"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
The subject today is the probate file of Thomas Bartlett (1594-1654) of Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
Thomas Bartlett married Hannah --?-- in 1636, and they had five children: Hannah Bartlett (1637-1639); Mehitabel Bartlett (1640-????); Hannah Bartlett (1643-????); Bathshua Bartlett (1646-1692); Abiah Bartlett (1651-1723), all in Watertown. All of the children were under the age of 18 and unmarried when Thomas Bartlett died.
The inventory of the estate of "Hanah Bartlitt widow of Watertowne lately deceased" was taken by John Sherman, Henry Bright and John Biscoe on 30 September 1676, and totalled 138 pounds 13 shillings, of which 120 pounds 10 shillings was real estate (Middlesex County Probate Records, Probate Packet #1,344, accessed on FHL Microfilm 0,386,015):
1) mansion house and land adjoining, about 20 acres, 80 pounds;
2) three acres of upland, 6 pounds; 30 acres of Great Dividend, 10 pounds;
3) 16 acres of land in Lieu of Township, 8 pounds;
4) farm of 60 acres, 3 pounds;
5) two acres of meadow at Beaver Brook, 10 pounds;
6) two acres of meadow at West Pine Meadows [Remote Meadows], 3 pounds 10 shillings.
Unfortunately, neither probate record provides information on the distribution to the heirs surviving Thomas and Hannah Bartlett. My ancestry is through Abiah Bartlett who married Jonathan Sanderson (1646-1735) in 1669.
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