William Brandow

grandson of Johann Wilhelm Brandau,
son of Johannis Brandow
and brother to Nicholas Brandow,
ancestor of Annette Campbell, the typist.


Original Will located in Manuscript Box #4 at the Vedder Memorial Library
Transcribed by Annette Campbell


The people of the State of New York; by the Grace of God, Free and Independent:

 To all to whom these presents shall come, or may concern, Send Greeting: Know Ye, That at the City of Albany in the County of Albany on the Seventh Day of this instant February, before Abraham G. Lansing, Esq., Surrogate of our said County, the last Will and Testament of WILLIAM BRANDOW, deceased, was proved, and is now approved and allowed of by us, and the said deceased whilst he lived, and at the time of his death, goods, chattels, or credits within the state, by means whereof the proving and registering the said Will, and the granting Administration of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his Will is granted unto JOHANNIS CONYNE and JOSEPH GROOM two of the executors in the said Will named, they being duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make and exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods, chattels and credits, and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required.  In testimony whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.  Witness ABRAHAM LANSING, Esq, Surrogate of the said County, at the City of Albany, the Eleventh Day of February in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Nine and of our Independence the Thirteenth, (signed----Abm. G. Lansing.) 

THE WILL

In the name of God, Amen, I WILLIAM BRANDOW of Caters Kill in the County of Albany being sick in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make my last Will and Testament in manner following:

First---I give and devise unto my son,   JOHN the southern part of the farm lying at Coilers Kill aforesiad purchased of JOHN A. WITBECK and ANNAKE, his wife or one of them, such southern part to be separated from the other part thereof by a line, beginning at Button Wood tree markt with a blaze and two notches on two sides standing on the west bank of Hudson River at the east end of gully extending from Hudson River to near the South end of my dwelling house and runing from the said place of begining along the said gully to a small Black Oak tree markt with a blaze and two notches on two sides then with a straight course to a White Pine tree markt with a blaze and two notches on two sides standing near the road leading to Loonenburgh then with a straight course to that road and then Southerly along that road to the lands of JOHN PERSEN___also the northern half part of my part of a certain marsh or valley lying on Hudson River adjoining in part on or lying near to my said farm, also my moiety or half part of and in a certain piece of land lying at Koilars Kill aforesaid and which is bounded on the east by Coilars Kill on the west by the public road on North by a Line Run by CHARLES CLINTON in or about the year One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty as the South bounds of the patent of Loonenburgh in the county aforesaid and on the South by a lot of land called Lot Number One, excepting and reserving thereout to my  sons, WILLIAM and ARIE, their heirs and assigns respectively, Liberty of passing and repassing at all seasons of the year through and over the same as well on.  (--?--) as with horses, cattle and all manner of carriages--also my undivided fourth part of and in the westermost part of a certain ; to of land commonly called Lot Number Two containing eight hundred and eity four acres situate and lying in the patent of Cats Kill in the County aforesaid which westermost part I hold in common with my sisters, to hold all and every the above devised premises with their and every of their appurtenences unto my said son, JOHN for and during the term of his natural life and from and after his decease to his son, Wilhelmus, his hiers and assigns forever.  Also I give and devise unto my sons, WILLIAM and ARIE the Northern part or residue of my farm above mentioned and also the Southern half of my share of the above marsh or valley.  Also a lot of land called Lot Number One lying in the said patent of Loonenburgh and delineated in Map Number Two annexed to a certain Indenture of Release executed by JOHN VanLOON and others to JOHANNES BRANDOW, my late deceased father. 

