Will of Daniel De Voo

New York City Wills, 1771-1776
Page 227

In the name of God, Amen, October 27, 1773, I, DANIEL DE VOO, of the Borough town of Westchester, yeoman, being sick. Whereas, my eldest son, Daniel, has already had a considerable share of my estate, I leave him £3 and my large chair. Whereas, I have a mortgage on the lands of my son Levi, I cancel the same, and I leave him 20 schillings. I leave to my son John all my real estate, and 2 horses, a cow, and 2/3 of all grain, and the whole of the grain sowed on a little lot by Charles Daughtys, and 1/3 of all leather in my tan vats. I leave to Mary De Voo, wife of my son Johannes, and to Elizabeth, her daughter, a cow and my small Psalm Book, and 2 negroes. I leave to my son John, my share in the Periauger. My daughter Mapes is to have a room in my house while unmarried. I leave to my granddaughter, Margaret Mapes, a bed and teakettle. I leave to the Rev. Mr. Shoemaker my large Psalm Book. I leave all my apparel to my 4 sons, Daniel, Cornelius, Levi, and John. All the rest to my son Cornelius and my daughters, Magdalene Odell, Mary Vanderburgh, and Abigail Odell, and to my two granddaughters, Margaret Rudder and Margaret Mapes. I make my sons, Levi and John, and my son-in-law, Richard Odell, executors.
Witnesses, Henry Oblenus, Edward Harris, Robert Gilmore, Schoolmaster. Proved, November 8, 1774.

[Note - "Periauger" is one of the many corruptions of the word Pirogue, an Indian word adopted by the French and Spanish languages as well as the English. It is a large canoe carrying a mast and sail. - W. S. P.]

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New York City Wills, 1780-1782
Page 117
(Eldest son of Daniel De Voo, above.)

In the name of God, Amen. I, DANIEL DE VOO, of the Borough of West Chester, yeoman. All just debts and funeral charges to be paid and satisfied. I will that my dear wife Letty have the use of the profits of all my estate, real and personal, during her widowhood; at her remarriage what the law directs. To Abraham De Voo, the eldest son of my eldest son Daniel, deceased, I leave £5 currency; to Daniel De Voo, another of his sons, £10, to be paid at the majority of each. One half share of the land that properly did belong to my father, now belonging to my brother John and me, I give unto my two sons, Peter and Isaac, at the decease of my wife "or at her intermarriage." They shall pay unto my son John £100 currency as soon as they shall take the land in possession, but in case either Peter or Isaac should die without issue before they possess the land it shall belong to the survivor, and in case of both their deaths without issue then it shall belong to my son John and my grandchild, William Whore. One half of the land known by the name of the "Gore," now belonging to my brother John and me, which we purchased of Lewis Morris, Esq., to be sold to the highest bidder amongst my three sons, John, Peter, and Isaac, at the decease or intermarriage of my wife, and the proceeds to be equally divided amongst my five daughters, Rachel, Letty, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Laney. To my daughter Laney one milk cow and my large Dutch Bible, at her majority or marriage. My grandson, William Whore, to be paid £50 by executors at his majority, and that he have ten quarters schooling. My wearing apparel to son or sons remaining with him at his decease. After debts, funeral expenses and legacies are paid, the remainder of my estate to be equally divided among my five daughters; in case any should die without issue before said divisions, then their shares shall be equally divided among the survivors or their children. I make my two sons, Peter and Isaac De Voo, and my son-in-law, Benjamin Archer, executors.
Dated April 3, 1777. Witnesses, Jacob Collard, John Byvanck, Robert Gilmore, schoolmaster.
Proved, March 12, 1781.

[The will is signed Daniel De Voe.]