|First Church in Rowley, Mass.|
James Bailey’s will transcribed by http://essexcountyma.net/Wills/index.htm
last will and Testament, in manner & forms as followeth, After my debts are payd I do give and Bequeath, the rest of the estate, God hath given me as followeth, I doe give unto my daughters Lidia Platts and Demaris Leaver each of them, Twenty pound a peece and to my daughter Platts, seven pound more, which is in the hands of Thomas Remington , she is to have that seven pounds when it is due the twenty pounds a peece, that I do give unto my two daughters, to be payd in four years time, Also I do give unto my Eldest son John all that land and meadow, and meadow, that he is now possesed of and halfe of the farme, that I purchased of mr Rogers and that Land, that Goodman Jackman doth improve, from merimack River downe to the meadow, my meaneing is from the River, untill it doth come, as far as mr Phillips his meadow, or the peece comonly cald the five acres, and the rest of that land, that goodman Jackman doth hire, that is betweene the sayd fives acres, and crane meadow, to be equally divided, between my son John and James. Also I doe give unto my son John Bayley, four acres of land more or less lyeing at the Plainse comonly cald, the Rye Plaine. Also I do give unto my son James Bayley, all my lands and meadow that I am possessed off in the Towne of Rowley, with all the buildings upon the same together with that two acres of meadow that I purchased of goodman Lyon wch was sometimes Phillip Nellsons of Rowley, the other halfe of the ffarme, that I purchased of mr Rogers both upland and meadow, I do give unto my sonn James Bayley, also I do give unto my son John Bayley one ox gate, in east end ox pasture of Rowley and thre cow gates, and to my sone James two ox gates, in the sd pasture and thre cow gates. Also I doe give unto my wife, one third part of my lands in Rowley that James is to have, for her life tyme, and my son James for to alow her or pay to her one third part that the halfe farme that I have given him doth yearly produce, also my son John is to pay to her one third pt that the half farme I have given him doth yearly pduce, and this both of them to pay dureing her life, my meaneing is, when I say, wt it doth yearly pduce, is on third part of the rent of it, wt it is lett for, also I doe give unto my wife one third part of my houshold good, within dores & without. I doe give unto my son James Allso all my apparrell I do give unto my son John, and I do make my son James Bayley sole executor of this my last will & testament. Also my will is, that if my daughter Platts or my daughter Lever doe dye before the legasies, that I do give them be payd that then the sayd legasies bo payd to their children, and this I do deliver as my last will August the 8 1677.
For more information:
History of Rowley, by Thomas Gage, 1840
Historical and Genealogical Researches in the Merrimack Valley, by Alfred Poor, Salem, 1858
Bailey Genealogy: James, John and Thomas and their Descendants, by Gertrude E. Bailey, Abbie F. Ellsworth, William H. Reed and Hollis R. Bailley, originally in three parts, 1934, now there is a 1984 reprint by Parker River Researchers, P.O. Box 86, Newbury port, Massachusetts. See Archive.org link at http://archive.org/details/baileygenealogyj00bail
My Bailey Lineage:
Generation 1: James Bailey, born about 1612 in England, died 10 August 1677 in Rowley, Massachusetts; married about 1640 to Lydia Unknown, born about 1616 in England and died 29 April 1704. Eight children.
Generation 2: Lydia Bailey, born September 1644 in Rowley, died 24 November 1722 in Rowley; married on 8 May 1672 in Rowley to Abel Platts, son of Samuel Platts and Sarah Bates. He was born about 1650 in Sowerby, Yorkshire, England and died in 1690 during a military expedition to Cape Breton, Canada. Four children.
Generation 3: Moses Platts m. Hannah Platts
Generation 4: Moses Platts m. Ruth Williams
Generation 5: Sarah Platts m. George Southwick
Generation 6: Mary Southwick m. Robert Wilson
Generation 7: Mercy F. Wilson m. Aaron Wilkinson
Generation 8: Robert Wilson Wilkinson m. Phebe Cross Munroe
Generation 9: Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)
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