Long Island Wills and Death Notes, 1744-1758

In the name of God, Amen. I, HENRY LANE, of New York, merchant, being in reasonable health. "First, I will and desire that my body be interred in the Church-yard, very privately, two hours after my death." I will and direct that my son, Henry Lane, lately married to the daughter of Mr. Henry Cuyler, "shall strike, draw, and have to his own use, one half of all Commissions due me from the time of his marriage, which was on or about the 1st of January last, to the time of my death." I also leave to him all that lot of ground which I purchased of Robert Lurting, situate in King Street in New York. But if he die without issue, then to my son Thomas Lane, now living at Mr. Andrew Clarke's, at Jamaica, on Long Island; And if he die without issue, then to my brother Joseph Lane, or his children. I leave all the rest of my estate to my two sons, and if they bothdie, then to my brother Joseph Lane. I make my son Henry sole executor.

In the name of God, Amen. "I, JEAN SEAVANT, Doctor of Physick, who was born at Saulieu, in the Province of Bourgogune, in France; who for some years past have lived at Cape Francis in the West Indies, and was lately taken by the English Privateer in the ship 'Marques Tourne,' Captain Peter Lizigojen, commander, and brought to New York, being now here in the Province of New York a prisoner and very sick. I declare that I now am, and doe resolve to dye, a True Apostolick Catholic Christian in the faith of the Church of Rome." I appoint my good friend, Mr. Rene Hett, of New York, merchant, one of my executors, and he is to take into his possession all my notes, Bills, etc., and transmit the same to my nephew, Francis Saveant, who is a Procurator of Dijon, in France, and I give to the said Rene Hett 15 for his trouble. I appoint my nephew, Francis Saveat, another executor. I give 200 Livres to the Capuchin Friars of Saulieu, where I was born; and 500 Livres to the Capuchin Friars of Dijon to pray for my soul. I give 500 Livres to the poor, to be distributed at the discretion of my said nephew. I leave all the rest of my estate to my wife, Susanah Dorbette, but if she be dead, then to my niece, Ann Saveat. I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Jamaica, on Long Island, the 15 of September, 1744. JOHN BATIST SAVEAT.

In the name of God, Amen, March 8, 1743/4. I, WILLIAM LEGG, JR., being sick. I leave to my wife Margaret, the use of all estate so long as she remains my widow, and she shall take care for the educating and instructing of my children, "honestly maintaining them according to the capacity of my estate." I leave to my eldest son, William Legg, all my whole estate where I now dwell, named Jacobus Hook, and the Island with house, barn, etc., when he is 21 years old, or at the decease of my wife; and he is to pay to my other children, Samuel, Barent, and Margaret, 120, when of age. If the estate comes to him before the other children are of age he is to maintain them "and give their living" till they are of age. I leave to my son all my clothes. My executors are to sell the land I have at Flatbush, in the bounds of Kingston, in Ulster County, being 1/4 of the land my father bought of Arent Ploegh. I leave to my sons Samuel and Barent, each 120, and to my daughter Margaret, 120. I make my brothers in law, Wilhelminus Burhans, Richard Davenport, and Philip Nele, Jr., and my friend and neighbor, EdwardJames Whitaker, executors.

In the name of God, Amen, October 29, 1745. I, MICHAEL HALSTEAD, of the Borough town of Westchester, being weak in body. I leave to my brother, Samuel Halstead, 200. I leave to my trusty friend, Isaac Willett, of Westchester, 100. All the remainder of my estate I leave to my brother, Richard Halstead, and to my sister, Abiah Gilliam, and to Phebe Ryder, daughter of Robert Ryder, and to Mary Creed, daughter of William Creed, of Jamaica, Long Island, and to NathanielHalstead, son of my brother, Ezekiel Halstead. I make Isaac Willett executor.

