My 7x great grandfather Joseph Bailey was about thirteen years old when
his father died in 1648. His mother Edna married her second husband,Ezekiel
Northend in 1649 and arrangements had to be made concerning young Joseph's
For explanation of the order given by the court Oct. 27, 1648, in answer to a petition received of Edney Bayly, widow, of Rowley, and final determination of the case, it is ordered May 3, 1649, that the 46li. given by Wm. Halsteed to her son, Joseph Bayly, by Richard Bayly, deceased, remain in the hands of Ezekiell Northin, her present husband, until he shall be twenty one, and then so much be paid him as the will of Wm. Halsteed appoints; that Joseph's portion out of his father's estate shall be 41li., which is two thirds of the estate, and shall also remain in the hands of Ezekiel Northin until he is fourteen years. Ezekiel Northin to give security to the next Ipswich court Mass. Bay Colony Records, vol. 3, page 148.
Joseph Bayly of Rowley acknowledges the receipt from Ezekiell Northend of Rowley, his father-in-law, of "all my whole portion given me by the will of my ffather Richard Bayly which portion was ordered by the Generall Court & apoynted to be forty one pound or there abouts, which was two thirds of the estate, and also of a legasie of nyne pounds foure shillings, given by my unckle william Halsted, also all rents of my whole portion and of the aforesayd legasie since I was of the age of forteene years." Dated Nov. 14, 1667. Witness: Phillip Nelson, Elizabeth Nelson, ffrancis Tildisleg. Ipswich Deeds, vol. 3, page 78.
The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1635-1664 Vol1 (Google eBook)
Essex Institute, 1916 Salem, Ma.
So besides the two thirds of his father's estate, Joseph had an inheritance of 46 pounds
from his uncle William Halstead. Considering that amount was nearly was larger
than his paternal inheritance, it's possible he was William Halstead's only living
male relative. With that amount of money and property, he was able to take a
leading part in the town of Bradford, Ma.:
(II) Deacon Joseph, only child of Richard Bailey, was born about 1635. settling on the Merrimack, in the north part of Rowley, near the Newbury line, in what is now Groveland. He was a leading man of Bradford, where he was selectman twenty-three years between 1625 and 1710, and was deacon of the church there in 1682 until his death, October 11, 1712. He married Abigail Trumbull, who survived him and died in Bradford, November 17, 1735- He died October II, 1712. Their children were: Abigail, Richard, Anne, Elizabeth, Joseph, Edna, Deacon John and Sarah.-p1310
Ezra S. Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker
Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 3 (Google eBook)
There is a discrepancy in that description. Since Joseph was born in 1635, he
couldn't have been a selectman in 1625. I think it's more likely the date was around
1685. His daughter Edna married John Hastings and they were my 6x great grandparents,