Joint will of Abraham Jansen and Symon Joosten, part-owners of the ship La Garce

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Before me, Cornelis van Tienhoven, secretary of New Netherland, and the witnesses hereto invited, appeared Abraham Jansen and Symon Joosten, known to me, the secretary, both being part-owners of the frigate La Garce, who, from motives of friendly and brotherly affection, declare that of their own free will, without persuasion or misleading of any one, they have made the following disposition in regard to their temporal goods which they have here in New Netherland and in the fatherland, as well as their share in the frigate. First, they commend their souls whenever they shall depart from their bodies to Almighty God and their bodies to a Christian burial; then, coming to the disposition of ] their goods and effects above mentioned, it is their express will and desire that the survivor of them shall own and possess all goods and effects which they shall leave behind, together with the profit which they shall acquire on this voyage. Revoking all previous testaments, donations and instruments of last will heretofore made by them excepting only the will drawn and witnessed by Adriaen van Tienhoven, supercargo, dated the 4th of October 1644, which shall remain in force, they, the testators, request that after their deaths this may have effect and be valid before all lords, courts, tribunals and judges. In testimony whereof this is signed by them, the testators, and the witnesses hereto invited the 26th of November anno 1644, in Fort Amsterdam in New Netherland.

Symaen Joosen
Abraham Jansz
Carystyaen Pyetersen
Antoni Crol
Cornelis van Tienhoven


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 2, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1642-1647 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.