Will Records 2528F
2 Oct 1834
Henry Reeves of the Township of Maurice River in the County of Cumberland and State of New Jersey being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
First I order my executors herein after named to pay as soon as convenient after my decease out of my estate my funeral expenses and just debts if any remain unpaid.
Second I give and devise to my son William Reeves and to his heirs and assigns the plantation whereon he now lives and occupies containing one hundred and eighty acres more or less which I purchased of Abraham Hoffman.
Third I give and divise to my son Abraham Reeves and to his heirs and assigns forever the plantation which he now occupies and lives on, also a tract of cut off woodland of abought eighty acres on the north west side and adjoining the main road from Port-Elizabeth to Mays-Lnding extending north westerly to a road cut by Barzillai Indicut as a partition line between part of a tract I purchased of William Peterson, also one eighth part of the saw mill town on Manumusking in company with Isaac Townsend & others being one half of the quarter I own
Fourth I give and divise to my son Benjamin Reeves and to his heirs and assigns forever the Grist mill he now occupies with one eighth part of the said mill being the other half of my quarter, and appurtenances belonging thereto, together with all the lands I purchased of Nathaniel Bigby whereon said Benjamin now lives including the meadow, also a tract of about eighty acres being part of the tract I purchased of William Peterson adjoining Isaac Townsend and extending south easterly to line the? road cut by Barzillai Indicut, subject nevertheless to a legacy of two hundred Dollars to be paid to my Grandson William Smith Reeves when he arives to the age of twenty one years.
Fifth I give and divise to my Daughter Mary Marshall during her natural life and at her decease to the heirs of her body and the representative or representatives of such heirs, their heirs and assigns forever once equal moiety or half part of a tract of land of one hundred acres more or less called the Neddy tract which I purchased of the executors of William Furnace decd.
Sixth I give and divise unto my daughter Jane during her natural life the house and lot I own in Glass-town where she now resides which I purchased of her late husband Ephraim Leake, also about thirty acres of Woodland on the south east side of the road leading from Post Elizabeth to Mays-landing on the northeast end of about one hundred acres of the Peterson tract on that side of the road being the reversion after seventy acres is run off for my daughter Dorothy and at her decease, to the heirs of her body but should she die without such isue my will is that the property herein devised to her go to my Grand Daughter Jane Ann Stanged (late) now Jane Ann Marshall; and to her heirs and assigns forever unless my Daughter Jane should be so circumstanced as in the opinion of my executors herein after named she should need the sum or any part thereof for her comfortable support. In that case I hereby fully authorise and empower my said executors or the survivor or survivors of them to sell and dispose of the same or any part thereof in such manner as they may think best, and their title to be good and effectual in law, and apply the proceeds accordingly as they may seem meete.
Seventh I give and devise to my Daughter Dorothy Lafferty and to her heirs and assigns forever, the house and lot where William M. Paul now lives adjoining Randal Marshall also seventy acres of woodland to be laid off on the southeast side of the road leading from Port Elizabeth to Mays-landing on the West and being part of the tract I purchased of William Peterson the east, or northeast end of which is given during her natural life to my daughter Jane as before described.
Eighth I give and devise to my granddaughter Jane Ann Marshall (late Stanger) and to her heirs and assigns forever one equal undivided moiety or half art of a tract of land called the neddy tract, the other moiety of which I have given to Mary Marhsall, also the property herein before given to Jane or the remainder thereof should she decease without issue after the decease of my said Daughter Jane, But should my grand daughter Jane Ann Marshall decease without lawful isue not having disposed of said property my will is that it revert back into my estate and sold by my executors or the survivor of them his executors or administrators as they may think best and the remainder so sold or disposed of to go as directed with the reversion of my estate herein after.
Ninth I give and bequeath to my Grandson Henry Reeves son of my son Henry the inventory of Goods stock and implements of husbandry as taken by Isaac Townsend and Abraham Reeves jun at the time he took the farm or what may be remaining thereof said inventory then amounted to about five hundred dollars
Tenth I give and devise to my executors herein after named as the survivors or survivor of them his executors and administrators the farm on which I now reside (with my Grandson Henry Reeves) with the improvements thereon and all the meadow I own on the west side of Manumuskin creek below William Reeves formerly belonging to the heirs of John Holms Decd. Also a tract of Woodland of about eighty acres being between the lands given to my sons Abraham & Benjamin part of the land I purchased of said William Peterson In trust nevertheless, that my said executors apply the uses and profits thereof annually for the use and support of my grandson Henry Reeves and family during his natural life. And at his decease my will is that the same be applied to the use of the family until his son Charles shall arive to twenty one years of age (she he not be twenty one when his father deceases) and then that they convey in fee simple unto the said Charles Reeves the said Farm & meadow on the north west side of the Cree, and at the same time sell and dispose of the said eighty acres of woodland and pay the proceeds thereof equally to and among the daughters of my said Grandson Henry Reeves. All to be disposed of or conveyed both the farm and woodland subject to the dower of their mother should she be living the same as the their father had had fee in the land but should said Charles Reeves die without leaving lawful isue and before said conveyance is made to him my will in that case is that my executors as aforesaid dispose or sell the whole subject to the dower of the mother should she be living and the proceeds to go equally among all the surviving children
Eleventh I give and devise unto my grandson Joseph Reeves son of my son Joseph during his natural life the plantation whereon he now lives together with all my lands in the township of Downe, and at his decease, I give and devise the same to his heirs and their assigns forever, equally among them subject to the same dower of his widow should he leave one as the she fee simple had been in the said Joseph Reeves. But in case my said Grandson Joseph should decease without leaving lawful isue my will is that the bequest or devise revert back into my estate and be sold by my executors or the survivor of them his executors and administrators, subject however to his widows dower of any and be disposed of as the remainder of my estate is disposed of by the directions hereafter given.
