New York Wills for Cooper: Abstracts of Wills Vol I 1665-1707
Page 207.--ELLIS COOK, Southampton. Leaves to son John, when twenty-one,
behave himself well to his mother, and live civilly in conversations in the judgment of my
friends, whom I appoint overseers of this my will, either my housing and land at Mecox or
my housing and accommodations at the Towne, whichever may be meet in the judgment of
my wife." Leaves to son Ellis "the other half of my land and accommodations after my wife's
decease, if he be twenty-one." Leaves to his servant Thomas Stephens, one heifer at the end
of his apprenticeship, if he carry himself as he ought in his place, during his term of service.
Leaves to daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Martha each œ30. Makes his wife Martha
executor, and "my brothers John Cooper and Thomas Cooper, overseers." "And soe I
comitt my Body in God's appointed time, to be decently buried in the Earth, from which it
was first taken."
Dated September 5, 1663. Witnesses, Henry Pierson, Thomas Dimon, George Harris.
taken February 26, 167 8/9. The old House and Home close, about
20 acres, œ230. The Little close next to Arthur Howell's, œ21. The two former Divisions,
about 45 acres, œ20. A œ150 right of Commonage with 20 acres already laid out, œ80.
The land at the Towne, the Home lot, the land in the Plains and meadow, œ100. Total
amount, œ1184, 10s. 10d.
Proved at Court
of Sessions in Southold in March last, and confirmed July 8, 1679. E.
Page 75.--JOHN WHITE, Southampton, L. I. Leaves to only son John
all houses and
lands. "If he die without issue then to my daughter Elizabeth. If she die without issue then to
my wife Hannah, for life, and then to the eldest son of my brother James White. If he die
without issue then one half to my two nephews, John Topping and Thomas Topping. The
other half to be divided amongst my four youngest sisters" [not named]. Wife to have use of
property till son comes of age. Makes wife Hannah executrix, and "my loving friends,
Francis and Daniel Sayre, and my brother-in-law, Thomas Topping," overseers and guardian
Dated May 9, 1670. Witnesses, Thomas Cooper, Thomas Cooper, Jr.
The execution of
will was confirmed May 30, 1670, before us, Henry Pierson, John Jessop,
Richard Howell, Isaac Halsey. "Thomas Topping, of Southampton, testifyes that the will is,
and was, the very will of John White, deceased, and that hee, this deponent, wrote ye said
will for him, and see him sign and seale ye same, as is also testifyed by ye other witnesses,
July 1, 1670. Henry Pierson, Clerk of Court of Sessions."
by John Howell, Henry Pierson, Edward Howell, John Jennings. House and
œ50; allotment, œ55.
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In the name of God, Amen. I, ALICE CRAB, of Oyster Bay, I leave to
my daughter Lydia
Horner, the shares of meadow, adjoining the meadow once of Nicholas Simkins, in the
Town meadow. And two shares by the will of my brother-in-law Anthony
Wright. I leave to my daughter Mary Andrews, and my grandchild Job Townsend, all my
land and meadow at the South, and at the Plains, all which did belong to my brother
Anthony Wright. I leave to my granddaughter Alice Townsend, one little iron pot and pewter
plate. My negro man is to be free, but he is to pay œ4 to Simon Cooper and James
Townsend for the use of my grandson Job Townsend. I leave to my three sons, Gideon
Wright, Jacob Wright, and Adam Wright 5 shillings each. I make my two sons in-law Samuel
Andrews and Isaac Horner, executors.
Dated 22 of 2nd
month, 1685. Witnesses, John Dewsbury, Johanes Dewsbury, Simon
Cooper. Proved at Court of Sessions, Jamaica, October 13, 1685.
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Page 224.--SIMON COOPER, Oyster Bay.
I, Simon Cooper, of Oyster Bay in Queens
Co. upon Long Island, Chirugeon, being at this time weak in body but of a sound mind, do
make and declare this to be my last will and testament. I leave to my son Robert Cooper 40
shillings, having given him before all that I intend and resolve he should have of my estate. I
leave to my son in law Edward White all my share of meadow at the South which Richard
Harcut had the other half of. Leaves all the rest of his estate to his wife Mary for life, and
then to his son Simon Cooper, and he is to pay to his sister, Mary White, œ20, "and œ10 to
my grand son Simon," and to my grand child, Mary White, œ10. Makes John Underhill of
Matinecock, Richard Willis of Jericho, John Bowne of Flushing, and Wm. Richardson of
Dated 27 of 3d month,
1690. Witnesses, George Hutchinson, John Wollford, John
Dewsbury, Jane Dewsbury.
