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Last will and testament of Abraham Van Buren, 18 February 1817

In the Name of God Amen, I Abraham Van Buren of the Town of Kinderhook in the County of Columbia being of Sound disposing mind & memory, Do make and publish This my last Will and Testament as follows. First, I give devise & bequeath unto my Son Lawrence Van B[uren], all my Estate both real & personal, [To] have and To hold to him his heirs [a]nd assigns for ever, on the Condition [fo]llowing to wit, That he pay ^all my Just Debts, and [pay]^ to my Daughter Jane at the expiration of Tw[o] years after my decease the Sum of one hundred & fifty Dollars, and to [my d]aughter Derika at the expira[tion of] Two years after my decease the, [Sum] of Sixty dollars, and on the furth[er] Condition that he pay to my sons Martin and Abraham each the sum of Ten dollars to be expended in the purchase of mourning rings, They the said Martin [&] Abraham having expressed their Con[s]ent & approbation of the devise to my son Lawrence in Co[n]sequence of his Labour, Industry and sacrafices in my behalf. Further It is my Will & desire, and I do hereby order & [dire]ct, That my daughter Jane Shall be [. . .]tly supported & maintained out of my [. . .] before devised to my said Son Lawrence, so long as she shall remain unmarried. Secondly, Knowing full well the disposition of my children to provide for and support their dear mother in Case she should survive me, and Sensible of th[eir] ability to do so, I deem it unnecess[ary] to make any provision for her in this [my] last Will & Testament, being well s[at]isfied, That they will always remem[ber], That she has been to them the best [of] mothers. Lastly, I do hereby ap[p]oint my sons Martin Lawrence & Abra[h]am Executors of this my first & last [Will] and Testament. In Witness whereo[f I] have hereunto Set my hand and [Seal] this Eighteenth day February in the [ye]ar of our lord one Thousand eight hundred and Seventeen.


[1] Lawrence Van Buren.

[2] Jannetje (also called Jane or Hannah, 1780-1838), who never married.

[3] Dirckie Van Buren (see “Martin Van Buren’s Family”) was married to Barent Hoes (1777-1853), brother of MVB’s wife Hannah.

[4] Martin Van Buren.

[5] Abraham Van Buren (1788-1836).

Signed Sealed, published & declared by the Testator as & for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses, in the Presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other.

NB. The words “All my Just Debts and pay” interlined in the Eleventh line of the first page before Execution.

Peter Van Buren

James I Van Alen

Justice Harvick

Abrm Van Buren

In the hand of James J. Van Alen

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Source: DLC Library of Congress
Collection: MVB Papers (DLC)
Series: Series 3 (17 February 1815-2 December 1821)