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warrantee deed

Middlesex County Deeds, vol. 21, page 2S9 :

I, John Newton Senr of Marlborough, in Massachusetts Bay. yeoman, in Consideration
of my affection for my grandson, Gershom Newton, do give unto said Gershom Newton
2 pieces Upland adjacent to Pine Hill Meadow ) ^ withiu

% my share of Pine Hill Meadow, bounded, (etc.) f Marlborough
2 A. of Land on east of Wolfpen Hill, bounded, etc.) )
A 2 A. right within the Cow Commons of Marlborough
and right to cut for his own use what cedar he needs from
Birchon Swamp in Westborough, same county.
to have and to hold.

Witnesses : "John Newton his mark & a Seal"

David Fay his mark Mar. 31, 1721.

John How his mark Acl-noicledgcd, Middlesex, Mar. 31, 1721.

Received, Cambridge, April 1, 1721.
warrantee deed

East Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 1, 1910.

Will of John Newton, Marlborough.

Old Series, 15,892.

[Copy made by Sumner F. Brown, for Mrs. Ermina Newton Leonard, DePere, Wisconsin.]

In the Name of God Amen. I. John. Newton Sen 1 ' of Marlboro' in the County of Midd x .

in the Province of the Massachusets. Bay. in New-England being in good Health of Body.

& of. Sound, mind. & Memory. Do Make & ordain this my last. Will & Testament, in

Manner & form following, viz. I Comit. my Soul, to God. that made, it in hopes, of

Eternal life, through the Merits of Jesus. Christ, my. Redeemer. & my Body to the earth.

out of which it was formed, to be decently buried at the Discretion & Proper Cost. &

Charge of. my Executor, hereafter. & touching the temporall Estate. That God hath.

Blessed, me withall I Despose thereof. In manner following.

Imprimis. I Will that all my Debts be paid.

Item. I Will to my Son John. Newton all my Rights to Undivided lands In that Tract

of. land in the Township of Marlbow. called without Cow=Comon land, to him & his


Item. I. give to my Son Samuel Newton. Two. Shillings.

Item. I give to the Children of my Son Zachary Newton, deceased. A Cedar Swamp.

lying & being within the Township, of. Westbow.' in Midd x . aforesd.
Item. I Will that my Son Thomas Newton be acquitted from all Debts y* are due to

me by Bill Bond or any other ways.
Item. I give to my Daughter Elizabeth the Wife of Zachary Eiager. Two Shill.
Item. I give to my Daughter Joanna. Singleterry the Sum of Ten Pounds, to be paid to

her in Cattle Household Stuff Etc.. if so much found at my Decease=otherwise in

Item. I give to each of the Children of My Daughter Sarah Rugg. deceased the Sum of

five Shillings.
Item. I. give to my Granddaughter. Silence Bruce Such a Sum as being to what she hath

already received of me, added. Shall be fourty Pounds. She receiving the same in

movable state if a Competency left at my Decease, other wise in Money.
All the Rest of my Estate I give to my Grandson Gershom Newton, whom I. appoint Sole
Executor to this my last Will & Testament. & do hereby renounce all former Wills. &
Testaments by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof. I have Set my hand & Seal, on
the thirteenth day of Aprill Anno Domini Seventeen hundred & nineteen. & In the fifth
Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord King George.



Will of John Newton, page 2.

Robert < Euniam

Nahum Ward [L S]
Gershom Ward


John ^v Newton

Midd*.. ss. Camb. Nov* 8th 1723

Tbe foregoing Will was Exhibited by Gershom
Newton (sole Exec* nominated by the Testaf. therein
mentioned) Nahum and Gershom Ward two of the wit-
nesses thereto subscribed present & sworn according to
Law: and Testifi that Robert Eunian (who tho by reason
of some Lameness attending him absent) Signed with
them as a Witness Cv a and this will is proved : and

admission granted to the abovesaid Gershom

Bond given — 100">—

Done at Camb. afrs'd Witness my hand e tc

ffra. ffoxcroft Jun reg r
p order

Fr Foxcroft Jd pr

(Caption on back)


John Newton Sen 1- .

Will 1. paid

Exhibd 8th Nov- 1723

Entered & Exam. Examined

Libo- 17 p. ad. 22. 3

Copy writt out

A F. F. Reg.

