Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Stebbins family....
My latest and greatest amusement of late( as of this afternoon ;) is studying family genealogy ...
My momma has an old bible with the Marriage date of her great great grandmother Amy Stebbins Case to Horace Case, along with all the birth and marriage dates of all their children!!!!
I am finding sooo much....Here is the will of my Mommas, mothers, mothers, fathers,mothers, grandfathers, grandfathers, grandfather...I don't know how many...but here it is... the Will of Rowland Stebbins:
Dated the first day of the first month, 1669 ?Know all men by these presents, that I Rowland Stebbins of Northampton in Hampshire, in the Colony of Massachusetts: having my perfect memory, through the goodness of GOD, though very weak and sick in body, wayting for my great Change, w?ch I desire the Lord in mercy to fit me for ? doe make and ordayne this to be my last will and testament ? viz In fe I committ my soule to God, that made it, and to the Lord Jesus Christ that redeemed it, by his most precious blood: and doe hope it shall be united to him forever, and my body to be in comly and decent manner buryed, hoping at the Great Day of the Resurection, the Lord Jesus will change the vile body, and fashion it like to his Glorious body and so shall be forever with the Lord.
Also I do make my beloved Son John Stebbins to be my full and Sole Executor which I hope will be faithful in all things committed to his trust ? Also will and desire is that all my Just debts and funeral expenses be satisfyed & paid, and as concerning my outward and worldly Estate, that the Lord in his mercy hath given unto me I dispose of in this manner:
Viz. I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Thomas Stebbins he several childred twenty Shillings apiece, to be paid within three years after my decease those that be of age, the Sons to be twenty-one years ? and daughters Eighteen years. I give and bequeath to my son John?s Children that is to say to John Stebbins his first born an Iron pott, my bed and bed clothes and all that belongs to it. My best Jackett & wascotte, my old coate and worst paire of gray stockings. I give and bequeath to Benoni Stebbins my best Breeches and new cotton wescotte & twenty shillings ? I give and bequeath to my son John?s son Samuel my old Kersey Sute and twenty shillings. I give and bequeath to my son John?s other six Children to be paid unto them when they come to age twenty Shillings apeece. I give and bequeath to my son in Law Merricks three daughters, twenty Shillings apiece, to Sarah, Mary and Hannah to be paid within three years after my decease. I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Clarke three pounds to be paid within three years and to her three Children twenty Shillings apeece to be paid within three years after my decease, and to Mary the Bell Metal Skillet. I give and bequath to Mary Maunde ten shillings to be paid within a yeere after my desease. I give and bequeath to my son John Stebbins my Great Brass pott and be best coate, and to my son Johns Wife my best stockings, and as for the rest of my Estate that remaynes my will is, that it should be equally divided between my two beloved sons Thomas Stebbins and John Stebbins.
Also my desire is that my much honored friend Cap?t John Pynchon and my beloved brother Robert Bartlett, would be in the overseers of this my last will and testament. That this is my last will and Testament I declare by setting my hand and Seale the first day of the first month Anno Domini 1669-70. My will is that my son John Stebbins doe keepe this my last will and testament. signum ROWLAND STEBBINS
Signed and Sealed in ye presence of William James, Thomas Hanchett, sen?r.
Isn't that sooo cool!!!!
I will defiantly be posting more on this....
at 5:57 PM