Will of Richard Haven
The following is transcribed from a handwritten copy of the will of Richard Haven (1620[?]-1703) in the possession of A. B. Haven (a 9th generation descendant, born 1881), said copy thought to have been made by Lucia Haven Taylor (brother of A.B., also a 9th generation descendant) under the direction of Edwin M. Haven (an 8th generation descendant, 1855-1917) sometime before 1910. The information was contained in a genealogy project completed in 1952 by Keith Hoffmaster of Santa Ana, California. Keith Hoffmaster is a 10th generation descendant and the son of A.B. and Lucia’s sister Amy Haven, who married Burr Hoffmaster.
In the name of our Lord God Everlasting, Amen, I, Richard Haven of Lynn, in the county of Essex, in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, in New England, being aged, and weak of body, yet God, of His goodness, affording to me my right understanding, I take this opportunity to make this My Last Will and Testament, as followeth. I resign up my spirit into the hands of my blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ; my body to the earth, to be decently buried, at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter named; and, for my worldly estate, I Will and Bequeath as followeth:
Imp. That all my just and honest debts be duly and honestly paid.
I give to my son John Haven, five pounds in good pay, to be paid within two years after my decease, fifty shillings per year.
I give to my son Nathaniel Haven, five pounds in good pay, to be paid within two years after my decease, fifty shillings per year.
I give to my grandson Joseph Haven, the son of my son Richard Haven, deceased, five shillings; the reason I give him no more is because I have given his father considerable before his decease.
I give and bequeath to my son Moses Haven, his heirs and assigns, forever, my dwelling house and barn, and all that lot of land, where my house and barn now stands, excepting only so much as I, in this my will, give to my daughter Hannah Goodell; also, I give to my son Moses Haven, his heirs and assigns, two lots of land lying in the Rumney Marsh, containing eleven acres at the least, with the full and just half of my lot of upland lying in Ramsdell’s Neck, so called, all my movable estate not disposed of in this my will; and he to pay all the legacies herein mentioned.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Goodell the land her house stands on, and my little orchard, bounded westward by the land formerly Thomas Brown’s; southward, by the highway; eastward, as the fence now stands; northward, within two poles where the barn now stands; my son Moses, to have half the fruit that shall grow upon the pippin tree, in said orchard, for seven years after my decease; and my will is that the yard, that now lies open, shall so remain for the use of both houses; and after the decease of my daughter Hannah Goodell, then, if my son Moses Haven, or his heirs, shall see cause to pay to the heirs of my daughter Goodell, the full value of the house my said daughter now lives in, and the land said house stands on, and the said little orchard, as shall be appraised by three indifferent men, if the parties cannot agree about the same, then my will is that the said house, orchard, and land, shall be to my son Moses Haven, and his heirs forever; or else, my will is that the said house, orchard, and land, as it is bounded, shall be to the heirs of my daughter Hannah Goodell, and their heirs and assigns forever; also I give to my daughter Hannah Goodell, her heirs and assigns, the one full and just half of my lot of upland lying in Ramsdell’s Neck, so called.
I give to my son in law, John Tarbox, one shilling.
I give to my daughter, Sarah Whitney, one cow.
I give to my grandson, Westel Cogswell, one shilling.
I give to my granddaughter, Hannah Parker, twenty shillings.
I give to my granddaughter, Hannah Goodell, my great iron kettle, and one brass pot, and one pewter platter.
I give ten pounds in pay, to be divided equally among my daughter Hannah Goodell’s children, to be paid within four years after my decease.
I give to my son Nathaniel Haven, all wearing clothes.
Further, my will is that what legacies I have given in this my will, particularly mentioning pay, that so many of them as my executor shall see cause to pay in money, there shall be one third part abated of the sum that is therein mentioned.
I will and appoint my son, Moses Haven, my lawful and sole executor to this my last will and testament; and, for the confirmation hereof, I, the aforesaid Richard Haven, have set to my hand and seal, this twenty-first day of May, Anno Domini, one thousand seven hundred and one, in the thirteenth year of the reign of our sovereign lord, King William the Third of England, etc.
Richard X Haven, and seal
Signed and sealed in presence of us,
John Burrill, Jun.
Sarah X Ballard