Thomas Bliss - 1650
Temperance (Denslow) Buckland - 1681
Thomas Buckland - 1662
Thomas Dewey - 1648
Israel Dewey - 1678
David Dewey – 1712
Thomas Dibble - 1700
Thomas Holcomb - 1657
John Moses - 1683
Mary (Brown) Moses - 1689
John Owen - 1698
Sarah (Griswold) Phelps - 1715
John Thrall - 1732
John Thrall (II) - 1749
Richard Vore - 1683
Robert White - 1617
Nathaniel Winchell - 1700
Robert Winchell - 1668
Henry Wolcott - 1655
Elizabeth (Saunders) Wolcott
b. c. 1590
d. c. 1650
m. Margaret Hullins
Invt. £86-12-08. Taken 14 February, 1650, by Nathaniel Ward, Joseph Mygatt.
Nuncupative Will. Testimony of John Pinchon & Hen: Smith gives property to his
wife. Mary Parsons, a daughter, of Springfield, doth Testify to the same.
Court Record, Page 17--20 February, 1650-1: Adms. to the Relict, She to keep the
whole Estate in her Hands for her Use and the Education of the Children during
her life, then to be divided among the Children, viz: to Lawrence, to John, to
Samuel, to Hester, to Elizabeth, to Hannah, and to Sarah
m. Catherine Chapin
Inventory taken from the Pynchon records: a copy of the
inventory of Nathaniel Bliss, taken February 14, 1654-5.
"Housing and home lott, 5 acres,
Wet meadow before the house, 3 acres,
Wood lot, 5 acres,
Over ye great river, 9 acres,
At the Longmeadow, 26 1-4 acres,
Over Agawam river, 5 acres,
Meadow on the Mill river, 2 acres,
3 kettles, 1 skillet, and 1 pale,
7 pieces of pewter, 13s.; 7 do. of tin, 4s.
Warming Pan, 5s.; a frying pan, 2s.
Earthen ware, 4s.; wooden ware, 20s.
2 bedsteads, 10s.; 2 chairs, 3s.
3 boxes and a chest,
Axes, spades and hoc,
Plough chain and share, 10s.; curtain stayes, 7s.
Cradle and chest,
Bedtick, with flocks and feathers,
A musket, sword, and bandaliers,
Hat, 5s.; jacket and 2 pair of breeches, 18s.
Pillow, 3s.; books, 10s.; a spinning wheel, 2s.
d. 28 May 1662
m. Temperance Denslow
Buckland, Thomas, Hartford. Died 28 May, 1662. (W.R.) Invt. £343-00-04. Taken 20
June, 1662, by Deacon Gaylord, Deacon Moore, Matthew Grant.
b. c. 1620
d. 26 July 1681
m. Thomas Buckland
Buckland, Temperance, Windsor. Invt. £90-18-04. Taken 19
August, 1681, by John Loomis sen., John Moore & Thomas Bissell sen. Will dated
21 March, 1680-1.
I Temperance Buckland, Widow; having grown aged & weak, do
hereby declare that my Mind and Will is how I would have that portion of the
Estate that I now injoy to be disposed of after my decease: Imprimis: I give to
my son Nicholas Buckland my now Dwelling house & Orchard, being my Homelott, 2
acres of Pastureland, & in the Great Meadow 6 acres of Meadowland. This I give
to my son Nicholas to be to himself and his heirs or assigns after my decease.
Yet this I do desire of him while I live, that he take the best Care he is able
for my Comfortable maintenance. I give to my daughter Hannah Buckland all my
Household Goods of one Sort & another for her own use and dispose. This is all I
have to express, & do witness the Truth of my Will & desire by setting to my
TEMPERANCE X BUCKLAND, Widow.
Witness: Matthew Grant, John Grant.
Court Record, Page 46—1st November, 1681: Will & Invt.
Exhibited. Adms. to Nicholas Buckland.
27 January, 1681-2: Joshua Wyllys gave a receipt for the
legacy to his wife, who was Hannah Buckland. Signed, JOSHUA WYLLYS, HANNAH X
Witness: Michael Taintor, John Grant
b. March 10, 1638-9
d. May 31, 1689
m. Abigail Vore
Buckland, Timothy, Windsor. Died 31 May, 1689. Invt.
£167-08-00. Taken November, 1689, by
Timothy Thrall, Zerubbabell Fyler. The children: Thomas age 24 years, Abigail
22, Mary 19, Hanah 13, Elizabeth 10, Esther 6.
Court Record, Page 7-11
November, 1689: Adms. to the Widow and son Thomas, dist: To the Widow, £11; to
each of the five daughters, £10. The Remainder to Thomas Buckland. He to pay
his Sisters portions as they come to 18 years of age.
Page 64-(Vol. VII) 6
March, 1704-5: An Agreement in Writing made for the Settlement and Dist. of the
Estate of Timothy Buckland, late of Windsor Decd, between the Widow & Children
of the sd. Decd, under their Hands & Seals, was exhibited in this Court,
accepted and allowed.
Page 91-(Probate Side,
Vol. X); We whose names are underwritten, being desired by Thomas Buckland of
Windsor to apprise and old house and about 2 acres and 1/2 of Homestead cited,
being under Oath, have apprised the house at £4 and the Lands at £7 per acre;
all, both House and Land, £21-10-00. All which House and Land belonged to his
Father, Timothy Buckland of Windsor decd, as he informed us, and was left of the
Inventory. Apprised by us March 9th, 1722-3, as Money.
Stoughton, John Gaylord
Page 22-2 July,
1722-3; Thomas Buckland, Adms, exhibited an Addition to the Invt. of
£21-10-00. Ordered recorded and kept on File. tate above mentioned be
distributed as followeth: To Thomas Buckland, Abigail Hosford, Mary Buckland,
Hannah Gillett and Elizabeth Burleson, the Children, in equal parts. And
appoint Israel Stoughton, John Gaylord and Samuel Strong, Dist.
See Dist. per File: 24
May, 1725; To the Widow Abigail Buckland, to Thomas, To Hannah Gillett, to
Abigail Horsford, to Mary Buckland, to Elizabeth Burleson wife of Fearne
Burleson, to Nathan Gillett & Timothy Horsford. By Thomas Sikes & John Gaylord
b. abt 1610
m. Mary ?
I give to my sone samul ye house and halfe ye home lote
with all ye land I purchased of Wiliam Thrall and to my sone peter halfe ye home
lot on ye north side and all ye medo and ye wat land yat was my on by gift of ye
towne. my tols to be equaly divided betwexte samul and peter. my sone samul is
to pay out eleven pounds and peter sixe pounds and this with ye reste of my
goods to be equaly devided betwexte my dafters. only my dafter mary to have five
pounds more than either of ye others these to prcels of land one by ye gravel
hill ye other by ye mill brok which I leve to my wife disposing if she out lives
mee and she is to in joy all this as long as she lives I doe with ye best of my
understanding in witness whereof I set to my hand.
Witnesses: Nathan Gyllet, Timothy Phellps, Job Drake son of
John, James Hillyer
2 cowes and a calfe and 5 swine & haye
house and home stead
3 acres in the great meadow at 6L ye acre
40 acres woodland that was William Thralls
30 acres woodland adjoininge given by ye Towne
10 acres in ye woods at gravill hill
5 acres at mill brooke
in beddinge and bedstead
in more beddinge and linine
in wareing clothese
in brass Iron and pewter
Tramells tonges glue with wooden ware
a gun sword table chest and other thinges
a syder board ould tubs and other thinges
Joyners tooles bench & wedges
grindstone timber and other thinges
debt due from the estate 9-13-11
credit oweinge to the estate 5-03-8
m. William Buell
I mary Buell being very weeck and ny to death and commiting
my Soull to god and my bodey to Cristin byring but having my naterall
understanding having som small things to despose of. my will is that my eldest
datter Mary Milles shall have my red wascott and that hat which was Sarah's and
one whit lininh appron and one blue appron when it is wove and the rest of my
wooling and lining clothese. I give to my datter hannah pallmer and a larg hat
and one puter plater and one tin pan. I give to my datter Hephzibah Welles 6
yards of linen Cloth, & I give to my gran child marey pallmer wooll cloth to
make hir a cot and my gran child sarah pallmer wooll cloth for a wascottt and
the rest of my wooll cloth is to be devided betwene my datters mary and hannah
and rest of lining cloth is to be divided betwene my to datters Mary and hannah
and I give to my datter hannah on blue appron and that is all that I give to my
Witnesses: James Hillr, mary hillyer
The inventory of the estate of Mary Buell
3 Linsy wolsy cottes & ould waskets
on carsy waskets
on sarg waskets 0-12-0 peniken wasket
cloth cloke 0-10- peniston 0-2-6
stockings 2 pr 0-2-0 shous0-4-0
greate say 0-5-0 flaxen aparons 0-3
4 callico aparons 0-4-0 cotton aparons 0-4
hollan aparon - 12s lining aparon
Blak neckecloth and [illegible]
4 neck handkerchee
other head Linnings
4 pair of gloves
lining yar 14 pound
wollings yarn 6 pound
meate and mealle
4 plate platters
half lint glas 0-0-6 large glas 02-0
six seven and halfe of land
d. abt. May, 1667
Denslow, Nicholas, Windsor. Invt.
