Estate Agreement with Widow Uffit [Ufford]
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These may certifie to home it may consearne, that in our presentes whose nam[es] are hereto under writin: by the proposion [proposition?] of Thomas Uffit of Stratford [illegible] they wife of Thomas Uffit of Stanford, lately deceased, with her child[ren
] [are]? freely willing to acsent of what esteat of her deceased husband was in her or her childrens custodey here in Stanfford: and to pay and fully discharge any debts and dues of any thing that is due to any parson upon any accompt in the bounds of Stanford [with] out any further trouble: or mollystations is to be [illegible], and parsor [illegible] that the said two brothers of Thomas Uffit doth accept and agree unto the [terms] and the saide widdow Uffit with her children is to renounce any right or title to any [part] or parcele of any of the esteat of the saide Thomas Uffit deceased, that is not [in the] Stanfford bounds, and the saide Thomas Uffit with his bretheren are to pay and [di]scharge any debts, and deues, that shall be found deue from Thomas Uffit deceased, threught his proper personall accation, with out the bounds of [Stan]fford, that is to say be fore his marriage to this his present wife widdoe Theale, and only [?] if the three children of the deceased Thomas Uffit shall please [to] alowe something to the said widdow in conceideration of the many debts in Stanfford, it will be acceptable: this was in the presences of us we whose names are under written doe consent to the within writteing this: 20th of a guest: 60:
|Richard Mills||The mark of widdow Uffit||Alexer Bryant|
|Subscribed ~ Joseph thealle||John Archer|
|September 6:60 William Ratliff||Thomas Uffit|
|We heaveing considered the motion of alowing||Roger Terrill|
|something to wards the debtes in Stanford, and|
|upon deu consideration of a maney debtes, that|
|has and are like to a rise: we see noe cause, to alowe aney|
|[thi]ng more then, what wee heave alowed all redey at|
Transcribed by Nancy Tyrrel Theodore, August 2010.
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There is some very creative spelling in this document, but still, it tells an interesting story. Of course, Uffit is Ufford, and this agreement seems to have been the idea of Thomas1 Ufford of Stratford the son of Thomas0 Ufford of Stanford at his decease. However, there is no Stanford in
Thomas0 Ufford (father of Roger1 Terrill's wife, Abigail) left an estate in
So, it was a short second marriage. Such debts as there were in
The widow then asked if the three children of Thomas.... Thomas, John and Abigail represented by her husband Roger Terrill.... would consider helping her with "the many debts in Stanfford." They refused, "we see noe cause, to alowe aney [thi]ng more.
The document is signed by Thomas and John Ufford and Roger Terrill, as well as the widow's son Joseph Theale and her son-in-law William Ratliff. Have not identified John Archer. Alexander Bryant was a merchant of Milford. The subsequent refusal to help with the widow's many debts was signed by Thomas and John Ufford, and Roger Terrell.
The widow Elizabeth died 27 December 1660c. ntt
a History of Stamford, Connecticut, Rev. E. B.
b The Ancestry of Rev. Nathan Grier Parke & his wife Ann Elizabeth Gildersleeve; compiled by N. Grier Parke, II; edited by Donald Lines Jacobus; published by the compiler 1959; page 119: "His inventory was presented in Court at Milford, 6 Dec. 1660, and showed estate in Milford and Stratford amounting to nearly £290."
c Ibid p. 119