He then worked on the Kittery Naval Shipyard, where he worked on Atomic Submarines.
He went to Grafton, and became a lumberjack working with the horses pulling large sledges full of logs to the riverbank. Then in the spring when the ice went out, it took the logs down to the different mills.
After his marriage he ran a farm for the Poor family in South Andover ME.
In 1941 he moved his family to York Beach ME and went back to work at the Naval Shipyard. After he left the Navy yard, he started doing carpentry work. Over the years, he became known as the "Jackknife carpenter" because if anything needed to be replaced, he could carve the piece out to match whatever was missing.
See the Andover ME Web Site for her obituary.
Kingsbury was sickly but his wife was ambitious and did much to support the family.
Wells ME History: p.87 After the Revolution, the men of the town realized the importance of regular drill and systemized means of defense. Capt. Joshua Gray, Jr. was clerk of one group which was headed by Capt. Samuel Stewart. Among Gray's papers and diaries may be found several of the so-called 'Muster Sheets' ...
p.109 Photo. Caption: Shoes Made for Yette Gray by Father, Capt. Joshua Gray Wells. About 1799. p.111 Photo. Caption: Home of Capt. Joshua Gray, Wells.
York Co. ME Cemetery Inscriptions p.520: (Cornish) Of the Joshua Gray cemetery (location unknown), Mrs. Addie Small has written me: "Did I ever mention to you ... the Gray Cemetery that lies back of what I call the John Small hill? This John was brother to Dick Small father of the Harry Small you knew.
This was the Joshua Gray family, he a Revolutionary soldier. His son Joshua Jr. remained in Wells. Joshua Sr. and Susanna Hatch Gray were m. 1 Jul 1764.
I have never been there but was told it has once been a very well kept yard. I know that Joshua Sr. and his wife died in Cornish from the Log Book Joshua Jr. kept. ... For several years I've tried to get younger people to hunt for this yard and even tried with a friend to go there. A Mr. Day, who once owned the Small farm, thought he could lead us over the hill but we found that running hemlock was so thick we could not get through."
Item: I give to my beloved wife, the whole of my estate real and personal, during the time that she remains my widow; and after that, my will is that my three sons may have the whole of my estate equally divided amongst them in consideration of their paying twenty five Pounds to my three daughters, in the following manner: to my eldest daughter Priscilla, five Pounds, and to my second daughter Sarah five Pounds, and also to my youngest daughter Eunice fifteen Pounds: ten Pounds of said fifteen is to be reckoned in consideration of her bringing up and the other five Pounds to be paid her equal to one of the others.
And I appoint my wife the executrix of this, which I declare to be my last will and testament, revoking all others. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of July, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and ninety two.
Signed sealed pronounced & declared by the said Job Low, as his last will & testament in the presence of us, Reuben Chaney, Asa Low, Samuel Curtis.
Probate records Job Low estate, Joshua Gray administrator: Vol. 17 p.545 [FHL film 12790]: York Co. at a Court of Probate, held at York, July 16, 1798: Samuel Curtis of Wells in said county, farmer, is appointed guardian to Joab Low, a minor upwards of fourteen years of age pursuant to said minor's choice; he being a son of Job Low, late of said Wells, yeoman deceased ...
Administration on the estate of David Low of Wells was granted to Asa Low Oct. 11, 1777 ... The estate was valued at£244.
MA Soldiers and Sailors, 1:250: Andrews, Jeremiah. Private, Maj. William Lithgow's co., Col. Benjamin Tupper's (15th) regt., muster roll for March 1779, dated West Point; enlisted Jan. (or June) 11 1778; discharged March 11, 1779; enlistment, 9 months.
Maine Pensioners, 1835 on Ancestry.com: Oxford Co., Jeremiah Andrews, private, Massachusetts line; Annual Allowance: 96.00; Sums Received: 663.73; Placed on the pension roll 22 Jan 1819; Commencement of Pension 7 May 1818; age 77; Dropped under act 1 May 1820. Restored, commencing 27 Mar 1823; died 25 Feb 1827.
"Maine Estate Schedules from Revolutionary War Pensions", Register 145:162: #323. Jeremiah Andrews, 66, Bethel, private, Page's Co., Tupper's Regt., Mass. Real estate, I have none. Personal estate, one cow and one pig and a few ordinary articles of household stuff and utensils. Several articles of personal property contained in my first schedule had been appropriated to pay debts I owed for family supplies. My son bot some of the cattle and paid for one debt to Obediah Kimball, $21.19, to Alvin Bolster, $60, to Sally Andrews, $43.
I have no income and am now poor and needing charity. Farmer, not able [due to] age and infirmity. Elizabeth, wife, 58, a feeble old woman. Amos, son, 25, lives with me [and] able to support himself. Huldah, 22, Mary, 19, Eliza, 16, Julia, 14, Stephen, 8, Hannah, 9, children not able to support themselves. Restored, $30. 27 Mar 1823.
p.280 (Hilton) Apparently she was Anne Parsons, daughter of John Parsons, for whose widow, Elizabeth, William Hilton was a bondsman in 1692. However p.475 (Parsons) Anne, wife of William Hilton, may have been sister of either John or Elizabeth, but not their daughter.
Gray Family: He and his brother Alexander were stationed in Capt. Hill's Garrison at Kittery in 1704/05.
Grants of land by the town [Wells ME] were laid out on May 23, 1701, to ... Job Low and Daniel Low. In 1730 Job deeded one-half of his homestead to his eldest son William Low. In 1735 his nephew Daniel Low quitclaimed to him fifty acres in Wells which had beloged to the elder Daniel Low "which tract is now in Job's possession. To his son David Low, Job gave a town grant of three and a half acres at Bald hil in 1755 and in 1758 he sold to David fifty acres with buildings, possibly the rest of the homestead as William Low was an abuttor. In 1759 Low and John Bennett exchanged small lots of marsh.
He was a farmer and kept a tavern in the old homestead in North Andover. In front of the house stood the "Old Frye Elm," planted by Chaplain Jonathan, his uncle, in the spring of 1725 just as he was leaving for "Lovewell's Fight." The tree was cut down in 1876.
In the Rev. War he was Col. of a regiment of militia and was wounded 16 Jan 1775.
"Notes to Pedigree of Frye", Register 8:227 He was a colonel in the battle of Bunker Hill and animated the courage of his soldiers by the glorious recollection: "This day thirty years since, I was at the taking of Louisburg, when it was surrendered to us. It is a fortunate day for America. We shall certainly beat the enemy."
Daniel Estes, who with wife Mary came to Bethel late in life, was probably the great grandson of Mathew. He was of Berwick and subsequently of Shapleigh, and about the year 1795, he came to Bethel with his sons, Benjamin, Stephen, John and Richard. Still another son went to New Brunswick and remained there.
The historian Hubbard cared little about the eastern country, and his paragraph about the founding of New Hampshire (Register 31:179) is mostly false. Hilton did not come to the Piscataqua with David Thomson in 1623 and Chr. Levett's book proves that no settlement had been made up the river in the spring of 1624 (Register 76:315). It was later than this last season, therefore, when Hilton left Plymouth and joined Thomson at Little Harbor with the purpose of starting salt works.
He is first found at Kittery Point in June, 1648; before that, in April, Dover had allowed him and Thomas Turner to gather 70 loads of pine knots on Madbury Neck. ... Removing to York, he was promptly given the ferry and tavern license.
Besides the wife who followed him to Plymouth, and Frances, possibly a widow with children when he married her about 1651, there may have been others. ... Aside from this there is the railing of his w. Frances (for which the court sentenced her severely) that one John was his bastard.
On 16 Oct 1649 Mrs. Hilton was presented and admonished for fighting and abusing her neighbors with her tongue. ... On 15 Oct 1650 Mr. William Hilton and Frances his wife were sued by Mr. Georg Moncke for slander. ... on 28 Jun 1655 the court found Frances Hilton, the wife of William Hilton, guilty of "railing at her husband and saying he went with Joane [sic, John in the blotter] his bastard to his three halfe penny whores and she was sentenced to have "twenty lashes upon the bare skin, only the execution thereof upon her husband's request to be respited upon her good behavior until the next county court, ...
