges & to my 
dawt r preudenc Coxes five shillinges to be paid with . . tvvellf 
month after my deces all the Reast of my estat goodes Chattelles 
Debtes moveables & what elsed is any maner of wayes appertain- 
ing or belonging unto me I give unto my Dawter Trifana & I dooe 
make my beloved wife Sabina my Sole Excekketor unto this my 
last will & Teastament for the Confirmation hear of I have here 
unto sett my hand & seall the 25 of Jauen on thousand six hun- 
dred seventy & twoe 

witnes Nathanell Drak the mark X of 

Jane Drak william Marston senior 

John X lock 
his marke 

[Proved Oct. 8, 1672.] 

[Essex County, Mass, Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 263.] 

[Inventory of the estate; personal, taken by Nathaniel Drake 
and Thomas Marston, 1672; amount, £73.10.0; real, taken 
by Nathaniel Drake and John Locke ; amount, £50.0.0 ; total 
amount, £123.10.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, P- 263] 

STEPHEN BATCHELDER 1673 

[Administration on the estate of Stephen Batchelder granted to 
William Richards, husband of Mary Richards, daughter of the 
deceased, March 26, - i673.] —~ ~~ 



[Court Records, March 26, 1673, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. 194] 



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GILES FULLER 1673 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Giles Fuller of Hampton 
granted to Thomas Ward of Hampton and Richard Currier of 
Amesbury, Mass., April 8, 1673.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 13.] 

[Inventory, taken by Thomas Marston, Abraham Perkins, and 
William Marston April 8, 1673 ; amount, £153.5.3.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 284.] 



TRUEWORTHY 1673 



[Guardianship of James Truevvorthy was granted to Nicholas 
Shapleigh June 24, 1673, this choice being made by the ward.] 
[Court Records, June 24, 1673, in Deeds, vol. 2, p. F99.] 



JASPER BLAKE 1673 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen — 

I Jasper Blake of Hampton in the County of Norfolke in the 
Collony of the Massachusits being sicke & weake and Languish- 
ing under a sore Desease which in the Judgment of man will bring 
my fraile body to the Dust from whence itt was taken, doe make 
this my Last will as followeth * * * 

And for whatt Estate God Hath Given mee in this world my 
will is that my Just Debts being payd my whole Estate (Except- 
ing whatt is otherways disposed of) shall bee & Remaine in the 
Hands of Deborah my Beloved wife Dureing the terme of Her life 
for her subsistans & the Releife of those Children which are yett 
to bee Brought up 

And my further will is thatt my sone Timothie shall Injoy of 
my third partt of the farme for his p r sentt Improvementt twenty 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I43 

Acres of upland & fovver Acres of medow for the which he shall 
Afford such Helpe & Assistance to my wife as they shall Agree 
upon, and att my wives Decease the sd ^t of the farme being one 
Hundred Acres as Appears by a deed of Gift from m r Timothy 
Dalton of Hampton Deceased thatt my sones Timothie & Israeli 
shall Injoy the sd Hundred Acres of land betwixt them to bee 
Equally Devided both upland & medow and when my wife shall 
appoint they the sd Timothie & Israeli and to pay legacyes to my 
other Children which Have no land so as itt Exceed nott ten pound 
for Either of them 

Item I doe Give unto my Daughter Deborah Blake one of my 
Cowes to be Delivered to Her by my Exequetor att Her marriag 
or att the Age of twenty two yers : and five pound more to bee 
payd within a year after Her mothers Decease if she bee then 
living 

It I Give & Bequeth unto my son John Blake my lott wher I 
now live Containing aboutt Eigh[t] Acres more or less as itt is 
and one share of the Cowes Comon and Six Acres of Salt marsh 
the which he is to Enter upon and possesse att my wives Decease, 
paying to my other Children such legacyes as my wife shall ap- 
pointt nott Exceeding ten pound 

Item I Give unto my sone Jasper Blake my Grant of land at 
the west end of Hampton bounds Called Hampton New plantation 
being Eighty Acres as Appears by the towne Records the which 
he is to Enter upon and possesse after my wives Decease 

and my will is that all the land & moveables shall Remaine att 
my wives Dispose the land for Improvementt & the Movables to 
Her dispose to Her & Her Heires for Ever, and for whatt land my 
sons Timothie Israeli or John shall Improve in the life time of my 
wife I leave itt to Her & my overseere to treatt with them & Con- 
clude whatt allowanc they or Either of them shall make to my 
wife for her subsistans & for the Releife of my small Children ; 
and I doe Apoint Deborah my Beloved wife to bee my Sole Ex- 
ceqatrex this my last will~and testamefl*V-&nol— I— doe— Desire— &- 
Request my Cossen m r Sam 11 Dalton to bee as an oveseere and to 



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Have the desiding of any DirYeranc that any time may Arise be- 
twixt my wife and any other 'gson Conserned in this my last will 
and for the Confermation of this as my last will and testamentt I 
have Herunto sett my Hand & Seale this Eighteenth Day of July 
in the year of o r lord one thousand Six Hundred & Seaventy and 
three 

Signed Sealed and Confermed Jasper X Blake [Seal] 

in the p r sents of us His marke & Seale 

Christopher Hussey 

Samuell Dalton 

[Proved April 14, 1674.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 324.] 

[Inventory, taken by Samuel Dalton and Christopher Hussey 
Jan. 21, 1673/4 I amount, £265.10.0 ; sworn to by Deborah Blake, 
executrix, April 14, 1674.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
2, p. 324-] 

It is agreed Between Timothie Blake & John Blake adminestra- 
tors to the Estate of Jasper Blake and thet six Children of the sayd 
Jasper blake as followeth viz thatt Deborah the wife of Elieasor 
Elkins hath her partt as appears by a Receitt under the Hand of 
the sd Eliazor Elkins, and for the other five Children itt is agreed 
by the sd Timothie & John Blake thatt they shall Receive the 
some of fiftie pounds thatt is to say ten pound a peece as they 
Come to age and for the paymentt of the sd fifty pound to the sd 
five Children we the sd Timothie and John Blake Doe hereby 
Ingage thatt the Land of the sd Jasper Blake shall ly Responsable 
for the paymentt of the sd legacies and Hereto wee sett our Hands 
this tenth Day of november 1679 

wittnes timothy blake 

— mehetabel-Dalton __JjdJiii_X_ Blake hisjnark 



Elizabeth Dalton 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I45 

Timothie Blake and John Blake signed and owned this wright- 
ing the 10 th 9 mo 1679 Before mee 

Samuell Dalton Comissoner 
[Allowed Nov. 11, 1679.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



THOMAS ROBERTS 1673 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen 

I Thomas Robearts Sen r of the Towne of Dover in Piscattaqua 
River, in New England yeoman beeing weake of Body * * * 

Item I give and bequeath unto my Sone John Robearts, of 
Dover, aforesaid, the sume of Twenty shill s in Currant money of 
New England, to be paid, by my Executo r , three monethes, after 
my discease 

Item I give and bequeath, unto my Sone, Thomas Robearts, 
the sum'e of five shillings, in money to be paid at or within the 
Space of three monethes, after my disease, by my Executo* 

Item I give, and bequeath, unto my Daughter, Hester (now 
the wife of John Martyn, of New Jarze) the sume of five shillings 
in money, to be paid, by my Executo 1 ", three monethes, after my 
discease, if demanded, — 

Item I give, and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne (now the 
wife of James Philbrooke, of Hampton) the sum'e of five shilP, in 
money to be paid, by my Executo 1 ", at or within the Space, of 
three monethes, after my discease, as is above men'coned. — 

Item I give, and bequeath, unto my daughter Elizabeth, now 
the wife, of Benjamin Heard, of Cochechock, the sume of five 
shillings, in money to be paid, at, or within, the Space, of three 
monethes, after my discease by my Executo r . 

Item I give, and bequeath, unto my Sone, in Law Richard 
Rich, the husband, of my dearly beloved daughter Sarah, and to 
his heires, Lawfully begotten (or to bee begotten) on the Body 
of my said Daughter (be it Either Males, or females) the Males, 
to bee Ever p r ferred, before the females, and the elder, before 
10 



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the younger, and to his, and their assignes forever, my dwelling 
house, where in, I now dwell, Lieing and Scituate, in Dover 
aforesaid, to gether also, with all, and Singular, the Out house- 
ing, Orchards, planting Land, and pastures, within fence, or Lay- 
ing, in Common priviledge, of Commons, proffitts, of Commodi- 
ties, Advantages, hereditam ts , and appurtenances, whatsoever, 
thereunto belonging, or in any wise, appertaining, and now in my 
owne Tenure, and occupac'on, and also, a Lott of fouer Acres, 
of planting Land, lieing and Scituate, in Dover aforesaid, neare 
my Said dwelling house, and Likewise three Acres, of marsh, 
by Estimac'on, bee it more or Lesse, Lieing, and Scituate, at 
the mouth of Winnycott River, neare Greeneland, in Piscattaqua 
River, aforesaid, which I doe now possess, and Enjoy, and also, 
I doe nomminate, make choice of, and appoint, my s d Sone in 
Law Rich d Rich to bee my whole and Sole Executo r , (& in Case 
of Mortallity, my Daughf Sarah above menc'oned) to Execute, 
or see Executed, this my Last will, and Testament, according to 
the purport, true Intent, and meaning thereof, and in Testimony, 
that this is my Last will, and Testament, Irrevocably, I have 
hereunto, putt my hand and seale Dated in Dover, aforemenc'oned, 
this Twenty Seaventh day of Septemb r , One Thousand Six hun- 
dred Seaventy & three. 1673. 

Signed Sealed and Deliv'd Thomas Roberts [seal] 

in the p r sents of us. 

Job Clements Sener 

Job Clements Ju witnesseth 

Richard Allexander 

[Proved June 30, 1674.] 



NICHOLAS SMITH 1673 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Nicholas Smith of Exeter was 
granted to his widow, Mary Smith, Oct. 14, 1673.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 14, 1673, and Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 22.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 47 

[Inventory of the estate of Nicholas Smith, " died June 22 th , 
1673"; taken by John Clark and Jonathan Thing July 1, 1673; 
amount, £129.5.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass , Probate Files.] 



JOHN CASS 1674 HAMPTON 

In the Name of God Amen 

The last will and Testament of John Cass of Hampton in the 

County of Norfolk in New England being sick & weake of Body 

* * * 

Imp: I Give and Bequeath unto Martha Cass my Beloved 
Wife all my whole stock of Cattle Both of one kind and other and 
all my other moveables both within dores and without to hir heires 
and Assignes for Ever. Also I Give unto Martha Cass my wife 
all my Houseing and Lands in Hampton Both Upland and med- 
ows Dureing the time of hir widdowhood And at her Deceas or 
Day of marriage 

itt I Give and Bequeath unto my two sons Joseph and Samuell 
all my upland Belonging to the farme with all my Housses orchard 
and the Lot which my House standeth upon and the Comonage 
belonging to my part of the farme as also all my medow and 
marsh of the uper Devision downe to the Great Crick Below the 
Dame (my meaning is that Part of the Crick Below the Dam 
wher the water Ebbeth Northerly shall be their easterly bonds so 
far as that Part of the Crick Runs in my marsh the said Houses, 
Barne, Lands, medows to be equally devided Between them my 
intent is that Samuell shall devide the Land and medows and Joseph 
shall Chuse which Part he will have and likewise that Samuell 
shall sett the price of houseing and Barne and if Joseph shall 
have his Choyce to take the houses and Barne and to pay unto 
samuell one halfe of the price so set upon them and if Joseph 
shall Refuse the Houses and Barne Samuell shall have them 
-paying unto Joseph one halfe of the price so set by samuell" 
all which Land and medows & Houses they shall Enter upon and 



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I48 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

injoy mediately after my wifes Deceas or at the Day of her Mar- 
riage alwaies provided that they shall have no power to make sale 
of any of their Land till they shall arive to the age of twenty 
and eight yeares if they should enter upon it before 

itt I Give unto my Daughter Abigail the sum of twenty 
pounds to be paid to hir by my Wife 

itt I Give unto my Daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds to be paid 
by my two sons Joseph and Samuell in Corne & neat Cattle ten 
pounds to be paid within one yeare after they enter upon their 
Lands and the other ten pounds the Next year after to be payd 
in the same specie 

itt I give unto my Daughter Mercy twenty pounds to be paid to 
her by Joseph and Samuell in Corne and neat Cattle ten pounds 
to be paid within three yeares after they enter upon their Lands 
and the other ten pounds within one yeare after my intent is that 
Joseph and Samuell shall pay equall shares of the forty pounds to 
Elizabeth & Mercy 

itt I Give unto my two sons Jonathan And Ebenezer all the 
Rest of my marsh from the abovesd Great Crick to the Maine 
River by sandy point all my land at the New plantation and my 
out Land of the North Devision and one share of the Cow Comon 
all to be equally devided : between them accor[d]ing to the Good- 
nes or Worth of itt and they shall enter upon the said Lands and 
marshes imediatly after my wifes Deceas or at the day of her 
Mariage but my intent and meaning is that if any of my Children 
be under age when their inheritance is due to them by this my 
will that it shalbe improved by my executors for their Benifitt 
till they are of age neither shall my two yongest sons Jonathan 
and Ebenezer have power to make sale of any Land given them 
by this my will till they shall arive at the age of twenty eight 
years if they shall enter upon it before : and I do apoint my be- 
loved Wife martha Cass and my Loveing Brothers Philip Lews 
and Thomas Philbrick executrix & executors to this my will and 
testime n t which I doe c on fii nre-byseti- ng to my hand - an d s e al e 

itt I ad before the signeing and sealeing that My Daughter Mar- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I49 

tha hath alReady had thirty pounds and My Daughter Mary 
Hath had Cows & other things which my intent is shall be their 
Portions In Confirmation of all the Abovesd premisses I have set 
my hand & seale this fourth of the third month in the yeare of our 
Lord 1674 

Read Signed & sealed in the mark 

preassents of John X Cass 

Thomas Philbrick [Seal] 

Joseph Dow 

Samuel philbrick 

[Proved April 13, 1675.] 

[Essex County, Mass ., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3. P- 3-] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Cass who died April 7, 1675 *> 
taken by Edward Gove and Joseph Dow; amount, £1,037.8.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3, P 4-] 

Wheras by the Last will and Testament of my Honoured father 
John Cass Late of hampton Deceased the Land Given to his two 
Eldest sons Viz Joseph Cass and Samuell Cass, as by the sd will is 
more att large to bee seen and Understood, and the sd Samuell 
Cass Being appointed to Divide the said Land into two parts Both 
Upland and medow and then Joseph Case to make Choyce of his 
partt, these p r sents wittneseth thatt the sayd Land hath been Di- 
vided by my Brother Samuell Cass Acording to my fathers Last 
will and the Dividing bounds hath Been shewed to mee the sd 
Joseph Cass this 26 Day of July 1680 and I the sd Joseph Cass 
have this Day made Choyce of the north Division of all the Up- 
land and medows on the East side of the Country way According 
to the Bounds fixed by my Brother Samuell and on the westerly 
side of the Country way I the sd Joseph have made Choyce of the 
south Division bounded with the land of Thomas Chase towards 
the south and the Country way East : Com'on land west and a 
way into the Com'ons towards the north and my partt as is above 



I50 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mentioned I Doe by these p r sents owne my selfe fully Satiesfied & 
Contented with and to this Choyce and Agreement I have Sub- 
scribed my hand and Seale, and my Brother Samuell Cass is to 
have the other partt, and all the houses and Buildings standing 
there Upon : for the which I Have taken bill Under his hand for 
my partt & ^portion of all the houses which my father Left as 
they are now in being : wittness my hand & seale this 5 of No- 
vember 1680 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in Joseph Cass [seal] 

the p r sents of Us 

Samuell Sherburn 

Philemon Dalton 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 58.] 

whereas by the Last will and testament of my Honoured father 
John Cass Late of Hampton Deceased the Lands Given by the sd 
will Unto His two Eldest sons Viz Joseph Cass and Samuell Cass 
was by the sd Samuell Cass to be Divided into two parts and after 
Division the sayd Joseph Cass was to make Choyce of his partt 
of both Upland and medow 

These p r sents wittnesseth thatt the sd Land Haveing Been Di- 
vided according to the sd will and the Dividing Bounds shewed 
Unto the sd Joseph Cass the 26 Day of July in the year of our 
Lord 1680 and the sd Joseph haveing made Choyce of his partt 
as appears by a wrighting Under his hand & Seale Bearing Even 
Date with these p r sents & I the sd Samuell Case Doe by these 
^sents Declare my selfe well Satiesfied with his Choyce and Doe 
Accept of the other partt of the Land Vize the South partt of all 
the Upland & medow thatt lyeth on the East side of the Country 
way and with the north Division on the west side of the Country 
way and have taken into my partt all the houseing thatt are now 
in being into my partt : and have Given to my brother Joseph se- 
curity Under my hand for his partt of all the houses as they are 
now in being and thatt my Brother Joseph Shall peacably Injoy 
his partt & thatt I Doe Rest Satiesfied with the other partt : I 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 151 

have hereunto sett my hand and Seale this 5 of November 1680 : 
with this ^viso thatt my Brother Joseph Cass shall have the use 
of all the Houseing both Dwelling house & out houses this winter 
and the Easterly End of the house Untill the 24 Day of June next 
Insueing 

Signed Sealed & Delivered in Samuell Cass [seal] 

the p r sents of Us 

Samuell Sherburn 

Philemon Dalton 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 59.] 



THOMAS SIMONDS 1674 

The Last will and Testament of Thomas Simons as ffolloweth 

Inp ris I aforesaid do Comemend my Soule in to the hands of 
Almighty God my Maker & Christ Jesus my Saviour & Redeemer, 
and my Body to Christian Buriall. 

It I doe Constute & ordaine My wife to bee my True & Law- 
full Executrix to demaund & Receive all such moneyes as is due 
to mee & alsoe to pay all such debts as is lawfully due from mee 
as shall appeare 

It. I doe in my Executrix place & steed Constute & ordaine 
my trusty and well beloved ffreind & Neighbour to bee my Execu- 
tor intrust to demaund lawfully what money is due to mee & to pay 
w fc is due ffrom mee here in New England, that is to say Henry 
Maine ; here of the Isles of Sholes and this I doe make as my 
Last will as aforesd this seaventh day of May Anno Domini 1674 

Sealed & signed the signe of 

in y e p r sents of Thomas X Symons [seal] 

Michaell Endell 

Arthur Clapham. 

[Proved June 16, 1674. Allowed July 2, 1674.] 



152 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

JOHN DEW 1674 

In y e name of God Amen : I John Dew of Piscataway river sea- 
man beinge : sick In body : yet In Perficet memorey Praysed : be 
God I doe : as my Last will & Testment. Constiute ordayne & 
apointe my well beloved frind Robart : Rowsley : to be my hole 
& Sole Exceutor & adminstratr : of all y e Goods & money y l y e 
sayed John Dew : hath : Lefte according to Inventory Tacken : at 
y e macking of this my Last will & Testement. & w l I shall have 
Left : after : my departur all things discharged : I doe bequeth 
unto y e Above sayed Robart : Rowsley. & for y e Performance of 
this my Last : accte & deed I doe desire my Loving frind Samuell 
Keais as one to se y e Above sayed Premises Efeceted : as wittness 
my hand this thirteyeth of May 1674 

Seald & Delivered The marke of 

in the p r sence of us : John X Due [seal] 

John ffletcher 

ffran. Morgan 

[Presented in court June 30, 1674. See Court Records.] 



JOSEPH POMEROY 1674 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Pomeroy granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Pomeroy, June 30, 1674, who presented an 
inventory of £82.7.0.] 

[Court Records, June 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 

[Administration on the estates of Joseph Pomeroy and his wife, 
Elizabeth Pomeroy, granted to John Hunking Dec. 30, 1674, an< ^ 
he was ordered to care for. the children until the meeting of the 
county court.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Joseph Pomeroy, "taken after his 
wifFs desec October the Last 1674"; amount, £77.15.0; signed 
by John Barsham and William Cotton ; attested by John Pick- 
ering Jan. 27, 1674/5.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 53 

[Administration granted to John Pickering June 29, 1675, and 
the court ordered " that he doe not dispose of any of y e estate 
without y e consent & approbac'on of m r John Hunking & Elias 
Stileman w th whose consent the whole estate shalbe disposed & 
Sold to pay his debts & maintaine that child of his putt to goodm: 
Bowmans of portsm to Nurse & Keepe, & if there be any thing 
to spare to be for the other child w cb m r Jn° Hunking hath taken 
to Keepe as his owne."] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, m Deeds, vol. 5, p. 9.] 

[John Hunking petitioning the court for compensation for main- 
ing John Pomeroy, son of Joseph Pomeroy, the court, June 27, 
1676, bound the child to John Hunking as an apprentice until he 
should reach the age of twenty-two years, being aged five years 
Jan. 20, 1675/6.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 

[John Bowman, having taken Abigail Pomeroy, a young child 
of Joseph Pomeroy, and asking the court for her apprenticeship, 
the court, June 27, 1676, binds her to him until she is nineteen 
years old,] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented to the court June 27, 
1676, by John Pickering, administrator, and the court ordered that 
John Bowman have £12 out of the movables.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 18] 



JOHN LINES 1674 ISLES OF SHOALS 

The Last Will, and Testament of John Lines now resident upon 
y e He of Shoales ffisherman, and being of perfect memory, made 
this 29 th day of Septemb r 1674 : 

Imprimis : I do give, and bequeath unto my loveing Sister 
Mary Johns, threescore pounds 

2 : I do give, and bequeath unto my loveing sister Wilmot 
Williams, threescore pounds : — 



154 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

3 : I do also give, and bequeath unto my brother in law Nicho- 
las Johns, ten pounds, if liveing, if not, I give it to my Sister, 
mary Johns : 

4: I do also give unto my Brothei in law, Edward Williams, 
ten pounds, if liveing, if not, I give it to my Sister, Wilmot Will- 
iams : — 

5 : I give, and bequeath unto my necce Ebbet Parsons, Daugh- 
ter to my Sister, mary Johns, Twenty pounds : — 

6 What shall, (after the paiment, of the abovesaid Legacies) 
remaine of my Estate, I doe give unto the godly poor, and needy, 
Non-Conformists ministers, or others, and the Disposeal of the 
same, I leave to the wisedome, and discretion, of the Reverend 
m r John fflavel, and m r Robert Bake merchant, of Dartmouth, 
whom I do hereby appoint to be the Executors, and Administra- 
tors of this my will : 

And because my Estate now lieth in New England, where I 
now reside, I do hereby appoint my loveing friends, m r Samuel 
Belcher and m r John ffletcher, residents in New England, Over- 
seers of this my will, In my name, to demand, and receive into 
their Custody, all my Estate, whether at present in my hands, or 
others, and due to me by Bill, Bond, or otherwise, and to Conveigh 
the same, to the abovesaid Executors, they calling for it, and Con- 
venient opportunities presenting for the sending of it, that this my 
will may be fulfilled : — 

7 : And I do hereby give unto the above named, overseers, m r 
Samuel Belcher minister of the Ileof shoales and m r John ffletcher 
chirurgion, in Portsmouth in New England, Ten pounds apeice, 
for the labour, and paines they shall take in the premises : — This 
is my last will, and Testament, wittness my hand, and Seal, the 
day and year above written ; — 

Signed and sealed, John X Lines [seal] 

in the presence of his marke ; 

Peter Twisden & 
— John -rTabes- 



[Proved June 29, 1675.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 155 

[Inventory, June 16, 1675 ; amount, £729.13.0 ; signed by John 
Fabes and Christopher Joce.] 



JONATHAN THING 1674 

[Inventory of the estate of " Jonathan Thing senior Late de- 
ceased the 29 of April anno 1674" ; taken by John Gilman and 
William Moore; amount, £444.17.7; attested by Joanna Thing 
and Jonathan Thing, administrators, Oct. 13, 1674; addition to 
inventory of £137.10.0, Nov. 17, 1676.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3, P- 18.] 

[List of debts due from the estate ; amount, £534.7.8.] 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 

An agreement Made and Concluded by and betweene Johanna 
Thing Administratrix And Jonathan Thing Administrator to y e 
estate of Jonathan Thing of Exetor in the County of norfolke De- 
ceased 

Impr: It is agreed by us to Manage y e estate togather Joyntly as 
Copartners untill either or both of us doe Chang our Conditions 
by Marage ; and Improve the estate for our owne Lively hod and 
bringing up of y e Children and wee Indeaveing to give them educa- 
tion to our abillity and when they Come of age samuell Thing to 
receive : 25 pounds for his portion : and Elizabeth Thing and 
Marey Thing to receive : 20 pounds apeece those portions to be 
payed oute of y e estate part in Land and part in Moveable goods 
out of y e estate at such prices as it is Aprized in the Inventory : 
and we ingage to pay all Just debts ; and desire to receive all due 
Debts : this is our agreem 1 in Case y e honoured Courtt please to 
Aprove of it as witnes our hands this : 9 th day of octob: 1676 

Johana Thing 
Jonathan Thing 

Johannah Thing & Jonathing presenting to this Court an agree- 
ment betw: them w th relation to a settlement of y e Estate of Jona- 



156 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

than Thing deceased & to y e bringing up of his Children ; & their 
portions to be paid them w" they come of age & this Court 
haveing seene y e Inventorie of Debt & Creditt of y e s <l Estate This 
Court doe approve & allow of the said agreement dated October 
y e 9 Ul : 1676, & order y e said portions to y e children mentioned, and 
doe farther order that y e house & land mentioned in y e Inventorre 
& valued at 8 U w th y e six acres & half of Salt marsh valued at 
19 11 10 s : shall lye responseble for y e Childrens portions : And doe 
judge meet to release the administrators fro their bonds given 
upon taking Letters of Administration 

Tho: Bradbury rec r 
[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3, P- I9-] 

JOHN SCRIBNER 1674 DOVER 

The 27 th of Novemb r 1674 * J n ° Scriven of Dover being Sick 
& weak in body * * * 

It I doe give unto my Wife Mary Scriven the one third part 
ot my house & land dureing her Naturall life as also two Cowes 
two Swine one ffeatherbed & bolster & the bed clothes belonging 
to it & two sheep 

It I give unto my Eldest Son John when he Comes to be of 
y e Age of twentie one years my house & all my land w th all the 
priviiedges therunto belonging onely reserveing the third thereof 
to my Wife dureing her Naturall life as alsoe he paying unto my 
two younger sons Edward & Thomas ffive pounds a peece w n they 
come to be twentie one years of Age & ffive pound to my daugh- 
ter Elizabeth when she comes to be of the Age of Eighteen Years 
to be paid in the Currant Pay of the place 

Item I Give all the Remainder of my estate in Moveables or 
any debts in y e hands of any ^son into the hands of my Over- 
seers hereafter Mentioned to be Improved ffor y e Education & 
bringing up of my Children in whose hands I likewise leave my 
Children to be disposed of w 11, the Advise of my Wife & doe here- 
by Apoint my Son Jn° to be y e sole Execut r of this my last Will 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 57 

& Testament & ffor my Overseers to Manage him & the estate till 
he Comes to be of the Age of twenty one years And lastly I doe 
desire & Apoint my loveing ffriends & Neighbours Elder W m 
Wentworth U Peter Coffin to be my trustees & Overseers to See 
this my last will & Testament performed As Wittnesse my hand 
& seal the day & year beforewritten 

Signed & Sealed the mark of 

in p r sence of John X Scriven [seal] 

Richard Waldron Jun r 

Stephen Otis 

[Proved June 27, 1676.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Scribner, who died Oct. 2, 
1675; taken Oct. 8, 1675; amount, £79.16.0; signed by John 
Heard, Edward Colcord, and Nathaniel Stevens.] 



