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Full text of "Early Long Island wills of Suffolk county, 1691-1703. an unabridged copy of the manuscript volume known as "The Lester will book;" being the record of the Prerogative court of the county of Suffolk, New York, with genealogical and historical notes"

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EARLY LONG ISLAND WILLS 



Suffom County, 1691^1703 



An Unabridged Copy of the Manuscript Volume known as " The Lester 

Will Book " ; being the Record of the Prerogative Cocrt 

of the countv of suffolk, new york 



TlClitF) Genealogical an& Iblstortcal motes 

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WILLIAM S. PELLETREAU, A. M. 

Editor of ■■Southampton Records," Author of '■ Putnam County, N. Y.," etc. 



EX HA USTIVE IXDEXES OF PERSONS AND LOCALITIES 



NEW YORK 

FRANCIS P. HARPER 

1897 



COPV:-:IGI!T, l357, 

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FRANCIS P. HARPER. 



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'^':\a'?Z':A 



ORVILLE B. ACKERLY, ESQ., 

CORRESPOXDIXG SECRETARY OF THE 

SUFFOLK COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 

WHOSE ACTIVE INTEREST IN 

THE HISTORY OF LONG ISLAND HAS PRESERVED 

MUCH THAT WOULD OTHERWISE BE LOST, 

THIS VOLUME IS RESPECTFULLY 

BcOicatcD 



INTRODUCTION. 



The first will recorded in Suffolk County is that 
of Josiah Stanborough, who lived at Sagaponack, 
in the town of Southampton. It was dated July 16^ 
1661, and proved at the " Quarter Court," held in 
Southampton, September 3, 1661. At that time the 
town was under the jurisdiction of Connecticut, and 
the probate was according to the laws of that Colony. 
It may be found in the second volume of Southamp- 
ton records. 

In 1664 the English conquest made Long Island 
a part of the Province of Ne'v York, and it was 
governed by the code known as the " Duke's Laws." 
By these laws it was ordered that, upon the death of 
any person, it was the duty of the constable and the 
overseers to repair to the house of the deceased and 
find if any will had been left by him. The executors 
of any will were to present it for probate at the next 
" Court of Sessions," and the Clerk of the Court was 
to transmit the will and probate for record to the 
Register's office in New York. By an amendment 
to these laws, the Court of Assizes also had the 
power to admit wills to probate. The Court of 
Sessions consisted of the Judge and Clerk, and cer- 
tain Justices of the Peace. It was ordained by law 



viii I>it)-odiiction. 

ti.1 luj held three times a )'ear, and in the " East 
Riding" (now Suffolk County) the courts were to 
be held "by turns" in Southold and Southampton. 

The Court of Assizes was composed of the Gov- 
ernor, Members of Council, Hi-h Sheriff, and 
such Justices of the Peace as might attend. The 
Secretary of the Province was the Clerk of the 
Court, which was that of last appeal. This Court 
was abolished in 16S3. 

B\' an addition to the Duke's Laws, in 1665, it was 
ordered that all original wills, after having been 
proved at the Court of Sessions, or Assizes, should 
be returned into the office of Records in New York, 
"and shall remain there," and the executors were to 
have copies. This has preserved a great many 
original wills, which are now on file in the New York 
Surrogate's office. 

In England, up to a very recent period, the pro- 
bate of wills was under the control of the Arch- 
bishop of Canterbury." And in the instructions 
given to General Thomas Dongan, May 29, 16S6, it 
was expressly charged that "the ecclesiastical Juris- 
diction of the Archbishop of Canterbury is to be 
retained except as to licences for marriage and 
Probate of Wills, which are reserved to the Governor, 
and to the Commander in Chiefe for the time being." 

* The origin of the name of "Prerogative Court" is shown by the 
following definition in Eaily's Dictionary, 1750. " Prerogative Court. 
A Court belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury, wherein all Wills 
are proved and Administrations granted, that belong to the Arch- 
bishop by his Prerogative." 



; I}it?-odiicfion. ix 

- B}' Act of General Assembh", November ii, 1692, 

it was enacted that in all the counties except Orange, 

Richmond, Westchester, and Kings, the Court of 

Common Pleas, or if not in session, the Judge 

assisted by the Justices of the Peace, was to examine 

the witnesses and certify the examinations, to the 

Secretary's Office, and upon this the Governor 

^ granted his " Probate." Among the list of officers 

[ in 1693, we find "William Smith, Esq., Chief 

s; Justice, having power of King's Bench, Common 

f Pleas and Exchecquer." So that although the power 

I to admit wills to probate was vested in the Governor, 

;j yet the actual power was exercised b}- the Judge of 

; the Court, who acted as his delegate, and Governor 

'i Tryon, in 1774, stated " The Prerogatl\e Court con- 

f. cerns itself only in the Probate of wills, etc. The 

I Governor is properly the Judge of this Court but 

^ usually acts by delegate." Judge William Smith 

I was appointed Judge in May 15, i6gi, and held it 

i till June 13, 1706. 

^ It remains to state the circumstances under which 

i this book was lost and restored. Up to 1844 the 

I County Clerk's office was wherever the clerk hap- 

pened to live. Thomas Helme was clerk in 1691, 
and for many )'ears after. William Henry Smith, 
a son of the Judge, held the office from 1730 to 
1739. After the Revolution, under the State 
Government, Hon. Ezra L'Hommedleu was clerk 
from 1784 to iSio, and again in iSii. He died 
in office September 27, 1811. The book of which 



X Introditction. 

this volume is a cop)' was among his otticial 
books and papers. B}' some oversigiit it was not 
transferred to his successor in office, but remained in 
the hands of Thomas S. Lester, Sr., wlio died Septem- 
ber 13, 1S17. With the rest of his private papers it 
came into the possession of his only son Thomas S. 
Lester, Jr., who was a child at the time of his father's 
death. i\Iany years later, when he came to manhood. 
his attention was called to the book by the late 
Charles B. Moore of New York City, and he saw at 
once that it was an original Book of Records, belong- 
ing to the Count)- Clerk's office ; and on October 13, 
1S71, he transmitted it to George C. Campbell, who 
then held the office, and it was thus restored to its 
proper place after having been lost to the public for 
a period of sixty years. 

The life of Thomas S. Lester, who thus conferred 
upon the public a lasting benefit, was a curious 
episode in local history. Inheriting from his father 
a farm in Southold, he made these paternal acres his 
home during life, and was in the opinion of his 
neighbors a plodding, unambitious man, without 
aspirations for wealth. Dying intestate, it was found, 
to tlie astonishment of all who knew him, that by 
careful investments of his small income which were 
invariably successful, he had accumulated a fortune 
of $300,000, which went to heirs at law. Among 
these was a pauper, supported at public expense, who 
awoke one morning to find himself the possessor 
of thirty-eight thousand dollars. The sudden tran- 



Introduction. xi 

sition from the porridge pot to the palace was too 
much for him, and only a very brief interval elapsed 
(the most of which was spent in sampling ardent 
spirits in their varied forms) between leaving his 
home in the County House for one much narrower 
in the village grave yard. 

The absence of any punctuation in this volume 
may attract attention, but in this we follow the 
original. The printing is done from a copy made 
by Orville B. Ackerly, Esq., and carefully compared 
with the original. 

The writer hopes that this work will prove of use 
and benefit to all who feel an interest in Long Island 
history, and in the acts and deeds of a generation 
that has long since passed away. 

William S. Pelletkeau. 

Southampton, L. I., 
Mdy 20, 1897. 



EARLY LONG ISLAND WILLS OF 
SUFFOLK COUNTY, iOqi-1703 



I Brookhaven May ye 23 1691 

I At a Court holden before the Hono''''= Coll. Wil- 

i Ham Smith Judge of the Prerogative Court — Upon 

I the coniplt. of W^illiam Jayne & others creditors to 

I Joseph Davicc late of Brookhaven afores'' deceased 

^ setting forth tliat the said Davice is said in his life- 

I time to have made his last will and testament by 

II which he is said to have appointed Capt. Richard 
II Wodhull S^ John Jl/osier his Executors who have not 
I taken upon them hitherto the Burthen of Executor- 
^ ship it being now above three months since the said 

Davice his decease by reason where of the said credi- 
tors fear that the s"^ estate may be imbecelled & they 
defrauded of their just debts. 

Ordered that CapL Richard Wodhull & John 
Mosier be notified to appear at a Court to be holden 
on IMonday next being the 25"' instant at six o'clock 
in ye afternoon at the Judges now dwelling house 
then & there to declare whether they will take 
upon them the Executorship afores'' and bring the 
said Will into Court. 

Tho : Helme Cler. 



10 Early Long Island Wills. 

BkouKHAVEX May ye 25"' 
At a Court hoklen May ye 25''- 1691 — Capt. 
Richard ]Vodhiill is. Jo'in .'l/('j"/d'/- appeared in Court 
and did then and there declare that their own 
private occasions will not admit them to take upon 
them the burthen of Executorship of the abo\-e 
s'- Device his will antl do renounce being concerned 
therewith and delix'ered the s'^ pretended will to 
the Clerk of the Court. And Jl'illiaui Javiie 
appearing in Court and alleging that he is the 
principal creditor to JoscpJi Davicc deceased — And 
pra)'ing that letters of Administration may be 
granted to him to administer on the ^^ Josep/i Daidcc 
his Estate — 

Ordered that letters of Administration shall be 
given to the s'' William Jayne he giving bond tridy 
to administer according to law and to deliver into 
this Court a true and perfect Inventory of the s** 
deceased his estate at or before the 20"' daj- of 
June next and that a copy of the s'^ will be annexed 
to the s'' letters of administration and in regard sev- 
eral legacies are by the s"" Davice bequeathed to his 
children the persons said to witness the will are to 
be notified to appear before the Judge on W^ednesday 
at 6 o'clock in )'e afternoon being the 27th. instant. 

By the Hono^'" Coll. William Stititli Judge of 
their Maty'' Prerogative Court within ye County of 
Suft'olk on Long Island in )'e Province of New York 
in America — 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 1 1 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know ye that \\\\&ve.2.s Joseph Davies late of Brook- 
liavcn in ye County of Suffolk, weaver, did in life 
time make his last will and testament dated the fifth 
day of Oct. Anno. Dom. 1689 and departed this life 
ye fifteenth day of Feby. last past Anno. Dom. 
1690/1 and by the same W'ill did appoint Capt. 
Richard WodhiUl and Johyi JMosicr both of Brook- 
haven afores*^ Executors of his s^ last Will which is 
hereunto anne.\ed which s'^ Capt. Richard U'odhictt 
andjohn Alosier did appear before me this day and 
for certain causes them thereunto justl)' moving 
have Expressl)' renounced the burthen of the Execu- 
torship of the said testament. 

I therefore by virtue of the authority to me given 
by his Excell*' Henry Slaughter Esq. Capt General 
& Gov"' in Chief in and over ye Province of New 
Yorke afores"* reposing special trust & confidence in 
you William Jayne of Brookhaven afores"". Cooper, 
& principal creditor to ye deceased afores'* Joseph 
Davies have nominated constituted and appointed 
and by these presents constitute and appoint you 
William Jaync administrator of all and singular 
the goods chattels & credits of ye s,"^ Joseph Davies 
deceased with full power to ask receive recover & 
demand all and singular the goods chattels leases 
debts & credits whatsoever to the s'^ deceased 
belonging or in any wise appertaining by all lawful 
ways & means whatsoever. In the first place 
paying those debts whereby the s"^ deceased stood 



12 Early Long Isliuul Wills. 

obliged in ye time of his death & then those legacies 
contained and specified in the s' testament as far as 
the lawful goods & credits of ye s'"" deceased may 
to this extend }'ou taking your oath trul)' to admin- 
ister ye same goods chattels rights & credits and to 
make or cause to be made a true & perfect inventory 
of all and singular the debts goods chattels rights 
& credits which shall or may come to your hand 
possession or knowledge antl further to give a just 
<;^ true account of & concerning the s'' administration 
before me or such Judges as shall be thereunto ap- 
pointed at or before the first day of July next 
ensuing ye date hereof. Given under m\' hand & 
seal this thirtl da\- of June Anno. Dom. i6gi & in 
ye third year of their Maje^' reign. 

WiLLi.AM Smith 
Thomas Helme, Cler. 

Joseph Davis' his will — In the name of God 
Amen Oct. 5 Anno. Dom. 1689. \ Joseph Davicc 
of Brookhavcn in ye Count)' of .Suffolk upon Long 
Island Planter being sick & weak in body but of 
perfect mind and memor\' thanks to God for it there- 
fore calling to mind the mortality of m)' body and 
knowing that it is appointed to all men once to die 

'Joseph D.ivice (or Davis) came to Brookhaven from Southampton. 
He -was a weaver by trade and on December 23, i663, the town of 
Brookhaven granted him "the weaver's lot." He was also granted 
" an accnraraodation by paying asothersdo," and he agreed " to weave 
the town's yarn into cloth on as reasonable terms as they do generally 
upon the Island." His descendants are still to be found in Brookhaven. 



Suffolk Counfy, i6gi-ijoj. 13 

do make and ordain this my last will & testam' in 

manner and form following tliat is to say first & 

principally I give my soul into the hands of God 

who gave it me & for my body I commend it to ye 

Earth to be buried in a christian & decent manner 

j in ye usual place of burial nothing doubting but at 

I ye general resurrection I shall receive the same again 

: by the mighty power of God and as touching such 

i wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to 

\ bless me in this life I give bequeath & dispose the 

; same in manner &: form following first I give and 

:J bequeath to Elizabeth my loving wife power to sell 

; this house and accommodation belonEring; thereto & 

J . 

I the disposing of the moneys received as the price 

■^ thereof m)- will is likewise that she dispose of this 

\ money to build a house and that it shall be hers so 

I lorig as she lives & when it pleaseth God to 

i remove her by death it shall fall to my eldest son 

\ Joseph provided he prove dutiful to his mother other- 

,:! wise she shall have the disposing of it to which of 

I my children she pleaseth twenty acres of land 

I adjoining to the house to be disposed in the same 

I manner as the house all the rest of my meadows & 

^ land my will is that after her decease shall be 

equally distributed amongst all my sons my will is 

; that she have the disposing of my stock & movea- 

' bles to my children according to their desert only 

what hereafter shall be excepted. Moreover I give 

■ & bequeath to my son Joseph a black horse & mare 

': in ye woods. To my son Benjamin one mare which 



I 



14 Early Long Island Mills. 

i bought from Richard Gierke my loom and tackling 
belonging to it which I charge him never to sell. 
To my son Samuel a mare a }-ear old. To Daniel 
I give and bequeath the first colt of Saniitel's mare. 
M\' will also is that Benjawiii give to my daughter 
Jl/ary the first Mare Colt of his Mare one cow 
the day of her marriage and other two that da)- 
twelvemonth following. And of this my last will 
and testament I make and ordain m\' well belo\'ed 
friends Richard Wodhull 7s.x\A John illosier my full 
and whole Executors and I do hereb)' utterh" dis- 
allow revoke and annul all & every other former 
testament wills or legacies willed and bequeathed 
ratif}'ing and confirming this & none other to be 
my last will and testan:'. In Witness whereof I 
have hereunto set my hand and seal ye day & 
year above written. Th=n,,,rkot 

J(JSEPH ± Da\'ice 

Signed sealed published pronounced & declared 
b)' ye s"^ Joseph Daviee as his last will & testam' in 
ye presence of witnesses 

D. SiMSOX 

Jacob Loxgbothom 
Thomas Biggs 

By )-e Hono''''-' Coll. JVilliam Smilh Judge of )'e 
Prerogative Court within ye County of Suft'olk in 
ye Province of N. York in America — 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know yee that whereas John Rluncy late of Brook- 



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'■■ Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 15 

\; haven in ye said County Husbandman departed 

c' this life on ye 19'** day of Feby. 169° leaving no 

Executors — And Hannah ye widow of the s'' 
c > . . , 

;,; deceased for certain causes her hereunto justly mov- 

;^■^ ing, hath prayed that ye administration of ye goods 

2 & chattels of ye s"^ deceased may be granted unto 

ii^ her ye widow of ye said deceased. 

t I therefore by virtue of ye power & authority to 

i me given reposing special trust & confidence in you 

I Hannah afores"* have nominated constituted & 

t appointed & by these presents do constitute & 

I appoint you Hannah ye widow of ye deceased 

I afores'^ Administratrix of all «& singular ye goods 

I & chattels rights & credits of ye said Joh?i 

S liliincy deceased with full power to ask receive de- 

I mand & recover all & singular ye goods & chattels 

leases debts & credits w'soever to )'e s'[ deceased 
belonging or in any wise appertaining by all lawful 
ways & means w'soever in ye first place paj'ing 
those lawful debts w'by ye said deceased stood 
obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful 
goods & credits of ye said deceased may to this 
extend you taking your oath truly to administer ye 
same & to make or cause to be made a true and 
perfect inventory of all & singular the debts goods 
& chattels rights and credits to ye s"^ deceased be- 
longing which shall or may come to ye hands pos- 
session or knowledge & further to give a just & 
true ace' in and concerning ye s"* administration 
before me or such other Judge or Judges as may be 



i6 Earlv Lo)ig Island Mills. 

appointed thereunto at or before ye iS"' day of Jan. 
next ensuing ye date hereof — 

Given under my hand «S: seal ye iS day of July 
1691. 

William Smith 

Tho. Helme ^ Cler. 

Brookhavex Feby. ye 14 169° 
I, Tiinofliy Brciostcr being sent for by JoJui 
Jl/iDuy a little before his death he desiring me then 
to write his will and I thinking it not convenient at 
that time did forbear writing & desired him to declare 
his mind before these witnesses underwritten that if 
no better opportunity should present they might 
declare w' was his will or desire to ye disposal of his 
house & land which he did accordingly as followeth : 
r to his son Jo/in Miincy he gave ye one half of 
house & lands : to his brother Saui' he gave ye other 
half to divide equally with his son John only not half 
ye meadow. To his wife he left nothing but w' ye 
law alloweth. JiViat/ian Oueii asked him ye next 
morning w' meadow he referred not to be divided he 
answered that it was ye meadow at ye west meadow. 
Witness 

Jonathan Owen 
Sarah Biggs 
TiMOTHv Brewster 

' Thomas Helme, whose name appears very frequently in these pages, 
was an early settler in Brookhaven and one of the second Patentees. 
He held the offices of Town Clerk and Justice for many years, and was 
Clerk of the Prerogative Court. In 1704 he was Commissioner to lay 
out highways. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 17 

By the Hono'''^ Co/l. ll'illiani Smith Judge of their 
Ma^'" Prerogative Court within ye County of Suffolk 
on Long Island in ye Province of Nevi^ York in 
America. 

I To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 

, Know ye that whereas Benjamin Moore ^ of Sotithhold 

\ Mariner departed this life on or about the fifteenth 

; day of May Anno. Dom. 1690 leaving no Executor 

; Ts-XiA Jeremy l^iele & Anne his wife the late widow 

:; of ye deceased Benjamin Moore afores"" of ye town & 

\ County afores* for certain causes them hereunto justly 

\ moving have prayed that the administration of the 

,: goods & chattels of the s'^ deceased may be granted 

% to ye s^ JercmyViele & An7ie his wife. 

; I therefore by virtue of ye authority to me de- 

-■ rived reposing special trust & confidence in you 

"^ Jere^ny Viele and Anne your wife late ye widow & 

'.!; relict of the deceased afores** have nominated consti- 

% tuted & appointed and by these presents do constitute 

} and appoint you Jeremy Viele & Anne your wife to 

1^ be administrators of all & singular the goods chattels 

\ & credits of Benjamin Moore afores"* deceased with 

I full power to ask receive recover & demand all & 

f singular the goods chattels & credits leases & debts 

.1 whatsoever to ye deceased afores'^ belonging or in 

I anywise appertaining by all lawful ways & means 

I whatsoever in ye first place paying the debts whereby 



I 



' Benjamin Moore was son of Thomas Moore of Southold, and ac- 
cording to Moore's " Index of Southold " was baptized August 2, 1640. 



1 8 Early Long Island Wills. 

the s"^ deceased stood obliged in the time of his death 
so far as the goods and credits of the said deceased 
may to tliis extend you and either of you taking your 
oath truly to administer tlie same and to make or 
cause to be made a true & a perfect inventory of all 
& singular the debts goods & chattels rights & 
credits which shall or may come to your hand pos- 
session or knowledge and further to gi\'e a just & a 
true account in & concerning the s*^ administration 
before me or such Judges as shall be thereunto 
appointed at or before ye last day of March ensuing 
the date hereof — 

Given under my hand & seal this S'*" day of Sept. 
Anno Dom. 1691 S: in ye third year of their j\lat''' 
Reign. 

VViLLi.A.M Smith 

Thomas Helme, Cler. 



By ye Hono''''= Coll Williarii Smith Judge of their 
Ma'*'" Prerogative Court within ye County of Suffolk 
on Long Island in ye Province of N. Yorke in 
America — 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know ye \\\dX\s\\^x^^s Jo7iathan Moore* o{ Southhold 
in ye County afores'' departed this life in or about 
ye fifteenth day of March Anno Dom. 16S9 leaving 

* Jonathan Moore was brother of Benjamin Moore, last mentioned. 
He was born in 1645. He left a son Jonathan, born 1678, died 1728. 
His descendants moved to Orange Co., N. Y. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-jjoj. 19 

no executor and Martha the widow and relict of ye 
deceased afores"* for certain causes her hereunto 
justly moving hath prayed that the administration of 
the goods & chattels of the deceased afores** may be 
granted unto her the s'^ widow & relict of ye s*^ 
deceased — 

I therefore by virtue of the authority to me de- 
rived reposing special trust & confidence in you 
Martha the widow & relict of the deceased afores'^ 
have nominated constituted & appointed and by these 
presents do constitute & appoint you JMartJia the 
widow & relict of ye deceased afores"^ Administratrix 
of all & singular the goods chattels & credits oi Jon- 
athan Moore afores*^ deceased with full power to 
ask receive recover and demand all & singular the 
goods chattels leases debts S; credits whatsoever to 
the deceased afores"" belonging or in any wise apper- 
taining by all lawful ways «SL- means whatsoever. In 
ye first place paying those debts whereby ye said 
deceased stood obliged in the time of his death so far 
as the goods & credits of the s"* deceased may to this 
extend you taking your oath truly to administer the 
same and to make or cause to be made a true & per- 
fect inventory of all & singular the goods & chattels 
rights debts & credits which shall or may come to 
your hands possession or knowledge & further to give 
a just & true account in & concerning the s"^ adminis- 
tration before me or such judges as may be there- 
unto appointed at or before the last day of March 
ensuing the date hereof. 



20 Early Lo}m Island Wills. 

Given under my hand and seal this S'^ of Sept. 
Anno Dom. 1691 & in }'e 3'' year of their Ma'*'' 
Reign 

William Smith 

Thomas Helme, Cler. 



In ye name of God Amen Byookhavcn Feb' S'*" 
169;, \, John Jeiuicr'' o{ Brookhavoi in ye County 
of Suffolk on Long Island in ye Pro\ince of N. 
Yorke being sick & weak in body but of good & 
sound memory thanks be God calling to mind ye 
uncertain state of this life do make 8: ordain this my 
last W'ill and Testam' hereby revoking & annulling 
all & any former Will or Wills formerly made b)' me 
eitlier by word or writing — Imp''mis I commit my 
soul into )'e hands of God who ga\'e it and my body 
being dead to be decently buried in such place & 
manner as to my Executors hereinafter named shall 
seem convenient & my worldly estate which it hath 
pleased God to bestow on me my just & lawful debts 
being paid I order & dispose in manner iS; form fol- 
lowing — It"' I give to ni)' son Join: my house & all 
my lands & meadows with ye buildings fencings 
orchards S: other }'e improvements w'soever thereunto 
belonging or in anywise appertaining to be enjoyed 
by him at ye age of 21 years. It"' I give to my 

^ John Jenner was son of John Jenner. who was one of the Patentees 
of Brookhaven in iC66, and Magistrate in 1662. He had a brother, 
Thomas Jenner, who oa November 17, 1671, received an allotment at 
Wading River, and was living in 1723. 



Suffolk Comity, i6gi-i"oj. 21 

daughter Sarah & JlFary all ye rest of my moveable 
estate my goods & chattels to be enjoyed by them by 
equal parts when they shall come to ye age of Eight- 
een years if then married — It" My will is that if it 
please God to give any other living child if it be a 
son he shall have an equal portion of my lands &c. 
w' my son Jolui & if it be a daughter she shall have 
an equal portion with my daughters — If^ l\Iy will is 
. that my wife Sarah shall have ye full and free en- 

i joymt of my house & lands & ye rest of my estate of 

'■ w' kind & nature soever durinof her widowhood & ye 

1 ... 

] non age of my children — And in case my wife shall 

j be married to another «S: they shall be both Kind & 

■ loving to my children they shall have the use of my 

I estate during ye non age of my children otherwise 

^■. not. Lastly I do appoint my friends Just. Richard 

\ Smith & Jo7iathaii Smith ^ Executors of this my last 

I Will & testam' whom I do request to take care of 

1 my wife & children & other concerns pertaining to 

i ye office of an Executor Sec. 

'4 

1 In witness whereof I have to tb.ese presents set 

'; my hand seal ye day above s'' 

I JoHX Jenner (Seal) 

i Sealed and delivered in presence of 

I John Jennings 

i George Owen 

I Wm Satterlv ' 

i ' Richard and Jonathan Smith, the executors of the will of John Jen- 

J ner, were two of the sons of Richard Smith, the founder of Smithtown, 

and known as the " Bull rider." 
'Wm. Satterly was one of the original proprietors of Brookhaven. 



22 Early Long Island Wills. 

By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
29 day of Apr. 1692 at Brookhavcii in ye County of 
Suff. before Col. ]\'il!ia>n Smitli Judge of ye Prerog- 
ative Court was proved & approved ye last Will & 
testam' of John Jouicr deceased 2X Brookhavcn\x\y& 
s'^ County on ye 15"' day of Feb' Anno Dom. 169J and 
ha\-ing by his s"* last Will nominated & appointed 
Justice Ricliard Sutith & Joiiatlian Smith his Exec- 
utors as by the s' will may appear for )-e well & 
faithful administration of all & singular ye goods 
chattels & credits of ye s'' deceased. And ye said 
Jonathan renouncing )e burthen of Executorship — 
To ye care & trust of }'e s'^ yi'/V//"'was committed ye s'' 
administration to perform his duty herein according to 
ye tenor of s' will & ye laws of ye said Province. 

By the tenor of these presents know )-e that on )-e 
29 day of Sept. 1691 at Soiitlihold in ye County of 
Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of N. Yorke 
before Col. William Smith Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court was proved & approved the last Will & tes- 
tam' of Benjamin I/orton deceased lit Soiithhold\nyQ 
County afores'^ on )-e tliird of Nov. Anno Dom. 1690 
and having by his s' Will & Testam' nominated & 
appointed his brother Joshua Horton of Sonthhold 
afores*" his sole Executor as by the copy of ye Will 
hereunto annexed may appear for the well & faithful 

Was" overseer "in 1671, constable 1676. His descendant, Captain John 
R. Satterly. was commander of one of the companies of militia sta- 
tioned at Sag Harbor in the war of 1S12. 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 23 

administration of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits of the deceased you shall a true & faithful in- 
ventory of all & singular the goods chattels & credits 
that did anyways belong or of right appertain to the 
deceased at the time of his death bring in & deliver 
to me or such other Judge or Judges as shall be ap- 
pointed for this County at or before the last day of 
March next ensuing & then & there render a true 
plain & perfect account of your having Executed & 
performed )-our duty herein according to the tenor 
of the s'' Will & the laws of this Province, 
Sworn before me the day & year afores'' 

Witness my hand & scale — -.tt c,,,^„ 

•* William Smith 

Tho. Helme Cler. 

In ye name of God Amen Feby. 19 i6S| accord- 
ing to the computation of ye Church of England 

I, Bcnjantin ^ Norton in ye County of Suffolke in ye 
Province of N. Yorke on Long Island being in per- 
fect memory do make & ordain in this my last Will 
& testam' 

Item, I give to Caleb Norton 8c Joshua Norton & 
to Jonatlian Norton & RIersy Youngs 80 Bushels of 
Wheat «& Indian 20 swine 20 sheep to be devided to 
them for a like — 

Item, I give my house & lands & meadows Except 

* Benjamin Horton was the second son of Barnabas Horton of South- 
old. He is said to have married Ann, daughter of John Budd. but left 
no children. The " meadows of Common o%-er the river" were in the 
town of Southampton on south side of Peconic river, and were given to 
Southold people in compromise of a law suit in 1666. 



24 Early Long Island J nils. 

my meadows of Common o\'er the Ri\'t;r to the Sac- 
rament table yearly for evermore — 

Item, I give to m)' friend T/toJuas Tv.sfen one lot 
of the Common i\Ieado\v o\-er the River and aCoate 
cloth that is at Steplioi Balycs and the corn that is 
more than the 8o bushels I give to T/iouias Tiistoi. 
Iteni, I give ten Oxen for a bell for the meeting 
house to call ye people together to v/orship the Lord 
God- 
Item, I give the rest of my cattle to the poor — 
Item, I give to my m:xn Joscp/i one sow one gun 
one sheep & his time to be out next iNIay day — 

Item, I give to my sisters my w^ife's Cloathes to be 
di\'ided to them two — 

Item, I give all the rest of my goods to my brother 
Joseph Horto7i — 

I make my hxoi\\^x Joshua Hori'ou sole Executor 
of this my last Will & testam' revoking all other 
Wills & testani'' to see all my debts paid. 

Bexja>[in Horton 
Signed & sealed in ye presence of us 
Thomas Tustex 
Thomas Mapes Jr. 
William Coleman 
Joii\ Goldsmith' 

' The witnesses of this will were among the best known residents of 
Southold. Thomas Tusten was son of John Tusten, and born 1635 i 
died October 10, 161)7. I^^ lived on a lot bought of Rev. John Youngs 
on " Toms creek." 

Wra. Coleman was an early settler and was owner of an estate in 
zb-f). He was living in 1707. 

John Goldsmith was the nephew of Thomas Goldsmith, who was an 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 25 

By the tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
29 of Sept' 169! at Southhold in ye County of Suf- 
folke in ye Province of N. York before Col. ]]'illiam 
S)nith Judge of ye Prerogative Court was pro\'ed & 
approved the last Will & testamt. of Thonuis Tal- 
vuige late of East Hamptoji deceased the 21" day of 
November Anno Dom. 1690 and having by his sd. 
Will & testamt. appointed his sons NatJianicll 
Slmbacll & Oiiesiiniis his Executors as by the Copy 
of the s'' Will hereunto annexed may appear for the 
well & faithful administration of all & singular the 
goods chattels & credits of ye sd deceased — You 
shall a true full & faithful Inventory of all & singular 
the goods chattels & credits that did any ways belong 
of right appertain to the s'^ deceased at ye time of 
his death bring in & deliver to me or such Judge or 
Judges as shall be appointed for this County at or 
before ye last day of March next ensuing & there 
& then to render a true plain & perfect account of 
your having executed and performed your duty herein 
according to the tenor of \-e said Will & the laws 
of this Province. 

Sworn before me ye day & year afores"" 

Witness my hand & seal. 

T- ,, ^, William Smith 

1 HO. Helme Cler. 

early settler in Southampton. His homestead there was on the east side 
of the main street of the village, and next north of "Toilsome lane," 
John Goldsmith died April 1703. His descendants are numerous and 
respectable. 

Thomas Mapes, Jr., was known as " Captain Mapes." He was born 
1651 and died February 16, 1711. 



26 Early Long Islaiid IVills. 

The last Will & Testam' of Thomas Tahnag;'"^ of 
£asf Ha7>ipton — 

I having through the mercy of God at present my 
reason & understanding I do make this my last Will 
& testamt. in manner & form following — 

First I give unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth 
Tal»iao-e after my decease my dwelling house & two 
cows & fodder for them for the winter & pasturing 
for them for ye summer and also that she be pro- 
vided for v.-ith corn fire wood wool flax & such 
necessary provision needful for her comfortable 
subsistance during }'e time of her life and that by 
my sons that do succeed me if she continue in a 
single estate and abide in this place — • 

2'-' I do give to my son Nathaniell Talinagc my 
house lot & addition which is about eleven acres of 
land he no waj's to infringe my wife's peaceable liv- 
ing upon ye same as is above mentioned — Also I do 
give to this my son Nathaniell one. piece of land at 
Georgica which is about ten acres. Also I do give 
unto him twelve acres more as being part of a parcel 
of land that I have upon ye Northwest Woodland 

" Thomas Talmage was the ancestor of a famous familj'. His home- 
stead was on the west side of the main street of East Hampton, and the 
third lot north of the Bridge Hampton road. It was lately owned by- 
Mrs. David Thompson. Of the locations mentioned in this will, 
" Georgica " is in the vicinity of the little lake well known as " Georgica 
pond." The "Northwest woodland plain" is the large tract of woodland 
through which the Sag Harbor turnpike runs. The " Great Plains " is 
the tract extending from the south end of East Hampton village to 
Lily pond. The " eastern plain" is in the vicinity of the place called 
" Pantigo." The ■' Second home lots" were at the place called New- 
town, and bounded north by the road still called " Newtown lane." 



Suffolk County, idgi-iyoj. 27 

plain and one piece of land more on ye Great plain 

about two acres & a half and one acre more known 

by the name of the little lots as also I do give unto 

him one half of a piece of land that I have on ye 

eastern plain the whole is six acres, the parcels of 

land above mentioned I do give unto my son A\i- 

thaniell Talmagc after my decease and to his heirs & 

assigns forever — Also I do give unto him one quar- 

■ ter part of my living cattle of what kind soever — 

; 3''' I do give unto my son Shubaell Talmagc my 

\ _ second home lot containing about six acres and also 

\ one piece of land more joining to this home lot on 

ye Northward part of it containing about eight acres 

! and one piece of land more lying Northward of this 

i land last above mentioned only a highway parting it 

j and it containeth about seventeen acres & a half and 

I I do give unto this my son Shubaell \\\tt other half of 

j that piece of land that I have upon ye eastern plain 

j it is about six acres in ye whole the one half I have 

; given to my son Natlianicll & the other half to my 

• son Shubaell^ I do give unto my son Shubaell one 

\ piece of land more on ye Eastern plain Eastward of 

I a place called by the name of the two mile hollow and 

I it containeth about two acres & a half all this land 

i last above mentioned I do give unto my son Shubaell 

\ after my decease and to his heirs & assigns forever — 

! 4'*' I do give unto my son Onesimus Talmage my 

! close that lyeth something Westward of this town of 

I East Hainpton and it containeth about fifteen acres 

as also I do give unto him four acres more on ye lit- 



28 Early Long Island Mills. 

tie plain as also part of one piece of land more that 
I have upon the Northwest Woodland plain the re- 
maining part is about fii'dcoi acres more or less 
these parcels of land last above mentioned. 

After my decease I do give imto my son Oncsinius 
Talinagc & his heirs & assigns fore\er and also I do 
gi\'e unto these my two sons Shiibacll ik Oiicsinuis 
Tahna^L three quarters of what living cattle I ha\e of 
what kind soever and also what household goods I 
have I do give unto these my two sons S/iiibac/I & 
0>icsiiinis only if God should take awa}- either of my 
two younger sons while they abide in a single state 
then the land to belong to the other two that do sur- 
vi\e. And also I do grant that my two }'oungcr sons 
shall ha\e an equal part of the hay that cometh of from 
my home lot & addition with m)- son N^athanicll & 
that for tlie space of three years after my decease 
they doing equally alike for ye getting of it, and also 
I do give unto my grandchild Thomas Tabnage }'e 
son of KatJianicl Talmagc one little piece of land of 
mine that lyeth on ye North East end of ye town 
which for sometime was made use of by Tliomas Bcc 
by m)- consent & it containeth something more than 
three acres as by ye town records may appear which 
said land I do give to this m)- fores'" grandchild for- 
ever — Also I having given formerly unto my daugh- 
ter Naomi \\\\2l1 I could I do now give unto her five 
shillings in common pay upon demand here three 
months after my decease — Also I do give to my 
daughter Mary Hand forty shillings in common pay 



Suffolk County , i6gi-i/0j. 29 

one year after my decease — Also I do give unto my 
daughter flannah Talmage three pounds out of my 
estate in common pay one year after my decease — 
And I do give unto my daughter Sarah Bee three 
pounds in common pa}' one year after ni)' decease — 
All ye rest of my lands & goods whatsoever that is 
not aforementioned with all the privileges that do or 
may of right belong to me wherever it is my debts 
& legacys being first paid I do give unto these my 
three sons Nathaniell Shitbaell & Oncsinnts Tal- 
mage & do make them Executors of this my last Will 
& Testam'. To all & every of the above written 
premises I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 
twenty third of April 16S7. 

Thomas Tallmage 
Witness 

Daniel Osborne 

John Parsons 



By the tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
30'** day of Sept. 1691 at Southhold in ye County of 
Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of N. Yorke 
before Co/. IVilliam Smi'lh Esq. Judge of ye Preroga- 
tive Court was proved & approved the last Will & 
testamt. of Thomas Moore deceased at Southhold ye 
25'*' day of June Anno Dom. 1691 and having by his 
said Will & testamt. nominated & appointed his sons 
Thomas & Nathaniell JMoore his Executors as by the 
copy of ye said Will hereunto annexed may appear 



30 Early Loiiff Isla)id Wills. 

for ye well «S: faithful administration of all & singular 
the goods chattels & credits of ye s"* deceased j'ou 
shall a true full & faithful In^■entory of all & singular 
the goods chattels & credits y' did anyways belong or 
of right appertain to the deceased afores'- at the time 
of his death bring in & deli\'er to me or such Judge 
or Judges as shall be appointed for this County at 
or before the last day of Marcli next ensuing (^i; then 
& there to render a true full & perfect account of 
your having executed & performed your duty herein 
acc'irding to the tenour of }-e said Will & the laws of 
this Province — Sworn before me the da)' and }'ear 
afores'' 

Witness my hand & seal. 

William Smith 

Tho. Helme Cler 

In ye name of God Amen — I Tliomas Moore" of 
Southhold in ye County of Suffolk on Long Island 
in ye Province of N. Yorke being Exercized under 
the afflicting hand of God with great weakness yet 
of sound memory do make constitute & ordain this 
writing to be m}" last W'ill & Testamt. first I be- 
queath my soul into ye hands of God v.-ho gave it 
and my body being dead to be decently buried in 
hopjes of its resurrection at }"e last day unto Eternal 
life & as for mj' worldly estate ni}' debts & funeral 

'■' Thomas Moore came from England in 163;. aged about iq. He 
was overseer, magistrate, and deputy to the General Court of New 
Haven, and was prominent in all tovn affairs. 



Suffolk Coioity. i6gi-iyoj. 31 

charges being first paid I do order give dispose & 
bequeath in manner & form foil. 

Impmis. I do give & bequeath unto my wife 
Cat/iarine Moore one third of all my goods lands 
commonages & meadow lands dwelling houses barns 
orchards garden fences & fencing stuffe corn cattle 
horse kind sheep swine household goods of whatso- 
ever sorts that are now belonging & appertaining 
unto me within the whole town bounds of Soiitlihold 
& every part & parcel of s^ goods land estate above 
mentioned to have & hold to her my said wife Kath- 
arine Moore with all the issues profits whatsoever 
during her widowhood or natural life if she marry 
not & no longer to be fully freely enjoyed by her. 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my eldest son 
Thomas Moore all my lands together with ye appur- 
tenances lying & being in Westhold near ye fresh 
pond by ye wading river — 

Item — I do give & bequeath unto my third son 
Natlianiell A/oorea.\\ my lands & meadows allotments 
of lands right of lands commonages meadow lands 
dwelling houses houses buildings barns orchards 
gardens fencing stuffe fencing within the old bounds 
of }■€ town that is to say between U'"' JVells cf 
Tovis Creek head. 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my daughters 
namely Martha Synions Hamiali Synwjis Elizabeth 
Grover & Sarah Glover all my household goods of 
whatsoever sort equally to be divided amongst 
them — 



32 Early Long Island Wills. 

Also my Will is that all the lands estate that are 
or is herein given to my said sons they shall have 
hold S: enjoy to them their heirs «S: assigns forever — 

Lastl}' — My Will is that my belo\'ed sons Thomas 
Jlfoorc & jYaflianh'll Moore shall be the only Execu- 
tors of this m\" last Will &: Testamt. dated at Soiitli- 
liold this 23'' of June in ye 3'^ year of )'e reigne of our 
sovereigne Lord Will'" ye 3'^ King of England & 
defender of ye faith &c. Anno Dom. 1691 — 

Witness my hand li seale — 

Thomas Moore 

Signed sealed & delivered before us 
Joseph Young 
Bent" Young 



By the Hono'''"" Coll. William Smith Judge of their 
Mat''" Prerogative Court within ye County of Suf- 
folk on Long Island in ye Province of N. Yorke in 
America To all to whom these presents shall come 
Greeting: Know yee that whereas John Booih" oi 
Sonthhold in ye County afores"* departed this life 
on or about the fifteenth day of August Anno 
Dom. 1689 and Thomas Boot/i his son for certain 
causes him thereunto justly moving hath prayed 
that the administration of the goods & chat- 

'•' John Booth was living in Southold ver>- early. In 1652, he, in com- 
pany with Nathaniel Silvester, bought Shelter Island from the Indians. 
In 1656 he purchased one fourth of Shelter Island from Thomas Rouse. 
He was one of the few men who had the title of " Jlr." 



Suffolk County, iSgi-iyoj. n 

tels of the s''- John Booth deceased may be granted 
to him the s"^ Thomas Booth ye eldest son of 
ye s"^ deceased. I therefore by virtue of the 
power & authority to me given reposing special trust 
& confidence in you Thomas Booth son of the s*^ de- 
ceased have nominated constituted & appointed and 
by these presents do constitute & appoint you Thomas 
Booth aboves'' administrator of all & singular the 
goods chattels & credits of the said John Booth de- 
ceased with full power to ask receive recover & 
demand all & singular the goods chattels leases 
debts & credits whatsoever to the deceased aboves"* 
belonging or in any wise appertaining by all lawful 
ways & means whatsoever in ye first place paying 
those debts whereby the s** deceased stood obliged in 
ye time of his death as far as the lawful goods & 
credits may to this extend you taking your oath truly 
to administer the same & to make or cause to be 
made a true & a perfect Inventory of all & singular 
the debts goods & chattels rights & credits to the s"* 
deceased belonging which shall or may come to your 
hand possession or knowledge and farther to give a 
just & true account in & concerning the said admin- 
istration before me or such Judge or Judges as may 
be appointed thereunto at or before ye sixth day of 
May next ensuing — Given under my hand & seal 
the sixth day of Novemb' in ye third year of their 
Mat"" Reign Anno Dom. 169 1 

William Smith 
Thomas Helme Cler. 



34 Early Long Island Wills. 

By ye Hono' ' Coll. Jl'illiain S)>iit/i. Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court v.-'''in }'e County of Suffolke in ye 
Pro\-ince of X. York in America — 

To all to \vh" these presents shall come Greeting : 
Know )-ee y" w^'as Thomas Cooper '^ late of ^. hainp- 
to>L in s'' Count)- departed this life on ye 22 of No- 
vemb. 169- leaving noe Executor and Joanna his 
widow for certain causes her hereunto justly moving 
hath pra)'ed tr.at ye administration of ye goods & 
cliattels of ye sd dec. may be granted to her ye 
widow of ye sd deceased — 

I therefore by virtue of ye power & authority to 
me given reposing special trust & confidence in you 
Joanna afores'^ have nominated constituted & ap- 
pointed & by theje presents do constitute & appoint 
you Joamta abo\-es'' Administratrix of all & singular 
ye goods chattels & credits of Thomas Cooper 
aboves"* dec' with full power to ask receive demand 
& recover all & singular ye goods chattels leases 
debts & credits w'soever to ye said dec. belonging 
or in anywise appertaining by all lavv'ful ways & 
means w'soever in ye first place pa)'ing those debts 

" Thomas Cooper was son of John Cooper, who was one of the origi- 
nal " Undertakers" of the settlement of Southampton. His homestead 
was a lot bounded south by Hill Street (or main country road) and east 
by Windmill lane, or \Vest Street of Southampton, and now owned by 
Thomas Warren and many others. The ancient house stood on a part 
of this lot, some twenty rods west of Windmill lane, and formerly owned 
by Captain Barney R. Green, but now by Rufus Sayre. The wind- 
mil), which was for long years so conspicuous a landmark, was built in 
1713, and stood on the southeast corner of the lot. which was sold by 
Ichabod Cooper to Thomas Stephens and others for that purpose. 



Suffolk Coioify, i6gi-i/0j. 35 

w'by )-e fs"" dec. stood obliged at ye time of his 
death as far as ye lawful goods and credits of ye s'' 
dec. may to this Extend you taking your oath truly 
to Administer ye same & to make or cause to be 
made a true and perfect inventory of all & singular 
ye goods & chattels debts rights & credits to ye sd. 
dec. belonging which shall or may come to your 
hands possession or knowledge and further to give 
a just & true acct. in & concerning ye said adminis- 
tration before me or such other Judge or Judges as 
may be appointed thereunto at or before ye 21 day 
of July next ensuing. 

Given under my hand & seale ye 21 day of June 
1692 

WiLLi.\M Smith 

Thos. Helme Cler. 



By the tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
30"" day of Sept. 1692 at SoiUhholdm ye County of 
Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of N. York be- 
fore Coll. William Smith Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye County aboves'' was proved and approved 
the last Will & Testamt. oijo/tn Tookcr o\ Soitthhold 
abov.es'' deceased the of Anno 

Dom 16 and having by his last Will & Testamt. 
nominated & appointed Hannah his wife to be his 
sole Executrix as by ye copy of the s'' Will hereunto 
annexed may appear for the well & faithful adminis- 
tering of all the goods chattels & credits of the said 



36 Early Long Island Wills. 

deceased you shall a true full (i faithful Inventory of 
all & singular the goods chattels cv: credits that did 
any way belong or of right appertain to ye sd de- 
ceased at ye lime of his death bring in (S: deli\'er to 
me or such Judge or Judges as shall be apjjointed 
for this County at or before the last of INIarch next 
Ensuing & then is. there to render a true plain & 
perfect account of your having Executed & per- 
formed \-(jur dut)' herein according to the tenor of 
the said Will & the laws of this Province — 

Sworn before me the day & year afores^ 

Witness ni)' liand & seal — 

William Smith 

Thomas Helme Cler. 



In the name of God Amen 

I John Tookcr'^ of SovJhhold in ye County of 
Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of N. York 
do make constitute & ordain these presents to be my 

"John Tooker appears to have come to Southold from Setaukot 
where he seems to have been living in 1655. His first wife was prob- 
ably Mary Johnson of Hingham, England, His second wife was Han- 
nah, widow of John Elton. His daughter, Hannah, married Richard 
Smith, son of the Patentee of Smithtov.-n. Another daughter, Ruth, 
married Daniel Smith, his brother. 

Rev. Joshua Hobart, the witness to this will, was the second ministLT 
in Southold. Born ifj29, died Februar>- 2.3, 1716. He was son of Rev. 
Peter Hobart of Hingham, England. 

" Christall Brook Neck" is in Brookhaven, betv.-een Jit. Sinai and 
Port Jefferson. The Neck is east of what is known as " Chrystal 
Brook Hollow." 

" Unkachoge," mentioned in the codicil, is probably the west part of 
Mastic. 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. ^-j 

last Will & Testamt. first I bequeath my soul to God 
that gave it me and my body being dead to be de- 
cently buried in the hopes of its resurrection unto 
everlasting life I now being of sound memory though 
weak in body do also order give bestow & bequeath 
all my worldly goods & estate in manner and form 
following : 

Imp""' I do give & bequeath unto my beloved wife 
Hannah Tooker all my goods lands allotments of 
land rights of land & commonages meadows & 
meadow lands orchards houses buildings dwelling 
houses outhouses barns stables all fences & fencing 
stuff together with all my corn either in ye field or 
houses & all ni)' cattle either Cows or Cow kind 
Horses IMares sheep swine & all my household goods 
of all sorts whatsoever that are now belonging & ap- 
pertaining to me within the whole town bounds of 
Soiitlihold and all things that are mine in any other 
town or place or places whatsoever & every part & 
parcel of said goods lands stock & estate above-men- 
tioned whatsoever to have & hold to her my s** be- 
loved wife Hatinali Tooker with all the issues profits 
rents increase & emolument whatsoever during her 
natural life & noe longer to be fully Entirely & freely 
had & enjoyed by her according to a certain agreem' 
& writing of dowry made by me unto my s* beloved 
wife before her coverture all of which writing bear- 
ing date June ye third 1686 I do will & ordain shall 
be kept and observed inviolably in all ye particulars 
freedoms & enjoj-ments thereof. 



3 8 Ea riy Lo iig Is la nd J I 'ills . 

Item — I give and beq'jeath unto my eldest son 
diaries Tookey after the decease of my beloved wife 
if it sliall then remain in her possession my first lot 
of upland iS: meadov.- at )'c Wading Creek and with 
the same pro\'isoe I give him a first lot of upland at 
Ackaboakc between John Coiicklins to the v;est & 
Thcopliiliis Cui-ivlns land to the Eastward commonly 
called Tookers ponds with two shares of meadow on 
the southside of Peaconicke river. 1 do give & be- 
queath to my son John Toohcr after my decease ye 
one half of Christall Brook neck in ye township of 
Brookhavcii with all the meadow at the old mans 
excepting one share. 

Item — I do give & bequeath unto my son 
Joseph Tooker )-e Southermost half of my home 
lot which he now possesseth havingyi'//« Holyoakcs 
land to )e JN'orthward of it ^ Jacob Longbothams to 
ye Southward & also three acres in the old field 
situate between John Holyoakes and John Mosicrs 
Also three acres of land in ye old field butting upon 
)'e fresh pond with two acres & half in }-e little neck 
butting upon ye brick kilne being half of my Brick 
kilne lot also a share of meadow in }'e old field join- 
ing to ye Northern side of the fresh pond & a share 
of meadow at ye old mans — I gi\-e to my daughter 
Hannah Tooker after my v.-ifes decease a feather bed 
two bolsters a rugge & a sale coverlet being my best 
coverlet and a little table I had of John Holyoake 
and curtains vallins such as they shall be after my 
wifes decease be they better or worse together with 



J 



Suffolk Coitiity. i6gi-ijoj. 39 

half my pewter that shall be remaining at my wifes 
decease. Also a great Kettle and a great Iron pot 
and two leather chairs. All these such as they 
shall remain after my wifes decease I give to my five 
daughters or to as many of them as shall be then 
living at niy wifes decease. All my household 
goods of all sorts whatsoever that shall be remaining 
after my wifes decease together with all such stock 
of Cattle horses sb.eep swine as shall remain of my 
estate after my wifes decease to be equally divided 
between m)- five daughters or such of them as shall 
survi\'e after m\- wifes decease. I do give and 
bequeath to the eldest son of my son Josepfi Tooke?' 
that shall be then living at my wifes decease all my 
lands tenenv' & hereditaments whatsoever in the 
whole Township of Souihhold with all my houses 
and edifices whatsoever Except what is already given 
to Cliarlcs my son to have & to hold to my said grand- 
son as an inheritance to him and his heirs for ever. 

Furthermore my Will is that all the lands that are 
in these presents given to any and all my sons they 
shall have hold & enjoy as an inheritance to them 
& their proper heirs for ever and not otherwise. 

Lastly my Will is that Hannah Toolcer my beloved 
wife shall be the only Executrix of this my last 
Will & Testamt. during her life & that after her 
decease my will is that my sons Jolin & Josepfi. 
Toolicr shall jointly be my Executors if both living 
or else he of them that shall then survive. 

Dated at Soutlifiold l\\\s present 24 of April in ye 



n 



40 Early Long Island JVills. 

fourth year of the Reign of James ye 2^ King of 
England Scotland France &: Ireland Defender of the 
faith Anno Dom. 16SS as witness my hand & seal 

JOH\ TOOKER 

Signed sealed & delivered before us — • 
Joshua Hobart 
Joshua Horton 
Sarah Youngs 

Memorand. Southhold May ye 29 1690 

That I the aboves"" Testator John Tookcr have 
added this following Codicil to my aforesaid Will 
\-iz yt further it is my last Will & Testamt. that if 
an\' of my afores'' sons or daughters shall by them- 
selves or others an)- wa)' molest or disturb & trouble 
Hannah my beloved wife in ye quiet & peaceable 
possession & Enjoy"' of an}' part or parcel of either 
bnds stock or household goods bequeathed her in 
m}' will afores'' & in a writing made with her before 
marriage that then every such or all of the so dis- 
turbing molesting or disquitting at an)- time or times 
after my decease shall utterly lose & forfeit from 
themselves & their heirs unto her m)' afores'^ wife & 
to her disposal all such their part & portion w'soever 
hereby given or intended to be gi\-en to them & 
their heirs and to any & every of them so molesting 
and disturbing her my s"* dear wife as absolutely & 
fully as if they & any & every of them had never 
had any grant or gift thereof made to them in this 
my last Will &; Testam' 



Suffolk County, idgi-iyoj. 41 

Item — I give my son John Too/cer & his heirs 

ye other half of my land of Christall Brook neck at 

Brookhavcn as I gave him the former half in my 

preceding will. Also I give one share of Meadow at 

Unkachogc that was formerly Will'" ffancyes to my 

son Joseph & his heirs, furthermore my Will is & I 

do hereby give full power to my said dear wife 

i Hayinah that if she shall stand in need of a comfort- 

) able livelihood that then she shall & may make full 

! & absolute sale & conveyance of any of my lands 

- meadows or houseing that I shall die seized of in ye 

■ township of Southhold to her own use and behoof 

without any accounting therefore to any of my chil- 

;■ dren or their heirs & what she shall leave at her 

I death shall go as is disposed afores"" in my Will & in 

I this Codicil I will that such her sales be & abide for 

j ever firm and stable anything in my afores"^ will to 

j the contrary notwithstanding. Furthermore my 

\ Will is that if my Negro man called Richard or Dick 

\ shall behave himself submissively faithfully and dili- 

\ gently to my said dear wife HaiDiah truly observing 

j and performing all her lawful commands not absent- 

I ing himself by night or day from her service without 

i her leave that then my said wife shall at her death 

■ fully free discharge & set ye s'' negro Richard or 

\ Dick at liberty giving his freedom but if the s"* negro 

.j Rich'' shall behave himself as a stubborn unfaithful 

& disobedient servant to her then my Will is y' she 

shall & may at any time sell him to her own best 

advantage & behoof. 



A- 



Earlv Louq: Island Jl'ills 



Finallv I a:.)point my clear wife Hanv.ah to be the 
sole Exccutri:: of this addition (^v codicil annexed to 
my precedinc;" Will & Testamt. and in conrirmation 
of these presents I doe hereunto set nr\- hand & seal 
the day and year above written. 

Jijhx Tooker 
Signed sealed & declared before us 
Joshua H'H.aut 
Thomas jMapes 



By the Hono^'''^ Coll. Willioju Smith Judge of 
their Mat" Prerogative Court within ye County of 
Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of Xew ^ ork 
in America — 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know yee that Whereas John Caryll late of East- 
Jiampton husbandman departed this life the first day 
of Octob. Anno Dom. 1691 lea\-ing no Executor & 
Rcmonbor ye Widow & relict of the said deceased 
for certain causes her hereunto justU" mo\ing hath 
prayed that the administration of the goods and 
chattels of the said deceased may be granted unto 
her the relict of the deceased afores"^ I therefore 
by virtue of the authority to me derived reposing 
special trust and confidence in you Roiicmbcr ye 
widow & relict oi John Caryll zioras^ deceased have 
nominated constituted & appointed and by these 
presents do constitute & appoint you Remember the 
relict of the deceased afores"^ Administratrix of all S: 



Suffolk County, i6gi-iyoj. 43 

singular the goods chattels & credits of John Caryll 
afores'^ deceased with full power to ask receive 
recover & demand all & singular the goods chattels 
leases debts & credits whatsoever to the deceased 
afores"* belonging or in anywise appertaining by all 
lawful ways & means whatsoever. In ye first 
place paying those debts whereby the s' deceased 
stood obliged in ye time of his death as far as the 
goods & chattels of ye said deceased may to this 
extend, you taking your oath truly to administer 
the same and to make or cause to be made a true & 
perfect Inventor)- of all & singular the goods chattels 
debts rights & credits of the s'^ deceased which shall 
or may come to your hand possession or knowledge, 
and further to give a just & true account in & con- 
cerning the s^ Administration before me or such 
Judge or Judges as may be appointed thereunto at 
or before the first day of I^Iay ensuing the date 
hereof. 

