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Will of William Eagles



In the name of God, Amen. I, WILLIAM EAGLES, of New York, sadler, being in full health, I direct all debts to be paid. I leave to my son John my silver bowl, "with intent to bar him from all other claims as eldest son and heir at law." I leave to my son William "my Book entitled Burkit's Exposition of the New Testament." I also leave him my gun and cane. I leave to my son Alexander all my working tools and utensils belonging to the sadler's trade, also my other gun. I leave to my son Thomas all my wearing apparell. I leave to my daughter, Ann Eagles, my negro child called "Happy," she having already paid me 10 for the said child, being my full demand for the same. It is my will that my wife Anna shall have and enjoy the use of the house and lot where I now live, also my household goods and furniture and bonds, for life, if she so long remains my widow, "but no longer than she remains my widow." After her death it is to be sold at discretion of my executors. It is my will that my house and lot in Cortlandt street, and also my house and lot wherein Mr. Achmuty now lives in the Broadway, shall be sold in convenient time by my executors, and the money put at interest for the support and bringing up of my children who are under age, until my daughter Ann is of age. It is my will that the sum of 4 yearly be paid toward the support of my honored mother, Margaret Eagles, "in Jersey money yearly during her natural life." When my youngest child is of age, then the money from the sale of the houses to be divided among my children. But the sum of 50 is to be reserved out of the shares of my daughter, Hester Baird, and my son John, they each having received a competent sum. I make my wife Anna and my sons John and William executors. Dated October 16, 1760. "This will contained in one sheet of paper of thirty-seven lines."
Witnesses, Baltus Hyer, Peter Hyer, cooper, John Nathaniel Hutchins, school master.
Codicil.--I, William Eagles, being unwell. I leave to my wife my negro man, "Horsman," and the use of all my estate during widowhood, and she is to support my daughter Ann till of age. After the death or marriage of my wife, all my estate is to go to my children, subject to the conditions of my will. The legacy to my mother is to be punctually paid. Dated February 8, 1765.
Witnesses, George Duncan, merchant, Jacobus Wynkoop, goldsmith, William Smith. Proved, October 12, 1765, before Goldsbrow Banyer, thereto duly authorized.
[NOTE.--The residence of William Eagles was on the north side of Cedar street, a little west of Broadway. The house "wherein Mr. Achmuty lived" is now No. 139 Broadway. It is the south part of a lot 89 feet wide sold by Thomas Lloyd and wife Patience to Jacob Boelen, goldsmith, May 11, 1694. It was bounded north by Crown street (now Liberty street) and east by Broadway. It was divided into four lots. The south lot was sold to John Bogert, February 7, 1716, for 50, and was afterward owned by William Eagles. His heirs sold it to Henry Whiteman, button-maker, August 28, 1772. The north line of the lot is 56 feet south of the present line of Liberty street. "Eagles street" (now Hester street), on the De Lancey farm, is said to have been named from William Eagles, Jr.--W. S. P.]

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