THE MAYFLOWER DESCENDANT
Vol.24. OCTOBER, 1922. No.4.
JOSEPH WATERMAN'S WILL
By The Editor
JOSEPEH WATERMAN of Marshfield married Sarah Snow3, daughter of Anthony and Abigail2 (Warren) Snow of that town and granddaughter of Richard1 Warren of the Mayflower; but the date of the marriage has not been found.
Joseph and Sarah (Snow) Waterman had five daughters and two sons, and literal copies of their birth records will be found in the Marshfield, Mass., Vital Records, printed in the second and third volumes of this magazine. These children, all of whom are mentioned in their father's will, were:
Sarah Waterman4, born 4 May, 1674, married Solomon Hewitt, and left issue.
Joseph Waterman4, born 2 or 20 January, 1676 (there are two entries on the records), married his first cousin, Lusanna Snow. (Josiah3, Abigaill Warren, Richard1), and left issue.
Elizabeth Waterman4, born 7 September, 1679, married her second cousin, Ichabod Bartlett. (Benjamin3, Mary2 Warren, Richard1), and died before her father, leaving issue. After her death Ichabod Bartletti married, second. Desire Arnold5 (Elizabeth Gray4, Mary Winslow3, Mary2 Chilton, James1), and had children by her also.
Abigail Waterman4, born 31 December, 1681, married Kenelm Winslow, and left issue. After Abigail's death, Kenelm Winslow married, second, Ann Winslow4, Taylor, widow of John Taylor and daughter of Edward Winslow3 (Mary2, Chilton, James1), but had no children by her.
146 Joseph Waterman's Will
Anthony Waterman4, born 4 June, 1684, married Elizabeth Arnold5 (Elizabeth Gray4, Mory Winslow3, Mary2 Chilton, James1), and left issue. After Anthony's death, his widow Elizabeth married, second, Jonathan5 Alden (Jonathan2, John1), and had children by him.
Bethiah Waterman4, born 20 August, 1687, married Samuel Doggett, and left issue.
Lydia Waterman4, born 20 February, 1689, married John Thomas, and left issue.
On the original records of Marshfield, the death of Joseph Waterman appears is follows: "Mr Joseph Waterman Decased January the 3 :1711*, the last two figures of the year Having been worn off His gravestone in the Winslow Cemetery, at Marshfield, states that he died in January, 1711, aged 62 years, but the day of the month was omitted.
Sarah (Snow) Waterman was buried in the same cemetery, and her gravestone states that she died 11 September, 1741, aged 90 years, 3 months .
The inscriptions on both of these stones were incorrectly printed in an article on "Marshfield Inscriptions", by Miss Marcia A. Thomas, in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for October, 1850; and she again incorrectly printed Joseph's stone in her "Memorials of Marshfield", published in Boston, in 1854. And in the July, 1854, N.E. H. G. Register, in "Deaths and Burials from the Early Records of Marshfield", she incorrectly stated that "Mr. Joseph Waterman" died "Jan.-, 1707 - 8", thus putting his death more than eighteen months before he made his will.
Joseph Waterman made his will on 6 August 1709, his inventory was taken on 16 February, 1710/11, and the will was probated on 12 March, 1710, as shown by the probate records here printed. Combining the original town and gravestone records with the probate records, there can be no doubt that he died 3 January, 1710/11, the inventory was taken 16 February, 1710/11, and the will was probated 12 March, 1710/11.
The original will is still in the files of the Plymouth County, Mass., Registry of Probate, and the accompanying illustration (facing page 145) reproduces the second page of this interesting document, with the autograph signature of Joseph Waterman. The inventory is the only other original document in the files.
* Mayflower Descendant, 8:177.
Mayflower Descendant, 10: 50.
Joseph Waterman's Will 147
We here print a literal copy of the entire will als h to the settolf all records in the Plymouth County Registry, relating to the settlement of the estate.
This article is printed at the expense of Mr. Samuel Bradlee Doggett, of Boston, who is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, through his descent from Bethiah Waterman, who married Samuel Doggett.
[JOSEPH WATERMAN'S WILL]
[From original document] "The Last Will & Testament of Joseph Waterman of Marshfeild in the County of Plimouth Declared Agust Ye 6t 1709
"I the said Joseph Waterman being at prsent in health & of Sound mrnd & Memory Praised be God for the same Do make this my last Will & Testament in Maner & form following
Imprmr5 I Comitt my Soule to God that gave it & my body to *Decent Buriall when it shall Please Allmighty God to take me hence In hope of a Joyfull Resurection & Reunion to Eternall Glory through the precious Merritts of Jesus Christ my Lord & only Saviour
"And for the Disposall of my outward Estate which God hath Grraciously Given me my Mind & Will is that it shall be bestowed in such maner as in this my Will is set Down
"first I give & bequeath to my welbeloved wife Sarah the one half of my Now Dwelling house outhouseing & Barne & one third part of all my lands or the Incomes & Rents therof Dureing the Terme of her Naturall Life
"Item I give & bequeath to my son Joseph the new House & Barn wher he now Dwells & the one half of all my farme both upland & Meddow as the same is allready dvided into two parts. to him & his heires for Ever.
