Sarah Low: Birth: 1637.
Title: Will of Thomas Low, Sr. of Ipswich
Text: "In the Name of God Amen. The Twentith day of Aprill in the yeare of grace one Thowsand Six hundred Seauenty & Seauen, I Thomas Low Senr. of Ipswich in America in the Shire of Essex, being weake in body; but of good & perfect memory, thanks be vnto God, Doe ordaine & make this my last will & Testament in manner & forme following, first I bequeath my Soule into the hands of the Almighty God my Creator & redeemer, by whom, through whom, & in whom I trust to haue remission of all my Sinnes & to be an Inheritor of the Kingdome of Heauen, & my body to be buried at the discression of my Executor. Item I giue & bequath vnto Susannah my loueing wife, what goods she brought with hir, And also I give hir the vse of that roome which I lye in & the free vse of those things that are in it, And also the vse of one Cow which she liketh best, & will is that my sonne John shall mainteine it winter & sumer & also my will is, that if the Cow Come to any Casualty hee shall find her another Cow & maintaine it likewise as beforesaid, Also I giue vnto my wife one fourth part of her labor that she hath Spunn both Lening & woollen, & Also she shall haue hir beere as shee hath now, & also free vse of the fire: & Also John shall reare hur vp a shoate yearely for Sum meate for hir, & also shee shall haue the free vse of a Garden plott, & also a litle ground to sow half a peck of flax seede yeerely. And also I giue vnto hir Thirty shillings yeerely to be payd by my Executor in Such things as shee shall stand in neede of, during her naturall life: moreouer I giue vnto my loueing wife five pownds to dispose of as shee shall thinke good. An my will is That in Case my wife shall thinke meete to remoue from my Sonne John, Then my will is, that John Low shall pay or ca[use] to by payd vnto hir forty Shillings yearely & euery yeare during hir natu[ral] life in Such pay as shee needeth. And Also I giue hir the cowe to be hir [own] & John to send hir the pay to Boston or Charls Towne. "Item I Giue & bequeathe vnto my Sonne John Low all my Howsing & all my lands in Ipswich both meadow & vpland, to him & his heires for euer. Item I giue & bequeath vnto my Sonne Thomas Low Thirty pownds, to bee payd him by my Executor in tooe yeares after my decease. Item I giue vnto my Daughter Margaret forty pownds, to be payd by my Executor in tooe yeares after my decease. Item I Giue vnto my daughter Sarah forty pownds to be payd by my Executor within tooe yeare after my Decease. Item I giue vnto my Grandchild Thomas Low five pownds, when hee is Twenty yeares of age, or at his day of marriage. Item I give vnto my Grandaughter Margaret Dauison five pownds, when she shall be Twenty yeare old, or at hir day of marriage. Item I give vnto my Grandaughter Sarah Safford, five pownds, when she shall be Twenty yeare old, or at hir day of marriage. Item I giue vnto my Grandaughter, Sarah Low, five pownds, when she shall be Twenty yeare old, or at hir day of marriage. All the rest of my goods & Chattells vnbequeathed, I giue unto my Sonne John Low, whom I doe ordaine & make my Sole Executor of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I haue herevnto sett my hand & Seale the Thirtith day of April in the yeare of Grace Sixteene hundred Seuenty & Seauen. 1677" Thomas Low. (seal)
Witness: James Chute, Mary (her + mark) Chute
Proved in Ipswich court November 6, 1677 by Ja. Chute
Note: Different sources cite Thomas as being the son of John Lowe and Ellen Revett or Susan Serles or Giles Lowe and Cicely Firmin/Firman. I have seen no solid information backing either assertion.
Supposedly John has been disproven, but I have not verified the reasoning.
On the other hand:
LOWE Thomas Lowe or Low, of Chebacco, Ipswich, now Essex, Massachusetts, was born in England. He is believed to have been the son of Captain John Low, captain of the ship "Ambrose," and vice-admiral of the fleet which brought over Governor Winthrop's colony in 1630. The cane and Bible said to have belonged to Captain John Low have been handed down in the families of the Essex Lows, and are now in possession of Daniel W. Low, of Essex, Massachusetts, a descendant. The Bible was "Imprinted at London by Christopher Barker, Printer to the Queenes Most Excellent Majestie, dwelling in Pater Noster Rowe at the signe of the Tigreshead Anno 1579." "The whole Book of Psalms by Sternhold, Hopkins and others, printed by Derye over Aldergate 1578." "Susanna Low her book 1677, May 19" "Thomas Low his book."
Changedate: 25 Aug 2003
Note: Sources to check:
1. Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, (Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995), p477.
2. Vital Records of Ipswich Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849, (Salem Massachusettsss, The Essex Institute, 1910), V2, p625.
3. Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, (Baltimore; Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995), p477.
4. Essex County Massachusetts Probate Court, 17243.
Changedate: 25 Aug 2003
Note: Essex Court Files, Book 5, Leaf 80, sworn in court at Ipswich, Sept. 29, 1660, Thomas Lowe age given as about 55.
Changedate: 25 Aug 2003
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