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JOHN, born February 9, 1706-7; settled on the northwesterly part of the homestead in Marlboro', March 18, 1735. He received from his father (Book 36, Page 641) 105 acres in Marlboro', "in consideration of good will and affection." May 22, 1751, he bought for œ80, of Eliphalet Howe, 30 acres, partly in Holden and partly in Rutland, and, December 3, 1756, resold the same to him for œ106. He bought, with Asa Hapgood, for œ131, of John Morss, 80 acres in Shrewsbury, September 17, 1754, and sold, August 28, 1760, for œ26, to William Brewer, Jr., 22 acres in Shrewsbury. April 3, 1762, he made his will, bequeathing to his wife, Abigail, the improvement of all his homestead lands until his son John should be of age, after which he should have the improvement of one half of the same during life, and all his personal estate forever, she paying all his debts and funeral charges. To his son John he gave two thirds of his homestead, lands, and buildings, and the possession of one third at the age of twenty-one years, and of the other one third after the death of his mother; but, if he died in his minority, his brother Jonathan should succeed to his bequest. To his son Jonathan he gave one third of his homestead, to be sold at the discretion of his wife, to give him a liberal education at college; but, if he died in his minority, this bequest should go to John; and if she died during the minority of these sons, his eldest then living should succeed to the trust committed to her. To his daughter Mary Brooks, to whom he had already given œ39, he bequeathed 20s.; to his daughters, Judith, Hazediah, Hepzibah, and Abigail, each œ40, to be raised by the sale of a part of his outlands, and the remainder of said lands to be equally divided between his five daughters. He made his wife, Abigail, executrix. Will proved June 14, 1762.
He married, February 17, 1731, Abigail, daughter of Jonathan and Mary (Stow) Morse of Marlboro'. He was one of the Alarm list attached to Captain Weeks' company in 1757, when threatened by the French and Indians; selectman, 1745, 1749, 1753, 1755, 1757, and a man of influence. He died May 26, 1762. His wife Abigail was born May 12, 1712; died March 31, 1798.