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Families of the Children of Martha2 Washburn and Edmund Titus

 

 

            The families of the children of Martha Washburn and Edmund Titus of Long Island, New York, is currently a work in progress. I will add to this as new information is uncovered, but this family will not be carried on past this file.

 

 

 

 

JohnA Washborne (3rd)

 

 

William1 Washburn

 

 

 

 

MarthaA Timbrell

 

Martha2 Washburn

 

 

 

 

Francis1 Nicholls

 

 

Jane2 Nicholls

 

 

 

 

Frances1 Wimarke

Samuel3 Titus

 

 

 

Phebe3 Titus

 

 

 

Martha3 Titus

 

 

 

Mary3 Titus

 

 

 

Hannah3 Titus

 

 

 

Jane3 Titus

 

 

 

John3 Titus

 

 

 

Peter3 Titus

 

 

 

Silas3 Titus

 

 

 

Patience3 Titus

 

 

 

Temperance Titus

 

 

 

 

 

Robert1 Titus

 

 

Edmund2 Titus

 

 

 

 

Hannah

 

 

 

(98.) Samuel3 Titus, eldest son of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, in Aug. 1658,[1] called “eldest son” in the 1706 will of his father, Edmund Titus, married 1.) Elisabeth Powell, daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Woods) Powell,[2] on 6 Nov. 1691 in Bethpage, Queens County, NY.[3] She died on 9 Apr. 1704, and he remarried to 2.) Elizabeth (Bowne) Prior, daughter of John and Hannah Bowne, of Flushing,[4] and widow of John Prior, of Mantinecock, Long Island.[5] She died on 14 Oct. 1721, and Samuel Titus died on 1 Jan. 1732/3, aged about 75 years,[6] but no probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        Samuel Titus had children by Elisabeth Powell:[7]

        294       i   Phebe Titus, born on 8 Oct. 1693.

        295      ii   Temperance Titus, born on 6 Mar. 1695/6, died on 15 Apr. 1704.

        296     iii   Martha Titus, born on 23 Feb. 1698/9.

        297     iv   Samuel4 Titus (Jr.), born on 23 Nov. 1702, married Mary Jones. He died testate on 19 Apr. 1750 in Westbury, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY,[8] his will dated 15 Apr. 1750, “very weak and sick of body,” and probated on 8 June 1750, mentioned his wife Mary Titus, eldest son Stephen Titus, younger sons Samuel Titus and Richard Titus, and four daughters, Elizabeth Kees, Mary Titus, Phebe Titus, and Jamima Titus, the final three under the age of 18 years, and he named his son Stephen Titus, his brother-in-law William Jones, and his cousin Samuel Willis, of Jericho, as executors of his estate.[9] (See Appendix [A] for a full transcription of his will.) Mary (Jones) Titus died after 1750. They had children,[10] order uncertain:

a. Stephen5 Titus, called eldest son in his father’s 1750 will, possibly married Sarah Hicks, and died testate in 1762 in Hempstead, his will dated 8 Dec. 1761, and probated on 22 May 1762, mentioned his wife Sarah, his eldest son Stephen Titus, younger sons Samuel Titus and John Titus, both under age, and daughters Merian Titus and Ann Titus, both under age, and he named his uncles Samuel Jackson and William Jones and his wife’s brother Joseph Hicks as executors of his estate.[11] (See Appendix [B] for a full transcription of his will.)

b. Elizabeth Titus, married (___) Kees before the 1750 will of her father.

c. Samuel Titus (3rd)

d. Richard Titus

e. Mary Titus, under the age of 18 in 1750.

f. Phebe Titus, under the age of 18 in 1750.

g. Jemima Titus, under the age of 18 in 1750.

 

 

(100.) Martha3 Titus, second daughter of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, in Mar. 1663,[12] married Benjamin2 Sea­man, son of Capt. John1 and Elisabeth (Strickland) Seaman,[13] in ca. 1684,[14] and they lived in Jeru­salem, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY. He was born ca. 1650, and died testate in 1733 in Jerusalem, NY,[15] his will dated 28 Dec. 1732, and probated on 5 Nov. 1733, mentioned his wife Martha, youngest son Solomon Seaman, grandson Benjamin Seaman, son of his son Benjamin Seaman, deceased, son Jacob Seaman, son James Seaman, brother Samuel Seaman, daughters Hannah Denton, Phebe Townsend, and Elizabeth Wooden, granddaughters Martha Clements, Jane Clements, and Martha Rowland, youngest daughter Temperance Kirk, and sons-in-law Jacob Townsend, Joseph Clements, and Jonathan Rowland, and he named his sons Jacob Seaman, James Seaman, and Solomon Seaman as executors of his estate.[16] (See Appendix [C] for a full transcription of his will.) Martha (Titus) Seaman died after 1732.[17]

        Martha Titus and Benjamin Seaman had children, order uncertain:[18]

        298       i   Benjamin3 Seaman (Jr.), born in 1685, married Jane3 Mott, daughter of Joseph2 and Mary (Smith) Mott, of Hempstead, Long Island,[19] on 26 Oct. 1709.[20] She was born on 15 Nov. 1682.[21] He died testate on 7 Nov. 1729 in Hempstead, NY.[22] They supposedly had children:[23]

a. Elizabeth4 Seaman, born supposedly on 3 Sept. 1710, married Amos Underhill, son of John and (247) Elisabeth3 (Willets) Underhill (3rd) in 1729 in Westbury, NY. He was born ca. 1698, a grandson of (84) Thomas2 and Dinah (Townsend) Willets, and supposedly died in 1773 in Flushing, Queens Co., NY,[24] but no probate records were found for his estate.

b. Martha4 Seaman, born on 17 Feb. 1711/12, married William4 Seaman, son of John3 and (213) Hannah3 (Williams) Seaman, in 1743 in Westbury, NY. He was born on 28 Aug. 1708, a grandson of (71) John and Leah (Townsend) Williams. She died on 4 Apr. 1774.

c. Jane4 Seaman, born on 14 Dec. 1713, married John Robbins on 28 Mar. 1731 in Westbury, NY.

d. Miriam Seaman, born on 24 May 1716, died on 30 Sept. 1729.

e. Hannah Seaman, born supposedly on 22 May 1718, died in June 1718.

f. Benjamin4 Seaman (3rd), born on 11 Feb. 1718/19 or 19 Dec. 1720, mentioned in the 1732 will of his grandfather, Benjamin Seaman, married 1.) (____), and 2.) Elizabeth Mott in 1743. He died supposedly on 4 Aug. 1785 in Saint John, NB.[25]

g. Anne Seaman, born on 8 Apr. 1722, died in May 1722.

h. Phebe Seaman, born on 3 July 1723, died on 20 Apr. 1724.

i. Edmond Seaman, born supposedly on 13 July 1726 [sic], died in May 1728.

j. Mary Seaman, born supposedly on 16 Sept. 1726 [sic], died on 20 Oct. 1727.

        299      ii   Martha3 Seaman, born ca. 1686, married Jonathan Rowland (Jr.), son of Jonathan and Abigail (Barlow) Rowland, as his second wife, in 1703 in Hempstead. He was born ca. 1685 in Fairfield, CT, and had married first to Mary Barron.[26] She was not mentioned in her father’s 1732 will, and she probably died before them. No death or probate records were found for his estate in New York. They supposedly had children, order uncertain:[27]

a. Jonathan Rowland (Jr.), born ca. 1704, married Hannah Marvin, daughter of Robert and Phebe (Halstead) Marvin, on 5 Feb. 1741 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[28] He was named as a co-executor of the will of his brother-in-law Samuel Embree, of Westchester, NY, in 1739, but he refused. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

b. Sarah Rowland, born ca. 1705, married Samuel Embree, and they moved to Westchester Co., NY. He died testate in ca. 1740 in Westchester, NY, his will dated 3 Mar. 1739, and probated on 23 June 1740, mentioned his wife, and underage daughters Ruth, Mary, Deborah, and Hanah Embree, married daughters Abigail Hunt and Sarah Glean, grandsons Samuel Hunt and Anthony Glean, and sons Samuel, Joseph, John, and Robert Embree, and he named his brother-in-law Jonathan Rowland, of Hempstead, and friends William Leggett and Moses Mullineaux, of Westchester, as executors of his estate, but his brother-in-law Jonathan Rowland refused on 16 June 1740.[29] (See Appendix [D] for a full transcription of his will.)

c. Martha Rowland, mentioned in the 1732 will of her grandfather, Benjamin Seaman, married (___) Pearson.

d. Samuel Rowland, married Ruth Marvin, daughter of Robert and Phebe (Halstead) Marvin, on 2 May 1745 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[30] No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

e. John Rowland, married Mary Marvin, daughter of Robert and Phebe (Halstead) Marvin, in 1745. He supposedly died in 1776, but no probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        300     iii   Jane3 Seaman, born say 1688, married Joseph Clements. He was born in 1681.[31] She died on 23 Mar. 1721/2 in Westbury, NY.[32] Joseph Clements was mentioned in the 1732 will of his father-in-law, Benjamin Seaman. He supposedly died in 1748,[33] but no probate records were found for his estate in New York. She had at least two daughters who were also mentioned in her father’s 1732 will:

a. Martha Clements

b. Jane Clements

        301     iv   Hannah3 Seaman, born say 1693, married Daniel Denton (Jr.), son of Daniel and Deborah (Leonard) Denton, in ca. 1713 in Jerusalem, Hempstead, NY.[34] Daughter Hannah Denton was mentioned in the 1732 will of her father. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        302      v   Jacob3 Seaman, born say 1695, married Mary3 Seaman, his first cousin, daughter of Samuel2 and Phebe (Hicks) Seaman,[35] in ca. 1718. She was a granddaughter of Capt. John1 and Elisabeth (Strickland) Seaman. He was mentioned in the 1732 will of his father, and they lived in Jerusalem, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY. He was probably the Jacob Seamans taxed in Hempstead in the 1746-1747 tax list.[36] He died testate in ca. 1767 in Jerusalem, NY, his will dated 26 May 1766, and probated on 26 Mar. 1767, mentioned his wife Mary Seaman, possibly a second wife, his son Jacob Seaman, and daughters Jean, Amie, and Deborah, and he named his brother Solomon Seaman and son Jacob Seaman as executors of his estate, but only his son Jacob Seaman was granted Letters of Administration on 30 Aug. 1769.[37] (See Appendix [E] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children:[38]

a. Deborah4 Seaman, born on 12 Jan. 1718/19 or 1719/20, mentioned in her father’s 1766 will, married Thomas Williams on 26 Mar. 1755 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[39]

b. Jane4 “Jean” Seaman, born on 5 May 1722, called Jean in her father’s 1766 will, married Daniel Jackson, son of Thomas Jackson, on 20 Apr. 1755 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead,[40] but they had no children, and he died testate in ca. 1759 in Jericho, NY, his will dated 4 May 1759, and probated on 7 Feb. 1760, left his entire estate to his wife Jane, and named his father Thomas Jackson and cousin Richard Willets as executors of his estate.[41] (See Appendix [F] for a full transcription of his will.)

c. Almy4 “Amie” Seaman, born on 1 May 1724, called Amie in her father’s 1766 will, married Obadiah Jackson, son of John and Kesiah (Mott) Jackson, on 26 Sept. 1756 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[42] No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

d. Jacob4 Seaman (Jr.), born on 29 Oct. 1737, co-executor of his father’s estate in 1767, married Margaret Birdsall. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        303     vi   Elisabeth3 Seaman, born ca. 1697, married 1.) Thomas Rushmore, and 2.) James Worden or Wooden by 1732.[43] Daughter Elizabeth Wooden was mentioned in the 1732 will of her father. No probate records were found for James Worden in New York.

        304    vii   Phebe3 Seaman, born in 1699, married Jacob Townsend, son of James and Audrey (Almy) Townsend. He was born in 1692. Daughter Phebe Townsend was mentioned in the 1732 will of her father, and Jacob Townsend was also mentioned in his father-in-law’s will. He died on 30 Dec. 1742, but no probate records were found for his estate in New York, and she died on 14 Apr. 1774.[44]

        305   viii   Temperance3 Seaman, born in 1702, married 1.) Arthur Kirk, son of John and Deborah (Seaman) Kirk,[45] before 1732. Youngest daughter Temperance Kirk was mentioned in the 1732 will of her father. He died, but no probate records were found for his estate, and she remarried to 2.) William Kirby, and who also apparently died, and she remarried again to 3.) Joseph Wright, son of Adam and Mary (Dennis) Wright,[46] as his second wife, in 1738 in NY.[47] He was born in 1699, and died testate in 1738/9 in West Perry, Hempstead, NY,[48] his will dated 3 Nov. 1738, and probated on 28 Feb. 1738[/39], mentioned his wife Temperance, who he supposed to be then with child, her brothers Solomon Seaman and James Seaman, his daughter Mary Wright, his sons Adam Wright, Joseph Wright, John Wright, Charles Wright, and Job Wright, and he named his son Adam Wright, and his trusty friends Robert Dingey and Samuel Willis as his executors.[49] (See Appendix [G] for a full transcription of his will.)

        306     ix   James3 Seaman, born in 1710,[50] married Martha3 Seaman, his first cousin, daughter of Samuel2 and Phebe (Hicks) Seaman,[51] on 25 Mar. 1731 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[52] She was also a granddaughter of Capt. John1 and Elisabeth (Strickland) Seaman. He was mentioned in the 1732 will of his father, and the 1738 will of his brother-in-law Joseph Wright, and they lived in Jerusalem, Hempstead, NY. He was probably the James Seamans taxed in Hempstead in the 1746-1747 tax list.[53] He died testate on 25 Nov. 1780,[54] his will dated 22 June 1777, and probated on 19 June 1781, mentioned his wife Martha Seaman, his son Benjamin Seaman, and daughters Phebe, Martha, and Mary, and he named his son Benjamin and kinsman Thomas Seaman as executors of his estate. (See Appendix [H] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children,[55] order uncertain:

a. Benjamin4 Seaman, born on 22 Apr. 1733, married Letitia Allen on 17 Dec. 1758 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[56] He was executor of his father’s estate in 1781. He died on 8 Jan. 1804,[57] but no probate records were found for his estate in New York.

b. Phebe4 Seaman, married John Birdsall on 8 Feb. 1751 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[58]

c. Mary4 Seaman, married Joshua Hunt in 1768.[59]

d. Martha4 Seaman, married Benjamin Drake in 1765.[60] She died on 14 Oct. 1783.

        307      x   Solomon3 Seaman, born say 1712, called “youngest son” in his father’s 1732 will, and was mentioned in the 1738 will of his brother-in-law Joseph Wright, married Hannah Seaman, daughter of a Thomas Seaman, in 1740. He was probably the Capt. Solloman Seamans taxed in Hempstead in the 1746-1747 tax list.[61] Hannah (Seaman) Seaman died before 1780, and he died testate in 1782, probably in Jerusalem, Hempstead, NY, his will dated 16 Feb. 1780, with an undated codicil, and probated on 7 Dec. 1782, mentioned his sons Israel Seaman, Thomas Seaman, and David Seaman, four daughters Martha, Amey, Deborah and Mary, and grandsons Solomon and James, sons of his daughter Deborah, and he named his sons Israel Seaman and Thomas Seaman, and his son-in-law Samuel Jackson as executors of his estate.[62] (See Appendix [I] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children, order uncertain:[63]

a. Thomas4 Seaman, a schoolmaster, mentioned in his father’s 1780 will.

b. David Seaman, mentioned in his father’s 1780 will.

c. Israel4 Seaman, mentioned in his father’s 1780 will, married Sarah Rowland, daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Marvin) Rowland (Jr.), on 11 Apr. 1779.[64] She was a granddaughter of Jonathan and (299) Martha (Seaman) Rowland. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

d. Martha4 Seaman, mentioned in her father’s 1780 will, married Alburtis/Albert Vanderwater on 4 Feb. 1785 in Hempstead, NY. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

e. Amy Seaman, mentioned in her father’s 1780 will.

f. Deborah4 Seaman, married Samuel Jackson on 15 July 1773 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[65] She was mentioned in her father’s 1780 will, and he was appointed as a co-executor of the estate of his father-in-law, Solomon Seaman, in 1782.

g. Mary4 Seaman, mentioned in her father’s 1780 will, supposedly married Joshua or Joseph Buffet on 7 Dec. 1775 in Huntington, Suffolk Co., NY.

 

 

(101.) Mary3 Titus, third daughter of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, in July 1665,[66] married William2 Willis, son of Henry1 and Mary (Peace) Willis (Jr.),[67] on 10 Aug. 1687 in Westbury, Long Island.[68] He was born on 16 Dec. 1663,[69] and was one of the executors named in the 1706 will of his father-in-law, Edmund Titus. Henry Willis, father of William Willis, came to Long Island from London after 1667, and died on 11 Sept. 1714, aged 86 years.[70]

        William Willis died testate on 3 Sept. 1736 in Hempstead, his will dated 13 Nov. 1729, and probated on 27 May 1736, mentioned his wife Mary, eldest son William Willis, sons John Willis, Henry Willis, two youngest sons Jacob Willis and Samuel Willis, and he named his wife Mary, and friends Thomas Pearsall and Samuel Underhill as executors of his estate.[71] (See Appendix [J] for a full transcription of his will.) Mary (Titus) Willis died in 1747.[72]

        Mary Titus and William Willis had children:[73]

        308       i   William3 Willis (Jr.), born on 14 June 1688 in Westbury, NY,[74] married Hannah Powell, daughter of Thomas and Elisabeth (Townsend) (Phillips) Powell,[75] in 1712. He was called the eldest son in his father’s 1729 will. He died testate in 1750 in Westbury, Queens Co., NY, his will dated 30 Jan. 1749/50, and probated on 5 June 1750, mentioned his wife Hannah Willis, his six sons Jacob Willis, the eldest, Samuel Willis, Mordecai Willis, Silas Willis, William Willis, and Joseph Willis, the youngest, and his four daughters Mary Bedel, Hannah Sprag, Elizabeth Post, and Martha Willis, who was still unmarried, and he named his sons Jacob Willis and Samuel Willis, and his brother-in-law Jacob Seaman as executors of his estate.[76] (See Appendix [K] for a full transcription of his will.) Hannah (Powell) Willis died sometime after 1750. They had children,[77] order uncertain:

a. Jacob4 Willis, born say ca. 1716, called eldest son in his father’s 1750 will, and was co-executor of his father’s estate, and was also mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle, Jacob Willis. He married Elizabeth (Denton) Dusenbury, his second cousin, daughter of (317) James and Elizabeth (Cornell) Denton (Jr.), and widow of Jarvis Dusenbury. She was born in ca. 1718 in Hempstead, a granddaughter of James and (103) Jane (Titus) Denton.

b. Samuel4 Willis, another co-executor of his father’s estate in 1750, and was mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle, Jacob Willis.

c. Mordecai Willis, was mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle, Jacob Willis.

d. Silas Willis, was mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle, Jacob Willis.

e. William Willis (3rd)

f. Joseph Willis, called youngest son in his father’s 1750 will.

g. Mary4 Willis, married (___) Bedel before her father’s 1750 will.

h. Hannah4 Willis, married (___) Sprag before her father’s 1750 will.

i. Elizabeth4 Willis, married (___) Post before her father’s 1750 will.

j. Martha Willis, was still unmarried in 1750 when her father wrote his will.

        309      ii   Henry3 Willis, born on 19 Aug. 1690 in Westbury, NY,[78] married Phebe Powell, daughter of Thomas and Elisabeth (Townsend) (Phillips) Powell,[79] in 1712. He was mentioned in his father’s 1729 will. He died testate in Dec. 1744 in Hempstead, his will dated 9 Dec. 1744, very sick and weak, and probated on 27 Dec. 1744, mentioned his wife Phebe, his daughter Phebe Willis, who was still unmarried, son Silas Willis, and the children of his deceased daughter Mary Post, and her husband Richard Post, and he named his son Silas Willis, brother John Willis, of Hempstead, and brother Samuel Willis, of Oyster Bay, as executors of his estate.[80] (See Appendix [L] for a full transcription of his will.) Phebe (Powell) Willis died sometime after 1744. They had children:[81]

a. Silas4 Willis, married Ann Pearsall, his second cousin, daughter of Henry and (318) Mary (Titus) Pearsall. She was a granddaughter of (104) John and Sarah (Willis) Titus. He was named as co-executor of his father’s estate in 1744, but he died testate in 1745 in Hempstead, his will dated 19 Feb. 1744/45, and probated on 29 July 1745, mentioned his wife Ann Willis, his son Jordan Willis, and another child his wife was pregnant with, and he named his uncles John Willis, of Westbury, Jacob Titus, of Wheatly, and Samuel Willis, of Jericho, as executors of his estate.[82] (See Appendix [M] for a full transcription of his will.)

b. Mary4 Willis, married Richard Post.[83] She died before her father’s 1744 will, leaving 5 children. No probate records were found for Richard Post in New York.

c. Phebe Willis, still unmarried and living at home when her father wrote his will in 1744.

        310     iii   John3 Willis, born on 15 Apr. 1693 in Westbury, NY,[84] married (268) Abigail3 Willets, daughter of (87) Richard2 and Abigail (Powell) Willets (Jr.), in ca. 1714.[85] She was a granddaughter of Richard1 and (48) Mary2 (Washburn) Willets. He was also mentioned in his father’s 1729 will, and they lived in Westbury, Hempstead, NY. They both apparently died in 1777,[86] but no probate records were found for either of them in New York. They supposedly had children:[87]

a. Phebe4 Willis, born on 24 Mar. 1715 on Long Island, married John Post.[88] She died on 15 Jan. 1751.

b. Richard4 Willis, born on 30 Dec. 1716 on Long Island, married Elizabeth Pine.[89] He was mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle Jacob Willis. He died on 20 Sept. 1784.

c. Elizabeth4 Willis, born on 4 Mar. 1719 on Long Island, married Jonathan Seaman in ca. 1740. She died in 1777.

d. William4 Willis, born on 23 May 1720 on Long Island, married Mary Townsend in 1754. He was mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle Jacob Willis. He died on 9 Jan. 1779.

e. John4 Willis (Jr.), born on 5 June 1726 on Long Island, married Margaret Cornell on 26 Aug. 1749 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[90] He was mentioned in the 1748 will of his uncle Jacob Willis. He died testate on 3 Jan. 1814.

f. Stephen4 Willis, born on 13 Jan. 1735/6 on Long Island, married Sarah Smith in 1762.[91] He died, however, on 26 Dec. 1762,[92] but no probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        311     iv   Jacob3 Willis, born on 6 Nov. 1695 in Westbury, NY,[93] called one of his youngest sons in his father’s 1729 will, apparently never married. He died testate in 1751 in Westbury, Hempstead, NY, his will dated 1 Feb. 1747/48, and probated on 20 Feb. 1751, mentioned his brother William Willis, Mary Willis, eldest daughter of his brother Samuel Willis, John Willis, son of Samuel Willis, Richard Willis, William Willis and John Willis, sons of his brother John Willis, and Jacob Willis, Samuel Willis, Mordicah Willis, and Silas Willis, sons of his brother William Willis, and he named his kinsman Jacob Titus, of Wheatly, and Zebulon Seaman, of Jericho, as executors of his estate.[94] (See Appendix [N] for a full transcription of his will.)

