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 Will of Thomas Hastings - March 12, 1682

(from www.thomashastings.org)
The last Will and Testament of Thomas Hastings of Watertowne made the twelfth
day of March one thousand six hundred & eight two.

I Thomas Hastings being crazy of body yet of perfect memory, the lord be
praysed, doe make this last will & Testament in manner and forme as followeth.
And first I commend my soul into the hands of Al-mighty God my Maker, in through
the mediation of Jesus Christ my blessed Redeemer in hope of a glorious
Resurrection to life & happiness at the last day & my body … committ to the
Earth to be decently buryied by my Executrix hereafter to be named. I give &
bequeathe unto the Rev. & my dear beloved Pastor Mr. Sherman, the sum of forty
shillings in mony to be paid him within five months after my Decease. I give &
bequeathe to my oldest son Thomas Hastings the sum of five pounds to be paid to
him a year after my decease, the Reason that I give him no more is because I
have been at great charge to bring him up to be a Scholar and I hope he will
live well by his arts and learning: Also I have given him above three score
pounds to begin the world withall which I hope may suffice for the present.

I give & bequeath to my son John Hastings, all that Tenement that I bought of
Thomas Tarbull lying & being in Watertowne conteyning thirty five acres of
upland & four acres & halfe of meadow land belonging to it, near a place called
the Bridges, with the addition of upland & meadow land & swamp that I bought of
Capt. John Wincoll & have a Deed to show for it. Also two acres of meadow land
that I bought of William Hagar of Watertowne, it lay in the meadow called path
meadow. All this I give to my son John Hastings. I give & bequeathe to my son
Joseph Hastings that Tenement that I bought of Martyn Townsend lying & being in
Watertowne with the addition of a slip of land with a barne standing upon it
that I bought of Henery Bright Sen’r, deceased. Also ten acres of woodland in my
land bought of John Page called by the name of Mayhews plains.

I give & bequeathe to my son Benjamin Hastings all those lands lying in
Deerfield which I bought of my son Thomas Hastings, I have his Deeds by me for
it. As also a meadow that cost me ten pounds lying in Deerfield. All this I give
to Benjamin.

I give & bequeathe to my sone Nathaniel Hastings all that Divident of land that
was given me by the inhabitants of Watertowne lying near to Chesters brook
conteyning Twenty five acres. Also halfe of the Divident called farme land lying
near a place called Magus plain. Also three acres of meadow land in Broad
meadow.

I give & bequeathe to my son Samuel Hastings All tht Divident of land that I
bought of John Hastings to be possessed of all the age of 24 years. Also I give
my son Samuel the other halfe of my farms at Magus plaine.

I give & bequeathe my daughter Hephzibah Bond forty pounds in mony & goods which
she have received upon her marriage as may appeare upon my book & in … it was
paid.

I give & bequeathe to my eldest Grand Daughter, the daughter of Thomas Hastings,
the sum of five pounds out of my estate.

I give & bequeathe to my Grand Daughter Hannah Hastings, the daughter of Thomas
Hastings, the sum of three pounds out of my estate.

And all the rest of my estate that I dy possessed of and not in this my will
bequeathe, as my Dwelling house & barne and houses for cattle & all my Houehold
stuffe & all instruments for the carrying of Husbandry, as carts, plow & other
utensils for the carrying on of Husbandry. As also my orchard and Apple mill &
all my arable alnds & pasture lands, mowing land & meadow lands at patch meadow
& Rock meadow and my Marshe at Cambridge, my horse, oxen, young cattle & all my
cows & swine. All these I give to my beloved wife Margerett Hastings & do make
her my sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament, desiring her to deliver
out to my children any necessity shall be by sickness or any other ways my will
is that she may sell moveables cattell or lands for her supply & comfort.
Further my will is that what shall be left after my wive decease if God bless
what he hath given that it be to be had, Then my will is that my son Thomas
shall have twenty pounds & the rest of the estate that is left to be divided to
the rest of my children if they be continued in the land of the living, but my
will is that my wife shall have liberty to mend the portion of them that have
left bequeathed them in this my will as also to gratify them most that have
been most obedient & comfortable to her in this time of her life.

Sign’d & sealed in Thomas Hastings Senr
Presence of us & a seale
Henry Bright
John Bright

Cambr. 7.7.1685
Sworne by Henry Bright Senr
& John Bright
Before Daniel Gookin Esg.
& Tho. Danforth Dpet. Govr & R.


