1631 Cranbrook, Eng. - March 19 1693 Newberry, Essex Co., MA
Commending my soul to God and my body when it shall depart this life to decent buriall in an assured hope of a blessed resurrection. And for my worldly goods which God of his mercy hath given me I dispose of as followeth, viz. :
I have by deed of gift under my hand and seale made over to my sonne Daniel Thurston one-half of my lands and meadow that I have in the town of Newberry known by the name of Rake Lott, which was done upon his marriage , with all priviledges and appurtenances yerto belonging, and I doe now make over to my sonne Daniel Thurstain All my buildings with the other half of my lands and meadows with priviledges and appurtenances yrto belonging on conditions as follows:
First. That he, my said sonne Daniel, and his heirs Doth take care of and provide comfortably for his mother soe long as She shall remain my widow.
Secondly. I do oblidge my son Daniel to pay my daughter Sarah the sum of thirty pounds in Cattell within two years after my decease.
Thirdly. I doe oblidge my sonne Daniel to pay my sonne Joseph the sum of thirty pounds Cattell within fower yeares after my decease.
Fourthly. I doe oblidge my sonne Daniel to pay my sonne Steven the sum of thirty pounds in Cattell Five years after my decease.
Fifthly. I oblidge my sonne Daniel to pay my daughter Abigail the sum of thirty pounds in cattell within eight years after my decease.
Item. I also give and bequeath to my sonne James a parcel of land lying in Newberry known by the name of my Rake Lott with all my pistols and houlsters, which is held in full of his portion.
Item. I also give to my sonne Joseph a pr of loomms with the tackling belonging to them and also a cowe and a gun.
Item. I give to my son Steven a pair of loomms and my carbine.
Item. I doe also give to my daughter Hannah five shillings which is to be with what I have before given her in full of her portion.
Item. I give to my daughter Sarah fiveteen pounds which she shall have out of my household good which is to be in full of her portion.
Item. I doe also leave all the rest of my moveable estate in my sonne Daniel's hands, except a fether bed and furniture belonging to it and to the value of other five pounds in other household stuff, which I do leave my beloved wife to make use of during her life.
And I give to my son Daniel full power as administrator to recieve all my debts due to me by bills or otherwise. And I doe also order him, my said sonne Daniel, to pay for my funerall expenses and also pay all my lawful debts which he is to do out of my moveable estate. And if there be any overplus the rest of it is to be divided amongst four of my children, viz., Joseph, Stephen, Sarah, and Abigail. But if it soe fall y yer be not enough of my moveable estate to pay all my lawfull debts then I order that my son Daniel shall be abated so much of the hundred and twenty pounds which he was to pay to his brothers and sisters above mentioned as will discharge the reaminder of my debts, and my four children, Joseph, Steven, Sarah, and Abigail, shall beare it equally among them, and I doe desire my loving friends John Poore, Henry Poore, to be overseers of this my last will and testament. I hereby revoking all former will of myne. In confirmation of what is before written as my last will and testat., I have hereunto set my hand and seale the 17 day of January 1692-3. The mark of Daniel Thurston.
Signed, sealed, and declared in ye presence of John Poor, Thomas Hale. The Mark of Stephen Thurston.
"Note: I have inspected the original document in the probate office in Salem, and it is scorched as though it had been thrown in the fire and rescued from flame before being consumed. It is mere conjecture that this was done, and that the addendum following, was made to appease somebody who was dissatisfied with the first part of the will. - A.S. Thurston."
For some addition to what is above written, Whereas it is expected that my beloved wife shall haive a feather bed and furniture and five pound more out of the house during life and also that my daughter Sarah shall have fourteen pound out of the household stuff, And whereas I left the rest of my moveables within doors to my son Daniel, My will now is that after my daughter Sarah shall have had her fiveteen and my beloved wife her bed with furniture and her five pounds that then what is left of my moveable estate within doors shall be equally divided between my daughters Sarah and Abigail and prized to them as part of their thirty pounds apeace, and so much as it amounts to shall be taken off from the sixty pounds in Cattell which my son Daniel was to pay to them. And my will is that my son Daniel shall pay all abatement of said sixty pounds to my two sons Joseph and Stephen. And whereas it is above provided that if my moveable estate without doors will not pay all of my lawfull debts, that then my son Daniel shall be abated so much of the hundred and twenty pound which he was to pay his brothers and sisters as would discharge the remainder of my debt, and that my sons Joseph and Stephen and my two daughters Sarah and Abigail should bear it equally between them, My will now is y if my moveable estate without doors will not discharge all my lawfull debts that then my said Daniel shall take out of what I ordered him to pay my two sons Joseph and Stephen soe much as will dishcarge the reaminder of my engagements.
This will is quoted from pgs 24-25 of the 1880 edition of Thurston Genalogies 1635-1880, by Brown Thurston. All spelling and grammar errors are as I found them from those pages, I have not altered what was printed in the 1880 edition.
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