Mentioned in father's will.
Samuel Bryant Will
5 February 1771
Plimpton, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Film # 0, 550,712 US/Canada
Transcribed by Pam Bott
In the Name of God Amen, The twenty fifth day of February one thousand seven hundred and seventy one I Samuel Bryant of Plimton in the county of Plymouth in New England being weak of body although through divine goodness of a sound mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body, knowing that it is apointed for all men once to dye, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. and principally and first of all, I recomend my soul into the hands of God that gave it trusting thro’ the merits of Christ to receive the free and full pardon of all my sins, and to inherit glory. and my body I recommend to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named, trusting that I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God at the general resurrection, and as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and dispose of in the following manner
Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Tabitha the use and improvement of all my real estate so long as she remain my widow, unless my son Joshua Bryant shall see cause to improve said estate and return yearly to my said wife all the necessaries of life that she shall have ocasion for. I also give unto my said wife the use and improvement of one half of all my movable estate during her natural life.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joshua Bryant, his heirs and assigns forever, all my real estate lying in Plimton of Hallifax.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my children all my moveable estate to be equally divided among them all except my wearing aparel which I give unto my son Samuel Bryant viz. Susannah Cook, Lois Briggs, Abigail Briggs, and the children of my Son Silvanus Bryant, which my will is that they shall receive as much as one of my surviving children, Tabitha Bennett, Joseph Bryant, Samuel Bryant, Joanna Raymond, Lydia Fuller, Joshua Bryant, and Solomon Bryant.
Lastly. I do constitute and ap(p)oint my son Joshua Bryant sole executor on this my last will and testament, and my will is that my said son shall before any division is made shall pay all my just debts and funeral charges.
And do by these presents renounce all wills before by me made, and ratify and confirm this to be my last will of testament. In testimony whereof I have signed and sealed the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed, & pronounced and delivered by the said Samuel Bryant to be his last will & testament in the presence of us
Nathanial Bryant junr.
To all People to whom these presents shall come John Cushing esq.r Judge of the probate of wills for and within the county of Plymouth within the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England sendeth Greeting.
Know ye that on the sixth day of June anno Domini 1774 the instrument hereunto annexed purporting the Last will and testament of Samuel Bryant late of Plimpton In said county deceased was presented for probate by Joshua Bryant the executor therein named: then present Josiah Perkins, & Nathaniel Bryant jun.r two of the witnesses thereto subscribed who made oath, that they saw the said testator sign, seal, and heard him declare the said instrument to be his last will and testament, and that they with John Phinney subscribed their names together as witnesses to the execution thereof in the said testator’s presence and that he was then (to the best of their judgment) of sound and disposing mind, I do prove, approve and allow of the said instrument as the last will and testament of the before named deceased, and do com(m)it he administration thereof in all matters the same concerning, and of his estate whereof he died seized and possessed in said county, unto Joshua Bryant the before named executor, well and faithfully to execute the said will and to administer the estate of the said dec[eas]ed according thereto, who accepted of his said trust, and he shall exhibit an inventory of all the dece[ase]ds estate into the probate office for this county within three months next coming and he shall render an account (upon oath) of his proceedings when thereunto lawfully required. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of office, the day and year above written.
(Then follows an inventory, dated 17 June1774, which I did not transcribe.
Seth Cushing, John Bryant, and Nath.l Bryant sign the inventory.)
Plymouth, June 27. 1774
Joshua Bryant executor of the Last will of the dec[eas]ed made oath that this inventory contains all the estate that he knows of, and that when he shall know of more he’ll give it in.
Sworn by the Judge of probate
Before Ed Winston Reg.r
Warrant dated June 6, 1774