PETER JOHNSON 1674 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Peter Johnson of Hampton, taken 
by William Sanborn and John Moulton Dec. 7, 1674; amount, 
£184.4.0. Some of the land (valued at £16) was claimed by 
James Johnson. 

Ruth Johnson was appointed administratrix of the estate April 
x 3> I ^75* Sureties on her bond were William Sanborn and John 
Moulton.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 10.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 9, 1677, that the lands belonging to the 
estate of Peter Johnson of Hampton be responsible for the main- 
tenance of his four children.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 9, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 55. j 



HATEVIL NUTTER 1674 DOVER 

I Hatevill Nutter of Dover in New England Aged about seventy 
one yeares at p r sent weake in body but havinge in some good 
meashure (by gods blessinge) the use of my understartdinge and 



158 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

memory, Do make this my last will and testament in maner and 
forme as followeth, hereby abrogatinge all former and other wills 
by me made, whatsoever 

Com'endinge my soule to my blessed god & saviour, my body 
to the Dust by christian buriall in hopes of a glorious resurection, 
I appoint and will my outward estate to be had and held as fol- 
loweth viz : To my p r sent wife Anne I will & bequeath (after my 
Debts payed and funerall expenses defrayed) the use and im- 
provement of my p r sent Dwellinge house barne orchard & land 
thereunto adjoininge, with all com'ons pastures priviledges and 
appurtenances thereunto belonginge, as also the use & benefit of 
that marsh which belonges to me in the great Bay, at Harwoods 
cove, the other halfe whereof I have formerly given to my son 
Anthony, this also descendinge to him at his mothers Decease, 
To her also I bequeath the use of two other marshes, the one of 
them lyinge on the easterne, the other on the western side of the 
back river, which both fall from her to my Daughter mary Win- 
get To her also my said wife I bequeath the use of my houshold 
stuff cattle Debtes goodes & all other movables whatsoever ; that 
is to say the above bequeathed partes of my estate I bequeath to 
her use Duringe her widdowhood, but if she shall see meet to 
marry I appoint that at or before her Marriage, halfe the mova- 
bles be equally Devided amongst my three children now livinge 
viz : Anthony, Mary & Abigaile their heires executors adminis- 
trators or assignes and that then my Daughter Mary receive the 
marsh on the eastern side of the back river. The other halfe of 
the movables, and the house & land & other marshes to continue 
in her handes and use duringe her life, and at her Decease to 
descend as followeth — 

To my sonne Anthony Nutter his heires and assignes I Bequeath 
(besides what I have formerly made over to him) my mill-graunt 
at Lamprill River with all dues and Demands priviledges and 
appurtenances thereunto belonginge to be had and held by him 
or them forever after my Decease. To him also I bequeath one 
third part of my movables as they fall from his mother at her 



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marriage or Decease as abovesaid. To him I also bequeath my 
p r sent dwelling house barne orchard and land on dover neck with 
my right in the ox pasture calve pasture sheep pasture on the said 
neck as also one quarter part of my land graunted to be in the 
woodes above Cuchecha, with the priviledges and appurtenances 
belonginge to any and every of them, to be had and held by him 
or them his said heires or assignes forever after the Decease of 
his mother. To my Daughter Abigail Roberts I Bequeath one 
halfe of my two hundred acres of Land granted to be in the 
woodes above cuchecha to be had & held by her her heires and 
assignes for ever after my Decease. Also to her I give one third 
part of my movables to be received as abovesaid when they fall 
fro her mother at marriage or Decease. To my Daughter 
Mary Winget her heires or assignes I bequeath the other quarter 
of the abovesaid Land graunted to be above cuchecha to be had 
& held by her or them for ever after my Decease To her also I 
Give my marsh on the eastern side of the back river to be had & 
held by her her heires or assignes forever after the marriage, or 
Decease of her mother. To her also I give the other third part 
of the movables as they fall from her mother by manage or de- 
cease as abovesaid. Lastly I Do by these p r sents Constitute and 
appoint, my wife Anne abovesaid and my said sonne Anthony, 
joint executor and executrix of this my will, duringe their lives, 
and the longer liver of them solely after the Decease of either of 
them. In wittnes of the p r mises I doe hereunto set my hand & 
seale this 28 th day of Decemb r Anno. D. 1674 

The word (mother) interlined Hatevill Nutter [seal] 

betwene the 40 th & 41 st Line, 
before signing & sealinge 
Wittness 

Jn° Reyn r 

John Robearts 

[Proved June 29, 1675. $ ee Court Records.] 

[Inventory, June 25, 1675 ; amount, £398.7.4 ; signed by Henry 
Langstaff and Peter Coffin.] 



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JAMES DREW 1674 

[Administration on the estate of James Drew granted to his 
widow, Mary Drew, Dec. 30, 1674 ; she and John Moses gave 
bonds of £300.] 

[Inventory, June 25, 1675 ; amount, £151.13.0 ; signed by John 
Sherburne and John Moses ; attested by John Sherburne June 
26, 1675.] 

[Endorsed] the wid drew brought in an Inventory of y e estate 
Unto w ch she tooke oath 

& y e Court ord that y e widow have all the moveables to her selfe 
for ever & the whole estate for bringing up the children during y e 
Courts pleasure 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



THOMAS START 1674 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Start granted to Capt. 
Richard Cutt Dec. 30, 1674.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 30, 1674, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 



TOBIAS BURNELL 1674 / 5 

[Administration on the estate of Tobias Burnell granted to John 
Clark, William Lux, and Edward Cater Jan. 16, 1674/5, who gave 
bond in the sum of £200.] 

[Court Records, Jan. 16, 1674/5, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 6.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 21, 1674/5; amount, £70.14.9; signed by 
John Clark, Elias Stileman, and John Harvey ; list of claims 
against the estate, amounting to £21.0.0 ; John Clark and Ed- 
ward Cater bind themselves in £100 to account for the estate 
when called for by the court.] , 

[Administration on the estate having been granted to Abel Porter 
by the court in Boston, and the administrators not agreeing, the 



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court, June 29, 1675, " doth Judge it is most meete & according to 
Law, that those persons that had administrac'on granted by au- 
thority here should have theire power Continewed, & for y* the 
estate being wholly w Ul in this County."] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, m Deeds, vol. 5, p. 10.] 

[Inventory was presented June 29, 1675, an ^ attested by the 
administrators, who gave bond in the sum of £100.] 
[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 11.] 

[Humphrey Wills of Devon, England, appearing with power 
of attorney from Agnes Burnell of the county of Devon, for the 
receipt of the estate of Tobias Burnell, who died intestate in the 
county of Dover and Portsmouth, the court, Oct. 31, 1677, ordered 
that the balance of the estate be delivered to said Wills.] 

[Court Records, June-Oct., 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 20.] 



RICHARD CUTT 1675 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will & Testament of Richard Cutt 

I Richard Cutt of Portsmouth in Pascatteque beinge in perfect 
Memory & good health, * * * 

1 I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Eleanor Cutt my Now 
dwelinge house with y e Bake house Brewhouse Barne & all hous- 
inge therunto belonginge withe Lodge warehouse & wharfinge 
(my stone warehouse only excepted) togather with my garden 
orchard & all the Land in fence in the home flld adjoyninge to 
my house, as also my Corne mill with my house & Barnes Up at 
the creek with all the Upland & Meadow ther Unto belonginge 
so far as home Unto that Land which I bought of Hubertus Mat- 
toon (exceptinge y e Tanyard & the buildings ther Unto belong- 
inge & the Land on that side of the flume) All which ^mises be- 
for mentioned (except what is excepted) I will shalbe in the hands 
& to the Use and behoofe of my dearly beloved wife abovesaid 
dureinge her Naturall Life, And after her decease I give & be- 
ll 



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queth the hole Estate abovesaid Unto my Grandson Cutt Vahan 
with all the priveledges & Appurtanances ther Unto belonginge 
to be to him & his Heires for Ever, & it shall com into his hands 
at the age of twenty one yeares, but if hee Die before that age, 
then I give it to the next Heire Male, & if ther be no Heire Male, 
then to y e next Heire y l shall survive further more I give Unto 
my sd wife all my plate Brase pewter Iron Bedinge Utensells be- 
longinge to the house togather w th all my stocke of Cattell to be 
absolutly at her Disposall when and to home or wher shee pleses, 
& the five neger servants 

2 I give to my Beloved Dafter Margerett Vahan my stone ware- 
house & that *$ l of the wood fild joyning to that w ch was John 
Pickerings & reaching home to william Hearles on the west, with 
my Bro: Jo Cutt also on y e west the way that goes to the Creek 
on the North & Christopher Josse on y e Est togather withe Tan- 
yard housinge & stock therin, & the Littell fild on the south of the 
flume (All wayes exceptinge & reserveinge the high way as it is 
now to the far me & to the other mill which is to be keept free for 
the Use of y e mill & the houses by itt) All which I give to my 
Daughter Margerett & her Children, if they faile then to my 
Daughter Bridgett & hers, after the decease of my Daughter 
Margerett 

3 Unto my beloved Daughter Bridgett & her Heires forever, I 
give the remainder of that fild Comonly called the Great fild, to 
say all besids what is alredy given to her & her Husband, & al- 
redy sould to severall ^sons, to bee to her & her Heirs for ever, 
with all the priviledge & Apurtenances ther Unto belonging I 
give also to my Daughter Bridgett that *$t of the wood fild on the 
south of the High way Up to the Creeke as it is now fensed, the 
other tyt betwene the High way & the Creeke her mother shall 
have Liberty to Use Duringe her naturall Life, & that ^t also 
shalbe Bridgett after her mothers Decease, Lickwise I give to 
Bridgett my Land in the Longe Reach next to that w ch was Cap 1 
Pendletons beinge thirty three poles brod front on the River, & so 
backe the hole depth : w ch Land aforesaid shalbe to Bridgett & her 



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Heires for ever, if shee Die w tb out Heires then it shall fall to the 
Heires of her sister Margerett, after the Decease of my sd Daugh- 
ter Bridgett 

4 I give to my sonn william Vahan my Land on the great 
Hand bought of Jn° Mason & y l Acre given mee by the Towne 
which was Laid out w th an Acre of M r fryers, I give him also 
two hundred pounds out of my Estate, & also my housinge at the 
lies of shoules on Star Ileland togather w th that Estate boath in 
stocke & depts that is in ^tnership w l him ther, fJvided he rest 
satisfied therwith Upon the acco of ^tnership in tradinge betwixt 
Us ther, if hee be not sattisfied so then that at y e Hand to be sould 
& the Estat ther Vallued & the ballance to be given him out of 
my other Estat when ace 08 are made Up. And I doe by thes 
^sence oblidge my son will Vahan not to exspect any more 
out of my Estat for salery or for any thinge donn for mee at home 
or abrod besids what hee hath alredy rec d , & is above exspresed 

5 I give to welbeloved son Tho: Daniell two hundred pounds 
out of my Estat 

6 further more I doe give to my Grandson Cutt Vahan one 
hundred pounds 

7 I give to my Grandchild Elenor Vahan that house & Land 
I bought of M r Matone with that part of my Land that comes from 
the Pulpit the hole breath of Matones Land till it com to my Bro: 
Jo Cutt Land on the North, togather with two hundred pounds, 
the Legacis to be pd in mony or aquivilent : 

8 I give to my Grandchild Mary Vahan two hundred pounds 
in mony and the hundred & fivety acres of Land & the medow 
belonginge to it as I bought of Edward Hilton, as apeare by a bill 
of sale of John wedgetts 

9 further I will that what remaines of my twenty pounds ^ 
anum subscribed as a gift to the Colledge for my selfe & sonns be 
carfully Discharged by my executors 

10 I give to my Bro: John Cutt ten pounds to buy him morne- 
inge & tenn pounds to his wife & five pounds to ech of his Chil- 
dren./ 



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11 I give to my sister Ann shipway tenn pounds to buy morne- 
inge & five pounds to my Bro: shipway, & five pounds to his sonn 
Jo shipway 

12 I give to my Bro: Rob: Cutt Widow five pounds & to ech 
of her Children five pounds, as also I doe forgive the dept due on 
my Booke : 

13 I give to M r Joshua Moudy thirty pounds & to his five 
Children tenn pounds to say fourty shillings to ech of them./ 

14 I give to my Cozen John Hole & his wife five pounds ech 
of them 

15 I give to the Church of Porthmouth tenn pounds to buy a 
peece of plate for the Use of the Church./ 

16 I make my wife Elenor and my two Daughters Margertt 
& Bridgett my Executors to whome I give the rest of my Estate 
as well shipinge or what else due to mee in any ^t of the world, 
my depts & Legacies given paid, & what remaines to be Divided 
in aqual thirds betwene my wife & daughters 

17 I make my Bro: John Cutt, M r Joshua Moudy, my sonn 
william Vahan & my sonn Tho: Daniell my over seears to 

. . . my will ^formed, to the truth of this I have heare Unto 
. . . hand & seale this 10 th of May 1675 @ Porthmouth in 
Pascatteque 

wee whose names are Underwritten ^ mee Richard Cutt 

doe attest that Richard Cutt did owne 
this to Us to bee his owne voluntary 
act and Deede./ 

John Wincoll 

John ffletcher 

[Proved June 27, 1676.] 

Portsm 10 : 10 : 1677 — We whose names are under written 
being Chosen & Desired to hear judge & Determine al matters of 
Controversy Between m r8 Elan r Cutt Widow m" Margret Vaughan 
& m r8 Bridget Daniel Exeeutrix* unto y e Will of Cap' Rich d Cutt 
Dec d late of Portsm In Piscataqua River & Cap 1 Tho* Daniel & 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 165 

Maj r W" Vaughan Husbands unto y e afores d two Gentlewomen 
Respecting both y e Will & Estate of y e s d Cap' Rich d Cutt touch- 
ing al Ace" 3 & Demands from y e Same & and the above nam' 1 
^ties having firmly Bound themselves their heirs Exe r8 & Adm r8 
In a Bond of two thousand lawful Money of y e Massa u Collony 
Bearing Date y e 7 th Instant to rest Satisfy' 1 in & abide by our De- 
termination therein we having accordingly heard & Consider* 1 al 
Acc tts & Demands present* 1 to us by al & Every y e aboves d partys 

do Award as followeth x 1 * y fc y e Leanto & Wharfe before y e 

Stone Warehouse & Adjoyning thereto shal be im'ediately to y e 
use of m rs Vaughan & y e Leanto at y e North End of s d Warehouse 
to be used by m rs Elen r Cutt dureing her Natural life & then to be 
In y e Same Capacity w th y e Warehouse w ch being Mutually Agreed 

upon by al parties we Confirm & Ratifie 2 ldy By y e Stock 

In y e Tanyard Mention d In the Will (Article 2 d ) we say is Intend' 1 
al y e utensils Belonging to y e Tanyard w th whatever Hydes were 

there unfinish d at y e time of y e Deceas of y e Testator 3 dly it 

Being a Question whose shal be y e Improvem' of y 4 Estate Given 
to Cutt Vaughan after y e Decease of m rs Elen r Cutt In Case she 
Dye Before he Arrive to y e Age of 21 years we Say y l not know- 
ing whether Ever there wil be need of such a Question it is Suffi- 
cient to Refer it until y e Solution of it Appears Necessary 4 th17 

y e ^sent Improvm' of y e hundred pound Given Cutt Vaughan & 
y e Legacies of Money & lands Given to y e Children of m rs Vaughan 
Belongs to y e legatees til both principle & Improvem' do fal into 

their hands when they Come to Age 

5 ly y e legacyes to y e Children afores d to be forth w th Provided 
According to y e Will by the Exe rs viz tfc five hundred pound in 
Money to be Reserv d In m r Hubbards hands In Boston for y l End 
<& Application to be by them made to y e next County Court that 
they Appoint Guardians for y e Children & take Security of them 
for their Responding of s d Estate Respecting both money & lands 
Given them by Will w th y e Improvm* thereof to y e Children when 
legally Demand d Except In y e mean time y e Exe rs shal mutually 
agree about it so as to Secure y e Estate to y e Children 



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6 ly we Determine y* y e lands In y e Great ffield & wood field 
are Given by y* Will to m rs Daniel Absolutely w th out any Intail 
y e other lands in the long Reach is Entail d on y e heirs of m r * 
Vaughan if m r8 Daniel hath no Child 

7 th we Award y l Seven hundred & thirty Pounds be pd by y e 
Executrixes out of y e whole Estate unto m r W m Vaughan in Such 
pay as may be Equivalent unto Money & y l y e land upon y e great 
Island both y l Bought of m r Mason as also y' Acre of land given 
Cap* Cutt by y e Town both w ch are Mention d In y e Will to be to 
him & his heirs forever & m r Vaughan to Rest Satisfy d therew th 
In full of al Demands from y e Estate so far as it Refers to him- 
selfe distinct from y e legacies given to his Wife & Children 

8 ly we Order y e two hundred & Sixty pounds be pd to Cap 1 
Tho 8 Daniel besides y e legacie given him by y e Will ofy e Dec d 
w ch is also to be pd as y e Will Declares In pay Equivolent to 
money & y e s d Cap* Daniel to Rest Satisfy d therew th In full of al 
Demands from y e Estate Respecting himselfe ^sonally distinct 
from y e legacy given to his Wife & y e Sums above Mention d Due 
to m r Vaughan & Cap 1 Daniel are to be pd out of y e Estate already 
Divided 

9 ly that al lands or other Estate not named In y e Will w tb y fr 
housing & land &c: at y e Isle 8 of Shoals shal be Equally Divided 
Betvvee[n] y e Executrixes only y e whole ^cell of marsh at little 
harbour & al y e land near or about y e Spring by m r Martyns to be 
Solely to y e use of m r8 Elen r Cutt dureing her Natural life after- 
ward y e Same to be divided as afores d this we Confirme being 
Consent* 1 to by al 

io ,y y e paym ts aforemention d both of Debts & legacies being 
made & Reserved as afores d we do farther Award y l y e Shiping 
being forthw th priz d by Indifferent men as Money y e Same to be 
Equally Divided Between y e Executrixes : m r8 Cutt having liberty 
to make y e first Choice Except they shal mutually Agree to Con- 
tinue In Partnership in them or any of them 

n ly And we do further award y e aforenam d partyes viz" Cap 1 
Daniel m r Vaughan & their Wives upon y e paym 1 of such Sums 



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as are before Expressed to Sign & seal legal Discharges to y e 
Execut rs In full for all Debts & Demands from y e Estate by Will 
or by any Ace" 8 Depending before y e Deth of y e Testator & y* this 
is our Award & final Determination & Issue of al matters of Dif- 
ference Respecting al Acc te & Demands Between y e afores d ^ties 
Refering to y e Will & Estate of Cap 1 Rich' 1 Cutt Dec d we Testifie 
by Setting to our hands & Seals this 10 th of Dec r 1677 

Rich d Waldron [seal] 
Rob 1 Pike [seal] 

Laur 8 Hammond [seal] 

Peter Coffin [seal] 

[Deeds, vol. 19, p. 492.] 



[Guardianship of Eleanor Vaughan, Mary Vaughan, and Cutt 
Vaughan granted to their father, William Vaughan, and Eleanor 
Cutt June 24, 1679.] ~ 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 

[Administration de bonis non of the estate of Richard Cutt of 
Portsmouth, merchant, granted to his son-in-law, William Vaughan 
of Portsmouth, merchant, Oct. 12, 1700.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 220 ] 

[Bond of William Vaughan, with Samuel Penhallow and George 
Vaughan as sureties, in the sum of £500, Oct. 12, 1700, for the 
administration of the estate; witness, Richard Partridge.] 



EDWARD CLARK 1675 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Clark, June 17, 1675 ; amount, 
£257.15.6 ; signed by William Fernald, John Shortridge, and Elias 
Stileman ; brought into court, March 28, 1676.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Clark, " lately drown- 
ed," was granted to his widow, Mary Clark, and John Partridge 



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June 29, 1675 ; the widow was ordered not to dispose of any of 
the estate without the consent of Partridge, and bond was fixed at 
£200. The court ordered that John Clark, oldest son of the de- 
ceased by his first wife, be made an apprentice by Capt. Cutt and 
Elias Stileman, and that the oldest daughter, Sarah Clark, be 
bound out to her aunt, Sarah Waterhouse, until she was eighteen 
years old or married.] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, * n I^eeds, vol. 5, p. 10.] 

ffbr the settleing of y e estate of Edward Clarke deceased This 
Court ord" y l the house barne & Island whereon he Lived called 
Docters Island, that his widow Mary Clarke shall have y e use of 
untill Jn° Clarke & Sarah Clarke w ch he had by his first wife shall 
com to age y e son at 21 yeares & y e daughter at 18 yeares, the 
Son to have a double portion & as either of them com to age to re- 
ceive theire parts thereof & after both are com to age the widow to 
have her thirds of y e whold during her Life & her thirds to be de- 
vided to y e fores d children in such proportion as aboves d after her 
decease And y e rest of y e estate mentioned in the Inventory to be 
to y e widdovv for y e bringing up the three Children she has by s d 
Clark she receiving all y e debts due to y e estate and pay all debts 
due from y e estate. / the Inventory put on file of this Courts rec- 
ords : 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 



CALEB STEVENS 1675 

[Administration on the estate of Caleb Stevens granted to his 
widow, Ruth Stevens, and Peter Glanfield June 29, 1675, who 
were bound in the sum of £150; "& whereas there is some debt 
or debts owing to m r Martyn and m r Hunking aboute his fishing 
voyage this winter past, & to prevent the Spoiling of his share of 
ffish ord r that y e Administrate" pay his share of fish and port- 
ledge to s d persons & make the estate deb r & Credito r for it."] 

[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 10.] 



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WALTER ABBOTT 1675 

[Administration on the estate of Walter Abbott, who died in 
Jamaica, granted to his brother, Thomas Abbott, June 29, 1675.] 
[Court Records, June 29, 1675, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. II.] 



JOHN ROBINSON 1675 EXETER 

[Inventory of the estate of John Robinson of Exeter, " deceased 
this 10 th of y e 9 th m° 1675 " ; amount, £180.11.6: appraised by 
John Gilman and Robert Wadleigh.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 
3* P- 21.] 

[Administration on the estate granted to Elizabeth Robinson and 
David Robinson May 30, 1676. J 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 42.] 

[Account of debts due from the estate ; signed by Elizabeth 
Robinson and David Robinson ; dated April 6, 1677. 

Disbursements made by David Robinson since his father's death.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 20.] 

[Order of court, April 10, 1677, directing David Robinson, joint 
administrator with his mother, of the estate of John Robinson of 
Exeter, to divide the estate, after her death, among the surviving 
children.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, April 10, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 51.] 



THOMAS TRICKEY 1675 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Trickey, Dec. 3, 1675 5 
amount, £308.0.0 ; signed by William Furber and Henry Lang- 
staff; attested by the widow. 

"for y e p r sent setlement of this estate This Court Leaves the 
whole estate in the hand of y e administratrix to be Improved & 



170 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

mannedged for her comfort & Livelyhood & this untill this Court 
take other order."] 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Trickey granted to 
his widow, Elizabeth Trickey, June 27, 1676.] 
[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 16.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented by the widow June 25, 
1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



WILLIAM ROBERTS 1676 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of William Roberts granted to 
William Follett, Richard Otis, William Williams, William Will- 
iams, Jr., and James Bunker March 29, 1676.] 

[Court Records, March 29, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 

[All except Richard Otis declining administration, the court, June 
27, appointed him sole administrator and fixed his bond at £200. 
The personal property not being sufficient to pay the debts, he was 
authorized to sell real estate, and Job Clements, one of the select- 
men of Dover, was joined with him " for y e ordering & disposing 
of the widdow & w l estate shall remaine after y e debts be paid, & 
for the putting out of the children in places sutable."] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 19.] 

[Order of court, March 27, 1677, that the selectmen of Dover 
bring in a list of the debts of William Roberts.] 

[Richard Otis's account of the estate of William Roberts, Aug. 
27, 1677 ; assets, £132.1.9 ; liabilities and expenditures, £82.0.0 ; 
allowed by the selectmen of Dover Dec. 20, 1677 ; signed by Rich- 
ard Waldron, Job Clements, John Davis, and Anthony Nutter; 
brought into court Dec. 25, 1677 ; mentions widow and a girl.] 



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PHILIP BINMORE 1676 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen, the Two & twentie day of May in 
y e Yeare of o r Lord God one thousand Six Hundred Seaventie 
Six I Phillip Binmore of y e Township of Dover in y e Count of 
Dover & Postmoth. * * * 

I doe of Love & affection vv ch I doe owe & bare to Rebecca my 
wife give Unto her the best beast which I shall be possesed of 
when it shall please god to call me by death & also a Rugg the 
beding as we doe now make Use of: and the Cubbord stoole : & 
y e Lamerie Cubbord : It I doe give Unto my daughter Temporaice 
y e greate brass Cittle : & to my daughter Hester my brass pan : 
& also for theire better mentenance & education I doe make & 
ordaine them to be Equall & Coequall Heires & Executrixes of 
all my Lands goods & Chattels w ch is not fformerly disposed & 
given : & to be equallie divided betweene them & I doe desire & 
Request my Kinsman John Evens & M r Richard Rich to be my 
Executors in Trust to see the ^formance of this my will as witt- 
ness my hand & seale. — 

Joseph Canny > wittnesses PilHp Binmore [seal] 

silvanus nocke 5 

[Proved June 27, 1676.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1676; amount, £81.8.3; signed by Job 
Clements and John Roberts.] 



JAMES PHILBRICK 1676 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of James Philbrick of Hampton 
granted to the widow, Ann Philbrick, and Timothy Hilliard May 
30, 1676.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 43, and Court Records, May 30, 
1676.] 

[Guardianship of Thomas Philbrick, son of James Philbrick* 
granted to Thomas's brother-in-law, Timothy Hilliard, May 30* 
1676.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 43, and Court Records, May 30,. 
1676] 



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[Order of court, Nov. 14, 1676, joining James Philbrick, Jr., 
son of James Philbrick, with his mother in the administration of 
the estate, he having returned from sea, and discharging Timothy 
Hilliard, son-in-law of the deceased.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Nov. 14, 1676, and Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 49.] 



