Abel Beal’s LWT, March 2, 1805

[Transcribed by Barry W. Beals, from the original handwritten document]

 

Know all men by these presents, that I, Abel Beal of Cohasset in the county of Norfolk, & state of Massachusetts, yeoman, do make & ordain this my last will  & testament.

 

1st…  I give & bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Beal one cow, all the household furniture, which was her own before marriage to be at her own disposal.  Also the use & improvement of the remainder of my household furniture; the use & improvement of my west front room & bed room, & a right in my kitchen, garret & cellar, during her natural life.

 

2nd…  I give & bequeath to my daughter, Celia Beal, her heirs & assigns forever, the pasture which I bought of Deacon Joseph Thaxter, & one fourth part of my right in the mill in the pond & in the flatts under the pond on the following conditions, viz:

1st…  That she, her heirs or assigns, pasture a cow for my wife Elizabeth, give her one barrel of cyder, & as many apples & pears as she may want for her own use, annually, during her natural life.

2nd…  That she, the said Celia, pay to my daughter Susanna Stearns five dollars; to my daughter Ruth Richardson fifteen dollars; to my daughter Anna Cook ten dollars; to my daughter Abigail Church ten dollars, or to their legal representatives.

3rd…  That, after the decease of my said wife Elizabeth, she, the said Celia her heirs or assigns, pasture a cow for my daughter Deborah & give her as many apples & pears from the pasture as she may want for her own use so long as she shall remain single.

 

3rd…  I give & bequeath to my daughter Deborah, after the decease of my wife, the use & improvement of my west front room, my bed room, a right in my kitchen, garret & cellar. 

Also all my household furniture, which was not the property of my wife before marriage.

 

4th…  All the residue of my estate, both real & personal I give & bequeath to my son Seth Beal, his heirs & assigns forever, on the following conditions, viz:

1st…  That he pay all my just debts & funeral charges; that he pay to my son Abel Beal two dollars; to my son Stowers fifteen dollars; to my son Michael twenty dollars, or to their legal representatives.

2nd…  That he, the said Seth, winter a cow for my wife, furnish her with such a quantity of corn & rye, of wood, meat, wool, flax & apples, annually, as she may want for her own use, during her natural life.

3rd…  That, after the decease of my wife, he the said Seth, furnish to my daughter, Deborah, ten bushels of indian corn, one hundred weight of beef & fifty pounds of pork, & so much wood & so many apples, annually, as she may want for her own use so long as she shall remain single.

 

And I do hereby nominate & appoint Mr. Martin Lincoln of Hingham and state aforesaid sole executor of this my last will & testament.

 

In testimony of which I have hereto set my hand and seal, this second day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousandth, eight hundredth & fifth.

 

Signed, sealed & published by the said Abel Beal, in presence of us, who in his presence & in presence of each other have signed our names as witnesses –

<signed by> Christopher Beal

<signed by> Caleb Beale [sic]

<signed by> Abner Lincoln

 

<signed> Abel Beal

 

 

[The above LWT was approved in Probate Court of Norfolk on May 14, 1805, and was accompanied by a pledge of $20,000 to the end that Martin Lincoln, yeoman, Abner Lincoln, Gentleman, both of Hingham, and Caleb Beal [sic], Mariner, of Cohasset would give a true and perfect inventory.]

 

 

 

Enumeration of Debts c/o Martin Lincoln, May 12, 1807 [paraphrased]:

 

1. Owed to the estate by Martin Lincoln himself:

Sales of sundries

$113.61

178 Savin [?] Posts

76.54

Sundry Debt Settlements

6.61

Cash received from Celia Beal

40.00

[total]

$236.76

 

2. Paid by Martin Lincoln, and due out of the estate:

Scarlet Hudsen on Acct

$6.58

Samuel Lovett, Collector of Hull

0.45

Mathew Fearing Burr

1.24

Aaron Nichols on Acct

3.75

Ditto on Note

19.68

Bathsheba Greenleaf on Note

15.82

Robart Gould on Note

3.85

Henry Pratt, Collector of Cohassitt [sic]

10.78

Thos Bourn, Treasurer of Cohassitt on Note

7.47

John Beal 3rd on Note

1.21

Charles W Cushing on Acct

0.74

Daniel Souther on Acct

7.54

Samel Leavitt

1.00

Henry Thaxter on Acct

4.16

Legacy to Stowers Beal

15.00

Benja Barns on Note

10.90

Samel Jaivus Sprauge on Acct

4.00

John Barns on Acct

3.12

Hosia Cushing on Acct

0.42

John Morsel on Acct

4.33

Apprisors & Serveasing [sic]

4.36

Witnesses

5.50

Dn Thos Thaxter on Acct

3.25

Dn Thos Thaxter & Son on Acct

12.18

Elijah Sprauge on Acct

3.20

Legacy to Mike Beal

20.00

Abner Heazley[?] on Acct

3.33

Benja Thomas

1.79

Legacy to Susanna Stearns

5.00

Ditto to Ruth Richardson

15.00

Ditto to Anna Cook

10.00

Ditto to Abagail[sic] Church

10.00

John Nichols on Acct

1.50

Asa Joy on Acct

4.90

Ensign Barns

0.88

Paid at Probate Office at sundry times

8.50

Advertising Estate

1.00

Expenses[?] Settling ye Estate

20.00

[Total]

$252.25

 

<signed by> Martin Lincoln

 

 

 

Inventory of the Estate, accepted in Probate Court on June 4, 1805

 

 House, out buildings and about ˝ an Acre of Land

$397.00

53 Acres Land at Joys Rocks so called

75.00

About 10 Acres of Land bought of Deacon Thaxter

233.00

Half of about 4 Acres undivided Salt Meadow at Jones Island so called

120.00

Half of about 2 Acres undivided Salt Meadow at Foulshams Island so called

72.00

2..3..9 [?] upland at Foulshams Island

200.00

2 Common Rights of undivided Land in the township of Hull

25.00

1 Acre of Land at Foulshams Island granted to the Miller of Straits Pond Mill

65.00

3/8 of a Grist Mill at Straits Pond

56.00

[Subtotal]

$2043.00

1 Yoke of Oxen 55 Dol, 3 Cows 48 Dol, 3 two years old 25 Dol

128.00

2 Yearlings 10 Dol, 19 Sheep & 18 Lambs 57 Dol

67.00

Cart & Wheels 6 Dol, Plow & Yokes 3 Dol, Corn 9 Dol

18.00

3 bus Barley 225 Cts [cents] Flax 8 Dol, old Rubbish in Corn barn & garret 285 Cts, Potatoes 216 Cts, Horse hide & Calf Skin 150

16.76

Farming tools 5.50 Cts, 1 Shorty [?] & 2 Pigs 625 Cts

11.75

8 Cyder Bbbs & old Rubbish out Doors 5 Dol, 155 Savin Posts 46.56

51.56

Crockery 150 Cts, Wearing Apparel 13.49, Linnen 7 Dol

21.99

1 old Desk 75 Cts, 6 old Chairs 92 Cts, Coverlets & a Blanket 333

5.00

1 Feather Bed, Straw bed & Beadstead 14.41 Cts, Looking glass 50 Cts

14.91

Loom & appertenanus[sic] 3 Dol, great Wheel 44 Cts, foot Wheel 61

4.05

Feather bed, Straw bed, Coverlet & Blanket

11.00

1 old Chest 75 Cts, 1 small feather Bed & bedcloaths & bedstead 6 Dol

6.75

Iron ware 4 Dol, Pewter 110 Cts, Tin ware 150 Cts

6.60

2 old Tables 1 Dol, old warming Pan and old Copper tea kettle 45

1.45

1 pr Andirons & Shovel & Tongs 75 Cts, pr Bellows 25 Cts

1.00

Candlesticks 25 Cts, Knives & Forks 17 Cts, old Books 50 Cts

0.92

Old Iron in the Garret 150 Cts, Shoe Makers Bench & Tools 87 Cts

2.37

1 Old Gun 25 Cts, Woolen Yarn 150 Cts, Grindstone 50 Cts

2.25

6 Hives of Bees 18 Dol, Poultry 4 Dol, 4 old Silver Tea Spoons 1 Dol

23.00

1 Stand 25 Cts, 1 Right in ye Library .75

1.00

 [Total]

$2430.36

 

<signed by>  Abner Lincoln, John Beal 3rd, Scarlet Hudson