At the same court in which Richard White became William Hilton's administrator, White also brought a charge of slander against Rice Jones for an offense against his wife, Frances White. As the court dragged on, Frances White was countersued for "causelessly abusing" the wife of Rice Jones with opprobrious and disgraceful speeches and was sentenced to acknowledge her offence in court, 3 Jul 1656. At court 6 Jul 1657 the infamous Joan Andrews was presented for "threatening Goody Whitte at York in a profane manner saying that she would swear herself to the devil but she would be avenged of her.
On 5 Jul 1658 complaints were heard about Richard White and his wife fighting and quarrelling together. Things got worse. On 3 Jul 1660, Richard White and his wife Frances White were presented for allowing men to be drunk in their house on the Sabbath and for not attending public meeting, and for "common lying and backbiting of their neighbors & slandering them & for their great disorder in falling out & fighting one with another & for beating company in their house & for beating Mistress Gunnison & Joseph Davesse his servants, ... "
In 1648 he was the Braveboat Harbor ferryman and from 1652–1654 lived east of Capt. Ravnes in York. ... Returning to Kittery he was constable in 1657 and had the Piscataqua ferry in 1659.
Memorial of Fawn Clements son of Mrs. Eliza. Clements who was a daughter of Mr John & Elizabeth Fawn wch Eliza. Clements was Neece to one Mr. Luke alias Look Fawn a Stationer in Paul's Church yard at ye Sign of ye Parrot who died a little before ye fire; and gave ye sd Mrs. Elizabeth Clements £300. And left it in ye hands of Mr. John Cressit in Charter house yard in London Mr. Edward Clements at ye Sign of ye Lamb in Abchurch lane Mr. Edward Henning Mercht. in London & Mr. Jerrat Marshal in London. Recorded Sepr. 15th 1716.
Hammatt p.413: At a Town Meeting, 23 Aug 1687, he took an active part in the refusal of the Town to comply with Sir Edmund Andros's order for raising a Province Tax, as being contrary to Charter rights. For this he was tried at Boston, fined, imprisoned and deposed from his ministry. After the expulsion of Andros he prosecuted Chief Justice Dudley for refusing him the privileges of the habeas corpus act, while he was imprisoned.
He lies buried in the old burying ground of Chebacco: "Underneath Lies the Body of the / Rev. John Wise, A.M. / First Pastor of the Second Church in Ipswich / Graduated at Harvard College in 1673 / Ordained Pastor of said Church in 1681 / And died April 8, 1725 / Aged 73 / For talents, piety and learning / He shone as a Star of the First Magnitude"
ME/NH p.276-77: In June-July 1667, Mainwaring Hilton joined his stepfather White, brother-in-law Beale and one Richard Sweat in securing a debt to a Boston merchant on the Hilton homestead, two dwellings, a 6-ton fishing shallop and two cows, one of which was Mainwaring's.
Ten thousand were taken prisoner, and about half were so exhausted by their fight, and disabled by wounds, that they were released. The able bodied prisoners, five thousand in number, were marched down to Durham and Newcastle-on-Tyne. The Cathedral at Durham was converted into a prison and the Highlanders were destined to spend an indefinite period as prisoners of war.
Their food consisted of 'Pottage made with oatmeal, beef, and cabbage, a full quart at a meal for every prisoner. They had also Coals daily brought them, as many as made about 100 Fires both Night and Day, and straw to lie and acted rather like beasts then Men ... As to those that were sick, ... they had very good mutton broth, and sometimes veal broth, and beef and mutton boiled together ... There were also a physician to let them blood, and dress such as were wounded, and give the sick physic.' 'Notwithstanding all this many of them died and few of any other disease then the flux; some were kill'd by themselves, for they were exceedingly cruel one toward another.' 'Sixteen hundred men taken prisoners in a fanatical religious war, died within a period of fifty-eight days, nearly thirty a day. It is a revolting picture of savage cruelty, supplemented by ignorance of elementary hygiene.'
Arrangements were soon made to transport Scottish prisoners to New England. In early November, 1650, one hundred and fifty Scottish prisoners were ordered to Augustine Walker, master of the ship Unity to be transported to New England. It usually took six weeks to cross the Atlantic in favorable season and it was late December, 1650, before they arrived in Boston Harbor. They suffered from scurvy on the voyage, but how many died is not known. Some were sent to Lynn, Massachusetts to be employed in the iron works, and others were distributed to numerous towns in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
An interesting fact in connection with the deportation of these Scots is found in Berwick, formerly a part of Kittery, Maine, where a parish was called 'Unity Parish' doubtless from the prisoners who were sent there to work in the sawmills at that place, having come to New England in the ship of that name. In 1656 record was made of grants of land to some of these men, indicating they had been released from servitude.
Among those believed to have been a part of the Dunbar prisoners settling in the Upper part of Kittery, now Berwick, Maine, was George Gray, the progenitor of the Gray Family of Hancock County, Maine.
ME/NH p.227: He received a grant in Kittery in 1671 and was admonished there with William Hearl in 1678 for not assisting the constable. His will names his wife Sarah as his executor, and to have half of his lands during her widowhood.
Tibbetts p.61: About 1670, when Sylvanus Nock was apprenticed to John Hall, Jr., there were present Sylvanus's grandfather Tibbetts, mother and step-father, and John Hall, Sr. Elizabeth Wentworth, wife of Ezekiel Wentworth was there also and signed as a witness.
(Was John Low and Indian or a half-breed? There is a tradition of Inidan blood among the descendants of Annis Spear. Similar traditions are not uncommon in New England, but are usually without foundation for, as a matter of fact, the early English settlers and the Indians do not seem to have been mutually attractive. In this deed and Indian was grantor and Indians were grantees. Richard Bourne, the first witness, was "teacher of the Indians at Sandwich." John Low may well have been one of his pupils who had adopted an English name. If the John Low of the deed was actually John Low of Marshfield ... ).
Their [John and Elizabeth's] life does not seem to have been marked by orderliness and respectability. John Loe of Marshfield was fined 5s. for drunkenness on March 2, 1668/9, and upon his second offense the fine was doulbed on March 1, 1669/70. On March 5, 1671/2, he was fined 40s. "for profaning the Sabbath by servile labor and contemptable words."
Serving under Capt. Michael Pierce in King Philip's war, John Low was killed at Rehoboth on March 26 1676, when Capt. Pierce and his company were trapped in an ambush and fifty-two Englishmen and eleven friendly Indians were slain.
"Elizabeth Loe, being a single woman," had an illegitimate child before June 5, 1678, when she was sentenced by the court to be whipped. This child was, in all probability, Daniel Low.
In the autumn of 1690 the two brothers, Arthur and Thomas Bragdon, Thomas's son Daniel Bragdon, James Freethy, William Wormwood and four other men were loading a vessel at the little harbor of Cape Neddick when they were attacked by Indians and the Bragdons, Freethy and Wormwood were killed. ... Wormwood's estate, valued at only £25, of which £12 was in his house and land, was entrusted to his widow. ... The carpenter's tools which he owned indicate his trade.
To dau. Mary Kinsley of Milton £20. To dau. Margaret Spear one feather bed & a cow. To dau. Lydia Spear same. To my little grand child Bethiah Spear dau. of my son David deceased £10 at age 18 or day of marriage whichever shall happen first. To wife Hannah all rest of the lands belonging to my homestead & she may sell to pay the legacies if she sees meet or to accommodate my daughters Margaret & Lydia in order to marriage or otherwise as need may be and at her decease their shares to be made up so as to amount to £70 each & I give my wife my half of my dwelling house & my half of the barn & privilege in the well for her life, & the remainder to be divided among all the then surviving children equally, only to Lydia, youngest dau. I give £5 & the beds already given not to be reckoned part of their £70, & my sons to have first offer of any lands sold. Wife Hannah & son Nathaniel executors. Wit: Nathaniel Belcher, Moses Belcher, John Marshall, Sr.
Debts are due from John Osgood, John Pearson; money was paid to James Parker, Parker Clark, Henry Abbott, Jos. Frye, Francis Swan, Dr. Howe and Wallis (probably a servant) Henry Ingalls. To his widow, 13 lbs for necessaries.
33:370, 1753: Daniel Ingalls gives inventory account: Land was sold to John Peters; money paid to Josia Osgood, James Parker, a Huse, Ben Foster, Tim Johnson, Hezekiah Austin, David Stevens, Nicholas Noyes, James Frye, Richard Swan, John Russ, Enoch Poor; Thomas Bragg has 15 lbs.
