On May 31, 2016, I posted the first 25 pages of the Poole Family Manuscript which may be be seen on the link. This is has been a long project, and has now ended with all 257 pages proofed. I can assure you, this is not all about the Pooles of Reading, Massachusetts. There are many other surnames in the manuscript. Each of the page numbers is active and you can see the original manuscript.
1846, d. Dec. 4, do. (2) Mary Theodora, b. Mar. 29, 1848, (3) Susan Francis, b. Dec 26, 1854. (4) Kate-Reese, b. Feb. 25, 1857, (5) Agnes Prescott, b. Jan. 12, 1859. (8) DavidHall b. June, 1, 1813. Rem. to California, and supposed deceased.
101f. vi. Theodore Carter6, b. July 7, 1772, d. Canada no date.
64. William Poole5, son of Benjamin4 and Mehitable (Gibson) (Jona3 Jona2 John1) b. Reading Feb. 13, 1725-6, removed 1760 to Hollis, N. H. where he died Oct. 27, 1795, age 70. He was a farmer. Before removal he married June 19, 1751, Hannah, dau. of Timothy and Hannah Nichols of Reading, who was b. Mar 13, 1729, d. Sept. 1, 1784. The causes which led to his emigration to N. H. were probably the facilities offered settlers upon the new lands, then opened for occupation, sales being made of some at the low price of 20 cents per acre in 1760. By his wife Hannah he had fourteen children, the first four born in Reading.
102. i. Hannah6, b. Reading Dec. 20, 1751, d. Hollis, N. H. Feb. 28, 1832, m. 1st Nov. 15, 1772, Thomas Cummings, Esq. of Hollis, a young lawyer of repute, who joined the patriot army in the revolution, and was believed to have been
killed in battle. He was b. Dec. 17, 1750, and was a son of Samuel and Prudence Cummings of Hollis. She had three children by this union, and she m. 2nd in 1783, Burpee Ames, Esq., b. Dec. 3, 1758, d. 1838, by whom she had eight more. By Mr. Cummings she had 1st Hanna Cummings, b. April 1, 1773, d. July 7, 1811.
2. Sarah Cummings, b. Dec. 2, 1774, d. Feb. 18, 1817.
3. Thomas Cummings, b. Nov. 1, 1776, d. Feb. 10, 1843 and by Mr. Ames,
4. Jeremiah Ames7, b. Oct. 25, 1784, d. June 27, 1860, Salem, Mass., where his widow lives aged over 90.
5. William Ames, b. May 3, 1786, d. April 10, 1847.
6. Nathan Ames, b. May 1787, emig. To Cuba, d. date unknown.
7. Betsey Ames, b. June 9, 1789.
8. Poole Ames, b. Feb. 19, 1791, d. Oct. 19, 1797.
9. Joseph Ames, b. Feb. 19, 1793, d. May 17, 1796.
10. Mary Ames, b. Apr. 15, 1795.
11. Joseph Ames, b. June 1802.
103. ii. Elizabeth6, b. July 18, 1753, d. Hollis Dec. 6, 1838 m. Nov. 16, 1778 Stephen, son of Stephen and Hanna Jewett of Hollis, b. Oct. 14, 1753, d. Feb. 22, 1829. Yeoman by whom she had eight children.
1. Elizabeth Jewett, b. June 18, 1779, d. at Milford.
2. Stephen, b. July 7, 1781, d. Sept. 22, 1861.
3. Nancy, b. May 11, 1783, d. Mar. 3, 1870.
4. Hannah, b. Feb. 17, 1785, d. Mar. 17, 1824. She m. Apr. 2, 1807, Nathan Thayer, Esq., son of Elijah and Sarah (Robinson) b. July 6, 1781, d. Oct. 21, 1830. Artist and teacher, and had seven children:
1. Hannah Maria Thayer, b. Dec. 12, 1808, d. Sept. 5, 1855.
2. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 24, 1811.
3. Sarah Adelia, b. Oct. 16, 1813, m. July 8, 1841. Hon. George S. Boutwell of Groton, Mass., son of Sewell and Rebecca (Marshall) b. Brooklin Mass., Jan. 28, 1818, and had two children, b. Groton,
i. Georgianna Adelia, b. May 18, 1843.
ii. Francis Marion, b. Feb. 26, 1847.
