Descendants of Joseph Weld



First Generation


1. Joseph Weld 1 2, son of Edward Weld and Amye Dereslye, was born on 7 Apr 1599 in Terling, co. Essex, ENG 2 3, died on 7 Oct 1646 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 4 5 and was buried on 7 Oct 1646 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 2 6.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Emigrant Ancestor; Abt 1633; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA.

2. Took Inventory; 25 Dec 1637; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 7. Along with John Stow, Isack Heath, John Jonsone, Thomas Sems, William Parke and Sammwell Basse, took inventory of the estate of Edward Blackley of Roxbury,

3. Settler; After 1637; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 8. Listed in the first book of the Town Records as having 278 acres, making him one of the largest land owners in the town. [The list is undated, and estimated at between 1634 and 1643 in the article. Given a date of after 1637 here because of the inclusion of Samuel Chapin who was not in Roxbury until 1638.]

4. VR - Death of Spouse; Oct 1638; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 9. Elizabeth ye wife of Joseph Weld buried (8) 1638.

5. VR - Birth of Child; 31 Dec 1640; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 9. Birth of Sarah, daughter of Joseph Weld.

6. VR - Birth of Child; 18 Sep 1642; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 9. Birth of Daniel, son of Joseph Weld.

7. Witnessed Will; 19 Jan 1642/43; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 10. Witnessed the will of Samuel Hagborne

8. VR - Birth of Child; 6 Feb 1644/45; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 9. Birth of Joseph, son of Joseph Weld.