Nov r . 8 th 1723 Know all men by these Presents That We Gershom Newton

Bond. 200 lb . and John Newton both of Marlborough in the county of

Middlesex within his Majesties province of the Massachusetts
Bay in New England Husbandmen are holden and Stand
firmly bound and obliged unto Frances Foxcroft Esq? Judge
of the Probate of Wills and granting admissions within the
said County in the full sum of one hundred Pounds Currt
money in New England to be paid unto the said Judge his
succesors in the Said office or Assigns to the true payment
whereof we do bind ourselves and each of us Our and each
of our heirs Exrs & Administrs jointly and severally for the
whole and in the whole firmly by these present's. Sealed with
our seals. Dated the Eighth Day of November anno Domini
1723 Annoytz Rd Rs Georgii Primo

The Condition of the above written obligation is Such That Whereas the above bounden
Gershom Newton hath this Day taken upon him the office of Executor to the Last.
Will &tc of John Newton Sen? of Marlborough abovesd dec'd by this day proving tho
same and thereby taking upon, him the burthen of paying the Sd Testators Debts Legacies
Etc — Now therefore if the said Exec r shall well and truly pay the abovesd. deed's Debts
E tc (as abovesd.) (and in all things (the Same concerning) well and faithfully perform
& Execute the S'd Testators Will and administer his Estate. Then this obligation shall
be void otherwise in full force
Signed Sealed & Delivered

in presence of us. Gershom Newton [ ]

Nahum Ward Di Supra do; Executed his

Fra : Foxcroft Junr. Cor. Fra. Foxcroft Jus. J. Faois John 1 Newton [ ]


The foregoing will and probate are on one side of one sheet and numbered
("I.") one. The bond of Gershom and John Newton is on one page of paper
and numbered "2." The caption on the back of probate is :


John 2 Newton Sen''

Bond Exce r

Nov Sth 1723 X

The "2" in the caption is the number of the paper in the docket envelope.


Sureties for Samuel Newton.
Know all men by these p r sents that we John Newton and Moses Newton of y e Town of
Marlburrow inye Comity of Midd* in New England do owne & acknowledge ourselves to
ow and stand justly indebted to our Soveraigu Lord and Lady W m & Mary King and
Queen of England &c. Defender of y e Faith inye full and Compleat Sum of one hundred
pounds Sterling. Y e Same to be well and truly paid to M r Sam 11 Andrews Treasure 1, of
ye County of Midd x as aforesd. To the which payment well and truly to be made to
liim the said Sam 11 Andrews Treasurer or his successor in said office We ye said John
Newton and Moses Newton do bind our selves jointly and severally likewise our heirs
Executor 8 & Admin rs firmly by these p r sentz. In witness our hands & Seals this Twenty
fifth day of Octobr Anno Domini 1690. Anno R R is & Regina Guileslmi & Maria Anglia


The condition of this obligation we recoginsence is such, that where as Sam 11 Newton
son of y e said John Newton, and — ■ Rebeckka his reputed wife are p r senteed by ye
Grand Jurors of this s'd County of Middx for Juc ofs If y e said Samuel Newton and
Rebeckka his reputed wife Shall and do p'sonally appear at y e Next Court of Assessants
To be held in Boston and these do = Anser 1 " theire said Law P r sentements of ye Grand
jurors above s'd and do there abide y e Determination of said Court and not depart without
licens and if ye said Sam 11 Newton do in ye mean time do abstain from ye Company of
said Rebeckka his reputed wife, then this obligation to be void and of none effect,
otherwise to stand and be in full power Force and virtue.

Signed, Sealed &c John Newton [ ]

In presence of

SaruU Phipps The mark of Moses m Nowton [ ]

James Taylor.

"This Bond is on one side of a deckle-edge sheet of paper. Outside fly-specked
and yellowed. The writing is so condensed, and the Letter of the old style, it
is difficult to make out, hut this is a pretty fair copy." — Statement of Mr. S. F.
Brown, copyist.


John 3 , b. June 5, 1G67 ; m. Hannah Morse.

Samuel 3 , b. Dec. 23, IOCS ; nr. Rebecca Newton.

Zachariah 3 , b. March 25, 1G71 ; m. Mary Axtell.

