John Presbury died 1679 of Saco, now Maine, USA, but then Massachusetts Bay Colony. John left minor sons including William Presbury. John's estate was administered by others until his son, William, "came of age" in 1684; at that time administration of the estate was relinquished to the son.
The various information above and other bits of family history was originally derived from Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Portland, ME, USA: The Southward Press, 1928), p. 567-568, entries for John Presbury and William Presbury.
Although I have located many of the records from which Libby and others worked from, the record of John Presbury's probate file remains elusive, more because I seem to seek it when work is in process on the collections and/or archives. There is a fair chance that when I do locate the probate record, it will provide the same information that Libby did regarding William Presbury's age--he was granted administrator's rights because he had "come of age."
I'd really like a better understanding of how old William Presbury was in 1684 when he "came of age".
What resource would provide insight into the laws and customs of this region in the late 17th century as same pertains to age of majority and the administration of an estate?
Even better, can someone answer the question of what "coming of age" meant in the context of estate administration at Saco in 1684?