Martha Spooner, b._______ ; was living Mar. 25, 1717. She m. John Wing, s. of Daniel(1) and Hannah (Swift) Wing, b. Nov. 14, 1656; d. Aug. 1, 1717.
John Wing was an early settler (as early, probably, as 1680) of Rochester, Mass. He was a farmer and cooper, a man highly respected and of influence where he lived. His will is dated March 25, 1717, and provides:
" Imp. I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Martha Wing, the easterly end of my now dwelling house, to be hers during her natural life; also one cow out of my stock at her choice, also two swine, which is also to be at her choice, also twelve pounds money per year, yearly paid her by my son Samuel Wing, and one cow and two swines' keeping yearly, both Winter and Summers during her natural life, upon condition that my son Samuel fails in maintaining her in all respects, as hereinafter I shall will and order him to do.
" Item. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel Wing (upon condition herein expressed) and to his heirs and assigns forever, all my housing and lands both uplands, meadows & swamps, divided and undivided, that I have and do own in the aforesd Rochester & elsewhere and all my moveable estate of all sorts and kinds whatsoever, excepting what I have heretofore & shall hereinafter in this Instrument otherwise dispose of, to be him, his heirs and assigns forever. That is to say, he maintaining his mother Martha Wing during her natural life, with all things necessary for her comfortable subsistence in this life, at the Judgement and discretion of my aforesd two sons Stephen and John Wing, or to pay to her as aforesd."
His sons, Stephen and Samuel, were named as executors. In thus giving to his son, Samuel, the homestead, and making him his residuary legatee, he had not failed in remembrance of his other children, - from his large landed estate, he gave to each one what was equal to Samuel's share. Thus he passed away, having led an honorable and industrious life, leaving to each of his children a competence.
1620 - Plymouth Colony (unchartered) was established. It eventually spread over today's Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol Counties. Request for a formal charter was denied in 1691
1685 - Barnstable County was formed as part of the Plymouth Colony on 2 June 1685, including the towns of Falmouth, Sandwich and others lying to the east and north on Cape Cod.
1691 - A new charter was granted to Massachusetts Bay Colony uniting it with Plymouth Colony, et al, to form Province of Massachusetts Bay (Plymouth Colony existed without a formal charter since its' founding).
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