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The following is a copy of Joseph Bouton’s will, entered into the Fairfield Court of Probate. Probate packets there in this early period usually had the original will with the signatures, but this and other wills filed about the same time as Joseph’s are copies apparently made by Nathaniel Thompson, Town Clerk. The remarkably bad and inconsistent spelling is very likely his.

In the Name of God amen in Norwalk Decembr. 20th Anno Domini 1746, I Joseph Boutton Senr. of Norwalk in ye County of Fairfield & Coloney of Connecticut in New England being aged but of sound mind & Memory do make this my Last will and Testament - Firstly & principley I Committ my soul unto God that gave it & my body to a deacent Buriall firmely believing its Resurection at ye last Day & hopeing for Eternal life through Jesus Christ my only Saviour: And as to my worldly Estate: my will is to Dispose of it as folows

Imprimis - To my Dearly beloved wife Mary boutton I will Bequeath & dimise ye whole of my Moveable Estate to be at her own abesolute Disposal for Ever - Except my Young Riding Mair

Item. To my beloved Daughter Sarah Hanford begotten of my Body and to her hears & Assigns for Ever I will Bequeath & Dimise my whole Right of Seadg lying in bouttons meadow so called in Norwalk Joyning North to my own Meadow South to ye Creek East to Salt meadow belonging my son in Law Deacon John Benedick west to meadow belonging to my Brother Edmund Wairing - Also five acres of Land lying in Norwalk above ye Late dwelling house of Isaac Wood Lying North and west to the high way & East by Land belonging to Epheram Raymond

Item: To my beloved Daughter Dinah Benedick begoton of my body and to her hears and assigns for Ever I will bequeath & dimise ye whole of my Salt meadow lying in Boutons Meadow so Called in Norwalk joyning South to my Sedge above mentioned: Westerly to meadow belonging to To Edmund wairing Easterly & Northardly to meadow belonging to Richard Everit and also my Riding mare

Item. To my son in Law Deacon John Benedick (in Consideration of his taking ye whole cair & charge of my beloved brother Thomas Boutton boath in Sickness and in health to ye end of my sd. Brothers Days) I will bequeath & Dimise two peaces of Land lying in Elys Neck So Called in Norwalk in quantity about Eight acres a peace the one of which peaces lyes between ye Land of Elias Reed & Epheram Raymond & Deacon Danl. Hoitt - Also four acres of land lying in ye parish of Canaan Encomposed by Land belonging to my sd. son John Benedict.

Item. To my Beloved Greandson Joseph Boutton I will bequeath & Dimise my dwelling house in Norwalk old Society togeather with one acre of Land Next Adioyning to ye sd. house ot have & to hold ye same for Ever.

Item. to my four Children begotton of my body (viz) Sarah Hanford Dinah Benedict Jacin Boutten & John boutten & to their heirs for Ever - I will bequeath and Dimise ye these my children Divide in Equal Shears betwen them all ye
[Rest?] Land Adjoyning to my afore sd. dwelling House in Norwalk old Society not here to fore disposed of Either by this or any other written instrement - or in other words = my will is ye ye whole of my home lot lying in Norwalk old Socity not other ways disposed of be divided in Equal Shairs among my four Children.

Finally I nominate constitute & appoint my well beloved Son in Law John Benedick Sole Executor of this my Last will and Testement Revoaking and
[?] all my former & other wills & testements whatsoever wheather written or nimcurative and declearing this & this no other be my last will & Testement -

In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & Seal ye Day & Date above written (in ye first page line 49 these words were interlined before Signing & Sealing (viz) Lying in Norwalk old Society)

The above written in this Sheet in two pages was Signed Sealed & Decleared by Mr. Joseph boutten as his Last Will and Testement in presents of us

Robart Silliman Joseph Boutton Caleb Benedict Abram Hayt

A true Inventory of the Estate of the Late Decd. Joseph Boutten of Norwalk
[?] by three Indifferen men namely Benjamin St. John Caleb Benedict Abram Hayt all under oath.

