Location: Flushing, Queens, New York
Surname/tag: Cowperthwait, Cowperthwaite
ABSTRACTS OF UNRECORDED WILLS PRIOR TO 1790, On file in the Surrogate Office, City of New York, Volume XI (pages 107-108): Hugh Cowperthwait
To all Christian People to whom these presents shall come, Greeting. Know ye that I, Hugh Cowperthwait, of Flushing, in Queens County, do make this my last will and testament. And as to the outward sub- stance which it hath pleased God to bless me withall, I do dispose of it as followeth. All debts to be paid. I leave to my wife Grace, all houses and lands in Flushing, to her and her heirs and assigns, for ever. Particularly my homestead, or house and land and meadow where I now dwell; bounded westwardly by Flushing creek, southwardly by John Clemment’s land, easterly partly by John Cl eminent, and partly by land of Joseph Hinchman, and partly by land of John Fos- ter, north by land of James Smallshanks, and partly by highway, containing 50 acres. With all buildings. Also my lot of land joining to the land of Matthew Farrington, deceased, on the west side; south by Thomas Field, east by a lane, north by the highway. Being 13 Acres. Also a piece of land at the Long Swamp, Bounded west and north by land, now or late of John Genong, east by Jonathan Wright and Thomas Farrington, Jr., south by Christopher Hopper. Being 6 acres. Also a piece of salt meadow, lying near Tews Neck. Bounded north by meadow of Richard Law- rence, and west, south, and east by Flushing Creek, and two small creeks passing out of said creek, Being 10 acres. I also leave her all my personal estate and she is to pay all of the following legacies, namely, I leave to Joseph Rodman, Thomas Farrington, and Samuel Bowne, £100, in trust for ye use of ye Poor amongst Friends (commonly called Quakers) in ye Province of New York. To be paid after the marriage of my wife, or within one year after her decease. And the said sum is to be put at interest for the said Poor, and to be continued at interest forever. I give to the said Thomas Farrington (viz., him called Town Thomas), £25, to be paid at the same time and manner. I leave to my beloved brother, John Cowperthwait, all my wearing apparell, and my riding mare and saddle, and £10, to be paid as soon as convenient. I leave to my beloved cousin, Hugh Cowperthwait, £200, to be paid within one year. I leave to my cousin, Elizabeth Shotwell, £100, and to her daughter Elizabeth, £15, and to all the rest of her children, each £10. I leave to my cousin, Susanna Webster, £100, and to her chil- dren, £8 each. I leave to my cousin, Abram Shot- well, my youngest mare. “ Also George Fox Doctrinal Book, and one of William Sewels Historys.” I leave to my cousin, Ambrose Copland, £50, and to his son, Cowperthwait Copland, £12, 10s., and to his two daughters, Sarah and Elizabeth, each £5. All to be put at interest, and paid to the children when of age. I leave to my brother, James Mott, the works of Isaac Pennington. I leave to Richard Seaman, one of Bar- clay’s Apologies, and £5. I leave to Richard Hallett, £5. I leave to Nathaniel Seaman, one of Barclay’s Apologies. I leave to John Rodman, “George Fox, his Great Mystery, and Books of Epistles.” I leave to Silas Titus, William Penn’s No Cross No Crown.” I leave to Hannah Ryder, my Sewel’s History, in three parts. I leave to my beloved brother, John Way, £5. To my cousin, Edward Burling, Jr., £5. To my cousin, William Burling, Jr., £5. I leave to my be- loved brothers, Edward Burling and William Burling, and to my trusty and beloved friends, Samuel Bowne and John Ryder, each £5, in consideration of the trouble they are likely to have, in executing my will. If my wife should marry, she shall give security for the sum left to the Poor. I make my two brothers, Edward and William Burling, and my said friends', Samuel Bowne and John Ryder, and my wife Grace, executors. Dated this 28 day of the second month, called April, 1730. Witnesses, John Clemment, John Bowne, Rich- ard Cornell, Daniel Humphrey. (All except John Clemment were Quakers.) Proved, June 3, 1730.
[Note.—The seal attached to the signature of the testator has H. C. impressed on it. The term “ cous- ins ” in the will probably means nephews and nieces. The books mentioned were all noted works, written in defence of the Quakers and their doctrines.—W. S. P.]