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Matthew Farrington, Flushing NY, 1728

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I, MATTHEW FARRINGTON, of Flushing, in Queens County, on Nassau Island, yeoman. September 6, 1728, being indisposed in body. After all debts are paid, I leave to my wife Hannah, my now dwelling house, and all my lands and meadows, with all appurtenances, for her use so long as she remains a widow. And after my said wife shall happen to die, or marry again, then the said house and lands are to be sold to the best advantage. I leave to my son Matthew, £25, in lieu of all claim by right of inheritance. All the rest I leave to my sons, Edward, Joseph, Benjamin, James, and Thomas. I leave to my son James, a brown pacing mare. To my son Benjamin, a sorrel horse. To my son Thomas, a sorrel mare. I leave to Sarah, daughter of Dorothy Wilson, a cow and a bed, if she stays or tarries out her time. I leave all the rest of my personal property to my daughters, Sarah, wife of Samuel Veal, Hannah, wife of Moses Mollener, and my daughter, Mary Farrington, who is to have £15 above her sisters. I make my wife and my brother-in-law, John Embree, and my friend, James Clement, executors.

Witnesses, Matthew Franklin, Nathaniel Roe, D. Humphrey. Proved, February 16, 1728.

The widow, Hannah Farrington, resigned as executor on the 11 day of 12 month called February, 1728.

[NOTE. Matthew Farrington was the son of Edward Farrington, who was one of the first settlers of Southampton, L.I. — W.S.P.]

Not recorded due to "inefficiency." "W.S.P." is William S. Pelletreau, who added notes to many entries.

New York (County) Surrogate's Court. Abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume XI - unrecorded wills prior to 1790) (1903: Printed for the [New York Historical] Society, New York) Info
folios 83 & 84

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James Dolsen, Goshen NY, 1778

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Page 110.—In the name of God, Amen. I, JAMES DOLSEN, of Goshen, in Orange County, February 8, 1778. All debts to be paid. It is my will that my family should keep together and carry on business agreeable to the directions of my executors until my son James is of age. I leave to my son James all my farm and dwelling house and all buildings, and he is to pay to my other sons, Asa and Samuel, each £200 when 21. I leave to my son James the horse he calls his own. To my son Asa a pair of steers he calls his own. I leave to my son Samuel the privilege of raising a pair of steers on the farm. I leave to my wife Phebe my gray mare and her saddle, one cow and one third of the cattle, goods, and personal estate, and the use of the house and farm till my son James is of age, and then the privilege of living in my house. I leave to my daughters, Mary and Abigail, 2/3 of the personal property. A prudent care is to be taken of the shares of the younger children. I make my brothers-in-law, Isaiah Veal and Abraham Harding, executors.

Witnesses, Henry White, Benjamin Whitaker, James Little, Esq. Proved, February 1, 1779.

New York (County) Surrogate's Court. Abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume IX. Jan 7, 1777-Feb 7, 1783) (1901: Printed for the [New York Historical] Society, New York) Info
folio 185

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Elizabeth Thurston, Jamaica NY, 1770

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Page 196.—In the name of God, Amen. I, ELIZABETH THURSTON, of Jamaica, in Queens County, widow, being in good health, October 11, 1770. All debts to be paid. I leave to my grandson, Samuel Veal, £10, when he is of age. To my granddaughter, Millicent Thurston, £5, when she is 18. I leave to my two daughters, Susannah Veal and Sarah Tuthill, all my household goods and wearing apparell. I leave to my son, Jonathan Thurston, and to my two daughters, all my money and debts due to me. I also leave to my said son and daughters, all my dwelling house and small lot of land where I now live in Jamaica. I make my son Jonathan and my son-in-law, Daniel Tuthill, executors.

Witnesses, Benjamin Hinchman, Letitia Hinchman, Benjamin Hinchman, Jr. Proved, April 27, 1774, before Henry Dawson, Surrogate.

New York (County) Surrogate's Court Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume III. 1730-1744) (1895: Printed for the [New York Historical] Society, New York) Info
folio 209

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Samuel Vail, Westchester Co. NY, 1733

ln the name of GOD Amen. Anne 12 The nineteenth day of June in the Seventh year of our Sovereign Lord King George the Second, Anno Domini Seventeen hundred and thirty three. I Samuel Vail of the Burroughtown of West Chester in the County of West Chester and Province of New York, Yeoman, being sick and weak in body but of Sound and Disposing mind and memory, Do make this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and Form Following, that is to say. First and principally, I commit my Soul to Almighty God my Creator hoping to obtain Salvation through the Merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ, and my Body to the earth to be decently buried by my Executors, and I do Devize bequeath give and dispose of such worldly Estate as God in mercy hath bestowed upon me as follows,

First, I give and devize to my son John Vail his heirs and assigns forever All my one hundred and thirty seven acres and a half of land near Green Brook in Sommerset County in the Province New Jersey which land he is now in possession of. Also I give and bequeath to my said son John Vail, his Executors Administrators and assigns my negro boy Dick. Also I give and devize to my son Stephen Vail his heirs and assigns forever all that my one hundred and thirty seven acres of land and a half acre near Green Brook in Sommerset County in the aforesaid Province of New Jersey which land is now in his possession. Also I give and bequeath to my said son Stephen Vail his Executors administrators and assigns my negro boy Toney.

