Date: May 24, 1756
(extract) “Real Estate Valuation of Joseph Warren Estate, land valued at 1345 Pounds.”
Source: In John Collins Warren Papers II, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston
Commentary: Widow Mary Stevens Warren took on considerable responsibility to keep the Roxbury family farm intact and viable following the untimely death of her husband, Joseph Warren II, in late October 1755. Land and buildings were the greatest store of wealth, but there was precious little cash on hand or that could be generated by the sale of farm products. See also probate records tagged for dates of 1765 and prior. Mrs. Warren took a partial mortgage on the farm to help pay for her eldest son Joseph Warren’s medical apprenticeship under Dr. Lloyd 1761-1763.