CATHERINE HILTON 1676 EXETER 

The will & Testament of m r8 Katheraine Hilten as Followeth : 

m r8 Katharaine Hilton, being of her ^fect senses and under- 
standing doeth order and dispose of her goods and effects as fol- 
loweth 

Impus: shee doth comit and commend her soule to god that 
gave it her, shee doth comit her body to the dust from whence it 
was framed with a decent burial of the same. 

For her estate and goods as followeth. 

To James Try worthy the son of Sam: Try worthy a silver beaker 
to be kept in the hands of her Daughter Elizabeth Gilman, till he 
come to age. 

To James Tri worth the son of John Triworthy a silver cup with 
a fork 

To Edward Hilton jnior, a silver cup with two ears. 

To Sam: Gilman her Grandchild a silver spoone. 

To m r Sam: Dudly towards his ministy to be paid out of her 
Estate to the valew of money, to the sume of forty shillings. 

To her Daughter m" meridith named by Joanna, one yron great 
Kettle, and a cloth gowne, and a cloth petticoat, and a greene 
apron. 

To m r8 Lucy wells, one stone ring, one mor Hayre petticoate 

To her Daughter Elizabeth Gilman, her wedding ring, her 
serge gowne, her serge petticoat, and her stuffe petticoat, and 
alsoe her hat. 

To Johanna Meridith, her grandchilde a paire of holland sheets 

To mary Gilman her Grand childe, a table cloth and napkins 



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and a Holland pillow beare and a towel, and a great pewter 
platter 

To Betty Gilman, one Holland sheet & a paire of stockings. 

To Abigail Gilman the wife of Edward Gilman one feather 
pillow and wistead rug, and pillion and pillion cloth, and hood 
and safeguard. 

To Katharaine Paul, her best skarth, and serge petticoat, being 
of a gray colour. 

To Katharine Gilman, a black handkerchief and a black sk — 

To Sarah Gilman, a black hood, 

To Lydye Gilman a black hood 

To Abigail Gilman, her white mantle. 

To goodwife Robinson, her cloth petticoat, & her cloth wais- 
coate, and a paire of bodyes & a paire of stockings, and a suite 
of linnen. 

To Remainder of her linnen, what is not disposed of above 
wrytten to be divided among all her grand Daughters. 

To Jane Hilton her silver bodkin, and a new shift 

To all these p r misses above wrytten m rs Katharaine Hilton, hath 
given, her ful consent and approbation, as appears verefied by 
these witnesses have subscribed 

memoranda: This the will of the said Kathairine Hilton that 
when all her debts are discharged, in reference to her son in law 
Capt. John Gilman, & m rs wells, & what shalbe layd out and 
expended about her funerall, the remainder to be divided among 
her Grand children. 

And furthermore, that all the p r misses abovesaid, may be put 
in act and exequetion I doe choose and appoint my son John Gil- 
man, Capt: for my Executor 

To the p r misses abovesaid in testeffication of the truth of the 
same. I doe subscribe my name. 

Sam: Dudley 
Rebeccah Sweat 

[Proved May 30, 1676.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, 
p. 15.] 



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[Inventory of the estate of Mrs. Catherine Hilton of Exeter, 
taken by John Folsom and Robert Wadleigh Oct. 6, 1676 ; 
amount, £78.10.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files.] 



ALEXANDER WALDRON 1676 NEWCASTLE 

In the Name of God Amen ; I Alexander Walden Sojourner 
On the Great Island near piscataqua River of Sound and perfect 
mind but weak in Body make and Ordaine this my Last Will and 
Testament in Manner following 

first. I commend my Soul into the hands of God hopeing 
Through Christ my Savio r to have pardon of Sinn and Life Eter- 
nall — and I make and Ordaine my executor hereafter Named to 
Dispose my Temporall Things as fFolloweth — 

1. I make Isaack Walden of Boston my beeloved Brother my 
executor and Overseer of all my Concernements and for his paines 
I give to him and his wife in Money The Summ of Twenty pounds 

2 My Temporall Estate I dispose of and Bequeath as followeth 
I give to Joan Barker of Coventry in the Kingdom of Old England 
If shee bee yet at making this my will Unmarried The Summ of 
One hundred pounds 

3. I give my house and Land Scituate in Boston in Newe Eng- 
land unto the use and occupation of Abisha wife of Robert Tap- 
erell marriner during her Life and after her Decease I give and 
bequeath the Same hous and Land Unto my Brother william wal- 
den and my Brother George Walden equally to bee Beetween 
them both to have and dispose 

4 All the Remaineing part of my Temporall Estate which God 
hath given mee. I give and bequeath To my Brother Edward 
Walden in the Kingdom of Old England, and To my Sister Mary 
and To my Brother Sammuell Walden to bee equally divided among 
them 

5 I will that all my funerall Chardges and all the Debts that I 
owe to any person Bee first Dischardged and paid : 



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6. I give and Beequeath Two Gould Rings in my Chest in a 
purs to Abisha Wife of Robert Taprell above Sayd 

7 I give to Alee ; Eldest Daughter of Sayd Taprell in money 
the Summ of Ten pounds, to bee paid to her mother and in meane 
time to bee improved and with the improvement to bee paid to Alee 
at the Time of Mariadg or at the Age of eighteen yeares Onely if 
my executor first above mentioned Sees fit not otherwise That the 
sayd Abisha the Mother of Sayd Alee may Secure the Sayd Tenn 
pounds with improvement. 

8 I give Scarfs to all my Barers to the grave. Money I have in 
my Chest Is about sixty pounds, my executor above Said is to Take 
it with all the moveable Things to Dispose according to this my 
Last will and Testament witness my hand & seal y e 7 th June 1676 

Signed Sealed Alexander Waldren [seal] 

& d'd in p r sents of us 
Elias Stileman 
Nath ffryer — 
[Proved June 27, 1676. See Court Records.] 

[Inventory, June 14, 1676 ; amount, £383.13.7; signed by Fran- 
cis Tucker and William Henderson ; attested by Isaac Waldron 
June 27, 1676.] 



AMBROSE SHERBURNE 1676 

[Administration on the estate of Ambrose Sherburne granted 
to his father, Henry Sherburne, June 27, 1676.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 14.] 



JOHN PIERCE 1676 DOVER 

[Administration on the estate of John Pierce of Dover granted 
to Robert Burnham and Stephen Jones June 27, 1676.] 
[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 14.] 



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WILLIAM BEARD 1676 

[Administration on the estate of William Beard granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Beard, June 27, 1676, who presented an inven- 
tory of £262.11.0.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 18.] 

[Inventory of the estate of William Beard, who died about the 

first of November, 1675 ; amount, £262. ; signed by William 

Follett, Robert Burnham, and Stephen Jones ; attested by the 
widow, Elizabeth Beard, June 27, 1676; administration granted 
to Elizabeth Beard, Robert Burnham, and Stephen Jones.] 

For the settlement of the Estate contayned in this Inventory it is 
ordered that all the moveable estate shall belong to the widdow & 
also the one half of the Housing & Lands to hir & Heyres for 
ever, the full use & improvement of the whole estate, of land to be 
hirs during hir life And at hir decease the other half of the House 
& Land not setled upon the widdow & hir heyres to come to Ed- 
ward Leathers & to remain to him & his Heyres ; unlesse the case 
of the widdow shall at any tyme be such as to require further sup- 
ply & sale be made of any part thereof by order and approbation 
of the Court ; And as for what Edward Leathers doth at present 
possesse It is confirmed to him & his Heyres for ever : 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



ROBERT WILLIAMS 1676 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Williams, " that wase 
murdered," granted to Elias Stileman, June 27, 1676.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 15.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Williams, " y* was murdered 
in Spruce Creeke " ; dated July 25, 1676 ; amount, £36.2.9 ; liabili- 
ties, £25.5.6 ; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Richard Stileman.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 1 77 

GILBERT WILFORD 1676 

[Inventory of the estate of Gilbert Wilford, taken July 28, 1676, 
by Henry Palmer and Robert Ford; amount, £75.6.6; attested 
by Capt. John Whipple April 10, 1677.] 

To 6 ll) w 1 ' y e widdovv had for her necessarie maintenance for her 
selfe & children before y e Administrato 1 " entred 

To y e 3' 1 part of y e lands w ch y e widdovv challengeth w ch y e 
Administrato 1 ' is not charged w ,h : 

Tho: Bradbury rec 

[Debts due from the estate, £68.15.0; to Mr. Wainwright, 
Capt. Saltonstall, Mr. Walker, Josiah Gage, Nathaniel Clark of 
Newbury, Mass., Ensign Chandler, Robert Ayers, Henry Palmer, 
Richard Swan, John Light, John Simonds, Deacon Goodhue, 
Joseph Plummer, Goodman Hazeltine, John Hazeltine, James 
Kingsbury, Cornet Whipple.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 23.] 



CHRISTOPHER JOCE 1676 PORTSMOUTH 

The Last Will & Testam 1 of Christopher Joce of Portsm made 
this 14 th Septemb r 1676 

Beeing weak in Body but in ^ feet Memory I doe ordain this 
to bee my last Will & Testament 

Imp r I give unto my beloved Sonn Richard Joce all my house- 
ing & stage, my shallops & moaring place at y e Isles of Shoales 
w th ye Chains belonging thereto, y e new moaring Cable, with 
what soever I have belonging to my said place of ffishing at s d 
Isleand, & all y e Appurtenances belonging to y e Boates — 

2. Unto my son Thomas Joce I give my now dwelling house 
w th a u ye h ouse i n g belonging thereunto, as also all y e land about 
& belonging to y e House (excepting y e ffort-ffeeld) togeth 1 w th 
my Ware house & wharfing & y* 30. foot of Land lying next to 
y e ware-house of Jn° Hunkins, w th all y e Preveledges thereunto 
12 



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belonging. Provided y e his mother shall have y e use of y e whole 
during her widdowhood, & if shee marry then when Thomas 
comes to Age shee shall have y e third both of y e houseing & land 
dureing her naturall life, & after her decease then y e whole shall 
return to my said son Thomas, he paying to my Daught r Marga- 
ret thirty pound. 

3 Unto my Daught 1 Joanna I give my House & land on y* 
Great Island w th all y e Priviledges and Appurtenances thereunto 
belonging togeth r w Ul three Acres of Marsh at y e little Harb r joyn g 
to Tho: Sevy's Corn-field, as also a ffeather-bed w th bolster, Pil- 
lowes, sheets, Blankets & Rugg 

4. I give to my Daughter Margaret eight Acres of land at bo}'!- 
ing Rock on y e South-side of y e River, & y e small field com'only 
called y e ffort-field near to my own House-lott, being five Acres 
more or lesse, w th a fTeather bed, Bolster Pillowes, sheets, blankets 
& Ru££, & thirty Pounds before merit' 1 fro her Bro. Thomas. 

5. Unto my Daughter Mary I give my House & land w ch I 
bought of Jn° Tucker w th all y e Priviledges thereunto belonging, 
togeth r w th y e shop & wharfing w th all y e Priviledges thereunto 
belonging, as also a fFeather-bed w th like furniture as unto her 
sisters forementioned, fYurther obliging my Son Thomas to give 
to his sister Mary pasturing for one Cow dureing the naturall 
Life of his said sister. 

6. Unto my sons John & Samuel togeth 1 " w th my Daughter Jane 
I give my three Hundred Acres of land lying in y e long reach 
next to James Rawlins to be equally divided betwext them three, 
& a fFeather-bed unto Jane w th like furnit r as to y e other above 
mentioned, And unto Samuel I also give my other three Acres of 
Marsh at little Harb r joyning to y 1 w ch I have given to his sister 
Joanna, & two Cowes unto my son John. 

7 I give unto my Couzen Tho: Joce my twelve Acres of land 
lying in Tho 9 Spinnyes Creek next adjoyning to y 4 w ch was W m 
Palm r9 land, he to possesse it p r sently on my decease 

8 All my stock & Household Goods (except w l is before given 
away) I give to my beloved wife Jane Joce, together w th y* \Jsq 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 79 

& Improvem 1 of my whole Estate forementioned for y e brengeng 
up of my children tell they come to Age, & as each child comes 
to Age (to say y e sons at 21. yeares, y e Daughters at 18. or at y e 
day of marriage if before 18.) he or shee shall have y e possession 
of what I have here given. And at y e decease of my wife, all y e 
Remaind 1 of my stock & household Goods w th all y e rest of my 
Estate whatsoever y l is not expended for her own maintenance & 
y e bringing up of my children shalbe equally divided amongst my 
childeren. If one or more of my children dye before they come 
to Age, or if any of my Daught r9 dye without Issue, y e portion y l 
I have given to y shalbe equally divided among y e Survivers. 
I give also a Cow to my servant Jone Knight. 

9 Furthermore I give & bequeath unto my Beloved wife fifty 
pounds to bee absolutely her own & at her disposeall to whom & 
when she pleases, thirty pounds whereof shalbe paid her by my 
son Richard, y e other twenty she shall have out of y e Household 
Goods or stock w ch shee pleases. 

10 ffinally I make my Beloved wife afores d my sole Executrix 
willing her as to receive w e is due to mee so carefully to pay all 
my Debts & funerall charges, together with three pounds w cb I 
give to y e church in Portsm & three pound more w ch I give to 
y e Colledge. 

And I request & appoint m r Joshua Moodey m r Rich Martyn 
together w ,h my ft'ather-in law Ric' 1 Cum'ins to bee my overseers 
for y e bett r ^formance of y 3 my last Will & Testament. — In wit- 
nes to all y e premises I set to my hand & seale y e day & year 
abovewritten 

Signed & Sealed in Mark of 

presence of Christopher Joce X [seal] 

John ffletcher 

Dorothy Jarman 

[In margin] I dispose of my three quarters of y e Ketch Provi- 
dence as followeth, One quarter I give unto my wife, the remain- 
der to my children, to each of them one Sixteenth. 

[Proved June 25, 1678.] 



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ABRAHAM CHASE 1676 

[Thomas Chase, administrator of the estate of Abraham Chase, 
moved that the estate might be divided among the brothers of the 
deceased, Thomas Chase, Joseph Chase, James Chase, and Isaac 
Chase. The court at Salisbury ordered, Nov. 14, 1676, that Sam- 
uel Dalton and Ensign John Sanborn account with the adminis- 
trator relative to the debts.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 49.] 



HENRY HATHERLY 1676 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Hatherlv, Dec. 2, 1676; 
amount, £23.9.6; amount of liabilities, £19.18.10; one item is 
funeral charges of himself and wife ; signed by JefYry Currier and 
Richard Manson ; attested by John Purrington March 27, 1677.] 



THOMAS NOCK 1676/7 DOVER 

In the Name of God amen the ffifteene day of ffeburary in y e 
Yeare of o 1 Lord God one thousand six hundred Seaventy Six I 
Thomas Nock of y e township of Dover in y e County of Dover 
& Portsmouth being sick & weake of body * * * 

It I give to my Brother Silvanus Nock twentie Acars of Land 
being < $ t of the Land w ch Was granted to my (Father tho Nock 
& to Joyne Next to y e Land of Thomas Beard betweene Cochecha 
& the marsh com'only Called Nockes marsh — 

It I give to my Sister Rebecca Nock twentie acars of Land 
being ^ l of the foresaid ^cell of Land, and to Joyne to my 
Brother Silvanus twentie acars before mencioned (^vided) it doe 
not reach to y e marsh called Nocks marsh nor to y e plaines ad- 
joyning to y e sd marsh 

It I make my Brother Henrie Nock my Lawfull Heire of all my 
Lands (vidd z ) the twentie acars of Land at Cochecha adjoyning 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 10 1 

by Thomas Dowries his Lott & also all the Lands Lying at 

Nocks marsh which was my ffathers except the ffourtie accars 

before given to my Brother & Sister — 

It I give to my Brother Silvanns Nock m\**vvo steeares & plow 

chaine & my Chest & all my bedding & my wareing ap^ell 

It I give to my Sister Rebecca Nock my white faced hifFer 

being two yeare old — 

It I give to my Unckle Jerimre Tibbits one ewe sheep — 

It I give to my Bther Henrie Nock my Muskuet & my bible 

It I doe make my deare & tender Mother Rebecca Binmore to 

be my sole Executorix of all my estate not formerly expressed & 

I desire my veri good frind John Roberts to be my over seer & 

w ,,! my mother to see this my will ^formed 

In wittnes where of I have hereunto sett my hand & seale the 

da} r & yeare abovesd — 

John Robearts signe of 

John Evens Thomas X Nock [seal] 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Inventory Feb. 26, 1676/7 ; amount, £81.17.0; signed by John 
Evans and John Wingate.] 

[Sylvanus Nock made choice of Lieut. Peter Coffin to be his 
guardian June 27, 1676.] 

[Court Records, June 27, 1676, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 14.] 

[Bond of Rebecca Binmore of Dover, widow, to John Roberts 
of Dover, in the sum of £27.0.0, to pay to Henry Nock £13.4.0 
in cattle, sheep, or swine when he shall become 21 years of age. 
" The Condition of this p r sent obligation is such that where as the 
bove s' 1 John Roberts was by the desire of Henrie Tibbits of Dover 
deceased & also by order of Court chosen & appointed overseer 
of Henrfe Nock Son' of Thomas Nock deceased & where as Re- 
becca Binmore afore said Mother to the s d henrie Nock is contented 
to take the Care & tuision of the s d Henrie Nock Untill he accom- 



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plish the age of one & twentie yeares & hath Rec" 1 of the s' 1 
John Roberts soe much Cattle sheep & Swine as doth amount to 
the sum of thirteene pounds & flower shilling." 

" John Roberts came into Court held in Dov' i June 1680 and 
rendred up to y e Court this bond & estate menconed w ch y e court have 
put into y e hands of w m willy & have taken security fro him to 
respond y e same when s d Hen: Nock corns to 21 years of age 

Elias Stileman Sec 1 "] 

[Guardianship of Henry Nock was granted to William Willey 
June 1, 1680, he being chosen by the ward. The court binds the 
ward to his guardian for seven years, to learn the trade of shoe- 
maker, and at the end of that time he is to receive his legacy of 
£13.4.0, for which his mother is bound by bond.] 

[Court Records, June 1, 1680, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 34.] 



MATTHEW MARTYN 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Matthew Martyn granted to 
William Deamont March 28, 1677, who gave bond in the sum of 

£50.] 

[Court Records, March 28, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



JEREMIAH TIBBETTS 1677 DOVER 

In the name of God Amen : I, Jeremiah Tippetts of Dover Upon 
puscatuqua : now Lyeinge Upon my sick bed but of my perfect 
minde & memory doe Com'ite & bequeath my soule & spirite to 
God that gave it & my outward estate as followeth — 

first I desire that my body be decently buried & that my funerall 
Charges with all Lawfull debts due from me be honestly discharged 
& satisfied Next I ordaine & Appoint to my Sonn Jeremiah that 
y e Remainer of that ten Acres of land which I bought of y e towne 
which Lyeth now without fence with two yearlinge steeres Already 



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in his possession bee to him & his for ever for & on y e accompt of 
thirteen pounds given to my s' 1 Sonn by his Grandfather Thomas 
Canny which I made use of for my owne behoofe Thirdly I doe 
Appoint & ordaine to be in the hands ofmary my wife for y e bringing 
up of our smale Children all my present Estate : Except what shall 
be heereafter nominated : & y e one halfe of my now dwelling house 
& barne to be for her owne proper use dureing her life time but 
the former dureing her widdowhood or as my Executors shall see 
Cause : it is to be understood y l I Assigne to my wife the new end 
of the house : 4ly I doe heerby bequeath to my Sonn Jeremiah to 
be delivered into his own Custody at one and twenty yeares of his 
age & to be for him & his for ever the other halfe of my house 
& barne with the one halfe of that fenced ground which is of the 
ten Acres I bought of the towne : 5tly I doe bequeath to my Sonn 
Thomas at his one & twentieth yeare of age to bee for him & his 
for ever, the other halfe of the fenced ground which is of that tenn 
Acres which I bought of the towne and also the halfe of my dwell- 
ing house & barne now left in the Custody of my wife to be 
his for ever after my wifes decease : 61y I doe heerby bequeath to 
my daughter mary Rawlines one Cow : 7ly I ordaine & Appoint 
that my Execo rs heereafter named shall pay or Cause to be paide 
to my daught r hanah tenn pounds for & on y e behalfe often pounds 
given to her by her Grandfather Canny & made use of by myselfe 
for my owne use : & behoofe : Sly I doe heereby Apoint & ordaine 
that whatsoever part of my Estate shall Remaine unspent after the 
Raisinge & bringinge up of my Children whether moveable or 
unmoveable it be Just & Equally Devided Amongst my Children 
now following : namely Han'ah. Joseph. Sam 1 : Benjamine : Eph- 
raim : martha, Elizabeth Nathaniell & henery : & for the Execution 
of this my Will & Testament : I doe by these presents Appoint & 
ordaine mary my Wife & Jeremiah my Eldest sonn to be my true 
& Lawfull Exec ors : & to be overseers for the Right management 
of all & every the ^"misses Aforsd I doe heereby Appoint & ordaine 
my Brother Joseph Canny & my trusty & Loveing freind serjant 
John Roberts : to All Which I signe & seale this 5th day of may 



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one Thousand sixe hundred seaventy & seaven as Wittnes my 
hand : 1677 

Teste The X Signe of Jeremiah Tippett [seal] 

Job Clements 

John Robearts 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Inventory, June 20, 1677 ; amount, £272.0.0.] 

[Summons, Oct. 27, 1709, to Jeremiah Tibbetts and his son, 
John Tibbetts, to appear before the court on the first Monday 
in November to administer the estate of Jeremiah Tibbetts of 
Dover; service signed by Edward Evans, constable of Dover.] 



JOHN MOORE, JR. 1677 

[Inventory of the estate of John Moore, Jr., May 10, 1677 ; 
amount, £70.10.0; attested by the widow, Agnes Moore, Nov. 

2, 1677.] 

[Administration on the estate of John Moore was granted to his 
widow, Agnes Moore, and Capt. Thomas Daniell June 23, 1677, 
and they were required to give bonds in the sum of £100.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, m Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



LAWRENCE CARPENTER 1677 

In the name of god amen 

the will and Testament of Larance Carpente on his Sicke beade 
this Seventh Day of may 1677 — 

Itom first and formest I doe bequeth my Solle to god that gave 
it and Secondly my body to the Earth from whence it came — 

Itom therdly I doe bequeath all my temprall Estate Ether move- 
able ore Unmveablle with my Sheare and portlighe which is now 
in the constitey of Pette-wallish my Portligh is to be sixe Pound 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 1 85 

and the ministr Rate I to be free of to my yonge and tende 
daughte grace — 

4 Ul ly I doe heare ordayne My true and well beloved frinds 
boath thomas Jackeson of Portchmouth and Richard Tope of lies 
of Shoules to take the Care and Charge of my afore Said doughte 
and Estate for her Uese to deale with it for her according to the 
best that the for I Shall inabel them my Just debts to be paid as 
wittnis my hand this 11 th of May 1677 

wittnes the marke of 

the marke of Larance X Carpente 

Ane X Harvey 

Rogr Kelly 

[Proved July 6, 1677.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Lawrence Carpenter, who died July 
4, 1677 ; amount, £68.0.0; attested by Thomas Jackson.] 

[Order of court, Oct. 31, 1677, binding Grace Carpenter, aged 
three years and a half, daughter of Lawrence Carpenter, to 
Thomas Jackson and his wife, Hannah Jackson, until she be 
eighteen years old, Thomas Jackson being executor of her fath- 
er's will.] 

[Court Records, Oct 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 



ROBERT MANSON 1677 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Manson of the Isles of 
Shoals granted to Henry Putt June 23, 1677, who gave bond in 
the sum of £40, with Roger Kelly as surety.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Manson, who died May 10, 
1677 ; amount, £24.6.0 ; signed by Roger Kelly and Richard 
Manson : sworn to by Elizabeth Putt June 26, 1677.] 



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TEAGUE ROYALL 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Teague Royall granted to 
John Woodman and Stephen Jones June 23, 1677.] 
[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



HECTOR DEMASHAW 1677 ISLES OF SHOALS 

[Administration on the estate of Hector Demashaw, a French- 
man who died on the Isles of -Shoals, was granted to Peter Shaw 
June 23, 1677, who gave bond in the sum of £20, with Nathaniel 
Fryer as surety.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 



THOMAS CANNEY, JR. 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Canney granted to 
his widow, Sarah Canney, June 23, 1677.] 

[Court Records, June 23, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 243.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Canney, Jr., who died May 

15, 1677 ; amount, £311.8.0; attested by Wingate, relict of 

Thomas Canney, June 25, 1678. Mentions 
"11 years old, with her Aunt 

; 9 — 

o 

" 6 children <{ , 

— 

4 b°y 

1 boy 
& widow — "] 

for the setling of this estate This court doth order y* y e admstra- 
trix & Jn° Winget her p r sent husband paying y e debts of her above- 
named dec'ed husband and bringing up y e children untill of age to 
choose their Guardians respectively, shee shall have all the move- 
able estate besides y e thirds of y e Lands during her lift, & y e 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 187 

of y e whole, while y e children come of age as aboves' 1 , & y n y e 
Lands to be divided among y e children as y e law hath fJvided, in 
y e meane time, not to suffer any strip or waste on y e houses & Lands 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



ABRAHAM PERKINS, JR. 1677 

[Inventory of the estate of Abraham Perkins, Jr., "who was 
slayne by y e Indians upon y e 13 : of June 1677 ;" taken June 28, 
1677, by Samuel Dalton and Henry Roby ; amount £166.2.6.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol.3, 
P- 2 3-] 

[Administration on the estate granted to Elizabeth Perkins 
Oct. 9, 1677, her father, Thomas Sleeper, being her surety.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files; Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, 
Oct. 2, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 56.] 

[Elizabeth Perkins, administratrix, was ordered to attend court 
to divide the estate Oct. 8, 1678, but, being near her time of tra- 
vail, could not appear.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 64, and Court Records, Oct. 8, 1678.] 

Itt is agreed by the Adminestratorex and Abraham perkins and 
Thomas Sleeper the Grandfathers of the Children of Abraham 
perkins Ju r Deceased thatt Considering the three Children are 
young and to bee Brought up the which their mother and Alex- 
sander Dennum her p r sentt Husband Doth Ingage to bring up the 
Children and to Cause them to be taught to Read English and as 
they shall a Rive to the age of twenty one years or att their Days 
of marriage which shall falle outt first they shall be payd vize 
to mercie perkins twentie pound to bee payd as is above sayd 

Itt to mary perkins twentie pound to be payd as above sparci- 
fied 

Itt to Elizabeth perkins twentie pound to be payd to her att 
the age or time above mentioned and wee Doe Ingage our selves 



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our Heires Exectuers & Adminestrators thatt all the lands of the 
sd Abraham perkins Ju r shall ly Responsuble for the Education 
of the Children and the payment of their portions as is above 
mentioned Desireing the Hono (l County Courtt to Conferme the 
same 

The marke of 
Alexsand 1 " X Dennum 
Elizabeth Dennum 
Her X marke 

Confirmed by court at Salisbury April 8, 1679. 
Thomas Sleeper is discharged from his bond of £200. 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files; Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, 
p. 75, and Court Records, April 8, 1679.] 



