Amanuensis Monday — 1697 Will of John Grout (1616-1697) of Sudbury, Massachusetts

This week’s doc for transcription is the 1697 will of John Grout (1616-1697) of Sufbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, which is in Property File 9951 within the Middlesex County Probate Court docket information. 

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The desire above is considerably blurry, torn on a number of edges, and has water injury in locations, plus the handwriting is troublesome to learn.  Reasonably than stumble by the unique will above, I’ll transcribe the Probate Court docket clerk’s transcription of the desire within the contemporaneous Middlesex County Probate Court docket clerk document guide, entered shortly after the desire was proved by the Court docket)  proven under:

The courtroom clerk’s transcription reveals minor variations in spelling of phrases and names, however is far simpler to learn and supplies the lacking or blurred elements of the picture of the unique will.

The transcription of this can is (from the clerk’s copy):

Within the Title of God amen  I John Grout Sen’r of y’e City of Sudbury
being sick and weake in physique however in sound disposing Memorie reward
be given to God for y’e identical Do make this my Final Will and Testomony in
method and type as followeth That’s to say, First and principally I resign
my Soul to y’e Almighty God my Creator assuredly hopeing to obtaine a blessed
ressurrection in Christ Jesus my Lord, and my physique I Committ to y’e Earth to
be decently buried by the discretion of my Executors herein after named and
all my worldly items which y’e Lord hath Lent me I do dispose thereof as followeth.

I do give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son John Grout all y’e Upland Swampland
and meadow floor mendacity in Sudbury w’ch I purchased of John Brigham & Sarah his spouse
Excepting Six acres of medow which is in y’e nice River meadow in the direction of Harmony
with all of the City Rights priviledges and appurtenances thereunto belonging and
appertaining.  And in addition my will is that my Son the aforesaid Shall have all
that my Upland and meadow w’ch lyeth upon y’e Brook w’ch leads from James
Rosses to y’e Widow Knapp begining on y’e South Facet of y’e Brook at Rosses
Bridge and so runing Eastward being bounded on the North by y’e Brooke afores’d
and on the South by y’e Nation Highway, and so of y’e Ditch in Febe How and all
my Land and Medow from the gutter w’ch comes out of Cramberry Lott to y’e going
over at Mary Knapps, Excepting the Ridge at Beaver Dam of upland and
my Son Shall have halfe y’e Commonage belonging to y’e s’d Meadow, & Ten
acres of Meadow at West Medow by Estimation adjoining to y’e Meadow at
y’e widow Loker with y’e Commonage thereunto belonging, and y’e halfe a part of
my forty Acre Lott subsequent to Ephraim Rices, as y’e stuffed with all his half & portion
from my Property To Have and To Maintain to him and his heires ceaselessly.

Merchandise My Will is that my Son Jonathan Grout Shall have all that a part of my
Homstall which lyeth on y’e North and on y’e West of y’e Brooke which leads from
Rosses bridge to y’e widow Knapps, each Land and Medow along with y’e Land &
medow floor on y’e East Facet of y’e Brooke in opposition to y’e Mill from Whales Bridge
to y’e North, and of a Ditch in Febe How with all the homes Ediffices, buildings
barns mill fences City rights and priviledges & appurtenances thereunto belonging
and appertaining.  And in addition Ten acres of West medow subsequent to y’e Spring from y’e
upland to y’e Brooke, and in addition y’e halfe a part of my Forty acre Lott, at y’e North Finish
of the Lott as y’e stuffed with his a part of my Lands To Have and to Maintain to him &
his heires for ever.

I give to my Son Joseph Grout of Watertowne all my houseing Lands &
meadows and rights w’ch to me did belong and appertaine in y’e City of Wa-
tertowne, Excepting a Farm which I’ve close to to Madup, solely my Son Jo-
seph Grout Shall pay unto my Son in Regulation Joseph Curtise the Sum of twelve
kilos in Cash throughout the Area of three years after my decease.
My Will is y’t if my Son Joseph Grout die with out heirs male then y’e
halfe of y’e s’d Land Shall return to y’e Grouts, the opposite halfe to his personal
Daughters, w’ch shall be his full portion To have & to Maintain to him & his heirs
ceaselessly.  It. My will is y’t my Son in Regulation John Livermore Shall have
all that my Farm of Seventy acres w’ch lyeth by Madups in Watertowne, he
paying to my 5 grand kids which my daughter Elisabeth naked to Samuel
Allen as y’e Kids Shall Come of Age the Sum of forty Shillings apeice,
To John and his heires To Have and to carry for ever.

