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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Links to Brower and Duryea in Kings County Will Books


New direct links for some Brower and Duryea wills recorded in the Kings County, New York Will Books have been added to the page, “Links to Image Pages at FamilySearch.org – Probate & Estate Records.” Added are the following:

Abraham4 Brower (Jeury3, Abraham2, Adam1), Will dated 13 February 1797.

Abraham E.5 Brouwer (Everhardus4, Jacob3, Jacob2, Adam1), Will dated 8 December 1831.

Adolphus4 Brower (Jeury3, Abraham2, Adam1), Will dated 30 April 1825.

Charity Brower, widow of Jeury3 Brouwer (Abraham2, Adam1), Will dated 9 May 1787.

John5 Brower (Isaac4, Adolphus3, Nicholas2, Adam1), Will dated 8 October 1803.

Since I have recently been looking at some Duryea families with regard to a few relationships with Brouwer families, I have included the following Duryea/Duryee wills:

Charles2 Duryea (Joost1, SimonA du Rieu), Will dated 4 December 1751 (this will is recorded in New York County).

Charles4 Duryea (Jacob3, Charles2, Joost1, SimonA du Rieu), Will dated 14 March 1795.

Charles T.4 Duryee (Theunis3, Charles2, Joost1, SimonA du Rieu), Will dated 30 September 1799.

Jacob3 Duryee (Charles2, Joost1, SimonA du Rieu), Will dated 11 August 1796.

Johannes3 Duryea (Charles2, Joost1, SimonA du Rieu), Will dated 3 March 1780 (the will is recorded in New York County, and Johannes/John was living in Somerset County, New Jersey at the time the will was written).

Joost3 Duryea (Abraham2, Joost1, SimonA du Rieu), Will dated 2 July 1793.

Please use the “Probate & Estate Records” page for links to the images. FamilySearch is, apparently, now requiring that you sign in, in order to view the images. If you do not have an account with FamilySearch, you will have to create one. The account is free.

Fortunately, the Kings County Will Books have been indexed. Links to the images of the first page of the indexes for each of Kings County, Wills, volumes 1 though 4, has been added to the “Indexes to Probate & Estate Records” page.

I would also note that the will books found here are not the originals. They were copies made in 1911 (see page 439 of Lib. 1). As we all know, errors can be created whenever a document is copied or transcribed. But, probably the biggest loss is that we are unable to view the original signatures of the testators and witnesses.

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