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or notes bill or bills rent or rents or arrear or arrears of
In witness whereof I the said constituant have here-
Mary Anthony was sworn in as a witness to this Power
Recorded New York City, L. 32, p. 110, for and by the request of Mrs. Magdalen Valleau." Peter Valleau died between August 4, 1744, and April 10, 1745. This approximation is deduced from the best data available, which are: 1. At the baptism* on August 4, 1744, of Samuel, a son of Peter Theodorus Valleau, the witnesses were, Peter Valleau, and in his place Stephanus Burdet, and Magdalene Valleau— the paternal grandmother of the child. The latter being one sponsor, it is a fair inference, from the wording of the entry, that the paternal grandfather was intended for the other one, but was unable, from sickness or other cause, to be present; 2. In the Deed of Gift of his estate to his daughter, Magdalene Valleau, of date April 10, 1745, Peter Fauconnier speaks of her as his widowed daughter.
A search was made for Peter Valleau's will and administration of his estate, but neither could be discovered.
Magdalene Valleau died in June, 1755. There is a tradition that she was buried in the old graveyard of the Paramus Church, but this cannot be verified, so that the place of her burial is unknown.
Last Will and Testament of Magdalene Valleau. J
* See Samuel Valleau. article Peter Theodorus Valleau, p. 47.
t Recorded in Book F of Wills, p. 324, at office of Secretary of State, Trenton, N. J.
and remission of all my Sins and an happy admission into the Regions of Bliss and Immortallity. Item—I Will order and direct that all my just Debts and the just Debts of my ffather Peter Fauconnier Deceased be punctually paid and discharged so soon as conveniently may be by my Executors hereafter named as monies shall arise by the Sale of the Estate. Item—I Will order and Direct that my son Theodorus [he having already received a valuable Share of my Estate] shall receive five pounds out of the monies immediately arising out of the sale of the said Estate. Item—I Will order and Direct that all my Estate both Real and Personal be disposed by my Executors and that my son Peter shall have out of every payment that shall arise out of the sale of my said Estate Twenty pounds till he has received three hundred pounds. Item—I Will order and direct that my son Fauconier shall have One hundred and fifty pounds paid him in like manner out of the said Estate. Item—I Will order and direct that the Overplus of my Estate if any shall be that it be equally Divided share and share alike to & between my Six Children. Item—I Give and bequeath unto my son Theodorus the Bed he now hath in possession. Item—I Give and bequeath unto my son Peter one of the best feather Beds I have. Item—I Give and bequeath unto each of my Children Ten pounds for Mourning apparel. Item—I Give my wearing apparel to my two Daughters in New York Ann and Suzannah to be equally Divided amongst them two And Lastly I do Nominate and appoint my loving Children Theodorus Valleau Peter Valleau Fauconier Valleau & John Bard, Executors of this my last Will and Testament of whom I require that three should at the least join in the Administration and Execution of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Sixth day of July Annoq: Dom: One thousand Seven hundred and forty nine
Mn. Valleau L. S.
Signed Sealed published and Declared by the said Magdalen Valleau to be her last Will and Testament in the Presence of us Abraham Lerou, Stephen Bourdett, Nicklaes Ackermaen
Be it Remembered that on the twenty fourth day of June in the year of Our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and fifty five Abraham Lerou & Stephen Bourdet two of the Witnesses personally appeared before me Uzal Ogden duly authorized to Prove Wills & qual
ify Executors in Essex and Morris Counties and they
Be it Remembered that at the same time Theodorus
Probate Granted by Governor Belcher to Theodorus
Cha. Read Regr"
The following copy of a document relating to the sale of a slave by Magdalene Valleau is of some interest. Unfortunately, the original, owned by Mr. E. A. Marschalk, was so illegible that a fac simile of it could not be used here.
"Know all Men by These presents that Magdalene
in Consideration of the Sum Twenty Corent Money
Stephen Bous Dett Mne Valleau [seal,]"
4 and 5. Pierre and Estienne Fauconnier, twins
These children of Pierre Fauconnier and Madeleine Pasquereau, were baptised June 24, 1686.* They both died young.
6. Estienne Fauconnier
Estienne, the sixth child of Pierre Fauconnier and Madeleine Pasquereau, was baptised April 20, 1689.f The witnesses to this baptism, were Estienne FagetJ and Marguerite Pasquereau. § He died young.
Estienne or Etienne, is Stephen in English. By naming a second son "Estienne," it is evident that the first one was then deceased.
7. Jeanne Elizabeth Fauconnier
Jeanne Elizabeth, the seventh child of Pierre Fauconnier and Madeleine Pasquereau, was born in London, England, in the year 1698. She married: 1. Robert Assheton, August 12, 1725;
2. the Rev. Archibald Cummings, April 8, 1729;
3. the Rev. Robert Jenney, D.D., April 11, 1748.—the three marriages are recorded at Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pa. ||
Jeanne Elizabeth had no children. She died in Philadelphia, Pa., January 11, 1762, aged sixty-four years, surviving her husband but six days. She was interred, with Dr. Jenney, in the aisle in front of the chancel of Christ Church, one stone covering their remains, the inscription upon which is fast becoming obliterated. In the same aisle are buried Robert Assheton, and the Rev. Archibald Cummings.
