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Source: Collections of The New-York Historical Society for the year 1904. Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York, Volume XIII. September 3, 1784-June 12, 1786. Pages 300-301.

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Page 400. -- In the name of God, Amen. I, Mattheus Decker, of the Precinct of Shawangung, in the County of Ulster, yeoman; being weak in body. I give to my loving wife Magdalena one fourth of all my estate, real and personal, to have and to hold the same to her and her heirs forever. To my three children, namely, Johannis and Abraham and Maria Decker, the remaining three fourths of my estate, share and share alike. But if any of my children die before twenty-one or marriage, then the share of any so dying shall go to the survivors. If all should die before twenty-one or marriage, then one fourth of their shares to my wife, one fourth to my sister-in-law, Catherine Bevier, one fourth to Catharine Smedes the daughter of Benjamin Smedes, Esqr, of Shawangunk, and one fourth to Jacob Hasbrouck Decker, son of my brother Johannis Decker. I commit the guardianship of all my children, their estates, and fortunes until they respictively [sic] attain the age of twenty-one, or day of marriage to my said dear wife. And I make my wife, my brother Johannis Decker, Capt. Thomas Jansen, of Shawangunk and Mathevis Jansen, Executers.

Dated February 24, 1774. Witnesses, James Fulton, Robert Hunter, Matthew Hunter, Junr (of Montgomery Precinct, yeoman). Proved, Ulster County, December 21, 1784. Administration granted to Magdalena Terwilligen, an Executrix, New York, March 9, 1786.

[Source: Collections of The New-York Historical Society for the year 1904. Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate's Office, City of New York, Volume XIII. September 3, 1784-June 12, 1786. Pages 300-301. Downloaded September 1, 2010 from http://books.google.com]


September 1, 2010