ABSTRACTS of WILLS on FILE in the SURROGATE'S OFFICE, CITY of NEW YORK, 1665-1801
William Smith Pelletreau, (1840-1918), Editor & Robert H. Kelby, Indexer
Wills covering the entire colony of New York were recorded with the Prerogatives Court and later with the Court of Probates under the first Constitution of the state. A portion of the files are in the office of the clerk of the Court of Appeals in Albany; while others, chiefly those relating to Westchester and counties further south, were transferred by legislative act in 1797 to the Surrogates Office of New York County. The FHL has: v. 1-17, 25-31, 32-41. Volumes 3-9, 13-15 include letters of administration. CONTENTS:
|974.7 B4n v.1 (v. 25) 1665-1707
||974.7 B4n v. 2 (v.26) 1708-1728 -
||974.7 B4n v.3 (v. 27) 1730-1744 -
|974.7 B4n v. 4 (v. 28) 1741-1753 -
||974.7 B4n v. 5 (v. 29) 1754-1760 -
||974.7 B4n v.6 (v.30) 1760-1766
|974.7 B4n v. 7 (v. 31) 1766-1771 -
||974.7 B4n v. 8 (v. 32) 1771-1776 -
||974.7 B4n v. 9 (v. 33) 1777-1777
|974.7 B4n v. 10 (v. 34) 1780-1782 -
||974.7 B4n v. 11 (v. 35) Abstracts of unrecorded
wills prior to 1800
|974.7 B4n v. 12 (v. 36) 1782-1784 -
||974.7 B4n v. 13 (v. 37) 1784-1786 -
||974.7 B4n v. 14 (v. 38) 1786-1796 -
|974.7 B4n v. 15 (v. 39) 1796-1801 -
||974. 7 B4n v. 16 (v. 40)
Corrections Abstracts of wills,
v. 1-5 (v.25-29)
|974. 7 B4n v. 17 (v. 41)
Corrections Abstracts of wills,
v. 6-9 (v. 30-33), v. 11 (v. 35)
GEORGE WOOLSEY, JAMAICA
[This Will of George 'Joris' Woolsey, the original settler in New Amsterdam, is not in the Surrogate's Office of New York, but is in Queens County. It is placed here to be the first of the Woolsey Wills . www]
George Wolsey WILL: filed 22 Feb 1698, Queens Co, NY. City Registers office, Queens, NY, NY. Dated 22 Day of Sep 1698. File location - At X-M, X-Block X- Liber A of Deeds.
In the name of God, Amen, I GEORGE WOLSEY of Jamaica in Queens County upon Long Island being at present weak of body but through Gods mercy, of sound memory and perfect understanding and considering ye frailty of human nature, ye certainty of death, ye uncertainty of ye time, do make and ordain this to be my last WILL and TESTAMENT as followeth, that is to say, FIRST and principally I bequeath my soul to God who gave it, cleaned from its sins and uniquely through ye meritts of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer ye Son Jesus Christ and my body to ye dust from which it was first taken to be decently and Christian like intered at ye discretion of my Executors here after named and as for ye worldly estate God hath endowed me with all I do give and bequeath as followeth; That is to say
1st. item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved and eldest Son, GEORGE WOLSEY all my lott of land being at ye Beaver Pond within ye town of Jamaica aforesaid. To have and to hold ye said Lott of land with ye appurtenances there on being to him ye said GEORGE WOLSEY, his heirs and assigns to ye only proper use of him ye said GEORGE WOLSEY, his heirs and assigns forever,
2nd. item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son, THOMAS WOLSEY all ye fifteen acre lott of land lying to ye westward of Anthony Walters home lott in Jamaica afor said to have and to hold ye said lott of land all ye appurtenances there unto being to him ye said THOMAS WOLSEY, his heirs and assigns to ye only proper use, benefitt and behoof of him ye said THOMAS WOLSEY, his heirs and assigns for ever.
3rd. item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son, JOHN WOLSEY all ye my thirty acre lott of land lying to ye eastward by ye Little Plains runing within ye bounds of Jamaica aforsaid to have and to hold the said thirty acre lott of land with its appurtenances to use ye said JOHN WOLSEY, heirs and assigns to ye only proper use and benefitt and behoff of him ye said JOHN WOLSEY, his heirs and assigns for ever. I do also give and bequeath unto my said Son, JOHN WOLSEY after my decease, two oxen and all my wearing apperall.
4th. item - I do give and bequeath unto my well beloved daughter, MARY WOLSEY, one feather bed and bolster, two pillows, a pair of sheets and two coverlids to be delivered her at her day of marriage or is when she attains ye age of eighteen years, also one cow to be delivered her at ye same time.
5th. item - I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, REBECCA, all ye remainder of my land & tenements, good and chattels to have and to hold to her ye said REBECCA for and during her natural life, after her decease as followeth, that is to say all ye remainder of my house, land and meadow not already given. I do after my wifes decease give and bequeath ye same unto my three Sons, GEORGE, THOMAS & JOHN WOLSEY to be equall in portion without ye benefitt of joint tenancy or survivership and to usery of them, their heirs and assigns for ever and all my goods and chattels of what nature or kind soever ye shall be and remaine after my wifes decease, I give and bequeath unto my three Daughters, that is to say, SARAH HALLET, REBECCA WIGGINS & MARY WOLSEY to be equally divided between them.
6th. item - I do appoint, make and ordain my well beloved wife, REBECCA to be sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, desireing all my children to behave themselves to their mother, lovingly each to other.
7th. item - Lastly I do hereby revoke, make void and null all former and other Wills and Testaments by me made and do appoint this to be my last Will and Testament.
