Will Book D, p369
9 Jun 1834
John Reeve of the County of Somerset and State of New Jersey being weak in body and in an infirm state of health but of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say.
It is my will that all my just debts and the expenses of my funeral be paid and discharged by my executors hereinafter named and appointed out of my estate as soon as conveniently may be after my decease and I leave the charge of my funeral to the direction of my said executors
All the residue and remainder of my estate real and personal I give and bequeath unto my said executors the Reverend Henry Perkins of Allentown and Abraham Vandervers, my sons in law in trust nevertheless to sell the same as soon as convenient after my decease either at public or private sale for the best price that can be obtained therefore and out of the proceeds of said sale it is my will and I do hereby order and direct that my said executors pay to my beloved wife Margaret the sum of two thousand dollars which said sum of two thousand dollars is to be exclusive of and in addition to the legacy of fifteen hundred dollars left to her by the last will and testament of her father Thomas Blackwell deceased which siad legacy I have not reduced into my possession and which will of course survive to her after my death: and it is also my will that my wife should have such articles of clothing and household furniture as belonged to her before she became my wife and which I do hereby except out of the personal estate bequeathed in trust as aforesaid to my said executors.
It is my will that the residue of the proceeds of the sale of my real and personal estate, after the payment of the said sum of two thousand dollars to my said wife be divided into three equal parts or shares one share of which I hereby bequeath to my daughter Phoebe the wife of Abraham VanDervere - one share to Eliza Ann the wife of the Reverend Henry Perkins - and the remaining share to my daughter Sarah.
It is my will that the provision herein made for my wife shall be in lieu of her dower.
I do hereby appoint the said Henry Perkins and Abraham VanDervere executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me heretofore made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty four.
Signed Sealed Published and declared }John Reeve (LS)
by the said John Reeve to be his last will }
and testament in the presence of us }
Jacob W. Lane }
John Lowery }
James VanDeventer }
ounty of Somerset } Jacob W. Lane, one of the witnesses to the within will being duly sworn did depose and say that he saw John Reeve the testator therein named sign and seal the same and herd him publish pronounce and declare the within writing to be his last will and testament and that at the doing thereo the said testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory as far as this deponent knows and as he verily believes and that John Lowery and James VanDeventer the other subscribing witnesses were present at the same time and subscribed their names as witnesses to the within will together with this deponent and in presence of said testator.
Sworn and subscribed at Bridgeton }Jacob W. Lane
the 3d day of July 1834 before me }
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