Saturday, January 27, 2018

Added or Updated Ancestry.com Collections - Week of 21 to 27 January 2018

The following collections were listed on the Recently Added and Updated Collections list on Ancestry.com during the period from 21 to 27 January 2018 

The collections added or updated since last week include:

Web: Macomb County, Michigan, Death Index 1904-2017; indexed records without record images, ADDED 1/22/2018



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

By my count, there was 1 NEW collection ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,861 collections available as of 27 January, a decrease of  22 from last week.  Since the last report on 20 January, 23 collections have been removed from Ancestry.com (it was 32,883, they added 1, removed 23, for 32,861 this week).

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Disclosure:  I have had a fully paid Ancestry.com subscription since 2000.  Ancestry.com has provided material considerations for travel expenses to meetings, and has hosted events and meals that I have attended in Salt Lake City, in past years.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- One Thing You've Done

It's Saturday Night - 
time for more Genealogy Fun! 



Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:


1)  There has been some posts on Facebook to tell one thing that you've done in your life that your Facebook friends have never done.

2)  For this SNGF, write about something that you have done in your life that your friends have not done, as far as you know.

*  Share your act with your readers (and friends) in your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post.

Here's mine:

My act is that "I worked in the 1963 San Diego Chargers training camp at Rough Acres Ranch in the San Diego high country."

I was 19 years old, and hanging out with a friend named Randy, whose father was an investor in the ranch just north of Boulevard, California in McCain Valley.  

The Chargers had a terrible 1962 season, and the coach wanted to remove the distractions of city life, so he contracted with the ranch.  The ranch had enough cabins, large fields that could be made into playing fields, and a kitchen and dining area - the plan was for it to be a dude ranch with an air strip.  San Diego was 50 miles west, and el Centro was 50 miles east.  The summer weather was hot with occasional thunderstorms.  There were rattlesnakes and scorpions.

In early July, Randy invited me to go with the family on a Saturday to see the Chargers practice at the training camp.   It was lunchtime when we got there, and Randy's dad introduced us to head coach Sid Gillman, and Sid immediately said "Did you bring me some new camp boys?"  Randy and I looked at each other, and after a bit agreed to be camp boys - we had no other jobs lined up.  This was my first paying job!

Randy's family took us back to San Diego, we packed some bags, and caught the shuttle van to the ranch the next day.  My dad was happy, my 7-year old brother Scott was ecstatic, and my mm was going to miss me.  We got to the camp, got a cabin with two other camp boys (there were about 8 of us), and got to work.  Our job was to make the beds, sweep the floors, and clean the bathrooms.  It was morning work while the players were practicing, and we got to watch the afternoon practice.  We had two San Diego State football players as supervisors.

Randy hurt himself on about the second day, and went home.  I continued to work and occasionally got to go back home when the team went out of town for an exhibition game, and got free tickets for the home exhibition games.  In the first week, I was given a rattlesnake skin from a 5-foot rattler that had been on the playing field.  They killed one or two every day around the complex.  I took it home one weekend, and gave it to my brother who hung it up outside.  He used it to attract files which he caught to feed his pet turtles.  

The evenings were the most fun.  After dinner at the ranch, the players would gather in the cool of the evening outside (the cabins were not air conditioned) and talk, joke, play pranks, and study the playbook.  The best prank was for the country boys to take rattlesnake rattles and shake them behind a cabin and scare the city boys.  The second best prank was to capture a scorpion and throw it into a cabin just after the players had gone in for the night.

I made friends with a 6-3, 230 pound African-American rookie linebacker named Frank Buncom from Mississippi.  He was intrigued by the white city boys from San Diego and talked easily with us.  He would take us hiking and hunting (for rabbits, usually) in the hills around the camp in the early morning or before dinner.  

After about six weeks at the camp, the job ended and I returned home.  I took Scott to the home games at Balboa Stadium, and the Chargers won the AFL championship that year.  

About  idway through the season, I called the Chargers office and got in touch with Frank, and invited him to dinner at our house.  My father wasn't sure about this, my mom was agreeable and Scott was excited.  When Frank came, we went out front on the sidewalk, and Frank and I threw passes to Scotty in an area maybe 20 yards long and 5 yards wide, and then we played in the street too.  Scotty was so jazzed over this.  We had a nice dinner, and Frank impressed my folks with his life experiences.  It was a memorable night.