9. Will; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 11. (Weld Mss. with the N. E. H. & G. S.) 1646.
Ipswich, this second day of the fourth month. (june).
Being visited by the hand of the Lord, and not knowing what the purposes of God may be; my spirit being restless and out of quiet because my house is not set in order, I think it my duty to go about the work having first sought to God for direction; and though I cannot do it so well as I might had I been at home, yet because I know not whether ever I shall return, I do therefore make this my last will and testament as followeth.
Imprimis.--I give to the College in Cambridge Ten Pounds to be paid in 5 years, viz: 40 shillings per annum to the help and furtherance of such in learning as are not able to subsist of themselves; wherein I refer myself to Mr. Dunster and Mr. Eliot, whom I esteem and honor in the Lord; to be disposed as they judge meet; only this I recall the 20 shillings a year back again which I put to my hand to give to Dr. Ames' son; yet if those forenamed judge it fit to give him the 40 shillings per annum, I leave it to their wisdoms. This legacy I would have paid by my Executrix, and the payment to begin, 6 months after my decease 20 shillings and 6 months after 20 shillings, and so on, till the term and sum be expired.
Item.--I give to my son John, who is now my eldest son, & to my son Thomas, my son Edmond, and my daughter Mary, my house called the Farm, with barn, gardens and all the arable land, meadows and pasture ground, containing 80 acres and upwards, with all the household stuff I have there,--oxen, corn, and 4 cows, with cart, plows, yokes, chains, and all the furniture; also my last division of land, being the 22d or 23d lott, being about 130 acres more or less; also the 3 acres of land sometime John Graves, lying next to the ground of Joshua Hews; also 6 acres of marsh, more or less, that was bought of the heirs of Samuel Shoreman, lying next to the marsh of John Watson; all those houses and moveables, Cattle and pieces of land named, I give to those 4 of my children named, to have and enjoy to them and their heirs forever in manner following, viz: my son John being my elder son, my will is that he should have a double portion, and all the other three an equal portion; further my will is, presently after my decease, they shall enter upon the land, and those friends that I shall hereafter name to be the overseers of my will to be performed, I desire that they may take such order that the best improvement be made, and an equal proportion be given to every child, according as is formerly expressed. Also my will is, that if God take any of them away by death, under the age of 21 years, or day of marriage, that the survivors of those 4 children named shall enjoy his or their portions.
I also give to Hannah my youngest daughter by my first wife my ground commonly called the 11 acres, lying next Muddy River, to be improved for her, so soon as God shall take me away; also I give to my daughter Hannah 20 pounds to be paid out of my goods by my wife Barbara Weld, at the age of 21 years, or day of marriage; if God take her away before, my will is that her portion shall be divided among the children I had by my former wife. Also my will is, if I die before that time be expired, that I am engaged to Mr. Hooker to find her clothes then, and I leave it to be done out of her portion. Also my will is that my children I had by my former wife, shall have each of them a pair of sheets, and all the bedding except that which I shall hereafter name. Also I give to those 4 children, as to John, Thomas, Edmond and Mary, all the rent which is due to me from Wm. Davis, which is a whole year's rent, and something more, only I desire that he may be abated 5 pounds of what shall be found to be due. Also my will is that my overseers do see performed out of the corn which Wm. Davis is to pay, that Brother Edward Porter have 10 bushels of rye, Brother Mays 5 bushels, Brother Jones 5 bushels, Brother Lewis 5 bushels, Brother Peake 5 bushels, and brother Gamlin 5 bushels to be paid to them as soon as it can be conveniently threshed. Also my will is, because my house in the town have little wood belonging to it, that my wife and children that are to enjoy that shall have free liberty to take so much in the hither-most grounds as will save for their use for firing provided that they cut it out, and make no destroy, and this to enjoy for the space of ten years next after my decease; also my will is that those 4 children named shall have each of them a book, there be 3 of Dr. Preston's, one of Dr. Sibbs' and Mr. Rogers' 7 treatises--and the eldest to take his choice first; also my will is that my son John shall have my best stuff suit, and my son Thomas my frieze suit, and Edmond such a portion as may be equivalent, also my son John my cloth cloak; to my son Daniel I give a suitable portion of my apparel, which I desire may equally be parted among all my sons, except