Fourth Generation in
Families of the Children of Samuel3 Washburn and Deborah Packard
The grandchildren of Samuel Washburn and Deborah Packard represent one of the larger branches of the Washburn family, and contain perhaps the most famous descendants, with an unproportionately large share of lawyers, congressmen, diplomats and governors that descend from son Israel Washburn. The children of son Benjamin are very much still under research and may have to be changed in the future, while the other grandchildren appear to be pretty well established.
John1 Washburn (4th)
John2 Washburn (5th)
Samuel4 Washburn (Jr.)
Capt. Nehemiah4 Washburn
Capt. Benjamin4 Washburn
Samuel4 Washburn (Jr.), eldest son of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th),
(28) John1 (4th);
On 30 Jan.
1722/3 Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and Benjamin Washburn, “brethren,”
Washburn (Jr.) lived in
Washburn (Jr.) died on 2 Sept. 1752 in
Samuel Washburn (Jr.) had children by Abigail Leonard:
+ 405 i David5 Washburn, born on 30 Apr. 1704 in
+ 406 ii Deliverance5 Washburn, born on 7 Oct. 1706 in Bridgewater, married Joseph Bolton, son of John and Sarah (Chesebrough) Bolton, of Bridgewater, on 6 Feb. 1739/40 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 407 iii Solomon5 Washburn,
born on 1 Oct. 1708 in
+ 408 iv Samuel5 Washburn (3rd), born on 2 June 1710 in Bridgewater, married Mary (___) in ca. 1745, and moved to Stafford, Tolland Co., CT, and then to Ashfield, in western Massachusetts. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 410 vi Susanna5 Washburn,
born on 13 Mar. 1714? in
Tabitha5 Washburn, born on 28 Aug. 1716 in
married Solomon4 Leach, son of
John3 and Alice Leach,
on 14 Apr. 1736 in Bridgewater,
but she died on 1 May 1736 in Bridgewater,
and he remarried to Jerusha3 Bryant, daughter of Benjamin2 and Hannah4 (Eaton) Bryant, of
on 19 Apr. 1739 in Bridgewater.
She also died, on 25 Apr. 1743 in
Noah4 Washburn, second son of (58)
Washburn, (43) John2 (5th),
(28) John1 (4th);
born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, on 11 July 1682,
Shaw, daughter of Joseph3
and Judith (Whitmarsh) Shaw,
on 25 Jan. 1709/10 in Bridgewater.
She was born on 26 Sept. 1687 in
Washbourne died intestate on 17 Oct. 1716 in
As a teenager, in 1701, Isaac Harris Junr had been involved with Jonathan Washbourne “Junr” in the incident of uncivil behavior toward Elizabeth Canaday where Washbourne stuck a skunk up under Canaday’s clothes, and Harris was fined 50 shillings for his part as an “accessory to the great uncivillity and abuse done by said Washbourne unto Elizabeth Canaday.”
(Jr.) died intestate in 1738, and Elisabeth (Shaw) (Washburn) Harris died
probably before 1740. On 20 May 1740 the estate of Isaac Harris, of
Noah Washburn and Elisabeth Shaw had children:
+ 412 i Hannah5 Washburn, born on 13 July 1711 in Bridgewater, married Nathan4 Bassett, son of William3 and Sarah (Sweetland) Bassett, of West Bridgewater, on 15 Mar. 1733 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 413 ii Eleazer5 Washburn,
born on 8 Feb. 1713 in
+ 414 iii Noah5 Washburn (Jr.), born on 18 July 1716 in Bridgewater, married Mary Staples on 18 Jan. 1738/9 in West Bridgewater, and they also lived in East Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
415 iv Ebenezer Washburn, born probably in early
Elizabeth (Shaw) Washburn had a son also by Isaac Harris (Jr.):
Israel4 Washburn, third son of (58)
Washburn, (43) John2 (5th),
(28) John1 (4th);
born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, on 24 Feb. 1683/4,
married Waitstill Sumner, probably daughter of Samuel and Experience (Blake)
Sumner, of Milton, MA,
on 3 Nov. 1708 in Bridgewater.