Also I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Sarah Vail her Executors administrators and assigns forever the legacy left her by her Father Matthew Farrington late deceased. Also I give to my said Wife during her Widowhood and no longer, the use of the best room in my house and the use of my negro woman Hannah and her youngest Child and after my said wife shall marry again or dye, I give the said negro woman Hannah to my son Thomas Vail his Executors administrators and assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Phebe Turner her Executors administrators and assigns forever my negro young woman called Ihell,

Also in consideration, That my said son Thomas Vail shall undertake immediately after my decease to pay all my lawful debts and funeral charges and to maintain the family I shall leave for two years they assisting him with their labour, I give to my said Thomas the use of all my lands and meadows with the buildings and appurtenances thereto belonging (the room given to my wife during hey widowhood excepted) and of all my priviledges in the sheep pasture situated in West Chester abovesaid and the use of all the remainder of my personal Estate for the full term of two years after my decease. But if my said son Thomas shall refuse to undertake and give such security for the Payment of my debts, funeral charges and to support my family two years after my decease as my Executors shall approve of, then I hereby order my Executors to make use of said lands, meadows and premises and personal estate to the best advantage they can and out of the profits thereof for two years after my decease to support my family and to apply the remainder towards paying my debts.

Also I give to my beloved wife Sarah in full of all her claim and title of Dower of in and, to all or any part of my Estate on(e) third Part of the clear profits of all my lands and meadows in West Chester aforesaid to commence at the end of two years after my decease for so long a time as she shall remain my widow and no longer. Also I hereby give and bequeath at the end of two years after my decease to my son Thomas Vail his Executors administrators and assigns my negro boy Lewis and bed and furniture he lays on. Also I hereby give and bequeath at the end of two years after my decease to my daughter Abigail Vail her Executors administrators assigns my negro girl Jenny. Also from and after the end of two years from and after my decease, I give the use of one third part of the remainder of my personal Estate not hereinbefore disposed (of) to my wife during her widowhood and no longer, and after my wife shall marry again or dye I give and bequeath the said one third part of the remainder of my personal estate to my daughter Elizabeth Vail her Executors administrators and assigns.

Also at the end of two years after my decease I give bequeath to my son Thomas Vail his Executors administrators and assigns a pair of Oxen, three Cows and two of my best Horses.

Also at the end of two years after my decease I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Vail his Executors administrators and assigns a Horse and a Mare and my Loom and Tackling. Also at the end of two years after my decease I give and bequeath all the remainder of my personal Estate to be equally divided between my three daughters Abigail, Sarah, and Elizabeth Vail for the use of them and their several Executors administrators and assigns.

Also at the end of two years after my decease I give and devise to my son Isaac Vail his heirs and assigns forever, he paying yearly to my wife while she shall remain my widow the one third part of the clear profits thereof the following Lands and Salt Meadows in West Chester aforesaid (to wit, the land I bought of Thomas Jennings eight acres of woodland joining to a highway near Thomas Nicholl's land and four acres of Salt Meadow part of the Patrick Meadow and joining to the Meadow of Stephen Delancy).

