Josiah Treadway - 1730/31
Donated by Hazel Roche
Admitted to Probate: 31 Jan
1730/31. Probate Record # 22,773, Middlesex Co., MA
I Josiah Treadway of Charlestown in ye County of Middlesex in ye
Province of ye Massachusetts Bay in New England, Maultster, being
at present through ye goodness of God in helth, strength, and of
sound and disposing mind and memory. Yett never the less having
arived to old age think it my duty to sett my house in order and
prepare for my great and last chang and being desirous to leave my
children in love and peace do make and ordain this my last Will
and Testament in manner and forme following. That is to say first
and principally I resign my soul into ye mercyful hands of
Almighty God my creator assuredly hoping through ye merritts of
Jesus Christ to obtain ye pard and remission of all my sins and a
glorious resurection to life eternal, and my body I comitt to ye
earth whence it was taken to be decently buried by ye Executors
herein after named and as for the worldly goods and Estate ye Lord
hath lent me I dispose thereof as following viz:
I will that
all my just due bebts be will and truly paid and discharged by my
Executors within covenient time after my decease, as also my
funeral expenses before any legacy or bequest.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife Dorothy
Treadway the use and improvement of all that my double house in
Charlestown which I built upon ye land which I bought of my sd.
wives son Samll. Cuttler with ye lands and priviledges to ye same
belonging during ye term of her natural life and no longer, as
also ye sum of one hundred pounds to be pd. her out of my Estate
as exprest in a bond which I gave her before marriage and in
discharge there of. As also ye full third part of all my movable
Estate which shall be left after my debts and funeral expenses are
all pd. and discharged to be at her own dispose for ever excepting
ye mony coming by ye sale of sd. house which I intend she shall
have no part or share of having already given her to ye highth of
wt. my Estate will bare. My will is that my wifes hundred pounds
be paid before her thirds be set out.
Item: My will is yt. in case I depart this life before my two
daughters Unis and Cathren Treadway are provided for yt. then they
shall each of them have twenty and five pounds out of my Estate
before division be made of ye rest as also their equal share with
ye rest of my children, but in case I live to provide for my sd.
daughters as I have for my other children, then they shall have no
more than an equal share with ye rest of my children in my Estate.
Item: My will is that all my six children viz James Treadway,
Bethiah Jones, Tabitha Munk, Sarah Priest, Unis Treadway, and
Cathren Treadway shall have equal shares alike as well in ye house
and land ye use whereof is herein given to my wife, after her
decease as in my other Estate wch. shall remain after paymt. of
debts as afore sd.
Item: I give and bequeth unto my grandson Samll. Maxfield half so
much of my Estate before mentioned as I give to one of my children
before mentioned that is to say my estate read and personal being
divided into six equal parts of shares and one half share, my six
children before named to have share and share alike and my sd.
grand child ye half of a singe share, to be to them, and their
heirs and assignes for ever.
And in as much as my sd. son James Treadway liveth at such a great
distance in an other govrment I do therfore nominat Apoynt Ordain
my dear and loving wife Dorothy Tredway together with my sons in
law Thomas Jones and Christopher Munk to be Executors of this my
last Will and Testament. Revolking all other wills by me
heretofore made declairing this only to be my last Will and
Testamt. which I earnestly desire my loving cousins Josiah Jones
and James Jones both of Weston in ye County of Middsex. Will see
performed and give their friendly assistanc in all artickls of
difficulty which may arise and I do also desire my dear children
to take up with and by determined by their friendly determination
in any difficulties which may develop from this my last Will and
testamt. Dated: 31 July 1723.
by: John Rand, Jonathan Kettell, and