Also my part of a lot of land called Lot Number Three containing six acres lying in the said patent of Loonenburgh and delineated in Mao Number Three annexed to the Indenture above referred to.  Also a lot of land lying in the said patent of Loonenburgh called Lot Number Sixty-eight and a piece of land lying adjacent thereto containing sixteen acres,  both of which are delineated in said Map Number Three. Also my part of a certain lot of land in the said patent of Loonenburgh called Lot Number Three containing  fifty-four acres delineated in the said patent of Loonenburgh containing six acres and a half released to me by MARTIN HALLENBECK, Esquire deceased.  Also a certain piece of land lying in the said patent of Catskill and at the last end of the said lot of land called Lot Number Two containing eight hundred and eighty four acres, to hold the same with the rights and appurtenances thereunto belonging unto them, my said sons, WILLIAM and ARIE and their respective heirs forever equally as tenants in common---I also give and devise unto my said sons, WILLIAM and ARIE and their respective heirs forever equally as tenants in Common a lot of land called Lot Number Thirty-five containing six acres and a half lying in the said patent of Loonenburgh and delineated in the said Map Number Three provided the same shall not be wanted for payment of debts or other necessary purposes in which case I Will that the same shall go to and be sold by my executors for the purposes in preference to the disposal of any part of my personal estate which will  be wanted for the support of my family.  And whereas I am entitled to a road over Lot Number Five lying in the said patent of Loonenburgh belonging to my sister ELIZABETH  now, I do hereby declare my Will to be that the said road shall extend in breadth only so far from the south side thereof as that two carriages can pass each other and that the remainder of the said road shall go to my sister ELIZABETH and her husband, JOHANNES CONYNE and their heirs forever.  Also I give and devise my part or share of and in certain lands lying at a place called Stick Oak in the county aforesaid to my two daughters, SARAH and JANE and their respective heirs forever equally as tenants in common.  I give and bequeath to EITJE, my wife, her cloathes and wearing apparel and all such household goods as I have had with her and also one milch cow and two sheep which my sons WILLIAM and ARIE shall maintain for her and if any of them die during the time she shall remain my widow they to keep up the number and also annually sow for her on some part of the lands given to them a shipple of flax seed during such her widowhood.  Also I give and bequeath unto my said sons, WILLIAM and ARIE equally and share and share alike all my goods, chattels and personal estate (what I have given to my wife and debts owing to me only excepted--which debts I Will shall when recovered be applied to the payment of my debts by my executors but any over plus shall remain and go to my two last mentioned sons equally) they providing for and burying my mother in the same manner I am obliged to do and also providing for my wife during such time as she shall continue my widow and for my said two daughters until they shall attain their respective ages of twenty-one years or marry sufficient meat, drink, washing, lodging, schooling and all other nesessaries as well in sickness as in health in the family or families of then my said sons. And whereas my son ARIE on account of his being lame will not be able to work on my farm in the same manner proportion with my son WILLIAM now my Will is that my Negro called Peet during his life and the Negro boy of my son ARIE shall with my son ARIE work on the farm with my son WILLIAM and assist him as far as they are able and my Will farther is that on the marriage of my said daughters respectively, my sons WILLIAM and ARIE shall give to each of them  such an outset as my executors or such of them as shall be then living shall think my said sons WILLIAM and ARIE can reasonably afford, and if on the youngest of my childrens attaining her age of twenty-one years my executors then living shall be of the opinion that my sons WILLIAM and ARIE can afford to give my son  John any part of my loose effects that then and in such case they shall give such part to him.  And lastly I do hereby constitute EITJE my wife, the said JOHANNES CONYNE and my brother in law, JOSEPH GROOM executors of this my last Will and Testament (and also Guardian of the respective persons and estates of my four younger children until they attain their respective ages of twenty one years) willing that they see me burried according to the usage of the neighborhood hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments by me made.  In witness whereof I have to this my last Will and Testament written on four pages of paper set my hand and seal to wit, my hand to the three first pages and my hand and seal to the last page the ninth day of July in the year of our Lord, One thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Eight

                                                                                          The mark of

                                                                               William  (Seal) Brandow, LS

 Witnesses      Elisha Camp
                        
Garret Persen
                        
Jas. Barker


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