David was employed at his place of business as a carpenter and joyner in North Castle, Westchester, New York. David was a member of the Quaker Church in North Castle. W. J. Lane of Poughkeepsie says, "I have the will of David Lane and it mentions the names of his children and in two cases, their children's children, the parents presumably having died, but no property is left to David the 2nd son, or to his children. Whether David had been lost track of or that he had been given his share when he left home is not known, but that he removed to Fishkill is well established.
David Lane, father of David, lived and died at North Castle, NY, and may have been born there. David Lane, the son of Samuel Lane and Elizabeth Hall of Rye, NY, was born June 10, 1706, according to his son's 1810 family Bible, and died January 22, 1799. He married on August 3, 1733, Mary Dean, born November 5, 1716, died August 10, 1776. Two years after his death, David Lane, according to the Purchase Monthly Meeting records, became a Quaker and was received in membership 11th of 6th month 1778. David Lane and Mary Dean were residing in North Castle in 1747 on King Street below the present village of Chappaqua. Nathaniel Merrits surveyors map of December 1762 shows that David Lane owned 237 acres of land. His old house is still standing and occupied.
David Lane was a carpenter and joyner and made the "desk" which he bequeathed in his will, dated November 7, 1779, to his "beloved daughter Mileson." In August 1790, he made another will, leaving the "desk" to his son, Jesse Lane. However, the "desk" was never taken from the homestead by Jesse. David's youngest son, Benjamin, inherited the homestead and in his will dated November 14, 1842, Benjamin left the "desk" to his so n William Lane, who in turn bequeathed the "desk" to his son, William J. Lane. In March, 1936, William J. Lane gave this "desk" to his grand-nephew, John Irving Lane, and at this time, some minor repairs and refinishing were made by H. Ben Pae, a cabinet maker of Poughkeepsie, NY. In 1949, John Irving Lane, by his will, left the "desk" to his only son, John Irving Lane Jr. of Pinchpenny, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess, NY(now of 1512 Tibbits Ave., Troy, NY). The "desk " now belongs to Walter T. Lane of Gloversville, NY.
Two years after his wife, Mary Dean's death, David Lane, according to the Purchase Monthly Meeting records, became a Quaker and was received in membership 11th of 6th month 1778. An early will of David Lane: "In the name of God, amen, this seventh day of November in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine, I David Lane of Northcastle in the county of Westchester and province of New York, being in good health of body and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is apointed for all men once to die, I make this my last will and testement, that is to say, first and principely of all, I give my soul to God who gave it to me and as for my body, I recoment it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors here after named, nothing doubting but at the General Regurection I shall receive the name again by the mighty power of God, and touching such earthly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this Life, I give and dispose of in the following manner and form. I order all my just and lawful debts and funeral charges to be well and truly paid. I give to my loving son William five shiling current money of New York. I give to my loving son David's (decsd) chi ldren to each five shilings current money of New York. I give to my loving daughter Abigail five shilings, current money of New York. I give to my daughter Sarah (decsd.) to each of her children five shilings current money of New York. I give to my loving son Jesse one cowe or five pounds current money of New York. I give to my loving daughter Mary five shilings current money of New York. I give to my loving daughter Mileson my desk and my black girl named Margaret, until she arive to the age of eighteen years of age, and then to be set free. I give to my loving son Benjamin my house, barn, orchard meedow with all my lands--and all the improvements thereinto belonging, one pair of oxen, one horse sedle and bridle, with all my farming utensils. I do order my son Benjamin to pay all my just and lawfull debts above mentioned, then all the rest of my movable estate, both inside and out, I do give to be equally divided between by two youngest daughters, Mileson and Esther, except what is above mentioned. I do order that my three daughters Abigail, Mileson and Esther, shall have the use of the best room in the house so long as they remain single or unmarried, and further, it is my will that if my son Benjamin should die without Issue, then I order all my lands and fast estate to be sold and the money arising therefrom, one third part be given to my son Jesse Lane, and the remaining part to be equally divided between my surviving daughters that should be then living. I make and ordain my trusty friend Abijah Haight of Philipsburg and my loving son Jesse and my loving son Benjamin, executors of this my will in trust for the intents and purposes herein contained, whom I do order and impower to act acording to this my will and I do hereby utterly revoak and annul all and every other will and testement made by me before this date, ratefying, confirming and alowing this and no other to be my last will and testement in witness whereof I and seal the day and year above written David Lane. Presence of those underwritten: Thomas Baker, Sarah Sniffen, William Baker.
Sources: Lane Papers, G. son of Alexander Lane LDS Film 940268