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State of New Jersey, 



FIRST SERIES. 
Vol. XXIII. 



This volume was prepared and edited by authority of 
the State of New Jersey, at the request of the New Jersey 
Historical Society, and under the direction of the following 
Committee of the Society. 

William Nelson, 
Garret D. VV. Vroom, 
Austin Scott, 
Francis B. Lee, 
Ernest C. Richardson. 



DOCUMENTS 



RELATING TO THE 



COLONIAL HISTORY 



State of New Jersey, 



VOIAJIMK XXIIT. 



Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 



VOL. I. 1670--1730. 



Edited, with an Introductory Note on the Early 
Testamentary Laws and Customs of New Jersey, 

i By WILLIAM NELSON. 



PATERSON, N. J.: 
Ths Pkess Printing and Publishing Co,, 269 Main Street. 

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PREFACE. 



For an intimate revelation of social conditions in New Jer- 
sey during the first sixty-five years of English supremacy it 
would be difficult to imagine a volume richer in material than 
this. From about i6So it was the general practice to deposit 
wills with the Provincial Secretaries, by whom they were filed 
or recorded — usually both, — together with Inventories of es- 
tates, accounts of executors and administrators, and other 
papers pertaining to such matters, and many odd documents 
having no apparent relation thereto — as ante-nuptial contracts, 
marriage licenses, and the like. These records were brought 
together in 1790 or shortly thereafter, in the ofiice of the Sec- 
retary of State at Trenton, where they are now carefully ar- 
ranged and preserved. 

With the progress of time the wills and inventories show 
the increase in wealth of the colonists, at first particularly in 
lands and cattle ; later, in those possessions which indicate the 
acquisition of luxuries. A " muscatoes curtain " and a " mus- 
keternett" were obviously necessaries. But from the first 
there are mentions of relics of old-country dignities — in the ar- 
ticles of gold and silver, seals, jewelry (including a diamond 
ring), watches, swords, an " agate hilted rapier," a " skeene," 
doubtless derived from some Highland ancestor, "armor," 
" artillery," and other valued belongings. In some scores of 
cases a Bible is bequeathed, not infrequently in Dutch or in 
French. Other volumes are very often mentioned, mostly re- 
ligious or theological works, with occasional lists of books on 
law and medicine, the collections being sometimes dignified as 
libraries, or as a " lyberary "or " libruary." An amber neck- 
lace, a sure protection against witchcraft, especially for chil- 
dren, was naturally prized ; and so were the few looking 






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VI PREFACE. 

glasses in the colony. The silver plate usually included punch 
bowls, but in one instance this popular vessel was of lignum 
vit£e. Among the importations by the wealthy, or the curios 
picked up by seafaring men, were the " Chappay Cabbonite," 
(a Japanese cabinet?), the "Turkey worsted chair covers," 
the coral and bells to amuse some infant, the " berrey buttons," 
china dishes and Spanish tables. The " peas-porridge taw- 
ney-cloth," the " printed leather breeches," the silk gloves, the 
broadcloth, the " men's stomachers," the " corblina hats," the 
" a Larrum " clock, and the *' pott hangers with the flower de 
luce in them," were also doubtless of foreign workmanship. 
The people readily adopted Indian bows and arrows and 
knives, and also, alas, made slaves of the harmless aborigines. 

There are pleasant glimpses of generosity on the part of the 
testators, as where they remember a faithful apprentice or ser- 
vant, or give freedom to a slave. In about thirty wills provis- 
ion is made for the building or repair of churches or Friends' 
meeting-houses, or for the poor, or for burying-grounds, and 
half-a-dozen bequests are made for schools. The need of edu- 
cation was painfully appreciated by some of these will-makers, 
who, even when " fol of pain of Bodey," were anxious to pro- 
mote the " scowling" of their children, whom they wished to 
have taught " to read and wright true Inglish," or "to larn to 
Read rite & Sifer," to which end they gave their " Holy and 
soly " " ckcketere" " pour and athorate and strink" to collect 
all debts, including those " Dangerously dew," or " dangros 
depts," or both " sperate and desperate," warning them at the 
same time not to pay " extorsinat" claims of the " Curirgen" 
in the testator's last '' vSixnis," or of other creditors, in order 
to save enough to pay the " Lagoses," especially those in re- 
membrance of " meaney kineneses" on the part of a " dafter," 
" Cester," '" cussin," " cinsman," or other " aire." 

Many a family romance and many a tragedy is hinted at in 
these musty old documents — as where Captain William Sand- 
ford in his last will declares that the mother of his children was 
made his wife on board a vessel in the Surinam river many a 
long year before. Stories there are of family estrangements, of 
runaway marriages, of wayward children, of disinherited sons 



PREFACE. Vll 

and daugliters, of parents grieving ever sons who have disap- 
peared for years, but v\^ho are still provided for in their father's 
will in case they return. Not a few^ of these wills v.'ere made 
in anticipation of a voyage to England or to the West Indies, 
and that the perils of such sea-goings were not overestimated 
is shown by the fact that in many cases the wills were offered 
for probate very soon after, the testators having been lost at 
sea. A very large proportion of all tlie testaments are death- 
bed wills — made during the last illness of the testators, indi- 
cating the prevalence of the superstitious dread of performing 
this simple duty when in good health. 

A suggestive picture of the primitiveness of those early days 
is the story of John Clarke, the peddler, murdered in 1691 at 
Salem, whose pack had to be administered on, after his boat 
had been taken up and his murderer arrested. Other inquests 
hint at suspicious deaths. And what a gruesome bequest is 
that of George Gordon, of Perth i\mboy, in 1686, who gives 
his body to his physician for dissection. 

The inventories and appraisements give valuable informa- 
tion as to the character and worth of farm products in New 
Jersey before 1730, and as to the occupations of the testators 
and others. 

These are but a few of the topics suggested merely in 
glancing over the Index of .Subjects at the end of the volume. 
A careful perusal of the contents of the documents here so care- 
fully abstracted by Mr. B. Fernow will abundantly repay the 
reader. 

In preparing this work the abstracts of wills were made 
from the originals, and where they are recorded a reference to 
the book of record is given. As the earlier wills were recorded 
in many different volumes, it was thought best to arrange the 
wills in the alphabetical order of testators' or intestates' names, 
which also saved forty or fifty pages of index, and at the same 
time covered the whole Colony for the period preceding 1731. 

The manuscript for a second volume of these Abstracts of 
Wills, 1 73 1-1750, was destroyed in the great fire at Paterson, 
February 8-9, 1902. The " copy" for a third volume, 1751- 
1760, was fortunately saved a like fate. It is hoped that the 



PREFACE. 



continued liberality of the Legislature will provide for contin- 
uing this series of Abstracts of Wills down to 1S04, when the 
present system came into vogue, of having all wills recorded in 
the County of the testator's residence. 



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Early Will-Making in New Jersey. 



PRIMITIVE IDEAS OF PROPERTY. 

The evolution of mankind from primitive savagery to bar- 
barism, from barbarism to semi-civilization, and so to fuller 
civilization, has been marked at every step through the toil- 
some ages by a departure from the idea of tribal, or communal, 
or family ownership, to the conception of individual property, 
whereby the industrious, the thrifty, the capable, has been as- 
sured of the right to possess and enjoy that which he has ac- 
quired. As that profound student and keen ol^server, Morgan, 
puts it, basing his conclusions chiefly upon his researches 
among the American Indians, who present to us a picture of 
primitive society in the states of savagery and of barbarism : 
In the development of society there were two great stages — 
" firstly, changing descent from the female line, which was the 
archaic rule, as among the Iroquois, to the male line, which was 
the final rule, as among the Grecian and Roman gentes ; and, 
secondly, changing the inheritance of the property of a de- 
ceased member of the gens, from his gentiles [blood-kin], who 
took it in the archaic period, first to his agnatic kindred, and 
finally to his children. "^ Sir Henry Maine, also, concludes 
that the earliest ownership of land was in the community, 
rather than in the individual, although the periodical redistri- 
bution of the land among families has been a very general cus- 
tom among Aryan peoples from the earliest times. The vil- 
lage system, w^hich prevails to this day among the Hindus, and 
which seems to have existed among Teutonic peoples to well 
within the historic period, was evidently derived from the 
primitive idea of tribal or community ownership, but at least 
in its later stages undoubtedly recognized individual proprie- 

1 Ancient Society, by Lewis H. Morgan, New York, IST-*, p. 64. 

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X SEMITIC LAWS Ol^ iJESCENT. 

torship to a larger extent than has been generally appreciated 
or admitted by students, even one so thorough as Maine. ^ 

THE DESCENT OF PROPEUTV. 

As a natural outgrowth of the idea of individual ownership, 
or property, there followed the concession of the right, or at 
least the propriety, of keeping one's own property in 
one's own family, even after death ; and by an easy 
step forward, the propriety of having the ancestor's pos- 
sessions descend to his children. This, of course, was 
a long step from the archaic period, represented in primi- 
tive Anierican society, when descent was in the female 
line. When property came to descend in the male line it is 
reasonable to suppose that the community, or at least the fam- 
ily, saw to it that the property was distributed among the sons, 
in such a manner as to make the best use of it for the commun- 
ity at large. This appears by many of the ancient Hindu laws 
regulating descent, as will be shown presently. The earliest 
written laws known to us make no provision for the testament- 
ary disposition of property, but carefully regulate its distribu- 
tion at the owner's decease. 

SEMITIC LAWS OF DESCENT. 

Among Semitic peoples we have that remarkable Coile of 
Hammurabi, King of Babylon, cir. 3300 B. C, the oldest body 
of law that has come down to us. Of the two hundred and 
eighty-two sections of that Code there are twenty (165 to 1S4) 
prescribing the manner in which a man's property may be dis- 
tributed by him in his lifetime, and how it shall descend at his 
death. Nowhere is he authorized to dispose of it by will, nor 
to disinherit a son, even in his lifetime, except with the ap- 
proval of a court, after due investigation. 

By tlie Hebrews, while at first the system of tribal owner- 
ship was recognized the inheritance of the first-born son was 
soon insisted on, and flailing male issue the descent was in the 
female line.^ 

1 Village Communities in the East and the West, by Sir Henry Maine, pp. 83, 
107, 1C5; Wilson's History of India, L, 415-420. 

2 Leviticus, XXV, 46; Numbers, xxvi, 52-56; xxvii, 1-11; xxxvi; Deuteronomy, 
xxi, 15-17. 



ARYAN I.AWS OF INHERITANCE. Xi 

The Koran carefully sets forth the manner in which a man's 
estate shall be distributed, making wise provision for his chil- 
dren, and failing issue, then for his next of kin, in which we 
see indications of the primitive customs of the Arabians. i 

ARYAN LAWS OF INHERITANCE. 

Among Aryan peoples, the oldest literature we have is tiiat 
of the Hindus, as embodied in the Vedas, a great collection of 
religious hymns. Upon these have been grafted an infinite va- 
riety of religious, philosophical, sociological and legal com- 
mentaries, which have developed into systems and codes, in 
turn the subject of yet other commentaries. Perhaps the ear- 
liest of these outgrowths of the Vedas are tlie Laws of Manu, 
probably dating back at least looo B. C. According to his 
Laws (IX, 104-11S), on the lather's death the oldest 
son was required to support the family, and the broth- 
ers to endow their sisters. Gautama's '^ Institutes of the 
Sacred Law," dating far back toward the times of 
the Vedas, also provide for descent to the sons, with 
some modifications according to circumstances. ~ The Viisish- 
///a Dharmaj-astra (of uncertain date, but probably very an- 
cient) provides (XVII) for the partition of the paternal estate 
among the sons, in certain proportions according to the moth- 
er's caste, while the daughters " divide the nuptial present of 
their mother."^ Apastamba's "Aphorisms of the Sacred 
Law," compiled cir. 500 B. C, declare that a man "should 
during his lifetime, divide his wealth equally among his (capa- 
ble) sons," failing which the inheritance might go to a daugh- 
ter. He explains away the ancient Vedas in fivor of primo- 
geniture, and the statement that "Manu divided his wealth 
among his sons."^ The " Law of Inheritance" as explained 
by Br/haspati (cir. i B. C.) is much the same as that given by 
Aspatamba, as might be expected, he following closely the an- 

1 Sura IV, 8. 13-15. J. M. BodvvcU's edition, London. iSTfi, is excellent, llie 
chronological arrangement of llie Suras beintr a desirable feature; but liis trans- 
lation is Ics.s accurate than that of E. H. Palmer, Oxford, 1880. 

n The Sacred Laws of the Aryas, translated by George Biihler, Part I., Ox- 
ford, 1879, pp. 299-307. 

■•i Ibid., Part II., Oxford, 1882, pp. 81-92. 

i Ibid.. Part I., pp. 132-13.=>. 



Xli ARYAN LAWS OF INHERITANCE. 

cient code of Manu.i The Naradasmr/ti (cir. A. D. 350-450) 
makes many modifications in the earlier codes, and virtually 
abrogates the right of primogeniture by declaring that even the 
youngest son may undertake the management of the family 
property, if specially qualified for the task, and that the mother 
shall share equally with the sons, and an unmarried daughter 
take the same share as a younger son. The " Thirteenth Title 
of Law" in this work, fifty-two sections, is devoted entirely to 
the " Law of Inheritance. "2 In the Institutes of Vishnu (cir. 
A. D. 400) the laws of inheritance are strictly defined, the 
general principle being that " among the sons each preceding 
one is preferable to the one next in order, and takes the inher- 
itance, and maintains the rest," including those incapable of 
self-support. 3 The Baudhuyana (cir. A. D. iioo) contains 
elaborate regulations for the distribution of the inheritance 
(I, 5, II, 11-14; II., 2, 3, 1-53), a preference being allowed 
to the eldest son, the other sons sharing equally, the sons of 
mothers of ditlerent castes, however, taking according to the 
order of the castes. •* 

It is doubtless true, that many of these elaborate laws were 
rather an expression of ideals than legislation actually in effect, 
but many of the customs or systems they represent, after being 
handed down for thousands of years, from the misty times of 
the Vedas, exist to-day in the "village communities" of 
India, which are so widespread and interesting a feature of that 
strange country, and which have preserved through all the 
ages much of the thought and practice of primitive times. ^ 

This imperfect summary of the earliest laws of inheritance 
suffices to show the importance attached to the subject by the 
Semitic and Aryan precursors of the European races, and the 

1 The Minor Law-Books (Nfirada, Bi'ihaspali), translated by Julius Jolly, Ox- 
ford. 1889, pp. 9. 272-3, 309-335. 

2 Ibid, 9, 188-200, 

3 The Institutes of Vishnu, XV-XVIII, translated by Julius Jolly, Oxford. 1S80, 
pp. 61-74. 

4 The Sacred Laws of the Aryas, ut supra, Part II., pp. 224-2.'?0. 

fi For a word of comment on the Hindu laws, see Max Miiller's "Origin and 
Growth of Religion," New York, 1879, p. 14.3. See also "Studies in History and 
Jrisuprudeuce," by James Bryce, Oxford, 1901, pp. 97-101. 



ROMAN TESTAMENTARY LAW. XIU 

usages forming the foundation for Grecian, Roman and Teu- 
tonic legislation on the subject. 

ROMAN TESTAMENTARY LAW. 

Without attempting to trace the transition from primitive 
customs of inheritance or descent to the more artificial systems 
of testamentary disposition of property we may pass at once to 
^the Roman law on the subject, the history and character of 
which are indicated in the summary given in the Institutes of 
Justinian, compiled in the sixth century A. D., wherein it is 
related : 

" Two kinds of testaments were formerly in use; the one 
was practiced in times of peace, and named calatls coniitiis; 
because it was made in a full assembly of the people ; and the 
other was used, when the people were going forth to battle, and 
was stiled procinciuin tesiamentutn. But a third species was 
afterwards added, whicli was called per ces et libraviy because 
it was effected by emancipation, which was an alienation, 
made by an imaginary sale in the presence of five witnesses, 
and the libripe^is or balance-holder, all citizens of Rome, above 
the age of fourteen ; and also in the presence of him, who was 
called the emptor famihv or purchaser. ^ The two former 
kinds of testaments have been disused for many ages; and that, 
which was made per ccs et Ubram, although it continued 
longer in practice, hath now ceased in part to be observed. 

" The three kinds of testaments before mentioned all took 
their rise from the civil law ; but afterwards another species 
was introduced by the edict of the praetor ; for, by the hono- 
rary or praitorian edict, the signature of seven witnesses was 
decreed sufficient to establish a will without any emancipation 
or imaginary sale ; but this signature of witnesses was not re- 
quired by the civil law. 

1 Before the time of the Decemvirs (cir. 450 B. C.) a Roman citizen declared his 
wishes regarding the disposal of his property after his death, to the assembly of 
the thirty curiaj or parishes— a relic of tribal or gentile government. By the 
Twelve Tables the private testaments of the father of a family were authorized. 
He "i)romulgated his verbal or written testament in the presence of five citizens, 
who represented the five classes of the Roman people; a sixth witness attested 
their concurrence; a seventh weighed the copper money, which was paid by an 
imaginary purchaser, and the estate was emancipated by a lictitious sale and im- 
mediate release." See Gibbon's admirable discourse on the Civil Law, Chap, xlv, 
of his ''Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire;" Livy. Lib. iil, caps. 3;>-35. 



XIV ROMAN-DUTCH LAW IN NEW NETHERLAND. 

" When the civil and piictorian began to be blended to- 
gether partly by visage, and partly by emendation, made by the 
imperial constitutions, it became an established rule, that all 
testaments should be made at one and the same time according 
to the civil law ; that they should be sealed by seven witnesses 
according to the prictorian law, and that they should also 
be subscribed by the witnesses, in obedience to the con- 
stitutions. Thus the law concerning testaments seems to be 
tripartite : for the civil law inforces the necessity of having 
witnesses to make a testament valid, who must all be present 
at one and the same time without interval ; the sacred consti- 
tutions ordain, that every testament must be subscribed by the 
testator and the witnesses ; and the prtetorian edict requires 
sealing, and fixes the number of witnesses. 

"What we have already said concerning written testa- 
ments, is sufficient. But if any man is willing to dispose of 
his effects by a nuncupative testament; i. e., by a testament 
without writing, let him be assured, if, in the presence of 
seven witnesses, he declares his will by word of mouth, that 
such verbal declaration will be a complete and valid testament 
according to the civil law."' 

THE ROMAN-DUTCH LAW IN NEW NETHERLAND. 

The civMl law codified in Justinian's time was somewhat 
modified in Western Europe, and in Holland a new code (a 
"Political Ordinance") was adopted in 1580, elaborating and 
defining the Roman-Dutch Law. According to this system 
wills could be made orally, or in writing. 

0/-a//y, or by word of mouth, by expressing one's wishes 
as to the disposal of the property, to an alderman and the sec- 
retary of the local court, or to a notary in the presence of two 
witnesses, whereupon the notary reduced the will to writing, 
and it was then signed by the testator and the witnesses, and 
the notary made a record of the transaction in his official min- 
utes. 

In writings which having been signed and sealed was 
handed to a notary in the presence of two witnesses, the testator 

1 Justinian's Institutes, Lib. II., Tit. X., 1.2,3. 14. Private Law among- the 
Romans, from the Pandects, bj' John George Phillimore, London. 1S03, pp. 328- 
416. 



SOME DUTCH WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS. XV 

at the same time, in their presence, dechirinj^j it to be liis testa- 
ment. The notary endorsed it accordingly, and made a minute in 
his records, which was signed by the testator and the witnesses. 
The notary also kept the original will in his custody, to be pro- 
duced only on the death of the testator. 

No public record of wills was required, or authorized — a 
fact causing untold regret on the part of persons who have 
vainly sought for data of their Dutch ancestry in Holland. 
The wills and the records of their execution and attestation 
were kept by the notary who reduced them to writing, and liy 
his family afterwards. The notary being a public, judicial 
officer, his action in the matter of wills was regarded as equiv- 
alent to the proof and probate required in the English courts.^ 

SOME DUTCH V/ILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS. 

The Roman-Dutch law carefully guarded the rights of in- 
fants, and of intestates, and in the government of New Nether- 
land the Directoi'-General and Council of the Colony exercised 
jurisdiction in such matters, the same being afterwards dele- 
gated to the Burgomasters and Schepens, who sat as an 
Orphans' Court. In 1656 Orplian Masters were appointed, to 
take cognizance of the rights of minors. From the records of 
this body the following extracts are taken, as illustrating in 
some measure the manner of making wills, the administration 
of estates, and the protection of the interests of orphans : 

1656, January 20. " Govert Loockermans and Pieter van 
Couwenhoven, guardians over the infant children of Jacob van 
Couwenhoven and his deceased wife Hester Jansen, appearing 
produced a testament, made by said Hester Jansen, dec'd, and 
Jacob van Couwenhoven, before Notary D. v. Scheliuyne and 
witnesses April 30, 1653, also evidence of the propeity left by 
their mother to the children, sworn to by Couwenhoven before 
said Notary October 3, 1655, and an inventory of the children's 
jewels and clothing. They request that pursuant to the custom 
of our Fatherland the money of tlie children may be deposited 
with the Orphan chamber or put out on mortgage, so that they 
might not be prejudiced in their rights. Considering the re- 

1 Van Leeuwen's Roman-Dutch Law, sub Testamcntum, 



XVI SOME DUTCH WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS. 

quest reasonable, the Orphan-masters provisionally order, that 
the testament and the proof of property shall be recorded in 
the Secretary's ofHce, and whereas Couwenhoven is at pres- 
ent not in good health, that he shall be spoken to about it.''^ 

1656, May 5. " Whereas Cornells Groesen and his wife 
Lysbet N. have come to their death during the latest disaster 
with the Indians, and it is reported that they have left some 
goods at the house of Jan Schryver, the tailor, therefore the 
Orphanmasters P. Leendertsen van die Grift and Pieter Wolf, 
van Couvveniioven, having deemed it advisable, so that the 
children, now captives of the Indians, when they return, may 
have the benefit of them and debtors as well as creditors may 
come to their riglits, this inventory was taken by the Orphan- 
masters in the presence of the Deacons of this City on the 20th 
of April 1656, as more fully appears by the record of inven- 
tories, and as some goods were found which would be of no 
use to the children, and as money is required to ransom them 
and to pay outstanding debts, the Orphanmasters have decided 
to sell to the highest bidder at auction the movable goods, 
which was done on May 4th, 1656, and recorded May 5th. 
Agreeably to the notice affixed, everybody is notified, that if 
he has anything to claim from the estate left by Cornells Groe- 
sen, dec'd, he must report it between to-day and next Monday, 
May Sth, to the Secretary of this City, Jacob Kip, with speci- 
cations and proofs, under the penalty of being debarred from 
his claim in the future."- 

1657, November 38. "Whereas, Roelof Jansen, mason, 
has died at the house of Arent Lauwerensen, on the i6th of 
this month of November, 1657; i^nd whereas said Arent Lau- 
werensen by a petition to the Burgomasters and Schepens of 
this City has requested that they would please to direct and au- 
thorize one or two persons to sell at public auction to the high- 
est bidder, according to inventory, the property left by said 
Roelof Jansen, that thus might be paid the expenses of his 
funeral, his house rent and other known and unknown debts. 
Therefore their said Worsliips order the Orphanmasters to en- 

1 Minutes of the Orphan Masters of New Amsterdam, 1655 to IGtiS. translated 
and edited by Berthold Fernow, New York, 1902. pp. 12-13. 

2 Ibid., 15-10. 



SOME DUTCH WII^LS AKD ADMINISTRATIONS. XVII 

ter upon said estate and to do therewitli what ou.c,^ht to be done, 
and they lierewitli anthorize and direct Sieur Mattheus de Vc<s, 
Notary Public, and Arent Lauwcrenscn to have the estate sold 
at auction by the Secretary of the Burgomasters and Schepens, 
as well as of the Orphanmasters, whereby the debts, as above 
stated, shall be paid, and the surplus handed to thcni to dis- 
pose of as they shall find best."' 

1657, December 12. "Anna Claas, with Sieur Mattheus 
de Vos, Notary Public, and with Arent Lauw^rensen, admin- 
istrator of the estate of Roelof Jansen, mason, dec'd, ap- 
peared and proved by the affidavits of two credl'jle persons 
that said Roelof Jansen, dec'd, had given her in his lifetime 
his everyday clothing, his gun, powderhorn ami what be 
longed to it: she also produces an account for house rent, for 
caretaking and money advanced, amounting to 99 fl.iS St., 
wherein are included 7 beavers, the balance being in wampum. 
She requests that the affidavits and the account may be ap- 
proved. The orphanmasters approve the affidavits and ac- 
count, ordering their Secretary to pay the account, after deduct- 
ing what the husband of said Anna Claas has bouglit from the 
estate."- 

January 11, 165S. "Appeared Class Bordingh and Pieter 
Jacobsen, administrators and guardians of the estate of Anna 
Cornelis and of her son Jacob Jacobsen, who produced the 
inventory of as much as they could find of said estate, and 
stated that as part of the goods were missing they could do no 
more. Lauwerens Lauwcrensen and Jacob Jacobsen appeared, 
and Lauwerens was informed that following the customs and 
laws of the Fatherland it had been considered necessary to 
appoint administrators for the estate of Anna Cornelis, dec'd, 
and that much of it was missing. He answers, thnt over 400 
fl. were paid for funeral expenses, and if anything is missing 
he does not know where it is. The Orphanmasters order Lau 
werens Lauwerensen to give a satisfactory account to the ad- 
ministrators and to make an agreement with them ; also that 
the missing property shall be offset by the funeral expenses ; 



1 Ibid., 38-39. 

2 Ibid., 41-4ti. 



XVUl SOME DUTCH WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS. 

the administrators were to dispose of the goods to the best ad- 
vantage of the estate and benefit of Anna Corneh's' son."i 

165S, April 2. "Whereas, Bru};n Barenzen, late cooper 
at Breuckclen, has died at the house of Migliiel Jansen on the 
1 2th of February of this year 165S, therefore the Orphan- 
masters of this City of New Amsterdam request and com- 
mission [an Eversen Bout with Mighiel Jansen to administer 
upon the estate left by said Bruyn Barenzen, to sell his goods 
at public auction, and to inform the Orphanmasters of the 
amounts received."- 

1659, April 9. "Catalyntje, the wife of Joresy, coming in 
says that a man called Abraham Jansen van Salee, alias the 
Turk, who had lived at her house, was dead, having made a 
testament whereby he has devised his property to the negro- 
woman and the child he has had by her, Joresy having been 
named executor. She says the Deacons of the City have at- 
tached and seized the property, and she had been to the 
Director-General, who had referred her to the Orphanmasters. 
As the domicile is not within this jurisdiction the case v/as not 
taken up by this Board, but again referred to the Director-Gen- 
eral and Council."'' 

1659, August 2, "■ Cristyntje Cappvens came before the 
Board and stated that she and her husband had made a testa- 
ment, showing it to the Board. It was found on reading it 
that the Orphanmasters are excluded, but as there is no men- 
tion of guardians for the child nor a settlement upon the 
same of the paternal inheritance, she requests that as guard- 
ians may be appointed the Hon^'^ Paulus Leenderzen van der 
Grift, selected by both, and Dirck Jansen Croon, thereto re- 
quested by her deceased husband, who had accepted the ofHce, 
but said Dirck Jansen Croon not being here, she asks that the 
Hon^is Pieter Wolfertsen van Couwenhoven may provisional- 
ly act in his place, which is allowed."^ 

1659, September 27. "Whereas Jacob Coppe has died 
and there has been found among his papers and property here 
a testament, made December 14, 1653, before Notary D. van 

1 New Amsterdam Records, VI.. 42. 3 Ibid., 84. 

2 Ibid., 43. 4 Ibid., 104. 



SOME DUTCH WILLS AND ADMINISTRATIONS. XIX 

Schelluyne and witnesses, in favour of Lysbett Cornelis, daugh- 
ter of Cornelis Aarsen, and Merritje Jans, daughter of Jan van 
der Bilt, naming them both heiresses of his estate, Therefore 
the Orphanmasters have resolved to appoint administrators of 
said estate, so that the heiresses may come to their own, and 
they have elected and authorized, as they hereb\' do, Timothe- 
us de Gabr}' and Isaacq Kip, who are directed to make as soon 
as possible a complete inventory of all the goods and property 
left by Jan Coppe, his debts and credits here in the country, as 
well in this place as elsewhere, and to report the same to the 
Orphans Court, to be then disposed of, as shall be deemed ad- 
visable."' 

1659, November 13. "Jan Jansen de Jongh, widower of 
Cornelia van Vloet, dec'd, intending to marry Mrs. Catharina 
Brull, shows a testament made by him and his late wife before 
Notary Dirck van Schelluyne and witnesses, October 31, 16^^, 
containing the last will of both, as follows: they first revoke and 
annul all former testaments, last wills, etc., made by them either 
singly or jointly, especially the testament ir.ade before said Nota- 
ry and witnesses May 13, 1653, wherein they name and insti- 
tute as heir, as they have no child, the survivor of them both, 
to have all property, real and personal, stocks, credits, money, 
gold, silver, coined or not coined, jewels, clothing, linen or 
woollen, household goods and others, including legacies and 
bequests, either already received by testators from tiieir parents 
or collateral relatives, or to be received from intestates, or under 
a testament, during the life of the first one of them dying, no- 
thing in the world excepted or reserved, as well here in this 
country, as in Holland, Brabant, the Duchy of Bois, the Barony 
of Breda, or elsewhere ; to have all forever, use it as inherited 
property, and do therewith as is done with one's own free pro- 
perty, without anybody's interference, they, testators, promis- 
ing each other never to act against or change this, their last 
will."'- 

The last will and testament of Deltien Lubbertse, dated 
January 3, 1664, was presented for probate before the Mayor 
and Aldermen of the city of New York, Nov. 30, 1664.^ 

1 New Amsterdam Records, VI., 110. 2 Ibid., 120-121. 

3 Annual Report of the State Historical Society of New Yor>i. for 1806, pp. H4-5. 



XX ENGLISH TESTAMENTARY LAW. 

The absence of written records renders it quite impossible 
to determine with precision the law of inheritance among the 
Germanic or Teutonic peoples two thousand years ago. Ac<. 
cording to Tacitus (cap. xx) " Heredes tamen successoresque 
sui cuique liberi : et nullum testamentum. Si liberi non sunt, 
proximus gradus in possessione fratres, patrui, avunculi." 
Here was the law of descent, simply, on much the same lines 
as among the Aryan and Seniitic peoples two thousand years 
earlier. 

It is a striking illustration of the slight Impression made by 
Roman institutions on the people of England, that the Roman 
law left not a vestige of its influence on the institutions of that 
country after the conquerors had witlidrawn. The latest re- 
searches fail to reveal any trace of testaments among the An- 
glo-Saxons before the ninth century, and even those seem to 
have been rather in the nature of post-obit gifts, than of wills 
in the modern acceptation of the term. 

In the laws proclaimed by Alfred, cir. S90, for example, it 
was declared (cap. /}i): "The man wlio has boc-land, and 
which his kindred left him, then ordain we that he must not 
give it from lils mreg-burg [kindred], if there be writing or 
witness that it was forbidden by those men who at first acquired 
it, and by those who gave it to him that h.e s'noulcl do so." 

" The ordinance of Ethelred [A. D. 978-1016], and his 
witan ordained as frith-bot for the whole nation, at Wood- 
stock, in the land of the Mercians," provided (cap. 71) : " If 
anyone depart this life intestate, be it tlirough his neglect, be 
it through sudden death ; then let not the lord draw more from 
his property than his lawful heriot. And according to his di- 
rection, let the property be distributed very justly to the wife 
and children and relations, to everyone according to the degree 
that belongs to him."^ 

That there was testamentary folk-law, or borough-law, 
seems probable. Indeed, in the gradual growth of royal author- 
ity, when the devise of land was condemned, borough customs 
were spared. By the thirteenth century the system of primo- 
geniture had become firmly established, so that a man could no 

1 Stubbs's Select Charters, etc., Oxford, 1870, 63, 73. 



ENGLISH TKSTAMKNTAKY LAW. XXI 

longer dispose of his lands by will — except burgage tene- 
ments — and could only bequeath his chattels. After nearly 
three centuries the statutes of 33 and 34 Hen. VIII. gave tlie 
power of devising to all having estates in fee simple, except in 
joint tenancy, over the whole of their soccage land, and over 
two-thirds of their lands holden by knight's service. This pow- 
er was extended by statutes of iz Charles II., cap. 10, and 29 
Charles II., cap. 3. The last-mentioned act prescribed the 
method of executing wills, requiring them to be in writing, 
signed by the testator, or l)y some person for him, in his pres- 
ence, by his direction, and attested and subscribed in his pres- 
ence by three witnesses. 

The administration of estates was taken charge of by the 
church, professedly in tlie interest of the soul of the deceased 
testator or intestate, and the executor became the personal rep- 
resentative of the deceased. The will was proved in "the 
court of the judge ordinary, who was in the normal case the 
bishop of the diocese." At a later period it was decided that 
if the testator had goods worth more than live pounds in each of 
two dioceses, the executor should seek a "prerogative" probate 
in the archbishop's court. The goods of intestates were at the 
disposal of the judge ordinary, who in 12S5 was by statute re- 
quired to pay the intestate's debts out of such chattels.' 

This system was gradually extended, until sustantially all 
matters connected with the proof of wills, the granting of letters 
of administration, and of guardianship, and the administering 
of estates,- was entrusted to or absorbed by the ecclesiastical 
courts. When England separated from the See of Rome this 
jurisdiction, by the statute of 23 Hen. VIII., was declared to 

1 History of the English Liiw, by Sir Frederick Polloclf and Fredericlv Will- 
iam Maithmd, 2d ed., Cambridge, 1899, II., 314-050; Constitutional History of Eng- 
land, by William Stubbs, Oxford, 1880, IIL, 37:1; 3 Blackstone's Com., 96; 1 Ste- 
phen's Com., .5th ed., 599-602: Coke Littleton, 111-112; Co. Inst., 7; Historical Es- 
say on the Magna Charta, etc., by Richard Thomson, London, 1S29, pp 208-210. 
Hargrave, in his note on Co. Litt., Ill, declai'es that "the testamentary power 
overland was certainly in use among our Anglo-Saxon and Danish ancestors." 
The statement is chiefly based on VVrighfs Tenures, and cannot be substantiated 
by any documents known to us at this day. As for certain testamentary customs, 
see Blount's Jocular Tenures, London, 1698; also Lex Custumaria: or, a Treatise 
of Copy-hold Estates, etc , by S. C, London. 1C96. 

2 That is, personal estates, the executors taking no title to the lands of their 
testators. 



XXI 1 ENGLISH TESTAMENTARY LAW. 

be in the bishop, or ordinary, of the diocese, — so called, says 
my Lord Coke, who was a better authority on law than on 
etymology, English or Latin,- '•'•quia habet ordinariam juris- 
dictionem di jiire propria^ et non per depzitationem, the 
name we liave anciently taken from the canonists, and do apply 
it only to a bishop, or any other that liath ordinary jurisdiction 
in causes ecclesiastical"- — and in cases of goods of the value of 
£5 — bona 7iotablUa — in another diocese, in the Metropolitan, 
the archbishop of Canterbury, or in the archbishop of York. 
The bishop exercised this jurisdiction by an oflicial, called his 
chancellor, and sometimes called the ordinary, who was his 
surrogate ; the archbishop, who claimed it by way of special 
prerogative, by an official called the judge of the prerogative 
court, a name derived from the fact that the jurisdiction 
in such cases was by the archbishop's prerogative.'^ An 
appeal lay from the ordinary to the prerogative court, 
whose sentence was without appeal, until a statute of 24 Hen. 
VIIL gave an appeal to the King in chancery, which was heard 
before delegates appointed under the great seal, and who were 
called the court of delegates. 

NUNCUPATIVE WILLS. 

In times when the art of writing was confined almost ex- 
clusively to the clergy, and when landow'ners very often met 
with sudden deaths, in battle or in broils, written wills were 
usually or at least frequently out of the question. So the law 
recognized nuncupative wills — made orally in the presence of 
witnesses, and afterwards reduced to writing by someone who 
heard the declaration of the testator. ^ The statue of 29 Chas. 
IL, cap. 3, requiring all wills to be in writing, signed by 
the testator, practically forbade nuncupative testaments. 

THE PROBATE OF WILLS IN NEW ENGLAND. 

The Plymouth Colonists had to face new conditions in a 
New World. They expressly denied all ecclesiastical author- 

1 Co. Litt. Ilia. 2 Co. Litt. 90 b, 06 a. 344 a. 

3 Co. Litt. 96 a, 344 a: Hale C. L. 35; Burn's Ecclesiastical Law; AVilliam 
Nelson's Lex Testamentaria; 3 Stephen's Com. 305 n. See an interesting review 
of the subject in the case of Harris v. Vanderveer's Executor, 21 N. J. Eq. (0 C. E 
Gr.), 452. 



PHOHATK OF Wir.I.S 1\ NHW F.NGT.AXD. XX111 

ity in secular allairs, and as there was no ecclesiastical court — 
neither bishop nor archbishop — and they were at liberty to 
make their own lavvs,^ they provided for the probate of wills 
before the Governor and Assistants, by an act passed in 16^3. 
The practice durino- the first twelve years of the settlement docs 
not appear from the statute books, but doubtless the act in 
question was substantially a reduction to writing of the custom 
that had previously prevailed in the Colony. 'I'his law was as 
follows : 

"•It is enacted by the Court that the will and Testaments of 
such as die bee ordered proued before the Gou'' and Assistants 
the next Court after the pty is deceased prouided the court 
bee not within one month after the death of the Testator and a 
full Inventory duely vallued bee p'"sented with the same before 
letters of adminnestration bee f.nanted to any ; of all the goods 
and Chattels of the said prsons ; alsoe if incase any man die 
without will ; then liis goods bee by his wife or other nearest to 
him Inventoried and duely vallued and pi'sented to the Gou^ 
and assistants att the time foremencioned and if it be a single 
pson without kinred heer resedent ; that then the Gou'' appoint 
some to take a Just Inventory of the same vpon oath to bee true 
and Just as in other the cases before mentioned. "' 

This act was continued in the revision of 165S, and sub- 
sequently. 

The propriety of nuncupative wills was obvious in a new 
settlement, and in 1645 this law was made : 

"It is enacted by the Court that if any man being weake and 
sicke and otherwise of disposing memory do declare his mind 
and will concerning the disposing of his lands or goods before 
two or more of the ftreeholders of the place where hee Hues ; 

1 At a General Court of the Governor and Connpaay of the Mattachusetts Bay 
In New England, holden at London, the 30th April, 1629. it was ordered that the 
Governor and Council of the Colony should have power "to make. Ordaine and 
establish, all mannr of wholesome & reasonable lawes, Orders, Ordinances, & 
Constitucons, (soe as the same bee noe v/ay repugnant or contrary to the lawes of 
the Realme of England,) ... for the futherance and prpagating of the said 
Plantacon, and the more decent & Orderly Gournmt: of the inhabitants resydent 
there." See Transactions and Collections of the American Antiquarian Society, 
III., 40. 

2 Plymouth Colony iiecords, Boston. ;3(!L pp. 15. 112, 125. 



XXIV EARLIEST NEW YORK LEGISLATION. 

It shalbee vpon theire oathes recorded and remain feirme ac- 
cording to such deuise or bequest."* 

The Colonies of Massachusetts Bay, New Haven and Con- 
necticut had similar hiws, and the first English settlers of New 
Jei'sey, coming as they did from those Colonies, brought with 
them their ideas of legislation on such subjects, derived from 
their experience. 

EARLIEST NEW YORK LEGISLATION. 

The laws published at Hempstead, Long Island, IMarch i, 
1665, by Colonel Richard Nicolls, the Duke of York's first 
Governor, set forth with much precision the procedure in cases 
of administration. 

"Upon the Death of any person the Constable with two 
Overseers of the parish shall Repair to the house of the de- 
ceased party to enquire after the manner of Death and of his 
Will and Testament and in Case none doth Appear, or shall be 
produced, it may be taken for granted that the Person Dyed 
intestate And in the Presence of the Widow Children and 
other Relations, if any such therebe or if an}' such refuse to be 
present, It shall be lawful for the said Constable in the pre- 
sence of the Overseers to make a due Search and enquiry after 
the estate of the deceased and within eight & forty hours 
after, he is to deliver in writing and upon Oath his full know- 
ledge, to the next Justice of the Peace and the said Justice of 
y^ peace is impowered to send out warrants to take Security 
against any embezelment or disposal of y° said Estate under 
any pretence whatsoever, until the next Court of Sessions 
where all Cases of Administration within that Liberty shall be 
Adjudged. 

"The Estates of all Persons dying intestate who have 
neither the Relations of Children Brothers or Sisters or their 
Children Uncles or Aunts or their Children for want of such 
heires shall, Elapse to the King provided always that Such 
Elapsing shall not hinder the Lavvfull Claymes of any Such 
Relations afore mentioned, if it be made appeare upon Oath to 
the Court, within one year and Six weeks. 

"That no Administration be granted untill the third Sessions 
1 Plymouth Colony Records, pp. ■IG, 113. 195. 



EARLIEST NEW YORK LEGISLATION. XXV 

after the parties decease, except to the Widdow or Child, and 
then to be imn-sediately granted to the said Widow or Child 
bringing in Sufficient Security for the performing all things the 
Law requires and saving the Court harmeless. And in case the 
widow or Child do Administer the Estate shall be Inventoiycd 
and Apprisement made by four Men appointetl bv the Court 
and sworne by a Justice of peace which Inventory or apprize- 
nient shall by the said widow or Child be brought into the 
next Court of Sessions, unless the Court for reasons showed 
them may think fitt to grant Liberty to bring it in the Court 
following. But in case the deceased Dye without widow or 
Child, then the estate, for the better improvement thereof shall 
be sould by order of the Court at an Outcry, and the pur- 
chasers all puting Security, and Acknowledging Judgment for 
their debt which by the Court shall be Assigned to the several 
Creditors of the dececdant,' and paid according to the prior- 
ity of Law and the Surplusage remaining, if an}', to be deliv- 
ered to the next kinsmen of the descendant, ^ if he appears or 
if none prove himself such within one year and six week, Then 
the Court to give an accompt of the said Surplusage to the 
Governour. And when the widow or Child Administers the 
surplusage after debts paid and the funerall Charges according 
to the quality of the person allowed for, shall be equally diviJ.- 
ed between the Widow and Children, viz. one third of the per- 
sonall Estate to the widow and the other two thirds amongst 
the Children, provided the Eldest Sonne shall have a double 
portion, and where there are no Sonnes the daughters shall 
L^iherit as copartners, and if any of the Children sliall happen 
to dye before it come to age his portion shall be divided 
amongst the Surviving Children. 

"Whoever pretends to Administer upon any Estate shall 
bring to the Court Sufficient Security, before the order shall be 
granted, And an Order thus obtained legally by giving in suctj 
Security to be truly accomptable to bring in a true Inventory, 
and to perform such things as Administered by Law are, re- 
quired or enjoyned, shall not at any time after be reserved, un- 
Icsse the party that obtained the Same, dye before he hath given 

1 Decedent. 
D 



XXVI EARLIEST NEW YORK LEGISLATION. 

an Accompt of the estate and obtained his Quietus in which 
case the Court is Impowered to grant the Administration of 
that Estate so not Accompted for to some other person who 
may by virtue thereof call the heirs Executors or Administra- 
tors of the former Administratores to accompt who shall pay 
out of the deceased Administrators Estate all such debts as shall 
be found due to the estate he administered upon in the first 
place. 

"If any Executor nominated in any will and knowing 
thereof shall not at the next Sessions which shall be above 
thirty days after the decease of the party ; or shall not cause the 
same to be recorded by tlie Recorder or Clarke of that Court 
within that Jurisdiction the deceased party last dwelt. Or if 
any person whatsoever shalf not within the same time take Ad- 
ministration of all such goods as he hath, or shall enter upon 
of any party deceased, or if any person or persons shall alienate 
or Embezell any lands or goods before they have proved and 
recorded the will of the deceased or taken Administiation, 
every such person so administering, or Executing shall be 
lyable to be sued, and shall be bound to pay all such debts re- 
spectively as the deceased part}' owed whether the estate of the 
deceased weave sufficient for the same or not and shall also 
forfeit. 

"If any person sliall renounce his Executorsliip or that 
none of the friends or kindred of the deceased party that shall 
die intestate shall seeke for Administration of such persons 
Estate, then the Constable of the Town where any such person 
shall die, shall give notice thereof to the next Court of Sessions ; 
that so the Court may take order therein, as they shall think 
meet, who shall allow such Constable due recompence for his 
pains But if the Constable shall fail therein, he shall forfeit 
forty Shillings to the publique Treasury. 

"That the Clarke of the sessions when he carries the Pro- 
bates or Commissions of Administration to be signed do then 
also Certify unto the recorders Office at New York, the name 
of the testator or the party deceased the Executors or Adminis- 
trators and their Security, the County and Parrish where they 
dwelt And the Court wherein the Administration is granted to 



EARLIEST NEW YORK LEGISLATION* XXVll 

the end that strangers and other Creditors invested^ in the 
Estate may be the better Enabled to find out the Records in 
which the Accompts of the estate is entered and be informed 
how they may come to their just dues. 

"MemorancUun That what is here spoken of Executors or 
Administrators the like is ment ; and intended also of Ex- 
ecutrixes & Administratrixes who in such Cases are to have the 
same privileges."- 

At the General Court of Assizes held in New York, Sept- 
ember 2S-October 4, 1665, it was ordered : 

"l^hat all Orignall Wills after haveing beene prooved att 
the Court of Assizes or Sessions and returned into the Office 
of Records att New-Yorke shall remain there, and the Ex- 
ecutors Administrators shall recieve a Coppie thereof, with a 
Certificate of Its being allowed and attested under the Scale of 
the Office. 

"Administration may be granted by the Court to any Person, 
the Second Sessions, but to widow or Child, Brother or Sister 
immediately. 

"A (Qiiietus) is to be procured within a yeare and six 
weeks after Administration is granted or a will prooved. 

"That Wills and Administrations of Estates under the vallew 
of one hundred Pounds, are not obliged to bee Recorded at 
New Yorke."-'^ 

The will of William Ludlam, of Southampton, was proved 
at the Court of Assizes, New York, Nov. 2, 1665.^ 

The will of Mary Gardiner, of Maidstone, alias East 
Hampton, L. I., was proved October 5, 1665.^ 

1 Interested. 

2 Duke of Yorke's Book of Laws, 1664-1683, Harrisburg:, Pa., 1879, pp. 5-6. These 
laws were extended from time to time over the whole of the territory under the 
dominion of the Governor of New York for the time being, and so applied at 
times to parts of New Jersey. 

3 Ibid., pp. 61, 66. Annual Report State Historian of New York, for 1896. p. 14.5. 
The Governor and Council made orders in November, 1669, and in October, 1670, 
requiring wills and all proceedings in relation to estates to be recorded. Ibid., 
163, 168-9. 

4 Abstracts of Will.s on file in the Surrogate's office, in the city and county of 
New York, Collections of the Historical Society of New York, XXV. (18t):i), pp. 
\, 3. 

filbid., 1. 



XXVIU EARLY NEW YORK PROBATES OF WILLS. 

Letters of administration were granted July lO, 1666, by 
Gov. Richard Nicoll, on the estate of Francis Cregier.^ 

The will of Edward Jessup, of Westchester, was proved at 
Flushing, November 14, 1666, "at Sessions, by the Governor's 
special order. '"^ 

At a Court of Sessions in Southampton, L. I., November 
16, 1665, administration was granted to John Concklin, jr., on 
the estate of his wife's former husband, William Salmon. ^ 

After the English had conquered New Netherland, the 
Mayor's Court of New York continued to act as an Orphans' 
Court, in the same manner as the Burgomasters and Schepens 
had formerly done, and wills were drawn up and executed — 
at least among the Dutch — frequently after the ancient custom. 
The following instances illustrate the maner in which the Duke 
of York's Laws were practically applied by the Mayor's Court, 
succeeding to the functions of the Dutch tribunal : 

"Octob'". the 3o'-\ 1666. Att a Mayors Court held at New 
York. Present Capt". Thomas Willet, Mayor, M''. O. Ste- 
venson, M'". John Lawrence, M'^". Corn. Steenwyck, M'". Jo- 
hannes de Feyster, AkU'men ; M^. Allard Anthony, Sheriff. 

"Mi". Timothy Bigs Presentinge to the Court Certaine 
Last Will of Cliarles Darrel Late deceased & the Inventorie 
of his Estate ; w*"*!. said Will & Inventorie beinge proved in 
Court to be Legally made; The honn^^®. Court did order 
that the s*^. Will and Inventorie should stand & Remaine in 
itts full force & Virtue & that the same should be entered 
accordinge to Lawe. 

"James Willet & M'". Wheat have declared & Testified 
to the Court uppon oath, that the Will of Charles Darrel late 
deceased, by M''. Bigs presented to this Court, was the act & 
deed of the s^^ Darrel, as alsoo that the sfi. Darrel (as farre 
as they Could apprehend) had his good memorie when he 
made the s^^. Will. 

"Timothy Bigs hath on this day declared uppon oath to the 
Court, that to his Knowledge uppon the Prizing of the estate 
of the aboves*^. darrel, he hath declared al the Estate to the 
Prizers of what he knewe of."'! 

1 Abstracts of N. Y. Wills, ut supra, 3. 2 Ibid., 4. 3 Ibid., 4-5. 

4 New Amsterdam Records, New York, 1901, VI., 43. 



2ARIA* NEW VOKK PROBATES OF WILLS. XXlX 

A petition was presented to the Governor, April 26, 1670, 
by the children of Samuel Palmer, late of Westchester county, 
deceased, asking that letters of administration should be grant- 
ed to his widow, that she might have the benefit of his small 
estate. 1 

Gov. Lovelace confirmed, July 23, 1671, the appointment 
of orphan masters by the Mayor's court of New York.~ 

"At a JMayors Court held at New Yorck, September 19, 
1671, Gabriel Minvelle produceing in Court the Will & Testa- 
ment of Capt. Jno. Julius Late Commander of the Ship the 
Doratlie now riding at Ancor in the harbour of the Cilty ; by 
w-ch. Will he was made Executor to administrate the efTects 
now aboard of the s'^^. shipp desireing that the s'^ will might 
be proeved by the Witnesses and Confermed by the Court. 
Whereuppon the Witnesses to the s'^. Testament to wit 'M'^. 
Balthazar de Haert, M''. Claes Verbraeck, M^". Philip Johns 
& Geo : Sparr being Call'd and appearing in Court, attested 
together w^'-^. Secretary Nicolaes Bayard that they had bene 
present in Makeing of the s^i. Will ; and that the sd. John Ju- 
lius had his full understanding as farre outvv'ards could be per- 
ceived."^ 

"Att the Court of Mayor and Aldermen, held at New 
Yorke, by liis Mayest"-''. Authority, October 34, 1671 : 

"On this day vv^as the Will & Testament made betwixt 
Abram Verplanck and his late Wife Maria Vinge bearing date 
the 9^^^^ of August 1670. And made by the Notary Dirck van 
Schelluyne, proeved and allowed of in Court. "^ 

"Att a Mayors Court held In New Yorke, January 23, 
1671-2 : lacob Teunissen Kaay & Jacques Cousseau, together 
with Peter Jacobs Marius, who being substituted by Jan Hen- 
dricx van Bomel, executors of the Will and Testament of Bal- 
thazar de Heart, deceased, this day appearing in Court and 
producing tiie s'^. Will made and attested by the Notary Wil- 
lem Bogardus in the presence of Hans Kierstede & Thymon 
van Borsum, bearing date the 4''^'. of this Listant, and desired 
the approbation of this Court thereuppon ; Whereuppon the 

1 Annual Report of the State Historian of New York, for 1896, p. 259. 

2 Ibid., 31G. 3 New Amsterdam Records, VI., 329. 4 ibid., 339. 



iCXX EARLIEST PROBATES OF WILLS IN NEW JERSEV. 

s** . Wittnesses being Called and appearing in Court, and de- 
claring that they had bene present in Makeing & signing of the 
s^^ . Will; The Court thereuppon Ordered that it should be 
entred that the said Will was approeved of by the Court, as a 
LawfuU Will and that the s^. Executors where Empowered 
to Proceed in their Administrations according to Law, and do 
hereby authorize the Secretary Nicolaes Bayard to be present 
in Makeing of the Inventory. "* 

In many instances the appointment of administrators was 
made directly by the Governor for the time being, as in i66S, 
by Gov. Ri. NicoUs ; in 1671, by Gov. Francis Lovelace; in 
1672, by Gov. Edmond Andross.^ The Court of Mayor and 
Aldermen of the City of New York acted in other cases. ^ 

EARLIEST PROBATES OF WILLS IN NEW JERSEY. 

When New Jersey was granted (March 12, 1664) by 
Charles II. to the Duke of York, and by him (June 23-24, 
1664) to the Lords Proprietors — Lord John Berkley and Sir 
George Carteret — the latter appointed Philip Carteret (Febru- 
ary ro, 1664-5) to be Governor of New Jersey. The origin 
and history of the sovereign power of the Colony, ultimately 
vesting in the Governor, has been traced in the Introduction to 
Volume XXII. of the New Jersey Archives, pages Ixi-lxvi. 
No record has been found of the probate of any will in New 
Jersey for more than five years after the arrival of Gov. Car- 
teret in the Colony, and there was no legislation or public or- 
der on the subject until he had been here ten years. Yet there 
can be little doubt that he exercised the functions of Ordinary 
or Surrogate-General, as part of the supreme power of gov- 
ernment which had devolved upon him. It is not unlikely, 
however, that the Dutch inhabitants continued to follow their 
old way, to some extent, permitting the wills of deceased tes- 
tators to remain in the custody of the notaries drafting them, 
and settling intestates' estates by mutual agreement, or with 
the assistance of the church consistory. The settlers at Eliza- 



1 New Amsterdam Records, VI., 357. 

2 Abstracts of N. Y. Wills, ut supra, 8, 21, 25. 27. 

3 Ibid., 12. 22, 29, 30. 



EARLIEST PROBATES OF WILLS IN NEW JERSEY. XXXI 

bethtown and at Monmouth having received their patents from 
Col. NicoUs (the former December i, 1664, and the latter 
April 8, 1665) prior to the coming of Governor Carteret (who 
arrived at New York July 29, 1665), were naturally reluctant 
to yield allegiance to the Lords Proprietors, especially as that 
involved the payment of quit rents to the new owners of New 
Jersey. Hence they would be disposed to follow the practice 
in the matter of wills laid down in the Duke of York's Laws, 
published on Long Island, whence a large proportion of those 
settlers had come. The i\'ewark colonists, in the absence of 
other regulations on the subject, doubtless adhered to the usage 
to which they had been accustomed in Connecticut. The 
Swedish settlers on the Delaware undoubtedly were governed 
by the Civil Law, prevailing in their fatherland, and which in 
that country was mucli the same as in Holland. But in a new 
country, with a scanty population, widel}^ scatteretl, and the 
merest shadow of a central government, each settlement or 
community must have been, practically, self-governing in most 
of its internal affairs. ^ In a compact settlement like Newark or 
Elizabethtown, vv'ith say two dozen families, all of them inti- 
mate, bound together by the interests of common ownership, 
and many of them by ties of kindred, what more natural than 
a reversion to primitive communal government.^ If a man 
died, his will — if he made any — would be read at his funeral, 
in the presence of the whole community, and the settlement 
would see that it was carried into etl'ect, even though there 
should be no probate of the instrument. If he died without a 
will, the entire body of citizens would administer upon his es- 
tate and deal even and exact justice to the widow and chikhen. 
The writer has seen wills made in the latter part of the 
eighteenth century which were never pi'oved or recorded, but 
which were carried out in perfect CvO.npIiance with their pro- 
visions. The earliest record that has been found of any order 
by Governor Carteret relative to administering upon an estate 
is the following, under date of December 20, 1670: 

'' By Phillip Carteret Esq^' Governor of the province of 
New Jersey. Whereas Danic! Greasy late of Woodbridge, 

1 See Newark Tuvvn Records (CollecLion.s N. J. Historical Society. VI.), 1S66, 
pp. 4, 14, 21, aa, 29, 33, 35. 



XXXll EARLIEST PROBATES OF WILLS IN NEW JERSEY. 

planter, dyed Intestate and Leaving only a Widow behind 
him Without any Children or any other relations or kindred to 
survive him In his Estate, I have thought fitt at the Request of 
said Widow Catherine Greasy, To nominate and appoint And 
doe by these presents nominate and appoint her the said Cath- 
arine Greasy to be Administratrix to her aforesaid husband de- 
ceased Estate of Land, Goods and Chattels, movable or Im- 
movable, she together with the overseers here following nom- 
inated and apointed, taking a true Inventory of her said hus- 
band's Estate that he left behinde him, and to Returne the 
same Vppon them into the secretaries office, out of which said 
estate shea Is to pay and satistie all Just Debts that Where dew 
and owing by her said deceased husband — And likewise shee 
hath hereby full powers to sue, recover and receive all such 
debts, that are and where Justly due Vnto him, and for the 
better ^forming of the '(^mises I doe hereby appoint John 
Smith Scotchman and Samuel Moore both of the towne of 
Woodbridge, to be the overseers and assistants Vnto her the said 
Widow, and I doe further Give and Grant Vnto the said Wid- 
ow Catharine Greasy that after shee has satisfied all Just debts 
and funeral Charges as aforesaid to bequeath and dispose of 
the Remainder as shee shall think fitt. In Confirmation 
Whereof I have hereVnto subscribed and affixed the scale of the 
province the 20th X'" 1670."' 

A few weeks later we find the following entry : 

'•Joshua Peirce late of Woodbridge, planter, died intestate 
leaving a widow and two small children behind him, the gov- 
ernor appoints his widow Dorathy Pierce administratrix, to 
pay and satisfy his just debts, and with power to sue, recover 
and receipt for debts due him in his lifetime. After she hath 
satisfied all just debts and funeral charges as aforesaid to dis- 
pose of the remainder for the best advantage of herself and her 
said children as she shall think fit, February 37, 1670." 

The next record of the kind is six months later; 

" Lawrence Ward, late of Newark, died intestate, without 
children, leaving only his widow upon his estate; and the said 
widow, Elizabeth Ward, renounced in favor of her sister Ese- 

1 E. J. Deeds, Liber 3, p. 38. 2 Ibid., p. 41. 



EARLIEST PROBATES OF WILI,S IN NEW JERSEY. XXXIU 

bell Baldwyn, wife of Joseph Baldwyn, of Hadley in Massa- 
chusetts, upon condition that the said Elizabeth Ward, widow, 
shall enjoy the said whole estate during her life and to dispose 
of one-third part thereof remaining at the time of her death as 
she shall think good. Tiie Governor accordingly appoints Ise- 
bell Baldwyn administratrix, September 2, 1671. 

" Esebell Baldwyn declares that whereas Lawrence Ward, 
late of Newark, my brother, deceased intestate, etc., leaving a 
widow, my sister Elizabeth Ward, upon the estate of my de- 
ceased brother, I appoint my son John Catlin and John Ward, 
turner, my kinsman, both of Newark, attorneys to take unto 
them jointly all my vvhole power and interest in and to the said 
estate, etc. September 4, 1671."^ 

In the case of the last will and testament of Hugh Roberts, 
of Newark, dated February 26, 1670, the record declares that it 
was signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Capt. Robert 
Treat, who makes oath, November 22, 1671, that "this will 
above mentioned is the last will and testament of the said Hugli 
Roberts to the best of his knowledge," the proof being made 
before William Pardon, Deputy Secretary of the Province. 
There follows the inventory and appraisement, the overseers 
being sworn before Robert Treat, Magistrate, November 17, 
1671. Mary Roberts swears to the inventory, November 22, 
1671, "before Robert Treat, by permission of the Governor."- 
In other words, Capt. Treat was authorized to act as deputy 
surrogate for the Governor, for this purpose. 

The last will and testament of Matthew Campfield, of New- 
ark, was witnessed by John Brown, senior, and Tho : Pierson, 
March 19, 1672-3, and on June 11, 1673, we find that "John 
Brov/n sen^' & tho Pierson sen'' wittnesses hereunto did make 
oath before me y'' this is the Last will & testament of Matthew 
Campfeild, his own handewriting," this proof being made 
before John Berry, Deputy Governor at the time. The inven- 
tory was sworn to before him the same day, and on June 30, 
1673, he granted letters of administration to vSarah Campfield, 
the widow, sole executrix under the will.^ 

1 E. J. Deeds, Liber li, pp. iri-lO. 

2 Ibid., 49. 3 Ibid., pp. 8H-90. 

K 



XXXIV EARLIEST PROBATES OF WILLS IN NEW JERSEY. 

Administration upon the estate of Obadiali Winter, late of 
Woodbridge, deceased, was granted by Gov. Carteret, April 
19, 1675, to Margaret Winter alias Grabum, his wife, sole ex- 
ecutrix under the testator's v/ill, dated March ist, 1674-5.1 

The will of Martin Tichanor, of Newark, dated October 19, 
16S1, was proved by the oath of two witnesses, Ephraim Bur- 
well and William Camp, who made oath before James Bollen, 
Justice, that "they were present as witnesses to the signing 
and sealing of this last will and testament of Martin Tichanor, 
deceased." Bollen was also Secretary of the Province of East 
Jersey, and so in close touch with the Governor, by whom he 
was doubtless authorized to take the proof of this will. Letters 
of administration were issued to John Tichanor, executor 
under the last will and testament of Martin Tichanor, his 
father, by Governor Philip Carteret, November 14, i6Si.^ 

And the next day the Governor granted letters of adminis- 
tration on the estate of Jasper Crane, late of Newark, to John 
Crane, his son, executor.-^ 

From the records of the probate of wills It appears very 
clearly that the county courts exercised jurisdiction in such 
matters quite frequently, particularly in West Jersey. 

At a " Called Court," held July 5, 1679, for the Whore- 
hill, on the Delaware, an order was made granting a quietus 
to an administration.'^ 

A NEWARK RECORD OF SOME WILLS. 

In the Newark Town Book — a miscellaneous record, chiefly 
of the division of the home lots among the first settlers, later 
conveyances, bills of sale, etc., 16S9-172S — there are nine wills 
recorded, under the certificate of John Browne, town clerk, as 
to their correctness. 

The first is that of Richard Lawrence, "belonging to the 
Towne of Newark in East Jersey," witnessed by John Ward 

1 E. J. Wills, Liber 3, p. 111. It will be observed that Obacliah Winter's will 
bore date March 1, 1675. His bereaved widow proved the will and took out letters 
of administration on April 19, 1675. Eight days later the Governor issued a mar- 
riage license for William Taylor and Margaret Winter, alias Graybum, widow 
of Obadiah Winter. The "funeral baked meats" did scarce "colflZy furnish forth 
the marriage tables," in this case. 

i Ibid., 173. 3 Ibid., 174. 4 Salem Surveys, No. 3, f. 14. 



A NEWARK RECORD OF SOME WILLS. XXXV 

and Steeuen Davis, and appended is the certificate of the proof 
of the instrument: "Witness sworn before me this 30th of 
March 1691. Thomas Johnson, Justice."' 

The will of Joseph Riggs, " of Newark in the Government 
of New England," dated January i, 16S8-9, '""^^ this certificate 
of proof: 

" Appeared before vs, William Camp, John Browne, & 
Joseph Browne this 37 of November: 16S9: and took 
oath that this is the Last will & testament of Joseph 
Riggs of Newark Latly deceased 

"John Ward Justice 
" Thomas Johxson Justice. "2 
This will was subsequently probated, in solemn form, Ma\' 
16, 171 1, and is filed at Trenton.'^ John Johnson and Samuell 
Camp were witnesses, besides the three named above. 

The will of Michaill Tompkins, " of Newark in the Gov- 
ernment of New England," had three witnesses. The proof 
reads thus : 

" Vpon the :4'^i': of December: 1690: appeared before 
us John Browne & took oath that according to the best 
of his knowledge this is the Last will of Michaill Tomp- 
kins seni'" Lately deceased 

" John Ward Justice 
" Thomas Johnson Justice." 
" Thomas Browne also took oath accordingly before me 
y^ : 5 : december 1690 

" Thomas Johnson Justice."^ 
John Baldwin, " of Newark in t!ie Government of New 
England" made his will December 25, 16SS. It was proved 
before a single Justice, thus : 

" Appeared before me John Curtis & John Browne this 
2S of November 16S9 & took oath that this is to the best 
of their knowledg the Last will & Testament of John 
Baldwin of Newark Lately Deceased 

" Thomas Johnson Justice. "^ 

1 Newark Town Book, p. 10. 2 ibid., p. 13. 

3 E. J. WilLs, Liber No. 1, p. 312. 

■* Newark Town Book, p. l-l. .< ibid., p. 14. 



XXXVl A NEWARK RECORD OF SOME WILLS. 

The following entry is interesting, as showing the simple 
and apparently entirely satisfactory method of getting an au- 
thoritative construction of a will : 

" Whereas William Camp & Seth Tompkins overseers of 
the Last will of John Baldwin deceased, convinced^ the Jus- 
tices of Newark together (namely M^ John Ward, & M"" 
Thomas Johnson) to give their sence & Approbation of what 
might be most sutable to the settling of what Lands belong to 
the heire. 

" Our sence is that the sd Lands spoken of in the sd will, 
willed to his daughter Hannah Tichenor, be settled vpon the 
son of John Baldwin Juni'' & the profits of the same fore the 
time to come, only the crop vpon the ground, Ebenezer Lind- 
ly is to take it off, without any molestation, this we give as our 
Apprehention this : 20th : of June : 1691 : 

"John Ward Justice 

" ThOxMAS Johnson Justice."- 

The will of David Ogdenv " of Newark in the Province of 
East Jersey," dated December 26, 1691, was proved before 
Justices Ward and Johnson, February 27, 1691-2, by the oath 
of Samuell Harrison, " M'' Patrick ffalconar being deceased. "^ 

The will of John Browne, of Newark, dated December 17, 
16S9, was proved December 4, 1690, by the oaths of John 
Browne, junior, and John Denison, before Justices Ward and 
Johnson.^ 

" The Last will and testement of mee Sarah Davis in hope 
of Eternal Life throw Jesus Christ my Lord," dated March 27, 
1 69 1, was proved May 16, 1691, by the oaths of Stephen Davis 
and Edward Ball, before Thomas Johnson, Justice.''' 

The will of Samuel Swaine, proved at New York, March 
17, 1 681-2, was recorded in the Newark Town Book, and 
immediately following is the inventory of the estate of Mrs. 
Joanna Swaine, deceased, his widow, December 15, 1694.^ 
Her will, dated March 25, 1692, was proved December 10, 

1 convened. 

2 Newark Town Book, p. 15. 

3 Ibid, p. 16. 5 Ibid., p. 33. 

4 Ibid., p. 20. e Ibid., p. 35. 



FIRST NEW JERSEY LEGISLATION AS TO WILLS. XXXvii 

1694, and filed and recorded at Perth Amboy,i but the inven- 
tory was recorded in the Newark Town Book. 

FIRST NEW JERSEY LEGISLATION REGARDING WILLS. 

The "Concessions and Agreements of the Proprietors, 
Freeholders and Inhabitants of the Province of West New 
Jersey, in America," di'.ted March 3, 1676-7, contained among 
the common law or fundamental rights of that province care- 
ful provisions "for securing Estates of Persons that die, and 
taking care of Orpiians," the first clause of wliich made this 
regulation regarding the probate of wills: 

"If any person or persons die, the commissioners are to 
take care tliat the will of the deceased be duly performed, and 
security given by those that prove the will : And that all wills or 
testaments be registered in a public register appointed for that 
purpose, and the person and persons that prove the same, to 
bring in one true inventory under their hands of all the estate 
of the deceased, and to have a warrant under the hands of 
three commissioners, and the publick seal of the province, in- 
timating that they have brought in an inventory of the estate, 
and given security. Then and not before, are they to dispose 
upon the estate. "~ 

This was embodied in a statute passed at a session of the 
"General Free Assembly of the Province of West New Jersey, 
in America," held at Burlington, November 31-2S, 16S1, as 
follows : 

"XI. That when any person or persons die, and have made 
a will and were in a capacity of so doing, the Governor, and 
commissioners, for the time being, are to take care that the 
will of the deceased be duly performed, and securitv given by 
him or them that prove the will; and that all wills ancT 
testaments, be registered in a publick register appointed for 
tliat purpose ; and that the person or persons, who shall prove 
the same, sliall bring in one true inventory, under the hands of 
two or more appraisers, of all the estate of the deceased, and 
shall have a warrant or license, under the hand of three justices 

1 E. J. Deeds, Liber E, p. 165. The original will is now in the offlco of the Sec- 
retary of State at Trenton. 

2 Learning and Spicer, p. 403. 



XXXVlll FIRST NEW JERSEY LEGISLATION AS TO WILLS. 

for the time being, under the publick seal of the province, in- 
timating and dechiring, that he or they have brought in an 
inventory of the estate, and given security for tlie true perfor- 
mance of the will, then and not before, he or they may enter 
upon and dispose of the estate. "^ 

The East Jersey Assembly enacted March 21, 16S2-3 : 

"XX. That all wills in writing, attested by two credible 
witnesses, shall be of the same force to convey lands, as other 
conveyance being registered in the Secretaries office within 
this Province, within forty days after the testator's death. "^ 

An act of March 13, 169S-9, slightly modified this provision 
as follows : 

" All wills in writing and attested by three or more cred- 
ible witnesses shall be of the same force to convey lands as 
other conveyances, being proved and registered in the publick 
records, within sixty days after the testator's death. And in 
case of neglect the executor, or executors shall be liable to ci- 
tation, and fined two shillings for each citation, and eighteen 
pence for each fine."^ 

JURISDICTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL. 

It will be observed that the authority to take proofs of wills 
and inventories artxj appraisements was usually exercised by 
someone designated for the purpose by the Governor. In some 
cases, however, original jurisdiction was exercised by the Gov- 
ernor and Council, as the following extracts from their records 
will show : 

March 3, 16S2-3 ; "Lawrence Andress tendring the ad- 
m'istracon of James Bollens Estate appraism* and sale might 
bee Entred in the Secretarys office, vpon view thereof 

ttjst It appears the Letters of adm'istracon bear date the 
jjth Day of September 16S2. 

"2. The appraisement the 2']^'^ March 1682. 

*«3 The sale of the Estate the 28*^^ of September 16S2 
amounting to 93^^15^ i*^* — Lawrence Andress declared here 

1 Learning and Spicer, 430. 

2 Ibid., 236; N. J. Archives, XIII., 31. 

3 Learning and Spicer, 371; N. J. Archives, XIII., 265. 



JURISDICTION OF THE GOVERXOR AND COUNCIL. XXXIX 

in Councill that he was vv^'^^ the Governor Phillip Carterett in 
December last w'^''^ was after the Prprietors arivall here,' and 
then and not before the Governor sealed the letters of Admi's- 
trac'on in Lawrence Andress presence and delivered them to 
him in company of Capt Vickers — 

"Wee observe the sale of the Estate and disposition was 
some months before the Admi'strac'on granted 

"•Lawrence Andress Alledges hee never had any pr'' of the 
Estate or received or disposed any pr*^ thereof 

" Wee finde not that any bond was given for the due adm'is- 
trac'on thereof w'^'^ isaledged in the x\dmi'strac'on to liee entred 
into the i 3^'^ Sep' i6S2."'' 

March 5 : "Agreed that Capt Vickers & other prsons who 
were of the late Governors Councill since tlie death of the late 
Secretary Cap'' Bullen and are here in towne may have notice 
to bee here in Councill att 3 A Clock tliis afternoone to Atten<l 
a Conference relateing to them v/t'i the house of Deput3'es — "'-^ 

May 10, 16S3: "Samuel Moore & Nathaniel fMtzrandolph 
making applicac'on here and requesting to have the Adrainis- 
trac'on of tlie Estate of Captn James Bollen v/ho Dyed intes- 
tate granted to them as guardians to the Children of the said 
Captn Bollen, And Lawrence Andresse the late p'tended Ad- 
mi'strato'' to the said Estate Declareing that he dus absolutely 
renounce all p'"tence and Claime to the Admi'strac'on thereof, 
It is Therefore Ordered that Samuel Moore and Nathaniel 
ffitzrandolph bringing here the Children of the said Captn 
Bollen and they Chooseing them their guardians that their Ad- 
mi'strac'on be granted by the Deputy Governor to the said 
Moore and ffitzrandolph dureing the minority of the said 
orphans according to the Due Couise of Law, they bringing in 
here a perfect Inventory or appraism'- of the said Intestates 
Estate to be recorded.""* 

1 That is, after the transfer of the ownership and government of East Jersey 
from the Lords Proprietors, by whom Philip Carteret had been appointed Gov- 
ernor, to the Twelve Proprietors, and their taking possession of the territory and 
government. 

2 N. J. Archives, XIII., 11-12. 

3 Ibid., XIIL, 14. 

4 Ibid., XIII., 50. 



xl JURISDICTION OF THE GOVERNOR AND COUNCIL. 

Feb. 29, 1683-4: "The petic'on of Jonas Wood of Eliz'^ 
Towne setting forth that vpon the Death of D^" VV°i Taylor the 
Deceased was indebted to him — That he and W™ Broadwell 
Entred into bond after Taylors Death to Admi'ster his Estate — 
but since no Admistrac'on gi^ranted — but that Broadwell not- 
w'-'^standing Receives the effects of Taylors Estate but gives 
noeAccompt thereof to the petic^" and prayes Admi'strac'on — 
w"^'*^ being read the petic'oner and Will. Broadwell came before 
the board — Broadwell Denyes hee has rec'^^ anything since 
Taylors Death — but by notes and orders from Taylor in his 
life tyme hee rec'^ about 30^ and noe more — after hearing of 
both ])''tyes it's ordered that Admi'strac'on be granted to tlie 
petici^".! 

October 30, 16S6: "James Scott (sonn of George Scott 
of Picklockey late of the Kingdom of Scotland Deceased) 
came before this Councill being a Minor and made choyse off 
m»" John Johnstone and m'' George Willox to bee his Guardi- 
ans — who were admitted accordingly — They giveing in suffi- 
cient security to bee accomptable to the s'^ James Scott when 
hee shall attaine to the age of one and Twenty yeares — "^ 

Abel Porter, jun., of Boston, having died on the voyage 
from Scotland to East Jersey, his widow obtained letters of 
administration, March 4, 1685-6, from the Court of Suffolk 
county, Mass., and on April 23 following was also granted 
similar letters by the Governor of East Jersey.^ 

When the will (dated 23d 9th mo. 16S3) of Richard Lep- 
pincott, of Monmouth county, was offered for probate, Jan. 
2, 16S3-4, a special commission was appointed by the Gov- 
ernor to examine the vv^idow, Al)igail Lippincott, in refer- 
ence to the instrument,'* instead of having the matter adjudi- 
cated by a Deputy Surrogate, or by a Court. 

The Governor frequently asserted his authority over the 
persons and estates of infants. When Hanse Harmen'^en, of 
Constaple's Point, Bergen county, by a codicil, dated Oct. 19, 
1700, appointed guardians over his grandson, an order was 

1 Ibid., XIII., 12:!. 

2 Ibid.. XIII., 170. 

3 K. J. Deeds, Liber A, ff. 305-307. 
* Ibid., 329. 



PREROGATIVE JURISDICTION. xH 

made by the Governor, Dec. 3, 1701, confirming the appoint- 
ment.' On the same day he admitted two persons as guardians 
of George Darling, of Woodbridge.- 

He exercised hke power over insane persons, as when 
(February 15, 1692-3) he appointed the wife and daughter 
(and the husband of the latter) of Samuel Hooton as his 
guardians, the said Hooton being " rendred uncapable to act 
through a distemper of lunacy. "^ 

PREROGATIVE JURISDICTION. 

As the jurisdiction of the Governor of New Jersey and the 
Governors of East and West Jersey, respectively, extended 
over the v/hole of their several governments, their powers as 
Ordinar}' were sulficient for controlling the administration of 
estates within tlieir domains, and a will, administration or 
guardianship, proved or grar^ted by the Governor or a surro- 
gate appointed by him was valid, without regard to where the 
goods lay. 4 

The prerogative of the Archbishop of Canterbury wss oc- 
casionally called into requisition, as in the following instances: 

The Rev. John Allen, the settled minister at Woodbridge, 
having died in the latter part of 1683, letters of administration 
were granted to his son John, by the Archbishop of Canter- 
bury, April 15, 16S5. The instrument, which is in Latin, de- 
scribes the residence of the deceased as being " the Island of 
New Jersey."^ The venerable prelate had a better knowledge 
of his prerogative than of the geography of America. 

Edward Barker, of London, made his will, August 30, 
1686, in which he named his father and his father-in-law, both 
of London, executors. He had debts due him in America, 
and on his death his executors obtained letters of administra- 
tion, with will annexed, from the Archbishop of Canterbury .*J 

1 E. J, Deeds, Liber C, S. 179-180. 

2 Ibid., 181. 

•" E. J. Deeds, Liber D. f. 372. 

■* See American Law Pvegister. by William Griffith, Trenton, 1832, IV,, pp. 1185- 
1186. 

^ N. J. Archives, XXI.. 5G, 78; XXIII., 9-10. 

« N. J. Archives, XXI., 286. 



xlii DEPUTY SURROGATES. 

Hugh Buchanan, of Bristol, England, mariner, married the 
widow Jeane Wilke, of the same place, to whom in i6S8 was 
devised a large tract of land on Alloways creek, Salem county. 
Her husband died in Barbados, in the West Indies. She mar- 
ried again, Sept. 15, 1696, Benjamin Burgesse, at Bristol, and 
on October 15, 1697, she took out letters of administration from 
the Archbishop of Canterbury on the estate of her late husband 
in New Jersey. 1 

^ DEPUTY SURROGATES. 

Instances have been cited showing that the proofs of wills 
and inventories were frequently made before persons author- 
ized by the Governor to act in his absence. 

Thomas Gordon was the first person duly appointed Surro- 
gate for East Jersey, his commission being dated March 8, 
1693-4. He was again appointed December iS, 1700. From 
an instrument dated July 31, 1694, it appears that his formal 
title was "commissioner for taking the probate of last 
wills." By that instrument he certified that a certain person 
had properly administered an estate.^ 

NUNCUPATIVE WILLS. 

Notwithstanding the statute of 39 Chas. II., cap. 3, herein- 
before recited, requiring wills to be in writing, witnessed by 
three persons, nuncupative or spoken wills were admitted to 
probate in Colonial times, there being at least twenty-eight of 
such wills noted in this volume. For some reason, not appar- 
ent on the surface, this form of will was more usual in West 
Jersey than in East Jersey. Of the twenty-eight wills men- 
tioned, fifteen were in Salem county, four in Gloucester, three 
in Burlington, and one in Cape May — a total of twenty-three 
in West Jersey. Of the other five, two were in Middlesex, 
two in Monmouth and one in Essex. In point of time, they 
range from 16S5 to 1724- 

Naturally, these nuncupative wills were usually the dying 
declarations of the testators expressing their wishes as to the 

1 West Jersey Records, Liber B, p. 607; Salem Deeds, Liber B, p. 61; Salem 
Deeds, Liber No. 5, p. 177. 

2 E. J. Commissions, Liber C, 187, 329; N. J. Archives, XXI., 215. 



NUNCUPATIVE WILLS. xliii 

disposition of their property. Generally, they were oflcrcd for 
proliate within a few days. Sometimes the family did not wait 
for the death before taking the preliminary steps to administer 
upon the estate, as in the case of Caleb Carman, senior, of 
Burlington county, whose will was uttered August 5, 1693, at- 
tested before Joseph Houldin and Samuel Crowell, Justices, by 
affidavit of John Gervis and Caleb Carman, leaving all to his 
wife Elizabeth. His estate had been inventoried a month be- 
fore, or on July 7, Letters of administration were granted to 
his widow, August 16.^ 

There was a singular confusion over the v/ill of John Denn, 
of Allawayes Creek, who died at or before June 24, 1685, hav- 
ing " spoken" his will before George Deacon, Commissioner, 
that he gave his whole estate to his widow for life, with re- 
mainder to his children. Administration was granted to his 
widow. May 3, 16S6, by five Justices, but on February 1^5 fol- 
lowing three of the Justices entered a notice that these letters 
of administration were granted " thoroe the Mistake of Wil- 
liam Wilkinson Clark to y<^ s'^ Court there being a Nuncupa- 
tive Will proved. Therefore y*' s'^ aforcs'^i p^'ceedings are null 
and voyd b}' judgm'' of Court. "'- 

Two witnesses swore, June i, 16S9, that on May 4, 16S9, 
they had heard Marcus Lawrence, of Putshack, Gloucester 
county, say that he had sent for John Taylor to write his will, 
but feeling that he should speedily die he asked his wife if she 
would stay with his children ; she desiring to consult with her 
own son, he appointed three friends to manage his whole es- 
tate and divide it between his wife and two children. 

Haunce Sheiahel, of Penn's Neck, Salem county, planter, 
chose, of all places, to "speak" his will at the wedding of 
Nicholas Philpot, before three witnesses, but it was not until 
May 12, 1692, that administration on liis estate was granted 
and an inventory taken.' 

The estate of Moses Huestis, of Amwelbury, Salem county, 
was inventoried 15th of 9th mo. (November), 1694; his will 
was spoken the next day J 

1 N. J. Archives. XXIII.. 82. 3 SiUem Wills. Liber A. p. 75. 

2 Salem Wills, Liber No. 2, pp. 20, 24. ■» .Salem Wills, Liber A, p. 132. 



xliv NUNCUPATIVE WILLS. 

Sometimes these spoken wills were proved by the oaths of 
two witnesses, but the nuncupative will of Andrew Howman, 
of Rapahaking, Gloucester, made September, 1700, was sub- 
stantiated by the affidavits of five witnesses, who moreover de- 
clared that " ther might at Least a dozen more be pro- 
cured." 

The scrivener who took down the will of Christopher 
VVetherill, of Mansfield township, Burlington county, March 
25, 1711, certifies that "The within written Wass Taken in 
Wrighting from the Testators mouth y® Very Substance of all 
Deuise Butt Nott in forme," and the will was admitted to pro- 
bate April 6, 171 1. 1 

John Pentlen, of Monmouth county, uttered his will on 
June 23, 1 719, and John McDowell swore that a few days and 
then again a few hours before his death Pentlen had said he 
wished Henry Ross and family to have what he left. His per- 
sonal estate was inventoried the same day by Adam Hude and 
the said McDowell.- 

"letters testimonial." 

In a number of instances in the early records of wills it is 
stated that " letters testimonial " were Issued. From the fol- 
lowing, it would seem that the expression is used where letters 
'of administration were granted with will annexed, although in 
this particular case the letters were issued to the executor 
named in the will. The meaning of the expression seems to 
be, that lettei's were issued to the executor or administrator as 
a testimonial (i. e., in testimony) of his authority to act. 

" To all Christian people & others whatsoever to whom 
these our Letters Testimoniall shall come, or whom the prem- 
ises shall or may Concerne The governor & proprietors of the 
province of East New Jersey send Greeting Now Know yee 
That the twelfth day of Aprill in the year of Our Lord One 
thousand six hundred Eighty and Eight The annexed last will 
& testament of Mary Mitchell late of Elizabethtown widdow 
deceased, was tendered proved & approved before us, And she 
the s*^ Mary Mitchell having whilst she lived divers and sun- 

1 Liber No. 1 of Wills, p. 303. 

2 N. J. Archives, XXIIL, 359. 



LETTERS TESTIMONIAL. xlv 

dry goods & Chattels to be administered within the s'^^ province, 
and the Right of disposeing & granting the administration 
thereof belonging unto us, Wee have & doe hereby committ 
the administratione of all & singular the goods Chattels Rights 
and Creditts of the s*^^ deceased, unto Andrew^ Hamptone of 
Elizabethtowne afore^t^ whole executor in the s^^ annexed last 
will & Testament named Truly & faithfully to administer of 
the same and a full Just & perfect account of all & singular 
the goods Chattels rights and Credits of the s*^^ deceased to make 
and the same to exhibite into the secretary's office on or before 
the thirteenth day of April! which shall be in the year of our 
Lord Orie thousand six hundred Eighty & nyn. Given under 
the scale of the s'^ province the day & year first above written. 
"And. Hamilton."' [Governor.] 
Letters testimonial with will annexed were issued Septem- 
ber I, 1692, to the executrix of Major William Sandford, of 
New Barbados, deceased."- Many other cases could be cited.-' 

the probate of wills in the provincial era. 

The memorial of the Proprietors of the Province of East 
New Jersey to the Lords of Trade in regard to the proposed 
surrender of the Government to the Crown suggested that 
among the rights and privileges that should be confirmed to 
the proprietors and planters respectively, in the event of the 
surrender, was the following : 

" XL That all Wills of Persons dying within East- Jersey, 
and Letters of Administration of Estates Iving there, may be 
made and granted by the chief Judge of East-Jersey for the Time 
being, who is to reside there, and a Register thereof kept at 
Perth-Amboy."^ 

After the surrender of the government of East Jersey and 

1 E. J. Deeds, Liber B, f. 355. 

2 E. J. Deeds. Liber D, fl. 279, 355. 

3 Ibid., ff. 91. 94, 115. 116, 226. 257, 262, 269, 272, 281, 283, 285, 330. 340, 352. Liber E, 
ff. 10, 21, 41, 42, 80, 82, 120, 139, 142-167, 176, 197, 199, 217, 220, 224, 230, 230, 200, 209, 271, 
316,411,458,400. Liber P, ff. 4.5,47, 127, 284, 355, 401, 461, 531, 592, 018, 632, 653-659. 
Liber G, ff. 14, 21, 22, 279. These references are all to East Jersey records, usual- 
ly kept by Scotcli clerks. The expression was probably peculiar to the Scottish 
law. 

■1 Learning- and Spicer, p. 590; N. J. Archives, II., 290. 



xlvi PROBATE OF WILLS IN THE PROVINCIAL ERA. 

West Jersey to the Crown, and the appointment of Lord Corn- 
bury as Governor, in his instructions, dated November i6, 
1703, the probate of wills was exjDressly reserved to him as 
Governor and the commander-in-chief of the province for the 
time being. The precise language was this: 

" 75. And to the end the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the 
said lord bishop of London, may take place in our said prov- 
ince so far as conveniently may be, we do think fit that you 
give all countenance and encouragement to the exercise of the 
same, excepting only the collating to benefices, granting 
licenses for marriages, and probate of ivilh^ which we have 
reserved to you our governor and the commander in chief of 
our said province for the time being." ^ 

Thus the Governor " was not only ordinary, but metropol- 
itan of the province. He had no superior but the queen in 
council. ~ His court was called the prerogative court, an appel- 
lation applied in England to the archbishop's court. Nor had 
he any subordinates ; his jurisdiction over these subjects was 
sole and exclusive. This constitution of the court continued 
till the revolution, and was adopted by the convention which 
framed the constitution of the state in seventeen hundred and 
seventy-six. For one hundred and forty years the governor or 
ordinary was tlie only judge of probate known to the constitu- 
tion of New Jersey. 

" But at an earl}' day the provincial governors, for their 
own and the people's convenience, appointed deputies, with 
the name of surrogates, residing in different parts of the prov- 
ince, to act in their stead, upon such cases as the people chose 
to submit to them. Sometimes there were more than one in a 
county, sometimes only one for two or three counties. They 

1 Learning and Spicer, 309; N. J. Archives, II., 529. 

2 "Until the revolution this power continued in and was exercised by the gov- 
ernor. No appeal was ever given from the governor's testamentary proceedings, 
except an appeal which existed from the highest colonial courts to the king in 
council." See Anthony v. Anthony, Court of Errors and Appeals, 1846, 5 N. J. 
Eq. (1 Halst. Ch.), 627; citing Griffith's Law Keg.. 1178, 1179, 1185. 

"It is admitted, and is indisputable, that from the surrender of the proprie- 
tary government to Queen Anne, in 170-3, to the present time, neither this court 
nor its provincial prototype, has ever claimed any supervision over the decrees of 
the prerogative court." Beasley, Ch. J., in Harris v. Vanderveer's Ex'r., Court of 
Errors and Appeals, 18C9, 21 N. J. Eq. (6 C. E. Gr.) , 436. 



THE governor's SURROGATES. xlvii 

were mere deputies, subject to the control and supervision of 
the ordinary, and to be removed at his pleasure. By appoint- 
ing them the ordinary did not in the least curtail his own juris- 
diction. Whilst he lieltl appellate jurisdiction of their acts, his 
own orij^inal jurlsiliction remaiuci^i entire. 

" These surrt)gates did not hold to the ordinary the relation 
which the English ordinaries hokl to their metropolitan. The 
English ordinary has exclusive jurisdiction wdiere the goods of 
the deceased are all situated in his diocese ; and the metropol- 
itan has exclusive jurisdiction where notable goods are situated 
in two or more dioceses. No relation of this kind subsisted 
between the ordinary and surrogates of New Jersey. The 
ordinary retained jurisdiction of all cases. The surrogate, act- 
ing as his deputy, had also jurisdiction of all cases submitted 
to him, unless some special restriction were inserted in his 
commission. New Jersey was never subdivided into dioceses. 
The doctrine of bona notabilia had never any place here. 

"■ The power of the ordinary to appoint these officers, seems 
never to have been questioned. Their acts were recognized by 
the courts, and they came to be considered as lawful and com- 
petent judges of the matters submitted to their cognizance."^ 

Governor Cornbury arrived in New York, May 3, 1702, to 
assume the government of that Province. His commission as 
Governor of New Jersey, dated December 5, 1703, did not 
reach him until July 39, 1703, and on August 10, 1703, he 
proceeded to his new government, and published his commis- 
sion at Perth Amboy on the nth, and at Burlington on the 
13th. ~ He took the proofs of wills personally, in New York, in 
some cases of New Jersey wills, by the oaths of one or more of 
the subscribing witnesses. In other cases he granted letters of 
administration on the certificate of two justices that the wills had 

1 William Pennington, Ordinary, in the matter of Abraham Coursen's Will, 
in the Prerogative Court, April Term, 1843. 4 N. J. Equity Reports (3 Gr. Ch.), 
412-413. 

"The jurisdiction of the governor as the ordinary of New Jersey, before the 
revolution and since, extended throughout the state, and a will, administration 
or guardianship proved or granted by himself or a surrogate, (and he appointed 
as many as he chose to do,) was valid, without regard to the place where the goods 
lay. Hence he possessed the prerogative powers of the ecclesiastical jurisdic- 
tion, in these particulars."— 4 Griffith's Law Reg., 1185-6. 

2 N. Y. Col. Docs., IV., 95.5: N. J. Archives, JI., 4S9, .513; III., I. 



xlviii LORD cornbury's practice. 

been proved before them. About September, 1702, he appoint- 
ed Dr. John Bridges, of New York, to act as his surrogate in tak- 
ing the proofs of wills, inventories, etc.i Some time after, or on 
February 28, 1703-4, he appointed a surrogate to act for him "to 
administer oaths to persons suing out letters of administra- 
tion," etc., in New Jersey, his choice for the office being 
Thomas Revell,^ a favorite of his Lordship then and after- 
wards, and living at Burlington, where he kept the Secretary's 
office of the Province, being also Register of the West Jersey 
Proprietors. He instituted the system of keeping the records 
of wills, administrations and guardianships in books provided 
exclusively for those purposes. Although the two Divisions or 
Provinces of East Jersey and West Jersey were now united 
into a single Province, under one Governor, the precedent fol- 
lowed for twenty years or more was not easily to be disregard- 
ed, and as the land records of the two Divisions were still kept 
in separate offices — at Burlington and Perth Amboy — so sep- 
arate sets of books were provided for the records of wills, etc., 
those for East Jersey being numbered, while letters were used 
to designate those for West Jersey. The first record of the 
probate of a will in New Jersey under Lord Cornbury is 
found in East Jersey Wills, Liber No. i, page i, in the office 
of the Secretary of State, whither the records of conveyances 
and wills, in the Proprietors' offices at Burlington and Pertli 
Amboy, were transferred when the State capital was finally 
located at Trenton, in 1790. This interesting probate record 
is as follows : 

" Edward Vicount Cornbury Captain Generall and Gouv- 
erno^ in Chief, in and over y'' Province of Nova Cesarea 
New Yorke. 

1 John Bridges exhibited the inventory of the estate of Judah Samuel, of New 
York, September 2, 170'2. The will of William Giles was proved before John 
Bridges, Doctor of Laws, September 16, 1703. The will of John Symkam was 
proved before Lord Cornbury in New York, February 21. l70'2-3. By order of the 
Queen, August 8, 1702, Governor Cornbury appointed Bridges to the office of Chief 
Justice of New York, in April, 1703. The will of Nathaniel Pearsall. a Quaker- 
was proved before John Bridges, Secretary, March 3, 1703-4. In a letter of No- 
vember 6, 170-1, Lord Cornbury mentions the death of Dr. Bridges. Nowhere is he 
designated as surrogate, but he evidently acted as such for the Governor. — N. T. 
Col. Docs., IV., 1142; V., 135; New York. County Wills, in New York Historical So- 
ciety's Collections, XXV. (1892), 310. 311, 317, 332. 335. 

2 N. Y. Hist. MSS.. II., 323; N. J. Ai'chives, III.. 290. 



FIRST PROBATE RECORD UNDER CORNBURY. xHx 

" To all to whome these presents come or may concerne 
Greting — Know yce that at Burlington in y^ province afore- 
said the seaventh day of March y*^ Last will and' of Andrew 
Smith was proved aproved and allowed of by me having 
whilst he lived and at y^ time of his Death Goods Chatties 
and Credits in divers places Within this province by meanes 
Whereof the fidl disposition of all and Smgular y^ Goods 
Chatties and Credits and the Granteing the Administra- 
sion of them Also the hearing of Accots Calculation or Reck- 
ing and the finall Discharge and Disinition'' of the sam^ unto 
me vSolely and not unto any other Inferior Judge and'^ manifest- 
ly Known to belong and Ye admision of all and Singular the 
Goods Chatties and Credits of the said deceased Andrew 
Smith, and his Said last will and Testament in any manner of 
wayes concerning Is Granted unto Thomas Smith and Eliza- 
beth Smith Executors of y'^ said Las^^. Will and Testament of the 
said Andrew Smith named Chiefly of Well and duely Admin- 
istring y*^ same and of inakeing a true and perfect inventory of 
all and singular the said Goods, Chatties and Credits and Exhib- 
iting y° same into y^ Secretaries office of y^ said Province at 
or before the first day of Aprill next ensueingand of Rendering 
a Just and true accot Calculation or Reckning when thereunto 
he shall bee LawfuUv Required. 

" In Testimony Whereof I Thomas Revell Esq;.. .Surro- 
gat Commissionated and appointed by y*^ said Lord Cornbury 
have hereunto set my hand and Seale this Eight day of March 
1703-4. Annoq, Reg. Regn. Anna Secund. 
" Entered in y° ofiice by 

" J. Bass S. & Reg." 

INCONVENIENCES IN PROBATING WILLS. 

In a remonstrance of the Assembly of New Jersey to Lord 
Cornbury, May 5, 1707, among the evils enumerated by them 
as existing in the administration was this : 

" The only Office for Probate of Wills being in Burling- 
ton, it must be very expensive and inconvenient for Persons, 
who live remote, especially for the whole Eastern Division. 

1 [testament] '-2 Query: Distribution. 3 are 

G 



I INCONVENIENCES IN PROBATING WILLS. 

We therefore pray the Governour to assent to an Act to settle 
such an Office in every County or at least In each Division of 
this Province, and that the Officers may be men of Good Es- 
tates and known Integrity in the said County or Division. "^ 

Lord Cornbury replied at great length, May 12, 1707, to 
the bitter attacks of the Assembly, and on the subject of the 
probate office had this to say : 

" The office of Probate of wills, is wherever the Governor 
is, Consequently not at Burlington only. Ever Since the Qiieen 
has done me the honour to Entrust me with the Government of 
this province I have never failed of being in the Province twice 

every year, once at Burlington and once at Amboy 

I was twise in Amboy last yeare, where anybody that had a 
Will to prove, might have had it done if they had pleased. Be- 
sides my being twice every year in the Province Considering 
the Remoteness of Cape May County and the County of Salem, 
I did appoint a Surrogate at Burlington'- before whome any of 
the Inhabitants of Either Division might have had their Wills 
proved, I did not think it Necessary to appoint one in the East- 
ern Division, because the Inhabitants of that Division who are 
most Remote from New Yorke are within a very easy days 
Journey of my Surrogate at Burlington, and much the Major 
part of the people of that Division are within a small day's 
Journey of New Yorke, where their private affairs dayly calls 
many of them, and where any of them may have their wills 
proved without any Injury to or Incroachment upon their Prop- 
erties, Rights or privileges. 3 

The House retorted in this vein, on October 29, 1707 : 

"We thought the only office for probate of Wills was at 
Burlington, but your Excellcy has Convinct us that it is wher- 
ever your Excelly is, and Consequently may be at Yorke, Al- 
bany, the East end Long Island, or in Connecticut or New 
England, or any place more remote Should your Excellency 
business or Inclination call you there which is So farr from 

1 N. J. Archives, III., p. 175; Journals and Votes of the House of Representa- 
tives of New Jersey. 1703-1710, Jersey City, 1872, p. 100. 

2 Thomas Revell. 

3 Journals and Votes of the House of Representatives of New Jersey, ut supra, 
p. 112; N. J. Archives, III., 183. 



"the probate office wherever the governor is." li 

Making it less a grievance that it Makes it more So, and not- 
withstanding those Soft, Cool and Considerate termes of Ma- 
licious Scandalous and frivolous with which your Excelle'^y 
Vouchsafes to treat the assembly of this Province they are of 
opinion that no Judicious or Impartiall men will think it 
reasonable that the Inhabitants of one Province Should goe into 
another to have their Wills proved, and take letters of Admin- 
istration at fort Anne from the Goven^" of New I'orke, for 
what Should Regularly be done by the Governour of New Jer- 
sey in Jersey, to which place all the acts of Government relat- 
ing to New Jersey are limited by the Qiieen's Letters pattent 
under the great Seale of England, and when your Excellency 
is absent from new Jersey to be Executed by the Lieutenant 
gov"", and by the s^' letters Pattents Not the least collour of au- 
thority is given to your Excellency, to doe any act of Govern- 
ment relating to New Jersey, anywhere but in Jersey, Nor is 
there any Instructions (that we know of) Contradicting the 
said Letters Pattents, anywhere upon Record in this province, 
to warrant your Excellency's Conduct in that affaire. 

"• If this be not Cause and just cause of Complaint we doe 
not know what is, we are inclined to believe the Province of 
New Yorke, would think it Soe were they to come to Amboy 
or Burlington to prove v/ills, &c. 

" We doe not think that what we desire is an Invation of 
the Qiieen's Right, but what her Majesty without Infringe- 
ment of her Prerogative Royall may assent to, and their late 
Majesty's of blessed Memory did by their Governour Coll 
Fletcher assent to an Act made in New Yorke in the yeare 
1692 Entitled an act for the Supervising of Intestate Estates, 
and Regulating the Probate of Wills, and granting Letters of 
administration^ by which the Court of Common pleas in the 

1 "By an act passed November II. 1G92, the granting of probate of wills and ad- 
ministrations is expressly vested in the Governor or his delegate under the pre- 
roj?ative seal. ... At the passing of the Act of 1692, the Goveenor appoint- 
ed a surrogate or deputy for the business of the prerogative court and since that 
period a constant succession of surrogates have been commissioned by the Gov- 
ernors under the prerogative seal, yet performed the prerogative court business 
in the same place where the Secretary held and excercised his ofBce."— iV. Y. Col. 
Docs., VII., 324. The bill was introduced April 28, 1691, and passed by the House 
May 2, but was not passed until November 11, 1692.— Journal of tfie Gevei-al Assem- 
bly of New Torlc, New York. 1761, I., 9, iil. -.is. "The powers relative to probate of 



In THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROTEST. 

Remote Counties of that Province was Impowered to Take the 
Examination of witnesses to any Will within their Respective 
Counties and certifie the same to the Secretary's office and the 
Judges of the Severall Courts in those Remote County's Im- 
powrd to Grant probates of any will or Letters of administra- 
tion to any person or persons, where the Estate did not exceed 
50J£, what has bin done there may with as much reason be 
done here without Sacrificing the Queen's Prerogative Royall, 
to the humours or Capricioes of any person or persons what- 
soever. "i 

The Governor and the Assembly were at swords' points on 
this and every other matter of administration, and nothing came 
of this demand for better probate facilities in the Province, dur- 
ing his time. 

When Lord Lovelace was appointed Governor of the Prov- 
ince to succeed Lord Cornbury, the Lords of Trade, in send- 
ing him her Majesty's instructions, on June 38, 170S, referred 
to this complaint of the New Jersey Assembly, commenting 
favorably upon the remonstrance, in the following language : 

"'Tis true that the probate of Wills and Granting of Let- 
ters of Administration, is by Her Majesty, entrusted with the 
Governor; Yet we do not see that the settling such an office 
in each Division in New Jersey, as proposed by the Remon- 
strance for the Ease of Her Majesty's Subjects there will be 
a lessning of the Rights of Prerogative, or of the Governor. "~ 

Lord Lovelace lived too short a time to carry out the pro- 
posed reform, but his successor. Colonel Robert Hunter, ac- 
ceded to the wishes of the people."^ After the custom of the 
day, the Grand Jury for the Counties of Middlesex and Somer- 
set, at the sessions held at Perth Amboy, the fourth Tuesday in 
May, 1 71 2, adopted an address to the Governor, commending 
his administration for several of his acts, among them : 

last wills and testaments, and the granting of letters of administration on intes- 
tate estates, are committed to the Governor, who acts ordinarily by a delegate." — 
Smith's Hist. N. T., New York. 1829, I.. 3T7. 



1 Journals and Votes of the House of Representatives of New Jersey, ut supra, 
pp. 134-135; N. J. Archives, III., 247. 

2 N. J. Archives, HI., p. 327. 

3 Governor Hunter's instructions vrere precisely the same as Cornbury's, rela- 
tive to the probate of wills. 



SURROGATES IN THE PRO\'INCIAL TIMES. lill 

" Your Excellency Appointing Surrogates in remote parts 
of the Province, wliich gives a general ease to the Country, in 
preventing that great trouble and excessive cliarge to which 
many were formerly exposed in Travelling from the most dis- 
tant Places of the Province to Burlington, for Probate of Wills, 
Letters of Administration and Licenses of Marriages."^ 

SURROGATES IN THE PROVINCIAL TIMES. 

Some of the surrogates, etc., appointed by the Governors 
during the Provincial era, and the dates of their appointment, 
were as follows : 

Thomas Gordon, February 14, 1710-11. 

Michael Kearny, surrogate of New Jersey, Oct. 24, 1720. 

Thomas Smith, surrogate of West Jersey, July 17? 17^-^' 

vSamuel Bustill, deputy surrogate for West Jersey, August 
32, 1722; surrogate for West Jersey, March i, 1732-3. 

John Rolfe, deputy surrogate. Cape May and Salem coun- 
ties, September 11, 1722. 

John Reading, surrogate for Hunterdon county, Aug. 18, 
1737. 

Lawrence Smith, surrogate for Monmouth county, August 
iS, 1727. 

Joseph Rose, of Burlington, surrogate for West Jersey, 
October 13, 1735. 

Charles Read, surrogate of the prerogative court, Novem- 
ber 8, 1744; July I, 1746; September iS, 1747; register of 
the prerogative court, December 25, 1759; surrogate of the 
prerogative court, March 22, 1762. 

Jacob Dennis, surrogate, prerogative court, Monmouth 
county, April 16, 1748. 

Jeremiah Condy Russell, surrogate, Sussex and Morris 
counties, November 36, 1753. 

Aaron Doud, surrogate, Sussex county, March — , i759- 

James Hude, surrogate East Jersey, March 22, 1762; sur- 
rogate, prerogative court. East Jersey, Nov. 19, 1767; surro- 
gate, Somerset county, 176S; surrogate. East Jersey, October 
30, 1770. 

1 N. J. Archives, XI., 34. 



liv SURROGATES IN THE PROVINCIAL TIMES. 

Micajah How, surrogate, prerogative court, August 5, i7^3 > 
surrogate, Hunterdon county, 1768. 

John Reid, surrogate, prerogative court, August 5, 1763. 

Robert Burchan, surrogate, prerogative court of New^ Jer- 
sey, July 17, 1765 ; surrogate, Burlington county, 176S. 

Maurice Morgan, surrogate of the Province, ]uly 15, 1767. 

Bowes Reed, surrogate, Hunterdon county, 1767. 

John Zabriskie, surrogate, Bergen county, November 19, 
1767, and in 1768. 

Charles Pettit, surrogate of the Province, November 19, 
1767; surrogate and register, October 27, 1769; surrogate 
general of New Jersey, October 28, 1769. 

John Ladd, surrogate, Gloucester couHty, 1767. 

Maskell Ewing, surrogate, Cumberland county, 1767. 

Elijah Hughes, Cape May, surrogate, prerog<itive court, 
April 17, 1767; surrogate, Cape May county, 1767. 

Richard Kemble, surrogate, Morris county, 1768. 

David Brearley, surrogate, Monmouth county, 176S; sur- 
rogate, March 13, 1771. 

John Lefferty, surrogate, Somerset county, 176S. 

William Taylor, surrogate, Hunterdon county, Nov. 26, 
176S. 

William Paterson, surrogate for the Province, Aug. 2, 
1769. 

George Reading, surrogate, Hunterdon county, Sept. 21, 
1771. 

Hugh Hughes, surrogate, Sussex county, Sept. 2[, 1771. 

John Carey, of Salem, surrogate, August 8, 1774. 

John Thomson, of Perth Amboy, Oct. 22, 1774. 

James Kirkpatrick, surrogate. East Jersey, Dec. 19, 1774. 

Daniel Isaac Browne, surrogate. East Jersey, Dec. 20, 
1774. 

A commission was issued by Governor Josiah Hardy, 
March 22, 1762, to Charles Read, Samuel Allinson and 
Gabriel Blond, of the City of Burlington, John Ladd of the 
County of Gloucester, George Trenchard of the County of 
Salem, Maskell Ewing of the County of Cumberland, Henry 
Young of the County of Cape May, Theophilus Severns of 



THE KING CURTAILS THE GOVERNOR'S PREROGATIV^E. Iv 

the County of Hunterdon, and Aaron Doud of the County of 
Sussex, to be surrogates of the Prerogative Court in the West- 
ern Division of the Province of New Jersey, each of tiiem to 
have all powers and authorities to the said office belonging, 
and to hold the same during the will and pleasure of the Gov- 
ernor. 

A siniilar commission was granted by him the same day to 
Charles Read, John Smyth and Jonathan Doane, of the City 
of Perth Amboy, Anthony White and James Hude, Junr., 
of the City of New Brunswick, Robert Ogden of Elizabeth 
Town, Uzal Ogden and Lewis Ogden of Newark, John 
Sobrisco (Zabriskie) of the County of Bergen, Jacob Dennis 
and Samuel Leonard of the County of Monmouth, appointing 
them and each of them surrogates of the Prerogative Court in 
the Eastern Division of the Province of New Jersey, to hold 
the same during liis will and pleasure.' 

ROYAL ENCROACHMENT ON THE GOVERNOR'S PRERGGA.TIVE. 

Although by tlie instructions given from time to tin:ie to the 
several Governors of New Jersey they were vested with full 
power in the matter of the probate of wills, etc., and by vir- 
tue of that power had been in the habit of appointing their own 
surrogates, an important departure from this practice occurred 
v.'hen Maurice Morgann was granted a patent by the King, 
under the Great Seal of Great Britain, bearing date at West- 
minster, June iS, ^767, for the offices of " vSecretary, Clerk 
of the Council, Clerk of the Supreme Court, Clerk of the 
Pleas, Surrogate and keeper and register of records, in the 
Colony of Nova Ca^sarea or New Jersey in America," to have, 
hold, exercise and enjoy the said offices unto him by himself or 
his sufficient deputy or deputies, for whom he should be an- 
swerable, during the royal pleasure. Morgann was evidently the 
protege of some court favorite. He resided in Parlia.v.ent 
street, Westminster, London, and not being disposed to re« 
linquish the pleasures of London life, he appointed Joseph 
Reed, Jr., (afterwards Washington's Adjutant-General) to be 
his deputy in said offices during the pleasure of the said Mor- 

1 N. J. Archives, IX., 359-360. 



Ivi THE GOVERNOR SUBMITS. 

gann.i This instrument bears date June 27, 1767' Reed quali- 
fied October 10, 1767, before Charles Read, one of the Jus- 
tices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey .^ TJiis seems a lit- 
tle singular in view of the fact that Charles Read at this time 
held the office of Register of the Prerogative Court, by appoint- 
ment of Governor Franklin. 

At a meeting of the Governor and his Council, of whom 
Charles Read was one, at Burlington, November 13, 1767, 
Joseph Reed produced an exemplification of the commission 
of Maurice Morgann as Clerk of the Council, and the instru- 
ment under the hand and seal of the said Maurice Morgann ap- 
pointing Reed as Deputy, and qualified and was admitted as 
Deputy Clerk. The Governor then acquainted the Council 
that Reed had made a claim, as Deputy Secretary and Regis- 
ter of the Province, for the seals and records of the Preroga- 
tive Court, and had requested the Governor as Judge of the 
said court to deliver them to him ; that a claim of the said 
office of Register of the Prerogative Court was also made by 
Charles Read, and as the welfare and interest of the province 
greatly depended upon the due regulation of the said court 
and its offices, liis Excellency prayed the advice of the Coun- 
cil thereon. The next day the Governor stated that Charles 
Read had agreed that if an order under the seal of the Prerog- 
ative Court was produced to him, he would deliver up the 
records of the Prerogative Court to the person therein appoint- 
ed to receive them, saving to himself the right of further 
■prosecuting his claim if he should think it expedient. The 
Council thereupon thought it unnecessary to consider farther 
the merits of the claims, but advised the Governor to issue such 
order and to transact the business of the Court with the said 
Joseph Reed in the usual and accustomed manner. ^ 

The Governor naturally disliking to provoke a controversy 
with the royal appointing power complacently issued a com- 
mission to Joseph Reed, November 19, 1767, in which, after 
referring to the royal letters patent, he added: "Whereas, 

1 Joseph Reed, junior. sHidied law in the Middle Temple, London, from 
December, 1763, until the spring of .1765.— iJeecJ's Reed, I., 28. It was probably 
through friendships formed there and then that he secured this appointment. 

2 N. J. Archives, X., 1-7. 3 N. J. Archives, XVII., 457-8. 



SOME PROVINCIAL ACTS. Ivii 

Executors and Administrators, and their Accounts to State, 
Examine and xApp'ove, allow and discharge and Qiiietus Est 
thereupon to give and grant, and generally to do execute and 
perform all such Acts and things as to the said Office of Sur- 
rogate " did belong and appertain, so long as he should continue 
as such deputy under tlie said Maurice Morgann under the ap- 
pointment aforesaid, saving and reserving nevertlieless as 
Ordinary of the said Province " all Judicial power in Contro- 
verted Cases, according to the Usage and Custom of the said 
Province."' 

This act of the King, in appointing to so important an 
office a person who never intended to administer its duties in 
person, but only by a deputy, v/hiie he reaped the emoluments 
and spent them three thousand miles away, following so close- 
ly after the Stamp Act, was another of those irksome exercises 
of authority that made more restive an already dissatisfied 
people. 

SOME PROVINCIAL ACTS. 

Among the very few acts passed by the Legislature, before 
the Revolution, having any relation to the administration of 
estates, was the following, passed March 17, 1713-14: 

An act confirming Letters of Administration, granted, and 
to be granted within this Province. 

Sect. i. Whereas Her Sacred Majesty hath reserved to 
her respective Governors or Commanders in Chief of this her 
Colony of New- Jersey, the Collating to Benefices, granting 
Licenses for Marriages, Probates of Wills, and granting Let- 
ters of Administration, 

2. Be it therefore enacted, etc., That all Letters of 
Administration that heretofore have been granted by the pres- 

1 N. J. Archives, X., pp h lO. Two years later, or on October 27, 1769, Mor!,'ann_ 
being then in New Jersey, appointed Charles Pettit, who was a deputy under 
Reed, to succeed the latter as his deputy in the offices of Secretary of the Prov- 
ince, Clerk of the Council, Cleric of the Supreme Court, Clerk of the Pleas. Sur- 
rogate and Keeper and Register of the Records of the Province, etc.; revoking, at 
the sancie time, the previous appointment of Reed.— iV. J". Arehive.-^, X., 132. It is 
probable that Reed"s personal affairs and his law practice now demanded all his 
time, and that the appointment of his successor was made at his request, Mr. 
Pettit having married his half-sister.— 7i'^e<i(','< /iwcZ. I., 40. No other mention of 
Mr. Morgann has been found in the records. 

a 



Iviii SOME PROVINXIAT. ACTS. 

ent or any preceding" Governor or Commander in Chief, or by 
any other Person or Persons that heretofore have been em- 
powered to grant the same, or that hereafter shall be granted 
within this Colony by the present or any succeeding Governor 
or Commander in Chief, or by any Person or Persons empow- 
ered by him or them, all such Letters of Administration here- 
tofore granted, or hereafter to be granted by the Authority 
aforesaid, shall only be, and are hereby declared to be, and at 
all Times hereafter shall be taken, deemed and esteemed to be 
good and valid in the Law, to all Intents and Purposes, ac- 
cording to the true Intent and Design of them, and every 
of them respectively, and shall not be Superseded or Reversed 
by any other Administration whatsoever, granted, or to be 
granted, for Estates within this Colony, excepting by such Ad- 
ministration as shall be granted by the Authority aforesaid.' 

'' An Act for the speedy recovery of legacies," etc., 
passed July 8, 1730? provided that legatees might sue or 
prosecute an action of debt or detinue for sucii legacy, after it 
should become due ; if it amoimted to the value of twenty 
pounds or upvv'ards, in the Supreme Court of the province or 
any other court of record ; if upwards of forty shillings and un- 
der twenty pounds, in any of the courts of common pleas ; if of 
the value of fort}^ shillings or under, before any justice of the 
peace. The respective courts where said actions might be 
commenced, upon tlie plea of want of assets to pay all the 
debts of the legacies, were directed to appoint auditors to ex- 
amine the accounts of the executors, who, after full hearing, 
with due notice to all parties, should procure the auditors afore- 
said to report how the accounts of the executors stood, and the 
court was then authorized to award execution upon the judg- 
ment to be had in the suit for the proportion of assets that 
ought to go towards paying the legacies ; and the court was 
also authorized to correct and amend any mistakes or errors 
that might happen in the accounts so reported. Provision was 
likewise made for a reasonable demand to be first made of the 
executor or executors before any such suit could be maintained, 
and also for giving to the executors a refunding bond. The act 

Nevill's Laws, I., 29-30; N. J. Archives. XIII., 552; AUinson's Laws. 26. 



FEES OF THE PREROGATIVE OFFICE. Hk 

was to remain in force for a limited time, before the expiration 
of which it was continued forever, by another act passed March 

'5- 1738-9-' 

This act was repealed and replaced by " An Act for the 
more speedy Recovery of Legacies in this Province, and for 
affirming such xA-cts of Administrators bona Fide done before 
Notice of a Will," passed March 11, 1774. This authorized 
suits for legacies amounting to the value of .£15 or upwards to 
be brought in the Supreme Court, or any other court of record, 
and made some other slight changes in the previous statute. - 
The act was further slightly modified in tiie revision of 
March 37, iS74.'" 

FEES OF THE PREROOATIVE OFFICE. 

Soon after Lord Cornbnry's accession as Governor of New 
Jersey he, with tlie advice of his Council, drew up and pub- 
lished " An Ordinance for Establishing Courts of Judica- 
ture."^ The resolution of tlie Council for establishing the 
Courts mentioned in tlie Ordinance was adopted August iS, 
1703'' The Ordinance was printed by William Bradford, at 
New York, in 1704? making four pages folio. '^ 

In this connection. Lord Cornbury also prescribed the fees 
for services rendered in the several Courts, and these were pul)- 
lished at the same time by William Bradford, in a separate 
p;imphlet of four pages folio, entitled : " A Catalogue of Fees 
established By the Governour & Council for the Province of 
New-Jarsey."'' The fees of the Prerogative Court were as fol- 
lows : 

THE secretary's FEES. 

£. S. D. 
For Recording a Will, Inventorv, &c., under 24 

lines, - - - - - 00 03 00 

For every Sheet more, - - - 00 00 09 

1 Neviirs Laws, I., 19-2-;252: N. J. Archives, XIV., 438; XV., 79. 

2 Allinson's Laws, 413; Paterson, 3G; Kev. Law.s (1831), 59; Rev. .St. (184(5), ;j.\S. 

3 Gen. St.. 1938. 

4 Printed in full in Field's Provincial Courts of New Jersey, New York, 1S4U. 
pp. 258-263. 

■"• N. J. Archives, XIII., ,303; III.. 4. 

fi Copy in the Slate Library at Trenton. 



Ix FEES OF THE PREROGATIVE OFFICE. 

£. S. I?. 

For every Letter of Administration of lOO /. or 

under, - - - - - oo 06 oo 

For the certificate of a Probate of a Will, - 00 04 00 

For a Quietus on an Administration, - -060 

This Ordinance was reprinted in 1714,' in connection with 
" An Act Enforcing the Observation of the Ordinance for es- 
tablishing Fees within this Province," passed March 17, 
1 713-14, and subsequently disallowed by the King, January 
20, 1721-2.2 

Anew "Ordinance for Regulating & Establishing Fees 
Within this his Majesty's Province of New Jersey," was passed 
by Governor William Burnet, November 26, 1723, and was 
printed by William Bradford, at New York, in 1724, in a 
pamphlet of fourteen folio pages. ^ Another Ordinance on the 
same subject was published in 1727.^ The first Act of the 
Legislature establishing fees was passed December 2, i743i but 
failed to receive the royal approval.^ 

The following fees were aUowed by an act passed Febru- 
ruary 17, 1747-S, and confirmed b}' the King in Council, No- 
vember 23, 1749 '• 

Engrossing a Will and Probate, to be done in Parchment, 
for each Sheet containing fifteen Lines and six Words in a 
Line, ten pence per Sheet. 

Taking Depositions to a Will, and Recording the vViil, 
each Sheet containing fifteen Lines, and six Words to a Line, 
seven pence per Sheet. 

Swearing or Attesting the Witnesses and Executors, for 
each nine pence. 

Drawing every Fiat, or Order for Administration, and for 
Swearing or Attesting the Administrators, three shillings. 

Engrossing the Letters of AdministVation, each Sheet con- 
taining fifteen Lines, and six Words to a Line, ten pence per 
Sheet. 

Recording the same per Sheet, seven pence. 

1 Copy in the State Library at Trenton. 

2 N. J. Archives, XIII., 553; XIV., 240; IV., 221. 

3 N. J. Archives, XV., 311: VI., 23S-24I. 



WII.I.S AS CONVEYANCKS OK LANDS. l\\ 

Drawing the Administration Bond, two shillings and six 
pence. 

Filing the Original Will, nine pence. 

Recording the Inventory per Sheet, each Sheet containing 
fifteen Lines, and six Words to a Line, seven pence. 

Filing the Inventory and Swearing the Executor, eighteen 
pence. 

Every Qiiietus per Sheet as aforesaid, seven jDence. 

Recording the same per Sheet as aforesaid, one shilling. 

Auditing all the Accounts of Administrators and Executors, 
one shilling. 

Drawing and setting up Notice in order to their passing 
their Accounts, one shilling.' 

WILLS AS CONV'EYANCES OF LANDS. 

Mention has been made (p. xxxviii, ante) of acts passed in 
16S3 and 1699, providing that wills in writing, duh' witnessed, 
and registered in the public records, should be of the same force 
to convey lands as other conveyances. To the same end was 
this more elaborate act passed March 17, 1713-14: 

"An Act for confirming of Conveyances of lands made and 
to be made by Wills and Powers of Attorney, and declaring 
what Exemplifications of Records and other Things shall be 
holden and received for good Evidence of Estates of Iniierit- 
ance, and for Transfering of Uses into possession. 

" Sect. I. Whereas on and several Years after the first Set- 
tlement of this Colony, the great distance of Plantations, and 
scarcity of Inhabitants was such, that it was difficult to get 
more than two Witnesses to be present at the Signing, Seal- 
ing and Acknowledging of Last Wills and Testaments, v/hich 
induced the then Legislature of the Province of East-Jersey, 
now the Eastern-Division of this Province, in the Year One 
Thousand Six Hundred and Eighty Two, to make a Law de- 
claring, that all Wills in Writing, attested by two credible Wit- 
nesses, shall be of the same force to convey lands as other Con- 
veyances. 

"And whereas Pursuant to the said Law, many Wills have 

1 Noviil's Liuvii. L. Sil: N. ,L Arfhives. XV.. f)l.}-]8. Gf2; Allinsion't Laws. 1(V?. 



Ixii WILLS AS CONVEYANCES OF LANDS. 

been made, Bequeathing and Devising Lands, signed by the 
Testator, and attested only by two subscribing Witnesses. 

'•2. Be it therefo7'e Enacted by the Governor, Council and 
General Assembly, and by the Authority of the same. That all 
last Wills and Testaments heretofore made in Writing, signed 
by the Testator, In Presence of two subscribing Witnesses, and 
proved according to the Custom heretofore used in either tlie 
Eastern or Western-Divisions of this Province, by which any 
Lands, Tenements or Hereditaments have been given, devised 
or bequeathed unto any Person or Persons whatsoever, every 
of the said last Wills and Testaments shall, at all times hereaf- 
ter, be held, taken, deemed and esteemed as good, valid and 
sufficient Title in the Law, to all Intents, Constructions and 
Purposes, as if the Testator had conveyed the same away in his 
Life-Time, and shall forever bar any Person or Persons claim- 
ing or to claim Estate under any such Testator, contrary to th- 
true Intent and Meaning of such Will and Testament; and the 
said Will being proved as aforesaid^ and the Rooks of Regis- 
ters of either of the Eastern or Western-Divisions of this Prov- 
ince in which they were entered, being proved as aforesaid, 
may be given, and shall be received in Evidence, any Law or 
Custom to the contrary notwithstanding. 

"3. And be it Enacted by the authority aforesaid^ That 
all Wills and Testaments which hereafter shall be made in 
some doubts have arisen on the said Appointment and on the 
Power of the said Maurice Morgann to make a Deputy as to 
the Office of Surrogate : In order therefore That His Majes- 
ty's Gracious Intentions in the said Patent expressed may have 
full Effect within this Colony and the deputation of the said 
Maurice Morgann Esq. may not in respect to the Surrogate's 
Office, be disputed," he therefore appointed said Reed to be 
provincial and principal Surrogate of the Province of New 
Jersey, and disallowed and made void all former commissions 
theretofore granted to surrogates in said province, giving him 
full power and authority in the stead and place of the Gover- 
nor, " to swear or Affirm the witnesses to Last Wills and Tes- 
taments, to Admit Administrations on the Estates of Persons 
dying Intestate, and to Administer the Oaths or Affirmations to 



WILLS AS coxvilya:;ces of laxds. Ixiii 

Writing, signed and published by the Testator, in presence ot 
three subscribing Witnesses,^ and reguhirly proved and en- 
tered upon the Books of Records or Registers in the Secreta- 
ry's OfHce of this Province, or any proper Office for that Pur- 
pose, shall and are hereby declared, and forever hereafter shall 
be taken, accepted, deemed and esteemed sufficient to devise, 
bequeath and convey any Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments, 
or other Estates vvliatsoever, within this Province, ns eftectual- 
I3' to all Intents, Constructions and Purposes whatsoever, as if 
the Testator liad conveyed the same away in his Life Time ; 
and the Books in which they arc registered or recorded may be 
given in Evidence, and shall be accepted of and be sufficient 
Evidence at all Times and Places where the said Wills or Tes- 
taments may be requisite to be given in Evidence, any Law or 
Custom to the contrary notwithstanding. 

^' 4. And be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid, That 
the Copies of any Last Will or Testament whatsoever hereto- 
fore made, or hereafter to be made, within any Part of the 
Kingdoms of Great-Britain or Ireland, by which any Lands, 
Tenements, Hereditaments, or other Estate within this Prov- 
ince, are devised or bequeathed, certified under the Seal of 
such Office wh.ere such Will or Testament is proved and 
lodged, may be given, and shall be received in Evidence, be- 
fore any of the Courts of Judicature within this Province, and 
be esteemed as valid and sufficient as if the original Will or 
Testament were then and there produced and proved. 

'' 5. And be it enacted by the Authority aforesaid. That 
the Copy of any Will or Testamei.t, made in any other of her 
2\lajesty's Colonies, by which any Lands, Tenements, Heredita- 
ments, or other Estate within this Province is given, devised 
or bequeathed, being proved according to the Custom of such 
Colony, certifii-d under the Great Seal of such Colony, maybe 
given, and shall be received in Evidence in any of the Courts 
of Judicature within this Province, and be esteemed as valid 
and sufficient as if the original Will or Testament were then 
and there produced and provetl."^ 

1 By Act approved March 12, 1851, two subscribing witnesses arcsufticient. 

1 KInsey's Laws, 1732, pp. 46-48; N. J. Archives, XIII., 552; Ncvill's Laws, I., 



Ixiv A COMPLICATED ADMINISTRATION. 

This act impressed upon landowners the importance of hav- 
ing wills recorded, in case they devised lands. 

A COMPLICATED ADMINISTRATION. 

The limitations of the Prerogative Court in administeriuii: 
upon an insolvent estate in the early days find an illustration in 
tlie following case: Captain John Bowne, of Mattawan, Mid- 
dletown, Monmouth county, made his will, September 14, 
1 714. After making a number of bequests, among others to 
William Hartshorne's oldest children, he gave the rest of his 
real and personal property to his brothers, Obadiah Bowne 
and Richard Salter, whom he also appointed executors. Tue 
will was proved April 11, 1716. The personal estate was ap- 
praised at £16,982,5.0, mostly in book debts. Owing to cer- 
tain difficulties in settling up the estate, the Legislature, on 
March 27, 1719, passed "An Act to enforce the due Adminis- 
tration of the Estate of Captain John Bowne, deceased, late of 
the County of Monmouth." Obadiah received his share of 
the residue, and left a wilU proved April 25, 1726. The book- 
debts due John's estate proved uncollectible, and Hartshorne's 
heirs failing to receive what they considered to be coming to 
them filed a bill in chancery to compel Richard Saltar, the sur- 
viving executor, to pay. A decree was given in their favor, a 
copy served on the defendant and demand made for the money, 
which, however, was not paid. The Hartshornes thereupon 
applied to the Governor and Council, February i, 1727-S, for 
leave to put in suit Saltar's bond given for the administration 
of Bowne's estate, in order for the recovery of the money de- 
creed. An order was made for Saltar to show cause accord- 
ingly the following Monday. On that day, February 7, 1727-S, 
Saltar petitioned the Governor and Council to have the bond 
given by his co-executor, Obadiah Bowne, to pay the half of 
the debts and legacies due by tiie estate of John Bowne, put in 
suit. Both sides were heard, and an order was then made that 
a copy of the bond be given to Saltar that the same might be put 
in suit in the Supreme Court, and in case of judgment thereon 

J732. pp. 37-39; AUinson's Laws, 1776, p. 27; Paterson'y Laws, fol. ed. 1800. p. 5; 
Revision of 1821, p. 7; Rev. Statutes, 1846. p. 635; General Statutes, 1896, pp, 
875-877; N. J. Archives, XIII.. 520. 



SPECIAL REMEDIAL ACTS OF THE LEGISLATURE. IxV 

the Supreme Court should " Direct by proper rules that the 
Execut"^ from tiirie to tiuie on Such Judgment Shall only Issue 
for what Shall be Justly Incumbend on the Obligors to pay 
and that by directing the Auditing of Accounts & takeing Such 
other methods as Shall be agreable to Equity & Justice." A 
like order was made in the case of the Ilartshornes, legatees 
of John Bowne, and Lawrence, one of the creditors of said 
Bowne, and the executors of Obadiah Bowne, against Richard 
Saltar, surviving executor of John Bowne, and the joint oblig- 
ors with him.i These proceedings are interesting, as show- 
ing the cumbersome and expensive method of administering 
upon tlie estate. The aid of virtually three courts was invoked 
to adjudicate the matters at issue. And yet the procedure 
has not been so greatly simplified in the nearly two centuries 
that have since elapsed. 

SPECIAL REMEDIAL ACTS OF THE LEGISLATURE. 

The foregoing instance shows that the Prerogative Court 
lacked many of the powers and functions which have been 
vested in it by wise legislation in later years. The aid of the 
Court of Chancery was often invoked to assist executors and 
administrators in the discharge of their duties, but not infre- 
quently it was found necessary to appeal to the Legislature for 
relief, and we find such acts passed from time to time as these: 

An Act to enable the Executors of Miles Forster, late ot 
Perth Amboy in the County of Middlesex, Merchant, deceased, 
to sell Lands to pay Debts and Legacies, according to the Last 
Will and Testament of the said deceased. Passed March 15, 
1713-14.2 

An Act to enable Sarah Edwards, sole Executrix and late 
Widow of Robert Edwards, deceased, by and with the Con- 
sent of William Cuttler, her present Husband, to make a good 
and lawful Conveyance of a Tract of Land sold by the said 
Robert Edwards in his Life-Time to one Tunis Titus by Arti- 
cles of x^greement, and to receive the Remainder of the Money 
due for the said Lands according to the Last Will and Testa- 

1 N. J. Archives, XIV., 369, 381; XXIII., 50, 51 

2 Ibid.. XIIL, 548. 

I 



Ixvi EARLY SPECIAL ACTS IN RELATION TO ESTATES. 

ment of the said Robert Edwards, deceased. Passed March 

An Act to enable Thomas Lambert, one of the principal 
Creditors of John Easton, late of Nottingham in the County of 
Burlington, deceased, and Administrator of the Goods, Rights, 
and Credits of the Estate or Estates of Inheritance within the 
County of Burlington and the County of Salem in the Prov- 
ince of Nova Csesarea, to sell Lands for and towards the Pay- 
ment of his just Debts. Passed March 17, 1713-14.2 

An Act to enable certain Trustees to sell and dispose of a 
small Estate of Inheritance in the County of Burlington. 
Passed March 17, 17 13-14. ^ 

An Act for vesting the Lands, late the Estate and Inher- 
itance of William Hall, Esq., late of Salem in the County of 
Salem, in Trustees, to be sold and disposed of for the Payment 
of Debts, &c. Passed January 36, 1716-1717.^ 

An Act to enable John Pittinger and Sycha Pittingerto sell 
and dispose of the Real Estate of Richard Pittinger, deceased, 
for the Payment of Debts, &c. Passed January 26, 1716- 
1717.5 

An Act to enforce the due Administration of the Estate of 
Capt. John Bown, deceased, late of the County of Monmouth 
and Province of New- Jersey. Passed March 27, 1719.'' 

An Act for vesting the Lands late the Estate and Inher- 
itance of Robert Burnet, Esq., late of the County of Mon- 
mouth in the Province of New- Jersey, in Trustees, to be sold 
and disposed of for the Payment of Debts. Passed March 28, 
1719.7 

As no more acts of this description were passed until after 
the Revolution it is possible that relief was had in such cases 
through the intervention of the Court of Chancery.^ Governor 

1 N.J. Archives, XIII.. 548. 2 Jb., 552. 8 lb., 552. 

4 lb., XIV., C9. 5 lb., 69. lb., 111. 

7 lb., 114. 

8 An Act forvesting certain Lands and Tenements in the Province of New 
Jersey late of the Estate of John Drummond Earl of Milford in Trustees for the 
Payment of a Debt to Alexander Porterfleld Esqr of that Part of Great Britain 
called Scotland, passed the Assembly, in 1730. but failed in the Council, on the 
technical plea that the notice of intended application for the act had not been 
duly advertised. N. J. Archives, XIV., 427-9, 435-6. It is not unlikely that the 
Governor had private instructions to discourage the pass-as:e of such bills. 



GOVERNOR franklin's FINAL ACTS AS ORDINARV. Ixvii 

William Burnet, who arrived in 1719, is said to have been 
partial to that Court, :ind loved to "magnify his oflice " as 
Chancellor, 

governor franklin's FINAL ACTS AS ORDINARY. 

Amid all the excitement and turm-oil of the impending war, 
Governor Franklin went on with his accustonied duties, and 
amonw the probates of wills granted under his signature we 
tind these, down to the last days of his administration : 

Amos Benton, of Sa'em, will dated May 10, 1776; proved 
June 17, 1776, before John Core}' i surrogate; probate granted 
same dav.^ 

John Firth, will dated 30th 4th mo., 1773; proved June 
20, 1776, before John Carey, surrogate; probate granted same 
day.~ 

Josiah Miller, of the township of South Hanover, Morris 
county, will dated Sept. 26, 1775; proved March 15, 1776, 
before Abraham Ogden, surrogate; probate granted same 
day.:^ 

Andrew Miller, of Roxbury. Morris county, will dated 
May 6, 1775; proved March 25, 1776, before Richard Kem- 
ble, surrogate ; probate granted same day.^ 

Letters of administration were granted, June 20, 1776, to 
William Nixon, administrator of the estate of Samuel Hartley, 
late of Salem, deceased.^ 

It is quite evident that these certificates of probate and let- 
ters of administration were signed in blank by the Governor 
and distributed to the surrogates. This would account for the 
palpable anachronism in the two following entries in the 
records : 

Letters of administration were granted by Governor I^rank- 
Iln unto Samuel Jacques, 3d, administrator of the estate of 
Henry Martin, late of Middlesex county, deceased, June 27, 
1776.6 

1 Liber No. 17 of Wills, in Secretary of State's office. 399. 2 ibid., 396. 

3 Liber M of Wills. 1. 4 Ibid., 431-5. This is the final entry in this volume. 

5 Liber No. 16 of Wills, .500. 

6 Liber M of Wills. 31. Governor Franklin was placed under arrest on June 17. 
by order of the Provincial Congress, and on June 25 was ordered to be sent to 
Connecticut. He was not in a position to transact any offlcial business after his 
arrest. 



Ixviii UNDER THE STATE GOVERNMENT. 

Letters of administration with will annexed were granted 
on the estate of Peter Sonmans, late of Philadelphia, deceased, 
by Governor Franklin^ September 9, 1776.1 

UNDER THE STATE GOVERNMENT. 

The Constitution of New Jersey, adopted July 2, 1776, 
provided (Sec. VIII) : "That the Governor be Ordinary or 
Surrogate General." And (Sec. IX) : "That the Governor 
and Council (seven whereof shall be a quorum) be the Court 
of Appeals in the last Resort in all Causes of Law as hereto- 
fore." 

"This was never construed to give appeals from the Ordin- 
ary, and the Legislature never provided for taking such appeals. 
Until then, either in England or this country, no appeal had ever 
been given, or been had from the Prerogative or Testamentary 
Courts, to the Courts of Appeal in cases of law or equity."- 

The Convention which adopted the Constitution of 1776 
adopted this resolution on July 4 of that year : 

" Resolved, That, in order to prevent a failure of justice, 
all judges, justices of the peace, sheriffs, coroners, and other in- 
ferior officers of the late government within this Colony, pro- 
ceed in the execution of their several offices, under the author- 
ity of the people, until the intended Legislature and the several 
officers of the new government be settled and perfected, hav- 
ing respect to the present Constitution of New Jersey, as by 
the Congress of late ordained, and the orders of the Continental 
and Provincial Congresses; and that all actions, suits and 
processes be continued, altering only the style and form there- 
of, according to the terms by the said Constitution prescribed, 
in the further prosecution thereof."^ 

1 Liber M of Wills, ut supra, 505. 

2 Chancellor Zabriskie, in Harris v. Vander veer's Exr., N. J. Court of Errors 
and Appeals, November term, 1869, 21 N. J. Eq. (6 C. E. Gr.). 453. (In this case 
the Chancellor, sitting as a constitutional member of the appellate court, voted 
to dismiss an appeal taken from his decree as Ordinary, and filed a dissenting 
opinion). See also Anthony vs. Anthony, N. J. Court of Errors and Appeals, 
April term, 1846, 5 N. J. Eq. (1 Halst. Ch.), 627; Hillyer v. Schenck. N. J. Court of 
Errors and Appeals, March term, 1863, 15 N. J. Eq. (2 McCarter), 501. 