        312      v   Silas Willis, born on 26 Aug. 1700 in Westbury, NY,[95] died on 15 Mar. 1704/5 in Westbury.[96]

        313     vi   Samuel3 Willis, born on 30 Aug. 1704 in Westbury, NY,[97] married Mary Fry in 1728. He was called one of his father’s youngest sons in his father’s 1729 will. She was born in 1713, and they lived in Jericho, Hempstead, NY. He supposedly died in 1790, but no probate records were found for his estate in New York, and she died in 1800. They had at least two children, as named in his brother Jacob Willis’ will:

a. Mary Willis, called eldest daughter.

b. John Willis

        314    vii   Mary Willis, born in July 1709 in Westbury, NY,[98] not mentioned in her father’s 1729 will.

 

 

(103.) Jane3 Titus, fifth daughter of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born Westbury, Long Island, in Apr. 1670,[99] married James3 Denton,[100] son of Samuel2 and Mary2 (Smith) Denton, of Hempstead,[101] in ca. 1691.[102] He was born ca. 1670 in Hempstead, a grand­son of Rev. Richard1 Denton, and of John1 “Rock” Smith, of Hempstead.[103] He died testate in ca. 1723/4. His will was dated 7 May 1713, and probat­ed on 3 Feb. 1723/4, and he mentioned his wife Jane Denton, son James Denton, under 21, his brothers Samuel Denton, Abraham Denton, and Jonas Denton, his nephew Samuel Denton, son of his brother Samuel Denton, and he named his wife and brother-in-law William Willis as his executors.[104] (See Appendix [O] for a full transcription of his will.) Jane (Titus) Denton probably died by 3 Feb. 1726/7, when their son James Denton took the oath as executor of his father’s estate.

        Jane Titus and James Denton supposedly had children:[105]

        315       i   James Denton (Jr.), born ca. 1692 in Hempstead, died young.

        316      ii   Jane Denton, born ca. 1694 in Hempstead, probably also died young, not mentioned in her father’s will.

        317     iii   James4 Denton (Jr.), born ca. 1696 in Hempstead, married Elizabeth4 Cornell, daughter of William3 and Elizabeth (Smith[?]) Cornell, Esq., in ca. 1716. He was still under 21 years of age in 1713 when his father wrote his will, but he took the oath as executor of his father’s estate on 3 Feb. 1726/7. He supposedly died testate in Nov. 1728, but no probate records were found for him in New York County, and she remarried to Benjamin Smith on 14 Oct. 1732 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead. James Denton and Elizabeth Cornell had 4 children:[106]

a. Elizabeth5 Denton, born say 1718 in Hempstead, married 1.) Jarvis Dusenbury, of New York City, on 6 June 1736 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[107] He died intestate in 1746, and administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Elizabeth, on 26 Mar. 1746. She remarried to 2.) Jacob5 Willis, of Westbury, NY, son of (308) William4 and Hannah (Powell) Willis (Jr.). He was born say ca. 1716, a grandson of William3 and (101) Mary3 (Titus) Willis.

b. Jane5 Denton, born say 1720, married Dr. Charles Peters on 22 May 1736 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[108] She died by June of 1759, and he remarried to Rachel Latham on 6 July 1759 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[109]

c. James Denton (3rd), born say 1725, baptized on 30 Oct. 1726 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead, probably died young, not mentioned in his father’s will.

d. Phebe5 Denton, born say 1729, baptized on 5 Jan. 1731/2 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead, married 1.) John Tredwell (Jr.), son of John and Mary (Mott) Tredwell, of Hempstead, in 1750 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead,[110] but they had no children. He was born ca. 1720, and died testate in 1759 in Hempstead, his will dated 16 Oct. 1758, with a codicil dated 7 May 1759, and probated on 8 June 1759, mentioned his wife Phebe Tredwell, his cousin John Tredwell, son of his brother Thomas Tredwell, and he named his friends Patrick Mott, Samuel Clowes 3d, and Timothy Clowes as executors of his estate.[111] (See Appendix [P] for a full transcription of his will.) She remarried to 2.) Samuel Searing, of Hempstead, on 17 Mar. 1762 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[112]

 

 

(104.) John3 Titus, second son of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, on 29 Apr. 1672,[113] married 1.) Sarah3 Willis, daughter of Henry2 and Mary (Peace) Willis (Jr.),[114] on 9 Oct. 1695 in Westbury, Long Island.[115] She was born ca. 1671,[116] and died on 1 Mar. 1729/30, aged 58 years.[117] He remarried to 2.) Mary (___) Smith, widow of a John Smith, on 7 Mar. 1732/3.[118]

        John Titus lived in northern Westbury, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY, and died testate on 4 Mar. 1751/2 in Westbury,[119]  his will dated 19 Sept. 1747, and probated on 22 May 1751, mentioned his wife Mary, his youngest son Richard Titus, his wife’s daughter Mary Post, his daughters Mary, Philada, Sarah, and Phebe, and his eldest sons John, Jacob, and William Titus, and he named his wife Mary and son Jacob Titus as executors of his estate.[120] (See Appendix [Q] for a full transcription of his will.) Mary (___) (Smith) Titus died sometime after 1751.

        John Titus had 8 children by Sarah Willis,[121] and one more son by his second wife, Mary:[122]

        318       i   Mary4 Titus, born on 13 June 1696,[123] married Henry Pearsall,[124] son of Thomas and Mary (Seaman) Pearsall,[125] of Hempstead, in 1717.[126] He was born in 1690, and died testate in 1750 in Oyster Bay, Queens Co., NY,[127] his will dated 23 Oct. 1748, and probated on 11 Apr. 1750, mentioned his wife Mary Pearsall, his daughter Mary Pearsall, who was under the age of 18, daughters Phebe Osbourn and Ann Willis, a widow, sons Thomas Pearsall and Rowland Pearsall, and youngest son John Pearsall, who was under the age of 16, and he named his wife Mary, and brothers-in-law Jacob Titus of Wheatly, and William Titus, of Westbury, as executors of his estate.[128] (See Appendix [R] for a full transcription of his will.) Daughter Mary was mentioned in her father’s 1747 will, and she died sometime after 1750. They had children,[129] order uncertain:

a. Thomas Pearsall, mentioned in his father’s 1748 will.

b. Rowland Pearsall, mentioned in his father’s 1748 will.

c. Phebe Pearsall, married (____) Osbourn before the 1748 will of her father.

d. Ann Pearsall, married Silas5 Willis, her second cousin, son of (309) Henry4 and Phebe (Powell) Willis. He was a grandson of William3 and (101) Mary3 (Titus) Willis. He died testate in 1745 in Hempstead, his will dated 19 Feb. 1744/45, and probated on 29 July 1745, mentioned his wife Ann Willis, his son Jordan Willis, and another child his wife was pregnant with, and he named his uncles John Willis, of Westbury, Jacob Titus, of Wheatly, and Samuel Willis, of Jericho, as executors of his estate.[130] She was called daughter Ann Willis, widow, in the 1748 will of her father.

e. Mary Pearsall, was unmarried and under the age of 18 year in 1748 when her father wrote his will.

f. John Pearsall, was under the age of 16 years in 1748 when his father wrote his will.

        319      ii   John Titus (Jr.), born on 28 July 1698,[131] mentioned in his father’s 1747 will.

        320     iii   Philadelphia4 Titus, born on 29 Nov. 1700,[132] married Thomas3 Seaman,[133] son of Richard2 and Jane (Mott) Seaman,[134] in 1722. He was born in 1696, a grandson of Capt. John1 and Elizabeth (Strickland) Seaman.[135] The will of Richard Seaman, of Hempstead, dated 5 Apr. 1749, and probated on 5 Apr. 1750, mentioned his wife Jane, and son Thomas Seaman, among others.[136] She was not mentioned in her father’s 1747 will, and had apparently died by them.

        321     iv   Jacob4 Titus, born on 1 July 1703,[137] mentioned in his father’s 1747 will, was co-executor of his father’s estate in 1751, and lived in Wheatly, Oyster Bay, Queens Co., NY. He was also named as a co-executor of the estate of his brother-in-law Henry Pearsall in 1750, and the estate of his brother William Titus in 1750, and the estate of his niece’s husband, Silas Willis, in 1745. No death or probate records were found for him in New York.

        322      v   William4 Titus, born on 23 Sept. 1705,[138] mentioned in his father’s 1747 will, married Elizabeth Seaman, daughter of Thomas Seaman, of Jerusalem, NY. He lived in Westbury, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY, and was named as a co-executor of his brother-in-law Henry Pearsall’s estate in 1750, but he died testate in 1750 in Westbury, NY, his will dated 3 June 1750, “very sick and indisposed of body,” with a first codicil dated 5 June 1750 and a second dated 8 June 1750, and probated on 27 Aug. 1750, mentioned his wife Elizabeth Titus, his father-in-law Thomas Seaman, of Jerusalem, his brother Jacob Titus, his eldest son Thomas Titus, who was under the age of 21, his two daughters Hannah Titus and Phebe Titus, both under the age of 18, and his son John Titus, also under the age of 21, and he named his wife Elizabeth Titus, brother Jacob Titus, of Wheatly, cousin Thomas Seaman, of Westbury, and brother-in-law Thomas Seaman, of Jerusalem, as executors of his estate.[139] (See Appendix [S] for a full transcription of his will and codicils.) Elizabeth (Seaman) Titus died after 1750. They had children,[140] order uncertain:

a. Thomas Titus, the eldest son, was under 21 years of age in 1750 when his father wrote his will.

b. John Titus, also under 21 years of age in 1750.

c. Hannah Titus, the elder daughter, was under the age of 18 in 1750 when her father wrote his will.

d. Phebe Titus, the younger daughter, under the age of 18 in 1750.

        323     vi   Sarah4 Titus, born on 7 Mar. 1708/9,[141] married (332) Edmond4 Titus,[142] her first cousin, son of (106) Silas3 and Sarah (Haight) Titus. He was born on 1 Oct. 1705,[143] and died testate in 1754 in Wheatly, Oyster Bay, Queens Co., NY.[144] Daughter Sarah was mentioned in her father’s 1747 will.

        324    vii   Phebe4 Titus, born on 6 July 1710,[145] mentioned in her father’s 1747 will, married John Ridgeway.[146]

        324a viii   Philada Titus, born say ca. 1712, mentioned in her father’s 1747 will.

        325     ix   Richard4 Titus, born say ca. 1728, called youngest son in his father’s 1747 will, and was still under the age of 21 when his father wrote his will.

 

 

(105.) Peter3 Titus, third son of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, in Aug. 1674,[147] married Martha Jackson,[148] daughter of (79) John and Elisabeth2 (Seaman) Jackson,[149] of Jerusalem, Queens Co., NY,[150] in, say 1700. She was a granddaughter of Capt. John1 and Elisabeth (Strickland) Seaman.[151]

        Peter Titus died testate on 23 Oct. 1753 in Hempstead,[152] his will dated 18 Oct. 1753, and probated on 9 Feb. 1754, mentioned his wife Martha Titus, his grandson James Titus, son of his eldest son James Titus, deceased, his three sons Richard, Peter, and Robert Titus, and his daughter Elizabeth Townsend, and he named his sons Richard, Peter, and Robert Titus as executors of his estate, but only Richard and Robert Titus were confirmed as his executors on 1 Mary 1754.[153] (See Appendix [T] for a full transcription of his will.) Martha (Jackson) Titus died on 10 Dec. 1753.[154]

        Peter Titus and Martha Jackson had children, order uncertain:[155]

        326       i   James4 Titus, called the eldest son in his father’s 1753 will, married Jane Seaman.[156] He died before his father’s will, but no probate records were found for his estate, leaving a son who was mentioned in the will of his father, Peter Titus:

a. James5 Titus (Jr.), probably married Mary (___), who was mentioned in the 1756 will of Robert Titus with daughters who were under the age of 18.

        327      ii   John4 Titus, married Amy Barker, daughter of Samuel Barker.[157] He was not mentioned in the 1753 will of his father or the 1756 will of his brother Robert Titus, and no probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        328     iii   Richard4 Titus, married Mary Peters in 1736,[158] and they lived in Hempstead, NY. He was mentioned in the 1753 will of his father, and was co-executor of his father’s estate in 1754, and was also mentioned in the 1756 will of his brother Robert Titus. He died testate in ca. 1784 in Hempstead, his will dated 25 Oct. 1784, and probated on 18 Jan. 1785, mentioned his wife Mary, sons Peter and Charles, and grandson Richard Townsend.[159] (See Appendix [U] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children,[160] order uncertain:

a. Mary5 Titus, married Richard Townsend on 20 Dec. 1761 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead,[161] and had a son Richard Townsend who was mentioned in the 1784 will of her father.

b. Peter Titus

c. Charles Titus

        329     iv   Elizabeth4 Titus, married Henry5 Townsend (4th),[162] son of Henry4 and Eliphal (Wright) Townsend (3rd).[163] Daughter Elizabeth Townsend was mentioned in the 1753 will of her father, and sister Elizabeth Townsend was mentioned in the 1756 will of her brother Robert Titus. He died testate in ca, 1760 in Oyster Bay, Queens Co., NY, his will dated 27 May 1757, “very sick and weak of body,” but not probated until 7 Jan. 1761, mentioned his wife Elizabeth Townsend, his four sons Henry, Peter, Nicholas, and Absolam Townsend, and daughters Martha MacCoun, Phebe Townsend, and Elizabeth Townsend, and he named his wife Elizabeth and sons Henry, Peter, and Nicholas Townsend as executors of his estate.[164] (See Appendix [V] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children,[165] order uncertain:

a. Henry Townsend (5th)

b. Peter Townsend

c. Nicholas Townsend

d. Martha Townsend, married (___) MacCoun before the 1757 will of her father.

e. Absolam Townsend

f. Phebe Townsend

g. Elizabeth Townsend, possibly married Lewis Carpenter, of New York, on 27 Aug. 1775 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[166]

        330      v   Peter4 Titus (Jr.), married Mary Scudder.[167] He was mentioned in the 1753 will of his father, and named as one of the executors, but he did not participate as an executor, and he was also mentioned in the 1756 will of his brother Robert Titus. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        331     vi   Robert4 Titus, mentioned in the 1753 will of his father, and was a co-executor of his father’s estate. He never married, and died testate 1756 in Hempstead,[168] his will dated 26 Sept. 1756, and probated on 16 Oct. 1756, mentioned Mary Titus, the wife of James Titus, Paratina Titus and Sarah Titus, daughters of Mary Titus, his brothers Richard Titus and Peter Titus, and his sister Elizabeth Townsend, and he named his friends David Seaman and Zebulun Seaman as executors of his estate.[169] (See Appendix [W] for a full transcription of his will.)

 

 

(106.) Silas3 Titus, fourth son of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, on 3 Nov. 1676,[170] married Sarah Haight, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Noble) Haight, of Flushing, Long Island,[171] on 8 Dec. 1704 in Westbury, NY.[172] She was a granddaughter supposedly of Nicholas Haight, of Windsor, CT.[173]

        Silas Titus died testate in 1750 in Westbury, Hempstead, Queens Co., NY. His will was dated 3 Feb. 1747/8, and probated on 8 June 1750, and he mentioned his wife Sarah Titus, and his eldest son Edmond Titus, son Silas Titus, “of pensilvania,” youngest son William Titus, grandson David Titus and granddaughter Elizabeth Titus, children of his deceased son David Titus, and his daughters Mary Titus, Temperance Hicks, Sarah Wamsley, and Phebe Hicks, and he named his sons Edmond Titus and William Titus as executors of his estate.[174] (See Appendix [X] for a full transcription of his will) Sarah (Haight) Titus died sometime after him.[175]

        Silas Titus and Sarah Haight had children:[176]

        332       i   Edmond4 Titus, born on 1 Oct. 1705, called eldest son in his father’s 1748 will, married (323) Sarah4 Titus,[177] his first cousin, daughter of (104) John3 and Sarah3 (Willis) Titus, in ca. 1732.[178] She was born on 7 Mar. 1708/9.[179] They lived in Wheatly, Oyster Bay, Queens Co., NY. He died testate in 1754 in Wheatly, NY, his will dated 5 Mar. 1754, and probated on 18 Sept. 1754, mentioned his wife Sarah Titus, and his five daughters, Phebe Pryer, Sarah, Martha, Mary, and Hannah, and he named his brother-in-law Jacob Titus and cousins Samuel Willis, of Jericho, and Thomas Seaman, of Westbury, as executors of his estate.[180] (See Appendix [Y] for a full transcription of his will.) They had 5 daughters:[181]

a. Phebe5 Titus, born on 22 Apr. 1733, married Joseph Prior or Pryer before the 1754 will of her father.[182]

b. Sarah5 Titus, born on 27 Aug. 1735, married Isaac Rushmore, son of Thomas and Anneke (Hendrickson) Rushmore, on 30 Apr. 1757 in St. George’s Church, Hempstead.[183] He was born on 8 Feb. 1732/3,[184] and they lived in Oyster Bay, Queens County, NY. She died on 19 July 1776,[185] and he died testate on 16 Aug. 1779 in Oyster Bay, NY, his will dated 17 July 1779, and probated on 23 Apr. 1781, mentioned his sons Stephen Rushmore and Edmund Rushmore, land that fell to his wife Sarah Rushmore by her father Edmund Titus, by his father Silas Titus, daughters Phebe Downing, wife of Silas Downing, Mary Rushmore, and Jane Rushmore, and he named his brothers-in-law Willets Kerby and Henry Post, and his friends Jacob Underhill and Gideon Seaman as executors of his estate.[186] (See Appendix [Z] for a full transcription of his will.)

c. Martha5 Titus, born on 24 Jan. 1737, supposedly married a Henry Post.[187]

d. Mary5 Titus, born on 17 July 1740, supposedly also married Henry Post, son of Richard and Mary (Willis) Post, on 3 June 1761. He was born on 1 Aug. 1733, and died on 4 Apr. 1810.[188] Brother-in-law Henry Post was named as a co-executor of the 1779 will of Isaac Rushmore.

e. Hannah5 Titus, born on 12 July 1745, married Willets Kirby, son of William and Sarah4 (Willets) Kirby, on 14 Nov. 1764 in Westbury, Hempstead, NY. He was born on 18 Nov. 1737, a grandson of (250) Richard3 and Deborah (Underhill) (Coles) Willets.[189] Brother-in-law Willits Kerby was named as a co-executor of the 1779 will of Isaac Rushmore. She died on 3 Oct. 1784, and he died on 1 May 1825,[190] but no probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        333      ii   Temperance4 Titus, born on 14 Dec. 1707, married (___) Hicks before the 1748 will of her father.

        334     iii   Silas4 Titus (Jr.), born on 14 Nov. 1709, was living in Pennsylvania in 1748 when his father wrote his will.

        335     iv   Sarah4 Titus, born on 6 Oct. 1711, married William Wamsley or Walmsley, of Pennsylvania,[191] before the 1748 will of her father.

        336      v   Hannah Titus, born on 29 Nov. 1713, died in Nov. 1714.[192]

        337     vi   Phebe4 Titus, born on 27 Sept. 1717, married Benjamin5 Hicks,[193] son of Jacob4 and Hannah (Carpenter) Hicks, of Rockaway, Long Island, in 1736. Daughter Phebe Hicks was mentioned in the 1748 will of her father. He was born ca. 1716, and died testate in 1743 in Hempstead, his will dated 20 Apr. 1743, sick and weak, and probated on 18 June 1743, mentioned his wife Phebe, his three sons Silas Hicks, Benjamin Hicks, and Samuel Hicks, all under the age of 21, the unborn child his wife was carrying, and he named his brother Thomas Hicks, Jacob Hicks, John Hicks, and James Mott, all of Hempstead, as his executors.[194] (See Appendix [AA] for a full transcription of his will.) She died on 2 Feb. 1800.[195] They had children:[196]

a. Silas Hicks

b. Benjamin Hicks (Jr.)

c. Samuel Hicks

d. (Unborn child mentioned in the 1743 will of its father.)

        338    vii   David Titus, born on 20 June 1719, married (___), and died before the 1748 will of his father, but no probate records were found for his estate in New York, leaving two children named in his father’s will:

a. David Titus (Jr.)

b. Elizabeth Titus

        339   viii   William Titus, born on 14 Oct. 1722, called youngest son in the 1748 will of his father. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        340     ix   Mary4 Titus, born on 8 May 1725, was still unmarried in 1748 when her father wrote his will, married Thomas Walton, of Pennsylvania.[197]

 

 

(107.) Patience3 Titus, sixth daughter of (52) Martha2 Washburn, (30) William1; born in Westbury, Long Island, on 4 Feb. 1678/9,[198] married Nicholas Haight, son of Samuel and Sarah (Noble) Haight, of Flushing,[199] on 5 May 1704 in Westbury, NY.[200] He was a grandson supposedly of Nicholas Haight, of Windsor, CT.[201] Samuel Haight was an original proprietor of Harrison, Westchester Co., NY, in 1695,[202] and he died testate in Sept. 1712 in Flushing, Queens Co., NY,[203] his will dated 21 Sept. 1712, and probated on 21 Oct. 1712, mentioned his wife Sarah, and son Nicholas, among others.[204]

        Nicholas and Patience Haight lived in Flushing, Queens Co., NY, and he died testate in ca. 1731 in Flushing, Queens Co., NY, his will dated 7 Dec. 1730, and probated on 20 Feb. 1730/31, mentioned his wife Patience, his only son Jacob Haight, his daughter Hannah, wife of Isaac Thorn, and his daughter Phebe Haight, and he named his wife Patience, his brother John Haight, Robert Field and Thomas Clements as executors of his estate.[205] (See Appendix [BB] for a full transcription of his will.)

        Samuel Haight and Patience Titus had children:[206]

        341       i   Jacob Haight, born on 3 Apr. 1705, married Sarah Hicks, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (Carpenter) Hicks. He was the only son mentioned in his father’s 1730 will. No probate records were found for his estate in New York.

