- In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN JENNINGS, of Southampton, in ye Co., of Suffolk, on Long Island, Being in perfect strength of memory, Blessed be Almighty God for it, though weak of Body, and not knowing the Day of my Death, doe make and ordain this my last will and testament. I give and freely bequeath my Soul to God, my Creator and Redeemer, who at first gave it to me, and my Body, after decent burial, to the Earth from whence it was at first taken, and for my Worldly Estate as is hereafter inserted. I leave to my eldest son, John Jennings, that land that doth belong to me on ye east side of the Creek at North Sea, adjacent to ye land of John Davis, and ye Close at Cow Neck gate, with ye land adjoining to it, lately laid out to me. I give to my son, William Jennings, the lot I bought of Thomas Shaw, joining to ye land my house stands on. I give to my son, Samuel Jennings, my house and home lot, with all the housings thereon, to be possessed by him when he shall be twenty-one years of age. And the rest of my lands, meadows and Commonage my will is that they be equally divided betwixt my said three sons, John, William and Samuel, and in like manner all my Millitary Arms. If either of my sons die without issue, the estate to be equally divided to my surviving sons. I leave to my wife Ann, full and free possession of my house and home lot, with all improvements, until my son Samuel shall come of age, if she shall live a widow. But if my said son should die, and my wife should marry again, then when my son William shall come of age; and whosoever she shall bring into ye said house shall make ye houses and all other buildings, when they leave them, as they were at their first entering upon them. I give to my daughter, Ann James, 10 shillings, to be paid by my executor. I give to my daughter, Johanah Haines, 10 shillings. I give to my daughter, Sarah Jennings, a feather bed and bolster, with furniture thereto, and soe much more out of my estate as shall make up the bed and furniture to be Twenty-five Pounds. I make my wife executor of this will, to pay out all my said legacies, and to dispose of all ye rest of my estate that I have not herein given, as shall seem best unto her. In witness I have set my hand and fixed my seal, in Southampton, the 6 day of November, Anno. Reg. Regis Jacobis, nunc Anglia, etc. Primo (In the first year of King James of England, etc.) annoque Domini, 1685.
Witnesses, John Laughton, Isaac Howell. Proved at Court of Sessions held at Southampton, March 15, 1686.
[NOTE.--John Jennings came to Southampton about 1662, and was one of the first settlers at North Sea. His homestead was probably that of his son, Samuel Jennings, after him. He owned all the land on the north side of the road running east from the schoolhouse, from the brook to the wading place. The land left to his son John is probably the homestead of late Jared M. Jennings, at Towd. The original will is now in possession of James Edwin Jennings, of Southampton.--W. S. P.]