In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN SANDERS, of Schenectady, merchant, being in good health, January 27, 1779.
I leave to my only son, John Sanders, my Large Dutch Bible, which I have of Colonel Glen, and my house clock and one gun, and he is to have his choice of my guns, and my silver tankard, where my father and mother's name stands ingraved on in a seypher, and all my wearing apparell, linnen and woolen, for his Primogeniture.
I leave to my wife Debora all my real and personal estate during her widowhood. And she is to bring up, find and keep, my daughter Margrita Sanders, until she comes of age or gets married, and such an outset as my daughter, Maria, wife of John Ja. Beeckman has had, and to give her as much learning and education as possible she can.
After the death or marriage of my wife Debora, I leave to my son John all my lowland and upland, meadows, pasture and arable land in the Town of Schenectady, with houses, mills and saw mill and creek dam, excepting twenty-four morgen of woodland, and eight morgen of hay land, and Indian corn land, lying on the east end of the lowland called Scotia, on both sides of the creek of the Lake.
I leave to my daughters, Maria, wife of John Ja. Beeckman, and Margrieta, and to Jacob Sanders Glen, son of my daughter Sarah, wife of John Sanders Glen, and to John Sanders Ten Eyck, son of Myndert Schuyler Ten Eyck, twenty-four morgen of woodland, about one mile north from my dwelling house at Scotia. Beginning at the south side of the water of the stone flats, where my north line of woodland crosses said water, which north line is to be run from the west end of the lake, and runs from thence along the south side of the water, easterly to where the old mill road, which goes to Ball Town crosses said water, and running from said road north, and from the place of beginning north, till it makes twenty-four morgens.
I leave to my daughters, Maria, wife of John Ja. Beeckman, Sarah, wife of John Sanders Glen, Elije, wife of Myndert Schuyler Ten Eyck, and Margrieta, all the rest of my lands and tenements, reserving two small Islands lying in the Mohawk river opposite Scotia, the one named Spite en Duyvel, and the other Cruysbesse island, which I give to my son John. The lands so left to my daughters, are eight morgen of lowland, hay land and Indian corn land, lying on the east end of Scotia lowland, and being the east point thereof, on both sides of the creek of the Lake, and running along the river and along the hill on the north side till it takes in just eight morgen;
Also my dwelling house and lot in Schenectady, lying on the north of the house and lot of Isaac Glen, and on the south of the house and lot of Jellis Fonda; Also my pasture ground east of Schenectady, having to the south Reniers Pot, or a lane of two chains wide, to the east, John Hall's pasture, to the north Garret Abraham Lansing, and containing four morgen. And my half morgen of hay land lying on Jeffrow's land, near Schenectady. Also my bolting house and lot, and the other buildings, having to the north the house and lot of Jacobus Myndertse, east and south the streets and west the river. Also my house and lot in the eastermost end of the town of Schenectady, to the north of the street that leads direct to Canistigajoene, wherein David Rouse now lives. Also my house and lot on the north side of the street that leads direct from the Dutch church to Canistigajoene, and now in possession of James Ellis, having on the west the house of Messrs, Phin and Ellis, south the street, east the Presbyterian church; And twenty morgen of pasture land about one mile east of Schenectady, bounded north by the lane, two chains wide, east by a lane one chain wide, south by land of Jacobus Van Slyck and Adam Van Slyck.
Also eleven hundred acres of woodland in Tryon County, on the south side of the Mohawks river, and on the east side of Aries creek, and within the bounds of a Patent granted to James De Lancey and Jacob Glen and others, and being lots Nos. 3, 7, 11, 15. Containing about eleven hundred acres. Also one thousand and sixty acres of woodland on the west side of Aries creek, within the bounds of another patent granted to James De Lancey and Jacob Glen, of four thousand acres, being Lots Nos. 6, 14, 20 and 22, as by map and Release of the Patentees.
Also six hundred acres of woodland in Tryon County on the south side of Mohawks river in a Patent granted to Philip Livingston, Walter De Boys, and others, being the north half of Lot No. 37, in the first tract, and half of Lot number one in the second tract, and the south half of Lot No. 38, each half lot is two hundred acres, and was conveyed to me by Coenrat Matyes; And five hundred acres of woodland in Tryon County on the north side of Mohawks river in the Patent granted to Jurrie or George Klock, William Nellis and others, being Lots Nos. 29, 41, 84, 142, and the north half of Lot No. 123, sold to me by Johannes Deygert; And the northeast half of No. 122, sold to me by Robert Nellis; Also three hundred and sixty acres of woodland in Tryon County on the north side of Mohawks river, above the little falls in Glens Purchase, sold to me by Abraham Glen, being the south end of Lot No. 11; Also a tract of land on the north side of Hudson river, on both sides of a creek called White creek, about forty-five miles northeast from Albany. Granted by Patent to Lieut. Henry Farrant, excepting four hundred and ten acres, conveyed to Isaac Vrooman, Esq., and John Todd;
Also a house and lot in Albany near the Church of England, in the third ward, bounded north by the street, east by Abraham E. Wendell, west by Mr. Sharp, north by street, as by deed from the Corporation of Albany.
I leave to my daughter all my wife's wearing apparell. To my son John a negro man and woman and her children, and the cattle and all farming utensils belonging to my farm called Scotia. My daughter, Margrieta, is to be carefully brought up till of age or married. All the rest of my estate to my five children.
I make my wife Deborah, and my son John executors."
Witnesses "in the room where he then was," Alexander Vedder, Peter Van Benthuysen, hatter, Abraham Oothout, Esq.
Proved, February 7, 1783.
first posted: 2/10/08