MARY GARDINER. "I, Mary Gardiner, of Maidstone, alias East Hampton, upon Long Island." Widow of Lion Gardiner, "I give my Island, called Isle of Wight, alias Monchonock, to my son, David Gardiner, for life." Then to his next male heire. If he die without male issue, then to the male heir of my daughter Mary. If she die without male issue, then to the heir male of my grandchild Elizabeth Howell, "and to be entailed to the heirs male of my deceased husband, Lion Gardiner, never to be sold, but to be a continuous inheritance forever." Leaves to daughter Mary Conckling "my whole accommodation at East Hampton." Mentions sons-in-law Jeremiah Conckling and Arthur Howell. Makes Mr. Thomas James, "minister of the Word of God," Mr. John Mulford and Mr. Robert Bond, all of East Hampton, the overseers of will. They are also the witnesses.
ROGER GOODSPEEDE, of Barnstable, Massachusetts, had wife Alice, who was sister and "next heire" of John Layton, "late of Middleborrough, alias New Towne, upon Long Island." Upon application of their son Nathaniel Goodspeede, Letters of Administration were granted to his parents January 2, 1665.
DANIEL DENTON, of Rustdorpe, alias Jamaica, Long Island, and Henry Pearsall, of Hempstead, were appointed executors of the will of Nicholas Tanner, dated September 2, 1658. Having faithfully performed their duties, a Quietus was granted by Gov. Richard Nicoll, June 23, 1666.
Upon the request of John Richbell, of Mamaroneck, that he might in behalf of Joanna Davison, widow and executrix of Nicholas Davison, and Richard Russell, of Charles Towne, in Massachusetts, take Letters of Administration of estate formerly of SAMUEL ANDREWS, deceased, in Oyster Bay and Horse Neck, upon Long Island; the same was granted November 4, 1667.
Whereas, Nicholas Davison, of Charles Town, in Massachusetts, merchant, was made Administrator of estate of Samuel Andrews, merchant, who being indebted to Richard Russell, of Charles Towne, a certain sum which was allowed by the Court, held at Cambridge April 30, 1660; and as a considerable part of the estate of said Samuel Andrews lies at a certain place upon Long Island, called Oyster Bay, and Horse Neck neare adjacent, the said John Richbell is appointed Administrator with full power to settle all claims, etc. November 6, 1667. Matthias Nicolls, Secretary.
Robert Coe and Daniel Denton, of Jamaica, Long Island, are appointed Administrators of the estate of THOMAS STEVENSON, and guardians of his children. July 9, 1668. Ri. Nicolls.
Whereas JOHN MARSTON, of Flushing, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, upon Long Island, dyed in ye month of February last, and made a will wherein he leaves John Hinchman of the same place to be the guardian of his two sons. Which will according to ye usual custom of the Law ought to be proved at ye next Court of Sessions, and it soe falling out that noe Court is to be held until the month of June during which time the estate may be impaired." The said John Hinchman is confirmed as administrator, April 6, 1671.
THOMAS SAYRE, Southampton. "In the Name of God, Amen. I, Thomas Sayre, of Southampton upon Long Island, being in perfect strength of memory, blessed bee ye Lord for it, but weake in Body." Leaves to son Francis two acres of land "next unto his owne in Captains Neck, in ye Great Playne, and 2 acres more lying in ye 8 acre Lots in ye said Great Playne," also "a Pewter flagon, a Pewter bowl and a great Pewter Platter." To son Daniel "2 acres of land lying next ye above said 2 acres, in ye 8 acre lots, and 3 acres more in the Ten acre Lots, and one great Pewter Platter." To son Joseph €40 Stirling, €10 a year, "to begin five years after my decease, to be paid in good merchantable shoes, or other pay that will procure hides towards his setting up a Tannery." To daughter Damoris Atwater, 40s. To daughter Mary Price 40s. To daughter Hannah Sayre, €20 at the day of her marriage, or when eighteen. Leaves household goods to sons Job and Joseph and daughter Hannah. Makes son Job executor.
THOMAS MORELL, Staten Island. Leaves to Robert Semson, of Gravesend, Long Island, "a colt, now in ye hands of Christian Woolf of Gravesend." To Mr. Nicholas Stillwell, of Staten Island, "all other things and goods that belong to me."
[NOTE.--John Woodruff married Anne, daughter of John Gosmer, one of the original "Undertakers" of Southampton. He adopted his oldest grandson John Woodruff, and went to New Jersey about 1660. John Woodruff, Sr., also named his youngest son John. He remained in Southampton. His homestead was purchased in 1726 by Francis Pelletreau, and was standing till recent years. It was the last house on Long Island that retained the old-fashioned rhomboidal panes of glass, and was known as the "House with diamond windows."]
Dated May 22, 1663. Witnesses, Wm. Hallett, John Boylee. Approved by the authority of Rustdorp [Jamaica], on Long Island, and recorded by their order June 10, 1663. Anthony Waters, Clerk.
"Whereas THOMAS FOSTER, heretofore of Rustdorp, alias Jamaica, upon Long Island, did in his will appoint his widow executrix, and she having married Joseph Thurston," they are confirmed as executors, August 5, 1671. Widow's name not given.
"Whereas HOPE BARRINTS, a carpenter, died intestate at Breucklyn upon Long Island, and leaving no relations of wife, children, or other kindred," Mr. Allard Anthony, Sheriff of New York, is made administrator, February 28, 1671. Francis Lovelace.
"Whereas I am informed that Peter Wright, late of Oyster Bay, upon Long Island, was casually drowned in Virginia, and dyed intestate," upon the request of his daughter Hannah, and son Gideon Wright, the said Gideon Wright is appointed administrator.
"Whereas ANTHONY WATERS, late of Jamaica, upon Long Island, died intestate." His widow Rachel Waters, is appointed administratrix. April 15, 1675.
"Whereas EDMUND FARRINGTON, of Flushing, upon Long Island, in his will appointed his wife Dorothy his executor, and the original having been transmitted to the Office of Record, where it now remains." The said Dorothy is confirmed as executrix, July 1, 1675.
"Whereas FRANCIS MUNSY, late of Setalcot, upon Long Island, died intestate." His wife Hannah is appointed administratrix, September 10, 1675.
"Whereas THOMAS BRUSH, late of Huntington, upon Long Island, died intestate." His son Thomas is made administrator, September 10, 1675.
