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1699 Abraham Hewling returned John Mills for his successor as constable of Wellingborough, but John Mills did not appear and Abraham Hewling was instructed to take John Mills before a justice to attest to serve in the office of constable for the ensuing year. Dated February 20, 1698/99 at the Burlington court. [1]

1709 John Mills dated his will on April 17 in Chesterfield Twp, Burlington County, New Jersey. The will named wife Mary and eldest son Michael and four youngest children [unnamed]. Witnesses Constantine Wood, Zachariah Jess, John Scholey, Charles Woolverton. Proved May 3, 1709. [2] [3] [4] Transcription:

In the name of god amen John Mills of the county of Burlington and province of New Jersey being in perfect memory praise be therefore given to almighty god do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally of commend My soule into the hands of almighty god hoping through the merits death and passion of my savior Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to ? everlasting life and forgiveness my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion Of my executrix hereafter named and as touching The disposition of all such temporal estate as it Hath pleased almighty god to bestow upon me I give And dispose thereof as followeth First I will that my debts and funeral charges That be paid and discharged Item ? and bequeath to my eldest son Michael Mills one shilling sterling money of England and The rest of all my whole estate both real and Personal unto my deere and loving wife Mary Mills My full and ? of this my last will and Testament ? order for her maintenance during Her widowhood and at her decease if she dies a Widdo in my name that then all my estate as aforesaid To be disposed of by her amongst my four youngest Children at her discretion and do hereby revoke ? null and make void all former wills and testaments By me heretofore made in witness I the said John Mills to this my last will and testament being Contained in one sheet of paper set my hand and seal The seventeenth day of April one thousand seven Hundred and nine" Signed sealed and declared - John Mills - To be my last will and Testament in the presence Of Constantine Wood, Zachariah Jess, John Scholey, Charles Woolverton.

Witness Burlington the third day of May 1709 We Constantine Wood, John Schooley and Charles Woolston do solemnly declare in the presence of Almighty God, the witness of the ? of what we say that we were present and saw the testator John Mills signe seale publish and declare the within written to be his last Will and testament and that at the time of the publishing thereof He was of sound and perfect understanding and memory to the best of their knowledge and belief and that at the same Time we saw Zachariah Jess signe the same as witness ? In presence Of the testator John Scooley, Charles Woolason, Constantine Wood Burlington ? ? appeared before me Richard ? Governor of her Majesty Province of New Jersey ? Constantine Wood, John Schooley and Charles Woolston whose Solemn affirmation did declare that they were present And saw the testator John Mills xxx Perfect understanding and memory to the best of their Knowledge and belief and that at the same time Zachariah ess the ? as witness thereto in the presence Of the testator.

A true and perfect inventory of the goods and chattels Of John Mills of the township of Chesterfield and County of Burlington and province of New Jersey yeoman Lately deceased taken and apprised by us under written Apprisors this second day of may anno domony 1709. Household items, farm tools, 19 cattle, 3 calves, 2 mares, a gelding, 5 books, 6 acres of corn, 2 hives of bees. Michael Newbold, Thomas Dugliss, Richard Ridgway junior. Burlington the 3rd May 1709. Appeared before me Richard … New Jersey New York ? Mary Mills ? Within will and took her oath … inventory

Research Notes:

Joshua Milles, who lived in the same area at the same time as Michael Milles, is shown here, speculatively, as a possible brother.

1632 (7 Charles I) On 6 October and 12 January, Michael Milles, yeoman, of St. Andrew's, Holborn, was indicted at Westminster for not attending church. [5]

1658 On 4 April, Michaell Miles, son of Nicholas and Mary Miles, was born in Godalming Parish, Surrey, England. [6]

1662 On 1 January, Elizabeth Milles, daughter of Joshua Milles was buried in Surrey, England. [7]

1684 Michael Miells was buried 15 May 1684 in Surrey, England. [8]

1725 Francis Milles lived in Burlington County and purchased land there.

1727-8 Jan. 31, Inventory of the personal estate of Nicholas Mills, £22.15.9, a Bible and 4 other books I is.; made by James Patterson, James MacDaniel and Edward Woolley. [9]

1714 Zachariah Jess married Hannah or Rachel Lippincott, daughter of Restore and Hannah Shattock Lippincott.


Footnotes:

[1] H. Clay Reed and George J. Miller, The Burlington Court Book. A Record of Quaker Jurisprudence in West New Jersey 1680-1709, Vol. 5 (1944), 213, 219.

[2] New Jersey Record of Wills, 1705-1804, 1-232, image 142, [FamilySearchImage].

[3] New Jersey Record of Wills, 1-460, 1688-1713, 222, image 150, [FamilySearchImage].

[4] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 23. (Wills and Administrations 1, 1670-1730) (1901), 321, citing Lib. I, p. 232, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].

[5] John Cordy Jeaffreson, Middlesex County Records, Rolls, Books, and Certificates, 1 Charles I to 18 Charles II, 1625-1667, Vol. 3 (1888), 129 and 130, top of 128-131, [HathiTrust].

[6] Henry C. Malden, The Parish Registers of Godalming (Surrey) 1582-1688 (1904), 119, [InternetArchive].

[7] Henry C. Malden, The Parish Registers of Godalming (Surrey) 1582-1688 (1904), 289, [InternetArchive].

[8] Henry C. Malden, The Parish Registers of Godalming (Surrey) 1582-1688 (1904), 313, [InternetArchive].

[9] William Nelson, Documents relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey. Archives Vol. 23. (Wills and Administrations 1, 1670-1730) (1901), 321, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].