        342      ii   Hannah Haight, born ca. 1707, married Isaac Thorne, of Flushing, in 1722.[207] Daughter Hannah, wife of Isaac Thorn, was mentioned in her father’s 1730 will. They moved to Charlotte Precinct, Dutchess Co., NY, and he died testate in 1769 in Dutchess Co., NY, his will dated Aug. 1769, and probated on 4 Nov. 1769, mentioned his wife Hannah, sons Jacob, William, and Isaac Thorne, daughter Hannah, who was unmarried, daughter Phebe Griffin, grandchildren Isaac Devel and Patience Devel, and cousin Phebe Smith, and he named his sons Jacob and William Thorne, and Micah Griffin as executors of his estate.[208] (See Appendix [CC] for a full transcription of his will.) They had children, order uncertain:[209]

a. Jacob Thorne, probably the eldest son.

b. William Thorne

c. (___) Thorne, a daughter, married (___) Devel, and probably died before her father’s 1769 will, leaving two children: Isaac and Patience Devel.

d. Phebe Thorne, probably married Micah Griffin. He was named as a co-executor in the 1769 will of her father, Isaac Thorne.

e. Isaac Thorne (Jr.), probably the youngest son.

f. Hannah Thorne, probably the youngest daughter, was still unmarried in 1769 when her father wrote his will.

        343     iii   Phebe Haight, born on 5 Nov. 1709, mentioned in her father’s 1730 will, married Jonathan Holmes on 8 Nov. 1739 in Flushing.[210] They also moved to Dutchess Co., NY. Jonathan Holmes was mentioned as a neighbor of Isaac Thorne in his 1769 will. No probate records were found for Jonathan Holmes in New York.

        344     iv   Martha Haight, born in 1711, died on 29 Dec. 1725 in Flushing, NY.

 

 

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    [1] Titus, Rev. Anson, Jr., “The Titus Family in America, Three Generations,” Genealogies of Long Island Families From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. II, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Titus, “Titus Family”], pp. 347, 349.

    [2] Torrey, Clarence Almon, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, [hereinafter Torrey, New England Marriages], p. 598, for the wife of Thomas Powell.

    [3] Hinshaw, William Wade, Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol. III: New York Monthly Meetings, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, [hereinafter Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings], p. 319; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 745; Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [4] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 319.

    [5] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349, however Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 605, says that Elizabeth married secondly to Samuel Peters, not Titus.

    [6] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [7] All from Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349, the birth dates apparently from Quaker Records.

    [8] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [9] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 162-166, copied from original Liber 17, p. 165-168.

    [10] All from his will.

    [11] New York County Probate, Vol. 23, p. 379-381, copied from original Liber 23, p. 367-369.

    [12] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347.

    [13] Bunker, Mary Powell, Long Island Genealogies, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1976, [hereinafter Bunker, Long Island], pp. 134, 141.

    [14] Calculated from her birth in 1663, and the birth of their son Benjamin, in 1685, presumably their first child.

    [15] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 658.

    [16] New York County Probate, Vol. 12, p. 96-102, copied from original Liber 12, p. 101-105, also abstracted in New York Wills, 1730-1744, p. 101, and transcribed by Judith Railton, and posted on the Ancestry.com World Family Tree on 24 May 2002.

    [17] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 658.

    [18] All from Bunker, Long Island, p. 141.

    [19] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 524.

    [20] Marriage date per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [21] Her birth date per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [22] His death date per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren. His father, in his 1732 will, refers to the will of his son Benjamin Seaman, but the will was not recorded in the New York County Probates for 1729-1730, and I have not located where it was recorded yet.

    [23] From the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise, and the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [24] Ancestry.com Hoest Family Tree file submitted by sheilaplante.

    [25] His death date from the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [26] His parents, birth and first marriage from the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [27] All from the Ancestry.com World Tree files submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise, and from Stephanie Warren on 27 Jan. 2002.

    [28] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1741.

    [29] New York County Probate, Vol. 13, p. 513-517, copied from original Liber 13, p. 403-405.

    [30] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1745.

    [31] His birth year from the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [32] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 72.

    [33] His death date from the Ancestry.com World Tree files submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise.

    [34] Per Jane Fox, from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 122, pp. 215-222.

    [35] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 659; Davis, Norman, Westchester Patriarchs, A Genealogical Dictionary of Westchester County, New York, Families Prior to 1755, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1988, [hereinafter Davis, Westchester Patriarchs], p. 212.

    [36] Sprague, John R., “Hempstead Tax List 1746-1747,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 128, No. 4, [Oct. 1997], p. 222.

    [37] New York County Probate, Vol. 27, p. 106-107, copied from original Liber 27, p. 104-106.

    [38] From the Ancestry.com World Tree files submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise, and on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [39] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1755.

    [40] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1755.

    [41] New York County Probate, Vol. 21, p. 512-513, copied from original Liber 21, p. 510-511.

    [42] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1756.

    [43] Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [44] Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 24 May 2002 by Judith Railton. 

    [45] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 442.

    [46] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 842. She may have been Mary (George) Dennis when she married Adam Wright?

    [47] Her marriages from the Ancestry.com World Tree files submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise, and on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, reprinted by Clearfield Co., Baltimore, MD, 1999, originally published as Names of Persons for whom Marriage Licenses were issued by the Secretary of the Province of New York, Previous to 1784, Albany, NY, 1860, [hereinafter New York Marriages Previous to 1784], p. 216, the marriage license dated 8 Mar. 1737/8. I’m not sure of the order of her husbands, she was listed as Temperance Kirk in her marriage license to Joseph Wright.

    [48] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted by Mary Jo Payne.

    [49] New York County Probate, Vol. 13, p. 204-207, copied from original Liber 13, p. 162-164.

    [50] His birth year from the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted bon 6 Aug. 2002 by Frank Parise.

    [51] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 659; Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 212.

    [52] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1731; per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise.

    [53] Sprague, John R., “Hempstead Tax List 1746-1747,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 128, No. 4, [Oct. 1997], p. 222.

    [54] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise.

    [55] All per the Ancestry.com World Tree files submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise and on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [56] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1758; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 344, the marriage license dated 6 Dec. 1758.

    [57] His death date per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 by Frank Parise.

    [58] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1751.

    [59] New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 196, the marriage license dated 11 Feb. 1768, but her name was recorded as Mary Simmons.

    [60] New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 344, the marriage license dated 25 Sept. 1765.

    [61] Sprague, John R., “Hempstead Tax List 1746-1747,” New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. 128, No. 4, [Oct. 1997], p. 222.

    [62] New York County Probate, Vol. 35, p. 283-286, copied from original Liber 35, p. 163-164.

    [63] All from the Ancestry.com World Tree files submitted on 6 Aug. 2002 and 25 Aug. 2001 by Frank Parise, and on 27 Jan. 2002 by Stephanie Warren.

    [64] New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 344, the marriage license dated 30 Mar. 1779.

    [65] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1773; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 344, the marriage license dated 22 June 1773.

    [66] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347.

    [67] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 823.

    [68] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 824.

    [69] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 824.

    [70] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 358.

    [71] New York County Probate, Vol. 12, p. 457-463, copied from original Liber 12, p. 484-491.

    [72] Bunker, Long Island, p. 127.

    [73] All from Bunker, Long Island, p. 127.

    [74] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [75] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 598.

    [76] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 153-156, copied from original Liber 17, p. 157-159.

    [77] All from his will.

    [78] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [79] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 598.

    [80] New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 301-304, copied from original Liber 15, p. 309-312.

    [81] All from his will.

    [82] New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 369-372, copied from original Liber 15, p. 398-401.

    [83] Richard Post was called son-in-law in the will of Henry Willis.

    [84] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [85] Calculated from the birth of their first child on 24 Mar. 1715.

    [86] Bunker, Long Island, pp. 88, 127.

    [87] All from the FHL Ancestral File, submitted by Earl Jay Nielson, of Farmington, UT, except as noted.

    [88] Her marriage per the FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File submitted by Jack J. Willis, of Englewood, CO.

    [89] His marriage per the FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File submitted by Jack J. Willis, of Englewood, CO.

    [90] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1749; per the FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File submitted by Jack J. Willis, of Englewood, CO.

    [91] New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 464, the marriage license dated 31 Aug. 1762.

    [92] Per the FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File submitted by Jack J. Willis, of Englewood, CO.

    [93] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [94] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 317-318, copied from original Liber 17, p. 322-323.

    [95] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [96] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [97] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [98] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 359.

    [99] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347.

    [100] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 216; Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347.

    [101] Eardeley, William A.D., and George D. A. Combes, Descendants of the Rev. Richard Denton of Hempstead, L.I., pp. 16-17.

    [102] Calculated from the birth of their first child, in ca. 1692.

    [103] Bailey, Rosalie Fellows, “John Smith of Hempstead, New York, Beginnings of the “Rock” Smith Family,” Genealogies of Long Island Families From The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. II, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1987, pp. 53, 58-59.

    [104] New York County Probate, Vol. 10, p. 373-375, copied from original Liber 10, p. 292-293; Eardeley, William A.D., and George D. A. Combes, Descendants of the Rev. Richard Denton of Hempstead, L.I., p. 16-17.

    [105] Children’s records from the I.G.I. Birth Records, the FHL Ancestral File, and the FamilySearch Pedigree Resource File, all of which give different information, none apparently from original records.

    [106] Eardeley, William A.D., and George D. A. Combes, Descendants of the Rev. Richard Denton of Hempstead, L.I., p. 16-17.

    [107] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1736; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 107, the marriage license dated 29 May 1736.

    [108] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1736; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 107, the marriage license dated 14 May 1736.

    [109] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1759; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 298, the marriage license dated 7 June 1759.

    [110] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, under 1750, but no date given.

    [111] New York County Probate, Vol. 21, p. 331-332, copied from original Liber 21, p. 330-331.

    [112] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1762; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, pp. 345, 398, the marriage license dated 15 Mar. 1762.

    [113] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347.

    [114] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 823.

    [115] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318, married at Henry Willis’ in Westbury; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 745.

    [116] Calculated from her age at death.

    [117] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [118] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [119] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [120] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 361-363, copied from original Liber 17, p. 366-368.

    [121] All from Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349, the birth dates apparently from Quaker Records, except where noted.

    [122] The will of John Titus gave to his wife Mary thirty pounds of money to use and then to his son Richard Titus after his mother’s widowhood or decease.

    [123] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [124] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [125] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 566.

    [126] Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 187.

    [127] Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 187.

    [128] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 120-123, copied from original Liber 17, p. 122-125.

    [129] All from his will.

    [130] New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 369-372, copied from original Liber 15, p. 398-401.

    [131] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [132] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [133] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [134] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 659.

    [135] Bunker, Long Island, p. 158.

    [136] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 108-110, copied from original Liber 17, p. 110-112.

    [137] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [138] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [139] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 203-207, copied from original Liber 17, p. 207-212.

    [140] All from his will.

    [141] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [142] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [143] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [144] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 8 May 2002 by Joan Jackson.

    [145] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318.

    [146] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [147] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347, 349.

    [148] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 745.

    [149] Bunker, Long Island, pp. 104, 220; Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 413.

    [150] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [151] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 658.

    [152] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [153] New York County Probate, Vol. 18, p. 497-499, copied from original Liber 18, p. 467-469.

    [154] Bunker, Long Island, p. 104; Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [155] All from Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349, except where noted.

    [156] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [157] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [158] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, p. 394, the marriage license dated 8 Apr. 1736.

    [159] New York County Probate, Vol. 37, p. 364-366, copied from original Liber 37, p. 361-362.

    [160] All from his will.

    [161] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1761.

    [162] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [163] Bunker, Long Island, p. 122, who described her as “Elisabeth Titus, the beautiful Quakeress, daughter of Peter and Martha (Jackson) Titus.”

    [164] New York County Probate, Vol. 22, p. 412-413, copied from original Liber 22, p. 361-364. Elizabeth Townsend, Henry Townsend, and Peter Townsend were granted administration of his estate.

    [165] All from his will.

    [166] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1775, she was “of Oyster Bay.”

    [167] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [168] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [169] New York County Probate, Vol. 20, p. 108-111, copied from original Liber 20, p. 110-112.

    [170] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347, 349.

    [171] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 332, Samuel Haight; his wife’s maiden name from the FHL Ancestral File of Samuel Haight, submitted by Christopher C. Aaron, of Provo, UT, and others.

    [172] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 319; Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [173] Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 106.

    [174] New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 156-159, copied from original Liber 17, p. 159-162; Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [175] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [176] All from Titus, “Titus Family,” pp. 349-350, the birth dates apparently from Quaker Records, except as noted.

    [177] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [178] Calculated from the birth of their first child on 22 Apr. 1733.

    [179] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 318; Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [180] New York County Probate, Vol. 19, p. 114-118, copied from original Liber 19, p. 104-107.

    [181] The children’s birth dates all from the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 8 May 2002 by Joan Jackson.

    [182] Conflicting information, submitted on the Ancestry.com World Tree on 21 Dec. 2000 by Antony Maitland, and on 8 May 2002 by Joan Jackson.

    [183] Index of Registry of Marriages by Year performed at St. George’s Church, Hempstead, Long Island, NY, 1725-1813, online database at www.LongIslandGenealogy.com, 1757; the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 21 Dec. 2000 by Antony Maitland; New York Marriages Previous to 1784, pp. 331, 394, the marriage license dated 18 Apr. 1757.

    [184] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 21 Dec. 2000 by Antony Maitland.

    [185] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 21 Dec. 2000 by Antony Maitland.

    [186] New York County Probate, Vol. 34, p. 200-203, copied from original Liber 34, p. 159-161.

    [187] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 8 May 2002 by Joan Jackson, however this may be confused with daughter Mary Titus, who is also shown to have married Henry Post.

    [188] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 8 May 2002 by Joan Jackson.

    [189] Wardwell, “Willets Family”, p. 696.

    [190] Per the Ancestry.com World Tree file submitted on 11 Nov. 2002 by Larry Sutton.

    [191] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349, which references History of Byberry and Moreland, Pa., p. 339, et seq.

    [192] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [193] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [194] New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 61-62, copied from original Liber 15, p. 66-68; Bunker, Long Island, p. 213, says he died in 1744.

    [195] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 349.

    [196] All from his will.

    [197] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 350.

    [198] Titus, “Titus Family,” p. 347.

    [199] Torrey, New England Marriages, p. 332, Samuel Haight; his wife’s maiden name from the FHL Ancestral File of Samuel Haight, submitted by Christopher C. Aaron, of Provo, UT, and others.

    [200] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 144, the marriage date was not in Titus, “Titus Family.”

    [201] Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 106.

    [202] Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 106.

    [203] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, p. 144.

    [204] New York County Probate, Liber 8, p. 134-137.

    [205] New York County Probate, Vol. 11, p. 62-64, copied from original Liber 11, p. 74-77.

    [206] All from the FHL Ancestral File, submitted by Christopher C. Aaron, of Provo, UT, Bruce N. Carpenter, of Tulsa, OK, Blake Rosenvall, of Layton, UT, Michael D. Lewis, of Papillion, NE, and several others. The birthplace of the children is listed as Crumb Elbow, NY, but I think more likely the children were all born in Flushing, Long Island.

    [207] Davis, Westchester Patriarchs, p. 106.

    [208] New York County Probate, Vol. 27, p. 390-393, copied from original Liber 27, p. 370-372.

    [209] All from his will.

    [210] Hinshaw, New York Monthly Meetings, pp. 144-170.



[A] APPENDIX A: The Will of Samuel Titus of Westbury, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1750) *

        Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Titus of Westbury in the bounds of hempstead in Queens County on Nassau Island Yeoman being this fifteenth day of the second Month called April in the year of our Lord one Thousand and seven hundred and fifty very weak and sick of Body but of perfect mind and memory am therefore willing to set my house in order before my formal change do therefore make this writing to be my last will and testament in manner following first of all I Will and order all my just debts to be paid by my Executors out of my moveable estate in some convenient time after my deceased  Item – I will give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary Titus the issues rents and profitts of the one equal third part of my lands and meadows with the best of one of the Rooms in my dwelling house and the Cellar under the same and the third part of the use of my Barn and other Edifices in my Farm for her to use and improve during the full term that she shall remain my widow but no longer  Item I will unto my wife the use of Eight Cowes during her Widowhood and at her Marriage or death which my first happen she to have the disposal of five Cowes  Item I will unto my well beloved wife the sum of one hundred pounds Current Money to be levied out of my Estate as also I will unto her one of my riding horses which she shall chuse, and one of the choicest of my Beds and full furniture as she shall see cause to take and the use of one other of my Beds so long as untill my Children are grown up I also give unto my wife the use and Labour of my Negro Girl named Rachel during her widdowhood Item I will to my wife my warming pan and my Silver Tumbler to her free disposal with one Silver Spoon also all which as above given to my wife is in Lieu of her right of dower and not otherwise –Item my Will is that my Executors shall set apart so much of my household Goods and Effects to be used in the family as shall be sufficient according to their judgment for my wife and children to keep house during the time that my wife remain my Widow – Item I will and bequeath unto my eldest son Stephen Titus his heirs and Assigns forever all my dwelling houses and homestead of Lands and Improvements whereon I now dwell in Westbury with all the Lands that I have Southward of the Road that leads from Jonathan Smiths To Wheatly and Northward of the road from William Titus his house to John peris Mill be it in Quantity of Acres more or less with all my great lott of Meadow which I have lying on Great Neck at South and all my upland lying in said neck fence and an eight Acre lott of land lying above great neck fence with the one equal third part of all my rights of land lying in common and undivided wheresoever for him to be possessed of the two thirds of what is given him immediately after my death and the one third at the marriage or death of his Mother or which of those terms may first happen. I also will and bequeath unto my son Stephen Titus his heirs and assigns forever all my land lying on the Bushey plains southard of the path going to Jericho and Northward of the great plains as also the peice of land I have lying near the Meeting House – Item I will give and bequeath unto my two sons Samuel Titus and Richard Titus all my lands upon and under and near the harbour hills be it quantity of Acres more or less as also all my lands and Meadows at Rockaway and all my lotted lands that I have lying near Henry Southards and at the Edge of the South side of the Great plains that is lotted and to be equally divided between them and to remain in Severalty unto them their heirs and assigns respectively forever  Item– I will and bequeath unto my three sons namely Stephen Titus Samuel Titus and Richard Titus a piece of land lying Northwest of Jonathan Smiths which I bought of Richard Ellison whereof my son Stephen to have two thirds part in quality and the other third in quality to be equally divided between my sons Samuel and Richard and that they and each of them shall enjoy the same according to the said proportion respectively and their heirs and assigns forever – Item I will and bequeath unto my said two Youngest sons Samuel and Richard Titus their heirs and assigns forever the two thirds of all my rights lying in common of Lands &c in the Township of hempstead and my will is that my youngest son shall be possessed of the two thirds of their parts at twenty years of age and the other third at their Mothers Marriage or death or at the first of those term Except they should be under twenty years old  Item I will to my son Stephen three Cows and one horse or Mare fit for use  Item I will to my son Samuel two Cowes and one horse or Mare  Item I will unto my son Richard one Cow and one horse or Mare  Item I will that my Executors shall set apart fifteen Ewes for the use of my Family so long as my Executors shall judge it convenient  Item I devise a small lott of meadow lying about the middle of great neck and all my land and Meadow at little neck to be sold by my Executors and the money ariseing therefrom to be disposed of hereafter Item I order my Executors to sell my Negro Man named Harry and my Negro Woman named Judah  Item I will all my Carts plowes and Utensils of husbandry to my three sons to be equally divided amongst them  Item I will my Negro Boy named Sampson to my Son Stephen he paying my other sons each of them five pounds apiece when they attain to lawfull age – Item – I order also that my Executors set apart so many of my swine as they shall find my family shall have occasion to use then my will is that all the remainder of my stock of all sorts besides what is before disposed of shall be sold by my Executors and turned into money and then the Money for which my land and meadow is sold for with the money of my moveables and debts due to me shall all be equally divided amongst my four daughters namely Elizabeth Kees Mary Titus Phebe Titus and Jamima Titus and my daughter Elizabeth to have her portion at the end of one year after my decease and the other three at their respective age of Eighteen years or days of Marriage or which may first happen first and my will is that those household Goods that I have ordered my Executors to set aside for my familyes use after my wife’s Marriage shall be equally devid amongst all my aforenamed daughters and those Stock of Creatures that my Executors was to set apart for my family at my Wifes Marriage to be equally divided amongst my sons and my will is notwithstanding what is above written that each of my daughters shall have their portions paid unto them respectively in four equall payments and each daughter to have their first payment at the times above limitted and each Daughters payments to be one year apart and in case my daughters or Any of them should die not having issue before they receive their portions or or any remaining part such deceased daughters part shall be equally divided amongst the Surviving Sisters and my will is that in case my sons any of them should die under age not then having lawfull Issue that such deceased Sons part shall be equally divided amongst my surviving sons their heirs and assigns forever and I desire my Executors to take what provident care they can to keep my younger Daughters portions out at use for their benefit untill they are to receive it and my will is further that whereas the Lands I bought of Richard Ellison I have not got a deed for it as yet my will is that my Executors do take a deed for the use of my three sons in the same manner as above given them and that my Executors give Richard Ellison security for his money lastly I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my loving wife Mary Titus my Executrix and my son Stephen Titus my Brother in Law William Jones and my Cousen Samuel Willis of Jericho my Executors of this my last will and testament Impowering them or either of them to execute this my last Will and Testament and every Article and Clause therein contained.

        In witness hereunto I have set to my hand and fixed my seal ye day and year above written.

                                                                                                                                                Samuel Titus                      (seal)

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Samuel Titus as his last will and testament in the presence of the Subscribers,

Nathaniel Seaman Junr.

Sarah Seaman

Wait Powell

 

Probated on 8 June 1750, and proved by Nathaniel Seaman Junr., Sarah Seaman, and Wait Powell, the witnesses. Letters of Administration were granted to Mary Titus, Stephen Titus, and William Jones, the Executors, on 30 June 1750.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 162-166, copied from original Liber 17, p. 165-168.

