Family & Will of Rev. Francis Dane, Essex County, MA 1697

This post was delayed for several days. The post about John Dane on 5 May 2018 noted that the will of Rev. Francis Dane would post the following day, but I got sidetracked!

Reverend Francis Dane is my 9X great grandfather. He was born c1615 in England and married three times. The first marriage was to Elizabeth Ingalls, c1639. She died 9 June 1676, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. His second wife was Mary (MNU) Thomas, who he married 22 November 1677 in Andover. Mary died 18 February 1688/89.  He was survived by third wife, Hannah Chandler, who he married c1690. Hannah died 2 June 1711, also in Andover.

All of Francis Dane’s children were born to his first wife, Elizabeth Ingalls. Six are known to have survived to adulthood, but there might have been several more, as none of the children’s births are registered in town records.


  1. Elizabeth, born c1640; died 15 April 1722, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; married Stephen Johnson, 5 November 1661, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts.
  2. Nathaniel, born c1644; died 14 April 1725, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; married Deliverance Hazeltine, 12 December 1672, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
  3. Hannah, born c1646; died after 1685; married William Goodhue, 14 November 1666, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts. William Goodhue died in 1712 in Ipswich, but Hannah’s date of death is unknown.
  4. Abigail, born c1648; died 5 February 1729/30, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; married Francis Faulkner, 12 October 1675, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
  5. Phebe, born c1650; died 18 December 1726, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; married Joseph Robinson, 30 May 1671, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts
  6. Francis, born c1656; died 8 November 1738, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts; married Hannah Poor, 16 November 1681, Andover, Essex, Massachusetts

Will of Francis Dane, 1693, Page 1
Source: NEHGS

April the 25th: One Thousand Six hundred and ninty three

I Francis Dane Senr of Andover in the County of Essex, being through the goodness of God of Sound mind & memorie, yet through age & infirmities of body, being put in mind of my mortality, I make this my last will, & Testament in manner following.

First I comit my Spirit into the hands of God, imploring his mercy through Christ the Sonne of his love in whom he is well pleased And my body to decent burial. And for the disposal of my outward Estate which God hath beene pleased graciously to give me, my mind & will is Set Downe.

First, that all my just debts be payd truely, & Satisfied by my Executors hereafter named.

To my Deare wife, Hannah Dane, I give twenty pounds to be payd as followeth. whereof Four pounds & Eleaven shillings is allready payd for the two cowes, the mony being in her owne hands to do with what she please.

The remainder of the pay (?) rest to be payd in Corne, Cattle, & Swine in differently prized as comon pay, at price currant in ye Towne what chests or goods my wife brought to my house I leave them to Dispose to (?) (?) will; onely what Tobacco, (?) or Candles
were then brought excepted & then spent

It: I order my Sonne Nathaniel to pay to her Annually Foure pounds, during her widowhood, In wheate or Ry, or In dian? or cattle at price currant, as it goes in the Towne.

It: I order my Sonne Francis to pay Three pounds yearly During her widowhood in wheate, Ry, Indians and The cutting of foure Load of Hay in Little Hope at Eighteene pence the Load, wh is to be Set off as part of the three pounds yearly.

To my Beloved sonne Nathaniel, I give my now dwelling House & lands about it with ye Buildings, Horsyard, plough lands & Pastures
It: The land & meadow that he hath in  his hands made (over?) by Deed.

It. I give to my Sonne Nathaniel Two acres of meadow at little Hope strictly measured (/) the two Course one above the other, the two trees joyning to ye cove? of John Fry Senr from the upland to the (?) sland
It. I give to my Sonne Nathaniel, my silver cup & the Cupbored in the parlour, & a great pewter platter marked with D:

To my Sonne Francis I give ye house & all the Lands lying at Little hope The Lands I give to my Sonne Francis are as follows. Eight fenced Acres layd out for my great Division. and Thirty Acrres layd out for my thir division, to my Six Acre Lot & the Meadow of my first devision, lying at little Hope as appears Excepting what is above mentioned, given to my Sonne Nathaniel.

It: I give go my Sonne Francis, two Acres of land bought of Josh? Lovejoy Senr laid to my Line at little hope as appeares by Deed.
It: the plough, chaines, musket, the chest in ye Parlour marked with F.T and a pewter platter marked with F. F. D.

It: to my two Sonns I give my wearing cloths

To my daughter Elizabeth Johnson, I give six Acres of land, layd out on Each side of their (?) dwelling house & So over the hill. And after ye death of my Daughter Elizabeth Johnson, I give it to my nephew Francis Johnson, the eldest Sonne of Stephen Johnson Senr:

To my Daughter hannah Goodhue, I give the Feather bed that is in my parlour, & (?) & Hangings about the bed.

To my Grand Sonne Francis Goodhue, I give all my bookes, Hebrew Greek, & Latinne, & English, excepting as I have given to my Sonns & Daughters, & Grandchildren which they have in present posession.

To my Daughter Phebe Robinson, I give a parcel of land, now (Laying?) out behind the great pond.

It. I give to my Neece Phebe Robinson my Feather bed lying in the great chamber & the B(?), & the wrought Cushion, & one of the new Blankets in ye parlour.

To my Daughter Abigail Faulkner I give my Fether bed in the little parlour. It: A parcel of swamp land, partly purchased; Six Acres purchased for Fourty Shillings payd to Joseph Parker Senr.

All my moveables not already disposed of (my debts being payed) I leave Equally to be divided among my foure daughters, Elizabeth. Hannah, Phebe, Abigail. It: Six pairs of Sheets, I leave to be divided among my foure daughters.

Lastly my will is, & I hereby Constitute & appoint my beloved Sonns Nathaniel, & Francis Cane, my Executors of this my last will & Testament.

In wittness where oof I hereunto set my hand & Seale this Twenty-Fifth of April On thousand, Six hundred & ninty three 1693.
Francis Dane Senr

Signed, Sealed and declared to be my last will; in presence of witnesses
Thomas Barnard
Thomas Johnson
Thomas osgood

Jur? Tho Barnard & Tho Johnson mrch 8 6 9/7 & ye Thos Osgood did (?) Saml (?)

Digital images found at: Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)

2 thoughts on “Family & Will of Rev. Francis Dane, Essex County, MA 1697”

  1. “To my daughter Elizabeth Johnson, I give six Acres of land, layd out on Each side of their (?) dwelling house & So over the hill. And after ye death of my Daughter Elizabeth Johnson, I give it to my nephew Francis Johnson, the eldest Sonne of Stephen Johnson Senr:”

    So is Francis Johnson his nephew, grandson, or step-grandson? Elizabeth was married to Stephen so I’m confused why Francis would be a nephew.

    Later in the will, Phebe Robinson is referred to as his “neece”. Is she really a niece?

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