New Jersey Wills - 1899 - William Henry Hendrickson

W. H. Hendricksonís Will

His Estate Estimated To Be Worth $225,000

The Greater Part Will be Equally Divided Among his Three Sons and His Daughter-A Number of Special Bequests

The will of ex-Senator William Henry Hendrickson was admitted to probate last week. Mr. Hendrickson bequeathed to his wife Rebecca all the money and securities, household goods, etc. which she had at the time of her marriage to him, and all that she had since become possessed of by gift, purchase or otherwise. Mr. Hendrickson also provided for the support of his wife on the homestead farm, and for the support and care of such horses as she might desire to keep. She was also left $5,000 absolutely, and the interest on $10,000 as long as she should live or as long as she should remain his widow.

To Charles D. Hendrickson, one of Mr. Hendricksonís sons who died a few weeks ago, was left a mortgage of $15,000 which was held by Mr. Hendrickson on the farm he had given to his son, and which sum of $15,000 Mr. Hendrickson had advanced to Charles D. Hendrickson during his lifetime. The executors were also instructed to cancel all notes or other obligations held by him against Charles D. Hendrickson. May C. Hendrickson, daughter of Charles D. Hendrickson, was bequeathed $2,000, to be paid to her in one year from Mr. Hendricksonís death.

Mr. Hendricksonís sons Henry and James P. each receives $6,000 in cash, his son William receives $12,000 in cash and his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Baron, receives $18,000 in cash. James P. gets the homestead farm, William is bequeathed the George W. Walling farm, and Henry also receives a farm.

Mrs. Lizzie Baron, who was Mr. Hendricksonís daughter by his first wife, is to get all her motherís keepsakes, and all her motherís personal effects. Each of the children received some keepsakes from their father. William receives all the old deeds and papers belonging to his father and also his fatherís library; Henry receives the family eight-day clock; and James P. receives the safe, a gold watch and chain, and the gold-headed cane which was given to Mr. Hendrickson by his colleagues in the New Jersey senate. The household goods, live stock, farm machinery, etc. were apportioned among the children in such a manner that each of the farms bequeathed to the sons will have a full equipment of stock, farm machinery and household furniture.

After these bequests are made all the rest of the estate is to be divided equally among the four children, Henry, James P., William and Mrs. Lizzie Baron.

The will was made October 11th, 1893, with Arthur M. Brown and Benjamin B. Ogden of Keyport as witnesses. In the will William H. Hendrickson, Jr., and Alfred Walling, Jr., were named as executors. After Mr. Wallings death a year or so ago a codicil was made to the will, naming William H. Hendrickson, Jr., James P. Hendrickson, Henry S. Little and Rens. W. Dayton as executors.

Mr. Hendricksonís estate is estimated to be worth about $225,000. About two thirds of the estate is in cash or securities and the rest is in real estate. In addition to his large farms, which aggregated nearly a thousand acres, Mr. Hendrickson left real estate in Keyport, Matawan and other parts of the county.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, March 8, 1899