Brookh.wex Oct. ye 21 1691 

William Smith 

Thomas Helme Cler. 



By the Hono''''= Coll. William Smith Judge of their 
Maty" Prerogative Court within ye County of Suf- 
folk on Long Island in ye Province of N. \ork in 
America. 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know ye that whereas Jolm Grcenvill late of or be- 



44 Early Long Isla)id Wills. 

longing to SoittJianiptoii in ye County of Suffolk 
aboves'^ did in his lifetime make his last Will & 
Testam' dated the nineteenth day of March Anno 
Dom. lOS^'i and departed this life the same day and 
b)- the same will did appoint Peregrine Stanbro2tgh 
of Southampton his Executor of his said last Will & 
Testani' which is hereunto annexed which s' Pere- 
grine Stanbroitgh for certain causes him thereunto 
justly moving hath expressly renounced the burthen 
of the executorship of the s'' Testa"", I therefore by 
virtue of ye power & authority to me given reposing 
special trust & confidence in you Jonat/ian Osbnrn 
have made constituted and appointed and b)' these 
presents do constitute you Jonathan Osburne admin- 
istrator of all & singular the goods chattels & credits 
of the s' John Greenvill dftcea.s&d with full power to 
ask receive recover & demand all & singular the 
goods chattels leases debts & credits whatsoever to 
the said deceased belonging or in any wise apper- 
taining by all lawful ways & means whatsoever. In 
ye first place paying tho' debts whereby the s"^ de- 
ceased stood obliged in ye time of his death and 
then those legacies contained & specified in ye s*^ 
Testam' as far as the lawful goods & credits of ye 
said deceased may to this Extend and to make or 
cause to be made a true & perfect inventory of all 
& singular the debts goods chattels rights & credits 
v/hich shall or may come to your Iiand possession or 
knowledge & further to give a just & true account 
in & concerning the said administration before me or 



Suffolk CoiDity, idgi-ijoj. 45 

such Judge or Judges as shall be thereunto appointed 
at or before the first day of May next ensuing the 
date hereof. 

Given under my hand & seal this sixth day of 
Octob. in ye third year of their Ma^" rign Anno 
Dom. 1691. 

In ye name of God Amen — 

The last Will & testam' of me John GreeiiviU'^ oi 
or belonging to Soiitliampton on Long Island in ye 
County of Suffolk in America being sick & weak in 
body but of perfect mind & understanding blessed 
be God — first I give & bequeath my soul to God 
who gave it & my body to the dust from whence it 
was taken and my estate as followeth, viz : Item — 
That after all my just & lawful debts are paid then I 
give unto my father JM'' Peregrine StcDiboroiigh all 
my estate due to me whether by Book or Bills move- 
ables or immoveables quick or dead in what person 
or persons hands soever they may or shall be found 

" John Greenvill was a temporary resident in Southampton. He 
married Ruth, daughter of Peregrine Stanborough of Sagg. Christo- 
pher Learning, to whom he leaves his " nonvester coat," etc., was an 
early resident in Southampton village, and lived on the lot where the 
Union Schoolhouse now stands. He afterward removed to Sagg, 
and owned the present homestead of Hiram S. Rogers. In 1692 Chris- 
topher Leaming and a company from Southampton and East Hampton 
went to Cape May, N. J., for the purpose of whaling in Dela- 
ware bay. They built a village of thirteen houses. Owing to the 
encroachment of the sea, not only the village, but the graves of the 
settlers, are now covered by the ocean waves. The descendants of 
Christopher Leaming have been very prominent in New Jersey. The 
late Dr. J. Fisher Leaming of New York was one of them. 



46 Early Loiff Island WH/s. 

whether here or elsewhere desiring him to take into 
the possession of the same & e\'ery part thereof 
keeping the same for the use of ni}' well belo\'ed 
wife Rtith to be administered to her either in whole 
or in part as he shall tiiir.k fit. 

Item — i\Iy Will is that m\' norwester Coat and 
one pair of shoes & stockings ma}' be given to 
Cliristoplicr Lcatning — 

I do appoint my father HI' Ptvcgrinc Stanboror.gh 
to be the sole Executor of this my Will and for the 
firm confirmation that this is m\ last Will & Testam' 
I have hereunto set my hand &■ fixed my seal this 
nineteenth day of IMarch in j'e \'ear of our Lord 

John Greexvill 
Signed and sealed in presence of 
Elnathan Tapping 
JuHx Carwithee 

JOSIAH StANBOROUGH 



By the tenor of these presents Kno\^• }'e that on ye 
22'' day of October Anno Dom. 1691 at Brookhavoi 
in ye County of Suffolk on Long Island in ye Prov- 
ince of N. Yorke before Coll. William Smith Judge 
of the Prerogative Court was proved & approved the 
last Will & Testam' of Thomas Scudder deceased at 
Huntington in ye County aboves"" on ye 16"" day of 
November Anno Dom. 1690 and having by his said 
Will & Testam' nominated & appointed Illa7y Scud- 



Sufi oik County, i6gi-ijoj. 47 

dt>- his wife & Benjamin Scuddcr his son his Execu- 
tors (as by the copy of the said Will hereunto 
annexed may appear) for the well & faithful admin- 
istration of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits of the sd. deceased — You shall a true& faith- 
ful Inventory of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits that did an\-wa}'s belong or of right appertain 
to the s"^ deceased at the time of his death bring in & 
deliver to me or such Judge or Judges as shall be 
appointed for this County at or before the first day 
of May next ensuing and then & there to render a 
true plain & perfect account of your having executed 
& performed your duty herein according to the tenor 
of the s"^ Will & the laws of this Province. 

Sworn before me the day & year aboves' 

Witness my hand & seal. 

WiLLi.\M Smith 

Thomas Helme Cler. j 

In ye name of God Amen 

I Tliotnas Sciidder of Hjintington upon Long 
Island in ye County of Suffolk & Province of 
N. York in America being in a competency of 
health & having my perfect memory have made 
this my last Will & Testam' in manner & form 
following — 

Impmis — I give & bequeath my soul to God my 
maker & Redeemer & my body to ye earth from 
whence I was taken to be laid in decency according 
to the discretion of m\- Executors — 



48 Early Long Island Wills. 

ItefP, — J crjve & bequL'ath to my son Tiuiotliy 
Scuddcr my farm at Crab Meadow both upland & 
meadow with all its rights & privileges after ll'altcy 
Noakes seven years expiration which began in 16S5 
— And that lot at ye Harbor on ye South of Capt. 
Fleet, also that piece of JMeadov; that lyeth on ye 
north side oi Jonathan- Rogers — Also a bed which is 
to be at ye disposal of his mother — Item — I give & be- 
queath to my daughter Elizabeth A'oaKes a cow — I 
give& bequeath to my daughter vl/rtr_)' Arthur a cow 
— Item — I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah 
Concklyn twenty pounds — Item — I give & bequeath 
to my daughter Cleman twenty pounds — Item — I give 
& bequeath to my daughter 71/^;^' (or illarey') twenty 
pounds — All the rest of my lands goods & chattels 
not given & bequeathed I give & bequeath to my 
loving wife Mary Scndder & to my son Benjafnin 
Scudder Equally to be divided between them and 
after the natural life of my wife both land «S; meadow 
housing & orchards to return to my son Benjamin 
and what goods & moveables my wife possesseth at 
her death to be at her disposal And tho' that I have 
committed my trust to see the performance of this 
my last Will & Testam" is my loving wife & my son 
Benja7nin whom I make my full & whole Executrix 
& Executor of this my Will & Testam' to see all 
things done & performed according to the just intent 
thereof — 

In Witness Whereof I have subscribed mx hand 
& set to my seal ye seventh day of December in ye 



Suffolk CoiDity, i6gi-iyoj. 49 

2'^ )-ear of his Mat^" reign & in }"e year of our Lord 
16S6. 

Thomas Scudder 
Signed Sealed & published in ye presence of 

Thomas Powell 

Joseph Bavley 



By the tenor of these presents Know ye that on 
ye Zi'' day of October Anno Dom. 1691 at B)-ook- 
haven on Long Island in ye County of Suffolk in ye 
Province of N. York before Coll. William Smith 
Judge of the Prerogative Court was proved and ap- 
proved the last Will & Testam' of Jonathan Sczid- 
der^^ deceased ^\. Htintington in ye County afores'^on 
ye 10'*' day of December 1690 — And having by 
his said Will & Testam' appointed Sarah Snidder 
his wife his Executrix as by the Copy of ye said Will 
hereunto annexed may appear for ye w^ell & faithful 
administration of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits of the s^ deceased — You shall a true full 
& faithful Inventory of all & singular the goods 
chattels & credits that did any ways belong or of 
right appertain to the s'' deceased at the time of his 
death bring in & deliver to me or such other Judge 
or Judges as shall be appointed for this County at 
or before the first day of May next ensuing and then 

" Jonathan Scudder was eldest son of Henry Scudder, who died in 
1661. He lived on a farm which was left to him by his maternal 
grandfather. Jeffry Esty, whose daughter Catharine married Henry 
Scudder. One of his sisters married Eliphalet Jones. 



50 Early Long Island Wills. 

& there to render a true plain & perfect account of 
your having executed & performed your duty herein 
according- to the tenor of the said Will & the laws of 
this Province. Sworn before me the day & year 
aboves'^ Witness my hand & seal. 

William Smith 
Thomas Helme Cler. 

In the name of God Amen — The last Will & 
^aXdirVi o{ Jonathan Scuddcr of ye town oi Hiintiyig- 
ton in ye County of Suffolk upon Long Island as fol- 
loweth : 

I being verj- v/eak in body though of perfect un- 
derstanding 6c memory & not knowing ye time of 
my death do bequeath my soul to God who gave it 
and my body to a decent burial and as to what estate 
God hath given me in the world my debts being sat- 
isfied the rest I give as followeth — 

First — I give & bequeath to my son JonatJuxn all 
my lands that I am either at ye present possessed of 
or have just right unto to be possessed & enjo)-ed by 
my said son when he shall come to ye age of twenty 
one years except his mothers right during her life 
hereafter to be expressed. 

2'*' I w-ill & bequeath to my two younger daughters 
Abigail & Rebecca two thirds of my moveable estate 

3'*' I will & bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah 
Sciidder ye use & improvements of all my lands 
during the nonage of my son Jonathan & the one 
third of the said lands with the house during her 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 51 

natural life & then the said house & lands to return 
to my son Jo7iafha?i — 

Further as to my daughter Sarah (who is not 
compos ^Mentis) my will is that her mother my wife 
take care of her & provide for her & in case my 
daughter Sarah shall outlive her mother then that 
my son Jonathan see her provided for — 

Further my will is that my beloved wife be & I do 
constitute her sole Executrix of this my Will & 
Testam' — And further my will is that my estate be 
not divided (except my wife marry) till my daughter 
Abigail be sixteen )"ears old. And I desire that 
Capt. Epcnctus Plat & Eliphalct Jones my loving 
Brother be overseers of this my last Will & Testam' 
Further my Will is that if any of my children die 
before they come of age that the so deceasing child's 
part shall go to ye surviving children equally — That 
this may appear to be my last Will & Testam' I the 
■AS^ox^ti^ Jo7iatlian Sciidder have hereunto set to my 
hand & seal this 9'*' day of December 1690 — 

Jonathan Scudder 

Witnesses : 

Epenetus Platt 
Eliphalet Jones 
John Wood 



By the tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
22'' day of Octob. Anno Dom. 1691 at Brookhaven 
in ye County of Suffolk on Long Island in ye Prov- 



52 Early Long Island ]ViIls. 

ince of N. York before Coll. William Smii/i Judge 
of the Prerogative Court was proved and approved 
the last Will & Testam' of Isaac Piatt''' deceased at 
Huntington in ye county aboves*^ on or about ye 31 
day of July Anno Dom 1691 — and having by his s"^ 
Will & Testamt nominated & appointed y^)/';/ Piatt 
his son his Executor (as by the copy of the said Will 
hereunto annexed may appear) for the well & faith- 
ful administration of all & singular the goods chattels 
& credits of ye s** deceased — You shall a true full 
& faithful inventory of all & singular the goods chat- 
tels & credits that did anyways belong or of right 
appertain to ye s'^ deceased bring in & deliver to me 
or such other Judge or Judges as shall be appointed 
for this County at or before the first day of i\Iay 
next ensuing the date hereof, and then and there 
render a true plain & perfect account of your having 
executed & performed y' duty herein according to 
the tenor of the said Will & the laws of this Prov- 
ince — Sworn the day & year aboves'^ before me — 
Witness my hand & seal — 

William Smith 
Thomas Helme Cler 



■' Isaac Piatt and his brother Epenetus were sons of Richard Piatt, 
the first settler, who came from Hertfordshire, Eng. , in 163S, and died 
in New Haven in 16S4. The two brothers seem to have settled first in 
Southold, from whence they removed to Huntington, about 1663. 
I<aac Piatt married Elizabeth, daughter of Jonas Wood. His brother, 
Epenetus, married her sister Phebe. Isaac was one of the Patentees 
of Huntington, 1666, and owned No, 7 of the ten farms. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0j. 53 

In }'e name of God Amen — I Isaak Piatt of 
Hitntingtoji upon Long Island within ye County of 
Suffolk & Province of N. York in America lying un- 
der the afflicting hand of God yet having my perfect 
memory have made this my last Will & Testam' in 
manner and form following first I bequeath my soul 
to God my maker & redeemer & my body to ye 
earth from whence I was taken — Imp"" — I give 
& bequeath to my sox\ Jonas a House lott that I have 
lying between Samuel Woods 8z Jonathan Jarvesses 
with what advantage can be had thereunto at ye rear 
of the said lot & also one hundred pound right of 
commonage that I purchased of ye town of Hunting- 
ton with all )"e right & privileges thereunto belonging 
or ever hereafter shall belong to ye same and also 
two parcels of Meadow land lying on ye Southside of 
this Island one parcel on a neck called Swampawaan 
ye other parcel on a neck called by ye nameof Siases 
Neck all my right on the said Neck to remain to him 
& his heirs for ever and theafores"* upland likewise — 

Item — I give to my son Jonas a yoke of 3 )-ear 
old white steers also if he abide with his mother & 
brethren until ye 29"" of Sept. next & faithfully im- 
prove his time about their occasions then I do also 
give him ten bushels of wheat twelve bushels of 
Indian corn a quarter of an Ox called Darling that is 
now feeding, half an Ox hide tanned and as much 
upper leather as will make two pair of shoes — 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my wife the third 
part of all my other lands & meadows that I am 



54 Early Long Island Wills. 

possessed of during lier natural life provided she 
continues a widow but if she marry to return to my 
three sons John Joseph & Jacob also I give is; be- 
queath to my wife one third part of all my goods & 
chattels not yet given to continue for her onl)- use 
comfort & disposal iS; if she desires it one room in 
my house entirely to her self as long as she continue 
a widow — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Eliza- 
btth five pounds as it is valued in m\- inventor\\ 

Item — All the rest of my lands 61: meadows not 
)'et given I gi\'e & bequeath to m)- three sons John 
Joseph & Jacob to be equall)' divided amongst 
them — 

Item — All the rest of m)- goods & chattels with 
ye valuation of buildings I give & bequeath amongst 
tive of m\- c\\\\dr&r\ Jonas John Joseph Jacob & Mary 
to be equally divided amongst them after all m.y nec- 
essary charge is defrayed but if my son Jonas chance 
to die without lawful issue then his lands & meadows 
to be divided equally amongst the other three broth- 
ers also \{ John JosepJt ox Jacob die without lawful 
issue then their part that is deceased shall be equally 
divided between all these sons that are alive and if 
any of my children as aboves"* chance to die unmar- 
ried then their part of goods or chattels to be equally 
divided amongst ye rest surviving — Whereas it is 
before mentioned the valuation of buildings to be 
divided amongst fi\'e of m}' children — It is my 
will that ye buildings shall wholly remain unto my 



Suffolk County, idgi-iyoj. 55 

three sons John Joseph Sc Jacob the other two Jonas 
& Mary excluded as to ye building. iNIy Executor 
that I appoint of this my last Will & Testam' is my 
son John Piatt and for his assistance herein I request 
& appoint my loving brother Epenet2is Piatt and my 
brother in law John Jl^oool to be my overseers in 
trust to see all things herein contained done & per- 
formed according to all good intents herein contained 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set to my hand 
& seal this 22'^ day of j\lay in ye third year of his 
JMat'" reign Anno Dom. 1691. 

Thema;kof 

Isaac x Platt 
Signed sealed & published in presence of 
Joseph Bavlev 

ROLERT KeLLAM '' 



f By the Hono'''" Col. M'illiajn Smith Judge of their 

\ Mat'"' Prerogative Court within ye County of Suf- 

\ folk on Long Island in ye Province of N. York in 

} America. To all to whom these presents shall come 

Greeting Know ye that whereas Samuel Dayton "' late 

" Robert Kellam ^vas a resident of Southampton in 1666, and 
removed to Brookhaven. On January 29. 1682, he was brought before 
the magistrates for traveling on the Sabbath. Return Davis testified : 
" I looked out and saw Robert Kellam on horseback, coming from 
Oyster Bay, having a bag under him which had ye like of 6 pecks in 
it." For this he was fined twenty shillings, and one pound five shillings 
and five pence additional for court charges. In 1681 six acres of land 
were granted him " upon ye West Neck, at ye Harbour's mouth." He 
had sons Robert and Ephraim and died about 1699. 

" Samuel Dayton was son of Ralph Dayton of Easthampton. and 



56 Early Long Island Wills. 

of Brookhaven in ye County of Suffolk aboves'' Hus- 
bandman departed this life the fifth day of July Anno 
Doin 1690 leaving no Executor & RalpJi Dayton ye 
eldest son of the deceased for certain causes him 
thereunto justly moving hath pra)'ed that }'e admin- 
istration of the goods & chattels of ye s^ deceased 
may be granted unto him }'e s'^ Ralph Dayton — I 
therefore by virtue of ye power & authority to me 
given rejjosing special trust & confidence in you 
Ralph Dayton aboves"* have nominated constituted & 
appointed & and by these presents do constitute & 
appoint you Ralph Dayton aboves** administrator of 
all and singular the goods chattels & credits of the 
s** Samuel Dayton deceased with full power to ask 
receive demand & recover all & singular ye goods 
chattels & credits whatsoever to ye deceased afores'^ 
belonging or in anywise appertaining by all lawful 
ways and means whatsoever in the first place paying 
those debts whereby s** deceased stood obliged in ye 
time of his death as far as ye lawful goods & credits 
of ye s*" deceased may to this Extend, you taking your 
oath truly to administer the same and to make or 
Cause to be made a true & perfect inventory of all & 
singular the goods & chattels debts rights & credits 
to ye said deceased belonging which shall or may 
come to your hands possession or knowledge & fur- 
came to Brookhaven in 165S. On May S, i663, he purchased a home lot 
of Richard Smith at Setaukct. Many of his descendants remain in 
Brookhaven and neighboring towns. " Dayton's Creek," on the south 
side of the island, was named from him. It is east of Bellport and now- 
called " Osborn's Creek." 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 57 

ther to give a just & true account in & concerning 
the s** administration before me or such Judge or 
Judges as may be thereunto appointed at or before 
the first da}* of June next ensuing the date hereof. 
Witness my hand & seal at B7-ookhavcn this nine- 
teen day of iXovember Anno Dom. 1691. 

William Smith 
Thomas Helme Cler. 



\ By ye Hono*"'' Coll. V/illiam Smith Judge of their 

•; Ma'>'" Prerogative Court w'^in ye County of Suffolk 

) on Long Island in ye Province of N. York in 

J America — To all to whom these presents shall come 

j Greeting Know ye that whereas Henry Lzidlam ■° late 

;j of SoiitJu-iniptoii in ye County afores'' departed this 

•; life on the twenty fifth of October Anno Dom 1691 

j leaving no Executor and fienry L:idlam )-e eldest 

3 son of ye s"^ deceased for certain causes him there- 

I unto justly moving hath prayed that ye administra- 

j tion of the goods & chattels of the said deceased may 

I be granted to him ye s'' Henry Ludlani son of ye s"* 

\ deceased I therefore by virtue of )"e power & author- 

I ity to me given reposing special trust & confidence 

5 ™ Henrj' Ludlam lived at the Watermill in the town of Southampton, 

on the homestead now owned by Samuel Corwith, and was the owner of 
the watermill. He was the son of William Ludlam, whose will was the 
first one recorded in the Xew York Surrogate's office. He had a 
brother Joseph who removed to Oyster Bay, and was the ancestor of 
the families bearing the name of Ludlam. The descendants of Henry 
who remained in Southampton have changed the name to Ludlow. 



58 Early Long Island JJ'ifls. 

in you Heirry Litdla);i aboves' have nominated con- 
stituted & appointed & by these presents do consti- 
tute and appoint you Henry Ludla))i aboves'' 
administrator of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits of the s"- Herry Ludlar: deceased with full 
power to ask demand recei\'e & reco\'er all & singu- 
lar the goods chattels leases debts & credits whatso- 
ever to 3-e s' deceased aboves'' belonging or in anywise 
appertaining by all lawful ways & means w'soever 
In ye first place paying those debts whereby ye s"* 
deceased stood obliged in ye time of his death so far 
as the lawful goods & credits of the s^ deceased may 
to this Extend you taking your oath truly to adminis- 
ter the same & to make or cause to be made a 
true & perfect inventory of all & singular ye goods 
chattels debts rights & credits to 3-e s'-' deceased 
belonging which shall or may come to your hand 
possession or knowledge & further to give a just t^ a 
true account in & concerning the s' administration 
before me or sucli Judge or Judges as may be ap- 
pointed thereunto at or before ye first day of June 
next ensuing the date hereof — Witness nu' hand & 
seal this twenty sex'enth day of November Anno 
Dom. 1 69 1. 

William Smith 
Thomas Helme Cler. 



By the Hono'^'^ Coll. JVilUani Smith Judge of their 
Ma'"' Preroo-ative Court within ye County of Suffolk 



Suffolk County , i6gi-iyoj. 59 

on Long Island in ye Province of N. York in 
America — To all to whom these presents shall come 
Greeting — Know je that whereas Charles Sturray-^ 
late of Noi-tliseo. belonging to Soiitli Hampton in ye 
County aboves'' departed this life ye 24 day of Dec. 
Anno Dom. 1691 leaving no Executor and Deborah 
the widow & relict of ye s"^ deceased for certain causes 
her hereunto justly moving hath prayed that ye ad- 
ministration of ye goods & chattels of ye s*^ deceased 
may be granted unto her ye widow & relict of }"e s'' 
deceased. I therefore by ^-irtue of ye power & 
authority to me gi\-en reposing special trust & confi- 
dence in 3'ou Deborah abo\'es- ha\'e nominated consti- 
tuted & appointed & by these presents do con- 
stitute & appoint you Deborah Stiirmy aboves'' Ad- 
ministratri.x of all & singular ye goods chattels & 
credits of Cluirles Stitrmy afores'' deceased with full 
power to ask receive recover &; demand all & singu- 
lar ye goods chattels leases debts & credits whatso- 
ever to ye deceased aboA-es'^ belonging or in anywise 
appertaining by all lawful ways or means whatso- 
ever — In ye first place paying those debts whereby 
ye s** deceased stood obliged in ye time of his death 
as far as the lawful goods & credits of ye said de- 
ceased may to this extend You taking your oath truly 
to administer the same and to make or cause to be 
made a true & perfect inventory of all & singular the 
debts goods & chattels rights & credits to ye said 

" Charles Sturmy lived at Northsea. in the town of Southampton, on 
the homestead of the heir; of Capt. Joseph Harris. 



6o Early Long Island Wills. 

deceased belonging which sliall or ma)' come to your 
hands possession or knowledge & farther to give a 
just & a true account in c\: concerning ye sd s"^ admin- 
istration before me or sucli Judge or Judges as shall 
be thereunto appointed for this County at or before 
the first day of July next ensuing the date hereof. 

Gi\'en under m)- hand & seal this 31'' da\' of Dec. 
Anno Dom. 1691. 

William Smith 

Thomas Helme Cler. 



In ye name of God Amen. I Jonas Wood" of 
Huntington in }'e County of Suffolk upon Long 
Island in )'e Province of N. York in America Yeo- 
man being in perfect memory tliough weak & sick of 
body calling to mind the uncertainty of this present 
life do hereby publish & declare this my last Will & 
Testam' in manner S; form following — 

'■■ Jonas \Vood was a resident of Southampton as early as 164S, and 
was known as " Jonas Wood of Halifax," to distingtisb him from 
another of the same name. In the Southampton Records he is men- 
tioned as the son-in-law of " Mr. Stickland of Hempstead." He 
removed to Huntington, where he was among the foremost citizens. 
His daughter Elizabeth married Isaac Piatt, and her sister Phebe 
married Epenetus Piatt, brother of Isaac. Hon. Silas Wood, the his- 
torian, was his descendant, and a full account of the family maybe 
found in the edition of the " Sketches of Long Island " edited by the 
late Alden J. Spooner. 

John Lumm, one of the witnesses, originally lived at Xor'hsea in 
Southampton. His home lot was on the west side of the street of 
Northsea, next nr.rth of the road that runs west. It now belongs to the 
heirs of Lewis Scott and still bears the name of " Lum'sLot," He went 
to Huntington, 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 6i 

Imprimis — I commit my soul unto God hoping 
for salvation by the alone merits of Jesus Christ & 
faith in his name & my body to a decent burial — 
As for my outward estate in ye World I dispose of 
it as followeth — I give to my son Jonas JVood 
three acres of land lying at Coze Harbour which lyes 
next my son Epenctiis Piatt his lot there — and one 
acre of hollow be it more or less h'ing Southward & 
four acres of Meadow either at Ouoviak or at Tan- 
tan)ie)itatajikct to be set forth there to ye best con- 
veniance of ye said Jonas & Jolin Wood my sons if 
they can agree of it betwixt themselves if not at ye 
judgment & with tlie advice of two honest men in- 
differently chosen between them all which afores"^ 
lands & meadows with all fences waters water 
courses libertys & easements thereto belonging I do 
hereby give to my said son Jonas & to his heirs & 
assigns for ever — 

Item — I give to my said sony^wrt.? all my chirur- 
geons instruments & all my concernments of that 
kind as salves papers for directions &c. and one 
half of my wearing clothes — 

Item — I give to my son Jonas eight pounds in 
country pay to be paid out of my estate by my 
Executor by forty shill. a year and the first payment 
to be within one year after my decease — 

Item — I give my son Isaac Piatt four acres of 
meadow which was my fathers be it more or less 
lying on ye neck zixW^tA Josias Neck & to his heirs & 
assig-ns forever- 



62 Early Long IshiJui Wills. 

Item — I gi\'e my daughter Elizabeth my great 
bible 

Item — I give my son Eptuctus Flati ten pounds 
to be paid in five years by forty shill pr year 
in country pay or to his heirs Executors adm"' or 
assigns & the first paymt. to be made by my Executor 
v/ithin one year after my decease — 

Item — I give to my daughter Phcbc one pewter 
flagon or Tanker of beaten pewter — 

Item — I give my son in law Isaac Piatt eight 
pounds to be paid in countr)- pa\' b\' \t\\ Executor 
in four years by forty shill p year and the first paj'- 
ment to begin within one year after mj' decease — 

All ye rest of my land meadows houses barnes 
orchards gardens foulds back sides liberty's ease- 
ments or appurtenances in an}- wise pertaining with 
all ways waters water courses fences woods under- 
woods liberty's of commonage bite of mouth & Tur- 
barre with all my right title interest & claim that I 
now have to lands layed out or yet to lay out or 
might or may have to any lands or meadow (not 
before disposed on) pertaining to ni}' three hun- 
dred pound right according to ye customs of 
ye Town of Huntingtoii with all my whole per- 
sonal estate to be to }-e use of John ]Vood my 
son his heirs & assigns fore\'er — And I do here- 
by appoint ye s'^ John m)" sole Executor of this 
my last Will & Testam' — 

In Witness whereof I have hereto set my hand & 
seale this 20''' of Feb)-, in ye fourth year of ye reign 



Suffolk Comity, i6gi-ijoj. 63 

of James ye 2d over England Scotland France & 
Ireland King &c. 1688— 

JoxAS Wood [Seal] 
Sealed signed & delivered in ye presence of us 
Epenetus Platt 
James Smith 
John Lumm 

Memorand. that it is my Will & mind that mj' 
Executors shall give to HI' Jones twenty shill in 
country pay within one year after my decease as 
witness my hand — 

Jonas Wood 
Witness 

Epenetus Platt 
James Smith 
John Lumm 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
15 day of April 1692 at Brookhaveyi in ye County of 
Suffolk on Long Island in ye Province of N. York 
before Coll. William Stnith Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye County aboves"* was proved & approved 
the last will & Testam' of y6i;/rt5 JVood oi H7C7itingto?t 
deceased at Himtitigton on ye 12 day of June 1689 
in ye County aboves'' who having by his said Will & 
Testam' nominated & appointed yi9/5« Wood his son 
his sole Executor (as by the copy of ye said Will 
hereunto annexed may appear) for ye well & faithful 
administration of all & singular ye goods chattels & 



64 Early Long Is/and IJ'il/s. 

credits of ye s'' deceased You shall a true full & 
faithful in\'entory of all & sint;ular ye goods chattels 
& credits that did any ways belong or of right apper- 
tain to )'e said deceased at ye time of his death bring 
in & deliver to me or such other Judge or Judges as 
shall be appointed for the County aboves'^ at or 
before ye 15 day of Octob. next ensuing ye date 
hereof and then & there to render a true plain & per- 
fect account of your having executed and performed 
your duty herein according to ye tenor of ye sd Will 
& the laws of this Province — Sworn before me ye 
day & year aboves'' Witness my hand & seal — 

William Smith 
Thomas Helme Cler. 



South Hampton July ye 24 Anno 1689 
The last W^ill & Testam' of Obadiali Rogers-^ of 
Soittliampton in ye County of Suffolk is as followeth — 
I give & freely bequeath my soul to God that gave 
it to me & my body to ye Earth from whence it was 
taken with decent burial as to my worldly estate — 
First, I give to my eldest son Obadiah Rogers the 
land lying about his now dwelling house with all ye 

" Obadiah Rogers was the son of William Rogers, a very early 
settler in Southampton. His homestead was on the east side of the 
main street of Southampton, and next north of " meeting-house lane." 
It remained in the possession of the family from the original laying out 
in 164S till within a few years, when it was sold to Dr. John Nugent, 
and was the home of seven generations. The " Ox Pasture " was the 
tract of land in Southampton village on the south side of Hill Street, 
between the town pond and the " Head of Creek," next Shinnecock 



Suffolk CoiDify, i6gi-ijoj. 65 

land adjoining to it westward of his said house to an 
old ditch that divides that lot & ye lot that the wind- 
mill stands upon I also give him a fifty pound com- 
monage throughout the bounds of this Town — I also 
give him the five acres of land at or about ye head of 
ye Creeke in ye Ox pasture that he now hath in pos- 
session — I also give to him }'e one half of ye six acre 
close in ye bottom of Captains Neck — Also I give to 
him ye half of ye upper close in Capt. Necks with ye 
half of ye seven acres lying in ye first neck — Also I 
give to him ye half of ye 30 acres lying Eastward of 
Air. John Howclls home lot — Also I give to him ye 
half of ye 40 acres lying on ye Mill Necke — Also I 
give to him one third or an equal part of all my out 
meadows at Qtiogtie or Occaboak Also I give him 
that bit of land being about two acres at long Springs 
all & every of these premises I do freely give & be- 
queath to Obadiah Rogers my son to him & ye male 
heirs of his body but if it please God to withhold 
male issue from him and he die without then ye land 

Hills. The windmill stood on the east part of the home lot. which 
extended to Old Town Street- 
Samuel Johnes, one of the witnesses, and known as " Deacon 
Samuel," lived on the west side of the main street of Southampton, and 
was the son of Edward Johnes, one of the first settlers. His ancient 
house, one of the oldest in the town, was a landmark for more than 
two centuries. The elegant residence of Mrs. Clara J. Romaine stands 
on its site. 

Obadiah Sale, the other witness, lived at one time on the lot now the 
burying ground in Southampton. In the will of William Russell of 
Southampton, dated August 27, 1G7S, he mentioned "my beloved 
brother Obadiah Rogers." From this it is supposed that Marj-, the 
wife of Obadiah Rogers, was sister of William Russell. 

Zachariah Rogers married Ruth, daughter of Lewis Jessup. 



65 Early Long Island JVilis. 

to return to ye next heir or to be divided between 
his two other breathern if living they allowing to his 
daughters if any such living twenty pounds a piece — 
Also I give him ye one half of ye Wind Mill whiles 
fit for use & then to remove it — I give to my second 
son Jonah Rogers the two twenty acre lots that lye 
upon calf neck with houseing fencing & orchard be- 
longing Also I give to him ye twenty acres at Hog 
Neck & one acre belonging to ye same of meadow — 
Also I give to him a fifty pound commonage with 
one third of all out meadows Also I give to him 
one acre of land at ye east end of ye Mill lot adjoin- 
ing to an old ditch between him & Obadiah — These 
and all & every of them I freely give & make over 
to my son Jonah to him & ye male heirs of his body 
but if he shall die without any son to heir his lands 
then ye land to return to ye next male heir or to his 
other brother or brethren that shall be then living 
but if he shall leave a daughter or daughters behind 
him they he or they that shall so heir his land shall 
give to every of them twenty pounds current pay 
Also I give to him two steers com 4 year old, two 
cows com 3 year old two cattle of 2 year old & ye 
gray mare — 

4'-'' I give to my youngest son ZacliariaJi my now 
dwelling house & barn with orchard garden & the 
shop & tools & ye home lot & ye mill lot only one 
acre of land given to Jonah next to ye ditch across 
ye upper end Also I give him ye half of ye two 
closes in Captains neck equally to divide with his 



Suffolk County, 1691-1703. 67 

brother Obadiah—\ give him also half ye seven 
acres in ye iirst neck to divide with Obadiah — Also I 
crjve him half of ye Cow pasture with Obadiah — I 
give him aho half ye land lying on ye Mill neck with 
Obadiah— \ give him two acres of land lying beyond 
the Parsonage butting to ye pond — I give him also 
one fifty pound commonage and one third of all out 
meado\Y that is at Ouagiica)ia7itiuk or Occobaucke 
all & every of ye premises— I give to my son Zach- 
ariah & to ye male heirs of his body but if he have 
no son & die without a male heir then the lands to 
return to his brethren or their son or sons they paying 
twenty pounds to his daughter if any be surviving at 
his death & so to all & every of them then living— 

S'J' I give to my daughter Mary ten shillings in 
currant pay more than she hath had as see in ye 55"" 
page of my book — 

6'^' I give to my daughter Sarah deceased her two 
c\\\\Ax(trC]Villiam Hackkton &. Sarah Campbell &3.ch. 
of them forty shillings in current pay — 

f' I give to my daughter Elizabeth twenty pounds 
to be paid at ye day of her marriage & ten pounds 
more in current pay when her mother sees she can 
spare it — 

S'>' I give to my daughter Patience twenty pounds 
at ye day of her marriage & ten pounds more when 
her mother sees fit — 

(f'' I give & bequeath all my goods & chattels to 
my well beloved wife Mary Rogers with full & sole 
command thereof to pay debts & legacies with as 



68 Early Long Island Wills. 

also for her comfoi'table livelihood & notwithstand- 
ing gifts are made to ni)' sons I have reserved to her 
& do give to her during her life with m\- children to 
hold & to enjoy one third part of all lands & of 
every parcel of such lands for her comfortable liveli- 
hood as also ye best room in ye house with her bed- 
chamber during her widowhood. I do also make m}' 
beloved wife my Executrix of this my last will ad- 
joining with her the help of her youngest son Zaclta- 
riah being left only at home with her — 

Oeadiah Rogers [Seal] 

Signed & sealed in presence of us undernamed 
Samuel Jofixes 
Odamtah Sale 

(Proved June 23'^ 1692) 



In ye name of God Amen, I John Sxvazcy-" of 
Soiithholci on Long Island in ye County of Suffolke 
of ye Province of N. York being of good & sound 
memory & calling to mind ye uncertainty of this lite 
& that I must yield to death when it shall please 
God, do make constitute & ordain this my last Will 
& testamen' hereby revoking & annulling any other 
or former will by me made either by word or writing — 

" John Swazey was one o£ the original settlers in Erookhaven, and 
one of the six who obtained the first Indian deed. He refused to take 
the oath of fidelity to the Colony of New Haven in 1659. In 1666 he 
with others sold Plum Island to John Youngs. He removed to 
Southold about 1670. His descendants have changed the name to 
Sweezey. 



Suffolk Coioity, i6gr-ijoj. 69 

Impmis — I give my soul unto God who gave it & 
my body being dead to be buried & my worldly estate 
(my just debts being paid) — first — I give & bestow 
in manner and form following — 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my son Jo/ui 
Srvazey my dwelling house orchard together with ye 
buildings fencings & other ye improvements on my 
home stall & all ye land by me improved southward 
of ye land which my said son Jolui hath fenced in 
containing ye whole breadth of ye land as far as ye 
Southbay & half ye other lot Westward of it being a 
second lot with half ye share of INIeadow commonly 
called Horton's ]\Ieadow & half another share of 
Meadow at a place called }e great Meadow and also 
all my implem" of husbandry & other tools — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Joseph Swazey 
one hundred acres of land upon which he is settled 
lying Westward of my son John's land & northward 
of my s'' son Joseph's home lot & half ye share of ye 
great meadow whereof I gave my son John ye other 
half and two lots of meadow lying on ye other side 
of ye river which was formerly yi^/^w Vontigs and also 
ye other half of ye lot Westward of it (whereof ye 
other half I have given to m)- son Johjt) & my horses 
in ye woods to be equall}' divided between my three 
sons — ■ 

Item^I give & bequeath to my .son Sarnuel 
Stvazey ye land now in ye occupation of my son Jolin 
lying between my son Joseph's & the home stall 
which by these presents I have given to my son John 



70 Early Long Island Wills. 

& ye other half of ye share of meadow called Hor- 
ton's INIeadow with this condition or limitation that 
my said son Samuel shall not have power to sell 
alien or dispose of any part or parcel of ye said land 
hereby granted to him so that if he shall decease 
without issue ye right of inheritance of ye said land 
shall be to ye next proper heir also I give to him 
half my cattle & ye bed & furniture which he lyeth 
on — 

Item — I gi\'e to m)- daughter Mchetahcll Aldridge 
& to ye heirs of Pttcr Aldridge deceased one 
hundred acres of land lying on ye northside of ye 
land given to my son Joseph if there be so much land 
there be it more or less — 

Item — I gi\e to my two younger daughters Sarah 
& J/arj Siva:_)' ye other half of my cattle to be 
equally di\-ided [between] them. 

Item — I give & bequeath to my four daughters 
namely, Abigail Ulehetable Sarah & Mary all my 
household goods to be equally divided between them. 

Item — My will is that in consideration of ye land 
given to my sons John &. Joseph they shall pay to my 
two younger daughters Sarah & Ulary ye sum of 
twenty pounds current pay of ye County that is to 
say ten pounds a piece to each of my younger 
daughters within two years after my decease — 

Item — My Will is that Besse my servant shall be 
free & set at liberty at my decease & she shall have 
the bed she Ij'eth on — 

Lastly — I do hereby nominate & appoint John 



Suffolk County. i6gi-iyoj. 71 

Tiithill of Southhold and John Hallct to be the 

Executors of this my Will & testamt. 

In Witness hereof I do hereunto set my hand & 

seal ye :o'" of May 1602. ■, r- ,-c i\ 

^ •' ^ John bwAZV (beal) 

Witnessed by us 
Tho° Helme 
Joseph Tooker 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
•; 12'^ day of Nov. 1692 at Byookhaven in ye County 

' of Suffolk in ye Province of New York before CoU. 

William Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye 
County afores'' was proved and approved ye last Will 
] & testamt. oi John Szcazty deceased at Southhold 

\ in ye County afores"^ on ye 10'^ day of June 1692 who 

■ by his s'' Will & testamt. did nominate & appoint 

; John Tuthill Scnr. Sc John Hallocke his Executors 

I as by ye s*' Will may appear You shall a true full & 

\ faithful Inventory of all & singular ye goods chattels 

I & credits that did anywise belong or of right apper- 

> tain to ye s'' deceased at ye time of his death bring 

j in & deliver to me or to such other Judge or Judges 

i as shall be appointed for this County at or before ye 

; 12"' day of May next ensuing & then & there render 

a true plain and perfect acct. of )'our having Exe- 
cuted & performed your duty herein according to )-e 
tenor of ye said Will & ye laws of this Province — 
Sworn before me the day & year aforesaid — Witness 

mv hand & seal — T,r c 

W1LLI.A.M Smith 

Tho. Helme Cler. 



72 Early Long Island Wills. 

In ye name of God Amen — \ JoJin Sanituis'^ oi 
ye town of Huiititigton upon Long Island within ye 
County of Suffolk & Province of New York in 
America Yeoman being sick in body but having my 
perfect memory have made this my last Will & tes- 
tamt. in manner & form following — 

First — I give & bequeatli my soul to God my 
maker & Redeemer and my body to ye Earth from 
whence I was taken and all my worldly endowments 
in manner & form follov/ing — 

Imprimis — I gi\'e & bequeath unto my son John 
all my lands at ye Cove unto ye new pasture with all 
ye meadow land that I have there belonging or ap- 
pertaining to me & also one hundred pound right of 
commonage that I bought oi Joseph Baylcy of Hunt- 
ington to remain to him & his heirs for ever — Also 
a young horse of 3 or 4 \-ears old & also a )'oke of 
steers come three years old & one cow & a gun y' 
was Hnnn'ans & )■' gun that w^s Johns to one of my 
other sons & also a coverlid — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Silas my 
dwelling housed so much of my orchard as specified 
from ye West End unto a White oak bush on ye 
West side of my barn & so across unto brook or end 
of ye fence of Epoietiis Piatt that turns to ye nor- 
ward onl}' Silas to allow unto his mother in law during 
her widowhood half of my dwelling house & half ye 

''John Saramis was one of the early settlers in Huntington and 
owned No. i of the ten farms. His children, John, born September 13, 
1573; Silas, born November 2, 1676; David, born October 4, i63i; Isaac, 
born March 14, 16SJ. His descendants are numerous. 



Suffolk County, idgi-iyoj. 73 

benefit of ye orchard and also half a hundred pound 
right of commonage & a yoke of steers 3 or 4 year 
old & a young horse comes two year old & a cow- 
only m)' will is that my son Silas shall pay to his two 
youngest brothers Isaac & David fifteen pounds a 
piece when they accomplish ye age of one and twenty 
years but if either chance to die then ye sd, fifteen 
pounds to be divided equally between ye surviving 
brethren also to Silas a square barrel gun — 

Item — I give & bequeath unto two of my other 
sons Isaac Sz Da-jiil w'hdLt remains of my orchard & 
home lot equallj' to be divided between them only 
my Will is that David shall have that end where ye 
barn is & half a hundred pound right of Commonage 
each of them to my son David More one young cow 
come four year old & two steer or Bull calves an Iron 
pot that came from Soicthhold & a fire lock musket, 
more to my son Isaac two cows & a grey mare colt 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Jcroniah my 
new pasture at )'e Cove which is on ye Eastermost 
side of ye West Neck with half a hundred pound 
right of commonage — 

Item — All other of my lands in ye hills near my 
house improved laid out or granted I give & bequeath 
to my four sons Silas. David, Isaac & Jeremiah 
equally to be divided between them and whereas 
there is a spring in part of ye said lands my will is 
that either son shall have the benefit of ye water as 
well as his lands — Also my will is that these four 
sons shall have ye meadow land & swamp commonly 



74 Early Long Island Wills. 

called ye jNIillpond & even- son ye benefit of ye way 
without let or hindrance one of another which Mil- 
pond is to be equally divided between ye last four 
nominated onh' my will is that my loving wife Mary 
Saynmis shall enjo}' ye said Milpond to her only use 
& commodity until my son Silas comes to age if she 
remain a widow and after two third of it until my 
son Z?i;:'/(/ comes to age if she continues unmarried 
else \& use thereof to whom it is given — Also I 
give (S: bequeath to my five soxis John, Silas, David 
Isaac ik. Jercniiali all m)' meadow lands with all its 
rights & privileges that I ha\'e at our South as our 
records iS: my con\-eyances makes manifest equally to 
be divided amongst them and all lands & meadows 
afores'^ to remain to them & their heirs fore^ver — 
But if either or an}- chance to die without lawful issue 
then his or their part or parts to be divided amongst 
ye survivors — Also my will is that (they) have all 
my. Smith tools and be bound apprenticed to a smith 
& m\- son David to a tailor & my desire is that my 
brother in laws Abrani & Isaac Corey be helpful to 
these two of their nephews that they ma\- be placed 
in sober families — 

Item — I gi\-e & bequeath to my loving wife two 
feather beds that was hers & that }-e girls l3"eth on 
with its bed clothes thereto belonging — Also one 
third part of }-e pewter & brass one chest one mid- 
dling iron pot & one small pot more also four cows 
two oxen & my sorrel mare only her first colt my will 
is m}- son Isaac shall have & half of my sheep — 



Suffolk County. i6gi-ij03. 75 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Debo- 
rah one feather bed in ye chamber & bedclothes 
& bedstead «& her mothers chest & all her mothers 
clothes & one third part of my pewter & brass & a 
great iron pot & two cows & my old horse & ten 
sheep — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Ha7i- 
nah one feather bed y' I lie on with all its furniture 
and whereas there is a legacy due to my daughter in 
law lilartlia Corey containing five or six pounds 
which is to be paid of my estate not given when that 
is paid then all ye rest of my goods & chattels not 
given I give & bequeath to my five sons equally to 
be divided among them, for ye true performance of 
this same & everything therein contained I appoint 
& request my loving brethren in \-i.\\s Richard Brusli 
& Natha7iiel Williams to be my overseers in trust 
to see all things done herein contained as witness my 
hand & seal this 28'*' day of Nov. in ye fifth year of 
JVil!ia7H & jl/ary Anno Dom. 1693 — 

John Sammis [Seal] 

Signed sealed & published in ye presence of 
Abiell Titus 
Samuel Ketcham 
Joseph Bavlvs 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
3'' day of Jany. 1693 at Brookhaven in ye County 
of Suffolk before Coll. Wm Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court was proved & approved ye last 



76 Early Lo/ig Island Ullis. 

Will & testamt. oi Jo/in Samiuis deceased at Hunt- 
inf'ton on ye iS'*' day of January 1693 who by his s'' 
last Will nominated & appointed Ricit'' Brush & 
Nathaniel Williams his overseers in trust as by ye 
s'' Will may appear for ye well & faithful administra- 
tion of all ts: singular ye goods & chattels «S: credits 
of ye s"" deceased being duly sworn to bring in a true 
Inventory of ye said goods chattels & credits & to 
render a true account thereof 



May ye 17 1 688— The last Will & testamt. of 
Steven Ha)ui-'' Ser/ being by Gods goodness in per- 
fect memory — first — I give my soul to God who 
gave it & my body to be decently buried and my Es- 
tate to be disposed as followeth of which i" I give to 
my eldest son Stephen all my lands that lieth at 
Wainscot also ten acres of land at ye North end of 
my Woodland plain lot Also half ni)- meadow lying 
in Ockoboiinitck neck also all my last division yet not 
la)'ed out & my meadow at Napecke & half of w' I 
shall have at IMitntaket & all otlier commons also )'e 
Indian boy he paying five pounds to ye boy at ye 
end of his time if he shall have a full )'ear to ser\-e & 

" Stephen Hand was son of John Hand, who came to Southampton 
in 1644 from Stanstead in Kent, England. He afterward removed to 
Easthampton, where his descendants still remain. 

Ockobonnuck is the neck in the northeastern part of the town of 
E.asthampton and now called Acabonnack. 

" Napeche " (now Napeague) is the long stretch of beach and meadow 
west of Montauk. 



Suffolk County, iSgi-iygj. yj 

not else & ye great iron pot that \vas Doiiiinyes the 
afores"* lands I give to my eldest son Stephen Ha7id 
& to ye heirs lawfully begotten of his body but if he 
shall die & not leave such heirs or heir then ye s*^ 
land shall return to m\- youngest son or to ye next 
heir — 

2. I leave with my son Stephen & my son Savitiell 
seven acres & half of land lying at ye 2 miles hollow 
Eastward and my lot of meadow at Ockobo7imick & 
a fourth part in ye commons which they shall allow 
their hxolV^x Joseph the use of if he shall have occa- 
sion & will improve it by & for himself & not other- 
wise yet if he shall leave any heirs lawfully begotten 
by him when they are capable to receive it then the 
s"* Steven 81L Sam' shall deliver the s*^ land to them said 
heirs — 

3 — I give to my son Joseph one mare & one 
cow — 

4 — The rest of my lands I give to m)' youngest 
son Sam' if I shall leave no more sons or son but if I 
shall leave any more sons or son then Samuel shall 
have no more than ye house & home lot or all ye land 
at home and one acre & half in ye Mill plain and ye 
other lands to him or them that are younger but if 
Sam' shall enjoy all the lands not disposed of then he 
shall give to his five sisters five pounds a piece in 
current pay at their marriage if he shall enjoy the 
lands so soon as they shall come to }'e age of 
Eighteen years old my wife being to enjoy ye lands 
her lifetime except marrying again she shall have no 



yS Early Long Island Wills. 

need of it or if Satnuel marry & settle & have need 
of a settlement he shall have one room in ye house 
& what part of the lands she can spare to him — 

5— All other my Estate I leave with my wife 
during- ye time of her living a widow and to dispose 
to & for ye bringing up the children but if she shall 
marry again then she shall have the third of ye 
moveables & ye other tv/o thirds to be divided 
amongst the girls as witness my hand ye day & year 
aboves"" and seal — 

Witnesses : Stephen Hand [Seal] 

John Hopping 
James Dvmon 

By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
2'^ day of May 1693 at Brookhavoi in ye County of 
Suffolk before Coll. Williain Sfnith Judge of ye Pre- 
rogative Court was proved & approved ye last Will 
& Testamen' of Stephen Hand deceased at East- 
hampton in ye County aboves"^ on ye 15''' day of April 
Anno Dom. 1693 and ye administration of ye goods 
chattels & credits of ye sd. deceased was committed to 
ye care & trust of Rebecca widow of ye s"* deceased to 
render a true acct. thereof according to ye tenor of sd 
will & ye laws of this Province — 

March ye 5 1691 
In ye name of God Amen. I Richard Smith'''' 
SetV of Smithtown in ye County of Suffolk on Long 

" Richard Smith was the famous Patentee of Smithtown, and tradi- 
tionally known as the " Bull Rider " and ancestor of the very numer- 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 79 

Island in ye Province of New York being sick & weak 
in body but of sound & perfect memory thanks be to 
God calling to mind ye uncertain state of this life and 
that we must submit to God's will when it shall please 
him to call us out of this life do make constitute & 
ordain this our last Will & testament hereby revoking 
& annulling any former or other will or testament, 
made by us either by word or writing — 

Imprimis — We give our souls to God who gave 
them & our bodies being dead to be decently buried 
in such place & manner as to our Executors hereafter 
named shall seem convenient and as for ye lands 
goods & chattels wherewith it hath pleased God to 
endue us with all our just debts & legacies being first 
paid we order & dispose in manner & form fol- 
lowing — 

Item — -To Jonathan Smith our eldest son we give 
& bequeath our house barn & orchard joining to his 

ous family called the " Bull Smiths." He was living in Southampton 
as early as October :6, 1643. His home lot was on the west side of 
main street of Southampton, and next north of the road running to the 
beach and town pond. It is now owned by the heirs of William Morti- 
mer. He was a man of means and of high social position, and one of the 
few who bore the title of " Mr." and " Gentleman." He was of a very 
imperious nature, a trait which was evidently transmitted to many of 
his descendants, and on December 3, 1656, "for his unreverend car- 
riage toward the magistrates contrary to the order," "was adjudged 
to bee bannished out of the towne " He " had one weekes time to pre- 
pare himself to depart," but this was not enforced, as he was there 
some weeks later. He went to Setauket, where he was soon a leader, 
and afterward purchased the tract, now Smithtown, of which he 
became sole owner after a long and persistent struggle. For a more 
extended account the reader is referred to the printed Records of 
Smithtown. 



So Earlv Long Island JVi/ls. 

home lot and yc home stall as far as ye old fence 
Northward and half way from ye said house to 
Samuel's house and thence to ye West End of ye 
barn & ye wood close on ye East side of ye little 
brook over against ye house and forty acres of land 
more than his equal share in division with ye rest of 
our children and that lot of meadow over against ye 
mill on ye West side of ye river — 

Item — To our son Richardv^& gi'^G & bequeath our 
Negro Harry and an equal share of land in division 
with ye rest of our children — 

Item — To our son Job we give & bequeath our 
Negro Robin for ye term of tv/elve years and an 
equal share of land in division with ye rest of our 
children and at ye end of ye said twelve years, the 
said Robin shall be free — 

Item — To our son Adam we give an equal share of 
land in division with ye rest of our children — 

Item — To our son Sannicl Smith we give &; 
bequeath ye orchard Southward of the house & half 
ye pasture bounded by the little creek ye Eastward 
part thereof & ye lower or Northward most Fresh 
Island on ye east side of ye river with an equal share 
of land in division with ye rest of our children and the 
swamp called ye North Swamp with ye land on ye 
east side which is fenced — 

Item — To our son Daniel we give & bequeath ye 
other half of ye pasture southward of his house ye 
westward part of it and an equal share of land in 
division with ye rest of our children & our Will is that 



Sitff'olk Coityrty, i6gi-ijoj. 8i 

James Necke shall be & remain for ye use & improve- 
ment of my six sons aboves'' & their heirs for ever — 

Item — To our daughter Elizabeth Townly we give 
& confirm that land & meadow at a place called 
Staick Meadow as it is mentioned in a deed made by 
us & also ye one half of my clothing — 

Item — To our daughter Lann-cnce we give & 
bequeath an equal part & share of land in division 
with ye rest of our children where it shall be most 
suitable & convenient also ye other half of my 
clothing — 

Lastly — We do hereby nominate and appoint our 
beloved sons JonatIia>i & Rich'' Smith Executors of 
this our last Will & testamt. to pay all our just 
debts and to make an equal partition amongst all our 
children of all ye goods & chattels & what moveable 
estate shall be left — 

In Witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands 
& seals the day & year above named — 

Richard Smith [Seal] 
Sarah Smith [Seal] 

Sealed & delivered in presence of — 

JOHX ROE=' 

Jonathan Lewis 
Thomas Helme 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
2^ day of May Anno Dom. 1693 at Brookhaven in ye 

" John Roe was a shoemaker by trade, and came to Brookhaven from 
Southampton in 1667. On December 6 the town gave him the home 



82 Early Long Island Wills. 

County of Suffolk before Coll. William Smith Judge 
of ye Prerogative Court was proved and approved ye 
last Will & Testamt. of Rich' Smith Sen' deceased 
at SniitlUo'wn on ye f'^ day of March Anno Dom. 
169', who by his said Will did nominate & appoint 
his son-i Jonathan is. Rich' Xo be his Executors for ye 
well and faithful administration of all & singular ye 
goods chattels & credits of ye deceased and ye said 
Jonathan renouncing ye burthen of Executorship the 
administration of j^e said goods & chattels was com- 
mitted to ye s'^ Rich' Smith to render a true account 
thereof according to )'e tenor of ye said Will & ye 
laws of this Province — 



By ye Hono'''^ Coll. William Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court v.-ithin ye County of Suffolk on 
Nassau Island of )'e Province of N. York — To 
all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know ye that whereas Sa'mucl Barnes'' late of 
Southhampton in s'^ County husbandman departed 

lot which was laid out for a minister. He was a man of intelligence. 
and held the offices of constable, collector, and trustee. He was the 
ancestor of the well-known family of that name. 