£329-02-00. Taken 5 June, 1667,
by Matthew Grant, Thomas Ford & Walter Fyler. Will dated 4 March 1666-7.
this is to testify that
I Nicholas Denslow of Windsor doe make this my last Will & Testament: Imprimis:
I make my wife sole Executrix, and do bequeath to her the Use and Improvement of
my Whole Estate during her life, and when she dies I bequeath too Timothy
Buckland my gr. Child all my Lott lying at Pine Meadow, both in the Meadow and
out of the Meadow adjoining, as will appear upon Record. Item. I doe bequeath to
Nicholas Buckland my gr. Child. at the death of my wife, all my Houseing and
Homelott and all my Meadow Land in the Great Meadow, either pasture or Plowing, in all the parcels as
will appear upon Record. Also I bequeath to him at the time aforesd. the Bedd I
lye on and my furnace Pan all my Tooles of any sort for Husbandry. Also I give
to him my Woodlott. All the rest of my Estate in Cattle of all sorts, Corne or
Moveables, within house or without, I leave to the free dispose of my wife,
either before or when she dyes, to whome she sees meet. and to receive my Debts
due to me or pay out any I doe owe. And I request these my friends to be my
Overseers: Mr. Clarke, Capt. Newbery and Lt. Fyler.
Nicholas X Denslow
Witness: Matthew Grant,
John Witchfield, George Phillips.
Court Record, Page 96-3
March, 1669-70: Capt. Aaron Cooke moves this Court for a Dist. of the Estate of
Nicholas Denslow, late of Windsor, Decd, his wife being Co-heir to the Denslow
Estate. No Action
d. April 27, 1648
m. Widow Frances Clark
Dewey, Thomas, Windsor (who married Frances Clarke, 22
March, 1638) Buried 27 April, 1684-(W.R.) Invt.
£213-00-00. Taken 19 May, 1648, by David
Wilton and Robert Winchell. Syxe Children, 4 Boyes and two gerlls; Mary Clarke,
12 years old; one sone Thomas Dewye, 8, Josiah, 7; Annah, 5; Isreall, 3;
Jydidiah Dewey, 3/4 of a year old.
Court Record, Page
168-17 October, 1648. Dist of the Estate of Thomas Dewey was ordered as
£60-00-00 To the
£30-00-00 To the eldest son by name Thomas Dewey
£100-00-00 to the other 5 children, £20 apeice
The daughters' portions
of £20 to be paid them at the age of 18 years, and the severall sons' portion at
the age of 21 years; the Relict giving in sufficient security to the Children
for their severall portions.
George Phelps and
Frances Dewey (the widow) were married 30 November, 1648 (W.R.).
Court Record, Vol. II,
Page 9-6 June, 1650; It is agreed and concluded betwixt this Court, in the
behalf of the Children of Thomas Dewey, and Geo: Phelps, of Wyndsor, that the
whole of the Land, both Meadow and Upland, mentioned in sd. Dewey's Inventory,
amounting to the sum of £78, shall be sequestered for the Children's portions so
farr as it goes, and the remainder, being £52, hee Ingages himself to give into
the Court sufficient security for the payment thereof, according to the will of
the Court. The House and piece of Land belonging to it, valued at £40, the sd.
Phelps accepts upon his wive's part of the Estate.
Page 2 (Vol. III) 4
June, 1663; Upon the Request of George Phelps and Frances, his wife, this Court
do appoint Lt. Fyler, Robert Winchell and Matthew Grant to judge of the
difference of the Land of Thomas Dewey, Deceased, for an equal Division amongst
the children of sd. Dewey.
b. Sept. 25, 1645
d. October 23, 1678
m. Abigail Drake
Dewey, Israel, Court Record, Page 9-5 December,
1678; Capt. Daniel Clarke and Job Drake were made administrators on the Estate
of Israel Dewey, Decd., and impowered to dispose of it in pay't of just debts so
far as the estate will reach and return inventory in March next. (He owed to 7
persons, names given, about £50 in all.)
b. Jan. 11, 1675-76
d. Nov 30, 1712
m. Sarah ?
In the name of God, Amen,
Whereas I, David Dewey of Westfield, in ye County of
Hampshire in ye Massachusetts province of New England, being weak in body but of
sound and good understanding, make and constitute this my last will and
testament in a manner and for as followeth:
First I commit my soul into ye hand of God my Lord and
Saviour who hath redeemed me, and my body to Christian burial, fully believing
yt it shall by his grace have a blessed resurrection unto eternal life and
And as for my worldly goods, I bequeath to my dear and
beloved wife, Sarah Dewey, ten pounds wholly to be at her own disposal over and
above ye thirds of my estate the law gives her.
Item. I bequeath to my eldest son David Dewey ten pounds
more and above what either of his brethren, my other sons, proportions of my
estate amounts unto, and unto their sister, my daughter Sarah Dewey, I give ten
pounds less than they her two younger brothers single share thereof comes to. I
order something to be given to my servant Abigail Lee, but leave it to be done,
what and how much, according as my wife shall see meet. And for ye better
performing this my last will, I make and constitute my beloved wife Sarah Dewey
and my brother in law Philip Loomis of said Westfield, Joint executors thereof
impowering them hereby to make sale of the land I bought of Mr. Taylor lying at
ye rear of the homelots of ye Maudsleys, Ponders, &c., and so sign a deed of the
sale of a part thereof sold by me to John Maudsley upon ye conditions that he is
to perform specified in ye said deed and also to sell my land at Pechawseck if
need require, and do order them yt they bring up my children with honorable
education and learning according to their ranks and places. In witness whereof I
set to my hand and seal this twenty-sixth day of November in ye eleventh year of
her Majesty's Reign, Ann, by ye grace of God of Great Britain, France, and
Ireland, Queen, Defender of the Faith, and in ye year of our Lord, 1712.
Signed, sealed, and delivered in ye presence of us. Edward
Taylor, Jonathan Allford, Ebenezer Bush, Ephraim Phelps….DAVID DEWEY. [L.S.]
Feb. 3, 1712-13. Jonathan Allford, Ebenezer Bush, Ephraim
Phelps made oath before me, under written Judge of ye Probate of Wills for said
county, that they saw David Dewey, within signing (now Deceased), Sign and Seal
ye within instruments as his last will and testament and that he did in
according to their judgement And that they signed as witnesses thereto in
presence of the Said deceased which said will the executors therein named having
accepted their trust was by me approved and allowed of.
Samuel Partridge, Clerk.
To a house,
barn, and homestead on ye west side of the highway
a house, barn, and homestead on ye east side of the highway
4 lots in ye field called ye Plain
4 lots in ye 100 Acres (so called)
land in Squawfield
land at Pochassic and out lands,
land at Wolfe Pit Plain and ye head of ye Mill pond
land upon Monggoe Hill
horses, neat cattle, and sheep
cart and wheels, chairs and table, and other utensils
pair of horse shackles and spade
axes, hoes, forks, sickles, part of a dragg and harrow
beetles and wedges, part of a grindstone and winch
an old cider Mill and Press
wearing clothes, both linen and woolen stockings, and shoes
arms and amminition
wheat and pease 12-15, Indian Corn, 4-10
grain sown both wheat and rye
flax in ye sheaf 20, and sundry tools 11, and fan
half bushel and seed, books, chairs, cushions
wheels, reels, baggs, and cradle
5 Iron stillyard and hatchets 2-6, linen and woolen yarn and box iron
pewter, brass, iron, and wooden ware, with sundry other necessaries in
beds, beding, trunks, chests, boxes, new cloth, and other things
saddles, bridles, riging, warming pan and wool
linen, old casks, feathers 1-4, malt-meal, rye, and hops 15
salt bacon, and sithes 19-2, buttons, linen, and drug
shallow tammy crape, and a box of lumber
tobacco comb, marking iron, and money scales
a parcel of pasture land 60, and ready money in ye house 1-5
loombs, tackings, and all other utensils belonging to ye combing
a rubstone and razors, and half a hoan 3-6, barrells of cider
old iron, paper, a remnant of cloth and old pewter and all
a parcel of oats and a cheese press.
To Joseph Maudsley, Stephen Kellogg, and Nehemiah Loomis.
Feb. 3, 1712-13. Sarah Dewey and Philip Loomis, Executors
to ye last will and testament of David Dewey, late deceased, made oath before
me, underwritten Judge of ye Probate of Wills etc. for said county, that ye
within written was a true inventory of ye estate of said deceased so far as they
known, and if more appear they will readily make discovdry of ye same fron time
d. 17 November 1700
m. Miriam (_____)
Dibble, Thomas, Senr., Windsor, Invt. £60-14-01. Taken 1st
November 1700 by Samuel Cross, Nathaniel Gaylord and Alexander Allen. Will dated
17 February 1699-1700.
"I, Thomas Dibble, Sen., of Windsor, doe make this my last will and testament:
Imprimis: To my son Samuel and wife I give the north half part of my orchard
whereon he liveth, during his natural life, and the remainder to his son Samuel.
