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William Palmer

Male - 1637

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  • Name William Palmer 
    Gender Male 
    Will From the Mayflower Descendant, Volume 2 (1900), page 147 quoting Plymouth Colony Wills and Inventories, Vol. I, fol. 28:
    A true Coppy of the last Will & testament Willm Palmer th elder proved before the Govnr and Assistants at a Court held the fourth of December in the thirteenth yeare of the Raigne of our Sovraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King Defender of the fayth &c 1637
    I William Palmer of Ducksborrow Nayler being ill in body but of pfect memorie not knowing how nere I am to my death think good briefely to settle my estate, yet hope if God spare life to set downe thinges more perticulerly hereafter. In the meane tyme for the disposeing of my outward estate this is my will & Testament ffirst of all I ordaine my loveing frends mr Willm Bradford mr Edward Winslowe and mr Thomas Prince my Executrs.
    Next of all whereas I have marryed a yeong weoman who is deare unto me I desire them to deale well wth her: but my desire is that my estate consisting of lands houseing goods chattells &c may be sould and turned into money, all but such of my mooveables as my Executrs aforesaid shall thinke meete to give her for her present comfort: next my estate being wholly sould as afore my desire is that my wife may not have lesse then one third thereof. And if in case shee be wth child Then that one other third of my estate be prserved and improved by my Executrs for that child as myne heire. And that if in case shee be not wth child Then I would have myne Executrs as in conscience they are pswaded out of the remaynder of my estate deale wth Rebecca my Grandchild and Moyses Rowly whom I love, but not so as to put it into their father or mothers hands but prserve it for them till they come to yeares of Discretion.
    Next my Debts being payd I would have myne Executers to give somewhat to Stephen Tracy and somewhat towards the meeting house at Plymouth, also I would have yeong Rowly to be placed wth mr Partridge that hee might be brought up in the feare of God, and to that end if his father suffer it I give mr Partridg five pounds. And if in case my sonne Henry or daughter Bridgitt be liveing if they Demaund it I give them fourty shillings a peece if they be liveing
    That this is my Deede witnes my hand & Seale the seaventh of Novembr 1637
    Witnesses hereunto
    Thomas Burnes
    William Basset
    The marke of Wm Palmer
    It was the will of the Testator that his wyfe should bee ruled by her auncient mr Edward Winslow in her marriage if she looke to ptake in any pt of this estate otherwise not Also that John Willis have fourty shillings
    Thomas Burnes
    William Basset
    Thom Burnes sworne to this will the 4th Decembr 1637 at a Court of Assistants.
    Wm Basset deposed to this will the 5th march 1637
    Vid. Crt orders p. 144:
    An exact Inventory of all the mooveablegoods of Willm Palmr thelder taken the XIIIth of Novembr 1637 by Jonathan Brewster Edmond Chaundler Willia Basset & John Willis 
    Died Nov/Dec 1637  Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • There’s an article about William in The Great Migration Begins.

      His will was dated 7 Nov 1637 and proved 4 Dec 1637. [1]
    Person ID I87790  Schirado
    Last Modified 16 August 2012 

    Family/Spouse 1 Frances 
    +1. Sarah Palmer,   b. 11 June 1609, Parham, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 October 1633, Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     2. William Palmer,   b. about 1612, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F79839  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Mary 
    Married about 1637 
    +1. William Palmer,   b. 27 June 1634 [sic, probably 1638], Duxbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. June 1675, Dartmouth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F57980  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995).

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