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ter Rachel Merril to the age of Eighteen years, And if my wife
should see cause to marry my Will is that she have the Improve-
ment of one third part of my Estate, upon and after marriage
and the other Two Thirds to be improvd to the use of my son
Isaac to the age of Twenty one years, and in Condition that my
Wife should not marry, my will is that my son Isaac at the age of
Twenty one years shall come into possession of the one half of my
Estate, that shall then remain after the Legacies are all payd,
and my Wife the improvement of the other half during her Nat-
ural Life or Widowhood and if she die my Widow that she have a
decent interment according to the discretion of my Executor

Item my Will is that my sons Daniel Merril and William Mer-
ril shal have besids what I have alreadey given them by deed of
gift, a small piece of Land which lies comon bounded Easterly
upon the road which runs from my house to Musquash Brook
and westerly by a foot path which runs from said Brook south-
erly to the aforementioned road near the fence as it now stands,.



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and southerly by a burying place, to be divided Equally between
them.

Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Hills Four Pounds sterling
money to be payd to her by my Executor out of my Estate in the
year 1775, which is the year my son Isaac comes of age

Item I give to my Daughter Abigail Marsh six Pounds sterling
money to be payd by my Executor out of my Estate in the afore-
mentioned year 1775.

Item I give to the Children of my Son Samuel Deceased in the
following manner (viz) to my grand son Abel Merril Ten Pounds
sterling money at the age of Twenty one, and to my grand
Daughters Tabatha, Rebecca, Ruth, Rachal and Tamson one
Pound sterling money to Each of them to be payd at the age of
Eighteen by my Executor out of my Estate

Item My Wil is that my son Isaac come into possession of the
one half of all my Estate both real and personal (at the age of
Twenty one) which shall be left after the before mentioned Lega-
cies are payd, during the widowhood or Life of his mother, if she
be then Living and after the Death of my Wife, my Will is, that
my son Isaac shall have in Lands or movables of my Estate what
shall be Judged by Judicious Judges to the value of six Hundred
Pounds old Tenor, Equivelent to money as it was in the year,
1750, which I call Equal to what I give to Each of my other Three
sons Daniel, Samuel, and William, and my Will is that what is
then remaining of my Estate it shall be Equally Divided between
my three Sons Daniel William and Isaac

Item My Will is that if my son Isaac should not Live to marry
or to the age of Twenty one years that what is given to him in
this Will, shall be Equally Divided between my Two sons Daniel
and William

Lastly I do hereby Constitute ordain and appoint my son
Daniel Merril my Executor, of this my Last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal this
sixteenth day of Febr^ anno Domini, 1763.

Samuel Merril



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[Witnesses] James Sherburn, Nath' Merril, Nath^ Merril Ju',
Nath^i merril Ter^

[Proved April 13, 1763.]

[Warrant, April 14, 1763, authorizing Thomas Colburn, gen-
tleman, and George Burns, yeoman, both of Nottingham West,
to appraise the estate.]

[Guardianship of Abel Merrill, minor, aged more than 14
years, son of Samuel Merrill, Jr., granted to Daniel Merrill April
I4» 1763-]

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 544.]

[Inventory, attested Oct. 21, 1763; amount, £4929. 15. 8;
signed by Thomas Colburn and George Burns.]

[Guardianship of Isaac Merrill, aged less than 14 years, son of
Samuel Merrill, granted to John Hamblett March 28, 1764.]

{Probate Records, vol. 23, p. 208.]

[Account of the executor; receipts, £1709. 15. 8, personal es-
tate; expenditures, £566. 16. 8; allowed March 28, 1764.]

[Bond of Samuel Marsh, with Samuel Greeley and Reuben
Spaulding as sureties, all of Nottingham West, gentlemen, in the
sum of £500, Oct. 28, 1768, for the guardianship of Isaac Mer-
rill, minor, aged more than 14 years, son of Samuel Merrill;
witnesses, Reuben Batchelder, Joseph Severance.]

[Additional account; receipts, £594. 17. 6; expenditures, £776.
2. 8; mentions "Maintenance of 2 children 333 Weeks since the
former Ace*"; allowed May 7, 1772.]



