The will of William H. Posten of Navesink, who died on Monday, March 12th, was probated last week. Mr. Posten left a widow, four daughters and two sons. One of his sons is Amzi M. Poston, the present freeholder from Middletown township. The other son is William H. Posten, Jr., who is in business at Atlantic Highlands. The daughters are Mary M., wife of Adelbert Clark; Sarah, wife of John W. Davis, and Miss Blanche Posten.
Mr. Posten's estate is valued at $40,000 to $50,000. After providing for the payment of his debts he gave to his wife, Sarah Posten, the homestead house and lot and all the furniture and household goods on the premises. Mrs. Posten is also to have the interest on $9,000 and she is privileged to spend $2,000 of this amount in any way she pleases. At her death the $9,000, or the remaining $7,000, if she spends the $2,000 allowed her, is to be divided equally among Mr. Posten's sons and daughters.
The bequeaths to Mr. Posten's children were as follows:
To Amzi M. Posten, $2,500; also the house and lot of land known as the Davis lot, formerly occupied by Amzi M. Posten; the house and lot of land of First avenue at Atlantic Highlands occupied by Amzi M. Posten as an undertaking establishment, and all the personal property that I own in the undertaking business.
To Mary H. Clark, $3,000.
To Cornelia A. Roberts, $3,000.
To William H. Posten, the cottage and the one lot of land on Third avenue at Atlantic Highlands; also the sum of $3,000, this being the stock held in the store now occupied by said William H. Posten, Jr., that being the sum that I put in said store as stock.
To Sarah Davis, $3,000.
To Blanche Posten, $4,000.
The house owned by Mr. Posten, with the blacksmith shop adjoining, and a piece of woodland of about 5½ acres at the Highlands, are to be sold as soon as his executors shall decide to do so. When this last has been done all the estate which remains after the payment of the special legacies mentioned will be divided equally among Mr. Posten's widow and his six children. The executors are Mr. Posten's widow and his two sons. The will was made June 18th, 1891, and the witnesses were George H. Sickles and Fred Sickles.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Apr 11 1900