It is amazing what you miss when you are looking for something else. Big as life; there it is. Captain James Cudworth as supervisor and witness of the will. The will dates from 7 March 1655. James Cudworth and his family probably arrived in Plymouth around 1634. So, they would have had two decades of work together in defending and administering many affairs in the Colony.
Standish was somewhat outlandishly portrayed in the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, The Courtship of Miles Standish, which many from my generation would remember. The facts of life were far less romantic and the actions of the military types could be somewhat brutal. When it came to war, even Cudworth, who was a moderate in most things, could seem bloodthirsty by today's standards (see his incident report to Governor Winslow during the King Philip War).
That is why the following seems so poignant. However, if we realise how far from "home" they were and how desperate their plight might become if supplies should not arrive regularly from England, we can understand Standish's concerns:
I Doe by this my will make and appoint my loveing frinds mr Timothy hatherley and Capt: James Cudworth Supervissors of this my last will and that they wilbee pleased to Doe the office of Christian love to bee healpfull to my poor wife and Children by theire Christian Counsell and advisse; and if any Difference should arise which I hope will not; my will i(s) that my said Supervissors shall Determine the same and that they see that m(y) poor wife shall have as comfortable maintainance as my poor state will beare the whole time of her life which if you my loveing frinds pleasse to Doe though neither they nor I shalbee able to recompenc I Doe not Doubt but the Lord will; By mee Myles StandishWe need each other through the whole of our lives. We need people whom we can trust as our other self to care for us and ours when we can no longer care effectively. Standish died eighteen months after he signed his will. He may have died of kidney stones or bladder cancer. It would have been a painful death.