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PROBATE SAMUEL STERRY
[CONNECTICUT, 1737]

 

ESTATE OF
Sterry, Samuel
TOWN OF Preston
DATE 1737  NO 5143
NEW LONDON PROBATE DISTRICT
1 Wills and Codicils
3 Inventories
2 Returns to Court
2 Accounts of Administration
4 Receipts
1 Miscellaneous
13 Total Documents

In the name of God Amen the last will and testament Samuell Sterry of Preston in the County of New London in the Colony of Connecticut in New England where as I being very sick and weak in body yet in perfect mind and memory blessed bee God for it and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to dy do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament as first and principly I resign up my sole to God that gave it and my body to the durst[?] to bee decently buried att the decresion of my executors nothing douting but  att the resurrection by the great and mighty power of God to receive the same again.

First my will is that all my just debts and funiral charges are paid.

Item I give unto my loving wife Elisabeth Sterry one third part of all my estate.

Item I give unto my little son Samuel Sterry all the remainer of my estate I further more give unto my little son Samuel Sterry al my rights of heirships to lands what so ever.

And I do by these presents make and constitute my friend James Billings of Stonington to be my Executor to this my last will and testament revoking all other wills or testaments whatsoever retifing[?] and confirming this to be my last will and testament in witness where of I have set to my hand and seal this third day of October AD 1737 signed sealed and pronounced to be his last will and testament
Samuel Sterry
In presents of us
Joseph Billings
Jonathan Davison
Roger Billings

Preston October the 12th 1737 therein the within named Joseph Billings Jonathan Davison Roger Billings all personally appeared and made oath that they did se the within subscriber Samuell Sterry sign and seal the within writin writin instrument and that they then herd him pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that they did all sign as witnesses to the instruments in the presence of the sd Samuell Sterry and that they did judge at the time he was in his perfect mind and memory before me John Cook Justice of the Peace
Recorded Book D page 297


December the 27 1737 then received of James Billing of Stonington Executor to the last will and testament of Samuell Sterry deseased the sum of two pounds & eleven shillings money which was the full of all accounts due to me from the estate of the above sd Sterry I say received pr me Roger Billing

Claimes on the estate of Mr Samll Sterry of Preston decd allowd by the commissioners or __  as olss[?] the sums apportioned to each credr

owing to James Billings the note of £10.00.00
8.05.00
Elkanah Hewit p book £5
4.03.09
Mr Thos Rose £1 
16.09
Mr Joseph Billing by book 4.6   
3.10.00
Mr Thos Shaw p book 5
4.00.00
Mr Joseph Palmer p book 15
12.00.00
Mr Cyprian Sterry p book 19
15.12.00
Mr John Bordman 1.10
1.04.00
Mr Lionel Udall p book 39.19
37.04.00
Mr Cyprian Sterry more 45
37.04.00
                                         87.15
72.14.00
 
less  15.00.00
 
£87.15.00

Apportioning of Estate of Samll Sterry desd to the credrs
Recorded

An account of the charges of James Billings executor to the last will and testament of Samll Sterry the __ late of Preston deceased[?] in administering[?] on the estate as follows

Viz it to funeral charges for him
£1-10-00
to a coffin 18/-
18-00
to money  paid for ___ for the funeral
  2-11-00
to money paid for expenses in the time of his sickness and the doctor
10-9-00
to money paid for ___ to procure ___
for him in the time of his sickness and burial
19-00
to the ___ fees and the witness[?] to the will 
7-00
to my time and travel to peruse[?] the same[?]
10-00
to my time and travel and expence going to New London to have the will exhibited  
15-00
to money paid in the Probate office for the exhibiting of will and ___ 
1-12-00
to the ___ fees for swearing of appraisers
1-02-06
to money paid to the appraisers for appraising the estate
10-00
to my time and expence in appraising the estate
10-00
to my time and expence going to New London with the inventory 
15-00
to money paid in the office for exhibiting the inventory
9-06
to my travel 12 miles to get money due to the estate
8-00
to money paid for cost in an action brought against a debtor for money due to the estate which writ abated 
10-08
to money which I was out more than the law allowed for an action brought for money due to the estate  
16-00
to going to New London to get exemtion[?] and money paid
8-00
to my travel and expenses to New London to represent the estate insoferent[?] and money then paid in the office
1-00-00
to 3 days tending[?] on the circumstances[?] to defend[?] the claims brought against the estate 
   1-10-00
 