Elizabeth 3 , b. Jan. 3, 1672 ; d. in Marlborough, Jan. 18, 1756 ; m. Zachariah
Eager, son of William and Ruth (Hill) Eager* of Maiden, Cambridge and
Marlborough, Mass. (when he was born does not appear), d. in Marl-
borough, July 5, 1742. They lived in Marlborough, where their children
were born, namely :

* William Eager 1 of Maiden, Cambridge and Marlborough, Mass., was married in Maiden.
Mass., 7-10-1659, to Ruth Hill, dau. of Abraham and Sarah (Long) Hill of Charlestown,
born there 2-4-1640, died at Cambridge, 6-11-1670-80, aged 39. He m. (2) in Cambridge,
April 13, 1680. "Hester Cole (Lydia, wid. of Arthur?)." He was in Cambridge between
1672 and 1682 ; was one of the proprietors of the Ockoocanganset Plantation near Marl-
borougb, purchased of the Indians in 1684, and removed with his wife, Ltdia, to Marl-
borough about 1682. There is mention of an account due from him to John Simple, laborer,
servant to John Allen ; also mention of John Salter (servant with William Eager), who threw
Mrs. Agur (Eager) into the fire, 22-11-1673, and was sentenced to the Bridewell. William
Eager's will, dated Dec. 16S7, mentions wife Lydia, and children, William 2 ; Zachery 2 (wf.
Elizabeth Newton); Abraham 2 (wf. Lydia Woods); Zerubbell 2 ; James 2 ; Jacob 2 ; Sarah 2 ;
Margaret 2 ; Mercy 2 ; Lydia 2 ; Esther 2 ; Ruth 2 ; and one unborn. He died in Marlborough. April
4, 1690. Of the above children I have found some of their birth dates; Zerubbell 2 , June 8.
1672 ; Martha 2 , Nov. 26, 1674 ; Ruth 2 . Feb. 1, 1677 ; Sarah 2 , June 25, 1679 ; Margaret 2 .
May 25, 1681 ; all born in Cambridge ; Marcy 2 , Oct. 20, 1682 ; Lydia 2 , June 20, 1684 ; James 2 ,
Sept. 21, 1686 ; John 2 , June 6, 1689 ; these last born in Marlborough.

Zerubbel Eager 2 , res. Marlborough ; m. 1698, Hannah Kerley, b. 1678 (dau. Henry 4 and
wf. Elizabeth) ; will dated 1745 ; died 1747. Children : Hannah 3 , 1699 ; Uriah*, 1700 ;
Hcpzibah 3 , 1702 ; Jacob 3 , 1704, d. 1723 ; Damaris 3 , Sept. 11, 17 — ; Moses 3 and Miriam*, 1712 ;
John 3 , 1718.

James Eager 2 , b. Sept. 21, 1686; m. Marlborough, April 2, 1713(7), Tabitha Howe, dau.
of Thomas and Sarah (Hosmer) Howe of Marlborough, b. 1684. Children were : Tashti 3 ,
b. Jan. 14, 1713 ; Hezediah 3 , Dec. 1, 1715 ; James 3 , Mch. 6, 1720.

Uriah Eager 3 , born April 4, 1700 ; died Dec. 30, 1780 ; res. Marlborough. He marched as
Ensign to Cambridge on the Lexington alarm, and was afterward promoted to a Captaincy ;
m. (1) 1727, Sarah Brigham (dau. of Capt. Nathan and Elizabeth), b. Dec. 14, 1701, d.
Nov. 5, 1744 ; and he m. 1746, Rebecca Rice, who d. 1790. Children were : Nathan*, 1731 ;
Mary*, 1733 ; Fortunatus*, 1735 ; Elizabeth*, 1737 ; Uriah*, 1740 ; Hannah*, Dec. 29, 1741,
m. Feb. 10, 1761, Uriah Newton, Jr. [See also Abner Newton m. Vashti Eager.]










15. 1. Ruth* Eager, b. Dec. 20, 1694; m. June 18, 1740, John How.

16. 2. Elizabeth* Eager, b. March 27, 1G96 ; d. Jan. 9, 1790, in 94th yi\, G. S.

17. 3. William* Eager, b. Feb. 14, 1697.

18. 4. Thankful* Eager, b. Dec. 29, 1699 ; m. Brown.

19. 5. Mary* Eager, b. Nov. 18, 1702.

20. 6. Jonathan* Eager, b. March 21, 1705 ; d. Oct. 25, 1772 ; unm.

21. 7. Phincas* Eager, b. July 30, 1707 ; d. May 28, 1729.

22. 8. Margaret* Eager, b. July 19, 1709 ; d. July 19, 1726.

23. 9. Aaron* Eager, b. Feb. 1, 1712-13; m. Mary ; d. Nov. 11, 1756.

