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Will of Evert Wendel, junior

In the name of the Lord, Amen. Know all men whom it may concern that on the twenty-fourth of November, at New Albany, in the year sixteen hundred and ninety, being in the second year of the reign of William and Mary, king and queen of Great Britain, the worthy Mr Evert Wendel, trader residing here, hale and sound of body, walking and standing, having the full use and possession of his mind, memory and speech as outwardly appears, considering the frailty of life and the unforseen hour of death, not wishing to depart hence without first having disposed of his temporal effects granted him by Almighty God, and that without the persuasion, inducement or misleading of anyone, but of his own free will and motion, commending first and foremost his soul to the gracious keeping of the Most High, and his body to a Christian burial, hereby nominates, constitutes and appoints his respected wife Elisabeth [Sanders] his sole and universal heir of all his estate and goods, lying here in New York, in England, Holland, or elsewhere, as well real as personal, movable as unmovable, nothing whatsoever reserved and excepted, however it may be named; not willing that she shall be called upon to deliver an inventory or statement to either child or children by them procreated, to wit, Susanna, Robert, Ephrain, the first aged about nine years, the second about seven and the third about two years, or by those likewise whom they may hereafter procreate together, or duing their minority by blood relations, guardians, the honorable orphan masters, constables, the courst of this city and county or any high or low court or judge, or any authority of whatsoever nature or quality it may be, much less to give security or bond, inasmuch as he altogether excludes and debars the same, notwithstanding certain laws or law, customs or custom may otherwise direct, which laws and usages he desires whall herein be inapplicable and of no effect, as he appoints his aforesaid wife executrix and administratrix of the whole of his aforesaid estate and goods during the time of her widowhood. But if she marries, he will that the just half of his estate (as it then be found) shall be set aside for the behoof of the child or children then surviving; and in order that all things may be arranged orderly the testator appoints as guardians of his child or children his brother Mr Johannes Wendel and Mr Jan Herberdingh, residing at New York, and whatever she may agree upon with them shall be valid under proper security and bond that neither her nor the child's or children's just half shall be diminished, fully commending the care thereof to the aforesaid guardians, whom he trusts in all things. Likewise, the testator deliberately binds himself, in case he should marry again after his aforesaid wife's death, to set aside a like and similar portion for the behoof of his child or children, over which the aforesaid guardians shall have the same supervision and as much to say as if the testator had died first and his wife had entered again into the married state, with the express understanding that the eldest son shall first of all receive four pounds money of this province, and then all the children shall share alike: and if a minor shall die, his portion whall be shared equally by the other child or children: All that is hereinbefore written the testator declares to be his testamentary disposition and last will, which he desires to have effect from the least to the weightiest article, whether as testament, codicil, gift in anticipation of death or among the living, or any other bequest of whatsoever name and nature; notwithstanding that all the formalities of the laws of this government may not be herein observed, desiring that the utmost benefit may be received herefrom; and in witness of the truth hereof he has signed and sealed this with his own hand, on the 24th of November 1690, at New Albany as aforesaid.

Signed: Evert Wendel [L.S.]

Signed and sealed in our presence,

Evert Wendel, senior
Robert Sanderse

In my presence,

J. Becker

Registered the 4th Feb. 1703/4

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