I have updated the main tree. The main change is the connection of two of the previously unconnected Mississippi branches to the main tree. Y’all are the descendants of Benjamin Applegate and his wife Leah or Lucy or Leasy Huse.
I haven’t updated this blog for a long time. My work goes into the Applegate Project database. You can find it over on the right sidebar under “Applegate Main”.
Will of John 4
Film 1018729, LDS, Probate Records of Connecticut
The thirteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and four, I John Applegate of the town of Fairfield in Connecticut colony in New England, yeoman, Being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory considering the uncertain state of this transitory life do make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following: Revoking and disowning by these presents all and every testament and testaments, will and wills, heretofore by me made and declared, and this to be taken for my last will and testament and no other.
Imprimis, I commit my Soul unto the hands of almighty God my maker hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my only saviour and redeemer to be everlastingly saved.
Item: I give my body to be buried in a christian burial att the descretion of my executrix hereinafter designated.
Item: I will all my just debts and funerall charges to be paid.
Item: all my estate, both real and personall, native or kind, whereever and whatsoever, situate, lying and being, I do hereby give, devise and bequeath wholly and entirely unto my Dear and Loving wife Avis, giving full and absolute power to give, grant, sell, and dispose of as much of my said estate as well real as she shall think fit and convenient and the same to apply to what purposes or use she pleases.
Item: I will that as much of my said estate as shall remain unsold, unspent or undisposed of by my said wife in her lifetime shall after her decease be equally divided amongst my brother Thomas Applegate, his sons, be unto them and their heirs forever; and in case that one or more of the said sons shall happen to decease before his or their marriage or the age of twenty and one years prime or them attained, then the part or parts of such son or sons so deceasing shall be equally divided amongst his or their surviving brothers.
Finally, I make constitute and ordain my said living wife Avis sole executrix of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Signed Sealed and Declared
by the above named Testator to
be his last will and
Testament in the presence of
Colony of Rhode Island
Samll Cranston, Esq. Govern. of her majties Colony above sd Sendeth Greetings to whom it may concern. Know ye, that Mr. John Meredith of Newport in the aforesd Colony personally came before me and made solom oath that he was present and did see John Aplegate, Late of the town of Fairfield in her Majtys Colony of Connecticut sign, seal and declare the within written instrument to be his last will & testament and that at the same time to the best of sd disponant apprehention the sd Aplegate was in sound & perfect memory and that the said Meredith did sign the sd will and did too Samll Hubett sign as witness to the same. In testimony whereof, I have here unto set my hand & affixed my seal at Armes at Newport this 24th day of Janery in the eleventh year of her majtees reign Ann Queen of Great Brittain, etc. Anno Dom. 17 12/13.
Know all Men by these present that we, Joseph Aplegate (5D) and Abraham Higgins, both of Fairfield, in ye Colony of Connecticut in New England do acknowledge our —- —- —- as to Nathan Gold, Esq. Judge of the Probation in ye County of Fairfield ye sum of two hundred pounds current money of ye sd colony the which we do hereby bind and obligate ourselves of, to ye ‑‑‑‑ payment of ‑‑‑‑ ‑‑‑‑ our hand and seal in ye 6 day of Febry 1716/17.
The condition of ye above obligation is such that if the above named Joseph Aplegate (5D) shall make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of what is now remaining of ye estate of John Aplegate Late of Fairfield, deceased, and the same exhibit to the Court of ‑‑‑‑ in Fairfield within two months next after this date and also well and faithfully extend ye sd estate and Rendering of his accounts to the court when called thereto then the above obligation to go otherwise to stand in full force and hereto set our hand and affix our seal.
Signed & Sealed in
the presence of
Avis Aplegate of Fairfield being dead, who was executrix of ye last will and Testament of Jo. Aplegate Late of Fairfield and there being some estate remaining to be administered according to sd will, the court probater therefore, held in Fairfield Febry ye 6 1716/7 do appoint and nominate Joseph Aplegate (5D) to adm. on ye sd estate and ye same to exhibit to ye court of Probate in Fairfield in order the sd testament that it may be administered according to said will.
