Transcribed from the original records,
by George Ernest Bowman
MD 2:237
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Will of Samuel Fuller

Samuel Fuller died at Barnstable, 31 October (10 November), 1683. His will and inventory are recorded in the Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Volume IV, Part II, pages 138 and 139.

[p. 138] The last Will and Testament of Samuel Fuller of Barnstable. Late Deceased. Exhibited to the Court held at Plymouth the fifth of June 1684 on the oath of Capt. Josepth Laythorp and Mr Samuel Allin as followeth:

The nine and twentyeth Day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty and three; I Samuel Fuller, Sr. of the Town of Barnstable in the Goverment of New Plymouth being ancient and very weak in body but of good and competent memory, thanks be unto allmighty God; and calling to remembrance the uncertain state of this transitory life and that all flesh must yeild unto death when it shall please God to call, do make, ordaine and constitute & declare this, my last will and testament in manor and form following;

Revoking and anulling by these presents all and every testament and testaments will and wills heartofore by me made and declared either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other; and first, I give and commit my soul unto almighty God my Saviour in whom and by the merrits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe assuredly to be saved; and my body to the earth; from whence it was taken to be buried in such decent and Christian manor as to my executors hearafter named shall thought meet and convenient; and now for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods cattles and debts as it hath pleased God far above my deserts to bestow upon me; I do order give and dispose the same in manor and form following; That is to say first I will that all those debts and duties as I owe in right or conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall well and truly contented and payed or ordained to be payed within convenient time after my decease by my executors hearafter Named;

Item I Give and bequeath unto my eldest son, Samuel Fuller, two parsels of marsh. One of them I bought of Mr. Samuel House, deceased and the other I bought of Captain Matthew Fuller, deceased, that he had of Mr. John Freeman;

Item I Give and bequeath to my son, John Fuller, four acres of marsh and one half which I bought of Peter Blossom

Item I Give and bequeath that parsel of marsh that lies by Ralph Jones, his marsh. To my two sons Samuel Fuller and John Fuller to be equally divided betwixt and one parsel of marsh that lyeth on this side of Scoton Feildes to be divided as abovesaid and the angle lotts of marsh at Scoton Point to be equally divided between them also and also the Eelcreik Lot of marsh to be alike divided as above specified and the lot of marsh at Sandy Neck upon the same accoumpt also; and all my upland upon Scoton Neck to be equally divided betwixt them as the other above mentioned.

Item I Give to my son, Samuel Fuller, all my upland that lyeth above my uppermost feild and to range quite cross my land upon one and the same line as the uppermost fence as my upmost field now ranges, but always to allow cartways to the commons into the commons for his brother John Fuller, his heirs and assignes.

Item I Give and bequeath unto my son, John Fuller, my now dwelling house, orchard and all outhousing and all the rest of my upland wherever it do lie, but always to allow a cartway into the meadows for his brother Samuel Fuller, his heirs and assignes.

Item I Give and bequeath to my son, John Fuller, one three-year old horse running in the woods;

Item I Give and bequeath to my son, Samuel Fuller, two mares runing in the woods;

Item I Give unto my daughter, Elizabeth Tayler, five pounds in money and two cows;

Item I Give unto my daughter, Hannah Bonham, four pounds in money and two cows;

Item I Give unto my daughter, Mary Williams, four pounds in money and two cows;

Item I Give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah Crow, four pounds in money and two cows;

Item I Give and bequeath unto my four daughters, Hannah Bonham, Mary Williams, Elizabeth Tayler, and Sarah Crow, all my houshold stuff to be equally divided betwixt them;

Item I Give and bequeath to my son, John Fuller, the Indian Joel; my part in the oxen, the cart and plow and the cart and plow gears and working tools and one fat cow that is to kill and my bald faced horse; and my great bible;

Item I Give and bequeath to my two sons, Samuel Fuller and John Fuller, all the rest of my neat cattle to be divided. To my son Samuel, one-third part; and to my son John Fuller, the other two-third parts therof; and all my sheep to be equally divided betwixt them;

Item I Give and bequeath to my son Samuel Fuller, ten pounds in money which he now owes to me and hath it already; and all the rest of my estate in what kind whatsoever it be I give and bequeath it to my two sons Samuel Fuller and John Fuller to be divided; to my son Samuel Fuller, one-third part therof and to my son John Fuller, the other two-third parts therof, and by these presents, make, ordain & declare the above said Samuel and John Fuller, the executors of this my last Will and Testament; In witness whereof I, the said Samuel Fuller, have hearunto set my hand and seal the date above written;

Witness Samuel Fuller and a seal Joseph Laythorp

Samuel Allin

Captain Joseph Laythorp made oath as a witness to this will before the court held at Plymouth the fifth of March 1683/84

Mr. Samuel Allin made oath as a witness to this Will above written this 10th of March, 1683/84 before me, Barnabas Laythorp, Assistant