Will of Martin and Geertruy Beekman - 1768

In the name of God Amen. We, Marte Beekman, of the City of Albany, blacksmith, and Geertruy Beekman, lawful wife of the same, both being of sound mind and perfect mind and memory, considering the transitory state of our mortal bodies and being willing to settle the affairs of this life that we may not thereby make this our mutual last will and testament.

Both of our will is that the survivor of us shall remain in full possession of all our estate, real and personal; until it shall please the Lord to take us both to himself. We, leave to our son Johannis M. Beekman, £10, for his right of Primogeniture, and as a bar to his pretention of being heir at law to either of us; Also the lot of ground and buildings thereon in the City of Albany, between the house and lot now in the tenure and occupation of Abraham Douw, Esq., to our daughter Eve, the wife of Abraham Schuyler, the house and lot with the buildings thereon erected wherein we now live, and as the same in our possession to use, occupy and enjoy during her and her said husbandís lives and at their decease the same to go to her children. To our son Johannis M. (before any division of our estate between him and his said sister) £60.

The rest of our estate either in possession or inversion at the time of our decease, or which of right we or either of us are entitled to from the estates of our Fathers, Johannis Beekman and Tjerck Harmense Visger, by their respective last wills devised to us or either of us, we give our said two children, Johannis M. Beekman and Eva Schuyler, equally divided. We nominate our said son Johannis M. and son-in-law, Abraham Schuyler, and our daughter, Eva Schuyler, executors.



Will dated September 16, 1768. Witnesses John Ja. Lansing, Johannis Eversen of Albany, cooper, John Roorback. Probated August 10 or 21, 1784, Printed in Abstract of Wills volume 36, pp. 370-71. Paragraphing supplied.

Transformed from an online printing by JP

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