Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; page 40.

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of Micajah Mathis dated 6 May 1799.

 

The following is my transcription from a copy of the Last Will and Testament of Micajah Mathis dated 6 May 1799.

 

Micajah was the son-in-law (married to Mercy Shreve) of my children’s 8th great grandfather, Joshua Shreve of Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey.

 

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In the name of God, Amen. This sixth day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand, seven hundred and ninety nine, I, Micajah Mathis of the township of Little Egg Harbour, in the County of Burlington and Western Division of New Jersey, being at the time in good mind and perfect sound memory, thanks be to God therefore, calling to mind that it is ordaind for all flesh once to die, and the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make and ordain this and no other to be deemed or taken as my last will and testament And first I commit my spirit into the hands of him that gave it, and my body to be buried in a decent and christian like manner, at the discretion of my executors herein after named and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with, I do hereby bequeath, give and dispose of in the following manner, that is to say, It is my will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid by my said executors, and secondly, Item I give to my well beloved son Job Mathis, one certain tract or piece of land to be taken off on the Easterly side of my lands, begining at the fork of the great creek below the great bridge, and running up the Westerly fork or branch the several courses thereof about one hundred and ten chains to a pine marked for a corner and lettered M.M. thence East to Pocunroakline, and along said line to the begining corner letters J.M. thence North eighty two degrees East twelve chains to a black oak tree, being corner of an old survey of said Mathis from thence along the line of said old survey South twenty degrees East, twenty five chains to a pine for a corner on flat land, thence Southardly down the swamp the westerly side down to the bridg a Southwesterly course to the Southerly branch of the great creek, thence down the Creek to the place of begining – and also another survey begining at a pine tree old marked & lettered J.M. standing in a pine meadow about half a mile Northeastward from a seder swamp called Story’s Swamp, which pine is the begining corner of a piece of land one hundred acres formerly surveyed to John Mathis and runs by the same South three degrees West, seventeen chains to some small pines, thence South seventy three degrees West, twelve chains & fifty links to some small pines marked, thence North fifty degrees West, fourteen chains to a pine thence North twenty seven degrees West, five chains to a post in the line of a survey of ninety acres, surveyed to Mordeica Andrews thence by the same North twenty five degrees East, twenty seven chains to the begining, containing thirty two acres and a half of land and the usual allowance for roads. I give and bequeath the above mentioned lands to my son Job, his heirs and assigns forever. Item, I give to my well beloved son Benjamin Mathis all the residue and remainder of the plantation whereon I now dwell, begining at the mouth of the great Creek where it emties into Bass River and runing up said river the several courses thereof, to the mouth of a small uncalled bramberry Bud runing up to the swamp thence up the middle of the swamp the several courses to almost the head of said swamp to a gum tree for a corner, thence East to a swamp of gums called Story’s Swamp, thence runing Southeasterly to a corner tree of my son Job standing near a green clump of seders marked & lettered M.M. from thence Southerly along Job line to the head of the creek, thence down the same the several courses to the place of begining. Also a survey, begining at a white oak tree, it being corner to a tree & of land formerly surveyed to Mordicai Andrews on the road that goes from Bass river to Little Egg Harbour meeting house, the survey containing sixty eight acres and recorded in the Surveyor General’s office at Burlington in Liber E. page 362. Also another survey begining at a black oak in the line of a tract of land formerly surveyed to Mordicai Andrews Containing fifty acres and recorded in the Surveyor General’s office at Burlington in Sib. M. folls 251 & 252. Also twenty acres of salt marsh lying on Bass River, begining at my fishing place and running up the river to the mouth of a small creek thence up the Creek the several courses so far as to make twenty acres in a square piece. All which

Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; page 40.
Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; Burlington, New Jersey Wills; page 40.

