Monday, March 26, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Probate Records for Estate of John Plimpton (1680-1730) of Medfield, Mass. - Part 2

This week's documents for Amanuensis Monday are from the Suffolk County, Massachusetts Probate Court records for John Plimpton (1680-1730) of Medfield, Massachusetts:

a)  Volume 29, pages 72-73:

a)  Volume 29, pages 74-75:

The transcription of the records for the estate of John Plimpton is:

[Volume 29, page 73, starts about 15% down right-hand page of image]

Suffolk Ss:
                       The Accompt of Susanna Plimpton
                       and John Plimpton her son Admin^s to
                       the Estate of John Plimpton of
                       Medfield Husbandman deceased Intestate.

The said Accomptants Charge themselves with all &
Singular the Goods, Chattels Rights & Credits of the said
deceased Specifyed in an Inventory thereof by them
Exhibited into the Registry of the Court of Probate for
the County aforesaid Am^t to                                 £ 879 –  3 – 9
Received since in Sundry Debts due for thoes Amots 48 –  8 – 9
                                                                                £ 927 – 12 – 6
Whereof in Real Estate £ 555 – 10 - }
Personal 372 - 2 – 4                           } £ 927 – 12 – 4

And the said Accompants  pray
allowance as follows Vix^t.

Paid for Letters of Administration Exhibiting the
Inventory Oaths &c
  £ 1 –   5 -
p^d for Apprizing the Estate and funeral charges      2 – 13 – 10
p^d to the Doctor & for a Years Rates         6 -    8 -    2
p^d Sundry Small Debts as p^r Acco^t of pticultary    28 – 19 -    5
p^d for the Adm^rs trouble & Expences      3 -
p^d for Drawing Allowing Recording this Acco^t &c            15          

£ 43 -   1 -   5

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                               Susanna S Plimpton
                               John Plimpton

Suffolk Ss: By the Hon^ble Josiah Willard Esq^r Judge of Pro
Susanna Plimpton & John Plimpton adm^rs presented the
foregoing & made oath that it contains a just & true Accompt
of their Administration on the Estate of John Plimpton
afioresaid deceased So far as they have proceeded therein

[Volume 29, page 74]

And produced Receipts & Vouchers for the Several payments
therein Mentioned, which I Do allow & approve of.
Boston June 7^th 1731 J. Willard
Exam^d John Boydell Reg^r

The source citation for this record is:

"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, (, : accessed 5 November 2017); Suffolk County, "Probate Records, V. 29-31, 1731-1734," Volume 29, pages 73-74 (images 45-46 of 856), John Plimpton, 1730, account; Original images in Suffolk County [Mass.] Probate Court.

John Plimpton (1680-1730) died intestate on 19 January 1730 with a significant estate in Medfield, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.  He left a widow, Susannah (Draper) Plimpton, and four children, two of them over age 21 and two under age 10.  

Part I of this series included the Letter of Administration appointed the widow, Susannah Plimpton and the oldest son, John Plimpton as Administrators of the estate.  An inventory of the estate was taken on 10 March 1730, and totals £879-3-9, of which £567-10 is real estate.  The Letter of Administration is dated 7 April 1730.

In this post, the Administrators presented their account, requested payment for their expenses, which was granted by the Judge of the Suffolk County probate court on 7 June 1731.

Since I found the image of this record first on, I have cited it.  However, it was not found by a search by the person's name - it was found by searching the Probate Docket Index on Ancestry to find all of the papers for John Plimpton in the probate court clerk volumes.  There were no index entries for this particular John Plimpton.  

The same process can be used on FamilySearch in the digital microfilms - use the Probate Docket Index for the county, note the volumes and page numbers for each record type, and then find the individual pages in the noted volumes.

Since I found these pages, the American Ancestors website has the original probate file papers available in digital format on their website, which can be searched by name.  There are 32 papers in the John Plimpton estate file number 5941.

John Plimpton (1680-1730) is my 7th great-grandfather, through his son John Plimpton (1708-1756).  


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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