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Gershom's gravestone in Spring Hill Cemetery, Marlborough
gershom howe

     Gershom was an ensign in the local militia. His property at his death was valued at 3,887 lbs. Letters of administration for his estate were granted in 1739.(1)

Gershom died intestate. The following is an inventory of his estate after he died:

An inventory of ye estate both real & personal of Ensign Gershom How, late of Marlborough, in ye County of Middlesex, deceased, as taken by us the subscribers Novr. 29 1738

Wearing apparel one all wool coat & jacket grey 60s/ 1 do 60s/ 6"0"0
1 broadcloth suit 10£ 1 Duroy coat & jacket 35s/2 all wool coat & jackets 35s/ 13"10"0
1 all wool coat & caliminico jacket 60s/ 1 old cloak 10s/ linnen jacket & breeches 15/ 4"5"0
3 pr leather breeches 30s 1 great coat 25s/ 1 coat 20s/ shoe buckles 5s/ 4"0"0
3 old pr breeches 12s/ stockins 45s/ hats 45s/ shirts 90s/ 9"10"0
handkerchiefs 22/ gloves 20/ 1 muff 5/ boots & spurs 38s/ shoes 30/ 5"15"0
2 swords 2 belts & 2 girdles 40/ canes 30/ firelocks 90/ 8"0"0
flems 3/6 powder & horns 8/5 hone & razors 10/ 1"2"0
2 old saddles & bridles 4£ 2 portmanteaus 20s/2 whips 6s/ 12"01"0
one new saddle & bridles 6"15"0
books 3"10"0


in ye east chamber
1 feather bed bolsters & pillows 10"10"0
1 underbed bedstead & cord 40s/ 1 pr sheets 30s/ curtaines 70s' 7"0"0
2 coverlets & 1 blanket 6£ tickin for a bed 80s/ & linnen 20/ 11"0"0
fine linnen 24s/ 1 large chest 12/ 1 do & box 20/ 1 glass 40/ 4"16"0
6 chairs 20/ 1 table 10/ deers leather 13"0"0

east lower room 1 feather bed & pillows 8£ bedstead underbed & cords 30/ 9"10"0
curtaines 3£ 1 pr sheets 40/ 2 coverlets & 1 blankit 4£ 9"0"0
1 trundle bed bedstead & bedding &c 3"0"0
1 warming pan 30/ 5 chairs & a cushing 20/ 2"10"0
1 chest drawers 40s/ 1 do 1 drawer 25/ 1 box 10s/2 baskets 3/ 3"18"0
2 chamber pots 5/ 1 doz bottles & some viols 16s/ 1"1"0
1 pr andirons 35/ 2 pr tongs 8/ 1 fire slice 8/ 2"11"0
1 mustard bowl 4/ 1 iron goose 4/6 1 pr sheers 3/ 1 sugar box 1d/ 0"12"6

north east room 1 bedstead cord & underbed 20/ 1"0"0
1 feather bed & bolster 8£ 1 pr sheets 40s/ 2 coverlets 70s/ 13"10"
2 blankits 50s/ 1 pr stilyards 30/ 1 chair 2/ basket & feathers 4/6 4"6"6
14 pd sheeps wool 42/ flax 15 pd 30s/ 10 pd cotton yarn 4£ 7"12"0

in ye west chamber 1 bedstead cord & underbed 20/ 1 flock bed 60/ 4"0"0
2 white blankets 50/ 1 do 30/ 1 bolster 20/ 2 coverlets 60/ 8"0"0
1 low bedstead cord & underbed 32/ 1 flock bed & bolster 70/ 5"2"0
1 blankit & sheets 30/ 3 coverlets 4£
13 sheets 14£ 13 napkins 32/6 2 chests 30/ worsted yarn 60s/ 20"2"6
1 loom & teckling belonging to it 5£ old caksks & baskets 16/ 5"16"0
meal trough 10/ meal bages 60/ sives 8/ 3"18"0
woolen yard 14 skains 19/ 28 yds druget 4"18"0 5"17"0
hemp 4/ tow 13 d/ cards 10s/ box irons & heaters 10s/ 1"5"6

in ye west dwelling room 1 table 15/ 6 chairs 15/ 1"10"0
1 pr andirons 35/ 2 tramels 20/ 1 pr tongs 12/ 3"7"0

brot over for continuance 238"10"0

3 candlesticks 4/ 6 1 lanthorn 5s/ 1 glass 5/ 1 cradle 10s/ 1"4"6
3 sickles 6/ 1 pr bellows 3/ 1 pr sheers 3/ 1 hour glass 2/ 0"14"0
linnen & wollen yarn 27/6 flax 7 pd 1/2 22/6 0"10"0
hatchel
[?]s/lead weights & seals 5/ all wool 7 yd 1/2 @ 15s/ 6"5"6
table clothes & towels 18s/ same drugget 22/ 2"0"0

