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Thomas' signature from his will when he was about 81



Often erroneously called "Thomas Mann." The family used the spelling "Man" in the 17th and early 18th centuries.

Thomas' probate papers (transcribed with modern capitalization):

In ye name of God amen this thirteenth day of February anno domini one thousand seven hundred and twenty three, I Thomas Man of Scittuate in ye County of Plimouth in New England husbandman being aged and infirm of body, but of sound minde and memory (praised be God) do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz: principally and first of all I comend my soul to God yt gave it, and my body to a decent burial at ye discretion of my executor hereafter named, and touching my worldly estate wherewith God hath blessed me in this life, my just debts and funeral charges being first paid and discharged, I give devise and dispose of ye same in manner following, that is to say, I having already disposed of all my housing and lands and setted them upon my sons Thomas Man Joseph Man Ensigne Man and Benjamin Man by deeds under my hand and seal to each of them respectively made and passed, and haveing also provided considerable for my daughters, I give and dispose of ye remainder of my moveable estate as followeth, viz.

I give to my son Thomas Man ye sum of five pounds
I give to my son Benjamin Man ye sum of five shillings
I give to my son Ensigne Man ye sum of five shillings
I give to my daughter Sarah Gibbs ye sum of five shllings
I give to my daughter Mary Man ye sum of five shillings all ye abovesd legacies to be paid out of my moveable estate by my executor within one year after my decease

I give to my daughter Elizabeth Man ye bed whereon she usually lyeth with all ye beding and furniture belonging to it, and all ye rest of my moveable estate of what kinde or nature soever and wheresoever lying and being, I give ye same to my sd son Joseph Man for ever, whome I hereby nominate and appointe to be sole executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal ye day and year first above writen

[signed] Thomas Man

Signed sealed published and declared by ye sd Thomas Man first mentioned to be his last will and testament in ye presence of

Ebenezer Stetson
Jacob Vinall
Nicolas Vinall


A true inventory of all and singular the goods and chattels of Thomas Man huband man late of Scituate deceased aprised at Scituate ye 12th day of July anno dom 1732 by us the subscribers as followeth

Imprimis his apparel-----6 lbs
Item his books and specticles-----1 lb
Item three fier cocks and two swords-----5 lbs
Item one bed and furniture in ye cechen-----5 lbs 10 sh
Item one bed and furniture which was removed out of the hous-----12 lbs
Item to pewter-----1 lb 5 sh
Item one glass bottel and one stone jugg-----1 sh
Item to one brass cittle and one brass skilet-----3 lbs
item one iron cettle-----10 sh
Item five trays one peck two milk [walers?] and two chees whoops-----11 sh
Item two chests and sum old casks-----1 lb
Item three tubs-----8 sh
Item one iron bar two sickels and one round [bar?]-----12 sh
Item tow spinning wheels-----5 sh
Item two iron chains and hors trases-----2 lbs 10 sh
Item two tramels one grediron and som chairs-----1 lb 4 sh
item to one coome-----2 lbs 15 sh


John Vinall
Joseph Baily
Thomas Peirce



children of Thomas Man and Sarah (prob. Ensign):

Joseph







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