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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Abstract of 1768 Will of John Pugsley of the Manor of Pelham, Proved December 31, 1768

On Monday, December 4, 2006, I posted to the Historic Pelham Blog an abstract of the 1768 Will of John Pugsley. See Monday, December 4, 2006: Abstract of 1768 Will of John Pugsley of the Manor of Pelham.

I since have located a more extensive abstract of the same will. Below is the text of an abstract of the will of John Pugsley of the Manor of Pelham. The will was proved December 31, 1768. A citation to its source follows the text of the abstract.


Page 482. -- "In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN PUGSLEY, of the Manor of Pelham, in Westchester County, Gent., being sick. My executors are to sell all my lands, tenements, and fresh and salt meadows in the Manor of Pelham, and all my lands, tenements, and meadows in the Borrough Town of Westchester, commonly called Cow Neck, and all my right in the Sheep Pasture; Also all my movable estate is to be sold, and my negroes are to have the liberty of choosing their masters, 'and shall not be sold to any one contrary to [Page 228 / Page 299] their inclination.' After all debts are paid, I leave all the rest to my children, James, William, Samuel, Stephen, Gilbert, Israel, John, and David, and to my daughter, Sarah Oakley, And one share is to be deposited in the hands of my executors for the relief and support of my daughter Phebe, wife of Bartholemew Hadden. I leave to Elizabeth Bugby a feather bed and £20; To Elizabeth Taylor, of the White Plains, and to Mary Weeks, of Hunttington, £20 each. £100 are to be placed in the hands of my son James for the support of my daughter-in-law Elizabeth, wife of Israel Pugsley. I made my sons, James, William, Gilbert, and David, executors.

Dated December 20, 1768. Witnesses, William Adams, Peter Bertram, Jr., Thomas Wright.

Codicil. -- 'Whereas in my will I left a share of my estate to my son John, and now calling to mind, to my great grief, that for a long time past he has led a dissolute and idle life, and has made a very bad use of what I have heretofore given him: my executors shall take his share and carefully lay it out for him in purchasing a farm, but not to be at his disposal, but he may live upon it during his life, and then to his children.'

Dated December 24, 1768. Witnesses, Samuel Pugsley, Sarah Wright, Thomas Wright, Physician. Proved, December 31, 1768."

Source: Pelletreau, William S., ed., Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York. Vol. VII. June 6, 1766 - November 29, 1771. With Letters of Administration, January 6, 1767 - January 11, 1773. in Collections of The New-York Historical Society For the Year 1898., pp. 228-29 (NY, NY: The New-York Historical Society 1899).

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