Monday, July 23, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Post #438: 1747 Will of Jacob Soule of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1747 will of Jacob Soule of Dartmouth from the Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate packet (8 images):

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The transcription of the will is:

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August the twelveth Day one thousand seven hundred and forty seven
I Jacob Soule of Dartmouth in the County of Bristoll in the provance
of the masathusetts Bay in new England yeoman being weekly in body
but of A parfict sound mind and memory thanks be given to god thare
fore coling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is Apointed
for all men once to dye Due make and ordain this and no other to be my last
will and testement that is to say principaly and first of all I will &
Recomend my soule in to the hands of god that gave it and my Body I
Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a Decent burial at the
Descreation of my Executor here After named and as touching
such worldly Estate whare with it hath pleased god to bless me in
this life I Give Demise and Dispose of in the foloing manner and
form. Imprimis I give and bequeath to my ^son^ Stephen ????? sartin tract
or parcel of land seteuate lying and being in Dartmouth Afore sd and is the
west End of my home stead farm where I now Dwell Beginning at A
stone at macombers wall which stone is the southwest corner of
my sd farm for the first mentioned bound and from thence East
17d South 122 Rods by Ichabod Eddeys Line to a stake with stones About it
and from thence north 10d West Acrost my farm to A stake and stones
About it and then from the first mentioned stone at macombers
wall north 31d west 68 Rods to my northwest corner bound &
from thence East ??d north by Allens Land untell it meets with the
Line that croses my farm allso I give him all my salt medow lying
at bus?h flat so called which land and medow I give to my sd son
Stephen Soule to him his heirs and Assigns for Ever and I give
him all my waring Aperil with my best bead and beadstead 2 blankets1
sheets my best coverled and the next to my begest pot & my grate
Cittel and my loome & tacklin.

Itiam I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Soule A sartin
tract or parcel of Land seteuate Lying and being in Dartmouth A
fore sd and is the south side of my sd farm with all my buildings and
orchard standing thare on bounded as foloweth beginning for
the first mentioned bound ??? the head ^lot^of robert tows Land
and from thence north 59 Rods =======================
=========== for the breath of the first lot and from the End of ye
fifty nine Rods west 7d nothard untell it comes up to the head lot
then to com back to the End of the sd fifty nine Rods and then
East 7d south to the River for the first Lot with all my salt
medow lying at ?????? nest of land Joyning to sd Island with
one half of ye Island and all the scirts of sedg at the foot of the land
that I have herein given to him all which Land and medow I give
and bequeath to my sd son Joseph Soule his heirs and Assigns
for Ever.

Itiam I give to my son nathaniell Soule tract or parcel of land
seteuate Lying and being in Dartmouth Above sd and is the middle ??
Lot of my sd farm that buts on the River beginning for the first
mentioned bounds At the End of the Above sd 59 Rods and
from thence 59 Rods north for the bredth of sd Lot thence ???
south up to the head Lot there from sd fifty nine Rods and East
2d nothardly to the River with the ??? ????? there or
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And allso one half part of A sartin piece of salt medow Lying
and being at a place Called the Elders that is to say the west
half of sd medow togather with all the scirts of medow
that Lieth at the End of his Lot herein given to him all which
Land and medow I give to him his heirs and Assgns for Ever.

Itiam I give and bequeath to my son Beniamin Soule
all my Land that Lyeth on the north side of the Land that
I have here in given to my son nathaniell Soule it being all ye
^Remainder^ Remaining part of my sd homestead farm that is not herein
Disposed of bounded southardly on the piece of Land here
in given to my son nathaniell Soule Easterly on the
River nothardly by Allens Land westerly by the head lot
herein given to my son Stephen Soule togather with the
East half part of my meddows at the Elders Afore sd
with the scirts of sedg Lying at the lower End of the land
that I herein give ^???^ to him which Land and medow I give
and bequeath to my son Beniaman Soule his heirs & Assigns
for Ever and further my mind and will is that my sd son
Stephen Soule shall have A drift way from the Land that I
have hearin given to him Easterly down to the River
Down thrue my son Joseph Land whare it is most convene^nt
and least Damage for his heirs and Assigns for Ever.

Itiam I give to my two Daughters Elizabeth trip and
Rosamond potter all my indoruers movables Except what
is herein otherways disposed of to be Devided between
them Elizabeth to have one third part thare of and
Rosemond two thirds which I give them with what I
have all Reddey given to them.

I give to my two grand Children phebe wait & Jeremiah
wait four pounds old tenor phebe to have thre pounds and
Jeremiah to have one pound to be paid unto them with
In twelve months After my Decease by my Executor here
After named. My mind and will is that all my Just debts
and Legeces here in mentioned shall be paid out of my out-
douers movables and when my Debts and Legeces is paid
the Remainder part of my moveable Estate shall be Equaly
Devided Amongs my four sons Joseph Soul nathaniell Soule
Beniamin Soul and Stephen Soule part and part Alike
and I Apoint make and ordain my son Joseph Soule to be
the sole Executor of this my Last will and testement
And I due here by utterly Disalow Revoke and
Disannul all and Every other wills and bequeaths by
me in any ways before written and bequeathed.

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Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be
my Last will and testeme in wittnes whereof I have
hear unto set my hand and seal the day and year
Above mentioned.
Signed sealed published pronounced
and Declared by the sd Jacob Soule
as his last will and testement
in the presents of us                        his
Silvanus soule                       Jacob X Soule
James Sowle                                 mark
Mary Sowl

Bristol Ss Freetown May y^e 3^d 1748
Then Before the Hono^ble George Leonard Esq Juide of
Probate &c for the County of Bristol etc. came
Silvanus soule and James Soule two of the Wittnesses
of the Last Will and Testament of Jacob Soule Late
of Dartmouth Deceased and made Oath that they Were
Present and did see and hear the said Deceased Signe
Seale Publish and Declare the Within Written
Instrument to be his Last Will and Testament &
that he was of A sound Disposing mind When he so did
and that they saw Mary Soule signe as a Wittness
with them att the same time and that they
all Signed in the Presence of the Testator.
                                               George Leonard
Stephen Paine Register
               Bristol Ss May y^e 5^th 1748
               Entered In the Eleventh Book of Wills
               follo 451 452
                                Stephen Paine Register

The source citation for this will is:

Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Probate Packet 24220 for Jacob Sowle of Dartmouth 1748 (8 images); "Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( accessed 5 July 2018); original records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by FamilySearch.

Jacob Soule (1687-1748) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts married Rebecca Gifford (1689-before 1747) in 1710 in Dartmouth, and they had eight children.  Rebecca (Gifford) Soule and two of the children died before Jacob wrote his will on 12 August 1747.  He named six living children in his will, Joseph Soule, Nathaniel Soule, Benjamin Soule, Stephen Soule, Elizabeth Trip and Rosamond Potter, plus two children of his deceased daughter, Rebecca (Soule) Wait.

Jacob and Rebecca (Gifford) Soule are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended from their son Benjamin Soule (1719-1803) who married Meribah Waite (1720-1803) in about 1742, and resided in Dartmouth and Westport, 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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1 comment:

Diane Gould Hall said...

Transcribing all the documents you do, is amazing to me. Such a lot of work. But, so beneficial to your descendants.
Great work always.