Frank played for the Chargers from 1963 through 1967, and was all-AFL for three of those years.  He went to Cincinnati for the 1968 season.  At the start of the 1969 season, he suffered a heart attack and died at age 29.  His Wikipedia biography is at   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Buncom.

I'm pretty sure that none of my friends and readers have had these experiences!


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Surname Saturday -- LNU (Frances who married John Hill, England to colonial New England)

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


I am working in the 9th great-grandmothers by Ahnentafel number, and I am up to Ancestor #2075 who is Frances LNU (1608-1676). 
[Note: the earlier great-grandmothers and 9th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts.]

My ancestral line back through one generation in this LNU 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)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

64. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816)
65. Martha Whitney (1764-1832)

128.  Norman Seaver (1734-1787)
129.  Sarah Read (1736-1809)


258.  Isaac Read (1704-1780)
259.  Experience Willis (1709-1787)


518.  Samuel Willis (1675-1758)
519.  Susannah Gleason (1676-1756)

1036.  Roger Willis (1646-1700)
1037.  Ruth Hill (1644=-1736)

2074.  John Hill, born about 1602 of Chard, Somerset, England; died 31 May 1664 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 4148. John Hill and 4149. Jane Gaud.  He married about 1629 in England.
2075.  Frances LNU, born about 1608 in Chard, Somerset, England; died 18 November 1676 in  Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States.

Children of John Hill and Frances LNU are:
*  John Hill (1630-1718), married (1) 1653 Hannah Parmalee (1633-1690); (2) 1690 Elizabeth Thorpe (1655-1719).
*  Rebecca Hill (1634-1676), married 1667 Joseph Gray (1632-1676).
*  Mary Hill (1636-1726), married 1657 Thomas Breck (1635-1703).
*  Samuel Hill (1638-1708), married 1667 Martha Hansford (1648-1715).
*  Jonathan Hill (1640-1710), married 1675 Mary Bassett (1640-1715).
*  Hannah Hill (1641-1729), married 1662 Daniel Fisher (1638-1683).
*  Mercy Hill (1643-1709), married 1664 Elkanah Willis (1639-1711).
Ruth Hill (1644-1736), married 1664 Roger Willis (1646-1700).
*  Ebenezer Hill (1645-1696), married (1) 1683 Ruth Bailey (1645-1688); (2) 1693 Sarah LNU (1644-????).
*  Israel Hill (1648-1677).
*  Martha Hill (1648-????)
*  Mehitable Hill (1651-1679).

Frances (LNU) Hill married Jonah Austin (1598-1683) on 14 December 1667 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States.

Information about the John Hill family was obtained from:

*  J. Gardner Bartlett, "John Hill of Dorchester, Mass. and His Descendants", New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 58, number 2 (April 1904), page 157-168.

This article does not give Frances LNU a surname.  Many online trees say it is Tileston, Tilestone or Tilden.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Genealogy News Bytes - 26 January 2018


Some of the genealogy news items across my desktop the last three days include:

1)  News Articles:


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FamilySearch.org no longer supported on Internet Explorer

*  RootsTech 2018 Promotional Pricing Discount Extended!

*  #RootsTech Mobile App Now Available

*  Legacy Tree Genealogists to Sponsor DNA Innovation Contest at RootsTech

*  Michigan State University Receives $1.5 Million Grant To Build Slave Trade Database

*   DNA Central! A New DNA Resource Launching April 2018!