She was a granddaughter supposedly of Roger and Mary (Josselyn) Sumner, and of
William and Anna Blake.
They also lived in
Washburn died intestate in 1720 in
On 7 May
1722 Seth Sumner was appointed as guardian of
(Sumner) Washburn remarried to Ebenezer Pratt, of
Israel Washburn and Waitstill Sumner had children:
+ 417 i Sarah5 Washburn, born on 14 Aug. 1709 in Bridgewater; on 7 May 1722 Eleazer Carver was appointed as her guardian, and she married Ephraim3 Keith, Esq., son of Joseph2 and Elisabeth3 (Fobes) Keith, of Bridgewater, on 21 Sept. 1732 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Hardwick, MA, for about a year, then returned to Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 419 iii Deborah5 Washburn,
born on 1 June 1712 in
+ 421 v Capt. Israel5
Washburn (Jr.), Esq., born on about 11 Aug. 1718 in
Capt. Nehemiah4 Washburn, fourth son of (58)
Washburn, (43) John2 (5th),
(28) John1 (4th);
(Howard) Washburn died on 26 Jan. 1715 in
Nehemiah Washburn lived between
Capt. Nehemiah Washburn died intestate on 17 Dec. 1748 in West Bridgewater, aged 62 years, and his two sons‑in‑law, Dr. Abiel Howard, of Bridgewater, physician, and Josiah Dean, of Raynham, were granted administration of his estate on 24 Mar. 1748, with David Alden as surety. His estate was divided on 24 May 1751 into two equal parts by his daughters Silence Haward and Jane Dean and their husbands, Dr. Abiel Haward and Josiah Dean.  (See Appendix Ñ for a full transcription of the Indenture.)
Capt. Nehemiah Washburn had two daughters by Jane Howard:
+ 422 i Silence5 Washburn, born on 26 July 1713 in Bridgewater, married Dr. Abiel3 Howard, son of Maj. Jonathan2 and Sarah (Dean) Howard, of Bridgewater, on 26 Apr. 1738 in West Bridgewater, and they probably lived in West Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 423 ii Jane5 Washburn, born on 6 Jan. 1715 in Bridgewater, married Josiah Dean, son of Thomas and Mary (Kinsley) Dean, of Raynham, MA, on 18 Aug. 1737 in West Bridgewater or Raynham, and they lived in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
Capt. Benjamin4 Washburn, fifth son of (58)
Washburn, (43) John2 (5th),
(28) John1 (4th);
Benjamin Washburn was referred to as Benjamin Washburn “Jr.,” until his cousin,
Benjamin4 Washburn, son of
Washburn, died in 1740, then as Benjamin Washburn, “Gentleman,” in
On 5 Sept.
