According to the Woburn town records, Samuel Walker took the oath of
freeman in 1674, was a representative in 1689, and was a deacon.
Samuel Walker died testate, writing a will on 5 July 1699. His probate records are in Middlesex County Probate Records, Probate Packet #23,614 [in FHL Microfilm 0,432,072]. The will reads:
"In the name of god amen =
"I Samuell Walker Senr of Woobourne in the County of Middx in the province of the Massaatusets Bay in New England yeoman, being aged and attended with great Infirmity of body, but yett of gods goodness I am of sound understanding and perfect memory, also knowing it to be a Christian duty for a man to Sett his hous in order, I do therfore make and publish this wrighting to be my last Will and Testament and first I give my Soule to god that gave it me and my body to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executors (hereinafter named) in hopes of a glorious resurection to life again throu the death and merrits of Christ Jesus my Lord and only Saviour.
"And as to that portion of temporal Estate yt god of his bounty hath bestowed on me, I do give and bequeath as followeth,
"Imps my Will is and I do hereby declare it, that all my Just debts be fully payd, and my funeral chargess defrayed,
"2ly my Will is that my loveing and well beloved Wife Abigaile Shall have yt Joynder or covenant I made with her before Marridge, Exactly fulfiled to her by my Execrs herein after named, as also as a further manifestation of my love unto her, I do hereby give her five pounds in silver to be payd her out of my Estate.
"3ly my Will is that my son Timothy Walker shall have and Enjoye all the housing and lands that I have conveyed to him by deed of Gift undr my hand and seale, also my will is that my son Timothy shall have liberty to purchase my homested with ye lands adjoyning and acomadable to it herein after mentioned, upon the terms I have herein Sett, namely my dwelling hous barn and out housing with ye land adjoyning, abutting upon the land of my son Timothy southwest, Josyah Wood and Benjam. Simonds Norwest, and by the land of John Lock partly Norwest and Northeast, by the land of Israell Walker Northeast, by the land of Frances Kendal East and Southeast, and by the meadowland of George Read Senr Southwest, also one Woodlott lying in Raggrock Coman at the North End of Raggrock hill about eight or nine acres, also one other parsel of land and timber lying near James Simondses, bounded by the sd. Simonds land West, the highway Northeast, Josyah Woods land southeast, there being by Estimation Seven or Eight acres thereof, also one other Woodlot lying in Rock meadow plaine twelve acres more or less, bounded Samll Blogget south, Josyah Wood North, and one other lott in Rock meadow plaine fifteene acres more or less, bounded by Jacob Kendal North, Josyah Wood South, or also one peice of Meadow in great Rock meadow Eight acres more or less & it lyeth on ye Northeast side of sd Meadow, butting upon Timothy Walkers meadow Southwest, all these housing and lands my son Timothy shall have liberty to purchase, allowing to my sd wife her due out of it according to her joynter, he paying the sum of sixty six pounds as is herein after mentioned, namely to my Grand Children Ruth Walker and Edward Walker, ye children of my late deceaced son John Walker, to each of them five pounds, when they come to a leagal age to receive it, and to Sarah Walker, Judeth Abigail Samuell and Hannah Walkersm all these last five being the children of my son Samll Walker, to Each and every of them five pounds apeice, also I do give unto my daughter Sarah Johnsons five children, namely Edward Johnson, Sarah Esther Samuell and Abigail Johnson, to Each and every of them five pounds apeice, and the other six pounds remaining of the sixty six afore named I do hereby give it unto my son Samuell Walker, all the leagasies herein given to my son Samuell Walker s children, and my daughter Sarah Johnsons Children, my Will is it shall be all payd to their fathers or guardians within two years after my decease, to be Improved for the sd Grandchildren respectively, and if any of my aforesd grandchildren shal;l dye in their minority, then the portion or portions of any such shall be equaly devided amongst ye Surviveing of the same family to which suce deceased children did belong.
"4ly my will is that if my son Timothy afosd shall purchase the lands above mentioned, and decease without any surviveing issue, then I do give those lands unto the Eldest Surviveing Child of my son Samuels and the Eldest surviveing child of my daughter Sarah Johnson to be Equaly devided betweene them.
"5ly If my son Timothy Walker do not se cause to purchase the aforsd lands with the sd housing, then my will is that they shall be devided into three equal parts, namely to sd Samuell Timothy and Sarah, my three children, and they shall have hold and enjoy it to them theire heirs and assignes forever, they to pay proportionably, yt is each and every of them one third part of the ten pounds given to my son Johns two children.
"6ly I give to my son Samll Walker a peice of swamp and woodland six acres more or less at a place called barehold, bounded by yt land of George Read junr southeast and northeast, and John Craggin west, also I do give him sd Samll al my right in the Seder Swamps, to him & his heirs for ever besids what I have formerly given by deed of gift, under my hand and seale.
"7ly my Will is and I do give to my daughter Sarah Johnson one lott of pine timber near Nathaniel Wymans hous on ye other side ye great meadow brook, also an other lott of pine timber lying on ye southwest side of the great meadow brook betweene the path yt leads to Micheal Bacons Mill and ye great meadow one lott of land and timber at a place caled Hodges hole four acres and a halfe more or less abutting upon ye land of John Lock, also an other timber lott on the North side of Longmeadow adjoyning to the land of Benjamin Johnson and Longmeadow Swamp, an other lott of land and timber Eight acres more or less at a place caled breakneck hill near Billerica highway, also a parsel of woodland near that place belonignig to me which is undevided, these six last mentioned lotts I do give to my daughter Sarah Johnson her heirs and assignes for ever.
"8ly as to all my personal Estate, moneys, Cattels, chattels bils bond and what ever else is belonging to me the sd Samll Walker Senr I do hereby give it unto my thre children Samuell Walker Timothy Walker and Sarah Johnson to be Equaly devided betwixt them three.
"Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons Samuel Walker & Timothy Walker joynt Executors to this my Will, to se it faithfuly Executed and performd. In Wittness whereof I the said Samuel Walker Sent have hereunto set my hand and seale this fifth day of July Anno. Domini Sixteene hundred ninty & nine & in ye Eleventh Yeare of his Majts Reigne, Wm ye third over England &c King &c.
"Signed sealed & published by Samll Walker Senr to be his last will and testament, beofre us:
John LockSamuel Walker Senr
The will was exhibited by Samuel Walker Junior and Timothy Walker at the Court in Cambridge on 15 February 1703/4, with James Converse, Josiah Wood and John Lock attesting.
On 15 May 1704, Edward Johnson, Samuel Walker and Timothy Walker appeared before the Judge of Probate and stated that they had made an equal division of the goods and chattells of their honored father to each of their satisfaction. The Judge accepted it on 19 June 1704.
Samuel Walker is buried in First Burial Ground of Woburn. "Here lyes ye body of Deacon Samuel Walker, aged 61 years, died January ye 18th, 1703".
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