JOHN WEBSTER 1763 KINGSTON

The Last Will And Testament of John Webster of Kingstown
and Provence of New Hampshire in New England yeoman



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firs I Give and Bequeath to my Dearly Beloved Wife Sarah
All my Housel Stuf and Household Goods and also two Cowes :
She is to tak her Choise of the Cowes : and also four sheep and
four Lames : and all the Provision y* is in the House. I also Gi\e
my wife the Improment of all my Homsteed: and allso the Im-
provement of my Lot of Land which Lys one the west side of the
Road betwext the two Roads: and the Hill During her Nateruel
Life —

Secondly I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Son Isaac Web-
ster a Peace of Land Lying at the Easterly End of the Land that
I sould him and so Runing Easterly the same Breath to the
Extenth of my Land, and he shall come into the Posession
thereof at my Decease : and allso I give him my Homsteed Land
And Buildings and he shall Come into posession thareof at the
Decease of his mother: and it is my will that my Son Isaac Shall
pay to my four Daughters four parts oute of five with in six
mounth after the Decease of his mother the Vailly of said Land :
and if S'^ Isaac Neglect to pay the Vailly it shall be Devided into
five parts and he shall have one part —

thirdly I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Sarah
that Lott of Land which Lys on the westerly side of Bobra-pond
Brook So called ; and also one fifth Part of my out Lands —

fourthly I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Elisa-
beth all my part in that Lott of Land which I purtached of
Samuel Tinney Lying neare Thomas Websters and also one fifth
pard of my out Lands —

fifthly I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter Hannah
all my Right in that Lott of Land which Richard Hubbard
and my self purtached of Thomas Webester; and also A Lott
of Land lying neare Daniel Hauts Land which land was Laid
out to my self and Jonathan Webester and Gideon Wel:)cster
Deceased by the pripores of Kingstown and also on fifth part of
my out Lands —

Sixthly I give and Bequeath to my Beloved Daughter mary all
my Land that Lying on the west Side of the Road that Leads to



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John Hubbard Lying betwen Isaac Webesters Land and John
Doddges Land : Exceping Six accors of that that Lys joying by
sd John Doddes land; and also all my Land lying upon Kings-
town Road upon Rockey Hill So Runing over the Hill to the
Road that Leads to s*^ John Hubbards; and it is my will that
Shee Shall Com into the possession thereof at my Decease : and it
is my will that my Daughter Mary Shall pay to my Daughter
Sarah the Sum of twenty Six pounds old tenor within six
mounth after my Decease; and also to pay to my Daughter
Elisabeth the sum of twenty six pounds old tenor within six
mounth after my Decease; also I give to my said Daughter
mary that Lott of Land Lying on the west side of the Road that
Leads to Kingstow and Lying betwen the two Roads and the
Hill And Shee Shall Come into the poseissons at her mother
Decease

Lastly And it is my will and Pleasure that my Son Isaac
Webester Shall Pay all those Jus'^ Debts which in Dutey Right
and Concience I owe to any persons : and also to pay the Charges
of my funeral Expences ; Also it is my will and pleasuer that my
Son Isaac Shall Return to his mother all that Shall be left of the
Stoke and Debets, when he have Paid all the Debts and Charges
and Expences —

Lastly I Constetute ordain and appoint my Dearly Beloved
wife Sarah Webester And my Beloved Son Isaac Webester to be
the Sole Executors * * * In Witness whereof : and In testi-
money to all Above writen I the Said John Webester have here-
unto Set my hand and Seal this Seventhenth Day of Febuary
anno Domi: 1763 And in the third year of his majes* Reign.

John Webster

hir
[Witnesses] Joseph webster, Mary X Peasely, Thomas
Johnson. mark

[Proved Aug. 27, 1766.]



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 391

[Inventory, Aug. 28, 1766; amount, £230. 5. o; signed by
Eliphalet Hoyt and John Wadlelgh.]

[Account of Isaac Webster, executor; receipts, £45. 6. o;
expenditures, £70. 3. 2; allowed Dec. 27, 1769,]



JOHN BELL 1763 BEDFORD

[Administration on the estate of John Bell of Bedford granted
to John Bell Feb. 23, 1763.]

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 542.]

[Bond of John Bell, yeoman, with John Goffe and Samuel
Patten as sureties, all of Bedford, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 23,
1763, for the administration of the estate; witnesses, James Mc-
Knight, John Wallace.]

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1763, authorizing Matthew Patten and
Robert Walker, yeoman, both of Bedford, to appraise the estate;
mentions the administrator as son of the deceased.]

[Inventory, attested June 6, 1763; amount, £3380. i. o; signed
by Robert Walker and Matthew Patten.]

[Warrant, April 29, 1763, authorizing Moses Barron, gentle-
man, Robert Walker, James Caldwell, Daniel Moore, and Joseph
Scoby, yeomen, all of Bedford, to set off the widow's dower to
Margaret Bell.]