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Page 271.--Major Richard Ingoldsby, Commander-in-Chief. To all, etc.
Whereas the will of
SIMON COOPER, of Oyster Bay, was proved on the 21 day of July last, at Fort Wm.
Henry, before his Excellency Henry Slaughter, Esq., late Captain-General and Governor,
Letters of administration are granted to his wife Mary, August 20, 1691.
Page 272.--[Upon this page is another copy of the will of SIMON
COOPER. See Page
in the Province of West Jersey. George Hutchinson of this place,
personally appeared before us, two of their Majesties Justices of the Peace, and upon his
solemn attestation declared that he was present when the within SIMON COOPER signed,
sealed, published and declared the within instrument to be his last will and testament, and
that to the best of his knowledge he was of sound mind.
Dated June 17, 1691. James Marshall, Richard Basnet.
I, Edward Hunlock,
Notary and Tabelion, and Public Notary of the General Free Assembly
of the Province of West Jersey, dwelling at Wingamworth, near Burlington, do attest to all
whom it may concern that James Marshall and Richard Bassnet are Justices of the Peace in
their Majestie's Province of West Jersey. Jacob Dewsbury declares that he saw Simon
Cooper sign and seal the within instrument as his will, etc. Before me,
Henry Slaughter, Governor.
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Page 288.--Inventory of the estate of SIMON
COOPER, late of Oyster Bay upon Long
Island, taken by us whose names are underwritten, the 22 day of the 7th month, 1691. John
Townsend, John Feale.
His bookes and medecines,
œ51. His furs and wearing apparall, œ47. Debts due to him
upon book, œ94. Total amount, œ384.
Sworn to by Mary
Cooper, widow, October 12, 1691.
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Letters of Sequestration, granted to Matthew Linz, Mr. Caleb Cooper,
and Mr. Edward
Antill, of ye estate of OUZEL VAN SWIETON, By his excellency, Edward, Viscount
Cornbury. Whereas, I am credibly informed that Mr. Ouzel Van Swieton, merchant in the
city of New York, lately departed this life and died intestate. To the end therefore that her
majesty may have her right dues, as has been usual and customary in the like cases, and until
some proper person appear (if any there be) to administer for the said Van Swieton, I do
therefore impower and direct you, Matthew Linz, Caleb Cooper, and Edward Antill, to be
Sequestrators of the estate, real and personal, of the said Van Swieton. For which this shall
be your sufficient warrant. Given under my hand and the Prerogative seal of her majesties
Province of New York, at Cheer hall in Orange County, the 18th day of September, 1702.
The within named
Sequestrators for the estate of Mr. Ouzel Van Swieton were sworn to
make a faithful account pursuant to the Commission before me.
Page 192.--Edward, Viscount Cornbury, Captain-General, etc. To all
to whom these may
come. Whereas MATTHEW LING, of New York, merchant, lately died intestate, Letters
of administration are granted to Peter Fauconier, Ebenezer Willson, Caleb Cooper, and
Benjamin Ashe, September 29, 1704.
Page 258.--Edward, Viscount Cornbury, Captain-General, etc. Whereas
COOPER, of New York, lately died intestate, Letters of administration are granted to his
widow, Helena Cooper, July 18, 1705.
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Page 339.--BENJAMIN FOSTER. In the name of God, Amen. I, Benjamin
Southampton, in Suffolk County, being at the present sick and weak. I leave to my son,
Benjamin Foster, a certain parcel of land lying on the south side of the way of my new
dwelling house, to begin at the east end of the place where my old dwelling house is, and to
run upon a due south line to the bay. Bounded north by the highway, east by the land of
Nathaniel Halsey. I leave to my son, Jonathan Foster, that other certain parcel of land lying
on the south side of the highway by my now dwelling house, bounded east by the line afore
mentioned. I set for Benjamin's line, north by the highway, west by the swamp, as it is now
fenced; Also one half of my meadow at Cooper's neck. I leave to my son, Isaac Foster, 7
acres of land to be laid out to him adjoining to the highway by the Beech tree. I leave to my
son, David Foster, at Cutchogue, 20 shillings. I leave to my daughter, Mary Chatfield, 10
shillings. To my daughter Deborah 10 shillings when eighteen, and to my daughter Sarah œ8
when eighteen. Leaves to wife Lydia all rest of estate for life, and makes her executor.
Dated January 25,
170 4/5. Witnesses, John Sayre, Peter White, Samuel
before Giles Sylvester, June 28, 1706.
