Notes for Jane Amy Dye Bretherton
Will of William Dey
September 4, 1784
In the name of God Amen I William Dey of South Amboy in the County
of Middlesex and State of New Jersey being of perfect mind and memory thanks be
given to the almighty God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my
body doe (sic) make and ordain this to be my last will and testament and as tuching
such worldly estate whearewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life
- I give and bequeath and dispose of the same in amnner and form following. It
is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts be paid.
I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Margret DEY the sum of one hundred pounds in gold and silver, my best bed and beding, my best horst and riding chair with harnesses compleat, my best cow - all to be her own forever. And it is my will that my executors hereafter named are to pay yearly to my wife Margret, the sum of fifteen pounds in gold or silver, the first payment to be paid in six months after my disceas (sic) to be paid to her every year as long as she remains my widdow (sic) - and it is my will that my wifeMargret shall have my yong (sic) negro wench Kate, to wait upon her as long as she lives or remains a widow, After her discease it is my will that what is left her should be devided (sic) equally among the legatees hereafter named or their survivors. I have given already to my children as followeth - to my son William the sum of thirty pounds, my son Joseph thiry poounds, my son John thirty pounds, Kenneth one hundred and fifty pounds, Peter one hundred fifty pounds, my daughter Rebecca thrity-five pounds, Abba forty pounds, Lydia thirty-five pounds, Jane sixty pounds, my grandson Nemiah MOUNT thirty-five pounds, my daughter Eupphame forty pounds. All these sums is to be deducted out of each ones share, then to be divided equally amongst my children by my executors after that part that each one hase (sic) had allready (sic) is taken out of their shares - and it is my desire (sic) that my executors should discharge a certain boun that my son John is bound for my son Joseph to Gorge (sic) Weatheril before they pay any part of his share to him of any estate. And it is my wish that my grandson Nehemiah MOUNT shall draw his mother's shre equally with the rest of my children.
And it is my will that all my estate of land and moveable shall be sold at publick sale by my executors ___ (?) private sale as soon as they and my legatees think proper after my deceas. And the money ariseing (sic) for the sle to be devided amongst all my legatees as is herebefore mentioned by my executors.
An lastly I doe nominate, constitute and appoint my son William DEY and my trusty freinds (sic) Mathew RUE and W. PERRINE, son of Peter my executors to execute this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four 1784
In the presasents (sic) of use witnesses
Proved at Princeton, February 3, 1785