332:100 and 103, Sept. 1753: The estate is divided by Sam Phillips, John Osgood, Jr., Ben Barker, Sam Johnson, Jr. and Peter Parker, Freeholders of Andover. Oct. 5 to 15, 1753: To widow, Moriah, dower for her natural life - 1/3 of the land with mowing, plowing, pasture, orchard, wood.
Land begins SE corner at s.s- near house; runs NE 72 poles to s.s- on bank of Merrimac; North 42 poles by the river to s.s-; East 69 poles by land of Daniel Ingalls (his son) to s.s; South 29 poles to S. in stone wall; SE on wall 19 poles to s.s-; South 6 poles to corner of wall; West 12 poles to first boundary. 17 acres, 62 poles at the East end of house; one room, one chamber, one garret, one cellar; 1/3 part of barn; East end on her 1/3 land with well and passage way. The other 2/3 - 34 acre tract in Andover. All kinds of land on same estate.
The rest of the estate goes to eldest son, Daniel, who is to pay the other heirs in 60 days - 34 lbs. 15 sh. 6d. each, from his 278 lbs. The children named are Ben, John, William, Ruth, Dorothy and Anna.
As agent for Gorges he made some of the earliest deeds in Maine. ... His graceful handwriting appears in many documents in the archives of Essex County MA, and the Provincial archives of New Hampshire. ...
An abstract of his will:
14 Feb 1694 - I Thomas Bradbury of Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay ... aged, weak of body ... unto my grandchildren Thomas Bradbury and Jacob Bradbury, all my housing and lands which I have now in Salisbury ... and said grandchildren to pay unto their Aunt True £14 each ... within one year after they come to ... 21 ...
Bradbury Ancestry p.1-3: During the trial, her husband gave testimony thus:
Concerning my beloved wife, Mary Bradbury, this is what I have to say: We have been married fifty five years, and she hath been a loving and faithful wife unto me unto this day. She had been wonderful laborious, diligent and industrius in her place and employment about bringing up our family which have been eleven of our own and four grandchildren.
One hundred and eighteen of Mary Bradbury's neighbors signed this statement:
We the subscribers do testify that it [her life] was such as becomes the gospel. She was a lover of the ministry in all appearances, and a diligent attender upon God's holy ordinances, being of a courtesy and peaceable disposition and carriage, neither did any of us (some of whom have lived in the town with her about fifty years) ever hear or know that she had any difference or falling out with any of her neighbors, man, woman, or child, but was always ready and willing to do for them what lay in her power, night or day, though with hazard of her health and other danger. More might be spoken in her commendation but this for the present. ...
The foolish testimony against her was in the nature of one case:
The deposition of William Carr, who testified and saith that, about thirteen years ago, presently after some difference that happened to be between my honored father, Mr. George Carr, and Mrs. Bradbury, the prisoner of the bar, upon a Sabbath at noon, as we were riding home by the house of Capt. Thomas Bradbury, I saw Mrs. Bradbury go into her gate, turn the corner of, and immediately there darted out of her gate a blue boar, and darted at my father's horse's legs which made him stumble; but I saw it no more. And my father said, 'Boys, what did you see?' And we both said, 'A blue boar.'
He remained in Watertown until 1650, when he moved to Muddy River (now Brookline), and bought from Thomas Oliver of Boston "50 acres upland 18 acres of marsh and six acres of fresh marsh in Muddy River ... for & in consideration of ... the full & just summe of one hundred & thirty pounds sterl. to be paid in good & merchantable corne & fatt cattle at prices current or as they shall be prized by two men indifferently chosen."
James Warren had a grant of land in Kittery, 15 Oct 1656. He may have been there earlier; probably resided then in Berwick, part of Kittery.
1700, Dec. 9, was dated the Will of James Warren, Sr., of Berwick, in the Province of Massachusetts, proved 1702, Dec. 24. In it he gives to sons Gilbert, James, daughters Margaret and Grizel, grand-daughter Jane Grant, and grandson James Stagpole; wife Margaret, and son James, Executor.
Sued for debt by Wm. Scadlock in Saco ct. 7 Feb 1636/7, Mr. John Treworgye bondsman. In 1647 he and Thomas WIthers were called on to acct. for rates and fines collected.
Disenfranchised 1659 for entertaining Quakers. In 1661 he and Daniel Goodwin were accus. of trading with Ind., but no ground appeared. In 1662 Barefoot got a judgm. ag. him for debt, which was discharged in 1663 by Humphrey Chadbourne in behalf of the s. Wm. Tav. Lic. 1659, 1680.
He and wife both abs. from meet. 1663, 1675, he in 1665.
William Paddy of Plymouth, merchant, in behalf of Edmond Freeman of Sandwich, gentleman, deeded to Mr. Arthur Howland three hundred acres in Marshfield formerly granted to Capt. Myles Standish and Mr. John Alden, for the payment of £21 on January 20, 1647.
Arthur Howland was a strong Quaker ... He was in court on October 7, 1651, for not frequenting the public assemblies on the Lord's day. In December, 1657, Robert Hutchin, an itinerant Quaker, held a meeting at Howland's house. Warned that the constable was on his way to break up the gathering and arrest Huchin, Howland managed to effect Huchin's escape. He, himself, was arrested and taken before Mr. John Alden, the magistrate, the next day, having again by stratagem enabled Huchin to escape, and was lodged in jail. On March 2, 1657/8, he was fined £9 and bound for good behavior.
While in jail he had composed "a writing" which he presented to the court and which the magistrates said was full of factious, seditious and slanderous passages. Refusing to pay the fines he was again committed to prison, but on June 1, 1658, he admitted that he had "done evil" and was released. However, he continued his adherence to the new faith.
In the controversies in the Newbury church, he adhered to the anti-Parker or Woodman party, and with the other adherents of that party, some forty in number, was adjudged by the General Court, in 1671, to have been guilty of scandalous conduct. Fines were imposed by the General Court ... Mr. Hale's fine being "one noble" (six shillings and eight pence).
He left a will dated March 20, 1686–87, witnessed by Richard Dole, Sen., and Henry Short, and a codicil dated Feb. 20 1687–88, witnessed by Daniel Thurston, Sen., and John Poor, which were proven "at an Inferior Court of Pleas holden at Salem, 12 Dec 1688." The will recites the conveyance of land in Newbury to son Thomas, and gives him one shilling in full of his share; gives to son Joseph lands in "Almsbury", and half testator's lands in Salem Village, £100 in money, "the fowling piece with all that belongs to her, and half the bullets in the house," &c. &c. It requires the executrix to put Joseph "out to some good trade at the age of 18 or 19 years at farthest."
It gives to son Samuel lands in Haverhill, half the land in Salem Village, £100 in money, "the musket with all that belongs to it, and half ye bullets that shall be left in the house, and the cut-lash and belt," &c. &c.
It gives to each of the daughters £70, including what they had already received. It appoints his wife executrix, and leaves the residuary estate to her. "also I leave into her hands and to be at her dispose my Indian servant Wott." It appoints "Benjamin Rolf, John Poer and Joseph Isleley overseers." In the inventory filed by the executrix is named "an Indian servant," valued at £20.
And as for Such temporall goods as God hath endoed me with, I bequeath and dispose of them as followeth, ffirst I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Moulton, foure of my best Milch Cowes and all my plate whatsoever to have the full use of it, duringe her naturall life and then to be equally devided amongst all my children in generall w'ch Shall then be Living, when as it shall please God that She shall decease this Life.
Item I give unto the said Mary my wife foure of my best feather-beds full furnished as nowe they stand, Tenn milkbowles & foure cheese vatte, four chaires one table and six stooles, & three small cushion stooles one Cupboard, a dozen and half pewters brasse potte, three kettles two chests;
Item I give unto my daughter Mary Nudd Tenn pounds of lawfull money of England to be paid halfe a yeare after my decease by my executere.
Item I give unto Elizabeth my daughter five and fforty pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be paid by my executers, conditionally that she loaneth her sowe, but otherwise if she taketh her sowe then she is to have but forty pounds the one halfe to be paid at the feast of the Purification of our Lady Mary next followinge, and the other halfe at or upon the five and twenty daye of december Anno Dei 1634.
