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Will of Jonas Harrison
(1738-1798)


Jonas Harrison was the son of Moses HARRISON and Abigail FOSTER

New Jersey Archives, will 9460G to 9467G


Details in the Will:


NOTE: Uncertain words are italicized.

[page 9460]

In the name of God, Amen.

I Jonas Harrison of Newark Essex County and State of New Jersey, being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this for my last will and testament----

First.

I devise to my Son Aaron Harrison to his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple ten acres of land to be taken off the west Northerly side of a tract of land partly wood partly cleared, which said tract is bounded West by Jotham Harrisons & Joseph Lindsley's land, Northerly by land formerly belonging to Jonathan Sayre, Easterly on Justus Baldwin's land and Southerly by Captain Robert Nichols lands.

2d

The residue of the above mentioned such land to be divided into three parts equal in Quantity as near as may be, by John Morris, David Rogers and Justus Baldwin or any two of them or the survivor or survivors of them in writing under their hands and seals, which said parts I devise to my sons Moses, Daniel and Jabez, each part to be chosen by them by lot to be held by them in severally according to their respective lots, their heirs and assigns forever in fee simple. Which said Division I order to be made and complete in six months after my decease and the same when complete to be filed in the Clerks Office for the County of Essex----

3d

I devise to my youngest son Jabez his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple four acres of land [illegible-looks like two words] off the most Southerly part of a tract of land lying in a place called The Great Swamp [illegible-looks like five words] bounded Southerly on the Parsonage Swamp and Easterly on Stephen Plum's lands

4th

The residue of the above last mentioned tract of land I devise to my two sons Aaron and Daniel to be equally divided between them in manner and form above mentioned by the said John Morris, David Rogers & Justus Baldwin to be taken by lot as foresaid and [illegible-looks like one word] in severally as afsd by the said Aaron & Daniel their heirs and assigns forever in fee simple.

[page 9461]

5th

I devise to my sons Aaron, Daniel & Jabez all that tract of salt meadow situated below the old Ferry landing, Easterly on the Pasaich River Westerly on the upland, Northerly on an old ditch and Southerly on Meadow belonging to Mr. Rogers; to be divided into three equal parts in manner above prescribed and drawn for by Lots, to be held in severally as afsd by my said sons Aaron, Daniel and Jabez their heirs and assigns forever in fee simple.

6th

I devise to my son Jabez his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple my house and a part of my home lot [illegible-looks like one word] as to contain two acres of land adjoining the old Ferry road and Wheeler's Point Land running across to Stephen Baldwin's land.

7th

I devise to my son Daniel his heirs and assigns forever the residue of my home Lot which extends to the ditch that [illegible-looks like one word] the little cove.

8th

I devise to my son Aaron his heirs and assigns forever all that tract of land separated from the homestead by the above mentioned Ditch joining the Old Ferry road which comes to Timothy Andrus's lands thence running Easterly along his line to Stephen Baldwin's land; thence running along his line till it meets a straight line drawn from and in the direction of the aforementioned ditch a small distance from the head of the ditch, Subject never the less to and chargeable with the payment of the Legacies hereinafter mentioned and also to my debts, And in case my said son Aaron shall neglect or refuse to pay and discharge the several figures hereinafter bequeathed at the times herein specified and who my oldest I hereby authorize my Executors of the Survivor of them or the Heirs of such survivor to enter upon the last above described tract of land devised to Aaron and sell the same in fee simple for the payment of the Legacies herein bequeathed and of my debts and to my funeral costs in their own name or name of Decd. therefore.

9th

I give and bequeath to my oldest son Moses one hundred and twenty five Dollars to be paid him in twelve months after my decease.

10th

I give and bequeath to my oldest Daughter Lydia the wife of William Nixon one hundred and twenty five Dollars to be paid her in twelve months after my decease.