1720 Benjamin Washburn, cordwainer, deeded to his brother, Nehemiah Washburn,
(Kingman) Washburn supposedly died on 6 Dec. 1774 in
Benjamin Washburn and Bethiah Kingman had children, order uncertain:
Isaac5 Washburn, born say 1715, supposedly went
to Dartmouth, MA, and was a tanner, and served in the French & Indian War
under General Winslow in 1755. No marriage, death, or probate records were
found for him, unless he was the Isaac Washburn, of Plympton, who married Cloe
Combs, daughter of Ithamer and Hannah (Andrews) Combs, of
+ 425 ii Ezra5 Washburn, born ca. 1717, married (462) Susanna Leach, daughter of Benjamin3, Esq., and (129) Hephzibah4 (Washburn) Leach, on 20 July 1742 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Bridgewater, then in Middleborough, then moved to Oakham, Worcester Co., MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 426 iii Benjamin5 Washburn (Jr.),
born in Dec. 1718,
married 1.) Susanna Battles, daughter of Edward and Experience (Pratt) Battles,
+ 427 iv Henry5 Washburn, born ca. 1720, married Sarah Battles, daughter of Edward and Experience (Pratt) Battles, on 11 June 1740 in Hingham, MA, and they moved to Mendon, Worcester Co., MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 428 v Bethiah5 Washburn, born ca. 1722, married Nehemiah4 Bryant, son of William3 and Ruth (Stetson) Bryant, on 24 Feb. 1740 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Middleborough. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 429 vi Keziah5 Washburn, born in Feb. 1723/4,
married 1.) Joseph Harvey “Jr.,” of
+ 430 vii (Possibly) Sarah5 Washburn, born say ca. 1726, married Henry5 Richmond (Jr.), son of Henry4 and Mehitabel (Caswell) Richmond, of Middleborough, on 14 May 1748, and they lived in Middleborough, then in Plymouth, then moved to Hebron, ME. [Sarah is placed in the family of Capt. Benjamin and Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn because Henry’s brother, Job Richmond, married Jane Washburn, who was identified as a daughter of Capt. Benjamin and Bethiah (Kingman) Washburn in The Richmond Family by Joshua B. Richmond, and because Henry and Sarah Richmond named a son Ezra Richmond, probably after Ezra Washburn, who would be the brother of Sarah (Washburn) Richmond.] (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 431 viii Jonathan5 Washburn,
born ca. 1728,
married Judith/Judah Wood, daughter of Elnathan and Mary4 (Billington) Wood,
+ 432 ix (Possibly) Nehemiah5 Washburn,
born say ca. 1731, moved to Stafford, Tolland Co., CT, and married 1.) Relief
who died on 1 May 1754 in
+ 433 x (Possibly) Reliance5 Washburn,
born say 1734, married Nathan5
Richmond, son of Henry4 and
+ 434 ix (Supposedly) Jane5 “Jenny” Washburn, born in say 1736, married Job5 Richmond, son of Henry4 and Mehitable (Caswell) Richmond, of Middleborough, on 11 Feb. 1762 in Middleborough, and they also lived in Middleborough. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
(127.) Hannah4 Washburn, only daughter of (58) Samuel3 Washburn, (43) John2 (5th), (28) John1 (4th); born in Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony, in ca. 1689, married Ensign John2 Keith, son of Rev. James1 and Susanna2 (Edson) Keith, of Bridgewater, on 18 Apr. 1711 in Bridgewater. He was born ca. 1689, a grandson of Deacon Samuel1 and Susanna (Orcutt) Edson.
On 30 Jan.
1722/3 John Keith purchased from Samuel Washburn, Nehemiah Washburn, and
Benjamin Washburn, “brethren,” three quarters of five acres of undivided land
Ensign John Keith was appointed as administrator of the estate of his son, John Keith, Jr., in 1747.
Keith, Gentleman, died testate on 11 June 1761 in
Hannah Washburn and John Keith had children:
+ 435 i John3 Keith (Jr.), born on 1 Aug. 1712 in
+ 436 ii James3 Keith, born on 16 June 1716 in
+ 437 iii Israel3 Keith, born on 9 Jan. 1719/20 in Bridgewater, married Betty Chandler, daughter of Jonathan Chandler, on 17 Feb. 1740/1 in Bridgewater, and they also lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 438 iv Hannah3 Keith, born on 7 Apr. 1721 in
439 v Keziah3 Keith, born on 25 Aug. 1723 in
+ 440 vi Daniel3 Keith, born on 2 May 1725 in
+ 442 viii Zephaniah3 Keith, born on 8 Mar. 1730/1 in Bridgewater, married Mary Hooper, daughter of Nathaniel and Elisabeth (Tinkham) Hooper, on 23 May 1750 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Easton, MA, then moved to Vermont. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 443 ix Capt. Joseph3 Keith, born ca. 1736 in Bridgewater, married (1383) Chloe4 Packard, daughter of Samuel3 and (452) Anne (Leach) Packard, on 31 May 1759 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Bridgewater and Middleborough, MA. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
+ 444 x Mary3 Keith, born, say 1738 in Bridgewater, supposedly married Solomon Pratt (Jr.), son of Deacon Solomon and Sarah (Johnson) Pratt, of Bridgewater, on 3 Dec. 1761 in Bridgewater, and they lived in Bridgewater. (Continued in Washburn Fifth Generation.)