24. 10. Zachariah* Eager, b. Sept. 10, 1716.

25. tv. TnoMAS 3 , b. Dec. 27 or 29, 1674; in. Record Ward.

26. vi. Joannah 3 , b. May — , 1677 ; m. in Framingham, Mass., April 5, 1713,

Ebenezer Singletary.*

27. 1. Joanna* Singletary, b. April 22, 1714, in Framingham.

28. 2. Ebenezer* Singletary, Jr., b. Sept. 9, 1716, in Framingham.

29. vii. Sarah 3 , b. Nov. — , 1679 ; d. in Frainingham, May 7, 1710 ; m. in Concord,

Mass., by Justice Minot, Nov. 18, 1702, Jonathan Rugg,t soil of John and
Hannah (Prescott) Rugg of Lancaster and Concord, Mass., born in Con-
cord, Feb. 10, 1680, died in Framingham, Dec. 25, 1756. They lived a
short time in Marlborough, then settled in Framingham. She had four
children. He married two more times, see below. Children were :

30. 1. Bathsheba* Rugg, b. Oct. 26, 1703, in Marlborough.

31. 2. Sarah* Rugg, b. Oct. 2, 1705, in Framingham.

32. 3. Hepzibah* Rugg, b. Jan. 18, 1707-8, in Framingham.

33. 4. Abraham* Rugg, b. April 27, 1710, in Framingham ; d. there May 4, 1710.

34. viii. Nathaniel 3 , b. Dec. 12, 1680 [dup. Jan. 28; and Hist, of Marlboro, has Feb.

8, 1681. This last is the more reasonable date, if his sister Sarah was b.
Nov. — , 1679]. He is not mentioned in his father's will and probably died

35. ix. Experience 3 , b. May 1, 16S3 ; is not mentioned in her father's will and prob-

ably died young.

3. MAHY NEWTON 2 (Kichard 1 ), daughter of Kichard and Anne (Loker)
Newton, from England to Sudbury, Mass., was born at Sudbury, June 22, 1644,
and died at Marlborough, Mass., December 28, 1728, aged 84.

She married at Marlborough (and this is the first marriage recorded in the
town), October 14, 1663, Jonathan Johnson, Sr., son of William and Elizabeth
(Storey) Johnson§ of Charlestown, where he was born about 1631, and baptized

* See Singletary note to Ichabod Newton 8 .

:|: Jonathan Rugg m. (2) in Framingham, Dec. 11, 1710, Hannah Singletary of Framingham.

by whom he had five children. She died and he m. (3) Elizabeth , who survived him.

His children by wf. Hannah were : Mehetabel, b. Sept. 15, 1711, m. Mch. 30, 1732. Joseph
Bigsby of Hopkinton ; Hannah, b. Nov. 28, 1713 ; Jonathan, b. Nov. 27, 1716 ; John, b.
June 18, 1718 ; Ebenezer, b. July 22, 1720, d. Aug. 10, 1720.

John Rugg (father of Jonathan) lived in Lancaster, Mass. ; m. there May 4, 1660, Hannah
Prescott and had there these children: John, June 4, 1662; Marra, July 11, 1664; Thomas,
Sept. 15, 1066; Joseph, Dec. 15, 166S ; Hannah, 2-11-1670; licbecca, 16-3-1673; and in
Concord, Jonathan, Feb. 10, 1680.

[I suppose John Rugg (father of Jonathan, b. 1680) to have been the son of John Rugg
who m. 1711, Hannah Shephekd "both of Concord," and the son of John Rugg of Lancaster.
who in 1655 bought estate and house of John Druiker in Charlestown ; freeman, 1669 ; wf.
Martha Prescott, who gave birth to two children in Lancaster, 17-11-1655, and she and they
d. the 18 and 24-11-1655. I have not the data to verify it.] See note to John Newton 4 , Sr.

March 18, 1691-2, at Lancaster, there were enumerated in the settlement of the garrison
for that town John Rugg, John Rugg, Jr., Joseph Rugg. and others.