2)  Record Databases:


*   New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 26 January 2018

*  Illustrated London News collection grows on TheGenealogist

*  Over 5 Million U.S. passenger records released on TheGenealogist

3)  Genealogy Education:


 GeneaWebinars Calendar

*  Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for February 2018

*  REGISTER: Feb 2018 DearMYRTLE Webinars

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Tuesday, 30 January, 11 a.m. PST:  Understanding DNA Matching technology, by Daniel Horowitz

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar - Wednesday, 31 January, 11 a.m. PST:  Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage, by Sunny Morton

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  Finding Jamestown Ancestors, by KC Reid

*  Archived Family Tree Webinar:  No More Blank Pages: 10 Simple Writing Tips for Family Historians, by Lisa Alzo

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube Cha
nnel:  GenDoc Study Group 17

*  DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel: The Archive Lady - The BIG Reveal

*  BYU Family History Library YouTube Channel:  Adding Audio to FamilySearch by Rayanne Melick

*  Family History Fanatics YouTube Channel:  Creating a Heritage Scrapbook From Scratch - Photoshop Elements 2018

*  Jill Ball YouTube Channel:  The Property Brothers at Rootstech 2017

4)  Bargains:

*  Genealogy Bargains for Friday, January 26,  2018


5)  Neat Stuff:


*  In Memoriam of Terry Ward

*  Can you see the resemblance? Mysterious mummy is revealed to be Boris Johnson's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother

Long Lost Brothers

Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes - 23 January 2018?


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday, 26 January 2018

I received this information from Findmypast today:


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New Records Available To Search This Findmypast Friday





There are over 2.1 million new records available to search this Findmypast Friday, including;

Explore images of arrival manifests from Laredo, Texas containing over 1.3 million records. This collection corresponds to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) publication A3437: Manifests of Statistical and Nonstatistical Alien Arrivals at Laredo, Texas, May 1903-April 1955. From these records, you can discover such details as names, ages, nationalities, and physical descriptions. This collection has been obtained from FamilySearch.
Explore images of obituaries collected and printed in various Idaho newspapers. The collection contains over 9,000 records and is not confined to deaths that occurred in Idaho as obituaries of native Idahoans who died out of state were sent in to Idaho newspapers and are also included. Discover biographical details including key dates and events. The images in this browse have been obtained from FamilySearch.
Over 92,000 records have been added to our collection of British overseas Births and Baptisms. This collection brings together records held by the General Register Office and The National Archives in one search and consists of birth records of children born to those working within the armed forces, merchant navy, and consular forces, as well as, civilian ship passengers.
With each result, you will be given a transcript with the vital details recorded from the original source. Many results will also give you an image of the original record. The collection will enable you to uncover your ancestor's birth date, birth place, baptism date, parent's names, father's occupation and organisation.
Did your ancestor get married while stationed abroad or at sea? Search through over 35,000 new additions and discover marriages pertaining to military personnel, British Consul staff, and other British nationals working overseas. Records will reveal a combination of your ancestor's birth year, banns year, marriage year, marriage place, occupation, organisation, marital status, father's name, father's occupation, the names of witnesses and spouse's details.
Search over 193,000 records to uncover the details of members of the British armed forces who died while serving their country overseas, British civilians who died while travelling or working overseas, and individuals, including seamen, who died at sea. Records will reveal your ancestor's birth year, death year, burial date and location
The new additions above have also been added to our British Armed Forces and Overseas Browse. Browse through thousands of records from The National Archives related to births, marriages, and deaths of British civilians and members of the armed forces.
Over 87,000 records have been added to our collection of Hertfordshire parish baptisms. Each result includes a digitised image of the original record book and a transcript for the individual entry. Transcripts will list the year and location of your ancestor's baptism, the names of their parents and their father's occupation. Images may include additional notes.
Nearly 62,000 records have been added to our collection of Hertfordshire parish marriages. Transcripts will list the name of bride and groom, the date of their first banns reading, the date of their marriage, their respective ages, and the names of their fathers. Images can include considerably more detail including their marital status, occupations, fathers' occupations, their residence at time of marriage, the names of any witnesses and the officiating Minister. You may even be able to see your ancestors' signatures.
Over 66,000 records have been added to the collection. Dating as far back as the 1400s, these records will reveal your ancestors burial date, age at death and burial place. Each record includes a digitised image of the original document and a transcript. Images may reveal additional details such as your ancestor's residence, grave location, notes on the circumstances surrounding their deaths and the name of the Minister who conducted their funeral.
Browse through over 16,000 additional images of baptism, marriage, and burial records from the English county of Hertfordshire. Findmypast's browse feature allows you to look through the Hertfordshire parish record books from cover to cover.
Over 8,000 new records have been added to our collection of Yorkshire Monumental Inscriptions. The new additions cover cemeteries in Rawmarsh, Thorpe Hesley and Treeton. The detail in each transcript will vary depending on the age of the memorial and which family history society created the record. Most will include a combination of your ancestor's birth year, death year, memorial location, inscription and a brief description of the monument.
Over 30,000 records covering 26 burial sites have been added to our collection of Northumberland & Durham Monumental Inscriptions. Each record includes a transcript of the original source material. The amount of information listed may vary due to the age and legibility of the monument. Most will include a combination of your ancestor's birth date, burial year, burial place, death date, denomination, inscription and even the type of stone that was used.
Over 3 million new articles as well as 11 brand new titles have been added to our collection of historical British Newspapers.  The new titles include;
·         West Middlesex Herald
·         Bristol Daily Post
·         Isle of Wight Times
·         Clifton and Redland Free Press
·         Leicester Herald
·         Horfield and Bishopston Record and Montepelier & District Free Press
·         Middlesex & Surrey Express
·         Bristol Magpie
·         Northampton Chronicle and Echo
·         Tenbury Wells Advertiser
·         Reading Observer

