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Will of John Aaronson Woolman, 1756-1839
I, John A. Woolman, of the township of Mansfield, in the County of Burlington and State of New Jersey,
being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.
First I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my executors. Hereinafter
named or the survivor of them immediately after my decease.
Item, I give and devise unto my son Abraham S. Woolman, and my friend and neighbor, Caleb Hancock to
them, their heirs and assigns or to the survivor of them, his heirs and assigns, all that tract of land which lies
to the southward of the middle of the road leading from Columbus to Burlington, beginning at the corner to
Caleb Hancock's land in said road. Hence along said road to the line between me and Joel Richardson's
land,thence along the line of said Richardson, several courses thereof to William Hancock's line. Thence along
said Hancock's line to Caleb Hancock's corner. From thence to the place of beginning which said tract of land
I purchased of my son Uriah Woolman, chiefly, with all the buildings and improvements thereon, to them their
heirs and assigns. In trust, nevertheless to them or the survivor of them to sell and dispose of the same in the
best manner, as soon as convenient after my decease, hereby authorizing them or the survivor of them to
make good and sufficient conveniences in fee simple to the purchaser or purchasers of the said premises, so
directed to be sold, for the use and benefit of my son Uriah Woolman his wife and children. And I do hereby
direct and require them or the survivor of them to pay over the amount of the monies that the said land and
premises may be sold for, to my said son Uriah Woolman or his heirs. All the payments to be so made as that
the same shall be applied for the benefit and support of my said son, his wife and children without being
subject to the seizure or control of any of the creditors of my said son.
Item- I give and devise unto my daughter Ann Woolman and my friend Caleb Hancock and to their heirs and
assigns all my land in the Township of Burlington, which I purchased of Abraham Brown and Joseph
Richardson, and likewise thirteen acres of my woodland on the farm where I now dwell, southward of a line
running parallel with the northern line of said farm; Also one half of my cedar swamp, adjoining cedar swamp
of Samuel Woolman, in quantity and quality, with all improvements on said tracts, to them or the survivor of
them, their heirs and assigns. In trust to and for the uses, intents and purposes hereinafter expressed and
declared of and concerning the same, that is to say, in trust to suffer my said son, Abraham S. Woolman and
his wife Julian to occupy the said tracts of land for and during their joint lives, and during the natural life of
my said son Abraham. Should he be the survivor, for the purpose of supporting themselves, children and
families and to cut a sufficiency of wood for the use of said family and farm, from the said described tracts of
land and cedar swamp. And if my son Abraham S. Woolman departs this life before his said wife, then in
trust to suffer her the said Julian Woolman to occupy the said premises, for the supporting herself and their
children, for and during the term of her natural life, providing she does not marry again. And if my said son
Abraham and Julian his wife shall not choose to occupy said tract of land themselves, then in trust to lease the
same, and pay over the rents [ ] and profits thereof annually to my said son Abraham and Julian, his wife
during their joint lives and if my said son Abraham is the survivor then to pay over the said rent [ ] and
profits to him during the term of his natural life and should his said wife be the survivor, then to pay over the
said rents[ ] and profits to her for and during the term of her natural life, if she so long continues his
widow. All the said payments to my said son Abraham and Julian his wife to be so made as that the said rents,
[ .] and profits shall be applied for the support of my said son Abraham,his wife and family, without being
subject to the seizure or control of any of the creditors of my said son Abraham. And after the decease or
marriage of Julian, his wife, then in trust to the right and lawful heirs of my said son Abraham S. Woolman
and their heirs and assigns forever as tenants in common, in fee simple.
Item- I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Woolman all the residue and remainder of my farm whereon I
now dwell.(Except for two acres of woodland hereafter to be bequeathed )with the buildings hereditament and
improvements, thereon, during his natural life.(Subject nevertheless to bequests and privileges which I shall
hereafter make) Also one half of my cedar swamp in quantity and quality during his natural life, but not to
take possession of the farm until three years after my decease. And I further order and direct that my
executors hereinafter named shall rent out said farm for the said three years, and the rents [ ] and the
profits thereof to pay over to the children of my deceased daughter Mary Woolman late widow of David
Woolman to be equally divided among them share and share alike, when they arrive of age.
Item- I give to my son Thomas Woolman's eldest son my walnut desk.
Item- after the decease of my said son Thomas Woolman I give and devise the farm and half of the cedar
swamp herein bequeathed to him during his natural life, to the right heirs of the said Thomas Woolman, their
heirs and assigns forever as tenants in common in fee simple.
Item- I give and bequeath unto my son Asher Woolman, all my land over the Ohio River, it being a part of the
northeast quarter of section 36 in township number eighteen, of range number five, to have and to hold to him
his heirs and assigns forever.
Item- I give and devise to my grandson John A.Woolman my mahogany desk and direct his father Abraham S.
Woolman shall have the use of it during his natural life.
Item- I give my silver watch to my grandson Richard A. Woolman.
Item- I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Woolman ten acres of land more or less adjoining lands of
Samuel Boulten and others with all the improvements thereon, likewise two acres of woodland to be laid off
the northern side of thirteen acre lot, to be laid off for my son Abraham S. Woolman and his children to have
and to hold the two pieces of land. And to her heirs and assigns forever.
Item- I give and devise to my grandson John A. Woolman, son of Abraham S. Woolman. my mare and open
wagon, his father to have the care and use of them until he arrives to the age of twenty-one years.
Item- I give and devise unto my grandson William A. Woolman, one cow and one feather bed.
Item- I give and devise unto my daughter Ann Woolman my garden lying west of my house where I now
dwell, and a lot of land between my house and barn, and the shop standing south of the barn and further I give
to her all my dwelling house except the kitchen, the northeast winter room and the cellar occupied under it and
further to have the free use and privilege of the well, and have a cow kept for her on my said farm both winter
and summer, and shall have of the several sorts of fruit as grows on my farm as much as she wants for
family use All these to have during her natural life. I also give and devise to my daughter Ann Woolman all my
money, both outstanding and on hand, all my goods and chattells all my movable estate including all my
personal property of every description not before disposed of by this my last will, to have and to hold the
same to her heirs and assigns forever.
Lastly I do hereby appoint my son Abraham S. Woolman and my friend Caleb Hancock executors and my
daughter Ann Woolman executrix of this my last will and testament hoping they may honestly execute the
same in testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-eighth day of May in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine-1839- signed sealed published and declared by the said
John A. Woolman to be his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers to the same as
witnesses and in the presence of each other.