in ye back kitchen 4 pewter dishes 5£/ 3 do 60s/ 1 do plates 40/ 10"0"0
2 dishes 20s/ 1 tankard 10s/ 2 quart pots 10s/ 1 do
[pt?] 4s/ 2 basons 2/ 2"16"0
6 porringers 12s/ 2 do 7s/ 19 spoons 10s/6 1 pewter bottle 5s/ 1"14"6
salt cellar & wine glass 2/ earthen ware
[13?] tine pan 1/ 0"16"0
wooden dishes 13s/6 wooden platters & plates & trenchers6/6 1"0"0
knives & forks 8s/6 9 trays 18s/ 5 pails 13s/ 1"9"6
1 brass kettle 6£ 1 do 40s/ 1 do 5/ 2 iron skillets 10s/ 8"15"0
1 iron pot 17s/ 1 do 12/ 1 iron kettle 16/ 1 do 8s/ 2"13"0
1 frying pan 20s/ 1 do 8/ tunnerls wood & tin 6/ 1"14"0
4 butter tubs 10s/ cheesefats 20s/ cjirm 10s/ wooden bottles 7s/ 2"7"0
4 large tubbs & keelers 15/ cheese tongs 12d/ 2 chairs 5s/ 1"1"0
iron lamp & creepers 6/ 4 bells & straps 20s/ 1"6"0

in ye cellar 19 barrels cyder 9£ & barrels 72s/ 12"12"0
2 half barrels 10s/ 4 meat tubbs 24s/ 1"14"0
pork 380£ valued at 14"15"0 14"15"0
indian corn & meal 80 bushels rie 10 bushels value 28"10"0
oats 50/ bushel barley unthresh'd & 2 bushel wheat value 9"4"0
flax in ye barn 30s/ cheese apples turnips & cabbage in ye cellar 5"0"0
tubs casks in ye garret & other lumber 0"15"0
beans 6/ flex seed 3/ malt 16s/ hops 10s/ 1"15"0
leather 70s/2 crooppers halter & bell straps & buckles 6/ 3"18"6
whetstones 12/ old iron 20s/ harness yarn 10s/ 2"2"0
buttons 10s/ mortar & pestle 3s/ choping knife & scraper 3s 0"16"0
flesh fork 12d/ 2 locks 4s/6 skimer 8d/ peper box 2s/6 0"8"8
tub & butter in it 20s/ 1"0"0
husbandry tooks &c carts 85s/ cops & pin 4s/ sleds 10s/ 2"2"0
horse traces hames & collar 30s/ 2 saws 35/ 1 square 5s/ 3"10"0
6 chains 6£ ox yokes 40s/ 5 axes 50/ 1 adds 5s/ 3 shaves 15s/ 11"0"0
3 augers 10s/ beetle & wedges 12s/ 1 joynter & plains 10s/ 1"12"0
old scythes & tackling 50s/ plows & shears 30s/ 4"0"0
iron bar 14s/ hoes 25s/ mortise ax 10s/ gimblets 1s/6 2"10"6
3 chisels 6s/ cart rope & hair rope 10s/ shovels 10s/ 1"6"0
dungforks 20s/ pitchforks 10s/ casks in ye barn 5s/ half bushel 5s/ 2"0"0
2 rudders 6s/ hay rakes 5s/ 2 flails 2s/ 3 pr iron fetters 15s/ 1"8"0
compasses 1/6 iron harrow 45s/ 2 brakes 10s/ boards 30s/ 4"6"6
2 hammers 4s/ 3 chisels 9s/ pinchers 4s/ grindstone 7s/ 1"4"0
2 casks 2s/ iron bolt for cyder mill 4s/0 0"6"0

brought over 408-18-2

1 pr oxen 29£ 1 pr steers 20£ 1 pr do 16£ 65"0"0
1 pr steers 15 £ 10s 2 steers coming two 10£ 4 calves 12£ 37"10"0
7 cows @ 10£ each 1 heifer 7£ one horse 33£ 170"0"0
2 fat cows 24£ 10s 0d 1 old mare 6£-0-0 1 young horse 22£ 52"10"0
11 sheep 9"10"0 (hay allow'd for wintering) 9"10"0
2 fat hogs 9£ 3 store pigs 4"0"0 18"0"0
due on bond besides interest 843£-10s-0 843"10"0
cash in ye house at his decease & recd since 38"18"8
4 fat oxen sold @ 85£ book debts about 9£ 94"0"0
due for cyder 11 barrles @ 10s/ 5"10"0
1 silver spoon buckles &c (value judged) 4£-0-0 4"0"0
homestead with buildings 1600-0-0
land at Brookfield cost 110£ 110-0-0
land at Worcester cost 60 60-0-0
mor land at Worcester cost 30-6-9
more land at Worcester given by his father 25 acres
about 36 acres land & meadow at
[Wetarse?] 260-0-0
about 20 acres land at Stirup hill 50-0-0
about 33 acres at Crain plain 100-0-0
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3887-13-7