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Disclosure:  I have a complimentary subscription to Findmypast, and have accepted meals and services from Findmypast, as a Findmypast Ambassador.  This has not affected my objectivity relative to Findmypast and its products.


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52 Ancestors - Week 211: #290 Jonas Prescott (1703-1784) of Westford, Massachusetts

Jonas Prescott (1703-1784) is #290 on my Ahnentafel List, my 6th great-grandfather, who married (2) #291 Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739)  in 1730 in Westford, Massachusetts.

I am descended through:

*  their daughter #145 Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812) who married #144 Zachariah Hildreth (1728-1784) in 1753.
*  their son, #72 Zachariah Hildreth (1754-1829) who married #73 Elizabeth Keyes (1759-1793) in 1777.
*  their son, #36 Zachariah Hildreth (1783-1857) who married #37 Hannah Sawtell (1789-1857) in 1810.
*  their son, #18 Edward Hildreth (1831-1899) who married #19 Sophia Newton (1834-1923) in 1852.
*  their daughter #9 Hattie Louisa Hildreth (1857-1920)  who married #8 Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922) in 1874.
*  their son #4 Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) who married #5 Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) in 1900.
*  their son #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983) who married #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002) in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall Jeffrey Seaver (1943-living)

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1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
 
  Name:                          Jonas Prescott[1–7]    
*  Alternate Name:           Jonas Prescot[8–9]    
*  Alternate Name:           Jonas Prescutt[10]  

*  Sex:                              Male    

*  Father:                         Jonas Prescott (1678-1750)    
*  Mother:                       Thankful Wheeler (1682-1716)  

2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*   Birth:                          26 January 1702/3, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6,8–9]    
*  Death:                          9 September 1784 (age 81), Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[5–6]    

*  Burial:                        after 9 September 1784 (after age 81), Westlawn Cemetery, Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[6]    

*  Probate:                      13 October 1784 (age 81), will proved; Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[7]  

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Spouse 1.                   Esther Spalding (1705-1730)    
*  Marriage 1:                 6 March 1725/6 (age 23), intentions; Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[1]    

*  Child 1:                      Jonas Prescott (1727-1813)    
*  Child 2:                     Timothy Prescott (1728-1808)

*  Spouse 2:                   Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739)    
*  Marriage 2:                7 March 1730/1 (age 28), intentions; Westford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[2–3]    

*  Child 3:                      Elijah Prescott (1732-1732)    
*  Child 4:                      Elizabeth Prescott (1734-1812)    
*  Child 5:                      Isaac Prescott (1738-1738)    
*  Child 6:                      Benjamin Prescott (1739-1741)
   
*  Spouse 3:                   Rebecca Jones (1710-1802)    
*  Marriage 3:                25 December 1740 (age 37), Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States[4,10]    

*  Child 7:                     Esther Prescott (1742-1833)    
*  Child 8:                     Sarah Prescott (1744-1837)    
*  Child 9:                     John Prescott (1752-1842)  
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):    

Jonas Prescott was born 26 January 1702/3 in Groton, Massachusetts, the son of Jonas and Thankful (Wheeler) Prescott[6,8-9].  He was the second child of six, and the second son.

