Richard Dodge of Beverly
Richard and his brother William came to America in 1638 and 1629 respectively
Their father was John Dodge of Middle Chinnock, Somerset, England
From Court Files, Salem
Vol. XVII, page 100, et. seq.
"The last will and testament of Richard Dodge Senio of Beverie made the fourteene of the nine month 1670
I being weake in body but well and sound in mind and memorie doe thus dispose of the estate the Lord hath given me.
Ipr. I give unto my wife Edeth one mare two milk cowes two ewe sheep and halfe my household goods as it shall be equally divided by indifferent men between her and my executors also these to be her own absolutely also I give her the sole and proper use of the parlour and chamber over it in my now dwelling house together with the free use of the garden outhouses kitchings oven well ceiler and yeades as she hath occasion also my will that imediately uppon the proveing of this my will executors shall pay her eight pounds in such provision as she shall demand for her present use and thenceforth eight pounds a year during her life farther my will is that my execuotrs shall provide for the summering and wintering of the above said naire cowes and sheepe uppon my farme during the time of her widdowhood together with her firewood at the door fitted for the fire.
It. I give unto my son Richard Dodge all that upland nd meadow he is now possessor of lying at the long ham bridge to him and his heirs forever he paying to my sife forthy shillings per annum during her ife in consideration of her thirds.
It. I give unto my son Samuel that land he now liveth on that was bought of William Goodhue to him and his heirs forever he paying to my wife in consideration of her thirds the fortie shillings p annum during her life.
It. I give unto my son John Dodge all that upland and meadow of which he is now possessed being divided by a line agreed on beginning at a stump in the cornfield and so running unto an heape of stones at the upper end of the same land he paying unto my wife in consideration of her thirds fortie shillings p annum during her life also I give unto my son John twentie pound he to be payd by my executors.
And whereas I have land in England let to my brother Michael Dodge for foure p annum I doe hereby acquit my brother from all dues and demands concerninge the said rent during my life but after my decease I give and bequeathe to my wife and my son John the said rent to be annually paid them during the said lifes according to the tenure of the lease.
It. I give unto my daughter Mary Herrick one ewe having given her portion allready. Also I give unto my daughter Jiary Derricks five daughters fifty shillings apiece to be paid to be each of them at their day of marriage or one and twentie yeares of age in case of any of them die the portion to be divided equally amongst them that shall survive that is to say if they die before they come to yeares or married.
It. I give my daughter Sarah five pound having had her portion allready which five pound is to be paid in two yeares after my descease also I give unto my daughter Sarah's daughter five pound to be payed her at her marriage or one and twentie yeares of age in case the child die before that time to returne to be payed to her mother.
It. I give unto my sons Edward and Joseph all the rest of my estate not above disposed of to be equally divided between them all doe appoint these my two sons joynt executors of this my last will and testament and does appoing my brother William Dodge Sene and Mr Henery Batholomew Sene of Salem overseers of this my last will and for there paynes herein I give unto each of them twenty shillings apiece. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and yeare above written.
The mark of
Richar X Dodge (Wax)
Signed sealed in presence of Isack Huli"
Note: I think that probably should be 'Hull" I typed in as written...well...typed...don't know where this came from either. Note that there is apparently, another daughter with a rather strange name...Jiary and she was married evidently to a surname DERRICKS and had 5 daughters of whom none were grown...so perhaps she was the youngest child, daughter of Richard and Edith. This article MAY have been scanned in and so the name Jiary may not be as it seems. Sometimes OCR does not see letters as they actually are especially if the text is not sharp and clear.