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Will of Thomas Olcott - May 16, 1626


From "The English Origin of Thomas Olcott of Hartford, Conn.,"
by Robert H. Olcott, Esq., of Oakland, California,
in THE AMERICAN GENEALOGIST, Vol. XIV, No. 4, pp. 229-37.
IN THE NAME OF GOD  AMEN  The sixteenth daie of Maye in the second yeare of the
Reigne of our most gracious Soveraigne lord Charles, by the grace of God of
England Scotland ffraunce & Ireland kinge defender of the faith &c I Thomas
Olcott Citizen and dyer of London being weake of bodie but of perfect memory
praise bee given to god therefore, yet calling to minde the certainty of death
and the uncertainty of the houre of my dissolucon, doe make and ordaine my last
will and testament in manner and forme following  That is to saie, ffirst and
principally, I commend lay soule into the mercifull hands of allmighty god my
maker, hopeing & stedfastly beleeveing to bee saved in by, and through the
death passion, and onely merrittes of Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer  My
body I committ to the earth whereof it was made, to bee decently buried at the
discrecon of mine Executors hereafter named  And as concerninge such wordly
goods and psonall estate as it bath pleased god in mercy to lend mee I give
will devise bequeath and dispose the same in manner and forme following ffirst
my will and minde is that after my debts and funerall expences discharged and
paid, All and singular my goods Chattells plate ready money houshold stuffe and
implemts of houshold whatsoever shalbee according to the laudable Custome of
the Citty of London, devided into three equall parts and porcons  Which done I
give will and bequeath one parte thereof unto Margarett my loveing Wife  And
one other parte thereof I give to my Sonne Thomas and my daughter Mary to bee
equally devided betweene them except threescore pounds thereof wch I give to my
Sonne John in full satisfaccon of his parte of my goods and Chattells to bee
paid him by my Executors at the end of seaven yeares next ensuing after my
decease  And concerninge my Sonne Thomas my will is that his parte bee paid him
at the age of one and twenty, yeares  And for my daughter Mary my Will is
likewise that her parte bee paid her at the same age or at the daie of her
marriage or att which of them shall first happen  And the third parte thereof I
give and bequeath in manner and forme as is hereafter menconed viz:  I give
Will and bequeath unto my said loveing wife fiftie pounds in money and the
lease & terme of yeares to come of and in the house wherein I lately dwelt now
in the tenure & occupacon of Mr William Homer Saulter scituate in the pish of
St. Laurence in the old Jury London To hould to her and her assignes during her
widdowhoode  Item  I give and bequeath unto my brother John Olcott Twenty mkes
in money  And to every of his Children seually the some of five pounds  Item  I
give will and bequeath unto Sarah and Leah the daughters of my brother William
Olcott lately deceased five pounds apeece. [Footnote:  Item  I give Will &
bequeath to my sister Alice the wife of William Wasse five poundes]  Item  I
give and bequeath to my Nephew William Wasse ten pounds and to my nephew
Richard Wasse five pounds  Item  I give will and bequeath unto Joane Wasse
daughter of my said Sister Alice Wasse five pounds and to all the rest of my
said Sisters daughters now liveing to euy of them severally the some of three
pounds  Item  I give will and bequeath unto my Aunte Isabell Sworton five
pounds  Item  I give and bequeath unto and amongst the poore people of the
parish of Wybunbury in the Countie of Chester where I was borne fortie
shillings to bee distributed amongst them at the discrecon of my brother John
Olcott and my brother in lawe William Wasse wthin sixe moneths next after my
decease  Item  I give will and bequeath unto my Godchild Thomas Grenes of
Bridmer twenty shillings  Item  I give unto such Servants as shall dwell wth
mee at the tyme of my decease to every one of them seually the some of fortie
shillings  Item  I give will and bequeath to John Hyde halfe brother of my now
wife five pounds,  And to Susan Hyde his sister five pounds more  Item  I give
to my Cozen Mr Thomas Harware of London Marchantayler fortie shillings  And to
Mr Raphe Boulton of London alsoe Marchantayler other forty shillings  Item  I
give Will and bequeath unto Mr John Hooker Clarke five pounds,  To Mr Willia
Wood late mine apprtice fortie shillings.  To Mr. Willia Seuell of London
Barber fortie shillings  To my mistris Mris Gravenor Three pounds,  To
Elizabeth the wife of Joseph Batcheler in the old baily London, Twentie
shillings  To Alice the wife of Robert Haupey in Gutterlane Twentie shillings
To the Widdowe Short tenne shillings  To goodman Linne and Goodman deane tenne
shillings apeece, if they bee liveing or to theire wives if they bee dead.  To
the wife of William Dickenson if shee bee liveing tenne shillings  Item  I give
will and bequeath to Mr ffrauncis Taylor Clarke pson of Clapham in the County
of Surrey, a gold seale Ringe wth a deaths heade on it  Item  I give will and
bequeath to my Cozen Mr Edward Hyde of Greate Hadham, in the Countie of
Hertford Twentio shillings.  [Footnote: And to my Cozen Mr William Hyde his
brother twentie shillings]  And further my Will and minde is that all and every
the legacies herein before by mee given and bequeathed to Legatores wthin age,
the tyme of payment whereof is not before in this my Testament lymitted shalbe
paid unto such of the seuall legators as at my decease shalbe wthin the age of
one and twentie yeares and unmarried at their seuall ages of one and twentie
yeares or dayes of marriage wch shall first happen respectively  Provided
alwise and my Will and minde is that if it shall happen any of my said Children
to die and departe this life before his her or there parte and porcon herein by
mee above given willed and bequeathed shall become due and payeable by and
according to the intent and true meaning of this my will then I will and devise
