Esther Ware


Elder John Huntting owned land on the “Great Playne” in 1643, and near the “herd yard”, in what is now Wellesley, in 1681. The inventory of Stephen Huntting, “Husbandman”, was made in 1740, and amounted to £1579, 15s., 3d. His homestead and fifty acres on the south side of the road were appraised at £1000, land on the north side at £200; shoemaker’s and tanner’s tools were included, besides curried leather, and some books. Samuel Huntting was the administrator, and Robert Cook, Thomas Metcalf and Jonathan Smith were the appraisers. On April 5, 1742, Captain Cook was appointed guardian of the daughter, Abigail Huntting, aged eighteen years. The will of Jonathan Huntting, dated June 16, 1768, is a good sample of the more elaborate wills of that period. He gave his wife the west end of the house, the cellar under the east end, and two cows were to be summered and wintered for her use. She was also to have annually fire-wood, eight bushels of Indian corn, four bushels of rye, two of malt, a barrel of cider, thirty weight of beef, a “Spring Pigg or Shout fatted in the winter”, “a Sufficiency of Sauce”, also “£1-14-8” yearly, and ‘provision to attend the public worship of God Conveniently and decent burial after death’. Ruth Smith had one half of the lot “in Hundreds North of Sherborn Road”, also £10, one half of the personal property after the decease of the widow, and some books. Daughter Esther Ware had like bequests, with the exception of the books. Ebenezer Huntting was the executor and residuary legatee. Land in Pine Swamp was part of the residuary. In 1771 one, or more, families of Hunttings lived on the west side of what is now Washington Street, Wellesley, and southwest of Forest Street.”

Reference Data:

Hisotry of Needham, Massachusetts, 1711-1911, by George Kuhn Clark, 1912, pages 35-6

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