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CAPT. JOHN FRED and MARTHA HARRING
Posted by: Sharilyn Whitaker (ID *****3029) Date: January 10, 2004 at 15:11:04
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Looking for information about Captain John Fred, probably born ca 1690, who says in his will he had a brother Henry and a sister Elizabeth Fred. His wife was Martha Haring, and see her will below.

Any information would be very much appreciated.

Sharilyn Whitaker
sharilyn@northcoast.com

Abstracts of Wills Vol V 1754-1760, pages 43 & 44:
Page 163.--In the name of God, Amen. I, JOHN FRED, of New York, mariner, being at present in good health, this 28 of March, 1737. I direct all debts and funeral expenses to be paid. I leave to my wife Martha all my furniture,
household goods, kitchen stuff, and my gold and silver, Also all my negro slaves, male and female; I also leave to my wife all that the rest of my estate, real and personal, during her widowhood, for the support of my son,
John Fred, till he is of age, when he is to receive 1/2 and the other half after the death of my wife. If he should happen to die, then I leave my estate to my brother, Henry Fred, and my sister, Elizabeth Fred. I make my wife Martha, and my kinsman, Simon Johnson, of New York, Esq., executors.

Witnesses, John King, Charles Beekman, Jr., Catharine Mackpheadrix. Proved,
February 26, 1755. Catharine Mackpheadrix was then the wife of Robert Gilbert
Livingston, "merchant."

[NOTE.--Captain John Fred lived on the lot, in New York, bounded south by Pearl street and east by Ferry street. A small part of it was taken for Ferry street. --W. S. P.]

Abstracts of Wills Vol V 1754-1760, pages 188-190:
Page 345.--In the name of God, Amen. I, MARTHA FRED, of New York, widow,
being weak of body this 12 of July, 1756. I leave to my loving cousins,
Margaret and Susanah Johnson, children of my loving cousin, Simon Johnson, of
New York, Gent., all my furniture, household goods, and kitchen stuff, and
gold and silver, and my wearing apparell, gold chains, Diamond and Gold
rings, and all made up or wrought gold and silver, and all my slaves. My
executors are to sell all my house and ground where I now live, situate in
Montgomerie Ward, in New York. "I leave to the Rector and Inhabitants of the
city of New York in Communion of the Church of England as by Law established
500, to be put at interest with sufficient securities, and the interest
shall be used in the fall of every year towards the clothing of the Poor
children of Trinity Church School House, But this gift is upon this
condition, that my executors shall be permitted (which I order them to do) to
affix to or upon some open and conspicuous place in said Trinity Church, and
there for ever to remain, a Frame and Picture wherein shall be written and
inscribed in Large Golden letters the Contents and Substance of this Legacy
or Bequest, the wording whereof I submit to my executors. But if the
Corporation of said church shall neglect or refuse to comply with this
request, then the said Legacy to be void and the sum to go to my legatees." I
leave to my cousin, Simon Johnson, 500. To my cousins, Margaret and Susanah
Johnson, each 500. To my nephew, John Fred Herring, son of my late brother,
Benjamin Herring, 200. To the other 4 children [not named] of my brother,
Benjamin Herring and his wife Wyndlyna, 100 each. I leave to Benjamin
Herring, son of my late nephew, Aaron Herring, 300. To Isaac Herring, the
other son of my nephew, Aaron Herring, 200, to be put at interest till they
are of age. To my cousin, Mary Hude, daughter of my cousin, James Hude, Esq.,
100. To Edward Cowenhoven, of New York, joiner, 50. To Richard Jeffries,
God son of my late husband, 100. All the rest to Benjamin and Isaac, sons of
Aaron Herring, and to the 5 children of my brother, Benjamin Herring,
deceased, when they are of age. I make Simon Johnson and James Hude
executors. Witnesses, Elizabeth Sharpas, Mary Peck, John White.

Codicil, January 6, 1757.--Upon mature and deliberate consideration, I revoke
the legacy of 100 left to Richard Jeffries, especially as I have been very
disobligingly used by him, And I give 50 to John Burchil, son of Captain
(???) Burchil, of New York, mariner, and God son of my late husband. I leave
to Christina, daughter of Samuel Farmer, merchant, and my God daughter, 25,
and to Mary Spader, "a girl or maid that now liveth with me," 25.

Witnesses, Jane Caner, Mary Peck, John White, cordwainer. Proved, September
27, 1757.

[NOTE.--Martha Fred was the widow of Captain John Fred. Her dwelling house
was the west corner of Pearl street and Ferry street. A part of the lot was
taken for the latter street, but only a very small part. It would be
interesting to know if the terms of the legacy to Trinity Church were
complied with.-- W. S. P.]


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