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Thomas Wells of Hadley, Massachusetts, died in 1676 at age 56, leaving no will. His widow remarried eighteen months later. When she died in 1691 at age 60, the courts drew up a distribution of their estate to insure that the heirs would receive their fair share. Of the eleven children alive when the father died, two more have died by 1690. The distribution recognizes the nine survivors, male and female, and awards them each a sum of money, noting the amounts already received.