Will of Cornelius Beackman – 1668

CORNELIS BEACKMAN, New Utrecht. “Being sicke in his bed, disposes his estate as follows.” First, he, the said Cornelis Beackman, and his wife Marihe Cornelis “do break and anull their first Contract of Marriage,” and do declare that of all they have in this world the said wife shall have one half, and his daughter Mellitie the other half. But if his wife should die before the daughter is twelve years of age, “which God forbid,” the testator appoints Lucas Dirckse and John ye Cooper, Jr., to be tutors of said child, they being both inhabitants of New York.

Dated March 4, 1668/9. Witnesses, Jan Tommasen Vandyes, Jacob Lieters. This is the mark [X~ of Cornelis Beackman, with his own hand. This is the mark [0] of Marihe Coruelis. Proved April 3,1669.

Translated from the Dutch language into English by me, Thomas Lovell. Inventory taken by John Thomasen and Jacob Lieters. Mentions house and 50 acres of land and meadow at Canarsie. Also a list of debts due to the following persons: Lucas Dicksen, Coenraet Ten Eyck, Hendrick Kip, Jr., John Guisberts, Gouvert Lockermans, Mr. Hans, Jan Jansen, Reynier Williamse, Cornelis Clopper, Isaac Bedloe, Laurence Vander Spiegel, Hermanns Wessels, John Tommasen, Rut Joosten.

LIBER 1-2, page 34

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