Hi Judy, Sorry its been a long time for me. I have gone back to working full time and it has taken me some time to get myself organized.
I am going to give you the information on the will of Daniel Pettingell who was born in Newbury 16 Feb., 1679-80 died at Abington, May 12, 1726
I am going to write it that way it is printed in the book.
It will look like a lot of typo's but it is not.
In the name of God Amen-I Dan Pettingale of Abington In the County of Plymouth In New England Cowper being weak & Infirm in Body but of perfect mink & memory for wch I bless God Doe make this my last Will & Testament Recommending my Soul into the hands of God yt Gave it & my body to the Dust to be Decently buryed according to the Descretion of my Executrix hereafter herein mentioned-and as to my Worldly estate I Dispose of In manner & forme following viz-
Imprimis-I doe give unto my beloved wife Ester the sole Improvement of my homestead till my Two sons viz Obediah & saml.shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age & after that but one Third of ye Improvement thereof, I Doe also Give unto my Wife Aforsd all my Moveables wth-in Doors & wth-out door, I doe also order that Right of Land wch I bougth of Micah Pratt wch-lyes wth-land of Lieut.-Reed to be sold by my Executrix hereafer named to help pay my lawfull Debts.
Item-I doe Give unto my son Akerman Pettingale fifteen pounds to be paid him by my two sons viz Obadian & Samuel att such time or Within a year after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age to him his heirs or assigns.
Item3-I Doe Give unto my son Danl Pettingale Twenty pounds to be paid him or his heirs wth-in Two years after my Two sons viz Obadian & Samuel shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age, by my two sons last mentioned.
Item4-I Doe give unto my son Obadian Pettingale one Third part of my homestead wn he shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age & also one halfe of that third part wch his mother is to have the improvement of uring her life after her decease to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item5-I Doe Give unto my son Samuel Pettingale one Third part of my homestead wn he shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age & also one halfe of that third part wch his mother is to have the improvement of During her life after her Decease to him his heirs & assigns forever.
Item6-I Doe Give unto my son John Pettingale Twenty pounds to be paid to him his heirs or assigns with-in Six years after my Two sons viz Obadian & Saml-shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age by my Two sons last mentioned.
Item7-I Doe Give unto my son Joseph Pettingale to his heirs or assigns Twenty pounds to be paid by my two sons viz Obadian & Saml wth-in Seven years after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age.
Item8-I Doe Give unto my Daughter Mehetabell Pettingale to her heirs & assigns Twenty pounds to be paid by my Two sons Obadian & Saml Pettingale wth-in Three years after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age.
Item9-I Doe Give unto my daughter Mary Pettingale Twenty pounds to be paid unto her her heirs or assighs by my two sons fiz Obadian & Saml Pettingale wth-in four years after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age.
Item10-I Doe Give unto my daughter Ester Pettingale Twenty pounds to be paid to her or her heirs or assigns by my two sons viz Obadian & Saml Pettingale wth-in five years after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age.
Item11-I Doe Give unto my daughter Joanna Pettingale to her or her heirs or assigns Twenty pounds to be paid by my two sons viz Obadian & Saml Pettingale within eight years after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age.
Item12-I Doe Give unto my daughter Sarah Pettingale Twenty pounds to be paid unto her or her heirs or assigns by my two sons vix Obadian & Saml Pettingale wth-in nine years after they shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age-And I Doe hereby oblige my ad two sons & their heirs to pay out the Severall Legacys before mentioned according to ye times before herein specified therefor, as also the Legacy next mentioned.
Item13-I Doe Give unto my son Benjamin Pettingale (wch should have been before mentioned) Twenty pounds to be paid to him his heirs or assigns wth-in Seven years after my Two sons viz Obadian & Saml Pettingale shall arrive unto Twenty & one years of age by my sd Two sons Last mentioned.