4. Mary, b. Mar. 31, 1816, d. Sept. 5, 1818.
5. Nancy Bigelow, b. July 13, 1819.
6. Nathan Robinson, b. Nov. 25, 1821, d. June 26, 1874.
7. Lucy Ann, b. Mar. 13, 1824.
5. Sarah, b. March, 1790, d. Aug. 24, 1837.
6. Mary, b. July 8, 1792, d. Oct. 16, 1833, m. Mar. 27, 1825, Nathan Thayer, above named, father of Mrs. Gov. Boutwell and had two children.
i. Mary F, b. Mar. 21, 1826, d. Sept. 15, 1827
ii. George B. b. July 27, 1829, d. Dec. 11, 1828.
7. Noah b. Dec. 7, 1794, d. May 21, 1841.
8. Samuel Gibson, b. Oct. 29, 1798, d. May 2, 1872, St Augustine, Fla.
104. iii. Mehitable6, b. Feb. 12, 1755, d. Mar. 4, 1804 at Westford, Mass. m. 1778-9. Willis son of Rev. Willard and Abigail (Cotton) Hall, of the Hall family of Medford, Westford, &c, and its connection with the Poole, Willard and other families, we have the following particulars:
Simon Willard came to America in May 1634, from Kent Co., parish of Horsemenden, England, where he was b. 1605; he d. at Chareleson 1676. With him came his brother George and sister Margery, who m. Dolor Davis in 1625, and were all inhabitants of Cambridge – 1634. The children of Margaret and Dolor Davis were – John, Simon, Samuel and Ruth, the latter b. in 1641, m. in 1663, Stephen Hall then of Concord, afterward of Medford, by whom he had seven children, among whom were Samuel, b. Concord, Dec. 8, 1665 and lived at Stow: Stephen b. Stow, and d. at Charleston, Nov. 8, 1749. Resided at Medford, and m. Grace, dau. of Thomas and Grace Willis and had (1) Stephen b. Nov. 5, 1693, d. Feb.
d. Feb. 24, 1773, who was a distinguished merchant in Boston, (2) Grace, b. abt. 1696. m May 1715, Isaac Parker of Charleston, b. 1692 d. 1742, among whose grandchildren were Chief Justice Isaac Parker, Mass. Supreme Court, and the late General William Eustis, U. S. Army (3) Esther b abt. 1698, m. Dec. 1729 Peter Edes of Charleston (4) Willard (Rev.) b. March 11, 1702-3, d. at Westford, March 19, 1779, where he was pastor of 1st Unitarian Church. He m. 1729 Abigail Cotton of Portsmouth and their second child was Willis Hall, above named who m. in 1779 Mehitable Poole, b. Westford, Nov. 18, 1747, d. May 13, 1813. Yeoman. They had eight children –
(1) Willard Hall, (Judge) b. Dec. 24, 1780 d. May 10, 1875 at Wilmington, Del. at the age of 95. Judge Willard Hall removed in early life to Delaware, and resided continuously at Wilmington from 1803 to the day of his death in 1875. He was elected to Congress in 1816 and 1818, and in 1823 was appointed by President Monroe a Justice of the United States District Court of Delaware, which office he held for 48 years, when, having reached the venerable age of 91 years he resigned December 1871. He was graduated at Harvard College in 1799, a classmate of Samuel Poole, and at his death in 1875, was one of the three oldest surviving graduates of that institution, and with the exception of Hon. Horace Binney, the oldest ex-member of congress.
His labors in the revision of the Delaware State Code of 1829, and in drawing up the regulations of the school system in 1830, as well as his services in the Constitutional Convention of 1831, have been gratefully recognized by the people of his state.
(2) William, b. Sept. 18, 1783.
(3) Benjamin, b. 1785 d. young.
(4) Elizabeth, b. Mar. 6, 1787, d. Aug 19, 1871 age 84; unm.
(5) Mehitable, b. Apr. 24, 1789.
(6) Hannah, b. May 9, 1791, m. May 2, 1815, Thomas R, Right, Esq., of Peperill, Mass.
(7) Francis Poole, b. Nov. 6, 1793, d. Nov. 2, 1836.
(8) Benjamin, b. July 14, 1796, living at Germania, Md.
105. iv. William Wellsted6, b. May 6, 1756, d. April 8, 1836 at Windsor, Vermont, m. Sarah Farley.
106. v. James6, b. Dec. 21, 1757, d. Portland, Me. 1827, m. 1st Caroline (?) dau. of Edward and Caroline (Swett) Richardson, 2nd. Eunise Chaplin of Ipswitch, Mass.
