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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Abstract of 1773 Will of John Pell of the Manor of Pelham

The following is an abstract of yet another early will prepared by an 18th century resident of the Manor of Pelham. It is an abstract of the will of John Pell prepared on February 19, 1773 and proved March 1, 1773. Beneath the abstract is a citation to its source.


Page 426. -- In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN PELL, Esq., of the Manor of Pelham, in Westchester County, being indisposed in body, this February 19, 1773. I leave to my grandson Joseph Pell, the only son of my eldest son, Thomas Pell, deceased, all my lands and tenements in the Manor of Pelham, where I now live, and he is to pay all legacies, when of age. I leave to my granddaughter, Rebecca Tidd, the north end of my dwelling house, and the use of 50 acres of land, and part of my orchard and fresh and salt meadows, to bring up her children. My grandson, Joseph Pell, shall pay to my son, John Pell, Jr., £100, when of age, and he is also to pay my executors £100. My funeral charges and just debts to be paid out of my movable estate, and the rest I leave to my daughters, Rachel Tidd, Abigail Sutton, and Phebe Dawson. I make my sons, John and Josiah, and my cousin, Philip Pell, executors.

Witnesses, George Cornwell, Samuel Hitchcock, Joseph Cox. Proved, March 1, 1773."

Source: Pelletreau, William S., Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York - LIBER 28 Continued in Collections of The New-York Historical Society For the Year 1899, pp. 103-04 (NY, NY: New-York Historical Society 1900).

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