In the Abstract of Wills, Volume VI 1760 - 1766 (pages 192 - 195), the will of Nicholas Bayard is given as follows:
"In the name of God, Amen. "I, NICHOLAS BAYARD, of New York, merchant, being of sound and perfect memory, Praised be God, reflecting upon the certainty of death and the uncertain hour thereof, and being desirous to settle my affairs in the best order in my power." "My Body I desire may be buried in a decent and Christian manner in the family vault, at the discretion of my executors." I leave to my son, Stephen Bayard, 60 Lots of ground, being part of my farm or land situate, lying and being in the Out Ward of New York, and are marked and distinguished in and by a map or plan made with many other Lots as Numbers 1 to 21 inclusive, 34 to 41 inclusive, 162 to 171 inclusive, 194 to 204 inclusive, 226 to 235 inclusive, as by the said map dated January 15, 1752, made by Francis Marschalk, City Surveyor, may appear. I give these to my son Stephen and his heirs and assigns forever. I also leave him my negro wench, "Molly," and my negro man, "Quimono." I leave to my daughter Elizabeth 30 Lots of ground, being part of my farm lying in the Bowery, and marked and distinguished on the said map as Lots Numbers 95 to 108 inclusive, 118 to 129 inclusive, 146 to 149 inclusive, To her and her heirs and assigns forever. I also leave her my negro girl "Celia." I leave to my daughter Ann all those 30 lots, being part of my farm in the Bowery, in the Out Ward of New York, and distinguished on said map as Numbers 130 to 145 inclusive, 150 to 156 inclusive, 177 to 183 inclusive, To her and her heirs and assigns forever. I also leave her my negro wench "Eva." I leave to my daughter Hester (wife of John Van Cortlandt) all those 30 certain lots distinguished on said map as Numbers 22 to 25 inclusive, 50 to 53 inclusive, 70 to 77 inclusive, 188 to 193 inclusive, 218 to 221 inclusive, 240 to 243 inclusive. And whereas I have given the said lots to my son-in-law, John Van Cortlandt, and my daughter Hester by deed, I hereby confirm the same. And whereas I have given to my daughter Judith (wife of Jeremiah Van Rensselaer) all those certain 30 lot marked on said map as Numbers 54 to 61 inclusive, 86 to 90 inclusive, 113 to 117 inclusive, 184 to 187 inclusive, 222 to 224 inclusive, 226, and 236 to 299 inclusive. Now for a further assurance I hereby confirm the same. All the rest of my houses and lands in the Out Ward, except as given herein, and also except a lot of ground lying in the Bowery in the Out Ward and adjoining the lands of Elbert Haring and Robert Benson, late deceased, which I have given by deed of gift to my son Stephen, I leave to my son, Nicholas Bayard, to him and his heirs and assigns. I leave to my son Nicholas my dwelling house and lot of ground situate on the southwest side of Wall street, as the same is occupied by him. Also both my Sugar houses in New York, and the utensils thereto belonging, the stock of sugar excepted. I also leave him my coach house and the lots whereon the said houses and buildings stand, and all my lots on the north side of Wall street. But he is not to have the said lots unless he doth within one year pay to my executors 1,500 for my dwelling house and 1,500 for the Sugar houses, Store house, Coach house and lots thereto belonging. I also leave to my son Nicholas my negro man "Robin." All the linnen which I had by my last wife in marriage, which may be known by the marks thereon, I leave to the children of my last wife, viz., Elizabeth, Ann, and Stephen. The rest of my household stuff I leave to my 4 children, Nicholas, Elizabeth, Ann, and Stephen. I have provided for my two daughters, Hester Van Cortlandt and Judith Van Rensselaer, with outsets at their marriage. The portions of my estate left to my children, Elizabeth, Ann, and Stephen, are to be under the management of my executors. All my debts to be paid out of the estate left to my children. I make my son Nicholas, and my sons-in-law, John Van Cortlandt and Jeremiah Van Rensselaer, and my brother, Samuel Bayard, and my nephew, William Bayard, executors. Dated September 18, 1762.
Witnesses, Barent L. V. Beverhardt, Joshua Duley, Whitehead Hicks.
Proved, December 30, 1765.
Sir Henry Moore, Baronet, Captain-General and Governor-in-Chief of the Province of New
York, To all, etc. Know ye that on the 30 day of December, 1765, before Goldsbrow Banyer
the will of Nicholas Bayard was proved.
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