© 2002 John A.
 Vital Records of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1916, [hereinafter Bridgewater VRs], Vol. 1, p. 325, “first born child of Samuel Washbourn.”
 Mitchell, Nahum, History of the Early Settlement of Bridgewater, in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Boston, 1840, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1983, [hereinafter Mitchell, History of Bridgewater], p. 235; Sherman, Robert Moody, and Vincent, Verle Delano, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Two: James Chilton of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 1978, [hereinafter MF5G: Chilton], p. 24, her mother was “possibly the daughter of William and Hannah Ames, born in Braintree on 12 mo. 6th 1653.”
 Vital Records of Weymouth, MA, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1910, 2 Volumes, [hereinafter Weymouth VRs], Vol. 1, p. 166, under “Leneson;” MF5G: Chilton, p. 22.
 MF5G: Chilton, p. 22, for the parents of Susanna King; Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 439.
 Wood, Ralph V., Jr., Francis Cooke of the Mayflower, The First Five Generations, published as Volume 12 of “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations,” Picton Press, Rockport, ME, 1996, [hereinafter MF5G: Cooke], p. 251.
 White, Lorraine Cook, and Tilton, Jan, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records: Stafford, [hereinafter White, Barbour Index of Stafford VRs], p. 164, taken from Vol. 1, p. 46, and from Vol. 2, p. 168, of the Stafford Town Records; Stafford Land Records, Vol. 2, p. 39, from a transcription of “Stafford, Tolland Co., CT, Births, Marriages, Deaths, Tax Lists,” from FHL [Family History Library] microfilm #1319712, p. 31.
 Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231; Van Antwerp, Lee Douglas, and Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Nine, Family of Francis Eaton, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1996, [hereinafter MF5G: Eaton], pp. 32, 103.
Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231, says he had, by wife Jerusha
Bryant, Abisha 1739, and by Hannah Leach, Jerusha 1746, Solomon 1750,
 Davis, William T., Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, reprint, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1994, originally published as Part II of Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, Boston, 1899, [hereinafter Davis, Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families], p. 235; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 290; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 664, 665.
 Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #22069; Vol. 4, pp. 19, 70-71; Vol. 5, p. 105. The personal estate of Noah Washbourne late of Bridgwater, was all settled upon Elisabeth Harris “who was ye widdow of Noah Washbourne now ye wife of Isaac Harris of Bridgwater aforesd to & for ye bringing up of ye children of ye sd Noah Washbourne deceased.”
 Konig, David Thomas, ed., Plymouth Court Records 1686-1859, 16 Volumes, Pilgrim Society, May 1978, republished on a CD-ROM, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2002, [hereinafter Plymouth Co. Court Records], Vol. 1, General Sessions of the Peace, Session 6, p. 179.
 Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 382; Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Marriages From the Files of George Ernest Bowman, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1990, [hereinafter Roser, Mayflower Marriages], p. 122.
 Woodworth-Barnes, Esther Littleford, and Alicia Crane Williams, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Vol. 16, Part 1, Family of John Alden, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1999, [hereinafter MF5G: Alden, pt. 1], p. 331-332.
 Her grandparents per email letter of David Sylvester to the Washburn Rootsweb Discussion List of 28 Sept. 1996, his source being Appleton, William Sumner, Descendants of William Sumner of Dorcester, Mass., 1636, who listed Experience Blake’s parents as William and Hannah Blake, however Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 76, shows that the first wife of William Blake was Ann or Anna __?__, and his second wife, whom he married in 1693, was Hannah (Tulman) Lyon, widow of George Lyon. Since Samuel Sumner married Experience Blake on 15 Mar. 1683, and she was born in 1665, as per Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 721, she must have been a daughter of William and Anna Blake, rather than William and Hannah Blake.
