Monday, August 31, 2015

Amanuensis Monday #283 - 1785 Will of John Underhill (1721-1793) of Chester, N.H.

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is the 1785 Will of John Underhill (1721-1793) of Chester, rockingham County, New Hampshire:



The transcription of the will document is:

[image 26 of 1041]

In the Name of God Amen ---

I John Underhill of Chester in the County
of Rockingham & State of N Hampshire Gent.
Being though not of sound Body yet of a Sound dis-
posing mind & memory Thanks be given to God
for the same; this fifteenth day of Sept'r 1785
calling to mind the frailty & mortality of my Body
and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once
to die Do make this my last Will & Testament.
And principly & first of all I recommend my Soul
into the hands of God who gave it, and my Body
to Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of
my Executors hereafter named, and as to that world-
ly Goods which God hath graciously given me I
give, demise & bequeath in the following manner ---

Imprimis – I give and bequeath to my Daughter
Betty Buswell Six pounds lawful money within
twelve months after my decease to be paid by
my Executors hereafter named; and this ^with^ what
I have before given her I account a Sufficient
portion out of my Estate –

Item – I give and bequeath to my Daughter Molly
Pearce three pounds lawful money within twelve
months after my decease to be paid by Executors
hereafter named and this with what I have before
given her I account Sufficient portion out of
my Estate –

Item – I give & bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Under-
hill Six pounds lawful money within twelve
months after my Decease to be also as much
houshold furniture as I have given to her Sister
to be paid by Executors hereafter named & this I
account a Sufficient portion out of my Estate.

Item – I give & bequeath to my Daughter Joanna Underhill
Presson Six pounds lawful money in twelve months
after my decease to be paid my my Executors
hereafter named and this with what I have given
her I account a Sufficient portion of my
Estate –

[image 27 of 1041, left hand page]

Item – I give & bequeath to my Son Moses Underhill
being part one Acre and an half of Land, being part
of that Land that I & my Son Samuel own together
adjoining David Richardson's Land; and this with
what I have given him I account a Sufficient
portion out of my Estate –

Item – I give and bequeath to my Sons John Underhill
& Jeremiah Underhill all my wearing Cloaths;
and this with what I have given them I account a
Sufficient portion out of my Estate –

Item – I give to my Grandson Stephen Underhill
one quarter part of a hundred Acre lot known by
the Name of the Wells Lot which I & my Son
John Underhill bought of Samuel Wells, also
all the out Land that I shall die possessed of
except what shall be herein disposed of to him
his Heirs & Assigns and this I account a Sufficient
portion out of my Estate –

Item – I give and bequeath to my Son David Underhill
his Heirs and Assigns part of my homestead lying
on the north side of the Concord road, beginning at
the Southeasterly Corner near my dwelling house
thence westerly on sd highway 36 Rods to a Stake
& Stones thence northerly 180 Rods to David rich-
ardson's Land to Candia Road twenty five
Rods, thence on sd Road to the first Bound including
what I have already given him a Deed of; also all
the Land I own on the Southerly Side of sd Concord
Road except what shall be herein disposed of to my
Son Samuel Underhill together with the Buildings
on the Same; he paying & performing as I shall
herein order ---

Item – I give and bequeath to my Son Samuel
Underhill his Heirs and Assigns part of my
homestead lying in the Southerly Side of concord
Road, beginning at the S.Westerly Corner a Stake
& Stones thence northerly on the widow Presson's

[image 27 of 1041, right hand page]

Lansd so called to sd Concord Road thence easterly on sd
Road 70 ^Rods^ to a Stake & Stones, thence Southerly to Land
of Isaac Blasdel about 160 Rods to a Stake & Stones
thence by sd Blasdels Land 50 Rods to the first Bound.
Also all the Land I own on the northerly Side of
sd Concord Road which I have not herein disposed of
to my Son David Underhill including what I have
already given him a Deed of, with all the Building
thereon, He paying and performing as I shall
herein Order –

And I do appoint my two Sons /Viz/ David
Underhill & Samuel Underhill to be my Executors
to this my last Will & Testament, they to receive
and pay all just Debts due to & from my Estate
& the Legacies which I have here given & ordered to
be paid, with funeral Charges. Renouncing all
other and former Wills Bequests & Executors by
me named whatsoever. In Witness to all above
written and herein contained I do hereto Set my
hand and affix my Seal this 15th day of Sept'r
1785 first above mentioned.

Signed Sealed published pronounced
& declared by the sd John Underhill
to be his last Will & Testament in
presence of us
Tho's Sargeant                                   John Underhill
John Manning
Josiah Flagg                                     Rockingham Ss Aug't 21'st 1793
                                                         This will was proved on Common
                                                         form by the oath of Tho's Sargent &
                                                        Josiah Flagg Esqr & Allowed by
                                                        Sam'l Tenney Ju. Prob.