3 Minutes of the Provincial Congress and the Council of Safety of New Jersey 
(reprinted), Trenton, 1879, p. 491. 



UNDER THE STATE GOVERNMENT. Ixix 

The Legislature enacted, October 2, 1776 : " That the sev- 
eral Courts of Law and Equity of this state shall be confirmed 
and established, and continued to be held with like Powers un- 
der the present Government, and at the same Times and Places, 
as they were held at and before the Declaration of Independ- 
ency lately made by the Honourable the Continental Con- 
gress. "^ 

This raised the question whether the Prerogative Court 
came under eit'ier of the categories within the scope of Sec. 
IX of the Constitution of 1776, or the statute just recited. 
On this point it was finally decided, in 1S69 : 

[" The Prerogative] Court has always been possessed of cer- 
tain branches of jurisdiction which reside in the ecclesiastical 
tribunals in England. Hence, it has ever been regarded as an 
ecclesiastical court, and therefore does not properly come un- 
der the denomination of a Court of Law or Equity."^ 

The Surrogate General v/as, by an act passed October S, 
1778, left at liberty to employ or appoint a deputy or depu- 
ties. ^ 

William Livingston having been elected Governor on Au- 
gust 31, 1776, by the Legislature in joint meeting, accepted, 
and entered upon the duties of that office on September 7. 
The hold-over surrogates who still had on hand the old probate 
blanks erased the name of Franklin and interlined that of Liv- 
ingston instead. The Register of the Prerogative office began 
new volumes of records of wills, the first entry in Liber No. 
18, page I, being the record of the will of John Sexton, of the 
township of Bedminster, Somerset county, dated September 
10, 1776, and proved October 14, 1776, before James Kirk- 
patrick, surrogate ; probate granted the same day, by Gover- 
nor William Livingston.* 

1 Wilson's Laws, 3; Paterson's Laws, 38. 

2 Harris vs. Vanderveer's Executor, Court of En-ors and Appeals, November 
Term, 1869, 21 N. J. Eq. (6 C. E. Gr.), 434. See also Wood v. Tallman's Exrs., N. J. 
Supreme Court, 1793, 1 N. J. L. (Coxe), 155, 158. 

3 Paterson. 39. 

4 Liber No. 16 contains records of probates of wills by Governor Livingston as 
of January 23, 1775; June 6, 1776, and September 6, 1776— all before his accession to 
office. These entries were all made after April 29, 1777, and after he became Ordi- 
nary. The careless use of left-over blanks explains the error. Liber No. 17 con- 
tains no records between June 17, 1776, and 17S5. Liber M, of East Jersey Wills, 
contains no records from June 27, 1776, until 1780. 



IXX UNDER THE STATE GOVERNMENT. 

The disorganization of the governmental machinery conse- 
quent upon the declaration of the independence of New Jer- 
sey was keenly felt in the matter of the settlement of estates. 
Writing from Newark, June 3i, 1777, to Governor Livingston, 
that public-spirited citizen, Joseph Hedden, junior, says: " I 
am daily applied to by some of the inhabitants of this place to 
nominate some fit person to act as deputy surrogate. There 
are a number of wills to be proved, and letters of administra- 
tion granted, and no person in this county qualified to act in 
that office. If your Excellency would please to appoint Elisha 
Boudinot, Esq., to that office it would greatly oblige a num- 
ber of the inhabitants of this town."i 

Letters of administration were granted by Governor Liv- 
ingston, dated November 21, 1777, in which he sets forth : 
"Know ye that at Newark on the day of the date hereof, the 
last will and testament of Daniel Tichenor, late of Essex, de- 
ceased, was proved before Elisha Boudinot, surrogate, who 
was thereunto duly authorized and appointed for that purpose, 
and now approved and allowed of by me." Letters were ac- 
cordingly issued to Susan Tichenor, the executrix named in 
the will, who was required to return a true and perfect inven- 
tory unto the registry of the Prerogative Court in the Secre- 
tory's office at Burlington." 

SPECIAL ACTS FOR SETTLING CERTAIN ESTATES. 

The uncertainty as to the jurisdiction of the courts during 
the Revolutionary period was also instanced by a petition from 
the legatees of Cornelius Johnson, presented to the General As- 
sembly May 17, 1 777' disking tlie House to appoint some per- 
sons to sell lands of his estate, there being no provision in the 
law at the time, providing for such action. 

Special acts were passed from time to time, in the absence 
of power in the Courts to act in such matters, as follows: 

An Act to confirm the Last Will and Testament of George 

1 -Selecfcions from the Correspondence of the Executive of New Jersey, from 
1776 to 1786, Newark, 1848, p. 72. 

2 Original Letters, in New Jersey Historical Society. 



SPECIAL ACTS FOR SETTLING ESTATES. Ixxi 

Brown, late of the Township of Woodbridge, in the County of 
Middlesex, deceased. Passed May 24, 1779. 

An Act to confirm the Last Will and Testament of Abra- 
ham Van-Neste, Esquire, of Millstone, in the County of Som- 
erset, and State of New Jersey, deceased. Passed January 9, 
1781. 

An Act for enabling Trustees to sell and dispose of the 
Real Estate of Jonathan Hampton, late of Elizabeth-Town, in 
the County of Essex, Esquire, deceased, for the Uses and Pur- 
poses mentioned therein. Passed Dec. 19, 17S3. 

An Act to enable Jacob Fries, surviving Executor of the 
Last Will and Testament of John Jarman, deceased, to fulfil 
the Purposes of the said Will. Passed June 11, 17S3. 

An Act fur remedying certain Defects in the Testament and 
Last Will of Thomas Shreve, late of the County of Saleir., de- 
ceased, and to establish and confirm the said Testament and 
Last Will. Passed June 14, 17S3. 

An Act to confirm and establish the Testament and Last 
Will of James Hamilton, late of Bush-Hill, in the County of 
Philadelphia, of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Esquire, 
deceased. Passed Nov. 14, 17^3- 

An Act to confirm and establish the Testament and Last 
Will of Samuel Purviance, late of Pittsgrove, in the County of 
Salem, deceased. Passed Nov. 37, 1783. 

An Act to enable James Parker, one of the Executors of 
the Last Will and Testatnent of Doctor Lewis Johnston, de- 
ceased, in Conjunction with Bowes Reed, to fulfil the Purposes 
of the said Will. Passed Dec. 9, 17S3. 

FVIRST LEGISLATION CONCERNING THE PREROGATIVE COURT. 

The first legislation in New Jersey concerning the powers 
and duties of the Prerogative Court was a statute passed De- 
cember 16, 17S4, entitled -'An Act to Ascertain the Power 
and Authority of the Ordinary and his vSurrogates, to Regulate 
the Jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court, and to Establish an 
Orphan's Court in the Several Counties of this State." The 
preamble declares that " it is necessary that the power and 
authority of the Ordinary of the State, and his surrogates, 
should be defined, the jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court 



Ixxii ACT CONCERNING THE PREROGATIVE COURT. 

regulated, and an Orphan's Court established in the several 
counHes of this state." 

This act provided : 

" Sec. I. From and after the passing of this act, the author 
ity of the ordinary shall extend only to the granting of pro- 
bates of wills, letters of administration, letters of guardian- 
ship, and marriage licenses, and to the hearing and finally de- 
termining of all disputes that may arise thereon. 

"■ Sec. II. For the more regular hearing and determining of 
all causes, cognizable before the ordinary, he shall statedly 
hold a prerogative court at the times and places appointed, or 
that hereafter shall be appointed by him, for holding the court 
of chancery, when he shall hear, and finally determine all 
causes, that shall come before him, either directly, or by ap- 
peal from any of his surrogates, or the orphan's court, herein- 
after established." 

" Sec. IV. The Ordinary shall hereafter appoint but one 
deputy or surrogate in eacii county of the state; and the 
power and authority of such surrogate sliall be limited to the 
count}' for which he shall be appointed." 

By Sec. V the Judges of the Court of Common Pleas, in 
the several counties, or any three of them, were constituted 
and appointed the Orphan's Court for such count}', and the 
surrogate of the county was made the clerk or register of said 
court. By Sec. VII the Orphan's Court was given full power 
and authority to hear and determine all disputes and contro- 
versies, whatsoever, respecting the existence of wills, the 
fairness of inventories, the right of administration, and the al- 
lowance of the accounts of executors, administrators, guardians 
or trustees, audited and stated by the surrogate, with power 
to award process, etc. In effect, the Orphan's Courts were 
given the same power as the Prerogative Court, but the latter 
retained the original jurisdiction it had formerly enjoyed. ^ 

This statute may be thus analyzed : 

First. It regulated the jurisdiction of the prerogative court, 
by providing for the holding of stated terms of said court, for 
hearing and determining all causes that might come before 

1 Paterson, 59-62. 



ACT CONCERNIN'G THE PREROGATIVE COURT. Ixxiii 

the Ordinary, either directly, or by appeal. (Sec. II.) Where 
disputes respecting the existence of a will, the fairness of an 
inventory, or the right of administration, were determined by 
the orphan's court, an appeal lay to the prerogative court, if 
demanded by one of the parties, within one month next after 
the sentence or decree of the Orphan's Court. (Sec. XV.) 
It thus vested in one officer the powers which in England had 
been entrusted to the Archbishop (or Prerogative Judge) and 
the Ordinaries, or Bishops. This same power had always 
been exercised by the Governors of New Jersey, as we have 
seen. 

Second. It "ascertained the power and authority of the 
ordinary and his surrogates," in Sees. I, II, and IV, quoted 
above. In England the jurisdiction of the Ordinary extended 
to the collating of benefices, and other ecclesiastical functions. 
These had never been exercised by him in New Jersey, and 
the statute expressly eliminates them. The original jurisdic- 
tion of the Ordinary is clearly preserved. 

This subject, particularly the scope of the act of 17S4, was 
thoroughly reviewed in the matter of Abraham Coursen's will, 
at the April term of the Prerogative Court, 1S43. In that case, 
the Ordinary (William Pennington) after reviewing some- 
what briefly the history of the jurisdiction of the Prerogative 
Court, came to this conclusion : 

'' The Ordinary has the same original and appellate pow- 
ers now that he ever had. He has never been deprived of 
these powers by any act of the legislature in fact ; leaving 
out of view the question whether an act of that kind would be 
constitutional if passed at all. The acts of 17S4 and 1820 are 
merely declaratory, so far as they attempt to specify the sub- 
jects of the Ordinary's jurisdiction, or that of his surrogates. I 
have, therefore, no doubt at all that the Ordinary's original 
jurisdiction over the probate of wills, and the granting of let- 
ters of administration, is general and full, and not limited and 
special."! 

1 4 N. J. Eq. (3 Gr. Ch.), 415. This ruling has been followed ever since. See 
Lothrop's case, Prerogative Court, October term, 1880, 33 N. J. Eq. (6 Stew.), 247; 
Fisher's case, Prerogative Court, May term, 1892, 49 N. J. Eq. (4 Dick.), 519; 
Simmons case, Prerogative Court, October term, 1896, not reported; Bracher's 
case, Prerogative Court, May term, 1900, 60 N. J. Eq. (15 Dick.), 351 j 



Ixxiv THE orphan's COURT. 

Third. It established an orphan's court in the several 
counties of the State. As already shown, Sees. VII and VIII 
of this act, in defining the powers and duties of this court, 
merely extended to the new tribunal the functions formerly ex- 
ercised exclusively by the Ordinary. Other sections regulated 
the procedure relative to disputes concerning wills, the audit- 
ing of accounts of executors and administrators, fees, etc. 
" This court was instituted by law to remedy and supply the 
defects in the powers of the prerogative court, with regard to 
the accountability of executors, administrators and guardians." 
Sec. XIX provided that all final sentences or decrees of the 
orphan's courts, where no appeal was given to the prerogative 
court, should be subject to removal, by certiorari, into the su- 
preme court, if applied for within three months. ^ 

The novel feature of this act was the provision therein made 
for the protection and control of the estates of minors. Sec. IX 
authorized the court to exact bonds from any executor, execu- 
trix, guardian and trustee, having the care and trust of minors' 

1 An appeal on matters of fact lay to the Governor [as Ordinary], and on mat- 
ters of law to the Supreme Court. Wood v. Tallman's Ex'r, Supreme Court. 1793, 
1 N. J. L. (Coxe), 156. Cozens etux. vs. Dickinson, N. J. Supreme Court. 1809, 2 N . 
J. L, (Pen) 507; Burrough et ux. vs. Mickle's Executor, N. J. Supreme Court, 1812, 
3 N. J. L. (Pen.) 913-914; Ludlow vs. Ludlow's Executor, N. J. Supreme Court, 
1817, 4 N. J. L. (1 South.), 392; Sulard vs. Smalley, Prerogative Court, 1824, MS. 
cited in 9 N. J. L. (4 Hal.) 76; and 10 N. J. L. (5 Hal.) 335; The State vs. Mayhevv, 
N. J. Supreme Court, 1827, 9 N. J. L. (4 Hal.) 70; Tenbrook vs. M'Colm, N. J. Su- 
preme Court, 1829, 10 N. J. L. (5 Hal.) 334-336; State vs. Hanford, N. J. Supreme 
Court, 1829, 11 N. J. L. (6 Hal.) 73; Delany vs. Noble, N. J. Court of Chancery, 1831, 
3 N. J. Eq. (2 Gr.) 562; Van Pelfs Executor vs. Veghte, N. J. Supreme Court, 1834. 
14N.J. L. (2Gr.) 209; Kirby vs. Coles, N. J. Supreme Court, 1835. 14 N. J. L. 
(2 Gr.) 576. 

"In all the other cases in which a special jurisdiction is given to the Orphan's 
Court under the act of June 13, 1820, such as decreeing further security to be given 
by administrators or guardians, or revoking their letters, and on complaints under 
the 8th, 9th and 10th sections, and upon the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th relative to the 
division and sale of lands; and upon the 30th respecting the final allowance of ac- 
counts, in all these instances, being in nowise the subject of the Ordinary's juris- 
diction, as defined by the statute, nor any appeal given to him, the remedy after 
final sentence or decree of the Orphan's Court, is by certiorari out of the Supreme 
Court." 4 Griffith's Law Register. 1198. 

This provision as to certiorari remained the law until the adoption of the Con- 
stitution of 1844, which provides (Art. VI, Sec. IV, Par. 3): "All persons ag- 
grieved by any order, sentence or decree of the orphans' court, may appeal from 
the same, or from any part thereof, to the prerogative court; but such order, sen- 
tence or decree shall not be removed into the supreme court, or circuit court, if 
the subject matter thereof be within the jurisdiction of the orphans' court" 



THE orphan's court. Ixxv 

estates, in certain cases. Sees. XI and XII authorized the sale 
of lands to pay debts in certain cases, and for the support and 
education of minors. Sec. XIII authorized the investment of 
minors' money under the direction of the court. Sec. XIV 
provided for the partition of minors' estates. Sec. XVIII pro- 
vided for the appointment of guardians of orphan minors, or 
of minors having no father. 

" The name and idea of the Orphans' Court were borrowed, 
not from the English ecclesiastical courts, but from a court 
called the Court of Orphans, for a long time established in 
London and some of the other large cities of England, and 
which, as its name imports, had jurisdiction over the estates 
and persons of orphans only."' 

This corresponds in many respects with the provisions in 
the Roman-Dutch law for Orphan Masters, and the powers 
exercised by the Burgomasters and Schepens of New Nether- 
land, who sat as an Orphan's Court, as described on pages xv- 
xix, ante. 

By an act passed March 2, 17S5, the Ordinary or Judge of 
the Prerogative Court was authorized to order the imprison- 
ment of any person neglecting or refusing to obey any cita- 
tions, or perform any sentence or decree made by him, un- 
til the contumacious person should obey the citation, or per- 
form the sentence or decree."^ 



1 Graham v. Houghtalin, Court of Errors, June term, 1863, 30 N. J. L. (1 Vr.), 
562. This was a case where a father, as guardian by nature of his minor children, 
ohtained a decree of the Essex county orphan's court to sell the lands of said 
minors for their support, their father and mother having the life estate, and 
they the remainder. The Court of Errors set aside the sale on the ground that 
the children being minors, and not orphans, the orphan's court had no jurisdic- 
tion; that the father, being guardian by nature only, was not such a guardian as 
named in the statute. See also Genealogy of the Doremus Family in America, 
by William Nelson, Paterson, N. J., 1807, p. 77, for additional particulars of the 
case, which, however, are very fully detailed in the opinion cited. 

There is a " species of guardianship that is founded on the custom of particu- 
lar cities and boroughs, of which the custom of London is the most remarkable. 
This, we are told, entitles the mayor and aldermen, in their Court of Orphans, 
to the custody of the person, lands and chattels of every infant whose parent was 
free of the city of London (at least if he also died within the city): and such 
custody lasts, in the case of males, till twenty-one; of females, till eighteen or 
marriage. It is said, however, to be fallen into disuse."— 3 Stephen's Com. on 
Laws of Eng., 327. See also Pulling's Customs of London. 196: Co. Litt. 88 b. 

a Paterson. 157, Sec. 18. 



Ixxvi ACTS CONCERNING PARTITIONS, WILLS AND GUARDIANS. 

A Supplement to the Orphan's Court Act of 1784, passed 
March 22, 17S6, provided for the partition of lands devised to 
two or more devisees, by three indifferent persons to be ap- 
pointed by the Orphan's Court of the county where the lands 
so devised were situated.^ 

The first general act in relation to the execution of wills 
was passed November 16, 1795, being entitled " An Act con- 
cerning wills." This measure was re-enacted in the revision ot 
1S46, with very slight modifications, and stands substantially 
unchanged today. ~ 

" An Act to regulate the Secretary's Office and the Prerog- 
ative Office in this state, and for the faithful execution of the 
same," passed November 23, 1795, recites that there had been 
much negligence in recording wills in the office of the Secre- 
tary of State, whence had arisen great confusion. The act 
therefore provided that the Secretary and Register should give 
bond for the faithful performance and execution of his duties, 
and subscribe an oath for the proper discharge of such duties. 
It also required the Secretary and Register to record with all 
convenient speed, legibly and fairly, all papers coming to his 
hands, and which might appertain to liis office to record ; 
also, to report quarterly to the Governor, and annually to the 
Legislature.^ 

" An act relative to guardians," passed February i, 1799, 
prescribed the duties of guardians, regulated their accounting 
to the orphan's court, and authorized the guardian to sell the 
lands of the ward, adequate for his or her maintenance and edu- 
cation, under the direction of the court."* This took the place 
of Sec. XII of the Act of 1784. 



1 Paterson's Laws, 77. Judge Griffith, in "Eumenes," calls attention to the 
extraordinary character of this legislation, which vested in three persons ap- 
pointed by the court, the power which by the common law of England had al- 
ways resided in a jury, and notwithstanding the fact that Section XXII of the 
Constitution of 1776 expressly provided " that the unestimable right of trial by 
jury shall remain confirmed, as a part of the law of this Colony, without repeal, 
forever," and Section XXIII required every member of the Legislature to take an 
oath that he would not assent to any law which should annul or repeal that part 
of the twenty-second section of the Constitution respecting the trial by jury. 

2 Paterson, 189; Rev. 223: R. S. 363; Gen. St. 3757. 
8 Paterson, 193. 

* Paterson, 347. 



SUNDRY ACTS. Ixxvii 

Executors or administrators were authorized to sell lands 
of their testators or intestates, to pay debts of such testa- 
tors or intestates, under the authority of the orphan's court, 
by Sections XIX-XXIV of " An Act making lands liable 
to be sold for the payment of debts," passed February 
iS, 1799, which repealed Sees. XI and XII of the Or- 
phan's Court Act of 1784.^ Another act, passed November 
13, 1804, empowered the orphan's court to decree the fulfill- 
ment of contracts for the sale of lands, made in the lifetime of 
any testator or intestate, and to order the execution of a deed 
therefor by the executor, administrator or legal representatives 
of the deceased." The provision for the sale of lands of testa- 
tors or intestates for the paymant of debts was extended by an 
act passed February 21, 1820, to the part or parts of a share 
of propriety of undivided rights, or warrant to locate any land, 
either in the eastern or western division of New Jersey, under 
the direction of the Orphans' Court. ^ "An act concerning 
the estates of persons who die insolvent," passed June 12, 1S20, 
embodied a revision and codification of previous statutes au- 
thorizing executors and administrators to sell lands of their 
decedents only by direction of the Orphans' Court."* 

" An Act concerning surrogates, and declaring what ex- 
emplifications of wills and testaments shall be holden and re- 
ceived as good evidence," passed June 7, 1799, required the sur- 
rogates to make quarterly reports in writing to the register of 
the prerogative court, and to give bond to the State for the 
faithful performance of their office, etc." 

An act was passed June 13, 1797, " for the distribution of 
the estates of persons, who die, not leaving sufficient prop- 
erty to pay all their just debts," which provided that such es- 
tates should be distributed among the creditors pro rata, after 
payment of the physician's bill, during the last sickness, 
funeral charges, and judgments obtained and entered of record 

1 Paterson, 372-373; Rev. 430. And see Bloom field's Laws. 3-5. 
3 Bloomfleld, 135; Rev. 5i4. 

3 Rev. 670. 

4 Rev. 760. 

i Paterson, 397. 



Ixxviii CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM OF RECORDING WILLS. 

during the life of the decedent. ^ This act was revised June 
12, 1820.- 

CHANGE IN THE SYSTEM OF RECORDING WILLS. 

Until 1804 it was the practice, no matter where or before 
whom wills were proved, to send them to the Register of the 
Prerogative Court to be recorded — at Perth Amboy, Burling- 
ton or Trenton, as the case might be. 

By an act passed November 9, 1803, a new system was in- 
stituted. It was provided in this statute that the surrogate 
general should, at the expense of the State, provide the sev- 
eral surrogates with seals, with one uniform device. Up to 
this time it had been the rule to record all wills in the office ol 
the Register of the Prerogative Court, but this act provided 
that wills, letters of guardianship and all letters testamentary 
and administrations granted and issued by the surrogate, and 
also all inventories by him received, should be by him record- 
ed in his office, which records should have the same force, 
validity, and effect, as the like records in the registry of the 
prerogative office. The original wills were to be transmitted 
quarterly to the register of the prerogative court, to be filed in 
his office. This continues to be the usual practice, but the 
original jurisdiction of the Ordinary has remained. By this 
act the surrogates were also vested with the powers of the 
Ordinary in the appointment of guardians of persons under 
twenty-one years, subject to an appeal to the prerogative 
court. -^ Where suitable offices were provided for their accom- 
modation, surrogates were i-equired to keep their books and 
records therein, by an act passed December i, 1804.^ It was 
made the duty of the register of the prerogative court, by an 
act passed November 25, iSoS, to keep an alphabetical index 
of testators, and to put up the wills of each year and county 
by themselves ; also to keep an index of intestates, inventories 
of whose estates he might receive, and to file such inventories.'' 
This act was embodied in a revision passed May 27, 1820.'^ 

1 Paterson, 435. - Rev. 766. 

3 Bloomfleld, 96. ^ Ibid., 140; Rev. 525. 

« Ibid., 203. These indexes, covering the period from 1705 to 1804, were printed, 
under the direction of the Secretary of State, in two volumes, in a limited edition, 
in 1901 and 1902. « Rev. 728. 



REVISION OF THE ACT OF I7S4. Ixxix 

The orphan's court was given power, by an act passed 
March i, 1804, to appouit guardians of idiots or lunatics, and 
to direct the sale of their lands for the payment of their debts, 
and the support of their households, if they had any.^ This 
act was revised and amended, Feb. 28, 1S20.'- 

Some later legislation may be briefly noted here : 
Where commissioners appointed to divide lands between 
coparceners, joint-tenants, tenants in common, guardians of 
minors or trustees, should be of the opinion that the lands were 
so circumstanced that a partition thereof could not be made 
without great prejudice to the owners of the same, the court 
appointing them might order the commissioners or persons ap- 
pointed to make partition, to sell the lands and pay the pro- 
ceeds to the parties interested ; the guardians of persons under 
the age of twenty-one years, entitled to a proportion of the 
moneys arising from any such sale, to be required to give bond 
to the Governor.^ 

Where a debtor had made an assignment for the benefit of 
his creditors, the assignee was required by an act passed Feb- 
ruary 23, 1S20, to exhibit to the surrogate of the county an in- 
ventory and valuation of the estate so assigned, and enter into 
bond to the state for the faithful performance of the trust ; the 
surrogate was directed to endorse the receipt of said bond on 
the deed of assignment, after which the same was to be re- 
corded in the County Clerk's office.^ 

" A Supplement to the act relative to dower," passed Feb- 
ruary 24, 1820, gave the Orphans' Court jurisdiction in the ap- 
pointment of commissioners to set oft^ dower, with an appeal 
to the surrogate-general. Where a husband died seized of 
lands in two or more counties, the commissioners were to be 
appointed by the Ordinary or Surrogate-General.^ 

REVISION OF THE ACT OF I 7S4. 

The act passed December i6, 17S4, entitled " An Act to As- 
certain the Power and Authority of the Ordinary and his Sur- 

1 Bloomfleld's Laws, UT. 2 Uev. OOG. 

3 Act passed February 7. 1816. Rev. ^'JS. And see act passed r.Iarch lo. ISSfi 
(Famph. L. 1836, p. 395). 

■» Rev. 674. 5 Rev. 6W. 



IxXX REVISION OF THE ACT OF 17S4. 

rogates, to Regulate the Jurisdiction of the Prerogative Court, 
and to Establish an Orphan's Court in the several counties of 
the State," and all the other acts relating to the same subject, 
were revised and codified in a nev\^ statute with the same title, 
passed June 13, 1820.^ 

In this revision the plural form was followed in designating 
"The Orphans' Court," instead of the singular number, as in 
the original act. Section i omits the provision extending the 
jurisdiction of the Ordinary to marriage licenses. Section 4 
provides that the Ordinary shall appoint but one deputy or sur- 
rogate in each county, whose power and authority shall be lim- 
ited to such county. Section 6 of the old act, requiring the 
judges of the Orphans' Court to take an oath of office, is omit- 
ted. Section 7 of the new act authorizes the court to require 
security of guardians, and also to demand new security where 
the court deems 'that previously given to be insufficient. It 
omits the provision authorizing the Ordinary to grant letters of 
administration. Section 8 extends to guardians as well as ad- 
ministrators the provision in Section 7 relative to security.- 
Section 9 provides that upon the application of the surety of an 
administrator or guardian the court may order an investigation 
of his accounts, and may require security for the true payment 
of the balance remaining in his hands, otherwise the court may 
revoke the letters of administration or guardianship, and grant 
the same to other persons. Section 1 1 of the new act regulates 
the investment of moneys by executors, administrators, trus- 
tees or guardians, such investment to be made under the direc- 
tion of the court, otherwise the executor, etc., shall be account- 
able for the interest that might have been made thereby ; where 
they make use of the money of minors, the guardians shall be 
accountable for interest and principal. Sections 13-19 incor- 
porate the provisions of the former act^ relative to the partition 

1 Rev. 776. 

2 A supplement, passed March 6, 1828, makes it the duty of the court to remove 
executors, guardians, etc., who neglect or refuse to give security, when required 
by the court, and to appoint new executors, guardians, etc., who shall give secur- 
ity. Theexecutors, guardians, etc., removed shall immediately deliver to their 
successors all goods, moneys, etc., they may have held, and in case of failure to do 
so may be sued for the same. Pamph. Laws, 1828. p. 192; Elmer's Digest, 308. 

3 Passed March 22, 1786. Paterson, 77. 



REVISION OF THE ACT OF 1 784. Ixxxi 

of lands of coparceners, etc. Section 20 provides for sales of 
lands to satisfy judgments by authority of the Orphans' Court, 
as under the act of February iS, 1799. ^^ection 3i provides 
that the Surrogate of each county shall take depositions to wills, 
administr;!.tions, inventories, and administration bonds in cases 
of intestacy, and issue thereon letters testamentary and of ad- 
ministration ; cases of dispute to be heard by the Orphans' 
Court, subject to an appeal to the Prerogative Court. Section 
26 authorizes the Ordinary or Surrogate General to cause any 
guardianship bond to be prosecuted in a court of record, etc. 
Section 27 provides "that the powers and duties formerly ex- 
ercised and performed by the Ordinary, relative to the admis- 
sion of guardians, for persons under the age of twenty-one 
years, shall hereafter be exercised and performed by the Or- 
phans' Court of tile county in which the minor applying for a 
guardian may resiile, or shall have real or personal estate, sub- 
ject, however, to an appeal to the Prerogative Court 

Provided, that nothing in this act shall be construed to pre- 
vent the Ordinary or Surrogate-General, in person, from 
granting probates of wills, letters of administration and 
letters of guardianship, from the prerogative office, in 
cases where a convenience will arise from doing the 
same." Section 2S provides for the appointment of guard- 
ians of orphins of the age of fourteen years or upwards, on 
petition to the Orphans' Court, signed by such orphans in the 
presence of the surrogate ; and for the appointment of guard- 
ians of orphans under fourteen years of age, upon the petition 
of a mother, or next of kin, etc. Section 29 requires the sur- 
rogate to enter into bond. Section 30 provides that the surro- 
gate shall audit and state the accounts of executors and admin- 
istrators, guardians and trustees, and report the same to the 
Orphans' Court. .Section 31 provides that any executor, ad- 
ministrator, guardian or trustee, accounting, may be examined 
by the court under oath ; the same section provides for the al- 
lowance of commissions. Section 32 provides that the sen- 
tence or decree of the Orphans' Court on the final settlement 
and allowance of such accounts shall be conclusive upon all 
parties, except in cases of fraud or mistake. Section 38 pro- 

K 



Ixxxii RKVMSION OK THE ACT OF I 784. 

vides that executors, etc., shall produce receipts and discharges 
for the payment of legacies, etc., duly acknowledged, which 
shall be recorded by the surrogate in a book provided for the 
savTie. The other provisions of the act were almost precisely 
the same as in the original acts.^ 

It will be noticed that this act discloses a distinct purpose 
to transfer from the Ordinary or vSurrogate-General to the 
surrogates, and from the Prerogative Court to the Orphans' 
Courts, much of the jurisdiction formerly vested exclusively in 
the former. This is particularh' apparent in Section 27, al- 
though the jurisdiction of the Ordinary is expressly reserved 
by the proviso added to the section. Section 23, which auth- 
orizes the surrogates to issue letters testamentary and letters of 
administration, provides: ''and the said probate of wills and 
letters of administration shall have the same validity and effect 
as probate of wills and letters of administration issued by the 
register of the Prerogative ofBce, in the name of the Ordinary 
or Surrogate-General, with the seal of the office affixed." 

The scope of this Revision of 1820 was carefully reviewed 
in the matter of Abraham Coursen's will, by the Ordinary, in 
1843,^ with the conclusion that "the Ordinary has the same or- 
iginal and appellate powers now that he ever had. He has 
never been deprived of these powers by any act of the Legis- 
lature in fact; leaving out of view, the question whether aii 
act of that kind would be constitutional. "^ It was the view of 
the writer in Griffith's Law Register that the Ordinary had or- 
iginal jurisdiction in regard to the granting of probate of wills, 
etc.'' 

THE APPOINTMENT OF SURROGATES. 

A remarkable encroachment on the prerogatives of the 
Ordinary in the matter of the appointment of surrogates was 
made by the Legislature in 1S22, when that body assumed the 
power which previously had been always exercised by that 
functionary. An act passed November 28, 1822, provided ; 

1 Revision, 1821, p. 77t5: Elmer's Digest, 1838, p. 36^', 

■-' See pages xlvl-xlvll, ante. 

•i 1 N. J. Equity Reports (3 Gr. Ch.), 410. 

4 Griffith's Law Register. IV., n!>7. 



THE APPOINTMENT OF SURROGATES. Ixxxiii 

"The surrogates of the several counties shall be appointed by 
the joint meeting,^ and hold office for five years, unless sooner 
removed according to law. Vacancies shall be filled by the 
Governor until the next session of the legislature, vvhen his 
successor shall be appointed by the joint meeting for five years." ~ 
A measure of this kind, passed at the present day, would be in- 
terpreted by the average citizen as simply a "grab" for the 
"spoils of office." There is no reason to believe that the Leg- 
islators of 1S23 were above the human weaknesses of tlieir suc- 
cessors. It is possible that the act was intended as a step in 
the direction of popular government, in vesting tlie appoint- 
ment in the representatives elected by the people, instead of in 
the Ordinary, who was himself appointed by the Legislature 
in joint meeting. A more pronounced step in that direction 
was taken in the constitution of 1844, which provides that the 
surrogates of the several counties shall be elected by the legal 
voters of tlie counties respectively and shall hold oftice for five 
years. They are subject to removal only by impeachment. 

An act passed December 12, 1825, authorized "the Surro- 
gate-General, upon the written application of a majority of 
the judges of the Orphans' Court of the county, supported by 
affidavits, to remove any surrogate incapacitated by mental de- 
rangement, insanity or great debility of mind, from properly 
performing the duties of liis office, and to appoint some fit pei- 
son to perform such duties during such incapacity, or until the 
next meeting of the Legislature."-^. 

FOREIGN WILLS. 

Foreign wills — those made beyond and disposing of prop- 
erty within, the Colony — had been recognized at least as early 
as 1686, as in the case of Edward Barker, already cited.'* It 
is true that in a sense this was not a foreign will, being within 
the jurisdiction of the Archbishop of Canterbury. But on 
September 9, 1776, in the new State of New Jersey, a certified 
copy of the will (dated October — , 1772) of Peter Sonmans, 

1 Of the two houses of the Tjegislatun;. 

•^ Pamph. Laws, 1823, p. 29. 

■■> Pamph. Laws, 182.5, p. 122. 

'1 Page xli. ante. And see also page xlii. 



Ixxxiv MISCELLANEOUS ACTS. 

as recorded in Philadelphia, was produced, and letters of ad- 
ministration with the will annexed were granted thereon, under 
the Prerogative seal.i j^y ;,,-, act passed December 9, 1825, 
foreign wills were authorized to be filed or recorded in the pre- 
rogative office of this State, or in the office of the surrogate of 
any county, such wills to be of the same force and eflect as if the 
probate thereon had been granted by the Ordinary or Surro- 
gate of the county. 2 The scope of this act was two-fold : it 
preserved the record in New Jersey of the disposition of prop- 
erty within the State by the wills of non-residents; and it also 
placed the office of Surrogate in this matter upon a parity with 
that of the Ordinary. 

MISCELLANEOUS ACTS. 

Another act passed December 9, 1825, provided that cita- 
tion or process of attachment issued out of the orphans' court 
might be served or executed by the sheriff of the county upon 
any person or persons residing without the county, but within 
the state. 3 

By an act of February 19, 1830, the Ordinary was author- 
ized, where he had been interested in a case, to call to his as- 
sistance one of the justices of the Supreme Court to sit and ad- 
vise with him on the hearing or argument of such case."* 

Any oath, affidavit or affirmation required to be made or 
taken to use before any surrogate or any orphan's court, was 
authorized to be made and taken before the surrogate, by an 
act passed February 21, 1840.^ 

A seemingly unnecessary bit of legislation was an act passed 
February 2^, 1842, authorizing the orphan's court and the 
county courts to adjourn from any day in the term to any sub- 
sequent day in the next term, but for not more than one week. ^ 
Probably the point had been raised that the court could not ad- 
journ to a day beyond the term. 

An important change in the practice was made by an act 
passed February 22, 1843, which provided that where a de- 
cree of the orphans' court on the final settlement or allowance 

1 Lib. No. 16 of Wills, p. 505. 4 Pamph. Laws, 1830, p. 54. 

2 Pampli. Laws, 1S25, p. 108. •' Pamph. Laws, 1840, p. 55. 

3 Pamph. Laws, 1835, p. 100. 6 Pamph. Laws. 1842, p. 76. 



PROPOSKD RKVISION OF ORPHAX's COURT ACT. IXXXV 

of the accounts of executors, etc, or any final decree of such 
orphans' court should be reversed and vacated or set aside by 
the Supreme Court on certiorari, the latter court (instead of 
sending the matter bacl< for the action of the lower tribunal) 
might direct their clerk to audit and re-state the accounts, and 
might grant a decree thereon in the same manner as the or- 
phans' court might have done. The act also provided that if 
any minor or minors should become seized or possessed of, or 
entitled to any real or personal estate in the lifetime of the 
father of such minor or minors, the Ordinary or Surrogate- 
General, or the orphans' court, might appoint the father or 
other suitable person or persons, guardian or guardians of the 
estate of such minor or minors.' 

PROPOSED REVISION OF THK ORPHANS* COURT ACT. 

The inadequacy of the Revision of 1S20 was speedily re- 
cognized by the Bench and Bar, and in response to a verv gen- 
eral demand for an improvement in the procedure in the Pre- 
rogative and Orphans' Courts the Legislature arlopted a joint 
resolution, February 6, 1833, authorizing the Governor to ap- 
point "some fit and discreet person, learned in the law, to 
amend, revise and adjust all acts, parts of acts and supple- 
ments relating to the Ordinary and his surrogates, and the Or- 
phans' Court, and the practice and proceedings in all matters 
severally cognizable before them, or which of right ought so to 
be, and report at the next sitting of the Legislature." '- Under 
this resolution the Governor, in April, 1S33, selected Jos- 
eph W. Scott, of Somerset County, one of the ablest lawyers 
of the day, to prepare the report and revision in question. Col. 
Scott made his report February 8, 1S34, ^^^^^ '^ was printed in 
a pamphlet of one hundred pages or more. It comprised an 
able and exceedingly interesting review and history of the Pre- 
rogative Court and the Orphans' Court, and of their procedure 
and practice, from early times. It also embraced a proposed 
revision and codification of the several statutes I'elating to those 
courts, and tlie subjects within their jurisdiction, and incor- 
porated some radical amendments to the existing laws.-* The 

1 Pamph. Laws, 1843, p. 84. 2 Pamph. Laws, 1833, p. 165. 

8 The only copy of this document which the writer has ever seen was destroyed 
in the Paterson fire, February 9-10, 1902, when his law library was consumed. 
What he has said of it above is entirely from recollection. 



IxXXvi THE CONSTITUTION OF 1 844. 

changes suggested seem to have been too numerous and too 
pronounced to meet with the favor of the Legishiture. Accord- 
ingly, the whole subject was allowed to remain in abeyance un- 
til the adoption of the new constitution of the State, in 1S44. 

THE CONSTITUTION OF 1S44. 

By tliat instrument (Art. VI, Sec. I.) the Prerogative 
Court was made one of the constitutional courts: "The judicial 
power shall be vested in a court of errors and appeals in the 
last resort in all causes as heretofore : ^ a court for the trial of 
impeachments ; a court of chancery ; a prerogative court ; a 
supreme court; circuit court," etc. 

Whereas formerly the Governor, appointed annually by the 
Legislature in joint meeting, was also Chancellor, Ordinary and 
Judge of the Prerogative Court, which practically made only 
lawyers eligible to the office of Governor, the new constitution 
provided that the Chancellor should be nominated and by and 
with the advice and consent of the Senate appointed by the Gov- 
ernor, for the term of seven years ; and that the Chancellor, so 
appointed, should be the Ordinary, and Judge of the Prerogative 
Court. 

THE REVISIONS OF 1846, 1S74 AND 189S. 

Tlie numerous changes made by the constitution of 1S44 
made imperative a general revision of the statutes. This was 
entrusted to a commission, of whom Henry W. Green, subse- 
quently Chief Justice, and later Chancellor, and ex-Governor 
Peter D. Vroom are understood to have been the most active 
members. Their revision and codification of the statutes was 
enacted into law by the Legislature, by a series of acts approv- 
ed April 16, 1846, and known as the Revised Statutes, and of 
course embraced a revision and amendment of the laws relat- 
ing to the Prerogative Court and the Orphans' Court. ^ 

1 In 1^46 an appeal was taken from a decree of tbe Ordinary to the Court of 
Errors and Appeals, but the latter Court held that it had never possessed or exer- 
cised such jurisdiction, and had acquired no new powers by the Constitution of 
1844. The subject received a new aspect when the Legislature passed an act. ap- 
proved February 17. 1869, expressly authorizing an appeal to be taken from the 
Prerogative Court, and this was held to be constitutional, as not being- an infringe- 
ment upon or a reduction of the powers or jurisdiction of the latter court, but 
merely an elargement of the powers of the Court of Appeals.— Pa/rtp/i. Laws, 
1869, p. 84. See Anthony v. Anthony, Court of Errors and Appeals, 1846, o N. J. 
Eq., 627; Harris v. Vanderveer's Exrs.. same Court. 1869. 21 N. J. Eq., cited on p. 
xlvi, ante, note. 

•J: Revised Statutes. Trenton. 1S47. pp. 203. 212; Revision of 1877. p. 230. 



I HE PUKROGATIVE SEAL. Ixxxvii 

The session laws since 1S46 are within the reach of every- 
one desiring to consult them. Hence it is unnecessary to con- 
tinue this historical review further. It may be noted, however, 
that the statutes on these subjects were again revised, though 
very slightly, in 1S74, when the title of the Orphans' Court 
Act of 1874 ^'^^ altered, to read : ''An Act respecting the Or- 
phans' Court, relating to the powers of the Ordinary, the Or- 
phans' Court and the Surrogates," approved March 27, 1874. ^ 

A very careful, comprehensive and most admirably drafted 
revision of the Orphans' Court Act was enacted in 189S, entitl- 
ed ''An Act respecting the Orphans' Court" (Revision of 
1S9S).- 

THK PREROGATIVE SEAL. 

There is reason to believe that there were a seal of the Col- 
ony, and seals of the Colonial Courts, in use in the administra- 
tion of Gov. Philip Carteret, but they are not known to exist, 
a)id no impression of the court seals of his time has come down 
to us. The Proprietors of East Jersey were distinctly religi- 
ous, and expressed their reverence for the Almighty on every 
suitable occasion. Their seal, adopted in 16S2, bears the leg- 
ends. "Righteousness exalteth a Nation," and "'Tis God giv- 
eth the increase." The earliest impression of the Prerogative 
seal that has been found is affixed to a certified copy of the will 
or codicil of Thomas French, '-being v/ith the said original 
Examined this Third of May Anno Dom 1699 As witness 
hereunto my hand Sc scale of office." The document is sign- 
ed by Tho. Revell, Secretary and Register, and bears a very 
fine, clear impression of the Prerogative seal in red wax.'' An- 
other fair impression of the seal is found affixed to leti'ers of ad- 
ministration granted July 21, 1700, to William Malcolm, of 
Philadelphia, principal creditor, on the estate of John Haugh- 
ton, late of Mannington, Salem county, West Jersey, "by the 
justices of West Jersey, sitting as the Court at Gloucester, and 
given under the hand and seal of the Register's ofhce at Bur- 
lington."' 

1 Revision, 1877, p. 745: Gen. Statutes, 1S95, p. 3757. 

2 Pamph Laws, 1898. The act is set forth in full, TPith notes of decisions, 
forms, ftc. in "New Jersey Orphans' Court Practice." etc., bv Charles F. Kocher. 
Newark, 190?, 8vo. pp. 580. 

■■■■ Unrecorded Wills in Secretary of State's ollice. Lih. No. .1. p. 257, 
i Ibid., p. 371. 



Ixxxviii THE PKEROGATIVE SEAL. 

A reproduction of the seal attached to the fornner document 
(1699) ^^ given herewith. The design is not heraldic, nor is 
any attempt at blazonry apparent. It is evidently a conven- 
tional representation of the globe, with its embracing great cir- 
cles and bands. The legend unmistykably reads : THE 
EARTH lb THE LORIJS AND THE FVLNESE 
THEREOF. The sentence is undoubtedly from the first 
line of Psalm xxiv : "The earth is the Lord's and the fulness 
thereof." This is the reading of all the English versions in use 
in Scotland and England at the date of this seal — not only the 
authorized version of King James, 161 1, but the Genevan or 
Breeches bible, 1560, and the Cranmer bible of 1539. This 
seal is an inch and one-sixteenth in diameter. There are no 
punctuation marks between the words. 

When Lord Cornbury became Governor of New Jersey and 
appointed Thomas Revell Register of the Prerogative Court, 
February 28, 1703-4, it is probable that the latter procured a 
new seal. A fair impression of the Prerogative seal used under 
the Royal Governors is found affixed to letters of administration 
granted January 10, 1765, to Anna Wetherell, on the estate 
of Thomas Wetherell, late of Salem covmty, deceased. This 
seal is an inch and an eighth in diameter. The design is the 
same as that of the impression of 1699, but there is a punctua- 
tion mark after each word, and a fltur de lis at the end. The 
inscription is enclosed between raised lines, and reads : THE • 
EARTH - IS . THE • LORDS • AND • THE • FVL- 
NESE . THEREOF. 

After Governor William Franklin was deported from New 
Jersey, in June, 1776, by order of the Continental Congress, 
the official seals of the Province were missing. For a time 
Governor William Livingston, the Executive of the new State, 
affixed his private seal-at-arms to public documents, in the ab- 
sence of a great seal of the State, and indeed this was expressly 
authorized by the Legislature until such time as anew seal 
could be procured. He stretched his authority so far as to at- 
tach his private seal to letters of administration granted on the 
estate of David Tichenor, in 1778.^ Similar letters granted to 



1 OriRinal in the Library ot the New Jersey Historical Society. 




Prekogative Seal, 1699. 
Size— One inch iuid one-sixteenth in diameter. 




Prerogative Seai., 1765. 
Size— One inch and one ei^'hth in diameter. 




Prerogative Seal, 1801. 
Size -One Inch and three-eighths in diameter. 



THE PREROGATIVE SEAT.. Ixxxlx 

the executors of Samuel Sherry, hite of the couiify of Salem, in 
1779, have no seal affixed. On January 31, 1783, letters of ad- 
ministration were granted to Sarah Miller, on the estate of 
Peter iviiller, by William Livingston, Governor, and for the 
lack of any other conveiiient seal, they are issued under that of 
the Supreme Court. Shortly after this, however, all such in- 
struments have attached the proper seal of the Prerogative 
Court. This was very similar to the old seal, but was a trifle 
larger. A brilliant impression of tlie nevv' seal is found at- 
tached to the certilicate of probate of the will of Clirij-.teen 
Kitts, late of Salem county, under date of March 7, iSoi. 
This seal is an inch and three-eighths in diameter, or a quarter 
of an inch larger than its immediate predecessor, and five-six- 
teenthsofan inchlarger tlian theColonial seal of 1699 and earlier. 
The design is the saaie as both the former seals, except that the 
broad dexter curved band crosses the circle of the equator more 
to the west of the meridian than in eitlier of the others, and 
does not fully touch the periphery of the globe. Tiie words of 
the legend are separated bji punctuation marks as in the case 
of the impression of 1765, but the fleur de lis at the end has 
shrunk to a merely conventional figure. The greatest change, 
however, is in the substitution of the word EVENESE for 
FVLNESE, so that the legend is: THE • EARTH • IS • 
THE . LORDS • AND- THE- EVENESE -THEREOF. 
The engraver has copied from a faint impression in which the 
first syllable of the word in question, FVL, appeared to be EVE. 
This readily accounts for the mistake in the legend, for that it is an 
error is beyond question. This is the seal which has been in use in 
the Prerogative office for more than a hundred years, until now 
it is barely legible. No authority has been found for the use 
of this seal, nor has it been discovered when it was engraved. 
It seems to have been conceded that one of the inherent powers 
of a court was to adopt a seal, and that has been done by the 
Prerogative Court, as well as by the other tribunals of New 
Jersey, from the earliest times, and without express legisla- 
tive sanction. 



Calendar of New Jersey Wills. 



Note.— The books cited as Libers 1, 2, 3, etc., are of West Jersey Wills. Those 
cited as Libers A, B, etc., are of East Jersey Wills. Where there is no reference, 
tlie wills or other papers, of which abstracts are given, are among the unrecorded 
wills of the county to which they pertain. Thus, on this page, the will of George 
Abott (or Abbott) is recorded in Liber No. 3 of West Jersey Wills, page 61. The 
inventory of his personal estate is not recorded, but is filed in the box or boxes 
containing Salem county wills and other papers pertaining to the administration 
of estates for that county. Besides the regular series of West Jersey Wills, there 
are three of Salem Wills, and many are to be found in the Burlington Records. 
In some cases where the county is not designated in the papers, the reference has 
been added, as "Middlesex Wills," meaning that the papers are not recorded, but 
may be found in the box or boxes containing Middlesex Wills, etc. 



1729 March 18. Abott, Abbot, George, of Elsenborrough, Salem 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary; children — Samuel, Sarah and Rebecca. 
Home farm and personal estate. Executors, the wife and son. Witnesses — 
Abraham Moss, Jos: Clowes, Jno. Jones. Codicil without date gives a 
legacy to Jonathan Hughs and servants Joseph Marvel and William Mac- 
daniel. Witnesses as Ijefore. Proved May 19, 1729. Liber 3, p. 61 

1729 May 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £477.12, inch two 
servant "laads" £26, made by James Chamaless (Chamless) and Sam'l 
Wade. 

1692-3 March 9. Abbott, John, of Salem Co., cooper; nuncupative 
will of; gives power to wife Elizabeth to dispose of 500 acres of land, of 
which 225 belong to brother Thomas; legacies to every brother and sis- 
ter. Witnesses — George Abbott and Ruth Abbott. Recorded August 8, 
1693. 

. Inventory of the personal estate, £100.7.5, made by 

Edward Wade and Thomas Abbott. 

1693 . Administration on the estate granted to the widow, 

Elizabeth Abbott. Salem Wills, A, p. 99-a 

1730 May 27. Abbot, Sarah, daughter of George Abott, of Elsen- 
borrow, Salem Co., single woman: citation by Samuel Bustill, D. Register 
and Ordinary of West Jersey, to Samuel Abbot, Lewis Ilowel and wife 
Rebecca, all of Salem Co., to take out letters of administration on the es- 
tate of, in case Mary Abbot, her mother, refuses. 



2 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1730 May 27. Citation to Mary Abbot, as mother of Sarah Abbot, 
late of Elsenborrow, single woman, dec'd, to show cause why she refuses 
to administer on the daughter's estate. 

1730 July 16. Bond of Mary Abbott, widow, and Samuel Abbott as 
administrators, Edward Vickary fellow bondsman. Lib. 3, p. 79 

1730 July 18. Inventory of the estate, £149.15.9, of which £144.5.9 
is her share of the father's estate, made by Samuel Wade and Jos: Clowes. 

1718 Dec. 14. Abbot, Thomas, of Cohansey, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman; will of. Wife Margritt; daughters — Mary, Ruth, Naomi; son 
Benoni Dare; legacies to Nathaniel Ginkens, brother Stephen Abbot. 
Home farm on Cohansey Creek, orchard bought of Ephraim Sayre, per- 
sonal estate. Executors — brother George Abbot, brother Dickason Shep- 
herd and Job Shepherd. Witnesses — John Parepint, Joseph Shepherd. 
Hen. Buck. Proved May i, 1719. Lib. 2, p. 122 

1718 Dec. 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £388.15.6, inch ten 
"Quear" of paper 11 sh. 6, a negro man £25, a servant boy £10, 50 bush- 
els of wheat £6.5, debts due by Richard Ogden, Josiah Brooks, Alex'r 
Smith and Job Shepherd; made by John Pagett and Jos. Estland. 

1710 Oct. 2. (Dutch and English.) Ackerinaii, Darid, of Hack- 

insack; will of. Wife Hillegond; children — David, Johannes, Mary. Real 
estate: land on the Westside of the road to Kindakemeck, as far as the 
Falls over Acquarewas Valley; a gristmill and land on the Eastside of 
said road, land in Cantewagh's Plains, grist and sawmills, a house in 
N. Y. City. Witnesses — Albert Stevenson, Lourens van Boskerk, Jan 
Terhunen. Proved June 4, 1724. Bergen Wills 

1688 Oct. 15. Adam, Robert, servant of Lord Neil Campbell: in- 
ventory of the personal estate of (£7.15.4), made by Ja: Clerksonne and 
Thomas Gordon. Middlesex Wills 

1688-9 J^'^' 4- Administration on the estate of, granted to Patrick 
Falconer of Woodbridge. N. J. Archives, XXI., p, 164 

1688-9 J^"* 4- Bond of Patrick Falconar, of Woodbridge, merchant, 
as administrator of the estate; Miles Forster, of Amboy Perth, merchant, 
fellow bondsman. Robert Adams is called as of Rariton River, Somerset 
Co., and as of Perth Amboy. Middlesex Wills 

1722 July 7. Adams, Esther, of Chester, Burlington Co., widov/; 
will of. Children— Jededia, Thomas, Elizabeth, Joseph, John, James, 
Esther, Hannah, Margery, Patience, the last six under age. Real and 
personal estate (a silver spoon). Executors — brother Juda Allin and 
Thomas French. Witnesses — William Hollinshed, Joseph Heritage, 
John Kay. Proved November 23, 1722. Lib. 2, p. 214 

1722 19th d. 9lh m. (November.) Inventory of the personal estate. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 3 

£288.15, incl. bonds and debts £67.9.4, an old negro man and "sun- 
dry other things" as smith's tools, farm implements, hay, etc., £30.12.7, 
made by Samuel Coles and Joshua Wright. 

1722 Dec. 14. "An Inventory of the Consideration of the Plantation 
Late of Esther Adams, dec'd, which Nathan Allen bought, being as fol- 
loweth, vizt: 

£100 to be paid Dec. 14 next, £100 on the same day in 1724, and the 
last £100 Dec. 14, 1725, all new currency. 

1689 June 7. Adams, Feiiwick, of Fenwick's Grove, Salem Co., 
gent.; will of. Wife Ann sole heiress and executrix of "worldly" es- 
tate. Witnesses — Thomas Hedge, Thomas Williams, Anna Hedge, Re- 
corded August 26, 1689. 

1689 June 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £75.17.10, incl. a 
tankard of 66 lbs. of pewter at 12 p. per lbs., made by Wm. Hall and 
Sam'l Smith. 

1689 Aug. 20. Letters testamentary granted to the widow and exec- 
utrix, Ann Adams. Salem Wills, A, p. 32 

1725 Jan. 9, Account of the estate, £288,14, by her executors, Judah 
Allen and Thomas French, who have paid debts due to Dr, Owen, Judah 
Adams, Nathan Middleton, Benj, Fairman, Francis Hoggsheed or 
Hoggsett, Judah Allen, Wm, Mattlock, John Hart, Thos, French, Geo, 
Carver, Benj. Dairs, James Sherwin "for attending with his net, search- 
ing for Joseph Adams, unfortunately drowned," John Adams, Robert 
Davis, Daniel Cormaral, James Dunlapp, Henry VVorrenton, Jo" Snow- 
den, Henry Nathan and David Allen, John Dellwin, Henry Hodge, 
Jon Brown, Richard Heather, Sam'l Atkinson, Richard Climar, Mathew 
Robinson for schooling Margery Adams, Elizabeth Ford, also " for table- 
ing Jon Adams at school and ye Diet of Hanah Adams." 

1721-2 March 24. Adams, James, of Chester Township, Burling- 
ton Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Ester; children — Judediah, Thomas, 
Joseph, John, James, Elizabeth, Esther, Hannah, Margery and Patience, 
all except Judediah, Thomas and Elizabeth under age, legacy to kins- 
woman Vastie Allin, The wife sole executrix of real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — William Hollinshed, John Hollinshead, George Hollinshead, 
John Kay, Proved May 22, 1722. Lib, 2, p, 189 

1722 7th d. 3dm. (May). Inventory of the personal estate, £180.19, 
made by Will'am Hollinshed and Sam'll Atkinson. 

1724-5 Feb. 15. Adams, Hannah, daughter of James Adams of Ches- 
ter township, and wife Esther, placed under the guardianship of Thomas 
Ford of the same place. Lib. 2, p. 274 

1724-5 Feb. 15, Adams, John, son of James Adams and wife Ester 
of Chester Township, placed under the guardianship of Thomas Adams 



4 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

of the same place, yeoman. Lib. 2, p. 274 

1725 Nov. 12. Adams, Margery, an orphan under 14 years of age, 

placed under the guardianship of her uncle, Judah Allen, of Evesham 

Township, Burlington Co. Lib. 2, p. 307 

1699-1700 March 19. Adams, John, of Chester, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth; children — Thomas, Mary, Martha, Hannah, 
Deborah, Abigail, Marcy, Rebecca and Feby. Legacy to apprentice Ben- 
jamin Davis. Real and personal property. Wife sole executrix with 
Samuel Jening and Francis Davenport as overseers. Witnesses — 
Martha Spicer, Martyn Jervis and John Kay. Codicill of Aug. (?) 24, 
1701, disposes of 100 acres at Eggharbour. Witnessses — William Hollins- 
head and Joseph Heritage. Proved February 5, 1703-4. Lib. i, p. 7 

1703-4 March 8. Bond of Elizabeth Adams as administratrix of the 
preceding will (William Hackney and Wm. Hollinshed sign the bond 
with her. 

1703-4 Feb. 28. Inventory of said estate (£316.4.2 inch two men 
slaves) taken by John Kay and Wm. Hackney. 

1703 Nov. 20. Adams, Joseph, of Burlington, leaves his estate to 
St. Anne'sl Church, Burlington, and appoints Nathaniel Westland and 
Robert Wheeler. Witnesses^Will Heulings, James Bingham and John 
Robardts. Proved July 18, 1704. Lib. i, p. 76 

1704 Sept. 19. Bond of the executors, Hugh Huddy fellowbondsman. 

1705 Aug. 4. Statement, made by the executors, of money paid to or 
received from Geo. Parker, Abr: Bickly, Mary Wheaf, Jos: Haynes, John 
Carlile, Richd Ellison, John Weathock, Natt: Pope, Tho: Clarke, John 
Abbott, John French, John Rogers; Will: Ogburn, Will: Atkinson, George 
Kendell, Tho: Staples, Jacob Goedown, Samuel Furnis, Martha Dummer, 
Richard Smith, Seth Hill, Will: Budd, Mathew Dyer, James Shatterwait, 
Will: Petty, Allex: Bennett, William Wood, Isack Mariott, Barnd Lane, 
Daniel Smith, John Powell, John Dawson, Henry Tuckny, Will: Righton, 
Will: Biddle, Hugh Huddy, Jacob Perkins, John Rogers, Henry Grubb, 
Benj. Wheat, Thomas Raper, Sam'l Kimbell, G. Willis, John Large, 
Lorcus Morses, John Hudson, Widow Hancock, William Hewlings, Tho: 
Chipman. 

1705 Aug. 4. Final statement, showing that St. Ann's Church re- 
ceives £21.10.2. 

1705 Aug. — . Affidavit of Robert Wheeler, that Joseph Adams was, 
at the time of his death, indebted to affiant in the sum of £25.—.-. 

1694 Oct. 2. Adams, Thomas, of Woodbridge, yeoman; will of. 
Children — Elizabeth, Hanna (Anna) Adams, Mary Sutton, who has eldest 

1 Now St. Mary's. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 5 

son Joseph Sutton; Rebecca, wife of Richard Smith. Plantation now oc- 
cupied by Thomas Cawood, personal property. Executors — Capt. Jolin 
Bissopp and John Fithrandolph, both of Middlesex Co. Witnesses — 
Samuel Fich Randal and Richard Tattersali. Proved August 17, 
1695. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 223, and Middlesex Wills 

1695 J^ily 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £379.14.-, inch a debt 
due by Tho: Cauwood £360. — , made l^y Daniel Stillwell and John 
Conger. 

1695 April I. "Account of money paid to Thomas Adams on his 
order by m. John Fitchrandolf," mentioning Elesabeth Tattenshell, John 
Depu, John Fannoy, Henry Baker, Benjamin Grifeth, John Bishop and 
John Jones. 

1698 Dec. 3. Account of debts paid out of the estate to Mr. Slater, 
John Langstaff, Elisha Parker, Natt. Fitch Randolfe, Wm. Thorp, John 
Aires, Daniel and John Eruen "for going to Neversinks for the Docktor," 
Samuel Randolfe, Joshua Peirce, Rich. Smith, Joshua Mushro, Elizabeth 
and Hanah Adams, John Barkley, Sam'l Aires; made by John Bishop and 
John Fitchrandolph. 

1719 May 27. Addomes, Addoms, Jonathan, of Great Egg Har- 
bour, of Gloster Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Barber (Barbara); children — 
Jonathan, John, Abbigel, Marget, Rebecca, Sarah, Marey, Dina, Feabe. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and Peter White, of Egg- 
harbour. Witnesses — Daniel Ingersull, Elizabeth Ingersull, Thomas 
Green. Proved June 7, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 431 

1726-7 Feb. — . Inventory of the personal estate, £128, attested l)y 
Barbara Addoms (Adams), one of the executors. 

1694 Not. 10. Aires, Obadiah, of Woodbridge, planter; will of. 
Children — ^John, Samuel, Obadiah, Joseph, Mary. Real and personal es- 
tate. Executors — sons John and Samuel. Witnesses — Ephr. Andrews 
and John Pike. Proved November 17, 1694. 

1694 Nov, 17. Inventory of the personal estate (£51.13.9), made by 
the executors, Ephr. Andrews and John Pike. 

1694 Dec. 6. Bond of John and Samuel Aires (Ayers) of Woodbridge, 
planters, as administrators of the estate. Middlesex Wills 

1694 Nov. 17. Aires, Obadiah, senior, of Woodbridge; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 215 

1688 Nov. 23. AitkinSOne, Greorge, of Amboy. Inventory of the 
personal estate (£15.4.2), made by Thomas Gordon and James Clerk- 
sonne. Middlesex Wills 

1722 Mar. 29. Akres, SilUOn, of Hunterdon Co., administration 



6 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

on the estate of, granted to Simon Akies. Lib. 2, p. 147 

1727 Sept. 26. Alberson, John, of Gloucester Co., inventory of 
the personal estate, £72.2, made by Abraliam Alberson and Joseph Low. 

1727 Sept. 30. Bond of his widow, Hannah Alberson, as administra- 
trix of the estate, John Hugg fellow bondsman. Lib. 2, p. 442 

1719-20 5th d. 11th m. (Jan.). Alberson, William, of Newton, 
Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife Ester; children— William, John, Jane 
Mary, the last two under 21; wife's daughter Hester. Home farm on 
Fork Creek, opposite to John Mickle's and adjoining Thomas Dennis, 
brother Abraham, Joseph Lowe and heirs of John Dennis, 300 acres on 
Egg harbor Road, personal property. The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Thomas Dennis, Thomas Dennis, junior, Thomas Sharp. 
Proved April 19, 1720. Lib. 2, p. 139 

1720 i8th d. 2d m. (April). Inventory of the personal estate, £296. — , 
incl. plate and cash, £3. — , beds and furniture, £50. — , other household 
goods, £100. — , made by Jeremiah Bate and Thomas Sharp. 

1709 Dec. 29. AlbertuS, John, of Mansfield Township, Burlington 
Co., planter; will of. Wife Sarah; children — John, Richard, daughters 
names not given, and an expected child. Real and personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife, brother James Laurence and brother Richard Ellison. 
Witnesses — Nathan Allen, Wm. Biddle, Joseph Plumleigh, John Richard- 
son, Charles Macklane. Proved March 16, 1709-10. Lib, i, p. 262 

1709-10 Jan. 14. Inventory of the personal estate, £460.14.4, incl. a 
Bible 6 sh., four bonds £200, four slaves £100, made by Nathan Allen, 
Chai-les Mackelene and Joseph Reckless. 

1706 April 25. Aleirell, Elweall, Thomas, senior, of Pile Grove 

Precinct, Salem Co., carpenter; will of. Wife Sarah; daughters — Sarah 
Walling, Mary Nicholds and Elizabeth Alewell; sons— Thomas, William, 
John, Samuel. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son 
Samuel. Witnesses — Joseph White, Edward and Mary Foard, Sam'l 
Hedge, junior. Proved April 26, 1707. Lib. i, p. 176 

1706 May 27. Inventory of the personal estate (£70.13.6), made by 
Joseph White and William Hall. 

1715 Aug. 13. Alderman, Thomas, of Cohansey, Salem Co., 

weaver; will of. Wife Mary; children — Thomas, Daniel, Mary, 'William. 
Home farm in Cohansey, land at Simbury, New England, personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and Levi Preston. Witnesses — David Shepherd, 
Ephraim Dater, John Ware, Hen Buck. Proved September 28, 1715. 

Lib. 2, p. 37 
1715 Aug. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £55.8, made by 
Rioh'd Whitacar and John Fithian. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 7 

1726 Dec. 23. Alexander, Joseph, of Cohansej', Salem Co., yeo- 
man: Rachel, widow of, refuses to administer on the estate of her husband 
and recommends widow Elizabeth Hill, of Salem, as administratrix. 

1726-7 Jan. 7. Bond of Elizalieth Hill, of Salem Co., gentlewoman, 
as administratrix, Ro: Johnson, Esqre, fellow liondsman. 

1727-8 Jan. 20. Alexander, Rol)ert, of Cohansey, Salem Co., 

husbandman. Bond of James (iibbs, of Salem Co., merchant, as admin- 
istrator of the estate of; Daniel Dwight, of the same place, merchant, 
fellow bondsman. 

1727 8 Jan. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £10.1.9, made Ijy 
Daniel Dwight and Sam'l Hedge. 

1687-8 Jan. 4. Alger, Thomas, of Woodbridge Corporation, yeoman; 
will of. Wife Susanna, executrix; son William, daughter Mary Oilman, 
grandchild John, son of John Allen, of Woodbridge. A plantation, a 
homelot in W^oodbridge, share in the mill by John Dennis. Witnesses — 
Edward Slater, Richard Worth and Charles Oilman. Proved January 24, 
1687-8. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 108, and Middlesex Wills 

1687-8 Jan. 16. Inventory of the estate (£113.3.3, i"^^- ^3° ^^^' ^^'^ 
share of the grist mill), made Samuel Moore and Edward Slater. 

1718-19 Fel). 18. Allan, John, administration of the estate of, 
granted to John Vinall and Richard Haniman. Lib. A, p. 114 

1696 July 15. Alldericks, Enard, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., 
farmer; will of. W'ife Elizabeth, sole executrix; children^ — Allderix 
Euertson and Armeniah Alldricks. Real and personal estate. W^itnesses 
— Paul Jaquatt and Cloyce Johnson. Recorded August g, 1697. 

1697 June 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £31.10.6; made by 
Paul Jaquatt and Tho: Moyer. 

1697 . Letters testamentary granted to the widow and execu- 
trix Elizabeth Alldricks. Salem Wills, A, p. 210 

1730 May 20. Allen, Calap (Caleb) of Manasquam, Town of 
Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., planter; will of. Wife Frainces sole heiress 
and executrix of real and personal estate. W^itnesses — Joseph Oardiner, 
Nathaniel Bills, Jeremiah Stillwell. Proved June 3, 1713. Lib. i, p. 403 

1717 Aug. 8. Allen, Charles, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
weaver; will of. Wife Elizabeth and son Jonathan, of the same place, 
cordwainer, executors; daughters Sarah and Mary. Personal estate. 
Witnesses — Benjamin Bonnel, John Thompson, Samuel Norris. Proved 
August 15, 1 71 7. Lib. A, p. 80 

1724-5 Feb. 18. Allen, AUin, David, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 



8 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary; children— Martha (married name 
illegible), Elisabeth, Joseph, David and Hannah. Real and personal es- 
tate. No executor named in the will, but Joseph Allin and Richard Gard- 
ner qualify as such. Witnesses— Peter Traverrie, Samuel Forman 
(a Quaker), Thomas Bills, Joseph Lawrence. Proved April 8, 
1725. Lib. A, p. 333 

1724-5 March 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £240.3.3, incl. a 
silver watch, £7; a Bible and two Testaments, 10.6; 64^ bushels of wheat, 
£12.3.9; made by Peter Trauerrie and Samuel Forman. 

1716 Sept. 18. Allen, Ebenezar, of Salem Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Mary, who also signs the will; brothers — Samuel and Thomas Allin; 
sister — Mindwell Holton; cousins — Ebenezar Miller and Thomas Alex- 
ander, "all these above mentioned ... is Relations of myne Living in 
Northampton, Hampshire Co., New England;" wife's children — Thomas, 
William, Mary and Daniel Alderman, all under age, an expected child. 
Real and personal estate. Executors— the wife and Charles Crostwayt. 
Witnesses— John Mahu, Bethiah Datton, Bathniphleath Crosthwayt. 
Proved December 26, 1716. Lib. 2, p. 37 

-. Charles Crosthwayt informs Surrogate James Sherron 

that he will not act as executor. 

1716 Dec. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £85.14, made by Hen. 
Buck and Hugh Chard. Salem Wills 

1691-2 Jan. 30. Allen, Ephraim, of Shrowsbery; will of. Wife, 
two sons and a daughter; names not given. The wife, her father, George 
Allen and John Williams to order the outward estate. Witnesses — Faith 
Hunt, George Allen, Lidya Wardell and Elizabeth Hance. Proved Feb- 
ruary I, 1691-2. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 220, and Monmouth Wills 

1693 5th d. 6th m. (Aug.). "Whearas ovr nams are mentioned in the 
will of ovr brothar Ephram Allin desesed we whos nams are vnder writen 
doe vpon good concideration Resigne vp all ovr trvst tharin to Margret 
Allin in the sd will mentioned as to administration as witnes ovr hands 
Shrovsbry." Eliakim Wardell, John Williams, George Allin; witnessed 
by Lydia and Mary Wardell. 

1693 Aug. 20. Inventory of the personal estate (£85.12.0), made by 
Thomas Cooke, George Corles, Peter White and Samuel Dennis. 

1694-5 Feb. 13. Bond of William West, of Shrewsberry, and wife 
Margaret, formerly widow of Ephraim Allen, as executors of the last 
will; John West and William Wolly, fellow bondsmen. 

1726 8tli d. 9tli m. (Nov.). Allen, Ephraim, of Allawayes Creek, 
Salem Co.; will of. Wife Hannah; sons — James, Beniaman, Joseph, 
Isack (under age), daughter Uesty Powel, with whom Aubitha Allen is to 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 9 

live until i6, and then to be free. Real and personal estate. Executors— 
the wife, with sons James and Beniaman. Witnesses — John White, Sam'l 
Wade, Sam'l Wade, junior. Proved February 21, 1726-7. Lib. 2, p. 421 
1726-7 Feb. 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £215.5.11, incl. 3 
Bibles, 2 Concordances and other books, £3.3; made Sam'l Wade and 
James Chamless. 

1728-9 Jan. 7. Allen, George, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., 
blacksmith; will of. Wife Hannah; children — William, Daniel, Richard, 
Mathew, Joseph, James, all but William under age; Lydia, Mary, Abi- 
gaill. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and William 
Leeds, of Middletown, Esqre. Witnesses — Thomas Glenrae (Gleane in 
jurat of proof), Pontius Stelle, Geo. Thornborough. Proved March 24, 
1728-9. Lib. B, p. 164 

1728 Dee. 28. Adam, Hannah, of Allaways Creek, Salem Co., Qt'^S--^^''^ 
widow of Ephraim. Inventory of the personal estate of £19.7.8, iucl. 
some old books los., made by John Tyler and Sam'l Wade. 

1728-9 Jan. 9. Bond of James Allen, of Salem Co., as administrator 
of the estate; John Doe, fellow bondsman. 

1711 Sept. 15. Allen, Jedidiall, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co.; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth; children — Ephraim, who has son Joseph and 
dau. Dinah; Ralph, Henry, Jonathan, David, Elisha, Nathan, Judah, 
Esther Adams, Mary Wells, Patience Tilton and Meribah Thorn; legacy 
to Mary, dau. of John Allen. Land, 230 acres, in Pennsilvania, 80 a. in 
Shrewsbury adjoining Thomas White, and other real property; personal 
estate (twelve silver spoons). The wife executrix. Witnesses — Amos 
White, Wm. Brinley, Sam'l Dennis, Jacob Dennis. Codicill of Septem- 
ber 25, 1711, disposes of real estate forgotten in the will; witnessed by 
Sam'l Dennis, Wm. Hunt, Thomas Chambers. Proved February 6, 
17 1 1- 2. Lib. I, p. 350 

1711-12 Feb. 8. Inventory of the personal estate (£1,454.7.5, incl. 
money due by his son Ralph; several bonds, £522; a silver tankard and 
other silver ware, £30; books, £15; a negro girl and a grindstone, 
together £41); made by Thomas White and George Corleis, and sworn to 
by Elizabeth Allen, executrix. 

1683-4 Jan. 2. Allen, John, of Woodbridge, Clerk. Bond of 
John Dennes, of Woodbridge, planter, as administrator of the estate of; 
Nathaniel Fitzrandolph, of the same place, and William Looker, of Eliza- 
beth Town, planter, fellow bondsmen. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 56, and Middlesex Wills 

1683-4 Jan. 18. Inventory of the estate, £148.3.5, all personal, incl. 3 
gold rings, a small silver seal, a plate box, a small nutshell tipt with sil- 



lO NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

ver, a silver dram cup, a silver spoon, a library of 252 volumes, religious, 
medical, historical, and debts due by Samuel Moore, Sam'l Haile, Halick 
Codrick, Will. Legee, Jo" Wilkinson, Mathew More, of Elizabethtown, 
Jon Ogden, senior, Mr. Woodrofe, Joseph Bond, Nath' Bunnell, Jonas 
Wood, Richd Clark, John Cooth (? Booth), George Rose, John Ogden, 
junior, Eliz: Johnson, Will Cramer, Thos. More, Winkfield Mouldworth, 
Nicholas Carter, Moses Tomson, Roger Lambert, David Ogden, Benja- 
min Wade, Nathaniel Tuttle, of Pascattaway, Charles Gillman, Will. 
Eets, — Spinage of Newark, Thos. Johnson, Mr. Crane, Thos. Person, Mr. 
Ritchell, Joseph Johnson, Mikeill Tomkins, Mrs. Abigal Person, John 
Baldwin, Will Shors, John Brown, John Breuin, Jonathan Gage, Thos. 
Lyon, Jasper Crane, Good: Duglash, Joseph Lindy, Abraham Person, 
Samuel Harison, Joseph Brown, John Ward the turner, Azariah Crane, 
Ephr. Burrell. Duplicate. 

1685 April 15. Allen, John, senior, administration on the estate 
of, granted to his son John. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 78 

1697 22d d. 9th m. (Not.). Allen, John, of Salem Co., husband- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate, £267.2.4, incl. bills, bonds and 
book debts, £163.9.1, made by Jona Beere and Sam'l Hedge. 

1697-8 . Administration of the estate granted to his widow, Re- 
becca Allen. Salem Wills, A, p. 218 

1702-3 Jan. 4. Allen, John, of Middlesex Co., cooper; will of. 
Son John; daughters, names not given, under age. Real and personal es- 
tate. Executors — ^John Fitzrandolph and Nathaniel Fitzrandolph, junior, 
both of Woodbridge. Witnesses — Mathew Bunn, John Cook and Milles 
Bunn. Proved January 28, 1702-3. 

1702-3 Jan. 8. Inventory of the personal estate (£45.14.1), made by 
Nathaniel Fitzrandolph and Samuel Hale. 

1702-3 Jan. 4. Allen, John, of Salem Co. Bond of Joseph Baker 
and Philip Yarnall, of Chester Co., Penna., as administrators of the estate 
of, not yet administered by Rebeccah, his widow, dec'd; Edward Mecum 
and Thomas Lambson, of Salem, fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. T, p. 12, and Salem Wills 

1715-16 Jan. 16. Allen, John, of Woodbridge, cooper; will of. 
Wife Deliverance; children — Samuel, John, Ursula, a 3'ounger daughter, 
name not given. Land bought of Moses Rolf, do., inherited from father, 
John Allen, personal property. Executors — the wife with brother-in-law, 
John Heard (?). Witnesses — Daniel Britten, John Thomson, Adam 
Hude. Proved before Jas. Smith, Secretary. Lib. A, p. 30 

1715 . Inventory of the personal estate (£105.3.0, incl. a 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. II 

great Bible, £r. lo, and a small one 6 shil.), made by Samuel Deiines and 
Uan Britten. 

1704 June 26. Allen, Joseph, of Shrosbery; will of. Wife Sarah; 
children — Beniaraane, Ralph, Danell, Ruben, Sarah, Hanah. Land in 
Freehold, bought of John Reed, do., in Shrosebery, bought of Gideon 
Freeborne, personal estate incl. Butter's bill. The wife executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Zachariah Allen, William Earl and John Earl, who all three 
prove the will before Samuel Cranston, Governour of Rhode Island and 
Providence Plantation, October ii, 1704. Lib. i, p. 103 

1705 April 14. Inventory of the personal estate (£iS6. iS.o), made by 
George Allin, John W^oolley and Peter Willson. Monmouth Wills 

1689 Oct. 24. Allen, Judall, of Shrowsbery; will of. Wife Mary; 
children — Joseph, Mary, Hannah and Elizabeth, all under age; brother 
George Allen. Land along the North River, adjoining George Allen, 
rights to land on Manasquam R., personal property. The wife executrix. 
Witnesses — Peter Tilton, Remembrance Lippincott and John Woolley. ' 
Proved December 4, i68g. Lib. i, p. 165, and Monmouth Wills 

1711 July 16. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Desire. Lib. i, p. 316 

1692 Nov. 19. Allen, Margret, inventory of the personal estate 
(£132.2.0, incl. 2 bullacks and on neger, .-£19), indorsed "estate of 
Ephraim Allen," and made by William Shatlock and Thomas Cooke. 

Monmouth Wills 

1701 Sept. 7. Allen, Matthew, of Chester; will of. Wife Rachel; 
sons — Matthew, Thomas; daughters — Marsy and Mary; legacies to Isaac 
Conorow and his daughter Alinor, to Jacob Conorow and Anthony Frier. 
Land on John Adams' path and on Northampton River, personal prop- 
erty. Executors — the wife and son Mathew. Witnesses — Abraham Heu- 
lings and Isaac Conarroe. Proved Oct. 17, 1701. 

1701 Oct. 9. Inventory of the estate (£743.7.8), made by John Pain, 
Tho. Eves and Abr. Heulings. 

1701 Oct. 17. Bond of Rachel, widow, and Mathew, son of dec'd, as 
executors, Richard French and Charles French, all of Burlington, sign 
also the bond. 

1708-9 Feb. t8. Allen, Thomas, son of Mathew, of Burlington Co., 
placed under the guardianship of Hugh Sharp, who has married his moth- 
er, Rachel, the widow of Matbew. Lilj. i, p. 226 

1709 April II. Bond of Hugh Sharp, of Burlington, gent., who has 
married Rachel, widow of Mathew Allen, as guardian of Thomas Allen, 
the II years old son of Mathew and Rachel; Thos: Napier, of the same 
place, blacksmith, and Obadiah Hierton, fellow bondsman. 

Burlington Wills 



12 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1717 Sept. 13. Allen, Ralph, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Margeret; children — -Jedidiah, Aron, Ezekel, James, 
Mariam, the last four under age. Home farm, land in Croswicks, given 
to testator by his mother as loo acres; do. in Freehold, half of what tes- 
tator and brother Henry received from their father; personal estate. The 
wife sole executrix. Witnesses — ^Gabriel Stelle, Henry Allen, George 
Allin. Proved August 26, 1719. Lib. A, p. 132 

1724 . Inventory of the personal estate, £120, made by George 

Allen and George Williams. Indorsed as of Monmouth Co. 

1684 July 16. Allen, Thomas, of Burlington, shoemaker. Bond 
of Mary Allen, his widow, as administratrix of the estate, with Jonathan 
Stephenson, of the same place, carpenter, as fellow bondsman. 

1683 April 28. Inventory of the estate (£27.18.2), made by Tho. 
Revell, Richard Love and Edward Everett. Burlington Records, p. 7 

1717 April 10. AUice, James, letters of administration on the 
estate of, granted to James Banks. Lib. A, p. 50 

1693 5th 6th m. (Aug.). Allin, Ephraim, of (?) Eliakim Wardell, 
John Williams and George Allin renounce their right of administration 
(executorship?) in favor of Margret Allin, dated at Shrowsbry. 

Monmouth Wills 

1695 Dec. 25. Allin, George, of Elizabeth Town (died Dec. 23 in 
in the morning), inventory of the estate of (£41.8.1!^), made by Andrew 
Hamton and Richard Takere. Essex Wills 

1695 Dec. 27. Allin, George, of Roway, administration on the estate 
of, granted to John Barclay, of Perth Amboy. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 227 

1695 . Debts due to the estate by Sam. Olliver and John Bord- 

man, by the estate to John Melvin, Richard Powell, W^m. Bingley, Thomas 
Gordon, James Murray, Ben. Griffith, Miles Forster, widow Delavall, 
David Mudie, Wm. Browne, Wm. Oliver, Tho. Johnston, widow Lyon, 
Abr. Hatfield, Henry Walwood, Rodger Lambert, George Ross, Samuel 
Dennis, John Bishop, John Moore, John Crook, of N. Y., and John Baker, 
of Elizabeth Town. Essex Wills 

1714 Nov. 23. Allin, George, of Shrousbery, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth; children- — Ebzer, Joseph, George, Debearh (Deborah?), 
Mergret, Hannah, all under age. Real and personal estate. The wife 
executrix. Witnesses — George Allin Smith, William Hulit, Benjamin 
Cartter. Proved February 25, 1714-15. Lib. i, p. 522 

1716 Dec. 27. Allison, Richard, of Burlington Co., Elishep, 



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widow of, appointed administratrix of his estate. 

Burlington Records, Reversed Side 

1718 April 28. Allword, Allwood, Henry, of Woodlnidge. In- 
ventory of the personal estate (£140.14.-), taken by Thomas Colleyer and 
Jonathan Dennis. Judith Alwood swears May 12, 1718, that the inven- 
tory comprises all the goods and chattels of her deceased husband. 

Lib. A, p. 98 

1687 Oct. 28. Andersone, Alexander, of the Chingaroras. Bond 

of John Hamton, of ChingaroraS; planter, as administrator of the estate 
of; John Reid, of Amboy Perth, Deputy Surveyor, fellow bondsman. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 104, and Monmouth Wills 
1 714 June 29. Anderson, Alexander, Administration on the es- 
tate of, who died intestate in 1687; ^'^^ administered on by John Ham- 
ton, since deceased, granted to John Barclay, of Middlesex Co. 

Lib. I, p. 451 

1719 July 9. Anderson, Androus, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co.; 
will of. Wife Ann sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — Johon Robison, Erick Johnson. Proved Jan. 20, 1720. 

Lib. 3, p. 272 

1712-13 Jan. 31. Anderson, Ann, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co.; will 
of. Brother Henery Boosman (Boasman, Boseman), sole heir and execu- 
tor of real and personal estate. Witnesses — Thomas I^amson, Ann Stark, 
Sam'll Walcott. Proved January 28, 1720. 

1720 Jan. 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £27.9.-, made by 
Thomas Lambson and Thomas Vickery. 

1724 May 30. Anderson, Cornelius, of Hopewell, Hunterdon 

Co. Bond of Annah, widow, and Eliakim, son of, as administrators of 
the estate, John Anderson, of Hopewell, and Francis Vannoy, of said Co., 
fellow bondsmen. Lib. 2, p. 263 

1724 Oct. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £166.11, made by 
Enoch Andrus (Andrews) and John Muirheid. Lib. 2, p. 263 

1712 Istd. 3dm. (May). Andrews, Edward, of Little Egg- 
harbour, Burlington Co.; will of. Wife Sarah; children — Samewell, 
Jacob, Better, all under age; three daughters, one called Elizabeth. 
Home farm and a mill, incl. 50 acres of meadow, bought of brother Mor- 
dica; personal property. Executors — the wife and Thomas Ridgawa, with 
Richard Orsborn and brother-in-law, Jacob Onge, as assistants. Wit- 
nesses — Preserve Brown and William Cramer. Proved April 9, 1717. 

I>ib. 2, p. 69 

1716-7 1st d. i2tli m. (Feb.). Inventory of the personal estate, £330.- 



14 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

5.2^, inch book debts, £163.12.4^, made by William Cramer and Gervas 
Pharo. 

1711 Not. 27. Andrews, Audross, Epliraim, of Woodbridge, 
Middlesex Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Darcass, heiress of personal es- 
tate; Epliraim, son of Jediah Andross, of Philadelphia, to have all land 
and rights to land, but if he should die before coming of age, then Icha- 
bod Smith, junior, of Woodbridge, inherits the home farm resp. his 
younger brother, Benjamin Smith; son-in-law (? stepson) Elizeous Barron, 
of Woodbridge. Executors — Ichabod Smith and Samuel Dennis, both 
of Woodbridge, yeomen. Witnesses — John Rowley, Elizebeth Rowley, 
Geo: Ewbanck. Proved June 8, 1714. Lib. i, p. 485 

1729 Sept. 9. Andrews, Lydian, of Evesham Township, Burling- 
ton Co., widow. Bond of Mathias Brackney, of Burlington Co., as ad- 
ministrator of the estate of; John Hollinshead, fellow bondsman. 

1729 Oct. 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £20.14.6, made by 
John Hollinshead and William Sharp. Lib. 3, p. 39 

1729-30 Jan. 3. Account of the estate by the administrator, who has 
paid out £22. 16. 10 to John Adams, Daniel Bates, Jacob Heulings, John 
Antrum, Robert Bishopp, John Kay, Benjamin Davis, Robert Davis, Jo- 
seph Herritage, Richard Cox, John Hort and John Roberts. 

1693 Sept. 12. Andrews, Samuel ; will of. Wife Mary; children 
— Edward, Maiy, Mordica, Peeter, Hester. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and Edward Rockhill, with John Woolston and Sam- 
uel Buntin, as assistants. Witnesses — Edward Rockhill and Daniel 
Bacon. Codicill gives 20 acres of land to negro boy when 24 years old. 
Proved Nov. 10, 1693. Burlington Wills 

1693 Nov. 10. Bond of Mary Andrews, the widow, of Mansfield 
Township and Edward Rockhill, of Chesterfield, as executors, John 
Woolston, senior, and James Croft, both of Burlington Co., fellow 
l)ondsmen. Burlington Records, p. 20 

1693 Nov. 10. Inventory of the estate (£298.18.8), made by Wm. Bid- 
dle, Francis Davenport, John Wilston, sen., and Isaac H. Horner. 

1679 Au^. 29. (Dutch, Engl, copy defective.) Andressen, Lourens, 

and wife Jannetje Jans, of Minckachque; joint will of. Children of said 
Jannetje by first husband, Cristian Baerense, vizt: Barent, Cornelis and 
Johannes Cristiaense, by present husband Andries, Lourens, Pieter and 
Thomas Louwersen. Farm at Minckachque, personal estate. Witnesses 
— Enoch Michielsen, Claes Arentse Toers. Proved March 19, 1692-3. 
Administration granted to Andrise Lawrance, both the testators being 
dead, July 13, 1694. N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 193, 205 

1723 May 10. Andries, Couzin, of Raway, Essex Co. Adminis- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 5 

nation on the estate of, granted to Tunis Somerrendike, of the Island of 
New York, in the County of New York. Lil). A, p. 243 

1717-18 Jan. 8. Andros, Andrus, Andrews, Ro^er, of Eversham 

Township, Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Lydia; children — Roger, 
Moses, Bridgit, Dorcos, left in Great Britain, Thomas, John, Steven, 
Amee, Elizabeth, Frances, Lydia. Land to be taken up in the fourth 
dividend for his share of W. J. ; do., already taken up in the first four 
dividends; do., 318 acres at Muskonotkong above the Falls of Delaware, 
home farm, personal property. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — 
William Parke, John Ilort, Tho: Scatter;;ood. Proved February 10, 
1 71 7- 18. Lib. 2, p. 86 

1717-1S Feb. 8. Inventory of the persona! estate, £60.14.-, made by 
James Adams and Thomas Ilooton. 

1730 : Androvet, Charles, of Somerset Co. Inventory of the 

personal estate, £14.19.84, incl. a silver " snuch pox" gs. ; a book " The 
Life of Robin Crusoe," 1.2; a book of common prayer, 1.6.; and other 
books I. II; made lay his brother, Daniel Andrevett, and appraised by 
Wm. Gnfftn and John Michael Sperling. Somerset Wills 

1730 Oct. 5. Administration on the estate granted to Daniel Andro- 
vett. Lib. B, p. 168 

1674 Oct. 15. Andrus, Yokam ; will of. Leaves his property to 
wife and children, not named. Witnesses — Humphrey Spening and Jan 
L ? Proved March II, 1674-5. Bergen Wills 

1718 Dec. 25. Antram, John, of Northampton Township, Burling- 
ton Co., cordwainer; will of. Wife Frances; sons — John, James, Thomas, 
Isaac; daughters Anna Mutlack, Mary, Elizabeth; granddaughter Eliza- 
beth, daughter of John Norcross. Home farm on the great road between 
Jonathan Fox, Thos. Briant and John Collings, 10 acres in Burlington 
town bounds, next to John Petty, 182 a. surveyed as fourth dividend of a 
share, a negro woman. Executors — the wife and son John. Witnesses — 
Joshua Frettwell, Phebe Scattergood, Tho. Scattergood. Proved May 30, 

1719. Lib. 2, p. 117 

1719 May 30. Inventory of the personal estate, £202.12.-, incl. 2 ne- 
gro women £8o.~, made i)y Joshua Frettwell and Tho. Scattergood. 

1709 Oct. 15. Apellg-at, Daniel, senior, of Middletown, Mon- 
mouth Co. ; will of. Wife Rebeckah sole heiress and executrix of real 
and personal estate; the children — ^John and Jacob, receiving each 6s.; 
Bartholmew, Ebenezer, Susana, Hanah, Mary and Rebeckah, each one. 
Witnesses — John Newman, Thomas Shepard, Thomas Appelgat. Proved 
September 7, 1710. Lib. i, p. 280, and Monmouth Wills 



l6 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1698-9 Feb. 1. Applegate, Thomas, senour, of Middletown; will 
of. Wife Johanah; sons — Thomas, John, Danell, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Richard, the last two under age; daughter Elizabeth. Land bought of 
father-in-law, Richard Gibbons, and other real estate, personal property. 
The wife executrix. Witnesses — Richard Hartshorne, John Uahhan (? ?), 
Cornelis Compton, Merey Grovei". Proved March 29, 1699. 

1699 Sept. 8. Inventory of the personal estate (£37.18.0), made by 
William Lawrence, junior, Francis Harburt and John Cox. 

Monmouth Wills 

1716 Nov. 4. Appleton, Richard, of Evesham, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Ester, sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate with John Briggs and Thomas Eves, junior, as assistants and 
guardians of the children; names not given. Witnesses — Timothy Han- 
cock, Jane Smith, John Kay. Proved January i, 1715-17. Lib. 2, p. 78 

1716 Dec. 29. Inventory of the estate: real, 250 acres, £190. — ; per- 
sonal, £181.17.6, inch books, 8s., made by Henry Ballinger and Thomas 
Eves. 

1716 Dec. 7. Appleton, Richard, of Gloucester Co.; will of, pro- 
bated. Burlington Records, Reversed Side. 

1726 Juue 28. Armitt, Thomas, of Philadelphia, cooper; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth, sole executrix; son — Joseph. Land in Philadelphia Co. 
and West Jersey, personal estate. Witnesses — Wm. Preston, Charles 
Brockden, Jos. Watson. Proved . Lib. 2, p. 393 

1711-12 11th d. 11th m. (Jan.). Artliur, John, of Burlington 
Co., labourer; will of. Devises real and personal estate to father, 
mother, brother and sisters, not named. Executors — John Lamb and 
Thomas Bishop. Witnesses — ^John Robberts, John Wetherill, Richard 
Marriott, Joseph Endecott. Proved January 28, 1711-12. Lib. i, p. 336 

1711-12 Jan. 17. Inventory of the estate, a " percell of an Improved 
Land," £72. — ; personal, £36.9.-; made by Richard Broun, John Weth- 
erill, Joseph Endecott and Thomas Scattergood. 

1724-5 Feb. 9. Account of the estate, by the executors, Jacob Lamb 
and Thomas Bishopp. 

1714 May 12. Ash, William, of Springfield, Burlington Co.; will 
of. Wife Ellin; daughter Mary under age. "All my estate, goods & 
chattells." Executors — the wife, Thomas Potts and Thomas Curtis. 
Witnesses — John Ogborn, Jno Tonkin, Joseph Atkinson, Daniel Leeds. 
Proved May 29, 1714. Lib. i, p. 450 

1714 May 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £173.18.11, made by 
Wm. Hunt, Thos. Budd and Jno Tonkin. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I'J 

1727 Oct. 9. Ashbrook, John, of Gloucester Co. ; will of. Present 
wife Mary; children — Aaron, John, James, son-in-law Daniel Ilillman. 
Land in Deptford Township, home farm of 156 acres, bought of John 
Hugg, land bought of Philipp Howell; personal estate. The wife sole 
executrix. Witnesses — Samuel Collins, Charity Chew, Amos Ashead. 
Proved Oct. 12, 1730. Lib. 3, p. 116 

1729-30 Feb. 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £96.9.6, made by 
William Sharp and John Thomson. 

1714 Aj)ril 5. Ashfleld, Richard, about 18 years old. Petition of, 
for the appointment of Capt. Isaac de Riemer, of N. Y., merchant, as his 
guardian. Lib. i, p. 440 

1700 Not. 28. Ashmoer, Ashmore, Anthony, of Monmouth Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £29.6.-, made by Nathaniel Fitz Ran- 
dol and Tho: Warne. 

1700 Dec. 13. Bond of Samuel Leonard, of Shrewsbury, as adminis- 
trator of the estate; Samuel Leonard, junior, of the same place, fellow 
bondsman. 

1700 Dec. 18. Administration on the estate granted to Samuel Leon- 
ard. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 318 

1705 May 19. Ashton, James, of Middletown, Monmouth Co. 
Bond of Deliverance and James Ashton as administrators of the estate; 
Richard Saltar and Anthony Woodward fellow bondsmen. 

1705 June 13. Inventory of the persona.] estate (£141.0.0, inch debts 
due by John Bowne, Obadiah Holmes, John and Joseph Ashton, John 
lobe, Samuel Wilet, John Ruckman, Richard Gardner, Edward Taylor 
and Samuel Leonard), made by John Smith and James Boune. 

1705 Oct, 7. Aston, William, of Shrowsbery, weaver, "antientand 
crasey;" will of. Wife Janett; daughter Mary, "living with Abraham 
Brown in West Jersey neare Croswicks Creek, who I heare is maryed unto 
an Indian, who Calleth his name Peter Powell, as I am Informed;" 
daughter-in-law (? step-daughter) Hannah Mills. Real and personal prop- 
erty. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Remembrance Li]:)pincott, Rich- 
ard Lippincott, William Lippincott, Ephrim Potter. Proved January 6, 
1706-7. Lib. I, p. 164, and Monmouth Wills 

1706 Nov. 4. Inventory of the personal estate (£26.15.0), made by 
George Allin, Remembrance Lippincott and Richard Lippincott. 

170()-7 Jan. 3. Aston, William, of Shrewsberry; Genet, widow of, 
asks for the appointment of George Allin, of Shrewsberry, Justice, as ad- 
ministrator of her late husband's estate. Monmouth Wills 

1701-2 Mar. 13. Atkins, Thomas. Bond of Benjamin Jones, of 



l8 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Burlington, as administrator of the estate; Thomas Duggles fellow bonds- 
man. 

1702 April 7. Inventory of the estate (£12.5.11), made by John 
Sharpe, Thomas Dougglas and William Dean. 

1688-9 Jan. 4. Atkiusone, George, of Amboy Perth. Adminis- 
tration on the estate granted to Patrick Falconer, of Woodbridge. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 164 

1688-9 Jan. 4. Atkinson, George, of Perth Amboy. Bond of 
Patrick Falconar, of Woodbridge, merchant, as administrator of the 
estate; Miles Forster fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1714 Oct. 1. Atkinson, William, of Springfield, Burlington Co.: 
yeoman; will of. Children — ^Joseph, John, Mary, Michel, William, Eliza- 
beth, Isaac, the last five under age. A farm, bought of Peter Henry; land 
at Annanickan, bought of Jonathan Curtis; personal property. Executors — 
sons Joseph and John and Mathew Champion. Witnesses— John Smith, 
Nehemiah Cowgill, Saml Goldy. Proved December 3, 1714. 

Lib. I, p. 503 

1714 Nov. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £281.6.11, made by 
Richard Ridgway, John Ogborne and Daniel Leeds, and including bonds 
of Elizabeth Wills, Timothy Huxley, Joshua Owen, Jasper Moon, Jona- 
than Curtis, Tho: Staples, James Shin, Samuel Goldy, John Butcher, 
junior. 

1719 May 19. Accounts of the executors, showing payments to Joshua 
Owen, Jeramia Bass, Richard Ridgway, Edward Boulton, Isaac Wood, 
Daniel Leeds, Sam. Smith, John Butcher, junior; Joshua Ridgway, John 
Wheler, Margeret Joley, Zacharia Rosam, Susana Tonkin, John Robardes, 
John Ogborn, Dr. Gaudewet (?), Tho: Rapper, Jams Marshall, Richard 
Smith, John Borradol, Solleman Smith, John Stockdal, Samewell Lovett, 
John Smith, Sam'l Kimbal, Sam. Bustal, Joseph Smith, John Neel, Will. 
Collom, Jan Atkinson; also that each of the minor children received out 
of their father's estate £43.11.7. 

1683 Feb. 19. Auerett, John, of Woodbridge. Inventory of the 
personal estate (£19.14.-), inade by Samuel Dennes and John Pike, 
junior. Middlesex Wills 

1687-8 Feb. 17. Auger (Alger), Thomas. Bond of his widow, 
Susannah, as executrix, Charles Gillman, of Piscataway, and Stephen 
Warne, of Amboy Perth, bondsmen. Middlesex Wills 

1719-20 Jan. 23. Aumnck, John, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., 
weaver; will of. Wife Mary; children — lonaytye, Andrew and Tunis. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, her father, Andrew 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. l() 

Johnson, and brother, Tunis Aumuck. Witnesses — Albert Amerman, 
Theunis Amack, Willm Lawrence, junior. Proved June 2i, 1721. 

Lib. A, p. 201 

1721 April 21. Aumack, John, of Freehold, Monmouth Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate, £32.19, of which the weaver's loom, with 
all the " Utensials," £7.-, is given to the son and three pewter dishes, 
15s., to the daughter; made by Johannes Smack and William Lawrence, 
junior. 

1712-13 March 18. Aureen, Jonas, of Raccoone Creek, Glouces- 
ter Co. Power of attorney, given by Lydia, widow of, to Peter Long, 
chief and principal creditor, to take out letters of administration in N. J. 

1712-13 March 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £45.5.-, made 
by George Simpson and John Friend. 

1713 May 22. Account of the estate by Peter Long, who makes the 
estate indebted to him for £4.7.-. 

1723 July 80, Austen, Francis, of Evesham Township, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman; will of. Proved, and administration granted to his 
widow and executrix, Mary Austen. Lib. 2, p. 247 

Austin, Francis, see Oosten. 

1605 . Ayers, Heires, Abadiah (Obadiah). Account of 

the estate £50, by his sons — John and Samuel Ayers, showing payments 
to "our sister," Mary Ayers, Joseph Ayers, Obadiah Ayers, James 
Green, Ben. Grifith, Elisha Parker, Isaac Whitehead, Richard Powell, 
Sarah Alphin, John Randolf, Ezekiel Bloomfield, Thomas Collier, Thomas 
Gordin and John Pike. Middlesex Wills 

1728 Oct. 27. Ayres, Obadiah, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Joanna; sons — Obadiah, Robert, Benajah (under 
age), six daughters, names not given. Home farm, another farm with 7 
acres of salt meadow in Raratan Meadows, called Clemens Meadow, ad- 
joining Henry Freeman, Richard Cutter and the Houselot Creek; per- 
sonal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Rob't Brooking, 
Isaac Dye, John Giflord. Proved May 27, 1729. Lib. B, p. 122 

1716-17 Feb. 25. Ayers, Ayres, Robert, of Cohansey, Salem 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Esther; children — Isaac, who has son Caleb; 
Juda, Caleb, Robert, John, Esther, wife of John Garm (?). Tract of 
2,200 acres, bought of William Billy, Edward Shippen, junior, and Joseph 
Wass (?); personal property. Executors — the wife and Henry Buck. 
Witnesses — Dickasen Shepherd, Joseph Shepherd, Nathan Lorance. 
Proved May i, 1719. Lib. 2, p. iig 



20 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1 719 April 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £167.6.7, incl. 
books, £1.6.-, made by Dickasen Shepherd. 

1725-6 Feb. 27. AyarS, Stephen, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Mother, Hester Ayers; brothers— John (sole executor), 
Josuah, Caleb and Robert. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Joseph Reeve, William Garton, Samuel Johnson. Proved April 12, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 345 

1726 April II. Inventory of the personal estate, £45.12, made by Jo- 
seph Reeve and William Garton. 

1714 April 29. Backoii, Bacon, Benjamin, of Cohansy, black- 
smith. Bond of John Backer, of Cohansy, as administrator of the estate; 
Wm. Griffin, of Salem Town, and Richard Butcher, of Cohansy, fellow 
bondsman. Lib. 2, p. 62, and Salem Wills 

1714 May 6. Inventory of the personal estate; £118.8.7, i"cl. an In- 
dian man, £11.5; 1,000 pipestaves, £1.2-6; made by Richard Butcher and 
Will Clowes. 

1697 July 30. Bacon, Daniel ; will of. Wife Elizabeth; son John, 
da. Elizabeth. Real and personal estate. Wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Samuel Barnes, Ruth Barnes and George Ilutcheson. Mem. 
signed by Geo. Hutcheson, that Samuel and Ruth Barnes were to have 
each £5 by desire of testator, if they remained with the widow until 21 
years old. Proved May 10, 1698. 

Burlington Records, p. 29, and Burlington Wills 

1698 April 29. Inventory of the estate (£541.5.-, incl. 2 silver spoons 
and a dram cup and 700 acres), made by Wm. Black, Edward Rockhill 
and Daniel Leeds. 

1698 May 10. Bond of the widow Elizabeth Bacon, as executrix; Ed- 
ward Rockhill and Daniel Leeds, yeomen, fellow bondsmen, all of Bur- 
lington Co. 

1727 Dec. 13. Bacon, Elizabeth, of Chesterfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co., widow; will of. Son-in-law John Tantum, and wife Eliza- 
beth; grandchildren — Elizalieth, John, Mary, Anne and Sarah Tantum, 
John Smith, Daniel Bacon, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Bacon and John 
Bacon; legacy to the Monthly Meeting of Chesterfield. Personal estate. 
Executors — son-in-law John Tantum and Robert Smith. Witnesses — 
Thos. Woodcock, Thomas Caskie, Jno Richardson. Proved April 6, 
1728. 

1728 March 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £92.0.3, incl. a 
Bible and bonds due by Joseph Reckless and Joseph Allison, made by 
John Chesshire and Isaac Horner. 

1711 May 19, Bacon, John, of Chesterfield Township, Burlington 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 21 

Co., yeoman; will of. Children — Daniel, John, Elizabeth, Mary, all un- 
der 21. Land (460 acres) on Areson's Creek in said township; do. 360 a. 
in Black Cr., property in England, personal estate. Executors — mother 
Elizabeth Bacon and brother-in-law, John Tantum. Witnesses — Edward 
Rockhill, Robert Chapman, Mary Rockhill, Patience Chapman. Proved 
August I, 1912. Lib. I, p. 375 

1712 Aug. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £454.4.11, incl. 5 ser- 
vants, £90.-; a negro man, £30; made by Edward Rockhill and William 
Wood. Remark, referring to part of the estate: "All the above written 
goods [incl. the 5 servants] are returned into ye registers office at Phila- 
delphia being on board the Neptune, Henry Smith commander but for ye 
Safety of John Bacon's Childeren are put into the registers office in ]3ur- 
lington." 

1715 Dec. 8. Bacon, John, of Cohansey, Salem Co.; will of. 
W^ife Grace; children — John, Edmond, Job, Lucy, all under age. Home 
farm, land bought of John Davis, personal property. Executors — the 
wife and son John. Witnesses — ^Joseph Bacon (45 years old), Joseph 
Stretch, Jonathan Walling. Proved December 19, 1715. 

1715 Dec. 17, 19 and 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £468.11, 
made by Jonathan Walling and John Mason. 

1G97 May 6. Bacon, Martha, widow, of Salem Co.; will of. Chil- 
dren — Samuel, Joseph, Ann Gillman, Nat:, Jeremiah, William. Personal 
property. Son Jeremiah, executor. Witnesses — Antoney Dickson and 
Elizabeth Dickson. Recorded April 3, 1700. 

1699 April 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £63.36, incl. debts 
due by Wm. Bacon to his mother by Natt: Bacon and by John Bacon, £36. 

1700 . Letters testamentary granted to Jeremiah Bacon by 

Jonat: Beere and John Bacon, Justices of the Peace for Salem Co. 

Lib. 2, pp. 37-38, and Salem Wills 

1701 May 25. Bacon, Nathaniel, of Chohansey, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Katherine; children — Nathaniel, Jeremiah, Lydia, all under 
age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and brothers 
Jona Holmes and Wm. Bacon. Witnesses— Obadiah Holmes, Joshua 
Curtis. Recorded February 4, 1702-3. 

1701 June II. Inventory of the personal estate, £107.19.2, made by 
Timothy Brooks and Noah Miller. 

1702-3 Feb. 4. Letters testamentary granted to the executors named 
in the will. Salem Wills, 2, pp. 164-6 

1725-26 March 8. Bacon, Nathaniel, of Cohansey, Salem Co., 
cooper; will of. Wife Rabacha sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — -Jeremiah Bacon, James Robbenson, Joli Shep- 



22 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

herd. Proved April ii, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 341 

1725-26 March 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £42. 10.8, made 
by John Fitzpatrick and Job Shepherd. 

1725-26 Jan. 8. Bacon, William, of Cohansey, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Mary (sole executrix); children — Abell, Mary, Isaac, Rachel, 
Jacob, Nathan, Anna, Sarah Wallen, William, Hannah Wallford. Home 
farm, house and lot in Greenwich; personal estate. Witnesses — Peter 
Fitchrandolph, Ebenezer Ashbury Smith, Benjamin Bacon. Proved Jan- 
uary 26, 1725-26. Lib. 2, p. 338 

1725-26 Jan. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £190.19.1, inch 37 
sheep, £9.5; 8 cows, £14; a servant maid, £7.10; made by Thomas 
Crawen and Ebenezer Ashbury Smith. 

1716 Oct. 30, Badcock, Jacob, of Gloucester Co., husbandman; 
will of; divides personal estate between William Hunt, aunt Mary Dolle, 
Tobias Holloway, brother-in-law John Cock, the last named being made 
executor. Witnesses — Frances Collins, Samuel Shivers. Proved Decem- 
ber 15, 1716. Lib. 2, p. 75 

1716 Dec. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £37.11.9; made by 
George Hamuck and Robrd Champin. 

1717 Dec. 14. Account of the estate by the executor, John Cock, 
showing payments to John Dole, John Walker, Elin Cox, Richard Town- 
send, Thomas Chakley, John Wright, Sarah Michell, Ezeakell Sidells and 
John Keyn. 

1709 Aug. 30. Badcock, Joseph, of Cape May, shoemaker; will 
of. Wife Mary; children — ^George, Jacob, Joseph, Retorn, Mary, Eliz- 
abeth, Sarah; son Jacob to be apprenticed to John Dole, until of age. 
Real and personal property. Executors — Rem. Garison and Timothy 
Brandreth. Witnesses — Thomas Gandy, Silvanus Townsend and Rem. 
(Raymond) Gerretson. Proved September 25, 1710. 

1709-10 March 4. Inventory of the personal estate (£79.1.-), made by 
John Thownsend and William Goldin, appraised by Richard Townsend 
and Joseph Ludlow. 

1699 April 15. Barley, Charles, of Cohansey, Salem Co., tanner; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth; children — Jean, Sarah, Charles (under age); 
"cozons" Elizabeth, Jean and Mary Jean. Real and personal estate. 
Executors— the wife and son-in-law, Thomas Craven. Witnesses — Benj, 
Bacon and John Roberts, senior. Recorded April 2, 1700. 

1699 May 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £166.5.6, made by 
John Williams and Philipp Stathem. 

1700 . Thomas Craven refusing to act as executor, letters of 

administration are issued to the widow. Salem Wills, 2, pp. 30-33 



CALENDAR OF WILLS, 2^ 

1727 June 29. Barley, William, of Burlington, innholder. In- 
ventory of the personal estate, £49.12.6, made by Wm. Cullom and 
Thos. Hunloke. 

1727 July 5. Bond of Elizabeth Bagley, of Burlington, widow, as the 
administratrix of the estate; Henry Worley and Samuel Bonham, both of 
Hunterdon Co., yeomen, fellow bondsmen. 

1723 July 2. Bailie, David, of Salem, waterman. Administration 
on the estate; granted to his widow, Sarah Bailie. Lib. 2, p. 150 

1727 Sept. 26. Bailler^jau, Jacob, of Nottingham, Burlington 
Co.; Joan, widow of, claims the right of administration. 

1728 April 9. She withdraws her claim, having ceded her rights to 
John Porterfield. 

1728 April 9. Bond of John Porterfield, of Trenton, Hunterdon Co., 
Esqre, as administrator. John Anderson, of the same place, stone mason, 
fellow bondsman. 

. Inventory of the personal estate, £18.19.6, made by 

Enoch Andrus and John Anderson. 

16S6 May 10. Bainbridg-e, John, senior, of Chesterfield; will of. 
Wife Alice, dau. Sarah, son John. Real and personal estate, incl. time 
and service of servant, Samuel Sinison. Executors— wife and daughter, 
with John Horner and Daniel Bacon, as assistants. Witnesses — Abraham 
Senior, Isaac Horner, Tho. Revell. Proved October 3, 1687. 

1687 Aug. 24. Inventory of the estate (£88.13.11), made by Francis 
Davenport, John Hooton, John Snowson (?), Wm. Beard. 

Burlington Wills 

1687 . Letters of administration on the estate granted to Allice 

and Sarah Bainbridge, "but Govr Skene hath ye Bond." 

Burlington Records, p. 13 

1725-6 Mar. 10, Baitnian, John, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeo- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate, £129.18.6, made by John Ogden 
and Edwd Bourrows. 

1726 May 26. Bond of Rebeca Batman, Baitman, of the same place, 
as administratrix of the estate; John Ogden, also of Cohansey, fellow 
bondsman. Lib. 2, p. 333 

1722-23 Feb, 11, Balker, Derrick, of Elizabethtown. Adminis- 
tration on the estate granted to James Hampton and John Spining. 

Lib. A, p. 236 

1693 Oct, 24, Baker, John, of Monmouth Co. Administration on 
the estate granted to Thos. Gordon, of Perth Amboy. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 209 



24 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1693-4 Jan. I. Inventory of the personal estate (£65.9.3, incl. 3 silver 
spoons, £1,), made by John Reid and Tho: Boel. 

1694 March 25. Inventory of some goods, appraised at the request of 
Thomas Gordon, administrator, and valued at £5.11.3, incl. 4 small old 
gold rings, 5 pennyweight, £1.10, by Tho. Boell and John Reid. 

1696 April 14. Account of the estate by Tho: Gordon, showing pay- 
ments to John Stout for funeral charges of John Baker and wife Mary; 
fees to Coroner at the inquest; payments to John Barclay, Miles Forster, 
Daniel Leeds, Col. Andrew Hamilton and John Johnstone. 

1702 Sept. 11. Baker, John, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 151 

1695-6 March 17. Baker, Richard' of Elizabeth Town, Essex 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Lydiah, sole heiress and executrix of veal 
and personal estate, with legacies to brothers Derrick and Thomas Baker, 
and sister Frances Baker, both of Elizabeth Town. Witnesses — John 
Harriman, John Ersken (?), Samuel Whitehead. Proved August 8, 
1726. Lib. B, p. 13 

1728 March 25. Baker, Thomas, of Nottingham, Burlington Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate, £8.3, made by Joseph King and John 
Carter; affirmed by Edmund Beaks, a Quaker, administrator of the 
estate. 

1726 May 17. Baldwin, Bauldwin, Benjamin, of Newark, Essex 

Co., weaver; will of. Children — Susanah, widow of son Jonathan, who 
had Bethya, Hannah, Susanah and Sarah; Sarah Young, Joseph, Benja- 
min. Real and personal estate. Executors — son-in-law Robert Young 
and son Benjamin Bauldwin. Witnesses — John Cooper, Thomas Hunt- 
ington, Eliphelet Johnson. Proved June 19, 1729. Lib. B, p. 143 

1702 Sept. 23. Baldwin, John, of Newark, shoemaker, will of. 
Wife (second) Ruth; children — ^John, by former wife; Samuel, by present 
wife; Timothy, Daniel, Joseph, Nathaniel, Jonathan, Sarah, Hanna, 
Elizabeth (all three by former wife), Ruth, Elnathan. Land between two 
branches of Second River, as per patent of January 23, 1695-6, home- 
stead bought of Thomas Staples, land in the Little Neck, do. near 
Wheeler's Point, do. at Boef Point, do. on the side of the mountain betw. 
Jasper Crane and Nathaniel Wheeler, personal property. Executors — 
the wife and son Elnathan, with John Curtis and John Prudden, senior, as 
supervisors. Witnesses — John Prudden, senior; John Curtis and Hannah 
Curtis. Proved and Elnathan sworn in as executor August 31, 1706. 

Lib. I, p. 158, and Essex Wills 

1726 An^. 8. Baldwin, Jonathan, of Newark, Essex Co., joiner; 
will of. Wife Phebe. Children — Mathias and Joanna, both under age. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 2^ 

Real ami personal estate. The wife sole executrix, with iMOlhcrs Samuel 
and Nalhanael Baldwin as overseers. Witnesses — ^John Baldwin, Samuel 
Baldwin, Nathaniel Baldwin. Proved May I2, 1727. Lilj. B, p. 48 

1723-4 March 12. Baldwin, Baldwin, Joseph, of Newark, Essex 

Co., cordwainer; will of. Wife Elisabeth; children — Joseph, Sarah, 
Hannah, Abigail, Elisabeth. Homestead with a tan yard adjacent on the 
highway between Mr. Sayer, Nathaniel Dalglish and Nathaniel Wheeler, 
lO acres on the hill, called Potters Waterhole, meadows on Maple Island 
Creek, lots bought of Dr. Arent and Jonathan Lindsley, resp. ; 8 a. in the 
Little Neck, meadow in the Great Swamp, adjoining brother Daniel 
Bauldwin, personal property. Executors — the wife and brother Nathan- 
iel Baldwin. Witnesses — Jno Cooper, James Wheler, Jonathan Baldwin. 
Proved December 12, 1724. Lib. A, p. 315 

1716 . Bales, Bayles, John, of Middletown, Inventory of the 

personal estate of (£75.14.3), made Isy John Wall, William Leeds, Thom- 
as Morford and Mordecai Gibbins; sworn to by John Wall, May 15, 1716. 

1716 May 15. Petition of Elizabeth Bayles for letters of administra- 
tion, stating she is the only sister of deceased, who left no other heirs, ex- 
cept a sister-in-law. Granted. Monmouth Wills 

1721-2 Fel). 14. Ballinger, John, of Burlington, tanner; will of. 
Wife Mary and an expected child. "Temporall Estate." Executors — wife 
and brother-in-law Henry Clothier. Witnesses — Henry Ballinger, Solomon 
Smith, James Thomson. Proved March 3, 1721-2. Lib. 2, p, 174 

1 721-2 Mar. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £210.-., made by 
Jonathan Wright and Solomon Smith. 

1719 April 13. Banta, Cornelius Epke, of Hackinsack, Bergen 
Co., yeoman, will of. Wife Ablechl (third wife), sons Egbert, Jacob and 
Abraham, daughters Rachel, Leah and Elizabeth. Eldest son Egbert to 
have sword as a preference or birthright. Half of cattle and movable 
household goods to children of first wife, and half to children of second 
wife, "excepting ye two spinning wheels and churn and milk tubs, shall 
remaine unto my three daughters, Rachel, Leah and Elizabeth, to be di- 
vided equally between them." Real and personal estate. Executors — 
brothers-in-law David Desmaret, junior, and Samuel Desmaret, junior. 
Witnesses — Roulof Bogart, Elizabeth Bonguert, Richard Edsall. Proved 
May 20, 1719. Lib. A, p. 123 

1719 April 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £148.1.6., incl. a ne- 
gro wench and child, £40: made by Nicolas Lazear and Andrew van Order. 

1720 Dec. 30. Barber, John, of Pile's Grove, Salem Co., yeoman; 

1 Usually written Abellic. 



26 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

will of. Wife Elizabeth, sole executrix. Children — Benjamin, under 
age, Elizabeth, Anna, Phebee, and expected child. Home farm of loo 
acres, a lot of 133 a. on Oldman's Creek. Personal property. Witnesses — 
William Devall, Christopher Garrison, Charles Crosthwaite. Proved No- 
vember 29, 1721. Lib. 2, p. 225 

1685-6 Jan. 4. Barclay, David ; administration on the estate of, 
granted to his brother John Barclay, of Perth Amboy. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 69 

1685-6 Jan. 4. Bond of his brother John Barclay, of Amboy, Perth, 
as administrator of the estate of; William Ridford, of Elizabeth Town, 
fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1686 Aug. 30. Barker, Edward, of London; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 286 

1705-6 Feb. 5. Barnerd, Thomas ; will of, proved and letters tes- 
tamentary granted to Ebenezer Petty, the executor named in the will. 

Lib. I, p. 133 

1716 Dec. 27. Barns, Patience, of Southside Cohansey, Salem Co., 
widow; will of. Children — Joshua, Temperance Wick, Sarah Sayre, Sam- 
uel, son-in-law Anthony Ludlum, husband of dec'd dau. Patience. Real 
and personal estate. Son Samuel Barnes sole executor. Witnesses — 
Joatn Fithian, senior, Stephen Leek, Hezekiah Shaw. Proved January 
12, 1716-7. Lib. 2, p. 68 

1716-7 Jan. 12. Inventory of the estate; real, £45.10., personal (inc. 
books, £1.1., a negrowoman, £10), £140.6.2.; made by John Fithian and 
Hezekiah Shaw. 

1725 July 30. Baron, Barrow, Zachariah, of Greenwitch, Salem 
Co., cord-winder; will of. Mother-in-law Mary Feild heiress of farm for 
life, then said farm is given for the benefit of a free school in Greenidge 
Township. Executors — John Burgin and Henry Joyce. Witnesses — 
Noyes Parris, John Fry, Mary Wheton (Wheaden). Proved April 18, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 352 

1726 April 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £34.17.6.; made by 
Jere Bacon and James Dixson. 

1695 Sept. 8. Barre, James, of N. Y.; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 243 

. Inventory of the estate (£557.-.-), including a house in 

N. Y., negro slaves and a "Chappay Cabbonite" (? Japanese Cabinet"). 

Bergen Wills 

1725-6 23. Barrat, Prudance, of Salem Town. Inventory 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 27 

of the personal estate of, £52.12.1, incl. i feather bed, bolster and Mus- 
keternett £4.15, made by Ro: Johnson and Jno Goodwin. 

1726 April 26. Bond of James Vance, of Salem, carpenter, as admin- 
istrator of the estate; Jaems Wiggins, of the same place, cordwainer, fel- 
low bondsman. Salem Wills 

1717 Ang. 12. Barrett, James, senior, of Manington Presinck, 
Salem Co., "carpinture;" will of. Wife Elisabeth. Children — James, 
Thomas, Caleb, William, Elizabeth, the last two under age. Home farm 
500 acres in said Precinct; personal property. Executors — the wife and 
son Thomas. Witnesses — Richard Woodnutt, F. Gandonet, Tho. Hill. 
Proved November 15, 1717. Lib. 2, p. 81 

1717 Aug. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £129.18.8.; made by 
Richard Woodnutt and John Pledger. 

1715 July 22. Barron, Elizeus, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
carpenter; will of. Wife Deborah, sole executrix; children — Samuel, 
Sarah, Mary. Home farm, a lot of 60 acres near Amboy, received from 
father-in-law Ephraim Andrews; personal estate. Witnesses— Thomas 
Johnston, Samuel Dennis, Moses Ralph. Proved August 16, 1715. 

Lib. A, p. 37, and Lib. 2, p. 44 

1690 Sept. 17. Bartleson, Berkleson, Andrew, of Fenwick's 
River, Salem Tenth, planter; will of. Wife Katherine; three sons, names 
not given; daughter Katherine. Home farm of 400 acres, personal es- 
tate. No executor named. Witnesses — Wooley Sloebey, Wooley Wool- 
son, James Bowyer. Recorded December 12, 1691. 

1691 Aug. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £52.11.10, made by 
William Hanbey and James Bowyer. 

1691-2 Feb. 17. Administration of the estate granted to the widow, 
Katherine Bartleson. Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 60 

1723 April 18. Bartleson, John, of Salem Co., husbandman; will 
of, proved and administration granted to his widow and executrix 
Gunulo (?) Lib. 2, p. 227 

1729 April 28. Bartleson, Zacliariah, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., 
yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £77.8.3, incl. 13 bushels of 
rye £1.12.6, a Bible, a salm booke & od Iron 9s., made by Charles Hotton 
and Timothy Rains. 

1729 May 25. Bond of Sarah Bartleson, of Salem Co., as administra- 
trix of the estate; Timothy Raine, fellow bondsman. Lib. 3, p. 36 

1729 Oct. 7. Account of the estate by the administratrix, who has 
paid for the funeral, £1.3.10; for the funeral sermon, &c., to Mr. Tran- 



28 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

berg and Mr. Vandrew, ministers,! £1.12, and debts due to Christian 
Peterson, Wm. Read, merchant, Peter Peterson and John Eaton, in all 
£12.19.111^. Salem Wills 

1688 April 11. Bartlett, Thomas, of Barclas Point, over against 
Amboy Perth; will of. Miles Forster, sole heir and executor of real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — John French and Susannah French. Proved 
April 16, 1695. 

1695 April 10. Inventory of the personal estate (£34.11.7), made by 
James Dundas and Geo. Willolss. Middlesex Wills 

1700 July 1. Barton, Enocll, of Salem Co., "cordwider;" nuncu- 
pative will of. Makes Thomas Lambson sole heir and executor of the 
estate, and is proved by the testimony of Thomas Lambson, Thomas 
Foster and Elizabeth Gil Johnson July 15, 1700. 

1700 July 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £16.7.6, inch debts 
due by Samuel Hedge, John Tom, John Holmes, William Francis, junior, 
Kathren Lathen, Peter Bilderbeck, Wm. Penton, John Mink, Peter John- 
son, Andrew Anderson, Margaret Shute, Tho: Foster and Yealous Gill- 
johnson. 

1700 July 23. Administration on the estate granted to Thomas Lamb- 
son. Salem, Lib. 2, pp. 43-5 

1688 Dec. 10. BartOU, Thomas, of Birch Creek, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Sons — Edward and Thomas, also son (-in-law?) John A. 
Broun. Real and personal property. Executors — Percival Towl, John 
Woolston, John Pancost and John Brown. Witnesses — Daniel Leeds, 
Hannah Woolston and Elizabeth Borton. Proved December 5, 1689. 

1688 Dec. 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £79.1.-, made by 
Thomas Scattergood, Thomas Butcher and Tho: Revell. 

? May 12. Mem., that John Browne, only surviving executor, 

rendered account of the estate to the three sons — Edward, Thomas and 
John Barton. Burlington Wills 

1704 Sept. 3. Barton, Thomas, of Burlington; will of. Leaves 
real estate, inherited from the father, to brother Edward Barton, and 
personal estate, in the hands of father's executor, John Brown, to brother 
John Barton. Executors — brother John and Peter Frettwell.. Witnesses 
— Elizabeth Frettwell, Joshua Tomkins and Mary Howard. Proved No- 
vember 3, 1704. Lib, I, p. 86 

1694 Oct. 8. Basnett, Richard, of Burlington; will of. Wife Eliz- 

1 The Rev. Peter Tranberg and his assistant, the Rev. Andrew Windrufva. of 
the Swedish Lutheran churches at Christina, Penns Neck, and vicinity. As Mr. 
Windrufva died Nov. [5, 1728, the funeral of Zacharia Bavtleson must have oc- 
curred prior to that time. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 29 

abetli; children — William, Mary, wife of Edward Hunloke (and her dau. 
Sarah), Elizabeth, Hannah; son-in-law Thomas fframpton, daughters-in- 
law Elizabeth and Sarah fframpton, his sisters. Temporal estate. Wife 
executrix; James Marshall, P'rancis Daven]:>ort and James Hill, executors 
in trust. Witnesses — Benj. WHieate, Barnard Devonish, Phil. Richards. 
Proved Oct. 13, 1694. 

1694 Oct. 27. Aftidavit of James Marshall, Phil. Richards and James 
Hill, that they believe testator meant to give his wife full power to sell 
any part of the estate as executrix. 

1694 Oct. 13. Bond of the widow Elizabeth Basnett, as executrix of 
the estate. John Day, yeoman, and Benjamin Wheate, cordwainer, fellow 
bondsmen. 

1694 Oct. 30. Inventory of the estate (£1062.10.8, incl. 6 negro 
slaves, 93:j oz. of silver plate and land), made by George Hutcheson, 
Thomas Gardner and Benj. Wheate. 

1694 Oct. 13. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his 
widow and executrix, Elizabeth Bassnett. Burlington Records, p. 22 

1727-8 Mar. 11. Basou, Nicholas, of Somerset Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £37. 18. II, made by Peter Hof (?) and Johannis 
Jong. Lib. B, p. 80 

1724-5 Jan. 26. Bass, Jeremiah, of Burlington; will of. Gives 
directions about burial by an Episcopal clergyman, and leaves 40 shill. 
sterl. annually to the Rector of St. Mary's, in Burlington, or to Christ 
Church, Philadelphia, for preaching two sermons every year, on Easter 
and on Whitsunday. Wife Elizabeth; children Katherin, wife of Robert 
Talbot, Anne and Birchfield. Real and personal estate. The wife sole 
executrix with son-in-law Talbot, daughter Anne and Andrew Hamilton as 
advisers. Witnesses — Sam'l Bustill, John Allen, Tho: Hunloke. Proved 
August 9, 1725. Lib. 2, p. 312 

1725 Nov. — . Inventory of the personal estate, £301.4.3, incl. i lb. 
6 oz. II pwt. 9 gr. of plate, £59.19.9; teaspoons, &c., £1.7.6; 13 great, 48 
small pictures and 8 old prints, £8.17; a clock, £12; a silver watch, 
£3.10, an Indian woman, £30; made by Asher Cleayton and Tho: Hun- 
loke. 

1726 Not. 9. Bassett, Benjamin, of Salem Co.; will of. Brother 
William Bassett, sole heir and executor of real and personal estate. Wit- 
nesses — Joseph Clarke, Abigal Bassett, Benja. Acton. Proved April 27, 
1727. Lib. 2, p. 418 

1726-7 Feb. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £19.16.7, made by 
Joseph White and William Bruce. 

1728 Aug. 30. Bate, Jereihiah, of Newton, Gloucester Co., yco- 



30 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

man; will of. Children — Martha, wife of James Wall; Abigail, wife of 
Thomas Thackrea; Mary, William (executor). Jacob Thackrea is given 
a piece of swamp above the Upper Wood landing on Peter's Creek. Real 
and personal estate. Witnesses — John Erwin, Gabrel Hugg, John Kay. 
Proved May 5, 1729. 

1700 Not. 6. Bate, William, of the Town of Newton, Gloucester 
Co.; will of. Children — ^Joseph and Jeremiah, daughter-in-law Mary 
Bate, son-in-law Simeon Ellis, grandchildren in New Jersey and Pennsyl- 
vania; names not given. Legacy to Thomas Sharp. Real and personal 
estate. Executor — son-in-law Simeon Ellis. Witnesses — William Sharp 
and Thomas Sharp. Proved December 2, 1700. 

1700 Dec. 2. Probate of the last will of, granting letters testamentary 
to Simeon Ellis, executor. 

1700 Dec. 2. Bond of Simeon Ellis, of said Co., as executor of the 
last will. Thomas Kendall and Edward Burroughs, fellow bondsmen. 

1 700-1 March i. Inventory of the personal estate, £66.2.0, made by 
John Kay and Thomas Sharp. 

1723 24:th d. Sthrn. (October). Bateiuan, Ishmael, of Spring- 
field, Burlington Co., schoolmaster. Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£6.1.8^; made by Robert Gillham and Jonas Cattell. Sworn to by John 
Scholey, administrator, February 25, 1723-4. 

1724 June I. Bond of John Scholey, of Springfield Township, yeoman, 
as administrator, James Beck, of Burlington, fellow bondsman. 

Lib. 2, p. 264 

1734 Sept. 14. Bates, John, of Upper Freehold, husbandman. 
Bond of William Norton, of Upper Freehold, yeoman, as administrator of 
the estate of; Edward Griffith, of the same place, yeoman, fellow bonds- 
man. Monmouth Wills 

1716 May 15. Bayles, John. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Elizabeth Bayles. Lib. A, 17 

1722-3 Jan. 1. Bayley, David, of Salem Town. Inventory of the 
personal estate of; £190.11.3, principally dry goods and groceries, also a 
servant maid, £7; made by Bartho: Wyatt and Richard Woodnutt. 

1722-3 Jan. I. Bond of Sarah Bayley, the widow, as administratrix, 
who swears her husband died without leaving a will. Thomas Taylor, of 
Salem, yeoman, fellow bondsman, 

1717 July 21. Bayly, Bayle, Thomas: will of. Divides person- 
al estate between John Thompson (three navigation books), Ann Wright 
and Thomas Chester; appointing the last named executor. Witnesses — 



CALENDAR OK WILLS. 3 1 

James Euanes (?), Nathan Smart. Proved in Burlington Co., October 17, 
171 7. Lib. 2, p. 80 

1717 July 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £28.11, inch all kind 
of leather lasts and dry skins, £6.14; made by William Walden and Na- 
than Smart. 

1718 • . Account of the estate by the executor, Thomas Chester, 

showing payments to Tho: Hardin for the cofhn. Dr. Nickols, Rachel 
Jones for nursing, Ann Wright, Andrew Thompson, Rich'd Woodnutt, 
Thomas Balye, Wm. Hudson, Jonathan Morris, Renere Vanheyse, John 
Mason, Thomas Smith, John Fitzrandall, John Jones and John Calvert. 

Burlington Wills 

1695-6 2otli d., 12th m. (February). Beacham, Johu, of Phila- 
delphia, butcher. Bill against, by widow Ann Cox, of the same place; 
sworn to before Anthony Morris, Justice. 

1696 . Administration of the estate of John Beacham granted 

to John Worlidge, as attorney for said Ann Cox. Salem Wills, A, p. 1S5 a 

1710-11 Mar. 24. Beaks, William, of Nottingham, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Ruth. Children — Edmond (by a former wife, as 
Ruth is called Edmond's mother-in-law), Stacy, Nathan, Sarah; the last 
three under age. Real and personal estate, incl. servant boy John Nation. 
Executors — the wife and son Edmond. Witnesses — Samuel Beaks, John 
Coner, Mahlon Stacy. Proved April 27, 1711. Liber i, p. 313 

1711 April 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £819.8.8, incl. silver 
spoons and a dram cup £5.5.-, gold and silver coin £34.13.9, a pocket 
watch with silver chain £8, 60 books (two Bibles, a concordance, Seildor's 
Comanterrys and New Survey of West Indies), £11.-, and debts due by 
Samuel Beaks, Jonas Moone, Robert Heaton, Symon Sacket, Samuel Ba- 
con, Joseph Lacock, Joseph Myers, John Severen, Nath'l Rosel, Phil. Pal- 
mer, John Rutledge, Peter Lester, Wm. Montgomery; made by Joseph 
Kirkbride, Wm. Biles, Joshua Wright and Tho. Lambert. 

1690-1 Jan. 31. Beard, William, of Mansfield, Burlington Co. 
Bond of his widow Katherine Beard as administratrix of his estate; Robert 
Murfin, yeoman, and Henry Grubb, inn holder, both of Burlington, fellow 
bondsmen. 

1690-1 Jan. 31. Letters of administration on the estate granted to his 
widow, Katharine Beard. Burlington Records, p. 15 

1713 Oct. 19. Bebby, William, of Shrewsbury. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£20.8.4^); made by David Killy, John Powell and Pe- 
tertill Tien: sworn to by Frances Bebby, now wife of Thomas Harrison, 
administratrix, May 25, 1715. Lib. i, p. 430, and Monmouth Wills 



32 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1710 Oct. 23. BebOU, John, of Stattin Island, N. Y., brewer; will 
of. Wife Mette. Sons — Peter, Jacobus. Wife's "first-children" spoken 
of. "Worldly estate." No executor named. Witnesses — ^Jo" Morgen, 
Charles Marshal, Abraham Cole. Proved before Jas. Smith, Surrogate. 
See Bibout. Lib. A, p. i6 

1716 Sei)t. 1. Beck, Ann, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co. ; will of. 
Children — Godfrey and Sarah. Real and personal estate, as given her by 
her deceased husband. Executors — ^Jacob Doughty and Thomas Scholey. 
Witnesses — William Wood, Nehemiah Cowgill, Tho: Lambert. Proved 
October i, 1716. Lib. 2, p. 76 

1716 Sept. 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £270.16.4., incl. 
bonds and bills "good & bad," £116.18.3; made by Robert Chapman, 
Samuel Taylor and Joseph Reckless. 

. Beck, Henry, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co.; will of. 



Wife Ann. Children — James, Roworth, Sarah, Godfrey (under 21); son 
John dead. Land (1200 acres) on the Westside of Northampton River; 
home farm, personal property, incl. a negro girl. Executors — the wife and 
son James. Witnesses — Jacob Baillergean, William W^ood, Samuel Tay- 
lor, John Black, Robert Chapman, Tho. Lambert. Proved March 30, 
1715. Lib. I, p. 509 

1714-5 Mar. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £369.11.-, incl. a 
negro woman and her 3 children, £100.-; made by Tho: Scholey, Jacob 
Doughty, John Black and Samuel Taylor. 

1728 Oct. 12. Beck, Godferry, of Burlington Co., an orphan son of 
Henry Beck. Petition of, that Robert Taylor of said Co. be appointed 
his guardian. Lib. 3, p. 76 

1728-9 Mar. 12. Bond of Robert Taylor, yeoman, as guardian. 

1728-9 Feb. 27. Beck, James, of Mansfield Township, Burlington 
Co., cooper. Inventory of the personal estate of; £119.11.2, nearly all 
debts due by Rich'd Smith, Geo. Morris, Corn. Closen, Geo. Shin, Rob't 
Chapman, Jarvis Hall, Edw. Jones, John Dunnmer, Geo. Gess, Sam'l 
Wright, Henry Clothier, Isaac Williams and Phil. Quigley; made by Jo- 
seph Pancoast and James Brown. 

1728-9 Feb. 17. Bond of George Morris as administrator; Richard 
Roe, fellow bondsman. 

1729 Oct. 31. Account of the estate by the administrator, who has 
paid debts due to John Butcher, Francis Gibbs, Israel Pemberton, Isaiah 
Foulks, Sam'l Danford, Joseph Borden, Raworth Beck, James Whitehead, 
Joseph Heulings, John Tonkin, Henry Clothier, Elizabeth Bass, and de- 
ducts from the value of the estate the debt due by John Dunnmer, £36.10, 
vA^ has gone beyond seas without paying, and several other debts. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 33 

1715 April 14, Beck, John, of Mansfield, Burlington Co. Inven- 
tory of tlic personal estate of, £109.18.4; made by Sam'l Goldy, Thomas 
Curtis and John Hancock (?); sworn to by Alice Beck, administratrix. 

1728 May 7. Beck, John, an orphan of about 15 years. Letters of 
guardianship of, issued to George Morris. Lib. 2, p. 522 

1724-5 Feb. 2. Bedford, Gfnnuing-, (Gunnion, Gunian), of Pens 

Neck, Salem Co., yeoman. Bond of Mary, widow of, as administratrix of 
the estate of her laie husl)and, who left no will. Thomas Miles and Jo- 
seph Gregory fellow bondsmen. Lib. 2, p. 274 

1724-5 Feb. 8. Inventory of the personal estate, £19.13.-, inch a sil- 
ver tumbler, £2.10; made by Joseph Gregory, Wm. Grifies and Thos. 
Miles. 

1725 Mar. to June. Receipts given to Mary Bedford for payments due 
by the estate to George Ross, of New Castle, "for trouble in crossing the 
river and preaching his Funeral Sermon," £3; to Jno. Finney for medi- 
cines; to Oliver Westland, to John Restrack, to Richard Grafton, Pat. 
Reilly and Samuel Chanders, all for funeral charges. 

