Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Will of Solomon Carpenter (1677-1750) of South Kingstown, RI

I mentioned the other day that I was collecting probate records for my ancestors who died in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. I transcribed three probate files today, including that of Solomon Carpenter (1677-1750). Here is the will transcription (transcribed from the clerk's copy in the South Kingstown (Rhode Island) Probate and Town Council Records, Volume 4, Pages 318-320, on FHL Microfilm 0,931,834) and abstract of the other records:


"In the Name of God Amen the Thirtyeth Day of April Anno Domini one Thousand Seven Hundred fifty. I Solomon Carpenter of South Kingstown in the County of Kings County in the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England yeoman. Being ancient but Perfect in mind and memory Thanks be therefore given to Almighty God and Calling unto Mind the Mortality of My body and Knowing that it is Appointed for men once to Dye do make and Ordain this to be my Last will and Testament That is to Say

"Principally and first of all I Give and 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 Like manner at the Discrestion of my Executor hereafter Named And as Touching such worldly Estate wherewith It hath Pleased God to bless me with in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Same in the following manner and form (Viz)

"Imprimis my Will is That my Just Debts be Duly Paid by my Executor herein and hereafter Named.

"Item I Give and Bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter Elizabeth Braman the Sum of Fifty Pounds in good and Passable Bills of Publick Credit of said Colony to be paid by my Executor hereafter Named with in Twelve Months Next after my Decease.

"Item I Give to my Grandaughter Joanna Rogers the Sum of fifty Pounds in good and Passable Bills of the Colony before said to be paid by my Executor hereafter Named at his Discrestion and as he shall think she the said Joanna hath agreed thereof.

"Item I Give to my GrandSon Samuel Carpenter the sum of Twenty Shillings in good and Pasable Bills of Publick Credit in the Colony aforesaid to be paid by my Executor hereafter named when the said Samuel shall Arrive to the Age of Twenty one years and the reason why I Give him no more is because his Deceased Father had received his Part of my Estate in his Lifetime.

"Item I Give and bequeath unto my GrandSon Joseph Carpenter the sum of twelve Pounds in good and Passable Bills of Publick Credit in said colony to be Paid by my Executor hereafter Named when the said Joseph shall Arrive to the Age of Twenty one years.

"And as to the rest and Residue of my Estate both Real and Personal be it of what Kind or Nature soever or Where soever the Same is or may be found I do Give Demise and Bequeath the same unto my well beloved Son Daniel Carpenter to him and his Heirs and Assigns for Ever And I do hereby Nominate Constitute make and ordaine my said Well beloved Son Daniel Carpenter my whole and Sole Executor of this my Last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly Disallow Revoke and Disannull all and Every other Former Testament Wills Legacies and bequeaths and Executors by me in any wise before Named Willed and bequeathed Rattifying and Confirming this and No other to be my Last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have herewith Set my hand and Seal the Day and years first before Writen.

"Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Solomon Carpenter as his Last will and Testament in the presence of us the Subscribers
..............................................Solomon Carpenter (Locus Sigillus)
Rouse Helme
Job Gardner
Oliver Helme"

On 8 October 1750, the subscribers personally appeared before the South Kingstown town council and declared that they witnessed Solomon Carpenter sign, seal and declare this instrument to be his last will and testament and that they signed as witnesses in his presence, and that Solomon Carpenter was in his perfect mind and memory at the time.

No inventory of the estate, executor's account or distribution of the estate was found in the town probate records.


The will mentions daughter Elizabeth Braman, granddaughter Joanna Rogers (perhaps a daughter of Elizabeth Carpenter or Sarah Carpenter), Grandson Samuel Carpenter (probably son of Solomon Carpenter Jr), Grandson Joseph Carpenter (probably a son of Solomon Carpenter Jr), and son Daniel Carpenter, who is my ancestor.

Are there any other researchers with Solomon Carpenter and his wife Elizabeth Tefft as their ancestors? If so, please contact me.


Anonymous said...

Hi Randy! Thanks for posting that. Solomon Carpenter was my ancestor too. I am descended from his son Daniel who married Renewed Smith of N. Kingstown. Their daughter Renewed Carpenter married Benjamin Stanton. They are buried at the Solomon Carpenter house. The name kept changing from Stanton to Knowles to Congdon to Kenyon to Wells and so on. Any of those names in your ancestry?

Donna Potter said...

Solomon was my ancestor via both my parents. I descned from his son Daniel who married Renewed Smith

Unknown said...

Thanks for this will and the work to transcribe it. Here is a link you might like:


It is a picture of the Solomon Carpenter house from the LOC.

Sample Stamper said...

I also descend from Daniel Carpenter. Renewed Carpenter shows up in my genealogy married to Benjamin Stanton. Thanks for the post.