New Jersey Wills - 1899 - Hannah Drummond Hopper and John Keegan

Mrs. Hannah Drummond Hopper of Eatontown and John Keegan of Port Monmouth Leave Part of Their Estates to Churches.

Among the wills probated at Freehold last week were those of Mrs. Hannah Drummond Hopper of Eatontown and John Keegan of Port Monmouth. Both of these persons left bequests of considerable amount to churches in which they were interested. The church to which Mr. Keegan left some of his money was the Catholic church at New Monmouth, while the churches which will be benefited through Mrs. Hopper’s will are the Protestant churches of Shrewsbury and Eatontown.

Mrs. Hopper’s will was made November 22d, 1894, with James Steen and Bloomfield D. Wolcott as witnesses. Christ church, Shrewsbury will receive $300 from her estate; the first Baptist church of Eatontown will receive $300; the Eatontown Methodist church will receive $300; and the Shrewsbury Presbyterian church will receive $300.

In addition to these bequests to churches Mrs. Hopper left $2,000 to her nephew, Frederick Breautigam; $1,000 to her nephew A. Drummond Schroeder; $500 to Maggie Hunt, daughter of her dead husband, John Hopper; $500 to Ruliff F. Hopper, her dead husband’s brother; $300 and a desk to Mrs. Susie Schroeder, widow of her nephew Henry Schroeder; $200 to Mary VanBrunt formerly wife of Alfred VanBrunt; $300 each to Hannah Bradford, Abigail Amanda Masters and Addie Bradford, the three daughters of Catharine Bradford, deceased; and $50 each to the three daughters of Julia Maps, deceased, who was a sister of Mrs. Hopper’s husband.

All of Mrs. Hopper’s clothes are to go to her three nieces, Clara H. Mason, Elizabeth S. Mason and Ella M. Southwick, daughters of Mrs. Hopper’s dead sister, Mrs. Ann C. Switzer.

After the payment of the legacies mentioned in the will all the rest of the estate is to be equally divided among the three daughters of Mrs. Switzer and A. Drummond Schroeder, one-quarter of the residue going to each. The executors of the will are Edward H. Ward of Deal and Ruliff H. Hopper of Eatontown.

John Keegan gave $1,000 to St. Mary’s church at New Monmouth, to be used in saying masses for the repose of his soul and for the repose of the souls of his deceased wife and daughter. A clause is inserted in the will providing that if for any reason this bequest shall be deemed invalid then the money is to go to St. Mary’s church absolutely. In addition to this bequest Mr. Keegan left $500 to Rev. John O’Connor, pastor of the church.

Mr. Keegan left $400 to be divided equally among Catharine Mooney, Mary Mooney and John Mooney, children of his dead niece, Jane Mooney. Mr. Keegan’s friend, Jeremiah Sullivan, living near Derrick G. Campbell’s at New Monmouth, is to get $50 every six months for five years, and has the privilege of being buried in Mr. Keegan’s burial plot. Mr. Keegan’s farm of twenty acres, on the east side of the road leading from Bray’s Landing to the Keyport and Port Monmouth road, and known as the John K. Carhart farm, is left to his son-in-law, John Naughton, as long as he shall live, and at his death it is to go to Robert Chester Naughton, the adopted son of Mr. Keegan’s deceased daughter. The house and an acre of ground however, as well as all the farming implements, etc. are to go to John Naughton absolutely, but only in case Mr. Naughton shall pay a note of $600 which Mr. Keegan says in his will that he endorsed for Mr. Naughton’s accomodation (sic). All the rest of the estate is to go to Robert Chester Naughton, the adopted son of Mr. Keegan’s dead daughter.

Mr. Keegan’s will was made February 3d, 1899, while he was in a hospital at Newark. Patrick Kelly, who lives between Port Monmouth and Keansburg, was made executor of the will.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, March 15, 1899