 Merrick, Barbara Lambert, and Alicia Crane Williams, Middleborough, Massachusetts, Vital Records, The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, Volume One: 1986, Volume Two: 1990, [hereinafter Middleborough VRs], Vol. 1, p. 25.
 Plymouth Co. Probate Docket #7333; Vol. 12, p. 318-321. See Miscellaneous Wills for a transcription of Rodulphus Elmes’ will.
 West Bridgewater VRs, p. 219; Latham, Williams, Epitaphs in Old Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 1882, reprint, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1986, [hereinafter Latham, Epitaphs], p. 22, buried in the Old Grave Yard in West Bridgewater.
 West Bridgewater VRs, p. 175,.from records of the First Church of West Bridgewater; Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 387; “First Book of Raynham Records,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 51, p. 440; Vol. 55, p. 45; Raynham VRs, pp. 4, 26, married by Rev. Daniel Perkins, their marriage recorded twice in the vital records of Raynham.
 Bowman, George Ernest, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater,” Pilgrim Notes and Queries, Vol. V, No. 1, [Jan. 1917], [hereinafter Bowman, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater”], p. 2, which corrects the confusion in Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, and identifies which Benjamin Washburn married which Kingman sister.
MF5G: Cooke, p. 237, from Washburn, Mabel T. M., Washburn Family Foundations
MF5G: Cooke, p. 237, from Washburn, Mabel T. M., Washburn Family Foundations
Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 325, confuses him with his cousin
Benjamin, son of Jonathan Washburn, and says they had Isaac, Jonathan, Henry,
Benjamin, Ezra, and perhaps others. Because the birth records for none of the
children of Capt. Benjamin Washburn were recorded in the
 Vital Records of Rochester, Massachusetts, To the Year 1850, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1914, 2 volumes, [hereinafter Rochester VRs], Vol. 2, p. 89, marriage of Ithamer Combs and Hannah Andrews on 4 Nov. 1731 in Rochester.
Rochester VRs, Vol. 2, p. 311, marriage intentions recorded 26 Feb. 1769 in
 Plympton VRs, p. 302, marriage of Moses Cushman and Mary Jackson on 22 Aug. 1721 in Plympton; Cushman, Henry Wyles, Cushman Genealogy, pp. 129, 140-141; Cushman, Joseph Augustine, Cushman Family in New England, pp. 28, 61.
 Bowman, George Ernest, Vital Records of the Town of Halifax, Massachusetts, To the end of the year 1849, Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Boston, 1905, [hereinafter Halifax VRs], p. 34, married by Thomas Croade, Justice of the Peace in Halifax; Bowman, “Benjamin Washburns of Bridgewater,” Pilgrim Notes and Queries, Vol. 5, No. 1, [Jan. 1917], p. 2.
 Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 214, intentions call her “Kezia Keith, widow”; Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 112, marriage intentions recorded 7 Dec. 1788 in Middleborough between Mr. Moses Eddy of Middleborough and Miss [sic] Keziah Keith of Bridgewater.
 Hodge, Harriet W., Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Five, John Billington of the Mayflower, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1991, [hereinafter MF5G: Billington], p. 63.
White, Barbour Index of Stafford VRs, p. 145, from 2:168;
 Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 390, under “Patience” Washburn; Middleborough VRs, Vol. 2, p. 52, marriage intentions recorded 30 Mar. 1754, he was “of Middleborough,” and she was “of Bridgewater,” Richmond, Joshua B., The Richmond Family, 1594-1896, 1897, p. 44; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 332, also calls her “Patience” Washburn, but the Bridgewater marriage intentions recorded her name as “Reliance.”
 Middleborough VRs, Vol. 1, p. 147, Vol. 2, p. 57, she was called “of Middleborough” in her marriage record; Townsend, Charles D., History of North Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, North Middleborough, Massachusetts, Aceto Bookmen, 1982, [hereinafter Townsend, North Middleborough Congregational Church], p. 92, where she was called “Jenney Washburn.”