Also at the end of two years after my decease and from and after that time I hereby give and devize to Josiah Hunt and Moses Mullinex of West Chester abovesaid their heirs and assigns forever all the remainder of my Lands and Meadows and Priviledges in the Sheep pasture of West Chester aforesaid. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said Lands Meadows and Priviledges with their Appurtenances to the said Josiah Hunt and Moses Mullenex their heirs and assigns in trust to and for the uses hereafter mentioned and to and for no other use intent or purpose whatsoever, that is to say if my son Thomas Vail his heirs, Executors administrators shall within three years after my decease pay such Part of my debts as the profits of my Estate for two years next after my decease shall not discharge and shall pay to my son Joseph Vail when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years for the use of the said Joseph his heirs Executors administrators and assigns the full sum of one hundred pounds New York money. AND also shall pay to my son Matthew Vail for the use of his Executors administrators and assigns when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years the full sum of one other hundred pounds New York money: Then and in such case to and for the only proper use and behoof of my said son Thomas Vail his heirs and assigns forever and to and for no other use and purpose whatsoever: But if my son Thomas Vail shall neglect or refuse to pay my debts that shall be unpaid at the end of two years after my decease as aforesaid or if my said Thomas Vail his heirs, executors administrators shall neglect or refuse to pay to my son Joseph Vail when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years one hundred pounds and to my son Matthew one other hundred pounds New York money when he shall attain to the age of twenty one years, or any part or Parcel of said several sums of money, Then in trust to sell the Lands Meadows and premises aforesaid with the buildings and appurtenances thereto belonging or if my said son Thomas Vail his heirs Executors or administrators shall not pay yearly to my wife so long as she shall remain my widow the one third part of the clear profits of the said premises, Then in trust to sell the same and out of the money arising from the sale thereof to pay the remainder of my debts, to my sons Joseph and Matthew their respective Legacies to my wife reasonable satisfaction for the third of the profits of said premises during her widowhood, the charges of the sale and the remainder thereof to my said son Thomas his heirs Executors or administrators or assigns.

Lastly, I nominate and appoint Joseph Hunt and Moses Mullinex and the Survivor of them to be Executors or Executor of my Last Will and Testament." *****Vail (L. S.)

Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the said Samuel Vail to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of Milos Oakley, Andrew Gibb, William Foster.

Probated 18 August, 1773, as the last Will and Testament of Samuel Vail, in New York, before Frederick Morris duly delegated and appointed. This Will is recorded at the Hall of Records New York City, Vol. 12, p. 72.

"The Vails of Green Brook," Green Brook Historical Society (retrieved 3/12/2014) citing Alfred Vail. It seems through some error Alfred had "Stephen" in the signature of this document although the testator refers to himself as "Samuel" and it has been probated and abstracted as Samuel's will. This was simply an error of Alfred or his printer; there is no controversy.

New York (County) Surrogate's Court Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume III. 1730-1744) (1895: Printed for the [New York Historical] Society, New York) Info
folios 121 & 122

Some derivative abstracts have copied Sarah's father's name as Mathew Harrington but it should be Matthew Farrington.

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Phebe Vail, Westchester Co. NY, 1733

PHEBE TURNER, widow of the Borough of Westchester, New York, to my sister, Abigail Bugbee, all my wearing apparel, my bed, bedding and furniture thereunto belonging, my chest, looking glass, six plates of X, pewter, one pair andirons, and my Bible to her own use forever; to my brother, Thomas Vail, one feather bed, bedding, furniture belonging thereunto; Also one cupboard, one gun, and a warming-pan. All my linen to be equally divided between my sister Abigail and brother Thomas; to my cousin, John Vail, living in New Jersey, £40; to my brother Stephen, living in New Jersey, £50; to my nephew Daniel, son of my brother, John Vail, £5; to my niece, Phebe Vail, daughter of my brother, Thomas Vail, £5; also one table, one wheel, and one pie-pan; to Phebe Bugbee, daughter of Elijah Bugbee, £5, also one cupboard; to Daniel Pugsly, son of David Pugsly, £5; to the Society of the People, called Quakers, £10, to be paid to the clerk of the Meeting for the time being of the said Quakers in the Borough Town of Westchester, to the use of the said Meeting, to maintain good works. I order that my negroes shall have their liberty to choose their masters, and my executors do sell them to those whom they shall choose. All the remainder of my estate whatsoever, I give the same to my brother, Thomas Vail, and my sister, Abigail Bugbee (wife of Elijah Bugbee), and to their several and respective heirs forever, share and share alike. I make my brother, Thomas Vail, and my brother-in-law, Elijah Bugbee, executors.

Dated July 20, 1770. Witnesses, Martha Forgison, Gabriel Forgison, John Bartow, Westchester County, gentleman. Proved, June 19, 1786.

"The Vails of Green Brook," Green Brook Historical Society (retrieved 3/12/2014) citing Abstracts of Wills, Vol XIV, 1786-1796 Page 152.

New York (County) Surrogate's Court Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume III. 1730-1744) (1895: Printed for the [New York Historical] Society, New York) Info

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Isaac Vail, Westchester Co. NY, 1740

Page 375.—George Clarke, Lieutenant-Governor. Whereas, Isaac Vail, of Westchester, died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to Thomas Vail, May 13, 1740.

Abstract Image New York (County) Surrogate's Court. Abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume III. 1730-1744) folio 294 Cornell University Library > New York State Historical Literature > Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate's Office, City of New York (Volume III. 1730-1744) retrieved 3/13/2014.

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