JOHN HEARD 

JAMES HEARD 1677 KITTERY, ME. 

[Richard Otis gives bond in the sum of £500.0.0 July 3, 1677, 
as guardian to John Heard, heir to John and James Heard.] 

Articles of agreement made concluded and fully agreed upon, 
between Maj r Nicholas Shapleigh John Shapleigh Joseph Ham- 
'ond and William Spencer of y e one ^artie And Richard Otis 
and James Chadborn on y e other ^ tie Witnesseth, that whereas y e 
above named Nicholas Shapleigh John Shapleigh Joseph Ham- 
'ond & William Spencer were by y e last will and Testament of 
John Heard of Kittery on Piscataqua River in New England 
Deceased bearing Date y e 3' 1 day of March in y e year of our Lord 
God one thousand Six hundred Seventy & five. Nominated chosen 
and appointed with y e above named James Chadborn to be his 
overseers in trust to See y e s' 1 Will *$ formed/ Now we y e s a Nicho- 
las Shapleigh, John Shapleigh Joseph Hamond & William Spencer 
above named, being y* Major part of y e overseers of y e s (l Will And 
Considering y e Introcacie & Mixture of y e Estate of s d John Heard, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 189 

j 

it being Mixed with and amongst y e Estate of James Heard the Son 
of John Heard, who Deceased without making any Will, And Con- 
sidering that many Inconveniencies might arise in y e Deviding of y e 
s d Estate doe by these presents Assign and make over all y° Right 
and overseership of y e last will and Testament of y e s d John Heard 
Deceased unto y e above named Richard Otis, who being y e now 
husband of Shuah the Relict or Widdow of James Heard, And to 
y e above named James Chadborn And to both of them Joyntly 
And have fully for our parts have authorized Lycenced and As- 
signed y e s d Rich' 1 Otis and James Chadborn to Act and doe all 
and every thing or things concerning y e Execution of the Said 
Will & Testament, And not Intermeddle witli y e Administration 
of any part of y e Goods & Chattells money Debts or other Estate 
of y e Said Testament without y e consent of y e s d Rich' 1 Otis and 
James Chadborn their heires or Execut rs , but Shall at all times 
hereafter And from time to time ^mit and suffer y e s d Rich' 1 Otis 
and James Chadborn their heires Execut 13 or Assigns to Adminis- 
ter all Such Goods Chattells moneys Debts and Estate, As at y e 
day of y e Date hereof be in y e Custodie of y c said Nicholas Shap- 
leigh and the rest of y e overseers or in y e hand of any other ^son 
or ^sons which are to be Administred According to y e Tenour 
and Intent of y e s' 1 Will and Testament, And y e s' 1 Rich d Otis & 
James Chadborn doe for themselves their heires Execut" Admin- 
istrat 13 And Assigns promise and engage that out of y e Moveables 
y e Estate of y e S d John Heard and James Heard his Son, that they 
will Administer And pay all y e Just and due Debts which y e s d 
John Heard and James his Son did owe to any ^son or ^sons 
And alsoe to Satisfie All Such Legacies as is by y e will and Tes- 
tament Expressed And alsoe to take Care for y e Comfortable Sub- 
sistance of Isbell Heard y e Relict of y e s d John Heard During her 
Naturall life And alsoe for y e Children of James Heard Accord- 
ing to y e Intent of y e s d will and Testament, And alsoe to veeld 
up y e Estate of Lands and housing unto John Heard y e Grand 
Child of y e s d John Heard Deceased when he Shall Accomplish & 
Attain to y e Age of twenty one years, Tenantable and Sufficiently 



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fFenced, or as now it is And in case of Mortal li tie, to whomesoever 
it Shall belong according to y e true intent and meaning of y e s (1 
Will and Testament And for y e ^formance hereof we y e s (1 Rich d 
Otis and James Chadborn doe bind our selves our heires Execut™ 
and Administrate Joyntly and Severally b)' these presents — In wit- 
ness whereof we have hereunto set too our hands and Seales this 
fifth day of Novemb r in the year of our Lord one thousand six 
hundred Seventy Seven 

Signed Sealed and Nicho: Shapleigh [his seal' 

Delivered In the pres- John Shapleigh [his seal 

ents of Jos. Ham'ond [his seal' 

William Brickham William Spencer [his seal' 

Alice Chadborn The mark of Rich d Otis X [his seal 

James Chadborn [his seal 

[Allowed Nov. 5, 1677.] 



EDWARD COLCORD, JR. 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Colcord, Jr., granted 
to his. father, Edward Colcord, July 7, 1677.] 
[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 55] 

[Relatives moving for a settlement of the estate, the court, Nov. 
11, 1679, OI "dered Capt. John Gilman, John Sanborn, and Sergeant 
Joseph Dow to call the administrator to account.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 74, and Court Records, Nov. n, 
1679.] 

[Order of court, Sept. 7, 1680, that the administrator bring in 
an account of the estate.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1680, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 39.] 

[Order of court, Dec. 7, 1680, settling the estate of Edward 
Colcord, Jr., on his brother, Samuel Colcord.] 
[Court Records, Dec. 7, 1680, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 44.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 191 

JOHN KENNISTON 1677 

[Administration on the estate of John Kenniston granted to his 
widow, Agnes Kenniston, Aug. 1, 1677.] 

[Court Records, Aug. 1, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory of the estate of John Kenniston " who was lately 
slain by y e Indians," Aug. 1, 1677 ; amount, £65.3.0; signed by 
Samuel Haines and Philip Lewis.] 



BRYAN PENDLETON 1677 PORTSMOUTH 

Portsmouth 9 th of August (1677) 

I Bryan Pendleton sometyme of Sacoe In y e Count}' of yorke, 
Now resident in Portsmouth, on Pishataq e River in N: E: do 
make & ordaine this to bee my last will & testament, hereby re- 
voakeing all former wills by mee made / 

1 : I give unto my beloved wife Ellner Pendleton (besids what 
I have reserved'for her in a Deed of Gyft to my Grandchild Pen- 
dleton Fletcher) all my househould goods, togeather with all that 
peece of Land belonging to mee liing between my son James & 
Mr Dereings, upon y e great Island which I have excepted, & re- 
served out of my deed of Gyft of all to my son James / Further- 
more, I give unto my wife, all my houseing & land at Cape Por- 
pus, which Richd Palmers wife hath the use of dureing her life, 
togeather with my six hundred & fourty Acres of Land more or 
less Hing on the East side of Wests brooke, near Saco flails, which 
I bought of John West, & Majo r William Phillips as by Deed will 
appeare & also Tymber Island at the little River, all which I give 
to my wife absolutely to bee at her disposall / 

2ly unto my grandchild James Pendleton Junio r , I give my 
hundred acres of upland, & Tenn Acres of Meddow which I bought 
of Jo n Bush & lyeth with in the Towneshipp of Cape Porpus ad- 
joyneing to princes Rocke, 



I92 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

3 ly all my houseing & Land at Wells with all the priviledges 
& app r tenances I give unto my two grandchildren Mary, & Han- 
nah Pendleton w ch my son had by his former wife to bee equally 
divided between them / 

4 : I give to my wife all my weareing Cloaths to bee disposed 
off as shee shall see meete, desireing her to remember some 
poore / 

5 : Finally I make my wife my executrix & Joyne my beloved 
son James Pendleton executo 1 togeather with his Mother, willing 
my executrix to disburse what is meete for my funerall Charges 
& my executo r to pay all my debts, And I request Mr Josua Moodey , 
& Mr Ric: Marty ne, to bee overseers to this my last will & testa- 
ment / 

In witnese to all & singular the ^'misses, I have set to my hand 
& seale, this 9th day of August 1677 : 
witnese 
Josua Moodey, Bryan Pendleton [his seale] 

Ann Moodey 

As a Sedule to this my last will & testament, I give unto my 
beloved son James Pendleton, all my land on the East of Wests 
brooke butting on the great River of Saco, six hundred Acres more 
or less, my farme & all my land at Cape Porpus, in all three hun- 
dred acres in the occupation of Ric: Palmer, all my severall Islands 
in or neare Cape Porpus, y e one halfe of my stock of Cattle of w l 
sort so ever upon my farme at Winter Harbour, found after mine 
and my wives decease, with all my weareing apparell & one third 
of my househould goods (except my utilensills of husbandry / 

And to Mary & Hannah Pendleton daughters to my sayd son 
James all y e My lands In Wells, being those Plantations or Lotts 
bought of Mr ffletcher, Ham'ond, & West Improved by Joseph 
Cross, & to each of them one third part of my househould goods, 
after mine & my wives decease, Ite m to Bryan Pendleton my 
Grandson, y e remaind r of my land on Great Island, w* is Con- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I93 

tayned there in & addition to my will, any thing in the sd will not 
withstanding, 

This Scedule signed Bryan Pendleton [his seale] 

& sealed In y e presence 
of us, 

Joseph Dudley 

[Proved April 5, 1681.] 

[York County, Me., Deeds, vol. 5.] 

[Inventory, June 23, 1681 ; amount, £787.12.0. "Cap* Pen- 
dleton was not free in giveing his Attest to this Inventory because 
hee Conceived severall goods were disposed of, before hee could 
have oportunity to come to looke after y nl ."] 

[York County, Me., Deeds, vol. 5.] 



EDWARD TYNG 1677 BOSTON, MASS. 

I Edward Tyng Senior of Boston in New England being by the 
Gracious alwise Disposeing Providence of God preserved unto Old 
Age & accompanied with many infirmities attending the Same & 
feeling Sensible decays in my Self Which Bespeak my approach- 
ing dissolution * * * 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto my son Edward Tyng the 
Sum of one hundred Pounds to Be paid out of my Estate having 
Given him a Considerable Estate already Item I give & Bequeath 
unto my Daughter Eunice the Sum of Five hundred Pounds to be 
Paid her out of my Estate in Good Pay. Item I Give & Bequeath 
unto my Son in Law M r Joseph Dudley about Twenty Pounds 
which he is indebted to me by Book. Item I Give and Bequeath 
unto my Present grand Children Viz To Thomas Hannah & Mary 
Savage. To Thomas Edward Joseph & Paul Dudley to Samuel 
Searl & John Tyng to Each of my Said Grand Children the Sum 
13 



i 9 4 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 



of one hundred Pounds to be Paid unto them out of my Estate at 
the Discease of my Wife & my Will is that in Case anv of my 
Said Grand Children should Depart this Life before my Said 
Wife then the Legacy or Legacies hereby Given unto him her or 
them so Dying Shall be at the dispose of my S (1 Wife to Give it 
as She Seeth meete Item my Will is that none of my Estate be 
Spent or Laid out in Farmeing more than to the value of £10.0.0 in 
Building to Prevent the Looseing or Forfeiting of any Lots of Land 
and if the Providence of God by Fire or otherwise Should Lessen 
or Take away any Part of my Estate then my Will is that my Lega- 
tees aforenamed Shall make an abatement proportionable to Such 
Loss out of their Severall Legacies hereby Bequeathed unto them 
Proportionably Item all my Just Debts funeral Expences & the 
aforementioned Legacies being paid & Ordained to be Paid I 
Give & Bequeath the Whole Remainder of my Estate Both Real 
& Personal unto my Beloved Wife Mary Tyng to Dispose of the 
Same as She Pleaseth and in Case my Said Wife Should Want 
for any Comfortable Supply during her Widdowhood I do hereby 
Licence & fully Impower her (with the Consent of my Overseers) 
to make Sail of any of my Lands or other Estate for her Supply 
Item I do hereby appoint & Constitute my Beloved Wife Mary 
Tyng to be Sole Executrix of this my Last Will, and do intreat 
my Hon' 1 Friend John Leveret Esq M r Anthony Stodderd & Cap 6 
Thomas Brattle to be Overseers of the Same requesting their 
Advice & Councel to my Said Executrix in the Due Performance 
thereof. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & 
Seal this Twenty fifth day of August in the Year of our Lord 
God. one thousand Six hundred & Seventy & seven 1677 — 

Signed Seal'd & published by Edward Tyng [& a Seal] 

the Worpp 11 Edw' 1 Tyng Esq r to 
be his Last Will & Testament 
in Presence of us — 

George Monk, Is a Addington 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I95 

Memorandom, the Words (Proportionable to Such Loss) was 
Interlined by M r Tyngs order upon the 7 Jan y 1680 at Which time 
he Declared that, whereas there is a Legcy of Five hundred 
pounds Given to his Daughter Eunice She being Since Married to 
M r Samuel Willard he hath Paid her the Said Sum of five hun- 
dred pounds & so the Said Legacy is Void Read to & owned by 
M r Tyng in Presence of us. 

John Conny Is 51 Addington — 

[Proved Jan. 19, 1681/2.] 



JOHN HALL 1677 GREENLAND 

Greenland in y e The last Will & Testam r of John Hall of 

Tovvnsh p of Dover Greenland. 

29. Aug: 1677 I John Hall being of perfect Memory 

doe make & Constitute this to bee my last 

Will & Testament, hereby revokeing all Wills by mee formerly 

made. After my Debts and ffunerall Expences defrayed out of 

my Estate, I dispose of y e remaind r as followeth. 

i° Unto my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth I give all y e Mony 
y l I leave together w Ul y c one halfe of y e Household stuffe belong- 
ing to or in either of y e Two houses vz: either my old house or y e 
new one com'only called Josephs House, y e mony to be at her ab- 
solute Disposal 1, y e Household goods to bee for her use dureing 
her life, & my Daughter Sarah to have them after or of her mother 
w ch her mother pleases. I give her also twenty pounds °$ . annu 
to bee paid her by my son Joseph yearly dureing her Naturall 
Life y e one halfe in Provisions, y e other halfe at any Merchants in 
Pascataque River y' shee shall chuse. Furthermore I will y l my 
wife shall have her liberty to live in & make use of as her own 
during her naturall life either one of y e big tow Rooms in y e New 
house or y e whole old House w ob shee pleases as also y e Use of 
all y e Orchard belonging to y e old House while she lives, & like- 
wise she shall have my Negro while she lives — 



I96 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

2° To my son Joseph Hall I give (upon Condition y* he doe pay 
as by these p r sents I order him) All my Houseing new & old w tb 
all y e out houseing Orchard joyning thereunto & all my Lands 
w^in ffence & without on y e Eastern & western side of y e Road 
vv th my Grant of land to bee laid out at Cochecho to have & to 
hold to him & his Heires for ever, provided y l if he dye w th out 
Heires the whole Estate before mentioned y fc I have given to him 
shalbe equally divided between my Daughf Sarah and my Grand 
child Abigail Dam'e. Alwaies excepting and reserving y e use of 
y l part of them above & hereafter mentioned to my wife & Daugh- 
ter, as also excepting y e propriety of that w ch I have hereafter 
given my Daughter. I also give to my son Joseph y e one halfe 
of my moveables, to say my Household Goods, stock & utensills 
of all sorts w tb in doores & without, & all my wearing clothes, 
except w l is hereafter excepted. 

3 To my Daughter Sarah I give my thirty sixe Acres of Land 
more or lesse lying at Harwoods Point & sixe Acres of Marsh more 
or lesse adjoyning thereto, to bee had & held by her & her Heires 
for ever, & if shee dyes without Heires I give it unto my Grand- 
child Abigail Dam'e. Furthermore I give my s' 1 Daughter Sarah 
y e one Half of all my Stock willing y l she shall possesse s' 1 Land 
& stock im'ediatly upon my decease, only y e use of her Hay- 
Ground together w th all y e Hay-Ground & pasture-land upon y e 
Farm to bee in com'on between her & her Brother Joseph together 
w th y e use of y e Barns & outhouseing betwext y m for y e maintain- 
ing of her stock while shee lives unmarried upon y e ffarm, allow- 
ing her to keep (if shee pleases) as much stock upon y e ffarm as 
Joseph, both of y to agree y l the Farm be not over-burdened. 
Also I give her y e use of y e field at red-oak hill as long as she 
lives unmarried, & so long also y e use of y e Houseing & Orchard 
assigned to her Mother when her mother shall leave it by Death 
or otherwise, & one year after her Marriage if shee pleases. Fur- 
ther I give to my daughf Sara y e best Bed in y e Porch-chamb 
w th ye Hangings & all Furniture, 2 p r of sheets, Bolster, pillowes 
& y e 2 New woollen Blankets & y e Rug belonging to it w th y e best 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I97 

Bedstead. Also I will y' Joseph shall pay her twenty pounds 
more within three years after her Marriage, & y l shee shall have 
my best Cloak, Great Coat, Searge Jacket, best red wastcoat, & 
Joseph shall have y e rest of my wearing clothes. And both my 
wife & Daughter shall have free use of fireing upon y e flarme, 
dureing theyr being there And Sarah is to bear her proportion of 
getting ffodder for her Cattle. 

4 Unto my Grandchild Abigail Dam'e I give sixty pounds to 
be paid her by my Son Joseph in currant pay of y e River, y e one 
halfe when shee shalbee eighteen yeares of Age, y e other halfe 
foure yeares after. Also I give to s' 1 Abigail y l bed which is next 
to y e best with all Appurtenances suitable for it ; as also y l Heifer 
& hee sheep w ch shee calleth hers or y e like & as good if they bee 
otherwise disposed of before my decease. And to prevent trouble 
thro misunderstand^', I will y l it bee taken notice of by my Ex- 
ecut rs y l I acc° all y e Goods moveables & stock upon y e ffarm to 
bee mine & y l neither shall challenge a propriety in any of them, 
but they shall all goe into y e division as is above exprest. 

5° To y e church of Dover I give fifty shill: to bee laid out by 
Joseph for the Com'union Table. 

Furthermore I make my Beloved wife, son Joseph & Daughter 
Sarah Joynt Execut 1 " 9 of y s my last Will & Testam 1 willing y l they 
all three while they al live act as one in all matt rs ^^ly referring 
to ExecutTp: (excepting what is before appropriated to one or other 
of them,) & that if there bee any Question or matter referring to 
y e Execution of this my Will wherein they doe not all concurr, 
they shall consult w th y e Overseers by whom such matter shalbe 
decided by theyr best Light according to y e true Intent & meaning 
of y e p r mises. 

Finally I request & appoint my Trusty ffriends m r Josh: Moodey 
m r Rich' 1 Martyn & m r Job Clemens sen r to bee Overseers to see 
to y e ^formance of y 9 my last Will & Testam 1 willing & appoint- 
ing y l they shalbee fully satisfied by my Executo rs Joyntly for 
what expence of Time they may bee at thereabout. 



I98 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

In witnes to all y e p r mises both on the other side & this I set to 
my hand & seale this 29 th August 1677 

Signed & Sealed in p r sence of us The Mark of 

those words [& all m\ r lands] be- John X Hall [seal] 

tvveen 2 d & 3 a Line in 2 d ~$tic r on 
y e other side, being interlined before 
Sealing 

Joshua Moodey 

John ffletcher 

william ffurbur senior 

[Proved Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Joseph Hall and Sarah Hall, joint executors, give bonds of 
£200 for the execution of the will.] 



EDWARD WEST 1677 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward West, Great Island, Sept. 
1, 1677; amount, £540.14.6; signed by Elias Stileman and John 
Harvey.] 

[Administration on the estate of Edward West granted to Martha 
West and George Walton Oct. 31, 1677, who presented an inven- 
tory of £540.14.6.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Martha West having died, administration was granted to George 
Walton, in behalf of the children, June 24, 1679, who presented 
an inventory, and pledged his homestead and all his land on 
Great bay for the division of the estate according to order of 
court.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 29.] 

[Guardianship of John West granted to William Partridge June 
24, 1679, he being chosen by the ward.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 31.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS I99 

[Guardianship of Edward West, Jr., infant son of Edward 
West, granted to Capt. Thomas Daniell Sept. 7, 168 1.] 
[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681.] 



BENJAMIN SWETT 1677 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Capt. Benjamin Swettof Hamp- 
ton granted to Hester Swett Oct. 9, 1677.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 9, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 5 67] 

[Inventory of the estate of Capt. Benjamin Swett, " who was 
Slayn att Black point by y e Barberas Indians the 29 th of June 
1677 " ; taken by Seaborn Cotton, Samuel Dalton, Anthony 
Stanyan, and Stephen Greenleaf, but signed by Anthony Stan- 
yan and Samuel Dalton only ; amount, £558.19.0.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 24.] 

[Seaborn Cotton and Anthony Stanyan testified that in dis- 
course with Capt. Benjamin Swett the day before he went to 
Black Point, where he was slain, he manifested himself to be 
very solicitous concerning the settlement of his temporal estate, 
and declared that it was his desire that his wife should be so left 
that she might live comfortably and have opportunity to do good 
to her children for their encouragement; attested March 29, 167S. 

The widow of the deceased, Hester Swett, moved that Ben- 
jamin Swett, the eldest son have that part of the land upon the 
order of the last court, and a young horse : and he said that he 
was satisfied with that for his double portion. The other eight 
children are to have £30 apiece, as they come of age.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 61, and Court Records, April 9, 1678.] 



BENJAMIN HILLIARD 1677 HAMPTON 

[Administration on the estate of Benjamin Hilliard granted to 
his brother, Timothy Hilliard, at his request, Oct. 9, 1677.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Court Records, Oct. 9, 1677, and Deeds, vol. 4, p. 56.] 



200 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Benjamin Hilliard of Hampton, "be- 
ing slaine by the enimi June the 13 1677"; taken by Anthony 
Stanyan and Thomas Philbrick ; amount, £54.15.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, voL 
3> P- 25-] 

THOMAS LEIGHTON 1677 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Leighton, Oct. 29, 1677 ; 
amount, £515.10.0; signed by Philip Cromwell and John Tuttle y 
attested by Elizabeth Leighton and Philip Cromwell Oct. 31, 

1677.] 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Leighton granted to- 
Elizabeth Leighton, Philip Cromwell, and John Tuttle Oct. 31^ 
1677.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 20.] 

[Lieut. Anthony Nutter petitioning the court for a larger al- 
lowance for the support of the oldest son of Thomas Leighton 
of Dover, then in his care, the court, Oct. 31, 1677, referred the 
matter to Major Richard Waldron.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 22.] 

[Mr. Fryer and Lieut. Peter Coffin were appointed additional 
administrators June 25, 1678, on petition of Elizabeth Leighton,. 
the widow.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



JOHN REYNER 1677 

[Administration on the estate of John Reyner granted to Mrs. 
Frances Reyner Oct. 31, 1677, the executors of his will having 
declined to serve.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Mrs. Frances Reyner petitioning the court "for the procure- 
ing of y e meanes of s d m r Jn° Reyners maintainance due from y e 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 201 

tovvne of Dover," the court, Oct. 31, 1677, ordered the selectmen of 
Dover to pay the amount to the administratrix within six months.] 
[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Lieut. Peter Coffin is joined with Mrs. Frances Reyner to as- 
sist her in administering the estate of her son, Rev. John Reyner.] 
[Council Records, April 1, 1680.] 



ROBERT BRADDOCK 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Braddock granted to 
John Fletcher and Israel Phillips Oct. 31, 1677.] 
[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Braddock, who died Aug. 29,. 
1676; taken Nov. 2, 1677; amount, £10.12.11; signed by John 
Hoddy and John Tucker.] 



JAMES CATE 1677 PORTSMOUTH 

[Inventory of the estate of James Cate, who died May 15, 1677 > 
amount, £62.15.0; signed by Richard Cummings and George 
; attested by Alice Cate Oct. 31, 1677.] 

[Citation, May 28, 1702, to Alice Cate, widow and administra- 
trix of James Cate of Portsmouth, carpenter, to appear and give 
an account of the estate, which amounts to $62.15.0; signed by 
William Partridge.] 

Ports™ may : 30 th : 1702 

The deposion of mary Partridge aged fifty nine yers or there 
abouts Testifieth that Edward Catt Comonly so Called was borne 
about forty seven years agoe and brott up and sockled by his 
mother wife to James Catt decesed and the sd Edward was the 
first Child that she Ever had as I Ever hered of and was born 
in wedlock : and forther saith not 

by me Mary Partridge 

Capt et Jurat 8° June 1702 : 

Coram me W m Partridge U Govr or 



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Mary Walker about Seaventy two years deposeth to the full 
contents of the above Deposicon to her best Remembrance. 

her 
Mary X Walker 
mark 
Capt et Jurat Octavio die Junii 1702 
Coram me W m Partridge L l Govr or 

[Court records: — Alice Cate, widow, appeared June 1, 1702, 
and.,asked for more, time, which was granted. 

June 8, 1702, Alice Cate and Edward Cate, her son, appeared 
and asked that the estate be settled according to law. Samuel 
Penhallow and Dr. Thomas Packer, both of Portsmouth, were 
appointed commissioners to receive claims. 

Alice and Edward Cate asked for time to perfect an agree- 
ment for the settlement of the estate, which was granted. 

The agreement follows in full.] 

Alice Cate appears and Releases all her Right and title of 
Dowry unto the Estate of her form r husband James Cate dec d 
unto her said sonn Edward Cate ; aforesaid. In Considerac'on of 
which the Said Edward Cate doth Obleidge & promise for himselfe 
his heires Exec 1 " 3 and Adm rs to pay or Cause to be paid to his Said 
Mother Alice Cate Seaventeen shill and Six pence in Mony : 
and Seaventeen shillings and Six Pence in Provisions or what 
else either Goods or Mony, as she shall have occasion for : to 
Said value dureing her Naturall Life yearely and every yeare : to 
Commence and beginn from y s day : the Provisions or Goods 
to be paid the Eight day of Nov br in every yeare and the Mony 
to be paid the Eight day of June every yeare : for performance of 
which Said Edw' 1 Cate bindes himselfe to his Said Mother Alice 
Cate his heires Exec rs & Adm r9 in the Sume or penaltye of one 
hundred pounds, Curr 4 mony of New England./ 

Acknowledged the Said 8 Ul day of June 1702 Coram 

W in Partridge L* Gov or 

Cha: Story Secretary 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2C»3 

John Cate Sonn of Said Alice Cate ; John Urin husband to 
Rebecca Cate daughter alsoe of Said Alice Cate ; Peter Babb 
husband to Sarah Cate Sister to Said Rebecca ; appears and Re- 
leases all y r Right and Title to any part or portion of Said Estate 
of James Cates dec' 1 unto Edward Cate sonn of the said James 
Cate dec' 1 aforesaid And Alice Cate and the said John Cate John 
Urin and peter Babb doth obleidge themselves in the Sum'e of 
one hundred pounds Joyntly and Severally their heires Exec rs and 
Adm ,s unto the Said Edw d Cate his Exec rs Adm rs or Assignes 
neither they or any of them or Sam 11 Whidden or Mary his wife ; 
or Elizabeth Cate (which Said Mary and Elizabeth are alsoe 
daughters to Said James Cate dec' 1 ) or the heires Exec rs Adm rs or 
Assignes of the said Sam 11 Whidden and Mary his wife, or the 
Said Eliz a Cate shall or will for the future ever Claime or bring 
any Acc'on Suite in Law or Equitye ag fc the Said Edw d Cate his 
heires Exec rs or Adm rs for any part or portion of Said James Cate 
dec' 1 y r fathers Estate as aforesaid/ 

Acknowledged the Said 8 th day of June Coram 

W m Partridge L 1 Govr or 
[Court Records, June I, 1702.] 



