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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Abstract of Will of William Kerke of Pelham Manor Prepared in 1713 and Proved in 1719

The following is an abstract of another early will prepared by an early 18th century resident of the Manor of Pelham. It is an abstract of the will of William Kerke prepared on April 14, 1713 and proved June 6, 1719. Beneath the abstract is a citation to its source.


Page 143. - WILLIAM KERKE. In the name of God, Amen, April 14, 1713. I, William Kerke, of the manor of Pelham, in the County of Westchester, yeoman, being sick. I leave to my wife Billaise one cow, three sheep and two lambs. To my daughter Judith, two heifers, three sheep and one lamb. To my son William, my cane and rapier and four pairs of silver shirt buttons and one pair of silver buckles. To my son Thomas, one heifer, two cows, two lambs and one gun. I appoint Isaac Contire [sic, probably Contine], of Pelham, and Jonathan Odell, of Eastchester, executors, to take care of all my lands, messsuages and tenements until my children are of age, and then to dispose of it to them. Signed, William Kerke.

Witnesses, William Ward, William Fowler, John Cuer. Proved before Caleb Heathcote, June 6, 1719."

Source: Pelletreau, William S., Abstracts of Wills on File in the Surrogate's Office. City of New York. Vol. II 1708 - 1728 with Appendix and Miscellaneous Documents in Collections of the New-York Historical Society For the Year 1893, p. 210 (NY, NY: The New-York Historical Society 1894).

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