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Angus Roderick MacDonald, contributed by Ruth E. Cipkod. 1942, Buried Monkey Hill (Sailor's Snug Harbor), by Steers Funeral Home
Will of Ann McLean, contributed by Jamie Perez
Will of Ann McLean, Southfield, Richmond, NY, dated April 12, 1812, proved, May 2, 1812, Richmond Wills Vol. A p. 152, Family History Library FHL US/CAN Film 509200, Richmond Co NY Wills Vol. A-C, 1787-1829
In the Name of God Amen, I Ann McLean of the town of Southfield in the County of Richmond and state of New York being weak in body but of sound mind and in perfect memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and Testament, in Manner and form following That is to say first I recommend my soul unto Almighty God that gave it and my body to be decently buried in a Christian like manner and touching my worldly goods which it has pleased God to bless me with,
first, I Desire that all my funeral Charges and just debts be paid. Secondly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Magdalen the wife of Elisha Crips the sum of seven hundred and fifty Dollars I do also give and bequeath unto William McLean Crips (my nephew and son of said Elisha Crips) The sum of Five hundred Dollars good and lawful money of the state of New York and also to the said William McL. Crips one good Feather Bed and beading and to my said daughter Magdalen I give and bequeath all the rest of my goods of whatsoever nature or description Except a Looking Glass I give unto unto [sic] the said William McL Crips) which said Legacy or sum of Money left to the said William McLean Crips I will and order shall be put out as Interest by my Executors for the use of the said William and to be paid unto the said William as soon as he shall arrive to the age of Twenty one years but in case the said William should die before he Shall arrive to the age of Twenty one years leaving no issue then my will is that the Legacy so left to the said William shall be paid to Ann the daughter of the said Elisha Crips also my will is that the said Legacys shall be and remain unto the said Legatees respectively and unto their respective Heirs and assigns forever and
I do Constitute and appoint my friends Elisha L.(?) Crips, Cornelius Prine and Charles Simonson to be my Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby reoaking [sic] all former Wills by me made
In Witness whereof I have herein to set my hand and Seal the Twelvth [sic] day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Twelve Ann McLean [circular symbol] Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named Ann McLean to be her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who have her unto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator Cornelius Prine Cornelius McLean and Richd S.(?) Cary.
Richmond County} ss(?) be it Remembered that on the second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve personally came and appeared before me Jonathan Lewis Esquire Surrogate of the said County the above named Cornelius Perine and Cornelius McLean [and Richd S.(?) Cary scratched out] of the County of Richmond who being duly Sworn did depose that they did see Ann McLean deceased sign and seal the within. Written Instrument of Writing purporting to be her last will and testament bearing date the Twelth [sic] day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve and heard here pronounce publish and declare the same as and for the same her the said Ann McLean was of sound disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of the knowledge and belief of the said deponents and that they together with Richd S. Casy the other witness, Subcribed their named as witnesses thereto in the Presence of the said testator and also in the presence of each other [signed] Jonathan Lewis Surrogate
The People of the State of New York By the Grace of God Free and Independent To All persons to whom these Presents Shall come or may Concern Send greeting Know ye that at Westfield in the County of Richmond and State of New York before Jonathan Lewis Esquire Surrogate of our said County the last will and testament of Ann McLean of Southfield in the said County of Richmond deceased (a true copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by us, and the Said deceased having whilst she lived, and at the time of her death, Goods, Chattels or Credits within the State by means whereof, the proving and regestering [sic] the said Will, and the ordering and granting administration of all and Singular the said Goods, Chattels, and Credits and also the auditing, allowing and final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto us: the administration of all and Singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said Ann McLean deceased and any way Concerning her will is granted unto Elisha Crips, [Cornelius Perine scratched out], and Charles Simonson the Executors in the said Will named, they being first duly Sworn will and faithfully to administer the ame and to make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also a true account and to render the same when thereunto required In Testimony whereof we have Caused the seal of office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed, Witness Jonathan Lewis Esquire Surrogate of the said County of Richmond at Westfield the second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve and of our Independence the thirty seventh
Will of Gozen Simonson, contributed by Jamie PerezWill of Gozen Simonson, Southfield, Richmond, NY, dated May 20, 1808, proved, September 20, 1809, Richmond Wills Vol. A p. 138, Family History Library FHL US/CAN Film 509200, Richmond Co NY Wills Vol. A-C, 1787-1829