To my son Thomas Dibble and his wife I give the other half of my orchard during
life, and the remainder to his son Abram. Item. I give to my daughter Miriam
Gillett that two acres of meadow she now possesseth. Item. To my said daughter
Miriam I give, for the use of her son, my best broadcloth coat, hatt and
breeches. All the rest of my apparrel to be divided, two parts to my sons Samuel
and Thomas, the other part to be to my grandsons Josiah Dibble and Wakefield
I appoint Mr. John Elliot and son-in-law Samuel Gibbs to be
Witness: John Eliot, Alexander Allin. (Signed) Thomas X
"A schedule, expressing the form and manner how I would
have my household stuffe and other moveables disposed and divided, is as
follows: To my daughter Miriam 2 pewter basons, 1 platter, 1 quart pot, two
porringers, one saucer, one dram cup, a chafendish, a choping knife, 2 old
skilletts, a settle, and the cest (chest) that use to stand by my bedside, five
yards of two cloth and 40 shillings in pay, to be paid by my son-in-law Samuel
Gibbs out of that he oweth me. To my grand daughter, Eliza: Gibbs, the
bedstead, feather bed, and all thereto appeartaining, which is in the parlour, 1
iron pot and crooks, best table, and box with lock and key, 3 chairs, best
brush, 1 square basket, one pressing iron, best shears, one bodkin, pair
stillyards. To Experience Gibbs, 1 iron kettle, 2 chairs, an old chest, the
trundle bedstead, bed and green rug, best and worst pillows, 1 little table and
a gridiron. To Mirriam Gibbs, the worst of ye beds and worst table and a little
basket. To Hepzibah Dickson, a brass candlestick. To Palidence [sic] Denslow, a
half pint cup and a corn bowl. To Joanna Loomis, 2 smoothing irons and a pair of
pot hooks. To the Rev. Mr. Samuel Mather, Senior, my gun and sword and my
andirons, tongs and spit."
Witness: John Eliott, Alexander Allin.
(Signed) Thomas X Dibble, Senior.
d. August 6, 1689
m. Mary Wolcott
Drake, Job sen., Windsor. Invt.
£583-00-00. Taken 28 October 1689 by John
Maudsely & John Moore. Will dated 14 September, 1689.
The last Will &
Testament of Job Drake sen. of Windsor; I give unto my wife the Use of my
Dwelling house & Barn, Orchard & Homelott, except that which I give unto my son
Job, with my Pasture I bought of Goodman Bissell, the Land in the Little Meadow
& the 10 acres of Land I had of my Brother Christopher, & the Inclosed Lands in
the Wood & that lyeth against the Door of my dwelling house, & £40 of my
Household Goods. I give unto my son Job 6 acres of Land that I had of my Father
Drake. I give to him & his heirs forever my Dwelling house, Barn, Orchard &
Homelott, with all my Land within the Township of Windsor, excepting such
parcels as I shall otherwise dispose of, provided that he record to his son Job
that house and that part of the Homelott, with his Barn, which he now injoyeth,
with his lowest Lott toward Poduncke at 21 years of age. I give to my daughter
Elizabeth the 4 acres of Land in the Great Meadow that I bought of Goodman
Thrall, at my wife's decease. I give to Ephraim Colton 40 Shillings and small
Rapier. I have given to my gr. Child Israel Dewey 2 young Steers, as also a
Chest marked E. D. To my gr. Child Susanna Packer, my Land at Greenfield, & the
product of 14 acres I sold to Nathan, or the Land if he pay not for it,
according to his Bill or Bonds. I give to Joseph Dewey £4 of my Estate, to be
paid to him when my son Job possesseth the rest of my Lands. I give to my gr.
Child Mary Drake that which is due to me from my Father Drake's Estate, also
from my Brother Jacob's Estate, also £4. I give to my gr. son, Joseph Dewey,
Land over the River above John Osborne's which was my Father Drake's. I give to
my gr. Child, Job Colton, £5 in a young beast, and a gunn. I give to Elizabeth,
my son Job's wife, 50 Shillings in some good thing. The remainder of my estate
to be divided amongst my Children, that is to Job, Abigail, Elizabeth and
Esther. I ordain my son Job Drake to be sole Executor, & desire John Moore and
Thomas Griswold to be Supervisors.
Job Drake Sen.
Witness: John Richard, James Glen
Court Record, Page 5-11 November, 1689; Will proven
m. Elizabeth Rodgers
Aug. 17, 1659, John
Drake, Sr, dyed accidentally as he was driving a cart loaded with corn to carry
from his house to his son Jacob's; the cattle being 2 oxen, and his mare. In the
highway, against John Griffin's, some thing scared the cattle, and they set a
running, and he laboring to stop them by taking hold on the mare, was thrown
down on his face, and the cart-wheel went over him, brake one of his legs, and
bruised his bodye so that be was taken up dead, being carried to his daughter's
house, had life come again, but dyed in a short time, and was buried on the 18th
of August, 1659.
d. March 27, 1692
m. Katharen ?
Forbes, James, Hartford, Died 27 March, 1692.
Invt. £344-11-05 Taken 16 December, 1692, by
Joseph Olmsted and Roger Pitkin.
11 January, 1692-3, an Agreement of the Heirs for a settlement and Division of
the Estate: To the Widow Katharen Forbes, to David Forbes in Land, to James
Forbes in Land, to William Roberts in right of his wife Dorothy, land to equal
£20, to Mary Forbes £20, to Sarah Forbes £20, to James Forbes, the Eldest son,
he paying all the Debts due from the Estate & Portions aforesaid. All the
remainder of the Estate to the sons & William Roberts, to them & their Heirs
Olmsted, Roger Pitkin
John Forbes, Dorothy
Roberts, Mary Forbes, David Forbes and Sarah Forbes, being all of age, to
receive their portions; and James Forbes will be 16 on the 14th of
Court Record, Page
50-11 January, 1692-3: Invt & Agreement Exhibited in Court and confirmed. Adms.
to John Forbes; and Deac. Olmsted and Roger Pitkin to make Distribution
according to this Agreement.
b. July 1, 1649
d. Feb 15, 1731-2
m. Sarah Griffin
Windsor. Invt. £18-05-00. Taken 13 March, 1731-2, by Jacob Drake and Daniel
Court Record, Page
61-29 February, 1731-2; Adms. granted to William Kelsey of Hartford, and the sd.
Adms. informed this Court that the estate is insolvent, as he supposeth. This
Court order him to make further inquiry and report to this Court 1'st April
m. Sarah (widow Dibble)
WM. GRAVES, Newtown (Long Island). Leaves legacies to
Abigail, Mary, Hannah and Rebecca, the daughters of Joseph Phillips, of said
town, all under age. Also to Joan Madock, widow to David Vickree, "now in the
house with me." To Nicholas Elder, Mary Case, wife of Thomas Case, Mary
Scudder, wife of John Scudder. Leaves to his daughter, Hannah Graves, six acres
of upland next to the old house in Newtown. Also a cove of meadow near my creeke,
and to extend from a certain white oak tree down the said creek to Captain John
Coe's creek. Leaves all rest of land and goods to "the little children of my
daughter Hannah Graves," and to "my grandchild, Abigail Dibble, now living in
Connecticutt." Makes daughter Hannah executor, and Mr. Robert Field, Sr., and
Lieut. Gershom Moore executors in trust. Leaves to Mr. Robert Field "my best
suit of clothes, and to Lieut. Gershom Moore my beaver hatt, my pipe and my
boots which were my son John's, and to George Wood, Sr., my cloak."
Dated July 13, 1679. Witnesses, Thomas Eshrington, Nicholas
Inventory. Housing, upland and meadow, £ l3O. Total amount, £ 219 9s. 8d.
Whereas JOHN GRAVES, of Newtown, did in his will give to his father, Wm. Graves,
all his land, but if his sister Hannah or her children should survive him, then
the said lands were to go to them. And whereas the said Wm. Graves, the father,
not long after likewise departed this life before the will of his son could be
proved, and in his will did appoint his daughter Hannah his executor, with
Robert Field, Sr., and Gershom Moore executors in trust, since which his
daughter Hannah has likewise departed this life, the said Robert Field and
Gershom Moore are confirmed as executors. July 8, 1679.
d. abt. 1681
m. (H)Anna Bancroft
John Griffin, Simsbury
Inv. £184:18:00. Taken 23, Aug. 1681 by John Case, & Samuel Wilcoxson.
John 25; Thomas 23; Ephraim 12; Nathaniel 9; Hannah 31; Mary 27; Sarah 26;
Abigail 21; Ruth 16; Mindwell 19.
Court Record pg. 44. 1
Sept. 1681. Inventory exhibited. This Court grant administration on the Estate
to Hannah Griffin, the widow and her sons John & Thomas.
Pg. 69 (Vol.5) 4 Apr.
1694 An account of the Wastage of John Griffin's estate being brought into this
Count, amounting to £21:09:00 by the account appears a clear Estate of £25:
05:09 which this Count Distributes: to the eldest son a double portion
£22:l5:06, and equal portions, viz.: £11:07:09 to each of the other 9 children.
And whereas the Town of Simsbury granted to the Widow of sd John Griffin a piece
of upland of about 4 acres near John Terries Land & 12 acres under the Mountain,
which by the sd Widow's mind declared, and consent of the Rest of the Children
the sd Land should belong to Ephraim and Nathaniel Griffin. This Court doth
approve thereof, and doe order Mr. John Higley, John Slater & Peter Bewill to
make a Partition of the Estate accordingly.
HEART, Steven, Deacon, sen., Farmington. Invt. £340-04-00.
