HENRY PERRING, Brookhaven, “Being weak in body,” directs his body “to be decently buried in the Buryal Place of Brookhaven.” Leaves to wife Hannah all lands and goods in Brookhaven, or elsewhere, during her life or widowhood. Leaves to son-in-law Joseph Longbothem, 40 acres of land as followeth, namely, 9 acres in the old field of said town, whereof 3 acres joins eastward on Andrew Miller’s lot, and west on Goodman Riggs, 6 acres at the rock, formerly belonging to James Cook. Also 9 acres of my Home lot, 5 acres at Newtown, joining west on Goodman Fancy’s lot, and east to the commons, and 3 acres more at Newtown of the last division betwixt Mr. Woodhull’s and Goodman William’s lots. Also 14 acres at the old man’s, when the division shall be made. Leaves to son-in-law Jacob Longbothem, and to Joseph his brother, “my water mill in Brookhaven, and they are to pay to my daughter Hannah Perring 40 shillings, and she is to have one half of the profits of the mill during her life,” “and she and her children are to be Toll free,” “my daughters-in-law Joana Smith and Judith Longbothem shall be Toll free at said mill,” Leaves to son-in-law Jacob Longhothem one half acre of land “adjoining my orchard.” Makes Jonathan Smith, of Smithfield (Smithtown), and Wm. Satterly, of Brookhaven, executors.
Dated December 1, 1674. That the premises are the real will and testament of Henry Perring is deposed by Nathaniel Brewster before me. John Woodhull.
Letters of administration granted to Hannah Perring February 1, 1675.
[NOTE. The term “sons in law” in above will probably means stepsons. ” Old mans” is now Port Jefferson.]
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“The deposition of Katharine Fancy, aged about forty-eight. That she being at the house of Henry Perring about a week before he dyed, she heard the said Henry Perring say that he would give his daughter Hannah Perring all his own accomodations belonging to him in the Towne, and at the South with the three islands that was given to him by the Towne, and the ground that did adjoin to his son Joseph Longbothem’s lot, for which she was to give to said Joseph as much at the upper end of his lot. And the said Perring’s wife being by he told her she should have the management and disposal of all his estate during her life, unless his daughter Hannah should marry, and after his death his daughter Hannah should have half, and after his wife’s death the other half.”
Sworn’ to before me, June 28, 1674. Mathias Nicoll.
Inventory taken by Richard Woodhull, John Tucker, John Jenners. Mentions dwelling house, barn, orchard, two accommodations of upland and meadow. No prices or valuation given.
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