Monday, January 23, 2017

Amanuensis Monday - 1747 Will of Samuel Hubbard (1687-1753) of Concord, Mass.

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are the 1747 Middlesex County, Massachusetts will for Samuel Hubbard (1687-1753) of Concord, Massachusetts:

The transcription of this will is:

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In the Name of God Amen. The Second Day of September 
in the Twenty first year of His Majesties Reign annoque Domini one Thous-
and Seven Hundred and forty seven. I Samuel Hubbard of Concord in the 
County of Middlesex, within the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
England Taylor, being in good bodyly Health and of perfect mind and 
memory Thanks be to God therefor. But Calling to mind the mortality 
of my Body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die, 
Do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament.

First and Principally I give & Recommend my soul to the Hands 
of God that gave it. And my Body I commend to the Earth to be 
buried, in a Christian and Decent manner, at the Discreation of my 
Executor (hereafter named) nothing Doubting but at the Resurection 
I Shall Receive the same by the mighty Power of God.

And Touching my Worly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to
Bless me in this Life, I give Devise and dispose of the same in the
following form and manner (viz^t) my just Debts and funeral charges to be payd by my ^Executors.

Imprinus. I Will and Bequeath unto Prudance Hubbard my now dearly beloved 
Wife all my Houshold goods propper to be used within Doors, of every sort to 
her own Disposal forever. also my Will is that my sd Wife shall have the 
Improvement of the whole of my now Dwelling house with Liberty to pass 
to and from the same for firewood and water &c. Further my Will is that 
my Executor or his Heirs Executors or administrators shall yearly and every 
year provide for and Deliver to my abovesd wife six bushel of marchant-
able Indian corn, four bushel of Rie and one bushel and an half of malt 
and one Hundred & forty pound of marchatable Pork and two barrels 
of Cyder, and a sufficiency of firewood Cut fit for the fire, and one Cow 
kept for her use, summers & winters, also three pounds money old Tenour. 
 And if my said Wife Die my Widow, my Will is that he my said Executor 
bestow upon her a Decant Christian Burial. The articles above shall duely & 
yearly ^be performed towards my sd wife by my Executor During her natural Life 
if she Die my Widow; but if she shall marry to another man in 
that case at her marriage my Executor shall be quit from any further pay-
ments as abovesaid (only she shall be the sole owner of my Household goods 
as abovesaid) also at her second marriage she shall quit the Improvement of sd Dwelling

It. I give to my sons Ephraim Hubbard and Samuel Hubbard all my wearing 
apparriel to be equally Divided between them.

It. I Give to Ephraim Hubbard my Eldest son the sum of fifty pounds money
 according to old Tenour.

It. I Give to Samuel Hubbard my second son the sum of twenty pounds 
money according to old Tenour.

It. I Give to my Daughter Mary Gates the sum of thirty pounds money 
according to old Tenour.

It. I Give to my Daughter Sarah Jones the sum of thirty pounds 
money according to old Tenour.

It. I Give to my Daughter Lydia Davis the sum of forty pounds money 
according to old Tenour.

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I Give to Silance Darby my youngest Daughter the sum of Thirty 
pounds money according to old Tenour; further my will is that my Executor 
pay the Respective sums of money to the six Children above named or their 
Leagal Representatives within one full year after my Decase.

I Give to my Grandaughter Lois Hubbard Eldest Daughter of my son 
Ephraim Hubbard, if she arrive to the age of eighteen years, the sum of 
ten pounds according to old Tenour in Bills of publick Credit.

I Give to my Grandaughter Sarah Hubbard Eldest Daughter of my 
son Samuel Hubbard, if she arrive to the age of eighteen years the 
sum of ten pounds according to old Tenour in Bills of Publick Credit. 
 The Leagacies to sd grandchildren to be Payd to them by my Executor when they 
arrive to the age of Eighteen years Respectively.

The Remainder of my Estate both Real and Personal of what Name or nature 
soever (besides what is given as abovementioned) I Give and Bequeath to my 
youngest son Isaac Hubbard forever. Whom I also Constitute make and ordain 
the only and sole Executor of this my Last Will and Testament and I do 
Hereby utterly Revoke make null and void all other Wills and Testaments 
by me made at any time. Confirming this as my Last Will and Testament 
In Witness Whereof I have affixed my Hand and Seal the Day of the Date 
above written.

Signed Sealed Pronounced
Published and Declared
In the Presents of us Witnesses                             Samuel Hubbard

Jonas Heywood
Ephraim Wood Junr

Samuel Heywood

The source citation for this will is:

"Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, Ameircan Ancestors ( : accessed 6 November 2016), Probate Packet #12,200, will of Samuel Hubbard, 1747; Original data from Middlesex County [Mass.] Probate Court probate packets.

Samuel Hubbard (1687-1753) was married twice.  By his first wife, Sarah Clark (1681-1720) who he married in 1709 in Concord, he had five children, Ephraim, Mary, Samuel, Sarah and Lois Hubbard.  By his second wife, Prudence Temple (1692-????) who he married in 1721, he had three children, Silence, Lydia, and Isaac Hubbard.

The will was presented to the Middlesex County Probate Court on 28 January 1754 by executor Isaac Hubbard and witnesses Jonas Heywood and Ephraim Wood, Jr.  No inventory, account or distribution was included in the probate packet.

The will names seven children and two grandchildren.  He gave money to six of the children and the two grandchildren out of his estate, and named his youngest son Isaac, to receive the real and personal property, provide for his mother, and be executor of the will.  At the time of the writing of the will, Isaac was age 18, and at his father's death, he was 24.

My descent from Samuel and Sarah (Clark) Hubbard is through their eldest daughter, Mary (Hubbard) Gates (1712-1754), who married Amos Gates (1706-1783) in 1732.  Samuel and Sarah (Clark) Hubbard are my sixth great-grandparents.


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."

My list of previous Amanuensis Monday posts is at  

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