William Holbrook, Captain

Male Abt 1620 - 1699


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  • Name  William Holbrook, Captain 
    Suffix  Captain 
    Born  Abt 06 Jun 1620  Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Will  09 Sep 1696  Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • In the name of god Amen the nineth day of September in the year of our Lord of one thousand six hunded ninety and six. I William Holbrook of Scituate in the County of Plimouth in new england being weak In body but of a compliant dissposing mind and menory do make and declare this my last will and testament as followeth hereby revoking and making void all former wills and testaments, First and princabley I do Commit and Commend my soul to god who gave if hopeing in him for an everlasting Rest in and through the merrits of Jesus Christ alone and my body to be decently buried by my executor here after named and Concerning the diposall o my temporal estate which god in his mercy have given me I do give and bequeath the same as followeth And my mind and will is first that all my just debts be truely payd and funerall charges defrayed by my executor here after named .
      Imprimis I give and bequeqth unto my well beloved wife Abigall Hoolbrook all that estte of house hould goods which shewe brought with her in marriage to me that is now left and not worn up and also I do give unto my sayd wife all that stock of cattell which which (sic) shee brought with her at our marriage together: And that when her sayd stock of cattell brought a abovesayd be made good unto her and also that the stock of Cattell which I brought with me at our marriage be made good as it waws then ws to my executor here after named: That then my my (sic) minde and will is that all the increaseof our stocks of Cattell and money cloth or other goods if any be at my decese shall be eqully divided between my sayd wife and my said executor: and further I doe give unto my sayd wife one green Rugg or brsides(?) what shee brought with her for her own And my minde and will is that shee shll have the use of one warming pan one payre of curtains and one pyre of Iron Andirons during her natural life and then to be returned again to my executor And further I doe give and bequeath unto my sayd wife Abigall Holbrook the sum of three pounds a yeare in money to be payd to her yearly and every yeare during her naatural life shall and doe at my decease deliver up to my executor after named a writing of agreement made between my sayd wife and my selfe Concerning our estates before our marriage together asnd also that she doe Relinquish and give up all her Right and Interest unto and in my estate which shee sayd Abigall might ort Could Claime by virtue of the abovesayd writing but if at my decease my sayd wife shall see reason to stand to hold her interest in my estate according to the sayd writing made between us before marriage that then my minde and will is that all the abovesayd gifts and bequests to my sayd wife shall be void and of none effect and she not to receive the same Item I doe give and bequeath unto my son Cornelius Holbrook his heirs and assigns forever all my lands Right of lands and common priviledges lieing and being in the township of Waymouth and the bill of five pounds he oweth to me be paying to his daughter Mehitable Holbrook the sum of five pounds in money at her day of marriage or when she comes to the age of twenty one years or at which of sayed times shall first happen Item I doe give and bequeath unto my son William Holbrook twenty shillings in money and my gun called a carbine which with what I have formerly givcen to him shall be the whole of his portion of my estate Item I doe give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Bick the sum of twelve pounds in money or other good pay as money to be payd to her within one year after my decease by my executor. Item I doe give and bequeth unto my dughter Hopestill Read the sum of twelve pounds in money or other good pay at moneys price to be payd to her by my executor within one yeare after my decease Item I doe give and bequeath unto my dquhter Mehitable Sprague the sum of twelve pounds in money to be payd to her by her husband out of the twenty pounds he oweth to me by bill and the Remainder of sayd bill of twenty pounds her sayd husband Jonathan Sprague shall pay unto my executor Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Jane bolcom the sum of twelve pounds in money or other good pay at money price to be payd to her within one year after my decease by my executor and she the sayd Jane shall pay forty shillings of sayd sum to her daughter Albee Item I doe give and bequeth unro my eldet son Samuell holbrook all the Remainder of my estate o wht kinds or of what nature forme it may be or whereforever it be And further my minde and will is that if any of my legatees shall soe farr declare their discontent with whqt is above given them as to goe bout to breqke this my will by law suits then he or shee of them that shall soedoe shall forfit and loswe thweir legcy above given to them, and such forfited legacy to be divided amongst the Rest of the leg tes an i doe hereby constitute and apoint my said loveing son Samuell Holbrooke to be the sole executor of this my last will and Testament to execute and perform the same as is above exprest: in witnes where of I the sayd William Holbrook doe set my hand and seal the day and year above written Memorandum that the words (for her own) and the word ( have) between the thirteenth and fourteenth lines and the word (Hopestill) between the twenty sixth and twenty seventh lines were enterlined before Signing and Sealing here of also the words ( and the bill of five pounds he oweth me) between the twenty second and twenty third lines were interlined before signinq and sealing here of.
      the marke of the above written
      william WH holbrook