Taken 31 March, 1682-3, by Thomas Heart, John Heart. Will dated 16 March,
I Stephen Heart of Farmington do make this my last Will &
Testament: For the settleing of this my Estate, my Will is as followeth: That my
Farme which I formerly have given to my three sons, John Heart, Steven Heart &
Thomas Heart, the ½ of my Farme to John, ¼ to Steven, the other quarter to
Thomas. I give to my gr. son Thomas Porter & to my son-in-law John Cole my
plowing Land & Meadow & Swamp which was sometime part of Andrew Warner's Farme,
& abutts on my son Steven Heart's Land on the North. I do give it to them to be
equally (divided) betwixt them, the ingagement of my wife being fulfilled. I
give to my sons Steven and Thomas Heart that 10 acres of Land which I bought of
Andrew Warner, that lyes in the Farme Meadow, to be equally divided betwixt
them. I give to my sons Steven and Thomas Heart and to my daughters Sarah Porter
and Mary Lee, my Swamp Lott in the Great Swamp and all the rest of my Upland
Divisions, divided or undivided, to be equally divided betwixt them. I give to
my gr. child Dorothy Porter £10. I give to my gr. child John Lee £3. I give to
my gr. child John Heart, my eldest son's son, £3. I do give to my beloved wife a
little Kettle that holds about a peck, as also a colt which I gave her, which
was recorded to her. And as to all the rest of my Estate, within dores and
without, all dues & Debts (except 1-3 part of all my Linen, & a Cow, & £10 given
to my wife, as also £5 of Annuity during her natural life in case she survive
me, as may appear by a former Instrument), And as for the rest as abovesd., I
give to my sons, Steven and Thomas Heart, and my beloved daughters, Sarah Porter
and Mary Lee, and my son-in-law, John Cole, whom I make my Executors.
Witness: John Wadsworth sen.,
Court Record, Page 69 -- 4 April, 1683: Will proven. Mrs.
Margaret Heart, Ensign Thomas Heart, Sarah Porter and Mary Lee personally
appeared and made oath to the Inventory.
Viz: A house and homestead,
Land at Nod, on the east side of the river,
Twelve acres of land in the great meadow,
Two acres of land in the farme meadow,
Fower cows & a yearling, and two sucking calves,
Two horses, œ5, three sheepe & two lambes, 40 s,
Corn in the chamber,
Brass and iron in the house,
Bookes, œ5, two hatts, 18 s,
Three payre of shoes and reed making tools,
By provision and wooden ware in the seller
By augurs, cob irons, with other tooles, old iron,
Wearing cloathes, œ10-12,
Beds, bedding and bed steds, œ15-12,
Chees boxes, table seats and other weare,
Woolen and lining cloth, and a carpet, 1-14,
Arms and ammunition, and a small pann,
1 swine, corn and flax seed, 16, hay, 1-10
Great swamp lott and upland belonging to it,
Other lands not yet layd out, the worth not known,
Pewter & tin & earthern ware,
Forck, rakes and old iron, 9d
Apprized by us,
In her will, dated 18 February 1691/2 and proved 1 March 1693/4 "Margeret
Harte of Farminton", Stephen’s 2nd wife, bequeathed to her Smith
children and grandchildren.
d. 2 September 1725
m. Abigail Dibble
Sen., Salmon Brook, Simsbury. (Age about 70 years.) Invt. £259-04-07 Taken by
John Higley, Samuel Griswold and Jonathan Westover. Will dated 30 April, 1725.
I George Hayes,
Sen., of Simsbury, doe make this my last will and testament: I give my wife
Abigail Hayes my homested and so much household furniture as may be necessary to
her during her widowhood. I give unto my son Daniel the sum of £10 more than any
other of my children (except it be my daughter Abigail) in money or equivalent
thereunto out of my estate when the same may fall to them to be divided. I give
unto my daughter Abigail £5 more than to any child or daughter I have, by reason
of her lameness. I give to my son Benjamin, besides what I gave him already by
deed, my 10-acre piece of marsh commonly called the Bener Marsh, and also my
whole part or share in our sawmill at Salmon Brook, with this condition or
promise, that he the sd. Benjamin shall dwell and live with me and support me in
all my wants and necessities and carefully carry on the business required and
usual to be done and performed in my husbandry on my farm, and to behave himself
toward me as a dutiful child ought to do towards a dutiful parent during my
natural life. And my will and desire also is That if I should happen to decease
in such a time of the year so soon or soon after my sd. son has gotten in my
crops of grain and hay, etc., or such other products of my sd. farm, that the
same be not put nor entered in an inventory, but that the same be wholly for the
use and benefit of my now present family, namely. my wife, my daughter Abigail
and son Benjamin I give unto my four sons, Daniel, George, William and Samuel,
2-3 parts of my remaining estate, to be equally divided between them. And the
other Third part of my sd. estate I give unto my daughters Abigail, Sarah, Mary,
Johanna, Thankfull and Doritha, to be equally divided between them. I make my
wife and my son Daniel my executors.
East, George HAYES LS.
Lydia X Hixley, Elizabeth X Bartlett.
Court Record, Page
105—5 October, 1725: Will now exhibited by Abigail Hayes, widow, and Daniel
Hayes, named executors in sd will. Approved. James Hillyer, of Symsbury, in
right of his wife (one of the daughters of George Hayes decd), desired an appeal
from the judgement of this Court approveing the will. Granted
m. Mary Bliss
Holcomb, Nathaniel, Simsbury. Invt. L100 plus. Taken 2
April, 1741, by Elias Slater and Jno. Owen, Jr. Will dated 7 February, 1740-1:
I, Nathaniel Holcomb, Sen., of Simsbury, do make this my
last will and testament: Imprimis. To my wife, besides what I have already
secured for her before marriage, I give her the sum of 20 shillings. Item. I
give to my sons, Nathaniel, Jonathan, John and Benjamin, that lott of land of
150 acres that lyeth near the northwest corner of the Town bounds, to be equally
divided between them. Also, to my sons, Nathaniel, Jonathan and John, I give the
1/2 of my propriety in Windsor of undivided land. To my son Nathaniel I also
give my right and interest in the Copper Hill, the whole of it, and also that
addition of land that was made to my lott at Raven Swamp. To Jonathan I give
further 10 acres of land lying on Salmon Brook Plaine. To John I give 12 acres
of land lying at Barn Door Hills. I give to my son Benjamin the other half of my
right in Windsor undivided lands, the house and homestead I now dwell on, being
about 3 acres, with the orchard standing on it; also 14 acres of land at the
head of Owen's Brook, as it was layd out, be it more or less; also the remainder
of my home division lott that I am now possessed of; also 10 acres of land at a
place called Slater's Swamp, bounded south in part on Elias Slater's land. Also,
I give to Benjamin the 1/2 of my copper's (cooper's?) tools and my best gunn,
and the other half to my sons Nathaniel, Jonathan and John. To my five
daughters, Mary, Katharine, Hester, Sarah and Margaret, I give, after debts and
legacies are paid out of them, the remainder of my moveable estate, to be
divided equally amongst them. And to the son of my daughter Martha deceased I
give 20 shillings, to be paid him by my sons Nathaniel, Jonathan and John, to
buy him a Bible. To my daughter Mary I give her a cow in particular, to be taken
out of my moveables before the division is made. And ordain my son Benjamin to
be my sole executor.
Witness: Ekas Slater, NATHANIEL HOLCOMB, LS.
Ephraim Bewell, Timothy Woodbridge.
b. abt 1610
m. Elizabeth ?
Holcomb, Thomas, Windsor. Invt. £294-09-08. Taken 1st
October, 1657, by Benjamin Newbery, Daniel Clark.
Children Joshua age 17 years, Benajah 13, Nathaniel 9,
Abigail 19, and Deborah 5-7 years of age.
Signed, Matthew Grant.
Adms. granted to the Widow Elizabeth Holcomb. Order of Dist
£ s d
42-18-00 To the Widow,
42-18-00 To Joshua,
33-07-00 To Benajah,
28-12-00 To Nathaniel,
28-12-00 To Abigail,
28-12-00 To Deborah,
George and Edward Griswold enter a Claime to part of the
Estate, but remit the Claim.
James Enno and Elizabeth Holcomb, Widow, were married 5 August, 1658.
On this 15th day of December, 1660, I doe acknowledge to
have re-ceived of my Father Enno of my wive's portion the whole sum.
SAMUEL BISSEL. (husband of Abigail)
On this 17th day of December, 1660, I doe acknowledge to
have received of my Father Enno ye full sum of my portion. Witness my Hand
d. May 11, 1728
m. Mary ?
Simsbury. Died 11 May 1728. Invt. £382-18-04, Taken by John Higley and Samuel
Griswold. Will dated 28 May 1725.