Item I give and bequeath unto Miriam my daughter fforty pounds of Lawfull money of England to be paid by my Executers three yeares next after my decease Vizt, one halfe at the feast of John Baptist and the other halfe at the feast of the nativity of our lord Christ whiche shall happen three yeares after my decease, as aforesaid;
Item I give unto Ruth my daughter fforty pounds of like money of England, within five yeares after my decease to be paid her by my Executers alsoe at two severall payments Vizt at the feast of St. John Baptist and of the nativity of our Lord Christ as aforesaid.
Item I give unto Robert Moulton my grandchild fifteene pounds of like money of England to be paid him in like manner when he shall come and approach to the age of one and twenty yeares.
Item I give unto Mary my grandchild Ten pounds of like money of England to be paid her alsoe, when she shall approach to the age of one and twenty yeares;
Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Thomas Moulton Tenn pounds of Lawfull money of England to be paid him when my executors shall think fitt, and convenient,
And I give unto Henry Moulton my grandchild the sonne of Henry Moulton of Yarmouth five pounds of like money to be payd him at the age of Seventeene yeares.
Item I give unto Henry Moulton my Grandchild the sonne of John Moulton of Hemsby Ten pounds to be paid him at the age of eighteene yeares;
Item I give unto Robert Nudd my grandchilde Tenn Shillings;
Item I give unto all my Servants now beinge with me three shillings foure pence to each of them;
Item I give unto my Sister Mary Bowton Widdowe the Sume of eight and twenty shillings a yeare during her naturall Life; to be paid every moneth equally 2s.4d a month;
All the rest of my movable goods and chattells whatsoever unbequeathed I give and bequeath them unto my three Sonnes that is to Saye unto John Moulton of Hemesby James Moulton and Thomas Moulton which three Sonnes I alsoe doe make my Executers of this my Last will, and Testament;
Alsoe my mind and will is, that James my Sonne shall have the house wherein I now dwell at Scratby w'th the appurtenances there unto belonging. And alsoe all the Lande both free and coppy that I purchased of Simon Maston & William Richards now belonginge to the said house and tenement to him, and his heires,
And my minde and will is, that my sonne Thomas shall have my house at Ormsby wherein one John Pallmer now dwelleth with the appurtenances and all the Lands there unto belonginge, and layinge in the bounds of Ormsby, to do alsoe to him and his heires;
ffurthermore my minde and will is that in consideracon I have given and bequeathe my house and Lande unto my Sonnes James and Thomas. Therefore that the Said James shall paye or cause to be payd the Sume of three pounds of Lawfull money of England unto my son John, And alsoe that Thomas my Sonne shall pay or cause to be payd unto John my Sonne fforty pounds of like money at such times and dayes as they shall best thinke fittinge and convenient:
Item I give unto Thomas Browne and Adam Goodings of Caster five Shillings a pece to each of them, and to Hugh Barret of Billockby five shillings, alsoe to by payd at the will of my Executors.
In wittness of this my Last will and Testament I have here unto Sett my hand and Seale this eight daye of October in the ninth yeare of the reigne of our Saveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, ffrance and Ireland Kinge, Defender of the faith Anno Die 1633. And my two Sonnes James Moulton and Thomas are to be allowed three pounds to each of them out of the moveable goods, for certaine Bullocks which were late sould:
to Merean my daughter one lady bedstead, feather bedde, a paire of sheets, coverlett and all other furniture thereunto belonging as it now standeth in the Buttery ...
to Ruth my daughter one step'd bedstead, feather bed, sheets and coverlett and all other furniture thereto belonging ... in the Parlour ...
to Mary Moulton my grandchild one ... bedstead, with the feather bed and coverlett, blankett, a paire of sheets and other furniture thereto belonging standing in the parlour ...
to Ruth my daughter a great chest in the parlour, one brass pot, a great brass kettle, one low cupboard, half a dozen peeces of pewter, one chair, two buffet stools, one little cushion stool, one iron kettle ...
to Merean my daughter one great brass kettle and a brass pot and an iron kettle, two buffet stools, a small buffet stool, half a dozen pieces of pewter ...
to Mary my grandchild half a dozen pieces of pewter, a copper kettle, a small brass kettle, one chair and a dansk [danish] chest ...
my will is that all my small linen what so ever be equally divided between Merean & Ruth my daughters and Mary my grandchild.
Item: I give to my daughter Ruth my gown, my green pettecoate & murzey pettecoate ... unto Merean my other gown, a kurtle belonging to it, my red pettecoate and worst cloake ... to Mary Nudd my daughter my best cloake.
Item: My will & mind is that the cowes be sold by my executor and the monie distributed betweene them two & Mary my grandchild in an equal proportion.
Item: I give unto Thomas Moulton one paire of andirons and all other my goods & implements what so ever unbequeathed.
Item: I ordain and make Merean and Ruth my executrices and John Moulton my sonne supervisor.
In July of 1636 John Gallop played a crucial role in the events leading up to the Pequot War. On a trading voyage to Long Island, Gallop came upon the boat of John Oldham, which had been boarded by Indians, who killed Oldham. Gallop took countermeasures, as a result of which several Indians were drowned.
Their home app. in Winchcombe GLO. [Son] Humphrey was bap. in Tamworth WAR. App. all came over together. One William was adm. inhab. of Portsmouth RI in 1642, both were in Boston in 1643. In June 1643, William Chadbourne Sr. and others were up for drinking too much. Both father and son William may have gone back to England.
He had several grants of land from the town. ... He had a grant in 1643 of 3 1/2 acres for a house lot on Dover Neck, bounded east by William Furber's, north by John Heard's, south by George Walton's, west by the Common (Dover Old Book of Records p.12). This homestead lot was on the east side of High Street and was near the site of the lower school house. ... His house on High Street was a garrison in Indian war times.
He did not continue to reside on the east side of High Street. ... By 1652, his home was on Low Street.
His first grant from the town, in the year 1642, comprised twenty acres situated on the west side of Back River, now called Bellamy River, designated as Lot No. 3, and this was his farm which was reached by boat. These 20 acre lots which were laid out to the early inhabitants are described in "Old Series 315 Dover Old Book of Records", p. 184, as located "On the west sied of ye Back Reuer or ouer ye Back Reuver", and as being "in Breadth at the waterside 40 Poell and in lenketh 80 Pole vp in to the woods".
There were twenty-four lots in the list of twenty acre lots, given to as many persons. They began at the south of the river and numbered up the stream. As the lot given to Henry Tibbetts was No. 3, it began at a point 80 rods above the mouth of the river and extended up the river 40 rods and westerly 80 rods into the woods.
He had a grant in the year 1656 of one hundred acres adjoining the Newichawanock River in what is now ROllinsford, lying between St. Alban's Cove and Quamphegan, known by the name of the Eighth Lot (Dover Old Book of Records, p.70). ... It was conveyed by deed from Henry TIbbetts in the year 1659 to his son Jeremiah Tibbetts and son-in-law Thomas Nock.
He was in frequent trouble over Quakers and was fined and disfranchised on 12 Nov 1659 for telling a lie in the face of the court. Preparing to move to the more liberal Rhode Island, he sold his property in Kittery to his son James on 12 May 1660. His wife Frances sued him for 1/3 of the purchase price.
He was received as an inhabitant at Portsmouth RI on 29 Sep 1660.
An Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Boobyer of Marblehead, late deceased. (Essex Probate #3917) (original pages are badly crumpled and difficult to read)
The estates of all these persons were inventoried by the same appraisers on the same day, October 14, 1690, and it is difficult to account for this singular fact except on the theory that they were victims of a local Indian attack. This seems to be confirmed by an entry under date of October 25, recording an attack on York, made by Judge Samuel Sewall. The date was probably that of the day on which the information reached him.
"Deposition of Mrs. Mary Osgood", Register 13:272: The deposition of Mrs. Mary Osgood (alias Clemence), now of Andover, in the County of Essex in New England, formerly of the City of Coventry in Warwickshire, Old England, aged 58 years, who testifieth & saith that before the year Anno Domo. 1652, I lived in the City of Coventry abovesaid, and boarded at the house of Mr. Biddle in Hog Lane, & was then well acquainted with Mrs. Ann Potter, grand-daughter to Thomas Potter, Esqr. who had been Mayor of the City; ... Mrs. Mary Osgood made oath to what is abovewritten this 19 July, 1695, before me, Dudley Bradstreet, Jus. Peace.
