Monday, October 26, 2020

Amanuensis Monday -- 1690 Administrator's Bond for Estate of Thomas Wight (1629-1690) of Medfield, Mass.

   This week's document for transcription is the 1690 Administrator's Bond in the Estate File of Thomas Wight (1629-1690) of Medfield, Massachusetts, in Probate Packet 1,764 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 Edward Adams
and Samuel Wight senr both Inhabitants of Medfield
in the County of Suffolk in New England are holden
and firmly bound unto me Adam Winthrop Treasurer
of s'd County in the sum of foure hundred pounds to
be paid unto him s'd Adam Winthrop his successors in
that office or Assignes, To the whole payment well
and truely to be made we bind o'ur selves o'r heires
Exe'rs & Adm'rs jointly & severally firmly by these
presents, sealed w'th o'r seales, Dated in Boston 25'th
November 1690, Annoq'e RR's et Reginae Giulielmi et
Maria, Anglia &c secundo.

This Condicon of this Obligacon is such that whereas Adm'con
to the Estate, goods chattles Rights & Credits of Thomas Wight senr
late of Medfield dec'd dying intestate was granted unto the
abovebound Edward Adams in behalfe of Eleazer Wight & ye other
children of the dec'd Thomas Wight and untill the s'd Eleazer come
of age (he wanting some few months of full age) unto whom
then s'd Adm'con is granted.  If therefore y'e s'd Edw'd Adams
do well and truely exhibit an Inventory ^upon oath^ of all & singular the goods
chattles rights & Credits of y'e s'd Thomas Wight that shall come to
his hands & knowledge, within three monthes or sooner if
required, and shall well & truely administer s'd Estate, and
present a true account unto the Court of his Adm'con and Shall
be accountable to y'e s'd Court for s'd Estate so farre as y'e law
will charge him therewith when called hereupon then
this obligacon to be voyd & of none effect otherwise to
remaine in full force strength & vertue.

Signed sealed & delivered
in presence of us                                 Edward + Adams
Richard May                                     Samuell Wight
Joseph Webb

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Packet #1,764 (9 images), Thomas Wight of Medfield, 1690; "Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1636-1893," indexed database and digital images, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, American Ancestors   ( : accessed 30 July 2020); from records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, digitized images provided by

Thomas Wight (1629-1690) married Mehitable Cheney (1643-1693)  in about 1661 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  They had five children:

*  Mehitable Wight (1663-????)
*  Thomas Wight (1665-????)
*  Marie Wight (1667-1705), married 1686 Joseph Clark (1664-1731)
*  Eleazer Wight (1670-1747), married 1694 Relief Warren (1670-1740).
*  Joshua Wight (1679-1762), married (1) 1696 Abigail Rockwell (1679-1696), and (2) 1699 Elizabeth Spowell (1583-1765)

Thomas Wight died intestate before 25 September 1690 when his Inventory was taken. On 25 November 1690, bond was given and the Court appointed Edward Adams as administrator of the estate of Thomas Wight until Eleazer Wight, the eldest son, came of age. On 8 January, the Inventory was presented to the probate court - see  On 8 February 1690/1, Edward Adams exhibited his account to the probate court in Boston, totaling £38-03-09.  The account was approved by the Court on 18 July 1695, four years later.  The Inventory of the real and personal estate, less the charges in the account allowed by the court, left an estate for the heirs of £207-08s.  

There is no order to distribute the estate nor any indication of what property was set aside for each heir in the estate file.  

It is probable that there were only three children as heirs for the entire estate after their mother died, and Eleazer, the oldest son, probably received a double share.  Each share was worth £51-17s.  It is probable that Eleazer received all of the real and personal property and paid his two siblings, Marie and Joshua, their share in money or bills of credit.

Thomas and Mehitable (Cheney) Wight are my 8th great-grandparents, through their daughter Marie Wight (1667-1705) who married Joseph Clark (1664-1731) in 1686 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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