Presentation of a wills section on the site has been a long-time plan. The value of wills in straightening out family relationships, in the absence of official birth, marriage, and death records, can't be underestimated. Individual wills and Letters of Administration will be placed directly on this page. Other wills that belong in groups will have their own subsections. To contribute your own ancestor's will or Letter of Administration to this valuable online resource, contact the coordinator.



The Will of Heinrich Conrad Walrath, one of the 1710 Palatine immigrants
contributed by his descendant Jerome A. Walrath. Jerry also provided us with a copy of the Walrath Cemetery and the profile of Elizabeth Catherine Bowman Walrath.

The petition for final settlement of Harlon P. Walrath's estate
contributed by Jerome A. Walrath. " Melcena, his wife, was Milcena Hilligas. The Walraths listed as creditors were his father (Martin Walrath, Sr.) and brothers (Martin, Jr. and Rugene, the petitioner)."

Montgomery Surrogate's Court
In the matter of the Final Accounting of
Harlan P. Walrath
Petition For Final Settlement,
January 14th 1875

To the Surrogate of the County of Montgomery.

The Petition of Rugene Walrath
Respectfully Showeth, That Letters, of Administration of the goods chattels and credits of Harlan P. Walrath late of St. Johnsville in said County deceased, were granted to your Petitioner on the twenty seventh day of September 1873; that the persons interested in the estate of said deceased, as creditors, legatees, next of kin, or otherwise, and their place of residence, to the best of the knowledge, information, and belief of your Petitioner are as follows, to wit:

Melcena Walrath widow of dec., St. Johnsville, NY
Willie D. Walrath minor child of dec., St. Johnsville, NY

Amas Klock, St. Johnsville, Montg. Co., NY
John Merchamm, Oppenheim, Fulton Co., NY
Charles Buckingham, St. Johnsville, Montg. Co., NY
Jacob Chawgo, St. Johnsville, Montg. Co., NY
James Burke, St. Johnsville, Montg. Co., NY
H. Cuitep, MD, Smith Brothers
Herbert Lebiffer, Jacob Failing
John P. Knuskern, L. P. Wilson,
Henry Wilson, George Baumgard,
Jane A. Dilliebeck, M. Walrath, Jun.,
A.A. Lauders, Pickard & Sanders,
Alex Aynes M.D.(crossed out),
Stewart Keller, Jas H. Egan,
Mrs. Laura Easterbrooks, R. Walrath,
M.Walrath Sen., Ambrose Klocks all of St.Johnsville, Montg. Co. N.Y.,
Alex Aynes M.D., Fort Plain, Montg. Co. N.Y.,
Loucks & Markell, Inghams Mills, Herk. Co. N.Y.,
Sylvester Derring, Utica, N.Y.

That more than twelve months have elapsed since said appointment, and your Petitioner is desirous of rendering a final account of all his proceedings to the Surrogate of the County of Montgomery, by whom your petitioner was appointed, and for that purpose pray that a citation issue to all persons interested in the estate of said deceased, to attend a final settlement of the account of proceedings of your petitioner as such Petitioner-

Dated January 12th 1875
   Rugene Walrath

Montgomery County, ss:
I Rugene Walrath of said County the Administrator of Harlan P. Walrath deceased, being duly sworn, do depose and say that I have read the above Petition, subscribed by me, and know the contents thereof, and that the matters of fact therein stated are true, and that the matters therein stated of my information and belief, I believe to be true.
Sworn to before me,
this 12th day
of January 1875}   Rugene Walrath
         A. M. Grems Notary Public

I attempted to transcribe the handwritten entries as best I could. The spelling of some names may be incorrect. - J. Walrath

The Letter of Administration on the Estate of Jeremiah Walrath
contributed by Jerome A. Walrath.

Montgomery County Surrogates Court
In the matter of the application for letters
of Administration on the Estate
Jeremiah Walrath deceased

To Hon. S. Pulver Heath County Judge of Montgomery County acting as the Surrogate thereof -
The petition of Mary Walrath respectfully shows that Jeremiah Walrath late of the town of Minden in Montgomery County departed this life at the town and county last aforesaid on the 21st day of March 1873 intestate - that at the time of his death he was an inhabitant of this State of New York of full age, residing in the town of Minden in the County of Montgomery & Sate aforesaid - that he left him Surviving your petitioner as his widow, & Maggie Walrath, Harrison Walrath & Carrie Walrath his children, all of full age & Seward Walrath another child under 21 years & over 14 years of age - that this said widow & children all reside in the town of Minden in the County of Montgomery aforesaid - that said deceased at the time of his death was possessed of certain personal property in the State aforesaid not exceeding in value the sum of $1200 as near as your petitioner can ascertain & estimate the same - that your petitioner has made diligent search & inquiry for a last will & testament of said deceased but has not been able to find any, or to learn that he made or left any, & that she verily believed that he died intestate - that she is informed that the Surrogate know all men by these presents that we Mary Walrath of the town of Minden Montgomery County & State of New York widow, & Solomon Diefendorf & Abram Diefendorf of the same town county & State aforesaid, are held & firmly bound unto the people of the State of New York in the sum of twenty-four hundred dollars lawful money of the United States of America, to be paid to the said people; to which payment, well & truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our & each of our heirs, executors, & administrators, jointly & severally firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals, dated this 29th day of March 1873 -
The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bounden Mary Walrath shall faithfully execute the trust reposed in her as administratrix of all & singular the goods, chattels & credits of Jeremiah Walrath late of the town of Minden deceased intestate, & also obey all orders of the Surrogate of the county of Montgomery touching this administration of the estate committed when, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force & virtue - In presence of H. Baker

Mary (her mark) Walrath
Solomon Diefindorf
Abram Devendorf

State of New York
County of Montgomery

S S on this 29th day of March 1873 personally appreared before me Mary Walrath, Solomon Diefendorf & Abram Diefendorf severally known to me to be the persons described in & who executed the forefoing bond & severally & respectively acknowledged that they executed the same.
JE Smith
Notary Public

The Will of Jennet McMichael
contributed by volunteer Michelle Bartels. The original is at the Montgomery County Archives in Fonda, NY.

