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ABSTRACTS OP WILLS PROVED IH THE
COURT OP comroiT pleas
OP RE1TSSELA3R COUIITY, KSW YOIK
i-EDM 1794 TO 1822
TOGETHER WITH OHE WILL PROM
WASHIITGTON COUNTY, HEY/ YORK
TROY, N. Y.
19 2 1
Pive copies of this work made for subacri'bers
axid one oopy for the editor
1 Clmrles Shepard, Troy, H. Y.
2 Library of Congreaa, Washington.
3 New York Genealogioai & Biographical Society, New York.
4 New York State Library, Albciny.
5 New York Historical Society, New York.
6 New Englajid Historic Genealogical Society, Boston.
This copy is the one underlir^ed in red
The will3 from wiaioh the following abstracts
were made are found recorded in an un-nuinbered book now
in t:iG office of the Surrogate of Rensselaer County,
Nev; York. None of the office force seem to know how
the boclk came to "be in tliat office. The Court of
Comraon Pleas ceased to exist many years ago; it is quite
probable tliat at the time of its dissolution, the book
of recorded v/ills was placed in the Surrogate's Office
ae "being the most appropriate place for it.
The regular records of the Surrogate's Office
axe very vrell indexed, but none of the vrills in this
book appear in the index. Hence these abstracts are of
more than ordinary' genealogical value. Several of the
wills, hov^ever, (as is noted after the respective abstracts)
were proved also in the Surrogate's Court, generally prev-
ious to their proof in the Court of Common Pleas, In such
instances the wills will be found recorded also in the
Surrogate's records, with proper references in the index.
The record book is a small volume in a good
state of preservation, 21 x SS^- cm. in size. It is
lettered on the back of the cover, "RECORD OP T7ILLS. "
The follo-vvlng abstracts include all the .vills found in
the book. The rest of the leavi:3 after page 48 are blank.
The numbers in i.ar en theses, near the middle of the page,
preoeeding each abstract, refer to the number of the iiage
of the original book on wliich the matter pertaining to
each estate laegins.
The following; abstracts are of a genealogical
nature; they include the names of all persons mentioned
in the originals, and give the location of all real estate
mentioned, as a means of tr£,cing the migrations of thJs
testator; but they omit (except where of especial interest)
the specific bequests as v/ell as the descriptions of the
boundaries of land. The making of more complete abstracts
would have cons-omed much time and labor, without adding to
their usefulness to a genealogist, though perhaps they
would have "been of more value to searchers in other lines
Special pains have been taken to make certain
that the names of all persons are given in the abstracts;
a genealogist may therefore feel confident that if a name
is not found here, it is quite useless to consult the
A question-mark in parentheses (?) following a
v/ord means that the word is somewliat illegible in the
original, and may not have been copied entirely correctly.
See the special note preceeding the will of
These abstracts were made in October, 1931,, and
the typewriting done in November 1921.
Genealogist £ind Antiquaxian
P.O.BOX 302, TROY, IIEW YORK
(Page 1 )
Will of "Gerrit C. Van Den Bergh of the manor
of Rensijelaers V/yck in the County of Albany & State of
New York." Dtited 26 l?ay 1784. To my "eldia" aon
Cornelius Vanden Bergh my large Dutoh gun for his "birth
right. My "wife Margrita Van Denbergh. My three sons
Cornelius Vandenbergh, Volkert Vandenbergh and Gerrit
Tuenisa Vandenbergh. My ss^id wife their mother. My
daughter Maria Veindenbergh, Lajid in the patent of ^'"^^
Hosick and land in the patent of Thomas Pouvrel , lying in
Kinderhook patent, bounded by land of Jan Martense Van
Alstyne and Derike his wife, and by land of Gex-ret Theu-
niase; land which Jan l^fextense Van Alstyne »s grandson
Isaac Van Alstyn or his son nav lives on. My negro
servants, J&.tt and her tv/o sons Tom and Trenck. My tv/o
daughters named Maria and Elizabeth Van Veghten; their
sisters Margrieta and Ci-xristiena. My five named daughters
j;[aria, Lydia (?) , Margrietta, Christiena and Elisabeth,
Executors my t.laree sons Cornelius, Volkert and Gerrit
Theunisse Van Denbergh. Signed "Gerrit C. Vanden Bergh."
Witnesses: Dirck Hansen, Wm. Ten Brook, N. V. Rensselaer.
