Monday, May 14, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Will of Ephraim Buck (1646-1721) of Woburn, Mass.

This week's document is the will of Ephraim Buck (1646-1721) of Woburn, Massachusetts.  He married Sarah Brooks (1652-????) in 1671 in Woburn, and they had eight children:  Sarah Buck (1674-1734); Ephraim Buck (1676-1721); John Buck (1678-1678); Samuel Buck (1682-????); Eunice Buck (1685-????); Ebenezer Buck (1689-1752) and Mary Buck (1689-????).

Ephraim Buck of Woburn died testate, and his probate records are in Middlesex County [Massachusetts] Probate Court Records, Probate Packet #3,341 (accessed on AmericanAncestors):

The will says:

"In the Name of God Amen this twenty third day of 

November one thousand seven hundred and seventeen, I Ephraim 
Buck of Wooburn ^in ye county of Midlesex^ in this province of ye 
Massachusetts Bay in New England yeoman Being sick and 
weak of body, but of prfect mind & memory, Thanks 
be given unto god therefore Calling unto minde the mortality 
of my Body and knowing yt it is apointed to all men once to 
Dye, Do make and ordaine this my Last Will & Testiment that 
is to say Principaly and first of all I Give and Recomend
 my soule into ye Hands of God yt gave it and my Body I 
Recomend to the Earth to be buried in Decent and Christian 
maner by my son Ebenezer Buck, He being obliged yr 
to by a certain Bond or Oblegation under Hand and Seal, 
Nothing Doubting but that at ye Generall Resurection 
I shall Recive the same again by the Almighty 
power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate 
where with It hath pleased God to bless me with in 
this life besids what I have allredy desposed of to 
my wife and Children by Deed of Gift under my 
hand and seal, I give, demise and dispose of the 
same in ye folowing maner and forme.

"Imp.  I Give and bequeath to Sarah Buck my Dearly beloved 

Wife all my movable Estat within doors with my 
Cattels, ^Hogs^ and Sheep and ^ye Hay and Corn^ to be at her own despose for ever.

"Item.  I Give to my two sons namly Ephraim Buck 

and Samuell Buck all my land and medow lying 
on the Northerly side of Andover Row that is not
otherwise Desposed of, Provided that they pay out 
unto the several person hereafter Named the several 
sums assignd to them in this my last will and testam-
ent.  Itim I Give to my son John Buck thirty shillings 
to be payd to Him by my two sons Ephraim and 
Samuell in Equiall proportion Emediatly after my 
decease.  Itim I Give unto my son Ebenezer Buck 
thirty shillings to be paid to him by my two sons 
aforsd Emediatly after my Decease.

" Itim.  I Give to my Daughter Sarah Grover five 

Pounds to be payd unto her by my two sons 
Ephraim and Sam^ll before named Emediatly 
after my Decease.  Itim.  I Give to my Daughter 
Mary Spike five pounds to be paid unto her 
by my two sons Ephraim and Samuell afore named 
Emediatly after my Decease.  Itim.  I Give to my 
Daughter Eunis Buck Twenty pounds to be payd 
unto her by my two sons Ephraim Buck and 
Samll Buck afornamed.  Itim.  I further give 
to Eunice Richardson yt I Brou-
ght up five pounds to be payd unto her by my two 
sons aforsd, in Equall proportion when she shall 
arrive at ye age of Eighteen years or at Her 
Marage if it be before that time.  Itim.  I Give 
to my loving Wife Sarah Buck seven pounds 
besids what I have alredy given 
Her to be payd to her by my two sons afore named 
Emediatly after my Decease and Lastly I 
Give to my well beloved and trusty friends 
John Richardson Senr and Eleazer Flagg Twenty 
shillings apeece to be payd to them by my 
two sons Ephraim and Samuell in Equall proportion, 
and I do by thes presence Constatute make 
and ordain them my said Trusty and well 
beloved friends, John Richardson and Eleazer Flagg 
my sole Exec^rs of this my Last Will and Testament 
and I Do by these presents Impower them to 
Make sale of that tract of land and meadow 
that I have given to my two sons namly 
Ephraim Buck and Samuell Buck, In Case they 
Refuse to tak up with what I have ordered 
and assigned them to pay in this my ^last^ Will and 
Testament, and thay With the money to pay 
the severall legacies afor named as sone 
and I Desire them to take care of my wife and daughter Eunis 
& as Conveniantly may be, and I Do hereby uterly 
Disallow Revoke and Disannull all and Every other 
former Testament Wills Legacies and Bequests and 
Exec^rs by me in any Way before Named Willed and be-
quested Ratifying and Confirming this and no 
other to be my Last Will and 
Testament.  In Wittnes Whereof I have Hereunto 
set my Hand and seal the day and year first a-
bove written..............................................................................

Signed seald published prono-
unced and declared ........ 
by the sd Ephraim 

Buck as his Last 
Will and testament
In ye presence of us ye 

Benjamin Richardson                     
. Ephraim  B  Buck    {seal}

Ezekell Richardson                                     his mark
his mark
Saml Richardson

The source citation for this probate file is:

"Middlesex County, MA: Probate Papers, 1648-1871," digital image, American Ancestors ( : accessed, 17 January 2015), Packet 3,341, Ephraim Buck of Wobrun, 1721 (6 images); citing original records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, with digitized mages provided by

The will was written on 17 November 1717, and was proved by the executors at the Probate Court in Cambridge on 20 March 1720.  A bond of one hundred pounds was posted by Ephraim Buck, Samuel Buck and John Richardson on 20 March 1720.  On that date, John Richardson and Eleazer Flagg refused to be executors of the estate, and Ephraim Buck and Samuel Buck were appointed administrators of the estate.

The will names seven of his children - sons Ephraim, John, Samuel and Ebenezer, and three daughters, Sarah Grover, Mary Spike and Eunice Buck.  My ancestry is through the son, Ephraim Buck who married Esther Waget in 1696 in Woburn.]\


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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