1797 Will of John Lenardson
Town of Charleston
Montgomery County, New York
Contributed by Mimi Malcolm
I am the 5th great granddaughter of John Lenardson/Leenderson and would love to share information with anyone having connections to or information about this family.
Please note that the various spellings of words are as they appear in the original text. Although the name is not spelled Lenardson, this is indeed our John Lenardson. The children and family members are the same. I cannot explain why the name was spelled differently, but assume that John was not literate. This would also explain why he signed before the witnesses with an X.
Will and Probate of John Lenardson/Leenderson (8 Dec. 1727 - 16 Sept. 1797)
The People of the State of New York by the Grace of God, free and independent: To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern send Greeting: Know ye that at Johnstown in the County of Montgomery before James Lansing Esq. Surrogate of our said County the last Will and Testament of John Leenderson deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved, and is now approved and allowed of by us and the said deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death goods, Chattels or Credits within this State by means whereof the proving and registering the said Will and the granting administration of all and singular the said Goods Chattels and Credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the Account thereof doth belong unto us; the administration of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his Will, is granted unto Simon Veeder and Robert Yates two of the Executors in the said Will named, they being first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make and exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits and also to render adjust and true Account thereof when unto acquired
In testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness James Lansing Esquire Surrogate of the said County at Johnstown the eleventh Day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve, and of our Independence the thirty sixth.
[Signed] James Lansing
In the name of God amen. I, John Leenderson of the Town of Charlestown in the County of Montgomery being weak in the body but of sound Mind Memory & Understanding thanks be given to almighty God for the same, considering the uncertainty of this transitory life and the certainty of death; do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, in manner following (to wit) -
First I will that all my just Debts & Funeral Expenses be paid out of my Estate by my Executors herein after named. -
I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son John Leenderson my Negro Boy named Tom to hold to him and his Assigns. - I give and bequeath unto my beloved Wife Ann Lenderson all her wearing apparel & household furniture and the possession profits & income of all my Estate real and personal (except the legacies herein after mentioned) for & during her natural life, or so long as she shall remain my Widow. - I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Timothy Lenderson thirty six Acres of low land now in his possession lying in Charlestown - aforesaid; and also the eastern equal third part of all my woodlands to hold to him my said Son Timothy for and during his natural life, and after his death I devise and bequeath the same to the child & children of my said Son Timothy, to hold to such Child or Children and their Heirs and Assigns for ever. And if my said Son Timothy shall die without leaving any Child or Children or Grand Child or Grand Children, then and in such case I give devise and bequeath the remainder of the Estate hereby bequeathed to my said Son Timothy unto all my Children as tenants in common & to their Heirs and Assigns forever. -
I give devise and bequeath to my Son John Leenderson eight Acres of low land now in his possession lying adjoining on the westerly side of the low land before bequeathed to my Son Timothy: And also a flatte or piece of Land now in his possession called Sarah's Flackie containing about twenty eight Acres: And also the one equal third part of all my Wood Lands, the said third part of the Wood Lands to be taken next to and adjoining the wood lands before devised to my Son Timothy, to hold to him my said Son John his Heirs & Assigns for ever. -
I give devise and bequeath to my Son James Leenderson - thirty six Acres of low land; and also the one equal third part of all my woods lands being the western third part thereof, to hold to him my Said Son James his Heirs & Assigns for ever. - I will that my said Sons shall permit and suffer each to have Roads to his Lands across the Lands of the other wherever it is necessary and least disadvantageous; and also to make and keep Ditches wherever it is necessary across each others lands. -
I will that my said Son Timothy ∓ the Devisees to who the Estate hereby devised to him for life shall come and their Heirs & Assigns shall for ever hereafter as long as the same shall be necessary will and sufficiently keep open one half of the Ditch leading from the Meadow on the low land to the River and that my said Sons John & James their Heirs and Assigns shall In like manner keep open & in repair the other half of said Ditch.
I give and bequeath unto my Daughters Helena, Wife of John Conine & Wyntie, Wife of Abraham A. Yates each the Sum of two hundred & twenty pounds; and to the Children of my Daughter Margaret deceased, who was the Wife of Cornelius Van Alstine the Sum of two hundred & twenty pounds (to be equally divided between them) of Lawful Money of the State of New York, to be paid in two years after my decease out of the Monies I have outstanding: and if the Monies I have outstanding shall not be sufficient to discharge the said Legacies, then the remainder thereof to be made up out of the profits and income of the Estates before devised to my three Sons above named. -
I also give unto my said two Daughter above named and unto the Children of my said Daughter Margaret, after my said Wife's decease all my household furniture a(n)d all my Negro Women Slaves and Cows & Sheep, that shall then be living & remaining; to be divided in the following manner to wit, any said Daughters Helena & Wyntie each one third part & To Children of my said Daughter Margaret one third part. I give to my beloved Wife my Horses and Colts.
All the rest residue & remaining of my Estates of what nature or kind so ever I give devise & bequeath to my three Sons before named to hold to them their Heirs & Assigns for ever.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my Friends Simon Veeder, Robert Yates, Jacob H. Schumerhorn & James Lansing to be the Executors of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal the fifteenth Day of August in the year of out Lord one thousand seven hundred & Ninety seven.
John Leenderson [followed by seal]
X His Mark
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Leenderson as and for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our Names as Witnesses in the presence of the Testator and in the presence of each other. -
(Signed) John T. Lenardson, Peter A. Yates, George Salsbury. -
Be it remembered that on the eleventh Day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve personally appeared before me James Lansing Surrogate of the County of Montgomery, Peter A. Yates, and John T. Lenardson who being duly sworn severally depose and say that they saw John Leenderson sign and seal and heard him publish and declare the annexed Instrument as and for his last Will and Testament: That the said John Leenderson was at the time thereof (according to the best of the knowledge and belief of these Deponents) of sound and disposing (?) Mind Memory and Understanding: That the names of these Deponents' subscribed thereto are respectively their own writing: That they saw George Salsbury subscribe his name thereto; and that they together with the said George Salsbury subscribe their names hereto as Witnesses to the execution thereof, in the presence of said John Leenderson the testor.
[Signed by] James Lansing
The preceding are copies of the last Will and Testament of John Leenderson deceased of the Certificate of the proof thereof, and of the Letters testamentary thereon. -
Registered the eleventh Day of January 1812.
[Signed] James Lansing Surrogate
Be it also remembered that on the said eleventh Day of January last mentioned personally appeared before me the said Surrogate Robert Yates one of the Executors in the last Will and Testament of the said John Leenderson deceased named, and was duly sworn as Executor.
[Signed] James Lansing
Be it also remembered that on the twenty third Day of January in the year last mentioned personally appeared before me the said Surrogate Simon Veeder one of the Executors in the last Will and Testament of the said John Leenderson deceased named and was duly sworn as Executor.
[Signed] James Lansing
Source: Montgomery County, New York Will Testators
W. David Samuelsen
P.O. Box 11874
Salt Lake City, UT 84147-0874
Name of Testator: Place of Residence: County #, Vol #, Page #
LEENDERSON, JOHN - CHARLESTON, Montgomery Co. - 29-2-94