Monday, September 14, 2020

Amanuensis Monday -- 1728 Bond and Distribution of Estate of John Fisher (1652-1727) of Medfield, Mass.

 This week's document for transcription is the 1728 Bond for and Decree to Distribute the estate of John Fisher (1652-1727) of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 5,511 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 Joshua
Fisher of Walpole Husbandman Samuel
Mors Blacksmith and Timothy Hammon Hus-
bandman of Medfield all within the County of Suffolk
are holden and Province of the Massachusetts Bay
in New England, are holden and stand firmly
bound and obliged unto Samuel Sewall Esq.
Judge of the Probate of Wills &ctt or his Successors
in s'd Office in the full and just Sum of four hundred
and fifty pounds current money in New England
to be paid unto the said Samuel Sewall his Successors
in s'd Office or assigns To the payment whereof
we do bind our Selves & Each of us our & Each of our
heirs Executors & Admin'rs joyntly & severaly for
the whole and in the whole firmly by these presents.
Sealed with our Seals Dated this Twenty Second
day of November In the Second year of the Reign
of our Sovereign Lord George the Second over
Great Britiain &c 1728.

The Condition of this present Obligation is such
That whereas the Real Estate of John Fisher late of
Medfield Blacksmith deceased Intestate not admitting of
a Division among all his Children without great
prejudice or Spoiling of the whole being apprized
at the Sum of Two hundred and thirteen pounds & five
shillings is assigned unto the within Bounden Joshua Fisher
he paying thereout unto his eldest Brothers Children vz't the
Heirs of John Fisher Jun'r deceased ^£47-7-9^ & to his Sisters
Namely Hannah Parteridge ^deced^ or her heirs Rachel Boyden ^decd^
or her heirs & Mehitabel Bullen or their Legal Representatives
the Sum of Twenty three pounds, thirteen shillings & ten pence
half penny apeice in Current lawfull money of New England
or Bills of publick Credit on this Province on or before the
Twenty Second day of November which will be in the year
of our Lord one Thousand Seven hundred & twenty nine

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with Interest for the said Sums in the Interim
at the rate of Six pC't pr Annum being their
single shares of Two Third part of their
said Father's Real Estate at present and
at and upon the Death of their Mother
Hannah Fisher or other the Determination 
of her term in the premises the further sum
of twenty three pounds thirteen shillings
& ten pence half penny to the heirs of the Eldest
Son John Fisher aforesaid and to the Rest of
the Children or those that represent them
the further Sum of Eleven pounds Sixteen
Shillings and Eleven pence a peice to
Compleat their Respective Shares of and in
their said Fathers Real Estate.  Now if therefore
the said Joshua Fisher perform in the Decree
of the said Judge of Probates by paying
the abovesaid sums of money with Interest
 in Manner & true as before Expressed without
fraud coven or further delay then the within
written obligation to be void & of none Effect
or otherwise to remain in full force & vertue.

Signed Sealed & Delivered               Joshua Fisher
in presence of                                    Samuell Morse
    George Houstoun                        Timothy Hamant
    John Boydell

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #5,511 (18 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 (1652-1727), a blacksmith, married Hannah Adams (1656-1746) in 1674 in Medfield, and he died 15 October 1727 in Medfield.  They had seven children, but one died as a child, and three others died before the death of their father in 1727 and left children, and one child (Josiah Fisher) is not named in the probate records for some reason (he was probably deeded land by his father as his share).  A list of the children of John and Hannah (Adams) Fisher that are named in the list of heirs on image 17 are:

*  Joshua Fisher [named administrator of the estate]
*  John Fisher Jr. [eldest son, died in August 1727, had children]
*  Hannah Partridge [daughter, wife of William Partridge, died before her father, had children]
*  Rachel Boyden [daughter, wife of Jonathan Boyden, died before her father, had children]
*  Mehitable Bullen [daughter, wife of John Bullen, has children]

On 16 October 1727, Joshua Fisher (son of the deceased John Fisher Senior) was appointed administrator of his father's estate.  An inventory was immediately taken (see Image 7 above) that totaled £313-11-02, of which £213-05-00 was real property.  On 16 October 1728, the widow Hannah (Adams) Fisher petitioned the court (see Image 10 above) for her widow's thirds and complained that the land she inherited was not in her husband's inventory and it should be her property.  On 12 November, the real property was inventoried and totals £213-05-00 (see Image 15 above), so it was not included in the property to be divided by the children.  The administrator filed his account on 25 October 1728.  

A committee decided that the property should be awarded to son Joshua Fisher (since son Josiah had his own property) and eldest son John Fisher Jr. was deceased, with Joshua to pay his siblings or their representatives their shares in money of their father's estate, and when their mother died, their share of her estate also.  Their were six shares for five children (the eldest son receives a double share), so a share of the father's estate for each child was £23-13-10, and a share of them other's estate was £11-16-11.  The probate court ordered this on 22 November 1728 to be completed by 22 November 1729.

John and Hannah (Adams) Fisher are my 8th great-grandparents, through their son John Fisher (1677-1727) who married Abigail Smith (1686-1725) in 1705 in Medfield.


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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none said...

what is the bold red, blue and green highlighting identify? I learned bout this because you mentioned it during a Dear Myrtle session. This is a brilliant idea.

Randy Seaver said...

Hi None,

The bold red are names in the record of interest. The bold blue are dates, the bold green are money. I also use bold purple for land descriptions in deeds.

Those are the important issues for abstracts, and so I bold them to catch the reader's eye. I just realized I don't make the money items in inventories bold green, and i could make the land descriptions bold purple in inventories.