I, John Matson, Sen.,
yeoman, do on this 28 day of May, 1725, make, ordain and appoint this my last
will and testament: I give to my eldest son, John Matson, Jr., the lott or
parcell of land which I bought by way of exchange of my brother George Haies,
being half of his whole lott commonly called the upper meadow lott, to him and
his heirs forever. And whereas have given him before, by several deeds,
severall tracts of land, now this is to cut him off from coming in for any more
double portion, and it shall be in full of his portion together with the money
he stands now indebted to me, and daily supplies and helps from an by me. I
give unto my other two sons, Joshua and Edward Matson, my tract or a parcell of
land containing 200 acres given to me by the Town, called the division land, in
sd. Simsbury, in equal shares, to them and their heirs forever. I give unto my
wife, Mary Matson 1-2 of all the remaining part of my estate, both real and
personal, as houses, barn, cattle, sheep and swine, and household furniture, and
lands and meadows, that is to say, the houses, barn, orchard, land and the
meadows, to possess and injoy during her natural life; and the cattle, sheep,
swine and household furniture to do as she see good and at her own disposal at
her will and pleasure,. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth and my sd. two sons,
Joshua and Edward Matson, the other half part of my sd. remaining estate, both
real and personal, as houses, barn orchard, cattle, sheep, swine and household
furniture, to be equally divided between them, they paying out of the same the
sum of £60 in current money or bills of credit of sd. Colony, that is to say,
£20 unto my daughter Mary, now the wife of Ebenezer Lamson, and £20 unto my
daughter Jane, now the wife of George Hayes, Junior, and £20 unto my daughter
Esther, now single woman or maiden, the payment to be well and truly made within
or at the expiration of three years after my decease. I give also unto my sd.
daughter and sons, Elizabeth Joshua and Edward, after the decease of their
mother, my now dear and loving wife, all the abovesd. half of my real estate
which I have left for her to injoy during her life, to them and each of them an
equal share. I appoint my well-beloved wife Mary Matson and my trusty friends
John Case, Sen., and Jonathan Westover, both of sd. Simsbury, my executors.
John Matson, Sen., LS.
Witness: Samuel Hays,
Jonathan Holcomb, Abraham Dibel.
Court Record, Page
194-3 July, 1728: Capt. Jonathan Westover and Mary Matson now appeared and
accepted the executorship.
Pate 20 (Vol. XI) 28
May, 1730: Edward Matson, a minor, chose Daniel House to be his guardian. Recog.,
d. October 14, 1683
m. Mary Brown
Moses, John, Windsor, Died 14 October, 1683. Invt.
£575-01-00, Taken by Henry Wolcott, Timothy
Phelps sen., Daniel Birge. The children; John age 28 years, Timothy 14, Mary 22,
Sarah 19, Margaret 17, Martha 12, Mindwell 7 years.
Court Record, Pate 75-6 December, 1683: Invt. Exhibited.
Page 79-18 December, 1683: Adms. to the Widow and son John,
Order to Distribute: To the Widow, £64 of
personal Estate forever, and on third of the Real during Life; to the Eldest
son, £124; to Timothy, £66; to Mary, Eldest daughter, because of her weakness,
£70; to the others £60 at lawful age. John Moore and Return Strong to be
Page 84-6 March, 1684:
Whereas this Court hath been informed that in John Moses' Inventory there is a
parcel of Land bought of Sarah Linsley, 13 acres, valued at £13, which is Judged
worth £60, that parcel of Land is by these appointed to distribute the estate to
be Valued in proportion as the other Land, & what overpluss it makes is to help
beare what the Estate is fallen short since the Inventory was taken.
File record, 12
February, 1683: An accott of the Widow's part of the Moveable Layd out to her.
Inventory of the Estate of Mary Moses, deceased. Taken 23 September, 1689,
£62-12-00, by John Moore.
Estate of John Moses,
Simsbury, 1690-1-To the constable of Simsbury to serve and return: In their
Maties Name you are required to warne John Moses of your Town to appear at the
Court to be held on at Hartford the first Thursday in March next, to Answer
Samuel Farnsworth in Right of his wife, as he is Administrator to the Estate of
John Moses deceased, in action of the case for his neglecting to make payment to
sayd Farnsworth the sum of Seventy pounds due to him in the right of his wife as
her proportion of her father's Estate allotted to her by the Court, with
necessary costs & charges. Herof fayle not. Dated at Hartford, Feb. 10, 1690-1.
John Allyn, Secretary
February the 11th, 1690.
Then this warrant was served upon John Moses by me,
John Robearts, Constable for Simsbury.
Received of John Moses
, as Administrator to ye Estate of John Moses deceased, ion Right of my wife
Mary, the daughter of the said deceased, as part of her portion ordered and
distributed to her out of the Estate of the said John Moses deceased, the sum of
seventeen pounds seven shillings an six pence. I say received the 16th
of January, 1690, pr. me,
Signed and sealed,
in presence of: Samuel Clarke sen., Timothy Phelps sen.
b. abt. 1633
d. September 14, 1689
m. John Moses
Moses, Mary. Invt.
£62-12-00. Taken 23 September, 1689, by John Moore. Nuncupative Will, dated 9
September, 1689. Mary Moses' last Will was that her son John should have 2
Barrells of Syder, and that Timothy should have the Cyder Mill & Press, & the
rest of the Estate should be equally divided amongst the rest of her Children.
Witness: George Norton,
George Drake, Jr.
Court Record, Page 7-11 November, 1689: Will & Inventory exhibited. This Court
appoint Timothy Phelps & Josiah Gillett Dist. the Estate.
John Owen, b. 12/25/1624
m. Rebecca Wade
Owen, John sen, Died 18 February, 1698, Invt.
£29-01-00. Taken 5 April 1698 by Lt. Hayden
and Benajah Holcomb.
Court record page 22-5,
April 1698: Inventory exhibited being only personal estate, and that given to
the widow to be at her dispose, the children consenting. Inventory inclkuded
four coats and four pairs of britches, a powdering barrell, books and bottles,
pewter platter, dishes, spoons and ladle, brass cast skillet and brass kettle,
table cloths and a dpzen napkins.
d. July 14, 1672
m. (1) Elizabeth ?, (2) Mary Dover
These presents testify, that I, William Phelps, of Windsor,
on Connecticut, in consideration of a marriage concluded between my son Timothy,
on the one part, and Mary, the daughter of Edward Griswold, on the other part;
have given and granted, and by these presents do give and grant unto my son,
that he, the said Timothy, shall jointly enjoin and possess, together with me,
all my houseing, lands and accommodations, as also all me estate, both real and
personal, both within door and without, with all the property emoluments,
products, and income of the same, during my material life: And my said son is to
inhabit and dwell in my house, with me and my wife, in joint way; and that it
shall continue during my material life; and if my wife shall survive me, she
have and enjoy in a joint way with my son the estate for her maintenance as
before expressed. But if my wife chooses to settle in any place and to leave
the house, then my son shall pay yearly to my wife, the sum of ten pounds during
her material life, and in case I myself in my life time, or my wife after my
decease, in her lifetime while she abides, to inhabit with my said son Timothy,
she see cause or desire it, I do reserve power both for myself and for her,
after my decease to dispose a barrel or two of cider and some apples yearly,
without any harm to the premises, and likewise I do reserve like liberty for
myself and my wife, to dispose of my wearing apparel, and whom we shall meet to
enjoy them after our decease. Also I do give full power of bequeathing the
great brass pan at her decease; and my son Timothy is to carry the improvements
of the whole Estate, and to order and dispose of the stock, so far as the
necessity of our subsistence shall require, and after my decease and the decease
of my wife, my said son Timothy shall have and enjoy all my whole Estate fore
mentioned to him and his heirs forever; always provided that in case my said
son Timothy shall die and leave no natural heirs begotten by him, that shall
either not attain the age of twenty one years or marry, then the one-half of my
lands excepting orchard and pasture down to the bridge, that goeth unto the
meadow; also the upper pasture by the house that shall belong to the house,
shall return to William, the son of my son Samuel. Also my son Timothy is to
pay out of the Estate: Imprimis to discharge my daughter Mary, with that which
is paid, the sum of thirty-four pounds, which is the full portion I allow her.
To my son William twenty shillings, to Samuel ten pounds, to Nathaniel fifteen
pounds, to Joseph five pounds - these legacies to my sons to be discharged
within two years of my decease.
In consideration of the premises we both have hereunto set
our hands this 22nd day of April Anno Dom. 1660.
Witness to signatures:
Daniel Clark, William Phelps, James Alford, Timothy Phelps
Entered in the Windsor, Conn., Retisted, July 26th, 1672; Mathew
b. abt. 1635
m. (1) Samuel Phelps, (2) Nathaniel Pinney
Pinney, Sarah, Windsor. Invt.
£28-19-05. Taken 26 December, 1715, by Benajah Holcomb and Joseph Phelps.
Will dated 13 June, 1711.
I, Sarah Pinney of
Windsor, widow, being aged and weak, doe make this my last will and testament: I
give to my four daughters, Sarah Moore, Mary Addams, Abigail Winchell and Sarah
Grant, the wife of Thomas Grant, the whole of my estate, to be equally divided
between them. I make my brother Ensign Joseph Griswold and Sergt. Benajah
Griswold, Matthew Allyn.
signed Sarah X Pinney, L.S.
Court Record, Page 6-7
February, 1715-16: Will proven. The executors decline the trust. Adms. is
granted to Benjamin Addams of Simsbury.
m. Anna White
Dated April 20, 1648, proved 7 June1649
I give to my
eldest son John Porter 100 pounds, and to my second son Jeames Porter I give
three score pounds, and to my other six children to wit : Samuel Porter,
Nathaniel Porter, Rebecca Porter, Rose Porter, Mary Porter, Anna Porter, I give
to each of them thirty pounds apiece..…My son Joseph Judson is to take twenty
shillings of Thomas Thornton the next winter. Also I give fifty shillings to
the poor of Wyndsor church.
My desire is that
these my beloved friends would be the overseers of this my last Will and
testament. Mr. Warham of Wyndsor, Mr. Goodwin of Hartford, Goodman White of
Hartford, Matthew Graunt of Wyndsor.
