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WILL OF JOHN JAGGER
Southampton, Long Island, New York
Dated August 18, 1698 - Proved October 29, 1699

In ye name of God Amen & tenth year of ye reign of our Sovereign Lord William the third of England Scotland France & Ireland King Defendr of ye faith &c.

I John Jagger of ye town of S'hampt in ye County of Suffolk & province of New York Husbandman being sick & weak in body yet through the goodness of God being in full strength of memory do hereby make & ordain this to be my last Will & testamt. viz:

I give & bequeath my soul unto God that gave it and my body to ye earth after death to be decently buried and after funeral charges and all my just debts paid I dispose of my worldly estate as followth -

First - I give & bequeath to my eldest son John Jagger and to his heirs of his body begotten lawfully forever the one half of my close of land lying on ye Northside of Samuel Jones his close to be taken of ye East end thereof and one third part of my land at ye 7 ponds to be the East part of the same and one acre & half in ye South division of ye Ox pasture siding by ye path that runs through ye great plains to ye beach, but if my said son John should depart this life without any such heirs as aforesd then ye above demised lands to be equally divided between my son Jeremiah & his heirs and my son Sanuel & his heirs forever and my will is that my sd two sons Jeremiah & Samuel and their heirs to take care and provide a commendable maintenance for him my sd son John Jagger -

2 - I give & bequeath to my sd son Jeremiah Jagger and his heirs forever my dwelling house & barn with all ye home lot adjoining whereon sd house & barn stands & ye other half of my close of land before mentioned on ye North side of Samuel Johnes at ye West end thereof and ye other two third parts of ye aforesaid land at ye 7 ponds in ye ten acre lot lying in Capt. Neck hollow & my two acres of land by ye pond side & one acre & half in ye ten acre lots lying next to John Jessups land and one half of my land called ye beach lot and my lot of upland & meadow at Potuncke and one fifty pound alotmt in Ogdens Neck & one third part of my orchard land at Long Springs and a fifty pound commonage throughout ye bounds of sd town all which land & premises I give unto him my son Jeremiah Jagger & his heirs forever saving that his Mother Enjoy part of it as hereafter Expressed and that he give my son Benjamin Jagger a good title to his house when he takes possession of mine abovesd. Also I give unto him my sd son Jeremiah a mare & one cow -

Thirdly - I give & bequeath to my son Samuel Jagger and his heirs forever ye one half of my close of land lying between Samuel Coopers land and Isaac Halseys to be taken of ye Northside of ye same to be ye one moiety of that which is now fenced & unfenced and ye other half of my land above mentioned known by ye name of the beach lot and three acres in Halsey's neck & my three acres of land in ye South division of the Ox pasture which I had of Thomas Stevens & a single acre lying next Joseph Peirson in ye ten acre lots and my whole lot of meadow at Occobogue and a fifty of meadow & upland in Ogdens Neck and a fifty pound alotmt of commonage throughout ye bounds of sd town - And one third part of my orchard land at Long Spring and a mare two oxen & a cow & a three year old heifer and five sheep all which land & premises I give unto him my son Samuel & his heirs forever except what is after for his Mother reserved her life time -

Fourthly - I give & bequeath unto my son Jonathan Jagger all that my forty acre division of land I had of Samuel Cooper lying on ye West side of ye long pond and all my lot of land & meadow in hog neck division and half a fifty pound commonage throughout ye bounds of sd town & one mare & two oxen & one cow and a three year old heifer & five sheep all which land & premises I give unto him my sd son Jonathan & his heirs forever -

Fifthly - I give & bequeath unto my son Benjamin Jagger and his heirs forever ye other half of my close of land lying between Samuel Coopers land & Isaac Halsey & Jeremiah's house thereon standing and my meadow at Shinacocke & Sebonnucke & one third part of my land and orchard at Long Springs and a lot of meadow at ye beach & a fifty pound alotment of meadow & upland in Ogdens necke & one half of a fifty pound commonage throughout ye bounds of sd town and one mare & two oxen one cow and a three year old heifer & five sheep all which land & premises I give unto him my said son Benjamin & his heirs forever.

And if either my son Jonathan or Benjamin should depart this life without heir or heirs then ye survivor to have the half a fifty pound commonage to him & his forever & further my will is yt if Either my son Samuel Jonathan or Benjamin shall depart this life without heir or heirs then ye respective part of land to them demised as aforesaid of him or them that shall depart this life as aforesaid shall be equally divided between my surviving sons and their heirs John Jagger only Excepted and my sons namely Jeremiah, Samuel & Benjamin my will is that each of them shall Stump & girdle ye trees of five acres of Johathans land at ye long pond -

Sixthly - I give & bequeath unto my three daughters namely Elizabeth, Sarah & Susanna each of them one sheep they having had their portions already -

Seventhly - I give unto my daughter Lydia two cows & five sheep -

Eighthly & lastly - I do here by this my last Will & testamt. make my beloved wife Hannah sole Executrix thereof & give unto her one third part of the use of all my land above demised to my several sons and one third of my dwelling house especially ye lower room next street for her use and all ye rest of my moveable estate for ye paying of all my debts and ye comfortable subsistance of herself and family she paying all ye above mentioned legacies out of my estate that is moveable. And for ye full confirmation of this my last Will & testamt I have hereunto set my hand & seal in S'hampt. this 18th day of Aug 1698.

John Jagger [Seal]

Signed sealed & declared to be his last Will and testamt. in presence of us Samuel Woodruff, Joshua Halsey, Nathan Howell.

By ye tenor of these presents Know ye that on ye 29 day of Oct. Anno Dom. 1699 at ye Manor of St. Georges in ye county of Suffolk before ye Honorble Coll. Wm. Smith Judge of ye Prerogative Court in ye sd. County was proved & approved the last Will & testamt. of John Jagger late of S'hampton in ye sd. County deceased who by his sd. Will did nominate and appoint Hannah his wife his sole Executor to whom was granted the administration of the goods & chattels of sd. deceased.

[footnote: John Jagger was one of the early settlers in Southampton. His home lot, left to son Jeremiah, is on the west side of main street of Southampton. The "Close on the north side of Samuel Jones close" is on the east side of the road to North sea, nearly opposite the road to Seponack. On this the "old Jagger house" was built in 1707, and was a well-known landmark till it was burned a few years since. The ruins still remain. The beach lot was next the beach, on the west side of Town pond, and is now covered by the beach banks. "The close lying between Samuel Coopers land and Isaac Halseys" is on the west side of the road to North sea. The railroad runs through it.]

(Source: Early Long Island Wills Of Suffolk County, 1691 - 1703; An Unabridged Copy of the Manuscript Volume Known as "The Lester Will book"' Being the Record of the Prerogative Court of the County of Suffolk, New York, published by Francis P. Harper in 1897.)

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