my black tamey cloak, which I give to Mr. John Eliot our teacher, my best friend. I give to my son John my other sword, and black belt to my son Thomas. Father my will is that all I have in the Iron Works, the yearly profit of it may be disposed to bring up my son Thomas at Cambridge till he come to be Master of Arts, and if my son Daniel be capable of learning, my desire is that he also after my son Thomas have the like benefit till he come to be Master of Arts, and then after that the whole to be equally divided among all my children and their heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Barbara Weld (whom I make my sole executrix) together with my son Daniel, my daughter Sarah and my daughter Marah, the house I live in, with all the housing, yards, gardens, home lot, and the 15 scres on the neck. Also that cow I bought at Watertown for the other is my son John's, together with two young steers that are summering at John Woods' in Sudbury, these excepted I give to my dear wife and her children, all other cattle at home also the down bed and bolster, and all things belonging to the bed and bedstead in the best chamber, and one other feather bed and the bedstead in the hall
chamber, with the yellow rugg and the largest green rugg, 4 pillows and 2 pair blankets, also one flock bed; and all the other beds either feather beds or flock beds, with blankets, ruggs and all other bedding, I give to those children I had by my former wife, to be equally parted among them, also each of them a pair of sheets; and all the rest of the sheets or linen or woolens, I give to my wife and her children; only this exception hereinafter mentioned--, My daughter Dennison affirms, the down bed my wife's mother gave to her after my decease--I know no such thing, yet being so confidently affirmed by her, my will is after the decease of my wife, if she outlive her (otherwise not) then the down bed and bolster with the binded corceing shall be my daughter Dennison's. Also I give to my wife and her children all my other movable goods, my wife to have one half, and the rest of the children their portion. I mean the children I had by her. Also I give to my wife all my debts, moneys, or any other thing not formerly expressed, provided that special care first be taken that all the debts I owe, either in Old England or new, be first paid, those in Old England by the first return. The debts I owe I shall set down together, also Mr. Cuddington's annuity of 20 pounds per year, till seven years be expired, except death prevent, two years and a half being paid already. Also 40 shillings a year for 5 years to the college, and all my other debts, my wife and her children to have all except that before expressed, she to have the one half, and to enjoy all till the children be brought up. But if the Lord so ordain, that my wife change her condition, then I desire my overseers to take order that my children's portion be secured. Now if any of the children I had by my wife not living, decease before 21, or change of their condition by marriage, their portion shall go wth the survivors. If the Lord should take away my wife in the state of her widowhood, then my will is that her portion should be divided among all my children. Thus have I finished my will, in the best manner my weak condition will afford, praying and beseeching my esteemed friends Mr. John Eliot, Elder Heath, Edward Clapp at Dorchester, and William Parks all of them, or the major part of them, to take care to see my will fulfilled, and that my dear wife may be counselled and comforted by them and my children instructed and brought up in the fear of the Lord. And as a token of my love for their great pains they are like to take, I will that ten pounds be paid to them out of my estate, which I appoint my beloved wife to pay; which is but a small recompense; my desire is that the Lord would requite all their pains and labors of love into their bosoms. Amen. Amen.
By me. Joseph Weld.
This 22d of the 5th month (July) 1646.
My desire is that Lieutenant Hews, Brother Bell, also Brother John Johnson may be added to the rest of the overseers, because they know the state of some reckonings; whom I earnestly desire to join with
Brother Bell in packing my beaver or other goods to pay my debts in England. Also one thing more my will is that if after my debts be paid and my annuities be considered of, there be a manifest difference between those children I have by this wife, and the former, it shall remain in the power of my overseers to regulate it, my desire being to make my children equal, and likewise, if it shall appear on the contrary; provided always, my mind is, that my wife shall have one half of what I give to her and her children.
By me. Joseph Weld.
26th day of the 5th month 1646.
Taking in the consideration of my children by this wife, being to be brought up.
Witness by us Joshua Hews, John Johnson.
To the Reverend and his esteemed in the Lord, Mr. John Eliot, give this. Not to be opened till after death.