Joseph Aplegate (his mark)
Abraham Higgins (his mark)
Will of Daniel 1D
New Jersey Wills 12:163-165
The last Will and testament of Daniell Apelgat Senior of Middletowne in the County of Monmouth in New Jersey as follows
Item I give to my two eldest sons John and Jacob Apelgat six shillings to each.
Item I give to my two youngest sons Bartholomew and Ebenezer one shilling to each of them.
Item I give to my several daughters Jojama Hanah and Mary and Rebecakah one shilling to each of them.
Item I give and bequeath to my loving wife Rebeckah all the rest and residue of my estate real and personnal to her and to hers and I do ordain and apoint my wife executor of this my last Will and testament as witness my hand and seal this fifteenth day of October one thousand seven hundred and nine.
Daniell his mark Apelgat
Sign sealed professed pronounced and declared by the said Daniell Apelgat as his last willand testament in presence of usthe subscribers
viz John Newman Thomas Shepard Thomas Appelgat
Will of Richard 5G
New Jersey Wills, Liber B, pp. 377‑378
In the Name of God, Amen: The 7 day of November in the year of our Lord 1732, I Richard Applegate, of Middletown, in the County of Monmouth and Province of New Jersey, yeoman, being weak and sick in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, therefore, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say,
Principally and first of all, I give it to the earth to be buried in Christian‑like and decent manner, at the discretion of my Executors, not doubting that in the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form:
In Primis, it is my will and order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisified.
Item: I give and bequeath unto Rebeka, my dearly beloved wife, all my lands, goods and chattles, as long as she remains my widow, and also appoint and ordain my loving wife and friend George Crowford my executors of this my last will and testament.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail, three cows, and all the pewter that is within the trunk
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth, one silver seal and two cows.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son, Joseph Applegate, one cow.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca, one cow.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Johanna, one cow.
Item: I give bequeath and devise unto my son William Applegate all my lands as soon as my wife is dead or married, if he be of the age of one and twenty years; and if not, when he is of age then for him and his heirs and assigns for to enjoy and inherit forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son John, ten pounds to be paid by my son William in five years time after my land comes to my son William.
Item: If my wife Rebecca should marry again, then my will is, she should keep one of the best beds and furniture and her side saddle, bridle and a lot of iron and pewter.
This is my last will and testament and no other.
In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year written above.
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Richard Applegate as his last will and testament in the presence of the under subscribed
Darkus Hughes William Andrews William Hughes
Will of Thomas 5A
New Jersey Wills 1489L
In the Name of God Amen I Thomas Applegate of Perth Amboy and County of Middlesex yeoman being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it do make this my last will and testament as follows
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Thomas one ‑‑‑‑ and ‑‑‑‑ and a pair of iron ‑‑‑‑
Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Applegate one young bay mare, a white cow and a yearling heifer.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son James Applegate his heirs or assigns all my right and title that I have or have had to a common in Fairfield New England.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Andrew Applegate three cows, two steers, two yearling heifers and all my house hold goods and also other articles that I have that belong to farming ‑ with two mares and two horses.
Item I give and bequeath unto my sons John and Andrew the salt meadow that I have in Middletown and order the same to be sold and the money divided equally between them.
Item I give and bequeath (illegible) to him and to his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give unto my son John one hundred and fifty acres I have in Cranberry to him his heirs or assigns forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my sons Thomas John James and Andrew six hundred acres of land lying in Cohanessey.
Item I do give and order that my son Thomas shall pay all my just debts and give yearly and every year unto my wife Ann Applegate ten bushels of corn or rye and the milk of a cow ‑‑‑ what she wants and her choice of either of the rooms in the house and the privilege of raising what fowls she thinks fit as long as she remains my widow.