As Wittness my hand and seal at Jamaica ye second day of November in ye year of our Lord, Jesus Christ 1691. [signed] George Wolsey (Seal)
Signed sealed and published in ye presence of: Thomas Willett - Daniell Whitehead - Andrew Gibb, Sr.
Queens County (S - - ) At a Court of Common Pleas held at Jamaica this 23rd. of September in ye tenth year of ye reign of William ye Third, by ye grace of God of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King Defender of ye Faith and the last Will and Testament of ye within written, GEORGE WOLSEY deceased was forward by ye oaths of Capt. Daniell Whitehead and Andrew Bibb [Gibb?], witnesses there unto subscribed and ye Executor herein mentioned whereby authorized to act and do what Exectors by law are impowered to do the giving in bond to bring into ye Court of Common Pleas for Queens County a true and perfect inventory of all and a list ye goods and chattels of ye said Testator. Entered the 22nd.day of Sept.1698. Per - A. Gibb (Clerk) Queens County (Seal)
JOHN WOOLSEY, (of England?), HEMPSTEAD
[The following Letter of Administration is also not in the Surrogate's Office, but is in Queens County. This was given when an individual died intestate [without a will]. This is an intriguing record because it names a John Woolsey of whom we have no further knowledge (at this time). The early Woolsey researchers attributed this record to John Woolsey, son of George 'Joris' Woolsey, but that is not the case, as we show a little further on. www believes this may be the older brother of George 'Joris' Woolsey, who came from England to live near his brother in Jamaica. Check the dates. www]
Long Island Source Records - From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Selected and Introduction by Henry B. Hoff. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD. 1987. FHL#974.721 H29L.
p. 74. Abstracts of early Wills of Queens Co, NY Books A & C at Jamaica. WPA project, Abstracts of early wills of Queens co, NY 1683-1744, part of the "Long Island Collection" WPA project no. 165-97-6999(6115). FHL Film# 017872, item 1. A:75. Queens County SS:
Whereas John Woolsey late of Hempstead died intestate [without a will] leaving the sd County goods and Chattels under the value of 100 pounds and William Lynes a principal creditor of the sd intestate at the court of Common Pleas held at Jamaica on 20 May 1692 having made application to administor upon the estate aforsd. Sd William Lynes having exhibited an inventory of the goods and chattels unto the sd court and also given security to administor of the goods and chattels of the sd Intestate.
May 21 _____  Andrew Gibb, Clerk. Lib. A. page 75.
DANIEL WHITEHEAD, JAMAICA
[This will of Daniel Whitehead is found in the Surrogate's Office of NY and is included here because of the close and multiply connections among the Whiteheads, Dentons, Waters, Stevensons and Woolseys. Abigail Stevenson, d/o Thomas, married (1) Daniel Denton, by whom she had two children, Daniel Denton, Jr. who married Deborah Leonard, and Abigail Denton, who married Benjamin Stebbings. Daniel Denton, Jr. and Deborah Leonard had three children, which included an Abigail Denton, who www believes is the Abigail named in John Woolsey's 1721 will, as his wife Abigail, and Daniel Denton, and Deborah Denton.
Abigail Stevenson's first husband, Daniel Denton, traveled to London, England, where he had some success in publishing, but on his return to Long Island he discovered his wife, Abigail Stevenson, had behaved scandalously, and after a messy divorce, Daniel Denton married Hannah Leonard, by whom he had at least six more children.
Abigail Stevenson married, as her 2nd husband, Daniel Whitehead, who is the testator in this will. They had at least eight children which included Elizabeth Whitehead who married Anthony Waters, Jr., whose daughter Elizabeth Waters married Rev. Thomas Woolsey of New York and Washington County, Virginia, and Mary Whitehead who married John Taylor (see later).]
Will of Daniel Whitehead. written 13 Nov 1703 - proved 30 Oct 1704. In the name of God, Amen. I Daniel Whitehead of Jamaica in Queens County. I leave to my son, Jonathan Whitehead, besides what I have formerly given him by deed, all my lands, tenements, and appurtenances in Jamaica, between the mill and Wellins path, lying westward of the mill, to John Okeys land, and southwest so far as my land runs. And also all my land on Cow neck in the Town of Hempstead. And all that my 1/4 part of the mill standing on Gildersleve Creek, in said neck. And also all my meadow on the Old Town neck in Jamaica, except that meadow I purchased of Mr. Anthony Waters, deceased, with all the herediments, To him my son Jonathan and his heirs, and in default of issue, then to my son Thomas Whitehead and his heirs. I also give to my son Jonathan, my negro man Joe.
||13 Nov 1703.
||Daniel Whitehead of Jamaica, Queens County, New York. WILL.
I leave to my loving wife, Abigail, my dwelling house I now live in, with the land adjoining, bounded on the south by the road to the ferry, on the west by Thomas Smith, north by Anthony Waters, And so much of my meadow as she shall have occasion for, during her life, and after her decease to my son Thomas and his heirs, and in default of such, then to my son Jonathan. I leave to my wife, my negro woman Mary, for life, and then to my daughter Deborah, wife of Thomas Hicks.
