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Daniel was apparently raised in what is now Westerly, Rhode Island, and as an adult, settled on a property that comprised part of what's now the west side of the village of Wakefield, Rhode Island in the township of South Kingstown. His estate included a grist mill on the Saugatucket River about where Rt. 1A crosses the river in Wakefield.
     I've chosen to spell his last name "M'Coon" based on how he signed his will and codicil, as translated in the town records. His father signed his will with a mark. There was no concensus in the family or among clerks as to how to spell the name in the 17th and early 18th centuries, so I've otherwise chosen to use "Maccoon," which strikes a middle ground among the phonetic interpretations.

This is Daniel's will, with some spelling modifications:1

In the name of God amen, the twenty second day of May Anno Dom. one thousand seven hundred and forty four, I Daniel McCoon of South Kingstown in the County of Kings County inm the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, yeoman - being of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for men once to dye, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, that is to say -

Principally, and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decet Christian like manner, at the descretion of my executor hereafter named, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give, demise and dispose of the same in the followig manner and form, viz.

Imprimis, my will is that all my just debts be paid by my executor hereafter & herein named in due time after my decease

Item, I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Sarah McCoon during her natural life the use and impovement of my dwelling house and ye land I bought of Joseph Sheffield, together with part of the land adjoyning to the same which I bought of Samuel Wilbour to begin at a heap of stones to the eastward of Sugar Loaf Hill which I have there erected and to extend north with a parallel line with a line called the Mantuneck line as far as the aforeseard land I bought of said Sheffield doth extend north, and my will is and do order that my wife shall have her fire wood upon my upper lots of land to the westward of the highway that leads up into the woods and I give unto my wife two feather beds with the furniture, she to have her choice out of all my beds and as much of my other household goods as shall by her be thought necessary for her to keep house with (only excepting thirteen silver spoons of my silver spoons which I only give her the use of during her natural life) and after her decease I give said thirteen silver spoons to be equally divided amongst my granddaughters and I give to my wife three cows and a riding horse or mare, she to take her choice out of all my cows and horses and likewise ten sheep & three hogs and I farther order that my wife shall have as much of my provisions as corn and meal as she shall think necessary for her support until she can otherways provide, and I also give to my wife the use and improvement of my negro woman named Pegg during the natural life of my wife.

Item, I give to my loving son in law Thomas Stedman and to my loving daughter Hannah Stedman during their natural lives the use and improvement of all that part of my land which he now hath in his improvement and after their decease my will is and I do give and bequeath to my grandson Enock Stedman all the aforesaid land which I have given the use and improvement of to my son in law Thomas Stedman & to my daughter Hannah Stedman during their natural lives, to be and remain to him my said grandson Enoch Stedman his heirs and assigns forever if he shall live to have lawful issue but if he should die without lawful issue than my will is and I do hereby order that that part of my land shall go and be to my grandson James Stedman and to his heirs and assigns forever