§ William Johnson 1 , one of the early settlers of Charlestown, Mass., was born at Canter-
bury, Kent county, England, in 1602 ; became an inhabitant of Charlestown in 1634 ; and was
made freeman of Massachusetts Colony, March 4, 1634-5. He was a Puritan ; of good educa-
tion, and brought with him from England a wife, and child, and means. He with his wife
Elizabeth joined the Charlestown church Feb. 13, 1634-5, of which they continued members
until death. He was a man of energy and business methods. Within the first four years of his
residence, he was assessed for ten separate parcels of land, which he cultivated — a farmer —
"planter"' he calls himself in conveyances. This was his leading business. Possessing a
clay-pit, he was also a brickmaker- a secondary occupation. His house-lot fronted 100 feci
on the now Main Street of Charlestown, near the present Square, and was about 120 feet
deep. On this lot stood the house in which all his eight children were born except the
eldest, and in which he died. There were also on the lot two barns and two brickmaking
kilns. He held several town offices. His signature is that of a practical penman. He had
but the one wife, ELIZABETH Stoky, whom he married in 1630 [White Family Quarterly,


August 14, 1641. He died at Marlborough April 12, 1712, aged 71. By occupa-
tion he was a blacksmith, also farmer, and in the latter part of his life he
taught the town school. He was well educated; his father also gave him a trade
and made him a legatee in his will. He received his share in his father's and
mother's estate in 1687, £20 in about "an acre and a half of land in the East-
field," which in 1707 he sold to his nephew for £30. The records show seven
conveyances of real estate to and from him.

Before his marriage he went to reside in Marlborough about 1662. There can
be no doubt as to whose son he was, for the Records of the Selectmen of Charles-
town make a note of the fact that Jonathan Johnson "came to town, to his
father William's house, from Marlborough, April 15, 1676."

On settling in Marlborough he received from the town the house-lot of 30
acres that had been set apart for a smith in the first division. The lot was one
of the most eligible in the village, being located directly south of the Old Com-
mon, "on a hill south side of the Meeting-house." Half of this he sold May
25, 1663, but bought it back, February 15, 1678-9. He was the first blacksmith
in Marlborough. The following is the town's order and the conditions of his
holding : At a meeting of the town March 29, 1663, among other matters, "It
was orde rd that Jonathan Johnson shall have the Thirty Acres of upland formerly
granted to A smith with all accommodaco[ns] Answ r ble & suitable thereunto,
on Condition y* the s d Jonath[an] doe dwell in this Towne seven yeares, & doe
the Townes worke as A Smith, & also if he at y e seven yeares end leav[e] the
Towne doe his endeav r to settle anoth r Smith in his Boome, both w ch if hee doe
the s d Land & accomodacons sha[ll] bee his, & his heirs & Assigns forever: John
Buddocke, Recorder." The rate he was to pay to the minister apportioned May
7, 1663, was 6 shillings. Having sold half of his homelot, his portion of the
other divisions — meadow and swamp lands — were proportionately smaller. Of
the 2d division of uplands he had 3| acres, 1st division of meadows 1\ acres,
2d of meadows, 6 acres, of Cedar Swamp, 7£ acres ; of Cold Harbor, Middle and
Chauncey meadows, of each, four acres. — : 51|. He also bought in with others,
without the consent of the Court, and thus illegally, some of the Indian reserva-
tion "Plantation." In 1688, his taxes under Governor Andros were for person
and estate, 04s. 02d. In 1685 he bought of Prudence Bussell, 20 acres in Marl-
borough. In 1694, he sold the same to T. Bussell. His name appears on other
legal papers, as witness, etc.

Jonathan Johnson, Sr., of Marlborough was freeman July 21, 1685. Jonathan
Johnson, Sr., in his lifetime gave to his children and grandchildren portions
of his property and disposed of the rest by will, making his wife and only sur-
viving child, William, executors, and the latter residuary legatee. The will is

