The Will of Joseph Bartlett, Newton, NH, 1752


THE WILL OF
JOSEPH BARTLET(T)

Newton, New Hampshire Province, New England
(Now in Rockingham Co., NH)
Dated 22 April 1752; Proven 27 February 1754


      In The Name of God Amen The twenty 2d Day of april 1752 I Joseph BARTLET of Newtown In the province of New Hampsheir In New England Being at this pressen time Through Gods Goodness of Perfect understanding Tho under Bodely Indispsison
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      2. I Give to my well Bloved wife Sarah on third part of all my Estate as the Law Directs During har Natural life
      3. I Give and bequthe to my Son Joseph BARTLET three peces of Land I Bought of Samuell HADLEY with all the Buildings there on and the one half of the land I bought of Samuell STEVENS and Dacon COLBY and Jonathan COLBY at the Country pond So Called also that part of Jeams GEORGs farm origenelly which I of Brother Josiah BARTLET as by the Deds of Each pace and parcel of land is more perticulery Exprest & To Come into the posesion thereof at my Decace he paying out what legeses he shall be hereafter ordred in thes will
      4. I Give and bequeath to my son Gershom BARTLET the Land I Bought of Enoch COFFIN and Joseph STOKMAN as by ther Dede may appear with all the Building there on also Nine Acres I bought of fowlers farm at the Childrons land so Called as by that Dead may appear also the one half of the Land I bought of Samuel STEVENS and Dacon COLBY and Jonathan COLBY at the Country pound So Called he paying the legeses I shall here after order in this will for Him to pay
      5. I Give to my other two sons Namely Richard BARTLETT and Matthias BARTLET my homested It being part of a farm which I had of my honered father Richard BARTLET as by the Deede may appear and twenty Acres more which I Had of my brother Josiah BARTLET adjoining to my part of said farm as by the Deed may appear, to be Eequaly Divided between them in quantity and qulity when thay arrive to twenty & one years of age thay and Each of Them paying the legeses I Shall here after order them In this will
      6. I Give to my Daughter Elizebath fower hundred pounds old tenor Reckoning what she have all Redey to be part to be paid to har the one half of it in one year after my Decase and the other half in two years after my Decese By my Son Joseph BARTLET I Also order my Son Joseph BARTLET to pay my Daughter mary Two Hundred pounds ould tenor one hundred in one year after my Decase the other hundred in two years after my Decas I Also order my sd son Joseph to pay to my Dafter Hannah Two hundred pounds old tenor the one half in one year after my Decase the other half in two years after my Deces I also order my son Joseph to pay to my Daughter marcy fifty pounds old tenor, shee cuming to be Eighteen years of age or on the Day of har marage
      7. I Give to my Daughter Sarah Now wife of Gidian SAYER foer Hundred pound old tenor Reckening what shee have had Alredey to be part the Remaindr to be paid to har by my son Gershom in two years after my Deces I also order my son Gershom to pay to my Daughter mary two hundred pounds old tenor one half in one year after my Deces the other half in two years after my Deces I also order my son Gershom to pay to my Daughter marcy fifty pound old tenor when she cums to be Eighten year of age or on the Day of marag
      8. I order my Son Richard to pay to my Daughter marcy one Hundred and fifty pounds old tenor in one year after he cums to be twenty and one years of age I also order my son Richard to pay to my Daughter Ledia two hundred pounds old tenor when she cums to be Eighteen years of age or on marag Day
      9. I order my son Matthias to pay to my Daughter marcy one hundred and fifty pounds old tenor In one year after he arrive to twenty one years of age I also order my son Matthias to pay to my Daughter Lidia two hundred pounds old tenor at the age of Eighteen years or on the Day of marag
      I also will my wife to have the Impovemet of the Estate I have given to my two sons Richard and mthias [Matthias…st] they Caring on with har till thay com to the age of twenty years and one and what by Industery thay gitt besides what taks for their Bringing up and others under age until thay cum of age shall be to pay the leges thay are ordered to pay as far as It will goe
      I order also that my Son Gershom pay to my Daughter Hannah two Hundred pounds old tener the one half in one year after my Deces the other in two year after my Deces
    10. I also give to my son Joseph for his Sarvic with me since he was twenty one years of age one yoak of oxen one yoak of steirs and a two year ould heffer and fouer sheep one hors one shote and one Cart and wheels one timber Chain and one Draft Chain two axes one hoe one sythe and tacklen one Gun one spang shakle to ox yoaks and Stapl and Rings and one sadle and Bridle
    11. I also give to my son Gershom for his sarvce with me since he was twenty one years of age one yoake of oxen foer sheep one yoake of Calvs one Cart and wheels one sythe and tacklen one timber Chain and one Draft Chain one ox yoak and staple & Ring two axes one hoe one Gun one Shote one spang shakle and all my Cooper tools and one Sadle and Bridle
      and all my other husbandry tools and Impements I order to be left for the Carring one the work of the homsted
      and all other of my Estate Real or personal movabls Bills Bonds Nots of hand Books or Book Debts of what Ever Name or Denomination so ever I leave in the hands of my Excutors Ordering them to pay all my Debts that are just and lawfull And funeral charges out of the Same and the Remainder there of to be Equaly Divided among all my Children above Named and I Do Now Revoke and make voyd all other wills and Testements before by me made and appoint order and Constute my well Beloved wife Sarah and my two sons Joseph BARTLET and Gershom BARTLET Sole Executors of this my last will and Testement witness my hand and seal the Day and year above written
  Joseph BARTLET

Witnesses: Gideon BARTLET, Moses CARLETON, David x (his mark) ELLIOT.

Proved Feb. 27, 1754.

Inventory, March 7, 1754; amount, £15,876.4.4; signed by Jeremy WEBSTER, Gideon BARTLETT, and Jonathan KIMBALL.




1. Metcalf, Henry Harrison, edit. Probate Records of The Province Of New Hampshire, 1750-1753, Vol. 4. (Concord, NH: The Rumford Press, 1915), pp. 219-222.
2. Contributed by Sandra G. Taylor with changes being only the capitalization of surnames.
Joseph Bartlett was the son of Richard Bartlett and Hannah Emery, Team 2. In January of 1754, his daughter Mary married his brother Stephen's son, Josiah Bartlett, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and future Governor of New Hampshire.


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