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About Thomas Underwood of Watertown
Arrived in America in 1635. Settled first at Hingham, later Dorchester? and finally at Watertown in 1651. (The Underwood Families of America). Freeman 1637.
February 15, 1668: Thomas died without progeny and his will names his nephews and nieces, children of his brother Joseph. Proved April 7, 1668. (The Underwood Families of America)
Will of Thomas Underwood of Watertown
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Underwood of Watertown, in the County of Middlesex, within the Jurisdiccon of the Massachusetts, being sicke and weake of body, but of sound mind and good memory, blessed and praised be God, do constitute and ordeine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following, vizt first. I comend my Soul and Spirit into the hands of God, that gave it, hoping throw the merrits of Jesus Cht to have eternal life, and my body to the ground whereof it was made and to be decently buried by the discretion of my Executrix hereafter mentioned. Impr I give and bequeath unto my Brother Joseph Underwood the Sume of Ten Shillings, further I give and bequeath unto my Couson Joseph Underwood the sume of Three Shillings foure pence. further, give and bequeath unto my Couson Mary Underwood the sume of three shillings foure pence, further I give and bequeath unto me Couson Martha Underwood the sume of three shillings foure pence, further I give and bequeath unto Couson Hannah Underwood the sume of three shillings foure pence, further I give and bequeath unto Couson Elizabeth Underwood the sume of three shillings foure pence, further I give and bequeath unto my Couson Sarah Underwood three shillings foure pence. further my mind and will is that if my loveing wife Magdalene Underwood hath not need to sell all or any part of my homestall, for her comfortable livelihood in the time of her life, that after her decease, Thomas Underwood, sonne to my Brother Joseph Underwood now liveing with mee shall have and injoy as his propper inheritance my Homestall both house and barne and all the land adjacent, except the lott which I purchased of Charles Sternes, but in case the said Thomas shall prove stubborne and rebellious against my beloved wife his Aunt, that then I do hereby impowerher to disinheritt him of it, and to give it to whome shee pleases that may better deserve it, but all the rest of my estate, both houseing lands, goodes, chattels, debts, or whatsoever is myne, I do freely fully, and wholly give and bequeath to my deare and loveing wife Magdalen Underwood, making her my full and sole executrix, of this my last will and testamt, willing and requiring her to performe all and every respecively of this my will according to the true intent and meaning hereof, for confirmation whereof I have hereinto annexed my hand and Seale this 15th of the 12th mo. 1667.
The marke of (---Thomas Underwood - seal)
Sealed and subscribed in the presence off Nathaniel Treadway John Warren Josph Taynter. (The Underwood Families of America)
Town Offices: 1636, and 1638, representative Hingham. Selectman Watertown 1656
Thomas moved to Hingham, MA in 1637. This was during the time period of the Pequot Wars.
Records do not show the exact birthplace of Joseph and Thomas Underwood. Joseph came from England in 1637,( he might have come fron Hingham, county of Norfolk, Eng. along with many of the 206 settlers in Hingham, Mass in 1639) and settled in Hingham, MA. His brother, Thomas, came to Hingham the year before.
Later Joseph went to Watertown, with brother Thomas,where he was admitted as a freeman, May 1645 and considered to be a founder. In this Puritan community, joining the Anglican Church was a prerequisite to being a freeman. Joseph remained in Watertown the rest of his life. Thomas married Magdalen, last name unknown, but had no children.In his Will, Thomas generously left much of what he owned to Joseph and family.
Sources: Massachusetts in the rebellion: a record of the historical position of the ...
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February 15, 1668
Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts