Monday, September 11, 2017

Amanuensis Monday - 1743 Petition and Citation 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:

a)  Probate Packet 25,489 (image 11):

The transcription of this document is:

To the honourable Judge of Probates for the
County of Middlesex Sir
These may certiffy that we the Subscribers desire
that your honour should Depose our brother
John Wood from his Ofice by Reason of his
unbecoming behaviour and ????? ??? ??????
our Uncle Edward Walker In Compensation
whereof and with finding of our Neighbours
have here unto Sett our hand
Dated att Woborn December y^e 12^th (1743)
 Mary Wood
                         Phebe Wood
                        Joseph Wood
                        Nathan Reed
                        Josiah Johnson
                        Solomon Wood
                        Benj^a Nutting
                       Thos Skilton Junr
                       Edward Wood

                       Thomas Skilton

January 9^th 1743. Pursuant to this
Petition I revoke John Woods
Power of Guardianship and
do appoint Ruth Wood (Wife
of Josiah Wood) to be Guar-
dian to Josiah.
To be bound ??? 500 £ 
We Adam Lusk & Edward Walker ?? ???????
                          Jon^n Remington Jpro

b)  Probate Packet 25,489 (image 12):

The transcription of this document is:

Middlesexs Cambridge Dec^r 18 1743
John Wood within named & hereby orderd
to appear at my House in Cambridge on
Monday ^of Jan 9 next^ meet at Ten of the Clock before
noon st which time he ^may make answer to
the within written complaint and any
other persons who is desirous who are desirous
to support said complaint are to appear
at the time and place above mentioned.
                                           Jon^a Remington Jpro
To Edward Walker Thos Skilton Junr to serve this citation & make return

Middlesex Wooburn December 29, 1743
I the Subscriber have Given a Copy of the Citation to John Woods Wife

at his house. Thomas Skilton Junr

c)  Probate Packet 25,489 (image 13):

The transcription of this document is:

Middlesex Wooburn December 14, 1743
We the Subscribers hereby before the honourable Judg
of Probate being Neighbours that we are Well Sattisfyed
that John Wood takes advantage by his being a Gardian
With his mother in the management of his fathers
Estate to take the Noncompos Persons Team and of the Produce
of his Estate Without the free Consent of his mother
and to the Damage of the Noncompos Persons Estate &c.
Whereupon with our humble Submition to your honour we
are of Opinion that it Would be for the Pease of the
familyes and the Intrust of the Noncompos Estate to Remove
said John Wood from his office and Place ?????? another
in his stead.
                                           Thomas Skelton
                                           Tho^s Skilton Junr
                                           George Reed

                                           Ebenezer Reed

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.

*  The guardians of Josiah Wood Junior wrote down their account of the estate and the court approved it.  See Amanuensis Monday - 1741 Account for Estate of Josiah Wood (1687-1753) of Woburn, Mass.

In this post, the neighbors of the Josiah Wood family agreed that John Wood, acting as guardian of Josiah Wood, was abusing his position and petitioned to have him removed.  The heirs of Josiah Wood agreed, and John Wood was removed from his office.  

There will be one  more post about this set of probate papers.

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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