 Raynham VRs, p. 28, “Philip Hall and Hannah Leach;” Bridgewater VRs, Vol. 2, p. 211, recorded as 28 Feb. 1760, her name was written as Hannah Keith in the Bridgewater marriage record; Mitchell, History of Bridgewater, p. 231, says that Hannah, widow of Benjamin Leach, married secondly to Israel Washburn and thirdly to Deacon Hall of Raynham, but the order must have been reversed. The will of John Keith, dated 2 June 1761, mentioned his daughter Hannah Hall, wife of Philip Hall, while Leah (Fobes) Washburn was still alive on 14 May 1764 when she gave birth to her last child, and the marriage record of Israel Washburn and Mrs. Hannah Hall, both of Raynham, wasn’t until 1790. Therefore, Hannah Keith must have married Deacon Philip Hall secondly, and Capt. Israel Washburn thirdly.
Bristol County Probates, Vol. 10, p. 317-319, the will of Thomas Manley, of
 Seth Keyzer died on 7 Sept. 1751 in Easton, (“Easton, Massachusetts, Bristol County, Births, Deaths and Marriages by Families, 1697-1847,” from FHL microfilm #1059951, a transcription of the entire town vital records from the incorporation of the town of Easton to about 1843 made in 1880 by Geo. G. Withington, Easton town clerk, [hereinafter Easton VRs], p. 8), and on 11 Sept. 1751 Lydia Keyzer, widow, & George Keyzer, Mason, both of Easton, were appointed as administrators of the estate of Seth Keyzer of Easton, deceased, which was found insolvent by 1752. (Bristol Co. Probate Vol. 12, p. 623; Vol. 13, pp. 277-279.)
Ñ Appendix Ñ: The Division of Capt. Nehemiah Washburn’s Estate (1751): *
This Indenture made and Concluded the Sixteenth day of May in the 24th Year of his Majestys Reign Anno Dom. 1751 By & between Abiel Haward of Bridgwater in the County of Plimouth in New England practitioner of physick & Silence his Wife on the one parte & Josiah Dean of Raynham in the County of Bristol Yeoman & Jean his Wife On the Other part Witnesseth—
That Whereas Capt. Nehemiah
Washburne late of said Bridgwater deceasd Died Seized of the Several peaces or
parcels of land hereafter Mentioned & Discribed Viz./ the Homstead
Inclusive of Several Small pieces of Land in Abizers Edson possession & his
Interest in the Furnace Standing thereon Also the thirty one Acres & an
halfe which he bout. of Daniel Howel also alot in the Little Ceder
Swamp So Called also a Lott in the Great Meadows so Called all Lying &
being in the Township of said Bridgwater also Twenty Acres of Land which he bot.
of James Keith also twenty nine acres he bot of Benjamin White Esqr.
also a third part of thirty five acres which James Thomas Indian man by the
Authority of the General Court Quitted his Claims to, unto the heirs of the
said Nehemiah Washburn To Israel Washburne & James Boice & also Twelve
Acres which he bot. of the said Jams. Thomas by the River
a Little below the Bridge the foure piece of Land last mentioned all lye within
the Township of Middleboro in said County of Plimouth the More particular
Bounds & Description of all & Every piece of said Lands may more fully
Appear on Record reference thereto being had; & Whereas the sd
Silence & Jean are the one ly heirs of the sd. Capt.
Washburne Estate as above Expressed with ye Appurtenance & have
an Equal Right & Share therein To all & Every part & Parcel thereof
holding the Same as yet in Common & undivided & the parties being
Desiourus to Know have hold possess & improve Each one their respective
parts & proportions in Severalty Do agree to Divide all the Aforementioned
premises in Two Equal partes or Moieties According to Quantity & Quality in
the Folowing Mannor /Viz/ That the said Abiel Haward & Silance for their
half part or Moiety Shall have the said Homstead Including as Aforesaid
Excepting thirty Acres of from the Easterly end thereof the said thirty acres
bounded as Followeth beginning at a pine Tree Standing by the River which is a
Corner bounds of said Homstead & also the Corner Bounds of Amos Keiths Land
from thence Runing by the River Down Stream So far till a North Line from the
River will Complehend the sd thirty acres. also to have the
Northerly half of said Lot of Ceder Swamp & the Northerly half of said Lott
of Meddow to them the said Abial & Silence there heirs Execrs.
