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Abstracts of Wills Vol I 1665-1707

From The New York Historical Society Collections, this 1892 volume features abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York, from 1665 to 1707.

Bibliographic Information: Abstracts of Wills Vol I 1665-1707, The New York Historical Society, 1892.

Page 127. -- ADAM MOTT. "March 12, 168 1/2, I, Adam Mott, being aged 60 or thereabouts, now very sicke, do now declare this to be my last will and testament." He leaves to his eldest son, Adam, 50 acres of land that is yet to be taken up, and 5 shillings in money. Leaves to son James 2 cows and a Hollow lying by the Harbor path. To his daughter Grace 4 great pewter platters and those Hollows lying between the Great Run and Tanders Hook, those two hollows which lyeth upon ye left hand of said path, going to ye Towne, from Madnan's Neck. And 3 Hollows, one lying and next to the other side of the Great Run. Leaves to his son John, my lot of meadow at Whale Neck and my Hollow by the Harbor path. To son Joseph, 100 acres of land, where he shall see good, to take up for his use, and a Hollow which lyeth by the west Hollow in the Sandy Hollow, which is a great Hollow. To son Gersham, 5 cows. To son Henry, 3 cows and 2 heifers. Leaves to his wife Elizabeth, and the children I have by her, my house and lot upon Madnans Neck and all the rest of the estate not above mentioned, only my house and orchard and out houses in Hempstead, the main Hollow in particular, I do give to my youngest son Adam. But if my wife see cause to marry, then the estate which I have given to her and her children shall be divided into four parts. She is to have one part and the rest to the children. As to the four Proprietor rights which I have in the town of Hempstead, my wife is to have her choice of two, and the rest is to go to my four eldest sons.

Dated March 22, 168 1/2. Witnesses, Joseph Sutton, Sr., Wm. Peatte, Joseph Sutton, Jr.

Page 128.--Inventory of estate of ADAM MOTT, taken by Jonathan Smith, Sr., and Jonathan Smith, Jr., Hempstead, (???) 5, 1690. Total amount, 182. Jacob Leisler, Esq., Lieutenant-Governor, Commander in Chief, etc. To all to whom these presents shall come, know ye that at the Court of Sessions in Queens Co., held April 8, the will of ADAM MOTT was proved. The same is confirmed and Letters of Administration are granted to his widow Elizabeth Mott, May 12, 1690.

Page 432.--Edward, Viscount Cornbury, Governor, etc. To all, etc. Whereas JAMES MOTT of Mamaroneck, in the county of Westchester, lately died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to his wife, Elizabeth, November 23, 1707.

Page 128.--Marriage license granted to RICHBELL MOTT and ELIZA THORNE, October 14, 1696.

Page 446.--Letters of administration on estate of HENRY MOTT of Hempstead, granted to his wife Hannah, November 13, 1682.

"Inventory of estate of Henry Mott who died 21 November, 1680." House and 17 1/2 acres of land.

Page 447.--Letters of administration of estate of JACQUES COUSSEAU of New York, merchant, granted to John Vincent, carpenter, November 13, 1682.



Abstracts of Wills, Vol XII, 1782-1784

From The New York Historical Society Collections, this 1903 volume featrues abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York, from 6/17/1782 to 9/11/1784.

Bibliographic Information: Abstracts of Wills Volume XII 1782-1784, The New York Historical Society, 1903.

Page 184.--These Presents witnesseth, the seventeenth day of the eighth month, 1781, that I, MICAJAH MOTT, of Hempstead, Queens County, do make this will. My executors to pay all my just debts. I leave to my wife Rachel and my three daughters, Sarah Beats, Rebecca Mott and Rachel Mott, all my moneys, bonds, book-debts and household goods, except one small bed and two blankets and the one fourth part of all my cattle, equally. Unto my son Micajah, one pair oxen and one horse. Unto my three sons, Micajah, Israel and John, the remainder of my estate, real and personal, in equal shares. The use of all my houses, lands and meadows to my wife and son Micajah until my son John is sixteen years old, if they will bring up my children till that time. After John is sixteen, my wife to have the use of one room in my house, the privilege of hay and pasture for two cows, and to keep one horse and one hog; Also, wood for one fire and liberty to get apples and other fruit out of my orchard for her use; the use of one acre of ground while my widow. Likewise to her, all the bread corn and meat which I have at my death, for the use of my family. What is given to my wife is in lieu of her dower; which if she should refuse to release, what I have given her is to pass unto my three sons equally. My executors to sell such of my moveables as and when they may think best. I make my wife, my brother, Jehu Mott and my son-in-law, Stephen Beats, executors.

Witnesses, Jehu Mott the 3rd and James Losee (both of Hempstead, yeomen), and Sarah De Mott. Proved, January 24, 1783.