Testified upon the oath of Lieutenant Hews and John Johnson before the Court, the 10th day of the 8th month (October) 1646.
Wm. Aspinwall, the Recorder.
(R. Comm. Rep. XXXII: 66) 10 Dec. 1646. Barbara Weld of Roxbury appointed Thomas Bell of Roxbury her attorney to collect debts due to her husband Deceased from any pson or psons in England; also another to the same intent unto Michael Powell of Dedham in case Thomas Bell be sick or deceased.
(Suff. Deed I: 30) Nouerint Vniusi per prsentes me. Antoniu Stoddard de boston in massachusetts merc tenerj et firmiter obligarj Johanis Elljot Joshue Hues, Isaaco: Heath Thome Bell. Edwardo Clapp wilhelmo Parke et Johannis Johnson de Roxbury supvisoribus. Testamentj Josephj Weld de Roxbury nuper defunct in mille libris bone et legalis monete solvend eisdem supervisoribus alicuj vell aliquibus eorum ad vsum Barbara weld vidue prdict. Joseph weld. ad quam. quidem. soluconem bene et fidelliter faciend: obligo me haeredes execcutores et Administratores meos. firmiter p prsentes dat sigillat dje.
The Condicon of this obligation is such that whereas the above bounden Anthony Stoddard doth purpose & Intend (volente Deo): to enter into a Contract of marriage wth Barbara weld, widdow, late wife of Joseph weld of Roxbury in New England deceased, wth whom he is to Receive the dowry left by hir said husband deceased, if therefore the sajd Anthony Stoddard doe leave vnto the sajd Barbara: to hir owne vse at hi[s] death five hundred pounds of lawfull money or moneys worth if he leave her a widdow, and if his estate be not Apparently diminished from what it is now (which what it is Appeared by a mrte vnder the sayd Anthony Stoddard his owne hand and deliuered to John Johnson of Roxbury to keepe or if it be Apparently diminished, if then he leauve the sajd Barbara one third part of his whole estate to hir propper vse that then this present obligati [ ] shall be Vojd and of none effect otherwise to remajne in full force and strength this 24th of 6th month: 1647.
Anthony Stoddard & seale
Signed Sealed and deliuered
in the prsence of vs. Hugh Prichard. Richard Wooddey.
Richard Wooddey of Boston came before me this 7th of the 8th mo. 1653. and did vppon his oath testify that he saw this bond. signed & sealed to which he is a wittness to the vs[ ] of the partie wthin expressed. William Hibbins.
Entered & Recorded 8 of October 1653.
Edward Rawson Reco [ ].
(Suff. Deed I: 137) Anthonie Stoddard of Boston in N: E: mercht (for & in consideration of the portions of Sarah daniel & marah Weld the children of Joseph Weld by Barbara his late wife, to him him in hand pd by the overseers of the will of the sd Joseph) doth grant vnto the sd overseers John Eliot Isaack Heath Edward Clapp Joshua Hues John Johnson & wm Parke, for the vse of the aforesd children all that his dwelling house in Roxbury wth all barnes Cow houses stables out houses orchyards gardens wth three Acres of vpland, & fifteene acres of vppland & meadow more in or neere the towne of Roxbury. Provided that if the sd Anthonie shall pay or cause pd vnto the said Sarah daniel & marah one hundd & fifty pounds, vzt. fifty pounds a piece in currant pay or to the survivor or survivors the whole summe of one hundd & fifty pounds as they shall attaine the [ ] respectiue ages or day of marriage wch shall first happen, or dye ere they attaine full age or be marryed, If then the said Anthonie pay the sd summe to the said overseers in ten months after such decease of the sd children to be divided amongst the children of the sd Joseph Weld by his first wife, that then this deed to be void. In the meane season the sd overseers are pleased that the sd Anthonie shall possesse the praemisses for his owne benefitt. dat 5 June 1651 & acknowledged the 5 June 1651. Rec. 8 June 1651.
(Suff. Deed III: 106-7) Whereas Capt Joseph Weld of Rockbery Co. Suffolke in Mass. dyed Seized in fee simple of one Tennemt Scittuate in the above Towne Conteyneing one dwelling house barne and out houses with Garden and Orchard, and about two Accrs of Land, more or lesse on the west Syde thereof, and is bounded with mr Isacke Heath on the South, mr Edward Denison on the north and Thomas Lambe on the West, Also fifteene Accrs of Marsh and vpland, being bounded with mr Thomas Weld on the West the high way Leading to gravelly point on the East Thomas Lambe South, and vpon the Marshes of John Polly and John Watson North, the wch by Order of the genll Court held at Boston May the Seventh 1651 was Confirmed vnto mr Anthony Stoddard, his heyres and Assignes
foreuer, the which Anthony Stoddard Marryed, the relict of the aboue named, Joseph Weld deceased. Now, the said Anthony Stoddard for One hundred and Eightie pounds payd by Samuell Danforth of Roxbery, Pastour of the Church of Christ there, sell, All the aboue named Tennemt. Signed 11 Feb. 1657, by Anthony Stoddard and his wife Christian.
In prnts of Edw Rawson, Nicho: Clapp. Ack. by both 5 Feb. (sic) 1657.
Rec. 17 Feb. (57).