Jonas was married three times:

*  First to Esther Spaulding (1705-1730) on 6 March 1725/6 (intentions) in Chelmsford, Massachusetts[1].  She died in 1729 leaving him two children, Jonas (born in 1727) and Timothy (born in 1728), both born in Groton.

*  Second to Elizabeth Harwood (1701-1739) on 7 March 1730/1 (intentions) in Groton[2-3].  She died in 1739 leaving him four children born between 1732 and 1739; Elijah (born 1732), Elizabeth (born 1734), Isaac (born 1738, and Benjamin (born 1739), all recorded in Westford, Massachusetts.

*  Third to Rebecca (Jones) Barrett (1710-1802) on 25 December 1740 (intentions) in Concord, Massachusetts[4,10], and they had three children; Esther (born in 1742), Sarah (born in 1744) and John (born in 1742), all in Westford.

Jonas Prescott was a farmer in Westford, and served as a Justice of the Peace and Selectman in Westford for several years.

Jonas Prescott died 9 September 1784 in Westford, Massachusetts[5-6].  He is buried in Westlawn Cemetery in Westford[6].  The inscription on his gravestone reads:

"Here lies
Buried the Body of
Jonas Prescott Esq.
who departed this life
Sept ye 9th 1784.
In the 83 year
of his age."

Jonas Prescott died testate, having written a will on 13 March 1776 which was proved on 13 October 1784.  His probate papers are in Middlesex County Probate Records, Probate Packet #18,082[7].  His will reads:

"In the Name of God Amen the thirteenth day of March one thousand seven hundred & Seventy Six.

"I Jonas Prescott of Westford in the County of Middlesex & province of the Massachusetts Bay Gentleman being advanced in age but of perfect mind & memory, thanks be given to God therefor, and calling to mind the frailty & mortality of my Body, & Knowing it is appointed for all men once to Die, Do make & ordain this to be my last will & testament; first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it; and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a decent Christian manner at ye Direction of my Executor hereafter named nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive it again by the mighty power of God;  and as such worldly Estate as it has pleased God to Bless me with after provision is made for the paying all my Just Debts & funeral charges, I give & Dispose of the same in ye following manner & form.

"Imprimus I give & Bequeath to Rebecca my Dearly Beloved wife my Shou?e also one third part of my personal Estate to be disposed of in that way & manner she shall think proper, also the improvement of one third part of my Real Estate during her natural life.

"Item I will & Bequeath to my Eldest Son Jonas Prescott my peice of meadow land called Common Meadow, Bounded as follows, Westwardly on his own Land & meadow to a brook called Stony Brook or River, northwardly on said Brook untill it comes to Timothy Prescotts meadow, then Eastwardly on his own land to the Town Road, then Bounding on said Road to his own lands, also another peice of land lying in General Field so called Bounded as follows:  Eastwardly on Nathaniel Boyntons land untill it comes to a Town Road then on said Road or highway untill it comes to his own land thence on his own land to said Boyntons land there Being two small orchards on the same, one called Richardsons the other called Ephraim orchard, also I give to my son Jonas Prescott one half of the Rent of my lease of the forge lying in said Westford, also I bequeath to my son Jonas my Gun to him & his heirs forever.

"Item I Give & Bequeath to my Daughter Easter Goodhue the other half of the Rent of my lease of saif forge to her & her heirs forever.

"Item I Give & Bequeath to my son Timothy Prescott one half part of my corn mill, also one half part of all the Priviledges of the Stream & Dam on which the Mill stands, also the priviledge of using the water for his part of the saw mill he not thereby in any measure intercepting the aforesaid corn mill; also I give to my son Timothy one third part of my land & pasturing lying in the ?ronthing Swamp so called;  Also one half part of my right of the meadow land lying in Cowpound meadow so called being in Groton in the county & province aforesaid to him & his heirs forever.

