Collection: Abstracts Of Wills On File In The Surrogate's Office City Of New York

Will of John Hart, – 1671

JONN HART, of Maspeth Kills, L. I. “A little before his death made a nuncupative will ‘after this manner.’ Gives to eldest son (not named) one shilling, he having already received his portion. To son William one Hog, and to his daughter Sarah another. Leaves the Plantation and rest of goods to his two sons Samuel and William and his two daughters Sarah and Susan. “In presence of Thomas Wandell, and Anne his wife, Humphrey Clay and Sarah his wife, and also other neighbors then present.” Letters of Administration granted to Samuel Hart father of said John Hart, — —, 1671. Francis Lovelace. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Julius, Capt. – 1671

“Whereas Captain JOHN JULIUS, late commander of the ‘Loyal Dorothy’ of Nevis, now at anchor in this port, dyed here, and left Mr. Gabriel Mimeveille, of this city, merchant, his sole executor.” He is confirmed as such. “Having due regard to the orders given to said Captain John Julius by Sir Charles Wheeler, Governor General, of the Leeward Islands, to whom and his friends the greater part of the cargo doth belong.” September 20, 1671. Francis Lovelace. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Nicholas Stillwell – 1671

NICHOLAS STILLWELL, Staten Island, “Husband-man,” “being weak and sicke,” leaves to youngest son Jeremiah an iron gray mare. Leaves to “well beloved and affectionate wife Anne” all lands, houses, and estate, and makes her executor. Dated December 22, 1671. Witnesses, Nicholas De Meyer, Richard Charlton. Letters of Administration granted to wife Anne, June 17, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Claas Melise – 1672

“Whereas CLAAS MELISE, late an inhabitant of this city, was by an unhappy accident, returning in his sloop, from Virginia to this city, struck over-board into ye sea, by which means he is departed this natural life.” Upon request of his widow, Gretie Ancus, that John Poppers and Hendricks Van Bommell, might be appointed the administrators, they are so confirmed, July 12, 1672. Children are mentioned but not named. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John White, – 1670

JOHN WHITE, Southampton, L. I. Leaves to only son John all houses and lands. “If he die without issue then to my daughter Elizabeth. If she die without issue then to my wife Hannah, for life, and then to the eldest son of my brother James White. If he die without issue then one half to my two nephews, John Topping and Thomas Topping. The other half to be divided amongst my four youngest sisters” [not named]. Wife to have use of property till son comes of age. Makes wife Hannah executrix, and “my loving friends, Francis and Daniel Sayre, and my brother-in-law, Thomas Topping” over-seers and guardian of children. Dated May 9, 1670. Witnesses, Thomas Cooper, Thomas Cooper, Jr. The execution of will was comfirmed May 30, 1670, before us, Henry Pierson, John Jessop, Richard Howell, Isaac Halsey. “Thomas Topping of Southampton, testifyes that the will is, and was, the very will of John White, deceased, and that hee, this deponent, wrote ye said will for him, and see him sign and seale ye same, as is also testifyed by ye other witnesses, July 1, 1670. Henry Pierson, Clerk of Court of Sessions.” Inventory taken by John Howell, Henry Pierson, Edward Howell, John Jennings. House and £50; allotment, £55. 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 Thomas Badgord – 1672

“Whereas THOMAS BADGORD, late of this city, merchant, died intestate, leaving an estate behind him,” Mr. Matthias Nicoll, Mr. John Ryder and Mr. Wm. Critchlow are appointed administrators. October 15, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Perring – 1675

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,...

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Will of James Naybor – 1671

JAMES NAYBOR, Huntington, “Cooper.” Leaves to youngest daughter, Martha, “my Great Trunk and best chest with linnen and woolen clothes.” “To my grandchild, Mercy, when 21, £10, to be raised out of my house in Boston,” which I leave to my five daughters, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rachel, and Martha. Makes his daughter Martha executrix, and Mr. Wm. Bartholemew and Goodman Sundall, both of Boston, executors in trust. “I desire Thomas Scudder and Joseph Bayley, of Hunttington, to be helpfull to my daughter Martha as executor.” Dated January 27, 1671. Witnesses, Matthew Owen, Peter Floyd, Joseph Bayley. Proved at Court of Sessions, Southampton, and confirmed March 19, 1671. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Hicks – 1672

JOHN HICKS, Hempstead, “Being weak in body but sound in understanding,” makes son Thomas executor, and “he is to pay to my wife Rachel, £100 in cattle, according to wheat at 5 shillings a bushell.” Leaves to wife household utensils, “besides her own wearing clothes, and what goods my said wife brought with her to me.” I leave to each One of my daughter Haviland’s children, a colt.” Leaves to daughter Hannah £100, one-third in horses and two-thirds in cattle. Legacies to “children of my son Thomas,” and to ” my son-in-law Josyas Starr.” Dated April 29, 1672. The will is also signed by his wife Rachel, “in token of her satisfaction.” Witnesses, Jonah Fordham, Richard Valentine. Proved at Court of Sessions, held in Jamaica, June 14, 1672. Anthony Waters, Clerk. Letters of Administration granted to Thomas Hicks, June 17, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Walnovers Letin, – 1671/2

Inventory of estate of WALNOVERS LETIN, of Dover, Staten Island, who hath lately deceased, taken by Gideon Marlett, Constable, in presence of Peter Belew, Simeon Come, Tys Barenson, “and many others then present,” January 16, 1671/2. One lot and housing, £1,000. Whole is £2,592. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Thomas Brush – 1675

Whereas THOMAS BRUSH, late of Huntington, upon Long Island, died intestate.” His son Thomas is made administrator, September 10, 1675. “The apprizement of the inventory amounts to £306 12s., as returned to the Court of Sessions.” LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Underhill, Capt. – 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. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of John Winder – 1675

“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. Nuncupative will of JOHN WINDER. “I leave my whole estate to my wife, and to her disposing.” In presence of us undersigned witnesses, September 27, 1675. Anthony Brochholst, John Laurence, Sr. LIBER 1-2, page...

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