"Item I give & bequeath to my son Anthony the one half of my now Dwelling house outhouseing & barns with the other half of all my farme as it is already Devided into two parts. to hrtn & his heirs for Ever & also atter his Mothers Decease I give him the other half of my now Dwelling house Outhouseing & Barn to him & his heires for Ever
"Item I give & bequeath to Joseph Ryder my Sisters son which I have Brought up my fourth, part of the sedge flatts I bought of Winter Hewett lying in Greens harbour River the fifly acres of upland Bought of the Town and Exchanged with my sons Joseph Waterman & Kenelm Winslow to him his heires for Ever.
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"Item I give & bequeath all my husbandry utencills Tacle & furniture & all my Carpenters & other Tooles whatsoever to my two sons Joseph & Anthony to be Eaqually Devided between them.
"Item I give & bequeath my Silver Tankard to my son Joseph
"Also my mind & will is that my two sons Joseph & Anthony shall Provid their Mother sufficient firewood Cuff & brought And brought to her Door from time to time dureing her Naturall Life in Consideration wherof
"I Give & bequeath to my said two sons Joseph & Anthony all my other lands whatsoever & whersoever to them & their severall heires in Eaquall halfe.
"Item I have allready formerly Given to my Daughter Sarah Hewett the sum of one hundred Pounds
"Item I have allready formerly Given to my Daughter Elizabeth Bartlett Deceased the sum of one hundred pounds
"Item I have allready formerly Given to my Daughter Abigall Winslow the sum of one hundred pounds
"Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Bethiah one hundred pounds to be paid her by my Executrix.
"Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Lidia one hundred pounds to be paid her by my Executrix
"Item I give to Mary Okesman which I have brought up thirty pounds to be paid her by my Executrix
"All the aforesd Legacys to be paid them at their fbll age or day of Mariage which shall first hapen
"Item I give & bequeath unto my welbeloved wife Sarah all the Residue & Remaider of my moneys goods & Chattells & Estate whatsoever for her Comfort & support during her Naturall life & what shall Remaine therof at her decease to be Equally Devided amongst my Daughters that is to say my Dauters Sarah Abigail Bethiah Lidia & the Children of my Daughter Elizabeth deceased. & in Case any other of my said Daughters shall decease before their mother then their Children to have their Mothers part
"Lastly I nominate & appoint my welbeloved wife Sarah to be sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament
Signed Sealed & Declared Joseph waterman (seal)
by the abovsd Joseph Waterman to be his last will & Testament In prsence of us
Form for a Bequest 149
"Memorand That on the 12 day of March 1710 The abovenamed Mrs Elizabeth Thomas & Isaac Thomas made oath before me that they saw the above named Joseph Waterman signe & seale & heard him declare the abovewritten Instrument to be his last Will & Testament & that he then was of a disposeing of mind & Memory to their Judgments
Nathaniel Thomas Judge of Probats"
"on ye 12 Day of March 1710 ... at Plymouth the will of mr Joseph Waterman of Marshfield" was probated and administration "Committed unto Mrs Sarah Waterman Relict widow to the said Deceased & Sole Executrix". [The will and probate were also recorded, 3: 33, 34]
[From original documentj "Phebruary 16th 1710/1 An inventory of the Estat of Mr Joseph Watarman late of marshfield deseased was taken by Nathaniel Winslow, "John waterman" an Ephraim Little. The total was £2436, 7s., 4d., with " of a Gundelo a Cano & half bushell" not valued.
The real estate was: "one share or 20s rite in Ye commans" £36; "upland and medow given to Joseph Ridar by will" £50. his housing upland and medow land given to his 2 sones Joseph; &: Anthony as may appear by his will" £1800.
Other interesting items are: "mony and plate" £63, 19s., Sd.. mony du to Ye estate by bils &: bonds" £223, is., 2d.; "one third of a sloop £30; "one silvar tankard given to his son Joseph" £13, 16s., 10d.
"Mrs Sarah Waterman" made oath to this inventory "of the estate of her late husband Joseph Waterman," but the date of the oath was not given. [The inventory was also recorded, 3 :37.]
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