107. vi. Abigail6 b. July 31, 1759, d. July 10, 1825, m. Levi, son of William and Susanna (Kemp) Parker, b. Groton, Mass., June 25, 1752, d. Sept. 10, 1825. Iron Worker & Blacksmith.
Their children were:
(1) James Parker, b. Jan. 6, 1787 (?)
[should be (2)]Luther b. 1789. (3) Calvin b. 1790. (4) Betsey b. Jan. 14, 1792 d. Sept. 1869 (5) Samuel b. June 23, 1800 living at Davenport, Ia. (1876).
108. vii. Sarah6 b. Dec 15, 1760 d. Feb. 10, 1773.
109. viii. Bridget6 b. May 5, 1762 d. Mar. 3, 1785 m. Dec. 7, 1780 Benj. Cummings of Hollis and had (1) Benj. B. Aug. 24, 1782 (2) Bridget b. Feb. 3 1784.
110. ix. Mary6 b. Feb. 1, 1764, d. Jan. 7, 1816 m. 1st Feb. 1, 1785 Daniel Kendrick of Hollis, N. H., son of Daniel and Hannah (Harris) Hendrick. B. 1761 d. May 13, 1790 Yeoman. She m. 2nd 1791, Zebulon Wheeler, son of Jas. And Mary (Butterfield) Wheeler b. Jan. 20, 1769 d. Dec. 31, 1849: Children:--
(1) Daniel Kendrick, b. Mar. 30, 1786 d. May 1868.
(2) Mary Kendrick b. Sept. 1787 d. Jan. 6. 1831.
(3) William Kendrick, b. Aug. 20, 1788 d. same day
(4) William Poole [Kendrick], b. Jan. 27, 1790, d. Nov. 5, 1854.
(5) Bridget Wheeler, b. May 20, 1792, d. Jan. 1873.
(6) Sarah Wheeler b. May 1, 1794, d. May 1, 1870.
(7) Lucinda Wheeler b. Jan. 1, 1800, d. y.
(8) Benjamin Wheeler b. Aug. 19, 1801 d. Feb. 4, 1802.
(9) Luther Wheeler, b. Sept. 26, 1803 d. Feb. 1816.
(10) Calvin Wheeler, b. June 7, 1805.
(11) Lousia Wheeler, b. September 3, 1807.
111. x. Rebecca6 b. May 29, 1766 d. Feb. 1, 1854 at
Dublin, N. H. m 1792, Thomas, son of Thos. And Mary (Gale) Hay of Salem, Mass., b. Merrimack, H. H. 1790, d. Dublin, March 2, 1839. Yeoman. Their children:
(1) Mary Hay, b. 1794 d. Aug. 29, 1871 (2) Thos. B. 1796. (3) Joseph Fitch b. 1799. (4) William b. 1803 and (5) Dexter, b. 1807.
112. xi. Lucy6 b. Sept. 6, 1768 d. Aug. 28, 1844 m. Oct. 19, 1791, Jonathan, son of Joseph and Anne (Williams) Saunderson, b. Sept. 7, 1766, d. Aug. 23, 1850. Joseph, the father of Jonathan, was b. in Groton, Mass. May 24, 1741; removed to Pepperell, where he m. Mar. 10, 1763 Anna, dau. of Isaac and Lydia (Shattuck) Williams. Children:-
(1) Lucy Saunderson, b. Nov. 28, 1792 d. Mar. 21, 1825.
(2) Elmira Saunderson b. March 29, 1796, d. March 1, 1799.
(3) Marinda Saunderson b. March 1, 1798, d. Aug. 31, 1822.
(4) Jonathan Saunderson b. Dec. 21, 1800 d. Dec. 9 1801.
(5) Jonathan Saunderson b. Dec. 30 1802 grad. Havard College 1828, became Counsellor at Law and resides in Philadelphia, 1876.
(6) Elmira Shattuck2 b. Dec. 25, 1805, m. Oct. 12, 1830, Dr. Asa Heald of Dublin, N. H.
Grad. Bowdoin, Coll. 1828 and d. Jan. 28, 1874, and had ch. (1) Elmira Maria b. Aug. 28, 1833 d. Jan. 27, 1867, (2) Charles Henry b. Dec. 17, 1835.
