Jeremiah Fuller of Holden, State of Massachusetts Bay
Petition before the Worcester Probate Court, 18 Nov 1778

Worcester County Probate Court
Reference: Case Number 22644
Final Probate Record, 6 April 1790, County of Worcester,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA

(Born 14 May 1736   -    Died Nov 1778)
(Jeremiah4, Thomas3, Jeremiah2, John1of Newton)

Transcribed by Wayne L. Fuller, July 2016


An initial petition of 18 November, 1778 was heard by the Hon. Levi Lincoln Esq. Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester, in the State of Massachusetts Bay and was made by Sarah Fuller widow, Phineas Everett yeoman, Ignatius Goulding …. of Holden in the County of Worcester and Nathan Fuller Esq. of Newton [likely Jeremiah’s brother] requesting the court appoint Sarah Fuller and Ebenezer Everett as Administrators for the estate of Jeremiah Fuller, late of Holden deceased; the court proceedings are summarized below.
[Note: Effective on the date of Independence, July 4, 1776, Massachusetts became “The State of Massachusetts Bay” and it was not until 1780 that it became “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts”. So the initial Petition was under the State name and the final Probate was under the Commonwealth name.]


Nov 18, “The Condition of this presented Obligation is such That the above bounded Sarah Fuller and Ebenezer Everit who have taken upon themselves the office of and are appointed Administrators of the Estate of Jeremiah Fuller late of Holden aforesaid deceased do make or cause to me made a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods, Chattles, Rights and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall con to the Hamds Possession or Knowledge of them the said Sarah and Ebenezer or into the Hands and Possessions of any other Person or Persons for them and the same so made, do exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Registry of the Court of Probate for the said County of Worcester, at or before the Eighteenth Day of February next ensuing………….” [Signed] Sarah Fuller (Mark), Phineas Everett, Ignatius Goulding, Nathan Fuller; Witness – Samuel Whitney, Daniel Bigelow

Dec 1, “We the Subscribers being appointed by the Hon. Levi Lincoln Esq. Judge of Probate for the County of Worcester to apprize the Estate of Jeremiah Fuller Late of Holden Deceased. We have prized Said Estate in the manner Following (Viz).


Real Estate                                                                                                                            £    S  [P]

[Total – no detail]  1100 — 0
Personal Estate
Carpenter Tools      24 13 0
1 Horse £15 a cow £20. two heifers £34 four sheep £9.12S      78 12 0
4 Small Swine £6 Saddle & Bridle £2 a Plow £14      14 00 0
Rings and wedges & other small articled         £ S        2 15 0
4 old axes £4.6S addze Bullet mole & other Small articles £3.1S        7 07 0
3 Plow chains £6 one iron Bar £4 thore Bell & other articles £6.16S      16 16 0
1 Iron Harrow £7 old barrils and other wooden lumber £9      16 00 0
Box Iron grid iron and Toft Iron        1 15 0
Wearing Apparel      15 08 0
3 Chests £7.5S Three Beds and Bedding £42.4S six Chairs 3 tubs £3.12S      53 01 0
Warming pan and other articles £15.5S      15 05 0
Crain & toramal & other articles £6-19S Kettle & Sythe £4 9S      11 08 0
a Bottles & other articles £1.8S Putter Dishes and other articles £9-9S      10 17 0
other Col[lection]  from Rakes        0 06 0
[minus Real Estate]  1369 14 0 1100 — 0
                                                        Personal     269 14 0

Holden Decm. 1. 1778”

David Fisk      )
John Abbot     )    Appraisers
Jason Glezen  )


Jun 6, The Judge accepted the inventory as presented and ordered that it be recorded as Personal Estate 269.14 and Real Estate 1100.00.    Signed by: Levi Lincoln J. Prob.

June 6, The Judge then also accepted a schedule showing Cash received from the Sale of the Personal Estate of £272.14 less the amount of debts paid out at this date of £78.00.1  leaving the total cash in hand of £194.13.11 and ordered this amount to be entered into court records.

Aug 3, Sarah Fuller widow, married Judah Mayo in Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts.


Apr 6, A petition was presented to the Probate Court of Worcester by Judah Mayo and Phineas Everett, also signed by Sarah [Fullr] Mayo that the Estate of Jeremiah Fuller late of Holden was in debt and that some or all of the Real Estate would have to be sold to pay the debts.

No date, “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts” “To the Honorable Senate & House of Representatives in the General Court Assembled”

“The Petition of Sarah Mayo Late Fuller and Phinehas Everett appointed by the Hon_ble the judg of the Probates for the County of Worcester Administrators to the Estate of Jeremiah Fuller Late of Holden in the Said County Deceased

Humbly showeth

That the Estate of the said Deceased is Greatly in Debt Which Cannot be Discharged but by Selling apart or the whole of the Real Estate — the Portional Being altogether Insufficient       therinfor

That the Selling Such a part of the said Estate as in Sufficient to satisfy said Debts we apprehend would greatly Dissolve the right of the Heirs & Prevent the sale of the Remainder to Profit when they Come of age

Your Petitioners theirfore Humbly Pray

That the Hon_ble Court would Order that the whole of said Real Estate be alloed to be sold and grant relief in such way as in your Wisdom shall think fit __ and as in Duty Bound”


Sarah Mayo (her Mark)    ) Administrators
Phinehas Everett                 )

J Child                       )
Josiah Stetson       )  Select Men
William Rehall      )  Holden
Elisha Hubbard    )
Sam-el Thomson )


Apr 6, A formal presentation was made to the Probate Court on the status of the accounts by the administrators, Sarah Mayo and Phineas Everett regarding the Estate of Jeremiah Fuller. After taking into account revenue for rent of the land and the sale of land and additional expenses over the period, the New Balance of cash in hand was presented to be £19-9-4.

The court accepted this and entered that amount into the Court Records and distribution as follows:  “Personally appraised [by] Phineas Everett one of the administrators confirmed and made solemn oath to the truth of the above amount and vouched for the payments therein contained. I allow this whereby it appears that admin[istrator]s have a balance in their hands in the said amount of £19.9.4 the greater part of with consists of a public Security & the remainder in other Personal Estate which I order them to Deliver to the widow of the said Deceased for her use and upon so doing they [administrators] are Discharged ”                                                      [Signed] Joseph Wheeler Esq. Prob.

“By order of the Hon, Judge” ”





Middlesex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1648-1871.  New England Historic Genealogical Society, online database, 2014.  From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, Boston, MA, USA.