(Original in Probate File 3104H)
Will Book B, p14
(Also recorded in Cumberland County Will Book A, p509)
23 Dec 1815
John Reeve of Woodbury in the County of Gloucester in the State of New Jersey being weak of Body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and constitute this my last Will and Testament of what it hath pleased the Providential hand to bless me with; which I give and dispose of as follows:
I direct that my Body be committed to the Earth, and decently Buried, and that my Funeral Charges and all my just debts be paid out of my personal Estate.
Item - I give unto my beloved wife Jane Reeve all the Estate she had when I married her, the Interest excepted which I have made use of also the household Goods, which I bought her except a Dressing Table with all the provisions on hand Horse and waggon cow and Hogs and the Implements of Husbandry that are here, the profits missing from the lot back of the Garden where Hannah Reeve now dwells, also five hundred Dollars to be paid and of the proceeds of the lands hereafter directed to be sold; and I further direct that she have fifty pounds paid her yearly and every year out of my real estate as long as she shall remain my widow to be paid in manner following: Fifteen pounds out of my plantation hereafter given to my Grandson John Reeve, Fifteen Pounds out of the Plantation hereafter given to my GrandDaughters Elizabeth and Lydia Reeve, Ten Pounds out of the Plantation hereafter given to my Grandson William Reeve, and ten Pounds out of my Plantation hereafter given to my GrandDaughter Sarah Reeve all which I give her in lieu of her right of Dower in my Estate.
Item I give unto my Grandson the eldest John Reeve all my Plantation where I formerly lived in Cumberland County which I purchased of John Brick and now in the tenene of James Tomlinson to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give unto my GrandDaughter Sarah Reeve all my Plantation in Cumberland County which I purchased of (blank) Fithian where her brother John Reeve now lives to her and her heirs, but if she should depart this life without issue, I then give it to her brother John Reeve to him his heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto my said GrandDaughter Sarah Reeve my House and lot in Greenwich opposite Friends Meeting House during her material life.
Item I give unto my Grandson William Reeve all my lower Plantation on the South side of Cohansey Creek whereon he now lives to him his heirs and assigns forever. And after the decease of my GrandDaughter Sarah Reeve I give also unto my Grandson William my House and lot in Greenwich opposite Friends Meeting House to him his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give unto my GrandDaughters Elizabeth Reeve & Lydia Reeve all my upper Plantation on the south side of Cohansey Creek where their Father formerly lived to be equally divided between them, to them their heirs and assigns forever. And I also give unto my said GrandDaughters Elizabeth and Lydia Reeve, after the Marriage or decease of my Daughter in law Hannah Reeve all that House and lot of Land of mine in Woodbury where my saud Daughter in Law Hannah Reeve now live as Tenants in Common, to them their Heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give & unto my Daughter in Law Hannah Reeve (widow of my son Peter) the rents and profits of all my Meadow Land on the Westerly side of Manicce River opposite Dorchester as long as she remains my sons widow, after which her marriage or Decease I give all the said Meadow Land unto her two children John Reeve and Bealah Reeve to be equally divided between them share and share alike to them their heirs and assigns forever. I also give unto my said Daughter in Law Hannah Reeve the use and profits of my House and Garden in Woodbury where she now lives as long as long as she remains my sons widow.
Item I give to my three GrandDaughters Sarah Reeve Elizabeth Reeve and Lydia Reeve two hundred Dollars each and to Catherine West I give one hundred Dollars also to my said GrandDaughter Lydia Reeve I give a Dessing Table that is where I now live my Watch and a case of High Drawers is the House where James Tomlinson now lives.
Item I authorize and direct my Executors hereinafter named or the survivor of them to make sale of all my lands not heretofore disposed of wheresoever & whatsoever they may be and make sufficient titles for the same, and after all my just debts and legatees are paid the residue of my personal Estate and of the proceeds of and from the sale of my lands to be equally divided between my Grandchildren William Reeve, the elder John Reeve, Sarah Reeve, Elizabeth Reeve, and Lydia Reeve.
And Lastly I appoint and ordain my nephew Josiah Reeve of Evesham and my friend John Tatem Junr. of Woodbury the Executors of this my Last Will and Testament to see it fulfilled according to the true intent and meaning thereof and I hereby revoke all former wills by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of the twelfth month in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
John Reeve (Seal)
Published pronounced and declared by the said John Reeve to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribing witnesses
Josiah Reeve and John Tatem Junr. the Executors within named being severally duly affirmed according to law saith that the within writing contains the true Last Will and Testament of John Reeve the Testator therein named, and that they will and truly perform the same by paying forst the Debts of the said Deceased and then the Legatees in the said Testament specified so far as the Goods Chattles and credits of the said Testator can thereunto extend and will make and exhibit unto the surrogates office at Woodbury a true and perfect Inventory of the Goods Chattles and credits of said Deceased and under a just and true account when thereunto lawfully acquired
John Tatem Jr
Affirmed and subscribed at Woodbury the 23d day of January 1816 before Jacob Glover Sr
Isaac Ballinger and James Saunders two of the subscribing evidences to the within will being severally duly affirmed according to law, saith that they saw John Reeve the Testator therein named sign and seal the same that they heard him publish pronounce and declare the within writing to be his last will and Testament and at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound & disposing mind and memory as far as these affirmants know and as they verily believe and that William Reeve the other subscribing evidence was present at the same time and subscribed his name as a witness thereunto together with these affirmants in the presence of the Testator
Affirmed and subscribed at Woodbury January 23d 1816 before Jacob Glover Sen
State of New Jersey Gloucester County
I Jacob Glover Surogate of the County of Gloucester do certify the annexed to be a true copy of the Last Will and Testament of John Reeve late of the County of Gloucester deceased and that Josiah Reeve of the County of Burlington and John Tatem Junr of the County of Gloucester the executors therein named proved the same before me and are duly authorized to take upon themselves the Administration of the Estate of the said Testator agreably to the said Will.
Witness my hand and seal of office the twenty third Day of January in the year of our LORD one thousand eight hundred and Sixteen.