His two eldest
daughters Anna and Sarah thought the portions given them by their father at
their marriage should be made the same as their younger sisters, as appears from
the following report of the committee appointed to consider the matter.
March 7th, 1650
consideration of the business referred to our consideration touching the
children of John Porter of Wyndsor, deceased, We finding some expressions of his
that he would make the portions of his two eldest daughters as good as his
younger; also we conceive the eldest were helpful to the estate and that the
Lord hath taken away one of the younger daughters and that the rest of the
children are disposed of without damage to their portion; our apprehensions are
(if the Court see meet) that the two eldest daughters portions be made up thirty
b. August 8, 1605
d. August 3, 1679
m. Elizabeth ?
Thrall, William, Windsor. Died 3 August, 1679. Invt.
£158-09-00. Taken by Christopher Sanders,
Jacob Drake. Will dated 11 December, 1678.
I William Thrall of
Windsor do give and bequeath my Outward Estate, my House Barn & all my Lands of
one sort or other. Upland or Meadow, to my son Timothy Thrall, to be his & his
heirs forever, yt with this Profiso, that upon his possession thereof he stand
bound to discharge the Legacies as followeth; First: that he pay to Daughter
Phillip(i) Hosford the sum of £45, to be paid within 3 years after my decease.
Second: that he pay to Samuel Cross, & also to her that Was Mary Cross, both
which live with me, 5 Shillings apeice. Third: That he pay to Mr. Benjamin
Woodbridge 20 Shillings. It is my Will & I do give to my gr. child Sarah Hosford
the little House I have begun to build on John Hosford's Land, For my Household
Goods, what is in the possession of my son Timothy Thrall I do bestow on him. &
what part of my Household Goods is in possession of John Shepherd I do give to
my daughter Phillipi Thrall. A Cow of mine in John Hosford's Hands I do give to
Daughter Phillip(i) Hosford. & the Cattle or Stock in my son Timothy Thrall's
Hands I give to him. I ordain my son Timothy Thrall Executor. Also I desire Mr.
Benjamin Woodbridge and Abraham Phelps to be my Overseers.
William X Thrall
Witness: Job Drake, Mary Woodbridge.
Court Record, Page
18-45 December, 1679: Will & Invt. proven.
b. July 25, 1641
d. June, 1697
m. Deborah Gunn
Thrall, Timothy, Windsor. Died June, 1697 (W.R.). Invt.
£797-14-07. Taken 25 June, 1697, by Daniel Hayden, Samuel Cross and
Michael Taintor. Will dated 13 May, 1697.
I Timothy Thrall of
Windsor, being of sound mind & in Health of Body, doe make my Last will &
Testament: I give to my daughter Deborah Moses £10, to Elizabeth Cornish £20, to
my daughter Abigail Thrall £30. I give to my four sons, Timothy, John, Thomas
and Samuel, all my right and Propriety in those Lands which Lye within the
Township of Windsor which were appointed by the Towne to be divided to the
proprietors. Inhabitants, by a comitte chosen for that end in the year 168-. I
give and bequeath unto my son John Thrall, in the East side of my farm in
Windsor, at a place Commonly Called Hoyt's meadow, Twelve rodds in breadth
bounding easterly in part on Samuel Gibbs, part by Samll Cross, south by the
Riverlett, & to runn northerly til it comes to my north bounds. All the rest of
my farm at Hoyt's Meadow, both upland and meadow, I give to my two sons Thomas &
Samuel, to be equally divided betwixt them. And they shall each of them have a
Yoake of Oxen or Steers, fitt for worke. and One Cow or Heifer a piece, three
years of age at least, to be delivered within three years after my decease by my
Executor afternamed. And all the Residue of my Estate and good & Cattells not
herein above bequeathed, after my debts and funeral expenses are discharged, I
doe give and bequeath to my son John Thrall, whom I doe make sole Executor.
Timothy Thrall L.S.
Witness: Jacob Gibbs, sen., Abraham Phelps
Court Record, Page
11-12-6 July, 1697: The Will and Invt. Exhibited and approved. At the same Court
John Thrall and Thomas Thrall declared that Samuel Thrall & Abigail Thrall,
being 15 years of age. made choice of Daniel Heyden to be their guardian.
b. June 5, 1671
d. Apr 18, 1732
m. Mindwell Moses
Thrall, Sergt. John, Windsor. Died 18 April, 1732. Invt.
£856-16-06. Taken 15 May, 1732, by Jonathan Stiles, Peletiah Allyn and Job
Drake. Will dated 18 April, 1732.
I, John Thrall of
Windsor, do make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Mindwell my
house and homestead, with the barn, and the land adjoining running to the Great
River, and three acres of land south of the highway, which was Grandfather Gun's
and the syder press, during her widowhood, and after to return to my sons,
Joseph, Daniel, Joel and Charles, equally to be divided among them. Also I give
to my wife £20 out of moveables, she takeing her choice, and the feather bed and
bedding. I give unto my son John all my right in the 1 1/2 mile lott lately laid
out, known as Town Commons, and also all my right in the equivalent land. I give
unto my daughter Amy £20 out of my moveables, also ye youngest cow, six sheep
and five gees. I give unto my youngest daughter Jerusha £60 and one cow. I give
unto my sons, Joseph, Daniel, Joel, and Charles, all my right in the western
lands, equally to be divided between them; also my lott at Hoit's meadow, ye
pasture, and my lott at Sandy Hill, and my lott which I bought of Fits John
Allyn, equally to be divided between them. I give to my son John my lott at
Turkey Hill, provided he pay to my daughter Ammey £10 toward the £20 above
named. I give to my son Moses 1-3 part of all my right in the undivided land in
Windsor, and ye remainder to be equally divided between Joseph, Daniel, Joel and
Charles. My wife and son Moses Thrall to be executors.
John Thrall, LS.
Witness: Israel Stoughton, Samuel Stoughton, John Allyn
Court record, Page 66-9
May, 1732: Joel Thrall, a minor, age 16 years, chose John Thrall of Windsor to
be his guardian. Recog., £200.
Page 69-6 June, 1732:
Will exhibited by Mindwell Thrall and Moses Thrall, executors. Mrs. Mindwell
Thrall refused the trust.
Page 70-6 June, 1732:
This Court appoint Mrs. Mindwell Thrall to be guardian to Jerusha Thrall, age 9
years. Recog., £100. and Moses Thrall is appointed guardian to Charles Thrall, a
minor son of Sergt. John Thrall. Recog., £100
Page 39 (Vol. XII) 3
February, 1735-6: John Thrall of Windsor, guardian to Joel Thrall, one of the
heirs to the estate of Sergt. John Thrall, moves this Court for a divison of the
real estate of the sd. decd. according to the will. This Court appoint Lt.
Joseph Barnard, Lt. James Enno and John Stoughton, distributors.
Page 51-5 October,
1736: Report of the distributors of the estate to the Court. Accepted and
ordered on file.
b. Oct 13, 1699
d. abt. 1749
m. Mary Roberts
Thrall, Sergt. John, Windsor, Inventory taken 30 November,
1749, by Daniel Bissell, Samuel Owen and Isaac Gillett. An addition was made to
the inventory, 14 August, 1750. Will dated 29 August, 1748.
I, John Thrall of Windsor, yeoman, do make this my last
will and testament: I give to Mary, my dearly beloved wife, the use of my house
and barn and 7 acres of land, more or less, near the house, with orchard;
likewise 5 acres of mow land joining the aforesd. 7 acres; likewise the use of
10 acres of pasture land joining to Sergt. Isaac Gillett on the west; also the
privilege of cutting firewood during her widowhood anywhere on the west side of
the highway. The aforesd. use of land and buildings I give to my sd. wife during
the time she remains my widow. Nextly, I give to my sd. wife 1-3 part of my
personal or moveable estate, within house and without, after my funeral charges
and debts are paid out of it. I give unto my son John Thrall a piece of land
lying on the east side of the brook called the calves' pasture, about 4 acres. I
give to my son John my gunn, sword and belt, and a sorrill mare that he uses to
call his, and her colt, and 4 sheep, and one sennet calf and one Mack Daniel
calf. I give unto my sons, John, Samuel, Ezekiel, Benjamin and Luke all my real
estate, lands and tenements, divided or undivided, lying and being in Windsor,
Ellington and Suffield, to be equally divided between them, and to their heirs
and assigns forever. I give unto my loving daughters, Mary, Lucy and Mindwell,
£200 old tenor money apiece, or publick
bills of credit equivalent thereto, or in moveables at inventory price,
according to the discretion of my executors, to be paid to them when they arrive
to the full age of 18 years. I give unto John, Samuel, Ezekiel, Benjamin, Luke,
Mary, Lucy and Mindwell all my lands at Penny Quid and Demmi Catsi, at the
eastern country, and my right of land at No. 3 up the Great River, equally to be
divided between them. Also, I give unto my aforesd. wife and executor full power
to sell all my land lying in the Town of Housetonack or Sheffield, in the
Province of the Massachusetts Bay, and also my part of the sawmill at
Housetonack, to dispose of to pay my debts and legacies. Also, the remainder of
my abovesd., equally to be divided. Also my will and pleasure is that my
executor hereafter named shall have guardianship and oversight, and dispose of
each and every of my children until they come to be of lawfull age, my sons to
21 years and my daughters to 18 years. And also my will is that in case my
executor hereafter named shall bring up and take care of my sd. children, that
then the aforesd. executor shall have the use and improvement of each of their
estates until they come to lawful age. and furthermore I do hereby nominate and
appoint my wife Mary to be sole executrix to this my last will.
