b.5 Aug 1649 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
d.13 Oct 1714 Middleborough, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
m. ABT 1646
Facts and Events
Source:Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States. Probate Records, 1686-1903; with Index and Docket, 1685-1967, from FHL film 0550509, Vol. 3, 358-9
In the name of God Amen I Ephraim Tinkham of Middleborough In Plymouth County of New England being in weak Estate of Body thô of sound mind & perfect memory, calling to mind my mortality & knowing y't [i.e., "that"] It is appointed to all men once to dye do make Constitute & order y's [i.e., "this"] as my last Will & Testament ... Imprimis. my soul I resign into the hands of God y't gave it, and my poor frail Body I leave to the Dust by decent buriall y'e Charge to be paid out of that Estate I leave Behind.
Item. I order y't all my just Debts should be paid out of y't which I have not yet disposed of and hereafter mentioned in this Instrument.
Item. I give to my welbeloved wife Esther Tinkham all my moveables w'th'in Doors & without (as also y'e Improvements of all my Lands theretofore excepted In y'e Deeds of gifts I have made to my sons) during her natural life.
Item. I order & appoint in this my last will and Testament my Eldest Son John Tinkham to pay to his Brothers Isaac & Samuel Tinkham ten Pounds a Piece to each, as he hath already promised me.
[in margin next to following paragraph: "note that y'e paragraph should be in y'e place w'h y'e star is"]
Item, I order & appoint that what my wife leaves at her Decease of the aboves'd Estate In moveables be Equally Divided between my two Daughters Martha Soul & Mary Tinkham to them & to their heirs forever.
Item. I do in this my last will & Testament ratify & confirm unto my sons John Isaac & Samuel Tinkham and the Children of my deceas'd Son Ephraim Tinkham to them & every [one] of them & their heirs forever whatsoever I have heretofore by Deeds given unto y'm [i.e., "them"] and as I have given utno y'm.
Finally I order & appoint In this my last will my Trusty & well beloved wife Esther Tinkham to be my Executrix and administratrix to this last Testament of mine, Desiring my son Isaac to be helpfull to his mother in the administration & for the Confirming, ratifying, & fixing This as my last Will and Testament. I do before witness publish promounce & declare this Instrument, to be my last will ["& Testament" crossed out], whereunto before said witnesses, I have hereunto set my hand & seal Sept. 17th 1714.
[Signed by] Ephraim ["ET" his mark] Tincom
Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared before us the subscribers
Samuel Wood Sen'r, Joseph Vaughan, Peter Thacher
Proved 3 Mar 1714/15 and letters granted to "Esther Tinkham Relict Widdow of the Said Deceased & sole Executrix". Inventory of estate of "Ephraim Tinkham Sen'r of Middleborough Deceased" taken 22 Nov 1714 by Lef't Joseph Vaughan and Samuel Wood.