I leave also to my son Thomas, all that my lot of land lying in the town of Jamaica, by the land of Colonel Henry Filkin; Also all my land on Stewards neck and Quarelsome neck in Jamaica; Also the lot of land Thomas Chambers now lives on, and my other three lots of land lying by the same, within the bounds of the Township of Flushing; Also all that my lot of land lying as well within as without the Long neck fence in Jamaica; As also all my meadow in Long neck, And all my land and meadow in Hewtree neck, in the bounds of Jamaica, with all the privileges, etc. And also my Indian boy named Cupid, I leave to my grandson Whitehead Hicks, the second son of my son in law, Thomas Hicks, the husband of my daughter Deborah, all that my land and meadow lying and being with the bounds and Township of Flushing, except the four 20 acre lots given to my son Thomas, To him and his heirs, and in default of such heirs, then to my daughter Deborah and her heirs.
I leave to my son in law, Anthony Waters, the present husband of my daughter Elizabeth, all that land now in the possession of my brother David Whitehead, lying on the east side of the Plain run, joining to Hempstead bounds, That is to say, after the death of my said brother; and also all that my meadow lying in Old Town neck in Jamaica, which I bought of his father, Mr. Anthony Waters, deceased; And also all that my lot of land on the Hills in Jamaica, which was formerly Joseph Thurstons, deceased, To him and his heirs.
I leave to my daughter Mary, widow of Thomas Burroughs, all my land at a place called Quaspack, in Orange County, up Hudson river, with all the privileges, during her life, and then to her daughter, Mary Burroughs, and to her heirs.
I leave to my son in law, Jacob Doughty, the husband of my daughter Amy 50 lbs.
I leave to my wife Abigail, one third of all goods and chattels and the rest to my children above mentioned and to Mercy, wife of Thomas Betts.
I leave to my friend, John Hubbard, all that my 1/3 of meadow lying at Oldfields Island, which I bought with my brother, Thomas Oakley, and John Bayley, with all the rights thereto belonging, during the time of his continuance in the work of the ministry in this town of Jamaica, and if he continue in the ministry here till his death, then to his heirs, but if not then to my son Jonathan.
I give to the town of Jamaica the sum of 20 lbs, towards the maintenance of a Grammar School, for the education of youths within the said town; to be paid in three years after my decease, if there be such a school erected in said town. If not, then it is to be put at interest for three years longer, but if the school is not then established, then to go to my heirs.
I leave to my brother, David Whitehead 20 lbs.
To Jonathan, son of Jonathan Stevenson, of Norwalk, Connecticut, deceased 20 lbs.
I give the 30 lbs which is due to me from the estate of my son in law, Daniel Denton, unto his children, and to Gabriel Lassee (Luffe) "begotten upon the body of Deborah Lassee (Luffe), the present wife of Gabriel Lassee (Luffe);" viz, to Daniel Denton, Abigail Denton and Deborah Denton, and to Abigail and Mary Stebbins daughters of Benjamin and Abigail Stebbins, my son and daughter in law.
I leave to Catharine, daughter of my brother David Whitehead two cows.
All the rest of my lands, whether in Queens County or in Nissequogue [Smithtown] in Suffolk County, or elsewhere, are to be sold by my executors. I appoint my wife and son Jonathan executors, and I leave to my loving friends, Thomas Stevenson and Lieutenant Thomas Smith, each 5 lbs. and make them overseers. "Daniel Whitehead"
1. Land in Jamaica: "to my son Jonathan, all my lands, tenements and appurtenances in Jamaica, between the mill and Wellins path, lying westward of the mill to John Okeys land, and southwest so far as my land runs
2. Land in Hempstead: "[to my son Jonathan] all my land on Cow neck in the Town of Hempstead, and all that my 1/4 part of the mill standing on Gildersleve Creek, in said neck.
3. Land in Jamaica: "to my son Jonathan and then to my son Thomas all my meadow on the Old Town neck, in Jamaica, except that meadow I purchased of Mr. Anthony Waters, deceased, with all the hereditaments.
4. Land in Jamaica: "to my loving wife Abigail, my dwelling house I now live in, with the land adjoining bounded on the south by the road to the ferry, on the west by Thomas Smith, north by Anthony Waters, and so much of my meadow ... and after her decease, to my son Thomas
5. Land in Jamaica: "to my son Thomas, all that my lot of land lying in the town of Jamaica, by the land of Colonel Henry Filkin; also all my land on Stewards neck and Quarelsom neck, in Jamaica -
6. Land in Flushing: [to my son Thomas] "and also the lot of land Thomas Chambers now lives on, and my other three lots of land lying by the same, within the bounds of the Township of Flushing [four 20 acre lots]
7. Land in Flushing: to my grandson Whitehead Hicks, the second son of my son in law Thomas Hicks, the husband of my daughter Deborah, all that my land and meadow lying and being within the bounds of Flushing, except the four 20 acres lots given to my son Thomas
8. Land in Jamaica: to my son Thomas "also my lot of land lying as well within as without the Long neck fence in Jamaica, as also all my meadow in Long neck, and all my land and meadow in Hewtree neck, in the bounds of Jamaica
9. Land in Jamaica: to my son in law Anthony Waters, the present husband of my daughter Elizabeth, all that land now in the poss of my brother Daniel Whitehead, lying on the east side of the Plain run, joining to Hempstead bounds and also all that my meadow lying in Old Town neck in Jamaica, which I bought of his father, Mr. Anthony Waters, deceased and also all that my lot of land on the Hills in Jamaica, which was formerly Joseph Thurstons, deceased
MARY WHITEHEAD TAYLOR, BURROUGHS, URQUEHART
[A Letter of Administration for Mary Urquehart, who is the daughter of Daniel Whitehead and Abigail Stevenson. Mary married (1) John Taylor, (son of Henry Taylor Chyrugeon) and their daughter Abigail Taylor married the Reverend Benjamin Woolsey, who is the son of Capt. George Woolsey, son of George' Joris' Woolsey, and Mary married (2) Thomas Burrough, and (3) Rev. William Urquehart, and outlived them all.]
