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Deacon Jonas Humphrey1,2

b. 1620, d. 9 February 1697/98

Father Jonas Humphrey Sr. b. 9 September 1587, d. 19 March 1661/62
Mother Elizabeth Seamer b. 9 September 1587, d. before 1668
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Family Martha Unknown b. circa 1620, d. 22 June 1712
Children  1. Samuel Humphrey b. 1649, d. 30 May 1732
  2. Nathanial Humphrey b. 1652, d. 17 Jan 1700/1
  3. Jonas Humphrey b. 24 Feb 1655, d. 30 Oct 1689
  4. John Humphrey b. 31 Aug 1658
  5. Sarah Humphrey b. 16 May 1661
  6. James Humphrey b. 9 Oct 1665, d. 17 Aug 1718

Note*   Jonas moved with his parents from Wendover, England to Dorchester, new England in 1637. After living in that town for a few years he moved to Weymouth a few miles to the east on the shore of the bay. It seems he may have retained residence in both towns as records are found for him in both places. In 1648 he held public office in Weymouth while his eldest two children were born in Dorchester at a later date. Permanent residence in Weymouth seems to occur areound 1653/4. He reside in the part of Weymouth known as "Old Spain" and the residence there on Neck Street remained in the family for nearly 200 years. He was a Deacon of the church, served as a selectman, a member of the board and was made a freeman in 1653.1 
Birth* 1620  Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England 
Marriage* 1648  Principal=Martha Unknown 
Will* 6 August 1692 or 6 August 1693  Weymouth, Suffolk Co., MA, (Abstracted from te Suffolk County, Mass Probate Book I4, p25)

Recorded 6 Aug 1692/3 and proved 30 Mar 1699.

Gives Son Samuel orchard and pasture bought of Samuel Butterwortg with and acre of meadow on Western Neck, and the first share on Eastern Neck, also one-half of ten acres on Grape Island, also one acre of salt marsh by Richard Philips on Salt Creek, and three-quarters of an acre next to James Smith, Sr.

Gives son Nathaniel eighteen acres of pasture near his dwelling, except four acres next to Samuel Patty's; also one acre of salt marsh on Western Neck, and one and a half acres next to Natahant's Beach; also a share of land on Eastern Neck, with the use of half of the barn belonging to :my dwelling house," and the other half of ten acres on Grape Island.

Gives son James his homestead, about ten acres, with the fresh meadow on the other side of the way; also two acres on Grape Island, lately bought of Nathaniel Smith, and "my interest" in three acres on Back River, near Andrew Ford's; also one-half share on neck - about three acres; all of the salt marsh on Eastern Neck, and the four acres of land near Samuel Patty's.

Divides equally between his three sons his lots in the first and second divisions, commons and swamps.

In case of seath of any of the heirs, the survivors are to have their portion.

The remainder of the estate is to be divided into four parts - one to Samuel, one to Nathaniel, one to James and one to the three grand-children. [Childen of Jonas.]

Sons Samuel and Nathaniel executors.

The instrument was witnessed by Joseph Petty, William Chard and Mary Whitman. William Torrey and Ebeneezer White appraised the estate, which was valued at 501.13 pounds.


Jonas' wife Martha and his children John and Sarah are not mentioned in the will and are presumed deceased before the will was written.1 
Death* 9 February 1697/98  Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA2 

Last Edited 9 Mar 2008

  1. [S35] Humphreys in America, Sarah M. Churchill, Otis Milton Humphreys, Henry Reed Stiles F. Humphreys.
  2. [S270] David G. Richardson Personal Research, David G. Richardson.

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