(Suff. Deed V: 488) Whereas Anthony Stoddard of Boston in new England merchant heretofore married Barbara the relict of the late Capt: Joseph Weld, & for the payment of one hundred & ffifty Pounds to sarah, Daniel & marah Children. of the late Joseph & Barbara Weld, that is to say ffifty pounds a peece at their seuerall ages of Twenty one yeares, did by his deed of saile or mortgage bearing date the fifth of June: 1651: (See Suff. Deed I: 137, previously given). Now, we Daniell Weld, John ffranck that married sarah Weld & Comfort starr that lately married Marah Weld sonn & daughters of ye late Joseph Weld & Barbara his wife, Doe Acknowledge hereby to haue receiued each of vs, Our just & full portion of ffifty pounds apeice, of the sajd Anthony Stoddard. Signed by mr Daniell Weld 4 July 1666: in presents of John Weld: Edward Michelson jun. Signed by John ffrancks & sarah his wife 5 July 1666: in presents of Samuell Danforth, Abigaile Odllin. Signed by mr Comfort star & marah his wife 25 July 1667: in presents of Rich: Wayte, Symond Stoddard. Rec. 24 Sept. 1668.
(Suff. VI: 370-1) The will of Thomas Savage of Boston Senr. mentions wife Mary; dau. Hannah Gillam and her three children; son Thomas Savage and his three children; dau. Mary Thacher and her four children; Thomas, son of my son Habiah Savage deced and to each of his two daus.; Hannah Savage, widow of my son, Habija; son Ephraim and his three child.; dau. Higginson all my land in Salem; Mary Higginson her dau.; my dau. Dinnice; sons Ebeneser, Benjamin [both under 21]; appoint exors. sons Thomas, Ephraim, Perez and my son Ebenezer Savage; ffreinds mr John Hull & Mr. Isaac Addington to be overseers. Made 28 June 1675. In presence of Tho: Brattle, Jacob Elliot. Proved 23 Feb. 1681.
(Suff. XI: 99) The will of Anthony Stoddard Sr. of Boston, mentions engagement made to my present wife upon marriage; dau. Grace; eight children, Solomon, Samson, Anthony, Christian, Lydia, Dorothy, Mary and Jane. Made 29 Dec. 1684. In presence of Benjamin Daviys, Penn Townsend, Isaac Addington. Proved 19 May 1687.
(Suff. XVII: 77) The will of Mary Stoddard of Boston, widow, being aged, mentions dau. Sarah Higginson, son in law Major John Higginson; children of my son and daughter Higginson viz: John, Mary, Nathaniel, Sarah and Elizabeth; Mary Savage the dau. of my son Eben Savage; dau. Sarah Higginson and grandson John Higginson Exors. Made 5 Feb. 1697-8. In presence of Daniel Epes, William Simes, Isa. Addington.
(Suff. XVIII: 175) Inventory of the Estate of Mrs. Mary Stoddard, late of Boston, widow, was apprized 29 Sept. 1710. Allowed 26 Oct. 1710.
(Mass. Archives XLV: 363-5) At the Second Session of the General Court held at Boston the 16 of October 1660.
In Answer to the Petition of Mr Anthony Stoddard; The Court haveing perused and considered the Grounds of the Petition: As also the readiness of the Petitioner at all times to be Serviceable for the good of the Country.
Judge meet to Grant five hundred acres of Land to be equally divided between the Petitioner and Captain Welds Children.
Lib. 3: p. 356. A true Copy as appears of Record
Examin. P. Isa Addington Secry.
I find no Record of the
Laying out of the Land contained in this Grant.
Isa Addington Secry.
To his Exey Joseph Dudley Esqr Capt General & Govr in Chief in & over her Matys Province of the Massachtts Bay in New Engld And to the Honble the Council & Representtatives for sd Province now in General Assembly Convened.
The Petition of Simeon Stoddard Esqr for himselfe his Brethren & Sistrs, And in behalfe of ye children of Capt. Welds.
Sheweth: That Whereas the General Court of the late Colony of ye Massachtts. At their Session in October 1660 Upon the Petition of Mr Anthony Stoddard ye Petrs father were pleased to Grant five hundred Acres of Land, to be equally divided between him & Capt. Welds children, as by the Copy of ye sd Grant hereto annexed, doth appear which Five Hundred Acres of Land hath not as yet been taken up & laid out, nothing appearing there of on Record.
We therefore humbly Prays this Courts Confirmation of ye sd Grant. And Order to Some Sutable persons to Survey & lay out ye Same in Some Vacant & Unappropriated Lands, where it may be found & Return a Plett thereof to this honble Court for further confirmation.
And yor Petr as in Duty bound shall euer Pray &c.
Simo Stoddard.
26 Novr. 1707. In Council Read and Recommended. 28 Nov. 1707 In the House of Representatives.
June 22th 1708 Read & Ordered that the Praier of the above Petition be granted. Sent up for Concurrence.
June 23th 1708 In Council Read and Concurred.
Thomas Oliver, Speaker
Isa Addington Secry.
And that Captain John Chandler be appointed to Survey five hundred acres of vacant and unappropriated Land as may be found, & upon the Grant within mentioned, And to present a Plat thereof to this Court for Confirmation.
Isa Addington Secry.
Sent down for concurrence.
In the House of Representatives
July 1: 1708 Read, & Concurred.
Thomas Oliver, Speaker.