"Whereas Captain JOHN UNDERHILL, late of Killingworth, within the jurisdiction of Oyster Bay, upon Long Island, did in his will bequeath his whole estate to his wife Elizabeth, during widowhood, and did appoint his eldest son John, with others, to be trustees for his children," and the said Elizabeth has since deceased, the said John Underhill is made administrator, November 4, 1675. Page 122.--"Whereas MR. JOHN WINDER, merchant, and Alderman of this city, deceased, did make a nuncupative will, and did leave his whole estate to his wife Sarah, and proof having been made," she is made administratrix, September 29, 1675.
JOHN GRAVES, Newtown. "I, John Graves, of Newtown, alias Middleborough, upon Long Island, being sicke and weake." Leaves to his father, Wm. Graves, all houses and land, and makes him executor. "If my sister Hannah or her children survive my father, then the same to go to her or her children." Legacies to Mary, wife of Thomas Case, Mary, wife of John Scudder, and Elizabeth, wife of John Alburtus of said town.
Whereas ANNETJE CLAAS CRESSENS, late widow of Daniel Litscho of this city, deceased, did in her last will give to Hermanus Jansen, her son by a former husband, the sum of 400 guilders "sewant," and unto Annie Litscho her daughter by the latter the like sum, and having disposed of the remainder of the estate that she died possessed of to the children of her said son and daughter during their lives and then to their children. And did appoint Mr. Thomas Lamberts of Bedford upon Long Island, carpenter, and Mr. Asser Levy of this city, merchant, executors, and having made proof of the will, which remains in the Secretary's office. They are confirmed May 16, 1679.
Whereas SAMUEL HOLMES, late of Gravesend upon Long Island, did in his will appoint Alice Holmes, his wife, to be sole executor, and desiring his loving brothers and friends Richard Stillwell, Jonathan Holmes, Obadiah Holmes, John Bowne, and Samuel Spicer, to be overseers. They are confirmed, June 25, 1679.
Account of goods sold by Jeanne Machet. To Anthony Lispenard a young negro boy €12. A negro man €60. A negro woman €40. Account of some that Peter Machet has received since the death of his father Jean Machet, for which he is accountable. From Francis Vincent for 1/2 the sloop €80. 1/2 of the cargo of Brazil wood €66. Rent of house and yard 3 months at €3 per month. Barrel of Tar 15s. Paid for John Machet Jr. since the death of his father, to Lewis Guion €5. To John Manning for charges in the sickness and at the burial of said John Machet deceased in Jamaica, Long Island €13.
JASPER SMITH, Flushing, "on Long Island, alias Nassau. My wife is to have a comfortable living out of my estate for life, but if she remarry then she shall have only €20." After the death of his wife he directs his Plantation be sold, and the entire estate to be divided among his three children John, Judith and Hannah. "My will is that my son John be careful and diligent and seeke to please his mother and goe forth in her business and not grieve her." If he does so he is to have €10 more than the rest, but if not, "and he bee careless and disobedient," then he is to have €10 less than the rest. Makes his wife Margaret, and his friends Hugh Cowperthwaite and Samuel Bowne, executors, and John Wey and George Langly overseers.
Codicil. Leaves to son John, "all my part of the mill, called the Yonkers mill, lying in Hudsons river." To son-in-law Thomas Coddington all my land and houses at Gravesend, Long Island. Money due to Mr. Samuel Swineck of London, to be paid. Leaves "to my grand daughter Francis Darvell, my piece of land lying beyond the Smiths Vly, in the City of New York called by the name of the Cherry Gardens."
Charles, Absolute Lord and Proprietor of the Province of Maryland and Avalom, Lord Baron of Baltimore, etc. To all to whom these presents shall come, Know yee, that searching the records of Our Court of Probate, kept at St. Mary's before our dear Uncle Philip Calvert, Esq., our Judge, etc., for the Probate of wills; the last will and testament of Robert Williams of Long Island was Proved, April 23, 1682.
Will of ROBERT WILLIAMS, Oyster Bay, "know yee that I Robert Williams of Long Island near Oyster Bay, now being sick." Leaves to his wife Sarah, "all my Plantation, with orchards, pastures and what wood land she may make use of, during her life, if she keepe herself a widow." Leaves to son John Williams 100 acres of land, more than I have given him already. To my grand son, Robert Williams, 40 acres of land in some convenient place. "If my daughters marry and they want land, if their husbands will come and dwell upon mine, they shall goe to my overseers, and they shall give them land to live on, for them and their heirs." "If any of my sons or daughters doth walk disorderly, according to the truth; they shall have no part or parcel in this my will." Makes his wife Sarah, and Samuel Spicer and John Bowne overseers. Leaves to his son Hope Williams, 100 acres of land, which he hath already.
[NOTE.--John Fordham was an imbecile son of Rev. Robert Fordham, minister at Southampton, Long Island.]
[NOTE.--Arthur Howell was one of the sons of Edward Howell, the Founder of the town of Southampton, Long Island. His first wife Elizabeth, was the daughter of Lyon Gardiner of Gardiner's Island, the daughter Elizabeth Loper was her only child. The homestead of Arthur Howell was at Meacox near Bridge Hampton, and on the south side of the road running east to the bridge over Sag Pond, the other lands are in that vicinity.]
THOMAS WANDELL, Maspeth Kills. "The last will and Testament of Thomas Wandell of Maspeth Kills in the bounds and limits of Newtown upon Long Island; being subject to sudden sickness and knowing the certainty of death." Leaves all estate, except the following legacies, to his wife Audry Wandell, and makes her his sole executrix. I leave to my cousin Richard Alsop, the piece of salt meadow that lieth within his fence, that incompasseth his dwelling house. Also 2 steers and a case of pistols already in his possession. To Richard Alsop's son Thomas 2 heifers. To my grand son Johanes Lowerison's son, 1 heifer. To Theophilus Phillips 1 heifer. To my sister in law Sarah, wife of Humphrey Clay, the value of €10. "This I ye said Thomas Wandell do owne to be my full desire, by setting to my hand and seale this 29 November, 1688."
JOHN RAMSDEN, Newtown. "In the Name of God, Amen. The 20th day of September, 1686, I, John Ramsden, living in Newtown upon Long Island, being sick and weak of body." Leaves all his estate to his wife Hannah and his daughter Mary. His negro man John is to be freed after four years, and "he is to have 1 good suit of Clothes, 1 cow, 1 horse, and whatever else my wife shall see fit." If his daughter Mary should die, then the whole is to go to his wife and her heirs. Makes his wife executor, and John Ketcham and Content Titus, overseers.
