Putnam County, New York
Several years previous to the death of her father, Susannah Philipse was united in marriage to Col. Beverly Robinson, and the mansion built by him and still standing on the shores of the Hudson has ever been an object of interest and curiosity, as associated with one of the most important episodes in the history of Putnam county. Her sister, Mary Philipse, if any reliance can be placed upon the testimony of tradition and the description of her contemporaries, must have been one of the most beautiful and fascinating women of her time, and numbered among her worshiping adorers no less a personage than the illustrious Washington. Her heart and hand were at length won by Col. Roger Morris, a gentleman of excellent family, and who as an aide to the ill-fated Braddock had distinguished himself, and was among the wounded in the battle of the Monongahela. Previous to their marriage an ante nuptial contract was executed, and her extensive landed estate was provided for by the following Instrument:
"This Indenture made the fourteenth day of January in the thirty first year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith, etc. and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight, Between Mary Philipse of the first part Major Roger Morris of the second part and Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson of the third part Witnesseth that in consideration of a Marriage intended to be had and solemnized between the said Roger Morris and Mary Philipse and the Settlement herein after made by the said Roger Morris on the said Mary Philipse, and for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings Current Money of the Province of New York by the said Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson to her the said Mary Philipse at or before the ensealing and Delivery of these Presents well and Truly paid, the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, and for divers other Good Causes and Considerations her thereunto moving, She the said Mary Philipse Hath Granted Bargain Sold Released and Confirmed and by these Presents Doth Granted Bargained Sell Release and Confirmed unto the said Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson (in their actual possession now being by virtue of a Bargain and Sale to them thereof made for one whole Year, by Indenture bearing date the Day next beofore the day of the Date of these Presents and by force of the Statute for Transferring of uses into possession) and to their Heirs All those Severall Lotts or Parcels of Land known by the Severall names of Lot Number Three, Number Five, and Number Nine, and one third part of the Meadow Land lying in Lot Number Two which Lotts Number Three Five Nine and two are part of a Certain Tract or Parcel of Land Granted unto Add Philipse since Deceased by his Late Majesty King William the third by his Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the Province of New York bearing Date the Seventeenth day of June in the Year of our Lord one thousand six hundred. and ninety seven scituate lying and being in Dutchess County in the high lands on the East side of Hudsons River and are Butted and Bound as follows to wit, Lot Number three beginning at two hemlock bushes Standing in a Gully between Bull and break neck hills on the East side of Hudsons River and from thence running North seventy seven Degrees East three hundred and eighty-six chains to a heap of stones and walnut bush marked P. R. 1753 Standing in the West Line of Lot Number four and is also the North East Corner of Lot Number two, then North ten degrees East two hundred and twenty eight chains to a heap of Stones thirty Links North of a White Oak Tree marked P. 1753 being the Northwest Corner of Lot Number four, then South eighty seven degrees West four hundred and eight chains to the Mouth of the Fish kill from thence down the Several Courses of Hudsons River to the Beginning including Pollaples Island, containing about Eight thousand six hundred Acres. Lot Number Five beginning at a heap of stones in the Line of the Manor of Courtlandt at the South East Corner of Lot Number Four, then North ten degrees East nine hundred and forty seven chains to a heap of Stones at the North East Corner of Lot four, then North eighty seven degrees East three hundred and forty four chains to a heap of Stones which is the North West Corner of Lot Number six, then South ten Degrees West along the Line of Lot Number six Nine hundred and sixty Chains to a heap of Stones on the Line of the Mannor of Courtlandt at the South West Corner of Lot Number six, then West along the Line of the Mannor of Courtlandt three hundred and forty Chains to the Beginning Containing about thirty one thousand two hundred Acres. Lot Number Nine Beginning at a hemlock Tree standing on the South side of the East branch of Croton River and a heap of Stones on the North side which is also the South East Corner Lot Number six in the Line of the Mannor of Courtlandt from thence running North ten degrees East three hundred and thirty three Chains to a heap of Stones and a walnut Tree markt P. R. 1753 on the South side of the hill near an old meeting house in the Line of Lot Number six, being the south west corner of Lot number eight then east along the line of Lot Number Eight three hundred and thirty-seven Chains to a Chesnut bush markt P. R. 1753 Standing in the oblong Line on the West side of a Rocky hill which is the South East Corner of Lot Number eight, then Southerly as the Oblong line runs three hundred and thirty three Chains to the North East Corner of the Mannor of Courtlandt in Peach Pond, then West along the said Mannor of Courtlandt three hundred and thirty six Chains to the Beginning, Containing about Eleven thousand two hundred and twenty Acres and the one third part of the Meadow Land lying in Lot Number Two Beginning five chains from the upland upon Danfords Creek, and running to