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Re: Monmouth County Origins
Posted by: Susan Amicucci Date: September 02, 2000 at 20:02:08
In Reply to: Re: Monmouth County Origins by Gail Thompson of 1361

Gail, the marriage you asked about is mentioned in Stillwell. He did not have the name of the daughter, but he did have one piece of evidence that shows Cornelius Tomson was the son-in-law of Lewis Morris and Elizabeth Almy. Stillwell wrote:

"Daughter; supposed. As Cornelius Tomson, of Freehold, yeoman, in his will, Aug 14, 1727, named a son, Lewis Tomson, and John Morris, (who was the son of Lewis Morris, of Passage Point, as proved by his signature), was witness to this will, and testified to its proof, Dec 21, 1727, I infer the existence of this daughter"

I then checked the abstract for Cornelius Tomson's will. The abstract states:

"1727, Aug 14. Tomson, Cornelius, of Freehold, Monmouth Co. Wife-Mary. Children-John, Lewis, Thomas, Cornelius, Elisabeth, wife of Thomas Ellison, Elleanor, Rebekah, and Ghertie, all under age except Lewis and Elisabeth. Real and personal estate; Home farm with meadow, bought of John Hampton, farm in Freehold, bought of Tunis Covert. Executors-the wife, son John and John Campbel Esq. Witnesses-John Morris, Rachel Job, Wm. Maddock. Proved December 21, 1727." (Liber 2, pg. 487).

I think there is an error in the abstract, and that John should not be included among those children who are minors. John would not be an executor if he were a minor. It seems as though Elizabeth Almy Morris predeceased her husband, and he then married a woman named Mary. John, Lewis, and Elisabeth are probably Elizabeth's children, whereas Thomas, Cornelius, Eleanor, Rebekah, and Ghertie are probably Mary's children.

You can order a copy of the original will from the New Jersey State Archives. I have found mistakes in the will abstracts before. If you have the original, at least you can verify the exact wording regarding the children. And of course, you will have copies of the identifying signatures.

I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck! Susan


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