Monday, August 13, 2018

Amanuensis Monday - Post #441: 1756 Will of Susanna (West) Barber (1666-1756) of Charlestown, Rhode Island

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1756 will of Susannah (West) Barber of Charlestown, Rhode Island in the Charlestown Town Records:

[Volume 2, pages 292]

[Volume 2, page 293]

The transcription of the will is:

[Volume 2, page 292]

"In the Name of God Amen This 21th Day of September in 
the 29th year of his Majesties reigne Georg the Second King over Great 
Briton AD 1755 - I Susannah Barber of Charlestown in Kings County 
and Coloney of Rhodeisland widow Beeing in Helth of body and 
of Perfect mind & memory Thanks bee Given to almighty God. 
Therefore Calling to mind the mortality of my body & Knowing that 
it is appointed for men Once to Die do make and ordain this my 
Last will and Testament That is to Say Principally and 
first of all I Give & Recommend my Soul into the Hands of Allmighty God 
that gave it and my body I Recommend to the Earth to bee buried 
in Christian Decent Buriel at the Descrestion of my Executor 
Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurection I Shall Receive 
the Same again by the Mighty Powr of God and as Touching 
Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it Hath Pleased God to to Bless 
me with in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Same in 
the Following manner and forme.

"Imprimus My will is and Hereby Order my Executors to pay all my 
Just Debts and Funeral Charges out of my Estate

"Item I Give and Bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Anne 
Kinyon My Great Bible Whose name is written in Said Bible 
and to be Delliverd to her by my Executor Before my Other 
Estate to my Children hereafter Named.

"Item I Give and bequeath to my beloved Daughters (viz.) Dinah Wilcocks 
& the heirs of Lyda Mory and to Susannah Perry widow to Martha 
Parker to Ruth Bently Marey Teft and Ann Kinyon all the 
Remainder of my Estate to bee Equally Devided between them 
them to them and theire Heirs for Ever.

"Lastly I Constitute make and ordain my beloved Son 
Benja Barber to be my whole and Soul Executor to this my 
my Last Will and Testament (and the Reason I Know 
make this will is because I Ca???? ?? Have my former Will 
when Requested hereby Revoking Disallowing and 
Diaannulling all other former Wills Legacies and Bequeaths 
by me before maid Rattifying & Confirming this and no other 
to bee my Last Will and Testament Wishes Where of I Have 
Herewith Set my hand & Seal the Day and year first before 
Written Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared 
by the said Susannah Barber as her Last Will and Testament 
the presence of we the Subscribers 
......................................................................................... her 
.......................................................................... Susannah S Barber {seal}
Timo Perce ...................................................................... mark
Jos Park
Benja Park
Jos Willcock
Joseph Crandal

[Volume 2, page 293]

"Personally appeard in Councill Benja Park Jos Crandal J
os Willcocks and Declard on oath that they Saw Susannah 
Barber Deceasd Seign Seal Publish pronounce and Declare 
the Will as they Seignd as witnesses to bee her Last Will and T
estament and She was in her perfect mind and memory at 
the Same time according to the Best of theire Judgment. 
The above Evidances (viz.) Benja Park Joseph Crandall 
Jos Wilcocks further Declard oath that they Saw Timothy 
Perce Josep Park Jnr Seign as Witnesses at the same time 
with them.  Before Benja Hoxie President of the Councill
 The above ???? ???? ???? 
Kings County and Coloney of Rhodeisland. {seal}

"By Vertue of the Power Granted to the Town Councill of Charlestown 
in the County of Kings County and Coloney of Rhodeisland 
for the Probate of Wills and of Granting of Letters of 
Administration within sd Town ????

"To all people to whome these presence Shall Come Greeting 
wee the Town Councill of the Town of Charlestown aforesaid 
according to the Power by Law Invested in us Do hereby Give Grant 
and fully Impower Mr. Benja Barber of Hopkinton in the County 
& Coloney abovesaid Executor to the Last Will and Testament 
of his mother Susannah Barber Late of Charlestown 
Deceased to administer on all and Singular the Estate 
Goods Chattels and Credits of his mother & to act and Do 
what Power is Needfull Nessary & propper to bee done 
Recaling the promises agreeble with the Law of this 
Coloney in Such Cases maid & provided &c.

"In testamoney of which and in Confirmation of the 
Promises & by order and in behalf of the Towne 
Councill I Have Given forth the Powr of Administr-
ation under my hand and seal in said Charlestown 
Apr the 4th AD 1756 B Hoxsie C Clerk."

The source citation for the probate records of Susannah Barber is:

Charlestown [RI] Probate and Town Council Records, 1738-1916. Family History Library (on FHL US/CAN Microfilm 2,319,104, Items 1-5), Volume 2, pages 292-295, Susannah Barber estate papers, 1756.

Susannah (West) Barber (1666-1756) was the widow of Moses Barber (1652-1733), and she died in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Moses and Susannah (West) Barber had 14 children.

The beauty of this will is that it names all of the living daughters in September 1755 - Ann Kinyon (my ancestor, wife of Sylvester Kenyon), Dinah Wilcocks, heirs of Lyda Mora [Mowry], Susannah Perry, Martha Parker, Ruth Bentley, and Mary [Mercy?] Tefft. She also appoints her son Benjamin Barber as executor. 

The inventory of her personal property is included in the probate papers (but not transcribed above).  The inventory listed had a significant value - over 1,351 pounds. The daughters likely received quite a nice inheritance, although it may have been in possessions and not in money.

Moses and Susannah (West) Barber are my 7th great-grandparents, and I am descended through their daughter Anna (Barber) Kenyon (1717-after 1800) who married Sylvester Kenyon (1710-1800) in 1740.


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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