Proved in the Coiirt of Common Pleas in the
County of Rensselaer, 19 Pebruaxy 1794, on the oaths of
Dirck Hansen and ITicholas Van Rensselaer, t: o of the wit-
nesses. Ordered to be recorded by Anthony Ten Eyck, Jolin
Van Rensselaer, ajid Israel Thomj-aon, tliree of the Judges
of the said court. Recorded 19 February 1794. Signed:
N. Schuyler, clerk.
( Page 7 )
Will of "Thomas Clarke of the City of New York,
Gentleman, being aged and infirm but of good sound and
disposing raind. " Dated 6 November 1776. My daughter
llary Vassal wife of Ricliard Vassal Esq. My daughters
Cloarity and l^Iaria Therissa, na.v uninarried. Residue of
estate "together with my pev/ in Trinity Church in the City
of New York" to ray beloved wife Mary. My son Clement
Cooke Clc^rke. The children (not named) of Deborah Smith
my wife' 3 sister. The children of Anne De Vinn (?) my
3., .id V7ife's sister. Children of Lidia Watkins my said
wife's sister. My niece Ilannah Rye, wife of Doctor R/e
of the city of Bath in the Kingdom of Great Britain.
The children of my deceased nephew Edward Johyle (?) late
of the Kingdom of Great Britain, Esq. Executors: My
wife IJIary, son Clement Cooks, brother-in-law John Y/atkins
and sister-in-law Elisabeth Maunsel. Signed: Thomas Clarke,
Witnesses: W. McAdam; David Jones; Clias. Korse.
21 October 1777. Proved before Cary Ludlow,
Surrogate for the city and county of How York, on oaths
of David Jones, nerciiant, and Charles Tlorse, scrivener,
both of said city, who sv/ear that they saw \;illiain McAdam
sign as tiae other witness.
21 October 1777. I.Caxy Clarke appointed
executor and took oath. Gary Ludlov/, Surrogate.
11 June 1795. Before the Court of Common
Pleaa of the County of Rensselaer, at the Court House
in Troy, came David Jones the only surviving witness of
the v;ill of Thomas Clarke deceeised, and inade oath to the
signing and sealing of the Scvne. Recorded and examined
11 June 1795. N. Schuyler, clerk.
. ( Page 14 )
Will of "Jesse Bacon of the TdTn of Troy in the
County of Rensselaer and State of Nev Zork, Attorney at law."
Dated 2 June 1803. Real estate in the to.Tn of Hoosick
in the County of Rensselaer aforesaid. To James Dole, Esq.,
one hundred dollars. My wife lilargery and ray tliree children
Julia, Francis and Jfery Ellis. Children now unmarried and
under age. Jarnes Dole, Esq., to be guardian of ray son
Francis. Books and papers relating to xay late co-partnership
of ]~.ird and Bacon, to be delivered to Joim Bird. Executors:
James Dole of Troy, and Samuel Starr and Daniel Jones, attor-
neys at law, both of Troy. Bequest to Chloe Ellis.
Signed: Jesse Paeon. Witnisses: Noble Stevfart; Jedediah
Tracy; John Wright; Levi Stoughton,
6 October 1803. Proved before the Rensselaer
County Court of Common Pleas, on oaths of Levy Stoughton,
JedediaJi Tracy, and John V^ight. Testator died on or
about the 8th of June last. Recorded 6 October 1803.
N. Schuyler, clerk.
The above v/ill of Jesse Bacon was proved also
in the Surrogate's Court of Rensselaer County, on 30 June
1803, and is recorded in Book 2, page 55.
( Page 20 )
V/ill of "Cornelius Smith of Pitts town in the
County of Renssela-jr and State of Nev/ York. " Dated
8 April 1800. Beloved v/ife Dorcas Smith. land in
Pittetovm. My sons Corneilus Smith Junior and Darias
Smith. My daughters Hephzeph Pollard and Tabatlia Brown.
My daughter Sally Right (? Possibly Pieght ?), My son
Issjuc Smith. Executor: son Isaac Smith. Y/itnesses:
Saral. Eddy; Elkanah Smith; Israel Thompson.
25 May 1804. Proved before the Court of Common
Pleas of Rensselaer County on the. oath of Israel Thonip-
son. Recorded 25 May 1304. N. Schuyler, clerk.
The above will of Cornelius Smith was proved
also in the Surrogate's court of Rensselaer County, and
recorded 7 llay 1804 in book a, page 142.
