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Major Surnames from LI History
The line of Joseph5 Sayre (Thomas4, Francis3, William2, William1) born Abt. 1627 in Bedfordshire, England, and died Bef. 05 December 1695 in Elizabethtown, Essex Co.,NJ. was donated by Beverly Schonewolf
Joseph Sayre was born probably in
Bedfordshire, England, married Martha ______. On the fragment of
town records in Southhampton, Long Island is the following:
Monday Jan. 13, 1667, laid out for Job and Joseph Sayre on the north
side of Lieut. Post's, by Francis Sayre, on ye South side 51 poles; on
the north side 48 poles; on ye East side 30 poles, on the West side 32
He removed from Southhampton in 1665 to Elizabeth, New Jersey, and was named as one of the proprietors in Elizabeth in a deed from Richard Nicholls, Governor. He signed a petition to the Governor in December, 1667; was a witness there October 4, 1671, and took the oath of allegiance to the Dutch September 11, 1673.
He was a tanner as well as a farmer, and received 40 pounds in merchandise by his father's will towards setting him up as a tanner. He also received one third of his father's household effects, from which possibly it might be inferred that at that date he was not yet married, or had just begun housekeeping.
April 11, 1676, a warrant for the survey of 180 acres of land at Elizabeth was issued to him. Hatfield's "History of Elizabeth" (pp. 167-183) gives the following list of lots, at Elizabeth, belonged to Joseph Sayre:
His house lot of 5 acres was bounded on the north by Robert Bond, west by the Mill Creek, east by the Highway, and south by Benjamin Homan. He had also 9 acres of upland in the plaine, adjoining Daniel DeHart; also 12 acres of upland adjoining Rev. Jeremiah Peck and Joseph Meeker; also 9 acres of upland on the small neck Robert Bond and Robert Vauquellen, also 36 acres of upland near a swamp and adjoining George Peck; also 35 acres of upland adjoining Hurr Thompson; also 10 acres of meadow at Woodruff's Creek; and 4 acres on Elizabethtown Creek. In all 142 acres.
This list cannot be complete, as it does not include the 180 acres mentioned above nor the land referred to in this item:
"In 1699-1700 John Megie drew a 100 acre lot between Joseph Sayre and Benjamin Lyon and the foot of the mountain."
In 1694 he subscribed 1 pound towards the support of the Presbyterian minister, Rev. John Harriman.
He died in 1695. His will. dated December 4, 1695, was apparently proved the same day, and reads as follows:
In the name of God, Amen, I, Joseph Sayre of Elizabeth Town in ye county of Essex and Province of East New Jersey, Yeoman, Being weak and sick in body but of perfect understanding and memory as at any other times, Doo make, Ordain, and appoynt this my last Will and Testament, hereby nulling and Makeing voyd and of none effect any and all manner of will or wills, Testament or Testaments whatsoever by me made at any time here before Either by word of mouth or in writing, by these Psants Establishing and confirming this to be and Remain my last Will and testament. In which first I bequeath my Soul to God who gave it and my body to ye Dust out of wch it was taken to Receive a Decent Christian buriall, and for that worldly Estate wch God hath endowed me with I Dispose of as followeth viz; Imprimis. I give and Bequeath unto my wel beloved wife Martha and to her heirs and assigns for Ever the One third part of all my moveable Estate; (One Ox, one Cow, one Steer Come Two year old and one heipher Come three year old only excepted wch at ye making hereof Doo properly belong to my son Thomas Sayre.) and further I Give and bequeath unto my sd Wife the one third part of all my Houseing and Lands During her
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my wel beloved Son Thomas Sayre all my now Dwelling houses and Barn and home lot to ye sd Thomas, paying to my Sonne Ephraim Sayre ye summe of five pounds Currt money when he comes to ye age of one and twenty years and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my sd Sonne Thomas Sayre and to his heirs and assigns forever my bay lot of Meadow with all ye privileges and apurtenances to ye same belonging.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my Sonne Daniell Sayre all that my lot of land lying and being in Elizabeth town aforesaid Joyning to ye land of Benjamin Trotter
and to his heirs and assigns forever, and all my Right in ye new field and ye one half of all that my lot of Meadow lying and being by Mr. Woodruff's Creek, ye whole
lot being by Estimacon Ten acres of Meadow be ye same more or be it less.
Item. I Give and bequeath unto my Sonne Ephraim Sayre and to his heirs and assigns forever all that my lot or Piece of Land lying and being in ye Great Neck of sd Elizabethtowne Joyning to ye land of Joseph Meaker being by estimacon twenty two acres of land be it more or less and all my share of land in partnership with
Benjamin Meaker, Joseph Meaker, and John Thompson, deceased; and ye one half of what my lot of meadow by Mr. Woodruff's Creek above named and all other rights and privileges in Elizabethtowne aforesd to me belonging not disposed of in ye above Donations (namely of lands and heridatements) I Equally Devide between my three sonnes above named.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my sd Sonne Ephraim Sayre one Good Cowe and one of ye biggest of my Pewter platters.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my four children, namely Thomas, Daniel, Ephraim and Sarah all ye Remainder of my moveable estate to be Equally devided among them.
Item. I ye sd Joseph Sayre Doo make, Ordaine, Constitute and apoynt my Trusty and wel beloved friends Mr. Benjamin Meaker and Mr. Daniel Price to be ye Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and in Confirmation hereof I, the said Joseph Sayre have to this my Last Will and Testament, and set my hand and fixed my Seale In Elizabethtown aforesd this fourth day of December, One Thousand Six Hundred and
Signed and Sealed, Joseph Sayre (L.S.)
Published and declared to be ye Testator's last Will and testament in Ye Prescence of us Witnesses: Benjamin Meeker, Henry Willright, Saml Whitehead
Decrr Anno Dom 1695.
Benjamin Meeker & Saml Whitehead two of ye Wittnesses of ye above written Instrument came before me Commissionated for takeing ye probate of Last Wills &
Testaments and did each of them Solemnly Sware by ye Ever liveing God that they did see ye above Joseph Sayre Sign, Seal publish & declare ye above sd Instrument to be his Last Will and Testament & at ye time thereof he was of Sound mind & perfect memorie to the best of their and each of their knowledge & understanding.
(signed) Thomas Gordan.
NOTES ON Thomas Sayre: Before 1638 First Sayre To
Emigrate From Eng.To Colonies, Probably Near
Signed, sealed and delivered in ye presence of
NOTE: some question has been submitted that this might not be the spouse of Thomas.RE Email from Ralph Sayre