Colonel LEWIS MORRIS. This may satisfie all whom it doth concerne, that I, Lewis Morris, commonly called Colonel Morris of New York, being of sound mind, to prevent all discords and variances, declare this to be my last will andtestament. Whereas I formerly intended to make my nephew Lewis Morris, son of my deceased brother, Richard Morris,my sole executor, His many and great miscarriages and disobediences towards me and my wife, and his causeless absentinghimself from my house and adhering to, and advising with, those of bad life and conversation, contrary to my directions andexample unto him, and for other reasons I make my wife Mary Morris sole executor. I give to the meetings of Friends calledQuakers belonging to Shrewsbury in East New Jersey, €5 per annum to be raised out of my Plantation at Tinton IronWorks in New Jersey to be paid to them on the 25th day of the first month called March. I leave to Thomas Wabley ofShrewsbury 250 acres of land in the western part of my 2,000 acres that lies between Seving River and Hop River, inMonmouth Co., New Jersey. I leve to Lewis Morris of Shrewsbury one of my best mares and €20. I leave to my nephewRichard Morris, son of my deceased brother, Richard Morris, when he is 21, all the rest of my estate in the county ofMonmouth, that is to say, my Plantation and Iron works, with all lands and meadows and personal property thereon, and€20 in silver and 10 guineas, upon condition that he quietly submit to everything written in this will. If he does not, theneverything is left to his wife and to her heirs. I leave to my honored friend, Wm. Penn, my negro man Yoff, provided hecome to dwell in America. I leave to Wm. Bickly 1 negro man, and to Samuel Palmer a negro girl, and to John Adams, ofFlushing, €5. I leave to my nephew, Lewis Morris, all my land and meadow at Matinecock upon Long Island. I leave to themeeting of Friends in New York €6 per annum, to be raised out of my Plantation over against Harlem. All the rest of myreal estate on my Plantation where I now inhabit over against Harlem, containing about 2,000 acres, I leave to my wifeMary Morris. Also my other land in New York City over against the bridge. I leave to John Bowne, of Flushing, 1 negro girlthat is at old Thomas Hunts, and like legacies to Miles Forster and Richard Jones. I leave to my nephew Lewis Morris andto Wm. Bickley all my interest in the ship "Friends Adventure." Makes Richard Jones, Miles Foster, John Bowne and Wm.Richardson of Westchester, Richard Hartshorne and John Haines, and Wm. Bickly of Westchester overseers. In testimonywhereof I here set my hand and seale at my Plantation over against Harlem February 7, 1690. Witnesses Johans Vermilye,Jan Tiebout, Larence Zecher, David Lylly, Susanah Roberts, Wm. Bickly. Letters of administration granted to his nephew,Lewis Morris by Governor Henry Slaughter, May 15, 1691.
Letters of administration are granted upon the estate of THOMAS WANDELL, late of Maspeth Kills uponLong Island, to his widow Audry Wandell, May 20, 1691.
SIMON COOPER, Oyster Bay. I, Simon Cooper, of Oyster Bay in Queens Co. upon Long Island,Chirugeon, being at this time weak in body but of a sound mind, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. Ileave to my son Robert Cooper 40 shillings, having given him before all that I intend and resolve he should have of myestate. I leave to my son in law Edward White all my share of meadow at the South which Richard Harcut had the other halfof. Leaves all the rest of his estate to his wife Mary for life, and then to his son Simon Cooper, and he is to pay to his sister,Mary White, €20, "and €10 to my grand son Simon," and to my grand child, Mary White, €10. Makes John Underhill ofMatinecock, Richard Willis of Jericho, John Bowne of Flushing, and Wm. Richardson of Westchester, overseers.
Inventory of the estate of SIMON COOPER, late of Oyster Bay upon Long Island, taken by us whose namesare underwritten, the 22 day of the 7th month, 1691. John Townsend, John Feale.
RICHARD JONES, New York. "For as much as the Lord who formed my body and gave breath thereto, andhath to this moment preserved its being, is now pleased to visit the same with sickness, I not knowing how soon he may puta period to my days, I make this my last will and testament." "I leave to my sister Jane one shilling, To my cousin John Jones,€5. To Abraham Buckley, 20s, to Silvester Salisbury, my servant, 20s, to my friend, Rachel Willis, 20s. To my twodaughters, Dorcas and Hester Jones, all my land and meadows within the Province of New York and East New Jersey,except as hereafter disposed of, and two thirds of my personal estate." "I leave to my wife Dorcas the other third of thepersonal estate. Also one half of four lots of land and a wharfe, bounded on the east by lots of Brandt Schuyler, west by aslip or cart way leading from the Tan Pitts unto the river, in the place called the Smith's Vly, in New York. And I authorizeher to give deeds for one half of a certain parcel of land lying in King street, opposite to the house of Captain LaurenceReade, to John Rodman of Long Island, Doctor in Physick, from whom I have already received pay in account. And I leaveto my wife Dorcas the other half. And whereas Wm. Morris of New York, merchant, and myself have purchased ofThomas Lloyd of Philadelphia, a piece of land, bounded east by the Green Lane, south by land of Jan Vinge, west by landof Miles Forster, and north by the new street, which may appear by articles under his hand, And of Daniel Veenvas and hiswife Christiana, one piece of land in the above said Green Lane, and to the Tan Pitts, and to the new street, as by deed willappear, And one great tract of land bought of Gerritt Jans Roos and Dr. Luycas Van Thienhoven, beginning at the corner ofthe fence of the land in Green Lane, bought of Thomas Lloyd, and so from thence along the Green Lane to the corner of thenew street called Smith street, and so running directly up the hill until it comes to a designed street called Queens street, andfrom thence to the land of Miles Forster in the said street, and so along his fence to the place where it first begun. Whichsaid several tracts of land are laid out or intended to be laid out in particular lots by James Evetts, surveyor. Now ye saidWm. Morris and myself, by verbal agreements, concluded an arrangement in case of mortality, but it has not yet been done.If any part of this tract is sold or divided it is to be paid to the credit of my two daughters." Makes his wife executor, andWm. Nicolls, of New York, and Wm. Berkely, of Shrewsbury, New Jersey, overseers. I leave to Wm. Nicolls €5, and toWm. Berkely, the same.
