Monday, March 8, 2021

Amanuensis Monday -- 1735 Will of Edward Herington (1669-1736) of Watertown, Massachusetts

This week's document for transcription is the 1735 will of Edward Herington (1669-1736) of Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, which is in Estate File 10396 in the Middlesex County Probate Court records. 

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The transcription of this will is:

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In the Name of God Amen this third day of March
Anno Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty five.
     I Edward Herington Sen'r of Watertowne in the County
of Midd'x in New England yeo. being in a State of health in
Body and of perfect minde and memory Thanks be given
unto God, Yet Calling to Minde the Mortallity of my Body
and Knowing it is Appointed for men once to dye Do make
and ordaine this my Last Will and Testement, That is to 
Say, Principally and first of all I Give and Recommend
my Soule into the hands of God who gave it hopeing
throw the Merits and Satisfaction of my Saviour Jesus Christ
to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my Sins
and to Inherit Eternall Life, And my Body I Commit to the
the Earth to be Decently buried at the descretion of my
Executor hereafter Named Nothing Doubting but at the
General Resurrection I shall Receive the Same againe by
the mighty power of God.  And as touching Such worldly
Estate Wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this 
Life I Give Demise and Dispose of the Same in the follow-
ing maner and forme, That is to Say ---

First I Will that all those Debts and Dutyes which I do owe in
Right of Conference to any maner of person or persons Whatsoever
Shall be well and truly Contented and paid or ordained to be paid
in Convenient Time after my decease by my Executor here-
after Named.

(2)  My Will is that my well beloved Wife Anna Shall have the
West lower Room in my dwelling House for Here Use and improve-
ment, and Priviledge of the Cellar as Shall be needfull, and 
Priviledge in the ketchen So much as She has ocation for
and Liberty to use the well at Her pleasure, And the Use of a
Garden Spott with Liberty to pass and Repass as thow Shall be
need --- And Shall have the Use of an Horse when She
Sees ocation to Use one, and fire wood layed at the Dooresit
for the fire, and Provition and Cloathing Such as She Calls
for and the Use of a Cow, And what ever Else Shee needs to
make her Life Easey pleasant and Comfortable both in Sickness

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And in Health and to be performed by my Executor hereafter
named dureing the Time of Her Remaining my Widow and
Continuing in my Dwelling House ^and at her Death afford her a Decent Christian Buriall^ But if She Sees meet to
move away Elsewhere then my Will is that all before menti-
oned for Her Shall Cease and She Shall have Eight pounds per
annum yearly and Every yeare dureing the Time of Her Remain-
ing my Widdow and to be paid by my Executor hereafter Named
and She Shall have all the goods and Household Stuff that She
brought with her to me at Marriage that are yet Remainings
to Her and to Her Heirs and Assigns for Ever.

(3)  Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son William Herington Sixty
acres of Land where he now dwells Runing Northwards and
Southwards from his Dwelling House on my West Side Line
So far, as that turning Square of and runing Easterly throw
my Land to my East Side Line (Highways Excepted out of the
measure) shall make the said Sixty Acres, Reserveing to myself
my Heirs and Assigns for Ever a Convenient way to pass and
Reepass from the Remainder of my Lands throw the Land I
now give him to the Country Roads unless it be Accomodat-
ed by Town wayes - Also I Will and bequeath unto my said
Son William Herington Twenty and five Acres of Land by
Estimation be the same more or less being Meddow and Up-
land lying in Weston on the Westerly Side of a Brook Called &
Know by the name of Stoney Brook which I bought of
Charls and Ebenezer Chadwick - also I give and bequeath unto
my said Son William Herington all my Right and Interest in a
Certaine peice of Meddow of six Acres by Estimation be it more
or less lyeing in Watertowne joyning by the sfore said Stoney
Brook and is in partnership Between myself and Benjamin
Whitney of said Watertowne He paying to my son Nathanael
Herington the Sum of sixty pounds in good true Bills of Publick
Creddit on the Massachusets Province within one yeare next after
my decease, and then the above mentioned Lands Shall be to
my Said son William Herington And to his Heirs and Assigns
for Ever by him and them freely to be possessed and Enjoyed.

(4)  Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Samuel Herington one half part
of all my Wearing Apparrel Which apparrel together with what I have

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Done for him before this Time is his Portion out of my Estate.

(5)  Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son Nathanael Herington 
the Sum of Sixty Pounds in good Bills of Creddit on the Massachusets
Province to be paid in one yeare next after my decease by my Son
William Herington Which Sum together with his Liberall Educa-
tion is his Share out of my Estate.

(6) Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Francis Herington one-
half part of all my Wearing Apparrel Which Apparrel together
with what he hath had of my Estate in Time past is all I designe
for him of my Estate.