(7) William Poole b. Feb. 11 1807 d. Nov. 12, 1858 m. May 5, 1847 Hannah Marshal, 2 ch. Survived George William, Dartmouth Coll. 1876 and dau. Laura.
(8) Henry H. (Rev) b. Sept. 12, 1810, m. Oct. 1, 1845 Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas and Mary (Whiting) Cummings b. Sept. 6, 1819. She is also a descendant of William Poole through the Cummings branch. Resides at Charlestown, N. H. and noted as a historian and annalist, and author of a history of that town. A son Henry Poole Saunderson Grad. Dartmouth Coll. 1872.
113. xii. Benjamin6 b. July 1, 1771, d. April 20, 1836; m. Sarah Fletcher.
114. xiii. Bethia6 b. May 3, 1772 d. Jan. 10, 1853. Hollis. She m. 1790 Isaac, son of Naham and Martha Baldwin of Hollis b. Apr. 23, 1768, d. July 8, 1821. Was a Blacksmith & Farmer; Children: (1) Emma Baldwin b. July 13, 1792. (2) Frances b. Feb. 26, 1794, d. April 12, 1840: (3) Issac b. Mar. 12, 1796, d. Feb.
9, 1872; (4) Dexter b. July 5, 1798, d. May 20, 1870; (5) Nahum b. July 3, 1800 (6) Samuel B., b. June 15, 1802; (7) Lucy, b. June 12, 1804; (8) Thos. Jefferson, b. Dec. 6, 1806 d. Mar. 10, 1812; (9) William Poole b. May 15, 1809 d. Apr. 27, 1808; [internet (geni) shows b. 1809 d. 1849] (10) Cyrus b. May 14, 1811; (11) Harriet b. Apr. 26, 1813, d. July 10, 1840 (12) Ruth Easton b. Oct. 22, 1816, d. Apr. 23, 1851.
115. xiv. Sarah6, b. Sept, 20, 1774; d. at Bath, Me. no date. She m. Jonas Smith of that place, and had several children. One of the sons m. Louisa, dau. of James Poole, son of William and removed to Michigan, where he now lives, a farmer.
68. Samuel Poole5, son of Benjamin4 and Mehitable (Jona3 Jona2 and John1) was b. Reading, Jan. 21, 1732-33, d. 1776. Removed to East Ludbury, where he became a tanner. He m. 1st at Reading, Mar. 17, 1755, Jerusha Green of Malden who d. before 1758; and m. 2d at E. Ludbury, Mehitable, who d. before 1764; and he then m. 3d., Nov. 27, 1764, Hannah Choate, b. 1739, and survived her husband; after his death, she removed to Reading. Letters of Administration were granted her on her husband’s estate Feb. 27, 1776. She d. at Reading, Apr. 3, 1832, aged 93.
By his first wife Jerusha he had 1 ch., by Mehitable 2 children and by Hannah five:-
They were as follows:
116. i. Darius6, b. Reading Sept. 11, 1756 and died young.
117. ii. Mehitable6, b. E. Ludbury, Aug. 12, 1659.
118. iii. Samuel6, b. Sept. 12, 1761. [there are hand drawn question marks around this line]
119 iv. Damaris6, b. Nov. 13, 1765, d. Apr. 5, 1808- m. June 7, 1795, Thomas Rutter of Wayland, who d. Sept. 14, 1815. She was his 2nd wife.
3 children, viz.
(1) Abigail Rutter, b. Sept. 24, 1797, d. Dec. 19, 1861, m. Calvin Fuller of Dedham and had 2 ch. Edwin Fuller who resides Dedham, unm. And Mary J. who m. Dr. Joseph Draper of South Boston, Mass.
(2) Benjamin b. July 25, 1799, supposed to have been drowned by falling overboard from a Mississippi steamboat.
(3) Hervey, b. June 7, 1801, d. Aug. 30, 1818.
120. v. Hannah6, b. Mar. 4, 1768, d. Oct. 1, 1859, m. July 8, 1794, Richard, son of William and Mary Parker of Reading, b. May 14, 1771, d. Aug. 9, 1768 [accurate date unknown] a yeoman: Children:
(1) William Parker, b. Sept. 23, 1795.
(2) Cephas, b. Feb. 12, 1798, d. Dec. 18, 1871
(3) Edwin, b. May 28,1800, d. Feb. 13, 1801.
(4) Theron, b. May 10, 1803.
(5) Solon, b. May 10, 1806.
