In the name of God, Amen. I, Volckert Douw, of Albany, merchant.
I direct all debts to be paid.
I leave to my wife Ragel ½ of the income of all my estate, real and personal, during her widowhood, " Provided she doth not insist on a marriage contract wherein I made over unto her one-half of my part in the Still House, which I had with her uncle, Isaac Bogart, during her natural life." I also leave to her the use of ½ of the house, kitchen, and barn, and lot and garden, where I now live.
I leave to my son Andries £200 for his birthright and outset, Also ½ of my house and lot where I now live, and ½ of the income of my part of the Still House, with Quackenboss and Douw, and ½ of the income of the rest of my estate during my wife's widowhood. And after her death, ½ of all my real and personal estate, viz., ½ of my house and ½ of 3/4 of the Old Still House, one-half of which I purchased of Henry I. Bogart and Isaac Bogart, Jr., and ½ I have in Company with Peter Quackenboss; Also ½ of my two lots in Foxes Kill. I leave to my daughter Lydia £50 for an outset; And after the death of my wife, I leave her ½ of my new house where I now live, and 1/4 of the income of all my estate during my wife's widowhood, and ½ of my part of the Still House, and ½ of my two lots at Foxes Kill.
All the rest I leave to my son Andries and my daughter Lydia.
I make my wife, and my son and daughter, executors.
Dated June 2, 1768. Witnesses, Johanes V. Douw. Abraham Oothout, Cornelis Douw.
Proved, September 19, 1768, before John De Peyster.
first posted: 3/10/10