Will of Thomas Ford
Will of Thomas Ford
Will dated
September 5, 1787; witnesses - VanRoom Robins, Daniel Hendrickson, Robt. Lawrence
Codicil dated
December 5, 1787
Inventory taken
March 10, 1791 for £89.12.9 made by VanRoom Robins and David Rulon
     (File 7769-7770L, 8193-8194L)
Will proved
March 21, 1791
Foord (Ford), Thomas of Windsor Twsp., Middlesex Co.
at Lib. 32, p. 429 from Archives of the State of New Jersey, Abstracts of Wills 1791-95, Series I vol. 37

Wife, Ann, a horse and side saddle, 1 cow and all household goods she brought with her; also privileges of the house, pasture, etc., and ½ of the profits of plantation while she remains my widow. Son, Stephen, use of plantation for 10 years after my decease. Grandson, Thomas Ford, (son of son, Stephen), the plantation whereon I now live at the expiration of 10 years after my decease, he paying debts and legacies. To daughter, Margaret Webster, £5. Daughter, Martha Appleton, £5. Granddaughter, Sarah Ford, £5. Moveables to be sold to pay debts. Executors - son Stephen Ford, and grandson, Thomas Ford.

Codicil: Having failed to mention grandson, James Ford, to him £300, to be paid by his brother Thomas, when he comes into possession of plantation.

Several features of this Will are curious:
Thomas Ford only names 3 of his grandchildren by his son, Stephen Ford, although the Family Bible of John & Hannah (Robbins) Dickson lists many more who were probably born before their grandfather's death
The Abstract implies that the legacies to his daughters and granddaughter will not be paid until his grandson, Thomas Ford, comes into his own legacy ten years hence
The legacy to James Ford, in the Codicil, far exceeds the value of the estate at the time of the inventory, as well as the other bequests. Is this a transcription error?