admrs. & assigns To have hold possess Enjoy & improve for
their intire use benefit & behoof forever And that the Said Josiah Dean
& Jean his Wife for their half part or Moiety Shall have the said thirty
acres as Exceptd. of From the Homstead Also the said thirty one
Acres & an half bot. of Daniel Howel Also the Southerly half of
said Lott of Cedar Swamp & Meadow To gether with the four parcels of Land
as Mentioned Lying in said Middleborough To them the said Josiah & Jean To
there heirs Execrs. Admrs. & assigns To have hold possess
Enjoy & Improve for their intire use Benefit & behoof forever & the
Parties Aforesaid Do Ratifye & Confirm the foregoing Division have hereunto
Set their hands & Seals the Day & year Afore Mentioned / Memorandum
these words Inclusive of Several Small pieces of land in Abiezer Edsons
possession/ & these Words Including as aforesaid were interlined before Signing
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the
presents of Abiel Haward (seal)
John Cushing Silance Haward (seal)
Josiah Edson jun. Josiah Dean (seal)
Jane Dean (seal)
Plimouth Sc May the 16th 1752
The above named Abiel Howard Silance Howard Josiah Dean & Jane Dean personally Appeard before Me & Acknowledged the afore written partition to be their act & Deed—
Wherefore I do hereby Ratifie & Confirm the Same
John Cushing Judge of Probate
* Transcribed by John A.
Π Appendix Π: The Will of John Keith, of
In the Name of God Amen The Second Day of June Anno Domini one Thousand Seven hundred & Sixty one I John Keth of Bridgwater in the County of Plymouth Gentelman being of a Sound and Disposing minde and memory Thanks be to God for it I Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament
In the first Place I give & Recommend my Soule into the hands of God who gave it Trusting in Jesus Crist the glorious mediator for Pardon grace & glory and my bodely I commit To the Dust To be Decently buried at the Decrection of My Executor hereafter named and my worldly Estate I Dispose of in the following manner viz. my will is that all my Just Debts be Paid in a Conveneint Time after my Decease by my Executor
Item I give & bequeth unto my Grandson Azel Son of my Son John Deceased Eight pence also Eight Pence To the heirs of my Son Israel Dec’d Also Eight Pence To the heirs of my Daughter Susannah Hinds Dec’d beside what I gave to there Parents
Item I Give & bequeth unto my Daughter Hannah wife of Phillip Hall Eight Pence besides what I have heretofore given her
Item I give & bequeth unto my Daughter Mary one Cow & also all the houshold goods which I have given my said wife the Improvement of (after her Deces. Besides what I have already given her
Item I give and bequeth unto my well beloved wife Hannah the use & Improvement of one third Part of my homestead also the use of one Cow and all my house hold goods During her natural Life and also fire wood Provided for her at the Door by my Executor hereafter named but if this Should be Insufficent for her Support my will is that my Executor Provide for her Comfortable & honorable Support
Item I give & bequeth unto my grandson David Son To my Son John Deceased (whome I make Executor of this my Last will & Testament to him his heirs and assigns forever all my Real Estate also the Cow that I have given my wife the Improvement also all my other Personal Estate not before Disposed of which I shall Die Seazed of
Item I give unto my said Son James Daniel Zepheniah & Joseph all my wearing apparrel to be Equally Divided between them witnis my had & Seal
Sign’d Sealed published pronounced & Declared by the John Keth (Seal)
Said John Keeth as his Last will & Testament
In Presence of
Josiah Edson Jur
Probated on 3 Aug. 1761, presented for probate by David Keth of Bridgwater, the Executor, and proved by Josiah Edson Jr., Esq., and Robert Howard.
* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from