Mary (Chilton) Winslow


Mary’s Will


John Winslow Will


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Volume 15: James Chilton, Richard Moore


1997. 204pp. + Index

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(MF5G Chilton, More & Rogers II) Mary2 Chilton was the daughter of JAMES, prob. of Canterbury.  James died in the Cape Cod Harbor, and his wife d. in Plymouth shortly after. Mary’s sister Isabella who married Roger Chandler, and who came over later, is the only of his other children known to have come to the colony. 


Mary died at Boston, shortly before 11 May, 1679. She married, at Plymouth, between July, 1623, and 1 June, 1627, John Winslow, who was bp. at Droitwich, Worcestershire, England, 18 April, 1597, came on the Fortune, and died at Boston, between 12 March and 21 May, 1673/4. They removed to Boston before 1660.


Mary and John had ten children, and their last child was born at Plymouth in 1653. A few years later they removed to Boston.


(MD 27:1:4) On the 16th of July, 1671, John and Mary (Chilton) Winslow transferred their church membership from Plymouth to the Third Church, now the Old South Church in Boston, and we find by the Suffolk County Deeds that two months later, on the 19th of September, 1671, John Winslow bought, for the sum of Ј500 in New England silver money, “the Mansion or dwelling-house of the Late Antipas Boice with the gardens wood-yard and Backside as it is scituate lying and being in Boston aforesaid as it is nowe fenced in And is fronting & Facing to the Lane going to mr John Jolliffes”.


Here John and Mary Winslow continued to reside until the death of John Winslow in 1673/4, and here died Mary (Chilton) Winslow five years later.


Literally Transcribed By George Ernest Bowman [MD 1.2.65+]


“The original will of Mary (Chilton) Winslow is still preserved in the files of the Suffolk County Registry of Probate, at Boston, together with the bond of the administrators, signed by her son John Winslow and son-in-law Richard Middlecott. They were recorded in Vol. VI, pages 302 and 301, of the Probate Records. The will was written on one side of a sheet of paper a little over eighteen by fourteen inches in size, and, as will be seen by the reproduction, is in excellent condition, except in some of the creases made by folding.  As William Tailer, the executor named in the will, came into court on the first of May and refused to serve, it is certain that Mary (Chilton) Winslow died before May, 1679, and probably only a short time before.


The original inventory is missing, and the copy has been made from Vol. XII, pp. 314, 315, of the Probate Records.  The copies of the will and bond were made from the original documents.”

Mary Chilton Winslow Will

In the name of God Amen the thirty first day of July in the yeare of our Lord one thousand Six hundred seventy and Six I Mary Winslow of Boston in New England Widdow being weake of Body but of Sound and perfect memory praysed be almighty God for the same Knowing the uncertainety of this present life and being desirous to settle that outward Estate the Lord hath Lent me. I doe make this my last Will and Testamt in manner and forme following (that is to say)


First and principally I comend my Soule into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hopeing to receive full pardon and remission of all my sins; and Salvation through the alone merrits of Jesus Christ my redeemer: And my body to the Earth to be buried in Such Decent manner as to my Executor hereafter named shall be thought meet and convenient and as touching such worldly Estate as the Lord hath Lent me my Will and meaneing is the same shall be imployed and bestowed as hereafter in and by this my Will is Exprest.


Imps I doe hereby revoake renounce and make voide all Wills by me formerly made and declaire and apoint this my Last Will and Testamt Item I will that all the Debts that I Justly owe to any manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well and truely paid or ordained to be paid in convenient time after my decease by my Executor hereafter named —


