Will of Elizabeth Richard - 1776

In the name of God, Amen. I, ELIZABETH RICHARD, widow and relict of John Richard, of the City of New York, merchant. All my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid by my executors.

I leave to my brother, Killan Van Rensselaer, the woodland lying on the east side of Hudson's River along the Kinderhook road, as I am entitled to by will of my father, Hendrick Van Rensselaer, deceased. Unto my nephew, Stephen Ray, a lot of ground with such buildings as may be erected thereon, in the City of New York, in the Broad way, near where the Oswego Market formerly stood.

All my real estate in the Province of New York or elsewhere, not before devised, unto my brothers, John, Henry, and Killan Van Rensselaer, my sister, Lena Wendell, to the children of my deceased sister, Annatie Douw, and of my deceased sister, Catharine Ten Broeck, and of my deceased sister, Maria Ten Broeck, in seven equal shares.

Unto my sister Lena and her daughter, Mary Wendell, all my wearing apparel and one half of all the linen belonging to my body; Also, 60, payable by my brother Henry in consideration of the above devise to him, and the acquittance which I hereafter make to him of the demands I have against him. Unto Mary Van Rensselaer, daughter of my brother Killan, the remaining one half of the linen above mentioned; Also, my cupboard and all the cups thereon standing; Also, 25.

Whatever debts or demands I have against my brothers, Henry and Killian, I acquit them from the payment.

Of the remainder of my apparel; one seventh part to my sister Lena, and one seventh to each of the daughters of my brothers and remaining sisters. One seventh part of the remainder of my personal estate severally unto John, Henry, and Killian Van Rensselaer, Lena Wendell, the children of Maria Ten Broeck and of Catharine Ten Broeck, and of Annatie Douw.

I make my brothers, John, Henry, and Killian Van Rensselaer, executors.

Dated December 16, 1776. Witnesses Guysber G. Marselis; Harmanus Ten Eyck, of Albany, skipper; Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, Paymaster of the Third New York Regiment, of the County of Albany.

Proved, April 23, 1779.


Will dated December 16, 1776. Probated April 23, 1779. Printed in Abstract of Wills for the year 1903, pp. 86-87.

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