Thomas Pearsall



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Thomas Pearsall
Born: 18 June 1679 Hempstead, Long Island, NY


Married: 25 Nov 1708


Died: 29 Dec 1759 Hempstead Harbor, Long Island, NY    


Nathaniel Pearsall


Martha Seaman


Sarah Underhill


1. Thomas Pearsall b. 18 Aug 1710

2. Nathaniel Pearsall b. 02 Sep 1712

3. Sarah Pearsall b. 06 Jan 1715

4. Phebe Pearsall b. 07 Mar 1717

5. Martha Pearsall b. 09 Jul 1719

6. Hannah Pearsall b. 17 Dec 1721

7. Samuel Pearsall b. 16 Nov 1724

8. Mary Pearsall b. 24 Jul 1727

pg 307 of Adam and Anne Mott, by Thomas C. Cornell, "Thomas Pearsall lived to enter his 81st year, and a few months before he died he made his will. It is dated 9th of 8th month, called August, 1759.
He calls himself "Thomas Pearsall of Hempstead Harbor, in the township of Hempstead, Yeoman ** weak of body and far advanced in years ** To well beloved wife Sarah Pearsall, al the money which I have due me, and have in my house, she paying all my just debts except those which I owe upon bond, which I shall direct to be paid otherwise. All my wearing apparel to my son Thomas, my son Samuel and the children of my son Nathaniel, equally divided. To my son Thomas my great book by Isaac Pennington. (Isaac Pennington was one of the earliest converts to the preaching of George Fox.) "I will unto my grandson, James Mott, one young horse to his disposal. (At this date James Mott was seventeen years old.) I will unto my wife Sarah Pearsall, for, and in lieu of her right of dower, and for keeping and maintaining my old Negro man Jack, as long as my wife liveth, the following articles, viz: - two good leather beds and full furniture, and all my negro bedding, and all my grain, either growing, cut, or in store at the time of my decease, and all my flax and wool, and yarn, and new cloth and cattle hides, leather and soap, and meat, and all other provisions which I have in store in my house, either meat, or drink, and one of my negro men, and one of my negro women, such of them as she shall choose, and my negro girl named Priss, and if I should chance to dye when I have cattle a fatting, my wife shall have them for the provision of herself and family, at my wife's disposal.
I will and bequeath all of my printed books to my wife Sarah Pearsall, to my son Samuel Pearsall, to my daughter Sarah Alsop, to my daughter Hannah Hawxhurst, my daughter Mary Seaman, and my daughter-in-law Mary Pearsall, the widow of my son Nathaniel Pearsall, to be equally divided among them.
To my wife an equal one-fifth part of remaining movable estate no disposed of; one-fifth to daughter Sarah Alsop, one-fifth to daughter Mary Seaman, and the interest on one-fifth to daughter Hannah Hawxhurst, and the principal at such time as my executors shall think proper, the remaining fifth part to be sold and converted into money, of which 10 pounds to my son Samuel, 10 pounds to my daughter-in-law, Mary Pearsall, and the remainder to be paid to my granddaughter, Elizabeth Hicks, on condition that her father, Benjamin Hicks, pays the money he owes on bond to me for the use of my grandson, James Mott, but if my executors cannot recover the money from Benjamin Hicks, then the said remainder of said fifth part, I will to my grandson, James Mott, or so much as will clear the bond, at five per cent interest on interest.
"I will to my son Thomas Pearsall, his heirs and assigns (on condition hereafter expressed), my houses, building, lands and improvements where I now dwell at Hempstead Harbour, bounded as follows: on the west by Hempstead Harbour, on the north by Jacob Mott's land, on the east by the Musketo Cove road that leads to the plains, on the south partly by Sylvanus Townsend's land, and partly by Michael Mudge's land, and partly by the highway that leads to the landing by my house, until it runs so far westerly as Mudge's land, and then running southerly to his land to William Kirk's land, and then by Kirk's land to Hempstead Harbour, be it in quantity of acres more or less": also to Thomas a piece of wood land adjoining Mudge's land, as described, "on condition in the first place that my wife have the best room in my house, and as much cellar room as she shall have occasion to use, and full liberty to get firewood for her use of the land which I give to my son Thomas (but not to sell any timber), and my son Thomas, his heirs or executors, to find and provide fodder and pasture for two cows and two horses for my wife's use, also plot for garden for her use, with full liberty to gather apples in the orchard, "said provisions above given to my wife to be and to remain unto her during her widowhood and no longer," son Thomas, or his executors to pay 1200 pounds to my executors , in three several payments of 400 pounds each, within two years, and of this sum 20 pounds to wife, 20 pounds to pay charges of the law in defense of my title, if necessary: 270 pounds to pay debts I owe on bonds: 60 pounds to my son Samuel: 30 pounds to granddaughter Sarah Pearsall, daughter of deceased son Nathaniel: and the interest of 670 pounds for use of my wife as long as she remains my widow. Then follow a number of small details of the subdivision of this money, including 25 pounds to granddaughter Jane Pearsall, daughter of son Nathaniel, and 80 pounds to daughter Sarah Alsop, 80 pounds to be paid to "granddaughter Elizabeth Hicks, if she behaves well," my executors to pay her the money when she is of age, if my executors have got all the money which her father, Benjamin Hicks owes me on bond. But if my executors have not got all the money, they are required to keep it out of the 80 pounds, etc. "And whereas I have been at charge, in a great measure, to bring up and to educate my grandson, James Mott, I do therefore order my executors to take and receive three pounds for the use of my daughters, when he is of lawful age, but in case the said James Mott should dye under age and leaving no lawful child, then I order my executors to deduct a reasonable reward for his education, and for the trouble I have been at in keeping him, to be paid out of his estate, to be judged by impartial men." What Samuel owes for use of James Mott, to be taken out of his legacy. Wife to have use of all my negroes during widowhood, and wife to have use of my clock.
Executors: Son Thomas Pearsall, Grandson Israel Pearsall, Kinsmen David Underhill, Samuel Underhill, Abraham Underhill and Thomas Underhill. Witnesses: William Kirk, Samuel Willis, Henry Burtis and Richard Kirk. The will was proved on the 5th of March, 1760.

This will is of interest in showing that James Mott was "in a great measure" brought up by his Grandfather Thomas Pearsall, and moreover that James Mott's inheritance from his own father, Richard Mott, had been in part "put out on bond" by his Grandfather Thomas Pearsall, who afterward found it difficult in at least one case to recover either interest or principal."