Joseph Warren II Estate Documents

in about Warren

Dates: 1756 thru 1757

Accounting Vol. 64, p. 470 (also noted as Vol. 51, p. 5-6, dated Jan 5, 1756.)

Doner Appraisal Vol. 64, pp. 471-472

(Vol. 51 for 1756-1757) May 2, 1766  1495/7 Pounds total including: “One old Negro Man servt & young Negro Girl” valued at 26/13/4. Vol. 51, p. 630, 800/0/0 for house, barn + 30 acres includes additional acreage. Animals: one yoke oxen + 1 horse + 3 cows valued at 26/18/0. Apparel not appraised because it was “cut up” for children’s use.

Settlement Vol. 64, p. 473

Release Vol. 86, p. 297

Source: Extracts of Joseph Warren (2nd), Docket 11189, Suffolk County Probate Records, New England Historical and Genealogical Society, Boston. For Guardianship, see Docket #11626 for year 1757.

Commentary: Mary Stevens Warren was able to continue operating the family farm in Roxbury following her husband’s untimely death in an agricultural accident. Valuation of the estate in probate records suggest that the Warrens successfully pursued diversified farming both before and after Joseph Warren II’s fatal accident. Two unnamed black slaves, one an old male servant and a second a girl, are listed in the estate inventory at a value about 4 shillings less than the cattle. No other information about the Warrens’ slaves survives, though they presumably lived in the household while Joseph Warren (III) and his brothers were growing up. Their names, relationship if any between the two of them, ages, and fates all remain unknown. Other tidbits about the farm can be inferred from the estate documents: it included both field crops and dairy cows. The deceased father’s clothing was re-cut and reused by his sons. We know of the Warren  apple orchards from Joseph Warren II’s obituary and scientists’ knowledge of the origins of Warren Russet apples.

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