1726-7 Jan. 7. Account of the estate of, £14.13, by the administra- 
trix, Mary Bedford, of said Co., gentlewoman, who has paid out £30.10.3, 
in discharging debts due to Dr. Rylee, Dr. Tinny (for medicines & visits). 
Dr. Ross (for preaching the funeral sermon, £3), Joseph Gregory, Samuel 
Chandler, John Redstrack, Rich'd Grafton, Simon Eaton, Mr. Gravenrodd 
and Mr. Carpenter. Salem Wills 

1724 May 6. Beekman, Christopher, of New Jersey, gentleman; 
will of. Wife Maria. Children — Gerardus, Adrianus, Christopher, Abra- 
ham, Cornelia, Magdalena, Maria and Catharine. Real and personal es- 
tate. Executors — the wife, and brothers William and Gerardus Beekman, 
of N. Y., merchants. Witnesses — David Davis, Johannes van Gelder, 
Aljrah: Gouverneur. Proved June 19, 1724. Lib. A, p. 326 

1701 July 30. Beere, Jonathan, of Salem, gent.; will of. Wife 

Mary, sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Wm. Slubey, Sam'l Hunter, Sam'l Hedge. Codicill of November 14, 
1701, includes in the real estate given to the wife, the lately bought land 
at Quiahocking. Witnesses — Michall Hackett and Sam'l Hedge. Record- 
ed December 16, 1701. 

1701 Nov. 28. Inventory of the estate; real — hou.'^^es with 21 acres of 
land, 12 a. of marsh, a still, etc., £300., 600 a. at Quiahocking, £100; 
personal, £310.5.8, inch plate, £5.14, a "mollotto" girl, £30; made by 
Jno. Thompson and Sam'l Hedge. 

1701 Dec. 29. Letters testamentary issued to the widow, Mary 
Beere. Salem Wills, 2, p. 116-119 



34 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1713-14 Feb, 27. Beetill, Beetles, George, of Alloways Creek, 

Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Gives to John Butler of the same place all 
the land bought from uncle Josiah White, and to aunt Hannah White 
personal property. John Butler, executor. Witnesses — Ann Gillham, 
Elizabeth Quinton, Esther Hancock, John Firth. Proved May lo, 1 714. 

Lib, I, p. 448 

Mar. 15. Inventory of the estate of George Beettel. Real, 

£37.10; personal, £13.15.7^; made by Richard Hancock, John Paine and 
John Firth, all Quakers. 

1712-3 Feb. 23. Bell, Henry, of Hopewell, Burlington Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Elizabeth, sole executrix. Children — William and 
Elizabeth, both under age. Real and personal estate. V/itnesses — Law- 
rence Ruth, William Osborne. Proved October 2, 17 13. Lib. i, p. 426 

1708 Aug. 9. Bell, Robert, of Cape May. Inventory of the estate 
of (£36.10.-, all personal), made by William Shaw and John Taylor. 

1719 2(1 d. lOtli m. (December). Bellauge, Jene, of Little Egg 

Harbor, Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Christian. Children — Jue, Jeames, 
Elizabeth, Michell, Susanah, Joshua, Isaac, all under age; an expected 
child. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — 
Joseph Willits, Richard Orsborn, William Cramer. Proved May 10, 1720. 

1720 May 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £106.2.-, made by 
William Cramer and Joseph Willits, and sworn to by his widow Christian, 
in Burlington Co. 

1729 May 24. Bellis, William, of Northampton, Burlington Co. ; 
will of. Wife Esther, daughters Mary and Sarah, apparently other chil- 
dren, who are to be Inought up. Home farm of 400 acres, 330 a. at the 
mountains; personal estate. Executors — the wife and father-in-law, John 
Easley. Witnesses — Elizabeth Newbury, Elizabeth Woolman, Elijah 
Reeves, Samuel Woolman. Proved November 3, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 103 

1729 Oct. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £78.13.6, made by 
Samuel Woolman and Revell Elton. 

1708 March 29. Beiinet. Allexaiider, of Northampton Township, 
Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Jennake. Children — John (under 14), Ann, 
Sarah, Margrett, Mary and Elizabeth, all under 21. Real and personal 
estate. Wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Nathaniel Cripps, Thomas 
Brian, John Wills. Proved May 8, 1708. Lib. i, p. 197 

1708 May 5. Inventory of the estate, real, £100; personal, 112.13.2; 
made by Nathaniel Cripps, William Haines and Daniel Wills. 

1703-4 Mai'Cll 2, Bennet, Robert, of Cohanzey Precinct, Salem 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 35 

Co., husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate of (£57.8.4), made by- 
Richard Robins and William Remmenton, both of the same place. 

1704 March 25. Bond of his widow, Jane Bennet, as administratrix 
of the estate. William Remmenton (Remington) and Richard Robins, 
fellow bondsmen, all of Cesaria River. 

1717 Oct. 7. Beunet, Thomas, of Shrewsbury, i\ronmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of. W^ife Lea. son Thomas, a daughter, name not given. Real 
and personal estate. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Robert Stout, 
Thomas Chambers, Gav. Urummond. Proved February 26, 1717-S. 

Rib. A; p. 94 

• . Inventory of the personal estate (£75.19.6), made by 

William Woolley, Gav. Drummond and Thomas Chambers; sworn to by 
Lea Bennet, widow and executrix, February 26, 1717-S. Monmouth Wills 

1694 March 2S. Berkstead, John, late of Kent Co., Penna., mer- 
chant. Administration on the estate of, granted to his brother Joshua 
Barkstead; said John having purchased of Major Fenwick some land in 
Fenwick's Colony. Salem Wills, A, 116 

1706 Jan. 24. Berry, Edward, of Burlington, joiner. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Joseph Cross as principal creditor of 
the deceased. Lib. i, p. i68 

. Inventory of the personal estate (£15.9.9), nrade by John 

Wills and W'illiam Bagley, wdio swear to it January 24, 1706-7. 

Salem W^ills 

1712 May 16. Berry, John, of Bergen Co.; will of. Children of 
son Richard Berry — Charity, Richard, Mary, Sarah and William; daugh- 
ters Francina Lawrencel and her children, Sarah Springham-' in Barbados, 
and her children, two sons of deceased granddaughter Mary by William 
Sandford, grandson Montieth Noell and children of grandson Richard Hall 
by Anne Evereugully (?)." l^and in Bergen County, at New Barbados; 
personal property. Executors — son-in-law Thomas Lawrence and wife 
Francina, with grandsons William Sandford, John Edsall and Samuel 

1 Francina, second clau. of Major Joim Berry, m. 1st, Lieut. Michael .Smith; 2ci, 
Major Thomas Thomas Lawrence. 

2 The oldest daughter of Major John Berry; she m. Dr. John Springham, of 
Barbadoes. 

3 Hannah, 3d dau. of Maj. John Berry, m. 1st, Rictiard Hall, of N. Y. ; 2d, Dec. 
2, 1691, Thomas Noel, of N. Y. ; 3d. Chas. Wolley. of N. Y., April 14, 1701. By lier 
first husband she had Richard Hall, who m. May 4, 1703, Anne, dau. of James 
Evets, of N. Y. By her second husband she had Montieth Noel, who d. unm. and 
intestate in 1713. For some account of the descendants of Major John Berry, see 
History of Paterson, by William Nelson. 



36 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Moore as assistants. Witnesses — Yacob de Groot, Garret de Groot, Thom- 
as Lawrence. Proved February 8, 1714-5. 

Lib. I, p. 534, and Bergen Wills 

1703 Nov. 16. Berry, Richard. Bond of Tliomas Davis, of New 
Barbados, as administrator of his estate. John Gardiner and Edward 
Ball, of Newark, yeomen, fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. I, p. 81, and Bergen Wills 

1710-11 Jan. 15. Beswick, Epliraim, of Salem Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £13.1.10, made by Daniel Ramsey and James Bar- 
rot. Duplicate dated July 10, 1711, to which is added "A Debt due by 
James Sherron, given in by Information Dubous £3.00," signed: Alex'r 
Grant, administrator. 

1699 Dec. 7. Beswick, John, of Salem Co., bricklayer; will of. 
Sons — Ephraim, " soul " executor, and John. Real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — Maning Brathwaite, William Brathwaite, Allis Groome. Re- 
corded March 4, 1699-1700. Salem Lib. 7, p. 11, and Salem Wills 

1700 Jan. 26. Inventory of the estate: real (100 acres with improve- 
ments), £16; personal, £8.19, inch 4,000 bricks, £4; made by Maning 
Brathwaite and Micha Thomas. Salem No. 7, p. 11 

1716 Oct. 27. Bibout, John (endorsed as of Staten Island, N. Y.). 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £26.-, made by John Borrows and 
John Molleson. See Bebou. Middlesex Wills 

1725 Oct. 13. Bickley, Abraham, of Burlington, merchant; copy 
of will of. Present wife Dorothy. Children— William, Elizabeth, Pol- 
green, Samuel, Hannah, Susanna, Abraham, May, sister Sarah Graves, 
who has four children; kinsman William Cook, who has brother Thomas 
and sister Elizabeth and Mathew Birchfield; the poor among the Quakers 
in Philadelphia and Burlington. House, bolting house and lot in Bur- 
lington, now occupied by widow Ann Stevenson, and other real estate in 
Burlington Town and County, house and lot in High St., Philadelphia, 
now occupied by Patrick Baird, another "in the Bank of the Front St.," 
same city, now occupied by Wm. Croswhit, "great" cornerhouse in High 
St. and two tenements adjoining, now in the tenure of Benjamin Paschal, 
Richard Clymer, George Cuningham ?nd Mathew Aspden, 1,000 acres of 
land in West Jersey, bought of Thos. Wetherel, three houses and lots in 
Jone's Alley, Philadelphia, another house and lot in High St., now occu- 
pied by Giles Cambridge, houses in the Bank of Philadelphia, of which 
the middle one was lately occupied by Thomas Chase; another one bought 
of Abr'm Griffith and now occupied by Joseph Webb and Cornelius 
Cohoon; two others, bo't of John Barnes and Samuel Marmion with water 
lots; lots near bolting house bought of Randal Spakeman; water lot, 102 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 37 

feet wide, on East side of King St., Phila., house in New York, where 
father dwelt; lot near the center of Philadelphia, bought by Wm. Framp- 
ton of Philipp Russell; personal property (a silver skillet, five large do. 
porringers, 15 do. spoons, a do. can-cup, marked WBS, a do. cawdle cup 
with cover). Executors — brother-in-law Wm. Hudson, Henry Plodge, 
James Steel, Geo. Fitzwater, John Jones Bolter and son Samuel Bickley. 
Witnesses — Cha. Read, Jno. Hyatt, Peter Wishart. Proved in Philadel- 
phia March 28, 1726. Seal of the Register General of Penna. 

Lib. 2, p. 321, and Burlington Wills 

1726 7th d. 3dm. (May), Inventory of the personal estate, £1797.1.9, 
inch iS| oz. of coined silver at 7s. 6p., £6. t6. 10^; 9 dollars at 5s. 6p., 
£2.9.6; 2^ oz. of wrought gold at 5s. lop., silver buckles and a little bottle, 
£13.13; dry goods, hardware and general merchandize; made by Richard 

Smith and Dan'l Smith, jr. 

1711-12 Feb. 25. Biddle, Penelope, Joseph, Lydia and John, 

grandchildren of William Biddle, dec'd, minors under 14 years of age. 
Guardianship of, granted to Samuel Bunting, of Chesterfield, and John 
Wills, of Northampton, at the request of William Biddle and wife Lydia. 

Lib. I, p. 335 

1711 June 23. Biddle, William, of Mount Hope, Burlington Co. ; 
will of. Son William, who has wife Lydia and children — William, Eliz- 
abeth, Sarah, Penelope and Lydia, all under age; cousin Thomas Biddle 
and children — Thomas, Sarah and Rachel, all under 21; grandsons — 
Joseph and John Biddle, both under age; legacies to William, son of 
Clement Plumstead, of Philadelphia; cousin Dorothy Sherwin and Wil- 
liam Saterthwait. Home farm, called Mount Hope, 500 acres, Biddle's 
Island in Delaware R. opposite home farm, 1500 a., to be taken up in 
West Jersey; personal estate. Executors — son William, Samuel Bunting, 
of Chesterfield, and John Wills, of Northampton. Witnesses — Isaac Mar- 
riott, Thomas Raper, Cullum Macquire. Proved March 3, 171 1-2. 

Lib. I, p. 338 

1711 Dec. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £864.12,1!^, incl. 
bonds, bills and mortgages, £500. 12. 5^; an old negro man, an Indian 
woman and two children, £100; plate and silk, £15; made l)y Wm. Wood, 
Thomas Raper and Joshua Humphris. 

. Bilderbeck, David, of Salem Co., yeoman; will of. 

Wife Katherine, executrix; children— Hendrick, John, Peter, Katherine, 
another daughter, all under age, an unborn child. "Whole estate." Re- 
corded July ID, 1695. 

. Inventory of the personal ^state, £71.12.9, made by 

Thomas Nossiter and Wooley Frackson. 



38 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1695 • Letters testamentary granted to the widow, Katharine 

Bilderbeck. Salem Wills, A, p, 164 a 

1700 May 22. Bilderbeck, Peter, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman; will of. "Wife Ingra sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate; children — Daniel, Albert, Katharine and Ann. Witnesses — 
Tho: Foster and Walter Hughstes. 

1701 April 10. Inventory of the estate: real (125 acres of land with 
improvements), £50; personal, £63.1; made by Tho: Foster and Thomas 
Lambson. 

1 701 June 10. Letters testamentary issued to the widow and executrix, 
Ingra Bilderbeck. Salem Wills, 2, pp. 90-92 

1712 May 16. Billop, Joseph, administration of the estate of, 
granted to Thomas Farmer. Lib. i, p. 364 

1728-9 Jan. 24. Bills, Nathaniel, of Shrewsbury Township, Mon- 
mouth Co.; will of. Children — Thomas, Girsham, Daniel (under age), 
Marcey, Catherine, Joanah and Elisabeth. Real and persona] estate. 
Executors — son Thomas and Joseph Gardiner. Witnesses — John West, 
John Taylor, Mary Johnson. Proved March 31, 1729. Lib. B, p. 260 

1728-9 Feb. 22. Bills, Thomas, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Content. Children — William, Silvanus, Thomas, 
Joana, Lydia, Elizabeth, all under age. Real and personal estate in 
Fairfield Township, New England, and in Shrewsbury Township. The 
wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Preserve Lippincott, John Raskins, Geo. 
Thornborough. Proved March 24, 1 728-9. Lib. B, p. 158 

1694 Nov. 15. Bing'lay, John, of Middlesex Co.; nuncupative will 
of, made before Nathaniel Fitzrandolph senior and junior, leaves the es- 
tate to his father, brother and sister, with a legacy to Sarah Parker; whom 
he was to have married. Proved December 18, 1694. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 2t8, and Middlesex Wills 

1694 Dec. 10. Inventory of the personal estate of, £44.17.4, made by 
Elisha Parker and Rob't Gilchrist. 

1694-5 Jan. 28. Bond of William Binglay, the father, as executor of 
the will. William Binglay, junior, fellow bondsman, all of Woodbridge. 

1714 7th d. 3d ui. (May). Bircham, Henry, of Burlington, will 
of. Grandchildren — Joseph and Elizabeth, children of James Bircham, 
who have now stepfather Jonas Ingham; William, Sarah and Samuel, chil- 
dren of Wm. Satherthwait; Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. Satherthwait and 
wife of John Hayns. House and lot near London Bridge in Burlington; 
another do. on the river. Executors — Wm. Satherthwait and John Hayns. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 



39 



Witnesses — Richard Smith, Anna Smith, Wm. Gabitas. Proved Novem- 
ber 23, 1 714. Lib. I, p. 502 

1714 20th d. 3d m. (May). Inventory of the personal estate, £81.2.-, 
inch bonds of Thos. Midleton, Henry Cook and Tho: Willson, made by 
Tliomas Raper and Peter Frettvvell. 

Dec. 29. Bircliam, James, of Northampton, Burlington Co., 

husbandman; will of. Wife Elizabeth, son Joseph, daughter Ann. 
Home farm of 200 acres, a lot of 300 a. at Amwell, personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife and brother-in-law John Haines. Witnesses — Thomas 
Haines, Richard Brown, Betty Woolston. Proved February 20, 1709. 

Lib. I, p. 259 

1709-10 Feb. 17. Inventory of the estate, £301.6.-, of vvhich £iooare 
for the home farm, 60 for the Amwell lot, 42 for a negro girl, made by 
Jacob Lamb and Richard Brown. 

1715 Dec. 17. Bill of Jonas Ingham for boarding and "scowling" 
Ann and Joseph, children of James Burcham, since July 27, 1710, board- 
ing at £6.-, a year, schooling at £1. 

1723 Sept. 9. Bird, Andrew, of Milston River, Somerset Co. Ad- i „. -t '^"' 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Mary Bird, widow. f 

Lib. A, p. 266 

1723-4 Feb. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £115.14.3, taken by 
Yellus Johnson and Tunis Coovers (Covers), v 

1683-4: Jan. 7. Bishop, Dayid, of Middlesex Co. (?). Inventory 
of the personal estate of, £60.16.10, made by Sam'll Moore and Mathew 
Moore, at the request of John Bishop, senior, and Thomas Alger. 

1683-4 Mar. 10. Bishop, David, of Woodbridge. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to his widow Mary. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 56 

1695 Nov. iS. Mary, daughter of David Bishop, dec'd, makes appli- 
cation for the appointment of her uncle, Jonathan Bishop, of Woodbridge, 
Middlesex Co., as her guardian; granted by And. Hamilton. 

1695 Nov. 18. Order of Gov'r Hamilton to the Secretary of the Prov- 
ince, to make out letters of guardianship to Jonathan Bishop, of Wood- 
bridge, whose niece Mary, daughter of David Bishop, has chosen him as 
her guardian. 

1695 ^s^- 4- Bishop, David, of Woodbridge. Bond of Jonathan 
Bishop, of Woodbridge, as guardian of Marie Bishop, daughter of. Sam- 
uel Dennis, fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1684 Sept. 19. Bishop, Jolin, senior, of Woodbridge; will of. 



40 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Children — ^Jonathan, John, Noah, Rebecca, Joanna, Ann, grandchild John, 
natural son of son John. Real and personal estate. Executor — son John. 
Witnesses — Moses Collier, Robeart Wright and Agasa White. Proved 
November 27, 1684. N.J. Archives, XXL, p. 72, and Middlesex Wills 

1684 Oct. 8. Inventory of the personal estate, £196.4.-, inch a negro 
woman Betty at £25, and a silver dram cup; made by Samuel Moore and 
Moses Collier. 

1686 July 31. Bishop, John, of Woodbridge. Bond of John, son 
of, as executor of his father's will. Jonathan Bishop, of said town, fellow 
bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1720 June 20. Bishop, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co.; will 
of. Wife Mary; children — John, Moses, Anne Coburn, Rebekka; son-in- 
law Amos Goodden; grandchildren — David Goodden, Thomas Bishop, 
son of dau. Anne. Land on Pepiak Neck in Woodbridge Bounds, be- 
tween the road to town, Daniel Brittain, John Moores and brother Noah, 
six acres of salt meadow near the mouth of Rahaway R., a lot in Wood- 
bridge near Aish Swamp, a farm at Rahaway, West of the bridge; per- 
sonal property. Son Moses sole executor with brother-in-law John 
Moore and kinsman John Elstone as overseers. W^itnesses — Samuel 
Stone, John Alston, Samuel Bonnell. Proved April 3, 1722. 

Lib. A, p. 209 

1723-4 Mar. 17. Bishop, Jonathan, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Cathrin, son Jonathan, sister Mary Ston. 
Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Jere- 
miah Stillwell, Edward Jones, Robart Wright. Proved August 10, 1724. 

Lil). A, p. 296 

1720 May 9. BisllOp, Nathaniel, of Cohanse}-, Salem Co., yeoman; 
•will of. Wife Sarah; children — Daniel, Joseph, Moses, Nathaniel, Sam- 
uel, John, three daughters, names not given. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and son Nathaniel. Witnesses — Daniel W^escote, 
Josiah Brooks, Hugh Chard. Proved May 28, 1723. Lib. 2, p. 245 

1723 April 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £137.7.5, n^ade by 
Daniell Bishop and John Shaw, stating that Nathaniel Bishop died April 
24, 1723. 

1726-7 Feb, 16, Bissett, David, of Penh Amboy, shoemaker; will 
of. Children — John, Mary, Margret, Rebecka, Helen, David and Eliza- 
beth. Real and personal estate. Executors — daughters Mary and Margret. 
Witnesses — Joseph Fitz Randolph, David Herriott, Jo'n Herriott. Codi- 
cil of same date says: "if my son John should folow my Busenss as Riding 
post." Same witnesses. Proved March 14, 1726-7. Lib. B, 26 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 4 1 

1725 Dec. 29. Bisset, Elizabeth, of Elizabethtown. Administra- 
tion on the estate of granted to her son, John Brookfield. Lib. A, 345 

1709 Nov, oO. Black, Alice, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to John Black. Lib. I, p. 250 

1701-2 Mar. 3. Black, William; will of. Wife Alice. Sons- 
Thomas, \Villiam, John, Samuel; daughter Mary; daughter-in-law Alice 
Becke. Legacy to John Tayler when he comes of age. Land in Mans- 
field Township. Personal property. Wife sole executrix. Witnesses- 
Edward Rockhill, John Rockhill, Samuel Tayler. Proved April 6, 1702. 

Burlington Wills 

1702 April 9. Bond of the widow Alice Black, of Burlington Co., as 
executrix. Samuel Taylor and Henry Beck, of said Co., yeomen, fellow 
bondsmen. 

1702 April 22. Inventory of the estate of William Black, of Chester- 
field (£251.3.-); made by Matthew Forsyth, John Bacon and Edward 
Rockhill. 

1697 May 3. Blackfleld, Peter, late of New England, now of 
Salem Town, shipwright; marriage contract of, with Ann Cill, of the 
same town, widow, by which said Ann has liberty to bequeath by will the 
land now occupied by Robert Barrow and lying on Munmouth River, 
which she has derived from her father Samuel Curtise, also the brick 
house in Salem, where she now lives, but said Peter may use and occupy 
the house during his natural life. 

1703 Dec. 5. Will of Ann, wife of Peter Blacksfeild, of Salem Town, 
innholder, gives the house in Salem to her husband, the land on Mun 
Mouth R. to her father, Samuel Curtise, and a legacy to Samuel Hedge, 
senior, making the last two executors. Witnesses — James Ridley, James 
Barratt, Lancelett Sawkill and Sam'l Hedge. Proved December 29, 
1703. Salem Wills 

1711-12 Feb. 12. Blackford, Samuel, of Pitscatways Township, 

Middlesex Co. ; will of. Wife Ann; sons — Benjamin, Daniel, Samuel, 
John; daughters Mary Ling, Prouidaince Rinion (? Runyon) and Hanna 
Drack. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Wil- 
liam Thick Stone, Wm. Lang, Ad. Hude. Proved April 29, 1712. 

1687 Oct. 28. Blackmau, Bryant, of the Island of Barbados. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Samuel Leonard, of Middletown. 

See N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 104 
1687-8 Feb. 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £30.-, made by 
William Leeds Victor, Ephraim Allin, Joseph Wardell, Tho: Webley. 

1688 April I. Account of the estate, by tlie administrator, Samuel 
Leonard, 



42 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1688 April II. Additional property of Bryan Blackman appraised at 
£18.12.- by William Leeds Victor and Nicholas Browne. 

1697 June 28. Blackman, Mary Ann and Violetta, of the 

Island of Barbados. Bond of Samuel Webb, of said Island, joiner, as 
guardian of. Jacob Legay, of the same place, gentleman, fellow bonds- 
man. Burlington Wills 

1727 April 4. Blancliard, Isaac, of Elizabethtown, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Jane, daughter Jane (under iS), an expected 
child, father John Blanchard. Real and personal estate (a negro child). 
Executors — the wife and brother John Blanchard. Witnesses — Abraham 
Shotwell, John Halsted, Susannah Hallsted. Proved May 16, 1727. 

Lib. B, p. 32 

1730 April 6. Blanchard, John, of Elizabethtown, administration 
on the estate of, granted to John Blanchard, of the same place. 

Lib. B, p. 15S 

1727 Oct. 14. Bliss, George, of Northamton Township, Burling- 
ton Co., tailor. Inventory of the personal estate of, £92.16, incl. an old 
Bible and other books 10 shill., made by Thomas Budd and Richard 
Brown. 

1727 Oct. 21. Bond of Elizabeth Bliss, of Burlington Co., widow, as 
administratrix of the estate. Daniel Wills fellow bondsman. 

Lib. 2, p. 449 

1702-3 Jan. 12. Blomfeild, Ezekiel, of Woodbridge; will of. 

Wife Hope; children — Timothy, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Mary; brother Thomas Bloomfield mentioned. Land in Langster's Plain, 
salt marsh bought of John Lovebury, part of Rarington meadows, per- 
sonal astate. Executors — the wife and son Timothy. Witnesses — Sam- 
uel Hale, William Ellison and Joseph Fitz Randolph. Proved February 
26, 1702-3. Middlesex Wills 

1678-9 Feb. 16. Blomfeild, Blumfeild, Thomas, junior, of 
W'oodbridge; will of. N. J. Archives, XXI., pp. 43 and 44 

1684 June 10. Blomfield, Bloomfield, Blumfield, Thomas, of 

Woodbridge; will of. Wife Mary; children — John (eldest son), Ezekiel 
(youngest), Nathaniel; grandsons — Timothy, son of Ezekiel; Thomas, 
son of John. House and lot in Woodbridge, homelot meadow on Papiack 
Creek, land at Langster's Plains, lot of Raraton meadows, personal prop- 
erty. Executors — the wife and son Nathaniel. Witness — Samuel 
Moore. Proved March 5, 1685-6. 

Middlesex Wills, and N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 113 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 43 

1687-8 Mar. 5. Bond of his widow Mary and of Nathaniel Blumfield, 
as administrators of the estate of. Benjamin Griffith, of Amboy Perth, 
merchant, fellow bondsman. 

1713 April 10. Blooiufeihl, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Alee; children — Benjamin (youngest son;, John, 
Nathaniel, all under age, Thomas, Sarah Right and Phebe Davis. 
Plome farm, a lot opposite, 60 acres near Henry Salter's, 10 a. of marsh 
on Rariton River, part of father Thomas Bloomfeild's accommodation; 
personal property. Executors — the wife, son Thomas and John Herd, of 
Woodbridge. Witnesses — John Person, John Nooks, Nath'l Wade. 
Proved before James Smith, Surrogate. Lib. A, p. 13 

1687 Sept. 24. Blooiufleld, Thomas, of Woodln-idge Corporation, 
deceased, Sept. 21. Inventory of the personal estate of (£204.12.6, inch 
2 Bibles, 3 bound books and Perkins Works, unbound), made by Samuel 
Moore, Benja. Griffith and Jonathan Dunham. 

1722 April 21. Blow, William, of Hunterdon Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £84.8.11, proclamation money, inch £48.11.9, due 
by Col. Wm. Trent, Wm. Yard, Jacob Baillergean, Enoch Andrus, senior, 
Mr. Ringo, Wm. Barracliff, Wm. Hoff, Jno. Burroughs, Wm. Johnson, 
Thomas Lambert, Thomas Okley, Jos. Bordin, Mr. Muirheid, Mary 
Miles, Jno. Burtis of White Hill, Isaac Herin, W^m. Snowden, Peter Rose, 
Geo. P'urth, Eliz. Burtis of White Hill, Wm. Spencer, Mr. Bard, Joseph 
Reeder, smith, Wm. Beakes, Wm. Cullum, Thorn. Mitchell, Wm. Senior, 
Jos. Peace, widow Roberts, Rich'd Lanning, Jno. A. Wade Enoch's son, 
Robert Eaton, Mr. French, Rich. Ellison, Dan'l Howell, Sam. Bonham, 
Elnathan Balding, George Gevinnup(?), Stephen Chalmas, Enoch Armi- 
tage, Ebenezer Prout, Rich'd Medley, Peter Chapron the Frenchman, 
Jos. Furness, Jno. Chesher, Capt. Scudder, Mr. Porterfield, Henry Hin- 
kle, Wm. Biddle senior, Silvanus Sykes, Wm. Pattison, Sam'll Emly, Jno. 
Watson, Ann Radford, Mr. Cox, Thom. Wood, Philip Phillips, Jno. Ab- 
bet, Wm. Bryant of Stoney Brook, George Hinkle, Sam'l Furness, Mr. 
Bustill, Charles Clark, Sam'll Mundgommery's kinswoman, Richard 
Stockton, Rich'd Right, Bcnj. Randal, Robt. Chapman, Alex. Harper, 
Joseph Hill, Jno. Woodward and Eliakim Anderson: sworn to at Trenton, 
by Will'm Yard. 

1722 April 26. Account of sales of the personal goods, etc., by Wm. 
Yard, administrator of the estate. 

1687 . Boarton, John. Lettens of administration on the 

estate of, with a "declaration of his will," granted to his widow, Anne 
Boarton. Burlington Records, p. 13 

1716 Nov, 12. Bock, Ann; will of, probated. Jacob Daughty and 



44 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Thomas Scoley, executors. Reversed Side, Burlington Records 

1709-10 Marcli 20, Boell, Thomas, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mece (Alece); children — Walter (youngest son), 
and under age, Dorcas, Priscilla, Sarah, Thomas (eldest son). Two lots 
of 150 acres, bought of Gawen Lowrie, house and land at Budsill, 200 a. 
bought of Peter Sonmans adjoining Richard Salter, 300 a. called Broad 
Nick and Long Nick, bought of Peter Sonmans, between Dr. Johnston and 
widow Gipson, 50 a. of meadow at Mirey Flie; i^ acre at Topanemes 
given to the Episcopal Church with £6 toward the building fund; a bank 
lot and a back lot on Thomas Warner's Neck; personal property. Son 
Thomas executor. Witnesses — John Vahhane, Peter Watsone, senior, 
Robert Gillchrist, Codicil of April 17, 1710, makes son Thomas and 
Thomas Gordon trustees for the three daughters and adds Thomas Gor- 
don as executor. Witnesses — John Reid, Andrew Burnett, John Brown. 
Proved February 28, 1710-1. Lib. i, p. 309 

1710 April 8. Inventory of the personal estate of, £754.9.6, inch a 
silver vessel or cup, £6; books, £26.10; " nigrose," £150; made by Peter 
Watsone, Gideon Craford and Alexander Nepier. 

1722 Dec. 27. Bois, Mary, of Evesham Township, Burlington Co. 
Bond of Robert Newbury as administrator of the estate of William New- 
bury and Will'm Peake, fellow bondsmen. 

1682 March 27. Bolin, Bollen, Capt. James (Secretary of the 
Province). Inventory of the estate of, (£63.-.-, real property, £85.9.11!^, 
personal, inch a maid servant £7.-); made by John Pike, Sam'l Dennes, 
John Blomehld and Samuel Moore. Middlesex Wills 

1682 Sept. 28. Sale of the personal effects to Capt. Greenland, Corne- 
lius Longfeld, Mr. Danise, Mrs. Allis Rouse, Mr. Liprarey, John Brom- 
feld, Beniamine Hull, Ann Bollen, Matthew More, John Durham, bring- 
ing £93.15.1. 

1683 May 12. Administration on the estate of, granted to Samuel 
Moore and Nath'l Fitzrandolph. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 54 

1683 May 12. Bond of Samuel Moore, gentleman, and Nathaniel 
Fitzrandolph, yeoman, both of Woodbridge, as administrators of the 
estate. Edward Slater, of Piscataway, fellow bondsman. 

Middlesex Wills 

1683 May — . Bollen, James, of Woodbridge, late Secretary of E. J., 
James and Anna Bollen, children of, select Samuel Moore and Nathan- 
iel Fitzrandolph as guardians. 

1677 April 20. Bond, Robert, of Elizabethtown. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to his son Stephen and inventory of the estate. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 40 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 41; 

1694 Not. G. Bond, Steyen, of Newark; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 216 

1694 Nov. — . Inventory of the personal estate (£76.1.4), made by 

Joseph Johnson and Zophar Beech. Essex Wills 

1683-4 Feb. 6. Bonliam, Nicolas, of Piscataway; will of. Wife 

Hanah and son Hezekiah executors; other children (names not given). 
Land in Piscataway Township, personal property. Witnesses — Edward 
Slater and Isaac Smalley. Proved December i8, 1684. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 72 

1684 July 2. Inventory of the personal estate of (£43.6.9); made by 

Edward Slater and Isaac Smalley. Middlesex Wills 

t^Sf^'-' T626.Aug. 23. Bond of Ilanna Boneham, as executrix of the last will 

•of, her late husband. Edward Slater, fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1 724-5 Jan. 4, Bonnell, Robert, of Gloucester Co., yeoman. 
Frances, widow of, relinquishes her right to the administration of her 
husband's estate to Joseph Pidgeon. 

1724-5 Jan. II. Bond of Joseph Pidgeon, of Bucks Co., Penna., mer- 
chant, as administrator of the estate of Robert Bonnell (Bonell, Bonny). 
Isaac De Cow and Charles Weston, both of Burlington Co., fellow bonds- 
men. 

1695-6 Feb. 15, BoOCkloune, Peter, (endorsed Peter Buckalieu, 
supposed of Monmouth). Inventory of the personal estate, £13.1.9, made 
by William Reidford and William Letts. Monmouth Wills 

1707 March 29. Boon, Peter, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife and three sons, names not given. Real and personal estate. The 
wife " ekceketere." Witnesses — Roberd Pickman, Isak Baner and Rich- 
ard Pickman. Proved November 18, 1707. Lib. i, p. 18S 

1707 June 12. Inventory of the personal estate (£113.15.0, of which 
45 in cash), made by Richard Pittman and Cornelius Capner; sworn to by 
Katherine Boone, executrix. Salem Wills 

1706-7 March 4. Boordman, Bordman, John, of Elizabeth 

Town, Essex Co. ; will of. Wife Sarah heiress of "fast and moveable 
esteate." No executor named. Witnesses — Francis Sayre, Thomas 
Johnson, William Oliver. Proved February 9, 1712-3, and the widow ap- 
pointed administratrix. Lib. i, p. 394 

1729-30 Feb. 18. Boorrows, Burrows, Edward, of Cohansey, 
Salem Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £119.1.9, inch 
books, los. ; made by John Ogden and Jonathan Fithian. 

1729-30 Feb. 18. Bond of Priscilla Burrows, of Salem Co., as admin- 
istratrix of the estate. John Ogden fellow bondsman. See Burroughs. 

Salem Wills 



46 NEW JERSEY COI.ONIAI^ DOCUMENTS. 

1728 5th d. 4th m. (June). Borden, Benjamin, of Evesham 

Township, Burlington Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£222. 10. io|-, incl. bills and bonds £39. 10 York, or £33.17.2 proclamation 
money, made by Hugh Sharp and John Plollinshead. Lib. 2, p. 532 

1728 June 6. Bond of Susannah Borden, widow of Benjamin, as ad- 
ministratrix of the estate. Hugh Sharp and John Hollinshead fellow 
boudsmen. 

1703 May 24. Borden, Francis, of Shrewsbury, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Jane; sons — Richard (eldest), Thomas, Francis; daughter Joyce, 
wife of John Hance, junior; kinsman Isaac Viccars. Land adjoining 
Eliakim VVordel alias Ephraim Allien, do. in the Town of Freehold, do. 
patented March 25, 16S7, '■^°* bought of Edward Williams May 4, 1696, 
do. of brother John Borden April 7, 1700, property in the Parish of Goud- 
herst, Co. of Kent, England, inherited from Frances Fowle, of Cranbrook, 
same Co., by his will of October 8, 1632, land in Shrewsbury, bought of 
Abraham Brown. The wife and son Francis executors. Witnesses — • 
Thomas Bills, Samvell Child, Thomas Bills, jun., Sam. Dennis. 

1705-6 Feb. 18. Codicill, makes different disposition of real and per- 
sonal property and gives legacies to grandsons Joseph and John Hance. 
Witnesses — Samvell Child, Isaac Hance, Joseph Rodgers and Sam'l Den- 
nis. Proved May 9, 1706. Lib. i, p. 151 

,1706 May 2. Inventory of the personal estate (£106.11.6), made by 
George Allin, John WooUey and Joseph Rogers. Monmouth Wills 

1727 Dec. 23. Borden, James, of Freehold Township, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary; children — Richard, Innocent, Joseph, 
Phebe, Rebeckah, Abigail!, Mary, Hellen and Ann. Real and personal 
estate. Executors — James Lowry and Robert Lawrence. Witnesses — 
Richard Ilorsfull, William Lawrie, Thomas Lawrie. Proved February 22, 
1730-I. 

1728 Nov. 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £115.16.10, made by 
Richard Ilorsfull and Robert Montgomerey. 

1692-3 Feb. 8. Borden, Samuel. Letters of administration on 
the estate of, granted to Francis Rawle, the principal creditor of dec'd. 

Burlington Records, p. 19 
1692-3 Feb. 8. Bond of Francis Rawle, of Philadelphia, merchant, as 
administrator of the estate, in West Jersey. Thomas Budd, of Philadel- 
phia, merchant, and John Budd, of Burlington, yeoman, fellow bondsmen. 

Burlington Wills 

1697-7 March 5. Borradell, Sarah, daughter of Arthur Borradell, 
of Pennsylvania, dec'd. Bond of John Borradell, of Burlington, laborer, 
as guardian of. Thomas Scattergood, of the same place, carpenter, fel- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 47 

low bondsman. Burlington Wills 

1687 July 28. Borton, Bourtou, Joliii, of Ililsdown (on the 

South side of Northampton River); will of. Wife Anne and six daughters, 
names not given; sons John and William. Land on Northampton River 
and upon Burlington Island;owns I-32 share of the Province, personal prop- 
erty; wants to be buried in the Friends' Burialplace at Burlington. Wit- 
nesses — John Woolman, Enoch Coore. 

1687 Nov. 15. Inventory of the estate (£202. 10.-), made by William 
Evans and John Pain. 

16S7-8 Jan. 14. Bond of Ann Boarton, widow of John, as adminis- 
tratrix of the estate. Thomas Barton and John Woolman fellow bonds- 
men. Burlington Wills 

1714-5 Mjir. 4. Bonis, Bowles, Boles, John, of Greenwich, Glou- 
cester Co.; will of. Housekeeper Katherine Jones and her daughters 
Beota, Elizabeth, Annasa, Mary and Rebeclc, heiresses of real and per- 
sonal estate, with legacy to Richard Bull. Executors — John Rambo and 
John Coxe. Witnesses — Jno. Frey, William Hawkins, John Brayant, R. 
Bull. Proved July 6, 1718. 

1717-S Feb. 27. Inventory of the estate; real, £200.-, personal, 
£34.7.-; made by Peter Long and Stefen Jones. 

1720 June I. John Rambo and John Cocks (Cox) refuse to act as ex- 
ecutors of the will of; having found Katharine Jones, also named execu- 
trix, "capable of Doeing wt to ye sd Last will." 

1718 July 16. Boules, John, of Gloster Co. Bond of widow Catter- 
ine Jones as administratrix of the estate of. Peter Lock and Josthanas 
Lock, fellow bondsmen, all of said Co. Adm. Bonds, 1716-1756 

1713 Sept. 28. Boulton, Bolton, Edward, of Mancefield Town- 
ship, Burlington Co.; will of. Wife Sarah, sole heiress and executrix of 
real and personal estate, with brothers William and John Pancoast, Thom- 
as Potts and Thomas Scattergood as trustees and advisers. Witnesses — 
John Wetherill, Henry Cook and Thomas Scattergood. Proved February 
5, 1 721-2. Lib. 2, p. 174 

1721-2 Jan. 30. Inventory of the estate, plantation with buildings, 
£160, personal, £148.18., inch a Bible and other small books, 18 sh.; 
made by Thomas Scattergood and Thomas Potts. 

1711-2 Jan. 15. Bounel, Bonnell, Isaac, of Elizabeth Town, Es- 
sex Co., planter; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Isaac, Abraham, 
Jacob, John, William, all under age, Lydia and Sarah. Home farm on 
the South Branch in Elizabeth Town bounds, partly derived from father 
Nathanel Bounel, partly bo't of Samuel Bounel and Joseph Bounel, 50 



48 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

acres on the Middle Branch, a tract of land called New Britain; personal 
estate. Executors — brothers Joseph and Benjamin Bounel. Witnesses — 
Jonathan Dickinson, Corneliues Hetfeld, Samuel Whitehead. Proved 
January 29, 1711-2. Lib. i, p. 368 

1688 Dec. 14. Bowde, Adlord, of Burlington, merchant. Bond of 
James Budd, of said place, merchant, as administrator of the estate of. 
John Tatham. merchant, and John Budd, yeoman, both of Burlington, 
fellow bondsmen. 

1692 Oct. 14. Letters of administration on the estate of, granted to 
Jane Bowdc, alias Scott, late wife of Isaac, the son of Adlord Bowde. 
The entry says: "There being heretofore on or about 14th December An- 
no 168S by Jno. Skene Administracione granted to James Budd since 
dec'd, of ye same estate, And also by sd Jno Skene an Administracione? 
granted to Susanna ye wife of Tho. Budd of ye estate of sd Ja: Budd, And 
noe Acct by either of y^ said Administratrs appearing of ye estate of sd 
Adlord Bowde yc sd estate lies in obscurity," whereupon letters are is- 
sued as above. Burlington Records, 17 

1692 Oct. 14. Bond of Jane Bowde, alias Scott, of Lewis, Sussex Co., / 
Penn., late wife of Isaac Bowde, merchant, as administratrix of Adlord 
Bowde's estate. James Hill, cordwainer, and James Wills, cooper, both 
of Burlington, fellow bondsmen. Burlington Wills 

1728-9 Fel). 5. Bowen, Dan, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — Mary, Enock, Noah, Eve, Debroah, 
Pheeb, Elijah, all under age, Dan and Jonathan. Real and personal es- 
tate. Executors — the wife, son Dan and brother John Walling. Wit- 
nesses — John Bowen, John Rementon, Elijah Bowen. 'Proved April 25, 
1729. Lib. 3, p. 26 

1728-9 Feb. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £231.12.6; made 
by John Rementon and Elijah Bowen. 

1727 Dec, 19. Bowen, Samuel, junior, of Cohansie, Salem Co., 
carpenter; will of. Wife Martha. Children — Samuel, Stephen, Siles, 
Nathan'l, Catarn, Moses, all under age. Real and personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife, brother Elijah Bowen and brother James Dixon. Wit- 
nesses — Hugh McKnight, Dan Bowen, Samuel Fithian, Clefton Bowen. 
Proved May i, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 550 

1727-8 Jan. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £105.18; made by 
Hugh McKnight and Dan Bowen. 

1728-9 Jan. 21, Bowen, Samuel, of Cohansey, Salem Co., gentle- 
man; will of. Children — John, Dan, Elijah, Clefton, Mary Perey and 
Elisabeth Fogg. Home farm, personal property. Executors — Elijah and 
Clefton Bowen. Witnesses — Timothy Brooks, Dan Bowen, Job Shepherd. 
Proved March 4, 1728-9. Lib. 3, p. 25 



CALENDAR OF Wlt^LS. 49 

1728-9 Jan. 2i(?). Inventory of personal estate, £39.11.9; made by- 
Job Shepherd and Timothy Brooks. Sworn to March 4, following. 

1728 April 22. Bowgart, Cornelius, of Amwell, Hunterdon Co. 
Bond of Cornelia Bogart QBowgart), widow of, as administratrix of the es- 
tate of her late husband. Abram Delamater and Resolvert Waldron, of 
said Co., fellow bondsmen. 

1728 May I. Inventory of the personal estate, £278.2.9, incl. books, 
£6.10, a negroman slave, £45; made by Hendrieck Reynerse and Anderis 
Teneyck. 

1692 Dec. 25. Bowman, Thomas, of the Fawles of Dellewer Riv- 
er; will of. Sister Frances Bowman, Aljram Senier, of Burlington, broth- 
er-in-law Edward Hunlock, Raphell, son and heir of James Sidgwick, 
Minister of Sharshell(?) Parish, Stafford Co., England. Lnnd on Stony 
Brook, personal property. Executor — James Sidgwick, of Little Asston, 
Stafford Co. Witnesses — Gilbert Wheeler, William Emley, sen. and jun. 

1702 July 31. Bond of Hugh Huddy and Isaac Marriott, both of 

Burlington, merchants, for the administration by Martha Huddy and Mar- 

grett Hunloke of that part of the estate left unadministered by Edward 

. Hunloke, dec'd. Burlington Records 

1684 May 28. Bown, John, of Middletown. Bond of Lidea Bown, 
widow, as administratrix of the estate of her late husband, Andrew Bown, 
of N. Y., merchant, and John Bown, her son, fellow bondsman. 

Monmouth Wills 

See Bowne. 

1707 May 6. Bowne, Andrew, of Middletown; will of. Wife , 

granddaughters Ann and Lidea Bowne and a third grandchild, name not 
given. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix. Witnesses — John 
White, Richard Hartshorne, John Bray, George Merlett, Elisabeth White. 
Proved June 26, 1708. Lib. r, p. 209, and Monmouth Wills 

1716 NOY. 19. Bowne, Andrew, of Middletown, Monmouth Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to Obadiah Bowne. 

Lib. A, p. 48 

1715 April 22. Bowne, Elisabeth, widow of Andrew. Inventory 
of the personal estate (£478.9.9, incl. what she gave from the estate since 
her husband's death, vizt. : 202f oz. of silver, i. e. half a dousin fork, 
2 putinger, 3 pasters or saltsellers, a mustard pott and spoon, two more 
saltsellers, 17 spoons, a tumbler, a caudle cup, a plate, 3 tankards, in all 
£80.19.3, five young negro boys and girls, 8 to 16 years old, £125), made 
by Wm. Lawrence and James Hubbard: sworn to by Obadiah Bowne, ad- 
ministrator. Monmouth Wills 
4 



50 XEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1716-7 Feb. 16. Bowne, Frances, widow of Capt. John Bowne, of 
Monmouth Co. Petition of Martha Huddy, Margaret Newman and Mary 
Cleayton, daughters of said Frances' sister, asking that letters of adminis- 
tration on the estate of their aunt, who died intestate, may be granted to 
their brother, Thomas Hunloke, of Burlington. Monmouth Wills 

1 716-7 Feb. 17. Administration on the estate of, granted to Thomas 
Hunlock. Lib. A, p. 49 

1716-7 March 19. Inventory of the personal estate (£1,685. 14.6, i"'^'- 
2 Japan dressing boxes, £2, 19^ oz. of plate at 8 sh., a Bible and 5 small 
books and a bond of Obadiah Bowne and Richard Saltar for £1600), 
made by Thomas Hunloke, the administrator of the estate, and ap- 
praised by Michael Newbold and Joseph Reckless. Monmouth Wills 

1695-6 Feb. 27. Bowne, James, of Middletown. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£102.6.0, of which £84.10.0 are cattle, horses and 
pigs), made by Jno. Bowne and Jonathan Stout. Monmouth Wills 

1695-6 Mar. 14. Administration on the estate of, granted to James 
Bowne of said place. See N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 237 

1696 March 25. Bond of James Bowne, as administrator of the 
estate of. Capt. Andrew Bowne, fellow bondsman. Both of Middletown. 

Monmouth Wills 

1683-4 Jan. 4. Bowne, John, of Middletown. inventory of the 
personal estate of (£427.3.6, incl. one East India quilt, £2; books, £3), 
made by John Throckmorton. Andrew Bowne and Edw. Cornish (?). 

Monmouth Wills 

See Bown. 

1714 Sept. 14. Bowne, John, of Mattawan, Middletown, Mon- 
mouth Co., merchant; will of. Wif^' Frances receives £400 in right of 
dowry. Sister Sarah Saltar, Gershom Mot, Joseph Dennis, Jeremiah 
White, Thomas Saltar, Jno. Saltar, Hannah Lincon and William Harts- 
horne's three oldest children, legacies of plate, furniture and money; the 
rest of the real and personal estate is left to brothers Obadiah Bowne and 
Richard Saltar, who are also made executors. Witnesses — James Paul, 
Joseph Dennes, Marget Commen, -who in proof of will April 11, 1716, is 
called Morgaret Frazer, formerly Cummen. Lib. A, pp. 10, 27 

1716 April 9. Inventory of the personal estate of (£16982.5.0, 
of which £403.7.6 are household goods, &c., incl. 143^ oz. of plate, £57.6.0, 
and a negro man, £45; the rest mortgages, bonds and book debts, the 
mortgagors being: Daniel Applegate, Abram Covertt, Peter van Deventer, 
John Throckmorton, William Wilkins, Lewis and Dorothy Nissbitt, John 
Ruckman, Ambrose Still, Thomas Fenton, Thomas Warne, Benjamin 
Cooper, Albert Amerman, John Bond, William Montgomery, Jacob 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 5 1 

Compton, Cornelius Thomson, Moidecai Gibbons, Daniel Karkett, 
Thomas Williams, the Kearneys, James Grover, Aria Marteson, Thomas 
Edwards, John Job, Benjamin Coleman, James Craig, Kob't Barclay, 
Chas. Hubbs, Johannes Smock and Aaron Robins; the bond debtors are: 
Thomas Johnson, John Reid, Esq're; John Hogland, Jacob Lambert, 
Rich'd and Wm. Cheesman, Samuel Leonard, John Wail, John Powel, 
Thomas Sharp, Tho: Ilarvy, Tho: Shepherd, Wm. Parent, Eden Burrows, 
Mathias Corneliuson and Cornelius van Horn, Joseph Gardiner and Benj. 
Borden, Richard James, John Hampton, John Cole, Cornelius Dome, 
Tho. Cherry, Benj. van Cleave, Rich'd Stout, Andrew Race, John Oke- 
son, Peter White, Curat Bowler, Richard Pulinger, Alex'r Willson and son 
John, Edrn. Lafetro, And'w Layton, Derick Tyssen, Rich'd Applegate,^-^ 
Rob't Pattison, Capt. John Willson, Joseph Dorsett, Jacobus Romine, 
Benj. Kellum, Wm. Estell, Wm. Robinson, Tho: Elisoii, Alex'r Stewart, ^.-^ 
John Fraizer, Wm. W^inter, Peter Tilton and Wm. Hunt, John Peterson, 
John Bowne; cordwainer; John Winter, Nicholas Havens, Ruth Embley, 
Crine Janseu and John van Metre, John Lawrence, Tho: Canaan, Tho. 
Taylor, Dan. Tilton, Peter Buckaloo, John Kinly, Tho: Combs, Tho: 
Mount, John Reid, son of James; Joseph Throckmorton, Rich'd Jobs, 
Wm. Hartshorne, John Piere and 2 sons; W^alter Kerr, Tho:Wallen, Wm. 
and Isaac Truax, John Farrar, Safety Borden, Ephr. Terrill, Rich'd 
Clark, Jacob van Dorn, John Mount, Peter Blacktield, Henry Herbert, 
Steven Philips, Henry Bell, Joseph and James Lawrence, Richard Stanley, 
Wm. Hay, Abner Hughs, John Whitlock, Rob't Hutchison, John Nichol- 
son, Joseph Applegate/llenry and Bartholomew Marsh, Jonathan Ruck- 
man, Aria Borum, Tho. Stillwell, Chas. Jolly, Jacob Applegate/'Abram 
Peterson, Alex'r Nepair, Tho: Hamt^n, Daniel Ketcham, Tho: Applegate, !_.,-> 
Dugle Mekallum, George Malatt, Benj. Stout, Jean Jones, formerly Smith; 
Joseph Ashton, Wm. Taylor, Abr. Ernans, Bates for Killaem at X Wicks, 
Rich'd Stout, of Shrewsbury, Sam. Child, Rich'd Soaper, Peter Tyssen, 
Sam. Hophmire, Tho. Williams, Lewis Morris, Wm. Shearman, Abram 
Remmock, John Smith, John Clevenger, George Jobs, Samuel Willit and 
Samuel Willit, junior; Tho. Bills, junior; Levy Brookfield, Walter Wall, 
Mathyas, George and Richard Mount, John Taylor, John Vaughan, 
junior; John Romine, John Emons, Geo. Taylor, Tho. Hankison, Rich'd 
and Nath'l Wood, Joseph Plall, Caleb Allen, of Squan; Isaac Buckaloo 
and Joseph Evens, Gershom Wallen, Wm. Job, John van Kirk, James Job, 
Hugh Reid, Tho. Smith, of South River; Andrew Johnson, John Mekal- 
lum, Moses Ro'oiiis, James Williamson, Samuel Ruckman, Jonathan 
Jusly, Rich'd Lippincott, Christ'n Yeomans, Wm. Brindley, Richard 
Morris, John Coston, Wm. Bowne, Joseph West, of Squan; Samuel Hull, 
James Paterson, John Cox, Wm. Layton, Samuel Thropp, Tho: Jones, 
John Reid, junior; Aria Bennet, Simon van Noortdick, Sarah Leonard, 
John Estell, Tho: Millage, Rich'd Mount, junior; Tho: Shreeve, John 
Waren, Andrew and John Pierce, John Ghisbertson, Daniel Stillwell, 



52 NEW JERSEY COLONJAI. DOCUMENTS. 

Robert Frost, Samuel Whitehead, Joseph Hern, Juda Allen, Anthony 
Sadowsky, James Borden; Richard Swan, the sadler; John Morford, John 
Kingberry, Nathaniel Stillwell, James Frost, George Guinap, James Hide, 
John Collins, John Newman, Ell)ert Williamson and Gabriel Still; book 
debts due by; Richard James, junior; Joseph Haviland, Joseph Brittain, 
Wan Daro, Alex'r Clark, Cornelius Covenhoven, Abram Watson, widow 
Reynolds, Humphry Salisbury, Hester Leonard, John Beard, Joseph 
Goldin, Samuel Turner, Arent van Hook, John Nessmith, Alex'r Scovy, 
Joseph Parker, Tho: Hammon, John James Still, Col. John Anderson, 
Tho. Herbert, James Bowne, Tho: Barker, John Reynold, Henry Swift, 
Trustrom Allen, Anne Waller, Valentine Weaver, Gideon Crawford, Re- 
bekah Throckmorton, Jacob Wecoff, Wm. Thorn, Ephr. Potter, John Pew, 
John Newman, junior; Monteth Noel, Ellas Peltro, Hugh Hartshorne, Law- 
rence van Hook, David Stout, W^n. Lawrence, Tho: Smith, David John- 
stone^ Daniel Robins, Rachell Bell or Stone, Tho: Davies, Steven Coll- 
vin, Elias Stillwell, Samuel Swain, Rich'd Soaper, junior; John Williams, 
junior; Samuel Foreman, Benj. Johnson, Charity Cheesman, Doctor John 
Johnstone, Rob't White, Johannes Race, Wm. Hay, John Campbell, John 
Whitlock, junior; Wm. Wood, Hannah Loggige, Geo. Parker, Aaron 
Right, Nicholas Osborne, Elisabeth Lawrence, John's daughter; Remem- 
brance Lippincott, Gilbert Stewart, Andrew Frcnoe, Tho: Halton, John 
Hatten, John Leonard, sen.; John Willson, Sandysson, Samuel Vaughan, 
Mary Hamton, John Ashton, Jeremiah Bennet, Joseph Lippincott, Wm. 
Corless, Henry Leonard, Johannes Vantine, John Ward, Walter Wall, 
junior, Mary Herbert, Samuel Tillton, Phil. Edwards, Tho. Collyer, Pre- 
serve Lippincott, Sarah Letts, Capt. John Willson, John Allen Li^r 
tie, Benj. Kelly, Joseph Lawrence, John Reid, minor; Benj. Cooper, 
Alex'r Stewart, Capt. Jeremiah Stillwell, John Chamberlain, John Whit- 
lock, John Corlis, Tho: Gillton, Rich'd Elseton, John Serjeant, Wm. Wil- 
lit, Dorothy Simpson, John Nicholson, Tho: Walldrum, Robert Pattison, 
James Seabrook, Tho: Morgan, Tho: Collins, John Morford, junior; 
Tho: Boels, Nathaniel Jostin, Daniel Hall, John Audley, Nath'l and 
Joseph Parker, Samuel Harker, John Winter, Samuel Layton, John Sea- 
ger, Hanna Willit, junior; Joseph Brittain, junior; Obadiah Winter, 
Thomas van Dike, Wm. Clark, Robert Mojjtgomery, Samuel Parks, John 
Arimuck, Wm. Lawrence, junior; Alice Haselberry, Samuel Stout, Jacob 
Bell, Joseph Morgan, Abram Tetsworth, Robert Watts, Edward Woolley, 
Nicholas Hellens, Tho: Harker, Derick and John Zutphen, Gawin Wat- 
son, Wm. Thompson, Tho: Newman, Wm. Everingham, Abram Wandall, 
Francis Letts, Archibald Craig, Mercy Potter, Hugh Tankins, Edw. 
Wheeler and John Hutchison, John Thropp, Elisabeth Watson, Geo. 
Thompson, Tho: Potts, Rob't Feak, Nicholas Saltar, Christian Peterson, 
John Chapman, John Lemming, Tho: Redford, John Vicars, Tho: Sutton, 
John Kerr, Hendrick Ghulooke, Peter Watson, junior; Capt. Wm. Bond, 
Andrew Willson, Richard Osborne, Henry Mills, Francis and Richard 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 53 

Borden, Cornelius Comton, Anne Reid, \Vm. Redford, Hugh Raid, Rich- 
ard Stevenson, Daniel Holeman, Rob't Armstrong, John French, Mar- 
garet Campbell, Timothy Loyd, Noah Hamton, Mary Ashiy and daugh- 
ter, Samuel Williams, John West, of Squan; Joseph Parker, John Brown, 
David Hilldrith, Mary Whitlock, Jeremiah Bennet, Solomon Hall, Peter 
Tyssen, Abram Depister, Tho: Jostlin, Aria Longstrot, John West, Tho: 
Morford, of Cranberry; Wm. Purdy, Tho. Jewel, David Kent, Benj, Rob- 
ins, Chas. Matthew, James Bollen, John Codington, Joseph Hollman, 
Cliureal Roberts, John Ireland, Joseph Stout, of Squan; James Stout, of 
Crosswicks, Isaac Johnson, James Willson, Ruth Lippincott, Alice Jones, 
Francis Herbert, Adam Woolley, Jacobus Venevoss, John Combs, Joseph 
Taylor, John LawrefTce, junior; Benj. Funnel, Robert Imlay, Obadiah 
Bowne, Robert Drummond, Emanuel Woolley, Wm. Lipjnncott, Sam. 
Child, Paul Rickout, Rich'd Soaper, Wm. Hankius, Benj. Hall, Nathan- 
iel Leonard, Chas. Morgan, Tho: Williams, Peter Sonmans, Tho: Smith. 
of Crosswicks; John Smith, Ralph Allen Lame, Richard Hand, Nicholas 
Coitrill, Col. Robert Hunter, Matthyas Verbrochel, Tho: Foreman, 
Nathaniel Bills, Samuel Blackford, Tho: Morford, Wm. White, Joseph 
Paterson, Richard White, Hannah Killmaster or Ashmore, Barns Lam- 
bert, Robert Grainger, Samuel Cole, John Covenhouen, Allin Coldwell, 
John Taylor, John Estill, Jonathan Hilldrith, Jonathan Borden, Mark 
Ford, Tho. Gordon, Esq're, Wequehalye, Mordecai Linkhorn, Jacob 
Compton, Daniel Conell, Phil. Truax, James Lowry, Chas. Buckworth, 
John Campbell, junior; James Leith, Peter Johnson, Samuel Barrel 
(? Burrel), May Bickley, Anne Stewart, Hannah Rattle, Samuel Wild- 
goose, John Chambers, junior, of X Weeks, Antony Linch, Mary Davies, 
Derick Barkloo, John J'leming, Rich'd White, Peter Cosener, Edward 
Mason, Abram Ketteltass, Pescocham, Mary Billop, Joseph Fairchild, 
David Curtiss, John Mackoy, Kisses, Barns Dunn, Ichabod Smith, Alex'r 
Griffith, Tho: Herse, Geo. Dunkin, Prudence Limming, John Obenoe, 
Pelopec, old Major Jack, Rich'd, John and Thomas Saltar, Geo. Smith, 
Alex'r Bews (?), Henry Johnson, John Wareford, Richard Brittain, Wm. 
Brookfield, Andrew Philips, James Peeatt, Betty Frost, Henry Cole, Taw- 
akwhekon, Caleb Allen, Josias Lambert, John Parkison, Mary Green, Tho: 
Farmer, John van Deventer, Red; John White, Robert Burnett, Johannes 
Harden Brook, Miles Foster, Richard Stillwell, Charity Haviland, Ed- 
ward Hardman, Bimelech Hudson, Simon Brest, Shelalon, George, the 
Indian; Jcfcseph Hern, John Salton, Wm. Simpson, Tho: Rolserts, Lewis, 
the Indian; Wm. Naughty, Wm. Leeds, Tho. Wadle, Tho: Pope, John 
Brown Lowry's man, Pelowash, James Hide, John Crandall, Peter Todd, 
John Matthews, Wm. Tillton, James Patten, Walter Thong, John Baker, 
John Crawford, Nathaniel Dowglass, John Fish, John Havens, Ben Hich, 
Whokengapet, Jacob Burch, Roger Jones, John Crook, Wm. Bradford, Wm. 
Redford, junior; David Harrod, Aria Rowleson, Richard Gibson, John 
Pain, Ponce Delaree, Randall Simons, Tho: Webley and Dick Hankisou. 



54 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Appraisers — Wm. Lawrence, Joseph Dorsett, Jan Schenck and Garret 
Schenck. Sworn to by Obadiah Bowne and Richard Saltar, executors. 

. Lists (two) of bonds, mortgages and goods, belonging 

to the estate of Capt. John Bowne in the hands of Richard Saltar, men- 
tioning Wm. Clark, George Bate, Daniel Harkcut, Richard Lecone, Rich- 
ard and Benjamin Kirby, John Chenoath, Mordecai, Lincon, John Saltar 
and David Stout, and 2 lawbooks out of 4, vizt: Dalton's Justice of the 
Peace and Kilburn's Justice. / 

17 16 April II. Frances Bowne, widow of John, enters through her 
attorney, Thomas Gordon, a renunciation of the £400, left her by her 
husband's will, and demands of the estate what the law allows her. 

1725-6 Feb. 19. Bowne, Obadiali, of Monmouth Co.; will of. 
Sons — John, Cornelius, Obadiah and Thomas, the last three under age. 
Daughters — Anne, Lydia and Mary. Home farm, called Westfield, in 
said Co., land adjoining, do. at Chingueroras, received from brother John 
Bowne, dec'd, by deed of January 13, 1715-6; personal estate. Executors 
— son John, Garrat Schenck and Daniel Ilendrickson. Witnesses — Jariies 
Paul, Lawerens Thomasze, Lawr: Smyth. 1726 April 12. Codicill refers 
to testator's possible liability to pay his brother's debts. Witnesses — 
Luke CoUingwood, James Paul, Wm. Bowne. Proved April 25, 1726. 

Lib. B, p. I 

1706 April 27. Bowne, William, of East Jersey, mariner; will of. 
Wife Rebecca and an expected child sole heirs; the wife executrix of real 
property (land at Crosswicks next to John and James Ashton) and per- 
sonal. Witnesses — John Ellison, Abraham_van Vlecq, Will. Bradford, 
Edward Thomas. Proved March 14, 1716-7. indorsed: For Mrs. 
Rebecca Bowne ye Wife of William Bowne Marriner Not to be opened till 
sd William is deceased. Lib. i, p. 172, and Monmouth Wills 

1707 July 22. BownCt Tniliani, of Middletowne. Inventory of 
the personal estate, (£95.14.0), made by William Leeds and John Cole. 

Monmouth Wills 

1694-5 Mar. 11. Bowyer, James, of Salem Co., yeoman. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £40.6, made by John Hughs and Wm. 
Wilkinson. 

1695 . Administration of the estate granted to his widow, Eliz- 
abeth Bowyer. Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 164 

1708 Sept. 6, Boyde, John, of Freehold. Letters of administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Peter Watson. 

Lib. I, p. 214, and Monmouth Wills 

1712-3 Jan. 4. Bradin^, Nathaniel, of Salem Town, merchant; 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 



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will of. Wife Sarah sole heiress of real and personal estate, with lega- 
cies to Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Brumfeld, of Boston, merchant, 
and to Mary, daughter of Ezekill Lewiss, of Boston, merchant. Execu- 
tors — the wife, her father William Hall, and Clement Plumsted, of Phil- 
adelphia, merchant. Witnesses — Isaac Pearson, George Tranchard, 
Jaems Wiggins, Hannah Hall, George Gray, junior. Proved February ig, 
1712-3. 

See Breading. 

1712-3 Jan. 21 and 22. Inventory of the estate, real, £449. — ; per- 
sona], £1574.^, incl. a negro girl, £30.-; dry goods, hardware, groceries, 
bonds and book debts, £666.15.2!; made by John Mason and Isaac 
Pearson. Salem Wills 

Nov. 19. Bradock, Robert, of Evesham, Builington Co.; will 

of. Wife Elizabeth. Children— Robert, Rachel and Hannah, all under 
age. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — 
William Euens, John Sharp (called Thomas in jurat), Thomas Smith, 
junior; John Kay. Proved Decemljer 4, 1714. Lib. i, p, 501 

1714 Nov. 3. Inventory of the personal estate (£107.18.-), made by 
William Euens and John Sharp. 

1693 Dec. 6. Bradway, Edward, of iMunmouth River, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — William, who has son Edward; 
Susanna, Sarah, Hannah, the last three under age; grandson John, son of 
Wm. Cooper, of Salem, dec'd. Real and personal estate (379 acres on 
Stowe Creek, called Stowe Neck, home farm of 800 acres at the mouth of 
Munmouth River, 500 a. occupied by son William). Executors — the wife 
and Bartholomew Wyatt. Witnesses — Joseph White, Sam'l Wade, Saia'l 
Hedge. Codicill of March 16, 1693-4, mentions daughter Mary Kenton 
and disposes of four negro slaves. Witnesses — ^Joseph White, Sam'i 
Wade, John Pledger, Sam'l Hedge and Rich'd Darkin. Proved April 14, 
1694. 

1694 5th d. 2d m. (April). Inventory of the personal estate, £352. 11. i, 
incl. 4 slaves, £60, made by Edward Wade and Samuel Wade. 

1694 . Letters testamentary granted to the executors named in 

the will. Salem Wills, Lib. A, pp. 108 et seq. 

1714 Sept. 30. Bradwaj, Jonathan and Elizabeth, infants un- 
der 16 years, elect as their guardians Joseph Stretch and Nathaniel 
Champneys, to whom letters of guardianship are given. Lib. 2, p. 30 

1696 8th d. 6th m. (August). Bradway, Mary, of Munmouth 
River, alias Aliaways Creek, widow; will of. Children— Hannah Brad- 
way, Mary Middleton, Sarah Hall, William Bradway. Personal estate (a 
negro girl). Executors— son William and Richard Darkin. Witnesses — 
Sam'l Wade, John Remington. Recorded September i, 1696. 



56 NEW jersp:y colonial documents. 

1696 Aug. 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £180.16.6, incl. 2 
books, made by Sam'l Hedge and Sam'l Wade. 

1696 . Letters testamentary granted to the executors named in 

the will. Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 193 

1696 Sept. 13. Bradway, Susanna, of Munmouth River, spinster, 
coheiress with William Bradway, Sarah, wife of William Hall, of Salem, 
carpenter", and Hannah Bradway. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Hugh Middleton, in right of his wife Mary. 

Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 197a 

1710 May 3. Bradway, William, of Stow Creek, Salem Co., gen- 
tleman; will of. Wife Patience. Children — William, Edward (eldest 
son), Jonathan, John, Mary, Elizabeth, all under age; Sarah Wright. 
Real and personal estate. Executors— the wife and son William. Wit- 
nesses — ^Joseph Stretch, Robert Pagett and John Taylor. Proved June 2, 
1710. Lib. I, p. 269 

1710 May 27. Inventory of the personal estate (£141.18.2 incl. books), 
made by John Taylor and John Reed. 

1689-90 March 10. Bradshaw, Lemuel, of Salem Co., husband- 
man, died intestate 13th d. nth m. (January). Inventory of the personal 
estate of, £26.19.6, incl. a Bible and primer, also debts due by Sam'l 
Carpenter, Thomas Budd, Thomas Jones, James Scoles, John Beetle and 
Christopher White, in all £19.17.7. Debts due by the estate, £7.12.9, to 
John and Andrew Thompson, John Scoles, Benj. Acton and Wm. Cooper, 
made by Andrew Thompson, Joseph White and John Thompson. 

1690 April 14. Administration on the estate granted to Bartholomew 
Wyatt, of Elsenburgh. Salem Wills, Lil>. A, p. 37 

1697-8 Jan. 24. Braithwaite, Joane, of Salem Co., widow; will 
of. Son-in-law (? stepson) William Braithwaite, son Maning Braithwaite, 
cousin John Worlidge. Land bought of brother Lefevor, called Holly- 
bourn, home farm, personal property (share of the estate, left by sister-in- 
law, Ester Dim (?), a clock with "a Larrum "). Son Maning sole execu- 
tor. Witnesses — Dennis Fisher, Wm. Penton, Jno. Dickason, Jno. Wor- 
lidge. Recorded January 13, 1701-2. 

1701 Nov. 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £478.5.4, incl. wear- 
ing apparell, £60; 19 ounces of silver lace, £5.14; a clock, £5;34pwt. of 
gold rings, £10.4; 3 lbs. I oz. of plate, £12.8; a watch, £6; 2 silver seals 
and I thimble, los. ; 7 old pictures, £2; a negro woman, £30; made by 
Hugh Middleton and Bartholomew Wyatt. 

1701-2 Jan. 13. Letters testamentary issued to Maning Braithwaite. 

Salem Wills, Lib. 2, pp. 120-123 



CAI.E.VDAR OF WILLS. 57 

1702-3 Feb. 17, Braithwaite, Manning. Inventory of the per 
sonal estate of, £449.14.6, incl. a clock, £4; 7 gold rings, £9; ig oz. of 
silver lace, £5.14; i silver tankard, 2 do. cups, 7 do. spoons, silver boxes, 
etc., £20; two negro slaves, £60; a white servant man, called Jos. Rut- 
land, £10; made by Bart: Wyatt and James Sherron. 

1702-3 Feb. 19. Administration on the estate granted to the widow, 
Margret Braithwaite. Salem Wills, Lib. 2, pp. 167-9 

1724 Oct. 20. Braitlnvait, William, of Salem Co., yeoman. Ac- 
count of the estate of, by Joseph Gregory and wife Elizabeth, said Eliz- 
abeth being the surviving administratrix of the estate, showing payments 
to Hugh Middleton, in his life time co-adminstrator, Wm. Griffin for Bar- 
bery Wright, Bartho. Wyat as executor of Jo'n Jefferys, Sarah Hall and 
Jeremiah Bass, attorney-at-law. 

1726 May 31. Braman, Brayman, John, of Cohansey, Salem Co., 

yeoman; will of. Wife Callieiiiie heiress of personal estate, cousin Seni- 
uel Bowen and his sons Daniel and Joseph heirs of land at Cohansey, 
bought of widow Bishop, and on Great Mando Creek. Executors — kins- 
men Dan and Elijah Bowen, of Cohansey, yeomen. Witnesses — Seth 
Brookes, Cleffen Bowen, Jno. Podmore. Proved June 10, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 339 

1726 June 8. Inventory of the persona! estate, £29. — .g, made by 
John Miller and John Fitzpatrick. 

1728 May 10. Account of the estate by Daniel Bowen, one of the ex- 
ecutors, who has paid out £34.--. 7, in discharging debts due to Thos. 
Hill, Samuel Harris, Sam'l Fithian, David Fogg, John Patten, John 
Chandler, John German, John Miller, Abraham Reeves, Thos. Seers and 
Antho. Dixon. 

1701-2 March 5. Brainau, Joseph, of Great Mantus Creek, Glou- 
cester Co. Inventory of the personal estate of (£25.6.6), made by Robert 
Parker and Philipp Paul. Sworn to by his brother, Benjamin Braman. 

1702 Sept. I. Administration granted to Benjamin Braman, his 
brother having died intestate. 

1719 Not. 24. Brathwite, James, of Burlington Co., fuller. Bond 
of Richards Hands, yeoman, as administrator of the estate of. Alex- 
ander Lockart and John Burroughs, fellow bondsmen, all of Hunterdon 
Co. Administration Bonds, 1716-1756 

1 719 Dec. ID. Inveniory of the personal estate, £123.17.10, incl. bills 

and bonds due by Benj. Harris, Geo. Ward, Rich'd Mitchell, Robert 

Laning, Isack Reeder, Lidea Lanckaster, made by Alexander Lockart 

and John Burroughs, as submitted by Richard Hands, the administrator. 

Burlington Wills 
See Brathwaite. 



58 NEW JERSEV COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1702 Sept. I. Bond of his brother, Benjamin Braman, as administra- 
tor of the estate. Gerratt van Imma and John Parker fellow bondsmen, 
all of Gloucester Co. 

1714 July 3. Brandreth, Timothy, of Cape May; will of. Wife 

Sarah. Children — Timothy, a minor, Mary Hughstis, Sarah Midllon, 
Daniel, Margrate, Penelopey and Elizabeth Brandreth. Sons-in-law (? step- 
sons) — Beniamen Shaw and Obadiah Shaw. 400 acres bo't of John Lad, 
on Middle Creek of Great Egg Harbour, dwelling house and land between 
Joseph Ludlow and Richard Townsend. Executors — John Page, Joseph 
Ludlow and Daniel Wells. Witnesses — John, Robert and Mary Towns- 
end. Proved May 10, 1715. Lib. 2, pp. 25 and 89 

1715 July 6. John Paige and Joseph Ludlow refuse to act as execu- 
tors. 

1716-7 Feb. 15. Inventory of the estate (£107.2.4., all personal inch 
a servant — , and clock) made l^y Thomas Leamyng and Nathaniel Jenkins. 

1715 Sept. 8. Bond of the widow, Sarah Brandreth, as administratrix, 
Samuel Holmes and Noah Miller, both of Cohansy, yeomen, fellow bonds- 
men. 

1716-7 Feb. I. Account of the estate as administered (£109.9.6). 

1708-9 Jan. 21. Brant, William, of Elizabethtown, Essex Co., 
cordwainer; will of. Wife Hannah. Children — John, William, Samuel, 
David, Margaret, Hannah, Sarah, Rachel. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and John Cooper, of Newark. Witnesses — Edward 
Riggs, Samuel Lamb, Samuel Whitehead. Proved May 13, 1725. 

Lib. A, p. 343 

1714 June 5. Bras, Harman, of Bergen Co. Bond of John Bar- 
dan (Bradan), as administrator of the estate of, with Jan Terhunen and 
Paulus van der Beeck as fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. I, p. 511, and Bergen Wills 

1 713-4 Mar. 16. Inventory of the estate, made by Paulus van der 
Beeck and Matys Hoppe; mentions outfit of Elisabedt Hoppe at her mar- 
riage, Aerdtie Braes, Areiaenie Braes and Geerie Braes. Bergen Wills 

1719 Sept. to Dec. Bratliwate, James. Account of the estate of, 
by Richard Hands, who has received debts due by Benj. Harrison, George 
Ward, Richard Mitchell, Robert Lanning, Isaac Reeden, Wm. Yard, 
Lydelye Lankaster, Mr. Lockhart and Mr. Lambert, and has paid debts 
due to Dr. Bilaringen for "phisick," Peter Choppin, Edward Hart, Wm. 
Barrocliff, Rich'd Stockton's wife for knitting stockings, EInathan Davis, 
Wm. Hough, Wm. Hunt, at the Falls Ferry, and for various journeys on 
behalf of the estate to Philadelphia, Chester and Gloucester. 

Bui'lington Wills 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 59 

16S9-90 March 13. Brathwaite, Williaiii, senior, of Manneton 

Creek, Salem Co., gent.; nuncupative will of. Gives real and personal 
estate to wife Joane antl 5s. each to sons William and Manning. Signed 
by John Pledger, Hypolitus Lefevor, senior, and Elizabeth Pledger, March 
22, 16S9-90. Recorded April 2&, 1690. 

1689-90 March 22. Inventory of the personal estate (£170.5.4), 
made by John Worlidge and John Pledger. 

1619 April 15. Administration on the estate granted to the widow, 
Joane Braithwaile. Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 39 

1712 June 7. Brathwaite, William, of Salem Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £125.19.-, inch a sermon book and a common 
prayer book, 12 s. ; debts due to the estate, £106,-; made by Jno. Good- 
win and Wm. Grifin (Grilling). 

1716-7 Feb. 21. Bray, John, of Middletown. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£91.12.6, of which two cows and their calves, a bed 
and bolster, platters and kettles, £8.16.0, had been given by John Bray 
July 23, 1716, to Nehemiah and Peter Bowne, the sons of his wife Anne 
by her former husband, Andrew Bowne), made l)y Wm. Lawrence, Oba- 
diah Holmes, Gershom Mott, John Burrows and Gerret Schenck. Sworn 
to by John Bray, administrator, March 29, 1717. The inventory includes 
servant John Dommits' time £3, and the time of a servant maid 0.0.0. 

1716 Feb. 25. Anne Bray, the widow, renounces the right of adminis- 
tration in favour of her son-in-law (stepson) John Bray. Monmouth Wills 

1701 Not. 9. Breading', James, of Cesaria River, Salem Co., late 
of Boston, Mass., merchant; nuncupative will of. Directs that his land- 
lady, Ann Eastland, should be well rewarded, and gives real and personal 
estate to brother and sister, not named. Signed by Jos. Eastland, Cor- 
nelious Higgings, Rich'd Daniel and Ann Eastland November 17, 1701, in 
the presence of Tho: Bridge, Jno. Fairchilde, John Smith and Mercye 
Gillmari. Recorded May 23, 1702. 

1702 Ma7 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £176.1.3!, mostly dry 
goods; 28 gall, of rum, £5.12; some books, £5.12, and debts, £108.7; made 
by Joseph Eastland and Cornelious Higgings. 

1702 May 23. Administration on the estate granted to his brother, 
Nathaniel Breading, of Boston, merchant. Salem Wills, Lib. 2, i>p. 135-6 

1722 May 7. Brealy, Braily, John, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — John, Benjamin, David, 
Joseph, Mary, wife of John Gulden, Ruth. Home farm near Five Miles 
Run, farm bought of Joseph Reader, do. on Delaware River, called Pard- 
sei Crage, I-16 and 1-40 shares of land, personal property. Executors — 
the wife and son-in-law John Ouldden. Witnesses — John Biles, James 



6o XEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Price, Joseph Worth. Proved October 23, 1722. Lib. 2, p. 192 

1722 l6th d. 8th m. (October). Inventory of the personal estate, 

£343.15.11, new currency, inch books, £1.8; made by William Hixson, 
Benjamin Clarke and Joseph Worth, 

1716 Oct. 10. Breasted, Breastead, Wyellem (William), of Perth 
Amboy; will of. Wife Christiana, son John and other children, names 
not given. The wife executrix of "my estate." Witnesses — Henry Berry, 
Andrew Robeson, Jno. Brown. Proved April 27, 1724. Lib. A, p. 287 

1711 May 15. Bresse, Folkcart, of Piscataway, E. J., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Hendrick, Garbrant, Neeltie, Wein- 
tie, Libshe, Greetie and Vnon. Real and personal estate. Executors — 
the wife and brother-in-law, Johannes Poulse, of N. Y. City, cordwainer. 
Witnesses — Marten Meyer, Wm. Huddleston, Jos. Iluddleston. Proved 
April 15, 17 12. Lib. i, p. 347 

1729-30 Jan. 31. Brewer, William, of Hunterdon Co., yeoman. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to James Chambers. 

Lib. 3, p. 40 

1729-30 Jan. 31. Bond of James Chambers, as administrator, Mal- 
kem McQuarry, fellow bondsman, both of Middlesex Co., yeomen. 

1729-30 Jan. 31, Brewer, William, of Amwell. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, consisting of a bond from John Hamilton, late of Tren- 
ton, for £25, and interest for two years, £4; money at 8s., the ounce. 
Sworn to by James Chambers. Hunterdon Wills 

1690 Dec. 4. Brigs, John, of Cape May, yeoman; will of. Wife 
Elizabeth sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate. Wit- 
nesses — Joseph Houldin, Henry Gray, Sara Marsh and George Taylor. 
Proved March 14, 1690-1. Burlington Records, p. 16 

1690-1 Jan. 3. Inventory of the estate, (£57.16.6, all personal), made 
by J. Jervis, Joseph Houldin and Thomas Clifton. 

1690-1 March 14. Bond of the widow Elizabeth Brigs as administra- 
trix. George Taylor, yeoman, Joseph Houldin, planter, both of Cape 
May Co., and Peter Resneire, of Burlington, ship carpenter, bondsmen. 
1692 May 25. Additional inventory (£8.6.8). 

1724-5 Jan. 5. Brimly, Simon, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., 
husbandman; will of. Daughters— Elizabeth and Rebecca, both under 
age. Farm in New Brunswick, personal property. Executors — brother-in- 
law Benjamin Hull and John Pound, Witnesses — Henry Skilbow, Jona- 
than Smallee (Smally), Moses Jones. Proved May 10, 1725. 

Lib. A, p. 34S 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. &I 

1732-3 Jan. 5. Britten, Richard, of Windsor, Middlesex Co. 
Bond of Samuel Rogers, of Allen Town, Monmouth Co., gentleman, as 
administrator of the estate of; Isaac Stilel and John Row, of the same 
place, fellow bondsmen. Monmouth Wills 

1689 April 1. Broadwell, William, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., pp. 173, 183 

1689 April i6. Inventory of the estate (£67.9.1, all personal), made 
by Hur Tompson and Benjamin Griffith. Essex Wills 

1688-1690. Receipts for debts, due by the estate, from Edward Guy, 
Edward Ball, James Emott, Aron Thompson, Jasper Grain, Tho. Garhartt 
for Derrick Hoaghlandt, Joseph Willson, John Warren, Abraham Pierson, 
of N. Y., clerk; Benjamin Meeker, Hur Thomson and Joseph Meeker. 

. Account of the administration of the estate of, by his 

widow Mary, who has paid £102.12.5 to Joseph and Benj. Meeker, Edward 
Ball, Col. Dunham, John Baldwine, Jas. Emott, Joseph Wilson, John 
Warren, Edward Gay, Diwerk Ilouetland, Aron Thomson, Jasper Grain, 
Abraham Pearson and funeral expenses. 

1685 April 21. Bond of William Broadwell to Governour Doiigan for 
the delivery of lumber at Dongan's mill on Staten Island. Receipted for 
by Tho: Carhartt in part November 22, 1690, to Mary Broadwell and in 
part February 21, 1693-4, to Mary Johnson. Essex Wills 

1710 June 15. Brockhols, AntllOny, of Pompton, Bergen Co. ; 
will of. Wife Susannah lieiress and executrix of real and personal estate. 
Children— Mary, Henry, Judy, Susanna and Jenneke. Witnesses — N. 
Bayard, Abraham Post, William Cutler. Proved August 29, 1723. 

Lil). A, p. 264 

1724-5 Jan. 7. Bromel, William, of Freehold, Monmouth Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to Andrew Fresneau, Thomas 
Bayeux, Augustus Jay and Abraham Junoe (?), all of N. Y., merchants. 

Lib. A, p. 314 

1707-8 Marcll 1. Bromly, Richard, of Gloucester Co., gentleman; 

will of. Wife to have one-third of the estate, provided she comes 

herself to claim it; legacies to Joseph Liden (inter alia silver headed 
cane), ten poor families, William Hevvett. Mathew Medcalf and Richard 
Bull, both of said Co., residuary legatees and executors of real and per- 
sonal estate in America. W^itnesses — Benjamin Devell, Tho. Gibson, 
James and Jane Sherut (Sherwood). Proved May 11, 1708. Lib. i, p. 198 

1708 March 29. Affidavit of Tho. Gibson, Jane Sherwood and Wil- 
liam Hewett, that an hour after signing the will Richard Bromly had said 
he would give what silver money he had to Joseph Liddon, who should 
^Ivr. out of it a crown piece to James Sherwood. 



62 XEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1696 Aug. 11. Bronson, Daniel, of Millston River. Inventory of 
the personal estate (£i2i.i.-, inch £30 for "one Engen Gall"), made by 
Benjamin Clarke and Richard Stockton. Middlesex Wills 

1699 Oct. 25. Brooke, John, of Gloucester Co. ; will of. Children- 
Jonathan, James, Mathew, Abigail, wife of Robert Tood; Elizabeth, wife 
of Joshua Sickes. Grandchildren — George, son of Jonathan, and "chil- 
dren of my three children in England, vizt. : Jonathan, Abigail and Eliz- 
abeth." Land between Delaware and Susquehanna Rivers, bought with 
Thomas Musgrove from William Penn. Personal property. Executor — 
John Kay. Witnesses— William Cooper, Hannah Cooper and Sarah 
Canthrey. Proved March i, 1699-1700. 

1699 Dec. 6. Inventory of the estate: 750 acres in Pensilvania, not 
taken up, £25 sterl. or £40 "This Contry mony," personal property, 
£160.15.2, inch a "mayde" servant named Sarah Coadarec £12, and 
debts due from Wm. Cooper and John Kay, £100; made by John Dole 
and Thomas Sharp. 

1699-1700 March i. Bond of John Kay, as executor. John Hugg, 
junior, and John Ladd, fellow bondsmen. 

1708-9 March 12. Broockes, Brooks, Timothy, senior, of Salem 

Co.; will of. Wife Mahittebell. Children — Josiah, John, Timothy; 
daughters — names not given; son-in-law Jonathan Kingsber(?). "World- 
ly estate," inch land in the Township of Swansey, New England. The 
wife sole executrix. Witnesses — John Bacon (of Salem), Joseph Sayre, 
Hen Buck (of Cohansey). Proved October 7, 1712. Salem Wills 

1715-6 Jan. 26. BroockS, Timothy, of Chohanze, Salem Co., gen- 
tleman; will of. Wife Hannah. Children — Sealh (Seth), Timothy, Zeb- 
elon, Hannah, Patience, Kesiah, Zeruiah. Real and personal estate, 
inch 20 acres bo't of bro. John Brooks. Executors — the wife and Enoch 
Shepheard, of Chohanze. Witnesses— Job Shepherd, Nicholas Johnson, 
Caleb Ayars. Proved February 10, 1 715-6. 

1715-6 Feb. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £157.1.3, inch Swoks 
and papers, £4.17.9, made by Job Shepherd and Nicholas Johnson. 

1707 Nov. 20. Brooks, John, Clerk and Missionary of the Society 
for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, about to return to England; 
will of. Leaves to brothers Richard and William Brooks, of Clack 
Heaton, near Bradford, Yorkshire, the half year's salary due him and all 
his property in the hands of his sister, Agnes Tull, of Basing Hall Street, 
London. Witnesses — John Talbot, Rob: Owen, John Brocas, Hugh Veu- 
ables. Proved October 18, 1709. 

1782 April 26. Brooks, Josiah, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman. 



CALKXDAR OF WILLS. 63 

Inventory of the personal estate of, £131.5.7, made by David Wescott 
(Wascoat) and William Batman (Beatman). 

1732 June 8. Bond of Lucey Brooks, of Cohansey, widow, as admin- 
istratrix of the estate. Daniel Wescote, fellow bondsman. Salem Wills 

1730 June 5. Brooks, Timothy, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman. 
Bond of Peter Turner, of Salem, merchant, as administrator of the estate 
of, he having sworn that said Timothy died intestate. 

1713 Nov. 6. Broomfleld, Bloomfield, Brumfleld. William. 

of Alloways Creek, Salem Co.; will of. Children— William, Elizabeth 
and Mary. "Whole estate." William Hall, executor. Witnesses — 
William Tyler and Simon Warner. Proved June 23, 1714. Lib. 1, p. 455 

1714 27th d. 7th m. (September). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£43.9.-, inch bonds due by Samuel Fogg and Jonathan Smith, made by 
Will Clowes and John Firth. 

1726-7 Feb. 23. Brotliertou, Henry, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 

Co.; will of. Wife Ann. Children — John, Henry, James, Elizabeth, 
Grace, Ann. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and "friend 
and brother," John Shotlwell with John Kinsey, junior, as overseer. 
W^itnesses — William Bloodgood, John Kinsey, Margere Shottwell. 
Proved July 28, 1727. Lib. B, p. 57 

1719-20 March 18. Broun, Browne, John, of Cheesquakes in 

Amboy. Inventory of the personal estate of, £105.2.7, incl. some books, 
8 sh., made by Thomas Warne (Waren), John Campbell and Daniel 
Baker. Sworn to by Aurthor Brown, administrator. 

1698 Dec. 28. Broun, William, of Woodbridge; will of. Friend 
George Broun, principal heir and executor; legacies to John Broun, of 
Staten Island, and John Mours. Witnesses — Adam Hude and George 
Broun. Proved February 23, 1698-9. Middlesex Wills 

1714 May 5. Brown, Broun, Abraham, of Mansfield, Burlington 

Co., planter; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Preserve, Nicholas, Wil- 
liam, Caleb, Sara Potter, Elizabeth Allfree, Abraham; grandson Thomas 
Potter. Real estate in East Jersey; home farm, a lot in Burlington, per- 
sonal property; son Abraham executor. Witnesses — Margaret Doscn, 
Naomi Norton, Richard Norton. Proved July 10, 1714. Lib. i, p. 461 

1714 July 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £217.11.8, made by 
Peter Frettwell and Joshua Humphris. 

1724-5 Feb. 19. Brown, David, of Newark, Essex Co. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to his widow, Joan Brown. 

Lib. A, p. 320 



64 NEW JERSKY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1717-8 March 14. Brown, George, of Woodbridge, yeoman, in- 
ventory of the personal estate of (£141.12.6, incl. books, Pool's Annota- 
tations on the Bible, 2 vols., and two Bibles), taken by Robert Gillchrist 
and Rol)ert Porter. His widow and administratrix Annapell swears to 
the completeness of the inventory March 17. Middlesex Wills 

1718 April 5. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Annapell Browne. Lib. A, p. 96 

1719 June 15. Brown, James, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Ann. Sons — Samuel, Josiah, Isack, Aron, an expected 
child. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix with brother 
Steven Broun and "cussen" Abraham Person as overseers. Robert 
Young, Hugh Roberts, Sarah Rust. Proved April 2S, 1720. 

Lib. A, p. 187 

1703 Oct, 2. Brown, John, of Perth Amboy; will of. Son John 
Browne, dau. Han. Brown. Real estate in Perth Amboy, personal prop- 
erty. Executor — Benjamin Griffith, of the same place. Witnesses — Alec 
Walker, John Mathie and David Herriott. Proved May 26, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 60, and Middlesex Wills 

1704 June I. Inventory of the personal estate of (£6.18.1); made by 
David Herriott and \Vm. Frost. Middlesex Wills 

1709-10 Feb. 21. Brown, John, of Mansfield Township, Burling- 
ton Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary sole executrix and heiress of one- 
half of the real and personal estate; son John heir of the other half. 
Witnesses — ^John Hilliar, senior; John Jennings, John Hilliar, junior. 
Proved March 25, 1710. Lib. i, p. 259 

1709-10 March 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £218.10.-, made 
by Hananiah Gaunt, Michael Newbould and Michael Buftin. 

1717 June 13. Brown, John, of Perth Amboy; will of. Natural 
sister Jean receives half of the lot in Amboy with two houses on it; all 
the rest of the estate to be sold by the executors, Adam Hude, of Wood- 
bridge, and John Barclay, of Perth Amboy, and the proceeds of such sale 
to be placed into the hands of the Chief Magistrate and four freeholders 
of the Town of Amboy for the maintenance of a free school. Witnesses 
— Robert Porter, David Tappen, Thomas Pike. Proved April 3, 1718. 

Lib. A, p. 81 

1719-20 March 18. Brown, John, of Cheesquakes in Amboy. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £105.2.7, made by Thomas VVarne, John 
Campbell and Daniel Baker. Sworn to by Aurthor Browne, administra- 
tor of the estate. 

1694 Oct. 20. Brown, Joseph, of Newark; will of. 

' N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 216 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 6=; 

1711-2 Feb. 21. Brown, Nicholas, of Shiewshury, Monmouth 
Co., gent.; will of. Wife Mary executrix; daughter Mary heiress after 
mother's death of the home farm on Shrewsbury River, unless another 
child he born. Witnesses — Hannah Chamliers, Preserve Lippincott, 
Samuel Williams, William Hulet, junior; Sam. Dennes, jun. Proved 
June 2, 1719. Lib. r, p. 480 

1714 April 26. Inventory of the personal estate (£95.11.7, incl. a 
neagro man and an old neagrowoman, £20), made by Jeremiah Stillwell 
and Joseph Haviland. Sworn to by Mary, the widow and executrix of 
Nicholas, July 9, 1714. 

1723-4 Jan. 3. Brown, Niclas, of Manahockin, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elisabeth. Children — Abraham, Joseph, and a 
daughter, name not given; legacy to Benjamin Cooke. "My estate." 
Executors — the two sons and brother Preserve Brown. Witnesses — John 
Potter, Caleb Brown, Thomas Tims. Proved February 2, 1724. 

Lib. 2, p. 37S 

1724 Feb. 2. Liventory of the personal estate, £466.8.9, New York 
money, or £399.16.1, proclamation, incl. four negro slaves, £137, an In- 
dian man, £30, and a sloop, £80; made by Joseph Willets. 

1728 . Account of the estate by Preserve Brown, who has in- 
creased it by sales of divers goods and chattels to £582.-. 7, New York 
money, and has paid debts of the estate to Walter Cohoon, Jno. Steward 
and wife Elizabeth, Rich'd Smith, junior, Abr'm Brown, Isaac Horner, 
Robert Chapman, Andrew Hamilton, as attorney to John Kearsley and 
wife Ann, Derick Tyce, Antho. Pintard, Joseph Bordin, Richard Philpott, 
Tho. Tims, George Harrison, Daniel Smith, senior, Antho. Hamm, John 
Hancock, Gabriel Stelle, Samuel Wright, Jacob Ong, Wm. Cook, Doctor 
Brown, John Brown, Ephraim Potter, Catharine Knott. 

1709-10 Feb. 4. Brown. Thomas, senior, of Newark, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children— David, Thomas, John, Phebe 
Day, Martha, Lidea, Easter. House and lot next to John Treat; farm 
bought of brother John Brown, meadows on Two Mile Brook and on 
Maple Island Creek, land and sawmill on Elizabeth River in Newark, 
house and lot between John Treat and Thomas Ludington, a lot bought 
of Michel Tomkins in Little Neck. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses 
— John Cooper, Thomas Ball, James Smith. Proved April 7, 1711. 

Lib. I, p. 314 

1723 July 12. Brown, Thomas, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children— Abner, Jeremiah, both under age; 
Deborah, Abigail. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, 
brothers John and David Broun and cousin Stephen Broun. \Vitncsscs 
5 



66 NEW JERSEY COI.ONIAI. DOCUMENTS. 

Amos Robeids, Israel Canfield, Jno. Cooper. Proved December iS, 1723. 

Lib. A, p. 271 

1 725-6 March 14. BroMii, Broweu, Thomas, of Cohansey, Salem 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Anna. Children — Thomas (under age), 
John, Aljrabam, Elisabeth and Anna, the last two under age. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the wife and Josiah Fithian. Witnesses — 
Samuel Clark, John Fitzpatrick, William Queef. Codicil without date 
only confirms the testament. Witnesses — Abraham Reeves, Nathaniel! 
Bishoop, Edward Banbary. Proved April 21, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 344 

1726 April 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £261.12, inch books 
, made by John Fitzpatrick and Abraham Reeves. 

1698-9 Jan. 10. Brown, William, of Woodbridge. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£32.10.10), made by Adam Hude, John Allen and 
Samuel Dennes. Middlesex Wills 

1714 July 4? Browne, David, sou of Thomas of Newark, chooses 
as his guardian Samuel P'reeman, of the same place, to whom letters of 
guardianship are issued. Lib. 2, p. 31 

1711 Nov. 20. Browne, Eleazer, of Newark; will of. Wife Ruth 
(see Bruin), three sons, names not given. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and brother-in-law Samuel Baldwin. Witnesses — 
Robert Young, William Wilson, Timothy Baldwin. Proved February 13, 
17 1 1-2. Lib. I, p. 366 

1719 June 15. Browne, James, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife An. Children — Samuel, Isiah, both under age, Aron, an 
expected child. Home farm on the West side of Two Mile Brook, bought 
of Thos. Brown, meadow at Tompkins Point, personal estate. The wife 
sole executrix with brother Stephen Broun and cousin Abraham Peirson 
as overseers. Witnesses — Robert Vonng, Hugh Robarts, Sarah Rigs. 
Proved April 28, 1720. Lib. A, p. 187 

1688 April 10. Browne, John, apparently. Bond of Francis Dav- 
enport, of Chesterfield, John Horner and John Wilkinson, as guardians 
of Julian Browne, daughter of John Browne, dec'd. (Paper half gone.) 

Burlington Wills 

1699-1700 March 16. Browne, John, of Upton, Gloucester Co. 

Inventory of the personal estate of (£64.15.2), sworn to by John Brown, 
his son. 

1700 Julv 12. Letters of administration granted to John, Brown, of 
Upton, son and heir of John Browne, of the same place, who produces the 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 67 

inventorj', as made by William Warner and John Enno, both of Glouces- 
ter Co. 

1700 July 12. Bond of John Brown, as administrator of his father's 
estate. Mordecai Howell and John Ashbrook, of the same Co., fellow- 
bondsman. 

1700 July 12. Counterbond of John Brown, administrator of his fath- 
er's estate, to his bondsmen. 

1703 3Iay 2. Browne, John, of New Jersey. Bond of John 
Browne, of the Province of N. J., as administrator of the estate of. John 
Mathie and David Heriot, fellow bondsmen. Middlesex Wills 

1703 (?) May 26. Browne, John, of East Jersey. Renunciation of 
Benjamin Griffith, of the executorship, under will of October 2, 1703. 

Middlesex Wills 

1717 June 18. Browne, John, of Perth Amboy. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, (£43.10.6), made by John Mathie and Wm. Frost, of 
the same place. Middlesex Wills 

1711 March 25. Browne, Joseph, of Cesaria River, Salem Co., 
merchant; will of. W'ife Martha. Children — Isaac (under age) and Plan- 
nah. Home farm on the North side of Cohanzy River, in the Town of 
Greenwich; three houses, a "warfe" and a banklot loi ft. along the 
water, bo't of Thomas Chaukly, personal property, a negro boy 4 years 
old, a negro girl 3 years old. Executors — the wife, Samuel Carpenter snd 
Nathan Standberry. Witnesses — George Harris, Joseph Bacon, Elizabeth 
Bacon, Sarah Cooper. Proved September 3, 1711. 

1711 May 7 and 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £1315. 19. 5^, 
incl. 142 oz. 4 pw. of silver plate at 9s. per oz., £64.11.8; a sloop, full 
rigged, £180; six negro slaves, £220; an Indian boy, £40; dry goods, fur- 
niture, groceries, hardware; made by Bartholomew Wiatt, Joseph East- 
land and Nathaniel Brading. 

1688 July 13. Browne, Nicholas, of Shroesberry. Bond of, to 

prosecute the caveat against granting to Jedidiah Allen, a patent for 30 
acres at G Neck. Monmouth Wills 

1698 Dec. 28. Browne, William, of Woodbridge; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 295 

1717 July 11. Bruin, Ruth, widow of Eleazar Browne, of New- 
ark, Essex Co.; will of. Eleazar Bruin, a stepson; Timothy and Obadia 
Bruin, sons of testatrix. Division of real estate by late husband 
confirmed. Brothers Nathaniel and Jonathan Baldwin to take charge 
of sons Timothy and Obadia. Brothers Samuel Baldwin and Joseph 



68 NEW JERSEY COLONIAI. DOCUMENTS. 

Bruin, executors. Witnesses — John Prudden, Joseph Baldwin, James 
Smilh. Proved October 23, 1717 (? 1727?). Lib. A, p. 84 

1720 Oct. 2. Bryant, Cornelius, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Margarett. Children Johanis, Simon, Andris, 
Hanne, stepson Fetter Winne. House in Springfield on South side of 
the road, a negro boy. Executors — the wife, John Kewman,! of Newark, 
and John Blanchard, junior, of Elizabeth Town. Witnesses— Jno. 
Blanchard, Cornelis Vanderoif, Peler Rutan. Proved December 19, 1720. 

Lib. A, p. 196 

1729 Not. 8. Bryant, Margaret, widow of Cornelias, of Elizabeth 
Town, Essex Co. ; will of. Sons — Peter Wenem, Johannis, Simeon and 
Andris Bryant; daughters — Hannah, wife of Cornelius Westerveld, Rachel 
Bryant (under 18), Hendrickie, wife of Jonah Carl, who has dau. Eliza- 
beth. Two tracts of land, bought of John Blanchard, junior; personal 
estate. Executors — Johannis Kewman, of Essex Co., and Egbert Aker- 
man, of Bergen Co. Witnesses — Benj'n Bonnel, Henery Demoney, 
Rachel Kewman. Proved January 13, 1729-30. Lib. B, p. 148 

16J)6 June 13. BryraSOn, Daniel, of Millston River; nuncupative 
will of. Proved by the testimony of Mary Davis, Sarah Gannet and Jona- 
than Davis. Wife Frances, son Barefoot, daughter Ruth. Real and per- 
sonal estate. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 249, and Middlesex Wills 

1716 March 30. Bucelew, Peter, of Middlesex Co. (supposed). 
Inventory of the personal estate of (£34.17.1^, incl. debts due by J. Mal- 
coun, Joseph Hall, Mathew Collins and Jno. Noake), made by Thomas 
Warner and John Irland. Middlesex Wills 

1725-6 Feb. 0, Buck, Henry, of Fairfield, Salem Co., Esquire; 
will of. Wife Rachel. Children— Henry, Ephraim, Jeremiah, Daitton, 
Judah. Home farm of 550 acres on South side of Cohansey Creek, per- 
sonal property (4 negro slaves). Executors— sons Henry and Jeremiah. 
Witnesses- Josiah Brooks, Ephraim Daton, Hugh Chard. Proved Febru- 
ary 21, 1725-6. Lib. 2, p. 326 

1725-6 Feb. 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £540.12.11, incl. 
debts due, £129.4.10; made by Josiah Brooks and Ephraim Daton. 

1725-6 Marcll 14, Buck, Henry, of Cohanzey, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Ruth. Children — Henry, Jane and Hannah. Farm on the North 
side of Cohanzey Creek, derived from father and owned with brother Eph- 
raim Buck; personal property (neagros). Executors— the wife and broth- 
er-in-law John Burgin. Witnesses — Ed. Faiibanck, James Roblienson, 
Rachel Burgin. Proved April 18, 1726. 

1 Koejman; usually written Coeyman, 



CALENDAR OK WILLS. 69 

1726 May 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £144.1, incl. three 
negro slaves, £75; and a prentice boy, Samuel Josten, £5; made by James 
Robbenson and Robert Ayars. 

1716 Nov. 4. Buck, John, of Cape May, mariner; will of. Wife 
Annie. Children — Joseph, John, Thomas, Mary. Real and personal 
estate (gold and silver objects). Executor — John Taylor with Jonathan 
Swain and Christopher Church as overseers. Not witnessed, because at 
the time, when Nathaniel Jenkins wrote the instrument for the testator, 
the same was ill of small pox, of which he died. 

1716 Nov. 22. Inventory of the personal estate (£126.9.1, of which 
22 stand for 5 interest in the sloop Dolphin), made by Christopher Church 
and Nathaniel Jenkins. 

1717 April 15. Bond of John Taylor as executor^ Jeremiah Hand aiid 
Ebenezer Swain fellow bondsmen. 

1695-6 Feb. 15. Buckaliew, Boockloone, Peter, of Monmouth 

Co. Inventory of the personal estate, £13.1.9, made by William Reid- 
ford and William Letts. 

1696 April 8. Blicklew, Peter, senior, of Perth Amboy. Admin- 
istration on the estate of, granted to his son Peter. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 240 

1696 April — . Buckelew, Peter, senior, of Middlesex Co. Bond 
of Peter Buckelew, of Perth Amboy, as administrator of the estate of. 
Wm. Ridfoord, of the same place, fellow bondsman. 

1717 July 8. Buckelew, Peter, Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Peter Buckelew. Lib. A, p. 50 

1696 31st d. 8th m. (October). Buckley. Francis, of Munmouth 

River, Salem Co., husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£97.13; made by Isarell Ilarison and Josiah White. 

1696 . Administration of the estate granted to his widow, Ann 

Buckley. Salem W'ills, A, p. 202 

1722 Sept. 1. Buckley, RicHard, of Pens Neck, Salem Co. Bond 
of Katherine, widow of, as administratrix of the estate. Simon Eatton 
and William Meeham, both of said jdace, fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. 2, p. 233 

1724 June 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £19.11.9, made by 
Martin Johnson and Edward Conneway (Canevey). 

1724 June 23. Bond of Charles Buckley, of Penn's Neck, as adminis- 
trator of the estate of Richard Buckley. Martin Johnson fellow bonds- 
man. 



'JO NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1721-2 Jan. 24. Buckley, Thomas, of Elsinburg, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman; will of. Leaves "whole estate" to Marcus, Samuel and Mary 
Jones, the children of "my aunt" Rachel, and to Edith, wife of Thomas 
Taylor, said Thomas Taylor to be executor. Witnesses — William Han- 
cock, John Cordon (?), John Mason. Proved January 4, 1722-3. 

Lib. 2, p. 243 

1721-2 Feb. 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £57. l6. ii|, incl. 
debts due by Moses Barber, George Abott, Jonathan Moris, Samuel Cha- 
dors, Hans Peterson and Steven Simmons, taken at Ann's Grove, Salem 
Co., by John Mason and Wm. Hancock. 

1708 June 28. Buckman, Thomas, of Gloucester Co.; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth, sole executrix. Daughters — Ann, Sarah, wife of George 
Homack (?), who has John Hamake; Mary, Elizabeth, Judy and Ruth. 
Real and personal estate. Witnesses — John Walker (? Walter), Joseph 
Tindall, John Kay. Proved May 13, 1713, and administration cum testa, 
annexo granted to Simon Clifton. Lib. i, p. 397 

1695 Not. 2. Buekworth, Bryan, of Middlesex Co.; will of. 
Wife and children (names not given); John Bound. Land at Appigwini- 
mie, and personal property. The wife executrix with John Craige and 
John Ireland as advisers. Witness — ^Jeremiah Birch and Peter Watson. 
Proved March 2, 1695-6. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 240, and Middlesex Wills 

1722-3 Feb, 2. Budd, Ann, of Burlington Co., executrix of Wm. 
Budd (q. v.). Inventory of the personal estate of, £123.1.-, made by 
Jacob Lamb and Joseph Endecott. 

1727-8 Jan. 29. Budd, James, of Northampton, Burlington Co., 
husbandman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — William (under age), 
James, Joseph (under age), Ann. Home farm adjoining brother Thomas 
Budd, 22 acres in Springfield Township, adjoining Richard Sayre, junior; 
personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — ^John Burr, 
Thomas Budd, John Budd. Proved March 7, 1727-8. Lib. 2, p. 499 

1727-8 Feb. 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £283.2.5, incl. 
debts due, £72. 19. II; a servant boy, £}5; a servant girl, £9; made by 
James Langstaff and Tho. Shinn. 

1697-8 Feb. 9. Budd, Thomas, of Philadelphia, merchant: will of 
(copy attested by Patrick Robinson, Secretary of Pennsylvania). Wife 
Susannah. Children — Thomas, Mary, Rose (?), John. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — the wife and son John. Witnesses — John Lang- 
lass, Thomas Atkinson, Sarah Atkinson, Wm. Budd. Burlington Wills 

1698 March 25. Letters testamentary granted by Gov'r William 
Markham, of Pensylvania, to ? (paper broken). 



CALENDAH OF WILLS. 7 1 

1699 May 13. Will proved at Philadelphia by, and administration 
granted to, his widow Susanna. Burlington Records, p. 29 

1699 May 13. Bond of Susannah Budd, widow of Thomas, as execu- 
trix of the estate in W. J. William Budd and John Langstaffe, of Bur- 
lington Co., yeomen, fellow bondsmen. Burlington Wills 

1707-8 March 1. Bndd, William, of Northamton Town, Burling- 
ton Co., gent.; will of. Wife Ann. Children — William, Susana, Anne, 
Thomas, John, James; bequests to the Episcopal Church of England (loo 
acres for building a church thereon), to the Church of Burlington, to John 
Talbot, and to granddaughters Mary and Susana Budd. Real and per- 
sonal property (a boy named William Allcoot). The wife sole executrix 
with kinsman John Budd, of Philadelphia, and Robert Wheller, of Bur- 
lington, as trustees. Witnesses — Tho: Atkinson, Richard Airay, George 
Shinn, Stephen Hodgkins. Proved — . Lib. 2, p. 249 

1722-3 Feb. 2. Budd, William, of Burlington Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £128. 14.2^, incl. plate, £10.15.5; bills, bonds and 
book debts, £42. 13. 3j; a negro man, £15; books, 12 s.; made by Jacob 
Lamb and Joseph Endecott. 

1727 Nov. 11. Budd, William, of Northampton, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Thomas, William, David, 
Susannah, Rebecca, Abigail, Elizabeth Ann, all under age, except Susan- 
nah, Mary Shinn; granddaughter Patience Shinn; brothers — Thomas, 
John and James Budd; sisters — Susannah Woolston and Ann Bingham. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son Thomas, with 
brother John Budd as assistant. Witnesses — ^James Shinn, Abigail Shinn, 
Joseph Stebines, Caleb Shreve. Proved December 6, 1727. 

Lib. 2, p. 471 

1727 Nov. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £253.16, made liv 
yohn Wright and Tho: Shinn. 

1716 June 7. Budden, Buddiu^, Samuel, of Chester, Burlington 
Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £78. II. S, inch book debts and 
ready cash, £57.4. 8, made by Wll'm Fenimore and Abraham Healing, 
junior. 

See Budding. 

1716 Aug. 4. Account of the estate by the administrator, Joseph 
Budden, showing payments to Abr. Heulings, W^illiam Fenimore, to his 
mother Sarah Cleverley, for " meaney Kinenesises," and Isaac DeCow. 

1698 Dec. 7. Budden, William, administration on the estate of, 
granted to Thomas Cleverley atul wife Sarah, late the widow of said Wil- 
liam. Burlington Records, p. 29 



72 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1698 Dec. 7. Bond of Thomas Cleverly, planter, and wife Sarah, of 
Burlington Co., as administrators of the estate of. Wm. Buddin, Thomas 
Kendall and Obadiah Hierton fellow bondsmen. 

1697-8 March 13. Inventory of the estate of (£48.11.-); made by 
James Sherwin and Abraham Heulings. 

1687 Aug. 2. Marriage Certificate, dated at the house of Injons Elton 
on Northampton or Rancokas Creek, of William Budden and Ann Nor- 
ton; signed by Richard Basnett, Justice; Thomas Kendall, Anthony 
Elton, John Ingrowen (?), George Elton, John Petty, George Willies, 
Mathew Allen, Susancke Elton, Thomas Elton, Mary Candall, Reachle 
Allen, Mary Willes. Burlington Wills 

1716 May 23. Budding', Samuel. Administration on the estate 
of, granted to Joseph Budding. Lib. 2, pp. 57, 104 

See Budden. 

1722 April 9. Buffin, Biffin, Michael, of Mancefield Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Christian. Son John, daughter 
Alls, wife of George Morris, son-in-law Joshua Smith, who has daughter 
Lydia and other children. Real and personal estate. Executors — son 
John and son-in-law Joshua Smith. Witnesses — Richard Gibbs, John 
Butcher, Thomas Scattergood. Proved June 9, 1722, when Joshua Smith 
refuses to " Intermedle with ye Executing of the within Will." 

Lib. 2, p. 197 

1722 May 31. Inventory of the personal estate, £156.11, inch a ser- 
vant lad, £15; made by Thomas Curtis and Richard French. 

1722 Oct. 16. Bull, Capt. Richard, of Gloucester Co. Inventory 
of the personal estate, £107.8.4, incl. a negro man, a servant for four years, 
£20; 8 books and small things, £1.4.6; a surveying compass, £1.10; bills 
due, £25.9, by Elias Fish, Rich. Ualintine, Elias Hugg and John Pearce; 
made by Francis Jones and sworn to by Sarah Bull, the widow and admin- 
istratrix. 

1723 Nov. 2. Administration on the estate of, granted to his widow 
Sarah Bull, Thomas Bull, brother and heir apparent of Richard assenting. 

Lib. 2, p. 192 

1688 Dec. Id. Bull, Thomas. Inventory of the estate of: lot in 
Philadelphia with the frame of a house on it, £28; personal, £22^.10.0; 
incl. debts due by John Rush, Phill. England, Rich. Stiffe, Mons Cock, 
Wm. Pilwyn, Edw. Collier, James Harrison, Pattr. Robinson, Jno. Molle- 
son, Joseph Wood, Robert Sallford, John Test, Phill. James, David Pow- 
ell, Tho: Bristow, Robert Hunt, Riece Price, Mathew Pugsly, Joseph 
Browne, John Busby, Woolley Swanston, John Cox, Tho: Hooton, Antho: 
Weston, Widd: Boom, Christ: Harrison, Isaack Pearson and Wm. Fisher, 



CALENDAR OK WIM.S. 73 

— less del:)ts due to John Goodson, James Jacobs, Mich: Lizard and Cjcr- 
vacc Bywater; made by James Jacob and Isaac Pearson. (Duplicate.) 

1687 Dec. I. Administration granted to Sarah Bull, widow of 
Thomas, of Gloucester Co., gentleman, who died intestate. 

Gloucester Wills 

16S6-7 Mar. 2. Inventory of the estate of: 200 acres of land, £50, 2 town 
lots in Gloucester with some building; limber, £10, persona], £110.15.11^, 
inch a silver watch, £5, silver money, £12.10, two servant men, £2o, and 
debts due by Andrew Willett, John Ithell, Benj: Acton, John Woollerston, 
George Haselwood, Rich: Danell, Will. Penton, widow Kent, Andrew 
Robinson, John Hugge, Fred: King, John Ladde, Capl. Hansc and Wm. 
Warner; made by Daniel and John Reading. 

1722 Oct. 13. Bull, Thomas, of Gloucester, gent. ; will of. Wife 
Hannah, daughter Hannah, son Thomas, of Pyre Hill, Co. of Stafford, 
England, sister Sarah Green. Lots in Gloucester Town, personal estate. 
Executors — Nathaniel Tylee, cooper, and Amos Asshead, yeoman, l)Oth of 
Gloucester. Witnesses — Joseph Collins, William Ellis, Edw'd Crosswaite. 
Proved, October 29, 1722. Lib. 2, p. 194 

1722 Oct. 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £164.15; made by 
Abraham Porter and Evan Williams. 

1730 Nov. 11. BllIlU, William, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
gentleman; will of. Wife Sarah (sister of John Langstaff, of Piscataway). 
Sons — Joseph, Micajah, Joshua, Sarajah, Reuben. Daughters — Lois, 
Hannah, Jean, all under age. Land in Woodbridge, between John Insley, 
James Jackson and Henry Freeman, home farm on the South branch of 
the Raway River, personal property. Executors — the wife, Benjamin 
Force and James Tompson. Witnesses — Shobal Smith, John Brooks, 
William Hider(?). Proved December 7, 1730. 

Lib. B, p. 175, and Middlesex Wills 

1714-5 8th d. 1st m. (March). Buntiiii?, John, senior, of Ches- 
terfield, Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — John, William, 
Sarah Murfin. Home farm of 250 acres, lot of 70 a. near the Meeting 
house, personal property. The wife sole executrix. W'itnesses — Jacob 
Doughty, Thomas Folkes, John Bunting, junior. Proved May 9, 1722. 

Lil). 2, p. 186 

1722 May 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £209.13, inch 2 bibles 
and other books, £2.2; made by John Tautum, John Middleton and Johrj 
Bunting. 

1729 19th d. 7th m. (Sept.). Buntinj?, John, junior, of Chesier- 

hcld, Burlington Co.; will of. Divides real and personal estate between 



74 NEW JERSKY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

brother William Bunting, cousins John, Joseph, William, Sarah, Mary, 
Deborah, Children of brother William, and brother-in-law William Mur- 
fin. Land in Chesterfield, 360 acres, of which 260 came from father John 
Bunting, 100 were bought of William Bunting, 20 a. adjoining George 
Douglas in Chesterfield, 4 a. of meadow on Croswicl<s Creek in Notting- 
ham Township, 156 a. not yet taken up. Executor — said William Murfin. 
Witnesses — Joshua Quicksall, Sarah Wright, Jos: Reckless. Proved 
. The executor named above, William Murfin, refuses to act, Octo- 
ber 6, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 52 

1729 Oct. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £53.12.3; made by 
John Chesshire aud Isaac Hornor. 

1729-30 Feb. 23. Bond of William Bunting as administrator of the 
estate cum test, ann., Joseph Woodward and Anthony Woodward, junior, 
fellow bondsmen, all of Burlington Co., yeomen. 

1724 loth (1. 2(1 m. (April). Buntiu^', Samuel, of Chesterfield, 

Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, Anthony, 
Sarah liunloke, Phebe and Ruth. Home farm, land bought of John and 
William Bunting, personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — 
John Warren, Isaac Horner, John Sykes, Jos. Reckless. Proved June 13, 
1724. Lib. 2, p. 266 

1724 May 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £278.8.3, incl. books, 
£4.10; made by Richard French and Isaac Horner. 

1722-3 2d d. lltli m. (Jan.). Bxmtiiig, Sarah, of Chesterfield, 

Burlington Co., widow; will of. Daughter Sarah, wife of William Mur- 
fin, sons John and William, of whom the former is made executor. Wit- 
nesses — Benj. Doughty, Many Danford, John Tantum. Proved Jan. 11, 
1722-3. Lib. 2, p. 201 

122-3 23d Jan. Inventory of the personal estate, £211.3.4, at 9.2 
per oz. ; made by John Warren and John Tantum. 

1703 Nov. 27. Burch, Joseph, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Names as heirs children of Samuel Tayler, Samuel Tayler, John 
Tayler, Frances Tayler, children of Joseph Steward, children of John 
Chesher, children of Matthew Forsyth, Samuel Barns, Ruth Barns; mak- 
ing Samuel Tayler, of Chesterfield, executor. Witnesses — Matthew For- 
syth, William Mannerd (Maynard) and Samuel Barns. Proved May 4, 
1704- Lib. I, p. 47 

1703 loth d. loth m. (Dec). Inventory of the estate, £40.-.- in land, 
£48.10.- personal; made by Edward Rockhill, Matthew Forsyth and Hen- 
ry Beck. 

1705-5 Jan. 5. Burcham, Joseph, of Burlington Co.; will of. 

Gives real and personal estate to brother James Burcham, who is also 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 75 

iiia'de executor, with legacies to children of hrotlier William Salertwete 
and to brother Thomas Haines. Witnesses— Thomas Haines, Richard 
?3ayre and Eliz: Haynes. Proved February 6, 1704-5. Lib. i, p. 95 

1704-5 Feb. 5. Release of Thomas Haines of Northampton, Burling- 
ton Co., to James Burcham of all claims against the estate. 

1704-5 Feb. 15. Inventory of the estate, £110 real, £48. 17.6 personal; 
made by Daniel Wills and Thomas Bishop. 

1724 June 22. Burcham, Joseph, son and heir of James, about l6 
yrs. old. Letters of guardianship of, granted to John Haines, of Eves- 
ham, Burlington Co. Lib. 2, p. 265 

1723 4tli d. 4rth m. (June). Burdsall, Stephen, of litel Egg Har- 

ber, Burlington Co., husbandman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Na- 
than, Stephen, Phebe, Martha, Mary and Mabel Grant. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — the wife and Joseph Willels. Witnesses — Jacob 
Ong, Isaac Ong, Samuel Andrews. Proved August 24, 1723. 

Lib. 2, p. 252 

1723 Aug. 24. Joseph Willets refuses to act as executor. 

1723 Aug. 24. "Enuatury" of the personal estate, £136.6.-; made by 
Gervas Pharo and Joseph Willets. 

1731 Oct. 20. Burger, Martin, of Monmouth Co. Bond of his 
widow, Ann Burger, as admistratrix of the estate of; Samuel Vincent, fel- 
low bondsman. 

1707-8 Jan. 30. Burgin, Joseph, of Salem Co.; will of. Wife 

. Son John and other children, names not given. Real and per- 
sonal estate. The wife sole executrix with W'm. Hall, of Allawaies 
Creek, and Thomas Abet, of Cohansey, as overseers and executors in case 
of her death. Witnesses — Edward Fairbanck, John Chatfield and Win. 
Pope. Proved, and Jane Burgin sworn in as executrix, July 15, 1709. 

Lib. I, p. 244 

1708 July 19. Inventory of the personal estate (£243.0.2, inch spesh- 

allty, £88, and speshallty, £19); made by William Pope and Richard 

Whitacar with a note: "Debts due to Archibell Silvers children the 

som £100.15.1." 

1702-3 March 19. Burgrave, John, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., 
cooper. Inventory of the personal estate of, £72.8.6; made by Andrew 
Anderson and Cornelious Coppner. 

1703 April 9. Letters of adminislralion on the estate granted to the 
the widow, Elizabeth Burgrave. Salem Wills, 7, p. 17 

1729 July 8. Burnet, Daniel, of Elizabeth town. Administration 



76 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

on the estate of, granted to Ichobad Burnet. Lib. B, p. 125 

1716-7 Feb. 17. Burnett, Mordecai. Administration on the es- 
tate of, granted to Hannah Burnett, widow. Lib. A, p. 49 

1712 Nov. 24. Burnett. Robert, commonly called Lethenlie, one 
of the Proprietors of East Jersey; will of. Children — John, Robert, Pat- 
rick, Mesdie (Moldrue, Neldrue), Allen, Isabell Montgomery. Real and 
personal estate (slaves). Executors — son Patrick and daughter Isabell. 
Witnesses — Samuel Atkinson, Daniel Rolson, Robert Feild, Wm. Lumass. 
Proved November 16, 1714. Lib. i, p. 526 

. Burrell, Moses, of Salem; will of. Wife Darcus. 



Children — Moses and Elizabeth. Real and personal property in West 
Jersey and New England. Executors — Richard Estees, Sam'l Collens 
and Thomas Fauer. Witnesses — Thomas Graues, Wm. Hall, Ann Knap- 
ton, James Sherroii. Recorded June 24, l6g8. 

1698 June 16. " Goods belonging to Widdow Burrell Appraysed by 
Joseph Woodrooffe and Benj. Knapton," £68.8.6; inch 5 bushels of 
wheat flower, £1.5; 100 Kis. of Musquevado sugar, £2.10. 

1698 June 20. Upon the widow's application, Thomas Woodrooffa 
and Richard Darkin, Justices of the Peace, give her power of administra- 
tion on the estate. Salem Wills, 2, p. 16-18 

1716-7 Feb. 18. Burrell, Moses, of Salem Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £7.9.3; made by Jno. Goodwin and Henry Sedden (Sid- 
den); Thomas Hill, of Salem, sworn in as administrator of the estate. 

1730 June 20. Burroughs, Edward, of Salem Co., yeoman. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Priscilla Burrows. Lib. 3, p. 67 

1707 Aug. 6. Burt, Richard, of Maidenhead, Burlington Co., car- 
penter; will of. Wiie Margaret, sole executrix. Sons — Joseph and 
Richard, both under age; three daughters, names not given. Real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — Wm. Morrell, Philipp ?, John Bain- 
bridge. Proved December 2, 1707. Lib. i, p. 189 

1728 Dec. 5. Busby, Mary, of Wellingborow Township, Burling- 
ton Co., widow of Nickles; will of. Children — John, Isaac, William, 
Bengman, Lydia, wife of John Marson, Mary, Jane, wife of Jacob Bur- 
shall, Elizabeth, Sary, Thomas. Real and personal estate. Executor — 
son Thomas. Witnesses — Thomas Reves, Nathan Crosby, Hugh Sharp. 
Proved January 21, 1728-9. Burlington Wills 

1728-9 Jan. 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £97.7.6; made by 
Hugh Sharp and John Milborn. 

1727 22d d. 6th m. (Aug.). Busby, Nicholas, of Wellingbor- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 77 

ough, Buiiingion Co. ; will of. Wife Mary. Chil(lreti--Thonias, John, 
Tsaac, William, Benjamin, Lydiah, wife of James Marson, Mary, Jane, 
Elizabeth. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Jacob Burdsall, John Marson, John Wills. Proved October i, 
1727. Lib. 2, p. 446 

1727 Sept. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £147.14.3; made by 
John Wills and Hugh Sharp. 

1714 Ajn-il 14. Bustill, Elizabeth, of Burlington; will of. 

Daughter Unity Bustill and grandson William, son of Samuel and Grace 
Bustill, sole heirs, and the daughter sole executrix of the personal estate. 
Witnesses — Robart Story, Solomon Smith, Isaac DeCow. Proved May 
20, 17 14. Lib. I, p. 462 

1 714 May 3. Inventory of the personal property in the hands of the 
daughter Unity, £7. iS-; made by Henry Tomlin.son, Thomas Marriott^ 
and Jo'n Hall. 

1714 May 14. Another inventory, £37.-; made by Manuel Smith and 
Joseph White. 

1710 Dec. 21. Bustill, William, of Burlington, merchani; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth. Children — Samuel and Unity. Farm in Hpringfield, 
house in Burlington, personal property. Executors — the wife and son. 
W^itnesses— Isaac Marriott, John Dawson, Chr. Snoden. Proved January 
II, 1710-1. Lib. I, p. 297 

1710-11 5th d. Iithm. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£588.12.3; made by Isaac Marriott and Isaac de Cow. 

1726 Nov. 12. Butcher, Johu, of Stow Crick, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Jane, sole executrix. Son James (under age). Real and personal 
estate. Witnesses — Rebeckah Sayre, Jonathan Mills, Dorothy Daeton (?). 
Proved December 12th, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 386 

1726 Dec. 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £90.19.6; made by ■ 
Thomas Pagett and Ro: Johnson. 

1727-8 March 14. Butcher, John, of Mansfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co., wheelwright; will of. Sister Elizal^eth Butcher, now Hieon, 
sole heiress. John Black and Thomas Newburd (Newbold) executors of 
personal estat;. Witnesses — George Ash, John Curtis, Ellin Ashe, 
Thomas Curtis. Proved May ii, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 527 

1728 March 30. Inventory of the personal estate, £60.18.9; n^^de by 
Thomas Curtis and Joseph Pancoast. 

1715-6 Feb. 21. Butcher, Richard, of Cohansey, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Ann. Children — Richard, John, both under age, Margret, 
Mary, Elizabeth, Hanah, the last three under nge. Home farm and 200 



78 NEW JERSEY COI.ONIAI. DOCUMENTS. 

acres, as per Hall and Pagett's deeds; personal property. Executors — 
the wife and son Richard. Witnesses — David Sayre, William Chandler, 
John Reed, Rebecah Sayre. Proved March 7, 17 15-6. 

1715-6 March 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £443.18.1; made 
by John Reed and David Sayre. 

1693 Sept. 24. Butcher, Thomas, of Springfield; will of. Sons— 
Sanjuel, Thomas; daughters — Ann, Mary. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — brother John Bucher, brother-in-law John Antram, friends 
John Day and John Shinn. Witnesses — Restore Lippincott (signs by 
mark;, John Butcher and James Hill. Proved November 18, 1693. 

1693 Oct. 30. Inventory of the estate (£196.13.6); made by Daniel 
Leeds, Jhon Woollston and Thomas Paterge (?). 

1693 Nov. 18. Bond of John Butcher, John Antram, John Day and 
John Shinn as executors. Burlington Wills 

1693 Nov. 18. Will proved and letters of administration granted to 
John Butcher, John Antram and John Shinn senior, named trustees in the 
will with John Day, "who Acts not." Burlington Records, p. 21 

1727-8 March 12, Butcher, William, of Springfield Township, 

Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Father , brother John Bucher 

and brother-in-law Jobe Ridgaway, heirs of real and personal estate; said 
Jobe executor. Witnesses — Susanna Tonkin, Charles Tonken, Joseph 
Ridgway, ThO: Shinn. Proved April 13, 172S. Lib. 2, p. 520 

1728 April 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £34.7.10; made by 
Tho: Shinn and Abraham Marriott. 

— — - . Butler, Charles, of Philadelphia, merchant; nuncu- 
pative will of. Gives his estate to Charles Bagley, living about 2 miles 
from Chohansey Town; sworn to by William Hanson and brother Isaac 
Goodwin June 2g, 1695. Butler died March 6, 1694-5. Recorded Octo- 
ber 9, 1695. 

1695 Oct. — . Administration of the estate granted to Charles Bag- 
ley. Salem Wills, A, p. 170 

1728-9 Jan. 4. Butler, James, of Penn'sNeck, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Gives "my estate" to children, not named, and makes Marten 
Skeer and Thomas Miles, executors. Witnesses — ^Cornelius Corneliuson, 
Katherine Stalkop, John Philpot. Proved February 18, 1 728-9. 

1728-9 Feb. 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £27.17.2; made by 
William Mecum and John Dunn. Salem Wills 

1709 July 16. Buttler, John, of Salem Co. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of (£23.19.0); made by John Goodwin and Samuel Fog, jun- 
ior. Sworn to by Wm. Penion, administrator. Lib. i, p. 250 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 79 

1709-1710. Accounl of the estate by Wm. Pentoii, of Salem, showing 
payments to Tho: Kelly, Nathaniel Eroding, Wm. Willis, Alex: Grant, 
Wm. Johnson, Wm. and Andrew Thompson, Mary Smith, Chas. Angello, 
Henry Siddon, Hugh Middleton, John Haines and George Trenchard. 

1721-2 Mar. 14. Buttler, Stephen, of Alloways Creek Precinct, 
Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Brother John Buttler, of Coventry, England, 
sister Mary, of Coventry, brother-in-law Isaac Biskar, Abraham Mose, 
of Alloways Creek, receive personal estate; the real estate to be disposed 
of by the executors, James Champness, of said Precinct, and James Whit- 
ton, of Manington Precinct, yeomen. Witnesses — Jona Wadington, Rich- 
ard Hancock, John Tyler. Proved April i6, 1723. Lib. 2, p. 223 

1696 Not. 2, Byles, Charles. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to his widow, Sarah. Burlington Records, p. 28 

1716 Not. 27. Caille, Theophile. of Burlington, merchant ; will 
of. " Going for a voyage." Wife Anne, sole heiress and executrix of 
real and personal estate, with legacies to the French Church in New York, 
eldest brother Gabriel Saille, living in Geneve, and godson Theophile 
Jory (under 21). Witnesses — Francis Smith, Theodore Fauconnier, James 
Quest. Proved April 6, 1717. Lib. 2, p. 65 

1712 June 16. Cairnes, Joseph, of Essex Co. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to his widow, Hannah Cairnes. I^ib. i, p. 362 

1691 Sept. 10. Calley, Josepll, late of Boston, N. E., mariner, 
who died in Salem Co. ; will of. Wife Hannah; nephew John, son of 
John Cox, late of Boston. Real and personal estate. Executors — Jjinies 
Neuill and Jonathan Beere, of Salem. W^itnesses — Tho. Woodroofe, Wm. 
Hall, Roger Milton. Recorded February 16, 1691-2. 

1691 Sept. 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £41.16.3, incl. the 
vessel with riggings, &c., £25; made by Dennis Fisher and Wm. Downe, 
who do not give the value of "a brickhouse 34 foot longe 20 foot wide one 
storie & halfe high not Covered nor iinished." Salem Wills, A, p. 63 

1722-3 Feb. 4. Calwell, Allen, of Perth Amboy. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to his daughter, Mary Calwell, his widow, Grace 
Calwell, having refused and renounced her right. Lib. A, p. 234 

. Cambel, Archbald, of Middlesex Co. ; will of. Leaves 

John Cambell, of Raritain R., his "aire and executor," with legacy to 

Elesebeth Swan, and lists of debtors and creditors to wit: • Edwards, 

Richard Clark, William Readford and John Colling, delHors; Elisha Park- 
er, Milles Forster, John Barclay, James More, John Lie, John McCalm, 



8o NEW JERSEY COI.ONIAI, DOCUMENTS. 

George Cumins, Alexander Thomson, creditors. Witnesses — James 
Moore, John Ilorsman, Gawine Lockhart. Proved May 12, 1702. 
See Campl)cl]. 

1672-3 Mar. 19. Camfeild, Mathew; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 35 

1673 June II. Inventory of the estate (£120 real, £204.4.3 personal); 
made by John Brown and John Ward. Sarah and Samuel Camfield men- 
tioned. Essex Wills 

1710 Aug'. 29. Camniick, Nathaniel, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Daughters — Mary Giflord, Andria 
Parker, Ann and Leah. Son-in-law Caleb Allin. Real and personal es- 
tate. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Joseph West, Stephen Calluin 
(Calvin), Abia Edwards. Proved February 27, 1710-1. Lib. I, p. 308 

. Campbell, Archibald ; will of. Proved May 12, 1702. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 147 

1687 Ang, 10. Campbell, David, of Amboy, couper ; will of. 
Daughter Hellen Campbell and her husband David Hereot, heirs and ex- 
ecutors of all real and personal estate. Lot on High street, Perth Amboy, 
next to John Tankin. Witnesses — William Oliphant, Ja: Fullarton and 
Thomas Edwards, ftoved April 24, 1693. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 217, and Middlesex Wills 

1689 Dec. 25. Campbell, John, late of Amboy, E. J., gentleman; 
will of. Wife Mary, sole heiress and executrix of temporal estate. Chil- 
dren — Ann, Gawinelta and John. Witnesses — Jo'n Carrington and Mar- 
garet Carrington. Proved January i, 1689-go. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 179, and Middlesex Wills 

1690 Aug. 2. Bond of his widow Mary, as executrix of his will. 

1693-4 Jan. 18. Campbell, Lord Neill. Administration on the 
estate of, granted to James Dundas of Perth Amboy. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 209, 306 

1711 April 21. Campbell, Othniell, of Woodbridge Township; 

will of. Gives all his property (land in said township) to his wife, . 

Witnesses — William Hodgson, John Mollesson, Wilson. Proved 

July 31, 1711. Lib. I, p. 318 

1730 Not. 1. Campion, Campyon, John, of Woodbridge, Middle- 
sex Co., tailor; will of. Wife Martha. Children- — Francis, Johanah, 
An, all under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, with 
brother Henry Freman and James Thomson to assist. V.'itnesses — Na- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 8l 

thaniel Paine, Elizabeth Barbei", Moses Rolfe. Proved December, 7, 
1730. Lib. B, p. 173, and Middlesex Wills 

1694 Not. 11. Canfleld, Ebenezer, of Newark; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 216 

1695-6 March 21. Inventory of the movable estate of, £55.4.6. 

Essex Wills 

1684-5 Jan. 31. Canfleld, Jonathan, of Essex Co.; will of. 

Brothers — (paper destroyed), Eabinezer and Sam; sisters — Sarah and 
Mary. Witnesses — John Couch and William Shores. Proved December 
5, 168S. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 264, and Essex Wills 

16SS Dec. I. Canfleld, Jonathan, of Essex Co. (died November 26). 
Inventory of the estate of (£13. r6.-, all personal); made by John Browne, 
junior, and John Curtis. Debts due from the estate, £15. 

1716 April 20. Canton, William, of Elsonburrough, Salem Co., 
sawyer; will of. Makes Sigfred Clementson sole heir and executor of 
" personal estate and goods whatsoever." Witnesses — Will'm Walding, 
Nathan Smart, John Jones. Proved May 10, 1716. 

1716 2d d. 3d m. (May). Inventory of the personal estate, £11.7.6; 
made by William Walding (Walden) and Nathan Smart. 

1692-3 March 5. Carary, Roger, of Salem; will of. Wife Eliza- 
beth. Children — Rachel and Mary. Sisters — Elizabeth Goose and Dea. 
Homestead, a farm called Clampitts, personal estate. Executors — the 
wife, Richard Darkin and Andrew Thompson. Witnesses — Jonathan 
Beere and William Thompson. Recorded July 6, 1693. 

1693 April 3. Inventory of the estate, £289.2.2, inch a town lot of 13 
acres £3, bills and book debts £106.13; in^'^le by John Pledger and Joseph 
White. Salem Wills, A, p. 97 

1695-6 March 16. Carhart, Thomas, of Woodbridge; will of. 

Wife Mary sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate, with 
English Smith and Thomas Hawerden, both of N. Y., as trustees. Chil- 
dren — John, Rol)ert and William. Witnesses — John Loofbourrow, Jona- 
than Donham, William Frost and Benj. Grit'tith. Proved March 26, 1696. 
N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 240, and Middlesex Wills 

1696 May 25. Inveniory of the personal estate (£69.5.-, inci. 6 silver 
spoons, one small tumbler plate £3.12, a chafing dish); made by Samuel 
Dennes and John Bishop. 

