Collection: Abstracts Of Wills On File In The Surrogate's Office City Of New York

Will of John Woodruff, – 1670

JOHN WOODRUFF, Southampton, L. I. Leaves to his eldest son, John Woodruff, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, “a half Crown Piece, in full of all portions and patrimony to be expected of me.” To daughter Anne Woolley, £20. To daughter Elizabeth Dayton, £20. Leaves rest of estate to wife Ann and youngest son John Woodruff,and makes them executors. Dated May 4, 1670. Witnesses, Christopher Foster, John Laughton. Know all men by this, that the above written will ~s of my own handwriting, and I saw ye said John Woodruff sett to his marke, and take off ye seale or stamp from

Will of Thomas Hood – 1671

THOMAS HOOD, New York. “I, Thomas Hood, lately a souldier in ye Garrison of Fort James, being since my arrivall taken sick,” makes loving friends, Richard Patum and John Bugby, executors, and leaves them “my share of Log wood in the Ketch, ‘Society,’ now riding, at anchor in the road of New York, of which Thomas Edwards is master.” “I give ye summe of 300 guilders, wampum, or ye value thereof, to be spent among my fellow-souldiers in the Garrison of Fort James.” Legacies to friends John Clarke and Richard Charlton. Dated October 7, 1671. Witnesses, Francis Yates, John Laureson.

Will of John Hadden – 1671

JOHN HADDEN, Jamaica, leaves to Captain Matthias Nicoll “my horse in the hands of Mrs. Marshall.” To Peter Smith, of Jamaica, a horse. To John, son of William and Margary Meritt, £10, “to be paid to his parents against he arrive to years of understanding.” Legacies to Henry Newton, John Thompson,” belonging to ye Garrison of New York,” Mr. Edward Smith, of New York, John Clarke, Richard Charlton, and Richard Dow, “to Margaret Welham, servant of Wm. Merritt., for care and trouble in taking care of me in my sickness, 80 shillings,” to loving friend, Benjamin Coe, £5. Makes Elias

Will of John Hart, – 1671

JONN HART, of Maspeth Kills, L. I. “A little before his death made a nuncupative will ‘after this manner.’ Gives to eldest son (not named) one shilling, he having already received his portion. To son William one Hog, and to his daughter Sarah another. Leaves the Plantation and rest of goods to his two sons Samuel and William and his two daughters Sarah and Susan. “In presence of Thomas Wandell, and Anne his wife, Humphrey Clay and Sarah his wife, and also other neighbors then present.” Letters of Administration granted to Samuel Hart father of said John Hart, — —,

Will of John Julius, Capt. – 1671

“Whereas Captain JOHN JULIUS, late commander of the ‘Loyal Dorothy’ of Nevis, now at anchor in this port, dyed here, and left Mr. Gabriel Mimeveille, of this city, merchant, his sole executor.” He is confirmed as such. “Having due regard to the orders given to said Captain John Julius by Sir Charles Wheeler, Governor General, of the Leeward Islands, to whom and his friends the greater part of the cargo doth belong.” September 20, 1671. Francis Lovelace. LIBER 1-2, page 84

Will of Nicholas Stillwell – 1671

NICHOLAS STILLWELL, Staten Island, “Husband-man,” “being weak and sicke,” leaves to youngest son Jeremiah an iron gray mare. Leaves to “well beloved and affectionate wife Anne” all lands, houses, and estate, and makes her executor. Dated December 22, 1671. Witnesses, Nicholas De Meyer, Richard Charlton. Letters of Administration granted to wife Anne, June 17, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page 93

Will of Claas Melise – 1672

“Whereas CLAAS MELISE, late an inhabitant of this city, was by an unhappy accident, returning in his sloop, from Virginia to this city, struck over-board into ye sea, by which means he is departed this natural life.” Upon request of his widow, Gretie Ancus, that John Poppers and Hendricks Van Bommell, might be appointed the administrators, they are so confirmed, July 12, 1672. Children are mentioned but not named. LIBER 1-2, page 94

Will of Gabriel Lynch, – 1671

Whereas GABRIEL LYNCH, late of Newtown, died intestate, his widow Margaret Lynch is appointed administratrix, September 3, 1671. LIBER 1-2, page 95

Will of Jonathan Marsh – 1672

Whereas, JONATHAN MARSH, of Westchester, died intestate, and Captain John Plott having married his widow, upon petition the said Captain John Plott and his wife Anne are appointed administrators, May 6, 1672. LIBER 1-2, page 96

Will of Thomas Foster – 1663

THOMAS FOSTER, Rustdorp, L. I., “being on bed of sickness.” My will is that my son Thomas shall have that mare that is at Nissaquage, and if the child, my wife now goes withal, shall live, that child shall have a share in it.” “My children are to be taught to read English well, and my son to write, when they doe come of age.” “And if my wife should marry or remaine as she is, and not teach ye children as aforesayd, then my will is that two cows more be layed out for yt end, to give ye