11th

I bequeath to my Daughter Polly the wife of Baldwin Force one hundred Dollars to be paid her in twelve months after my decease.
[page 9462]

12th

I bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Harrison one hundred Dollars to be paid her in twelve months after my decease.

13th

I bequeath to my Daughter Esther Harrison one hundred Dollars to be paid her in twelve months after my decease.

14th

I give and bequeath to my son Aaron all my personal estate, subject to the payment of all the afsd Legacies and of all my debts and funeral charges; and in case of his refusal or neglect to pay the same within twelve months after my decease I hereby authorize my Executors or the Survivor of them to sell and dispose of all or so much of my personal estate as will be sufficient to discharge the same, and the surplus of the sale of the personal estate and land before directed to be sold as afsd. or of either of them, if any there be, shall be returned to my said son Aaron after the payment of my debts and the Legacies as afsd.

Lastly I appoint Capt. Caleb Wheeler and Stephen Baldwin Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this sixth day of November in the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred and ninety eight.

Signed, sealed, published &
declared by the sd Jonas Harrison
to be his last will & testament
in the presence of

[signed:]
Alexr C. McWhorter
Josiah Harrison
[illegible]
Aaron Coe

[signed:] Jonas Harrison

 

[page 9463]

Codicil

To all to whom these present shall come Know ye that I the subscriber do make and declare this writing to be a codicil and part of my last will within contained, that is to say I do revoke annul & declare void the devise to my son Moses of the portion of that tract of land which is bounded West by Jotham Harrison & Joseph Lindsly's land, Northerly by land belonging to Jonathan Sayre & Easterly on Justus Baldwin's land Southerly Capt Robt Nicholls's land which portion of sd tract is devised to my son Moses in my sd. last will and the same portion of land that was devised to my son Moses I hereby devise & grant to my other three sons Aaron, Jabez & Daniel their heirs & assigns in fee simple to be equally divided between them by friends John Morris, David Rodgers & Justus Baldwin in the manner as they are directed by my sd will to divide what is called the residue of sd tract in the second devise contained in my will. Item. I give & bequeath to my three daughters Polly, Sarah & Esther in addition to what is given them in my sd will, twenty five dollars to each and every of my three daughters, and subject the same property real and personal which is given in my will to my son Aaron and therein subject to the payment of the legacies therein contained to the payments of these additional bequests to my three daughters to be paid in like manner with the legacies given to them in my sd. will. In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 24th day of December Anno Domini 1798

signed sealed published &
delivered set a codicil of
part of the last will within
contained in the presence of
the testators for each other
[signed:]

Alex. C. McWhorter
Jonathan Sayre
Joseph Ball

[signed:] Jonas Harrison

 

[page 9464]

Aaron Coe & Josiah Harrison two of the witnesses to the within will hereto annexed on their oaths say that they saw Jonas Harrison the Testator therein named sign and seal the same & heard him publish, pronounce & declare the within [illegible word] hereto annexed to be his last will & testament, that at the doing thereof the sd. Testator was of sound & discerning mind & memory so far as these deponents know and as they verily believe, & that Alexander C. McWhorter the other subscribing witness was present the same time & subscribed his name as a witness to the sd. will together with these deponents in the presence of the sd. Testator.

Sworn at Newark 7th
Jany 1799 before me
[signed:] Alex C. McWhorter
Surrogate for Essex
   [signed:] Josiah Harrison
[signed:] Aaron Coe

 

Jonathan Sayre one of the witnesses to the codicil annexed to the within will on his Oath says that he saw Jonas Harrison the testator therein named sign & seal same & heard him publish pronounce & declare the sd instrument to be a codicil & part of his last will & testament I hereto WORD that at the doing thereof the sd. Testator was of sound & discerning mind & memory so far as this deponent knows & as he verily believes, & that Alexander C. McWhorter and Joseph Ball the other subscribing witnesses were present at the same time & signed their names as witnesses to the sd. codicil in the presence of the sd. testator together with this deponent.

Sworn this 7th Jany 1799
before me
[signed:] Alex C. McWhorter
Surrogate
   [signed:] Jonathan Sayre
[page 9465]

Stephen Baldwin one of the executors in the within testament named being duly sworn did depose & say, that these within instruments contain the true last will & testament & codicil annexed of Jonas Harrison the testator therein named, so far as he knows & verily believes, that the will well and truly performs the same, by paying first the debts of the sd. deceased, and then the Legacies in the sd. testament specified, so far as the goods, chattels & credits of the sd. deceased can thereunto extend, and that he will make & exhibit into the prerogative office at Trenton a true & perfect inventory of all & singular the goods, chattels & credits of the sd. deceased, that have or shall come to his knowledge or possession or to the possession of any other person or persons for this use, and render a just & true account when this county lawfully required.

Sworn on the 2d day Oct 1798
before me at Newark
[signed:] Alex C. McWhorter
Surrogate for Essex
   [signed:] Stephen Baldwin
[page 9466]

A true Inventory taken of all the Personal Estate of Jonas Harrison Decd. that has come to my knowledge & a just appraisement of the same by too lawfull freeholders Jonathan Sayre & David D. Crane taken by me one of the Executors this second Day of February 1799.
[signed:] Stephen Baldwin Executor.

    Dollars & Cents
1 Cow and Calf 20  
1 Cow 17 Dollars and Do 15 Dollars 32  
1 6 year Old steer 6 25
1 Old wagon 5 Dollars one bedsted 1 bedsted 6  
1 Putter Platter and 5 plates 1 Dollar (3) Pails .75 1 75
1 Griddle & Gridiron and Jug 1 50
1 Pair of hard irons and tramell 2  
1 tub of hog fat 4  
1 bag of soap fat 2 casting rods and one milk pan 1  
2 Old tables one Gun and one Cow bell 4 25
1 hundred Bushels of Indian Corn in the barn 25  
1 Cask of Oats 2 Bushels of flour and Old Lumber 6  
1 Chest and Case Knives and forks and 2 jugs 1  
3 Barrels of Cider and 4 Empty Cider Barrels 7  
2 Old Casks with apples 3 old meat Barrels 2 25
200 weight of port 14  
1 Old Cheese press 3 Old Casks with ashes   75
1 Load of fine Hay and 2 Loads of Corn 35  
2 Old crackill and hatchet 1  
50 weight of flour in the ruff and 2 hay forks 4 50
one half of a small [illegible] 30  
  Manure in the yard 3  
  Wood at the Door 1 50
3 horses at 40 Dollars Each 120  
1 Ox Chain & hoe and wood ox 2 25
1 Plow one Dollar Clothes of the Decd 15 Dollars 16  
3 Lead [illegible] 15  
  Note of hand of Aaron Harrison, son of the Decd 30 80
 
  Dollars 393 80

A true appraisement by us [signed:] Jonathan Sayre
&
David D. Crane


[page 9647]

David D. Crane & Jonathan Sayre appraisers to the within Inventory on their oath say that the goods & chattels accepted in the sd. Inventory set down inspection were by their appraisal according [illegible] last of their judgment [illegible] that they appraised all things brought to their view for appraisement.

Sworn at Newark 9th
Feby 1779 before me
Alex. C. McWhorter Surrogate
   [signed:] David D. Crane
Jonathan Sayre

 

Stephen Baldwin acting Executor of the last well and testament of Jonas Harrison and him named, on his oath says that this within writing contains a true & perfect inventory of all & singular goods & chattels the decd which have come to his knowledge or possession or the possession of any other person or persons for his use.

Sworn 9 Feby 1799 before me
Alex. C. McWhorter Essex
surrogate
[signed:] Stephen Baldwin
  Inventory of Jonas Harrison's Estate
Filed 9th Feby 1799



Source

New Jersey Archives, will 9460G to 9467G
Submitted by Stephen Beck. stephenbeck@earthlink.net


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