15 Jan 1731/2
James Reeve of the Town of Southold and County of Suffolk In the province of New York yeoman being weak in body but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God and calling unto mind the mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament vizt principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that Gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and for Vizt. First I give & Bequeath unto Deborah my beloved wife one choice bed & ffurniture to it with my negro girl called Betty and ten pound of such of my moveable estate as she shall chuse at money price, to dispose of as she shall see cuase & secondly I give and bequeath unto Daniel Reeve my second son & to his heirs and assigns forever except what priviledges is hereafter Given to my wife First one right or share of land on the Sound Side of Peaconuck River which was purchased of Colonel Smith and my meadows joyning to Samuel Swagg his meadow on south side of said Rover Secondly all my land between the meetinghouse and the corner path and the two country Roads Thirdly all the lands on both sides the highway purchased of Ben: Harlow with the buildings on the same and my rights of Crick Thatch in Mattituck Creek. Fourthly all my lands on both sides of the highway joyning to Samuel Clark his land him? all the meadow purchased of Ichabod Case and joyning to said land Fifthly half a right of land which I purchased of William Mages called the Mannor lands, sixthly all my lands and meadows in the Town Bounds and Eastward of Joseph Hull his land and Seventhly and lastly all my trakk or meadow on the eastern? of the hock of upland on which my now dwelling house stands and the flattsing the same Also I convenient way through bars for the betting nd carting the I say from said Meandow where it shall be least prejudicial to my son James. Thirdly I give unto James Reeve my ffirst son and to his heirs and assigns forever all the rest of my lands & meadow whatsoever with the buildings on the same except what priviledges given hereafter to my wife. Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my said son James my negro boy called Dick Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my kinswoman Deborah the wife of David Howell Junr one Cow Fifthly I give unto my said son James half the grain that shall be found growing on the ground which I gave him at my decease sixthly I give and bequeath unto Deborah my beloved wife all the rest of my moveable estate whatsoever not yet specified for her comfortable support during the time she shall continue my widdow, And for her to dispose of among my children and my grandson Joshua Wells Also I guve unto my said wife two fifth parts of all the lands and meadow which I have given to my son James with half the buildings on the same which land buildings & meadow I give to my said wife for her comfortable support during the time she shall continue my widdow and not longer the reversion I give to my said son James and his heirs and assigns forever Seventhly I give and bequeath unto Deborah my beloved wife one third part of all the lands & meadows with the buildings on the same which I gave to my son Daniel for her comfortable support during the time she shall continue my widdow and not longer the reversion I give to my son Daniel Reeve to his heirs & assigns forever all which I have given to my wife is in lien and instead of her thirds eightly and lastly I do constitute and ordain Deborah my beloved wife and Nathaniel Warner my son in law with my son James Reeve to be my executors to execute this my last will & Testament ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & fixed my seal the day & year above written
James Reeve (LS)
Signed Sealed published & declared by the said James Reeve to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers Joseph Goldsmith Thomas Reeve John Howell David Corwin
William Cosby Esqr Captain General and Governour in Cheif of the province of New York & New Jersey & territories thereon depending In America Vice Admiral of the same & Colonell. In his Majestys Army. To all to whom these presents shall to me or may concern Greeting Know ye that at Suffolk County the twenty fourth day of August Instant before Brinkley Silvester Esqr being thereunto delegated & appointed the Last Will and Testament of James Reeve was proved and was approved and allowed of by me having wilst he lived & at the time of his death goods rights & credits in divers places within this province by means whereof the full disposition of all & singular the Goods rights and credits of the said Decd 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 and singular the Goods rights and creditts of the said Deced & his last Will and Testament in any manner of ways confirming was granted unto Deborah Reeve & James Reeve two of the executors in the said Last Will & Testament named (Nathaniel Warner the other Executor therein also named having relinquished the same under his hand & seal) cheifly of well and truly administring the same and of making a true and perfect inventory of all & singular the goods rights & credits of the said Decd & exhibiting the same into the registry of the prerogative court In the Secretarys Office in the said province of New York and that on or before the twenty fourth day of February next ensuing the date hereof and of rendring a suff? and true account calculation or reckoning when thereunto required. In Testimony whereof I have caused the prerogative seal of the said province of New York to be hereunto affixed the twenty fourth day of August Anno Domini 1732
Alfred Morris ?