 

 

[B] APPENDIX B: The Will of Stephen Titus of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1761) *

I Stephen Titus of Hempstead in Queens County in the Colony of New York on the Eight of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty one being weak of Body but of perfect memory & of a disposeing mind do therefore make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament, Impermis, I give unto my beloved Wife Sarah Titus my rideing Chair and two horses such as she may chuse,  Item I give unto my said Wife Sarah Titus in Lieu & Stad of her Right of Dower as long as she my said Wife remains my Widow the use and Profitt of one equall third part of all my Lands and Meadows and the Equall third part of my moveable house hold Goods within Door and and four Cows. Item I give unto my said Wife the use of all my Estate both Real and Personall untill my youngest surviving Child shall arrive to Lawfull age for the the Education support of and bringing up all my Children both Males and Females, Item, my Will and meaning is not withstanding that my Daughters Merian Titus and Ann Titus shall have the use and benefit of the part & portion of my Estate which I herein give them untill they arrive to Lawfull age to receive it, Item I give unto my Son Stephen Titus his heirs and assigns for ever all my Lands Buildings Meadows both divided and undivided in the Township of Hemsted or elsewhere on condition that my said said Son Stephen Titus pay or cause to be paid unto my Sons Samuel Titus & John Titus the sum of two hundred Pounds New York to each of them my said two Sons when my said Son Stephen shall be in Possession of the said Land and Meadows or any part thereof, Item I give unto my said Son Stephen Titus my Negro boy named Samson when my youngest when my youngest Child shall arrive to Lawfull age, Item I give unto my Son Samuel Titus and John Titus the sum of four hundred Pounds New York above said to be equally divided between them my said Sons Samuel Titus and John Titus and I case my Son Stephen Titus shall refuse or neglect to pay the said sum of four hundred pounds unto my said Son Samuel Titus and John Titus then I order Direct and impower the Execution of this my last Will and Testament hereinafter hereinafter named and appointed by me to Sell & Dispose of so much of my Lands and Meadows as shall be sufficient to pay unto my said two Sons the said sum of four hundred pounds, Item it is my Will and Desire that my two youngest Sons Samuel Titus and John Titus be put out to some honest and Lawfull trade and the Expence thereof be paid out of their parts & portions, Item I give unto my Daughter Merian Titus my silver Tankard, Item unto my Daughter Ann Titus my Silver Tumbeler & all my Silver spoons, Item I give unto my said Daughters Merian Titus and Ann Titus all the Resido of my moveable Estate to be equally divided between them when my youngest surviving Child shall arrive to Lawfull age, Item my Will and meaning is that in case any of my Sons shall happen to Diee under age without Isue his part and portion shall go one half to the surviving brothers and the other half to my said Daughters their heirs or assigns, and lastly I do constitute and appoint my Uncles Samuel Jackson and William Jones and my Wives Brother Joseph Hicks my Executors of this my last Will and Testament Impowering them and each of them to fulfill the same & every Article therein, In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year above written.

                                                                                                                                                Stephen Titus                     (seal)

Published Pronounced & Declared by the said Ste said Stephen Titus as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who in his presence & at his request subscribed our names as Witnesses

William Titus

Phebe Titus

Dorothy  X  White

 

Probated on 22 May 1762, and proved by William Titus of Hempsted, Queens County, Yeoman, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to William Jones and Joseph Hicks, two of the Executors, on 24 June 1762.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 23, p. 379-381, copied from original Liber 23, p. 367-369.

 

 

[C] APPENDIX C: The Will of Benjamin Seaman of Jerusalem, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1732) *

These Presents Witnesseth that I Benjamin Seaman of Jerusalem in the bounds of Hempstead in Queens County on Nassau Island in the Colony of New York Yeoman being this twenty Eighth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and thirty two very ancient in years but through the mercy of God in pretty good health of body and my understanding Sound and memory good and calling to mind the uncertainty of my Life in the World and that it is appointed by Almighty God once for all men to Die do make and appoint this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in the following manner and form, First I Will my body to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and my immortal Soul I commit unto God that gave it to me in hopes of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer, First my Will is that my Debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged out of my Estate and touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I do give Will bequeth & dispose of the same in the following manner and form (that is to say) I Will and Bequeath unto my dearly beloved Wife Martha Seaman and to my Youngest Son Solomon Seaman the use of the equall half of all my land and meadow for them to carry on their husbandry business together during my Wifes Widowhood I Will and bequeath unto my Wife the one end of my dwelling house and half my Barn which end she shall be pleased to Choose and all my houshold goods and allso the use of all my Negroes so long as she is my Widow I allso Will and bequeath unto my Wife and to her assigns the equall third part of my stock of Cattle and Sheep and horses Mares and Swine and my negro Girl named Sarah I also Will unto my Wife during her Widowhood the use of all my money due to me upon Bonds and my Wife shall have the liberty to Choose such of the abovesaid Cattle horses and Swine she shall see cause, I Will and bequeath unto my Grandson Benjamin Seaman the thirty Acres of Land I bought of Edward Spragg lying on the north side of the Plains at a place called Westbury to him and to his heirs and assigns forever the which I gave unto his father my Son Benjamin Seaman Deceased a Deed of Gift for, I Will and bequeath unto my Son Jacob Seaman and to his heirs for ever the Lott of land known by the name of bud falls Swamp Lott lying at Jerusalem be it in numbers of Acres more or less for which I have given him my Deed I Will and bequeath unto my Son James Seaman and to his heirs and assigns for ever the Lott of Land I bought of my brother Samuel Seaman lying at Jerusalem on the West side of the Street for which my brother Samuel gave him his Deed, I Will and bequeath unto my Youngest Son Solomon Seaman and to his heirs and assigns for ever my dwelling house and barn with all my Lott of Land lying on the East side of the way at Jerusalem where I dwell after my Wifes Decease and also my lot of Land on the West said of the highway including the swamp pasture be it in number of acres more or less, I Will and bequeath unto my Son Jacob Seaman and to my Son Solomon Seaman and to their heirs and assigns for ever my lott of Land lying at Jerusalem that I bought of Solomon Seaman to be equally divided between them I Will and bequeath unto my Son James Seaman and to his heirs and assigns for ever six acres of Land lying on the east side of the half neck on the north side of the highway that leads across the neck and Joining thereto, I Will and bequeath unto my Son Solomon Seaman and to his heirs and assigns for ever the equall half of all the Land and right of Land that I have lying above the old neck fence within my fathers Patent Except six Acres thereof already bequeathed unto my Son James Seaman lying above the half neck fence Joyning to the path across the neck, I Will and bequeath unto my Sons Jacob Seaman & James Seaman and their heirs and assigns for ever the equall half of all the Land and right of Land that I have lying above the old neck fence within my fathers Patent except six acres thereof Already Bequeathed to my Son James Seaman lying above the half neck fence Joining to the path across the neck, I Will and bequeath unto my two Sons Jacob Seaman & Solomon Seaman and their heirs and assigns for ever all my upland and fresh & Salt meadows that I have lying within the half neck so called to be equally divided between them, I Will and bequeath unto my Son James Seaman and to his heirs and assigns forever equall moiety or half of all my meadow that I have upon the neck called Seamans neck I Will and bequeath unto my Son James Seaman and to heirs and assigns forever all my upland and right of upland that I have within the neck fence on Seamans neck I Will and bequeath unto my three Sons Vice to Jacob Seaman and James Seaman and Solomon Seaman and to my Grandson Benjamin and their heirs and assigns forever all my meadow that I have upon the Island below Seamans neck and the half neck to be equally divided between them I Will and bequeath unto my three Sons Viz: Jacob Seaman James Seaman and Solomon Seaman and to their heirs and assigns for ever all that of my piece or parcell of Land that I have lying on the half neck above the neck fence Joyning Eastward to the line that parts Hamsted Patent and the Seaman Patent be it in quantity of Acres more are less to be equally divided between them, I Will and bequeath unto my Son Solomon Seaman and my Son in Law Jacob Townsend two of the Executors Authorized in my Son Benjamin Seamans last Will and Testament ten Acres of Land that may be divided to my right in the Township of Hamstead and if so much is not divided and laid out to my son Benjamin Deceased then ten acres to be taken up in trust and for the use of the Daughters of my Son Benjamin deceased to be by them disposed of according to the directions mentioned in my Son Benjamin Seamans Last Will hereby impowering them and their assigns to give good and Lawfull Deed for the same for the uses aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my three Sons Jacob Seaman and James Seaman and Solomon Seaman and to their heirs and assigns for ever one piece of Land lying at the Plain Edge near the dwelling house of Samuel Seaman being about thirteen acres and one Small piece of about Seven Acres of Land lying on the North side of the highway that goeth to Seamans neck containing as aforesaid to be equally divided between them I Will and bequeath unto my Son Solomon Seaman and to his heirs and Assigns for ever a Small piece of Land lying at the East end of my home Lott containing about six acres more or less, I Will and bequeath unto my three Sons Jacob Seaman and James Seaman and Solomon Seaman and to their heirs and Assigns for ever the equall three quarters of all the remaining part of my Land both divided and undivided in the Township of Hamstead to be equally divided between them, I Will and bequeath unto my two Sons Jacob Seaman and James Seaman and to their heirs and Assigns forever Seven Acres a piece fourteen Acres in all to be taken out of the half of my right of Land on the Seamans neck which I have herein before Willed to my Solomon Seaman, I Will and bequeath unto my three Daughters Viz: to my Daughter Hannah Denton and to my Daughter Phebe Townsend and to my Daughter Elizabeth Vooden and to my Grandaughter Martha Clements and her Sister Jane Clements and to my Son James Seaman All the remaining of my Stock of Cattle Sheep horses and Swine to be divided as followeth unto five equall parts Viz: my Daughters Hannah, Phebe and Elizabeth to have three of those equall fifth parts and my two Grand Daughters Martha Clements and Jane Clements to half of one fifth part and my Grand Daughter Martha Rowland to have the other half fifth part, I Will and bequeath unto my Son James Seaman and my Daughter Phebe Townsend the remainding other fifth part to be equally divided amongst them their heirs and assigns for ever I Will and bequeath unto my youngest Daughter Temperance Kirk ten Shillings current money of New York in lieu of the remainder of her portion already received to be paid to her by my Executors hereafter named, I Will and bequeath unto my Son in Law Joseph Clement ten Shillings Current money of New York to be paid him by my Executors hereafter named in lew of the remainder of his Wives portion, I Will and bequeath unto my Son in Law Jonathan Rowland ten Shillings Current money of New York to be paid him by my Executors hereafter named in Lew of the remainder of his Wives portion, I Will and bequeath unto my Daughter Phebe Townsend my Negro Girl named Kate, I Will and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Wooden my Negro Girl named Phyleanah I Will and bequeath unto my Son James Seaman and my Daugter Phebe Townsend my Negro Girl named Pegg and her negro boy named Tony all to enjoy the said Negroes after the Decease or Marriage of my Wife I Will and bequeath unto my three Sons Jacob Seaman and Solomon and James Seaman my Negro boy named Mingo Equally betwixt them and also I Will to my three Sons Jacob Seaman and James Seaman and Solomon Seaman my Negro man named Robin Equally betwixt them all to injoy the said Negroes after the Decease or Marriage of my Wife, I Will and bequeath unto my Wife and to my Son Solomon all my Carts and Plows and all my Cart and Plow Tacking so long as my Wife living or shall remain my Widow and after Decease or marriage of my Wife Solomon shall have one Cart and Plow with the Tackling belonging to both and the remainder of my Carts, Plows and Tackling shall be equally divided between my two Sons Jacob Seaman and James Seaman, I Will and bequeath all my Carpenters tools to my three Sons Jacob and James & Solomon, I Will and bequeath unto my three Daughters and to my Son James Seaman and to my three Grand Daughters Viz: Martha Clements and Jane Clements and Martha Rowland all my money due to me upon Bonds and all my houshold goods to be divided amongst them in the same manner and proportion as the two third parts of my Stock of Cattle Sheep horses and Swine above written are to be divided all after the Decease or Marriage of my Wife and in case my Wife do happen to Die before me then my Will is that all my Wives part of my Stock of Cattle Sheep horses and Swine and my Negro Girl named Sarah shall be equally divided between my three Daughters above named and my Son James Seaman and my three Grand Daughters Martha Clements and Jane Clements and Martha Rowland to be divided amongst them as the stock of Cattle sheep horses and Swine are beforementioned in the same manner and proportion I Will and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Martha Rowland my Negro Girl named Silbe, and lastly I do hereby constitute Authorize and appoint Jacob Seaman and James Seaman and Solomon Seaman to be my Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament Ratifying and holding firm and Valid this and no other to be my last Will and Testament,  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the day and year first above written.

                                                                                                                                                Benjamin Seaman            (seal)

Enterlined under the seventh line these words before signing Sealing and Delivering) first my Will is that my Debts and funeral charges be paid and dischared out of my estate,

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Benjamin Seaman to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers

John Seaman

Caleb Seaman

John Handson

 

Administration of the Estate of Benjamin Seaman was granted to Jacob Seaman, James Seaman and Solomon Seaman, the Executors, on 5 Nov. 1733.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 12, p. 96-102, copied from original Liber 12, p. 101-105.

 

 

[D] APPENDIX D: The Will of Samuel Embree of Westchester County, Province of New York (1739) *

In the name of God Amen the third day of March in the thirteenth year of the Reign of our Soveraign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. and in the year of our Lord Christ Seventeen hundred and thirty nine I Samuel Embree of the Burrough Town of Westchester and Province of New York Yeoman being weak in body but of sound & disposing mind and memory blessed be Almighty God therefore (do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that it to say first and principally I recommend my Soul to Almighty God my Creator and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried by my Executors and touching such Worldly Estate as God in Mercy has bestowed upon me I do hereby give devise and bequeath the same in manner & form following that is to say First I do hereby order my Executors as soon as may be after my Decease to pay all my Just debts and funeral charges out of my Personal Estate

Also in Consideration that my beloved Wife bring up my Children that are under age having the Interest of their Portions towards their Support and also in consideration that she shall not have or claim any further right (in Virtue of her Title of Dower) of or into my Real Estate than what I herein expressly do devise unto her and not otherwise I do hereby devise unto my said Wife for the use of her her Exrs. Admrs. and assignes the one third part of all the remainder of the money (after my Just debts funeral charges and charges of the Sale shall be deducted and paid) that shall arise from the Sale of my all and singular my Personal Estate the which Personal Estate I do hereby (order and empower my Exrs. or the Survivors of them to Sell and dispose off by such ways and Methods as they shall think best and all the Remainder of the money ariseing from the Sale of my said Personal Estate I hereby give and devise equally between my four Daughters Ruth, Mary, Deborah, and Hanah Embree share and share alike the Interest to be applyed to bringing them up and the principall to be paid to them as they severally shall marry or Attain to the age of twenty one years and in case my Wife shall demand any more right or Interest of or into all or any part of my Real Estate then I hereby do give and devise her then and in such case I do hereby Will order & give that part of the produce of the Sale of my Personal Estate mentioned herein before to be given unto my said Wife on condition as aforesaid) also equally between my said four Daughters Ruth, Mary, Deborah and Hanah Embree, always provided that if one or more of my said four Daughters shall Die under age and unmarried the portion or portions of such Daughter or Daughters I do hereby give equally between the Survivors of them  also I do hereby give unto my beloved Wife the use of my dwelling House and the one third part of the profits of all the reminder of my Real Estate (or Lands and Meadows) until she shall depart this Life or marry again and no longer and the other two thirds of the profits thereof I do hereby give and devise equally between my Sons Samuel Joseph and John Embree during the said time also upon the Decease of my Wife or marrying again or sooner if she and my said Sons Samuel Joseph and John, or the Major part of them my said Wife (always being one shall agree thereunto I do hereby Order direct and empower my Executors or the Survivors of them to sell all and singular my lands Meadows & buildings with their appurtenances and out of the money arising from the Sale thereof to put one equal third part thereof out upon Interest and to pay the Interest thereof yearly and every year unto my Wife so long as she shall remain my Widow & no longer and out of the Remainder to pay unto my son Robert Embree fifty pounds and to my Grand Son Samuel Hunt five pounds and to my Grand Son Anthony Glean five pounds I having already given unto their Mothers my Daughters Abigail and Sarah their full portions of my Estate and all the Remainder of the money arising from the Sale of my said Lands Meadows & buildings with their appurtenances the reasonable charges of the Sale only excepted I hereby give equally between my said Sons Samuel Joseph & John Embree and after my Wife shall depart this Life or marry again  I give also the third part of the Money arising from the Sale of my said Real Estate of the which I have given the Interest to my Wife during her Widdowhood unto my said Sons Samuel Joseph and John Embree for the use of them & their several Exrs. Admrs. & Assignes & to be paid to them by my Executors or the Survivors of them always provided that if either of my sd. three Sons shall Die under age the portion of the Deceas’d shall be equally divided between the Survivors of them  lastly I do hereby nominate & appoint my beloved brother in Law Jonathan Rowland of Hemstead and my Friends William Leggett and Moses Mullinex of Westchester abovesd. or the Survivors of them to be the Exrs. of this my last Will & Testamt.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the day and year first above written.

                                                                                                                                                Samuell Embree                               (seal)

Signed Sealed published Pronounced & Declared by the within named Samuel Embree to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of

Jeremiah Fowler

Thomas X Davenport

William Forster

 

Whereas my Brother in Law Samuel Embree late of the Burrough Town of Westchester in the County of Westchester and Province of New York Deceas’d has appointed me together with William Leggett & Moses Mullenex to be Executors of his last Will and Testament I do hereby absolutely refuse & renounce the sd. Executorship as witness my hand and Seal this Sixteenth day of June in the fourteenth year of his Majesties Reign Annoq Domini one thousand Seven hundred and forty.

                                                                                                                                                Jonathan Rowland                          (seal)

Signed and Delivered in the presence of Joseph Denton, Willm Forster.

 

Probated on 23 June 1740, and proved by Thomas Davenport and William Forster Gent. Letters of Administration were granted to William Legget and Moses Mullineaux, two of the Executors in the said Will, Jonathan Rowland the other Executor therein named having relinquished his Right of Executorship, on 23 June 1740.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 13, p. 513-517, copied from original Liber 13, p. 403-405.

 

 

[E] APPENDIX E: The Will of Jacob Seaman of Jerusalem, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1766) *

I Jacob Seaman of Jerusulem in the Township of Hempstead in Queens County in the Colony of New York being week in Body but of sound mind and memory blessed be God do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following Viz Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my wife Mary Seaman the whole of her portion that she brought to me and likewise my silver Bowl and silver Table spoons and tea spoons and my rideing Chair and Chair Horse  Item I give and bequeath unto my said Wife so long as she shall continue my Widow the use of three hundred Pounds in Money as likewise the use of the following Negro slave and other Effects Viz my Negro woman slave named Rose one dweling room and Bedroom the use of three parts of my houshold Goods and one mare and three Cows and three stears ten sheep six Ewes and four Weathers and two Hogs all to be kept by my son Jacob who is alsoe to provide Firewood and a Garden for her and after her Death or Marriage which so ever shall first happen the said sum of three Three hundred Pounds shall be to my son Jacob and my two Daughters Jean and Amie and equally divided among them or their Representatives and the housed Goods and Creatures shall be to my son Jacob Solely all which beforementioned several bequests to my wife are in lieu of her Dower in my Estate Item I give and bequeath unto to my son Jacob four Cows two Stears four year olde each two Hiefers four year old each two stears three year olde each, two Heifers two year old each ----------- two stears two year olde each, two Hiefers a year olde each two Calves one Horse and one mare ten Ewes and eight Weathers and Six Lambs and also four hundred Pounds in money and also my Negro Boy Slave named Charles and two Negro Girls Slaves named Charity and Page, my Negro Man Slave named Robin and my three young Negro Slaves named Benjamin Gimpo and Andrew and my two little Negro Boys named Joshua and Steven and also the grain of all Sorts thrashed and unthrashed lying Standing or growing and also my Cydar Casks and meat tubs and all my utensils of Husbandry and also my Hay of all sorts and one good Feather Bed and Beding Sutable and all the remaining part of my stock Cattle sheep Horses and Hogs – Item I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob the use of all the whole Residue and remaining part of all my whole moveable and personal Estate of what kind or nature so ever or whatsoever for the Term of four years then to be divided between my said son and two Daughters Jean and Amie the one half to my son Jacob and the other half to my two Daughters Jean and Amie or to their Representatives after all my just Debts and funeral Expences are first paid out of it Item I give unto my Daughter Deborah ten shillings  Lastly I make and apoint my Brother Solomon Seaman and my son Jacob Seaman Executors to this my last Will and Testament  In Witness – whereof I have to this my last will and Testament set my hand and seal this twenty six day of May in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and Sixty six.

                                                                                                                                                Jacob Seaman                   (seal)

Signed Sealed and published and declared by the said Jacob Seaman as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us

Jonathan Rowland

Thomas Seaman

Richard Jackson Junr

 

Probated on 26 Mar. 1767, and proved by Jonathan Rowland and Richard Jackson, of Hempstead, Yeomen, two of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Jacob Seaman, one of the Executors, on 30 Aug. 1769.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 27, p. 106-107, copied from original Liber 27, p. 104-106.

 

 

[F] APPENDIX F: The Will of Daniel Jackson of Jericho, Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York (1759) *

I Daniel Jackson of Jericho in the Township of Oyster Bay in Queens County in the Province of New York being this fourth day of the fifth month called May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty nine Sick and not knowing how the Lord may deal with me do make this my last Will and Testament

Imprimis I do Order my Executors hereafter named or the survivour of them to sell all my houses and Land and as much of my movable Estate as will pay all my just debts and after my debts are fully satisfied I do give all the remainder of my Estate to my well beloved Wife Jane Jackson and I do hereby appoynt my honoured Father Thomas Jackson and my Cousin Richard Willets to be my Executors to Execute this my last Will.

                                                                                                                                Daniel Jackson                 (seal)

Published declared and Pronounced in presence of

Isaac Doty

Thomas Willets

Phebe Jackson

 

Probated on 7 Feb. 1760, and proved by Isaac Doty of Oyster Bay, Yeoman, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Richard Willets, one of the Executors, on 13 Mar. 1760.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 21, p. 512-513, copied from original Liber 21, p. 510-511.

