Surname: Underhill

Sample Last Will and Testament

Abstracts of Wills on File in the City of New York Surrogate’s Office 1660-1680

Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate’s office city of New York 1660-1680. From May 1787 to the present, county surrogate’s courts have recorded probates. However, the court of probates and court of chancery handled estates of deceased persons who died in one county but who owned property in another. An 1823 law mandated that all probates come under the jurisdiction of the county surrogate’s courts. Each surrogate’s court has a comprehensive index to all probate records, including the unrecorded probate packets. Interestingly enough, there are wills existing and on record at the Surrogate’s Office in New York City for the time-span of 1660-1680. Genealogical extracts of these wills have been provided below.

Will of John Underhill, Capt. – 1675

“Whereas Captain JOHN UNDERHILL, late of Killingworth, within the jurisdiction of Oyster Bay, upon Long Island, did in his will bequeath his whole estate to his wife Elizabeth, during widowhood, and did appoint his eldest son John, with others, to be trustees for his children,” and the said Elizabeth has since deceased, the said John Underhill is made administrator, November 4, 1675. LIBER 1-2, page 121

Slave Narrative of Susan High

Interviewer: T. Pat Matthews Person Interviewed: Susan High Location: 519 Haywood Street, Raleigh, North Carolina Age: 70 My name is Susan High. I wus born in June. I am 70 years old. My mother wus named Piety an’ she belonged to de ole man Giles Underhill before de surrender. My father he wus George Merritt an’ he belonged to Ben Merritt, Ivan Proctor’s grandfather. Dey lived on a plantation near Eagle Rock, Wake County. Dey called de creek near by Mark’s Creek. My parents said dat dey had a mighty hard time, an’ dat durin’ slavery time, de rules wus

Paul Underhill

1st Class Foreman (Navy;) of Johnston County; son of J. A. and Mrs. Annie Underhill. Husband of Mrs. Victoria Underhill. Entered service Oct. 25, 1917, at Norfolk, Va. Was sent immediately on board U. S. S. Kaguema. Made one trip across on U. S. S. Palmer, then came back, laid submarine cable from coast of Maine to Key West, Fla. Released from ship and sent to Naval Opr. Base. Mustered out at Hampton Roads, Va., March 8, 1919.