Item I give and bequeath unto my Sone John Winslow my great Square table Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Middlecott my Best” owne and Pettecoat and my Silver beare bowle and to each of her children a Silver Cup with an handle: Also I give unto my grandchild William Paine my Great silver tankard: Item I give unto my Daughter Susanna Latham my long Table: Six Joyned Stooles and my great Cupboard: a bedstead Bedd and furniture there unto belonging that is in the Chamber over the roome where I now Lye; my small silver Tankard: Six Silver Spoones, a case of Bottles with all my wearing apparell: (except onely what I have hereby bequeathed unto my Daughter Mddlecott & my Grandchild Susanna Latham :) Item I give and bequeath unto my Grandchild Ann Gray that trunke of Linning that I have already delivered to her and is in her possession and also one Bedstead, Bedd Boulster and Pillows that are in the Chamber over the Hall: Also the sume of ten pounds in mony to be paid unto her within Six months next after my decease: Also my will is that my Executor shall pay foure pounds in mony pr ann for three yeares unto Mrs Tappin out of the Intrest of my mony now in Goodman Cleares hands for and towards the maintenance of the said  Ann Gray according to my agreemt with Mrs Tappin: Item I give and bequeath unto Mary Winslow Daughter of my sone Edward Winslow my largest Silver Cupp with two handles: and unto Sarah Daughter of the said Edward my lesser Silver cupp with two handles: Also I give unto my Said Sone Edwards Children Six Silver Spoones to be divided between them: Item I give and bequeath unto my grandchild Parnell Winslow the Sume of five pounds in mony to be improved by my Executor untill he come of age: and then paid unto him with the improvemt Item I give & bequeath unto My grandchild Chilton Latham the sum of five pounds in mony to be improved for him untill he come of Age and then paid to him with the improvemt Item my will is that the rest of my spoones be divided among my grandchildren according to the discression of My Daughter Middlecott: Item I give unto my Grandchild Mercy Harris my White Rugg: Item I give unto my Grandchild Mary Pollard forty shillings in mony. Item I give unto my grandchild Susanna Latham my Petty Cate with the silke Lace: Item I give unto Mary Winslow Daughter of my Sone Joseph Winslow the Sume of twenty pounds in mony to be paid out of the sume my said Sone Joseph now owes to be improved by my Executor for the said Mary and paid unto her when She Shall attaine the Age of eighteene yeares or day of Marriage which of them shall first happen Item I give and bequeath the full remainder of my Estate whatsoever it is or wheresoever it may be found unto my children Namely John Winslow Edward Winslow Joseph Winslow Samuell Winslow: Susanna Latham and Sarah Middlecott to be equally divided betweene them Item I doe hereby nominate constitute authorize and appoint my trusty friend Mr William Tailer of Boston aforesd merchant the Sole Executor of this my last Will and testamt: In Witness whereof the said Mary Winslow have hereunto set my hand and Seale the daye and yeare first above written
Memorandum I do hereby also Give and bequeath unto Mr Thomas Thacher paster of the third Church in Boston the Sume of five pounds in mony to be pd convenient time after my decease by my Executr
Mary Winslow M her marke (Seal)
Signed Sealed and Published by the above named Mary Winslow as her Last Will & testamt in the presence of us after the adding of foure lines as part of her will
John Lands
Ffrancis H Hacker her marke
John Hayward scr


Mr Wm Tailer nominatd. Execr appeared in Court pro May: 1679 and renounced his Executorship. to this will. attests. Jsa: Addington Cler.
Jno Hayward and John Lands made oath before the Honorble. Simon Bradstreet Esqr Govr and Edwd. Tyng Esqr Assist. 11th July 1679 that they did see mrs. Mary Winslow Signe and Seale and heard her publish this Instrumt to bee her last will and that then Shee was of disposeing minde to their best understanding.
attests. Jsa: Addington Cler.
24є July Anno: 1679.
Simon Bradstreet Esqr. Govr.    }
Edw. Tyng Esqr.        }
Joseph Dudley Esqr.        }    Assists
Humphry Davie Esqr.        }


By the Honorble. Governor. and magistrates then met in Boston. power of Admcon of all and singular the goods Estate and Credits of mrs Mary Winslow late of Boston Widdow deced intestate is granted unto John Winslow and Richard Middlecott Merchts two of her sons in behalfe of themslves and others concerned they giving Security to Administer the sd Estate according to law and the declared minde of the deced annext and bringing in an Invento thereof upon Oath as attests.
Jsa: Addington Cler.


(Bond of Administrators.)
Know all men by these presents that wee John Winslow Richard Middlecott & Elisha Hutchinson all of Boston in New-England merchts are holden and stand firmly bound and obliged unto Edward Tyng Esqr Treasuror for the County of Suffolke in the Sume of ffour hundred pounds To bee paid unto the sd Treasuror his Successors in sd Office or Assignes in currant money of New-England To the true payment whereof wee do binde our Selves our heires Execrs Admrs and every of them jointly and severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seales Dated in Boston this 26o July. 1679.