 

 

[G] APPENDIX G: The Will of Joseph Wright of West Perry, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1738) *

These presents Witnesseth that I Joseph Wright of West Perry of the Township of Hempstead am this third day of November In the year of our Lord Christ Seventeen hundred & thirty eight very sick & weak in Body but my memory Good & understanding sound & Calling to mind the mortality of my Body Well knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye & being Willing to sett my House in Order, Do make & Ordain this my last Will & Testament First I will my Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named and my soul I Committ to God who gave it me and Touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me withall I give will & bequeath In the following manner & form, Item I give & will unto my beloved wife Temperance Wright two Beds with their Furniture which I bought of her Brother Solomon Seaman as also a Bilstile Chest and Round Table & all other Things that I bought of him, too tedious to mention in particulars and Likewise a Bed & furniture that we had of her Brother James Seaman & a Cubboard that we had of him also and also the negro woman that was her mothers named Sarah, and my will is Further that she shall have sufficient meat & bread corn to last her & her two smallest children one year & also Butter & cheese sufficient For ye same and a Priviledge to Live in my now Dwelling House untill the twentieth Day of April next ensuing this Date & as touching the condition that she is now in being (as it is supposed with child my Will is that she shall have things that is Fitting & convenient at the Time of her lying in to be paid For out of my Estate & if the Child that she is now pregnant with doth live ye First four years after ye Birth she to have Eleven pounds per annum for the maintenance of the Child but if it doth not live so long then to have after ye same Rate according to its Time that it doth Live & if it doth live longer then she to Receive after the Rate of seven pounds ten shillings Per annum For the maintainance of the same for other four years if the Child doth Live and after the sd Child doth arrive to Eight years of age to be put out or hired Kept according to the Discretion of my Exrs. and Further I do will unto her my Eldest Mare & one Cow more than is above mentioned all which premisses to be paid to her by my Executors, in some reasonable time after my decease and to my Daughter Mary Wright I give & bequeath the best bed & furniture belonging thereunto to that I have & a side Saddle that was her mothers & a Small Trunk & a Warming pan, Item my Will is that all my whole Estate both real & personal be sold & turned into Money (Except those Things above mentioned Hereby giving my Executors or the major part of them full, Clear & absolute power to bargain & sell my Whole Estate abovesd & their Deed or Deeds for the Whole & Every part shall be taken Deemed & held to be as Lawfull Authentick & firm to the purchaser or purchasers to all Lawfull Interests & purposes as if I had signed sealed & delivered them with my own hand & seal I will that all my just Debts that I do owe be paid in some reasonable Time after my decease and I will unto my beloved wife above named forty pounds Current money to be paid to her in some resonable Time after my Lands are sold more than is above mentioned and I will unto my Daughter Mary Wright above named thirty pounds to be paid to her when she arrives to the age of Eighteen Years & the remaining part of my whole Estate to be equally divided among my Sons Viz Adam Wright Joseph Wright John Wright, Charles Wright & Job Wright & if the unborn child be a Boy he to have an equal share with the rest of my sons but if a Girl than to be equal with to my other Daughter Viz: to have thirty pounds at Eighteen Years of Age & Each son to have his paid at the age of twenty & one but if any one of these Children dye before they come of age to receive their portions that then their part or share to be equally divided among the surviving brothers & sisters and Lastly I do hereby constitute appoint Ordain Authorize & impower my beloved son Adam Wright & my Trusty Friends Robert Dingey & Samuell Willis to be my Executors impowering them or the major part of them to do & perform all & Every of the articles & Clauses above mentioned and further to put all or either of my three Younger Sons to School or to Trades according to their discretion & Judgment In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above written,

                                                                                                                                                Joseph Wright                   (seal)

Signed, Sealed published pronounced & declared by the abovesd. Joseph Wright as his Last Will & Testament in the presence of us

William Seaman

Micah Sprag

John Dingey

 

Proved on 28 Feb. 1738, and Letters of Administration granted to Adam Wright, Robart Dingey and Samuel Willis, the Executors.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 13, p. 204-207, copied from original Liber 13, p. 162-164.

 

 

[H] APPENDIX H: The Will of James Seaman of Jerusalem, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1777) *

I James Seaman of Jerusalem in the Township of Hempsted in Queen County in the Colony of New York, being weak in Body but of sound disposing mind and memory Blessed be God, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following viz: I give and bequeath unto Martha Seaman my Well-beloved Wife the equal half of all my Lands meadows and Buildings during her Natural life or as long as she continues my Widow, but after her Death or marriage which soever shall first happen, then I give and bequeath the said Lands meadows and Buildings to my son Benjamin Seaman together with the Other or Remaining half of my Lands meadows and Buildings to him his Heirs and assigns for ever, After All my Just Debts and funeral expences are first paid out of it. I give and bequeath to my said Wife my Negro woman named Mine and one Bed and beding and All My Linen, one Bilstale Table and Chest one Great Chair and two small Chairs and my riding Chair after the death of my said Wife I give my said Negro woman Mine her freedom, I give and bequeath unto my Son Benjamin Seaman my Negro Boy named Tim and my Negro Girle named Lender and all my farming utensils and also my Grain of all sorts threshed and unthreshed Lying standing or growing as also all my Flax dressed and undressed Lying standing or growing and likewise all my Hay or Fodder of all sorts. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Phebe the sum of Forty pounds Eleven shillings. I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha the sum of Twenty eight pounds Eight shillings. I give and bequeath unto my three Daughters Phebe, Martha and Mary all the residue or Remaining part of My Movable Estate not before disposed of above to be equally divided among them. Lastly I make and appoint my Son Benjamin Seaman and my Kinsman Thomas Seaman Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal this Twenty second day of June in the Year of Our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven.

                                                                                                                                                James Seaman                  (seal)

Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said James Seaman as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us.—

Jonathan Pratt

Obadiah Seaman

Jacob Seaman

 

Probated on 19 June 1781, and proved by Jacob Seaman, of the Township of Hempsted, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Benjamin Seaman, one of the Executors, on 27 June 1781.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 34, p. 282-283, copied from original Liber 34, p. 224-225.

 

 

[I] APPENDIX I: The Will and Codicil of Solomon Seaman of Jerusalem, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1780) *

In the Name of God, Amen. I Solomon Seaman of Jerusalem in the Township of Hempstead in Queens County in the Province of New York, being now well in Health and of Good disposing mind and memory and Considering the uncertainty of this Transitory Life, do make this my last Will and Testament as Followeth, that is to say, First I do hereby give and devise unto my Son Israel Seaman all my Lands and meadow which I have in the Township of Hempstead (Excepting only what I purchased from Richard Seaman) and one equal half of all my undivided Rights which I have in the Township of Hempstead aforesaid to him and to his Heirs and assigns forever; reserving only sufficient Room in my now Dwelling for the use and Benifit of all my unmarried Children which shall be and remain for the use of my said unmarried Children, so long as they or any of them shall remain unmarried and no longer, all which said Lands and meadow is given unto my said son Israel upon Condition the he shall immediately after my Decease, pay or Cause to be paid unto my Son David the full sum of One hundred Pounds New York Money, which if he my said son Israel shall refuse to do, that then and in such Case, I do hereby impower any one of my Executors which are hereafter named to sell and dispose of as much of that part of my Lands which I have heretofore given unto my said Son Israel, as will pay the abovesaid One hundred pound unto my Son David. Then I do hereby give and devise unto my Son Thomas Seaman, all the Lands which I purchased from Richard Seaman, and the other equal half of all my undivided Rights which I have in the Township of Hempstead, and all my moveable Estate without Doors, and the Equal half of all my male Negroes to him and to his Heirs and assigns forever, upon Condition that he pay or Cause to be paid unto my Son David, Fifty pounds New York Money, which if he my said Son Thomas shall refuse to do, that then and in such Case, I do hereby impower any one of my said Executors to sell and dispose of as much of the Lands or Moveables which I have heretofore given unto my Son Thomas as will pay the aforesaid Fifty pounds unto my said son David; Then I do hereby give and bequeath unto my said Son David the full sum of Fifty pounds, unto my Daughter Martha Three hundred Pounds, unto my Daughter Amey Three hundred pounds, and unto my two Grandsons Solomon and James Sons of my Daughter Deborah, Twenty five pounds a piece; all which last mentioned Legacies are to be paid out of such money as may be due unto me upon Bond or Bonds at the Time of my Decease, Then all the rest and remainder of my Estate which I have not heretofore Devised or or given away, after paying all my just Debts and Funeral Charges, I do give the same to equally divided amongst my four Daughters Namely Martha Amy Deborah and Mary share and share alike – And I do hereby nominate and appoint my two Sons Israel Seaman and Thomas Seaman and my Son in Law Samuel Jackson to be Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby giveing them and each of them full power to execute the same—

        In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the sixteenth day of February seventeen hundred and Eighty

                                                                                                                                                Solomon Seaman                             (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and Declared by the said Solomon Seaman to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us

Joseph Birdsall

John Archibald

S. Clowes

 

I the aforesaid Solomon Seaman, do hereby add this present Writing as a Codicil to this my last Will and Testament (which is heretofore Written) bearing date the sixteenth day of February one thousand seven hundred and Eighty (not meaning to revoke the said Will) and I do further give unto my children which are now unmarried full liberty to Cut as much Fire Wood as should be necessary for Fireing in the Room in my now dwelling House, which I have heretofore given my said unmarried the use off, and I also give my said unmarried Children full liberty to take as many Apples out of my Orchard as may be necessary for their Family’s use, during the time they or any of them are unmarried, and no longer, And I do also impower my Sons Israel Seaman and Thomas Seaman to retain in their hands all the money which I have heretofore given unto my Son David in my said Will, and to pay my said Son David the same, when and at such time and Times as they my Sons Israel and Thomas shall think necessary, and not otherways

                                                                                                                                                Solomon Seaman                             (seal)

        Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Solomon Seaman, as a Codicil to his last Will and Testament, in presence of us

        Joseph Birdsall

        John Archibald

        S. Clowes

 

Probated on 7 Dec. 1782, and proved by John Archibald, of Hempstead, Shopkeeper, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Israel Seaman, Thomas Seaman, and Samuel Jackson, the Executors, on 7 Jan. 1783.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 35, p. 283-286, copied from original Liber 35, p. 163-164.

 

 

[J] APPENDIX J: The Will of William Willis of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1729) *

Know all men by these presents that I William Willis of Hempstead in Queens County on Nashau Island Yeoman being this thirteenth Day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and twenty nine in health of boddy & my memory good and my understanding sound thanks be given to the Lord for the same and being willing to sett my house in order do make appoint & ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament hereby Revokeing Disallowing and Disannulling all other Wills bequests & Testaments by mee before this time made either by word of mouth or writing Ratifying Confirming & Ordaining this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament Item I Will my Body to the Earth to be buried with Decent & Christian buriall at the Discretion of my Executors herein after named and do commit my Soul to God that gave it me in hopes of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer and Touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless mee in this Life withall I give Demise & bequeath in the following manner & form first I Will that all those Debts due and Duties that I do owe to any Person or Persons shall be well and truely Satisfyed and paid in some convenient time after my Decease by my Executors hereinafter named and appoint out of my moveable Estate together with my funerall charges before any Division be made thereof I Will and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife Mary Willis the equall half of my Cleared Land wheresoever and the third part of my meadow both salt and fresh and one of my Dwelling houses my Cellars & Kitchen and my barn which of my Dwelling houses that she shall please to Choose and my two Negroe boys Dick and Prince & my Negroe Wooman Called Hager and my Negroe Girl Rose all both houses Barn Land & meadow & the Equall Quarter of my uncleared Land & Negroes above named I Will unto my Wife abovesaid for her to have the use benefit & profit thereof and every part thereof so long as she doth Remain my Widdow and no longer and after her Decease or marriage to be Divided amongst my Sons as hereafter meĉond I also Will and Bequeath unto my Wife all my household Goods and the Equall third part of all my moveable Estate out of Doors as Cattle horses sheep Swine with all the Corn in the house Barn & stack & growing on the Ground of all sorts and the Interest or use of all my money due to me upon Bonds the use of said money Due upon Bonds I Will unto her During her Widdowhood and then the money to be Equally Divided between all my five Sons hereafter named and to their heirs and not to the use of their Excr. I also Will unto my Wife the equall half of all my tools with all my plow & Cart tackling & Utensils of husbandry I Will and bequeath unto my Eldest Son William Willis and to his heirs & assigns for Ever the farm he dwelleth on bounded north by ten Acres of Land Thomas Balden Deceased and I bought of John Davis & West by Georg Baldens Land & East by the Land of Nathaniel Seaman & my own Land & South by the Road, I Will & bequeath unto my Son John Willis and to his heirs and assigns forever the Land whereon his house standeth with all the Land that I have on the West side of George Baldens path that goeth from his house through his Lott and the point to South and apiece of Land on the East Side of my Son Henry’s Land between that & the Road that parts it & the meeting house ground be it in both pieces in Quantity of Acres more or Less: I Will and bequeath unto my Son Henry Willis and to his heirs and assigns forever the Land Joyning & whereon his house stands bounded on the East by the fence that parts it and the Land of my Son John’s above bequeathed to him & on the North by the Road and on the West by the Brushee plains be it Quantity of Acres more or Less, I Will and bequeath unto my two youngest Sons Jacob Willis and Saml. Willis and to their heirs and Assigns for ever all my farm that I do Dwell on together with all the Dwelling houses Barns fences fields and pastures it being the north end of the Lott of Land my father Bought of John Seaman Deĉed. & five Acres I bought of John Seaman Deĉed & five Acres I bought of John Davis & half a Lot I bought of Jonathan Seaman Deĉed and fifty Acres my father Bought of Richard Stets & ten Acres being over plush of measure on the West side thereof that the Trustees laid out to me on my Right of Land in the Commons – the one half thereof for them to Injoy when the first Crop thereon at my Decease is taken of and the other half thereof at the Decease or marriage of their Mother I Will and bequeath unto my two youngest Sons Jacob Willis and Samuel Willis and to their heirs and assigns forever Sixteen Acres of Land Joyning to the west side of the Land of Thomas Carman that Lyeth at the west end of Jno. Titus’ Land the sixteen Acres of Land to be measured out of my piece of Land that I have Lying northward of the road that Leads from John Titus’s house to the harbour and to Run from the South part at the road to the north end of the piece of Land of the Breadth all the way & at both ends as – to make up the Sixteen Acres all which my said farm and Sixteen Acres of Land above said bequeathed to my two Sons Jacob Willis & Saml. Willis shall be equally Divided between them and their heirs and assigns & in case either of my two Sons Jacob or Samuell Willis doth Dye without Lawfull Issue the Survivor of them Shall Enjoy the whole farm abovesaid that I Dwell on and the sixteen Acres of Land above bequeathed to them and his heirs and Assigns on condition that the survivor of them do pay to his three Eldest Brothers (Viz) To William Willis & to John Willis & to Henry Willis or to their heirs or in case of the nonage of their or Either of their heirs then to the Executor or Executors of such Son of mine that Leaveth his heir in his nonage the full and Just sum of fifty pounds to each of my three Eldest Sons or to their Executors for the use benefit and profitt of his Lawfull heir or their Lawfull heirs it being one hundred and fifty Pounds in all at three severall yearly payments the first payment to be on that time come two years after the Decease of my Wife or of his brother that is partner with him in the said farm according as above written or which of them shall Las happen to dye and fifty pounds at three years after and fifty pounds at four years after the Decease of my Wife or of one of my youngest Sons without Issue as abovesaid and in case the survivor of my two two youngest Sons his brother Dying without Issue Doth refuse to pay to his three Brothers abovesaid or to their heirs as above directed then my Will is that my Deceased Sons share that hath Dyed without Issue of my farm that I Dwell on & the half of the sixteen Acres of Land shall be Equally Divided between my four Surviving Sons and their heirs and assigns forever, I Will and bequeath unto my three Eldest Sons (Viz) to William Willis and to Henry Willis and to John Willis & to their & Each of their heirs and assigns for ever the Remainder of the piece of Land that I have Lying westward of the Sixteen Acres above mentioned to be equally Divided between them there being near about Eight Acres a piece besides ye sixteen Acres I Will and bequeath unto my three Sons namely to Henry Willis & to John Willis & to Jacob Willis & to their heirs & assigns forever to each of them six Acres of Land a piece below the South side of the harbour hill to make them even with William and Samuel for Land I have Sold for their use I Will and bequeath unto my Eldest Son William Willis and to my youngest Son Samuel Willis and to their heirs and Assigns for ever the Lott of meadow I Bought of Jonathan Vallintine and the upland & three fift part of my Lott of meadow I Bought of Henry Franklin and one Quarter part of the upland that I have on the East side of New Bridge to be Equally Divided between them I Will and bequeath unto my three Sons namely to Henry Willis and to John Willis and to Jacob Willis and to their heirs and assigns forever all the meadow that I Bought of Thomas and Robert Lee upon New Bridge & two fift parts of the Lott of Meadow that I Bought of Henry Franklin & three Quarters of my upland that I have on the East side of New Bridge all within the neck all to be Equally Divided between them I Will and bequeath unto all my five Sons to William Willis and to Henry Willis & unto John Willis & to Jacob Willis and to Samll. Willis & to their heirs and assigns forever all my two hundred & fifty acres of Land that I have at the fish Kills in Dutchess County to be Equally Divided between them I Will and bequeath unto my five Sons William and Henry & John and Jacob & Samuel Willis and to their heirs & assigns for ever all the Remainder of my Land toward the harbour & above the new Bridge neck & att all other places wheresoever Divided and undivided & all my Rights on the plains to be Equally Divided between them my Will is that my Wife shall have the whole of the household goods and my depts paid out of my Stock of Cattle Swine sheep and horses and after my Depts are paid my Wife shall have her third part of the moveable Estate without Dores of the Cattle horses swine and sheep and then all my Sons shall have five pounds a piece out of the Stock abovesaid Except Henry he having already the value thereof, I Will & bequeath unto my five Sons above named all the Remainder of my Estate whatsoever & my Negroes abovenamed & that shall be Living at the Decease or marriage of my Wife to be Equally Divided amongst them the Negroes to choose their Masters out of my Sons & they to be acountable to their Brothers that hath them not for the true proportion of their Value and in Case my Wife Dyeth without makeing any Will Then what she doth Leave shall be Equally Divided amongst all my Sons, I Will my watch unto my Wife for & during her Live & after her Decease to my Sons all share alike Lastly I do constitute authorize ordain and appoint my Loveing Wife Mary Willis & my friends Thomas Pearsall & Samuel Underhill Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, In Witness whereof I have sett to my hand & fixed my Seal the Day and year above written.

                                                                                                                                                William Willis                    (seal)

{Ye words (that shall be due upon bonds) enterlined in the margent

{before signing and Sealing & the word (have) & them

 

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by me William Willis in the presence of the subscribers to be my Last Will and Testament.

Solomon Seaman

Jacob Townsend

Solomon Semons

Amos Underhill

 

April New York 20th 1745

Received of George Joseph Moore Esqr. the Original Will of William Willis

                                                                                                D. M. Lawrence

 

Letters of Administration on the Estate of William Willis were granted to Mary Willis, one of the Executors in the said Will, Thomas Pearsall and Samll. Underhill having relinquisht the office of Executor, on 27 May 1736.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 12, p. 457-463, copied from original Liber 12, p. 484-491.

 

 

[K] APPENDIX K: The Will of William Willis of Westbury, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1750) *

Know all men by these presents that I William Willis of Westbury in the bounds of hempstead in Queens County, on Nassau Island Yeoman being this thirtieth day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and forty-nine fifty well in health of Body and my understanding sound and memory Quick and Good but calling to mind the uncertainty of this outward being and well knowing that it is appointed once for all Men to dye do make this present writing and no other to be my last will and Testament in manner and following after the Recommendation of my Soul to God in hopes of Salvation and my Body to the Earth to be buried with a Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and appointed and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith I am possessed of I will and dispose of in the following manner first of all I devise all my Lands Rights of Lands housen Buildings and Improvements wheresoever and of what nature soever to be sold by my Executors or any of them in some convenient time after my decease and hereby granting unto my said Executors or any of them that shall take upon themselves the execution of this my will full power and authority to sell and dispose of the same and to give an absolute Title to the purchasor or purchasors for any part thereof  Item I will and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Hannah Willis one good feather Bed with full furniture of the best my house affords with a warming pan and my best riding horse and her sadle and my will is that the remainder part of my moveable estate shall be sold by my Executors and out of the money ariseing from the sale of my Lands and moveable Estate all my debts to be paid and then my will is that my well beloved wife Hannah Willis shall have the one third part of the remainder to her free disposal to the intent and for her to release her right of dower in my lands the next place my will is that after my wife hath had her part and my debts paid I will the Two Thirds of the remainder to my six sons namely Jacob Willis Samuel Willis Mordecai Willis Silas Willis William Willis and Joseph Willis and to be equally divided amongst them and if any of my younger Sons dye before they receive their portions without issue their parts shall goe to the Survivors of them equally divided amongst them and the remainder third I will to my four daughters namely Mary Bedel Hannah Sprag Elizabeth Post and Martha Willis first that my daughter Martha shall have so much as to make her up equall with what my other daughters have respectively had before and then to be equally divided amongst them all So that each of my daughters shall have as much of my Estate as the others I also desire my Executors to put my son Joseph Willis out to some trade as he shall incline to learn  Lastly I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my two sons Jacob Willis and Samuel Willis, and my Brother in law Jacob Seaman my Executors of this my last will and Testament and that they or any of them that takes upon themselves the Executorship shall have full power to execute and perform the execution of this my last will and testament and every part thereof to all intents and purposes whatsoever.

In witness hereunto I have set to my hand and fixed my seal

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by me the said William Willis as my last Will and Testament in the presence of the subscribers the words (my other) between the twenty fourth and twenty fifth lines interlined before signed

Notwithstanding what is above written my will is that my son Jacob Willis shall have for his part twice as much as any other of my sons and the rest to be equall out of the said two thirds

                                                                                                                                                William Willis                    (seal)

John Robbins

William Kirbe

Jeremiah Robbins

Samuel Willis

 

Probated on 5 June 1750, and proved by Samuel Willis, one of the witnesses, who being a known Quaker affirmed and upon his affirmation declared that he did see William Willis, his brother, deceased, in his life time sign and seal the within written Instrument and heard him publish and declare the same to be and contain his last will and testament. Letters of Administration were granted to Jacob Willis, Samuel Willis, and Jacob Seaman, the Executors, on 30 June 1750.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 153-156, copied from original Liber 17, p. 157-159.

