Bequest from Rev. Johannes Megapolensis, Sr, to Hilgont Jans, eldest daughter of Rev. Johannes Megapolensis, Jr.

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On this day, before me, Sierich Siersma, notary public admitted by the Court of Holland, residing in the city of Alckmaer, in the presence of the hereinafter mentioned witnesses, appeared the Rev Domine Johannis Megapolensis, senior, minister of the Gospel in the Christian Reformed church at Koedyck, who, being at present in this city and very well known to me, the notary, declared that voluntarily, without any sinister inducement or persuasion on the part of any one, he has hereby as a free gift among the living liberally bestowed, given and presented to Hilgont Jans, eldest daughter of Domine Johannis Megapolensis, Junior, at present minister of the Gospel in the Christian Reformed church in New Netherland, begotten by Machtelt Willems, his, the donor's, niece, the sum of five hundred Carolus guilders at forty Flemish groats each, clear money, once. With the understanding that he, the donor, shall retain the custody of said money during his life, without paying any interest thereon; solemnly charging therefore his heirs, or those who may have the management, direction or administration of his estate after his death, to tender and pay in virtue hereof to the said Hilgont Jansz' daughter, or, in case of her death, to her heirs, the said five hundred Carolus guilders in manner and form as above, out of the first and most available capital to be left behind by him, the appearer. All in good faith. And he requested that one or more authentic instruments hereof in due form be made and delivered by me, the notary aforesaid. Thus done and executed in the aforesaid city of Alckmaer, at my, the notary's, house, standing on the Lange street, the last of August A°. 1649, in the presence of Jan Clasz Soutman, master shoemaker, and Tobias van Persyn, inhabitants of this city, witnesses invited to the acknowledgment hereof, who for greater security have also signed the original minute. Lower was written: In testimony of the truth I affix ] my signature, and was signed: S. Siersman,
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Jacob Kip


Translation: Scott, K., & Stryker-Rodda, K. (Ed.). New York Historical Manuscripts: Dutch, Vol. 3, Register of the Provincial Secretary, 1648-1660 (A. Van Laer, Trans.). Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.: 1974.A complete copy of this publication is available on the New Netherland Institute website.