( Page 23 )
V/ill of "BenjciriTln Walworth of Hoaick in the
County of Rensselaer and Stiite of New York. " Dated
25 Pe'bruary 1812. My v;ife Apphia Wal^vorth. My daughter
Rosamond B. BarlDer; my other tliree daughters Sarah D.
Walworth; Apphia B. Walv/orth and Elvia Ann "'alv/orth. My
son Jededieili H. Walworth. Land in Hyde Park in the State
of Vermont, purchased from William S. Gardall. My grand-
son Banjarfiin W. Barber. land in Grot ton in the State of
Vermont. My grandson John JJL IL Barber. Porty acres
of l<'ind in Grotton to Benjamin W, C&rdall. My grandson
lorinzo Barber, no'Ti under 21 years of age. My other five
sons, John Walvforth; James C. Wal?;orth; Reuben H. Walworth;
Benjamin ^7al'.vorth; and Ilyram Walworth. Executors: Benjamin
Kandsll ; Jir ah Baker ; Reuben H. Wain or th. Signed:
BenJ. Walworth. 'Titnesses: James Latiirop; W. S. Cardell ;
28 May 1812. Proved in the Court of Common Pleas
of Rensselaer County on the oath of James Lathrop of Hoosick,
farmer; tho ether t\70 witnesses, William S. Cardell and
Mercy Cardell being reaidents of the State of Vermont.
Jarr'es V/alworth swears to the handwriting of the signature
and that he is uncle of said testator. Recorded 30 }fe,y
1812. R. 1/T. livings ton, deputy clerk.
The above will of Benjamin Walworth was proved
also in the Surrogate's Court of Rensselaer County on
6 March 1812 and recorded in book 4, pac;e 74.
( Page 27 )
Vill of "Sylvester Noble of Iloosick in the
County of Renaaelaex and State of lIov,r York." My well
respected wife Letsy Noble, My friends Aaron D. Patchin
and Benjamin RaTidaO.! to divide estate and be executors,
and also to "be guaxdians for ray sons Daniel Kibbe IToble,
Horatio Nelson Noble, Horrace Leavins Noble, and Sylvester
Brookins Noble, during their rainority. l'^7 v;ife Betsy
iJobl3 to be guardian of my daughters Minerva Delia Noble
and July Elma Noble during their minority. Dated at
Hoosick, 25 February 1813. .Signed: Sylvester Noble.
V/itnesses: Nathaniel Otis; Ezra Mosely; Rodolph Andrews.
2 Ilarch 1814. Proved in the Court of Gonmon
Pleas of Rensselaer County, on motion of oounsel, Sbenezer
Wilson Junr. , on oaths of Nathaniel Otis of Hoosick, carpen-
ter; Ezra lloseley of the same, merctiant; and Rodolph
Andrews of the same. Physician. Recorded 13 I'ay (I) 1814.
Jainea Dole, clerk.
The above v;ill of Sylvester Noble was proved also
in the Surrogate's Court of Rensselaer County and recorded
9 1k:Xoh IfilS in Book 4, pajje 233.
( Page 31 )
^111 of "John KcCoun Junior of Troy in the
County of Rensselaer and State of Uew York." My wife
Maria. Estate to "be divided among cliildren (not named)
each one to have his or her share -vhen he or she arrives
at age of 21. Posthujnous child or cliildren to share
equally with the others. My slaves to he manumitted
immediately after my decease. Executors: my wife 71aria;
my brother To^wnsend McCoun; my hrother-in-law Morris
8. Miller; they to he guardians of my children.
Dated February 1812. Signed: John "TcCoun Jur.
Witnesses: Joseph Card; Benjadmin Peirce; Russell W. Lev/is.
Recorded 24 February 1819. Joseph D. Selden, clerk.
last Monday in February, 1819. Proved before
the Court of Common Pleas of Rensselaer County, on motion
of Lewis Mitchell, counsel for M.aria McCoun. Very lengthy
proceedings shovr that John Townsend McCoun v;as son and heir
of John McCoun Jr. , and that he had been notified by M^aria
McCoun, the wido^v, of her intent to prove the will,
Townsend McCoun, testamentary guardian of said John Tovm-
send McCo\m, had also been notified of intent to prove the
daid will. John M. Card of Troy swears that said John
McCoun Jr., died in or about August 1812; ?:ej:ia McCoun is
his widow and is still living; said John McCoun vTr. left
but two children surviving him, viz. John Tov/nsend McCoun
now alive and under 21 years of age, and Elizabeth McCoun
who died about 3 or 4 years after the death of her father,
and at the time of her death was unmarried and about 12 years
old. Svrorn to 24 7ebruary 1819 by John M. Card.