 

 

[L] APPENDIX L: The Will of Henry Willis of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1744) *

Know all men By these presents that I Henry Willis of Hempstead in Queens County on Nassau Island Yeoman being this ninth day of the tenth month in the year of our Lord One thousand and seven hundred and forty four very sick and weak in Body yet of perfect Mind & Memory and not knowing but that my life is drawing near to a period and being willing to set my House in order do make and ordain this present writing and no other to be my last Will and Testament first of all I recommend my Soul to God that gave it to me and my Body to the Earth to be buried with a Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter appointed. And as to my worldly Estate wherewith I am possessed I will devise and dispose of in the following Manner. Imprimis I will give and bequeath unto my welbeloved wife Phebe Willis the Eshews and profits of the Equal half of all my Lands wheresoever (Except what I shall hereafter order to be sold) with my dwelling House and the Appurtenances for her to use and improve for her Sustenance for and during the full time that she shall remain my Widow and no longer it also is my will that my Daughter Phebe Willis shall have the priviledge to dwell in the House with her Mother until she shall marry but if my wife should marry or die before my said Daughter Phebe then my will is that my Daughter shall still have the Liberty of the Choycest of the Rooms in my House to dwell in until her Marriage. Item I will and bequeath unto my Son Silas Willis his Heirs and Assignes for Ever the Equal two third parts of my Real Estate wheresoever Except what I shall order to be sold also what I have given him before by Deed to be accompted as part of my Estate so given for him to be possessed of the one Moiety of my Real Estate immediately after my Decease and the other part which will be so much as to make it up two thirds after my wife’s decease. Item I will and bequeath unto my Son Silas Willis his Heirs and Assignes for Ever my dwelling House for him to enjoy after the above Limitations of his Mothers Death and his Sisters Marriage. Item my will is that my Executors shall sell and dispose of so much of my Lands near the head of Hempstead Harbour in some convenient place (to the least prejudice of my Farm) as will fully pay and satisfy all my just Debts. Item I will and order that all the Lands and Meadow which I have lying at Newbridge Neck at South shall be sold by my Executors and the Money Ariseing therefrom to be disposed of as followeth to Witt first I will unto my Daughter Phebe Willis abovenamed twenty five pounds current Money in some convenient time after my Land and Meadows are sold then my Will is that the Residue of the Money shall be divided in two Equal parts and my Daughter Phebe to have the one half thereof to be paid unto her in some convenient time after the Money is received by my Executors the other equal half of the Money to be paid unto the five Children of my deceased Daughter Mary post and to be Equally divided amongst them and to be paid unto them when they respectively come of age only my will is first that their Father my Son in Law Richard Post shall have three pounds to his own Disposal out of the said Children’s half before the Division amongst the Children and further my will is that my Executors shall sell and dispose of so much more of my Real Estate after my wife’s Marriage or Decease or which of them Terms may first happen as to make up the Value of my Lands & Meadow at South to be the one third part of my Real Estate and the Money arising therefrom to be Equally divided in two parts the one Moiety to be paid unto my said Daughter Phebe Willis after my wifes Death or Marriage as abovesaid the other half to be paid & divided between my said five Grand Children to be paid unto them by my Executors at their day of Lawful Age successively or in some convenient time after the Death or Marriage of my Wife or which of those Terms may last happen. Item I will & bequeath unto my Daughter Phebe Willis my Sorild Riding Horse to her own Disposal. Item I will that my wife Phebe Willis shall have and use all the Remainder of my moveable Estate during the time that she shall remain my Widow and at her Death or Marriage to have the Disposal of the one third part thereof and the other two third parts to be Equally divided between my Son Silas Willis and my Daughter Phebe Willis  Lastly I do hereby constitute authorize and appoint my Son Silas Willis my Brother John Willis both of Hempstead and my Brother Samuel Willis of Oyster Bay all of Queens County to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament and that they or any two of them shall have full power & Authority to Execute this my last will and Testament and every Article & Clause therein contained according to the true Intent & Meaning thereof.

In Witness hereunto I have set my Hand and fixed my Seal the day and year above written

                                                                                                                                                          his

                                                                                                                                                Henry ++ Willis                    (seal)

                                                                                                                                                      mark & Seal

Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared by the said Henry Willis as his last Will and Testament in the presence of the Subscribers

                                                                                                                                                Thomas Pearsall

                                                                                                                                                Daniel Thuston

                                                                                                                                                Nathll. Seaman

                                                                                                                                                William Willis

Received the original will of Henry Willis of Which the preceeding is the Record then 11h January 1750.

                                                                                                                                                Samuel Willis Executor

 

Proved on 27 Dec. 1744, Letters of Administration granted to Silas Willis, John Willis, and Samuel Willis, the Executors.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 301-304, copied from original Liber 15, p. 309-312.

 

 

[M] APPENDIX M: The Will of Silas Willis of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1745) *

Know all Men by these presents that I Silas Willis of Hempstead Harbour in the Bounds of Hempsted in Queens County on Nassau Island Yeoman, being this nineteenth day of the twelf month One thousand seven hundred and forty four five but weak and feble in Body but my Memory perfect and sound and my understanding Quick and Good and calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory Life and not knowing but that my final change draweth nigh do make ordain and appoint this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) first of all I commit my soul to God that Gave it me in hopes through the Merrits of Jesus Christ to Inherit Salvation and my Body I bequeath unto the Earth to be buried with a Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named and appointed.

And as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith I am (through the blessing of God) possessed of I will devise and dispose of in the following Manner.

first. My will is that all my whole Estate both real and personal wheresoever and of what kind or nature soever shall be sold by my Executors in such manner as they or the Major part of them shall judge most convenient and withal giving and granting unto my Executors or the Major part of them full power and authority To give good and sufficient Deed or Deeds to the purcher or purchasers for my Lands Housen or Hereditaments and appurtenances or any part thereof and that the Title so given by my Executors shall in Every respect be as good and authentick as if I had don it in my life time. And when my whole Estate is sold both Real and Personal my will is that all my just Debts shall be fully satisfyed and paid by my Executors.

And when my Debts are fully paid with all other charges that may accrew. by sail of my Estate then my will is that my wel beloved wife Ann Willis shall have the one third part of the Remainder of my Estate to her own disposal.

And whereas I have good Reason to suppose that my wife is with Child which if it should so happen that the child which she is pregnant with should be a Son then my will is that the other two thirds of the money of my Estate (after my Debts being paid) shall be equally divided between my Son Jordan Willis and the unborn Son, that my wife is pregnant with, but in case the Child which my wife is pregnant with should be a Daughter then my will is that the sd two thirds of my Estate (or the money) ariseing ther from after my Debts are paid) shall be divided between my Son Jordan and my Daughter wherewith my wife is supposed to be pregnant with in such sort that my Son to have two shares and my Daughter one Share and my will is that my Son Jordan shall have his portion paid him when he arrives to be of full Age and my other unborn Son at the time when he is of full Age if it be a Son, but if it prove a Daughter then she shall receive her Portion at her day of Marriage or when she shall arrive to Eighteen years of Age.

And further my will is that my wife shall have the Interest of the other two thirds of the Money (which my Children are to have) until my Son Jordon arrive to be of sixteen years of Age and then his part to be kept out at Interest for his use until he Come of Age and then paid unto him by my Executors.

And my Will is further that my wife shall have the use of the Money of my unborn Child until it arrive to be Eighteen years of Age but if Eighther of my two Children should dye before they arrive to be of full age or without lawfull Isue then the Survivor to have the whole of my Deceased Child’s part.

And my will is further that for the use of the money above given to my wife she shall take care and provide a suitable Education for my Children both as to food and Raiment with Schooling suitable as my Executors shall think proper untill my Son or Sons as the case may happen arrive to be sixteen years of Age and then my will is they shall be put to good Trade until they come of Age.

And my will is further that in case my wife should Marry or Dye then my Executors shall have full power to take my children into their own care and provide for them Education as they shall think most proper. And further I would have it understood that what I have given unto my wife shall be deemed to be her full (or in lieu) of her right of dowry and not otherwise.

Lastly I do hereby constitute Ordain and appoint my loving Uncles John Willis of Westbury Jacob Titus of Wheatly and Samuel Willis of Jericho all of Queens County on Nassau Island to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament and that they or the Major part of them shall have full power to Execute every part Article and Clause therein mentioned  In Witness hereunto I have set to my hand and fixed my Seal the day and year above written

                                                                                                                                                Silas Willis                            (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by me the said Silas Willis as my last Will and Testament in the Presents of the subscribers.

                                                                                                                                                William Willis

                                                                                                                                                Alexander Young

                                                                                                                                                William Titus

Received the original will of Silas Willis of which the preceeding is the Record this 11 January 1750.

                                                                                                                                                Samuel Willis

                                                                                                                                                                Executor

 

Letters of Administration granted to John Willis, Jacob Titus, and Samuel Willis, the Executors, on 29 July 1745.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 369-372, copied from original Liber 15, p. 398-401.

 

 

[N] APPENDIX N: The Will of Jacob Willis of Westbury, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1748) *

        These presents Witnesseth That I Jacob Willis of Westbury in the Township of hempstead in Queens County on the Island of Nassau and in the province of New York being this first day of February in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred and forty seven Eight in my perfect health and my memory sound and calling to mind the uncertainty of my time in this life am willing to set my house in order do make and appoint this my last will and Testament in the following manner and form in the first place I will my body to be decently buried with Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and my immortal soul I recommend to God in hopes of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer and Salvation as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bles me with in this life I give bequeath and dispose of in the following manner and form In the first place I will that all my estate boath Real and personal shall be sold by my Executors hereafter named except my wearing Apparel and my Cane and the Money that doath arise by the sale thereof I will bequeath and dispose of in following manner in the first place I will that all those debts that I do of right owe to any person or persons whomsoever shall be well and truly satisfied and paid in some convenient time after my decease by my Executors hereafter named  Item – I give and bequeath unto my Brother William Willis the sum of Ten Shillings Current lawfull Money of the Colony of New York I give and bequeath unto my brother Samuel Willises Eldest daughter Mary Willis the Sum of twenty shillings Current lawfull Money of this Colony  I give and bequeath unto John Willis the son of Samuel Willis the sum of twenty Shilling Current Lawfull Money of this colony I will and bequeath all the remaining part Except as was before Excepted to be equally devided Between Richard Willis and William Willis and John Willis the sons of my Brother John Willis and Jacob Willis and Samuel Willis and Mordicah Willis and Silas Willis the sons of my Brother William Willis to be equally divided between them excepting Samuel Willis last mentioned to have twelve pounds less than the rest of those five Persons last mentioned in lieu and in stead of which I will and bequeath unto him the said Samuel Willis all my wearing apparel  I give and bequeath unto my Kinsman Benjamin Seaman my cane  I do then hereby impower and authorise my Executors hereafter named to sell my Farm as was above mentioned and when sold by my Executors or either of them and their or either of Deed or Deeds shall be held lawfull and authentick to the purchaser or purchasers thereof as fully and ample to all intents and purposes as I myself might or could have done in my life time I hereby constitute ordain and appoint my trusty friend and kinsman Jacob Titus of Wheatly in the township of Oysterbay and my trusty friend Zebulon Seaman of Jericho in the Township of Oysterbay aforesaid and my trusty friend and kinsman Benjamin Seaman Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby impowering them to give a Deed or deeds for all my lands and their Deed or Deeds shall be held Lawfull and Authentick to the purchasers thereof.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above writen.

                                                                                                                                                Jacob Willis                          (seal)

Puplished pronounced and declared by the said Jacob Willis to be his last Will and Testament in the presents of

Mary Titus

Stephen Titus

William Titus

 

Probated on 20 Feb. 1751, and proved by Stephen Titus and William Titus, two of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Jacob Titus and Zebulon Seaman, two of the Executors, Jacob Titus having been duly affirmed, and Zebulon Seaman having been duly sworn, on 27 Mar. 1751.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 317-318, copied from original Liber 17, p. 322-323.

 

 

[O] APPENDIX O: The Will of James Denton of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1713) *

In the Name of the Lord Amen

I James Denton of Herricks in the Township of Hempstead in Queens County on Nashaw Island Yeoman being very Ill of Body and not knowing how the Lord may deall with me: and my Memory being good & my understanding Sound &c. am willing to settle my outward Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life withall Knowing it is appointed once for all Men to Dye and putt of this Mortal being do make ordain & appoynt this my Last Will and Testament (that is to Say) first & principally I doe recommend my Soul into the hands of god who gave it in hopes of Eternall Life through Jesus Christ my onely Saviour and Redeemer and my Body to the Earth to be Buried with Christian Buriall at the Discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bestow upon me I give Demise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form (that is to Say) first I will that all those Depts and Dutyes that I doe Either in right or Conscience owe to any manner of Person or Persons whatsoever Shall be well and truely Satisfied Contented and payed in Some Convenient time after my Decease by my Executors hereafter named  Item I will and Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Jane Denton two third parts of all my Moveable Estate both of Houshold Stuff & Goods and Stock of Cattle and Living Creatures after my Debts are payed I also will and Bequeath unto my Wife my Dwelling house and half the Barn and half of all my Land and Meadow ground both of Cleared Land orchard and uncleared Land for and Durring her Widdowhood and at her Decease or Marriage the House shall with sd half of the Barn and Land and Meadow return unto my Son James Denton to him and his Heirs and Assignes forever Item I give and Bequeath unto my Son James Denton after my Depts are payed as aforesaid the Equall third part of all my Moveable Estate whatsoever I also will and Bequeath unto my said Son James Denton and to his Heirs and Assigns forever all my Land and Meadow with all and Singular the Appurtenances thereof the one half at the Death or Marriage of his Mother or at the time that which of them shall first happen the other half when he shall arive at one and twenty years of Age and if my Son James Denton Dye before he Arrive at one and twenty years old then my Wife Shall Enjoy all my Moveable Estate and all my Houses Land and Meadow durring her Life time and after her decease all my houses Lands and Meadows shall be Equally divided between my Brother Samuel Denton’s Son Samuel Denton and my Brother Abraham Denton and my Brother Jonas Denton to them & their Heirs and assigns forever Lastly I do ordain make and Constitute my Loving wife and my Brother in Law William Willis to be my Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and do uterly disallow revoke and disanull all other former wills by at any time heretofore made Ratifying this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seall this Seventh day of the third Month in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and thirteen.

                                                                                                                                                James Denton                   (seal)

Signed Sealed pronounced and declared by the said James Denton as his Last will in the Presence of us the Subscribers.

Ezekiel Smith

           his

Joseph  J  Wood

          mark

 

Probated on 3 Feb. 1723/4 and proved by William Willis and Ezekiel Smith who testified that they saw James Denton sign, seal and acknowledge the within Will.

Feby 3d 1726/7. Then appeared before me George Clarke thereunto authorized by Exly James Denton one of the Executors named in the within written Will who being a known Quaker was duely attested to the Execution of the within written will by me

                                                                                                                                                Geo: Clarke

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 10, p. 373-375, copied from original Liber 10, p. 292-293.

 

 

[P] APPENDIX P: The Will and Codicil of John Tredwell of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1758) *

        In the name of God Amen the sixteenth day of October in the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and fifty-Eight I John Tredwell of Hempstead in Queens County in the Province of New York being in health of body and of good and perfect mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament as as followeth that is to say first I do hereby Order that all my Just debts be fully paid by my Executors hereafter named  Item I do hereby give and bequeath unto my loveing Wife Phebe Tredwell the two best Beds and the furniture thereunto belonging which I may happen to have at the time of my decease and the largest looking glass which I now have to her and to her heirs and assigns forever  Item I do hereby give and bequeath unto my Brother Thomas Tredwell all my wearing apparel which I may happen to have at the time of my decease and I do hereby Authorize and impower my Executors hereafter named to sell and dispose of all my Estate both Real & Personall at a publick Vendue as soon after my decease as is convenient and after my just debts are paid as aforesaid the one equal half of all the money ariseing therefrom I do hereby give and bequeath unto my loveing Wife Phebe Tredwell aforesaid to her and to her heirs and assigns for ever and the other equal half of the money ariseing from the Sale of my Estate as aforesaid I do hereby give and bequeath unto my Cozen John Tredwell Son of my Brother Thomas Tredwell to him and to his heirs and assignes forever  And I do hereby make and Ordain my loveing and Trusty Friends Patrick Mott Samuel Clowes ye. 3d. & Timothy Clowes my true and lawfull Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do uterly Revoke all former Wills and Testaments by me in any wise made heretofore or declared In Witness whereof I do hereunto sett my hand and Seal the day and year above first written.

                                                                                                                                                John Tredwell                   (seal)

Signed Sealed Pronounced and declared by the said John Tredwell to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us who were in Witnesses,

Charles Peters

Cornelius Vanostrand

John Pettit

 

Whereas I the above named John Tredwell do hereby further order direct and impower my Executors within mentioned or the Survivors of them to paying unto my loveing Wife Phebey Tredwell with mentioned the full sum of forty pounds over and above what is given her in the within mentioned Will to be paid her out of what my Exers. shall sell as by said Will are directed and impowered to do all which said sum of forty pounds and also what is mentioned and given her by the said Will within written I give her in Lieu of her dower and not otherways.

                                                                                                                                                John Tredwell                   (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared by the said John Tredwell to be as a Codicil to the within written Last Will & Testament in presence of us who were his Witnesses May ye 7th. 1759.

John Post

Mary Titus

Sarah S Seaman

 

Probated on 8 June 1759, and proved by Charles Peters Surgeon and John Petit Carpenter, both of Hempstead, two of the witnesses to the Will, and by Mary Titus, wife of Peter Titus, one of the witnesses to the Codicil. Letters of Administration granted to Patrick Mott, Samuel Clowes the third and Timothy Clowes, the Executors, the said Patrick Mott being duly affirmed, and Samuel Clowes and Timothy Clowes being duly sworn, on 8 June 1759.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 21, p. 331-332, copied from original Liber 21, p. 330-331.

 

 

[Q] APPENDIX Q: The Will of John Titus of Westbury, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1747) *

These Presents Witnesseth That I John Titus of Westbury in Queen County and province of New York being this nineteenth day of September in ye year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and Forty and seven being well in health and my understanding sound and Good I do make this my last will and Testament in the following manner and form first I will my I will my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian manner by my Executor hereafter named and my soul I recommend into the hands of God who gave it and for such worldly Estate as I am blest with in this life I dispose of in the following manner and form Imprimis I will and Bequeath unto my Youngest son Richard Titus two Cows and Calves and all my horses and Mares and Horse kind and Eight sheep to be put out to use for him as soon as may be after my decease until he comes to twenty and one years of age  Item– I will and Bequeath unto my Wifes Daughter Mary Post my Round Table and Trundle Bed and a chest to her and her heirs forever – Item – I will and Bequeath unto my Beloved Wife Mary Titus all the Remaining Part of my Household Goods with every part of my moveable Estate with all my Rights and Credits and Thirty pound of my Money that lies now the hands of my son Wm Titus and Money that may be due and is due or owing unto me I give it unto my wife Mary for her use so long as she remains my widow and after it shall return unto my son Richard Titus To whom I will and bequeath it after his Mothers Widowhood or decease I give it to him and his heirs forever  I will and bequeath my Wife Mary my Negro Woman called Bess for her use so long as she remains my widow and after her decease or marriage ye sd negro woman shall be sold and ye Money shall be put out to interest for my son Richard Titus until he is twenty and one years of age to whom I will and Bequeath ye sd Money the Negro shall be sold for Furthermore if my son Richard die before he comes to the age of twenty and one years or before he is married that all the abovesaid that is willed and bequeathed unto him as abovesaid shall be equally divided between my Daughters Mary Philada and Sarah to be equally given among them – Item  I will unto each of my Eldest sons John Jacob and William Titus all my Lands mentioned in their Several Deeds unto my hand and seal for the same and have also divided ye most of Stock and household Goods already unto my Four Daughters Mary Philada Sarah and Phebe all which I do will and bequeath unto them and each of them as is already divided to them  I do hereby appoint constitute Impower and ordain my loveing wife Mary Titus and my son Jacob Titus to be my Executors to Execute this my last Will and Testament declaring this and no other to be my last will and Testament and in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal the day and year above writen.

                                                                                                                                                John Titus                           (seal)

Signed sealed pronounced and declared to be John Titus his last will and Testament in presence of

Richard Post

Sarah Titus

Benj Smith

 

Probated on 22 May 1751, and proved by Sarah Titus, a known Quaker, one of the witnesses to the will. Letters of Administration granted to Mary Titus and Jacob Titus, the Executors.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 361-363, copied from original Liber 17, p. 366-368.

 

 

[R] APPENDIX R: The Will of Henry Pearsall of Bethpage, Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York (1748) *

        I Henry Pearsall of Bethphage in the Township of Oyster Bay in Queens County on Nassau Island Yeoman being this twenty third day of the Eighth Month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Forty Eight but weak and Fable of Body as well as pretty far advanced in years and not knowing how soon my final change may come being therefore willing to set my house in order do hereby make and ordain this and no other to be my last Will and Testament first of all I commit my soul to God that gave it me in hopes of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ my only Saviour and redeemer and as Touching my body I will it to the earth to be buried with a Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and as to my outward Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with I will devise and dispose of in the following manner Imprimis my will is that my Executors shall sell so much of my moveable Estate as will fully discharge and pay all my just debts  Item – I will and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Pearsall one of my Beds and Furniture thereunto belonging  Item – I will unto my daughter Ann Willis a Riding horse to be valued at about eight pounds  Item – I will to my daughter Mary Pearsall Five pounds in Money to buy her a Side Saddle I also will to my daughter Mary one Riding horse to be worth Eight pounds or eight pounds in Money (my daughter Phebe Osbourn having Already had her horse and sadle) as also my daughter Ann hath had her riding sadle  Item – I will give and bequeath unto my loving wife Mary Pearsall all the residue or remainder of my moveable estate to be at her own free disposall I also will and bequeath unto my well beloved wife aforenamed the Issues and profitts of all my Lands Housen and Improvements which I bought of the Executors of Elisha Powell for her to use and improve during her widowhood for her support and the education of my two youngest Children (also to be in Lieu of her right of dower what is above given her)  Item – I will and bequeath unto my two sons Thomas Pearsal and Rowland Pearsal the dwell house and Land that I bought of Thomas Davis and the Land that I bought of Timothy Shaw to be equally divided between them and to remain unto them their heirs and assigns forever on the condition that they pay my daughter Mary Pearsal the Sum of Fifteen Pounds when she arrives to ye age of Eighteen or day of Marriage or which may first happen  Item – I will and bequeath unto my youngest son John Pearsal his heirs and assigns forever the dwelling house that I now dwell in and the land between it and Joshua Powells Land with the Improvements on the same for him to be possessed of at his Mothers marriage or death or which of those terms may first happen also on Condition that he pay or cause to be paid unto my three daughters namely Phebe Osbourn Anna Willis and Mary Parsell the sum of Twenty three pounds Six Shillings and eight pence Current money to be equally divided amongst them and to be paid unto them in one full year after his mothers marriage or death as the case may happen  Item – I will and bequeath unto my two Sons Thomas and Rowland their heirs and assigns forever so much more of my lands which I have in Bethphage purchas as to make them up with what is above given them the equall two thirds in quality of my said Lands and Improvements on this further Condition that they pay unto their sisters Phebe Osbourne and Ann Willis each of them the sum of Twelve Pounds four shillings and five pence Current Money and to their Sister Mary Pearsall the sum of seven pounds four shillings and five pence Current Money all which to be in the space of one year after my wifes marriage or death as the case may happen and my will is that they shall be possessed of their shares of Land when my Wifes right terminates therein  Item – I will and bequeath unto my Son John Pearsall his heirs and assigns forever so much more Lands which I have in Bethphage purchase to make him up with what is above given him the one equal third part thereof so that my three sons be all equal  Item my will and desire is notwithstanding what is above written that my daughter Ann Willis shall have a place of residence in my house as longs as she remains a widdow – Item – I will and bequeath unto my three sons namely Thomas Pearsal Rowland Pearsal and John Pearsal all my lands lotted and lying in Common which I have lying in the Township of Hempsted and plain Land in Williams purchase in the Township of Oyster Bay and at all other places wheresoever of Watsoever Circumstance or Condition it may be of to be equally divided amongs them and to remain unto them their heirs and assigns forever  Item – My will is that in case my daughter Mary should die before she hath received the sum or sums of Money above given her that then her two Surviving Sisters shall have her share equally between them and to be paid by my sons above named in the same manner as above expressed and in case my son John Pearsal should die before he arrive of lawfull age and without lawfull issue that his part shall be equally divided between his Surviving Brothers Thomas and Rowland and remain to them their heirs and assigns forever  And my will is further in case any son or any of them should neglect or refuse to pay the respective Sums of Money above given to my Daughters or any of them in manner abovesaid that then my Executors or any of them shall sell so much of my Lands as will fully pay those said Said sums of Money above bequeathed to my Daughters, and that their or any of their Deeds for the same shall be a good Title to the purchasor for the same  Item – my will and desire is that my son John be put out to a trade by my Executors when he attains to the age of Sixteen years Lastly – I do hereby disalow and revoke all other wills heretofore made either by word of mouth or writing allowing this and no other to be my last Will and Testament constituting ordaining and appointing my well beloved wife Mary Pearsal my Executrix and my Brothers in Law Jacob Titus of Wheatly and William Titus of Westbury to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament giving them or either or any of them full power and authority to execute this my last will and Testament and every article and clause therein contained.