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson John Stedman and to his heirs and assigns forever all my land to the westward of the highway that leads up into the woods containing about two hundred and forty acres (only excepting forty acres off the said land and on that part thereof which adjoyns to the land of Jeremiah Sheffield), and my will is that if in case that my grandson John Stedman should die without lawful issue that then that part of my land shall go and remain to my grandson Samuel Stedman and his heirs and assigns forever. And further my will is that the aforesaid land which I have afore given to my said grandson John Stedman shall be rented out by my executor herein and hereafter named until my said grandson John Stedman shall arrive to the age of twenty one years, and I give to my said grandson John Stedman my silver tankard.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Daniel Steadman and to his heirs and assigns forever all that part of my land which I have herein given the use and improvement of to my wife, and with my dwelling house and all the other buildings thereon and another piece of land, it being part of the land I lately purchased of Benjamin Brenton & ye westward part thereof & to begin at a bar post in the fence to the southward of Sugar Loaf Hill and from said bar post a straight line parallel with the Mantuneck line at the westward end of the said land I purchased of said Benjamin Brenton and so to have all the land from the westward of the line run across the said land from said bar post ot the westward end of the whole tract of land I purchased of said Benjamin Brenton, my wife to have the use and improvement of said land during her natural life but if it should so happen that my said grandson Daniel Steadman should die without lawful issue then my will is that that part of my land which I have herein given him shall go and be to my grandson Thomas Steadman and to his heirs and assigns forever, and further my will is and I do hereby order that if my wife should die before my grandson Daniel Steadman shall arrive to the age of twenty one years that then that part of my land mentioned to him shall be let out to rent by my executor from the time of my wife's death until he shall arrive to said age of twenty one years and I give to my said grandson Daniel Steadman my desk.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Samuel Steadman and to his heirs and assigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land which I purchased of Jahzleel Brenton containing one hundred and eight acres bounded northerly by land belonging to Sanford and Noyce, easterly by Point Judith Pond, southerly by land of William Congdon & westerly by a highway and another piece of land containing forty acres, bounded northerly partly by land of Jeremiah Sheffield & partly by land of Francis Borland, easterly by a highway & southerly by land herein given to my grandson John Steadman and westerly by land of Thomas Steadman, but if it should happen that my said grandson Samuel Steadman should die without lawful issue then I give the said two pieces of land last mentioned to my grandson Thomas Stedman & to his heirs and assigns forever, and further my will is and I do hereby order that the said two pieces of land last mentioned shall be rented out by my executor herein after named until my said grandson Samuel Steadman shall arrive to the age of twenty one years

Item, I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Hannah Steadman one silver porringer marked with the letters D C H S [D=Daniel, S=Sarah, C=Coon? H=Hannah]

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Hazard and to his heirs and assigns forever all my land to the eastward of Sauquatucket River which I bought of Ebenezer Niles with my gristmill & all other buildings thereon and the easternmost part of sd river and I also give unto him my said son Thomas Hazard sixty acres of land to begin a little to the southward of the Quaker's riding over place on said river (so called) by a white oak stump with a heap of stones about the same and from thence up said river to a maple tree marked on four sides and from thence to extend west until it will make up the said sixty acres and farther my will is and I do hereby order that if my grandson Thomas Hazard shall die without lawful issue that then all the sd lands & buildings shall go and be to my grandson Jonathan Hazard and to his heirs and assigns forever.

Item, my will is that notwithstanding anything aforewritten in this my last will and testament that if my loving daughter Abigail Hazard shall become a widow that then she shall have the use and improvement of all that part of my land with the buildings thereon (which I have herein given unto my grandson Thomas Hazard) during her natural life, my will is and I do hereby order that the land with the buildings herein given unto my grandson Thomas Hazard shall be rented out by my executor until my said grandson shall arrive to the age of twenty one years or if my said daughter Abigial Hazard become a widow my will is that the sd land last mentioned shall be rented out until that time that is to say if my said daughter Abigail happens to be a widow before my said grandson Thomas Hazard arrives to the age of twenty one years, then & that case my will is that the said land last mentioned shall be rented out by my executor of this will til that time of her being a widow and no longer and then she my said daughter Abigail to have the use and improvement thereof as aforesaid if she thinks that she hath need of the same.

Item, I give unto my grandson Thomas Hazard a gun which I bought of Isaac Bull together with my shot mould.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson McCoon Williams and to his heirs and assigns forever the northerly part of my land to ye westward of said Sauquatucket River to begin at the northernmost corner of the sixty acre piece of land (at said maple tree) which I have herein given to my grandson Thomas Hazard and to run a straight line westward as far as the fence that is between that land I improve and the land improved by my son in law Thomas Steadman, and is bounded northerly by land of Thomas Rodman and easterly partly so as to take half of the aforesaid Sauquatucket River and partly by ye said sixty acre piece of land and my said grandson McCoon Williams to have my saw mill and the half of said river as far as his part of land extendeth together with all the other buildings & improvements on sd land, my will is that if in case my said grandson McCoon Williams shall dye without lawful issue that then all the land and buildings shall go and be unto my grandson Joshua Williams and to his heirs and assigns forever and further my will is that all the lands and buildings herein given to my grandson McCoon Williams shall be rented out by my executor herein named until my grandson McCoon Williams shall arrive to the age of twenty one years and my will is that the whole charge of repairing the dam belonging to said grist mill and sawmill shall ever be maintained equally between my two grandsons Thomas Hazard & McCoon Williams and their heirs