Province of New Hampshir Bedford may the 11 1763
By Vertue of a warrant from the Judge of Probate of wills to
us the Subscribers as a Com"'" to Set off to margaret Bell widow
Relict of John Bell late of Bedford aforesaid yoman Deccasd hir
thirds in the Real Estat of which the afore Said John Bell Died
Seized of we have proseded as foloeth viz begining at a Stak at
the west line of Said Estat and runing from thence East about 7
degrees South to a Red oack tree and from thence the Same pint
by Staks to an Elm tree and from thence the same pint to a white



392 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS

pine tree and from thence to a Stak in the East Hne of s'' Estat
and from thence South about twenty five rods to a Stak and
Stons and from thence about west to a whit oack tree and from
thence by Stakes to a Stump and from thence the Same pint to a
white oack and from thence to a Stak in the west Hne of Said
Estate and from thence north about thirty Rods to the first men-
tioned bounds the widow to have all Comprehended within said
bounds only (reserving liberty of roads for those that improve
the other two thirds as here after mentioned) the widow to have
the Northest parte of the barn viz west as far as the barn floar
goeth and South to the prick post on the East side of the floor
way and all so a priviledge of going to the S"^ Barn as the road
hath bin used before & into the Barn with tems or other ways
and to ty up and let out Cattle and to throw out the Dung and
carry it away

the roads before mentioned air as foloeth the road that goeth
threw the widows thirds as the same is now improved lengthwise
of what we asign her to Ly for an opne road the other road begins
at the north line of the widows thirds at a Stak by the now Stand-
ing log fence and runing Sowwest one rod wid to the road that
goeth threw the widows thirds those that improve said road is
to make bars on the north Sid and to keep them up onely when
passing and repassing the South west bars to be made by those
that improve the widows thirds and those that pass threw to put
them up when they put them down and all so liberty for those
that improve the two thirds to go to the barn those that improve
the two thirds to make and keep in repair the South pair of bars
and those that improve the widows thirds to mak and keep in
repair the north pair of bars and both parties to put up Said bars
when they put them Down &c

the beforgoing is agreable to our Judgment

Moses Barron
Robert Walker
Joseph Scobey
Daniel Moore



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 393

[Caveat of Susanna Bell, by William Duncan, Jan. i, 1765,
against the allowance of the account of the administrator of the
estate of her father without notice.]

[List of claims against the estate; amount, £679. 18. 2; signed
by John Goffe and Matthew Patten, and attested June 4, 1765.]

[Settlement of claims; amount of claims, £679. 18. 2; amount
distributed, £116. 9. 9; allowed July 14, 1768.]

[Account of the administrator; receipts, £1810. i. o; expendi-
tures, £1693. II. 3; allowed July 15, 1768.]



WILLIAM HOOKER 1763 PORTSMOUTH

[Administration on the estate of William Hooker of Ports-
mouth, joiner, granted to John Hooker, laborer, Feb. 23, 1763.]

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 541.]

[Bond of John Hooker, with Jonathan Ayers, cordwainer, and
John Pickering, millwright, as sureties, all of Portsmouth, in the
sum of £1000, Feb. 23, 1763, for the administration of the estate;
witnesses, William Parker, George Libby.]

[Warrant, Feb. 23, 1763, authorizing Thomas Peirce and
Thomas Bickford, both of Portsmouth, to appraise the estate.]

[Inventory, June 29, 1763; amount, £2035. 6. o; signed by
Thomas Peirce and Thomas Bickford.]

[Warrant, May 30, 1764, authorizing Samuel Penhallow and
Thales Greenwood, both of Portsmouth, merchants, to receive
claims against the estate; mentions John Hooker as son of the
deceased.]

[List of claims, Jan. 24, 1765; amount, £562. 2. 8; signed by
Samuel Penhallow and Thales Greenwood.]



394 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS

MARY BATBOR 1763 LONDONDERRY

[Administration on the estate of Mary Batbor of Londonderry
granted to James Rogers Feb. 24, 1763.]

[Probate Records, vol. 22, p. 541.]

[Bond of James Rogers, tailor, with Robert McClure, hus-
bandman, and Joseph Hogg, housewright, as sureties, all of
Londonderry, in the sum of £1000, Feb. 24, 1763, for the ad-
ministration of the estate of Mary Batbor, widow; witnesses,
James Walker, Samuel Patten.]