The source citation for this document is:

"New Hampshire, County Probate Estate Files, 1769-1936," digital images, FamilySearch (https://FamilySearch.org : accessed 25 August 2015), Rockingham County > Case Files 5921-6015, 1793-1794 > Case File 5922, will of John Underhill of Chester, N.H., 1793 (images 26-27 of 1041); Original records in County courthouses, offices of register of probate, and historical societies, New Hampshire.

In this will, John Underhill does not name his spouse, Joanna (Healey) Underhill (1718-1809), but does name nine of his ten children and one grandchild.  Five daughters are listed by name - Betty Buswell (who married Samuel Buswell in 1764), Molly Pearce (who married James Pierce in 1765), Sarah Underhill (who married Moses Greenough in 1789), and Joanna Presson (who married Moses Preston in 1784).  He also named five sons - John, Moses, David, Samuel and Jeremiah Underhill.

I am descended from sixth great-grandparents John and Joanna (Healey) Underhill through their son John Underhill (1745-1816) and his wife, Hannah Colby.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of August 23 to 29, 2015

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 23 August to 29 August 2015:



The databases added or updated include


*  West Yorkshire, England, Select Removal and Settlement Records, 1689-1866; indexed database with document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Slovakia, Vranov Transport List, 1942;  indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Poland, Auschwitz Work Cards, 1944-1945; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Compiled List of Jews in Concentration Camps, 1945; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Stettin, Poland, Jewish Deportation into the Lublin Area, 1940-1942; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Mszana Dolna, Poland, Census, 1942; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia, Deported Jews, 1942; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Leeds, England, Beckett Street Cemetery, 1845-1987; indexed database with document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Israel, Tehran Children, 1943; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/27/2015

*  Quebec, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968; indexed database with document images, UPDATED 8/27/2015

*  1851 England Census; indexed database with document images, UPDATED 8/26/2015

*  Canada and U.S., Dutch Emigrants, 1946-1963; indexed database without document images, ADDED 8/24/2015

The recently added and updated page on Ancestry.com is at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections.

The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at  http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx. 
 

There were 10 NEW databases ADDED this past week. There are now 32,719 databases available as of 29 August, up 11 from last week. 


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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 23 to 29 August 2015

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.


My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:


*  Principles Part 1:  What I Learned From My Family About Color by Robin Foster on the Saving Stories blog.   This is a heart-rending, honest and powerful discussion about Robin's family and racial attitudes.

*  Trust But Verify; or There Goes 1/16 of My Family Tree by Kathleen Scarlett O'Hara Naylor on the You Are Where You Came From blog.  Oh oh...Kathleen has a problem.  A lesson for all of us.

*  How Bad Photos Can Make Good Genealogy by Denise May Levenick on the  Ancestry.com blog.  Denise shows how to crowdsource faces in a photograph.

*  The Value of Transcribing by Janine Adams on the Organizing Your Family History blog.  Janine is transcribing a Civil War Pension file and discovering valuable information.

*  Comparing the Challenge by Dave McDonald on the Thinking Genealogically blog.  Who has it the hardest to research?  Dave discusses the alternatives with humor.

*  My Top Ten Most Valuable Research Documents by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.  Linda displays the documents on her list and explains their significance.

*  The ONE Absolute BEST way to Find More Ancestor Articles in Historic Newspapers Online by Kenneth R. Marks on The Ancestor Hunt blog.  Kenneth has a surefire way to beat the OCR problems.

*  A Daring Adventure ... by Michael J. Leclerc on the Mocavo Genealogy Blog.  Michael is leaving Mocavo, which was an adventure, and is moving on to a new adventure.  I wish him well.

*  What is the Core Value of Online Genealogical Database Programs? by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  Excellent questions, interesting discussion.

*  AncestryDNA Announces New IN COMMON WITH Tool by Blane Bettinger on The Genetic Genealogist blog.  Blaine discusses the hows and whats of the new AncestryDNA Shared Matches tool.

*  4 Fabulous Ways to Use the Library of Congress for Genealogy by Lisa Louise Cooke on the Genealogy Gems blog.  Lisa highlights four online resources hosted by the Library of congress.

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

*  GAGs - GeniAus' Gems - 28 August 2015 by Jill Ball on the GeniAus blog.

*  Recommended Reads by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  Friday Finds and Follows 28 August 2015 by Miriam Robbins on the Ancestories: The Stories of My Ancestors blog.