He was a fuller, a finisher of cloth, in 1617. He had complied with the provisions of the 1563 Elizabethan Statute of Artificers then rigidly enforced throughout the realm forbidding a man to work at a trade or craft until he had completed a seven-year apprenticeship.
Great Migration Begins p.1728–31: Although they lived in Charlestown, Ralph and Joan were admitted to the Boston church in early 1631. In 1632 they were among the founding members of the church in Charlestown.
In 1629 "Ralph Sprague & others began to build their houses & to prepare fencing for their lots which was afterwards set up almost in a semi-circular form on the south and southeast side of that field laid out to them which lies situate on the northeast side of the Town Hill" [Charlestown Town Records].
In 1638 he was admitted to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company.
Witness Francis Peabody, John How.
Dorman p.1: Thomas settled in Ipswich MA about 1634, shortly after the arrival there of Gov. John Winthrop's company. In that year he received a land grant of four acres of meadowland. ... On 1 May 1651, Thomas bought a farm of one hundred acres in Topsfield MA from Samuel Symonds, and he moved there shortly thereafter. Over the years, by grants and purchase, he continued to acquire land in Rowley and Boxford, as well as in Topsfield, becoming one of the town's largest landowners.
[his will] The land is divided between his two surviving sons; the elder inherits also "my feather-bed and bolster, my biggest iron pot, a trammel, my great timber chain, one draft chain, a spanshackle and two shares of the household stuff." The younger receives "my ring and three blankets, two little pots, a trammel, two draft chains and one share of the household stuff."
He removed to Haverhill, probably in 1645. His name heads the list of the first board of selectmen chosen in Haverhill in 1646. In 1647 he was chosen by the town and approved by the General Court, with Henry Palmer and Thomas Davis, "to try small causes". The same year he was appointed by the General Court a commissioner to lay out a road from Andover to Haverhill. In 1648 he was appointed by the town "to keep a ferry." In 1649 he was elected constable, the first chosen in Haverhill. In 1650 he was appointed by the town "to meet men from Salisbury to lay out bounds between that town and Haverhill". In 1651 "Little River" in Haverhill was named as "Thomas Hales's River."
About the year 1652 he returned to Newbury and continued to reside there until 1657, when he removed to Salem. There he remained until about the year 1661, when he again returned to Newbury, where he continued to reside until his death.
His name appears in the list of "glovers" in 1659 in Salem. It also appears in the town records of Salem in 1657 as "Sarjent Thomas Hale," and he is several times referred to in those records as "clerk of the market."
By trade a glover, he united with that employment some practice as a surveyor, and his various public employments show him to have been a man of fair education and business qualifications. In real estate conveyances he is usually described as "glover", sometimes as "yeoman", and once as "leather-dresser".
After his final return to Newbury, he is found among the active supporters of the Rev. Mr. Parker in his controversies with a portion of his church, while the name of his son Thomas appears uniformly among the antagonists of Mr. Parker, known as "Mr. Woodman's party."
The inventory of Alyn Perly, rendered February 3, 1675, by John Kimball and Nehemiah Abbot, exhibits a total of propert of £330, 2,6, of which was: "half of land as was Nathaniel Perley's --£201."
Came 1637, from Norwich, Norfolk Co.; servant of Samuel Dix. Embarked April 8, 1637; 23 years old.
He was fined and imprisoned for opposing the arbitrary measures of Sir Edmund Andros in 1687. ... He sent in the following petition: "Ipswich, March 14, 1692-3. Gent'n & ffriends: my Request is that you would be pleased to consider me something for my loss that I met with at Boston about five or six years agoe. As I am a townsman make your cause mine; and I doubt nott you will stirr up your hearts to pittie & merice, so that you will be willing to contribute something to my loss that I have sustained thereby. I have long been patient. I pray let not that hinder me, but be pleased to doe for me as you have for others In ye Like Case, and so I Rest Your Faithfull Friend and Servant ROBERT KINSMAN."
The response to this petition is on record: "Voted and Granted: That whereas there was many sufferers with quarter master Rob't Kinsman, In ye like maner if the money Raised by Selling Incroachments be over and above what the town hath already promised, that it shall be divided proportionably amongst those sufferers, that have not been yett considered until their Loss be In Some Measure made up as others have been."
His gravestone: "Here lieth buried / ye Body of Quarter / Master Robert / Kinsman who / Died February ye / 19, 1712, Aged / 83 years"
He is called Corporal Varney of Chebacco.
His will is dated 25 Nov 1692. His will was proved 28 Mar 1693. The witnesses were John Staniford and Joseph Proctor. His estate by inventory made by Thomas Low and Abraham Martin, amounted to £736, 7, 6, of which buildings, orchard, 60 acres of upland and meadows, were apppraised at £500. His wife, Abigail Varney, and his son Thomas Chote, were appointed executors.
After more than 25 years at Watertown he became an original proprietor and settler of Groton MA. He served as the first town clerk there, 1662–64. King Philip's War broke out in 1675, and Richard Sawtell's home was one of the five garrison houses in Groton. on 13 Mar 1676 Groton was burned and the inhabitants, including Richard and family, were driven out. He returned to Watertown and served as selectman there in 1689.
[George] His will was dated 1707. Inventory £171.5.6. On Feb. 27, 1697-8, he and wife Elizabeth conveyed 10 acres of land in Wat. to Rev. John Emerson of Charlestown, who immediately assigned it to Benjamin and Daniel Lawrence, twin sons of George. Nov. 3, 1691, he was by the Court excused from serving as Constable, "in that he could not read a word."
Arms: Sable, a chevron ermine between three round buckles argent, the tongues hanging downwards.
Crest: A demi dove volant argent, fretty gule holding in beak a slip of barberry vert.
He made his will in 1622:
In the name of God amen, the nyenth daye of Aprill in the yeres of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord Jeames by the grace of god of Ingland scotland Fraunce and Ireland Kinge, defender of the fayth, etc. That ys to saye of Ingland Fraynce and Ireland the twentieth & of Scotland the fyve and fiftieth, I Wm Bradburie of Wicken Bonant in the countie of Essex Esquire beinge of good and pfect Remembrance lawd and prayse be gyven to allmightie god do ordeyne & make this my last will and testament in wryting as followeth ...
The Parish Register of Wicken reads:
Mr. William Bradbury, Lord of Wicken, died upon St. Andrews daie at night, about xij of the clock, November ye last, and was buried upon ye seconde of December 1622 and was laid under the high altar in ye chancel on ye southe side whose funerals was kept after uppon Thursdaie after the twelfthe, with manie mourners to ye number of thirtie. Thos. Wadeson, Rector, preached.
In July 1582 there were issued to John, William and their other two surviving brothers, letters patent for their coat of arms and crest.
Argent a Crosse humette flore deliz Sables with fower Beszantes ... and with this there siad Arms for Crest and Cognizance uppon a helmett with mantells the legg and pawe of a Lyon Gules sett in a crowne gould houlding a garland or chapletts of Lawrell or Bays proper.
13 Jun 1615 ... The will of William Whitgift of Clavering, Essex gentleman ... being weake in bodye ... to be buried within the parishe Churche of Clavering as neere unto the grave of my welbeloved wife latelye deceased as convenientlie may be ...
All the rest of the estate was to go to "Johan my wife," who was to be executrix, and he appointed Ambrose Palmer as supervisor to assist her. If Johan died, son Robert was to be sole executor. Witnesses were Ambrose Palmer and William Greene.
His will dated June 10, 1695 was proved October 1, 1695 and is as follows:
My precious and Immortal soul, my better part, I do by Faith and Prayer Commend into ye hands of the Lord Jesus Christ my blessed and deer Redeemer. My mortal body to be committed to the dust by a decent & Christian Buriall.
And as for the Portion of Worldly Goods, which God by his providence has given to me my Will and Desire is that it should be disposed of as followeth, viz:
Imps: I do will and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Blacklidge the sum of ten Shillings money.
Item: Unto my beloved daughter Johannah Letherby I do bequeath ten Shillings.
Item: Unto my beloved daughter Lydia Linscott, the sum of ten shillings.
