John Dey, Son of John Laurens Dey

John Dey, the son of John Laurens Dey, was born on Staten Island, New York in 1711 and he died in Monmouth County, New Jersey in 1772

John served in the militia as a Captain of the Second Regiment, from Middelsex County, New Jersey, and is listed in the Official Register of Officers and Men (Stryker, p. 389). and the DAR Patriot Index, 1774-1783. His commanding officers were Colonel John Wetherill, Colonel John Neilson, Lieutenant Colonel Azariah Dunham, First Major John Duychinck (who is reported in Stryker to have deserted to the enemy), and Lieutenant Colonel Richard Lott.

John Dey married Mary Applegate (Although this is in dispute by some who claim that more evidence is needed, I include this link because the circumstantial evidence which is outlined in this link is compelling.) They (John and his wife) were members of the First Baptist Church of Hightstown, NJ. John died 1, Oct, 1776 and Mary on 13 June 1799 in Middlesex Co, NJ [from Dye Data supplied by Sherry Neff -- note the difference in date of death for John Dey - 1772 and 1776]

Regina Berry notes : "This family group is based on the listing of children in a will of John Dey, Monmouth Co, NJ. There is some evidence to indicate a line through a John and Anne Dey of NJ, then Hans Lawrence on Staten Island, then Laurens Duyts of New Amsterdam. Much research needed here. Some wills exist; but other records are needed to substatiate the line as proven."

A hand written (by a J.O. Dye) copy of his will reads as follows:

Will of John Dey, Son of John Laurens

Will of John Dey, Son of John Laurens

Regina Barry has provided the following copy of John Dey's will.

Early NJ Wills Vol 18 Pgs 40ff
FHC microfilm 0522722

In the name of God Amen this sixteenth day of February Anno Dom One thousand seven hundred and seventy I John Dy of the South Ward of Pearth Amboy in the County of Middlesex and Province of New Jersey Yeoman being now in sound mind and memory but calling to mind the Mortality of the Body do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament, and do hereby revoke, disanal, and make void all other Wills and Testaments. By me heretofore made allowing and confessing this and no Other to be my last Will and Testament AND in the first place I give and reccomend my Soul to God AND touching such worldly estate which God has given me in this Life I give and disperse of it all, in the following manner. & form With all the Exceptions therein mentioned. And in the first place here I give & bequeath unto my well-beloved wife Mary Thirty pounds worth out of any part of my personal estate at her choice when appraised at the real value to her her heirs & assigns forever. Also I give unto my said wife Mary as long as she remains my widow the use of any one room in my now dwelling house, garden room ready fenced, firewood cut short at her door, fruit for her use of every kind that my plantation produces with Liberty of water & to come & go as she pleases all which said Profits and privileges I give to her or any under her. Also ten pounds proclamation
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Money per year to be paid unto her yearly and every year by my executors hereafter named all to be taken outof the profits of my land. Again I order all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid or some loan con.... with out of my moveable estates or lands. AGAIN after my wifes dower of thirty pounds & other debts and charges are fully paid THEN the residue and remainder of my whole estate real & personal I give & dispose of it all unto my six children & one grandson NAMELY unto my sons John Dy Thomas Dy Wm Dy Ezekial Dy and Amos Dy & my daughter Patience Mount to each of them one equal share and unto my grandson Ezekial Rogers one quarter or fourth part as much, as one of my said children which I give respectively to them to each of their heirs and assigns forever (excepting what is herein excepted) only always allowing that my sd son William and my sd daughter Patience shall each of them pay out of their share or legacie ten pounds twenty in all unto my said son Ezekial when he shall be twenty one years old. Again I order all my plantations and other estate to be sold or otherwise divided as all my said children can or shall conclude on But do advise that two of my said sons may keep all my lands and possessions, at a price that men indifferently chosed by my said children shall set & pay of the others shares and legacies. Again I order that my Executors shall act for my legaties whilst in NonAge & hold their legacies until that ..... arrive to fill age. AGAIN I order my son Ezekial to serve his mother until of full age but leave it to the discretion of my sd wife & execuotrs wether to bind him out to a trade and AGAIN I give to my son Ezekial a colt called his colt and my hunting gun. Again I order and my will is that if either one or more of my
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Legaties Dies with Issue then their portion to be Equally divided amongst the surviving of my sd children. AGAIN I order & my Will is that if my said Wife dies without Will her portion to be equally divided amongst all my said children. LASTLY I Ordain and Appoint my three sons John Dy Junr & Thomas Dy & Amos Dy Execrs of this my last will and Testament. Signed Sealed Published and pronounced by the said John Dy to be his last will and Testament. In prescence of sd John Dy

Peter Perrine, Isaac Perrine, Nat.l Fitzrandolph.

Be it remembered that on the first day of Octbr 1776 personally appeared Peter Perrine and Nathaniel Fitzrandolph two of the Witnesses to the within Will who being respectively sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God did Severally declare and say that they and each of them were personally presnt and did see John Dy the testator within named Sign and Seal the same and heard him Publish pronounce & declare it to be his last Will and Testament. That at the doing thereof the said Testator was of sound Mind & Memory so far as these Deponents know and as they verily Believe and that Isaac Perrine the other subscribing witness was present at the same time and Subscribed his Name as a Witness to the said Will together with these Deponents in the presence of the said Testator Peter Perriene hisXmark; Natl Fitz Randolph Sworn the day abovesaid before me Cha: Pettit Surrogate.
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The foregoing Will being Prov'd and Probate was granted by His Excellency Govr Livingston unto John Dy & Thomas Dy Executors in the said Will Named being first sworn truly to perform the same witness a true Inventory & render a true Acct when thereto lawfully required. Given under the Prorogative Seal the day & year aforesaid. Cha: Pettit Regr

Regina's notes continue:

Hugh Vores, , in his history of the Applegate Family in America, notes that:

Ezekiel named five of the sons from his first marriage John, Thomas, William, Amos and Ezekiel. The children of John Laurens Dey frequently used these first names.

[The name "Dye" was "Day" or "dey" which is attested by an old deed which was given by the U.S. Government to Ezekiel Dey and signed by the President, John Adams. Ezekiel deeded the same lands to another party and signed Ezekiel "Dey". Legend explains that as follows : His new neighbors in Pennsylvania changed his name. They called him "Dye: instead of "Dey" and finally he called himself "Dye" and signed accordingly. Thus the change.]

Ezekiel Dye -- Generation 5

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