Archi Bull, deputy clerk.
Joseph Card of Troy, one of the witnesses of the
will, sweard to the signing of the same, &c. , and swears
that Russell II. Lewis now lives outside of New York State,
at or near Blakely in the territory of Aia'baTna; tiiat
John McCoun Jr. died in Aucust 1812 in his dwelling house
in Troy, and was survived "by I.Taria McCoun his widow, and
Eliza'beth IfcCcun ard Joh^i Townsend j.TcCoun hlo only children,
which said Elizaheth llcCoun died after the death of her
father, without issue. Sworn to 24 February 1819 hy
Joseph Card. Archi Bull, deputy clerk.
Benjamin Peirce swears on ssji^ day to same facta.
Said will with proof . thereof was then ordered to "be recorded.
The above will of John HcCoun Jr., was :^ roved
also in the SurroGc^te'a Court of Rensselaer County, and
recorded 5 September 1812 in hook 4, page 167.
( ?ar,e 43 )
V;ill of "Joseph MoChesney of the Town of Troy
in the County of Rensselaer and State of ITsw York."
My -beloved wife I.^ary ITcChesney. Joseph Bakeman TTcChesney
and Joseph Mullinix McChesney my two grandsons. My
two sons, William and Samuel. My old farm lying on the
lines of Elisha Adams and Moses Daseribury. "So liar mer horn
purchis" of land. Executors: wife Ilary; Francis Collison;
Rohert ?'cChe3ney. Dated 23 February 1807. Signed:
Joaeph ITcCiiesney. mtnesses: Hugh McCheaney; Elisha
Mams; Deric I. Vanderheyden. Recorded and examined
25 February 1822. Ben. Smith, clerk.
25 Pe\)ruary 1822. Proved in the court of Co-jnon
Pleas of Rensselaer County, on motion of S^a^uel IfoChesney,
one of the heirs. Elisha Adams swears he was acquainted
with Joseph McChesney. late of Brunswick in Rensselaer
county; that he died several years ago at his house in
Brunswick; that he left at the time of his death two
Children. Samuel I., and William; and that Hugh McChesney
and Derick I. Vanderheyden, the other witnesses. :^e now
This appears to have h.en uae last will proved
in the Court of Common Pleas of Rensselaer County. New
York. The rest of the took containing the foregoing rec-
ords, is hlank.
The Trill of Philip Vanllesa is here included
iDecauge it, like the foregoing, is unindexed and
therefore not availa"ble to searchers unless they
happen to know of its existence. The original will
is now to DC found in the office of the Surrogate of
Rensselaer County, ITew York. It is "bound Toy itself,
in a Ccj:d'board cover, size 21 x 33 cm. There is
no note shov/ing wliether or not it was over proved,
"but the interested searcher will probably find that
it was properly proved and recorded in Washington
County. No explanation can "be offered of why the
original, "bound as it is, is now in the Rensselaer
County Surrogate's office. In the early days the
Surrogates often returnsd the original wills, after
recording theri, to the executors. This will may thus
have travelled from hand to hand until it came into the
possession of one who had no interest in it, who deposited
it in its present resting place.
This a"b3 tract, like the preceeding ones, mentions
every person named in the original.
Will of Philip Van ITess
"In the nosne of God, I Philip Van Ness of the
to';m of Ganbridge in the county of Vfeshington and State
of New York, Parmer," "To Philip VanHeas, Tfergaret Van
Ness, Eve Van Ness and Henry Van Ness, the children of my
eldest son Gerrit Van Ness and Sarah and ITurgaret his
respective wives" all that faxm whereon the widov; Iiargaret
and hor children do now reside, situate in the tovm of
Scachticoke, Unto Tueunis VanVeightsn and Margaret
Groesteck, a house and lot in Schenectady and one hundred
pounds to be paid then by wy youngest (.') daughter Catalyna
within one year after the decease of ray present wife.
"The above named Teunis and Ifergaret are the children of
Dirck VanVeghten and Catalyna my eldest (!) daughter."
To daughter Catharine certain lota of leaid in the Hosack
patent, formerly in the County of Albany but now in the
County of T7ash:.ngton, which la.nd was "conveyed to me by
Arent J. Schuyler and Swan Schuyler and their respective
vriven in Septeinber in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and eighty five," Also unto said daughter
Catharine, one hundred pounds lawful money of New York.
