Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet
Death1676/1677, Great Britain
Deathbef 20 May 1713, Newark, Essex Co., New Jersey8,629
ChildrenPeter (1673-1714)
Notes for John (Spouse 1)
JOHN CUNDICT is first known in this country in 1678. He was the purchaser of lands "in the bounds of the town of Newark," Essex County, N. J., in 1689 and 1691. This land was conveyed to him in two deeds. The first, from Richard Hore, dated February 27, 1689:
"For several good causes and lawful considerations me hereunto moving, but expressly for and in consideration of thirteen months' board and fifty shillings have granted and sold unto the said John Condit eight acres of upland in the town of Newark and bounded on the north by Hans Albers--on the east by the river--on the south by said Condit, and on the west by a highway.
(Signed) "RICHARD HORE, by his mark."633,634
The second is from Richard Laurence, March 24, 1691, and conveys to John Condit, weaver, nineteen acres of upland, for a lawful sum of money; this lot is described as on the plain commonly called the "Mill Brook Plain."
"On the north side of the mill brook bounded on Pisaick River east--a highway west--by John Bruen south--his own lands north.
(Signed) "RICHARD LARENCE."635
John is known to be the ancestor of nearly all bearing the name of Condit, Conditt, or Condict in the United States. Of his ancestry nothing is certainly known. Tradition says he came from England or Wales. Reasons exist, however, for believing that he may have been of English extraction, as the name has honorable mention in English history.
John Cundict, of possible Norman descent, was married first in Great Britain, where his wife died. He came to America in 1678, with his son Peter, and settled at Newark, New Jersey, where he married, second it is believed, Deborah Lindsly, by whom he had a son, John, who died a minor.

John Cundict died in 1713. His will, now on file at the office of the Secretary of State, Trenton, N. J. (Will on file at the office of Secretary of State, Trenton, NJ. 1709-10 March 15, proved May 20, 1713. Lib I, p. 407, and Essex Wills.), is as follows:
In the name of God, Amen: I John Cunditt of Newark in ye County of Essex and Eastern Division of New Jersey : weaver : being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto mind ye mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto men to Dye Doe make this my Last will and Testament in ye following manner and form:
Imprimis: I recommend my soull into ye hands of God that gave it. Hoping through ye meritts of Christ to Receive Everlasting Life, and my body I recommend to ye Earth to be buried in a decent Christian manner: Nothing Doubting but at ye generall Reserection I shall receive ye same again through ye mighty Power of God, and as for such wordly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, demise, and dispose thereof in ye following manner and form:
Item: My will is yt all Just debts and funerall expenses be paid and discharged.
Itt.: I will and bequeath unto my Dearly beloved wife Deborah Cundit ye Improvement of all my Lands and Meadows until my son John Cundit attains unto ye age of one and Twenty years and then During her Naturall Life ye improvement of ye Equall one half thereof and att her Decease to Return unto my sd son John, and ye one Equall half of my Personal estate I give unto her and her heirs and assigns for Ever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son Peter Cundit a bed and bedstead and other furniture belonging thereunto which he hath already in Possession and any debts due from him to me att or before ye Day of ye Date of these presents.
Itt.: I give and bequeath unto my sd son John Cundit all my Lands and Meadows in ye bounds of Newark or Elsewhere and buildings and Improvements made thereupon to possess ye one half thereof when he shall attain to ye Age of one and Twenty years, with ye Equall one half of my Personal Estate and ye other half of ye land at ye Decease of my sd wife, to him his heirs and assigns for Ever, and in case it should please God to take him out of ye world before he be of age to possess ye same then my will is, yt Philip Cundit, Son of Peter Cundit, should Possess and Enjoy ye sd Land.
Itt.: I will and bequeath unto my Loving Grand-children, to wit, Samuel Cundit, Peter Cundit, John Cundit, Nathaniel Cundit, Mary Cundit and Philip Cundit to each of them a Bible to be paid within three years after my Decease: to Samuel and Peter each one within one year after my Decease, to John and Nathaniel each one Two years after my Decease, to Mary and Philip each one within three years after my Decease.
Itt.: My will and Desire is yt my Loving friends and brothers Benjamin Lyon and Matthew Williams would oversee and take care yt this my will be fulfilled.
Finally: I doe hereby Constitute, ordain and appoint my sd wife my Sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testament, and Doe hereby Revoke, Disanull and make Void all other Testaments, wills and bequests whatsoever by me heretofore made, Wiled or bequeathed, Rattifying and allowing this and No other to be my Last will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seall this fifteenth day of March in ye Year of our Lord Anno que Dom. one Thousand Seven Hundred and Nine Alias Ten, and in ye Ninth year of her present Majesties Reign.
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by ye sd John Cunditt to be his Last will and Testament in ye presents of us ye subscribers.
Memorandum that on ye 20th May 1713, John Cooper, Matthew Williams two of the hereunto Subscribing Witnesses, Came before me Thomas Gordon Surrogate appointed for taking the probate of wills &c. who being Solemnly Sworn upon the holy Evangelists of Almighty God, did depose Severally that they saw the above mentioned John Cunditt Sign Seal publish and declare the above within written Instrument to be his Last will and Testament, and that at the same time he was of Sound mind and memorie to the best of their knowledge and understanding.
Jurat : anno eld ie Supradict : Coram me.
Memorandum that on ye 20th day of May 1713 Deborah Cunditt widdow and Execx of John Cunditt dcsd Came before me and took Oath well and truly to administer of the sd Estate according to law.
Jurat : anno eld ie Supradict : Coram me.
THOMAS GORDON, Surrogate.629

In Newark, New Jersey 1690, purchased on the Mill Brook Plain 19 acres of Deacon Lawrence, and of the unfortunate Richard, who was “clothed with a good leathern suit,” 8 acres adjacent “for 13 months” board and 50 shillings, equivalent to money, already paid.636

Among the early additions to the settlement were…John Condit.637
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