Essex County, Massachusetts, probate records and indexes 1638-1916

I, George Standly of Beverly, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay, being by God’s Providence bound to sea and daily knowing we may expect ? ? change, desiring always to commit myself and spirit unto the ? of the everlasting mercies of God in and through the mercies of ever blessed redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give and bequeath unto my dear and loving wife my house and out housing and all the lands thereunto belonging that I now live in, together with four acres of land lying in Lawyers (Sawyers?) Plain, which I bought of Clapt. Thorndick, also all my cattle, horses, and horse kind, sheep and hogs, household goods and all other moveables, also the one-half of the yearly value of the old house and land that my son George now lives in, during her life toward the bringing up of my children if she have occasion of it.

I give to my eldest son George Standly my house and land he now lives in, together with all the out housing, fencing, and the privileges thereunto belonging freely and clearly after his mother’s decease, provided he does pay or causes to be paid the one-half of the yearly value of it to his mother if she have need of it for the bringing up of our children.

To my daughter Bethia and my son John Standly, I have given them their portions already and my desire is that all my children may live in peace? with one another and be obedient to their mother.

And of this, my last will, I do make my dear and loving wife Bethia Standly my executrix this 24 July 1694. Postscript and at my wife’s decease to co-equally divided among ? children that are not herein named ? what shall be then left. Signed by George Standly, his mark “S” and a seal. Witnessed by Walter Palfry, Jeremiah Rodgers, Robert Darby and Jeames Symonds.

On 18 July 1698. Walter Palfry and Jeremiah Rodgers made oath that they were present and saw George Standly Sen’r sign and heard him declare the within written instrument to be his last will and testament. Upon which this will is proved, approved and allowed being presented? by Bethiah Standly, executrix therein named.

Old Series, Probate Record, Volume 306, Book 6, page 35, image #615, #26133, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Microfilm #860486, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. 


Agreement for settlement of estate between George Standly, eldest son to George Standly late of Beverly, deceased, and John Standly, administrator of estate of said deceased, and Joseph Lovett, guardian to Mary Standly, is as follows:

Said George to have, possess and enjoy for his demand of interest in said estate all that four acres of upland called Lawyers Plain, bound on John Williams on the northerly side, on William Clerks on the easterly side, on the (?) side, southerly (?) westerly on the Town of Beverly high way, in the township of Beverly. Further, George relinquished any claim to the rest of his father’s estate.

George quit claims to an acre of land given him by the Last Will of his grandfather John Standly. Further provisions were made (not summarized here). Signed by George Standly, his mark; John Standly, his mark; and Joseph Lovett.

Additional account on George Standly’s estate exhibited by Jn’o Standly, 20 January 1706/07.

NOTE: Will of John Lovet Sr., 1686, – George was bequeathed the one acre of land mentioned in this agreement. That George was left an acre of land from his grandfather John Standly is an error; the agreement should have shown “John Lovett.” No will was found for a John Standly in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Old Series, Probate Records, Volume 309, Book 9, 1705-1708, pages 147-149, images #86-87, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Microfilm #875126, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.