Amanuensis Monday — 1697 Estate Inventory of John Grout (1616-1697) of Sudbury, Massachusetts

 This week’s document for transcription is the 1697 inventory of the estate of John Grout (1616-1697) of Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, which is in Estate File 9951 in the Middlesex County Probate Court records. 

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The inventory is also included in the Middlesex County Probate Court Clerk’s volumes, in Volume 9, pages 101-102:


The transcription of the Inventory is (from the court clerk volume, because it is clearer and easier to read:

An Inventory of the Housing Lands goods & Chattels of Capt Jn’o Grout

late of Sudbury who deceased 25’th July 1697  ………………………………    £       s       d

Impr.  To his Eldest Son John Grout y’e Lands medows

given to him by will valued at ……………………………………………………… 250 — 00 — 00

It  To his son Jonathan Grout y’e houseing Lands Meadows Mill &

Streams and Rights given to him by y’e Will …………………………………. 130 — 00 — 00

It  To his son Joseph Grout of Watertowne y’e housing Lands and

Meadows rights given to him by will lying in y’e Town of Watertown  150 — 00 — 00

It To his Son in Law John Livermore y’e Farm given to him

by will lying in Watertown by Madups …………………………………………  020 — 00 — 00

It To his Son in Law Joseph Curtis In Money & Medow

given to him by Will ………………………………………………………………….    24 — 00 — 00

It To his Son in Law John Woodward y’e Lands & Medow

given to him by Will …………………………………………………………………..   24 — 00 — 00

It To his Loveing wife Sarah Grout y’e Land & Medows

given her by Will ………………………………………………………………………..   30 — 00 — 00

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To 3 Cows …………………………………………………………………………………   10 — 00 — 00

To 2 Calves ……………………………………………………………………………….     1 — 00 — 00

To 5 Sheep & 5 Lambs ……………………………………………………………….     2 — 10 — 00

To 4 Swine ………………………………………………………………………………..     2 — 00 — 00

To 3 beds and bedding Suitable …………………………………………………….  14 — 00 — 00

To Pewter ………………………………………………………………………………….     1 — 10 — 00

To Brass and one Iron Pott ………………………………………………………….     5 — 00 — 00

To  Handirons Tramells Spitt & Tongs Shilyards &

house hold Irons ………………………………………………………………………..     3 — 00 — 00

To Table Linnen ………………………………………………………………………..     2 — 00 — 00

To one Chest given to his son Jonathan by Will ……………………………     1 — 00 — 00

To one Chest and one Cubbard ……………………………………………………    2 — 00 — 00

To Chaires Stools wheels & other Lumb^r …………………………………..    2 — 00 — 00

To his Broad ax Cart Irons augers, 1 Iron Barr, 1 Sledge

Saws & one adds ………………………………………………………………………    2 — 10 — 00

To 2 acres of Indian Corn ………………………………………………………….     4 — 00 — 00

To his Books ……………………………………………………………………………     3 — 00 — 00

To his wearing Clothes …………………………………………………………….      6 — 00 — 00

To a Chest more ……………………………………………………………………….     0 — 12 — 00

To 1 Hatchett 2 Wedges and Cookering & Cutting Knife ……………..     0 — 10 — 00

      Apprized by us  Aug’t 10’th 1697                                                   690 — 12 — 10

                                   Joseph Noyes

                                   Peter King

                                   Francis Fullam

Charlestowne Aug’u 16’th 1697 By y’e Hon’ble James Russell Esq’r

Jonathan Grout one of y’e Executors admitted prsonally appearing made

oath y’t y’e within written Contains a true Inventory of y’e Estate of Cap’t

John Grout late of Sudbury Deced as far as Comes to his knowledge &

when more appears he will Cause it to be added.

Exa’d William Phipps  Reg’r                      Jurat’?? Coram  Ja Russell

The source citations for this probate case file is:

Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Probate case files, Volume: Middlesex Cases 00001-01999, Estate File #9951 (7 images), John Grout of Sudbury estate, 1697; "Middlesex County (Massachusetts) Probate File Papers, 1648-1871," digital images, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014, American Ancestors  (https://www.americanancestors.org: accessed 30 May 2020); Digitized mages provided by FamilySearch.org from original records at Probate Registry, Cambridge, Mass. 

"Massachusetts, U.S. Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991," indexed database with digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 3 April 2021), Middlesex County, "Probate Records, Vol. 7-10, 1689-1704," Volume 9, pages 99-102 (images 427-429 of 748), John Grout of Sudbury will and probate records, proved 16 August 1697.

John Grout (1616-1897) married (1) Mary Cakebread (1620-1641) in about 1640, probably in Watertown, Massachusetts, and they had one child, recorded in Watertown:

*  John Grout (1641-1708), married 1667 Rebecca Toll (1644-1721).

John Grout married (2) Sarah Busby (1619-1699) in 1642, daughter of Nicholas and Bridget (Cocke) Busby.  The had nine children, the first recorded in Watertown, and the rest recorded in Sudbury:

*  Sarah Grout (1643-????).
*  Hannah Grout (1646-1727), married 1668 John Livermore (1638-1718).
*  Joseph Grout (1649-1720) married 1680 Susannah Hagar (1653-1731).
*  Abigail Grout (1655-1745), married 1677 Joseph Curtis (1647-1700).
*  Elias Grout (1657-????).
*  Jonathan Grout (1658-1730), married 1701 Abigail Dix (1677-1753).
*  Mary Grout (1661-????), married 1688 Thomas Knapp (1657-????).
*  Susanna Grout (1664-1727), married 1692) John Woodward (1661-1736).
*  Elizabeth Grout (1665-1694), married 1683 Samuel Allen (1664-1745).

John Grout died 25 July 1697, one day after his will was written.  In his will, he identified his wife as Sarah, and his living children as John, Jonathan, Joseph, Susannah Livermore, Abigail Curtis, Mary Knapp, and children of daughter Elizabeth Allen.  An inventory was taken on 10 August 1697 and totaled £690-12-00, including extensive land holdings.  The will was proved by the Probate Court on 16 August 1697.

John and Sarah (Busby) Grout are my 8th great-grandparents, through son Joseph Grout (1649-1720) who married Susannah Hagar (1653-1731) in 1680 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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NOTE: Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday." John offers this definition for "amanuensis:"

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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