JONATHAN MARSTON 1763 HAMPTON

In The Name of God Amen the Twenty Eighth day of Feb-
ruary In the Year of our Lord one thousand seven Hundred &
sixty three and in the third Year of the Reign of King George the
third over Great Britain &c

I Jonathan Marston of Hampton in the Province of New
Hampshire Gentleman * * *

Item I give and Devise unto my Son John Marston Twenty
shillings Old Tenor to be paid by my Executor —

Item I give and Devise unto the Heirs of my son Elisha
Marston (Deceas'd) twenty shillings Old Tenor to be Eaqually
divided between them to be paid by my Executor —

Item I give and Devise unto my Daughter Abigail Moulton
(the Wife of Josiah Moulton Jun"^) Twenty shillings Old Tenor to
be paid by my Executor

Item I give and Devise to my son Jonathan Marston Jun""
to him his Heirs and Assigns the whole of my Estate both Real
& personal which I Own in Hampton and Else where —

Lastly I do by these Presents Constitute and Appoint my
son Jonathan Marston to be Executor * * *

Jonathan Marston

[Witnesses] Sam" Garland, Christo"^ Toppan, David Moulton.
[Proved June 7, 1769.]



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 395

JOHN MARSTON 1763 HAMPTON

In the Name of God Amen the 14*'' Day of March 1763 I John
Marston of the town of Hampton in the Province of New Hamp-
shire Yeoman being sick and weak in Body * * *

Imprimis, I give and bequath to my Dear wife Prudence all
my Lands Viz : three acres and a half of salt marsh formerly Be-
longing to John moulton Lying in Hampton also one acre & half
of wood Land Lying in North Hampton formerly John moultons
also fifty acres of Land in Brintwood Formerly John Robersons
and two Rights in the Township of New Briton with all my
Household stuf goods Debts and moveable Efects after my Just
and Lawfull Debts are there out paid by my Exec=^ freely to be
possed and Enjoyed by her her Heirs & assigns forever also I do
Constitute make and ordain my wife Exec * * *

John Marston

[Witnesses] Benjamin Batchelder, John Lane, Philip Towle
Jun^

[Proved Nov. 30, 1763.]

[Bond of Prudence Marston, with Benjamin Batchelder and
Philip Towle, Jr., yeomen, as sureties, all of Hampton, in the sum
of £1000, Nov. 30, 1763, for the execution of the will; witnesses,
William Parker, Jr., William Vaughan.]



JOHN O'SHAW 1763 NEWCASTLE

In the Name of God Amen, the 16*^ day of March in year of
our Lord God One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty three I
John OShaw of the Parish of N-Castle in New Hamph' Hus-
bandman the unprofitable Serv' of God Weak in Body but
Strong in mind * * *

I give to my beloved Wife Sarah OShaw and my Daughter
Mary OShaw who is weak and unable to Support her Self all my
Real & person' Estate that I am possed of or Ought to be pos-



396 NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS

sessed or have a Legal or Just Right to now or hereafter Shall
have Especilly my Possessions on Great Island w''*' I have Pos-
sess'^ abov 60 years to sell dispose of as far as may be for their
Suport and that my afores** wife & Daughter whom I Appoint
Executrixes of this my last will pay to my Sons James John
Daniel if Surviving & Joseph Six Shillings Each of them and
Daughters Sarah Abigail Marg* & Elisabeth Each of them alik
Six Shilling * * *

his
John X OShaw
mark

hir
[Witnesses] Allcock Stevens, John Tolten, Sarah X Grandy.

mark
[Proved Oct. 31, 1764.]



JEREMIAH STICKNEY 1763 CONCORD

In the Name of God Amen, I Jeremiah Stickney of Rumford
(so called) in the Province of New Hampshire Gentleman being
of perfect Mind & Memory do make & ordain this my Last Will
& Testament

Imprimis To my well beloved Wife Elisabeth I Give & Be-
queath all my House Hold Goods of all sorts, & all my House
Hold Provisions of all Sorts to be at her own disposal, but what
She Shall not dispose of in her Life I will it to be equally divided
among my Daughters hereafter named

2ndiy "Pq j^y gQjj Thomas Stickney I Give & Bequeath my
Homestead with my now Dwelling House, Barn & all Edifices
standing thereon, it Consisting of Twenty Acres more or Less of
Land & Adjoins Westerly on the great Road leading through said
Rumford Southerly on Land of the heirs of James Osgood lately



NEW HAMPSHIRE WILLS 397

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