WILLS & DEEDS BULLETIN BOARD, Part 3
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Will of Daniel McKinney, d. Florida 1822
Will of Henry Lott of Charleston
contributed by Sandi Burns.
Henry Lott- 21st of November, 1816
LDS film # 0513848
At a court held by the surrogate of
the County of Montgomery, at his
office in the town of Johnstown, on
the 21st day of November 1816.
Present; James Lansing, Surrogate
Whereas on the 21st day of October, now last at the request of John Deline of the town of Charleston, in the county of Montgomery. Aforesaid a citation was issued by the said Surrogate directed to the widow and next of kin of Henry Lott late of the said town of Charleston, deceased, requiring them personally to appear before the surrogate of the county aforesaid, at his office in the town of Johnstown in the said county on the 20th day of November now instand at ten o'clock in the forenoon, then as then to take on them the administration of the goods, chattles and credits of the said Henry Lott deceased, or show cause why the same should not be granted to the said John Deline who has applied therefore as a creditor of the said deceased. And whereas it appears by the oath of the said John Deline that the said citation hath been duly served at least from weeks before the return thereof on Maria Lott, the widow of said deceased, and on Abraham Lott the father of the said deceased. And now this day thou John Deline appears before the said surrogate, his office aforesaid. And the said Maria Lott having appeared before the said surrogate at his office aforesaid and having refused to take on her the administration of the goods, chattles and credits of the said Henry Lott deceased and the said Abraham Lott not having appeared to take on him the administration, and no cause having been shown why the same should not be granted to the said John Deline. It is thereupon ordered that the administration of the goods, chattles and credits of the said Henry Lott deceased be granted to the said John Deline.
1810 Census of Charleston, Montgomery Co., NY
Head of Household John Deline
Males under 10: 4
Males 16-26: 1
Males 26-45: 2
Females 16-26: 1
NY State Prison Pardons 1822
Deline, John. Born in Montgomery Co, NY. Age 36, Light complection, 5' 8 1/2"
Labourer. For purjury, sent in Feb. 17, 1821 for 3 years. Served 2 years and 23 days.
Will of Henry Walradt of Minden
contributed by Jerome A. Walrath
The following will was written April 4, 1815 and probated January 19, 1822. It was found in the DAR application of Betty Sheridan Cathey under Patriot Henry Walradt (subject of the Will). This Henry Walradt was known as Henry Walradt, Esq. and was a Justice of the Peace and Innkeeper. His wife was Elizabeth Bowman.
The will had a number of corrections by the transcriber and it appears as if the original will had been difficult to transcribe. The name Solomon Satman should have been Solomon Putman, and Henry I. Doller should beenHenry I. or J. Zoller, according to descendants in those two lines. According to an abstract the Witnesses were:Jacob Bonostadt, Adam M. Conterman, and Christopher Glazier. These names may also have been difficult to transcribe.
In the name of God Amen. I Henry Walradt of the town of Minden, County of Montgomery and State of New York, being of sound memory thanks be to God but calling to mind the mortality of my body but uncertainty of the hour of my death, do make ordain and constitute this to be my last Will and testament concerning my worldly Estate with which it has pleased the Lord to bless me; after commending my soul into the hands of a merciful Saviour and my body to a decent burial; I give devise and bequeath order and dispose of the same in manner following.
First, I give devise and bequeath unto my son Adam Walradt and to his heirs and assigns forever, the farm whereon I now live being part of a patent granted to Hartman Windecker and others, with every thing to and on said farm belonging as also fourteen acres of land in the South East corner of Lot No. two in a patent called Lansing's Patent situated in the town aforesaid. And further that my said son Adam or his heirs shall and do convey or cause to be lawfully conveyed unto my son Peter H. Walradt his heirs and assigns forever the one half of fifty five acres or land part of lot number twenty four in a patent granted to Colden and Rightmyer in said town. And in case my said son Adam or his heirs shall refuse or neglect to convey the same as aforesaid either in my life time or soon after my decease then and in such case I do herewith give and devise unto my said son Peter H. Walradt his heirs or assigns the worth or value of said one half of the fifty five acres of land in money to be paid by my said son Adam or his heirs and at any time whenever demanded. And futher I give and devise unto my said son Peter his heirs and assigns the sum of sixty dollars to be paid either in my life time or soon after my decease by my said son Adam or his heirs. And I do further give devise and bequeath unto my said son Peter H. Walradt and to his heirs and assigns forever twenty five acres of land I own in lot number one hundred and thirteen in a patent granted to George Klock, William Nellis and others on the north side of the Mohawk River.