Joseph married Elizabeth Shatswell 1 2, daughter of John Shatswell and Judith Unknown (Shatswell), on 11 Oct 1620 in All Saints, Sudbury, co. Suffolk, ENG 2. (Elizabeth Shatswell was born in 1600 in Sudbury, co. Suffolk, ENG 2 3 and died on 16 Oct 1638 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 2.)

Documented events in her life were:

1. VR - Death; Oct 1638; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 9. Elizabeth, ye wife of Joseph Weld buried (8) 1638.


Children from this marriage were:

   2 F    i. Mary Weld 12 13 14 15 was born on 11 Nov 1627 in England 3 13 and died on 5 Sep 1711 in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 5 13 14 15 16 17.

Documented events in her life were:

1. VR - Death; 5 Sep 1711; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 17 18.

2. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 19. Received in her father's will 1/5 share of 'the farm'

Mary married Captain Daniel Harris 5 12 14 15 20, son of Thomas Williams (alias) Harris and Elizabeth Hills, on 26 Oct 1648 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA. (Captain Daniel Harris was born in 1618 in Hatherup, Gloucester, ENG 3 21 and died on 30 Nov 1701 in Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 5 14 15 16.)

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; Bef 29 Oct 1639; Suffolk Co., MA 22. Legacy of 20s in the will of Richard Eels who calls him 'Cousin'.

2. Town Service; 10 Mar 1653/54; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 23. Assigned one day of work as his share of erecting the meadow fence.

3. Lands Recorded; 9 Jun 1654; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 18. Vol 1, p 9

4. Residence; 22 Mar 1669/70; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 24 25. Listed amoung the proprietors of Middletown with an estate of 102-10-00

5. Town Office; Oct 1678; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 26. Elected as Deputy to the General Court

6. Town Office; Oct 1684; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 26. Elected as Deputy to the General Court

7. Town Office; 30 Jun 1685; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 27. June 30, 1685. At the same towne meeting the towne made choyce of those
mentioned as pattentees for the towne to procuer a patten for the towne
according to the Court order. the men are Mr. Gills Hamline, Leftnt White
& Ensign Ward and Ensigne Chiny & Captn Harris and Deacon Hall and Robert
Warner & William Harris and Deacon Alyn.

