Monday, August 17, 2020

Amanuensis Monday -- 1703 Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Clark (1642-1702) of Medfield, Mass.

This week's document for transcription is the 1703 Inventory of the estate of Joseph Clark (1642-1702) of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 2,794 in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate court records:

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The transcription of these papers is:

An Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Clark sen'r Late of Medfield
(Deceased) as it was made by y'e Subscribers hereunto
To his wareing Cloathes Books and armes
To Cash
To three beds with y'e beding to them at Equal price
To one other bed six sheetts two blankets, case for a bolster
To curtains, small linnen Riding hood, Searge linnin and woollen Clo??
To brass Kitles skilletts and warming pan
To peu ter platters peutter pots and other Smale peuter ware
To iron pots, Tramells, andirons, and other iron ware in y'e house
To two jugs and other Earthen ware
To Killers, pails, chees phatts and other wooden ware in y'e house
To three Tables, a joynt stool, and y'e chaires
To one chest with y'e lock, 6's and two other chests, 8's
To Spining Wheels, cards and little Cubbard
To Sadles, pillion, pillion cloath and pannell
To Sacks and Sacking cloath
To Sheeps wooll and Cotten wooll
To yarn linnin and Knotsm yarn hemp & flax Dressed & undressed
To many Schales and other Schales
`To Cartm irons, wheels, plows, chains, yoaks, harrow, slead, horse Tackling, axes botle Rings and wedges
To Sithes and tackling to them, spades, shovels, hows,
pick iron bar, bells, carpenters Tools Rings sickles
other Small tools and old irons
To fans, Rops, sives, cheess presse, Sider barrells meal hutch
butter tub, old tubbs and old barrells
To 25 pounds of hops, 500 new brick and a grinston
To Six oxen 23'li and Eleven Cows 31li-10s
To 12 young cattle 21li, and four horse kind 7'li-15s
To ten Sheep and two Swine
To Pork barrelled 2p
To y'e Dwelling house at home mantt house orchard
and all y'e land and meadow on y'e noth East side of the
way together with y'e barn land & orchard by y'e barn
To 63 acres of meadow and swamp in y'e pine swamp
To 12 acres and a Rood of paster at y'e clay pits
To 17 acres 3 Roods and five Rods of land in & by y'e south plain
To 4 acres and ½ of land adjoyning to y'e home lot of Nath'll Clark
To y'e Dwelling house at planting field with y'e land adjoyning to it
To 2 acres of meadow in Center meadow
To 5 acres & a ½ of meadow by Stop River and
seven acres and 3 Roods of upland adjoyning to it
To 4 acres of course meadow by Stop river and six acres
a halfe and 20 Rods of upland adjoyning to it
To 7 acres and 14 Rod of woodland on y'e south side of Stop River
To 10 acres and ½ of woodland in two percels on y'e south side
of Stop River by Wrentham line
To four acres and a halfe of wood land by boggastow brook
To 15 acres and a Rood of upland and meadow on y'e
West of Boggastow brook formerly granted to James Alin
To 33 acres of Land in y'e New grant
To 18 acres of land in y'e black swamp Devidant
To 54 acres of wood land in Deadham bounds
To 4 acres of Cedar Swam in Deadham bounds
To the house in Wrentham bounds with 54 acres of land
lying on both sides of y'e highway
To 13 acres & 3 Roods of meadow by Stop river
To two acres and 3 Roods of meadow by Tiles End
To 32 acres and 3 Roods of meadow and upland by Dirty brook
To 32 acres of upland on y'e great plain by Dirty brook
To 14 acres of woodland & other land adjoyning to John Turner land
To 7 Cow commons and two sheep Commons in
Wrentham bounds
Due to y'e Estate by bills and bonds in money
Sum total

March y'e 13'th 1702/3

Henry Adams
Sam'll Barbur
John Plimpton

Suffolk ss. By the Hon'ble Isaac Addington Esq'r
                                            Judge of Probate &c
Joseph Clarke and Solomon Clarke Administrators take oath
That this contains a just and true Inventory of the Estate of
their late Father Joseph Clarke of Medfield Husbandman
dece'd so far as hath come to their knowledge, and
that if more hereafter appears they will cause it to be Added.
                                                  Jurat Cor Isa'a Addington
Boston, March 15'th 1702/3

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #2,794 (11 images), Joseph Clark of Medfield, administration granted 1703; "Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1636-1893," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 22 July 2020); from records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by

Joseph Clark (1642-1702) died intestate on 4 September 1702 in Medfield.   He married Mary Allen (1642-1702) in 1663, and they had 12 children between 1664 and 1685.  Only five children (Joseph, Esther, Solomon, David and Aaron) were alive, or had heirs, in 1702.

This probate packet contains 11 pages, including the Letter of Administration (with administrators sons Joseph Clark and Solomon Clark), an inventory of the real and personal estate of Joseph Clark,  The inventory was taken 13 March 1702/3 and totaled 1,023 pounds, 4 shillings and 1 pence, of which the real estate totaled about 775 pounds.  There is no account or indication of how the personal property was divided. 

A committee of five Medfield men had a challenge dividing the real property.  Each child's portion amounted to about 129 pounds (since the eldest son received a double portion of about 258 pounds).  In 1725, the committee men informed the probate court that the division should have included another half parcel of land to Aaron Clark, but it was overlooked.  The Court ordered the half parcel of land directed to Aaron Clark. 

Joseph and Mary (Allen) Clark are my 8th great-grandparents, through their son Joseph Clark (1664-1731) who married Mary Wight (1667-1705) in 1686.


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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