121. vi. Benjamin6, b. July 16, 1770, d. unm. Was a monomaniac on the subject of witches and fled to Canada.
122. vii. William6, b. Nov. 16, 1772, date of death unknown; was married and left his business in Boston to collect some money one day, and never was heard of afterwards.
123. viii. Ebenezer6, b. Feb. 11, 1775, d. Dec. 31, 1857 m. Olive Ward.
70. Samuel Pool5, son of Samuel4 and Rebecca (Jona3, Jona2, John1) b. Reading, Oct. 10, 1733, d. (of Palsy) Dec. 26, 1783. Was a yeoman m. Oct. 19, 1758, Elizabeth Eaton of Lynn, for whose comfort after his death he made specific and somewhat irregular provisions by his will; a document possessing sufficient interest to be here given.
Will of Samuel Pool, Reading, 1782.
In the name of God, Amen.
This Eleventh day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Eighty-two, I, Samuel Pool of Reading in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Gentlemen, being of sound disposing mind and memory, thanks be to God therefor: Do make and ordain this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
Principally and first of all, I commend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to the dust, - to be decently buried in a Christian-like manner, by my Executor hereafter named: - and as touching what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, bequeath and dispose of in the following manner and form.
Item. I will and order that all my just debts, funeral charges and charges of settling my Estate be seasonably paid by my Executor hereafter named.
Item. I give to my dear and well beloved wife, Elizabeth (Eaton) two cows,- those she shall choose; and all my indore moveables and household furniture, to her own disposal forever, except I shall otherwise dispose of in this my Will; and I give to her the use and improvement of the West end of my house, with the bed room at the north-west corner, with as much Cellar room as she hath occasion for, with liberty to use the Kitchen to wash, bake and whatever she shall have occasion for; also, liberty to use the well, and sufficient yard room before the front door to lay her wood, so long as she remains my widow. And I order my Executor hereafter named to provide and bring in to my wife yearly and every year, so long as she remains my widow, one hundred weight of beef well fatted, one hundred and forty weight
of good fat pork, five bushels of Rye, seven bushels of Indian Corn, one bushel of beans, three barrels of Cider, six cords of good Oak of Walnut wood brought to the door, cut for the fire, ten pounds of flax from the swingle and four pounds of sheep’s wool; and I order my Executor hereafter named to provide for my wife when and where she hath occasion to ride, a horse and chaise. – All the above articles to be done and performed by my Executor for my said wife so long as she remains my widow And I order my Executor to pay to my wife four pounds lawful silver money yearly and every year so long as she remains my widow.
Item. I give to my dutiful and well- beloved son Joseph Eaton Pool, all my buildings and land in Reading and Lynn or wherever situated, and to his heirs and assigns forever, excepting the improvement of part of my dwelling house I have given to my wife. I also give to my said son Joseph all my quick stock except what I have above given to my wife, and also all my out-door utensils and farming tools, all my Notes and Bonds and all Depts due to me, and money I have by me; also all my wearing apparel; also all my cider casks excepting three good barrels, which I reserve for my wife to be kept well trimmed by my Exectuor; also I give to my said son Joseph, my third bed and bedding, and all my fire-arms and accoutrements and all my Estate not before mentioned: All the above which, I give to my said son Joseph Eaton Pool and to his heirs forever:- he paying and performing
what I in this my last will order him.
Item. I give to my well beloved daughter Rebecca Eaton forty pounds lawful silver money, to be paid by my Executor in the following manner, that is to say, thirteen pounds six shillings and eight pence in one year after my wife’s decease; thirteen pounds six shillings and eight pence in two years after my wife’s decease, and thirteen pounds six shillings and eight pence in three years after my wife’s decease.
Item. I hereby nominate and appoint my well beloved son, Joseph Eaton Pool, sole executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me and made and declare this to be my only Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed sealed and declared by Samuel
Pool to be his last will and testament
Before us witnesses:-
Nathaniel Wiley. Proved Mar. 10, 1784.
By his wife Elizabeth Eaton he had the following children:
124. i. Joseph Eaton6, b. July 24, 1759, d. Oct. 20, 1788, m. Lydia Hayward.
125. ii Rebecca6, b. July 2, 1761, m. Feb. 15, 1780, Charles Eaton and had children.
(1) Elizabeth Eaton, b. June 16, 1682.
(2) Rebecca “ Bap. May 16, 1784- m. John Barker.
(3) Charles “ b. Feb. 4, 1784.