08:287. 3 Sep 1713. Mary (Whitehead, Taylor, Burrows) Urquehart
Robert Hunter, Captain-General and Governor. Whereas, Mary Urquehart, of Jamaica, in Queens County, died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to [Rev. ] Benjamin Woolsey, who married her eldest daughter, Abigail Urquehart September 3, 1713.
HENRY TAYLOR Chyrugeon, FLUSHING
[The will of Henry Taylor Chyrugeon of Flushing, Queens, NY. Is included here because Henry is the father of the above John Taylor (who married Mary Whitehead) and Henry is the grandfather of Abigail Taylor, mentioned in his will as my granddaughter, Abigail, wife of Benjamin Woolsey.]
09:94. 5 Jul 1718. Henry Taylor Chyrugeon, of Flushing, Queens County, New York. WILL.
Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the year 1893. Publication Fund Series. New York. Printed for the Society. 1893. p. 1198-9. Abstracts of Wills - Liber 9:[p. 94]. In the name of God, Amen, I Henry Taylor, of Flushing, in Queens County, Chyrugeon, being infirm in body. I leave to my wife Sarah the use of all my estate, houses and lands and monies due to me, I leave to my eldest son, Joseph Taylor, 20 shillings, and to my son Benjamin, 5 pounds, and all my wearing apparell. I leave to my grand daughter, Abigail, wife of Benjamin Woolsey, 20 shillings. I leave to my grand son, William Doughty, 3 pounds to buy him a saddle and bridle. I leave to my grand sons, William Doughty, Jr. son of my daughter Phebe, deceased, and William Marsh, Jr. son of my daughter, Sarah Marsh, all my houses, lands and tenements, "situate in any part of the world, or the Province of New York". I leave one third of all my personal estate to my wife Sarah, and the rest to my daughter Sarah, wife of William Marsh, my grand son William Doughty, my daughter Mary, wife of Francis Willett, of Rhode Island. I leave to my son Benjamin, all my right and interest to a certain tract of land in the township of Rye, in Westchester county, being part of what I lately purchased of William Lawrence, provided that he shall within six months, deliver to Richard Smith, of Smithtown in Suffolk County, a release and quit claim for my parcel of land and meadow at Uncachoge, in Meridian neck, in Suffolk County, which at any time did belong unto me. And he shall also give to my grandsons, William Doughty and William Marsh a quit claim for all right in the farm, whereon I now live in Flushing. I make my brother-in-law John Palmer, of Westchester, and my friends, John Stephenson, of Westchester, and James Clement, Jr. of Flushing, executors. Dated 28 Jul 1716. Witnesses, Thomas Willett, John Rodman, Jr., Roberts Pines. Codicil. Dated 5 Jul 1718. Confirms the foregoing will, and adds a few directions concerning personal property. Mentions "the Ferry boat," which he gives to his wife. Witnesses. Charles Doughty, Mary Almy, Elizabeth Doughty, Joseph Ludlam. Proved before Peter Schuyler, President of Council, 19 May 1719.
JOHN WOOLSEY, JAMAICA
[John Woolsey, his combined will is also NOT in the Surrogate's Office of NY but is of John Woolsey, son of George 'Joris' Woolsey.]
[The following is a combination of three abstracts found in the stated places below. This John Woolsey is the son of George 'Joris' Woolsey. The early Woolsey researchers had this John Woolsey married to Abigail Stevenson, which was an impossibility. www has Abigail Denton as this John Woolsey's wife, which is an educated supposition. www]
Long Island Source Records - From the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. Selected and Introduction by Henry B. Hoff. Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD. 1987. FHL#974.721 H29L. p. 148. Abstracts of early Wills of Queens Co, NY Books A & C at Jamaica. C:112-113.
I John Woolsey of Jamaica yeoman give to my wife Abigail - life estate in 1/3 of lands and use of the rest til my oldest child and only son John reaches age 21 when he inherits. I give unto my eldest & only son John Woolsey all my land & houses with 2 horses, wagons, oxes, howes. My son John is to pay my daughter Rebecca Woolsey 60 pounds - 20 pounds at her marriage day - 20 pounds day [year?] after her marriage & 20 pounds 2 years after her marriage. To my wife Abigail a third part of all my land & meadow. I appoint my wife my sole executor. 10 Jun 1721. John Woolsey, L. S.
Gabrie Luff, Jr. William Wiggins Robert Willis
At a Meeting of Isaac Hicks Judge Jonathan Whitehead & John Messenger Justices of ye peace held at Jamaica 5 Feb 1727  was proved by William Wiggins. Entered 5 Feb 1721/22 J. Smith, Clerk
Lib. C. Pages 112/113.
[The above "will" is from three different ABSTRACTS of wills, made by (1) WPA project, Abstracts of early wills of Queens co, NY 1683-1744, part of the "Long Island Collection" WPA project no. 165-97-6999 (6115). FHL Film# 017872, item 1.
(2) Eardeley, Willliam A. D., Records in the Office of the County Clerk at Jamaica, Long Island, NY 1680-1781. Microfilm of typed manuscript at the Queens Borough Public Library in Jamaica, NY. FHL Film# 017715.
(3) From the New York Genealogical and Biographical RECORD, selected and introduced by Henry B. Hoff. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, MD. 1987. p. 146.]
Registrar's Office, Queens County, New York. DEEDS [WILLS?] AT REGISTRAR'S OFFICE. FHL film 1414478. C1:112. Woolsey, John WILL - of Jamaica. 10 Jun 1721 - 5 Jul 1721.