EDWARD COWELL 1677 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Cowell granted to his 
widow, Agnes Cowell, in behalf of herself and children, Oct. 31, 
1677, and she presented an inventory.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 31, 1677, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 21.] 

[Inventory of the estate; amount, £167.2.0; signed by John 
Hunking, Thomas Harvey, and Israel Phillips; attested Oct. 31, 

1677.] 

Whereas Adm'nstr 11 of y e Estate of Edward Cowel deceased, at 
a County Court held at Dover in June 1677, & adjorn'd to y e 
31 th of Octob r was granted to Agnes Cowel Relict of y e sd Edw d 
Cowel ; And an Inventory of the sd Estate upon oath brought into 
Court ; And there being no further proceeding in y e management 



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of y e p r misses by reason of y e death of y e s d Agnes : The Councel 
Grants Adm'nstr 11 of y e s' 1 Edw' 1 Cowels unadministred Estate to 
Jethro ffurber, who Married Annie y e sd Edward & Agnes Cowels 
daughter. Who is hereby Ordered (& doth ingage) to make fur- 
ther Adm'nstr 11 according to Law of y e sd Intestate Edw d Cowel 
sd unadministred Estate. 

The Councel do assign y e sd Jethro ffurber Gardian to Samuel 
Cowel yongest son of y e sd Intestate Edw (1 Cowel ; And allows 
him for y e maintenance & education of y e sd Samuel til his age of 
14 years, after y e rate of 6 1 $ an° 45', to which by. computation it 
amounts to. Out of which the sd Adm'nstr r Jethro ffurber shall 
be abated proportionably to y e years and time y c sd Samuel shall 
want of the sd 14 years, if he shal happen to dye before; And 
one moity of y e sd Estate, after deduction of the s d 45 1 shall re- 
main to Edw (l the eldest son of y e sd Edw (l y e Intestate ; and y e 
other moity to y e sd wife of y e sd Jethro & y e younger son v e s' 1 
Samuel, to be equally devided between them. And y e sd Adm'n- 
str* is to have the management of y e sd Estate til further Order. 
And y e wearing cloathes rings, & other things shal go as disposed 
of by y e sd Agnes. 

[Council Records, May 2, 1682.] 



WILLIAM TAYLOR 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of William Taylor, who died Dec. 30, 
1677; taken Jan. 2, 1677/8; amount, £7.6.8; signed by Peter 
Twisden and James Blagdon.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Taylor granted to John 
Hunking June 25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £7.5.8.] 
[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 

TOBIAS LEAR 1677/8 

The last will & testament of Tobias Leare being very sick and 
weake in body but through Gods mercy, in perfect memory — 



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205 



Inprimis, I bequeath my soule into the hands of Almighty God 
from whom I Receavd it, & my body to the earth after my de- 
cease to be buried in a decent & Christian Maner — 

It: I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth all that 
my dwelling house erected & finished soe far as it is with all the 
Lands, & privilidges whatsoever to it belonging, lying & being 
nere & next adjoyning to my father in Law M r Henry Shirburn, 
to be all at hir ordering & disposing, & to act & doe as she shall 
see meet, & doe alsoe make hir my sole executor or executrix of 
all my whole estate, both of housing, Lands, debts, goods, Chat- 
tells, or what soever to me belonging in any Just right or claime 
whatsoever. And to pay unto my two daughters Elizabeth & 
Joane Leare & to my son Tobias Lear such proporsionable por- 
sions & leagases, when they come to age, as the estate will then 
bear, still reserving a suficient maintenance to hir self, I referring 
to hir discression all the legasies that I herin bequeath to doe 
therein what she shall see meet & convenient & as the estate 
will bear it. — 

And soe having herin fully declared my mind & will, I doe Corn- 
end my self to the disposing of my gracious Lord God to doe with 
me as he shall see good in his good pleasure for my dissolution 
or recovery, & my wife & children to his guidance ; And for con- 
firmation of this my will to be my act & deed I doe hereunto set 
my hand & seale this five & twentieth day of January Anno Domi, 
one thousand six hundred seaventv & seaven. 1677. — 

Sealed signed & delivered & sub- Tobias X Lear [seal] 

scribed as it was taken from his own by his mark & seale. — 
mouth in presents of us. 

Hugh Leer 

samuell sshurburne 

John Davies — 

Richard Tucker./ 

John : X : Peverly 
by his mark. 

[Proved Dec. 5 and 6, 1681.] 



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[Inventory, Dec. 28, 1681 ; amount, £196.19.0; signed by Elias 
Stileman and Samuel Sherburne.] 



RICHARD HILL 1677/8 

[Inventory of the goods of Richard Hill, who died Jan. 30,. 
1677/8; taken Feb. 12, 1677/8; amount, £5.13.0; signed by 
James Blagdon, Richard Wilcomb, and Edward Gould.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Hill, " lost at sea in 
y c late storme," was granted to Richard Wilcomb of the Isles of 
Shoals March 2, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 2, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate, amounting to £5.13.0, was presented 
by the administrator June 25, 1678.] 

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



NOAH GRESHAM 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Noah Gresham, who died Jan. 30, 
1677/8 ; taken Feb. 12, 1677/8 ; amount, £6.0.0 ; signed by James 
Blagdon, Edward Gould, and Richard Wilcomb.] 

[Administration on the estate of Noah Gresham, " Lost at sea 
in y e Late Storme," was granted to Richard Wilcomb of the Isles 
of Shoals March 2, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 2, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate, amounting to £6.0.0, was presented 
by the administrator June 25, 1678.] 

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



RICHARD BOYES 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Richard Boyes, who died Jan. 30,. 
1677/8; taken Feb. 12, 1677/8; amount, £8.11.2; signed by 
James Blagdon, Edward Gould, and Richard Wilcomb.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 2C>7 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Boyes, ** Lost at sea 
in y e Late Storme," was granted to Richard Wilcomb of the Isles 
of Shoals March 2, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 2, 1677/S, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 



HENRY LIGHT 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Light, who died Jan. 30, 
1677/8; taken Feb. 15, 1677/8; amount, £11.17.0; signed by 
John Fabes and James Blagdon.] 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Light, " Lost in y e Late 
Storme," was granted to Henry Main March 15, 1677/8.] 
[Court Records, March 15, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented by the administrator 
Jane 25, 1678.] 

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



ROGER HOLLAND 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Roger Holland, who died Jan. 30, 
1677/8; taken Feb. 15, 1677/8; amount, £57.9.3; signed by 
James Blagdon and John Fabes.] 

[Administration on the estate of Roger Holland, "Lost in y e 
Late Storme," granted to his brother, Edward Holland, March 5, 
1677/8.] 

[Court Records, March 5, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented by the administrator 
June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



EDWARD PERRYMAN 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Edward Perryman, who died Jan. 30,. 
1677/8 ; taken Feb. 16, 1677/8 : amount, £13.9.6 ; signed by John 
Fabes, James Blagdon, and Henry Main.] 



208 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Edward Perryman, " Lost in y e 
Late storme at Sea," granted to Henry Main March 15, 1677/8.] 
[Court Records, March 15, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244.] 



NATHAN QUICK 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Nathan Quick, Feb. 25, 1677/8; 
amount, £2.8.0; signed by John Hunking and John Fabes.] 

[Administration on the estate of Nathan Quick, " Lost at sea 
in a storme the Last winter," was granted to Roger Kelly June 
25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £2.8.0.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 24.] 



ROBERT GOODWIN 1677/S 

[Inventory of the estate of Robert Goodwin, Feb. 25, 1677/8; 
amount, £2.1.0; signed by John Hunking and John Fabes.] 

[Administration on the estate of Robert Goodwin, " Lost at sea 
in a storme the Last winter," was granted to Roger Kelly June 
25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £2.1.0.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 24.] 



GABRIEL GRUBB 1677/8 

[Inventory of the estate of Gabriel Grubb, Feb. 28, 1677/8 ; 
amount, £21.13.6 ; signed by John Fabes and John Moore ; attest- 
ed by Roger Kelly June 26, 1678. Frances Grubb, widow, asks 
that Mr. Kelly may administer the estate of her husband, Gabriel 
Grubb, " lost in The late Storme" ; dated March 19, 1677/8.] 

[Administration on the estate of Gabriel Grubb, " Lost at sea 
in a storme the Last winter," was granted to Roger Kelly June 
25, 1678, who presented an inventory of £21.13.6.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 24.] 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 209 

WILLIAM BROAD 1677/S 

[Inventory of the estate of William Broad, March 2, 1677/8; 
amount, £161.1 o ; signed by Elias Stileman and Robert Elliot. 
List of liabilities annexed; amount, £39.1.0.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Broad, " Lost at Sea 
in y e Late Storme," was granted to his widow, Judith Broad, in 
behalf of herself and children, March 5, 1677/8.] 

[Court Records, .March 5, 1677/8, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 244] 

[Inventory of the estate amounting to £161.1.0 was presented 
by Judith Broad, alias Webster, June 25, 1678, and the court joined 
her husband, Stephen Webster, with her in the administration.] 

fFor the settleing of y t! estate of W" 1 Broad deceased This Court 
doth ord r that Judeth his relict widdow the now wife of Steven Web- 
ster shall have Yi *§te of y e reall proffit of y e house & land during 
her life & all y e movable estate to her owne use when all Just debts 
are p' 1 together w th y e benefit of y e reall estate during y e childrens 
minoritie the s d Judeth & Steven standing bound to pay to y e Chil- 
dren of y e s' 1 Broad, To his son W in 20" ster 1 & to Abigal Broad io 11 
Ster 1 & to take care for y e educac'on & dispose of the s' 1 Children 
to service, the Boy untill 21 yeares of age & y*' girle till 18, w th y e 
consent of any two of the associates of this Court. / 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 



JAMES WEYMOUTH 1678 ISLES OF SHOALS 

The last Will & teastament of James Way moth now one the He 
of shoales very sick and weake but yet of ^fet memory this 10th 
of Aperell 1678 I give and bequeath my soule to Almighty god 
and my bodie to be buried one Star Hand : 

1 I give to my son William Waymoth thirty pounds in Silver to 
be payd by Mary waymoth my wife whom I make my soale ex- 
ecutres : when my son cometh in age of 21 yeares 
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2IO NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

2 ly I give to my son George Waymoth thirty pounds in Silver 
to be payd when he comes to age of 21 yeare 

3 ,y I give to my son James Waymoth thirty pounds to be payd 
in Silver when he comes to age of 21 years 

4 ly I give to my Daughter Elizabeth waymoth thirty pounds in 
Silver to be payd one her Marriage day 

last I give the rest of my whol estate to mary my wife after my 
legaces above written be payd by her according to this my will 
for the discharge of my debts & my Childrens and her maintain- 
ance In wittnes wheare unto I have heare Unto Interchangably 
set my hand this tenth day of Aperell one thoasan Six hundered 
Seaventy eight :|| 

Sealed & delivered the mark of 

in the p r sents of us James X Waymoth 

Peter Twisden & [seal] 

John ffabes 

[Proved June 25, 1678.] 

[Inventory, July 30, 1678; amount, £597.17.6 ; signed by Peter 
Twisden and John Fabes.] 

Newcastle Aprill y e 28 th 1703 / 

My father James Weymouth deceased gave me on his last will 
and Testament thirty pounds Currant Mony of New England to 
be paid when I was In age the receipt of which Mony I doe ac- 
knowledge that I have received of m r Thomas Diamond who Mar- 
ried my father Weymouths widdow for which this my receipt is a 
sufficient discharge I doe alsoe acknowledge to have received of 
the Said Diamond tenn pounds of Currant Mony of New England 
being his free Gift to me In Wittnesse whereof I have hereunto 
Sett my hand 

wittnesse James X weymouth 

Eliz a X Leden his Mark 

her Mark 

W" Kelly 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 86.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 211 

Isles Shoales May the 11 th 1703 / 

My father James weymouth deceased gave me on his Last will 
and Testament thirty pounds Currant Mony of New England to 
be paid at my Marriage day the Receipt of which Mony I do ac- 
knowledge that I have received of m r Thomas Diamond who mar- 
ried my father Wey mouths widdovv for which this my receipt is a 
sufficient discharge I doe alsoe acknowledge to have Received of 
the Said m r Diamond tenn pounds Currant Mony of New England 
being his free Gift to me In wittnesse whereof I hear to sett my 
hand / 

Wittnesse Elizabeth Currier [seal] 

Amey X Downe 
her mark 

Richard Gumer 

[Probate Records, vol. 5, p. 87.] 



WALTER MATTHEWS 1678 

The last will, and Testament of Walter Matthews revokeing all 
other, made this 15 th of April : 1678 : — 

Inprinus : 1 : I doe hereby give, and bequeath unto my dearely 
beloved wife, mary matthews, all my houses, lands, goods, and 
Chatties, moveables, and Immoveables, To have, hould, and pos- 
sess, dureing the terme of hir life, and after hir decease I doe 
give, and bequeath To my Son Samuel matthews : All my houses, 
lands, neck of land lying, and being upon oyster river, and upon 
or near the little Bay, which was formerly, my fathers m r ffrancis 
matthews, with all my right Title, Interest Therein, as also all 
other Tracts, or parcels, of uplands, and marshes, lying, or border- 
ing upon the s d oyster river, or elswhere belongeing unto me ; 

farther I doe give unto my Son Samuel Matthews, my now new 
dwelling house w th the garden on Smuttinose Hand, One of the 
Hands of Shoales ; my storehouse, oyle house, and all my part of 
my Stages mooreing places, and mooreings, my new boat, with 



212 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

the furniture, and tackling, thereunto belonging ; also Eleaven 
long flakes, with the laying roome, lying between my dwelling 
house, and my Storehouse, Towards the south ; — 

2 : I doe give unto my nephew ; matthews Young, my old 
dwelling house w th the leantoe, my old boat, if in being, w lh a 
mainsaile, and other furniture, after the aforementioned boat is 
furnished: with fowre flakes, lying att the End of the former men- 
tioned w th the priviledge of spreading fish, thereunto belongeing ; 
the Second best feather bed, with the furniture, if not sould by 
my wife ; the Second best gun ; the Second best peice of plate, 
att my wives discretion ; One best Chest ; 

3 : I doe give to my daughter Susanna young, Ten pounds, to 
be paid my son Sam 1 matthews, in Currant pay, within Twelve 
months after the abovesaid Estate is Come into his hands, if 
demanded ; — 

4 : I doe give to my daughter mary Senter, Ten pounds to be 
paid by my son Sam 1 matthews, in Currant pay within twelve 
months after the abovesaid Estate is come into his hands, if 
demanded ; 

5 : I doe give to my neece, Susanna Senter, the Eldest daugh- 
ter of mary senter, to be paid by my son Sam 1 matthews, in Cur- 
rant pay, within twelve months, after the above mentioned Estate 
is come into his hands, if demanded, five pounds; — 

6 : I doe give to my daughter Susanna's youngs, Eldest Son by 
name Joseph young, five shillings, to hir daughter mary young, 
five shillings ; To my daughter mary Senters Son, nicholas Sen- 
ter, five shillings, to be paid by my Son Sam 1 matthews, in Cur- 
rant pay, within twelve months after the abovesaid Estate is come 
into his hands, if demanded ; 

7 : In Case my Son Sam 1 matthews dy without Issue my will 
is, that the aformentioned Estate given him, be divided in manner 
following, viz: two parts to my Eldest daughter Susanna young, 
and hir heires, and the third part to my daughter mary Senter, 
and hir heires ; — 

8 : In Consideration of the aformentioned Legacies to be paid 



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by my son Sam 1 matthews, I doe give him all my houshould stuff, 
furniture, plate, Clothing, whatsoever ; 

9 : I doe give, and bequeath unto Thomas Snell, The Son of 
my Sister Martha Browne, The dwelling house, she now lives in, 
and after foure years to have the rent due for The Same To be 
Improved to his use, and behoofe 

10 : It is to be understood my will is, That In Case my Estate 
be found, and Continue in like Condition, as it is att The make- 
ing hereof, Then The aforesaid articles, and legacies, be faith- 
fully, and punctually performed, and paied, but In Case it be any 
waies diminished, Then It is to be understood, they are To be 
paid according To proportion of the Estate remaineing, — 

11 : I doe Constitute, and appoint my beloved wife, mary mat- 
thews, my Executrix, and Administratrix, and my loveing friends, 
Samuel Belcher, and Andrew Deamont Overseers, whose advice, 
and Counsil she is To Take in all the premises, and not To act, 
or doe any thing, without the Consent of one, or both of them ; 

This is my last will, and Testament made the day and year 
abovesaid, wittness my hand, and Seal ; — 

Signed, Sealed, in Walter Mathews 

presence of us ; — [seal] 

Michael Endell 

Martha X Browne 
hir Signe ; — 

Samuel Belcher 

The X Signe of Andrew Deamont 

[Proved June 25, 1678.] 

[Inventory, May 29, 1678; amount, £310.18.6; signed by 
Samuel Belcher and Andrew Deamont.] 



JAMES JOHNSON 1678 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of James Johnson, Great Island, June 
8, 1678; amount, £265.6.0; signed by James Robertson, John 
Lock, and Nicholas Haskins ; attested by the widow, Mary 



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Johnson, June 25, 1678; "for the settlem 1 of the estate with in 
menc'oned the Court Leaves the whole estate in her hand to Im- 
prove & Live upon during her life or untill this Court shall take 
further ord r : "] 

[Administration on the estate of James Johnson granted to his 
widow, Mary Johnson, June 25, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 25, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 26.] 

To all Christian People to whom these presents Shall Come ; 
Know ye that whereas James Jn°son & Mary his Wife both of 
Portsm in the Province of New Hampsh 1 " deceased Leaving only 
two Daughters leiving (Viz) Mary the wife of Jn° Odiorn, & 
Han'ah the Wife of Th° Jackson all of the Same place, and 
Whereas their deceased father & Mother died Intestate, the debts 
& funerall Charges being allready Defrayd : the S d Mary & Han- 
nah by & w th the consent & aprobation & allowance of their afores rt 
Husbands, have finaly agreed, Concluded & devided all our de- 
ceased parents Estate in manner & formes as followeth : All the 
movebles each parte hath her Equall proportion, & for the Hous- 
ing Land, Orchard & marish devided as followeth : Mary Odiorns 
part of all the Land housing marish & orchard, is of the housing 
land & orchard, is the West End of the dwelling house w th half of 
the Leantoo belonging to the whole house, togeather w ,h the west 
part of the Orchard Land & flatts thereto ad joyning ; and bounded 
as Followeth beginning at a Stake drove down by the fence side 
on the S side of the way that goes between the house & orchard 
into the Island ; w ch s d highway is continually to be to the use of 
both Parties to pass & repass withoute Interruption of each Other 
and that for ever and from the s a Stake through the Orchard right 
over to the Land now in the posession of one James Leach Sowth- 
w ds as S d Leaches land now Runneth down into the Water and 
flatts as also the Southermost Barne, w th the Land from a Stake 
& heap of Stones Northerly of y e Other Barne and so to the high 
way aforesd : that Same breadth down to the water & flatts there- 
unto belonging & adjoynes to an Acre of Land gieven to Jn° Odiorn 



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by the Town of Portsm w cl1 s d acre is Eight Rods in breadth & 
Runs Esterly tvventie Rods or more on the North of s tl Acre & 
Adjoyning to it is a third divission for s <l Mary : & is twenty rods 
in breadth from s' 1 Acre Northerly & carries the same breadth 
through the land to the Outside Fence Easterly ; togeather w th 
the Esterly half of three Acres of Salt Marish in Little Harbour, 
as alsoe the Westerly half of the Seventy three Acres of Land in 
the plains, begining at a Small w l Oak Tree Standing by Benj a 
Cottens line & thence w st to the Old bound Tree being a Pine also ; 
thence S S E: a little South r ly to y e old bound tree being a pine 
alsoe, thence Esterly to meet w th the Other S S E: line that 
comes from y e s d Oake where it first begun, Every of the before 
Me'cyoned & Bownded House, Barn, Orchard, Lands, & Marish 
is the s d Odiornes proportion and so accepted : Secondly the s d 
Hannah Jacksons proportion is the East End of the House & 
Orchard w th the Nothermost Barne, w th the Est part of both par- 
cells of Land from s d Marys : bounds afors' 1 to the outmost Bounds 
E w tb the W: halfe of the three Acres of Salt Marsh as allso 
all that part of Land being about twenty rods in breadth adjoyn- 
ing on the N of s d Marys twentie Rods, & so Runns Notherly 
towards that house where m r Bickam now liveth, and Run's as 
S d Marys Line now Runneth & Contains all the Land N of s d 
Marys, within Fence or withoute of any that belongeth to the s d 
Jackson togeather w th that half, the seventy three acres of Land 
in the plains lying next & Adjoyning to Jn° & Hen: Sherbournes 
on the Est, & s' 1 Odiorns on the West this Second Devission is 
Hannah Jacksons Proportion : It is Farther Agreed & Concluded 
upon between both parties that there Shall be & is now allotted 
Out a conveniency of Land both about the barns and alsoe at the 
Est end of the Dwelling house often foott in breadth at least from 
s d house at the Est End thereof to the path, & So much round 
Each barne w ch shall continualy ly Common for both parties use, 
Either for layein of Wood or Improveing & houseing their Cattle 
and that for ever w th out the least Interuption of either Partie or 
any person by their ord r means or procurem 1 : It is also farther 



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agreed that the Oven & the Celler Shall be for the use of both 
parties till there shall be another Oven & Celler built in the West 
End of s <l house, & till that is done the oven & Celler that now is 
Shall be to the use of Both : Lastly it is mutually agreed that if 
Either party their Heires, Exect™ Administ™ &c. Shall at any time 
be disposed to sell all or any part of any of each proportion he or 
she shall give the Other the Refusall thereof, without w ch it shall 
not be sould, set or let for term of Years, for Confirmation of w ch 
we the above named Jn° Odiorn, & Th° Jackson doe hereby ac- 
knowlidge our Selfes to be fully Satisfied w th the above Divissions 
& Agreements, and doe binde our Selves our Heires, Execut rs & 
Administ rs & Every of them each to the other firmly by these pres- 
ents to allow of & for ever to hold good & Vallid to Each other 
every perticular proportion in this Instrument mentioned & made, 
& that according to the bounds there sett, & that withoute the 
least let or molestation of Either of us, or Either of Ours as Afores (l 
and that for ever according to the tennure & true meaning of all 
above written, In Confirmation whereof we the S d John Odiorn, 
& Th° Jackson togeather w th Each of oure Wifes above Named 
have hereunto Sett our hands & Seals this 16 th Novemb r 1694 

Signd : Seald & d'd John Odiorn : [seal] 

in presence of Mary Odiorn : [seal] 

Jn° Pickring Sen r Tho: Jackson : [seal] 

John Pickring Jun r Hannah Jackson [sele] 

John Odiorn Jun r 

[Deeds, vol. 6, p. 59.] 



RICHARD HARVEY 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Harvey granted to 
Robert Ellett June 14, 1678.] 

[Court Records, June 14, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory, June 14, 1678; amount, £18.1.9; signed by John 
Phillips, William Partridge, Francis Tucker, and James Robert- 
son.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 217 

THOMAS WARD 1678 HAMPTON 

In the name of God Amen 

I Thomas ward of Hampton in the County of norfolke in New 
England being sick and weak of Body butt sound in Understand- 
ing and of a Disposeing mind Doe make this m}' last will & Testa- 
ment as followeth 

first I Com'itt my soule Unto Almighty God the father of spirits 
who Gave mee life and being : and my weak body to the Earth 
from whence itt was taken thatt after my Desolution to be buried 
in Hampton Burieing place in a Christian and Deacent maner as 
my Exectour shall appoint, and for whatt wordly Goods God hath 
Given mee my will is as followeth 

first I Give and bequeath Unto margritt my Beloved wife my 
house and Barne and outt Houseing and all my land and medows 
about home with my Salt Marsh Untill my son Thomas Ward shall 
Come to the Age of twenty one years : and my wife is to have all 
my stock of Cattle not otherwayes Disposed of and the Movables 
within Dores and without for her subsistanc and for the maintain- 
anc of my son Thomas and my Daughter Hannah so long as she 
liveth with Her, and my wife is to Doe her Indeavour to p'serve 
the stock and keepe things in Repayer for Her Comfortable sub- 
sistanc & for the Bringing Up of her son, and when my son 
Thomas Comes to Age Hee is to Injoy the one halfe Unless his 
mother & he Doe agree to Improve together 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my son Thomas ward all my housing and 
land and medows att home and my Salt Marsh wch he is to posesse 
Intire after his mothers Decease and att my wives Decease the 
Stock and moveables to Returne to my son Thomas : all that I 
Doe nott other wayes Dispose of: I Doe Give my son Thomas my 
Carved Cubbord & one Joyned Chaire & one j)ot and one kittle 
and my Horse : and m r Calvens Great Book 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of John 
mason thatt twentie Acres of land whereon she now Dwelleth and 
the Rest of my Land on thatt side of y e medow to Remaine in the 



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hands of my Exector for the use and Releif of my Daughter Eliza- 
beth & her Children only Reserveing wood and timber of thatt 
other land for my selfe and my Heires as wee shall have occasion 

Itt I Give Unto my Daughter Elizabeth thatt nooke of fresh 
medovv which was Goodman Robeys the River beyond the way to 
bee the south Bounds of itt and so to Extend north ward so far as 
itt may bee Cleared provided thatt John mason shall nott have lib- 
erty to fall or Dispose of one stick of timber on thatt other land 
thatt will serve Either for Building or fenceing or any other Use 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my Daughter mary the wife of John Dear- 
borne thatt peece of land of my north Division Containing about 
fowerscore Acres more or Lesse as itt is lying northward from, 
ashe Brook 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone in law John Dearbarn & my 
Daughter Hanah ward all my land in the north plaine Contain- 
ing twelve Acres which I Bought of John Casse 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my Daughter hanah ward two Good 
Covves to bee Delivered to her att her Day of Mariag or when she 
shall Come to the Age of twenty one years which shall fall outt 
first : also to my Daughter Hannah all my land att the falles River 
being about twenty Acres and is bounded with the land of John 
Sanborn west, and the land of m r Stanyen in partt and the land of 
william Swaine in partt towards the East, also I Give her a peece 
of Salt marsh Joyning the s (l land and bounded with the falls River 
towards the south 

Itt to my Daughter Hannah Six sheepe : and one Brasse pott 
and two puter Dishes and the Bed which she Useth and all the 
Beding belonging to itt 

Itt I Doe Give Unto margritt my wife my best bed as itt stands 
Duering the terme of her life & then to Returne to my son Thomas 
and my wife to h&ve the Disposeing of thatt Bed which my son 
Thomas now lieth Upon 

Itt I Doe Give to my Daughter hannah ward one Chest and 
one Joyned Chayer 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas ward all my Implements 



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of Husbandry and my vveaveing Gears to my wife and my sone 
Thomas 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas all my land att the new 
plantation and my three shares of the Cow Com'on I lay to my 
house and homeseat 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas all my Armes and Am- 
munition 

Itt I Doe Give to my Daughter Elizabeth one share of the ox 
Com'on and to my Daughter Mary one share 

And I Doe Constitute and Appoint John Dearbarn and margritt 
my wife to bee Executur & Execquetrex to this my last will and 
Testament 

the which I Conferme with my hand & seale Affixed Here Unto 
this Eighteenth Day of June in the year of our lord one thousand 
six Hundred and Sevventy Eight 

Signed and sealed Thomas ward [seal] 

in the p r sents of 

Samuell Dalton sen r 

Benjamin Shaw 

[Proved Sept. 7, 1680.] 