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Page 338.--SAMUEL BUTLER. In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Butler,
Southampton, in the County of Suffolk, being in perfect memory. I leave to my daughters,
Martha, Sarah, Amy, and Mary each œ10. I leave to my sons, Nathaniel and James, and to
my daughter Anne, each 10 shillings. I leave to my wife Sarah all the rest of my estate,
movable or immovable, with power to sell, and I make her executor.
Dated April 25,
1704. Witnesses, John Maltbie, Job Sayre, Samuel
Cooper. Proved before
Giles Sylvester, June 28, 1706.
of Samuel Butler is on the west side of Main street, Southampton,
L. I., and is the home lot of George Hallock.--W. S. P.]
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Page 461.--Inventory of estate of CALEB COOPER,
late of New York. Taken August 17,
1706. 11 ounces of silver at 9s, œ4.19.
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Page 348.--EDWARD WHITE. In the name of God, Amen, the 9 day of November,
I, Edward White, of the town of Oyster Bay in Queens County, being very sick and weak. I
leave to my eldest son, Simon White, my house and home lot of land whereon it stands,
bounded on the south to Jacob Wright's land, and on the east to the highway, and on the
north to the meadows, Together with that parcel of land whereon my barn stands, bounded
all round with highways; Also my share of salt meadow, and all the lands which I have laid
out joining to John Townsend's land, nigh to Henry Weeks; Also one right and a half in the
undivided lands in the Old Purchase of Oyster Bay. I leave to my second son, Joseph White,
one lot of land which I have lying in the town, and joining to Nathaniel Coles home lot,
together with one half of all my land at the Plains and Plains edge, and a share of salt
meadow lying in the home meadow, on the west side of the meadow I leave to his brother
Simon; Also one right and a quarter of land in the undivided lands in the Old Purchase of
Oyster Bay. I leave to my youngest son, Robert White, my lot of land joining to his uncle
Simon Cooper's lot, in the Town, and the other half of my land at the Plains and Plains edge;
Also my other share of meadow lying in the home meadows, and a right and a quarter of the
undivided lands in the old Purchase of Oyster Bay. I leave to my five daughters, Judith,
Abigail, Martha, Mary and Anne, œ20 each when of age. I leave to my wife Mary the rest
of the movable estate and make her sole executor. I also give to my wife Mary all the
meadow ground at the south, which I bought of Thomas Ireland, to sell and dispose of to
pay debts and legacies. She is also to have the use of all houses and lands to bring up the
Cooper, Simon Cooper, John Townsend.
Proved at Hempstead,
November 25, 1706.
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Page 499.--JOHN COOPER. In the name
of God, Amen, December 10, 1715. I, John
Cooper, of Southampton, in the County of Suffolk, yeoman, being very sick. I leave to my
honored mother Joanah Pierson, all that was formerly given to her by an agreement between
Lieutenant Joseph Pierson, her deceased husband, and herself and me. I leave to my wife
Hannah Cooper, the east room of my now dwelling house, with the bedroom and leanto, and
the east half of my barn and a privilege in the cellar, and the use of 1/3 of all lands and
Commonages during her life. I leave to my son, Thomas Cooper, all my buildings after the
decease of my wife and mother, with the home lot, it being 30 acres. Also my Halsey's neck
Close, containing 20 acres. And my right in Quogue neck, and a œ50 right of Commonage,
throughout the Town bounds, and 1/2 œ50 Commonage after the death of my wife. Also 4
acres in Cooper's neck. Also my silver-hilted sword and belt. But if he die without issue, then
are to go to my son, John. I leave to my son, John Cooper, 40 acres of land in the late 30
Acre Division, near James White's house. Also a lot of upland and meadow in Assops neck,
in Lot No. 6, And all the rest of my Commonage. I leave all the rest of my movable estate to
my children, Hannah, Thomas, Mehitabel, and John, and to an expected child. I make my
wife Hannah, and my brother, Abraham Cooper, executors. I desire my brother-in-law, John
Howell, and my neighbor, John Reeves, may be overseers.
Sayre, Thomas Sayre, Jr., Henry Halsey, Thomas Reed. Proved before
Court of Common Pleas, March 29, 1716.
of John Cooper is on the north side of Hill Street (or Country road)
in Southampton, and opposite the road to First Neck. The 4 acres at Coopers neck are
probably on the south side of Cooper's neck lane, and next east of the land of late James T.
Kilbreth. John Cooper was son of Thomas Cooper, who died November 22, 1691.--W. S.
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