Estate of Henry Herrick of
Essex Probate Docket # 13133
I Henry Herick of the Towne of Beverly in the county
of Essex in New England being in a decaying estate of body but in perfect
mynd and memorye, through the Lords mercy do heerby make my last will and
testament, wherby I commiting my body to the earth, and my soule to the mercy
of god in Christ Jesus, I dispose of my estate in order following.
Impr. I give unto my dear & loveing wife Edith the westwardmost halfe of my now dwelling house, that is the lower roome and leantoo behind it, together with free egress and regress in and out of it, and also the use of the cellar, well, yard, out houseing & garden, these to have & injoy dureing her natural life, further I give to my sd wife foure of my best milch cowes & 4 sheepe which shee shall choose and all my household stufe, these to be at her absolute free dispose, also I give unto my sd wife, the sixt part of the fruits that shall be raysed from the corne lands, & orchard wch I leave with my executor Henry and in the possession of my sonn John.
Also I give unto my sonn Thomas all my wearing apparell exsept my best great coate and that 20 acres of land where his house standeth with ten pounds to be paid by my son John when my executor seeth need to supplye his wants. And if in case he live and dye a single pson, the lands shall remaine to my sons Ephraim & Joseph, equally devided & the ten pounds to my sonn Benjamin, if not made use of to supply him. Also I give my sonn Zachery one hundred Acres of land lyeing in Birch plaine which I bought of Francis & Henry Skerry of Salem with 5 acres of meadow lyeing in Wenham meadow belonging to it, and 16 acres of land more or lesse whereon his house standeth & fenced in by him.
Also I give my sonns Ephraim, Joseph, and John that farme I bought of Mr. Allford the 20 acres given to Thomas being first measured out to him, the rest to be equally devided betweene them three, yet soe that Ephraim & Joseph may injoy what they have impued(?) , and fenct, and John what is impued by Henry, soe as to pay the sixt part of the produce to my wife before exprest.
Also I give to my sonn John the two lotts I bought of Henry Rennolds of Salem & Richard Kemball of Wenham, also my sonn john is to have two acres of meadow in Boukards meadow, also the bedding he lyeth upon and my cart and plow with the chaine therof.
Also I give Ephraim moreover one milch cow & my best great coate and unto Joseph I give moreover two ewe sheepe & my timbar chaine.
I give unto my sonn Benjamyn all that pasture land, called by english pasture which joyneth on the east syde to Andrew Elliot, lyeing betweene the countrye high way & the mill River. I say all that land lyeing on the southeast syde of the sd country high way, the which pasture land with the apptenances. My will is shall remaine in the hands of my sonn Henry to improve untill Benjamyn be 21 years of age and in case he dye before he be 21 years of age I give the says land to my sonn Henry, he paying unto my children Zachry, Ephraim, Joseph & Elizabeth foure pounds a peece.
Also I give unto my daughter Elizabeth forty pounds viz. 14li. to be payd by my sonn Henry within three months after the confirmation of my will and the rest to be made up in 3 cowes & moveables allredy in her possesion. And to John, the youngest yoake of stears, and whatsoever I give to any of my children herein mentioned by his my will, I give them, their heirs, executors, administrators & assignes for ever.
And for the rest of my estate, not above mentioned, I give it all to my sonn Henry, he paying unto his mother the sixt part of the increase of the corne land & orchard dureing her life and providing for her the winter of foure milch cows, 4 sheep & her firewood redy cut for fire at the dore for all the year long and liberty to keep 3 swine at the dore, and ( give my sonn Ephraim one acre of meadow in buncars, Joseph 3 acres of meadow in buncars) And to have the uper use of the parlour & leaneto behind it with free egresse & regress to houseing yards for her, necessary occasions as is expresed during her life I say these things premised.
I give my sonn Henry my dwelling house out houseing orchard tillage land meadows pasture & woodland with my stock & whatever elce within dores & without, not above excepted makeing this my sayd sonn Henry my sole executor of this my last will.
In wittness whereof I have set my hand this 24 Nov 1670.
Proved in Salem court Mar 28 1671 by the witnesses.
Inventory of the estate of Henry Herricke of Beverly taken 15 Mar, 1671 by John Rayment, Sr., and Isaac Hull, Sr.
Source: Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol 5, p. 136.
Submitted by: Linda Herrick Smith
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