Monday, December 25, 2017

Amanuensis Monday - 1778 Inventory of Estate of Samuel Haughton (1686-1778) of Eastham, Mass.

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are the 1778 warrant and inventory in the probate court records for the estate of Samuel Haughton (1686-1778), late of Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts:

*  Volume 20, pages 329-330 (image 698 of 845)

The transcription of this record is:

State of the Massachusetts Bay  }
Barnstable Ss                              }  To Mess^rs Deacon
Edward Knowles David Doane & Josiah
Myrick all of Eastham & Sufficient
Free holders in the county aforesaid Greeting.

You are hereby appointed and impowered to take
an Inventory of and (according to your best Skill and
Judgment) truly and Justly to Apprize (in lawfull
money of this State) all the Estate whereof Samuel Haughton
late of Eastham died Seized in the aforesaid county; and
you are to make return of this Warrant with your doings
thereon unto the Probate Office in the Same county as Soon as
conveniently may be.  Given under my Hand & Seal this
first Day of April A.D. 1778.    James Otis J^d Probate
                                                    Comp^d N. Freeman Regr

We the Subscribers Being Appointed by the Honb^le James Otis
Esq^r Judge of Probate for the county of Barnstable to Apprize
all the Estate that Mr. Samuel Haughton late of Eastham Died
Seized of have accordingly Apprized Said Estate in Lawfully
money  according to our Best Skill and Jugdement as

[page 330]

as followeth viz.

The Dwelling house and Barn at    £ 49 .. 0 .. 0
The Clear land     928 .. 0 .. 0
The Meadow     173 .. 6 .. 8
The Woodland     176 .13 .. 4
The Best Cow £12 one poor Cow £ 6       18 .. 0 .. 0
One three year Old Stear one heifer         10 .. 8 .. 0
One Ox four Sheep two Looms       23 .. 4 .. 0
Cart plows and half a Scow & the Farm ingulens       15 .. 0 .. 0
His Wearing Apparel       16 .. 5 .. 0
Two Beds & what belongs to them       39 .. 0 .. 0
Pewter Tea Pot looking Glass & Chairs         7 .. 12 .. 0
Iron ware Potts Handirons ????? Chests            6 .. 2 .. 0
In Cash Dollars Crown 2 paper D^o         1 .. 4 .. 8
Warming Pans Wheels old Cash Tables all       5 .. 16 .. 0

1459 .. 11 .. 8
Old Psalm book & Test.                            }
& old Bags of Potatoes                             }

            14 .. 0

£ 1460 ..5 .. 8

Dated Eastham April y^e 30^th 1778
Barnstable Ss ^May 10 1778^ Honorable James Otis }  Edw^d Knowles
Judge of the Probate of Wills &c for the County        }   Josiah Myrick
of Barnstable, Sam^l Haughton Executor                   }  David Doane
to the Will of Samuel Haughton late of Eastham Dec^d presented y^e within
and made oath that it is a true Inventory of the Estate which the
s^d Sam^l Haughton died seized of in the aforesd County so far as hath
come to his Hands & knowledge and if more appears He will cause
to be added Apprizers herein, which is allowed.
                                                                                 James Otis
                                                             Comp^d Nath^l Freeman Regr.

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, accessed 14 December 2017), Barnstable County > Probate and Guardianship Records, Volumes 17-20, 1769-1809, Volume 20, pages 329-330, Samuel Haughton inventory, taken 30 April 1778.

Samuel Haughton (1686-1778) (also called Samuel Horton in several records) married Hannah Atwood (1686-1771) in 1714 in Eastham, Massachusetts, and they had eight children, all of whose births were recorded in the Eastham town records with the surname Horton.  In  his will, Samuel Haughton gave all of his real estate, his wearing apparel and his farmer's utensils to his only living son, Samuel Haughton, and his gun to his grandson, Cushing Horton.  The remainder of the personal estate was to be distributed equally to the heirs of his six deceased children.

There are no other probate records available to define the land or the distribution to the heirs.

Samuel and Hannah (Atwood) Horton are my 6th great-grandparents, through his son, Nathaniel Horton (1721-1771) who married Eunice Snow in 1742.


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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