"The Testator's great house and lot of ground, to the north of Duke street, next to ye house and lot of Jan Harperdingh,bequeathed to her daughter's child, Sarah Molenaer, provided ye rents be received by her mother, Maria Praa, for her usetill she be of age. The Testator's little house and lot, next to ye great house, bequeathed to her daughter, Maria Praa." "TheTestator's farm on Nassau Island, in Maspeth Kills, now in possession of Peter Praa" (not valued). Silver Beaker, 12ounces, at 7s., €4, 4s.; one gold rose diamond ring, €5; one silver pepper box, 2 1/2 oz., at 7s., 17s. 6d.; one silver beaker,marked with the full name of Christina Rasselaers, 16 oz, at 7s., €5, 12; one silver salt cellar, marked with the name ofChristina Rasselaers, 14 oz., €4, 10s.; one Church book with silver clasps and chain, €1, 16; one gold ear pendant, with yeear jewels, weight 2 oz. good, at €5 per ounce, €10. This inventory shows a very long list of household goods. Total notgiven. The above inventory is sworn to as being correct, by the executors, January 5, 1693/4, before Abraham De Peyster,Mayor.
Know all men by these presents that I, Wm. Mercer, of Long Island, but now belonging to the sloop "Loyal" inBarbadoes, have made and appointed my trusty and beloved friend John Wingfield, my attorney, to demand and receive alldebts due to me, etc. And I do declare these presents to be my last will and testament. I give to the said John Wingfield allsuch wages and goods and property of all kinds, and I make him sole executor.
DOM. RUDOLPHUS VAN VORICK. In the name of our Lord God, Amen. Known be it unto all whom thesepresents shall concerne, that in the year 1686, the 22 day of October, before me, Wm. Bogardus, Public Notary, residing inNew York, and appointed by his Excellency Thomas Dongan, Governor, etc., and in the presence of the underwrittenwitnesses, the Reverend Dr. Rudolphus Van Vorick, minister of the Reformed Dutch Congregation on Long Island. His willis, that out of tender affection for his wife, Mrs. Margaretta Visboom, he leaves her full and sole possession of all his estate,without any obligation, "because he is fully assured that his said wife in no manner will wrong his children, now by herprocreated, and such as by them more may be procreated." After her death the estate is to go to all his children (notnamed).
Inventory of the estate of ROBERT STORY, who deceased in New York, the 29th day of the 10th month calledDecember, 1683, taken by Matthew Pryor, Samuel Spicer, Francis Richardson and Wm. Frampton. The dwelling houseand lot of land it stands on €350; the boulting house, back house, cooper's shop with the lot it stands on, €180; 2 negromen, 2 negro women, and a young negro boy, €135; cash, €372; Wampum, Pipes and skins, €44; Mill house and land atEsopus, €489; the sloop "Returne," €120; 1/4 of ship "Robert," €75; debts due to him in New York, Long Island and EastJersey, €1,296; total, €7,572. This Inventory is very extensive and shows a very large amount of dry goods and extensivebusiness. An additional list shows household goods to the amount of €468.
[NOTE.--Patience Story, the widow, afterward married Thomas Lloyd, a wealthy merchant of Philadelphia. The daughter,Mercy Story, married John Godfrey. Patience Story married Thomas Lloyd at Flushing, Long Island, the 27th day of the10th month, 1684.]
SUSANNAH BRASIER. "In the Name of God, Amen, this 10 day of July, 1694, I, Susannah Brasier, of New York, beingsound in body, and knowing that I am ordained to die." Having full power by the will of my late husband Henry Brasier,dated April 23, 1689, to dispose of all the estate, I give to my son Henry Brasier, one half of the land in the Smith's Vly,where he hath built upon during his life, and then to his daughter Susannah. I leave to my son Isaac Brasier, the other halfduring his life, and then to his daughter Susannah. I leave to my son Abraham my house and ground in this city on conditionthat it be appraised, and what it is worth more than the land in the Smith's Vly, the surplus is to be paid to my fourdaughters, and after his death the house and lot is to go to his son Henry. Leaves household goods to her daughters Sarahand Susannah. Leaves to each of her grandchildren a silver spoon, value 10 shillings. Leaves to Mary Barnes, daughter ofMary Brasier, a bedstead. To Susanah Brown a morning gown. To grandchild Henry Brasier, son of Abraham, a silver cup.A piece of meadow at Maspeth Kills on Long Island "next to Butchers" is to be sold to pay burial expenses. Makes her sonAbraham and her friend Abraham Messier, executors.
JOHN SEAMAN. In the name of God, Amen. I, John Seaman the elder, of Hempstead, in Queens County, upon LongIsland, alias Nassau, being weake and infirm in body, and knowing that it appertaineth to every man to set in order allworldly concerns, so yet after decease no suite, trouble, or calamity may ensue. And being well advised with the great andweighty work I am now about, do make and declare this my last will and testament. I leave to my oldest son John a certainlot of 22 acres, of which he is now in possession, and where he now lives; also another lot of 20 acres of meadow upon theneck called the Great Neck, being eastward and within the bounds of said town of Hempstead. I leave to my 5 sonsJonathan, Benjamin, Solomon, Thomas and Samuel, 400 acres of land according to a Patent, granted by Governor RichardNicolls, lying at a place commonly known and called by the name of Jerusalem, within the bounds of Hempstead, to beequally divided between them. Also a certain neck of meadow lying eastward from said town of Hempstead called in yeIndian tongue Ruskatux Neck. Bounded east by the Oyster Bay line, and upon Hempstead west, and to be equally divided.I leave to my 3 sons, John, Nathaniel, and Richard, the remainder of my meadow, whereof one half is already confirmed tomy son in law, Nathaniel Pearsall, with four or five acres of upland for his convenience of yardidge, for wintering his cattle.Which said meadow is situate upon a neck called by the name of the Half Neck, or in the Indian tongue Muskachim. I leaveto my eight sons, John, Jonathan, Benjamin, Solomon, Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel and Richard, all the upland lying andsituate upon Ruskatux Neck, as also upon the neck called Half Neck, except the four or five acres confirmed to my son inlaw, Nathaniel Pearsall. I leave to my sons Nathaniel, and Richard, my lot of meadow at a neck called Sticklands Neck, asalso a parcel of meadow lying upon New Bridge Neck. I also give them 150 acres of upland situated and lying at a placecommonly called Success, by virtue of an order from the Town. Also a certain parcel of land, being 316 acres, lying at ornear the Harbor head, so called, being already confirmed to my said two sons by deed of gift. I give all my rights in theundivided lands in Hempstead to my 8 sons. I leave to my wife Martha a certain house lot adjoining to the land of JamesPine, being three acres, during her life, and then to my two sons, Nathaniel and Richard. I also leave them the remainder ofmy house lots, and the pasture and the field at the eastward of the town called the Holly. I leave to my wife Martha one halfof the dwelling house for life and then to my son Richard, and the other half to my son Nathaniel. I leave to my wife one thirdof the movables, and to my two sons Nathaniel and Richard the other two thirds. I leave to my daughter Mary Pearsall twocows. I leave to my wife six acres of meadow at the Hay Bridge during her life and then to my sons Richard and Nathaniel. Ileave two thirds of my remaining live stocks to my five daughters, Mary Pearsall, Hannah Carman, Martha Pearsall, SarahMott, and Deborah Kirk, and to my daughter Elizabeth Jackson 20 shillings. I leave to my sons Richard and Nathaniel allmy armes except my large gun, which shall be for the use of all my sons. Makes wife Martha and sons Benjamin andThomas executors, and "my friends Thomas Powell and John Townsend, Sr., overseers."