Vol. I, p. 72] in England. She died Oct. 6, 1684. She bore him six sons and two daughters.
His will, dated Dec. 7, 1077. O. S., two days before his death, gives to his wife Elizabeth,
and children, upon whom he bad bestowed portions as they settled in life. Inventory, £308. 4s.
His widow, Elizabeth, married (2) Oct. 24, 1679, Thomas Carter (2d wife) of Charles-
town, blacksmith, son of Thomas Carter 1 of same town, blacksmith, immigrant. He died
Dec. 30, 1694, in 88th year, G. S. The children of William and Elizabeth Johnson were :
1, John 2 , b. 1633 in Eng., res. Haverhill and d. there 1708 ae. 76 yrs., G. S., blacksmith. He
was killed by the Indians. He m. (1) Elizabeth Maverick; m. (2) Sarah Gills; m. (3)
Katherine (Skipper) Maverick (wid. of his first wife's brother) ; 2, Ruhamah. 2 , bap. 1635, m.
John Knight, Jr., res. Charlestown ; 3, Joseph 2 , bap. 1637 ; res. Haverhill ; d. there Nov. 18,
1714, farmer; m. (1) Maria Soatlie ; m. (2) Hannah Tcnny of Rowley; 4, Elizabeth 2 , bap.
1639; m. (i) Edward Wyer of Charlestown; m. (2) William Monroe of Lexington; bad
children by 1st husband; 5, Jonathan?, bap. Aug. 14, 1641; m. Mary Newton 2 (dau. of
Richard 1 ) ; 6, Nathaniel 2 , born about 1043; mariner, prob. died at sea; m. (1) Joanna Long
of Cambridge, who m. (2) Christopher Goodwin of Charlestown; 7. Zaehariah 2 , b. about 1640:
res. Charlestown, and later near Mistic River ; farmer, brickmaker, miller, was living 1717
a>. 71 yrs. ; m. Elizabeth Jeffs of Boston, who was an heiress (dau. of John Jeffs, mariner) ;
8, Isaac 2 , b. about 1049 ; res. Charlestown and d. 1711 in 62d yr. ; gunsmith ; m. Mary Stone
(dau. of Nicholas, shipcarpenter of Roston). Notice how many of these men were blacksmiths.


dated March 18, 1711-12. No inventory was returned. The will begins by say-
ing: "I recomend my Soul to the hand of God that gave it me hoping through
the Death and merits of Jesus Christ, to obtain pardon of all my sins and to
inherit Eternal Life, and my Body I comit to the Earth . . . nothing doubting
but at the Generall Resurection I shall receive the same againe by the mighty
power of God."

He gives his homestead and all his personal property to his wife, Mary, ''for
her comfortable subsistance during her widowhood with free leave of acts of
charity"; "with the advice and consent of the Minister and Deacon, to sell of
the outland for her comfort : and if she should marry," then what he has given
to her is to go to his son William, who "if she should be in want to take fillial
care of her." He says he had given to his son Jonathan, while alive, and his
wife since his death, his portion : "but still, my fatherly love is so to his chil-
dren," etc., whom he names, he gives small sums. To his daughter Mary's hus-
band he gives his "Coopering Tools," showing he had yet another trade, and
"As to my dau. Mary Mathes, though she be dead yet I remember her"; and
says he had completed her portion by a deed of land to her children, and appoints
his son William trustee of this deed. To his grandson Joseph, Jonathan's young-
est son, a lot of land. To granddaughter Hannah, who was living with him,
£20. To Huldah Whitney, £6, if she remain with his wife till 18 years old.
He "wills" his son William to take good care of his son Thomas while he lives.

The widow Mary Johnson survived her husband 16 years, and did not marry
again. It is pleasant to think of her living quietly by herself in the homestead,
"on a hill south of meeting house" and "the Old Common." The house was
near the garrison-house of Samuel Ward, Sr., to which the family of Jonathan
Johnson, Sr., was assigned.

It was not until after January 10, 1699, when the town voted to build a
schoolhouse, that "Mr. Jonathan Johnson was employed as a schoolmaster
several years in succession." At that date he was 58 years old. I like this
kindly old man, who is my ancestor. Capable in so many lines — farmer, black-
smith, cooper, active and energetic in business during his prime; then studious
and passive, and a schoolmaster ; during the last thirteen years of his life,
with his equally aged wife, gracefully waiting till their change come.

Since writing the above I have obtained a verbatim copy of the will of Jona-
than Johnson. I will not re-write; but will give both as they are. The will
shows the manner of the times, and the particular care that nothing be over-

No. iL'ii'.i-l [Reverse] Jonathan Johnson Will

Rec. vol. 13 Page 78. Exhib. 13 May 1712

Registred Lib. 13. fo. 65 to 68


In the name of God Amen the eighteenth of March 1711 I Jonathan Johnson of Marl-
burough in the Comity of Middlesex in new england yeoman being aged and somewhat
infirm in body but sound and perfect and memory thanks be to god for it and calling to
mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for al men once to dye
do make and ordain this my last will & testiment that is principly and first of all I give
and Recommend my soul into the hands of god that gave it mee hoping throng the death
and merits of Jesus Christ to obtain bardon of all my sins and to inherit eternal life and
my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discreshon of my executrix
a executor Herafter named nothing doubting but at the ienarall resurection I shall
resciue the same again by the mighty power of god and as toucins: my outward estate

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