In the name of God, Amen. July 9, 1731. I, Johanes Beekman, Jr., of the city of Albany, trader, being very sick. I leave to my only son, Johanes, £6 for his birthright.
It is my will and desire that my wife Hester shall have all my real and personal estate while she remains my widow. After her death or marriage, then all to my dear children, Johanes, Ariantie, and Janettie.
I have hereunto set my hand and seal in my house in the city of Albany."
Proved, January 29, 1742. The widow Hester confirmed as executor, two of the others having refused, and two being dead.
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first posted: 3/5/04