[Deeds, vol. A, p. 47.] 

[Inventory, July 27, 1680; amount, £533.14.0; signed by Sam- 
uel Dalton, John Sanborn, and Abraham Perkins.] 
[Deeds, vol. A, p. 51.] 



RICHARD CUMMINGS 1678 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of Richard Cum'ins of Portsm made 
this 19. June 1678 

I Richard Cum'ins being aged & infirm in Body but in perfect 
Memory doe make & constitute this for my last Will & Testament, 
hereby revokeing all former Wills whatsoever by mee made. 

Imp r ./ I will that my beloved Daughter Jane Joce shall have 
y e use of halfe my housing & land belonging to it, dureing her 



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naturall life, or else such a sunve yearly as [y*'] 1 Overseers & shee 
& Richard Joce shall agree, which s <l Rich' 1 Joce shall pay her 
such yearly sum'e as shalbe determined among them. 

2. I make my beloved Gran-son Richard Joce mine Heire, & 
give & bequeath to [him] in Fee-Simple my dwelling House, 
Barn & all my out-houses with all my uplands & Meadow belong- 
ing thereunto, together w l " all my Fresh-Marsh, & all y e [fence- 
ing] Timber, Wood or Under-wood, Gardens, Orchard, & all y e 
Priviledges, Im'unities [&] Appurtenances y l either now doe, or 
hereafter any way may belong the[reunto] to bee to him y e s d 
Rich. Joce his Heires & Assignes for ever. Except what is aft[er 
excepted] Furthermore I give to y e s (l Rich' 1 Joce y e best bed in 
y e House with all [y e ] Furniture thereto belonging, with y e Table- 
Board & Joyn-stooles in y e new house with y e Chaires & what 
else is there, Sixe Silver spoones, one Silver wine cup, y e Silver 
Bowie, Sixe Pewter dishes one w Ul another, Sixe pottengers, three 
Plates, y e best Brasse Kettle, one Iron Kettle & Iron pott & two 
brasse skilletts, two oxen, [three] Cowes, Sixe Ewes & a Ram'e, 
One Horse & Mare, my Fouling-piece, Musket, Bandeleers & 
backsword & best Cuttleaxe, with all my wearing Clothes li[nen] 
& woollen whatsoever. Also I give him my Plough, yoakes, 
Bowes, Harrow, [dung] pott, new Cart & steades w th all my 
chaines. All y e Debts y l are lying out [I] will y l Ric: Joce shall 
gather in & have for himselfe y e one halfe of what is ga[thered] 
in by him, & y e other halfe shalbe equally divided between my 
Daughter & [her] children. Also I will y' all y e rest of my stock, 
household Goods, linen & woollen shalbe equally divided between 
my Daughter & her children, & Richard Joce [to have] only his 
share of y e linnen, Saveing y rt Sam: Joce & my Gran-child Jane 
Joce [shall] have each of y'" a Bed, & my Daughter y e other Bed 
with [furneture to] each of them. And that twenty pounds in 
Silver & so [much in fish that my] Daughter Jane had lately of 
mee, I will shee shall have [y e use of it dureing] her naturall life, 

1 Sections in brackets are worn from the margin of the original, and are sup- 
plied from a copy on file, dated Aug. 21, 1690, and attested by John Pickering, 
recorder. 



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& at her decease, both s' 1 sum'es shalbe [payed to Rich: Joce &] 
hee shall give to his Brother Sam 11 & his Sister Jane ten pounds 
[apeice of it] 

3 Unto my Gran-son Tho: Joce I give my Acre of land upon 
y e [great Hand,] 

To John Joce I give my land up in y e plaines w th wood & 
Timber [& all that] belongs thereunto. 

To Samuel Joce I give all my land lying by that w cl1 is com'only 
called Walfords [path] And I will y l Richard Joce shall erect & 
finish for y c s' 1 Sam: an house upon w ,h he shall lay out Seventy 
pounds in good, currant pay, & shall set it up either upon y l land 
aforesaid, or if Sam: shall desire it hee shall [set up] said house 
upon my land somewhere between y e School-house and y e Corn- 
field [buting] upon y e street, & I will y t he shall have one full 
Acre land adjoyning thereunto to bee laid out as y e two Brothers 
shall agree or y e Overseers order. 

Unto Joanna Joce I give two Cowes, foure sheep & a sow & 
tenn pounds Silver 

Unto Margaret, Jane & Mary Joce the other three Sisters I 
give tenn pounds apiece in money to bee paid by my Executo rs w n 
they come to age or Marry & to each of my foure Grandaughters 
I give a gold ring apiece 

4 Unto y e Town for y e Use of y e School-house I give that par- 
cell of land w ch y e house stands on, w ch I have left out of my ffield. 

Finally I make my Daughter & Rich* 1 Joce my Executo rs & re- 
quest & [appoint] my beloved fFriends Cap 1 Elias Stileman & m r 
Joshua Moodey Overseers, giving to my s <l Overseers that two 
Thousand of w l oak Pipestaves in y e [hands] of C. Elias Stileman 
to bee equally divided between y . And I doe hereby desire & 
impower my said Overseers y l if anything be forgotten in my will 
or not [fully] exprest they shall explain & determine it, & to pre- 
vent any Difference between any y l are concerned in my Will 
abovesaid, I will y l in any Case of Difficulty they shall repair 
to y e Overseers for Advice, & if theyr Advice please them not 
[they] shall have liberty to chuse each of y a man to joyn w th 



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y e Overseers by whose determination they shall Sitt down in all 
such matters. 

In Testimony to all & singular y e p r mises I set to my hand & 
seale 

Signed & Sealed before us Richard X Cumins 

Mark of Philip Jourdan X his Mark 

Mark of Jone Knight. X 

[Proved June 24, 1679.] 

[Inventory, Jan. 29, 1678/9; amount, £1227.6.2; signed by 
Richard Martyn, William Vaughan, and John Hunking.] 



THOMAS WALFORD 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Walford was granted 
to John Amazeen, guardian of Jeremiah Walford, brother of the 
deceased, June 25, 1678.] 

There being com'ended to this Court by the Court of Associates 
the petition of Jn° Amenseem as being out of theire capacity viz 1 
the disposing or ordering of y e estate of Tho: Walford deceased 
given by his Last will unto Tho: & Jer: Walford his grandchil- 
dren now in y e hands of m 1 ' Henry Sherburne & m r Richard 
Tucker executo' 9 to said will, This Court advised party s con- 
cerned to chuse either of them a friend & y e Court to ad a third 
to Audit the acco ts of the execu rs & to make such propositions as 
they should thinke fitt referring to a settlem* of the same, & p r sent 
w l they should doe herein to y e next County Court 

M r Martyn Cap 1 Daniel & L l Vaughan are y e ^pties agreed on, 
who are to appoynt time & place & all persons concerned are 
then to attend./ 

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

There being Exhibited to this Court y e case of Old Walfords 
estate given to his grand children which hath much difficulty in it 
concerning y e right heireship to a person dying intestate desend- 
ing by gift from y° Grandfather unto two grandsons y l are brothers, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 223 

the Eld' of vv ch dying without will the bro r of y e Intestate claiming 
heireship to his intestate brothers estate the sisters to both these 
bro 1 '" they claime a r $ te of s <l intestates bro rs estate, & the children of 
the doner y l first gave it they claime a ^ tw This Court there- 
fore untill a decition of this case can be resolved (w ch they will as 
Speedily doe as may be) Grants Administrac'on To John Amen- 
seen : and Jeremiah Walford bro r to y e Intestate Tho: Walford 
deceased upon y* 1 s <l Tho: estate they giveing bond to administer 
according to Law & bring in an Inventory of the estate (with all 
rents received & due) unto the Court of Adjornm* held in portsm 
y° first wensday in Sep' next — The court accepts y r own bond, & 
they acknowledged themselves to stand bownd in a bond of 200 11 
so to doe 

[Court Records, June 7, 16S1, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 47.] 

John Amanzeene & Jeremy Walford as administrat 1 " 8 to the estate 
of Thomas Walford deceased (grand child to Thomas Walford of 
Saggamore Creeke deceased) by Vertue of an order of this hono rb,e 
court bearing date the seaventh day of June last doe give in this 
acp* this seaventh day of September 1681 

1 That ye said Jn° Amazeene and Jeremy Walford have de- 
manded of m r Jn° Sherbourne Jun r as heire to m r Henery Sher- 
bourne deceased one of the Executors of ye last will & testament 
of Thomas Walford Grandfather deceased what papers, wright- 
ings, or other thinges belonged to the estate of Walford deceased, 
but the said m r Sherbourne refused to deliver any w ll, out order of 
court 

2 The said Jn° Amazeene & Jeremy Walford have reed pos- 
session of a parcell of land & Meddow that was given by Will to 
Thomas Walford deceased by his Grandfather Thomas Walford 
as aforesaid 

3 m r Jn° Sherbourne Jun r & Jn° Westbrooke doe acknowledge 
to be due and have promised payment of eighteene pounds four 
shil & three pence whereof two thirds belong to the estate of 
Thomas Walford Jun r deceased w ch is I2 ,, .2 s .IO , '. the other third 
being 6 11 : I s : 5 <l is the propper estate of ye said Jeremy Walford 



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4 The said Jn° & Jeremy have reed of Thomas Walford Jun r 
deceased his estate one old shift e suit & a small box vallued at 

2 :> • 

5 The said Jn° & Jeremy have reed one third part of twenty 
acres of land and one acre of Mash being on the great Island 
being that part of the estate of Thomas Walford deceased w cl ' was 
given him by his father Jeremy Walford deceased 

6 The said Jn° & Jeremy have paid to Cap 1 W m Vaughan five 
pounds nine shils for a debt w ch was due to the said Cap 1 Vaughan 
from Thomas Walford deceased and for the funerall charges. 

his marke 
John X Amazeen 

his 

Jeremy X Walford 

marke 

Upon full Hearing & Debate of y e Cause depending between y c 
Daughters of Thomas Walford Sen r dec'sd, and his Grandson 
Jeremy Walford ; And upon considerac'on had of y e Last wil & 
testam 1 of y e sd Tho: Walford Sen 1 ' y e Grandfather; & especially 
of y e p e wherein he bequeaths a certain house & land, whereof he- 
was seised in fee, to his Grandson Tho: Walford (since deceas'd) 
in general words only, without words of inheritance, or any intent 
appearing to give him more then a freehold (or estate for life:) 
It was agreed by y e Councel, That y e reversion of y e sd particular 
estate rev'ts to y e Right heirs of y e Devisor (or donor,) which falls 
out to be y e said Daughters of y e sd Grandfather Tho: Walford : 
And They do Give Judgment for them to enter, & have possession 
of y* land & p r misses in Question : And that y e s d Estate be equally 
devided among y e sd Daughters, viz: Jane Goss, Hanna Jones, 
Marv Brooking & Elizabeth Savage. And do likewise Order, 
fhve pound to be paid (for costs in mony, or y e value) by y e sd 
Daughters to y e Treas r of y e Province, for defraying y e charge of 
y e several Hearings of y e Cause. 

[Council Records, Sept. 6, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 680.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 225 

ARTHUR CLAPHAM 1678 

[Inventory of the estate of Arthur Clapham, who died in May, 
1676 ; amount, £23.3.6 ; signed by John Clark and Andrew Dea- 
mont ; presented in court June 25, 1678, by John Hunking.] 



THOMAS DUSTON 1678 

The Deposition of Luce Wills & Sarah Lidden y e foremenc'ond 
Wills aged aboute forty Six yeares or thereabouts & y v s' 1 Litten 
thirty eight yeares or thereabouts Testifieth & saith 

The Depon ts being Sworne saith that y e Relict of Thomas Dus- 
ton by name Elizabeth being in Company w th y e depon ts said that 
after the said Thomas Dustons house was burned that her husband 
& she were forced to take up Twenty pownds for theire Necessitie 
in beding & goods of m r John Cutt sen r of piscattaq for w ch they 
mortgaged theire house & Land Now in y e possession of John 
Amerideth, & farther added that after y e decease of her husband 
Thomas Durston she was Inforced to comply w th m r Cutts afores d 
to pay to Nathaniel ffryer ten pounds w ch her husband was In- 
debted to said ffryer before deceased, & then she also declaired y fc 
being by Necessity constreined for herselfe & children, did make 
sale of y e afore menc'oned house & Land unto y e s d m r Cutt w ch was 
mortgaged to s d Cutt as abovesaid, & also said y l her second hus- 
band by Name Button at his decease bequeathed to her selfe one 
hundred acres of Land, whereof Thirty acres she gave to her son 
Thomas Durston for quietness sake that he might not trouble the s d 
Amerideth afterward aboute y e house & Land above menconed 
w cb she said that y e said Cutt honestly paid her for & that concern- 
ing y e abovesaid Land she Knew how things were better than any 
body, & therefore gave him the abovsaid Thirty acres of Land & 
farther saith not 

Dat d June y e 25 th June 1678 In portsm 

[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 137.] 
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226 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ANTIPAS MAVERICK 1678 EXETER 

[Administration on the estate of Antipas Maverick of Exeter 
granted to Edward Gilman and his wife, Abigail Gilman, daughter 
of the deceased, July 15, 1678.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 4, p. 62.] 



ISRAEL PHILLIPS 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Israel Phillips granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Phillips, Sept. 24, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 24, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory of the estate ; amount, £156.15.6 ; signed by Samuel 
Keais and Obadiah Morse ; attested by the administratrix June 

M> l6 79-] 

JOACHIM HARVEY 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Joachim Harvey was granted 
to Mrs. Elea Harvey and Benjamin Dole, in behalf of his wife, 
Elizabeth Dole, daughter of the deceased, Sept. 24, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 24, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 26, 1678; amount, £529.12.0; signed by 
Elias Stileman.] 

ffor a Settlem* & Division of the Estate of Joachim Harvey 
between Elear his relict widow & Elizabeth Dole his only Daugh- 
ter & heir the Court doth order that the sd widow & Adminestratrix 
pay to her sd Daughter one Hundred pounds out of the Moveable 
estate Indifferently as the Judgm 1 of Cap 1 Stileman & M r ffryer & 
that ye sd widow then possess the remaynder paying the Debts & 
Maintayning the house & warehouse in repayr during Her Life & 
then that the sd Houses & Land revert to sd Elizabeth & her heirs 
for ever. 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



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NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 227 

JOSEPH ATKINSON 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Atkinson was granted 
to Philip Lewis and Lieut. Neal Sept. 24, 1678, administration 
not having been before granted " whereby y e estate is Like to 
be Imbezled & his children & Creditors wronged," and the admin- 
istrators were ordered to secure the estate for the benefit of the 
children and creditors.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 24, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 



HENRY MANSFIELD 1678 

[Administration on the estate of Henry Mansfield granted to his 
father-in-law, James Leach, Oct. 9, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Oct. 9, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 



JAMES LIBBY 1678 

[Administration on the estate of James Libby granted to his 
brother, Anthony Libby, Nov. 14, 1678.] 

[Court Records, Nov. 14, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 



THOMAS BEARD 1678 DOVER 

In the name of God amen, the Sixteene day of Decemb r in y e 
Yeare of o r Lord God one Thousand Six hundred Seaventy Eaight 
I Thomas Beard of the towne ship of Dover in y e County of Dov r 
& Postmouth being sick & weake of body * * * 

It my will is that all my debts w ch I doe in Conscience & 
equitie Justly owe Unto any ^son or ^sons be honestly & truely 
paid & satisfied out of two thirds of my whole estate Excepting the 
hundred acars of Land w cl ' was granted me by the towne Scituate 
& Lying Neare Cochecha shall be wholely to my Executor to- 
wards the payment of the debt & affter my debts being paid & my 
ffunurall Charges being defraid my will is — 



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It that for Natural 1 Love & affection w ch I doe owe & beare to 
Marie Beard my wife that shee shall enjoy the third ^ l of all mv 
Lands excepting the hundred acars at or neare Cochecha (before 
excepted) for & Dureng her naturall life & the third ^ l of all my 
moveable estate to be to her disposing after my decease & all such 
monies as I shall be possed of at my decease : & such debts as is 
dew from Major Walden for service done on publick occasions wch 
is not upon my book 

It I give to my daughter Marie Beard Thirteene pounds to be 
paid w th in two Years affter my decease 

It I give to my daughter Martha Brimhor ffourty shillings to 
be paid w u, in two years affter my decease 

It I give to my daughter Elizabeth Watson Ten 1 pounds to be 
paid w u 'in two years affter my decease 

It I give to my Son' Thomas Beard the three Acar Lott Scitu- 
ate & Lying neare Deacon John Dams house on Dover neck & 
the halfe of the ten' acars w ch I bought of the towne Lying & being 
neare Littell Johns Creeke & the ffeather bed w th blanckets sheets 
bolster & pilloes & Rugg there unto belonging w ch is in the parlor 
& my Little muskuet & my Cloake & my best sute of aparell & 
ffive pounds to be paid w ,h in two yeares affter my decease (& a 
mare colt, which he is to have when he doth attaine to the age of 
one & twentie yeares) 

It for the Confidence w ch I have & doe put in my Son' Joseph 
Beard to see this my will to be Justly & truely "^formed & for his 
better Liveing I doe make him my Lawfull heire & Executor of 
all my Lands goods & Chatties moveable & Unmoveable not for- 
merly given w th all debts owing & dew to me either by bils bonds 
or specitalties or books of accoumpt from any ^son or ^sons what- 
soever) And also doe by this my Last will Ratifie & Conferme 
Unto him all & every act & thing mencioned & expressed in one 
paire of writings Indented made & Don by & betweene me & my 
said son beareing Date the Twentie day of Septemb r in y e yeare 
of o r Lord God one thousand Six hundred Seaventy & Eight In 



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wittness whereof I have set my hand & seale the day and yeare 
abovesaid 

Seald Signd signe of 

& Deliv d in ^sence Thomas X [seal] Beard 

Job Clements 

John Evens 

[Proved March 25, 1679.] 

[Inventory, Dec. 24, 1678; amount, £222.3.0; signed by Job 
Clements and John Tuttle : attested by Joseph Beard June 24, 

1679-] 

WILLIAM COTTON 1678 

[Inventory of the estate of William Cotton, Dec. 19, 1678 ; 
amount, £998. 5. 6£ ; signed by Anthony Nutter and Philip Sea- 

vey.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Cotton granted to 
Elizabeth Cotton, John Cotton, and William Cotton Dec. 31, 
1678.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 31, 1678, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 242.] 

[Administration on the estate of William Cotton granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Cotton, and John Cotton, June 24, 1679, his 
son, William Cotton, declining to act. 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, ' n Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 

Leiu* Antho: Nutter is appoynted gardian to Thomas Cotton 

Leiu e Neall Guardian for Joseph ^ 

M r John Hunkins for Benjamin \ Cotton - 

Sayd Guardians taking Care to dispose the s d Children to good 
services. 

for a Settlem' of the estate of W m Cotton this Court doth order 
that the widow have the Money & plate of the vallue of two Hun- 
dred pounds and so much of y e Household goods as are necessary 
at the Judgm 1 of M r Martin, for her Comfortable Subsistance with 



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liberty to use such part of the House as She pleaseth the remayn- 
der of sd Money if any at her death to be proportioned amongst 
the surviving children 

that John Have a Double portion of the whole remayneng estate 
in Such Lands or goods as he shall chose except the Homestead. 

that w m have the House & Homestead & Marsh at Litle Har- 
bour amounting to Somthing more then two Hundred pounds 
paying thereout to his brother Joseph one Hundred pounds with 
two per Cent untill it be paid. 

The other three Children Thomas Benjamin & Sarah to have 
one Hundred pounds in Lands goods & Chattells equally as it will 
arise out of the remaynder M r Richard Martin & Cp l Thomas 
Daniell are entreated & Impoured to see this division performed. 

there is further provided & reserved for John one Acre out of 
the Homestead convenient for building paying w m y e Inventory 
price 

if the estate fall short to pay the severall proportions mentioned 
the eldest is ordered to Compleat it, not exceeding five pounds a 
peice 

Elias Stileman Cleric 



ABISHA TAPRILL 1678/9 

The testimony of W m Bickham & Rich: paine conserning y e 
estate of Abisha Taprill 

These depon ts testifie & say that they both being at y e house of 
aforesaide Abisha & seing her very 111 of body & unlikely long to 
Live did propose to her to make her will, The said Abisha Ans- 
wered that she had no will to make, for the house & household 
stuff' was her fFathers & the goods he was obleiged, for the debts, 
therefore he must take them into his Custodie to make money & if 
anything remained as overpluss it was his ^ ^ Stock, & as for y e 
goods coming aboute from Boston ^ ffox she desired her father to 
receive & to pay M r Tappin what she owed for them, as for her 
children she desired her (father that as shee had ev r been a true 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 23 1 

& ffaithfull servant to him so he would not suffer them to want 
or sustaine pennury, this she spake y e 6 th day of January at night 
being in f)fect mind & memory in y e yeare of o r Lord 1678 

Gv x Island y e 23 th of January 1678 m r W m Bickham & m r Rich- 
ard paine made oath to y e above written before me 

Elias Stileman Com'is r 

[Deeds, vol. 3, p. 147.] 



ROBERT JORDAN 1678/9 NEWCASTLE 

In the name of god Amen, I Robert Jordan Senior Gentlem" 
formerly of Spurwinke, & now resident on the Great Island in the 

Townshipe of Portsmouth, In New England, being weake of body 

* * * 

Item I do hereby ratify allow, & Confirme two deeds or write- 
ings which formerly I made & gave under my hand & Seale, one 
to my Eldest sonn John Jordan, & another to my second sonn 
Robert Jordan, according to the Contents y r in exprest 

Item I give & grant to my wife Saraih Jordan now Liveing,the 
ould Plantation at Spurwinke, Contayneing one thousand Acres 
bee It more or less, begining w r the Grant belonging to my sonn 
John Jordan doth end, & ending where the Lott bequeathed by 
this my will to my 3 d sonn Dominicus Jordan doth begine, & soe 
along the high way untill you come to the greate pond, for & dure- 
ing the Tearme of her naturall life The reversion & Inhertance 
y r of, to bee & remaine unto my youngest sonn Jeremiah Jordan > 
his heyres & successors for ever ; as his part & portion / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my sayd wife Saraih Jordan, one 
other farme Called Nonsuch, Contayneing two thousand Acres bee 
It more or less, for & dureing her naturall life, & for y e more strict 
obleighing my childrens duty to her, my will is that shee wholly 
& absolutely dispose the succession thereof, to either or any of my 
sonns they, or their or any of their heyres or Issew Lawfully by 
them or any of them begotten for ever / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my sonn Dominicus Jordan one 



232 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

thousand Acres of Land, at Spurwinke to begine where the above 
sd ould Plantation Endeth, as hee shall make Choyce of, to bee 
layd out by the overseers hereafter Nominated / 

Item I Give & bequeath unto my sonn Jedediah Jordan, one 
thousand Acres of my Land at Spurwinke aforesayd, to bee chosen 
by him out of my Land not disposed before, to bee to the use of 
him & his heyres for ever / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my sonn Samuell Jordan by 
Reason of his posterity, Choyse of Eleaven hundred Acres of Land 
of my sayd Land at Spurwinke, to bee to the use of him. & his 
heyres for ever, & whatsoever part or ^rcell of Land remaines 
not bequeathed nor given of my sayd Lands, at Spurwinke by any 
or all of the above rescited & expressed articles, I do hereby give, 
& bequeath the same, being upland, unto my sonns above named, 
to bee devided & aequally allotted amongst them / 

Item My will is that my Meddow bordering along by the River 
Spurwinke bee agqually devided to each portion of the above given 
Land nearest & most Conveniently Adjoyneing, to each ^rcell or 
portion as is above disposed / 

Item I give & bequeath unto my foure youngest sonns, Namly 
Dominicus Jedediah Samuell & Jeremiah Jordan to each of them 
one feather bedd, & boulsters / 

Item I make & ordayne my sayd wife Saraih, & my two 
sonns, John & Robert Jordan, to bee my Joynt executors 

Item I make & hereby ordayne Major Nicho: Shapleigh of 
Kittery Mr Nath 1 ffryer, & Mr William Bickham Merchants to 
bee overseers & to end all differences in any matters ariseing, 
by means of my not fully expressing my selfe in this my last will 
& testament between My Legatees, & the executors hereof, & to 
settle all things according to theire best Judgments, & nearest 
Intent of this my will, that noe further or future differences may 
arise / 

Lastly, My will & Intent is, that each & ever of my afore 
mentioned sonns, there heyres & Successors, shall have & Injoy, 
all & Singular the aforesayd specifyd Grants, Gyfts, & Legacys, 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 233 

<& If any or either of them want Naturall Issew, that then that 
Legacy shall redown & bee equally devided amongst the rest / 

[Acknowledged at Great Island Jan. 28, 1678/9; exhibited in 
•court and allowed July 1, 1679.] 
[York County, Me.. Deeds, vol. 3, p. 44.] 



MARTHA WEST 1678/9 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Martha West, Great Island, Jan. 29, 
1678/9; amount, £762.19.0; signed by Henry Roby, Francis 
Tucker, and William Roby. 

" Gran 1 Administr a to y e esta of Ed West & Martha his wife 
deceased to George Walton in behalfe of y e children of y e s d 
West."] 