"Be it remembered that I, THOMAS NOBLE, of New York, Merchant, "being sensible of my frailty." All my debts are to be paid. I make my friends, Timothy Horsefield, of Long Island near the Ferry, butcher, and Joris Brinkerhoff, of New York, merchant, executors. All the rest of my estate is to be sold and the money paid to my children, Thomas, Isaac, Mary, James, and Sarah, 700 each, to be put at interest for them. And I request and appoint my dear friends, Augustus Spangenbergh, of Bethlehem, in Pennsylvania, near the Forks of Delaware, and Charles Brocden, of Philadelphia, and Timothy Horsefield, of Long Island, to undertake the care of my children. The sum of 2,000 is to be put at interest by my executors, and the interest sent annually to my parents, Thomas and Mary Noble, of Bristol, in Old England. I leave 10 yearly to the mother of my late wife, Helegonda Bayard. To my niece, Mary Noble, 200. To my dear brother and sister, William and Catharine Tenant, of Freehold, New Jersey, the interest on 100. To my friend Ismaiah, wife of George Burnet, of New York, 20. To my friend Susannah, wife of Elias Burger, of Staten Island, the interest of 20. To my friends, Hester and Elinor Gambold, 20. To Margaret, wife of Hugh Campbell, 20. To my friends, Augustus and Mary Spangenbergh, of Bethlehem, Pa., a negro boy, and all the rest of my personal estate. I also make my friends, Charles Brockem, of Philadelphia, Henry Antes, of Bethlehem, and Jacquis Cortelyou, son of Peter Cortelyou, of the westermost part of Long Island, executors.

In the name of God, Amen. I, SIMON BOGART, of Richmond County, yeoman, being well in health, I leave to my eldest son Simon, my big guns, sword, and a horse and saddle for his birth right as heir at law. I leave to my wife Mary the feather bed that I lie on, with all the furniture, and likewise the cupboard that she brought into my estate, and all her clothing, and all the goods in said cupboard. Also 2 iron pots, 2 pewter platters, 6 pewter plates, her side saddle, and little wheel I leave to my youngest son, Isaac, a negro boy, and my silver tankard, and 2 silver spoons, and a sorrel horse. I leave to my daughter, Elizabeth, all my Dutch books, and a feather bed, and a cupboard and a little wheel. To my daughter, Sarah, a cupboard and a bed. To my daughter-in-law (step daughter) Catharine Winant, 1 bed and furniture, which her mother brought unto me. My executors are to sell all my lands and meadows upon Staten Island, lying between the land of William Johnson and the land of Nathaniel Johnson, And all my salt meadow lying on the north side of the Fresh Kills, as by deed from Tunis Bogart; Also my horses and buildings on said lands. Out of the proceeds they are to build a convenient house for my wife. And all the rest of the money, and the money in the hands of my brother, Tunis Bogart, on Long Island, shall be paid to my wife and children, Simon, Gilbert, Jane, wife of William Perine, Elizabeth, and Sarah. If my son Gilbert should not return, his part is to go to my son Isaac.I make my friends, Paul Mishsho (Micheau) and Abraham Cole, executors.

"Be it known unto all Christian People, that whereas, I, WILLIAM COPLAND, late of Jamaica, in the West Indies, Chirurgeon, but at present residing in the Town of Jamaica in Queens County, on Long Island, did make my will bearing date about the 16 of March last," whereby I did nominate Mr. Thomas Hales, merchant, and W. Alexander McGleen, Chirurgeon, of Jamaica, in the West Indies, executors. I now being very weak, and it being necessary to alter my said will in some respects, I do by this codicil confirm my said will. "First, if (as I expect) I shall happen to die in the Province of New York, I order that my executors shall cause my body to be put into a coffin, to be covered with white silk, nailed with white nails, and a Tin silvered plate with my age placed thereon. And I order gloves to be given to the Minister of the Parish and the Clerks, and to my executors and Pall bearers, and all the neighbors in the Parish be invited to my funeral and to have all sorts of good liquors." And I give to my landlord's daughters, Mary Creed and Rebecca Creed, 5 each. And I appoint Mr. Joseph Reade, of New York, merchant, and Mr. William Creed, of Jamaica, on Long Island, my executors in respect to all my goods and estate in the Province of New York. And they are to take into their possessions all my goods and estate and wearing apparell, and other things now in the houses of Mr. Robert Hogg of New York and Mrs. William Creed of Jamaica. And after paying debts they are to pay to Mr. William Creed the money I owe him for 2 casks of shoes, and to pay all other persons to whom I may be indebted. And my executors shall transmit all the rest of my goods and estate, and my negro boy "Lisbon," unto my first mentioned executors in the Island of Jamaica. And this is to be taken as a part of my first will.