£27-05-08
all which amongst[?] is submitted and allowance 
£25-04-08
do. to the Commissr allowance
5-10-00
Prayed for by James Billing Executor
£30-14-08
the executors cost in bringing his ___ to Court and fees paid the Court[?]
     1-04-00
 
31-18-08

Mr James Billings
Acct and addition to the
Inventory of Saml Sterry _
with the Commisrs Reports
out of[?] Sterry’s estate
exhibited July 10th 1735

The account of small debts that I have paid out of the estate

paid to Saml Printice
5-00
paid to John Dirfie
4-00
paid to Samll Cogswell
5-08
paid to Edward Cogswell
7-06
paid to Thomas Rix
2-06
paid to William Dennison
2-06
paid to Jedidiah Frink
  7-06
paid to Thomas Davison
1-18-00
paid to Thomas Branch
19-03

The account of time and money spent about the estat three days to New Lond on the first time and money for

keeping my horse
3-09
for lodging
1-06
for vittles and drink
11-03
for the hire of a hors
6-00
for fereing[?]
 1-06
more at New London on ten[?] days for my horse
1-03
for my self and my fearig[?]
4-00
for court fees
19-06
Executors[?] time about the estate 10 days time[?]
4-00-00
 
6-08-09

6 ___ one lost[?]
one yerling lost[?]  
1-15-00
horse lost[?]
9-00-00
worsted[?] cows[?]
2-00-00
one red[?] rollen[?]
6-00
one iron pot[?]
10-00
one hives bees lost[?]
  6-00-00
 
14-11-00

An account[?] of the charges of us the subscribers in acting as commissioners[?] (for our care and labour) on the estate of Samuel Sterry late of Preston decesd
To procuring[?] notifications[?] to be set up in

Hartford Windham New London and Preston
1-00-00
To 3 days attending on the creditors @ 30/-
3-00-00
To the writing of whole 20/
10-00
To travel and expense To make report
1-00-00
 
5-10-00

which we dsire[?] allowance for
Simeon Minor
John Holmes
July the 10th 1739

Preston April the 9th day 1739
then read of James Billings Executor to the last will and testament of Samll Sterry decd the full and just sum of ten pounds nine shillings money which was due for tendance in his sickness and paid the doctor his demands I say recd per act
Roger Billing
Executor to the will of Capt Billings late decd

Preston November 20 1737 then received of the hand of Roger Billings on the behalf of James Billing Executor to the last will and testament of Samuell Sterry deceasd the sum of nineteen shillings money which was due to me from the estate of the above sd Samuell Sterry I say received by me
Thomas Davison

Preston October the 25 1737
then these may clarifie[?] the Cort of Probat that Thomas Davison and Cyprian Sterry were appointed by the Executor of Samuell Sterrys last will and testament to aprice the estate of the said Sterry and sworn to a due full dis charge of that work by me
Theophilus Baldwin Justice of the Peace

To the Honorable Court of Probate to be holden att New London in and for[?] the[?] County of New London on the second Tuesday[?] of this instant July pursuant to an order of the Court of Probate held att sd New London January the 4th 1738/9 (Apointing us the subscribers to be Commissioners with full power to receive and examine the claims of the several creditors upon the estate of Samuel Sterry the 2d late of Preston deceased and how they are made out (The[?] estate having been[?] represented to the[?] Court by sd[?] administrator these are to be insolvent) and to make our report to the Court) we have caused[?] notifications under our hands to be set up on the town sign posts in sd Preston and Stonington and sd New London and in the county towns in the two[?] next adjoining counties, there[?] in appointing times and places for the creditors to bring in their claims to us and also monitor[?] the sd order of Court There in, and accordingly have attended on sd service, and have received the several claims and demands brought in to us and upon examination do find that the sd deceasd died justly indebted To the respective persons whose names are hereunder set down the particular sums to their names annexed, whose claims we allow; as follows viz at

