["New York, Probate Records, 1629-1971," images, FamilySearch ( https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-28663-32305-24?cc=1920234&wc=9V3X-7M9:213306101,226244501 : accessed 20 January 2015), New York - Wills 1665-1683 vol 1 - image 230 of 323; county courthouses, New York.]
Dirick left all his property to his well-beloved wife Ann for her widowhood and directed that, if she did remarry, one half of the property should be shared between his children.* Almost as an afterthought reference is made to "The Estate of the above Dirick that (is) in Holland if it bee recovered is equally to be divided among his seavon children."
The will, signed with his mark, appears in New York probate records the following February (1768/9) along with an account of what he owes and is owed in turn. His four debts "taken from his owne mouth in his greatest extremity" are expressed as various quantities of tobacco with the sterling equivalent added. Only a small amount of tobacco is owed him but he has already paid "Meny ye shoonmaker" for three pairs of shoes, and is waiting for a firkin of soap, three deerskins, and "one mare" and "one three yeare old horse."
According to an entry for his family** in The Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey** Dirick died as a result of a kick from a horse he was shoeing. I haven't been able to discover where this information originally comes from, and even if it's true, I don't know if he considered himself a blacksmith. But horses definitely belong in his story!
*Dirick comes into my direct line through his daughter Sarah.
**Spelled Aaronson there.
***Francis Bazley Lee, Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1910 - New Jersey.
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