Monday, September 4, 2017

Amanuensis Monday - 1741 Account for Estate of Josiah Wood (1687-1753) of Woburn, Mass.

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are from the Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate Court records for Josiah Wood (1687-1753), husbandman of Woburn, Massachusetts:

Probate Packet 25,489 (image 9):

The transcription of this document is:

The Account of Ruth and her son John Wood
guardians of of Josiah Wood Jun^r of Woburn in the County
of Midellsex a Person non compos mentis.

Ther said Accountants charge themselves with
the Estate of the said Deceasds Specified in an Inventory
thereof exhibited into the Probate Office for said County In the
Seventeenth ^of January^ 1736 amounting in y^e whole to
viz. Real Estate £                                        Personal £
D^o by Cash rec^d of Ruth Wood ????? ???? Estate      £16-00-0
D^o by Cash rec^d of Ephraim Wood which was due from   the Estate of Josiah Wood Deceased        80-00-0
To Sam^ll Woods Bond on y^e Same Account yet due        20-00-0
And the said Accountants Crave allowance in their
Discharge as follows viz.

Paid to George Reed £60-15-0 on Bond £60-15-0
To Thomas Skilton ^Junr on Bond   27-08-0
To Sebella Read on Do 11-03-4 John Poulter d^o 22-08-0 £33-11-4
To John Knight on D^o 20-2-10   20-03-10
To Dr. Jon^a Hayward 8-0-0     8-00-0
To Ruth Wood Jun^r on Bond 16-0-0   16-00-0
To Edward Walker on Bond   10-07-0
To Eben^r Reed for Rates     4-02-0
To William Toby for Rates     2-00-0
To John Wood one of the Guardians for his
Service done in the Places and for y^e Care of
the said Josiah and Family for the Space
of two years
To the Guardians for their Trouble hitherto
in Framing the Asccount 5/ Examining
and Allowing 6/
}  0-11-0
Recording and Copy     0-07-0
To Cash paid for a pair of Oxen for y^e place   22-00-0
To Repairing the house and Barn   34-00-0
To a Pair of Cart wheels ????   10-00-0
To Two Cows bought & put on y^e place   20-00-0
To D^o for a Heifer         6-00-0

Probate Packet 25,489 (image 10):

The transcription of this document is:

N.B. This Estate is further Indebted as follows
viz. To Edward Wood for three Years Service on y^e place £90-0-0

And There is due to y^e s^d Estate from Jno Wood one of the Guardians
for the Land Sold £53-12-0 & for Timber £5-10-0 -            £59-2-0

Midd^x Cambridge December 18^th 1741
Ruth & John Wood Guardians as within Expressed Presented the
Before Written and made oath that It Contains a just and
True Account of their said Guardianship so far as they have
Proceeded therein.

I having Examined the same and seen Vouchers for the
Principal articles therein Containd I do allow thereof
Joseph Wood one of the Sons of
the said Josiah was present and Content
and the Rest of the Children Were

                                                             Jon^a Remington Jpr

The source citation for this probate packet is:

"Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors  ( : accessed 13 August 2017), Probate Packet 25,489 (14 images), Josiah Wood of Woburn, 1736.

In previous posts about the estate of Josiah Wood of Woburn:

*  In 1736, when Josiah Wood of Woburn was age 49, his wife and eldest son petitioned (see 

Amanuensis Monday - 1736 Non Compos Mentis Petition for Josiah Wood (1687-1753) of Woburn, Mass.) the Middlesex County Probate Court to have Josiah Wood declared "non compos mentis," meaning not sane, or not in their right mind.  At the time, Josiah and Ruth had eight living children, all but one of them (John) were minors.  

*  Ruth Wood and John Wood, as Guardians, committed to well and truly do their duty as guardians, and, with two friends, post bond of 1,000 pounds each.  See Amanuensis Monday - 1736 Bonds for Estate of Josiah Wood (1687-1753) of Woburn, Mass.  

*  The guardians took an inventory of the estate (over £1,430) and the debts owed (over £220).  See Amanuensis Monday - 1736 Inventory and Debt List for Estate of Josiah Wood (1687-1753) of Woburn, Mass.

In the documents in this post, the guardians of Josiah Wood Junior wrote down their account of the estate and the court approved it.

There will be several more posts about this set of probate papers - there are some interesting twists in the records.

Josiah and Ruth (Walker) Wood are my 7th great-grandparents, the parents of Susanna Wood (1724-1780), who married Nathan Reed (1719-1802) in 1743 in Woburn, Massachusetts.


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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