Josiah DEWEY 1696
He was a representative to the general court at Hartford 1658 to 1659. He was executor of his father's will. He signed the agreement to go to Hadley, but for some reason remained in Hartford or soon returned there.
His will was dated May 20, 1676. He married Susannah (???), whose will was dated January 23, 1698. The inventory of her estate was dated November 17, 1705, naming three sons living and John, deceased.
Whereas, I, Robert Webster of Hartford, am at present under the holy hand
of God and brought very weake by sickness, yet, not, through mercy, destitute
of my understanding, doe see cause to set my house in order, and doe declare
this to be my will and testament as followeth - first I commend my soule to God
in Jesus Christ, hoping for the pardon of all my sins through the meritts of
Jesus Christ my saviour, and my Body to the earth, hoping for a glorious
resurrection. And for that estate which God hath blessed me with all I give and
bequeath it as followeth; after my just debts are honestly pay'e out of my
The remainder of my estate I give unto my dear and well beloved wife,
Susannah Webster during her widowhood, not doubting but she will have a tender care
of our children and will help them as she is able. But if my wife change her
name then I give her but one third part of my aforesay'e estate. the
remainder being to bee equally divided amongst my children excepting my eldest a
double portion and if any of my children dye before they come at age, that is to
say my sonns at the age of twenty-one years and my daughters eighteen years of
age, my will is that it be equally divided amongst those that shall survive,
also I desire my wife to be careful in bringing up our children in the knowledge
and feare of the God of their fathers, and that they serve him with willing
heart and minde, that he may bee with them and bless them, when I am gathered
to my fathers.
I do also appoynt my loving wife to be sole executrix to this
my last will and that she may have some refuge to repayre unto for council as
any occasion may call for either about my estate or dispose of my children; I
doe desire my loving Friend Joh Coale Sen'r and Andrew Benton Sen'r and John
Blackleach of Hartford to be overseers of this my will and testament and for
confirmation of the same I hereunto set my hand and Seale.
Robert Webster and a Seale.
This 20th day of May 1676
Testes: Thomas Steadman