Monday, December 28, 2020

Amanuensis Monday -- 1700 Bond and Letter of Administration of the Estate of Nathaniel Sowle (1637-1699) of Dartmouth, Massachusetts

 This week's document for transcription is the 1700 Bond  and Letter of Administration for the estate of Nathnaiel Sowle (1637-1699) of Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, which is in the Bristol County Probate Court records. 

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The transcription of this bond and letter of administration is:

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Know all men by these presents that we Rose
Soul of Dartmouth in the County of Bristoll in the Province
of the Masachusett Bay in New England widow & Relict of
Nathaniel Soul late of said Dartmouth Deceased and
Joseph Allen & Nathaniel soul Both of said Dartmouth
Do stand Bounden unto John Saffin Esq'r Judge of Probate of
wills &c within the County of Bristoll in the full sum
of three hundred & Sixty pounds Current Silver money
in New England aforesaid To be payd to him the said John Saffin
or Successor in said office To which Payment well & truly
to be made soe bind our selves & Either of us by him
self Joyntly & severally for & in the whole our & Either
& Every of our heires Executors & Adm'rs firmly by these
presents Dated in Bristoll this twelveth day of october
Ano Domini 1699 & in the Eleventh year of his Majestyes

The Condition of this present obligation is such that whereas
Administration is Granted unto the above bounden Rose Soul
Upon the Estate of Nathaniel Soul late of said Dartmouth dec'd
Intestate.  If therefore the said Rose Soul Administratrix
Shall Bring into the Regist'rs office for the County abovesd a true
& perfect Inventory of all & singular y'e goods, Chattels Credits & Estate
legt by the said Dec'd at or before the Tenth day of Novemb'r next
& shall well & truly Administ'r upon & Dispose of all & singular
the goods Chattels Credits & Estate of the said dec'd to all & Singular
the person & persons to whom of Right it doth pertain according
law and shall Render a true & plain accompt of her Administration
Upon Oath at or before the tenth day of November one thousand
Seven hundred without fraud or further Delay then this obliga-
tion to be both Null & Voyd or Els to stand abide & be in full power force
& vertue in the law whatsoever.
Signed seled & Delivered                                 the O mark    {seal}
in y'e presence of                                             of Rose Soul
Joseph  anterman
       the mark of                                               Joseph Allen   {seal}
Willliam X Makepeace                                 nathaniell Soule  {seal}

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Bristol County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Bristol 22000-23999 - Estate File #23724 (8 images), Nathaniel Sowle estate, 1700; "Bristol County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017, American Ancestors  ( accessed 27 December 2020); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Taunton, Mass. 

Nathaniel Soule/Soul/Sole/Sowle  (1637-1699) was the son of George and Mary (Bucket?) Soule of Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He married Rose Thorn (1645-1708) in 1681, probably in Dartmouth, Massachusetts.  They had six children, all born in Dartmouth:

*  Nathaniel Soule (1682-1766)
*  Sylvanus Soule (1683-1754)
*  Mary Soule (1684-1783)
*  Susannah Soule (1686-1733)
*  Jacob Soule (1687-1748)
*  Myles Soule (1690-after 1720).

Nathaniel Soule died intestate before 12 October 1699, leaving his widow with six minor children (age 17 down to age 9).  Administration was granted to his widow, Rose (Thorn) Soule by the Bristol County Probate Court.  She posted bond of 360 pounds as administratrix of the estate on 12 October 1699 with two others.  An inventory reported on that day appraised the personal property at 197 pounds, 16 shillings, including 120 pounds for houses and lands. An account was made on 10 October 1700, and debts and charges in the amount of 23 pounds, 8 shillings and 8 pence included debts owed to Thomas Wait, Joseph Allen Jr, Jonathan Davil, Nathaniel Potter Jr, and Hugh Mousher, and rates paid to Constable Gifford.  The remaining estate for distribution totaled 174 pounds, 7 shillings, 4 pence.  

That is all of the information in the Bristol County Probate Court for case 23724 of Nathaniel Sowle.  However, there are additional probate and real estate papers for this estate found in the Bristol County Probate Court clerk volumes  that were not put into the estate case file above.

Nathnaiel and Rose (Thorn) Soule are my 8th great-grandparents, through their son Jacob Soule (1687-1748) who married Rebecca Gifford (1689-1747) in 1710 in Dartmouth, 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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