Moses Aldrich

Male 1690 - 1761


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  • Name  Moses Aldrich 
    Born  01 Apr 1690  Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  09 Sep 1761  Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Probate  12 May 1762 
    • Moses Aldrich, Mendon
      probated 12 May 1762
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      I, Moses Aldrich of Mendon in the county of Worcester in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, blacksmith, being advanced in age and also ill in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore remembring the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say:
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      Principally & first of all I recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it and my Body I recommend to Earth to be buried in a Decent manner at discretion of my Execuutr hereafter & mentioned and as touching such worldy estate in herewith it hath pleased pleased God to bless me with in this world I give demise and disposse of the same in the following manner and form.
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      My Will is that my Just debts which I own together with my funerall charges shall be well and truly paid by my executor hereafter named etc.
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      Item I give and bequeath unto my dearly well beloved wife Hannah Aldrich and to her heirs and assigns forever one third part of all and singular my personall and moveable estate and also my will is that my said wife shall have her right of dower as the law directs in my Real estate that is the use of one third part of it during her natural life.
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      Item I give have given to my well beloved son George Aldrich by deed his full portion except a small interest in Land here after mentioned.
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      Item I have given to my well beloved son Thomas Aldrich his full share or portion by Learning & otherwise.
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      Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Luke Aldrich to his heirs and assigns forever all my Lands on the west side of Mudy Brook within fence that is my house lott bounded by the Road down to my grist mill together with my Dwelling house and barn Malt house and south shop and tools and one half part of my grist mill and pond and two grass lotts or small inclosure, one by the meeting hosue & the other over the way right before my door joyning to Lovetts Land. I also give to my said son Luke the North side of my old goat paster so called said Pasture lyeth on the East side of said Muddy Brook Bounded westerly on a highway leading to said George Aldrich's the division line of said pasture is a heap of stone on a ledge of rocks near said highway then runing easterly to a great rock marked with letter A then the same course to a four Rod Road or Highway on a neck and I also give to my said son Luke my wood lott adjoying to south side of highway leading to Thos. White's mill (alias Ward Mill).
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      Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved son Moses Aldrich all my Lands Lying on the East side of Highway leading to my Grist mill that is within fence principally and easterly side of Muddy Brook so called (all I say except what I have given to my son Luke) together with the dwelling house and house lott that I purchased of the Widow Warfield with the said house, said yard and
      all the tools belonging to said tanyard. Also I also give to my said son MOses the remaining part of my old goat paster so called beside what I have given to my son Luke. I also give to my said son Moses a wood lot of land lying in said Mendon on the Neck containing about fifteen acres and adjoying to the East side of the Highway leading to William Sheffield's mill to remain to him his heirs & assigns forever.
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      Item I give to my two sons namely Luke Aldrich and Moses Aldrich aforesaid three certain pieces of Land lying in said Mendon on the first piece lyeth and west side of the four Rod Highway Leading up the Neck Northward containing about thirteen acres the second piece lyeth and East side of the same Highway further up said Neck Containing about seventy acres and the third piece lyeth in the North Ceder Swamp to remain to them and to their heirs and assigns forever all which Lands are to be equally divided to them both for quantity and quality between my two said sons Luke and Moses and furthermore my will is that my said son Luke shall pay to my well beloved son Robert Aldrich fifteen pounds in lawfull money within one year after my decease and further my will is that my said son Moses Aldrich shall pay to my well beloved son Caleb Aldrich Eighteen pounds lawfully money in one year after my Decease.
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      Item. I give to my sons namely George Aldrich, Luke Aldrich and Moses Aldrich all my right or rights in the undivided lands to be equally divided between them.
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      Item. I give & bequeath to my well beloved son Anson Aldrich all my lands I purchased of Peter Holbrook lying in Mendon aforesaid on East side of the Highway leading to Boston with the dwelling house thereon the above said land to remain to him and to his heirs and assigns forever. Further my will is that all my money bond and notes shall be left in my Executors hands to enable him to pay my just debts.
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      Item. I give all my wearing apparel to my seven sons namely George, Robert, Thomas, Caleb, Luke, Moses & Aaron Aldrich to be equally divided to and among them.
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      Item. I give and bequeath to my twelve children all my books to be equally divided among them.
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      Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughters namely Abigail Smith, Mary Wilkinson, Mary Smith, Lydia Allen and Allice Spenser all my moveables both within Doors and without Doors besides what I have already given away that I shall die possessed of to be equally divided among them. Furthermore my will is that each and every one of my said children on receiving his or per portion or legacies as before mentioned shall give a full acquittance or discharge of any and every former debts or claim of debts they had against my estate excepting bonds & notes.
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      Finally I do hereby ordain appoint and make my well beloved son George Aldrich aforementioned the sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke dismal all and every other former wills legacies and bequests and all executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
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      In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Eighth day of September anno Domd. one thousand seven hundred & sixty one.
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      Moses Aldrich (seal)
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      Signed, sealed, published, pronounced & declared by the said Moses Aldrich as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers
      Jacob Aldrich
      Benjam. Merriam
      Edmd. Morse.
    Notes 
    • At the age of 21, Moses united himself with the Society of Friends and became a well known preacher of the Quaker faith, visiting not only the Colonies on this continent but traveling to Barbados and in 1739, crossing the Atlantic to spend two years in Great Britain and Ireland.
    Person ID  I26675  Bryant
    Last Modified  8 Aug 2002 

    Father  Jacob Aldrich,   b. 28 Feb 1653, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1695, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Huldah Thayer,   b. 16 Jun 1657, Braintree, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 16 Jan 1707 
    Married  25 Jun 1675  Medfield, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    • Married by Charles Wheelock, J. P.
    Family ID  F1067  Group Sheet

    Family  Hannah White,   b. 09 Dec 1691, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Apr 1711  [2
    Family ID  F1957  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 01 Apr 1690 - Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Mendon;p.13-20.

    2. [S134] Aldrich, George Aldrich Genealogy, Aldrich, Alvin James, (Author, 1971), p.40.

    3. [S43] Major, Post: Hour & the Man, Major, Nettie Leitch, (Judd & Detweiler, Inc., Washington, DC, 1963), Mendon.

    4. [S14] Torrey, Editor: Torrey, Clarence Almon, (Genealogical Publishing Co., 1985, Baltimore, MD, 1985 (reprint)), p.8.

    5. [S60] MASS, Vital Rec., Medfield: 113.

    6. [S134] Aldrich, George Aldrich Genealogy, Aldrich, Alvin James, (Author, 1971), p.39 "3 Nov 1675" probably an error..

    7. [S257] Thayer Genealogy, Thayer, Bezaleel, (Oliphant Printer, Oswego, NY, 1874), p.222.


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