In the name of God, Amen. I, STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER, of the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, in the County of Albany, Gentleman, being very sick. My body is to be buried in the new burying place, nigh the Manor House, a little above the middlemost Grist mill, to the south of the Fifth kill, where I desire a vault to be made for my corpse to be laid in. I dispose of my temporal estate as follows: I leave to my only son, Stephen, all that my Manor of Rensselaerwyck, with all my stock of negroes, horses, and cattle, and implements of husbandry, to the said Manor belonging. I leave to my wife, Elizabeth, the use and profits of my whole estate during her widowhood, and the minority of my son and heir. If my wife should re-marry or die during the minority of my son, then my executors are to receive the property and use it till he be of age, and they are to provide for the maintainance and education of my children. All my plate, jewels, bills, bonds, and goods are to be inventoried and appraised by my executors, and 1/2 of them to be given to my wife, and 1/2 to my daughter Elizabeth, when she is of age or married. I leave to my daughter Elizabeth all my share of a certain tract of land in Albany County, called Watoms-patch, and also a lot of land in the Manor of Rensselaerwyck, fronting the road that leads to the Manor house, lying between the lot of Volkert Vanderberg and Abraham De Freest; Also a lot behind the lot of Jeremiah Schuyler, where he now lives, running up westerly, ranging with the street from the northwest corner of said Schuyler's house, 35 feet, and so southward, keeping the same breadth as far as the vacant ground goes, not as yet given or granted to any other person; Also 1/2 of a stream and saw mill where Christian Scham used to live on it formerly, on the east side of Hudson river, in the said Manor; And also 150 acres of land convenient to said mill, with the privilege of cutting and carrying away logs for the saw mill; Also free liberty of Commonage of pasture in the Manor; Also 300 acres of land at Hosick, lying upon Hosick creek, being the land that was given to me by the will of my father, Killian Van Rensselaer. If she or her heirs shall sell the said mill and land, then the purchaser shall pay yearly, forever, the tenths to the heir at law in possession of said Manor; But if she or her heirs retain the said lands, they shall only pay for each tract the sum of 3 shillings yearly in lieu of all rents. If my wife should marry she shall have the use of the Island and the pasture over against it, now in possession of my mother, after the decease of my said mother; I also leave to my wife, Elizabeth, the Bowery on Conagone, now in possession of Hendrick Jong, during her life. But if she should be in want for her maintainance, she may sell it. Otherwise, the said farm shall return to my son, Stephen, and my daughter Elizabeth. I also leave to my daughter Elizabeth a lot of ground adjoining to the north of the lot of Isaac Fiele, lying on the west side of the road that leads from the Town to the Manor house, being 40 feet in breadth, and as long as the said Fiele's lot. I make my wife Elizabeth and my brother Jacobus, and John Baptist Van Rensselaer and my brother in law, Gerardus Groesbeck, executors of this will.

In the name of God, Amen, January 12, 1747, I, MARTHA SEARLE, of New York, widow, to prevent all manner of trouble and confusion in my relation to the little estate, it has pleased God Almighty to bless me, I make my sister Mary Weyman executor, and leave her all my estate, consisting of all my wearing apparel, and a bed with all the bed clothes at Mrs. Teaborn's on Long Island.

In the name of God, Amen, September 27, 1746. I, JONATHAN HAVENS, of Shelter Island, husbandman. I leave to my wife Hannah the use of my best room, and what part of the kitchen she needs, and the use of 1/3 of lands and meadows during her life. I leave to my son Jonathan 1/2 of my share of the lands on Montauk; Also a strip six rods in width on the north side of my old farm, to begin at the northwest corner, and runing east that width to the place called the Wolf Trap. I leave to my son, Constant Havens, 1/2 of my share of lands on Montauk, and all my lands and meadows in the town of Southampton (except what I shall give to my son Joseph), and he is to pay to his brother, Jonathan Havens, 100, and to his sister, Sarah King, 50 and to his sister, Hannah Havens, 50. I leave to my son, Joseph Havens, a lot on Hog Neck, in Southampton, called Jessups Lot, and 4 acres of meadow on the south part of Long meadow. I leave to my son William a piece of land 200 rods square, that joins the land I have given to my son Jonathan, and likewise the Wolf Trap Lot. I leave to my son, George Havens, all the land south of the land I have given to my son William, with all the housing, and also all the lands I have bought of William Nicolls. I leave to my daughters, Sarah King and Hannah Havens, 50 each. To my daughter, Jemima Duvall, 100. To my daughter, Keziah Havens, 100. All the rest I leave to my wife and children. I make my sons, Jonathan,Constant, and William, executors.