(4) Joshua “ b. Sept. 10, 1785.
(5) Polly “ bap. Aug. 12, 1787.
(6) Nancy “ bap. Sept. 6, 1789.
(7) Samuel Pool Eaton – Bap. May 29, 1791.
(8) Joseph Eaton bap. Mar. 6, 1796.
(9) Fanny “ bap. Sept. 23, 1798.
126. iii. Abigail6, b. 1763, m. Woburn, Ensign Ichabod Parker of that place and had:
(1) Polly Eaton Parker, b. Aug. 15, 1786.
(2) Thomas, b. Nov. 17, 1790, d. July 22, 1792.
(3) Thos. Benjamin, b. Nov.20, 1795.
(4) Abigail Turner, b. Aug. 4, 1798.
The widow of Samuel, who survived her husband twenty six years and died in 1810, left the following Will:-
Will of Elizabeth, widow of Samuel Pool of Reading, 1804.
In the name of God, Amen: This fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four, I Elizabeth Pool of Reading and County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Widow being of advanced age but of sound mind and memory, &c x x x do give and dispose of my estate as follows:
Item. I give my daughter Rebecca, wife of Charles Eaton all my wearing apparel, and all my household
furniture, except what I shall otherwise dispose of in this my Will, also a suit of mourning.
Item. I give to my grand-daughter Rebecca, wife of John Barker my best Bed, bolster and pillow, and best bed quilt, also my desk and seven chairs, my best fire shovel and tongs, and one pair of Andirons, also my iron pot and dish kettle, my tosting-iron and gridirons, also one gold ring, six silver tea-spoons and my round table, also a suit of mourning.
Item. I give to my grand-daughter Elizabeth Eaton one large silver spoon and one gold ring.
Item, I give to my grand-daughter Polly Eaton one large silver spoon.
Item. I give to my grand-daughter Nancy Eaton, my large looking glass, and one large silver spoon.
Item. I give to my grand daughter Charolotte Eaton, one large Silver Spoon
Item. I give to my grand daughter Fanny Eaton one large Silver Spoon.
Item. I give to my great grand-daughter Rebecca Barker, one small silver spoon.
Item. I give to, Abigail the wife of Ichabod Parker of Woburn, one gold ring, also my lignumvity Motor. [ I think this is a Lignum vitae Mortar – see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lignum_vitae]
Item. I give to Polly Parker, daughter of said Ichabod, one gold ring.
Item. I give to my grandson Joseph Eaton, my Great Bible.
Item. I give to my three grand sons Charles Eaton,
Joshua Eaton and Samuel Eaton, Three Dollars each to be laid out for a Bible, further my will is that all my Estate both real and personal after my above Will is fulfilled, be placed in the hands of my Executor hereafter named, in trust for my daughter Rebecca Eaton; and my will is that my executor pay the same to her in such a manner as he shall think most for her interest and happiness. Further my will is that my Executor provide for me, and for daughter-in-law, late the wife of my son Joseph E. Pool, Gravestones. Finally I hereby nominate and appoint my Friend Ichabod Parker of Woburn to be the Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking all other Wills by me made, ratifying this and this only to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Pool have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Signed, sealed, Published and declared
By the said Elizabeth to be her last
Will and testament in the presence of us
James Bancroft :
Samuel Wyatt. :
Patty Tay. :
Proved May 8, 1810. Inventory 1528. 56
71. Jonathan Pool5, son of Samuel4 and Rebecca (Jona3, Jona2, John1) b. Jan. 5, 1736-7, d. Nov. 14, 1791. He m. Dec. 23, 1760, Sarah, dau. of Nathaniel and Lydia
Eaton of Reading, who was b. Oct. 3, 1740, d. Jan. 15, 1816. He was a yeoman, to which he added the business of manufacturing shoes, and industry greatly stimulated by the needs of the people during the revolutionary War. Though a farmer and pursuing agriculture, he styles himself, cordwainer in his Will. He was perhaps one of the first to invest capital in the wholesale production of shoes in the neighborhood of Lynn.
Will of Jonathan Pool5 of Reading, 1791.
In the name of God, Amen: This first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand sevent hundred and ninety-one, I, Jonathan Pool, Junr. (his 2d cousin Jonathan, who m. Mary Leaman, was a resident of the same town and known as Jona., Senior), of Reading in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cordwainer, being in sound, disposing mind and memory, than be to God therefor, but weak in body; do make and ordain this instrument to be my lasy[t] will and testament. And first of all, I commend my Soul to God who gave it, and my body to the dust, - to be decently buried by my executor hereafter named, in a Christian like manner, placing decent gravestones on my grave.
