Monday, April 10, 2017

Amanuensis Monday -- 1719 Probate Records for George Brown (1651-1719) of Eastham, Mass.

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is from the Barnstable County, Massachusetts probate documents for George Brown (1641-1719) of Eastham, Massachusetts.  

Barnstable County [Mass.] Probate Records, Volume 4, pages 11-13:

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The transcription of these records is:

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In the Name of God Amen. The 29^th day of June
In ye year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Twenty one
I George brown of Eastham in the County of Barnstable in his Maj'ties
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Yeoman Being sick
and weak In body but of perfect Mind and memory Thanks be given
unto God therefore Calling unto mind the Mortality of my body & Knowing
that it is appointed for all men once to dye, Do make and ordain this my
Last Will and Testament. That is to say Principally and first of all I give &
Recommend my soul Into the hands of God that gave it and my body I Recom-
mend to the Earth to be buried In decent & Christian Manner at ye discresi-
on of my Executor, Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I
Shall Receive the same again by the Allmity power of God. And as Touching
such worly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me In this
Life, I give and Demise and Dispose of the same In the following manner
and forme.

Imprimus I Give and bequeath to my Son William Brown my Interest In a
piece of Sedg ground being & Lying in Eastham at a place called the Town
flatts to him and his heirs forever.

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Item I give unto my son James Brown three or four Acres of Land w^ch his
Dwelling house now Standeth Upon being In the Town of sd Eastham
to him and his heirs forever.

Item I Give unto my Daughter Mercy one feather bed and bolster.

Item I Give unto my Loveing wife Mehetable All the Reminder of my whole
Estate for her Supporte as long as shee Lives, and after her decease to be
Equally Divided among all my sons and Daughters be it more or Less &
I likewise Constitute make and ordain my well beloved son George
Brown my Soul Executor of this my Last will and Testament and I do hereby
utterly disalow revoake and Disanull all and ever other former ^wills Legacies^ Instruments
& bequeathed ^& Executors by me in any ways before named willed & bequeathed^ Ratifyeing and Confirming this and no other to be my Last
Will and Testament. In wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand &
Seal the day and year above written,
Signed Sealed Published Pronouced and                               George Brown {seal}
Declared by the sd George Brown as
his Last Will and Testament In
the presence of Us the Subscribers
Rebecca S Snow her marke
Sarah S Walker her Mark
Isaac Pepper

Barnstable ss Aug^st 3^d 1721
Then Isaac Pepper Rebacah Snow & Sarah Walker
made Oath that they heard George Brown Late of
Eastham Now deceased Declear the Above written to be his Last Will &
Testament & Saw him Sign Seal the same and that he was of sound Mind
and ^Knowing^ Memory when he so did In their best Judgments and that they alset
their hands thereunto as Wittnesses at the same Time.
Sworn before John Otis Judge of Probate

To all people to whom these presents shall Come, Greeting
Know ye that upon the day of the date hereof before me at Barn-
Stable in ye County aforesd, the will of George Brown late of Eastham In said
County of Barnstable now deceased, it these presents annexed was proved, appvd
and allowed, who having while he Lived, and at the Time of his death goods
Chattles Rights or Credits In ye County aforesd, and the Probate of ye sd will
and power of Comitteing administration of all and Singular the goods,
Chattles Rights and Credits of ye said Deceased, and his will In any Manner
Concering is hereby Comitted unto George Brown of Eastham aforesd and
Son of the sd Deceased Executor In the same will named well & faithfully
to Execute the sd will and to administer the Estate of ye sd Deceased according
thereunto, and to make a True and perfict Inventory of all & Singular
the goods Chattles Rights and Credits of the sd Deceased, and to Exhibit ye
same Into the Registry of the Court of Probate for ye County aforesd at, or
before the Last day of July next Ensuing; and also to enter a plain and
True Accompt of his sd administration upon Oath when Called thereunto.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand asnd the seal of ye
sd Court of Probate Dated at Barnstable the 23^d day of August Ano
Domini 1721.
Nathaniel Otis, Reg^r                                              John Otis

An Inventory of the Estate of George Brown Late of Eastham
deceased taken by us whomse names are underwritten this 24^th day of
July 1721.
By money due to him by a Morgage due from Joshua
Brown the Sum of
To his waring apperril 008:03:00
Money in his Chist 007:12:06
To one feather bed bolster & four Coverleads 007:05:00
To one old feather bed and bolster 003:10:00
One Coverlead & 3 pillobears old & One pair of old sheets & two old Curtains 001:15:00
One sheet 10s / one Sadle and Bridle 4s/ 000:14:00
One old bible and four other books all at 000:04:00
To Carpenturs Tools a Saw a broad ax one narrow ax one chisel one old handsaw and Joynter one Cressing plain and plow for plank 001:05:00
One pair of Tongs & fire slice at 6s/ one Tramell att 6s/ 000:12:00
One Craine and ther hooks belonging to it 000:10:00
Two old guns att 000:18:00
One old Rapier and belt 000:02:00
3 old Iron potts att 20s/ one Iron Skellet & one Small Iron Kettle both 8/ 001:08:00
One old frying pan 15d 2 putter plates 7/9 000:09:00
4 putter Poringers one quart pott one small beason 000:07:00
To Earthen wear of sorts 000:04:06
Three spoons 2s/ old pails 2/2d 7 Chairs at 8s/ 000:10:02
3 Small Chists and one box all at 001:00:00
Sheeps woole 15s/ and the Leanto he lived in 8:10:0 009:05:00
7 Sheep and 3 Lambs 002:13:00
One Mair and yearlin Colt both at 010:00:00
Two small Swine both att 000:10:00
Two Lotts of Land in the Last Division of Land in ye Town of Eastham 020:00:00
Three or four acres of Land given to James Brown 006:00:00
A parcell of Seground being one third part of a Lott given to William Brown 005:00:00
Isaac Pepper
Isaac Doane

Branstable ss August 3^d 1721
Then George Brown Son and Executor to the will of his father George
Brown Late of Eastham now deceased made Oath to the Truth of ye above
written Inventory so far as he knew and yt if any thing further of the
Estate of ye sd Deceased shall come to his knowlidge that is valuable that
he will allso bring it to this Inventory.

                                                                         Coram me John Otis.

The source citation for these records is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 December 2016), Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol. 4-5, 1721-1741," Volume 4, pages 9-11 (images 12-13 of 660), George Brown probate papers.

George Brown married Mehitable Knowles in about 1674, and they had eight children.  When he wrote his will on 29 June 1719, his son James had died two days before.  His son William died soon after George wrote his will.  The will named his wife Mehitable and his son George Brown, who he named as executor.  He also named sons James and William and daughter Mercy, but he did not name his sons Joshua Brown or Samuel Brown, his married daughter Mehitable (Brown) Hallett, nor his deceased daughter Mary (Brown) Mayo.  

The inventory includes a note from Joshua Brown, presumably his son.  The value of the estate was 189 pounds, 15 shillings and 2 pence.  

George and Mehitable (Knowles) Brown are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended from the son Samuel Brown (1686-1749), who married Ruth Young.

This record is indexed by in their Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 collection as "George Crowne" because the indexer was too lazy to look at all of the names in the record.  The initial "brown" has a lower case B and the indexer interpreted it as a capital C.


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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