1697 April 20. Account of the estate by his widow Marie, showing 
payment of debts to Wm. Loveridge, widow Carrington, John Barclay, 
Richard Powell, Benjamin Griffith, Sarah Smith, John Ireland, Thomas 

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82 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Hawarden, David Henitt, Edward Inians, John Robinson, Hannah van 
Hoek, John Leiand, John Pollog, William Fiost, Henry Coleman, Sam- 
uel Moore, and debts collected from James Armour, Thomas Coddring- 
ton, Jacob Corbitt and James Dundas. 

1725 Dec. 13. Carliell, Carlilc, John, of Burlington, shoemaker; 
will of. Wife Mary sole heiress and executrix of real and personal 
estate, charged to take care of the children, names not given. Witnesses 
— George Shinn, Marcy Middleton, Tho: Scattergood. Proved February 
2, 1725-6. Lib. 2, p. 316, and Burlington Wills 

1725-6 Jan. 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £62.19; "^^de by 
Tho. Scattergood and Samuel Lovell. 

1693 Aug. 5. Carman, Caleb, senior; nuncupative will of. Attest- 
ed before Joseph Houldin and Samuel Crowell, Justices, by affidavit of 
John Gervis and Caleb Carman, leaving all to his wife Elizal^eth; sons 
mentioned. 

1693 July 7. Inventory of the estate, £73.3-, of which £10 stands for a 
building in the town; made by Shamgar Hand and Jacob Dayton. 

1693 Aug. 16. lyCtters of administration on the estate granted to 
his widow, Elizabeth. Burlington Records, p. 20 

1693 Aug. 16. Bond of the widow Elizabeth Carman, as administra- 
trix. Jonathan Pine, of Cape May Co., yeoman, fellow bondsman. 

Cape May Wills 

1724 Dec, 14. Carman, Jacob, of Springfield Township, Burling- 
ton Co. Inventory of the estate of, £89.2.3^; made by Titon Leeds and 
Revell Elton. 

1724-5 Jan. 2g. Bond of Sarah, widow of Jacob Carman, as adminis- 
tratrix of the estate. John Stockton, of said Co., yeoman, fellow bonds- 
man. 

1724-5 Jan. 29. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 

Sarah Carman. Lib. 2, p. 274 

1728 Aug. 20. Carman, Samuel, of Middleton Township, Mon- 
mouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children— John, Timothy, 
Hannah Langlun (?), Richard. Home farm, farm at Hungry Plarbour, 
Long Island, patent right to undivided land in Hempstead Township, 
Long Island; personal property. Executors— sons John and Timothy. 
Witnesses— Richard Stout, Jonathan Stout, Robert Dodsworth. Proved 
December 15, 1729. Lib. B, p. 257 

1713 Oct. I'J. Carpeuter, Hezekiah, of Hopewell, Burlington Co., 
blacksmith; will of. Wife Abigail and an expected child to inherit "All 
my estate." Executors— the wife, Thos. Byris and Jonathan Roberts. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 83 

Witnesses — James Fitcli, Edward Hait, Alexander Lockart. Proved De- 
cember 9, 1 71 3. Lib. I, p. 435 

1713 Jail. 8. Carpenter, Hope, of Jamaica, Queens Co., N. Y. ; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — Mope, Aimon (Asmun), Hezekiali, 
John, Hannah (under age). Farm and land in Hopewell, Burlington Co., 
and land in Jamaica Township; personal proj'erty. Executors — the wife, 
sons Asmon, Hezekiah, John, with Samuel Firl and Thos. Burrows as 
assistants. Witnesses — Deborah Wood, Daniel Woolsey, Nehemiah 
Smith. Lib. i, p. 416 

1713 Aug. 16. Administration of the estate granted to John Muir. 
head, of Hopewell, who has purchased from the widow, Mary, and the 
three younger sons. Ashman, Hezekiah and John Carpenter, their several 
rights in the estate under the will. Lib. i, p. 417 

1695 Oct. 16. Carrillg'tOU, John, of Amboy, Middlesex Co.; will 
of. Wife Margaret heiress and sole executrix of real and personal 
estate, with bequest of a house and lot in Amboy to George, second son of 
William Dockwra, of London, merchant. Vv^itnesses — Tho: Carharrt, 
Edward Slater, William Thomsone, Thomas Fitzrandolph, Benj. Griffith. 
Proved November 6, 1695. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 224, and Middlesex Wills 

1695-6 Jan. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £109.-3, i"cl. a 
negro girl £20, a chafing dish, a silver tumbler and 6 silver spoons £3.15, 
made by Samuel Dennesand Benja. Griffith. 

1G97 Sept. 18. Carrin^toil, Margaret, of Perth Amboy, gentle- 
woman; will of. John Barclay to have all real estate, the personal prop- 
erty divided l)elween brother John Soulby and wife Meldrad, Sarah and 
Rebecca, daughters, and William, son of William Dockwra and Katherine 
Mudie. Executor — John Barclay. Witnesses — James Dundas, Ja: Simp- 
son and Grimston Boude. Proved October 11, 1697. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 273, and Middlesex Wills 

1697 Dec. 15. Inventory of the estate, £146.11.3, all personal, incl. 
8 silver spoons, one silver tumbler, a buckle and broken clasp of silver, 
two gold rings, a Bible and 14 other books, a negro maid servant and 
debts speratc and desperate, made by Sam'l Dennis, Samuel Loveridge 
and Benja. Griffith. 

1722 Sept. 17. Cartell, Philipp, of Gloucester Co. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Jonathan Ladd, of said Co. 

Lib. 2, p. 146 

1G93-4 Feb. 24. Carter, Alice, of Hopewell, Burlington Co., 
widow; will of. Legacies to Peter Fretwell (a great Bible), Elizabeth 
Wright, Mary Staniland, Sarah Scholey, Sibilla Clayton, Frances Venalde. - 



84 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

John Rogers, residuary legatee and executor of real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — Sarah Scholey, Ann Pharo, Wm. Emley. Proved May 12, 
1694. 

1693-4 March 17. Inventory of the estate; plantation £30, personal 
£18.16.4, made by Tho. Lambert, Matthew Watson and Wm. Emley. 

1694 May 14. Bond of John Rogers, of Nottingham, Burlington Co., 
yeoman, as executor. Tho. Lambert and Wm. Emley fellow bondsmen. 

1681 Nov. 8. Carter, Nicholas, of Elizabethtown. Inventory of 
the estate of, and administration granted to his son John. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 45 

1682 Dec. 10. Carteret, Philipp, of Elizabethtown; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 52 

1702 29th d. 10th m. (Dec.) Cartwright, Robert, of Salem Co., 

husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £15.8.7; incl. a debt 
due by the estate of Jo'n Vance; made by Alexander Grant and Jona. 
Fowler. 

1702 Dec. 31. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Ann Cartwright. Salem Wills, 3, p. 159 

1708 Oct. 2. Cary, Shershaw, of Burlington. Petition of Ann, 
widow of, to be made administratrix. 

Lib. I, p. 216, and Burlington Wills 

170S Oct. 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £104.10.-, incl. a ne- 
gro woman £26, made by Emanuel Smith and William Bustill. 

1709 May 10. Account of the estate by the widow Ann Cary, as ad- 
ministratrix, showing payments to Dr. Roberts, Samuel Heniotl, Richard 
Walker, Abr. Bickley, Hugh lluddy, Robert Packer, Thomas Rapier, 
Samuel Smith and Wm. Pocquenett. 

1729 12th d. 3d m. (May). Case, Thomas, of Salem Co. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £31.6; made l)y Jos: Wade and Jno. Good- 
win. 

1729 Nov. 25. Bond of Elizabeth Case of Salem Co., administratrix 
of the estate of. Alexander Simpson fellow bondsman. 

Lib. 3, p. 41, and Salem Wills 

1729-30 March 11. Account of the estate, £37.1.10, by the adminis- 
tratrix, Elizabeth Case, now wife of Laughlan Follin, who have paid for 
funeral charges £5, and debts due to Lewis Morris, Benjamin Eaton, John 
Rolfe (for rent), Rich'd Clubb, Wm. Tyler, Clement Hall and John Green. 

1729-30 March 7. Catchum, TheophiluS, of Hunterdon Co., inn- 



CAI.ENDAR OF WILLS. 85 

holder. Atlininislration on the estate of, granted to Elizabeth Catchum. 

Lib. 3, p. 43 

1694 May 14. Cater, Alice, of Hopewell, widow; will of. Proved 
and letters testamentary granted to John Rogers, sole executor. 

Burlington Records, p. 2i 

1727 Nov. 7. Ceane, Keine, Keiaii, Caine, Richard, of Amwell, 

Hunterdon Co., yeoman; will of. Wife iMary. Children — Walter, Rich- 
ard, Sarah, Hannah and Bridget. "Temporal" estate. Executors — the 
wife and son Walter. Witnesses — Andrew Heath and Charles V.'oolver- 
ton. Proved December 7, 1727. 

1727 Nov. 24. Inventory of the personal estate (£55.10), made by 
George Fox and Andrew Heath. 

1695 Sept. 28. Chadwick, John, of Springfield. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to John Dickson and wife Elizabeth, late widow 
of said Chadwick. Burlington Records, p. 26 

1695 Sept. 28. Bond of John Dickson, of Burlington Co., and wife 
Elizabeth, ;is administrators of the estate. Henry Grubb and Matthew 
Champion fellow bondsmen. 

1695 Sept. 10. Inventory of the estate of John Chadock (? Chadwick) 
of Springfield, husbandman (£42.11.6); made by Samuel Vaus and Mat- 
thew Champion. Burlington Records 

1696 June 8. Chaflon, John, of Burlington Co., gentleman. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his daughter, Hannah Scott, 
widow. Burlington Records, p. 27 

1696 June 8. Bond of Hannah Scot, of Burlington, widow, as admin- 
istratrix of the estate. Henry Grubb, of the same place, innholder, fel- 
low bondsman. 

1696 June 8. Inventory of the estate (£10.-.- i. e. 135 acres, bought 
from Thomas Budd); made by Henry Grubb and Isaac Marriott. 

1717 July 8. Chamberlain, Henry, son of William Chamberlain, 
of Shrewsberry, chooses John Chamberlain as guardian, to whom letters 
of guardianship are issued. Lib. A, p. 51 

1688-9 Feb. 15. Chamberlaiue, Henry, of Shrosberry. Bond of 

his widow, Anne Chamberlaine, as administratrix of the estate of. Joseph 
West, of the same place, fellow bondsman, Monmouth Wills 

See Chamberlin. 

1691-2 Jan. 15. Chamberlin, Ann, of Shrowesibury, widow of 
Henery; will of. Son John Chamberlin (under age), brothers Robert 

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86 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

and Joseph West, sisters, names not given. Land at or near Long Branch, 
do. in Shrowestbury New, Purchase near William Havens. Executors — 
brothers Joseph West and Nathaniel Cammock. Witnesses — Sarah 
Reape, Mary Williams, Edw^ard Williams, Tho. Webley. Proved Janu- 
ary 25, 1691-2. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 200, and Monmouth Wills 

1691-2 Jan. 25. Warrant to make an inventory of the estate, issued 
by John Johnstone, J. P., to Nicholas Brown, John Williams, Allen Coll- 
well and Thomas Webley, Williams and Webley having been brought for- 
ward by Joseph West, the executor of said Ann's will. 

1691-2 Jan. 30. Inventory of the personal estate of (£53.17.3); 
made by Nicholas Brown, John Williams, Allen Collwell and Thomas 
Webley. 

1692 Dec. 29. Bond of Joseph West, as administrator of the estate 
Thomas Webley and Thomas Heavie (? Hearse) fellow bondsmen. 

1688 . Chamberlin, Henery, of Manesquam. Inventory of 

the personal estate of, £42.17.0; made by Nicholas Brown, Thomas 
Winewright, Edward Williams and Tho. Webley. Note at foot: Relict 
is Anne Chamberline, brought into ye oftice 14th ffebr. 1688. 

Monmouth Wills 

1687 Aug. 13. Chambers, John, of Shrowsbury, joiner; will of. 
Wife Mary. Children — John, Thomas, Richard, Mary and Hanah. 
Land on Shirk River, do. between Peter White and Robert Lacock, 
meadow on Portepeck Neck, land and meadow on Southside of Alewife 
Brook, personal property. The wife executrix. Witnesses — John Lip- 
pincolt, Peter White, Samuel Dennis. Proved December 27, 1687. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 117, and Monmouth Wills 

1688 April 12. Bond of the widow, Mary Chambers, as executrix. 
Thos. Boell fellow bondsman. 

1687 Dec. 6. Inventory of the personal estate (£91.7.0); made by 
Peter White, Samuel Dennis and John Lippincott. 

1731 June 23. Chambers, Richard, of Shrewsberry, mariner. 
Bond of Ann Chambers, the widow of, as administratrix of the estate. 
Philipp Edwards fellow bondsman. Lib. B, p. 102, and Monmouth Wills 

1727 Nov. 26. Chambers, Thomas, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Sons — John, Edmund, Thomas, and apparently 
other children. Home farm on Shark River. Personal estate. Execu- 
tors — Brother John Chambers and brother-in-law William Exceene. Wit- 
nesses — John West, John Worthley, Richard Rundell, Jacob Dennis. 
Proved December 14, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 486, and Monmouth Wills 

1731 May 25. Chamers, Chambers, Richard, of Monmouth Co. 



CALENDAR OF WII.I.S. 87 

Inventory of the personal estate of (£208.3.6); made l)y Stoffel Lang- 
strast, Philipp Edwards and Wm. Brinley. 

1729 24:tli d. 10th m. (Dec.) Cliamless, James, of Allaways 

Creek, Salem Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate, £317.10.4, 
incl. two servants, £21, bonds and hook debts, £79.18.10; made by Rich- 
ard Hancock, John Den and Sam'l Wade. 

1729-30 Mar. 20. Bond of Hannah Chamles, of Salem Co., as admin- 
istratrix of the estate, Benjamin Hayns fellow bondsman. 

1717 XOT. 11. Champion, John, of Waterford, Gloucester Co.; 
will of. Children — Thomas, Robert, Nathaniel, Sarah, Mary, Elizabeth 
and Phebe. Land on Cooper's Creek adjoining John Wright, John Shi- 
vers and Henry Jonston. Personal property. Executors — son Robert, 
and son-in-liiw John Wright. Witnesses — Jonn Kaighin, John Dole, Eliz: 
Kaighin. Proved August 21, 1727, the witness, Elizabeth Kaighin, now 
signing as Eliz. Wills. Lib. 2, p. 437, and Gloucester Wills 

1727 Aug. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £33.8.7; made by 
Martyn Jervis. 

1727 Aug. 16. Letter from John Wright to the " Keeper of the Pre- 
rogative office in Burlington," stating, that as he is ancient, weakly and 
sickly, scarcely able to ride from home, he wishes to be relieved from his 
duties as executor, Nathaniel Champion alone acting. 

1727 Aug. 21. Bond of Nathaniel Champion as administrator curn 
test, aiin., John Raper and Thomas Eastland, fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. 2, p. 441, and Gloucester Wills 

1717 20th d. 7th m. (Sept.). Champness, Nathaniel, of Alloways 

Creek, alias Monmouth River, Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Children — 
James, Mary Evens, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Hannah. Real and personal 
estate (six silver spoons). The two sons executors. Witnesses — Ephraim 
Allen, Sam'll Wade, Phillip Tyler, John Firth. Proved January 10, 
1725-6, Nathaniel, junior, signing his name Chamless. 

Lib. 2, p. 317, and Salem Wills 

1725-6 4th d. iilhm. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, £394.- 

18.8, incl. a large Bible, 22 bound books and other books, £6.9, '* nine 

years sarvetute of A malatta girl," £8, bonds, bills and other debts, £138.- 

3.8; made by Richard Hancock and Sam'll Wade. 

1707 Dec. 23. ChampneyS, Edward, of Salem Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£38.15.7); made by John Mason and Samuel 
Hedge, junior; sworn to by John Champneys, eldest son of Edward, 
April 2, 1708. 

1708 April 13. Administration on the estate granted to his heir, John 
Champneys. Lib. i, p. 194 



88 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1715 July — . Champneys, Cliamles, Chainness, Joseph, of Piles 

Grove Precinct, Salem Co.; will of. Wife Merrion Chamless; son Joseph, 
under age; William, son of sister Elizabeth and John Whitehall. Legacy 
to servant boy Zachary Dun, who is not to be disposed of, but to be kept until 
he is of age, and to the poor of Piles Grove Parish, to build an " Olmes- 
house," and a scoole house. Home farm of 214 acres, bought of brother 
John Chamness. Personal property. Executors — the wife and cousin 
Rodger Hudgins, the latter to be also guardian of son Joseph. Witness- 
es — John Whittall, John Deroux(?), Isaac Sharp. Proved September 28, 
1715. 

1715 Aug. 23. Inventory of personal estate of Joseph "Chapnies," 
£94.2, inch 3 Bibles and some other books, 16 s. ; made by Joseph White 
and Benj. Acton. 

1698 IStli (1. 12tli m. (Feb.). Champneys, Champnes, Nathan- 
iel, senior, of Allaways Creek, yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Chil- 
dren — Nathaniel and Mary Hancock; grandchildren — Mary Champneys, 
James Champneys and Elizabeth Hancock. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and son Nathaniel. Witnesses — Joseph Ware and 
Sam'l Wade. Codicill of i6th day 6th month (August), 1700. Gives lega- 
cies to William Hedge, Joseph W^are, junior, and Sam'l Wade, junior. 
Witnesses — Sam'l Wade and Jane Wade. Recorded November 18, 1700. 

1700 nth d. 8th m. (Oct.). Inventory of the personal estate, £419, 
inch bills and bond, £323; made by Samuel Wade and John Hancock. 

Salem Wills, 3, p. 58 

1701 Sept. 22. Champneys, William, of Millbrooke, Salem Co., 

husbandman. Administration on the estate of, granted to his brother and 
heir, Joseph Champneys. 

1701 3d d. 3d m. (May). Inventory of the personal estate, £74.12.6, 
made by John Loyd and Benjamin Acton. Salem Wills, 3, p. 106 

1709 Dec. 20. ChanderS, James, of Ann's Grove, Salem Co., car- 
penter; will of. Mother Frances Godwinn, friend Sarah Thompson, 
brother Robert Bonewell of Philadelphia, brother Samuel Chanders. 
Personal estate. Robert Bonewell executor. Thomas Thompson, John 
Firth, John Jones, John Mason and Jonathan Morris, witnesses. Proved 
February 8, 1709-10. Lib, i, p. 260, and Salem Wills 

1709-10 Jan. 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £138.12.5, prin- 
cipally cash and bonds, also a Bible and other books; made by John 
Thompson and Tho. Thompson. 

1727-8 Feb. 16. Chandler, John, of Greenwich, Salem Co., black- 
smith; will of. Wife Christian. Children — Samuel, John, Jacob, Ruth, 
Rachel, Sarah, all under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 89 

wife and Thomas Pagett. Witnesses — Andrew Pagett, Richard Butcher, 
Peter Long. Proved Deceml)er 16, 1728. Lil). 3, p. 30, and Salem Wills 
1728 Dec. r. Inventory of the personal estate, £562.9.6, inch 
" hookes and book depts" £219.8.9, "Eirn and steel wate 5391 neet" 
£79.8.-, "char cole and see cole" £3.-; made \>y Josiah Fithian and 
Richard Wood. Sworn to by Christian Chandler and Thomas Pagett, ex- 
ecutors. 

1728 June 1. Cliandlei*, Saiuaelt of Salem Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £49.8.6; made by iVIala. Davis and Ranier van Hist. 

172S July 27. Bond of John Redstreke (Readstreak) as administrator 
of the estate. John Doe fellow liondsman. 

1718 June 6, Cluinillor, William, of Salem Town, smith. In- 
ventory of the personal estate, £48.9.-, inch 40 bushels of charcoal los., 
4 b. of sea coal 3s.; made by Henry Sedden and Joseph Elly (Ely); 
affirmed by Rachel, the widow of William Channillor, and Robard Worth- 
ington of Salem Co., farmer, who sign their 

1 7 18 June 7. Bond as administrators with Henry Sedden (Siddons) 
and Joseph Eely as fellow bondsmen. Lib. 2, pp. 91, and Salem Wills 

1686 Oct. 25. CliannillllOUS, Adam, of Shrowsbury, yeoman. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £30.13.6; made by Thomas Poter 
(Potter) and John Toker (Tucker). Monmouth Wills 

16S6-7 March ir. Bond of the widow Mary Channelhouse as admin- 
istratrix of the estate. Her husband, John Tucker, fellow bondsman. 

1709 Dec. 4. Cliapliu, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
tailor; will of. Wife Mary, sole executrix. Children — Benjamin, John, 
Mehatable and Mary. Real and personal estate. Son Benjamin re- 
ceives only 5s. "as his portion the reason being best known to myselfe." 
Witnesses — Roger Hawkins, Daniel Deen, Moses Rolph. Proved Febru- 
ary 2, 1709-10. Lib. I, p. 263 

1715 April 17. Chaplin, John, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
boatman; will of. Sisters— Mehitabell, wife of Samuel Butler, of Wood - 
bridge, Middlesex Co., Mary Chaplin of said Woodbridge, and brother 
Benjamin Chaplin heirs of "my estate." Executors — brother-in-law 
Samuel Butler and Andrew Joline of Elizabeth Town. Witnesses — Sam- 
uel Whitehead, Samuel Whitehead junior, Margret Baker. Proved April 
28, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 15, and Essex Wills 

2d (xCOrge I. Nov. 17. Chappill, llichard, of Freehold, Mon- 
mouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary sole heiress and executrix of 
real and personal estate with legacies to son-in-law (stepson ?) Joseph 
Steaward and cousin Edmon Chap[)ill; wife's children — Hester, Samuel 



go NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

and Joseph Stuard. Home farm at Freehold. Witnesses— Anthony 
Woodward, Alee Steward, Joshua Wright. Proved May 4, 1716. 

Lib. 2, p. 59, and Monmouth Wills 

1715-6 30th d. nth m. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, 

£73.17.6; made by John Wright, Anthony Woodward and Joshua Wright. 

1688-9 Feb. 16. Cliarles, Symon, of Burlington Co.; will of. 
Wife Martha sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate. Wit- 
nesses — George Elkinton and Elizabeth Poel. Proved April 22, 1693. 

1693 April II. Inventory of the estate (£94.10.- personal, £So real 
property); made by Daniel Leeds, Thomas Brian and Samuel White. 

1693 April 22. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his 
widow and executrix, Martha Charles. Burlington Records, p. 20 

1693 April 22. Bond of the widow Martha Charles of Northampton, 
Burlington Co., as executrix, Daniel Leeds and Thomas Brian, both of 
said Co., yeomen, fellow bondsmen. 

1717 Sept. 10. Chatfleld, John, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Sons Daniel (under age) and Thomas Brown, five daughters, 
names not given. Real and personal estate. Executors — son Thomas 
Brown and Noah Miller. Witnesses — Nathaniel Bishop, David Foster, 
Samuel Darke. Proved April i, 1721. Lib. i, p. 185 

1711 3Iay 1. Cheseman, Cheesman, William, of Middletown, 

Monmouth Co.; will of. Wife Charity. Sons — Joseph and William. 
Home farm, land at Wecack, personal estate. No executor named. Wit- 
nesses — John Bray, Obadiah Holmes, Francis Ilarburt, James Hubbard. 
Proved September 6, 1711. Lib. i, p. 353, and Monmouth Wills 

1711 Sept. 15. Inventory of the personal estate of, £70.18.6, inch a 
bible and small book 6s.; made by Wm. Lawrence, Obadiah Holmes and 
Richard Putinger. 

1728 May 27. Cheesman, William, of Waterford, Gloucester Co., 
millwright. Cicely, widow of, renounces right of administration in 
favor of brother-in-law Ephraim Cheeseman. 

1728 May 28. Bond of Ephraim Cheeseman as administrator. Rich'd 
Cheeseman fellow bondsman. 

1728 May 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £33.0.4; made by Jo- 
seph Bate and Beniaman Cheesman. 

1727 Sept. 30. Chester, William, of Great Mantos Creek, Glou- 
cester Co. ; will of. Wife Mary. Sons — William and Samuel. The two 
sons receive 60 acres of land at Mantos Creek, to be surveyed out of the 
tract bought of Hannah Carpenter, adjoining Breakback Run and Luke 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 9I 

Gibsons; the remainder of said tract, the home farm and roo a. bought of 
Thomas Budd, are given to John Rambo senior and Robert Lord, both of 
Gloucester Co., in trust for testator's wife during her life, then reverting 
to son John. The wife and son John executors. Witnesses — John 
Brown, James Tull, Josa. Lord. Proved March 23, 1727-8, John Chester 
refusing to act as executor. Lib. 2, p. 514, and Gloucester Wills 

1727-8 Jan. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £103.5.8; made by 
Philip Paul, Robert Lord, Wm. Winlon and John Brown. 

1076 Oct. 28. Client, George, of Shrewsbury (died October 3). In- 
ventory of the estate of: real £20, personal £43. 15.0; made by Joseph 
Parker, John Slookom, Peter Parker. 

1679 March 26. John Slocum of the County of Newasinks appears 
before the Court of said Co. (John Bowne, Joseph Parker, Jonathan Hull- 
ing (?), fourth name illegible), as attorney of Giles Gillbert of Tanton, 
New England, nearest of kin to George Chute, to state that he authorized 
Richard Hartshorne to take out letters of administration on the estate 
for the use of said Giles. Monmouth Wills 

1719 Dec. 28, Chew, Henry, of Gloucester Co. Bond of Richard 
Chew, junior, of Gloucester Co., as administrator of the estate of. John 
Roe and Thomas Chew, fellow bondsman. 

1719 Dec. 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £32.5; made by 
Samuel ? and John ?. 

1721 Dec. 15. Account of the estate by the administrator, who has 
paid debts due to Benj. Hand, of Cape May Co., Jeremiah Basse, Abra- 
ham Alberson, Edw'd Haddon, Tho: Munion, Joseph Shippen, Jos. Gol- 
din, John Crandle, James Savage, Tho: Leaming, Rich'd Fortesque, Jon- 
ath: Foreman, Edw'd Tille, Andrew Jones. 

1726 Aug. 5. Chew, Richard, jun., of Deptford, Gloucester Co., 
yeoman. Bond of Patience, widow of, as administratrix of the estate. 
George Ward and Robert Lord, fellow bondsmen. 

1725 Sept. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £85.10.9^; made by 
Thomas Stowe and Robert Lord. 

1709 April 11. Chipman, Thomas, of Burlington, labourer; will of. 
Divides personal estate (a bible, share of a sloop) between John Petty, Jas- 
per Moon, cousin John Boven, uncle Michael Boven, who is also made ex- 
ecutor. Witnesses — Thomas Scattergood, Isaac de Cow, Char: Huddy. 
Proved April 23, 1709. Lib. i, p. 230 

1705-6 Feb. 20. Chrlsteson,l John, of Hackingack, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Eleonora, sole executrix. Son John (eldest, un- 

1 Doubtless Christie. 



92 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

der age), other children, but names not given. Real and personal estate. 
Witnesses— Johannis van Embiugh, Barne — ?,2 John Conrad Codvveise, 
clericus. Proved March 19, 1716-7. Administration granted to the 
widow, same day. Lib. A, p. 66, and Bergen Wills 

1710 Nov. 10. Church, Christopher, of Philadelphia, Penna., sad- 
dler; will of (printed form). First makes brother Edward Church, of 
Philadelphia, cordwainer, executor, and then leaves to him and brother 
John Church of the same place, cordwainer, "All my Goods, Chatties 
and money"; making them also executors. Witnesses — John Simes, 
John Russell, John Cadwalader. Proved in Philadelphia, February 26, 
1729-30. Lib. 3, p. 80 

1729 May 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £143.1, inch a negro 
and debts, £46.15, " Catel, Jadges, Sheep, Geese and Swine," £39.15; 
made by John Mackey and Barnabas Crowell. 

1729 July 14. Bond of Else Church as administratrix of the estate ; 
Nathaniel Jenkins and George Hand, fellow bondsmen, all of Cape May 
Co. Lib. 3, p. 33 

1730 June 16. Account of the estate, by the administratrix, Alice 
Church, now wife of John Flower, she having paid debts due to John 
Hands, Sam'l Eldregge, Moses Crosby, Nicholas Johnson, Benjamin 
Hand, Rand'l Huet, Henry Noden (Nowden), Thomas Langley, Isaac 
Wildin, John Hughs, Wm. Smith, Humphry Hughs, John Parsons, Nath'l 
Resque, Benjamin Stites, John Stillwell, and for the maintenance of Rode, 
Nathan, Silas, Patience and Susannah, children, and of the widow of the 
deceased. 

1679 Mar. 31. Chute, George, of the County of Middleton & 
Shrewsbury. Administration on the estate of, granted to John Slocum. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 43 

1679 Mar. 31. Bond of John Slocum as administrator of the estate. 
Richard Hartshorne, bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1096-7 Mar. 16. (Dutch and Engl.). Claesen, (ierhrandt, and 

wife Marritje Claes, of Gemoenepa; joint will of. Eldest son, Pieter 
Gerbrantse; other children — Claes, Herpert, Neeltje, Metje, Cornellis, 
Meyndert, Marritje and Gerbrandt Gerbrantse. Real and personal prop- 
erty. Witnesses — Joannis Michiels, Cornells Lubbersen, before Claes 
Arentsen Toers, Clerk of Bergen. Proved at New York, April 22, 170S, 
as to his signature; administration granted to the widow same day. 

Lib. I, p. 202, and Bergen Wills 

1714-5 Jan. 7. Claesen, Mary, of Comunapong, Bergen Co., 
widow, sole daughter and heiress of Claes Pietersen Coes of the same 

3 ?Harme Bras. 



CAI.ENDAR OF WILLS. 93 

place dcc'd; will of (rat eaten.) Sons — Cornelius, Meyndert, Nicholas, 
Herbert, Garrabrandt; daughters — Neiltie, wife of John Jurian, Meytie, 
wife of Dirick van Hout, Mary, wife of Gerrit Gerritse van Wagener; 
children of deceased son Peter Gerrabrandt. Land at Comunapong, per- 
sonal property. Executors — Gerrit Gerritse van Wagener sen., of Pemri- 
poe, and Wander Diedericks of Bergen. Witnesses — Henry and Rachel 
Wileman, David Janson Carmichael and Michael Hartmentse Vreland. 
Proved at N. Y. Feb. 3, 1 714-5. Lib. i, p. 530, and Bergen Wills 

1726-7 Jan. 17. Clake, (? Clarke), John, of Elizabeth Town, 

mariner. Administration on the estate of, granted to his falhcr-in-lnw 
Thomas Headly. Lib. B, p. 21 

1737 Oct. 12. Clapp, John, of Monmouth Co., innholder. Bond 
of Joseph Forman, trader, as administrator of the estate of. James Rey- 
nolds, yeoman, fellow bondsman, both of said County. 

1689 Oct. 15. Clark, Clarke, Benjamin, of Amboy, merchant; 

will of. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 169 

1689 Dec. 10. Bond of Benjamin Griffith of Woodbridge as executor 
of the last will of. Nathaniel Fitzrandol fellow bondsman. 

1690 Sept. 10. Inventory of the estate (£137.19.5, all personal, incl. 
a boy servant £5, debts 526.16.11); made l)y Samuel Dennis and Benia: 
Hull. Middlesex Wills 

See Clarke. 

1687 Sept. 6. Clark, John, of Middletown. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of £31.4.6, taken by John Throckmorton and John Stout. 

Monmouth Wills 

16S7 Oct. ri. Administration on the estate granted to Joseph Grover. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 102 

16S7 Oct. II. Bond of Joseph Grover of Middletown, as administra- 
tor of the estate. Benj. Griffith of Amboy fellow bondsman. 

168S April 6. Account of the estate by Joseph Grover, administrator, 
showing inter alia payment of rent as due by lease and payment to Ger- 
shom Wallen. 

1702 Dec. 14. Clark, John, of Elizabeth Town; will of. Wife 
Martha. Daughters — Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, all under age. Real and 
personal property. Executors — the wife and brother Ephraim Clark. 
Witnesses — Samuel Melyen and Samuel Carter. Proved and the widow 
Martha Clark sworn in as joint executrix June 8 — (paper torn off). Pro- 
bated June 8, 1705. Lib. i, pp. 120, 124, and Essex Wills 

1705 Oct. 23. Renunciation of Ephraim Clarke as executor. 

Essex Wills 



94 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1708 April 9. Clark, Thomas, of Burlington, carpenter; will of. 
Wife Margarett. Children — Thomas and Ollive. House and lots in 
Burlington, personal property. Wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Thomas 
Revell, James Allen. Proved April 22, 1708. 

Lib. J, p. 196, and Burlington Wills 

1708 April 22. Inventory of the personal estate of, £48.1.-; made by 
Thomas Tindall and Isaac De Cow. 

1709 May 26. Clark, William, of Freehold, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth, who also signs the document. Children — William, Alex- 
ander, Ann, wife of John Costins. A plantation, called Huckleberry 
Swamp, do. in Freehold Township, bought of Alexander Neper, personal 
estate. Executors — son William and John Bown. Witnesses — John 
Hebron, Patrick Imlay, John Bard, Wm. Laing. Proved May 31, 1709. 

lAh. I, p. 235, and Monmouth Wills 

1709 Oct. 29. Inventory of the personal estate (£93.1.0); made Vjy 
John Hebron and Patrick Imlay. Monmouth Wills 

1728 Nov. 25. Clark, William, of Freehold, Monmouth Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate, £347.12.1!; raade by Thomas King, 
Thomas Estland and Benjamin Roberts; also separately signed by James 
Cox. 

1689 Oct. 15. Clarke, Benjamin, of Amboy, merchant; will of. 
Son Benjamin heir of real and personal estate. Benjamin Griffith execu- 
tor. Witnesses — ^Jo'n and Margaret Caviington. Proved December 10, 
1689. Middlesex Wills 

See Clark. 

1724-5 Feb. 16. Clarke, Elizabeth, of Elizabeth Town. Admin- 
istration on the estate of, granted to her eldest son Richard Clarke. 

Lib. A, p. 238 

1684 (? 9) Jan. 25. Clarke, John, of Monmouth Co. " The estate 
of, desesed, that was praised by John Throckmorton and John Stout are 
as foloeth to one sow and 9 shotes at fore pounds Sixten Shillings as wit- 
nes our hands." 

1691 Nov. 17. Clarke, John. "A Trew & p'rfect Inventory of all 
the Goods that was in the boate taken vp by John & Andrew Thompson 
belonginge to John Clarke who was murdered by Thomas Leatherland," 
£28.10, a peddler's pack, incl. a number of books. Added a list of notes 
and bills due to said Clarke, £64.14.6, by Richard Turner, Robert Tur- 
ner, Xpopher Harrison, Patrick Robinson, John Hendrickson, Tho: Bed- 
ford, Wm. Stockdell, Ellas Webb, Nathaniel Allen, Dennis Rochford, 



CAI.ENDAR OF WIM,S. 95 

■ • Wilkinson and Wm. Currier; made by John Thompson and Sam'l 

Hedge. 

1691 Nov. 20. Account of the goods, £16.3.6, found in the possession 
of Thomas Leatherland, incl. a pair of pendants set in gold £1, 3 yds. of 
silk save I2s., 2 yds. of serge 8s.; made by the same as before. 

Salem Wills, A, 65 to 68 

1714 Aug. 20. Clarke, Josliua, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co.; 
will of. Wife Abigail. Children — Joshua, John, Joseph, Benjamin, Abi- 
gail Poule. A lot of 40 acres on West Brook, meadow on North side of 
Woodruf's Creek, a lot adjoining Thomas Clarke dec'd, now in the pos- 
session of James Hamton, 2 a. of meadow on Staffold Creek, home farm 
on Thomsson's Creek next to Wilson's farm, right to land in Elizabeth 
Town, personal property. Executors — the wife and brother Ephraim 
Clarke. Witnesses — Samuel Clarke, Aaron Thompson, John Harriman. 
Proved February 9, 1714-5. Lib. i, p. 518, and Essex Wills 

1(>{)7 April 9. Clarke. Richard, of Elisabeth Town. Inventory of 
the estate of, £159.5.17;, all personal, incl. a negro woman and child, val- 
ued at £32; made by Jonathan Ogden and And. Hamton. Essex Wills 

See Clerke, Richard. 

1715 Nov. 14. Clarke, Clark, Samuel, of Elizabeth Town, Essex 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Susanna. Children — Samuel, Jonathan, 
John, Isaac, Susana, Sarah, Elizabeth. Lot of 18 acres, bought of Sam- 
uel Parrett, between Richard Brodwell, Charles Allen, Samuel Sayre 
dec'd, and John Clark of Elizabeth Town dec'd, 10 a. next to John 
Brookfield's, 2 a. of meadow on Stop>hilus' Creek, lot No. 132 in Eliza- 
beth Town of 100 acres, one-third of the plantation of said John Clark 
dec'd, bought of his daughter Mary, 3 a. of meadow on Luke's Point; 
personal property. Executors — the wife and brother Richard Clarke. 
Witnesses — Benjamin Bonnel, Samuel Potter, Sam. Littell. Proved 
April II, 1716. Lib. A, p. 11 

1709-10 Jan. 8. Clarke, Thomas, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Sons — Thomas, AInaham, James, 
Daniel. Homestead and 20 acres, adjoining Andrew Hamton, in Eliza- 
beth Town, a lot of 50 a. between Richard Clarke and Benjamin Clarke, 
part of Elizabeth Town Rahaway meadows and of Elizabeth Town Great 
meadows, personal estate. Executors — the wife and Andrew Hampton. 
Witnesses — Samuel Whitehead, Isaac Bonnell, Jeremiah Burd. Proved 
August 22, 1711. 

1702 March 27. Clarke, William, of Fairefield, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman. Inventory of the estate of: real (improvements), £17, personal, 
£16.13.6; made by Joseph Seeley and Edmond Shaw. 



^6 NEW JERSEY COLONIAI. DOCUMENTS. 

1703 April 8. Letters of administration on the estate granted to his 
widow, Patience Clarke. Salem Wills, 7, p. 14 

1687 Oct. 8. Clarkson, Clarksonne, James, senior, of Wood- 
bridge. Inventory of the personal estate of (£193.4.8); made by Samuel 
Moore and Samuel Dennes. Middlesex Wills 

1687 Oct. 12. Administration on the estate granted to his son James 
Clarkson of Woodbridge. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 102 

1687 Oct. 12. Bond of his son, James Clarksonne, junior, of Wood- 
bridge, as administrator of the estate. John Barclay of Plainfield, Middle- 
sex Co., gentleman, fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1728-9 March 24. ClaWSOn, John, of Elizabethtown, mason. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow Jean Clawson. 

Lib. B, p. 115 

1723-4 March 10. Clawson, Clanson, William, of Piscataway, 

Middlesex Co., "yewoman;" will of. Wife Mary. Children — Cornelius, 
Benjamin, Josias, William, John, Garrabrant, Joseph, Thomas, Mary 
Drake, Hannah, grandson William Clawson. Real and personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix with Hendiick Breese of Piscataway as assistant. 
Witnesses — John Cholwell, Are Borem, Leendert Funck (?). Proved 
April 23, 1724. Lib. A, p. 289, and Middlesex Wills 

1715-6 March 16. Clayton, John, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate of £271.19.11, inch a Bible, a 
Concordance and other books, £4.-, an Indian boy and a negro girl, 
£80.-, 140 bushels of wheat at 3s. £21.-; made by John Chesshire and 
Tho: Scholey. Sworn to by Mary Clayton, the widow and administratrix 
of John. 

1 716 Dec. 3. Mary, widow of John, appointed administratrix of his 
estate. Reversed Side, Burlington Records 

1698 Nov. 1. Clayton, Mathew. Inventory of the estate of, 
(£62.5.4 and a plantation valued at £100); made by Mahlon Stacy, Rob- 
ert Pierson, John Hutchinson and William Emley. 

1699 . Administration on the estate of, granted to his widow, 

Sibila Clayton. Burlington Records, p. 30 

1699 May 26. Bond of his widow Siljila Clayton of Burlington Co. 
as administratrix. Robert Pearson and James Harpin, both of said Co. 
yeomen, fellow bondsmen. Burlington Records, p. 30 

1718-9 Feb. 28. Cleak, John, son of John Cleak of Elizabeth 
Town, weaver, dec'd, an orphan about 14 years old, chooses John Tucker 



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97 



of the same place, yeoman, as guardian, to whom letters of guardianship 
are issued. Lib. A, p. 113 

1729 April 4. Cleayton, Clayton, David, of Freehold, Monmouth 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Anna. Children — Abraham, David, John, 
Anne, wife of David Starkie, Margaret, wife of Joseph Taylor. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the wife and sun David. Witnesses — 
Thomas Fenton, John Tomson, John Campliell. Proved August il, 1730. 

Lib. B, p. 232 

1704 May IG. Cleayton, Clayton, John, of Chesterfield, Burling- 
ton Co., planter; will of. Sons — Ashar, John and Yellen (?); daughters 
— Lea Broune, Wasse (Masse, Mosse ?) and Rechell Newbould. Real 
property in Chesterfield, bought from William Betell, personal estate. 
Executors— sons Ashar and John with son-in-law Mickel Newliould and 
friend William Wood as assistants. Witnesses— William Wood, Benja- 
min Kimble and John Morcott. Proved June 2, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 65, and Burlington Wills 

1704 June 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £415.5.-, inch 160 in 
bonds, 70 in furniture and 82 in cattle. 

1714-5 Mar. 11. Clement, Edward, of Watterford, Gloucester 
Co., yeoman; will of. Children — Edward, Hannah, Rachel, Sarah, Mary, 
the last three under age. A tract of iio acres between Samuel Harrison, 
John Jones and Amos Ashade. Home farm of 140 a., personal estate. 
E.xecutors — John Kay and Amos Asheade, who are also made guardians 
of minor children. Witnesses — Simeon Ellis, Richard Gray, Charles 
Axford. Proved June 23, 1715. Lib. 2, p. i, and Gloucester Wills 

1715 April I. Inventory of the personal estate, £49.1.9; made by Jo- 
seph Collins and William Hunt. 

1721 Feb. 17, and Aug. 10, 1727. Receipts of Edvv. Clemanes, Sarah, 
now wife of Thomas Cheesman, and Jonathan Axfoid for their shares of 
the estate. 

1722 April 7. Account of the estate by John Kay, showing payments 
for funeral of testator and daughters, do. to Rich'd Grey, Jos. Edwards, 
Thos. Brown of Phila., John Inskip, Edm. Davis, Thomas Sharp, John 
Walber, and mentioning three children as surviving. 

1717 Oct. 28. Clerk, Epliraiin, of Elizabeth Town. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to his widow, Hannah Clerk. Lib. A, p. 83 

1697 April 1. Gierke, Richard, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 260 

1723 June 13. ClerkSOU, James, of Wooubridge, Middlesex Co., 
7 



98 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

yeoman; will of. Children — James, John, Robert and Agnes. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the three sons with Adam Hudde, Robert 
Gilchrist, Mosses Rolph and Edward Crowell as assistants. Witnesses — 
Ad. Hude, David Tappen, Cornelia Ellison, Marion Hudde. Proved 
January 5, 1729-30. Lib. B, p. 151 

1728-9 Jan. 9. Clifton, Simon, of Chester Township, Burlington 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Ann. Children — Thomas, John, Ann, Eliz- 
abeth, Hannah, Rachel, an expected child. Real and personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix with Thomas Lippincott and William Hollins- 
head as overseers. Witnesses — Henry Hopper, Martha Whitecer, Joseph 
Heritage. Proved March 24, 1728-9. Burlington Wills 

172S-9 March 11. Inventory of the personal estate, £79.13, inch 
"quick goods" or horses, cattle, sheep and swine £56; made by John 
Rudderow and Joseph Heritage. 

2d George II. Dec. 21. Clothier, Henry, of Monmouth Co. Bond 

of Anne Clothier, widow, as administratrix of the estate of. John and 
Robert Rockhill, both of Burlington Co., yeomen, fellow bondsmen. 

171G-7 Feb. G. Clowes, William, of Alloways Creek alias Mon- 
mouth River, Salem Co., tailor; will of. Children — Sarah Dinnis, 
Mary Clowes and Joseph Clowes; grandchildren — Rachel and Sarah Din- 
nis. A tract of 340 acres in Piles Grove Precinct, bought of John Mason 
and formerly belonging to John Test, 250 a. in Alloways Cr. Precinct, 
bought of John Buttler and Hannah Wiiite, personal property (a large 
Bible in 410 and a concordance). Executor— daughter Mary with assist- 
ance of John Paine. Witnesses — John Pr.ine, John Firth, Richard Smith, 
Grace Paine, Geo. Tranchard. Proved March 13, 1716-7. 

Lib. 2, p. 67, and Salem Wills 

1716-7 March 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £228.2.8, incl. 31 
books, £3.16.5; made by Wm. Hall, John Firth and Geo. Tranchard. 

1723 June 7. Cluljl), Isabella, of Philadelphia, widow; will of 
(copy). Son Richard (under age) principal heir of real and personal es- 
tate (plate, a negro boy); legacies to widow Susanna Harwood, Kathrine 
Gatchell, widow Andrews, nurse Shaw, widow Morgan, old Everett, Mary 
Prigg, Mrs. Lock, Peter Evans, sisters Cathrine, Jane, Margaret and 
Sybella, servant Kathrine Dickenson, poor widow Markham, Dr. John 
Kearsly, who is named as executor with Peter Evans. Witnesses — Jno. 
Cadwallader and Edward Roberts. Proved August i, 1723, at Philadel- 
phia; August 14, at Burlington. Lib. 2, p. 251, and Burlington Wills 

1721 13th d. 4th m. (Jane.) Caaksley, William, of Elsini)urgh, 
Salem Co., merchant. Inventory of the personal estate of, £236.16.3, 
incl. bonds £225.14.9; made by Andrew Thompson and Joseph Darkin, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 99 

1725-6 MiU'cIi 10. C lale. Cole, Cornelius, of Coliansey, Salem 
Co., gentleman; will of. Wife Calheiine, sole heiress for life, and execu- 
trix of real and personal estate, which after wife's death goes to daugh- 
ters-in-law (? step-daughters) Lydia and Hope. Witnesses — Abiel Carll, 
Abiel Carl!, junior, Ananias Sayre. Proved May 21, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 347, and Salem Wills 

1726 May 24. Inventoiy of the personal estate, £270.9; made by 
John Miller and Job Shepherd. 

1688 Nov. 23. Coale, Jacob, of Monmouth Co. will of. Daugh- 
ters Exercis, Elizabeth, Elifan, and four younger ones, names not given. 
Real and personal properly. Executors — father-in-law William Slinttock 
and brother George Curlis. Witnesses — Thomas Cooke and Hannah Lip- 
pincut. N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 163, 202, and Monmouth Wills 

1692-3 Mar. I. Bond of William Shattock and George Corleis as ex- 
ecutors of the last will. Francis Jackson and William Worth, fellow 
bondsmen. Monmouth Wills 

1729-30 Jan. 3. Coat, Ann, of Burlington, widow; will of. Grand- 
sons — Marmaduke Coat, Michael Newbould; grand-daughters — MaryNew- 
bould, Ann Cooper, Liddia Cooper; daughters — Mary Raiper, Edith 
Newbould, Hannah Cooper; kinsman Joseph Govett; daughter-in-law 
Rebeckah Coat; James and Mary, children of kinsman Henry Clothier; 
kinswoman Mary Coat and her daughter Elizabeth: Mary Grul^b; sons-in- 
law — Caleb Rayper and Thomas Newbould; son William Coat. Land in 
the Village of Hambridge, Summersetshire, England, now occupied by 
James Tilley. Personal property (a silver cup, two do. spoons). Executors 
— the son and the two sons-in-law. Witnesses — Rebeckah Warren, Mary 
Bray, Joseph Bray. Proved January 28, 1729-30. 

Lil). 3, p. 64, and Burlington Wills 

1729-30 Jan. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £1042.13.3, inch 
purse and apparel, £64.33, ^ great Bible and other books, £4.10, a silver 
watch, a do. cup and 8 do. spoons, £10, bonds, bills and book debts, 
£654.11.10!^, at the house of Thomas Newbold, in Springfield Township, 
£3.7, at said Newbold's plantation, where William Rodgers lives, £25, 
four sheep at the house of Wm. Biddle, at the house of William Coate, in 
New Hanover Township, in cash, £So. ir.S, a servant maid, £10, ye other 
little girl, £5, two negro mer, £65; made by Is. de Cow and Tho: Scatler- 
good. 

1728 Nov. 6. Coate, Marmaduke. of Burlington, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Ann. Children — William, Mary, wife of Calel) Kaper, Edy, wife of 
Thos. Newbold, Hannah, wife of Isaac Cooper; grand-children — Michall 
Neubould and Ann Cooper. Legacies to Abraham Farrington, of Chester- 
field, Peter Fearon and Friends Monthly Meeting at Burlington. Farm 



lOO NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

in New Hanover Township, said Co., house with 5-6 acres in Hambridge, 
Corivial Parish, Sumerset Shire, England, latel)' occupied by James Til- 
ly, farm in Springfield Township, said Co., adjoining John Sholy, 
500 acres in Pensalvania, near White Marsh. Personal estate. The 
wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Sam Scattergood, Sam'l Cox, Thomas 
Scattergood. Proved March 10, 1728-9. 

Lib. 3, p. I, and Burlington Wills 
1728-9 Mar. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £1253.19.5^, inch 
bonds, bills and book debts, £679.5.11^, 2 negro slaves, £So; made by 
John Schooley and Tho: Scattergood. 

1723 Not. 22. Coate, Samuel, of Amwell, Hunterdon Co., gentle- 
man; will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, Henry, William, Marma- 
duke, Samuel, Elizabeth. Land on Delaware R., do on the hill along the 
Yoark Road. Personal estate. Executors — sons John and Henry. Wit- 
nesses — ^Jo" HoiCombe, John Wells, Beniamen Willcoks. Proved January 
8, 1723-4. Lib. 2, p. 258, and Hunterdon Wills 

1723 Dec. 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £215.11, incl. a clock, 
£5, a Bible and other books, £1, "Desparat" debts, £25, "things Left 
and forgotten," 5 s. ; made by George Green and John Holcombe. 

1701 Sept. 1. Cock, Erick. Inventory of the personal estate of 
(£95.1.4); made by John Ramijo and Peter Long. Attested by widow 
Eliza Cock. Gloucester Wills 

. Cock, Jacob. Account by John Cock of money and 

time " lawed out" in the time of brother Jacop " Sixnis. " 

1725 Auff. 26. Cock, Walter, of Burlington Township, brickmaker; 
will of. Son James, under 16 years, sole heir of the farm of 121 acres in 
Marlborough Township, Chester Co., Penna., bought at two several times 
of John Simcock, and of personal property (debts due by Andrew Bank- 
son and William Petty). Robert Jones of said Township executor and 
guardian of the son, who at the age of 16, may, if he thinks fit, enter into 
possession of his inheritance. Witnesses— William Petty, William Jack- 
son and Sam'l Bustill. Proved September 16, 1725. 

1725 Sept. 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £34.17, proclamation 
money; made by John Rogers and Jasper Moon. 

1727 April I. Account of the estate by the executor, Robert Jones, 
who has paid debts due to John Willson, Thomas Martin, James and Re- 
becca Sheys and spent £16.12.5 more than the estate was valued at. 

1707 April 25. Cockborn, Johannis. See Johannis Johnson, of 
Salem. 

1686 Feb. 10. Cocks, Thomas, of Middletown, administration on 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. lOt 

the estate of, granted to Thomas Inghame. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. no 
1687-8 Feb. 9. Bond of Thomas Ingham, of Middletown, as admin- 
istrator of the estate. Monmouth Wills 

1671 Feb. 0. Coerten, Guert, from Voorthuysen, Guelderland, 
now of Bergen, will of. N. J. Arcliives, XXL, p. 41 

1712 Oct. 24. Coimans, Barn. Bond of his son Andries Coeye- 
mans of N. Y., yeoman, as administrator of the estate of. John Harrison 
of Somerset Co., Esq're, and Dirck Benson of N. Y., gentleman, fellow 
bondsmen. Lib. i, p. 386, and Monmouth Wills 

1675 May 6. Cole, Robert, of Cirancestar, Co. of Gloucester, 
mercer. Bond of, for £30 starnilll to his daughter-in-law Elizabeth 
Woolllon, payable in 1695. 

1702-3 Feb. 15. Cole, Robert, of Middlesex Co. Bond of Joseph 
Wood of Pensilvania, gentleman, as administrator of the estate of. John 
Pike of Woodbridge and George Drake of Piscataway fellow bondsmen. 

Middlesex Wills 

1702-3 Feb. II. Inventory of the personal estate of Robert Cole of 
Woodbridge, (£36.5.9); made by Samuel Dennes junior, Malhew Moores 
and Thomas Pike. 

1699 May 9. Cole, Robert, of Pisca'-, East Jersey, binds himself to 
pay to Joseph Woode of Buks Co., Penn., the sum of £39.6.0, Penna. 
money. 

1703 May 5. Affidavit of William Bingla, Thomas Pike and Mathew 
Moores, that at the request of John Pike of Woodbridge, attorney for 
Joseph Wood of Pennsilvania, administrator of the estate of Robert Cole, 
they have appraised said Cole's dwelling house at Woodbridge, finding it 
worth £28. 

1703 Dec. 24. "The doctor's extorsinat bill of £2.0.0." Bill of Dr. 
Dr. La Corne (Laborne ?) against Mr. Cole (in French). 

1707 July 30. Affidavit of Joseph Wood, that his account of the 
estate of Robert Cole is correct. The account shows said Wood a cred- 
itor of the estate to the amount of £123.3.0, of which £70.4.0 is the bond 
for £30, "payable out of his father's estate to my wife with lawful inter- 
est since it was due." Wood has given relief to Robert Cole and wife in 
their sickness and afterwards buried them; he has paid debts due to 
Sarah Catarlan (for nursing when sick), Stephen Tuttle, Tho. Pike, Sam- 
uel Dennes, Daniel Britan, Richard Powell, the French -Doctor, John 
Blomfield, Tho. Gordin. Middlesex Wills 

Quietus is granted the same day. Lib. i, p. 184 

Sterling., 2 Piscataway. 



r03 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1729 April 23. Cole, Thomas, of Salem Co., liusbandman. Bond 
of Elizabeth Cole, of Salem Co., as administratiix of ihe estate of. John 
Burd, of the same Co., fellow bondsman. Lib. 3, p. 38, and Salem Wills 

1729 April 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £35.9.6, incl. one 
cow £1.5, a 3 year old heiter £r, two year old do. £1.15, a i year old 
bull los., 3 year old mare £2, a 2 year old do. £r.io, two old draught 
mares £5.10; made by David Strtiughan and John Stowe. 

1727-8 Jan. 21. Coleman, Joseph, of Salem, merchant; will of. 
Wife Mary. Children — Ann, Mary, Elisabeth, Rebecca and Hannah. 
Real property in New Jersey and Pennsilvania, personal estate. Thomas 
Tress and William Kawlee, of Philadelphia, merchants, trustees for the 
children; the wife executrix. Witnesses — Simon Warner, James (jibbs. 
Codicil of March 4, 1731-2, m.Tkes son Joseph participate in the estate. 
Witnesses — Solomon Goade and B. Vining. Proved August 15, 1732. 

1693 April 3, Coleman, Lassy, alias Anderson, of Gloucester Co. 
Inventory of the estate of. 200 acres of hind £15.0.0, personal property 
£39.11.0.; made by Henry Treadway and William Chester, both of 
said Co. 

1693 April 3. Letters of administration on the estate granted to his 
brother Henry Coleman alias Anderson. 

1727 June 7. Coleman, William, of Cranberry, Middlesex Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to his widow Experience Cole- 
man. Lib- B, p. 31 

1693 March 25. Coles, Samnel, of Gloucester Co. Letters of ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Coles. 

Burlington Records, p. 21 

1728 Nov. 25. Coles, Samuel, of New Orchard, Watterford Town- 
ship, Gloucester Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Sons- Samuel, 
Thomas, Joseph, Kendall, William. Daughters — Elizabeth, Mary, Rachell, 
Susanna and Jane. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix, with 
sons Samuel and Thomas as assistants. Witnesses — Thomas Pari<e, 
Abraham Bickley, David Moulder, John Kay. Proved December 18, 
1728. Lib. 3, p. 2, and Gloucester Wills 

1728 Dec. 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £565.12.4, incl. silver 
money and a silver spoon £8.2.3, Bihles and other books £4.15, 3 negro 
slaves £90, five years' service of John Munjon £12; made by John Kay, 
Amos Ashead and Tho. Spicer. 

1728 April 17. Collings, Collins, Francis, of Burlington, inn- 
holder. Bond of John Collins as administrator of the estate, Thomas 
Brian and Ralph Peartt fellow bondsmen. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. tO^ 

1728 April 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £58.15.4, incl. notes 
of Rich'd Hill marked insolvent, Rich'd Coulton, do., John Lynes, Edw. 
Fisher, Jona. Woodruff, do., James Wills, William Varnel do., Thomas 
Griflies and Robert Man; made by Rowland Ellis, Henry Clothier and 
Richard Allison. 

1720 April 20. Collins, Francis, of Northamton, Burlington Co., 
bricklayer; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Joseph, Sarah Dimsdal, Mary 
Kimbal, Margeret Hogg, Elizabeth Southwick, Relieckah Bviant, John, 
Francis, Samuel. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix with 
son-in-law Thomas Briant and Nathaniel Crippsas trustees and assistants. 
Witnesses — Thos. Scattergood, Thomas Brian (?), Benjamin Brian. 
Pioved February 6, 1720-1. 

1720-/ Jan. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £82.1.7; made by 
Henry Burr and Nathaniel Cripps; sworn to by Mary Collins. 

1729 Oct. 20. Collins, Thomas, junior, of Penh Amboy, adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to his widow, Hannah Collins. 

Lib. B, p. 138 

1721 Dec. 3. Colson, Coleston, George, of Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Hannah sole executrix. Children — George, Thomas (under 
age), Ann, wife of Wm. Hutson, and Hannah (under age). Home farm of 
125 acres, 133 a. on Oldman's Creek, personal estate. Witnesses — David 
Davis, Aguila Barber, Mala. Davis. Proved May 12, 1731. 

1731 April 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £87.5.1, incl. a Bible 
and other books los., bonds and bills £25.12.10; made by Roger Huck- 
ings and Thomas Graves. 

1730 June 9. Combs, Robert, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Eunness. Children — Dennis, Robert (under age), 
other children, sons and daughters spoken of, but names not given. Real 
and personal estate. Executors— the wile, son Dennis and Henry Potter. 
Witnesses — Richard Carman, Timothy Blomfield, Nugient Kelly. Proved 
Septemlier 11, 1730. Lib. B, p. 166, and Middlesex Wills 

1723 Oct. 12. Combs, Thomas, of Freehold, carpenter; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth. Children — Robert, Rachel, Thomas, Joseph, Jonathan, 
John, Elizabeth; the sons all underage. Real and personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife and Jonathan Hampton of Freehold, cordwainer. Wit- 
nesses — George Walker, John Fenton, John Campbell. Proved May 27, 
1724. Lib. A, p. 298, and Monmouth Wills 

1724 May — . Inventory of the personal estate, £92.12.6; made by 
Thomas Williams, George Walker and John Campbell. 

1711-2 March 22. Comiu, Common, George, of Amboy, Middle- 



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sex Co; will of. Children — David, Margaret, Mary and ChrisUan. 
Home farm of 300 acres on the South side of Raritan River, bought of 
Andrew Galloway; personal property. Executors — son-in-law John Ham- 
ton and John Ireland. Witnesses — John Hutton, Thomas Coomes, John 
Fraizer, Proved April 2, 1712. Lib. i, p. 361 

1715-6 Feb. 7. Commin, David, of Piscataway, N. J., cordwinder; 
will of. Divides personal estate, incl. a Bible and books, between Mar- 
garet Frazer, David Hampton, son of David Hamton dec'd, Isabell and 
George, children of John Hamton, Mary Barnet, Hugh Frazer, John 
Hamton, making the last two executors. Witnesses — Edmuns Dunham, 
Robert Webster, Sam'l Walker. "Proved before me Jas. Smith." 

Lib. A, p. 31 

1694 Nov. 5. Coinpton, David, of Middlesex Co.; will of. 
Divides real and personal estate between brother John, his eldest son 
John, sisters Mary and Sarah. Witnesses — Samuel Ayres and John Mar- 
tin. Proved December 10, 1694. 

1694, Nov. 27. Inventory of the personal estate of, £15.13.6, incl. 
*' goods overseen or slipt by mistake," is.6d.; made by Edward Slater 
and John Martin. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 218, and Middlesex Wills 

1694-5 Jan. 28. Bond of his brother John Compton, of Woodbridge, 
as executor of the will. Edward Slater, of Piscataway, fellow bondsman. 

1694 Oct. 2. Cftinpton, William, of Woobridge (died Sept. 21, 
1694); nuncupative will of. According to the testimony of Edward Wat- 
son, Richard Smith and wife Elliner, gives real and personal estate to 
wife and sons Jonathan and John; other sons having been provided for. 
Proved October 2, 1694. 

1694 Oct. 2. Bond of his widow Mary Compton and her son Jonathan 
Compton as administrators of the estate. Jabesh Hendnck of Piscat- 
away, planter, fellow bondsman. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 215, and Middlesex Wills 

1694 Oct. I. Inventory of the estate (£38.11.6, all personal); made by 
John Langstaff and Jabish Hendrick. 

1694 Dec. 6. Compton, William. Inventory of the personal es- 
tate of (£16 14.8, incl. a skeene with powder and shot); made by Jona- 
than Donham and Sam'll Ayres. 

1694-5 Feb. II. Administration on the estate of, granted to his 
brothers John and Jonathan Compton of Woodbridge. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 221 

1694-5 Feb. II. Bond of John and Jonathan Compton of Woodbridge 
as administrators. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. IO5 

1709-10 March 15. Condit, Cundit, John, of Newark, Essex Co., 
weaver; will of. Wife Deborah. Sons — Peter and John (under 21). 
Grand-children — Samuel, Peler, John, Nathaniel, Mary and Philipp Cun- 
dit, children of Peter. Real and personal estate. The wife sole exec- 
utrix with brothers Benjamin Lyon and Malhew Williams as overseers. 
Witnesses — John Cooper, Mathew Williams, Deborah Canfield. Proved 
May 20, 1713. Lib. i, p. 407, and Essex Wills 

1703-4 March 22. Condom, Condon, John, of Salem Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to William Hall as principal cred- 
itor. Lib. I, p. 14 

1703-4 March 22. Bond of William Hall, of Salem Town, as adminis- 
trator of the estate. Hugh Middleton, of the same place, fellow bonds- 
man. 

1704 March 28. Inventory of the personal estate (£io.G.2); made by 
Beniaman Knapton and Wm. Grifin. 

1710-1 Jan. 11. Conner, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
planter; will of. Wife Sarah, sole executrix. Children — Benjamin, Job, 
Joseph, John, Jonathan, Gershom; daughters, whose names are not given. 
Real and personal estate. Witnesses — James Connet, James Connet sen- 
ior, Richard Pangborne, John Bishop. Codicill of June 14 speaks of son 
Gershom having been born since the making of tlie will and provides for 
him. Witnesses — John Sille, John Moore, John Bishop. Proved August 
27, 1712.' Lib. I, p. 382 

1726 Au^. 27. Conger, John, of Morris's River, Salem Co., 
labourer. Inventory of the personal estate, £10.1; made by Samuel 
Darke and Henry Peteson (?). 

1727 March 27. Bond of William Rawson, of Prince Morris River, as 
administrator of the estate. John Dove fellow bondsman. 

1727 May 17. Administration on the estate granted to William Raw- 
son. Lib. 2, p. 424 

1713 Oct. 11. Connway, Philipi), of Manningtown, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Ellce, six children, names not given. Ilome 
farm of 115 acres; personal property. The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — James Briggs, James Vickrey, Alex'r Simpson. Proved Novem- 
ber 9, 1713. 

1713 Nov. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £110.18.2; made by 
John Cullyer and Hanse Kear. 

1709 May 21. Cook, Cooke, Benjamin, of Freehold, yeoman; 
will of. Wife Bridget. Children — Thomas, Nicolas, Anna, David, Real 
and personal estate. The wife, Nicolas Stephens and John Campbell 



lo6 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

executors. Wni. Laing, Antony Sadowskj and Richard Clark witnesses. 
Proved February lo, 1710. Lib. r, p. 303, and Monmouth Wills 

. Inventory of the personal estate of, £267.19.6, incl. 

silver spoons and books £1.15, and outstanding debts and bonds £115; 
made by Thomas Forman and John Fraizer; sworn to by Bridget Cook 
and John Campbell, two of the executors, April 2, 1711. 

1711 April 6. Cook, Ebynezer, of Monmouth Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £213.3.-, '"cl. a small negro girl £32.-; made by 
John Williams, Stoffel Langstraat and Sam'll Collier; sworn to by Susan- 
nah Cox, the administratrix. 

171 1 June 7. Bond of Susannah, widow of Ebenezer Cook, as admin- 
tratrix of the estate. Stephen Cook and Stoffel Langstraat fellow bonds- 
men. Lib. I, p. 317, and Monmouth Wills 

1723 Not. 15. Cook, Henry, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Wineford. Children — William, Anthony, Alice, 
Mary, Janet, all three married, Elizabeth, Sarah, Rebecca. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the wife and son William. Witnesses — 
John Abbade, Philip Phillips, Petter Lott. Proved January 20, 1723-4, 

Lib, 2, p, 283, and Hunterdon Wills 

1723-4. Jan. 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £172.6.6, incl. 50 
bushels of wheat £7. 10, a mulatto boy of 12 years £30; made by Alex- 
ander Lockart and Philip Phillips. 

1716 Dec. 23. Cook, John, of Gloucester Co. ; will of, probated. 

Burlington Records, reversed side 

1725 June 1. Cook, Silas, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of; died June 5, 1725. Wife Sarah. Sons — Stephen, Ebene- 
zer, Jasper, William and Silas, an expected child (testator speaks of six 
children besides the expected one, but names only five as above). Real 
and personal estate (a negro man). Executors — the wife and Ephraim Al- 
len. Witnesses — William West, George Williams, Joseph Wardell junior, 
Jacob Dennis. Proved March i, 1725-6. 

Lib, A, p, 351, and Monmouth Wills 

1725 June 17, Inventory of the personal estate of, £422.9.6^, incl. 
bonds, mortgages and book debts £117.18.10^, plate at 8s. per oz. £5.6.4, 
a negro girl £25, seven years' service of a negro man £30; made by George 
Williams, John Ealton and Jacob Dennis. 

1711-2 March 7. Cook, Steven, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Children — Silas, Ruth Collier and 
Hannah (under 18). Home farm, land bought of John Williams, jr., and 
Gavin Drummond; personal estate. The wife and son Silas executors. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I07 

Witnesses — William West, Thomas Cook, Samuel Dennis junior. Proved 
May 3, 1 712. Lib. i, p. 360, and Monmouth Wills 

1G98 Mny 14. Cooke, John, son of John Cooke, of Burlington Co., 
dec'd. Bond of Peter Frettwell of said Co , tanner, as guardian of; 
Henry Grubb of the same place, victualler, fellow bondsman. 

169S Dec. 12. Cooke, Thomas, of Shrewsbury, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth. Sons — William (eldest), Thomas. D.iughter Elizabeth, 
(underage). Land on Neversinks alias North River, do. adjuining Sarah 
Keapc, Peter ^Vhitc and a branch of Shrewsbury River. The wife sole 
executrix. Witnesses — Sam'l Dennis, Thomas Potter and Abra: Bicklej'. 
Proved Septemljer 26, 1699. 

N. J. Archives, ?\XL, p. 298, and Monmouth Wills 

1G99 Sept. 13. Inventory of the personal estate (£2x8.0.6); made by 
John Hance, Thomas lluitt, George Cortis and William Scott. 

tC!)-* Nov. 2?. Cooles, Samuel. Inventory of the estate of (a 
plantation of 500 acres £330, 300 a. at Pim Saquinl £20, 214 a. unsurveyed 
land £14, persona! property £538. 15.9, inch mortgages, bills and bonds 
£2399.0); made by John Appleton, John Roberts, Richard Pittman and 
John Kay; sworn to by Elizabeth Coles, widow of Samuel. 

1693 Nov. 25. Bond of Elizabeth Coles ns administratrix of the estate 
of her late husband Samuel Coles. 

1702 Sept. I. Bond of John Kay and Samuel Coles, junior, as guar- 
dians of Rachel, sister of said Samuel and daughter of Samuel Coles, 
senior. 

1703 April 23. Receipt of John Kay and Samuel Coles of Gloucester 
Co., yeomen, to Griffith Morgan of the same Co., yeoman, for £270, being 
in full of what is due to said Samuel and his sister Rachel as their share 
of the estate of their father, Samuel Cooles. 

1706 June 5. Request of Rachel, wife of James Wild, of Burlington, 
wheelwright, that Samuel Cole, her brother, of Gloucester Co., yeoman, 
might be admitted her sole guardian in the management of their father's 
estate; with bond of Samuel to that effect. Gloucester Wills 

1715 March 30. Cooper, Daniel, of Gloucester Co. Inventory of "^ 

the personal estate of, £451.12.4^, inch three male and one female negro ) 

slaves £140.-, one servant woman's time £6.-, bills and book debts ,' 
£55.8.-; made liy John Kaighin and John Kay; attested by Sarah Cooper. 

165)1 28th(l. 1st ni. (March.). Cooper, William, junior, of Salem, 

blacksmith; will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, Hannah and Mary. 
Home lot of 16 acres, loo a. on Allawayes Creek, Salem Co., given by 

1 Pensauken. 



lo8 NEW JERSEY COLONIAI, DOCUMENTS. 

father-in-law Edward Bradaway, 500 a. there, bought of John Test; per- 
sonal estate. Executors — father William Cooper and father-in-law 
Edward Bradway. Witnesses — Sam'l Spicer and Henry Wood. Record- 
ed December 23, 1692. Lib. A, p. 85 

1691 May II. Inventory of the personal estate of, £236.19, incl. a 
Bible and other books los., debts due to the estate £41, a bond in the 
hands of Wm. Cooper of Pine Point £30; made by George Deacon and 
Edward Bradway. 

1691 Aug. 20. Administration of the estate granted to the widow 
Mary Cooper. Lib. A, p. 55 

1709-10 March 7. Cooper, William, of Newton Township, Glou- 
cester Co., yeoman; will of. Sons — Joseph and Daniel Cooper; grand- 
sons — John Cooper and Jonathan Woolstone; daughter, Hannah Scirket; 
Ipsebath, daughter of Thomas Thackera dec'd. Owns land for his third 
dividend on ^ and 1-20 share of the Province, personal property. Execu- 
tors — son Daniel and grandson John Cooper. Witnesses — Thomas 
Thakera, Elizabeth Newby, William Grow and John Kaighin. Proved 
March 28, 1710. Lib. i, p. 260, and Gloucester Wills 

1710 March 27. Inventory of the personal estate (£710.10.6, incl. 
£631.11.10 in bonds and mortgages and £18.11.4 in cash and plate); made 
by John Dole and John Kay, 

1730 June 26. Cooueiiovon, CoTenoyen, Peter, of Great Egg 
Harbour, Gloucester Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — 
Peter, Isaiah, Thomas, Micajah, Mary and Judith. Home farm of 150 
acres, another farm of 150 a. adjoining William Reed, personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and brother John Covenoven. Witnesses — Samuel 
Huested and John Watts. Proved August 21, 1730. 

. John Counoven refuses to act as executor, consenting to 

the widow acting alone. 

1730 Aug. 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £46.14.6; made by 
Joseph Leeds and Thomas Risley. 

1730-1 Feb. 5. Account of the estate by the executrix, Elizabeth 
Covenoven, who has spent £33. II more than the estate is valued at to 
pay debts due to Peter White, James Sommers, Mary Ireland, John 
Hunter, Sam'l Heustead, John Covenoven, Johannes van Gelder, Barbara 
Adams, John Supples, Doctor Wm. Hamilton, Amos Ireland, John Wall, 
Thomas Wetherill and Isaac de Cow. 

1720-1 March 22. Copner, Cornelius; will of. Wife (second) 

Sarah, three sons by first wife, viz.: Cornelius, John and Edmund, all un- 
der age, of whom the first is to be apprenticed to Joseph Hawkes, until he 
is 21, John to Thomas Miles and Edmund to ; daughter Elizabeth. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I09 

Real and personal estate in N. J. and in the "Dominion of Wales." No 
executor named. Witnesses — Jacob Ilendrickson, Henry Cornelius, Cor- 
nelius Cornelius. Proved March 28, 1722. Lib. 2, p. 184 

1711 July 31. Corbet, John, of Woodbridge. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to his widow Elizabeth. Lib. i, p. 321 

1713 Nov. 22. Core, Enoch, of Evesham, Burlington Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Sarah sole e.xecutrix. Children — Enoch, Mary, Hannah 
and Sarah. Farm of 390 acres, land in Burlington Town bounds, inher- 
ited from grandfather Walter Humphrys; personal property. Witnesses 
— -George Smith, William Evens, Henry Ballinger, John Kay. Proved 
March 25, 17x4. Lib. i, p. 442, and Burlington Wills 

1713-4 3d d. 12th m. (Fell.). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£298.9.6; made by Thomas Eves and Samuel Coles. 

1728-9 Feb. 6. Core, Sarah, of Evesham, Burlington Co., widow; 
will of. Children — Enoch, Mary, Hannah, Sarah (under 21). Personal 
estate. Executor, son Enoch. Witnesses — Samuel Burroughs, James 
Childs, John Kay. Proved March 24, 1728-9. 

Lib. 3, p. 14, and Burlington Wills 

1728-9 March 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £727.0.1, inch 
gold, silver, brass money and paper bills of credit £107.3.7, bonds with 
interest £300.4.6, a clock and case, 5 chears and a looking glass £10, 26 
head of cattle, 25 sheep, horses and swine £86, a "neygoris" £20; made 
by John Kay, Sam. Lippincott and Josiah Foster. 

1713 Sept. 8. Corle, Benjamin. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Daniel Fetcii and wife Sarah. Lib. i, p. 430 

1715 25th (1. 6th m. (Au^.). Corles, George, of Shrewsbury, 
Monmouth Co., "cordwinder, Being antiant;" will of. Wife Deborah. 
Children — John, William, Elizabeth Brindley, Mary, Benjamin, Timothy, 
Deborah, Dinah, George, Joseph, an expected child, children of deceased 
daughter Hanah, vizt: Jacob, Exercise, Moses, Zachariah and Patiance 
Allin. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, Gabriel Stelle, 
Moses Lippet and George Williams. Witnesses — John Deare, John 
Hance, Elizabeth Hance, Dunken Grigory. Proved November 23, 1715. 
Lib. A, p. 54; Lib. 2, p. 49, and Monmouth Wills 

1684 Dec. 14. CornelioUS, Lause, senior, of West Fenwick or 
Castana Neck, Salem Tenth, planter; will of. Leaves his estate to wife 
Britta, who at proof of will February 14, 1686-7, is made executrix. 

1686-7 Feb. 5. Inventory of the estate: real (a farm of 250 acres 
£60), personal £46.8; made by Stephen Yerians and Lawrence Hendrick- 
son. Lib. 2, p. 30, and Salem Wills 



no NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1726 April 4. Cornelions, Stephaii, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., 
single man; will of. Mother Catrain Staeko[> (Stalcop) sole heiress and 
executrix of "my goods, my armor and apparil hors Sadel and bridel and 
all my debts owing to me." Witnesses — William Slubey, Ann Stnrk, 
Peter Gordon. Proved July 20, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 363, and Salem Wills 

1726 April 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £49.14.6, incl. bonds 
£40; made by Samuel Chandler and Siiiick Sinick. 

1702 Oct. 27. Cornel iousou, Cornelions, of Middle Neck, Salem 
Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £71.9.8, incl. debts due by Ed- 
ward Keasby, Jane Daniel, John Winton, John Jones, Nicholas W inlon 
and Henry Corneliouson; made by Thos. Lambson and Edward Keasby. 

1702 Dec. 28. Administration of the estate granted to his brother 
Henry Corneliouson and brother-in-law John Jones, of Middle Neck. 

Salem Wills, III., p. 154 

1701-2 Jan. 22. Cornelionson, Lanse, of Penn's Neck, Salem 
Co.; will of. Wife Catherine, sole executrix. Children — Eleazar and 
Christian. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Michael Corneliouson, 
Wm. Shute, Dan'l Billderbeck. Recorded January 20, 1702-3. 

Salem Wills, III., p. 162 

1702-3 Jan. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £45.14.6; made by 
Andrew Anderson and Wm. Shute. 

1702 Jnne 18. Cornelionson, Michael, of Penn's Neck, Salem 
Co., husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £47.6; made by 
Walter Hughstis and Thos. Laml'son. 

1702 June 29. Administration on the estate, granted to the widow 
Corneliouson. Salem Wills, III., p. 142 

1712 Dec. 20. Cornelins, Jolin, of Sumersett Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Mary. Sons^John, Daniel, Samuel, Joseph and William. 
The wife sole executrix of real and personal estate. Witnesses — John 
Harrison, John Runyon, Tho. Yates. Proved May 26, 1713. 

Lib. I, p. 404, and Somerset Wills 

1691 Ang. 11. Cornisll, John, of Burlington, carpenter; will of. 
Thomas Kendall sole heir and executor of real and personal estate, with 
legacy to Richard, son of James Hill. Witnesses — John Pett}-, Jo'n Rush 
(?) and James Hill. Proved Sept. 22, 1694. 

1694 Sept. 22. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to the 
sole executor named, Thomas Kendall. Burlington Records, p. 22 

1694 Sept. 22. Bond of Thomas Kendall of Burlington, bricklayer, as 
executor; John Petty, yeoman, and Abimelech Hudson, husbandman, fel- 
low bondsmen. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. Ill 

1726-7 Feb. 22. Corronett, Coronet, Clement, of Gloucester Co., 

yeonlan. Inventory of the personal estate of, £52.14; made by Abraham 
and Joseph Liddon. 

1727 July 5. Lond of Eve Mulakey, of Gloucester Co., spinster, as 
administratrix of the estate. Abr'm Liddon, of the same Co., fellow 
bondsman. 

1721-2 Jan. 11. Corson, Corston, Coston, Jolin, of Cape May 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Andrew, Hannah, Martha 
and Jacob. " Moveable Estate." Executors — the wife and son Jacob. 
Witnesses — Peter Corson, David Garldy, Nathaniel Jenkins. Proved May 
6, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 534, and Cape May Wills 

1727-8 March 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £72.19.4; made by 
Robert Townsend and John WiUets, both Quakers. 

1720-1 March 8. Cory. John, of Elizabeth Tov/n, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Prissilla. Children — Mary, Elnathan, Hannah, 
John, Joseph, Benjamin. Home farm of 50 acres and oilier real property; 
personal property. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — William Stray- 
hearne, John Orsborne, Mary Strayhearne. Proved January 7, 1722-3. 

Lib. A, p. 232 

1722-3 March e. Cory, Priscilla, widow of John, of Elizabeth 

Town; will of. Children — Anna, under 18, Elnathan, Mary Hampton. 
Personal estate. Executors— son-in-law Andrew Hampton, junior, and 
Joseph Marsh, junior. Witnesses — Anthony Littell, Mary Strayhearne, 
Wm. Strayhearne. Proved December 17, 1723, Lib. A, p. 269 

1719-20 Feb. 2. Cosboy, Edward, a minor. William Wolden and 
Nathaniel Smart appointed guardians of. Lib. 2, p. loi 

1724 May 18. Costard, John, of Burlington, merchant; will of. 
Children — John and Ruth. "Temporal estate." Executors — Thomas 
Wetherill and Richard Wright. Wellnesses — Clia: Weston, Isaac Pearson, 
M. Martinaux, Isaac De Cow. Proved June 4, 1724. 

Lib. 2, p. 296, and Burlington W'ills 

1724 June 4. The executors named refuse to act and Joseph Buckly, 
of Philadelphia, merchant, is appointed as administrator cum testamenlo 
annexo. 

1725 June 4. Bond of Joseph Buckley, of Philadelphia, meichant, as 
administrator cum testamenlo annexo; Isaac de Cow and Joseph Burleigh, 
both of Burlington, fellow bondsmen. 

1725 Sept. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £74.1.11; made by 
Geo. \\ illis and Joseph Burleigh. 

. Account of the estate by Joseph Buckly. 



112 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1689 April 2. Cotter, William, of Woodbridge. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£31.10.-); made by Samuel Hall and Nathaniel 
Fichrandol.l Middlesex Wills 

1726-7 March 18. Cottrill, Cotterell, Eleazer, of Middletown, 

Monmouth Co., yeoman; will of. Children— Nicholas, Gershom, Sarah 
Smith, Ruth and Mary; grandsons — John Macklin and John, son of Rich- 
ard Stanley. Home farm, cedar swamp, bought of Henry Leonard, land 
bought of Thomas Firman in Freehold, of which one-half was given to 
John Davis (?), "that married my Daughter who is now Deceased;" per- 
sonal estate. Executors — William Lawrence and William Lawrence, jun- 
ior. Witnesses — Kendrick Smack, Barents Smack, Tho. Lawrence. 
Proved April 20, 1727. Lib. B, p. 61, and Monmouth Wills 

1727 April 15. Inventory of the personal estate £446.16.3, inch a ne- 
gro man, his Ijedding and narrow ax £10, and bonds due by Richard Stan- 
ley, Mathew Gracy, Adam Crosby and Eden Burrows, Thomas Wood- 
mansee senior and junior, Robert Wright, William Collard, Nicholas Cot- 
trill, Bartholomew Marsh, James, Andrew and John Winter, Joseph 
Goldin, William Pool, Stephen Warne, Obadiah Stillwell, Richard Bor- 
den, George Porter, William Conner, John Chollwell and Myndart 
Lafeaver, Benjamin Foreman and Nicholas Stillwell; made by Thomas 
Harbert, John Bray, Joseph Smith and Samuel Ogborne. 

1735 May 20. Coulton, Richard, of Shrewsbury. Bond of his 
widow Mary Coulton as administratrix of the estate of. Hugh Harts- 
horne of Middletown fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1712 Ang. 7. Cowman, Lnkas, of Newark, Essex Co.; will of. 
Wife Ariantie. Children — ^Jacob, Johannis, Mary, wife of Cornelius 
Tomason, Yonitie, wife of Gidion van Winkle, five children of daughter 
Geartie dec'd. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. 
Witnesses — John Cooper, Gerret Wouters, Anna van Weinkel. Proved 
February 12, 171 7-S. Lib. A, p. 93 

1702 (2) .30th (1. 9 m. (Nov.). Cownover, Peter, of Waymouth 
Township, Gloucester Co. ; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Peter, John, 
David, Hester, Mary. A tract of 150 acres between Francis Collings and 
Johnathan Leeds, 150 a. between John Scull and James Stellman, farm of 
100 a.; personal property. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses' names do 
not appear, but in proof of will March 21, 1704-5, John Sommers and 
Thomas Oliver are mentioned as witnesses. The record gives as date of 
will loth d. 9th m., 1700. Lib. i, p. 99, and Gloucester Wills 

1704-5 17th d. 1st m. (March). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£60.13.-; made by John Somers and Richard Gregory. 

1674-5 Jan. 9. Cox, John, of New Barbados. Administration on 
1 Fitzrandolpli. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. II3 

the estate of, granted to Edward Ball. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 33 

1674-5 Feb. 17. Cox John, of Essex Co. Inventory of the estate 
of (£2.15.6, all personal), made at the request of Edward Ball, adminis- 
trator, by Wm. Sandford and Emma Mandeuell. The estate owes to said 
Ball £14. 17. 6 for payments to Cattlyn, Wheeler and Baldwyn and for 
other expenses. 

1725-6 March 20. Cox, John, of Grinwich, Salem Co., weaver; 
will of. Divides " worldly estate " between Josiah Laiten senior, John 
Markdaniel, son of Markdaniel Joyner (? joiner) dec'd, George Cock, 
Margit Steal, Isack, son of Noah Wheaten dec'd, William Faithen Car, 
Lansset Sawquel, Ledy, dau. of Josiah Winter, Uriah Bacon, Elenor 
Short, Sam'l Holmes and Ebenezer Miller, making the last two residuary 
legatees and executors. Witnesses — Josiah Fithian, James Dixon, Sam'l 
Dennis. Proved April 11, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 353, and Salem Wills 

1726 April 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £46.12.10, incl. 
books IIS., debts due £25.6.7; made by Samuel Dennis and James Dixon. 

1728 April 9. Cox, John, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — ^John, Joseph, Samuel, Elisabeth, 
Rachel, Mary, Alice and Mercy. Real estate to be divided by brother 
James Cox, Richard Mount junior and William Lawrence junior; personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and brother James Cox. Witnesses — 
Thomas Cox junior, William Andrews, Wm. Lawrence junior. Proved 
October 22, 1729. Lib. B, p. 169, and Monmouth Wills 

1728 Dec. 22. Cox, Samuel, of Burlington, blacksmith; will of. 
Wife Sarah, daughter of Emanuel Smith. Children — -Emanuel, Samuel 
and Benjamin. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. 
Witnesses — Joseph Heulings, Mary Hancock, Tho: Scattergood. Proved 
March 31, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 10, and Burlington Wills 

1728-9 Jan. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £344.17.9, incl. the 
smith's shop, called the New Shop, "being a Chattell ", £10, book debts 
£168.14.8; made by Isaac Pearson, Caleb Raper and Titan Leeds. 

1681 An^. 16. Cox, Coxe, Thomas, of Middletown. Inventory of 
the estate of (£20.0.6 real, £45. 17.0 personal); made by Peter Tilton, con- 
stable, Tho: Snawsell and Robert Hamilton. Monmouth Wills 

1687-8 Feb. 26. Account since August, 1681, of the estate of, by 
Thomas Ingham, executor, who has married the widow Elizabeth Coxe, a 
mother of six children, two of them very small. 

1722-3 Feb. 16. Coxe, Thomas, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Thomas, Mary Lawrence, Lydy, 



/ 



114 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Catherine, wife of Cornelius van Home, who has son Thomas; legacies 
to cousins Sarah and Meribah, daughters of Nathaniel Robins dec'd, and 
John Estill, if he lives with testator's wife until he is of age. An acre 
square, " where my Children lyes buried," on the hill above the orchard 
is to remain the burying place for the families of testator and his brother 
John Cox. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix and after her 
death son Thomas. Witnesses — Elias Ilolman, Thomas Taylor, James 
Cox, Rob't Lawrence. Proved March 25, 1723. 

1722-3 March 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £630.13.2; made 
by Thomas Taylor, John Ashton and Robert Lawrence. 

Lib. A, 242, and Monmouth Wills 

1727 Dec. o. Crabb, Crab, Tliomas, of Salem, merchant. Letters 

from Vining, of Gloucester, to Dep. Surrogate and Register Samuel 

Bustill, entering on behalf of John Thrapnall (Trapnall) of Pensilvania, 
merchant, a caveat against granting adminislralion on the estate. 

1727 Dec. 9. Petition of William Allen and Joseph Turner, of Phila- 
delphia, merchants, for letters of administration on the estate of, granted. 
Letter of said Joseph Turner to Samuel Bustill, in reference to the peti- 
tion, taken to N. Y. by writer's brother Peter. 

1727 Dec. II. Letter of Tho: Hunloke, of Burlington, to Samuel 
Bustill, asking for assistance to Mr. Turner in getting letters of adminis- 
tration, he, the writer, and Mr. Willis intending to be his bondsmen. 

1727 Dec. II. Bond of William Allen and Joseph Turner, of Phila- 
delphia, merchants, as administrators. George Willis and Tho. Hunloke, 
of Burlington, and Peter Turner, of Cohansey, gentlemen, bondsmen. 

1727 Dec. 15. Inventory of the persona] estate, £284.9. if, piincipal- 
ly dry goods, cutlery, also a servant man, Humphry, 21 months to serve 
£6; made by Jos. Coleman and Clem't Hall. 

1734 May 27. Account of the estate by the administrators, William 
Allen and Joseph Turner of Philadelphia, merchants, who have increased 
its value by 700 barrel staves, at 37s. 6d. per 1,000, £1.6.3, ^"<i outstanding 
debts collected by Peter Turner, their agent, £136.9.2, and have paid 
debts due to Richard Graves, Hugh Mealy, Wm. Perkins, Joseph Clues, 
Abner and William Penton, Alex'r Gandovit, Daniel Smith, Margaret 
Hutcheson, John Johnson, David Pue, Joseph Smith, George Simkins, 
Elizear Penton, James Wiggens, Francis Simpson, John Bord, Edmund 
Nix, Richard and Joseph Haynes, Joseph Hoglin, James and Nathaniel 
Chamness, Sam'l Wade senior and junior, Thomas Kelly, Isaac Taylor, 
John Peck, John Kidd, Thomas Anderson, John Pinyard, John Oakford, 
Joseph Stretch, James Sykes, Lewis Morrice, Josiah Much, John Egling- 
ton. Barns Siffen, Benj'n Vineing, David Morrice, Obediah Loyde, David 
Hacket, Caleb Barrat, Lawrence Lock, Ephream Worthington, Jonathan 
Hues, John Hillton, Simon Warner, Edward Quinton, John Thompson 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I I5 

junior, Peter Cravin, John Mattson, Zacheus Dunn, Richard Hacket, 
Francis Test, Samuel Masson and Robert Vance. 

1709-10 Jan. 1. Craft, James, of Mansfield Township, Burlington 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — James, Thomas, Mary 
Doughty, who has daughter Mary; grandchildren — Thomas and Mary 
Ralleson and others not named. Real and personal property. Daughter 
Mary Doughty sole executrix. Thomas Scattergood and Edw. Boulton 
assistants to wife in the management of the estate, which is all left to her. 
Witnesses — Edward Boulton, Sarah Boulton, Thomas Scattergood. 
Froved January i6, 1709-10. Lib. i, p. 258, and Burlington Wills 

1709-10 Jan. 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £143.6.-; made by 
John Hancock and Thomas Potts. 

1G78 Oct. 1. Craine, Jasper, of Newark, aged in years; will of. 
Sons — John, Azeriah, Jasper; daughter Huntington; granddaughter 
Hanah Huntington; children of dec'd daughter Bell, sou (?-in-law) Hunt- 
ington. Real and personal estate (a silver "bole" andcnp). Executors — 
son John and son Thomas Huntington. Wellnesses — John Ward senior 
and Michell Tompkins. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 45, and Essex Wills 

1720-1 Jan. 2. Craine, Joanna, of Newark. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to Joseph Craine of the same place. Lib. A, p. 198 

1689 Dec. 4. Cramer, William. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to his son Thomas Cramer, of Elizabeth Town. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 170 

1730 April 14. Crandal, John, of Cape May, blacksmith. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £71.18.7; made by Nathaniel Rusco and 
Nathaniel Foster. 

1730 Oct. 20. Bond of Elizabeth Crandol as administratrix of the 
estate. William Johnson, fellow bondsman, both of Cape May Co. 

1721-2 Feb. 10. Crane, Azariah, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife — — — . Children — Nathanael, Azariah, John, Robert, 
Jane Richards, Mary Baldwin. Home lot adjoining David Pierson's, a 
piece of boggy meadow in the Great Cove, salt meadow on Maple Island 
Creek, formerly belonging to John Ward, land on a branch of Second 
River between James Nuttman and Nathanael Ward; personal property 
(a silver bowl, given to Christ Church,' Newark, a negro man). Executor, 
son John. Witnesses- — John Baldwin, Samuel Cooper, Simon Hunting- 
ton. Proved January 12, 1730-1. Lib. B, p. 183 

1722-3 Feb. 22. Crane, Daniel, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 

1 This is the earliest mention that has been found of the existence of this 
church. See N. J. Historical Society Proceedings, Third Scries, I., p. 35. 



Il6 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Sons — Daniel, Jonathan, Steven, 
David, William. Woodland, loo acres, bought of Francis Letts, salt 
marsh on Thompson's Creek, bought of Benjamin Williams, lo a. adjoin- 
ing Aaron Thompson, 3 a. of salt marsh bought of Henry Tuttell, 20 a. 
laid out as Town right, 50 a. over Rahaway River, bought of Henry Pier- 
son, share of Crane's Plantation, 50 a. Town right, laid out by John Har- 
riman, home farm of 14 a. in Elizabeth Town, personal property. Execu- 
tors — the wife and kinsmen Joseph Woodruff and Robert Ogden. Wit- 
nesses — Jonathan Dickinson, Samuel Whitehead, Daniel Pierson. Proved 
June 3, 1723. Lib. A, p. 249, and Essex Wills 

1681 Not. 15. Crane, Jasper, of Newark. Letters of administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to his son John Crane and son-in-law 
Thomas Huntington. 

1681 Oct. 28. Inventory of the estate (£200.-.- real, S3. 14.6 per- 
sonal); made by John Ward and Thomas Pierson. Essex Wills 

1713 March 16. Crane, Jasper, of Newark, Essex Co.; will of. 

Wife . Sons — Joseph, Jonathan, Elehue and David; daughter, 

Sarah Wheeler. Land at Wheeler's Point and in Newark. Personal 
property. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — ^Joseph Harison, George 
Harison, Josiah Wood. Proved May 20, 1713. Lib. i, p. 405 

1694 Nov. 4 Crane, John, senior; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 216 

1694-5 Jan. I. Inventory of the personal estate of (£72. — .10); made 
by Samuel and George Hamilton. 

1722-3 Feb. 7. Crane, John, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., car- 
penter; will of. Wife Esther. Children — John, Joseph, Mathias, Benja- 
min, Samuel, all except John under 21, Hannah, Abigail, Esther, Sarah, 
Rebekah, Deborah. Two mills on Rahaway River in Elizabeth Town, 
meadow on said river, derived from father Stephen Crane, 100 acres, 
bought of Benjamin Wade April 13, 1716, 4 a. of meadow in Elizabeth 
Town, bo't of Jeremiah Osborne, house and lot of 14 a. in Elizabeth 
Town. Personal estate. Executors — the wife, Rev. Jonathan Dickinson 
and brother Jeremiah Crane. Witnesses — Jeremiah Craine, Daniel 
Crane, Thomas Donington. Proved February 16, 1728-3. Lib. A, p. 238 

1726 Aug'. 2. Crane, Joseph, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Abigail. Children — Benjamin, Ezekiel, Israel, Isaac, Josiah, 
Joseph, Abigail, Joanna. Brothers — Jonathan, Elihu and David Crane, all 
sons of Jasper Crane. Home farm bought of father-in-law Joseph Lyon, 
land bought of Captains Isaac Whitehead and Benja. Ogden, do. bought 
by father from Mr. Wilson and the Proprietors, do., 700 acres, bo't of Lewis 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. llj 

Morris. Personal property. Executors — John Cooper, Joseph Bonnel, 
Jonathan Crane, Robert Ogden and Stephen Brown. Witnesses — Jona- 
than Dickenson, of Elizabethtown, clericus, Joseph Webb, John Thomp- 
son. Proved February 24, 1726-7. Lib. B, p. 54 

1716 April 22. Craumer, Cramer, John, of Essex Co.; will of. 
Wife Sara. Sons John and Thomas. "My estate." The wife sole ex- 
ecutrix. Witnesses — Nathaniel Wood, Jeremiah Osbon, John Foord. 
Proved June 22, 1716. Lib. A, p. 23 

1()81 31st d. 6tli m. (Au^,). Craueii, Thomas, Peeter and Ann, 

children of Robert Crauen, whose widow became the wife of Charles Bag- 
ley. Testimony before Thomas Olive, Robert Stacye, Mahlon Stacye, 
Thomas Budd and Thomas Lambart, Commissioners for the Province of 
West Jersey, given by George Deacon, Richard Guy and John Smith in 
regard to payments, to be made to the three children Crauen by Charles 
Bagley according to an instrument of 5th day nth month 1679. 

Salem Wills, 1679, p. 32 

1721 Sept. 13. Craven, Thomas, of Cohansey, Salem Co., farmer; 

will of. Children — Nahamiah, under age, Elisabeth, Rachel and Anne. 
Real and personal estate. Executors— Joseph and Charles Dennes. Wit- 
nesses — Charles Dennes, John Loyd. Proved December 23, 1730. 

T730 Dec. 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £135.13.7; made by 
Josiah Filhian and Benoney Dare. 

1689-90 Feb, 21. Crawford, John, of Middletown. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£107.3.6, inch a negro boy £50); made by Wil- 
liam Merel (Mcrrell) and William Jones. Sworn to May 29, 1699. 

Monmouth Wills 

1704 Nor. 25. Crawford, John, junior, of New Jersey. Bond of 
James Wilson, of Middletown, as administrator of the estate of. 
Peter Wilson and Andrew Wilson, of the same place, fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. I, p. 85 

1705 Dec. 11. Crawford, John, of Cape May Co. Inventory of 
the estate of (£131.1.11 all personal), as delivered by his son George to 
the appraisers John Townsend and John Page. 

1721 Nov. 23. Account .of the estate by his son and administra- 
tor, George Crawford, who has paid out £141.8.3^: for two coffins, 
one for the father, the other for the father's wife, who died a month be- 
fore him 14 sh., for wine at the funeral to Ezekell Eldridge £1.4, to Jacob 
Spicer, Capt. Andrew Gravenrod, Capt. John Bown, George Allen, Henry 
Buck and Richard Whitacer, executor of James Townsend of Boston, 
Thomas Laytropp of Boston, Alexander Griffith, Edward Smout, Hum- 
phrey Hughes. 



Il8 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1684 Sept. 27. Creeke, Pllilipp ; will of. Daughter Elizabeth 
Creeke; wife living, but name not given. "My estate," partly in Eng- 
land. Richard Bassnett, executor for the estate in N. J. Witnesses — 
Benj. Wheate, John Chamnis. Proved January 21, 1687-8. 

1684 Oct. 27. Inventory of the estate (£43.4.3); made by Tho. Mat- 
thews and William Budd. 

1687 . Letters of administration on the estate granted to Rich- 
ard Basnett. Burlington Records, p. 13 

1687 Jan. 21. Bond of Richard Basnett of Burlington, yeoman, as ad- 
ministrator of the estate of Philipp Creek, glazier, dec'd, Elias Farr and 
Robert Stacy, fellow bondsmen. 

1721 Oct. 5. Creig, CrJlig, John, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Sons — James and Archibald; granddaughter Orsilla, 
daughter of Elisha Parker, late of Amboy, merchant. Only personal 
property divided. Executor — son Archibald. Witnesses — James Madoc, 
Margret Crawiord, John Campbell. Proved November 27, 1724. 

Lib. A, p. 313 

l>^25 . Inventory of the personal estate, £124.16.3, inch a Bible 

and a looking glass £1.16, a sermon book and "spectrelea" and psalter 
3S.9P., a bond for £110; made by Robert Newell and John Campbell. 

1714 Dec. 31. CreSSe, Arthur, junior, of Cape May Co., weaver; 
will of. Wife Marcy, sole executrix. Children — James, Zebulon, Eliza- 
beth, Lydia, Marcy. Land at Indian Neck. Personal property. Wit- 
nesses — Nathaniel Jenkins, John Bradner and John Taylor. Mem., that 
Zebulon, above-named, has changed his name to Arthur at the father's 
desire. Proved May 9, 1715. 

1714-5 Jan. 20. Inventory of the estate (£155.9.5, all personal); made 
by Nathaniel Jenkins and John Taylor. 

1729 March 31. CreSSe, John, of Cape May Co., yeoman; will of. 
Children — Robert, John, Hannah, Penelope, Comfort, Eunice, Josiah 
(under 20). Real and personal estate. Son Robert executor with Aaron 
Leaming as "trusty" and overseer. Witnesses — Nathaniel Jenkins, 
David Hildreth, Ester Jenkins. Proved June 22, 1729. 

1729 May I. Inventory of the personal estate, £143.14.11, inch "a 
dolar and 9 sh. £2.6.3.35;" made by Nath'el Jenkins and A'r'n Leaming. 

1711 Sept. 5. CreSSey, CraSSe, Arthur, of Cape May Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary. Sons — John, Arthur, Zepath (?), Lewes; daughters — 
Abigail, Sarah, Elsbeth, Dabrow (? Deborah), Paththeyah. Real and 
personal estate. Witnesses— Richard Downes, Thomas Hand and Chris- 
topher Church. Proved February 18, 1714-5- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. II9 

1714-5 Jan. 17. Inventory of the personal estate (£131.6.-); made by 
Richard Downes and John Taylor. 

1715 Oct. 20. Account of John Cresse as administrator of his father's 
estate, showing payments to David Wills, Ceaser (jodfrey, Jacob Spicer, 
Josiah Bishop, David Cresee, Sarah Johnson, Levv'is Cresee, Samuel John- 
son, Buthiah Cresee, Zelophehead Hand and Mercy Eldridge. 

1687 Aug. 30. Cripps, John, of Burlington; will of. Son- 
Nathaniel; daughters — Virgin Morris and Theophile Cripps. Plantation 
of 500 acres, called Mount Holy, a house in Burlington, a house by the 
river, now occupied by Edward Winell, plantation of 130 a., called Labor 
Point, log house in Potter's Alley, Burlington, share of the Province. 
Personal property. Executors — the three children. Witnesses — Christo- 
pher Wetherill, Joseph Adams, James Hill. Proved November 3, 1687. 

1687 Oct. 26. Inventory of the estate (£208.10.6, inch a servant boy, 
whose services until the expiration of his term, are valued at £8. 10.-); 
made by James Hill, Joseph Pope and Christopher Wetherill. 

1687 Nov. 3. Bond of Nathaniel Cripps and Lawrence Morris, hus- 
band of Virgin Cripps, as executors, James Hill and Plenry Grubb, fellow 
bondsmen. 

16S7 . Letters of administration on the estate granted to 

Nathaniel Cripps and Lawrence I^.Iorris. Burlington Records, p. 13 

1700 Aug-. 4. Cripps, Theophile, of Burlington, spinster; will of. 
The two children of Robert Wheeler to have a silver spoon each; one-half 
of the real and personal property to go to brother Nathaniel Cripps, the 
other half to the three children of late sister Virgin Morris. Brother 
Nathaniel and loving friend and master Robert Wheeler executors. Wit- 
nesses — Tho. Revell, Jos. Newbould and ? Wetherill. Proved Aug. 27, 
1700. Lib. 1, p. 87 

1700 Aug. 31. Inventory of the estate (£85.1.2); made by Christopher 
Wetherill, Thomas Roper and Jos. Adams. 

1696 Dec. 28. Bond of Benjamin Wheate, of Burlington, cordwainer, 
as guardian of Theophile Cripps, dau. of John Cripps dec'd, Henry Grubb, 
victualler, and Isaac Marriott, merchant, both of the same place, fellow 
bondsmen. 

1720 July 23. Crofoot, David, of Cohansey, Salem Co., weaver. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £44.9.10; made by Thomas Grauen 
and Thomas Pagett, 

1720 July 23. Bond of John Chandler of the same place, yeoman, as 
administrator of the estate. Wm. Penton and Thomas Paget fellow 
bondsmen. 

1691 June 20. Croker, Alexander, of Pennsilvania, merchant. 



I20 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Administration of the estate of, granted to George Foreman as attorney 
for James Sandyland, to whom the deceased was indebted. 

, List of debts due to the estate in Salem Co., £30.10.6, 

by John Abbott, John Paine, John Snooke, Daniel Smith, Wooley Wool- 
son, GrifHth Thomas, John Walker, Roger Carary, Jonathan Beere, James 
Nickson, John Jeffrayes, Wm. Shute. Salem Wills, A, p. 51 

1716 Dec. 12. Cromwell, Benjamin, of Woodbridge, a minor, 

chooses John Kinsey, of the same place, Esq're, as his guardian, and let- 
ters of guardianship are issued to him. Lib. A, p. 48 

1707 Dec. 22. Crosby, John, of Springfield, Burlington Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary, sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate. Sons — Nathan and John; apparently other children, but no 
names given. Witnesses — John Shinn, Richard Ridgeway, Samuel 
Goldy. Proved August 4, 1710. Lib. i, p. 27S 

1702-3 Feb. 13. Crosly, Henery, of Middlesex Co.; will of. 

Divides personal property between Elezbalh Slater, SamuU Slater, John 
Diink Matter, Dorrety Lexington and Jeremiah Colcot, the last named 
executor. Witnesses — William Looker, Benjamin Drack (Drake) and 
William Looker junior. Proved March 10, 1702-3. 

1698 April 7. Cross, Thomas, of Burlington Co., wheelwright; 
will of. Daughter-in-law Abigal. Sons-in-law — Jonathan and Thomas 
Curtis, children of Wm. Atkinson. Lands and plantation. Personal 
property. Executors — George Deacon and Daniel Leeds. Witnesses — 
Thomas Brian, Joseph Collins, Wm. Aikison. Proved April 19, 1698, 
by his executors. Burlington Records, p. 28 

1698 April 15. Inventory of the estate (£258.10.-, incl. £150 for the 
plantation); made by John Shinn, Thomas Kendall and Henry Burr. 

1698 April 19. Bond of George Deacon, gentleman, and Daniel 
Leeds, yeoman, as executors. Thomas Kendall, bricklayer, fellow 
bondsman. 

1711 Sept. 1. Crosse, Arthur, of Cape May Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Mary. Children— John, Arthur, David, Seejah (?), Lewis, Abigail, 
Sarah, Elizabeth, Deboraw, Pathegah. Real and personal estate. No 
executor named. Witnesses — Richard Downes, Thomas Hand, Christo- 
pher Church. Proved February 18, 1714-5- Lib. i, p. 505 

1714 Dec. 31. Crosse, Arthur, junior, of Cape May Co., weaver; 
will of. Wife Mary, sole executrix. Children — James, Zebulon, Eliza- 
beth, Lydia and Mercy, all except Zebulon under age. Home farm, 
land at Indian Neck. Personal estate. Witnesses — Nathaniel Jenkins, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. ' 121 

John Rradner (? Bradner), John Taylor. Proved May 9, 1715. 

Lib. I, p. 507 
See Cressey, Arthur. 

1726-7 Feb. 27. CroSSley, George, of EHzabcthtown. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Samuel Little, of the same place. 

Lib. B, p. 26 

1729-30 Jan. 12. Crosthwayt, Crosweight, Charles, of Salem 

Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £152.14, inch two Indian slaves 
£50, books £1.6; made by Abraham Nelson and David Davis. 

1729-30 Feb. 18. Bond of Thomas Walling, of Salem Co., as ad- 
ministrator of the estate. Abraham Nelson fellow bondsman. 

1711 Oct. 22. Croutch, Crouch, Richard, of Essex Co. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Eliz. Crouch and Henry Tuthill. 

Lib. I, p. 327 

1688-9 March 1. Crow, Edward, of Woodbridge. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to his widow Mary. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. i66 
1688-9 March l. Bond of his widow Mary, as administratrix of his 
estate. Samuel Dennes of the same place, gentleman, fellow bondsman. 

Middlesex Wills 

16S9 April 20. Inventory of the estate (£72.8.1, all personal); made 
by Eph. Andrewes and Benja. Griffith. 

1730 April 21. Crow, George, of Salem Co. Bond of Edith 
(Eadeth) Crow of Salem Co., as administratrix of the estate of. Peter 
Turner fellow bondsman. 

1714-5 Feb. 14. Crowel, Joseph, of Cape May Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Ann executrix. Son Edward, a minor, to have all land and 
tenements at Goshen; daughter Mary all land, etc., at New England in 
Cape May. Witnesses — -Yelverton Crowel, Thomas Smith and Nathaniel 
Jenkins. Proved September 25, 1717. Lib. 2, p. 80 

1716-7 Jan. 17. Inventory of the personal estate (£102. g.i); made by 
Samuel Johnson and Nathanial Jenkins. 

1723-4 Jan. 10, Crowell, Yelverton, of Cape May Co., yeoman. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £116.15.6; made by Nath'l Jenkins 
and Thos. Smith. 

1724 July 15. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Elizabeth. Lil). 2, p. 265 

1724 July 15. Bond of his widow Elizabeth Crowell as administratrix 
of the estate. Nathaniel Jenkins fellow bondsman. 



122 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1726 May 20. Account of the estate by the administratrix, who has 
paid debts due to Rich'd Fortescue, Barnabas Crowell, Alex'r and Mary 
Fortescue, Sam'l Johnson, Sam'l Elleredge, John Fitzgerald, John Hughs, 
Wm. Smith, Christopher Church, Richard Townsend, Randal Huit, John 
Ingraham, John Thompson, Rich'd Downes, Andrew Godfery, Amey 
Buck, Joseph Golding, Samuel Matiers, Henry Stites, jun., James Sav- 
age, John Paige, Phil. Synge, Jacob Spicer, Cornelius Scillenger. 

1715 April 2. Crumell, Cromwell, Beujamin, of Woodbridge, 

Middlesex Co., mason; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Sarah, John 
and Benjamin, all under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the 
wife and Moses Rolph. Witnesses — Thomas Browne, Benjamin Tappens, 
Samuel Rolph. Proved May 17, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 14 

1728 April 29. Cullyer, John, of Manington Precinct, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth sole executrix. Children — William, 
Benjamin, Samuel, Isbell, Daniel, Priscilla and Martha. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — ^James Jarden, Caleb Reeves, Alex'r Simpson. 
Proved May 21, 1728. 

1728 May 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £162.12.3, incl. books 
£2.19; made by James Jarden and Caleb Reeves. 

1728 May 20. Cuinfort, John, of Am well Township, Huntingdonl 
Co. J will of. Wife Mary. Children — Stephen, Sarah and Robert, all 
under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and John 
Holcomb. Witnesses — Step. Jenkins, Phineas Jenkins, Isaac Knight. 
Proved June 17, 1728. Hunterdon Wills 

1728 June 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £122.8, " truly 
Praised by two Reasonable men," Jacob Godowne and George Fox. 

1713-4 Feb. 7. Cundict, Peter, of Newark, Essex Co., cloathier; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — Mary, Samuel, Peter, John, Nathaniel, 
Philipp, Isaac, all under 21. Real and personal estate. The wife sole 
executrix with Dr. George Ilarison and brother-in-law Samuel Harison 
as overseers. Witnesses — J. Cooper, A. Williams, Samuell Day. Proved 
May 19, 1714. Lib. r, p. 499 

1722 28tli d. 1st m. (March). Curlett, Corlet, Philipp, of Ded- 
port, Gloucester Co., labourer. Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£7.14; made by John Kay, John Hopper and William Warner. 

1723 May 4. Account of the estate by Jonathan Ladd, the adminis- 
trator, who has paid out £2.16 more than the estate'is worth. 

1691 Not. 13, CurneliouS, John, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co.; will 
1 Hunterdon. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 23 

of. Children — Curnelious, executor, Henry, wlio has a daughter, and 
Garta, wife of Marcus Elger. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Richard Wilkinson, Thomas Lambson, Wm. Shute. Recorded July 15, 
1692. 

1692 May 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £40.0.6; made by 
Rennere van Hyst and Wm. Shute. 

1692 May 17. Letters testamentary granted to the son and executor 
Cornelious Corneliouson. Salem Wills, A, p. Sr 

1701 Aug, 12. Curryer, Edw.ird. of Manneton and of Salem 
Town, yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth, sole executrix. Cousins — 
George, John, Joseph and Sarah, children of brother-in-law John Beetle 
of Philadelphia, all under age, said John Beetle and Josiah White to re- 
ceive the bequests for the children, which are moneys due by Samuel Car- 
penter. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — ^Joseph Worlidge and 
Sam'l Hedge. Recorded September 26, 1701. 

1701 Sept. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £263.13.7^, inch a 
silver spoon and dram cup £1.2, bills, bonds and book debts £86; made 
by Hugh Middleton and Dennis Herbert. Salem Wills, III., p. 108 

1696-7 March 14. Curtice, Robert, of Woodbrige; will of. Ed- 
ward Jones, " who lives with me and has been helpful to me in my old 
age," universal heir and executor of real and personal estate, with legacy 
of some cattle to Mary Gunter, "which I brought up from a child." Wit- 
nesses — Jonathan Bishop, Noah Bishop, Sarah Force and John Bishop. 
Proved May I2, 1697. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 266, and Middlesex Wills 

1707-8 March 22. Curtis, David, of Mansfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co. ; will of. Wife Rachell. Children — John, Thomas, Samuel, 
David, Anne. Real and personal estate. Wife sole executrix with 
brothers Thomas Curtis and Samuel Wright as supervisors. Witnesses- 
Elizabeth and Peter Frettwell, Mary Smith. Proved September 9, 1708. 

Lib. I, p. 215 

1708 May 25. Inventory of the estate, viz., a plantation of 308 acres 
£250, personal £113.-; made by Jos. Newbould, Edward Rockhill and 
Michael Newbould. 

1695-6 Jan. 29, Curtis, John, of Mansfield Township, Burlington 
Co., yeoman; will of. Children — David, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas 
ffolke (and her two children), son Jonathan Curtis in England, Thomas; 
legacy to servant Ann Hartley. Real and personal property. Executor — 
son Thomas. Witnesses — Francis Davenport, Edward Rockhill, John 
Brown, Tho. Revell. Proved February 21, 1695-6. 

1695-6 Feb. II. Inventory of the estate (£118.10.-); made by Tho. 
Revell, John Brown and Michael Newbould. 



124 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1695-6 Feb. 21. Bond of Thomas Curtis, of Mount Pleasant, Mans- 
field Township, as executor, John Brown and Michael Newbould fellow 
bondsmen. 

1695-6 Feb. 21. Will proved by his son and executor Thomas Curtis. 

Burlington Records, p. 26 

1704 Sept. 11. Curtis, John, of Neworkel ; will of. Wife Hanah, 
sole executrix, and heiress of personal estate; the real property is given 
to William Wilson of Nework and cousin John Curtis of Stratford, the son 
of brother Benjamin Curtis of Stratford. Rev. Iabos2 Wakeman and 
Lieut. Eliphalet Johnson to be overseers. Witnesses — Joseph Harison, 
Nathaniel Ward, Joseph Baldwin, Zopher Beach. Proved June 7, 1705. 

Lib. I, p. Ill, and Essex Wills 

1711 Oct. 4. Curtis, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co. ; will of. 
Wife Mary, sole executrix. Daughters — Mary and Elizabeth. Real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — Samuel Dennis and Mathew Moore. Proved 
April I, 1714. Lil). i, p. 482 

1711-2 Jan. 5. Curtis, Samuel, of Munmouth River, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Ann executrix and sole heiress of veal and per- 
sonal estate, with legacies to son-in-law Peter Blackfield, cousins George 
Beard, George Trenchard senior and junior, Edward Trenchard and Joan 
Trenchard, also to Simon Warner, who is named co-executor. Plome 
farm of 200 acres on Monmouth River, called Crookhorn Woods. Wit- 
nesses — Will. Tyler, John Chandler, John Tyler. Proved November 5, 
1713. Lib. I, p. 515 

1713 Oct. 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £123.13.2^, incl. "a 
percell of old bookes" £1.10; made by Will. Tyler and Samuel Fog. 

1706 Aug'. 3. Curtis, TllOlliaS. Petition of, that his guardian, 
William Atkinson, render an account of his guardianship, with order of 
Thomas Revell, Surrogate for New Jersey, thereupon, and Atkinson's ac- 
count of the estate, which amounted to £9.4.6. Burlington Wills 

1700 Nov, 8. CussenS, (Cozens), Jacob, of Grenwich, Gloucester 
Co.; will of. Wife Sarrah. Children — ^Jacob, George, Dorothy (under 
18). A lot of 112^ acres (12 thereof swan:ip) on Deliware River and Ed- 
wards Creek, Greenwich Township, another lot of 100 on said creek. Per- 
sonal property. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Charles Crosthwayt 
senior and junior, Bathnipleoth Crosthwayt. Proved June 2, 1701. 

. ■ . Inventory of the estate (200 acres of land £25, the 

house and improvements £50, proprietary land, not taken up, £8, personal 

1 Newark. 2 The llev. Jabez "Wakeman, pastor of the First Church, in New- 
ark, now the First Presbyterian Church. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 25 

property £46.12.0 incl. a bible); made liy Charles Crosthwayt and Benja: 
Bramar. 

1 701 June 2. Letters testamentary granted to Sarah Cozens. 

1692-3 J:i!l. 11. Catcher, John. Letters of administration on the 
estate, granted to Edward Hunloke. Burlington Records, p. 18 

1692-3 Jail. 11. Clltchoe, John. Bond of Edward Hunloke, of 
Wingerworth, Burlington Co., Esq., as administrator of the estate of. 
Michael Newbould of said Co., yeoman, fellow bondsman. 

1721 June 13. Dalbo, Catharine, of Gloucester Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £21.1; made by Jo: Bond (?), Fredrick Hopman 
and John Friend. 

1721 June 13. Dalbo, Charles, of Gloucester Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £122.15.3, incl. Indian debts £56.-9, debts out- 
standing and due by Mountes Halton, Peter Justice, Peter Garren, Clem- 
ent Cornett, Andrew Melican, Wm. Peterson, Peter Lock, John Recom, 
Wm. Coiib, Jester Lock, Erick Steelman, Peter Cock, Larrance Lock, 
Manuell Dirrickson, Edward Egelton, Elener Friend, Andrew and Charles 
Shing (String?), Jacob Ruling, James Gerren, Nicklos Justice, Larrance 
Peterson, Mich'l Hopman and Peter Peterson, all in Gloucester and Salem 
Counties, Amos Nicholes of Chester Co., Wm. Titmish of Philadelphia, 
James Roberson of Cape May, James Rillot (?) of Maryland; made by 
John Friend, Fredrick Hopman and Jo: Bond. 

1722 Nov. 3. Dalbo, Dolbo, Gabriel, of Greninge (Greenwich) 
Township, Gloucester Co., yeoman; will of. Sisters — Sarra Keane and 
Elizabeth Dolbo. Real and personal estate. Executor — uncle John 
Frind. Witnesses — Gabriel Pilkington, Monus Derickson and John 
Renals. Proved April 25, 1723. 

1722 Dec. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £32.3.3; made by 
Timothy Rains and Earick Mullick (Molica). 

1722-3 Feb. II. Petition of Jonas Keen (Skeen) and Elizabeth Dalbo 
for letters of administration on the estate, the executor named in the will 
having so far refused to prove it. 

1722-3 Feb. II. Bond of Jonas Keen (Skeen), yeoman, and Elizabeth 
Doll)o, spinstress, both of Gloucester Co., as administrators of the 
estate. William Snowden and Daniel Bankson, Loth of Burlington Co., 
fellow bondsmen. 

1721 June 13. Dalbo, Larrance, of Ciloucester Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £32.19, incl. Indian debts due by Majger Bradford 
on Potomack in Maryland and Mr. Bradley of Maryland; made by Jo: 
Bond, p'rederic Hopman and John Friend. 



126 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1722-3 Feb. I. Account of the estates of Catharine, Charles and Lar- 
rance Dalbo by the administrator Jno. Coleman. 

1722-3 Peb. 4. Letter from John Frind at Grinwich to Mr. Bustin at 
Burlington, recommending Elizabeth Dolbo and Jonas Keen as having 
any "wright" or title to the estate of Gabriel Dalbo, and therefore enti- 
tled to the administration. The cover of these papers speaks of a will of 
Charles and Catharine Dalbo, which is not found. Gloucester Wills 

Dalbo, see Mattson. 

1712 June 16. Dalboe, William, of Gloucester Co. Administra- 
tion of the estate of, granted to his widow Catherine. Lib. I, p. 357 

1711-2 Feb. 19. Dalboe, Wolley, of Gloucester Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £241.19-; made by Joseph Topcliff and Johannas 
Friend, sworn to by Kathrine, the widow, and Andrew Dalbo, son, ad- 
ministrators. 

1694 lOtli (1. 10th in. (Dec). Daniel, (Denn), Daniel, of Stowe 

Creek, Salem Co.; will of (signed Daniel Daniel, but called Daniel Denn 
in the will, inventory and probate). Brother Joseph Denn and cousin 
Richard Hancock, both under age, receive the farm on Stowe Creek, sister 
Mary Denn and cousin Margrett Hancock (under 18) personal property. 
No executor named. Witnesses — Daniel Reeve and Eliz: Bradway. Re- 
corded February 20, 1694 -5. 

1694-5 Jan. 3. Inventory of the estate: 500 acres of land £50, per- 
sonal £32. 5. 2^^; made by Thomas Stathem and Frances Buckle. 

1694-5 . Jonathan Beere and Wm. Tyler, two of the Justices 

of the Peace for Salem Co., declare William Bradway and Richard 
Butcher named executors in the will and grant them authority to act. 

Lib. A, p. 152 

1694 Dec. 20. Daniel, Neal, of Stowe Creek, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth. The will leaves it doubtful whether Jane, Margret and 
James are the children; legacy to Mary Denn. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and Sam'l Wade. Witnesses — Charles Rowe and 
Mary Denn. Recorded January 29, 1694-5. 

1694-5 15th d. Iith m. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£81.8.8, inch 18 lbs. of tobacco 3s., 44 bush, of wheat £7.14; made by 
Joseph Ware and John Hancock. Lib. A, p. 145 

1684 etli d. 2d m. (April). Daniell, Elizabeth, of Salem, widow; 
will of. Children— William, Richard, Elizabeth Waithman. Real and 
personal estate (a Spanish table, a book, a pair of pott hangers with the 
flower de luce Id them, 100 acres of land at Chohanzey and other land). 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 27 

No executor named. Witnesses — Christopher Sanders, George Ilasle- 
wood, Elizabeth Hawward. Proved July 14, recorded July 22, 1684. 

Monmouth Wills 

16S4 July 14. Letters testamentary issued to Richard and William 

Daniell. Salem Wills, Lib. 2, p. 14 

1726 Dec. 19. Daniell, James, of Stow Creek, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Isabell. Children — Thomas, James, Joseph, John, William, 
Aron, Jane Butcher, Isabell, Sarah, Elizabeth, Rebeckah. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — the wife with sons Thomas and James. Wit- 
nesses — Edward Test, Thos. Pagelt, Dorothy Pagett. Proved January li, 
1726-7. Lib. 2, p. 3S0 

1726-7 9th d. iithm. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£291.6.8, incl. books £2.10.6; made by John and Thos. Paget. 

1706-7 March 14. Daniell, William, of Greenwich, Salem Co.; 
will of. Wife Elleuor, sister Elizabeth, wife of William Waithman, 
cousins William, James, John, Thomas, Elizabeth Waithman. Real and 
personal estate. The wife executrix, Jeremiah Bacon, Joseph Hand and 
Jonathan Walling, witnesses. Proved April 25, 1707. Lib. i, p. 177 

1707 March . Daniels, William, of Salem Co. Inventory of the 

estate of (£100 house and land, £62.15 personal); made by John Fitchran- 
dolph and Jeremiah Bacon. 

1728 Dec. 30. Dark, Samuel, of Grinwich, Cohansey Precinct, 
Salem Co., fuller; will of. Wife Ruth, executrix; daughter Ruth (under 
age), daughter-in-law (? stepdaughter) Margaret Johns alias Pope, wife of 
Thomas Jones of Kent Co. upon Dellaware, shoemaker. Bequest to said 
Margaret to go to the maintenance of a minister of the Church of Eng- 
land at Salem, until one comes to Cohansey; legacy to Rev. John Hol- 
brook, Missionary at Salem, who is also made trustee. Real and personal 
estate. Witnesses — ^James Gildjs, Thomas Waithman, Abiel Cearle. 
Proved August 12, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 63 

1729 April 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £140.16.8, incl. 
books £5 5, and " Depts " £45.1.11; made by James Dixson and Sam'l 
Holmes. 

1717 1st (1. 3d m. (May). Darkiu, Ann, of Windham, Salem Co., 

widow; will of. Children — Joseph, John, Hannah Hosier, Ann (under 
18), grandchild Joseph Whitten. Personal property (a silver tankard, a 
do. dram cup, a do. large cup, two do. spoons). Executors — the two sons. 
Witnesses — Andrew Thompson, James Whitton, John Footit. Proved 
December 30, 1718. Lib. 2, p. 105 

1717 May 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £524.1.10, incl. 
ready cash £112. 19. 10, plate £15, two servants £20; made by Andrew 
Thompson and Bartholomew Wayelt, both Quakers. 



128 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1707-8 Jan. 0. Darkin, Richard, of Windham, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Ann. Children — Sarah, wife of James Whitten, 
Joseph, John, Hannah and Ann, the last four under age. Home farm, to 
be divided by four men, chosen by Salem Monthly Meeting of Quakers. 
Personal property. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Edward Keas- 
bey, John Footit, John Lewis, Andrew Thompson. Proved April 26, 
1716. 

1716 April 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £525.3.2, incl. plate 
£15.5, two servant boys £20, 200 bushels of wheat £20, cattle (46 head) 
£120, six horses £35; made by Bartholomew Wyatt and Andrew Thomp- 
son. 

1697 Dec. 28. Darling, Thomas, of Elisabeth Town. Inventory 
of the personal estate of, £22.12.6; made by John Hindss and John Ross. 

1697-8 Jan. 8. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Mary. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 276, and Essex Wills 

1604 Nov. 14. DaSSigny, Dr. Peter, of Woodlnidge. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Wm. Moore. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 215 

i6g4 Nov. 14. Bond of William Moore of Woodbridge as administra- 
tor of the estate. John Man of Perth Amboy fellow bondsman. 

1694 Dec. 13. Inventory of the personal estate of, £54.11.11, incl. 
books £20.6- and bills due by Wm. Moore, Alex'r Walker, Daniel Mc- 
Daniell, David Vilant, John Corbit and Claude Longpie; made by John 
Mathie and John Man. 

. Payments to Thomas Gordin on account of Peater Das- 

signy, £8.-, for Wm. Thomson, John Mathis, John Man, Benjamin Ran- 
delf, Samuel Denis and James Dundas. Middlesex Wills 

1716 March 27. Dauies, Thomas ; will of. Wife Phebe Dauise, 

sole executrix. Mother, brother Othinial Dauis, sister Mary Dauise; 
legacy to James Golden to be given him after expiration of his indenture. 
House in Woodbridge Township, lands in the Township of Brookland, 
Long Island. Personal property. Witnesses — Tho: Teuerry, John 
Heard, John Bloomfield, Nathaniel Dodd. Proved March 6, 1716-7. 

Lib. A, p. 5 

1717 Oct. 2. Dauson, Anthony, of Newtown Township, Glouces- 
ter Co. ; will of. Cousin John Dauson of Burlington Co. sole heir and ex- 
ecutor of " all my goods and estates." Witnesses — Joseph Low, Thomas 
Robson, David Arnold, Simon Breach. Proved October 24, 1717. 

1717 Oct. iS. Inventory of the personal estate, £16.17.6; made by 
Simon Breach and John Siddon (Siddals). 

Lib. I, p. Si, and Burlington Wills 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 29 

1 . Davenport, Francis, of Chesterfield, Builington Co. ; 

will of. Sons — Francis and Isaac (under 21); daughters — Sarah Hall, Anne, 
wife of Isaac Decow, who has son Joseph Decow, Abigail, Esther and 
Rebecca Davenport, the last not yet iS, daughter-in-law Susanna Field; 
legacies to the Meetinghouse, Jno. Leeson, Tho: Miller and Moses Pettit. 
Son Isaac to go to school for one year. Son Francis sole executor with 
the assistance of Thomas Lambert and son-in-law Isaac Decow. Home 
farm at Croswicks Creek, lot in Burlington; silver buttons, a small silver 
tumbler. Witnesses — John Bunting, Samuel Butcher and Joseph Reck- 
less. Proved April 16, 1707. Lib. i, p. 174 

1707 I5lh d. 2dm. (April). Inventory of the personal estate, £1692.- 
13.45^, incl. a silver tumbler of 2^ oz. weight £1.2.-, 2 do. cups, 8 do. 
spoons and some broken plate, in all 41^ oz. £16.10.-, 3 old Bibles, bills 
and bonds £373.9.1, book debts £601.16.11, and debts due by Indians 
£23.16.5^; made by Peter Frettwell, Isaac Marriott, Edward Rockhill 
and John Tantum. 

1720 Nov. 14 and 15. List of goods of, sold at auction by Isaac Nor- 
ris, the administrator of the estate, to Edward Beak, Josiah Key, Thomas 
Foulke, Roliert Mongomery, 14 head of neat cattle £26, Nathan Allen, 
the servant man Robert Dale £13.10, Robert Rowe, a young mare £5.11, 
Wm. Satlerthwait, Thomas Lambert, John Lawrence, Robert Chapman, 
Anthony Bunting, John Laning, Gabrall Still, Daniel Beach, James Dun- 
dein, Samuel Bunting, Jacob Large, Gerrard Eddge, Richard Ellison, 
Henry Nailbord, William Wood, Tho: Wetherell, Tho: Shreve, John Mid- 
dleton, Joseph King, Wm. Thorn, A'm Cook; the sale bringing in 
£199.19.9. 

1727 Aug. 8. Account of the estate, £434.7.11, by the administrator, 
Isaac Norris, who charges himself with same, "Left w'th the Widdow for 
her Use, which I could not in humanity Divest her off, being So neces- 
sary to her & Children," and is himself a creditor of the deceased to the 
amount of £398.19.11. 

1707 . Davis, AndreVf, of i Inventory of the personal es- 
tate of, £67.8.-, West Jersey money; made by William Hixson, Geo. Res- 
carrick, Benjamin Clarke and Joseph Worth. 

1707 Sept. 19. Order of Lieut. Governor Ingoldsby, appointing 
Grace, widow of Andrew Davis, administratrix of the estate. 

Lib. I, p. 186 

1711 April 1. Davis, Gabril, of Cohansie, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Jane. Sons — Charles and Elias, both under age, an expected child. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, John Brick and Robert 
Robens. Witnesses — Thomas Maskell, Noah Wheaton, Rich'd Smith. 
Proved May 18, 1714. Lib. i, p. 451 

1 Date eaten off by rats. In record: 1700 15tli d. 12th m. (February). 
9 



130 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1714 May 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £364.16.8, incl. 200 
bushels of wheat £45.3, 56 of oats £2.10.7, two servants £26.-, debts due 
£87. 12; made by John Bacon and Thomas Maskell. 

1690 Sept. 14-. Davis, Jonathan. Administration on the estate 
of, granted to his brothers John and Thomas Davis, all of Elizabeth. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 179 

1728 May 11. Davis, William, of Great Egg Harbour, Gloucester 
Co., labourer. Bond of Joseph Leeds as administrator of the estate of. 
Felix Leeds and Titan Leeds fellowbondsmen. 

1723 June 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £47.18.6, York 
money, incl. bonds due by Wm. Reed and John Darby; made by Peter 
Covenoven and John Couenouen. 

1728 Aug. 12. Account of the estate by the administrator, Joseph 
Leeds, who has paid £13.19.1 more for Coroner's Inquest (£5.7.6) and to 
Thos. Ridgway, Peter White, Rich'd Phillpot, Wm. Waldron, John Con- 
over, Sam'l Lockhart, Rob't Smith, Rich'd Ridgway dec'd, Rich'd Cly- 
mer, Joshua llunloke and Jeremiah Adams. 

1723 April 6. Davison, Davidson, William, of Freehold, Mon- 
mouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Margreat. Children — William, 
George, Robert, Andrew, John, Margreat, "cosine" Isobel Davison, 
grandson William Davison. Home farm, land bought of John Campbell, 
lying on the East side of Manalapon and adjoining Thomas Eadwards, do. 
bought of John Reid, next to preceding. Personal estate. Executors — son 
William and William Clark. Witnesses — Thomas Laton, Robert Camp- 
bel, Janet Laten. Proved December 21, 1723. Lib. A, p. 278 

1723 April 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £157.19, incl. Bibles 
and other books los. ; made by Alexander Dove, Henry Perine and Jacob 
Jemison. 

1729 Aug'. 12. Dawson, Thomas, of Northampton, Burlington Co., 
cooper. Inventory of the personal estate, £5.14, incl. debts due by Rich- 
ard Eayre and John Dickenson; made by John Burr and Charles French; 
sworn to by W'illiam Allcott, administrator of the estate. 

1729 ■ . Day, Alexander, of Hunterdon Co., yeoman. Ad- 
ministration of the estate of, granted to Thomas Canby. Lib. 3, p. 34 

1720-1 Jan, 24. Day, tSeorge, of Newark. Administration of the 
estate of, granted to John Brown, Amos Roberts and John Day, all of the 
same place. Lib. A, p. 198 

1723-4 10th d. 12th m. (Feb.). Day, John, of New Planover 
Township, Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Daughter Elizabeth, her 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I3I 

husband Thomas Branson, her children, and grandson Thomas Barton 
heirs of real and personal estate. The daughter, John Ilervey and John 
Wright executors. Thomas f'arley, Ann Millard, Thomas Fox, witnesses. 
Proved June 6, 1724. Lib. 2, p. 267 

1724 June 5. Inventory of the estate: personal £225.6.2, a plantation 
in Springfield £150; made by William Rogers and Samuel Wright. 

1712 Not. 19. Day, Paul, of Newark. Bond of his widow Phebee 
as administratrix of the estate. Nathaniel Ward and John Morris, 
both of the same place, fellow bondsmen. 

Lib. I, p. 391, and Monmouth Wills 

1714-6 Feb. 15. Day, Samuel, of Newark, Essex Co.; will of. 
Wife Abigail, sole executrix. Son David, and expected child. Real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — George Harrison, Anthony Oliff, Joseph 
Linsly. Proved October 17, 171 5. Lib. 2, p. 46 

■ . Dayton, Jacob. Inventory of the estate of (very con- 
fused); made by John Taylor and Henry Leonard. 

1705 June 7. Bond of Richard Downes as administrator. Thomas 
Hand and Peter Corson fellow bondsmen. Lib. i, p. 105 

. Account of the estate liy the administrator gives the 

names of the children as: Lucy Dayton, Althea Dayton, Ruth Dayton, 
Abigail Dayton, Jerusha Dayton and Anne Dayton. Cape May Wills 

1727-8 Jan. 9. Dayton, Daton, Daynton, Samuel, of Greenage, 
Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Dorothy, sole executrix. Children^ 
Petter, Samuel, Luce, all under age. Real and personal estate. Wit- 
nesses — Jno. Butler, Thomas Pagett, Thomas Daniel. Proved February 
2, 1727-8. Lib. 2, p. 522 

1727-8 Feb. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £121.10.3, inch 
books — ; made by Peter Long and Thomas Pagett. 

1725 IStli d. 6th m. (An^.). Deacon, George, of North Hamtoun, 

Burlington Co., will of. Wife Martha. Children — George, John, Mary, 
wife of Edward Smith, Martha, wife of Samuel Sheuers. Home farm 
and 12 acres of meadow, bought of Anthony Elton, 300 a. in Huntarton 
Co., late the property of Benj. Firnis, 50 a. near Alaways Creek by Wm. 
Hall's, and other real and personal property. Executors — the wife with 
Thomas Brian and Nathaniel Cri[)ps as assistants. Witnesses — Thomas 
Brian, George Elkinton, Nath'l Cripps. Proved October 14, 1725. 

Lib. 2, p. 311, and Burlington Wills 
1725 Oct. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £141.15.10; made by 
Samuel Woollman and Benjamin Brian. 

1728-9 March 17. Deacon, George, of Norihamton Township, 



132 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Jane. Cousins George and John 
Deacon. Personal estate (a silver cup, a do. head for a cane). Execu- 
tors — the wife and brother John Deacon. Witnesses — Thomas Kimble, 
Edward Smith, Timothy Maher. Proved April 12, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 20 

1729 April 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £63.11.3, incl. a 
large Bible 18 shill. ; made by Samuel Wool man and Thomas Elkinlon. 

1713 June 10. Deane, Daniel, of Maidenhead, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children, but names not given. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — the wife, Powell Host and Joseph Worth. Wit- 
nesses — William Blanchard, Garrett Cook, Andrew Forster. Proved Octo- 
ber 6, 1713. Lib. I, p. 425 

1716 Nov. 19. Deane, Joseph, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — Joseph (under age), Hanah and Mary. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son. Witnesses — 
David Sayre, William Chandler and John Reed. Proved January 25, 
1716-7. Lib. 2, p. 71 

1716 Dec. 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £63,4.6; made by 
David Sayre and Will. Chandler. 

1706 Not. 28. de Baene, Joost, of Hackingsack, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Elizabeth, sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate for life, then to descend to children, of whom only oldest son 
Jacobus is mentioned by name. Witnesses — Albert Terheuen, Albert 
Stevenson, John Conrad Codweis. Proved June 4, 1724. 

