Monday, January 23, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1719 Will of Nathaniel Tompkins (1650-1724) of Little Compton, Rhode Island

 This week's document for transcription is the 1719 will of Nathaniel Tompkins (1650-1724) of Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Bristol County [Massachusetts] Probate Records - Will of Nathaniel Tompkins:

The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God amen

The thirtyn day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred
and nineteen I Nathaniel Tompkins of Littlecompton in y'e county of Bristoll
in his Majesties Province of Massachusetts Bay in Newengland Cordwinder
being of perfect minde & memory thanks be given unto God: therefor caling
unto mind y'e mortality of my Body & knowing y't is is appointed for all men
one to Dye Do make & ordain this my last Will & testament: That is to say
principally and first of all I give & Recommend my soul in to y'e hands of
God tha gave it and my Body I Recommend to y'e Earth to be Buried in
Decent & Christian manner att y'e Discretion of my Executors nothing doubting
but att y'e general Resurrection I shall recive y'e same again by y'e almighty
power of God: And touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased god
to bless me in this life I give Demise & Dispose of y'e same in y'e following maner and form.
Imprimus I give and bequeth to my well beloved Son Nathaniel Tompkins the sum of fifteen pounds
of Lawfull money of s'd province to be paid by my Executor within four years after my deceas
itt  I give to my well beloved son Samuell Tompkins whom I likewise Constitute make & ordaine
my sole Executor of this my last will & testiment all & singular all my Lands that
I have not allready given him by deed to him his heirs and assigns for ever: rata-
fieng & confirming that former deed of gift that I gave him.
itt  I give to my well beloved Daughter Elizabeth the wife of William Lad one cow to be
delivered to her after my deceas.
itt I give to my well beloved daughter Mary Tompkins the sum of thirty shiling in
mony to be paid her by my Executor within one year after my Deseass and also fouer
pounds in mony that I borrowed of her: with that Bead she now lodges on with
the furniture belonging to it.
itt I give to my well beloved Daughter presilla wife of Samuel Lindall one cow to be
delivered to her after my decease.
itt I give to my well beloved daughter Marcy the wife of Benjamin Gifford one
Cow to be delivered to her after my decease.
itt I give to my well beloved daughter Rebeccah Tompkins one cow and my
bead that I now lodge on with y'e furniture belonging to it to be delivered
to her after my decease.
itt I give to my Wellbeloved Daughter Hannah y'e wife of Thimothy Gefferd
one Cow to be delivered to her after my decease.
And my Will further is that after all the above named Legacies be all paid and
all of my just depts & funerall Charges be discharged that if there be any of my
Estate remaining in my Executors hands undisposed of my will is that it be
Eaquely devided betwene my son Samuels three sons viz. Josep, John & Christopher
and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disanull all& every other former Testa-
ments & Wills Legacies & bequests & Executors by me in any ways before named Willed
and bequeathed Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my Last will & testament
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and year
above written:
Signed sealed published pronounced                        Nathaniel Tompkins
and declared by y'e said Nathaniel                           [s/s]Nath tompkins             {seal}
Tompkins as his last will & testa-                                  his marke
ment in the presents of us y'e subscribers
Warren Gells[?]
william briggs
Nathaniel Searls:

The source citation for this probate case file is:

Bristol County [Mass.] Register of Probate, Bristol County (Mass.) Probate Records, 1686-1880, American Ancestors (, Estate file 26057 (10 images), Nathaniel Tompkins of Little Compton, 1724.

Nathaniel Tompkins was born about 1650, probably in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, the son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Goodman) Tompkins.  He died before 19 May 1724, when his will was proved, in Little Compton (which was then in Bristol County, Massachusetts. He married Elizabeth Allen (1651-1714) on 15 January 1670/1 in Newport, Rhode Island.  They had ten children:

*  Robert Tompkins (1673-????).
*  Elizabeth Tompkins (1675-after 1729), married 1696 William Ladd (1665-1729).
*  Nathaniel Tompkins (1676-1748, married 1696 Elizabeth Ladd (1676-????).
*  Mary Tompkins (1677-????).
*  Priscilla Tompkins (1679-1732), married 1703 Samuel Lyndon (1676-1750).
*  Samuel Tompkins (1681-1760), married 712 Sarah Coe (1685-1741).
*  Rebecca Tompkins (1683-????).
*  Mercy Tompkins (1685-1736), married 1707 William Bowdish (1673-1753).
*  Sarah Tompkins (1689-????, married 1709 Benjamin Gifford (1685-1754).
*  Hannah Tompkins (1695-1773), married 1717 Timothy Gifford (1691-1780).

The will of Nathaniel Tompkins of Little Compton was dated 13 May 1719, and proved on 19 May 1724 in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court (at the time, Little Compton was part of Massachusetts Bay Colony).  His son Samuel Tompkins was named as executor.  He named as legatees each of his living children.   All of them were to receive either money, furniture and/or a cow. After the legacies were paid, he gave all the residue and remainder to his son Samuel's three sons.  The witnesses to the will were Warren Gells [?], William Briggs and Nathaniel Searls. The estate was appraised at 87 pounds, 10 shillings, 6d. 

Nathaniel Tompkins (1650-1724) is my 8th great grandfather through his daughter Elizabeth Tompkins (1675-after 1729). 


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."

Read other transcriptions of records of my ancestors at Amanuensis Monday Posts.

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