Item I do constitute and appoint my friend Lewis Price of Perth Amboy yeoman and my son John Executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of December in the year of our Lord God One Thousand and Seven Hundred and Forty Three.
s/ Thomas Applegate
Signed Sealed and pronounced by the said Thomas Applegate as his last will in the presence of us
Stefen ‑‑‑‑ William his mark Dye Aaron Clayton
Will of Benjamin 5F
New Jersey Wills 5137
In the name and feer of God Amen
The Twenty third Day February and In the year of our Lord Seventeen hundred fifty and three I Benjamin Appelgate now of the township of Nottingham and Burlington County and Province of West New Jersey Being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory Doe make this my Last Will and Testament In form as followith ‑‑‑
First I give and bequeath to my well Beloved Son Thomas Appelgate the sum of five shillings and a demand of thirteen pounds as may appear in full of his portion ‑‑‑
Second I give to my son Benjamin five shilling in full of his portion ‑‑‑
Third I give to my son William five shillings ‑‑‑
Forth I give to my son Richard five shillings ‑‑‑
Sixth I give to my daughter Johannah a feather bed in full of her portion
and all the rest of my estate both Rale and personall to be put out att Interest by my executors and they to put my son Daniel to a trade
and one third of said estate I give to son Daniel when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years
and the second third of sd estate I give to my daughter Alse att the age of eighteen years
and all the rest of my estate I give to my daughter Jomone and if any of three children shall die before age than money to be divided equally between the other two last named
and I appoint Mr. Richard Sparks and Walter Ward executors of this my last will and testament.
Benjamin his mark Appelgate
Samuel Redford Elizabeth Redford William Miller
Will of Joseph 5D
New Jersey Wills 3371L
In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Applegate of Windsor in the County of Middlesex and Province of New Jersey Being weak in Body but of sound Mind and Memory and Considering the Mortality of this frail and transitory life do therefore make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say
Imprimis I will and ordain that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged out of my estate by my executors.
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary all the yearly interest of all that money left me by the last will and testament of my son Richard Applegate which said monies now in the hands of Mr. John Ely which I ordain shall be paid her yearly by my executors during her widowhood.
Item After my wife shall decease this life or cease being my widow I give and bequeath to my three sons William Applegate, Moses Applegate & Joseph Applegate all that principal sum of money in the hands of Mr. John Ely to be equally divided amongst them and paid to them, their heirs or assigns by my executors.
Item I give and Bequeath to my well beloved wife Mary the ‑‑‑‑ of one third part of all and singular the residue and remainder of my estate during my widow to be fulfilled and performed by my executors.
Item I give and Bequeath unto five children John Applegate Alice Lemming William Applegate and Joseph Applegate and Moses Applegate all and singular the Residue and Remainder of my whole estate to be equally divided amongst them and paid to them their heirs or assigns within one year after my decease by my executors.
Therefore I make Constitute and Ordain that John Ely to be executor of this my will and testament hereby totally disallow and nullify all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the first day of March Anno Dom: One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty‑nine.
Joseph his mark Applegate
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced and declared by the said Joseph Applegate as his last will and testament In the presence of the subscribers hereof
John Bowne, Archibald Silver Geo Denser
John Bowne one of the people called Quaker on his solemn affirmation and George Denser being sworn on the Holy Evangels of Almighty God Two of the Witnesses to the within will being affirmed & sworn do say that they saw Joseph Applegate the tester therein named sign and seal the same and heard him publish pronounce and declare the within instrument to be his last will & testament and that at the signing there of the said testator was of sound and disposing mind & memory
Affirmation & Oath Taken the 3d day of May 1760.
