William Straw

b. 1660-Nottinghamshire, England d. Abt 1712 - Amesbury, MA

Margaret

d. abt 1712



Their Family:


01. Samuel Straw - b. 13 Aug 1692-Amesbury, MA d. Oct 1773-South Hampton, NH

02. Lawrence Straw - b. 31 May 1699-Amesbury, MA d. 1762-South Hampton, NH


Notes:

Re. Samuel Straw:
He was one of the founders of the first parish of South Hampton, NH.According to Salisbury Second church records he was " dismissed to S. Hampton March 3, 1728. His Will is on record at Exeter.

"Abstract of Will of Samuel 2 of South Hampton, NH on record at Exeter dated October 10, 1764. Son Israel Straw of Weare(NH) to be executor. Wife Elizabeth use and improvement of 1/2 of the estate. Son Jonathan to have 100 (pounds) part paid in 2 yrs(,) part in 4 and the rest in 6 years and my son Jonathan to have my great bible after his mother's discease(sic). Son Ezekiel to have 100 (pounds) to be paid in the same way as Jonathan's.Son Jacob to have the same as the others. Son Isreal to have the homestead. Daughter Hannah to have four acres of land at a place in Salisbury called Brush Island.

Son Samuel to have 3 acres salt marsh and my hand irons and 1/4 of my pew and furniture for the same after mine and my wife's descease(sic). To my son Samuel 5 acres of land adjacent to Wm. Brown's land and the land I give my son Israel.To daughter Elizabeth Gordon wife of Abner Gordon one fourth of my beds and furniture belonging to the same. To daughter Hannah 5 acres of land 1/3 of all my pewter and my great pot and little one and two trammels and frying pan. To daughter Alice Osgood 100 (pounds) and 1/4 my beds and furniture. To my loving wife the East end of the house afterwards for the use of daughter Hannah as long as she remains single. To my wife, son Israel and daughter Hannah all my tools (re) for the use of the place. To daughter Hannah two barrels cyder(sic) and two barrels apples yearly. My son Israel of Weare, NH to be executor. Will probated October 27, 1773"

It is uncertain which daughter he was referring to when he says Alice..there was a daughter named Abiah. His daughter Meriam had died in 1736 at the age of 13 or 14. There is no record of an Alice. This daughter Alice was apparently married to a man named Osgood. The information on Samuel comes from genealogy of EST of 1897 and from the Straw Bible owned by Pluma Straw which contains the records of James Brown Straw. Additional information on names of children and dates of their birth per VR of South Hampton. Sources: Pluma Straw Family Bible; genealogy of EST 1897; South Hampton VR; Amesbury VR; History of Weare, NH (Little); IGI Files;census records:Hopkinton, NH VR; DAR records.

Re. Lawrence Straw:
According to the N.E. Historical Genealogical Register, Vol XIV, Oct 1900 the following children of Lawrence and Abia Straw were baptized on August 14, 1743: Moses, John, Lawrence, Ezra, Abia, Hannah, and Miriam.(EST in her Gen of 1897 gives the names of his children as: Samuel (b. South Hampton), John, Meriam, Mehitable, Moses, Hannah and Ezra all baptized Aug 14, 1743 and Daniel baptized March 20 1744..it is possible that the Lawrence and Abia in N.E. Gen Register are the parents themselves.

In his Will of January 29, 1756 in South Hampton (Proved May 26, 1762) he mentions his wife and two sons, Moses and Ezra and a daughter, Hannah Straw. There is no mention of Aaron b. 1730, Meriam b. 1737, Samuel b. 1726,Mehitable baptized 1743 or Daniel baptized 1744. Is it possible that they all were dead? He names Ezra as his Executor and his Will reads as follows: LAWRENCE STRAW 1756 SOUTH HAMPTON

In the name of God Amen. I Lawrence Straw of South Hampton in the province of New-Hampshire in New England Husbandman being Weak in Body * * *

Item - secondly I give to my well beloved Wife Abia Straw the use and improvement of one half of my Real Estate the East End of my house and all the Cellar the one half of all my Stock and one half of my household goods and Household Stuff These I give her the use of and Improvement of So long as She remains my Widow.

Item Thirdly I give to my Son Moses Straw Twenty Five Shillings lawful money or Five Pounds old Tenor as Money now passes to be paid to him by my Executor within Six Months after my Decease-

Item Fourthly I give to my Son Ezra Straw the other half of my Real Estate and the other half of my Stock, and if my Wife Abia Straw refuses my Will and chooseth to stand by the law, then I give to my son Ezra Straw two Thirds of my Real Estate and two thirds of all my stock with all my husbandry utensils, and after the Decease of my wife I give him the whole of all my real Estate and the whole of my stock. I give him all my Husbandry utensils and Implements to take Possession of immediately after my Decease.

Item Fifthly I give to my Daughter Hannah Straw Three hundred Pounds old Tenor as money now passes, the one half to be paid to her within Six months after my Decease, and to be paid with the one Half of my Household Goods and Household stuff if they are Valued at one hundred and Fifty pounds old Tenor , and if they are not valued so high as to amount to it then the rest to be paid to her in money, and if they amount to more than one Hundred and Fifty Pounds old Tenor yet my will is that the one Half of all my Household goods and house hold Stuff be delivered to her within Six months after my Decease. And my will also is that the other hundred and Fifty pounds be paid her within Six months after the Decease of my Wife Abia Straw, as the first one Hundred and Fifty pounds was paid That is to say to be paid out of the other half of my House hold goods, and house hold stuff if they are Valued So high as to amount to One Hundred and Fifty pounds old Tenor But if not, then the remainder to be paid in Money. But yet if they amount to more than one Hundred and Fifty Pounds yet my will is that they be Delivered to her by my Executor, or if Either the first half, or the Second half of my Household Goods and Household Stuff do not amount to one Hundred and Fifty Pounds Old Tenor Each, that then my Executor pays her the remainder in Money at the Expiration of Each Time. My will further is that if my Wife refuseth to accept of my Will and if She accepts what the Law allows her then my Daughter is to have two Thirds of my household goods and two thirds of my household stuff delivered her by my Executor within Six months after my Decease. But if they do not amount to Two hundred pounds Old Tenor, then the rest to be paid to her by him in money, and the Other Third part of my household goods and House hold stuff to be delivered to her within six months after the Decease of my Wife, and if they do not amount to One Hundred pounds Old Tenor, then the rest to be paid to her in Money, But yet if they amount to more yet my will is that they are all of them delivered to her by my Executor

Finally I do Ordain and constitute my son Ezra Straw to be Sole Executor **** In Witness whereof I have Set my Hand and Seal this Twenty Ninth Day of january Anno Domini One Thousand Seven hundred and fifty Six and in the Twenty Ninth year of the Reign of George the Second king over great Britian and his lawrence Straw
his witnesses Prince Flanders, Morrill Flanders, Israel Straw (Proved May 26, 1762)
(Inventory July 27, 1762; amount 5788 Pounds; signed by Abner Morrill and James Graves.
The Israel Straw mentioned above as a witness may have been the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Dimond Straw of South Hampton b. 1735 who would have been 27 at the time of the Will.
Othe?r sources for material on this family include: Amesbury VR; Church records of South Hampton: American Gen Bio Index

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