New Jersey Surrogate's Court, Middlesex County, Wills, Liber F, pages 397-402 (images 538-541), Richard Cutter will, 1756; "New Jersey, Wills and Probate Records, 1656-1999," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 2 September 2015, images no longer available); citing original data from New Jersey County, District and Probate Courts.
Richard Cutter was married twice - first in 1706 to Mary Pike (1687-1721). Some Cutter researchers list these children to Richard and Mary (Pike) Cutter:
* Sarah Cutter (1707-1758)
* Rebecca Cutter (1709-????)
* Elizabeth Cutter (1711-1750)
* John Cutter (1713-1759)
* Ephraim Cutter (1715-1770)
* Esther Cutter (1717-1784)
* Hannah Cutter (1719-1756)
* Richard Cutter (1721-1768)
Richard Cutter married second to Mercy Kelsey (1698-1760). The Cutter surname book lists these children for Richard and Mercy (Kelsey) Cutter:
* William Cutter (1722-1780)
* Joseph Cutter (1725-1767)
* Mary Cutter (1728-????)
* Rebecca Cutter (1730-????)
* Ebenezer Cutter (1732-????)
* Samuel Cutter (1734-1759)
The will of Richard Cutter mentions all of those children, except for the first Rebecca and Elizabeth who died in 1750.
The will says that William, Richard and Joseph are the three eldest sons. That doesn't match the list above very well. But the son Richard Cutter's gravestone says he died in the 46th year of his age, so born about 1722. The gravestone for William Cutter says he died in 1780 in the 58th year of his age, so he was born about 1723. The gravestone for Joseph Cutter says he died in 1767 in the 42nd year of his age, so he was born about 1725. Of course, the gravestones may be wrong!
Mercy (Kelsey) Cutter also wrote a will in 1759, and mentioned only her living children - William, Ebenezer, Rebecca and Mary. She doesn't mention Joseph or Samuel (who died in 1759).
'Tis a puzzle! I am descended from William Cutter (1722-1780) who married Mary Kent (1726-????), and then their son, Stephen Cutter (1745-1823). I note that William Kent was a witness to the will of Richard Cutter in 1756. Could he be a father or a brother of Mary (Kent) Cutter?
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