" Samuel Barnes was son of Joshua Barnes, one of the earliest settlers 
of Southampton. His homestead (which was that of his father before 
him) is now owned by William S. Pelletreau. He left an only son 
Joshua Barnes, and he and his mother sold the homestead to Captain 
Jecomiah Scott. March 22, I70§. and removed to Jamaica, L. I. Samuel 
Barnes had a brother. Captain William Barne?, who went to West- 
chester, where he was one of the leading men, and was the ancestor of 
the family in that town. 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 83 

this life on ye 21" day of Feby. 169= leaving no 
Executor and Patience ye widow of ye %^ deceased 
for certain causes her thereunto justly moving hath 
prayed that ye administration of ye goods & chattels 
of ye sd deceased may be granted to her ye widow 
of ye said deceased— I therefore by virtue of ye 
power & authority to me given reposing special 
trust & confidence in you Patience widow of ye said 
deceased have nominated constituted & appointed S: 
by these presents do constitute & appoint you 
Patience afores*^ administratrix of all & singular ye 
goods chattels & credits of ye s*^ Savniel Barnes 
deceased with full power to ask receive demand & 
recover all & singular, the goods chattels leases debts 
& credits whatsoever to ye said deceased belonging 
or in anywise appertaining by all lawful ways & 
means whatsoever in ye first place paying those 
debts whereby ye sd. deceased stood obliged at ye 
time of his death as far as ye lawful goods & credits 
of ye sd. deceased may to this extend — You taking 
your oath truly to administer ye same & to make or 
cause to be made a true & perfect inventory of all & 
singular ye debts goods & chattels rights & credits to 
ye sd dec'' belonging which shall or may come to your 
hands possession or knowledge & further a just & 
true acct. in & concerning ye said administration 
before me or such other Judge or Judges as may be 
appointed thereunto at or before ye last of Feby. 
next Ensuing — Given under my hand the 25 of 
Ausrust i6q^ — 



84 Early Long Island JTills. 

By ye Hono*'-' Coli. WiHiaui S»:i!h Judge of }'e 
Prerogative Court within )-e County of Suffolk on 
Nassau Island of ye Province of N. York — To all to 
whom tliese presents shall come Greeting Know }-e 

that v.'hereasyi:'/';/ Himcir'' Ju>f\dX& of Soiitli in 

ye County afores'^ departed this life on }'e 8''' day of 
IMarch 169^ leaving no Executor and Mai-y widow of 
ye s'^ dec. for certain causes her thereunto justly 
moving hath praj'cd that )'e administration of ye 
goods & chattels of ye s'' dec'^ may be granted to her 
widow of ye sd. deceased — I therefore by virtue of 
ye power & authority to me given reposing especial 
trust 6^ confidence in )'ou Mary afores'' have nomi- 
nated constituted & appointed and by these presents 
do constitute & appoint you Mary widow of ye s*^ 
dec' Administratrix of all & singular the goods chat- 
tels & credits of John IIoiocll afores"" deceased with 
full power to ask receive demand & recover all & 
singular the goods chattels leases debts & credits to 
}'e s** deceased belonging or in anywise appertaining 
by all lawful ways or means whatsoever in ye first 
place paying those debts whereby ye s*^ dec'' stood 
obliged at ye time of his death as far as the lawful 
goods & credits of ye s** deceased may to this Ex- 
tend you taking your oath truly to administer }'e 
same and to make a true & perfect inventory of all 
& singular ye goods & chattels rights & credits to ye 
s** dec** belonging which shall or may come to y' hands 

"John Howell. Jr., wa5 the sop of Major John Howell, who survived 
him. (See will of M.ijor John Howell.) 



Suffolk County, i6gr-i"oj. 85 

possession or knowledge & further to give a true & 
just acct. in & concerning ye said administration be- 
fore me or such other Judge or Judges as may be 
thereunto appointed at or before ye last day of 
Feby. next Ensuing — Given under my hand & seal 
ye 25 of Aug. 1693— 



By ye Hono"' Col. William Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court within ye County of Suffolk on 
Nassau Island of ye Province of N. York — ' 

To all to whom these presents shall come Know ye 
that whereas Sai)i' Johncs late of Soiitka?>:pton in ye 

sd. County husbandman deceased on ye day of 

1693 leaving no Executor & Sanntel his son 

for certain causes him thereunto justl)' moving 
hath prayed that ye administration of ye goods & 
chattels of ye sd deceased may be granted to him 
ye eldest son of ye sd. deceased, I therefore by virtue 
of ye power & authority to me given reposing spe- 
cial trust & confidence in you Samuel afores'* have 
nominated constituted & appointed & by these pres- 
ents do constitute & appoint you Samuel afores*^ ad- 
ministrator of all & singular ye goods chattels & 
Q.x^^\ts oi Samuel Johnes afores'' deceased with full 
power to ask receive demand & recover all & 
singular ye goods chattels leases debts rights & 
credits to ye said dec'' belonging or any way apper- 
taining by all lawful ways & means w'soever — In ye 
first place paying those debts whereby the said de- 



86 Early Long Island Wills. 

ceased stciod obliged at ye time of his death as far as 
ye lawful goods & credits of ye s"^ dec^ may to this 
Extend you taking your oath truly to administer the 
same & to make or cause to be made a true & per- 
fect inventory of all & singular ye debts goods & 
chattels rights & credits to )-e sd. deceased belonging 
which shall or may come to your hands possession or 
knowledge & further to give a just & true acct. in 
& concerning )'e sd administration before me or 
such other Judge or Judges as may be thereunto ap- 
pointed at or before ye 14 of April next Ensuing — 
Given under my hand & seal. 



Easthamfton Aug ye 25 16S5 — 
The last Will & testamt. of m^ Jolin Edwards'^^ of 
Eastliampton in Suff. County under & Colony of N. 
York being of perfect memor)' & understanding i I 
bequeath my soul to God that gave it and my body 
to ye dust from whence it came & my estate I dis- 
pose of as followeth — 

2 — My will is that my belo\'ed wife Mary shall 
have half of my moveable goods both within doors 
& without & ye other half of ye moveables I give to 
all my children when they come of age if she die be- 
fore but if she lives with them to have all ye goods 

^' John Edwards was brother 'of William Edwards. His home lot 
was on the east side of the street of Easthampton, and now owned by 
Jeremiah Jlulford. It was for many years the homestead of Eleazar 
Miller, who was Member of Assembly from 1-4S to 1764, and known as 
" Assemblyman JliUer. " 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0j. 87 

to bring up the children but if she marry ye half of 
ye goods afores'' to be equally divided amongst my 
children & ye other half to be her own to dispose of 
as she sees cause, and my house & land I will to be 
my wifes during her life this m)- wife to pay everyone 
of these ni)- children their portion when they come 
to age according to ye value of half ye moveables — 

3 — My eldest son Tliomas I give him twenty acres 
of land upon ye Norwest plain bounded by Sam' 
Brooks on ye south east side & hy John Squire on 
ye Northwest side Also I give him five acres of 
land upon ye Eastern plain lying by l]'illiam Miil- 
ford upon ye Southwest & hy Jos 'ma Garlick on ye 
Northeast Also I give him two acres lying upon ye 
side of ye pond called Hook Pond bounded by M'' 
Miilford Southwest & Tho. Osborne Jicn' North- 
east — Also I give him half my meadow lying at 
Ackobonnnckc all this after his mothers decease — 
Also I give him ye third part of my commonage 
both at ye town & Montaukct after his mothers de- 
cease — 

4 — I give to my son John ye house &■ home lot 
after ye decease of his mother- — Also I give my son 
John afores'' ye six acres & half or thereabouts be it 
more or less lying upon ye Eastern plain bounded by 
Richard Strettoji upon y& southwest & Steven 
Hedges on ye East — Also I give him half ye meadow 
lying ye full length at Ackobonmick Also a 3'' of 
my Commonage both at home & at Montaiiket all 
this after his mothers decease — 



88 Early Long Island Wills. 

5 -I give to my =on Jl'illiam a third part of my 
Commonage both at home & at Mon/auke(^-A\so I 
appoint my beloved v.ife Mary, Executrix of tliismy 
will — i\Iy clothes I give to my 4 sons to be equally 
divided — 

In confirmation of this my will I set to my hand & 

seal'' 

Joii\ Edwards [Seal] 

Signed & sealed in presence of us 
Tho. James 
Robert Kade 

Post-scri[jt Sept ye 9 1686 
The former Will I now confirm all save the six 
lines blotted out upon ye other side & further my 
will is my second 'iO'^ Josiak (being not mentioned in 
my will afores') twelve acres of land more or less 
lying Eastward from this town in ye woods above ye 
Indian Well joining to Benjamin Osboriis lot on one 
side — 

Witness my hand — Also these words after his 
mothers decease were interlined before signing 

(line 29) 

John Edwards 

his 10 mark 

Signed before us 
Thomas James 
John James 

Southampton Aug ye 21 1693 
Then appeared before me M" John Jaynes & made 



Suffolk Coiifity, i6gi-ijoj. 89 

oath to ye truth of John Edwards his signing & 
acknowledging ye postscript above — 

Test. Matthew Howell 

Justice 

By ye tenor of these presents Know y' on ye lo'*" 
day of Nov. 1693 at Brookhaven in ye Count}^ of 
Suffolk before Col. U'illiani SmitJi Judge of ye Pre- 
rogative Court was proved & approved ye last Will 
& Testamt. of Jolrn Edwards deceased at East- 
Jiampt07i on ye 23*^ day of Januarj- 16SS who by his 
s"^ last Will did nominate & appoint Mary his wife 
his E.xecutrix as by ye s'' Will may appear for ye 
well & faithful administration of all & singular ye 
goods chattels & credits of ye s** deceased to whom 
with Jolin Hoffington her husband ye s^ administra- 
tion was granted being duly sworn to bring in a true 
inventory & to render a perfect acct. of the per- 
formance of their duty herein according to ye tenor 
of 'a' Will & the laws of this Province — 



Hartford Sept. 9 1693 — 
The testimony of Jacob Conckling aged 25 
years, James Blyn aged about 30 years, Joia- 
tlian Hall aged about 17 years & JMary Edioards 
about 19 years, do declare y' about fourteen 
days past we being all on board ye sloop Ad- 
venture together near ye town of Haddnni, Darnel 
Bowin lately deceased being on board ye said vessel 



QO Early Long Island Wills. 

with us 3'e said Bowin being not well in body but of 
sound understanding, & he discoursing of Mrs Irene 
Hobart^^- of Soiithold, we heard ye s'^ Daniel Bowin 
declare that he had such a great affection to her & y' 
they were so sure together y' in case he sliould die 
all ye Estate that he liad in ye world she ye s' Ire>ie 
Hubbard should ha\'e it — 

Memorand — James Blynn doth not remember ye 

word affection-- 

Jacob Conckling 

James Blyx 
JoxATHAN Hall 
Mary x Edwards 



Jacob Conckling Janies Blyn Jonaikan Hall & 
Mary Edi.\irds personally appeared in Court in 
Hartjord Sept. ye 9 1693 & made oath yt this above 
written testimony to their knowledge is truth & 
nothing but truth — 

As attests John Allvn 

Clerl< of 3-e s'* Court — 

The testimony o[ James Petty ^^ aged about 34 
years coming up ye river I heard ]\Ir Daniel Boioin 

'■ Irene Hobart. who so completely won the heart of Daniel Bowin, 
was the daughter of Rev. Joshua Hobart of Southold. She was born 
in 1674. It mav be well to remark that in those days the title of 
" Mrs." (contraction of mistress) was not only given to married ladies, 
but to the unmarried as well, if they were of high social position, as 
was the case of Irene Hobart. 

3' John Petty was son of Edward Petty, who was the ancestor of the 



Suffolk Coitnty, idgi-iyoj. 91 

say yt he having made suit to 3I?-s Irene Hobart of 
So2itIiold was now nearer than e\-er it was & in a 
manner concluded between him & her or words 
to that purpose — Sworn in Court at Hartford June 
ye 8 1693, as attests John Allyyi, Clerk — 

This above is a true copy compared with ye origi- 
nal on file being compared with ye original on file 
Sept ye 11 1693 John Allyn, Clerk — 

Whereas ye said Irene Hobart having produced 
before ye Hono^"'' Col. IV"'- Smith Judge of ye Pre- 
rogative Court in ye County of Suffolk ye s"^ Nuncu- 
pative will of Daniel Bowin late of 6"(7;////^/ir!:'deceased 
praying that ye administration of all «S: singular ye 
goods chattels & credits of ye said deceased may be 
granted to her ye sole Executrix of ye s** deceased 
which was granted accordingly 

Nov. 1 1 1693 — 



By ye Hono"' Col. William Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court in ye County of Suffolk in Nassau 
Island of ye Province of N. York — To all to whom 
these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that 
W'as Abrani U^ilman ^* late of Southampton in ye s"* 

family of that name in Suffolk county. His father died September 13, 
1697. James Petty died December 11, 1705, leaving sous James, Lieu- 
tenant Joseph, and Daniel. 

"Abram Willman was the son of Isaac Willraan of Southampton. 
He lived with his brother on the paternal homestead, now the home 
lot of Edwin Post, on the east side of JIain Street. The second meet- 
ing-house in Southampton stood on the south side of this lot. 



92 Early Long Island Wills. 

County yeoman departed this life ye day 

of leaving no Executor and Hannah his widow 

renounced ye burthen of administration Isaac Wil- 
man brother of ye s^ deceased praying that ye 
administration of ye goods & chattels of ye s'^ de- 
ceased may be granted to him ye brother of ye s"" 
deceased I therefore by virtue of ye power & author- 
ity to me given reposing special trust & confidence 
in you Isaac Wilbv.an have nominated constituted & 
appointed & by these presents do constitute & ap- 
point you Isaac ]J'il»:aii administrator of all & sin- 
gular ye goods chattels & credits of ye s'^ Abrani 
]\'ili)ta)t dec'' with full power & authority to ask re- 
ceive demand & recover all & singular ye goods & 
chattels leases debts rights & credits to ye said dec** 
belonging or in anywise appertaining by all lawful 
ways & means w'soever — In ye first place paying 
those lawful debts whereby ye sd deceased stood 
obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye goods & 
credits of )'e s"* deceased may to this Extend you 
taking your oath truly to administer ye same & to 
make or cause to be made a true & perfect inven- 
tory of all & singular ye debts goods & chattels 
rights & credits to ye s'^ deceased belonging which 
shall or may come to your hands possession or 
knowledge & further to give a just & true acct. in & 
concerning ye s'' administration before me or such 
other Judge or Judges as may be appointed there- 
unto at or before ye last of I\Iay next ensuing — 
Given under my hand & seal ye 13 of Nov. 1693 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 93 

In ye name of God Amen— I Epcnetus Plat^'^ of 
Hjtniingion upon Long Island in ye County of Suf- 
folk & Province of N. York in America being sick 
of body but having my perfect memory have made 
this my last Will & testamt. in manner & form fol- 
lowing — first, I give & commit my soul to God my 
maker & Redeemer & my body to ye Earth from 
whence I was taken 6c for my worldly estate in man- 
ner & form following — 

Imprimis — I give & bequeath to my son Epenetus 
that accomodation of housing lands meadows pastures 
orchards gardens & all y' do belong or appertain 
to ye accommodation I now live in he ye s"* Epcne- 
tus allowing unto his Mother w' room in ye dwelling 
house as she desires during her natural life & ye 3'' 
part of all ye improvements during ye said term — 
Also ye s'' Epoietjis to pay to his two younger 
Brothers y<?«(7^' ^Jeremiah ten pounds a piece each 
of them ten pounds in money w" they accomplish ye 
age of twenty one years towards their building )'e 
alotmt. yt. I have given to my son Epenetus is by 
denomination a three hundred pound alotmt. — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Jojias y' alot- 
ment or accommodation that I purchased of T/io. 
Sciddr-nore with all its rights & privileges of lands & 
meadows thereunto belonging being by denomina- 
tion a two hundred pound alotmt. 

" Epenetus Piatt was son of Richard Piatt, the first of the name in 
Huntington. (See note 17.) The Neck " Sorapwams " is now the vil- 
lage of Babylon, and the other necks mentioned are in the mime- 
diate vicinity. (See note 50.) 



94 Early Long Island Mills. 

Item — -I give & bequeath to m\- son Jc -re »nah ye 
home lot y' I purchased of Jl^iller A'oakcs ye full & 
whole lot which I purchased at two purchases both 
purchases to be delivered to ni)- son Jej-ouiali w" he 
accomplish ye age of 21 j-ears — Also 1 give to my 
son Jeyz>n y' 2 hundred riglit of commonage I pur- 
chased of Jo/ni /ones & whereas it is Expressed to 
Epenetus & Jones rights of meadow }-et notwith- 
standing my will is )■' when ye youngest accomplish 
}'e age of 21 years ye meadow lands yt. I have on 
ye south side of tliis Island nameK' Naguntatague 
Santapauge Guscumquarum Sompoams all &; singu- 
lar those meadow lands shall be equally di\'ided into 
three parts & each brother to have his part by lot 
but if either of }'e s' brothers chance to die before 
they accomplish j^e age of 21 years or without lawful 
heirs y" his part of lands & meadows to be equally 
divided between ye other two & to remain to them 
& their heirs forever — Also )'e land }■' I purchased of 
Thomas ]\'Jiitso)i I gi\"e & bequeath to m)- 3 sons 
Epenetus Jonas & JercmiaJi equally to be di\'ided 
between them but if either chance to die before they 
are of age to possess it or without lawful heirs then 
to remain to }'e surviving as afores'* 

Item — All ye rest of my goods & chattels not 
given & bequeathed one 3'^ part I gi\'e 6c bequeath 
to my well beloved wife to be at her ^\■hole disposal 

Item — Ye other two y parts of my goods & chat- 
tels I give & bequeath unto my six daughters Phebe 
Alary Ha7inah Elizabeth Ruth & Sara only at ye 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 95 

division my daughter Phebes part so made five 
pounds better out of these two parts y" my other 
daughters those 2 third parts of my goods & chattels 
so given are not to be divided until my two youngest 
daughters are grown to some competency of years or 
3 months after my loving wifes decease & an equal 
division to be made among them only to my daugh- 

; ter Phebc as afores'^ but if either of my daughters 

chance to die before a division be made then her 
part to be equally divided among those daughters 

' yt are surviving viz upon further consideration — I 

• do give unto mj- 3 sons Epcnefits Jo7ias & Jcre- 

• viiali one 3'' part of those 2 thirds of my goods & 
chattels so that when a division is made each daugh- 

; ter shall have 2 thirds more of my s*^ goods & chat- 

' tels then my sons namely of those 2 thirds before 
specified not having any relation to my loving wifes 

■ part — Also my Will is yt if my wife chance to die 

i without willing her part then her part to be equally 

•■ divided among all ye brothers & sisters, for ye care 

•. trust of ye aforementioned I make my loving wife 

: my full & whole Executrix of this my last will & 

• testamt. to see all things done & performed as 
\ afores'^ & according to her discretion in order unto 
f which I have hereunto set my hand & seal ye first 
I day of Sept. in ye 5'*" year of William Sc Mary hwno 
I Dom 1693 — Epenetus Plat [Seal] 

i Signed sealed & published in presence of 

I Jonas Wood 

j John Wicks 

j Joseph Bayly 



96 Early Long Island Wills. 

B)- }-e tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
13 day of Nov. 1693 at Brookhaven in ye County 
of Suffolk in ye Province of N. York before Col. 
William SmitJi Judge of ye Prerogative Court was 
proved & approved ye last Will & testamt. of 
Epcnctus Plat deceased at H-.iv.tington in ye County 

afores'' on ye day of Sept. Anno Dom. 1693 

who by his s"* last Will did nominate & appoint Phcbc 
his wife his Executrix as b}- ye s"^ Will may appear 
for ye well & faithful administration of all & singu- 
lar ye goods chattels & credits of ye sd deceased to 
whom ye sd administration Vv-as granted accordingly. 



In )"e name of God Amen \ John Bigs of Brook- 
haven on Long Island being at this present weak in 
body but sound in mind and memory praised be 
God do ordain & make this my last Will & Testamt. 
as followeth — 

i" I bequeath my soul to ye mercy of God in 
fesus Christ & ni)- body to be decently buried at ye 
charge of my Executrix and for my worldly estate I 
will & bequeath as followeth — To my faithful well 
beloved wife Elizabeth Bigs of ye town above writ- 
ten I bequeath all my worldly estate that is to say my 
house & lands goods & moveables all whatsoever be- 
longing or due to me or hereafter to be due whether 
in ye town aboves*^ or elsewhere to her ye sd Eliza- 
beth her heirs & assigns to have & to hold for ever 
& of this my last Will & testamt. I appoint my said 



Suffolk County, r6gi-i-oj. 97 

wife Elisabeth my sole Executrix as also my brothers 
in law Thomas Bigs & Benjamiii Smith to be sur- 
vivors as witness my hand & seal this 7"" day of 
Feby. in ye year 1682. John Bigs [Seal] 

Witnessed by me 
Daniel Brewster 
Samuel Smith 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
20"" day of Nov. 1693 at Brookhaven in ye County of 
Suffolk in ye Province of N. York before Col. 
William Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court was 
proved & approved the last will & testamt. of John 

Bigs deceased at Brookhaven aboves*^ on ye 

day of June Anno Dom. 1693 who by his said last 
will did nominate & appoint Elizabeth his wife his 
sole Executrix as by ye said Will may appear for ye 
well & faithful administration the goods chattels & 
credits of ye sd deceased to whose care & trust was 
committed ye said administration being duly sworn 
to render a true plain & perfect acct. of her having 
executed & performed her duty herein according to 
ye laws of this Province — 



In ye name of God Amen I Steven Jarvis Sen""^^ 
of ye town of Hiuttington upon Long Island in ye 

'' Stephen Jarvis was one of the early settlers of Huntington. He 
was juryman in 1662, and owned No. 2 of the ten farms. His son 
Stephen had sons Stephen, born June 2, 16S3, and Abraham, bom 
April 26, 16S6. 



98 Early Lorig Island Wills. 

County of Suffolk & province of N. York in America 
being in a competency of health of body & in my 
perfect memory have made this my last will & testa- 
ment in manner and form following — first I give & 
bequeath my soul to God my maker & Redeemer 
& my body to ye Earth from whence I was 
taken — 

Imprimis — I give & bequeath to my son Steven 
half ye old lot in ye necke & five acres of land upon 
ye hills & a quarter of a hundred of commonage of 
ye next division of lands to be taken up — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my ?,ox\s Jonat/ian & 
William yt piece of land in ye neck lying near a lot of 
land oi Joseph Wood, equally to be divided between 
them and half a hundred right of commonage as 
before expressed equall)' between them alsoe forty 
shill a piece in pay as it passeth at this present time 
of writing — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Unice 5 
pounds in pay as afores"* — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my grandson Joliyi 
Green a yearling heifer — 

Item — All ye rest of my lands meadows housing 
orchards goods & chattels not given & bequeathed 
I give & bequeath to my loving wife Jlfary and my 
son Thomas whom I make my Executrix & Exec- 
utor of this my last Will & testamt. to see all things 
done & performed according to ye prescription of 
this my last will — In witness whereof I have here- 
unto set my hand & seal this lo"" day of March in ye 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 99 

3"^ year of ye reign of W'" & Mary King &; Queen of 
Great Britain France & Ireland Anno Dom. 169' — 
Steven Jarvis [Seal] 
Signed sealed & published in presence of 
■ Alice Bayly 

J Joseph Bayly 

' James Chichester 

- By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 

i 16"' day of April 1694 at Brookhaveii in ye County 

\ of Suffolk in ye Province of N. York before Col. 

\ W'" SjuitJi Judge of ye Prerogative Court was 

\ proved & approved the last will & testamt. of Steven 

j Jarvis Sen' deceased at Huntington on ye 5 day of 

i August Anno Dom. 1693 who by his said Will nomi- 

jj nated & appointed Mary his wife & Thomas his son 

] his Executors for ye well & faithful administration of 

\ all & singular ye goods chattels &: credits of ye sd 

^ deceased to whose care & trust was committed ye 

J administration thereof being duly sworn to render a 

i plain & perfect acct. of their having performed their 

I duty herein according to ye tenor of ye sd will & ye 

\ laws of this Province 



To all Christian People greeting Know ye yt I 
John Concklin^'' oi S. liold on Long Island though 

^' Captain John Conkling was son of John Conkling, and born in Not- 
tinghamshire, Eng,, 1531. Hi5 tombstone in Southold tells us that he 
died April 6, 1694, aged 64. His daughter, Sarah, married John Laugh- 



loo Early Long Island Wills. 

weak in bod)' yet of sound memory do appoint make & 
declare these presents my last Will & testamt in form 
following viz.: First I commit my soliI to Jesus Christ 
ni)' merciful redeemer & my body being dead by 
decent burial to }'e earth believing yt it shall rise 
again at ye last da)- and as for my worldh' goods I 
thus dispose theni — 

Imprimis — I gi^e unto m)' two son?,jolin S: Joseph 
Co>ukli)i diiring their natural lives all m\' whole 
accomodations of lands of all sorts w'soever situate 
l)'ing & being throughout )'e whole bounds of )'e 
town of ^. Jiold to be equally divided between them 
b)- 3 or 4 of m\- neighbors according to their best 
skill & judgmt. in equal value worth & purchase my 
son John to have that part of ni)- home lands in 
Hashamomii7ick w' my housing are erected & half )'e 
barn, 8:. Joseph ye other half of ye barn & half of ye 
home land afores"" (I call m)' home lands contains 
pipe stave neck & ye mill neck & all my lands 
between them w'' being equally divided between them 
as afores'^ each of my said sons shall possess & enjoy 
his part without ye let hindrance or molestation of 
)e other & at ye death of them & either of them I do 
give their respective shares of all my lands above 
mentioned unto )'e next lawful heir of )'e body of s"^ 
Johyi Concklin & to ye next lawful heir of ye bod\' of 
s^ Joscpli Couklhi respecti\'ely being male or female 
during )-e natural li\x-s only & so from heir to heir of 

ton, who was for some years schoolmaster in Southampton. This name 
seems in old times to have been pronounced " Layton." 



Suffolk County, idgi-iyoj. loi 

either of them forever that shall succeed respectively 
whose several heir or heirs I make & hereby 
ordain to be my heirs forever to have & to hold dur- 
ing their natural life ye s** respective lands w^'out any 
power of sale mortgage or alienation — 

Item — My will is that if either of my sons John or 
Joseph shall die before he be possessed of }'e premises 
& leave no such heir as is above by me constituted 
yt. then in ye same tenure ye survivor shall possess 
receive & enjoy his brothers part and also if at any 
time hereafter for ever ye line succession & heirs so 
by me constituted of either my said sons shall end 
determine & be extinct then my will is y' ye right 
title & property so determining shall return to my 
lineal & direct heir by my other son & not to any 
other collateral line of said sons heirs so Extinguish- 
ing tho. it may be usual in ye law — 

Item — I give to my daughters as followeth, first to 
my daughter Sa^-ah Laughton I give two cows — To 
my other 3 daughters Mary Anna & Elizabeth I give 
all my household goods to be equally divided among 
them except to my son Joseph to whom I give one 
feather bed one pot & one kettle also to my daugh- 
ters Mary Anna Sc Elizabeth to each of them 12 
cows & all ye money yt I have in my possession I 
order to be equally divided among my s"^ 3 daughters 
last named which money I order & tis my will yt. it 
be forthw'*" without delay delivered to my brother 
Jacob Concklin (by my Executors) whom I betrust 
with s"* money & that he pay each of them a 3'''' part 



I02 Early Long Island JJ'ills. 

at their day of marriage or age of one & twenty 
whichever shall first happen at whatever time also all 
their other legacies here given is to be paid them and 
my will is y' in case any of my s° daughters shall hap- 
pen to die before age or marriage afores'* that then 
their survivor & survivors shall have ye defuncts share 
equally divided to them or her & if none of my s"^ 
daughters shall attain to age or marriage then my 
sons shall equally divide it between themselves — 

Item — I give unto my good friend M'. Joshuah 
Hobart or his assignes ye sum of ten pound to be 
paid him by my executors in such paymt. out of 
estate as he shall rather accept of which sum I give 
him as a remembrance of my love & respect to 
him — 

Item — My will is that my debts & funeral charges 
being first paid out of my stock & out of such debts 
as are due to me that then my two sons Jolni & 
Joseph shall equally divide to themselves all ye rest 
of my estate w'soever that doth any lawful manner of 
way belong to me out of which they are equally & 
jointly to pay all legacies herein bequeathed — 

Finally — My will is that my son JoIdi Concklin & 
my son Joseph Concklin be ye only & joint Executors 
of this my last Will & testamt. & in confirmation 
thereunto I hereunto subscribe my name & set to my 
seal this 4'*" day of Feby. Anno. Dom. 16S9. 

Memorand — Before sealing it being omitted in its 
proper place — my will is yt. W Joseph shall not like to 
dwell in Johns house on pipe stave neck that then 



i Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 103 

'; Jo/in shall huWd Joseph as good an house as that is in 

■ any other place of Joseph's land that he shall 

■ appoint — 

i John Co.\xklin [Seale] 

\ Signed sealed & declared in presence of us 

.^ Jasper GruFFixc 

1 Haxxah Griffing 

; Jasper Griffixg Junr. 

] By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 

; 15"' day of IMa\' 1694 at Brookhaven in ye County of 

i Suffolk in }'e Province of N. York before Col. W'" 

\ Sniitli Judge of the Prerogative Court was proved & 

f approved ye last Will & testamt. of Joh7i Coiicklin 

? deceased at S.hoidin ye County afors"* who by his s** 

\ last Will & Testamt. did nominate his sons John & 

' . ... 

; Joseph his Executors for )'e well & faithful adminis- 

\ tration of all & singular ye goods chattels & credits 

i of ye s"^ deceased as by ye s'^ Will may appear to 

I whose care & trust was committed ye s"* administra- 

i tion to Execute & perform their duty herein accord- 

j ing to ye tenor of ye s"* will & the laws of this 

{ Province — 



In ye name of God Amen. — \ John Lawrison ^' of 
Southhampton in ye County of Suffolk & Province of 

" John Lawrison lived in Southampton and seems to have occupied 
a lot somewhere near the present residence of Thomas Warren. Sam- 
uel Whitehead, one of the witnesses, lived on the west side of Main 



I04 Early Long Island U^ills. 

New York Mason being sick & weak in body but of 
perfect understanding & memory as at other times & 
not know ing liow soon it may please ye Lord to take 
me awa)' b\' deatli do make constitute & appoint tliis 
m)- last Will & testamt. hereb}' nulling & making 
\oid all other Will or Wills Testamt. or Testamts. 
w'soe\'er by me at any time heretofore made whether 
b\' word of mouth or in writing and 1>}' these presents 
ratifying & confirming this my last Will i^^ testamt. 
and first I bequeath my soul to God who ga\'e it and 
my body tci )'e dust out of which it was taken tci receive 
a decent Christian burial and as for my W'orldly 
Estate which God hath bestowed on me I dispose of 
as followeth, \iz : 

Item — first I order & appoint yt. all ni\- just & law- 
ful debts be justly & duly paid to whomsoever an)- 
thing appears to be due from me — 

Item — I gi\'e iS; bequeath to my well belo\'ed wife 
J/ary one third part of all ni)' whole Estate whether 
moveables or iinmo\'eables in this town or whereso- 
ever else it may appear to be my brown saddle horse 
only excepted — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Ulaiy 
Lazv>-!so)i all )'e other two thirds part (jf my whole 
estate where or of what kind soe\'er it may be my 
brown saddle horse only excepted which I give & 

Street, on the south side of Job's lane, on the homestead afterward 
owned by Judge Hugh Gelston. Sarah Cooper was the wife of Samuel 
Cooper, and survived her husband many years. The residence of 
Samuel Cooper was the farm lately owned by his descendant, Captain 
Wercator Cooper, and now by his daughter, Jlrs. Maria J. Howell. 



Suffolk Comity, idgi-ijoj. 105 

bequeath to Samuel Cooper of ye town of South- 
hampton aboves'^ — 

Item — I do hereby ordain & appoint my well 
beloved wife ^fa>■y to be ye sole Executrix of this 
my last Will & testamt. and my trusty & well beloved 
friend Samuel Cooper of Soutk/iamptoii afores'' to be 
ye guardian of my daughter lifary Lazorison aboves'' — 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & 
seal in SouJhlia»ipto!! aboves'-" this 20"^ day of Octo- 
ber Anno Dom. 1693 — 

J()HX Lawrisox [Seal] 
Signed & sealed in presence of us 
Sarah Cooper 
Sam"- Whitehead 

By ye tenor of these presents Know )'e that on 
ye 13'^ day of June 1694 at Brookhaven in ye 
County of Suffolk in )'e Province of New York be- 
fore Col. \V"' Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court 
was proved & approved the last Will & testamt. of 
John Laiurison deceased at Southhampton in ye 
County afores'' on ye 30''' day of Nov. Anno Dom. 
1693 who by his Said Will did nominate & appoint 
3'Iary his wife his Executor for ye well and faithful 
administration of all and singular ye goods chattels 
& credits of ye s"" deceased to whose care & trust 
was committed ye said administration — 

By ye Hono''''' Col. William Smith of ye Preroga- 
tive Court in ye County of Suffolk in ye Province 



1 06 Ea riy Long Island J I Ills . 

of N. York in America. To all to whom these 
presents shall come Greeting Know ye that whereas 
Baijaaii): Davice^' late of SoiithJiampton in ye sd 
County, W'ea'.'er, departed this life Dec. ye 20"* 1692 
lea\'ing no Executor & also Rebecca widow of )'e 
sd. deceased being deceased Jolin Reeves eldest son 
of ye sd. Rebecca with Joint Pumy his guardian for 
certain causes them hereunto justly mo\'ing ha\'e 
prayed }'t. }-e administration of \-e goods & chattels 
of ye sd deceased may be granted to him ye sd. John 
Reeves & John Piiincy his guardian I therefore by 
virtLie of ye power & authority to me derived repos- 
ing special trust & confidence in \-ou Jolin Reeves 
& Jolni Pirvicy have nominated constituted and 
appointed iS: by these presents do constitute & 
appoint \o\i Join: Reeves & John P/nney Adminis- 
trator of all cn: singular the goods chattels & credits 
of }'e said deceased with full power to ask recei\'e 
demand & recover all & singular ye goods chattels 
leases debts rights & credits whatsoever to ye 
s"* deceased belonging or an\-ways appertaining 
by all lawful wa\-s & means v,-'soe\'er in \-e first place 
paying those debts whereby \'e sd. deceased stood 
obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful 

" Benjamin Davis lived in Southampton and owned the lot next south 
of the Union schoolhouse, now the property of Gillet and Frank 
White, and including part of the land of Mrs. Maria J. Howell. This 
was laid out to him by the town about 1659, for eight acres; the town 
giving him good measure "on account of the Sandy Hill." He sold 
this lot to Cornelius Vonck, a Dutch shoemaker, in 166S, andafterward 
lived on a lot at the south end of the village, a little north of Gin Lane. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-iyoj. 107 

goods & credits of ye s^- dec'- may to this extend you 
taking ye oath truly to administer ye same & to 
make or cause to be made a true & perfect inven- 
tory of all & singular ye goods & chattels debts 
rights & credits which shall or may come to your 
hand possession or knowledge, & farther to give a 
just & true acct. in & concerning ye sd. administra- 
tion before me or such other Judge or Judges as 
ma}- be appointed thereunto at or before ye 12 day 
of January next ensuing — 

Given under my hand & seal ye 12 day of June 
Anno Dom. 1694 — 



By ye Hono'''' Col. IV" Smith Judge of ye Prero- 
gative Court within ye County of Suffolk in ye 
Province of New York in America — To all to whom 
these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that 
whereas Job Say re ^^ late of Southhampton in ye sd 
County, tanner, departed this life on j'e 6'*'' da\- of 
April 1694 leaving no Executor and Iffannah widow 
of ye said deceased renouncing to administer on her 
deceased husband's estate and Job Sayre praying 
that ye sd administration of ye goods & chattels of 
ye sd deceased may be granted to him ye eldest son 

*' Job Sayre, son of Thomas Saj-re. was the last survivor of the origi- 
nal company of " Undertakers " who founded the town of Southamp- 
ton. He was born in Cirencester, Eng., 1614. His house, still standing 
in Southampton, is probably the oldest dwelling in the State of New 
York. It was built in 1648 and is still owned by his descendants of 
the ninth generation. 



loS Early Loig Isla>ul Wills. 

of ye sd deceased I therefore b}' virtue of ye power 
(^xT autliority to me given reposing special trust S: 
confidence in yovi. Job Sayrc son of ye sd. deceased 
ha\'e nominated constituted & appointed & by these 
presents do constitute and appoint you Job Sayre 
son of )'e sd deceased administrator of all & singular 
ye goods chattels & credits of Job Sayrc deceased 
with full power to ask receive demand & recover all 
& singular ye goods & chattels leases debts & credits 
w'soever to ye s'' deceased belonging or an}' waj's 
appertaining by all lawful ways or means w'soever — 
In ye first place paying those debts whereby ye sd 
deceased stood obliged at ye time of his death as 
far as ye lawful goods & credits of ye sd dec' may 
to this Extend you taking your oath truly to admin- 
ister )'e same & to make or cause to be made a true 
ti perfect inventory of all & singular )'e debts goods 
& chattels rights & credits to }'e s^ deceased belong- 
ing which shall or may come to your hands possession 
or knowledge & farther to gi^'e a just & true acct. 
in & concerning ye s'' administration before me or 
sucli otherjudge or Judges as may be appointed there- 
unto at or before }'e 14 day of Jan}-, next ensuing — 
Given under my hand & seal the 14"" daj' of Jul)' 
1694— 



In ye name of God Amen William & Mary of 
England Scotland France iSc Ireland King & Queen 
defenders of ye faith in ye sixth year of their reign, 



Sitfjolk County, idgi-iyoj. 109 

James White ■" of Soutliatnpton in ye County of 
Suffolk & province of N. York being in perfect 
strength of mind & memory though weak in body 
do make this my last Will & Testamt. viz : first I 
give and bequeath my soul unto her maker who at 
first gave it & body to ye Earth from whence it was 
taken & to be decently buried — 

2'" I give unto my eldest son Ephraim my dwell- 
ing house & housing with my home lot ye sd house 
stands on here adjoining to ye main Street of }'e 
town & my close on ye southside of ye path as we 
go to ye Water i\lill that I had part of lot Bnryiat 
being 25 acres or upwards & my close of land at 
Halsey's Neck on ye East side of ye path being about 
eleven acres & a half & ye two acres over ye way 
between Thomas Coopers deceased land & Thomas 
Topping & all my meadow at North Sea & a lot of 
meadow at Potiuike and a hundred of meadow & 
upland at Ogdens Neck all which premises of hous- 
ing & lands & meadows I give unto my son 
Ephraim afores'' forever only ye use of which is 
hereafter reserved for my wife, and a fifty of com- 
monage — 

" James White lived in Southampton. His home lot, left to his son 
Ephraim, is on the west side of Main Street, and now owned by Edwin 
C. Halsey. It was bought of Job Sayre about i6S3. The home lot 
left to son James is on the west street of Southampton, next south of 
the house of late Captain Jlercator Cooper. The house of Amelia 
Hendrickson stands on it. This in the earliest days is mentioned as 
the "home lot of widow Briggs." The land at Old Town, bounded 
north by John Jessup, etc., is now the land of heirs of Colonel Benja- 
min H. Foster. 



no Early Loiii^ Islcnid JViHs. 

3'^' I give & bequeath unto my second son Javtes 
Wliite my home lot between Samuel Cooper & 
lehaboei Cooper & m\' close of land at }-e old town 
bounded North \j\ Jol.n Jessnps land, East h^- Ulajor 
Hozi'ells land & South b\' Joseph Piersons land & 
West b\- ye high\va\' & 12 acres in )-e great plains 
two w'of in ye first neck & five in Halse^'s Neck 
Eight acre lots & one acre & half in Capt. Neck 
ten acre lots & one acre 6c half in oxpasture South 
division & two acres in a wood lot in ye North 
division in ye oxpasture and a lot of salt marsh 
meadow at Aqnabo^iie & fifty pound lotment in 
Ogdens Neck of upland & meadow and all my 
meadow at Sliinecoek & Seponnuck with a fifty 
pound commonage throughout all which land & 
premises I give unto him my said son James forever 
except what I shall reserve for ye use of my wife — 

4'*' — I give and bequeath unto my third son Steve7i 
IVIiite all that my hundred of land at Sago^aponmiek 
being about 20 acres & a lot of land in Hogneck & 
a lot of meadow belonging to s"" Hogneck division 
near Easthanipton line all which sd. land & meadow 
I give unto him ye said Steven fore\'er when he 
comes to ye age of twenty-one years. 

5'-' — I give unto my son Charles White all my 
Smiths tools & ten pound in current money of this 
Province — 

6''' — I give unto m}- daughter Sarah Jl'hzte 30 
pounds in current mone\' of this Province afores'' — 

/'>■ — I give all ye rest of my moveable estate to my 



Suffolk County. i6gr-ijoj. in 

well beloved wife Rut/i with one third part of ye 
use of all my lands before demised during her 
natural life for my childrens bringing up & her 
comfortable subsistance & )'e other two thirds to go 
into ye hands of my sons at 21 j'ears of age as above 
expressed and if any of my sons depart this life ye 
land to return to \'e next male heir of him or them 
so deceased and my will is that my well beloved 
wife Riiih shall be sole Executrix of this my last 
will & testamt. & I do appoint & pray Steven Strat- 
to>i, Samuel Cooper, & Thomas Tapping to be over- 
seers of my children & for to see my will exe- 
cuted — In Witness whereof I have set to my hand 
& seal In Southhampton this iS'*'" of June Anno Dom 
1694. 

James White [Seal] 
Signed sealed & acknowledged to be his last will 
and testamt. in presence of us 

Joseph Toppixg 

Sam"- Whitehead 

Matthew Howell Justice 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on 
ye 10'^ day of Oct. 1694 at Brookhaven in ye County 
of Suffolk in ye Province of N. York before Cot. 
William Smith Judge of )'e Prerogative Court 
was proved & approved ye last will & testamt. of 
James White A&c&zs&di 3.t.Southhampton in ye County 
afores** on ye 21" day of August Anno Dom. 1694 
who by his said Will did nominate & appoint R7ctk 



112 Early Long Island ]\'ills. 

his wife his sole Executrix for ye well & faithful 
administration of all c\: sin^jular ye g-oods chattels & 
credits of ye s^ deceased to whose care & trust was 
committed ye same being duly sworn to execute & 
perform her duty herein according to ye tenor of 
s'' will & ye laws of tliis Province. 



In ye name of God Amen I Jolni Ingcrsolh- of 
Huntingdon Sen' being sick of body but in m}' 
memory & knowledge have made this my last Will 
& testamt. in manner & form following first — I be- 
queath my soul to God my maker & redeemer & my 
body to ye Earth from whence I was taken — 

Imprimis — I give & bequeath to ni}' sdu Jo/in my 
ould lot of land next to Becld lot i^ ten acres as I 
have laid out under ye hill and an hundred is: lifty 
pound right of commonage & y' piece of meadow 
land nexX. Jost-p/i ^^vz/rjr & a piece of fresh meadow 
near ye britlge & that forty-fi\'e acres in )'e top of ye 
hill that leadeth to )'e co\'e I gi\'e him one 3'' part of 
it all lands & meadows to remain to him & his heirs 
forever — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Simon thirty 
rod of land in ye breadth adjoining to m)' '?'Or\ Johns 
lot it to run ye whole length of my lands & twenty 
eight rod in breadth at ye rear and one third part of 

*' John Ingersoll was an early resident in Huntington. His children 
■were John, born May 11, 1674; Jane, born June 9, 1676, and Simon, 
bom August 3:, 1678. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i"oj. 113 

the forty-five acres on ye hills afores'' — Also one 
half part of my meadow at y& beach & one half part 
of my meadow near my house with an hundred & 
fifty pound right of commonage to remain to him 
& his heirs forever — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Daniel all that 
lands & meadows that I purchased oi Jonas Valeniijie 
with all profits thereupon with an hundred pound 
right of commonage to remain to him & his heirs 
forever, but if either of my sons chance to die with- 
out lawful issue then his part of lands & meadows so 
given shall be equally divided between those that 
survive of my sons — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughtery(?«if that 
lot which I have in Hitntingion purchased of Benja- 
min Jo)ics with an hundred pound right of common- 
age & all ye right of meadow & upland that I have 
upon Sompoams to remain to her & to her heirs for- 
ever & whereas ye half part of my meadow at ye 
beach & ye half part of that at home I have given to 
my son Simon ye other half part of both pieces of 
meadow I bequeath to my son Daniel only both my 
sons Simon & Daniel shall winter for their iMother 
each of them one cow & six sheep either of them 
yearly so long as their Mother live if she desire it of 
them — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my loving wife Jane 
/«^^rW/ my dwelling house & orchard & six or eight 
acres of land adjoining to my house & barn which 
dwelling house orchard barn & land aboves'* to 



114 Early Long Island Wills. 

remain & be at my wifes disposal forever and 
whereas there is winter grain upon ye ground my will 
is that my son to wliom I have given ye land shall 
have one third part & ye other two thirds to be 
equally divided between my wife my other two sons 
& my daughter Jane for to see all things herein con- 
tained done & performed according to ye true intent & 
meaning of this my last Will and testamt. I have 
appointed my loving v.-ife to be my executrix and she 
to have power to choose one v.Iiom she please to 
assist her in it for ye ratification hereof I have here- 
unto set ni)' hand & seal ye first day of Nov. in ye 
6"' year of ye reign of our sovereign Lord & Lady 
William & Mary King & Queen of England Scot- 
land France & Ireland Defenders of ye faith &c. & in 
ye )'ear of our Lord 1694. 

John Ixgersoll [Seal] 
Signed sealed & published in ye presence of 

John Page 

Nathaniel Foster 

Joseph Bayly 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
27 day of Nov. 1694 at Brcokhavcn in ye County of 
Suffolk in ye Province of N. York before Col. W'" 
S7)iith Judge of j'e Prerogative Court was proved & 
approved ye last Will & testamt. of John Ingersoll 
deceased at Huntington on ye 7 day of Nov. Anno 
Dom. 1694 who by his said last Will & testamt. nomi- 
nated & appointed y<;7«c his wife his Executrix for ye 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i"oj. 115 

well & faithful administration of all & singular ye 
goods chattels & credits of ye s"^ deceased to whose 
care & trust was committed ye same being duly sworn 
to Execute & perform her duty herein according to 
ye tenor of the said Will & ye laws of this Province — 



By ye Hono""'" Col. William Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court in ye County of Suffolk in )'e 
Province of New York in America. To all to whom 
these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that 
whereas James Topping''^' late of Southampton in ye 
County aboves"" departed this life on ye 18'^ day 
of May Anno Dom 1694 leaving no Executor and 
Abigail his widow for certain causes her hereunto 
justly moving hath prayed that ye administration of 
all & singular ye goods & chattels of her deceased 
husband may be granted unto her ye widow of ye 
said deceased I therefore by virtue of ye power & 
authority to me given reposing special trust & 
confidence in you Abigail afores'^ have nominated 
constituted and appointed & by these presents do con- 
stitute & appoint you Abigail widow of ye deceased 
administratrix of all & singular ye goods chattels & 
credits oi James Topping zior&s'^ dec. with full power 
to ask receive demand & recover all & singular ye 
goods chattels leases debts & credits w'soever to ye 
s"* deceased belonging or in anywise appertaining by 
all lawful ways & means w'soever — In ye first place 

" James Topping was son of Elnathan Topping, and lived at Sagg. 



ii6 Early Lo?!g Island M'ills. 

paying those debts whereby ye s"' deceased stood 
obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful 
goods & credits of ye s** deceased may to this Extend 
you taking your oath truly to administer ye same & 
to make or cause to be made a true S; perfect inven- 
tory of all & singular ye goods 6c chattels debts rights 
& credits to ye sd deceased belonging which shall or 
ma\- come to j-our hands possession or knowledge & 
further to give a just & true acct. in & concerning }-e 
sd. administration before me or such as shall be 
appointed thereunto at or before ye sixteenth daj- of 
Oct. next ensuing. 

Dated at Brookha-jen }'e i6 of April 1695 — 

In ye name of God Amen March \-e 16 i6S^ I 
Nathaniel Brticstcr" in County Suftolk on Long 
Island being weak in body but of sound & good 
memor\- calling to mind my frailt)' & ye imcertain 
estate of this uncertain life do make & ordain this 
my last Will & testamt. b)- these presents revoking 
& annulling any former will made by me either by 
word or writing & yt. this only is to be approved my 
last will & testamt. & none other — 

Imprimis — I commit my soul unto God ni)' 

"Nathaniel Brewster was the first minister of Brookhaven. The 
question as to his ancestry at present attracts much attention, but re- 
mains unanswered. His son Timothy was town clerk for twenty-three 
years, and his son Daniel for twenty-six years following. On October 
24, 1^65, the town bought for Rev. Mr. Brewster the house and lot of 
Matthew Prior. His ministry is an important chapter in the history of 
Brookhaven. 



Suffolk County, i6gi~i"oj. 117 

Creator in sure & certain hopes of ye Resurrection to 
life & immortality by ye merits of Jesus Christ & my 
body to be decently interred at ye usual burying 
place of ye s** town of Brookhave7i as my Executor 
hereafter shall appoint & my worldly goods I give & 
bestow in manner & form following — 

Item — To Timothy my son I give & bequeath ye 
dwelling house I now live in the home lot belonging 
to it & ye buildings fences & other improvements 
thereon containing about nine or ten acres more or 
less & a six acre lot in ye old field joining to Capt. 
Tookers lot on )-e one side & to Benja7)iin Smiths 
on ye other side & a five acre lot in ye little neck and 
five acres at jVezctown & twenty acres in Georges 
Necke & half an acre of Meadow at ye old mans & 
half ye meadow at ye west meadow & half ye fifty 
acre lot in Mount JMiscry & half ye meadow & 
upland at ye south which meadow & upland at ye 
south is to be equally divided between Timothy & 
Daniel Brcivster — 

Item — To Daniel my son I give & bequeath the 
house home lot & other improvements purchased of 
J0J171 Roc & two 3 acre lots in ye old field five acres 
in ye little necke and five acres at ye old mans near 
Andreiv Millers the seventeen acres to be laid out 
the half of ye fifty acre lot in jMo7int Misery half ye 
meadow at ye West meadow, & half ye meadow & 
upland at )-e South. 

Item — Ho John Brewster my eldest son I give & 
bequeath fifty acres of land laid out in ye plains as 



1 1 S Early Long Island Wills. 

in ye recorus may appear and in case the s'^ John be 
deceased or shall not otherwise dispose of it within 
seven years it shall return to «S; be equally divided 
between my sons Timothy &: Dajiicl before named — 

Item — To my two grandchildren Daniel Si Abigail 
Burr I give and bequeath ten shillings a piece — 

Item — To Sarali my wife I give and bequeath all 
my household goods and chattels whatsoever together 
with my books &; ye husbandry queares and tools 
with full & free ordering & disposal of all ye stock I 
now possess as horses cattle sheep swine &c. whom 
with ye assistance of my two sons Timothy Sl Daniel 
I constitute & ordain to be the Executrix of this my 
last Will i5c Testamt. to perform all things .pertain- 
ing to ye ufnce of an Executrix to pay ye aboves*^ leg- 
acys & to give iS; provide portions for all my daugh- 
ters at her discretion out of ye improvements of ye 
stock aforenamed & with the assistance of my s'' two 
sons always provided that there be referred to my 
s'' Executrix a good & competent maintenance out of 
ye improvements of the lands willed and bequeathed 
to my sons Timothy & Daniel above named as also 
ye full & free use of ye house home lot orchards 
gardens and other improvements thereon which are 
bequeathed to my son Tir,ii^th\ — 

In confirmation whereof I do hereunto set my 
hand & seal the day and year above named. 

Nathaniel Brewster [Seal] 

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of 
Tuo. Helme 
Zach. Hawkins 



Suffolk Couiity, i6gi-ijoj. 119 

By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
3* day of May 1695 at Brookhaven in ye County of 
Suffolk in ye Province of Xew York before Col. 
Will'" Siiiiih Judge of ye Prerogative was proved & 
approved the last will and testamt. of Nathaniel 
Brcijstcr dec*^ at Brookhaven in ye County afores"^ on 
ye day of Anno Dom. 16S who by his said 

last v.-ill & testamt. did nominate and appoint Sarah 
his wife to be his Executrix as by ye s'' will may 
appear for )'e well and faithful administration of all 
& singular ye goods chattels & credits of ye said 
deceased to whose care & trust was committed ye 
same being duly sworn to execute & perform her 
duty herein according to ye tenor of ye said Will & 
ye laws of this Province. 



By ye Hono''' Col. JJ^'" S-uiih Judge of ye Pre- 
rogative Court in ye County of Suffolk of ye Prov- 
ince of Xew York in America. To all to whom 
these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that 
w'as Christopho- Yoiiugs Ser." *'' late of Soiithholdiu ye 
County of Suffolk departed this life on ye 31 of July 
Anno Dom. 1695 leaving no Executor and Illayy 
his widow & Benjamin son of the s'^ deceased for 
certain causes them hereunto justly moving have 
prayed that ye administration of ye goods and 
chattels of ye said deceased may be granted unto 

" Christopher Youngs was son of Rev. John Youngs. He married 
Mary, daughter of Lieutenant John Eudd. 



I20 Earlv Long Islaiid Wills. 

them ye sd widow & son of ye s'^ deceased, I there- 
fore l.iy \irtue of }-e power & authority to me given 
reposing special trust & confidence in you Mary & 
Benjamin aboves' have nominated constituted & 
appointed you Mary ye widow (!:^ Boijaniiti ye eldest 
son of ye s'^ deceased afores'^ and by these presents 
do constitute & appoint }0u joint administrators of 
all and singular ye goods chattels and credits of ye 
s"^ Christopher Youngs deceased with full power to ask 
receive demand & recover all & singular }-e goods & 
chattels leases debts & credits w'soever to ye s'' 
deceased belonging or in anywise appertaining by all 
lawful ways & means w^soever in ye first place paying 
those debts w'by ye s"* dec"* stood obliged at ye time of 
his death as far as ye lawful goods & credits of the 
s"* dec'* may to this Extend you taking your oaths 
truly to administer ye same & to make or cause to 
be made a true & perfect inventory of all & singular 
ye debts goods & chattels rights & credits to ye sd 
deed belonging or in anywise appertaining which 
shall or may come to your hands possession or 
knowledge & further to gi\'e a just & true acct. in 
& concerning ye sd. administration before me or 
such other Judge or Judges as may be appointed 
thereunto at or before ye 20 day of March next 
ensuing — 

Given under my hand & seal the 20"' day of Sept. 
Anno Dom. 1695. 



Snff'olk County, idgi-ijoj. 121 

Manor of St. Georges in County Suffolk March 
ye 14 169?. This day was presented to Col. William 
S»iitli Judge of ye Prerogative Court for ye s'' County 
ye last Will & Testamt of Peter Silvester*'^ late of 
S'ltlter Island in )-e County afores'^ dec'' as also a 
petition from illrs. Elizabeth Sylvester Executrix 
appointed by ye said Will praying ye same might be 
proved & approved by ye s"* judge — A supplication 
was also read made to ye s"" judge by 3Ir. Giles 
Sylvester brother to ye said Peter deceased praying 
the s,'^ Will might not be proved for )'t. his brother at 
ye time of ye publishing ye s** will had not a7iiiintr,i 
tcstandi & praj's time to prove ye same & to have 
a copy of ye s'' Will — Ordered that if ye s'' Giles 
Sylvester have a copy of ye will & if he shall at or 
before )'e 20th of instant March give sufficient 
security to make good all costs charges & damages 
that ma)- acrue to ye Executor or others concerned 
in ye s"* Will for or b\- reason of }'e delaying }'e pro- 
bate thereof if he shall not prove anything material 
to in\-alidate or make null ye same that then further 
time shall be allowed him to prove his allegations — 
That if he neglect or refuse to do the same then due 
proof being made on ye 20th instant March the pro- 
bate shall not be longer stayed. That ]\Ir. Giles 
Sylvester & Elizabeth his sister have sent them a 
copy of this order and that ye Executrix & those 

*' Peter Silvester was son of Captain Nathaniel Silvester, who died 
about 16S0. Shelter Island was purchased by Captain Silvester and 
John Booth in 1652. 



122 Early Long IsIiDici Wills. 

that prove ye said Will ha\-e notice then personally 
to appear before the Judge at }-e Manor of St. 
Georges afores"" and that an in\'entory of the testator's 
goods and chattels be then exhibited to this Court 
and that if none be already made ]ws\.\cit Mapts ha\-e 
power to appoint two or more honest men of }e 
neighborhood to in\'entor}' & \'alue )'e same in com- 
pany of one two or more of }'e testators creditors or 
legatees if they will see ye same. 