SAMUEL WILLEY 1679 

[Order, May 21, 1679, to Deacon John Hall, clerk of the writs, 
to return an inventory of the estate of Samuel Willey ; signed by 
Richard Waldron and Elias Stileman, commissioners. 

Endorsed, " I John Hall having been ordered by Authority as 
may apeare by y e order within writen to goe to oyster River to 
look after y e estate of Samuel willy who dyed Itestate and in obe- 
dience to y e aforesd order I went to y e house of the father of y e sd 
Deceaed samuel wily in order to y e service specifye in y e within 
writen order and received answer from Thomas wily y e father of 
the Deceaced person afoere named in whos hand y e estate of y e 
deceaed persen aforesed was left remaining when sd Deceaced 
person dyed as apeared by information of Neighbors and what I 
hard from them and having Told him my bisiness his answer was 
y l he would Administer and pay y e debts 

John Hall Clerk of y e writs for dover "] 

[Inventory, May 23, 1679; amount, £54.2.0; signed by Ben- 
jamin Matthews and Thomas Edgerly.] 



234 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Willey granted to his 
father, Thomas Willey, June 24, 1679, who presented an inven- 
tory and his bond. Deacon John Hall was allowed five shillings 
for caring for the estate until administration was granted.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 29.] 

[Bond of Thomas Willey and William Willey of Dover to sat- 
isfy the creditors of Samuel Willey; amount, £100; dated June 
30, 1679; witnesses, Peter Duncan and John Barsham.] 



RICHARD STILEMAN 1679 

[Inventory of the estate of Richard Stileman, June 23, 1679;. 
amount, £672.3.0; signed by Nathaniel Fryer, Francis Tucker, 
and George JafFrey.] 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Stileman granted to- 
his widow, Mary Stileman, in behalf of herself and four children,. 
June 24, 1679.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 30.] 



BISHOP 1679 

[Guardianship of Job Bishop of Ipswich, Mass., was granted 
to Major Robert Pike June 24, 1679, ne bd n g chosen by the 
ward.] 

[Court Records, June 24, 1679, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 31. J 



BRIDGET CLIFFORD 1679 HAMPTON 

The last will & Testament of Bridgett Clifford Relict to Jn° 
Huggins sen: of Hampton deceased, being made & signed Sep- 
tem ,)r y e 1 : 1679 

In y e name of god Amen : I Bridget Cleford y e Relict of Jn ^ 
Huggins sen: of Hampton deceased, being by y e providence of 
god & last will of my sd Husband left Executrix to y e sd will ; 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 235, 

being at p r scnt sound in body & minde but knowing I must 
shortly depart hence & not knowing how soone ; doe herby 
comend my Soule to god y l made & redeemed it, my body to y e 
earth to bee decently buried in hope of a blessed resurreccon as 
also my debts (if any appeare) being pay'd : I doe in faithfullness to 
my former husbands will give & bequeath unto my sone nathan- 
iell all y l Tenem 1 or messuage wheron wee some times lived neare 
y e landing place in Hampton To have & to hold to him & his 
heires for ever viz: all y 1 land upland & meadow, Arable or pas- 
ture ground, together w th one share of cow com'onage & one share 
of y e Oxe com'ons, together w th all y e privilidges y* doe or may 
belong hereunto ; all wayes ^ vided y l with in three years after my 
decease the sd Nath 11 shall pay or cause to be pay'd in Hampton 
to my sone Jn° Huggins thirty pound in corne & cattle atty e currant 
prices they shall usually then goe for between man & man in 
Hampton, & also y e sd Nath 11 : after my decease is requiered to pay 
five pound in specye as abovsd to my daughter Bridgitt at y e time 
of her mariage ; as also to pay or cause to bee payd to my grand- 
child mary mattoone three pound at her mariage or when shee 
shalbe of ye age of twenty one years w c shall first happen after 
my death. I also requier my sd sone to pay to my use, duering 
y e terme of my naturall life three pound yearly if I see cause in 
any yeare to demand it w lh in y e yeare for my necessary releife ; 
& my will is y l all my moveables that I shall leave at death be 
equally divided among my daughters then surviveing : And I do 
hereby appoint my sone nathaniel sole Executo 1 " to this my last 
will & Testam* & do request my good freinds Ensigne Jn° Sam- 
born, & John Smith Cooper both now of Hampton to be, overseers 
to my sons true ^formance, And have accordingly sett to my 
hand & seale y e yeare & day above written 

Signed & sealed in y e p r sence of us Bridgit Clifford 

Philemon Dalton her X mark & Seale 

Elizabeth Dalton 

[Recorded Aug. 26, 1680.] 

[Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, p. 28.] 



236 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

ROBERT PAGE 1679 HAMPTON 

In the name and fear of God Amen 

I Rober Page of Hampton in the County of Norfolke in New 
England being aged and weak of Body butt sound of understand- 
ing and of a Disposeing mind doe make this my last will as fol- 
loweth Haveing Comitted my selfe unto the almighty and shortly 
to lay of this Earthly tabernacle do Comitt my fraile body to the 
Earth to bee buried in Hampton burieing place in a Cristian and 
Decentt manner as my Children shall order & Appoynt And for 
whatt Estate God Hath bestowed upon mee in this world my will 
is thatt all my Just Debts bee first satiesfied and pay d, and my 
Estate to bee Disposed of as followeth 

1st I Give unto ffrancis page my Eldest son all my pastuer & 
upland which I bought of Leiu 1 will Howard Containing Sixty 
Acres more or less besides a Certaine tracte which I Reserve for 
my Grand Child Robertt page the which is bounded with the land 
of Abr Drake and natt Boulter to a payer of barres Goeing into 
the Comons and from thence aboutt ten Rod in bredth to a bridg 
Goeing over the Swamp next Ed Colcords medow with two Acres 
Adjoining to boulters which parte of land so bounded I Doe Re- 
serve to Robertt page and all the Rest I Doe Give and Conferme 
to my son ffrancis page being aboutt sixty Rod more or lesse 

2ly I Doe Give unto my sone ffrancis page one share of the 
Cowes Comon According to the vallue thereof 

3ly I Doe Give unto m r Seaborn Cotton our Reverend pastor 
the some of five pound to be payd to him in Good merchentable 
pay as itt Comanly Goeth att Strabrey Bank within Halfe a year 
after my Decease if he Continow an officer in this Church till 
then 

4-ly I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fogs two yongest 
Children the some of ten pound vizd to James fog five pound and 
to Hannah ffog five pound to bee payd to them by my son ffrancis 
page when they shall Attaine to the Age of Sixteen years 

5ly I Doe Give unto my Daughter Margritt Samborn and to 
Her Seaven Children the some of fortie pounds to Bee payd by 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 237 

my son Thomas page viz to my Daughter margritt five pound to 
Josuph moulton five pound to Benjmin moulton five pound to Han- 
nah moulton five pound to bee payd within a year after my De- 
cease and to the Rest viz to Sarah moulton now Sarah Haines the 
some of five pound to Ruth moulton now Ruth Samborn the 
sume of five pound to vvilliam moulton five pound, and to Jonathan 
Samborn five pound which is also to bee payd by my son Thomas 
page the fist year after my Decease & to vvilliam moulton my best 
weaning Calfe of this year 

61y. I Doe Give unto the Children of my Daughter Rebecah 
and of my son in law vvilliam marston the some of fortie pound 
whereof ten pound is already payd the Rest to bee payd as fol- 
loweth, five pound to Rebecah now the wife of John Smith and 
five pound to Hannah now the wife of Samuell foge, and five 
pound to Samuell Marston to bee payd by my Son Thomas page 
within two years after my Decease 

Itt I Doe Give to my Grand Daughter Lucie marston the some 
of ten pound to bee payd to Her by my son ffrancis page within 
six years after my Decease : and five pounds to Meriah Marston 
the same year to bee payd by my son Thomas 

7ly. I Doe Give and bequeth unto my Daughter Hannah the 
wife of Henry Dow and to Her three Children the some of fortie 
pound viz to my Daughter Hannah the some of twentie five pound 
to bee payd to Her by my son Thomas page within three years 
after my Decease 

Ittem I Doe Give unto Joseph Dow my Daughter Hannahs 
Eldest son the some of five pound 

Itt to Symon Dow Her third son the some of five pound 

Itt to Jabez Dow fourth son the some of five pound to bee 
payd to them by my son Thomas page the fourth year after my 
Decease 

81y : I Doe Give unto Samuell Dow my Daughter Hannahs 
second son my planting lott in the north plaine Containing thir- 
teen Acres according as it is Granted and layd outt 

ojy I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary ffog : the Houses 



238 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

which I have built upon my House lott whear she now Dwelleth 
Sixty Rod of Ground Adjacentt as itt is now layd outt mor or 
lesse Duering the terme of her naturall life 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fog five Acres of plant- 
ing land more or less Adjoy[n]ing to the land of m r Sam 11 Dalton 
towards the north west & the land of william Marston towards the 
south East, & two Swine & 3 of y e biggest shots & that wch is up 
a fatting 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fog three Acres and 
halfe of pastur land which I Bought of Nathaniel Bachelder Ad- 
joyning to william fullers Swamp : and one share of the ox Comon, 
and thatt Hand of Salt marsh by the landing place all Dureing Her 
naturall life and then to bee and Remaine to Her Eldest son Seath 
fTog after his mother Decease and my Daughters boyes to Helpe 
to Carrie the Dung outt this year & to have 12 load to lay on y e 
5 acres bought of John Smith 

ioly : I Doe Give and Bequeath unto my Grand Child Robertt 
moulton one share of the Cowes Comon and three Acres and Halfe 
more or less of Salt marsh which I bought of James philbrick 
which is bounded with marsh of William Samborn on the one side 
and the marsh of Robertt Smith on the other side 

Itt I Doe Give unto the sd Robertt moulton my Hand of fresh 
medow that lieth above my planting land or pa[s]tuer by taylors 
River being by Estimation one Acre more or less as itt is with 
free Egres and Regres through my land to the same, and in Case 
the sd Robertt moulton Die without Issue then the sd lands and 
Commonage to bee and Remaine to his Brother Benjamin moul- 
ton 

11 Itt i Doe Give unto my Son fFrancis page the one Halfe of 
all my fresh medow which I Bought of Leiu 1 Howard the whole 
being by Estimation Sixteen Acres Adjoy[n]ing to my Greatt 
lott, the which Sixteen Acres is to be Equally Devided betwixt 
my two sons my son fFrancis to Devide and my son Thomas to 
Choose after Devision the Stock yard to bee for both their use 
and thatt both of them their Heires and Assignes shall have free 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 



39 



Egres and Regres to the sd stok yard and to their land According 
to their Devision from time to time for Ever 

I2ly : I Doe Give and Bequeth unto my Grand Child Robertt 
page my Son Thomas Eldest sone thatt tractt of land Reserved 
from my son frances his land Adjoyni[n]g to the land of Abra 
Drake and nath boulter and so to the Barrs thatt Goeth into the 
Comons towards John Garlands land with the two Acres Adjoin- 
[in]g to Boulters fence and ten Rod more in bredth to the Bridg 
thatt Goeth over the Swamp by Ed Colcords medow 

Itt I Doe Give unto my Grand son Robertt page Eightt Acres 
of fresh medow by my son francies his medow the which he is to 
Enter upon and posesse att the Age of twenti fower years and his 
father to posesse and Injoy the same in the mean time 

13 I Doe Give and Bequeth unto my two Grand Children 
Robertt page and Samuell page twentie Acres of upland att the 
Saw mill the which is to bee Equally Devided betwixt them, and 
they are to Enter upon itt att their fathers Decease and their 
fathers to Have the use of itt Duering the terme of their lives 

I4ly : I Doe Give unto my Grand Child John page one Hun- 
dred Acres of land Granted to mee in the west partt of Hampton 
bound, Called the new plantation 

15 I Doe Give unto my two sones ffrancis page & Thomas page 
my Quarter partt of the old Saw mill built upon taylors River, 
with all the priveledge and appertinances thereunto belonging : 
and my son ffrancis page is to pay unto my Grand Child mary 
page the some of five pound : and to m 1 Samuell Dalton the some 
of twentie shillings as a Gratuity for his paines which is to bee 
payd by my sone francis page 

i61y : I Doe Give unto my Grand Child Lucie page the Daugh- 
ter of my son ffrancis page the some of ten pound to bee payd by 
my son Thomas page within seaven years after my Decease 

17 I Doe Give unto my Grand son Benjamin Moulton After 
my Decease one young Bull of two year old and upwards 

18 I Doe Give unto my Daughter mary fog one fether bed with 
all the beden bedstead and furnituer thereunto belonging and also 



24O NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

my Greatt Brass Kittle and my Daughter mary fog is to Have all 
the Crop of y l Ground Given to her both English and Indian 
Exept Halfe the oats, and to Have barne Rome for Corne and 
Hay Duering her life if she Remaine a widow and for such Cattle 
as are Robertt moultons and my Daughter fogs Childrens they are 
to Have a meett "$ portion of the Hay thatt is made for the year 
following untill winter be over and my Daughter fog to Have 
Comonag to keep two Cows Duering the terme of her life and 
my Cloaths I Give to Her Children and one steer of a yer & 
vantag 

19 : I Doe Give unto my Grandson Robertt moulton one fether 
bed with the bolster Coverlett and Appertinances thereunto be- 
longing and my Sarg Coatt 

20 I Doe Give unto my Grand Daughter mary page my son 
Thomas Daughter five pound as is mentioned in y e 15 Article and 
to my Daughter fog thatt bed which her Children lies upon 

21 : I Doe Give to my Gran son Robertt page that Chest which 
I brought outt of old England and my Copper Kittle 

22 : ffinally I Give and Bequeath unto my son Thomas page my 
Dwelling House barnes Stables and all other buildings being and' 
standing upon my land not otherwayes Disposed of with all my 
land marsh and medow Comonage and all Rights priveledges 
and Appertinances to mee belonging in the towne of Hampton 
with all my tooles and Implements of Husbandry my stock of 
Cattle and all moveables both within Dores and withoutt that 
are nott other waves Disposed of by this my last will 

And I Doe make Constitute and Appointt my Son Thomas page 
to bee my sole Exectuer to this my last will and testementt and my 
son in law Henry Dow to bee my overseer to see thatt the same 
bee performed in Evry part thereof as itt is Declared and if my 
Execters faile in the ^formance of any parte thereof itt shall bee 
in the power of my over seers to pay any part or Legacy outt of 
the stock or other Estate and I Doe by these p r sents Nullifie and 
make voyd all former wills made by mee and for the Conferma- 
tion of this my last will and testament I have Hereunto sett my- 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 24I 

Hand and Seale the Ninth Day of September in the year of our 
Lord one thousand Six hundred and Seaventy nine Enterlined in 
the fifteenth Article and one line Rased in the 17th and one in the 
twentieth before the Sealing Herof 

Deacon page Signed Sealed and his 

Declared this to bee His last will in Rober X [seal] 

the p r sents of us pag mark & Seale 

Samuell Dalton 

John Smborne 

Jonathan Wedgwood 

[Proved Nov. 11, 1679.] 

[Essex County, Mass.. Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, 
p. 26.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Deacon Robert Page, taken by 
Thomas Marston, Nathaniel Weare, and Samuel Dalton Oct. 10, 
1679; amount, £579.4.0.] 

[Essex County, Mass., Probate Files, and Norfolk County, Mass., Deeds, vol. 3, 
p. 28.] 



RICHARD TUCKER 1679 

[Administration on the estate of Richard Tucker granted to 
Mrs. Margaret Tucker Sept. 30, 1679.] 

[Inventory, Sept. 19, 1679; amount, £28.2.3 ; signed by Na- 
thaniel Drake and William Seavey ; attested by the widow Sept. 
30, 1679.] 



REBECCA BINMORE 1680 

[Inventory of the estate of Rebecca Binmore, widow, April 2, 
1680: amount, £33.2.0. A female child is mentioned, whom Sil- 
vanus Roake takes as an apprentice until she is eighteen years of 
age or married.] 
16 



242 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Administration granted to William Willey June 1, 1680, who 
presented an inventory of £33.2.0, out of which he was ordered 
to pay £13.4.0 to Henry Nock at the age of twenty-one, and the 
balance of the estate, after payment of debts, to Henry Nock, 
Temperance Binmore, and Hester Binmore in equal parts when 
they are of age.] 

[Court Records, June 1, f68o, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 34.] 



JOSEPH AUSTIN 1680 

[Administration on the estate of Joseph Austin granted to Lieut. 
Peter Coffin June 1, 1680, who gave a bond in the sum of £40.] 



MOSES SLEEPER 1680 

[Administraiion on the estate of Moses Sleeper granted to his 
father, Thomas Sleeper, Sept. 7, 1680.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1680. in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 39.] 



JAMES HOBBS 1680 

[Administration on the estate of James Hobbs granted to William 
Firield and Sarah Hobbs Sept. 7, 1680.] 

[Court Records, Sept. 7, 1680, in Deeds, vol, 5, p. 40.] 



JOHN BOONE 1680 

[Administration on the estate of John Boone granted to Peter 
Tvvisden of the Isles of Shoals Oct. 12, 1680.] 

[Council Records, Oct. 12, 1680. in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 672.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 243 

GODFREY DEARBORN 16S0 HAMPTON 

I Godfreey Dearbarne of Hampton in the ^venc of New 
Hampshier in New England Being aged and Inferme of Body 

I Give and Bequeath Unto Dorothy Dearbarn my loveing wife 
for the terme of her life my Dwelling House & Barne & orchvard 
and the Use and Improvementt of all my land both Areable land 
pastuer & marsh land for her Comfortable subsistenc Dueling the 
terme of Her life, and the use and Improvementt of all my move- 
ables within Dores and withoutt Duering the terme of her life 

Itt I Doe Give and bequeath Unto my Grand Child Ann Shat- 
redg that now liveth with mee one two year old HefTer which she 
is to Receive att the End of Her time y* she is to live with mee 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas Dearbarne my Dark 
Browne horse which I Use to Rid on 

Itt I Doe Give Unto my son Thomas and Henry Dearbarn all 
the Rest of my Cattle thatt shall Remaine att the Decease of the 
longest liver of mee or my wife Exepting Sheep and swine which 
are other waves Disposed of 

Itt my will and pleasure is thatt all the Sheepe and swine that 
shall Remaine att my wives Decease shall bee Equally Divided 
betwixt all my Grand Children y l shall bee then living : and the 
Division to be made by my Executors & over seers 

Itt I Doe Give and Bequeath Unto my Son John Dearbarn my 
House barne and house lott and all my land both Art-able land 
pastuers medows & marshes and all Towne Rights and priveledges 
thereunto belonging and all my tooles and Carts & other Imple- 
ments of Husbandry : and I Doe appointt my son John Dearbarne 
to bee my Exectuer to this my will and the Estate the which he is 
to Enter Upon and possesse att my wives Decease and to bee and 
Remaine to him and his Heires for Ever 

Itt I Doe ordaine and Appointt my two Eldest sons Thomas 
Dearbarne & henry Dearbarne to bee my over seers to this my 
last will and testamentt whom I appointt to see to the managmentt 



244 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

of my Estate thatt my wife may have a Comfortable living outt of 
itt Duerinix the terme of her life 

And for vvhatt Houshold stuff I shall leave thatt my wife shall 
have the use and Improvement thereof Duering the terme of her 
life, and then to bee Equally Devided Between my three Daugh- 
ters only leaving itt to my wives liberty to Dispose of wjiatt was 
her owne before I maried Her viz one fether Bed & boulster & 
Rug & Coverlett and her Greatt Bible & her Red flanuell petti- 
coate to y e wife of John morse 

And this my last will and testamentt 1 Conferme with my Hand 
& Seale Affixed therto this fourteenth Day of December in the 
year of our lord one thousand Six hundred & Eighty 

Signed Sealed & Declared His 

to bee y e last will of Godfrey Godfrey Dearbarn X [sealej 
Dearbarn in p r sents of Mark & Seale 

Samuell Dalton sen r 

Mehetable Dalton 

This was sworn to y e 26 of agust : 86 by mehetable Dalton alice 
[alias] Simins befor mee 

Henry green Justis Peace 

Province of New Hampshire June 7 th 17 11 
Philemon Dalton ^sonally appearing before the Honourable 
Richard Waldron Esq r Judge of probate of Wills and Granting 
Letters of Administration within the said province made oath that 
he was present when his Mother Mehitabell appeared before Jus- 
tice Green, and made oath as a Wittness to this Will as is incerted 
in the Margin thereof. / 

Rich' 1 Waldron 

And further by the Compareing of Several hand writeings of 
m r Samuel Dalton a wittness to this will I am Satisfied that the 
Said Will is Legally Signed & Sealed And therefor it is proved 
Approved and Allowed off 

W Rich" 1 Waldron 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 245 

[Inventory, Feb. 13, 1685/6; amount, £138.12.0; signed by 
Henry Dow and John Smith.] 
[Probate Records, vol. 3, p. 255.] 

To his Excellency y e Governour & Councell sitting at portsmouth 
may 10 th 171 1 the petition of John Dearborn of Hampton in said 
province humbly sheweth — 

that your pitioners father Godfree Dearborn of Hampton De- 
ceased about 26 years since, the witneses to his Will & testament 
the one of them Dyed before y e testater by Reason of which the 
Will above said Will not be accounted well proved before the 
Judge of probats, your pitisioner humbly prays your Excellency 
& Councill Would Receive the testimoneys to prove, the deceased 
Witneses hand, which is Generell known he being for many 
years a Justice of peace, & Clerke of y e town and so to order that 
y e said testiment may be Executed, by the Executor otherwise 
there will be a foundation for Controversy here after 

Which your pitisioner humbly prays 

John Dearborn 

philemon Dalton was p r sent when his Mother Mehitabell ap- 
peared before m' Justice Green made oath as a Wittness to this will 
as incerted in the Margin 

And further by the Compareing of Several hand writeings of m r 
Sam 11 Dalton a wittness to this will, the Judge of the Probates is 
Satisfied that the Said will is Legall signed & sealed and therefore 
Allows and Approves 

[Probate Records, vol 3. pp. 253, 254.] 



JOHN CUTT 1680/1 PORTSMOUTH 

last will & testament of Jn° Cutt Sen r of . . . . 

sm° in Piscataq river in the Province of New . . . mpshire 
in N: E made this 6 th of May 1680 

ing in perfect memory but Crazy and Infirm in 

weaknesses by reason of age & otherwise do ordain 



246 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 

this to be my last will & Testament hereby revoke- 

ing all other Wills by me formerly Made — 

I s — I Com'itt my Soul into the hands of God in Christ Jesus 
trusting that it shall be kept by him untill that day & my body unto 
a decent burial in my Orchard Where I buried my wife & Chil- 
dren that are deceased & I will that there be a wall of lime & 
Stone made about my Grave & the rest there already buried w th 
room Convenient for a burying place for the residue of my family 
relations 

2° — I Give unto my beloved Son John Cutt my house & land 
where I now live w th the orchard Gardens wharfeing windmill 
Warehouses & other houseing (except what is hereafter Excepted 
w ch I Give unto my daughter Hannah) w th all the priviledges & 
appurtenances thereunto belonging together vv Ul my wood ffeild 
lying upon the Creek behind my house & adjoyning to the land 
of J n° Hunkin & all my fresh Marsh at the head of the Creek 
next to Rich: Cum'ings marsh w th my share of that Land bought 
of Maj r Waldron and Cap' Lake near Greenland as alsoe all the 
land I bought of m r Andrew Wiggin being 160 pole by the Water 
Side more or lesse according to Bill of Sale & three mile back into 
the woods together w th y e Marsh or meadow abrest of it & my ten 
acres of land on the great Hand Excepting out of it what is here- 
after Excepted for my daughter Mary & my Warehouse on Starr 
Hand 

3 — I Give unto my beloved Son Samuel Cutt my house com'- 
only called the great house w th the Orchard & feild adjoyning 
(Except what is hereafter given to his Sister Mary) w lh all the 
priviledges thereunto belonging together w ,h my land near the 
Pulpit being 70 pole in breadth by the water Side & run'ing up the 
whole Length into the Woods according to agreem* between mee 
& Br° Rich' 1 Cutt together vv th that halfe of w m William's Planta- 
tion in Oysteriver w cl ' I bought of him & the farm lying near it 
w ch I bought of Tho: Doughty w th the fresh & Salt Marsh belong- 
ing to it & all my land at Spruce Creek bought of M r Morgain & 
his wife & Ephraim Lynn being 160 acres more or lesse & that 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 247 

part w ch is mine of the house & land y* was m r Corbet's lying at 
Kittery Point & my one acre of land Lying on the great Hand 
w th my Warehouse upon Smutty nose Hand as also a ^cell of 
land purchased of Richard Abbott lying near M r Wills's at 
Nechowonoq. 