*  Friday Finds; August 22-28 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.

 Follow Friday ~ Fab Finds for August 28, 2015 by Jana Last on Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog.

*  Best Bytes for the Week of 28 August  2015 by Elizabeth O'Neal on the Little Bytes of Life blog. 

*  Friday Finds - 08/28/15 by Julie Cahill Tarr on Julie's Genealogy & History Hub blog.


*  This Week's Creme de la Creme -- August 29, 2015 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog.

 Saturday Serendipity (August 29, 2015) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.


*  NoteWworthy Reads #21 by Jo Henn on the Climbing My Family Tree blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1590 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.


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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- The Wayback Machine

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!



Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):


1)  Do you have a website or a blog?  Or know someone with one?  Pick yours, or theirs or another.


2)  Now go to the Wayback Machine (https://web.archive.org/web/) and put the web site address in the search field.  Explore - see what the website looked like over time - start with the first available archived date and select others over the lifetime of the web site.  Make some screen shots to show your readers.

3)  Share your Wayback adventure with us in your own blog post, in a Facebook or google+ post.  Be sure to leave a link in a Comment on this blog.

Here's mine:

The Wayback Machine now starts for Genea-Musings (www.geneamusings.com) on 17 May 2008, although I have screen shots from before that date.  Here are some looks at Genea-Musings history:

*  16 May 2008:


*  7 March 2009:


*  30 June 2010:



*  7 February 2012:



*  21 June 2013:



As you can see, I experimented every year with different color combinations, and got a little fancier with a new Blogger template in 2012 and 2013.  The current template is very similar to the 2013 template - the major exception being the blog title (the font was causing problems with some browsers).

I'm still using the same picture I started with...and pretty much the same blog description and biography too.  I'm a creature of habit!

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Surname Saturday - PRENCE (England to colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  


I am in the 8th great-grandmothers and I'm up to Ancestor #1151 who is Mercy PRENCE (1631-1711) 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 8th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back through two generations of this SNOW family line is:


1. Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

34. Alpheus B. Smith (1802-1840)
35. Elizabeth Horton Dill (1791-1869)


70.  Thomas Dill (1758-1836)
71.  Hannah Horton (1761-1797)

142.  Nathaniel Horton (1721-1763)
143.  Eunice Snow (1722-1816)

286.  Jabez Snow (1696-1760)
287.  Elizabeth Paine (1702-1772)

574.  John Paine (1661-1731)
575.  Bennett Freeman (1671-1716)


1150.  John Freeman, born before 28 January 1627 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England; died 28 October 1719 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 2300. Edmond Freeman and 2301. Bennett Hodsoll.  He married 13 February 1650 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.
1151.  Mercy Prence, born before 28 September 1631 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States; died 28 September 1711 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States.  

Children of John Freeman and Mercy Prence are:
*  John Freeman (1650-1651).
*  John Freeman (1651-1721), married 1672 Sarah Merrick (1654-1696).
*  Thomas Freeman (1653-1716), married 1673 Rebecca Sparrow (1655-1740).
*  Edmund Freeman (1657-1717), married 1678 Ruth Merrick (1652-1686).
*  Mercy Freeman (1659-1745), married 1679 Samuel knowles (1651-1737).
*  William Freeman (1660-1687), married 1685 Lydai Sparrow (1660-1709).
*  Hannah Freeman (1664-1744), married 1681 John Mayo (1652-1726).
*  Patience Freeman (1665-1746), married 1682 Samuel Paine (1652-1712).
*  Prence Freeman (1665-????).
*  Nathaniel Freeman (1669-1760), married 1692 Mary Howland (1666-1743).
*  Bennett Freeman (1671-1716), married 1689 John Paine (1661-1731).

2302.  Thomas Prence, born 1600 in Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England; died 29 March 1673 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4604. Thomas Prence and 4605. Elizabeth Tolderby.  He married (1) 05 August 1624 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
2303.  Patience Brewster, born about 1595 in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England; died before 12 December 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.  She was the daughter of 4606. William Brewster and 4607. Mary.

Children of Thomas Prence and Patience Brewster are:
*  Thomas Prence (1625-????).
*  Rebecca Prence (1627-1651), married 1646 Edmund Freeman (1620-1673).
*  Hannah Prence (1629-1698), married (1) 1650 Nathaniel Mayo (1627-1662); (2) 1671 Jonathan Sparrow (1634-1707).
*  Mercy Prence (1631-1711), married 1650 John Freeman (1627-1719).

Thomas Prence was married three more times after the death of Patience in 1634.

Information about the Prence family can be obtained from:

*  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass. : NEHGS, 1996), Volume III, pages 1518-1524.

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