Will of John Winslow of Plymouth

JOHN WINSLOW’S WILL AND INVENTORY.

LITERALLY TRANSCRIBED BY GEORGE ERNEST BOWMAN.

John Winslow, son of Edward and Magdalen, and brother of Governor Edwarddoc Winslow, was born at Droitwich, England, on Saturday, 16/26 April, 1597, and baptized the following Monday. He died at Boston in New England, in the ten weeks between 12/22 March, 1673/4 and 21/31 May, 1674, the dates of making and probating his will, which is preserved in the files of the Suffolk County Registry of Probate, at Boston.

The transcript of the will was made from the original document, which is twenty-two and seven eighths inches high and seventeen and one eighth inches wide. It is in better condition, as the reproduction shows, than that of Mary (Chilton) Winslow, which we reproduced in our first volume. It is interesting to note that both wills were written, and witnessed, by John Hayward.

The original inventory is not in the files, and the copy was made from Volume V, pages 211 and 212, of the Probate Records.

In the name of God Amen the twelveth day of March in the yeare of our Lord according to the Computacon of the Church of England one thousand six hundred seaventy and three Annoq Regni Regis Car: Secundi Anglia &c xxvj I John Winslow Senr of Boston in the Countie of Suffolke in New England Merchant being weake of Body but of Sound and perfect memory praysed be Almighty God for the same Knowing the uncertainety of this prsent life and being desirous to settle that outward Estate that the lord hath lent me I doe make this my last Will and testament in manner and forme following (that is to say)

ffirst and principally I comend my soule to almighty God my Creator hopeing to receive full pardon and remission of all my sins and salvation through the merritts of Jesus Christ my Redeemer: And my body to the Earth to be decently buryed with such charges as to the Overseers of this my last Will and Testament hereafter named shall be thought meet and convenient And as touching such worldly Estate as the lord hath Lent me my Will and meaneing is the same shall be imployed and bestowed as hereafter in and by this my Will is Exprest

Inprimis I Doe revoake renounce and make voide all Wills by me formerly made and declaire & appoint this my last Will and Testament:

Item I Will that all the Debts that I justly owe at the time of my decease to any person or persons whatsoever shall be well and truely contented and paid in convenient time after my decease by my Executor or overseers hereafter named. Item I give and bequeath unto my Deare and well beloved wife Mary Winslow the use of my now dwelling house with the gardens and yards thereunto belonging for and during the tearme of her naturall life Item I give and bequeath unto my said wife the use of all my househould goods for her to dispose of as she shall thinke meet Item I give unto my said wife the sume of ffoure hundred pounds in lawfull mony of New England to be paid unto her by my Executor or Overseers hereafter named in convenient time after my decease:

Item after the death of my said wife I give and bequeath my said. dwelling house with all the Land belonging to the same unto my sone John Winslow and to his heires for ever he or they paying when they come to possesse & enjoy the same the sume of ffifty pounds of Lawfull mony of New England unto William Payne the sone of my Daughter Sarah Meddlecott.

And also to Parnell Winslow Daughter to my Son Isaack Winslow the full sume of ffifty pounds of like Lawfull mony: And my Will is that both the said sums be paid into the hands of my Overseers to be improved for them untill they come to age or the day of Marriage with the full profitt that they make of the same And in case either of the said Children dye before they come of age or to marriage as afforesaid: My will is that the survivor of them shall then enjoy both the said sums: But in case both of them should dye before they come to age: My Will is that then the said sums shall be Equally divided amongst the Daughters of my Daughter Latham to be paid unto them as they come to age or marriage as afforesaid

Item my Will is that my Katch Speedwell (whereof I am the sole owner) and the produce of the Cargo that I sent out in her: be (at her returne to Boston) disposed of by my Overseers hereafter named and the neate produce thereof be Equally divided amongst my Children my sone John Winslow onely Excepted and to have no part thereof: Item I give and bequeath unto my sone Benjamin the full sume of one hundred pounds to be paid him by my Executor or overseers hereafter named when he shall attaine the Age of twenty one yeares Item my Will is that if my sone Edward Winslow shall see cause to relinquish his sd prt and intrest in the sd Katch, Speedwell and her proceeds: then my Will is that he shall have one quarter part of my Katch John’s Adventure unto his owne proper use: And then the said Katch and Cargo to be Equally divided among my other Children: my son John Excepted as afforesaid together with my sone Edward from haveing any part in the afforesaid Katch or Cargo

Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Susanna Latham the sume of thirty pounds in mony to be paid her at the day of her marriage And to the rest of my Daughter Latham’s Children I give and bequeath unto Each of them five pound pr peece to be paid unto them as they shall come to age or the day of marriage Item

I give and bequeath unto my sone Edward Winslows Children the sume of five pounds pr peece to be paid unto them as they shall come to age or the day of Marriage Item

I give and bequeath unto my sone Edward Grey his children that he had by my Daughter Mary Grey the sume of twenty pounds pr peece to be paid unto them when they come to age or the day of their respective marriages Item

I give unto my sone Joseph Winslow’s two Children five pounds pr peece to be paid unto them as afforesaid Item I give unto my Grandchild Mercy Harris her two Children five pounds apeece to be paid unto them as afforesaid Item

I give and bequeath unto my Kinsman Josiah Winslow now Governor of New Plimoth the sume of twenty pounds to be paid unto him by my overseers in Goods: Item

I give unto my Brother Josiah Winslow the sume of twenty pounds to be paid unto him by my overseers in Goods: both in convenient time after my decease Item

I give unto my kinswoman Eleanor Baker the Daughter of my Brother Kenelem Winslow five pounds to be paid her in goods by my overseers in convenient time after my decease