Province of New York Count}- of Suffolk Manor 
of St. Georges March 21 1695 A supplication was 
this day produced from I\Ir. Giles Sylvester of 
Shelter Islard to Col. W"' Smith Judge of ye Pre- 
rogative Court of this County praying a further 
time ma\- be allowed him to gi\'e securit}' to pro\-e 
his allegations why ye last Will of his late Brother 
Peter Sylvester ought not to be pro\'ed according to 
a former order of this Court expired )'e 20''' of instant 
March & praying that his security pursuant to said 
order ma)- be taken at Soiithliold — Ordered & 
decreed that imless securit\- be gi\-en according to 
ye former order of this Court the Probate cannot 
be stayed if \-e partys concerned therein pray it of 
this Court & produce sufficient testimony to prove }'e 
same but that until such proofs be offered Ulr. Giles 
Sylvester ha\-e time to object against it gi\'ing security 
as afores' but that said security must be given in this 
courte. An In\-entory of ye Testators personal 
estate was also exhibited to this Court amounting 
to ^216. ij\ 7'*. Ordered y' ye sd. inventory be 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 123 

returned & yt ye appraisers do upon y' oath declare 
yt. they have duly & truly apprized ye sd goods at 
a just value according to their conscience & best 
understanding. 

Ordered yt. Mrs. Elizabeth Sylvcstei- named Co- 
Executrix in ye sd. Testators Will have ye custody 
of ye goods in ye sd in\'entory contained (if she 
desire ye same) she giving security to this Court — 
That in case ye sd Will be not allowed of \<t sd goods 
shall be forthcoming to be disposed of according to 
law as this Court shall direct And }-t those parties 
concerned in ye Probate of ye s"* Will have time until 
ye 21 of April next ensuing to pro\'e ye same and 
that Mrs Elizabeth & M' Giles Sylvester have both 
copies of these orders — 

The last Will & Testam' of me Thoynas James*'' 
Preacher of ye Gospel & Minister of Easthampton 
in ye County of Suffolk upon the Isle of Nassau 

*'• Rev. Thomas James was son of Rev. Thomas James of Lincoln- 
shire, England. He came to America June 5, 1632, and settled in 
Charlestown, Mass. From there he went to New Haven and came to 
Easthampton before April 22, 1651. His salary as preacher was at first 
/'45 a year, and his lands were to be free from taxes. This was after- 
ward increased to £^0. His knowledge of the Indian language caused 
his services to be in great demand as interpeter, and he prepared a 
catechism for their benefit. The town ordered that his grist should be 
the first ground at the mill, and he was allowed half of the dead whales 
cast upon the shore. He also had a home lot and a share in the land. 
These lands he sold to Lyon Gardiner, "Lord of the Isle of Wight," in 
1659 for £^00, he retaining the use during life. His parsonage lot on 
the east side of the street and opposite the burj-ing ground has re- 
mained in the Gardiner family ever since, and is now owned by heirs of 



1-4 



Jiarlv Long; Island Wills. 



alias Long Island within ye Province of New York 
as followeth — first I leaving given long since my soul 
to God & Christ (\o continue the same & my body to 
the grave whence I expect its glorious resurrection to 
life again at ye last day my estate as followeth — 

First — I give to my eldest daughter Sara/i wife of 
Peregrine StanbroJigh (having already given her more 
than any of the rest of my children) I say I give to 
her four score pound in cash current of this Province 
to be paid by my Executors after my decease a 
montli or less after — Also I give her an Equal part 
with the other of my children of my moveable goods 
botli within doors & without also yt. small part I have 
in ye ship called ye Sp-\-duiell being half a quarter — 
Also ) e feather bed I l\-e upon & ye green rug with it. 

Second — 1 give to my 2'' daugliter JMavy wife of 
John Sti-etton an hundred pound (in casli of this 
Province) after my decease, also an equal part with 
ye rest of her sisters of my goods — 

Third — I give to my daughter Hayinah wife of 
James Dynient an hundred pound in cash of this 
Province after my decease, also an equal di\-ision of 
my goods with ye rest of her sisters — 

Samuel B. Gardiner. His nextdoor neighbor on the north was Lion 
Gardiner. Tradition states that he was buried at his own request fac- 
ing the west, contrary to usual custom, that he " might face his con- 
gregation at the day of judgment." His tombstone bears the follow- 
ing : " Mr. Thomas James dyed the i6th d.-iy of June in the yeare 
i6g6. He was Minister of the Gospel and Pasture of the Church of 
Christ." His wife, Katharine Blu.x. whom he married September :, 
i66q. was probably a relative or connection of Rev. Robert Fordham 
of Southampton. 



Suffolk County. i6gi-ijoj. 125 

Fourth — I having very lately delivered to my son 
in law TfioDms HaiTi's in behalf of his wife my fourth 
daughter Riitfi an hundred pound in current 
money of this Province upon some condition do by 
this my Will confirm it absolutely to her my daughter 
Rittfi after my decease. Also I give to her an equal 
part with ye rest of her sisters of my goods. Also 
I give her over «S: and above my feather bed now in 
ye larger chamber with ye furniture to it. Legacys 
to be paid by my executors out of my estate as 
followeth — I. To my grandchildren Alary Stan- 
pyougJi & Mary Styctton I will fifty pound a piece 
or to each of them so much viz : fift\' pound in cash 
of this Province — Also I give each of them a feather 
bed two pair of sheets to each of them coverlid 
blanket & bolster — I also give to each of them a 
cow & six sheep — Also to each of them an iron pot 
of ye bigger sort, also to each of them two a pewter 
platter of a middle size & to each of them a silver 
spoon — 2. I will twenty pound in cash current of this 
Province to my daughter in law Anne Howell now 
wife of AI'' Abraliaui Hoiccll of Soidliliampton — 
Provided she ye sd Anne nor any other of her rela- 
tives or friends bring in no after reconing upon 
account of her first husband my son Natfianiel 
deceased & a full discharge be given to my Executors 
of all. 3 — I give to my eldest grandson yic//« Stan- 
broitgfi ten pound in Cash or equivalent after my de- 
cease — 4. I give to my two daughters in law ye one 
of them Alary ye wife of AI' Jolin Ahclforel yft other 



1 2 6 Ea rly Lo ng Is la )id H 'ills . 

Elizabeth ye v.ife of HI'' Joseph Chborn to eacn of 
them ten pound in Cash of this Province or equiva- 
lent to be paid by my Executors after my decease. 5. 
I constitute & ordain Pcrtgrine Stanbro2igh John 
Strettonjames Dynicnt&i Th.oaias Harris m\- sons in 
law to be co. or joint Executors of tliis my last will 
& testamt. 6. As for what debts is owing me from 
this ye town of Eastliarnpton either former arrears or 
for last year or this present year amounting to above 
seven score pound in pa\" I say what is not paid 
before my decease I give to my Executors to be dis- 
tributed to all my grandchildren (Excepting them 
whose names are here mentioned in this my v.-ill) b}' 
my four daughters to be equally divided amongst 
them when they come to age only this, that if ye 
town freely & readily will take ye best & speediest way 
they can for ye discharge of ye debts afores*^ or their 
Trustee then I give to ye town afores"" twent}' pound 
out of ye sd debts towards ye maintenance of a good 
schoolmaster in this town, otherwise not. 7 — I desire 
my two sons in law JM'' John I\Itil/ord Sc ]\I\Iosi-ph 
Osborn to be the overseers of this my last Will for 
ye due performance of ye same also to be assistant to 
my Executors for ye gathering in what debts I shall 
leave at my decease for which I gi\-e & allow to each 
of them three pounds out of )'e said debts, for }'e 
ratification & confirmation of this my last Will 
& Testamt. I do set to my hand & fix m}- 
seal Jun ye 5 Anno Dom. 1696 & in ye S"" 
year of his Maty. King William ye 2'' of Great 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 127 

Britain France & Ireland Def' of ye faith, whom 
God save. 

Also I give to my son in law James Dyment my 
share in ye horse Mill. Also I give to my son in 
\a.v; John Stretto7i w' time at my decease I have in 
my man Charles Jones, my Executors to make good 
his Indenture & to allow him 40' in pay more — 

Tho. J.\mes [Seal] 
Subscribed & sealed in presence of us 
Cornelius Coxklixg 
Shubaell T.-\lm.\ge 
John Wheeler Jr. 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
23'' day of June 1696 at ye Manor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk in ye Province of N. York 
before ye Hono'''^ Col. JVzIIudu Smith Judge of )"e 
Prerogative Court in ye Count)- aboves** was proved 
& approved the last Will & testamt. of Thomas 
James late of Easthampion in ye County aboves"^ 
deceased the 14"" day of June Anno Dom. 1696 who 
by his said last will & testamt. did nominate & 
appoint Peregrine Stanbrough John Stretton Ja?nes 
Dyynent & Thomas Harris joint Executors for ye 
w^ell & faithful administration of all & singular the 
goods chattels & credits of ye sd deceased as by ye 
copy of s"* Will may appear to whose care & trust 
was committed ye same being duly sworn to Execute 
& perform their duty herein according to ye tenor 
of ye sd will & ye laws of this Province. 



128 Early Loiii^ Islav.d Wills. 

To all to whome these presents shall come Greet- 
ing Know ye that whereas _/rtWi-f Chichester^'- late of 
Hitntiiigton in )-e County of Suholk departed this 
life on )-e 29 da)' of Jan)\ 169? and David Chiehes- 
ier his son for certain causes him thereunto justly 
mo\-ing- hath prayed that \-e administration of all ye 
goods t^ chattels of ye said deceased may be granted 
to him )e son of }e sd deceased — I therefore by 
virtue of ye authorit)' to me given reposing special 
trust in )-ou Decjid Chichesier afores"^ have and do 
by these presents nominated constituted & appointed 
you David Chichester son of }'e sd deceased Admin- 
istrator of all & singular ye goods chattels & credits 
of ye sd James Chichester deceased with full p-ower 
to ask receive demand & reco\'er ye same to )e sd 
deceased belonging or in any wise appertaining b}- 
all lawful ways <N: means w'soe\-er. In ye first place 
pa\ing those debits -wherein }'e s'' deceased stood 
obliged at )'e time of his death as far as ye lawful 
goods & credits of }'e said deceased ma)- to this Ex- 
tend You taking )'Ouroath truly to administer )'e same 
and to make or cause to be made a true & perfect 
inventory of all & singular the debts goods & chat- 
tels rights & credits to ye sd deceased belonging 
which shall or ma)- conie to )-' hands possession or 
knowledge — And further to give a just & true acct. 
in & concerning ye said administration before me or 

" James Chichester was son of James Chichester v,i!o was living at 
Taimton. Mass., 1&43, and at Salem in 1650. He lived near Hunting- 
ton harbor before Februarj-, 1662. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-iyoj. 129 

such other judge or judges as may be appointed 
thereunto at or before ye 8'*' day of March next 
ensuing ye date hereof — 

Given under my hand & seal ye S'^ da}- of Sept. 
1696 

William Smith 

Tho. Helm, Clerk. 



The last Will & testamt. of Maf Jolin Howell*^ — 
In ye name of God — Amen — At Sontliampton in ye 
County of Suffolk & Pro\ince of New York ye 3*^ 
day of April 1693 \ John ffoioell oi aboves"^ town & 
County being diseased in body but of good & sound 
memory thanl^s be to God Ahiiight}' & calling to 
remembrance ye uncertain estate of this transitorj' 
life and yt all flesh must }-ield to death when it shall 
please God to call, do make constitute ordain & 
declare this my last Will & testamt. in manner & 
form following revoking & disannulling by these 
presents all & every testamt. & testamts. will & wills 

"Major John Howell was son of Edward Howell, the leader of the 
founders of Southampton. The home lot left to grandson John 
Howell is on the east side of Southampton Street, and lately ois-ned by 
Louise De Bost. The home lot of Major Howell, where he was living 
at the time of his death, and which he left to his son Nathaniel, was on 
the west side of the street, directly opposite. The homestead of his 
son Theophilus Howell was at Sagg, and is now the north part of the 
homestead of Justice G. Clarence Topping. This lot remained in the 
possession of the heirs of Captain Theophilus Howell till about 1S56. 
John Howell, the son of the Major, was town clerk for several years, 
and died March S, 1692. The tombstone of Major John Howell, bearing 
the ancestral arms, tells us he died November 3, 1696, aged 71. 



130 Early Lo>ig Island Wills. 

heretofore b)- me made 6c declared either by word or 
writing and this is only to be taken for my last Will 
& testamt. & none other and first being penitent for 
my sins most humbly desiring forgiveness for ye 
same commit my soul to God Almiglity my Saviour 
& my body to be decently buried by my fathers 
sepulchre — 

1. And now for ye settling my temporal estate 
& such goods chattels & debts as it hath pleased God 
to bestow upon me — I do order give & bestow ye 
same in manner & form following (that is to say) 
first — I will y' all those debts & duties as I owe in 
right or conscience to an)- manner of person or per- 
sons w'soever shall be well & truly contented & paid 
or ordered to be paid within convenient time after 
my decease by my Executor hereafter named — 

2 — Item — I do give & bequeath mwIo John HoivcU 
my grandchild John' s son all \\. home lot of land 
which I formerly bought of Arthur Hon'cll contain- 
ing by estimation four acres with all ye housing & 
fence thereupon bounded South by Joseph Fosters 
land North by my brother Ediuartls West by ye town 
street East by my own land as also all yt. my part or 
division of land in ye close in ye little plains (Except- 
ing nine acres of said close willed by me to his uncle 
Natha7iiel) being by estimation eight acres more or 
less bounded East by ye land o[ Joseph Foster south 
by ye south sea beach as also I do hereby confirm 
unto him ye s-alxdi John Hoi^ell all lands & meadows 
yt. I gave unto his father & he was possessed of 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 131 

(Excepting always ye twelve acres where Nathajiicl 
my son now lives on as also excepting three acres at 
Wiikapoague & seven acres of land in ye wood close 
at Little Worth alias called Lawretice Hill all which 
lands & meadows I do hereby give grant & confirm 
unto ye s6. Jn" Howell to have & to hold to him & 
his heirs forever — Provided always yt ye s'^ J710. 
Howell do relinquish all pretended title & right yt. 
he may or can claim any manner of ways unto that 
twelve acres of land with ye house housing or fenc- 
ing thereupon now possessed by my son Nathaniel 
as also ye three acres at Wukapoagiie & ye seven 
acres of land at Laivrence Hill as is above s'^ which 
and if ye "^.^ John Howell doth not condescend unto 
these my will is that ye s"' J7W. Hoivell shall pay 
unto his second brother StepJieii Howell ye sum of 
two hundred pounds in current money for consider- 
ation of ye above twelve acres of land with housing 
& fence thereon now possessed by my son Nathaniel 
as also if he does not relinquish ye seven acres of 
land at Lawrence Hill to his third brother Henry 
then 6e in that case I do will John Howell to pay to 
his brother Henry fifty pounds — 

3 — -I do give & bequeath unto Stephen Howell 
my grandchild that twelve acres of land yt. my son 
N'athaniel Howell now possesses with all housing 
& fencing thereon which I do confirm to him to 
have & to hold to him & his heirs forever — 

4 — Item — I do give & bequeath unto Henry 
Howell my grandchild all yt seven acres land at 



132 Early Long Island Wills. 

LazureiiLC ///// witli se\'en acres land adjoining to it 
at ye East side of Lazi'rcnce Hil! as also four acres 
& a half of land adjoining" to his brothery«(/i home 
lot all wliich land <^^ fencing belonging thereunto I 
do confirm unto ye said Hcjiiy to ha\-e & to hold to 
liini & his heirs for e\'er — 

3 — Item — I do gi\'e & bequeath unto my second 
son Mattlici^< all ye close at ye head of ye creek 
Westward of ye great plain whereof he now pos- 
sesses ye one half as also one hundred & fiftieth 
allotment which I had in Ogdens Xeck which he has 
now changed & laid in Ouagua Neck as also one 
half (if that land bought oi JoI:n Kcrhy near or at 
i\[iddlcto\^ii in Connecticut with his brother Tluopli- 
ilns 3'e other half as also my twenty acres more or 
less at Sntttltdiole as also two acres of land in )'e ten 
acre lots in ye plain as also a fiftieth o{ Soulliarr.ptoii 
commonage as also all lands I formerly ga\'e hirn & 
meadows )'t he now possesses all which I do gi\'e & 
grant unto him to have & to hold to him & his heirs 
forever — 

6 — I do give & bequeath unto Abraham Hoiocll 
my third son all ye land )-' his now dwelling house 
stands on being nine acres more or less as also ye 
equal half of all my right of land at Wukapogiic 
excepjting fifteen acres willed to my son Natliardc! 
out of ye whole as also twenty acres of land in ye 
wood close yt. he now possesseth as also one hun- 
dred and fifty lotment of meadow I had of Smith at 
Shinacocke as also a fifty meadow joining to it East- 



Suffolk County, i6gi-jjoj. 133 

ward with Isaac JVibiia?! with a fiftieth of 6". Jianipton 
commonage all which lands & meadow I do give & 
grant unto him to ha\-e & to hold to him & his heirs 
forever — 

7 — I do give & bequeath unto m}' fourth son 
Epfiraitn all that land his now dwelling house stands 
on being twenty-four acres more or less as also ye 
equal half of my lands at W^iikapogue which his 
brother Abrafiam ye other half Reserving & Except- 
ing out of ye whole fifteen acres of land to m)' son 
fVatfrninel 3.S also my piece of meadow lying beyond 
ye long tongue at Sliinacocfce north of my brother 
Edzvards meadow as also a fiftieth of Meadow in 
Ogdens Neck as also ten acres of land adjoining to 
seven acres of land willed to my grandchild Henry 
Howell at Lazcroice Hill with half of my meadow at 
Occabogiie ye other half I have willed to Natlwinicl 
as also a fiftieth of Soittliampton commonage all 
which lands & meadows I do give & grant unto my 
s'' son to have & to hold to him & his heirs forever — 

8 Item — I do give and bequeath unto my fifth son 
Tlieopfiilus Hoivcll all my right & title of land at 
Saggabonnet namely that piece of land his now dwel- 
ling house stands on being nine acres more or less 
and a fiftieth acre lot he now possesseth there East- 
ward of Saggabonnet as also twenty acres of land 
more or less adjoining to his brother in law Henry 
Piersons land in two places as also one acre of land 
I had oi /no. Cooper in ye ten acre lot as also a lot 
of meadow at Sinitlis meadow as also my lot at Hog- 



134 Early Long Islavul Wills. \ 

7icck as also my lot of meadow at Potitiikc as also a 

fiftie of S' hanipton commonage as also ye one half of \ 

m\' land bought o{ Jiio. Kerby near or at Jlh'ddlcto-L'u i 

in Connecticutt ri\-er with his brother Illaithcic \e 1 

! 
other half all which lands S; meadows I do give and i 

grant unto my said son to have & to hold to him & j 

to his heirs for e\'er — j 

9 Item — ! do gi\'e and bequeath unto my sixth j 
son Natlianicl my now dwellinrr house & housing I 
with ye land it stands on less or more as also fifteen \ 
acres of land reserved at JVukapo^uc from Abraham j 
& Ephraivd as also my wood close adjoining to his 
brother Abraham of twelve acres more or less as also 1 
nine acres of land in ye little plain adjoining to 
Joiiatlian Raynor Westward & John Hoioell East- \ 
ward as also a fiftieth meadow in Ogdens Neck as 

also two acres meadow in Coopers Neck as also my 
lot of meadow on ye beach as also }'e half of my 
meadow at Occoboagnc with his brother Epiiraim 
ye other half as also a fifty of S' hampton commonage 
provided always that ye said Nathaniel shall relin- 
quish unto his nephew Stephen Hoz^'c/t all right & 
title that he can or may any manner of ways claim 
unto ye house & lot he now possesses all which lands 
houses & meadows as is above specified I do give & 
grant unto my s"* son with ye proviso fores'^ to have 
& to hold to him & his heirs forever — 

10 Item — I do give & bequeath unto my five 
above named sons &; Jno. Hpu'ell my grandson all 
that close of Calve Neck to be equall)- divided 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 135 

betwixt them, all which I do give & grant unto 
them to have & to hold to them & their heirs 
forever — 

1 1 Item — I do give & bequeath unto my eldest 
daughter Susanna/i Picrsoii one hundred pounds of 
country pay to her & her heirs she or they allow- 
ing what she hath already received out of it — 

i; Item — I do give & bequeath unto my second 
daughter Prudence Howell one hundred pounds in 
Country pay to her & her heirs — 

13 Item — I do give & bequeath unto my third 
daughter Abigail Halsy one hundred pound of coun- 
try pay to her & her heirs she or they allowing what 
she hath already received out of it. 

14 Item — 1 do give & bequeath unto my grand- 
daughter Susannah Hoivcll now with me twenty 
pounds country pay to her & her heirs — 

15 Item — I do give & bequeath to my beloved 
wife Susannah //(^it^tV/for her comfortable sustenance 
& living one third part of all my moveables goods & 
chattels reserving unto her also during her natural 
life one third part of all my lands yt. I have be- 
queathed as above notwithstanding my above grants 
as also reserving unto her during her natural life 
my now dwelling house & garden all which third 
part of moveables & land as above I give & grant 
unto her. 

16 Item — Lastly I do make my beloved wife 
Susannah Hou'ell & my second son I\Iaithcio Hoi^'cll 
sole & joint Executors of this my last will & 



136 Early Long Ishnid Wills. 

testamt. to see it Executed in every part & point 
thereof as witness my hand & seal day year & place 
afores'^ 

John Howell [Seal] 
Signed & sealed in presence of 
John Jeffrey 
Joseph Pierson 
Maxasses Kempton 
J.\o. Campbell 



Paid to Col Pierson in severals as may appear 
upon ye book ye sum of ^75. 14' o as part of his 
wifes \iort\o\i Jo/ni Hoivell — Know all men by these 
presents that 1 Henry Pierson of ye town of South- 
ainplon in ye County of Suffolk & Province of Xew 
York Gent — have received iS; had ye day of ye 
making of these presents of Ulrs. Susa>uiah 
Ploivell &. Meitthez.' Homell Executors of ye last 
Will of Maf John Houell deceased ye sum of 
twenty four pounds six shillings in country pay 
with ye sum of seventy five pounds fourteen shillings 
formerly received and endorsed on said Will in full 
paymt. of one hundred pounds in like current pay 
given & bequeathed unto my wife by ye said Jolui 
^Hoi.<ell her honored Father in his s'' testamt. yt. 
which said simi of one hundred pound in full paymt. 
& satisfaction of all bequests & legacies to my s'^ wife 
Susannah $c me given in ye s'^ testamt. I acknowledge 
myself fully satisfied contented S: paid — 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 137 

In Witness whereof I have set to my hand & seal 
in SouthamptoiL afores*^ this i 7"" day of March Anno 
Dom. 1695. 

Henry PiEfiSON [Seal] 

Signed & sealed in presence of us 
Abraham Howell 
Prudence Howell 



Paid to M' Isaac Halsy ye sum of seventy one 
pound five shilling's in severals as may appear by 
acct. as part of his wifes portion — JoJin Howell — 
Know all men by these presents that I Isaac Halsy 
of ye town of Southajnpton in ye County of Suffolk 
S: Province of N. York yeoman have received & had 
ye day of ye making of these presents of jMrs. 
Susannah Howell & AlattJicw Hozocll Executors of 
ye last Will & testamt. of Maj" John Hoivcll j-e sum 
of twenty one pound five shillings with ye sum of 
seventy eight pound fifteen shillings formerly received 
& endorsed on said Will in full paymt. of one hundred 
pound in current pay given & bequeathed unto my 
wife Abigail deceased by ye sd Jolin Hozcell her 
honored Father in his s'' testamt. ^e which sd sum 
of one hundred pound in full paymt. & satisfaction 
of all bequests & legacies to her ye s** Abigail my 
wife given in ye s"" testamt I acknowledge myself fully 
satisfied contented & paid — 



138 Early Long Island Wills. 

In witness v/nereof I have set to m}- hand & seal 
in Soutliarfipton afores'^ ye 12''' day of May Anno 
Dom 169 

Isaac Halsev [Seal] 

Signed & sealed in presence of us 
Nathaniel Howell 
Maxasses Kempton 



Obit. No\-. 3 1696 
By ye tenor of these presents Know ye yt. on ye 
first day of Dec. 1696 at ye Manor of St. Georges 
before Coll. Jl'"' Smith Judge of ye Prerogative in ye 
County of Suftolk was proved & approved }-e last 
testamt. of ye sA John //oz^'fll decea.sitd (prout ante). 
Know all men by these presents yt I Pi-udcnce 
Hozuell o{ ye town of Soiithanipfoii in }'e Count}' of 
Suffolk & Province of N. York ha\-e recei\-ed & had 
ye day of ye making of these presents of my honored 
mother 6t my brother lilatthew //tn\'t7/ E.xecutors of 
ye last Will & testamt. of my honored father _/<'//« 
//c':.'i7/ deceased ye sum one hundred pound in cur- 
rent pay given & bequeathed unto me sd Prudence 
Hoz^'ell b)- my sd. Father in his sd testamt. which 
said sum of one hundred pound iii full pa^'ment & 
satisfaction of all bequests & legacies to me gi\'en in 
ye sd testamt. I acknowledge myself fully satisfied 
contented & paid — 

In Witness whereof I have set to my hand & seal 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 139 

in SoutJiampton this 21 day of May Anno Dom 
1697. 

Prudence Howell [Seal] 

Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us 
Joseph Fordham 
Theophilus Howell 

Know all men by these presents yt. we namely 
Job Sayre & Susaiuiah Sayre of ye town of South- 
ampton in ye County of Suffolk & Province of New 
York have received & had ye day of ye making of 
these presents of our honored grandmother & 
Matt/u-u.' Howell Executors of ye last Will & 
Testamt. of our honored grandfather Jolin Howell 
deceased ye sum of twenty pound in current pay 
given & bequeathed unto her ye sd Siisan7iah by her 
sd. grandfather in his sd testamt. which s* sum of 
twenty pound in full paymt. & satisfaction of all 
bequests & legacies to her given in s"* testamt. We 
the sd Job Sayre &- Susannah Sayre acknowledge 
ourselves fully satisfied contented & paid — 

In Witness whereof have set to our hands & seals 
in Southampton afores"* this 27 day of December 
Anno Dom. 1697 

Job Sayre [Seal] 
Susannah Sayre [Seal] 

Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us 
Nathaniel Howell 
Joannah Cooper 



I40 



Earlv Lonrr Ishnid JVills. 



In ye name of God Amen — This 25" da}- of Sept. 
in ye year of our Lord Christ 1696 I William 
Wells''-' oi ye tov.m of S' liold in ye County of Suffolk 
in ye Province of X. \'ork in America Yeoman being 
sick in body but sound in mind thanks to Almighty 
God therefor and calling to mind ye uncertainty of 
this transitor)' life do make constitute ordain & 
appoint tliis to be my last Will & testamt. hereby 
utterly revoking disannulling & making void all & all 
manner of wills and testamts. \v'soe\-er heretofore by 
me had made pnlijished & declared t\: that tliis only 
& none otiier shall be taken deemed or rejiutetl for 
mv last Will and testamt. in manner & form follow- 



Imprimis — ! bequeath my soul to Almighty God 
trom whence it came and m)' body to ye Earth to be 
decentl}' interred according to ni)' degree & quality 
by m)- Executrix hereafter named — 

Item : I gi\e & bequeatli to m\- eldest son William 
ye farm I now dwell on called Oiiashnccl^c with all 
ye houses after my wifes interest in ye dwelHng 
house is Expired gardens orchards lands meadows 
feedings pastures & appurtenances w'soever there- 
unto belonging as likewise ni)' neck of land com- 
monly called little hog neck with half m)- meadow of 
Creek thatch adjoining to Pulls neck and also all my 
meadow situate & being on ye south side of Aqua- 

'° Willi.-im WtUs was eldest son of William Wells, one of the first and 
most prominent settlers. He was born 1650. His wife, Elizabeth 
Tuthill, survived him and married John Goldsmith. 



Suffolk County , i6gi-ijoj. 141 

bogue River to have & to hold all ye s' houses 
gardens orchards lands & meadows to ye only use & 
behoof of my eldest son William & the issue of his 
body lawfully begotten forever — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my second son John 
Wells all my three lots of upland & meadow that lies 
within ye north side new division within ye bounds 
of ye old town as also half my meadow lying & being 
at Kachog2ic Great Meadow & half my meadow of 
Creek thatch adjoining to Bulls' neck and also half 
my meadow of Creek thatch y' was laid out to me in 
ye last division y' was in 6" V^t'A/ situate & being near 
Pulle's neck afores'^ To Have & to hold all ye said 
lands & meadows with all & every their appurte- 
nances & priveleges to ye only use &: behoof of my s"* 
son John & ye issue of his body lawfully begotten 
forever — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my third son Henry 
all ye residue of my town accomodations not before 
bequeathed with ye other half of my meadow of Creek 
thatch laid out to me in ye last division situate & 
being near Pull's neck as also one lot of undivided 
common & ye other half of my meadow lying & being 
in Kachogne great meadow to have & to hold ye sd 
lands & meadow with their & every of ye priveleges 
& appurtenances to ye only use & behoof of my said 
son Henry -^ViA ye issue of his body lawfully begotten 
forever, and also my meadow commonly called 
Ketchu meadow to my s'' son Henry & ye issue of 
his body lawfully begotten for ever — 



142 Early Long IslanJ Wills. 

Item — I give to m}' daughter Mary twelve pounds 
current pay of this Pru\'iiice to be paid unto her ye 
s- Mary when slic shall come to lawful age or be 
married, by my eldest son M'llliani or his heirs out 
of ye produce of ye lands ts; meadows before 
given & bequeathed to him ye said William M'elh — 

Item— I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary 
when she shall come to lawful age or be married ye 
sum of eight pounds of \'e like current paj- to be 
paid to her ye sd. Mary by my second son Henry or 
his heirs out of ye produce of ye lands & meadows 
before given & bequeathed to my s^ son Henry Wells 
— I give to my well beloved wife ye full use of my 
now dwelling house with all ye priveleges there- 
unto belonging for her my s" wife Elizabeth quietly 
& peaceably to enjo)' & dwell in during her widow- 
hood — 

Item — I give to my well beloved wife Elizabeth 
all my moveables both within doors & without and 
also all my stock of horse kind cattle sheep & swine 
to ye only use & behoof of my s'^ wife Elizabeth so 
long as she shall live a v/idow but in case she shall 
marr)' then I give yt one half of ye said moveables 
& stock to my s"" v.dfe Elizabeth fore\-er, and ye other 
half of ye said moveables & stock to my three sons 
to be equally divided among them forever — 

Lastly — of this my last Will & Testamt. I do 
appoint & ordain my well belo\'ed wife Elizabeth to 
be Executrix & my son William to be Executor — 

In Witness whereof I have published & declared 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 143 

this to be my last will & testamt. and have thereunto 
set my hand & fixed m}' seal in m)' dwelling house 
on my farm of Quasliuickc ye day & }'ear above 
written — 

William Wells [Seal] 

Signed sealed published & declared to be ye last 
Will & testamt. of W'"- Wells above mentioned in 
presence of 

Sam"- Wines 

William Whitehair 

Deliverance Whitehair 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
ig"" day of January 169' at ye Manor of St. Georges 
in ye County of Suffolk before ye honable Col. 
W'" SdiHIl Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye sd 
County was proved and approved ye last will & 
testamt. of ye sd William Wells deceased at S' hold 
on ye 17"" day of October 1696 who by his sd last 
Will did nominate & appoint Elizabeth his wife his 
Executrix to whose care & trust was committed ye 
administration of all & singular ye goods chattels & 
credits of ye sd deceased to Execute & perform her 
duty herein according to law S:c. 



In ye name of God Amen — ye 12th day of January 
Anno Dom 169' & in ye 9"^ year of our Sovereign 
Lord William by ye grace of God of England &c 



n 



144 Early Loiig Islam/ Mills. 

King I Phcbe I'lat -■' of /-/n/U/n'^/ou in ye County of 
Suffoll< widow btjing \veak of body l:)ut of perfect 
memory do make tliis ni}' last W^ill tS; testamt. in 
manner & form following that is to say : 

First — I bequeath my soul & spirit into ye hands 
of Almighty God my hea\'enly father b)' whom of 
his mere & only grace I trust to be saved & received 
into eternal rest through ye death of my Sa\'iour & 
redeemer Jesus Christ in wliose precious blood I set 
ye whole & only hope of my salvation my wretched 
body in hope of a joyful resurrection I commit to )'e 
Earth to be buried with such charges cn: in such 
piace as my Executor liereafter named shall think 
good — And toucliing ye disposition of my mortal 
goods I dispose of ye same as followeth : first i will 
yt all such debts as I owe shall be tridy paid — 

Item : I give & bequeath to my v;ell belo\'ed son 
Epenctiis Plat one of those three bibles which were 
left by his grandfather Plat — 

Item : I give <S: bequeath unto my well beloved 
daughter /-%t7'(' Trcdwcll my own bilde she already 
(with what was gi\-en her at marriage <^' by her 
fathers will) having a double portion i<: more — 



" Phebe Piatt was daughter of Jonas Wood, and married Epenetus 
Piatt in 1667. Their children were, Phebe, born March iq, 1669. mar- 
ried John Tredwell ; Jtary, born January 11, 1672. married Timothy 
Tredwell ; Epenetus. born April 4, 1C74 ; Hannah, born August 23, 
1679; Elizabeth, born March i, 16S2, married Jonathan Smith; Jonas, 
born April 24, 1684 ; " Drowned at Amboy in the JerseyJ. March 25. 
1731." Jeremiah, born November 25. 16S6 ; Ruth, born June 13, 16SS, 
and Sarah, born February 4, i6q2. 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijgj. 145 

Item : I give & bequeath to my well beloved 
daughter 3fary all m}' child bed linning mantles my 
muffs — 

Item : I give to m\- daughter Hannah one of 
those three bibles left by her grandfather Pla(. 

Item : I give to my veil beloved daughter Eli:a- 
bctli ye other of ye said bibles left by her said grand- 
father. 

Item : I give & bequeath to my well beloved son 
Jeremiah my great iron kettle — 

Item : I give to my well beloved daughter Ru(h 
ye Pewter tankard given me by my father Wood — 

Item : I give to my well beloved daughter Sarah 
my silver whistle bells & chain — 

Item : I give to my two }'oungest daughters Ruth 
& Sarah each of them one of m}' best handkerchiefs 
caps & aprons — 

Item : I give to my two daughters ffannah & 
Elizabeth all ye rest of my wearing apparel to be 
equally divided between them two — 

Item : I gi\'e to my four youngest daughters 
Hannah, Elizabeth, Ruth & Sarah three chequered 
coverlids & one suit of home made worsted curtains 
to be equally divided amongst them only it is my 
will yt my daughter Hannah shall & may have her 
choice whether she w^ill take ye sd suit of curtains or 
one of ye coverlids — 

Item : I give four pieces of Arabian gold to buy 
bibles for my four youngest c\\\\drQn. Jonas Jeremiah 
Ruth & Sarah — 



1 46 Ea rly L )ic!; Is la nd J I Ills . 

Item : I give to my well beloved son Epciietus for 
considerations to my self known, twenty pounds — 

Item : I gi\'e & bequeath all 6t every part of ye 
remainder of m)' estate to be equally divided among 
my eight children that is to sa}' Epcnetus, Mary, 
Hannah, Elizabeth, Jonas, Jcra;n'a/t, Ruth & 
Sarah — 

Item — it is my will if an}' of my said children hap- 
pen to die before they are married or of age )t then 
their portion shall be equally divided among their 
surviving brothers & sisters my daughter Plichc 
excepted who is to have no part thereof by reason 
she hath already a double portion — 

Item : I make &: ordain my well beloved son 
Epenctiis to be ni)' full whole & only executor of this 
my last Will & testamt. 

Item : my very dear friends JoscpJi Plat of Mil- 
ford John JJ'ood John Jl'oohs & John Kctclian: of 
Huntington together with my son Epcnetus I make 
& ordain overseers of this my last Will & testamt. 
desiring them to put my youngest sons to such good 
& credible trades as they shall have most inclination 
unto and requiring them in j-e name of God to see 
this my last will & testamt. performied accordingly 
and I do utterly revoke all former wills & testamt. 
by me in anywise heretofore made or declared — 

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my 
hand & affixed my seal ye day & year first above 
written. 

Pheee Plat [Seal] 



Suffolk County, idgi-i/Oj. 147 

Sealed & published to be ye last Will & testamt. 
of ye said Phebe in presence of 
Jonas Wood 
Thomas Brush 
Jeremy Hobart 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
24'^ day of July 1697 at ye Manor of St. Georges 
before ye Hono'''" Col. M'illiani Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court in ye County of Suffolk was 
proved & approved ye last Will & testamt. of Pliebe 
Plat late of Huntington in ye said County deceased 
who by her said will did nominate & appoint Epcnc- 
tits Plat her son Executor as by ye sd will may 
appear to whom was committed )'e administration 
of ye goods & chattels of ye sd deceased to execute 
& perform his duty herein according to ye tenor of 
ye sd will & ye laws of this province, being duly 
sworn &c. 



In ye name of God Amen — I Jonathan Milncr''' 
of Huntington in ye County of Suffolk in ye Jurisdic- 
tion of New York upon Long Island in America 
being sick in body but of good memory praised be 
God do publish & declare this my last Will & testamt. 

" Jonathan Milner (called Jonathan Miller in the Huntington Rec- 
ords) married Mary Teed, September 20, 16S5. He had a son Jona- 
than who died before his father. Samuel Teed was probably a 
stepson. 



148 



Earh' Lokq; IsIcDid Wills. 



in manner following — To v.it, my Lody to ye Earth 
from v.'hence it was taken & my soul I recommend 
unto ye hands of Gud my creator in ye merits & 
mediation of lesus Clirist my most merciful saviour 
in hopes of resurrection with ye just and as touching 
my estate my will X: mind is Mary my wife shall have 
& enjriv my whole lot with all ye buildings thereupon 
and all my right to all my other lands now enjoyed 
b)' me or now pertaining to me by \-irtue of one 
hundred pound right yt. I have granted from ye 
tov.-nsmen of IIi'.>ili>i^/o)i during her natural life and 
also all m}- personal estate I give to her she paying 
& discharging all my just debts & funeral Expenses 
and also paying those legacys hereafter mentioned 
to wit to my mother Mary Sclle widow five pounds — 
To my brother /('//;.' MHitcr twenty shillings to my 
brother _/(^jv//' fifty shillings & to my brother Jonas 
thirty shillings in Country pay \\\\(t\\ Joiathan IloUcy 
of Stamford pays in )'' debt vdiich he owes to me 
which I order them to receive and m\' wife ujjon yt 
receipt to acquit him they ac(]uitting her of this 
legacys and after her decease my will & mind is y 
Samuel Tccd my son in law shall enter to & enjoy 
all my forementioned housing & lands with those 
rights priveleges & grants before mentioned to 
him & his heirs forever he paying to Benjamin 
Elizahtth & Siisaiina/i each of them fifty shillings a 
piece in country pay in three years time after he 
enjoys it & if he die without issue then to Jh'njamiii 
I give it & to his heirs forever. And I do hereby 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 149 

revoke all former wills by me made — And do appoint 
Afary my wife sole Executrix of this my last Will & 
testamt. empowering her to take assurances of that 
land I have in Exchange of Nathaniel Foster Sz 
Stephoi Jarz'is Jitn" & to assure them of that land 
which they are to have out of my hundred pound 
right dated this 20'" day of January in ye third year 
of Kingy^;7;;^f5- ye 2'' over England &c. 16S8 — 

JoxATHAX iMiLXER [Seal] 

his O niark 

Sealed signed & published in ye presence of us 
Joseph Bavlev 
Nathaniel Foster 
John Lumm 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
f^ day of Sept. 1697 at ye IManor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before ye Hono""'' Col. William 
Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye s^ 
County was proved & approved ye last Will & 
testamt. ol Jonatliaii Hfihier ol Huntington deceased 
at Huntington ye 23"^ day of January Anno Dom. 
16S8 whereby his said last Will & testamt. did nomi- 
nate & appoint Mary his wife his sole Executrix (as 
pr ye said Will may appear) for ye well and faithful 
administration of all & singular ye goods chattels & 
credits of ye sd deceased, to whom ye said administra- 
tion was granted to Execute & perform her duty 
herein according to ye tenor of ye sd Will & ye laws 
of the Province &c. 



150 Early Long Isla7id Wills. 

In ye name of God Amen — I Jo'm Rosc^'' of ye 
town of Sov.thaniptoii in ye County of Suffolk 8; 
Province of New York yeoman being through Gods 
blessing of sound memory though weak in body do 
constitute ordain & declare these presents to be my 
last Will (S: testamt. in manner & form following, 
(viz) I commit my soul into ye hands of Jesus Christ 
my gracious Redeemer S: then my body being dead 
unto ye Earth by decent burial. And as for my 
worldly estate my will is to give & I do hereby give 
& bequeath to my dear wife Abigail Rose all my 
housing & barn iS; orchard & one half & moiety of 
all m)' lands & meadows I now enjoy or shall die 
seized of in ye bounds of s"" SoutJiarnpton during her 
widowhood. 

2'' 1 do give & bequeath unto my son David all 
}-e other half of my lands «& meadows which I now 
enjoy or shall die possessed of in ye bounds of ye s"* 
town to receive it at my decease & all ye orchard 
house & housing & barn yt his mother ye sd Abigail 
is to enjoy during her widowhood at ye day of her 
marriage or decease all which lands & meadows 
housing barn & orchard with one half of my fifty 
pound allotmt. of undivided lands & commonage 
with all libert)'s privileges & advantages I give unto 
him my s"" son David his heirs & assigns forever to use 

"John Rose lived at Xorthsea, and his homestead on the east side of 
the street is now owned by the heirs of Captain Jetur R. Rose. He was 
tlie ancestor of a family that has always been prominent in Southamp- 
ton. His son. Martin Rose, was the ancestor of Colonel Edwin Rose, 
deceased, formany years Justice, Super^'isor, and Member of Assembly. 



Suffolk County, iSgi-ijoj. 151 

sell or dispose of as fully clearly & absolutely as if he 
had bought ye aboves'' premises with his own estate — 

2^'>' 1 give unto my son Tliomas at his mothers 
decease or marriage all that one half or moiety of 
my land & meadow above granted & given to his 
mother during her widowhood ye house c^ barn & 
orchard which I have already gi^"en to David at his 
%^ mothers marriage or decease only Excepted all 
which lands & meadows with one half of m}- fifty 
pound alotmt. of undivided land iS: commonage I 
give unto him my s'' son Thomas his heirs & assigns 
forever to use improve sell & dispose of as fully 
clearly & absolutely as if he had bought ye same 
with his own estate and my will is yt ye land & 
meadow to be divided between David & Thomas 
my said sons be done equally by indifferent persons 
chosen by my two said sons — And my will is yt if 
my s*^ son Thomas shall decease before he comes to 
enjoy his land or attain ye age of 21 j'ears then my 
son James to enjoy Thomas' part as it is above Ex- 
pressed — 

4'*' — I do give & bequeath unto my daughter 
Hannali }'e choice of my beds to take any one of 
them S: a bolster one pillow one coverlid one pair of 
sheets & one pair of blankets at 18 years of age or 
ye day of her marriage — 

5'*' I give unto my son John Rose five shillings in 
current money of s"* Province of N. York. 

6'^' — I give to my son W'" Rose five shillings in 
like current money afores''. 



152 EarlyLong IsIaiiJ Wills. 

■j'" — I oive to m\' son Mai-tin tu'e shillings in like 
current money afores'. 

yi>- J oive to m\' grandson David Rose Jiin' one 
ewe lamb — 

g''' I do a[.ipoint m)' well belo\'ed \\\[k: Abigail Rose 
afores'' to be ye sole Executrix of this iii)- last Will 
& testamt. to dispose of all my moveable estate after 
funeral charges & abo\e mentioned premises de- 
ducted for ye comfortable subsistence of herself & 
m)- children under age and to distribute of s'^ move- 
ables unto them as she is able according to ye best 
of her judgment, and I desire my friend jMatthcw 
HoulII &. Jolni Dai'ice as overseers to be aiding or 
assisting to my Executrix and to endea\'or to see this 
m)' will [performed according to ye true intent there- 
of — And for ye confirmation of this ni}- last Will oc 
testamt. I ha\'e hereunto set ni)' hand aiul seal in 
Soiithhantptoi ye 4-^' day of Ma\' Anno Dom. 1696. 

' Jmhx Rusk [Seal] 

Signed sealed & declared to be his last Will & 
testamt. in }-e presence of us 
Jeco.mi.mi Scot 
Jonx D.AVicE 
i\I.\TTHEw Howell 

B\' )-e tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
lo'-^ day of Sept. 1697 at )'e Manor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before ye Hono"'-" Coll. JJ'"' 
Smith Judge of the Prerogative Court in ye County 
aboves'' was proved and approved }e last Will & 



Suffolk County, idgi-i/Oj. 153 

testamt. oi Jo/ui Rose late of Soutlthampton deceased 
on ye if^ day of April Anno Dom. 1697 who by his 
s'' last Will did nominate and appoint Abigail his 
wife his Executrix as p the s'' Will may appear for 
ye faithful administration of all & singular ye goods 
chattels & credits of ye s"^ deceased to whose care & 
trust ye sd administration was granted to execute & 
perform her duty herein according to ye tenor of ye 
said Will & the laws of the Province & to render an 
acct. of )'e same — 



To all to whom these presents shall come Greet- 
ing Know ye that whereas y^i-t'//^ Veile late of Hunt- 
ington in ye County of Suffolk husbandman de- 
parted this life on ye 21 day of April 169S leaving 
no Executor and Richard Willis of Jericho & Isaac 
Smith of Hempstced in Queens County for certain 
causes them hereunto justly moving have prayed 
that ye administration of ye goods & chattels may 
be granted to them. I therefore by virtue of ye 
power & authority to me given reposing special 
trust & confidence in 3'ou ye sd Richard Willis & 
Isaac Smith have & do by these presents nominate 
constitute & appoint you Richard IVillis Sc Isaac 
Smith aboves"" administrators of all & singular ye 
goods chattels & credits of ye sd deceased with full 
power to ask demand sue for & recover ye same by 
all lawful ways & means w'soever, in ye first place 
paying those debts wherein ye sd deceased stood 



154 Early Long Island ]l'ills. 

obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful 
goods & credits of ye s'' deceased may to this Extend 
you talking- \'our oaths truly to administer ye same 
& to make or cause to be made a true & perfect 
inventory of all & singular ye goods & chattels debts 
rights & credits to }'e said deceased belonging which 
shall or may come to your hands possession or 
knowledge and further to give a just & true acct. in 
& concerning ye sd administration at or before ye 
14"' day of Xov. next before me or such other judge 
or judges as may be thereunto appointed — 

Given under my hand & seal i\Ia)' j^e 14 169S — 

\V" S:.riTH 



SouTHHOLD March ye 4"^ 1692 — 
In ye name of God Amen— To all christian people 
greeting Know }-e that I Ja»ics Rttve ''* o{ S'kold 
afores'' being sick & weak in body but of sound 
memor\- praised be God do constitute & ordain 
these presents my last & irre\'ocable Will as 
followeth : 

Imprimis — debts & funeral charges being paid I 
give & bequeath unto James Rccvl my eldest son his 
heirs & assigns forever — All )'t mv home lot with all 
the houses gardens yards orchards both dwelling 
house & outhouse with all ye fences and fruit trees 
with all ye accommodation yt do properly belong to 

"James Reeve?, the ancestor of a numerous family, came from Wales, 
and was admitted freeman of Connecticut. 16G2. He married Mary, 
daughter of William Furrier. 



Suffolk Coutity, i6gi-i/0j. 155 

my said house lot lying & being in Chorcliogiie I also 
give him as aforse*^ ye one half of ye rest of my lands 
both upland & meadow lying & being in said division 
of Chorchogiie & equal!)* to be divided between him 
my eldest son Javics & m)- son Isaac and also to 
James I give all my m.eadow on ye south side of 
Occabogue river — 

Item — I give &; bequeath to Isaac my third son }'e 
other half of my s** upland & meadow joining to my 
son Jat?ies & lying in Chorchogiie afores'' to my said 
son Isaac his heirs & assigns forever to be equally 
divided between him & my son James — 

Item — I give to my son Tho?>ias all my lands and 
accommodations of lands and meadows yt I have in 
ye old town bounds except w' I do after in these 
presents give to my son Daniel, ye sd Thomas to 
have & to hold said lands & accommodations to him- 
self his heirs & assigns forever — 

Item — I give to Daniel my second son two acres of 
land at ye rear of Peter Dickinsons land & by the 
Creeke to Extend ye breadth northward of s"^ Dick- 
insons home lot & to run eastward till it amounts to 
two acres — also I give him one lot of my town com- 
monage these to him & his heirs & assigns forever — 
Also I give him all my meadow on this side ye river 
in Occabogiie, also to my son Daniel I give two cows 
& two young oxen of three or four year old — 

Item — I give to my eldest daughter twenty pounds 
in choice goods & one third part of her mothers 
clothes — 



156 Earlv Long Island JlHIs. 

Item — I give iSc bequeath to my second daughter 
Hannah twenty pounds in like choice goods & a 
third part of her mothers clothes — 

Item — I gi\-e ^c bequeath to my third daughter 
Deborah twenty pounds &a third part of her mothers 
clothes — 

Item — And all \e rest of my estate to be equally 
divided among m\- tour sons — 

LastI)'— My will is that my beloved brother U'"' 
Reeve and my son Ja>!ies Reeve be Executors of this 
my last Will & testamt. 

As Witness my hand & seal ye day & year first 
above written James Reeve [Seal] 

Signed sealed published & declared before us 
Thomas Mates 
Joseph Reeve 

Jabez X Mapes 

By )'e tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
04"" da)' of July 169S at ye i\Ianor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before ye Hono""'" Coll. W'" 
Sniitli Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye County 
aboves"^ was proved & approved ye last Will & tes- 
tamt. of James Reeve late of Soittlihold in ye sd 
Coimt)' deceased on )'e 6 da\' of May 169S who by 
his s"" last Will did nominate _A7W«'j- Reeve his son his 
Executor for ye well & faithful administration of all 
& singular his goods & chattels as pr ye sd will may 
appear to whom was granted )'e sd administration to 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 157 

Execute & perform his duty herein according to ye 
tenor of ye sd will & ye laws of ye Province. 



To all to whom these presents shall come Greet- 
ing Know ye that whereas William Mapcs^' late of 
S'kold'm ye County of Suffolk husbandman departed 
this life ye 16"' day of April 169S leaving no Execu- 
tor and Thomas Ulapes of SoiitliJiold above ye 
brother of ye said deceased for certain causes him 
hereunto justly moving hath prayed that ye adminis- 
tration of all & singular ^'e goods & chatties of ye sd 
deceased may be granted unto him — I therefore by 
virtue of ye power & authority to me given reposing 
special trust & confidence in you Tlwnias Ulapes 
aboves'' have & by these presents do nominate con- 
stitute & appoint you s"" Thomas Mapcs administra- 
tor of all & singular }-e goods chattels & credits of 
M'illiam Mapes aboves'' deceased with full power to 
ask demand & sue for S: recover all cS: singular ye 
goods & chattels debts rights & credits to )'e sd 
deceased belonging or in anywise appertaining by all 
lawful ways & means w'soever — In )-e first place pay- 
ing the debts wherein )-e sd deceased stood obliged 
at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful goods & 
credits of ye sd deceased may to this Extend, you 
taking j'our oath truly to administer ye same & 
to make or cause to be made a true full & perfect 

"William Mapes was son of Thomas Mapes. Moore, in his "Index 
of Southold," seems to have confounded him with another of the same 



1 53 Early Lo>ig Island J I': lis. 

inventory of all & singular ye sd goods & chattels 
debts rights & credits to ye s'' deceased belonging or 
of right appertaining which shall come to y' hands 
possession or knowledge & further to give a just & 
true acct. in & concerning ye sd adniinistration 
before me or such other Judge or Judges as may be 
thereunto appointed at or before }'e 4''' day of Jan^ 
next ensuing ye date hereof — 

Given under my hand li seal )'e 4'"^ day of July 

'^9S- W"" Smith 

Tho. Helme, Cler. 



In ye name of God Amen — I A'atlajiicl Moor'''' of 
S' hold in )-e County of Suffolk on Long Island in ye 
Province of New York do make constitute & ordain 
these presents to be my last Will & testamt. 

First — I bequeath my soul to God that gave it me 
& my body being dead to be decently buried in ye 
hopes of ye resurrection unto e\erlasting life I now 
being of sound memory though weak in body do also 
order give & bestow & bequeath all m)' worldly 
goods & estate in manner & form following 

Imprimis — I give & bequeath unto ni)- beloved 
v.ife Sarah Moor one third of all m\' estate during 
her natural life — 

Item — I give & bequeath unto m}' son A'afhauicl 

" Nathaniel Moore was son of Thomas Moore, and was baptized 1642. 
He married Sarah, daughter of Jeremiah Vail, " Oyster pond " is now 
known as Orient, 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 159 

Moor all my farm at Oyster pond 2ind all ye housing 
& upland & meadow yt was sometime in ye posses- 
sion of my father Thomas Aloor lying & being in ye 
town of S'/to/d — Also two oxen & two cows when he 
comes to age — 

Item — My Will is that ye house yt I now live in & 
all ye land belonging to ye same & all yt. my house 
& land at IVest Chester & my part of ye Sloop be 
sold & divided equally among my five daughters 
together with ye other two parts of my moveables at 
ye age of eighteen years or the day of their marriage 
which shall first happen — 

Item— ]\Iy Will is yt. if my son Nathaniel shall die 
before he comes of age yt. then all his portion shall 
be divided among my daughters children as ye 
Executors shall see cause, also yt my son Nathaniel 
be put out to learne such a trade as he do most 
incline to — 

Lastly — l\Iy will is yt mj- brother in law Jeremiah 
Vale & my son in \d.\\ John Terry shall be ye only 
Executors of this my last Will & testamt Dated at 
S'hold this present 19'*" day of April in ye lo'*" year 
of ye reign of Williatn ye 3'' King of England Scot- 
land & Ireland Defend' of ye Christian faith Anno 
Dom 169S. 

Nathaniel iVIooR [Seal] 

Signed sealed & delivered before us 

Benj. Youngs 

Daniel Youngs 

Andrew Miller 



i6o Early Long Island Wills. 

By }-e tenor of these presents Know )-e that on 
)"e 20 day of August 169S at ye Manor of St. 
Georges in ye County of Suffolk before ye Hono'''' 
Coll. Jl''"- Sau'tk ludge of ye Prerogative Court in ye 
sd County was proved & approved ye last Will & 
testamt. of Xatliaiiiti Moor late of S'ltoh! in ye sd 
County deceased at Soulhliold on ye 20''" da)- of 
April Anno Uom. 169S who b\- his said last Will & 
testamt. did nominate & appoint his son \n \d\\ John 
Terry his E.xecutor for ye well & faithful adminis- 
tration of all >N; singular )'e goods «S: chattels of the s'' 
deceased as by ye sd Will may appear, to whose care 
(iv trust ye same was committed to perform & Exe- 
cute his duty herein according to ye tenor of ye said 
will & ye laws of this Province — S' hold April ye 
19 169S Memorandum }'t I ye abo\^es'^ testator 
Nathaiiiel Moor have added this following Codicil 
to my afores"* Will, viz : yt it is my last Will & 
testamt. yt my wife Sarah Adoor shall with her chil- 
dren live in & have )'e benefit of \-e house or hous- 
ing I now live in during her widowhood or so long 
as she shall remain my widow & in confirmation of 
ye same I do hereunto set my hand & seal ye day 
& year above written. 

N.-\TiiAXiEL MuOR [Seal] 

Signed sealed S; delivered before us 

Benj. Youngs 

D.vNiEL Youngs 

Andrew jMiller 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. i6i 

Province of New York. 

