|Medical Notes for John Lombard|
|He was ill for several years at the end of his life and was excused from all militia exercise with the Springfield company (Hampshire Probate Records, v. 1, p. 109).|
|Emigrated from England to Cape Cod in 1640. He was in Springfield, MA, by 1646, when there was an assessment of 30 pounds on the town's lots in order to purchase more lands. There were six vacant lots and 42 names listed, with John Lombard as the last on the list with a lot of 45 acres.|
His first grant of land was a house lot with addition, 3 acres in size, 6 rods wide, running west from the street for 80 rods. On the north it was bordered by Hugh Parsons and on the south by the way of the wharf, now York Street. The addition was probably a corresponding strip of land to the east of the road and also land in the meadows on the west side of the Connecticut River . This lot on main street was sold by his grandson John Lombard to John Burt on 30 May 1718 for 155 pounds including a wood lot and meadow. John's original home was burned in the 1675 Indian attack.
John received a further 2.5 acres on 30 Jan 1656, on a corner at the mouth of the Mill River. On the north it was bounded by Thomas Mirick, on the southwest by the great river (Connecticut), on the east by the road over the Mill River, and on the south by the Mill River. This piece of land was owned by the family to about 1840.
He was appointed as financier of the lower part of the town for the year at the town meeting on 6 Nov 1655 (T.R., v. 1, p. 139). He was chosen as highway surveyor on 3 Nov 1657. He was chosen for that post again, with Thomas Cooper, on 7 Feb 1659. He was chosen for a town office in Longmeadow on 13 Feb 1664. The record is damaged so which office is not known. On 10 Feb 1667 he and Nathaniel Burt were appointed fence viewers for the houses from the meeting house downwards and for Longmeadow.
He signed a deed as witness (Book A, p. 51), but elsewhere witnessed wills with a mark (March 1660) and signed his own will with a mark.
There are no records of him in any legal actions or complaints.
The inventory of his estate was 132 pounds, 10s. He contributed 3 days work on the town corn mill in 1665 when 31 people contributed to match Capt. Pynchon's 200 pound offer. Twenty-two of those made cash outlays and the remaining nine, including John, offered work. His share of the wood for Rev. Glover in 1670 was one load, while the normal amount was 2-3 loads. He was poor but not desperately so.
His place in the town meeting house in 1663 was in the 6th pew along with Griffith Joanes, N. Pritchard, Rich Exsell, The . Noble, and Sam'l. Ely. His son had a place in the break-seats by the pillars on the north side with John Hitchcock, Jo. Clarke, and Sam Bliss.
His will is found in the Hampshire Probate Records (v. 1, p. 140):
"I, John Lombard, being through the merciful goodness of God, in perfect sence and in my right mind, being now exercised with much weakness and to my apprehensions, have not many days to spend in this world. I do therefore make my last will as followith: I do believe to be saved by free grace in Christ my mediator and also the resurrection from the dead, I do believe.
For the disposing of my estate it is followith, my wife Joanna Lombard I make my whole and sole executrix of all my lands and house estate whatever I have. Only to my son, David, I give a mare and colt and my five young steers, also my will is that my cousin, Sarah Stevenson, shall have a cow or the worth of one, when she shall go from my wife. And also it is my will and desire if my wife should marry again, that what estate she shall then have shall be my son David's.
I do also desire and empower my brother, Anthony Dorchester and Johnathan Burt to be the overseers of this my will.
Witness my hand. (his mark)
Witnesses: Anthony Dorchester
Q. what exactly is the relationship to Sarah Stevenson? It appears that Anthony Dorchester was his brother-in-law.
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