Amanuensis Monday — 1684 Will of George Wheeler (1606-1687) of Harmony, Massachusetts

 This week’s doc for transcription is the 1684 will of George Wheeler (1606-1687) of Harmony, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, which is in Property File 1580 within the Suffolk County Probate Courtroom data. 

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The transcription of it will is:

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I George Wheeler Senir within the City of Harmony within the County of Middlesex within the Massachusetts Colony in new england being 
in a Assured measure of reminiscence & understanding:  praised be God:  doe make this my final Will & Testomony in method 
and forme as followeth: First: My Soul I Commite to God y’t gave it me believeing within the Lord Jesus Christ my onely Lord 
and Savior who will elevate my physique att the final & nice Day in life eternall: & my physique to first rate buryall; first: I’ll y’t
 my due money owed be honebly paid & funnerall prices happy: for my Temprall Property as followeth:  first I’ll that my 
complete property shall stande engaged & be responseable for my snug mainetenance in all respects throughout the time period 
of my life:  & as to my funnerall prices to be borne by my complete property additionally the costs of execution & all Courtroom Affirmation 
and enroulment be borne by my complete property: I’ll to my two Sons Thomas Wheeler & John Wheeler my mansion dwelling 
home barns cow homes & orchards with y’t a part of the house lot joyning to s’d home & orchards all the way down to the cross fence y’t 
stood cross y’e s’d Lot in equall proper of p’priety: the decrease a part of s’d lot all the way down to John Scorthford home I give to my  
son Thomas & y’t a part of my lot mendacity between Joshua Wheeler & John Scorthford I give to my son John: I give to my two 
sons Thomas & John my six acers purchased of Gershom Bulkeley mendacity over the hills equally in proper:  additionally I give to my 
sons Thomas & John my twenty eight acers of woodland mendacity within the north quarter over the river equall in proper:  additionally 
I give to the youngsters of my Son William deceased as a legacy out of my property the sume of Sixty Six kilos 
Seven shillings to be paid to them by the executors of this my will in equal proper of propriety onely my will is 
y’t my medow at brooke medow on each side of the brook excepting y’t half I give to my son Thomas as additionally my one acer 
in ash swamp at Fairehaven:  be by the executors of this my shall be disposed of to my son Williams kids & to be 
as pte of y’e above s’d legacy:  additionally the 2 acers & a halfe of a medow on the north west facet of the brake at Brooke 
medow joyning to my Son Williams pastor it’s not my mentioned son Williams however I’ll it to my executors to manage 
upon it as my property:  I give to my son Thomas my piece of medow at Brooke medow joyning to John Wheelers
medow mendacity on the northwest facet of the brooke three acers roughly:  I give to my son John my two acers & 
a halfe of medow in spring medow roughly:  I give to my two sones Thomas & John my medow in ye medow known as 
the good medow with my pte of the put up in equall proper:  I give to my son John my fourteen acers on the south 
subject on the east facet of the Nation approach in opposition to Compe’s home additionally two acers in muddy medow swamp:  I give to 
my Sones Thomas & John my fourty 4 acers mendacity north of Waldon Pond in equall proper:  I give to my son Thomas 
my fourteen acers mendacity on the southeast of the south river joyning to Nathaniel & John Billings I give to my 
son John my six acers joyning to Daniel Dane southeast from mount taber:  I give to my Sones Thomas & John 
my Eight acers joyning to Mr Flints pond mendacity by the east quarter lyne in equall proper:  I give to my Son 
John my 4 acers in John Milles pastor joyning to the south River:  additionally I give to my Two Sones Thomas & John out of my moveable property 5 kilos A chunk:  I give to my Son Thomas Ten kilos out of my Moveable Property in Consideration he’s wanting his brothers in receit of components.  I 
give to my daughter Foxes kids six kilos equall amongst them: I give to my 4 daughters Elizabeth Fletcher, Sarah Dudly, Ruth Hartwell & Hanah Fletcher the sume of fifteen kilos A chunk 
in good & Currant Countery pay to be paid to them in Harmony Currant worth: allso I’ll & Reserve to my selfe 
throughout my life A Snug upkeep in all respects & y’t Cost of my upkeep upon my Property viz begine 
within the yr one Thousand 600 Eighty & Two on to the day of my loss of life:  which mentioned Cost is to Come out & be 
leavied upon my property I meane this my property on this my will given & lagacyes bequeathed: & my will is y’t when 
all Prices Regarding my upkeep & first rate buryall & different smart be Glad:  y’t then every legacye & property given doe ‘
then abate their due & true & simply proportion:  what y’e Executors of this my will shall usher in account really due 
all & every of my Kids Sons & daughters resting Contented with their due a part of my Property on this my will 
given be it roughly y’e complete one however components right here given:  for I do know not the day of my loss of life & so not what 
my snug upkeep might spend:   I give to my Sons Thomas & John my seven acres mendacity in y’e Comons nowe
Watertown lyne additionally my will is that no legacy shall be required untill two years after my loss of life: These
lands I give to my Two Sones Thomas & John their heirs & assigns be it roughly additionally I’ll Represent 
& make my two Sones Thomas Wheeler & John Wheeler the executors of this my will & equally to pay all legacys 
every his equall portion:  This I Georg Wheeler Senir make this my laste will all my former Wills to 
be a nnulity & voide.  Witness my hand & Seal this twenty eight day of Jenuary within the yr one Thousand 600 
eighty & 4.”