County of Suffolk, Aug 29 169S 

This day appeared before me Williavi Smith Esq 
Chief Justice of his ]Mat>'" Province of New York & 
Judge of ye Prerogative Court for ye County of 
Suffolk Susannah JJ'ashbiirfi aged iS years ye 
daughter of Joh)i Washburn yeoman late of 
Flushing in Queens County deceased and for good 
causes & considerations her thereunto moving did 
freely voluntarily & unconstrained nominate con- 
stitute authorize & appoint Coll. Isaac Arnold of 
Soitthhold in ye County of Suffolk in ye Province 
afores'* her guardian with full power by all lawful 
ways & means for her use benefit and behoof to ask 
receive and recover from all or any person or per- 
sons w'soever her share & proportion of such por- 
tion & legacy as was left her b)' the s- John Jl'ash- 
burn her father deceased by his last Will & testamt. 
with full power in her name to give discharges for 
all such sums of money as he shall for her use 
receive which shall be good valid & effectual in law 
from her heirs and assigns for ever which at her 
request I have certified under my hand & seal ye 
day & year aboves^ W" Smith 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greet- 
ing Know ye that whereas Joseph Concklin " late of 

" Joseph Conckling was probably son of Captain John Conckling. 
He married Abigail Tuthill, November, i6go. Lieutenant Joseph 
Conckling was probably his son. 



i62 Early Long IsLuid Wills. 

South.Iiold in ye Coanty of Suffolk husbandman 
departed this hfe ye 23'^ of Nov. 169S leaving no 
Executor and Abigail ye widow of ye said deceased 
ikjohn Tiiiliill sen' of S' Iiold :x[or^i''- her father for 
certain causes them thereunto justly moving have 
prayed that ye administration uf ye goods and 
chattels of ye sd deceased may be granted to them 
I therefore by virtue of ye power 6c authority to 
me given reposing special trust & confidence in 
you Abigail Concklin & John Tuthill abo\'es'^ have 
& doe by these presents nominate constitute & 
appoint you ye sd. Abigail Concklin Sc John Tuthill 
administrators of all & singular ye goods chattels 
debts rights & credits of Joseph Co>icldin aboves'-* 
deceased with full power to ask receive demand & 
recover ye sd. goods & chattels debts rights & 
credits to ye sd. deceased belonging or in anywise 
a[)pertaining by all lawful ways &: means w'soever 
in ye first place paying those debts whereby ye sd. 
deceased stood obliged at ye time of his death as 
far as ye lawful credits of ye sd. deceased may to 
this E.xtend \'ou taking y' oathes truly to administer 
ye same & to make or cause to be made a true & 
perfect inventory of all & singular ye sd. goods & 
chattels which shall or may come to )•' possession or 
knowledge & farther to give a just & true acct. in 
& concerning ye sd. administration before me or 
such other Judge or Judges as may be thereunto 
appointed at or before ye ib''"" day of June next 
ensuing ye date hereof — Dated at ye Manor of 



Suffolk County, lOgi-ijoj. 163 

St. Georges this ib"'- day of December Anno Dom. 
169S — 

William Smith 
Tho. Helme Cler. 



Memorand. that on ye 14''' day of February Anno 
Dom ibQj appeared before me IVtlliani Smith Esq. 
Chief Justice of his Mat'" Province of New York 
and Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye County 
of Suffolk John Washburiie aged fifteen years son 
of Jolui Jl'ashbia-ne yeoman late of Flushing in 
Queens County deceased and for good causes him 
thereunto moving did freely voluntarily & uncon- 
strained nominate & elect Isaac Arnold Esq of 
Soiithhold in ye County of Suffolk his lawful guar- 
dian who was admitted to be ye lawful guardian of 
ye said John JVashhourfie to all intents & purposes 
which at his request I have certified under my hand 
& seal ye day & year aboves"' — 

William Smith 



In ye name of God Amen ye Eighth day of April 
in ye year of our Lord God 1698 I Thomas Brtish^^ 
of Hiintington in ye County of Suffolk on Nassau 
Island in ye Province of New York in America yeo- 
man being very sick & weak in body but of perfect 
mind & memory thanks be given unto God therefor 

"Thomas Brush was probably the son of Thomas Brush who died 
early in 1670. He owned No. 10 of the 10 farms. 



164 Early Loig Island llins. 

calling unto mind ye mortalit\- of my body and 
knowing yt it is appointed for all men once to die 
do make and ordain this my last Will & testamt. 
that is to say principally & first of all I give & 
recommend my soul into ye hands of God that ga\-e 
it and for my body I commend to ye earth to be 
buried in a Christian like & decent manner at ye 
discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at 
ye general resurrection I shall receive ye same again 
by ye mighty power of God and as touching such 
worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to 
bless me in this life I give devise & dispose of ye 
same in ye following manner & form — 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my son l^/ioiaas 
Brush my house & home lot with this provision 
that my dear wife shall have possess & Enjoy ye said 
house with a third part of my orchard &: ye third 
part of ye benefit of my home lot during her widow- 
hood and if my son shall see cause to marry then ye 
said Thomas Brush shall allow his mother room to 
live in this sd house or to set her up another con- 
venient room where she shall see most comenient. 
I also give & bequeath unto ni)- son T/uviias Brush 
all my right of meadow in ye old Mill Pond & my lot 
of land in ye old field and half my meadow at A';?- 
ginita'^iie and half my right of land there with a 
hundred pound right of commonage all these fore- 
mentioned parcels of land & meadow I gi\e & be- 
queath unto my son TItonias Brush to hint and his 
heirs & assigns forever — 



Suffolk County, i6gi-rjoj. 165 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my son Jacob 
B7nish my two lots of land in ye west necke joining 
together — Also I give & bequeath unto my son 
Jacob ye other half of m\- meadow at Nagimtagiie 
with ye remaining part of my land there and half a 
hundred pound right of commonage all these afore- 
mentioned lands and meadows I give & bequeath 
unto my soVi Jacob Britsli to him and to his heirs and 
assigns fore\'er — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Timothy 
Brush my lot in ye South hollow S: my hollow of 
land lying on ye East side of Tredwells plain and 
half my meadow lying on ye east Neck at South 
with half a hundred pound right of commonage all 
these forementioned lands & meadows I give & be- 
queath unto my son Timothy Brush to him his heirs 
& assigns forever — Also twenty three acres of land 
lying southward joining to my brother _/c//;/ Brush's 
land & ye other of my right of meadow on ye east 
neck at South and half a hundred pound right of 
commonage this I reserve as yet not knowing 
whether my wife be with child with a son or with 
a daughter, if a son I give & bequeath these fore- 
mentioned lands & meadows unto him his heirs & 
assigns forever, if a daughter then this last parcel of 
land and meadow to be equally divided between ye 
three forementioned sons — Imprimis — I give & be- 
queath unto my dearly beloved wife a third of my 
moveables with ye bed I now lye on to be part of 
it to be raised & to be levied out of my estate — 



i66 Early Long Island M'ills. 

Item — I give & bequeath unto my six or seven 
daughters Rebecca Sarah Susannah Elizabeth Alary 
Martha all of them to have equally alike Except my 
daughter Rebecca being eldest to have an iron pot 
& a sermon book which was her grandmothers — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my son Thomas 
Brush my gun & sword & great bible — 

Item — My coopers tools I give& bequeath unto my 
son Jacob he returning thirty shillings to his sisters— 
Iteni — I give and bequeath all my carpenters 
tools yt I have to m}- son Thomas Brush disallow- 
ing revoke & disannul all and other former testa- 
ments wills legacy's bequests executors by me in any 
ways before this time named willed & bequeathed 
ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last 
will & testamt. in witness whereof I the aboves'' 
Tho)iias Brush have hereunto set to my hand & 
seal ye day & )'ear above written — I the abovesaid 
Thomas Brush do by these presents make con- 
stitute and appoint my well belo\-ed wife Sarah 
Brush my whole & sole Executrix of this my last 
Will (X testamt, this was written before ye enseal- 
ing & delivery hereof, Also my brother _/<>/^;^ i?>-;/j// 
& Jolin W'ickes I do appoint to be Executors with 
my loving wife in this my last Will & testamt. 

Thomas Brush [Seal] 
Signed sealed & delivered in sight & presence of us 

John Wickes 

John Brush 

John Ketchum 



Suffolk County, i6gi-iyoj. 167 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
26 day of April 1699 at ye Manor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk in ye Province of N. York be- 
fore Coll. William Smith. Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye sd County was proved and approved ye 
last Will and testamt. of Thomas Briish of Huntijig- 
ton in sd County deceased on ye 16'*' day of April 
Anno Dom 169S who by his sd last Will and testamt. 
did nominate l^ appoint Sarah Briish his w'lie. John 
Brush Sc John U'whcs his Executors as per ye copy 
of ye sd will may appear for )"e well & faithful ad- 
ministration of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits of ye sd deceased to whose care & trust was 
committed ye administration of ye same to execute 
& perform their duty herein according to ye tenor 
of ye sd Will & ye laws of ye sd Province & to render 
an account of ye same at or before ye 26 day of 
October next ensuing being duly sworn thereunto 
before }-e said Coll JVilliam Smith — 

Tho. Helme Cler. 



In ye name of God Amen I Zachary Hawkings'''^ 
of Brookhavoi in ye County of Suffolk being weak 
in body but of sound memory thanks be to God 
have made ordained and by these presents do make 

" Zachary Hawkings was an early settler in Brookhaven. and a large 
owner of Proprietor rights. He seems to have lived near the boundary 
between Setauket and Smithtown. He was a man of active energy, and 
accumulated a large property. He was the ancestor of the families 
bearing the name in Brookhaven and elsewhere in the county. 



i68 Early Loiig Island Wills. 

orcLiin & Jcclare tliis my last Will ix testar.it. in 
manner iS; form following', first I give niy soul to 
God who gave it and my body being dead to be 
decentl)" buried in b.opes of ye resurrection to life 
eternal and m)- worldl)' estate I give & dispose as 
followeth — 

Item — ]\Iy will is tiiat all m)- just debts be well & 
truly paid in con\-enient time after my decease by 
my Executrix hereatter named — 

Item — To Zacharx Haickiiii^s \\\\ Eldest son I 
gi\'e tweh'e acres in Cranes Neck near his house 
and all my land (S; nieadow in Cranes Neck iS: in ye 
old field iS: half m\' meadow at \'e west meadow & 
a tliird part of my commonage reserving to \<i use 
of 111)' wife }'e one half of )'e lands & meadous above 
named during her natural life Except ye house lot 
all which lands & meadows shall be (S: remain to ni)' 
said son Zachary Ids heirs and assigns for ever tei 
lia\"e & to hold as their proper inheritance — 

Item — To my son Joseph Haivkings I give all my 
land at ye old mans in )'e last di\'ision jdining to 
Andrezj Millers h\ computation tlft}' acres more or 
less & a fifty acre lot near thereunto and all my 
meadow at ye old mans meadow with my right of 
meadow there antl at ye W^ading Creek c<: my divi- 
sions of meadow at \'e south in ye new purchase at 
Scbomucke & at Uiikachogiie with a third part of ni}' 
commonage all which said land & meadow shall be 
and remain to my said son Joseph his heirs and 
assigns forever as their proper inheritance — 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0j. 169 

Item — I give to my son Elcaztv Hawkings when 
he shall be of twenty one years of age my house 
barn and home lot with tlie improvements thereon 
made & twenty acres of land at JVcufozjii & my 
right of land in }-e twenty acre di\'ision & ye half of 
m\' meadow in West meadow & one third part of 
my right of commonage reserving to my wife ye use 
6c improvement of \"e said house barn land and 
meadow and other the improvements until such time 
as my said son Elcazcr shall be of twenty one years 
of age and after that ye use & improvement of ye 
half of ye same during her natural life all which said 
house lands & meadows & improvements shall be & 
remain to my son Elcazcr his heirs and assigns for- 
ever to have & to hold )-e same as their proper 
inheritance — 

Item — To my grandchild K'utliaiiicI Brez^sier I 
give all my right of upland & meadow in ye old pur- 
chase at ye so-uth to have & to hold ye same as his 
proper inheritance — 

Item — To my grandchild Zacluivy Sniitli I give a 
fifty acre lot in Mount Misery to have & to hold ye 
same as his proper inheritance — 

Item — To my daughter Martini & to my daughter 
Hannah to each of them I give ten pounds to be 
paid them & each of them when they shall be of age 
or at the time of their marriage — - 

Lastly — 1 give to my beloved wife Mary Hazo kings 
all my moveables of what kind nature or quality 
soever they be for her comfortable maintenance ye 



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education of my childrer. ye payment of my debts & 
legacys herein named. And I do liereby nominate 
& appoint my said wife Mary Hazokings to be 
ye Executrix of this my last Will & testamt. In 
Witness hereunto I have set my hand & seal the 17 
day of November in ye lo''" A'ear of }'e reign of 
William ye 3^ of England <S:c King Defender of ye 
faith &c Anno Dom. i6qS — 

Zacharv Hawkixus [Seal] 
Sealed published and declared in presence of 

Thomas Helme 

Richard Wodhull 

WiM. Satterly 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on )-e 
27 day of April Anno Dom. 1699 at )-e !\Ianor of St. 
Georges in ye County of Suffolk in }-e Province of 
New York before Coll. William Smith Judge of ye 
Prerogative Court in ye County aboves"^ was proved 
& approved ye last Will & testamt. of Zachary 
Haiu kings deceased at Brookhavoi on ye day 

of Anno Dom 169'-; who b}' his said 

will & testamt. did nominate & appoint Mary his 
wife his Executrix as by ye copy of ye said Will may 
appear for ye well & faithful administration of all & 
singular ye goods chattels & credits of ye s"* deceased 
to whose care & trust was committed ye administra- 
tion of ye same to Execute & perform her duty 
herein according to ye tenor of ye said Will & ye 
laws of the said Province and to render an account of 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 171 

ye same at or before ye 27 day of October next 
ensuing, being duly sworn thereunto before ye sd 
Coll 

William Smith 
Tho. Helme Cler. 



In ye name of God Amen I Peier IVhitier'^^ of 
Brookhaven in ye County of Suffolk on Nassau 
Island of ye Province of New York Yeoman being 
weak in body but of good & sound memory thanks 
be to God & being sensible of my uncertain state in 
this life do make ordain & declare this to be my last 
will & testamt. hereby revoking & annulling any 
other or former will by me made either by word or 
writing and that this & none other is to be taken to 
be my last will & testament (viz) — 

First I commit my soul to God who gave it & my 
body to ye earth to be decently buried and my 
worldly goods I dispose in manner & form fol- 
lowing — 

Item — My will is that all my just debts be well & 
truly paid in convenient time after my decease — 

Item — to Rachel my beloved wife I give & 
bequeath ye benefit use & improvement of my house 

" Peter Whitier was probably son of Abraham Whitier, who was in 
Salem in 1638, and at Southold in 1660. He was living in Setauket in 
1635. In 1672 he appears to have been living in Easthampton, but re- 
turned to Brookhaven and died there. " The meadows at Conscience " 
are on the borders of Conscience Bay west of Strong's Neck. " New- 
town " is probably East Setauket. 



172 Early Long Island Jl'il/s. 

barn & orchard 8; ye rest nf my homestall or lands 
joining thereunto both within fence & without — I 
give her hkewise ye use of my meadows at Cojisiicncc, 
until such time as ni}- son William sluill be of age to 
possess it and then she sliall enjo)' m\' meadow at ye 
pond & at ]\'hit€hall during her natural life for her 
comfortable maintenance — 

Item — to my son Abram Whitier I gi\'e a fifty acre 
lot lying eastward beyond .■liuircw Millers at ye 
Round Swamp joining to Jolui Woods lot on ye east 
6c to _/('/!' /7 Mitncycs on ye west and ten acres of land 
r\ft2^r Andreio J///A-/\\ which was taken out o{ Zachary 
Ha-oki)igs land with my right of meadow at ye Wading 
River and m\ right of meailow & upland at \'e south 
namber four & five and h.alf a share of commonage 
and all my right of inheritance at Masuhcster which 
my father bought oi John Noriticm to ha\-e <S; to hold 
the said lands meadows with their privilcdges and 
commonage as is expressed to him my saitl son Ahrari 
his heirs & assigns forever as his or their proper inher- 
itance Also when mj'said son Abra))i shall be twenty- 
one years of age he shall receive two cows ye one given 
by his grandmother the other b)' his uncle Ab-rani — 

Item — to my son Williar,i W/iitior I give all m)' 
land in lYczoto'ioite about twenty eight acres and all m\- 
land in Cranes A^cck and after my wifes decease all 
my housing & land with ye improvements, in & about 
my home lot & ye land joining thereunto and my 
meadow at ye pond & in ye field to ha\-e & to hold 
ye said land & meadow with half a right of common- 



Suffolk County, logi-iyoj. 173 

age to him my said son William his heirs & assigns 
forever as his or their proper inheritance also to my 
said son Williajn I give all m)' tools & implemts. of 
husbandry and my arms reserving the use of )'e said 
tools & implemts. of husbandry to ye use of my family 
until my wifes decease — 

Item — to my daughter Sarah I give two cows or ye 
value of ye same to be delivered to her within a twelve 
month after my decease and ye half of my moveables 
after my wifes decease and if ye sd mo\'eables & two 
cows shall not be of ye \'alue of twenty pounds in 
mone)' then m)' son JVillia)/! shall allow her so much 
out of ye other half of )'e moveables — 

Item — M}' will is that my son JVilliant shall have ye 
other half of ye moveables out of which he shall pay 
likewise ye cow according to )'e will of his grand- 
mother & perform the condition of Robert Goosbcrry 
his indenture, moreover m\ will is that if my son 
Abravi shall be dutiful to his mother and continue 
with her until he shall be twenty one years of age then 
he shall have a pair of steers and the long linked 
chain and if he shall continue in \-e family until my 
son JVilliaui be of age he shall ha\'e ye management 
& improvemt. of ye land & stock & for his care 
shall have one third part of ye increase of ye land 
& stock & his d3'ate until m)- son William comes to 
age — 

Lastly — I do hereby nominate & appoint my friend 
Timothy Brci^ster my Executor of this my Will & 
testamt. & do desire my friend Thomas Hebne to 



174 Early Long Island Wills. 

assist my s' Executor & be helpful to m)' family in }-e 
well ordering their affairs — 

In Witness hereunto I have set to my hand & seal 
this fifth day of June Anno Dom. 1697 — 

Peter Whitehair [Seal] 
Signed sealed & declared to be \'e last testamt. of 
ye sd. Peter Wkiticr in presence of 
JoHx Thomas 
Hannah Huls 
Richard Green 

Memorand. yt this Codicil to ye said Will by ye 
s'^ testator, that w'soever of my estate shall appear 
either moveable or unmoveable of v/' kind or nature 
soe\'er b)- ye s'^ will not disposed of shall be to ye 
maintenance of my wife and my daughter Sarah shall 
have one cow added to her legacy and yt my son 
JVillia»i shall be bound to his Uncle William to learn 
his trade until he shall be 21 years of age and my will 
is that my son Abram shall further have my drugget 
coate & a pair of breeches — P. W. [Seal] 

Signed sealed & declared to be ye annexion to ye 
will by }-e said testator 

Witness : 

Daniel Brewster 

Hannah Swazy 

William W.± Javne his mark 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting 
Know }'e )'t whereas Peter Whitier late of Brookkaven 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/oj. 175 

in ye County of Suffolk husbandman departed this 
life on ye 21 day of August Anno Dom. 169S who by 
his last Will & testamt. as by ye copy thereof here- 
unto annexed may appear did nominate Timothy 
Brci^'ster his Executor and ye sd Timothy for certain 
causes hath Expressly renounced ye burthen of ye 
Executorship, I therefore bj- virtue of ye power & 
authority to me given reposing special trust in }"ou 
Tho»ias Hclnic have nominated constituted and 
appointed and by these presents do constitute and 
appoint you Tho»ias Hcliiie administrator of all & 
singular ye goods chattels leases debts rights & credits 
of ye s'' Peter Whitier deceased with full power to ask 
receive demand & recover }'e same by all lawful ways 
& means w'soever which to ye sd deceased did any 
ways belong or of right appertain in ye time of his 
death & ye legacys specified in ye sd will in ye first 
place paying those debts wherein ye sd deceased stood 
obliged at ye time of his death you being obliged 
truly to administer )'e same & to make or cause to 
be made a true & perfect inventory of all & singular 
ye goods & chattels debts rights & credits to ye sd 
deceased belonging which shall or may come to your 
hands possession or knowledge & to render a true & 
perfect acct. in & concerning ye sd administration 
before me or such other Judge or Judges as shall be 
thereunto appointed at or before ye first day of May 
next ensuing Witness my hand & seal ye sg'** of 
Octob. 169S. 

W" Smith 



176 Early Long Island Wills. 

In ye name uf God Amen this elc\enth da)- of 
April in ye year of our Lord Christ 1699 I Thotnas 
Rxdcr^' of SoiithJiold in ye County of Suffolk on ye 
Island of Nassau in ye Province of Nev.- Ynrk being 
weak in body but sound in mind thanks be to Al- 
mi'dity God therefor & calling to mind ye imcer- 
tainty of this traiisitory life do make ordain con- 
stitute & a[;point this to be my last Will and 
testament in manner i!>c form following — Imprimis — 
I bequeath m.)- soul to Almight\- God from whence 
it came & m\' body to ye earth to be decently in- 
terred according to my degree i^c qualit)- by my 
Executor hereafter named — 

Item — I give cn: bequeath to my ■iow Joseph I\yde;- 
x\\\ homestall to say housing orchard long lot 6c 
diomackc lot the half of my out lands & meadows 
to be eciually di\-ided between my two 'iows Joseph & 
d'roiddouc regard being had to qualit)' as Nvell as 
quantity & my desire & will is that my brothers in 
law Nathuinicl «S: Gcrshaiii Terry shall see it done — 

Item — I give to my said son JoSipIi all ni)" tools & 
implements of husbandry the one half of all my 
Cattle except one white faced which I gi\'e to my 
daughter Hester — 

Item — I gi\'e to my son Provide)iee Ryder my new 
lot & the house thereon half of m\- old lands (S: half 
my meadow as afores'^ half my cattle & half m)' 

*' Thomas Ryder was son of Thomas Ryder who married Abigail, 
daughter of Richard Terry. In 1677 his father gave him all his lands 
from Sterling Creek to Toms Creek. 



Suffolk County, i6gr-iyoj. 177 

clothes linen & woolen & my son JoscpJi ^-e other 
half 

Item — I give unto my said son Proifdcnce my 
chest & bed & a pot — 

Item — I give unto my son JcroiiiaJi Ryder ye 
sum of fifty pound in money of this Province to be 
paid him vhen he shall attain to )'e age of twenty 
one years to be paid him by his brother Joseph 
thirty pounds & by Pyovidciice twenty pounds & 
my will is that he shall be put out to a trade which 
he is most inclinable to — 

Item — I give to my daughter Elizabeth ye now 
wife oi Joseph Litdlani twenty sheep — 

Item — I give to my daughter Abigail ye wife of 
Williajn Dounes one sheep in full of all portion — 

Item — I give to my grandchild Abigail Dozi'ues 
four sheep — 

Item — I give to my daughter Hester Ryder my 
cubbord of drawers one whitefaced cow & five sheep 
& ye one half of all my household goods as bedding 
linen woolen brass pewter iron ware & all other 
things within doors Except w' is before gi\-en — 

Item — I give unto my daughter Ulehitable five 
sheep & ye other half of all my household goods in 
manner afores"* — 

Item — I do give all ye rest of my moveable estate 
not disposed of or mentioned in this my will unto 
my two sons Joseph & Providenee- — 

Lastly — That my two sons Joseph &: Provide7ice 
Ryder be ye Executors to this my last Will and 



I 78 Early Long Island Wills. 

testament — Revoking all wills by me formerly made 
and publish & declare & appoint this to be my last 
&• only will. In Witness whereof I have hereunto 
set my hand 8; seal ye day & year first within 
written. 

The m.ark of X Tho. Rvder [Seal] 
Signed sealed published S: declared by ye sub- 
scriber Thomas Ryder as his last Will & testamt. in 
ye presence of us witnesses subscribed — 

Jacob Coxcklin 

Joseph Mapes 

Isaac Cory 

Soidhhold ye 26'*' in ye year of our 

Lord Christ 1699 and in ye eleventh year of his Maj'" 
reign, then appeared before \r\^ Isaac Ar}iold ]\\(}ig& 
of his Alaj'" Court of Common Pleas for ye County 
of Suffolk on Nassau Island in ye Province of Xew 
York Thorias Mapes Si Jolin Tuthill 'Esc^'' his I\Iaj'' 
Justices of ye Peace for ye sd Covmiy Jacob Concklin 
Joseph Jllapes & Isaac Cory &: made oath yt they 
saw Thomas Ryder late of Soiithltold, deceased, in 
his lifetime sign seal publish & declare ye above 
written to be his last will and testamt. and that to 
ye best of their skill he was of sound memory & dis- 
posing mind at ye time of doing thereof & is so 
certified per Isaac Arnold 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye yt on ye 
23'' day of May Anno Dom. 1699 at ye Manor of 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 179 

St. Georges in ye County of Suffolk before Coll. 
Willia7n Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye 
sd County Avas proved & approved ye last Will & 
testamt. of Tho77ias Ryder late of Soiithlwld in ye 
said County deceased on ye 12'*' day of April 1699. 
The administration of ye goods chattels and credits 
of ye s* deceased was granted to GersJiam & 
Nathaniel Terry of Soiitlihold. 

In ye name of God Amen & in ye lo'*" year of the 
reign of our Sovereign of England Scotland France 
& Ireland King Defender of ye faith &c. I Fraticis 
Say re ^' of ye town of S' hampton in ye County of 
Suffolk & Province of N. York being by ye blessing 
of Almighty God in health of body & of sound 
memory & considering ye frail Estate of all mortals 
do make & ordain this to be my last Will & testamt. 
in manner & form following — (viz) I do hereby re- 
voke make void & null all former wills of mine of 
what nature or kind soever. And bequeath my 
soul to God that gave it me & my body to be 

'■' Francis Sayre was eldest son of Thomas Sayre, one of the original 
founders of Southampton. The land at " Fh-ing Point " left to son 
John is the homestead of late Captain Thomas Sayre. The "rood of 
ground with dwelling house " left to son Thomas is on the east side of 
main street of Southampton, lately the residence of Peter Foumier and 
now owned by Chauncy Norton. The home lot of Francis SajTe was 
the lot of which the above was a part, and was lately owned by heirs 
of Septer Jackson, and now by Mrs. Caroline Jennings. The farm at 
Seven Ponds, lately owned by the Archibald family, was a part of the 
estate, and known as " Ichabod Sayres close." The Long Springs 
close was a part of the land lately owned by George W. Whittaker, and 
formerly owned by Samuel Jagger. 



I So 



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clecentl)' biiricd ;i;.d aftrr f'j.neral cliarges and all 
my just debts are jiaid I dispose of m\' wi^rldly 
estate as fol!o\vet!i (viz) I L;i\'e & bequeath unto 
my eldest sun Johu SiiYrc all that ni)- certain tract 
of land with his dwellin,;- house thereon standiny^ at 
I"d}dny Point only according' to an ai^^'eeni' formerly 
with him made to jja\' unto his brother Ca/tb Sayrc 
thirty pound ili his mother to have ye Lise of half s'' 
house duriny her lite — 

SecomJly — I ,i4i\e unto m\ son T/ioiiias Sayj-f 
Sc his wife Paticr.ct during tlie-ir natural li\'es all 
that m\' certain [)iece of . . . of about . . . acres 
be the same more or h<t it lesse as it is now fenced &; 
l\'es adjoining to }-e north siie of my long springs 
close of lanel au'/i a rood of ground as it is now 
fenced be it more or be it less v.ith his now dwelling 
house thereon standing and tw.) acres i:>f land in ye 
first neck in ye great jilains in ye tirst neck and if 
m)' s' son Thomas shall ha\'e an\- heir or heirs of 
his bod)- then I give the s'' land unto ye sd heir or 
heirs forever — 

1 hirdly — ! gi\'e & bequeath unto my se\'en chil- 
dren naniel}\/('//;.', Thomas, Frajicis, Jonathan,, Icha- 
bod. & Caleb Sayrc and m)- daughter /A?;;/(?;7> //('a'r// 
two third parts of all my mo\'eable estate my cart 
iN: plow tackling only Excepted to be equally amongst 
them my abo\'e named seven chiklren divided only 
m\' sd daughter Damaris tfj ha\'e liberty to chose 
what she will ha\'e her equal seventh part in of sd 
two third parts of my moveable estate afores'' — 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. iSi 

Fourthly — I give & bequeath unto my well beloved 
wife Sarah Sayrc all that my one half of ye land 
above named & given lo John & one third part of my 
land «& housing hereafter given & bequeathed to my 
son Icliabod iox her substance during her natural life 
and one third part of all my moveable estate to be deliv- 
ered unto her by my Executor — and she my s^ wife to 
have her choice of what rooms she sees cause of my 
dwelling house so that it makes not above one third 
part of my said dwelling house — 

Fifthly — I give & bequeath unto ni)' son Ichabod 
Sayrc & to his heirs & assigns fore\"er all ye rest of 
my land & meadows of what kind nature or quality 
soever that I have do or may possess in }'e bounds of 
s** town of So2Lthhampton and not before in this my 
will demised or given with m)' dwelling house & barn 
only reserving to my wife what is above mentioned 
(viz) one third part of ye land during her life and 
then I say it is my will that he my said son Ichabod 
shall enjoy all my land & meadows to him & his heirs 
forever — That I have not mentioned to be given to 
my son John or Thomas Sayrc — I also give unto him 
my said son Ichabod Sayrc ni)' cart & plow with all 
takling & utensils thereunto belonging or appertain- 
ing. And I do hereby make & ordain him my s"^ son 
Ichabod Sayrc Executor of this my last W^ill & 
testamt. willing him to pay unto his youngest brother 
Caleb Sayrc ye full sum of forty pounds current 
money of this province when he s'^ Caleb shall attain 
ye full age of twenty one years and that he do in 



1 82 Early Long Island Wills. 

every part & article see & perform this my last Will 
& testamt. according to the true intent & meaning 
hereof that ye whole estate of my moveables 
(funeral charges just debts cart & plow tackling only 
Excepted) be by him my s" son IcJiabod Sayre duly& 
truly paid into my s' wife & children in such manner 
& proportion as above mentioned & Expressed and 
that he do pay ye s'^ sum of forty pound to his brother 
Caleb out of his own estate — And I do also give unto 
him my s"^ son hhabod and his heirs forever a fifty 
pound allotm' of commonage and all increase of land 
thereon arising and for ye full confirmation of this 
my last Will & testamt. I have hereunto set my hand 
& seal in S' hampt. afores' this 14''"' day of January 
Anno Dom 1697. 

Francis Saver [Seal] 

Signed sealed & delivered to be his last Will & 
testamt. in presence of us 

Daniel Sayre 

Mary Howell 

Matthew Howell 

B)- ye tenor of these presents Know )-e that on j'e 
20 day of Sept. 1699 at ye manor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before Coll. IVilliani Smith 
Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye County afores"^ was 
proved & approved the last Will & testamt. of Francis 
Sayre late of Soui/i/iampfon in ye sd county deceased 
on ye 20'^ day of January Anno Dom 169S who by 
his said Will & testamt. did nominate and appoint his 



Suffolk County, i6gi-j/0j. 1S3 

son Ichabod \i\s Executor to whom was granted the 
administration of all & singular the goods chattels & 
credits of ye sd. deceased. 



The last will & testamt. of Eduard Houeil. 

In ye name of God Amen at Southhampton in ye 
County of Suffolk & Province of N. York ye 4'^ day 
of August 1697 I Edward Hoiuell^^ of ye aboves'^ 
town & county being in health of body and of a sound 
memory thanks be to Almighty God and calling to 
remembrance the uncertain estate of this transitory 
life and that all flesh must yield unto death when it 
shall please God to call I do make constitute ordain 
& declare this my last Will & testamt. in manner & 
form following and first being penitent for my sins 
most humbly desiring forgiveness for ye same com- 
mit my Soul to God my Saviour and my body to be 
decently buried by my fathers sepurchres and now for 
settling my temporal estate and such goods lands & 
chattels as it hath pleased God to bestow on me I do 

"Edward Howell was brother of Major John Howell, and son of the 
Founder of Southampton. The "lot bought of Thomas Goldsmith" 
and left to son Joseph is on the east side of main street next north of 
Toilsome Lane. The Great close at Sagaponack pond is on the west 
side, and now owned by Bridge Hampton Improvement Company. 
The ' ' home lot bought of Benjamin Foster "and left to son Jonah is on 
east side of main street of Southampton and was lately owned by Captain 
Charles Howell. The old Methodist church stands on the southwest cor- 
ner of it. The home lot where Edward Howell lived and died, and which 
he left to his son Edward, is on the east side of main street, next south 
of the homestead of Captain Barney A. Green. It was sold by Wm. S. 
Pelletreau to Mary L. De Bost, and is now owned by Mrs. Schermeraorn. 



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order give (S; bestow )'e same in nianiier & form fol- 
lowinti- (y' is to say) first — ItLin I j;i\e M" bequeath to 
Joseph Hoivcll my eldest son ni)' home lot I bought 
of T/ioiiias Goldsinilli with all the housing standing 
upon it and fencing b}' estimation lour acres as also 
ten acres of land in my old town close on ye North 
si^le of it lying next Samuel C/arkca.'i also half of my 
Vv'ood close lying near the se\'en ponds he is to have 
his half on ye North side laid out to h.im as also all 
my land h'ing in Captains Neck being b\- estimation 
Eight acres more or less as also all my meadow lying 
on }'e East side of the Lon.g Tongue in Shinnacuck 
Necke and all my meadow on \-e Ishuid h'ing next to 
Joseph Fos/ers meadow on ye West side and a lot of 
meadow of mine l}'ing on ye West side of }'e Long 
Tongue next to Samuel Jones on )'e \\ est side of his 
ineadiiw as also one lot of meadows of mine at 
Ketchaponnuck neck of salt marsh as also two acres 
in my close in ye little plains h'ing all ye length on 
ye Southside as also four acres of land in ni\- great 
close h'ing iiear Sagaponnock pomj to be laid out to 
him on ye West end of my close from )'e North side 
to run South to )'e land I gi\'e to my son Samuel 
Hoieell only there is to be two p<ile left between 
their land for a highwa}' to }'e rest of my land also a 
fifty of S'ltamp commonage all which particulars I 
frcel}' gi\'e & grant to the aboves'/cji'/// //(Tec// and 
to his heirs & assigns forever S: to his administrators — 
Item — I give & bequeath to my second son _/()«<?- 
tJian Hoioell all my close at Cobspouud twenty acres 



Suffolk Coiiniy, i6gi-i/0j. 185 

be it more or less with all )-e housing upon it and 
fences belonging to it as also ten acres of land in my 
close in ye Mill neck lying in ye Southeast corner 
next to Henry Lud/iam his land as it was laid out by 
Coll. Pierson and he shall make & maintain all the 
fences between m)- land & his land forever as also 
half a fifty of S'/iampf commonage all these above 
mentioned particulars lands I freel)' give & grant to 
ye ziov&i,- Jouallian Howell Si to his heirs and assigns 
forever & administrators — 

Item — I give & bequeath to m)' third son Sa7>nicl 
Hoijcll ni)- little close at ?,Iccox and my dwelling 
house now standing upon it with all the fencing 
standing upon it as also ten acres of mine in the 
North di\-ision of land at Sagaponnuck King next to }e 
land Peter Nor r is bought oi Joiiali Fordhar.i as also 
a fifty of meadow of mine h'ing in Smiths meadow 
as also a fifty of land of mine K'ing on }'e north side 
of Hogg neck next Jonah Fordhams land as also 
Eight acres of land in ni)' great close near Sagaponuck 
pond and to be laid out to him on )'e Southside of my 
close lying ye length of it only two pole is to be left 
for a highway to ye rest of my land on ye west end 
of it as also half a fifty of S'hanipt commonage all 
these above written lands I freely gi\'e & grant to my 
son Samuel Hoz^'ell &: to his heirs & assigns forever — 

Item — I give & bequeath to m\' fourth son Jonah 
Howell the home lot of land that I bought of 
Benjatnin Foster Jr. lying in ye town next to Obadiah 
Rogers being by estimation seven acres more or less 



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w\i\\ ye dwelling house and all ye fences standing 
upon it as also a lot of mine in ye North division in 
ye great plain near Gcrslia»i Culvers house as also 
three rood of land of mine in John Howclls close as 
also one acre of land of mine in hals\-e5 neck as also 
two acres in ye Ox pasture at ye rear oi Jolin Reives 
his close as also one lot of meadow of mine on ye 
beach with half a fifty of S' Itaiapton commonage — 
The tliree acres of land one in halsyes neck and two 
acres of land lying at ye rear oi John Reeves his land 
which is above written I ha\-e changed for a lot of 
land lying next m\' land in ye North division which 
lands above mentioned I freely give & grant to my 
son Jonah I/oive/l :x'm\ to his heirs &; assigns forever — 
Item — I give & bequeath to my fifth son Edward 
Hoivell \\\\ home lot in )-e town with all my housing 
& shops .S: all the fencing belonging to it after my 
v.-ifes tlecease as also all my close in ye little plain 
after my son Joseph Hoivell hath had his two acres 
measured out to him on ye Southside of my close 
all the length of the close as also my upper lot join- 
ing to my home lot as also my lot of meadow h'ing 
in Shinacock neck on ye West side of the Long 
Tongue and half ye breadth of the Long Tongue 
that is now drowned and a lot of meadow of mine 
now drowned at \'e Southend of Sa»iuel Jo>ie$ his 
meadow as also half a lot of meadow of mine at 
Ketehaponiick in m}' North lot as also one half lot of 
meadow of mine lying on ye east side of Shinacocke 
Neck as also one lot of meadow of mine hdng at 



Suffolk County, idgi-iyoj. 1S7 

Occobague near ye Jumping Creek as also twenty 
acres of land of mine lying on ye East side of my 
great close near Sagabonnet pond and after mywifes 
decease he shall keep my daughter lilary Hoicell zs 
long as she liveth and find her sufficient clothing 
meat drink washing & lodging and after my wifes 
decease he shall have my daughters portion I have 
willed to her which is fifty pound in pay out of my 
moveable estate notwithstanding all I have given of 
lands here & of meadows, I give to my son Edward 
Howell, my will is that my wife have one third part 
of all my land & meadows as her own proper right 
during her natural life and upon performance of the 
above written co'nditions I do freely give & grant to 
him s*^ Edward Howell all ye lands & meadows 
above written to him his heirs administrators and 
assigns forever — ■ 

Item — I do give & bequeath to my sixth son Ben- 
jamin Howell all my land lying at ye rear of Coll 
Piersons home lot at Sagaponaek eight acres more 
or less as also one whole lot of land lying in the 
south division at Sagaponaek next to Dan Btcrnet by 
estimation twenty acres more or less as also half a 
lot of mine lying in Hogg neck on ye south east 
side of ye neck to be equally divided upland & 
meadow as also half a fifty of S' hampton common- 
age as also one half lot of meadow of mine in 
Ketchaponuck neck in my north division lot of 
meadow all those lands and meadows above written 
I do freely give & grant to my son Benjafnin 



iSS Early Long Island Wills. 

Hozvcll and to his lieirs administrators & assigns 
forever — 

Item — I do give & bequeath to my seventh son 
TlioDias IIoiccll 'A\ my land in ye IMill Neck undis- 
posed of by estimation thirty acres be it more or 
less as also all my land at Mccox lying at }'e rear 
of Bcnoiii Xci^'tois home lot ele\en acrc.^ be it more 
or less as ;dso half my lot of land h'ing on }-e south- 
east side of Hogg necke to be equal))' divided 
meadow 6c upland as also half a fifty of .S"/-!?;;;//. com- 
monage as also one fift}- of meadow of mine at Occo- 
bogiic lying in lot \\\\\c\\ Jonah. Fordhaii: had a hfty in 
ye same lot all these above written lands S: meadows 
I freely give & grant to my son Thonias Hozjcli 8zXo 
his heirs and administrators and assigns fore\'er — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary 
Howell fifty pound in current pay out of my estate as 
it useth one thing with another to be paid her at my 
decease — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter Deborah 
Tappiiii^ five pound in current pay to be paid her out 
of my estate at my decease — 

Item — I give & bequeath to my daughter P'lcbc 
Halscy five pound in current pay to be paid her out of 
my estate at my decease — 

Item — I give & bequeath to m)- grandchild Ircnie 
Rogers after my decease one feather bed & furniture 
to it to be paid her out of m)- estate — I do in tliis my 
last Will & testamt. ordain constitute & appoint my 
dear & well beloved wife Mary Hoioell to be my law- 



Suffolk Count}', lOgi-ijoj. 1S9 

ful Executrix to administer upon my whole estate 
after ni)- decease and she is to have one third part of 
all my moveable estate as her own proper right and I 
do appoint my wife to pay all the legacies I have given 
by my will to any person and to my children and after 
all my legacies & due debts are all paid my will is that 
what is left of my moveable estate that my wife shall 
have a fourth part to herself for her trouble and the 
rest shall be equally divided amongst all my chil- 
dren. 

Signed & sealed by me in ye year of our Lord in 
S' havipt. KxwiO Dom 1697 )'e 27 of January. 

(No Signature.) [Seal] 
In ye presence of us Witnesses 

JoHX JNIalteie 

John Taylor 

Rich" Howell 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
28"'' day of Octob. Anno Dom. 1699 at ye JNIanor of 
St. Georges in ye County of Suffolk before ye 
Hono'''" Coll. William Smith ]\i6.'g^ of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye sd County was proved & approved ye 
last Will & testamt. of Edivard Howell late of 
S' Iiampton in ye sd County deceased on ye 29 day of 
April Anno Dom. 1699 who by his sd Will did 
nominate & appoint JMary his wife his Executrix to 
whom was granted the administration of all & singular 
ye goods & chattels of ye sd deceased^ 



igo Early Long I slajid Mills. 

In ye name of God Amen & tenth year of ye reign 
of our Sovereign Lord U'i/lia?:i the third of England 
Scotland France & Ireland King Defend" of ye faith 
6cc. I Jo':!: Jii^^t)-'' oi yt town o{ S" /iaii:/'i in ye 
County of Suffolk & pro\ince of Xew York hus- 
bandman being sick & weak in bodv }'et through the 
goodness of God being in full strength of memory do 
hereby make & ordain this to be my last Will & 
testamt. viz: I give & bequeath my soul unto God 
that gave it and my body to ye eartli after death to 
be decently buried and after funeral charges and all 
m}- just debts paid I dispose of my worldl)' estate as 
followeth — 

First — I give & bequeath to ni)' eldest s<jn John 
Jaeger and to his heirs of his bod)- begotten lawfully 
forever the one half of ni)' close of land lying on ye 
Northside of ScDnuel Jones his close to be taken of ye 
East end thereof and one third part of my land at ye 
7 ponds to be the East part of the same and one acre 
& half in ye South di\'ision of ye Oxpasture siding 
by ye path that runs through ye great plains to ye 
beach, but if my said son Join: should depart this life 

"John Jagger was one of the early settlers in Southampton. His 
home lot, left to son Jeremiah, is on the west side of main street of 
Southampton, and is the homestead of late Captain George G. White. 
The " Close on the north side of Samuel Jones close " is on tlieeast side 
of the road to North sea, nearly opposite the road to Seponack. On 
this the " old Jagger house " was built in 1707. and was a well-known 
landmark till it was burned a few years since. The ruins still remain. 
The beach lot was next the beach, on the west side of Town pond, and 
is now covered by the beach banks. " The close lying between Samuel 
Coopers land and Isaac Halseys " is on the west side of the road to 
North sea. The railroad runs through it. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i~oj. 191 

without any such heirs as afores* then ye above 
demised lands to be equally divided between my 
son Jeremiah & his heirs and m)' son Samuel & 
his heirs forever and my will is that my s"" two 
sons Jeye7)iiali & Savutel and their heirs to take 
care and provide a commendable maintenance for 
him my sd sor\ Jolui /agger — 2 I gi\'e & bequeath to 
my s'' son Jeremiah Jagger and his heirs forever my 
dwelling house & barn with all ye home lot adjoining 
whereon sd house & barn stands & ye other half of 
my close of land before mentioned on ye North side 
olSamjiel Jolines at ye West end thereof and }'e other 
two third parts of ye aforesaid land at )'e 7 ponds 
to be ye West end thereof and six acres of land 
in ye ten acre lot lying in Capt. Neck hollow & my 
two acres of land by ye pond side & one acre & half 
in ye ten acre lots lying next lo Joint Jesstips land 
and one half of my land called ye beach lot and my 
lot of upland & meadow at Potiincke and one fifty 
pound alotmt in Ogdens Neck & one third part of 
my orchard land at Long Springs and a fifty pound 
commonage throughout ye bounds of s'^ town all 
which land & premises I give unto him my son 
Jeremiali Jagger & his heirs forever saving that his 
Mother Enjoy part of it as hereafter Expressed and 
that he give my son Benjatni^i Jagger a good title to 
his house when he takes possession of mine aboves"* 
Also I give unto him my s"" son Jeremiali a mare & 
one cow — Thirdly — I give & bequeath to my son 
Samuel Jagger ^viA his heirs forever ye one half of my 



192 



Earlv Loiio- IshmJ Jill Is. 



close of land h'ing between Sannicl Coo/i-rs land and 
Isaac Hafscys to be taken of ye Nortliside of ye same 
to be ye one moiety of that which is now fenced & 
imfenced and ye other half of my land above men- 
tioneel known by ye name of the beacli lot and three 
acres in Malsey's neck & m}' three acres of land in 
ye South division of the Ox pasture whicii I had of 
T/io)/ias S^ci'Liis & a single acre h'ing next Joseph 
Piti'soii in \'e ten acre lots and m}' whole lot of meadow 
at Oicoliogiic and a fift\' of meadow & upland in 
Oydens Neck antl a fifty pound alotmt of commonage 
throu;^hout ye bounds of s*' town — And one third part 
of \n\ orchard land at Lo/ij^' S/>r///!^ and a mare two 
oxen lis: a cow .X; a three )'ear old heifer and h\e sheep 
all which land & premises I gi\'e unto him my son 
S(t//nu-/ ^<: his heirs forever except what is after for his 
Mother reserved her life time — 

Fourthly — I give & Ijcqueath unto m)' ^on /onat/ian 
Jac^'c^i!- all that mv forty acre division of land I had of 
Sa))ntel Coopcr\\\x\g on ye West side of )'e long pond 
and all ni)' lot ot land & meadow in hog neck di\'ision 
and half a fifty pound commonage throughout }'e 
bounds of s'' town & one mare lV two oxen & one cow 
and a three year old heifer & fi\-e sheep all which 
land & premises I give unto him my s"" •r.on Joiiaf':aii. 
&his heirs forever — Fifthl)- — I gi\e tv bequeath unto 
my son B cnjaiiiin Jagger and his heirs forever ye other 
half of my close of land lying he\.\\'e.e.x\ Samuel Coopers 
land & Isaac Ilalsey & Jercmiali s house thereon 
standing and my meadow at Sliiiiacockc &. Scbonmicke 



Suffolk CoiDity, i6gi-iyoj. 193 

& one third part of my land and orchard at Long 
Sprhigs and a lot of meadow at ye beach & a fifty 
pound alotment of meadow & upland in Ogdens 
necke & one half of a fifty pound commonage 
throughout )'e bounds of s"* town and one mare & two 
oxen one cow and a three year old heifer & fi\'e sheep 
all which land & premises I give unto him my said son 
Benjaniin & his heirs forever. And if either m)- son 
Jonathan or Benjamin should depart this life without 
heir or heirs then ye survivor to have the half a 
fifty pound commonage to him & his forever & further 
my will is yt if Either my son Samuel Jojiathan or Ben- 
jamin shall depart this life without heir or heirs then ye 
respective part of land to them demised as aforesaid of 
him or them that shall depart this life as aforesaid shall 
be equally divided between my surviving sons and their 
\\€\x'~, John J agger only Excepted and my sons namely 
Jeroniah Samuel & Benjatnin my will is that each of 
them shall Stump & girdle ye trees of five acres oi Jona- 
thans land at ye long pond — Sixthly — I give & 
bequeath unto my three daughters namely Elizabeth 
Sarah & Siisajuiah each of them one sheep they 
having had their portions already — Seventhly — I give 
unto my daughter Lydia two cows cS: five sheep — 
Eighthly & lastly — I do here by this my last Will & 
testamt. make my beloved wife Hannah sole Execu- 
trix thereof & give unto her one third part of the use 
of all my land above demised to my several sons 
and one third of my dwelling house especially ye 
lower room next street for her use and all ye rest of 



194 Early Long Island Wills. 

my moveable estate for )e paying of all my debts 
and ye comfortable subsistance of herself and family 
she paying all ye above mentioned legacies out of 
my estate that is moveable. And for ye full confir- 
mation of this my last Will & testamt I have here- 
unto set my hand iS: seal in S'harnpt. this iS'*'' day 
of Aug 169S 

John Jagger [Seal] 

Signed sealed & declared to be his last Will and 
testamt. in presence of us 

Samuel Wuodkuff 

Joshua Haljev 

Nathan Hov.ell 



B)- ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on 
ye 29 day of Oct. Anno Dom. 1699 at )-e Manor of 
St. Georges in ye County of Suffolk before )'e 
Hono*'' Coll. If" Siiu'lk Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye sd. County was proved & approved the 
last Will & testamt. oi /o/r,i/ao£-er\a.teoi S' Itanipion 
in ye sd. County deceased who by his sd. W' ill did 
nominate and appoint Hannah his wife his sole 
Executor to whom was granted the administration 
of the goods iN: chattels of sd deceased. 



Brookhave.\ Jany. 11 169^ 
In ye name of God Amen 1 Walter Jones of 
Brookhaven aboves'' in ye County of Suffolk on 



Suffolk Coitniy, i6gi-iyoj. 195 

Long Island of ye Province of N. York being 
sick & weak of body but of good & sound memory 
thanks be to God in calling to mind the uncertain 
estate of this life and that I must yield to death 
when it shall please God do make & ordain 
this my last Will iS; testamt. hereby revoking any 
other or former will by me made either by word 
or writing — first I give & bequeath my Soul to God 
who gave it & my body being dead to be buried in 
such place & manner as to my Executor hereafter 
named shall seem meet — 

Item — ye worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased 
God to endow me I give unto Richard Hiihe & 
Hannah his wife of ye town aboves'' that is to say 
my house & land with all the improvements thereon 
together with all m)- goods & chattels of w' kind or 
nature soever my just debts being first paid by them 
and the legacies hereafter named with this proviso 
that ye said RicJiard Hiilsc & flannah his wife shall 
well & carefully provide for me and allow me such 
comfortable sustenance in my sick & weak condition 
as may be convenient for a sick or aged person & to 
look after my cattle S:c. Item 1 give to Thomas ye 
son of Richard ffulse a horse & a yearling calf 
steer — Item — I give unto Richard son of Rich'' 
J-fulse a yearling Heifer — Item — I give unio Joscp/i. 
ye son of Richard ffulse a calf — Item — I give unto 
Jolin ye son of Richard ffulse a two year heifer in 
ye spring — Item — I give \ix\Xo John Tho7nas a bull 
come two year old — Lastly I do hereby nominate & 



196 Ea7-ly Long Island Wilis. 

appoint my friend Ricli' Ilulsc Executor of this my 
last will — In Witness whereof I do hereunto set my 
hand & seale — 



Walter Junes + [Seale] 



Witnessed by 
Thomas Helme 
Charles Davies 



By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
3"^ day of June Anno Dom 1699 at ye Manor of St. 
George in ye County of Suffolk before ye Hono"'- 
Coll Willia»i Sniitli Judge of the Prerogative Court 
in ye County aboves'^ was proved «S: approved the 
last Will & testamt of Walter Jones late of Brook- 
haven aboves'' deceased on ye 15 January Anno Dom 
169S. The administration of the goods & chattels 
of the sd dec"^ was granted to Samuel Sivazy of 
Brookhaven aboves'*. 