Further I give and devise unto my daughter Elizabeth late the wife of Moses Van Campen deceased, or to his heirs or assigns the sum of thirty seven dollars to be paid by my son Jacob Walradt or his heirs one year after my decease. And further I give and devise unto my two daughters Mary the wife of Stephen Scriber and Margareth the wife of Solomon Satman, unto each of them the sum of thirty seven dollars to be paid by my son Adam or his heirs one year after my decease to be paid unto my daughters, Catharine the wife of Henry I. Doller & Anna the wife of Henry Moyer to each of them or their heirs or assigns the sum of thirty seven dollars to be paid by my son Peter H. Walradt or his heirs one year after my decease. And further I give and bequeath unto my son Adam Walradt his heirs and assigns my Iron bound wagon and mine Iron pipe stove now in my dwelling house. And further I give and devise unto my said sons Adam and Peter and to my daughters above named all my bed steads, beds, bed cloaths & bedding my Iron small kettles my brass tea kettle my pewter ware and all such furniture as shall be found my property at the time of my decease to be divided among them. And I do herewith order that all my just debts shall be paid by my sons Adam and Peter or their heirs. And if any money shall be standing out at the time of my decease it shall be unto my sons Adam and Peter or heirs.
Lastly I do hereby appoint as executors to this my last will & testament Peter T. Moyer and my sons Adam and Peter. And I do herewith ratify and confirm this and no other as my last Will.
In witness whereofI have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of April one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
Henry Walradt (L.S.)
THREE LOTT FAMILY DEEDS
contributed by Sandi Burns
FHLF#506496 Montgomery County, New York Deed Book 6, 1797-1799. Pg. 155
Indenture made 20 September 1792 between Jeromus Lott of Kings County Long Island New York Esquire and Lammethe his wife and Carlile Pollock of New York City, Merchant... for two hundred and eighty nine pounds seventeen shillings and four pence... sold... (In his actual possession being by virture of a bargain and sell to him thereof made by the said Jeromus Lott for one whole year by indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date of these presents and by force of the law made for transferring uses into possession)... All that certain tract... of land in Palmers Purchase in the counties of Washington and Montgomery know and distinquished in a map... fell to the share of the heirs of Thomas Palmer by lot number twenty six in the fourth lot of the said general partition in the middle division... beginning in the north east corner of lot number (torn) in the said fourth lot in the middle division (torn) thence south thirty degrees and fourty one minutes (torn) hundred and sixteen chains to the southeast (torn) said lot number twenty five thence north fifty (torn) degrees and twenty minutes east thrity two chains (torn) per links thence south thirty degrees and fourty nine (torn) east twenty three chains and twenty links (torn) sixty nine degrees east nine chains and nine (torn) thence north thirth degrees and fourty minutes west two hundred and fourty three chains, thence south fifty nine degrees and twenty minutes west fourty one chains and fourty four links to the place of beginning containing one thousand and nineteen acres and one quarter of an acre and which was originally granted to the Jeromus Lott by George Clinto Esquire Govenor of the state of New York... By letters patent dated the fourteenth day of August 1786... Also all that other tract... of land in Palmers Purchase in the counties Washington and Montgomery know and distinquished in a map... fell to the share of the heirs of Thomas Palmer by lot number thirty two in the fourth lot in the middle division of the said general partition beginning in the northeast corner of lot number thirty one in the fourth lot in the said middle division and runs thence south thirty degrees and fourty minutes east two hundred and seventy four chains and fourty links to the southeast corner of said lot number thirty one thence south sixty nine degrees east nineteen chains and sixty four links thence north fifty nine degrees and twenty min. east eighteen chains and fifty five links thence north thirty degrees and forty min. west two hundred and seventy eight chains and thence south fifty nine degrees and twenty min. west thirty eight chains and nineteen links to the place of beginning containing one thousand and fifty eight acres and which was originally granted... the Jeromus Lott by George Clinto Esquire Governor of the state of New York ...by letters patent dated fourteenth day of August 1786...also all that certain other tract... of land