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Will of John H. Knickerbocker d. 1841, Perinton, Monroe Co., NY
Posted by: Suzanne Frantz (ID *****4730) Date: July 30, 2010 at 13:45:35
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This will is from "The Early Settlers of Perinton, NY 1790 - 1830" by Marjorie S. Merriman, 1985, and is available through Ancestry. (actual images of the typewritten transcription)

John H. Knickerbocker died 23 Sept. 1841, Town of Perinton, Monroe County, NY (Monroe County was taken out of Ontario County in 1821). John H. "of Amsterdam" bought "320 acres, the whole of lot 33 in the Town of Perinton" in 1805. His first wife was Mary Woolsey whom he married in Amenia, Dutchess Co., NY, 31 Oct 1771; she died in 1816; he then married Isabel, the widow of Thomas Bielby. John H., Mary and Isabel's gravestone photos are on Findagrave, Perinton Center Cemetery, although the transcription for John's date of death is incorrect.

The will is dated 4 Jan. 1834. "Heirs: Richard W. Knickerbocker of South Nankin, Michigan; Ezra, David, Emeline Nickols of Penfield; Sarah wife of Robert Tiffany of Austerlitz, NY; Louisa wife of Henry Bussan? of Chatham, NY; Hannah wife of Jonathan Gillam of Blissfield, Mich.; George Nickols of New York; Rosanna Nickols of Brighton; all next of kin of Sarah Corbett late wife of William Corbett who lived formerly in Perinton."

John H. Knickerbocker and Mary Woolsey had two sons, John J. Knickerbocker, a resident of Perinton, Monroe Co., NY, d. 1861, and Richard Woolsey Knickerbocker who settled in Wayne County, Michigan.

I believe this John H. Knickerbocker was the one enumerated in Beekman, Dutchess Co., NY, in 1800 with 2 males 1784 - 1790 and 2 females 1794 - 1790, plus himself and his wife; and in 1n 1810 Perinton, Ontario Co., NY, 2 males 1784 - 1794 and 1 female 1794 - 1800, and himself and his wife.

I haven't had time to check out all the names in the will but found a Hannah Gillam who died in Hillsdale County, Michigan, 25 Feb. 1900 age 84y 8m 13d, parents unknown. This is from the actual image of the State of Michigan death certificate found at

An Ezra Nichols died in Hillsdale Co., Michigan, 1856.

Perhaps some of these heirs are grandchildren. Why wasn't son John J. mentioned? He may have already received his share.

Just food for thought.

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