To all Christian people to whom these presents 
shall come Greeting — Know ye that I Gideon 
}'o!tns;s^' of Soiithhold in ye County of Suffolk & 
Province of N. York Yeoman being of sound memory 
but diseased in body do constitute & appoint these 

"Gideon Youngs was son of Captain John Youngs, and born 1638. In 
i663 he owned part of Plum Island. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i~oj. 197 

presents to be my last Will & testamt. in manner & 
form following : first I commit m)- precious immor- 
tal soul into ye hands of Jesus Christ my blessed 
Saviour and Redeemer and my body being dead I 
commit to ye earth b)' decent burial in the comfort- 
able hopes of its resurrection unto eternal life and as 
for my worldly goods I give & bestow them on my 
dear wife & children as followeth — 

Imprimis — I give unto my beloved wife Sara/i 
}'oii)igs one full third part of all m}- lands & tenemts 
as the law requires during her natural life & I give 
her ye sole management of all the lands that in these 
presents I give to my son Jonathan till he comes 
of ye age of twenty-one years — And if Jonathan 
shall die before that age then my wife to have ye 
management of s"* lands till the successor or suc- 
cessors o[ Jonathan shall come to the age^Also I 
give her the use of my whole dwelling house till said 
Jonathan or successors shall come of age and after he 
or they shall be of age then my wife to have one half of 
my said house & of all my other houses which she shall 
choose as long as she shall live — 

Item — I give her all my goods & chattels w'soever 
within doors & without so long as she shall remain 
my widow for her own comfortable maintenance and 
for ye bringing up of our children and for ye helping 
them as she shall in her discretion se cause and in 
no wise to hinder her from pious uses of charity & 
mercy and at and before her death to dispose of them 
by Will & testamt. as aboves'' Also I give her the 



198 Early Lo}ig Island Wills. 

use of half )'e barn with free passing & repassing she 
being at half )'e charge of upholding ye same and 
maintaining it — Item — with the injunctions re3er\'a- 
tions & provisos in these presents contained being 
kept and fulfilled 1 do give unto ni}' son Gideon & to 
n;y son Jonathan ani.l their heirs and assigns fore\'er 
all m)' lands of all sorts in ye 0\'5ter pond lower 
neck to be divided between them when my son 
Jonathan shall be twenty one years of age in equal 
proportions for quantity 8; quality in such several 
divisions and parcels as may be most equal cX; con- 
venient alv.'a\'s reserving my v/ifes thirds out of the 
whole also for ye better settling of my eldest son 
Gideon in in;; nov/ dwelling house I do now establish 
to him and his heirs and assigns the s** house together 
with a tract of land adjoining to ye same beginning 
at a large wb.ite oak between m\- dwelling houses 
and lies next the harbor marked with, ye letter G on 
)'e Soutiiward side and extentling from thence 
through \-e wood in a strait line to a crooked black 
oak marked also with G on ye Southward side which 
is ye corner bounds and from thence Southward on a 
straight line to a crooked white oak below ye hill by 
ye edge of the salt pond in n:y land, and along from 
said oak b)- the pond side to ye harbor and so along 
by the harbor side Northward till it comes to ye first 
white oak mentioned, with free liberty to pass & 
repass with his cart & team or on horseback or on 
foot as far as my dwelling house land Extends next 
above ye beach & doing no damage this land thus 



Snffolk County, idgi-iyoj. 199 

given to my son Gideon to be part of his half aboves'^ 
And furthermore I give to my s"^ son Gideon a first 
lot of upland in the Oyster pond upper neck bounded 
by ye land of Benjcnnin Horton to ye Eastward and 
by ye land of Richard Brouit to ye Westward & in 
length reaching from ye Sound or North sea South- 
ward to ye harbor also my will is that my son 
Jo'tiathan when he shall attain to ye age of twenty 
one years that he shall with the best assistance that 
he can get divide all the lands that is dividable 
between himself & his brother Gideon into as many 
parcels as is most convenient in my sov\ Jonailiaiis 
judgment and having so done my son Gideon or his 
heirs shall take their choice which part or parcels he 
or they will have for their share — Item — It is to be 
noted that I have ordered a piece of land to my now 
dwelling house bounded as followeth : beginning at 
a large white oak ye same tree where my son Gideo?i 
began as aboves"^ so along by the harbor to a black 
oak tree which is ye bounds between John Tuthill 
and myself and from thence to ye Northeast corner 
oijohn Tiithill his land lying by the harbor side and 
from thence Eastwardly twenty and nine rods more or 
less to a white oak marked on ye Southside with ye 
letter Y and from thence on a streit line to crooked 
black oak also marked with the letter Y on the 
Northerly side which is a corner bounds between my 
son Gideon and my son Jonathan and from thence 
upon a strait line down to )'e first white oak men- 
tioned by the harbor which parcel of land thus set 



Earlv Loner Island JVUls. 



out for m}- son Jona/Ihin or his successors in lieu of 
tliat already set out to my son Gideon — 

Item — IMy will is that m}' son Gideon his heirs or 
assigns shall pa}' or cause to be paid unto my sons 
Joseph & David ye sums of tliirty priunds a jiiece to 
each of them when each of them C(_imes to le^al age 
of twent}--one year,-. — Also m\- will is that my son 
Jonathan his heirs or assigns shall pa}' or cause to 
be paid unto m}' sows Joseph & David \c sum of 
thirt}- pounds a piece to each of them when m}' son 
Jonath.an shall come to ye age of twent}- & tliree 
}'ears of age all tiujse pa\'ments in this m}' will are 
to be paid in current mone}' of this Pro\ince — 

Item — IVI}' W ill is for ye securit}' of these pay- 
ments afores'' in manner & form before willed that 
if either Gideon ox Jonathan or Gideon's heirs that 
are to pa}- their brothers Joseph and David their 
respective sums before willed them shall nt^glect or 
refuse to pa}- the same upon reasonable demand 
then I do retract from him that maketh default by 
not performing ye provision require(-l }-e one half of 
}e land so designed him both in quantit}- ami quality 
excepting ye lands affixed to the respective houses 
and if Gideon &. Jonatha?i shall make default of pa}-- 
ment as is willed them then I retract from them both 
half }-e land intended them and by this my last will & 
testamt. do gi\-e &; bequeath it to such son & sons 
as shall thus be refused and neglected to be paid the 
money hereby given them and to their respective 
heirs and assigns forever that half of land so 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i~oj. 201 

retracted — Item — My will is that if Joiia/han shall 
die under age then his land shall go to m)" son Jost/'h 
with ye same reservations & priveleges as it was 
Jo}iatha>is \i Joseph shall die under age then )'e land 
shall go in like manner to m)' son David \l Joseph 
shall die under age tlien Jop.o.tlian to pa}' to David 
ye sum of threescore pound current money of this 
Province — If <t\v\\ftr JoscpJi or David s\^2}\ die under 
age then Gideon and Joiiaihan to pay three score 
pounds current money of each of them to ye 
survivor — But my son Gideon not to pay out money 
to such brother as shall succeed his brother _A';/(7//('<7« 
in his land such successor to divide ye land also as 
Jonathan might — Item — iM}- will is that if my 
beloved wife should die before Jonathan comes to 
ye age of twenty-one years then my son Gideon or 
Guardian or Guardians chosen b}- my son Jonathan 
shall let out for the only advantage of m}- son 
Jonathan until he comes of legal age my meaning is 
the land which I gave him b\" this my present will — 
Item — M}' will is that if m}' well beloved wife SavaJi 
Youngs shall neglect or omit at or before her death 
to dispose of them by will & testamt. as afores** then 
my mind & will is that it shall be equally divided 
that is to say what shall be left undisposed of to my 
three daughters or such of them as shall be living at 
their mothers death my meaning is of my moveable 
estate so left undisposed of by my wife — Item — My 
will is that my son Gideons chimneys and two floors 
belonging to the house now given him in this my 



202 Ea riy Lo ng Is la nd J! 'ills . 

now will be finished with my estate he only assisting 
with his own hands finally my will is & 1 do hereby 
nominate constitute & appoint ni}' dearl\- beIo\-ed 
wife Sarah Yoinigs and m\- son GicL-on YoiDigs 
to be Executrix and Executor and my will is that n\\ 
son Gideon shall ha\'e no power t'j act without \t 
consent of his mother but that m}- wife shall have 
full power to act as Executrix without ye C(jnsent of 
m\' son if he will not concur with his motiier — And 
in confirmation of this my last will & testamt I do 
hereb)- make null & \o\i\ all former wills and do to 
these presents affix my hand & seal this twenty 
second day of December in \'e year of our Lord 
Christ one thousand six hundred ninety & nine — 
GiDEox YouxGS [Seal] 
Signed sealed &; owned in ye presence of us 

John Tuthill 

Thomas Terry 

JoSERH YOUXGS 

Samuel Youngs 
Walter Brown 

By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
2 2 day of Feby. Anno Doni 1699 at ye Manor of St. 
Georges in \'e County of Suftolk before \'e Hono^'" 
Coll Wdlliam Smith Judge of the Prerogative Court 
in ye sd County was pro\-ed & approved the last 
Will & testamt of Gideon Youngs \2.te oi Southholdin 
ye sd County deceased on ye 31 day of Decern. Anno 
Dom 1699 who by his sd Will did nominate Sarah 



Suffolk County, iSgi-ijoj. 203 

his \vife and Gideoyi his son Executors of his said 
will to whom was eranted the sd administration — 



In ye name of God Amen — I Robert Patton^° of 
Soicthampton in ye County of Suffolk on ye Island 
of Nassau in ye Province of New York being in 
perfect memory & understanding do make this my 
last will & testamt. first I bequeath my soul to God 
that gave it me and my body after dead to a decent 
burial to ye earth from whence it was first taken and 
for my worldly estate I dispose in manner & form 
following — First I give unto the Rev'. Mr. Joseph 
Wliiting ten pounds to be paid by my executors — 
Secondly I give unto Illr Samuel Biirts eldest son 
of N. York ten pounds to be paid by my executors — 
^diy \ give unto William Herrick ten pounds to be 
paid by my executors — 4'*' — I give unto Thomas 
Herrick ten pounds to be paid by my executors — 
5'-' — I do give unto Sam' Cooper ten pounds to be 
paid by my executors — 6''' — I do give unto Ephraiyn 
Topping my shop now standing upon ye land of The. 
Topping — Lastly — after yt my debts are paid and a 
decent burial the rest of mj- estate I do give unto my 

" Robert Patton was the village tailor in Southampton in the olden 
time. His home lot was on the east side of main street next south of the 
house of late Colonel Benjamin H. Foster. The house of Josiah Foster 
lately stood on it. It is a small piece of land in the northwest corner of 
the original home lot of Lieutenant Richard Post. A store owned by 
Captain Daniel S. Havens stands on it. The executors of Robert 
Patton sold it to Obadiah Sale. 



20J, Ea-rly Long Island Wills. 

two executors name!)' V.'iUiavt Her rick &. Sam' 
Cooper whom I do constitute & apiKjiiu to sell & 
dispose of my house lS: land that I bought of Samuel 
Butler to pay the legacies I do order my Executors 
to pay to Mar^raret Marsker in Scotland ten pounds 
if demanded I do order m}- executors to pay unto 
William Pat/on in Scotland twenty pcuinds if de- 
manded by the sd Mar^-arel Marsher & W'^ Pat ton— 
And Williani He-rrick is. Samuel Cooper I do appoint 
& constitute to be m\- said Executors S; adminis- 
trators of this my last will & testamt. In Witness 
whereof I have hereunto fixed iri\- hantl & seal in 
Sontliampton ye 25 of April 1700. 

Riji.Ei;! Pattox [Seal] 

Signed sealed & declared b\- Rob' I'atton to lie his 
last will & testamt in presence of 

jO.^lAII lIowtLL 

JMaXASSEH Ke.MPT'JX 

Th(_i. Tul'lIXG 



By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
21 day of !\Ia\- Anno Doni 1700 at \-e mamir of St. 
Georges in )'e County of Sufiolk before ye Hono''" 
Coll. U^illiam Smitk Judge of ye Prerogati\-e Court 
in }-e County aboves'' was pro\'ed 6c approved the 
last Will & testamt oi Robert Patten late of S'kamp- 
ton in ye sd County dec*" on ye 12 day of May Anno 
Dom 1700 v.'ho by his s"^ last Will & testamt. did 
nominate and appoint William Herriek <Sc Samuel 
Cooper his Executors to whom was granted the ad- 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0j. 205 

ministration of tlie all & singular the goods Sc 
chattels of ye sd. deceased — 



In the name of God Amen. I Mary Halsey^'' 
late relict of Thomas Halsey of ye town of S' hamp- 
toii late deceased being very sick & weak in bod}' 
but in sound memory Expecting every day to put off 
this mortal body do make & ordain this to be my 
last will & testamt. in manner 8; form following — I 
give & freel)' bequeath my soul to God who at first 
gave it to me and m)' body after decent burial to ye 
earth from whence it was taken and for my worldly 
estate I dispose of it as followeth, (viz) — i" I give 
& bequeath unto my grandson Avimy Resco one 
two year old heifer & four sheep — 2"* I give & be- 
queath unto my four grandaughters namely Alary 
Hand Eunice Hoiccll Elizabeth Moore & Zerviah 
Howell each of them twenty shillings in money one 
silver spoon one pr. of sheets one pewter plate two 
napkins one pillow drawer and one sheep — 3"^ I give 
& bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Moore ye best 
rug & a white kersey blanket & a new chest- — 4''' I 
give & bequeath unto my daughter Hatinah Hozoell 
a brass kettle, hetchill, Iron skellit, a green rugge 
a white fitted blanket, a pr. of stillyards & an iron 

" Thomas Halsey, the husband of the testatrix, lived in Southampton 
village on the homestead of late Thomas Nicoll White. " Ammy Res- 
coe " the grandson was son of Ammiruhami Ruscoe, who lived at 
Mecox. He was the ancestor of Horace Ruscoe, a well known resident 
of Huntington. 



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206 Early Long Island Wills. 

bound chest — 5''- I give & bequeath unto my daugli- 
ter Phebc Halscy three pound in money one silver 
spoon one pewter pjlate one sheep one pr. of slieets 
one pillow drawer two napkins and nine of ^-e fif- 
teen cattle in }'e iiands of my son Nathaniel Halsey 
in proportion for value that is to sa}" nine fifteenths 
of the sd fifteen cattle and two beds and two bolsters 
and two pillows one of the beds she hath in posses- 
sion and the other feather bed I now lie on and 
great bedstead a green rug a great iron kettle and 
peile trammell & warming pan and iron mortar & 
a frying pan a brass skillet & a great chest and a 
little chest & a pair of tongues — -6" I give & be- 
queath unto my daughter /Ibigail Hoicell three 
pounds in money one silver spoon one pewter plate 
& one sheep one pr. of sheets one pillow drav.er two 
napkins a brass pot and a trammell & peile in 
NathatiieVs hands the two last particulars — ""■ I gi^'e 
& bequeath unto my son Natlianicl Halscy one 
feather bed one iron pot and cupboard & a great 
table and half ye grindstone all in his hands alread)' 
the other half of the grindstone I gi\-e unto my son 
Josiah Halscy — S'*" I give unto my tu'e sons namel)' 
Josiah, Isaac, David, Jerenriah and Nathaniel Halscy 
five cattle in ye hands of the s"" Nathayiiel Halscy to 
be equally divided between them and my timber 
chain to be used amongst them five — 9'*" my will is 
}-t. all other household stuff belonging to me of what 
nature or kind and wheresoever to be found to be 
divided between my daughter Phcbe Halscy 8c 



Suffolk County, iSgi-ijoj. 207 

Abigail Houeli &(\\i2.\\y and that my wearing apparel 
linen & woolen & silk to be equally divided among 
my five daughters namely Alary Hozvcll, Sarah 
Jlloorc, Hannah Howell, Phebe Halsey & Abigail 
Howell — 10'*' I do by these presents constitute ordain 
& appoint my sons Isaac & David Halsey Executors 
of this my last Will & testamt. to receive all my 
estate & first pay all my just debts and then the 
aboves'^ bequests and legacies and the rest of my 
estate to be divided equally between my two Execu- 
tors four pound of the s"* money above bequeathed 
is in ye hands of my son A'aikatiiel Halsey — And 
for ye full confirmation of this my last will & testamt 
I have hereunto set mj' hand & seal in S'hajnpion 
afores'' this iS day of December Anno Dom 1699. 

her 

Mary Halsey -f'" [Seale] 

mirk 

Signed sealed & declared to be her last Will & 
testamt. in presence of 
Christopher Foster 
Ben'jamin Howell 
Matthew Howell 

By the tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
21 day of May Anno Dom. 1700 at ye Manor of St. 
Georges in ye County of Suffolk before the Hono'^'' 
Coll. William Smith Judge of the Prerogative Court 
in ye sd County was proved & approved the last 
will & testamt. of Mary Halsey late of S' hampton in 
ye sd. County deceased on ye 20"" day of Dec' Anno 



20S 



Earlv Lous Island Wills. 



Dom 1699 wlio by her said Will >>c testamt. did 
nominate & appoint her sons Isaac is. David Ilahey 
her Executors to whom was yranted the administra- 
tion of the goods & chattels of )'e sd deceased. 



In the name of God Amen. I Ricliard IVodJnill''^ 
of Hyookliavcii in the County of Suft'olk being weak 
in body but of sound memory thanks be to God 
calhng to mind \e uncertain state of this Hfe do make 
& ordain tliis & none other to be n'.\' last will & 
testamt. in manner following — First I commit my 
soul into )'e hands of Jesus Clirist m\' merciful Re- 
deemer and m\- body being dead to ye earth to be 
decently buried — Item to RicJiard IVodlnill my 
eldest son I gi\'c my house and all my home lands 
adjoining to it with all other the buildings orchards 
fencings and otlier the improvements thereon made 
& all my land in ye old field cSv in ye Little 
A'lck and ni)- meadow at Coiiscicr.cc and all my 
meadow & upland in the fire place neck at South 
and twenty acres of land at Selliers lot in Neio- 
toivn and ten acres of meadow in Porriges neck 
at ye South and half an accommodation of common- 

*^ Richard WoodhuU was one of the most illustrious of the early set- 
tlers of lirookhaven, and the leader of the settlement. His wife was 
Temperance Topping of Southampton. So much has been written 
concerning him in the " Histon.- of Suffolk County " that it seems need- 
less to repeat it here. His place at Setauket was the home of three 
generations. "Oldnelds" is the neck north of Setauket, next the 
sound. '■ Crassum.'s Neck" is on the South Bay at the village of 
Brookhaven. Snake neck is on the east side of Carman's River. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-iyoj. 209 

age all which lands and meadows with the buildings 
& improvements aboves"^ I give to my said son 
Richard to have & to hold ye same to him & his 
heirs forever — Item to Nathaniel WodJiiill my son 
I give my land & meadow at ye south in Crossums 
Neck with ten acres of meadow in ye W'estward part 
of Snake Neck with half an accommodation of com- 
monage — To Have & to Hold the said lands & mead- 
ows to him my sd. son A'aiha7iicl ]\\s heirs & assigns 
forever — Item — to Johyi Wodhiill my son I give the 
Easternmost part of Snake called Porridge neck with 
all ye lands & meadow therein contained (Except ye 
ten acres of meadow before given to my son Richard ) 
also to my said son John I give ten acres of meadow 
in ye westward part of Snake neck and half an ac- 
commodation of commonage to have & to hold the 
same to him my s** son /oh/i his heirs & assigns for- 
ever — Item — to Josiah Wodhitll my son I give \-e 
Westermost part of Snake neck containing the land 
and meadows there (Except ye twenty acres of 
meadow given to my son Nathaniel &.JoIni) and half 
an accommodation of commonage to have & to hold 
ye sd land & meadow to him m)- sd son Josiah his 
heirs & assigns forever — Item — iMy Will is that if 
my sd sons John & Josiah shall not enjoy ye land in 
Snake neck then I give to them in like manner the 
twenty acres at Newtowne near to ye land late belong- 
ing to Peter Whitier and the rest of my land at 
Neivtown (Except what I have given to m)' son 
Richard^ to be equally divided between them and in 



2IO Early Long Island M'ills. 

case either of my said sons shall nut agree in the 
division of the land or meadow before gi\'en tliem 
then they shall chose indifferent persons to divide 
the same and in case either or any of my s^ sons shall 
die without issue then the survivors shall in like 
manner di\'ide the part of the deceased among them 
the surviving brethren equally — Item — to DorotJiy 
Wodliull I gi\'e forty pounds current monej' to be 
paid her out of my moveables at such time as she 
shall be of age or married — Item — to Temperance 
M'odhull I give forty pounds current mone}- to be 
paid likewise out of my moveables at such time as 
she shall be of age or married. Item — to Temperance 
IVoilhull my beloved wife I give a third part of my 
moveables and the whole improvement. & managemt. 
of all my estate until such time as my children 
afores'' shall be of age. And the rest of my move- 
ables not hereby disposed of my just debts & legacies 
first paid I give 8; dispose to be equally divided be- 
tween my four sons — Lastly I do hereby nominate 
& ordain my beloved wife Temperance Wodhull to 
be sole Executrix of this my last Will & testamt. In 
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand 
& fixed my seale the 13''' day of Oct. Anno 
Dom 1699. 

Memorandum — It is my will that in case my 
two sons_A'/'« ^JosiaJi shall enjoy ye land in Snake 
neck at South, then my son Richard shall enjoy all 
m)- land at Neu<toiini before mentioned to be given 
to m)- said sons Jo/ui 8z Joszak. 



Stiffolk County, i6gi-i~oj. 211 

Witness my hand & seale ye day & year aboves'* 
Richard Wodhull [Scale], 
Signed sealed & declared to be ye last Will & 
testamt of ye sd testator in ye presence of — 
Rich"' Floyd 
Tho. Helme 
Arthur Futhy 

By )'e tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
aS'*" day of May Anno Dom 1700 at ye Manor of St 
Georges in ye County of Suffolk before the Hono''''' 
W"' Smith Judge of the Prerogative Court in ye sd 
County was proved & approved the last Will & 
testamt. of Richard Wodhull late of Brookhaven in 
ye County abovesaid deceased on ye 18''' day of 
Oct. 1699 who by his s'' last will did nominate & 
appoint Tempe7-a7ice JVodhiill his sole Executrix to 
whom was granted the administration of all & 
singular the goods & chattels of ye sd deceased. 



In ye name of God Amen I Samuel Clark''' of 
S'hampton in ye County of Suffolk & Province of 

" Samuel Clark was the son of Samuel Clark of Northsea, who died 
in 1677. " The home lot in town," left to son Elisha, is on the east side 
of Northsea road, north of the railroad, and lately owned by Captain 
Jesse Halsey. The land on "west side of Northsea path" is about 
thirty rods north of Seponack road. He lived at North Sea on the 
homestead of late Austin Rose, now Edson Jennings. His next neigh- 
bor on the south was Charles Sturmy, who owned the homestead of 
late Captain Joseph Harris. 



212 Early Long IsliiuJ Jf'i/ls. 

N. York upon ye Island of Na^^au yeuiiian being 
now in perfect streni^tli of memory thiiUL;'li weak in 
body and not knowing )-e time of my departure do 
constitute & appoint tliis to be my last W'ill S: 
testamt. in manner as followeth — 

Imprimis — I freel)- gi\e (N; ljei]ueatli my soul to 
God tliat ga\x- it me and my Ijody after dead to 
decent burial to ye earth from whence it was taken 
at first <S; for my world!)' estate I gis'e as folioweth — 
First — I gi\'e & bequeath to my son Elip!ialct all 
that my lot of land Ij'ing & being on ye east side of 
a pond commonly called the long pond with all the 
appurtenances thereunto belonging as it is described 
by its dimension iipjon ye town record & one hundred 
pcjund allotmt upon hog nerke as it stands to me 
upon ye record & all the meadow )t I am possessed 
of at little Noyeck «& all my meadow Eastward as 
far as our town bounds go iN: one cow iS: calf & half 
a fifty pound commonage all the which abo\e men- 
tioned particulars I freeh' give unto my son Elipha- 
Ict & to his heirs for ever — 2'''-' — I give & l:>equeath 
unto my son Elislia mx home lot in town with all 
my land adjoining to ye land that was Jolni Pinny 
upon ye West side of Xorthsea path & one half of 
my home meadow h"ingat ye rear of m)' home lot at 
Northsea and my meadow in homeses hill cove on 
ye west side of the path & I gi\'e him two acres of 
meadow }-t lycth in Cow Keck between George 
Harris & Joseph Si?iifh and about Eight acres of 
land lying on ye West side of Cow Neck_/ti//« Davice 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijjo. 213 

lying on ye North side & William Joviings on ye 
South side & my lot of Sedge meadow at the thorn 
tree with half a lifty pound commonage & one cow 
& calf all which I do give to my son Elislia & to his 
heirs forever — 3'">' — I give & bequeath to m)' son 
Sa])inel a fift\' pound commonage & all my housing 
and barns & orchards & all my lands & meadow 
belonging to me that is not given already the half of 
all at my decease & ye other half after his mothers 
decease or marriage & all my carpenters tools the 
which I freely gi\'e to my son Samuel & to his heirs 
for ever, further my will is that if any one of my 
sons above mentioned shall die without a true & 
lawful heir of their body's then his lands that doe soe 
decease I do gi\'e it unto v\\\ %ox\ Joint Clarke 2.nA 
his heirs forever — 4'>' I do give unto my daughter 
Susannah Clarke \.<:i\\ shillings money — 5'''' — I do give 
to my daughter Rachel twenty pounds current money 
to be paid to her when she shall be eighteen years 
of age or on yn da)- of her marriage when she 
requires it — 6'*' — I give unto my daughter Mary 
twenty pounds current money to be paid her when 
she shall come to ye age of eighteen years or on ye 
day of her marriage when she shall require it — 7'*' — 
I give unto my son John forty pounds current money 
to be paid him when he shall come to ye age of 
twenty one years. 8'*' — I do give unto my daughter 
Esier twenty pounds to be paid her when she shall 
be eighteen years of age or on the day of her mar- 
riage when she shall require it — I give & bequeath 



2 14 Early Long Isla)id Jl'ills. 

all my moveable estate unto my son Sa)>:itcl &. unto 
my well beloved wife Sarah Clarki for to bring up the 
smaller children and if she dies a widow then she 
may dispose of twenty pounds to whom she sees 
cause amongst my children & if ni}- wife marryeth 
again then m)- son SannicI lo pay her twenty pounds 
and to Enjoy all my moveable estate and I do appoint 
m\^ son SanracI Executor of this my last Will and my 
beloved wife Executrix during widowhood t\; to ad- 
minister upon my estate and to pay all my just due 
& legacies — This my last Will & testamt. Signed 
& sealed with my hand this 4''"' Oct. at 

Nori/isca belonging to S'luDnptoii. 

Samuel Clarke [Seal] 
Signed S: sealed in presence of 

Sam- Cooper 

John ?iIalti;ie 

The Savre 

B)' ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on 
the twenty first da)' of August Anno Doni. 1700 at 
Southampton in ye County of Suffolk before the 
Hono''" Co/i J I'"' Smith Judge of the Prerogative 
Ccpurt in ye sd County was proved & approved the 
last will & testamt. of Samuel Clarke late of Nortli- 
sea belonging to S' hainpt afores'^ deceased on )e first 
day of March Anno Dom 1699 who by his sd. Will & 
testamt. did nominate and appoint Sannicl Clarke 
his son & Sarah his wife Executors of his sd Will 
& Testamt. and (the s** Sarah for certain causes her 



Suffolk County, iSgi-iyoj. 215 

thereunto moving did renounce )'e burthen of execu- 
torship) so that the administration of all & singular 
the goods & chattels of ye sd dec"^ was granted to ye 
said Samuel Clarke son of ye sd deceased — 



By ye Honoble. Coll. Williani Smith Judge of 
Prerogative Court in ye County of Suffolk — To 
all to \vhoni these presents shall come Greeting 
Know ye that whereas Alexander Bryan late of ]\Iil- 
ford in ye Colony of Connecticutt departed this life 
leaving no Executor and Sibilla ye wife of ye sd de- 
ceased liaving taken out letters of administration in 
ye sd Colony of Connecticut on her sd husbands 
estate and given power to IVilliam Whiting o{ Hart- 
ford to dispose of & secure for her use certain 
negroes & other the estate of the s"^ deceased within 
ye Count)' of Suffolk of the Province of New York — 
And ye sd William Whiting for certain causes him 
thereunto justly moving hath prayed that ye adminis- 
tration of all & singular the goods chattels & credits 
of ye sd deceased w*^^'" ye County of Suffolk may be 
granted to him ye sd William Wliiting to whom was 
granted ye sd administration on ye 27"" Sept. Anno 
Dom 1700 — And ye sd William Wliiting ox\ ye 
twenty sixth da)' of August x-\nno Dom 1701 did ex- 
hibit an acct. in & concerning ye sd administration 
before Coll. William Smith abovesd which was 
allowed & approved of by the sd Sibilla who prayed 
that ye administration of ye sd estate of Alexander 



2i6 Early Long Isla}id Wills. 

Bryan deceased may be granted to her to whom )-e 
same was granted on ye 27'" day of Sejjt. Anno Dom 



B)' the Hono"'"' Coll ]Villia»i S>iuth Judge of ye 
Prerogati\-e Court in ye Count)- of Suttolk — To all 
to whom these presents shall come Greeting Know 
}-e that whereas Tluviias Sti-jcns'' lat^- of S' liamptLVi 
in }-e County of Suffolk departed this hfc on ye 26'-' 
day of No\'ember Anno Dom. i 700 leaving no Exec- 
utor and Elizabeth Sttieiis the widow of ye sd de- 
ceased for certain causes her hereunto mo\ing hath 
l)ra}-cd that the administratiijn of }X' goods & chattels 
of ye said deceased ma)' be granted to her )'e widow 
abo\'es'' to whom was granted the siJ administration 
with full power <S:c. on ye ii'^- day of Uecr. Anno 
Dnm. 1700. 



In )-e name of God Amen — The last will & tes- 
tamt of Richard Broivn ''■ of the town of S'holil in ye 
Countv of Suffolk on Nassau Island in )'e Pro\'ince 
of N'jw York in America Yeoman made this sixth 



'" Captain Thomas Stephens lived on the east side of main street of 
Southampton, on the present homestead of heirs of Captain James 
Herrick. Some of his descendants are hving in the western part of 
the town. 

" Richard Brown was grandson of Richard Brown, who came from 
England and died in Southold in 1655. He married Dorothy King 
May S, 1653. He was ensign in militia. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 217 

day of July in the 13''' year of ye reign of Mflliam ye 
3'' by ye grace of God of England Scotland France 
& Ireland King Defender of ye faith &c. & in ye year 
of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and 
one. To ye intent my goods & chattels lands & ten- 
emts mav hereafter come unto such persons & remain 
& be to such uses as b)' me the sd Ricliard BroZ'-'n 
herein do & shall limit (^t appoint in this my last 
Will do therefore will order gi\-e & devise as follow- 
eth — Imp""' — I gi\'e devise & bequeath unto my 
beloved wife Dorothy ye moiety or half part of my 
farm during her widowhood and in case she my 
sd wife shall happen to remarry then to have hold & 
enjoy ye one third part thereof during her natural 
life she being at ye one half part of ye charge during 
her widowhood & one tliird part during her natural 
life for the better & more comfortable manage'^-' 
thereof — Also I do give unto my beloved wife all 
other mv other moveable estate of wliat kind soever 
except what shall be otherwise disposed of in this my 
last will & testanit for her my sd wife & childrens 
more comfortable maintenance & also to dispose 
thereof to all or soe many of my daughters as shall 
belonging or come to their respective ages of Eight- 
een years or days of marriage which shall first hap- 
pen in such part or proportion as to her my s^ beloved 
wife their mother shall seem most meet & conve- 
nient — Item — It is my Will & I do hereby order 
that my beloved wife shall have hold & Enjoy ye full 
use & sole command of all my dwelling house during 



n 



2 1 S Early Long Is la nd V. Ills. 

lier widowhood onl}' & in case slie sliall happen to 
remarry tlien to have her choice which part she will 
take for her more comfortable being with a request 
& a desire to her that in case m}- tX'ltst son Rich a rd 
shall happen to marr)- to her good liking & behave 
himself in honor S; dut\- towards her that then she 
would permit n:y sd son to make use of such a part 
thereof as she shall or may appoint to him — Item 
I do give devise & bequeath unto my son Rudiard 
all my farm on ye Oyster pond lower neck with all 
the meadow on ye whole neck also one piece of 
meadow called Sam' Ivings meadow also one first 
lot of upland in ye oyster pond upper neck that is 
to say the one lialf of sd farm when my sd son 
shall attain unto ye age of twent\' one years, two 
thirds of sd farm in case my wife his mother shall re- 
marry and the whole after his mothers decease with 
all )'e housing barn orchard fence & fencing there- 
upon standing or lying to have & to hold unto my sd 
son Richard his heirs & assigns forever to )'e onl)' & 
sole use of him my sd son his heirs & assigns for- 
ever — Also my mind & will is & I do hereby 
order & appoint my son Rich' & for )e considerations 
& enjoym' abo\'es'' to pa\' or cause to be paid unto his 
two j'ounger brothers Henry & David )e sum of 
twenty five pounds current mone}' of the Pnndnce 
when they shall attain to ye age of tv/enty one ^"ears & 
in case either of them shall happen to die then to pay to 
ye survi\'or of them thirty pounds of the like monev — 
Item — I do devise & bequeath unto my son Sariuel 



Suffolk County, looi-ijoj. 219 

Broivii two lots of woodland lying & being in the 
Oyster pond upper neck — also two pieces of meadow 
lying & being by IVillian: Brjun's meadow & the 
other in GideoJi Youngs lot known by ye name of 
Brinley his meadow — Also it is my mind & will & I 
do hereby order & appoint & for my son Samuels 
more comfortable settlement & fencing of the above 
land that upon the di\'ision v:y son Savmels part 
shall be on ye south side to have & to hold the above 
land & meadow to my son Sajniiel his heirs & as- 
signs forever to ye only use & behoof of him my sd 
son his heirs & assigns forever — Item — My mind is 
that my son Saynucl shall allow unto his brother 
Rich'' a sufficient cartway while he comes into the 
common road & it is my mind & will & I do 
hereby order & appoint that if in case my son Rich'' 
shall happen to die without issue lawfully begotten 
or in his non-age then my son Samuel lo enjoy his 
brothers part & to pay unto his two younger brothers 
Horry & David or to ye survivor of them the sum or 
sums of money I have ordered his brother Rich' to 
pay unto them — I give my s'^ son my great bible after 
his mothers death — Item — I do give devise & be- 
queath unto my two younger sons Henry & David 
all my land and meadow equally or to ye survivor of 
them or either of them & to y' heirs & assigns for- 
ever & in case they shall happen to die in their non- 
age then to be & remain unto my sd son Samtiel his 
heirs & assigns forever — Item — I do give devise & 
bequeath unto my beloved wife my meadow at Car- 



220 Early Long Island Wills. 

cJianguc which my father h;nt to my sister HannaJi 
ye late wife oi Join: Reeve for to dispose thereof for 
ye best advantage for her & m\ farnihs more com- 
fortable sustenance always reserving to herself 8; for 
her own benefit use & behoof }-e one third part of 
that & all the rest of my movable estate left to her 
in this my last will — Item — It is my mind ils: will iS: I 
do hereby order & ai-ipoint that in case my son Ri'ch- 
(?;■(/ shall happen to die under the age of twenty one 
years or without issue lawfully begotten & his brother 
Sarnicel enjo\-s his part tlien my two sons Hcirry & 
David shall equally enjoy ye lands & meadow given 
to their brother Samuel — Item — I do give unto my 
two sons Riel/ardSz Sa»iieela\\ my arms to be equally 
divided unto them by y' [Mother vdien they come to 
y' respective age of 21 years — Iteni I do hereb}' 
make authorize & appoint my beloved wife Dorotliy 
Broun ni)' v/hole & sole Executrix of this my last 
Will & testamt. Also to have the whole government 
& guardianship of all m\ children charging all of 
them to carr\- it honorably & dutifully towards their 
Mother before & after the\' shall attain imto their re- 
spective ages — Item — My mind i\: will is iS: I do 
hereby declare that there shall be no advantage taken 
either by my wife all or an)- of my children taken of 
an)'thing that is contained in this ni)' will by an)' words 
that be contained therein or for want of words to ex- 
plain any intentions of mine towards them by law or 
otherwise to create any strife hatred animosities or 
needless chari^e to them or any of them but to take 



Suffolk Count}', idgi-ijoj. 221 

these presents to be ye true & genuine thoughts to- 
wards them yt love & peace may be continued wch. 
is my earnest desire — And lastly I do bequeath my 
soul to ye Almighty & my body to ye earth from 
whence it came in hopes of resurrection to eternal 
life by Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour & Redeemer 
& do appoint these presents to stand in force for & 
last will & testamt in witness whereof I have to this 
my last will & testamt set my hand & seal ye day & 
year first written — 

Richard Brown [Seal] 

Sealed published & declared by the sd Ric¥ Brown 
for & as his last will & testamt. in presence of us wit- 
nesses subscribed — 

John Tuthill 

Sam"^ King 

Caleu Curtice 

Abraham Corye 

Isaac Arnold 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
first day of October Anno Dom 1701 at ye Manor 
of St. Georges in ye County of Suffolk before the 
Hon. Coll. William Smith Judge of the Prerogative 
Court in ye sd County was proved & approved ye 
last will & testamt. of Ricliard Brow7i late of 
S'kold m y& sd County deceased July 11 1701 who 
by his sd will did nominate & appoint Dorothy his 
wife his Executrix to whom was granted the admin- 
istration of ye goods & chattels of ye sd deceased. 



222 Early Long Island Wills. 

In ye name o! God Amen I Jolin Moyehous''' 
being weak in body but of perfect strength of mem- 
ory & not knowing ye time of ni)- ap[Jointed change 
make this my last will & testamt. as followeth. 
First I give unto my two daughters Mary & Phebe 
lilorehouse each of then; one good feather bed & 
each of them one chest & all the goods that are now 
in a chest that was my wifes chest equally to be 
divided between them my sd two daughters & also I 
do give unto my sd two daughters Mary & Phebe 
Morc/iouse each of them sixty pounds in pay all 
which to be paid to my sd two daughters as they 
shall come to ye age of seventeen years & also each 
of them one bolster filled with feathers — All the rest 
of my estate both real & personal I gi\e unto my 
son John Morehouse he paying the legacies as is 
above mentioned & I do make him my sd son 
John Morehouse whole & sole Exect' of this my 
will tSc testament. In Witness whereof I have 
hereunto set my hand & seal this lo'" day of 

I\Iay 1 701 — 

John Morehouse [Seal] 

Signed & Sealed in ye presence of 

Henry Pierson 

Benoni Flint 

I do desire yt Henry Pierso>i 8c Theopliilus Hoiv- 
ell would see that this my will be duly Executed. 

" John Morehouse lived at Sagg in Southampton on the homestead 
and farms lately belonging to Cassander W. Hedges. 



Suffolk County, iSgi-ijoj. 223 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
4 day of December Anno Dom 1701 at ye Manor of 
St. Georges in ye County of Suffolk before ye 
Hono'''"= Coll JVilliam Smith Judge of the Preroga- 
tive Court in ye sd County was proved & approved 
ye last Will & testamt of John MorcJwuse late of 
Bridge hampton in ye sd County deceased on ye 10 
day of Oct. Anno Dom. 1701 who by his sd will did 
nominate & appoint John JMoreJiouse his son his 
Executor to whom was granted the administration of 
the goods & chattels of ve sd deceased. 



In the name of God Amen — August ye 9"" in ye 
year of our Lord God 1701 I James Heyricke''^ of 
S'hampt. in ye County of Suffolk upon ye Island of 
Nassau & Province of IN'ew York Yeoman being 
very sick & weak in body but of perfect mind & 
memory (thanks to God) calling to mind ye mortal- 
ity of my body & knowing that it is appointed for 
all men once to die do make & ordain this my last 
Will & testamt. that is to say principally & first of 
all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of 
God that gave it & for my body I recommend it to 
ye earth to be buried in a Christian & decent manner 
at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting 
but at ye gen' resurrection I shall receive the same 

'■' James Herrick lived on the east side of main street of Southamp- 
ton, on the homestead now owned by Henry Post. His wife Sarah was 
the daughter of Peregrine Stanborough. The path used in old times 
to go to the ancient burying ground went through his home lot. 



224 Barlv Long Is/a ii'J Wills. 

again by the might)- power of God — And touching 
such worldl}' estate as God hath blessed me with in 
tliis life I give & dispose of in this following manner 
& form — Imp'^" I give to Sara'i my dearl)- beloved 
wife one third of my lands during her natural life — 
At ve expiration whereof it is to be added to the rest 
of my lands & living — I also give unto my sd wife 
one third of my wliole moveable estate wholly & 
solely for her dispose — Item — I give unto my well 
bel<j\ed daughter Sara// Hcrric/cc all the rest of my 
land housing & barns orchards &c — or )'e sum of 
three score pounds good & lawful monc)' to be raised 
& levied out of my estate together with two thirds 
of my moveable estate & my lot & meadow at little 
Hog neck by her freely to be possessed iS: enjoj-ed 
for ever — Item — I make constitute & ordain Sara/i 
my well belo\ed wife together with my dear brother 
T/iomas Heryickt the Executors of this my last will 
S: testamt, alwa\'s provided that my daughter Sara/i 
be continued under her mothers care «& that the 
aboves'^ portion given to my daughter Sara/i be left 
in m)' wifes hands for my daughters education until 
she shall come of ye age of eighteen years or until 
marriage only provided yt ye sd portion in quantity 
& value be no ways diminished I also give unto my 
s"* daughter Sara/i my melatto boy 6^£v;-^^ for her self 
(& service for ever — Item — I gi\'e unto mj- well re- 
spected brother T/ionias Herrickc all my wearing 
clothes & apparel for himself & dispose together 
with my sword & gun — Also pro\'ided that if m}- sd 



Suffolk County, ibgi-ijoj. 225 

brother Tliomas see cause to pay unto my dear wife 
Sarah the sum of sixty pounds good & lawful money 
in ye behalf 6i upon the account of himself for ye 
proper use benefit & behoof of my da^jghter Sarah 
that then I give unto him two thirds of the housing 
& lands the land at little Hog neck only excepted — 
But if m\' s'^ daughter die without issue that ye whole 
of my daughters portion b}' me given her shall be my 
brother Thoruases the land at Hog neck & the house- 
hold stuff excepted which land &c is to be returned 
to my wife Sarah Herricke — And I do hereby utterly 
disallow revoke & disannul all & every other former 
wills & testamts. legacys & bequests & Executors by 
me any way before this time named willed & be- 
queathed ratifying & confirming this & no other to 
be my last will & testamt. In Witness Whereof I 
ha\'e hereunto set my hand & seal ye day and year 
above written. James Herricke [Seal] 

Signed sealed published pronounced declared by 
ye said James Herricke as his last will «& testamt. 
in presence of us — 

William Herricke 

Aarox Burxett 

Nath. Wade 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on the 
7'''- day of Decemb. 1701 at Southamptov. in ye County 
of Suffolk before the Hono'''" Coll W'" Smith Judge 
of ye Prerogative Court in ye s'^ County was proved 
& approved the last will & testamt. of Ja»ies Her- 



226 Early Lo)ig Island Wills. 

ricke late of S' hauipt. aboves'^ deceased on ye i6day 
of August Anno Dom. 1701 who by his s'^ last will 
did nominate & appoint SaraJi his wife & Tliomas 
Hcyyicke his brother his Executors to whom was 
granted the administration of the goods & chattels 
of the s"" deceased. 



In )e name of God Amen — Soiitliold this I4''"- of 
Oct. 1692 \ Janit's Panliall o{ the town of S' hold 
in ye Count)- of Suffolk ujjon Long Island in ye 
Province of X. ^'ork. being weak in body but of 
sound memory do ordain (S; establish these presents 
to be my last will tN: testamt. in manner & form 
following — First — I bequeath my soul to Jesus 
Christ my merciful Redeemer (X; my bod)- to )-e 
earth by decent burial in )-e assuretl hopes of its 
resurrection again at )-e last day ct as to m)- out- 
ward estate all m)- just debts being first paid & 
funeral charges allowed for by ni\' Elxecutors I do 
will & dispose of as followeth — Imp'^-' I do give 
and bequeath unto my two sons hratl 8; David all 
my accommodations of both upland l^ meadow to 
them & their heirs forever equally to be divided be- 
tween them two only my eldest son hracl is to have 
the eastermost side of this my accommodation of 
upland in Ociahankt- w^ith all the improvements 
thereupon that is to say n-i)- dwelling house barn 
outhouses fences orchards & improved lands — also 
my will is that all my implements of husbandry iSc 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i"oj. 227 

arms be equally divided between my sd two sons. 2'*' 
I do give & bequeath to my beloved wife one bed 
with all the furniture thereunto belonging — 4'^ 
Further I do give & bequeath her choice of my 
Indian Girls also my will is that my wife enjoy 
one room of my dwelling house & half my orchard 
during her widowhood and no longer — 5''' I do give 
& bequeath to my eldest daughter Alary one bed 
with all ye furniture thereunto belonging Also I 
give unto my sd daughter my other Indian Girl — 6'>' 
My will is yt all ye rest of my estate shall be equally 
divided between my wife & all my surviving children 
— f''' My will is yt & if my two grown Indian sla\'es 
do serve faithfully five years (that then & not else 
they shall be free) Lastly — My mind & will is yt 
my beloved brothers in \7\.\\'Jo/m Gardiner'"' 81 David 
Gardiner together with my friend lil" Thomas Mapes 
be Executors to this my last Will & testamt. 
And I do advise them to put out my two sons to 
such trades as they shall incline to learn for the con- 
firmation hereof I have hereunto set my hand & 
fixed my seal in Soutliold this 14 day of Oct. in ye 
year of our Lord God 1692. 

James P.\rshall [Seal] 
Signed sealed published «& declared before us 

Evan Davi.se 

Samuel Swazy 

Tho. Mapes 

" James Parshall married Elizabeth, daughter of David Gardiner, the 
second proprietor of Gardiner's Island. They were married previous to 
March 26, 16S0. 



228 Early Long Island Wills. 

By the tenor of these presents Know ye yt on ye 
28 day of Oct. 1 701 at ye Manor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before ye Hono'"- Coll William 
Sraitli Judge of the Prerogative Court in ye sd 
County was proved & approved ye last will & 
testamt of Ja)}:tS Par shall late of S' hold in ye said 
Count)' deceased on ye 15 day of Sept. 1701 v/ho by 
his s- will did nominate and appoint his brothers in 
law John & David Gardiner & Thomas Alapcs his 
Executors — and the administration of the goods & 
cliattels of ye sd deceased was granted to ye. sd 
David Gardiner & Thomas Mapcs. 

By the Hono'''' Coll William Smith Judge of the 
Prerogative Court in }e County of Suffolk &C. To 
all to whom these presents shall come Greeting, 
Know ye that whereas Cliarlcs Bootli''- late of Sdiold 
in )-e County of Suffolk departed this life on }e 3'' 
day of Dec' 1700 leaving no E.xecutor & Abigail l\\<t 
widow of the deceased for certain causes her there- 
unto justly moving hath pra}-ed that ye administra- 
tion of ye goods & chattels of the s' deceased may 
be granted unto her — To whom was granted ye sd 
administration on ye 2S day of Oct. 1702 with full 
power to ask demand sue for receive & recover all & 
singular the goods chattels and credits whatsoever 
to ye dec"" afores'^ belonging or any ways appertain- 
ing by all lawful ways & means w'soever — In ye first 

'' Charles Booth v.-as son of John Booth. He had brothers Thomas 
and John. He married Abigail, daughter of Barnabas Horton. 



Suffolk County, i6gr~rjoj. 229 

place paying those debts whereby ye sd dec'' stood 
obliged at ye time of his death as far as ye lawful 
goods & credits of ye sd dec'' may to this Extend 
taking her oath truly to administer )'e same & to 
make or cause to be made a true«S: perfect inventory 
of ye sd goods chattels & credits which shall or may 
come to her hands possession or knowledge & 
further to give a just & true acct. in & concern- 
ing ye sd administration at or before ye 2S day of 
April next ensuing ye date hereof. 



By Coll WillicDn Smith Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye County of Suffolk &c. To all to whom 
these presents shall come Greeting Know ye that 
v/hereas Sinioji Iiige-rsoll ''' late of Huntington in ye 
sd County Husbandman departed this life on ye 8 
day of January Anno Dom 1701 leaving no Execu- 
tor & Thomas Scitdmore of ye said place for certain 
causes him thereunto justl}' moving hath prayed that 
ye administration of ye goods & chattels of ye sd 
deceased to him, to whom was granted ye said ad- 
ministration Dec' ye 15 1702 with full power to ask 
demand sue for & recover all & singular ye goods 
chattels & credits w'soever to ye deceased afores*^ be- 
longing or any ways appertaining by all lawful ways 
& means w'soever — In ye first place paying those 
debts whereby ye sd. deceased stood obliged at }'e 
time of his death as far as ye lawful goods & credits 

" Simon IngerioU was son o£ John (see Note "). 



230 Early Long Ishnni Wills. 

of \'e sd dec'^ may to this extend taking his oath 
truly to administer }'e same & to make or cause 
to be made a true & perfect inventory of ye sd 
t^^oods chattels & credits which shall or may come 
to his hands possession or knowledge & to give a 
true & just account in & concerning )e sd admin- 
istration at or before ye 15 da)' of June next. 



By Coll IVilliaui Snn'f/i Judge of ye Prerogative 
Court in ye County of Suffolk (5y:c. 

To all to whom these presents shall come Greet- 
ing Know ye that wdiereas Isaac Corey'''' late of 
S' hold in ye County of Suffolk Husbandman de- 
parted this life on ye 8'^ day of March Anno Dom 
170' leaving no Executor & 6^;-^/^ his widow for cer- 
tain causes her thereunto justly moving hath prayed 
that ye ailministration of all & singular ye goods & 
chattels of ye sd dec'' may be granted to her — to 
wdiom was granted ye sd administration May ye 21 
I 70:! with full power to ask demand sue for recei\e 
& recover all & singular ye sd goods & chattels 
by all lawful ways & means w'soever in }-e first place 
paying those debts whereby )'e s^ dec'' stood obliged 
at ye time of his death as far as }-e lawful goods 
& credits of ye sd dec^ will to this extend taking 
her oath truly to administer ye same & to make or 
cause to be made a true and perfect inventor)' of ye 

■" Isaac Corey was son of John Corey, who in 1639 bought a house and 
lot of John Budd. but was objected to by the neighbors as being a 
Quaker. In 1680 his father conveyed to him all his lands. 



Suffolk County, iSgi-ijoj. 231 

sd goods & chattels which shall or may come to her 
hands possession or knowledge & to give a true acct 
in & concerning ye sd administration at or before ye 
21 of Nov. next. 



In ye name of God Amen, the sixth day of June 
in ye year of our Lord God 1702 I Lot Burnat'°- of 
ye town of S' Iia»iptoi: in ye County of Suffolk & 
Province of New York Cordwainer being very sick 
& weak in body but of perfect mind and memory 
thanks be to God therefor, calling to mind ye mor- 
tality of my body & knowing it is appointed for all 
men once to die do make & ordain this to be my last 
will & testamt. that is to sa)', principally & first of all 
1 give & recommend my soul into ye hands of God 
that gave it & for my body I recommend to ye earth 
to be buried in a Christian like & decent manner at 
ye discretion of my Executors — And as touching such 
worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless 
me in this life I give devise & dispose of ye same in 
)'e following manner & form — Imp""' I give & be- 
queath to my wife Plicbc during her natural life one 
half of all my housing & lands meadows & orchards 
yt I have in ye bounds of ye town of S' hampton 
aforesd & ye one half of my moveable estate of w' 

™ Lot Burnett was son of Thomas Burnett, a very early settler. His 
homestead was at Flying Point, and now owned by Luther D. Burnett. 
A place on east side of Fish Cove at Northsea still bears the name of 
" Lot's Orchard," and a road in the woods north of Bndgehampton is 
called " Lot's Path," and both probably derive their names from him. 



233 Early Loig Island Wills. 

nature or kinJ or wheresoex'er to be founJ in ye sd 
County of Suffolk forever — And I gi\c & bequeath 
to ni\- eldest son Joseph ye one half of all ni}' land 
housing & barn & orchard & meadow yt I ha\e in }'e 
bounds of S' /!a»:pto>t forever *?\: at his mothers de- 
cease all ye other half of sd land housing ^S: barn in 
ye bounds of S'liaynpt. afores'^ the half of my orchard 
onh' Excepted which I have hereafter given to my son 
JosipJi. Imp''" I gi\e and bequeath unt(_) my son 
David Durnat to his heirs & assigns fure\L-r ye abo\'e 
named moiety or half of m\' orchard at his mothers 
decease & all tliat ni}- certain house & accommoda- 
tions of land 6c meadow at a place commonly known 
by ye name of Colia):icy in ye bounds of ye tou-n of 
I-'aii-Jitdd in ye Pro\ince of West Jersey in America. 
Imp" ' I gi\-e S: bequeath unto my daughter Sarah 
Fithian ye sum ot ten shill ha\dng rec' her part be- 
fore Item — I give & bequeath unto my six sons 
x\d.va^-)- Joseph David Jonathan jYaiha/! Ephraiiii & 
Samuel Burjial all ye rest of m)' estate not above 
demised & given & disposed to be equally divided 
amongst m)' sd six sons each of them to receive of 
my Executors ye equal six part of all m\- estate not 
demised & given as af ores'* Item — I niake constitute 
& ordain my beloved wife Phelir & my eldest son 
Joseph Bitrnat my Executors of this m\' last Will & 
testamt. to fulfil & Execute this my last Will & 
testamt. according to tenor & form of it & I do 
hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all & 
every other former testamts wills legacys bequests & 



Suffolk Couiiiy, i6gi-ijoj. 27,2, 

Executors b)- me in any ways before this time named 
willed & bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & 
no other to be my last Will & testamt. In Witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal ye day 
& year above written. 

Lot Burxat [Seal] 

Signed sealed published pronounced & declared by 
ye sd Lot Buynat as his last Will & testamt. in ye 
presence of us ye subscribers 

Be-\'j. Foster 

Thos X Smith 

m.irk 

IMatthew Howell 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
i" day of Sept 1702 at ye }*Ianor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before Coll IV'" Smith Judge of 
ye Prerogative Court in ye sd County was proved & 
approved ye last Will & testamt of Lot Biirnat late 
of Southampton in ye sd County dec'^ on ye 16 day 
of June 1 702 who by his sd last Will did nominate & 
appoint Phcbc his wife & Joseph his son his Execu- 
tors to whom was granted ye administration of all 
& singular ye goods chattels & credits of ye sd 
deceased — 



The last Will & Testamt of me Peregrine Stnn- 
broiigh'''^ yeoman of or belonging to S' hampton in ye 

" Peregrine Stanborough was son of Josiah Stanborough, one of the 
original ■' undertakers " of the settlement of Southampton. His home 



234 Early Long Isknid Wills. 

County of Suffolk upon ye Island of Nassau alias 
Long Island within }'c pro\-ince of N. York as fol- 
loweth — First — I having given long since my soul to 
God & Christ do continue v'e same (S; my body to ye 
grave where I expect its glorious resurrection to life 
again at \'e last day — My estate as followeth — i. I 
give to my behaved wife Sarah half ni)' housing & 
barn after my decease with a third of m)- land at 
home & a third of that wliere my son John now 
dvvelleth her third to lye on ye east side next Theo- 
dore PiersoHS land she kee[jing up the third of ye 
fence I gi\'e also to ni)' wife Ele\'en head of Cattle 
two of them Oxen ye other nine as the)- rise — I give 
her also one horse twenty sheep ye bed we l)'e on 
with all ye furniture to it or what she jileaseth — I 
give her her trunk & box with what is in them & ye 
four score poimds in money that her father willed 
her, forty of it being in her trunk and ye- other forty 
pound to be paid by her son in law Jonathan Struh- 
/a>id with all ye moveables in ys house yt were her 
fathers, saving ye books that ha\-e ye childrens names 
in them & three which I gi\'e to our Minister Ebe7i- 
ezer IVhite having his name in them — I gi\-e also to 
my wife an iron pot a warming pan a frjdngpan brass 

lot and that of his father before him was at Sag]^', on the south side of 
Bridge Lane, and still known as " Stanborough Lot." His wife Sarah 
was the eldest daughter of Rev. Thomas James. Peregrine Stan- 
borough was probably the first white child born in Southampton. His 
tombstone in the Sagg bur)-ing ground bears the inscription: "Mr. 
Peregrine Stanborough, Deacon in ye Parish, departed this life Jan. ye 
4. 1701, in ye 62 year of his Age." 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 235 

scillet box iron — I gi\'e her also my Negroes Jl'ill & 
Isabel wlihyc bed and bedding they lye on — 2. I give 
to my son John Stanbrough & to his heirs forever 
after my decease half of my housing & barn with two 
thirds of my land at home & ye other third of land & 
housing to return to him upon his mothers decease 
or marriage. I give also to my son fo/ui all that 
tract of land lying between Col. Pieysons & Caft. 
Toppifigs land — 3. I give to my son Ja7iics Stan- 
brough & to his heirs forever after my decease all yt 
house that his brother fo/in now lives in & all that 
land lot or lots bounded with Tlieodore Piersons on 
}'e east & ye highway on ye southwest & north & a 
fifty of commonage if my wife outlive me then she 
shall enjoy a third of that land above specified & 
after her death to return to ye sd James Stanbrough 
& his heirs forever — 4. I give to my daughter Otroe 
after my decease nine cattle as they rise young and 
old fifteen sheep one mare a bed bolster a p' of fine 
sheets & two other pair two blankets a rugg a cover- 
let one of ye chest of drawers her chest & box with 
what is in them ye pewter I give her, an iron pot & 
a brass kettle which she will one iron tranell also a 
woollen & linen wheel which she will — 5. I give to my 
daughter Hannah wife to John Lupton besides what 
she has had that cow and )'e money that son Ltipton 
owes me & ten acres of land lying hy Elisha Howells 
land on ye other side Sag pond & after their death I 
give it to my grand so nyiji-z^/^ Ljipton & his heirs for- 
ever — 6. I give to my daughter Alary ye wife of 



236 Early Loig Islap.d Wills. 

Jonathan Strickland twelve acres of land lying next 
to tiiat willed to m)' son Lupton provided Jonathan 
Strickland pay to ni)' youngest daughter Anne nine 
pounds in current money of this Province when Anne 
comes of age if not six acres of }'e twelve to return 
to Amu- &. her heirs forever but if he pay not my 
wife that forty pounds I willed to her which he is to 
pa)' according to his obligation then I give the other 
six acres to my son John Sta)!l'ro:'.^'i — 7. I give to my 
daughter .S(?r(?// wife o{ James Hcrricke one tv/o year 
old heifer & all my land & meadov; in little Hog neck 
which is a third of ye neck — I give to iier lV her heirs 
fore\'er — 8. 1 give to Eunice my daughter nine cattle 
as they rise fifteen sheep a bed boL-,ter a blanket two 
pr of sheets a rug a coverlet lined her closet & what 
is in it with }-e pewter I gave her & an iron pot & a 
tirass kettle — 9. I give to Elizabeth nine head of cat- 
tle as they rise young and old fifteen sheep a bed 
bolster two pr. of sheets a rug a coverlet a blanket 
her chest with what is in it & pewter I gave her, an 
iron pot a brass kettle & ye least iron kettle — 10. I 
give to Ann my youngest daughter feathers Enough 
to fdl a bed & bolster two pr. of sheets a rug two 
blankets a brass kettle an iron kettle an iron pot my 
chest with what pewter is in it — I give to my son 
James Stanbrough fifteen head of cattle with them 
that are his two of them oxen ye rest little & great 
he giving to his sister Ann nine cattle of cow kind 
when she comes of age as they rise — I <g\\t\o James 
also five & tv.-enty sheep with them he calls his he 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0j. 237 

giving to his sister y^w;;;.' fifteen good sheep when she 
comes of age — I give also to Javi-ss the bed he lyes 
on a blanket & rug which his sisters leave a pr. of 
sheets or two pr. if there be any left he giving to 
Anne four pounds current money — If not to make 
good to her \'e ware when she comes of age — I give 
to my 'iow James a gun a sword a plow chain a horse 
chain an axe a hoe }'e choice of them his chest & 
what is in it half of my clothes saving my cloake 
which I give to my son JoJr,i v/ith ye other half of 
my clothes 6c James to enjoy his own horses which 
he calls his — I give to my son Jo/'di ye land on ye 
other side ye pond yt is left not already given away 
he paying to Olive nine pounds current money of this 
Province or Equivalent unto Eunice seven pounds in 
money or equivalent & to Eliz's.beth seven pounds 
current money of this Province — I give my daughters 
Olive, Sarah. Eunice, Elizabeth & Anne what money 
is in my chest at my decease to be equally divided 
amongst them — I gi\'e to my wife the Trundle bed a 
cotton rug blankets & sheets if there be any left & 
one of 3'e flaggons — I gi\'e to m)" daughter Martha 
ye other flaggon & to her daughter Abigail yt iron 
pot yt is in your possession — I give to my grandson 
Josiah Stanbroiigh a gun & sword — I give to my 
grandson David Lupton a gun & weaned calf & I 
give to Hannah Luptotis little child Sarah ye least 
pewter tankard — I give to Sarah Hcrricks child a y'' 
old heifer & to Rittlis child if she comes my wife 
shall gi\e a cow & ten sheep I constitute my be- 



23S F.arly Long Island Wills. 

loveJ wife Sarah my son John Stanbrough & my 
SOP. JaiiU's StiDibrougli to be Co. or joint Executors 
of this my last Will & testamt — I desire my good 
friends Ebciitzey JVhite & Thcopliilus Hoz.'cll to be 
overseers of this my will for ye due performance of 
ye same for ye ratihcation & confirmation of this m\' 
last Will & testamt. I do set to my hand & tl.x my 
seal this seventeenth of May 1699 & in ye 1 1 year of 
his i\Ia'>'' reign King JVilliain 3'' of Great Ijritain 
France & Ireland defender of ye faith whom God 
preserve & save — 

Peregrine St.a.xrurgh [Seal] 
Subscribed & sealed in presence of us 

TiiEOPHiLus Howell 

Theodore Piers(jn 

Ebexezer White 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
2'' day of Se[)t. Anno Dom. 1702 at ye Manor of St 
Georges in ye County of Suffolk before Coll Williayn 
Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye sd County 
was proved & approved ye last Will & testamt of 
Pt-rcgritie Stanbiif'gh late of S'/ianipto>i in \-e sd 
County deceased on ye 15 day of Jan*' 170^ who by 
his sd will did nominate & appoint his beloved wife 
Sarah his sons /oh/i Sc/az/us Sianburgh his joint 
Executors & ye administration of all & singular ye 
goods & chattels of ye sd deceased was granted to 
them — 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 239 

In ye name of God Amen I Henry Picrso>r° be- 
longing to S' /iampto?i in ye County of Suffolk on 
Island of Nassau in ye Province of New York being 
thro Gods goodness in perfect strength of memory 
though weak in body & not knowing ye day of my 
appointed change do make this my last Will & tes- 
tamt as followeth — First — bequeath my soul to God 
who gave it & my body to ye earth decently to 
be buried & as for yt estate which it hath pleased God 
to bless me with I dispose of it as followeth — I give 
unto my eldest sox\ John Piersoii his heirs & assigns 
forever my home lot with all ye housing & fencing 
thereupon & also all my beach close & also two lots 
of land in Hog neck No. 39 & No. 47 & also all my 
land & swamj) at )-e head of Sag swamp & also all 
my meadow at }-e North side at )'e great meadow & 
at Sniitlis meadow & also a quarter of a share at 
RIcLxntakconz horse two o.\en two cows& ten sheap — 
I give unto my son David Picrson to him his heirs 
& assigns forever all that piece of land l}'ing in 
Bridgehampton on ye West side of ye street bounded 
with ye land of Rob^ Norris Stephen Hedges & Josiah 
Hand on ye South ; with Sag pond on ye West ; 
with ye land of ye sd Norris on ye North, & with ye 

'" Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pierson was son of Henry Pierson, for 
many years Town Clerk of Southampton. He lived at Sagg on the east 
side of the street, next south of the homestead of late Richard Lester. 
It remained in the hands of his descendants for generations, and was 
last owned by David Emmet Pierson. Colonel Pierson was Speaker of 
the Assembly for many years, and one of the most prominent men of 
his day. His tombstone says he died November 15, 1701, in the fiftieth 
year of his age. 



