Monday, November 21, 2016

Amanuensis Monday - 1752 Will of Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) of Chester, N.H.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1752 will for Ezekiel Worthen (1672-1755) of Chester in Rockingham County, New Hampshire Province:

The transcription of the probate record is:

[page 378 (left-hand page of first image), bottom 80% of the page]

In the Name of God Amen. The 2^d Day of Septemb^r In the ^26th^ year
of his Majestys Reign A.D. 1752. I Ezekiel Worthen of Chester In the
Province of Hamp^e In New England Yeoman being of Perfect mind & Mem^y
thanks be to God for it Calling to mind the Mortality of my Body Knowing
it is appointed for all Men Once to Die Do make this my Last Will & Testam^t

Principally & first of all I Recommend my Soul Into the hands of Almighty
God that Gave it & my Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently Buried
In Christian Like manner Nothing Doubting but I Shall Receive the Same
again by the mighty power of God at the Coming of our Lord & Saviour Jesus
Christ & as Touching the Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath Pleased God to Bless
me Withal In this present Life I Give Demise & Dispose In manner following.

Imprimus My Will that all my Just & Due Debts Which I Do Owe to any Person
or Persons Shall be Duly paid by my Exec^rs after Named In Due Time Out of
my Estate as aforesaid & my & my Wives funeral Charges.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Jacob Worthen all that my Lands Situate
In Salisbury In the County of Essex Which Was Conveyed to me by my hon^d
father John Carter Late of Salsbury aforesaid Deceased by Deed Bearing Date
March y^e 29^th 1726 To Say all Except four acres which my Said Son Jacob
have heretofore Purchased of me by Deed of Sale the Said Jacob Paying unto four
of my Daughters his Sisters Namely ^Mary^ Abigail Martha & Mehetabel forty five pounds
apeice to Each of them Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Thomas Worthen Ten Shill^s old Tenor the
Reason is I Give ^to^ Him No More is Because I have Otherway Given him
heretofore Considerable of my Estate.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Son Ezekiel Worthen Twenty pounds Equal to Bills Of
Credit of the old Tenor the Reason I Give him no more to my said Ezekiel is Because
I have Given him heretofore a Considerable part of my Estate With the Trade of a

Item I Give unto my son Ephraim Worthen my Best Suit of apparel from Top To Toe
the said Ephraim To Pay unto my Daughter Hannah his sister forty five Pounds
Equal to Bills of the old Tenor & unto my Son Ezekiel Worthen Twenty pounds
as Before mentioned Equal to Bills of Credit of the old Tenor to be paid by my said
Son Ephraim &c all the Before mentioned Bequests to be pay With In three Years
Next after my Decease In the aforesaid Bills or in Stock or Other Good pay at the

[page 379 (right-hand page of first image)]

Current price as it then Goes at.

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Said Son Ephraim Worthen Whom I appoint
my Executor to this my Last Will & Testam^t all that my My homestead Living Whereon
I Now Dwell With all the appurtenances thereto Belonging & also the Remaining part of
my Whole Real Estate In What Place Whatsoever With the addition of all
my Implem^ts of husbandry & all Other out Doore Tools or Matters Whatsoever & also
that Bed Whereon the said Ephraim now Lodges With the furniture & also my
Stock of Creatures of all Sorts Reserving the Use & Benefit of the one half of the above
mentioned Premises for & to the Use of my Loving ^Wife^ Abigail During the Term of her
Natural Life to be Rendered to Her yearly by my Said Son Ephraim & I Do also
Give & Bequeath unto my Said Son Ephraim all Other my Whole Income Profits
of What Kind Name or Nature Soever as Bills Bonds Credits &c.

Saving all my Indoore Goods of all Sort I Give & Bequeath unto my forenamed
Daughters to be Equally Divided In Equal Proportion to & among them or their Sur-
vivors that is to say all that Remains after my Said Wives Decease Before Bequeathed
and I Do hereby Revoke & Disallow Any Other former Will by me heretofore made
Ratifying & Confirming this & no Other to be my Last Will & Testam^t the day & year

Signed Sealed Published & Declared     }
by the said Ezekiel Worthen as his Last }
Will & Testam^t In the Presence of us   }                      Ezekiel Worthen [seal]
Orlando Bagley
Theo^s Foot
Thomas Bagley

Province of }    To all People To Whome these Presents Shall Come
New Hamp^r } Andrew Wiggins Esq^r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for Said Prov^e
[seal]                 Sendeth Greeting
Know ye that on the 19^th Day of Octob^r 1755 The Instrum^t a Copy
of Which is hereby annexed Purporting the Last Will & Testam^t of Ezekiel
Worthen Late of Chester In Said Province Yeoman Deceased Was presented for
Probate by Ephraim Worthen Son of Said Deceased Sole Exec^r therein Named When ap-
peared Before me Theoph^s Foot & Thomas Bagley two of the Witnesses thereto Subscrib'd
Who made Oath that they saw the Said Testator Sign Seal & heard him Declare the s^d
Instrum^t to be his Last Will & Testam^t & that they with Orlando Bagley Subscribed their
Names Together as Witnesses to the Execution thereof In the Said Testators Presence & that he
Was then to their Best Judgment of Sound mind & Memory.

I Do therefore Prove approve & allow of the Said Instrum^t as the Last Will & Testam^t
of the Before Named Deceased & Do Commit the Adm^n thereof in all Matters the
Same Concerning & of his Estate Whereof he Died Seized & Possessed in Said Province
unto the Before Named Exec^r Well & faithfully to Execute the Said Will & to adm^r

[page 380 (left hand page of second image)]

The Estate of the Said Deceased Who has accepted Said Trust & So make a true
& Perfect Inve^y of all the Estate of the Said Deceased & to Exhibit the Same Into the
Registry of the Court of Probate for the Province aforesaid at Or Before the Last Wednes-
day of January Next & he Shall Render an Acco^t of his Proceedings upon When
thereunto Lawfully Required. In Testimony Whereof
I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal of Office the day & Year afors^d
W^m Parker Reg'r And^w Wiggin

The source citation for this probate record is:

"New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982," indexed database and digital images, ( : accessed 18 November 2016), All Counties > Vol. 18-19, 1750-1756, Volume 18, pages 378 to 380 (images 542-3 of 667), Ezekiel Worthen probate records, 1755.

Ezekiel Worthen, Yeoman of Chester, wrote his will on 2 September 1752 and it was proved on 19 October 1755. He mentions his wife, Abigail [Carter], who dies on 29 September 1752.  He bequeaths property to his sons Jacob, Thomas, Ezekiel and Ephraim, and directs his sons Jacob and Ephraim to give 45 pounds to daughters Mary, Abigail, Martha, Mehitabel and Hannah.  He named his son Ephraim Worthen to be his sole executor.

Ezekiel and Abigail (Carter) Worthen are my 7th great-grandparents through their daughter Abigail (1714-????) who married Joseph Colby (1707-1768) of Amesbury, Massachusetts.  

NOTE:  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."


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1 comment:

Dana Leeds said...

Randy, I love how you faithfully transcribe a document each week. That would be a good goal for me in 2017!

Thank you for your comment on my post about tracing my immigrant ancestors back to Germany. You asked if a specific document was a baptism or a marriage. It was, in fact, the baptism. But, it was a two page document and the left side - the image you saw first - listed the parents and not the child. I have now added an explanation about what is found in each column. I hope this helps!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving the comment.

P.S. The post can be found here: