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Monday, March 12, 2007

Abstract of Will of Thomas Pell Sr. of the Manor of Pelham Prepared in 1739 and Proved in 1752

I have been collecting abstracts of 17th and 18th century wills of residents of the Manor of Pelham. Today's Historic Pelham blog posting transcribes the text of an abstract of the will of Thomas Pell, Sr. of the Manor of Pelham prepared in 1739 and proved in 1752. A citation to the source follows the quoted material.


Page 154. -- In the name of God, Amen, September 3, 1739, I, THOMAS PELL, SR., of the Manor of Pel- [Page 400 / Page 401] ham, in Westchester County, being sick and weak. I leave to my daughter, Anne Broadhurst, the use of the room she now lives in, 'while she remains a single woman without a husband,' but in case my son Joseph shall not like or approve of her living in said room, then he shall build her a small house of about 16 feet square, and allow her this and the use of 6 acres of land; I also give her £60. It is my will and mind that my brother, John Pell, shall have house room, lodging, victuals, and clothes, comfortable for him during his life, and which I order my son Joseph to provide for him. I leave to my wife Ann the use of the best room in my house, and timber in any part of my woodland, and the use of 60 acres of land, and chamber and cellar room, while she remains my widow, also £100, and my best bed and furniture. I leave to my son John £5; to my son Thomas £3; to my sons Joshua and Philip each £3, they all having had their portions already. I leave to my son Joseph all lands, meadows, and houses, and all else that belongeth to me, except as above reserved. I leave to my daughter, Mary Sands, £70; to my daughter, Sarah Palmer, £5; to my daughter, Beersheba Pell, £150; to my grandson, Samuel Broadhurst, £10, and all the rest to my 4 daughters. I make my sons Philip and Joseph executors.

Witnesses, S. Lawrence, John Coutant, John Curie. Proved, August 18, 1752. Philip Pell was then dead."

Source: Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York. Vol. IV. 1744 - 1753. With Letters of Administration Granted 1745-1753 in Collections of the New-York Historical Society for the Year 1895, pp. 400-01 (NY, NY: The New-York Historical Society 1896).

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