Item: Unto my Dear Daughter now in Captivity with the Indians, Dorothy Milbury, I will and give the sum of five pounds, In Case she return by Gods good Providence from Captivity, but not 'till then to be paid; which Legacy I intend not payable by my son at all if she never return.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Grandson Samuell Pain ye sum of ten shillings and unto my two Grand children Bethiah Pain and William Milbury ten shillings a peice; the legacy to William Milbury not payable till he come of age.
And as for the rest of my Temporall Estate that shall remain after these Legacies specified are answered; and after my Lawfull debts and funerall Expences are discharged; I do will and beueath and freely give it unto my trusty and well beloved son Richard Milbury; with all my houses, Lands, Chattels whatsoever with all the priviledges and appurtinancs there unto belonging or in any wise appurtaining, to him and to his Heirs for ever and to his and their sole and proper use and benefit; and do further by these Presents Constitute & appoint my sd son Richd Milbury to be sole Executor of this my Will and Testament, to se to the due and Just Execution and the fulfillment of it according to the tenour thereof, paying the above sd Legacies respectively in mony or equivalent to mony; & that without fraud or delay after my decease till when he is under no obligation;
And for the Confirmation hereof, even of this my Last Will and Testament and the Disannulling of all former Wills whatsoever I, the said Henry Milbury have hereunto Affixed and Annexed my hand & Seal this tenth day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred ninety and five.
In the name off God Amen. I John Ossgood off Andover in the county of Essex in New England Being Sick of Body But in perfect memory do institut and mak my last will & Testament in manner and forme as foloweth
Inprimis I give & bequeath my soule into the hand of God my heavenly ffather Through the medyation of Jesus Christ my Blessed Saviour and Redeemer my Body to the earth from whence it was taken my Good and chattels as followeth
Inprimis I do give Unto my Sonn John Ossgood my hous and hous lot with all acomodations thereunto Belonging Broaken Up and Unbroaken Up land with all the medow ther Unto be longing fforever with the proviso that my wife Sarah Osgood shall have the moyety or the on half of the hous and lands and meadowes during her naturall life.
It I do give & Bequeath to my Sonn Stephen Ossgood 25 pounds to be payd at 21 yeares of age in Country pay
It I do give to my daughter Mary Ossgood 25 pounds to be payd at 18 years off age in Country pay
It I do give to my dater Elizabeth Ossgood 25 pounds to be payd at 18 years off age in Country pay
It I do give and Bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Ossgood 25 pounds to be payd at 18 years in Country pay
It I do give to my daughter Sarah Clements 20 s.
It I do give to her daughter Bakah 20 shillings to be payd when she is 7 yeares of age But if she dy before that time to be null
It I do give my servant Caleb Johnsoon one Cow Calf to Be payd 3 years Be for his time is out, and to be kept at the cost off my executor till his time is out
It I do give to the meeting hous off Newbery 18 shillings to Buie a Chushion ffor the minister to lay his Book upon
all the rest of my Goods and Chattels unbequeathed I do give unto my sonn John Ossgood and to Sarah my wife whom I do make Joynt executors of my last will & testament & in witness hereof set my hand & seale
I do intreat John Clement of Haverill and Nichulus Hoult of Andover to be overseers of this my last Will and testament
By mee John Ossgood
In presence off
"Genealogical Gleanings in England", Register 49:264: Abstrast of his will: My body to be buried within the churchyard. To the parish church of Upway ten shillings. To the poor ten shillings.
To Ralph Sprague my eldest son one of the oldest pair of shears in my shop and one lesser pair called the "quarrell." To my eldest daughter Alice Sprague fifty pounds. To Edward, my second son, two pair of shears and twenty pounds. To Richard, my third son twenty pounds at one and twenty years of age. To Christopher, my fourth son, twenty pounds at one and twenty. To William, my youngest son, twenty pounds at one and twenty.
All the rest of my goods &c. to Christian Sprague my wife, whom I do make my whole executrix. And I do appoint Henry Sanvoyes and William Bryer overseers. Wit: John Bishoppe and John Tayler (by mark).
Memorandum that whereas the living of the abovesaid Edward Sprague doth fall unto his son Ralphe Sprague after his decease the said Ralfe Sprague doth, upon his father's request promise that his mother Christian Sprague shall quietly enjoy the said living until he shall be one and twenty years of age.
I give and bequeath unto John Cox, son of John Cox of Bockhampton and of Elizabeth his wife, one other of my daughters, the sum of twenty pounds. To William Cox, another of their sons, twenty pounds.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Johan wife of Edward [sic] Sprage six shillings and eight pence and to the children of the said Edward Sprage and of Johan his wife which shall be living at the time of my decease the sum of twenty shillings apiece. To my godchildren William Swann, Richard Cosens and Christopher Sampson and unto Margaret Wills daughter of Richard Wills of Fordington twelve pence apiece.
Item, upon condition that the said John Bartlett and Mary his wife, my daughter, do permit and suffer mine executors quietly and peaceably to hold and enjoy the copyhold tenement wherein I now dwell and to take the whole profits thereof for the space of six months next after my decease, I give and bequeath unto my said daughter Mary the sum of ten pounds, to be paid unto her within one year next after my decease.
The residue of my goods &c. I give to Eve my now wife and to the said Elizabeth Coxe my daughter whom I make sole executors. Friends Mr. William Jolliffe of Dorchester, woollendraper, and Thomas Sarvant the younger of Charminster to be overseers.
In 1653, when the Bay took control of the lands now Maine, William did not gracefully submit, and was reported to the court for endangering the welfare of his neighbors and the peace of the community. On 25 Oct 1653 he was presented at York Court for "casting an aspersion upon the magistrates of the Bay"; he was admonished and paid a fine of 2s. 6d. On 29 Jun 1654 he was presented for "denying the College to be any ordinance of God and therefore it was not his judgement to give anything to it, when there was something demanded of him for it".
At Wells [now in ME] he was drawing wine in 1649. On 29 Apr 1661 he was allowed to draw beer at Boston for the year ensuing. The license was renewed 1662–1669. For 1668–69 he was also licensed to keep a house of public entertainment.
In his will, dated 18 Apr 1670 and probated 4 Jun 1670, [additions from "Abstracts of Early Suffolk Wills", New England Historic Genealogical Register (NER) Vol. 48 p.458] "William Wardell of Boston" bequeathed to "my dear wife Elizabeth Wardell the one-half of my now dwelling house in Boston" during her natural life and also all moveables in the house, "out of which she shall pay unto my daughter Rachel Wardell" £25 [paid in furniture];
to "my wife's daughter Hannah Gillet" £21 [paid in household stuff on day of marriage or at eighteen years]; to my wife's daughter Deborah" £20; to "my eldest son Uzall Wardwell the other half of my now dwelling house," and the whole house to be his at the decease of William's wife, Uzall to pay to "my son Elihu Wardell" £40; to "my daughter Leah, wife to Will[iam] Tower," 10s.; to "my daughter Meribah, wife to Francis Pitfield [sic] [Littlefield] of Wells," 10s., to "my daughter Mary, wife to Nathaniel Rust," 10s.,
residue to son Uzall Wardwell, he to be sole executor; "my loving friends James Everill & Will[iam] Bartholomew" to be overseers. [Witnesses, Ambrose Dawes, Joseph Wheeler, Wm. Bartholmew, James Everell. Inventory, 30 April, 1670, appraised by Isaack Walker, RIchard Woodde, William Parson]
Walter Goodwin Davis p.548-50: He must have come to New England in his boyhood as an apprentice of Mr. Edmund Quincy as he was admitted to the church in Boston, described as Mr. Quincy's servant, on February 9, 1633/4. On 20 Feb 1636, Boston granted him two acres at Mount Wollaston "only for his present planting" and on 19 Feb 1637, a "great lot" at the same place.
Bridgett Knight Varney's will: I, Bridgett Varney, of Glouster in the County of Essex in New England being by God's Providence rest upon my bed of sickness and weakness, not knowing how near the time of my death and departure out of this world may be at hand. Yet knowing that all men are born to die and depart out of thie world. Due therefore declare and make known this my last will and testiment in a manner and from the following.