240 Early Long Island Jl'ills. 

street on ye East thereof i^c also all my meadows at 
iVcy'izr/- ls: also one half quarter of a share at Mean- 
take i^ one horse two steers of 3 year old lN: two 
cows iS: ten sheep iS: twenty five pound in money or 
what shall be equivalent vv-hen he shall come to ye 
age of twenty one years — I give unto my son TJie- 
ophilus Peirsofi all yt piece of land yt I bought of 
ill' /'ere^n'ne Slanburgh called ye Swamp Close & 
also two fifty pound allotments of land in Hog neck 
one of which was my fathers No. 41 ye other I bought 
of Benjamin Foster No. 20 all which said land I 
give unto him ye sd Tluopliilui I'einoi his heirs & 
assigns for ever — Also one horse two steers two cows 
ten sheep iN: twenty five pounds in money or what 
may be equivalent thereto when he shall come to 
yc age of twenty one )ears & also one Eighth 
part of a share at Meantake I give unto my two 
younger sons Abrahain Peirson &.Josiah F'eirson "^ to 
them their heirs & assigns forever equally to be 
divided all yt piece of land which I bought of ye town 
of S'/ia/npton & of Cliristopher Learning called ye 
wood close bounded with a highway on ye south with 
ye land of Tlieopliilns Hoicell & ye parsonage land 
on ye' East with ye land of Capt Topping Benoni 
Flint and common land on north with ye land of 
L\obt. Norris & a highway on ye West thereof & 
also a fifty pound commonage throughout ye bounds 
of S'/iantpton Sz also four acres of land lying in 
S'hauipton join to ye east end of ye lot of Joseph 
Peirsofi & I do give unto each of them my sd two 

*See note, p, 273. 



Suffolk County, i6gi~ijoj. 241 

sons Abraliam Scjosiah Pcirso7i twenty five pounds 
in money one horse two steers two cows & ten 
sheep as they shall come to ye age of twenty one 
years, but if it shall please God to take away any of 
my sons by death before they come to ye age of 
twenty one years then his or their part so taken away 
shall be equally divided amongst those of my sons 
surviving — I give unto my three daughters Hantiah 
Pcirson Sara/t Ptirso?: & Jl/ary Peirson each of them 
one hundred pounds current money of this Province 
or what may be equivalent thereto when they shall 
come to ye age of twent\' years or at ye day of their 
marriage as it shall be demanded, but if any of my sd 
daughters shall be taken away by death before they 
shall come to ye age of twenty years or marriage 
then her or their part so taken away shall be equally 
divided among ye rest of my children then surviving — 
I do make my well beloved wife Siisaunah Peirso>i 
whole & sole Executrix of this my last will & testamt 
& my will is that my sons as they come to fitting age 
shall-be teached to reade & write well & bound out to 
trades — In Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand 
& seal this 28 day of August 1701 — And I desire il/' 
Ebcnezer White & Brother Abraliam Ho'tvell to be 
overseers to my children & see that this my will be 
duly executed — Hexrv Peirson [Seal] 

Signed & sealed in presence of us 

Bexoni Flint 

Theo. Peirson 

Jn° Morehos 



242 Early Long Ishnid Wills. 

By ye tenor of these presents know ye that on ye 
2"^ day of Sept. 1702 at )'c Manor of St. Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before Colonel William Smith 
Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye sd County was 
proved li approved ye Last Will iS; Testamt. of 
Henry I'eirsou late of S'/ta>upton in ye sd. ("ounty 
deceased on ye 4 da)' of Nov. Anno Doni. 1701 who 
by his sd last will did nominate & appoint Susainiali 
his wife his Sole Executri.x tf) whom was granted the 
administration of all & singular ye goods & chattels 
of ye sd dec'^ &c. 



In ye name of God Amen I ]]'illiam Jlarkcr'' of 
S' lianiptoii in )'tj County of Suffolk & Province of 
i\'ew York Gent, being of sound and perfect health 
cs; understanding thanks be to Almighty God for ye 
same & knowing ye frailtyes of this life that I must 
die & not knowing how soon have therefore made & 
do ordain & constitute this to be my last will & 
testamt, hereby revoking & making void all former 
& other wills 6c deeds of gift by me heretofore made 
& sealed before ye date of these pjresents — Imp""' I 
bequeath my soul into ye hands of my creator who 

*' William Barker was probably the first storekeeper in Southamp- 
ton. His home lot was on the east side of main street, and the second 
lot north of Toilsome Lane. Part of this lot is now owned by Edward 
H. Foster and part by George R. Howell. M. A., the distinguished his- 
torian, whose unwearied labors to preserve the history of his native 
town need no praise from us. William Barker owned a warehouse on 
BuUshead Bay at Seponack, at the north end of the east line of Shine- 
eock Hills. The place is still known as ■■ Barker's Island." 



...,J. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 243 

j gave it me in hopes of everlasting pardon for all 

\ my sins & iniquities committed against him in & 

1 through the meritorious death & passion of our 

■ blessed Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ — I also 

\ bequeath my body to ye earth to be decently buried 

\ & interred and as for such worldly goods as it hath 

- pleased God to endow me withall I give & bequeath 

■; in manner & form following — Item — I give & 

\ bequeath unto my trusty friend ^l/'' Abraham Hoi^'cll 

\ Gentleman of Southampton ye sum of fifty pounds 

\ current money of New York & leave one of my 

', Executors of this my last will & testamt. Item — I 

\ give & bequeath unto my trusty friend John Wicke 

\ Seargemaker of S' Itampton all my housing & land I 

• bought oi John Jagoe during his natural life & twenty 

pounds of current money of New York & leave him 

I my other joint Executor of this my last will & 

1 testamt. Item — I give & bequeath ux\\.o Job U^icke 

j son of Joltn Wicke aboves'' all my lands within ye 

I bounds of Southampton afores** together with ye 

house I now dwell in 6c household goods that shall 

1 be therein & after ye decease of his said {3.\.\\e.r John 

\ Wicke to Job JTickt' and his heirs forever ye other 

\ house — Item — I give & bequeath unto Sibill Hon'cll 

\ daughter of Jno Howell dec"* twenty pounds of cur- 

j rent money afores'' Item — I give & bequeath unto 

I Mary Hoioell widow of John Howell dec** a ring of 

\ five pounds afores'' Item — I give & bequeath unto 

\ Thomas Herricke five pounds as afores"* Item I 

give & bequeath unto John Burt son of Sarmiel 



244 Early Long Isl.ind Wills. 

Burt of N. York ten pounds as afores' Item — I 
give & bequeath unto my cousin Anne Lca^et fifty 
in money afores'' if living Item — I give & Lcqueati: 
unto Artlinr Daince apprentice lo John M'lckc to bu\' 
him a loom in money h\'e pounds — Item I gi\'e & 
bequeath to ye poor of S' ha»:pton fi\'e pounds in 
money afores' Item — I give ts: bequeath to Mr. 
Joseph \\'hiti)ig minister of S' liartptoii five [jounds 
in money afores'' Item — I give & bequeath all }-e 
remaining part of m)- estate both real & personal my 
farni upon Staten Island & houses in New York 
after my debts & funeral expenses being paid & 
legacies abo\'e bequeathed are paid Ci satisfied I 
give & bequeath unto m\- cousin Mary IMcnty 
daughter of my Uncle Malthcw Barka- Esq to her 
& her heirs fore\'er — In testimony whereof I ha\'e 
hereunto set m\' hand & atnxcd m}- seal this six- 
teenth da\' of INIarch Anno Dom one thousand six 
hundred and nine alias 1700, 

William Barker [Seal] 

Signed sealed & declared by yl/' ]\'"' Barker to 
be ye last will & testmt in ye presence of us under- 
written. 

JoHX Howell 

Thomas Howell 

James Clarke 

By ye tenor of these presents know )-e that on )-e 
14 day of Sept. 1702 at ye Manor of St. Georges in 
ye Count)' of Suffolk before Coll M'llliam Smith 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i-oj. 245 

Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye sd County was 
proved & approved ye last will & testamt of IV'" 
Barker Esq. deceased at N'. York who by his sd 
will did nominate & appoint Abram Howell & John 
Wicke his Executors as per ye sd Will may appear to 
whom was granted ye administration of all & singu- 
lar ye goods chattels & credits of ye sd deceased. 



In ye name of God Amen I Caleb Horton •' of 
Soiithold in ye County of Suffolk on Nassau Island 
irt ye Province of N. York Yeoman being in good 
health of body & of sound & perfect memory praise 
be therefore given to Almighty God do make and 
ordain this my last will & testamt. in manner & form 
following — That is to say first & principally I com- 
mend my soul into ye hands of Almighty God hop- 
ing through ye merits death & passion of my Saviour 
Jesus Christ to have full pardon of mj- sins & to 
inherit everlasting life & my body I commit to ye 
earth to be decently buried according to ye discre- 
tion o.f my Executors hereafter named & as touch- 
ing ye disposition of all such temporal estate as it 
hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I 
give & dispose thereof as followeth — First my mind 
& will is yt all my just debts & funeral charges be 
duly & truly paid & discharged by my Executors — 
Item — I do devise give & bequeath unto my beloved 

«- Caleb Horton was son of Barnabas Horton. He was born in 1640, 
and was during his life one of the foremost citizens of Southold. 



246 Early Long IshniJ Wills. 

wife Hester forty shillings yearly & every year to be 
duly paid unto her by my Executors in goods pro- 
visions wheat (S: meal at price current as it passeth 
from man to man as long as she shall remain my 
widow & aliiii my Executors are to cart all )-e fire- 
wood she shall have occasion of for her use she to 
be only at ye cliarge of cutting ye same at some con- 
venient place on ye lands yt was mine & also she 
have liberty to keep 20 dunghill fowls during her 
natural life or widowhood all which is o\er i^ abo\'e 
w' is expressed & agreed upon in writing under my 
hand iX; seal bearing date ye 26 day of April 1699. 
I do give devise & bequeath unto my son Jonathan 
Horto)i all my lands meadows houses barn orchards 
gardens & yards on ye neck it now standeth on ye 
Southside of ye highway (excepting fifty acres more 
or less which I purchased of Isaac Willinan of Soiitlt- 
anipton & all my meadow I purchased of Jcrcuiiah 
Vcili as low as Spring) also I give ni)' son Joiathan 
all my Creak thatch purchased of M' Tiitltill Sivr & 
J/r Tluvnas Mapcs & also sixty acres of land more 
or less adjoining to ye land oi Joint Clcavts 8c also two 
fifths of my great lot of land adjoining to ye land of 
Thomas Tuslen on ye West & West side of said great 
lot that remaineth mine two fifths to be enjoyed by my 
son JoJtathan when he shall attain to ye age of twenty 
years old & to his heirs & assigns for ever to enjoy 
occupy & improve & possess all & every part & 
parcel of ye aboves*^ premises (except what is ex- 
cepted) in his iS: their own proper right use iS: behoof 



Suffolk County, lOgi-ijoj. 247 

provided he shall make no alienation of any part or 
parcel of sd land & meadow before he shall attain 
to ye age of twenty three years old & he my son 
Jonaihati to duly fulfil & perform what agreem' I 
made with Hester my wife before our marriage & 
also what is herein bequeathed unto her in this my 
last will & testamt. & for ye better enabling my son 
Jonathan to perform ye injunctions aboves*^ to my 
widow I do give & bequeath unto him two oxen & 
two cows & one mare & one iron hake he to have 
his choice out of ye three & half my husbandry 
implements of all sorts (excepting my log chain) also 
I give my son Jojiat/ia)i my great table & }'e form 
belonging & my great Bible & a book upon ye 
deceitfulness of mans heart by Jcroniali Dike & a 
commentary upon ye Revelations by David Parens 
S: one flock bed bolster & covering belonging & one 
great chair & half ye hogsheads barrels & corn casks 
& ye loom & what tackling belongeth to ye same — 
Item my mind & will is yt if it soe happen that my 
son Jo7iatlian die without issue then my son David 
& his heirs & assigns to enjoy all ye premises he 
died possessed of — Item — It is my Will & mind yt 
my son Jonathan shall live upon ye farm bequeathed 
to him if it happen yt I die before he come to ye 
age of twenty one years & make ye best improvem' 
that he can to defray ye injunctions laid on him but 
in case he shall neglect to improve ye same my Ex- 
ecutors shall have power to let it out to ye best 
advantage for ye use aboves"* until he shall comply 



24S Early Long Island M'ills. 

provided they let it out but for one year at a time & 
what o\'er[.ilus ma}' be shall be {qx JonatJiaii s use. 

Item — I do give devise & bequeath unto m\' son 
David Ho;-ton fift)' acres more or less -which I pur- 
chased from Isaac ll'illmaiioi Slianipton &.d\sQ ye 
meadow wliich I purchased [xoivx Jcyc»iiali I'ailc so 
low as ye Spring up to ye highway as it v.-as excepted 
above in my %ovi Jonathan s part also three fifths of 
my great lot being ye Eastward jjart of ye sd lot ad- 
joining to j'e land oi John Ricvcs & bounded b}- ye 
Sound iN^orth on ye South by ye land o[ John Rene 
& ye highway & ^-e land of my son Jonalhan on 
ye West also fort}- acres more or less in ye Fort 
Keck & ye meadow I purchased [roiw Jo<e/>h 'i'oiDigs 
adjoining to ye sd. land & also )-e meadow and 
Creek tliatcii purchased by me from my brother 
Joshua Hortoi lying in ye Fort Neck also a second 
lot of meadow I purchased from Coll. John Youngs 
deceased. Also a second lot of meadow I purchased 
from I\I' Chyistopher Yoioigs deceased h'ing and 
being in ye great meadow of Cortchaugue all & E\er)- 
part & parcel of )'e aboves' premises I gi\-e to m)- son 
Daind Ilorton & h.is heirs & assigns for ever to oc- 
cup)' possess & enjoy after he shall attain to ye 
age of 21 }'ears neither shall he alienate anj- part 
thereof until he shall attain ye age of twenty three 
years but in case my son David happen to die v.dth- 
out any lawful issue of his body begotten in wed- 
lock nor any of the lands alienated then all ye sd 
lands (S: meadows to return to my son Jonathan 8z 



Suffolk Coutity, i6gi-ijoj. 249 

his heirs and assigns forever — Also I give unto my 
son David one bible & a commentary on ye ten 
commandments & a book entitled ye .Excellency of 
holy carriage in evil times by Mrs. Burroughs also 
a sermon book by JMr. Jeremy Turner also two oxen 
three cows one horse my log chain half my hus- 
bandry implements & my small eight square table 
one iron hake & half ye hogshead barrels corn casks — 
Item — I do give devise & bequeath unto my grand- 
son )-e eldest son of my son Barnabas Hortot 
deceased all my right of upland in Occabaugtie divi- 
sions & all my shares & allotm" of meadow on both 
sides Peaconnecke River all & every part thereof to 
be enjoyed & possessed by my grandson Caleb Hor- 
ion & his heirs & assigns forever — I do give devise 
& bequeath unto my daughter Mary ye wife of 
Nathaniel Terry one first lot of Commonage & a 
lot of upland in ye last division of ye old town 
bounds to have & to hold forever to her & her heirs 
& assigns forever — Item — I do give devise & be- 
queath unto my youngest daughter Pliebe Norton a 
box & what is in it which was her mother's desire 
before her decease — Also I give her a feather bed 
bolster curtains & valens & two pillows with cover- 
ing & all furniture belonging & one iron pot which I 
shall appoint & one small iron pot about a quart 
& one brim pewter basin yt was her grandmothers & 
one iron hake one box iron & heaters & two cows — 
Item — My mind & will is that my grandson Barna- 
bas Norton shall be put after my decease to William 



250 Early Lo)ig Ishuid Wills. 

M'hitier until he shall attain to 3'e age of one and 
twenty years old to learn ye art tt trade of a 
\vea\'er & to learn to read & write in consideration 
thereof my executors are to deliver to JVillia?/! Jl'/u't- 
irr a cow out of my estate when he shall recei\'e ye 
bo)' he \e sd Jl'hlfu'r to return to }'e bo\' at exjjira- 
tion of his time h.e is to live with him another cow 
as good but in case Jl'illia)!i Jl'lu't/itr i\o not see cause 
to accept )'e boy then ni)' Executors are to jmt him 
to some good place to be educated & brought u]:) to 
j'e childs benefit according to their best discretion — 
Item — It is m)' mind & will yt my son Daz'ul i\{\.(iy 
my decease shall be put to Mr. Joshua ]\'tlls to li\'e 
witli him imtil he attain to ye age of twent}' one years 
old, RI' Welh to profit him in his reading and learn- 
ing him to write & instruct him in carpenter work 
but if il/'' U't'lls refuse I leave my son to disposal of 
m)' executors according to their best discretion for 
my sons good — Item — M)' mind >S; will is that my 
daughter Phebc shall live with her sister Iltstcy 
Mapcs until she shall attain to age to make choice of 
her Guardians but \{ Jonathan Mapes stLiii cause' not 
to accept I lea\e it to ye executors to dis[)ose of her 
to one of her sisters but \cl Jonathan Mapcs ha\'e ye 
first refusal & those of her sisters she shall li\e with 
may & shall ha\'e ye use of her two cows & the three 
cows bequeathed to David Sc }-e use of all ye mead- 
ows given to David until she shall attain to )'e age 
of fourteen }-ears to choose her guardians they 
returning )-e principal good again for ye use as they 



' Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0j. 251 

are bequeathed — Item — I do give devise and be- 
queath unto my two sons JonatJuDi & David my 
■ grandson Caleb Norton all my wearing clothes to be 

; equally divided between them three — Item — I do 

; give & bequeath unto my son David Norton the 

\ feather bed I lye on after my wife Nestcr is remar- 

ried or deceased which shall first happen together 
with furniture shall there belong to it — Item — INIy 
j' will and mind is yt all my just debts shall be truly 

'\ paid & also all necessary charges yt may arise about 

I . ye premises to be paid by my executors out of my 

moveables estate yt is not yet already bequeathed or 
; disposed of by any contract or this my last Will & 

I testamt. saving grain & provisions necessary for 

i my wife & those yt shall remain in ye family — 

j Item I do give devise & bequeath unto my five 

i daughters & one grandchild (viz) Mary ye wife of 

Nathaniel Terry Nainiak ye wife of Ensign Jolui 
\ Booth Nesfer ye wife of Jo?iathan Mapes Abigail y& 

I wife of Benjamin Moor & Phebe my youngest daugh- 

\ ter & Barnabas Norton my grandson all my movea- 

\ ble goods and chattels of what kind or nature soever 

; within doors or without except what is given & 

\ bequeathed by contracts or afores'' in this my last 

I Will and Testamt. & it is to be understood that my 

I beloved wife is to have her choice first of ye house- 

I hold goods for her use during her natural life or 

I widowhood according to our agreem' before mar- 

riage & afterward that part is also to be equally 
divided between my five daughters & grandchild 



252 Early LoNg Island Wills. 

afores** 6c my mind i.-' that my widow shall have ye 
use of ye warming pan during her widowliood iN: 
what estate or goods my wife Hester brought with 
her or ha\'e brouglu since or shall hereafter bring of 
her own estate or )'t was her's together with all her 
wearing clothes of what sort soever she or any of 
her children shall have free liberty to take & dispose 
of ye sanie at their will l^ pleasure i.^ to remove 
them at or before or after her decease without any 
molestation- — 

Item — It is my mind & will yt my Executors may 
be careful to preserve ye timber on Davids and make 
use of none but what may be of pnire necessity until 
he come to enjoy it himself — Item — I do hereby 
make authorize & appoint my son Jonathan Hor- 
ton and N'atlr Terry ik John Booth to be my whole 
tv sole Executors of this m)- last Will <!\: testamt. & 
do hereb}- revoke & call back all former wills & 
bequests & do by these presents appoint this only to 
stand in force for my last Will & Testamt. Witness 
my hand & seal this 30''' da)' of Dec' 1699. 

The uyjnl —f^") of 

Caleb Hortox [Seal] 
Signed sealed & declared by Caleb diorton to be 
his last Will & testamt. in presence of us 
Thomas Mates 
John Goldsmith 
Stephen Bayley 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 253 

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 
14"" day of Oct. 1702 at ye Manor of St Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before Coll William Smith 
Judge of the Prerogative Court in ye sd County was 
proved and approved the last Will & Testamt of 
Caleb Norton late of Soutliold in ye sd County Hus- 
bandman deceased Oct ye 3'' 1702 who by his sd 
Will did nominate & appoint his son Jonathan Mor- 
ton Nathaniel Terry & John Booth his Executors to 
whom was granted ye administration of all & singu- 
lar ye goods chattels & credits of ye sd deceased — 



In ye name of God Amen \ John Corwin Serf^^ of 
Soiithold in ye County of Suffolk & Province of New 
York being aged but in health of body & of a sound 
& perfect memory do make this my last Will & 
Testamt. as followeth, First I bequeath my spirit 
to God that gave it & my body to be decently buried 
in hope of ye resurrection again with Jesus Christ at 
ye last day &c. And for my worldly estate after my 
just debts & funeral charges paid I do bequeath as 
followeth — Imp"'' I give & bequeath to my eldest 
son John Cor-cuin one hundred acres of land lying & 
being at Alattetiicke be it more or less ye land of 
Jonathan Reeve on ye West also one first lot of 
meadow at ye deep creek & all my meadow at ye 
other side of Peaconnucke river & also a third lot of 

'■' John Convin was son of Matthias Corwin and made freeman of 
Connecticut in 1662. 



254 Early Lontr Island Wills. 

upland ag' ye Ir.dian field & one first lot of upland 
on ye North side of \'e hicjhway near ye fresh meadow 
& a third lot of upland on ye Southside of Hog neck 
& one lot of Creek thatch at ye Indian Xccks all .^ 
every part of upland t\: ni-jadowas above recited I do 
give grant & ljci[ueath unto my said son John Cor- 
z^in his heirs and assigns for ever to Ma\'e iS; to 
Hold in his & their own proper right forever &c. 
as also one lot of conunonage to him as aboves' 
&c. 2'^' I give & bequeath unto my second son 
Matthias Cor:c:i: my dwelling house barne tS: home 
lot, also one iSL' twenty acres of Woodland on ye 
Northside of S'/ioll near ye cleft (S; eighteen acres 
of upland aL ye backside lots & a third hjt of meadow 
Eastward lT(}n\ Joli>i Budds & a third lot of meadow 
at ye head o: ye Mill[)ond is; a second lot of 
meadow in pine neck Also one lot of meadow creek 
thatch in Indian Xeck & one lot of commonage all 
which housing barn & lands iS: meadows I give & 
bequeath unto nt}' second son Matthias Comiii & to 
his heirs & assigns forever to [jossess tv Enjo)- in his 
and their own proper right fore\'er &c. 3'' I give S: 
bequeath unto mj' youngest son Sainiiel Comin one 
hundred acres of upland more or less l)'ing & being 
at AFatlctiicke East from ye land of Jojiatliaii RiCZ'C 
as also one first lot of meadow at ye deep creek iv 
a second lot of creek thatch at ye Indian Keck 
together with one lot of commonage to him my sd 
son Saj>i' Coricin to have (S; to hold to him his heirs 
& assigns for ever iSrc. As also I gl\'e one first lot 
laid out at ye \\ ading Ri\er with half ye common- 



Suffolk County. iSgi-ijos. 235 

age belonging yet undivided &c. 4'*' I do give & 
bequeath to my daughter Sarah now ye wife of 
Jacob Osiiian one cow to be dehvered by my Execu- 
tor hereafter mentioned — 5'-' I do give & bequeath 
to my daughter Rebecca now ye wife of Ahram 
Osman one cow to be delivered after my decease — 
6'>' I give & bequeath to my daughter Hannah Cor- 
luin one young cow or cow kind — 7'*' I give & 
bequeath to my daughter Abigail Corivin one j'oung 
cow or cow kind — S'- I give & bequeath to my grand- 
child SaraJi ye daughter of Jabez illapes one cow all 
which is to be delivered after my decease by my 
Executor hereafter mentioned & my horse & my 
plow & plow irons I gi\'e to my son Samuel Corwin 
& all my sheep to be equally divided between my 
two youngest sons & all my daughters equally &c. 
& what carpenters tools I lea\'e to be equally between 
my three sons &c I give my Oxen & cart & wheels 
& one plow with irons & ye bed I lye on to my son 
Matthias Corwin &.c. And all ye rest of my move- 
able goods I give to m\- two )"oungest sons Jllatthias 
Corwin & Sam' Corwin equally to be divided — Also 
I do make & ordain my second son Matthias Cor- 
win my sole Executor to see this my last Will & 
testamt. duly performed & this I declare to be my 
last Will & testamt. as witness my hand & seal this 
26 day of Nov. 1700. John Corwin [Seal] 

Signed & sealed as witnessed by us — 

joshuah w^ells 

James Reeve 

Stephen Bayly 



256 Early Long Island JVi/ls. 

By )'e tenor of tliese presents Know ye yt on ye 
14''' day of Oct. Anno Doni 1702 at ye Manor of St 
Georges in ye County of Suffolk before Co!/ William 
Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye sd. 
Cciunty was pro\'ed & approved ye last Will & 
testamt of Jolni Corzviii late of Soutliold in }'e sd 
County dec'' on 25'" day of Sept. 1702 who by his sd 
Will did nominate & appoint illatt/iias Coriviii his 
son his sole Executor to whom was granted ye 
administration of all & singular ye goods chattels & 
credits of ye sd deceased — 

In ye name of God Amen ye 19"' day of l\Ia\' in 
ye year of our Lord Christ 1702 I Abram Cortv of 
So:il/iol(l in ve County of Suffolk iS; Province of N. 
York in America, Cooper, being in reasonable health 
& strength of body but of perfect mind & sound 
memory thanks be given to God therefor calling 
unto mind }'e mortality of ye bod)' & knowing yt it 
is appointed for all men once to die do make & 
ordain this ni)' last will & testamt (that is to say) 
princii)ally <!^c first of all I gi\'e recommend my soul 
into ye hands of God yt gave it & for my body I 
recommend it to }'e Earth to be buried in a Christian 
like & decent manner at ye discretion of my Execu- 
tors nothing doubting but at ye general resurrection 
I sliall receive ye same again by ye mighty power of 
God & touching ,such worldl}' estate wherewith it 
hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give 
devise & dispose of ye same in ye following manner 



.J. 



Suffolk Cou7ity, 1 6g I- 1 7 03. 257 

& form after my just debts & funeral charges paid — 
Imp"'' I give devise & bequeath unto my well be- 
loved wife for ever to dispose of at her own discretion 
that bed we lye on with all furniture thereunto 
belonging & all household stuff of what kind or 
nature soever Excepting bedding that came to me by 
her father & what I shall hereafter & herein dispose 
of to our children — Also I give to my beloved wife 
one cow one mare ten sheep two swine <S:c. and to 
remain in ye best room in my house so long as she 
continues my widow also to possess all yt land called 
Brushes Neck as it is now Enclosed & half my barn 
& also one third part of ye fruits of both my orchards 
at Hog neck & at ye town & also ye use of yt 
ground on ye Northside my town lot lying to grass 
& ranging from ye Northeast corner of my sd house 
to ye Northwest of ye barn of Richard Benjamin & 
what land my wife do se cause to improve my two 
sons Abrani Corey &. John to till it gratis yearly & 
every year during her widowhood she finding seed 
& diet during ye time the}' work for her & my son 
Abram to keep all that fence at ye town in good 
repair & my son John to keep that in repair at 
Brushes neck & both to provide firewood for their 
mother upon equal charge during her widowhood — 
Item — -I give devise & bequeath unto my eldest son 
Abram Corey all my housing orchard & home lot in 
ye town & all yt land I formerly purchased of Ilf'' 
Budd lying in ye Calves Neck & also all my land in 
ye Northside division & all my meadow land at 



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Early Lorm- Is/uinl ll'il/s. 



Corcliaui^iic iS: half ni)- right of commor.age, Hog 
Neck excepted, all ct ever)- part iX parcel of )-e above 
recited premi.-^es I do hereb}- absolutely- gi\e & be- 
queath unto my sd, son Abva)): Corey & his heirs & 
assigns fore\-er iS:c. Also I give unto m\- sd. son 
Ahrani one horse kind one cow two working cattle 
six sheep two swine one feather bed halfe my wear- 
ing clothes (S: half my implemts of husb;mdry & 
half niy tools of all sorts w'soever &c. I do devise 
\\-ill iS: bec[ueath unto niy second son Jolui Corey & 
his heirs iS: assigns forever all my housing barn 
orchards together with all my land in Hog Neck 
both divided lK: undivided with all my meadow land 
at )e south harbor To Have cv to Holdyt to him my 
sd son Jolm Corey ^ his heirs & assigns forever 
Also I give my son Jolm Corey one horse kind one 
cow two working cattle six siieep two S'Aine one 
feather bed & half m\- wearing clothes & half my 
imi)lemcnts of husbandry & half my tools of all sorts 
also one iron pot 6c pot hooks &- one iron tramell &c. 
I tlo will devise give (SI: becjueath unto ni)- daughter 
jlleiry now ye wife of JV"' Brad/y besides what I lent 
lier at her first marriage one cow five sheep & half 
my land in pine neck to her & her heirs & in case 
she die without issue of her body ye sd land after 
her decease and )'e decease of her husband ye land 
to return to my son Abraiii Corey Sc his heirs (Sic. 
Item — I do will gi\'e devise & bequeath unto my 
daughter Elizabeth now)-eM-ife of Samuel HuteJieson 
besides -^vhat she has already had one good sheep 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i/0S. 259 

&.C. Item — I do will devise give & bequeath unto 
my daughter Dorotliy Corey one feather bed and 
furniture one iron pot one iron trammell one pair of 
tongues one brasse kettle & my best cupboard & 
half my pewter dishes & one cow five sheep & also 
half my land in Pine Neck to her & ye heirs of her 
body & for want of such issue ye sd land to return 
to my son Jolin Corey & his heirs & I do hereby 
order yt my two sons Abraham & John to maintain 
my sd. daughter Dorothy with diet & house room 
gratis until ye day of her marriage &c. Item — I do 
will give & bequeath unto my grandson Elijah 
Hiitchcsoji one horse colt — Item — I do will give & 
bequeath unto my nephew Patiejice Mayhew if she 
shall remain with my executors till she come to age 
according to custom then my will is she shall have 
five sheep besides what I gave her already and also 
twenty shillings current money to be paid by my 
Executors to my sd. Nephew Patience Mayliciu &c. 
Item — M)'mind & will is that neither of my two sons 
Abravi Corey nor Jolm Corey shall have any power 
to alienate nor Exchange any part or parts of their 
lands willed to them by me until they arrive to ye 
full age of twenty five years except with each other — 
Lastly — I do hereby constitute ordain & appoint my 
well beloved wife I\Iargaret Corey & my two sons 
Abrani & John Corey Executrix & Executors no 
wa)-s doubting but they according to their power v.'ill 
faithfully endeavor to so see or cause to be done this 
my last Will & testamt duly performed fulfilled & 



26o Early Long Island Wills. 

Executed according to ye true intent & meaning 
thereof & this I Ahra/ui))i Corey do declare to be my 
last Will & testamt & do hereby revoke renounce & 
make utterly void all former wills or any other 
Executor \vhatsoe\'er but what is herein named & 
ortlained by me as witness niy hand & seal }'e day 
& year first above written. 

AiikAM CoPEV [Seal] 

Abraltani Corey did in }'e presence of us }'e sub- 
scribers declare ye abo\'e written instrument to be 
his last will and testamt. witnessed b}' us 

David Youngs 

Joshua Youngs 

Stephen Bavlev — 

By ye tenor of tliese presents Know ye \'t on ye 
14'" day of Oct. 1702 at ye i\Ianor of St Georges in 
ye County of Suffolk before Coll M'illiani S»iith 
Judge of )'e Prerogative Court in ye sd County was 
proved and approved }-e last Will & testamt of 
Abratn Corey late of SouthhoUl in ye sd County 
deceased on ye lo'^' day of Sept. Anno Dom 1702 
who by his sd last will did nominate & appoint 
Ulargaret his wife & AbraluDU Co'rey 8c Jo/ni Corey 
his Executors to whom was granted ye administra- 
tion of all & singular ye goods chattels & credits of 
ye sd deceased — 



.J. 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 261 

In ye name of God Amen \ Jolui Woodruffc^' of 
ye town of Southampton in ye County of Suffolk & 
' Province of N. York on ye Island of Nassau hus- 

bandman being in health of body & of perfect mind 
& memory thanks be given unto God therefor & 
knowincr its appointed for all men once to die do 
; make and ordain this my last will & testamt, that is 

to say, principally & first of all I give & recommend 
' my soul into ye hands of God yt gave it & for my 

! body I commend it to ye earth to be buried in a 

I christian like & decent manner at ye discretion of 

1 my Ex". And as touching such worldly estate 

i wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this 

j life I give devise & dispose of in ye following 

' manner & form — Imp™' to my dearly beloved wife 

I Hatinah I give & bequeath one third part of all my 

moveable estate after my just debts are paid & 
i 

j «-" John T\'oodrufE was the youngest son of John Woodruff, Sr., who 

i was one of the earliest settlers in Southampton. John Woodruff . Sr., 

' married a daughter of John Gosraer, one of the original Founders, and 

t his oldest son, named John, was adopted by his maternal grandfather 

\ and went with him to Elizabethtown, N. J., and was the ancestor of 

j the'families of the name of Woodruff in that State. 

\ John Woodruff, Sr., had another son also called John, who remained 

, in Southampton, being a curious instance of a man's having two sons 

J of the same name li\-ing at the same time. John Woodruff, Sr., died in 

5 May, 1670. 

! The homestead of John Woodruff, left to son Samuel, was sold by 

; him to Francis Pelletreau, April 12, 172S. The ancient house, which 
stood till %vithin a few years, was the last house on Long Island that 

f retained the old-fashioned rhomboidal panes of window glass once in 

\ general use, and for this reason it was known as the "House with 

! Diamond Windows." The place is now the homestead of Josiah 

J Foster. 



262 Early Long Islcnid Wills. 

funeral charges are deducted & ye one half of my 
dwelling house being ye east end thereof and one 
half of my barn is: half m}- home lot and one third 
part of my laiul at Sel'Lvrinic/ct- & one third part of 
my close adjoining to ye town pond all which parts 
of m)- housing & land as above mentioned to be 
unto m)' sd wife Hannah during her widowhood & 
upon her marriage or decease to return to sucii as I 
shall hereafter in this my last will & testamt be- 
queath unto — Item — I give c^ bequeath unto my 
eldest son Samuel U'oodruffc my house barn & home 
lot with all ye land adjoining thereunto running as far 
Eastward as )'e first cross fence yt separates )-e upper 
end of my land )-t fronts to )-e old town highway 
contcuning in all willi )'e lumie lot afores'' about 
eleven acres of land and all ni)- afores'"' close of land 
adjoining to sd town pond i.\: all m\- land at a place 
commonly known by yt name of S€[io>iiniil-c &: all 
yt my two acres of land or meadow adjoining to J/r. 
Sh^/>/ici!s his land lying in a place called Captains 
Neck & also m\' lot of meadow at Sliiiniccock 8c 
ye one half of my two lots of meadow at a place 
commonly known b\' }-e name of A(]itabaii^itc & a 
hundred pound alotmt of meadow at Scpiviuckc ly- 
ing b\' }'e plum beach all which housing & barn & 
parcels of land & meadow as above mentioned I 
give unto m)- son Savt' ]Voodr2iffe & the heirs of 
his body either male or female forever & for want of 
such heir to be equally divided between my three 
sons namel}' Bcnjaniin W'oodriiffe Nath. Woodruffs 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 263 

& Isaac Jl'oodrnffe & their heirs reserving only to 
his mother such part of s^ housing & land as is 
given to her during her widowhood afores'^ 6!: I also 
give him my sd. son Sa)>i' three quarters of a fifty 
pound alotmt of undivided lands & commonage 
with priveleges thereunto belonging — Item — I give 
& bequeath unto my son Joseph Woodi-jiffc ye sum 
of twenty pounds current money of sd Province to 
be paid him by my Executors hereafter named — 
Item — I give & bequeath unto my son Benjamin 

IVoociruffe his heirs & assigns forever all ye re- 
mainder of my home land fronting to ye old town 
highway aforesaid running westward to ye afores* 
land given to Saui'' part of it fronting to ye highway 
over zg' Joseph Hildriths house & all yt mj- close of 
land lying in )-e ten acre lot & a gore acre of land 
& a lot of meadow lying in Halseys Neck & two 
lots of meadow upon )-e beach & my lot of meadow 
land adjoining to Obadiali Rogers in ye afores"^ Cap- 
tains Neck and a hundred & fifty pound alotmt of 
meadow lying near the Cold Spring at Sebomnick 
afores"* & ye one half of my afores"* two lots of 
meadow at Aquabogue all which I give to my afores** 
son Benjamin his heirs and assigns forever — Item 
— I give unto my two sons namel)' Nathaniel 

Woodriifj'e & Isaac Woodrnffc all yt my three 
pieces of land & meadow adjoining or to them 
belong lying to ye eastward of said town namely 
twenty six acres of land adjoining to ye East side of 
ye long pond & a forty acre lot of land adjoining to 



264 



Early Lom: Is/ami JJ'ilis. 



Scuttle hole 6c all n\y land & meadow beirv^ a whole 
neck cominonl}- know n \>y ye name o[ Drushe}' Xeck 
to be ec^ually Ll;\"ided Letween tliMu \)\ indifferent 
men when ni\' sd. son A'at/ianicI comes to ye age of 
twent}' one years all which three parcels of land & 
meadow I give unto the'in my said sons A\it/ianiti 
U'ooih-n/ff tt Isr..TL ]\'o»dyiiJj\- their heirs & assigns 
forever to be equally (_li\-idrd a:^ af(jresaid but if 
either of them shall dejiart this life be-fore they come 
to ye age of twenty one years then my will is that 
my son Jonatl-.an W'oodrujjt shall ha\e his part 
deceased to him li his heirs forever 6c if all my sd 
three sons naniel}' Nathaniel Isaac $c Jiuiathan shall 
dei)art this life without heirs then my will is yt ye 
afores' three parcels of land gixxui Vo them as above 
be- equally divided between my two sons liefore men- 
tiiini;(l naniel}' Joseph Sc B'SujaiiuH &- their heirs 
fore\-er — I also gi\'e unto ni)' three sons namel}' 
Beiijaniin IVootlrnfJe Xal/uDiitl iroodrnfjc \k Isaac 
Wood ruffe (S; their heirs for e\'er each of them a 
three quarter part of a hft\- jjound alotmt of 
undi\'ided land and commonage throughout )-e 
bounds of ye sd town — Item I give 6v; bequeath 
unto my sd son Jonathan M'oodruffe ye sum of 
twenty pounds in current mone}- of this province to 
be paid him by m\- Executors when he conies to \'e 
age of 21 )-ears — Item — I gi\'e and liequeath unto 
my four daughters namely Sarah Davis, Hannah 
Woodruff e, Abigail Woodruffe & Elizabeth Wood- 
ruffe each of them ye sum of ten [jouiid in current 



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II 



Suffolk County, i6gi-i~oj. 



265 



money of the sd Province to be paid them as they 
come to ye age of 21 years by my Executors — Item 
— My will is & I do hereby constitute make & 
ordain my sd wife Haiuiah & ni}' sd son Sa}::ucl 
Woodruff joint Executors of this my last Will & 
testamt to Execute fulfil & perform all S: every 
article & clause herein contained according to ye 
true intent & meaning hereof & I do hereby utterly 
disallow re\'oke 6c disannul all and every other 
former Testamt wills & legacys requests & Exec"" 
by me in any ways before this time named willed & 
bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no other 
to be my last will & testamt. In Witness Whereof I 
have hereunto set m}' hand & seal in S'lumipt. 
afores'' this 14 day of January Anno Dom 1700 
alias I 701. 

JOHX WOODRUFFE [Seal] 

Signed sealed published & declared by ye sA Jolin 
Woodritffc as his last will & testamt in ye presence 
of ye subscribers (viz) 

Jeremiah Jagger 

Samuel Jagger 

Matthew Howell 

These are to certify yt on ye i" day of April 1703 
came before Isaac Arnold Esq ]vi.A'g& Josiah Hobart 
& Thomas Heline Esq" Justices of ye Common Pleas 
at Southampton in ye County of Suffolk Rlatthcw 
Hoivcll Esq. Jeremiah Jagger & Savi' Jagger wit- 



266 



Earlv Lon<r Ishnvl Wills. 



nesses to )'e last will of JoJm M^oodrntjc deceased 
and upon your oaths declared yt the)" saw ye testa- 
tor yt;/,-;/ Jl'oodrnffc sIl;!! seal & declare ye same to 
be his last will and yt he was at ye same time of 
disposing- mind — 

Isaac Arnold 
Tho. Melme Cler 



[The following is in different handwriting from all 
of the preceLling.J 

In the name of God Amen I Nalhaniil Korton^- 
being unsound in body but of good (S: [,>erfect memory 
thanks be to Almighty God l\: calling to remem- 
lirance the uncertain state of this transitory life do 
make constitute ordain iX: declare this \w\ last Will 
and testamt in manner >>e form following re\-oking 
& annidling b)- these presents all (bl: every testament 
& will heretofore b)" me declared either by word or 
writing & this is only U) be taken for my last will & 
testamt. & none other — Im])rimus — Being [penitent 
for all my sins past most luimbl)- desiring forgive- 
ness for the same by the mediation of [esus Christ 
my Redeemer I gi\-e & commit my soul unto 
Almighty God my Creator Redeemer & Preserver 
in whom by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust & 

'^ Nathaniel Xorton came from Southampton to Erookhaven and 
bought a house and lot of Captain John Piatt in i663. He was a car- 
penter and built the new meeting house at Setauket in 1669. 



Suffolk County, i6gr-iyoj. 



267 



believe assuredly that I shall be saved have full & 
free remission of all my sins & be raised up to life 
& immortality at the day of the general resurrection 
& my body I submit to be buried in such place & 
decent manner as it shall please my Executors here- 
after named to appoint. And now for the settling 
of my temporal estate & such goods chattels & debts 
as it hath pleased God in mercy to bestow upon me 
I do give and bestow in manner following willing & 
ordering that all those debts & duties which I owe 
to any person or persons whatsoever in right or 
conscience shall be well S; truly paid S; contented 
or ordained to be paid in convenient time after my 
decease by my Executors hereafter named — Item — 
to Isaac and Natluxiiiel my eldest sons I give my 
home lot to be divided as followeth, to my son Isaac 
the house garden & orchard with what buildings shall 
be raised thereon & all the land from the East side 
of the orchard unto the highway westward over 
against Abrani Dayton's house & the remainder of 
the lot eastward of the said orchard I give to my son 
Natlianicl & the swamj) or meadow joining to the 
Creek within fence I order & dispose it to be equally 
divided between my sd sons Isaac and Nathaniel & 
also all my land either in the old field or little neck 
to be equally parted between them & likewise my 
four shares of meadow at the oldtnans — Provided 
that if either of them shall die before marriage the 
survivor shall have all — 

Item — to George & Jonathan my younger sons I 



268 



Early Loniz Island Wills. 



give all my land & meadow at Mount Misery & at 
the south side to be equally divided & shared 
between them — Provided that if either of them 
should decease before marriage the survivor of 
these two sons shall enjoy all his brothers part as 
is before Expressed — 

Item — to my three daughters Mary SaraJi 6c 
Haunak I give to each of them at the day of 
marriage twent)'-five pounds v»-liich is to be paid 
as followetli — Isaac my eldest son shall pa)- or cause 
to be paid the sum of twent)' ^wc pcundb to Mary 
my eldest daughter in good current jjassable pay at 
the clay of her marriage & likewise m)- son A^ai/iaiiicl 
to Sarah my daughter shall pa)' )'e sum of twenty- 
five pounds at the da)' of her marriage iS: Ilaiiiia/is 
portion of twenL)'-five pounds shall be in like manner 
paid at the da\' of her marriage b)' my wife, provided 
that if either Isaac, Nathaniel or ni)' wife shall not 
be capable of the payment of the said portion at the 
day of their marriage abo\-esaid then the)' shall 
have time to pay five pounds p. annum — Item — to 
my beloved wife Mary I give & dispose all my 
other moveable estate as household goods utensils 
horses of any kind cattle sheep swine &C with the 
furniture <^" guears belonging to them with the full 
& free use of the house such land as she shall have 
occasion for — Moreover I constitute order & appoint 
my sd wife to be m)' lawful 6c sole Executrix of this 
m\' last will & testamt to receive & pay all m)' just 
debts to see to & take, care that the aboves"* lee^acies 



Suffolk County, i6gr-ijoj. 269 

be fulfilled & to perform all such things pertaining 
to the office of an Executrix — I do request & desire 
that my wife shall take the advice of my friends 
Richard Woodhull JiDi"' & Timothy Byewster whom 
I nominate to be trustees to be helpful to my 
Executrix upon all occasions to the confirmation of 
the premises I do hereunto set my hand & seal this 
twenty second day of Dec' 1684. 

his 

Nathaniel Norton [Seal] 

In presence of 
Thomas Helme 
John Wade 

These are to testify that the sum of twenty-five 
pounds the portions of my several daughters is 
altered & ordered to be but twenty & that this 
proviso of the payment of their portions at the day 
of their marriage or at four several payments that is 
five pounds at the day of marriage & so five pounds 
per annum for the three next years is consented to & 
agreed on by me Nathaniel Norton witnessed by us 
John Covibes Thomas Hetmc — 

Thomas Helmc according to the order of Court 
sworn before me Richard M'oodhull November the 
7" 1685- 

John Cornhcs sworn in Court to the truth of this 
will the other by order of Court to be sworn before 
Justice n'7'(?rt'//?c//& returned to the Clerk. Entered 
April the 25"- 1733. P. W" Smith, Clk. 



COPY OF WRITING ON THE OUTSIDE 
OF PARCHMENT COIER. 

George the third by the Grace of God of Great 
Britain France and Ireland Iving I3efender of the 
Faith and so forth. To all to whom these presents 
shall come or concern Greeting Know ye that we 
have assigned constituted and appointed and by these 
presents do assign constitute and appoint our trusty 
and well beloved subjects Richard I'loyd Hugh Gel- 
ston and Samuel Landon Esquires jointly and sever- 
ally to be the Judges of our inferior Court of Common 
Pleas to be holden in and for our Count}' of Suffolk 
in Province of New York in America with full power 
unto them the said Richard Pdoyd Hugh Gelston and 
Samuel Landon to exercise fulfil do and perform all 
powers and jurisdiction which unto the said office of 
a Judge of the said Court may belong — And we do 
also assign constitute and appoint our trusty and 
well beloved subjects John Chatfield Richard Wood- 
hull George Phillips Richard Miller Nathaniel Baker 
Isaac Barnes Job Pierson Isaac Post Thomas Youngs 
Robert Hemstead Isaac Hubbard Nathaniel Wood- 
hull Jonas Williams & Thomas Jarvis Esquires 
Justices of the Peace of our said County to be 
the Assistant Justices of our said inferior Court of 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 271 

Common Pleas And do hereby impower and author- 
ize the said Richard Floyd Hugh Gelston Samuel 
Landon John Chatfield Richard Woodhull George 
Phillips Richard Miller Nathaniel Baker Isaac Barns 
Job Pierson Isaac Post Thomas Youngs Robert 
Hempstead Isaac Hubbard Nathaniel Woodhull 
Jonas Williams & Thomas Jarvis or an)' three of 
them, whereof one of either of them the said Richard 
Floyd Hugh Gelston and Samuel Landon to be one, 
to hear try and determine b}' the oaths of twelve 
good and lawful freeholders of the same County, all 
suits quarrels controversies and differences cognizable 
in our said Court, and arising within our County 
aforesaid between any of our loving subjects there, 
according to the laws and ordinances in that behalf 
made and provided, and to issue Execution there- 
upon — And to use and exercise all powers and juris- 
diction to the said Court belonging. In testimony 
whereof we have caused these our Letters to be 
made Patent, and the Great Seal of our Province of 
New York to be hereunto affixed, Witness our 
trusty and well beloved Robert Monckton Esquire 
and Captain General and Governor in Chief over 
our Province of New York and the Territories 
depending thereon in America, Vice Admiral of the 
same, and General of our Forces at our Fort in our 
City of New York, the twenty ninth day of Septem- 
ber one thousand seven hundred and sixty two in 
the second year of our Reign — 

Clarke, Sec\-. 



*n 



272 Early Long Island Wills. 

[No mark of seal, except the two holes near the 
fold of the parchment at foot, where it may have 
been attached.] 

The cover of the original book is the commission, 
on parchment, issued to the Judges of the Court 
of Common Pleas in 1762, shortly after the acces- 
sion of King George III. to the English throne; and 
this has caused the preservation of a very interesting 
document which otherwise would doubtless have 
been lost. As the persons so honored were among 
tl-.e most prominent citizens of Suffolk County, a fev/ 
words concerning them may not be inappropriate. 

Kichard Floyd was son of Richard Floyd 2d. 
His mother was the daughter of Colonel Matthias 
NicoU and sister of William Nicoll the patentee of 
Islip. He was born December 29, 1703, and in- 
herited the paternal estate at Setauket, where he 
lived. I lis only brother, Nicoll Floyd, was the 
father of General William Floyd, the signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. Judge Floyd died 
April 21, I 771, and left a large family. 

Hugh Gelston was a native of Belfast, Ireland, 
and settled in Southampton. L. I., in the early part 
of the last centur\-. His residence was on the west 
side of the main street of that village, and on the 
south side of "Job's Lane," and is now owned by 
Albert C. Reeves. In ancient times the whipping 
post and stocks stood in the street at the corner of 
his lot, and it was said of any person who was 



Suffolk County, i6gi-ijoj. 273 

accused or suspected of petty crime, that " he would 
be brought up to Gelston's fence." This byword 
was in common use long after the cause of it had 
passed away. Though the name has long been ex- 
tinct in Southampton, man)' of his descendants are 
to be found in other parts of the State. Hon. David 
Gelston, formerly collector of the port of New York, 
and member of Congress, was his grandson. His 
tombstone in the Southampton burying ground bears 
the following inscription. 

" In Memory of | Hugh Gelston ^"' | who 
died I December 13 a. d. 1775, | in the 78"' | 
year of his age." 

Samuel Landon was tlie son of Samuel Landon 
who came from Hertfordshire, England, and settled 
in Southold. Judge Landon was born .May 20, 1699. 
After the disastrous battle of Long Island, he, like 
many other prominent citizens, fled to Guilford, 
Conn., and he died there January 21, 1782. 
Judge Landon left several children, among them a 
son, Jared Landon, who was the only one that lived 
in Southold. He was born January 29, 1746, and 
was Surrogate and County Judge about twenty years, 
Justice of the Peace for thirty years, and for nine 
years Member of Assembly. He died in Southold 
February 10, 18 16. 

Thomas Youngs was the son of Judge Joshua 
Youngs of Southold. He was born in 1719 and 
died in 1793. His homestead was a large farm 
which he inherited from his father, at Sterling, now 



!74 



Early Loiu; IshuiJ Wills. 



Greenport. The family buryiriL,'- ground, where his 
remains were laid to rest, is now a part of Sterlino- 
Cemeter}'. 

John Chatfield was son of Judy^e Thomas Chat- 
field of Easthampton. He lived in his native village 
to a very advanced age, and was the connecting jink 
between ancient and modern times, for his style of 
dress and mode of living were of an age long anterior 
to his own. His si:,ter, Mary Chatfield, married 
Joseph King of Southold, who died at an early age. 
She then married Francis Pelletreau of Southampton, 
and after his decease became the second wife of 
Judge Hugh Gelston. 

Richard Woodhull was son of Richard Woodhull 
3d and Mary daughter of John Homan. He was 
born October ii, 1719, and lived at Setauket on the 
estate inherited from his father. He married, in 
173S, Margaret, daughter of Edmund .Smith, son of 
Adam Smith, and grandson of the Patentee of Smith- 
town. She was born I7i4,and died October6, 1S03. 
Justice Woodhull died October 13, 17SS. 

George Phillips was son of Re\'. George Phillips 
of Smithtown. and many of his descendants are 
living in Suffolk Count)'. 

Richard Miller was a descendant of Andrew Miller, 
who came from Easthampton about 1659 and settled 
at Miller's Place (so named from him) in the town of 
Brookhaven. He married Dorothy Woodhull, 
sister of General Nathaniel Woodhull of Revolution- 
ary fame, and has man)- descendants. 



Si'.ft'olk County, idgi-ijoj. 275 

Nathaniel Baker was a descendant of John Baker, 
one of the early settlers of Easthampton, and was a 
prominent citizen for many years. 

Isaac Barnes was also a native of Easthampton, 
and descended from Charles Barnes, the first school- 
master in that town. 

Job Pierson was grandson of Lieutenant Colonel 
Henry Pierson. His homestead was at Sagg, in the 
town of Southampton, and on the west side of the 
street near the south end, and is still owned by his 
descendants. 

Isaac Post li\-ed in Southampton village, on the 
homestead now owned by William J agger. He was 
killed by falling from a tree May 8, 1785, in the 
74th year of his age. His widow married Bartlett 
Hines, a schoolmaster from Connecticut, and with 
her family removed to Honesdale, Pa., where his 
descendants are still to be foimd. 

Robert Hempstead lived in Huntington, but we 
have no information concerning him. 

Isaac Hubbard lived in the western part of South- 
old, now the town of Riverhead. 