4 — I give unto my beloved daughter Hannah Cutt my New 
warehouse w" 1 the wharfing belonmno; to it the land & wharfe soe 
farr as the Smith's Shop w th the Smith's Shop & Soe farr as the 
high way w tu halfe an acre of Land out of the windmill feild at 
the Corner next Br° Richards Barn Fronting upon the high way 

between that & between Br° Richards land & 

mine for the Soe wide as that the double of the 

ffront , the Said halfe acre & the little feild by 

beyond W ra Head's bounded by the land of . 

land in the long reach to Say fifty pole 

addition afterward laid to it & the land I had . . . Exe- 
cution & the land I had in dover of Phillip Crom 

w <:l1 was Sometime belonging to Joseph Austen to Say eleven acres 
w th the freehold or Com'onage belonging to it as alsoe my farm at 
Wells both upland & Meadow w th the houseing & all priviledges 
belonging thereunto & that hundred acres of land w cb I had of 
Joseph Beard of Dover lying in or near Cochecho — 

5 — I give to my beloved daughter Mary Cutt the little feild 
being part of that Com'only called the great feild lying next to y e 
high way going to the meeting house w th halfe an acre of land 
butting upon y e River on the one Side & the Creek that goes up 
by the great house on the other to take in the point Over & above 
& Soe up toward the great house w th free passage to it Between 
the great house & the river & a parcel of land out of y* ten acres 
I gave to my Son Jn° upon the great Hand to Say that where my 
frame now lies or formerly did lie from the house that was Cap 1 
Pendleton's to that w ch was Otho Tuckerman's & all below the 
rock & Soe down to y e River & the land I bought of Jn° Alt & 
the land I bought of W' n Williams lying in the woods at the head 
of Oysteriver & the 13 acres at boy ling rock bought of JefYery Cur- 



248 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

rier & further I will that her Brother John shall sum'er two Cowes 
for her in his pasture at home freely dureing her Natural life & 
because her proportion of land is Smaller y" what the rest of my 
Children have I will that She pay nothing towards what I hereafter 
give to her mother out of her proportion of moveables 

6° — As to y e remainder of my estate lying in Moneys plate 
household goods wares of any Sort Stock Shipping debts or any 
estate whatsoever any wise of right appertaining to mee & not 
already disposed off I doe dispose of it as ffolloweth Viz 1 one third 
part of the whole to my Eldest Son Jn° Cutt the other two thirds 
shall be divided into flour parts of w ch my Son Sam 1 Cutt shall 
have the one halfe the, other halfe to be equally divided Betwixt 
my two daughters Hanna & Mary Cutt unto each of w ch daughters 
I give besides their portion a Silver plate Marked T S 

7 Provided alwaies that I give & bequeath unto my beloved 
wife Ursula Cutt the full Sum'e of five hundred pounds to be taken 
out of y l portion w oh I have given to my Son's Jn° & Sam 1 & to my 
daughter Hanna each of them to pay their proportion of the Said 
ffive hundred pounds according to y e Quantity of Goods that fall's 
to their Share when the whole is Summ'd up & divided to them & 
they shall pay it in each Species that they receive their portion in 
whether money Goods Shipping or otherwise according to y e 
Value of what they Receive, the Moveables to be Apprized at 
price Curr lt Moreover I will that my beloved wife shall have lib- 
erty to dwell in my house till my Son John come to age or Marry 
if She continue a widdow whome I request to have respect to my 
Children & be a mother to them, if my Son Jn° Marry while my 
wife Continues a Widdow She shall have the use of a Couple of 
rooms in the house such as shall be Judged most convenient by 
my Execut' 8 & Overseers together & may be comfortable for her 
accommodation Or she shall have liberty to build an house upon 
that peice of land w <h she hath lately taken in as an addition to 
y e Orchard & may therein dwel dureing her Widdowhood & when 
she leaves it my Son John shall have it w Ul w' is built upon it Or 
she shall have libertv to Dwell in the New Warehouse w ch shall 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 249 

be fitted up for her till my daughter Hanna comes to make use of 
it Moreover she shall have the use of that laud at the Pulpitt w ch 
I have given to my Sou Samuel till he Come to age & may Im- 
prove Soe much of of it as she See's meet & build upon it if She 
pleases & Shall have the benefitt of it dureing her natural life & 
then both the land & all the Improvem' & building Shall return 
unto my Son Samuell Cutt 

8° Furthermore I will that if any of my Children die before 
they come to age or marry the portion I have given them shall be 
equally divided between those of them that Survive & if any of 
my Children die w u 'out Issue after marriage I will that the house- 
in g & Lands I have given them shall goe to the next heir & w tl1 
these proviso's it is to be understood that I give the abovemention'd 
houses & lands to my Children & their heires for ever, Provided 
also y* if it be Judged meet for the Peopling of the place to Sell 
any part of the great house feild into house lot's & my Overseers 
& Execut ,s approve of it it may be done & y e money for y e land 
so Sold to redound to y e behoof of the person to whome I have 
given the land & if it may be done for the good of the whole I 
advise that by the Consent of my Execut rs & Overseers y e Ship- 
ping or part of them may be sold assoon as may be 

9 For the good of the Town where I dwell I give & bequeath 
one hundred pounds towards the erecting of a free school pro- 
vided the town shall Set it up w th in Seven Years after my decease 
& nto y e Church in Portsm to w ch I belong I give fifteen pounds 
and thirty pounds to y e poor of the Town w ch S <1 30 1 shall be dis- 
posed of at y e discretion of my Overseers, unto y e Children of my 
Br° Robert Cutt I give what was Oweing to mee from their father 
to be equaly divided among y m unto my Coz 11 Jn° Shipway I give 
ten pounds & to my Servant Bathiah Furbur ffivety Shillings 

io° Finaly I make my beloved Son John & my daughter 
Hanna Execut 18 to this my last will & testam 1 & I request & appoint 
my good freinds M r Joshua Moodey M r Richard Martin & m r 
Reuben Hull of Portsm & Cap 1 Tho: Brattle of Boston to be my 
Overseers & unto y e Said Moodey I give as a legacy fifty Pounds 



25O NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

& to the other three Overseers thirty pounds a peice whome I doe 
earnestly desire to be careful] for y e Concern of my Children & to 
order matters Soe for y m as may be to their best behoof] e & for the 
mantaining & promoteing Love between y m & if there happen 
any difference among my wife & Children about the Interpretation 
of the will or about any matter referring to their Concernm ts there- 
in my will is that the party or party's concerned shall chuse each 
of y ,n a man to Joyn w 11 ' the Overseers for the decision of any Such 
Controversy & what they or the Major part of them shall deter- 
mine I will shall be the finall Issue of any Such matter. 

The managem 1 of my burial I leave to y e prudence of my beloved 
wife & my Overseers & doe obleidge my Execut™ w th y c advice of 
my Overseers to See to y e paying of the legacies abovemention'd 
& dischargeing of all my Just debts & funerall Charges out of 
my estate. 

In testimony to all & Singular the premisses I Set to my hand 
& Seal this sixth day of May in the year of our Lord 1680 by 
the premises I mean w 1 is written on the side above & on the 
other side 

Wee whose names are underwritten John Cutt — [a seal] 
saw m r Jn° Cutt Sen r sett his hand & 
Seal to this lustrum 1 & heard him 
declare it to be his last will & Tes- 
tam 1 this 6 may 1680 

John ffletcher 

Samuel Keais 

Vera Copia of the originall Will on hie of y e quart 1- Court of 
portsm in N — Hampsh': attests — 

Elias Stileman Record" 

Portsm Jan ry f 1680/81 
As an explication w th Some alteration of the Seventh article in 
my aforementioned last will & Testament in the foregoeing folio 
bearing date the 6 th of May 1680 I annexe what hereafter followes 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 25 1 

to Say that whereas I have in s' 1 article given five hundred pounds 
to my beloved wife Ursula Cntt upon Consideration of the great 
wasting of my Estate bv reason of long Sicknesse & other late 
providences attending mee I doe hereby will that the Sum'e w ch I 
bequeath unto her my wife afores' 1 shall be but four hundred 
pounds payable in manner as is in Said Article Express' d & w Ul all 
I give this as my meaning in S' 1 article that the said Sum'e of four 
hundred pounds is in lieu of w* She my Said wife would or might 
have expected on the Acc°of writt of Dowry or thirds of my Estate 
or any other way by vertue of any law in Old England or New 
& She shall renounce all other her intrest in or claim to any part 
of my estate or else shall not receive any part or whole of this lour 
hundred Pounds that I have here bequeathed her leaveing her to 
her choice w ch of the two she will take either the thirds of my 
house & land dureing her life time or this four hundred pounds & 
I do hereby will & declare that this schedule here an'exed is & shal 
bee my last will & testam 1 any thing in my will afores' 1 to y e Con- 
trary Notwithstanding as Witnesse my hand & seal this third day 
of Jan ry one thousand six hundred & Eighty 

this writeing above was signed John Cutt — [a seal] 

& Sealed by Jn° Cutt esq r Presi- 
dent of New Hampshire & de- 
clared to be his last will & Tes- 
tament in p r sense of us this 3 d 
Jan r y 1680 

Rich" 1 Waldron 

Joshua Moodey 

Vera Copia of the originall Expliacon & addition as it is on file 
of y e quart 1- Court of portsm in N. Hampsh attests 

Elias Stileman Record 1 * 
[Proved April 9, 16S1.] 

[Inventory of the estate was presented June 7, 1681.] 
[Court Records, June 7, 16S1, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 47.] 



252 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[John Cutt, son of President John Cutt, being a minor, desires 
that his guardian, Reuben Hull, may fit out and send to sea cer- 
tain vessels belonging to his estate, the overseers approving.] 

[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 677.] 

[Administration de bonis non of the estate of John Cutt of Ports- 
mouth granted to Samuel Penhallow of Portsmouth, merchant, 
July 24, 1700, who married Mary Cutt, daughter of the deceased, 
the executors of the will, John Cutt and Hannah Cutt, son and 
daughter of the deceased, having died.] 

[Probate Records, vol. 4, p. 210.] 

[Bond of Samuel Penhallow, gentleman, with Thomas Parker, 
chirurgeon, and Charles Story, gentleman, as sureties, all of 
Portsmouth, in the sum of £500, July 24, 1700, for the adminis- 
tration de bonis non of the estate of John Cutt of Portsmouth ; 
witnesses, Sarah Hall and Mary Hall.] 



HENRY SHERBURNE 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Henry Sherburne, March 26, 1681 ; 
amount, £126.12.0 ; signed by Peter Coffin ; attested by Samuel 
Sherburne and John Sherburne Sept. 8, 1681 ; goods delivered to 
Mrs. Sherburne out of the estate, £19.1.6.] 

[Order of court, June 7, 1681, appointing John Hunking, John 
Shipway, and John Pickering a committee to set off to Sarah 
Sherburne, widow, her third of the real estate of her husband, 
Henry Sherburne, she stating to the court that she was receiving 
no means of support either from his estate or that of her former 
husband, Walter Abbott.] 

[Court Records, June 7, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 47.] 

[Inventory was presented Sept. 7, 1681, and attested by Sam- 
uel Sherburne and John Sherburne; amount not stated.] 
[Council Records, Sept, 7, 168 r, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 678.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 253 

PHINEAS RIDER 1681 NEWCASTLE 

[Inventory of the estate of Phineas Rider, Great Island, April 
30, 1681, ''According To the desire of his vviddow " ; amount, 
£12.16.0; signed by Nathaniel Fryer and Samuel Wentworth. 

Administration granted to Alice Rider June 7, 1681, who made 
oath to the inventory. The court gives her all the estate.] 

[Administration on the estate of "old Rider" granted to his 
widow June 7, 168 1.] 

[Court Records, June 7, 168 1, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 46.] 



AGNES COWELL 1681 PORTSMOUTH 

Know all men by presents that I Agnes Cowll of the town of 
Porthmouth in new Hampshire doe After my deseas make Over 
and give the theird part of my Estate which was left by my hus- 
band Cowll which is ffiffty pound as it was prise and I doe give 
the said ffifty pound to my Children at my deseas as I think ffitt 
or to any or all them in my last will and testament as witnes my 
hand & seal this 30 th Aprell 1681 

tested by the mark X of Agnes Cowll [seal] 

Thomas Harvev 

Nicholas Walden 

[Proved Jan. 3, 16S1/2.] 



ANTHONY ELLINS 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Anthony Ellins, Portsmouth, Aug. 7, 
168 1 ; amount, £375.5.11; signed by John Shipway, Anthony 
Nutter, and Nehemiah Partridge.] 

[Administration on the estate of Anthony Ellins granted to his 
widow, Abigail Ellins, Sept. 8, 1681.] 

[Council Records, Sept. 8, 16S1, in State Papers, vol. 19, p 678.] 



254 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

[Inventory of the estate of Abigail EJlins, widow of Anthony El- 
lins, " w cl ' she brought with her when she married said Anthony " ; 
taken Sept. 8, 1681 ; amount, £39.180; signed by John Sher- 
burne and Nehemiah Partridge; attested Sept. 8, 1681.] 



JOHN BUNKING 1681 PORTSMOUTH 

The last Will & Testament of John Hunkins of Portsm in y e 
Province of New-Hampshire made this twenty fifth of August 
1681 

I John Hunkins being under great weaknes of Body, and app r - 
hensions of approaching Death, * * * 

i. Unto my Beloved Wife I give all that shee brought with 
her, fiveteen pounds of hers In Alony I made use of, & I will 
shalbe returned her in kind. I give her also one hundred pounds 
out of my Moveables according as they are prized, & I will y' all 
my Moveables bee prized as Mony, Further I will y e my Wife 
shall have liberty to dwell either in this house or that wherein 
John Light now lives, so much of either of y"' being allotted to 
her as shalbe judged convenient for her accom'odation by my 
Execut r & Overseers, & shee to. have liberty of dwell g there while 
shee lives. Provided alwaies y l my wife accept of what is above- 
said in liew of her Thirds of my house & land, & renounce her 
Interest in any part of my Estate any further than as above 
expressed. 

2. Unto my Beloved son John Hunkin I givey 6 House & land 
where I now dwell w th y e Barn, outhouseing Orchards & all y 6 
Priviledges thereunto belongeng, to him also I give y e Field newly 
fenced in by y e High Way next to m r R. Martyns, being thirty 
Acres more or lesse, together with my Warehouse & wharfing at 
strawberry-Bank, as also my Houses, Warehouses & stage on 
star-Island with all other Appurtenances thereto belonging (my 
Boats only excepted) & my Best cloak & silver hafted Rapier & 
my seal-ring w th J H upon it, willing him my son John to pay 
unto my Daughters out of his own proper Estate fivety pounds 
apiece in Mony, upon theyr Day of Marriage or when they come 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 255 

to Age, & if either of them dye before y e Time limited then her 
fivety pounds to bee paid unto my surviveing Daughter. 

3 Unto my Beloved son Peter Hunkins I give y c House & land 
where John Light dwells with all y e Priviledges thereto belong- 
ing, excepting y e ^cell of land between Gate & Gate on y e N. 
West side of y e house (reserving y e forementioned Liberty to my 
wife) Also a ^cell of Land next W m Cottons being about twenty 
Acres more or lesse, unfenced, w Ul four Acres of Marsh w ch lies 
at Little Harbour 

4 I give to my Beloved son William my eight-Acre Lott near 
y e Boyling Rock with sixty sixe Acres at y e Head of said Lott in 
y e Plains. 

5 I bequeath to my Beloved son Mark my sixe-score Acres of 
Land near Salmon-flails being all that ^cell of Land w ch I bought 
of Ralph Hall, as ^ Deed appeares 

6 To my Beloved Daughter Agnes I give all my land upon y e 
Great Island w Ul y e lettle house upon it lying next to John flabens's 
House by y e Water-side. And a seal Ring marked A H. besides 
that fivety pound payable by her Bro. John. 

7 Unto my Beloved Daughter Elizabeth I give that little house 
by y e Well near y l house where m r Light lives w th y* ^cell of land 
lying between Peter Glandfeeld's & y e Gate of y' house where m r 
Light now lives, & so backward to y e Gate y l Opens to y e High 
way, As also another ^cell of land about seven Acres, fenced, 
bounded by W m Cottons Rich: Joce's land & y e High-way. I give 
also to my S d Daughter Eliz: besides y* fivety pounds payable by 
her Bro: John, all y e rest of my Gold Rings, togeth r w lh a p c of 
black silk y e is in y e House for a Gown, & a p c of Red silk for a 
Petticoat. 

Further I will y 4 my son John shalbe sole Execut 1 " of this my last 
Will & Testament Only if my son John dye before hee come home 
then my son Peter shalbee Execut r in his Room, & have his portion 
& be obliged to pay y e same Legacies as John should have done. 
And if any of my other children dye before they come to Age or 
marry y e portion of y e deceased shalbe equally divided among y e 



256 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

Survivors, excepting y e fivety pounds ap c to my Daught™ w ch I 
will shalbe as above ordered. 

I doe also hereby desire & appoint my Hon rJ ffriends Rich: Mar- 
tyn & W m Vaughan Esq' 8 to bee overseers to this my last Will & 
Testament, requesting them to see to y e ^formance thereof ac- 
cording to y e true intent hereof, as also to y e Division of all y e rest 
of my Estate not above ^ticularly disposed of whether in shipping 
or stock or any moveables within doores or without unto each of 
my children an equall share, after y l my Legacies Debts & funer- 
all charges are defraied out of my said moveables. And because 
my Execuf is from home I desire & im power my Overseers afores' 1 
to look after my Estate & use theyr best discretion for preserving it, 
& to pay out of it what Debts are needfull to bee speedily paid. 

And my Will is y l y e Houses & lands given above to my chil- 
dren shaibe to them, theyr Heires & Assignes for ever. In Testi- 
mony to all y e p'mises I set to mine hand & seal this twenty fifth 
of August 1681 If Peter come to bee Execute & have John's Por- 
tion, then Peters portion shalbe divided among y e survivers & to 
y s also set my hand & seal I also impower my Overseers above.s d 
to Receive Debts as well as pay Debts till my Executor comes 
Home — 

Witnes John Hunking [seal] 

Joshua Moodey 

John ffletcher 

[Endorsed] m r Jn° Hunkings will brought into Court of Adjornm 1 
y e i l Tuesday in decemb 1 " 1681 : & is put on file on y e records of 
y e Court of Dover June 7th : 1681 being proved *$* m r Jos: Moodey 
& m r Jn° ffletcher who tooke oath y r unto 

E: S: Record r 



THOMAS AVERY 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Thomas Avery, Sept., 1681 ; taken 
by Walter Neal Leavitt and Samuel Haines, Jr. ; amount in real 
estate and live stock, £112.12.0: other articles not valued: at- 
tested by Joan Avery Nov. 1, 1681.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 257 

THOMAS WILLEY 1681 

[Administration on the estate of Thomas Willey granted to Mar- 
garet Willey, his wife, and John Willey, his son, Sept. 7, 1681.] 
[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 678.] 



JOHN WHIDDEN 1681 

[Administration on the estate of John Whidden granted to his 
widow, Elizabeth Whidden, Sept. 7, 1681, and an inventory was 
presented.] 

[Council Records, Sept. 7, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 67S.] 



SAMUEL DALTON 1681 HAMPTON 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Dalton of Hampton, who 
died Aug. 22, 1681 ; taken Sept. 15, 1681 ; amount, £868.5.0; 
signed by John Sanborn and Henry Dow ; attested by his widow, 
Mehitable Dalton, Dec. 6, 1681. Mentions estate in Haverhill, 
Mass., given him by his father-in-law, Henry Palmer.] 

[Administration on the estate of Samuel Dalton granted to his 
widow, Mehitable Dalton, Dec. 6, 1681, who presented an in- 
ventory of £868.5.0.] 

[Court Records, Dec. 6, 1681, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 50.] 

SEWARD 1681 



[Richard Seward made choice of his master, William Vaughan, 
as his guardian, who was appointed Nov. 22, 1681.] 

[Council Records, Nov. 22, 1681, in State Papers, vol. 19, p. 683.] 



AGNES SNELL 1681 

[Inventory of the estate of Agnes Snell, wife of George Snell, 

Dec. 5, 1681 ; amount, £172.10.9; signed by John Shipway, Jr., 
17 



258 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILES 

and Samuel Keais ; endorsed "This Inventory Lefte in Courte 
by m' George Snell Xber 168 1 " ; attested by Jethro Furber May 

3, 1682.] 

GODFREY BROOKING 1682 ISLES OF SHOALS 

To The honorable : His Majesties Councill now sittinge at Ports- 
m° — The peticon of William ftbllet of Oyster River in behalfe of 
his Daughter In Law, Hannah Brookine of Isle of Sholes ; 

Humbly Sheweth, Whereas Godfrey Brookinge was unfortu- 
nately drowned y e 10 th day of Xber 1681 : at Isle of Sholes; and 
dyinge Insolvent : not leavinge estate neither to pay one halfe y c 
debts eontracted by him in his life time nor any competency for 
his Relict and foure smal Children left behind him ; 

Knowing no Authority there established at Star Island ; nor any 
way wherby y r petition 1 " may be put In a way to satisfy e y € Credi- 
tors — It is the humble petition of y"' s <l Relict ; y l y r honours would 
be pleased ; to use or direct some way or means ; y £ the Creditors 
may Receive accordinge to proportion of ye small estate Left ac- 
cording to y e Inventory here presented to you and y 1 ' petitioner 
shall ever pray &c 

[Misc. Provincial Papers, mss., vol. I, p. 18.] 



PETER VITTERY 1682 LONDON ENG. 

[Administration on the estate of Peter Vittery of London, Eng., 
< 'who died out of y e Ketch ffriends Endeavo 1 of piscattaq e River 
on a voyage to the Madara from s <l River," was granted to Reuben 
Hull June 6, 1682.] 

[Court Records, June 6, 16S2, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 54.] 



DODEVAH HULL 1682 

[Administration on the estate of Dodevah Hull granted to his 
widow, Mary Hull, June 6, 1682, his will being imperfect.] 
[Court Records, June 6, 1682, in Deeds, vol. 5, p. 54.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 259 

JOB CLEMENT 1682 

Dover. 4. 7 1 " 1682 

The last will & Testam 1 of Job Clement Esq r . 

I Job Clement being weak in Body but in ^fect memory doe 
dispose of my Estate as followeth 

I make my Son Job Clement my sole heir & give to him all my 
houseing & lands Bills & Bonds with stock in tradeing & all my 
other Estate whatsoever except what is hereafter excepted 

I give to my beloved wife Joanna Clement y 1 ' choice of my Houses 
for her to live in dureing her life time, together with what so ever 
Estate she brought with her whether in Cattell or houshold goods, 
& shee shall with y° Mouse have y e use of y e Accomodations of 
land belonging to it, & y e use of a Heather bed dureing her life 

I give to my Granchild Jane Kenney the residue of nry Six Acre 
lott more or lesse y c one halfe of w' h was formerly by mee given 
to her ffather, lying near y e Watch house on Dover Neck. Also 
I give to y e said Jane that bed w cb my wife has y e use of dureing 
her life to come into her hands after my wives decease./ I give 
thirty shill to y e poor of y e Town & thirty shill to y e church. 

ffinally I make my son Job to my sole Execut 1 " willing him to 
pay my Debts & funerall charges And request y e Hon le Rich d 
Waldron p r sident & y e Rev' 1 m r John Pike to bee overseers to this 
my last Will & Testam 1 

In witnes to y e p r mises I have set to my hand & seal 

The instrument above was signed Job Clements [seal] 

& sealed by y e within mentioned Job 
Clements Esq r & declared to bee his 
last Will & Testament y e day & 
year above written 4 (7) 1682. In 
p'sence of us 

Richard Walderne 

Joshua Moodey 

[Proved Nov. 9, 1683. See recorded copy.] 



260 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

WILLIAM PITMAN 1682 DURHAM 

October the last, in the year of our Lord God one thousand six 
hundred eighty & two, I William Pitman of Oister river in the 
Province of New Hampshire being weak in body and being per- 
fect in memory & mind ; willing to settle my estate for the future, 
committing my soul unto him that gave it, & my body to the dust 
and Christian burial. My Will is, that my son John Pitman be 
my sole Executor of all my estate houses lands goods & chattels 
debts monies whatever All my legal debts being paid. 

My Will is, that my Wife shall have two Cows, a bed and bed- 
ding and accomodation in the house And provisions for her this 
winter until they may be placed out, And one third of the income 
of my unmoveables during her natural life, or until she marry. 

My Will is, that my son ffrancis Pitman have & injoy as a gift 
of mine All that Place or tenement which I bought of Richard 
Knight, commonly called Giles's place, he paying my Executor 
four pound. 

Item I give unto my sons Ezekiel Pitman & Nathaniel Pitman, 
that parcel of marsh that I bought of Richard Knight lying near 
the Meeting house equally betwixt y m 

Item I give unto my son Joseph Pitman all my part of land 
near the valley of twenty five acres at Colley's marsh, as appears 
more large by Records. 

I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Jenkins fifteen shillings. 

I give unto my daughter Abigail Willy, Sara Thrisco, Ezekiel 
Pitman, Ann Pitman, Zacharias Pitman, Hanna Pitman, Judith 
Pitman, each of them aforenamed three shillings a peece. 

My Will is that Edward Leathers & Stephen Jenkins should be 
the Overseers of my Wife & children, & of my executors, to see 
this my Will performed. 

Witness William Pitman 

John Woodman his X mark 

Stephen Otis & seal [seal] 

[Proved Nov. 16, 1682.] 

"Deeds, vol. 4, p. 64.] 



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 26 1 

[Inventory, Nov. 15, 1682 ; amount, £173.6.0. ; signed by 
Robert Burnham and Joseph Smith.] 



MOSES COX 1682 HAMPTON 

In y e name of God Amen I Moses Coxe of Hampton in y e pro- 
vince of new Hampshere in new England being very Aged and 
weake of body * * * 

Ittem I give and bequeath unto prudence my welbeloved wife 
if she doe outlive me the one half of all my land medow & marsh 
& Com'onages and the use of the moveabls (Excepting what shall 
be here after disposed of in this my last will ) All during the Tearme 
of hir Naturall Life And after hir decease then to Returne unto my 
son in law Jeames Perkins & my Daughter Leah his now wife 

Ittem I give and bequeath unto my son in law Jeames Perkins 
and to Leah his wife The other Half of all my Lands both upland 
meadow marsh & Com'onages 

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Mary Godfree & my Daughter 
Sarrah Norris five shillings apece to be payd by my Exequetours 
in marchble pay att prize Current 

Ittem I give unto my Daughter Rachell Rawlings the some of 
twentie pound five pounds to be payd the first yeare after mine & 
my wifes decease and five pounds to be payd within two years 
after my & my wifes decease and five pounds more to be payd 
within three years after my & my wifes decease and five pounds 
more to be payd within fower years after mine & my wifs decease 
to be payd by my Exequetour in good marchble pay att Current 
prize as it shall then pase from man to man Also I give unto my 
Daugter Rachell Rawlings one feather Bed & bolster after mine 
& my wifs decease — 

And I doe by these pressent make Constitute and Appoint my 
Trustie and Welbeloved son in law Jeames Perkins to be my sole 
Exequetour to this my last Will & Teastiment In Wittnes Here 
unto I have put too my Hand and Sealled it with my seall this 



262 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 

first day of november in y e yeare of our Lord Sixteen Hundred & 
Eightie two & in the thirtie forth yeare of the Raigne of our sov- 
eraigne Lord Charls the second by the grace of God king of 
England Scotland ffrance & Ireland defender of the ffaith 

signed sealled and Confermed Moses Cox [seal] 

in the pressence of uss. 

Henry Dow % 

Samuell Dow 

[Proved July 18, 1687.] 

[Inventory of the estate of Moses Cox, who died May 28, 16S7 '-■ 
taken June 10, 1687 ; amount, £124.14.0 ; signed by Henry Dow, 
Abraham Cole, and John Moulton.] 



SAMUEL DUDLEY 1682/3 

[Inventory of the estate of Samuel Dudley, Feb. 10, 1682/3 ; 
amount, £641.12.0; signed by William Morse and Robert Smart ; 
witnesses, Edward Smith, John Folsom, and Bartholomew Tip- 
ping ; attested bv Theophilus Dudley, administrator, March 3,- 

1682/3.] 

To the Right honerabell Edward Cranfeld Equir & governer of 
new hampshere Sir thes are to aquaint your honner that I Eliza- 
beth dudley Laite wife of m r Samuell dudley deceased have agreed 
with the Children of the Said dudly for my dowery allso to aquaint 
your honner that I doe Refuse to Adminester and therfore I doe 
Leave it to my sonn in Lawe theophelus dudley 

Sir yours honeres to serve to my power 

witnes my hand and seale Elizabeth Dudly [seal] 

merch : I th : 1685 

m 19 Elisabath dudly owned : this above to be her acte and dede 
this 2 d of march 1685 Before me 

John Gillman of the Counsill