First I commit and commend my soul into the hand of God the Father of spirits and my body to the grave to be decently buried by my surviving friends, and my goods and estate I give and bequeath in the first place my son Humphrey Varney, sum of twenty pounds to be paid by my son Jeffery Parsons of this town in four years, five pounds per annum during space of four years after my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rachel Vinson (wife of William Vinson) twenty pounds to be paid out of my estate according to the said William Vinson my son-in-law can best order it for her, and this to be for my said daughter after my decease.
I give an bequeath unto my son Thomas Varney seven sheep, after my decease, and for the rest of my goods and estate besides what I have above mentioned and bequeathed I leave in the hands of my son-in-law William Vinson, as his own proper goods and right to dispose of as he shall see fit and to the end that this my last will and testament may duely and truely performed in manner and from above said I do here by appoint and constitute and ordain my son-in-law William Vinson to be the sole executor.
And witness hereof I the said Bridget have here unto set my hand and seal the tenth day of this instant November anno dom, one thousand six hundred and seventy-one.
Inventory taken 21 Nov. 1672 by Thomas Milllett, Sr. and John Collens, Sr. both of Gloucester. Two cows, two heffer calves and nine sheep, three pounds ten shillings; three acres of marsh in Chebacco, five pounds five shilling; a pair of sheets, fifteen shillings; wearing clothes, three pounds; old timber vessels, three shillings; debts owing her, forty-one pounds two shillings. Total of sixty-six pounds and eleven shillings. Attested in Salem Court 27 Nov, 1672 by William Vinson, Executor, Essex Co., quarterly court files. Vol. 19 leaves 6162 (IBID 2;313)
In his old age, he was repeatedly called before the Middlesex county court and punished for worshipping the God of his fathers after the way which his judges called heresy. To the first accusation he offered a satisfactory defence, but afterwards he was condemned. Thus it is recorded:
Oct. 4, 1671, "Thomas Foster appearing before the Court, to answer the presentment of the grand-jury, for absenting himself from the public ordinances of Christ on the Lord's-days, that the reason of his absence was the providence of God necessitating him thereto, was discharged, paying costs."
"B.B. yeoman of Beverly, to son John for love, natural affection &c half my 40 acres where he now dwelleth, his proportion to be near the country road, and the land to be equally divided between my two sons Samuel & John: son John to leave a way a pole broad on that side of his land next Thatch Pond for his own & brother S's use, each an equal proportion of land towards it. This land is bounded west with the country road, Easterly with Samuel Balch, and north with the Raiments, and southerly with Peter Woodbery Dodge; also my proportion in and about 3½ acres of meadow land with my proportion of upland lying in the Township of Wenham, bounded north with Wenham upland, south with the brook, east with the meadow of Wm Ellitt, west with the meadow of John Thatch's Pond, 18 Jan 1688/9
He was a man of independent mind and willing to pay the price for it. He and his wife were presented in court many times duing the years 1660 to 1663 for nonattendance at public worship. In November 1663 he was ordered by the court to be set by the heels in the stocks for one hour for disowning in open court the country's power to force any to come to the public worship.
He does not appear to have been a member of the Quaker meeting, but his sympathies were certainly with them. Once he was summoned to appear in court for "assembling himself at a Quaker meeting on the Lord's day" and on 28 Jun 1661 he paid a fine for so doing. He spoke to some of his neighbors of the cruelties toward Quakers, declaring that "the government had murdered the dear saints and servants of God and that he himself saw one of them murdered at Boston." FOr these "seditious and treasonable words against the government" and "great offence against the country in slandering the government," he was ordered to be severely whipped. ...
He is called wheelwright in several deeds. ... we suspect that he left the scene, perhaps going to Jamaica or Barbados to join a brother or to take over the management of Nathaniel's affairs.
Was Sergeant, 26 Jul 1647, when he was sent as messenger to the chief sachem of the Narragansett Indians, and again 18 Apr 1653. At Boston Council, 3 Oct 1654, being then marshal or sheriff of the Colony, he was appointed "Commissary of the Horse" in an expedition against the Narragansett Indians the following month.
23 Dec 1545 - The will of Harry Edon of Barnyngham within the diocese of Norwich ... my karkas and body to the earth therein in some holy place ... £3 to the poor ... unto the high altar within the church of Barnyngham 5s ... one honest priest to sing and pray for my soul, my father and mother souls, for one year, he to receive 8 marks ... within the church of Barnyngham one dirge and masse for my soul ... 10s ... I will there be expended amonges the pore prysonners within the gaile of Bury, 5s ...
9 June 1550 - I Henry Whytgyfte of Grymsby alderman beyng of holle mynde and good remembrance ordereth and makyth my testament and last will in manr and forme folowing ffyrst ... my body to be buried w'in my pyshe church of Saynt James besides my mother ...
"In the name of God Amen I John Pyldren of Derly within the countye of Southt, Housbandman, beings syke of bodye but thankes be unto God hole of mynde & memory, doue here make and ordayne my last wyll & testament in manar & forme foloing.
"In the fyrste day of December in the seventeth yere of the rayne of our soverayne ladye the quene Elyzabeth, by the grace of god quene of Ingland, France & Ireland, deffendar of the fayth etc.
"Item, Fyrste I geve and bequethe my sole unto all myghty God, and my bodye to be buryed in the church or church-yeard of Dyrley, at the dyscretyon of my executors.
"Item, I geve unto the Trenyte churche of Wynchester iiiid.
"Item, I give unto my wiffe Als [Alice] my best bed and all that thereto belongeth.
"Item, I also geve to my sayd wyffe my best kowe and a brasse pott ii plattars.
"Item, I geve to my son in lawe Richard White won quarter of barley well & klene tryd & wymber.
"Item, I geve to my son in lawe Wyllyam Colbroke won quarter of good barley.
"Item, I geve unto my son in lawes Rychard White's son Robart won kowe boloke of a year old.
"Item, I geve unto my godson Thomas White one kowe bolok of a yere old.
"Item, I geve unto my godson Raynold Staverby xiid
"Item, I give and bequethe to every on of my god-children els iid a pece.
"Item, I geve among the pore pepull of Dyrley ii boshels of whete, to be dystrebuted in bred at the dyscretyon of my executors.
"Item, I geve to the chappell of Dorley xiid.
"Item, I geve to every on of my servants xiid.
"Item, all the rest of my goods and katayls unbequeathed, my debtes payd & my fyneral dyschardgd, I give unto my son John and my son Thomas, whome I dowe make & ordayne my goyntte and sole executors of this my last will and testament.
"Overseers of this my wyll Henry Staverton, gentylman, & RIchard Cossen of Wyntershull.
"Witnesses to this my wyll" Henry Staverton, Richard Cosen, Thomas Abraham of Bets, John Crouchar of Bets."
The will was proved at Winchester, on the 11th of December, 1574, by both executors. The inventory of the personal effects of the testator is thus headed:
"The Inventory of all the goodes and kateyls of John Pyldryn of Dyrley within the countye of Southe., Yeman, dysesed, taken and preseid the seventhe day of December, and in the xviith yere of the Raygne of our soverayn Ladye Elyzabethe," etc. The sum total was £76. 14. 0, a very respectable sum for the period.
The Inventory of the estate was 76 li., 2 s. An Invoice, dated 29 Jun 1663, of the Widow Bennet, included a house Lot and fence 50 li.; four Swine, 6 li.; four heifers, 7 li.; a fether bed and furniture, 5 li.; one Rug, 2 li.; a Coate, 1 li., 5 s.; Iron, Brasse and puter, 2 li., 5 s.; a table, box and Chist, 12 s.; total 76 li., 2 s.
Of the sons, only John is mentioned, and he is to have merely three pairs of loambes (gloves) furnished with fleece "and such like things as belong unto them", and this only on the day of his marriage. Since the marriage is still in the future (it actually took place on 26 Jun 1615), there can be no question of a previous marriage settlement. If John is already in business and, upon embarking in the mercantile world, has gotten his patrimony in advance, then the omission of Richard, baptized 17 Jan. 1602/3, and of Henry, baptized 6 Apr 1607, is certainly odd.
It cannot be argued that Richard has died vita patris, for his burial took place 6 Sep 1620, and we have good reason to suppose that Henry was still alive in 1612 and for many years after. John might have been his father's partner, but the other sons were too young for that. Moreover, had there been a partnership, we should probably have heard of it in the will.
The wife Johane is named executrix and residuary legatee; Richard Savidge and Jasper Chapline, friends of testator, are named overseers, each to have 12d. This Henry Cogan was not a wealthy man.