Twelfth I give and bequeath to my son Abraham Reeves five hundred Dollars
Thirteenth To my Daughter Mary Marshall all claim I might have on her or her husband Randall Marshall for the thousand dollar bond I took in her name for the timber on the Nedity tract or for the moneys I paid for the six acres of meadow up the creek for which they had a Deed, I do hereby release the same to her.
Fourteenth i give and bequeath to the children of my son Abraham Reeves one thousand dollars to be paid them in equal proportion when they arive of full age, the males twenty one & females eighteen
Fifteenth I give and bequeath to the children of my son Benjamin Reeves one thousand dollars to be paid them in equal proportion the males at twenty one and females at eighteen years of age.
Impremis it is to be understood that the two last bequests are not to extend to any children born to my said sons Abraham and Benjamin after one year from and after my decease, but to be divided among such as may be living at that time and arive to age as aforesaid
Sixteenth I give and bequeath to my GrandDaughter Rebecca (TRP NOTE: "Rebecca" written in above "Rachel") Rachel Reeves daughter of my son William five hundred Dollars
Seventeenth I give and bequeath to my two GrandDaughters Jane Lafferty and Eliza Lafferty children of my daughter Dorothy five hundred Dollars equally between them.
Eighteenth I give and bequeath to Elizabeth VanHook daughter of my Daughter Elizabeth one hundred Dollars to make her equal with her sisters Mary & Avaline who have each had one hundred dollars for which I took a receipt as being for their legacy left them in my will formerly made. And to the remaining five children of my daughter Elizabeth each three hundred dollars to be paid by my executors to such as may be under age when they arive of full age that is the males at twenty one and females at eighteen but in case any of said children should decease before his or her legacy is paid, and without leaving lawful isue such childs shall be equally divided among the remainder including all the children of my said daughter Elizabeth that may be living.
Nineteenth I give and bequeath to my executors herein after named the bond of eleven hundred dollars for the timber I sold on the tract that is left for them to sell now in the hands of Isaac Townsend Jun in trust nevertheless that they keep the same at interest and apply the interest annually due to and for the support and education of the family and children of my grandson Henry Reeves during his life time and at his decease to pay the principal to his daughters Ellen Millicent and Ann Reeves Equally provided they should be eighteen years of age if not to be kept at interest and that interest paid for their support untill they severally arive at the age of eighteen but should any one or more decease before their share is paid them without leaving lawful isue in that case their or her share to go to the survivor or survivors of them.
Twentieth I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Jane Ann Marshall Five hundred Dollars in addition to what she had for the timber sold on the Neddy tract.
Twentyfirst. I give and bequeath to my executors hereinafter named or to the survivor of them five hundred dollars in trust nevertheless that they place the same at interest and the interest annually arising therefrom coming due to be paid to my daughter Jane during her natural life, But it is my will and desire that if in the opinion of my executors or the survivors of them his executor or administrator my said Daughter Jane should really need the same they are at liberty to apply the principal or any part thereof to her support, and at her decease to pay the remainder if any remains to my Grand Daughter Jane Ann Marshall should she be living if not to revert back into my estate.
Twentysecond. It is my will and to be expressly understood that whatever bonds bills notes or other amounts I may have or might have justly due against any of my legatees in this writing named shall that same be paid to my executors or accounted for in their legacy except such as is herein particularly named and disposed of.
Twentythird. I give and bequeath to my grandson William Smith Reeves when he arives to the age of twenty one years two hundred dollars to be paid him by his father Benjamin Reeves out of the real estate left him.
Twentyfourth. My wearing apparel I give and bequeath to my three sons William Abraham and Benjamin Reeves to be divided among them
Twentyfifth All the remainder of my estate both real personal and mixed not herein before disposed of I order and direct my executors to sell and dispose of as they may think best, and my said executors or the survivor or survivors of them are hereby fully empowered to make sufficient conveyances in law for the same, and the proceeds thereof with the residue of my bonds notes and book accounts after the payment of the legacies as before directed, to be equally divided among my living children and the heirs of my deceased children except Joseph son of my son Joseph who is to take no part thereof. It being understood that the children of my deceased children re to take the share only that their parents would have taken had they been alive except Joseph son of my son Joseph as aforesaid.
Lastly I appoint my two sons Abraham and Benjamin Reeves and Isaac Townsed Junr executors of this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty four. 1834.
Signed Sealed Published and }Henry Reeves
declared by the said Henry }
Reeves to be his testament and }
last will in the presence of us }
Cumberland County SS
Holmes Dallas being duly affirmed depose & say that he saw Henry Reeves the testator therein named sign & seal the same, & heard him publish & pronounce & declare the within writing to be his last will & testament; and that at the doing thereof, the said testator was of sound & disposing mind & memory, as far as this deponent knows and as they verily believe & that Jonathan Dallas & Isaac Townsend the other subscribing witnesses was present at the same time & signed their names as witnesses to the said will together with this deponent in the presence of the testator
Affirmed Decr 22 1840Holmes Dallas
before H R Merseilles Surrgt