Monday, January 29, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records of Thomas Paine (1633-1706) of Easham, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1706 Probate Papers for the estate of Thomas Paine (1633-1706) of Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts:

a)  Volume 3, pages 360-361:

b)  Volume 3, pages 362-363:

The transcription of the Thomas Paine documents is:

[page 360]

In the Name of God Amen The Twelfth Day of May 1705 I
Thomas Paine of Eastham in y^e County of Barnstable in y^e Prov^e
of the Massachusetts Bay being Aged and Weak in Body but of
prfect mind and memory Thanks be given to God. Therefore Cal-
ling to minde the mortality of my body and Knowing that it
is appointed for all men once to Dye Do make and ordain this
my Last Will & Testament That is to say principally and first of
all I Give and Recommend my Soul into y^e hands of God that gave
it and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buryed in Decent
Christian maner Buriall att y^e Discretion of my Execut^s, Nothing
Doubting that att y^e Generall Resurrection I Shall Recive y^e same again
by the mighty power of God. And as Touching such worldly Estate
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I Give Demise
and Dispose of y^e same In the following manner & form.

Imp^r I Give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Paine his heirs & assigns
for ever all my Lands Mills house and housing att Keofhogansett
In sd Town of Eastham With all my Right & Title to all Town
priviledges and my Two Shares in y^e Land purchased of mr. Sam^a
Smith Called the Ten Pound purchase as also all my meadow Lying on
or by Samsons Island and between Samsons Island & Hog Island in
sd Eastham, as also my upland at at both Ends of Samsons Island and
my Shear of meadow which Lies to the Southward of Porky Island
which was Granted to me by y^e Town in y^e year of our Lord 1703.

Item I give to my Daughter Mary the Wife of Israel Cole Ten shillings money,
all the Rest and Residue of my Estate both Real & prsonall Goods & Chattels what-
soever I Give and bequeath to be Equally Divided to and among my Children
viz: Sam^ll Paine, Thomas Paine, Elisha Paine, John Paine, Nicholas Paine,
James Paine, Joseph Paine, Dorcas Vickerie the wife of Benj Vickerie and
the Three Eldest Children of Mary my Daughter the wife of Israel Cole
viz. James Rogers Mary Cole and Abigail Yeats (that is to say) the sd
Children of my sd Daughter hall have (with the Ten shillings which she is
to have) and Share an Equal portion with y^e Rest of my sd Children which
shall be equally Divided among them. And I Do also hereby Constitute make
and ordain my Two Sons Samuel Paine & Thomas Paine to be y^e Executors of
this my Last Will and Testament & I Do hereby uterly Disalow Revoke and
Disannull all and Every other former Testaments Wills Legacys and bequests &
Executors by me in any ways before named Willed & bequeathed Ratifying &

[page 361]

Confirming This and no other to be my Last Will & Testament. In witness
whereof I have hereunto Sett my Hand & seal y^e Day & year above Written.
Signed Sealed Published pronounced & Declared
by the sd Thomas Paine as his Last Will Thomas Paine {seal}
and Testament in y^e presence of us
the Subscribers

John Rogers [mark R]
John Rogers Jnr
Eleaizer Rogers

October the Second 1706 Then John Rogers Sen
John Rogers Jnr and Elieazer Rogers Before Barnabas
Lothrop Esq^r Judge of Probates and Granting Letters of
Administration within y^e County of Barnstable
made oath that they did see mr Thomas Paine Late
of Eastham now Deceased sign & seal this above written
instrument and heard him Declare it to be his Last
Will & Testament & that he was of Disposing mind
and memory when he so did so far as they know.
Attest William Bassett Reg^tr

Barnabas Lothrop Esq^r Commisionated by the Gouvernour & Councill for y^e
granting of Probate of Wills a Letters of Administration Within y^e County of
Barnstable in y^e Province of y^e Massachusetts Bay In New England; To
all to whom these presents Shall Come or may concern, Greeting &c. Know
y^e that on y^e Second of October 1706 before me att Barnstable y^e Will of
Thomas Paine Late of Eastham Late of Eastham yeoman Now Deceased to
those presents anexed was proved approved and allowed who having while he
Lived and att y^e time of his Death Goods Chattels Rights & Credits in y^e aforesd
County y^e Administration of all and Singular y^e goods Chattels Rights & Credits of
of sd Deceased and his Will in any manner Concerning Was Comitted unto Sam^a
Paine and Thomas Paine Sons of sd Deceased his Executors y^e same Will
named Well and faithfully to administer on and to make a True & perfect
Inventory of all & singular the Goods Chattels Rights & Credits of y^e sd Deceased
and the same to Exhibet Into ye Reg^trs office of sd County accoding to Law
and also to Render a plain & True accompt of y^r sd Administration upon
oath When Lawfully Called thereto. In Testimony Whereof I have
hereunto Sett my Hand and Seal of sd Office Dated att Barnstable
the Second Day of October One Thousand Seven Hundred & Six.
Barnabas Lothrop

[page 362]

An Inventory of all & singular the Goods Chattels & Credits of
M^r. Thomas Paine of Eastham in the County of Barnstable Deceased
prised at Eastham Augst y^e 30^th 1706 by y^e Subscribers

Imprimus To Lands meadows Housing & Mills Two Hundred pounds 200 – 00 - 00
It To Cash att 15 penny weight to Six Shillings, Ninety Two Pounds fourteen Shillings and four pence   92 – 14 – 04
It to plate att Eight Shillings pr ounce nine Pound Six shillings and four pence   09 – 06 – 09
It to beds bedsteds and other Houshold Stuff Cloth Tools old iron and Lumber Seventy six pounds five shillings & five pence   76 – 05 - 05
It To Debts nine and Twenty pounds, fifteen Shillings & a peney   29 – 15 – 01
It To Desperate Debts four and Twenty Shillings and Eight pence   01 – 04 – 08

409 – 05 - 10

October y^e 2^d 1706. Then M^r Samuel Paine
and Cap^t Thomas Paine Executors to y^e Last Will Sam^ll Freeman
and Testament of M6R Thomas Paine their Deceas^d Joshua Bangs
Father made oath before Barnabas Lothrop Esq^r
Judge of Probates and Granting Letters of Administration
Within this County of Barnstable that y^e above written
is a True Inventory of y^e Estate of y^e sd Thomas Paine
Deceased so far as they Know and that if any thing
materiall and of value shall further Come to their
Knowledge They will also bring it to this Inventory.
                                               Attest W^m Bassett Reg^tr

The source citation for this record is:

Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991, indexed database with digital images, (, Barnstable County, "Probate Records, Vol 1-3, 1692-1747 (images 406-407 of 577), Thomas Paine, 1706, Will, Letters Testamentary and Inventory.

Thomas Paine (1633-1706) married Mary Snow (1630-1704) in 1650, and they had ten children between 1650 and 1669.

The will of Thomas Paine, written 12 May 1705 and proved on 2 October 1706, names nine of the children.  Sons Thomas Paine and Samuel Paine were named executors of the estate.  Some of the real estate, including the house, was bequeathed to son Nicholas Paine.  The rest of the real and personal estate was to be divided amongst all the children, plus three children of his deceased daughter Mary  The estate Inventory totaled £406, with £200 of that the housing and real estate.

Thomas and Mary (Snow) Paine are my 8th great-grandparents.  I am descended through their son John Paine (1661-1731) who married Bennet Freeman (1671-1716) in 1689.


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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