Lib. A, p. 320, and Essex Wills 

1686-7 23(1 d. 11th m. (Jan.). Decoo, Isaac, of Chelsey, New 

Chelsey Co., Penna. ; will of. Wife Rebecca. Children — Elizabeth, 
Jacob, John, Isaac, Susanna, Real property: 250 acres bought of Wm. 
Penn, home farm in Chelsey, land in Skelton, Parish of Iloulden, Co. of 
Yorke, 1000 acres bought of Wm. Penn, land in Barlby, 1000 acres in 
Penna., bought of Wm. Penn., lease land in Langdrax, Parish of Drax, 
Co. of York, bought of Haueser, 250 a. bought of Wm. Penn, land in 
Shalton (? Skelton). Personal property. Executor — brother Jacob De- 
cow with Thomas Langhorne as trustee for sons Jacob and Isaac, brother 
Robert Ashton for son John, daughter Elizabeth to remain with mother, 
until the same should remarry, then Elizabeth is to go to Grace, wife of 
Thomas Longshorne. Witnesses — Jacob Decow, Robert Ashton, Re- 
becca Decow. Recorded January 10, 1687-8. 

Lib. 2, p, 37, and Salem Wills 

1697 Nov. 10. Deeoo, Susannah, dau. of Isaac Decoo of New 
Castle Co., Penna., yeoman, dec'd. Bond of Francis Davenport as guar- 
dian of, with consent of her mother. Burlington Wills 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 33 

1701 June 7. de Cow, Isaac. Administration of the estate of, 
granted to his son Isaac de Cow. Lib. i, p. 71 

1715 July 27. Denis, Dennis, Jonathan, junior, of Cohansie, 

Salem Co., weaver; will of. Wife Sarah, sole heiress and executrix of 
real and personal estate, with legacies to daughters Rachel and Sarah. 
Witnesses — Noah Wheaten, Peter Fitchrandolph, Jane Fitzrandolph, 
John Roberts, Rebeckah Denis. Proved August 16, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 32 

1715 Aug. 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £235.19.4^, incl. a 
negro woman £22. 10, and "Dangerously dew to the Estate by accounts" 
£36.10; made by John Paine and John Firth. 

1693 17tb d. 8tli m. (Oct.). Denu, James, of Munmouth River, 
Salem Co., turner; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Son John and a daughter, 
name not given, both under age; brother Daniel Denn, sister Mary Denn. 
"My estate." Executors — the wife and Samuel Wade with Joseph Ware 
and brother Daniel as overseers for the children. Witnesses — Richard 
Burnam and Mary Denn. Recorded February 26, 1693-4. 

1693 2Sth d. loth m. (Dec). Inventory of the personal estate, £78.- 
5.6., incl. about 40 bush, of wheat £9; made by John Maddocks and Ed- 
ward Wade. Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 106 

Denn, see Daniel. 

1685 9tll d. 7tll m. (Sept.). Denn, John, of Munmouth River, 
W. J., turner. Inventory of the estate: the farm of 100 acres £60, 500 a. 
on said river £50, personal £194. 16; made by Edward Champneys, John 
Smith and George Haslewood. 

16S6 May 3. Administration of the estate granted to his widow, Mar- 
grett Denn, by George Deacon, Andrew Thompson, John Worlidge, Sam'l 
Bacon and John Smith of Amwelbury, Justices. 

1686-7 Feb. 15. George Deacon, Andrew Thompson and John Wor- 
lidge, three of the Justices, enter a notice, that the preceding letters of 
administration were granted " thoroe the Mistake of William Wilkinson 
Clark to ye sd Court there being a Noncupative Will proved." "There- 
fore . . . ye sd aforesd prceedings are null and voyd by Judgmt of Court." 

Salem Wills, Lib. 2, p. 20 

. Denn, John, of Allawayes Creek, who died at or before 

ye 24th day of June, 1685; will of. Spoken before George Deacon Comr 
vizt., That the sd John Denn did give his Estate both reall & pfsonall un- 
to his Wife Margrett Denn and after her decease that itl should be 
equally devided amongst his Children. 

1686 1st d. 9th m. (Nov.). Inventory of the personal estate, £148.7; 
made by George Haslewood and Edward Champneys. 



134 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1686 Nov. 8. Letters testamentary granted to the widow Margretl 
Denn. Salem Wills, Lib. 2, p. 24 

1702-3 Jan. 3. DenneS, John, of Woodbridge, carpenter; will of. 
Wife Rachell, sole heiress and executrix of goods and chattels. Children 
spoken of. Uncle Samuel Dennes and brother Nathaniel Fitz Randolph 
overseers. Witnesses — Edward Slater, Philipp Cox and Nicolas Munday 
junior. Proved March 27, 1703. Middlesex Wills 

1702-3 Jan. 28. Inventory of the personal estate of (£29.11.0); made 
by John Langstaff and Benjamin Martin. 

1719 Aug. 9. Dennes, Jonathan, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Rachel. Sons — Phillep, Charles and Samuel. Real 
and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son Phillep. Witnesses — 
Richard Brick, Rachel Craven, Peter Fitchrandolph. Proved May 31, 
1720. Lib. 2, p. 160 

1720 April 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £186.7; inch 150 
bushels of wheat £18.15; made by Thomas Craven and Enoch Moore. 

1707 July 26. Dennes, Dennis, Samuel, of Woodbridge, East Jer- 
sey; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Samuel, sole executor, and Jona- 
than. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Sam'l Shepherd, Tho: 
Davis, Geo. Ewbanck. Proved June 10, 1708. Lib. i, p. 202 

1707-8 Feb. 2. Dennes, Mr. Samuel, of Middlesex Co. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £107.2.9, inch a Bible and other books 
£1.8.-; made by John Bishop, Thomas Pike and Noah Bishop. 

1708 June 10. Letters testamentary granted to Samuel Dennis, the 
executor of the last will, etc. 

1719 March 20. Dennes, Samuel, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Sarah, Reliance, Elizabeth, 
Samuel. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and dau. Sarah 
with Edward Freeman and Benjamin Bloomfield as overseers. Witnesses 
— Yelverton Crowell, Edward Crowell, Moses Rolph. Proved April 21, 
1720. Lib. A, p. 175 

1698 April 14. Dennis, Charles, of Shrowsbery; will of. Wife 

Marv. Sons — John, Joseph and Philipp; the wife to take care of the 
orphaned children of Franzis and Elisabeth Jackson. Real and personal 
estate. The wife executrix with George Curbs and Nathaniell Slocom as 
assistants. Witnesses — Thomas Huitt (?), George Corleis and Remem- 
brance Lippincott. Proved January 9, 169S-9. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 295, and Monmouth Wills 

1689 June 3. Dennis, John, of Middlesex Co. Inventory of the 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I35 

personal estate of (£44.10.10); made by Natt'll Fitch Randoll, Ephraim 
Androws and Joseph Dole. (Copy). 

1695 June 1. Dennis, John, senior, of Woodbiidge, carpenter. 

Administration on the estate of, granted to John Dennis. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 243 

1696 June I. Bond of John Dennis of Woodbridge as administrator 
of the estate. Samuel Dennis of the same place fellow bondsman. 

1712 28th d. 10th m. (Dec). Dennis, John, of Newton Town- 
ship, Gloucester Co. ; will of. Wife . Daughter Rebecca, brother 

William Dennis. Real and personal estate. Executors — William Alber- 
son and Simon Breach. Witnesses — Joseph Low, John Cock, James 
Cofey. Proved December 15, 1712. Lib. i, p. 391 

1712-3 9th d. nth m. (Jan.). Inventory of the estate, £167.16.8, of 
which £50.- stand for 550 acres of land and £64.- as debts due l)y 
Nathaniel Pool of Philadelphia, Thomas Brian and Henry Ballinger; 
made by Thomas Sharp and John Mickle. 

1715 29th d. 2d m. (April). Account of the estate by the executors, 
showing payments to Isaac Norris, Robert Yeldah, Samuel Holt, Elias 
Hugg as executor to Abigaill Stanton, John Estaugh, John Cooper, Amos 
Ashead, Charles Brockden and Thomas Smallwood. 

1726 Dec. 10. Dennis, Denis, John, of Cohansey, Salem Co.; will 

of. Wife Hannah, sole executrix. Children — Henry (under age), Han- 
nah, Rachel and Sarah. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Thomas 
Waithnian, Peter Fitchrandolph, Charles Dennes. Proved October 4, 
1727. 

1726-7 Jan. 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £164.18.3; made by 
Ebenezer Smith and Enoch More. Lib. 2, p. 464, and Gloucester Wills 

1715 May 4. Dennis, Samuel, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co.; 
will of. Children — Samuel, Jacob, Alngail Leeds, Zibeah, Rachel; men- 
tions Abigail Lippincott as grandmother of the three daughters. Land in 
Freehold, farm in Shrewsbury. Personal property. Executor son Jacob. 
Witnesses — Wm. Brinley, John Corlies, Thomas Sutton, Proved August 
6, 1723- 

1720 1st d. 4th m. (June). Dennis, Thomas, of Newton Town- 
ship, Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife . Children — Thomas (mar- 
ried), William, Mary and Hannah. Real and personal estate. Execu- 
tor son Thomas. Witnesses — ^John Williams, Thomas Sharp, Abraham Al- 
berson. Proved May 20, 1721. Lib. 2, p. 180 

1720 I2th d. loth m. (Dec). Inventory of the personal estate, £38; 
made by John Mickle and Tho: Sharp, 



136 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1694 Not. 3. Denison, John ; will of. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 216 
1714-5 Jan, 28. Deremus, Cornelus, of Weesel, Essex Co., 

"Human" (yeoman); will of.' Wife Jannece and son Cornelus executors 
of real and personal estate; other children — ^Johannes, Thomas, Jannece, 
George and Hendrick. Plantation at Aquecanund. Witnesses — Jno. 
Bradbery, Hendrick Gerretson and John Berry. Proved February 8, 
1 7 14-5. Lib. I, p. 528 

1709 April 7. Derewitt, Benjamin, of Salem Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£50.10.8); made by John Worrall and Henry Hol- 
lingsworth. 

1727 May 10. Desmarest, Samuel, senior, of Hackinsack, Bergen 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary, sole executrix. Children — Cornelius 
Epke Banta, David and Samuel Desmarest, Pieter Durie (son-in-law ?), 
Pieter Desmarest, Simon Desmarest, Susannah, wife of Benjamin van 
Boskerk, Rachell, wife ot Jacob Peck, Jecomain, wife of Cornelius van 
Horn, who has children — Tunis Helling, Samuel Helling and Susanna 
Helling; grandchildren — Jurie Westervelt, son of dec'd daughter Sara, 
Abraham, son of Cornelius Epke Banta dec'd; children of daughter Mag- 
dalena; also mentioned without relationship given — Derick Banta, Andries 
van Boskerk, Nicolas Percell, Martin Pauluson, Daniel Desmarest, 
Johanis Banta. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — David Demarest 
senior, Lishaes (?) van Hooven, Benjamin Demrest. Proved October 19, 
1728. Lib. B, p. Ill 

1714 March 29. des MaretS, John, of ISfew Barbados, Bargen Co., 
"youman;" will of. Wife Magualena. Children — John of Apoghquin- 
imy, Penna., Peter of New Barbados, Maria, wife of Jacobus Shot, who 
has son Peter, Sarah, wife of Abraham Cannan of Richmond Co., who 
has son Isack, Rachell, wife of Thomas Hyer, of Apoghquinimy, who has 
son John, Jaquemine, wife of John Steward of Chester Co., Lea, wife of 
Abraham Brower, Magdalena, wife of Jeames Christinson, who has son 
John grandson David, son of deceased eldest son David. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — sons John and Peter. Witnesses — ^Joost de 
Baene Sarah de Baene, John Conrad Codwise. Codicill of December 4, 
1710 makes a few changes in devises to daughters Conan and Heyer and 
substitutes son-in-law Abraham Brower as executor in place of son John. 
Witnesses — Vojjor Weisem (? ?), Poules van der Beeck, Jeames Christy- 
son. Proved November 10, 1719. 

Letters of administration issued to the executors "sometime in Febru- 
ary 1 7 19 "-20. Lib. A, p. 137 

1 Published in full in "Genealogy of the Doremus Family in America," by 
William Nelson, Paterson, N. J., 1897, p. 7. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I37 

1689 Aug, 26. Desmarett, David, of Essex Co.; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 270 

1711 May 24. Deuerox, Alexander, of Salem Co., luisbandman; 
will of. Daughters Rachel and Rebeckn, both uiulpr age. "My estate." 
Executors— Benjamin Acton and William Thomson. Witnesses — Manus 
Israel, called in jurat of proof Armanus Helm, and Cornelious Corne- 
liouson. Proved July 25, 1711. 

1711 iith d. 4th m. (June). Inventory of the personal estate, ^55.- 
16. 1, inch debts due by John Restrake, Matthyas Stark, Jacob Hendrick- 
son. Woolly Franson, Cornelious Copner, Thos. Letherband; made by 
John and Andrew Thompson. 

1711 gth d. 6th m. (Aug.). Letter from Wm. Thompson to Surrogate 
Isaac Sharp, refusing to act as executor. 

1694 Dec. 30. Devonisli, Barnard, of Burlington; will of. Wife 

Martha, son Joseph, dau. Mathew (?) Milliard. Lot on River street and 
the river in Burlington, plantation at Ancocas. Personal property. Wife 
sole executrix with assistance of Geo. Hutcheson. Witnesses — George 
Hutcheson, James Hill and ? ? Proved February 2, 1694-5. 

1694-5 Feb. 2. Bond of Martha Devonish of Northampton River, as 
administratrix of the estate, George Hutcheson and Robert Wheeler, both 
of Burlington, merchants, fellow bondsmen. 

1694-5 Jan. 14 and 17. Inventories of the estate, made by Geo. 
Hutcheson, John Budd and Robert Wheeler (£31.5.-, inch one silver cup 
and some old books), and by Anthony Elton, John Petty and Joshua Hum- 
phris (£86.19.-, incl. plantation and land). 

1694-5 Feljr 2. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to the 
executors, Martha Devonish and George Hutcheson. 

Burlington Records, p. 24 

1724 Sept, 7. Derore, Daniel, of Amwell Township, Hunterdon 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Angleca sole heiress and executrix of real 
and personal estate, charged with bringing up the children, names not 
given; Adrian Lane and William Roosa assistants. Witnesses — Peter 
Hinne Gisbert, Arom Gerret van Vlit, John Reading. Proved May 15, 
1729. Lib. 3, p. 49 

1701 July 14. De Wilde, Henry, of Lambeth, County of Surrey, 
potter; will of. Enumerates as property "several parcels of silver plate, 
a diamond ring with twelve diamonds in it, a gold bodkin, a large gold 
wedding ring, four lesser gold rings, 105 lottery tickets of £5 each, bonds, 
goods and household furniture, and mentions as heirs only son John, at 
present in East Jersey, who has children John, Henry, Sarah and Dinah, 
of whom Henry and Sarah live at Wapping, John is at sea and Dinah 



138 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

lives with testator; legacy to servant Elizabeth Febre. Executors — 
Charles Fortee of Lambeth, waterman, Jonathan Shidwell (?), potter, and 
Nathaniel Pooling, waterman. Witnesses — Hum: Williams, W. Phillips 
and Fra: Berry. 

1702 March 31. Second will of Henry de Wilde, late of Lambeth, Co, 
of Surrey, now of Doctor's Creek, W. J. Gives to granddaughter Dinah 
de Wilde (under 21) four gold rings, three silver spoons, one do. porrin- 
ger and one do. beaker and all the rest of the real and personal estate to 
son John, who is made sole executor. Witnesses — Eliz: Page, John Page 
junior and George Hall. Proved August 13, 1702. 

Lib. I, p. 55, and Monmouth Wills 

1704 April 26. Dewilde, John, of Doctor's Creek, Monmouth Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate of (£142.2.6, inch a parcel of old Dutch 
books £1, four gold rings £3.10, 75 oz. of plate at 8s. 6p. £31.12.6, an old 
clock £3, some pictures £20); made by Francis Davenport and Gervas 
Hall. 

1708 Dec. 18. Dewildy, John, of Doctor's Brook. Letters of ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Daniel Coxe, Esq're, as principal 
creditor of deceased. Monmouth Wills 

1708-9 Jan. I. Inventory of the personal estate of (£64.3.8, inch a 
Bible and other books, some of them Dutch, 3 coffee dishes, a teapot, 
some pictures). 

1708 (?) ■. Account of the estate by Daniel Coxe, administrator, 

showing against the inventory of £64.3.8 a debit account of £428.7.3, inch 
debts due to Anthony Woodard, Hug Huddy and the administrator. 

1706-7 Jan. 1. Deiviltly, John, of Salem Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £51.13.9, as sold at auction to James Shatterthwaite, 
H. Huddy (pictures), J. Bass, Isaac Marriot, Sam'l Furnis (Markanos 
Masterpiece, Culpeppers Dispensatory, English Physician), Mary Wheat 
(Johnson's Dispensatory), John Wills (a Bible), Chas. Huddy, Jos. Smith, 
Fr. Davenport, Wm. Bustill, (the perfect Horseman), John Carlile, James 
Thompson (Now or Never), John Thorn, J. Wills, Eman'l Smith, Tho: 
Wetherill, Mary Tuckness, Mary Andrews, Mrs. Dummer, Mary Hew- 
lings (a dram bottle), John Wethrill, Jasper Moon, Dan'l Smith, Mr. 
Leeds, Eliz. Bagley, James Smart, Jonathan Lovett, Kathern Smith, 
Sam'l Lovett, Rob't Stephens, James Thompson, Samuel Territt. Signed 
by J. Bass and Hu. Huddy. 

1708 Nov. 30, Dewildy, John, of Monmouth Co.; will of. 
Daughter Dinah, under age; Anthony Woodward and Richard Saltar, 
both of Freehold, guardians of the daughter and executors of real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — James Lawrence, William White and Aaron 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 39 

Rollens. Proved February 28, 170S-9. Lib. i, p. 278 

1737 April 16. Dickinson, Joseph, of Monmouth Co., yeoman. 
Bond of Zebulon Dickinson as administrator of the estate of; George Hu- 
lett fellow bondsman. 

1700-1 Feb. 13. Dickson, AutllOny, of Greenwitch, Salem Co.; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth, sole executrix. Children — James, Martha, 
Daniel and Anthony. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Michael 
Isard, Jona. Walling, Martha Fitzgerald. Recorded July 4, 1701. 

1701 June 4. Inventory of the estate: real £50, personal £93.10; made 
by Edward Gillman and Jer: Bacon. Salem Wills, III., p. 103 

1083-4 Marcll 12. Dille, Jolm, of Woodbridge. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£63.15.9); made by Samuel Hale and John Bishop. 

Middlesex Wills 

1719 Dec. 21. Dixon, Robert, of Woodbridge, boatman. Admin- 
istration of the estate of, granted to John Heard. Lib. A, p. 131 

1719-20 Jan. 18. Inventory of the personal estate of (£177.6.3, inch 
13 pictures 5s. gp., a pair of silver shoe buckles los., the sloop £65, debts 
due by Jon & Sam Moore, W™ Bun and John Kinsey); made by Joseph 
Gilman, blacksmith, and Moses Rolph, Esq're. Middlesex Wills 

1715 Sept. 16. Dixon, William, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
merchant; will of. Wife Anne. Son William by first wife Mary, daugh- 
ter Anne, both under age. House and lot bought of Benjamin Ogden 
junior. Personal property (a gold signet, two pairs of gold shirt buttons). 
Executors — the wife and father-in-law John Blanchard. Witnesses — 

Samuel Whitehead, Henry ?, Anthony Li ? Proved October 10, 

1715. Lib. A, p. 24, and Lib. 2, p. 43 

1728 Dec. 23. Dixson, Anthony, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeo- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate of, £115.12; made by David Sayer 
and Moses Shepherd. 

1728 Dec. 24. Bond of Mary Dixson of Salem Co., as administratrix 
of the estate, David Sayre (Sayer) of said Co. fellowbondsman. 

1712-3 Feb. 3. Dod, Samuel, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Martha. Children — Samuel, Jonathan, Mary, Martha, Re- 
bekah, Susana, Hannah. Real and personal estate. The wife sole exec- 
utrix with cousin Daniel Dod as overseer. Witnesses — George Harison, 
J. Cooper, Abigail Bonnel. Proved May i8, 1714. Lib. i, p. 500 

1714 Not. 27. Dole, John, of Newton, Gloucester Co.; will of. 
Wife Mary. Sons — John and Joseph, heirs and executors of real and per- 



140 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

sonal estate. Home farm, land on Delaware River between brother-in- 
law John Kaighin and Jonathan Dickinson. Witnesses — John Kaighin, 
James Summers, Jacob Badcoclc. Proved June 22, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 8 

1714-5 8th d. I2th m. (Feb.). Inventory of the personal estate £117.- 
— .10, proclamation money; made by Thomas Sharp and John Kaighin. 

1727 March 29. Dole, Joseph, of Great Egg Harbour, Gloucester 
Co.; will of. \Vife Hannah granted full power as executrix to sell with 
the consent and approbation of brothers Richard Somers and James Som- 
ers all real property, left by testator. Children mentioned, but not by 
name. Witnesses — Daniel Collings, Daniel Engorson, Bridget Somers. 
Proved June 17, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 430 

1727 I2th d. 3d m. (May). Inventory of the personal estate, £123.11, 
incl. a"grat" Bible and other books £3; made by Daniel Collings and 
William Codery. 

1729 May 17. Account of the estate, by Hannah Ejigersul, alias Dole, 
the executrix, and her husband Benjamin Ejigersul, who have sold land to 
Daniel Ireland for £115, and paid debts due to Samuel Barnes, James 
Ireland, Joseph Knight of Bibury, Bucks Co., Penn., Hanna Sommers, 
Daniel Collins, Eliza. Badcock, Ephraim Tuttle and Richard Sommers. 

1691-2 Feb. 12. Dominicee, Bonaventure. Letters of adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to John Shinn senior, as one of the credi- 
tors of dec'd. Burlington Records, p. 17 

1691-2 Feb. 13. Inventory of the estate (£9.14.1); made by John 
Bainbridge and Thomas Gladwin for John Shinn, the administrator. 

Burlington Wills 

1736 Sept. 27. Done, George, of Upper Freehold, weaver. Bond 
of Samuel Rogers of Upper F"reehold, merchant, as administrator of the 
estate of. Thomas Hunloke and Isaac Pearson, both of Burlington, yeo- 
men, fellow bondsmen. Monmouth Wills 

1684-5 Jan. 14. Donham, Beniah (Benajah), of Piscataway. Re- 
fusal of Elizalieth, widow and executrix, now wife of Jonas Wood of Eliza- 
beth Town, to act as executrix, Middlesex Wills 

1684-5 J^"' — • Bond of his son Edmond Donham of Piscataway, 
planter, as administrator of the estate. Edward Slater of the same 
place fellow bondsman. 

1706 July 29. Donham, Benjamin, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co., innholder; will of. Wife Mary sole heiress and executrix of real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — Samuel Burwell, Wm. Bunn, John Sard. 
Proved before his Excellency Robert Hunter Esq. Governour etc. Ja: 
Smith. Lib. A, p. 3 



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141 



1706 Oct. 17. Donham, Jonathan, of Woodbridge. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£237.11.10^, incl. two negro slaves £75, and two 
silverspoons iSs. ); made by John Bishop, Elisha Parker and Joseph 
Rolph. Middlesex Wills 

1721 Nov. 26. Donbam, Samuel, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co., mariner; will of. Divides "worldly goods and estate" between 
Rev. Mr. John Peirson, brother Moses Bloomfield, sisters Eunice Bloom- 
field and Mary Donham, father Ezekiel Bloomfield, mother Esther Bloom- 
field: if brother Moses die without issue his share to go towards main- 
taining a school at Woodbridge. The father sole executor. Witnesses — 
Benjamin Willson, William Stone, Joseph Bonny, Mary Davis. Proved 
November 29, 1726. Endorsed "Memorandum This within will & Testa- 
ment was opned & the Seall broak the tenth day of October in the year of 
our Lord God on thusand seven hundred twenty six in the presents of his 
two sisters two of the within Legatees & allso of us heerunto signing our 
names Ad. Hude, Moses Rolfe, Rich'd Cutter, Edw'd Crov.'ell, William 
Bunn, David Donham." Lib. B, p. 19 

1694 Oct. 16. Doune, Robert, of Allawayes Creek, Salem Co.; 
will of. Gives real and personal estate to cousin James Budd, now living 
at Philadelphia, James Fullerton, schoolmaster at Salem (Latin, Greek 
and French books), Ester White (a new large Concordance, Riueriuses 
Practice of Physsick, Paulus Barbates Practice of Phissick, Rob't Louell's 
Naturall History of Animalls and Mineralls, two books, one being a Yer- 
ball), Josiah White, Issarell Harris, Roger Maull, Peter Reeve, Samuel 
Curtice and Richard Marshall. Executor — cousin Samuel Curtice. Wit- 
nesses — Wm. Bradway, Sam'l Nicholson, Sam'l Hedge. Recorded De- 
cember 3, 1694. 

1694 Oct. 20. Inventory of the estate: 130 acres of land £40, personal 
£35.3,8, incl. the Latin etc. books £8, English books £2; made by John 
Maddocks and Sam'l Wade. Salem Wills, Lib. A, p. 124 

1715 Sept. 18. Dotie, Samuel, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. W^ife Jane, sole executrix. Son Samuel. Personal estate. 
Witnesses — Edmund Dunham, Hugh Dunn. Proved November S, 1715. 

Lib. A, p. 59; Lib. 2, p. 52 

1717 Oct. 18. Doty, Edward, of Piscataqua, Middlesex Co., 
planter; will of. Wife Sarah, mother Jane Doty. Children — John, Jere- 
mine, Sarah. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and 
Thomas Davis of Sumerset Co., planter. Witnesses — Anthony Cozar, 
William Olden, Tho: Broderick. Proved November 19, 1717. 

Lib. A, p. 88 

1717 Nov. 15. Inventory of the personal estate (£18.4.-); made by 
John Field and William Olden. 



142 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1720 April 10. Douglass, John, of Newark, yeoman. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Sarah Douglais and , both of 

Newark. Lib. A, p. 193 

1726 Dec. 29. Dove, Doue, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Charlet. Children — ^John (under 21), Anne and 
Mary. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and brothers John 
Langstaff and Henry Faurot. Witnesses — William Cothel, Mary Lang- 
staff, Jno. Borrows. Proved February 3, 1726-7. Lib. B, p. 24 

1692 Not. 26. Downel, Daniel, of Gloucester Co. ; will of. Makes 
friend Joseph Tomlinson sole heir and executor of "worldly" estate. 
Witnesses — ^John Enno and Thomas Taper. Proved December i, 1694. 

1694 Dec. I. Bond of Joseph Tomlinson as executor. Henry Tread- 
way and John Ladd fellow bondsmen. 

1687 Sept. 29. Drake, Capt. Francis, of Piscataway. Inventory 
of the personal estate of (£67.7.-): made by Benia: Hull and Edward 
Slater. Middlesex Wills 

1687 Oct. 28. Administration on the estate, granted to his son 
George Drake of Piscataway. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 104 

1687 O^*^' ^^* Bond of his son George Drake of Piscataway, planter, 
as administrator of the estate. Benjamin Hull of the same place, gentle- 
man, fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1688 Aug. 20. Account of the estate, as administered by his son 
George Drake, showing payments to brother Hugh Dun and brother John 
Drake, in all £62.14.4. 

1692-3 Feb. 27. Account of payments from the estate, by George 
Drake, to his mother, sister Elesebeth Dun, brother John Drake, Samuel 
Walker of Boston, merchant, Benjamin Hull, Charles Follet, Walter 
Robeson, Hugh Stonnels and John Goning, in all £68.3.6. 

1709 Nov. 8, Dralie, George, of Piscattaway, Middlesex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Andrew, Jonathan, David, George, 
Elizabeth, Susannah and Mary. Land on the Southside of South River, 
bought of John Reed, home farm, land along Woodbridge line. Personal 
property. Executors — the wife with Elisha Parker and Adam Hood, both 
of Woodbridge, as overseers. Witnesses — Daniel Hendrick, Peter Will- 
son, John Botford. Proved November 8, 1701 (sic). Lib. i, p. 293 

1686-7 March 14. Dredg, William, late of Warefeild, Co. of 

Berks, England, now of Salem Tenth, N. J. ; will of. Gives personal es- 
tate to sister Elizabeth Dredg and makes James Neuill and Marke Reeve, 
both of said Tenth, executors. Witnesses — Wm. Penton senior, Wm. 
Penton, Armill Fincher, Richard Forteskew. Recorded July 31, 1689. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I43 

16S6-7 March 17. Inventory of the personal estate £3.15; made by 
John Maddocks and Nathaniel Champneys: more goods at Greenwich, 
valued at £3.2, by Thomas Watson and James Peirce; debts due to the 
estate, £15.13.3, by Samuel Bacon, Wm. Hudson, Marke Reeve, Joseph 
Browne, Uog'r Milton, Thos. Smith, Christ'r White, James Peirce, 
Sam'l Hedge, Rich'd Tindall, John Jefferyes and Thos. Hide. 

Salem Wills, A, p. 29 

1695-6 Jan. 26. Driver, John, of Redbank, Gloucester Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of (£16.13.2, inch debts due by The: 
Nixson, Rachel Tomes and Turloe Senno); made by Tho. Gardiner and 
John Ladd. Endorsed by letters from Tho. Gardiner to James Atkinson 
and John Hugg junior to John Reading, recommending that letters of ad- 
ministration on John Driver's estate be granted to William Chester. 

1694-5 Jan. 29. Administration on the estate granted to William 
Chester of Woodbury Creek in right of his wife and on behalf of Samuel 
Driver, Ann Driver and Eliz. Driver, all four the surviving brother and 
sisters of said John. 

1694-5 Jan. 29. Bond of William Chester of Woodbury Creek, said 
Co., planter, as administrator of the estate. John Wood of Redbank, 
Esq're, and Mathew Medcalfe of Gloucester Co., yeoman, fellow bonds- 
men. 

1724-5 March 20. Driimey, John, of New York, mariner. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow Mary Drumey. 

Lib. A, p. 320 

1724 Aug'. 31. Drumond, Gawen, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to his eldest son and heir, Gawen 
Drumond. Lib. A, p. 305 

1728 Aug. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £136.14.10, inch 
books, "sefarinl instraments" and a "pocot" compas £4.19, 4, "pare of 
spectickles" 3s.; made by Daniel Havens and Thomas Chambers at Loch- 
erber. 

170 J Feb. 6. Drummond, Robert, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Father James Drummond, merchant in Preston 
Pans, Scotland, brother John Drummond, sister Grisell, uncle Gavin 
Drummond, who has sons — Gavin, John and Robert; daughters — Isobell, 
Sarra and Rebecka, and is to be executor. Only personal property de- 
vised. Witnesses — John Denis, David Stout, William WooUey. Proved 
September 8, 1710. Lib. i, p. 281 

1716 . Inventory of the personal estate, £129.11.0, inch debts 

due by Capt. Milener, John Drins (?), Ralph Allan, Nathaniel Bills and 

1 Surveying. 



144 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

John West; made by John Williams, William West and Joseph Wardell, 
all of Locharbor, Shrewsbury Township, yeomen. 

1704-5 Feb. 14. Ducker, George, of Newark; will of. Wife 

Hanna. Children — William, Hannah, Elizabeth. The wife sole execu- 
trix of real and personal estate with neighbours John Prudden and Jona- 
than Baldwin as advisers, who are also witnesses with Samuel Potter. 
Proved and the executrix sworn in June 7, 1705. 

Lib. I, p. no, and Essex Wills 

1727-8 March 7. Duckworth, William, of New Hanover, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £88.9.6; made 
by Asher Cleayton, John Wright and Jonathan Fowler. 

1727-8 March 15. Bond of William Cook as administrator of the es- 
tate. Sam'l Bickley fellow bondsman, both of said County, gent. 

1730-1 March 22. Account of the estate by the administrator, Wil- 
liam Cook, who makes a charge for "sundrys furnished to the widow in 
her last sickness" and her funeral, paying Paul Watkings, sexton of the 
Church at Burlington for digging two graves 14s., and Wm. Ashton for 
two coffins £1.13; debts due by dec'd paid to Thos. Lambert, Thomas 
Hough, John Bainbridge, Rob't Heulilt, Caleb Wheatly, Rich'd Smith 
junior, Rich'd Harrison, Rob't Chapman, John Butler, Eliza. Davis, 
Spencer Jones, Wm. Harrison, Francis Hall, Jonathan Fowler, Anna Lip- 
pincott, John Allfree, Thos. Wollin, John Brown and Anthony Wood- 
ward. 

1723 Aug, 28. Dlldain, James, of Allenstown, Monmouth Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to Andrew Fresneau of N. Y., 
merchant. Lib. A, p. 261 

1713 Oct. 13. Dugdall, Thomas, of Mannington, Salem Co., 
tailor; will of. Divides personal estate between James Sherron, Thomas 
Hanes (Henes) and Mary Sherron, the first two being made executors. 
Witnesses — ^John Howes and Joseph Haynes. Proved June 9, 1714. 

Lib. I, p. 455 

1714 June 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £33.12.-, at 9s. 2p. 
per ounce; made by Thomas Hackitt senior and Alex'r Simpson. 

1683 Dec. 10. Duke, Francis, of Piscataway, weaver. Inventory 
of the estate of (£37.15, incl. debts due by John Martin, Rehoboth Gan- 
net, Jabez Hendrick, John Drake, Laflower alias Renipiat, Jeflery Man- 
nin, Benjamin Martin, Samuel Hull, Wm. Compton, John Dennis, Israel 
Thornell, Nicolas Mundy, Joseph Martin. John Pound, John Langstafe, 
John Oilman, William Bingle, William Gilbert, Thomas Farnsworth and 
Vincent Rugnion, out of which are to be paid debts due to Jediah Higgins, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I45 

Hopewell Hull, Richard Smith junior, Thonifis Davis, Samuel Dennis, 
Mr. Moore, Mathew More, Benjamin Hull, Hugh Dun, Micaell Symons 
and John Martin junior, in all £21.7.8); made by Edward Slater and 
Hopewell Hull. Middlesex Wills 

1683 Dec. 23. Administration on the estate, granted to Jediah Hig- 
gins. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 56 

1685 Sept. — . Account of the estate, as rendered by the adminis- 
trator Jediah Higgins, showing payments to Hopewell Hull, Richard 
Smith junior, Thomas Davis, Mr. Dennis, Sam. Moore, Mathew More, 
Benjamin Hull, Hugh Dun, Micaell Symons, John Martin, John Ilsley, 
Thomas Fitz Randolph, George Darlinge, Jonas Wood, and other pay- 
ments, in all £38.4.6. Middlesex Wills 

1702 May 21. Dumer, Dumiuer, Robert, of Burlington, mariner; 
will of. Wife Martha. Sons — John and Robert, apparently also other 
children. Real and personal estate (money in the hands of Edward West 
of Shrosebury, Fitchfield Parish, Hampshire Co., England, and a legacy of 
£iO from Mary Legget of Arriyngdale, Sussex Co., England, in the hands 
of James Brooking of Shopwick, same Co.). Wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Robert Wheeler, Isaac Decow, John Wills, John Jewell. Proved 
November 3, 1704. Lib. i, p. 89 

1702 June 30. Inventory of the estate (£194.19.8); made by Benj. 
Wheate, Robert Wheeler and IIu: Huddy. 

1702 July II. Bond of the widow Martha Dumer as executrix. Henry 
Grubb and Isaac de Cow fellow bondsmen. 

1691 Oct. 10. 1)UU, Hugh, of Piscataway; will of. Wife Elizabeth. 
Children — Hugh, Samuel, Joseph, Mary, wife of Hezekiah Bonham, Eliz- 
abeth, Martha. Real and personal property. The wife sole executrix. 
Witnesses — George Drake and Edward Slater. Proved December 10, 
1694. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 217, and Middlesex Wills 

1694 Nov. 24. Inventory of the personal estate (£54.2.6); made by 
Edward Slater and Geo. Drake. 

1694-5 Jan. 23. Dunn, Hugh. Bond of Elizabeth, widow of, as ex- 
ecutrix of his will. George Drake of Piscataway fellow bondsman. 

Middlesex Wills 

1698 Sept. 20. Dlllldas, James, of ? Inventory of the estate of, 
£241.19.9, of which £30.- are for house and lot, £40.- for a negro woman 
and child, £5o -, for ship's rigging, the balance for other personal goods; 
made by Thomas Gordon and John Barclay. 

1699 May I. Account of the estate liy the widow and administratrix, 
Janet Dundas, shov/ing payments " for funeral charges & mourning etc. 
for herscelf & her son" £36.4.5^, to John Barclay, John Gilfillin, John 

10 



146 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Matthews, David Harriott, George Willoks, Miles Forster, William Jack- 
son, Nans Stanhouse and John Jamieson. Middlesex Wills 

1679 May 10. Duuham, Beuajah, of Piscataway, linen weaver; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Edmund, Mary and Elizabeth. 
Land on Raraton R., do. on Bonham's Creek, do. North of Andrew 
Woodin, do. in New England. Personal property. The wife executrix 
with Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge and John Fitzrandolphe of Piscatta- 
way as overseers for the children. Witnesses — Benia: Hull and Geo. 
Hill. Proved August 12, 16S0. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 63, and Middlesex Wills 

1706 Sept. 1, Dunham, Jouathan, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Easter, sole executrix. Children — Samuel 
(under age), Eunice and Mary. Real and personal estate (land on the 
Rariton, bought of Thomas Nois). Witnesses — Benjamin Crumell, Eze- 
kiel Bloomfeild, Joseph Rolph. Proved October 30, 1706. Lib. i, p. 160 

1726 April 25. Dutister, Charles, of the Parish of Perth Amboy, 
Middlesex Co. ; will of. Gives real and personal estate to John Mack- 
callow of Chiswick, Co. of Middlesex, John Wemyss of the Parish of St. 
Martin's in the Field, same Co., surgeon, William Sincular of the same 
parish, periwiggmaker, John Boughton of Newinn, said Co., gent., Mar- 
garet Wallice of said parish, Nichs. Mandel of the same, gent., James 
Stevens, usher at Edinborough, Mrs. Jannet, wife of Thomas Sutton, 
Isaac Ashly of London, merchant, Evander Mackever of Edinborough, 
vintner, sister Margaret Dunster, wife of Daniel Roy, niece Mary Donal- 
son, wife of Andrew Donelson, Gilbert Eliot of the Parish of St. Martin's 
in the Fields, gent:, nephew Duncan Wright gent: now living in France, 
Thomas NichoUs of London, merchant. Attorney General James Alex- 
ander, Michael Kearney, George Robinson, Marcella Fagan. Land de- 
rived from Joseph Oremston of London dec'd. Executors — James Alex- 
ander, Michael Kearny of Perth Amboy, John Maculah of Chiswick afore- 
said and John Boughton attorney-at-law in London. Witnesses — Phins 
Mcintosh, Alexander Mackdowell, Marcilla Fagan. Codicill of February 
16, 1726-7, makes bequests to kinsman Daniel Donalson (1650 acres on 
the Northbranch of Rariton River). Witnesses — Robert King, John 
Watson, Alexander Mackdowell. Proved June 22, 1727. Lib. B, p. 37 

1698 Jnne 10. Dury, Johu, of Hakingsak Township; will of. 
Wife Rachell. Children— Janeken, Peter, Marragret, John, all minors; 
guardians of the children — Andriss Tebou and Samuel Demarest. Real 
and personal property (one gold ring, a silver bodkin, two silver eiar 
wyers, a gold stone ring, books). The wife executrix. V\'^itnesses — Jan 
Desmarest, John Edsall, Edw. Earle jun. Proved Sept. 2, 1698. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 289, and Bergen Wills 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I47 

1709 May 16. Earle, Edward, senior, of Bergen Co., gentleman; 
will of. Wife Hannah sole executrix. Son Edward; grandsons — Edward 
and Enoch Earle, and other grandsons, names not given. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — Martha Mompesson, Elisabeth Pinhorne, J. Pin- 
horne. Proved at New York May 8, 1717. Lib. A, p. 74 

1712 April 24. Bond of Hannah Earle, his widow, as administratrix 
of his estate. James Nuttman and Josiah Ogden, both of Newark, fel- 
low bondsmen. Bergen Wills 

1712 March 25. Petition of Hannah, widow of Edward Earle, com- 
plaining that her son Edward interfered with her duty as executrix and 
claiming to be heir at law had takeri to his own bouse property belonging 
to the estate, and defies the law. 

1712 May 16. Order making Hannah, the widow, administratrix of 
the estate, until the will is produced, it having been taken out of her pos- 
session by underhand means. Lib. i, p. 349 

1713 May 28. Earle, Edward, of Secaeket, Bargin Co.; will of. 
Wife Elshe. Sons — Edward and Enoch; daughter Hanah Stoutenburgh 
and apparently other children. Land upon the Island of Seecockes. 
Personal property. Son Edward sole executor. Witnesses — Mathyes 
Hoppe, Aantie Hoppe, Peter Stoutenburgh. Proved Aug. 27, 1713. 

1713 Au^. 28. Eastland, William, of Cohansie, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Sarah. Sons— Thomas and Joseph; brothers — Joseph and John 
Eastland. Home farm in Cohansie of 150 acres between Samuel Wood- 
house and James Hudson. Personal property. Executors — the wife, 
Jonathan Dunnis Sinow (? senior) and Epheriam (? Ephraim) Seers. Wit- 
nesses — Richard Robins, James Hudson, Rich'd Smith. Proved Febru- 
ary 22, 1 7 14-5. Lib. I, p. 50S 

. Inventory of the personal estate, £119.16, inch two 

bonds £73; made by Richard Robins and Samuel Woodhouse. 

1712 April 11. Eastoil, John, of Nottingham, Burlington Co., 
tailor. Inventory of the personal estate of, found at the house of Ed- 
mund Beaks of the same place, £78.-.!; appraised by Joshua Wright, 
Wm. Emley and Mahlon Stacy. 

1711 April 6. Bond of John and Wm. Holbrooke of Burlington Co., 
carpenters, to John Ogbourn for Easton for the payment of £50.-, current 
silver money of West Jersey at 9s. 2p. per ounce. 

171 7 Oct. 18. Account of the estate by Thomas Lamljert, showing 
that the personal estate had amounted to £78.-1, the real, inch 360 acres 
in Salem Co., sold to Joshua Wright, to £209.-, also payments to Widow 
Tindoll, Geo. Douglace, Sam'l Atkinson, Hannah Scott, Thomas More, 
Joshua Wright, Richard Eyres, Richard Alison, John Clay, Edmund 



148 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Beaks, Wm. Biles, Wm. Emley, Phil. Ringo, Jacob Ballergeon, Joseph 
Hough. 

1727 July 25. EatOll, Eattou, Simon, of Penn'sNeck, Salem Co., 
husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £135.4.9, incl. ap- 
parel and armor £4.10, 19 yards of Muscatoes Curtain 19s., 5 bushels of 
meal 12s. 6p., 5 do. of barley ics. , 3 do. of malt 7s. 6p. ; made by Sinnick 
Sinnickson and Thomas Miles. 

1727 Aug. 5. Bond of Madlen Eaton of Penn's Neck administratrix 
of the estate. Peter Enloes, of the same place, fellow bondsman. 

1688 Not. 11. Eatton, Thomas, of Shrewsbury; copy of will of. 
Wife Jeguisah. Son-in-law (? stepson) Joseph Wines, an expected child, 
mother Mercy Coriway, living in the Town of Goodhurst, Co. of Kent, 
England, friend John Dennis, son of Robert Dennis of Portsmouth, R. I. 
Farm and mill in Shrewsbury, land near George Keith betw. Jedidiah 
Allen and Francis Borden, land in the Town of Dartmouth, New England, 
on Norkint Neck and Cedar Island, rights to undivided lands in Dart- 
mouth. Personal property. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Judah 

Allen, Thomas Ilillborn and Samuel Dennis. Proved December 13, ■. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 263, and Monmouth Wills 

1727 April 20. Eddington, Edington, Philipi), of Amwell, Hun- 
terdon Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £54.15; made by Jona- 
than Davis and John Burroughs; sworn to by Abigail Eddington as ad- 
ministratrix of the will. 

1727 May I. Bond of Abigail Eddington of Amwell Township, 
widow, as administratrix. Jonathan Davis and John Burroughs of said 
Co. fellow bondsmen. Lib. 2, p. 412 

1714 July 21. Edsall, John, of Hacingsack; will of. Wife 
Charity. Eldest son Samuel, youngest John; daughters— Frances, Johan- 
nah, Mary and Ann; brother Richar> Edsall. Real and personal prop- 
erty. Wife, and brother not named, executors. Witnesses — Jan de Groot, 

Gerret de (paper destroyed), Peter de Groot, Richard Edsall. 

Proved Oct. 26, 1714. Lib. i, p. 491, and Bergen Wills 

1714 Oct. 23. Inventory of the estate (£256.18.9, incl. five negro 
slaves), taken by Pieter de Grodt and Jan. de Groot. 

1714-5 Jan. 17. Edwards, Abiah, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Philipp, Naomi, wife of 
John Curies, who has James and John, Elizabeth Brown, who has dau. 
Mary Brown. Home farm, bought of Sarah Reape. Personal property 
(4 negro slaves). Executors — the wife and son. Witnesses — Cornelius 
Tomson, Elizabeth Tomson, Wm. Madock. Proved February 24, 1714-5. 

Lib. I, p. 521 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 149 

1714-5 Jan. 27. Inventory of the personal estate (£119.3.7-]^, incl. a 
scou £27); made by John Williams, George Williams and Stephen Coluen. 

1715-6 Jan. 2, Edwards, Epliraiin, of Cape May Co. Inventory 
of the personal estate (£173.15.4); made by John Taylor and George 
Hand. 

1717 Aug. 25. Administration on the estate of, granted to Humphrey 
Hughes. Administration Bonds 1716-56, and Lib, 2, p. S3 

1718 June iS. Account of Humphree Hues of the estate. 
1726 May 27. Final account by the same and quietus granted. 

1719 July 28. Edwards, James, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Daughters — Elisabeth Eadea, Jane Mason and Alse. 
"Worldly estate." Executors — daughters Jane and Alse with John Reid 
and Richard Saltar. Witnesses — William Jones, John Uahan Juner, R. 
Saltar junior. Proved November 25, 1719. Lib. A, p. 148 

1729 April 30. Egling'tou, Edward, of Salem Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £43.18.6; made by John Whittall and Roger Huck- 
ings. 

1729 May 21. Bond of Jeane Eglington of Salem Co. as administra- 
trix of the estate. John Eglington fellow bondsman. Lib. 3, p. 33 

1722-.3 Jan. 16. Egliston, Joseph, of Philadelphia, mariner, who 
died intestate on the Island of Jamaica in November, 1721. Petition of 
Nathaniel Tylee of Gloucester Co. to be made administrator of said Eglis- 
ton's estate. Order granting it. Lib. 2, p. 196 

1712 July 4. Eier, William, of Porsmouth, Co. of Southton, mer- 
cer; will of. Gives real and personal estate to sister Mary Eiers of Fare- 
ham, said Co., spinster, executrix, ith legacies to John Chapman and 
William Batchellor. Witnesses — J in Butt, Cha: Bissell, Wm. Mitchele. 

1724 Aug. 3. Letters testamentary granted to Mary Chappain alias 
Mary Eyers, the sister. Lib. A, p. 334 

1710 June 6. Eldrid^e, Capt, Ezekiel, of New England Town- 
ship, Cape May Co., planter; will of, made in Philadelphia. Wife 
Sarah, five sons and three daughters, not named. The wife sole executrix 
of worldly estate. Witnesses — Samathews (Sam'l Mathews), Joseph Yard 
junior and Jedidiah Andrews, Proved Felnuary 2, lyi^. 

Lib. I, p. 356, and Salem Wills 

1710 June 17. Inventory of the estate, real and personal (£484.18); 
made by Jacob Spicer and Yelverton Crowell, 

1712 May 16, Oath of the widow Saiah Eldridge as executrix. 



150 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1693 Dec. 22. Eldridg'e, John, of Elizabethtown. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to Abr'm du Peyster of N. Y. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 208 

1693 Dec. 22. Bond of Colonel Abraham du Peyster of N. Y. as ad- 
ministrator of the estate. James Emott of N. Y. City, gentleman, and 
John Carrington of Perth Amboy, bondsmen. 

1703-4 Jan. 1. Elegar, Elgar, Eldgar, Marcus, of Middle Neck, 

Salem Co., bachelor; will of. Motlier Gartheret Jones, nephews Thomas 
Buckley and John Winton, whose share in case of their death without 
heirs is to go to testator's three sisters and who are to pay legacies to their 
aunts, Rachel Jones and Hannah Elegar; legacy to Mary Abbot, late of 
Amwell. Real and personal property. Executors — Edward Keasby of 
Middle Neck and Richard Darkin of Windham, Salem Co. Witnesses — 
Kathan Smart, Thomas Merin, Wm. Waldin. Proved January 18, 1708-9. 

Lib. I, p. 222 
1708-9 Jan. 10. Inventory of the personal estate (£152.12.2); made 
by John Tompson and John Mason. 

1694 Not. 2. Elger, Marcus, of Salem Co.; will of. Wife Ger- 
trude, sole executrix. Children — Marcus, John, Mary, Rachel, Hannah. 
Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Tho: Kyllingworth, John Becking- 
ham, Francis Buckle. Recorded January 9, 1694-5. 

1694 Sept. (sic) 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £122.8; made 
by Thomas Kyllingworth and Isaac Smart. Salem Wills, A, p. 142 

1707 April 4, Elison, William, of Middlesex Co. Inventory of 
the estate of (£22 real — 62^ acres — £99.7. i^- personal); made by John Pike 
and Stephen Tuttle; sworn to by Thomas Pike, one of the executors, 
November 29, 1710. 

1713 Oct. 15. Elkinton, George, of Northampton, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — ^Joseph, George, Joshua, Thomas, Mary, 
wife of John Roberts, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Ballinger. Real and 
personal estate. Executor the wife. Witnesses — ^John W^ills, John Bal- 
linger, Amaziah Ballinger. Proved December 19, 1713. Lib. i, p. 434 

1713 Dec. 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £147.11.4, inch a 
large Bible and some other books £2.-. 

1728-9 Feb. 21, Elkinton, Gfeorge, of Northampton, Burlington 
Co.; will of. Wife Ann. Children — George, Sarah and Jemima. Home 
farm of 180 acres. Personal property. The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — John Gerish, Daniel Wills, Thomas Elkinton. Proved April 15, 
1729. Lib. 3, p. 16 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 15I 

1729 April 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £14^.19.2; made by 
Samuel ''.Voolnian and Revell Elton. 

1724-5 March 12. Elkiuton, Joseph, of Northampton Township, 
Burlington Co., blacksmith. Inventory of the personal estate of, £140.- 
5.8; made by William Matlack and John Collins. 

1725 May 10. Bond of Elizabeth, widow of Joseph Elkinton, as ad- 
ministratrix of the estate. Thomas Antram of Springfield Township, 
yeoman, fellow bondsman. Lib. 2, p. 294 

173S Feb. I. Account of the estate by the administratrix, Elizabeth 
now wife of John Crosby, showing payments to Samuel Woolman, Joshua 
Raper, Samuel Lovett, Richard Smith, Abraham Bickley, Eliz: Roberds, 

Thos. Greffe, Jo'n Smith, Thos. Elkinton, of said Joseph Elkinton, 

as legacy from Mary Elkinton, whose surviving executor Joseph was, and 
" accomptant prays allowance " for maintaining Ann, the second daugh- 
ter of Joseph for 6 years, till she was placed with Isaac Antrum at £5 p. 
a. and afterwards £8 p. a. for 2 years, when she was sent back and became 
lame; for maintaining Frances, the fourth daughter, for clothes provided 
for Mary, the eldest daughter, after her f'lther's death, for maintaining 
Amy, the youngest daughter, only 18 months old at her father's death, for 
about 7 years, till she was put out, at £7 p. a.; £34.2.7 more ai-e expend- 
ed than the estate was worth. 

1713 Dec. 28. ElkiutOU, Mary, of Northampton, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Children — Joseph, George, Joshua, Thomas, Mary, wife of John 
Roberts, Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Ballinger, granddaughter Mary Core. 
Kome farm of iSo acres, a lot given to testatrix by her father Walter 
Humphns, on Third and Water streets, 40 f. 7!^ in. front at low water 
mark and adjoining John Neale in ? Personal property, including servant 
girl Elizabeth Woods. Son Joseph executor. Witnesses — Daniel Wills, 
Thomas Garwood, John Wills. Proved May 11, 1714. Lib. i, p. 46S 

1715 March 26. Ellis, Simeou, of Springwell, Gloucester Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — ^Thomas, Simeon, Jonathan, 
Sarah, Joseph, William, Mary. Land, 300 acres, at Holl's Brook between 
the landing on Cooper's Creek, Wm. Cooper and Thomas Shackles, 40 a. 
on Southside of Northbranch of Cooper's Creek, home farm of 300 a, be- 
tween John Kay and brother Thomas, 200 acres adjoining it. Personal 
property. The wife sole executri.x. Witnesses — Amos Ashead, Eliz'th 
Buckman, John Day. Codicill of two days later, making a slight change 
in disposition of real estate. Witnessed by John Kay, Joseph Bate, Sam- 
uel Shapard. Proved May 12, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 5 

1715 May 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £253.18.-, inch "a 
great ould print Bible with other small bookes" £2.-; made by Joseph 
Bate and John Kay, 



152 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1682 May 21. Ellis, Thomas; will of. Daughter Elizabeth Ellis. 
Land, 1-64 of a share, tenanted by Edward Fersen. Personal estate. 
Executors and guardians of the daughter — Samuel Jenings, Elias Far and 
Thomas Budd. Witnesses — Elisabeth Gardner and Mary Coggen. 

1682 June 19. Inventory of the estate (£50, the 1-64 share valued at 
£5.7.4, the dwelling house and shop, apparently a smithy £16); made by 
Tho. Gardner and Thomas Gladden. Burlington Wills 

1683 Aug. 8. Will proved by Thomas Budd with inventory submitted 
(£50.-). Elizabeth, the orphan daughter of said Thomas Ellis, is placed 
with John Browne of Burlington by her guardians, Samuel Jennings, 
Thomas Budd and Elias Farre. Burlington Records, pp. 6 and 7 

1692 April 3. Ellis, William, of Burlington Co.; will of. Legacy 
to George Porter, fifty acres of land to Michael Buffen and his dau. Mary, 
all the rest of real and personal estate to William Biddle in trust for Grace 
Ellis, daughter of brother Daniel Ellis of Hartfeild in Holdernesse, 
Yorkshire, England, or in case of her being dead to Joseph Hemsly. 

William Biddle sole executor. Witnesses Buffen, Shien, John 

Curtis. Proved May 9, 1692. 

1692 April 13. Inventory of the estate (£102.2., 1-6 of a share less 
50 a. valued at £70); made by John Curtis and John Woolston. 

1692 May 9. Bond of William Biddle of Mount Hope, Burlington Co., 
yeoman, as executor; John Curtis and Bernard Devonish of said Co., yeo- 
men, fellow bondsmen. 

1692 May 9. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to the ex- 
ecutor, Wm. Biddle. Burlington Records, p. 17 

1719 April 2. Ellison, Eloson, Richard, of Monmouth Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £14.7.6; made by Thomas Sutton and 
Jonathan Hamton. 

1707 March 27. Ellison, William, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co., tanner; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Enoch, under age, Emme. 
John Kaighen of Gloucester Co. to inherit, if children should die without 
issue. All the movable part of the estate is given to John Kinsey and 
Thomas Pike. Homestead with 8 acres of land, next to Capt. Parker, a 
house, now occupied by Barnard Katherlin, another house with the tann- 
fatts and 8 a. of salt meadow, other real property. Executors — John Kin- 
sey and Tho: Pike. Witnesses — Elisha Parker, Stephen Tuttle, George 
Ewbanck. Proved August 18, 1707. Lib. i, p. 185 

1728 Oct. 28. EUwell, Hannah, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., 
spinster. Bond of Malaca Davis of Salem Co. as administrator of the es- 
tate of. Jacob Stowe fellow bondsman. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I53 

1728-9 Jan. 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £13.19, incl. a 
Bible — ; made by John Loyd and Israll Ward. 

1729 An^. 12. Elring'ton, Francis, of Somerset Co., gent.; will 
of. Wife Christian sole executrix. Sister Elizabeth Elrington. Farm 
between Milston and Rockey Brooks, land on Cranbcry Brook. Personal 
estate (a negro girl). Witnesses — Abraham Roeters, Christopher Wiser, 
William Hollingshead. Proved October 22, 1729. Lib. B, 139 

1727 May 25. Elstou, William. Administration of the estate 
of, granted to his widow Elizabeth and Jos: Frazee. Lib. B, p. 29 

1686 Jan. 31. Elton, Anthony, the elder, of Rancokus Creek, alias 
Northampton River, yeoman. Inventory of the estate of, £938.16.-, of 
which 60 for land in England, 40 for 400 acres in Pennsilvania, and tovv^n 
or city lots, 280 for house and plantation, 25 for 100 a. and town lots in 
Burlington, 8 Society's stock, 45 for two negroes and a covenanted ser- 
vant; made by Thomas Revell, Richard Basnett and Barnard Devonish. 

16S6 . Letters of administration on the estate granted to his 

widow, Susanna Elton, "but Govr Skene hath ye bond." 

Burlington Records, p. 13 

1702 Nov. 11. Elton, Anthony, of Northampton Township, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — ^Elizabeth, Re- 
vell (under age), Robert, Anthony, Mary, Hannah, William. Land in- 
herited from father and bought from Thomas Gardiner. Personal prop- 
erty. Wife sole executrix, with Joshua Humphries and brother-in-law 
Joshua Newbold as assistants. Witnesses — Tho: Revell, Thomas Stokes, 
Anne White. Proved July 16, 1704. Lib. i, p. 74 

1702 Dec. 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £336.4.3, incl. a 
silver tankard, 4do. spoons and a do. dram cup £14.10.-, a Bible and 
other books £i; made by Thomas Stokes and John Wills. 

1708 April 20. Elton, Elizabeth. Order appointing Thomas Re- 
vell, father of, administrator of her estate. Lib. i, p. 195 

1695-6 Jan. 11. Elton, Thomas, of Burlington; will of. Mother 
Susanna Elton sole heiress and executrix. Legacies to Urseley Clerk and 
Black Will. Witness — Thomas Kendall, John Petty, William Ogborn and 
R. (?) Wright. Proved March 26, 1696. 

1696 March 26. Inventory of the estate (£12.5.-); made by Thomas 
Kendall and Al)imelech Hudson. 

1696 March 26. Bond of Susannah Elton of Burlington, widow, as 
executrix; Thomas Kendall, bricklayer, and Richard Dell, both of said 
place, fellow bondsmen. 



154 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1696 March 26. Will proved by his mother and executrix, Susanna 
Elton. Burlington Records, p. 26 

1722 Aug. 14. Elwell, Ellwell, Thomas, of Piles Grove Precinct, 
Salem Co. ; will of. Wife Susannah. Sons — Thomas and Josiah. Real 
and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son Thomas. Witnesses — 
Beniamin Dauall, John Garretson, Edward Plumsted. Proved December 
17, 1724. Lib. 2, p. 282 

1722 loth d. 7th m. (Sept.). Inventory of the personal estate, £137.-, 
incl. a Bible, two Testaments and a parcell of "ould" books 18 sh., 
debts due by Eph. Seleys, Wm. Ellwell, Stephen Simons, Isaac Sharp; 
made by John I^oyd and Roger Huckings. 

1728-9 21st d. 11th m. (Jan.). Elwill, William, of Salem Co.; 
will of. Wife Ann. Children — John, William, Sarrah, Hannah. Real 
and personal estate. Executor — brother Sammuel Elwill, but Ann 
Elwell signs jurat as executrix. Witnesses — Edward Eglington, Joseph 
Walker, Wm. Basset. Proved February 17, 1728-9. 

1728-9 13th d. I2th m. (Feb.). Inventory of thepersonal estate, £31.7; 
made by John Whittall and Joseph Walker. 

1700 Not. 6. Ely, Joshua, of Burlington Co.; will of. Wife 
Rachell. Children — Joshua, George, John, Flugh, Sarah, Benjamin, 
Ruth, Elizabeth; son George's share reduced if he marries Christian, the 
daughter of Nathaniel Pettit. Real and personal estate. Cousin Thomas 
Revell of Burlington sole executor. Witnesses — William Biddle junior, 
Chr. Snoden, George Willhouse. Proved April i, 1704. Lib. i, p. 21 

1702 June 16. Inventory of the estate of (£484.5.1, incl. 12 silver 
spoons, a silver tankard and a silver cup and remainder of time of servant 
Edw. Pateman £20); made by Mahlon Stacy, Francis Davenport, Tho, 
Lambert and Wm. Emley. Burlington Wills 

1712 October 13. Order appointing Mahlon Stacy guardian of Han- 
nah, daughter of Joshua Ely, a minor of 14 years. Lib. i, p. 379 

1728-9 March .S. Emet, William, of New York. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to his widow Judith Emott. Lib. B, p. iii 

1704 April 21. Emley, William, of Nottingham, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — William, Thomas, John, Ruth, 
Sarah, Elizabeth, Samuel, Mary, wife of John Hewood. Home farm, 
1,000 acres at Crosswicks, 100 a. near Mahlon Stacy, Burlington town 
lots, two Bibles, books: "Walter Raley, Better Hollin " and others, sur- 
veying instruments, a silver tobacco box. Executors — the wife and son 
William. Witnesses — Samuel Beaks, Joshua Wright, Thomas Lambert. 
Proved June 6, 1704. Lib. i, p. 66 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 155 

1704 June 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £415.13.6; made by 
Thomas Lambert and Joshua Wright. 

1715-6 Jan. 31. Empsoii, ttregory, of Salem Co. Bond of David 
Straughan (Straughn) as administrator of the estate of Lawrence Cox. 

1721-2 Jan. 19. Engle, Ing'le, .John, of Evesham Township, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Robert, John, 
daughters mentioned, but names not given, an expected child. Home 
farm, meadow on Mill Creek, land in said township adjoining Jarves 
Stocdel, do. on Timber Creek in Gloucester Co. Personal property (a 
sloop). The wife sole executrix, with William Evens and John Sharp as 
assistants. Witnesses — James Adams, John Brooks, William Borton, 
Thomas Gibson, Sam'll Atkinson. Proved January 29, 172 1-2. 

Lib. 2, p. 177 

1721-2 Jan. 31. Inventory of the personal estate, £518.10.10, inch 
share of the sloop £100, a flat at the Landing £40, bonds, bills and 
book debts £199. iS. 10, " frait " aboard the sloop £41. 16; made by John 
Haines and Sam'll Atkinson. 

1696 April 4. Engle, Ing'le, Robert, of Evershem, Burlington Co. ; 
will of. Wife Joane. Son John; brethren — Peeter Nevell and Henry 
Nevell of Millborn, Cambridgeshire, England. Plantation of 150 acres. 
Personal property. John Day and John Sharp, both of Burlington Co., 
executors. Witnesses — William Hasler (?), Jonathan Eldridge and Tho. 
Eves. Proved June i, 1696. 

1696 June I. Bond of John Day and John Sharp as executors. Free- 
dom Lippincott fellow bondsman. 

1696 June I. Inventory of the estate (£176.13.6); made by Joshua 
Humphris, John Haines and Thomas Wilkins. 

1696 June I. Will proved by his executors, John Day and John Sharp. 

Burlington Records, p. 27 

1727-8 Feb. 19. Eratt, Erratt, Francis, of Manington Precinct, 
Salem Co., joiner; will of. Consisting of a statement of debts due tes- 
tator, amounting to £15.9.4, which is left in the hands of William Hunt 
" to order as he thinks fitt." Witnesses — Elce Young, Elizabeth Skinner, 
Alex'r Simpson. Proved March 8, 1727-8. 

1727-8 March 4, Inventory of the personal estate, £42.6.6, inch an 
old watch £1.15; made by Alex'r Simpson and John Huse. 

1690-1 . Erickson, John, of Lucas Poynt, West Jersey, hus- 
bandman; will of. Wife Maggdelena, sole executrix. Children — Bridgett, 
Barbara, Katharine, Annake, son-in-law John Stalcop. Real and per- 



156 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

sonal estate. The witnesses, John Worlidge, Sam'l Hedge and Wooley 
Slobey, state that the will was ordered to be drawn January i, 1690-1. 
Proved June 17, 1691. 

1691 Aug. 15. The widow, Magdelin Ericxon, authorizes her son-in- 
law John Stallcop to prove the will and make the inventory. 

1691 Aug. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £42.16.6; made by 
Henry Jeanes and Wooley Slobey. Salem Wills, A, p. 58 

1728-9 Feb. 26. Erriott, Errit, Joseph, of Salem Co., "labur- 
rer." Bond of Joseph Coleman of Salem, merchant, as administrator of 
the estate of. Richard Roe fellow bondsman. 

1708 June 21, Erwin, Margaret, of Newton Township, Glouces- 
ter Co., widow; will of. Son John Erwin, daughter Dorcas Tindall, 
granddaughters Mary and Elizabeth Tindall and Elizabeth, daughter of 
son John. Real and personal estate. Executor — son-in-law Joseph Tin- 
dall. Witnesses — David Arnall, Lydia Armarie (Arnold) and John Kay. 
Proved October ig, 170S. Lib. i, p. 218 

1708 Sept. 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £108.6.0; made by 
John Dole and John Kaighin, 

1685 Dec. 12. Estall, Daniel, of Middletown. Bond of Samuel 
Leonard as administrator of the estate of. Nathaniel Leonard fellow 
bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1728 Dec. 9. Estland, Eastland, Joseph, of Cohanzey, Salem Co., 

yeoman; will of. Wife Ann, sole executrix, and with grandson-in-law 
Mark Reeve, under age, heiress of real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Dickason Shepherd, Joseph Reeve, John Shepherd. Proved December 
24, 1728. 

1728 Dec. 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £250.5, incl. 
books ; made l)y Dickason and John Shepherd. 

1728-9 Jan. 17. Euaens, Erance, Evans, James, of Allawayes 

Creek, Salem Co., tailor. Inventory of tlie personal estate of, £62.6.6; 
made by Joseph Welch and Jonathan Bradway. 

1728-9 Feb. 5. Bond of Mary Evance of Salem Co. as administratrix 
of the estate. Joseph Stretch of said Co. fellowbondsman. 

Lib. 3, p. 42 

1729-30 March 14. Account of the estate by the administratrix, Mary 
Evans, who has paid for the funeral £5, and in discharging debts due to 
Andrew Thomson and Richard Woodnutt, Thomas Taylor, Mary Thom- 
son, Joseph Coleman, Simon Warner, Abraham Moss, Joseph Wade, Peter 
Turner and Jeremiah Powell has exceeded the value of the inventory by 
£10. 10. 2^. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I57 

1696-7 Feb. 16. Evans, Jane, of Eshem, Burlington Co., willow; 
will of. Daughter Sarah, widow of Thomas Evans, who has daughter 
Sarah; son William; legacy to Elizabeth Nicholls, "when she comes out 
of her time." Personal estate. Son William executor. Witnesses — 
John Sharp, John French, Thomas Eves. Proved November 2, 1697. 

1697 Oct. 30. Inventory of the estate (£56.10.10); made by John 
Sharp, Joshua Humphris and Henry Ballinger. 

1697 Nov. 2. Will proved by her son and executor W^illiam Evans. 

Burlington Records, p. 28 

1697 Nov. 2. Bond of William Evans of Burlington Co., yeoman, as 
executor. John Sharp and Henry Morly fellow bondsmen. 

Burlington Wills 

1692 May 2. Eveus, ElieilS, Thomas, of Wellingburow, Burlington 
Co.; will of. Wife Sarah, daughter Sarah (under iS), brother William 
Evens, sister Agniss. Laud, 400 acres, at Coexing, and other real estate. 
Personal property (a great Bible). Wife sole executrix. W'itnesscs — 
John Paine, John Wills, Thomas Eves. Proved September 23, 1693. 

1692-3 Jan. 7. Inventory of the estate (£183.15.-, of which £76 are for 
house and plantation of 400 acres at Coerxing near Wm. Evans'); made by 
John Paine, Joshua Humphris and Thomas Eves. 

1693 Sept. 23. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his 
widow and executrix Sarah. Burlington Recoids, p. 20 

1693 Sept. 23. Bond of his widow Sarah Evans as executrix. Dan- 
iel Wilis and Thomas Hackney fellow bondsmen. 

1728-9 21st d. 12th m. (Feb.). Evens, William, of Evesham, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; v/ill of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Thomas, 
Jane and John (under age), son-in-law William Hudson, grandson William 
Evens. Legacies to Jane Stow, Joseph Hedges and Sarah Harvy. 
Home farm, 50 acres adjoining son Thomas' farm, 50 a. betvv. Henry 
Ballinger and John Sharp, Personal property (6 negro slaves). The 
wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Jonathan Eldridge, John Turner, Sam'l 
Atkinson. Proved March 24, 1728-9. Lib. 3, p. 12 

172S-9 iSth d. 1st m. (March). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£901.7.7, inch bonds, bills and book debts £166.11.3, a clock and case 
£10, a silver tankard and 6 do. spoons £16, 15 hogs £3.15, 14 pigs £1.8, 
8 negro slaves £270; made by Josiah Foster and Sam: Lippincott. 

1727 3Iay 9. Everitt, Everet, Nicholas, of Hopewell, Hunterdon 

Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £74.3.10; made by 
Sam'l Green and Henry Oxley. 

1727 May 20. Bond of Phebe Everett as administrator of the estate. 
Samuel Green and John Knowles (Noles) fellow bondsmen. 



158 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1726-7 Feb. 1. Eves, Thomas, of Evesham Township, Burlington 
Co.; will of. Children — Thomas, John, Anna, wife of James Lippincott, 
Dorothy, wife of Jacob Heulings, Samuel, who has dau. Ann. Land "up 
at the mountains" 150 acres, 1-32 of a share of W. J. Personal estate. 
Executor son Samuel. Witnesses — William Hooton, John Inskeep junior, 
John Hooton. Proved March 4, 1728-9. 

1728 Nov. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £18.15; made by Sam: 
Lippincott and John Inskeep. 

1712 Sept. 8. Ewbanke, George, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
scoolemaster; will of. Wife Elizabeth sole heiress and executrix of real 
and personal estate (10 acres, given by the freeholders, and a freehold 
right, bought of Peter Codrick). Witnesses — Mary Priched, Moses 
Rolph, John Parker. Proved October 4, 1712. Lib. i, p. 38S 

1722 Sept. 13. Ezard, Ezzard, Issard, Izard, Mickeal, of Prince 
Morrisses River, Salem Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £74.18.3; 
made by Cesar Hoskins and Wm. Rawson. 

1722 Sept. 22. Bond of Martha Izard, widow of Michael Issard, as 
administratrix of the estate. Wm. Grifin (Griffin) of Salem innholder, 
fellow bondsman. Lib. 2, p. 308 

1727 Dec. 10. Fairbank, Edward, of Cohanzey, Salem Co., cord- 
wainer. Petition of George Trenchard of Salem, Esq' re, to be made ad- 
ministrator of the estate of, who is said to have kindred or relations in 
New England; granted. 

1727-8 Feb. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £28.5, incl. a Bible 
and 4 small books i6s. ; made by Wm. Burroughs and Sam'l Hedge. 

1678 Sept, 23. Fairebanck, Robert, of Elsenburgh, tailor. In- 
ventory of the personal estate, £36, incl. 1-20 of a share £7; made by 
Richard Guy and Andrew Thomson. 

1682 Nov. 13. Administration on the estate granted to John Thom- 
son of Elsenburgh, carpenter, who has married Sarah, the widow of Rob- 
ert Fairebanck. Salem Wills, 2, p. i 

1720 May 8. Fairly, CcCOrg'e, of Bound Brook, Middlesex Co.; will 
of. Directs that father by law Cornelius Teunison, brother Caleb Fairly 
and brother by law Teunis Middlesworth, as executors of real and per- 
sonal estate, shall take care of the children, names not given, except that 
of son Caleb. Witnesses — William Olden, Alex'r Macdowal, Jannetee 
van Veghten. Proved May 28, 1720. Lib. A, p. 1S9 

1720 May 16. Inventory of the personal estate (£68.8.6); made by 
Michael van Veghten, Peter Dumont and Richard van Veghten. 

1691-2 Jan. 23. Falconar, Patrick, of Newark; will of. 

N. J. Archives, 'XXL, p. 190 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 59 

1713 March 28. Farnsworth, John, of Burlington Co. Inventory 
of the personal estate of, £248.18.9, incl. bonds and book debts £51.6.9, 
a "shallopp with two boats" £35 ; made by Thomas Folkes and John 
Rockhill, sworn to by Samuel Farnsworth. 

1713 Nov. 16. Farusworth, Susannah, of Chesterfield Township, 
Burlington Co., widow; will of. Children — Daniel, Henry, Samuel, who 
has Nathaniel and Mary, son Nathaniel dead; legacy to Crosswick Month- 
ly Meeting. Real and personal estate. Son Daniel sole executor. Wit- 
nesses — ^John Ness, William Mainer, John Richardson. Proved January 
23. 1713-4- Lib. I, p. 435 

1713-4 Jan. 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £444.5.22^, incl. 
bills, bonds and book debts £260.13.2^; made by Nathan Allen, Thomas 
Folkes junior and John Rockhill. 

1689-90 Jan. 8. Farusworth, Thomas, of Chesterfield, Burling- 
ton Co., cordwainer; will of. Wife Susanna sole heiress and executrix of 
real and personal estate, to be equally divided after her death amongst 
the children, not named. Witnesses — William Quicksall, Elizabeth 
ffovlke, ffrancis Davenport. Proved May lo, 1693, again sworn to Janu- 
ary 26, 1 713-4. 

1692 June 23. Inventory of the estate (£60.7.-, of which £39.11.1 are 
debts due by George Ellis (?), John Hornor jun., John Hornor's children, 
Thomas Lambert, Edward Hunlock, Wm. Beedell, Francis Davenport, 
Wm. Wattson, Caleb Wheatly, John Milborn, Thomas Gladwin, John 
Bandbridge, Abraham Singer, Thos. Brock and Ralfe Sidall); made by 
Samuel Andrews and Francis Davenport. 

1693 May 10. Bond of the widow Susanna Farnsworth as executrix. 
Francis Davenport of Chesterfield, yeoman, and Abraham Senior of Bur- 
lington, innholder, fellow bondsmen. Burlington Records, p. 20 

1691 Dec. 25. Farr, Elias, of Farrsfield, Burlington Co.; will of. 
Wife Sarah sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate; legacies 
to kinswoman Alice, wife of Wm. Dawson, to her daughter Elizabeth 
Saunders, to kinsman Joseph Saunders, to kinswoman Anne, wife of 
George Moody, and her children. Overseers — Richard Basnett and 
Thomas Gardner senior. Witnesses — James Hill, Benj. Wheate, Edward 
Hunloke. Proved February 13, 1691-2. 

1691-2 Feb. 9. Inventory of the estate (£830.9.6, of which £250 for 
house and plantation, £9 for silver tankard, cadle cup and other plate); 
made by Symon Charles, Daniel Leeds and John Daye. 

1691-2 Feb. 13. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his 
widow, Sarah Farr, the executrix. Burlington Records, j). 17 

1698 Aug', 5, Farr, Sarah, of Burlington, widow; will of. Gives 



l6o NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

jDersonal property to James Malines, of London, cheesemonger, and his 
three children, John Hollingshead, kinsman George Gray, John Adams, 
Joseph Kirkbride, Thomas Garwood and children William and Mary Gar- 
wood, John Garwood and sons Jacob and John, Mary Scarbrough, Eliza- 
beth Chipman, Mary Grubb and daughters Mary and Elizabeth Grubb, 
Benjamin Wheat junior, Jane Hampton, Elizabeth Atkinson, Elizabeth 
Gardiner, Margaret Binham, Elizabeth and William Frampton, William 
Basnett, Peter Fretwell and only daughter Elizabeth, negro woman Judith. 
The executors — Peter Fretwell and John Hollingshead, to sell the planta- 
tion of 1600 acres to William Fisher as agreed. Sam'l Jennings, Thomas 
Gardner and Benjamin Wheat receive a lot on High St., Burlington, 40 f. 
front and extending the same width to Wood St. Witnesses — Henry 
Grubb, Benj. Wheat, Isaak Mariott. Proved Feb. 3, 1698-9. 

Lib. I, p. 92 
1698-9 Feb. 3. Will proved by and administration on the estate of, 
granted to Peter Fretwell and Jno. Hollinshead. 

Lib, I, p, 92, and Burlington Records, p. 2g 

1718 Aug'. 21. Fearinan, Jonathan, of Chesterfield Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah sole heiress and execu- 
trix of real and personal estate. Witnesses — Samuel Marriott, Martha 
Marriott, Jno. Richardson. Proved . 

1718 Nov. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £20.12.-; made by 
John Rockhill and Ambrose Field. 

1702 July 1. Feild, Susanna, late of Long Island, now of Chester- 
field. Bond of Susanna Harriot as administratrix of the estate of; Isaac 
Marriott and Hugh Huddy, both of Burlington, merchants, her bonds- 
men. 

1702 July I. Inventory of the estate (£105.15.-, inch a Bible 
and 4 silver spoons); made by Henry Grubb, Christo: Wetherill and Sam'l 
Fornis. 

1705 March 25. Statement by Isaac Marriot of what he or his wife 
Susanna paid out of the estate of her mother Susanna Feeld to Ambros 
Feeld, Gimioe (Jemima) Feeld, Nathan Feeld, John and Danell Steven- 
son (£65.15.8). 

1705 July 4. Account of the disposition of the estate and quietus al- 
lowed to the administrator by Thomas Revell, Surrogate of West Jersey. 

Burlington Wills 

1713 Nov. 25. Fenimore, John, of Wellingborough Township, 
Burlington Co.; will of. Wife Mary. Children — ^John, William, who 
has Richard and John, Joseph, who has Joseph. Home farm of 100 acres 
on Northampton River, a farm of 205 a. on said river, a farm, bought of 
Edmund Cogile, 150 a. in the Lotting Purchase, 250 a. in the Indian 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. l6l 

Purchase. Personal property. Son Joseph sole executor. Witnesses — 
Jacob Parkins, Thomas Peachee, John Wills. Proved December 22, 1713. 
1713 Dec. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £323.19.-, incl. two 
negro lads £80.-, bonds £41.6.8; made by Hugh Sharp and John Wills. 

1713 Nov. 25. Feilimore, Kichard, of Wellingliorough Township, 
Burlington Co.; will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, William, who 
has sons Richard and John, Joseph, who has son Joseph. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Son Joseph sole executor. Witnesses — Jacob Perkins, Thos. 
Peachee, John Wills. Proved December 22, 1713. Lib. i, p. 432 

1721 May 14. Feniinore, William, of Wellingi)orow, Burlington 

Co., bricklayer; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Richard, William, 
Rebecca, Charles, Henry, Elizabeth, Jane, Mary, John: the last named to 
be bound apprentice to Richard Redman of Philadelphia to learn the 
bricklayer's trade. Home farm, personal property. Executors — the wife 
and brother Joseph Fenimore. Witnesses — ^John Ward, Hugh Sharp, 
Jacob Perkins. Proved May 25, 1721. Lib. 2, p. 179 

1721 May 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £354.9.2^, old cur- 
rency, incl. a clock £20, bonds, bills and book debts £78. 14.S.T, a negro 
man £15; made by Joshua Humphris and Hugh Sharp. 

1702 Dec. 16. Fenton, Pheutou, Eleazer, of Springfield Town- 
ship, Burlmgion Co.; will of. Wife Elizabeth sole heiress and executrix. 
Children mentioned but names not given. Home farm and 300 acres near 
Thomas Duglas, bought of John Ogborne. Personal property. Witnesses 
— John Shin, William Fisher and Peter Frettwell. Proved July 24, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 77 

1704 Aug. 7. Inventory of the estate, £568. 17.-, of which £380 are real 
property; made by John Shinn and Daniel Leeds. 

1728 March 28. Fenton, Eleazar, of Springfield, Burlington Co., 

carpenter; will of. Makes friend Ann Bullock, daughter of Jn. Bullock, 
principal heir of real and personal estate, with legacies to brothers 
Enoch, Samuel and Jeremiah Fenton and sisters Eliza and Judith Fenton, 
Executor — Tyton (Titan) Leeds. Witnesses — Alice Harrison, John Bul- 
lock, Wm. Emley. Proved April 13, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 519 
1728 April 10. Inventory of the estate, the farm £140, personal 
£106.17.3, incl. notes due by Joseph Hillstet, Enoch^ Fenton, Thomas 
Potts, Thomas French, Benjamin Crispin and Benj. Fairman £72.7.7; 
made by John Bullock and Wm. Emley. 

1708 July 12. Fenton, Jeremiah, about 17 years old, Enoch, 14, 
Elizabeth, 13, children of Eleazer and Elizabeth Fenton of Springfield, 
Burlington Co., select as their guardians Daniel Leeds and Samuel 
11 



l62 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Gooldly, administrators of the estate of Elizabeth Fenton, to whom let- 
ters of guardianship are given. See Gooldy, Elizabeth. Lib. i, p. 213 

1683 Au^. 7. Feiiwick. John, late of Bentield, County of Berks, 
England, Esq're, "the late Absolute Lord or Cheife Proprief by Law & 
Survivorship of the Province of New Ctesaria or New Jersey, And now of 
Fenwick's Colony;" will of. Granchildren — Fenwick Adams, Samuel 
Hedge junior, John Champneys, Mary Champneys, Walter Adams, Mary 
Adams, Ann Adams, the second son of Samuel Hedge, daughters of Ann 
Hedge, wife of Samuel, all under age; John Adams, friend Mary White, 
nephew Roger, eldest son of deceased brother, Capt. Ralfe Fenwick. 
Regarding Elizabeth Adams, apparently also a granddaughter, testator 
says: "I doe Except against Elizabeth Adams of haveing any the least 
pte of my Estate & her heirs for ever. Except the Lord open her eyes to 
See her abominable Transgression against him, me & her poore father by 
giveing her true repentance & fersakeing yt Black yt hath been the ruine 
of her and becoming pennitent for her sins," etc.; makes son-in-law Sam- 
uel Hedge Secretary and Register, Richard Tindall Surveyor General and 
Thomas Smith Deputy Surveyor General, all for life; the Town of Salem 
to be settled as proposed, Cohanziek as the executors agree. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — John Smith, of Smithfield, Samuel Hedge 
of Hedgefie'd, and Richard Tindall of Tindall's Bowery, who are each to 
have 500 acres of land for their trouble. Witnesses — Thomas Yorke alias 
Carey and Thomas Webley. Proved April 16, 16S4. 

Salem Wills, Lib. 2, p. 7 

1721-2 Jan. 24. Fetters, Mary, of Salem. Administration of the 
estate of, granted to John Mason of Salem Co. Lib. 2, p. 103 

1702 13tli d. Sd m. (May). Field, Benjamin, of Burlington; will 
of. Wife Experience, sole executrix. Children — Robert, Benjamin, 
Susanna, Elizabeth, an expected child, mother Susanna Field. Eight 
hundred acres of land in Burlington Co., adjoining John Adams, 2400 a. 
above the Falls of Delaware, 200 a. of a farm sold to brother Ambrose 
Field and reserved. Personal estate. Witnesses — Sam'l Jennings, Ed- 
ward Hunlocke, Ann Jennings, Mary Wheat. Proved and letters testa- 
mentary granted to Nathan Allen, trustee and executor of Experience 
Field November 3, . Lib. i, p. 88 

1702 30th d. 3d in. (May). Field, Experience, of Burlington, 

widow of Benjamin; will of. Children^ — Robert, Benjamin, Sussannah 
and Elizabeth, all under age; legacy to Joseph, son of Isaak and Sussan- 
nah Mariott of Burlington. Real and personal estate. Executors — 
brother Nathan Allen and brother-in-law Isaak Meriott; Edward Rockhill 
to take the place of executor, if one of those named should die. Father 
Jedidiah Allen is requested to cast a fatherly eye upon the children. Wit- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 63 

nesses — Henry Gruljb, Sam'l Furnace, Sam'l Jennings. Proved Decem- 
ber 17, 1704, according to original in Burlington Wills. Froved January 
17, 1704-5, according to Lib. i, p. 94 

1702 June 29. Inventory of the estate of Benjamin Field and wife 
(£2256.-.-, incl. 6 silver spoons, and bonds due by James Molein, Rob't 
Blackshavv, Alex'r Furnian, Anthony Whitehead, Marmaduke Horsman, 
John liydoii, Henry Oxley, Nath. Feild, Ambrose Feild, Charity Ste- 
phens, Samuel Boon, Henry Burr, Moses Pettett, John Chesher, Juda 
Allen, Samuel Hofmire, Richard Come, Nath. Allen); made by Henry 
Grubb, Christo: Wetherill and Samuel Fornis. 

1724-0 March 11. Field, John, of Piscataway Township, Middle- 
sex Co., gent. ; will of. Children — Charity, youngest daughter, Hannah 
Breece, Jeremiah. Real and personal estate. Executor — the son Jere- 
miah. Witnesses — Hendrick Fisser, Hendrick Smack, Robert Richard- 
son. Proved July 22, 1729. Lib. B, p. 126 

1726 April 2. Field, Mary, of Grinwich, Salem Co., widow; will 
of. Makes Josiah Fithian and John Pledger principal heirs and executors 
of real and personal estate, giving dwelling house and lot to the people of 
Grinwich for the use of a free school on condition that Ebenezar Millar 
shall live in the house rent free for a year, and turning over for the use of 
the poor in the same place all that part of the estate derived from Zach- 
ariah Barror; legacies to Ebenezar Millar (40s.) and Sollomon Winsar (a 
"mear" running in Quyahocking wood). Witnesses — Moses Bishop, 
John Talbot, Mary Wheten, Reuth Dark. Proved April 11, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 329 

1723 April 3. Field. Thomas, of Manington Precinct, Salem Co., 
husbandman; will of. Wife Mary. Son-in-law Zachariah Barrar, "my" 
child Sollaman Winsor (underage). " Wordly estate." The wife exec- 
utrix with Josiah Fithin and Jacob Ware as executors in trust. Wit- 
nesses — Samuel Sleil, John Goodwin, Jno. Pledger. Proved April 16, 
1726. . Lib. 2, p. 243 

1723 April 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £178.12.10, incl. a 
servant man £5; made by Bartholomew Wyatt and James Whitton. 

1726 April 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £110.14, left unad- 
ministered by his widow and executrix Mary Field dec'd; sworn to by 
Jeremiah Bacon and James Dixson, the appraisers, February 25, 1726. 

1718-9 March 16. Firth, John, of Allaways Creek, Salem Co.; 
will of. Wife Sarah. Son John, underage. Real and personal estate. 
Father Edward Firth and brother Edward Firth mentioned. Executors— 
the wife, George Abbit, John Paine and Wm. Hall. Witnesses — Ephraim 
Worthington, Francis Test, Rebekah Smart, George Tranchard. Proved 
December 8, 1719. Lib. 2, p. 128, and Gloucester Wills 



164 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1707-8 Jan. 25. Fish, Casparus, of Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife 

. Children — Casparus, Justanous, Elias, Mary (under 18), Abigail 

(under 18). Real and personal property. Executors — son-in-law Nicolas 
Laycon and son Casparus. Witnesses — Mouns Laycon, Thomas Harrison 
and Richard Bull. Proved October 18, 1708. Lib. i, p. 217 

1708 Oct. 18. Inventory of the personal estate (£104.1.0); made by 
Mouns Laican and Richard Bull. 

1690-1 Feb. 14. Fisher, Dennis, of Portsmouth, England, now of 
Allawayes Creek, Salem Co., shipwright; will of. Wife Susannah sole 
executrix. Sisters— Susana Young and Elizabeth Simmons. Real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — ^Jonathan Beere, Wm. Willis, Jo'n Worlidge. 
Recorded October 30, 1700. 

1700 Oct. 26. Inventory of the estate, £347.8, inch 300 acres of 
land £80, goods lately from England (i watch, i plate tankard, 3 cups 
£25, 4 silver spoons £1.4, dry goods) £74, artillery (pistols, guns, sword 
belts, pewter dishes, brass kettles, &c.) £45.6; made by Richard Johnson 
and John Paine. Salem Wills, Lib. 7, p. 49 

1721 Nov. 4. Fisher, John, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £96.18; made by Asher Cleayton and 
Ralph Cowgill; sworn to by Mary Fisher, the widow and administratrix. 

1707 Nov. 18. Fisher, Susanna, of Salem Co., widow; will of. 

Children — Henry, Elisabeth, John; grandchildren — Susanna Fisher, 
Sarah Fisher, Henry Fisher, Elisabeth Fisher. A plantation with 300 
acres. Personal property, inch two silver spoons, two gold rings and a 
wedding ring, a silver tumbler. Son Henry sole executor. Alexander 
Grant, Rebecca Ridley and Dorcas Smith witnesses. Proved April i, 
1708. Lib. I, p. 192 

1707 Dec. 5. Inventory of the estate (£70 real, personal £62. 10. 1, inch 
5 gold rings £4, a Bible with silver clasps, some books, i. e. Midwife's 
Book of Madam Lovys, The Seamans Calendar, London Dispensary); 
made by Alexander Grant. 

1714-5 Feb. 18. Fisher, William, of Burlington, yeoman; will of. 
Children — Edward, David and Ann, wife of John Hancock. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — John Talbot, Rector of St. Mary's, Burling- 
ton, and Abraham Hewlings of Evesham Township. Witnesses — J. Bass, 
Elisabeth Bass, Thomas Piatt, William Webster, Proved June 30, 1718. 

Lib. 2, p. 93 

1715 May 1. Fisher, William, of Burlington Township, yeoman; 
will of. Children — Edward, David "now absented from mee In Sum 
other nation or Island," and Ann, wife of John Hancock, cousin John 
Fisher of Burlington Co., Episcopal Church at Burlington, "of which I 



CALExNDAR OF WILLS. 1 65 

am a member." Real and personal property. Executors — Dr. John Rob- 
erts of Burlington and Abraham Ilulings of Wellingborrow. Witnesses — 
Samuel Goldy, James Wild, John Carliell, Tho: Scattergood. Proved 
April 29, 1719. Lib. 2, p. 115 

1729 May 14. Fitch, Samuel, of Hopewell, Hunterdon Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £39.15.6, mostly debts due by Abram 
Tempel, Richard Laning, John Hart, Thomas Lambord, William Lou- 
rans, George Woolsey, Thomas Read, Thomas Mares (?), James Melvin 
and Joseph Read; made by Thomas Borrows (Burroughs) and Thomas 
Read; sworn to by Andrew Smith, with Mary Fitch, administrator of 
the estate. 

1715 Dec. 30. Fitchraudolph, Christopher, of Cohansy. Bond 

of Henry Joyce of Cohansy, merchant, as administrator of the estate of. 
Lawrence Cox of Salem Town hatter, and Henry Buck of Cohansy, l;lack- 
smith, fellow bondsmen. Lib. 2, p. 60 

1730 April 22. Fitehraudolph, Peter, of Cohansey, Salem Co. 

Bond of William Wattson (Watson) of Salem Co., yeoman, as administra- 
tor of the estate of. Peter Turner, merchant, fellow bondsman. 

1730 April 23. Inventory of tlie personal estate, £142.10.9, incl. a 
servant maid, £6.10; made by Samuel Holmes and Samuel Dennis. 

. Fithiau, Johu, of Fairfield, Salem Co., husbandman. 

Inventory of the estate of, £98.7, incl. ^ of a sawmill £20, and ^ of a 
" Grisse " mill, £25; made by Richard Whittacar and Michael Hannah. 
Recorded March 9, 1702-3. 

1702-3 March 9. Administration on the estate granted to his mother 
Pricillia Fithian. Salem Wills, Lib, 7, p. 173 

1702 July 3. Fithiau, Samuel, of Fairfield, Salem Co., gent.; 
will of. Wife Pricilla, sole executrix. Children — John, Josiah, Samuel, 
Easter, Mathias, William, Isaac. Real and personal estate (a mill on 
Forke Creek, land next to Thomas Bridge). Witnesses — Richard Whitta- 
ker, Michael Hanna, Richard Mathis. Recorded March 1, 1702-3. 

. Inventory of the estate, £249.12.6, incl. 10 or 12 acres 

of cleared land with ye houseing £So, the sawmill and dam £65, 3000 
bricks £3. 

1702 Nov. 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £52.3; madeby Tho: 
Killingworth and Richard Whittaker. 

1702 Dec. 15. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Presillia Fethin. Salem Wills, Lib. 7, p. 151 

1702-3 March i. Letters testamentary granted to the widow and ex- 
ecutrix Precillia P^ithian. Salem Wills, Lib. 7, p. 170 



l66 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1726-7 Jan. 15. Fitsrandolpli, Nathaniel, of Woodbridge, Mid- 
dlesex Co., blacksmith; will of. Intending to make a sea voyage, gives 
farm at Smoking Point, alias Blazing Starr, in Woodbridge Township and 
personal estate to mother Isabel and sisters Margaret and Mary Fitz Ran- 
dolph. John Kinsey senior, executor. Witnesses — Jonathan Kinsey, 
Johanna Kinsey, Elizabeth Kinsey. Proved January 8, 1727-8. 

Lib. B, p. 87 

1718 May 20. Fitsrendalpll, Joseph, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co., planter; will of. Wife Isobell. Children — Joseph, Nathaniel, Mar- 
garet, Mary, all under age, brothers Samuel and Edward. Real and per- 
sonal estate (negroes). Executors — the wife and two brothers Edward 
Fitsrendalph and William Laing. Witnesses — ^John Kinsey, Joseph 
Stimson, Grace Kinsey. Proved July 21, 1718. Lib. A, p. 99 

1729 May 7. Fitz, Samuel, of Hunterdon Co., yeoman. Bond of 
Mary Fits and Andrew Smith as administrators of the estate of. Thomas 
Borrow fellow bondsman. 

1694 July 2. Fitzrandolpll, Isaac, of Woodbridge. Bond of Ruth 
Fitzrandolph, widow of, as administratrix of his estate. Thomas Hig- 
gins of Piscataway fellow bondsman. 

1694 July 2. Administration on the estate granted to his widow Ruth. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 215 

1695 Dec. 27. Bond of Nathaniel Fitzrandolph senior of Woodbridge 
for the payment of £13.8.- for the use of Isaac and William Fitzrandolph, 
the children, Nathaniel Fitchrandal junior fellow bondsman. 

Middlesex Wills 

1695 Oct. — . Account of the estate rendered by his late widow and 
administratrix Ruth, nov/ wife of Stephen Tuttel, in which appear charges 
for supporting two sons of the deceased and for accountant's lying in. 

1695 Dec. 31. Bond of Stephen Tattle of Woodbridge for maintain- 
ing to their 15th year and educating Isaac and William Fitzrandolph, the 
children of Isaac Fitzrandolph. 

1727 June 19. Fitz Randolph, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co. Administration on the estate of, granted to his son and heir at law, 
John Fitz Randolph. Lib. B, p. 36 

1719-20 March 1. Fitzrendolph, Joseph, of Piscattaway, Mid- 
dlesex Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Joannah. Children — ^Joseph, Jona- 
than (under age), Moses, Hannah, wife of Andr. Drake, Mary, wife of 
John Morris, Bethia, wife of John Clarkson, Lidda, Susannah, Ruth, Ann, 
Prudence, Isaac. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and 
son Mosses. Witnesses — Thomas Fitzrandolph, Daniel Sutton, Jno. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 167 

Borrows. Proved Jan. 18, 1726-7. Lih. B, p. 21 

1702-3 March 18. Fitz Randolph, Nathaniel, of Woodbridge, 

husbandman; will of. Wife Grace. Children — Nathaniel, Mary, Expe- 
rience, Rachel. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son. 
Witnesses — John, Joseph, Edward and Samuel Pitch Randolf. Proved 
April 9, 1703. Middlesex Wills 

1713 May 5. Fitzrandolph, Nathaniel, of Woodbridge, Middle- 
sex Co. , planter; will of. Wife . Children — Benjamin, under age, ' 

Samuel, Joseph, grandson Isaac Fitz Randlfe. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife with John Laing, John Kertey (?) and son Samuel as 
overseers. Witnesses — John Laing, William Laing, Edward Fitzrandolfe, 
John Kinsey. Proved May 12, 1714. Lib. i, p. 483 

1717-8 March 18. Fleetwood, William, of Allaways Creek, 
Salem Co., labourer. Inventory of the personal estate of, £13.10.6, inch 
books £2.1; made by Ephraim Allen, Nalli'l Chamless and Sam'l Wade; 
sworn to liy Joseph Weare, administrator of the estnte, who signs bond 
June 12, 171S. 

1718 June 14. Administration of the estate granted to Joseph Weare. 

Lib. 2, p. S3 

1684-5 Feb. 9. Fletcher, Richard, of Newark; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., pp. 63 and 65 
1684-5 Feb. 22. Inventory of the personal estate of (£43.2.7); made 
by Joseph Walters and John Browne, exhibited by John Curtis, adminis- 
trator, September 9, 16S5. Essex Wills 

1682 Sept. 6. Fletcher, Rev. Seth, of Elizabeth Town. Inven- 
tory of the estate of (£75.-. real, £475.5.8 personal, inch plate); made by 
Henry Lyon and Isaac Whitehead. Mary, widow of Seth Fletcher, men- 
tioned. The property is valued at the rate of wheat at 5s. per bushel, 
Indian corn at 3s., pork at £3 per barrel or 3p. the pound, beef at 2p. 
the lb. Essex Wills 

1682 Sept. 18. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Mary. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 49 

1709-10 Jan. 16. Fog, Samnel, of Salem Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£33.8.6); made by Hugh Middleton, William Willis 
and John Goodwin; sworn to by Daniel Fogg, son and administrator of 
Samuel of Alloways Creek December 13, 1710. 

1 710 Dec. 13. Letters of administration granted to Daniel Fogg. 

Lib. I, p. 296 

1710 Dec. 13. Bond of Daniel Fogg as administrator. Hugh Middle- 
ton and William Ponton fellow bondsmen. 



l68 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1705-6 Jan. 30. Fo^g, Joseph, of Cohanzey, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Sarah sole heiress of real and personal estate and executrix with 
Thomas Craven executor. Witnesses — Ben'n Bacon, Gabraill Davis and 
Jeremiah Bacon. Proved March 6, 1705-6. 

1705-6 Feb. 12. Inventory of the estate (£140 a dwelling house and 
land about it, £15 100 acres at Piles Grove, £132.16.0 personal); made by 
Samuel Fog junior and George Daves. Lib. i, pp. 135-6 

1710 Oct. 13. Folwell, William, of Salem. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of, £198.12-; made by Wm. Hall, Samuel Lippincott and 
John Goodwin "at the rate of Nine and two pence per ounce or else to 
Deduct a quarter to Bring it To New Currancy According to the Queens 
Proclamation." 

1710 Oct. 17. Bond of Hope Folwell, of Salem Co., widow, as admin- 
istratrix. Nathan Folwell and Samuel Lippincott, both of Burlington Co., 
yeomen, fellow bondsmen. Lib. i, p. 286 

1695-6 Feb. 19. Foord, Ebeuezer. Administration on the estate 
of, granted to Capt. Bishop, both of Woodbridge. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 236 

1695-6 Feb. 20. Bond of Capt. John Bishop of Woodbridge, as ad- 
ministrator of the estate of. Middlesex Wills 

1719-20 30th d. 11th m. (Jan.). Footit, John, of Elsenburgh, 

Salem Co., schoolmaster; will of. Divides his "small portion of the 
things of this world " between Bartholomew Wyeth of Manning for re- 
pairing the Quaker Meetinghouse at Salem, Joseph and John Darkin of 
Elsenburge and Andrew Thompson of Elsenburge, who is made residuary 
legatee and sole executor. Witnesses — Jno. Thompson, Edward Tranch- 
ard, Robert Smith. Proved April 12, 1723. Lib. 2, p. 234 

1723 April 12. Inventory of the personal estate, i. e. wearing ap- 
parel and cash £18. 8. if, books, parchment and a small glass, £3, bonds 
and bills £158.5.7; made by John Mason and William Hancock. 

1736 Nov. 9. Forbes, John, of Monmouth Co., clerk. Bond of 
Andrew Johnston of Perth Amboy as administrator of the estate of. Wm. 
Skinner of the same place fellow bondsman. 

1695-6 Feb. 17. Ford, Ebenezer, of Raway. Inventory of the es- 
tate (£10. 12. loi all personal); made by Rol)ert Wright, John Conger and 
Noah Bishop. 

1695-6 Feb. 17. Verdict of Coroner's Jury, that said Ford died a nat- 
ural death; Coroner, Edward Slater; Jury— Samuel Hale, John Hale, 
Richard Powel, Samuel Dennes, Epherim Andrus, John Gilfillen, James 
Walker, John Corbitt, Obadiah Ayrs, Thomas Pike, Jerimiah Reeder, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 169 

Ezekiel Blomfeild, John Blomfield, Stephen Kent, David Donhani, Jona- 
than Uonham, Stephen Tutlle, Wm. Walker, Wm. Elison, Sam'l Mooic 
and Isaac Tappin. Essex Wills 

1721 Oct. 20. Ford, John, of Hannover, Hunterdon Co., carpen- 
ter; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — ^Jacob, Samuel, Experience. A 
lot of 200 acres in Hannover between Joseph Harriman and Abraham 
Kitchell, land at Windom above New Norridg, cedar swamp in Duxbery, 
Matitutes (Massachusetts) Bay, land at Quenel^og up New London River, 
derived from father. Executors — the wife and Josiah Ogden of Newark. 
Witnesses — ^Johu Lindly, Joseph Harriman, Elisabeth Eord. Proved 
February 17, 1721-2. Lib. A, p. 207 

1727 June 9. Ford, Oswell, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to John Dorland, principal creditor 
of the deceased. Lib. B, p. 32 

1723 Sept. 4. Foreman, Elexzander, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Abbigal. Daughter Elizebeth Condum; leg- 
acies to Rachel Watson and Able Smith. "Temporal estate." The wife 
sole executrix. Witnesses — Charles Pluey (?), Sam'l Coles, Sam'l 
Walker. Proved October 5, 1723. Lib. A, p. 266 

1723 Oct. 2. Inventory of the personal estate (£43.8.-). 

1720 Dec. 5. Foreman, John, of Woodbridge. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to Zebulon Pike, Agnis Foreman and Ursula 
Foreman. Lib. A, p. 195 

1720 Dec. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £70.10.9, inch a large 
Biljel, £r, 3 old small ones 3s., 12 other books 12s.; made by Ad. Hude, 
Ro: Gilchrist and Rich'd Cutter. 

1723 Not. 26. Foruian, Thomas, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Daughter Rebeckah, wife of Gerard 
Edge, who has Mary and Daniel, son-in-law Isaac Forman; legacy to Ben- 
jamin Forman "to Barr him of any Claim or Challenge to any part of my 
Estate as Heir at Law." Real and personal estate. Executors — the 
wife and son-in-law Isaac Forman. Witnesses — Charles Hub, Robert 
White, Jonathan Hutchins. Proved December 5, 1723. Lib. A, p. 267 

1723 Dec. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £294. 16.9'r, inch 
3 silver spoons £i.i6, a Bible and another book los. ; made by John 
Campbell and Charles Hub, who note that there were given to Isaac For- 
man according to the last will of said Thomas: bonds, bills and book 
debts £2x0.1.6, and a negro boy £9. 

1689 Nov. 22. Forrest, Heni*y, late of Dublin, Ireland, now of 
Woodbridge; will of. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 170 



170 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

l«91-2 18th d. 1st m. (March). Forrest, Walter, of Bubuiy, 
Penna. ; will of. Wife Ann receives one-half the two mills, one in Salem, 
the other in Bubury, the other half goes to William Albertson junior, 
Abraham Albertson and Rebecka Albertson; looo acres of land on Un- 
known Creek, Salem Tenth, bought by brothers John and France Forrest, 
are given to John and Samuel, sons of Thomas Dinnis of Philadelphia, 
shoemaker; Rebeckah, Mary and Hannah, daughters of said Thomas, re- 
ceive legacies, and the residue of all goods and chattels is left to Wm. Al- 
bertson senior of New Town Creek, W. J., v/ho is also made executor. 
Witnesses — John Gilbert, Lansey Boore, Elizabeth Chapell. Proved in 
Bucks Co., Pa., April 15, 1692, in Salem, May 2, 1692. 

Salem Wills, A, p. 69 

1692 April 28. Inventory of the estate in Salem Co. : farm of 300 acres 
and a grist mill £300, personal £49.1, incl. 62 bushels of wheat £12.8, 6 l». 
of rye i8s., 6b. of Indian corn 15s.; made by George Deacon and Thomas 
Thackery. Salem Wills, A, p. 70 

1710 April 6. Forster, Miles, of Perth Amboy, merchant; will of. 
Daughters — Elizabeth, Mary, son William. Real and personal estate 
(three Indian slaves). Executors — Dr. John Johnston, William Bradford 
and Joseph Billop. Witnesses — ^J. Stevens, Jno. Rudyard, Edward Har- 
rison {?). Proved July 11, 1710. Lib. i, p. 475 

1727-8 March 9. Foster, Forster, David, of the North side of 

Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Joanna, sole executrix. 
Daughter Mary Sayer; legacy to apprentice Joab Tomes. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — Jo'at'n Fithian, James Robbenson, Dan'l 
Elmer. Proved May 29, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 552, and Salem Wills 

1728 April 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £175.1, incl. books — ; 
made by Jo'at'n (Jonathan) Fithian and James Robbenson. 

1705 April 2. Foster, Thomas, of Pend's Neck, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Elizabeth sole heiress and executrix of "worldly" estate. 
Witnesses — Adam Balldrydg, Cornelius Copner and Gartnew Stanley. 
Proved March 20, 1705-6. 

1705 May 7. Inventory of the personal estate (£51.11.0); made by 
Walter Hughstis and Planerey Cornelson. 

1678 May 14. flfoulsham, Israel, of Piscataway. Account of the 
estate of, by the administrator thereof, his kinsman John Gilman of 
Piscataway, showing payments to Dr. Greenland, George Drake, Hugh 
Dun, Mr. Bonham, Benjamin Hull, Mr. Doell, John Langstafe and Leon- 
ard Headley, bill of Haman Edwards not yet paid. Middlesex Wills 

1727-8 Jan. 25. Fox, Thomas, of New Hanover, Burlington Co., 
•yeoman; will of. Gives real and personal estate to brother William Fox, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I7I 

Thomas, the second son of said brother, and John Wright, all of New 
Hanover, making the last named executor. Witnesses — Will'm Duck- 
worth, Eliz. Marshall, Lewis Thomas. Proved February 14, 1727-S. 

Lib. 3, p. 65 

1727-8 Feb. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, (£107.6. li), incl. 

bonds and book debts £44. 7.1 J-, "a Company of Jades and a percell of 

husbandry utensils" £30.16.6; made by Asher Cleayton, Wm. Cooke 

and John Marshall. 

1729 Nov. 12. Fox, Williiim, of New Hanover, Burlington Co., 
yeoman. Bond of Mary Fox of New Hanover, widow, as administratrix 
of the estate of. John Burr of Northampton Township, yeoman, fellow 
bondsman. 

1729-30 July 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £180.17.5, incl. 
"specialties" £72.0.5, books and papers £2, an apprentice's servitude for 
same time £2; made by Thomas Budd and Tho: Earl. 

1712 29tli d. lOtli m. (Dec). Fraizy, Fiezy, Eliplialett, of Essex 

Co., planter; will of. Wife . Sons — James, Eliphalett, both under 

age. Daughters — Mary, Ruth, Phebe, Hester and Margarett, Real and 
personal estate. The wife sole executrix with Joseph Mash and Edward 
Fitz Randolph as oveiseers. Witnesses — Thomas Gould, Denis Springer, 
John Kinsy. Proved February 17, 1715-6. Lib. A, p. 33 

1712 July 7. France,! Mathies, of Bergen Co.; will of. Wife 
Gerke.2 Real and personal estate. Executors — brother Thomas Frances 
and Conradus Harte. Witnesses — James Christie, John Morines, George 
Duncan. Proved June 8, 1713. Lib. i, p. 423 

1712 July 29. France, Franson, Maties. Inventory of the personal 
estate of, £40; made by Richard Edsall and Christian van Horen, who 
have given only the aforesaid lump sum, not the value of each article. 

1720 June 7. Francis, Richard, of Burlington, carpenter; will of. 
Wife Mary. Children — ^John, Mary, Benjamin, Sarah. Real and per- 
sonal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — W. Pattison, James 
Verree, Isaac De Cow. Proved August 24, 1720. Lib. 2, p. 142 

1720 July 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £86.15.5; made by 
W. Pattison. 

1718-9 Jan. 2. Franson, Ann, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., 
Diddo.l Bond of Philipp Franson of Pen's Neck as administrator of the 

1 Matthys Frans or Franse. 2 Geertie Mol. 

3 Thomas Franse had a child baptized in the Bergen church in 1G91. 

* Widow. 



172 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

estate of. Gabriel Peeterson and Lawrence Haulston, both of Salem Co., 
fellow bondsmen. 

1718-19 Jan. 2. Franson, Annca, of " Peen Neck one Dolluay 
Riuer," Salem Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £24.12.1; made 
by Larans Holsten and Gabriel Peterson; sworn to by Philipp Franson of 
Pen's Neck, the administrator. 

1718-19 Feb. 28. Eranson, Ann. Letters of administration issued 
to Philipp Franson. Lib. 2, p. no 

1726-7 Feb. 26. Franson, Philipp, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elener sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate with remainder to John, son of John Barttlson. Witnesses — 
John Johnson, Mathias Peetterson, Andrew Bown. Proved February 21, 
1726-7. 

1726-7 P'eb. 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £114.9, i"cl. books 
12s.; made by John Johnson and Thos. Miles. 

1693 Nov. 7. Frasey, Joseph, junior; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 209 

1693 Dec. 21. Frasey, Joseph, junior, of Middlesex Co. Bond of 
Joseph Frasey senior of Elizabeth Town as administrator of the estate of. 
Jonathan Bishop of Woodbridge, fellow bondsman. 

1727 Oct. 4. Frazee, Elisha, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow Sarah. Lib. B, p. 74 

1723-4 Jan. 26. Frazee, John, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co.; 
yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Susannah, Phebe, John, Jona- 
than, Benoni, William, Timothy. Farm on South side; land on North side 
of Rahway River. Personal property (bonds due by David Watkins and 
Joseph Watkins). Executors — the wife and brother Elisha Frazee. 
Witnesses — Margaret Frasee, Richard Scudder, Isaac Blanchard. Proved 
August 15, 1724. Lib. A, p. 305 

1713-4 Jan. 8. Frazee, Joseph, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Sons — Edward, Eliphlet, Samuel, John, 
Elisha, Joseph, Isaac; daughters mentioned, but names not given. Llome- 
stead on Rawway River, land on Delayway River and on Pisack. Per- 
sonal estate. Executors — the wife, son Eliphlet and John Harriman. 
Witnesses — Richard Harriman, William Strayhearne, Daniel Stilwell. 
Proved February 10, 1714-5, Lib. i, p. 517 

1703 Aug, 16. Frazey, Fraysey, William, of Elizabeth Town; will 

of. Wife Martlia. Children — William, a minor, Sarah and Mary; brothers 
Edward and John Frazey mentioned. Real and personal estate. The wife 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 73 

executrix with Ijiothers Edward and Eliphelet as overseers. Witnesses — 
John Pope, Josiah Stanbrow and John Bishop. Proved May 29, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 62 

1703 Sept. I. Frazey, William, of Middlesex Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£62.5.0 incl. 2 Bibles 7s.); made by Josiah Stanbrow 
and John Bishop. Middlesex Wills 

1678 July 27, Frederickson, Thomas, of Bergen; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 42 

Freeland, see Vreeland. 

1715-6 Jan. 10. Freeman, John, of Cohansey, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Mary. Sou Anthony; Josiah Fithian and Noah Miller receive each 
one " theard " of the real and jiersonal estate and as executors are given 
full "pour and athorate and strink" to rent, etc. Witnesses — Tho: 
Brown, Samuel Darke, David Foster. Proved . 

171 7 July 29. Noah Miller and Josiah Fithian decline to act as exec- 
utors. 

1719 July iS. Bond of Nees (Rice) Jones of Philadelphia, Cara — ? and 
attorney of Johu Blackwell of Great Britain as administrator of the 
estate. Richard Wright and Gervas Hall, Ijoth of Burlington, fellow 
bondsmen. Administration Bonds, 1716-1756 

1675 June 14. Freeman, Stephen, of Newark; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 38 

1711-2 Jan. 31. French, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
bricklayer; will of. Wife Sussannah. Children — Ann, wife of James 
Leith, who is made executor, and Richard. Real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — Thomas CoUyer, Tho: Pike. Proved March 20, 1713. 

Lib. I, p. 401 

1729 April 13. French, John, senior, of Northampton, Burling- 
ton Co., yeoman; will of. Children — Thomas, Charles, Kechael Fenton, 
Ann, daughter-in-law Sarah French, son and daughters-in-law (stepchil- 
dren) — Samuel Wickward, Hannah Wickward, Rechael Wickward, all un- 
der age. Real and personal estate. Executors — brother Thomas French 
and James Wills. Witnesses — William Allcott, Jacob Lamb, Joseph 
Meneer, John Budd. Proved May 9, 1729. 

1729 May 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £167.1.7; made by 
Thomas Bishop and Michael Woolston. 

1728-9 March 24. French, John, junior, of Northampton, Bur- 
lington Co. ; will of. Divides personal estate between brothers Thomas 
and Charles French (making the latter executor), sister Rechall Fenton 



1 74 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

and Ann France (? French). Witnesses — Abraham Marriott, Jacob 
Lamb, Thomas Dawson, John Budd. Proved May lo, 1729. 

1729 May 9. Inventory of the personal estate (very confused); made 
by Thomas Bishop, Michael Woolston and William Allcott. 

June 3. French, Thomas; copy of will of, dated May 3, 1699. 

Testator about to sail for England, leaves to wife Elizabeth house and 
plantation of 420 acres below John Test's, to son Charles 200 a. near John 
Hudson's with reversion of the plantation after wife's death, and land at 
Neather Heyford, England, to daughters Rachell Allen, Hannah Busby, 
Sarah Wood, Mary Busby, Jane Hall, Lydia, Rebecca; sons Thomas, 
Richard legacies, payable by son Charles. Witnesses — John Paine, Tho: 
Eves, John Hollinsliead, junior. 

1699 April 21. Inventory of the estate (personal £68. 5.7, the planta- 
tion of 400 a. £200); made by John Paine, Thomas Harding, John Hud- 
son and Thomas Eves. 

1699 May 3. Bond of Charles French, of Wellingborrow, yeoman, as 
executor. Matthew Allen and Henry Grubb fellow bondsmen. 

Burlington Wills 

1699 May 3. Will proved by and administration granted to his son 
Charles French. Burlington Records, p. 29 

1693 NOY. 11. Fresey, Joseph, junior, of Elizabeth Town, yeo- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate of (£55.2.-); made by Robert 
Wright a.nd Jonathan Bishop. Essex Wills 

1720-1 Feb. 26. Frettwell, Joshua, of Mancefield Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Daughter Ellen, under age, sole heir- 
ess of real and personal estate, with remainder to testator's sister Rebecca 
Warren, her son ("cousin") John Warren and the Monthly Meeting of 
Quakers at Burlington. Executors — brother(-in-law) John Warren, cousin 
Jonathan Wright and Thomas Scattergood. Witnesses — Thomas Curtis, 
Ellin Ash, Elizabeth Curtice. Proved October 7, 1721. 

Lib. 2, p. 178 

1721 Oct. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £380.14.10, incl. a sil- 
ver spoon and one desk box lis., bonds, bills and book debts £183.17.3, 
debt of Abr'm Brown for a plantation £150, all at the rate of gs. 2p, per 
oz. ; made by Sam'l Furnis and Thomas Staples. 

1721 March 24. Account of the estate by the executors, showing pay- 
ments to Jon'n Wright, Dr. Rich'd Hands, Dr. John Brown, Dr. John Rob- 
erds, Geo. Williss, Sam'l Lovet, Wm. Collum, Richard Allison, Abr. 
Heulings, Thos. Shreve, Gervas Hall, Wm. White, the grave digger, 
Caleb Raper, Sam'l Levis, John Dawson, Thos. Stanaland, Martha Sed- 
well, Abr. Bickley, Isaac Antram, Daniel Pennington, Dan. Farensworth, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I 75 

John Hancock, Phebe Scattergood, Ellen Fretwell, dau. of Joshua, for 
schooling. 

1718-9 Jan.—. Frettwell, Peter, of Burlington, tanner; will of. 
Only daughter Elizabeth and "her now husband" Jonathan Wright, 
sole heirs and executors of real and jiersonal estate, with legacies to 
granddaughter Elen Wright, grandson Frettwell Wright, both under 21, 
Robert Storke, Solomon Smith, John Careliele, to Vnother Joshua Frett- 
well " but 2o Shillings new money by reason of his ungratitude to mee 
both in word and Conduct by which said Legacie I do hereby debarre him 
the said Joshua Frettwell and his from any pretence of succession or heir" 
ship to any ]iart of my estate," — to John, son of John and Rebeccah War- 
ren (Rebecca!), the sister of testator), Samuel Bunting, Edward Rockhill. 
Mansion bouse and land in Burlington between Bridge St., High St. and 
Assisconck Creek, 650 acres "now surveyed in the Lotting Purchase" on 
Delaware R. and Laocolon Cr., adjoining John Reading, 800 a. on the 
Lomeconck (?) Branch of Rariton R., 300 a. on the Mansaloque Branch of 
said river, land next to John Antram, a tanyard, a silver tankard, 12 do. 
spoons marked P. F. Witnesses — James Thomson, Gervas Hall, Robert 
Stork, Solomon Smith. Proved February 24, 1718 9. Lib. 2, p. 108 

1718-9 March 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £1125.16.1, incl. 
a clock, a silver tankard and 2 do. spoons £15.2.-, and Bibles, several 
bound books of Divinity and paper books £10.-, bills, bonds and book 
debts £390.16.4; made by Joshua Humphrls and Gervas Hall. 

1716 May 4. Frezy, Frasee, Samuel, of Elizabeth Tow'^i, Essex 

Co.; will of, made in New York City. Wife Lidea. Sons — Samuel and 
Jacob, both under age, daughter Jane. Real and personal estate. Exec- 
utors — brother Edward Frezy and brother-in-law Joseph Bonnel. Wit- 
nesses—John Prudden, David Ogden, Samuel Farrand (?), Samuel Ward. 
Proved May 30, 17 16. Lib. A, p. 19 

1713 April 10. Frost, William, of Amboy, Middlesex Co.; will of. 
Wife Jannet, son Robert and other children, names not given; bequest to 
Minister and Wardens of the Church of England at Perth Amboy. Real 
and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Thomas Gor- 
don, Jannet Gordon, Peter Buckalieu. Proved December i, 1720. 

1720 Aug. 11. Fry, John, of Salem Co., mariner. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £180.7.9, incl. one shallop and her stores £50, a ser- 
vant man and do. woman £16, notes of John Hinman and Robert Shank- 
land £7.2.11, desparate debts £65.3.10; made by John Brice and Ranier 
van Hist. 

1729 Aug. 29. Bond of Mary Fry of Salem Co., administratrix of the 
estate; John Brick of the same Co., fellow bondsman. 



176 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1730 Nov. 10. Administration of the estate granted to Mary Fry. 

Lib. 3, p. 44 

1730 April II. Account of the estate by the administratrix, Mary 
Fry, who has paid for the funeral £3.3.10, fees for proving the will 
and appraising the estate £7. 12.2, and debts due to John Powell, John 
Brick, Allen and Turner, Mary Andrews, Peter Turner, Joseph Gregory, 
Samuel and Richard Smith, Mathew Cowley, William Read, James Gibbs, 
David Platts, Noah and Ebenezer Miller, Alexander King, Anne Vining, 
Caleb Ayars, Thomas Masker, Issac, Samuel and Josiah Fithian, Jacob 
Ware, Jeremiah and John Bacon, Enoch More, John Dowdney, Wm. Wat- 
son, Richard Lewis, Abel Carll junior, Joseph Reeves, Benjamin Peters 
and Rainer van Hist, deducting £7.2.11, due by John Hinnian and Robert 
Shankland and not recoverable. 

1695 Oct. 23. Fuller, John, of Cesarise River, Cohansey, Salem 
Co., planter; will of. William Daniel of the same place sole heir and ex- 
ecutor of all goods and chattels. Witnesses — Roger Maull and James 
Hudson. Recorded December 10, 1695. 

1695 Nov. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £17.5.9; made by 
Joseph Eastland and Roger Maull. Salem Wills, A, p. 178 

1729-30 Jan. 22. Fullerton, James, of Fairfield, Cohansey, 
Salem Co., merchant. Inventory of the personal estate of, £210. 10. 6i, 
incl. a psalm book 2s.6p., i p'r of women's stockings 5s., 6 cotton handker- 
cher I2S., 4 Charconee do. 6s., i p'r of silk gloves 4s., dubious debts 
£189.9.62^; made by Jonathan Fithian and Josiah Brooks. 

1729-30 Jan. 30. Bond of John Fullerton of Salem Co., as administra- 
tor of the estate; Josiah Brooks fellow bondsman. 

1729-30 Feb. 9. Additional inventory, £88.16.8, incl. 8 bushels of 
wheat £1.5, 25 do. of Indian corn £2. 15, 5 yds. of silk £1.10, 4 do. of 
cambrick £1, 13000 clabords £6.10, 22000 shingles £7.6.8, 9000 do. £3.12; 
made by same appraisers. 

1729-30 Feb. 13. Administration on the estate of, granted to John 
Fullerton. Lib. 3, p. 41 

1730 . Account of the estate, £299. 7. 2^^, by the administrator, 

John Fullerton, v/ho has paid funeral charges £5.12.6, fees for proving, 
etc., £9.7, for nursing the dec'd to Jean Shaw 9s.4p. and debts due to 
Samuel Thomson, Jekiel Wheeler and wife, James Miller., Samuel 
Hedge, Levi Preston, Joshua Fearn, Nathaniel Diament, Anna Holme, 
Jeremiah Buck, and deducts £199.9.3 as owing to himself and £85.2.6 not 
recoverable debts. Approval of the account by the Ordinary, not dated. 

1677 June 7. Fulsliam, Foulsliam, Israel, of New Piscataway, 
bachelor. Administration on the estate of, granted to his kinsman John 
Gil man. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 40 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 77 

1702 April 20. Farl)ll8ll, Thomas, of Fairfield, Salem Co., car- 
penter. Inventory of the personal estate of, £5.10, incomplete. 

1702 April 20. Administration on the estate granted to William Dare 
of the same place, chief creditor of deceased. Salem Wills, Lib. 7, p. 124 

1725 Dec. 23, Flimis, Benjamin, of Burlington, cooper. Bond of 
Francis Collings as administrator of the estate of; Joseph Heulings fel- 
low bondsman, both of Burlington, yeomen. 

1727 April 30. Inventory of the personal estate, £22; made by George 
Willis and James Verree; sworn to by Francis Collings, administrator of 
the estate. 

1725 Aug. 8. Furnis, Samuel, of Burlington, sadler; will of. 
Children — Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, wife of Francis Collins, Susanna, 
wife of John Wood, Samuel, son-in-law Ralph Peart. Real and personal 
property. Executors — sons Samuel Furnis and Ralph Peart, with Jona- 
than Wright and Thomas Scattergood as assistants. Witnesses — John 
Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Phebe Scattergood, Thomas Scattergood. Proved 
Septembrr 13, 1725. Lib. 2, p. 303, and Salem Wills 

1725 Nov. 18. Inventory of the personal estate £162.7, incl. Ii bound 
and a parcell of paper books £1.15, bonds of Francis and James Collins 
£30.8; made by Jonathan Wright and Thomas Scattergood. 

1725-6 March 24. Gabaits, Gfahadis, Rebekah, of Allawayes 
Creek, Salem Co.; will of. Divides real and personal estate between An- 
drew, Tobias, William and Samuel Griscom, Joseph Doule junior, John, 
Richard, Hannah and Sarah Duule, Abigail, Hannah, Bridget and James 
Sumers, Ann Rodwell, Milisant and Hannah Aounsen (?), Daniel Brand- 
rath and wife, sister Debrah Hollowe, Sarah Wels, Hipsibath, James, 
Benjamin, Isaac and Tabitha Allen, Sarah Williams, Elizabeth Cane, 
Mary Wade; Ephram Allen residuary legatee and executor. Witnesses — 
Samuel Wade, James Wade, Josiah White. Proved May 30, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 342 

1726 May 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £29.19, incl. sundry 
small books 14s., 22 yds. of calleco £2.15, 23 yds. of grasit (?) £2.17.6; 
made by Samuel Wade and John Den. 

1720 Oct. 30. Galee, (Jaile, (iJale, Samuel, of Great Egg Harbour, 

Gloucester Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Daughters — Dinah and Sarah, 
son-in-law (? stepson) David Connoven, nephew Samuel Howel. Home- 
farm, 85 acres of cedar swamp bought of John Hollingshead and Richard 
Heins, on West side of Little Eggharbour River, against Swanbay, 
land on Landing Creek and on a branch of Absecon Creek. Personal es- 
tate. Executors — Jonathan Addoms and Thomas Risley. Witnesses — 
Richard Risley, Jonathan Addoms junior, Ambrose Copland. Proved 
December 25, 1730. Lib. 3, p, no 

12 



lyS NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1730 Dec. 12. Inventory of the personal estate £123.19; made by 
Joseph Leeds and Peter White. 

1727 Nov. 15. Gallterry, Gollry, Oaltry, Oliver, of New Bruns- 
wick, barber; will of. Wife Margaret. Son Oliver, for whose school- 
ing provisions are made. Real and personal estate. The wife sole exec- 
utrix. Witnesses — ^Jan De Witte, John Choi well, Mykel Moor. Proved 
February 26, 1729-30. Lib. B, 161, and Middlesex Wills 

1694 Nov. 9. Gardener, Gardner, John, of Burlington; will of. 

Divides real and personal estate between "my young cousins, the chil- 
dren of my brother and sisters," brother Thomas, Samuel Furniss, sister 
Hester Wills, sister Elizabeth Gardner, cousin John Wills, cousin Eliza- 
beth Gardner, brother-in-law James Wills, sisters-in-law Mary and Francis 
Righton, father Thomas Gardner residuary legatee and executor. Wit- 
nesses — Robert Hudson, Richard Love, James Hills. Proved December 
15, 1694. 

1694 Dec. 13. Inventory of the estate (£359.16.-, inch a silver dram 
cup, bonds of Lawrence Morice, Mathew Allen, book debts due by John 
Labert, John Parres, James Saterthay, Tho. Kendall, Walter Oumpherys, 
James Wills, Tho. Glading, and a house and lot on High St., valued at 
£150); made by Isaac Marriott, Samuel Fornis and Benj. Wheate. 

1694 Dec. 15. Bond of widow Elizabeth Gardner, mother of John, as 
administratrix; John Tatham and Isaac Marriott fellow bondsmen. 

1694 Dec. 15. W^ill proved, in which his father, Thomas Gardner, 
was named as executor. Letters of administration granted to his mother, 
Elizabeth Gardner, of Burlington, widow. Burlington Records, p. 23 

1708 Dec. 27. Gardiner, Gardner, Daniel, of Northampton 

Township, Burlington Co.; will of. Wife . Children — John, under 

age, and Sussana. Real and personal estate. Executor— John Wolstone. 
Witnesses — George Deacon, Joshua Humphreys, John Wells. Proved 
December 20, 171 1. Lib. i, p. 343 

1712 Sept. 12. Gardiner, Thomas, of Burlington, Treasurer of 
West Jersey, Inventory of the personal estate of, £930.17.2!^, inch 137!^ 
oz. of wrought silver at 9s. per oz. £61.17.6, Cook's Institutes, Josephus 
and other old books £17.-, six Turky work chairs £2.8-, four negroes 
£60., paper money, bills and bonds £195.-, bills of credit, supposed to 
belong to the Treasury of the Province £249. 10.-; made by Peter Frett- 
well, Abram Bickley and Thomas Raper. 

1712 Sept. 15. Estate, real and personal, sequestrated and placed in 
charge of Robert Wheler and Isack de Que (Cow) of Burlington. 

1712 Sept. 25. Isaac Pierson, husband of Hannah, eldest daughter of 
Treasurer Thomas Gardiner, made administrator of the estate. 

Lib. I, p. 378 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 79 

1721 July 6. Account of the estate of, Ijy the administrator, Isaac 
Pearson, beginning in May, 1712, and endorsed "not allowed in the office 
ye 2d August 1723." 

1712 Oct. I. Mathew, the only son of Thomas Gardiner, 14 years 
old, elects as his guardians Abraham Bickley and John Wills, to whom 
letters of guardianship are issued. Lib. i, p. 380 

1712 13. Bond of John Wills of Northampton, Burlington Co., 

yeoman, and Abra'm Bickley of Philadelphia, merchant, as guardians of 
Mathew, son and heir of Thomas Gardiner. 

1719-20 Feb. 12. Gardner, John, of Newark, Essex Co.; will of. 
Wife Hanah. Children — Thomas, Gershum, Sarah. Real and personal 
estate. Executor son Gershum. Witnesses — Asariah Crane, Samuel 
Ailing, Jno. Cooper. Proved March 9, 1719-20. 

Lib. A, p. 156, and Monmouth Wills 

1687 Dec. 30. Gardner, Gardiner, Richard, of Middletown. 
Inventory of the personal estate of (£45.8.6); made by John Stout and 
Benjamin Devell. 

Receipts by Benj. Devell, Nickcallas Winewright, James Grover and 
John Whitford to Hannah, widow of Richard Gardner, for sums due by 
the estate, dated at various times in 1688, 1690 and 1691. 

1687-8 Jan. 17. Administration granted to his widow Hannah. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 108 

1687-8 Jan. 18. Bond of his widow Hanna Gardiner as administra- 
trix of the estate; Safty Grover of Middletown and Ben: Griffith of 
Amboy bondsmen. Monmouth Wills 

168S Dec. 26. Account of Richard Gardner's estate, showing pay- 
ments to James Emmitt, Sarah Wainwright the servant maid, Joseph War- 
dall, Peter White, widow Lippincott, Obbadiah Homes senior ot Staten 
Island, Jeremiah Bennet. Second account, dated February 20, 1693-4, 
shows further payments to widow Stenwick, Safty Grover, widow Hannah 
Grover, and Richard Burges. 

. Letter from Hanna Winter to , concerning a pay- 
ment of a bill, due to James Emit, by her former husband Richard 
Gardiner. 

. Minute of the County Court, held at Middletown in 

Septemljer last, relating to a suit of Lewis Morris of Tinton Manor against 
William Winter, husband of Richard Gardiner's widow, for debt; signed 
by Henry Leonard, Clerk. 

1695 May 14. Account of William Winter against the estate. 

1696-7 Feb. 12. Discharge of the estate by Lewis Morris of Tinton 
Manor from any claim for debts due him or his uncle, Col. Lewis Morris. 



I So NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1704 April 14. Affidavit of Hannah Winter, as administratrix of the 
estate of Richard Gardiner, that the estate amounts to £9.0.0. 

1704 May 22. Quietus granted to William Winter, husband of the 
administratrix, Hannah, formerly widow. 

Lib. I, p. 184, and Monmouth Wills 

1694 Nov. 24. Gardner, Thomas, of Burlington; will of. Wife 
Elizabeth. Children — Thomas, Hester Wills, Elizabeth Gardner, grand- 
son John Wills and granddaughter Mary Wills. House and lot on High 
Street, Burlington, between James Hills (Wills?) and Richard?; other real 
estate. Personal property. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Wal- 
ter Humphris, Richard Love, Benj. Wheate. Proved December 15, 1694. 

1694 Dec. 7. Inventory of the estate (£504.13.-, of which £10 stand 
for 200 a. of land in the woods and £260 for house and lot); made by 
Isaac Marriott, Samuel Fornis and Benj. Wheate. 

1694 Dec. 15. Bond of the widow Elizabeth Gardner as executrix; 
John Tatham, Esq're, and Isaac Marriott, merchant, both of Burlington, 
fellow bondsmen. 

1694 Dec. 15. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his 
widow and executrix, Elizabeth Gardner of Burlington, 

Burlington Records, p. 23 

1709 June 13. GareSOn, Jacob. Inventory of the estate of (£74.-.- 
all personal); made by John Townsend and — Cape May Wills 

1716 April 29. Garison, Gsirretson, Reman, of Cape May; will 
of. Wife Rebecker. Sons — Jacob, Daniel, Garot, Joab and Noah; 
daughters — Mary, Elisebeth and Rachel. The wife executrix of real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — Robert Townsend (27 years old), Henery 
Linard and Abraham Benor. Proved May 10, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 26 

1715 May 9. Inventory of the estate (£154.-.-, all personal); made by 
John Somers and Robert Townsend. 

1 7 15 Sept. 18. Oath of Rebekah Garreson as executrix. 

1708 Dec. 27. Garner, Gardner, Dauiel, of Northampton Town- 
ship, Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife . Children — George (under 

21) and Susannah. Home farm of 50 acres. Personal property. Execu- 
tor — John Woolston. Witnesses — George Deacon, Joshua Humphris, 
John Wills. Proved December 4, 1711. 

1709 Aug. 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £10.6.6; made by 
George Deacon and John Wills. 

1687-8 Jan. 17. Garrett, William, late of Suffolk Co., England, 
bound for West Jersey, mariner. Inventory of the estate of (£26.1.2, 
part of it in the custody of Charles Baggely); made by Richard Basnett 
and Thomas Gardner. (Duplicate). 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. iSl 

1687 . Letters of administration on the estate of, granted to 

his widow, Jane Garrett. Burlington Records, p. 13 

1687-8 Jan. 21. Bond of the widow Jane Garreit signing Garwood, 
as administratrix; Elias Farr fellow bondsman. 

1689 June 4. Inventory of the estate of widow Jane Garrett (£46.4.8); 
made by Thomas Gardener and Barnard Devenish. Copy. 

1724-5 Feb. 12. Garrillg', Thomas, of Whippeny, Essex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to John Blanchard of Elizabeth- 
town, principal creditor. Lib. A, p. 319 

1728-9 Jan. 9. (xai'rison, Frederick, of Pile's Grove Precinct, 
Salem Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £65.18.1; 
made by Clement Hall and Samuel Elwell. 

1728-9 Jan. 13. Bond of Elizabeth Garrison of Salem Co. as adminis- 
tratrix of the estate. Elisha Basset of said Co. fellow bondsman. 

1729-30 Jan 6. Account of the estate by the administratrix, who has 
paid for the funeral £5 and debts due to Elisha Bassett, John Elwell, Kar- 
man Richman, John Rutherford and George Ward. 

1708-9 Jan. 7. Garrison, Garret, Peter, Jacob and Joiin. Re- 
lease to their mother Christian all rights or claims, they may have to or 
upon the estate, left by their father; sworn to at Burlington September 19, 
1709. 

1705 Sept. 4. Garrison, Jacob, of Cohansy, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Christiana, son Abraham, grandson Isaac, son of son Isaac Garri- 
son, lately deceased, and his wife Lidian. Real and personal property. 
The wife executrix. Witnesses — William Dare junior. Better Garrison 
and Samuel Alexander. 

1708 June 9. Codicill, stating that as testator has sold to John Gar- 
rison some land, bequeathed to son Abraham, he gives him another lot. 
Proved September 19, 1709. Lib. i, p. 244 

1709 April 30. Inventory of the personal estate (£111.19.10, inch one 
negro £40); made by Benjamin Seelie and James Paget. Salem W^ills 

1714 13th d. 7th ni. (Sept.), Garritt, George, of Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Eliza]:)eth. Children — George and Bartholamu. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and Thomas Elwel. 
Witnesses — John Loyd, Benjamin Acton, Christian Acton. Proved Sep- 
tember 28, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 63 

1715 Sept. 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £17.-; made by 
Joseph White and Roger Huckings (Iluggins), both Quakers. 

1730 May 11. Garthweil (2), William, of Elizabeth Town. Ad- 



1 82 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

ministration on the estate of, granted to his father William Garthweil. 

