Monday, March 11, 2019

Amanuensis Monday - 1767 Will of William Healy (1688-1772) of Chester, New Hampshire

This week's document for Amanuensis Monday is the 1767 will of  William "Healy" of Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire: 

[Estate File 3234, image 7 of 9]

[Estate File 3234, image 8 of 9]

The transcription of this will is:

[Estate File 3934, image 7 of 9]

In the Name of God Amen
I William Healy of Chester in the Province of New
Hampshire Weaver.  Being in usual Helth of Body, and of
and of a Sound Disposing mind and memory, Thanks be given
to God for the Same.  This Tenth Day of July Annoq Domini
1767 Calling to minde the frailty and mortality of my
Body and Knowing that it is appoynted for all men
once to Die Do make this my Last Will and
Testament and principally and first of all I Recomend
my Soul into the hands of God Who gave it, and
my Body To the Earth to be Devently Buryed at
the Descretion of my Executor here after named; and
as to that Worldly Estate Which it hath Pleased God
to Bless me With in this Life I Give Demise and Dispose
of the same in the following manner and forme.

Imprimus I Give to Mary my Well beloved Wife one Cow to be Kept
for her Winter and Summer by my Executor During her
Life.  I also give her all my house hold goods and furniture
of Every Kind for her to use Improve and Dispose of as She sees Cause.

Item  I Give to my Son Sam^ll Helay my Gun to be Delivered
to him Emedialy after my Decease by my Executor and this
With what I have heretofore given him by Deed I Judge
a Soficient portion for him out of my Estate.

Item  I Give to my Six Daughters Phebe Sargent Joanna Underhill
Mary Clifford  Dorithy Wells Sarah Clifford and Hannah Presson
the one full half of that Sixty acre Lot for Quantity and
  Quality that is Situate in Chester afforesaid Laying in the
fourth Division Nomber thirty six and laid out to
my origenell Right to be Equally Divided between
them or their Heirs or assigns.

[Estate File 3934, image 8 of 9]

Item I give to my GranDaughter Mehetebell Helay my

Loom With all the tackling and utencells belonging
it of Every Kind whatsoever.

Item I give to my Son Paul Helay all the Remaining
part of my Estate which I have not Before Disposed of
both Reall and Personell.  And I do appoynt my
said son Paul Helay to be my Executor to this my
Last Will and Testament he to Receive and Pay all
Just Debts Due to and from my Estate and my
funurell Charges.  Renouncing all other and former
Wills Bequests and and Executors by me named what-
soever.  In Witness To all above written and herein
Contained, I have here unto set my hand and affixed
my Seal this Tenth Day of July Annoq Domini 
1767 first above Written.
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced }   William  X  Haley
and Declared by the said                       }                  mark
William Helay to be his Last                }
Will and Testament in Presents          }
of us Witnesses                                      }
Dorithy Emerson                                    Rockingham Ss May 27^th 1772
Samuell Darbon                                     This Will was proved by the Oaths
Sam^ll Emerson                                     of Samuel Dearborn & Samuel
                                                                    Emerson in common Form & is
                                                                    therefore allowed.
                                                                      John Wentworth J Prob

The source citation for this estate file is:

"New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982," indexed database and digital images, ( : accessed 8 March 2019), Rockingham County, "Estate Papers, No 3836-3988, 1771-1773," Estate File No. 3934 (images 962-970 of 1551), William Healy estate record.

This estate file of William Healy (Hele, Haley, Helay, Healey) contains nine images of the original papers filed in the Rockingham County, New Hampshire probate court in Chester.  These are images of the original papers in the file, and are Original Source, Primary Information and Direct Evidence of.the probate event and children's names.

William Healy, weaver of Chester, wrote the will on 10 July 1767, and it was proved in Rockingham County Probate Court on 27 May 1772.  In his will, he names eight of his nine known children (son William born in about 1728 is not mentioned, and is likely deceased in 1767), including the married names of all six of his daughters.  He also names a granddaughter.  

William Healy (1688-1772) was the son of Samuel Healy (1662-1732) and his first wife (of four) Hannah (Smith) Healy (1666-1693) of Hampton, New Hampshire.  William Healy married Mary Samborne (1690-1790) in 1716 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.  They had nine children between 1716 and 1734.  

William and Mary (Samborne) Healy are my 7th great-grandparents.  I am descended from their daughter Joanna Healy (1718-1809) who married John Underhill (1721-1793) in 1741 in Chester, New Hampshire.


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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