8. Will; 13 Mar 1698/99; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 28. Name: Capt. Daniel Harris Location: Middletown
Invt. 501-09-00. Taken 19 December, 1701, by William Sumner, John Hamlin and Israhiah Wetmore. Will dated 13 March, 1698-9:
I, Daniel Harris, Sen., of Middletown, do make this my last will and testament. I give to my son Daniel all that lott he now dwells on, excepting only that part already disposed of to Comfort Starr. Also the remainder of that lott lying to the southward of the Town, about 12 acres; also 1 parcel of land lying at Pecowsett; also 1/2 of my great lot abutting on Farmington and Wethersfield bounds, to be equally parted in the middle of the lott north and south, and my son Daniel to take his choice. Item. I give to my son Thomas Harris all that parcel of land which he now stands possessed of, as by deed of gift is specified. Item. I give unto my son William Harris all those parcels of land as by deed of gift are specified. Item. I give unto my son John Harris my now dwelling house, barn, barnyards, orchards, gardens and inclosures now belonging to my home. Also so much of my land not inclosed as reaches from my south fence to my son Thomas Harris and John Cook's north line, abutting on Kirby's land west and on Isaac Johnson's land east. Also 1 parcel of land in Hop Swamp, about 26 1/2 acres. Also my negro Mengo, to be wholly at his dispose for and during the term of 20 years after the date hereof, provided that my sd. son John shall provide for myself and my wife all such comfortable and convenient maintenance, both for food and physic, rayment, lodging, firing and what else shall be comfortably and conveniently necessary for our comfortable being during our natural lives. And accordingly to take the estate I now stand possessed of into his care, custody and management, to improve the same to the best advantage for his and our comforts, and then at our decease to stand lawfully seized and possessed of each and every particular given to him in this my last will. I give to my daughter Mary Johnson one parcel of land in my farm, 65 acres. I give to my daughter Elizabeth the other half of my lott abutting on Wethersfield and Farmington bounds, after my son Daniel has taken his choice; also to my daughter Elizabeth that 2 acres of land in Middletown which I bought of Joseph Bull of Hartford. I give to my daughter Hannah Cook all those two parcels of land which by a deed of gift are already certified. I give unto my grandchild Thankfull Bidwell one parcel of land lying in my farm, 133 acres, which is my last division in my farm. I give unto my grandchild Abiell one parcel of land in my farm, 43 acres. Also it is my will that if either or both of these my grandchildren shall decease before they come to the age of 18 years or the time of their marriage, that the lands given to them shall fall to their parents, that is, Abiell's to her mother (my daughter Elizabeth), and Thankfull Bidwell's to her father (my son-in-law), Samuel Bidwell. Also I commit the sd. Abiell unto the care and custody of my son John Harris until she attain the age of 18 years or the time of her marriage. I appoint my son John Harris and my son-in-law Samuel Bidwell joint executors, hereby giving, ratifying and confirming to my sd. son-in-law Samuel Bidwell what in reversion was to have been my daughter Sarah's.
Witness: Daniel Johnson, Alexander Rollo.
Daniel Harris, ls.
Court Record, Page 24--1st January, 1701-2: Will proven.
Page 39 (Vol. VIII) 9 November, 1711: Mr. John Harris of Middletown, executor of the last will of Capt. Daniel Harris (his the said John's father), late of Middletown decd., presented to this Court a distribution of some remaining part of the estate. Allowed, and to be kept on file.
Page 40--19 November, 1711: Isaac Johnson objects against the dist. The Court order them to present reasons.
Page 69--8 April, 1712: Whereas, Daniel Harris and Isaac Johnson of Middletown did summon and cite John Harris and Samuel Bidwell of said Middletown to appear before this Court of Probate, as executors to the last will of Capt. Daniel Harris, late of sd. Middletown decd., to answer the complaint of sd. Daniel Harris and Isaac Johnson, wherefore the said John Harris and Samuel Bidwell have not performed the trust committed to them, in neglecting to set out to them their legacies according to the said will of the decd., upon consideration whereof this Court are of opinion that this case is not cognizable before this Court, and therefore do dismiss the same and do declare that this case is proper and cognizable before the Inferior Court of Common Pleas, and therefore have considered that the said John Harris and Samuel Bidwell shall recover their costs of this Court, and cost allowed is fifteen shillings money, and this Court do order that execution be issued forth upon this order.

9. VR - Death; 30 Nov 1701; Middletown, Middlesex Co., CT 17 18.

Documented events in their marriage were:

1. VR - Birth of Child; 2 Apr 1651; Rowley, Essex Co., MA 29. Mary Harris, d. Daniell & Mary, 2: 2m: 1651

   3 M    ii. John Weld 4 5 13 was born on 28 Oct 1623 in England 13 and died on 20 Sep 1691 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 4 5 13.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 19. Received in his father's will a double share [2/5] of 'the farm', his father's best stuffe suit, cloth cloake and best sword.

2. Lands Recorded; Between 1636-1640; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 30 31. John Weld: acres Persons & estate
278 23 03 15 00