in Palmers Purchase in the counties of Washington and Motgomery known and distinguished in a map...fell to the share of the heirs of Thomas Palmer by lot number thirty four in the fourth lot of the said general partition in the middle division and runs thence south thirty degrees and forty min. east two hundred and seventy eight chains to the south east corner of the said lot number thirty three thence south fifty nine degrees and twenty min. west thirty seven chains and sixty nine links to the place containing one thousand and fifty eight acres which was granted to Jeromus Lott by George Clinto Esquire Governor.. by letters patent dated the fourteenth day of August 1786 and also the southern most one half part of all that other tract or parcel of land in Palmers Purchase in the counties of Washington and Montgomery known and distinquished in a map... fell to the share of the heirs of Thomas Palmer by lot number twenty one in the fourth lot of the rear division in the said general partition beginning in the northeast corner of lot number twenty in the said fourth lot and rear division thence running south thirty degrees and fourty minutes (torn) two hundred and eighty chains and fifty (torn) to the southeast corner of lot number twenty (torn) east along the fourth lot in the middle division (torn) seven chains and fourty one links and fifty (torn) links and thence south fifty nine degrees and (torn) minutes west thirty seven chains and fourty one links and five ninths of a link to the place of the beginning containing one thousand and fourty nine acres and three rods (sic) and which was orginally granted to the said Jeromus Lott by George Clinto... by letters patent dated the fourteenth day of August 1786 the one half part of the said east above described lot containing five hundred and twenty four acres and one half acre one rod and a half... signed Jeromus Lott and Lammetje Lott... Witness James Abeel and John Ray... Recorded 12 March or May 1790.
FHLF#506501 Montgomery County Deed Book 17, 1820-1823. Pg. 65
John Rapelye of Newtown Queens County New York and Abraham Lott of New York City... Jacob Rapelje and Paul Rapelje late of New York City... by a certain indenture made 25 September 1816... sold... all that certain piece... of land... in Canajorie and adjoins the road leading from Bonman's Creek to Charleston and is bounded as follows beginning a little south west of the store and a house that William A. Clark now is or late was in possession of then runs east twenty eight degrees south on a chain eighty links to Ira Bucks land thence north three degrees east four chains fifty links to John Keys land thence west one degrees thirty minutes south one chains eighty eight links thence south three degrees west three chains forty seven links to place of beginning containing one hundred and twenty acres of land... upon certain trust nevertheless particularly mentioned and set forth in the said indenture... John Rapelje should retain and hold the said premises here in mentioned... until the balance due from the said Jacob Rayplje and Paul Rapelje to the said Abraham Lott upon and adjustment of accounts to be had between them...dated 28 September 1820...signed Abraham Lott and John Rapelje...witnesses Charles Rapelje...recorded 2 October 1820.
FHLF#513838 Montgomery County Deed Book 41, 1837-1838. Pg. 103
Indenture made 13 March 1835 between Peter lott and Rebecca his wife of Charleston and Martin Becher of same... for the sum of two hundred seventy seven dollars and fifty cents... sold... all that piece of land lying in Charleston... in a patent granted to William Curry and is known by the name lot number fifty seven it being the easterly part of said lot beginning at the north line of the Canajaharie and Charleston turnpike road at the boundaries of the highway on the easterly line of said lot at a stake and stones from thence running north seventy three degrees west along the north side of said turnpike road two chains and eighty two links to a stake and stones, thence north fifty degrees and thirty minutes east five chains to a stake and stones, thence south thirty nine degrees and thirty minutes, east two chains and thirty eight links to a stake and stones at the northwest side of the highway, from thence along the northwest side of said highway, south fifty degrees and thirty minutes west three chains and fifty links to the place of beginning containing one acre of land... signed Peter Lott and Rebecca (X) Lott... witness John Burns Jr. and Roseo B. Young... recorded 23 May 1837
PETITION FOR LETTER ADMINISTRATION OF MICHAEL O'BRIEN
contributed by Joyce Brown
This is the petition of James G. O'Brien of Amsterdam to be administrator of the estate of his father Michael O'Brien. Michael died 21 February 1890 in Florida, Mont. Co.