the parte and porcon of him her or them soe deceaseinge unto and amongst my
Child or Children then surviveing equallie to bee devided amongst them,  And as
touchinge my messuages lands tenemts and hereditaments at Greenwch in the
Countie of Kent now in lease unto Robert Allen of Greenwch aforesaid Yeoman
under the yearely Rent of fortie pounds I give and bequeath one third part in
three parts to bee devided thereof unto Margarett my loveing wife  To have and
to hould to her & her assignes for tearme of her naturall life, as belonginge
to her for her thirds or dower due to her out of my messuages lands Tenements
and hereditamts aforesaid  And after the decease of my said loveinge wife  Then
I will and bequeath the same unto my said Sonne John and the heires of his body
lawfully to bee begotten  And for default of such issue Then to my said Sonne
Thomas and the heires of his body lawfully to bee begotton And for default of
such issue Then to my said daughter Mary and the heires of hir body lawfully to
bee begotten  And for default of such issue  Then to my brother John Olcott and
the heires of his body lawfully begotten and to bee begotten, and for default
of such issue  Then to Sarah Olcott and Leah Olcott daughters of my brother
William Olcott deceased and the heires of theire bodies lawfully to bee
begotten  And for default of such issue then to the right heires of mee the
said Thomas Olcott for ever  And the other two parts of my said lands Tenements
and hereditaments I give will and bequeath in manner and forme following that
is to saie  To the said John my Sonne for and during the tearme of Seaven
yeares next ensueing after my decease  To my said Sonne Thomas ymediately from
and after the end of the aforesaid tearme of seaven yeares for and during such
tearme and untill such tyme as my said Sonne Thomas shall have raised had and
received of or out of the rents issues and profitts thereof, the full some of
one hundred pounds of lawfull money of England  And to the said Mary my
daughter after my said sonne Thomas shall have raised received and had of the
rents issues and profitts thereof his foresaid some of one hundred pounds for &
during such tearme and untill such tyme as she shall have raised had and
received of or out of the Rents issues and profitts thereof the full some of
one hundred pounds of like lawfull money & afterwards to my said Sonne John and
the heires of his body lawfully to be begotten And for default of such issue
then to my said Sonne Thomas and the heires of his body lawfully to bee
begotten  And for default of such issue  Then to my said daughter Mary and the
heires of her body lawfully to bee begotten and for default of such issue  Then
to my brother John Olcott and the heires of his body lawfully begotten and to
bee begotten  And for default of such issue  Then to Sarah Olcott and Leah
Olcott daughters of my brother William Olcott deceased and the heires of theire
bodies lawfully to bee begotten  And for default of such issue  Then to the
right heires of mee the said Thomas Olcott forever, and my will and minde
further is that if the said John my sonne shall departe this life wthout issue
of his body lawfully begotten  That then my said Sonne Thomas his heires or
assignes shall at or before the end of three yeares next ensuing after the
decease of my said Son John well and truly paie or cause to bee paid unto my
said daughter Mary (if shee bee then liveing) at or in the usuall telling house
of the Royal Exchange in London the full some of one hundred pounds of lawfull
money of England over and besides her other hundred pounds abovemenconed,
Provided alwaies and my will and minde is That if my said Sonne John shall
departe this life wthout issue of his body lawfully begotten and my said Sonne
Thomas shall make default of payment of the said some of one hundred pounds
(over and besides the said other hundred pounds) unto my said daughter Mary
contrary to the true meaninge of this my present Testament Then my will and
minde is, that my said daughter Mary shall enter into and upon the foresaid two
parts of my said messuages lands Tenemts and hereditaments in Greenwch
aforesaid and the same shall hould and injoy for & duringe such further tyme
and until she my said daughter Mary shall have raised had and receaved the said
Some of one hundred pounds of and out of the rents issues and profitts thereof
over and besides her other hundred pounds above menconed.  The rest and Residue
of all and singular my goods Chattells money plate Jewells houshold stuffe
implemts of houshould and psonall estate whatsoever herein by mee before not
given willed or bequeathed I give will & bequeath unto my said three Children
to bee equally devided amongst them pte and parte like  And I doe make and
ordaine the said Margarett my loveinge wife  And the said John my Sonne the
sole and joynt Executors of this my present Testament and last will, and I doe
nominate make and ordaine my loveing friends Mr Raphe Boulton and Mr Thomas
Harward to bee the Overseers of the same my last will and Testament intreatinge
them to bee aidinge and assistinge to my said Executors in and aboute the
Execucon thereof  And I doe hereby revoke all other wills by mee heretofore
made and doe publish and declare this present writinge conteyning in it my last
will and Testament beinge written in three sheets of paper filed together wth a
labell of parchmt to bee my very true last will and Testamt  In witnesse
Whereof I have to every of the foresaid three sheets subscribed my name and to
the said parchmt labell wherewth they are filed together as aforesaid I have
sett my seale proven the daie & yeare first abovewritten Annoqe dm One thousand
sixe hundred twentie sixe                     Thomas Olcott
In the presence of Edwa Hide  William Hubbeart  John Willington.
Verbatim Copy in text format of will 7 Barrington, 1628 from
the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Somerset House London.
Proved in the P. C. C. 5th of January, 1627/8,
by Margaret the Relict and Executrix.


