Legal document concerning the estate of Elizabeth Savage Bellingham

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About this Item

Creator
Bellingham, Samuel , -1700
Type
Family papers.Legal documents.Legal instruments.
Language
English
Origin
England
Description
.01 cubic feet (1 parchment) 19 x 25 in.
Date
1699
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990123332930203941

Content Notes

This legal document, written on parchment and signed by Edward and Roberta Watts, Richard Watts, John Withers and "James Cutter his son," pertains to the estate of Elizabeth Savage Bellingham, who died in a shipwreck in 1698. The document states that Edward Watts and his wife, Roberta Watts, were plaintiffs in a case against Samuel Bellingham and his daughter, Elizabeth, and that the property in dispute was somehow related to Bellingham's deceased wife. Further investigation is required to fully understand the contents of this document.

Biographical Notes

Samuel Bellingham was born to Elizabeth and Richard Bellingham in England around 1620; the exact date of his birth is unknown. In 1634, Samuel traveled with his family to New England, where his father would later become Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He attended Harvard College and was a member of the first graduating class in 1642. Following graduation, he moved to Europe and received a Doctor of Medicine degree at Leyden. Following that, he is believed to have moved to London. Bellingham married twice and had one child, a daughter named Elizabeth, with his first wife. He married for the second time, to the widow Elizabeth Savage, in April 1695. Following their wedding, Elizabeth traveled to New England to manage her new husband's affairs. On November 8, 1697, she left New England to return to England and was lost at sea in a shipwreck, on the coast of Ireland, in February 1698. Samuel Bellingham died in 1700.