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Edward Antill
17 Jun 1701 - 15 Aug 1770

Edward Antill's father was a lawyer of the same name, who came to America from Surrey, England in 1680. Among his clients was the pirate Giles Shelley, whom he saved from hanging. When Edward died, leaving a young Edward Antill, the boy was taken in by the pirate. The boy inherited the fortune of his father and that of Shelley.

Mrs. Antill seems to have possessed somehting of the Governor's whimsical obstinacy and petulance. Mr. Whitehead says Antill was "an oddity," and as an instance thereof relates an incident to the effect that he once expressed to his wife his regret that the women of the day spent so much time in idleness or profitless pursuits, instead of "abiding in the fields with their maidents," gathering flax or grain. The next morning on coming down to breakfast Mr. Antill found the house deserted, and no signs of the matutinal repast. His wife had taken him at his word, and was out in the fields with her handmaidents, pulling flax. This is an illustration of the serious view Mr. Antill took of life.

Documents Relating to the Colonial History of New Jersey Vol Vol XXIV
Page 211
New-York, July 30. We hear from Brunswick, that on the 11th Instant, the House of the Honourable Edward Antill, Esq; near that Place, was accidentally set on Fire, by the Discharge of a Gun: It was not discovered by the People about the House, till they were informed by those who came from the Meadows to their Assistance, which was just in Time to save it; 5 Minutes more would have been too late. The Roof and some other Parts were considerably damaged, before the Fire was extinguished.

TO be sold, by Edward Antill, at his Seat near New-Brunswick, in New-Jersey, four or five Yoke of working Cattle, of different Ages, from 8 to three Years old; they are now fit for Service, being in good Heart, and full Flesh'd, they are fed upon good Hay and Corn.--The New York Mercury, March 1, 1762.

Abstracts of Wills Vol X 1780-1782
-In the name of God, Amen. I, ANN ANTILL, at present of the City of New York, in North America, being of sound mind but old and infirm, etc. I leave to my son Edward my lands in the County of Bergen, in the Province of New Jersey, left to me by the last Will of John Corbett, Esq. I desire that my money in the hands of Charles Lowndes, Esq., given to me by the Will of my deceased sister, Euphamia Norris, be divided into five equal parts and disposed of as follows, viz.: to my grandson, John Collins Antill, son of John Antill, Esq.; to my granddaughter, Isabella Graham Antill, daughter of my son, Edward Antill, Esq.; to my granddaughter, Ann Cochran, daughter of Richard Cochran, Esq.; to my granddaughter, Sarah Morris, daughter of Lieut. Colonel John Morris; and to my granddaughter, Elizabeth Colden Antill, daughter of my son, Lewis Antill, deceased. As to the money given to me by my late beloved husband, Edward Antill, Esq., and any other money I may die possessed of, I desire it may be equally divided among my children. I make my son, John Antill, Esquire, my sole executor.

Dated March 27, 1778. Witnesses, Thomas Davies, Ann Morris, Thos. Skinner, baker. Proved, November 20, 1781.

NOTE.--On December 3, 1781, John Antill, Esq., appeared before the Surrogate for the City and Province of New York, and was duly sworn to the true execution and performance of said Will.

Abstracts of Wills Vol II 1708-1728
In the name of God, Amen. I, Giles Shelley, of New York, merchant, being in good health, sound mind and perfect memory. I leave to my friends, Robert Watts and Robert Lurting, merchants, all that my messuage, farm and lands, situate and lying at the Bowery, and the stock there-on, and the goods and the household stuff, to have and to hold during the life of Mary Peters, wife of Charles Peters. In trust for her to occupy and enjoy. And after her decease, the same is to go to Edward Antill, whom I have adopted and brought up, having no children of my own, and to his heirs and assigns forever. I give to the said Mary Peters 50, and 50 yearly for ten years, also my Indian slaves, Symon, Betty and Jenny, and all these bequests are to be free from the control of her husband. I leave to my aunt, Elizabeth Clarke, of Gravesend in Kent, England, 20 yearly. To John Tudor, Jr., 50 when of age. I leave to my wife 20 and no more. I give, devise, and bequeath to my said child Edward Antill, my two houses and land in the city of New York, and all other lands and tenements whatsoever, to him and his heirs of his body, but in default of such heirs then to my loving friends Anthony Lane and John Lane of Barbadoes, merchants. I leave all the rest of my personal estate to the said Edward Antill; my executors have full power to sell property and to use the proceeds for his maintenance and education. I appoint Robert Watts and Robert Lurting executors. Dated September 22, 1702. Witnesses, Benjamin Ashe, William Bickly, John Davis. I leave to my executors 150 for their care and trouble. Codicil. Whereas I, Giles Shelley, being very sick and apprehensive the hour of my death is drawing near, I confirm my will, except as regards Mary Peters, who since the making of my will is dead, and that part I annul and make void. I leave to my wife 15 per annum for life. I leave to Elizabeth Clarke 20 in addition to her legacy. I leave to Mr. Chambers 50. To the widow Sheppard 50. To Anne, daughter of Edward Antill, 150. I also give to my wife 60 in money or household goods. Dated February 19, 1710. Witnesses, Lancaster


Edward Antill, A NY Merchant of the 17th century, and his Descendents;
William Nelson, Press Printing and Publishing Co., Paterson, N.J., 1899.


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