Monday, May 8, 2017

Amanuensis Monday -- Probate Records of John Freeman (1626-1719) of Eastham, Mass. - Part 2

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Barnstable County, Massachusetts probate documents for John Freeman (1626-1719) of Eastham, Massachusetts.  

c)  Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Records, Volume 3, page 529 (right-hand side of image):

c)  Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Records, Volume 3, page 530 (left-hand side of image):

The transcription of these two pages is:

[page 529]

Eastham The Tenth Day of November 1719: Then Joseph Higgins Whose hand
is Sett To the Codicil or Addition To The Within Written Will Personal appearing
before the above named John Otis Esq^r Judge of the Probate of Wills &c made oath
That he wrote the sd Codicil or Addition To the Within Written Will at the Reques^t
of Maj^r John Freeman Late of Eastham Decea^sd and That The sd Freeman Did
Dictate To him or directed him what he should write: and That he saw the sd Free-
man Sign the same and that he sd Higgins Sett his hand thereto in presence of
sd Freeman as a Witness and that he Did suppose him to be of Disposing mind
and memory When he so Did. Patience Burge whose name or hand is also sett to y^e
same Codicil or Addition to sd Will appeared before the sd Judge at the same
Time and made Oath that she Did hear sd Maj^r John Freeman own that
which is written at the Bottom of his Will to be part of his Will and That
he Desired her to sett her hand thereto as a Wittness which she saith she Did in his
presence and that she Did suppose him To be of Disposing mind and
memory. Attest W^m Bassett Reg^tr

John Otis Esq^r Commissioned by his Excel^cy The Governour and Councill of y^e
Province of the Massachusetts Bay to be Judge of the Probate of Wills & for grant-
ing Letters of Administration on the Estates of Persons Deceased, having Goods Chattels
Rights or Credits In the County of Barnstable Within the Province aforesd.
To All unto Whom These presents shall Come Greeting. Know Ye That upon y^e
Day of the Date hereof before me at Eastham In the County of beforesd, The Will
of Maj^r John Freeman Late of Eastham In sd County now Deceased to these
presents Annexed was moved approved and allowed who having while he Lived and
at the time of his Death Goods Chattels Rights or Credits in y^e County aforesd and the
probate of the sd Will and power of Comitting Administration of all & singular y^e
Goods Chattels Rights and Credits of y^e sd Deceased by virtue thereof appertaining unto
me. The Administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels rights and Credits of y^e sd
Deceased and his Will in any manner Concerning is hereby Comitted unto John Freeman
eldest son of sd Deceased Executor in y^e same will named well and faithfully to Execute
the sd Will and To Administer the Estate of y^e sd Deceased according thereunto and to
make a True and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Chattels rights and Credits
of the sd Deceased and to Exhibit the same Into the Registry of the Court of Probate for
for the County aforesd at or before the Last Day of January next E??dining and
also to Render a plain and True accompt of his sd Administration upon Oath when
Called Thereto – In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and y^e seal
of the sd Court of Probate. Dated at Eastham the Tenth Day of November
Anno Domini 1719.
W^m Bassett Reg^tr                                                                   John Otis
                           Eastham 10^th of Novem^br 1719 Mrs. Mary
                           Knowles Mrs. Patience Paine and Mrs. Hannah Mayo all Daughters
                          of Maj^r John Freeman Late of Eastham Decea^sd after Probate of their
                          Fathers Will Desire that a Caviat might be Entred again for y^e Probate of it
                                                                         Ls mr W^m Bassett Reg^tr

[page 530]

An Inventory of the Goods and Chattels Lands & Tenements of Maj^r John
Freeman of Eastham in y^e County of Barnstable Esq^re Deceased
Taken by us the Subscribers Thereof November 19^th 1719

£       s       d
Imp's To 161 pounds Weight and Ten Ounces Avoirduopoise In Silver money and Plate

