John Applegate of Oyster Bay, L. I.
The following data is extracted from Herbert Family Papers.
John Applegate of Oyster Bay, L. I. made his will Jan. 12, 1687, mentioning his brother, Daniel Applegate, eldest sister Hannah Applegate, youngest sister Mary. May 12, 1688, Daniel Applegate, who had been left executor, obtained a release from his two sisters. Francis Herbert of Middletown signing for “his wife Hannah who was Hannah Applegate.” At this time Daniel Applegate was “of Shroesbury” Monmouth Co., where he had previously married Rebecca Tilton. His two sisters probably came with him to New Jersey, or followed soon after their brother John’s death.John Barclay, Surrogate.
The next thing that Francis did, of which we have any record was to make his will. It was made Sept. 13, 1719 and recorded at Trenton, November 25th the same year. He was “very sick and weak in body but of sound mind,” etc. In fact, he was too ill to sign his name, but made his mark. It was witnessed by James Cox, William Cheesman, Joseph Patterson, William Lawrence, Junior.
See Liber A of Wills, p. 146. also N.J. Archives 1st, ser. Vol.25 p. 223, also, Unrecorded Wills of Monmouth Co. Harrison McNear. P. 93.
His property was to be divided into four equal parts, one each of his four sons. Thomas, the eldest, was to have that share including the “dwelling house where he now lives.” His “loving wife Hannah” and son Francis were made executors. One acre of land was to be kept as a burial ground for his family. I have heard it stated vary positively that a certain man who owned the place in the last century, ploughed up the little family cemetery and used the headstones to pave his cellar. This, however, was difficult to prows or disprove.
Francis Herbert’s Children:
10. Thames Herbert, Sr. of Upper Freehold; m. Elizabeth __________
11. Francis Herbert
12. Samuel Herbert
13 Obadiah Herbert, of Perth Amboy; m. Hannah Lawrence.
14. Elizabeth Herbert
Source: Herbert Family Papers