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Image found on LDS film 874521, Record of Wills, Vol. 12, Surrogates Court, New York County, New York
Pages 336-340 (old Liber 362-?)

James Jackson's Will was first posted as a transcription copied from Oscar Burton Robbins' book "History of the Jackson Family of Hempstead, Long Island, N.Y., Ohio and Indiana - Descendants of Robert and Agnes Washburn Jackson". 

As of November, 2009, Linn Baiker has sent an image of the actual Will which has minor differences in wording plus the major difference in naming the Executors.  A benefit of seeing the actual copy is also learning the actual spelling of James' daughter Charity was not Denzey, Dengey or Dingee.  James spelled it Dingey!  This actual image also includes three witnesses of the will and the proving of the will in 21 October 1735 which the earlier version did not include.  Thank you Linn for seeing the differences and sending me a copy of this will.

Will of James Jackson ca 1670 - 1735

In the name of God, Amen.   I, James Jackson of Flushing, in Queens County within the Province of New York, Yeoman, being sick and weak, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, praise be therefore given to Almighty God, do make &s ordain this my present last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, (that is to say) first and principally I commend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the merrits of my Saviour, Jesus Christ, to have full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and to inherit everlasting life, and my body I committ to the Earth, to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as touching the disposition of all such temporal estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me, I give and dispose thereof as follows.   First,-I will and order that all the debts which I do owe unto any person or persons and my funeral charges shall be well and truly satisfied and paid.

        Item.         I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Abigail, the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds lawful money of New York, to be paid by my Executors hereafter named at some reasonable time after my decease, the same being for her subsistance and support during her life, and also a negroe girl slave called Sylvia, and after the decease of my said wife I will and bequeath one hundred pounds of the afore reciped money unto my sons William, Joseph, Richard, Robert, Samuel, Stephen, Benjamin, Thomas, James and John, to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike, and to their heirs and assigns for ever and the aforesaid negroe girl slave called Sylvia, I give unto my daughters, Rebecca Seamans, Charity Dingey, Elizabeth Fields, Hannah Hicks, Martha Jackson, Phebe Randal, & Jemimah Hicks, to be equally divided after being sold, between them share and share alike, and to their heirs and assigns for ever.

        Item.         My will is, and I do order that all and singular my lands, messuages and tenements wheresoever the same may be found, shall be sold to the best advantage after my decease by my Executors hereafter named at their discretion, and the monies arising from such sale shall be applied shall be applyed (sic) and paid in manner and form following, that is to say, the before mentioned bequeathed two hundred and fifty pounds unto my said wife, Abigail, for the uses aforesaid.

        Item.         I give and bequeath unto Jacob - Steven, and John Townsend, the sons of Nathaniel Townsend, to each of them the sum of fifteen pounds, New York money, and to their heirs and assigns forever.   And the sum of one hundred and fifty five pounds, I give and bequeath unto my daughters Sarah, Rebecca, Charity, Elizabeth, Hannah, Martha, Phebe and Jemimah, aforesaid to be equally divided between them and to their heirs and assigns forever.  I also further give and bequeath unto my said daughters and to their heirs and assigns forever, all and singular my movables, of what kind or nature soever they be, or wheresoever to be found to be equally shared and divided between them, but it is the true intent and meaning hereof, that before such division thereof be made, my daughter, Sarah Clements to whom I have formerly given a negroe woman, shall have the sum of sixty pounds short what the rest of my said daughters have, and that before such division my daughter Martha shall have my negro girl called Nanny to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

        Item.         I do will and ordain that the residue and remaining part of the moneys which shall arise from the sale of my messuages, lands and tenements aforesaid shall be applyed as follows, that is to say, I give and bequeath unto my sons Joseph, Richard, Robert and Samuel and to their heirs and assigns forever each the sum of fifty pounds New York money, and unto Stephen and Benjamin and their heirs and assigns, each the sum of seventy pounds, and what moneys there shall be then remaining shall be equally divided share and share alike unto all my said male children, that is to say, William, Joseph, Richard, Robert, Samuel, Stephen, Benjamin, Thomas, James and John, and to their heirs and assigns forever, and my son James, for whom I am counter security to James Burling for one hundred pound bond, and having paid the interest therof several years, which said bond and the money therein due with the interest if paid at any time and discharged by my Executors, and thereby acquitting my said son James from paying the same.  The said James shall have then have so much short of his share in the division, with the rest of my said sons.  And I do hereby revoke, disannull and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me at any time made, and do also hereby  nominate and appoint Richard Jackson, Samuel Jackson and Henry Hicks to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament.  In  testimony whereof I the said James Jackson have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of September in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and thirty five.

                                                                                                        (Signed) James Jackson L. S. 

Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by the said James Jackson as his Last Will and Testament (severall razours being first herein made) in presence of Gabriel Luff, John Doughty, William Mott.

Probate to James Jacksons Will

William Cosby, Captain Generall and Governour in Chief of the Provinces of New York, New Jersey and the territories thereon Depending in America Vice Admiral of the same and Collonel in his Majesties Army ve.  To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern Greeting:  Know Ye that at New York the twenty first day of October Instant before Fredrick Morris being thereunto delegated and appointed the Last Will and Testament of James Jackson was proved and now approved and allowed of by me having while he lived and at the time of his Death Goods Rights & Creditts in Divers places within this Province by means whereof the full Disposition of all and singular the Goods Rights and Creditts of the said Deceased and the Granting Administration of them as also the hearing of account calculation or Reckoning and the final Discharge and Dismission from the same unto me solely and not unto any other Inferior Judge are manifestly known to belong and the Administration of all & singular the Goods Rights and Creditts of the said Deceased and his Last Will & Testament in any manner of way concerning was Granted unto Richard Jackson and Henry Hicks, two of the Executors in the said Will named (Power being reserved to Samuel Jackson) Chiefly of well and truly Administring the same and of making a true & Perfect Inventory of all and singular the Goods Rights and Creditts of the said Deceased and exhibiting the same into the Registry of the Prerogative Court in the Secretarys Office for the Province of New York and that at or before the twenty first day of April ????  ???? suing & of Reckoning when thereunto requires.  In Testimony whereof I have caused the perogative Seal of the said Province of New York to be hereunto affixed this twenty first day of October 1735.


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