13. Johan Balthazar PICKEL was born on 9 September 1731 in Lebanon, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.1 He died on 23 November 1796 at the age of 65 in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
I believe the date of death to be either the date of his will, or the probate. Said to have named his wife Barbara, and children Nicholas and Mary Bodine.
Early Germans of New Jersey by Theodore Chambers
Notes for Johan Balthazar Pickel
In the baptism records of St. James Lutheran ("Straw") Church in Greenwich, Warren Co., NJ there is a baptism for Balthazar and Anna Barbara. It is in 1770 and says this:
Balthaser Buckel [Biickel] and wife Anna Barbara--(child) b. July 8, bapt. Aug. 12--Sponsors Balthaser Bickel and wife Anna Barbara.
The record above only says "child." I don't know if it was Mary or Nicholas, but I would guess Nicholas. I think he was younger than his sister, Mary. I would think that Mary was born before 1770.
From: "M.F. Pickell" (email@example.com)
Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002
Subject: Bodine Research
I just thought you might want a copy of Johann Balthazar Pickel's (husband to Anna Barbara Becker Pickel) will.
He was the father of Mary Pickel who married Jacob Bodine. It seems strange that Anna Barbara Becker Pickel's will doesn't mention her son Nicholas, Mary's brother, in her will.
Will of Johan Balthazar Pickel (1731-1796)
Husband of Anna Barbara Becker Pickel
Son of Johan Nicholas Pickel
In the name of God, Amen, I Baltes Pickle of the Township of Alexandria in the County of Hunterdon in the State of New Jersey, being of a disposing mind and memory praised be the name of Almighty God, calling to mind the mortality of this body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do this twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and ninety six make and ordain this my last will and testament principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to be buried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my Executor not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God. And s touching all such temporal estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I dispos-- same in manner following ______
It is my will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my Executors after my decease.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Pickle all the farm or Plantation I now live on excepting as is hereafter excepted to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my executors foreafter named and to their ancestors in trust part of a lot of land which I bought of Stephen Gano. Containing forty-two acres being the easterly part of said lot nevertheless to dispose of the profits thereof at their pleasure for the yearly use and benefit of my daughter Mary Bodine during her natural life and after her decease. I direct and bequeath the use of the same yearly and every year to her heirs of her body until the youngest arrives to the age of twenty one years at which time it is my will that said lot be sold by my executor or their ancestors to the best advantage and the net proceeds there of to be divided equally shared and share alike between the afore and heirs.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Pickle, his heirs and assigns forever, eight acres of land being the residue of the above described lot lying on the west side of said lot adjoining land of Isaac Hoff agreeably to a draught surveyed by Mr. John Allen, and touching my personal estate I give and dispose of the same in the following manner: I give to my beloved wife Barbara the value of twenty pounds in such goods as she may choose at the appointment also two feather beds, bedding and furniture, the use of the two west end rooms and the use of the kitchen to cook and wash in, one good cow and two sheep to be kept on the farm for her use yearly and every year free from cost and expense, also a sufficiency of firewood cut to a proper length by the door for her use, also her decent maintenance during her widowhood or the sum of twenty pounds yearly and every year as she may choose during said widowhood to be paid by my Executors for her support and maintenance, also I give an bequeath to my beloved wife my negro wench named Rachel to wait on her during her life or widowhood and at her decease to ----- of the same to either of my children Nicholas or Mary as she may think proper.
Item: I give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate whatsoever and wheresoever unto my son Nicholas Pickle, his heirs and assigns forever.
And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Barbara Pickle and my loving son Nicholas Pickle together with my friend John Eckle of Alexandria, Executors of this my last will and testament, thereby revoking all former wills be me made or exported to be made in witness whereof I have herewith setting my hand and seal this day and at first -----written, signed, sealed and published and declared by the testator as and for this last will and testament in the presence of us who -------
X The mark of Baltis Pickle
Sworn at Trenton the 23 day of Nov 1796 before me
The will of Anna Barbara Pickel was written 16 Apr 1805. Apparently the son Nicholas had died without heirs as he is not mentioned - or perhaps he had no need of any of the following items as he certainly seemed to receive the majority of his father's estate. Mary said to have been the wife of Jacob Bodine.
Hunterdon Co NJ, Will Book 1, p.95-97
In the name of God Amen. I Anna Barbara Pickle of the township of Alexandria county of Hunterdon and State of New Jersey being weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament. In the first place I recommend my soul into the hands of its make depending entirely on his goodness and mercy and my body I recommend to the dust to be buried in a Christian and decent manner; Secondly it is my will that all my debts
and funeral expences be paid and satisfied - and respecting my worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me it is my will & I do hereby order it to be disposed of in the following manner: First I do give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Bodine my Negro wench Rachel to be sold if she has no use for her and the money to be put to interest and divided as she sees proper among the heirs of her body. Also my young wench Hetty after she arrives at the age of eighteen years to be disposed of as my daughter Mary sees proper and divided as aforesaid.
Item. I do give and bequeath unto my grand daughters Elizabeth Bodine and Sarah Bodine my two feather beds bedding &c. to be equally divided in value between them by my Executors hereafter named. Also my two tenplate stoves to be divided in the same manner. also I give and bequeath to my grandaughters Elizabeth and Sarah all my Household Furniture of whatever kind to be equally divided between them share and share alike when they arrive to the age of eighteen years of age but if it so happen that either of them should died before they arrive at that age or should died leaving no heirs then I give and bequeath such share to the survivor of them and their heirs forever. Item. It is my will that all the money and bonds or notes with the amount thereof that I shall die possessed of shall be put out and kep at use and the principal and interest arising therefrom shall be divided equally between my four grandsons as they arrive at the age of twenty-one years (viz. John Bodine, Frederick Bodine, William Bodine and Samuel Bodine) share and share alike. Lastly I do constitute and appoint my friend John Eckle Executor and my beloved daughter Mary Bodine Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby giving and granting to them or the survivor of them every power and authority necessary for executing the same, hereby now revoking all former wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and five.
Anna Barbara X Pickle
Signed sealed and declared to be her last will and testament in the presence of us.
The original will of which the foregoing is a true copy, being duly proved before me at Flemington, on the 23d October 1805, by the oath of David Everitt one of the subscribing evidences thereto, and of Mary Bodine one of the Executors therein named, Probate thereof was granted in the word following, to wit:
State of New Jersey
County of Hunterdon I James J. Wilson, Surrogate of the County of Hunterdon do certify the annexed to be a true copy of the last will and testament of Anna Barbara Pickle the Testatrix therein named, late of the county of Hunterdon, deceased, and that Mary Bodine one of the Executors therein named proved the same before me, and is duly authorized to take upon herself the administration of the estate of the said Testator agreeably to the said will.
Witness my hand and seal of office the 23d day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five.
James J. Wilson, Surrogate
Johan Balthazar PICKEL and Anna Barbara BECKER were married. Anna Barbara BECKER died before 19 October 1805 in Alexandria Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey.
Father said to be Nicholas Becker.