      signed sealed published and declared by the abovesyd William Holbrook to be his last will and Testament in presence of us
      John Cushing
      John Cushing Junr
      Joshua Cushing
      Will proved July 17, 1699 Plymouth County Court file # 10270
      !SOURCE: ALMON HODGES PAPERS.
      Copied Sept 25 1901 by Mrs Lucy Hall Greenlaw
    Died  03 Jul 1699  Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Probate  17 Jul 1699  Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Capt. William Holbrook married (1) Elizabeth _____, daughter of widow Elizabeth Pitts, who died in 1696. He married (2) Abigail Wright, who survived. She was widow of Robert Sharp and of Thomas Clapp of Scituate. He resided in Weymouth until about 1663, when he removed to Mendon. The Indians drove him back in 1676 and thereafter he settled in Scituate. To his son Cornelius he gave his lands in Weymouth, he to pay his own daughter Mehitable Holbrook L5 at marriage. He bequeathed to his daughters Elizabeth Buck, Hopestill Reed, Mehitable Sprague and Jane Balcom, and to his son William, and Samuel, whom he calls eldest son. He had seven children by his first wife. In his will he left property to his wife, Abigail. Savage and others assign a daughter Persis to William. A Persis HOLBROOK married John FARROW of Hingham 20 Apr 1696, and lived to have many children. It is strange however that she was not mentioned in his will if she were indeed a daughter. Perhaps she was of the next generation. !Massachusetts and Maine Families, 290 !M&J 22:143 !Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth !Vinton Memorial gives differing information: Capt. William Holbrook, m. previous to 1655, Elizabeth Pitts, who died his widow in Scituate, 1701. He was freeman 1647; of Weymouth 1655-1662, and probably most, or all, of his previous life. In 1660, he bought land in Conihasset [Cohasset] then part of Scituate, but did not settle upon it. He had an allotment of land in Mendon, 1662, and must have settled there that year or the next. (Several other families from Braintree and Weymouth settled in Mendon at that time). He was doubtless there until "Phillip's War," 1675, when Mendon was destroyed by the savages. He then returned to Weymouth; sold his land in Mendon to his brother Thomas and nephew Peter; and afterwards resided at Scituate. He was Captain and Deacon.
    Person ID  I5916  Bryant
    Last Modified  5 May 2002 

    Father  Thomas Holbrook,   b. 1594, probably, Compton Dando, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Mar 1677, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Jane Powys,   b. 1601, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 24 Apr 1677, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  12 Sep 1616  Glastonbury, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • ||St. John The Baptist Church||
    Family ID  F390  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Elizabeth Pitts,   b. 1622,   d. Bef 09 Sep 1696, Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1640  Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Holbrook,   b. Abt 1650, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1702
     2. William Holbrook,   b. 20 Jan 1657, Weymouth, Norfolk Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1714, Mendon, Worcester Co, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F400  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Abigail Wright,   b. 1622, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1707 
    Married  Aft 1696  [2
    • widow Abigail (Wright) Sharp Clapp.
    Family ID  F401  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 06 Jun 1620 - Glastonbury, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1640 - Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsWill - 09 Sep 1696 - Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 03 Jul 1699 - Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsProbate - 17 Jul 1699 - Scituate, Plymouth Co, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S82] Search for Passengers M & J:25, Spear, Burton W., (The Mary & John Clearinghouse, Toledo, OH, 1996), p.38.

    2. [S260] GMB, Anderson, Robert Charles, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 1995), p. 2063.


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