And as touching what worldly interest it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and bequeath in the following manner and form:
Item, my will is and I order that all my just debts, funeral charges and charges of settling my estate by duly paid by my executor hereafter named.
Item. I give to my beloved wife Sarah (Eaton) Pool all my household furniture except what I shall dispose of, and one cow, which she shall choose, to be at her own disposal in case she marries again, but in case she dies my widow, said household furniture and cow at her decease I give to my daughter Sally Wiley, to her own disposal; also I give to my said wife and ample support: for meat, drink, washing, lodging, doctoring and nursing, comfortable room in my dwelling house, and decent a apparel for all parts of the body, and sufficient firewood; so long as she remains my widow; and in case she dies my widow I order my Executor to not only perform for my said wife all the above articles faithfully and freely, but at her decease to bury her decently and put gravestones on her grave.
Item. I give and bequeath to my dutiful daughter Sally Wiley and to my son-in-law Nath’l Wiley, jr. her husband, all my buildings and lands wherever and howsoever situated, butted or bounded, to their own disposal forever, to come into possession at my decease, they paying and performing all that I order them in this my will. I also give to my daughter Sally Wiley the use and improvement of my pew in the Meeting-House so long as they shall live in the parish, and in case they shall move away, my will is that the pew shall be improved by my other children and grandchildren. I also give to my daughter Sally Wiley and my Son-in-law Nathaniel Wiley
all my quick stock of all sorts of creaturs, all my farming utensils, all my shoe-maker tools, all my debts due to me on bond, note or account, except what I shall in this my will otherwise dispose.
Item, I give to my dutiful daughter Betsy Green, thirty pounds lawful money, ten of which is to be paid to her or her heirs by my executer at the decease of my wife.
Item. I give to my dutiful daughter Lydia Pool, fourty pounds lawful money, ten of which is to be paid to her when she arrives to the age of twenty-one years or at marriage, the other thirty to be paid to her at the decease of my wife, to be paid by my Executor. I also give to my daughter Lydia Pool my second bed, bedding and furniture, my best case of draws, one good cow, my case of bottles, to be delivered to her by my Executors when she arrives at the age of twenty-one years or at marriage. I also give to my said daughter Lydia, convenient room in my dwelling house to set her goods and privilege of the cellar Well, and of sitting and enjoying said Wiley’s fire with his family.
Item. I give to my three daughters, Sally, Betsey and Lydia, all my wearing apparel, to be equally divided between them at my decease.
Item. All my estate that I have not disposed of in this my will, I give to my son-in-law Nathaniel Wiley, jr., whom I nominate and appoint sole executor of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all other wills by me made and executors by me appointed, and declare this, and this only to be my last will and testament. In witness wherof, I,
the said Jonathan Pool, junr. have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
The said Jonathan Pool, junr.
Published, pronounced and declared
This instrument to be his last will and
Testament in presence of us
Benjamin Brown : Proved Dec. 6, 1791
David Smith. : Inv. £109. 19s 7d.
Cornelius Sweetser. :
Sarah, widow of Jona. Pool declared to be non. com. And Capt. David Smith appointed her guardian, Dec. 5, 1791.
The children of Jonathan5 and Sarah Eaton were:
127. i. Sally6, b. Reading, Sept. 2, 1764, m. Jan. 8 1782., Nathaniel, son of Nathl. And Mary Wiley of Reading, b. Mar. 29, 1759, d. May 7, 1811 and had children.
(1) Sally Wiley, b. Nov. 24, 1783, d. unm.
(2) Betsey “ b. May 20, 1787, m. John Upton of Lynnfield.
(3) Leonard “ b. Dec 9, 1791, m. Sally Eaton.
(4) Lot “ b. Dec. 16, 1794 d. 1815
(5) Nathaniel” b. Sept. 11, 1797 m. 1820 Lydia Trull.
(6) Laura “ b. Dec. 9, 1799 d. 1813
(7) Poole “ b. Mar. 20, 1802 d. in early life
(8) Aaron “ b. May 6, 1805, a mariner, supposed died at sea.
128. ii. Betsey6, b. Sept. 30, 1766, m. Dec. 20, 1787
William, son of Wm. and Elizabeth Green, b. July 8. 1765, no ch.