Crooked Creek five Chains from the upland then down Crooked Creek to the Meadow belonging to lot number one, then North West to Martlers Rock, then along the upland the North side of little Island in the Meadow to the Mouth of Danfords Creek then up the said Creek to the Beginning Containing about Eighty two Acres. And also All and Singular the Lands Tenements Hereditaments and real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever of her the said Mary Philipse. And also all the Estate Right Title Interest Possession Claim and Demand whatsoeverof her the said Mary Philipse of in and to all and Singular the said Lotts or Parcels of land above mentioned and Described and nil and Singular her other Lands Tenements Hereditatments and real Estate whatsoever or any part or parcel thereof with the appurtenances To have and to hold all Singular the said several Lots of land herein before mentioned or intended to be hereby Released and all and Singular other the Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Real Estate whatsoever of her the said Mary Philipse with their and every of their members and appurtenances unto the said Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson and their Heirs To and for the several uses intents and purposes herein after declared expressed, limited and appointed and to and for no other use intent and purpose whatsoever, that is to say, to and for the use and behoof them the said Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson and their Heirs until the solemnization of the said Intended Marriages and from and immediately after the solemnization of the said Intended Marriage then to the use and behoof of the said Mary Philipse and Roger Morris and the Survivor of them for and during the Term of their natural lives without Impeachment of Waste, and from and after the determination of that Estate then to the use and behoof of such child or children as shall or may be procreated between them, and to his her or their Heirs and Assigns forever, but in case the said Roger Morris and Mary Philipse shall have no child or children begotten between them, or that such child or children shall happen to die during the life time of the said Roger and Mary and the said Mary should survive the said Roger without issue, then to the use and behoof of her the said Mary Philipse and her Heirs and Assigns forever, and in case the said Roger Morris should survive the said Mary Philipse without any issue by her or that such issue is then dead without leaving issue then after the decease of the said Roger Morris to the only use and behoof of such Person or Persons and in such manner and form as she the said Mary Philipse shall at any time during the said intended Marriage devise the same by her Last Will and Testament for that purpose, which last Will and Testament it is hereby agreed, by all the parties of these Presents that it shall be lawful for her at any time during the said Marriage to make publish and declare, the said Marriage or any thing herein contained to the Contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. Provided Nevertheless and it is the true intent and meaning of the Parties to these Presents that it shall and may be Lawful to and for the said Roger Morris and Mary Philipse jointly at any time or times during the said Marriage to Sell and Dispose of part of the said Several Lots or Parcels of Land or of any other her Lands Tenements Hereditaments and real Estate whatsoever to the value of three thousand Pounds Current Money of the Province of New York, and in case the said sum of three thousand Pounds be not raised by such Sale or Sales during their joint Lives and they have issue between them that they have issue between them that then it shall be Lawful for the survivor of them to raise the said Sum by the Sale of any Part of the said Lands or such deficiency thereof as shall not then have been already raised thereout so as to make up the said full sum of three thousand pounds anything hereinbefore contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding. And the said Roger Morris for and in Consideration of the premises and the sum of five shillings Current Money of the Province of New York to him in hand paid by the said Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson Doth hereby for himself his Heirs, Executors and Administrators Covenant Promise Grant and agree to and with the said Johanna Philipse and Beverly Robinson their and each of their Heirs Executors and Administrators in manner and form following that is to say, that in case the said Mary Philipse shall survive him the said Roger Morris, that then and in such case immediately after his Death all and singular the Monies and personal Estate whatsoever he shall die possessed shall be accounted the proper monies and Estate of the said Mary Philipse during her Natural Life, and after her Decease in case there be no issue begotten between the said Roger Morris and Mary Philipse then living that then the said Monies and Personal Estate shall and may be had and taken by the Executors and Administrators of the said Roger Morris these Presents or any thing herein Contained to the Contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding, but if such Child or Children shall survive the said Roger Morris and Mary Philipse then the said monies and estate to be divided among them in such Shares and Proportions as he the said Roger Morris shall think fit at any time hereafter by his Last Will and Testament or otherwise to order and direct."
"In witness whereof all the parties first above named have to these Parts hereof all of the same Tenor and Date set their Hands and Seals the Date and Year first above written.
"MARY PHILIPSE. (L. S.)
"ROGER MORRIS. (L. S.)
"JOHANNA PHILIPSE. (L. S.)
"BEV. ROBINSON. (L. S.)"
Recorded in Secretary of State's office, Albany, Liber 20, p. 550.
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