Lib. B, p. 159 

1690 to 1692. Garwood, widow Jane. Papers relating to the 
estate of. Mention the wife of Charles Baggely as her sister, Thomas and 
John Garwood as her sons-in-law (stepsons?). 

1692 June I. Estate settled and a quietus given to the administra- 
trix, Sarah, widow and executrix of Elias Farr, who pays the balance of 
the estate, i. e. £3.0.1!, to Tho: and Jno. Garwood. 

Burlington Records, p. 17 

See Farr, and Garret. 

1727 May 14. Oatchel, Catherine, of Philadelphia, widow; will 

of. Daughter Catherine Conyhane and Peter Evans principal heirs and 

executors of "temporal estate," with legacies to children of Hep- 

elius and of Peter Evans and the Church in Philadelphia. Witnesses — 
Gustavus Hesperius and Susan Worriel. Proved May 22, 1727. 

Lib. 2, p. 427 

1703 March 28. Gauge, Thomas, of Woodbridge, ship carpenter; 
will of. Wife Elizabeth executrix^ Son Thomas, apparently other chil- 
dren, son-in-law Thomas Veale. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
John Adie and Thomas Pike. Proved April 23, 1703. Middlesex Wills 

1703 . Inventory of the personal estate, £71.6.-, incl. half of 

a boat £30; made by John Pike and Thomas Pike. 

1720 July 17. Gauntt, Hananiah, of Springfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co.; will of. Children— Daniel, Zebulon, Mahitable Staples and 
Mary Webb. Real and personal estate. Executors — son Zebulon and 
son-in-law Thomas Staples. Witnesses — Edward Barton, Joseph Allin- 
son, Tho: Scattergood. Proved November 17, 1721. 

1 721 Nov. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £221.6; made by 
Thomas Curtis and John Scholey. Lib. 2, p. 177 

1705 July 26. GeddeS, John, of Piscataway, carpenter. Certificate 
of Quietus Estate granted to the administratrix of the estate of, his widow 
Elizabeth Geddes of Perth Amboy. Lib. I, p. 108 

1686 Oct. 31. Gede, William, residenter in Bruntiseland, Scot- 
land, for Suameikkas, sick on board the "Henry and Francis" of 
New Castle, Rich. Huttoun, master; will of. Wife — Eupham Dempster. 
Children — William, Eupham, Margaret and Anna. Personal property 
aboard the ship, bound for East Jersey. Devisors — the wife, brother Rob- 
ert Gede of Badrick and Alexander Gede, one of the Baillies of Bruntise- 
land, with James Armourer of Glasgow, merchant, and James Dundas, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I S3 

brother to Dundas of Arnistoun as advisers. Witnesses — James 

Rainy, skipper and Alexander Riddoch. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 93, and Middlesex Wills 

1703-4 Feb. 22. Gibbs, Richard, of Sutton Lodge, Mansfield 
Township, Burlington Co., felt maker. Oath of Sarah, widow of, that he 
died intestate. 

1704 May 4. Bond of widow Sarah Gibbs as administratrix. John 

Day and Thomas Gardiner fellow bondsmen. Lib. i, p. 45 

1704 I2thd. 6th m. (Aug.). Inventory of the personal estate, £192. 14.-, 

inch a servant boy £20; made by John Shinn, John Day, John Brown and 

John Morke (?) 

1684 Aug. 24. Gibbins, Richard, of Middletown. Letters of ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Elizabeth Gibbins, widow, and 
Mordicah Gibbins, planter, both of Middletown. 

1684 Aug. 24. Bond of Mordicah Gibbins as administrator. Willum 
Whitelocke of Middletown, planter, fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1688 May 14. Gibbon, Ediuond, of Delaware River and of East 
Jersey. Administration on the estate of, granted to his brother Francis 
Gibbon of N. Y, N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 119 

1688 May 15. Inventory of the estate, made by Francis Gibbon, men- 
tioning only lot No. 3 of 650 acres on the South side of Rariton River; no 
value given. 

1727-8 Feb. 6. Gibson, John, of Springfield Township, Burlington 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Sons — William, John, Isaac, the last 
two under age. Home farm, a farm in Gloucester Co., 150 acres at Great 
Eggharbour, Gloucester Co. Personal estate. Executors — brother Jo- 
seph Gibson and Thomas Shinn. Witnesses — Thomas Atkinson, Jona- 
than Shreve, John Dorson, John Budd. Proved March 7, 1727-8. 

Lib. 2, p. 50S 

1727-8 March 5. Inventory of the personal estate (£191.7.4, inch 
a great Bible and other books £1, "specialties" £5.10.8, credits £31.6.8, 
a servant boy £10; made by Thomas Budd and John Burr. 

1709 Nov, 20. Gibson, Samuel, of Mancefield Township, Burling- 
ton Co. ; will of. Wife Lydia. Children — Liddy, Mary, Barbery Mott, 
Rachell Pearce, Bartholomew. Real and personal estate. The wife sole 
executrix. Witnesses — John Hancock, Edward Boulton, James Craft, 
Tho: Scattergood. Proved September 28, 1710. Lib. i, p. 284 

1709 Dec. 23. Inventory of the personal estate (£150.2.6); made by 
Mathew Champion, Ed. Boulton and Tho. Scattergood. 

1717 Not. 20. Gibson, Thomas, of Dedford Township, Gloucester 



184 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Co. Will of. Wife Ann, Sons — Luke, John, Thomas, Joseph and 
Obadiah. Real and personal estate. Sons Joseph and Obadiah executors. 

Witnesses — Constantine Wood, John Gibson, Luke Gibson, John W ? 

junior. Proved September 23, 1718. Lib. 2, p. 93 

1717 7th d. 8th m. (Oct.). Inventory of the personal estate, £119.7.8; 
made by Constantine Wood and John Cooper; sworn to by Joseph and 
Obadiah Gibson. 

1723 Aprils. Oiford, William, of Monmouth Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate, £101.6.9, incl. looo Seder Shingles £3, debts due 
by Thomas Limon, Thomas Johnson junior and Judy Williams; made by 

Stoffel Langstraat, James ? and Adam Woolley; sworn to by Jno. 

Paintard, administrator and principal creditor. 

1723 May 13. Sary, widow, and William, son of William Giflard, de- 
cline to administer on the estate and recommend John Paintard, mer- 
chant. 

1723 July 18. Bond of John and Anthony Pintard as administrators of 
the estate. Lib. A, p. 252 

1719 June 27. Gilbert, John, a minor of 16 years. Bond of John 
Wills of Northampton Township, Burlington Co., as guardian of. 

1705 Jnne 8. Grilbertson, Lubert, of Cape May Co. Bond of 
Peter Corson of Eggharbour, as administrator of the estate of. James 
Steelman of Cape May fellow bondsmen. Lib, i, p. 106 

1705 July 19. Inventory of the estate (£20.9.10, all personal); made 
by John Taylor and William Gouldin junior. 

1712 27tli d. 1st m. (March). Oilberthorpe, Esther, of Notting- 
ham, Burlington Co., widow; will of. Daughters— Esther, wife of John 
Midleton, Ann Gilberthorpe; grandson Thomas Midleton, cousins John 
Parker, Thomas Moone: legacy to Mary Rockhill. Personal estate. 
Daughter Ann sole executrix with cousin Francis Davenport as assistant. 
Witnesses— Sarah Hall, John Starkey, Gervas Hall. Proved May 10, 
1712. Lib. I, p. 354 

1712 May 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £172.19.-; made by 
Harmainius Kinge, James Moone, Jno. Tantum and Gervas Hall. 

1711 July 23. Gilberthorpe, Thomas, of Nottingham Township, 
Burlington Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £256.-.-; made by 
Harmanius Kinge, Jno. Tantum, Era: Davenportt and Gervas Hall and 
sworn to by Hester Gilberthorp. 

1711 Dec. 8. Additional inventory, £99.9.10, incl. 6 oz. 8^ p. w. of 
plate, £2.18.10; made by the same. 

1688 June 7. Giles, Major James, of Piscataway; will of. Wife 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1S5 

Elizabeth. Children — Mathew, Elizabeth Olden, Mary Booth. Land in 
Kinniebeck River, house and farm in Piscataway. Personal property. 
Executors — the wife and son(-in-law) William Olden with Edward Slater 
as overseer. Witnesses — Edward Slater and William Tharp. Proved 
third Tuesday of March, 1690-1. Middlesex Wills 

16SS Aug. 6. Inventory of the personal estate (£137.3.-); ni^de by 
Edward Slater and Charles Oilman. 

. (xilham, Coustaut, of Salem Town, widow; will of. 

Daughters — Elizabeth Gambell, Elizalieth Gilham and Avis Gilham, all 
under 18. Lot in Salem of 8i acres. Personal property. Executor — 
Hugh Middleton, who is to have daughter Elizabeth Gambell, until she is 
18. Witnesses — Roger Milton, Alexander Grant and Ann Sireg (Sur- 
ridge) widow. Proved March 31, 1708. Lib. i, p. 190 

1705-6 Feb. 17. Gilham, Gilliam, Robert, of Salem Town, car- 
penter; will of. Wife Constant. Sons — William and Lucus, both under 
20. Daughters — Elizabeth, Evis and Ann, all under 18. A lot of 8|^ acres 
in Salem, bought of Hugh Middleton. Personal property. Executors — 
the wife and Samuel Hedge junior. Witnesses — Wm. Grifin, Nathaniel 
Dogles and Ann Sirridge. Proved March 16, 1705-6. Lib. i, p. 137 

1705-6 March 15. Inventory of the personal estate (£62.0.3); made 
by Richard Johnson and William Folwell. 

1707 Sept. 3. Inventory of the personal estate of the Widow Gillam, 
lately deceased (£51.19.0); made by Richard Johnson and Wm. Grifin. 

1695 July 16. Gill, Benjamin, late of New Castle, Penna., now of 
Munmouth River, Salem Co., ship carpenter; will of. Wife Ann sole 
heiress and executrix of real and personal estate in America and in Eng- 
land. Witnesses — Tho: Pile, John Landis, Mary Beere, Sam'l Hedge. 
Recorded February 14, 1695-6. 

1695-6 Feb. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £271.18, inch a 
brigantine partly built £70; made by Sam'l Curtiss and Sam'l Hedge. 

Salem Wills, A, p. 182 

1728 March 27. Gillam, Guilhara, Robert, of Springfield, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Anne. Children mentioned, but 
names not given. Real and personal estate. Executors — Jonathan 
Wright and Thomas Scattergood junior. Witnesses — George Abbott, 
John Hancock, John Woods, Row'd Ellis. Proved May lo, 1728. 

Lib. 2, p. 528 

1728 April 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £66.4,1; made by 
John Hancock and Abraham Brown, 

1711 July 28. Gilles, Giels, Giles, Matliew, of Stony Brook, 



lS6 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Sumer Set Co. ; will of. Wife Phebe. Children — James, Mathew, Mary. 
"Worldly estate." The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — William Hix- 
son, John Field, John Oldden. Proved May 5, 1712. Lib. i, p, 356 

1691 Dec. 15. Gillett, Josliua, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Margrett sole heiress and executrix. Son Thomas 
and other children, names not given; friend Thos. Kyllingworth to bring 
up son Thomas. Land adjoining brother Lacroye. Personal property. 
Witnesses — Thomas Bedford and John Lacroy, Recorded November 10, 
1692. 

1692 Sept. 19. Inventory of the estate: personal £29.3, real (200 acres 
of land) £21; made by Michael Barron and Wooley Tolson. 

Salem Wills, A, p. 84 

1701 Au^. 2. Gilljohnson, Elizabeth, widow and executrix of 
Rennere van Hyst, since wife of Wm. Gilljohnson. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of, £243.9.11^, incl. a silver dram cup, 3 spoons and a por- 
ringer £3; made by Joseph Woodrooffe and John Vance. 

Salem Wills, III, p. iii 

1708 March 29. trilljohnson, William, of Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife . Sons — Thomas, John, son-in-law (? stepson) Erick John- 
son, grandchild Rina Gilljohnson. Real and personal estate. The 
three sons as executors are directed^ to continue a lawsuit against 
Edward Mecums about a mortgage. Witnesses — Abraham Inloose, 
Henry Cornelius and Cornelius Copner. Proved May 20, 1709. 

1709 April 29. Inventory of the personal estate (£158.0.5); incl. 
bonds £43.19.5; made by Henry Cornelius and Cornelius Copner. 

Salem Wills 

1721 July 23. GilljonSOn, John, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co.; 
will of. Son William under age. Real and personal estate left to tes- 
ator and brother Thomas by their father. Executor Samuel Walcott. 
Witnesses — ^John Robinson, Joseph Lambson, Mathias Johnson. Proved 
August 2, 1721. Lib. 2, p. 185 

1696 Oct. 14. (xillman, John, senior, of Cesarise River, Salem 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Rachael. Children — Edward, Mercye, 
Mary, Rachel^ Charles, Elizabeth, Sarah Hutchings. Home farm, 200 
acres bought of Wm. Groome. Property in East Jersey. Personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and son Edward. Witnesses — ^Jona. Beere and Sam'l 
Hedge. Recorded December 9, 1695. 

1695 Oct. 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £54.12; made by 

Salem Wills, A, p. 176 

1696-6 March 20. Grillmau, Rachel, widow of John. Inventory 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 187 

of the personal estate of, £72.1.10; made by Joseph Eastland and Thomas 
Sheepherd. 

1696 . Administration on the estate granted to her son-in-law 

(stepson) Edward Gillman. Salem Wills, A, p. 189 

1691-2 Jan. 18. Grilman, drillinan, Charles, of Piscataway, yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary, wife's mother Susannah Aleger, wife's daugh- 
ter Mary Bishop (under 21 and unmarried). Sons — Charles Oilman, 
Joseph Oilman (under age), cousin Charles Oilman. Real and personal 
property. Executors — the wife and son Charles with Hopewell Hull and 
Edward Slater as overseers. Witnesses — Edward Slater, Thomas Fitz- 
randolph, Jeffery Manning and Hopewell Hull. Proved March i, 1691-2. 
N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 192, 223, and Middlesex Wills 

1691-2 Jan. 26. Inventory of the personal estate (£251.17.10, inch 

a negro slave £25, Judah Sutton's time £3, Thomas Veale's time ); 

made by Edward Slater, Hopewell Hull and Benia: Hull. 

1S92 Aug. 17. Bond of Marie, late widow of Chas. Oilman, now wife 
of Benjamin Jones of Piscataway, as executrix with her eldest son Charles 
of said Oillman's estate. Edward Slater fellow bondsman. 

1695 July 26. Bond of Edward Slater of Piscataway as administrator 
of the estate. John Worth of Woodbridge fellow bondsman. 

Middlesex Wills 

1695 Au^. 2, Gilman, Charles, of E. J. Inventory of the personal 
estate of, found in the hands of Benjamin Jones (£145.11.6, incl. a negro 
slave £25); made by Capt. Oeorge Drake, Benia: Hull and Thomas Fitz- 
randolph. Middlesex Wills 

1695 Aug. 14. Account of the estate by the administrator, Benjamin 
Jones, who has paid "for Dyett washing and Lodging three Yeares and 
halfe, for three Children of the deceased at £8 p. a." £84, for teaching 
said children to read £16, and sums due to Judath Sutton, Mrs. Auger 
(a legacy), Jonathan Ogden, John Taylor the smith, Benjamin Hull, 
Judith Hendrix the servant of dec'd. 

1710 Dec. 19. Oilman, Charles. Joanna, wife of, having become 
the wife of William Taylor, asks for letters of guardianship of Maiy Oil- 
man, daughter of Chailes; granted. Lib. i, p. 297 

1719-20 March 12. diilman, Charles, of Piscataway. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Rachell Oilman, widow, Joseph Oil- 
man and John Alston. Lib. A, p. 132 

1715 Oct. 13. Gilman, Edward, Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Hannah. Children — Edward, Abraham, David, Elizabeth, 
Martha, Sarah. Real and personal estate. Executors— the wife and 



l88 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

brother John Bacon. Witnesses — Dickason Shepherd, Thomas Vaughn, 
John Bishup, David Shepherd. Proved May 7, 1716. 

1715 Dec. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £118.8.9, i"'^'- debts 
due by Ephraim Sayre, Thomas Vaughn, John Peirpoint and John Bishup; 
made by Joseph Estland and Dickason Shepherd. 

1697 Au^. 10. Grilpin, Thomas, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman. Inventory of the estate of, real £20, personal £26.10; made by 
Tho: Wells and John Peddrick. 

1697-8 Feb. 10. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Alice Gilpin. Salem Wills, A, p. 220 

1719 May 21. Criluian, Griiilian, Abraham, a minor of 16 years. 
Bond of Hanny (Henry) van Metere of Salem Co., as guardian of. 

1703-4 March 11. Gladwiu, Mary, an infant of 19 years. Bond 
of John Wetherill of Burlington, tanner, as guardian of. Lib. I, p. 75 

1704 Aug. 7. Receipt of Mary Carlisle and her husband John Carlisle 
to her guardian John Wetherill within named for her property. 

1694- Dec. 19. tHadwin, Thomas, of Burlington, blacksmith; will 
of. Son William, daughter Mary, both under 21, brother John; legacies 
to housekeeper Elizabeth Seres, George Hutcheson, Robert Wheeler, 
Samuel Furnis, Joseph Adams, John, son of Henry Burr. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — Geo. Hutcheson, Robert Wheeler, Samuel 
Furnis and Joseph Adams. Witnesses — Rebakah Wheeler, Rebekah 
Smith, Elizabeth Seres. Proved January 5, 1694-5. 

1694 Dec. 28. Inventory of the estate £135.8.3, inch £90 for house 
and lot; made by John Budd, Thomas Raper and Thomas Bibb. 

1694-5 Jan. 5. Bond of the executors named in the will. Wm. 
Righton and Tho. Bibb fellow bondsmen. Burlington Records, p. 24 

1690 Nov. 12 (date of his death). Gladwin, William, of Burling- 
ton Co. ; will of. Gives to friend Mary Rensha 44 acres at Mount Pisgah, 
next to her own land; to John Snape 100 a. Brother Thomas Gladwin 
residuary legatee and executor. Witnesses— Sarah Clarke and Symon 
Charles. Proved April 27, 1695. 

. Inventory of the estate of (£40.10.-, the 44 acres given 

to widow Mary Stacy valued at £4.-.-); made by George Hutcheson and 
Samuel Fornis. 

1695 April 27. Bond of George Hutcheson, Samuel Fornis, Joseph 
Adams and Robert Wheeler as administrators. Burlington Records, p. 25 

1727 April 15. Crlann, Glenn, Katrene, of Morrises River, Salem 
Co.; will of. Sons — Lazarus, Zacharias who has daughters Mary and 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 189 

Katrene, and Gabrill, sole executor of real and personal estate. Witness- 
es — Step: Haiiford, Mary Hauford, Martha Isard, Proved June 10, 1728. 

Lib. 2, p. 548 

1728 March 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £75, inch books £1; 
made by Sam'l Thompson and William Mulford. 

1707 May 2(>. (Jodwill, Edward, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Mary dead and buried at John Thomson's. Second wife 
Frances. Brothers and sisters in Ireland, vizt., Thomas, Eleezbeth God- 
win, brothers Larance Daues and George Stacy. Real and personal 
estate. Wife Frances executrix. Abell Nicholson, Isaac Pearson, John 
Smith, Will: Tyler and Alex'r Grant witnesses. Proved February 10, 
1 70S. Lib. I, p. 224 

1 70S Sept. 25. Inventory of the personal estate (£294.6.2); made by 
John Thompson and Rich'd Darkin; sworn to by Frances Godwin, execu- 
trix, February 10, 1708. 

1729 Jnly 30. Gold. John, of Essex Co. Administration on the 
estate of, granted to his widow, Martha Gold. Lib. B, p. 127 

1727 April 19. Gold, Thomas, of Elizabeth Town. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Gersham Frazee, principal creditor. 

Lib. B, p. 29 

1725 Jnly 11. Goldy, Samuel, of Northampton, Burlington Co. 
Bond of Dorothy, widow of, as administratrix of the estate of her hus- 
band; John Brooks of Evesham, said Co., fellow bondsman. 

1725 Aug. II. Inventory of the personal estate, £141.9.11, inch bonds 
and bills £73.1.6, 2 great Bibles, other books and things £5.15.6; made by 
Philo. Leeds and John Burr. 

1718 Not. 5, Golisha, Jacob, of Hopewell Township, Hunterdon 
Co. Bond of Thomas Read (Reed) as administrator of the estate of. 
John Muirheid (Morehead) fellow bondsman, both of said township. 

Administration Bonds, 1716-1756 

1703 April 6. Ooodbody, William, of Shrowsbury, planter; will 
of. Children — William, Mary and Helina, all under age; sister Mary 
Greene. Real and personal estate. Executors— John Williams senior and 
Joseph Lawrence, both of Shrowsbury. Witnesses — Joseph Parker, 
Richard Lippincott and Amos White. Proved April 17, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 29, and Monmouth Wills 

1703 May 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £65.0.10^; made by 
Thomas White, Thomas Bills and John Havens. 

1700-1 Jan. 9. Goodman, Charles, Collector of his Majesty's 



190 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Customs at Perth Amboy; will of. Leaves his Bank lot and personal 
estate there to William Loveridge, his executor. Witnesses — Thomas 
Gordon, Geo. Willoks and Geo. Rescarrier. Proved April — , 1701. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 321, and Middlesex Wills 

1700 Aug'. 6, Goodwin, Isaac, of Gloucester Co., husbandman; 
v*?ill of. Son John left to the care of Samuel Harrison, who is appointed 
executor of the "outward" estate. Witnesses — Thomas Bull and Daniel 
Blewit. Proved March 18, 1704-5. 

1704-5 March 24. Bond of Sarah Harrison as administratrix of the 
estate of Isaac Goodwin; Richard Roe or John Doe fellow bondsman. 

Lib. I, p. loi, and Gloucester Wills 

1705 Aug. 10. Account of the estate, which is stated as having been 
inventoried at £26.5.0, and of which £24.4.0 were paid for funeral charges 
and debts. 

1705 Aug. 10. Quietus granted to the administratrix. Lib. i, p. 109 

See Harrison, Samuel. 

1726-7 Jan. 9. Goodwin, John, of Manington, Salem Co., labourer. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £7.8.2; made by Thomas Hill and 
Sam'l Hedge; sworn to by Jno. Pledger, administrator of the estate. 

1708 July 6. Gooldy, Elizabeth, of Springfield, Burlington Co. 
Order making Daniel Leeds and Samuel Gooldy administrators of the es- 
tate of; endorsed Eliz. Fenton. Lib. i, p. 212 

1728 Aug. 20. Gordin, Gordon, Gordown, Peter, of Croswecks, 
Monmouth Co.; will of. Wife Elizabeth sole heiress and execu- 
trix of real and personal estate, as long as she remains his widow. Five 
children, all under age, mentioned, but names not given. Witnesses — 
James Tapscott, Thomas Hall, Elias Stokbery (Tucksburry in jurat). 
Proved November i, 1725. 

1725 May 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £105.9.3, ^^cl, a 
pocket Bible and some old books 6s. ; made by Robert Lawrence, Abraham 
Lincon and Corneles van Horen. 

See Gordon, Peter. 

1698-9 March 22. Gordon, Charles. Administration on the 
estate of, granted to his brother Thomas Gordon. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 305 

1685-6 Jan. 20. Gordon, George, of Amboy Perth. ; will of. 
Gives legacies to Thomas Gordon (printed books and mathematical in- 
struments), Charles Gordon, Robert Fulerton, William Laing, John Bar- 
clay (lignum vitse punch bowl and silver tumbler), Dr. Robieson (may 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I9I 

dissect him), servant John Brown, servant Jean Morieson, brother Sir 
John Gordon residuary legatee. Executors — John Barclay and William 
Laing. Witnesses — Alexander Dou and William Tynett. Proved March 
II, 1685-6. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 73, and Middlesex Wills 

16S5-6 March 8. Bond of John Barclay and Wm. Laing, both of 
Amboy, as executors of the last will of. 

1725 Nov. — . Gordon, Peter, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man. Petition of Elizabeth, widow of, stating that her late husband, not 
having named an executor in his last will, dated August 20, 1723, she asks 
to be made administratrix; granted. 

See Gordin. 

1721 July 21, (xOrdon, Thomas, of near Perth Amboy, Middlesex 
Co.; will of. Wife Jannett, sole executrix. Children — Andrew, Thomas, 
John, Margarett, Mary, Euphaine. Real and personal estate. Witnesses 
— Eliza Parks, Thomas Gordon junior, John Gordon, INIargarett Gordon, 
Mary Gordon. Proved May 11, 1722. Lib. A, p. 217 

1685 May 15. Gloslillg, John, of Burlington, intending to go to 
Barbados; will of. Wife, name not given; son John. Real and personal 
estate. Arthur Cooke, Robert Dimsdale and Francis Collins executors. 
Witnesses — Susanna Budd, Jo: Beere, Henry Grubb, Seth Smith. Proved 
February 12, 1685-6. 

1685-6 Jan. 19. Inventory of the estate £766.6.6, of which £100 stand 
for the plantation and £333 as due by Ephraim Allen, Samuel, Thomas and 
John Leonard, Tho. Aikinson, Wm. Biddle, Mordacay Bouden, Daniel 
Brinson, Will. Britweu, Tho. Bowman, Jos. Blower, James Bud, Tho, 
Brooks, Symon Charles, Wm. Cole, Will Dark at the Falls, Jon. Eldridge, 
Wm. Embly, Elias Farr, Sam. Jenings, Tho. Gladding, Henry Grub, God- 
frey Hancock, John Hornor, Thom. Kendall, Freedom Lipencott, Isack 
Merrotl, Jno. Newbolt, Tho. Oliver, Will. Peachy, Tho. Revell, Tho. 
Wright, Antho. Morrise, Jno. Skeen, Mahlon Stacy, Hugh Staniland, 
Hannah Scott, Zebulon Thorpe, Daniel Wills, Jno. Woolson senior and 
junior, Gilbert Wheler, Tho. Williams, Jno. Wills, Wm. Wood, Geo. 
Hutchison, Ric. Basnett, Antho. Pay, Peter Jenings, Tho. Thackery, 
Abraham Broun, Fran. Stevens, Jno. Day, Jonathan Beere, Jno. Chipman, 
Christian Chipman, James Wells, Sam. Androse, Sam. Burden, Will. 
Budd, Wm. Matlack, Will. Hunt, Tho. Barton, Daniel Ingland, Walter Pum- 
fry, Will. Wayt, Abraham Senior, Grifhn Jones and Arthur Cooke, while 
£261.11.- are due to Tho. Gardner, Tho. Budd, Elizabeth Savery, Elinor 
Barber, John King, Ebenizar Langford, Patience Loyd, Doctor Dimsdale, 
Will. Framton, Geo. Gray, John Glover, Rob. Hudson, Mary Chipman, 
Henry Curler, James Wells, John Budd, Edw. Slade, Peter Boss, Charles 
Reed, Ben. Wheat and Amy Child; made by Geo. Hutcheson and James 
Budd. 



192 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1685-6 Feb. 27. Bond of the executors named in the will. 
1685 . Letters of administration on the estate granted to Ar- 
thur Cooke, Robert Dimsdale and Francis Collins. 

Burlington Records, p. 13 

1697 May 8. Crosling, John, son of John, of Burlington, dec'd. 
Bond of Thomas Revell of Burlington, gentleman, and Thomas Gardiner 
of Groveline, Gloucester Co., W. J., as guardians of. 

1702-3 Feb. 23. Being 19 years old he chooses Tho. Briant as guar- 
dian, who with Henry Grubb signs a new bond. 

1097 May 3. Gould, Alexander, of Stowe Creek, Salem Co., 
weaver. Inventory of the personal estate of, £27.3.6; made by William 
Bradway and John Taylor. 

1697 . Administration on the estate granted to his mother, 

widow Jane Gould. Salem Wills, A, p. 211 

1714-5 Feb, 6. GrOUlding', Samuel, of Cape May Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Sarah. Sons — Joseph, Daniel, daughter Margaret. The 
wife executrix of real and personal estate with Samuel Johnson 'and John 
Cresse as overseers. Witnesses — James Somers, John Cresse (43 yrs. old) 
and Catharin Corson. Proved April 20, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 36 

1715 May 9. Inventory of the personal estate (£121.15.-); made by 
John Somers and Robert Townsend. 

1726-7 Jan. 20. Grant, Alexander, of Salem, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Ann. Children — Ann Hedge, and Barbara. Home lot, a 12 acre 
lot adjoining John Goodwin's marsh lot, house and lot next to Col. John 
Rolf with 6 a. of marsh, 100 a. in Amwellbury. Personal estate. Execu- 
tors — the wife and John Goodwin. Witnesses — ^Joseph Test, Thomas 
Hill, William Hedge. Proved February 21, 1726-7. Lib. 2, p. 417 

1726-7 Mar. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £336.11.5, inch 
cash, bonds, bills and book debts £212.12.4, goods in the shop £70.9; 
made by Jam Whitton and Joseph Darkin. 

1734 July 6. Account of the estate by the executrix, Ann Grant, who 
has paid out £105.14.8; for funeral charges £ro, and debts to Mr. Clem- 
ent Plumsted, Joseph Turner and Wm. Allen, a mortgage to the Loan 
Office £135. 12.9, and deducts from the inventory £151.7.8, debts due to 
the estate and not collectible from Geo. Trenchard dec'd (no assets), 
Adam Straughan (insolvent), Henry Brown, Caleb Hall, Wm. Johnson, 
Edward Till, Thos. Leatherland, Stephen Starks, Wm. Hicks, Joseph 
Taylor, Wm. Davis, Nath'l Tucker, Jacob Evary, Jas. Everitt, Thomas 
Hinson, Peter Gordon, all Runaways, Mary Meacum, Sarah Hall and 
Francis Gaudouett dec'd, all insolvent. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 1 93 

1714 Sept. 12. GrareS, Thomas, of Salem Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Anne. Sons — Thomas, Joseph and Samuel, all under age. Home 
farm of 100 acres, a lot of 200 a. agreed for with Sarah Hall of Salem. 
Personal estate. Executors — the wife and brother-in-law Aquila Barbor. 
Witnesses — Joseph White, John Loyde, Benjamin Acton, Mouncee Keen. 
Proved December 20 (? 28), 1714. Lib. i, p. 51S 

1714 Oct. 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £67.19.5; made by 
Joseph Whit and Roger Huchings. 

1670 Dec. 10. (Treasy, Daniel, of Woodbridge. Catharine Greasy, 
widow of; administratrix of his estate. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 31 

1729 Dec. 11. (Treen, Elizabeth, of Squan. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of, £37.12.6, incl. debts due by Joseph Gifford senior and 
William Havens; made by Paul Hill and Timothey Willitest. 

1730 June 6. Administration on the estate granted to her son and 
heir, Joseph Gifford. Lib. B, p. 160 

1696 Sept. 18. Green, John, of Chohansey, Salem Co., black- 
smith; will of. Wife Ursula, sole executrix. Children — Timothy, Eliz- 
abeth, Lydia. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Tho: Bridge, Rich'd 
Whittaker, John Jones. Recorded November 4, 1696. 

1696 Oct. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £35.0.6, incl. old 
books; made by John Sheepherd and Thos. Sheepherd. 

Salem Wills, A, p. ig6 

1721-2 Jan. 11. Green, William, of Trenton, Hunterdon Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Joanna. Children — Richard, Joseph, William, 
Joanna, Sarah, Benjamin, John, Jerimiah, Isaac, the last six under age, 
Esther and Mary. Real and personal estate (a farm bought of John Sev- 
erans). Executors — sons Richard and Joseph. Witnesses — Christopher 
Howell, William Reed, David Howell. Proved June i, 1723. 

Lib. 2, p. 240 

1694 Sept. 30. Greene, John, of Mansfield Township, Burlington 
Co., carpenter; will of. Thomas Duglas sole heir and executor of "out- 
ward estate." Witnesses — John Joyner, Tho: Scholey, Jo. Curtis. Proved 
November i, 1694. 

1694 Oct. 20. Inventory of the estate (£35.4.11); made by Matthew 
Forsyth, Eliakim Higgins and John Joyner. 

1694 Nov. I. Bond of Thomas Duglles of Burlington Co., yeoman, 
as executor. John Joyner and Elisha Bartin of said Co., yeomen, fellow 
bondsmen. 

1694 Nov. I. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to the ex- 
ecutor, Thomas Dugglas. - Burlington Records, p. 22 
13 



194 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1694 Dec. 11. Greenland, Henry, of Piscataway, physician; will 
of. Son Henry Greenland, sons-in-law Daniel Brynson (who has son 
Barefoot by his wife Frances) and Cornelius Longfield. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Servant John Ditfervour (?) to live with son Henry until 
expiration of his term. Executor — son-in-law Longfield. Witnesses — 
Edward Slater and Benia: Hull. Proved February 7, 1694-5. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 220, and Middlesex Wills 
1694-5 Feb. 13. Bond of Cornelius Longfield (Langevelt) of Piscat- 
away as executor of the will; Edward Slater of the same place fellow 
bondsman. 

1695 June 8. Inventory of the personal estate (£179.7.10!^, incl. £99 
in cash, £20 in bonds of Daniel Brinson and £40 desperate debts); made 
by Edward Slater and John Pridmore. 

— ■. Account of the estate as administered upon by Corne- 
lius Longfield (almost illegible). Middlesex Wills 

1 702-3 Jan. 20. Grer, {I Greve), James, of Woodbridge, turner; 
will of. Wife Marion sole heiress and executrix of real and personal es- 
tate, with legacy to John Mouttine (?). Witnesses — Robert Gillchrist, 
Gawine Lockhart, John Lee and Adam Hude. Proved February 16, 
1702-3. Middlesex Wills 

1702-3 Feb. 3. Inventory of the personal estate of (£15.12.-); made 
by Adam Hude and Georg Broun. Middlesex Wills 

1715 Dec. 16, Griffith, Alexander, of Burlington. Order appoint- 
ing Lewis Morris, Agent for Edward Rechier and other Proprietors of 
West Jersey, formerly called the West Jersey Society, and principal cred- 
itors of Alex'r Griffith, administrator of his estate. 

1715 Dec. i6. Bond of Lewis Morris as administrator. Thomas Gor- 
don and John Barclay fellow bondsmen. 

1709 Oct. 28. Griffith, Benjamin, of Perth Amboy (died July 18). 

Inventory of the personal estate of (£86.5. iii, incl. Friends Books £10.- 
II. o and Law Books £13.3.0); made by John Pike and Tho Pike. 

Middlesex Wills 

1709 Aug. 13. Bond of Mary Griffith of Perth Amboy, widow, as ad- 
ministratrix of the estate. Miles Forster, Esq're, and David Heriott, 
cooper, fellow bondsmen. Endorsed Mary Hooper's alias Griflith's bond. 

1709 Nov. 30. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Mary Griffith. Lib. i, p. 249 

17x3 Oct. 23. Account of the estate by Mary Griffith, widow and ad- 
ministratrix of Benjamin, showing payments to Marie Lawrence of N. Y., 
John Norton, John Finch of N. Y., Sibella Masters of Philadelphia, John 
Kinsey of Woodbridge, John Reve, John Membrook Mason, Elisha 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 



'95 



Parker, Tho. Pike, John Browne, Jacob Arents, Marie Robeson and Wil- 
liam Sutton. Bond given by John Collens, now deceased, not recover- 
able. 

1715 Dec. 22. (irifflth, "William, of Burlington. Petition of Nich- 
olas Martinaux of Burlington as principal creditor of, to be appointed ad- 
ministrator, 

1715 Dec. 22. Bond of Nicholas Martinaux as administrator; Isaac 
Pearson and James Thomson fellow bondsmen. 

1705 Juue 4. Grimes, Joseph, of Salem Co.; will of. Wife Mary 
sole heiress and executrix of real and personal property, which is to go 
to son Joseph if she re-marries or at her death. Witnesses — John Ogden, 
Jonathan Fithian and Joseph Seelye. Acknowledged by testator as his 
own act and deed before Joseph Seelye, Justice. Proved March iS, 
1705-6. Lib. I, p. 140 

1705-6 Feb. 14. Inventory of the estate (£30 house and improve- 
ments, £67.1.6 personal inch silver and debts due to the estate); made by 
John Ogden and David Sayre. 

1719 Dec. 30. (ifriscom, Tobias, of Newton, Gloucester Co.; will 
of. W^ife Debora. Children mentioned, but not by name. Real and 
personal estate. The wife executrix with Thomas Sharp and Joseph 
Cooper junior, both of Newton, as assistants. Witnesses — Jno. Brown, 
Joseph Cooper, Thomas Evins. Proved January 21, 1719-20. 

Lib. 2, p. 132 

1719-20 9th d. nth m. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£127.18.2; made by John Kay and John Cooper junior; attested by 
Deborah Griscom. 

1735-6 Feb. 10. Account of the estate by Tobias Holloway of Glou- 
cester Co., yeoman, and wife Mary, formerly Mary Griscom, executrix of 
Tobias. The estate has increased to £278.- by the sale of the plantation of 
dec'd at Newton and 569 acres; payments have been made to Dr. Brown, 
Arthur Powel, John Kaighin, Sarah Griscom, Wm. Carter, Sarah Core, 
Thos. Griffith, Wm. Allen, Jo'n Cock, Gabr'l Wilkins, Hugh Sharp, 
Israel Pemberton, executor of Geo. Painter, Chas. Read, Jo'n Kay, 
Franc's Jones, Sarah Leader, Jo'n Warder, Wm. Bissel, Anth'y Morris, 
Rob't Zane, Jas. Wild, Jo'n Belenson, Ann James, Caspar Kleinhoffe, 
Sampson Gary, Jo'n Loyd, Joseph Tindal, Dan'l Durborow, Rebecca 
Kearney, Judith Carr, Sarah Radcliffe, Jo'n Snouden. 

1688 1st d. Gth m. (Au^.). Grisse, John, of Ouldman's Creek, 
Salem Co., yeoman. Inventory of the estate of: personal, £90.15, incl. a 
rabbit fur bed and bedding £5; real, a farm of 40 acres £20: made by Ed- 
ward Bezer, Robert Pile, Wm. Hughes and Richard Few (? Mew.) 

16SS 1st d. 6th m. (Aug.). Ann, the widow of John Grisse, refuses to 



196 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

act as administratrix in favor of her son-in-law (stepson) George Grisse. 

1688 Sept. 2g. Administration on the estate, granted to his son and 
heir, George Grisse. Salem Wills, A, p. 15 

1704: May 11. Groat, William. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Ralph Hunt, principal creditor. Lib. i, p. 50 

1682 Au^. 21. Groom, Samuel, senior; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 59 

1726 Dec. 9. Groome, Peter, of Brinswick Township, Middlesex 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Peter, Samuel, 
Thomas, William, all under age; Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, Margret, Sarah, 
John, grandson Peter Groom; bequest to William Page and wife Johanna, 
who have son Groom Page. Real and personal estate. Executors- 
Thomas Lambert, Benjamin Clark and James, son of Benjamin Clark. 
Witnesses — ^Jonas Ingham, John Severns, John van Laer, Proved No- 
vember 25, 172S. Lib. 2, p. 561 

1728 Oct. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £337.1.9, incl. bills 
and bonds £120.19.3, a negro woman £25; made by Benj. Lawrence, Will- 
iam Tindall and Jonas Ingham. 

1728 Oct. 14. The executors, named in the will, refuse to act. 

1728 Oct. 17. The widow declines the administration of estate and 
recommends her son-in-law (stepson) Peter Groome as administrator. 

. Petition of Peter Groome of Brunswick for letters of ad- 
ministration on his father's estate. 

1728 Oct. 21. Bond of Peter Groome as administrator. Isaac Stelle 
and Anthony Sloeb fellow bondsmen. 

1748 July 4. Order of Governor Belcher, directing Peter Groome to 
render an account of the estate, Richard Cearns (Ceams) of Perth 
Amboy, tailor, who intermarried with Anne, one of the daughters of the 
deceased, having complained that Peter, the administrator, had refused 
to do so. 

1767 May I. Account of the estate by the administrator, who has in- 
creased it to £505.12 at 8s. per oz. 

1767 May I. Report of referees, appointed by the Supreme Court, for 
auditing the account. 

1685 Dec. 1. Grover, James, senior, of Middletown; will of. Wife 
Rebecca. Children — James, Joseph, Safety, Abigail, wife of Benjamin 
Borden, and Hannah, wife of Richard Gardiner. Land on N. E. side of 
Mill Creek. Personal property. Executors — son James and son-in-law 
Gardiner. Witnesses — Richard Hartshorne and Tho. Webley. Proved 
Jan. 28, 1685-6. Monmouth Wills 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I97 

16S5-6 Jan. 5. Inventory of the estate (£120.0.0 real, i. e. house, 
land and mills, £108.13.0 personal); made by John Throckmorton, John 
Williams and Wm. Layton. 

1685-6 Feb. 3. Bond of Richard Gardiner of Neversinks and James 
Grover junior as executors of the last will. Samuel Leonard of Never- 
sinks fellow bondsman. 

1686 June 14. Account of the estate by James Grover junior and 
Richard Gardiner, executors, showing payments to David Browne, John 
Perce, James Robinson, John Stout, v/idow Abigail Lippincott, Joseph 
Grover, John Wilson junior, Jobe Throckmorton, Robert Hammillton, 
Benj. Borden, (Duplicate.) 

1714-5 March 18. (xl'OVCr, James, of Middletown, Monmouth 
Co.; will of. Wife Alee. Daughters — Rebecka Gibons, Hester Giber- 
son, Mathew Vane, Real and personal estate. Executors — sons-in-law 
John Giberson and John Vane. Witnesses — Beniaman Colman, Hugh 
Hartshorne, Barnes Lambson, Hannah Willett. Proved April i6, 1715. 

Lib. I, p. 12 

1715 April — . Inventory of the personal estate (£129.2.6); made 
by Capt. Richard Stout, Moses Lippet and Andrew Wilson; sworn to by 
John Giberson and John Vane, executors, April 16, 1715. 

1688 Dec. 7. (xVOVer, Joseph, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N, J. Archives, XXL, p. 168 

1711 Oct. 24. Grub, Thomas, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., 

blacksmith; will of. Wife , Son Thomas, two daughters, names not 

given; kinsman William Hooke. Real and personal estate. Executors — 
George Willocks, Elisha Parker and Adam Hude, Witnesses — ^John Mol- 
leson, Thomas Welherill, Jno. Borrrow. Proved December 14, 1711. 

Lib. I, p. 367 

1695-6 Feb. 11. Grnbb, Heury, of Burlington; will of. Wife 
Mary. Daughters — Mary and Elizabeth, both under 18, mother Wil- 
lanat (?) Grub, living at Stoak Clims Land, Co. of Cornwall, England. 
Real and personal estate. Wife sole executrix, but if she should remarry, 
then brother-in-law Thomas Rapier and friend John Hollinshead to be 
trustees or guardians of the two children. Witnesses — Isaac Marriott, 
Emaneuell Smith, Peter Frettwell. Proved January 24, 1705-6. 

Lib. I, p. 132 

1705 Oct. 6. Inventory of the personal estate (£174.5.6); made by 
Isaac Marriott, Tho: Gardner and Peter Frettwell. 

1725 Oct. 15. Grubb, Thomas, a minor of about 16 years old, se- 
lects Jeremiah Field and William Harris, both of Piscataway, Middlesex 



198 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Co., as guardians, to whom letters of guardianship are granted. 

Lib. A, p. 335 

1714 Mai'cll 26. Cfrumin, Thomas, of Newark, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Brothers — ^Joseph and Samuel (under age). Real and per- 
sonal estate. Brother Joseph Grumin executor. Witnesses — Daniel 
Dod, Stephen Browne, Nathan Foster. Proved July 26, 1714. 

Lib. I, p. 4S9 

1685 Dec. 31. Guthrie, Samuel, of Woodbridge; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 73 

1686 Aug. 30. Bond of David Vilant of Amboy as executor of the 
estate. Robert Hardy of East Jersey, planter, fellow bondsman. 

Middlesex Wills 

1698 May 2. Guy, Bridgett; will of. Proved by her executors 
Sam'l Carpenter and John Day. Burlington Records, p. 29 

1689 Sept. 22. Guy, Richard, of Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Bridget sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate. Wit- 
nesses — Nathaniel West and Edward Hunloke. Proved December 2, 
1693. 

1693 Nov. 25. Inventory of the estate (£512.13; inch 7 silver 
spoons, a tankard, a porringer and other plate valued at £12.-.- a mort- 
gage of £300.-.- on a plantation at Elsingborrow due by Sam. Carpenter, 
a plantation worth £60 and a negro woman £20.-.-); made by Thomas 
Gardner, John Day and James Hill. 

1693 Dec. 2. Bond of the widow Bridget Guy as executrix. Thomas 
Gardner and James Hill fellow bondsmen. Burlington Records, p. 21 

1688 June 17. Gyles, Major James, of Piscataway; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 177 

1690 July 24. Resignation of William Olden of Raraton River as ex- 
ecutor of the last will of. Middlesex Wills 

1690 July 25. Bond of his son Mathew Gyles of the same place, 
planter, as administrator of the estate. Benjamin Hull of Piscataway 
fellow bondsman. 

See Giles. 

1693 Aug. 23. Hackney, Thomas, of Burlington Co.; will of. 
Children — William Hackney of Thinedone (alias Findone) Northampton 
Shire, England, Sarah, widow of Thomas Evans of Wellingborough, Bur- 
lington Co., Agnes Hackney of Burlington Co.; legacy to Sarah, daughter 
of Thomas Hackney of Winick, Huntington Shire, England. Personal 
estate. Executors — Daughter Sarah Evans, Edward Cooper of North- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. I99 

ampton, England, and John Elington of Wellingborough, Northampton 
Shire, upholsterer. Witnesses — John Paine, John Wills, Thomas Eves. 
Proved April 10, 1695. Burlington Records, p. 25 

1704 May 27. Hackuey, William, of Chester Township, Burling- 
ton Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Elizal)eth. Sons — Thomas and William, 
both under 2i, for whom Sam'l Jenings, Francis Davenport, Peter Frett- 
well and Thomas Gardiner are appointed guardians; legacy to Burlington 
Co. Quarterly Meeting. Real and personal estate. The wife sole exec- 
utrix. Witnesses — Isaac Marriott, Will. Stevenson, Henry Grubb. 
Proved March lo, 1712-3. Lib. i, p. 392 

1712-3 Mar. 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £313.11.4; incl. 
2 negro man £60.-: made by Thomas Eves and Hugh Sharpe. 

1723 July 16. Haddon, John, of the Parish of St. George, South- 
wark, Co. of Surrey (England); will of. Daughters — Sarah, wife of Ben- 
jamin Hopkins of St. George, who have children — Haddon, Ebenezer, 
Mary, Sarah and Elizabeth Hopkins, and Elizabeth, wife of John Es- 
taugh of West Jersey. Two farms in W. J., one called Old, the other 
New Haddonfield. Personal estate. Executors — the two daughters, 
Sarah and Elizabeth. Witnesses — Thom's Kirby, Jo'n Gallatly, T. 
Usher. Proved May 20, 1724. Lib. 3, p. 58 

1711 Oct. 13. Hage, Hagge, Francis, of Hopewell Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Pllesant. Children — Francis, 
Isack, Rebecoe, Pllesant, Hannah. Real and personal estate. Execu- 
tors — the wife and son Francis. Witnesses — William Bryant, Robert 
Eaton, John Pidcock. Proved March 10, 171 1-2. Lib. i, p. 342 

1688-9 Jan. 4. Haige, William. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Myles Forster, both of Amboy Perth. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 165 

168S-9 Jan. 4. Bond of Miles Forster of said place, merchant, as ad- 
ministrator of the estate. Patrick Falconar of Woodbridge, merchant, 
fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1694 May .5. Haigue, Haigh, William, of Philadelphia, gent. 

Letters of administration on the estate of, granted to Richard Basnett, 
one of the principal creditors. Burlington Records, p. 21 

1694 May 5. Bond of Richard Basnit of Burlington, merchant, as ad- 
ministrator of the estate, in West Jersey. James Hill and Samuel Furnis 
of Burlington, yeomen, fellow bondsmen. Burlington Wills 

1728 Nov. 4. Haines, John, of Evesham, Burlington Co., hus- 
bandman; will of. Wife Hannah. Sons — Josiah, Jonathan, who has son 
John, Caleb, John and Isaac; daughters — Rebekah, wife of Joseph Mat- 



200 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

lock, Pheby, wife of John Burrows, Hester, wife of Thomas Evens, Mary, 
wife of Thomas Lippencott. Home farm, a sawmill and lot, a farm of 
245 acres adjoining brother Richard Haines, land at the Hay Landing, 
do. at Goshan, Penna., bought of Isaac Norris and David Loyd. Per- 
sonal estate. Executors — son Jonathan and son-in-law Thomas Lippin- 
cott. Witnesses — William Haines, Mary Whitehill, John Burr. Proved 
November 21, 1728. 

1728 Nov. 14. Inventory of the personal estate, £362.4, inch a ser- 
vant boy £12; made by John Burr and Carlile Haines. 

1728-9 Jan. 15. Account of the estate by the executors. 

1728-9 Feb. 6. Haines, Jonathan, of Eversham, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Mary executrix. Children — John, Nehemiah, Job, Hester, 
Jonathan. Home farm, saw mill and lot, land on the creek, inherited 
from father John Haines. Personal estate. Witnesses — Caleb Haines, 
John Sharpe, John Craig. Proved March 25, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 11 

1728-9 March 22. Inventory of the personal estate^ £295.14.6. incl. 
a clock £15; made by John Burr and Carlile Haines. 

1728 Dec. 25. Haines, Josiab, of Evesham, Burlington Co., hus- 
bandman; will of. Wife Martha sole heiress and executrix of real and 
personal estate. Children — Ruben, Mary, both under age. Brothers — 
Jonathan and Caleb Haines to inherit the estate, if children should die in 
their minority. Witnesses — Josiah Foster, John Burr, Samuel Haines. 
Proved February 18, 1728-9. 

1728-9 Feb. 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £223.2.2, incl. 
books and clock £8, a negro boy £30; made by John Burr and Benjamin 
Moor. 

1729-30 Jan. 16. Account of the estate, by the executrix, who has 
paid debts due to Rebecca Burr, Darling Conneree, John Estaugh, Mary 
Austin, Daniel Wills, Hannah Haines, Solomon Smith, Samuel Wool- 
man, William Collum, Mary Haines, Thomas Evens, Thomas Eayre and 
John Stiles. 

1709 April 21. Haines, Thomas, of Salem Co., husbandman; 

will of. Wife . Children — ^John, Joseph, Benjamin, Thomas, 

Sarah Huggins and Hanna. Land near Wm. Grifings and Henry Sluby's. 
Personal estate. The wife and son Thomas executors. Witnesses — 
Martha Roberts, George Webb, Isaac Sharp and Wm. Ellwel. Proved 
July 16, 1709, and Sarah Haines sworn in as executrix. 

Lib. I, p. 246 

1709 May 14. Inventory of the personal estate (£161.5.0); made by 
Tim. Atkinson and Wm. Grifin. 

1709 April 19. Hall, Daniel, of Burlington Co. Petition of Jane, 
widow of, to be made administratrix of the estate; granted. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 20I 

1709 April 19. Administration on the estate, granted to Jane Hall. 

Lib. I, p. 231 

1728 July 25. Hall, Daniel, of Chesterfield Township, Burlington 
Co., labourer, bond of Abraham Marriott, yeoman, as administrator of 
the estate of. Thomas Budd, Esq're, fellow bondsman, both of said Co. 

Administration Bonds 

1728 Aug. 30. Inventory of the personal estate of, £12.18; made by 
Tho. Scattergood and Thos. Staples; sworn to by the administrator, 
Abraham Merlot. 

1729 June 19. Hall, Daniel, of Springfield, Account against the 
estate of, by Abraham Marriott. 

1717-8 Jan. 13. Hall, Elizabeth. Robert Drumond and wife 
Elizabeth named and appointed as guardians of. Lib. A, p. 92 

1690-1 Feb. 12. Hall, James, of Shrosberry. Bond of John 
Tucker of Shrosberry as executor of the last will of. Nathaniel Fitz Ran- 
dolph of Woodbridge, fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1690-1 Jan. 7. Hall, Jonas, of Shrewsbury; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 184 
1690-1 Jan. 19. Inventory of the personal estate of (£69.5.0); made 
by William Case and John Williams. 

1723-4 March 2. Hall, Sarah, of Piles Grove, Salem Co., widow. 
Bond of Thomas Hill of Salem, merchant, as administrator of the estate 
of. Robert Johnson fellow bondsman. The bond calls her simply 
Widow Hall; the endorsement supplies the name Sarah. 

1726-7 Jan. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £204.10.5, inch 
5 bound books £3.10, a multiplying glass £7.6, and bonds due by Benja. 
Basset, Phil. Granson, Jno. Wilkenson, Rannal Heek, Jno. Congo, Chris- 
tefer Fitchrandolph, James Hoskins, Josiah Winter, Jno. Clemens, Thos. 
Bird, Edw'd More, Thos. Twigg and Rich'd Robins; made by John Loyd 
and Ro: Johnson; sworn to by Elizabeth Ilill, administratrix of the 
estate. 

1728 Dec. 30. Hall, Thomas, of Rariton, Somerset Co., gent.; 
will of. Wife Gheertry. Children — John, Yakominca, Richard, Kath- 
rine, Elizabeth. Farm adjoining Hendrick Molenaer's. Personal prop- 
erty (a little negro girl). Executors — the wife, brother George Hall, Hen- 
drick Reynierse and John Reading. Witnesses — Martin Ryerson, John 
Biggs, Wm. Haddon. Proved September 10, 1729, George Hall, Hen- 
drick Reynierse and John Reading surrendering to the widow their rights 
etc. as executors. Lib. B, p. 128 



203 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1728 Sept. — . Inventory of the personal estate, £553.1.2, at 8s. per 
oz., incl. books 13s.; made by Albart Lou and Andries Stole. 

1713 April 10. Hall, William, Salem merchant; will of. Wife 
Sarah. Children — Clement, William, Nathaniel, all under age. Sarah 
Brading, Hannah flail, Elizabeth Tranchard. Land bought of James Bar- 
att, farm bought of John Alexander, sawmill and land on Morris River, land 
at Nantucksett, house and lot in Salem, bought of Wm. Kelley, 10 acres of 
marsh over against the Landing, land on Pens Neck, do. at the upper end 
of Salem Town, bo't of Roger Hagens and Hugh Middleton, 8 acres over 
against Alexander Grant, Pillegrove plantation, as bought of John Hop- 
man. Personal property. Executors — the wife and brother Clement 
Plumsead (Plumsted). Witnesses— Henry Warmsley, Tiberius Johnson, 
Joseph Gregory, John Thompson junior. Proved February 10, 1713-4. 

Lib. I, p. 457 

1713-I4 March 13. Inventory of the estate of, £4656.18.35^, of which 
£120 are "ye Land and Sawmill," at Morrisses River, the rest dry goods, 
hardware, etc.; made by Richard Johnson, David Straughan and Wm. 
Grifin. 

171 5 June 30. Account of the estate, signed by Sarah Hall and 
showing payments to John French, Rich'd Wright, Sam'l Michal, Geo. 
Mislin (? Miflin), Edw. Pladwell, Jno. Sugars, Tho. Johney, miller of 
Mannington Mill, Gunning Bedford, Rich'd Butcher, Peter Bard, Hugh 
Lowden, Wm. Penton, Ephraim Allen, John Smith, Jno. Pain, James 
Hudson, Henry Buck, estate of Gabriel Davis, Benj. Seely, Tho. Hug- 
gins, Jno. Goodwin, Abr'm Bickly, Penticus Teague, Jam: Evans, Wm. 
Griffen, Jno. Rolf, Manuel Assentia, Jno. Jey, Tho. Merring, Jno. 
Thompson, Clement Plumstead, Barbara Wright, Nath'l Tucker, Wm. 
Trent, Sam'l Perry, Tho. Chokley, Jno. Betle, John Wilkeson, Joseph 
Stretch, Wm. Hall, Jerimiah Nixon, Jonathan Holmes and Noah 
Wheaton. 

1 714 Nov. 26. Letter from Clement Plumsted of Philadelphia to Jere- 
miah Bass, renouncing the right to act as executor. 

1728 April 28. Hall, William, of Alloways Creek, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Children — Daniel, John, Samuel, Sarah Roland, Mary 
and Hannah. Real and personal estate. Executors — the three sons. 
Witnesses — J. Vining, William Perdue, Robert Johnson. Proved May 28, 
1728. Lib. 2, p. 554 

1723 Not. 4. Hallsy, Joseph, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Mary, Daniel, Joseph, Eliza- 
beth, Anna, Joshua, Timothy, Isaac, Nathaniel. Land, 4 acres between 
Isaac Winans dec'd, and Samuel Winans, home farm adjoining Joshua 
Clark, land bought of James Paul, loo a. of woodland, laid out as Town 



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Right, 90 a. called Hallsy's Girdler, 7 a. of meadow, adjoining George 
Jewell and Jeremiah Jessup, land bought of Derrick Baker, do. of John 
Spining, do. of John Gray, lot No. 70, bought of William Hill, land 
bought of Humphrey Spining's son John. Personal properly. Son Dan- 
iel sole executor. Witnesses — John Winans, Werner Tooker, Samuel 
Whitehead. Proved April 20, 1725. Lib. A, p. 338 

1726 Feb. 13. Halsey, Daniel, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Abigail and brother Joseph Halsey heirs and execu- 
tors of real and personal estate. Witnesses — David Watkins, Henry 
Peirson, Ebenz. Johnson. Proved April 7, 1727. Lib. B, p. 34 

1721 March 26. Halstead, Caleb, of Elizabeth Town. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to his widow, Jean Halstead. 

Lib. A, p. 209 

1691-2 Jan. 8. Haltou, Hallton, Peter, of Fenwick's River, 

Salem Tenth, planter; will of. Wife Mary sole executrix. Children — 
Frederick, Andrew and Bretta. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
John Scoggin, Neloss Nealson, James Bowyer. Recorded July 6, 1692. 

. Inventory of the personal estate, £26.10; made by Paull 

Jaquatt and John Hewes. Salem Wills, A, p. 80 

1733 July 10. Ham, William, of Shrewsbury. Bond of Grace 
Ham and William Carvell as administrators of the estate of. 

Monmouth Wills 

1696 Jnly 11. Hambley, Elizabeth, widow. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to John Hollinshead. Burlington Records, p. 27 

1696 Aug. 29. Inventory of the estate (£132.13.11, incl. £4 of silver 
ware); made by Samuel Jenings and Benj. Wheate. 

1696-7 Jan. 21. Hamilton, Dr. Andrew; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 292 

1702-3 Feb. 26. Hamilton, Colonel Andrew; will of. Wife 
Agnes, sole executrix; son John. Real and personal estate (a mortgage 
on the patent for the Post Office in America). Witnesses — George Wil- 
locks, John Barclay, Thomas Gordon. Proved November 3, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 83 

1687-8 Feb. 23. Hamilton, William, of Middletown. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Major Robert Hamilton. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. no and 115 

1729 Jan. 30. Hauilton, Hamplton, Hanileton, John, late of 
Minimor, Co. of Londonderry, anil now aboard the Deligance of Glascow; 



204 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

will of. Children— Mary, Alexander and James, all under age. "World- 
ly substance." Robert Brown guardian of children; Walter Caruth execu- 
tor. Witnesses — Adam Carruth, Rob't Davison, James Taylor. Proved 
September 22, 1729, by the testimony of Robert Brown, who was present, 
when testator signed this will at sea and he signs as executor. The wit- 
nesses are "dispersed" and testator died at Pens Neck. 

Lib. 3, p. 62, and Salem Wills 
1729 Sept. 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £30.-11, inch 2 
Bibles 7s. and a servant girl £4; made by Joseph Hawks and James 
Skegin. 

1709-10 Feb. 8. HamsSOll, John, of Perth Amboy, gent.; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth. Children — Henry, Elizabeth, Anne, Mary, Sarah, John, 
William, Edward. Real and personal estate. Son John sole executor, 
and in case of his death son William. Witnesses — Miles Forster, Geo. 
Willocks, Tho. Wetherill. Proved June 24, 1711 (? 1714). Lib. i, p. 275 

1703-4 March 17. Hamsson, Samuel. Administration on the 
estate of, granted to his widow, Sarah Hamsson. Lib. i, p. 4 

1710 Sept. 16. Hamton, Hampton, David, of Freehold, Mon- 
mouth Co. ; will of. Wife Mary, son George, under age. Home farm. 
Personal property. Executors — the wife, George Commons and John 
Hamton. Witnesses — John Okeson, John Lawrence, Sarah Pars (?). 
Proved February 27, 1710-I. Lib. I, p. 305 

1710 Oct. 31. Inventory of the personal estate (£89.3.9); niade by 
Richard Clark and John Okeson; sworn to by John Hampton, one of the 
executors, February 27, 1710-1. 

1702-3 Jan. 23. Hamton, John, of Freehold, planter; will of. 
Wife Jean. Children — John, Joseph, Andrew, David, Jonathan, Noah, the 
last four under age, Elizabeth, Lydia. Testator speaks of wife Jean and 
"her " son Joseph and " my " son Joseph. Land on Dutchmen's Brook, do. 
next to James Reed, do. bought of John Butler. Personal property. Leg- 
acies to Sarah and Mary Ogburns, to Jannet Reed (?) and children, to his 
four grandchildren, names not given. Executors — the wife and Robert 
Ray of Freehold. Witnesses — Andrew Burnett, John Trot and Wm. 
Laing. Proved February 26, 1702-3. Monmouth Wills 

1702-3 Feb. 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £202. 19. io|^, incl. a 
large and a small Bible £2; made by Walter Ker, Andrew Burnett and 
Wm. Laing. 

1702 Nov. 12. Hanby, WiUiam, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co.; will 
of. Wife Jeane sole executrix. Children— John, William, Richard and 
Daniel. Home farm, 150 acres in Northamlon Co., Va. Personal prop- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 205 

erty. Witnesses — Walter Ilughstis, Nat. Jeans, Wooley Nealson. Re- 
corded December 30, 1702. 

1702 Dec. 8. Inventory of the personal estate, £36.13.6; made by 
Wm. Sluby and Nat. Jeans. Salem Wills, III, p. 156 

1707-8 Mai'cll 24-, Hance, John, of Shrewsbury, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth. Children — John, Isaak, Mary Antrom, Elizabeth 
Worthly, Deborah Corleis, Judeth Ilardman. Mentions Samuell Childe 
and Tobiah Hanson of Perscatoway, New England. Land in Shrows- 
berry. Personal estate. The wife and son Isaak executors. Witnesses — 
Ralph Allen, Hugh Jackson and Remembrance Lippincott. Proved Jan- 
uary 27, 1710-1. Lib. I, p. 307, and Monmouth Wills 

1710-11 Feb. 28. Inventory of the personal estate (£168. 15. o inch 
£47.13 in silver money, bills and bonds); made by John Williams, Joseph 
Parker and George Allin, smith; sworn to by Isaac Hance, one of the ex- 
ecutors, same day. 

1710-II Feb. 26. Oath of Elizabeth Hance as executrix, 

1728-9 24th (1. 12th m. (Feb.). Hance, John, of Shrewsbury, 

Monmouth Co.; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children-7-Thomas, John and 
daughters, names not given, home farm. Personal estate (a sloop). 
Executors — brother Isaac Hance and Gabrill Stelle. Witnesses — Pre- 
serve Lippincott, Aron Robins, Amos White. Proved . 

Lib. B, p. 297 

1688 July 31. Hancock, Godfrey, of Steetley, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, Godfrey, Judith, Mary, 
Phebe (in England). Farm of 112 acres, bought of Jacob Cozens, to 
which 80 a. are added. Home farm and a mill, lately set up. Personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and son Godfroy. Witnesses — Samuel 
Oldale, William Ogbourne, Tho: Revell. Proved 2ist day 6th month 
(August), 16S9. Lib. 2, p. 99 

1688 Sept. 18. Hancock, Godfrey, of Steetley, near Burlington, 
yeoman, son of Godfrey Hancock of the same place; will of. Mother, 
brother John, sisters Judith and Mary. Legacies to dear friend Elizabeth 
Revell and Robert Butcher. Real and personal estate. The mother 
sole executrix. Witnesses — Mary Smith, Jos: Barkstead, Tho: Revell. 
Proved 21st day 6th month (August) 1689. Lib. 2, p. 98 

1680 Sept. 1. Hancock, Isahella, widow of William, of Allowayes 
Creek, shoemaker; will of. Sister Penticost Dixon and daughter Hester 
Dixon, both of Old Brough near Burrough bridge, Yorkshire, Gregory 
Bishop of the Parish of Leonard Shoreditch, shoemaker, Richard Davis, 
"my present servant," Edward Wade and wife Prudence (they to receive 
"my servant John Hancock for the term of 9 years and said John is then 



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to have 500 acres of land"), Richard Whittacker of Salem. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — Edward Wade and Richard Guy. Witnesses — 
Samuel Nichollson, Hester White, Anne Nicholson. 

13. Letters testamentary granted to the executors named, 

"at New Salem the 13th of ye mo. & in ye yeare above Written." 

Salem Wills, 1679, p. 25 

1685-6 Jan. 18. HauCOCk, John, of Edinburgh, Scotland, died at 
sea. Administration on the estate of, granted to Peter Sonmans and 
John Barclay, both of Perth Amboy. N, J, Archives, XXI., p. 69 

1709-10 Feb. 22. Hancock, John, of Allowayes Creek alias Moun- 
mouth River, husbandman; will of. Wife Mary. Sons — ^John, William, 
Edward, Nathaniel, Joseph, Jonathan; daughters — Elizabeth, Mary, 
Sarah, Hannah. Plantation on Allowayes Creek between Josiah White 
and the Maple Swamp or Swamp Bridge, do. of 250 acres, where Wm. 
Wright now dwelleth, 250 a. of the tract supposed to belong to Jerimiah 
Powell, 250 a. next to Ephraim Allen, 400 a. at the upper end of Thomas 
Wright's land, given to testator by "my father Nathenell Champness." 
Personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Ephraim Allen, 
Samuel Bladinbird, John Firth, John Paine. Codicil of the following 
day, requiring the sons to sell their real estate only to a brother. Wit- 
nessed by John Paine, John Firth and Joseph Ware. Proved March 22, 
1709-10. Lib. I, p. 261, and Salem Wills 

1709-10 March 16. Inventory of the personal estate of John Han- 
cock, who died February 26 (£351.12.0 inch a Bible and other books £4.- 
5.0); made by John Paine, John Firth and Nathaniel Chamles. 

Salem Wills 

1728-9 Feb. S. Hancock, .John, of Euesham, Burlington Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Joseph, Susanah, Sarah, Elize- 
beth, all under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife 
and Thomas Middleton. Witnesses — Joseph Heritage junior, William 
Price, Joseph Heritage. Proved March 3, 172S-9, Thomas Middleton 
refusing to act as executor. Lib. 3, p. 4 

1728-9 Feb. 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £80.18, inch a 
"Libruary" of books 5s.; made by Thomas Hooton and Joseph Heritage. 

1713 April 13. Hancock, Mary, of Alloways Creek, Salem Co., 
widow. Inventory of the personal estate of, £197.4.2, inch a Bible, 
other books with a small trunk £3.2.3; made by John Paine and Nath'l 
Chamnes; sworn to by John and William Hancock. 

1689 May 20. Hancock, Richard, of Chohanzick, Salem Co. In- 
ventory of the estate: personal £14.15.7, real £20; made by Edward 
Champneys, John Watts and Benjamin Acton; also "desparat debts" due 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 207 

to the estate, £74. 14 by the Proprietors; Edmund Gibbons, Thomas Shaw, 
Alex'r Smith, John Gillman and widow Huddson. 

1689 Aug. 21. Administration on the estate granted to Roger Milton 
of Salem, yeoman, a creditor. Salem Wills, A, p. 31 

1679 Sept. 29. HailCOck, William, of the Parish of Leonard 
Shoreditch, County of Middlesex (England), shoemaker; will of, intending 
a "voyage for New West Jersey." Wife Isabella, sole executrix, broth- 
ers Edward Hancock of Bath, Co. of Somerset, Richard Hancock of West 
Jersey, sister Patow. Real and personal estate in England and West Jer- 
sey. Witnesses — William Biddle, Sarah Biddle, Mary Parnell. 

1680 Aug. 2. Letters testamentary granted to the widow, Isaliella 
Hancock of Allowayes. 

. Inventory of the personal estate, inch that of the 

widow, £83.18.10, incl. a great and 2 small Bibles 6s., a glass standish and 
22 bound books £i; made by James Nevill and John Maddocks. 

Salem Wills, 1679, p. r6 

1714-6 Feb. 25. Hand Abraham, of Cape May Co., yeoman; will 
of. Children — Abraham, John, a minor, Jeramiah, do. Sarah, Rachel, 
Elezabeth, Ezekiel; Martha Corson, nurse of son Ezekiel. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — father-in-law John Gersom and brother Benja- 
min Hand. Witnesses — Nathaniel Jenkins, John Cresse and Hannah 
Leamyng. Proved April 2, 171 5. Lib. i, p. 539 

1715 Oct. 20. Account of the estate by Benjamin Hand junior, the 
administrator, showing debts paid by him to Martha Corson for nursing 
the child, Peter Hand, Jacob Spicer, John Corson senior and junior, 
Henry Leonard, Benj. Holdin, Ester Stillwell, John Townsend, John 
Buck, Ezekiel Mulford, John Cresse, Zelophehad Pland, Tho. Learning, 
Mary Wells, Robert Townsend, John Randal, Richard Townseud, Cesar 
Godfrey and Peter Corson. 

1727 May — . Final account, showing the estate to have been 
£122.8.7. 

1726-7 Jan. 31. Hand, Richard. Bond of John Anderson of Bur- 
lington Co. as administrator of the estate of. Nathaniel Leonard, 
named as executor in the will of said Hand, dated Sept. 21, 1726, having 
declined to act, John Dagworthy and Jepththa Smith, also of Burlington 
Co., fellow bondsmen. Cape May Wills 

1707 June 4. Hand, Shamg'er, of Cape May, cooper; will of. 
Wife Abigell. Sons — Cornelius, William, and apparently other children. 
Land from John Cresse's to Crooked Creek, near brother Zelophehad's 
field, other real estate and personal property. The wife executrix with 
father-in-law Better Corson and brother Cornelius Hand as overseers. 



2oS NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Witnesses— John Cresse and Elener Lence. Proved November i6, 1709. 

Lib. I, p. 247 

1709 Oct. 19. Inventory of the estate (£97.-,-, all personal); made 
by John Cresse, George Crafford and Richard Townsend. Cape May Wills 

1727-8 March 16. Hand, Shaingar, of Cape May Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Zelophehad (his children mentioned, 
but not by name), Josiah (children do. do.), Shamgar (who has Cor- 
nelius, William, Shamgar, Ichabod and Jamamie), Martha Hob- 
bard, Hester Seagrave (who has Thomas Huit, Majy Huit, Ester Huit, 
Ann Huit, Joseph Huit, William Seagrave and Onesimus Seagrave, all 
under age). Real and personal estate. Executors — Aaron Leaming and 
Nathaniel Jenkins. Witnesses — Samuel Richardson, Thomas Langley, 
Hester Jenkins. Proved April 22, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 536 

1728 April 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £217.16.11^; made 
by Humphrey Hughes and Henry Young. 

1729 April II. Account of the estate by the above named executors, 
who have paid debts due to James Edwards, Humphry Hughs, John 
Cresse, Thomas Headly, Shamgar Hand, Ebinezar Newton, William 
Segrave, Cornelius Hand, Richard Stillwell, Samuel Barncraft, David 
Eldreth, John Crandal, Ephraim Edwards and Samuel Richardson. 

.1707 Oct. 21. Hand, Thomas, of Cape May, yeoman; will of. Wife 
Katharine. Daughters — Deborah, Alee, Prudence Crowel; sons — John, 
Recompence and two others not named. Real and personal estate, incl. 
slaves. Witnesses — Shamgar Hand, John Townsend and Samuel Mathews. 
Proved November 3, 1714, at Salem. Lib. i, p. 501 

1714 Oct. 9. Inventory of the personal estate (£502.14.-); made 
by John Paige and John Parsons. 

1714-5 March 7. Letter from Recompence Hand to , asking for 

letters of administration and promising a keg of oysters, if granted. 

1715 April I. Bond of Recompence Hand as administrator; Richard 
Downes and Christopher Church fellow bondsmen. 

1694 Dec. 14. Hands, John, late "sojourner at Burlington, 
joyner." Inventory of the estate of (£12.3.2, mostly tools); made by Wil- 
liam Loujoy and John Pears. 

1694-5 Jan. 26. Letters of administration on the estate granted to 
Abraham Senior of Burlington, innholder, as principal creditor of de- 
ceased. Burlington Records, p. 24 

1694-5 Jan. 26. Bond of Abr. Senior, of Burlington, as administrator. 
Henry Grubb and Nathaniel Cripps, both of said place, yeomen, fellow 
bondsmen. Burlington Wills 

1726 Sept. 21, Hands, Richard, of Trenton, Hunterdon Co., 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 209 

chirurgen (surgeon); will of. Wife Mary, Children- — Rebeckah and 
Mary. Real estate in Trenton. Personal property. Nathaniel Leonard 
executor. Witnesses — John Dagworthy, Nathaniel Phillips, Jephthah 
Smith. Proved January 31, 1726-7. Lib. 2, p. 401 

1726 25. Nathaniel Leonard refuses to act as executor, recom- 
mending John Andor or Anderson as administrator. 

1726-7 Jan. 27. Mary Hands, the widow, writes to Samuel Bustill, 
asking that letters of administration be given to John Anderson, a consid- 
erable creditor of the estate by having been her late husband's bonds- 
man. 

1726-7 Jan. 30. Ofiicial repetition of Mary Hands, preceding letter 
with Nath'l Leonard's official renunciation. 

. Order of Gov'r Burnet to James Smith, Surrogate and 

Register of N. J., on the petition of John Anderson of Trenton for letters 
of administration, granting it. 

1726-7 Jan. 31. Bond of John Anderson as administrator of the 
estate cum testamento annexe, the executor appointed by testator, 
Nathaniel Leonard, refusing to act. John Dagv.arthy and Jephtha Smith 
of Burlington Co., fellow bondsmen. 

1727 March 15. Inventory of the estate, a house and lot in Trenton 
£50, a lot of 3 acres there £12, personal £44.11.3, all Proclamation 
money; made by Ralph Ilart and Charles Clark. 

1692 Nov. 23. Hankeson, Je.lll, of Perth Amboy. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to Benj'n Griffith. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 200 

1692 Nov. 23. Bond of Benjamin Griffith as administrator of the 
estate. John Carrington fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

170.^ Nov. 2.S. Hannah, Michael, of Fairefeild, Salem Co., yeo- 
man. Inventory of the estate of, real (improvements on the plantation) 
£87, personal £199.11.4, inch a " phissick " book 4s.; made by James 
Alexander and Thomas Muskatts (?). 

1703 Nov. 27. Letters of administration on the estate granted to 
Robert Hannah, son and heir of the deceased. Salem Wills, 7, p. 29 

1695 Nov. 18. Hansen, flulchart, Volkert, of New Barbadocs; 

will of. Son Hance, daughter Jannecke; legacies to Jacob Zabrosqua and 
Machiel van der Linde. Real and personal property. Executors — 
brothers Simon Hancon and Garit Hancon, Alijcrt Zabrisqua and 
Lowrence Lov/rencon. Witnesses — Alberat Zaborowsky, Wm. Lawrence, 
Louwerens Louwerense, Maergryetie. Proved May 27, 1698. 

N. J, Archives, XXL, p. 283, and Bergen Wills 
1698 May 16. (Dutch). Inventory of the estate; made by Guiliam 
Bertholf and Thomas I^oureusen, at Ackinsack (£4850, inch negro slaves). 
14 



2IO NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1687-8 Feb. 2. Harding', John, of Salem Co., freeholder and labour- 
er; will of. Wife and children, but only eldest son John, "now suposed 
to be in England " is mentioned by name. Land on Manneton Creek and 
elsewhere. Personal property. Executors — John Swift of Bucks Co., 
Penna., glazier, and Wm. Penton of Salem Co. Witnesses — John Wor- 
lidge, John Haddocks, Wm. Penton junior. Recorded May 8, i688. 

16S7-8 Feb. II. Inventory of the estate: 240 acres of land at Man- 
neton £25, 16 a. in Salem Town £6, debts due £34.18, by John Sysom, 
Alex'r Smith, Wm. Hughes, John Pledger, James Harrison, George 
Haslewood, John Maddocks, Sam'l Curtis, Charles Angelo, Wm. Kelly, 
Francis Bucle. Due by deceased, £12.14.11, to Marke Reeve, Nicholas 
Philpott, Thos. Hyde (for coffin 19s.), Wm. Penton (8 weeks' diet, lodging, 
tendance and funeral £5), John Worlidge, Roger Mall, Edw. Bradway, 
Benj. Acton and John Snookes, Salem Wills, A, p. 7 

1707-8 Feb. 8. Harding, Thomas, of Wellingborough, Burlington 
Co.; will of. Daughters — Mary, wife of Henry Ballinger, Hope and Re- 
becca; legacy to John Wills for fencing the burying ground in Northamp- 
ton Township. Home farm on Northampton River. Personal estate. 
Executor — John Wells. Witnesses — John Woolman, John Lambert, 
Thomas Eves. Proved December 6, 1708. 

Lib. I, p. 220 

1708 Oct. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £62.6.105^; made by 
John Woolman and Joshua Humphris. 

1687 Sept. 5. Hardy, Hardie, Robert, of South River, E. J.; 
will of. Children — John, Robert (both to inherit land if they come to 
take possession within 6 years), Alecsander, Isobell. Land on South 
River. Personal estate. Executor — son Alecsander. Witnesses — Peeter 
Dassigny, William Moore and Peter Sonmans. Proved July 9, 1688. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 103-4, and Middlesex Wills 

1718 May 17. Hare, Edward, Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Joseph Williams and Nathaniel Smith. Lib. A, p. 50 

1713-4 Jan. 1. Harison, Harrison, George, of Essex Co.; will 
of. Wife Mary. Children — Isaac, George, Mary. Real and personal 
estate. The wife sole executrix with John Cooper and Joseph Peck as 
overseers. Witnesses^ — J. Cooper, Joseph Ward, John Mun. Proved 
August II, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 47 

1676-7 March 16. HarisSOn, John, of Essex Co. Inventory of 
the estate of (£60.-.- real, £17.16.6 personal); made by Edward Ball and 
John Catlin. 

1712-3 Jan. 7. Harison, Harrison, Samuel, of Newark, Essex 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 211 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Samuel, John, Mary, 
wife of Peter Cundit, Sarah, wife of Nathaniel Ward, Susannah, wife 
of Samuel Ward, Abigail and Elener. House lot on the river, a lot of 
50 acres between Widow Abigail Ward, the highway, Anthony Olive and 
the Mountain, a meadow at the lower end of the Neck, adjoining Samuel 
Huntington, another meadow near Crab Pond betw. John Cooper, the 
Baldwins and brother Nathaniel Ward, do. on the Northside of Jaspers 
Creek, land on the first branch between the highway, Joseph Peck and 
Jonathan Serjant. Personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Jon'lh Crane, John Johnson junior, John Cooper. Proved Decem- 
ber 12, 1724. 

1721 Dec. 18. Harkcut, Daniel, senior, of Great Eggharbour, 

Gloucester Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Daniel, Rich- 
ard (absent from home, at sea). Desire Nickelson, who has sons Nehe- 
miah and John Nickelson, Samuel, Thomas. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — Peter White and Jonathan Addoms, both of Eggharbour. 
Witnesses — James Howwill (Howel), Richard Mannery, Thomas Green. 
Proved June 2, 1724. Lib. 2, p. 287 

. Fragment of a petition to Governor Burnet by Desire 

Nicholson, who calls herself the daughter of said Daniel and states that 
her father, in his last will of December iS, 1721, made Peter White and 
Jonathan Adams his executors and they have refused to act. 

1678 March 25. Harmensen, Douwe, of Bergen.; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 41 

1694- Nov. 12. (Dutch and English). Hamiense, Hans, and wife 
Willcmtje Warnaers, of Constapels Hook; joint will of. Children of said 
Willemtje by her first husband Harmen van Eorckeloo, vizt., Jannetje, 
Reynier and Harmen, her brother-in-law, Jan Harmensen van Borceloo; 
children of Hans and Willemtje — Tryntje and Annetje Hans; Willem 
van Borckeloo a legatee. Temporal estate. The survivor executor. 
Witnesses — Hessel Wiggerts, Baerendt Christianse. Codicill of October 
19, 1700, signed only by Hans Harmens, provides for grandson Hartman 
Claus, as whose guardians son John Harmanson and Daniel Shottwell are 
named. Witnesses — Ellis Duxbury and John Oven. Proved October 6, 
1701. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 145, and Bergen Wills 

1700 Nov. 12. Harmensen, Hans, of Constapels Hook. Inventory 
of the estate of, made by Cornelis Neeirus and Ephraim Tealer for the 
sake of partition between Pieter van Boskerck as husband and guardian of 
Tryntje Hans as heiress and Jan Harmense van Borckelo and Daniel Sad- 
well as administrators and guardians for Hartman Claesen, heir of An- 
netje Hans, inch debts due by Willem van Borckeloo, Jan van Borcke- 
loo, Hartman Michielse, Jan Aertsen van der Bilt and Brant Schuyler, 
florins 11043 (£4417-20). Bergen Wills 



212 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1719 July 24. Harper, Alexander, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon 
Co., merchant; will of. Leaves "worldly goods and chattells" to his ex- 
ecutors Olver Teller of N. Y. City, merchant, and Alexander Lockart of 
Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., gent., for the payment of his debts and lega- 
cies (no legatees named). Witnesses— Isaac D'Peyster, Abraham Jou- 
near, Cornelius D'Peyster. Proved February I2, 1728-9. Lib. 3, p. 7 

1728 Dec. 19. Commission to Henry Wileman of New York City, 
gent:, to prove the will, now in the custody of Mr. Oliver Teller of said 
City, merchant, one of the executors, where also the witnesses, old peo- 
ple, live. Lib. 3, p. 9 

1728-0 Jan. 22. Harper, Alexander, of Trenton, Hunterdon Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £148.13.7, Proclamation money, inch 
a Folio English Bible £2.10, some old books los., dry goods, peuter but- 
tons for negroes; made by James Gould, Jos. Yard and T. Bowes. 

1712 April 2. Harris, Henry, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
cooper; will of. Wife Abigail. Children — Abigail, Mary, Elizabeth, 
George and John. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, Jonas 
Wood and Joseph Lyon. Witnesses — Daniel Mekr (Meaker), Nathaniel 
Whithead junior, Samuel WHiitehead. Proved August 19, 1713. 

Lib. I, p. 427 

1717-S March 10. George, his son, selects Jonas Wood of Newark as 
his guardian, to whom letters of guardianship are issued. Lib. A, p. 92 

1715 Nov, 27, Harrison, Edward ; will of. Wife Ruth. Daugh- 
ters — Sarah and Elizabeth, nephews Benjamin, son of brother John Har- 
rison, and William, son of brother William Harrison, brother Henry Har- 
rison. Real and personal estate. Executor — brother John. Witnesses — 
John Capper, Richard Bullen, Thomas Britan, John Kinsey junior. 
Proved October 22, 1716. Lib. A, p. 41 

1730 April 22. Harrison, Elizabeth, of Rocky Hill, Somerset 
Co., widow of John, junior, Esq're; will of. Children — Benja. Higgins, 
Benja. Harrison, who has wife Rachel, Sarah Loakison, who has eldest 
dau. Sarah Warden (under 18), Grace Harrison, Rachel Harrison, Mary 
Higgens; legacies to Nancee Harrison, grandson Ed. Higgins and grand- 
daughter Elezebeth Warden. House and lot in Perth Amboy, received 
by will of husband of March 2, 1723-4. Personal estate (three silver 
spoons). Executors — sons Benjamin Higgins and Benjamin Harrison. 
Witnesses — Lewis Moore, Thomas Soden, Tho. Yates, Proved January 
21, 1730. Lib. B, p. 185 

1713-4 Jan 1. Harrison, George; will of. Wife Mary. Chil- 
dren — Isaac, George, Mary. Real and personal estate. The wife execu- 
trix with John Cooper and Joseph Geek, both of Newark, as overseers. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 213 

Witnesses — Jo: Cooper, Joseph Ware, John Mun. Proved August 11, 1715. 

Lib. A, p. 52 

1728-9 Jan. 28. Hai'risOll, Henry, of Somerset Co., about 37 
years old; will of. Wife Grace sole executrix. Children — ^John, Henry, 
Thomas, Ann and Elizabeth; mother still living. Home farm, bought of 
Benj. Higgins, lot in Amboy, had of brother John Harrison. Personal 
estate (three negro slaves;. Witnesses — Lev/is Moore, John Corle, Wm. 
Hollinshead. Proved February 25, 1730-1. Lib. B, p. 191 

1697-8 4th (1. first in. (March). Harrison, Israel, of Munmouth 

River, Salem Co., husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£122.7.3; made by Sam'l Wade and Nat. Champneyes. 

1700-I Feb. — . Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Hester Harrison. Salem Wills, III, p. 73 

1675-6 March 16. Harrison, John. Administration on the estate 
of, granted to his Inother, Samuel Harrison. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 39 

172S-4: March 2. Harrison, John, of Perth Amboy, iViiddlesex 

Co., gentleman; v/ill of. Wife Elizabeth. Son Benjamin, under age; 
bequests to mother, sisters Mary, wife of Samuel Moore, Sarah, Anne, 
wife of Richard Allison, sisters-in-law Gowen Nette, wife of brother Wil- 
liam, Grace, wife of brother Henry; Sarah and Elizabeth, daughters of 
brother Edward dec'd. Real and personal estate (a silver tankard, six 
do. spoons marked S. R. two do. I. IL, a pair of do. salts). Executors — 
George Willocks and Col. John Parker; son Benjamin to become sole ex- 
ecutor, when of age. Witnesses — Richard Bishop, John Walls, Sani'l 
Royse. Proved June 11, 1725. Lib. A, p. 330 

1724 Oct. 3. George Willocks, one of the executors named in pireced- 
ing testament, refuses to act, as he intends to leave America and go to 
Great Britain. 

1727-8 Feb. 19. Harrison, John, of Nev*^ Brunswick, Middlesex 
Co., hatter. Administration of the estate of, granted to John Golding of 
Middletown, Monmouth Co., principal creditor. Lib. B, p. 77 

1703-4 Feb. 9. Harrison, Samuel, of Gloucester Township, mar- 
iner. Inventory of the personal estate of (£500.17.6, incl. books £20, 
plate £28, four negroes £120); made by William Warner et al. 
(no names). 

1703-4 March i. Letters of administration granted Sarah, widow of 
Samuel Harrison. 

1703-4 March 17. Bond of Sarah Harrison as administratrix. Wm. 
Warner and Wm. Clarke fellow bondsmen. 



214 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

. Older to the Sheriff of Gloucester Co., to deliver to 



Sarah Harrison, widow and administratrix of Samuel Harrison, an orphan 
boy, son of Isaac Goodwin, belonging to the estate and detained by John 
Wood. 

1712-3 Jan. 7. Harrison, Samuel, of Newark, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary, sole excutrix. Children- — Samuel, John, Mary, 
wife of Peter Cundit, Sarah, wife of Nathaniel Ward, Susanna, wife of 
Samuel Ward, Abigail and Elener. Real and personal estate. Witnesses 
— ^Jonathan Crane, John Johnson junior, John Cooper, Proved December 
12, 1724. Lib. A, p. 317 

1721 Dec. 22. Harrison, Tliomas, of Am:,l Hunterdon Co., yeo- 
man, carpenter; will of. Wife Rebeckah sole heiress, Richard Kirby 
and John Wright executors of real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Richard Harrison, George Fox, Sam'll Green, Proved January 20, 
1 72 1-2. Lib. 2, p. 205 

1721-2 Jan. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £176.13; made by 
Sam'll Green and Jacob Godowne. 

1720-1 Jan. 2. Harst, Hearst, Thomas, of Shrewsbury, Mon- 
mouth Co, Inventory of the personal estate of, £297.13.11, incl. a Bible 
£1, bonds £198. 1. 2^^, plate £6.3.6; made by John West and Amos White 
"prisers" and also signed by Preserve Lippincott, Phillip Edwards and 
John Webley. Additional statement, made May 19, 1721, of debts due, 
formerly unknown to the widow, adds £7.3.9 and is signed by John West 
and Richard Chambers. 

1726 April 20. Hart, John, of Salem, merchant; will of. Daugh- 
ter Jeane (under age, to be sent to school in Philadelphia and then to 
live with the wife of David Morriss until of age); sister Jeane Hart, liv- 
ing in or near Glasco, Scotland, brother William Hart, cousin Robert 
Hart, living with testator. Real and personal estate. Executors — David 
Morriss, Richard Smith and John Pledger. Witnesses — Jos. Test, Simon 
Worner, Sam'l Hedge. Proved April 27, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 334 

1726 May 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £1793.7.4, incl. a 
watch £4.5, plate £3.9.9, old silver 4s. 7p., a looking glass 12s., an 8 day 
clock £9, all the shop goods £138.9.4, a silver nutmeg grater £1, | of the 
sloop Salem £50, 5 of the Pheby Hoope £15, and outstanding debts 
£1201.4.6^; made by Joseph Darkin and Ro: Johnson. 

1738 May 17. Account of the estate by the surviving executors, Rich- 
ard Smith and Jno. Pledger, who have spent £38 more than the inven- 
toried value by deducting £523.4.3! insolvent debts, £115.14.7! not yet 
recovered debts and by paying debts due to George McCall, Israel Pem- 

1 Amwell. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 215 

bertoti, Andrew Bradford, Rol)ert Hart (legacy), Rob't Johnson, Josej^h 
Darken, Robert Raines, Fr. Gandouett, Joseph Coleman, Tho: Rowell, 
Mathevv Ranton, Oney Sifrus Stanley, John Dickson, Edvv'd R. Price, 
James Vance, Benj. Davis, John and Allen Rutherford, James Gould, 
Abe King, James Trenton, Sarah Walling, Wm. Condon, Peter Cormick, 
Arthur Boyer, Wm. Willis, Chas. Crostwayte, Eliz'th Chandler, John 
Whittall, George Claypoole, Rich'd Pearce, Abr'm Nelson, Joseph and 
John Thompson, Isaac Taylor, Wm. Pavvlin, Ebenezer Eglington, Hu'^h 
Clifton, Peter Turner, Joseph Gregory, Joseph Hancock, Rachael Kelly, 
Abel Nicholson, Alex'r Woodroffe, Roger Sherron, Wm. Wallace, Nath'l 
Chamless, Rich'd Hacket, Wm. Bowell, John Rolf, Marg't W^illiamson, 
Sam'l Mason, John Paget, John Robison, Robert Ellis, Chas. Read, Wm. 
Curry, Esther Andrews, Edw. Vickry, Ralph Hoys, Lewis Morris, Jas. 
Whitton, Alice Young, Wm. Wright, John Dunn, Eliz'th and Sarah Hen- 
drickson, Garrat Vanneman, Robert Vance, Tho: Taylor, Jas. Smith, 
David Straughn, Ann Hill, James Acret, Abr'm Moss, Sam'l Walcot, 
Simon Warner, Sam'l Hedge, David Smith, Wm. Basset', Wm. Johnson, 
James Wiggins, Wm. Clare, Jno. Brodway, Jno. Dixon, Abial Carle jun- 
ior, John Davis, Robert Conaway, Wm. Burroughs, Thomas Masters, 
George Trenchard, Tho: Ellwell, Le Sprogle, Edw'd Lummas, Edward 
Test, Clement Hall, Mirick Davis, Benjamin Eaton, Martha Cox, Edw'd 
Cathrell, Gwin Jones, Tho: Lawrence, Tho: Sobers, Mary Coleman, 
Rich'd Bradford, Sam'l Bustill, Benj. Acton, R. Asheton, Edward Sparks, 
Daniel Test and Peter Evans. A charge of £113.19.10 is made by Robert 
Hart as executor of David Morris for boarding, schooling and clothing 
Jane Hart and £8.3.6 are paid to sundry persons in Philadelphia for Jane 
Hart's funeral. 

1723 April IG. Harte, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Alse. Children — John, Charity, Hearte, Jacob, 
Catherine, Leah. Personal estate. Executors — Cornelious Herrin and 
Barnes Nohel of Tappan, Orange Co., N. Y. Witnesses — Henery De- 
camp, Johu Chrisson, Robert Wright. Proved June 4, 1723. 

Lib. A, p. 248 

1723 Aug. 14. Inventory of the personal estate (£284.11.11:^, inch 
bonds, payable by Adolph Brower, John Ryno junior, John Coson and 

Tharp); made by William Anderson and Jurran Morris at the request 

of Cornelius Hearing and Barent Nohel, both of Tapan, N. Y., executors. 

1684 April 19. Hartfield, Matliias ; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 114 

1722 May 14. Hartshorne, Richard, of Middletown, Monmouth 
Co.; will of. Children — Hugh, Mary Clayton, Katharine Fitz Randolph, 
Sarah Taylor, Mercy Lawrence, William; legacy for the poor of the 
Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting of Quakers. Half an acre of land, front- 



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ing the street and inclutling wife's grave, to be laid out as a family bury- 
ing ground, East of the homestead, bought of John Bowne; land on the 
North side of town, adjoining Moses Lippitt, meadow near John Pew, do. 
near John Wilson, all in Middletown meadows; loo acres on South side of 
Manasquan River. Personal property (books, papers, a silver tankard). 
Executors — the two sons. Witnesses — Richard Stout, John Wall, Joseph 
Cox. Proved May 22, 1722. Lib. A, p. 221 

1694 Nov. 23. Harvey, Peter, of Burlington Co. Inventory of 
the estate of (£148.16.1 inch .£70 for house, plantation and 50 acres bought 
of Thomas Wright); made by John Ogbourne, Matthew Champion and 
John Scholey. 

1694 Dec. I. Bond of John Day of Burlington Co., yeoman, as admin- 
istrator. Henry Grubb, butcher, and John Shinn junior, yeoman, fellow 
bondsmen. Lib. i, p. 184 

1694 Dec. I. Letters of administration on the estate granted to his 
brother-in-law John Day of Burlington Co., yeoman. 

Burlington Records, p. 23 

1694 20th d. 9th m. (Nov.). Disbursements on account of dec'd, by 
John Day, naming Will. Atkinson, Isaac Marriott, John Pankhurst, 
Mathew Champion, George Shin, Bridget Geye, John Antram, Sarah 
Parker, John Gibs, Rem Shin, Mahlon Stacy, Doctor Peachey, and men- 
tioning a coffin for the wife and a child of said Peter, the youngest child 
one month old, another, a girl, 2j years old, dau. Hannah Harvey, who 
had the small pox. 

1707 Aug. 5. Account of the estate, £148.13.0, by John Day, admin- 
istrator. 

1712 June 4. Hasker, William, of Eversham Township, Burling- 
ton Co.; will of. Children — Sary Harvey and Mercy Newberry. Twenty 
acres of land. Personal property. Executors — John Sharp and Thomas 
Wilkince. Witnesses — Henry Ballinger, Thomas Hooton. Proved April 
10, 1714. Lib. I, p. 441 

1714 April 8. Inventory of the personal estate, £38.17.-, inch 
"Things unseen and forgott " is.; made by Henry Ballinger and Thomas 
Hooton. 

1693 April 11. Haslewood, George, of Salem, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Margrett. Son John, son-in-law (stepson) Richard Butcher. Real 
and personal estate. Executors — the wife and Richard Johnson of Salem, 
carpenter. Witnesses — Xpopher Saunders, Sam'l Hedge, Nat. What- 
more, Mary Yorke. Codicill of April 21, 1693, makes unimportant 
changes. Witnesses — John Tom and Sam'l Iledge, Recorded June 27, 
1693. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 217 

1693 May — . Inventory of the personal estate, £211.1.11; made l)y 
Edward Wade and Andrew Thompson. Salem Wills, A, p. 94 

1694 Oct. 14. HaslewOOd, John, of Allawayes Creek, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Anne sole heiress and with father-in-law Samuel 
Curtice executrix of the estate with legacy to Salem Quaker Meetings. 
Witnesses — Margrett Haslewood, Sam'l Hedge, Anna Hedge. Recorded 
November 15, 1694. 

1694 Oct. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £67, incl. a Biljle; 
made by John Maddocks and Sam'l Wade. Salem Wills, A, p. 122 

1695 Not. 20. Haslewood, Margaret, of Salem, widow; will of. 
Son Richard Butcher sole heir; legacy to Richard Johnson. Witnesses — 
Anna Hedge, Mary Yorke, Reynold Hawke. Recorded December 2, 
1695. 

1695 Nov. 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £39.16.7; made by 
Jno, Worlidge and The: Woodrooffe. 

1695 Dec. 5. Administration on the estate granted to Richard John- 
son; Richard Butcher, the son, refusing to act. Salem Wills, A, p. 172 

1700 July 21. Haug:hton, Dr. John, of West Jersey. Letters of 
administration on the estate of, granted in Gloucester Co. to Col. Wil- 
liam Markham of Philadelphia as principal creditor. 

Burlington Records, p. 30 

1700 July 22. Bond of William Markham. Henry Grubb fellow 
bondsman. Burlington Wills 

1693 Dec. 10. Haughton, Samuel, of Burlington, about to sail for 
Barbadoes; will of. Gives his lands in West Jersey to the two eldest chil- 
dren of sister Katherine, goods on board the Mayflower of Philadelphia, 
Wm. Righton, master, to children of brother Jonathan Houghton, a bond 
for £20, due by Thomas Clarke, to children of brother-in-law Henry 
Milns; divides cattle and horses between Alice Hutcheson, Thomas 
Kendall and wife Anne; legacy of £20 to Grace Whitton; George Hutche- 
son and Thomas Kendall residuary legatees and executors. Witnesses — ■ 
Wm. Wood, Samuel Oldale, John Petty. Proved September 22, 1694. 

1694 July 6. Inventory of the estate, £242.11.4, incl. 125 acres with 
an unhnished house (£22.-.-) and a lot of i^ a. on High St. Burlington 
(£26.-.-); made by Isaac Marriott and John Budd. 

1694 Sept. 22. Bond of the executors named in the will, with Daniel 
Wills of Northampton River, gentleman, and Isaac Marriott of Burlington, 
merchant, fellow bondsmen. 

1724 Ang. .31. Hayeland, Joseph, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to Gabriel Still and John Eaton, 
principal creditors. Lib. A, p. 305 



2lb NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1686-7 March 14. Havens, John, of Shrewsbury; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. io8 

1687 Dec. 10. Inventory of the personal estate (£50.15.0); made by 
William Scott and Remembrance Lippincott, as shown by Hannah Hav- 
ens, widow of the testator. 

1688 March 29. Bond of Thomas Wainwright as executor of the last 
will. Anna Havens fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1723 Sept. 2. Havens, Nicholas, of Shark River. Bond of Wm. 

Brinley of Shrosberry as administrator of the estate of. Jonathan Allen 
of the same place fellov/ bondsman. Lila. A, p. 263, and Monmouth Wills 

1723-4 Jan. 5. Inventory of the personal estate of, £34.10.2; made 
by William Brinley, who sold at public auction the property of the de- 
ceased to Elias Pettit, Richard Chamlis, Dan'l Havins, Gawn Drummond, 
Stephen Phleming, Tho: Chambers, John West, Robert Stout, Wm. Cur- 
lies, John Newman, Thomas Woodmansee, Anthony Pintard and John 
Pearce. Wm. Brinley applies for letters of administration. 

. Inventory of the personal estate of, £11.13.6; made by 

Thomas Chambers and Stephen Flemin; a note at the bottom says: "Mr. 
Will'm Brinley prays Letters of Adm'n on this Estate." 

1723-4 Jan, 5. Account of the goods, sold at auction by Wm. Brinley 
for £35.6.2 to Elias Pettit, Richard Chamlis, Daniel Havens, Gawen and 
Isabel Drummond, Stephen Phleming, Tho: Chambers, John West, Rob- 
ert Stout, Wm. Curlies, John Newman, Tho: Woodmansee and John 
Pearce. 

1724 Aug. 27. "How I paid Inuatare of Nicklis Havens Goods," 
signed Wm. Brinley, who has paid altogether £36.4 to Daniel Havens, 
Thomas Chambers, Antony Pintard, John Weast and Thomas Wod- 
manse. 

1714 June 28. Haynes, John, of Mannington, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman; will of. Vv^ife Sarah. Children — Daniel, William, Sarah and 
Hannah. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Alex'r Simpson, John and Jonathan IT use (spelled LIughs in jurat 
of proof March 23, 1714-15). Lib. i, p. 512 

17 14-5 March i. Inventory of the personal estate, £95.1.-, incl. 
books 6s. ; made by Roger Huckings and John Pledger. 

1683-4 Feb. 8. Headley, Hedley, Leonard, of Elizabeth Town. 
Inventory of the personal estate of (£99.3.6); made by Isaac Whitehead 
and Jonathan Ogdin. Essex Wills 

1683-4 March 9. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Sarah. N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 56 and 63 

1684-5 Feb. 5. Letters of administration on the estate granted to 
his widow Sarah, now wife of Robert Smith of the same place. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 2I9 

1720-6 Jan. 11. Hearce, Priscilla, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
Co., widow; will of. Leaves personal property to brother Joseph Hickke, 
sisters Elizabeth Williams, who has Mary and Gabriel Williams, Patience, 
who has three children, Mary, Andria and John, children of Andria Web- 
ly, Elizabeth Webly, Ann and Andria Chambers, Elizabeth and Andria, 
daughters of William and Ann Woolley; real estate to the executors John 
West and Richard Chambers; repeats order of husband Thomas (q. v.) 
concerning the homestead. Witnesses — Edward Faulkner, John Cham- 
bers, Wm. Brinley. Proved March i, 1729-30. 

1714-5 Jan. 29. Hearce, Hearse, Thomas, of Shrewsbury, yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Presilla sole heiress of real and personal estate with 
legacies to Jewitt Lippincott, Elizabeth Worthly, Peter White, Jacob 
Dennis, Monthly Meeting of Quakers at Shrewsbury. Homestead not to 
be sold after wife's death, but be kept for the use of the poor in Shrews- 
bury or a " Scoole House" as the Justices of the Peace shall think fit. 
Executors — the wife, Jewitt Lippincott and Elizabeth Worthly, with the 
other two legatees named as advisers. Witnesses — Remembrance Lip- 
pincott, Preserve Lippincott, William Jackson. Proved April 18, 1722. 

Lib. A, p. 214, and Monmouth Wills 

1720 Dec. 30. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Priscilla Hearse. Lib. A, p. 197 

1720-1 Jan. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £297.13.11, incl. 
bonds and debts £198.1.2^, a Bible £1.-; made by John West, Amos 
White, Preserve Lippincott, Philipp Edwards and John Webley. Addi- 
tion of £7.3.9 being debts unknown to the widow; made by John West and 
Richard Chambers May 19, 1721. 

1720 March 29. Heard, John, of Woodbridge. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to John Barker of the same place. Lib. A, p. 132 

1716-7 Jan. 3. Heath, Andrew, of Hopewell Township, Hunter- 
don Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Children — Martha (under 18), 
John, Elizabeth, Andrew, Sarah (under 21), Richard; grandchildren — 
Elizabeth, Abigal and Andrew Peittet, John Heath, son-in-law Nathanel 
Pettet; wife's children — Daniel, Samuel and Plannah Clark. Land at 
Malazadock, do. 600 acres, on the Muskanickcunk Branch of Delaware 
River, farm, bo't of Thomas Truss. Personal property. Executors — 
Thomas Lambart and Robert Heaton (Eatton), tailor. Witnesses — John 
Plumley, Nathaniel Pettit. Proved December 29, 1720. 

1720 Oct. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £208.9.1^, incl. two 
old Bibles and other books £1, a negro man £22.10, bonds and bills 
£85.3, due by Bartholomew Thather, Daniel Bleuet, Nath'l Petit, John 
Jones, Silvanus Bikes, William Wardell, Benjamin Warton, John Pid- 
coks, William Paulet, Richard Horton, John Ashmore, John Muirheide, 



220 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Wm. Lander, Ambris Bunis, Jeremiah Scife, Timothy Baker, John Ger- 
ish, Joseph Britain and Wm. Hickey; made by Daniell Howell and Alex- 
ander Lockart. 

1724-5 Feb. 27. Heath, John, of Amwell, Hunterdon Co. Mary, 
widow of, declines acting as administratrix of the estate, 

1724-5 Feb. — . Samuel Green recommends to Samuel Bustill the 
brother of John Heath as administrator. 

1724-5 March i. Bond of Andrew Heath as administrator of the 
estate. John Robins fellow bondsman, both of Hunterdon Co., yeomen. 

1725 Oct. 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £116.14; made by 
Samuel Green and Andrew Smith. 

1728-9 Jan. 28. Account of the estate by Mary Hunt, the adminis- 
tratrix, and her husband Thomas Hunt, who have spent £95. 10. i|- more 
than the appraised value, by paying debts due to James Tucker, Thomas 
Leonard, Thomas Lambert, Edward Tuckitt, William Cornwell, Thos. 
Winder, Philipp Ringo, Sarah Osborn, Thomas Yardley, Alexander 
Lockart, James Hude, John Porterfield, Thos. Burkett, John Whorford, 
Robert Bolton, Robert Eaton, John Severns, John Holcomb, Sam'l Bon- 
ham, Isaac Herring, John Dagworthy, Penelope Iswell and John Wills. 

1686-7 March 18. Heauens, John, of Shrosbery; will of. Wife 
Anna. Sons — William, John, Nicolas, Daniel, sons-in-law George Ax- 
tone, who has son John, and Thomas Wainev.'right. Land at Sessoco- 
nossa, do. adjoining Edmond Lefretro near the Round Swamp. Personal 
property. Executors — son William and son-in-law Thos. Wainewright. 
Witnesses — Nicolas Brown, Edmond Lefetro. Proved November 4, 1687. 

Monmouth Wills 

1716 Sept. 6. Hedg-ar, John, of Gloucester Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £154.17-; made by Richard Chew and Samuel Ward. 

1716 Nov, 9. Bond of Mareba Hedgar, widow, as administratrix of 
the estate, she having made affidavit that he died intestate. Henry Chew 
and Samuel Ward fellow bondsmen, 

1716 Dec. 20. Meriba, his widow, made administratrix of his estate. 

Reversed Side, Burlington Records 

1708-9 Feb. 5. Hed^e, Samuel, junior, of Salem; will of. Wife 
Rebeck and father Samuel Hedge executors; four sons — Samuel Fenwick, 
William, Nathan and John. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Wil- 
liam Folwell and Roger Milton. Proved July 15, 1709. 

Lib. I, p. 243, and Salem Wills 

1709 June 20. Inventory of the personal estate (£232.1.0, incl. bonds 
of Joseph Alexander and Samuel Holmes, Thomas Maskall and Tho: 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 231 

Tatham, David Read and Alex'r Foreman, John Jones, Hermanky 
Aldricks and John Miller); made by Alex'r Grant and Beniaman 
Knapton. 

1718 May 8. Hedg^e. Samuel, a minor of 15 years. Bond of 
George Abbott of Elsinboure Township, Salem Co., as guardian of. Wit- 
nesses — William Waldin and Lucas Peeterson. 

1702 29tli d. 6th m. (Aug.). Hedge, \Tilliam, of Munmouth 

River, Salem Co., husl:)andman. Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£31.19.3; made by Joseph Ware and James Bruice. 

1702 Sept. I. Administration on the estate granted to Dorcas Smith, 
sister of the deceased. Salem Wills, III, p. 143 

1728-0 March 5. Hedge, William, of Salem, weaver; will of. 
Mother Rebekah Cox, brother Samuel Hedge executor of real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — David Smith, David Wiggins, Ann Grant. 
Proved March 26, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 19 

1729 March 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £31.18.5, incl. a 
servant man's time £9; made by Thomas Waithman and James Dixson. 

1738 May 27. Account of the estate by Ann, late widow and executrix 
of Samuel Hedge, the executor named in the will of his brother, and now 
wife of Nicholas Gibbon of Cohanzie, Salem Co., who has added to the 
value as above £123 by the sale of 395 acres of land and £6 by the sale of 
proprietary rights to S3 acres, while she has paid for the coffin to Mathew 
Keasby £1.16 and debts due to Jo'n Brick, Phil. Chetwood (for medicine 
and attendance), Peter Turner, David Morris, Richard Smith, Roger 
Huckings, Joseph Coleman, Nathan Hedge, Clem't Hall, Lewis Morris as 
executor to Wm. Ridley, and Andrew Thomson, Thos. Miles, Editha 
Crow, James Sikes, James Gibbs, Ann Redmond, Joseph Wade, Benja- 
min Haines, Jonathan Surridge, David Loyd and Benjamin Eaton. 

1705 Nov. 8. Heesham, Johu. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Margaritt Loveridg, principal creditor. Lib. I, p. 122 

1701 June 17. HelmeS, Israel, of Gloucester Co. ; will of. Gives 
100 acres out of the tract on Brandy wine to Better Cocke of Possyyvuck, 
a legacy to granddaughter Elenor Cock; the personal estate is to be divid- 
ed among the six children, after sons Israel and Ocka have received the 
same share out of it, as the others have already had; the real estate goes 
to sons Israel (absent, must come back for his share), Harman and Ocka; 
names of the other three children not given. Executor — son Harman. 
Witnesses — Andrew Robeson and Elenor Cocke. Proved March 2, 
1701-2. 

1701-2 March 2. Inventory of the estate (farm of £200 acres £60, 



222 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

200 a. of rough land £20, persona] £98.5.0); made by Andrew Robeson 
and Geo. Lawrence. 

1701-2 March 2. Administration granted to Hermanns Helme on his 
father's estate. 

1 701-2 March 2. Bond of Hermanns Helm as executor, Andrew 
Robeson and George Lawrence fellow bondsmen. 

1719-20 Feb. 21. Hendricks, Abraham, of Elizabeth Town, 

Essex Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Abigail. Children — Jacob, Hannah, 
Abraham, Isaac, all under age. Lot of 100 acres in Elizabeth Town 
bounds, bought of Robert Drummond, between David Watkins and John 
Lee, which is to go to the Deacons of the Dissenting Protestant Church 
in Elizabeth Town under given circumstances. Personal property. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife, father-in-law Richard Clarke and Caleb Jefferies. Wit- 
nesses — James Hamton, Henry Clarke, Samuel Whitehead. Proved July 
30, 1722. Lib. A, p. 225 

1727 Not. 16. Hendricks, Daniel, of Middletown, Monmouth Co., 

gent:; will of. Wife Tryntye. Children — Hendrick, Catharine, Jonay- 
tye, Gheesye, Teuntye, Maykye, Anne, Frances, John, William, Daniel 
(under age), nephew Daniel, son of brother William. Land on Cones- 
cunck Neck and at Barnegatt, a farm formerly Benjamin Stout's, another 
bought of Stephen Warne, two lots bought of Jarat Wall and John Wall 
resp., salt meadow at Shoal Harbour, a lot in Amboy, bought of Stephen 
Warne. Personal estate. Executors — son Plendrick with sons-in-law 
Rooloff Shank and Jonathan Holmes junior. Witnesses — Cornelis 
Wyckof, Johannis Luister, Corneles Dooren, Will'm Lawrence junior. 
Proved January 29, 1727-8. Lib, 2, p. 491 

1694 Dee. 10. Hendricks, Jabesh, and wife liana, of Piscataway. 
Inventory of the personal estate of (£116.9.2); made by Benia: Hull and 
John Pike. Middlesex Wills 

1694-5 Feb. II. Administration on the estate granted to his brother 
Daniel Hendricks of Piscataway. N. J. Archives, XXI,, p. 221 

1694-5 Feb. II. Bond of Daniel Hendricks of Piscataway as admin- 
istrator of the estate. Edward Slater and Benjamin Hull of the same 
place, fellow bondsmen. 

1735 Oct, 9. Hendrickson, Hendrick, of Middletown. Bond of 
Hendrick Hendrickson junior of Middletown as administrator of the 
estate of his father, John Deare of Amboy fellow bondsman, 

Monmouth Wills 

1700 Oct. 12. Hendrickson, Laucey, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co,, 
husbandman; nuncupative will of, spoken in the presence of ' Yerian 
Erickson and Christian, Yeriansen, gives real and personal estate to his 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 223 

four sisters, brother-in-law Gilljohn Gilljohnson to have the refusal of the 
plantation, he to buy the rest out. Recorded March 26, 1701. 

1700 Nov. I. Inventory of the estate: 333 acres of land £96, personal 
£77.1; made by Walter Hewstes and Wooley Franckson. 

1701 March 31. Administration on the estate granted to Gilljohn 
Gilljohnson. Salem Wills, III, p. 87 

1686-7 Feb. 10. Hendrioksoii, Laxirance alias Lacy, senior, of 

Fins Poynt, Salem Tenth, husbandman or planter; will of. Wife Mary, 
sole executrix, son Laurance alias Lacy. Real and personal estate, to be 
appraised by Jonas Scoggin and Henry Daniellson. Witnesses — Edward 
Greene, Mary Shute, \Vm. Shute. Proved June 15, 1687. 

1687 May 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £92.1.6; made by Jonas 
Scoggin and Henry Daniellson. Salem Wills, Lib. 2, p. 34 

1711 April 2. HendricliSOn, William, of Middletown, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Children — Gisbert, Daniel, daughters, names not 
given, all under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — brother 
Daniel Hendrickson, Peter Wyycockf and Christopher Longstreet. Wit- 
nesses — Elie Sydenham, Barns Lambertson, Cornels Doom, Wm. Broder- 
wick. Proved June 14, 1711. Lib. i, p. 326 

1711 April II. Hendrickson, William, died April 7. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£73.10.0); made by Obadiah Bowne and Gershom 
Mott; sworn to by Daniel Hendrickson, one of the executors. 

1719 Sept, 13. Herbert, Harbour, Francis, of Middletown, Mon- 
mouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Children— Thomas, 
Francis, Samuel, Obadiah, Elizabeth, Bridget, Mary. Real and personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and son Francis. Witnesses — James Cox, 
William Cheesman, Joseph Patterson, W^m. Lawrence junior. Proved 
November 25, 1719. Lib. A, p. 146 

1716 Nov. 19. Heritage, John, of New Garden, Gloucester Co.; 
waiver of Sarah, widow of, of right of administration in favor of brother 
Joseph Heritage. 

1716 Nov. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £41.14.10; made by 
Thos. French and John Chambers. 

1716 Dec. 20. Joseph Heritage appointed administrator of the estate. 

Reversed Side, Burlington Records 

1718 April 10. Account of the estate of, by Joseph Heritage, the 
brother and administrator, showing payments to John Banyen, Nathan 
Stanbery, Elias Hugg, Thomas Denton, Mary Cock, John Estaugh, Jane 
Srt^ith, John Kay, Margret Richardson, Samewell Burrowes, Edward 
Peak, Mary Smith, Wm. Matlack senior and junior, Thomas Stoe, Judah 



224 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Williams, Samewell Saivers, Simon Clifton, Thomas Smith, Mary Her- 
itage for nursing, William Hunt and Abel Preston, in all £20.12.4. 

1717-8 March 10. On same sheet. Receipt of Sarah, widow of John 
Heritage, to brother Joseph Heritage for her share of the estate £16.-, 
silver money. 

1702 Aug, 24. Heritage, Richard, of New Garden, Gloucester 
Co. Inventory of the personal of (£137.10.4, incl. a "liberary" of books 
26s.); made by John Kay and Thos. Shakle. 

1702 Sept. I. Minutes of the Justices' Court of Gloucester Co., John 
Kay, John Hugg junior and Tho. Sharp, granting letters of administra- 
tion on the estate of Richard Heritage to his son and heir John Heritage 
of Sutton New Garden, said Co. John Reading, Register of Court. 

1702 Sept. I. Bond of John Heritage as administrator. Simeon Ellis 
and Thomas Shackle, both of the same Co., fellow bondsmen. 

1725 Ang-. 10, Herriot, Harriot, David, of Woodbridge, Middle- 
sex Co., yeoman; will of. Children — John, appointed executor, David, 
Andrew and Sarah. House and lot in Perth Amboy, farm in Woodbridge 
between the highway. Col. Parker and Oljadiah Eiers. Personal prop- 
erty. Witnesses — Samuel Stone, Mary Colvvell, John Barclay. Proved 
March 15, 1725-6. Lib. A, p. 353 

1716 Nov. 13. Herrinaun, Jolin. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to his widow Hannah Herrman. Lib. i, p. 162 

1686 Oct. 24. Hester, Thomas ; nuncupative will of. Enumerates 
debts due to John Crips, Ralph Rawson, John Test and the Barmoodas 

woman , and by Burgas , laster, Woolly Dalboe, John Readin, 

John Ithel, Antonie Neelson, Mathew Metcalfe, Rich: Turner, Mathew 
Alen; gives ^ of a share of the Province to son Robert Hester, he paying 
20s. to his brother Thomas Hester and £5 to his sisters (names not 
given); John Wood and John Bethel to have the residue: "Thomas 
Crouch keeps the niaine deed, William Willies keeps the coppie of the 
deed." Attested as having been heard by Grace Thomas, William Sals- 
bury, Mary Margan and Young Morgan. Proved December 16, 1686. 

i586 Oct. 27. Inventory of the estate, incl. 208 acres of land (£14.- 
13.35^); made by Tho. Matthews and Wm. Warner. Gloucester Wills 

1686 . Letters of administration on the estate granted to 

John Woodand Jno. Bethell. Burlington Records, p. 13 

1706 July 8, Hetfleld, Abraham, of Elizabeth Town, cordwainer; 
will of. Wife Phebe. Sons — Abraham, Matthias, Joseph and Jacob; a 
brother Isaac Iletfield mentioned. Real and personal estate. Executors 
— the wife and brother Cornelius Hetfield, Witnesses — Samuel Melyen, 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 225 

Samuel Clarke, Thomas Price. Proved and the executors sworn in July 
23, 1706. Lib. I, p. 156, and Essex Wills 

1718 May 17. Hetfleld, Heatfteld, Cornelius, of Elizabeth Town, 

Essex Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah, son Cornelius (under 2i), 
daughters — Anna Ludlum, Sarah, Mary, Rachel, Elizabeth and Joanna. 
Real and personal estate (a great English Bible). The wife sole execu- 
trix. Witnesses — Abraham Hatfield, Benjamin Spining, Isaac Whitehead. 
Proved August 14, 171S. Lib. A, p. 107 

• . Heiiett, Joseph, of Cape May Co. Account of Wil- 
liam Segrave as adniinislralor of the estate of. 

1722 June 18. Heulillg"S, Abraham, of Willingbrough Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Diana. Children — Josepli, 
Jacob, William, Mary Reefs, Elizabeth Brian, Rebeca, Hannah, Sarah. 
Real and personal estate (3 negro slaves). The wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Robert Lucas, Thomas Cutler, David Rice. Proved September 
21, 1725. Lib. 2, p. 304 

1725 June 5. Inventory of the personal estate, -■S33I.3.5, inch six 
negroes (one man, one woman and four boys) £150; made by Thomas 
Scattergood and Samuel Lovett. 

1713 Jnue5. Henlillg'S, William, of Evesham Township, Bur- 
lington Co. ; will of. Wife rdary. Children — Jacob, Dorothy, wife of 
Daniel Jones, Elizabeth, Hannah, wife of Felix Leeds, Mary; grandchil- 
dren — Sarah, William and Daniel Jones. Real and personal estate. Son 
Jacob sole executor. Witnesses — Mary Lee, Josiah Lovett, John Kay. 
Proved August 8, 17 13. Lib. i, p. 420 

1713 July 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £597. 13. ii;V, inch three 
Bibles and "a library of books," £5.19.-, five " neggoris " £140.-; made 
by John Kay and Samuel Coles. 

1698 19th d. 8th m. (Oct.). Hewes, Hews, William, of Chittester 

Co., Penna., cooper. Inventory of the estate of: a farm on Ouldman's 
Creek £20, personal £3.12, i. e. a cow £3 and a sow 12s.; maile by Nat. 
Lamplugh and Tho: Wells. 

1698 Oct. 21. Administration on the estate in Salem Co. granted to 
his son and heir William Hews. Salem Wills, III, p. 28 

1712 March 26. Hewet, Faith, of Shvewslmry. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to John Lippincote. Lib. i, p. 341 

1688-9 Feb. 6. Hide, Hyde, Thomas, of Monmouth River, Salem 
Co., carpenter; will of. William Willis senior sole heir of real and per- 
sonal estate and with John Worlidge executor. Henry Taylor to serve 
15 



226 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

said Willis part of his indentures. Witnesses — Hipolitus Lefevor, Alice 
Shoring, John Worlidge. Recorded July 30, 1689. 

1689 May 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £87.14; made by John 
Pledger and John Forrest. Deceased was indebted, £15.2, to James 
Nevill, Jo: Paine, Geo: Haslewood and Nick's Philpot. 

Salem Wills, A, p. 27 

1716 Au^. 21. Higbee, Edward, of Middletown, Monmouth Co.; 
will of. Children — Edward, Sary Jonson, Margery Looper, Mary Race, 
Joseph, Rebeckah; residuary legatees Obediah and George Higbe. Only 
personal property disposed of. Executors — Eden Burrowes and Hugh 
Hartshorne. Witnesses — ^John Simkny (Timkny), Johannes Rees (?), 
Johannes Smack. Proved March 25, 1717. Lib. A, p. 68 

1717-8 Jan. 17. Inventory of the personal estate (£64.8.0, mostly 
debts due by Andrew Hampton, Andrew Parse, Tlio: Collings, Tho. More, 
Peter Marie (a desprait debt), Richard Soper, John Kelley, Stephen 
Pillyg, Benjamin Prigmore, Peter Bulkloo and Obadiah Winter); made by 
W^illiam Leeds, Auken Lefferson and Thomas Harbunt (?); sworn to by 
Eden Burrows, executor. 

1715 17th d. 10th 111. (Dec). Higbee, Hicbee, John, of Little 

Egg Harbour, Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Alee. Children — 
Edward and Agall. Home farm, land on Long Island. Personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Edward Higbee (Hickbee), Morde- 
cai Andrews, Edward Andrews. Proved November 5, 1716. 

Lib. 2, p. 76 
1715-6 Jan. II. Inventory of the personal estate, £147.15.-; made by 
Joseph Willets and Richard Osborn; affirmed to by Alee Hickbe, a re- 
puted Quaker. 

1730 April 11, Higby, Edward, of Burlington Co., yeoman. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Abigal Lawrence. Lib. 3, p. 48 

1698 June 23. Hig'g'enS, Eliakim, of Woodbridge. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Jedidiah Higgens of Piscataway. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 284 

1698--9 Feb. 22. Inventory of the personal estate (£8.-.-); made 
by John Langstafe and Reni Papal alias Lafiower, Middlesex Wills 

1695 Dec. 24-. Higgens, Eichard, of Raway. Bond of Samuel 
Oliver of Raway as guardian of. Thomas Higgins of Piscataway fellow 
bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1695 Dec. 12. Higgens, Zerah. Administration on the estate of, 

J Piat. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 337 

granted to Thomas Iliggens of Piscatawny and Samuel Oliver of Roway. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 226 

1695 Dec. 18. Inventory of the personal estate (£134.15.10^); made 

by Andrew Hamton and Richard Baker. Essex Wills 

1703-4 Feb. 10. Hig^ilies, Thomas, of ?. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of, £173.18.9, inch books; made by Edmund Downham 
et al., names not appearing. Middlesex Wills 

1718 May 10. Hii;-Si-illS, Hig-gCUS, James, of Somersett Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £75.6.-; matle by Tho: Vates and 
Daniel Fitch. 

1718 May 22. Administration on the estate granted to Jediah Hig- 
gcns, yeoman. Lib. A, p. 96 

. Account of the estate by Jediah Lliggins, son and 

administrator, showing payments to Joseph Kirkbride, Thomas Achley, 
Ben. Randolph, Edw. Walington, VVm. Tappen, Jarsham Martin, Thos. 
Yeates, Elexander Harper, John Cornelus, John Harrison, John Baron, 
Anne Hogland, Daniel Howell, Daniel Baley, Barefoot Brimson, Daniel 
Fitch, Unis Denis, Enoch Vreland, Daniel Cornelus, John Pipingen, 
widow Hordanbrook (? Hardenbergh), Ezekiell and Jeremiah Blumfield, 
Ben. Hull, Samuel Leonard, Thomas Wetherell, John Bound and Elisha 
Parker; mentioning also five children of deceased. 

1715 April 23. Hig'gins, Jedidiall, of Somerset Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — Jedidiah, James, Miceall, Thomas, 
Joseph (under 21), Mary (under 18), granddaughter Sarah Bloomefield. 
Home farm, 120 acres at Barnegat Bay, land acquired as part of a share. 
Personal estate. Executors — the wife and sons Jedidiah and James. 
Witnesses — Benjamin Fitz Randolph, Jonathan Stout, Tho. Yates. 
Proved May 17, 1715. Lib. 2, p. 16 

1703 Dec. 2. E'.-:iuS, Thomas, of Piscataway, yeoman; will of. 
Mother Mary Whiteh- .ul; wife Elizabeth executrix. Children— Benjamin 
and daughters (names not given). Real and personal property. John 
Royce and Edward Slattr assistants to executrix or feoffees in trust. 
Witnesses — H. Faurdt (ITtnry Forde), Samuel Yorke, Benjamin Hull and 
Anne Pridmore. Proved \pril 18, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 37, and Middlesex Wills 

1688 May 11. IIi2rgilU\ William, of Philadelphia Co., brick- 
maker; nuncupative will of. Give-^ all his estate to Jervice Bywater and 
Joseph Browne as heirs and executor^. This will, made at the house of 
Joseph Brown, brickmaker, on the day of testator's death, is sworn to by 
Richard Shea, Cathrine Robinson and Vhomas Cotten. Proved in Glou- 
cester Co., June I, 16SS. Gloucester Wills 



228 NEW JERSEY COI-ONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1688 June I. Bond of Joseph Browne, brickmakev, and Jai-vace (Jar- 
vis) Bywater, husbandman, as administrators of the estate. Martin Holt 
of Gloucester Co., bricklayer, and John Cornish of the same Co., carpen- 
ter, fellow bondsmen. 

1688 Nov. 30. Inventory of the estate (250 acres of vntaken vp Land 
£25, 80a. adjoining John Test's on Woodbury Creek £12. Personal 
estate consists of debts due by Thomas Gardiner and Benjamin Moor, to- 
gether £2.14.6); made by Tho: Gardiner and Daniel Reading. 

1709 May 3. HiggS, William, of Newton Township, Gloucester 
Co. John Gill, principal creditor of, granted letters of administration on 
his estate he having testified that said Higgs died "without will." 

1709 May 10. Inventory of the personal estate (£35.11); made by 
Joseph Collins and John Kay. 

1711 8th d. 3d m. (May). Invoice and bill of lading for 9 Jameco 
"casqus of flower and 2 Drie tirses of Cors bread," shipped by John Gill 
of West New Jersey for account of John Higs of Wansworth near London, 
England, to Saniewell Lad of Jamaco on board the sloop "Diamond," 
Anthony Burton, master, now in the harbor of Philadelphia: freight £8.- 
per tun. 

1711-2 Feb. 5. Account of the estate by John Gill, showing pay- 
ments to Jno. Motten, Amos Ashead, Richard Gray and Robert Presmall. 

1697 Dec. 4-. Hill, Betty, daughter of James Hill of Burlington, 
cordwainer, dec'd. Bond of Peter Frettwell of said place, tanner, as 
guardian of. 

1G94 Nov. 15. Hill, Jaiues, of Burlington; will of. Daughters- 
Mary and Elizabeth; sons — James and Richard. Land in Buckes Co., 
Penna. Personal property. Executors^brother-in-law James Moune, 
Fetter Frettwell, John Antrum and Samuel Furnes. Witnesses — ^James 
Wills, Jonas Moune and Benj. Wheate. Proved November 24, 1694. 

1694 Nov. 24. Inventory of the estate of (£118.11.5, inch house and 
lot valued at £70); made by James Wills, Thomas Raper and Benj. 
Wheate. 

1694 Dec. I. Bond of James Moune of I'eniisilvania, yeoman, Peter 
Frettwell of Burlington, gentleman, John Ar'.lram of Burlington Co., cord- 
wainer, and Samuel Furnis of Burlington, saddler, as executors. James 
Wills, cooper, and Henry Grubb, butcher, fellow bondsmen. 

1694 Dec. I. Will proved and le.ters testamentary granted to the ex- 
ecutors James Moune, Peter Frettvell, John Antram and Sam'l Furnis. 

Burlington Records, p. 23 

1705 April 17, Hill, P'lilipp, of Cape May. Inventory of the 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 229 

estate of (£21.14.-, ^'1 personal); mnde l)y John Ciesey and Josiali Sian- 
brow. 

1705 May 4. Bond of the widow Bridget Hill as administratrix. 
Josiah Harper of Pennsilvania fellow bondsman. 

1706 June 6. Account of the administration. Lib. i, pp. 104 and 154 

172G Aug:, 17. Hill, Sarah, of Salem Co., widow. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to Elizabeth, widow of Thos. Hill. 

Lib. 2, p. 361 

1709 July 25. Hill, Seth, of Burlington, mariner. Affidavit of 
James Boyden, of Philadelphia, mariner, a quaker, 40 years old, that Sclh 
Hill died and was buried in the Island of Curacao. 

1709 July 28. Affidavit of Elizabeth, widow of Seth Hill, that her 
husband died intestate, praying to be made administratrix of the estate. 

Lib. I, p. 252 

1709 July 2g. Oath of I'eter Frettwell and Isaac De Cow, that they 
will make a just appraisement of the estate. 

• . Inventory of the personal estate, £186.11.-. 

1709 Dec. 30. Sarah, daughter of Seth, about 14 years old, selects 
Joshua Humphreys of Northampton River, Burlington Co., as her guar- 
dian, and Susanna, another daughter, also about 14 years old, selects John 
Wills of the same place, to whom letters of guardianship are issued. 

Lib. I, p. 255 

1725 Not. 1. Hill, Tliomas, of Salem, merchant. Bond of Eliza- 
beth Hill of Salem as administratri.x of the estate of. John Tayler of 
Alloways Creek and Philipp Tayler of said Precinct, yeomen, fellow 
bondsmen. 

1725 Nov. 2. Inventory of the personal estote, £4947. l6.l|, inch a 
clock — , a negro woman £15, a servant man £10, goods in store £1003.1, 
2 sloops, I shallop, I flaat £201, outstanding debts £3062.17.2:!; made by 
Abell Nicholson, John Tyler and Ro. Johnson; attested by Elizabeth Hill, 
administratrix. 

1725 Nov. 12. Administration on the estate granted to Elizabeth 
Hill. Lib. 2, p. 306 

1719-20 Jan. 5. Hiller, Hillard, John, of Northampton Town- 
ship, Burlington Co. Inventory of the personal estate, £109.11.-; made 
by Richard Ears and William Mains; sworn to by Martha HUlard. 

1719-20 March 7. Bond of Martha Hillard as administratrix of the 
estate. Zachariah Rosel and Joseph Hillard fellow bondsmen, all of said 
Co. Administration Bonds, 1716-1756 

1725-6 Feb. 16. Account of tlie estate by the administratrix, Martha 



230 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Hiller, who has paid debts due by the estate to John Burr, Richard Smith 
jr., Abr'm Bickley, Eliz. Humphris, Richard Still, Sam. Bustill, Wm. 
Burge, Rob't Lodge, Daniel Wills the smith, Abr'm Heulings, Elizabeth 
Hiller, Daniel Smith, John Carlile, Joseph Heulings, Sam'l Reves, Sam'l 
Brock, Zachariah Rozell, Richard Eayer, Wm. Haines, Rich'd Webster, 
Gervas Hall, George Willis, Edward Hiller, Jacob Lamb, John Allen, John 
Hiller, and filial portions to Jo'n, Joseph, Elizabeth, Jane, Edward Hiller, 
John Adkinson and wife, Robert Lodge and wife Ester, claiming for her- 
self one-third of the balance in hand. 

1707 July 5. Hillman, John, of Gloucester Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Margret. Children — Daniel, John, Ann and Abigail, all under age. 
Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — ^Jno. 
Walker, John Kay, Francis Collins, Joseph Collins. Proved May 5, 1729. 

1729 April 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £192.9.8!^; made 
by John Kay and Thomas Stoakes. 

1713 Oct. 15. Hincliman, John, of Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife 
Sarah. Children — John, Sarah, Jane, Elizebeth, Latisha, Ann, Joseph, 
Jacob, James, and expected child. Land (300 acres) on a branch of Tim- 
ber Creek between John Hugg and testator's brother Joseph Hinchman, 
200 acres between the preceding lot and Joseph Collins. Home farm. 
Personal property. Executors — the wife and son James with brother 
Joseph Hinchman and Joseph Bate as overseers. Witnesses — Anthony 
Dawson, Sarah Bull, Rich'd Bull, Proved November 4, 1721. 

Lib. 2, p. 19S 

1721 Sept. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £289.6, inch four 
negro slaves £125; made by John Kay and Joseph Bate. 

1709 May 31. Hind, Joseph, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow, Anne Hind. 

Lib. I, p. 239 

1719 May 25. Hinds, James, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., yeo- 
man. Administration on the estate of, granted to James Hinds. 

Lib. A, p. 119 

1707 June 3. Histis, Walter, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co.; will of. 

Wife . Children — ^James, son-in-law William, daughter-in-law Mary 

(? stepchildren). Real and personal estate (24 acres of land, bought of 
Andrew Anderson, 300 a. bought of Abraham van Hest, 7 silver spoons, a 
pair of do. shoe buckles, books). Executors — the wife, William Hall and 
Nathaniel Breeding. Witnesses — Cornelius Copper, Wm. Giljohnson, 
John Johnson. Proved April 13, 1708. Lib. i, p. 193 

1722 Dec. 3. HixSOn, William, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co.; 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 23 1 

(Ivafl of will of (incomplete, lacking signatures of testator and witnesses). 
Wife Phebe. Children — John, Joseph, Benjamin, Presillah; wife's chil- 
dren — Mathew and Mary Giels (Giles). Real and personal estate. Exec- 
utors — sons John and Benjamin. Proved January 24, 1722-3, by the testi- 
mony of Joseph Worth, a Quaker, who received this draft from testator to 
be put in proper shape. Lil). 2, p. 209 

1722 Dec. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £166.18.3, ^^^ ^^^'' 
rency; made by Benjamin Clarke and Joseph Worth, both of Stoney 
Brook, Middlesex Co. 

1712 May 25. Hodg^e, Abraham, of Cohansie, Salem Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Anna. Daughter Mary, sister Elizabeth, brothers Joseph 
and Benjamin. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. 
Witnesses — Roger Mall, James Hutson, Richard Smith. Proved June 24, 
1712. 

1712 June 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £54.6.6; made by 
James Hutson and Roger Mall. 

1694 28tli d. 9th m. (Nov.). Hodges, Bernard, of Cesarise River, 
Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth sole executrix. - Children — 
Abraham, Elizabeth, Joseph and Benjamin. Real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — Sam'l Hunter and Wm. Remington. Recorded Fel)ruary 6, 
1694-5. 

1694 Dec. 6. Hodges, Elizabeth, widow and executrix of Bernard; 
nuncupative will of. Desires Lucia Browne to take daughter Elizabeth; 
Sam'l Hedge, son Abraham and brother-in-law Wm. Penton sons Joseph 
and Benjamin, all under supervision of John Worlidge; del)t due from 
Roger Maull forgiven. Personal estate. Witnesses — Edw. Smout and 
Roger Maull. Recorded February 6, 1694-5. 

1694 Dec. 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £142.7.10, incl. 4 
gold rings (one an earring) £5.5, silver spoon, dram cup, seak thimble, 
shoe buckles and twist haft £1.9, 12 bush, of Indian corn £1.4; made by 
Samuel Hunter and Wm. Remington. 

