[New York: 1703]. Folio broadsheet, 8" x 13", laid paper with watermark, completely in small, neat ink manuscript. Heading "In the name of God Amen" in large manuscript. Nicely mounted in thin archival mat frame with recto and verso visible. Horizontal crease from having been folded. Signature of Tho. Howarden with paper seal held with wax. Witness signatures of David Velants, Enoch Hill, and Will. Sharpas. Proved and signed on February 17, 1703, by Viscount Cornbury. Very Good to Near Fine.
Howarden leaves all his houses, lands, and goods to his wife Katharine and her heirs with two exceptions: his daughter Margaret gets 150 pounds with interest, 12 silver forks, 12 silver spoons, and clothing, lodging and diet until she is of age or married; and his widow is to provide support for Jane Vanqualan, widow of Robert Vanqualan, and a decent burial. This will was recorded in the Surrogates Office of the City of New York. ["New York, Wills and Probate Records, 1659-1999," online database accessed at Ancestry website.]
Thomas Howarden married Katharine [Catharine Bedlow or Bedloe] about 1688. Their daughter Margaret [1693-1748] married Robert Livingston [1688-1775] of New York's manorial family. Thomas and Katharine had two other children-- son Johannes, born in 1689; and sister Elizabeth, born in 1697-- but it appears they both died young as there is no other mention of them following their baptisms. Edward Hyde [1661-1723], 3rd Earl of Clarendon, was the Viscount of Cornbury from 1674 to 1709. Item #34921