   I give to my Daughter Susannah y’e six acres of meadow w’ch I purchased of John
Brigham mendacity at y’e River Medow in the direction of Harmony, and y’e halfe a part of my
New grants Lott as her full half & portion to her and her heires for ever.

I give to my Daughter Abigail Curtis my Six acres of meadow mendacity at
Pantrey and twelve pound in Cash to be paid as abovesaid as her full
portion.  It. I give to my Daughter Mary Knapp Forty Shillings
in cash to be paid by the mentioned Executors as her full portion.

It.  I give to my Son Jonathan Grout one pair of oxen & his Selection of my
Bookes and my Chest and Rapier and a part of my carrying Garments as his half &
portion.  Merchandise  I give to my pricey and Loveing spouse Sarah Grout Ten acres
of medow and Six of upland at West medow to be at her personal disposeing. And as
for all he remainder of my Property items and Chattells which y’e Lord hath Lent me
after my money owed paid and Funerall Expenses defrayed, I do bequeath unto my pricey and
Loveing spouse Sarah Grout whom I do make joine Executrix with my Son Jonathan
whom I do appoint to be Joint Executo’r together with her of this my Final will & Testomony
Revoking all different wills by me heretofore made.  In Witness whereof I’ve
now unto Set my hand & y’e Seal of y’e s’d Workplace this 24’th day of July 1697.
John Grout Sen’r and Seal Signed Sealed and revealed in y’e prsence of us
Joseph Noyes  Peter King  Francis Fullam.
                                                                     Eseal p’r Sam’ll Phipps Reg’r.
The supply citations for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case information, Quantity: Middlesex Circumstances 00001-01999, Property File #9951 (14 photos), John Grout of Sudbury property, 1697; “Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871,” digital photos, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  ( accessed 30 Could 2020); Digitized mages offered by from authentic information at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

“Massachusetts, U.S. Wills and Probate Data, 1635-1991,” listed database with digital photos, ( : accessed 3 April 2021), Middlesex County, “Probate Data, Vol. 7-10, 1689-1704,” Quantity 9, pages 99-102 (photos 427-429 of 748), John Grout of Sudbury will and probate information, proved 16 August 1697.

John Grout (1616-1897) married (1) Mary Cakebread (1620-1641) in about 1640, in all probability in Watertown, Massachusetts, and so they had one youngster, recorded in Watertown:
*  John Grout (1641-1708), married 1667 Rebecca Toll (1644-1721).
John Grout married (2) 1642 Sarah Busby (1619-1699), daughter of Nicholas and Bridget (Cocke) Busby.  The had 9 kids, the primary recorded in Watertown, and the remaining recorded in Sudbury:
*  Sarah Grout (1643-????).
*  Hannah Grout (1646-1727), married 1668 John Livermore (1638-1718).
*  Joseph Grout (1649-1720) married 1680 Susannah Hagar (1653-1731).
*  Abigail Grout (1655-1745), married 1677 Joseph Curtis (1647-1700).
*  Elias Grout (1657-????).
*  Jonathan Grout (1658-1730), married 1701 Abigail Dix (1677-1753).
*  Mary Grout (1661-????), married 1688 Thomas Knapp (1657-????).
*  Susanna Grout (1664-1727), married 1692) John Woodward (1661-1736).
*  Elizabeth Grout (1665-1694), married 1683 Samuel Allen (1664-1745).

John Grout died 25 July 1697, someday after his will was written.  In his will, he recognized his spouse as Sarah, and his dwelling kids as John, Jonathan, Joseph, Susannah Livermore, Abigail Curtis, Mary Knapp, and youngsters of daughter Elizabeth Allen.  A list was taken on 10 August 1697 and totaled £690-12-00, together with intensive land holdings.  The desire was proved by the Probate Court docket on 16 August 1697.

John and Sarah (Busby) Grout are my eighth great-grandparents, by son Joseph Grout (1649-1720) who married Susannah Hagar (1653-1731) in 1680 in Watertown, Massachusetts.


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

“An individual employed to write down what one other dictates or to repeat what has been written by one other.”

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