While John Lothrop resided and died in Barnstable, which is now in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Barnstable was part of Plymouth Colony in 1653, and the earliest probate records, up to 1686, were recorded in the Court at Plymouth.
Only sons John, Thomas and Benjamin, and daughters Jane and Barbara, are named in the will. Thomas, Benjamin, Jane and Barbara were by his first wife, Hannah House (1590-1634), while John was by his second wife, Anne Hammond (1616-1688). There were other children living in 1653 - sons Joseph and Samuel by his first wife, and Barnabas, Abigail, Bathsheba and Elizabeth by his second wife.
The record images above from the microfilm are transcriptions of earlier writings, probably the original papers written in a Secretary hand. Therefore, this is an image copy of a Derivative Source, with Primary Information and Direct Evidence of the person, the heirs, and the date of the will.
The microfilm includes another transcription of the will (on page 248 of Volume 1):
This record seems to read identical to the earlier image, except at the top it says:
"fac simile of Rev. John Lothrop's Will as recorded at Plymouth.
At the bottom of the page is:
"This 8th of November 1653."
The "nuncupative" means that this was a verbal will made to certain unnamed persons who recounted it later to a clerk who recorded it, apparently on 8 November 1653.
I don't know why there are two transcriptions of this will in this one record book.
My ancestry is through the daughter, Jane Lothrop (1614-1683), who married 1635 to Samuel Fuller (1608-1683) in Scituate, Massachusetts.
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