Stray Wills from Suffolk County, Massachusetts - Probate Records
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John Gedney

This twenty-second day of September, One Thousand Six hundred Eighty and Foure. I, John Gedney, of Salem, in health of body.

Item. I give to my daughter-in-law Rebecca Putnam, one of my feather beds in the parlour chamber and ye tapestry Coverlidd and five pounds household stuffe.

Item. I give unto Bethiah Hutchinson, that now liveth with me, five pounds in money and the debt which her father Joseph Hutchinson oweth unto me being on my book thirteen pounds sixteen shillings seven pence to be paid to her by her father Joseph Hutchinson.

Item. I give unto my son Bartholomew Gedney, and my Grandson, Eleazer Gedney and unto their heirs my pond of salt Marsh lyeing on the south field side commonly called Emryes Marsh to be equally divided into two parts and my son Bartholomew to take his choice.

Item. After my funeral charges debts and legacies as aforesaid are paid I give my Grandchildren the children of my son Eleazer Gedney, deceased, one fourth part of my remaining estate or the value thereof to be paid to them in equall porcons as they come of age.

Item. I give unto my daughter Susanna Gedney, and unto her children she had by my son, John Gedney, and their heirs one half of the remaining estate after all the above named bequeaths are allowed for out of the whole estate (that it to say) the one half both of money moveables houses and lands.

Item. I give unto my son Bartholomew Gedney, his wife and children and their heirs all the remainder of my estate in money moveables, houses and land and shipping reall and personal of what nature or Kind so ever . . . .

My well beloved son Bartholomew Gedney . . . my whole and full executor . . .

John Gedney, Senior, signed by mark. Witnesses: John Browne, Sr; John Marston, Sr; Acknowledged to be his own etc. August 3, 1686 in presence of John Pickering, Samuel Gardner, Jr and John Marston. Witnesses sworn, August 2, 1686 before William Browne, Stephen Sewall Clerk. Probated December 12, 1688.