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Subject: [GENMASSACHUSETTS] Henry Bright - Bond's Watertown - Vol I. Part 2- Will of Henry Bright, Watertow
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2007 11:59:54 EST
Subject: Henry Bright
Source: Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of
Watertown, Massachusetts, Includes Waltham and Weston - by Henry Bond, M.D.,
1860. Volume I.
The Will of Henry Bright, recorded in Suffolk Probate Office, Vol. XI., pp.
44 & 45.
The last Will of Henry Bright, of Watertowne, aged 78 years. Imps. I do give
unto my eldest son, John Bright, my dwelling houses, barns, outhouses and
land adjoining on both sides of the highway, lying in two parcels, containing
the whole, by estimation, forty
acres, more or less, neere to Widdow Thacher's land; also two acres in
Pigsgusset meadow, neere unto John Hammond's lands; also two acres of meadow land
near unton Corporal Bond's land; also two acres in Patch meadow neere unto
the lands of Jno. Livermore, Sen'r; also two acres in rocky meadow near Jno.
Biscoe's land; also three acres of remote meadow purchased of Mr. Saltonstall;
also thirty acres of dividend land, being part of the fourth quadrant neer
Cambridge line; also twenty acres called lands in lieu of township neer to
Liuetenant Sherman's land; also one hundred acres of farm lands granted to me by
ye town, and is neer unto Corporal Bond's lands; to have and to hold all the
above named houses and lands with all ye privileges and apertenances
thereof, unto him, ye said John Bright and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten,
he paying such legacies out thereof as I (shall hereafter appoint him to do)
and perform, provided always if my son John shall decease not leaving issue
of his body lawfully begotten, surviving to twenty-one years of age, in such
case all the above bequeathed houses and lands shall descend and come into his
Bright and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten.
And in case my son Nathaniel Bright and issue as above shall fail, I do Will
and bequeath the reversion of said houses and lands to my five daughters, to
be among them equally divided; I do also give unto my son John Bright, my
silver tankard and in case of his decease as aforesaid, not leaving issue of his
body lawfully begotten, I do give and bequeath the use of the whole legacie
above bequeathed to him unto his wife, my daughter-in-law, Mary Bright during
her widowhood, she maintaining the house and fences in good and tenentable
repair and not suffering any strip or waste to be made of the wood and timber,
orchard, gardens or meadows and in case she change her condition by
marriage, she shall then quit possession of the whole and she shall receive only out
of the yearly rents thereof of seven pounds to be paid in corn and cattle at
ye currant country price during the time of her natural life.
To my son Nathaniel Bright I have already disbursed to his accommodation,
and I do moreover give and bequeath unto him one parcel of Salt Marsh containing
two acres more or less and is bounded by John Stratten's land. Also I give
him 50 shillings in money to purchase him a piece of plate. To my daughters
Mary, Abigail, Beriah and to my daughter-in-law Mary Bright, to each of them
ten shillings in money to buy silver spoons. Item. Unto my five daughters,
viz., Anna Ruggles, Elizabeth Hastings, Mary Coolidge, Abigail Audley, Beriah
Fowle, I give twenty pounds apiece in corn and cattle at the currant country
prices, to be paid by my son, John Bright, out of the houses and lands
bequeathed to him, to be paid at two payments in equal proportion, the first
payment within two years after my decease and the second payment the third
year after my decease. Also I give and bequeath to my daughters, Anna
Ruggles, Elizabeth Hastings, Beriah Fowle, ten pounds apiece to be payed in money by
my son Nathaniel Bright out of the one hundred he owes me by bond and the
remainder of the said bond and debt I give unto my son Nathaniel Bright. It.
The remainder of my estate not above given & bequeathed, as well lands as
moveables and debts, my just debts, and funeral expenses being payed, I give
and bequeath unto my five daughters, above named, to be equally distributed
among them, and in case of the decease of any of them, their children to have
their part. I do nominate and constitute my son, John Bright, sole executor of
this, my last Will and Testament. Thus having according to what I judge
meet and best settled my estate, I do now commit my body to the earth to be
decently interred at the discretion of my Xian friends, and my soul, I do humbly
& believingly commit and leave into ye arms and never failing mercys of God,
father, son and Holy Ghost, relying wholly upon the merits and satisfaction
of my ever living Redeemer, for my eternal
salvation into ye arms of whose tender mercy I do also commit and leave my
dear children, relying on the Covent which is in all things well ordered and
sure for them and for their seed in their generations.
In Witness hereof I do here unto put my hand and seal this 25 January, 1680.
Moreover I do give to my son John Bright the bed that he lies upon and all
the furniture and appurtenances thereof, and to my daughter, Anna Ruggles I
give the bed that myself do lye upon and all the furniture and appurtenances
Sealed and published in presence of: Daniel Cheaver and Samuel Danforth.
To be continued Part 3 - p.105 - Will of Henry Bright, 1685; proved 1686.
Transcribed by Janice Farnsworth
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