The Condition of this present Obligation is such that if the above bound John Winslow and Richard Middlecott do weld and truly Administer all and singular the Estate of their late mother mrs Mary Winslow Widdow deced intestate according to Law and the declared minde of the deced and shalbee accountable and responsable for the same unto the County Court for Suffolke when called thereunto then this Obligation to bee void and of no Effect or else to remain in full force and Virtue.
Signed Sealed & Delivd.                  John Winslow
in presence of                                  Richard Middlecott
Jsa: Addington Cler.                        Elisha Hutchinson


Wee whose names are here Underwritten, being desired by mr John Winslow and mr Richard Middlecott, do apprize the Estate of mrs Mary Winslow of Boston. deced as followeth. July. 29th. 1679
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.To .1. Silver beer Boule. 3Ј. Two Silver Cups 4Ј.10   7 10—
To. 1. small Silver Tankard at 4Ј .10. twelve Silver Spoons .6Ј    10 10
To. 1. silver caudle Cup with two eares   2 18 —
To .1. small silver Cup at . 10s . one case wth 9bottles 12s.   12 —
To .1. silke gowne and petticoate at   6 10—
To .1. gowne .6. petticoates .1: pair. body’s 1.mantle .1. pair Stockins    3 15 —
To .1. Bed and boulster with fflocks and ffeathers   1 10—
To .1. close bedsteed .2. coverlits & .2. oldblankets .1. old Rugg .l. boulster .3. pillows& . 1. pr, curtains & vallents   4— —
To .2. Leather Chaires at 10s. one ffeather Bedat 4Ј .5   4 15 —
To: 11. old Sheets. at .35s. one diaper TableCloth . 10s   2 5 —
To .3. old ffustian . wastcoats at   — 7 6
To .22. old Napkins .7s. Six Towels .2s.   — 9 —
To .11. pillowbeers   — 11
To .6. Shifts at   1 18 6
To .6. white Aprons .18s. Seven . neck handkercheifs 10/6   1 8 6
To .17. Linnen .Caps 8s.6. ffourteen . headbands. 6s.   — 14 6
To .3. Pocket handkercheifs .18d. one Trunke .8s   — 9 6
To .1. old Chest 4s. one round Table .10s.   — 14—
To .1. small cupboard 4s one small . Trunke. 18d   — 5 6
To .1 pr. of small Andirons .4/6. one old warming pan 3/6   — 8—
To. 2. small brass kettles .15s. one small Ironpot & hookes .6/6    1 1 6
To .1. gridiron . 12d . one great wicker chair .7/6   — 8 6
To . 1. Close Stoole and a pan   — 6 6
To .1. great elbow chaire . 2/6. one brass candlestick 15d.   — 3 9
To .1. voyder . 18d. one Iron. fender. 12d   — 3 6
To .1. old bedsteed   — 3 —
To. 3. great pewter dishes and .20. small
peicesof pewtr  
2 16—
In debts by bills standing out   69——
To one halfe of the house which was formerly mr Joseph Winslows    67 ——
To .1. Spit. 2/6. one pr brass Scales .4/6   — 7 —
At mr John Winslows House
To .1. Long table and .6. joint Stooles. at   1 6—
To .1: pr. small brass Andirons   — 16—
To .1. old cupboard .72. one pothanger Iron Skillet
and one .pa. of Andirons. 9s.  
— 16—
To .9. Leather Chairs .362. one Bedsteed 6s   2 2 —
To. 1. standing cupboard .202. one great Chest. 10s   1 10 —
To .1. small table .82. two small bedsteeds. 2s   — 10 —
To .3. chaires without Leathers .62. one pr. ffireIrons. 3/6.   — 9 6
To . 1. Scotch. blanket .52. one pr. old stripedstuffe curtains—    — 6 —
To .1. woosted Rugg .18s. one small ffeatherpillow .3s.   1 1 —
To .12. ps. of pewter and .6. plate   2 15 —
To .1. old Trunke—   — 5 6


Witness or hands
John Conney. Jarvis Ballard.
mr Jno Winslow and mr Richd Middlecott admitted Admrs. made oath in Court .22. Augt. 1679. to the truth of this Inventory and wn. more doth. appeare to discover it.
Jsa. Addington Cler.