The Hatt 2-10-0
The great coat 7-0-0
a drugged
(1) coat & jackcoat 9-0-0
a flannel coat & jackcoat 5-0-0
a pr of Leather briches 2-5-0
a pr of Drugged briches 1-10-0
a pr of flannel briches 0-6-0
a pr of Lining
[linen] briches 0-6-0
one wollen shirt 1-5-0
a wollen shirt 0-6-0
a Linnen shirt 1-5-0
a linnen shirt 1-5-0
a linnen shirt 0-10-0
a linnen shirt 0-10-0
a linnen shirt 0-5-0
a linnen shirt 0-8-0
a wollen under Wescoat
[waistcoat] 0-7-0
a pair of stockens 1-0-0
a pair of stockens 0-6-0
a pair of stockens 0-10-0
a pair of stockens 0-4-0
a pair of stockens 0-5-0
a pair of stockens 0-4-0
a pair of shoes 0-6-0
the Great bible 1-5-0
a small bible 0-10-0
2 peces of bibles 0-6-0
a large sermon Book 0-6-0
a sermon book 0-4-6
a sermon book 0-4-0
a sermon book 0-3-6
a nother book 0-1-6
a nother book 0-1-0
a nother book 0-0-9
another book 0-1-0
To tow
(2) cloath 3-14-0
To one pair of sheets 2-10-0
To one pair of sheets 2-10-0
To one pair of sheets 2-10-0
To one pair of sheets 1-15-0
To one pair of sheets 2-10-0
To one pair of sheets 2-5-0
To one pair of sheets 2-10-0
To one pair of sheets 1-15-0
To one pair of sheets 1-15-0
To one pair of sheets 3-0-0
To one sheets 0-10-0
iron skillet 0-2-6
[Dunken?] Glass pot 0-10-0
a puter platter 0-18-0
a puter platter 0-15-0
a puter bason 0-9-0
a puter bason 0-6-0
a puter bason 0-8-0
2 point bason 0-6-0
4 puter plats 0-16-0
2 porningers 0-10-0
2 porningers 0-5-0
a puter cup 2-6-0
a puter cup 0-1-0
a tin tunnel
(3) 0-2-6
2 Earthen pans 0-4-0
2 Earthen platters 0-4-0
Earthen 0-2-0
Earthen 0-2-6
Earthen 0-5-6
Earthen 0-3-6
stone ware 0-9-0
stone ware 0-7-0
Glass bottels 0-7-0
the hour Glass & Lokin glass 0-15-0
To candlestick & Lantron 0-7-0
boxes 0-10-0
chests 0-10-0
a hogshead & dry casks 0-7-6
pails 0-6-0
7 trenchers & wooden wair 0-12-0
a straining desk 0-1-0
a wheel & barrell 0-9-0
powder shot & bullits 0-8-0
bedstead 0-5-0
tobacco 2-9-0
hops 0-15-0
salt 0-14-0
to chairs 1-0-0
beens 0-7-0
bees wax 0-6-0


The Land East of woods Lot Namley 3 acres all 38-0-0
The house & one acre of Land 150-0-0
The Orchard one acre 36-0-0
The Meadow one acre ˝ 36-0-0
The Rest of ye homstead 210-0-0
Found in ye hands of
[Thos.?] Hanford
ye sum of eighteen pounds old tenor
(4) due to ye late decd. 18-0-0

[next column]

