Will of Roger Townsend – 1674
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ROGER TOWNSEND, Westchester, “Being very weake and sicke,” leaves to wife Mary all goods and chattels. To my three sons Mordecai, Thomas and John Bedient £10 each. “I request Captain Wm. Lawrence and Mr. Richard Cornell to be overseers of this my will. That my wife may not in the leaset be prejudiced or injured in any of my estate.” “I also give unto my two overseers all my tract of Land which I now live upon, which belongs to my Patent, if they please to accept of it at my decease. Only they shall give unto my three sons before named the sum of £20 apiece, to be paid within a twelve month and a day after my decease.” If they refuse to accept it, then it is to go to my said three sons equally.
Dated May 7, 1674. Witnesses, Henry Taylor, Robert Darkins, Robert Rider. Proved and confirmed April 15, 1675. E. Andross.
LIBER 1-2, page 107