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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Abstract of Will of Rebecca Palmer, Owner of Land on City Island in Pelham, Prepared in 1771 and Proved April 10, 1773

The following is an abstract of the will of Rebecca Palmer who owned land on "Minifords Island" (later, City Island) in the Manor of Pelham prepared in 1771 and proved April 10, 1773. A citation to the source of the abstract follows the text.


Page 475. -- In the name of God, Amen. I, REBECCA PALMER, of the Borrough Town of Westchester, widow, being advanced in years. I leave to John Palmer, son of my eldest son, £3. I leave to my granddaughters, Rebecca, Easter, and Rachel, the children of my son, John Palmer, £4. To Sarah, daughter of Joshua Pell, 'one silver table spoon, of the value of 21 shillings.' To my daughter Martha, wife of Benjamin Morell, I leave all that my dwelling house and lots situate upon Minifords Island in the Manor of Pelham, which I bought of Enoch Hunt and Joseph Mullinex, during her life and then to her daughter Mary. If she dies without issue, then to Ann, daughter of Benjamin Palmer. I leave to my daughter Martha 'one small Iron Pot, and one hog and my Poultry, and the bed I commonly lie on.' My executors are to put on good security £50 for my daughter Martha, and all my wearing apparell. My executors are to sell all the rest and divide among my children. I make my sons, Philip and Benjamin, and my grandson, Joshua Pell, Jr., executors.

Dated October 18, 1771. Witnesses, Samuel Seabury, James Lewis, Enoch Hunt. Proved, April 10, 1773."

Source: Pelletreau, William S., ed., Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York. Volume VIII. 1771 - 1776. With Letters of Administration, 1773 - 1779. in Collections of The New-York Historical Society for the Year 1899., p. 119 (NY, NY: The New-York Historical Society 1900).

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