"I Do Hereby Ordain, Constitute and Appoint You Administrators..." [Probate]. [Massachusetts]. [Josiah Willard Esqr...] Judge of the Probate of Wills and for Granting Letters of Administration on the Estate of Persons Deceased, Having Goods, Chattels, Rights or Credits in the County of Suffolk, Within the Province Aforesaid To [Sarah White Widow & Joseph White Husbandman Both of Braintree in ye County Aforesd.] Greeting. Boston, November 11, 1740. 12" x 7-1/4" part-printed document inscribed in neat hand and signed by Willard and Andrew Belcher, Registrar, wax seal to left margin, docket to verso. Moderate toning, light foxing and soiling, a few minor stains, light edgewear, three horizontal fold lines, clean tears starting at edges of fold lines affecting text without loss. $950. * A letter of administration for the estate of Joseph White, who died intestate. The letter makes his widow Sarah and son Joseph the executors of the estate. Their responsibilities included making "a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattels, Rights and Credits" and filing the inventory and an account of the estate's administration with the court in a year's time. Josiah Willard [1681-1756] was a merchant and public official who served as secretary of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and as a member of the Massachusetts Council in addition to his duties as a probate judge.
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