Item, I give and bequeath to my grandson Henry Williams and to his heirs and assigns forever all the southeast part of my lands bounded northerly by the said aforesaid sixty acre piece of land which I have herein given to my grandson Thomas Hazard easterly partly on Sauquatucket River and partly by a lot of land belonging to my son in law Thomas Williams, southerly partly by a highway and partly by land of said Thomas Williams and westerly partly by said lot of land and partly by said lot of land which I have herein given unto my grandson Daniel Steadman and I also give unto my grandson Henry Williams & to his heirs and assigns forever the easternmost part of the lot of land I lately bought of Benjamin Brenton, the bounds to begin at the easternmost bar post which stands in the fence by the side of the highway southward of Sugar Loaf Hill and from said bar post to run a straight line across sd land I bought of said Benjamin Brenton parallel with the Mantuneck Line at the westward end of said land and the said Henry to have all the lands to the eastward of sd line run from said bar post as aforesaid, my will is that if the said Henry Williams shall die without lawful issue that then all the lands given to said Henry Williams shall go and be unto my grandson Thomas Williams & to his heirs & assigns forever.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son in law Thomas Williams and to my loving daughter Thankful Williams during their natural lives the use and improvement of all the aforementioned lands herein given unto my grandson Henry Williams

Item, I give and bequeath unto my grandson McCoon Williams my gun

Item, I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Phebe, a child of my daughter Thankful Williams, the sum of three hundred pounds in good and passable bills of publick credit to be paid by my executor hereafter named when she the said Phebe shall arrive to the age of eighteen years to be paid out of my personal estate, and I also give her my great Bible and one silver porringer marked this DCPS [D=Daniel, S=Sarah, C=Coon? P=Phebe], and further my will is and I do hereby order that there shall be drift ways through each of my grandchildren's lands as may be suitable & convenient for them to pass in

Item, I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Susannah Hazard one silver porringer marked this DCHS [D=Daniel, S=Sarah, C=Coon? S=Susannah]

Item, I give and bequeath unto my three eldest granddaughters viz. Hannah, Susannah and Phebe all my silver spoons to be divided amongst them

Item, I give and bequeath unto my three granddaughters viz. Sarah Steadman, Sarah Hazard & Sarah Williams after my wife's decease all the personal estate which I have herein given to my wife for my will and meaning is that I have hereinbefore given to my wife is only during her natural life

Item, I give and bequeath unto all my grandsons which I have herein given land unto, the seventh part of a pine and cedar swamp with some upland, it being all the land which I lately purchased of James Perry, to them their heirs and assigns forever

Item, my will is and I do hereby order that all my personal estate shall be sold by my executor hereinafter named in some reasonable time after my decease except those particular things mentioned and given away in this my last will and testament and that all the money arising for them to be put out & kept to interest by my said executor with all the rents that shall arise for rents of my lands which I have ordered to be rented out in this my last will and testament, and all the money so arising both interest and principal of my moveable estate & rents aforesaid I give to all my grandchildren that I have not absolutely given any land to in this my last will & testament which are now born & in being, and to those that my three daughters may hereafter have to be equally divided among them as they shall arise to age, the sons of the age of twenty one years and the daughters of the age of eighteen years excepting my granddaughter Phebe

And I do here by constitute, name and ordain my loving grandson John Steadman my whole & sole executor of this my last will & testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disanull all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies and bequests and executors by me in anywise before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my last will & testament

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first within written

Daniel MCoon

The will was witnessed by John Hoxsie, Jr., Sarah Ney (his stepdaughter) and Benj. "Peckcom," Jr. It was brought to court and proved at South Kingstown on 18 November 1746. Daniel wrote a codicil to the will:

Be it remembered that on the twenty sexth day of October Anno Dom. 1746 I the aforenamed Daniel McCoon...being weak of body but of perfect mind & memory...do make and ordain the following codicil as part ond parcel of my aforewritten last will and testament viz. I give unto my beloved grandson Daniel Williams and to his heirs and assigns forever all the land with all the privileges thereunto belonging which I lately bought of Jonathan Hazard, late of South Kingstown, deceased, the said land being situate in said town and is bounded westerly on Saugatucket River and I do give unto the said Daniel Williams his heirs and assigned free liberty of erecting a mill or mills on any part of said river to the westward of said land and my will is that said Daniel his heirs or assigns hve free and full liberty of raising a pond by erecting a dam across sd river which may be sufficent and suitable for the carrying of said mills when erected as aforesaid and notwithstanding anything aforewritten in my before recited last will and testament, if it should so happen after my decease that my personal estate should not be sufficient to pay my just debts and legacies, then and in that case my will is and I do hereby order that all my lands situate in said town be leased out by my aforenamed executor John Steadman until the rents or profits of said land will fully pay & discharge said debts and I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved grandson John Steadman sole executor of this codicil as he is also of my afresaid last will and testament...

Signed "Daniel MCoon" or as it is transcribed, and witnessed by James Addams, Susannah Underwood and B. Peckcom, Jr.

The codicil was brought to court and proved on the same day as the will.

An inventory of Daniel's estate was taken between 13 and 18 November 1746. The following is a slightly modified transcription:

1 whole suit of clothes £42
2nd suit of clothes £18, 7 s
3rd suit of clothes £12, 15 s
4th suit of clothes £10
5th suit of clothes £7
1 horse saddle and bridle £45
1 silver tankard £60
3 porringers ("pongers" in original) and 13 silver spools £91, 10 s
1 silver cup £2, 10 s
4 pieces of eight, some silver buttons & some other pieces of silver £13
1 pair of gold buttons £5, 10 s
book of debts £156, 19 s, 5 p
1 bond £214, 8 s, 5 p
1 note £13
1 note £35
1 bond £22
1 bond £28
1 bond £170, 12 s
paper money old tenor £31, 5 s
1 bushel of oats 7 s
2 razors 10 s
1 penknife 5 s and 2 lancils 8 s...13 s
2 whet stones and 1 hone 8 s
instruments to draw teeth 10 s
1 silk handkerchief £1, 10 s
1 gimblet, 1 fishhook and some flints 1 s
1 book 4 s 1 leather whip & 1 cane 1 s
1 gun & shot mould £12, 10 s
1 gun £8
1 desk £10
1 chest of drawers £5
1 table £1, 10 s
1 warming pan £4, 10 s
4 axes £2, 10 s
7 old axes & 1 old hatchet ("catchet" in original) £1, 9 s
1 hatchet 2 s, 6 b
1 stone jug 5 s
1 looking glass £1
1 case of knives & forks £1, 5 s
1 case of old knives & forks 12 s
sugar box 1 s, 6 p
1 mug & pepper box 3 s

More probate transcriptions to follow

His codicil is dated 26 October 1746 and in John Stedman's estate account, he says he paid for a coffin for Daniel on 30 October, putting his death between those days.


children of Daniel Maccoon and Sarah Place:2

i. Hannah b. 18 May 1706
ii. Abigail b. 14 December 1707
iii. Thankful b. 17 December 1710 (m. Thomas Williams - her daughter Phebe is generally referred to as his daughter, but she was born out of wedlock to an unknown father, which is apparent when reading her grandfather's will (which outlines bequests different from her siblings and first cousins), and probate account, in which she was "Phebe Mccooun")





vital records sources: his birth is in Cambridge town records, familysearch.org, LDS film #007009825, images of vol. 1, "Records of Cambridge 1632-1703," (transcription of original records), p. 513, erroneously listed among the children of Deborah. His marriage is in Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850, First Series: births, marriages and deaths, comp. James N. Arnold, vol. 5 (Washington Co.) (Providence:1894), part 1 (North Kingstown), p. 32.

1. South Kingstown, RI, probate record, 4:143.
2. Vital Records of Rhode Island 1636-1850, First Series: births, marriages and deaths, comp. James N. Arnold, vol. 5 (Washington Co.) (Providence:1894), part 1 (North Kingstown), p. 85.

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