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Will of John Hadden – 1671

JOHN HADDEN, Jamaica, leaves to Captain Matthias Nicoll “my horse in the hands of Mrs. Marshall.” To Peter Smith, of Jamaica, a horse. To John, son of William and Margary Meritt, £10, “to be paid to his parents against he arrive to years of understanding.” Legacies to Henry Newton, John Thompson,” belonging to ye Garrison of New York,” Mr. Edward Smith, of New York, John Clarke, Richard Charlton, and Richard Dow, “to Margaret Welham, servant of Wm. Merritt., for care and trouble in taking care of me in my sickness, 80 shillings,” to loving friend, Benjamin Coe, £5. Makes Elias Doughty, of Flushing, and Anthony Waters, of Jamaica, executors. Dated October 11, 1674. Witnesses, Otto Gerritts, James Matthews, Cohuract Ten Eyck. Proved October 27, 1671. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Thomas Foster – 1663

THOMAS FOSTER, Rustdorp, L. I., “being on bed of sickness.” My will is that my son Thomas shall have that mare that is at Nissaquage, and if the child, my wife now goes withal, shall live, that child shall have a share in it.” “My children are to be taught to read English well, and my son to write, when they doe come of age.” “And if my wife should marry or remaine as she is, and not teach ye children as aforesayd, then my will is that two cows more be layed out for yt end, to give ye children learning.” Mentions “my brother” (not named), “my cousin, Henry Foster,” wife (not named), my friends, Thomas Benedict, Wm. Foster, and Daniel Denton, to dispose of estate.” 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. LIBER 1-2, page 78 “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, Angust 5, 1671. Widow’s name not given. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Edmund Farrington – 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 flow remains.” The said Dorothy is confirmed as executrix, July 1, 1675. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Jonathan Davis – 1674

JONATHAN DAVIS, Jamaica. “Wee underwritten coming to ye house which was Jonathan Davis deceased, to make inquiry according to Law, whether he had made any will or no. Answer was made that he had made no written will, only in the hearing of Zacharias Mills and Abigail Darling bee did desire that what estate he left behinde should bee for his wife Sarah. And also in regard of his wife’s inability to manage her business herself, he desired that his brother Samuel Davis and Nehemiah Smith should be assistants to her and be her Overseers. The which two men in our hearing did manifest that they was very willing to answer the desire of the party deceased, and bee helpfull to the widow as they could. And alsoe for some reasons best known to herself, the widow Sarah desired to have a third person added to the other two, which was Wait Smith, unto which all Partyes agreed. Witness our hands, February 8 1674. Nathaniel Denton, Constable; John Oldfield, John Bayler, Overseers. LIBER 1-2, page 106 Sarah Davis, widow of JONATHAN DAVIS, late of Jamaica, is confirmed as executor of the nuncupative will of said Davis, April 1, 1675. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Stricklin – 1672

JOHN STICKLIN, of Jamaica, “Being my greate paine.” Leaves to daughter Loanus £10. “To my danghter Mathew’s youngest child” 40 shillings. To Jonathan Mills, one cow. To eldest daughter of John Loanus, one cow. Rest of estate to his daughter’s children (not named). Makes “my son John Smith, my son Saml Matthews,” John Foster and Benjamin Coe, executors. “It is to be understood that the 2 cows mentioned to John Loanus’ daughter and to Jonathan Mills were my wife’s, and she gave them as she saw good, I having promised to perform her will.” Dated September 5, 1672. Witnesses, John Foster, Benjamin Coe. Proved and confirmed January 22, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Elizabeth Partridge – 1669

ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE, of Flushing. Leaves one fourth of estate “to all my grandchildren equally.” The rest “to all my children equally.” Makes “Mr. Elias Doughty, of Flushing,” executor. Dated May 23, 1669. Written at order of Elizabeth Partridge by me, Anthony Waters, Clerk. Proved June 9, 1669. Debts mentioned as owing to her from Robert Fecks, Francis ye Carpenter, Nicholas Davis, John Gonin. LIBER 1-2, page 38 Inventory of estate of ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE, taken by Wm. Laurence and Eyrke Jacobs, overseers chosen by the Constable,” October 18, 1669. House and lot, £45. Apraisal made by John Bowne, Wm. Noble, and John Hinchman. James Clement, Clerk. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Marshall – 1670

JOHN MARSHALL, Flushing. “I give to ye Lord my Soule, who gave it mee, and my Body to ye Earth from whence it came. I give unto my wife Angle Marshall, my whole estate, to be putt at her own disposall after my decease. As witnesse my hand this 23d of October, 1670. Witnesses: his the marke of Robt. X Terrey John X Marshall.” marke John Hinchman Proved January 3, 1670/1, Anthony Waters, Clerk. [The above will, which is given entire, is the shortest as recorded.] LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Marston – 1671

JOHN MARSTON, Flushing. “I will that my two sons, John and Cornelius, shall live with my well beloved friend John Hinchman and to be wholly at his disposall till they come of age, and he is to have time oversight of all my estate.” Leaves all to his two sons when of age. Leaves to daughter Elizabeth a gold ring, and to daughter Katherine a silver thimble. “This is my full will and my sons’ desire, as witness our hands this 14th February, 1670/1. Witnesses, Robert Terry, Joseph Thorne, John Marston, Sr., John Marston, Jr., Cornelius Marston. LIBER 1-2, page 61 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 Hinchuman 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. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Nicholas Tanner – 1666

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. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Chamion Arundell – 1666

CHAMION ARUNDELL, of the Island of Tortugas, makes “my loving wife Elizabeth Arundell, my attorney irrevocable,” to collect all debts, sell chattels, etc. “And if it shall please God I shall decease in this my intended voyage,” I appoint her sole executrix of this my will, of all my estate. Dated August 26, 1659. Witnesses, Elias Watt, Wm. Saltsbury, Peter Throppe. Elizabeth, the widow of Chamion Arundell, married Wm. Saltsburg, of Flushing, and they made proof of will at Court of Sessions, in June, 1666, and they were appointed executors February 4, 1666/7. Matthias Nicoll, Secretary. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Thomas Stevenson – 1668

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. LIBER 1-2, page 25 Robert Coe resigns his appointment as Administrator of estate of THOMAS STEVENSON July 9, 1668, and Anthony Waters, of Jamaica, is appointed in his place. August 15, 1668. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Biography of Abraham Graham

Abraham Graham. The quiet life and substantial accomplishments of the farmer have been the lot of Abraham Graham, who is now living in the town of Penfield, retired from the strenuous labors which marked his early youth. Mr. Graham has been identified with Champaign County almost half a century, and his life record is one that will be read with pleasure by his many friends and acquaintances as well as by his family. He long ago accumulated sufficient to protect him against the days that are to come, and the respect in which he is held is no less than his material accomplishment. Mr. Graham is a native of the Emerald Isle, born in County Monaghan, December 27, 1838, a son of Hugh and Sarah (McMahon) Graham. He was the third of nine children, six sons and three daughters. He acquired an education in his native country and at the age of nineteen determined to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities of America. Accompanied by a cousin, Miss Rosa Martin, he sailed on the ship Aurora and five weeks and three days later arrived at Castle Garden, New York. From there he went to Providence, Rhode Island, and for nine months during the panic of 1857 worked in lumber yards. He then became a farmer at Glencove in Queen’s County on Long Island, but three years later came west...

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