1694-5 Feb. 20. Administration on the estate granted to John Wor- 
lidge. Salem Wills, A, p. 149 

1726-7 March 23. Hodson, John, of Nottingham, Burlington Co.; 
yeoman; will of. Wife Ann sole executrix. Children — ^Joseph, William, 
John, all three under age, Mary and Sarah. Home farm of 300 acres. 
Witnesses — Samuel Danford, William Tindall, John Cox, Robert Scho- 
ley. Proved June 8, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 428 

1727 May 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £118.7; made by 
Samuel Danford and John Tantum. 

1701 Oct. 8. Hoeman, Jesper, of Salem Co., labourer. Inventory 



233 NEW JERSEY COLONIAI> DOCUMENTS. 

of the personal estate of, £14.11; made by Sam'l Hedge and Peter Longe. 
1701 Oct. 30. Administration on the estate granted to his brother-in- 
law Samuel Hunter. Salem Wills, III, p. 113 

1722 Nov. 19. Hoff, Derick, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co.; will 
of. Children — William, Sarah Anderson, Richard, Thomas, Powell, 
John, Charles, Joseph, Benjamin, Sarah Hoff, Mary Gary (both Sarahs 
are called daughters). Real and personal estate (money -bequests at 8s. 
per ounce). Executors — sons Powell and John. Witnesses — John Albade, 
Rut Johnson, Hanah Johnson. Proved December 22, 1730. 

Lib. 3, p. loS 

1725 8ept. 29. Hoifman, Hopnian, Andrew, of Piles Grove Pre- 
cinct, Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Mounce, 
Catherine, Mary, Beata, Rebekah, Margaret, Susannah, Magdalena, Lau- 
rence, John, Andrew. Home farm of 200 acres in Piles Grove between 
Col. Isaac Sharp, Thos. Hill and John Whitall, 326^ acres on Oldman's 
Creek in Gloucester Co., bought of George Lawrence. Personal property. 
Executors — the wife and son Mounce. Witnesses — Catherin van Meter, 
Joost Adriansah Mulinaer, John Lysaght. Proved May 8, 1728. 

Lib. 2, p. 556 

1727 . Inventory of the personal estate, £143.2, inch books 

£1.5; made by Jvlounce Keen and Garret Vannemen. 

1710 Nov. 24. Hoffmier, Samuel, of Middletown, Monmouth Co.; 
will of. Wife Frances. Children — Samuel, Benjamin, William, Mary 
and Rebeckah. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Hendrick Vany, John Baylis (Bayly), William Leeds. Proved 
June 3, 1712. Lib. i, p. 358 

1725 June—. Hog'bin, Joseph, of Salem Co.; will of. Wife 
Hannah. Children — Joseph, Sarah, William, Hezekiah, Rachel, Nehe- 
miah. Home farm of 100 acres. Personal property. Executors — the 
wife and son Nehemiah. Witnesses- — James Uance, Stephen Symons, 
Richard Bowen. Proved June 6, 1732. 

1731 i6th d. 9th m. (Nov.). Inventory of the personal estate, £74.9; 
made by Wm. Willis and William Thompson junior. 

1698 April 6. Hojjg", John, of Piscataway. Administration on the 
estate of, granted to Thomas Higgens. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 281 

1730 Dec. 7. Holding, Jane, of Cape May Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £34.14.8, incl. " hur hosbands cote" £1. lo, 7 V)ushels 
of wheat £1, 6 b. of corn 12s.; made by William Johnson and George 
Taylor. 

1731 Aug. 2. Bond of Joseph Holden (Holding) as administrator of 



• A OF WILLS. 233 

tlic estate. Willi.im Johns:)n fellow l)ondsman, l)Oth of Ccipe May Co. 
1729 An^, 27. Ifol iwator, Oltwater,' Francis, of Essex Co., 

yeoman; will of. Wife ilrnna. Children — Thomas and Anna. A right 
of 50 acres "known by the name of Doilia." Personal property. Exec- 
utors — Thomas Frances Iloldwater and Cornales Doreames. Witnesses — 
John McDowell, Elias de Smidt, Thomas Doeremes. Proved November 
4, 1729. Lib. B, p. 146 

1687-8 Jan. 26. Holland, (Jarterett, Gartrud, of Middlesex Co. 

Bond of John Loofbjurow of Woodbridge as administrator of the estate. 
Samuel Moore of th^ same place, gentleman, fellow bondsman. 

1687-8 Jan. 28. Inventory of the personal estate (£14.7.3, '"t-'l- ^ 
Bible); made by Samuel Moore and Thomas Gordon. 

1699 April 11. Holond, Holland, Thomas, of Middlesex Co.; 

will of. Wif Winefret. Son Daniel, daughter Margaret; natural daugh- 
ter Ann (under age) inherits all the jilantation on the Rariton between 
Capt. Drake and George Jewel; natural daughter Elizabeth receives per- 
sonal property. The wife executrix with Tho: Higgens as assistant. 
Witnesses — Thomas Lawrence and Rob't Cole. Proved April 21, 1699. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 295 

1699 April 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £32.13; made by 
Thomas Murford and Robert Cole. 

1708 Aug. 16. Holliugliam, Isaac, of Newton, Gloucester Co. In- 
ventory of the i)ersonal estate of (£228.1.3, inch 5 silver spoons and a 
dram cup £5, a great Bible and other books £4.6.0, but "excepting the 
Beed the Widdow Lay upon"); made by John Kay and Thomas Shari^; 
sworn toby Katherine Ilollingham. 

1708 Sept. 20. Affidavit of Katherine, his widow, that her husband 
had died without a will and her oath as administratrix, with letter of ad- 
ministration granted to her. ' (In the record she is called widow of "John " 
Hollingham). Lib. i, p. 216 

1700 Ang. 21. HollinS, Loreus, of Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife 
Katren sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate in West New 
Jersey and elsewhere. Witnesses — And. Rudman, Pastor at Wiaco, An- 
thony Dawson, Michel Laican and Caspar Fisch. Proved March i, 
1700-1. 

1700-1 March i. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Katherine Ilollins. 

1700-1 March r. Bond of Katherine, widow of Lawrence Ilollins, as 

1 The family luivc usually adliered to the Dutch form of tho name, Oud water, 
or Outwater. 



234 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL itoCUMENTS. 

executrix of his last will. Michael Layco!\ (? Layton) and Casper Fish, 
both of Gloucester Co., fellow bondsmen. 

1 701 March 26. Inventory of the estate (land and plantation £20, 
personal £71.2.0, inch two Bibles and another book); made by Caspar 
Fish and Thomas Willard. 

1699 Sept. 23. Hollinsliead, HoUingsliead John, of Burlington; 
will of. Wife Grace. Sons — John, who has son Jo4n, William, who has 
Grace, ElizaVjeth, George and Sarah; legacy to servant girl Susannah 
Nott and to Peter Frettwell. Land on Elton's Run betw. John Wills, 
John Adams and George Greaves. Personal property. Executors — the 
two sons William and John. Witnesses — Rob't Roberts, Benj. Wheate 
and Henry Grubb. Proved February 22, 1699-1700. 

1699 Dec. 28. Inventory of the estate (£504.18.8, inch £120 for house 
and lot, £10 for a lot and £165 for bonds and book debts^; made by Henry 
Burcham, John Test, Thomas Raper and John Jewell. 

1699-1700 Feb. 27. Bond of the executors. William Hackney of 
Burlington Co., yeoman, fellow bondsman. 

1720 May 20. Account of the estate by his sons and executors William 
and John Hollingshead, showing payments to Peter Frettwell, Martha 
W^arren, Susannah Nott, Joseph Cross, John Roberts, Jonathan Lovet, 
Joshua Tomkins. 

1716-7 letli d. 12th m. (Feb.). Holloway, John, of Chesterfield, 
Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Mary. Daughter Avis (under 18), sons 
George, John, James, all under 21; George is given to brother James Pharo, 
until he is 21: "My estate." Executors — the wife and brother James 
Pharo. Witness — Ralph Cowgill, Margaret Reckless, Jos: Reckless. 
Proved April 20, 1717. Lib. 2, p. 72 

1717 3d d. 2d m. (April). Inventory of the personal estate, £155.-; 
made by Samuel Taylor and Joseph Reckless. 

1709 June 8. Holnian, Robert, of Freehold; will of. Wife Sarah. 
Sons — Joseph, Thomas, Robert and Daniel. Daughters, names not given. 
"Item to Elias a piece of Eight." Land, tenements and personal prop- 
erty. Son Joseph executor. William White, Sarah White and John Saltar 
witnesses. Proved August 10, 1709. Lib. i, p. 248, and Monmouth Wills 

1709 July l8. Inventory of the personal estate, £109.5.3, in'^k debts 
due by Richard Watson, Benj. Johnston, John Ashton and Capt. John 
Anderson, appraised at the request of Sarah, the widow, and Joseph, the 
son and sole executor of Robert, by Thomas Taylor and John Cox of Free- 
hold, planters, and Samuel Thropp. 

1703-4 Jan. 17. Holmes, John, of MunMouth River, Salem Co., 
gentleman; will of. Children — Jno., Samuel, Benjamin, Hannah and 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 235 

Elizabeth, son-in-law Nicholas Moore. Executors of "whole estate" 
Tho. Killingwovth and Hugh Middleton, both of Salem Co. Son Jno. 
and brother-in-law Samuel Hedge senior to be trustees for the two daugh- 
ters, till they are capable by law to select their guardians. Son Jno. to 
have three large books, i. e. ye Complete Christian Dixonary, ye Dutch 
Annotations upon ye Bible and a Concordance. Witnesses — Wm. Willis, 
Mary Middletown and Francis Tom. Proved February 4, 1703-4. 

I>ib. I, p. 49 

1703-4 Feb. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £258.11.8, inch a 
servant made (maid) £3, a gold ring set with diamonds, and a silver seal 
£10; made by Will. Brathwaite, William I'onton and Samuel Hedge 
junior. 

1711-2 Feb. iS. Account of the estate £258.11.8, by John Holmes, 
one of the executors, who charges for going to Salem, to take possession 
of the estate, bringing the goods by water from Salem, taking the cattle 
over land to Philadelphia, for expenses paid for Ebenezer, son of deceased, 
for paying debts due to Wm. Willis, Wm. Brofewait, Samuel Fogg, John 
Hugings, Wm. Penton, James Ridley and Wm. Folwell; he deducts from 
amount of inventory the legacies of three large books, viz.: Christian 
Concordance, los., Wilson's Dictionary, los., and Hake's Annotts los., a 
diamond ring and silver seal £10. 

1715 Sept. 15. Holmes, Jonathan, of Cohensey, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Susanah. Chihhen^ — Jonathan, Obadiah, Samuel, 
all under age, Elizabeth, Susanah and an expected child. Home farm 
between Barnard Hodg and Joshua Barksteed, loo acres bought by testa- 
tor's father Obadiah Holmes. Personal property. Executors — brothers 
Noah Miller and Samuel Holmes with John Swinney. Witnesses — Josiah 
Fithian, John Freeman, Hannah Ayres. Proved September 28, 1715, and 
Noah Miller sworn in as one of the executors. 

Lib. 2, p. 34 

1715 Nov. 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £141.16.3^; made by 
Samuel Bowin and Samuel Woodhouse. 

1723 June 10, Holmes, Obadiah, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeo- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate of, £76.12.7^, incl. books with 
other things £5.4.9; made by John Ogden and Thomas Paruin. 

1723 July 10. Hannah, his widow, refuses to act as executrix and Job 
Shepherd gives bond as administrator. Jno. Pledger fellow bondsman. 

1723 Oct. 19. Account of the estate by the administrator. Job Shep- 
herd, showing payments to the widow, to Ebenezer Ashbury Smith, Seth 
Brooks, John Fitch Randolph and Samuel Hedge. 

1712 May 14. Holms, Holmes, Robert, of Rariton River. Bond 



236 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

of John Freeman of Salem Co. as administrator on the estate of. Wil- 
liam Pope of the same Co. fellow bondsman. 

1 7 12 May 16. Administration on the estate granted to John Free- 
man, his principal creditor. Lib. I, p. 363 

1712 May 28. Inventory of the personal estate (£16, inch £6 for ser- 
vices in the Expedition to Canada in Capt, Harrison's Company); made 
by John Freeman, Salem Wills 

1704 Sept. 25. Holmwood, Joshua (dec'd Sept. 20). Inventory 
of the personal estate of, £2.16.-, inch two Bibles £1 and 22 Ijound books, 
IIS.; made by Benj. Wheate and Thomas Smith. 

Charges against the estate for funeral exjDenses and nursing in his sick- 
ness before death £7.17.5. 

1723 June 4. Holton, Mons, of Gloucester Co.; will of. Children 
— Jeames, Mons, Neels, Ingber, wife of Wole Homan, Aneca, wife of 
John Moleca, Breeta, Charles and Peotor. Real and personal estate. Son 
Charles sole executor. Wellnesses — Johanes Vrion, John Hugg. Proved 
March 3, 1726-7. 

1726-7 March i. Letter from John Hugg at Timber Crick to Samuel 
Bustill, explaining why there were only two witnesses to preceding will. 

1726-7 March 11. Inventory of the personal estate, £8.7; made by 
Manus Derickson and George Cutts. 

1689 Dec. 30. Holwell, John, of Raraton River. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to Humphrey Hull of N. Y. City, vintner. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 170 

1684 March 30. Homan, Benjamin, of Elizabeth Town, planter; 
will of. Makes widow Martha Parkisof the same place sole heiress and 
executrix of real and personal estate. Witnesses — John Parker, Thomas 
Cromer and Geo. Jewell. Proved April 3, 1684. Essex Wills 

1684 April 4. Inventory of the estate (£40.-.-, real, £23.5.6 per- 
sonal); made by Isaac Whitehead and George Jewell, 

1692-3 Feb. 20. Hooton, John. Letters of administration on the 
estate of, formerly granted to Thomas Lambert in behalf of his wife, 
confirmed, notwithstanding application of Richard and Thomas Hilbourne 
on behalf of Samuel Hooton for it, based on the order of Gov. Hamilton 
making Elizabeth, the wife of said Samuel, Thos. Hilbourne and wife 
Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel, his guardians during his lunacy (N, J. 
Arch, Vol. XXL, p. 193). John White, attorney for Thos. Lambert, sub- 
mits the affidavit of John Snoden, to whom John Hooton had said, shortly 
before his death, he did not intend his brother Samuel should have his 
plantation, while William Black and John Birch attest that deceased had 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 237 

expressed his intention that John, the son of his brother Thomas Lam- 
bert, should have it. Burlington Records, p. 18 

1694-5 Feb. 12. Hootoil, Samuel, a lunatic. Bond of Elizabeth 
Ilooton, wife of, and Thomas Hilburn and wife Elizabeth as guardians of 
the estate of said Samuel during his lunacy. John Williams and Samuel 
Dennis, all of Shrewsbury, fellow bondsmen. Monmouth Wills 

1694 Alls'. 4r. Hooton, Thomas, of Philadelphia; will of. Proved 
in Burlington (already proved in riiiladelphia) and letters of administra- 
tion granted to his widow and executrix, Elizabeth ITooton. 

Burlington Records, p. 22 
1694 Aug. 4. Bond of his widow Elizabeth as executrix of his last 
will. Richard Basnett of Burlington, merchant, fellow bondsman. 

Burlington Wills 

1721-2 Feb. 15. Hopewell, Nathaniel, of Evesham Township, 
Burlington Co., merchant. License of marriage for, with Elizabeth 
Briggs of the same place, spinster. Lib. 2, p. 163 

1719 Aug. 18. Hopman, Charles, of Piles Grove, Salem Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £19.7.-; made by John Loide (Loyd) 
and George Keen. 

1719 Aug. 26. Bond of Elias and Elce (Ealce) King as administrators 
of the estate. John Loide and George Keen, fellow bondsmen, all of 
Piles Grove. 

1714-5 Feb. 4. Hopman, John, of Salem Co. Wife . 

Children — Brigit, John, Nicholas, Monce, Miccahel, and other daughters, 
names not given. Real and personal estate. Executors — brother Fred- 
erick Hopman and Monc Ken. Witnesses — George Lourence, Lourence 
Hopman, John Ryan. Proved June 29, 1715, when Mounce Keen refuses 
to act as executor. Lib. 2, p. 7 

1715 May ig. Inventory of the personal estate, £179.4.8, inch 20 
bushels of wheat £4. 5.4, all " ould Coroncy;" made by John Hugg and 
Cobius Culvan (?). 

1722 Nov. 16. Hopper, Benjamin, of Allawayes Creek, Salem 
Co., weaver; will of. Sons — Joseph and John, both under age, inherit 
" worldly estate;" Samuel Wade is made executor and John Tyler, Jonth 
Wadington and James Chamless sign as witnesses. Proved Novemlier ri, 
1725. Lib. 2, p. 307 

1724 Dec. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £90.13.8, inch bonds, 
bills etc. £78.7.7; made by Richard Hancock and Francis Test. 

1725-6 Feb. 22. Horn, Siuion, of Piscataway Township, Middle- 



238 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

sex Co., joiner; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Simon, William, Elisa- 
beth, Hanah and Sarah, all under age. Real and personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife, brother William Horn and brother in the law William 
Olden. Witnesses — William Harris, Benjamin Bond, Rob't Richardson. 
Proved March 31, 1726. Lib. A, p. 355 

1708 Dec. 18. Horner, Isaac, of Northampton, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Lydia. Children — Deliverance, wife of Thomas Stokes, 
Hannah, wife of John Matlock, Rachel (under 20). Home farm. Per- 
sonal property. The wife executrix with Joshua Humphris and son-in-law 
Stokes as advisers. Witnesses — George Deacon, Thomas Brian, John 
Wills. Proved September 5, 1709. Lib. i, p. 248 

1709 March 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £128.12.6; made by 
Thomas Stokes and Wm. Hunt. 

1689 April 27. Horner, John. Inventory of the estate of, £196. 
15. 11; made by John Snowden, Samuel Andrews, Francis Davenport, 
William Watson, Percival Towle, Wm. Biddle and Isaac Horner. 

1690 and 1691. Account of Isaac Horner against the estate. 

1691 Dec. 4. Court Proceedings in re Estate of John Horner, Isaac 
Horner administrator. William Biddle and Francis Davenport appointed 
guardians of John Horner's children — Joshua, Isaac and Mary. 

1692 May 10. Bond of the guardians. Burlington Wills 
1691 Dec. 4. Horner, Jno.; children of, put under the guardianship 

of Wm. Biddle, Fran: Davenport and Jno. Horner, and on May 10, 1692, 
Isaac Horner, late administrator of Jno. Horner's estate, delivers to them 
what he has of it. Burlington Records, p. 17 

1715 April 4. Horner, John, of Stoney Brook, Middlesex Co.; 
will of. Wife Frances, sole executrix. Sons-in-law (? stepsons) — Bearfoot 
Brunson and Joseph Stout; daughters-in-law (? stepdaughters)— Margaret 
Fleet, Mary Farnsworth, Anna Brunson; brothers — Isaac and Joshua Hor- 
ner and children; sister Mary Kelley; legacies to Anne, wife of old John 
Snowden of Bucks Co., Penna., and to the Chesterfield Monthly Meeting 
of Quakers for their poor, also for building a Quaker Meetinghouse on 
Stoney Brook. Real and personal estate (a silver drinking cup, four ne- 
gro slaves and one Indian slave). Witnesses — Tho: Leonard, John Pidcock, 

Abraham , John Worth. Codicill without date gives to Rachel!, 

daughter of brother Isaac, a silver tankard. Proved August 22, 17 15. 

Lib. 2, p. 20 

1727-8 Feb. 21. Horner, John, of New Hanover Township, Bur- 
lington Co. Inventory of the personal estate, £56.18; made by Thomas 
Wright and James Starkey. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 239 

1721-2 Jan. 1. Horner, Joshua, of Springheld, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, Isaac, Joshua, Joseph, Bangiman, 
Deliverance, Contant, Goletoh (?), Mary and Sarah. Real and personal 
estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Tho: Wright, John Killte 
(Kelly in jurat), James Starkey. Proved April 20, 1723. 

1721 Feb. 13. Inventory of the personal estate of, £90.17.6, old cur- 
rency at 9s.2p. per oz., incl. a Bible, "sum" old books etc. £1.7; made 
by Isaac De Cow and Beniam Joones. 

1713 Dec. 9. Horner, Lydia, widow of Isaac, of Northampton, 
Burlington Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £100.6.-; made by 
Peter Frettwell aud John Wills. 

1713-4 Jan. 5. Administration on the estate granted to Joshua Hum- 
phreys and Thos. Stoakes junior. Lib. i, p. 437 

1737 Sept. 24. Horseman, Samuel, of Upper Freehold, carter. 

Bond of Samuel Rogers of Upper Freehold, yeoman, as administrator of 
the estate of. William Bickley of Burlington, gent:, fellow bondsman. 

1737 Sept. 24. Relsekah Horsman consents to the appointment of 
Samuel Rogers as administrator. Monmouth Wills 

1699 Dec. 3. Horsley, Ralfe, of Chohansey, Salem Co., who died 
December 4; nuncupative will of. Gives all his property to his wife. 
Proved by the testimony of Timothy and Hannah Brooks December 8, 
1699. 

1699-1700 Jan. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £50.17; made 
by Timothy Brooks and Sam'l Hunter. Salem Wills, III, p. 42 

. Administration on the estate granted to the widow, 

Mary Horsley. Salem Wills, III, p. 46 

1780 July 30. Horwood, Rey. Nathaniel,i Missionary of St. 

Mary's Church, Burlington. Bond of William Cutler and Abraham Heul- 
ings, Church Wardens, as administrators of the estate of. Edward R. 
Price, of Burlington, gent:, fellow bondsman. 

1 The Society for the Propapation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts granted leave 
to the Rev. John Holbrooke, missionary at Salem, N. J., to remove to Burlington, 
at his request, as appears by the Society's letter to him of March 15, 1725-6. At 
the same time they sent the Rev. Nathaniel Horwood to take the Salem charge. 
But when he arrived at Salem, in January, 1727, he found that Mr. Holbrooke had 
concluded to remain there. Mr. Horwood therefore decided to go to Burling- 
ton, which he did. He seems to have met with some success at first, but toward 
the end of his allotted term of three years, there v.-as a desire expressed (Dec. 3, 
1729) by the churchwardens for a change, they alleging that he had •' reduced 
once a brave flourishing congregation, into almost nothing at all." Mr. Horwood 
himself wrote home to the Society, retiuesting to be relieved. His wish was grat- 
ified, perhaps not altogether unexpectedly, for death took him, January 28, 1730, 
at Burlington.— Hi/is's Church at Burlington., passim. 



240 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1730 July 30. Inventory of the estate, without values gfven, inch a 
silver watch, a gold ring, " the gift of General Nickleson," a Spanish pis- 
tole, a French half crown, English coins and Pennsilvania paper money, 
religious books; made by Tho: Shreve, Geo. Willis, E. R. Price and 
Sam'l Bustill, parishioners of St. Mary's. 

Copy of the preceding signed by Sam'l Bustill, Row'd Ellis and Jona- 
than Lovett. 

1730 Aug. 24. "A true and perfect" inventory of the personal estate, 
£71.12.1, in which the French half crown is valued at 2s. lop., the Spanish 
pistole "current here" £1.6, the gold ring £1.10, the watch £6, the 
books £2. 10; included is a note of hand due by John Anthony de Nor- 
mandie for £38; made by Samuel Bustill, Row'd Ellis and Jonathan Lov- 
ett. Another inventory of the same goods, made by George Willis, Sam'l 
Bustill and Row'd Ellis appraises them at £77.12.7, by giving to "sundry 
apparel " the value of £13. 7.5 instead of £7. i. 

1731 April 13. Account of the estate by the administrators, who have 
paid for the funeral £35.5.1, to Thomas Hunloke for diet and lodging of 
dec'd £13, to Dr. Shaw for attendance and medicines £5.18, and deduct 
from the inventoried value of the estate £2 for books not sold, £1.10 for 
the gold ring and lis. ip. for the English and French coins, which are to 
be sent home to the v^idow of dec'd. 

1726-7 March 2. Hoskias, Cesar, of Prince Morrisses River, Salem 
Co., husbandman. Inventory of the personal estate £134.18.1^; made by 
Capt. Joseph Lord and Jeremiah Nickson. 

1726-7 March 6. Bond of Thomas Hoskins of Prince Morrisses River 
as administrator of the estate. Joseph Lord of the same place fellow 
bondsman. 

1727 May 17. Administration on the estate granted to Thomas 
Hoskins. Lib. 2, p. 425 

1727 June 8. Account of the estate by the administrator, Thomas 
Hoskins, who charges against it only funeral expenses los., debts paid to 
Benja. Moulder, Andrew Errickson and Cjesar Hoskins, son of dec'd, 
£1.14, and £5 for his troubles and expenses. 

1727 Nov. 23. Hoskins, Creser, of Mores River, Salem Co., yeo- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate of, £162.5.1, inch cash in gold 
£4.15, books £1.4; made by Joseph Lord senior and Wm. Rawson. 

1727-8 March 2. Bond of Rebecca Hoskins of Maurice's River, Salem 
Co., widow, as administratrix of the estate. Wm. Rawson fellow bonds- 
man. 

1728-9 Jan. 8. Hoskins, John, of Morris River, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman, (died December 16, 1728). Inventory of the personal estate of, 
£76.16.4; made by Joseph Lord sen. and Peter Peterson. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 24! 

1728-9 Feb. 6. Bond of Sarah Hoskins of Salem Co. as administra- 
trix of the estate. Joseph Lord senior fellow bondsman. 

1676 Sept. 30. Hongil, Peter, "now adjorner in New Castle on 
Dellaware " or of New Castle, tailor; copy of will of. Wife Elianor, liv- 
ing in St. iV'Iartins in the Field, Co. of Middlesex (England), a little 
daughter, Elianor. Real and personal estate in England and at Newcas- 
tle. Executors — James Williams and Sam'l Land. Witnesses — Will'm 
Tom and Tho. Spry. 

1676 Oct. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, 12S3 gilders, mostly 
dry goods; made by J. Dirkson and Tho. S[)ry. 

1676 Nov. 14. Peter Jegou and Walter Wharto differ with the ap- 
praisers and increase the value of the estate to 13S3 gilders. 

16S2 May 30. Administration on the estate granted to John Mad- 
docks of New Salem, yeoman, attorney for the widow Elianor Hough of 
White Cross St., London. Salem Wills, 1679, p. 46 

1709-10 Jau. 4. Houghton, John, of Stony Brook, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of, W^ife Dyna. Children — John, Joseph, Thomas, Rich- 
ard (under age), Alice, two other daughters, names not given and both un- 
der age. Home farm, 320 acres on Stony Brook in Hopewell Township, 
Burlington Co. Personal estate. The wife sole executrix with Benjamin 
Clerk and Joseph Worth as trustees. Witnesses — Benjamin Clerk, Gillis 
Tresser, Joseph Worth. Proved May 28, 1710. Lib. i, p. 267 

1694 Sept. 22. Houghton, Samuel, of Burlington, bricklayer; 
will of, proved and letters testamentary granted to the executors, George 
Hutcheson and Tho: Kendall. Burlington Records, p. 22 

1717 May 29. Houldiu, Benjamin, of Cape May Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary sole executrix and with son Benjamin heiress of real 
and personal estate. Land, 200 acres between John Huebard and William 
Goldin, for which brother Joseph Houldin is to pay. Witnesses — Henry 
Leonard, Jonathan Swaine and John Taylor. Proved May 6, 1718. 

Lib. 2, p. 87 

1717 June 10. Inventory of the personal estate (£98.10.2^); made by 
Joseph Houldin and John Taylor. 

1692 Dec. 21. Houlstone, William, of Stowe Creek, Salem Co., 
planter; nuncupative will of. Gives to the child of which the wife is 
pregnant, all the land bought of Richard Deane. Witnesses — Edward 
Bradway and Wm. Bradway. 

1692-3 Feb. 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £16.13; •'"'^de by 
Francis Buckle and Neale Uanicll. 

1693 Aug. 9. Administration on the estate granted to Elianor Howl- 
stone, widow of William. Salem Wills, A, p. loi 

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242 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1 700 Sept. — . Howinan, Andrew, of Rapahaking, Gloucester Co. ; 
nuncupative will of; sworn to by John Bohls (?), Andrew, John, Peter and 
Christian Locke, "ther might at Least a dozen more be procured." All 
the estate left to son Michael Houman, who is creditably to maintain his 
mother Kathren during her life. Approved by said Kathren Howman. 
Proved February 23, 1700-I. 

1700 Sept. 17. Inventory of the estate (a plantation of 200 acres 
£40, personal property £29); made by Andrew Robeson and Andrew 
Locke. 

1701 June 2. Letters testamentary granted to Michael Howman, son 
of Andrew. 

1 701 June 2. Bond of Michael Horaan as executor. Peter Lock and 
John Lock fellow bondsmen. 

. Howell, Thomas, of Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife 



not living with testator, who does not know whether she is alive or dead, 
but who, if she comes, is to have the use of the household goods during 
her life. Children — Daniel, Mordecai and three daughters, names not 
given. A farm of 100 acres, another of 250 a. Personal property. Son 
Mordecai sole executor. Witnesses — Moses Lakin, Wm. Willis and 
Steph. Penston. Proved March 9, 1686-7. (I" duplicate). 

1687 Oct. 29. Inventory of the personal estate (£154.8.7); made by 
Stephen Penstone and Geo. Gouldsmith. 

1687 Nov. 3. Bond of Mordecai Howell as administrator of his 
father's estate. Stephen Penstone of Gloucester Co. and James Hill of 
Burlington fellow bondsmen. 

1687 Nov. 4. Mortgage of Mordecai Howell of Cooper's Creek, Glou- 
cester Co., to his bondsmen Penstone and Hill on the farm of 250 acres, 
inherited from his father, to hold them harmless on account of preceding 
bond. 

1687 . Letters of administration on the estate, with nuncupa- 
tive will attached, granted to his son Mordecay Howell. 

Burlington Records, p. 13 

1718-9 Jan. 30. Hnbbard, James, of Middletown, Monmouth 
Co.; will of. Wife Rachel. Children — James and Mary, wife of John 
Wall, who has daughters W^illiamtye, Rachel and Mary. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — brothers Elias and Samuel Hubbard and 
William Hartshorne. Witnesses — Jonathan Holmes, Gerret Schenck, 
Rebekah Holmes, John White. Proved January 16, 1723-4. 

Lib. A, p. 284 

1724 April 10. Samuel Hubbard renounces his right to act as exec- 
utor. 

1723 Nov. 8. Hubbard, JeameS, of Middletown. Inventory of the 



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CALENDAR OF WILLS. 243 

personal estate of (£403.16.7, incl. a large Bible, Coles Dictionary, a Con- 
cordance, a small History, 8 small books of divinity, the Freanch Acad- 
emy, Laws and Customs of Parliment £3, a negro man, his wife and boy 
£100, a negro girl £20, and book accounts £15.16.7); made by Jan 
Schenck, Cornelis Couwenhoven, Jonathan Holmes, Samuel Ogborne, 
Jonathan Holmes junior; sworn to by Elias Hubbard, one of the execu- 
tors. 1 Monmouth Wills 

1({07 Oct. 19. HuckillffS, Hester, of Salem, widow; will of. Chil- 
dren — Roger, John, Mary, Hester Sikes and Sarah. Real and personal \ 
estate. Witnesses — Robert Weatherby and Sani'l Hedge junior. Re- ^ 
corded January 6, 1697-S. 

1697 Oct. 28. Inventory of the estate: personal £59, real 2 lots in 
town £20 and a lot in Chohansey £3; made by Jona. Beere and Sam'l 
Hedge. 

1697-S . Administration on the estate granted to the eldest 

son, Roger Huckings. Salem Wills, A, p. 216 

1689 Dec. 23. Huckings, Roger, of Allawayes Creek, Salem Co., 
yeoman; nuncupative will of, spoken in the presence of his wife, daughter 
and son-in-law. Wife Hester. Children — Roger, who has son John, 
(doubtful whether John is not the sou of testator), Mary, wife of John 
Alin. Real and personal estate. Recorded August 12, 1691. 

1689-90 Jan. 8. Inventory of the personal estate, £70.3; made by 
Edward Champneys and Samuel Curtice. 

l6gi Aug. 17. Administration on the estate, granted to his widow, 
Hester Huckings. Salem Wills, A, p. 57 

1715 Dec. 16. Hllddy, Hugh, of Burlington; will of. Wife Martha. 
Children — Charles, John, Hunlock and Daniel. Real and personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and son Daniel with Thomas Hunlock and 
Andrew Hamilton as overseers. Witnesses — Nicolas Martinaux, Joseph 
Welsh, William Norcross. Proved May i, 171 7. Lib. 2, p. 73 

1717 May 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £142. 18.-; incl. a sil- 
ver hilted sword £3.-, 30 books, 30s., a parcel of pictures, 26 oz. of plate 
£9.-; made by J. Bass and Peter Bard. 

1704 Jan. 9. Hurtsou, John, of Wellingborough, Burlington Co. ; 
will of. Wife Mary. Son John (under 21), daughter Mary (under 18). 
Home farm of 300 acres. Personal properly. The wife sole executrix. 
Witnesses — Daniel Eves, Thomas Lippincott, Thomas Eves. Proved 
December 30, 1709. Lib. i, p. 257 

. Inventory of the personal estate, £194.17.-; made by 

1 Will neither on file nor on record. 



244 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Thomas Eves and Joshua Humphris and affirmed to by the widow (a 
quaker) December 30, 1709. 

1698 March 29. Hudson, Mary, of Burlington; will of. Mentions 
son John Hudson and grandchildren; speaks of five children, but not by 
name, only saying if daughter Martha should marry with John Jenings and 
daughter Mary with John Neeve they should have nothing. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — son John and son-in-law Henry Burr. Wit- 
nesses — John Hollinshead and Benj. Wheate. Proved April 7, 1698. 

1698 April 4. Inventory of the estate (£104.4.1, inch house and lot 
£40 and debts £16.10.7); made by Thomas Raper and John Hollinshead. 

1698 April 7. Bond of John Hudson, carpenter, and Henry Burr, 
yeoman, both of Burlington Co., as executors. Benjamin Wheat of Bur- 
lington, cordwainer, fellow bondsman. 

169S April 7. Will proved by her executors John Hudson and Henry 
Burr. Burlington Records, p. 28 

1696-6 Jan. 24. Hudson, Robert, of Burlington, carpenter; will 
of. Wife Mary. Son John. Real and personal estate. Wife sole exec- 
utrix. Witnesses — John Hollinshead, Stephen Solley, John Neeve, Benj. 
Wheate. Proved August 31, 1697. 

1697 April 14. Inventory of the estate (£75.17.-); made by Benj. 
Wheate and John Hollinshead. 

1697 Aug. 31. Bond of the widow Mary Hudson as executrix. Benj. 
Wheate and Barnard Lane fellow bondsmen. 

1697 Aug. 31. Will proved by his widow and executrix Mary. 

Burlington Records, p. 28 

1687 Jan. 12. Hudson, William, of Cesarice River, Salem Co., 
planter. Inventory of the personal estate of, £45. 15; made by Anthony 
Woodhouse and William Hunter, with list of creditors viz.: Wm. 
Hunter, George Haslewood, Bernard Hodges, Wm. Johnson, James 
Peirce, John Jefferyes, Joseph Brown, Richard Hancock, Thomas Foster 
and John Marsh. 

16S7-8 Feb. 15. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Mary Hudson, Thomas Smith of Cesarice River having asked for it on 
her behalf. Salem Wills, A, p. 9 

1710 April 23. Hues, Hughs, John, of Mannington Precinct, 
Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Martha. Sons John and Jonathan; 
legacy to Catherun Browen and to William Buckley. Home farm, called 
the Rich Nex (Neck), land on Mill Creek in Salem Co. near Henry 
Sloobe. Personal estate. Executors — the wife and Bartholemew Wiatt. 
Witnesses — Nath'l Brading, Mikable Willkisson, Ann Brathwait, John 
Wells. Proved March 24, 1714-5. Lib. i, p. 538 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 245 

1694- Nov. 16. HuesliS, Moses, of Amwelbury, Salem Co., cr.riicn- 
tev; nuncupative will of. Divides personal estate between father Robert 
Iluestis of Westchester, N. Y., the five brothers, four sisiers (each a piece 
of Arabian gold at 12s. 6p. eacli), and Lettisha Smith. Witnesses — Mary 
Smith and John Kyllett. Recorded December 26, 1694. 

1694 15th d. 9th m. (Nov.). Inventory of the personal estate, £34.- 
15.2, inch 3 pr. of silver buttons and 3 buckles Ss., a razor and testament 
6s.; made by John Paine and Jno. Walker. 

1694 •. Administration on the estate granted to widow Mary 

Smith of Amwelbury. Salem Wills, A, p. 132 

170G Dec. 20. Hugg, John, of Gloucester Co.; will of. Wife Cat- 
trine. Sons — John and Elias, children of son John vizt. : Joseph, Ann, 
Cattrine, Mayrie; children of Elias vizt.: Sarah and Mary. Plantation 
on the Maine Kreek. Personal property includes 7 negro girls. Son 
John sole executor. Witnesses — Joseph Collins, Sarah Harrison and 
Kathrine Hollingam. Proved January 27, 1706-7. Lib. i, p. 166 

1707 April 23. Inventory of the personal estate of (£475.10.0, inch 6 
doz. of plate buttons £4 and 9 negroes £270); made by Mat. Medcalfe 
and Thomas Sharp. 

1714-5 Jan. 21. Hnglies, Jedidiali, of Cape May Co.; will of. 
Brothers — Humphrey, Constant, John, Hughes, cousin Martha Hughes. 
Personal estate. Brother John executor. Witnesses — John Hand, Ben- 
jamin Crafford and Sarah Hand. Proved February 18, 1714-5. 

Lib. I, p. 504 

1714-5 Jan. 31. Inventory of the estate (£131. 7.2^); made by Samuel 
Fostar and John Hand. 

1723 Sept. 4. Hughes, Hnse, Thomas, of Gloucester Co., inn- 
keeper; nuncupative will of. Proved by the testimony of Mary Hoog- 
kins, Richard Rodgers, John Jones and Elizabeth Dolbo (Dalbo); makes 
his wife sole heiress with a legacy to "cinsman " George Barber. Proved 
November 27, 1723. Lib. 2, p. 255 

1723 Oct. 19. Inventory of the personal estate, £148.8; made by 
Abraham Liddon (Leeddon) and David Venaman. 

1723 Nov. 26. Draft of letters of administration for Elizabeth, the 
widow of Thomas Hughes. 

1712 May 19, Huit, Hewett, Faith, of Shrowsbery. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£79.10.0, inch a whale craft £3 and one neiger 
garel £12); made by George Allin and Nicholas Brown. Monmouth Wills 

1714 Dec. 10. Huitt, Joseph, of Cape May Co. Inventory of the 



246 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

personal estate of (£109.4.6); made by Richard Downes and Nathaniel 
Jenkins. 

1714-5 Feb. 13. Petition of Esther, widow of Joseph Huitt, stating 
that as she is left with 5 children, one born after her husband's death, she 
is unable to travel; she asks Jeremiah Basse to grant her letters of admin- 
istration and send it by Richard Downes. 

1704-5 Jan. 24. Huitt, Capt. Thomas, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
Co., gent; will of. Wife Faith. Daughter Sarah Lippincott; Mary 
Davis, who has children — Joseph Huitt, Patience, Mercy and Deborah. 
Home farm; land in Shrewsbury between Francis Jackson and the high- 
way, meadows. Personal property (three negro slaves) three white ser- 
vants to wit Robert Edmonds, Oliver and wife Bess, whose children are 
given to Joseph Huitt. Executors — ^Mr. Lewis Morris, Mr. John Leonard, 
and Samuel Dennis. Witnesses — Samuel Child, John Hance junior, Sam- 
uel Dennis. Proved December 19, 1710. Lib. A, p. 290 

1710-1 Jan. 15. Inventory of the personal estate of (£479.1.3, inch 
6 pictures, three of them ships, 8 slaves £210, a whale craft 12s.); made 
by William West, Joseph Haviland and Joseph Wardell. 

1698 Aug. 28. Hulbert, Hurlbert, Edward, of Salem Co., tailor; 

will of. Wife Rebeckah, sole executrix. Son-in-law (? stepson) Joseph 
Hill receives all goods &c. "yt I had wth his mother Agnis Hill and now 
at the house of Thomas Bright in Pensilvania." Real and personal 
estate. Witnesses — Isaac Pearson, Jo'n Nichols, Jona. Beere. Recorded 
September 28, 1698. 

1698 Sept. 12. Inventory of the estate: 2 lots at Chohansey £10; 
personal £222.10.4, incl. books i8s. ; bills, bonds and book debts £136.- 
13.10; made by Jona. Beere and Samuel Hedge. Salem Wills, III, p. 25 

1730 May 31. Hulit, Hulett, William, of Shrewsbury, Mon- 
mouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Lydia. Children— Joseph, Elisabeth 
and Mary. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, brother John 
Hulett and Jacob Dennis. Witnesses — John Redford, Joseph Parker, 
Pontius Stelle, Jacob Dennis. Proved October 27, 1730. Lib. B, p. 212 

1727 1 1728 April 19. Hull, GtersllOra, of Amwell, Hunterdon 
Co. cordwainer. Inventory of the personal estate of, £iS.8; made 
by Richard Merill and Benjamin Stout, who swear to it April 18, 1728. 

1728 April 18. Bond of Mercy Hull as administratrix of the estate. 
Richard Merrell fellow bondsman. 

1728 May 13. Account of the estate by the administrator, John Ander- 
son, who has paid debts due to John Dagvvorthy, Widow Harvey, William 
Markee Robert Major, Widow Reed, and deducts from the valuation of 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 247 

the real estate tlie £50 for llie "house and lot in Trenlon or any moneys 
arising from the same never came to this accompts use." 

1729 Oct. 29. Account of the estate by the administratrix, who has 
spent £26.0.6 in paying debts due to John Kinsey junior, Cornelius Egg- 
man and James Chambers. 

1693 March 26. Hull, Hopewell, of riscataway, yeoman; will of. 
\Vife Mary. Sons — Hopewell, Joseph, both under age; daughters men- 
tioned, but not by name. Farm on Rariton 1\. next to Symon Brinsleys, 
land bought of Josuah Bradly, do. at Shingle Hill, do. in Piscataway 
Meadows. Personal property. The wife executrix with brother Benja- 
min Hull and John Drake as overseers. Witnesses — ^Edward Slater, 
Benia Hull and Edmond Downham. Proved May 8, 1693. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 194, and Middlesex Wills 

1693 April 27. Inventory of the personal estate of, £90.1.6, incl. 
books 15s., 6 bushels of rye 15s., 26 of Indian corn 4s., four cows £10.-, 
four oxen £15, a 4 year old heifer £2.10; made by Benjamin Hull and 
Edward Slater. 

1693 July 13. Bond of his widow Mary Hull as executrix of his will. 
Benjamin Hull of the same place fellow bondsman. 

1721 10th (1. 8th m, (Oct.). Humphris, Joshua, of Northampton, 

Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Joshua, Sarah and 
Rachel, all under age; cousin Joseph Elkinton receives 100 acres of land 
in George Elkinton's Meadow; legacy lor repairing Northampton Meet- 
ing house. Home farm, land on Mill Creek adjoining Robert Powell, a 
right to 200 acres in W, J., bought of the wife in her widowhood. Per- 
sonal property. The wife sole executrix with her uncle John Wills and 
Jonathan Wright of Burlington as advisers. Witnesses — John Roberdes, 
William Budd junior, Thomas Budd, John Wills. Proved November 7, 
1721. Lib. 2, p. 175 

1721 Nov. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £331. i6.2i, at 9S.2p. 
per oz. or £248.17.2 new money, incl. book debts £58.17.2^ old currency; 
made by Hugh Sharp and Samuel Furnis. 

1729-30 Jan. 21. Account of the estate by the executrix, Elizabeth 
Humphris, who adds to the amount of the personal estate £87.10 new 
money for land sold to Wm. Bellows, Sam'l Woolston and Enoch Fenton. 

1698 May 28. Humphris, Walter, alias Powell, of Burlington; 
will of. Daughter Mary, wife of George Elkenlon, who has children — 
Mary, Elisabeth, Joseph, George, son Joshua Humphris, grandson Enoch 
Coaxe, called brother to granddaughter Mary Elkenton. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors— the son-in-law and wife. Witnesses — John 
HoUinshead, Isaac Marriott and Thomas Raper. 

169S Oct. 17. Inventory of the estate (£186.8.2, of which £40 stands 



24S NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

for a house and lot in Third St., £10 for a wharf lot, £8 for a lot betw. Mary 
Mires and Ben. Wheat, £5 for 25 acres in town bounds); made by Christo- 
pher Wetherill, Thomas Brian, John Woolman and Thomas Eves. 

1698 Nov. 26. Bond of George Elkinton of Burlington Co., yeoman, 
and wife Mary as executors. Thomas Brian and John Hollinshead fellow 
bondsmen. 

1698 Nov. 26. Will proved by his executors George Elkinton and 
wife. Burlington Records, p. 29 

1702 June 4. Hunloke, Edward, of Burlington, merchant; will of. 
Son Thomas; daughters — Martha, wife of I|ugh Huddy, Margrett, Mary 
and Sarah; sisters-in-law — Elizabeth Dell, Hannah Bassnett; legacy to 
friend Thomas Bridge of Cohanzy. House and lot in Burlington, bought 
of Thomas Kendall, do. do. on River St., other real estate and personal 
property. Executors — son-in-law Hugh Huddy, dau. Margrett and Rob- 
ert Wheeler. Witnesses — ^John Jewell, John Robardes, John Hamilton, 
Tho. Revell. Proved August 8, 1702. 

1702 July 10. Inventory of the estate (£1313.9.5!^, of which £100 stands 
for the house on the river and lots and £160 for a plantation at Brick Kills); 
made by Tho. Revell, Sam'l Furnis and Jos. Adams. 

1702 Aug. 8. Bond of Hugh Huddy and Margrett Hunloke as execu- 
tors. Thomas Revell and Henry Grubb fellow bondsmen. 

1703-4 Feb. 7. Resignation of Margrett Hunloke as executrix. 

1725-6 Jan. 30. Hunt, Margerett, of Springfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co., widow; will of. Daughters — Sarah Gibson and Hannah 
Shreeve; grandson Amos Shreeve, sons-in-law — John Gibson, Jonathan 
Shreeve and Caleb Shreeve. Real and personal estate. Executor^ — son- 
in-law Jonathan Shreeve. Witnesses — Tho: Clark, Hannah Clark, Thos. 
Scattergood. Proved March 7, 1727-8. Lib. 2, p. 506 

1727-8 March 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £134.0.11, incl. 
"specialties" £68.4.11; made by Thomas Budd and John Burr. 

1727 Au^. 31. Hunt, Ralph. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to Hannah Hunt of Rockey Hill, Somerset Co. Lib. B, p. 63 

1716 April 10. Hunt, Robert, of Mansfield, Burlington Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £150.-, incl. 70 bushels of wheat 
£10.10.-; made by William Pancoast and Tho: Potts. 

1716 Jan. 20. Administration on the estate of, granted to his widow, 
Elizabeth Hunt. Lib. 2, p. 64 

1717-8 Jan. 15. Hunt, Samuel, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co., 

yeoman; will of. Wife . Children — Samuel, Ralph, John, Mary, 

Anna, Elizabeth, Thomas, Jesper, Edward, the last two under age. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 349 

Home farm on the King's road through Maidenhead, land on Stoiiey 
Brook, part in Hopewell, part in Maidenhead, partition of it for devisees 
to hs made by son Samuel, Ilezekiah Bonhome and John Price. Personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and son Samuel. Witnesses — Ralph Hunt, 
Theophilus Phillips, Jonathan Davis. Proved November 21, 1720. 

Lib. 2, p. 146 

1719 Dec. 26. Inventory of the personal estate £129.-; made liy 
John Bainbridge, Theophilus Phillips and Martin Hardin. "Memyt ye 
widdow of ye vvthin named Samuel Hunt Doth not Desire to be att the 
Charge of taking letters of administration she being a poor widdow." 

1688 Sept. 3. Hunt, William, of Glouster, N. J., yeomiin; will of. 
Children — William, Elizabeth Hyhorn, Mary Spey, Sarah Harrison; 
grandchildren — William Spey and Anne Harrison. Real and personal es- 
tate. Executors — the two daughters Mary Spey and Sarah Harrison. 
Witnesses — Mathew Medcalfe, Sarah Bull and John Reading. Proved 
June I, 16S9. 

1689 June I. Minutes of Court, held at Gloucester, Andrew Robeson, 
Samuel Spicer and Fran: Collins, Justices, granting administration to 
Mary Spey and Sarah Harrison. 

1689 June I, Bond of Mary Spey and Sarah Harrison as administra- 
trices of the estate. Richard Heritage and John Willis fellow bondsmen. 

1719-20 March 6. Hunt, William, of Springfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Margeret. Daughter Hannah, sons- 
in-law John Gibson and Caleb Srceve, grandson Amos Sreeve. Real and 
personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Richard Eayre, 
William Budd, John Budd. Proved April 26, 1720. Lib, 2, p. 140 

1719-20 March 9. Inventory of the estate, the plantation £370.10.-, 
60 acres near John Shins £30, personal £295.1.1, incl. a Bible and other 
books £2.-; made by Samuel Furnis, Richard Eayre and Daniel Jackson. 

1697 7ber 1. Hunter, RicllJird, late of Dublin, Ireland, tanner, 
and now of West Jersey; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Benjamin, 
Ann, Rachell and Elizabeth, all under age. Real and personal estate. 
Son Benjamin and daughter Ann executors with Thomas Starkey and 
Thomas Adderton of Dublin as overseers during the minority of the exec- 
utors; the estate in America is placed in charge of Richard Guy of Elsen- 
burgh, yeoman, Robert Zane of New Salem, merchant, and Wm. Cooper 
of Burlington, blacksmith. Witnesses — John Thompson and James 
Nevill. 

1679 28th d. gth m. (Nov.). Inventory of the personal estate, taken 
at the house of John Thom])Son at Elsenburg, £151.5.6, incl. about 200 
skins and hides, 2 silver pocket watches £3.5, a small brass clock £4, a 



250 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Richmond cap 3s., a silver spoon los., 88 gall, of rhuni £15.8; made by 
John Cann and James Williams. 

1679 Dec. 3. The Court at New Castle, in which jurisdiction said 
Hunter died, confirm the American executors. Salem Wills, 1679, p. 6 

1692 . Part of will, giving only names of witnesses, John 

Thompson and James Nevill senior. Burlington Wills 

1G90 April 23. Hunter, William, of Cesarin; River, Salem Co., 

weaver; will of. Wife . Son Samuel. Real and personal estate. 

Executors — George Deacon and Marke Reeve. Witness — Marke Reeve. 
Recorded September 23, 1690. 

1690 May 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £65.15.8; made by 
Jonathan Welling and Joseph Estland, Salem Wills, A, p. 42 

1704 Nov. 11. Huntington, Samuel, of Newark; will of. Wife 
Sarah. Children — Thomas, Simon, Hannah, apparently all minors. 
House and lot at the foot of the hill between Samuel Ward and Benjamin 
Baldwin, land adjoining Samuel Harrison, do. within the Neckgate next 
to Eliphelet Johnson, do. at the lower end of the Neck and meadow over 
Morises Creek between John Morris and John Gardner, do. on Stonehouse 
Plain. The wife sole executrix with John Cooper and Joseph Harrison as 
overseers. Witnesses — Benjamin Baldwin and Daniel Clark. Proved and 
the executrix sworn in November 19, 1712. 

Lib. I, p. 389, and Essex Wills 

1686 Aug-. 17. Huntington, Thomas, of Newark. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£215.5.1); made by John Curtis and John Browne, 
jr. Essex Wills 

1694-5 Feb. 26. Hurley, Henry, of Manneton Creek, Salem Co., 
weaver. Inventory of the personal estate of, £143.10.6; made by Wni. 
Rumsey and Bartholomew Wyatt. 

1695 . Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 

Mary Hurley. Salem Wills, A, p. 154 

1720-1 Jan. 22, Husson, Hutsen, William, of Salem Co., 

yeoman; will of. Wife Ann. Son William, under age, and expected 
child. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife and son. Wit- 
nesses — ^John Elwell, Hanah Elwell, Charles Crosthwayt. Proved August 
14, 1722. Lib. 2, p. 231 

1722 Aug. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £77.1.5; made by 
Samuel Elwell and William Paullin. 

1707 June 30. Hustis, Walter, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife . Children — James (under age), W^illiam and John, son-in- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 25 I 

law William, daughter-in-law Mary. I^aiids bought from Andrew Andiew- 
son and Abraham Vanhyle. Personal property (seven silver spoons, sil- 
ver shoe buckles, books). Executors — the wife with William Hall and 
Nathaniel Brading as trustees for son James, until he is 17, when he is to 
be sole exector. Witnesses — Cornelius Copner, William Gilljohnson and 
John Johnson. Proved April 2, 170S. 

. Inventory of the personal estate (£152.19.6); made by 

John Robison and Thomas Ramson. 

. Inventory of the personal estate of the Widow IIous- 

tens (£122.12.0, inch a Bible bound with silver and silver clasps and old 
books). 

1698 April 8. (Philadelphia). Hutclieson, Hutchinson, (ieorge, 

of Philailelphia, merchant, copy of will of. Daughters — Rachel (under 
age), Marie Stanfield of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Peeres of Burlington and 
her children Marie and Martha, daughter Martha's child Mary, son(-in- 
law ?) James Stanfield, children of son Samuel in England. Real and 
personal property. James Stanfield and Charles Read, both of Philadel- 
phia, executors and guardians of Rachel, who is to be put in charge of 
Susannah Turner or widow Elizabeth Bacon of West Jersey. Witnesses — 
Francis Cooke, Joseph Wilcox, Thomas Budd, Mary Brodwell, Mary 
Pearse. Proved May ir, 1698, in Philadelphia, March i, 1704-5, at Bur- 
lington. Lib. I, p. 100, aud Burlington Wills 
1698 May II. Letters testamentary granted by Lieut. Gov't Wm. 
Markham of Pennsilvania to James Stanfield, Charles Read having re- 
fused to act as executor. Burlington Wills 

1704-5 March i. Letters testamentary on the estate, granted to 
Charles Read of Philadelphia, merchant, surviving executor. 

1714 July 25. Hutclieson, Rachel, of Burlington Co. Inventory 

of the personal estate of, to wit: two bonds of £60.-, new currency; made 
by James Bollen and his wife Martha Bollen, formerly Martha Dennis. 

1689 Dec. 10. Hutclieson, Thomas, of llutcheson Manor, dec'd. 

Inventory of the estate of (£107.11.4); made by Thomas Lambert, 
Joshua Wright, William Emley and John Lambert. 

1695-6 Feb. 21. Account of the estate by George Hutclieson and 
Mahlon Stacy, administrators. Burlington Wills 

1704 April 10. Hutchison, John, of Hopewell, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Joyce. Children — Marmaduke, Isaac, Elizabeth; 
legacies to bro. -in-law Zebulon Ileston and wife Dorothy, to sister Han- 
nah. Home farm on Physick Creek, land adjoining Andrew Heath and 
other real property. Personal estate. Executors — the wife and Thomas 



253 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

I,ambert of Nottingham. Witnesses — Roger Parke, Andrew Heath, Wil- 
liam Emley senior. Proved June 6, 1704. Lib. i, p. 69 
1704 May 9, Inventory of the personal estate, £355.2.4, inch bonds 
of Andrew Heath, Nathaniel Wade, Daniel Howel, Moses Pettet, Daniel 
Meg Daniel, James Harpens, John Knowes and Petter Hall; made by 
John Brearly, Zebulon Ashton and Joshua Wright. 

1720 . HuwlingrS, William, of Evesham, Burlington Co. 

Account of the estate of, by his son and executor, showing payments to 
Mary Lee, Felix Leeds, Daniel Jones and his three children, Enoch, 
Core, John Cartar, Lawrence Haughton, Samuel Lovett, mother-in-law 
(stepmother) Mary Hullings, sister Mary Ileulings and Joseph White. 

1706-7 Feb. 3. lisle, Isley, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co.; 
will of. Wife Sarah. Children — John, David, Jonathan, Rebecca, Mar}', 
Joseph. Real and personal estate. Son John sole executor. Witnesses — • 
Benjamin Jones, Richard Jones, Thomas Pike. Proved June 12, 1707. 

Lib. I, p. 182 

1711 Aug. G. Ilslee, Ilsley, Joseph, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 
Co.; will of, " being called forth into the Queen's service in Canada," 
gives all the land, inherited from father John Ilsley, to brother Jonathan, 
also all personal property. Witnesses — Tho: Pike, Tho: Pike junior, 
John Pike. Proved November 6, 1711. Lib. i, p. 330 

1720 Dec. 14. Ilsley, William, of Woodbridge (died Nov. 21, 
1720). Inventory of the personal estate of (£61.6.6 (?) very confused), 
taken by Israel Thornell and Gershom Martin, both of Woodbridge. 

Middlesex Wills 

1720 Dec. 9. Administration on the estate granted to his widow Mary 
Islie. Lib. A, p. 196 

1715 Aug. 8. Ilslie, John, of Middlesex Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Rebeckah. Sons — Joseph and John. Real and personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife, Samuel Dennis and Moses Ralph. Witnesses — Henry 
Freeman, John Martin, Richard Pangborn. Proved August 16, 1715. 

Lib. A, p. 35, and Lib. 2, p. 54 

1G90 Dec. 8. Ingham, Thomas, of Middletown. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£35.13.0); made by John Craufford and Garat Walls. 

Monmouth Wills 

1694 Dec. 6. Ingram (Ingrouem), John, of Northampton. In- 
ventory of the estate of (£14.2.2); made by John Wills, Anthony Elton 
and Joshua Humphris. 

1694 Dec. 29. Bond of his widow Mary Ingram as administratrix. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 253 

Thomas Potts of Burlington, tanner, and Michael Newboulcl of Burlington 
Co., yeoman, fellow bondsmen. Burlington Wills 

1604 Dec. 29. Letters of administration on the estate, granted to his 
widow, Mary Ingram of Burlington Co. Burlington Records, p. 24 

1690-1 Jan. 15. Ill2:ram, Thomas, of Monmouth Co. Bond of his 
widow Elizabeth Ingram (Ingerham) as administratrix of the estate of. 
Thomas Cox fellow bondsman. N. J. Archives, XXI., \\ 1S3 

. IlliailS, John, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., apparent- 
ly part of will of. Wife Alary sole heiress and executrix of whole 
estate. Witnesses — Joseph Bishop, Mary Cole and John Pridmore. 
Proved November 8, 1699. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 298 

1700 April 23. Inventory of the personal estate of (£325.0.0, lucl. 
two Spanish tables 12s., six Turky workt chairs £3.-.-); made by Edward 
Slater, John Royse, Cornells Langevelt and George Drake. 

1700 AjU'il 12. InianS, Mary, of Rariton, widow of John; will of. 
Cornelys Longuilel sole heir. Witnesses — Lawrens Thomas, Mary Cole 
and Rob't Cole. Proved March 6, 1700-1. Middlesex Wills 

1701 April 21. Inventory of the personal estate of (£227.15.7); made 
by Samuel Walker and John Royse. 

1701 Dec. 22. Account of Cornells Langevelt'^ against the estate, 
charging for his own and Mrs. Langeveldt's attendance on Mrs. Inians in 
her extraordinary distemper during 26 weeks, for medicine, victuals, etc., 
£78.0.0. 

1713 July 27. luess, luuess, Enuis, Alexander,3 of Monmouth 

1 Longlield or Langevelt. 2 Longfleld. 

3 The Rev. Alexander Innes was commissioned Chaplain of the Church of Eng- 
land in the Fort in New York, April 20, 1680. He brought over an order from 
Lord Middleton to Gov. Thomas Dougan that he should have the occupancy of two 
houses, but they were in such poor condition that he would not live in them. He 
is referred to as " Doctor " in a paper of Feb. 0-19, 1G88, wherein it is stated that 
he insisted upon a certain interpretation of the words " Wild Indians," used in a 
treaty with the French. In the troubles in 1689, pending the Revolution, Dr. 
Innes was declared to be " by outv/ard pretence a Protestant but in effect a meere 
papist, whoe deceitfully has provided him with a certificate of the Ministers of 
the Dutch and France Church as if he was a true Protestant." He left New York 
about August, 1689, probably to escape the persecutions of Jacob Leisler, who in 
a letter to King William and Queen Mary, dated August :30, 1689, insisted that he 
had " testimony in good forme " that Dr. Innes was " known to be of opinion con- 
tray to " the Protestant religion. Innes and others sent to England a formal sub- 
mission to the new Sovereigns, and followed it in person. It does not appear 
when he returned to America; but in October, 1702, George Keith enters in his 
journal that -'Mr. Innes being in Priests orders often preached among them [the 
people of Shrewsbury, Freehold,- and vicinity] and by preaching and conferences 
freQ.uently v/ith the Quakers and other sorts of people, as also by his pious con- 



254 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Co., N. J., clerk; will of. Devises personal estate to Margaret Willocks 
(a handkerchief given me by my Lady Hay and formerly belonging to King 
Charles the First), niece Margaret, dau. of John Inness of Sheathyn, Aber- 
deen Shii-e, North Britain dec'd, Patrick, son of Dr. Robert Dun, of the 
same Shire, Churches of Shrewsbury, Middletown, Freehold and of Pis- 
cataway (to the last when built). His books with those sent by Lord Vis- 
count Weymouth for the use of ministers of the Church of England to be 
kept in a chest for the purpose. Executors — Archibald Inness and Dr. 
John Johnston. Witnesses — Edward Vaughan, Mary Brooke, Geo. Wil- 
locks. 

1713 July 31. Codicill, increasing fee to Dr. John Johnston and giv- 
ing him 40s. for the Church at Elizabeth Town and 40s. to Margaret Nich- 
olson. Same witnesses. 

1713 July 31. Second Codicill, giving to Mr. Archibald Inness all 
papers and notes to be disposed of by him according "to my secret direc- 
tions." Same witnesses. Proved August 3, 1713. Lib. i, p. 419 

1713 • — . "A List of the Books Left to ye Churches," compris- 
ing 179 titles of mostly religious, controversional and classical works. 
In regard to some it is said: *' Books sent by my Ld Viscount Weymouth 
to Dr. Innes for his use during Liffe provyded he Continoued in the West 
Indies at his death or Removall to establish a Library where he should 
think Convenient." Monmouth Wills 

1713-1721. Account of the estate by Archibald Innes, one of the ex- 
ecutors, showing payments to William Jefferies, Anthony Pintard, Samuel 
Dennis, Mary Chambers, Thomas Hearse, Gershom Mott, Margaret 
Nicholson now Faitout, Thomas Gordon and Margaret Innes, niece and 
legatee of deceased. 

1686 Oct. 2. Innes, Gilbert, late of Aberdeen, Scotland, now of 

versation, has done much good among them and been very instrumental to draw 
them off from their errors and bring them over to the church." The story of Mr. 
Innes' ministrations at Shrewsbury and thereabouts is thus summarized by the 
authorities of the church: " Col. Morris did undoubtedly in the year 1703, very 
earnestly solicit Dr. Beveridge (late Bishop of St. Asaph) a member of this Soci- 
ety [for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts], to recommend it to the 
Society, to send a Missionary to Monmouth county, New Jersey, where a consid- 
erable body of people had formed themselves into a gathered Church and had 
promised all the help their narrow circumstances could afford their Minister. The 
Society were not then able to support a Missionary there. But the Reverend 
Mr. Alexander Inni.s happening to be in tliose parts, took the care of that people 
upon him. After a worthy discharge of his Function for some time, he died; up- 
on which the Justices of the Peace, the High Sheriff, and the Grand Jury of Mon- 
mouth county, did represent to the Society, in the year 1717, that the worthy Rev- 
erend Alexander Innis, by unwearied pains and industry, gathered three congre- 
gations in this county, tho' much scattered in their habitations; yet did he visit 
them, teaching them, instructing them all, once at least in three weeks."— A''. T. 
Col. Docs., III., 413, 415, 527, 610, 613, 630, 655, 731; V., 320, 354; George KeitKs Jour- 
7inl, passim; History of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign 
Parts, by D. Humphreys, 1730, page 57. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 255 

Amboy, E. J.; will of. Wife sole heiress and executrix of personal 

estate in East Jersey and Scotland, incl. tive servants. Witnesses — John 
Campbell and Jas. Emott. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 73 

1687 Oct. 13. Innes, GylleS, of Amboy Perth, widow. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to John Canipl)ell. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 102 

1726-7 Jan. 25. luues, Marg'aret, alias Johnston, late of New- 
burgh, Shire of Aberdeen, North Britain. Administration on the estate 
of, granted to George Willocks of Perth Amboy, he having a power of at- 
torney from her heirs. Lib. B, p. 24 

1729 Nov. 11. Inskeep, Jolin, of Waterford Township, Gloucester 
Co., Esq're; will of. W^ife Mary. Children — John, James, Joseph, Mary, 
Abraham (under age). Real and personal estate (three negro slaves). 
Executors — the wife and son John. Witnesses — John Matlack, Isaac 
Bull, Sam'll Atkinson. Proved January 10, 1729-30. Lib. 3, p. 60 

1729-30 Jan. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £665.4. 9;^, incl. 
"sundry goods & chattels, bouds, bills and book debts" £556. 16. 3;^; made 
by Jacob Heulings and Isaac Bull. 

1694 14th d. 10th in. (Dec). Isard, Michael, of Greenwitch, 

Salem Co., yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £80.8, incl. 

2 Bibles and an old book I2s., 2 pr. of silver buckles; made by Richard 
Johnson and Benj. Acton. 

1694 Dec. 17. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Mary Isard. Salem W^ills, A, p. 128 

1725 Dec. 21. Islestien, Jacob, of Perth Amboy, bricklayer. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow Calherin Islestein. 

Lib. A, p. 345 

1698 April 28. Jackson, Elizabeth, of Shrowsbery, widow. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Samuel Leonard, of Shrewsbury. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 283 

1698 (upper part torn off). Bond of Samuel Leonard as administra- 
tor of the estate of. Thomas White fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1698 March 31. Inventory of the personal estate (£68. 1.6); made by 
Remembrance Lippincott, George Corleis, Nathanel Slocum and John 
Williams. 

1697 May 25. Jackson, Francis, of Shrewsbury, carpenter. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow Elizabeth. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 266 
1697 May 31. Bond of his widow Elizabeth Jackson as administratrix 



256 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

of the estate of. George Corleis of the same place fellow bondsman. 

Monmouth Wills 
1699 May 5. Inventory of the personal estate (£72.7.6); made by 
Peter White, William Shattock, George Corleis and William West. 

1708 April 14-. Jackson, Jolm, of Burlington. Petition of Eliza- 
beth, widow of, to be appointed adiainistralrix of the estate; granted. 

Lib. I, p. 194 

1726-7 Jau. 3. Jackson, Joseph, of Perth Amboy. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Francis liopmire of Middletown, Mon- 
mouth Co., principal creditor. Lib. B, p. 21 

1685 Nov. 11. Jacob, John, of Salem Creek; will of. Wife Bar- 
bara sole heiress of real and personal estate. Witnesses — Andrew Berkle- 
son, Peter Jansen, Henry Jeanes. Recorded January 12, 16S7-8. 

1687 Sept. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £28.11.6; made 
by Andrew Berkleson and James Bowyer. Salem Wills, 2, p. 39 

1703-4 Jan. 19. Jaffrey, John, of Salem Town, merchant; will of. 
Daughter — Jean Jaffrey, brother Alexander Jaffrey, merchant in Sterling, 
Scotland. Real and personal estate. Executors — Ruthero Mores and 
Bartholomew Weyet, both of Salem Co. Witnesses — Edward Champney, 
Robert Gilliam and Alexander Grant. Proved February 24, 1703-4. 

Lib. I, p. II 

1703-4 Feb. 10. Inventory of the personal estate (£1020. 11. 9^, mostly 
merchandise); made by Wm. Hall, Wm. Grifin and Hugh Middleton. 

1692-3 Feb. 8. Janes, Jeanes, Henry, of Swart Hook, Penn's 

Neck, Salem Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £38.17.2, inch a 
silver dram cup 2s. ; made by Wm. Hanbey and Paul Jaquatt. 

1693 . Administration on the estate granted to his widow, Mary 

Jeanes. Salem Wills, A, p. 103 

1702 June 22. Jaquatt, Mary, widow of Paul, of Penn's Neck; 
will of. Leaves "worldly" estate to children, whose names are not 
given. Executors — Johannis Vanjmy, Nathaniel Jeans, Walter Hughstis 

and William Sluby. Witnesses — Isaac Banner, Jalas , Armanha 

Evertson. Recorded April 16, 1703. 

1703 April 2. Inventory of the personal estate £103.16.8, inch 12 
silver spoons, 17.12 pennyweight, £5.12, ado. beaker, 10.5 p. w., £3.6, 2 
do. chains, dram cup, 2 do. bodkins and old silver £11.14, 4 gold rings, a 
piece of gold and old gold, £6.10.8, Bibles and other l)ooks £5.4; made 
by Thomas Lambson and Cornelious Copner. Salem Wills, 7, p. 19 

. Jaquatt, Paul, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., yeoman; 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 257 

will of. Wife Mary sole executrix. Children — John, P.tuI, Peter, Cas- 
parus, Mary aud Sarah; legacies to sons of brother John, viz.: Peter and 
Cornelius, to Thos. Mowyer and wife Mary, to Faulk Davis and wife. 
I^and at White Clay Creek, do. at New Castle. Personal estate (a silver 
beaker). Witnesses — Jacob Glen, Tho. Wells and Edward Meecum. Re- 
corded December 9, 1702. 

1702 Oct. 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £83.3; made by Wal- 
ter Ilughstis ami Yelious Gilljohnson, Salem Wills, III, p. 14S 

1679-80 March 4. Jaques, Henry, junior, of Woodbridge Cor- 
poration, died May last, leaving a widow and 3 children. Letters of ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Samuel Moore of said Corpora- 
tion, who has married the widow. Middlesex Wills 

1725 Aucr. 4. Jaques, Jolin, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Ebenezer Wilson of New York, 
principal creditor. Lib. A, p. 334 

1679 May 22, Jafjuish, Henry. Inventory of the estate of (£86.- 
12.- real, £55.14.-); made by Thomas Leonard and Joseph (?). 

Middlesex Wills 

1702-3 Feb. 5. Jeanes, Janes, Nathaniel, of Pen's Neck; Salem 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife . Children — Henry (under age), daugh- 
ters, names not given; brother John. Home farm of 300 acres. Personal 
estate. Executors — Walter Hughstis, Lucus Peterson and William Slooby. 
Witnesses — Isaac Baner, Rebekah Jeanes, Cornelius Jaquatt. 

1703 April 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £185.12.6; made 
by Johanas Vannimin and Yealious Gilljohnson. 

1703 April 28. Letters testamentary granted to the executors, named 
in the will. Salem Wills, 7, p. 22 

1703 . Account of the estate of, by his executor Lucas Petter- 

son, showing payments to Curnelus Jaquet, Sarah Meyer, Minna and An- 
nica Franson, Malhias and Johanes Scogin, Aldricks Aldrickson, Har- 
mon Aldriden, John, Sarah, Ann and Henry Jeans, Charles Springer, 
Benjamin Acton, John Jaquett, Peter Carmick, Wade Oakford, Sarah 
Hall, John Jones, Samuel Hedge, Paul Jaquett, Robert White, Mary 
Johnson ("for relaxation of her Dowry in the Land, upon the Desier of 
ye Testator"), Matthias Foss, Henry Janes. 

1712 Dec. 1. Jeans, Janes, John, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co, In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £87.4.8, inch debts due by Matthias 
Scogen, Wm. Fransin, John and Cornelius Jackwet; made by Lucas Peet- 
erson and John Minck. Footnote: " there is two potts given to ye two 
17 



258 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

daughters of John Jeans deceased by there grandmother the bigest to 
Brigit Jeans and the other to Mary Jeans." 

1714-5 March 10. Jelley, George, of Salem Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £76.12.5, inch medicines, instruments, oynments 
and salves £1.5.-, "book debts some of them dubious," due by George 
Keen, Robart Rumsey, Sam'l Walcot, Capt, David Straughan, Isaac 
Sharp, James Wiggins; made by Jno. Goodwin and Thomas Fetter. 

1705 June 27. Jennings, Henry, of Philadelphia, tailor; will of. 

Wife Margaret, residuary legatee and sole executrix; Isaac Jenings of 
London and his daughter Margaret, called "my cozen," receive 150 acres 
of land, bought of Thomas Graves, and the house and lot testator now 
lives in. Personal estate. Witnesses — Wm. Hudson, Thomas Bradford, 
Thomas Paschal). Proved at Burlington April 23, 1706. Lib. i, p. 148 
1705 July 26. Inventory of the personal estate (£53.3.0); made by 
John Smith, William Ponton and William Willis. Salem Wills 

1718 Aug. 19. Jennings, John, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Anne sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate in New Jersey and the Island of Barbados. Witnesses — 
Edward Vaughan, Mary Vaughan, Mary Emott. Proved May 9, 1720. 

Lib. A, p. 172 

1708 Aug. 14. Jennings, Margaret, of Philadelphia, widow of 
Henry; will of. Leaves real estate in Gloucester Town to friend Pris- 
cilla, wife of John Hugg of Gloucester Co., with legacy to Thomas Grif- 
fith of Philadelphia for the use of the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting of 
Quakers; the lots of 10 acres in Cohanzey and of 8a. in Salem to be sold 
by the executors towards paying her debts; the residue of real and per- 
sonal estate is left to Isaac and Sarah Jennings, the "reputed" children 
of her late husband Henry Jennings. Executor — John Hugg. Witnesses 
— Sam'U Atkinson, John Martindell, Rich'd Heath. Proved March 14, 
1710-1. Lib. I, p. 301, and Burlington Wills 

1710 June 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £109.19.10; made 
by William Warren and Mathew Medcalfe. 

1690 Aug. 31. Jennings, Peter, of Burlington, carpenter; will of. 
Wife Ann. Daughter Elizabeth, daughters-in-law (? stepdaughters), Ann 
Knott and Susanna Knott. " My estate." Wife executrix with Thomas 
Gardner and James Hill as advisers and guardians of dau. Elizabeth. 
Witnesses — Edward Hunloke, Nathaniel Cripps. Proved December 8, 
1690. 

1690 Nov. 10. Inventory of the estate (£105.2. 7, inch £74 book debts); 
made by John Hollinshead and Thomas Kendall. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 259 

1690 Dec. S. Bond of the widow Anne Jennings as executrix. 
Thomas Kendall and Nathaniel Cripps fellow bondsmen. 

1690 Dec. 8. Letters testamentary granted to Anne, the widow and 
executrix, who proves the will. Burlington Records, p. 15 

1708 July 24. JenniugS, Samuel, of Burlington, merchant; will of. 
Sister Eliza. Hackney. Daughters — Sarah, Anne and Mercy, who are the 
wives of Thomas, William and John Stevenson; grandchildren — Isaac, 
son of Edward Pennington dec'd, Jennings and Elizabeth, son and daugh- 
ter of William Stevenson, Thomas, son of John Stevenson, Anne and 
Sarah, daughters of Thomas Stevenson, all under age, and the legacies 
left to them to be placed in the hands of Samuel Carpenter and Richard 
Hill of Philadelphia, merchants; cousin Susannah Fox, John Hackney, 
Samuel Hackney, friend Thomas Ellwood of Hunger Hill near Amer- 
sham, Co. of Bucks, England, brother(-in-law ?) Isaac Mariot. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the three daughters and their husbands. 
Witnesses — Tho: Gardiner, Thomas Raper, Daniel Smith. Proved Octo- 
ber 18, 1709. Lib. r, p. 226 

1721 Dec. 27. Jequat, Jaquet, Peter, of Salem Co., carpenter; 
will of. Wife Sarah sole heiress of real and personal estate with re- 
mainder to son Joseph. Witnesses — Plarm's Alrich, John Vance, P^rancis 
Gandouett. Proved January 25, 1721-2. Lib. 2, p. 222 

1721 Sept. 12. Jess. Zacliariah. of Springfield (New Hanover), 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife and children, names not given. 
John Scoley (Scholy) and Mathew Champion executors. Robert Lodg, 
John Pliller, Sani'll Goldy witnesses. Proved September 23, 1724. 

Lib. 2, p. 272 

1724 Sept. 23. Inventory of the estate: two-thirds of a saw and grist 
mill £100, 42 acres of land £25, personal £169.1.4; made by Nathaniel 
Cripps and Tho: Shinn. 

1706-6 March 9. Jewell, John, of Salem, gentleman; will of. 
Wife Ann sole heiress and executrix of real and personal estate with the 
assistance of Thomas Killingworth, Benjamin Knapton and Samuel 
Hedge junior. Not signed, but proved March 19, 1729-30, by the testi- 
mony of Thos. Killingworth, Sam'l Hedge junior, Ann Knapton, Sarah 
Knapton alias Rolfe, Sarah Hall and Wm. Grifin, who say testator was 
prevented by death from signing. Lib. 3, p. 84 

1707 July 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £25.2, for v.'hich 
John Rolfe gives receipt by order of Col. Quary for use of Her Majesty. 

172G-7 2d d. 12thm. (Feb.). Jewel, Jewell, John, of Salem, 

cordwainer; will of. Wife Margaret sole heiress and with John Goodwin 
executrix of real and personal estate. Witnesses — Jos: Gregory, Peter 



26o NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Haman, James Vance. Proved February 6, 1726-7. Lib. 2, p. 416 

1726-7 Feb. 6. Inventory of the personal estate of, £30.9.1, incl. a 
Muskeato Net los. ; made by Jaems Wiggens and Tho: Hill. 

1729 April 12. Jewel, Thomas, of Amwell Township, Hunterdon 
Co., yeoman. Account of the estate of, £102.13, by the executrix, Pene- 
lope Jewel, who charges for the funeral £6.17 and has paid debts due to 
Daniel Sniitli, John Reading, James Chambers, Fenwick Lyell, James 
Gould, attorney to Mr. Delancey, and Daniel Grandine. Hunterdon Wills 

1726-7 March 9. Job, Richsird, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., 
cooper; will of. Wife Catherine. Children — George, John, Samuel, 
Mary, William, Rachel and Katherine. Real and personal estate. Exec- 
utors — the wife and brother Samuel Job. Witnesses — Benjamin Johnston, 
Jacob Mattison, John Nathan Hutchins. Codicil without date directs 
division of property, left to children, if they die without issue. Witnesses 
as before, except Wm. Preston instead of J. Mattison. Proved October 5, 
1727. Lib. 2, p. 452 

1717 March 27. Jobs, George, of Freehold, yeoman. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£244.14.1^, incl. a negro man £40, a negro wo- 
man distempered and a small negro girl £12, two Bibles and a Testament 
i8s.); made by Peter Wilson, Cornelius Tomson and James Wilson; 
sworn to by Rachel, widow of George Jobs, August 28, 1717. 

Monmouth Wills 

1717 Oct. 28. Administration granted to the widow, Rachel Jobs, and 
Benj. Johnston. Lib. A, p. 83 

1720-1 Feb. 2. Jobs, James, of Monmouth Co. Bond of William 
Jobs of Middletown, yeoman, as administrator of the estate of. Zach- 
ariah Weeks of Perth Aniboy, inn keeper, fellow bondsman. 

Lib. A, p. 198 

1721 July 27. Inventory of the personal estate, £17.6.10!, incl. £10.- 
due l^y William Job; made by Bartholomew Mash, Jonathan Hilldrith 
and John Bowne. 

. Johns, Robart, of Essex Co, Account of the personal 

estate of, by ; payments to John Stuart, Cap. Leanard, John 

Bown and John Saltone. Middlesex Wills 

1730 April 11, Johnson, Andrew, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co. 
Bond of Senick Senickson of Penn's Neck, yeoman, as administrator of 
the estate of. John Senick of the same place, fellow bondsman. 

1730 April II. Inventory of the personal estate, £10.18.2^; made 
by Wm. Peake and John Senick. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 261 

1687 Sept. 20. Johnson, Ard, of Salem Co., planter. Inventory 
of the personal estate of, £27.16; made by Wm. Giljohnsoii and Woola 
Towson, planters. 

1688 Nov. 27. Administration on the estate granted to James 
Nevill, agent for William Penn, deceased having been indebted to the 
last named. Salem Wills, A, p. 10 

1701 Dec. 1. Johnson, Clause, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Elizabeth sole executrix. Children, of whom only 
son John is spoken of by name. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Tho. Gilejonson, Francis Kasperson, Edward Meecum, Giles Gilljohnson. 
Recorded June 17, 1 702, 

1702 May 12. Inventory of the personal estate, £128.19; made by 
Walter Ilughstis and Edward Meecum. Salem Wills, III., p. 137 

1717 Ang. 27. Johnson, Johnston, Eliphelet, of Newark, Essex 

Co., yeoman; will of. V\'ife Abigail. Children — Eliphelet, Nathaniel, 
John, Samuel, Timothy, Deborah and Phebie. Real and personal estate. 
Executors— sons Eliphelet and Nathaniel, with Jonathan Craine and John 
Cooper as overseers. Witnesses — Joseph Peck, John Ogden, John 
Cooper, Proved August 13, 1718. Lib. A, p. 103 

1712-3 Jan. 1. Johnson, Jonson, Johnston, Erock, of Pen's 

Neck, Salem Co.; will of. Wife Cathrien, Sons — Mathis and William. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife (Catrain) and Thomas 
Tomson. Witnesses — Lowrance Holton, Yales Gilljonson, Sam'l Wal- 
catt. Proved October ii, 1719. Lib. 2, p. 125 

1719 Nov. 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £144.3.-; rn^de by 
John Richmond and Sam'll Walcott, both of Pen's Neck. 

1726 Nov. 29. Johnson, Ezeckel, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co. In- 
ventory of the personal estate of, £94.3; made by Thomas Lambson and 
Sam'll Walcott. 

1726 Dec. 17. Bond of Michall Johnson as administrator of the estate. 
Samuel Walcott and Thomas Lambson fellow bondsmen, all of Pen's 
Neck. 

1726 Dec. 17. Administration on the estate of, granted to Michael 
Johnson. Lib. 2, p. 395 

1702 July 23. Johnson, Henry, of Coopers Creek, Gloucester Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate of (£108.4.11); made by John Kay 
and Simeon Ellis. 

1702 Aug. II. Administration on the estate granted to Mordecai 
Howell of Gloucester Co., brother-in-law of Henry Johnson, 

1702 Aug. II. Bond of Mordecai Howell as administrator of the 



262 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

estate of Henry Johnson. John Ashbrook and Simeon Ellis, both of 
Gloucester Co., fellow bondsmen, 

1702 Aug. II. Counterbond cf Mordecai Howell, administrator of 
the estate, to his bondsmen John Ashbrook and Simeon Ellis. 

1690 May 14. Johnson, John, of Middletown. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£23.5.4); made by James Grover, John Stout and 
Thomas Renshall. Monmouth Wills 

1705 Oct, 5. Johnson, John, late of London, now of Salem Town, 
merchant; will of. Children — John, Thomas and Martha, living with 
testator's mother and to be heard of at Doctor Rettiers in Bearford Build- 
ings, Strand, London. Real estate in America. Personal property. Ex- 
ecutors — William Hall and Nathaniel Breading of Salem and John Vol- 
lentine of Boston, Mass. Witnesses — J. Graham, Edmund Valentine, 
Wm. Griffin, Clem't Plumsted and Samuel Hedge junior. Proved No- 
vember 19, 1705. Lib. I, p. 126 

1705 Nov. 2. Inventory of the personal estate (£208.17.1 inch 16 
oz. of old silver £6, i8|^ pennyweight of gold £5.11, "quind"! silver £1.- 
0.4, English goods in his sloop £94.18.9, ^ of a boat £1, ^ of a sloop £15); 
made by Wm. Grifin and David Stroghen (Strayen). 

1^05-1707. Account of the estate of John Johnson alias Cockburne 
by Wm. Hall and Nathaniel Brading, executors, showing that by various 
outstanding debts collected the estate has increased to £452.17.5, of 
which £324.7.8 were paid to Edmund Valentine, attorney for Eliz: Cock- 
burne, grandmother and guardian of the three children of John Johnson 
after payments to Edm. Vallantine, Wm. Fishl:)urne, Josiah Ralph, Rolofe 
de Hayes, Edward Shippen and John Jewell, and postage for a letter from 
John Valentine, Boston, 9s. 

1707 April 25. (Latin). Johnson, Johannis, alias Cockborn, 

of Salem; Martha (13 yrs. old), Johannis (10 yrs. old), and Thomas (8 
years old), minor children of, choose their grandmother (ava) Elizabeth 
Cockborn, widow, as guardian and letters of guardianship are issued to 
her. Lib. i, p. 299 

1719-20 Feb. 15. Johnson, John, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., yeo- 
man- will of. Children — Class and Mary, both under age. Real and 
personal estate. Executor — Enisifry Stanby (Onysiferous Standly). Wit- 
nesses — Sinek Sineker, Marta Share (Sheare), John Robison. Proved 
January 3, 1720-I. 

1719-20 March 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £48.5.6, in 
Proclamation money; made by Sinnjck Sinjkker and Martin Johnson, 

1 Coined. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 263 

1728 April 2. Johnson, John, of Maningion Precinct, Salem Co., 
husbandman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — John, Catrin Brown and 
Henry, "Goods and chattels." Executors — the wife and Alexander 
Simpson. Witnesses — John Robinson, William Hunt, Elizabeth Skinner. 
Proved May i, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 545 

1728 April 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £25.4; made by Wil- 
liam Hunt and John Huse. Sworn to by Sarah Johnson, executrix, and 
affirmed by Alexander Simpson, a Quaker, executor. 

1730 Aug-. 18. Johnson, Margaret, of Salem, widow and execu- 
trix of Robert; will of. Children — Mary Johnson, Joseph Sears (under 
age), Richard Sears, Robert Johnson, Anne Johnson; legacy to John Peck. 
Real and personal estate (a large Bible). Executors — Clement Hall and 
Joseph Wade. Witnesses — Ann Padgett, William Murdoch, Warwick 
Rundle. Proved September 3, 1730. 

1730 Sept. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £294.13.8^, inch 
V)onds of Francis and James Delap £65, of John Pinyard £6, a clock £14, 
a servant maid £6.10; made by Joseph Test and Edward Keasbey 
(Kesby). 

1735-6 Feb. 5. Account of the estate by the surviving executor, 
Clement Hall, who has increased the value of the estate by £36 for tim- 
ber, sold by dec'd to Samuel Boggs, and has paid out for the funeral 
£8.8.10, for probating the will and appraising the estate £4.15.3, for med- 
icines, given by Doctor Green to Robert Johnson and by Dr. Gandouett to 
Margaret £3.6.6, and has discharged debts due to John Pack, Richard 
Smith, Collector of Taxes, Benj. Acton, Daniel Mestayer in right of his 
wife, executrix of George Trenchard, Nathan Merring, John Jones (for 
schooling the children of dec'd £1.12.3), Loughlin Fallon, William Mur- 
dock, John Chandler, Benj. Haynes, Esther Lowdon, Elizabeth Acton, 
James Vance, Lewis Morris, Hannah Daniel, Elizabeth Wiggins, Richard 
Butcher, John Holbrooke, Robert Hart, Abiell Carll junior, Hannah 
Price, Ann Grant and Thomas Thompson. 

1729-30 Fel). 5. Johnson, Martin, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Nicholas, Garret, Mar- 
garet, Elizabeth and Susanna, Real and personal estate. Executors — 
the wife and Sinnick Sinnickson, Witnesses — Peter Enloes, Johanes 
Casperson, Thomas Miles, Proved April 11, 1730. Lib. 3, p. 96 

1730 April 3, Inventory of the personal estate, £178.16.6, inch 
books £1.6, book debts, bonds and notes £34.4.6; made by Garret and 
Peter Vannemen, 

1730 . Johnson, MathiaS, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., yeo- 
man. Account of the estate of £75.9, by the surviving executor,! William 

1 No will on record or on file. 



264 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Peterson, who has paid to Lausey Halton £8.5 in full of his wife's filial 
portion, to Mary, wife of Chas. Halton £6 as her portion, to Samuel Wal- 
cott and wife Katharine £8.5, the filial portion of Erick Johnson, said 
Katherine's former husband, to Oliver Johnson £6.3, to Eskell Johnson 
£6.3, to Michael Johnson £4.17.6, to Henry Johnson £6.3, Margaret 
Johnson £6.3, all filial portions. 

1719-20 Jan. 18, Johnson, Richard, of Salem, Esquire; will of. 

Son Robert, daughter Elizabeth Pearson, granddaughters Elizabeth Pear- 
son and Mary Johnson; Eddea Scoals receives among other bequests 
"the Bible, which was her father's;" legacies to cousins Thomas Johnson 
and Sarah Ivins. A lot of 250 acres at Manington. Personal property 
(his late wife's Bible). Son Robert sole executor. Witnesses — Wm. 
Grifin, Jno. Goodwin, Joseph Elly. Proved February 2, 1719-20. 

Lib. 2, p. 126 
1719-20 Jan. 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £240.18.3; made 
by Wm. Grifin and Jno. Goodwin. 

1728 Dec. 13. Johnson, Robert, of Salem, yeoman; will of. Wife 
Margaret sole executrix. Children — Robert, Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, all 
under age; sons-in-law (? stepsons) Joseph and Richard Siers, niece Eliz- 
beth Pearson. Home farm, townlots in Salem, farm of 500 acres, now 
occupied by John Chandler, 500 a. bought of Frederick Trebek, 500 a. out 
of the tract by Samuel Smith's inch the farm now occupied by Dutch 
Jack. Personal property. Witnesses — John Darkin, John Hall, John 
Jones. Proved January 8, 1728-9. 

17289 5th d. nth m. (Jan.). Inventory of the personal estate, £560. - 
15. II, inch books and nails £5, books and glass bottles I2s.6p., a clock, a 
couch and some chairs £16.5, books, wool cards and some suet £2.5, two 
servant men £10.10; made by Richard Smith and Jno. Goodwin. 

1725-6 Feb. 12, Johnson, Samuel, of Cape May Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Abigail. Children — Ebenezer (under age), Josiah, Phebe, 
Abgail. Homestead, land in Cape May Co. and in Darby Township, New 
Haven Co., Conn't. Personal estate. The wife sole executrix with John 
Persons and Nathaniel Risco as overseers. Witnesses — Richard Dovvnes, 
John Stillwell, William Mulford. Proved September 20, 1726. 

Lib. 3, p. 83 

1726 April 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £49.17,4; made by 
John Taylor and Christopher Church. 

1728 Not. 21. Johnson, Samuel, of Cape May Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Charity executrix. Children — Samuel (under 21), Sarah, 
Hannah, Phebe, Charity and Susanah. Real and personal estate. Wit- 
nesses — Daniel Walker, Benjamin Mareux, Henry Stites junior. Codicill 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 265 

of April 8, 1729, disposes of share bequeathed to daughter Phebe, since 
dead. Witnesses — Ar'n Learning, Cornelius Schillinks junior. Proved 
May 2, 1732. 

1732 Feb. 9. Inventory of the personal estate, £124.18.4; made by 
Benjamin Hand and Henry Stites junior. 

1694 Nov. 2. Johnson, Thomas, of Newark, 64 years old; will of. 
Youngest son Eliphalet principal heir and executor of real and personal 
estate with legacies to other sons, viz.: Joseph, John and Thomas. Wit- 
nesses — John Prudden and John Curtis. Proved November 21, 1694. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 215, and Essex Wills 

1694 Dec. 3. Inventory of the personal estate (£174.11.6); made Ijy 
John Curtis and John Cooper. 

1696 last (1. 7th m. (Sept.). Johnson, Thomas, of Manneton 
Creek, Salem Co.; will of. Children — Thomas, placed in charge of 
brother Richard Johnson, and Sarah, given to Wm. Rumsey, both chil- 
dren under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — said Richard 
Johnson and Wm. Rumsey. Witnesses — Mary Johnson and Annes Hill. 
Recorded October 13, 1696. 

1696 15th d. 8th m. (Oct.). Inventory of the personal estate, £49. 11. 5; 
made by Benjamin Acton and Danell Rumsey. Salem Wills, A, p. 195 

1688 Nov. 14, Johnson, William, senior, of Elizabeth Town; will 
of. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 297 

1694 May 6. Johnson, William, of Cesaria River alias Chohansie, 
tailor; will of. Wife Frances. Sons — Samuel and William, both under 
age. Real and personal estate. Executor — Mark Reeue. Witnesses — 
Joseph Estland and Anthony Woodhouse. Recorded January 5, 1694-5. 

1694 June 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £53.13; made by 
Sam'l Hunter and Leonard Berryman. 

1694-5 Jan. 5. Mark Reeve, the executor named in the will, having 
died before it was proved, administration is granted to the widow, Frances 
Johnson. Salem Wills, A, p. 135 

1722-3 Mai'ch 24. Johnson, William, of Maninton Precinct, 
Salem Co. Administration on the estate of, granted to William Johnson 
of the same place. Lib, 2, p. 168 

1713 Dec. 13. Johnson, Johnston, William, of Cape May Co., 

yeoman; will of. Children — Benjamin, Thomas, Catren, Elizabeth, Wil- 
liam. Land l)etween John Cresse and Benjamin Hand junior, do. at the 
lower side of Cape May. Personal property. Executor — son William, 
with brother Benjamin Leonard and John Taylor as overseers. Wit- 



266 NKW JERSEY COLONIAT. DOCUMENTS. 

nesses — Jonathan Swaine, Benjamin Holdin, Ebenezer Swaine. Proved 
May 6, 1718. Lib, 2, p. 88 

1718 May 6. Oath of William Johnston (sic) as executor, 
1718 May 6, Inventory of the personal estate, £113.7.8; made by 
John Taylor and Samuel Johnson. 

1729 Nov. 5. Johnston, James, Esq're, Administration on the 
estate of, granted to his widow, Elizabeth Johnston. Lib. B, p. 145 

1724-5 Feb. 12. Johnston, John, of Whippeny, Essex Co, Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to John Blanchard of Elizabeth 
Town, principal creditor. Lib. A, p. 319 

1690 May 20. Johnstone, John, of Middletown, Administration 
on the estate of, granted to Richard Hartshorne and John Throgmorton, 

N, J. Archives, XXL, p, 176 
1690 May 20, Bond of Richard Hartshorne and John Throckmorton, 
both of Middletown, gentlemen, as executors of the last will. 

Monmouth Wills 

176(sic) Au^. 29. Johnstone, Thomas, of Little Eggharbour, Bur- 
lington Co., husbandman; will of. Wife Mary. Daughter Sarah. Real 
and personal estate. Executors — the wife and brother-in-law Jacob 
Henry, Witnesses — Samuel Andrews, Marah Andrews, Kateron Taller, 
Proved August 28, 1727. 

1727 Aug, 28, Valuation of the personal estate, not itemized, £50.- 
19.3, Proclamation money; made by Gervas Pharo (Farrow). 

1727-8 Jan. 24, JoUey, Charles, of Perth Amboy, yeoman; will 
of. Wife Jane. Children — John, Andrew, Charles, Archble, Margrett, 
William. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, son John and 
James Abraham, who in the jurat of the executors is called James Abra- 
ham Joley. Witnesses — William Cook, Sarah White, John White. 
Proved May 9, 1728. Lib. B, p. 96 

1702-3 Jan. 20. Jones, Benjamin, of Burlington Co., yeoman. 
Bond of his widow Sarah of Springfield, as administratrix of the estate. 
John Stockton and Thomas Duglas, both of the same township, yeomen, 
fellow bondsmen. 

1702 2ist d, loth m. (Dec). Inventory of the personal estate, £65,2-; 
made by Michael Newbould, Thomas Duglies and John Warren. 

1704 Dec. I, Jones, Benjamin, and Joseph Lawrance, bond of, as 
required by their license for whale fashing between Sandy Hook and Bar- 
negate. Richard Salter fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1717 July 2, Jones, Benjamin, of Woodbridge. Inventory of the 



CALENDAR OF WILI-S. 267 

personal estate of (£13.1.3, incl. debts due by Richard Jones, Joseph Ayres 
aud David Alford); taken by Elisha Frazee and Thos. Pike. 

1717 Aug. 20. Administration granted to Charles Thomas and Oba- 
diali Ayies, both of Woodliridge. Lib. A, p. 54, and Middlesex Wills 

1715 Dec. 3. Jones, David, of Springfield, Burlirgton Co., yeo- 
man; will of. John Schooley of the same place sole heir and executor of 
real and personal estate, incl. debts due to testator by John Waren, 
Thomas Forman, Cornelius Tomson, all of Freehold, Monmouth Co., and 
Josiah Ridgway of West Jersey. Witnesses — George Parker, Cornelius 
Tomson, Wm, Madock. Proved October i, 1716. Lib. 2, p. 74 

1717 Aug'. 2. JoueS, Dorcas, of New York City, spinster; will of. 
Gives all real ar.d personal estate to father-in-law (? stepfather) Robert 
Lurting, who is also made executor. Witnesses — John Johnston, Tho: 
Farmer, Elias Neau. Proved July 10, 1719. Lib. A, p. 130 

1716-7 Jan. 10. Jones, Edward, of ?, and wife. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £26.10.3, i'^^^h one "Mayer" (mare) £i; made by John 
Skiner and Benjamin Force. 

1716-7 Feb. 12. Administration on the estate granted to Mathew 
Force of Woodbridge. Lib. A, p. 49 

1721 April 28. Jones, Edward, of V/oodliridge, Middlesex Co., 
planter; will of. Wife Lidia. Cliildien — Edward, Jeffery, Samuel, Abi- 
gal, William, Isaac, Caleb, Susana and Daniel. "Temporal estate." 
Executors — son Edv/ard and Samuel Fitzrandolph. Witnesses — John 
Loofbourrow, John French, Thos. Pike. Proved May 18, 1721. 

Lib. A, p, 199 

1722 May 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £53.11, incl. an "In- 
dian fellow " £20; made by William Thomson and John Mathie. 

1717 Dec. 21. Jones, Jeffery, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife . Son Edward, who has sons Jeffrey, Samuel 

and Edward. Daughters — Susanna, Mary and Abigail. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — sons-in-law Samuel Fitz Randolph and Jere- 
miah Bird. Witnesses — ^Joseph Marsh, John Moris, Shobal Smith. 
Proved December 31, 1717. Lib. A, p. 89 

1722 June 30. Jones, Joanes, Joel, of Trenton, Hunterdon Co., 
tailor; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — John, Sarah, Joanna, Abigail, 
Thomas, Joseph, Adam and Jacob. Homestead, land in St. Charles 
Parish, Shrewsbury Township, County of Shropshire, England, inherited 
from father Adam Jones. Personal estate. Executors — cousins Richard 
and Joseph Green. Witnesses — Moses Dickinson, Benjamin Worton, 
Grace Coale. Proved March 16, 1723. Lib. 2, p. 284 



26S NEW JF.RSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1723 Nov. 25. Inventory of the personal estate, £128.1.11; made liy 
Christopher Howell and Benjamin Worton. 

1727 Oct. 1. Jones, John, of Waterford Township, Gloucester Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Ann. Children — Henry, Mary, Ann, Rebecca, 
Edith, Sarah, John. Real and personal estate. The wife sole executrix. 
Witnesses — Joseph Bate, George Hamlock, Amos Ashead. Proved March 
19, 1727-8. Lib. 2, p. 516 

1727 Nov. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £170.16.6; made by 
John Kay and Joseph Bate. 

1099 Oct. 14. Jones, Robert, of Monmouth Co. Bond of John 
Stewart, as administrator of the estate of. Samuel Leonard fellow bonds- 
man, both of said County. Monmouth Wills 

1699 Oct. 14. Administration on the estate granted to John Stewart 
of Shrewsbury. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 297 

1727 Oct. 14. Jones, Samuel, of Hanover Township, Hunterdon 
Co., yeoman (died June 10, last past). Bond of Peter Eastman as ad- 
ministrator of the estate of. John Hayward fellow bondsman, both of 
said Township. 

1727 Oct. 20. Inventory of the personal estate £63.3.1, inch a Bible, 
Psalm book and Testament los. and bonds from Mathue Connet and 
Henry Connet £37; made by John Hayward and Isaac Whithead (White- 
head) at the house of Edward Bidich (?) and £15.5.4 at the house of Ben 
Dun in Somerset Co. 

1727. Mem. of money paid out of the estate by the administrator to 
Edward Biddock, John Whitehead, John Cimbell, John Johnson, Thos. 
Alethen and Sarah Dorson. 

1727 Oct. 14. Administration on the estate of, granted to Peter East- 
man. Lib. 2, p. 447 

1727 Oct. 28. Jones, Samuel, of Rock ? Administration on 

the estate of, granted to John Robertson. Lib. B, p. 76 

1694 Au^. 16. Jones, Thomas, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co., hus- 
bandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £28.9.3; made by John 
Hughs and John Scoggin. 

1694 . Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 

Hannah Jones. Salem Wills, A, p. 121 

1729 Nov. 8. Jordan, Jarden, James, of Manington Precinct, 

Salem Co., husbandman; will of. Wife Hannah sole heiress and execu- 
trix of "worldly" estate with legacies to Alexander Simpson and his 
daughter Martha. Witnesses — James Ward, Mary Haynes, Proved De- 
cember 27, 1729. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 269 

1729 Dec. 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £119.10.6. incl. a 
servant man and some Indian corn £10; made by William Hunt and 
Alex'r Simpson. 

1711 June 7. Jouet, Jewett, Daniel, of Elizabeth Town, N. J.; 
will of. Wife Mary Coursier. Children — Daniel, Peter, Mary and Eliz- 
abeth. " Temporal estate." The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Jona- 
than Dickinson, John Ilarriman, Bcnj. Price 3d. Proved October 10, 
1 721. Lib. A, p. 203, and Essex Wills 

1725-6 March 8. Joyce, Henry, of Greenwitch, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Makes widow Eleanor Short, formerly widow of William 
Daniel, principal heiress of real and personal estate for life and after her 
John Daniel, who lives with her, with minor bequests to Jeremiah, son 
of Josiah Fithyan, and to widow of Robert Tulles. Josiah Fithyan sole 
executor. Witnesses — Samuel Fithian, John Cox and Mathias Fithian 
Proved April 11, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 335 

1726 April 21. Inventory of the personal estate, £71.3; made by Jere: 
Bacon and James Dixson. 

1695 May 28. Joyner, John, of Mansfield, Burlington Co., intend- 
ing to return to England; will of. Wife Mary. Children John (a minor), 
Mary and Elizabeth. Real and personal estate. Thomas Bibb of Bur- 
lington and Thomas Duglass of Mansfield executors. Witnesses — James 
Wills, Edward BouUon, Henry Grubb. Proved April 24, 1696. 

1695-6 March 20. Inventory of the estate (£83.7.-, principally bonds 
and mortgages); made by William Wood and Eliakim Higgines. 

1696 April 24. Bond of Thomas Bibb of Burlington, whitesmith, and 
Thos. Duggles of Mansfield, yeoman, as executors. Nathaniel Duggles of 
Burlington, feltmaker, fellow bondsman. 

1696 April 24. Will proved by his executors Tliomas Bibb and 
Thomas Duggles. Burlington Records, p. 27 

1727 Aprils. Juell, Jewell, Thomas, of Amwell, Hunterdon 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Nelly. Children mentioned, no names 
given, but three sons spoken of. "Worldly" estate. Executors — the 
wife and Joseph Bur. Witnesses — Gershom Hull, Edward Butlar, Peter 
Prall. Proved May i, 1727. 

1727 April 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £102. 13; made by 
Andrew Smith and Joseph Stout. Lib. 2, p. 413 

1700 Oct. 14. Jureson, Juranson, Jnrinson, Jurians, Stephen, 

of Pompion Hook, Pen's Neck, Salem Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Chris- 
tian, Hendricks daughter, sole heiress. Children — Ann, Katherine, 
George and Henry, daughter-in-law (stepdaughter) Bridget. Real and 
personal estate. No executor named. Written and witnessed by Ericus 



270 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Biorck, 1 Minister. Translated at Christeen April 7, 1702, by Charles 
Springer. Recorded May 15, 1702. 

1701 Oct. 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £214.9.8; made by 
Joseph Woodroffe and Yerian Yerians. 

1702 May 16. Letters testamentary granted to the widow Christian 
Jurinson or Jurians. Salem Wills, III, p. 129 

1715 Oct. 22. Eaighiu, Cane, Ann, daughter of John, of Glou- 
cester Co.; will of. Bequeathes "lands, lots, houses etc." to father John 
Kaighin and after his death to brothers John and Joseph Kaighin. The 
father executor. Witnesses— Tobias Griscom, John Dole, Tobias Hollo- 
way. Proved November 27, 1720. Lib. 2, p. 162 

1723-4 March 3. Kaighin, John, of Newton, Gloucester Co.; will 
of. Wife Elizabeth and sons John and Joseph heirs and executors of real 
and personal estate (home farm, land bo't of Debora Griscom and Joseph 
Dole). Witnesses — Jno. Estaugh, Benjamin Thackra, Wm. Cooper. 
Proved June 12, 1724. Lib. 2, p. 267 

1724 May 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £235.3.10; made by 
John Kay and John Estaugh. 

1721 June 27. Kay, Joseph, of Burlington Co. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £76.18.-, excepting the widow's bed and bedding; 
taken at the house of deceased by Samuel Coles and John Smith. 

1712 Aug. 18. Keasbey, Edward, of Salem town, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Elizabeth sole executrix. Children — Edward, Matthew (under 23); 
legacy to Hugh Middleton of Mannington, who is made tutor and overseer 
of the children. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Richard John- 
son, Hannah (? illegible), Mary Middleton, Elizabeth Worlidge and Will. 
Clewes. Proved December 24, 1712. 

1712 Oct. 8. Inventory of the personal estate (£479.17.9); made by 
John Thompson, Richard Darkin and Andrew Thompson. 

1719 Nov. 4. Keasby, Casbey, Edward, a minor of above 14 years. 
Bond of William Walden and Nathan Smart, both of Salem Town and 
Co., as guardians of, who on the ist of November, 1726, having attained 
the age of 21, gives release to the guardians. 

1721 March 3. Keasby, Mathew, a minor of 14 years. Bond of Abell 
Nicholson and William Hancock, as guardians of, all of Salem Co. 

1727 Nov. 7. Keigne, Keine, Ricliard; will of. Wife Mary. 

1 For sketch of the Rev. Erick Biorck, Swedish Pastor on the Delaware, see 
"The Indians of New Jersey," by William Nelson, 1894, p. 72, note. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 2^1 

Children — Walter, Richard, Sarah, Hannah and Bridget. "Temporal 
estate." Executors — the wife and son Walter. Witnesses — Andrew 
Heath, Charles Woolverton. Proved December 7, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 479 

1730 Juue 9. Kelly, John, of New Hanover Township, Burlington 
Co., yeoman. Bond of Joseph Richards as administrator of the estate of, 
John W^right fellow bondsman, both of said Co., yeomen. 

1728-9 March 12. Kelley, Thomas, of Salem Co; will of. Wife 

Rachel executrix. Children — ^John, Thomas, Mary, Hannah, Martha, 
James. Home farm called Ruff Land in Sealem Co. Personal property. 
Witnesses — Frances Dunlop, Michall Walker, Thomas Allen. Proved 
March 29, 1729. Lib. 3, p, 32 

1728-g March 29. Inventory of the personal estate, £134.2.6, incl. a 
servant £6.10, debts due £25; made by Daniel Fog and Wm. Thompson 
jun. 

1728-9 March 2. Kernble, Kimball, Samuel, of Burlington, yeo- 
man; will of. Children — Ann Elketon, Sarah Allen, Elizabeth Collins, 
Mary Elketon, Hannah, Thomas, son-in-law Benjamin Allen; brother 
Benjamin mentioned. Real and personal estate. Executors — son Thomas 
and daughter Ann Elketon. Witnesses — Will. Petty, Samuel Loquer, 
Tho: Scattergood. Proved March 29, 1729. 

1728-9 March 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £97.5.4, incl. 
books £5; made by Samuel Woollman and Elnathan Stevenson. 

1709 April 4. Kendall, Thomas, of Burlington, bricklayer; will 
of. Wife Anne sole executrix. Daughter Mary Cole, son-in-law John 
Ogborne. A lot adjoining John Butchei". Personal property. Witnesses 
— John Woolston, John Tonkin, Thomas Scattergood, John Shinn, Sam'll 
Goldy. Proved May 16, 1709. Lib. I, p. 238 

1723 July 14. Kent, Erasimns, of Maninton Precinct, Salem Co., 
yeoman; v/ill of. Wife Elizabeth. Sons — Erasimns, Thomas, Edmund. 
Home farm, 50 acres adjoining bought of Sarah Hall, 16 a. lot between 
the home lot and Benjamin Eatton. Personal property. Executors — the 
wife and Richard Smith. Witnesses— John Summers and Thomas Barber. 

Lib. 2, p. 279, and Salem Wills 

1723 July 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £103.10.8; made by 
William Hall and Abell Nicholson. 

1679 Sept. 24. Kent, Stephen, of Woodbridge. Administration 
on the estate of, granted to his only son Stephen. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 43 

1716 April 11. Kent, Stephen, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 



272 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

yeoman; will of. Wife Abigiale. Children — ^John, Abigiale, David, 
Stephen, Hannah. Real and personal estate. Son Stephen sole execu- 
tor. Witnesses — Tobias Hatch, Deborah Barron, Aabigel Keeley. Proved 
March 25, 1719. Lib. A, p. 115 

1719 March 25. Inventory of the personal estate (£45.0.0); made by 
James Moores and Thomas Collyer. Sworn to by Stephen Kent, exec- 
utor. 

1691 14tli d. 2d m. (April). Kent, Thomas, of Salem, planter; 

will of. Wife Ann. Children — Robert, supposed to be in England and 
to have his share, if he returns within 10 years, Thomas, Erasmus and 
Sarah, the last three under age. Home farm on the S. W. side of the 
Salem-Burlington road, land on the N. E. side. Personal property. Ex- 
ecutors — Richard Darkin and Jonathan Beere. Witnesses — Jonathan 
Beere. Witnesses — Jonathan Beere and Benjamin Acton. Recorded June 
22, 1691. 

1691 nth d. 3dm. (May). Inventory of the personal estate, £45.1; 
made by Wm. Rumsey and Benj. Knapton. Salem Wills, A, p. 52 

1693 Dec. 8. Kenton, William, late of Maryland, now of Salem, 
carpenter; will of. Wife Mary. Sons — William and John, both under 
age. Property in Maryland to be sold, farm bought of John Worlidge. 
Persona] estate. Executors — the wife, Richard Darkin of Salem Co. and 
John Pitts of Maryland. Witnesses — Edward Wade, Isaac Pearson, 
Sam'l Hedge. Recorded April 23, 1694. 

1694 6th d. 2d m. (April). Inventory of the personal estate, £139.- 
3.6; made by Edward and Samuel Wade. Salem. Wills, A, p. 112 

-. Another Inventory, " it being found a Mistake for yt the 

Childrens Estate of Wm. Cooper was Included." Amount of this inven- 
tory is only £37.6. Salem Wills, A, p. 115a 

1712 4tli d. 7th m. (Sept.). Kerby, Eecompence, of New Town, 
Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Rebecca. Sons — William, Benjamin and 
Richard, daughter Rebecca. Home farm, 200 acres adjoining between 
Wm. Wood and John Clayton, 250 a. more. Personal property. Execu- 
tor — son Richard. Witnesses — Will. Mills, Joseph Lacock, Joseph Reck- 
less. Proved Aug. 6, 1720. Lib. 2, p. 143 

1678 Oct. 8. Kerby, Thomas; nuncupative will of. "I give to my 
mother all the estate that I have;" attested by Jonathan Eldridge and 
John Petty. 

1681 May 13. Proof of will and appointment of William Hewlins of 
Amney in Dellaware River as administrator by Tho. Olive, Samuel Jen- 
ings, Tho. Lambert and Mahlon Stacy, Commissioners. 

Burlington Records, p. 6 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 273 

16S1 May 13. Inventory of the estate (£14. 10. — ). Burlington Wills 

1729 30 March 4. Ketchuin, Catchum, Tlieophilus, of Amwell 

Township, Hunterdon Co., innholder. Inventory of the personal estate 
of, £39.7; made l)y John Ilcjlconihe and Samuel Green. 

1729-30 March 4. Bond of Elizabeth Catchum as administratrix of 
the estate. Samuel Green fellow bondsman, both of Hunterdon Co. 

1730 Dec. 3. Account of the estate, £47 (£7.13 have since been paid 
in), by the administratrix, Elizabeth Ketchatn, who charges tor the funeral 
£3, surrogate's etc. fees £6, and has paid a bond of £38, due to Jacobus 
Bennet and wife Abigail. 

1709 April 21. Killingswortli, Prudence, of Salem, widow of 

Thomas; will of. Prudence Vance sole executrix and with Joanna Mack- 
gregory heiress of the estate, real and personal, after all debts of testatrix 
and her late husband are paid: "but in case there be sufficient to pay all 
the debts without the sale of the house and 10 acre lot, not in the mort- 
gage to Thomas Revell," then the said house and lot is given to James 
Vaunce. Witnesses — Thomas Revell, J. Bass and Wm. Grifin. Proved 
August 26, 1709. Lib. I, p. 245, and Salem Wills 

1709 Aug. 20. Inventory of the personal estate (£299.2.0 inch plate 
£10, 3 gold rings £3, coined gold and silver £13, a few old books £2, a 
negro girl £25); made by Wm. Grifin and Robert Rumsey. 

1711 Sept. 15. Account of the estate by Prudence Vance, the execu- 
trix, showing expenditures to the amount of £350 by payments to Nath. 
Brading for Wm. Betteridge, Jane Burgen, I. Boss, Wm. Folwell, Allex 
Griffith, Wm. Hall for John Condon, Edward Kasby, Wm. Griffin for 
Obad Holmes, Rebecah Hedge, John Smith, Richard Johnson, Rich. 
Woodnot, J. Bass, Wm. Penton, Henry Hyat, Robert Rumsey, Benj. 
Seele, Isack Person, Rich'd Booth, Anne Surrege, Block (?) Manvele, 
Anne Brothwait, Widow Renawlds, Edward Meacam, Samuel Hedge, 
Hugh Middletowne, Geo. Tranchard, John Williams, Stephen Symonds, 
Geo. Gray, John Freeman, Sarah Hall, Wm. Hackett, John Mackgregory 
and James Bagley (Bayley). 

1705 July 10. Killing^WOrtll, Thomas, of Salem Town, Esquire; 
will of. Wife Prudence sole heiress and executrix of real and personal 
estate. Witnesses — Samuel Hedge, Justice, John Jewell, Clerk of Court, 
Wm. Grifin, Geo. Tranchard junior, Cornelius Copner, Robert Rumsey 
aad Isaac Pearson. Proved April 21, 1 709. 

Lib. I, p. 228, and Salem Wills 

1709 May 2. Inventory of the personal estate (£297.10.0, inch books 
£10, a clock £8, a negro girl £25); made by Obadiah Holmes and William 
Grifene, Esquires. 
18 



274 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1694-5 Feb. 12. Kilmister, William, of Middletown. Adminis- 

tion on the estate of, granted to his widow Sarah. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 221 

1728-9 Jan. 30. Eimbal, Benjamin, of Springfield Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Children — Edward, Benjamin, John, 
George, Hannah, Sarah, Ellener, Ann, Daniel, Elizabeth, all except the 
first three under age. Real and personal estate. Executor — son Ed- 
ward. Witnesses — John Hancock, Godfrey Hancock, Tho: Scattergood. 
Proved February 26, 1 728-9. 

1728-9 Feb. 24. Inventory of the personal estate, £604.7.4, incl. 
"purse and apparell " £378.16.9; made by John Hancock, Thomas Scat- 
tergood junior and Titan Leeds. 

1097 Oct. 23. Kimball, Hannah, of Burlington, widow. Bond of 
Benjamin and Edward Kimball of Burlington Co., Esq'res, her sons, as ex- 
ecutors of her will.l Benjamin Wheate, cordwainer, and Daniel Sutton, 
tailor, both of Burlington, fellow bondsmen. 

1702-3 Jan. 9. Kimbell, Kemble, John, of Milston River, Mid- 
dlesex Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £89.19.6, incl. "Eng- 
lish" goods £6, and a servant boy £i2: made by John Harrison and 
Benjamin Corll. 

1702-3 Feb. 5. Bond of Elizabeth, widow of, as administratrix of her 
late husband's estate. John Harrison, merchant, fellow bondsman. 

1727-8 March 9. Kimble, Joseph, of Burlington Co., "batchal- 
dor;" will of. Divides personal estate between Rachael, daughter of 
Isaac Horner of Mansfield, brother Jno. Kimble and father Benjamin 
Kimble, making the father executor. Witnesses — John Swift, John 
Mills, John Richardson. Proved May 29, 1728. Lib. 2, p. 531 

1728 April 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £39.0.3; made by 
Henry Scott and Thomas Scattergood junior. 

1726 Sept. 1. King, Hermanns, of Nottingham Township, Bur- 
lington Co. ; will of. Wife Mary. Children — John, Mary French, 
Joseph, Thomas, Francis. Real and personal estate. Son Francis exec- 
utor. Witnesses — William Quicksall, Mary Quicksall, Edm'd Beakes. 
Proved March 14, 1727-8. Lib. 2, p. 501 

1727-8 13th d. 1st m. (March). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£315.13; made by Edm'd Beakes and John Quicksall. 

1719 Oct. 25. King, Robert, late of Ireland. Inventory of the 
personal estate of (£46.19.10); made by William Broun and Benforce (?). 

Middlesex Wills 

1 No will on file or on record. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 



75 



1719 Nov. 15-16. Kin^, Robert, of Woodbridge. Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£86. 13. II incl. payments made at the vendue l)y 
Peter Cleton, Robert Heays, Samuel Smith, David Doruiij Hugh Clark, 
Jeremiah and Joseph Blompheld (Blomfield), William Buk, Abenezar 
Williams, Matthew Moor, John Edey, Dr. Colancc, James Thomson, Jus- 
tice Kaph, Charles Tams, Yana Parker, John McDowell, James Clarkson, 
John Muttry, John Foreman, Jonathan Ansly, Joseph Gillman and John 
Black); made by John McDowell, administrator. Middlesex Wilis 

1719 Nov. 9. Administration on the estate granted to John Mack 
Dowell. Lib. A, p. 131 

1697-8 Jan. 1. Kin^slaud, Isaac, of New Barbados, Essex Co., 

Esq're; will of. Wife . Children — Edmond, John, Mary, Hester, 

Elizabeth, Frances and Isaac. Land inherited from uncle, Major Nath'l 
Kingsland of Barbados. Persojial property incl. negroes and negroens. 
Executors — the wife and brother Gustavus Kingsland. Witnesses — Jo- 
hannis van Emburgh, Rich'd Berry, John Stage. 1 Proved February 25, 
1697-8. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 27S 

1697-8 March 22. Inventory of the estate (£220-9.-, incl. 6 negro 
slaves, one silver tumbler, 3 silver spoons); made by John Gardner and 
Azariah Crane. Bergen Wills 

"Inventory of ye Debts & Credits of Mr. Isaac Kingsland Deceased as 
I finde them Standing upon his Book at his Decease, Jan'y 1697-8;" made 
by Gustav's Kingsland. No date. Bergen Wills 

1727 April 7. Kiug-Stou, William, of Mansfield, Burlington Co., 
labourer. Inventory of the personal estate of, 17S.9P., which was sold to 
John Jackson, Zebulon Brown, Hugh Huch, Robert Jackson and Joseph 
Alinson for £1.15.8. 

1727 April 7. Anne Kingston, the widow, refuses administration. 

1709 May 14. Kinuan, Patrick, of Freehold, yeoman; will of. 
Children — John, Joseph, William, all under age, Anna and Margaret; 
legacy to Thomas Kinnan. A farm and land on the Middletown-Burling- 
ton Road, bought of Dr. Johnston. Personal property. Executors — 
Thomas Boel, John Hepburn and John Browne. Witnesses— Timothy 
Loyd, Patrick Finlay and Alexander Nepier. Proved May 31, 1709. 

Lib. I, p. 232, and Monmouth Wills 

1 Jan .Stage, or Stagg, son of Thomas Stagg, of New Barbadoes, Essex county, 
who probably lived on the edge of the Hackensack meadows, south of the present 
borough of Rutherford, Bergen county, was bap. March 27, 1674. He was probably 
a mason by trade, and his name, "John Stage, Anno 1696," is carved on one of the 
stones imbedded in the eastern wall of the Reformed (Dutch) church at Hacken- 
sack. His will, dated Dec. 25, 1738, was proved Jan. 29, following. For a geneal- 
ogy of this Stagg family, see History of Paterson, by William Nelson, 1901, pp. 
191-6. 



276 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1710 May iS. Inventory of the personal estate (£153.13.4); made by 
Alexander Nepair, Peter Imlay, Timothy Loyd and John Campbel; sworn 
to by John Broun (?), one of the executors. 

1689 . Kinsey, John, of Shackamaxon, Penna., yeoman; will 

of. Legacies to mother , brother Benjamin, wife and children, sis- 
ters Susanna and Abigail, cousin Sarah Fordham, cousin Cox, little cous- 
ins Abigail, Ruth, William, Thomas and Robert Fairman (receive house 
and lot in Burlington), sister Elizabeth Fairman, brother Thomas Fairman, 
receives land in West Jersey and is made residuary legatee and executor. 
Witnesses — Hager Slye and Michal Nelson. Proved February 22, 1698-9, 
witness Nelson stating the will was signed by testator about the last day 
of April, 1689. 

1698-9 Feb. 13. Affidavit of Michael Loyken alias Nelson, stating 
that testator had sent for his brother Thomas Fairman, to make his will, 
who was found back of South Hampton and giving the date as above. 

1698-9 Feb. 22. Bond of Thomas Fairman of Shakamaxon as execu- 
tor, James \N ills of Burlington, cooper, fellow bondsman. 

169S-9 Feb. 22. Will proved and administration granted to Thomas 
Fairman. Burlington Records, p. 29 

1728 Dec. 23. Eissam, Daniel, junior, of Queens Co., N. Y., 

yeoman; will of. Wife Ann. Children — Elizabeth and Joseph; brother 
Joseph Kissam of Queens Co., sisters Elisabeth Strong, Hannah Kissam, 
Martha Wood and Levina Kissam; father Daniel Kissam of Queens Co., 
executor. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Wm. Burch, Benja- 
min Redwell, Abell Smith. Proved at Hempstead March 24, 1728-9. 

Lib. B, p. 209 

1683-4 Feb. 11. Kitcliell, William, of Newark; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 175 

1727 May 28. Knowles, Knoles, John, of Amwell, Hunterdon 
Co.; will of. Wife Rachel. Sons, of whom only son John is spoken of 
l>y name, daughter Mary. Real and personal estate. Executors — the 
wife and son John. Witnesses — Duncan Oliphant, Henry Oxley, John 
Parke, Theophilus Ketcham. Proved July 26, 1727. 

1727 July 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £137.17.10; made 
by George and Samuel Green. 

. Knowles, Thomas, of New Salem, planter; nuncupa- 
tive will of. Gives to Elizabeth, daughter of Sarah Pyles, a heifer in the 
hands of Charles Bagley and makes James Nevill and Sarah Pyles execu- 
tors. Witness — -Epraim Pyle, 

1682 April 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £47.7.2; made by 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 377 

Tho. Wooelioffe, vSheriff, and Edward Liimley, planter. The estate is in- 
debted, £21.6.7, to James Nevill, Tho: Benson, Sarah Fyles, Rich'd Wil- 
kinson, Henry Jenjings, John Payne and John Forrest. 

Salem Wills, 1679, p. 37 

1701 Aug. 22. Kock, Cock, Ereck, of Great Mantus Creek, Glou- 
cester Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £92.1.4; matle l>y John 
Rambo and Peter Long. 

1701 Sept. I. Administration granted to Elizabeth Cock, widow of 
Erick. 

1701 Sept. I. Uond of Elizabeth Cock as administratrix of the 
estate of her late husband. John Rambo and Peter Long fellow bonds- 
men. 

1719 Mjiy 2. Koevers, Kuvers, Jan, of Mistone,l Somerset Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Jane sole executrix. Children— ^Tunis, Bergon, 
Lucas, Catharine Bird, Orianchy Courser, Jane, Marry and Bathseba. 
Real and personal estate. Witnesses — Richard Hoff, Pieter Iloff, Aaron 
Louzada. Proved April i, 1723. 

1685 May 19. Lacroy, Machiel Machielse, (Michael), of Lacroy's 

Poynt, Salem Tenth, planter; will of. Wife Margrett, Lucas' daughter, 
sole heiress of all the estate. Witnesses — Gerrardus Wessel and Fopp 
Jansen Outhoote. Recorded February 10, 16S6-7. 

1686 Aug. i6. Inventory of the personal estate, £132.4, incl. debts 
due by Hendrick van der Burgh, Marcus Elger, widow Van Iljst, Jonas 
Scoggin, Woola Franson, Lucas Peeterson, John Lacroy, Ard Johnson, 
John Scoggin, Andrew Senick, widow Weyman and Richard Hancock. 
The estate is indebted £4.3.6 to Obediah Dunckley, John Williams, 
Euart Aldricks, Cornelious Bonn, William Gilljohnson, Hendrick Corne- 
lious, Mathias Bellowes, widow Cantwell and Wm. Flower; made by 
William and Yealous Gilljohnson. 

16S6-7 Feb. 15. Letters testamentary granted to the widow, Margrett 
Lacroy. Salem Wills, 2, p. 25 

1725 Sept. 20. Ladd, Samuel, of Gloucester Co., yeoman. Bond 
of Mary, widow of, as administratrix of the estate of her late husband. 
Jacob Medcalf fellow bondsman. 

1729 Sept. 20. Inventory of the personal estate, £120.5.6; made by 
George Ward. Lib. 2, p. 316 

1727 April — . Account of the estate by Mary Ladd, the admin- 
istratrix, who has paid debts due to Doctor Graham, Sarah Bull, David 
Truman, Abraham Vining, William Lingard, Philipp Gohomex (?), Sam- 

1 Millstone. 



27S NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

uel Hopper, Mary Peres, Swain Warner, Benj. Wait, John Brown, John 
Hudson, Sarah Redman, Sarah Richardson. 

1735-6 Feb. 10. Another account of the estate by Mary, the widow 
of Samuel Ladd and now the wife of Tobias Holloway, showing principal- 
ly payment to the Commissioners of the Loan Office for Gloucester Co. 

1718 June 29. Ladner, Robert, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
saddler; will of. Wife Sarah sole heiress and executrix of real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — Benjamin Trotter, Jacob Mitchell, Samuel 
Whitehead. Proved August 25, 1718. Lib. A, p. 109 

1687 Sept. 4. Lafetra, Edmond, of Shrowsbury; will of. Wife 
. Children — Edmond, Sarah, Elizabeth, wife of John West; calls 



Joseph West, Robert West, P"rances Stout, Mary Cammock and Ann 
Chamberlin also children. Real and personal estate. The wife executrix. 
Witnesses — Nicholas Brown, Judah Allen and Tho: Webley. Proved No- 
vember 22, 1687. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 107, and Monmouth Wills 
1687 Nov. 25. Inventory of the personal estate (£85.6.9), as shown 
by his widow Franses and made by Remembrance Lippincott, Nicolas 
Brown and Judah Allen. 

1687 Dec. I. Bond of Frances Lafetra, widow, as executrix, of the 
last will. Joseph West and Edward Williams, both of Shrewsbury, plant- 
ers, bondsmen. 

1688 Feb. 14. Account of the estate by his widow Frances Lafetra, 
showing payments to Mr. Munveale (Minvielle) of N. V. and Col. Morris, 
with a letter from the widow to Mr. Emott concerning the estate. 

1717-8 Feb. 28. Lafetra, Edmund, of Shrewsbury, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Children — George, Edward (also 
called Edmund), James, Joseph, Elizabeth, Sarah. Real and personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and brother-in-law George Allen of Shrews- 
bury, blacksmith. Witnesses — George Allin, Isaac Stelle, Jacob Dennis. 
Proved May 27, 1719. Lib. A, p. 121 

1719 May 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £95. 7.-; incl. 17 
sheep £5, 17 swine £5.5.-; made by John and John Scott. 

1709 May 24. Laing, Lang, William, of Freehold, Monmouth Co.^ 
planter; will of. Brothers Alex'r Laing, M. A., master of the school in 
Cannongate, Edinbrough, Scotland, George, of Old Aberdeen, merchant, 
cousin Alex'r Laing, M. A., master of the school at Leith, Scotland, heirs 
of real and personal estate; legacies to John Brown, John Campbell and 
Charles Gordon, who are also made executors, and to the fund for build- 
in" a church in Freehold. Witnesses — Timothy Loyd, Jno. Ronnell, 
James Patton. Proved February 27, 1710-1. Lib. i, p. 305 

1710 May 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £215. i2j, incl. a ne- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 279 

gro man £35 and debts due by Capt. Bonn, Antony Sndiuky, Jolin Ser- 
jant, Gawen Drummond, David Hampton, Ben. Cook and Daniel Smith; 
made by Archibald Creig and Giedon Crafoid; sworn to by John Brown, 
John Cam|d)ell and Chas. Gordon, executors, Feb. 27, 1710-1. 

Monmouth Wills 
1715-6 Jan. 3. Account of the estate by John Brown, John Campbell 
and Charles Gordon, e-xecutors, showing a credit of £247.5.2 incl. rents 
received from Thomas Sharp and Alexander Scobie, and payments of 
£75.14.1 to Alex'r Scobie, John Ronald, Peter Watson junior, Wm. Hogg, 
Archibald Craig, to the church building fund at Freehold, John Brown, 
the surplus of £16.16.6 being paid over to John Johnston, M. D., as attor- 
ney of Alexander Laing, brother germane of William, the remaining 
£6.14.7, being unpaid notes of John Seargeant and Gavin Drummond. 

170S June ly. Laiton, Laytou, William, of Middletown. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of (£62.19.0); made by Elisha I>awrence and 
Richard Stout. 

1716-7 March 22. Lake, William, of Egg Harbour, Gloucester 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Sons^ — Nathan and Daniel; three 
daughters, names not given. Land on Great Egg Harbour River. Home 
farm. Personal property. Executors — the wife and John Scull. Wit- 
nesses' names do not appear, but Peter White is one of them according to 
jurat of proof, June ii, 1717. Lib. 2, p. 78 

1717 June 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £110.15.-; made by 
John Coziear (?) and Peter Schull. 

1724-5 Feb. 27. Lamb, Jacob, of Northampton, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Ann. Children — Jacob, John, Joseph, Marget, Mary (for- 
bidden to marry Robart Morgin). Real and personal estate. Executors — 
Richard Eayrs senior and Thomas Scattergood. Witnesses— Daniel 
Wills, Nathaniel Hopewel, George Bliss, John Hiller. Proved March 31, 
1725. Lib. 2, p. 293 

1724-5 March 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £245. i.ioi; made 
by Daniel Wills and Thomas Hains. 

1725 July 25. Refusal of the executors, named in the will, to lake 
"upon us the Burthen of Executing the said Last Will." 

1725 Sept. 3. Bond of Anne, the widow of Jacob Laml), as adminis- 
tratrix of the estate. Richard Eayre fellow bondsman. 

1714 Dec. 4. Lambert, Edward, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Brother Josiah Lambert, cousins (nephews) John, son of 
brother John Lambert, and Joseph, son of brother Joseph Lambert, cousin 
(niece) Elizabeth, daughter of brother-in-law Richard Laine, children of 
three own sisters. Farm in Mancefield Township, Burlington Co. Per 



2So NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

sonal estate. Executors — brother-in-law William Stories and Richard 
Laine. Witnesses — Tho: Potts, Edward Boulton, William Pancoast, The: 
Scattergood. Proved January 13, 1714-5. Lib, i, p. 516 

1696 July 1. Lambert, John, senior, of Nottingham, yeoman; 
will of. Wife Rebeckah, dec'd, had property in Pennsilvania; daughters 
— Elizabeth, Sarah and Hannah receive each a Bible, and are committed 
for their education and bringing up to the care of the executors named, 
viz: Francis Davenport, Thomas Lambert and William Emley. Planta- 
tion at Nottingham and other land in West Jersey. Personal property. 
Witnesses — Samuel Lambert, Alice Bingham and Mary Emley senior. 
Proved August 8, 1696. 

1696 July 13. Inventory of the estate (£149.1.10, plantation and 100 
acres not valued); by Mahlon Stacy, Joshua Wright and John Bainbridge. 

Burlington Wills 

1696 Aug. 8. Bond of the executors named in the will. 

1696 Aug. 8. Will proved by executors — Frances Davenport, Thos. 
Lambert and Wm. Emley. Burlington Records, p. 27 

1693 Not. 23. Lambert, Thomas, of Nottingham, Burlington Co., 
tanner; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Sons — James, Oliver (both dead), John, 
Samuel, Thomas (the eldest); daughters — Elisabeth, Hannah, Mary and 
Ruth. Plantation at the Falls, do. on lower Asenpinke, town lots in Bur- 
lington, other land. Executors — the wife and son Thomas with Francis 
Davenport as assistant. Codicil of August 2, 1694, disposes of real estate 
bought in Philadelphia. Witnesses to will and codicilljohn Lambert sen- 
ior, Elizabeth Wright and Mary Emley. Proved December 8, 1694. 

1694 Dec. 5. Inventory of the estate £1210.6. ij, of which £160 are 
for a plantation, called Scholey's, £400 for the plantation at Nottingham of 
800 acres, the Burlington town lots and the reversion of other lands, not 
disposed of, and £40 for 400 acres adjoining Wm. Watson's plantation. 
Debts to the amount of £57. 15.3 are due to Henry Beck, Sarah Scholey, 
Wm. Biles, Samuel Buntin, Jeremiah Longshorne, James Heaton, John 
Horner, John Brierley, Wm. Emley, Robert Wilson, Richard Luff, John 
Lambert, Robert Murfen, Samuel Overton, Gyles Lucas, Mathew Wat- 
son, John Dunkin, Wm. Black, John Cowgill, Thomas Potts, Hugh 
Hutch, John Bainbridge, Rob't Hutchenson, Thomas Wood, Wm. Rut- 
ledge, Anthony Woodward, Daniel Gardiner, John Buntin, Jonathan 
Eldridge, Samuel Griffis, Evan Grififis, Stephen Wilson, James Bond, 
Duke Horsman, Wm. Clows, Job Bunting, John Cook, George Comb- 
maker, John Smith, Samuel Burges, widow Farnsworth, Edward Pierson 
and Richard Stockton. 

1694 Dec. 8. Bond of Thomas Lambert of Nottingham, yeoman, as 
executor. Francis Davenport and Isaac Marriott fellow bondsman. 

1694 Dec. 8. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to his 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 281 

son and executor, Thomas Lambert of Nottingliam, Burlington Co. 

Burlington Records, p. 23 

1723 July 30. LambSOIl, Joseph, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., tailor. 
Bond of Keinnier (Reiiear) Lowdeii of Salem, merchant, as administrator 
of the estate of. \Vm. Griiin (Griflia) of Salem, gent., fellow bondsman. 

1723 Sept. 25. Administration on the estate granted to Rinier Low- 
don, princi[)al creditor. Lib. 2, p. 135 

1701-2 Feb. 20. Lancaster, Edward, of Burlington Co., miller. 

Inventory of the estate of (£3.16.-); made by George Gleave and 
Thomas Eves. 

1701 Dec. 20. Bond of William Hackney of Burlington Co., yeoman, 

as administrator. Henry Grubb fellow bondsman. 

1713-14 March 15. Landercau, Jolni, of Newark, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Daughter Mary Landercan sole heiress, Mr. James Not- 
man and Ensign Samuel Cooper executors of real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — J. Cooper, David Ogden, Joseph Balldwin. Proved April 2S, 
1715. Lib. 2, p. I 

1715 June 25. Lane, Barnard, of Burlington; will of. Daughters— 
Elin Cutler, Marey Naylor, Sarah. House and lot near Benjamin Wheat's, 
100 acres in town bounds, bought of W'm. Bidell, 156 a. on road from Lon- 
don Bridge to New Salem. Personal estate. Executors — daughters Elin 
Cutler and Sarah Lane. Witnesses — William Petty junior, Obediah Eld- 
ridge, Isaac De Cow. Proved October G, 1715. Lib. 2, ]). 40 

1715 Oct. 9. Inventory of the personal estate £41.1-; made by Man- 
uel Smith and Richard Wright. 

1715 Oct. 8. Laue, Sarah, above 14 years old, chooses as her guardi- 
an her uncle Ralph Cowgill, to whom letters of guardianship are issued. 