John Thrall, LS.
Witness: Samuel Taggert, Samuel Owen, Jacob Gillet.
Court Record, Page
110-7 November, 1749: The last will and testament of John Thrall, late of
Windsor, was now exhibited in Court by Mary Thrall, executrix. Proven, approved
and ordered to be recorded and kept on file.
Page 124-3 April, 1750:
An inventory of the estate of John Thrall late of Windsor, was now exhibited in
Court by Mary Thrall, executrix, except some things which the sd. decd. ordered
should be made use of in his family, which inventory this Court accepts and
b. Prob. England
d. July 19, 1655
m. (1) ?, (2) Elizabeth Fuller
Estate of Thomas Upson
of Farmington, CT in in file # 5553, Hartford Probate District, State Library,
Sept: 6th: 1655
Tho: Upsuns of
The Invitory of thomas
Upsuns Goodes and Chattells of fermington now deceased & dyed inteasstate.
His house, Orchard
& other land
yock of exen
bedding & linen
Thre keettells &
pewter & Tin
plow Iron Chaynes &
one payer of wheels
Debts due from the estate
Debts wh appeare since 3:12:8
The court 17 Jany: (55)
orders ye widow to administer the Estate and they doe at the request of ye widow
desire Tho: Judd and Steph: Hayes Senior to bee Assistant to the widdow in ye
(settling?) the Estate for the good of shee & her children & payment of the
(Signed) Stephen Hart;
Thomas T Newell; John f Cones; John Harte
Page 114 (Vol. 3) 7th September 1671
Edmund Scott who had married the widow, moved this Court for a distribution of
To Thomas, eldest
To Mary, eldest daughter
The rest of the Estate
to be and belong to Edmund Scott and his heirs in right of his now wife, the
widow of said Thomas
d. August 22, 1683
m. Ann ?
Vore, Richard, Windsor. Invt.
£81-15-00. Taken 11 December, 1683 by John
Loomis sen. and John Moore. Will dated 1st July, 1683.
The last Will of
Richard Vore of Windsor: I make my wife Ann Vore to be sole Executrix of my
Estate, & my Will is that during her natural life she shall possess & injoy my
Houseing & Lands Lying & Cituate in the Township of Windsor, as also my Goods,
Household Goods & other Estate, more particularly my House & Homelott on the
north side of the Rivulett, with Orchard, Fences, Yards, or what els belongs
thereto, as also my Land lying in a place called the Neck, counted 3 acres.
Secondly: My Will is that after the Death of my wife (if she shall survive me)
my daughter Abigail, now wife of Timothy Buckland, if she be living, shall enjoy
my House & Homelott, yt provided my Will is that neither my daughter nor her
husband shall have any power to alienate or dispose of the same or any pert
thereof, but shall keep & preserve Intire; yet they may enjoy the Benefit &
Profit thereof so long as my daughter shall live, & after her decease it shall
belong to her Children, if any living; if not, the sd. Homested shall belong to
my other daughters or their Children. Thirdly: I give to my daughter Cooke, the
wife of Nathaniel Cooke, 5 Shillings in addition to what I have already given
her, also the Land lying in the Neck, after the death of my wife. Fourth: I give
Thomas Alvard, son to my daughter Mary Alvard deceased, 5 Shillings, Fifthly; I
give to the eldest child of my daughter Sarah Persons, Decd., who was wife to
Benjamin Persons of Springfield, 5 Shillings. Sixthly: My Will is that my
Household Goods & Chattells of all sorts not disposed of which I have by Will
left to my wife for her Use, she hath hereby full power to dispose of them, as
she shall see Cause, amongst my Children. I request Capt. Benjamin Newbery, John
Moore & John Loomis sen. to be Overseers.
Witness: Samuel Mather, John Loomis sen.
Court Record, Page
81-10 December, 1683: Will proven.
m. Bridgett Allgar
In the name of God
Amen. May the seaven and twentyeth in the fifteenth yeare of the raigne of our
Soveraigne Lord James by the grace of god Kinge of England ffrance and Ireland
defender of the faith etc and of Scotland the fiftyeth. In the yeare of our Lord
god 1617 I Robert White of Messinge in the countye of Essex yeoman, beinge of
good and pfect remembrance, doe make this my last will and testament, in manner
and forme followinge. Imprimis. I comend my soule unto the hands of god
almightey my most faythfull creator redemer and sanctifier and my bodie to be
buryed in the parish church or church yeard of Messinge, at the discretion of
mine executors. Item I give and bequeath unto the poore people of Messinge
fortye shillings of lawful mony of England, to be distributed amongst them, at
ye discretion of mine executors and the minister of Messinge, within one month
next after my depture from this naturall life. Item I give and bequeath unto
Mr. Richard Rogers preacher of gods word at Withersfleld in Essex aforesaid; and
to Bartholomew Scrivener Minister of the church of god in Messinge aforenamed to
each of them the severall summe of fortey shillings of like lawfull monie, to be
payd Unto them within two monthes next after my departure.
Item I give and
bequeath unto mine eldest daughter Sarah, the wife of James Bowtell of little
Salinge, the summe of fifteene pounds of lawful mony of England. to be paid
within fower years next after my depture. Item I give and bequeath unto Jeames
Bowtell the younger son of my said daughter Sarah Bowtell, the summe of five
pounds of good and lawful mony of England, to be paid unto him when he shall
come to ye sixteenth yeare of his age.
Item I give and
bequeath unto my daughter Marie the wife of Joseph Lummis of Branetree, one
Item I give and
bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth the wife of Willm Gooddinge of Bockinge the
summe of fortye markes of like lawfull monye within one yeare next after my
depture. to be paid unto hir.
Item I give and
bequeath unto my daughter Bridgett White the sum of one hundred marks of like
lawfull monye. to be paid unto hir upon the day of hir marriage, provided that
she my said daughter Bridgett shall not bestow hir selfe in marryage without
time approbation and consent of may two sonnes in law Joseph Lummys and Willim
Goodinge formerly mentioned, and of my wife Bridgett White or thee consent of
two of them whereof my wife to be one of the twaine. But yf it happen that shee
marrye without the consent aforesaid then I give her only the summe of thirtye
pounds of like lawful monie.
Item I give and
bequeath unto my daughter Anna White the summe of one humndredth markes of like
lawfull mony : to be paid unto hir upon ye day of her marriage; yf soe be she
shall bestow hir selfe in marriage, accordinge to the likinge and consent of my
two fornamed sonnes in law, and my wife, as is aforesaid. Butt vf it so fall
out, as that she my said daughter Anna shall marrye without ther consent and
approbation formerly mentioned, then I give and bequeath hir only the summe of
thirtey pounds of like and lawfull monie.
Item I give and
bequeath unto my sounne Nathaniell White the sume of fortie pounds of like
lawfull money, whereof my will is that twenty pounds shall be paid wthin one
yeare next after my depture, and the other twentye pounds to be paid unto him
within two years next after my said depture oute of this naturall life.
Item I give and
bequeath unto my soenne John White the summe of two hundredth pounds of like
lawfull monie to be paid him when he shall come to ye years of one and twentye
of his age: yett provided that my said sonne John shall not bestow himselfe in
marriage without the approbation and consent of my aforesaid two sonnes in law
Joseph Lummys and William Goodinge, and my wife his mother. And yf it so fall
oute that this my son John shall match him selfe contrarye to the good likinge
and consent aforesaid, then I give and bequeath unto hint only as his full
portiom the summe of one hundred pounds of like lawfull monye.
Item my mind and
will is that yf any of my foresaid children thiat are unmarried shall depte this
naturall life before thee tymes appointed for time payment of their portions; or
yf any of them shall marrye contrarve to the consent and approbation mentioned
, then such sum me or summes of monie (as shl retaine and accrew, eyther by
their death or disobeydience,) shall be equally devided amongste the rest of my
children whither marryed or unmarried, pte and parte like.
Item I give and
bequeath unto my said son John White time ioyned standinge bedstead wch is in
the parlour, with the featherbed, flockbed, bolster coveringe wth other
furnevture thereunto belonginge: alsoe the presse cupbourd the cupbourd table
and newest chest all wch are in the said ploure to be delivered him after the
death of mv said wife Bridgett White, or instead thereof the summe of twenty
marks of like lawfull monye.
Item I constitute
and ordainie my aforesaid sonnes in law Joseph Lumys Willm Goodinge supuisors of
this my last will and testament and do give unto each of them time severall
summes of fortev shillings of like lawfull monye: towards their charge and
paines in seinge this my will executed according to my minde.
Item I give and
bequeath untto Ralph Bett the younger my kinsman and servant the summe of five
pounds of like lawfull money, to be paid unto him within one yeare next after my
Item I give and
bequeath unto Joseph Digbie my servant, twentye shillings. of like lawfull monye,
to be paid within One yeare next after my depture.
Item all the rest
of my goods unbequeathed I give and bequeath unto my wife Bridgett White, and to
my sonne Daniell White whome I constitute and ordayne the joynte executors of
this mv last will and testament, hopinge they will faithfullye execute this my
will accordinge to the trust reposed in them.
In witness whereof
I have hereunto sett myne hand and seale time daye and yeare first mentioned.