Being sick & weak in body - perfect sense & memory - bequeath to Eldest/only son John Woolsey all my land with two horses waggons plow harras acres houses & all other taklen [tackle?] for husbantry work to say two third part of my sd houses lands tenements plow waggon tackling horses etc. when he shall arrive at ye age of 21 years and ye other third part at ye decease or marriage of his mother. ITEM. I give to my daughter Abigail Woolsy [NOTE: Abigail here but Rebecca above. Probably s/b Rebecca.] 60 lbs to be paid by my son John Woolsey afore mentioned - 20 lbs at her marriage day and 20 lbs one year after her marriage and 20 lbs two years after her marriage, if not married then 20 lbs at [age] 20 years, 20 lbs at 21 years, and 20 lbs at 22 years. To my loving wife Abigail - use of best room in my house and a third part of all - she to be sole executrix. John X Woolsey Wit: Gabriel Luff, Jr., Wm. Wiggins, Robert Willis.
[NOTES: by www. Gilliland says "John Woolsey died May 1692 in Hempstead, Nassau Co, Long Island, NY." but from deed records, it is known that he was alive in 1705 and in 1712, and his will was made in 1721. There is a problem with the date of the will, between written and probated dates. Also Gilliland says "John Woolsey Jr was born abt 1683", but in the above will, his "til my oldest child and only son John reaches age 21", so John Jr. was not yet 21 in 1721. And also Gilliland says that John Jr was the only child, but the above will states "my son John to pay my daughter Rebecca Woolsey 60 pounds when she come of age or marries", so she was not of age in 1721, but there was at least one daughter. Also Gilliland says John Sr. died in 1729, but www has seen nothing that would substantiate that.]
[www has not seen the original of John Woolsey's will but has combined information found in each of the three above sources into the one "will". www believes the discrepancy in the above dates (1727 vs 1721) is either a transcription error or a misreading of "1" for a "7". The bigger problem is the date given that the will was "proved" or entered into the record. www believes that this should read " 5 Feb 1721/22 " giving the "Old Style" date. This is further substantiated by the fact that this will preceeds wills that were proven in Oct and Dec 1722.]
ABSTRACTS OF WILLS IN SURROGATE'S COURT
BENJAMIN WOOLSEY, a Witness
10:32. 25 Feb 1724/25. Benjamin Woolsey, a witness.
Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the year 1893. Publication Fund Series. New York. Printed for the Society. 1893. p. 311-12. Abstracts of Wills - Liber 10:[p. 32]. 25 Feb 1724/25, Benjamin Woolsey was a witness for John Goldsmith, of Southold, county of Suffolk, New York.
CALEB COLES, OYSTER BAY
[The following will is placed here because Caleb Coles mentions my sister Deborah, wife of Joseph Woolsey (Lt. Joseph Woolsey, son of Captain George Woolsey, son of George 'Joris' Woolsey.]
11:152. 9 Feb 1729. Caleb Coles, of Oyster Bay, Queens County, New York. WILL.
In the name of God, Amen. 9 Feb 1729. I Caleb Coles, of Oyster Bay in Queens County, yeoman, being very sick. My executors may sell all that certain tract of land, near the town of Oyster Bay, adjoining William Wright, Richard Butler, and Wright Coles, containing 80 acres. I leave to my two brothers, Robert and Barak, and to my sisters, Martha, wife of Samuel Macoune, and Deborah, wife of Joseph Woolsey, all my lands and orchards, being the Homestead in the Town Plot of Oyster Bay. And a share and a half of meadow, and a Right in the undivided lands in the old Purchase. And also a tract of land, or field, adjoining John Week, Sr., and Esther Townsend, being 15 acres. I leave to my loving mother-in-law, Sarah Rogers, the room in the north end of my dwelling house, and the benefit of 1/3 of the North orchard, during her life. I leave to my two nieces, Sarah and Hannah Woolsey, each a cow and 4 sheep. All the res t to my brothers and sisters. I leave to Wright Coles and Freelove Coles, 5 shillings each. I make my brother Coles of New York, merchant, and my friend, Jotham Townsend, of Oyster Bay, executors. Witnesses: John Weeks, Jr., Thomas Townsend, John Weekes. Proved 26 Feb 1729.
Dr. ISRAEL SMITH, JAMAICA
[Dr. Israel Smith's will is placed here because it establishes the maiden name of Hannah, who married Captain George (III) Woolsey, who went to New Jersey, son of Captain George (II) Woolsey, son of George (I) 'Joris' Woolsey.]
12:172. 9 Oct 1733. [Dr.] Israel Smith of Jamaica, Queens County, New York. WILL.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Israel Smith, of Jamaica, in Queens County, Doctor, being indisposed in body. All my real and personal estate is to be sold if it seem meet and good to my executors. I give to my sisters in the Jerseys, Hannah Woolsey and Kezial Smith, each 10 pounds. To my sister Rachel 20 pounds. To my Cousin, Mary Read, now an infant, 5 pounds. I leave all the rest of my estate to my sister Judith, and I make her and my Cousin, Samuel Smith, executors. Dated 9 Oct 1733. Witnesses: Benjamin Hinchman, Robert Cross, S. Dean, Jr. Proved 29 Apr 1734.
HEZEKIAH DENTON, JAMAICA
[Hezekiah Denton (Samuel, Nathaniel, Rev. Richard) is placed here because of his close proximity to John Woolsey, indicating possible close connections.]