[NOTE.--Captain Jeckomiah Scott was the son of Captain John Scott, who figures so extensively in the early history of the Long Island towns. His mother was Deborah Raynor, daughter of Thurston Raynor. John Scott eventually deserted his wife and left the country. The Governor appointed her brother, Joseph Raynor, and Richard Howell, to collect what they could of his property, for the benefit of his wife and family. There is on record in one of the books of deeds in the Town Clerk's office, Southampton, a copy of a letter written by John Scott to his son Jeckomiah, who was probably an only child. Jeckomiah Scott married Mary, daughter of Colonel John Jackson, of Queens County; another daughter, Patience, married Joshua Barnes, of Southampton. Captain Jeckomiah Scott purchased the homestead of his brother in law, Joshua Barnes, in Southampton, March 22, 1706, and was living there at the time of his death. This is now the homestead of William S. Pelletreau. The tombstone of Captain Jeckomiah Scott, in the burying ground at Southampton, states that he died March 9, 1749, aged 86. His son Lazarus went to Greenwich, Conn. His daughter Deborah married Joseph Hildreth; Sarah probably married Richard Howell. Thomas Scott lived at Seponack, on the homestead of the late Captain Elias White, and of his father, Captain Edward White, beforehim.]

In the name of God, Amen. I, ANNE BOBINE, late of Kings County, but now of New York, widow, being sick. I leave my negro slave Phebe to my good friend John Bassett, pewterer. I leave to the Elders of the Reformed Dutch Church at Bushwyck, on Long Island, 9. My negro slaves are to be sold by my executors. I leave to Mary Bassett my bed and furniture and a silver tumbler and teaspoons. To my friend, Doctor William Beekman, 25, to buy a suit of mourning. I leave to John Bassett all the rest of my movables, and I make him and Dr. William Beekman, executors.

In the name of God, Amen, September 4, 1747, I, TUNIS AMERMAN, of New York, cartman, being at present weak. After payment of debts, I leave all my estate to my children, Johanes and Geritie. I make my loving uncle, Jan. Amerman, of Long Island, yeoman, and my brother, Dirck Amerman, of New York, cartman, executors.

In the name of God, Amen, I, DAVID GARDINER, of the Isle of Wight, Gentleman, being sick and weak. I leave to my wife Mehetabel, the use of my home lot and buildings, in the town of East Hampton, which I purchased of Richard Shaw, so long as she continues my widow; Also my riding chair and my chair horse, and one silver teapot, one bed and furniture, and the choice of my negro slaves. I leave to Mehetabel Burrows, who is the daughter of my wife, 30, and to Mary Burrows, 40. I leave to my son, John Gardiner, my Island, lying in the County of Suffolk, commonly called Gardiner's Island, and after his death, to his eldest son, and so to continue in a lineal descent of the male heirs of my body to the end of Time, To the end that the right of the said Island shall forever be vested in him that shall have the sir-name of Gardiner. I also leave to my son John 1 yoke of oxen, 1 cow, 1 cart, 1 harrow and team tackling and 5. I leave to my son, David Gardiner, all my lands and real and personal estate in Connecticutt, and 2/3 of all my personal estate on my Island. I leave to my son, Abraham Gardiner, all my lands and tenements and real estate in East Hampton, and the team tackling and implements of husbandry, and two slaves, and the live stock. I leave to my daughters, Abigail and Hannah, 1/3 of my personal estate on my Island, and my linnen that is of domestic use in East Hampton. Of the remainder of my estate, after payment of debts and legacies, I leave 1/2 to my son David, and 1/2 to my two daughters. I make my sons David and Abraham executors.

In the name of God, Amen, June 15, 1750, "I, JOHN TOOKER, of the town of Brookhaven, at the Old Man's," being sick in body. I leave to my grand son, William Tooker, the eldest son of my eldest son John, deceased, 5 shillings. I leave to my second son, William Tooker, all my lands at a place called Comsewog, on the north side of the upper road that leads to town, with the house he now liveth in and all the land belonging to it and adjoining; Also all my meadow at a place called Drowned meadow. I leave to my third son, Anthony Tooker, the house and land that he is in possession of that I bought for him, and 10 acres which I bought of Henry Moger, and 1/2 of one Scirt Lot, No. 8, south of the upper road that leads to town; Also two shares of meadow in the Harbor, running across Hulses Island. I leave to my fourth son, Nathaniel Tooker, my now dwelling house and barn and orchard, with all my lands and meadow adjoining in Crystal Brook neck; and 4 shares of meadow in the harbor lying near the said neck; Also one Long Lot in the Late Division, No. 3, and 1/2 of Lot No. 11, on the south side of the road, and 3/4 of Lot No. 20, and all my land on the Hill "called Mount Ararat," and 1/3 of Lot No. 29, and all of Lot No. 30, and 1/3 of Lot No. 31, "called Scirt Lots," and all my other lands not disposed of; Also 1/2 of my right of Commonage formerly belonging to William Frances. I leave to my fifth son, Eliphalet, three small Lots of land called Scirt Lots, No. 4-5-6, lying west of Henry Daytons homestead on the point of the Hill, And two shares of meadow in the Harbor at the back, running across Smokey creek, adjoining to Andrew Miller's meadow. I think the No. is 22-23. If my personal property will not pay debts my executors are to sell land. My son Nathaniel is to maintain my wife with what she hath need of during her life. And if she please to live with him, well, and if not he shall provide for her where she pleases." My son Nathaniel is to have the Indenture of Benjamin Gerard (an apprentice), and to fulfill the Indenture." I make Colonel Richard Floyd and Mr. William Nicoll, Esq., executors.