to ˝ yrd. cloath 3/6, To 1 pair of pillow
[cases](5) 12/ 0-15-6
to a pair of pillow
[cases] 10/, a pair of pillow [cases] 8/,
To a pair of pillow
[cases] 5/ [these two lines are followed by one bracket] 1-5-0
To a table cloath
To a table cloath
To a table cloath
[these three items seem to be valued together at] 1-5-0
To a towels 0-5-0
To a towels 0-4-0
To a towels 0-4-0
To 13 pound Riyce 0-13-0
to Chalklett 0-3-6
To new worsted & drugged cloath 8-1-0
To a hollond
(6) caps and 2 homemade ones 0-10-0
To a
[berutonay?] hankercheif 0-5-0
a silk hankercheif 0-5-0
To 2 pound & ˝ of Druged
[fillen? - meaning "filling?"] 1-5-0
To 2 pound of stocking yarn 1-0-0
To 3 run of Linnen 0-6-0
To 2 old blancoats 0-10-0
To blancoats 0-7-0
To a coverlid 0-8-0
a blancoate 0-15-0
a coverlid 2-10-0
To a coverlid
a coverlid
a blankett
[these three items followed by a bracket] 8-0-0
a tuken wove feather beed 6-0-0
a plain wove bed 6-0-0
To a bolster 0-10-0
to a bolster 0-4-0
to a pillow 0-5-0
a pillow 0-1-6
a pillow 0-5-0
a baggs 0-16-0
a bagg 0-3-0
4 yards of cloath made in a bed 1-0-0
the sadle & bridle 0-19-0
a pillion
(7) 0-4-0
a warming pan 1-0-0
a frying pan 1-3-0
[peall?] 0-8-0
the tongs 0-5-0
a tramell 1-0-0
a brass kittle 8-10-0
a quat Iron kettle 1-5-0
a Little Iron kettle 0-16-0
a potteage pot 0-7-0
a pottage pot 0-16-0
[bury or berry] Tallow 0-4-0
Mutton Tallow 0-6-6
one ax 0-16-0
sickel 0-3-6
one pr of cardes
[for carding wool?] 0-12-0
a chisel 0-1-0
To sheep sheers 0-5-0
[?] meat hook & f[?]
a pr of sissers & knives & forks 0-7-6
pork 15-10-0
Butter 5-0-0
Cheese 0-10-0
2 pales & half a bushell 0-5-0
[Tules?] & Churn 0-10-0
2 barrels of syder
a Emty barel 3-0-0
Candles & box 0-10-0
sope and cask 0-7-6
a table 0-15-0
a bushell ˝ of turnips 0-7-6
a hoe 0-7-0
[stule?] sythe 0-10-0
a Musquett 12-0-0
a Musquett 9-0-0
oats 2-10-0
flax 3-0-0
sheep 12-0-0
swine 2-15-0
a cow 12-10
a cow 12-10
a heffer 2 year old past 10-0-0
a last years calf 2-12-0
a 2 year old
[Jade?] 30-0-0
The wheat 19 bushels 15-10-0
the corn 15 bushels 7-13-0
a beer
[sup?] 2-0-0
a tub 0-3-0
a bell 0-10-0
a pitch fork 0-6-0
a trunk 1-0-0
wheat on ye ground 8-0-0
Land above Isaack’s wood 40-0-0
Land @
[Eleses? prob. meaning Ely's] Neck 112-0-0
Land @
[Eleses? prob. meaning Ely's] Neck 104-0-0
The Salt Meadow ˝ acre 35-0-0
The Sedg March 5 Roods 27-0-0
The bed stead 0-10-0
2 pillows 0-5-0
The old housen
[housing?] on sd. Land 75-0-0

Benjamin St. John
Abram Hayt
Caleb Benedict


Att a Court of Probate held in Fairfield Feby ye 23d AD 1746/7 Deacon John Benedict of Norwalk Execur. to ye last will and testement of Mr. Joseph Boutten late of Norwalk deced. & hexhepeted
[exhibited] ye foregoing invenry. & made sollom oath yt. ye same is a true and perfect invenry. of all ye estate of sd deced. yt. he knows of and if any thing nore hereafter appears belonging to sd. estate he will cause ye same to [entered?] - sd. invenry. being proved is by sd. court approved and ordered to be recorded

Test Nathl. Thompson Clerk

(1) drugget - wool mixed with other fibers.
(2) a form of wool fiber.
(3) another word for funnel.
(4) tenor is the time of maturity of a note after it was issued.
(5) "cases" is intended but spelled differenly in each instance.
(6) holland cloth is cotton or linen and often heavily sized or glazed.
(7) a padded item used by women when riding horses.

children of Joseph and Mary (Gregory) Bouton:


vital records sources: Joseph's death occurred between the date of his will and when the witnesses and executor presented it in court on 13 January 1746/1747. Documentary evidence of Joseph's marriage to Mary Gregory hasn't been found. Although Mary was the name of his wife when he died, that doesn't necessarily mean she was the biological mother of his children. Joseph Bouton was among the heirs of Jachin Gregory by right of his marriage to Mary Gregory, and with the other heirs signed an agreement of distribution in 1707/1708.

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