Robert Assheton was a cousin of William Penn, and a Provincial Councillor of Pennsylvania. He was also Recorder of the City of Philadelphia. Prothonotary of the Supreme Court, and a Master in Chancery. On the 29th of May, 1727, he died suddenly at the Council Table, and was buried in Christ Church, by torchlight, with much pomp, after the English manner of people of distinction. By a former marriage, he had two sons, William, who died in 1723, aged thirty-three years, and Ralph, who died February 20, 1746; the former was a Warden of Christ Church, 1721-1722. Both were Councillors, and are buried in Christ Church. The Assheton family came from Salford, near Manchester, Lancashire, England.
The first wife of the Rev. Archibald Cummings, was Anne Hinton, whom he married at Christ Church, January 26, 1726. She died December 11, 1727, and was buried in the church cemetery. Mr. Cummings died April 19, 1741, aged fifty years, and was buried on the twenty-second day of the month. On April 27, 1727, being then the Rector^ of Christ Church, he laid the corner stone
* Baptisms recorded at French Church, Threadneedle Street, London, England, and quoted from Baird's "Hug. Em. to America," Vol. II, p. 63.
t Baptism recorded at French Church, Threadneedle Street, London, England, and quoted from Baird's "Hug. Em. to America," Vol. II, p. 63.
t 2. December, 1688, Pierre Fauconnier was witness at the baptism of Pierre, son of Estienne Faget— Recorded at French Church, Threadneedle Street, London, England.
§ Marguerite Pasquereau was naturalized at Westminster, London, England, January 31, 1690—Agnew's "Prof. Exiles."
|| Their names are thus entered on the records of Christ Church:
1. Jane E. Falconer and Robt. Ashton.
2. Archibald Cumings and Jane E1U. Asheton.'
3. Jane Elizabeth Cummings and Robert Jermey.
H In the year 1729, the Rev. Archibald Cummings was for the first time styled""Rector;" the title had never been applied to any of his predecessors. This may have been the beginning of such a custom in the Colonies. In 1741, several valuable works were presented by the Rev. Archibald Cummings, the Rector, to the Library belonging to Christ Church. Jane Elizabeth Jenney, at a later period, made an addition to the Library of Christ Church, which fact may partially account for her refusal, in her will, to make further contributions to the same— See "Hist, of Christ Ch\, Philadelphia," by the Rev. Benjamin .Dorr, D.D.
of the present building, Second Street, above Market, Philadelphia. He was Rector fourteen years and seven months, during which incumbency his work is said to have been very arduous. Obituary Notice, "Pennsylvania Gazette,"
Philadelphia, April 23, 1741: "On Sunday last died the Rev. Archibald Cum
mings, Commissary of the Province of Pennsylvania, and the counties of New Castle, Kent and Sussex, on the Delaware, and minister of Christ Church in Philadelphia. He was a zealous asserter of the principles of the Christian religion, a sincere professor of the doctrines of the Church of England, a faithful pastor of his congregation, an able and instructive preacher, and an eminent example of piety and goodness, through every step of his life and conversation. In short, he was a person so universally esteemed in this place, for his many good qualities, but especially for his charity and moderation, towards all religious societies of differing persuasions, that his death is much lamented by all sorts of people."
An incomplete Inscription on a tablet in Christ Church, in memory of the Reverend Archibald Cummings :*
The Rev. Robert Jenney, D.D., LL.D., son of Archdeacon Jenney of Wanneyton, Ireland, was born in 1687, and educated in Trinity College, Dublin. He was Chaplain in the British Navy, from 1710 to 1714; was in the service of the "Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts," 1714 to 1717, as assistant to the Reverend Mr. Evans of Philadelphia, and afterwards to the Reverend Mr. Vesey at New York; Chaplain to the fort and forces at New York, 1717 to 1722; Rector of Grace (now Christ] Church, Rye, Westchester County, N. Y., 1722 to 1725; Rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, Long Island, 1725 to 1742; and Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, Pa., 1742 to 1762. Dr. Jenney was a widower for the second time, when he married Jeanne Elizabeth Cummings. His first wife
was Sarah , who was buried at Hempstead, Long Island, on Christmas Day,
1738. He next married Catharine, daughter of Anthony Pintard of the French Church Du St. Esprit, New York City, and widow of John Searle. The second Mrs. Jenney was buried at Christ Church, Philadelphia, February 8, 1747. The Reverend Robert Jenney served fifty-two years in the ministry. He died January 5. 1762, after having been ill for two years with asthma and paralysis.
The inscription on the stone in Christ Church, in memory of the Reverend Robert Jenney:J
* "Penna. Magasine," 1883, p. 477. t "Penna. Magazine," 1883, p. 477.
t From Vol. 3 of Burke's "Commoners," is compiled the following: The first Jenney, settled at the Manor of Haverland, in Norfolk, where the family remained till the time of Henry 5th; from thence they emigrated to Suffolk. The family, originally from France, assumed its surname from the town of Guisnes, near Calais. It probably came into England with William the Conqueror; for it is said that proprietors of the name of De Gisneto, De Gisne, or Gyney, were soon after the Conquest, settled at Haverland. Irom this house, it would appear, that they spread over the Kingdom, and that the name, in process of time, became changed from Gyney to Jenny, the mode in which it has been spelt since the beginning of the fifteenth century, at least.