Monday, December 7, 2015

Amanuensis Monday - Post #297: 1764 Will of David La Tourrette (1699-1764) of Richmond County, N.Y.

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

The subject today is the 1764 will of David La Tourrette (1699-1764) of Richmond County, New York.

[pages 416-417]

[page 418, left-hand page of image]

The transcription of the will and the associated Surrogates Court letters is (transcribed line by line):

[page 416]

In the name of God Amen, the twenty third day of
February one thousand Seven hundred and Sixty-four,
I David La Tourrette of the County of Richmond in
the Province of New York, yeoman, being weak in Body
but of Perfect mind and memory thanks be given to
God therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my
Body and knowing it is appointed to all men once to
Die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testa-
ment in the following manner and form, principally
and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into
the hands of God that gave it and my Body to the
Earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner
at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but
at the general resurrection at the last day I shall
receive the same again by the mighty power of God and
touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased
God to bless me in this Life I do order and dispose of
the same in the following manner and form. Secondly
my Will and desire is that after my Decease as much of
my moveable Estate be sold as will be sufficient to
satisfie pay and discharge all my just Debts and
funeral Charges. Item I give unto my Son, James
La Tourrette my Gun and Sword; Item I give and
bequeath unto my two Sons James and David La
Tourrette all and singular my Lands and Messuages
and Tenements to be divided betwixt them in the
following manner and form Viz: James to have the
one half of the Clear Land the Westermost part and
David to have the other half the Eastermost part
and woodland to be divided equally betwixt them
according to Quantity Quality by them freely to be
Possessed and enjoyed by them their heirs and assigns
for ever, they paying to their sisters Mary and Cathar-
ine as follows that is to say James to pay to his
sister Mary three Hundred pounds of good and current
money of the Province aforesaid and to be paid her
one year after my Wife's Decease and David to pay
to his sister Catharine the sum of three hundred
Pounds of like good and Current money as aforesaid
and to be paid to her one year after my Wifes
Decease and my Will is that if my Daughter Cathar-
ine should die before my Wife and without Issue
that her part or portion shall be at my Wifes proper
disposal to do with it as she shall ^think^ most meet. Item
I give unto my well beloved Wife Catherine La Tour-
rette the use of all my Estate Real and Personal
as long as she shall remain my Widow but if shall

[page 417]

come to marry or Die my Will is that all the movable
Estate that then shall be, shall be equally divided betwixt
my two Sons James and David La Tourrette share and
share alike for all that shall be over and above one
hundred Pounds, for my Will is that my Daughter
Catherine shall have the value of one hundred pounds
worth first out of my moveable Estate before a division
be made. Lastly I nominate Constitute and appoint
my Wife above named to be Executrix and my two
Sons James and David La Tourrette, my Son in
Law Jonathan Lewis and my Brother Henry La
Tourrette Executors of this my last Will and Testament
and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul
all and every other former Testaments Wills Testaments
Legacies and Executors by me in any wise before this
time named Willed and bequeathed ratifying and
confirming this and no other to be my last Will and
Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal the day and year first above written.
                                              David La Tourrette {LS}
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said
David La Tourrette as his last Will and Testament
in the presents of us the Subscribers Viz. Henry Perine
Edward Perine John Stilwell.

Richmond County } SS
Be it remembered that on the twenty third day of March
one thousand seven hundred and Sixty four Personally
came and appeared before me Benjamin Seaman
Surrogate of the said County, Henry Perine and John
Stilwell both of the said county Yeomen and being
duely sworn on their Oaths declared that they and
each of them did see David La Tourrette sign &
Seal the within written Instrument purporting to be
the Will of the said David La Tourrette bearing date
the twenty third day of February one thousand seven
hundred and Sixty four and heard him publish
and Declare the same as his last Will and Testament
that at the time thereof he the said David La Tourrette
was of sound disposing mind and memory to the
best of the Knowledge and belief of them the
Deponents and that their names subscribed to the
said Will are of their respective proper handwriting
which they Subscribed as Witnesses to the said Will
in the Testators presence and that they the Deponents
likewise saw Edward Perine the other Witness to

[page 418]

the said Will Subscribe his name as Witness thereto in the
Testators Presence.
                                          Benja. Seaman Surrogate

Cadwallader Colden Esquire his Majesty's Lieutenant
Governor and Commander in Chief of the Province of
New York and the Territories depending thereon in America
To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern
Greeting Know ye that at Richmond County on the
twenty third day of March last before Benjamin Sea-
man Esquire thereunto Delegated and appointed the
last Will and Testament of David La Tourrette De-
ceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved
and is now approved and allowed of by me the said
Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of
his Death goods Chattels and Credits within this Province
by means whereof the proving and Registering the said
Will and the granting Administration of all and singular
the said goods Chattels and Credits and also the audit-
ing allowing and final discharging the account
thereof doth belong unto me and that Administration
of all and singular the goods Chattels and Credits
of the said Deceased and any way Concerning his
Will is granted unto Catharine La Tourrette James
La Tourette and David La Tourrette the three
Executors in the said Will named being first duely sworn
well and faithfully to Administer the same and to
make and Exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of
all and singular the said goods Chattels and Credits
and also to render a Just and true account thereof
when thereunto required. In Testimony whereof I
have caused the Prerogative Seal of the Province of New
York to be hereunto affixed at the City of New York
the twenty fifth day of April one thousand seven
hundred and sixty four.
                                     G.W. Banyar Dep. Sec'y.

The source citation for this document is:

New York Surrogates Court, Probate files, Volume 024, 1762-1763, pages 416-418 (stamped, images 252-253 of 362), David La Tourrette will, 1764; "New York, Wills and Probates, 1659-1999," digital images, ( accessed 9 September 2015); Original data in New York County, District and Probate Courts.

David La Tourrette (1699-1764) died on 20 March 1764, having written his will on 23 February 1764.  It was proved in Richmond county Surrogates Court on 23 March 1764, and administration was granted to the executors on 25 April 1764.  No other records for this probate record, such as an inventory, account, or distribution, was found in the online database.

David La Tourrette's wife was Catharine (Poillon) La Tourrette (1712-????), who he married in about 1730.  They had four children, Jacque (1731-1785), Marie (1734-1786), Catharine (1737-1808) and David (1738-1808).  All four children are named in the will.  Marie La Tourrette married Jonathan Lewis as his third wife in about 1756, and bore nine children.

The will names five executors - David's wife, Catharine, his sons John (presumably Jacques) and David, his son-in-law Jonathan Lewis, and his brother Henry La Tourrette.  When the will was approved by the Lieutenant Governor, the last two were not mentioned.  

David and Catharine (Poillon) La Tourrette are my sixth great-grandparents, through their daughter Maie (Mary) who married Jonathan Lewis.  

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