"To n^;- daughter liaritie the vrife of Ifertin VanBuskerk" part
of a lot in Hosick patent, now part in possession of the
said llartin VanBuskerk, bounded (in part) by "land now in
possession of John Gordon." To "Sarah my daughter the wife
of John Gordon" another part of the same lot in Hosiclc patent.
"To Catalyna my youngest daughter" the remaining one-third
part of the said lot number 27 in the Hosick patent.
My wife to enjoy the rents and profits of njy saw and grist
mill during her widowhood, and after her decease or remar-
riage the aaw and grist iTJill axid land around it to go to
my children Maritie, Sarah, Catharine and Catalyna as
tenants in common, and also the fall in the creek, aToove
the mill. My 'beloved wife Helena executrix and Hicholas
Groesbeck executor. Dated 10 July 1794. Signed;
"Philip Van ITes. " Witnesses: G. Wendell; Philip V. K.
Bushkark; James (sujcname ends in letters "BE.")
Codicil dated 9 Deoenber 1794, also signed
"Philip Van Hes'^ and witnesaod "oy the same parties.
Whereas since roaking the annexed will I have disposed of
the house and lot in Schenectady to Jerenimus Barheydt by
indenture bearing even date with tMs codicil; therefore in
lieu of the bequest of land I bdqueath "unto Teunis Van
Vechten and liaxgaxet the wife of Hyndert Groesbeck being; the
children of liiy daughter the ?rife of Dirck VanVeohten, " the
sum of one hundred pounds to be equally divided between them.
The residue of my personal estate to be equally divided
between my four daugiiters now living, naj.iely "Maratie tJrie
wife of ir^tin VanBuskerk, Sarali tJrie wife of Jolin Gordon,
Catharine, and Catalina. "
Married women appear in the index under both their
maiden names and their married names, whenever both
names are clearly shown by the context.
Look for all possible spellings of the desired surname.
Elisha, 12, 13.
Jss'ie, 7, 8.
Ifejy E. , 7.
Benjamin W. , 9.
John M.M. , 9.
Rosamcnd B. , 9,
Arclii, 11, 12.
Jolui lu , 11.
Joseph, 11, 12.
Benjamin ¥. , 9.
William 8. , 9.
Clement C. , 6.
Maria T. , 6.
Mary, 6, 7.
Thomas, 6, 7.
DE vimi (?)
James, 7, 10.
PREITCK (Negro) , 5.
John, 15, 16.
Sarali, 15, 16.
liargaret, 15, 16.
Edward , 6 .
David, 6, 7.
Russell M(?) , 11, 12.
Russell ¥(?) , 11, 12.
R. M. , 9.
Gary, 6, 7.
Joseph, 12, 13.
Joseph 33. , 12.
Joseph M. , 12.
Sonuel, 12, 13.
Samuel I. , 13.
'.Viiiiani, 12, 13,
Elizcibeth, 11, 12.
John Jr. , 10, 11, 12.
John T. , 11, 12.
l^aria, 11, 12.
Towns end, 11.
MATT (Negro) , 5.
Ilouris S. , 11.
Daniel K. , 10.
Horatio N. , 10.
Ilorrace L. , 10.
July E. , 10.
Minerva D. , 10.
Sylvester B. , 10.
Aaron D. ,
Thomas , 5 ,
Arent J. , 15.
N. , 6, 7, 8.
Joseph. 'D. , 11.
CharlGs, 1, 4.
Ben , 13 .
Cornelius Jr. , 8.
DariciS , 8.
Elkanali , 8 .
Levy , 7 .
Israel, 5, 8.
TOM (Negro) , 5.
Jedediah, 7, 8.
Maritie, 15, 16.
llartin, 15, 16.
Philip V.N. , 16.
^ VAN ALSTYNE
Jan M. , 5.
VAN JEN BERGH
Gerrit C. , 5.
Gerrit T. , 5.
Lydia (?) , 5.
llargr i ta , 5 .
VAN DER IIEY13EN
Derick I. , 13.
Catalyna, 15, 16.
Catharine, 15, 16.
Ilaxitie, 15, 16.
Philip, 14, 15, 16,
Sarah, 15, 16.
DircV, 15, 16.
Jiargaret, 15, 16.
JTaria , 5 .
Teunia , 15, 16.
Apphia B. , 9.
Elvia A. , 9.
James C. , 9.
Jedediah H. , 9.
Reuben H. , 9.
Rosamond B. , 9.
Sarah D. , 9.
G. , 16.
Ebeneser Jr. , 10.
John, 7, 0.
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