                                                                 George   Wheeler (seal) 
                                                                       His G mark

Signed & sealed in prsenc of 
Samuel Meriam,
Jonathan Hubard
John Scorthford

The supply quotation for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case recordsdata, Quantity: Middlesex Instances 00001-01999, Property File #1580 (7 photographs), George Wheeler of Harmony property, 1687; “Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1636-1899,” digital photographs, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  ( accessed 21 March 2021); Digitized mages offered by from authentic data at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

George Wheeler (1606-1687) married Katherine Pin (1611-1685) on 8 June 1630 in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England.  That they had 8 kids, the primary three had been born in Cranfield and the final 5 had been born in Massachusetts:

*  William Wheeler (1631-1683), married 1659 Hannah Buss (1642-1693).
*  Thomas Wheeler (1633-1686), married 1657 Hannah Harwood (1632-1707).
*  Elizabeth Wheeler (1636-1704), married 1656 Francis Fletcher (1630-1704).
*  Sarah Wheeler (1640-1713), married 1665 Francis Dudley (1638-1702).
*  John Wheeler (1643-1713), married 1663 Sarah Larkin (1648-1725).
*  Mary Wheeler (1645-1679), married 1665 Eliphalet Fox (1644-1711).
*  Ruth Wheeler (1647-1703), married 1665 Samuel Hartwell (1645-1725).
*  Hannah Wheeler (1649-1697), married 1672 Samuel Fletcher (1652-1723).

George Wheeler (1606-1687) died 2 June 1687 in Harmony, and his will, written and signed 28 January 1684/5 26 days after his spouse died, was proved in Suffolk County Probate Courtroom on 2 July 1687 by Governor Andros.  The one different file within the property file is a listing which we are going to transcribe subsequent week.

In his will George Wheeler talked about all of his kids, naming dwelling kids Thomas, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Ruth and Hannah, and leaving legacies to the youngsters of deceased kids William and Mary.  It will could be very sophisticated and tough to learn due to the handwriting and spelling.  

George and Katherine (Pin) Wheeler are my eighth great-grandparents, by daughter Elizabeth (Wheeler) Fletcher, John Wheeler and Hannah (Wheeler) Fletcher. 


NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the superb TransylvanianDutch weblog) began a Monday weblog theme years in the past known as “Amanuensis Monday.” John presents this definition for “amanuensis:”

“An individual employed to put in writing what one other dictates or to repeat what has been written by one other.”

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