a lot of ceder swamp at Westboro 33
money due for Bedford land

apprizers
Nathan Brigham
Abraham Williams
Benja Woods

the admin mentions a bond of 33 £ not mentioned above

Capt nathan Brigham & Capt Abraham Williams being appointed to take an inventory & apprizement of the estate real & personal of Ensign Gershom How late of Marlborough decd personally appearing were sworn to the faithfull performance thereof before me Benja. Woods Justice of ye Peace

On 23 April 1739 Mrs. Hannah How swore that this was an accurant account and would bring any other estate-related items to the attention of the court should they come up.

The following is an account made by Hannah How for her administration activities and expenses:

The s'd accountant charges her self with the estate of the sd dece'd specified in an inventory thereof exhibited into the probate ofice April 23 1739 amounting in the whole to £ 3920-13-7 viz. real estate 2210-6-9
personal 1710-6-10

and she now adds
3-10-0
[?] of outstanding debts not inventoried 3£-10-0
interest on bonds 52-19-0
she likewise mentions a bond of 14-12-0 from Ephraim How for the dece'ds part in Bedford Land which was sold by the dece'd in his life time 14-12-0
Cash kept in the house which was laid out for purchasing sundries for mourning apparel, wine &c 17-9-6
gain'd in the sale of a colt 6-0-0
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1804-17-4

and the sd accountant prays allowance in her discharge as follows viz.

paid at the probate office 7/6 for the inventory 13/ 1-0-6
to Jotham Bartlet for work done for the dece'd 2-0-0
to Dr. Benjn Gott 4-9-10
to Rachel Bowker for gloves for the funeral 5-14-0
for mourning for the widw 23-0-0 children 7-0-0 (pd to Col. Woods) & for the coffin & diging the grave 25/ 31-5-0
for grave stones (pd to Nathaniel Emms) 6-0-0
bringing them up 9/ 0-9-0
pd to Thos.
[Tadlow?] for rates for Township at Hosatonack number 2 [now New Marlborough, MA] 2-0-0
to the apprize & dividing there of 3-13-0 3-13-0
to John Banister for rates for ye year 1739 3-12-8
she likewise prays allowance for part of the
[?] of clothing used for the children [?] 2-0-0
[of the whole?] of pork 10-0-0 of corn meal & rye 18-10-0 used in the family 28-10-0
a swine
[eat?] in the family 9-0-0
to the adminx for her trouble 3-0-0
framing this accot 5/ allowing 5/ 0-10-0
recording & copy 0-7-0
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103-11-0

ballance £ 1701-6-4

Hannah brought the account to court on 16 May 1740, which was allowed by Jonathan Remmington

On 28 September 1747, Col. Abraham Williams, Lieut. John Warren and Joseph Stratton, all of Marlborough, and Capt. James Eager and Jonathan Livermore of Westborough were appointed to take an inventory of Gershom How's land and divide it among his heirs. The real estate was distributed on 27 November 1747. In this distribution, Miriam (How) Bartlett was given 20 1/2 acres on Stirrup Hill, bounded by land of her husband Daniel to the north and Stirrup Meadow to the west. The meadow is in the flat plain on either side of Stirrup Brook. Daniel Bartlett and his family lived near Stirrup Brook to the north. It hasn't been determined where Gershom and his family lived specifically in Marlborough, but it appears the Hows in general were in the southwest part of the town next to what are now the towns of Westborough and Northborough. It also helps explain the numerous Bartlett/How marriages. children of Gershom and Hannah (Bowker) How (Marlborough vital records):

i. Miriam b. 27 November 1722
ii. Moses b. 6 March 1725/1726
iii. Silas b. 5 February 1727/1728
iv. Zerviah b. 9 October 1729
v. Persis b. 2 March 1736/1737
vi. Hannah b. 9 November 1737




vital record sources: Gershom's birth, marriage and death dates come from the published Marlborough vital records. His gravestone can be seen in Spring Hill Cemetery, Marlborough, which says he was an ensign and died in his 45th year (44 years old).

(1) Middlesex Co. probate file #12026.

all text and photographs © 1998-2010 by Doug Sinclair unless where otherwise noted