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Leonard Harriman's Will

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Estate of Leonard Harriman of Rowley

Essex Probate Docket # 12451

In the name of God, Amen, I, Leonard Harriman of Rowley, in ye county of Essex, in New England, being infirme in body but of competent understanding as formerly doe make this my last will and testament as followeth:

Imprm, I committ my soule into ye hands of God who gave it to me and my body to decent buriall in hopes of a happy resurection through the power and strength and merits of my dear Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

As to my outward estate I dispose of it as followeth: To my eldest son, Matthew Harriman I give and bequeath all my lands and meadows in ye bounds of Haverhill provided he pay eight pounds which I am engaged to pay for him to Mr. Wainwright, and forty shillings in money to his sister, Mary, which if he doe not I reserve the parcell of meadow I bought of Abraham Whittichar, called spike's meadow guieing it to my Executor hereafter named to enable him to pay the sd sum or sums, and to his son Matthew my grand child, I give my armes and amunition: to my son Jonathan Harriman I hereby confirme that which I have guien him by deed of gift upon marriage, and the new Leanto built agst his Roome and my shop and loomes and all the working geers belonging to them and all my utensills of husbandry and half my part of the hay boat. Also, I give him the other half of my lands in Rowley provided he pay to his sister Hannah Boynton within six years after my decease in corne or cattle or both the sum of thirty pounds; and to his sister, Mary Harriman the sum of thirty pounds within three yeares after my decease; and suffer sd Mary to enjoy peaceably during her liuing unmarried the end of the house next the street and two apple trees by sd end, and two more appletrees in other part of ye orchard and the garden spot before that end of ye house which if he sd Jonathan by himself or heires cause it not to be payed then my overseers here after named upon the desire of my daughters shall haue liberty to apprise so much land now giuen by will not giuen absolutely upon marriage as shall pay my sd daughters what I should have payed.

To my daughter, Hannah Boynton, I giue the sum of thirty poundes to be paid by Jonathan, her brother or lands upon non-payment as expressed.

To my daughter, Mary Harriman, I give ye vse of the end of the house next the street so long as shee remaine unmarried and ye use of four appletrees as before exprest as my overseers shall set out for her use also I giue to be at her dispose emediately upon my decease two cows and such household stuff as I shall leaue and thirty pounds which Jonathan is to pay her as exprestor upon her decease before the time prefixt as shee may giue it when payable by will or deed of gift.

Also my will is and I hereby constitute my sd son Jonathan my sole executor impowering him to pay my debts and funeral charges out of the moveable estate not before bequeathed and to pay himself such necessary charge as he may be at about my will and the remainder I giue to be equally divided by my overseers betwixt my sd daughters, Hannah and Mary, within half a yeare after my decease.

Further my will is and I hereby desire my beloved friends Newhemiah Jewett and Joseph Jewett, senior, to be my overseers tosee to the fulfilling of my sd will allowing for any time about sd betrustment they expend out of my estate not withstanding whatI haue ordered Matthew to pay; upon his paying ten shillings of silver money to my executors and two thousand pine bords I acquitof the rest above mentioned: to Jonathan I giue my division in the comons near Caleb Jacksons about eleven acres in the roome ofthat I sold to Samuel Pearley that he had a share in. In witness that this is my last will and testament and that I revoke all former and other wills I have hereunto set my hand and seale this twelfth day of May Anno Dom, 1691.

Leonard Harriman [Sealed]

Signed sealed and declared to be his last will and testament in presence of us

Witnesses, James Dickinson John Hopkinson


Imprims, half ye house & half ye homestead & barne and shopp - £30.00.00 (pounds, shillings, pence)
It. 1/2 Hunsley hill lott and 1/2 ye acres nere it 6 acres 1/2 - 12.00.00
It. 1/2 ye 1 acre 1/2 at newplaine - 1.10.00
It. 1/2 ye oxpasture marsh, ye whole 3 acres - 7.10.00
It. 1/2 ye plowing land and ruff land at ye farme 14 acres ye whole -14.00.00
It. 1/2 ye two acres of marsh at Oyster poynt - 05.00.00
It. 1/2 ye acre at Wicom's spring - 03.00.00
It. 1/2 y. 2 acres at Sandy bridge - 05.00.00
It. 1/2 y. acre at stackyard - 03.00.00
It. 1/2 ye acre below Jackson's ile - 01.00.00
It. 1/2 ye highway marsh whole about 1 acre - 02.00.00
It. 1/2 ye acre of gate marsh - 02.00.00
It. 1/2 ye marsh in partnership with Todd all about 1 acre - 02.00.00
It. 1/2 ye acre and 1/2 bought of Thomas Nelson - 03.00.00
It. 1/2 ye planting lott and pasture in Bradford street Lotts - 20.00.00
It. quick or liueing stock - 17.00.00
It. 2 feather beds & bedding furniture, linen wearing clothes chest and pewter - 22.17.00
It. armes books brass iron wooden earthern and glass vessels and household vtensills and cloth - 07.05.00
It. Loomes and tackling and implements of husbandry - 05.08.00
It. debts due ye estate - 02.04.02
Total - £172.04.02
It. debts oweing to be paid out of ye estate and funeral charges -£ 10.14.08 (pounds, shillings, pence)
And to prizing proving ye wil & recording - 01.00.00

The above sd apprizement made by us ye day and yeare above written as witnesses our hands.

Nathaniel Elithorp Newhemiah Jewett

Source: Essex County Probate Records 304:385 (copy only) and transcribed for the Harriman Family Association, courtesy Lois Ware Thurston. Original will (pp. 359-361) missing from docket; docket envelope noted as empty at Essex County Probate. 91 Rowley d. 7 Oct 1732 Rowley

The Harriman Family Association, http://www.harriman-family.org/archive/will.html.

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