Daniels of Massachusetts Bay Colony Major Joseph Daniels Massachusetts Milita Will 1779



The Will of Major Joseph Daniels

Case 15313
Worcester Co. Mendon
Joseph, Esq

We the Subscribers being a Committee appointed by the Honorable Levi Lincoln Esq., Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester in Massachusetts to appraise and divide the Real Estate whereof Joseph Daniels Esq. Late of Mendon in said County deceased, Intestate, died seized and possessed of as by a warrant herewith exhibited may appear – have attended said services and have appraised said deceased homestead lands lying in Mendon aforesaid on both sides of Rehoboth Road (so called) containing about eighty one acres with the buildings and other appurtenances there to belonging at four hundred and sixty four pounds fifteen shilllings silver money value at six shillings and eight pence per ounce. L464.15.0

We have also appraised about forty two acres and forty four rods part of the said deceased land lying in Mendon aforesaid. Lying at a place called Chestnut Hill on both sides of the road leading from Daniels ___ to Nahum Staples house, said tract of land being pasture and woodland appraised at one hundred and twelve pounds ten shilling like money as above said. L112.10.0

We have also appraised about one acre of meadow land belonging to said deceased estate lying in Mendon aforesaid encompassed in with Peter Whielocks land the bounds are stakes and stone heaps. Not planed – appraised at Eight pounds Ten shillings money as above said. L8.10

We have likewise appraised a pew in the First Precenct’s Meeting House in Mendon belonging to said dec. Estate at One pound The shillings like money as above said. L1.10.0

Amounting in the whole to the sum of L587.5. (Having notified the heirs to said estate before we proceeded on said business. Agreeable to the direction in said warrant) we then proceeded and made a division of said estate as follows that is…

We then set out to Margaret Daniels the said deceased’s widow for her lawful right of dowry and thirds in said deceased’s estate being intestate The whole of the dwelling house which was the deceased’s with about seventy two rods laying round said house bounded agreeable to the plan hereon together, with the south half of the cornhouse standing on said land reserving the north half of the corn house and horse stable on said seventy two rods of land, we have also set out to the said Margaret Daniels on her ___ Right half of the barn namely the whole of the westerly end to the barn floor so thro said Barn from bottom to top with a privilege of using the floor when necessary with convenient yardroom about said barn for improving the part of the barn. We have also set out to the said Margaret Daniels on her right aforesaid about fourteen acres and forty six rods of said homestead on the easterly side of the road aforesaid being the north lot on the plan of said homestead bounded agreeable to the plan here on her name being with therein with the number of acres and rods. We have likewise set out to the said Margaret Daniels on her aforesaid right about eleven acres and one hundred and thirty one rods of said homestead land lying on the westerly side of said Rehobeth Road being the southerly lot on the plan save two her name being written there in with the number of acres and rods. The whole of said building, lands and privileges made her full Right of Dower and thirds in said deceased’s Real Estate and is appraised at one hundred and ninety five pounds 15/. L195-15-0

We have also set off to Joseph Daniels oldest son of the said deceased for his Right or double portion in this division of said estate about Thirty Nine acres and Fifty Nine rods of land lying at a place called Chestnut hill lying on both sides of the road and is bounded near agreeable to the plan here on (bounding eastwardly on a small brook)which makes his double portion in said estate this division his name being written in said plan with the number of acres and rods (this road crossing said land/appraised at one hundred and seven pounds.

And we have set off to Sem Daniels, second son of the said deceased about eleven acres and one hundred and thirty seven rods of the said homestead land lying on the westerly side of the Rehoboth Road it being the south lot on the plan bounded agreeable to the plan hereon his name being written therein with the number of acres and rods appraised at fifty three pounds ten shillings which makes his share in this division L53.10.0.

And we have set off to Eleazer Daniels 3rd son of the said deceased about ten acres and forty seven rods of said homestead land laying on the east side of said road being the southerly lott on the plan and it is bounded near agreeable to the plan hereon with his name written therein with the number of acres and rods with the sawmill standing thereon with a privilege of flowing or raising the sawmill pond as usual __ from the fifteenth of October to the first day of April. Also the remaining part of the barn that is not set out to the widow reserving yard room about the barn for the widow as set out to him in this division of the whole of said land. Buildings and privileges appraised at fifty three pounds ten shilling L53.10.0.

We then set off to Nahum Daniels youngest son of the said deceased about eight acres and one hundred and thirty six rods of said homestead land lying on the east side of said road lying between the widow’s and Eleazer’s lotts bounded agreeable to the plan hereon his name being written therein with the number of acres and rods, also the north half of the cornhouse is set off to said Nahum all appraised at fifty three pounds ten shillings like money L53.10.0

We then set off to Preference Baker and Elisabeth his wife on her right as she is a daughter of the said deceased about one acre of meadow land lying in Mendon aforesaid bounded on all parts with Peter Whielock’s land or as may appear by deed. Appraised at eight pounds ten shillings L8.10.0 They having received of the deceaseed in his lifetime as appraised L45.0.0 forty five pounds as advanced portions like money. L53.10.0

We then set off to Timothy Wiswall and Diadame, his wife on her right as she is a daughter of the said deceased, about two acres and one hundred and forty five rods of land lying at the southwesterly corner of the woodland on the westerly side of the road at the Chestnuthill wood lott bounded agreeable to the plan hereon with their names written there in with the number of acres and rods. Also the pew in the first Precenct’s Meeting house in Mendon, also the horse stable standing on the widow’s house lott with a privilege to move off said stable, all appraised at eight pounds ten shillings L8.10.0. They, it appears, have received of the deceased in his life time as L45.0.0 advanced portion the sum of forty five pounds like money. L53.10.0

We then set off to Damaras Daniels a daughter of the said deceased about eleven acres and seventy one rods of the homestead lands lying on the westerly side of the road bound the widow’s house lott bounded agreeable to the plan hereon, her name being written therein with the number of acres and rods appraised fifty three pounds ten shillings like money L53.10.0

We have also set off the Anna Daniels a daughter of the said deceased about eight acres of said homestead lying on the west side of said road bounding easterly on Damaras’ lott and also about three acres and one hundred and forty rods of said homestead lying on the west side of said road lying between the widow, thierds and Sem lotts bounded both said lotts agreeable to the plans hereon with her name written there in with the number of acres and rods appraised at fifty three pounds ten shillings L53.10.0 like money

Mendon September ?, 1780
All which is submitted with your Honour the Judge of Probate for said County.

Peter Penniman
Joseph Allen Committee
James Sumner

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