"Item I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth Hildereth the sum of sixty six pounds, thirteen shillings & four pence to be paid by my Executor to her, one half of said sum to be paid in one year after my Discease, the other half in two years after my Discease.

"Item I Give to my Daughter Easter Goodhue the same sum of sixty six pounds, thirteen shillings & four pence to be paid in the same manner as to my Daughter Hildrick.

"Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah Taylor the same sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings & four pence to be paid in the same manner as to my Daughter Hildrick, and further my Will & Desire is that my Executor should have the Liberty of paying my three Daughters their several sums of lagacy in such of my bonds or notes or in bonds or notes as shall be Judged good & Reasonable.

"Item  I Give my wareing apparel to my three sons to be Divided equally among them at my Discease.

"Item I Give & Bequeath to my son John Prescott all the remaining part of my real & personal Estate with all the rights titles priviledges & inheritances belonging thereto to him & his heirs forever.  Further my Will is that at the Decease of my Beloved wife the third of my real Estate which I have given to her improvement of to her During her natural life should Decend to my son John Prescott & his heirs forever.  But my will  is that this should not be understood that my son John should have any part of what I have by this My last will & testament given to my other children.

"Finally I hereby constitute and appoint my said son John Prescott sole Executor of this my last Will & testament, avouching this to be my last Will & testament and no other to be so.

"In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal the Day & year above mentioned Signed Sealed published & pronounced By the said Jonas Prescott to be his last Will & testament in presence of us

Danl Rogers Junr                                                      Jonas Prescott
Peter Fox
Eliphalet Fox"

On 23 September 1784, the subscribers consented to the establishment of the will.  The subscribers included Rebecca Prescott, Jonas Prescott, Timothy Prescott, Zechariah Hildreth, David Goodhue, Elizabeth Hildreth (by mark), Esther Goodhue, Sarah Taylor and Abraham Taylor.

On 13 October 1784, John Prescott, Elisha Jones and Amos Barrett posted a bond of ten thousand pounds, and John Prescott took the Executorship of the estate of Jonas Prescott late of Westford.  Daniel Rogers, junior and Peter Fox took the oath that they, with Eliphalet Fox, subscribed their names as witness to the will of Jonas Prescott. The Court proved and allowed the Will and directed John Prescott, the Executor, to faithfully execute the will and administer the estate.

The probate packet includes receipts from each of the heirs for their portion, and the Court accepted the discharges on 9 March 1785.  No inventory or account was included in the probate packet.
 
5)  SOURCES

1. Town of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the Year 1850 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1914), Marriages, page 298, Jonas Prescott and Esther Spaulding entry, 1726, intentions.

2. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), Westford > Births, Marriages and Death, image 17 of 1750, Jonas Prescott and Elisabeth Harwood marriage entry, 1731.

3. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1915), Marriages, page 218, Jonas Prescott and Elizabeth Harwood entry.

4. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, Marriages, page 218, entry for Jonas Prescott and Rebekah Barrett of Concord, 1740, at Concord.

5. Vital Records of Westford, Massachusetts to the Year 1849, Deaths, page 304, Jonas Prescott entry, "in his 83d year".

6. Jim Tipton, indexed database, Find A Grave (http://www.findagrave.com), Westlawn Cemetery (Westford, Mass.), Jonas Prescott memorial # 23798735.

7. "Probate Records 1648-1924 (Middlesex County, Massachusetts),"  886 FHL US/CAN Microfilms, Probate Packet #18,082, Jonas Prescott of Westford, accessed on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 0,421,496.

8. "Massachusetts, Town Records, 1620-1988," digital images, Ancestry.com, "Groton Births, Marriages and Deaths," Page 25, image 338, Jonas Prescott birth entry, 1703, son of Jonas Prescot and wife Thankful.

9. Vital Records of Groton, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. : The Essex Institute, 1926-1927), Two volumes, Births, page 188, Jonas Prescot entry, 1703, son of Jonas and Thankful.

10. George Tolman (compiler), Concord, Massachusetts Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1635-1850 (Concord, Mass. : Committee on Printing, 1894), page 136, entry for Jonas Prescott of Westford and Rebekah Barrett of Concord.

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