 

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Lands I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin and his heirs and assigns forever. Item, I give to my well beloved son Barzillai Mathis a piece of land Beginning at the mouth of a small run, called Cranberry bud runing up to the swamp and bounding on my son Benjamin line up the swamp to the gum tree for the corner, thence bound on Benjm line to the gum swamp called Story’s swamp thence North untill it comes to Benjamin’s Survey that begins at Mordicai Andrews corner thence along the line of Benjamin’s Southwesterly, untill it comes to the second line of one hundred acre survey when it comes to that line runing thence North thirteen degrees West to a black oak for a corner, thence South twenty seven degrees West to a pine by the side of a seder swamp thence down the swamp the several course to a small brook ??? out the swamp, thence down the brook, the several courses to where it emties in the river, thence down the river the several courses to the place of Beginning. Also all a survey at the mouth of Bass river excepting thirty acres which is to come out of said survey, all which land I give and bequeath to my son Barzillai and to his heirs and assigns forever. Item, I give to my well beloved son John Mathis, all that tract of land lies in the township of Galloway in the County of Gloucester and Western Division of New Jersey that I purchased of Henry Daviss and George Pain, and also that survey I purch. of Wm Rogers, which lies in the township and County aforesaid, also twenty acres of salt marsh being on Little Egg Harbour on Mullican River, at a place called the double creeks between the two creeks all which lands I give and bequeath all the rest of my outlands and seder swamp to be equally divided into four shares equally alike both in quantity and quattily between my four sons Job, Barzillai, John and Benjamin, and their respective heirs and assigns forever. Item, I give to my son Job Mathis twenty acres of salt marsh lieing between the heads of the double creeks and broad creek joyning up to Daniel Mathis line, to him his heirs and assigns forever. Item, I also give my son Benjamin one hundred pounds in lawfull money of New Jersey, and also two cows and one pair of my best oxen and also all farming tools, and all my carpenter’s tools and all my Smith’s tools, and also my watch and also one bed and furnature to him his heirs and assigns. Item, I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter May Merritt, wife of William Merritt of Egg Harbour fifty pounds in money as aforesaid to her and her heirs and assigns. Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Sarah Leek, wife of Samuel Leek of Egg Harbour, fifty ponds in money as aforesaid to her & her heirs and assigns, Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved grandson Asa Brown, son of my daughter Sarah, fifty pounds in money as aforesaid when he comes to the age of twenty one years to him, his heirs and assigns – All the moveable estate which I have given to my son Benjamin is for his taking care of me – I do order that all the above legacyes be levied and paid within one year after my deceas’d by my executors as aforesaid out of my estate, and that all the residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal be equally divided between my four sons Job, Barzillai, John and Benjamin, and all share alike, to them and their respective heirs and assigns forever – And I do hereby nominate and appoint my said two sons Barzillai and Benjaming Mathis whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament – In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first written –

Signed, Sealed and published by the said Micajah Mathis as his last will and testament in the presence of,

John Forman, John Mathis, Mary Stiles

Micajah Mathis   {SEAL}

Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; page 41.
Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; Burlington, New Jersey Wills; page 41.

 

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John Foreman one of the witnesses to the within will, deposeth and saith, that he saw Micajah Mathis, the testator therein named sign and seal the same and heard him publish, pronounce and declare the within writing to be his last will and testament, that at the doing thereof the said testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory so far as this deponent knows and as he verily believes; and that John Mathis and Mary Stiles, the other subscribing witnesses, were present at the same time and signed their names as witnesses to the said will, together with this deponent in the presence of the said testator.

Sworn, the 11th day of December AD 1804 before me, Abrm Brown, Surr. J.

John Forman

Barzilla Mathis & Benjamin Mathis, the executors within named being duly affirmed to declare and say that the within writing contains the true last will and testament of Micajah Mathis, the testator therein named, so far as they know and as they verily believe, that they will well and truly perform the same by paying fast the debts of the said deceased, and then the legacies in the said testament specified, so far as the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased can thereunto extend; and that they will make and exhibit into the Prerogative office at Trenton, a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come to their knowledge or profession, or to the possession, or to the possession of any other person or persons for their use, and render a just and true account when thereunto lawfully required.

Barzilla Mathis

Benjamin Mathis

Affirmed the 11th day of December A.D. 1804 before me, Abrm Brown, Surr. J.

I, Abraham Brown, Surrogate of the County of Burlington, do certify the an????? To be a true copy of the last will and testament of Micajah Mathis, of the County of Burlington, the executor therein named, proved the same before me and are duly authorized to take upon themselves the administration of the estate of the testator agreeably to the said will, witness my hand & seal of office the eleventh day of December, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and four.

Abrm Brown

Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; page 42.
Last Will and Testament dated Micajah Mathis of 6 May 1799; Burlington, New Jersey Wills; page 42.

 

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