"The person being referred to is Jennet Arnot, who married Daniel McMichael. She came to Florida with her parents Robert Arnot and Janet (Brown) and brother James, in 1803 from Scotland. "

To the Hon. the County Judge of Montgomery County as Surrogate

The petition of Daniel McMichael of Florida in the county of Montgomery respectfully showeth that he was the eldest son of Jennet McMichael late of said town of Florida deceased, that the said Jennet died in said town on the 6th day of November 1868 in testate as you petitioner believes that he has made inquiry & cannot ascertain that said deceased left or ever made any last will & testament.

Your petitioner further shows that the said deceased was at or immediately previous to her decease an inhabitant of the county of Montgomery, that he has to the best of his ability estimated the value of the personal property of said deceased & that the same does not exceed the sum of six hundred dollars.

Your petitioner further shows that the said Jennet left her surviving the following named persons her next of kin, to wit, Robert McMichael, William McMichael, Barbary Billings wife of Russell Billings, Charlotte Morey wife of Silas Morey & your petitioner children of said deceased, all of full age residing in said town of Florida. William Serviss, James B. Servis, Antoinette Jewel wife of Abraham Jewel, Jennet Beveridge wife of John Beveridge, children of Christiana Servoss deceased who was a daughter of said in testate, all of full age & residing in said town of Florida & Harriet Ingraham wife of William Ingraham, who was also a daughter of said Christiana deceased is of full age & resides in Canestobar [?] New York. John McMichael a son of said in testate residing in the state of Illinois also of full age, also Henry N. Gibson, Erastus Gibson, Emma Gibson, children of Isabella Gibson deceased who was a daughter of said in testate of whom the said Henry is of full age & the said Erastus & Emma are minors, all residing at Vernon in the county of Oneida.

Your petitioner prays that letters of administration of the goods, chattels & ______ of the said deceased Jennet McMichael who at the time of her decease was a widow be granted & issued to heirs by the surrogate at said county Montgomery according to the statute in such case made & provided & your petitioner will ever pray so.
Daniel McMichael

State of New York
Montgomery County
On this 28th day of December 1868 personally appeared before me Daniel McMichael who being first duly sworn did depose & say that he is the petitioner above named, that he has heard the foregoing petition _________ by him read and knows the contents thereof & that the ________ is true of his ________ knowledge _____ as the matters therein stated to be _______ information & belief and as to those matters he believes it to be true.

Jas L. Vorhees, Justice of the Peace

The Will of Johannis Kasselman
contributed by Jo Dee Frasco. Onondaga County will abstracts from Liber A.

KASSELMAN, Johannis, of the Town of Palentine, Montgomery County, New York. Will dated January 20, 1807. Probated October 31, 1808.
Mentions wife, Anner Eve; sons, John, Barthlomew, Wilhelm, Leverinus, Adam, Jost and Christian; daughters, Gertrant, wife of John Fetterly, and Anna, wife of George Christman; granddaughter, Mary Fetterly.
Executors, wife, Anna Eve, and sons, Christian and Jost.
Witnesses: Peter Van Loan, Peter R. Young and Richard Young

Will Abstract of Hendricks Hess of Canajoharie
The following abstract of a will, found in the "New York Biographical & Genealogical Record", Vol 4, April 1925, was contributed by Hess researcher Laura Perkins.

Hess, Hendricks of Canajohary, will dated August 26, 1801, probated June 13, 1810.
Mentions -- wife Mary Elizabeth; sons, Henry & George; daus., Susanna, Magdalen, Elizabeth, Catherine, Margaret, dau. Maria dead and her daus., Anna, Maria, Elizabeth and Susanna.
Executors: wife, George W. Gerlach, Henry Failing; Witness: Roger Dougherty, Hendrick Diell, Christopher P. Yates.

Jacob Enguish, Minden, Montgomery Co, NY
The following entry isn't a will but a deed, sent to us by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The deed abstracts and notes appeared in " The Ontario Register", 1970, Vol 4, pp 126-8, in an article titled "A Note on the Anguish Family of New York, Pennsylvania and Ontario" by Thomas B. Wilson.

Luzerne Co, PA Deeds, Vol 7, p.130

11 Feb 1800 - a half proprietor's right, late the property of Jacob Enguish, deceased, to Joseph House of Minden, Montgomery Co, NY. Grantors: John Enguish and Peter Eigenbradt & wife Maria, all of Montgomery County, NY; Jacob Enguish, Henry Enguish, Frederick Garrison & wife Barbara, Henry Putman & wife Hannah, and Peter Law[r] & wife Elizabeth, all of Lincoln County, Upper Canada.

Luzerne Co, PA Deeds, vol 28, p.235

27 Sep 1831 - Grantors: Joseph House & wife Susannah, Huntington, Luzerne Co., PA [same Joseph as above?]

"Jacob Anguish, the head of the family, owned considerable property in the Wyoming Valley. On 7 July 1772 he was described as being of Pittstown at which time he conveyed some land at Capouse Meadow. On 2 July 1773 he was described as being of Plymouth, and on this date he conveyed 300 acres in Providence Township. [Luzerne County Deeds, v.3 p.468]. "

"Jacob and part of his family were at Niagara in 1783. John Enguish of the above mentioned deed would appear to be the same as the John Anguish of Butler's Rangers who was at Niagara in 1783 with wife Hannah and a daughter Hannah".

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