Monday, June 8, 2020

Amanuensis Monday - 1759 Estate Inventory of Joseph Grout (1682-1758) of Westborough, Mass.

This week's document for transcription is the 1759 inventory of the estate of Joseph Grout (1682-1758) of Westborough, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 26,009 in the Worcester County, Massachusetts probate court records.  

The transcription of this Inventory paper is:

Westborough april the 7'th 1759

We the subscribers Being directed and impowered by the hon'bl Judge of
probates for the County of Worcester have apprised the Estate of Joeph
Grout Late of Westborough dec'd as it was shewn to us by Jonathan Grout
Administrator and in Inventory is as followeth vizt.

Wareing apparel    2   13    4
Beds and beding    8     0    0
Books    0     8    0
One pair of oxen    8     0    0
Five Cows  13     6    8
Two young Creaters    1     1    4
One horse    0   16    0
Two swine    1     1    4
Five sheep    0   16    0
One Cart    2     0    0
Two ploughs    0   13    4
Two Chains    0   16    0
Dung fork and pitch fork       0     1    1
One Iron Bar    0     2    8
One pair of stilyards    0     5    4
Old Iron    1     6    8
Two trammels    0     2    8
Peal and tongs    0     2    8
Frying pan and warming pan    0     4    0
Pewter and ???? ?????    2     2    8
Pots and kittels    0     8    0
Cyder Casks    0     9    4
One Chest of drawers    0     5    4
Tabels and Chairs    0   10    8
Wooden ware     0     5    4
Pew in the meeting house
                                                              Sum total  49   18    5

                                              Simon Tainter        }
                                              Samuel Harrington } apprisers
                                              Nath'll Whitney     }

[In right hand margin]

Worcester ss April 11'th 1759 Jon'a Grout adm'r on the
Estate of his Late Father Joseph 

[Bottom of page] 

Worcester ss April 9'th 1759 Jon'th Grout adm'r presented the above and
made oath that it contains a just and true Inv'y of the Estate
of said Joseph Grout dec'd so far as hath come to his knowledge & if any
more shall appear he will add the same. Jurat Cor. John Chandler J Pro.

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Worcester County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #26,009, Joseph Grout of Westborough, 1759 (9 images); "Worcester County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1732-1881," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors  ( : accessed 30 May 2020); Original records in Worcester County, Massachusetts Probate Court Records, Worcester, Massachusetts.

This probate packet contains 9 separate papers, but five of them are the "wrappers" that introduced each document.  The Inventory is on the third paper; I transcribed the other three useful papers last week.There are no papers in this packet for the distribution of the estate or for the account of the administrator.

Joseph Grout died on 13 October 1758 in Westborough, Massachusetts.  His widow, Mary (Harrington) Grout, wrote a letter to the Judge of Probate for Worcester County dated 11 January 1759 and declined being administratrix to her husband's intestate estate, and suggested their son, Jonathan Grout.  Jonathan Grout posted a 200 pounds bond with Joseph and Daniel Grout (brothers or uncles) on 12 January 1759 and was appointed administrator on that date.  The committee was appointed to take an inventory of the estate on 5 February 1759, and the inventory was taken on 7 April 1759 and was presented to the Court on 9 April 1759.

Joseph Grout (1682-1758) married Mary Harrington (1692-1774) on 3 January 1717 in Watertown, Massachusetts.  They had seven children, all born in Watertown, except for one born in Sudbury and one born in Westborough.  The children were:

*  Mindwell Grout (1717-1741), married 1735 Silas Brigham (1710-1791).
*  Susannah Grout (1720-1816), married 1745 Levi Brigham (1716-1787).
*  Mehitable Grout (1726-1795), married 1749 Moses Brigham (1725-1769).
*  Joseph Grout (1727-1798), married 1755 Sarah Rice (1734-1808).
*  Jonathan Grout (1730-1801), married 1761 Hannah Merriam (1738-1811)
*  Sarah Grout (1732-????), married 1754 Jason Parmenter (1726-????).
*  Daniel Grout (1736-1809), married 1762 Elizabeth Adams (1743-1822).

Joseph and Mary (Harrington Grout are my probable 6th great-grandparents.  I descend through their daughter, Mehitable Grout (1726-1795) who married  Moses Brigham (1723-1769) in 1749 in Westborough, 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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