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Will of Jonathan Fairbanks - Jun. 1, 1668

From The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, Part III,
by Dean Crawford Smith and Melinde Lutz Sanborn
(2004, Boston), pp. 133-34.
In the yeare of Our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred Sixty & Eight, the first day
of the fourth month Commonly called June, I Jonathan Farebanck of Dedham in
the Countie of suffolke senior being sick & weake & Expecting that the day of
my dissolution is drawing nigh, doe in the name & feere of God ordaine & make
this my last will & Testament for the disposing & setling of the things of
this life with which the Lord hath at present intrusted me in manner & forme
as followeth,
vizt - First I Commit my soule to God that gave it & trusting in the alone
Righteousnes & mediation of Jesus Christ my Redeemer & advocate & my body to
the Earth whence it was taken to bee after my decease decently buryed therein
in, [sic] in Christian buriall at the discretion of my Executors.

I give unto Grace my dearely & welbeloved wife, all Every part & parcell of my
whole movable Estate whatsoever as well within dores as without namly all my
household stuffe of all & Every sort & kind, And also my Cattle of all kinds
all my Come Carts plowes, working tooles & utensells of Husbandry, all debts
due to mee & whatever Else come within the denomination of movable Estate, And
all this I give & bequeath unto my sayd wife, to dispose of when & to whome
shee shall at any time see meete And more I give to Grace my sayd wife an
Annuity of Eight pounds p[er] Ann[um] to bee payd to her or her assignes to her
use yearley & Every yeare in two Equall parts that is to say at the End of
Every halfe yeare foure pounds, after my decease for & duringe the whole time &
tearme of her naturall life.

And more I Give to my sayd wife the libertie & free use of all my Houses yards
& yarde roome for her self & her Cattle her assignes & all her ocations for the
whole space of fowre monthes, next Ensuing after my decease.
Item I Give & bequeath to George Farebanck my Second sonn & to his heires
forever, sixteen pounds the one halfe to bee payd him within the space of one
whole yeare next Ensuing after the decease of my sayd wife & whereas I have
already given & doe hereby Confirme to my sonn George all that my part in the
Generall divident already layd out neere meadfeild & some working tooles & such
like small things my will & my mind is that the sayd parcell of Land & those
tooles & other small things soe given shall bee all indifferently & Equally
apprized, & if they shall together amount to the vallue of Eight pounds, then
it shall be accounted for his first payment. And then my mind is that my
daughter mary shall have her first payment within the first yeare of my sayd
wives decease, otherwise she is to tarry till the second yeare - And I give &
bequeath to my daughter mary the wife of Christopher Smith the sume of sixteen
pounds which sixteene pounds I give to my sayd daughter in perticular &
distinct from her Husbands Estate & to bee alwayse at her dispose this sixteene
pounds to bee payed in two Equall sumes Eight pounds, in Case my sonn George
bee already payd, within the space of one whole yeare after my wives decease, &
in Case George bee not payd soe much then shee is to be payd her first payment
within two yeares after my wives decease.