(7)  Item I Give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Grout the
Sum of forty pounds ^in Houshold Stuff and such stock or to her Heirs^ in good Bills of Creddit on the Massachusets
Province ^ to be paid^ with'in one yeare next after my decease and my Wife's
Decease ^or Marriage^ (which Soever first comes to pass) by my Executor hereafter
named, Or in good Bills of Creddit if said other Estate falls Short
which Sum together with what she had at Marriage is her Portion.

(8)  Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Joanna Tainter the sum
of forty pounds in Household Stuff and Quick Stock or to her Herires
to be paid by my Executor within Two years next after my decease
and my Wifes Decease or Marriage which Soever is first, or in good
Bills of Creddit if said other Estate do not hold out, Which sum
with what I Gave her at Marriage is all I designe for Her out
of my Estate.

(9)  Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter Suzanna Barnard
the Sum of forty pounds in Household Stuff and Quick Stock or to her
Heirs to be paid by my Executor within three years next after my
Decease and my Wife's Decease or Marriage Which soever falls out
first or in good Bills of Creddit of said of her Estate be not Sufficient
which sum together with what I have done for Her at Marriage
is her full portion.

(10)  Item I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Herington whome
I Likewise Constitute make and ordaine my only and sole Executor
of this my Last will and Testament, all the Rest and Residue
of my Estate of What Kind or Denomination Soever, or where

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The Same or any part thereof may or shall be found, (He
allowing performing and paying as is before directed and
ordered) To him and to his Heires and assigns for Ever by him
and them freely to be possessed and Enjoyed -- And my Will
further is that if my said son Edward Herington See Reason
to Sell any part of the Lands I have now given him that
then my Son William Herington Shall have the offer to buy
the Same he Giveing as much as any other person, But in Case
He Refuses then my other Sons Successively Shall have the
Same Proviledge untill one Excepts of it But if No other of them
will purchase the Same that then he Shall ^Sell^ it to Whomsoever
he Sees meet --  And I do hereby Utterly Disalow Revoke and
Disannull all and Every other former Testament, Will, Legacies
Bequests and Executors by me in any Wise before this Time named
Willed and bequeathed Rattifying and Confirming this and no other
to be my last Will and Testiment In Witness Whereof I have hereunto
Set my hand and Seale the day and yeare first above Written.

Signed Sealed Published               {memorandum     Edward Harrington {seal}
pronounced & published               { that y'e dash
by the Said Edward Herington    { interlining in
as his Last Will & Testiment         { y'e third page
in the presence of us the                { seventh Parragraff
Subscribers viz't --                        { was before signing
John Brown                                 { of these presents
John Whitney
John Coolledge

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex Cases 10000-11999, Estate File #10396 (8 images), Edward Herington estate, 1736; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  ( accessed 28 February 2021); Digitized mages provided by from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

Edward Harrington (1669-1736), the son of Robert and Susanna (George) Harrington of Watertown, Massachusetts, married Mary Ockington (1669-1725) on 30 March 1692 in Watertown.  They had nine children:

*  Mary Harrington (1693-1774), married 1717 Joseph Grout (1683-1758).
*  William Harrington (1694-1751), married 1725 Anna Spring (1691-1770).
*  Mindwell Harrington (1697-1700).
*  Joanna Harrington (1699-1768), married 1720 John Tainter (1699-1768).
*  Edward Harrington (1702-1792), married 1731 Anna Bullard (1713-1771).
*  Samuel Harrington (1704-1784), married (1) 1725 Sarah Warren (1702-1733); (2) Elizabeth Stratton (1718-1801)
*  Nathaniel Harrington (1706-1784), married 1747 Mary Kimball (1724-1804)
*  Francis Harrington (1709-1793), married (1) 1736 Prudence Stearns (1713-1751); (2) 1752 Deborah Stearns (1714-1799).
*  Susanna Harrington (1711-1790), married 1731 Samuel Barnard (1699-1762).

Edward Harrington married, secondly, to Anna --?-- (????-????).  They had no children.  

Edward died 21 January 1736 in Watertown, and his will was proved on 7 March 1736 in Middlesex County Probate Court in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Edward Harrington, Joseph Patterson and Jonathan Brown, all of Watertown, posted a bond of 1000 pounds on 7 March 1736. The estate file does not include an inventory or an account.

In his will, Edward Harrington mentioned all of his living children.  It is apparent that he gave some of his real and/or personal property to each of his living children.  

Edward and Mary (Ockington) Harrington are my 7th great-grandparents, through their daughter Mary Harrington (1693-1774) who married Joseph Grout (1683-1758) in 1717 in Watertown, 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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