Third Generation


11. Nicholas Groat was baptized on 29 April 1739 at Dutch Reformed Church in Rhinebeck Flats, Dutchess Co., NY57 (sp. Niclaas Link & Catrina Smit). There is a Nicholas Graat that was in a militia commanded by Capt. Phillip J. Schuyler from 12 May - 2 Dec. 1755. Not sure if it is this Nicholas but also in the Company is a Johannes Graat and Edward Wheeler. Nicholas was a member Capt Johannis Hogeboom's Company in 1767. In 1779 "Nicolas Graadt" was taxed £17 18s 4d as living in the "west district" of Claverack. He died in 1818 in Western, Oneida Co., NY.

In the name of God Amen: I Nicholas Groat of the town of Western, County of Oneida, State of New York being weak in body but sound in mind & memory do make publick & declare this to be my last will and testament in manner & form following that is to say.

Firstly - I give and bequeath to my two grandchildren Ephraim Race and Ira Race, sons of Thomas Race, all my real estate consisting of the farm on which I now live, together with piece of woodland of about twelve or fourteen acres lying on the same lot the east side of Mohawk River together with all the farming utensils belonging to said farm - together with all the horses, one half of sheep, grindstone, shovel & tongs and andirons shop.

Secondly - I give to Elizabeth Marshall, my daughter, wife of Daniel Marshal, my fall leaf table and a pair of linnen sheets.

Thirdly - I give to my son-in-law Daniel Marshal all the debts he is owing me to the principal and interest which shall be due at my decease.

Fourthly - I give & bequeath to my daughter Catharine Fitch, wife of Nathaniel Fitch, my woolen wheel & three common chairs.

Fifthly - I give to my daughter Polly Ward, wife of Jacob Ward, my large chest which belonged to her brother William together with two common chairs.

Sixthly - I give to my daughter Lena Race, wife of Thomas Race, one good cow, my weaving loom with all the tackel and tools appertaining, my clock, & bed & bedstead with all covering thereunto belonging, my morning pan, hetchel, two milk pots, peper mill, patent headed woolen wheel, five pail kettle, large dinner pot and large chest.

Seventhly - I give to my daughter, Stina Ellis, wife of Daniel Ellis, six pewter plates, one chest, one small iron kettle.

Eighthly - I give to my son Phillip Groat all my wearing apparrell.

Ninthly - I give to my grandson, Nicholas Groat, son of Philip Groat, my musket and acoutrements.

Tenthly - I give to my grandson Nicholas Groat Salisbury my sword cane.

Eleventhly - I give to my grandchild, Catherine Hawkins, daughter of Thomas Race, my linnen wheel.

Twelfthly - I give to my grandchild, Nancy Race, daughter of Thomas Race, one linen wheel.

Thirteenthly - I give to my grandchild Sarah Race, daughter of Thomas Race, my small chest & light stand, spider and dinner pot.

Fourteenthly - I give to my grandchild Stina Race, daughter of Thomas Race, my looking glass.

Fifteenthly - I give to grandchildren, Joseph Beckwith, Polly Vanamber, wife of Mathew Vanamber, Patience Nicholas, Asa Beckwith jun., Sarah Beckwith and Ira Beckwith, children of my daughter Sarah Beckwith, to each of them a good sheep.

Sixteenthly - I order & direct that all the remaining part of my property which I have not disposed of in this will be equally divided among my heirs.

Lastly - I hereby appoint Henry Wager and George Brayton sole executors to this my last will and testament, hereby disannulling and revoking all former wills by me heretofore made. Signed sealed & published and declared by the above named Nicholas Groat to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have been unto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. Clift French Nicholas Groat Patience Omar Henry Wager

Be it remembered that on the 16th day of September 1818 before me, Joshua Hathaway, Surrogate in & for the County of Oneida came Clift French who being duly sworn to say that he saw Nicholas Groat the above testator execute the will of which the foregoing is a true copy on record, by making his mark that he heard him declare it as afor his last will & testament that he appeared to be of sound & disposing mind & memory that he this testament with the other witness subscribed the same in presence of the testator & in presence of each other. J. Hathaway

Maria Wheeler was baptized on 28 August 1743 at Reformed Dutch Church in Albany, Albany Co., NY.56 Two records from the IGI both have the same christening date of 17 May 1743 in Montgomery, Orange Co., NY. One says that the child is Marytje, dau.of John Frederick Weller & Anna Margaretha Jochin. The other says she is Maria, dau. of Johann Fredrick Weller & Anna Margaretha Koch.

Nicholas Groat and Maria Wheeler had the following children:

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Johannes Groat was baptized on 23 October 1763 at Kinderhook Reformed Church in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY.54

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Elizabeth Groat.

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Magdelena Groat.

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Catherine "Caty" Groat.

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Maria "Polly" Groat was baptized on 7 October 1770 at Kinderhook Reformed Church in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY54 (wit. Jacob Philip Jun. & Maria Philip). She married Jacob Ward

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Jesina Groat was baptized on 30 August 1772 at Kinderhook Reformed Church in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY54 (wit. Myndert Vosburgh & Annatje Goes).

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Philip Groat.

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William Groat was baptized on 26 May 1776 at Kinderhook Reformed Church in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY54 (wit. Willem Van Slycke & Dorothea Vosburgh).

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Christina "Stina" Groat was born on 21 August 1780 in Claverack, Columbia Co., NY.55 She was baptized on 27 August 1780 at Claverack Dutch Reformed Church in Claverack, Columbia Co., NY55 (sp. Petrus Grod & Maria Carnikan).

>Stina and Daniel Ellis were married in 1802 in Adams, Jefferson Co., NY. Daniel Ellis was born on 23 August 1780. He died in 1862 in Ellisburg, Jefferson Co., NY.

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Sarah Groat.

Census records
1790 Claverack, Columbia Co., NY Nicholas Groot 2m(16 & over), 2m(under 16), 5 females
1800 (p. 208) Western, NY 1m(26-44), 1m(45 and over), 2f(under 10), 1f(26-44), 1f(45 and over)
1810 Western, NY 1m(26-44), 1m(45 and over), 2f(under 10), 1f(26-44), 1f(45 and over)