NOTE: The differences in the spelling of the name are transcribed as written in the document.
Petition for Letters of Administration
To the Surrogate's Court of the County of Montgomery:
The petition of James G. O'Bryan of the City of Amsterdam in the County of Montgomery N.Y.
Respectfully Shows: That lately and on or about the 21 day of February A.D. 1890 Michael O'Brien died a natural death at the town of Florida in the County of Montgomery being at or immediately previous to the time of his death a resident of the County of Montgomery: That the said Michael O'Brien died according to the best knowledge, information and belief of your petitioner, leaving no last Will or Testament: and your petitioner further shows that the said deceased while living and at the time of his death was possessed of goods, chattels and credits in the State of New York; and that the value of the goods, chattels and credits of the said deceased at the time of his death together with the probable amount to be recovered by reason of any right of action granted to an Executor or Administrator by special provision of law, was about the sum of fifteen hundred ($1500) dollars, according the best judgment, information and belief of the petitioner : that the only next of kin of said deceased are as follows:
Catharine Peek, Lydia R. Van Heusen and Caroline Gillett daughters of said deceased all residing in the town of Florida aforesaid.
Ann E. Swart a daughter of said deceased residing in the City of Albany, Albany Co., N.Y.
Sarah Tracy, a daughter of said deceased residing at Loudon, Ontario in the Dominion of Canada
John M. O'Bryan, a son of said deceased residing at Palmer, Washington Co., in the State of Kansas
Your petitioner a son of said deceased.
That no petition for a grand of Letters of Administration upon said estate has been filed in any Surrogate's Court of this State: Your petitioner there prays for a decree awarding Letters of Administration upon the goods, chattels and credits of the said Michael O'Brien deceased, to your petitioner according to the Statutes of the State of New York in such case made and provided and that a Citation may be issued to all persons having a right to administration prior or equal to that of your petitioner to show cause why such a decree should not be made.
Dated March 8, 1890 (Signed) James G. O'Bryan
The wills of John and Isaac Jones
contributed by Sally Swantz.
"Jacqueline Murphy, Montgomery County Historian, showed me this item from Beer's 'History of Fulton & Montgomery Counties' ":
"In the year 1794, Isaac and Samuel Jones, cousins, from Orange, N.J., purchased lands in the eastern part of the town. A small settlement had previously been commenced in the same portion of Amsterdam, and five families were already located in as many log cabins near each other. Their names were Robison, Ellis, Glass, Allen and Olmsted. Isaac Jones, the same year, moved his family and settled here. In the following year, Samuel Jones came on with his family and located where his grand-son, J. V. Jones, now resides. A year or two later, John Jones, the father of Isaac, moved in and bought out Mr. Robison, and Joseph Baldwin, a relative of the Joneses by marriage, purchased and settled on the farm of Mr. Olmstead..."
"Starting with this I found the wills of John and Isaac Jones. Information about their families can be found at the Montgomery County Dept. of History and Archives in Fonda."
WILL OF JOHN JONES
John Jones died Amsterdam, Montgomery County, NY 1807.
Will is dated March 7, 1807 and was probated May 1, 1807. Witnesses were Samuel Jones, Abial Peck and John Thompson, Jr. Executors were son Joseph and Samuel Jones of Amsterdam. Spelling and punctuation as in original.
I John Jones in the name of God amen, being infirm in Body but sound in Mind, knowing it is appointed for all Men once to die, and, the Hour when we are to be calld from time to eternity very uncertain, have thought proper to make my last Will and Testament in form and manner following (viz:)
First it is my will that all my lawful Debts together with my funeral expences shall be paid out of my personal property if sufficient if not out of so much of my real Estate as will be competent for the same, by my Executors hereinafter named.
2. To my oldest Son Stephen I give and bequeath the Sum of ten pounds.
3. To my second Son Moses I give and bequeath the like Sum of ten pounds.
4th. To my third Son Isaac I give and bequeath the Sum of six pounds.
5th. To my fourth Son Joseph I give and bequeath the Sum of five pounds.
6th. To my fifth Son John I give and bequeath the Sum of two hundred pounds.
7th. To my oldest Daughter Hannah I give the Sum of five pounds.
8th To my 2d Daughter Rachal I give the Sum of five pounds.