Lib. 2, p. 41 

1720 Not. 7. Lane, Gilbert, of Middletown, Monmouth Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Jane. Children — Adrian, Cornelius, Mathias, 
Joseph (blind), Moika Longstreet, Catherine Dehart, Mary van Sicklah, 
Jane, children of deceased daughter Williamca, wife of William Hendrick- 
son, also dec'd. Real and personal estate. Executors — sons Adrian, 
Cornelius and Mathias. Witnesses — -John Little, Barnt (?) Dennis, 
Jacob Dennis. Proved May 17, 1727. Lib. B, p. 66 

1729 June 27. Lane, Matthias, of Middletown, Monmouth Co., 
gentleman; will of. Wife Ann. Children — Gilbert, Garratt, Aaron, 
Mathias, Cornelius, Ralph and Nelly. Real and personal estate. Exec- 
utors — the wife, Cornelius Lane and Court Scank. Witnesses — Rebacca 
Leeds, William Leeds, Dennis McCarty. Proved August 18, 1729. 

Lib. B, p. 214 



282 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMEMTS. 

1729 Aug. 8. Inventory of the personal estate (£329.9.10, incl. a negro 
man £70 and a negro woman £40, a bond of Eliz. de Hart £27.5. i, do. of 
Peter Demon £30 and do. of Jno. Chamberlin £11); made by Will'm 
Leeds, Art. Lefferson and Johanis Polehemus. 

. Account of the estate by Ann Gordon, executrix and 

late wife of M.ithias Laine, and her present husband John Gordon, show- 
ing the estate to have increased by 6i| years' rent of the plantation to 
£400.12.2, and expenses for maintaining the children of the deceased vizt: 
Garret, Aron, Mathias, Cornelius, Nelly and Rowliff, and an old negro- 
woman, left by testator as a charge on the estate. 

. Account of money paid from the estate by John and 

Ann Gordon, vizt: to Adrian, Cornelius and Joseph Lane, Antho: Pain- 
tard, Peter Demon, Stoffleld Longstreet, Jacob Applegate, Martin Bur- 
ger, Edward Faulkener, Roolooff Schank, brewer, iVlr. Law Smyth, 
Thomas Hoomes, Daniel McCarthy, Thomas Sheppard, John Vande- 
venter, Geo. Taylor, Pheby Price, John Eston, Robert Patterson, George 
Williams, Garret Frank and Capt. Hartshorne. 

1717 Oct. 28. Lane, Lau, Thomas, of London, Administration 
on the estate of, granted to Lewis Morris. Lib. A, p. 83 

1704 April 25. Langstaff, Elizabeth, appointed guardian of 

James Langstaff, a minor of 15 years, who has ciiosen her. Lib. i, p. 75 

1673 June 11. Langstaf, John, of Bergen. Bond of, for holding 
harmless the Town of Puscattaway from the charge of maintaining a child, 
of which Elizabeth Fitzrendall of said town accuses him to be the father. 

1703 Nov. -7. Langstaf, John, of Springfield, Burlington Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Sons — Moses, James and Laban. Real property in Swale- 
dale, Yorkshire, England, and in the Parish of Leeds, same Co.; planta- 
tion in Burlington Co. Personal estate. Executors — sons Moses and 
James. Witnesses — Deborah Langstaff, John Garwood, Chris. Snoden. 
Proved April i, 1704. Lib. i, p. 40 

1704 April 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £255.4.6, incl. £20 
for a servant lad; made by Restore Lipingcott, Samuel Lippincott, John 
Woolston and William Budd. 

1704 April 25. Bond of Elizabeth Langstaff as administratrix of the 
estate. William Budd fellow bondsman. A note on this bond mentions 
that Elizabeth Langstaff was made guardian of James at his request. 

1711-12 Jan. 8. Larew, Larue, Abraham. Inventory of the per- 
sonal estate of, £380. 1.7-I, incl. bills and bonds £138.2.3; made by John 
Parke and Andrew Smith; sworn to by the widow Olive La Rew. 

1712 June 14. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 01- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 283 

ive La Rue, the will not having been properly proved, because some of 
the witnesses are dead and others cannot be reached. Lib. i, p. 358 

1722 May 4. Large, Jacob, of Freehold, Monmouth Co , currier; 
will of. Mother Elizabeth Large, wife Elizabeth, son Benjamin. Real 
and personal estate. Executors — the wife and brother-in-law Benjamin 
Field. Witnesses — Peter Bruere, John Rove, Isaac Stelle. Proved May 
23, 1722. Lib. A, p. 223 

1722 May 17. Inventory of the personal estate, £338.13.7^, incl. a 
Bible, other books and knives and forks £1.19, a negro boy £3, bonds and 
book debts £119. 18. 7^, dubious book debts £30. 13; made by John Middle- 
ton and Isaac Stelle. 

1728 Nov. 14, Laroe, JeaniS, of Bergen Co., yeoman; will of. 
Wife Wybregh. Children — Hendrick, Samuel, Abraham, Jannecke, 
Mary, Ann and Margrit. Grandchildren — children of daughters Susanna 
and Angenietie, Elizabeth, daughter of son Peter. Real and personal es- 
tate. Executors — sons Hendrick, Samuel and Abraham. Witnesses — 
Richard Edzall, Abram Brouwer, Elezibeth Brower. Proved September 
2, 1730. 

1702 Sept. 21. Larue, Abraham, of Staten Island, yeoman; will 
of. Wife Alche, sole heiress. Children mentioned, but not by name. 
Movable and immovable estate. Witnesses — William Tillyer, Jean Cas- 
ier, Louis du Bois, Samuel Grasset. Burlington Wills 

1701 Dec. 3. Lauareiice, William, siuour, of Middletown; will 

of. Wife Elizabeth. Sons — ^James, William, Benjamin, Elisha, Joseph, 
John; grandchildren — Rebecca, Mary, Hanna, Elizabeth, Susanna and 
James Grover, William, son of William, William, son of Elisha, a son of 
John, a son of Joseph, Elizabeth, daughter of James. Farm on IIopp or 
Mill River, land at Barnegat; the sons seem to have already received their 
share of real property. Personal estate. Executors — sons William and 
Elisha. Witnesses — Margreet Ilartshorne, John Stout, Richard Harts- 
horne, John Clenenger. Proved May 22, 1704. Lib. i, p. 57 

1721 May 5. Lawraiice, George, of the Lower Hook, Gloucester 
Co., yeoman; will of. WMfe Elezabeth. Children — Richard, Israel, 
George, Edward, Eme (Emma ?), Sarah and two other daughters, whose 
names are not given. A tract of 520 acres at the Fighin Place, another of 
500 a., called Brotherses, home farm and 100 a., bought of John Lad. 
Personal property. Executors — brother Maunus Ilelmes and William 
Hewes. Witnesses — Peter de la Chaumette, John Rane, Samuel Rane. 
Proved June 3, 1721. 

T721 May 15. Inventory of the personal estate, £127.5, int;l. "his 
Librere " 5s.; made by Jos. Grainger and Edward Hewes. 



284 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1719 April 4, Lawrance, Lawrence, John, of Freehold, Mon- 
mouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Rachel], Children — Elizebeth, John, 
Constance, Rachel, Hanna, Mary, Dorcas, Gibens (Gibbons), Benamine 
(Benjamin), granddaughter Rachel Oakson (Okeson). Real and personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and sons-in-law William Clark and Thomas 
King. Witnesses — Zebulon Clayton, Wm. Lawrance, John van Mater, 
Wm. Lawrance junior. Proved February 23, 1719-20. 

Lib. A, p. 153 

1719-20 Jan. 15. Inventory of the personal estate (£773.10.9, inch 
debts due by Nicholas Hellons, Francis King, Francis Davenport, John 
Gisberson, I'homas King, Nathaniel Stevenson, three bonds of 150 each, 
a large Bible and other books £3.10, a negro man, woman and child £90, 
money in hands of William Lawrence, James Dudin, Robert Lawrence and 
Nicholas Lake £5.19.1); made by James Ashton, Anthony Woodward, 
Francis Davenport and John Stevenson. 

1722 April 14. Lawrence, Lawrance, Elislia, of Freehold Town- 
ship, Monmouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Lucy. Children — Elisha, 
John, Joseph, all three under age, Elizabeth, wife of John Saltar, Sarah, 
wife of John Imlay, Hannah, wife of Richard Saltar, Rebeckah. Farm at 
the mouth of Buckhold Brook in Doctor's Creek along James Coxe's and 
Robert Burnett's line. Personal estate (bonds due by Capt. Richard Saltar 
and by John Saltar). Executors — the wife and son Elisha. Witnesses — 
Robert Lmlaj', Thomas Saltar, Alse Imlay. Codicill of March 15, 1723-4, 
makes another disposition of the land and calls daughter Hannah, wife of 
Richard Saltar. Witnesscs^ — Daniel Ilendrick, Better Imlay junior, Zeb- 
ulon Cleayton junior. Proved May 27, 1724. Lib. A, p. 293 

1724 May 2. Inventory of the personal estate (£775.8.4, inch plate 
£30, a Bible, other books and 40 gamoas £7, 3 negroes £150, 2 white ser- 
vants £21.3.4); made by Richard Saltar and Zebulon Cleayton. En- 
dorsed: to be left at Ja: Valletes in Aliens town. 

1729-30 March 6. Lawrence, James, of Freehold, Monmouth 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mehetabel. Children — Jacob, John, James, 
Hannah, Mary, Rebeckah, Deborah, children of dec'd daughter Elizabeth 
van Home, to wit Mathias, Catherine and Elizabeth. Real and personal 
estate. Executors — the wife, son Jacob and cousin Robert Lawrence. 
Witnesses — John Stilwill, Joseph Myers, Albert Swam. Proved April 7, 
1730. Lib. 3, p. 77 

1730 June 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £804.8, incl. 12 sil- 
ver spoons £10.10; made by John Ashton, Thomas Smith and John King. 

1727 Nov. 9. Lawrence, John, of Middletown, Monmouth Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Anne. Children — William, Ruth and Jane. 
Land bought of Andrew Johnson and Mary Aumack, do. of John John- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 2S5 

Stone. Personal estate. Executors^the wife and brother William Law- 
rence. Witnesses — Richard Gibbons, Richard Eckman, Edward Wright, 
Proved January 24, 1727-8. Lib. 2, p. 494 

1689 May 4. Lawrence, Marcus, of Putshack, Gloucester Co.; 

nuncupative will of, attested by Casper Fisk and Rice Jones, who heard 
him say that he had sent for John Taylor to write the will, but feeling that 
he should speedily die, he asked his wife whether she would stay with his 
children; she desiring to consult with her own son, he aj^pointed Samuel 
Spicer, Henry Wood and John Taylor to manage his whole estnte and 
divide it between his wife and his two sons. Sworn to June i, 1689. 

1689 May 7. Inventory of theestate (farm of 200 acres £80, personal 
property £79.7.6, inch £12 in silver money, which the widow refused to 
give up). 

1689 June I. Administration granted to Samuel Spicer, Henry Wood 
and John Taylor. 

1689 Dec. 29. Lawrence, Richard, of Gloucester Co. ; will of. 
Wife Amie and son George (under i8) heirs and executors of lands, goods 
and chattels with John Reddings of Glocester and neighbour Roger Ped- 
rick on Berkley River as trustees. Witnesses — Thomas Rossiter, Roger 
Coward, Thomas Green and Sarah Green. Proved December 3, 1695. 

1695 Dec. 3. Inventory of the estate (the plantation of 500 acres, 
where he lived, £So, a. do. of 300 a. on Berkley River £30, a do. of 500 
a. at the Pishing Place £500, 300 a. on Forlorn Hope £21; personal prop- 
erty £133. 15.0, inch armour £2. 10; made by Andrew Robeson and Thomas 
Green; sworn to by George Lawrence. 

1695 Dec. 3. Letters testamentary granted to George Lawrence, who 
appears in behalf of himself and his mother Amie. 

1695 iJs*^- 3- Bond of George Lawrence as executor. Andrew Robe- 
son and Joseph Tomlinson, fellow bondsmen, all of Gloucester Co. 

172.^-6 Jan. 18. Lawrence, Richard, of Middlesex Co. ; will of. 

Wife Alice. Children — William (under 14), Deborah (under 12). Real 
and personal estate. Wants to be buiied at the Burying Ground "near 
my father in Middletown with my father William Lawrences Leave." 
Executors — the wife and Robert Lawrence. Witnesses — Isaac Stelle, Wil- 
liam Sollindine, Joseph Hawkins. Codicill of October 19, 1726, makes 
provision for an expected child. Witnessed by John Mack Gill, Jacob 
Reeder, John Bower. Proved January 16, 1726-7. Lib, 2, p. 391 

1726 Nov. 18. Inventory of the personal estate, £477.14.5^,, inch 
two Bibles 12s., bills, bonds and book debts £316.4.3; made by Thomas 
Taylor and Andrew Pears, 

1692-3 Jan. 29. Lawrence, Sarah, of Newark; will of. 

N, J. Archives, XXL, pp. 193, 220 



286 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1704 -. Lawrence, William, of Middletown. Inventory of 

the personal estate of (£319.14.4, incl. debts due by John, Elisha, Ben- 
jamin, Joseph and Jamts Lawrence, John Bowne and James Border); 
made by John Bray and George Jobb. Monmouth Wills 

1727-8 March 18. Lawrence, William, of Middletown, miller. 

Inventory of the personal estate of (£28.3.1, incl. "a silver ring broak 
in 3 peaces, washed over with gold or brass as vallied by the goldsmith 10 
pence"); made by Richard Stout, Andrew Caten and Hugh Hartshorne. ' 

Monmouth Wills 

1727-8 Jan. 17. Ailministration on the estate of, granted to A ? 

Legg, principal creditor. Lib. B, p. 76 

1728 April 10. Account of the estate by Alice Legg of the same 
place, widow, administratrix, who has received from the sale of personal 
effects £28.18, and has paid out £32.18.3. 

1728-9 Jan. 13. Lawrence, William, junior, of Middletown, 
Monmouth Co. ; will of. Wife Mercy. Children — Mary, Margret, Cath- 
arine, Elizabeth, William, Richard. Farm on the Northside of Mill 
Brook, also called Hop River, land at Amboy, a fulling mill with lot. 
Personal estate. Executors — the wife and her brothers William and 
Hugh Hartshorn. Witnesses — Edward Wright, Richard Gibbins, Han- 
nah Lawrence, Wm. Lawrence. Proved July 25, 1729. Lib. B, p. 256 

1687 Aug. 16. Lawrie, Gawen, late Governour of East Jersey; 
will of. Wife Mary executrix with sons-in-law William Haige and Myles 
Forster as assistants. Daughters — Mary Haige and Rebecca Forster to 
have one-half of the real property in America, granddaughters Mary 
Haige and Rebecca Forster the other. Witnesses — William Haig and 
Miles Forster. Proved July 30, 1701. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. loi, and Middlesex Wills 

1687 Oct. 19. Bond of his widow Mary as executrix of the will. 
Miles Forster fellow bondsman. 

1712-3 March 6. Lawrie, Lowry, Laurie, Thomas, of Freehold, 

Monmouth Co., taylor; will of. Children — James and Anna. Farm on 
Rariton Bay next below Amboy Ferry house. Personal property (coat with 
silver buttons, a Bible and concordance). Executors — son James and 
son-in-law John Hebron. Witnesses — Alexander Nepier, Geidon Craford, 
John Clevenger. Proved August 2, 1714. Lib. i, p. 490 

1712-3 Feb. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £38.-, incl. "amber 
beads rice " 15s., silver buckles and buttons £l.-, books, bound and un- 
bound £7.4.-; made by Geidon Craford and Alexander Nepier; sworn to 
by James Lawrie, executor of Thomas. 

1702 Aug. 17-8. Lawton, William, of Middletown; will of. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 287 

Wife . Sons — William, Thomas, Andrew, John and Samuel; 

daughter Mary Drummond. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Henry Marsh and Gav. Drummond. Proved June 28, 1708; letters testa- 
mentary granted to the executrix, Violet Lawton. 

Lib. I, p. 207, and Monmouth Wills 

1097-8 Feb, 27. Layng, John, of Piscataway, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Margratt executrix with John Reid and John Barclay as assistants. 
Sons — ^John and William Layng. Real and personal estate. Witnesses — 
Nathaniel Fitsrendalph and John Barclay. Proved July 25, i6g8. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 285, and Middlesex Wills 

1703 Aug-. 17. Laj'ton, Michael (in Record Laycon), of Gloucester 
Co.; will of. Wife Ellen. Sons — Nicholas, Monce, Andrew, Michael, 
Zacharia; daughters — Katharine Halins, Ann Ramhoe, Yearteo Cock, 
Christian and Ellen. Plantation of 500 acres on Mathews Branch, bought 
of Thomas Gardiner, Personal property. The wife executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Andrew Wheeler and Philipp Paul. Proved September 24, 1707. 

1704 Nov. 17. Inventory of the personal property, £75.2.6; made by 
Peeter Cock and William Warner, Lib. i, p. 1S6, and Gloucester Wills 

1717 April 21. Laziliere, Michel, of Salem Co. Bond of Abra- 
ham Many of Salem Co. as administrator of the estate of. Peter Bard 
and Nicholas Mattineaux, both of Burlington, fellow l)ondsmen. 

Administration Bonds, 1716-1756 

1683 Nov. 3. Leagey, William, of Elizabethtown; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 57 

1721-2 Feb. 7. Leaiuyug, Thomas, of Cape May Co.; will of, 

Wife Hannah. Children — Christopher (eldest son, under 14), Jane, 
Easthcr, Mercy, Phebe, Prissillah, Thomas. Real and personal estate 
(a negro man and a do. woman, whose respective six children are dis- 
posed of). Executors — the wife and brother Aaron Leamyng. Wit- 
nesses — Andrew Godfrey, Daniel Mackey, Hannah Leonard. Codicill of 
March 7, 1722-3, makes unimportant changes and is witnessed by Will'm 
Doubelday, Henry Paine and Daniel Mackey, Proved July 23, 1724. 

Lib. 2, p. 275 
1723-4 Feb. I. Inventory of the personal estate, £477.18.1, incl. 
a large Bible and other books £2.10, a negro girl £35, an old negro man 
£20; made by Richard Townsend and William Segrave. 

1727-8 March 9. Leatherland, Letherland. Joseph, of Manning- 
ton, Salem Co., labourer. Inventory of the personal estate of, £20.17.8; 
made by James Whitton and Thomas Barrat; sworn to by Margaret Bur- 
furd, executrix of his last will. 



2S8 NEW JERSEY COI.ONIAI. DOCUMENTS. 

1727-8 March iS. Bond of Maigrelt Buifett of Manington, Salem Co., 
as administratrix of the estate. Thomas Smith, of the same place, 
yeoman, fellow bondsman. Inventory and account mentioned in mem., 
but missing. 

1709 July 10. Leciter, Thomas, of Piscataway, East Jersey; will 
of. Gives 206 acres of land on Stoney Brook, East Jersey, bought of 
Rich'd Stockton, to St. Ann's Church, Burlington, and the rest of his 
estate to Joseph Worth. Executor — Robert Wheler of Burlington, 
merchant. Witnesses — John Houghton, John Olden, Henry Markham. 
Proved November 30, 1709. Lib. i, p. 251 

1723 Nov. 20. Lee. Abraham, of Elizabeth town, Essex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Job Pack. Lib. A, p. 267 

1705 July 19. Lee, Beuoni, of Elizabeth Town, tailor; will of. 
Divides " Worldly Estate " between sister Mary Ilindes, her second son 
Jonathan Hindes, third son James, daughter Mary Hindes; sister Abigail 
Lee (under age), brother-in-law Edward Spining, brother John Lee and 
his son Elihue. House and lots in Elizabeth Town on the country road, 
adjoining Charles Tooker, 4 acres of Raway meadows, derived from 
father Thomas Lee, 15 acres in Elizabeth Town next to William Miller. 
Personal property. Brother-in-law Edward Spining sole executor. Wit- 
nesses — Samuel Whitehead, Samuel Bounell and James Hindes junior. 
Proved September 24, 1705. Executor sworn in October 23, 1705. 

Lib. I, p. 122, and Essex Wills 

1712 Sept. 3. Lee, Francis, of Eversham, Burlington Co. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £66.15.4, incl. bonds and debts due by 
John Roberts, Philipp Wallis, (jodfrey Hattfield, Sam. Cole, Robert 
Bradack and James Bingham. The estate owes to John Inscip, John 
Jones, John Wright, John Brigs, Ann Budd of Philadelphia, Ann Han- 
cock, Enoch Coore, Cha: French, John Walker senior, Joseph Baits, Tho: 
Eldridge, Joan Lee of Philadelphia, John Apleton, Emanuel and Mark 
Straton, Edmond Vermin, Jacob Hueling, Robert Heath. 

1712 Oct. 7. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Anne Lee. Lib. i, p. 384 

1720 Dec. 27. Lee, John, of Woodbridge Town, Middlesex Co., 
weaver; will of. Wife Agnas. Children — Adam, John, Mary, Agnas, 
Martha, Sarah; apprentice Samuel Crowel. Home farm of 60 acres, land 
bought of Isac Tappin, do. of Thomas Moors, do. in Papoicky Neck, part 
of Rawway meadows, bought of Edward Wilkison. Personal estate. 
Executors — the wife, Adam Hoodt, Robert Gillchrist, Edward Crowel, 
James Hood and Robert Hoode. Witnesses — Abraham Lee, James 
Bishop, Elisha Frazee, Thomas Brown. Proved January 13, 1725-6. 

Lib. A, p. 345 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 2S9 

1726 July 29, Lee, John, about 15 years old. Letters of guardian- 
ship of, granted to Erasmus Allen of Essex Co. Lib. A, p. 354 

1694-5 Jan. 9. Lee, Thomas, of Elizabethtown; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 222 

1695 May 20. Inventory of the estate (£30.1.-, all personal); made 
by Leftnt. George Ross and John Ilindes. 

1695 July 15. Nathaniel Tuttle of Elizabeth Town refuses "to con- 
sern himself with the estate of Thomas Lee. Essex Wills 

1720 June 27. Leeds, Daniel, of Springfield, Burlington Co.; will 
of. Wife Jean. Children — Japhet, t'elix, Philo, Daniel, Titan, Beth- 
anah. An; wife's son John Smout; wife's maid An Sykes; Daniel and 
Rebecca Stockton. Real and personal estate (9 silver spoons, a gold 
ring). Executors — sons Felix and Philo. Witnesses — Thomas Leeds, 
Eleisabeth Fenton. Proved October 13, 1720. 

Lib. 2, p. 148, and Burlington Wills 

1720 Oct. 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £620.15.10^, inch 
bills, bonds, cash and plate £494.10.4^; made by Jacob Heulings and 
John Wright. 

1727 Aug'. 7. Leeds, Mary, of Burlington; will of. Divides per- 
sonal estate between brothers Thomas, William and Daniel Leeds, Anne, 
wife of Revell Elton, Abigail, wife, and Anne, daughter of Philo Leeds, 
Rachell, wife, Katherine and Mary, daughters of Isaac Still, Deybos (?), 
wife, and Susanna, daughter, of Obdiah Groton, Elizabeth, wife of George 
Geest. Executor — brother Thomas Leeds. Witnesses — Robert Powell, 
Nathan Lovett, Isaac de Cow. Proved September i, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 437 

1727 . Inventory of the personal estate, £137.16.9, inch bonds, 

bills and book debts £83.15.6; made by Isaac de Cow and Thos. Scatter- 
good. 

1686 Nov. 13. Leeds, Thomas, of Shrosbery; will of. Wife Mar- 
gret. Sons — Danell and William. Land in Shrosbery Town. Personal 
property. The wife executrix. Witnesses — ^Jedidiah Allen, Thomas 
Eaton and Thomas Vicars. Proved November 28, 1687. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 107, and Monmouth Wills 
16S7 Nov. 28. Inventory of the personal estate (£68. il.o); made by 
Jedidiah Allen and Thomas Eaton. 

1687 Dec. 12. Bond of his widow Margaret Leeds as executrix of 
the last will. John Hance of Shrosberry and Ben: Griffith of Amboy 
bondsmen. 

1708-9 Feb. 23. LeCSOU, Johu, of Nottingham, Burlington Co. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £34.16.2; made by John Bunting, 
I9 



290 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Harmanis King, Samuel Redford and Francis Davenport, with oath of 
his widow Hannah, that he died without a will; administration granted to 
her. 

1727 Oct. 27. Leet, Daniel, of Amwell, Hunterdon Co.; will of. 
Wife Susannah. Sons — Marmaduke and Isaac, both under age; daughters 
— Elizabeth and Abigail, an expected child. Home farm of 650 acres. 
Personal property. Executors — the wife and son Marmaduke. Witnesses 
— Samuel Ruckman, Alexander Day, Sam'l Green. Proved December 7, 
1727. Lib. 2, p. 476 

1727 Dec. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £58.7.6, inch an old 
Bible and Testament 2s.; made by Daniel Howell and Samuel Green. 

1728-9 Feb. 4. Account of the estate by the executrix, Susannah, 
now wife of Jonathan Paine, who has overpaid the valuation by £7. 13.7^, 
by funeral charges £8, by fees for probate £7.2.9, and debts due to Mar- 
maduke Horseman and Thomas Lambert. 

1697 Nov. 19. Lefevor, Hipolite, of Salem, gent: Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £39.10.6, incl. a pair of silver buckles 9s., a pair 
of spectacles 5s., 2 French and 2 English books 6s., a cane with silver 
head and "ferril" £2.10; made by Edward Curryer and Jerimiah Nick- 
son. 

169S June 21. Administration on the estate granted to his son-in-law 
John Worlidge of Salem. Salem W^ills, III, p. 11 

1711-2 Feb. 28. Leonard, John, of Monmouth Co. ; will of. Wife 
Elizabeth. Children — John, Henry, Samuel, Christopher, Sarai and 
Ann, stepson Lewis Mores. Real and personal estate. The wife sole ex- 
ecutrix, but cousin Henry Lenard empowered to dispose of real estate. 
Witnesses — William Lippincott, Francis Borden, Sarah Powell. Proved 
May 2, 1712. Lib. I, p. 348 

1712 March 27. Inventory of the personal estate (£100.1.4); made by 
Richard Chambers and Cornelius Lane. 

1727 July 12. Leonard, John. Administration on the estate of, 
granted to his widow, Margaret Leonard. Lib. B, p. 51 

1727 Sept. 11. Leonard, Nathaniel, of Trenton, Hunterdon Co. ; 
will of. Wife Anne. Children — Samuel, Thomas, Nathaniel, Maurice, 
Mary, Anne, all under age; brother Thomas Leonard, cousin Christopher 
Leonard. Ferry and 20 acres, home farm, farm in Somerset Co., now oc- 
cupied by Jno. Runion, land bought of Henry Farnsworth, do. of Jno. 
Reading, farm now occupied by Jno. Reynolds, house and lot in Trenton, 
adjoining the Court house, bought of James Trent, part of Sybal's Plan- 
tation, bought of Thomas Wyatt with wife Syball and John Rogers with 
wife Martha, land in Amwell. Personal estate (two slaves, bonds due by 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 29 1 

Henry Vioom). Executors — brother Thomas Leonard, James Leonard 
and Daniel Howell, of Trenton, blacksmith. Witnesses— Edward Fitz 
Randolph, Jno. Stockton, James White, Isaac Reeder, James Geary, 
Joseph Harden. Proved December 9, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 480 

1702 AjU'Il 2. Leonard, Samuel, of Monmouth Co. Bond of 
Sarah, widow of, as administratrix of his estate. John and Henry Leon- 
ard, both of said Co., gentlemen, fellow bondsmen. Middlesex Wills 

1703-4: Jau. 30. Leonard, Capt. Samuel, uf South River, inven- 
tory of the personal estate of (£26.18.1); made by Alexander Neyer (?) 
and Will (illegible). Middlesex Wills 

Oct. 30. Inventory of the personal estate (£51.19.4^). 

1713-4 Jan. 5. Leonard, Thomas and Hester, of Shrewsbury, 

Monmouth Co. Administration on the estate of, granted to Henry Leon- 
ard. Lib. T, p. 437 
1714 Aug. 5. Inventory of the personal estate of (£57.18.0); made by 
David Killy, John Powell and Peter Helson (?); sworn toby Henry Leon- 
ard August 26, 1 714. Monmouth Wills 

1682 May 19. Leonard, Thomas, of Woodbridge; will of. Wife 

Ketherin, and " heir and my kinsman Halick Codriack heirs and execu- 
tors of real and personal estate" with legacy of a 2 year old heifer to the 
boy, "that now livith with me," called Thomas Cromwell. Witnesses — 
Henry Greenland, John Gilman and Samuel Mooie. Proved ist day, ist 
month, 1682-3. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 53, and Middlesex Wills 

1701-2 March 11. LetteS, William, of Perth Amboy, weaver; 
will of. Wife Ann, heiress and executrix of real and personal estate. 
Children — Francis (provided for), Ann, Sarah (both under 21), William. 
Land near the head of Chesquaks, bo't of George W^illoks. Wit- 
nesses — George Willoks, Jonathan Hindes, Joseph Hallsy and Robert 
Doeg. Proved March 31, 1702. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 147, and Middlesex Wills 

1702 March 26. Inventory of the personal estate, £52.14.6; made 
"In Answare to a warrant given by Justice Griffeth," by Thomas Wame 
and Arthur Symson. 

1712 6th d. 4th m. (June). Lewis, John, of Elsenburgh, Salem 

Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Jeal. Children — ^Jonathan, Joseph, Lewis, 
David, Joshua, Sarrah and Jane Morris, stepchildren, as the first two 
named are in previous items called sons-in-law Jonathan and Joseph 
Morris and in another paragraph it is stated that the farm which he be- 
queathes came to him from their father Ruthro Morris dec'd by a mort- 
gage made to Sam'l Carpenter senior of Philadelphia, assigned by said 



292 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Carpenter to Edward Shippen senior of Philadelphia and taken up by tes- 
tator. Personal property (six negro slaves). Executors— the wife and 
Jonathan Morris. Witnesses — George Trenchard, Andrew Thompson, 
Wad .Oakford, John Bryan. Proved May i, 1713. 

1713 29th d. 2dm. (April). Inventory of the personal estate, £992.- 
16. II, inch a negro man, a woman and four children £120.-; made by 
John Thompson, William Waldin, Andrew Thompson and Richard 
Darkin. 

1728-9 Jan. 6. Liddon, Leiden, Joseph, of Greenweage, Glou- 
cester Co., yeoman; will of. "My Now Wife" Mavgrey sole execu- 
trix. Children — Bengman, Elixbeth, Henry, Samuel, Mary, Sarah, the 
sons all mentioned as underage, son-in-law Robert Hues. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses^Philii^p Mugqueer, Susannah Dueffel, Robert 
Hughs. Proved April 30, 1729. Lib. 3, p. 72 

1730 April 16. Inventory of the personal estate (£50.17); made by 
Samuel Shivers, Abraham Lidden and Robert Huse (Hues). 

1731 April 30. Account of the estate by Margery, the widow, now 
wife of William Nevile, who has paid debts due to Anne Weldon, Paul 
Camp, Abr'm Liddon, Benj. Liddon, John Young, Mary Saunders, Gabriel 
Hugg and Joseph Topliff, the payments exceeding the value of the estate 
by £27.11.71-. 

1712-13 Feb. 5, Lincll, Elinor, of Pen's Neck, Salem Co., widow. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £42.13.7, inch debts due by Wm. 
Hill, Hugh Sharp, Efraim Allen, M. Hall and John Ogden; made by 
Yourin Leelian and Cornelius Copner, 

1708 May 19. Lindsey, Margret, of Allawaies Creek, Salem Co., 
daughter and heiress of Thomas Lindsey dec'd, late of Elk River, Cecil 
Co., Maryland, planter; will of. Leaves her real and personal estate, 
inch a plantation at Elk River, descended from her father Thomas, to 
Abel Nicholson of Allawaies Creek, "who hath been and still is and re- 
maineth unto me, as a carefull nursing father, in the time of my lameness, 
maladies, and great afflictions," and makes said Nicholson sole executor. 
Witnesses — Tho: Thompson, Richard Marshall, Richard Nicson. Proved 
May I, 1712. 

1726 Not. 16. Lines, William, of Cecil Co., Maryland, ditcher; 
copy of will of. Gives his 300 acres of cedar swamp on the South side of 
Little Egg Harbour and the personal property to John Numberson. No 
executor named. Witnesses — Alexander Mecandles, Isaac Corwen, Rich- 
ard Yates. Proved in Cecil Co. November 30, 1726, and administration 
granted to John Numberson December 13, 1726, by Stephen Knight, Dep- 
uty Com'r for Cecil Co., appointed by "Charles, Absolute Lord and Pro- 



CALENDAR OF WIIJ-S. 293 

prielary of the Provinces of Maryland and Avalon, Lord Baron of B;dte- 
more," etc., etc. 

1697 June 28. LippinCOtt, Abigail, of Shrewsherry, widow of 
Richard; will of. Grandson John, son of John Lippincott, widow and 
children of son Freedom except eldest son Samuel, granddaughters, chil- 
dren of daughter Increas Dennes, viz: Abigail, Sibiah and Rachel Dennes, 
son-in-law Samuel Dennes, son Restore, Remembrance and John Lippin- 
cott. Land in the new purchase, called Pesequenokwe, in Shrewsbury. 
Personal property. Executors — John nanc(e), William Worth and Wil- 
liam Shattock. W^itnesses — George Corleis, William Shattock, Ann Lip- 
pincott, Meargeat Lippincott. Proved August 7, 1697. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 270, and Monmouth Wills 

1697 Aug. 12. Inventory of the estate (£25.0.0 real, £401.11.1, per- 
sonal inch 3 negroes £90, bills and book accounts £85.5.11); made by 
Thomas Huitt, George Corles, Thomas Cooke and Joseph Clarke. 

Monmouth Wills 

1697 June 15. Lippincott, Freedom, of Wellingburrow, Burling- 
ton Co. Inventory of the estate of (£188.15.6); made by Thomas Eves. 
John Hollinshead junior, John Test and Henry Grubb. 

1697 June 16. Bond of Restore Lippincott of Burlington Co., yeo- 
man, as administrator. Henry Grubb and Samuel Furnis fellow bonds- 
men. Burlington Records, p. 28 

1690 . Lippincott, Leppencott, Jacob, of Shrewsbury. 

Administration on the estate of, granted to John Test and wife of 

Philadelphia. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 1S3 

1691-2 Feb. I. Bond of John Test of Philadelphia as administrator 

of the estate. Monmouth Wills 

1719-20 Marcll 17. Lippincott, Jolm, of Shorousbury, Monmouth 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Janett. Children — Preserve, John, Mary, 
Anne, Margret, Deprero (? Deborah), son Robert's daughter; legacy to 
the Friends' Meeting in Shorosbury to be paid to John Woolley and John 
Tillton. Real and personal estate. Executors — sons John and Preserve. 
Witnesses — John Chambers, Joseph Parker, Nathaniel Parker. Proved 
May 26, 1720. Lib. A, p. 1S4 

1719-20 Feb. 23. Lippincott, Remembrance, of Shrewsberry^ 

Monmouth Co.; will of. Wife Margrett. Children- — Abigail Whight, 
Mary Morris, Ruth Wooley, Sarah Williams, Elizabeth Parker, Richard, 
Joseph, William; grandchildren — Margritt Lippincott, Remembrance Lip- 
pincott. Home farm, meadows called Pumking Island. Personal estate 
(a negro man). The wife sole executrix. Witnesses— John Curlies, Isaac 
Hance, Thomas Lippincott. Proof jurat, dated August 6, 1723, not 



294 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

signed by Surrogate Kearny. Lib. A, p. 254 

1683 Nov. 23. LippillCOtt, Richard, of Shrowesbery; will of. 
Wife Abegall. Sons — Jacob, Freedom, Remembrance, John, Restore, 
daughter Incarnation (InCrease ?). Land at Long Point. Personal prop- 
erty. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Hugh Dickman, Judah Allen. 
Acknowledged by testator before Joseph Parker, Justice of the Peace, as 
his testament same day. 

1683-4 Jan. 2. Warrant by Governor Thomas Rudyard to Joseph Par- 
ker, John Hans and Eliakim Wardell or any two of them, to examine Abi- 
gail, the widow of Richard Lippincott, as to her knowledge of any other 
last will, made by her late husband. Endorsement, dated May 21, 1683, 
states that the said Abigail has no knowledge of any other will and that 
she will faithfully administer the estate. 

1683-4 Jan. 2. Bond of Abigail Lippincott, widow, as administratrix. 
William Shattock and Francis Borden fellow bondsmen, Monmouth Wills 

1684 May 21. Inventory of the personal estate (£428.2.0, incl. debts 
due £30 and neagro servants £60); made by Eliakim Wardell, William 
Shattock, Francis Borden and Joseph Parker, as shown by the widow 
Abigail. 

1723 July 10. Lippincott, Richard. Administration on the es- 
estate of, granted to William Lippincott and John Williams of Monmouth 
Co., Jacob Lippincott, the son and heir of Richard, having made over his 
right to said William and John. Lib. A, p. 252 

1721 Aug. 29. Lippincott, Samuel, of Northampton Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Ann. Children — Job, Samuel, 
Patience, Ann, Elizabeth. Farm in Springfield Township, bo't of George 
Shinn. Home farm. Personal property (two Indians). Executors — the 
wife and Nathaniel Cripps. Witnesses — Zachariah Test, John Gaskell, 
Tho: Scattergood. Proved October 25, 1721. 

1 721 Oct. 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £408.13.10, procla- 
mation money, incl. two Indians £75; made by Henry Burr and John 
Shinn. 

1713 April 8. Littell, Little, John, of Elizabeth Town, Essex 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Mary. Sons — John, Robert, Jonathan, 
Anthony. Home farm of 20 acres in Elizabeth Town, loo' a. of wood- 
land, 4^^ a. of Elizabeth Town Rahaway meadows, 3 a. between the home 
farm and Samuel Marsh dec'd, lot on the couittry road between Robert 
Littell and Joseph Tooker, 6 a. of pasture land on the same road next to 

John Ersken dec'd, 100 a. at ? hill on the Newark-Elizabeth division 

line. Personal property. Executors — the wife and son Robert. Wit- 
nesses — John Roberts, William Darly, Thomas Husk, Samuel White- 
head. Proved May 2, 1713. Lib. i, p. 398 



CALENDAR OP WILLS. ^95 

1717 Aug. 15. Little, John, son of John, of Elizabeth Town, chooses 
as his i^uavdian Antliony Little, to whom letters of guardianshii) are 
issued. Lib. A, p. 54 

1716 Nov. 12. Little, Jonatliau, of Elizabeth Town, a minor, 
chooses as his guardian David Moorehouse of the same place, to whom 
letters of guardianship are issued. Lib. A, p. 47 

1715 April 9. Little, Mary, widow of John, of Elizabeth town; 
will of. Daughters — Martha, Comfort, Constants. Personal estate (a 
Bible). Executors — Edward Spinige and John Megie. Witnesses — Me- 
hitable Little, Robert Little, Will Oliver. Proved August 20, 1715. 

Lib. 2, p. 42 

1726 March 25. Liverett, Leveritt, George, of Burlington, tur- 
ner; will of. Wife Sarah and son-in-law (? stepson) William Lindall, 
heirs and executors of real and personal estate (house and lot in Burling- 
ton, bought of Thomas Cutler); legacies to William Lindall's brothers 
Isaac and Richard Lindall and to sister Saray Lindall. Witnesses — John 
Parsons, George Shinn, Thos. Scattergood. Proved October 26, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 357 

1726 May 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £26.8.6, inch a 
Bible and "sum" other books 8s.; made by Thomas Wetherill and 
Thomas Scattergood. 

1686 Aug. 5. Livingston, William, of Perth Amboy. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Alexander Lermouth of Newark. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 106 

16S7 Nov. 24. Bond of Alex'r Lermount of Newark, gentleman, as 
administrator of the estate. Middlesex Wills 

1715 Aug. — . Lockart, Lockliart, Gawen, of Woodbridge, Mid- 
dlesex Co. ; will of. Wife Mary sole executrix. Children — James, Sam- 
uel, now in (ireat Britain, Ephraim, Elizabeth, Margarett. Home farm 
with land, bought by father-in-law of Josuah Bradlie, 20 acres bought of 
John Ayres, 10 a. bo't of Jonathan Ilslie. Personal property. Witnesses 
— James Clerkson, William Thomson, Robert Gilchrist. Proved May 22, 
1717. Lib. A, p. 76 

17 16-7 March 20. Inventory of the personal estate (£ilS.6.-, incl. 
one negro man £30, one negro woman and child £30.-, a Bible, a Confes- 
sion of Faith and ten other old books, £1.-.-); made by Georg Brown, 
John P'oreman and Ad. Ilude. Sworn to by his widow and executrix 
Mary Lockhart May 22, 1717. 

1727-8 Marcli 23. Locroy, Locry, Lecroy, John, of Penn's Neck, 
Salem Co., husbandman; will of. Wife . Children — Michael, 



296 NEW JERSEY COLONIAI. DOCUMENTS. 

Lucas, Jane Butler, Sarah IIogl)en, Mary Lord, John, executor of real and 
personal estate. Witnesses — Martin Skeer, Thos. Miles, Wm. Smith. 
Proved March 5, 1728-9. Lib. 3, p. 23 

1728-9 March 4. Inventorj' of the personal estate, £59.10.6, inch 
books IS.; made by William Mecum and Thos. Miles. 

1703 Oct. 26. Lon^, John, of Burlington Co.; will of. Children- 
Elizabeth, widow of Robert Ilodder of Whitt Church near Lime, Co. of 
Dorset, England, and Walter, who is made executor, with Isaac Mariot 
and Peter Frettwell as supervisors. Real and personal property. Wit- 
nesses — Henry Grubb, Edmon Stuart, Jane Stuart. Proved 1704-5 Jan- 
uary 2. Lib. I, p. 91 

1704-5 Jan. 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £205.5.1, inch 
bonds and mortgages of Joseph Scattergood, Tho: Atkinson, John Ogborn, 
John Rodgers, John Wetherill, Joseph Welch. 

1723 Sept. 2. Long, William, of ? " Praisment of William Longs 
Whearin Aparrell and all his overgoods by Thomas Hankinson (Ilanker- 
sin) and John Smith to be worth Twenty shillings his dets James Gold- 
smith Bond, John Smith, Matthew Dewaincy, Dearied (? David) Elder- 
rige, Thomas Fenton, Benjamin Jonson and Aron Motteysin (? Matteson) 
£15.14.9;" sworn to before Law. van Hook. 

1727-8 March 3. Longstreet, Aron, of Freehold, Monmouth Co., 
cordwainer; will of. Wife Stankche. Children — John, Derrick, Sto- 
phel, Katharine, Nelly, Winifred, Maria, Arianche and an expected child. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — Peter Nephews, John Sutvandt 
and Jacob Sutvandt of said Co. yeomen. Executors — Derick Zudtwen, 
Gysbert Sutven, Wm. Madock. Proved May 10, 172S. Lib, B, p. 93 

1723 Not. 25. Loofbourrow, John, of Woodbridge. Inventory 
of the personal estate of (£93.5.6); taken by Thomas Loofbourrow and 
Thomas Gach. Middlesex Wills 

1717 Aug. 20. Looker, William, of Elizabeth Town. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to William Looker of the same place. 

Lib. A, p. 54 

1720 April 30. Loper, Lopper, Arthur, of Salem Co., cooper; 
will of. Wife Patiace (Patience). Children — David, Author (Arthur), 
Thurston, John, James, William, Jonathan, Phebe, all except David under 
age. Land in Piles Grove Precinct. Personal property. The wife sole 
executrix. Witnesses — Wm. Paullin (Pauling), John Dickson (Dickka- 
son), Charles Crosthwayt. Proved June 13, 1720. 

1720 June I. Inventory of the personal estate, £136.13.-; made 
by Samuel Fogg and Stephen Symmons, Lib. 2, p. 161 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 297 

1692-3 Feb. 10. Loraiice, Ssirall, (died January 29). Inventory of 
the estate of (£21.2,3, all personal); made l)y Jonathan Sergant and John 
Cundit. Essex Wills 

1727 6th d. 3(1 in. (May). Lord, James, of Gloucester Co.; yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Phineas, James, Sarah, Ann, 
the last three under age. Home farm of 280 acres, land and meadows on 
Racoon Creek, inherited jointly with brother Edmond (under age) from 
their father. Personal property (a set of silver buttons). Executors — the 
wife, her father Benjamin Clarke brother-in-law John Cooper and brother 
Joshua Lord. Witnesses — Alnaham Chattin, Wm. Wilkins, William 
Tomlinson. Proved February 28, 1727-8. 

1727 4th d. Sth m. (Oct.). Inventory of the personal estate, £294.- 
5.7^, inch a servant's time £12.10; made by John Ladd and George 
Wa"rd. 

1713 .5tll d. 8tll in. (Oct.). Lord, Joshua, of Gloucester Co.; will 
of. Children — James, Joshua, Edmund, the last two under age, Eliza- 
beth, Alse. Home farm of 280 acres and land on Racoon Creek. Per- 
sonal estate. Executors — son James and daughter Elizabeth; son Joshua 
to live with his brothers and sisters for two years and then with his uncles, 
until he is of age. Witnesses — Robert Lord, Alice Lord, William War- 
ner. Proved June 16, 1714. Lib. i, p. 457 

1713 I7lh d. Sth m. (Oct.). Inventory of the personal estate, £153.- 
17.7; made by Henry Wood and Constantine Wood. 

1720 Dec. 11. Lott, Peter, of Hopewell, Hunterdon Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Nishe (Neshe). Children — Peter and four others, names 
not given. Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, son Peter 
and John Phillips. Witnesses — Daniel Howell, Richard Scudder, Corne- 
lis Slecht. Proved April 17, 1721. Lib. 2, p. 166 

1730 March 26. Louden, Lowden, Reniere, of Pile's Grove Pre- 
cinct, Salem Co., "tayler;"; will of. Wife Easter sole executrix. Chil- 
dren — Robard, Rachel, Eales and an expected child. House and lot in 
Salem, now occupied Ijy Clement Haul, 100 acres in said Co., now occu- 
pied by Wm. Loper. Personal estate. Witnesses — Benjamin Davall, 
Joseph Frawley. Proved April 14, 1730. 

1730 April 13. Inventory of the personal estate, £95.18.3, inch a ser- 
vant " garl " £3; made by John Davis and Samuel Elwell. 

1731 Nov. 21. Account of the estate by the executrix, Esther Lou- 
don, who has paid for the funeral £8, and debts due to Mathew Ranton, 
Peter Evans, attorney for Jo'n Brick, Eliza, Worthington, Casper Hoot 
and Joseph Barlow. 

1702-3 Feb. 18. Loverid^e, William, of Perth Amboy, inn 



29S NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

holder; will of. Wife Margaret sole heiress and executrix of real and 
personal estate. Children — William, Walran, John, Margaret, Temper- 
ance, Hannah and Sarah. If the wife should remarry, Samuel Lover- 
idge, Michiel Direckson van Veightie and Thomas Gordon to advise her 
as executrix. Witnesses — Zachariah Weekes, John Barclay, Thomas 
Gordon. Proved September 15, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 78, and Middlesex Wills 
1704 Nov. I. Inventory of the personal estate (£141. 13.4^); made by 
Miles Forster and George Wiliocks. (In duplicate.) 

1697 Dec. 4. LoYett, Jonathan, son of Samuel Lovett of Burling- 
ton dec'd. Bond of John Hollinshead, chandler, and Samuel Furnis, 
saddler, both of Burlington, as guardians of. 

1 724-5 Jan. 29. LOTett, Josiall, of Evesham Township, Burling- 
ton Co., cooper; will of. Brothers Jonathan and Samuel Lovett, sisters 
Anna and Elizabeth van Hist heirs and the brothers executors of real and 
personal estate. Witnesses— Jonathan Eldridge and Enoch Coore. 
Proved March 19, 1725. Lib. 2, p. 320 

1724-5 March 19. Inventory of the estate: personal £75.8.8, real 
£100; made by Samuel Coles and Jonathan Eldridge. 

1694 Not, 24. Lovett, Samuel, of Burlington Co. Inventory of 
the personal estate of, £124.6.4, less debts due to Robt. Marshall, 

Henry Grubb, Thomas Gladwin, Smith, Samuel Kimball, Sam'l 

Furnis, Christ'r Weatherill and Thomas Revell, mostly for tallow £54. 
10.4; made by Benj. Wheat and Edmond Stuart. 

1695 June 15. Administration on the estate of, granted to his widow 
Mary. Burlington Records, p. 26 

1695 June 22. Bond of the widow Mary I^ovett of Burlington Co., as 
administratrix. Benj. Wheate and John Hollinshead senior fellow 
bondsmen. 

1704 July 15. Affidavit of William Hewlings, administrator of the es- 
tate, stating that to each of the three younger children vizt. Anna, Eliza- 
beth and Josiall Lovett only £10.-.- is due. 

1728-9 March 9. Low, John, of Amwell Township, Hunterdon 
Co.; will of. Wife Yanaca. Children — Lawrence, Gysbert, Benjamin, 
Cornelius, Tunis, Marica, Minar and Winca. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — brothers Albert and Cornelius Low. Witnesses — Adrian 
Oten (Aten), Peter van Este, John Reading. Proved May 30, 1729. 

Lib. 3, p. 48 

1729 May 31. Inventory of the personal estate, £87.5.6; made by 
Adriyan Aten and Peter van Este. Hunterdon Wills 

1729 Oct. 7. Low, John, of Penn's Neck, Salem Co. Inventory of 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 299 

the personal estate of, £67.9.2, inch 3 Bibles, 2 pair of cards, pewter 
and wooden dishes £3; made by Will'm Peake and Martin Gilljohnson. 

1729 Oct. 7. Bond of Erick Skeer and Senick Senickson, both of 
Penn's Neck, as administrators of tiie estate. 

1727-8 Jau. 23. Loyd, Loyde, John, of Pile's Grove, Salem Co.; 

will of. Wife . Children — Obediah, John, Joseph; legacies to 

Malica Davis in right of his wife and son-in-law (? stepson) John Gillman. 
Home farm, l2o acres bought of John Nickals, 140 a. on Oldmans Creek. 
Personal estate. Executors — the wife and son John. Witnesses — Roger 
Huckings, Sarah Huckings, Charles Crosthwayt. Proved October 7, 1728. 

Lib. 3, p. 18 

1728 Oct. 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £174.16.5, incl. a 
Bible and other books £2.15, 10 lbs. of wool los. ; made by Roger Huck- 
ings and Charles Crosthwayt. 

1730 May 4. Loyd, John, of Pile's Grove, Salem Co.; will of. 
Wife Katherine. Sons — John, Bateman and Obediah, John to live with 
his uncle Timothy Reins, until "fit to be put to a trade." Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executor — John Oilman. Witnesses — William Smith, 
Joseph Clarke, John Bennet, William Birkell. Proved June 3, 1730. 

Lib. 3, p. 92 

1730 May 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £139.6, incl. a servant 
man and lumber £10.15, a Bible ixs. ; made by Thomas Hewes and Tim- 
othy Rain. 

1731 Aug. 13. Court Minute on the application of Edward Radolphus 
Price, attorney for Clement Hall, for the hearing upon a caveat against 
passing the account of John Gillman as executor. Mem. on the back by 
Deputy Register Samuel Bustill states the account was passed August 23, 

1731 Aug. 21. Affidavit of Obadiah Loyd in reference to a quantity 
of wheat, bought by him of John Gillman. 

1731 Aug. 22. Letter of Ed. R. Price to ? enclosing preceding 

affidavit as evidence, that a quietus should be refused. 

1731 Aug. 22. Letter of John Gillman to Samuel Bustill, pleading in- 
disposition and referring to Abraham Nelson as his attorney. 

1 731 Aug. 23. Account of the estate by the executor, John Gillman, 
who has paid out £159.3.11 in discharging debts due to Benj. Acton, Oba- 
diah Loyd, Thos. Taylor, Harman Richmond, Clement Hall, John John- 
son, Timothy Rein, Thos. Hughes, Joseph Clark, Jacob Richmond, Wm. 
Burkitt, Reynold Hawkes, for the funeral (£4.10), for 5 qts. of rum at the 
harvest 5s. and for expenses in proving will of John Loyd, father of dec'd. 

1695-6 Feb. 2. Loyd, Obediall, of Salem Co., labourer. Inven- 
tory of the estate of: personal £23.1.9, real (50 acres of land to be 
taken up) £3; made by Wm. Penton and John Kyllett. 



300 NEW JERSFA' COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1695-6 . Administration on the estate granted to his brother 

Joseph Loyd, Salem Wills, A, p. 185 

1715 June 27. Lum, John, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., cord- 
wainer; will of. Brother Samuel Lum of Bridge Hampton, L. I., sole 
heir of real and personal estate; kinsmen Jonas Wood and James Sayre 
executors. Witnesses — Jonathan Dickinson, John Burwell junior, Chris- 
topher Wood, Proved October 24, 1716. Lib. A, p. 45 

1727-8 13th d. 11th m. (Jan.). Lycon, Mosas, of Gloster Co.. 

will of. Wife Mary. Children — Katharin and Hellener, both under age. 
Real and personal estate (home farm between brothers Andrew and Zaci- 
riah Lycon). Executors — the wife, brother Zaciriah and brother-in-law 
Erick Cox. Witnesses — Micall Lycon, Peter Cox, Ann Cox, Jos'a Lord. 
Proved March 23, 1727-8. 

1727-S 8th d. 1st m. (March). Inventory of the personal estate, 
£60.2; made by Elias Fish and Peter Cox, 

1725-6 Jan. 23. Lyell, David, of Monmouth Co.; will of. Wife 
Catherine. Children — David, Catherine, Fenwick, William, Jane, Rob- 
ert, Mary, Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, sons David 
and Fenwick and dau, Catherine, Witnesses — Wal. Wall, Robert Mitch- 
ell, John Smith, Proved November 8, 1726, Lib, B, p. 17 

1719-20 Feb. 18. Lyon, Benjamin, of Newark, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Bethyah. Children — Benjamin, Anna Canfield, 
Joanna Prudden, Home farm, meadows at the Fishing Place, salt meadow 
on George's Creek, meadow, bounded by land of Thomas Sayr dec'd, salt 
meadow, part of Newark meadows, bo't of Jonathan Tichenor, Personal 
estate. Executors — the wife and son; brother Joseph Lyon requested to 
see will executed. Witnesses — Jonas Wood, Thomas Tomson, Jo'n 
Cooper, Proved April 7, 1720, Lilj, A, p, 164 

1717 April 2. Lyon, Elizabeth, widow of Thomas, of Newark, 
Essex Co,; will of. Children — Thomas, Isaac, Penelope, wife of 
Thomas Thomson, Elizabeth, Annas. Home lot of 5 acres on the high- 
way, adjoining Zopher Beach, 6 a, of meadow between Wm, Camp, 
Mathew Campfield, Joseph Johnson, George Day and Nathan Foster. 
Personal estate. Executors — John Cooper and daughters Elizabeth and 
Annas, Witnesses — Tho: Warne, Thomas Gordon, Mary Warne, Jan- 
net Gordon, Dan'll Grandin, Proved March 31, 1729, Lib. B, p. 118 

1694 Oct. 23. Lyon, John; will of, N, J. Archives, XXL, p. 217 
1694 Dec. 21. Lyon, John, of Elizabeth Town. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £123.7,11; made by Ric, Townley and Isaac White- 
head. Essex Wills 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 3OI 

1726-7 Feb. 15. Lyon, JollU,l of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Sarah. Children — Abigaill, widow of Joseph Crane, Joseph, 
Mary, wife of Nathan Foster, sons-in-law Samuel and Daniel Sayers. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — Ebeneazar Lyon and Stephen 
Broun. Witnesses — John Cooper, Christopher Wood, Benjamin Lyon. 
Proved February 25, 1726-7. 

1726-7 Feb. 15. Lyon, Joseph, of Newark, Essex Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Joseph (under age), Abigail, widow 
of Joseph Crane, ^L'^ry, wife of Nathan Foster, sons-in-law (? stepsons) 
Samuel and Daniel Sayers. Real and personal estate. Executors — Eben- 
ezar Lyon and Stephen Brown. Witnesses — John Cooper, Christopher 
Wood, Benjamin Lyon. Proved February 25, 1726-7. Lib. B, p. 63 

1700 Dec, 20. Lyon, Nathaniel, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co.; 
will of. Wife and two daughters, lioth under 18, names not given. Real 
and personal estate. The wife sole executrix with brothers Joseph 
and Benjamin Lyon as overseers. Witnesses — ^John Curtiss, Abigail 
Lyon, Annah Hatfield (called in jurat Phebe Hatfield). Proved February 
13. 1716-7. 

1706-7 Jan. 20. Lyon, Samuel, of Newark; will of. Wife Han- 
nah. Children — Samuel, Henrey, Joseph, John, James, Mary, Sarah, 
Hannah. Land on Two Mile Brook, a home lot, other real and personal 
property. Executor — brother Benjamin Lyon. Overseers — brother Jo- 
seph Lyon and Samuel Roberts. Witnesses — John Cooper, Thomas Peir- 
son and Thomas Lou. Proved and the executor sworn in February 21, 
1706-7. Lib. I, p. 170, and Essex Wills 

1694 Nov, 21. Lyon, Thomas, of Essex Co. Inventory of the 

estate of, £43.3.9, all personal; made by Edward Ba[ll?]and Joseph 
Johnson. 

1694-5 Jan. 29. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 

Elisabeth. N. J. Archives, XXI, p. 221 

1711 Nov. 8. MacDaniell, Daniel, of Amwell, Burlington Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Daughter Mary, sons Abraham and 
Alexander, son Abraham committed to the care of Ralph Hunt and wife 
of Alaidenhead, until he is 21 years old. Real and personal estate. Ex- 
ecutors — the wife and Capt. Ralph Hunt. Witnesses — William Alburtus, 
George Green, John Knowles. Proved April 2, 1712. Lib. i, p. 347 

1712 May 31. Inventory of the estate, land £50.-, personal £i2.8.-j 
made by said Green, Alburtus and Knowles. 

1728 Aug. 16, Mackbride, David, of Burlington Co., attorney at 

1 So in the origiual will. The next entry evidently refers to the same will, 
which is ascribed to Joseph. 



302 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

law. Inventory of the law books of, £7.13, incl. Washington's Abridg- 
ment; made by James Gould and Edw. Peirce. 

1727-8 May 6. Administration on the estate of, granted to Samuel 
Bustill. Lib. 2, p. 415 

1684-6 March 9. Mackeny, JoIlU. Administration on the estate 
of, granted to Thomas Johnson. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 63 

1713 Oct. 28. Macklaiu, Charles,l of New Barbados; will of 
(badly rat-eaten). Wife Katherine. Sons — William, Daniel, Solloman 
and David; daughters — Sara and Rachel. Real and personal property. 
Wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Abram Ilusman, John Berry, Johanes 
Ilousman. Proved May iS, 1714. Lil5. i, p. 477, and Bergen Wills 

1730 Oct. 19. Macleroy, Patrick, of Chesterfield, Burlington Co., 
labourer; nuncupative will of. Proved by the testimony of William 
Woodward and Abigal Eastland, who testify that dec'd had stated, if he 
died in America, Jabez, the son of Robert Taylor, should have all his 
property. 

1730 Oct. 22, Inventory of the personal estate, £23.11; made by An- 
thony Woodward and Edm'd Beakes. 

1730 Dec. 19. Bond of Robert Taylor of Chesterfield, yeoman, father 
of the abovesaid Jabez, as administrator of the estate. 

1700-1 lltli d. lltli m. (Jan.). Maddocks, John, of Allawayes 
Creek, Salem Co., will of. Daughter Elizabeth Powell, who has chil- 
dren John Maddocks Denn, Margaret Denn, Mary Powell and Elizabeth 
Powell, son-in-law Richard Burnham; legacy to Friends Meeting at Salem. 
Real and personal estate (5 pieces of Arabian Gold). Executors — the 
daughter and grandson John M. Denn. Witnesses — Wm. Monington, 
Joseph Ware, Jo'n Hancock, Darcas Smith. Recorded March 22, 1700-1. 
1700-1 17th d, 1st m. (March). Inventory of the personal estate, £272. 
2.1, incl. 5 pieces of Arabian Gold £3, 49 oz. of plate at 8s. £19.12, a par- 
cel of books, "lumpt" £5; made by Joseph Ware and John Hancock. 

Salem Wills, III, p. 82 

1697 Dec. 30. Maiden, John, of Salem Co., husbandman. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £8.16.6; made by James Barrett and Sam- 
uel Fogge. 

1697 Dec. 30. Administration on the estate granted to Thomas 
Yorke, of Salem, bricklayer. Salem Wills, A, 215 

1705 April 28. Maker, Meaker, Benjamin; will of. Wife EHz- 



1 Charles Mackleane, of Bergen county, bought of John Berry, Sept. 19. 1696, a 
tract of 200 acres near Hackensack.— iV. J. Archives, XXI., 258. Some of his child- 
ren are mentioned in the Hackensack church recoi-ds as late as 1738. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 303 

abcth. Sons — William, Jonathan, Daniel, Samuel, Joseph. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the wife and William Meaker. Witnesses 
— William Looker junior, John Meekar, John Harriman. Proved June 
10, 1707. Lib. I, [). iSi 

1727 Oct. 28. Man, Mann, John, of Cohanscy, Salem Co., mer- 
chant. Lond of Daniel Dwighl, late of Boston, merchant, as adminis- 
trator of the estate of. Joseph Reeve and James Gibbs, lioth of Cohan- 
sey, fellow bondsmen. Lib. 2, p. 498 

1727 Dec. 30. Inventory of the personal estate, £2515.8, inch "pic- 
tors," old plate £8.9. loi, a silver tankard £g. 12.6, a parcall of books 
£1.8, goold buttons £r, a silver "snush" liox and old silver 9s.2p., a 
ream of fine paper £1.5, 12 quires of coarse do. I2s., 63 Hjs. of steel £1.1, 
75 lbs. of whale bone £il, 3S0 lbs. of nails £12.13.4, 160 tbs. of lead £2, 
29 Testaments £2.3.6, 19 psalters 15s., 11 psalm books us., 28 primers 7s., 
9 histories IDS., a parcel of history books £1.10, bills, bonds and book 
debts £1830. -.9; made by Jacob Ware and Samuel Hedge. 

1692 Dec. 30. Maunin, JefFery, of Piscataway, yeoman; will of. 
Wife tiepsibah executrix of real and personal estate. Sons — John, James, 
Joseph, Benjamin; daughter Elizabeth Fitz Randolph, servant Patience 
Walker. Land at Shingle Hill, do. on Dotie's Brook, home farm. 
Witnesses — Edward Slater and John Molleson. Proved Third Tuesday 
in March, 1692-3. N. J. Archives, XXL, pp. 197 and 220 

1694-5 Feb. 9. Bond of the widow as executrix. Joseph Mannin 
fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1724 Oct. 31. Manning-, James, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co.; 
will of. Children — James, Margeret, Nathaniel, Isaac. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — brother Joseph Manning, John Laing and Wil- 
liam Laing. Witnesses — Henry Skibbow, Jonathan Fitzrandolph, John 
Manning. Proved November 24, 1724. Lib. A, p. 310 

1728 April 2G. Manning, Joseph, of Piscattaway, Middlesex Co., 
farmour; will of. Wife Temperance. Children — Thrustrum, Johannah 
Cammel, Mary, Elizabeth, Une, Rachel, Grace, Ruth, Jeffery. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the wife, son Thrustrum and David Fitz- 
randolph. Witnesses — Benajah Dunham, Benjamin Manning, Edward 
Bowman. Proved May 14, 1728. Lib. B, p. 92 

1727 May 13. Maple, Benjamin, of New Brunswick, weaver; will 
of. Wife Elisabeth. Children — Benjamin, Ruth, Ashley, Catherine 
Mellot, son-in-law (? stepson) David Lee. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and son Benjamin. Witnesses— Daniel Bayles, 



304 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Raguel Ronnion, Tho: Broderick, Proved September 8, 1727. 

Lib, B, p. 65 

1695 June 1, March, John; nuncupative will of. Gives personal 
estate to Hannah Gillman and lier children — ^John, Elizabeth, Susannah 
and Hannah, to Jonat Beere and John Jeffrey, making Hannah Gill- 
man and Jonat Beere executors. Averred to August 7, 1695, by 
John Jeffrey. 

1695 July 23. Inventory of the estate: personal £20.17, real (200 
acres of land) £20; made by Sam'l Hedge and Isaac Pearson, 

Salem Wills, A, p, i6g 

1714: June 6. Marlett, Abraham, of Piscataway, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Thorn, Guedion, George, 
Derick, John, Elizabeth Marlaret, who has a son, and Frances Laforge. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — the wife, Derick Medar and 
Adam Hude. Witnesses — Tho; Broderwick, Sam'l Walker, James Flat. 
Proved . Lib. A, p. 17 

1710 Sept. 6. Marlett, Joseph, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to Alexander Walker, principal 
creditor. Lib. i, p. 280 

1715 May 23. Marlett, Joseph, of Monmouth Co. Bond of his 
widow Sarah Marlett as administratrix of the estate of. George Marlett 
and Thomas Cherry, yeomen, fellow bondsmen. Monmouth Wills 

1724-5 Feb. 5. Marline (? Martine), Griffin, of Woodbridge. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to Charles Thomas of the 
same place. Lib. A, p. 319 

1712 May 3. Marriott, Isaac, of Burlington; will of. Wife 

Susannah. Children— Isaac, Samuel, Anna, Richard, Joseph, Benjamin, 
Thomas, granddaughter Sarah Marriott, kinsman Abraham Marriott. 
Real and personal estate, but the property is all devised in ounces of sil- 
ver. Executors^ — the wife and son Thomas with Samuel Carpenter and 
Thomas Raper as assistants. Witnesses — ^John Borradaill, John Carlisle, 
Samuel Lovett. Proved October 6, 17 12. Lib. i, p. 381 

1712 July 14. Inventory of the personal estate, £213.17.10, incl. 
51I oz. of silver plate £20.13.-, a silver watch £6.-, a Bible and several 
books £1.-, a negro woman and her husband £50.-; made by Thomas 
Raper, John Borradaill and Isaac Decow. 

1712 Oct. 6. Thomas Marriott renounces and refuses to act as execu- 
tor and gives bond not to intermeddle in the administration of the estate 
by Susannah, the widow of Isaac. 

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CALENDAR OF WILLS. 305 

1717 Aug'. 17, Blarriott, Samuel, of Burlington; will of. Wife 
Mary. Children — Sarah, Joyce and Mary. Real and personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix with Caleb Raper overseer over the children. 
Witnesses — Richard Smith, Samuel Smith, P'rancis Smith. Proved Sep- 
tember 4, 1717. Lib. 2, p. 79 

1717 23d d. 7th m. (Sept.). Inventory of the personal estate, £1206.- 
11.^, incl. 55 oz. 15 p. w. of plate at 9s. 2d. £25. 10. 7j, a negro woman with 
her clothes and bedding £20.-, bonds, bills and book debts £205.2.8; 
made by Sam'l Furnis and Richard Smith. 

1722 May 2. Marriott, Sauiuel, of Chesterfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah, daughter Mary (under 
age). Home farm. Personal property. Executors — the wife and Isaac 
Horner. Witnesses — Ambrose Field, Susanna Field, John Richardson. 
Proved May 22, 1722. Lib. 2, p. 217 

1722 May 17. Inventory of the personal estate £87.18.2; made by 
Nathan Folwell, Ambrose Field and Jno. Richardson, 

1716 May 16. Marsh, Heury, of Middletown, Monmouth Co.; 
will of. Wife Margratt. Children — Bartholomew and Isabella Lambert. 
Real and personal estate. Executors — Richard Stout and James Bowne. 
Witnesses — Edw'd Joyce, Easter Stout, James Brown, Proved March 25, 
1717. Lib. A, p. 70 

. Inventory of the personal estate (£89.3.6); made by 

Hugh Hartshorne, Andrew Willson and Samuel Tilton; sworn to by 
Richard Stout and James Bowne, executors, March 25, 1717. 

1722 Aug. 17. Marsh, Joseph, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Sarah Watkins, Samuel, Joseph, 
James, Charles, Elias, all the sons under age. Real and personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix with James Hindes and Joseph Tooker as over- 
seers. Witnesses — Samuel Whitehead, Mary Whitehead, Mary Parratt. 
Proved December 21, 1723. 

1683 June 10. Marsh, Samuel, senior, living at Wawanday; will 

of. Wife, name not given. Children— John, Joseph, Elizabeth, Samuel, 
Real and personal property. Witnesses — William Piles, William Olliver 
and Peter Morss, 

N, J, Archives, XXL, pp. 65 and 72, and Essex Wills 

1684-5 Feb. 6. Marsh, Samuel, of Elizabeth Town, Inventory of 
the personal estate of (£67.14.6); made by Williuem Piles and Williuem 
Olliver, Essex Wills 

1697 11th (1. 7th m. (Sept.). Marshall, Daniel, of Elsonburgh, 
Salem Co., labourer; will of. Father Thomas Marshall, brothers Thomas, 



306 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

John and Samuel Marshall, sisters Elizabeth and Sarah; legacies to An- 
drew and Wm. Thompson, cousin Jo'n Thompson jun., Isaac Smart and 
Roger Rydewood. Real and personal estate. Executors — Isaac Smart 
and Richard Darkin. Witnesses — John Thompson, Wm. Thompson, An- 
drew Thompson. Recorded I2th d. 8th month (October) 1697. 

1697 1st d. 8th m. (Oct.). Inventory of the personal estate, £44.0.3, 
incl. book debts and cash £29.13.9; made by John Mason and Rutheriff 
Morris. 

1697 Oct. 28. The executors, named in the will, refusing to act, ad- 
ministration is granted to Wm. Thompson of the same place, yeoman. 

Salem Wills, A, p. 214 

1694 Nov. 10. Marsliall, James, of Burlington; will of. Wife 
Rachell. Children — James, Elizabeth, Rachell, Anna, Maiy, Tomson.l 
Sisters — Elizabeth Smith and Anna Biake. Lot in Burlington, corner High 
and River Streets, other real estate. Personal property. The wife sole 
executrix with Francis Davenport and Edward Rockhill as supervisors. 
Witnesses— George Alason (?), Thomas Raper and Benj. Wheate. Proved 
February 20, 1694-5. Burlington Records, p. 24 

1694-5 Jan. 5. Inventory of the estate, £1252.18.6, of which the 
corner lot and building thereon is valued at £150, a lot in High St. near the 
meeting house at £60, a brick house and lots at £450; debts are due by 
Francis Raule, Mathew Watson, Edward Doughty, Daniel Wills, Wm. 
Hudson, Hannah Nicholson, Isaac Marriott and John Budd, Wm. Biddle, 
Ellen Steem, Benjamin Wheate, Robert Chapman, Thomas Kindall, 
Samuel Furnis, John Towne, Christopher Wetherill, Richard Harrison, 
Daniel England, Joseph Adams, Freedom Lypincot, James White, and 
widow Flancock. 

1694-5 Feb. 20. Bond of the widow Rachell Marshall as executrix. 
Henry Grubb and Thomas Raper fellow bondsmen. 

1697-8 Feb. 8. Bond of John Day of Springfield, yeoman, and Henry 
Grubb of Burlington, victualler, as guardians selected by Anna, daughter 
of James Marshall, with her mother's consent; do. of Thomas Raper, 
whitesmith, and Christopher Wetherill, tailor, both of Burlington, as 
guardians selected by Elizalseth, another dau. of James Marshall. 

1699-1700 Feb. 27. Bond of Thomas Raper as guardian of James 
Marshall, appointed at the request of his mother Rachel, now wife of 
William Gabitas; do. of Samuel Jenings as guardian of Tomasin Marshall, 
appointed as above. 

1709 April 28. Bond of Thomas Rapier of Burlington as guardian of 
Thomasin Marshall, a minor of 16 years, until she reaches the age of 18 
or marries. Lib. i, p. 229, and Burlington Wills 



1 Thomasin. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 307 

1717 Oct. 28. Marshall, James, of Burlington; will of. Divides 
real and personal estate between brother-in-law (step-brother) William Ga- 
bitas (under 21), children of sister Elizabeth Guess, to wit: Pheby, George, 
James, John and Rachell, children of sister Anna Smith viz: Rachell and 
Richard, sister Tomison Mickle, brothers-in-law Richard Smith and George 
Guest. House and lot, "where Lewis Jolly now liveth," lot in Burling- 
ton on High and Wood Streets, a silver tankard and other personal prop- 
erty. Executor — bro. -in-law Richard Smith. Witnesses — John Parsons, 

Joshua Re , Joseph Smith. Codicill of August 8, 1718, disposes of 

a house and lot, conveyed to testator by the executors of Samuel Jen- 
ning. Witness — John Parsons. Proved November 21, 171S. 

Lib. 2, p. 96 

1718-9 Jau. 7. Marshall, Ricliard, of Allowayes Creek, Salem 
Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Richard, Thomas, Re- 
beckah, Mary, the last two under age. Real and personal estate. Exec- 
utors — the two sons with the assistance of William Hail. Witnesses — 
Edward Whittaker, William Hall, Sarah Hall, Simon Andrews. Proved 
December 8, 1719. Lib. 2, p. 131 

1719 May 6. Inventory of the personal estate of, £185.7.9, '"'^^- 4° 
bush, of wheat £6; made by Wm. Hall and John Paine. 

1728 May 16. Marshall, Thomas, of Alloways Creek, Salem Co., 
yeoman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £210.15.7, incl. books — ; 
made by Abell Nichollson and Ro: Johnson. 

1728 May 9. Bond of Abraham Moss of Salem Co., as administrator 
of the estate. Abell Nicholson fellow bondsman. 

1726 May 20. Marsou, John, of Evesham Township, Burlington 
Co., "aged in years;" will of. Children — James, John, Mary, wife of 
Simon Bosard, Sara, wife of John French. House and 100 acres, bought 
of Thomas Olive; personal property. Executor — son James. Witnesses 
— Jonas Cattell, Hannah Pearce, Hugh Sharp. No proof noted. 

1687 Nov. 9. Martin, Easter, of Piscataway; will of. Children — 
John, Joseph, Thomas Martin, Mary Hull, Martha Langstafis, Lidia 
Smalley, Benjamin, grandchildren Mary and Plope Hull (children of 
Hopewell Hull). Land iu Piscataway Township. Personal property. 
Executor — son Benjamin. Witnesses — Edward Slater and Samuel Hull. 
Proved December 20, 1687. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. loS, and Middlesex Wills 

1687-8 Jan. 6. Bond of her son Benjamin Martin of Piscataway as 
executor of her will. Edward Slater of the same place fellow bondsman, 

1687 Sept. 15. Martin, James, of Burlington, meal man; will of. 
Brothers — Thomas Martin and John Martin, sister Mary Fry (excluding 



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her husband from use of legacy), nephew Thomas Fry; Monthly Meeting 
of Ratlife Frends, London, and Burlington Meeting; mother Martha 
Martin alias Greenhill. Real and personal estate, partly in England, 
Executors — Samuel Jenings, Percival Towle and Thomas Ollive. Wit- 
nesses — John Johnson and Susannah Prickit. Proved March 28, 1693. 

1693 March 28. Bond of Samuel Jennings of Philadelphia, mer- 
chant, as surviving executor. Isaac Marriott and Henry Grubb fellow 
bondsmen. 

1693 March 28. Will proved and letters testamentary granted to the 
surviving executor, Samuel Jenings. Burlington Records, p. 19 

1687 March 17. Martin, John, of Piscataway, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Easter heiress and executrix of real and personal estate with sons 
John and Benjamin Martin, Hopfull Hulle and John Langstaff as over- 
seers. Witnesses — Thomas Killingvvorlh, Will: Button, Benjamin Mar- 
tin, Thomas Martin and Daniel Lippington. Proved 20th 20th 16S7 (?) 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 107, and Middlesex Wills 

1703 May 21. Martin, Jolin, of Piscatteque, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Ann. Children — Elizabeth Dun, Ester Martin, Dorthy Martin, 
John Martin (under age), Richard Martin, brothers Joseph, Benjamin and 
Thomas Martin, sisters Mary Hall and Lydey Snialley. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Executors — brother Benjamin Martin and Samuel Black- 
ford. Witnesses — Benjamin Martin, Joseph Martin and Stephen W^illson. 
Proved April 18, 1704. Lib. i, p. 34, and Middlesex Wills 

1703 June 12. Inventory of the personal estate (£219.17.6); made by 
John Royse and Edmond Dunham. 

1708 April 21. Administration on the estate granted to Hugh Huddy, 
principal creditor. Lib. i, p. 196 

1727 Dec. 4. Mash, Bartholomew, of Middletown, Monmouth 
Co.; will of. Former wives Persillah and Hannah, who left daughters 
Margaret, Elisabeth and Hannah; present wife Mary, who has four daugh- 
ters; son Henry. Real and personal estate. Executors — son Henry and 
Plugh Hartshorne. Witnesses — James Bowne junior, Richard Hartshorne 
junior, John Stout, Jonathan Stout. Proved April 6, 1728. Lib. B, p. 99 

1727 Dec. 16. Inventory of the personal estate, £274.12.6, inch 9 
cows and 9 steers at £2.5, £40. 10, 32 other heads of cattle, £90, 75 sheep 
£22.10; made by Rich'd Stoot, Benjamin Cooper and Barns Johnston. An 
addition of £50.2.11 is in bonds due by George Johnston, Zebulon Claton, 
Edward Randolph, blacksmith, John Bowne minor. Per Kasan, Thomas 
and Martha Collings, Griffin Pirce and Hope Willes, signed by Richard 
Stout and Will'm Hartshorne. 

1702 Nov. 20. Mason, James, of Cesarice River, Salem Co., hus- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 309 

bandman. Inventory of the personal estate of, £43.15; made by Thomas 

M ? and Plugh Chard. 

1702 Dec. 15. Administration on the estate granted to his widow, 
Mary Mason. Salem Wills, III, p. 153 

1725 Dec. 6. Mason, John, of Elsinburgh, Salem Co., yeoman; 

will of. Wife . Children — John, Samuel, Thomas, Rebecka, 

granddaughter Hannah Darkin. Home farm of 1400 acres on Allaways 
Creek, W. the Morrisses' land, N. Wm. Hancock, E. and S. E. Abell 
Nicholson, house and lot of 205 acres in Salem, now occupied by George 
Trenchard, over against the Court House, adjoining Griffin's house and 
John Goodwin's lot, a "grise" mill with 2co a. at the head of Stoe Creek. 
Executors — son Samuel and son-in-law Joseph Darkin, Witnesses — Wil- 
liam Hancock, John Jones, Thos. Barber. Proved April 14, 1726. 

Lib. 2, p. 365 

1726 March 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £903.18.3, incl. 
"lickors In ye Seller" £28.4, 5 slaves £160, bonds, bills and book debts 
£122.8.6; made by William Hancock and Ro: Johnson. 

1728-9 Feb. 12. Mason, Marson, John, junior, of Evesham 
Township, Burlington Co., yeoman. Bond of James Mason as adminis- 
trator of the estate of. Hugh Sharp fellow bondsman, both of said Co., 
yeomen. 

1728-9 Feb. 26. Bill of charges for brother John Mason in his sick- 
ness and funeral charges £10. 18, by James Mason. 

1728-9 March 10. Inventory of the personal estate, £19.18.4; made 
by Hugh Sharp and John Brooks. 

1729 April 7. Account of the estate by the administrator,' who 
charges for his wife's washing and mending for dec'd during six years £6, 
and for 4 bush, of Indian corn 9s. 

1714--5 Feh. 16. Mason, Sarah, of Cape May, in the County of 
New Jersey, yeoman (sic); will of. Sons — Jonathan Swain, El)enezcr 
Swain, Joshua Jacocks and James Jacocks, granddaughter Joanna Swain, 
" my own daughter" mentioned; legacy to Nathaniel Jencens. Personal 
estate. Son-in-law Jonathan Swain and Elizabeth Swain to be "over- 
seers of my own sons and executors." Witnesses — Humphrey Hughes, 
Joseph Welden, Debrow Russell. Proved . Lib. 2, p. 56 

1728 8th d. 10th m. (Dec). Mason, Thomas, of Manington, 
Salem Co. ; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Aaron, who has sons 
Thomas and Joseph, James (under age), Mary Smith, Martha Wood; leg- 
acy to John Wright, "who served his time with me" (130 acres on the 
creek). Home farm of 280 a., 200 a. part of the lot bo't of Sam'l Hedge 
and George Webb, land bought of Wm. Hunt; another farm of 500 a. 



3IO NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Personal properly. Executors — Abel Nicholson and Samuel Wade. Wit- 
nesses — Isaac Satterlhwaite, Warwick Rundle, John Handson. Proved 
June II, 1729. 

1714-5 Feb. 22. Mason, William, of Cape May; will of. Son-in- 
law James Jacoxs principal heir of real and personal property; legacies to 
Daniel Brandreth, Debberah Russell, Epherem Carman and daughter-in- 
law Mary Ranor, that was. Executors — ^John Townsend, John Page and 
Timothy Brandreth. Witnesses — Thomas Candy, William Lines and 
Mary Townsend. Proved April 5, 1715. 

Lib. I, p. 525, and Cape May Wills 

1715 March 28. Inventory of the personal estate (£107.11.-); made 
by Joseph Whilldon (Welding) and John Parsons. 

1681-2 Feb. 9. Masters, Francis, of Shrewsbury; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 60 

1689 Aug. 24. Bond of Mary Masters, widow, and Clement Masters 
as executors of the last will. Willum Whitelock of Middletown, planter, 
fellow bondsman. Monmouth Wills 

1719 Ang. 19. Masters, Francis, of New York, physician and 
apothecary; will of. Makes Thomas Huld (? Fuld) of New York, black- 
smith, executor, and with his son Thomas Huld heir of the estate. Wit- 
nesses — ^William Peacock, James Phillips, Henry Light. Proved Febru- 
ary 27, 1723-4. Lib. A, pp. 292, 359 

1679 Not. 19. Mathews, Edward, of the Parish of St. Paul Shad- 
well, County of Middlesex (England), cooper; will of. Uncle Edward 
Mathews receives one guinea; Cecilia, wife of Richard Worgan of St. 
Paul Shadwell, cooper, sole heiress of "all my estate." Executor — Nich- 
ollas Banister of the Parish of St. Mary Magdalen Bermond, Co. of Sur- 
rey, cooper. Witnesses — John Plater, Thomas Harrington, Nich: Man 
Scr. neere new Crane Wapping. Salem Wills, 1679, p. 30 

1682 May 30. Administration on the estate given to Cecilia, widow of 
Richard Worgon, now of Allowayes Creek. lb., p. 54 

1714-5 Jan. 25. Matliew, John, of Cape May Co., yeoman; will 
of. Wife Charity. Daughter Lishabe, sister Elizabeth Mathews, cousin 
William Mathews. Brother Samuel Mathews executor of real and personal 
estate. Witnesses — George Crafford, Henry Stevens and John Taylor. 
Proved May 9, 1715. Lib. i, p. 506 

1714-5 Feb. 3. Inventory of the personal estate (£82.12.2); made by 
John Paige and John Taylor. 

1715 May 9. Bond of Charity Mathews as administratrix. John 
Taylor of Cape May and George Willis of Burlington fellow bondsmen. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. ^II 

1695 Dec. 12. Mathews, Samuel, of Elizabeth Town. Adminis- 
tration on the estate of, granted to Alexander Scott of Roway. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 226 

1695 Dec. 17. Inventory of the personal estate of (£15.4.3); made by 
Richard Bakere and Andrew Hamton. Essex Wills 

1714-5 Feb. 4. Mathews, Samuel, of Cape May Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Mary. Children — William, John, Samuel, Margaret, Eliz- 
abeth. Land at Long Neck, at Henry Steephens, other real property and 
personal. The wife executrix. Witnesses — David Wells, Ezekiell Eld- 
ridge and John Taylor. Proved May 9, 1715. 

Lil). 2, p. 27, and Cape May Wills 

1714-5 Feb. 18. Inventory of the personal estate (£114. 11. 5); made 
by John Paige and John Taylor. 

1730 Sept. 17. Matlack, William, junior, of Chester Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Ann sole executrix. Children — 
Jeremiah, William, Reljeckah, Rachel, Lea and Mary, all under age. 
Land adjoining Bartholomew Horner's. Personal property. Brothers 
John and Timothy Matlack to succeed wife as executors. Witnesses — ■ 
Thomas French, Hannah Heritage, Joseph Heritage. Proved October 
23, 1730. Lib. 3, p. 114 

1700-1 March 12. Matson, John, of Grenigl Township, Glossister 
Co., yeoman; will of. Children — Mathyas, Moune, Adrie, Mary, three 
youngest daughters, names not given. Real and personal estate. Exec- 
utors — W'illiam Dolbo and Stefan Ions. Witnesses — William Dolbo and 
Peter Long. No jurat of proof. 

1 701 May 3. Inventory of the estate, real £14, personal £65.2; made 
by Peter Long and Andrie Colk (?). 

1722 April 23. Matson, Peter, of Gloucester. Inventory of the 
personal estate of, £134.7.2, incl. a Bil>le and other books £1.14; made by 
Henry Tredway, Constantine Wood and John Rambo. Sworn to by Cath- 
arine Matson, the widow and administratrix. 

1716 Nov. 19. Mattock, Kichard, of Elizabeth Town, yeoman. 
Administration on the estate of, granted to John Allen of the same place 
and wife Abigail. Lib. A, p. 47 

1694 Oct. 18. Mattox, Mattix, Lewis, of Shrowsbery; will of. 
Loving friend Mary Chambers senior sole heiress and executrix of per- 
sonal property and the land on Goose Neck, Town of Shrowsbery, adjoin- 
ing Sarah Reep, the highway and Abiah Edwards, and elsewhere. Wit- 
nesses—John Havens, Joseph Parker, Remembrance Lippincott. Proved 



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^12 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

July 15, 1695. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 223, and Monmouth Wills 

1699 Oct. 3. Mattson, alias Dalbo, Peter; nuncupative will of. 

Taken in writing by Andrew Rudman, Minister at Wicaco, in the pres- 
ence of Andrew Bankson and Wola Dalboe. Wife . Children- 
Peter, Mathias, Jacob, Elizabeth, Katheren, Mary, Bridget and Margret. 
Land, 450 a., on Little Mantos Creek, 10 a. on Trumpeter's Creek, 
Samenceing Island "on" the Schuykill, 270 a. on the Schuylkill; rent 
due by Benjamin Chambers to be paid to the fund for building the 
church at Wicaco. The wife executrix. Proved and administration 
granted to Katherine Matson, widow of testator, March i, 1700-1. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 662 

1700 April 2, Inventory of the estate (the home plantation with the 
10 a. of meadow on Trumpeter's Cr. £226, Samencing Island £40, the 
plantation on the Schuylkill £200, personal £170.16.10); made by John 
Wood and John Rambo. 

1700-1 March i. Letters testamentary granted to Kathrine Matson, 
widow of Peter Matson alias Dalbo. 

1 700-1 March i. Bond of Kathrine Matson as executrix. John Ram- 
bo and William Dalbo, both of Gloucester County, fellow bondsmen. 

Gloucester Wills 

1707 Aug. 3. Mauritz, Jacob, of New York City; will of. Wife 
Margaritta, sole executrix. Children, names not given. Real and per- 
sonal estate. Witnesses — Silvester Guerland, Johannes Provoost, Griff 
Jones. Codicill without date gives to son Paul us £2, "that he may not 
molest his mother." Same witnesses. Codicill of December 3, 1725, 
signed in Elizabeth town, speaks of Mary Aske, natural daughter of "my 
daughter Cornelia Mauritz dec'd." No witnesses. Proved in New York 
November 25, 1726, at Elizabeth Town January 17, 1726-7. Lib. B, p. 46 

172S Aug. 19. Inventory of the estate of the widow (£28. 16.6, inch 
56 Dutch, English and Latin books, 13 pictures, 10 China dishes); made 
by Jacob Marius Groen and Mathis Duboys. Bergen Wills 

1727-8 March 11. Mauritz, Morris, Margret, widow of Jacob, 
of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co.; will of. Daughters — Joanna, wife of 
Mathias Dehart, mariner, Margret, wife of Baltess Dehart of N. Y., glaz- 
ier; grandchildren — ^Jacob, son of Paul Mauritz, Elizabeth, daughter of 
Jacobus Mauritz of N. Y. City, Mary Ask, daughter of Cornealia Mauritz 
of N. Y. City. Real and personal estate. Executors — sons-in-law 
Mathias and Baltess Dehart. Witnesses — Joseph Hetfield, Samuel 
Whitehead, Mary Joline. Proved May 21, 1728. Lib. B, p. 100 

1728 . Inventory of the personal estate, £93.6.11, inch a silver 

watch £7, a compass with silver case £1.2.6, 2 small silver spoons and old 
silver 7s. 6d., a do. tumbler i8s.2d., 3 gold rings £3, 5 large books for sea- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 313 

faring men £3, 12 old l)ooks 6s. ; made by Edward Thomas and John Har- 
riman. 

1714 April 1. Maurley, 3Iorley, Henry, of Watterlow, Evesham 

Townsliip, Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Appoints John Sharpe and 
William Trouth of said township executors and residuary legatees of real 
and personal eatate, with legacies to William Yeard and John Funlow of 
Philadelphia for the use of the Presbyterian Meeting house there, 
Mr. — Anderson, Minister at said Meetinghouse, Andrew Simes of Phil- 
adelphia, widow Shelly of the same place, Isaac Ashton of do., Thomas 
Mack Daniel, his bound servant, — and directs burial by the side of his 
wife in the Presbyterian Burying ground at Philadelphia. Witnesses — 
Robert Braddock, John Kay. Proved April 15, 1714. Lib. i, p. 440 

1714 April 9. Inventory of the estate: house and plantation £150.-, 
personal £105.7.5^; made by Jacob Heulings and William Evens. 

1687 Dec. 2. Maysey, Richard, of Manneton Creek, Salem Co., 
planter. Inventory (incomplete) of the personal estate of, £20,11.6; 
made by Richard Tindall and Sam'l Hedge. Salem Wills, A, p. 3 

1727 Nov. 4. McClellen, McCIiallen, Thomas, of Trenton; will 

of. Leaves personal estate to John Anderson, John McDowell, both 
made executors, Robert Magur, widow Michel and the Meeting house. 
Witnesses — John Brown and Elizabeth Michel. Proved December 8, 
1727. Lib. 2, p. 478, and Burlington Wills 

1727 Dec. 8. Inventory of the personal estate, £19.18.2; made by 
James Hide and Sam'l Bonham. 

1726 April 1. McDaniel, William, of Cohanzey, Salem Co. ; nun- 
cupative will of, attested by John Bacon, Elizabeth Bacon and Mary 
Bacon. Gives all real and personal estate to John Walling. Proved April 
18, 1726. Lib. 2, p. 367 

1726 April 25. Inventory of the estate, viz. a house and land £30, 
personal £22.15, i'lck a watch; made by Dan Bowcn and David 
Shepherd. 

1675 Aug. 27. Meaker, William, of Essex Co. Inventory of the 
estate of (£75 real, £13.9 personal); made by John Martin and Francis 
Drake. 

1690 Dec. 9. Meaker, William, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 183 

1690-1 Jan. 14. Bond of his sons Joseph and Benjamin Meeker as 
executors. Essex Wills 

1690 . Inventory of the estate (£50 real, £134.3.3 personal); 

made by Isack Whitehead and John Lyon. 

See Maker. 



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1715 Not. 17. Medcalf, Midcalf, Dorothy, widow of Mathew 

(q. v.). Inventory of the personal estate, £631.8.11, incl. five silver 
spoons £3.15.-, bills, bonds and book debts £529.2.10; made by R. Bull 
and Thomas Sharp. 

1716 May 9. Petition of Mathew, the son, and Samuel Ladd, the 
husband of the eldest daughter of Dorothy Medcalf, for letters of admin- 
istration on her estate; granted. 

1710 18th (1. 5th m. (July). Medcalf, Midcalf, Mathew, of Glou- 
cester Town; will of. Wife Dorothy. Children — Mathew, Jacob, Mary, 
Deborah, all under age. Houses and lots in Gloucester; meadow, bought 
of John Reading, with 250 acres adjoining to it, 200 a. in Gloucester 
Town bounds, next to Will Harrison; 250 a. on Woodberry Creek; 400 a. 
at Great Egg Harbour; 200 a. on Great Mantoes Creek; personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Ezekiel Siddon, John Easly, 
Thomas Sharp. Proved October 9, 1710. Lib. i, p. 285 

1 710 2Sth d. 6th m. (Aug.). Inventory of the personal estate, £865. 
13.10, incl. cash, plate and apparel £33--, a negro man £60.-, bills, bonds 
and book debts £526.19.10; made by Thomas Sharp and John Kaighin. 

1716-7 12th d. 1st m. (March.) Medcalf, Madcalf, Mathew, of 

Gloucester Town; will of. Wife , an expected child; legacies for 

building the Meeting House at Woodberry Creek and to the Newton 
Meeting. "Temporal estate." Executors — ^John Estaugh and Samuel 
Ladd. Witnesses — Sarah Cooper, Joseijh Hinchman, Thomas Sharp. 
Proved May 23, 17 17. Lib. 2, p. 73 

1716 May 5. Meddagh, Middah, Derrick, of Rariton, Somerset 
Co. Inventory of the personal estate of (£292. 18.6, incl. grain £79, cat- 
tle, horses and other "Creatores" £107, two black slaves £40, a large 
Dutch Bible and other books £4); made by Michiel van Veghten and 
Hendrick Traphagen. 

1 716 May 8. Petition of Cattalin, widow of Dirk Middah, for letters 
of administration on the estate of her late husband; has several children 
under age. Granted. Lib. A, p. 16, and Middlesex Wills 

1684 Oct. 31. Mekeney, John, of Newark. Inventory of the es- 
tate of (£25.1.6, all personal); made by William Camp and John Browne 
junior. Debts due from the estate £34. 1. 11. Essex Wills 

1726 Not. 22. Melin, John, of Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to his widow, Anna Melin. 

Lib. B, p. 18 

1702-3 Jan. 30. Mellat, Mallat, Marlet, John Peterson, of 

Piscattaway, blacksmith; will of. Wife Mary, who has had daughter 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 315 

Lidia Jegou (under age) by previous marriage. Cliildren — Peter, John, 
Theodor, Ilanna (under age), Maria Hooper. Land in tlie West Indies, 
farm in Piscattaway Township. Personal property incl. debts due for 
work on the fort in N. Y. and from Capt. Nanfan, for the recovery of 
which James Emmot is to be employed; a silver spoon, two negro slaves, 
three gold rings. The wife executrix with John Royse and Gabriel Boy- 
tool both of Piscattaway, as overseers. Witnesses — John Langstaff, John 
Manning and Isaac Smalley. Proved April iS, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 32, and Middlesex Wills 

1723 March 25. Mellon, Melon, William, of Shrewsbury, Mon- 
mouth Co., joiner; will of. Disposes of "worldly estate" by making 
Manuel Wolley sole heir and executor. Witnesses — Samuel Swain, John 
Tillson, John Pinckney. Proved April 26, 1723. Lib. A, p. 241 

1723 April 13. Audit of the account of Manuel Woolley, showing a 
personal estate of £15.10.-, horn which the funeral charges of £7.8,- 
were paid; attested by John Chamljerlin and George Williams. 

1708 Nov. 1. Melven, James, of Freehold, yeoman; will of. Wife 
Alice. Son James, daughters Mary and Margaret. Land, 500 acres, on 
de-La-vare River in W. Jersey, land and tenements in Freehold. Personal 
property (a great Bible, Baxter's Saints Rest, Bruxe's book and Taylor's 
book). Executors — the wife and Walter Ker. Witnesses — Patrick Im- 
lay, William Hoge, Richard Clark and Wm. Laing. Proved May 31, 
1709. Lib. I, p. 234, and Monmouth Wills 

1722 June 27. MelTin, John, of Amboy, Middlesex Co., yeoman; 
will of. Wife Margaret. Sons — ^John, Fretherick and William, dau. Rachel. 
Land, 50 acres, in the rear of Jacob Hall's, bought of Thomas Gordon, 
meadow in Cheesquake's Creek, on the other side of the great bridge, ad- 
joining Capt. Evers, lately Charles Morgan. Home farm. Personal 
property. Executors — the three sons. Witnesses — Thomas Gordon, 
Mary Gordon, Dan'll Grandin. Proved January 31, 1722-3. 

Lib. A, p. 234 

1722-3 Jan. 21. Inventory of the personal estate (£63.9. i^); made 
by Ste'n Warne and Daniel Baker; sworn to by Frederick Melven and 
Wm. Melven. 

1722-3 Feb. 19. Additional inventory (£8.11. o); taken by Peter Buck- 
alew and William Letschie (?). 

1711 May 10. Melyne, Melyn, Samuel, of Elizabeth Town, N. j., 
clericus;2 will of. Divides personal estate between Mrs. Anne Gardiner, 



1 Leboyteax. 

2 The Rev. Samuel Melyn was b. about 1675, and was bap. in the Dutch church 
in New York with a brother and a sister, Aug. 7, 1077. He was the son of Jacob 



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George Jewell and wife Sarah (a pewter tumbler and silver spoons), Sarah 
Jewell the younger (a looking glass and three Turkey worked chears), Cor- 
nelius Jewell (books, bow and arrows), sister Abigail Tilley, living in Bos- 
ton, N. E. Executor — George Jewell of Elizabethtown, Witnesses — 
John Woodruff, Joseph Ogden, Sam, Ogden, Proved July 31, 1711. 

Lib. I, p. 318 

1727 Aug. 26. Mercer, Josiall, late of Edmington, Co. of Middle- 
sex, Great Britain, now of Burlington, gentleman; will of. Wife Sarah. 
Daughter Mary. Real ahd personal estate. Executor — Thomas Bowlby. 
Witnesses — Tho: Barnes, Will'm Robinson, Daniel Mestayer. Prove3" 
September 5, 1727. Lib. 2, p. 439 

1727 Sept. 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £60.5, incl. iSmoy- 
dores, 2 half moydores, ^ guinea, 2 small gold rings, in all 139 pwt. and 
iS gr. at 5sh. 6 per pwt. £38.8.7^, money in copper pennies £4, a silver 
watch with steel seal and chain £5, a silver tobacco box and pipe stopper 
£1.5; made by Thos. Hunloke and Tho. Barnes. 

, Mercer,! . Part of will of, mentions a will exe- 
cuted in Great Britain and left in the Custody of wife Sarah. Leaves 
real property in America to the wife and daughter Mary and appoints 
Thomas Bowlby as executor; used as wrapper of another (Eddington, 1727) 
will. 

1728 Aug. 24. Meriott, Marriott, Joseph, of Burlington, glover. 
Inventory of the personal estate of, £70.15.10; made by Tho: Scattergood 
and Sam'll Lovett. 

1728 . Bond of Benjamin Marritt (Marriott) of Burlington, 

cordwainer, as administrator of the estate. Peter Fearon of Northamp- 
ton, glover, fellow bondsman. 

1728 Sept. 7. Administration on the estate of, granted to Benjamin 
Meriot. Lib. 2, p. 541 

1723-4 Feb. 23. Merrill, William, senior, of Hopewell, Hun- 
terdon Co. ; will of. Wife Grace. Sons — Benjamin and Joseph, Real 

Melyn, b. about 1640, at Antwerp, Holland, and who came to America while a 
child, and was one of the first settlers of Elizabethtown, in 1665, removing to New 
York in 1674, and thence to Boston about 1690. Samuel was graduated at Har- 
vard in 1696, studied for the ministry, and was installed pastor of the church at 
Elizabethtown. May 20. 1704, apparently as colleague of the Rev. John Harriman, 
whom he succeeded. He continued in the pastorate until 1706 or 1708, when he re- 
tired, under a cloud. He died in Elizabeth between May 10. 1711, the date of his 
will, and July 31, 1711, the date of its probate. As he mentions no wife or child, 
it is inferred that he waa unmarried.— iAayfeZd's Elizabeth, 293-5. 

1 Doubtless the Josiah Mercer whose will is given in the next-preceding para- 
graph. 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 317 

and personal estate (two negro slaves), llie wife sole executrix. Wit- 
nesses — Daniel Gano, Enoch Armitage, Joseph Stout. Proved May 5, 
1724. Lil). 2, p. 271 

1723-4 March 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £283.4.6, inch 
two negro men £55; made by Benjamin Clarke and Joseph Stout. Mem: 
" There was the Sum of £24 old Currency in the hands of Peter Ringo, 
which was omitted to he put into the Inventory, nevertheless the Execu- 
trix chargeth herself with it." 

1724 April 21. Merritt, William, of Woodbridge, Middlesex 

Co., yeoman. Administration on the estate of, granted to Samuel Parker, 
principal creditor. Lib. A, p. 2S4 

1 706 March 25. Mickle, Archibald, of Newton Township, Glou- 
cester Co. ; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — John, Samuel, Daniel, 
Archibald, Joseph, James, Sarah, Mary and Rachell. Real and personal 
estate. Children only to marry with consent of Quaker Meeting, else for- 
feit half their share. Executrix— the wife. Trustees for the disposal of 
real property — brother-in-law Abraham Carlile, of Philadelphia, cooper, 
John Kaighin and John Dole, both of Newton Township. Witnesses — 
Anthony Dawson, Roger Haakins and Sarah Low. Proved May 14, 1706. 

Lib. r, p. 149 

1706 April 16. Inventory of the personal estate (£248.9.8); made by 
Anthony Dawson and Thomas Sharp. 

1712 5th d. 2d m. (April). Mickle, Daniel, of Newton, Glouces- 
ter Co. ; will of. Wife Hannah executrix, and with an expected child to 
inherit the home farm of 14 acres, given to testator by his mother, and all 
other real and personal estate. Witnesses — ^John Dole, Abraham Alber- 
son, John Kaighin. Proved June 16, 1713. Lib. i, p. 406 

1712 i6th d. 9th m. (Nov.). Inventory of the personal estate, £So; 
made by John Dole and John Kaighin. 

1718 Oct. 20. Mickle, Sarah, of Newton, Gloucester Co., widow 
of Archibald Mickle; will of. States that her late husband had given 
all his real estate to his eight children viz: Samuel, Daniel, Archibald, 
Joseph, James, Sarah, wife of Ezekiel Siddon, Mary, wife of Arthur 
Powel, and Rachel, wife of Benjamin Cooper and that she, the testatrix, 
had bought the shares of Samuel, Daniel and the three daughters, of 
which she now disposes to the other three sons; Samuel and Daniel ap- 
pear to be stepsons. Executors — brothers-in-law Abraham Carlile and 
Joseph Cooper. Witnesses — Thomas Olliver, William Affleck, Susanna 
Howard. Proved November 7, 1718. Lib. 2, p. 95 

1718 Nov. 4. Inventory of the personal estate, £187.10.11, incl. 
20 bushels of Indian corn £2.-, one maid servant £9, debts due by Henry 



3l8 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Johnston, Theophilus Spurrier, Susanna Priest, George Hermon and 
Samuel Dennis; made by John Kaighin and Wm. Alberson. 

1715 Aprils. Middleton, ElizJlbeth. Inventory of the personal 
estate, £35.10.-, incl. a small Bible 4s.; made by Isaac De Cow and R. 
Wright; sworn to by Thomas Middleton. 

1713-4 Jau. 19. Middleton, Hllgrll, of Salem Co.; will of. Chil- 
dren — ^John and Mary, daughter-in-law (? stepdaughter) Sarah Hurley. 
Home farm of 800 acres called Beriton fields, 214 a. on North side of Hal- 
libourn Creek, next to and bought of John Pledger, a grist mill, 200 a. on 
Alloways Creek, adjoining Wm. Willis. Personal property (a negro 
slave, a silver tankard). Executors — Isaac Sharp and Bartholomew 
Wyat. Witnesses — John Mason, Tho: Lambert, Isaac Pearson, Jno. 
Borradaill, John Reading. Proved February 19, 1713-4. Lib. i, p. 438 

1714 April 15. Inventory of the personal estate of (£572.9.3, incl. 
19 books £2.12.6, a silver tankard, a do. cup and six do. spoons £14.17, 
44^ bushels of wheat £10. 5.10, 20 b. of barley £3.7.6, a servant boy's time 
£9.15, three negro slaves £70.5); made by John Mason and Richard 
Woodnutt, Quakers. 

1712 July 12. Middleton, Martha, of Burlington, widow; will of. 
Children — Thomas, Martha, Mary, Elizabeth, Jane, William. House and 
lot in Biirlington. Personal property. Executor — son-in-law John Rog- 
ers. Witnesses — John Robardes, Mary Lovett, Tho: Revell. Proved 
July 20, 17 12. Lib. I, p. 377 

1712 July 21. Inventory of the personal estate, no values given, as 
divided among the daughters according to last will, by Tho: Revell and 
John Ogborn senior. 

1712 July 21. Account of the estate: showing it to have amounted to 
£19.17.6, of which payments were made to George Urlin (?) for the 
funeral, Joseph Smith, E. Smith for wine at the funeral, Alice Talbot, 
John Borradaile, Dr. Roberts, John Dawson, the grave digger, and 
Thomas Scattergood. 

1704 Oct. 15. Middleton, Thomas, of Springfield Township, Bur- 
lington Co., tailor; will of. Children — Thomas, John, Nathan, Naomi, 
Elizabeth. Plantation in said township. Personal property. Executors 
—son Thomas and brother-in-law Nathan Follwell. Witnesses — Nath: 
Westland, Robert Wheeler, Tho: Revell. Proved December 21, 1704. 

Lib. I, p. 90 

1704 Dec. 20. Inventory of the estate, incl. a plantation £200, and 
personal £217.4.6; made by John Shinn, John Day and Samuel Furnis. 

1724 April 23. Middleton, Thomas, of Burlington, tailor; will 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 319 

of. Wife Mercy. Children — Thomas, Mathew, Hugh, Hannah, Re- 
beckah, Rachel. "Worldly estate." Executors — the wife and brother 
John Middleton. Witnesses — John Smith, \Vm. Collum, Tho: Scatter- 
good. Proved August 10, 1724. Lib. 2, p. 2S6 
1724 July 22. Inventory of the personal estate (£82.14.5); niade by 
Isaac Pearson and Jonathan Lovett. 

1728-9 Feb. 12. Middleton, William, of Evesham Township, 
Burlington Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children — Timothy, 
William, Hannah, Elizabeth, Sarah, the last three under age. Real and 
personal estate. The wife, executrix and after her death before having 
earned out the provisions of the will brother Thomas Middleton and 
Thomas Ballinger are given power to act. Witnesses — Jonathan Huestis, 
William Rogers, Joseph Heritage. Proved March 25, 1729. 

172S-9 ]\Iarch 5. Inventory of the personal estate, £63.12; made by 
Richard Hains and William Rogers. 

1707-8 March 22. Miles, Joliu, of Elizabeth Town, blacksmith; 

will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Leonard (under age), John, Sarah, 
Elizabeth and Mary. The wife sole executrix of real and personal es- 
tate. Witnesses — Samuel Whitehead, Alexander Rooy (?), and John 
Woodruf junior. Proved and the executrix sworn in June 15, 1708. 

Lib. I, p. 2o6,*and Essex Wills 
1708 April 15. Inventory of the estate (£182.12.6, all personal); 
made by Ric. Townley and Alexander Reed (?). 

1715 April 26. Miles, Elizabeth, daughter of John, of Elizabethtown, 
about 14 years old, selects as her guardian Richard Hamman, to whom 
letters of guardianship are issued. Lib. 2, p. 32 

1714 Dec. 7. Millag-e, Mellidg-e, Thomas, of Freehold Township, 

Monmouth Co., yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah. Children "born of her 
body," but names not given. "Worldly estate," Executors — Peter 
Willson, Aure Motteson and Joseph Dorsett. Witnesses^ — -Benjamin 
Johnston, James Wilson, Thomas Fenton, Wm. Madock. Proved January 
10, 1714-5- Lib. I, p. 520 

. Inventory of the personal estate of (£102.0.3, inch 

a bond of Lawrance van Hook £15 and one of James Borden £6.5.0, also 
a servant man £14); made by Benjamin Johnston, George Jobe and 
Thomas Honkisson; sworn to by Are Matteson and Joseph Dorset, exec- 
utors. May 25, 1715. 

172G Dec. 7. Millard, Charles, of New Hanover, Burlington Co., 
yeoman; will of. Children — John, Ann (under age), and Charles. 
Home farm of 100 acres, 300 acres more. Personal property. The two 



320 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

sons executors. Witnesses — John Arney, Sarah Emley, Joshua Wright 
junior. Proved January 2i, 1726-7. Lib. 2, p. 397 

1726-7 Jan. 17. Inventory o£ the personal estate, £124.2; made by 
James Starkey and John Emley. 

1723 April 20. Miller, James, of Salem Co., tailor. Administra- 
tion on the estate of, granted to Thomas Hill of Salem. Lib. 2, p. 357 

1723-4 March 2. Bond of Thomas Hill of Salem, merchant, as ad- 
ministrator of the estate. Robert Johnson of Salem, yeoman, fellow 
bondsman. 

1699 Aug. 23. Miller, Julin, of Cxsaria River, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Noah, John, Preserved, Mary, 
wife of Thomas Stratton of Easthamton, L. I., Susanna, wife of Jonathan 
Holmes, Hester Miller. Land on Ci3esaria River, now occupied by Wm. 
Button, and some bought of said Button, a mowing marsh. Personal 
property. Executors — the wife and son Noah with John Chatfield and 
Thos. Brookes as overseers. W^itnesses — Tho. Bridge, Nath. Bacon and 
Edw. Faier Banck. Proved November 3, 1699. 

1699 Oct. 18. Inventory of the personal estate (£208.7.2); made by 
Timothy Brookes and Jonathan Walling. Lib. i. p. 19 

1704 March 25. Bond of Noah Miller as executor. Obadiah Holmes 
and Thomas Bo\^n fellow bondsmen. 

1727 Aug. 18. Miller, Jonathan, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Abigail. Sons — Jonathan, David, Joseph, James, 
the last three under age. Homestead at Rahaway, with land on both 
sides of Rahaway River, loo acres of woodland and 12 a. of salt meadow, 
left to testator and brothers Samuel and Richard by their father William 
Miller, testator having bought out his brothers, land bought of Elizabeth 
Town Committee, between the roads to Elizabeth Town and to Conec- 
ticut Farms, 20 a. next to David Stuart, bought of Samuel Mills. Per- 
sonal property. Executors — Col. John Cooper of Newark, Major Joseph 
Bounel and Lieut. Joseph Woodruff of Elizabeth Town. Witnesses — 
Richard Harriman, George Ross, Stephen Harriman. Proved September 
i3» 1727' Lib. B, p. 68 

1729-80 Jan. 26. Miller, Jonathan, of Elizabeth town, an in- 
fant. Letters of guardianship of, granted to Thomas Scudder of the same 
place. Lib. B, p. 153 

1717-8 March 22. Miller, Thomas, of Chesterfield, Burlington 
Co., carpenter; will of. Wife Julian. Children — Thomas, John, Wil- 
liam, Mary, all under age. Real and personal estate. Executors — the 
wife and son Thomas. Witnesses — Robert Newbery, Elizabeth Ingham, 
Jonas Ingham. Proved April 6, 1719. Lib. 2, p. 121 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 32 1 

1718-9 March 23. Inventory of the personal estate, £80.4.-; made by 
Benjamin Wright, John BuUack, Richard Ilarison and Jonas Ingham. 

1711 Sept. 22. Miller, William, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Hannah. Children— Sarah, wife of Peter 
Elstone of Woodbridge, Hannah, wife of Daniel Crane, Samuel, Richard, 
Jonathan, William, Andrew. Real and personal estate. Executors and 
sons — Samuel, Richard and William. Witnesses — John Megie, Elijah 
Davis, Samuel Whitehead. Proved October 4, 1711. Lib. i, p. 370 

1709 April 17. Mills, John, of Chesterfield Township, Burlington 
Co.; will of. Wife Mary, eldest son Michael and four other children, 
names not given. The wife sole executrix of real and personal estate. 
Witnesses — Constantine Wood, Sachariah Jess, John Scholey, Charles 
Woolverton. Proved May 3, 1709. Lib. i, p. 232 

1709 May 2. Inventory of the personal estate, £96.3.-; made by Mi- 
chael Newbouid, Thomas Dugliss and Richard Ridgway junior. 

1727-8 Jjin. 31. Mills, Nicholas. Inventory of the personal 
estate of, £22.15.9, inch a Bible and 4 other books lis.; made by James 
Patterson, James MacDaniel and Edward W^oolley. 

1714 NOY. 16, Mills, William, of Springfield, Burlington Co., yeo- 
man. Inventory of the personal estate of, £39.2.4; made by Michael 
Newljould, Thomas Douglasse and Thomas Branson. 

1710 April 18. Miluer, Nathaniel, of Shrewsbury, N. J., mer- 
chant; will of. Divides "temporal estate" between cousin John Kent of 
London, merchant, and wife Anne, brother-in-law Charles King of Bris- 
stol, cooper, and wife Marie, bro. -in-law Alexander Arscot of Bristol, 
gent., wife Anne and their daughter Elizabeth, niece Elizabeth, daughter 
of sister Bertsheba Herman and wife of Benjamin Child of Abington, Co. 
of Berks, malster, and Elizabeth Browne. A farm in Shrewslniry. Per- 
sonal property. Executors — Robert Lurting, merchant, John Crook, 
gent., both of N. Y. City, and Samuel Dennis of Shrewsbury. Witnesses 
— Thomas Roberts, Will. Sharpas, Tho. George. Proved in N. Y. May 
19, 1 713. Lib. I, p. 411, and Monmouth Wills 

1719 Oct. 7. Milward, Robert, of Elizabeth Town, Esq're. Ad- 
ministration on the estate of, granted to Thomas Hickels, one of the prin- 
cipal creditors. Lib. A, p. 131 

1696 July 12. Minck, Paul, of Penn's Neck. Salem Co., yeoman. 
Inventory of the estate of: real £50, personal £50.1; made by Wooley 
Sloobey, Wm. Gilljohnson, Lucas Paterson and Edward Meecum. 

1696 Aug. 12. Administration on the estate granted to his eldest 
son, John Minck. Salem Wills, A, p. 190 

21 



^22 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1723 Sept. 23. Mitchell, Michel, James, of Shiewsbeny. Bond 

of Gabriel Stelle, John Eaton and William Brinley as administrators of 
the estate of. Lib. A, p. 263, and Monmouth Wills 

1723 Sept. 3. Inventory of the personal estate, £17.-8, as sold at 
public auction to William Brinley, John Fish, Silas Cook, Gabriel Stelle, 
Peter Knott, George Rogers, Rebecka Michel, Francis Jeffry, George 
Allin, Wm. Hulit, Wm. Jackson and John Chamberlin. 

1724 Aug. 26. Account of what the administrators, of whom only 
John Eatton signs, have paid out to John Michel, brother of dec'd, Peter 
Knot, Gabriel Still, Eliakim Wardell, John Chamberlin, John West, Ledy 
Parker, Elizabath Parker, Joseph Wardell junior, William Brindely, 
George Allin and Silas Cook, £14.19.11!. 

1687 Dec. 30. Mitchell, Mary, widow of James, of Elizabethtown; 
will of. N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 116 

1724-6 March 2. Mitchell, Mary, wife of Jacob, of Elizabeth 
Town, Essex Co. ; will of. Gives right and title of lands in Elizabeth 
Town or elsewhere, derived from father Robert Morse by deed of Febru- 
ary 3, 1 701-2, to sons William and Richard Broadwell. No executor 
named. Witnesses — Ebenezer Lyon, A. Ladner, William Richarson. 
Proved May 14, 1726. Lib. A, p. 355 

1717 Dec. 11. Molleca, Andrew, of Gloucester Co.; will of. 
Wife Briget. Brothers — William Molleca, Erick Molleca, John Molleca, 
Stephen Molleca, wife's kinsman Palle Comp. Real and personal estate. 
The wife sole executrix. Witnesses— John Hugg, Rob't Pickman, Henry 
Totten, Frederick ? Proved April 12, 1720. Lib. 2, p. 136 

1723 Aug. 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £130.12.-, inch three 
servants £30.-; made by William Hewes and Frederick Hopman. 

1690-1 March 10. Monckhouse, William, of Burlington, car- 
penter. Bond of Abraham Senior, innholder, as administrator of the es- 
tate of. Joshua Newbould and Joseph Burgin, yeomen, fellow bondsmen. 
Burlington Wills, and Burlington Records, p. 15 

1728 April 29. Moone, Jesper, of Burlington, carpenter. Inven- 
tory of the personal estate of, £45.15.6; made by Tho. Scattergood and 
Titan Leeds. 

1728 May 13. Bond of Susannah and James Moon as administrators 
of the estate. Titan Leeds fellow bondsman. 

1716 Oct. 8. Moone, John, of Bedford Township, Gloucester Co. ; 
will of. Children — Joseph, absent out of the country, John, Thomas, 
Edward, Charles and Elizabeth Gibson, grandson Thomas Gibson; lega- 
cies to Joseph Tomlinson and John Rambo. Home farm on Mantoes 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 323 

Creek. Personal property. Executor — son Jose[ili, if he returns to the 
country within 10 years, if not, then son John; Joseph and Eijhraim Tom- 
linson, Robert Lord and son John Lord, John Rambo, James Diiks, Rich- 
ard Chue, John Chue, Richard Chue junior, Isaac Jenning, John Cooper, 
MenryWood, Coastantine Wood and John Wood to be trustees during 
al)sence of executor. Witnesses — Ephraim Tomlinson, Joseph Tomlin- 
son junior, John Tomlinson, Joseph Tomlinson. Proved . 

1726 March 26. Moor, Moore, John, of Burlington Co., yeoman. 

Bond of Benjamin Moor, father of, as administrator of the estate of said 
son. William Newijury fellow bondsman, both of Evesham Township, 
said Co. Lib. 2, p. 320 

1726 March 28. Inventory of the personal estate, £100, incl. silver 
buckles, 23 do. "britches" buttons, 4 do. shirt buttons and a do. shirt 
buckle £1.12, debts due by Wm. Newbury, Robert Man, Wm. Rogers and 
Thomas Stokes; made by Thomas Wilkins and Wm. Newbuiy. 

1726-7 Feb. 27. Account of the estate by the administrator, who has 
paid £11 for the funeral, £2.14.6 for probate etc. and a debt due to Peter 
Phillips, in all £17.12.3. 

1728 Sept. 1. Moor, Nicholas, now resident in Penn's Neck, Salem 
Co., cordwayner; will of. Children— Samuel, Mary and John. Personal 
estate (a silver seal: a crown, three lions and four cross bars, at the house 
of John Mountson in Mainington, another silver seal, formerly his wife's; 
a wounded heart, at the same place, furniture at Elisha Basset's in Pile's 
Grove, pewter dishes, tankard, spoons etc. at the house of John Moul- 
ston, more furniture at the house of Charles Holton, Penn's Neck, a box 
iron at John Husse's, Mainington, a spinning wheel at Wm. Skinner's, 
Manington, a bond for £500 at Edmond Weatherby's, Penn's Neck, 
clothing and other dry goods at Thomas Lampston's junior, Penn's Neck, 
money due from widow Cowry Stallcup, Thos. Lampston junior, John 
Decroy, Thos. Miles, John Eden (Eaton), John Savoy, John Stanley, all 
of Pen's Neck; a certain estate in dispute, called the Manor of Moreland, 
Peny-Pack, Penn. Executor — John Wetherill and John Huse, both of 
Manington. Witnesses — Earick Skeer, Michael Flood, John Ilandson. 
Proved March 8, 1728-9. Lib. 3, p. 17 

1728-9 March 6. Inventory of the personal estate, £19. 16.4^, incl. the 
debts due as enumerated above and also from Andrew Peterson, Wm. 
Skiner, James Vickreys, David Hackett, John Kidd and Reinier van 
Hyst; made by Alexander Simpson and Thomas Ilaynes. 

1694 Not. 16. Moore, Frances. Bond of John Bishop of Raway 
as guardian of. Jonathan Bishop fellow bondsman. Middlesex Wills 

1729 July 31. Moore, Francis, of Elizabeth Town, Essex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Jane, Children — W^illiani, Samuel, Francis, 



324 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

James, the last two under age, Anna, Mary, Hannah, Jane. Real and 
personal estate. Executors — the wile and son Samuel. Witnesses — Wil- 
liam Marshall, John Rolph, Daniel Terrill. Proved September 15, 1729. 

Lib. B, p, 131 

1722 Aprils. Moore, Gershom, of Maidenhead, Hunterdon Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Mercy. Children — Thomas, Nathan, Gershom, 
Martha, Mary, all except Thomas, under age. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife, Ralph Hart and Richard Furman. Witnesses — 
Wineah Cook, Richard Willcock, Edward Hart. Proved January 23, 
1722-3. 

1722-3 Jan. 23. Ralph Hart and Richard Furman refuse to act as ex- 
ecutors. 

1727 Dec. — Moore, John, of Gloucester, ship carpenter. Peti- 
tion of Joseph Hugg, principal creditor of, for letters of administration 
on the estate, there being no relatives of dec'd in the Province. 

1727 Dec. 2. Bond of Joseph Hugg of Gloucester, innholder, as ad- 
ministrator of the estate of John Moore, John Brown and Samuel Raign 
(Rain) fellow bondsmen. 

1727-8 Feb. I. Inventory of the personalestate, £22.11.10; made by 
Abraham Alberson and Enoch Ellison. 

1717 July 9. Moore, Jonathan, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
mariner; will of. Sisters Mary and Rachell Moore heiresses and execu- 
trices of real and personal estate. Witnesses — Samuel Donham, Tim- 
othy Tuttle, Moses Ralph. Proved Oct. 27, 1718. Lib. A, p. 112 

1689 May 6. Moore, Mathew, senior, of Woodbridge; will of. 
See Mores, Mathew. 

1683 Nov. 13. Moore, Samuel, of Woodbridge, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Hannah. Children — Samuel, Thomas, John, Enock, Hannah, Eliz- 
abeth, Frances, another daughter, name destroyed. Real and personal 
property. Executors — brothers-in-law Samuel Dennes and Samuel Haile, 
also son-in-law John Blomfield. Witnesses — John Pike, John Bishop, 
Samuel Hale, John Blomefilde, John Ilslee, Ephreem Andrus, Israel 
Thornell, Ezekiel Blomfeild, Jonathan Bishop and Mathew More. Re- 
corded June 30, 16SS. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 121, and Middlesex Wills 

1688 April 7. Refusal of Samuel Dennes, John Blomfield and Samuel 
Hale, all of Woodbridge, to act as executors of the last will. 

Middlesex Wills 

1688 June 7. Inventory of the personal estate, £132.16.11, incl. 
one negro boy of 15 at £29, one negro girl £22 and one negro girl £20, 
also a book called " A Collection of Replyes by Henry Hamond, D. D." 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 325 

and another "Concerning ye Selling of Corporations by Wm. Sliep- 
hards"; made by Israel Thornell, Samuel Hale, Ephrainx Andrus and 
Patrick Falconar. 

1703 March 26. Moore, Samuel, of Woodbridge; will of. Wife 
Sarah sole executrix of real and persona] estate. Children — Samuel, 
Jonathan (both under age), Mary and Rachel; bequest to Samuel Hale 
and brother-in-law Stephen Tuttle; brothers Thomas, Enoch of Kahan- 
sick and John Moore mentioned. Land at Bald Hill, do. called the Red 
Root, do. at the great salt pond at Raraton, do. on Papyacha Creek. 
Witnesses — John Bishop, Stephen Tuttle, John Moore and Samuel Shep- 
ard. Proved April 2, 1703. Middlesex Wills 

1703 March 31. Inventory of the personal estate (£190.12.11); made 
by Samuel Hale and John Blomfield. 

1689 Oct. 23. Moore, Thomas, of Kaway. Administration on the 
estate of, granted to his widow Izabell. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 16S 

1707 Nov.—. Moore, Thomas; will of, "Being now about to 

leave America and not knowing, wether I shall ever live to return," leaves 
all books, now at the house of Mr. Robert Wheler, to the use of the min- 
ister for the time being of the Church of England in Burlington, reserv- 
ing £10 worth for the Venerable Society for Propagating the Gospel, and 
"Hamond on the New Testament," which is given to Robert Whelai-. 
Witnesses — Samuel Myers, Tho: Barclay, John Brooke, John Talbot. 
Proved October 10 (? 13), 1709. Lib. i, p. 256 

1707 Not.—. Moore, Thorowgood, Clerk and Missionary of the 
Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts, about to leave Amer- 
ica; will of. Gives all his books, now at the house of Robert Wheeler, 
to the minister of the Church of England at Burlington, except Hammond 
on ye New Testament, given to said Wheeler. Witnesses — Samuel Myles, 
Tho: Barclay, John Brooke, John Talbot. Proved October 18, 1709. 1 

1702-3 Jan. 16. Moorehouse, Jonathan, of Fairefield on Cesa- 
rise River, Salem Co., yeoman. Inventory of the real estate of, £20; 
made by John Clarke and Leonnard Berryman. 

1702-3 Jan. 19. Administration on the estate, granted to his eldest 
son, Jonathan Moorehouse. Salem Wills, III., p. 160 

1730 May 9. MooreS, Benjamin, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., 
yeoman; will of. Wife Sarah, and expected child. Real and personal 
estate. Executors — the wife with brother John and Robert Moores. 
Witnesses — John Mootrey, Samuel Moors (Moores), Moses Rolfe. Proved 
December 14, 1730. Lib. B, p. 179 

1 Tlie same will as the next preceding. In the original, the testator's name is 
Thorowgood Moore; in the copy, in the record, it is given as Thomas Mooro. 



326 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1727 April 2. MooreS, James, of Woodbi-idge, Middlesex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Margrat. Sons— Samuel and James. Land bought 
of Samuel and Nathanel Dunham, do. of Richard Soper, of David Byoid, 
of Joathan Insely, of George Willox. Personal estate. Executors — the 
wife and son Samuel. Witnesses — John Heard, John Vail, Ad Hude. 
Proved May 10, 1727. Lib. B, p. 35 

1710 Dec. 19. MooreS, John, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., cord- 

wainer; will of. Wife . Children— Robert, Benjamin, John, 

Thomas, Samuel, Mary, Sarah. Farm of 6 acres, bought from father-in- 
law Robert Wright, 6 a. adjoining, bought of Jonathan Dunham, 19 a. ad- 
joining David Dunham, 4 a. on the Roway road, home farm of 44 a. of 
upland, other real property. Personal estate (3 negro slaves). The wife 
executrix, to be followed on her death by son John. Witnesses — Charles 
Peters, Joseph Grant, Penelope Landress. Proved January 4, 1716-7. 

Lib. A, p. 61 

1716-7 Jan. 15. Inventory of the personal estate (£402.18.3, inch 
two negro men £80, a negro woman and child £40); made by Robert Gill- 
christ and Georg Brown, sworn to by John Moores, one of the executors. 

1720 Aug. 22. Benjamin, son of, about 15 years old, chooses as his 
guardians Robert Gilchrist and John Mutrie, to whom letters of guardi- 
anship are issued. Lib. A, p. 193 

1712 May 14, Moores, William, of Woodbridge, yeoman; will of. 
Wife Christian. Children— Matthew (eldest under age), Sarah, Ann, 
Priscilla, Christian, Maragret, Hannah, William (under age), Henry, 
Samuel. Real and personal property. Executors^ — the wife with Adam 
Hudd, Esq're, and George Brown, yeoman, both of Woodbridge, as over- 
seers. Witnesses — David Tappen, Robert Hude and George Ewbanck. 
Proved and the executrix sworn in May 28, 1712. 

Lib. I, p. 373, and Middlesex Wills 

1712 Oct. 15. The widow being dead, administration on the estate is 
granted to John Moore. Lib. i, p. 380 

1708 April 6. More, Moor, Moore, Tliomas, of Elizabeth Town; 

will of. Wife Rebecah. Sons — Gershom, Thomas; daughter Rebecah. 
House and land on N. W. side of the brook, land on Long Neck near 
Joseph Woodruff's on Raway R., do. in No. 60 Elizabeth Town bounds. 
Personal property. Executors — the wife and Natha'll Wade of Wood- 
bridge. Proved and the executrix sworn in June 10, 1708. 

Lib. I, p. 204, and Essex Wills 

1720 April 20. Morelaud, Marland, Morlaiid, Jolin, of Noting- 
ham, Burlington Co. ; will of. Wife Sarah sole heiress and executrix of 
real and personal estate. Sons mentioned, but names not given. Wit- 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 327 

nesses — Sam'l Danford, Isaac Canroni (?), Robert Pearson. Lib. 2, p. 163 

1689 May 6. Mores, Mathew, senior, of Woodbridge; will of. 

Wife Sarah. Sons — William, James (under 21), Mathev/, John, Samuel. 
Farm at Rareton, meadow on Papiak Creek, bo't of Sam. More, formerly 
Stephen Kent's. Personal property, incl. an Indian slave girl Betheny. 
The wife executrix with John and Noah Bishop as overseers. Witnesses 
— Daniel Robins senior, Daniel Robins junior, Agnes Stanes and John 
Bishop. Proved March 25, 1692. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 190, and Middlesex Wills 
1692 March 25. Inventory of the personal estate (£139.11.-, incl. 
plate £1 and an Indian maid £25); made by Nathaniel Fitch Randolfe 
and Daniel Robins. (Copy). 

1695 Dec. 5. Morford, Thouias, of Middletown; will of. Wife 

Suseana. Children-^-John, Thomas, Katherine, Sary, Johana, Suseana, 
all under age. Farm with house and 102 acres on New Sanesl River, 
meadow at Wakcake, land next to Elisha Lawrence, do. bought of John 
Reid. Personal estate. The wife executrix. Witnesses — Richard Harts- 
horne, William Cheseman and John Willson senior. Proved March 24, 
1695-6. Monmouth Wills 

1719-20 Jan. .5. Morg-an, Charles, of Perth Amboy, Middlesex 
Co.; will of. Wife Elizabeth. Children — Charles, Thomas, James, 
Mary Savage, Anetas (? Metas) Robison and Sarah [Luf ?|borow. Real and 
personal estate (a negro slave). Executors — John Kinsey and John Bar- 
clay. Witnesses — Thomas Gordon, Andrew Robeson, Thomas Gordon 
junior. Proved February 17, 1719-20. Lib. A, p. 179 

1719-20 Feb. I. John Kinsey and John Barclay, the executors named 
in the preceding will, refuse to act. 

1720 May 23. Bond of Charles Morgan of Perth Amboy as adminis- 
trator of the estate. Andrew Robeson and John Thomson fellow bonds- 
men. 

1719-20 Jan. 29. Inventory of the personal estate (£127.2.6, inch a 
negro man and a negro woman £60.-.-); made by Daniel Baker and Ar- 
thur Brown. 

1719 July 20. Morgan, Elizabeth, of Watterford Township, 
Gloucester Co., widow. Children — Samuel Coles,— who has Samuel, 
Thomas, Joseph, Elizabeth, Mary, Rachel and Susannah; — Rachel, wife 
of James Wild, — who has James, Samuel, John, Sarah and Elizabeth; — 
Alexander Morgan, — who has Mary; — the grandchildren all under age; — 
legacy to former servant Thomas Land. Personal estate. Son Samuel 



1 Newasens, or Nevcrsink. 



328 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

Coles sole executor. Witnesses — David Movlder, James Anderson, John 
Kay. Proved September 14, 1720. Lib. 2, p. 144 

1720 Aug. 22. Inventory of the personal estate, £168.19.3^; made by 
John Kay and Abel Pueston (?). 

1714 June 17. Morgan, Griffith, of Watterford Township, Glou- 
cester Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, £202.8.11, "the Wid- 
dovi^bed only Execepted;" made by John Kay and Simeon Ellis; sworn to 
by Elizabeth Morgan. 

. Morledt, Abraham, of Middlesex Co. Inventory of 

the personal estate of (£98.16.-); made by John Pound and John Run- 
yon. Middlesex Wills 

1691-2 Jan. 26. Morrell, Gilbert, of Steatley, Burlington Co.; 
will of. Wife Judith and daughter Mary (under age) to share alike the 
£250 in the hands of brother-in-law John Franklin of Barbados and the 
two negro slaves. Edward Hunloke and Thomas Revell trustees for the 
daughter and supervisors of the last will, assisting the widow. Wit- 
nesses — Geo. Hutcheson, Samuel Furnis, Hinrich Jacobsen Falckenberg. 
Proved March 5, 1691-2. 

1691-2 March 16. Inventory of the estate (£46.9.10); made by Ed- 
mond Stuart and Thomas Wright. 

1691-2 March 5. Bond of the widow Judith Morrell as executrix. 
Nathaniel Cripps and Isaac Decow fellow bondsmen. 

Burlington Records, p. 17 

1702 April 9. Morris, Dennes, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 148 

1688-9 Jan. 22. Morris, George, of Elizabeth Town; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 185 

168S-9 Jan. 25. Inventory of the estate (£61.1.-, all personal); made 
by Isaac Whitehead and Benjamin Meeker. Essex Wills 

1675 Nov. 6. Morris, John, of Newark, widow of, Elizabeth Mor- 
ris, granted administration on his estate. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 38 

1729 Aug. 21. Morris, John, junior, of Newark, Essex Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Mary. Children — Zebulon, Samuel, Elizabeth, 
Mary, Sarah, all under age, an expected child. Real and personal estate. 
Executors — the wife and Daniel Dod junior. Witnesses — ^John Cooper, 
Jonathan Squeere, Daniel Morris. Proved September 24, 1729. 

Lib. B, p. 141 

1700 July 16. Morris, Lawrence, of Burlington; will of. Wife 



CALENDAR OF WILLS. 329 

Virgin. Children — Samuel, Elizabeth, Mary, all under age. Real and 
personal estate. The wife sole executrix. Witnesses — Thomas Renshaw, 
Theophile Cripps and Tho. Gardiner. Proved July 20, 1700. 

1700 Aug. 31. Inventory of the estate of Lawrence Morris and wife 
Virgin (£247.17.2, of which £90 are for a house and lot); made by Chris- 
topher Wetherill, Thomas Raper and Jos. Adams. 

1G90-1 Feb. 12. Morris, Colonel Lewis, of N. Y.; will of. 

N. J. Archives, XXI., p. 219 

1696 . Morris, Lewis, of Passage Point. Account of the 

estate of. Monmouth Wills 

1696 April 1. Morris, Lewis, of Shrewsbury. Administration on 
the estate of, granted to his widow Elizabeth. 

N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 239 

1696 April I. Bond of the widow Elizabeth Morris as administratrix 
of the estate of. Samuel Leonard fellow bondsman. 

1696 May 26. Inventory of the personal estate (£146.9.5, inch a ne- 
gro man £30 and a negro boy £20); made by George Corleis, Thomas 
Huitt, Francis Jackson and Robert Johnes. Monmouth Wills 

. Morris, Philipi), of Newwork (died Dec. 5, 1693). 

Inventory of the estate of (£19.18.6, all personal); made by John Curtis 
and John Morris. The estate owes £8. Essex Wills 

1694 March 25. Administration on the estate granted to his widow 
Johanna. N. J. Archives, XXL, p. 210 

1702-3 Jan. 20. Morris, Rotliro, of Elsenburgh, Salem Co., yeo- 
man; will of. Wife Joel. Sons — Jonathan, Joseph, Joshua, Lewis, 
David; daughters — Sarah and Jane, both under age. Plantation of 1200 
acres, 400 a. with Locust Island, land adjoining John Thompson, do. near 
Henry Walmsley, do. at Black Walnut Point and other land, school at 
Elsenburgh. Personal property. Executors — the wife and Nathaniel 
Chamlis of Aliways Creek, under supervision of Salem Monthly Meeting. 
Witnesses — William Thompson^ Andrew Thompson and John Footit. 
Proved September 2r, 1704. Lib. i, p. 79 

1704 Sept. 7. Inventory of the personal estate (£1018.0.0); made 
by John Thompson, Richard Darkin and Samuel Carpenter. 

1700 Jnly 21. 3Iorris, Virgin, widow of Lawrence Morris; will of. 
Confirms the last will of her husband, adding that if the three children 
named should die in their minority, the estate is to go to her brother 
Nathaniel Cripps and her sister Theophile. Executors — brother Nath'l 
Cripps and Robert Wheeler. W^itnesses — Abra: Bickley, Joseph Cross 
and Tho. Revell. Proved August 27, 1700. 



-^30 NEW JERSEY COLONIAL DOCUMENTS. 

1700-1 March 3. Bond of Nathaniel Cripps, yeoman, and Robert 
Wheeler, merchant, as executors. Henry Grubb and Joseph Adams, 
tailor, fellow bondsmen. 

. Petition of John Beesly, husband of Mary Morris, sur- 
viving heiress of Virgin Morris, asking that Nathaniel Cripps, the surviv- 
ing executor, be compelled to give an accounting of the estate, John Gos- 
ling, J. P. for Burlington, holding petitioners' power of attorney. 

Burlington Wills 

1711 Nov. 29. Morris, William,