In the Name of God Amen. I Gozen Simonson of the town of Southfield, in the County of Richmond and State of New York Yeoman, being weak and laboring under servere indisposition of body, but possessing a sound mind, memory and understanding, taking into serious consideration the brevity and uncertainty of life, and the absolute certainty of Death, esteem it a part of my duty, while blessed with the free and unimpaired use and service of my mental faculties, so to order adjust, direct and dispose of my worldly property, as to prevent all disputes and difficulties respecting the distribution thereof after my decease. I therefore, will, order and direct that the subsequent clauses shall be considered respected and adhered(?), as constituting my last Will and Testament, Previous thereto however, I desire, as it becometh me to resign my immortal Spirit into the hands of my merciful Creator, whenever Almighty God, in the course of this all wise and unerring providence, shall be pleased to summon it hence; and my innimate body to be decently interred at the discretion and by the direction of my executors herein after named.
Imprimis. As soon as my funeral Obsequies shall have been performed, it shall, in the next place, be the duty of my executors, to make out a just and correct Inventory and Estimate of my Estate, to ascertain and pay my funeral and testamentary charges and expences [sic], and all other just and legal claims and demands which may be presented to them against my Estate; and they are hereby directed and empowered to collect from time to time such monies as may be due to me at the time of my decease, in whether on bond, notes or book debt as shall be requisite for the aforesaid purposes, and also to pay off and discharge all the legacies hereinafter directed to be paid.,
Item. I give and bequeath to Charles, a black freed man, residing in the City of New York, and formerly my Slave, all my wearing apparel, of every description, and it is my will and I do hereby order and direct my executors if ever the said Negro man Charles shall be reduced to a State of indigence and want, that he shall not be allowed to suffer, but that they shall furnish him with a comfortable maintenance from out of my Estate, during the remainder of his days, and that executors, on my account, omit or neglect this part of their duty, is being intended as a reward of his faithful Services,
Item. I give and bequeath unto Catharine, the wife of Jacob Garretson, and unto her heirs and assigns, the Sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars, currant money of the State of New York, to John Simonson, brother of the said Catharine Garrison, and to his heirs and assigns, the like sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars, to [Isaac Simonson scratched out] Ann McClean, widow of William McClean deceased, and to her heirs and assigns the like sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars; to Isaac Simonson of Elizabeth Town, in New Jersey, the Son of Rem Simonson, and to his heirs and assigns, the like sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars; to Rebecca Jones, Wife of Jonathan Jones, of Jamaica, in Queens County, Long Island, and to her heirs and assigns, the like Sum of One Hundred and twenty five dollars; to Martinus Swaim of Staten Island, Cordwainer, and to his heirs and assigns, the like sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars, to Magdalen S. Perine, daughter of Cornelius Perine, the Sum of one hundred dollars; to Hetty Simonson, widow of Isaac Simonson deceased, and to her heirs and assigns, the sum of three hundred and Seventy five dollars, to Gozen Simonson McClean, Son of Charles McClean deceased, and to his heirs and assigns, the sum of Seven hundred and fifty dollars; and to Elizabeth McClean, Sister of the said Gozen, and unto her heirs and assigns, the Sum of One hundred and eighty seven dollars and fifty cents, like money of the State of New York aforesaid; all which Legacies shall be faithfully paid, to the several legatees above named, immediately on the expiration of twelve months after my decease, provided however, that if any of them shall not yet have attained the age of twenty one years, when the said legacies shall become payable, such legacy or legacies shall be retained in the hands of any executors or executor, untill[sic] he, she or they shall arrive to that age, And further, if any of the said Legatees shall die under lawful age, and without legitimate issue, the legacy or legacies of such minor or minors, shall be considered as lapsed legacies, and shall be divided equally between Charles Simonson and Jeremiah Simonson, Sons of Jeremiah Simonson deceased, and their legal representatives. Item. All the residue and remainder of my monies, good, chattels and personal Estate of every denomination and description (except as before is herein accepted) after the payment of any debts, funeral charges, and the above legacies give and bequeath unto Charles Simonson and Jeremiah Simonson, Sons of Jeremiah Simonson, late deceased, and to their respective heirs and assigns, in testimony of my love and affection for them. And I order and direct, that the said property be divided between them, in just and equal proportions, so that neither of them shall have the advantage of the other in the said division., Finally I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my friends, John Garretson (first Judge of the County.) Jacob Garretson and Abraham Bancker Esquires, the executors of this my last Will and Testament; in full confidence of their integrity and abilities to perform the duties herein enjoined on them; hereby revolting, disannulling and disallowing all other Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made; ratifying, confirming and allowing this only to be my last Will and Testament.
