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John Wells, who died at age 54 in 1692, left no will. It was then necessary for the court to take action and proceed with the distribution of his estate. The distribution begins by awarding the widow her "thirds" of the "Moveables free of debt." It was customary for the widow to receive a third of the estate and to be entitled to live on the property so long as she pleased. This provision is indicated. Moveables are the household goods, that is, everything except land or real estate. The remainder of the estate is then parceled out to the children. The eldest son only, received a double portion.


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Distribution of the estate of John Wells

creator   Probate court
date   1699
location   Deerfield, Massachusetts
height   8.5"
width   7.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Legal Documents/Estate Settlement
accession #   #L99.077

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