And I Doe hereby ordain and appoint my beloved wife Ester aforesd to be the sole executrix of this my Last Will & Testament and I Doe hereby make void all other former wills made by me & Declare this to be my Last Will & Testament on this Twelfth day of May Anno Dom. 1726 & in the twelfth year of our Sovereigne Lord George King of England &c.,
Note yt-before the signing & sealing hereof there in Interlined In page 1 between 17 & 18 the following words viz Obadian & Saml Shall-
Daniel Pettingale (Seal)
Signed sealed Published & Declared In the presence of
Samll Noyes, Thomas Tirrell John Noyes
Parents and Siblings of Samuel born in Salem, bapt 9 (12) 1644.
This will be the First Generation Pettingell
Rich Pettingell was born in England about the year 1620, as we learn from the following deposition;
The Deposition of richard Pettingall aged 47 testifyeth that John Webster came to me of a Lords day before the sun was down & charged me and my son to take charge of John Atkinson untill he had occasion to call for him.
Afterwards wee went to Mr.Thomas his hous & John Atkinson proferred mr Thomas that if mr Thomas wold pay him within one month what he owed to him he shold have that Cagg of sturgeon which was now in John Kents boat delivered to him for his use at boston againe but mr Thomas wold not. (Not signed.)
Testified at a meeting of the Commissioners for Small Causes in Newbury Sept.4, 1667. (Essex Court Files XIII,49.)
When giving testimony in the court at Hampton (now in New Hampshire), 14(8)1673, he deposed that he was (about 52 years old," in 1678, when he took the oath of allegiance, he is said to have been "about 60." The statements were approximate, of course. His testimony at Hampton was in a trial about the rights of certain heirs to Giles Fuller's estate and was, viz.:"Rich.Pettingell aged about 52 years saith yt being very well acquainted wth Giles Fuller of Hampton deceased & wth Mr Fuller of Bastable doctor both in Old England & here in New England & both tole mee they were of Kinn & ye sd Giles Fuller have told mee in old England & now that Matth. Fuller doctor now of Bastable was ye nearest kinsman he had.
"Sworn before ye County Court held att Hampton ye 14:8 mo. 1673 as attested." Fuller is positively known to have come from Topcroft in Norfolk, England,* and it is the opinion of one o the Fuller family who has investigated the problem that Pettingell came from Shottesham in the same cojnty. Elsewhere we present an article upon this subject.
Richard was a resident of Salem before 1641, and must have been a member of the church; for he as admitted to the freemanship of the colony June2, 1641, a dignity to which none attained at that dae except members of the church, recommended by the ministed of the place. He had a grant of a lot of land - 19 acres - at"Enon" (afterward Wenham) in 1642, and removed to that section, where he resided several years. He was received to the church there by letter from that of Salem 4 (6) 1649. He witnessed the will of Samuel Smith at Enon 10 (5) 1642.
Richard Pettingell was a man of weight of character, as the following shows: (From the Salem Town Records.)
At a general towne meeting held the sevent day of the fifth month 1644, ordered, - That twoe be appointed every Lords day to walke forth in the time of Gods worshipped, to take notice of such as either lye at home, or in the fields wthout giving good account thereof, and to take the names of such psons, to present them to the magistrate, whereby them may be accordinglie pceeded against; the names of such as are ordered to doe this service are; (here follows a list) on the seventh day Richard Pettingell and John Ingersoll.
He again made a change of residence to a place further east, the plantation of Newbury, where he bought a tract of land April 8, 1651, having sold his houses and lands in Wenham to Samuel Forster. He made his home near what is now known a "The Upper Green," on the hight road, on the right-hand side; part of the house is still standing(1900). The town gave him, in 1651, 14 acres of marsh in consideration of his giving a right of way 4 rods wide through his land, situated on what is now called Ocean avenue (formerly Rolfe's lane). In 1661 Richard Pettingell and others were chosed grand jurymen for the year. In 1665 he was granted an island in Plum Island river near Sandy beach by a committee appointed by the town to settle the dispute between Richard Pettingell and John Emery regarding the division as laid out. He was one of the chosed in 1671 "for a Jury of Tryalls at Ipswich court."
July 15, 1695, in seperate deeds, he conveyed certain houses and farms in Newbury and other interests to his sons Samuel, Matthew, and Nathaniel. He died shortly after, his wife having died two or three years before.