To Mr[?] James Billing of Stonington by a note of habd
witnessed dated August 20th 1737
10-00-00
To[Mr] Elkanah Hewit of Stonington by book sworn to
5-00-00
To [Mr] Thomas Rose of Preston for money lent supported
by evidence
1-00-00
To [Mr] Joseph Billing of Preston by book from to
4-06-00
To the estate of Mr Joseph Shaw late of Stonington deceased
by the sd deceased Shaws book 
5-00
To Mr Joseph Palmer of Stonington by book sworn to
15-0
To Mr Cyprian Sterry of Preston by book sworn to 
19-00-00
To Mr John Boardman of Preston for service dome supported
by evidence
1-10-00
To Mr Lionel Udall[?] of Stonington by book sworn to
19-00
To Mr Cyprian Sterry of Preston for money paid for him which
by his special[?] debt and by his special order which was
wel supported by plentifull evidence
45-00-00

All which is submitted[?] by Simeon Minor
John Holmes
July the 9th 1739

Commissioners Report
Samuel Sterry Estate
1739

Preston October the 29th day 1737
A True and Perfect Inventory of all the Estate of Samuell Sterry of Preston decst that was presented to us
Thomas Dennison
Cyprian Sterry

one hat at
1-10-00
one druged[?] coat at
2-10-00
one ruset jackcoat at
2-00-00
one pair of leather briches at
2-00-00
one shirt at
1-15-00
one shirt at
12-00
one grate coat at
1-00-00
one checord shirt at
12-00
one checard shirt at
8-00
one checard shirt at
5-00
four yards of bag hollon att
3-09-00
two skains of fine thread at
2-00
one pair of buts at
1-10-00
one pair of shoes
4-00
one pair of shoebuckels
10-00
one wig ketchel[?] at
  1-00-00
one wig brush at
3-00
and other wig maken tools
1-06
one parcel of hairrat[?]
5-00
three combs at
2-00
to one raseer at
5-00
one ink horn at
1-06
one pocket book
1-06
one small bag at
 3-00
one hors at
  14-00-00
money due by bond
  58-17-09
one old jacket at
3-00
too pair of old stockens at
        6-00
 
94-06-03

The appraisers were sworn to this service as appears by certificate[?] under the hand of Mr Justice Baldwin of Stonington[?] Dated October 24th 1737 which is on file
Test Stephen Hempsted, Clerk of Probate

Mr James Billing of Stonington Administrator on the Estate of Samll Sterry late of Preston decd appeared at the Court of Probates held in New London Novr 1st 1737 and made solemn oath that he had made a true presentment to the appraisers of all the estate of sd decd that hath come to his hands or knowledge & that if any thing more that is considerable appear to be his estate he will cause it to be added to this inventory.
Test Stephen Hempsted Clerk

An addition to the estate of Mr Samll Sterry of Preston decd

one note pd
£62-00-00
one note more
30-05-00
to cash pd by book
      8-00-00
 
£100-05-00

Exhibittd pr sd Executor May 9th 1739

An Addition to the Inventory of the Estate of Samuel Sterry junr[?] late of Preston deceast made by James Billing Executor --
To money received which was due to Mr Sterry from

several persons
5-08-00
To money which was due to interest on a bond
    5-00-00
 
£10-08-00

James Billing Executor
                                                                                                                           
An addition to the inventory of Saml Sterry was[?] exhibited
July 10th 1739

ESTATE OF
Sterry, Samuel
Minor
TOWN OF Groton
DATE 1739   NO 5144
NEW LONDON
PROBATE DISTRICT
1 Miscellaneous
1 Total Documents

March the 17th AD 1739/40 Samll Sterry of Preston a fatherless child declared himself to be upwards of 14  years of age and made choice[?] of Nathan Williams [of] Preston to be his Guardian before
Humphrey Clodry[?] Just of Peace
I interlined the word Nathan

Samll Sterry choice[?]
of Nathll Williams
to be his guardian
Approvd[?] Apr 8th 1740