Whereas EDMUND MARTINDALE, late of Bristol in England, merchant, was lately drowned in the bay between Bostonand Long Island, and died intestate. Letters of administration are granted to Edward Shippen, of Philadelphia, merchant,March 26, 1696.
Inventory of the estate of THOMAS LLOYD, delivered into the Secretary's office March 25, 1696, by Patience Lloyd.Land sold to sundry persons, €1,500; Lands unsold, €500; 2 houses and land in the (???) sold, €547. Debts due him atEsopus, €180; "Bad debts on Long Island." Total, €2,739.
JOHN CROCHERAN. "In the name of God, Amen. The 13 day of December, 1695, I, John Crocheran, of Staten Island,Planter, being of a great age, but of good and sound memory." I leave to my beloved wife, Mary, the use of all the estate forlife, and after her death I leave to my eldest son, Nicholas Crocheran, all that my dwelling house, situate, lying and being onthe north side of Staten Island, and two lots of land belonging thereto, with the privilege of Commonage, and all the freshand salt meadow belonging to the same, being 20 acres. Which said lots are bounded, south by the highway, that parts themfrom the land now in the tenure of Arent Prall. Also 2 horses and 4 cows and a weaver's loom. I leave to my son, Anthony,my two other lots of land, on Staten Island, bounded by Long Neck at the side of Mr. John Casiers, with the fresh and saltmeadow belonging thereto, being 20 acres, with the privilege of Commonage, and my utensils of husbandry. Rest of estateto all the children (other children not named). Makes his wife and his sons Nicholas and Anthony executors.
CONSTANT SILVESTER. "The last will and Testament of Constant Silvester, of Shelter Island." I doe giveand bequeth to my well beloved brother, Peter Silvester, and to my nephew, Brinley Silvester, the son of my brother,Nathaniel Silvester, all my lands, houses, and meadows upon Shelter Island, with all the appurtenances. To be thus divided,viz. Peter Silvester is to have the farm which I now dwell upon, with all the buildings, and so with that to make up one halfmy land. And my cousin (nephew) Brinley Silvester to have that farm upon which Jacques the Frenchman is now settling,with all the houses, etc., and so with that to make up one half of my land, upon Shelter Island. And the line between the saidfarms shall be equally distant from each house, as they now stand, and to run straight from the west side fronting towardsSouthold, eastward half a mile, and then to vary so as to make an equal division of all the land. Only respect to be had as toquality as well as quantity. And as for my other land which I have, viz., 6 acres on Block Island, and my interest in reversionupon Robins Island, and one lot of Commonage in Southold, with my movable estate, I give the whole to my 5 sisters,Patience, Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, and Mercy, viz., one quarter to my two married sisters, Patience and Mary, and the otherthree quarters to my three unmarried sisters. My brother Peter Silvester, in consideration of my gift, shall pay yearly to mysister Elizabeth, so long as she lives unmarried the sum of €3. If he refuse to do so, then the land is left to my cousin(nephew) Nathaniel, son of my brother Nathaniel Silvester. Makes his brothers Nathaniel and Peter executors.
Richard, Earl of Bellomont, Captain-General, &c. Whereas JEREMIAH BURROUGHS, late of Newtown,upon Long Island, who while swimming after a canoe, adrift, was drowned, and died intestate, Letters of administration aregranted to Joseph Burroughs, his brother, May 25, 1698.
Richard, Earl of Bellomont, Governor, etc. To all, etc. Know ye that at New York, on October 3, 1698, the last will ofOBADIAH WILKINS was proved, and his wife Martha confirmed as executor. OBADIAH WILKINS. "This witnesseththat Obadiah Wilkins, of Gravesend, upon Long Island, being in perfect memory." I make my wife Martha sole executrix ofthis will. I leave to my son William the Plantation or lot No. 13, being in Gravesend, and which was formerly my father's,William Wilkins; when my son William comes of age or doth marry. And if another son should be born unto me I leave himone of the lots which I now live upon, and which I bought of Thomas Delavall. The other Plantation that I live upon I leaveto my three daughters, Eleanor, Rebecca, and Ann Wilkins, but if another daughter should be born then the plantationswhich I bought of Thomas Delavall are to be divided between them. Leaves the rest of estate to his wife. "This being my willand pleasure for to do, I have set my hand this 25 day of the first month called March, 1682. Codicil dated 26 day of firstmonth called March, 1696. I appoint my friends, in whom I repose confidence, Samuel Spicer, Wm. Williamson, Wm.Golding, and John Tilton, Jr., to assist my wife in the care of my children. One of the 2 lots which I bought of ThomasDelavall I have exchanged with Samuel Spicer, and I am to have an equal quantity from him next to my house. For onepiece of land adjoining to the Town house, he hath bought of me and paid for it. And a 15 acre lot of mine adjoining to JohnCook I did exchange with him for one of his lots which was formerly Cumpton's. And I likewise exchanged my 4 acre lotnear the meadow gate with John Tilton, Jr., for his land in the Seller neck. I give my wife full power to sell or exchange landfor the best advantage.
Recorded at the request of Abraham Howell and John Wicke, executors of the will of WILLIAM BARKER.An Inventory of the goods, etc., of Mr. Wm. Barker, merchant, of New York, and appraised by Samuel Cooper andThomas Topping in Southampton upon Long Island, October 21, 1702, and in New York by Dirck Benson and ThomasAdams, November 4, 1702. In ready cash, €18, 19s. 2 mourning gold rings at 11s, €1, 2s. Total amount €981. Exhibitedas a true inventory of the estate of Wm. Barker deceased, April 24, 1703.
