Will of Johannes Lydius - 1709

"In the name of God, Amen. The 17 September 1709, I Johanes Lydius, minister of the Dutch Reformed Congregation in the city of Albany, being sick in body. I leave to my well beloved spouse Isabella Lyduis all my estate real and personal, silver, gold, jewels and with full power to use and dispose of the same. But she shall maintain my children till they come of age, and give them a good education.

I leave to my now only son, John Hendricks Lydius, £6, when of age, in his right of primogeniture. And whereas my dear father Hendricus Lydius, late minister of Maesdam, in South Holland, through God's blessing is enriched with real and personal estate, especially in the jurisdiction of Torbey, and in the city of Ondewater and in Leerdam; I being eldest son and heir, and being remote from him and not knowing but that it may have pleased God to have called him hence, I bequeath all my portion of his estate to my five children, Gertruy Isabel, aged 14 years; Maria Enritee, aged 12; Margaretta Johnson, aged 7; and John Hendricks, aged 5; and Sarah Catharine, aged 2.

I make my wife executor, and my trusty friends, Colonel Killian Van Rensselaer and Evert Bancker, assistants. I make my brother Nicholas, of Maesdam, executor for all estate in Holland."


Will dated September 17, 1709. Probated April 17, 1716. Witnesses Hend. Hansen, Johannis Mingael, Robt. Livingston, Junr. Printed in Abstract of Wills volume 26, p. 166. Paragraphing and some punctuation supplied!

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