In witness hereunto I have set to my hand and fixed my seal the day and year above written.

                                                                                                                                                Henry Pearsall                 (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by me the said Henry Pearsall as my last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers

Wait Powell

Mary Powell

Samuel Willis

 

Probated on 11 Apr. 1750, and proved by Wait Powell and Mary Powell, two of the witnesses, they being known Quakers. Letters of Administration granted to Mary Pearsal, Jacob Titus, and William Titus, the Executors.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 120-123, copied from original Liber 17, p. 122-125.

 

 

[S] APPENDIX S: The Will and Codicils of William Titus of Westbury, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1750) *

        I William Titus of Westbury in the Bounds of Hempstead in Queens County on Nassau Island Yeoman being this third day of the forth month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty very sick and indisposed of Body but my understanding sound and memory Quick and Good, and not knowing how it may please the lord to deal with me in this sickness and judging it expedient to set my house in order against against time of my final change whensoever it may come do therefore make and ordain this present writing to be my last Will and Testament in manner following after due Recommendation of my Soul to God in hopes of eternal Salvation and my Body to the Earth to be buried with a Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and appointed and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased the Lord in Mercy to bless me with all I will devise and dispose of in the following manner  Imprimis I will and order that all my just debts shall be fully paid out of my moveable Estate by my Executors to be raised and levied out of my Moveable Estate in such manner as my Executors shall Judge most proper and whereas I have sold the Lott of Meadow that was my Fathers unto my Father in Law Thomas Seaman of Jerusalem and received the Money for the same and the Title Yet is in me and my Brother Jacob Titus and my will is that my Executors or any of them shall give a deed of Sale for my right in said Meadow (which is the one half) unto my father in Law Thomas Seaman aforesaid and I do fully impower my Executors either jointly or severally to confirm the same and I do order my Executors or any of them to pay unto my Brother Jacob Titus or his heirs or assigns or Executors the sum of twenty pounds Current Money at the time of the decease of my Father John Titus on Condition that my Brother Jacob or his heirs or Executors do pass a deed of Confirmation for his half of said Meadow unto my Father in Law Thomas Seaman or his heirs and in case my brother Jacob Titus or his heirs Executors &c. should refuse to pass a deed as aforesaid then my will is that my Executors or some of them shall pay the said Twenty Pounds unto my said Father in Law Thomas Seaman or his heirs Executors of Administrators and my will is that my Executors or some of them shall levey the said Twenty pounds out of my Estate either moveables or the profitts of my Lands or Partly both as they shall judge most convenient  Item I will and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Elizabeth Titus the Issues rents and profitts of all my Houses Lands and improvements for and during the time she shall remain my Widow or untill my eldest son Thomas Titus comes of lawfull age or so long as until the first of those terms may happen (always excepting in case my Executors shold Judge proper to Levey the Twenty pounds or part thereof out of the profitts of my Lands) also with the intent and desire that my Children (be brought up and supported out of my Lands or the profits thereof notwithstanding what is above written – Item – I will unto my wife my Broun Mare to her free disposal – Item – I will unto my son Thomas my two year old Black horse and my will is further in case my wife should continue my widow after my Eldest son is of age then she shall use and Injoye the one third part of my houses and Lands during the full Term that she shall remain my Widow but no longer and my Will is that my Executors shall set apart so much of my moveable Estate both within the house and without dore with provisions which I have for housekeeping as my Executors shall judge Necessary for housekeeping and carrying on farming for the support of my family during my wifes widowhood and my will is that ye remainder part of my moveable Estate (besides what is given away and after my debts are paid and my Executors has set apart what is Convenient for my Wife and family) shall be sold and turned into Money and then my wife to have the one equal third part paid unto her and the other equal two thirds to be equally divided between my two Daughters Hannah Titus and Phebe Titus and paid unto them respectively at the age of Eighteen Years and I would have my Youngest Daughters part kept out at Interest for her use untill she is of age aforesaid and as to those Goods and effects above set apart for my wife and family’s use during her Widowhood I will in case she marries one of my Choisces beds and full furniture thereunto belonging out of the same and then what is left to be equally divided between my Wife and my two daughters aforenamed – Item – I will and bequeath unto my two Sons Thomas Titus and John Titus all my houses Lands Meadows and rights of Lands wheresoever to be equally divided between them on such Conditions and Limitations as hereafter mentioned) and to remain in Severalty unto them their heirs and assigns forever that is to say I do order and direct my son Thomas Titus to pay unto my two daughters Hannah and Phebe the sum of one hundred pounds to each of them fifty pounds Current Money that is to say to my daughter Hannah when he is twenty-three years old and to pay to my Daughter Phebe when she is twenty-five years old – Item – I will and order my son John Titus to pay unto my two daughters aforenamed the sum of one hundred pounds to my eldest daughter fifty pounds when he is twenty three years old and to pay my youngest Daughter fifty pounds when he is twenty five years old and my will is further in case either of my two Sons should die under age not then having lawfull issue that the survivor shall have all my Lands and rights of Lands and Meadows wheresoever on Condition he pay unto his two Sisters the sum of Three hundred pounds Current Money to be equally divided between them the one half when he is twenty-three years old and the other half when he is twenty five years old, and if any or either of my sons should refuse neglect or omitt to pay the Legacies aforementioned at the times above limitted that then my Executors or any of them that shall be then living shall have full power and authority to sell so much of my Lands out of such Son or Sons part that refuses as will fully to pay all those Legacies and the Expences thereunto belonging and my will is further that notwithstanding what is above written that my Wife shall have my Negro Woman named Sarah to her free disposal over and above what is above given her always provided and it is hereby intended that what is above given unto my wife shall be in lieu of her right of dower and not otherwise  Lastly – I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my loving wife Elizabeth Titus my Executrix during the time she remains my widow but no longer and my Brother Jacob Titus of Wheatly, and my Cousin Thomas Seaman of Westbury to be my Executors of this my last Will and Testament giving and granting unto them or either of them full power and authority to execute this my last Will and Testament and every Article and Clause therein contained.

        In witness hereunto I have set to my hand and fixed my seal the day and year above written Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said William Titus as his last will and Testament which is contained in these two sheets of Paper in the presence of the subscribers. Memorandum that the words (moveable between the tenth and eleventh line and the words during my wife Widowhood between the thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth lines and the words (Wife and my) between ye two last lines all on the first sheet and the word (Meadows) in the Margent against ye second line on the last sheet all interlined before signed.

Thomas Jackson                                                                                                                  William Titus                     (seal)

Jacob Mott

Mary Willis

Samuel Willis

 

The above named William Titus do hereby add this supplement to my last Will and testament and do hereby will and order that in case either of my two Daughters should die under age and not leaving any issue then my deceased daughters part shall goe to and be equally divided between my surviving daughters and my wife as Witness my hand and seal this fifth day of the fourth month and in the year aforesaid and I do publish and declare this Codicil as a part of my last will and do Confirm the above written Will and Testament and every part thereof in the presence of the subscribers.

                                                                                                                                                William Titus                     (seal)

Sarah Titus

Abraham Seaman

Samuel Willis

        I the within written William Titus do constitute ordain and appoint my Brother in Law Thomas Seaman of Jerusalem one of my Executors to take this my last will and Testament giving him equall and full power to execute this my last will with my other Executors and to act with them joyntly or severally in the same manner as if mentioned in the Body of my Will to all intents and my will is that in case there should hereafter arise any dispute or contest about the Titles of my Lands or any part thereof from any person whatsoever that then my Executors or some or any of them shall have full power and Authority to compound agree or settle the same in such manner as they shall judge most advantages to my children.

In witness hereof I have set my hand and fixed my seal this eighth day of the forth month and in year before mentioned.

                                                                                                                                                                his

                                                                                                                                                William  X  Titus                 (seal)

                                                                                                                                                       mark & seal

Signed Sealed and published as a part of my last will and Testament in the presence of the subscribers.

Sarah Titus

Abraham Seaman

Samuel Willis

 

Probated on 27 Aug. 1750, and proved by Samuel Willis, Jacob Mott, and Sarah Titus, three of the witnesses to the will and codicils, who being known Quakers were duly affirmed. Letters of Administration were granted to Elizabeth Titus, Jacob Titus, Thomas Seaman, and Thomas Seaman, the Executors, on 20 Sept. 1750.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 203-207, copied from original Liber 17, p. 207-212.

 

 

[T] APPENDIX T: The Will of Peter Titus of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1753) *

Whereas Peter Titus of Hempsted in Queens County and Province of New York being of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament Imprimis I give unto my Wife Martha Titus all my Bedding with all my Houshold Goods of all sorts and knids of whatsoever they may be and also I give her four of my best Cows and my rone Horse and my negro Woman called Sib; and it is my Will and I do order that the four Cows and the horss shall return to my son Robert Titus after the decease of my Wife and the rest I give unto her and heirs for ever And also I give unto my Wife my Negro man called Tone  Item I give unto my Grandson James Titus Son of my Eldest Son James Titus deceased. I give unto five shillings in money  Item I give unto my two sons Peter and Robert Titus a Certain Tract of Land lying at South called Great Neck bounded on the South by an Indian Path and on the North by the Card and on the West by a Swamp and on the East by the Card the whole containing Sixteen Acres to be equally divided between them and their heirs and Assigns for ever  Item I give unto my three Sons Richard Peter and Robert Titus all my right of Lands divided and undivided to be equally divided among them their heirs and Assigns for ever  Item I give unto my Son Robert Titus a piece of Land that I had of Daniel Wright lying at the north west Corner of the said Wrights Land I give it to him his heirs and Assigns for ever Also it is my Will and do order that my Son Robert Titus shall allow and provide a good Comfortable Maintanance for his Mother Martha Titus during her life  Item I give all the Remainder part of my Negroes and the remainder part of my Stock Cattle and horses and sheep to be equally divided among my three Sons and dughter Elizt. Richard Peter and Robart and my daughter Elizabeth Townsend to be equally divided among them their heirs and Assigns for ever  Item I do make ordain and Constitute my three Sons Richard Peter and Robart to be my Executors to this my Last Will and Testament and I do disallow and Revoke all other Wills made by me confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament and in Witness hereunto I do set my hand and fix my seal this eighteenth day of October in the Year of Our Lord Seventeen hundred and fifty & three. I do declare before the ensealing hereof that I give unto my Son Robert Titus my Negro Man called Jack and my Negro woman called Cate and Negro boy called Lue so that these three Negroes I give to my son Robart and must be taken out before they are disposed of as abovesaid in the Will.

                                                                                                                                                Peter Titus                          (seal)

Signed sealed and declared to be my Last Will and Testament in pret. of

Charles Peters

John Tredwell

Benj. Smith

 

Probated on 9 Feb. 1754, and proved by Charles Peters and John Tredwell, two of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Richard Titus and Robert Titus, two of the Executors, on 1 Mar. 1754.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 18, p. 497-499, copied from original Liber 18, p. 467-469.

 

 

[U] APPENDIX U: The Will of Richard Titus of Hempstead, Queens County, New York (1784) *

Whereas I Richard Titus of Hempstead in Queens County in the State of New York being weak in body but of sound disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following  First I give and bequeath unto my son Peter all my real and personal estate to him and his heirs and assigns forever to their own disposial  Secondly my will is that my son Peter shall pay unto my son Charles the sum of four hundred and fifty pounds to be paid within one year after my decease my will is that my son Peter shall pay unto my granson Richard Townsend Fifty pounds within one year after my decease my will is that my wife Mary shall have one roome and Bedroome and all my indoore moveables as long as she remains my widdow my will is that my son Peter shall pay to my wife Mary Twenty pound a year as long as she lives instead of her dowrey I do hereby ordain constitute and appoint my two sons Charles Titus and Peter Titus and my granson Richard Townsend to be the Executors of this my last will and testament given them or the survivor of them full power to execute the same and every article herein contained  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this twenty fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four.

                                                                                                                                                Richard Titus                    (seal)

James Poole

Dorithy V.D.Water

Ruth Hevlett

 

Probated on 18 Jan. 1785, and proved by James Poole of Queens County, Yeoman, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Charles Titus, Peter Titus, and Richard Townsend, the Executors, on 20 Jan. 1785.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 37, p. 364-366, copied from original Liber 37, p. 361-362.

 

 

[V] APPENDIX V: The Will of Henry Townsend of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York (1757) *

Know all men by these Presents that I Henry Townsend of Oysterbay in Queens County on Nassaw Island Joyner being this twenty seventh day of May in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and fifty seven Very sick and weak of Body but my memory Quick and good and my understanding perfect and sound for which I bless God the giver thereof and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to Dye and that our Lives here are Transitory and uncertain do make ordain and appoint this and no other to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul to God that gave it me in hopes that through the merits and by the Death of Jesus Christ my only Savour and Redeemer to Inherit Salvation and my body I commit to the Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named and appointed and as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bestow upon and bless me with all in any manner of ways whatsoever in this Life I Will Devise and Dispose off in the following manner (that is to say) first of all I do order that all my Just Debts which I do owe Either in Right or conscience to any manner of Person or Persons whatsoever shall be Satisfied contented and paid out of my Estate by my Executors in some reasonable time after my Decease  Item I Will and bequeath unto my welbeloved Wife Elizabeth Townsend my Negro Woman named Jane and my Riding Chair and Horse and two of my best Cows and the Equal third part of all my Household goods to her own Dispoal  Itam I Will and bequeath unto my welbeloved Wife Elizabeth Townsend all that of my Housen and Barn and Homestead where I now Live Bounded on the East by the Mill pond & Stream & on the South by the Highway that Leads across the washway and Westwardly by the Highway that leads from the top of the Mill Hill to Mathew Pryors and Northwardly by the Road that leads up the Mill Hill all which said Housen and lands I give unto my Wife for her to have the use and benefit of for and during the full term that she shall remain my Widow and no longer all which above said Legacies and Priviledges given her shall be taken and deemed as her right of Dowry to all Intents and purposes whatsoever  Itam I give and bequeath unto my son Peter Townsend my Gray Horse  Itam I give and bequeath unto my Son Nicholas Townsend my bay Horse,  Itam I give and bequeath unto my three Sons Peter and Nicholas and Absolam Townsend all my Joyners Tools, Itam I give and bequeath unto my four Sons Henry Peter Nicholas and Absolam Townsend all my Joyners Stuff such as boards and other Timber to be Equally divided amongst them  Itam I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Martha Mac Coun one Negro Gairl named Abigal  Itam I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Phebe Townsend my Negro Gairl named Raichel  Itam I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Townsend my Negro Gairl named Pegge  Itam I give and bequeath unto my two Daughters Phebe & Elizabeth Townsend the two thirds of my Household Furniture  Itam I do order that my three Eldest Sons namely Henry Peter and Nicholas Townsend to make my Daughter Martha Mac Coun one Cubbard & one Round Table and for Each of my Daughters Phebe Townsend and Elizabeth Townsend one case of Drawers one Cubard and two Tables and I do order that all the remaining part of my Estate both Real and Personal to be sold and the money arrising there from after my Debts are all paid to be equally divided amongst my four Sons Henry Peter Nicholas and Absolam Townsend  Itam I Will and bequeath unto my four Sons above named all my Housen and Homested aforesaid at the Marriage or Death of their Mother or which of those Terms may first happen to be Equally divided amongst them and further my Will is that in case any of my Sons should Dye under age or without Lawfull Issue that then his Part shall be Equally divided amongst my Surviving Sons, lastly I do hereby constitute ordain Authorize and appoint my loving Wife Executrix and my sons Henry Townsend Peter Townsend and Nicholas Townsend my Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby Authorize and fully Impower my Executors to Sell and Dispose of said Estate and that their Deed or Deeds from under the hands and Seals of them or the Major part of them shall be as Lawfull and Authentick to the Purchaser or Purchasers to all Intents and purposes whatsoever as if the conveyance had been made by me in my life time giving them full power and Athority to preform all and Every Article Clause and thing herein contained For the Executing this my last Will or the major part of them disallowing all other Wills and bequeaths heretofore made allowing and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the day and date above written.

                                                                                                                                                Henry Townsend                              (seal)

Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Henry Townsend as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us

Wm Moyles

John Townsend

Jacob Townsend

 

Probated on 7 Jan. 1761, and proved by John Townsend of Oyster bay, Queens County, Miller, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Elizabeth Townsend, Henry Townsend and Peter Townsend, three of the Executors, on 9 Feb. 1761.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 22, p. 412-416, copied from original Liber 22, p. 361-364.

 

 

[W] APPENDIX W: The Will of Robert Titus of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1756) *

Know all Men by these presents that I Robert Titus of Hempstead in Queens County on Nassau Island being this twenty-sixth day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and fifty-six. In a poor state of health and not knowing how soon it may please God to removed me out of this uncertain Life Do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner following I will and order that my Executors hereafter named and appointed shall sell and dispose of all my Estate both real and personall of what kind or nature soever and I do hereby fully Impower my Executors or either of them to sell and dispose of the same and to give a good and Lawfull Title to the purchaser or purchasers for the same or any part thereof and my will is when my whole Estate is sold and turned into Money that my just debts shall all be fully paid to every person and then my will is that when other Incidentiall charges are paid out of my Estate to my Executors for their time, expence and trouble about my Estate that the remainder shall be disposed of in the following manner I will unto Mary Titus wife to James Titus the use of one hundred pounds untill her youngest Daughter comes to the age of eighteen years to be paid to her yearly by my Executors if she shall live to that age that the remainder of the money shall be divided in two equall parts and I will the one equall part unto Paratina Titus Daughter of the aforesaid Mary Titus and I will the other equall part unto Sarah Titus another Daughter to the aforesaid Mary Titus and in case either of them should dye before they should attain to the age of eighteen leaveing no issue that her part shall go to the survivor of them and in case they should both dye & Leave no issue then my will is that my said Estate shall be equally divided into four parts which one fourth part I will unto my Brother Richard Titus and one other fourth part I will and bequeath unto my Brother Peter Titus and one other fourth part I will and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Townsend and the other fourth part I will unto the aforesaid Mary Titus wife to the aforesaid James Titus and I do fully Impower my Executors or any of them that in Case any Contest or disfrutation should arise or hereafter happen about any part of my Lands or any other part of my Estate of what nature soever to compound agree settle arbitrate Defend or prosicute in Law or otherways for and in behalf of my Estate in as full a manner as I could or might do my self in my life time against or with any person whoomsoever – Lastly – I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my loveing friends David Seaman and Zebulun Seaman both of Oyster Bay to be my Executors of this my last will and testament giveing unto them or either of them that shall or do take upon them the Execution of this my last will and Testament my full power and authority to execute the same and every article and Clause therein contained.

In witness hereunto I the said Robert Titus have set to my hand and fixed my seal the day and year above written.

                                                                                                                                                Robert Titus                       (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Robert Titus as his last Will and Testament in the presents of the subscribers.

John Tredwell

Edward Peters

Phebe Tredwell

 

Probated on 16 Oct. 1756, and proved by John Tredwell, Edward Peters, and Phoebey Tredwell, the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to David Seaman and Zebulun Seaman, the Executors, on 1 Nov. 1756.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 20, p. 108-111, copied from original Liber 20, p. 110-112.

 

 

[X] APPENDIX X: The Will of Silas Titus of Westbury, Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1748) *

Be it known unto all men by these presents that I Silas Titus of Westbury in the bounds of hempsted in Queens County on Nassau Island, Yeoman being this Third day of the eleventh Month in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and forty seven-eight well in health of Body and of perfect mind and Memory for which I bless Almighty God but being far advanced in years and not knowing but my final change draweth near therefore I am willing to set my house in order do make and ordain this present writing to be my last will and testament first of all I commit my Soul to God that gave it me in hopes of Eternal Salvation through Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased the divine being to bless me withall in this World I will and devise and dispose of in the following manner Imprimis my will and desire is that all such just debts which I do owe to any manner of persons shall be well and truly satisfied contented and paid by my Executors out of my moveable Estate with my funeral charges in some reasonable time before any division be made in General Item I will and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Sarah Titus the use and benefit of the Choisest of my dwell-house with the chamber above and one of the lower Bed Rooms for and during the full term that she shall remain my Widow As also the use Issues and profitts of the equal half of my farme or homested whereon I now dwell during the said Term for her support and maintenance Item – I will and bequeath unto my loving wife six of the Choisest of my Cowes, I also give and bequeath unto her two of my horses that are able and fit to go on with farming and ten good Sheep and four good Swine all at her free disposal I also give unto my wife the use of one half of my Carts plows harrows and other utensils of farming for her to use during her widowhood I also will to my Wife the equal half of my moveable estate within doors at her own disposal I also will to my wife my Negro Boy Gim to use during her widowhood and after her marriage or death to go to my son William Titus and his heirs and assigns Item – I will and bequeath unto my eldest son Edmond Titus the equal half of my right of undivided lands on hempsted plaines and also a piece of land which I have lying near Jonathan Shaws as also a small peice I have I have laid out to me by the Trustees southward of hempsted near Joseph Kettels House and to remain unto him his heirs and assigns forever Item I will unto my said son Edmond the one equal third part of my Lott of Meadow and land which I have lying on Little Neck the Meadow to be divided North and South the length of the lott and to remain unto him his heirs and assigns forever – Item– I will and bequeath unto my youngest Son William Titus his heirs and assigns forever all my homested whereon I dwell at Westbury and is bounded as followeth on the West partly by the highway leading to the plains and partly by Samuel Titus his land on the South by the highway leading to Jericho on the East partly by the highway going to John Dingees and partly by John Dingees land on the North partly by Samuel Titus his Land and partly by said John Dingees land be it in quantity of Acres more or less with all the dwelling housen Barn Buildings, fences fields and improvements thereon under such Conditions and Limittations as is hereafter mentioned I also will and bequeath unto my said son William Titus his heirs and assigns forever a peice of land which I have lying upon the hills joyning to the North side of Jonathan Smiths Land containing by estimation seventy Acres more or less also one small peice of land lying near my homested on the South Side of Jericho path at the plain edge and the equal halfe of my right of undivided plain land on the great plains all which said homested, two peices of our Lands and half my right on the plains to remain unto him his heirs and assigns forever on the following Conditions that is to say I will order and direct my Son William to pay unto my son Silas Titus of pensilvania the sum of Fifty pounds Current lawfull Money of New York in some reasonable time after my decease and be for him or his heirs I will order and direct that my Son William Titus shall pay unto my Grandson David Titus (the son of deceased son David) the sum of Seventy pounds Current lawfull Money when he shall arrive of lawfull age Item I will and order that my son William shall pay unto my Grandaughter Elizabeth Titus (the daughter of my deceased Son David) the sum of thirty pounds Current and lawfull Money to be paid unto her when she shall arive to the age of Eighteen Years and my will is that in case either of my two Grand Children above named should die before the times limitted aforesaid that then the Survivor of them shall have the deceased Childs part and if they both dye before they receive their portions then their parts shall be equally divided amongst all my surviving Children – Item I will and bequeath unto my son William the other half of my Cart plowes and Utensils of farming – Item – I will give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Titus my negro Girl (named Mary) to her own free disposal – Item – I will to my son Silas the Negro Man named Tom which is now dwelling with him – Item – I will and bequeath unto my daughter Temberance Hickes the Negro Woman named Gen – Item – I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Wamsley the Negro woman named Nancy now living with her – Item – I will and bequeath unto my daughter Phebe Hicks the Negro Woman named Pegg now dwelling with her – Item – I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Titus Two Good Bedds and furniture and as much more household Goods with two Cowes to make her up equal with what I have given my two Daughters Temperance and Phebe – Item – I also will and bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Wamsley as much of my moveable Estate besides what she hath already received as to make her up with her two Sisters Temperance and Phebe – Item – I will and bequeath unto my four Daughters above named all the remainder of my moveable Estate which is not before given away to be equally divided amongst them and my will is further in case my wife should dye without making any will that what she leaves shall be equally divided amongst all Daughters abovesaid Item my Will and desire is that my Daughter Mary Titus shall have the priviledge to dwell in my house during the full time that she shall remain single or unmarried and my Will is further that my Son William shall be possessed of that part of my homested that which I have given my wife after her marriage or death or which of them may first happen Lastly – I do hereby constitute ordain and appoint my well beloved wife Sarah Titus Executrix and my two sons Edmond Titus and William Titus my Executors of this my last will and testament and to execute the same and every Article and Clause therein mentioned.

