Monday, January 16, 2023

Amanuensis Monday -- 1729 Will of William Ladd (1665-1729) of Little Compton, Rhode Island

This week's document for transcription is the 1729 will of William Ladd (1665-1729) of Little Compton, Rhode Island.

Bristol County [Massachusetts] Probate Records - Kirby-Thankful to Lake Squire, image 969 of 1439:

The transcription of this will is:

In the Name of God amen I William Ladd being in Good and
perfect Min and Memory praises be God for It doe Maike
And ordain this my preasent Last will and testament in maner
and forme following that is to Say first and principally I Commeted
My Soul Into the hands of all Mighty God hoping through the
Merits dethe and a passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and
free pardon and forgiveness of all My sins and to Inherit Ever lasting
Life and my bodey I Commit to the Earth to be deasently buried at the
discretion of My Executor hear after Named and as touching the
disposition of all Such temporal Estate as it haath pleased all mighty God
to bestow upon me I Give and dispose their of as followeth.

Item It is my will that all my Just debts and funeral Charges Shall be
paid and discharged.

Item I give unto My Son Joseph Ladd ------------------------ 00-05-00
Item I give  unto My Son Samuel Ladd ----------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Sary Ladd --------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Mary Seabury -----------------00-05-00
Item I give unto My  daughter presclar Manchester --------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Elezebeth ????? ---------------00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Catron Ladd ------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter Lydia Ladd -------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My daughter ruth Ladd ---------------------- 00-05-00
Item I give unto My grandson nathanell Ladd } --------------00-05-00
  Son to my son William Ladd                         }

All he rest of My Estate whatsoever I give unto my Loving wif
Elezebeth Ladd Making her full and sole Executor of this my Last will
and testament
and I doe hearby revoke, disanull and make void all former wills and tes-
tament by Me here to for Maid.  In Witness whereof I the sd william ladd
to this My Last will and testament Set my hand and seall In the year of our
Lord one thousand Seven hundred twenty and nine and on the 13 day
of august.                                                       his
Signed Sealed and Delivrd               William X Ladd  {seal}
In the pressents of us                                   mark

Josiah Sawyer
Samuell Seabury
Benjamin Seabury

The source citation for this probate case file is:

 "Massachusetts, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, ( : accessed 12 January 2023), Bristol County > Probate Records, Kirby, Thankful - Lake, Squire, images 968-973 of 1439, William Ladd Probate Papers, 1729 .

William Ladd was bon about 1665 in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the son of Joseph and Joanna (--?--) Ladd.  He died after he wrote his will on 13 August 1729 and before his will was proved on 21 October 1729 in Little Compton.  He married 17 February 1695/6 to Elizabeth Tompkins (1670-after 1729) in Little Compton, Rhode Island.  They had twelve children:

*  Sarah Ladd (1696-1671), married 1736 William Enos (1696-????).
*  William Ladd (1697-????)
*  Mary Ladd (1699-1734), married 1723 Joseph Seabury (1678-1755).
*  Priscilla Ladd (1700-????), married 1720 --?-- Manchester (1685-????).
*  Joseph Ladd (1701-1748), married 1731 Lydia Gray (1701-????).
*  Samuel Ladd (1703-????), married 1729 Bersheba --?-- (1707-????).
*  Elizabeth Ladd (1704-????), married 1725 George Shrieve (1702-????)
*  John Ladd (1706-????).
*  Catherine Ladd (1707-????).
*  Lydia Ladd (1711-1767), married 1732 Samuel Seabury (1702-1768).
*  Hannah Ladd (1712-????)
*  Ruth Ladd (1714-????).

The will of William Ladd of Little Compton was dated 13 August 1729; and proved on 21 October 1729 in Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Court (at the time, Little Compton was part of Massachusetts Bay Colony).  His wife Elizabeth was named as executrix.  He named as legatees each of his children, except John, and "my  grandson Nathaniel, son of my son William."  All of them were to receive either four shillings or five shillings. After the legacies were paid, he gave all the residue and remainder to his wife.  The witnesses to the will were Josiah Sawyer and Benjamin Seabury. The estate was appraised at 88 pounds, 14 shillings, 0 pence, by George Peirce, Samuel Tompkins, and William Hunt. No real estate was included in the inventory.

William Ladd is my 7th great grandfather through his son Joseph Ladd (1701-1748). 


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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