Will of John Swackhammer
Proved 7 March 1827
Recorded in Liber C, folio B41 of Wills, Compared
In the name of God Amen
I John Swackhammer of the Township of Washington County of Morris and State of New Jersey being far advanced in years but at present of sound mind memory and understanding (for which blessing I do most devoutedly thank God) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. In the first place it is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged by my executors herein after named as soon as can conveniently be done. Then it is my Will that my beloved wife shall after my decease receive possess and enjoy all my and singular the profits advantages and privileges which we now enjoy by virtue and in consequence of a certain agreement entered into with my son Frederick Swackhammer which she is to receive and enjoy during her life and my said beloved wife is also to have the whole of my personal estate during life with the power to dispose of any part thereof to the children as she may think proper in her discretion so that equal justice be rendered to each of them. And it further is my desire and will and is hereby ordered that whatever of personal estate may remain after the decease of my said wife shall be equally divided amongst my sons and daughters or their representatives share and share alike. and further it is my will and hereby ordered that my son Stephen Swackhammer shall have my stock and gun. And further my son Jacob Swackhammer to have all my blacksmith tools. And further it is my Will and desire hereby ordered that in consideration of the obedience and faithfull services of my Negro slave called Jane shall have her freedom after the decease of my wife and is to have her bed and bedding and wearing clothes together with one cow and four sheep and the expense of giving her freedom to be paid by my executors.
And I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Jacob Swackhammer executor of this my last Will and Testament Dated this 10th Day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-one, 1821
Signed sealed published
and declared by the said
John Swackhammer [Signed] John Swackhammer
to be his last will and X his mark
Isaac W. Norton
County of Morris, Leonard Neighbour being duly [sworn] according to law did depose and say that he was well acquainted with Isaac W. Norton the subscribing witness to the within will and verily believes it to be the said Isaac W. Nortonís hand writing.
[signed] Leonard Neighbour
Sworn and subscribe the seventh day of March 1827, Jesse Upson, Surrogate
County of Morris
Jacob Swackhammer sole executor in the within testament named being duly sworn did depose and say that the within instrument contains the true last will and testament of John Swackhammer the testator therein named so far as he knows and as he verily believes that he will well and truly perform the same by paying first the debts of the said deceased and then the legacies in the said testament specified so far as the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased can thereunto extend and that he will make and exhibit into the prerogative office at Trenton a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased that have or shall come to his knowledge or profession or to the profession of any other person or persons for his use and render a just and true account when there unto lawfully required.
[signed] Jacob Swackhammer
Sworn and subscribed the seventh day of March 1827 before me Jesse Upson, Surrogate
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