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Will of Samuel Fuller

July 30, 1633

I, Samuel Fuller, the elder, being sick & weake but by the mercie of God in perfect memory, ordaine this my last will & Testmt. And first of all I bequeath my soule to God & my body to the earth until the resurrection.

Item I do bequeath the education of my children to my Brother Will Wright & his wife, only that my daughter Mercy be & remain wth goodwife Wallen so long as she will keep her at a reasonable charge. But if it shall please God to recover my wife out of her weak estate of sickness then my children to be with her or disposed by her. Also, whereas there is a child comitted to my charge called Sarah Converse, my wife dying as afore I desire my Brother Wright may have the bringing up of her. And if he refuse then I comend her to my loving neighbor & brother in Christ, Thomas Prence, desiring that whosoever of them receive her perform the duty of a stepfather unto her & bring her up in the fear of God as their own which was a charge laid upon me per her sick father when he freely bestowed her upon me & which I require of them.

Item whereas Eliz. Cowles was comitted to my education by her father & mother still living at Charles Towne, my will is that she be conveniently apprelled & returned to her father or mother or either of them. And for George Foster being placed wth me upon the same terms by his parents still living at Sagos my will is that he be restored to his mother likewise.

Item I give unto Samuel, my son, my house & lands at the Smelt River to him & his heirs forever.

Item My will is that my house & garden at town be sold & all my moveables there & at the Smelt River (except my Cattle) together with the present crop of corn there standing by my overseers hearafter to be mentioned except such as they shall think meet in the present education of my two children, Samuel & Mercy, my debts being first paid out of them, the overplus to be disposed of towards the increase of my stock of cattle for their good at the discretion of my overseers.

Item I give two acres of land that fell unto me by lot on the south side of the town adjoining to the acres of Mr. Isaac Allerton to Samuel, my son. Also, two other acres of land which were given me by Edward Bircher, Scituate & being at Strawberry Hill if Mr. Roger Williams refuse to accept of them as formerly he hath done. Also one other acre by Mr. Heeks, his acres near the Reed Pond. All which I give to the said Samuel & his heirs forever.

It. My will is that my Cousin Samuel go freely away wth his stock of cattle & swine wthout any further reckoning which swine are the half of six sows, six hogs, one boar & four shotes. Also, one cow & one heifer.

Item My will is that not only the other half aforementioned but also all other of mine own proper stock of swine be sold with other of my moveables for the use before expressed except my best hog, which I would have killed this winter for the present comfort of my children.

It. Whereas I have disposed of my children to my Brother Will. Wright & Prisilla, his wife, my will is that in case my wife die, he enter upon my house & land at the Smelt River, & also my cattle not disposed of together with my two servants, Thomas Symons & Robt. Cowles, for the remainder of their several terms to be employed for the good of my children, he being allowed for their charge vizt. my childrens what my overseers shall think meet. But if in case my said brother Will Wright or Prisilla, his wife, die, then my said children Samuel & Mercy together with the said joint charge committed to the said Will & Prisilla be void except my overseers or the survivor of them shall think meet. To whose godly care in such case I leave them to be disposed of else where as the law shall direct them. By cattle not disposed of to be employed for the good of my children. I mean three cows & two steer calves, six old ewes & two ewe lambs, two old wethers & three wether lambs, together wth such overplus upon the sale of my goods before expressed as my overseers shall add hearunto.

It. I give out of this stock of cattle, the first cow calf that my brown cow shall have to the Church of God at Plymouth to be employed by the Deacon or Deacons of the said Church for the good of the said Church at the oversight of the ruling Elders.

Item I give to my sister Alice Bradford, twelve shillings to buy her a padre of gloves.

Item Whatsoever is due unto me from Capt. Standish, I give unto his children.

It. That a pair of gloves of 2 shillings be bestowed on Mr. Joh. Wynthrop, Govr. of the Massachusetts.

It. I give unto my Brother Wright aforesaid one cloth suit not yet fully finished lying in my trunk at town which I give notwthstanding my wife survive.

It. Whereas Capt. John Endecott oweth me two pounds of beaver, I give it to his sonnet.

It. My will is that when my children come of age of discretion that my overseers make a full valuation of that stock of cattle & then crease thereof, & that it be equally divided between my children. And if any die in the meantime the whole to go to the survivor or survivors.

It. My will is that they be ruled by my overseers in marriage. Also I would have them enjoy that small protion the Lord shall give them when my overseers think them to be of fit discretion & not at any set time or appointment of years.

It. Whereas my will is that my overseers shall let out that stock of cattle which shall be bought with the overplus of my goods to halves to such as shall be as well careful as honest men. My will is that my brother Wright have the refusal of them.

It. I give unto John Jenny & L. Wynslow each of them a padre of gloves of five shillings.

It. I give Unto Mrs. Heeks the full sum of twenty shillings.

It. I give to old Mr. William Brewster my best hat & band which I never wore.

Item My will is that if my children die that then my stock be thus distributed. First that what care or pains or charge hath been by any about my children be fully recompensed. Next at the discretion of the overseers I thus bequeath the rest vizt so as it may (?) to the Governing Elder or Elders of this Church at Plymouth aforesaid & towards the helping of such persons as are members of the same & are [illegible] as my overseers shall think meet.

It. I give to Rebecca Prence 2 shillings, 6d to buy her a padre of gloves

It. My will is that in case my son Samuel & other of my children die before such time as they are fit to enter upon my land for inheritance that then my kinsman Samuel Fuller now in the house with me enjoy whatsoever lands I now possess of except my dwelling house at town or whatsoever shall be due to me or them. It. I give to him my Rufflet Cloake & my stuff suit I now wear.

It. I institute my son Samuel, my Executor and because he is young & tender, I enjoin him to be wholly ordered by Edw Wynslow, Mr. Wil Bradford & Mr. Tho. Prence, whom I make his overseers & the overseers of this my last will & testmt. so often mentioned before in the same. And for their pains I give to each of them twenty shillings apiece.

It. I give to Mercy my daughter one Bible with a black cover with Bezaes notes.

It. I give all the rest of my books to my son Samuel whih I desire my Brother Wright Will safely preserve for him. My will is that when my daughter Mercy is fit to go to score that Mrs. Heeks may teach her as well as my sonnet.

It. Whatsoever Mr. Roger Williams is indebted to me upon my book for (?) I freely give him. Last of all whereas my wife is sick & weak I have disposed of my children to others my will is if she recover that she have the education of them, & that the other gifts & legacies I have given may be performed and if in case any of my overseers or all of them die before my children be judged by them of age of discretion then my desire is they will before such time when they dispose of their own affairs depute some other of the Church to perform this duty of care & love towards my children, which I allow & bind my children to obedience to them as before. In witness that this is my last will & Test I have set to my hand & seal the 30th of July, Anno 1633.

Samuel Fuller

Memorand that whereas the widow Ring comitted the oversight of her son Andrew to me at her death, my will is that Mr. Tho Prence, one of my overseers, take the charge of him & see that he be brought up in the fear of the Lord & see that he sustains no wrong by any.

Witnesses hearunto
Robt Heeks
John Wynslow