Itm to Bills of Credit
12 = 16 = 00
Itm To Wearing Clothes Woolen and Lining with some wool Cloth and black ????? in a plain Chist with y^e Chist all at
15 = 02 = 00
Itm To sheets Table Clothes pillowbears Napkins with Two Remnants of Cotton and linen Cloth In a Winsest Chist with y^e Chist all at
04 = 16 = 08
Itm To the Great best Chest
01 = 10 = 00
Itm To a Great Cubbin
01 = 05 = 00
Item to a Great Table and Two Joynt Stools
01 = 10 = 00
Item To The bedsted beds and furniture thereto belonging in y^e Lower room all but the sheets and pillowber
11 = 05 = 00
Itm To Chairs Cushings and hatts
01 = 05 = 00
Itm To Trundle bedsted bed and beding thereto belonging in y^e Chamber Except y^e sheets
07 = 04 = 00
Itm To old Chests Cask 1 pound Cotton wool in y^e Chamber & old settle
00 = 05 = 00
Itm To the Negros bedsted bed and beding in y^e Chamber
08 = 00 = 00
Itm To four Oxen
22 = 05 = 00
Itm To Ten Cows and other Cattle
65 = 06 = 00
Itm To Bookes
02 = 10 = 00
Itm To Swine
03 = 00 = 00
Itm To Twenty five Sheep
08 = 05 = 00
Itm To a pare of old Andirons part of 2 old Guns and old Sword all
02 = 00 = 00
Itm To a pare of Iron Dogs
00 = 18 = 00
Itm To a pare old S?ilards iron pots and household Iron Things Skillet old ax & hot
04 = 03 = 06
Itm To warming pan Two old Iron Standards brass Kittles Copper fumi?? ware and Driping pan
05 = 05 = 06
Itm To houshold ????? Lanthorn ??ine mo?? Tin^n turmill Earthen ware and Candle ???? all
03 = 03 = 06
Itm To milk kec?ots tongs pails Lead weight Churn Spining wheels Cheese pork butter Tubbs ponding Tubb b??? barrils and sifting Trough
01 = 01 = 00
Debts Due to the Estate
16 = 19 = 00
It To the Tenament Lands & meadows Given by Will to Nath^ll Freeman Esq^r according to the accompt to us given valued at
1000 = 00 = 00
It To the Lands & meadows by Will Given to William Freeman accompt given to us given valued att
150 = 00 = 00
It To the Twenty pound Sheeps wool       01 = 05 = 00
It To about 10 pound flax in sheaf           00 = 05 = 00
It Some Grain and Some hay Raised
???? Last year on y^e family valew not yet known
It a Debt due to y^e Estate                       00 = 05 = 00
It an old saw half Ches??? and Chain
and forms for fences old things at           00 = 06 = 00

                                                              Joseph Doane
                                                              John Sparrow
December y^e 15^th 1719. Then mr. John Freeman
Executor to the Last Will and Testament of Maj^r
John Freeman Late of Eastham now Deceas^d
and Nath^ll Freeman Esq^r the other son of said Deces
Before John Otis Esq^r Judge of Probate &c for sd County of Barnstable made Oath y^t y^e within
written is a true inventory of y^e Estate of sd John Freeman their deceased Father as far as they know
in that if anything else that is material that yet further Come to y^e knowledge y^t
They will also bring it to this Inventory.                      Attest W^m Basset Reg^tr

The source citation for this document is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 December 2016), Barnstable County, "Probate and Guardianship Records, Vol 1-2, 1674-1742; Vol 3, 1743-1747," Volume 3, pages 527-530 (images 766-768 of 828), John Freeman probate papers, 1719.

See Part I of this series for more details about the family of Major John Freeman of Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, who died 28 October 1719.

This estate proceeding moved right along;  John Freeman died 28 October 1719, the will was proved on 10 November 1719, the Inventory was taken 19 November 1719, and was approved on 15 December 1719.

The Inventory total is not provided in the documents.  My estimate is that the Inventory totaled £1,150 in real estate and over £363 in personal estate.  


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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