12:311. 18 Mar 1734. Hezekiah Denton, of Jamaica, Queens County, New York. WILL.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Hezekiah Denton of Jamaica, Queens County, blacksmith, being sick. My clear lands which I bought of John Woolsey and William Oldfield, lying near the South, and all my personal estate (except as hereafter named), are to be sold by my executors, and after payment of debts I leave the remainder to my wife Mary Denton. I leave to my executors my homestead and dwelling house, where I live, also my wood land, which I bought of John Woolsey, adjoining to the said clear land, and all my other lands in Jamaica, or elsewhere; to be sold by them; out of the proceeds, my wife Mary is to have 40 pounds, and the rest to my children, Samuel, Mary, Abigail, and Hannah, but my son Samuel is to have a double share. My wife is to have the use of all lands till sold, and the use of each child's part till they are of age for the better maintainance, schooling, and bringing up. I leave to my wife 3 cows, 1 horse and one woman's saddle. I appoint my wife and my cousin, Benjamin Hinchman, Executors. Dated March 18, 1734. Witnesses: James Lewis, George Reynolds, Amos Smith, Joseph Smith. Proved: 5 Apr 1735.
RACHEL SMITH, JAMAICA
[This is further proof of the maiden name of Hannah, of the Jerseys, who married George (III) Woolsey.]
16:121. 26 Dec 1743. Rachel Smith of Jamaica, Queens County, New York, Single woman. WILL.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Rachel Smith, of Jamaica in Queens County, single woman, being sick. I leave to my cousin, Thomas Read, of Jamaica, one bond from John Ludlam for 14 pounds, 16s, 6d.; Also my bed and furniture and one half dozen homespun shirts. I leave to my sister Hannah, wife of George Woolsey, of Hopewell, 20 pounds, also my new hood. To my sister Keziah, wife of Jasper Cmith, 10 pounds. To my cousin Margaret Pierson, wife of Rev. Mr. John Pierson, of Woodbridge, New Jersey, 10 pounds, when of age. If she dies, then it is to go to my cousin, Judith Pierson. I leave to my Aunt Hannah, wife of Samuel Smith, of Jamaica, my silver tea-spoons, and all my china and my velvet hood. To my cousin, Samuel Smith, Jr., my gold sleeve buttons, and to the wife of said Samuel Smith, three aprons. To Patience, wife of Nehemiah Smith, Jr. a green quilt. To my executors 3 pounds, to be paid to the Deacons or Elders of the Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, for the support of a standing ministry. All the rest of my money and lands to my cousin, Hannah Pierson, daughter of Rev. Mr. John Pierson, and my cousin, Sibyl Freeman, daughter of Henry Freeman, of Woodbridge. All the rest of my estate to my sisters, Hannah Woolsey, Judith Pierson, and Keziah Smith. I make my cousin, Thomas Read, executor. Dated 26 Dec 1743. Witnesses: Samuel Smith, Nehemiah Smith, Samuel Smith, Jr. Proved: 16 April 1747.
JOHN WOOLSEY, SR., BEDFORD
[This is John Woolsey, Sr., son of Thomas Woolsey, son of George 'Joris' Woolsey, which helps to identify other children of Thomas Woolsey and Ruth Bayliss.]
18:59. 16 Aug 1751. John Woolsey, Sr. of Bedford, Westchester County, New York. WILL.
In the name of God, Amen, August 16, 1751. I, John Woolsey, Sr., of Bedford, in Westchester County, I direct all debts and funeral charges to be paid. I leave to my wife Sarah, 60 pounds. My farm is to be sold, and all money and book debts and bonds to be put at interest for my son Gilbert, and the interest to be expended upon him to bring him up to learning, and when he leaves off learning, he is to have the interest till he is of age. If he dieds underage, then the estate is to go to my brothers, William, Jonathan, and Richard Woolsey. My brother William and my wife Sarah are to sell all lands, and I make them executors. Witnesses, Samuel Miller, Peter Holmes, Lewis McDonald. MEM: - I leave my wife a horse, saddle, and bridle, and a feather bed. Proved November 27, 1751.
Rev. BENJAMIN WOOLSEY, DOSORIS
[The Reverend Benjamin Woolsey, gentleman farmer and hospitable minister, who would invite members of his flock to dine with him, received land from his wife's grandfather, Henry Taylor Chyrugeon, which land the good Reverend named Dos uxoris, (wife's dowry) or as now called Dosoris at Glen Cove, near Oyster Bay.]
20:205. 20 Apr 1755. Rev. Benjamin Woolsey of Dosoris, Oyster Bay, Queens County, New York. WILL.
Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the year 1896. Publication Fund Series. New York. Printed for the Society. 1896. p. 158. Abstracts of Wills - Liber 20:[p. 205]. In the name of God, Amen. 20 Apr 1755. I, Benjamin Woolsey, of Dosoris, in Oyster Bay, in Queens County, "Clerk," being somewhat disordered in body. I yield and surrender my immortal Soul to God, hoping for a favorable reception through the merits of a Glorious Redeemer." I leave to my two sons, Melancthon Taylor Woolsey and Benjamin Woolsey, all my wearing apparell and farming implements, and four large Folios, viz., "Poole's Annotations," "Berket upon the New Testament," and Willard's "Body of Divinity," to be divided or used in common, at their discretion. I leave to my wife Abigail the use of all the rest of my moveable estate for life. My five negroes [Primus, Hagar, Ishmael, Judith & Candace] are to be sold, and the money used for my wife. My sister, Hannah Bayles, to have 5 pounds. And if my wife inclines to live where she now is, she shall have the use of the wainscot room and the bed room. After the death of my wife all my movable estate is to be divided into three lots. Out of the first 1/3 100 pounds are to be paid to my grand daughters, Elizabeth and Abigail Smith, If they both died Before they Arive at Lawful age and unmarried then their part or Share shall decend to the Half Brothers and the remaining part shall descend to my daughter Mary Muirson, the mother of my said grandchildren. The second 1/3 is left to my daughter, Sarah Lloyd. The remaining 1/3 to my daughter, Abigail Welles. I make my wife, and my son, Melancthon Taylor Woolsey, and my affectionate son in law John Lloyd, executors. Witnesses, Jacob Carpenter, John Weeks, Abigail Caverley. Proved 1 Mar 1757.