Page 212.--These Presents witnesseth this thirtieth day of the twelfth month, 1781, that I, JEHU MOTT, of Hempstead, Queens County, do make this will. I leave to my wife Ruth, one bed and furniture, two cows, four sheep, six chairs, one round table, one looking glass and one cupboard. My three daughters to be made even out of my moveable estate with what they may have already, or before my death as may appear in a little book covered partly with a blue covering; if any be behind the others let these things be made to them. Unto my wife and son Jehu, all my wheat, rye, Indian corn, buckwheat, flax and provisions there may be in the house or elsewhere, equally for my family's use. The remainder of my moveables after my just debts and other charges be paid to my wife and three daughters, namely: Mary Hicks, Ruth Carman, and Rebecca Ranor, equally. My wife to have the use of my riding chair while my widow. Should there be some clothing fitting to be made up, it is to be so used for the persons intended. Unto my two sons, Jehu and Joseph, two horses, my wagon, plow, harrows, gears, lines, etc. An inventory to be made of those things after my death; my son Jehu to make half that inventory good to my son Joseph when he is twenty-one; said goods to be left on the farm for their use; my wife to have the liberty to use them, while my widow. Unto my wife and six children, all my printed books, equally. Unto my said two sons, all my wearing clothes, equally. Unto my son Joseph, my watch or time-piece; my wife to have the use of "her" till he is twenty-one, if she remain my widow. Unto my granddaughter Abigail, daughter of my said daughter Ruth, all the money received of the Church wardeners which he receives for the bringing of her up; and all the monies that shall arise therefrom, as shall appear by a little book, to be paid her when eighteen years old, or at her marriage day. Unto my said two sons all my houses, lands, and meadows, divided or undivided in the Bounds of Hempstead, equally. My wife to have the use of all the houses, cleared lands meadow and sufficient timber for fencing and firing, which I have given to my son Joseph while a minor. Should she die or marry before his majority, then said use of houses and lands to go to my son Jehu until Joseph is twenty-one, and he to bring Joseph up. Unto my wife the use of the best room in my house and chamber. Unto my son John 5, which my son Jehu is to pay. My executors to put my son Joseph to some trade if they think best.
I make my wife executrix and my son-in-law, Benjamin Hicks, and my son Jehu, executors.



Abstracts of Wills, Vol XIV, 1786-1796

From The New York Historical Society Collections, this 1905 volume features abstracts of wills on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York, from 6/12/1786 to 2/13/1796.

Bibliographic Information: Abstracts of Wills Volume XIV 1786-1796, The New York Historical Society, 1905.

Page 125.--SAMUEL MOTT, New York, I order and empower my executors, if they may judge it most to the advantages of my wife and children, to sell and dispose of all or any part of my estate, real or personal, and to give such title or titles as may be advisable for the same; to my wife Sarah, my household furniture, such as may be judged by my executors for the use of keeping house with; all the residue of my estate to my wife, to my sons, William, Walter, and Robert, and any children I may have hereafter born to me, each an equal share; my wife's part bequeathed her is to be in lieu of dower; the shares of my children to be put to interest if sold by my executors, and the interest thereof to be respectively applied to the support and education of my children, with such part of the principal that may be necessary for that purpose; if not sold, the rent or rents to be applied for the use of my children until they attain the age of twenty-one years or marry; in case of the death of any of my children before they arrive at legal age, the share of the one so dying to be equally divided among the survivors. I appoint my brothers, William Mott, John Mott, and Edmond Prior, executors.

Dated March 30, 1791. Witnesses, Phebe Franklin, Mary Franklin, Benjamin Mott.
Proved, January 28, 1793.



Page 258.--December 1, 1782. WILLIAM MOTT, of Great Neck, Township of Hempstead, Queens County, New York, to my six sons, William, Samuel, John, Richard, Joseph, and Benjamin, to their heirs forever, all the farm buildings, etc., and all my rights to land in the Township of Hempstead and elsewhere in equal shares; Also my movable share to be divided among them, on condition that they pay in money to my son Henry; my daughter, Elisebeth Underhill , wife of David Underhill, and my daughter Hannah, an equal proportionable part of my estate, real and personal, as much as to make them equal to my aforesaid six sons; if any of my children die, leaving no issue, his or her portion to be equally divided among the survivors; my daughter to live on my farm with privileges while she remains single. I appoint my son-in-law, David Underhill, and my sons, William, Samuel, John, and Henry, executors.

Witnesses, John Morrell, John Mitchell, Jr., John Morrell, Jr., yeomen. Proved, September 13, 1786.


Abstracts of Unrecorded Wills, Vol XI, Prior to 1790

From The New York Historical Society Collections, this 1902 volume features abstracts of unrecorded wills prior to 1790, appearing on file in the Surrogates Office, City of New York.

Bibliographic Information: Abstracts of Unrecorded Wills Prior to 1790 Vol. XI, The New York Historical Society, 1902.

I, SARAH MOTT, widow of Samuel Mott, of New York, being sick and weak. I leave to my daughter, Sarah Mott, all my household goods, plate, kitchen furniture, and wearing apparell, when my executors see fit to place it in her hands. Also the interest on 500 until she marries, and then the principal to be paid to her and my three sons, William, Walter, and Samuel. I make my brothers, Henry Franklin and Matthew Franklin, executors. (Not dated.)

Witnesses, Phila Franklin, Sally Franklin. (No Probate.)



I, CHARLES MOTT, of Cow Nek, in the town of Hempstead, in Queens County, being sick and weak. My executors are to sell all my housing and lands and meadows that I bought of Noah Barton, in Westchester County. And they may sell it in a short time or tarry some years, before they sell it. I leave to my wife Deborah, one third of my money and movable estate, and my executors are to put two thirds out at interest to pay for bringing up my children. If my children should prove sickly or lame, and the interest is not sufficient, they may use the principal. And they may give my children what schooling they think fit. And when my three daughters, Abigail, Elizabeth, and Mary, are 18, they are to have 20 each. I leave all the rest to my four sons, Joseph, Thomas, Samuel, and Silvanus. I make my father, Charles Mott, and my uncle, Adam Mott, and my brothers-in-law, Henry Pearsall and Richard Valentine, executors.

Dated August 31, 1729. Witnesses, Jacob Mott, Alexander Young, William Kirk, Thomas Pearsall. Proved, September 9, 1729.

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