[p. 85] the heirs of Anna, because these daughters had been given money while their father was alive, received less than the sons.
Middlesex ss. To all People unto whom these Presents shall come, Oliver Prescott Esq; Judge of the Probate of Wills &c in the County of Middlesex within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, sendeth Greeting. * * * * I do hereby order and assign unto Benjamin Hall Esq., a son of Andrew Hall late of Medford in the County aforesaid, Esq, deceased, intestate—all those Pieces and Parcels of Land, with the Buildings and Appurtenances thereon and thereunto belonging, being that part of the Real Estate of said Intestate which was set off to Abigail his widow, for her dower and has reverted by her death * * * * * Accordingly I order the before named Assignee Benjamin his Heirs, &c in the first Place to pay and clear the Charges relating to this Settlement, amounting in the whole to Forty Nine shillings & four pence—Then to pay to his brother Andrew One Hundred & Fifty Eight Pounds 19s 3 3/5 & to each of his brothers Isaac, Richard, Ebenezer, Josiah and James, the sum of Seventy Nine Pounds 9s 7 4/5, & to his sister Sarah Fifty Four Pounds Six Shillings & 5 4/5 pence, & to his sister Anna Twenty Nine Pounds 1s 2 4/5 pence; or to pay these several sums to the persons who may legally represent those to whom they are respectively assigned. And these payments have his own share, and also the sum of Sixty Eight Pounds five shillings & nine pence, which is the balance of his account of Administration on said Deceased's widow Abigail Hall's Estate, & for her support & burial, which account is this day allowed & which I hereby order him to pay in like Money, Manner, and with the Interest before-mentioned. All which aforesaid Sums, with the Share of said Assignee, amount to the apprized value of the Dower and (together with what was advanced by the said deceased in his Life-Time to Sarah & Anna to £ 865. 11. 7) to make each Child's Share therein to be agreeable to the Direction of the Law; Abigail having in her father's lifetime recd £ 192. 19. 7 which is more than her share. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal of the Probate Office this fourth day of May in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-SixOliver Prescott.
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James Winthrop Regr