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John Lovett 1686 Will

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John Lovett 1686 Will

Will of John Lovett, dated 8 November 1686, proved 18 December 1686,[1]

In the name of God Amen I John Lovet Senr bing in perfeect mind and memory having the full and true use of my understanding and Reason through aged and imfirm of body do make, ordain, constitue and apoint this my last will and testamt in manner and form as followeth. Impris I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it hopeing through the death inciels Resurrection and assension of our Lord Jesus Christ to inherit everlasting life & glory Resting with those blessed Saints and Angells in Eternall solicily to the praise of my Creator through his infinite grace and my body unto the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executrix heareafter named. IP I give and bequeath unto my son Jno Lovet two acres which he doth now Improve at Jobacco and a cow ---- at five pounds and half, A mare at eight pounds, and a sett of Coopers tools at thirty Shillings, & amunicon valuable at forty Shillings which were delivered at day of marriage and at my decease I give and bequeath unto him more yt three and a quarter of fresh marsh ground whixh lies at a place called Conants Neck and also a parcell of Land being twenty actes bi it more or less on ye East Side of Dirty hole between ye Land of Joseph Lovet & of ye land of George Standly. Ite I give and bequeath unto my true and Loving wife Mary four acres of Land with houseing outhousing trees of fruit & all other appurten ances pertaing to my homestead and also three acres if meadow adjoyning to Richd Dodge Ground and all of my Stock of meat cattle and all other creatures and all my household stuff and all things in sd house contained in mony or stuff to be at her absolute disposall in her natural life and after her decease to be willed by her as she shall soo sufficient cause for: alway provided that at her death she shall will and dispose of it unto my Children or any one of them that shall carry it most obediently & Dutifull toward her but in case my sd wife do not make a wil then I give nand bequeath unto my daughter Abigall all that in her lifetime was my sd wives estate to her proper use and behoffe for ever. It I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph a parcell of land being ten acres more Or less bounded out unto him where he now Liveth and also two acres of Salt marsh at Tobacco adjoyning to Jno Lovets. It. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Patch ten Acres of ground adjoyning to their now dwelling house to her and the maleheirs lawfully begotten of her body ----- and in failure of such heirs to return to ye next heirsess and the fifteen Pounds delivered at ye day of marriage. It. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Bethiah Standly & unto her son George five Acres be it more or less where their now dwelling house is and the two Acres at dirty hold now fenced in unto sd Bethiah and sd George Standly and unto their successive heirs to all generacons ensuing for ever. It. I give and bequeath unto my loving Daughter Abigaill Randall two acres and a half of fresh marsh adjoyning unto the land of Jno Edwards and two acres at River Rode fenced in and two cows to be to her proper use and beho of during her naturall life and unto ye heirs or heiress lawfully begotten on her own body and in failure of such to return unto ye next heir or heiress naturally desended of us. It. I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild George Standley Junr one acre be it more or less of Land at the head of Marys ten acres and also my small musket alwayes provided yt my sonnes Jno and Joseph Lovet Thomas Patch and George Standley shall during her widdowhood find her with wood cut convenient for her and delivered at her door each of them by turn in equall propocon from time to time during the term aforesd and my farther will is if any of my Children forementioned shall not be satisfied in this my will or shal refuse to bring the wood unto their mother as aforesd wn she needs it then shall they so failing be deprived of al benefit by this my will unto them acrewimg. Only receiving forty Shillins a peice of my estate in rembrance of me and further I do appoint my last wil and testamt herein contained to Stand in full force and virtue of which I appoynt my true and Loving wife Mary Executrix and my appointed friends Richd Ober and Robert Bradford I do entrust as my overseers of the will aforesd and aso do hereby wil that there shall bee: and for ever here after continue a cart way through the Lands aforesd for the use of all persons in furhter time inhaviting on yt parcell of Land now my homestead. The mark of Jno Lovet Senr (Segil) Signed Sealed and delivered in ye presence of us the mark of R|B Robt Bradfors Samll Hardio Robt Diamond The within named Jno Lovet Senr of Beverly did own this to be his Last will and say it should Stand the 8 of Novembr 1686 in presence of us Robert Bradford RB ----- his mark Mark Haskell.
[Oath : 1523]
Dec. 16 1686 Samll Hardio & Robt Bradford made oath that they were present and Saw Jno Lovet Signe seal and publish this Instrumt as his last will and testamt and that when he so did he was of Sound mind nd memory to yr best understanding and that they Saw Robt Dimond Signe as a Wittness Jura P Coram Preside attr
Tho: Dudley, Cler
Enforced: 18 Decr 1686:

Research Notes

Mary Patch. John included an entry not explained,

It. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Patch ten Acres of ground adjoyning to their now dwelling house to her and the maleheirs lawfully begotten of her body ----- and in failure of such heirs to return to ye next heirsess and the fifteen Pounds delivered at ye day of marriage

By 1686, Thomas and Mary (Lovett) Patch had three "male heirs lawfully begotten of her body," so does this suggest the three sons had by that time left the area? (Even the youngest?)

That the three Patch sons were Mary's children seems proven by two 1707 deeds,

  • Thomas Patch Sr (yeoman) to James Patch, deed dated 28 March 1707, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986"; images, FamilySearch (image 92 of 605), otherwise Essex County, Massachusetts, Deeds 38:84, recorded 17 May 1718; refers "Land Lying … in ye Township of Beverly … Containing about one Acre … one which my Dwellilng House now Standeth … bounded Westerly with ye Town Highway & Southerly by ye meadow formerly Ensign John Patch's now in possession of his Son Benjamin Patch & Easterly by ye ten acres of Land given to my late wife Mary by her father Lovits Last Will and Testament."
  • Thomas Patch Junr & William Patch to James Patch, deed dated 28 March 1707, "Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986"; images, FamilySearch (image 93 of 605), otherwise Essex County, Massachusetts, Deeds 38:84, recorded 17 May 1718; refers to "Land ... given to our Hon'd Mother Mary Patch of Beverly ... Deceast as by our sd Grandfathrs Last will & Testament."

In 1686, if Mary (Lovett) Patch was born about 1645, then she would have been about aged 41.

Sources

  1. John Lovet 1686 Will (image), citing "Probate records v. 12-12 1657-1697," "Suffolk County (Massachusetts) probate records, 1636-1899"; digital images, FamilySearch; abstract at Eugene Tappan, "Essex County Estates Administered in Suffolk County, Prior to 1701," Essex Institute Historical Collections, multiple vols. 40 (1904): 215; digital images, Internet Archive, cites "Docket, No. 1523."




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