In the name of God, Amen, I, TIMOTHY MILLS, of Smithtown, in Suffolk County, yeoman, being in health of body. I leave to my wife Sarah 1/3 of all movable estate, also the use of my dwelling house till my son Jonas shall be married, and after that she shall have the choice of any room in my house, and the use of 1/3 of my lands. I leave to my eldest son Isaac a certain tract of land adjoining to his dwelling house, lying between two ponds and the line of Setauket, on the east side of the road, to begin at a certain apple tree, which was standing on the place before I had it in possession; and to extend 25 rods wide to the south, and to extend from said apple tree through the middle of a pond to Setauket line; Also 1/3 of my share of thatch in Stony Brook Harbor. I leave to my son Timothy a certain tract of land adjoining to his dwelling house, bounded south by land given to my son Isaac, and to be 20 rods wide to the line of Setauket; Also 1/3 of my thatch in Stony Brook Harbor. I leave to my son Jonathan a tract of land adjoining his dwelling house, and lying south of the land given to my son Isaac, to be 30 rods wide to the Setauket line; Also 1/3 of my thatch in Stony Brook Harbor. I leave to my son Samuel 60 acres of land lying at a place called Cuttscunsuck, near the two swamps, and all my thatch and meadow on Long Beach. I leave to my son Jonas my now dwelling house and all lands on the north side of the road that leads to Brookhaven, and all my land on the north side of the road to Brookhaven; And all my land which lies between the land I have given to my son, Timothy. I leave to my youngest son Jacob, when he is 21, 100 acres of land adjoining to the highway that leads to Brookhaven, between the two lots of Joseph Smith, commonly called the "Three Sister Hollow." I leave to my sons, Isaac, Timothy, Jonathan, Samuel, Jonas, and Jacob, all my lands on the south side of the Island in a Neck called Indian Neck, and all my meadow on the south side of the Island, and all other lands not herein disposed of. Two acres of land lying at the Hither Brook Hollow, are reserved for a conveniency of drying fodder for my sons, who have occasion for the same. The road which leads from the two ponds to the Country road, and 3 rods clear along said ponds, shall remain for common use for all my sons. I leave to the four children of my daughter Miriam (not named) 1/3 of my personal estate, and the rest to my 5 daughters (not named). I make my friends, John Smith, William Hallock, and John Newton, executors.

In the name of God, Amen, December 9, 1752, I, JOHN SUTTON, of Mamaroneck, in Westchester County, yeoman, being sick. I leave to my wife Eme, 100, "of good and lawful money," and one bed and bedding, with all its furniture, which she shall choose, and all the beds and bedding I shall die possessed of, and the choice of a horse and saddle. And she shall keep and enjoy my house at Mamaroneck so long as she remains my widow, and also her wearing apparel. "I leave to my son Robert a silver bowl, which I purchased from my brother, Robert Sutton's, estate, and marked with the 'Willson frigate,' and also my clock." I leave to my sons, William, Joseph, John, and Gilbert, all that part of my estate which lies on Long Island (otherwise called Nassau Island), to be divided among them when they are of age; the said land lying on Cow Neck. I leave to my daughters, Mercy, Elizabeth, Sarah, and Eme, all my movable estate in Mamaroneck, after my wife's decease. My executors are to sell my house and land in Mamaroneck, after the death of my wife, and divide the money among my daughters. I make my wife and William Mott and Edward Merritt, both of Mamaroneck, executors, and they have power to sell my estate on Long Island, and put the money at interest, to enable my wife to bring up and educate my sons till they are of age. "And it is my will in the sale of said estate on Long Island, that my executors reserve a right of burial for any of the family that shall desire it, to be buried there, in the Burying place that properly belongs to our family."