It witness hereunto I have set to my hand and fixed my seal the day and date above written signed sealed and published pronounced and declared by me the said Silas Titus as my last will and testament in the presence of the subscribers. Memorandum before the signing hereof I will and bequeath unto My son William Titus his heirs and assigns forever the equal two thirds of my land and Meadow which I have lying at little Neck at south the words (and lands) on the other side between the twenty – fourth and twenty fifth lines interlined before signed

                                                                                                                                                Silas Titus                           (seal)

Samuel Titus

Joseph Clement

Stephen Titus

Samuel Willis

 

Memorandum That I the abovesaid Silas Titus do hereby ratifie and confirm the above written Instrument as my last will and testament and confirm the above written Instrument as my last will and testament and I will and devise the money that is due to me on Bond and otherwise due to me to my wife that is to say the Interest thereof to her during her life And then the principal I will unto my son William Titus and my Daughter Mary Titus to be equally divided between them and make this to be as appart of my said last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this twenty fifty day of the second Month called April 1750 published and declared in the presence of the subscribers.

                                                                                                                                                        his

                                                                                                                                                Silas  X  Titus                       (seal)

                                                                                                                                                     Mark

 

Letters of Administration on the Estate of Silas Titus were granted to Samuel Willis, William Titus and Mary Willis on 8 June 1750.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 17, p. 156-159, copied from original Liber 17, p. 159-162.

 

 

[Y] APPENDIX Y: The Will of Edmund Titus of Wheatly, Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York (1754) *

I Edmund Titus of Wheatly in the bounds of Oysterbay in Queens County on Nasau Island Yeoman being this fifth day of the third Month called March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty four in a feble condition of body but through devine providence of sound minde and memory and not knowing how it may please the Lord to deal with me in this Weakness am therefore willing to set my House in order before my final change doth come do make this present Writing to be my Last Will and Testament in Manner following  First of all I will and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Sarah Titus one of the Choisests of my bed in the House with full furniture thereunto belonging and one of the choisests of my horses as she shall chuse and her riding Saddle with my Cubbord my Ovel Table and my Great Bible and also all my bed linning Table linning and napkins to her free disposal on such conditions as shall hereafter limit  Item I will and devise all my Lands and meadows both divided and undivided lying in the Township of Hempstead to be sold by my Executors and the money arising therefrom to go toward paying my debts. Item I order and impower my Executors to set a part so much of my household goods and Utensils of Husbandry as they shall find it expedient for my wife and Family to make use of to keep house with for their subsistance as long as my Executors shall find it profitable for their Continuance in the Family and the Remainder part of my moveable Estate to be sold for the further supply of paying of my debts the surplurse to be equally divided amongst all my daughters, Item my Will and desire is that my Wife and Family shall live in the House and that my Wife to have the Liberty to carry on Farming for the support of herself and her Family so long as my Executors shall Judge it profitable for them to subsist together but in case my Executors do find it most proper and expedient that my Houses Lands and appurtenances should be sold that then my will is that my Executors do sell the same according to their discretion and I do hereby fully Impower them to give a full and Clear Title for the same or any part thereof to the purchasor or purchasors and also if my Lands are sold then those goods and Effects that is set a part for house keeping and husbandry or what are in being to be sold by my Executors then my Will is that my four daughters namely Sarah Martha Mary and Hannah shall each of them have out of the money so much as to be equal in Value with what x x x x x I have given in goods and effects to my eldest daughter Phebe Pryer to be adjudged and equalized by my Wife but in case my Wife should dye before; then my Executors to be Judges thereof then my Will is that the residue of the money that my Lands and improvements are sold for be put out at Interest until my youngest daughter be of Lawfull age or her day of Marriage or which of those Terms may first happen and my Wife to have the Interest thereof to the intent that she and my Children be supported thereby in the mean time and then my Will is that at my Youngest daughters marriage or Lawfull age the money at Interest to be equally divided between my Wife and my five daughters namely Phebe, Sarah, Martha, Mary, and Hannah to each of them an equal shear And my desire is that my Wife at her Marriage or death dispose of her part of the money amongst all my daughters equally and I would further be understood that what I have given unto my Wife be deemed in Lieu of her Right of Dower  Lastly I do hereby Constitute ordain and appoint my Brother in Law Jacob Titus and my Cousins Samuel Willis of Jericho and Thomas Seaman of Westbury to be my Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and hereby impowering them or any or either of them to make Sale of my Lands and improvements aforesaid and every part thereof (either Jointly or severally) and that the Deed or Deeds of my Executors or any of them that shall be living at that time shall be good and Lawfull to the purchasor or purchasors for the premisses aforesaid or any part thereof and in case my wife should be taken away by death before my Children are of age or marryed then do appoint my Executors to be their Guardians to take care of them and their Estates  In Witness hereunto I the said Edmund Titus have set to my hand and fixed my Seal the day and date above Written

                                                                                                                                                Edmund Titus                    (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Edmund Titus as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of the subscribers which subscribed as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.

William Laton

Simon Losee

John Laton

David Laton

 

Probated on 18 Sept. 1754, and proved by William Layton and David Laton, two of the witnesses. Letters of Administration granted to Jacob Titus and Samuel Willis, two of the Executors, on 9 Oct. 1754.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 19, p. 114-118, copied from original Liber 19, p. 104-107.

 

 

[Z] APPENDIX Z: The Will of Isaac Rushmore of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Province of New York (1779) *

Know All Men by these Presents that I Isaac Rushmore of the Township of Oyster bay in Queens County on Nassau Island in the Province of New York Yeoman, being this seventeenth day of the seventh month Called July in the year One thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, weak in Body yet of sound mind and memory think it Expedient to sett my house in order do therefore make and Ordain this writing to be my last will and Testament in manner following.— First I Will and Order that all my Just debts be paid out of my movable estate by my Executors or some of them. Item I will and Bequeath unto my two Sons Stephen Rushmore and Edmund Rushmore All the one fourth part of a Fifteen shilling patent right in the undivided Brushy plain and in the undivided Marshes in the south Bay all in the Township of Hempstead being a right that fell to My Wife Sarah Rushmore by her Father Edmund Titus, by his Father Silas Titus and also the one third part of a five shilling patent right in the undivided plain Land in the Township of Hempstead aforesaid, Equally to be divided between them their Heirs and assigns forever. Futhermore I will and bequeath unto my two Sons aforesaid all my Lands and Buildings to them their Heirs and assigns for ever in manner following that my Executors lett my Lands and Buildings in such manner as to them may seem most proper for the use of my Family until my Son Stephen comes to the age of Twenty One years, and then he to take all my Lands and Buildings into his possession, and to be at all necessary Expenses, in the bring up my Son Edmund untill he shall or may arive to the Age of twenty years and then my Will is that all my Lands and Buildings as before mentioned be equally divided between them their Heirs and assigns for ever, but if either of My sons Decease before they come to the age of twenty one years and have no Lawfull Issue then my Will is that his Brother should have his part; But if my Son Stephen should Decease before he come to the age of twenty one years then the Lands and Buildings to be continued for for the use of my Family untill my son Edmund come of age and if there be any overplus arise from the use of my Lands and Buildings more than is necessary to be expended for the use of my Family then my Will is that such overplus be equally divided between my three Daughters Phebe Downing, Mary Rushmore and Jane Rushmore; and furthermore my will is that all the provision I have laid in for my Families use be continued for their use and the overplus to be sold as movables, my Will also is that my Son Stephen Rushmore should have My Watch when he comes to the age of twenty one years. I give and bequeath unto my two Sons aforementioned all my wearing apparel (except my new Bever Hatt) to be equally Divided between them & my will is that my three youngest Children should be brought up and Educated in a becoming manner both as to Larning and otherwise according to the Discretion of My Executors; Item I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Rushmore the sum of Seventy pounds Currant money to be paid her by My Executors at some sutable time after my Decease. I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Jane Rushmore the sum of seventy pounds currant money to be paid her by My Executors on her day of marriage or when she arrive to the age of Eighteen years, both which foregoing Legacies are to be paid out of my movable Estate and then my Will is that the other part of my movable Estate together with my lott of Salt Meadow at Matinacock be equally Devided between All my Daughters Viz. Phebe Mary and Jane, and if my Daughter Jane decease before she arive to the age of Eighteen years and have no lawfull Issue then My Will is that her part be equally divided between her sisters. I give unto my son in Law Silas Downing my new beaver Hatt. And Lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint my Brother in Law Willets Kerby and my Brother in Law Henry Post and my Friends Jacob Unerhill and Gedion Seaman Executors of this my last Will and Testament giving unto them or any of them full power and authority ( to sell and dispose of my Salt Meadows and movable Estate or any part there of at any time before my younges Daughter Comes of Age when it may appear to them most proper for the advantage of My Children.) to execute and perform this my last Will and Testament and every part thereof either to Arbitrate or Recover by Law any part of my Estate to all intents and purposes whatsoever, according to the intent and meaning of these presents, In Witness hereunto I the said Isaac Rushmore have set my hand and Seal the day and year above written.—

                                                                                                                                                Isaac Rushmore                (seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and Delivered by the said Isaac Rushmore as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of the subscribers who subscribed in the presence of the Testator. – Note –the words (and Buildings between the 11th and 12th. line from the Top) and the words (when he comes to the age of twenty one years) between the 23d. and 24d. line from the top) and the words at Matinacock (between the 13th and 14th line from the Bottom and the words) salt meadow) and) between the 7th. and 8th line from the Bottom) and the words (and for) between the 2d and 3d line from the bottom were all Interlined before signing.

Samuel Willets

Jacob Underhill

Thomas Prior

 

Probated on 23 Apr. 1781, and proved by Thomas Prior, of the Township of Oysterbay in Queens County, one of the witnesses.  Letters of Administration granted to Willets Kerby, Henry Post, Jacob Underhill, and Gideon Seaman, the Executors, on 25 Apr. 1781.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 34, p. 200-203, copied from original Liber 34, p. 159-161.

 

 

[AA] APPENDIX AA: The Will of Benjamin Hicks of Hempstead, Queens County, Province of New York (1743) *

In the Name of God Amen. The twentieth day of April in the year of Christ seventeen hundred and Forty three, I, Benjamin Hicks of Hempstead in Queens County on Nassau Island and in the province of New York, being now sick and weak in Body but of perfect Mind & Memory and now calling to mind the mortality of my Body and the uncertainty of my time in this World do make this my last will and Testament and first I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter named and appointed and touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life I give devise and dispose of in Manner and form following.

I do order all my whole moveable Estate to be sold wthin six months after my decease by my Executors in order to pay my debts Excepting Six Cows that my well beloved wife phebe Hicks shall chuse from among my Cows and my Negro Girl named peg I also Except which six cows and Negro Girl I do give to my well beloved Wife Phebe Hicks. My will is that my wife Phebe Hicks shall live in my House and have the use of all my Lands and Meadows until my youngest Son come to the age of twenty one years in order to bring up my Children which I desire may be learned to read and write and then all my housen Lands and Meadows lying at Rockway in the bounds of Hempstead and Elsewhere to be sold by my Executors whom I authorize and Empower to sell the same and such authortick and lawful Deeds of Conveyances therefore to make execute and deliver as I myself might or could do and the Moneys the said Lands shall be sold for I do give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Phebe Hicks and my three Sons Vizt:- Silas Hicks Benjamin Hicks and Samuel Hicks and in Case my wife brings forth a living Child or Children which she now concieves and goes with whether Son or Daughter or Sons or Daughters they shall have their equal proportion with my wife and three Sons aforenamed in the Moneys my Housen Lands and Meadows shall be sold for which I give equaly among them all share and share alike which Legacy given to my wife Phebe Hicks is and shall be in lieu and in full of all her Right or Rights in thirds and Dowry I do hereby make ordain Constitute and appoint my Brother Thomas Hicks, Jacob Hicks John Hicks and James Mott all of said Town of Hempstead in the County Island and province aforesaid Executors of this my Last Will and Testament And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and make void and disannul all other former Wills, Testaments Legacies and Executors at any time before this time by me made willed and bequeathed, ratifying, allowing and Confirming this & no other to be my last Legacy Will and Testament. In confirmation whereof I the said Benjamin Hicks have hereunto put my Hand and Seal the day and year first above written. Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Benjamin Hicks to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of us the subscribers Vizt.

                Jacob Hicks                                                                                                          Benjamin Hicks                (seal)

                Hannah Hicks  +

                John Mott

 

Proved on 18 June 1743, Letters of Administration granted to Thomas Hicks, John Hicks, and James Mott, three of the Executors, James Hicks, the other Executor, having renounced the right thereto.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 15, p. 61-62, copied from original Liber 15, p. 66-68.

 

 

[BB] APPENDIX BB: The Will of Nicholas Haight of Flushing, Queens County, Province of New York (1730) *

                                                                I Nicholas Haight of Flushing in Queens County on Long Island in in the province of New York Yeoman this seventh day of December in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand Seven hundred and thirty being indisposed in body but of a Sound and perfect mind and memory blessed by God therefore Calling to mind the uncertainty of this life Do make and ordaine this my last will and Testament in manner following first and principally recomending my Soul to God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buryed at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter named and as for my real and personall Estate I devise bequeath and dispose of the same as followeth vizt.

                                                                Imprimis I will and order that all just and lawfull debts be paid out of my moveable Estate

                                                                Item I Do hereby give and bequeath unto my dear and well beloved wife Patience Haight all the remainder of my moveable Estate goods chattells and Household stuff to her own proper use benefitt and behoofe forever

                                                                Item It is my will and I do hereby order that my messuage or house land and meadows whatsoever belonging and appertaining to me within the Township of Flushing as also that my Salt meadows Situate in Jamaica on the fur eastneck together with all the hereditaments and appurtenances belonging to the premises be sold by my Executors herein after named within Some convenient time after my decease not exceeding the Space or term of one year and the moneys arising and accrueing thereby I do give and dispose as followeth  that is to say First I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Jacob Haight the Sum of three hundred pounds

                                                                Item I do hereby give unto my well beloved daughter Hannah the wife of Isaac Thorn the sum of Five pounds

                                                                Item I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter Phebe Haight the Sum of Seventy and five pounds

                                                                Item I do hereby give and bequeath the remainder of Said moneys accruing and amounting by the Sale of my Said messuage land meadow and premises unto my Said well beloved wife Patience Haight So long as she remain my widdow and after the remarriage of my Said wife if it Should Soe happen then it is my will and I do hereby order that each of my three Children vizt. Jacob Haight Hannah Thorn and Phebe Haight Shall have each of them the sum of twenty pounds apeice and the remainder to be and remaine to the proper use and behooff of my Said wife and her assignes forever

                                                                Item It is my will that my Said Son Jacob Haight Shall have the one half of his Legacy that is to say One hundred and Fifty pounds paid unto him out of the First payment for which my Said messuage and lands shall be Sold for

                                                                Lastly I do nominate and appoint my Said well beloved wife Patience Haight and my well beloved Brother John Haight and Robart Field and my loving Friend Thomas Clements to be Executors of this my last will and testament giving and granting any Said Executor by these presents full power to putt the same in execution and to grant Sell and Convey my Said messuage and land and other the premises above ordered to be Sold and that to such person or persons their heirs or assignes by Such deed or dues as Shall be necessary for the conveyance of Said premises In Fee Simple as my Said Executors shall think proper & Shall Conclude upon and I do hereby ratify and confirm this & only this to be my last will and Testament

                                                                In Wittness Whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year above written

                                                                                                                                                Nicholas Haight               (seal)

                Signed sealed and declared by the Testator to be his last will and Testament in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed in his presence

                                                                                                                                James Jackson

                                                                                                                                Charles Doughty

                                                                                                                                D.  Cumphrast[?]

Probated on 20 Feb. 1730[/31], and Administration of his estate was granted to Patience Haight, John Haight, Robert Feild, and Thomas Clement, the Executors and Executrix named in the will, on 20 Feb. 1730[/31].

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 11, p. 62-64, copied from original Liber 11, p. 74-77.

 

 

[CC] APPENDIX CC: The Will of Isaac Thorne of Charlotte Precinct, Dutchess County, Province of New York (1769) *

                The ninth day of August in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Sixty Nine I Isaac Thorne of Charlotte Precint in Dutchess County and Province of New York being weak in Body but in perfect and sound Mind and Meamory thanks be given to God therefor cauling to mind the mortallity of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all Men once to die do make and ordain that this my last Will and Testament that is to say princebly and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the Hands of God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian Burial at the discresion of my Executors here after mentioned and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to bles me with in this Life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and Form first I will and posstiveily ordain that all my just Debts and funeral Charges be paid & setesfied first Item I give demise and bequeath to my well beloved Wife Hannah all my Houshold Good and Chattels and the best Room in the House that we now live in Exept one black Colt I gave to my son Isaac and one bade and furniture I gave to my Daughter Hannah and after the Death or Marreg of my said Wife she making no waste I will that what is left I give to my Legetes equally. Item I gieve and bequeth to my beloved son Jacob Thorne a firme or Plantation of Land bounded as followeth Beginning at the Northest Corner of that Land that was formerly Seth Allens Juner and running Northerly to a stake and stones within a abought thirty Rods of Nehemiors Reynolds Land thence running est to Jonathan Holmes Land then North by that Land to the abovesaid Reynolds south Line thence running westerly joyning to that Land and Tobies to a Chesnut sapling marked which is a Corner for Tobies thence runing southerly to a stake and heap of stones which stands by the grate Rhode that lead to Poughkeepsie thence westerly crossing the said Rhode to a stake and Stones then Southerly to the Brook then a the wtercors runs to Jonathan Holmes Land then Est by the said Land as far as my firme goes then North binding upon Seth Allen including the Land that he now lieves on to him and his heirs and Assigns Itum I give demise and bequeth to my beloved son William Thorne a firme or Plantation bounded as followeth Begining at Jacob Thorne Nothwest Corner and runing North to Tobies Line then West adjoining Tobies to a Chesnut Tree marked then south as the Fence now stands to a stake and stones by the swamp then West along the Meadow to a stake and stones then south to an Elm Tree by the Rhod then south to Jonathan Holmes Land then Est to Jacobs southwest Corner then north to the first mentioned Bounds to him and his heirs and Assigns Item I gieve and bequeth to my youngest Son Isaac Thorne my homesteed firme that I now lieve on to him and his heirs and Assigns and if my said youngest son should die and leave no lawful Essue I will that my homsteed be divided equelly betwen my two sons to witt Jacob and William Item I give and bequeth to my beloved Daughter Phebe Griffin the sum of fifty Pounds lawful Money of New York to be paid in some reasonable Time after my deces. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Hannah the sume of one hundred Pounds lawfull Money of New York to be paid in some reasonable Time after my Decease and if she should die and leave no Essue then I will that it should be divided between my Legetees. Item I give to my Grandsone Isaac Devel the sume of fifty Pounds lawfull money of New York to be paid as above I give to my Cousen Phebe Smith the sum of ten Pounds and then to be discharged from this Will Item I give to my Gran Daughter Pationce Devel the sum of forty Pounds as above Item I give to my well beloved Wife fifty Pounds I order that my black servants be all sold and the Monney and all other Monney that is overplush of paying the just Debts should be paid to my Legetees. Item I will that Jacob Thorne and William Thorne my two sons should have that firme that I bought of Seth Allen to be devided equelly between them and I order them to pay out the sume of one hundred Pounds apeace for the use as above I nomenate constetute and ordain my beloved sons Jacob Thorne and William Thorne and Mica Griffin all of the County and Provence aforesaid my Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all other former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made and published pronouncing and declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament and desire that the same may be so taken and excepted.

                In Witness I the said Isaac Thorne, sener, have to this my last Will and Testament

                                                                                                                                his

                                                                                                                    Isaac  X  Thorne              (seal)

                                                                                                                                mark

                Signed sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Isaac Thorne as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presents of us who have subscribed our Names in the Testator’s Presents.

Joseph Griffen

Edward Griffen

Joseph Thorne

 

Presented for probate on 4 Nov. 1769, and proved by Joseph Thorne of Amenia Precinct in Dutchess County Yeoman, one of the witnesses. Letters of Administration were granted to Jacob Thorne and William Thorne, two of the Executors, on 22 Nov. 1770.

 

* Transcribed by John A. Maltby from New York County Probate, Vol. 27, p. 390-393, copied from original Liber 27, p. 370-372.