Will of Jacob 1D2
New Jersey Archives 3501M
In the name of God Amen
The first October in the year 1765 I Jacob Applegate of the Town of Middletown and County of Monmouth Being in health and of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God for the Same Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed once unto men to die Doe make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and Recommend my Soul into the hands of the Almighty God that gave it and of touching such worldly estate I have which it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form
Imprimis I give and bequeath to Catteem Applegate my beloved wife the use of halfe my lands as long as she remains my widow and halfe of my house goods and fore cows and a black horse.
Item I give to my son Sylvester Applegate all my lands and meadows from McSeely Crick to the other Crick up to the head line to him and his heirs lawfully begotten forever
Item I give him my Sedar Swamp and six cows and all my smith tools a young black mair and a gray mair and halfe my goods
Item I give to my son Ebenezer Applegate all my lands in Middletown to him and his heirs lawfully begotten forever and two cows
Item I give to Hannay Soloman and Rebecca Tilton all my lands to the south-side of the Crick where John Tilton now lives on to be equally divided between them to them and their lawfull heirs of their body forever with the Peruser they pay Catteen Hart thirty pounds a Peace at leave that desputes shall rise they may sell one to another
Item I give to my daughter Catteen Hart three cows
Item I likewise constitute make and ordain Peter Tilton in West Jersey and Nathen Tilton of Middletown my sole executers of this my last will and testament and hereby utterly disallow and disanul all and every of former testament will legacies and bequests executed by me in any ways before.
This is my last will and testament
Chrineyonee Van Mater
Will of Thomas 5A1
Hightstown Gazette, 15 April, 1886, p. 3
An Ancient Document
Thomas Appleget’s Will
In the name of God, Amen, this sixteeneth day of Nov. Ano dom one thousand and seven hundred and seventy (1770). I, Thomas Appleget, Senior, of South Amboy, County of Middlesex and Province of New Jersey, Farmer, being weak in body, but of perfect mind & memory, But calling to mind the Mortality of the Body, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament by me heretofore made Ratifying, allowing and confirming this & no other to be my last will & testament.
And in the first place, I recommend my soul into the Care of Almighty God, expecting eternal Life and Salvation by the Merits of Jesus Christ the only Saviour. And touching such Worldly Estates God has given me in This Life, I give, bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner and form:
And in the first place here I give unto my well-beloved wife, Sarah Appleget, Two Hundred pounds Proc. money out of money due me, and out of some part of my other personal estate, to be paid unto her immediately after my deceased by executor hereafter named, as her Dowry.
Again I give unto my eldest son, Gabriel Appleget, twenty acres of land which I purchased of John Trop, lying in Monmouth County, which I give to him and his heirs and assigns forever.
Again, I give unto my second son, Ezekiel Appleget, that house wherein he now dwells near Cranberry Brook, and One Hundred and ten acres of land adjoining unto said house to be taken or measured by a line parallel to Voorhees’s line, the west side of sand plantation which I given unto him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Again, I give unto my youngest son, Anthony Appleget, all of my now dwelling house and plantation containing about two hundred acres of land, together with all the residue of my movable estate on said premises, after all my funeral chargs and other just debts are paid out of the said moveable estate. I also given unto the said Anthony Appleget, twenty acres of land lying on the northerly side of Cranberry Brook adjoining Benjamin Appleget (5E1), and the said land and premises I given unto said Anthony Appleget his heirs and assigns forever.
Again, I order the remainder of my lands to be sold and out of the money arising from such sales I give unto my daughter Sarah Appleget, One Hundred pounds Proc. Money; and unto my granddaughter, Rachel Appleget (the daughter of said Sarah) twenty pounds Proc. Money.
Again, I give all the residue and remainder of the money arising from the sale of the said lands unto my said wife, Sarah, together with all residue and remainder of any and all other my moveable estate whatsoever heretofore herein given.
Lastly, I make, ordain and appoint my said youngest son, Anthony Appleget, alone, the sole executor of this my last will and testament.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by said Thomas Appleget to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us.
Thomas Morford, Thomas Cox, Nat’l Fitz- Randolph