DANIEL HORNBECK (1726-abt 1778)

Daniel Hornbeck was born in Ulster County, New York, on 25 September 1726. The Hornbecks had been among the early Dutch settlers in the Hudson River Valley. At some time in the mid- eighteenth century Daniel and his father, John, moved from New York on a migration through Pennsylvania that ended in Hampshire County, Virginia. (Now West Virginia) His third child, Abraham, was born at Big Run in Pennsylvania in 1758. The only other available data about Daniel is found in his will which follows.



In the name of God amen -

I Daniel Hornbeck of the county of Hampshire and Colony of Virginia being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament this third day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seventy eight in manner following that is to say I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my exectrix. Such worldly estate as it has pleaseth God to bless me with I bequeath in the following manner and form -

First I constitute and ordain that all my debts and funeral charges shall he paid & after that I will and bequeath unto my loving wife Magdelen one third of a tract of land whereon I now dwell containing forty-three acres while she remains a widow but if she marries, she shall not obtain any part thereof

Secondly I will and bequeath to my loving sons Abraham, ,Tames and Solomon three surveys to be divided equally & as my loving wife is now with child I ordain that if it should be a son that the three surveys shall be divided equally among al1 four sons, but if a daughter, she shall obtain an equal part with the rest my daughters. I also ordain that  all movables whatsoever shall be divided equally among my children -

Thirdly I will and bequeath to Them. Leary sons Daniel & Dennis one daughter's part. Likewise to John Anderson's three children, Mary, Thomas & Margrt one daughter's part. It shall be kept in the hands of the executrix till such time they shall be of age. If said Anderson is dead, it shall be delivered to Elizabeth Anderson.

Lastly I will & bequeath to Abraham Coffman a horse or mare valued to twelve pounds. I also will to Catharine Coffman one sheep. Likewise to Susannah Coffman one sheep.

I do hereby make & ordain my loving wife Magdelen & my son Abraham Hornbeck sole executors of this my last will and testament to see the same performed according to my meaning. I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke & disannul all and every other former testament & will by me in any wise before named willed & bequeathed ratifying & confirming this & no other to he my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above written -

(his Mark)

Daniel Hornbeck