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

Will of Roger Townsend – 1674

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...

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Will of John Gerland – 1673

JOHN GERLAND, New York. Leaves to “dear wife Susannah, my riding horse, all other goods except as follows.” To my son Sylvester “my Sword Pistolls and furniture to them belonging.” Leaves legacies to second son, Matthias, and to Gulian Van Layer, “a son by my wife’s former husband.” “Earnestly desiring that my Trusty and well beloved brother Mr. Gulian Ver Planck, and my well beloved friend Francis Rumbout to be the executors of this will.” Dated July 15, 1673. Witnesses, John Carr, Wm. Tom, Edward Cantwell, Ralph Hutchinson. “Recorded for Mr. John Sharpe, who desired to be Administrator” etc., February 26, 1674. LIBER 1-2, page 108 Gulian Ver Planck and Francis Rumbout having renounced the executorship of the will of JOHN GERLAND, “publickly in the Mayor’s Court.” His widow, Sarah Gerland, is confirmed as administratrix, April 15, 1675. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Peter Wright – 1675

“Whereas I am informed that PETER WRIGHT, late of Oyster Bay, upon Long Island, was casually drowned in Virginia and dyed intestate,” upon the request of his daughter Hannah, and son Gideon Wright, the said Gideon Wright is appointed administrator. April 12, 1675. E. Andross. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Nicholas Davis – 1673

“Whereas NICHOLAS DAVIS, late of Rhode Island, merchant, dyed intestate, leaving an estate upon the which Sarah his relict hath refused to administer or to intermeddle therein.” Mr. Jeronymus Ebbing of this city, merchant, Dr. Henry Taylor of this city and Mr. John Bound of Flushing, creditors, are appointed administrators, February 20, 1672/3. Thomas Gibbs is appointed instead of Jeronynms Ebbing. May 13, 1673. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Hope Barrints – 1671

“Whereas HOPE BARRINTS, a carpenter, died intestate at Breucklyn upon Long Island, and leaving no relations of wife, children, or other kindred,” Mr. Allard Anthony, Sheriff of New York, is made administrator, February 28, 1671. Francis Lovelace. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Latimer Sampson – 1668

LATIMER SAMPSON, Oyster Bay. “I Latimer Sampson of Oyster Bay, being intended (God permitting) to travel to Barbadoes, and well knowing the Casualty of man’s life.” Leaves all estate to Grizzell Sylvester, eldest daughter of Nathaniel Sylvester, of Shelter Island, and makes them executors. Dated in Shelter Island the 16th day of the month called February in the year 1668. Witnesses Christopher Foster, John Youngs, Isaac Arnold. 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 Isaac Bedloe – 1675

“Whereas ISAAC BEDLOE of this city, merchant, died intestate in or about the month of February, 1672/3. Who having been intrusted with great sums of money, and considerable quantities of goods by the late Governor, Colonel Francis Lovelace, as his factor; he was thereby involved in many and great accounts, And his widow Elizabeth Bedloe having been sued by some of the creditors.” Upon her application she is appointed administratrix, August 9, 1675. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of Roger Rugg – 1675

“Whereas ROGER RUGG, merchant, of this city, dyed lately without making any formal will, yet by a nuncupative will, before sufficient testimony, some short time before his decease, bequeathed his estate to Mr. John Rider and his wife of this city, and desiring Captain Nathaniel Davenport to be assisting unto them, and having made proof of the will before the Court of Mayor and Aldermen.” The said John Rider is made administrator, August 9, 1675. 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 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 William Ludlum – 1655

WILLIAM LUDLAM, Southampton. Leaves to his son Anthony “all my housing and lands at the old ground,” and a £50 right of commonage in town of Southampton. Leaves to his son Joseph “my new dwelling-house with two acres of land adjoining, and thirty acres of land adjoining to the mill and mill pond, on the east side of the mill river; and a £50 right of commonage.” Leaves legacies to daughters Grace, Frances, and Mary, also to “eldest child of my son William,” “my son Henry’s child,” “my daughter Grace’s child,” and to “the eldest child of my danghter Frances.” Mentions “a covenant between me and Samuel Davis” concerning use of land. Makes his son Henry executor, and he is to build up the mill, and he is to have half the mill, and his brother Joseph the other half. Also leaves to Henry thirty-six acres of land at the head of the mill pond. Dated April ye 27, 1665. Witnesses, John Howell, John Cooper. Proved at the Court of Assizes, November 2, 1667. [NOTE.—William Ludlam came from Matlock, in Derbyshire, Eng., and was in Southampton as early as 1653. His eldest son, William, went to Huntington, L. I., and died there in 1668.—W. S. P.] Quietus granted to HENRY LUDLAM, of Southampton, as executor of will of his father, William Ludlam, October 5, 1666. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Will of William Betts – 1673

WM. BETTS, Yonkers. “The Twelfth day of the Twelfth month 1673.” “I William Betts of the Yonckers Plantation, in the Jurisdiction now of New Orange so called.” Leaves to wife Alice, “house, barn and home lot, and meadows that are lying by my house lot,” also one third of my lot in the Planting Field, during her life: Also leaves her household goods. Leaves to son Samuel Betts, after his wife’s decease, the said house, Home lot and meadows, and one third of all lands in the Yonckers Plantation. Also a Home lot next to the home lot of Goodman Newman, in the Town of Westchester. Also six acres of meadow next to Samel Barrets, in the west meadow of Westchester. Leaves to son Hopestill Betts, one third of his lands in the Planting Field, and one third of the rest of his lands in the Yonckers Plantation. Also “eight acres of fresh meadow lying to the west of Long neck in Westchester.” Leaves to son John Betts, one third of land in the Planting Field and one third of land in the Yonckers Plantation, also two six acre lots of meadow in the west meadow of Westchester, next to Consider Woods, and six acres I bought of Cregier next to Consider Woods, and the other six acre lot lying between the meadow of Edward Walters and meadow of...

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