Martin Underwood and wife Martha also lived in Watertown (relationship to Joseph and Thomas not known). He was from Elmham, county Suffolk, England.
April 30, 1634, age 38, came on Elizabeth of Ipswich to America16
August 23, 1663; Will made. No children.
"August this 23, 1663. In the name of God Amen: I Martaine Underwood
dwelling in Watertown being in perfect memory do ordaine this as my last
will and testament. first I do commend my soul unto God from whome
I have received it and my body to the earth believing and expecting a resurecion
unto eternal life in and throught the meritts of Christ Jesus. As
for my temporall estate I do bequeath it all unto my deare and beloved
wife and doe make her sole executor of all my estate wheather lands, chattels,
or moveables and after her death I do gve and bequeath my house and homestall
and barne with all my lands in Watertowne, and all my rights belonging
to me now or may hereafter unto my kinsman Nathan ffiske: Provided that
in case my deare wife have need to make use of any part of that estate
bequeathed unto my cousin Nathan ffiske for her releife and comfort then
it is my minde and will that she shall have full liberty to make sale of
any part of the before bequeathed estate for her comfortable subsistence:
and farther in case my cousin Nathan ffiske should dye without heyres,
executors or assigns it is my minde and will that my cousin John fiske
his brother shall injoy all that I have bequeathed unto my Cousen Nathan
ffiske: and further it is my minde and will that in case any of my sisters
children should after my decease come over into this country to lay claime
to any part of my estate before bequeathed and given: that it is my minde
and will that so many of them as shall come over shall have twenty shillings
apeece to be paid out of my estate in on e thing or another as my executors
can best pay and further it is my minde and will that after my debts and
funerall expenses be payed that wrever of my estate shall be left indisposed
by my wife and not given by her shall all fall into the hands of my Cousen
Nathan fiske: whome it is my desire after my wives death that he should
be the heyre and owner thereof: I say him that is my Cousin Nathan fiske
his heyres, executors, administrators or asins and in case my kinsman Nathan
fiske should dye without heyres, executors, administrators, or assigns,
then it is my will that my kinsman John ffiske his brother shall injoy
all that my kinsman Nathan fiske should have injoyed if he had lived unto
which will and last testament I have set my hand and seale.
Martin Underwood (seal)
(witnesses)" (The Underwood Families in America)
There is no proof known at this time that Martin was a family member of brothers Joseph and Thomas Underwood of Watertown, although it is certainly likely that he is at least some sort of relation. Due to date of birth, I have placed him as a sibling of Thomas and Joseph.
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