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1695 John Moore, of Newtown, Nassau Island, Long Island, purchased land, on June 29, from Benjamin and Experience Field of Chesterfield. 150 acres ... Marmaduke Horseman. Witnessed by Samuel Bunting, John Bunting, and Marmaduke Horseman. [1]

1700 John Moore was an overseer in Chesterfield Twp, Burlington County, on February 20, 1699-1700. [2]

1726/27 John Moore of Chesterfield wrote his will on January 5. [3]

In the Name of God Amen the fifth day of January in the Year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred & Twenty Six or Seven I John Moore of the Township of Chesterfield in the County of Burlington & province of West New-Jersey Yeoman being in good Health of Body likewise of perfect & sound Mind and Memory praised be God therefore calling to Mind the Mortality of my Body & knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to dye do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament (that is to say)— Principally and first of all I give & recommend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it and for my Body I recommend it to the Earth to be buryed in a Christianlike & decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executrix nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power of God and as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following Manner & form Imprimis my Will & Mind is that all my lawful Debts & funeral Charges be paid by my Exrx herinafter named — Item I give to Thomas Moore Sou of Gershom Moore deceased in Maidenhead, County of Hunterdon in the province aforesaid the Sum of five pounds Item I give to John Moore Son of Nathaniel Moore of Hopewell in County of Hunterdon & province aforesaid the Sum of five pounds Item I give to Samuel Moore Son of Benjamin Moore of Newtown in Queen's County on the Island of Nassaw the Sum of Ten pounds Likewise I give to the Eldest Daughter of the said Benjamin Moore the Sum of Ten pounds all which sd Legacies my Will & Mind is that they be paid within a Year next after the Decease of my herein mentioned Executrix to be raised out of that part of my Estate that at that Time shall be left Item I give to Mary my beloved Wife all my Estate reall & personal with all my Lands Messuages & Tenements by her freely to be possesst & enjoyed with full power & ample authority to sell & dispose of all or any part thereof according to her Discretion & good lawful Instruments of Conveyance thereof to make sign & deliver as fully & amply as I had or could doe in my Life time, Likewise I constitute & appoint Mary my said Wife whole & sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testament And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke & disannull all & every other former Wills & Testaments Legacies Bequests & Executors by me in any Ways before this time named willed & bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no other to be my last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal the Day & Year above written—
John Moore
with a Seal Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us Subscribers Samuel Fenton Samuel Taylor Jno Richardson.

1735 The will of John Moore was proved and administration granted to his wife Mary on December 23. [4]

Will having been proved, probate and letters testamentary were granted to Mary Moore, Executrix, December 23rd, 1735.


[1] John David Davis, West Jersey New Jersey Deed records 1676-1721 (2005), 93, B2-527, [FHLBook].

[2] H. Clay Reed and George J. Miller, The Burlington Court Book. A Record of Quaker Jurisprudence in West New Jersey 1680-1709, Vol. 5 (1944), 228.

[3] James W. Moore, Rev. John Moore of Newtown, Long Island, and Some of His Descendents (Raston, Penn.: Chemical Publ. Co., 1903), 36, [HathiTrust].

[4] James W. Moore, Rev. John Moore of Newtown, Long Island, and Some of His Descendents (Raston, Penn.: Chemical Publ. Co., 1903), 36, [HathiTrust].