Item more I give to my sayd daughter mary the sume of Three pounds to purchas
her a suite of apparrell with, to bee payd within the space of Three monthes
next after my decease.

Item I Give & bequeath to Jonas Farebanck my third sonn & to his heires for
ever the like sume of sixteene pounds to bee also payd in two Equall sumes the
first Eight pounds to bee payd the next yeare after his sister mary have
received her first payment.

Item I Give & bequeath unto Jonathan Farebanck my yongest sonn & his heires the
like sume of sixteene pounds to bee payd also in two Equall sumes, the first
halfe to bee payd in the yeare next Ensuing, after his brother Jonas is payd
his first halfe & whereas I have already given & doe hereby Confirme to my said
sonn Jonathan one parcell of Land, vallued at five pounds my mind & will is
that hee shall have & Enjoy the same in part of his first payment aforesd &
also what debt shall appeare then to bee due from him to mee, shall bee reconed
upon the same account.

Item my mind & my will is that when all my sonns & my daughters aforenamed,
shall have & received their first payment in manner & time successively, as is
before Expressed, that then my sonn George shall bee payd his seccond Eight
pounds & then my daughter, & soe in the same order Jonas & Jonathan shall bee
payd to them their heires, or assignes their seccond Eight pounds. Each one
yeare after another, untill they bee all payd their full & whole legacies.

Item I give & bequeath to Sarah the Eldest daughter of my sonn John Farebanck
one yong beast betweene one & 2 years of age, And more three pounds to bee payd
by my Executor when shee shall attaine Lawfull Age, the yong beast before
mentioned I reserve out of the Cattle bequeathed to Grace my wife.

Item I Give & bequeath to my sonn in Law Ralph Day, Forty shillings to bee payd
within six monthes after my wives decease.

Item I Give & bequeath to Each of the fowre children of the sayd Ralph which
hee had by my daughter Susan his late wife, the sume of Forty shillings to bee
payd them severally as they shall attaine Lawfull Age - Provided all my other
Legacies to my Three sonns & my daughter bee first payd in manner as is above
Exprest.

Item my mind & my will is that all these my legacies abovsd bequeathed the
specie or kind of payment whereof is not named shall bee all payed in Country
payment at price then Currant in Deadham.

Item I Give & bequeath to John Farebanck my Eldest soonn all my Houses & Lands
whatsoever & not being formerly above in this my will disposed of together with
all my Common Rights & Towne priveledges whatsoever to have possest Enjoy the
same to him & his heires forever. To enter upon all my Lands foreth with after
my decease. And all my Houses & yards at the End of foure months next Ensuing
the same.

Item I doe nominate Appoint & Ordaine John Farebanck my aforesayd Eldest sonn
to bee my sole Executor, to whome I Commit all necessary trust & power requisit
for the due & full performance of the Execution of this my last will as it
belongs or is necessary to bee done by an Executor & Every part as is above
Exprest.

Also, I name and intreat my very Loving freinds mr Eliazer Lusher & Peter
Woodward senior to bee Overseers, to the performance of this my present will &
to bee assisting to my above named Executor therein as themselves shall see
Cause. And I doe hereby revoake & make null & voyd all other or former wills
whatsoever by mee formerly made & doe avouch & declare this present writting as
is above herein incerted, to bee & Containe my true only & last will &
Testament. In Wittnes whereof I the sayd Jonathan Farebanck senior have
hereunto subscribed my hand & affixed my seale the day & yeare first above
written
Signed sealed published
in the presence of us The marke of G Jonathan Farebanck senr
William Avery Thomas Medcalfe & a seale
memorandum that the words (vallued at five pounds) concerning the Land given to
Jonathan was Enterlined before the sealing of this present writing
6:January:1668

William Avery & Thomas Medcalfe deposed in Court the 26 instant that this
instrument was signed sealed Published & declared to bee the last will &
Testament of Jonathan Farebanck, in their prsence by himselfe, that when hee
soe did hee was of a sound disposing mind to their best knowledge
Edw. Rawson Reccord
[Suffolk Probate, 6:15]


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