In Testimony whereof, I the said Testator have hereunto set my hand and Seal, the twentieth day of May, in the year of our Lord, One thousand, eight hundred and eight Gozen Simonson [circular symbol] Signed, Sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Gozen Simonson, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our Names as, Witnesses to the said Will, in the presence of the said Testator, and also in the presence of each other, Cornelius Corson; Elisha Crips. Aaron Simonson. Richmond County yss(?). Be it remembered that on the nineteenth day of September in the year of our Lord, One thousand, eight hundred and nine, personally came and appeared before me Abraham Bancker Surrogate of the said County of Richmond Cornelius Corsen and Elisha Crips, both of the town of Southfield, two of the subscribing witnesses to that said Will, who being duly Sworn, did depose and declare, that they did See Gozen Simonson, new deceased sign and seal the preceding instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament, bearing date the twentieth day of May; in the year of our Lord, One thousand, eight hundred and eight, and heard him pronounce publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament; that, at the time of his executing the same he the said Gozen Simonson was of sound, disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of the knowledge and belief of them the said deponents; and that they together with Aaron Simonson, the other witness, subscribed the said Will as Witnesses thereto, in the presence of the said Testator; and also in the presence of each other
[signed] Abrm Bancker Probate The People of the State of New York by the grace of God, free and independent To all persons to whom these presents shall come or may concern Send Greeting. Know ye, that at Castleton in the County of Richmond and State of New York, before Abraham Bancker Esquire, Surrogate of our said County, the last Will and Testament of Gozen Simonson, late of the town of Southfield, in the said County of Richmond Yeoman deceased (a Copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved, and in now approved and allowed of by us; and the said deceased, having whilst he lived and at the time of his death, goods, chattels or credits within this State, ny means whereof, the proving and registering the said Will, and the granting administration of all and singular the said goods; chattels and credits and also the auditing, allowing and final discharging the accounts thereof, doth belong unto us: the administration of all and Singular the goods, chattels and credits of the above said Gozen Simonson deceased, and any way concerning his will, is granted unto John Garretson, Jacob Garretson and Abraham Bancker Esquires, (the executors in the said Will issued) they being first duly Sworn, well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make and exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and Singular the said goods, chattels and credits, and also a true account, and to render the Same, whereas thereunto required.,
In Testamony whereof, We have caused the Seal of office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witnessed Abraham Bancker Esquire Surrogate of the said County of Richmond at Castleton aforesaid; the twentieth day of September, in the year of our Lord; One thousand eight hundred and nine, and in the thirty fourth year of our Independence. [signed] Abrm Bancker
Charles Van Pelt, contributed by his descendant Bob O'Connor:Obituary
Charles Van Pelt d 1881, in his 83rd year... last surviving of 7 sons 5 daus of Jacob and Catherine Van Pelt.
Jacob the father, b 1755; married Catherine Van Name b 1756. Jacob lived to over 80 and his wife to 94.
Charles' brother John was the father of Emeline Housman, famous murder victim.