We, Thomas Burroughs and David Loyell, of New York, this day, at the request of Mr. Samuel Dian, yeomanof Queens County, upon Long Island, went to the dwelling house of Mr. Ellison, and did there appraise the goods which aresaid to belong to the deceased Mr. JOSEPH FORRAGH, and did carefully examine and value all the particulars abovementioned to the best of our knowledge, as witness our hands, this June 26, 1702.
Inventory of estate of JOHN PINE, late of Hempstead, Long Island. Taken by Joseph Smith and Richard Townsend. Totalamount, €208.
Inventory of estate of NATHANIEL PEARSALL, Hempstead, Long Island, February 8, 1703/4. Taken by John Searingand John Moriding. 6 oxen, €25; 12 cows, €33; 5 horses, €20; "2 young jades that can't yet be found," €2.5s.; 85 sheep,€25.1s.; 1 ox cart and tackling for 6 oxen, €6.4s.; 1 negro man and a negro woman and a negro girl, €90; 3 negro boys,€60. Total amount, €546.
Inventory of the estate of JOHN WILKINS, deceased, appraised at Madnan's Neck, upon Long Island, May1, 1705, by Theodorus Van Wyck, carpenter, and John Halstead, yeoman. Negro man, woman, and girl, €90; 6 cows anda bull, €24. Total amount, €393.
Inventory of estate of Mr. SAMUEL BUTLER of Southampton, upon Long Island. Taken November 9, 1705.152 pounds of iron ware, at 4d, €2, 10, 8. Mr. Butler's wearing apparell, €9; 36 pounds of Pewter, at 18d, €2, 4; 1 Tableand carpet, €1, 2; 5 racoon and 5 Fox skins, 10s; 9 bushels of corn, 18s; 1 1/2 bushel of salt, 9s; 12 pounds of wool, 12s;20 barrels of cider, €13, 10s. Total amount, €143, 15. Taken by Samuel Cooper, Thomas Stephens, John Maltbie.
Inventory of estate of Colonel MATTHEW HOWELL, of Southampton, Long Island. Taken by ThomasTopping and Josiah Howell, and sworn to before Joseph Fordham, one of her majesties Justices of the Peace in the Countyof Suffolk, June 5, 1706; 3 yoke of oxen, at €4, 10s, €27; 13 oxen, €48, 15s; 27 cows, €67, 10; 13 three year olds, €28,12; 8 two year olds, €13, 12; 8 yearlings, €9, 12; 3 horses, €12; 66 sheep, €18, 3; 20 swine, €10; 1 negro man, 2 negrowomen, 5 negro children. Total amount, €738, 7s.
Inventory of estate of BENJAMIN FOSTER, of Southampton, Long Island. Taken February 3, 1704/5, byNathaniel Howell and Christopher Foster; 1 horse, €3; 1 mare and yearling colt, €3, 10s; 2 oxen, €8; 5 cows, €10; 20sheep, €5. Total, €115, 19s.
Inventory of estate of JAMES PETTY, late of Southold. Taken by Benjamin Moore and Jasper Griffing,September 3, 1706. Total amount, €64. Page 445.--Inventory of estate of JOHN SMITH, Sr., of Hempstead, on LongIsland, by Hannah Treadwell, widow, and John Treadwell as executors of John Smith, Sr.; appraised by John Suris andThomas Gildersleve, September 14, 1706. Exhibited as a true inventory by Hannah Treadwell, October 3, 1706.
An Inventory and appraisement made upon the movable estate of JOHN MALTBIE of Southampton, LongIsland, made the 6 day of August, 1706, by Thomas Topping and Samuel S. Cooper. Sworn before Joseph Fordham, Esq.,one of her majesties Justices of the Peace, in the County of Suffolk. 1 ox, €4; 11 cows, €10; wearing apparel, linen andwoollen, €14; gun and sword, €2; 10 bushels of wheat, €2. Total, €152, 7s.
Letters of administration upon the estate of THOMAS LAMBERTSE, late of Bedford upon Long Island,Granted to his daughter and sole heir at law, Elizabeth Vanderhave, and her husband Cornelis Vanderhave, February 5,1702/3.
THOMAS LAWRENCE. "In the name of God, Amen. The last will and Testament of Thomas Lawrence, ofNewtown, in Queens County, upon Long Island, being weak in body but in senses and memory. I bequeath my soul into thehands of the Almighty God who gave it. I give my body to the earth from whence it came, to be buried in decent and comelymanner. I leave to my son, Thomas Lawrence, that lot of ground which I bought of Hendrick Johnson, with all the housesand buildings thereto belonging, with the great neck of land and meadow, and the Island bounded with a creek; I leave tomy wife, Mary Lawrence, one third of all my movable estate, both within doors and without, and I leave all the homespuncloth and yarns and lambswool at my wife's disposing; I leave to my son, Jonathan Lawrence, that lot of land which wasSamuel Joas, and the house which he now lives in; he paying to Elizabeth Saunders eight pounds when she is eighteen yearsof age. I leave to my sons William and Jonathan, that piece of salt meadow, which I bought of Robert Beacham, equallybetween them. I leave to my son, Daniel Lawrence, all my fresh meadow lying in Trains meadow. I leave to my five sons allthe rest of my lands, meadows, and privileges equally, they paying all my debts. I leave to my grand child, ElizabethSaunders, two mares and two cows, three silver spoons, and her mother's wearing clothes. I leave the rest of my estate tothe children of my four sons, Thomas, William, John, and Jonathan. My wife Mary is to have the privilege of my dwellinghouse during widowhood. I make my sons, Thomas and William, executors. [Not dated.]
Proclamation of Henry, Lord Bishop of London, that WILLIAM URQUEHART, Clerke, is admitted to theministerial function, in Jamaica, on Long Island, February 12, 1703.
Document in Latin. Certificate that in accordance with the order on page 181, Rev. WILLIAM URQUEHARTwas duly inducted as Rector of the Church in Jamaica, Long Island, by Rev. William Vesey and Justices Thomas Willettsand Edward Burroughs, July 27, 1704.