3. VR - Marriage; 24 Dec 1647; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 32. Married Margaret Bowen

4. Will; 19 Jun 1676; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 33. (Suff. VIII: 76) The Will of John Weld Senr.
Being suddenly called forth upon an Expedition against the Indians and Knowing it may please the Lord to dispose of me; considering also that many that have been sent forth upon this service have been suddenly cut off: I . . . it is my desire that my loving wife Margaret Weld may have my whole Estate . . . for the maintaining of herselfe and . . . my children as are not yet disposed but left in her hands, and that dureing her natural life, who I do . . . make . . . my Sole Executrix. When . . . God . . . take away my wife, . . . my Estate shall be divided, Each of my children to receive an equal share, . . . and my son Joseph a double portion, but if either of my children should dy before the Estate comes to a division or without a male heir, the land shall not pass from my owne children; but in case my son Joseph should dy . . . and not have a male heir, then my son John should receive a double portion, and in all things have the priviledge of my Eldest Son. . . . If any children yet unmarryed should dy unmarryed or without issue, . . . their shares shall be divided amongst those which do survive at the time of the Division. Whereas . . . three of my children, namely John, Mary and Hannah, have had little benefit by my Estate in respect of what my son Joseph and my Daughter Elizabeth have had. It shall be at the Liberty of my wife to help any of them children. Finally I . . . request my friend Mr. Isaac Addington & my Cousin John Gore to be overseers. Dated 19 June 1676. In presence of Henry Bowin, John Gore, John
her marke
Weld, Mary Frissell. Boston April 28, 1692, Mrs. Margaret
Weld the sole Exex. presented this will for probate.

5. Inventory Taken; 13 Nov 1691; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 33. (Suff. VIII: 238) John Weld's Inventory apprized 13 Nov. 1691, included a mansion house, barne, and out houseing, yards and orchard conteining about one Acre and a half being on the West side of the Highway, about ninety Acres of woodland in ye middle Division, About 11 1/2 acres of land in the third Division, about 40 Acres of land on the East side of the highway. Dated Boston 28 Apr. 1692, Mrs. Margaret Weld made oath to a true inventory of the estate of her husband John Weld.
(Suff. Deed XIV: 355) We the subscribers children of Mr. John Weld late of Roxbury, Co. Suffolk, haveing perused the last will of our said Father, for the avoiding of all disputes, consent & agree as followeth: That our Mother Mrs. Margaret Weld during the Term of her natural life shall enjoy the whole estate, real and personal, each child to receive sixty pounds. Signed by Joseph Weld, John Weld, Samuel Gore, Joshua Gardner, William Heath, Elizabeth Gore, Mary Gardner, Hannah Heath. In presence of John Gore, Thomas Ruggles. Dated 29 Dec. 1691.

   4 F    iii. Elizabeth Weld 13 was born about 1625 in England 13 and died on 5 Feb 1715/16 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 13.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 19. Named as his 'daughter denison' in her father's will. Only bequest seems to be "My dau. denison affirmes the down beads, my wiues mother gave to her, after my decease, I know no such thing; yet, being soe confidently affirmed by her, my will is, after the decease of my wife, [they] shall be my dau. denisons." - she does not share in 'the farm' with John, Thomas, Edmund & Mary.

   5 F    iv. Hannah Weld 13 was born about 1629 in England 13 and died after 2 Jun 1646 13.

Documented events in her life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 19. In her father's will: I give to hanna, my youngest dau. by my first wife, my ground comonly cald the lcauen akers, lying next mudy riuer, also 20lbs to be payd out my goods by my wife barbara, at the age of 21 or day of marriage - If god take her away before her ption be divided among the children I had by my former wife, my will is, If I dy before that time be expired, that I am engaged to mr Hoocker to find her clothes out of her portion

   6 M    v. Thomas Weld 13 was born about 1632 in England 13 and died on 9 Sep 1649 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 13 34.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Settler; After 1637; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 8. Listed in the first book of the Town Records as having 333 acres making him one of the largest land holders in town. [The list is undated, and estimated at between 1634 and 1643 in the article. Given a date of after 1637 here because of the inclusion of Samuel Chapin who was not in Roxbury until 1638.]

2. Lands Recorded; Between 1636-1640; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 30. Thomas Weld Acres Persons & Estate
356 25 01 13 00

3. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 19. Received in his father's will 1/5 share of 'the farm', his father's best friske suit, second best sword & black belt.

   7 M    vi. Edmund Weld 13 was born on 14 Jul 1636 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 13.

Documented events in his life were:

1. Mention in Will, Inv. or Prob.; 2 Jun 1646; Roxbury, Suffolk Co., MA 19. Received in his father's will, 1/5 share in 'the farm' and a share equal to the suits willed to his brothers John & Thomas.

He never married.



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