On 25 Jan 1636, he received a grant of 200 acres of land at the head of Bass River in Beverly, and removed on to it soon after ...
"John Balch his will sworne vnto in Court by Peter Palfree and Jeffry Massy the 28th 4th: mo: 1648: The last will & testat of John Balch of Salem bearing date the 15th day of May, 1648 [some punctuation has been added].
"I John Balch sick in bodie but in prfect memorie doe make this my last will & testat in manner & forme following --
"My debts paid and Funeral expenses discharged, those goods which God hath gyven me it is my will to dispose of them as followeth --
"Imprimis I gyve unto Annis Balch my loving wife the barn nevlie built with 2 Akers of the 4 akers to be in tilage and also 4 Akers of medowe wth some pt of the barne to lay in Cowe fodder & half of the great Fruit trees for and during the life of said Annis.
"Itm. I gyve vnto my said wife my best bed wth all Convenient furniture thereunto belonging & one fourth pt of all my househould goodes except the rest of my bedding & alsoe 2 Cowes by name Reddie & Cherrie & one yearling heaffer. Further my will is that so long as my said wife shall live my said Sonnes shall sowe or plant 2 Akres of the aforesaid4 Akers for my said wife for the term of 7 years and after that our sonne Benjamin shall do all himselfe.
"Item. I gyve and bequeth to Benjamin Balch my oldest sonne one half of my farm to him and his heirs forever as alsoe two yoake of oxen, 1 Cowe, one third of my young cattle & of the mare Coalt with one fourth pt of my household goodes & half of the great fruit trees & after the decease of my said wife my will is that the said Benjamin Balch shall have them all himselfe.
"Item. My will is that all my Corne growing vpon the ground shall be equallie divided into4 equall pts amongst my wife & children.
"Item. I gyve vnto John Balch my second sonne one fourth p't of my farm and one yoake of oxen, one third of my young cattell & mare Coalt, one fourth of my househould goods, half of all the young aple trees undisposed of and one Cowe.
"Itm. I gyve to Freeborne Balch my youngest sonne one fourth pt of my Farme, one yoake of exen & one Cow I [bred] up for him, one third of the young cattell & one third of the mare & one fourth of my household goods & half the young aple trees betwixt him and his brother John equallie to be divided
"& further my will is that Annis my wife & Benjamin my son shall be executors to this my last will and testamt. my loving friends John Porter & William Woodberrie shall be overseers of the same, in witness hereof I have hereunto put my hand the day & year above written.
/s/ Jo: Balch
"The estate amounted to the summe of 220: 13s 4d as pr inventory. a true copy as on file. Atts Ichabod Tucker Cler"
Great Migration Begins p.84–85: Education: Signed his will. Inventory included "several books" valued at 12s.
Estate: On 24 Nov 1657 the "illegal will of Agnis Baulch of Salem, deceased," was presented at Salem Quarterly Court, and Benjamin Balch was appointed administrator; several neighbors testified that Annis Balch's estate "would not pay Bengeman Ballch and his wife for their trouble, labor and charge"; the inventory, taken 25 Nov 1657, totalled £9 11s., against which Benjamin Balch entered charges of £18 12s., and on 29 Jun 1658 the entire estate of Annis Balch was given to Benjamin Balch.
Comments: Various sources give one or another parish in Somersetshire [England] as the place of origin of John Balch, but these are unsupported by evidence and are little more than guesses ... Balch was certainly one of the men sent over by the Dorchester Company in the early 1620s to settle a fishing colony in New England, and so he is properly known as one of the Old Planters.
Dawes-Gates 1:70, 72: John was at Cape Ann among the earliest. When discouragement came to both the settlers themselves and to the English Company backers because of the barren soil at Cape Ann and also the poor results of the fishermen that year ... Roger Conant soon decided that a better location was their only salvation, searched out one and recommended to the English "Adventurers" or investors the removal of the colony to this more fertile location - Naumkeag [later named Salem].
The Rev. John White, ... wrote to Conant ... faithfully promising that if himself with three others (whom he knew to be honest and prudent men) viz. John Woodbury, John Balch and Peter Palfreys, employed by the adventurers, would stay at Naumkeag ... he [White] would provide a patent for them, and likewise send them whatever they should write for either men or provisions, or goods wherewith to trade with the Indians. ...
The house John built on his farm at the head of the Bass River was at first twenty-three by sixteen with nine foot posts. It faced southeast, had a steep roof, probably thatched and its frame was of white oak. ... The first change in it was made about 1645,when the posts were lengthened about four feet and new rafters were placed above the original ones, to make two stories. ... Several subsequent additions to the structure (about 1760 and 1800) finally made it very large. ... This is the only house of an old planter in Salem in existence in 1924.
Estate: The will of "Thomas Gardner of Salem" was written 7 Dec 1668 and proved 29 Mar 1675 by witnesses Robert Pease and Samuel Goldthwaite.
"Weighing the uncertainty of man's life, I do therefore in the time of my health, make this my last will" giving to "my wife Damaris" all the estate she brought with her "according to our agreement" and £8 a year paid by my six sons provided she give up her dower in my housing and lands; to "my daughter Sara Balch" £15; to "my daughter Seeth Grafton" £15; to "my daughter Mirian [sic] Hills two daughters, Miriam Hill, & Susanna Hill," to each of them £5 at age eighteen or marriage; to "my sons George and John Gardner" salt meadow valued at £20; to "my sons Samuel and Joseph Gardner" the other part of my salt meadow; residue divided in seven equal parts, two parts to my son Thomas, he paying "his mother in law forty six shillings by the year," the other sons to receive one part each and pay their mother-in-law twenty-three shillings a year; sons George and Samuel Gardner executors; "my loving friends Mr. Joseph Grafton and Deacon Horne" overseers.
The inventory of the estate of "Mr. Thomas Gardner, taken 4:11m:1674 by Hilliard Veren Sr. and John Pickering totalled £274 16s., including real estate valued at £201: "an old dwelling house with about 10 acres of land adjoining with the orchard, fences &c.," £31; ... The inventory also included "2 old barrels of guns" valued at 5s.
The following cases in chancery court tell something of Thomas Edon's business ethics, or is there perhaps another side untold?
... heirs of Henry Redgemon ... William Copynger and Thomas Edon executors ... the said William Copynger and Thomas refused the administration of the last will and testament of the said Henry, and that notwithstanding, the said Thomas immediately after the decease of the said Henry retained and took into his hands certain evidence, charters & muniments ... your said orator hath often & many times desired the said Thomas to make delivery and that to do he at alltimes hath refused ...
The second case describes the claim of the heirs of Joan's sister Margaret concerning the method by which Thomas Edon persuaded Margaret and her husband John Plumbe to sell him their share of the property inherited by Margaret and Joan.
Porter vs Edon ... Thomas Edon ... by his crafty imagination & extortionous means imprisoned the said John Plumbe within his house at Bury beforesaid by the space of 5 days & more. And so, by his mighty power, kept him without liberty unto such time as he compelled him to seal an indenture of plain bargain & sale of all his title & right in the premises for such sums of money as him pleased which yet be unpaid, ... He had done wrong to defeat the conscience of this true inheritance.
In the name of God Amen the 11th day of February the year of our lord 1531/2, I Thomas Edon of Bury Saint Edmunds, whole of mind & of good remembrance, revoking all other testaments & wills by me made, do ordain & make my testaments & last will in form following. FIRST, I commend my soul to Almighty god, my body to be buried in the monastary of Saint Edmund upon the right side of my father.
In the name of God Amen the 19th day of January in the year of our lord god 1533/4, I Joan Edon of Bury Saint Edmunds, widow, whole of mind & good remembrance, revoking all other testaments & wills by me made to ordain & make my testament & last will in form following. First, I commend my soul to Almighty God, my body to be buried in the monastary of Saint Edmunds upon the right side of my husband.
But as her sons and grandson continued to use the name of Pyldren before that of Dummer, and as, although at some distance from Owslebury, they continued to be freeholders of Overton, and as Richard and Matilda gave the name of John to the only two sons they had, there may be a fair presumption that Matilda was the daughter and heiress of John Dummer of Overton, and that her husband, first assuming her surname as an alias, finally dropped his own altogether, or rather that his descendants did.