The following will is that of James Garretson, b. 1822, d. 1853 (Bleyck Genealogy, Ancestry World Tree, author Robert Gordon Clarke). James Garretson was the son of Johanna Sutphen (d. 1873) and Garret (middle name, Rem, in other records) Garretson, and married Adaline Kershaw. James Garretson’s brother, John Garretson, b. 1829, d. 1869, was a Presbyterian Minister.
WILL of James Garritson (very poor copy):
In the name of God amen, I, James Garritson (Garretson?), of the township of Hillsborough in the county of Somerset and state of New Jersey being of sound mind in every(???) and (???) (???) (for which (???) I thank God) and calling to my (???) the (???) of my body, that (???) (???) (???) unto all (???) (???) (???) to (???), do now make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner following that is today.
First, I assign my soul to God, who gave it (???) in the righteousness of Christ for my salvation, and commit my body to its (???) earth, to be interred witha decent and (???) burial.
Item.It is my will and I do ordain that all my (???) debts and funeral expenses be (???) (???) and satisfied, and be (???) (???) at my (???) a decent head and foot stone as soon as (???) can be after my demise.
Item.I give and bequeath unto my wife, Adaline, in (???) of her right of dower at common law, all my household goods and furniture of every kind and (???) which she brought with her from her father’s house, and also all the living (???) (???) (???) property which she brought with her when she (???) (???) (???) house keeping or at any time after, and also the sum of two hundred and twenty five dollars in money.
Item.I give and bequeath unto my half-sister, Rachel Ann, wife of John (middle initial?*) Hoagland, the sum of fifty dollars in money.
Item.It is my will and I do order my executors herein after (???) (???) (???) to sell and (???) (???) sale all my (???) property and to (???) all ????????????????????? as conveniently as can be done after my ???????????? all my real estate at my(???) where in I have judgment they shall think it most (???) for the (???) of my estate, within one year of my demise.
Item.After the above (???) expenses and debts shall have beenfully paid and satisfied, then the remainder and (???) of my estate I (???) give and bequeath unto my Mother, Johannah Garretson, and my brother John Garretson in equal portions, share and share alike.
Lastly, I hereby appoint my brother John Garretson and my brother in law John (Hoagland) executors of this my last will and testament.
James Garretson Witnesses: (first name – looks like Ralph (m.i.?)Sutphen) *John S. Hoagland John Sutphen
(Dates of witness portions that follow on the second page,look like “11th day of October A. D. 1853” on both.Samuel Reynolds, Surrogate, at the bottom of the second page following his legal jargon, states (in part): “……the eleventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.”)
I have a copy of this will, sent to me by the Somerset Co. Surrogate Office in Somerville, NJ, last week.I had hoped it was the James Garretson from whom I descend, but, unfortunately, was not, so I've posted it here for the proper Garretson family.Hope it helps.