Item my will is that what my Estate shall amount unto more then will pay funerall Charges My Debts and Legacyes in this my will given and bequeathed it shall be divided (after the Decease of my said wife) among my seaven Children in Equall proportions Except any one of my said Children shall have any Extraordinary providence befall them by way of any Eminent Losse then that part of my Estate that shall remaine as afforesaid shall be divided & distributed according to the prudence and discression of my overseers hereafter named or any two of them:

Item my will is that in case any of my now children shall dye before my said wife that then his or their proportion of the said remaineing Estate shall be disposed to his or their Children if they have any: if not, then that part or parts shall be equally divided amongst the survivors of my said Children:

Item I give to Mr Paddyes Widdow five pounds as a token of my love

Item my will is that my Negro Girle Jane (after she hath served twenty yeares from the date hereof) shall be free: and that she shall serve my wife during her live and after my wifes decease she shall be disposed of according to the discression of my overseers hereafter named or any two of them:

Item I doe nominate and appoint my sone John Winslow the sole Executor of this my last Will and testament.

Item I doe hereby nominate & appoint my loveing ffriends Mr Thomas Brattle Mr William Tailer and Mr John Winsley my Overseers to see this my will performed so farr as they can: And I doe hereby give unto my said Overseers five pounds apeece in mony as a token of my love

Item my will is that my said Overseers or any two of them shall & hereby have full power to make saile of any part of any of my vessell or vessells that I have not hereby disposed of: And also any other goods wares and merchandize for the best advantage of my afforesaid Children: And better paymt of other Legacyes by me hereby given & bequeathed:

Item my will is that during the absence of my said Executor my Overseers above named or any two of them have full power to act in all matters and things respecting this my will as if he was personally prsent:

And farther my Will is that my said Executor shall not act in any matter or thing respecting this my Will with out the advice and consent of my said overseers or two of them And that my Executor shall not under any pretence whatsoever claime any more of my Estate then I have hereby bequeathed him

In Witnesse whereof I the said John Winslow Senr have hereunto set my hand & seale the day and yeare first above written

Signed sealed & published by John winslow (seal)

John Winslow Senr as his last will

& Testamt in the prsence of us—

John Joyliffe

John Hayward scr:

John Hayward appeared in Court this 21th of may 1674 & made oath that hee was present & subscribed his name as a witness to this Instrumt wch John Winslow signed Sealed & published to bee his last will & Testamt & yt when hee soe did hee was of a sound disposing Minde to ye best of his Knowledge this done as Attests

ffree Grace Bendall

Recordr

Mr Jno Joliffe appeared in Court this 31th of July 1674 & made Oath that beeing present subscribed his name as a witness to this Instrumt wch Jno Winslow signed sealed & published to bee his last will & testamt & that when hee soe did hee was of a sound disposing mind to ye best of his Knowledge this thus done as Attests ffreeGrace Bendall Recordr

An Inventory of the Estate of mr John Winslow senr Deceased taken by us whose names are under written this 27th of 8ber 1674 the perticulars are as ffolloweth

Imprs The Household stuff in ye house in sundry things

Apprised wth his wareing apparell Att 200 00 00

in new England money 500 00 00

134 John Winslow’s Will and Inventory.

In peeces of Eight 500½ peeces 133 09 04

6 french Crownes at 001 10 00

Eleven Crosse Dollers at 52 6d pr peece 023 00 09

In English money 023 03 00

2 Barrills of porke 004 19 00

Money Received of Captaine Curwin 005 04 00

Money Received of mr John Richards 012 10 00

Money Received for canvas 010 or 00

two Butts & halfe of sugar sold 032 18 06

Money Received of James Andrews 001 17 04

Money Received of Steephen Hescott 217 18 00

Produce of the Ketch Speedwell with her Cargo Charges

Deducted 330 00 00

the produce of the Barke Mary & part of her Cargo

Beinge sold the Charges beinge Deducted 209 00 00

To a parcell of Goods Received pr Elias Parkman from England sold & with the Advance Amounts to 245 00 00

To a quarter part of the pinke Jane & Sarah sold for 10 00 00

To Another quarter of Ditto Ketch given to mr Edward

winslow vallued at 110 00 00

To a hogshead of sugar Came from Nevis vallued Att 026 00 00

To 6 hogsheads of tobacco sold for 032 17 09

To a parcell of leafe & Role tobacco unsold vallued at 22 40 00 00

To old England goods unsold vallued Att 024 00 00

To the Dwellinge house Garden & land Ajoyninge to it 24 50 00 00

To cash due from the tresares as pr mr John Richards

Receit 012 10 00

To money Due from Nathaniel fryer pr Bill 032 10 00

Due from Nathaniell Winslow pr booke 024 05 00

[p. 212] Due from Goodwife farnam 0 03 08 00

Due from Goodwife Pearce pr booke 001 18 02

Due from Job Winslow pr booke 024 17 06

Due from Nathaniell Walker pr booke 005 18 00

Due from mr Joseph Rocke 200 00 00

Due from mr Richard Patishall Above 009 00 00

The whole sumne is two thousand nine hundred forty 2946 14 10

six pounds fourteen shillings tenn pence,

Mr William Taylor & mr Jno Winsley made Oath in Court 29th of 8 br 1674: That this sheat of Paper conteynes a Just & tru Inventory of the Estate of mr Jno Winslow to the best of their Knowledge & that when they know more they will Discover the same this thus done as Attests ffreeGrace Bendall Recordr

He was buried in King’s Chapel, Boston, MA.Winslow, John

—A brother of Edward, q.v.,

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