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[13] and other lands; he, the said Gardner, being a joint purchaser with her husband John Rolfe, ‘of a farm of 600 acres, formerly Capt. George Cooke's, given him by the town of Cambridge, at a place commonly called Vine Brook.’ In consideration of the premises being all paid and done to the full satisfaction of her said husband in his lifetime, and the said Richard Gardner having no deed of conveyance of a one-fifth part of said farm, according to covenant while her husband lived, she conveys a portion of the above estate, Oct. 2, 1683. (Midd. Registry, VIII. 402.)

John Rolfe had born in Newbury, Mary, 2 Nov. 1658 (died 10 Dec. 1658); Mary, 16 Jan. 1660; Rebecca, 9 Feb. 1662.—Coffin, 316. Rebecca married William Cutter of Cambridge, son of Richard. Rolfe had born at Nantucket, John, 5 Mar. 1663-4; Samuel, 8 Mar. 1665-6; Sarah, 2 Dec. 1667; Joseph, 12 Mar. 1669-70; Hannah, 5 Feb. 1671-2.—N. E. Hist. Gen. Reg., VII. 181, &c. John and Mary Rolfe had born in Cambridge, Benjamin, 1 April, 1674; Henry, 26 Sept. 1678; Moses, 14 Oct. 1681.—Paige, 645-6.

John Rolfe's nuncupative will, Oct. 1, 1681, gives his son John Rolfe the land that he, the father, now lived upon in Cambridge, with the mill and houses upon it; excepting one acre of land ‘which I have given unto my son William Cutter.’ His farm he gave to his other sons, to be equally divided among them, they paying legacies to their sisters out of the estate (the legacies to the daughters being according to the discretion of his overseers). The overseers he appointed and ordered were Richard Doell [Dole], Benjamin Rolfe, George Little, Francis Moore, John Gardner. Dec. 16, 1681, Sarah ‘Halle,’ aged 45, and Apphia Rolfe, aged 40 [wife of Benjamin and sister-in-law of John Rolfe], testified to being ‘at Benjamin Rolfe's hous in nubery that night that John Rolfe deceased,’ and ‘heard him declare that he had appointed and did desire his two brothers Ri. Dowell and Benj. Rolf, and Geo. Little of nubery, and his cousin John Gardner of Oborne [Woburn], and his naybor Moore to be his overseers, and take care of his wife and children, and settle his estate as they thought best, giving this reason that he was in such extremity of pain that he was not able to settle things himself.’

The inventory of his estate, dated Dec. 19, 1681, mentions the ‘homeland and housing and orchard,’ and three quarters of the corn-mill and the meadow belonging to it—the meadow being in Charlestown bounds; also the ‘farm,’ containing 500 acres more or less. This was the property he bought in 1670 of Miss Mary Cooke.


John Rolfe, of Cambridge, husbandman, to William Cutter, ‘in consideration that my honored father John Rolfe, late of Cambridge, deceased, did in his lifetime give unto my loving brother-in-law William Cutter, of the same town, carpenter, one small piece of land at the west corner of his homestead to set a house on, and orchard, and the like; and the homestead being devised to me John Rolfe, for my portion of my father's estate; for as much as my said brother had no deed of the same, though put in possession by my father in his lifetime; ’

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