The family became one of much note in Newbury; in the tax lit of 1711 we find the following names of descendants of Richard: Matthew, Matthew Jr., Nathaniel, Nathaniel Jr., John, Nicholas, Samuel, Richard, Joseph, Thomas, and the widow Sarah. Daniel and Cutting, of taxable age, were also living the th town, as we believe, at that time. In subsequent years, also, the family has been largely represented, as will be seen in the following pages.
He married some time fefore 1644 Joanna, daughter of Richard Ingersoll (name sometimes written Ingerson and Inkerson), probably by his wife Ann.
Richard Ingersoll came from Bedfordshire, England, to Salem in 1629, under contract with the Massachusetts Bay Company to take a place in the force of planters they were gathering. His family was to be brought over, and he was well spoken of by the company's secretary in a letter to Gov.John Endecott.(See Suffolk Deeds, I.) He maintained a ferry at Salem in 1636; had large property. He died in 1644. His will is interesting.
July the 21th:1644
I Richard Ingerson of Salem in the County of Essex in New England, being weake in body; but through Gods mercye in pfect memorye, doe make this my last will & testament as followeth
I give to Ann my wife all my estate of lands, goods & chattells, whatsoever, except as followeth
I give to George Ingerson my six acres of meddow lying in the great meddow:
I give to Nathaniell my youngest son a percell of ground with a little frame thereupon, which I bought of John Pe...but if the said Nathaniell dy, without issue of his body lawfully begotten, then the land abovesaid to be equally shared, between John Ingerson my son & Richard Pettingall & William Haines my sons in law:
It. I give to Bathsheba my youngest, daughter two towes.
It. I give to my daughter Alce Walcott, my house at Tow... with ten Acres of upland & the meddow after my wives decease. Richard V Ingerson his marke
I read this will to Richard Ingerson & he acknowledged it to be his will.
Presented in Court upon oath: 2:11mo:1644 p.me Ralp ffogg.& Ann Ingersoll made executrix:
this is a true copie compd with the originall on file in Salem Court Records atestes Hillyard Verin.
It has been asserted that a certain house at Salem was built by Ingeroll and was the original of the romance by Hawthorne-"House of the Seven Gables." Ann, the widow, married second John Knight, Sen.,of Newbury. Some years later litigation arose over the farm her husband had willed her, and in the trial her son-in-law gave the following testimony:
"I, Richard Pettingell, aged About 45 years doe testify that this farm of land that is now in contriversy was Reserved by the widow Inkersoll to her self before her marriage to John Knight Senior and shee verbally gave this land to John Inkersoll her son. I Richard Pettingell doe farder testify that about the year 52 the said John Knight cam hom too Newbury and tould his wif that hee had promised mr pain sum timber at the lot at frost fish river: she was then troubled at it and said what have you to doe to sell my timber wher upon the said John Knight promised her twenty shillings: and the said John Knight Senior did then oun that he had no right in that land." (Essex Court Files, XIV, 28-32) Mr. Knight then joined with his wife in conveying the farm to her sons John and Nathaniel "Ingerson," as the deed was written by the scrivener.
Children of Richard and Joanna (Ingersoll) Pettingell
1. Samuel, bapt. at Sealem 9 (12), 1644
2. Matthew, b: at Enon (probably) about 1648
3. Mary, b. at Newbury July 6, 1652: m., Nov.6, 1670, Sergt. Abraham Adams, b. at Salem 1639, son of Robert(born in England 1601) and Eleanor Adams; d. at Newbury June14, 1614; she d. at Newbury Sept. 18, 1705. Mary and Abraham had 10 children.I have names and dates if you want.
4. Nathaniel, b. at Newbury Sept 21, 1654
5. A son, b. Nov. 15, d. 17, 1657
6. Henry, b. Jan 16, d. 20, 1659
Again all information came from the Pettingell Genealogy published by Higginson Book Co, Salem, MA
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Judy, on this forum under the surname of Drake I have put in a request for information. If your could please read it and let me know if you can help me out. It pertains to Betsey Drake orig of Saratoga County and Israel Drake of Dutchess County.
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