129. iii. Samuel6, b. Feb. 15, 1769, d. June 12, 1778.
130. iv. Lydia6, b. Feb. 7, 1775, d. Nov. 29, 1820 unm
This family is therefore extinct, the property descending to the Wileys of Reading, - the family mansion standing in Water Street, Wakefield – and formerly occupied as a tavern.
74. Thomas Pool5, son of Samuel4 and Rebecca (Jona3, Jona2, John1) b. Reading, Dec. 8 1748, d. Jan. 11, 1826, m. Sept. 10, 1771, Mary, dau. of Joseph and Mary Parker, b. Reading Jan. 31, 1747, d. (in child-bed) Jan. 24, 1790. A yeoman, lived in Reading. Their children were,
131. i. Polly6, b. July 5, 1772, m. April 22, 1792, Amos Richardson of Lynnfield, son of Amos and Bethia Richardson ( a 2d cousin) b. Woburn, Aug. 18, 1764, d. Pembroke 1797.
132. ii. Thomas6, b. Dec. 5, 1773, d. Woburn, Feb. 5, 1841, m. Ruth Thompson.
133. iii. Lucy6, b. Nov. 17, 1775, d. July 2, 1856 “of old age”, m. Dec. 25, 1800, Edmund Beard.
Their children were:
(1) Lucy Beard, b. Apr. 4, 1802.
(2) Edmund, b. Jan. 21, 1805.
(3) Horatio, b. Oct. 18, 1808, d. May 28, 1810
(4) Winslow H. b. Aug. 28, 1811, d. July 7, 1843.
134. iv. William6, b. Nov. 6, 1778, d. Aug. 21, 1805.
135. v. Nancy6, b. June 29, 1781, m. Nov. 19, 1804,
(1) Nancy Beard, b. Sept. 13, 1805, d. June 20, 1824.
(2) Charlotte “ b. May 3, 1807.
(3) William “ b. 1808 d. Sept. 20 1826
136. vi. Archibald6, b. Jan. 19, 1783, was married but to whom, not known.
137. vii. Samuel6, b. bapt. June 25, 1785, m. Nov. 30, 1807 Abigail Ingalls.
138. viii. Submit6 : twins b. :
139. ix. Clarissa6 : Jan. 24, 1790 : d. Nov. 16, 1790
The twins were baptized at Lynnfield at their Mother’s funeral, Jan. 27, 1790 in private.
76. William Poole5, son of Zachariah4 and Rebecca (Jona3, Jona2, John1) b. Medford, Mass., April 16, 1732, d. Danvers, South Parish, now Peabody, Mar. 3. 1776. He removed to Danvers in 1755, and established a tannery and manufactory of morocco and other leathers goods. He may be regarded as the pioneer in that business, from which such great fortunes have since been made. He purchased of Roger Derby (or Darby as inscribed on his Father’s tomb-stone) Benj. Prescott and Jonathan Gardner, by deeds dated respectively 1756, 1757 and 1761, sundry parcels of land lying below Strong-water Brook Stone Bridge and between said brook and the burying place on Gardner’s Hill. Here he built the large mansion still
standing in excellent preservation on the country road at the foot of Poole’s hill (now Main Street, Peabody) in 1757, which framed with oak and fastened throughout with wrought iron nails, bids to remain another century and a quarter in equally sound and durable condition. [demolished in 1970] He purchased subsequently of Samuel Derby, son of Roger, and executor of his will, 73 rights in the Common land in Stone’s Plain, of Benj. Prescott, jr., 46½ rights in the same tract constituting a large portion of the site of the town of Peabody, extending Easterly from Washington Street on Main Street nearly to Foster Street and the Square. On old map of Salem and vicinity, Stone’s Plain lies between Strong-water brook and Goldthwaite’s brook, bounded north by the county road and south by Tapley’s brook or Johnson’s Plain. From Sauuel Jennison of New London he bought several tracts of Woodland near Tapley’s Brook on the Boston Road, bounded by lands of Mary Lindall, Gideon Foster, Joseph Pierpont, John Southwick and Jacob Osborn. A portion of this land was retained in the possession of the family till about 1850. The old homestead is not occupied and owned by the heirs of Fitch Poole, the younger grandson of the builder, and it has been, so far, the birth place of five generations of the family.
The inventory of his estate, amounting to £1539. 0. 1d includes 12 acres in Stone’s plain, division No. 2,