website. Although it was filed in1714, John had written his will thirteen years earlier on
24May 1701. He was around 70 years old at that time and must have decided it was time to
get his affairs in order. He made Josiah, his youngest living son, the executor of the estate
and had this to say about the three older surviving sons:
"I have given unto my sons John Wright Junr, Joseph Wright &
Ebenezer Wright all three of them liveing in Chelmsford in
the above county, inheritances of lands, and deeds of gift
thereof, undr my hand and Seale, as also som personall estate Each
and Every of them I have given them, and left them in the pos
-session thereof ye which my will is they shall Each and Every of
them Enjoye for Evere. the which shall be their Respective
portions of my Estate, in full, only as a further token of my
love I do give to Each and Every of them five shilings apiece,..."
One of the little things I noticed was how he says "Each & Every" where today we say "Each and
every one". I am descended from son Joseph.
John also made provisions for his wife Abigail (Warren) Wright and their youngest daughter Lydia,
who he gave extra to because he felt she would be the one most likely caring for her mother in
Abigail's old age.
Here's the image for the estate inventory, submitted in June 1714.
So my 8x great grandfather John Wright left an estate of 240 pounds and lived to a ripe old age for colonial times.
I'll discuss Abigail Warren's parents next.