Major MELANCTHON TAYLOR WOOLSEY, DOSORIS
[A veteran of the French and Indian Wars, Major Melancthon Taylor Woolsey (son of Rev. Benjamin Woolsey and Abigail Taylor ) married Rebecca Lloyd. www has several letters written by Rebecca Lloyd Woolsey and also examples of Melancthon (called Lanky Woolsey's signature, evidently written onto his grandfather George (II) Woolsey's Account Book when he was helping out his grandfather in his Jamaica General Store.]
21:175. 15 Aug 1757. Melancthon Taylor Woolsey, of Dosoris, Oyster Bay, Queens County, New York. WILL.
In the name of God, Amen. I, Melancthon Taylor Woolsey, of Dosoris, in the town of Oyster bay, in Queens County, taking into consideration the uncertainty of life and being in [ill? www] health. I leave all my lands in Dosoris and the house wherein I dwell, with all buildings and all movables and personal estate to my wife Rebecca Woolsey, and my brothers in law, John Lloyd, of Stamford, Connecticutt, and Joseph Lloyd of Queens village, in Queens County, To them and their successors, In Trust as follows: They are to sell all the real estate, houses, and lands, and buildings, for the most they can; and the money and all my moveables are to be divided among my wife and my two daughters, Theodosia and Rebecca, But if my wife shall have a son, it is to have one half. I appoint the said Trustees my executors. Dated August 15, 1757. Abigail Coverley, Elizabeth Smith, Jacob Valentine. Proved November 7, 1758.
WILLIAM DUSENBURY, RYE
[William Dusenbury married Magdalena Woolsey, daughter of William Woolsey and Dorothy Williamson, son of Thomas Woolsey and Ruth Baylis.]
27:01. 5 Jan 1769. [1765? www] William Dusenbury, Harrison's Purchase, in the town of Rye, Westchester Co, WILL.
In the name of God, Amen. I, William Dusenbury, of Harrison's Purchase, in the Town of Rye, in Westchester County, yeoman, being weak in body, but of sound mind, many thanks b e to Almighty God, do make this my last will and testament. Dated the 5 day of January, 1769. I give and bequeath my precious and immortal Soul into the hands of Almighty God, my Saviour, who first spake it into existence. My executors are to sell the 30 acres of land which lyeth at the southeast corner of my farm, at Bedfored, New Purchase, to pay debts, and the rest of the money I leave to my sons, John and Stephen, so that John may have 50 pounds more than Stephen. I leave to my tender beloved wife Lenah the interest on 100 pounds during her widowhood, also my best bed and the furniture that belongs to it, and one horse, she thinks best, and a saddle and a cupboard, and a large round table, six best chairs, an iron pot and 40 shillings worth of pewter. I leave to my son Henry all my farm in Harrison's Purchase and he is to pay all legacies. My mother, Mary Dusenbury, is to have a good and comfortable living out of my estate. My executors may sell all my movable estate as they think best. I leave to my son William and my daughter Mary 10 pounds each, when my youngest daughter is of age. I leave to my daughters, Dorcas and Hannah, and to my granaddaughter, Levina Fowler, 50 each. I make my wife and my son Henry executors. Witnesses: Benjamin Ferris, Josiah Fowler, Samuel Hitt, scrivener. Proved: 15 Feb 1766, b ef ore David Dayton, Surrogate. (Benjamin Ferris was a Quaker, confirmed by Sir Henry Moore, Baronet, Governor, etc. 11 Apr 1769.
BENJAMIN WOOLSEY, OYSTER BAY
[Benjamin Woolsey, Jr. of Glen Cove, son of Rev. Benjamin Woolsey & Abigail Taylor, married (1) Esther Isaacs, (2) Ann Muirson.]
28:82. 22 Aug 1771. Benjamin Woolsey of Oyster Bay, Queens County, New York. WILL.
Will of Benjamin Woolsey. [It was lent for copying to Theodore S. Woolsey by James C. Townsend of Oyster bay, grandson of the James Townsend herein named as executor.] Will written 22 Aug 1771 - Probated 4 Oct 1771.
