Monday, March 13, 2017

Amanuensis Monday -- Probate Records of Thomas Dill (1708-1761) Estate in Barnstable County, Massachusetts - Part 3

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Barnstable County, Massachusetts probate documents for the Thomas Dill (1708-1761) estate of Eastham, Massachusetts.  

Two weeks ago, the first two documents were shown and transcribed - see Amanuensis Monday -- 1761 Probate Records of Thomas Dill (1708-1761) Estate in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.  Last week, I transcribed three more records - see 
Amanuensis Monday -- Probate Records of Thomas Dill (1708-1761) Estate in Barnstable County, Massachusetts - Part 2.

This week, I transcribed three more documents, but they are similar to each other, so I will present only one of them - the guardianship of minor son Thomas Dill was awarded to widow Mary Dill:

The transcription of the guardianship of Thomas Dill (on right-hand page of image above) is (handwritten text is in italics):

Province of the Massachusetts Bay
By the Honourable Silvanus Bourn Esq^r

Judge of the Probate of Wills, &c.
for and within the County of Barnstable, in the
Province aforesaid,

{seal} To Mary Dill of Eastham in the County
of Barnstable Widow Greeting.

TRUSTING in your Care and Fidelity, I do by these Presents,
pursuant to the Power and Authority to me granted, in and by an
Act of the General Assembly of the said Province, Nominate and Appoint
you to be Guardian unto Thomas Dill a minor son to
Thomas Dill late of Eastham afores^d Yeo Deceased

with full power and Authority to Ask, Demand, Sue for, Recover,
Receive and Take into your Custody, all and singular such Part and
Portion of Estate as accrues to him in Right of his said
on which by any other Way or Means whatsoever doth of right appertain
or belong to him and to manage, employ and improve the same
for his best Profit and Advantage, and to render a plain and true
Account of your Guardianship upon Oath, so far as the Law will
charge you therewith, when you shall be lawfully Required, and pay
and deliver such and so much of the said Estate as shall be remaining upon
your Account (the same being first examined and allowed by the Judge
or Judges, for the Time being of Probate, &c.) unto the said Minor,
when he shall arrive at full Age, or otherwise as the said Judge or
Judges, by his or their Decree or Sentence, pursuant to Law, shall limit
and appoint.

In Testimony whereof I have here-unto set my Hand and the Seal of
the said Court of Probate. Dated at Barnstable, the Sixth
Day of April Anno Domini, 1762.
                                                                          Silvanus Bourn

                         Recorded & Comp^d SS Da^d Gorham Reg.

The source citation for this record is:

Barnstable County, Massachusetts, Probate Records, 1686-1894, Volume 11, Page 197, Thomas Dill Probate records: Guardianship of minor son Thomas Dill, 1762; FHL microfilm 0,904,604.

There are also guardianship records for:

*  Moses Dill, minor son of Thomas Dill, Ebenezer Atwood appointed guardian on 6 April 1762 (Volume 11, page 196).

*  Betty Dill, minor daughter of Thomas Dill, James Doane appointed guardian 5 May 1762 (Volume 11, page 207).

Thomas Dill married Mehitable Brown in 1733 in Eastham, and they had eight children between 1734 and about 1755, including Moses, Thomas and Betty, but several died before Thomas Dill died.  Mehitable died before 1758, when Thomas married, secondly, Mary (Higgins) Baker, and Thomas and Mary had no children together.

Thomas and Mehitable (Brown) Dill are my fifth great-grandparents, through their son Thomas Dill (1755-1839). 

NOTE:  These records are now online on FamilySearch and on in the Barnstable County, Massachusetts Probate Court record volumes.

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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