Nathaniel Woodhull was the famous general 
whose unhappy fate is so important an episode in our 
Revolutionary history, and so much has been written 
concerning him that any further notice is needless. 

Jonas Williams lived in Huntington, and held 
many of^ces prior to the Revolution. 

Thomas Jarvis also lived in Huntington, and was 
prominent in town affairs. 



2/6 Early Long Island Wills. 

THE FIRST WILL RECORDED I.X THE .XEW YORK 
SURROGATE'S OFFICL^ 

April ye 27 1665. 

The last will and testament of WiiHai): Litdlam 
senior. I commend my soul to God, and ni\- estate 
I bestow as followeth. 

Imprimis. My will is yt my son WilUain shall have 
a cow. 2nd I give unto my daughter Grace one 
cow. 3d I doe give unto in\' daughter Marv one 
cow. 4th I doe give unto my daughter Frances 
one cow. 5th I diie gi\-e unto my son A>ii/:o>iy all 
my housing and land at the old gr(_Hmd and a fifty 
pound commonage to him and his heires, forever, 
provided yt my son Henry shall have a third part of 
ye said land for ye terme of sc\'en years after ye 
date hereof. 6th I tloe give unto my sow Joseph my 
new dwelling house with two acres of land adjoining 
unto it and also thirty acres of land adjoining to the 
mill and niill pond on the east side of the mill river 
with a fift)' pound commonage to him and his heires 
forever. 7th I do give to ye eldest child of my son 
William 50 shillings, and my son Henry s child 50 
shillings, and my daughter Graces child 50 shillings, 
and unto my daughter Mary s eldest child 50 shillings, 
and to my daughter Frances eldest child 50 shil- 
lings. Sth that whereas there is a covenant made be- 
tween me and Samuel Davis, the said Sa>niiel Davis 
is to enjoy the cowes and ye benefit of ye house and 
land specified in the said covenant, from the date 



Suffolk County J i6gi-ijoj. 277 

hereof until the fourth day of March next ensuing, gth 
and lastly I do will that my son Henry be my exec- 
utor and to pay or cause to be paid all my debts, and 
also all the above mentioned legacies, and also to ■ 
build up the mill that now is, half at his own proper 
charge and the other half out of my estate, and my 
son Henry to have half of the said mill to him and 
his heires forever, and my son Joseph the other half 
to him and his heirs forever. And also I do give to 
my son Henry a fifty pound commonage with and 
belonging to the land he hath now in possession, as 
it standeth upon record, also I give unto him the 
said Henry thirty six acres of land lying at ye mill 
pond head with all my household goods, cattle and 
chatels what soever, to him and his heires forever. 
Witness m)' hand the day and year above written. 

William Ludlam 
In the presence of us witnesses 

John Howell 

JoH.v Cooper. 

Nov. 2, 1667. 
This day the will of Williaiii Lndlatn was proved 
in court. (JMinutes of Court of Assizes) 

Note. — William Ludlam lived at the water mill near the village of 
Southampton. This was the first water mill in Suffolk County. His 
son Joseph moved to Oyster Bay and has many descendants who retain 
the name of Ludlam. The families in Southampton have changed it 
to Ludlow. This will was recorded in Liber i, page i, New York Sur- 
rogate's office, but the first three pages are lost. The original will, 
however, is among the original documents in the office, and from it the 
above copy was made. 



78 



Earlv Lo/oj' Island Wills. 



THOMAS HELME. 

V.\ klLHAl;!) M. l.AVLEi, E?.J. 

The original Thomas Meh-aeof Brookhaven town, 
tradition says, came here from Massachusetts, but 
little is known of his antecedents beyond this 
simple tradition. The records show that lie was an 
acti\e man in the [irimiti\e community, and a man 
of superior etlucatioii and more than ordinar)' intelli- 
f;ence. Though his lineal repre5entati\-es still pre- 
serve his name and some of his pro[)erty, yet an 
unfortunate breaking uji of the family in earl)- )-ears 
threw an)- records ijr ilricuments that ma\- have 
lji:en left b)- him into the keeping of other hands, 
which had not rhe interest in [ireser\-ing them that an 
immediate member of the famil)- would be likel)- to 
have, antl little remains to throw light on the life of 
the original settler excejjt a copy ol his will. He 
was not among the first who settled here, but 
appears to ha\e been li\ing at Setauket previous to 
i6So. And in that )-ear he is mentioned as one of 
the owners of the " Fift)' Acre Lots " near Mount 
Sinai, and it is probable that he had purchased a 
proprietar)- right froni some former owner. He 
lived at Setauket, somewhere on the old road south 
of the present East Setauket schoolhouse. He had 
seven children, four daughters and three sons. To 
his eldest son Thomas he gave land at Miller's 
I'lace, and to his sons Anselm and William he gave 



Suffolk County, idgi-ijoj. 2-j() 

his liomestead at Setauket. The two j-ounger sons 
conveyed their lands to others, and removed to 
Orange County, N. Y. Thomas Helme, the oldest 
son, was killed by a runaway team, at the hill just 
east of the Middle Island post office, about the year 
1730. He left but one child, a son, Thomas, who 
was then but two or three years old, and was 
brought up b)- his uncle and guardian, Andrew 
Miller. After arriving at manhood he built the 
house at Miller's Place where Mr. George P. Helme, 
one of his descendants, now resides. 

Thomas Helme, the original here, was a man of 
prominence in local affairs, and evidently had the 
respect of the people in a ver)^ 'i'^^^ degree, and 
held many positions of honor. He was one of the 
Patentees of Brookhaven in 1686; was commis- 
sioned with Richard Woodhull to lay out Little 
Neck, in 16S7 ; one of the witnesses to the will of 
Richard Smith, the Patentee of Smithtown, 1692 ; 
Supervisor of Brookhaven, 1694; Town Clerk, 16S7; 
President of Town Trustees, 1694-1698 ; Justice of 
Peace from 1691 to 1706, and perhaps longer; com- 
missioned to lay out highwa}'s in Suffolk County, 
1704 ; County Clerk, 1692 to 1709, and in this capac- 
ity was ex officio Clerk of the Prerogative Court, as 
shown in this volume. All things show plainly that 
he was looked upon as an equal by the foremost 
||j men of his time, and conducted the affairs of all the 

various offices committed to his trust with great 
ability, and his clerical accomplishments are clearly 



W^ 



28o 



Early Lou l,^ Island Jl'iV/s. 



demonstrated by the admirable handwriting in which 
the records of the Prerogative Court, and Coanty 
Clerk, niade by him are preserved. It is 'vorthy of 
mention that the widow of W'm. Smitli, tlie progeni- 
tor of the " Tangier " famil)', in he-r v.'ill leaves a 
legac)' of fort}' shillings to her friend Thomas 
Helme " to bu)- him a ring." After a life of useful- 
ness Thonias Helme died in 1710, but his age is 
unknown. 



Suffolk County, lOgi-ijoj. 2S1 

JUDGE WILLIAM SMITH. 

William Smith was born at Newton, near Higham 
Ferrers, Northamptonshire, England, February 2, 
1655. In 1675 I"^'"-? Charles II. appointed him 
Governor of Tangiers at a time when it was 
intended to make it a place of trade. The enter- 
prise did not succeed, and the place was abandoned 
in 16S3, In 16S6 he came to America, and shortly 
after purchased a large estate on Long Island, after- 
ward established by patent as the " manor of St. 
George " ; a large part of which is still owned by 
his descendants. 

The Supreme Court was established May 6, 1691, 
and consisted of a Chief Justice, a Second Judge, 
anci three other judges, and among the latter was 
William Smith, who was at the same time appointed 
a judge or delegate of the Prerogati\-e Court for 
Suffolk County. On November 11, 1692, he was 
appointed Chief Justice and held the office till 1703. 

He died February iS, 170*, aged fifty-one. 



Ad.iitional Note t.j Pa^^ SS. 

*John Edwards was son of WiUiani EdwanK. whose will (not re- 
cordL-dj is among the original documents in the New York Surrogate's 
oiKcc. This will is dated February i, lOSJ. Ho mentions wife Anne, 
and sons John and Thomas, and daughters Elizabeth Baker and Ann 
Squire. He also mentions " \Vm and Josiah sons of my son John," and 
" William Edwards son of my son Tiiomas." Tlie daughter Elizabeth 
was previously the widow of Riehard Stratton, and had by her first 
marriage five children, Richard, Thomas, I.-,. inc. I'.enj.in'.in, and Eliza- 
beth Stratton. 

The will of Richard Stratton (not recorded) is also among the orig- 
inal documents in the Xew York Surrogate's oilice He mentions 
wife Elizabeth and th.' children named above, and "my fatlier in law 
W.iham Edwards." The will is dated April 7, 1674. 



AdJiliona! Not,- to Pa;^ 



2^0. 



fThe youngest son, Josiah Pierson. was born iOt; ; died 17S2. His 
descendants are very numerous. Among tliem is tlie well known 
family known as the " Piersons of Ramapo," Rockland Co., N. Y. The 
tombstone of Colonel Henry Pierson, in t!ie old burying ground at 
Sagg, has been restored by Mrs. Russell Sage, his descendant of the 
fifth generation 



INDEX OF WILLS. 



Barker, William, 
Bigs, John. . 
Bowin, Daniel. 
Brewster, Nathaniel, 
Brown, Richard, . 
Brush, Thomas, 
Burnat, Lot, 

Clarke. Samuel, 
Concklin, John, 
Corey, Abram, 
Corwin, John, Senr, 

Davice, Joseph, 

Edwards, John, 

Greenvill, John, 

Halsey, Mary, 
Hand, Stephen, Senr, 
Hawkings, Zachary, 
Herricke, James, . 
Horton, Benjamin, 
Horton, Caleb, 
Howell, Edward, 
Howell, John, 

IngersoU, John, 

Jagger, John, 
James, Thomas, . 
Jarvis, Steven, Senr, 
Jenner, John, 
Jones, Walter, 

Lawrison, John, 
Ludlam, William, 

Milner, Jonathan, 
Moor, Nathaniel, . 
Moore, Thomas, 
storehouse, John, 



D.\TE- 


PROB.tTED. 


PACE 


Mch. i6, 1700 


Sept. 14, 1702 


242 


Feb. 7, 16S2 


Nov. 20, 1693 


96 


Aug., 1693 


Nov. II, 1693 


89 


Mch. 16, 16SJ 


May 3, 1695 


116 


July 6, 1701 


Oct. I, 1701 


216 


Apr. S. 169S 


Apr. 26, 1699 


163 


June 6, 1702 


Sept. I, 1702 


231 


Oct. 4, 


Aug. 21, 1700 


211 


Feb. 4, 16S9 


May 15, 1694 


99 


May 19, 1702 


Oct. 14, 1702 


256 


Nov. 26, 1700 


Oct. 14, 1702 


253 


Oct. 5, 16S9 


June 3, 1691 


12 


Aug. 25, 16S5 


Nov. 10, 1693 


86 


Mch. 19, 16S4 


Oct. 6, i6gi 


45 


Dec. i3, 1699 


May 21, 1700 


205 


May 17, 1688 


May 2, 1693 


76 


Nov. 17, 1698 


Apr. 27, 1699 


167 


Aug. Q, 1701 


Dec. 7, 1701 


223 


Feb. 19, i6S| 


Sept. 29, 1691 


23 


Dec. 30, 1699 


Oct. 14, 1702 


245 


Aug. 4, 1697 


Oct. 28, 1699 


1S3 


Apr. 3, 1693 


Dec. I, 1696 


129 


Nov. I, 1694 


Nov. 27, 1694 


112 


Aug. 18, 169S 


Oct. 29, 1699 


190 


June 5, 1696 


June 23, i6g6 


123 


Mch. 10, idgi 


Apr. 16, 1694 


97 


Feb. 8, i69i 


Apr. 29, 1692 


20 


Jan. II, 169! 


June 3, 1699 


194 


Oct. 20, 1693 


June 13. 1694 


103 


Apr. 27, 1665 


Nov. 2, 1667 


276 


Tan. 20, 16SS 


Sept. 7. 1697 


147 


Apr. 19, 169S 


Aug. 26, 169S 


158 


June 23, i6gi 


Sept. 30, 169: 


30 


May 10, 1701 


Dec. 4, 1701 


222 



284 



Index of Wills. 



Norton, Nathaniel, 

Parshall, James, . 
Patton, Robert, . 
Feirson, Henry, 
Plat, Epenetus, 
Plat, Phebe, . 
Piatt, Isaac, 

P.eeve, James, 
Rogers, Obadiah, 
Rose, John, 
Ryder, Tlioraas, , 

Sammis, John, 
Sayer, Francis, 
Scudder, Jonathan, 
Scudder, Thomas, 
Silvester, Peter, 
Smith, Richard, Senr, 
Stanbrough, Peregrins 
Swazy, John, 

Talmage, Thomas, 
Tooker, John, 



Wells, William 
White, James, 
Whitehair or ) 
Whitier, f 
Wodhull, Richard 
Wood. Jonas, 
Woodruffe, John, 

Youngs, Gideon, 



Peter, 



Oct. 14, 1692 
Apr. 25, 1700 
Aug. 2S, 1701 
Sept. I, I6y3 
Jan. 12, 169S 
May 22, J691 

Mch. .1. 1692 
July 24, 16S9 
May 4, i6g6 
Apr. II, 1699 

Nov. 2S, 1603 
Jan. 14, i6y7 
Dec. 9, 1C90 
Dec. 7, 1686 
Jlch. 14, 169S 
Mch. 5, 1691 
May 17, 1609 
May 20, 1692 

Apr. 2-i, 1OS7 

Apr. 24. 16S8, 

and Codicil 

dated May 

29, 1690 

Sept. 25, ifo6 
June iS, 1694 

June 5, 1697 

Oct. 13, 1699 
Feb. 20. 16^3 
Jan. 14, 170^ 

Dec. 22, 1699 



Apr. 25. 1733 

Oct. 23, 1701 
May 21, 1700 
Sept. 2, 1702 
Nov. 13, 1693 
July 24, 1697 
Oct. 22, 1691 

July 4. 169S 
June 23, 1692 
Sept. 10, 1697 
May 23, 1699 

Jan. 3, 1693 
Sept. 20, 1699 
Oct. 22, 1691 
Oct. 22, 1691 
(Petition.) 
May 2, 1693 
Sept. 2, 1702 
Nov. 12, 1692 

Sept. 29, 1691 



Sept. 30, 1692 

Jan. 19, i6q5 
Oct. 10, 1694 

Oct. 29, 169S 

May 23, 1700 
Apr. 15. 1692 
Apr. 1, 1703 

Feb. 22, 1699 



203 
239 



154 

1^0 

176 



7S 
233 



2 36 




140 




loS 




171 




20S 




f.o 




:6i 




iy6 






■I. 




"*j 




S' 




.:i 




'i 


■■■■■^■m 


■ 



INDEX OF LETTERS OF ADMINIS- 
TRATION. 





DIEE 




D.4TE OF ADMK. 


P.\GE 


Arnold, Isaac, 






Appmt as Guar- 
dian for Susan- 
nah Washburn 
Aug. 29, 169S 

Appmt as Guar- 
dian for John 
Washburn, 
Feb. 14, legi 




Arnold, Isaac, 






161 








163 


Barnes, Samuel, 
Booth, Charles, . 
Booth, John, 
Bryan, Alexander, 

Caryll, John, 
Chichester, James, 
Concklin, Joseph, 
Cooper, Thomas, 
Corey, Isaac, 


. Feb. 21, 
. Dec. 3, 
. Aug. 15 


169! 
700 
16S9 


Aug. 25, 1693 
Oct. 28, 1702 
Nov. 6, 1691 
Sept. 27, 1700 

Oct. 21, 1691 
Sept. S, 1696 
Dec. 16, 169S 
June 21, i6g2 
May 21, 1702 


82 
22S 

32 
215 


. Oct. I, I 
■ Jan. 29, 
. Nov. 23 
Nov. 22 
. Mch. 8, 


691 

i6g| 
169S 
169 

i7oi 


42 
12S 
161 

34 
230 


Dav-ice, Benjamin, 
Dayton, Samuel, 


. Dec. 20, 
. July 5. I 


1692 
690 


June 12, 1694 
Nov. 19, 1691 


105 

55 


Howell, John, Jr, 


. Mch. S, 


169I 


Aug. 25, 1693 


84 


Ingersoll, Simon, 


. Jan. 8, I 


701 


Dec. 15, 1702 


229 


Johnes, Samuel, . 




1693 




S5 


Ludlam, Henry, . 


. Oct. 25, 


1691 


Nov. 27, i6gi 


57 


Mapes, William, . 
Moore, Benjamin, 
Moore, Jonathan, 
Muncy, John, 


Apr. 16 
. Mavis, 
. Mch. 15 
. Feb. 19, 


169S 
1690 

16S9 
169; 


July 4. 169S 
Sept. 8, 1691 
Sept. 8, 1691 
July iS, 1691 


157 
7 
iS 
17 



2S6 Index of Letters of Administration. 



Sayre, Job, 

Stevens, Thomas, . 

Sturmy, Charles, . 

Topping, James, . 

Veile, Joseph, 

^Vilman, Abram, . 

Youngi. Christopher, S', 



LIED. 

Apr. 6, 1694 
Nov. 26, 1700 
Dec. 2(, 1691 


DATE OF AD.MS-. 

July 14, 1694 
Dec. u, 1700 
Dec. 31, 1691 


PACE 
107 
216 

55 


May 1.3, 1694 


Apr. 16, 169; 


115 


Apr. 21, 169S 


Jlay 14, 1693 


153 




Nov. 13, 1693 


91 


July 31, 1695 


Sept. 20, 1695 


119 



INDEX OF PLACES. 



Acabonnack, 76 
Ackaboacke, 38 
Amboy, 144* 
Aquabogue, no, 262, 263 
Aquabogue River, 141 

Babylon, 93 

Barker's Island, 243 

Bellport, 56 

Belfast (Ireland), 272 

Bridgehampton, 26, 223, 231, 239 

Brinley's Meadow, 219 

Brookhaven, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 20, 
21, 22, 23, 36, 3S, 41, 46, 49, 51, 
55. 56. 57. 63. 68, 71, 76, 78, Si, 
89, 96, 97, 99, 103, loS, III, 114, 
116, 117, 119, 167, 170, 171, 194, 
196, 2o3, 211, 266, 274, 27S, 279 

Brushes Neck, 257, 264 

Bulls' Neck, 141 

Calves Neck, 134, 257 

Cape May, 45 

Captains Neck, 65, 66, 184, 191, 

262, 263 
Carchauge, 220 
Charlestown (Mass.), 123 
Chorchogue, 155 
Christall Brook Neck, 36. 38, 41 
Cobspound, 184 
Cohansey, 232 
Conscience, 171, 172, 208 
Coopers Neck, 134 
Cortchauge, 248, 258 
Cow Harbour, 61 
Cow Neck, 212 
Crab Meadow, 48 
Cranes Neck, 168, 172 
Crassum's Neck, 208, 209 

Dayton's Creek, 56 



Easthampton, 25, 26, 27, 45, 55. 76, 
78, 86, 89, no, '123, 126, 127, 171, 
274, 275 

East Neck, 165 

Elizabethtown (N. J.), 261 

Fairfield, 232 
Fish Cove, 231 
Flushing, 161, 163 
Flying Point, 179, 180, 231 
Fort Neck, 248 

Gardiner's Island, 227 
Georges Neck, 117 
Georgica, 26 
Great Plains, 26 
Greenport, 274 
Guilford, Conn., 273 
Guscumquorum, 94 

Halifax, 60 

Halseys Neck, 109, no, 186, 192, 

263 
Hartford, 89, go, 91, 215 
Hashamomunck, 100 
Hog Neck, 66, 134, 188, 225, 226, 

239, 240, 254, 257, 258 
Homacke, 176 
Honesdale (Pa.), 275 
Horton's Meadow, 69, 70 
Hempstead, 60, 153 
Hertfordshire (Eng.), 273 
Hingham (Eng.), 36 
Homeses Hill Cove, 212 
Hook Pond, 87 
Hunrians, 72 
Huntington, 46, 47, 49, 50, 52, 53, 

60, 62, 63, 72, 93, 96, 97, 99, 112, 

113, 114. 123, 144, 147, 149, 153, 

163, 167, 205, 229, 275 



288 



Index of Places. 



Indian Neck, 254 
Indian Well, 83 

Jamaica, S2 
James Neck, 81 
"ericho, 153 

ob's Lane, 272 

osias Neck, 5i 

Kachosfue, 141 
Ketchaponuck, 1S6 
Ketchaponnuck, 1S4 
Ketchu Meadow, 141 

Lawrence Hill, 131 
Little Neck, :oS, 279 
Little Worth, 131 
Long Spring, iqi, IQ!, 193 
Long Tongue, 184, 186 
Lot's Orchard, 231 
Lot's Path. 231 

Manchester, 172 

Mastie, 36 

Mattetucke, 253, 254 

Mecox, 1S5, iSS, 205 

Meantake. 2315. 240 

Middletown (Conn.), 132, 134 

Milford. 215 

Miller's Place, 274 

Mill Neck, 67, 185, 16S 

Millpond, 74, 164 

MTtntauk, 76 

Montaiiket, 87, 8.3 

Mount Misery, 117, 169. 26S 

Mt. Sinai, 36, 278 

Muntaket, 76 

Naguntatague, 94, 164. 165 

Napeche (Napeague), 76 

Napecke, 76 

Neck ■' Sompwams," 93 

New Haven, 30, 52, 123 

Newtown, 26, 117, ibg, 171, 172 

20S, 209, 210 
New York (city), 244, 245, 276, 2S2 
Northsea, 59, 60, 109, 130, 211, 212 

214, 231 
Nottinghamshire (Eng.), 99 
Noyack, 240 

Occabaugue, 249 
Occabauke, 226 



Occaboak, 65 

Occabogue, 155 

Occobague, 187, iS:, 192 

Occobancke, 67 

Ockobonnuck, 76, 77 

Ockobonnucke, 87 

Ogdens Neck, 109, no, 132, 133, 

134, 191. 19:. 193 
■' Oldtields," 208 
Oldmans, 267 
Old Town, 109 

Orient (Oyster Pond), 15S, 159 
Osborn's Creek, 56 
Ox Pasture, 64 
Oyster Bay, 57, 277 
Oyster Pond, 199, 2i3, 219 
Oyster Pond (Orient), 15S 

Peaconnecke River, 249, 253 
Pipe Stave Neck, 102 
Pine Neck, 254, 259 
Plum Island, 68, 196 
Porriges Neck, 20:, 209 
Port Jefferson, 36 
Potuncke. 191 
Putunke, 109, 134 
Pulls Neck, 140, 141 

Quaqua Neck. 132 
Quagucanantuck, 67 
QuashuecUe, 140, 143 
(Juogue, 03 
Quoviak, 61 

Ramapo, 2S2 
Riverhead, 27; 
Round Swamp, 172 

Sagabonnet pond, 1S7 

Sagg, 45, 113, I2Q, 2:2, 234, 239, 

27"5, 2S2 
Saggabonnet, 133 
Saggaponnuck, no, 1E4, 185, 167 
Sag pond, 239 
Sag swamp, 239 
S,ag Harb'.r, 22, 26 
Salem, 128, 171 
Santapauge, 04 
Scuttlehole, 132, 2t'4 
Sebonnuck, i63, 192, 262. 263 
Seliiers, 20S 
Seponack, 190. 2n, 242 
Seponnuck, no 



Index of Places. 



289 



Setauket, 36, ;6, 79, 167, 171, :o3 
:6o, 274. =73, 279 

Seven Pouds. 179 

Shelter Island, 32, ui, 122 

Shinacocke, 132, 113, 192 

Shinacocke neck, i36 

Shinecock, no 

Shinnacuck Neck, 1S4 

Shinnecock, 262 

Siases Neck, 53 

Smithtown, 21, 36, 73, 79 Sj 157 
274.279 ' ' 

Smith's meadow, 239 

Snake Neck, 20S, 209 

Sompoams, 94, 113 

South, 165, 2o3 

Southampton, 12, 23, 25, 34, 44 45 
57, 59. 60, 64, 76, 79, 82,'S5'S3! 
91, 100, 103, 105, 106, 107, 109, 
III, 115, 125, 129, 136, 137 133' 
139. 150, 152, 153. 174, ijg,' 1S2; 
IS3, 1S9, igo, 203, 204, 20; so-' 
20S, 211, 214, 216. 222. 223, 225' 
226, 231, 232, 233, 23S, 239,' 240,' 
242, 243, 244, 246, 248, 261, 26? 

Southold, 17, iS, 22, 23, 24 25 "9 
30, 3J, 32. 35. 36. 37. 39' 40,' 4":,' 
52, 63, 71, 90, 91, 99, 119, 122, 140, 



143. 154. 156. 157, 15S, 159, 160 

loi, 162, 171, 176, 17S, 179, 196 

202, 216, 2:1, 226, 227, 22S, 230! 

245. 233, 254, 255, 261, 273,' 274! 

Stamford, 14S 
Stanborough Lot, 234 
Stanstead (Eng. ), 76 
Sterling, 273 
Sterling Creek, 176 
Sunck Meadow, Si 
Swampawaan, 53 

Tantannentatauket, 61 
Taunton (Mass.), 123 
Toms Creek, 24, 31, 176 
Tredwell's Plain, 165 

Unkachoge, 41 
Unkachogue, i63 

Wading Creek, 38, 16S 
Wading River, 20, 172, 234 
Wainscot, 76 
Westchester, 82, i';9 
Westhold, 31 
West Neck, 53 73 
^\^litehall, 172 
Wukapoague, 131, 132, 133, 134 



INDEX OF NAMES. 



ALDRIDGE, Mehetabel, 70 

Peter. 70 
ALLYN. John, clerk, 90 
ARNOLD, Col. Isaac, guardian, 

161, 163; judge, 173, 265; wit., 

221 
ARTHUR, Mary-, 48 

BAKER, Elizabeth, dau., 2S2 
John. 275 
Nathaniel, justice, 270, 271, 

BARKER, Matthew, 244 

William, storekeeper, will, 
242, 244. 245 
BARNES, Charles, 275 

Isaac, justice, 270, 271, 275 

Patience, adm., 83 

Samuel, adm. app. , S2 

Capt. William, S2 
BAYLES, Stephen, 24 
BAYLEY, Joseph, wit., 49, 55. 
72, 149 

Stephen, wit., 232 
B.'\YLY, Alice, wit., gg 

Joseph, wit., 95, 99 

Stephen, wit., 2";^, 260 
BAYLYS, Joseph, wit., 75 
BEE, Sarah, 29 

Thomas, 28 
BENJAMIN, Richard, boundary, 

237 
BIGGS, Sarah, wit., ifj 

Thomas, wit., 14 
BIGS, Elizabeth, wife, 96; ex., 97 

John, will, 96, 97 

Thomas, 97 
BLUX, Katharine, 124 
BLYN, James, 89, 90 
BOOTH, Abigail, adm.. 22S 

Charles, adm. app., 228 



BOOTH, Hannah, 251 

John, adm. app., 32, 33; 121, 

22S 
John, ex., 252, 253 
Ensign John, 251 
Thomas, adm., 32, 33; 228 
BOWIN, Daniel, 89, 90 
BRADLEY, William, 25S 
BREWSTER, Daniel, town clerk, 

wit., 97, 116, 117, iiS, 174 
John, son, 118 
Nathaniel, will, 116, iiS 
Sarah, wife, iiS; ex., 119 
Timothy, wit., 16; town clerk, 

116, 117, iiS; ex., 173, 175; 

trustee, 269 
BROOKS, Samuel, boundary, 87 
BROWN, David, 218, 219, 220 
(King) Dorothy, 216, 217; ex., 

220, 221 
Henry, son, 21S, 219, 220 
Richard, boundar)', 199 
Ensign Richard, will, 2:6. 217, 

221 
Richard, son, 218, 219, 220, 

221 
Samuel, son, 219, 220 
Walter, wit., 202 
BRUSH, Elizabeth, dau., 166 
Martha, dau., 166 
Mary, dau., 166 
Jacob, son, 165, 166 
John, bro., boundary, 165; ex., 

166, 167 
Rebecca, dau., 166 
Richard, overseer, 75, 76 
Sarah, dau., ib6 
Sarah, wife, ex., 166, 167 
Susannah. 166 
Timothy, son, 165 
Thomas, wit., 147 



Index of Names. 



BRUSH, Thomas, will, 163, 166, 
167 

Thomas, son, 164, 166 
BRYAN, Alexander, aJm. app., 
215 

SibiUa, wife andadm., 215 
BUDD, Ann, 23 

John, 23, 230 

Mr., purchase, 257 
BUDDS, John, boundary, 254 
BURXAT, David, son, 232 

Epbraim, son, 232 

John, son, 232; ex., 233 

Jonathan, son, 232 

Joseph, son, 232; ex., 233 

Lot, will, 231, 233 

rrathan, son, 232 

Phebe, 231; ex., 232, 233 

Samuel, son, 232 
BURXET, Dan, boundary. 187 
BURNETT, Aaron, wit., 225 

Luther D., 231 
BURR, Abigail, 118 

Daniel, iiS 
BURT, John, 243 

Samuel, 244 
BUTLER, Samuel, purchase, 204 

CAMPBELL, John, wit., 136 

Sarah, 67 
CARWITHEE, John, wit., 46 
CARVLL, John, adm. app., 42, 43 
CHATFIELD, John, 270, 274; 
justice, 270, 374 

Mary, 274 

Thomas, 274 
CHICHESTER, David, adra., 128 

James, wit., gg 

James, adm. app., 12S 
CLARKE, , secretary, 271 

Ehphalet, son, 212 

Elisha, son, 211, 212, 213 

Ester, dau., 213 

James, wit., 244 

John, son, 213 

llary, 213 

Richard, purchase, 14 

Rachel, dau., 213 

Samuel, boundary, 1S4; will, 
211, 214 

Samuel, son, 213; ex., 214, 215 

Sarah, wife, ex., 214 

Susannah, dau., 213 



CLEAVES, John, boundary, 246 
COLEMAN, William, wit 24 
CONCKLIN, Anna, dau.,'ioi 

Elizabeth, dau., loi 

Jacob, bro,, loi 

Jacob, wit., 178 

Capt. John, will, 99, 103 

J'jhn, boundary, 38 

John, son, io<o, loi; ex., 103 

Joseph, son, ex., 100, loi, 10;, 

Joseph, adm. app., 162 
Mary, dau., loi 
CONCKLING, Jacob, 89, 90 
Capt. John, 161 
Lieut. Joseph, 161 
COXCKLYN, Sarah, dau., 48 
COXKLING, Cornelius, wit., 127 
COOPER, Ichabod, 34; boundary, 
no 
Joanna, adm., 34; wit., 139 
John, 34; purchase, 133 
John, wit., 277 
Capt. Mercator, 104, 109 
Samuel, 104, 105, 203: ex., 204; 
boundary, no, 190, 191, 192, 
overseer, iir; wit., 214 
Sarah, wife, 104: wit., io£ 
Thomas, adra. app., 34 
COREY, Abram, 74; will, 256, 260 
Abrara, son, 257, 258, 259; ex., 

260 
Dorothy, dau., 259 
Isaac, 74; wit., 178; adm. app., 

230 
John, 230 
John, son, 257, 258, 259; ex., 

260 
Mari;aret, wire, 239; ex., 360 
Martha, 75 
Mary Bradley, 258 
Sarah, adra., 230 
CORWIN, Abigail, dau., 255 
Hannah, dau., 255 
John, sr., will, 253. 255, 256 
John, son, 253, 254 
Matthias, 253 
Matthia:-,, son, 234, 255; ex., 

255 
Samuel, son, 2:4. 255 
CORYE, Abraham, wit.. 221 
CULVER, Gershara, 1S6 
CURTICE. Caleb, wit., 221 



Index of Names. 



293 



CURWIX, Theophilus, boundary, 
33 

DAVICE, Arthur, 244 

Benjamin, adm. app., 106 

Elizabeth, wife, ex., 13 

John, overseer, wit.. 152, 
boundary, 212 

Joseph, will, 9, 10, II, 12, 14 

Joseph, son, 13 

JIar)-, dau. , 14 

Rebecca, wit., 106 

Samuel, son, 14 
DAVIES, Charles, wit., 196 
DA\'IS, ISenjarain. son, 13 

Return, 55 

Samuel, 276 

Sarah, 264 
DAVISE, Evan, wit., 227 
DAYTON, Abram, boundary, 267 

Ralph, 55; adm., 56 

Samuel, adm. app., 55, 56 
DE BOST, Louise, 129 

Mary L., 1S3 
DICKINSON, Peter, boundary, 

155 
DIKE, Jeremiah, author, 247 
DOWNES, Abigail, 177 

William, 177 
DYMEXT, Hannah, 124 

James, e.x., 126, 127 
DYMON, James, wit., 78 

EDWARDS, Anne, wife, 2S2 

John, 2S2; will, 86, S3 

John, son, 87 

Josiah, 282 

Josiah, son, 88 

Wary, 89, 90 

Mary, wife, ex., 86, 83, 89 

Thomas, son, 87, 282 

William, 86, 2S2 

William, son, 88 
ELTON, Hannah, 36 

John, 36 
ESTY, Jeffry, 49 

FFANCYE, William, boundary, 

41 
FLEET, Capt., boundary, 4S 
FITHIAN, Sarah, 232 
FLINT, Benoni, boundary, 240; 

wit., 222, 241 



FLOYD, Richard, wit., 211; judge. 

Gen. William, 272 
FORDHAJI, Jonah, boundary, 
1S5 

Joseph, wit,, 139 

"Rev. Robert. 124 
FOSTER, Col. Benjamin H., 109 

Benjamin, 183, 1S5; wit., 233 

Christopher, wit., 207 

Edward H., 242 

Joseph, boundarj-, 130, 1S4 

Josiah, 203 

Nathaniel, wit., 149 
FOURNIER, Peter, 179 
FUTHY, Arthur, wit., 211 

GARDINER, David, brother-in- 
law, ex.. 227, 22S 

Elizabeth, 227 

John, ex., 227, 22S 

Lyon, 123 

Samuel B., 124 
GARLICK, Joshua, boundary, 87 
GELSTON, Hon. David, 273 

Hugh, judge, 104, 270, 271, 
272, 274 
GLOVER, Sarah, 31 
GOLDSMITH, John, wit., 24, 25, 
140, 252 

Thomas. 24, 1S3, 1S4 
GOOSEBERRY, Robert, 173 
GOSMER, Tohn. 261 
GREEN, Capt. Barney R., 34 

John, 93 

Richard, wit., 174 
GREENVILL, John, will, 43, 44, 
45. 46 

Ruth, wife, 46 
GRIFFING, Jasper, wit., 103 
GROVER, Elizabeth, 31 

HACKLETON, W'iUiara, 67 
HALL. Jonathan, 89, 90 
HALLET orHALLOCKE, John, 

ex., 71 
HALSEY, David, son, 206; ex., 
207, 208 

Edwin C, 109 

Isaac, boundary, 190, 191, 192 

Isaac, son, 206; ex., 207, 208 

Jeremiah, son. 206 

Capt. Jesse, 211 



294 



Index of Names. 



PTALSF.V, Joshua, wit., 194 
Josiah, son, 206 
Mary, will, 205, 2"- 
Nathaniel, son. 206, 207 
Phehe, dau., 1S6, 206, 207 
Thomas, 20i 
HALSY. Abigail, 135, I37 

Isaac, 137, 133 
HAND, John, 76 
Joseph, son, 77 
Josiah, 239 

Mary, grand-dau., 205 
Rebecca, ex., 7S 
Samuel, son, 77, 7S 
Stephen, -will, 76, 78 
Stephen, son, 76, 77 
HARRIS, George, boundary, 212 
Capt. Joseph, 59, 211 
Thomas, 125; ex., 126, 127 
HAVEXS. Capt. Daniel S., 203 
HAV.'KIXGS, Eleazer, 169 
Joseph, son, i6S 
Manha, dau., 169 
Mary, wife. 169; ex , 170 
Zachary, will, 167, 170; bound- 
ary, 172 
Zachary, son, 16S 
HAWKIXS, Zach., wit., iiS 
HEDGES, Cassander W., 222 
Stephen, boundary, 239 
Sceven, boundary, S7 
HELME, Thomas, clerk, g, 12, 

16, passim. 
HEMSTEAD (Hempstead). Rob- 
en. justice, 270, 271, 275 
HEXDRICKSON, Amelia, 109 
HERRICK, Capt. James, 216 
Thomas, 203 
William, 203; ex., 204 
HERRICKE, James, will, 223 
225 
Sarah, wife, 223, e.x., 224, 225 

226 
Sarah, dau., 224, 225 
Thomas, bro., ex., 224, 225 

226, 243 
William, wit., 225 
HILDRITH, Joseph, boundar>' 

263 
HINES, Bartlett, schoolmaster 

275 
HOBART, Irene, 90 
Jeremy, 147 



HOBART, Joshua, wit., 40, 42, 102 
Rev. Joshua, 36, 90 
Rev. Peter, 3O 
HOFFIXGTOX, John, adm., S9 
HULLEY, Jonathan, 14S 
HOLYOAKE, John, boundary, 33 
HOMAN, John, 274 

Mary, 274 
HOPPING, John, wit, 78 
HORTON, Barnabas, 23, 22S, 245 
Barnabas, grandson, 231 
Benjamin, will, 22, 23, 24; 

boundary, 199 
Caleb, 23: will, 245, 252, 253 
Caleb, grandson, 249, 251 
David, son, 247, 24S, 250, 2 = 1 
Hester, wife, 246, 247, 251, 252 
Jonathan, 23 
Jonathan, son, 246, 247, 243, 

251; ex., 232, 253 
Joseph, 24 
Joshua, ex., 22, 23; wit., 40; 

purchase, 24S 
Phebe. dau.. 249, 250, 2^1 
HOWELL, Abigail, dau., 206, 207 
Abraham, 125; overseer, 241; 

ex., 243, 245 
Abraham, son, 132. 13-, 134; 

wit., 137 
Anne. 125 

Arthur, purchase, 130 
Benjamin, son, 1S7; Avit., 207 
Capt. Charles, 1S3 
Damans, iSo 

Edward, 129, 133; will, i33, 1S9 
Edward, son, 133, 1&6, 187 
Elisha. boundary, 235 
Ephraim, son, 133, 134 
Eunice, granddaughter, 205 
George R., historian, 242 
Hannah, dau., 205, 207 
Henry, grandson, 131, 133 
John,' boundary, 65, wit., 244, 

-11 
John, Jr., adm. app., 64 
John, grandson, 129. 130, 131, 

134 
Ma). John, will, S4, 129, 136, 

137. 133, 133 
Jonathan, son, 184, 1S5 
Jonah, son, 183, 1S5 
Joseph, son, 1S3. 1S4, 1S6 
Josiah, wit., 204 



Index of Names. 



297 



MORTIMER, ■William, 79 
MOSIER, John, boucdarj-, 38; ex., 

g, 10, II, 14 
MULFORD, Jeremiah, S6 

John, 125; overseer, 126 

Mary, 125 

William, boundary, 87 
MUNCY, Hannah, wife, adm., 15 

John, intest., 14, 15, 16 
MUNCYE, John, boundary, 172 

NEWTON, Benoni, boundary, 1S8 
NICOLL, Col. Matthias, 272 
NOAKES, Elizabeth, dau., 48 

Walter, 4S. 94 
NORMAN, John, purchase, 172 
NORRIS, Peter, 1S5 

Robert, boundary-, 239, 240 
NORTON, Chauncey, 179 

George, son, 267 

Hannah, dau., 26S 

Isaac, son, 267, 268 

Jonathan, son, 267 

Mary, dau., 26S 

^lary, wife, ex., 268 

Nathaniel, will, 266, 269 

Nathaniel, son, 267, 26S 

Sarah, dau., 26S 
NUGENT, Dr. John, 64 

OSBORN, Benjamin, boundary, 

Elizabeth, 126 

Joseph, overseer, i;6 
OSB'ORNE, Daniel, wit., 29 

Thomas, Jr., boundary, S7 
OSBURN, Jonathan, ex., 44 
OSMAN, Jacob, 255 

Sarah Corwin, 2^5 
OWEN, George, wit., 21 

Jonathan, wit., 16 

PAREUS, David, author, 247 
PARSHALL, David, son, 226 

Israel, son, 226 

James, will, 226, 227, 22S 

Mary, dau., 227 
PARSONS, John, wit., 29 
PATTON. Robert, will, 203, 204 

William, 204 
PEIRSON, Henr>-, will, 239, 241, 
242 

Theo. , wit., 241 



PELLETREAU, Francis, 274 

William S., 82, 1S3 
PETTY, Daniel, 91 

Edward, 90 

James, 90, 91 

John, 90 

Lieut. Joseph, 91 
PHILLIPS, George, 270, 271, 274 

Rev. George, 274 
PIERSON, Abraham, son, 240, 
241 

Col., 1S5; boundary, 187, 235 

David, son, 259 

David Emmet, 239 

Hannah, dau.. 241 

Henry, boundary, 133 

Col. Henry, 136, 137, 2S2 

Henry, wit., ex., 222; town 
clerk, 239 

Lieut. Col. Henry, 239, 275, 
27S 

Job, justice, 270, 271, 275 

John, son, 239 

Joseph, boundary, no; wit., 
136; boundar}', 192, 240 

Josiah, son, 240, 241, 2S2 

Mar>-, dau., 241 

Sarah, dau., 241 

Susannah, 135, 136 

Susannah, wife, ex., 241, 242 

Theodore, boundary, 234, 235; 
wit., 238 

Theophilus, son, 240 
PINNY, John, adm., 106; bound- 
ary, 212 
PLAT, Elizabeth, dau., 94, 144, 

145. 146 

Epenetus, will, 93. 95, 96 
Epenetus, son, 93, 94, 95, 144, 

146. 147 

Hannah, dau., 94, 144. 145, 

146 
Jeremiah, son, 93. 94. 95. i44t 

145, 146 

Jonas, son, 93. 94, 93, i44. '45. 

146 
Joseph, overseer, 149 
Mary, dau., 94, 144, 145, 146 
Phebe, dau., 94, 95 
Phebe, wife, ex., 96; will, 144, 

146, 147 

Ruth, dau., 94, 144. I45. 146 
Sara, dau., 94, 144, 143, 140 



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Index of Names. 



PLATT, Epenetus, wit,, over- 
seer, 51, 52, 55, 60 
Epenetus, son, 61, 5;; Trit., 

63; boundary. 72 
Isaac, son, 61, 62 
Isaac, \riil, 52, ;j, 5;, 60 

Jacob, sou, 54, 55 
ohn, ex., 52, 55 

Capt, John, 266 

Jonas, son, 53, 54 

Joseph, son, 54, 55 

JIary, dau. , 54, 55 

Richard, 52, 93 
POST, Edwin, 91 

Henry, 223 

Isaac, justice. 270, 271. 275 

Lieut, 'Richard, 20-, 
PO\VELL, Thomas, wit., 49 
PRIOR. Matthew, 116 
FURRIER, Mary. 134 

William, 154 

RAYNOR, Jonathan, boundary, 

134 
RESCO, Ammy. grandson, 205 
REEVE, Daniel, son, 155 

Deborah, dau., 156 

Hannah, dau., 156, 220 

Isaac, son. 155 

James, 154, 156; wit., 255 

James, son, 154. 155; e.\.. 156 

John, 220 

Jonathan, boundary, 253. 254 

Joseph, wit., 156 

Thomas, son, 155 

William, bro., ex., 156 
REEVES, Albert C, 272 

John, boundary, i56, 24S; 
adm., 106 
ROE, John, wit.. Si. 117 
ROGERS. Elizabeth, dau,, 67 

Hiram S.. 45 

Irenie, iS3 

Jonah, son, 66 

Jonathan, boundar)-, 48 

Mary, 65 

Mary, wife, ex.. 67 

Mary, dau., 67 

Obadiah, will. 64, 6S 

Obadiah, son, 64, 65. 67; 
boundary. 1S5. 264 

Patience, dau., 67 

William, 64 



ROGERS, Zachariah, son, 65, 66, 

63 
ROMAINE. Mrs, Clara J,. 65 
ROSE, Abigail, wife. 150; ex., 
15=, 153 

Austin, 211 

David, son, 150, 151 

David, Jr., grandson, 152 

Col. Edwin, justice, etc., 150 

Hannah, dau., 151 

James, son, 151 

Capt. Jetur R,, 150 

John, will. 150, 132, 153 

John, son, 151 

Martin, son, 150, 152 

Thomas, son, 151 

William, son, 151 
ROUSE, Thomas, 32 
RUSCOE, Ammiruharai, 205 

Horace, 20; 
RUSSELL, V.'iUiam, 65 
RYDER, Abigail Terry, wife, 176 

Hester, dau., 176, 177 

Jeremiah, son, 177 

Joseph, son, 176; ex., 177 

Mehitable, dau., 177 

Providence, son, 176; ex., 177 

Thomas, will, 176, 178, 179 

SAGE, Mrs. Russell, 2S2 
SALE. Obadiah, 203; wit., 65 
SA.MMIS, David, son, 72, 73, 74 

Deborah, dau., 75 

Hannah, dau., 75 

Isaac, son, 73 

Jeremiah, son, 73, 74 

John, will, 72, 75, 76 

John, son, 72 

Silas, son, 72, 73, 74 
SATTERLY, Capt. John R., 22 

William, wit., 21, 170 
SAYER, Caleb, son, 180, 181, 182 

Daniel, wit,, 182 

Francis, will, 179, 182 

Francis, son, 180 

Ichabod, 179 

Ichabod, son, i8o, 181, 182; 
ex., 1S3 

John, son, 180, iSi 

Jonathan, son, 180 

Patience, iSo 

Sarah, wife, iSl 

Thomas, 179 



Index of Names. 



299 



SAYER, Capt. Thomas, 179 

Thomas, son, iSo, iSi 
SAYRE, Hannah, wit., 107 

Job, adra. app., 107, 139 

Rufus, 54 

Susannah, 139 

The., wit., 214 

Thomas, "undertaker," 107 
SCHERMERHORX, Mrs., i8j 
SCIDDMORE, Thomas, 93 
SCOT, Jecomiah, wit., 152 
SCOTT, Capt. Jecomiah, 32 

Lewis, 60 
SCUDDER, Abigail, dau., 50, 51 

Benjamin, son, 47, 4S 

Cleman, dau., 48 

Henrj-, 49 

Jonathan, will, 49, 50, 51 

Jonathan, son, 50, 51 

^lar}', ex., 46 

Rebecca, dau., 50 

Sarah, wife, ex., 49, 50 

Sarah, dau., 51 

Thomas, will, 46, 47, 49 

Timothy, son, 4S 
SCUDMORE, Thomas, adm., 229 
SELLE. JIary, 148 
SILVESTER, Elizabeth, e.-i., 121 

Elizabeth, sister, 121 

Giles, petition, 121, 122 

Nathaniel, 32 

Capt. Nathaniel, 121 

Peter, will, petition, 121, 122 
SIMSON, D., wit . 14 
SLOUGHTER, Henry, captain- 
general, II 
SMITH, Adam, son, 80 

Adam, 274 

Benjamin, 97; boundary, 117 

Daniel, 36 

Daniel, son. So 

Edmund, 274 

Isaac, adra., 153 

James, wit., 63 

Job, son, So 
onathan, ex., 21, 22 
Jonathan, son, 79; ex., 3i, 144 
Joseph, boundary, 212 
Margaret, 274 
P. Wm., clerk, 269 
Richard, ex., 21, 22, 36, 56 
Richard, Sr., will, 78, Si, 82, 279 
Richard and Sarah, will, 81 



SMITH, Richard, son, 80; ex., 81 

Samuel, wit., 97 

Samuel, son. So 

Thomas, wit., 333 

Hon. Col. William, judge, 9, 
10, 12, 14, passvn 

William, will. 129, 2S0 

Zacharv, grandson, 169 
SPOOXER, Alden J., 60 
SQUIRE, Ann, dau., 2S2 

John, boundary, 87 
STANBOROUGH, Josiah, wit., 
46. 233 

Peregrine, 223 
STANBROUGH, John, grandson, 
125 

Mary, 125 

Pere'grine, 44, 45, 46; ex., 124, 
126, 127 

Sarah, 24 
STANBURGH, Anne, dau., 236, 
237 

Elizabeth, dau., 237 

Eunice, dau., 237 

James, son, 237; ex., 233 

John, son, 235, 236, 237; ex., 
23S 

Josiah, grandson, 237 

JIartha, dau,, 237 

Olive, dau., 235, 237 

Peregrine, will, 233, 234, 238 

Sarah, wife, 234, 237; ex., 238 

Sarah, dau., 237 
STEPHENS, Mr., boundary, 262 

Thomas, 34 
STEVENS, Elizabeth, adm., 216 

Thomas, purchase, 192 

Capt. Thomas, adm. app., 216 
STICKLAND, Mr., 60 
STRATTON, Benjamin, 282 

Elizabeth, wit., 2S2 

Isaac, 282 

Richard, 282 

Steven, overseer, 211 

Thomas, 2S2 
STRETTON, John, ex., 126, 127 

JIar>-, 124 

JIary, grandchild, 125 

Richard, boundary, 87 
STRICKLAND, Jonathan, 234, 236 

Mar>', 235 
STURM Y, Charles, adm. app., 59, 



'^OO 



Index of Names. 



STURMY, Deborah, adm., 59 
SWAZEY, John, will, 6S, 71 

John, son, 69, 70 

Joseph, son, 69, 70 

Samuel, son, (19, 70 
SWAZY, Hannah, wit., 174 

Samuel, adm., 196; wit., 227 
SYMOXS. Hannah, 31 

Martha, 31 

TALMAGE, Elizabeth, wife, 26 

Hannah, dau., 39 

Jlary Hand, dau., 20 

Naomi, dau., 28 

Nathaniel, ex., 25, 26, 27 

Onesimus, ex., 2;, 27 

Shubaell, son, ex., 25, 27; \vit., 
127 

Thomas, will, 2 = , 26, 29 
TAPPING, Deborah. 188 

Elnathan, wit., 46 

Thomas, overseer, iii 
TAYLOR John, wit., 1S9 
TEED, Mary, 147 

Samuel, 147 

Samuel, stepson, 148 
TERRY, Gersham, 176; adm., 179 

John, son-in-law, ex., 159, 160 

Mary Horton, 249. 251 

Nathaniel, adm., 176,179, 251; 
ex., 252, 253 

Richard, 176 

Thomas, wit., 202 
THOMAS, John, wit., 174, 193 
THOMPSON, Mrs. David, 26 
TITUS, Abiell, wit., 75 
TOOKER, Capt., boundary. 117 

Charles, son, 38, 39 

Hannah, dau., 36, 38 

Hannah, wife, ex., 33, 37. 38, 
39. 40. 41 

John, will, 35, 36, 40, 42 

John, son, 38, 39. 41 

Joseph, son, 33, 39, 41; wit.. 71 

Ruth, dau.. 36 
TOPPING, Abijtail, adm., 115 

Capt.. 235; boundary, 240 

Elnathan, 115 

Ephraim, 203 

G. Clarence, justice, 129 

James, adm. app., 115 

Joseph, wit.. Ill 

Thomas, boundary, 109, 203; 
will, 204 



TO\VNLY, Elizabeth. 81 
TREDWELL. John, 144 
Phebe, dau., 144 
Timothy, 144 
TURNER, Jerem.v, author, 249 
TUSTEN, John, 24 

Thomas, wit., 24, boundary, 
246 
TUTHILL, Abigail, 161; wit., 
adm.. 162 
John, ex., 71, 178; boundary, 

1 99; wit., 202. 221 
John, Sr. , adm., 162 
Mr., Sr. , purchase, 246 

VAIL, Jeremiah, 15S 

Sarah, 15S 
VALE, Jeremiah, bro. -in-law, ex., 

139 
VALENTINE, Jonas, 113 
VEALE, Joseph, boundary, 112 
VEILE, Jeremiah, purchase, 246, 
243 
Joseph, will, 153 
VIELE, Anne, adm., 17 

Jeremy, adm., 17 
VONCK, Cornelius, shoemaker, 
106 

WADE, John, wit., 269 

Nathaniel, wit., 22^ 
V\'ARREN, Thomas, 34, 103 
WASHBURN, John, yeoman, 161 

Susannah, guard, app., 161 
WASHBURNE, John, guard. 

app., 163 
WEEKS, John, overseer, 146 
WELLS, Elizabeth Tuthill, wife, 
142; ex., 142, 143 

Henry, son, 141, 142 

John, son, 141 

Joshua, 250; wit., 255 

Alarj', dau., 142 

Wm., boundary, 31; will, 140, 
143 

William, son, 140, 141, 142; 
ex., 142 
WHEELER, John, Jr., wit., 127 
WHITE, Charles, son, no 

Ebenezer, clergyman, 234; 
overseer, wit., 238, 241 

Ephraim, son. 109 

Capt. George G., igo 

James, will, 109. in 



Index of Names. 



301 



WHITE, James, son, no 

Ruth, wife, in; adra., 112 
Sarah, dau., no 
Steven, son, no 
Thomas Nicoll, 205 
WHITEHAIR, Abraham, 171 
Abram, son, 172, 173, 174 
Deliverance, wit., 143 
Peter Whitier, will, 171, 174; 

codicil, 174, 175 
Rachel, w-ife, 171 
Sarah, dau.. 173, 174 
William, wit., 143 
William, son, 172, 173, 
174 
WHITEHEAD, Samuel, wit., 103, 

105, III 
WHITIER, Peter, boundary, 209 

William, 250 
WHITING, Rev. Joseph, 203, 244 

William, adm., 215 
WHITSON, Thomas, 94 
WHITTAKER, George W., 170 
WICKE, Job, 243 

John, " seargemaker," e.\., 
243, 244. 245 
WICKES, John, ex., 166, 167; 

wit., 166 
WICKS, John, wit., 95 
WILLIAMS, Jonas, 275; justice. 
270, 271 
Nathaniel, overseer, 75. 76 
WILLIS, Richard, adm.. 183 
WILLMAN, Isaac, purchase, 246; 

boundary, 24S 
WILMAN, Abram, adm. app.,91, 
92 
Isaac, adm., 91, 92; boundary, 
133 
WINES, Samuel, wit., 141 
WODHULL, Dorothy, 210 
John, son, 209, 210 
Josiah, son, 209, 210 
Nathaniel, son, 209 
Capt. Richard, 9, 10, 11, 14 
Richard, wit., 170; will, 2o3, 

211, 279 
Richard, son, 20S, 209, 210 
Temperance Topping, 20S; 
wife, 210; ex., 211 
WOOD, Elizabeth, dau., 62 

John, wit., 51; overseer, 55, 

146; boundary, 172 
John, son, 61, 63 



Jonas, 52; will, 60, 63; wit., 
95, 147 

Jonas, son, 61 

Joseph, boundary, gS 

Phebe, dau., 62 

Silas, 60 
WOODHULL, Dorothy, 274 

Nathaniel, justice, 270, 271 

Gen. Nathaniel, 274, 275 

Richard, trustee, 269; justice, 
270, 271, 274 
WOODRUFF, John, Sr., 261 

Samuel, wit., 194 
WOODRUFFE, Abigail, dau., 264 

Benjamin, son, 262, 263, 264 

Elizabeth, dau., 264 

Hannah, wife, 261, 262; ex., 
265 

Hannah, dau., 264 

Isaac, son, 263, 264 

John, will, 261, 265, 266 

Jonathan, son, 264 

Joseph, son, 263, 264 

Nathaniel, son, 262, 263, 264 

Samuel, son, 261, 262, 263; ex., 
265 
WOODS, Samuel, boundary, 53 

YOUNG, Benjamin, wit., 32 

Joseph, wit., 32 
YOUNGS, Benjamin, ex., 120; 

wit., 159, 160 
Christopher, Sr. , adm. app., 

119, 120; purchase, 24S 
Daniel, wit., 159, 160 
David, son, 200, 201 
David, wit., 260 
Gideon, will, 196, 202 
Gideon, son, 19S, 199, 200, 201; 

ex., 202, 203 
John, 6S; boundary, 69 
Capt. John, 196 
Col. John, purchase, 24S 
Jonathan, son, 197, 19S, 199, 

200, 201 
Joseph, son, 200. 201; wit., 202 
Joseph, purchase, 248 
Joshua, 273: wit., 260 
ilary, ex., 120 
Jlersy, 23 
Sarah, wit., 40 

Sarah, wife, 197, 201; e.x., 202 
Samuel, wit., 202 
Thomas, justice, 270, 271, 273