DANIEL WHITEHEAD. In the name of God, Amen. I, Daniel Whitehead, of Jamaica, in Queens County. Ileave to my son, Jonathan Whitehead, besides what I have formerly given him by deed, all my lands, tenements, andappurtenances in Jamaica, between the mill and Wellins path, lying westward of the mill, to John Okeys land, and southwestso far as my land runs. And also all my land on Cow neck in the Town of Hempstead. And all that my 1/4 part of the millstanding on Gildersleve Creek, in said neck. And also all my meadow on the Old Town neck, in Jamaica, except thatmeadow I purchased of Mr. Anthony Waters, deceased, with all the hereditaments, To him my son Jonathan and his heirs,and in default of issue, then to my son Thomas Whitehead and his heirs. I also give to my son Jonathan, my negro man Joe. Ileave to my loving wife, Abigail, my dwelling house I now live in, with the land adjoining, bounded on the south by the roadto the ferry, on the west by Thomas Smith, north by Anthony Waters, And so much of my meadow as she shall haveoccasion for, during her life, and after her decease to my son Thomas and his heirs, and in default of such, then to my sonJonathan. I leave to my wife, my negro woman Mary, for life, and then to my daughter Deborah, wife of Thomas Hicks. Ileave also to my son Thomas, all that my lot of land lying in the town of Jamaica, by the land of Colonel Henry Filkin; Alsoall my land on Stewards neck and Quarelsome neck, in Jamaica; Also the lot of land Thomas Chambers now lives on, andmy other three lots of land lying by the same, within the bounds of the Township of Flushing; Also all that my lot of land lyingas well within as without the Long neck fence in Jamaica; As also all my meadow in Long neck, And all my land andmeadow in Hewtree neck, in the bounds of Jamaica, with all the privileges, etc., And also my Indian boy named Cupid. Ileave to my grand son, Whitehead Hicks, the second son of my son in law, Thomas Hicks, the husband of my daughterDeborah, all that my land and meadow lying and being within the bounds and Township of Flushing, except the four 20 acrelots given to my son Thomas, To him and his heirs, and in default of such heirs, then to my daughter Deborah and her heirs. Ileave to my son in law, Anthony Waters, the present husband of my daughter Elizabeth, all that land now in the possessionof my brother, Daniel Whitehead, lying on the east side of the Plain run, joining to Hempstead bounds, That is to say, afterthe death of my said brother; And also all that my meadow lying in Old Town neck in Jamaica, which I bought of his father,Mr. Anthony Waters, deceased; And also all that my lot of land on the Hills in Jamaica, which was formerly JosephThurstons, deceased, To him and his heirs. I leave to my daughter Mary, widow of Thomas Burroughs, all my land at aplace called Quaspack, in Orange County, up Hudson river, with all the privileges, during her life, and then to her daughter,Mary Burroughs, and to her heirs. I leave to my son in law, Jacob Doughty, the husband of my daughter Amy, €50. I leaveto my wife Abigail, one third of all goods and chattels and the rest to my children above mentioned and to Mercy, wife ofThomas Betts. I leave to my friend, John Hubbard, all that my 1/3 of meadow lying at Oldfields Island, which I bought withmy brother, Thomas Oakley, and John Bayley, with all the rights thereto belonging, during the time of his continuance in thework of the ministry in this town of Jamaica, and if he continue in the ministry here till his death, then to his heirs, but if notthen to my son Jonathan. I give to the town of Jamaica the sum of €20, towards the maintenance of a Grammar School, forthe education of youths within the said town; to be paid in three years after my decease, if there be such a school erected insaid town. If not, then it is to be put at interest for three years longer, but if the school is not then established, then to go tomy heirs. I leave to my brother, Daniel Whitehead, €20. To Jonathan, son of Jonathan Stevenson, of Norwalk, Connecticut,deceased, €20. I give the €30 which is due to me from the estate of my son in law, Daniel Denton, unto his children, and toGabriel Lassee, "begotten upon the body of Deborah Lassee, the present wife of Gabriel Lassee;" viz., to Daniel Denton,Abigail Denton and Deborah Denton, and to Abigail and Mary Stebbins daughters of Benjamin and Abigail Stebbins, myson and daughter in law. I leave to Catharine, daughter of my brother, Daniel Whitehead, two cows. All the rest of mylands, whether in Queens County or in Nissequogue [Smithtown] in Suffolk County, or elsewhere, are to be sold by myexecutors. I appoint my wife and son Jonathan executors, and I leave to my loving friends, Thomas Stevenson andLieutenant Thomas Smith, each €5, and make them overseers.
Edward, Viscount Cornbury, Captain-General, etc. Whereas JOHN WILLIAMS of Madnans neck, uponLong Island, lately died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to his wife Tamasan, April 4, 1705.
Dated July 7, 1689. Witnesses, P. Schaexer, N. Vignon, Aaron Chapman, Ebenezer Kyrtland. Proved before LordCornbury, and the witnesses to the said will, beyond seas, being dead, Samuel Claves, of Jamaica on Long Island, makesoath to the handwriting of the said Geritt Dow. And the widow, Allettie Dow, is confirmed as executor, July 9, 1704.
