Monday, August 31, 2020

Amanuensis Monday -- 1735 Bond and Order Distributing Estate of John Fisher (1677-1727) of Medfield, Mass.

This week's document for transcription is the 1735 Bond and Order distributing the estate of John Fisher (1677-1727) of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 5,512 in the Suffolk County, Massachusetts probate court records:

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The transcription of these papers is:

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Know all Men by these Presents, That We
John Fisher ^of Medfield^ Blacksmith Josiah Fisher of Dedham 
Husbandman & Samuel Smith of Medfield Husbandman,
all in the County of Suffolk & Province of the Massa-
chusets Bay in New England are holden & Stand firmly
bound & obliged unto Josiah Willard Esq'r Judge of
the Probate of Wills and for Granting Letters of Administration
in the County of Suffolk in the full & Just Sum of
Seven hundred & Sixty eight Pounds Curr't Money of
New England to be paid unto the s'd Josiah Willard Esq'r
his Successors in the said office or assigns to the which
Payment well & truly to be made, We bind ourselves
our & Each of our Heirs, Exec'rs Admin'rs & acting as Jointly
& Severally in the whole and for the whole firmly by
these Presents Sealed with our Seals.  Dated the 19'th
Day of September Anno Domini 1735.  Annoq. Rt
Ris Georgis Secundi &c Nono.

The Condition of the above Obligation is such That Whereas
the Real Estate of John Fisher late of Medfield in the County of
Suffolk Blacksmith deced Intestate Cannot Admit of a Division among
all his Children And the said Estate having been Apprized at the
Sum of Three hundred Eighty Four Pounds is assigned unto his Eldest
Son John Fisher the above bounden he paying thereout unto his Broth'r
& Sisters or their Legal Representatives Namely Abigail Plimpton
Sarah Fisher and Joshua Fisher the Sum of Seventy Six Pounds Sixteen
Shillings a peice on or before the Sixteenth Day of September which
will be in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and

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Thirty six with Interest for the said Sums in the Interim after
the Rate of Six pounds p'r Cent p'r Annum being their Single Shares of
and their s'd Father's Real Estate.  Now if therefore the said John
Fisher fulfill the Decree of the said Judge of Probate by Paying the
aforesaid Sums of Money with Interest as aforesaid without fraud
Coven or further Delay, then the obligation to be Void & of none Effect
Otherwise to abide & Remain in full force and vertue.
Signed Sealed & Delivered in
prsence of us:                                          John Fisher
Hopestill Foster                                       Josiah Fisher
John Payne                                             Samuel Smith jun'r

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #5,512 (16 images), John Fisher of Medfield, administration granted 1727; "Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1636-1893," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors ( : accessed 12 August 2020); from records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by

John Fisher (1677-1727), a blacksmith, married Abigail Smith (1686-1725) in 1705 in Medfield, and he died 14 August 1727 in Medfield.  They had seven children, but three of the children died before 1727, leaving four children  - Abigail (aged 15), John (age 13), Sarah (age 8) and Joshua (age 2) at John's death in 1727 as heirs to his property.  

Josiah Fisher was appointed administrator of the estate of his brother, John Fisher (1677-1727), on 16 October 1727 by the Suffolk County Probate Court.  The Inventory of the personal and real property was taken on 20 October 1727 appraised at £531-06-08, and was approved by the Court on 5 December 1727.  The Real Estate was valued at £353.  The administrator provided an Account that was approved by the Court on 25 October 1728.  The estate was not distributed until September 1735, after the eldest son was age 21.  The Court required an appraisal of the real estate, which was £384, and awarded all of the real property to the eldest son John, and he to pay equal shares of £76-16s  to his three siblings, Abigail, Sarah and Joshua.  Since the real estate was appraised to be £384, each of five shares (the eldest son having two shares by law), was 76 pounds 16 shillings.

John and Abigail (Smith) Fisher are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Abigail Fisher (1711-1785) who married John Plimpton (1708-1756) in 1731.


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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