|Death: ||Sep. 18, 1675|
Lived in Marblehead, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony. One of Captain Moseley's men who died at Bloody Brook. Mosely went to Bloody Brook to relieve Captain Lothrop, and three of his men died. Captain Lothrop's soldiers were guarding a haul of grain that teamsters were moving to storage.
Although many of the men who fought at Bloody Brook died intestate, the young fisherman Peter Barron drew up a will specifically because he was about to go to war. Apparently unable to write, Peter signed by mark on August 28, 1675. Three weeks later he was dead.
The will mentions no kin, but appoints "my Master Elias Hendly" to look after Peter's affairs. His inventoried property, if we had it today, would fit into the trunk of a car.
The will is unusual in that it threatens anyone who does not pay Elias Hendly any debts owed to Peter Barron. The inventory mentions no amounts owed to Peter Barron, but it does mention a few small amounts that he owed others. Possibly someone paid a debt to Peter Barron after he wrote the will.
The full court record follows:
"Be it knowne vnto all men by these prsents yt I Peter Barroon off Marblehead New England ffisherman being now prest and Commanded away to Goe a Gainst the Indians not knowing where it may please ye Lord to spare my Life to Come a Gain : Therefore I haue a Desire and Doe by these prsence ffreely Giue unto my Master Elias Hendly all whateuer I haue either money Goods or any other thing or things to his own proper use and Behoofe to doe and use at his own will and pleasure and further Doe Impower ye sd Elias hendly to be my true and Lawful Attourney for me and in my name to Requir Recouer and Receiue all Debts. Dues Demands in money, or moneys Goods or other things whatsoever that is of property and of due belonging to me from any person or persons what ever : and upon any ye Refusers of payment thereof it shall & may be lawful for my sd Atourney to sue them Rest Implead Condemn Imprisson & upon payment of any such money or Goods for my Atourney to Giue as if I were personally prsent at ye Doeing ye same in witnes Thereof I haue set my hand this 28th August 1675."
Petter ( his O Mark) Barroone.
Witness : Edw. Humphreys, John Merrett.
Proved 15 : 10 : 1675 [December 15, 1675] by the witnesses.
—Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 24, leaf 78.
Inventory of the estate of Peter Barron, taken Nov., 26, 1675, by Nathanel Walton and James Denned: one wascotte, pare of breshes & Jakett of stufe, 2li. ; a pare of ould stufe briches & 2 pare of wolling drayers, 7s. 6d. ; one old carsy cotte & breshes & one wascot of penestone, 16s.; one Hatte & cape, 4s., 2 fishing Linnes, 4s., one pare of stockins & gloves, 3s. ; two long neckloth & hancershers, 9s. 6d. ; one winter shirt & drayer, 14s. ; 2 cors shirts & one ould pare Drayers, 10s., one grene ruge & one blankett, 1li. 8s. ; one cheast, 5s. ; mony sellver, 3 li. 7s. ; total, 10li. 8s. Debts due: to vini vinson, 17s. ; to Mr. William Browne, sr., 1li. 16s. ; to Cristopher Lattemore, 1li. 12s. ; to John Furbush, 15s. ; total, 5li.
—Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 25, leaf 92.
Elyas Henly was appointed 27 : 4 : 1676 administrator of the estate of Peter Baroone, who was slain in the war against the Indians, and was ordered to fulfill the mind and will of deceased as expressed in that writing given in and proved as his act and deed.
—Salem Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, leaf 94.
The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts. Vol. III. 1675-1681, pp 24-25.
See cemetery notes for further details and bibliographic sources.
Bloody Brook Mass Grave
Created by: Mrs. Bee
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50150980