WILLIAM SMITH. In the name of God, Amen. I, William Smith, of the Manor of St. George in the County ofSuffolk, on Nassau Island. Being, blessed be the Almighty, in reasonable good health of body, I bequeath my body to theearth to be decently buried without any manner of Pomp, in such place and in such manner as my executor shall think fit. Iwill that my most dear and intirely beloved wife Martha, shall have the use of all my estate, both real and personal, duringher life, for the comfortable maintenance of herself and children. I leave to my eldest son, Henry Smith, all my land lying andbeing situate on the north side of this Island, That is to say the Home Lots called Cheston and Harlow's Home lots, where Inow live, as also the mill lot, and all my land and meadow in the neck, commonly known by the name of the little neck, ofthe Town of Brookhaven, but now within the manor of St. George, with my new and old house, and all other buildingsthereon ; And also the entire rights of Commonage, and all future divisions and Commonage appertaining to Cheston andHarlows accommodations ; And also my Thatch bed, lying between the Old field and the Little neck, which I bought ofSamuel Eburne, clerk ; And also the Thatch bed which the Town gave me, fronting to the Indian land against RoscommonElm ; Also all that part of my South Beach, from the head of Long Cove to the westernmost gut, To him, my said sonHenry, to him and his heirs male forever, and in default of issue, then to my next heirs. I also give to my son Henry all thatcertain tract of land or Island containing seven acres, lying near Cranes neck, adjoining to the Fresh pond, which I bought ofMr. Eburne. I leave to my son, William Henry Smith, my house on the south side of this Island, within the manor of St.George, which stands on Sebonack neck, With a full half of all my land and meadow on the south side of this Island, withinmy manor of St. George, and lying eastward of Connecticutt or Sebonack river, With one half of my South Beach fromCupsogue gut eastward, and to the head of the Long Cove, westward ; And also that Home Lot within the town ofBrookhaven, which I formerly bought of John Wood, deceased, and is called John Wood's lot, containing 10 acres,Bounding westward on Daniel Brewster's home lot, With one entire right of Commonage, and all future divisions ofundivided lands, due to the said accommodations, To him my said son William Henry, and his heirs and assigns forever. Ileave to my son, Charles Jeffrey Smith, All that other one half part of all my lands and meadows on the south side of thisIsland, within the Manor of St. George eastward of Connecticutt or Sebonack river ; Also the Home lot within the Town ofBrookhaven where John Wood lived, and commonly called John Wood's Home Lot, containing 12 acres, with the houseand buildings ; Also one entire right of Commonage, and all future divisions of land; Also the other half of my South Beach,from Cupsogue gut eastward, to the head of Long Cove westward, To him my said son, Charles Jeffrey Smith, and his heirsand assigns for ever. I leave to my eldest daughter, Martha Heathcote, one half of what the leases of my houses in NewYork can be sold for. I leave to my grand son, William Heathcote, one home lot within the town of Brookhaven, commonlyknown by the name of Williams, his Home Lot, containing 14 acres, Fronting to the creeke or Harbor, and adjoining to thatwhich was John Wood's Home Lot, with one right of Commonage and all future divisions of land as far as the middle of thisIsland, To him and his heirs and assigns, when he shall come of age. I leave to my youngest daughters, Jeane and Gloriana,to be equally divided between them, all my land and meadow at Westen Hook, in Company with Colonel Schuyler, Mr.Abeel and others ; And also all my land and meadow on the west side of Connecticutt or Sebonack river, lying at the headof Yaptianack and by a north line until it comes again to the river as is by my Patent set forth. I also leave to them two 50acre lots which lye between the Oldmans and the Wading river, which I bought of John Wood and Abraham Whittier ; Alsotwo 50 acre lots more, which were laid out to Cheston and Harlows Home Lots, and are near the road that goes to theOldmans farms ; Also 50 acres of land bought of Joseph Lee, which is at Mount Misery ; And also the other half of whatthe leases of my houses in New York may produce, to be paid to them when of age or marriage, provided neither of themmarry without their mother's consent. As to my land on the south side of the Country road that goes about the middle of theIsland, and is contained in my last Patent, from Governor Fletcher, and is adjoining to the bounds of Southold, Southamptonand Brookhaven, I do give the same to my three sons, Henry, William, and Charles. The will divides slaves (twelve of whichare enumerated, some of them being Indians) among his children. the personal property is left to his wife, with all stock,personal property, silver, gold plate, etc., to be disposed of as she shall see fit. If his son Henry dies without issue then hisshare is to go to his next brother. Makes his wife Martha sole executor.
[NOTE.--Colonel Matthew Howell was one of the most distinguished men of his day. His massive tombstone, bearing theancestral coat of arms, states that he was a "member of the House of Representation of Her Majesties Province of NewYork." He died May 4, 1706, aged 55. His homestead, bought of Samuel Johnes, is on the west side of the main street ofSouthampton, next south of Jaggers Lane, and lately owned by Susan King. The home lot, bought of Edmund Howell, is theoriginal homestead of Edward Howell, the Founder of Southampton, and is now owned by Hon. James H. Pierson. Theneck Watshogue, and the Island, are a part of the Moriches Patent, now East Moriches, Long Island.]
ZACHEUS GOLDSMITH. In the name of God, Amen. I, Zacheus Goldsmith, of the town of Southold inSuffolk County, on the Island of Nassau, yeoman, being very sick and weak. I leave to my wife, Mary Goldsmith, one halfof all my lands and meadows and housing and orchards, so long as she shall remain my widow, and no longer, and one halfof my present estate. "If my wife should happen to be with child, the said child is to have 1/2 of all the property," but if notthen my brother, Richard Goldsmith, shall have the same, and he is to pay to his brother, Thomas Goldsmith, €15, and alsohe is to release all the €40 I am to pay him by my father's will. The personal property which would go to said child is left tomy brother, John Goldsmith, and my sister, Mary Goldsmith. I make my wife Mary executor.Dated in Flushing on Long Island, December 29, 1676. Witnesses, Henry Taylor, Thomas Willett, John Morton, CharlesBridges. (Unrecorded.)
"The last will and testament of ANNE GRAVES, the wife of William Graves, now inhabitant of Newtown, on Long Island,December 31, 1670." Leaves to daughter, Elizabeth Everitt, a feather bed, warming pan, iron spit, a fire shovel, pair oftongs, and a trunk. I leave all the rest of my estate to my daughters, Elizabeth Everitt and Abigail Denton, "and my clothes asthey were prized by Mr. John Coe and Mr. Jonatham Fish." I leave to my cousin, Thomas Stevenson, my Bible.
In the name of God, Amen. "I, NATHANIEL BISHOP, of East Hampton, on Long Island, now being in my right mind, Igive my body to the dust, and my soul to God who gave it, and my estate as followeth. I leave to my son Daniel all my landsand meadows in East Hampton, except 6 1/2 acres of land on the Indian Well Plain, which I give to my son Nathaniel. But itis to be understood that Daniel is not to possess the land wholly during the lifetime of my wife, and she is to be maintainedby Daniel, or else to have the house and so much of the land as is needful. I leave to my son Daniel two oxen and all myhorses, and a double portion of all cattle and sheep, and my son Nathaniel is to have 1/4 of the cattle and sheep. My wife isto have 1/4 of the same, but after her decease they are to go to James Hands children, "who are my grandchildren." Iappoint Captain Josiah Hobart and Samuel Mulford, overseers.
John Rodes, Sr., of Jamaica,
on Long Island, being on bed of sickness. I leave to my son John my meadow
and land notdivided, "and ye little house Goody Davis keeps schoole in,"
which he shall remove for a shop. I also leave him theremainder of the
10 acre lot I gave him part of, lying next to Nathaniel Denton's lot. I
leave to my son Richard myhomestead, house, barn, and orchard, and 1/2
of my meadow and land undivided, in Jamaica, and 10 acres which I boughtof
John Everett, lying next to my son John. Mentions his daughter Elizabeth,
and son-in-law John Carpenter, and son-in-lawJohn Wood. I make my wife
executor, and "she is to be comfortably maintained, she being weakly and
unable to helpherself." "And I leave to my son Richard as my last charge
to be careful and tender of his mother." I leave to my wife's sonJeremiah
Hubbard, 20 shillings, and "I desire my children to keep peace, love and
amity between them." I make myneighbors Nehemiah Smith and Daniel Denton,
overseers. July 4, 1685.