In presence of us
John Christmas ye elders (+) marke
Testamentu apud Kelvedon vicesimo Die mensis Junii 1617.
b. abt 1633
d. March 8, 1699-00
m. Sarah Porter
Winchell, Nathaniel sen., Windsor. Died in March. Invt.
£540-09-10. Taken 30 April, 1700, by Benajah
Holcomb sen. & Nathaniel Gaylord. The children: Nathaniel, age 32 years, Thomas
28 (Decd, leaving four Children), Stephen 22, John 20, Sarah 25, Mary 17.
These may inform the
Honoured Court: That there is a piece of Land on which Thomas Winchell built a
house and lived some years, and after his death, as we are informed, part of sd.
Land was Inventoried as part of sd. Thomas his Estate, though not made over to
sd. Thomas according to Law before his death, nor since unto the Surviving. So
that the Land not being passed, neither by Will nor Deed, from the Old man to
his son, nor to son's Children, we were in Doubt whether to Inventory sd. Land
unto Nathaniel Winchell's sen. Estate or not. Now the Division of that Matter we
leave with your Honours. If it must be put into the Inventory, we apprise it at
Court Record, Page
140-25 May, 1700: Invt. of the Estate of Nathaniel Winchell, late of Windsor,
was exhibited in Court by Sarah, the Relict, and Nathaniel, son of the sd. Decd.
Adms. is granted to Sarah the Relict.
Page 1-(Vol. VII) 5
September, 1700: Sarah Winchell, Relict of Nathaniel Winchell, late of Windsor
Deed, Adms. Recog., £200, with Josiah Phelps of Windsor.
Page 5-16 December,
1700: Prays for longer time to perfect the Adms.
Page 6-20 December,
1700: This Court orders that all the Lands belonging to the Estate of Nathaniel
Winchell, except that parcel at Simsbury and one other parcel at Westfield,
shall be dist: To the Widow, Sarah Winchell, 1-3 part during her natural life;
and the Children, or their legal representative, the remiander of sd. Estate.
And appoint Lt. Return Strong, Michael Tainter and Sergt. Benajah Holcomb,
Distributors. This Court appoint Capt. Abraham Phelps to be Guardian to John
Winchell, a minor son of Nathaniel Winchell; and Atherton Mather appo9nted
Guardian to Mary Winchell, daughter of sd. Decd.
Dist. File: 1701: Order
to Dist: to the Widow, to Nathaniel, to the Children of Thomas, to Stephen, to
John, to Mary, to Josiah Phelps. by Benajah Holcomb & Michael Taintor.
Page 16-4 September,
1701: Report of the Dist.
Page 17-4 September,
1701: The Court grant the Widow a Quietus Est. Nathaniel Wionchell Jr. appeared
in Court and appealed to the Court of Assistants. Recog., £10.
d. January 21, 1667-8
Robert's will is dated 1668, and bequeaths his estate to
his three sons. Nathanael, Jonathan and David, and his daughter Mary. The
inventory showed an estate valued at nearly £62, or $310, no small sum for early
colonial days. His will was not written, but the following certificate, dated
20 Jan., 1668 was probated three days later.
"We, the Underwritten doe witness that, being with Robert
Winchell that night in which he died, desired us to take notice that if he lived
not till the next morning, and soe could not have it written, that this was his
Will: That before anything was meddled with all his Debts should be payd. and
that his two sons Jonathan and David should have ye lands on the Northwest of
the Highway, this being all the lands he had left, only Jonathan should have the
North side and David the South side. Sister Randall says: 'What shall yr
daughter have ?' He answered: 'I have done for her already. And as for my
eldest son, he is in my Debt ; I acquit him that ; yet let them have something.'
And sayd also: "I desire yt you two and Brother Phelps would be my Overseers.'
To this we set our hands.
''Memo. He expressed yt wt was left of his Estate besides
his debts his two sons Jonathan and David should have.
"Signed: Abraham Randall "
Mary X. Randall
b. Aug. 13, 1677
d. abt 1726
m. Abigail Phelps
Winchell, Stephen, Simsbury. Invt.
£884-05-04. Taken 5th April 1726, by Joseph Barnard, Nathaniel
Pinney and Nathaniel Pinney, Jr.
I, Stephen Winchell of
Simsbury, do make this my last will and testament: I give to my wife Abigail the
1-3 part of my moveable estate to her and her dispose forever, with the
improvement of 1-3 part of my lands during her natural life. I give to my five
sons, viz., Stephen Winchell, Thomas Winchell, Caleb Winchell, Robert Winchell
and Martin Winchell, all my estate, both real and personal, to be divided
amongst them in equal shares, excepting £5 in moveable at inventory price, which
I give to my daughter Dorothy with what I have already given her. And I do by
these present make and ordain my two eldest sons, Stephen Winchell and Thomas
Winchell, the executors to this my last will and testament.
Witness: john Owen, Henry Millington, Samuell Higley.
Court Record, Patge 113-4 January, 1725-6. The last will and testament of
Stephen Winchell was exhibeted by Stephen and Thomas Winchell, executors.
Page 127-5 April, 1726;
Martin Winchell, a minor, 18 years of age, chose Stephen Winchell of Simsbury to
be his guardian.
b. abt 1578
d. May 30 1655
m. Elizabeth Saunders
Woolcott, Henry Sen., Windsor. Invt.
£764-08-10. Taken 30 June, 1655, by William Gaylord, Thomas Ford, Matthew
Grant, John Moore. Will dated 13 May 1655:
I henry Woolcott, sick
of body but of perfect memory, doe make and ordaine this my last will and
testament in manner and forme as following: Ffirst, I commend my soule to God my
maker, hoping assuredly through ye only merit of Jesus Christ my savior to bee
made pr taker of life everlasting, and I commend my Body to ye earth whereof it
was made. I will yt my wife shall have all my house lott, orchard, garden,
hopyard, and my lott in plimouth meadow, during ye tearme of her life. Alsoe I
give unto my wife two of my Cowes and halfe of my household goods in my dwelling
house. Alsoe I leave my land in England to Henry, my Eldest sonn, without
encumbrances. Alsoe I give unto him my two Books of Marters. Alsoe I give to
Christopher, my second sonn, my lott in ye great meadow after my death, And my
house lott and housing upon it after ye death of my wife, he paying out of it
thirtie pounds after my wife deceased as I shall further appoint. Alsoe I give
to George, my third sonn, the five pounds hee owes mee and five pounds more.
Allsoe I give to Simon, my youngest sonne, all my land on ye easterly side of
the great River and my lott att Arrammetts. Allsoe to the children of Henry, my
Eldest sonne, five pounds to Henry ye eldest of ym, and to ye rest of ym fortie
shillings a peece. Allsoe I give all ye rest of my goods to bee equally devided
amongst all my children. Allsoe I appoint Henry Wolcott my sonne, to be
overseere of this my last will and testament. Alsoe my will is yt Christover, my
sonne, shall have my lott in plimouth meadow after ye decease of my wife. Alsoe
my will is yt my debts should bee first paid.
October 4, 1655: ye
above written being testified to ye Court by mr Henry Wolcott upon oath, and my
Mr. Wigchfield, to ber ye last will and Testament of Mr. Woolcott senior
deceased, the Couertre approved of ye same and ordered it to be recorded.
John Cullick, Secr.
d. Jul 5, 1655
m. Henry Wolcott
Wolcott, Mrs. Elizabeth, Windsor. Will dated 5 July, 1655:
I Elizabeth Wolcott doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in
manner and form following: Imprimis, I will yt my sonn George shall have
£5 worth of my part of ye household goods and £5 worth of my cloathes.
Allsoe I give unto Simon my Sonne ye bluewish stuff hee bought for me ye last
yeare. I give ye rest of my household goods to be equally divided betwixt
Christover and Simon, my Sonnes. Alsoe I give ye rest of my cloathes to be
equally divided betwixt my two daughters Anne and Mary Allyn. I would intreat
Christover to lett Simon to dwell in ye house and to have ye use of halfe of it
a while. Allsoe I give my two Cowes to be equally devided among all my Grand
Children. Moreover my will is yt whereas I have appointed my part of ye
household Goods to be devided betwixt Christover and Simon, except £5 to George.
now my Will is yt it shall soe Stand upon yt Condition yt Christover and Simon
doe release their parts of ye Household Goods, or else there shall bee soe much
taken out of this as their parts of ye rest of ye Goods comest to.
Elizabeth X Wolcott.
Witness: John Witchfield.
On the 4th of October (55) ye above wreitten was approved by ye
Courte and ordered yt it should bee recorded by ye Secr.
b. 11 December 1727
d. Sep 1756
m. Abigail Lamson
Colonial Records of CT, 1757-1762 by Charles Hoodly (1880)
p. 166, May 1758
Upon the memorial of Abigail Woodward administratrix on
the estate of Samuel Woodward late of New Haven in the county of New Haven,
shewing to this Assembly that the debts due from the estate of the said Samuel
surmount his personal estate the sum of £19
11s. 8d. lawful money: praying for liberty to sell so much of the real estate
of the said deceased as will enable her to pay said sum with the incident
charges arising on such sale: Resolved by this Assembly that the said
administratrix be impowered and she is hereby impowered, to sell so much of the
said real estate as to make said sum with the incident charges; taking the
direction of the court of the probate for the district of New Haven therein.
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