In the name of God Amen. I Benjamin Woolsey of the Township of Oyster Bay in Queens County on Nassau Island & Province of New York being weak in Body but of Perfect Sound Disposing mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make & publish this my last will & Testament in manner & form following (that is to say) First I give to my Beloved Wife Ann Woolsey my negro wench Venus also I give to my wife the use of all the plate she brought as long as she lives and when my wife has done with it I give it equally amongst her children which she has by me. Secondly, I give to my two Daughters Sarah and Mary Woolsey all the Plate my first wife brought me. I also give to my daughter Betsey [Aunt Dunlap] my Silver Soup Spoon. Thirdly I give to my wife and children my negro man Mingo for their use as long as they keep together. I likewise give to my wife & children the use of my riding chair. Fourthly I order my Executors hereafter named to pay all my just debts & Funeral Expenses out of my personal Estate. Fifthly I order my Executors to sell all the remaining part of my personal Estate & after paying all my Just Debts out of it the remaining part of it I order my Executors to put to Interest for the benefit of my wife & children until a general Division is made however if my Executors Judge it most beneficial for my wife & children to keep any part of my Stock Servants & other good untill my Farm is sold for their my said wife & children's use that I leve to them. Sixthly I order my Executors hereafter named to sell all my real Estate whose deed for the same I declare to be good & valid in Law at such time as they my Executors shall Judge most for the benefit of my wife & children and the money arising from the sale of my Real and Personal Estate I order my Executors to dispose of in the following manner:
First I give to my sons Benjamin Muirson Woolsey and William Walton Woolsey each the sum of One Hundred Pounds. The remaining Part of the money arising from the sale of my real & Personal Estate I order to be divided into Eight equal parts one which which Eight Parts I give to my beloved wife Ann Woolsey in Lieu of or for her right of Dower out of my Lands as the Law would give it and the remaining seven parts I give equally to my children Benjamin Muirson Woolsey, John Taylor Woolsey, William Walton Woolsey, Sarah Woolsey [Mrs. Moses Rogers], Mary Woolsey [Mrs. Timothy Dwight], Esther Woolsey and Betsey Woolsey. I order my Executors to pay the above legacies out to my children in the following manner. First I order my Executors to pay to my children the equal third part of their several legacies when they come of Age respectively and the reamining two thirds part I order my Executors to pay to my children when my youngest child comes of Age. Secondly, I order my Executors to put all the money arising from the sale of my Estate which is given to my children to be put to Interest and so much as is necessary of the Interest of it for the Support & Maintenance of my Children. I order my Executors to pay into the hands of my wife for their support. As it is possible my wife may be with Child then in such a case if it is a son or sons I give it or them equally with my other Sons and if it should be a Daughter I give it or them equally with my other Daughters and if it should happen that either or any of my children should die under age & without Lawful Issue then In such a Case I order that part of my Estate which I gave to such Child or Children to be equally divided amongst my remaining Children. And Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my Honored Father [in law] George Muirson Esq and my brother in law David Bush of Grinnage [Greenwich] in Connecticut and my friends Jacob Carpenter and James Townsend Executors to this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-second day of August in the year of our Lord Christ one Thousand seven hundred and seventy one.
Benjn Woolsey [SS]
Wit: John Butler, Nathaniel Coles, William Cook. Proved, 4 Oct 1771.
RICHARD WOOLSEY, BEDFORD
[Richard Woolsey, of Bedford, married Sarah Fowler. Richard is the son of Thomas Woolsey and Ruth Baylis.]
33:419. 21 Apr 1779. Ulster Co, New York Probates : Richard Woolsey of Bedford, Westminster County, New York :
In the Name of God, amen. I Richard Wolsey of Bedford in Westminister County and State of New York, being Weakly in Body But of perfect Mind and Memory Thanks be given unto God, calling to mind the Mortality of my body and Knowing that it is appointed to all Men once to Die, Do make and ordain this My Last Will and Testament That is to Say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend My Soul into the Hand of Almighty God that gave it and My Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian Manner at the Discretion of My Executors Nothing Doubting but at the general Resurection I Shall Receive the Same again by the Mighty Power of God, and as touching Such Worldly Estate Wherewith it has Pleased God to Bless me in this Life I give demise and Dispose of the same in the following Manner and Form:
First I make Daniel Wolsey of New Palze and Jacob Griffin of Fish Kills the Sole Executors of this My Last Will and Testament.
I give to Sarah My well beloved Wife all My Estate During her life and after her Decease to be Divided in the following Manner:
First I give to my Eldest Son Thomas ten pounds New York Money the Rest of my Estate I give to my three Daughters that is Ruth, Sarah and Hannah to be divided Equally Between the three, and I do hereby Utterly disallow Revoke and Disanul all and every other former Testament Wills Legacies Bequests and Executons, by me in any ways Before Named Willed and Bequeathed Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be My Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have hereunto Set My Hand and Seal this twenty first Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Nine. Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the Said Richard Woley as his Last Will and Testament in the Presence of us Who in his Presence and in the Presence of Each other have here to subscribed our names. Justes Harris, James Clark, Bettey Clark. Richard Wooley
Dutchess County, New York Probates Records. p. 413. [12 Dec 1782] Dutchess County fs Be it remembered that on the twelfth day of Decemb. one thousand Seven hundred and eighty two personally came and appeared before me Thomas Tredwell Judge of the Court of Probates of the State of New York
James Clark of Bedford in the County of Westchester yeoman and being duly sworn on his oath declared that he did see Richard Wolley Sign and seal the within written Instrument purporting to be the Will of the said Richard Wooley bearing date the twenty first day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and testament. That at the time thereof he the said Richard Wooley was of Sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of him the deponent and that his name subscribed to the said will is of his own proper hand writing when he subscribed as a Witness to the said Will in the presence of the Testator and that he the deponent saw Gustes Harris and Betty Clark the other witnesses to the said Will subscribe their names as Witnesses thereto in the Testators presence.
Thomas Tredwell Judge of Probates
Dutchess County fs Be it also Remembered that on the same day Jacob Griffin one of the Executors of the within written will of Richard Wooley likewise appeared before me the said Thomas Tredwell and was duly sworn to the true execution and performance of the said will by taking the oath of Executor as by law appointed before me. Thomas Tredwell Judge of Probates Proved: 12 Dec 1782.
[There are a few more Woolsey items in the Surrogate's Court records, but no wills, mostly witnesses or exor's which www did not copy.]