9th To my 3d Daughter Achsa I give the like Sum of five pounds.
10th. It is my will & I do hereby give and bequeath to my Wife Abbe the Interest of the remainder of all my real & personal Estate as long as she lives, and at her decease the same to be divided among my Heirs in the same proportion as their several Legacies above mentioned bare to each other.
11th. It is my will and I do hereby constitute Joseph Jones my Son and Samuel Jones of Amsterdam Executors to this my last Will with full power to sell or in any way to dispose of not only my personal but real Estate as they shall in their judgment conceive to be the best. It is likewise my meaning that the above Legacies shall not be due until six Months after my decease. And whereas I have to the best of my Judgment apportioned my worldly Goods among you my dear Children, I warmly recommend brotherly and sisterly friendship among you & I hope & pray that you all be satisfied with this which I do constitute my last Will & Testament signed with my Hand & sealed with my Seal this seventh Day of March A.D. eighteen hundred & seven.
John Jones L.S.
ESTATE OF ISAAC JONES
Estate of Isaac Jones
Montgomery County, NY Surrogate's Court File
Petition for Probate, filed Sept. 6, 1852
To the County Judge of Montgomery County -
The petition of Elias Jones and Charles Pollock of Amsterdam Montgomery County Respectfully showeth. That Isaac Jones late of said town, departed this life in said town on or about the 17th day of May 1852 having previously made and executed his last will and testament as your petitioners are informed & believe; that your petitioners are named in said will as the Executors thereof, that said will relates to both real and personal estate - That said Isaac Jones deceased was at the time of his decease a citizen of the United States of full age, and was at and immediately previous to his decease an inhabitant of the County of Montgomery. That said testator left no widow, but left him surviving the following heirs and next of kin *wit. Eliza Wild, wife of Asa Wild of Amsterdam, aforesaid. Abigail Jones of the same place. Ira W. Jones of Flint Creek in the County of Ontario. Phebe Pettys wife of Varnum Pettys of Haskinsville in the County of Steuben and Mary Jones of Amsterdam aforesaid his children. And Samuel W. McCormick of Medina, Orleans County, who was a son of Lydia now deceased who was a daughter of testator and died previously to testator; and Ezra B. Hagaman of Reedsbury, Sauk Co. Francis M. Hagaman And Cyrus E. Hagaman of Burlington Racine Co. and Jehiel (or Ithiel) D. Hagaman of Watertown Jefferson Co. who were children of Jemima deceased and who was a daughter of testator and died before testator all residing in the State of Wisconsin and Henry Dickinson of Watertown in the county of Jefferson and State of Wisconsin who was a son of Mary Ann deceased who was a daughter of the said Jemima - the said Samuel W., Cyrus E., Jehiel D. and Henry are minors having no present guardians to the knowledge of your petitioners, all others named are of full age.
Your petitioners pray that said will may be proved and recorded and
letters testamentary from the probate thereof be issued to your petitioners. Dated Sept. 6th 1852
/s/ Elias Jones
/s/ Charles Pollock
Will: Spelling and punctuation as in original.
In the name of God amen. I Isaac Jones of the town of Amsterdam in the County of Montgomery and state of New York being of sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last will & testament. I will and direct that all my past and lawful debts funeral expenses including gravestones also gravestones for my wife now deceased be first paid out of my personal property and if my personal estate should be insufficient the remainder from my real estate. I give and bequeath to my daughter Abigail thirty dollars and to my daughter Mary seventy dollars, and all my household goods and furniture wearing apparel &c to be divided between them as they shall agree. I give and bequeath to my children Viz. Eliza Wild Abigail Jones Ira W. Jones Phebe Pettyes and Mary Jones all the rest residue and remainder of my personal and real estate after paying from the same all debts. The expenses and legacies above named to be divided in equal shares among them to be held and enjoyed by them and their heirs forever. I do hereby nominate and appoint Elias Jones and Charles Pollock of the town aforesaid the Executors of this my last will and testament directing and hereby giving them power to defend control and sell and dispose of all my personal and real estate according to the provisions herein named provided however that my daughters Abigail and Mary have the use rents issues and profits thereof until sold and that it be not sold until one year after my decease without their consent the above term of one year may be extended in case of sickness. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and decree this to be my last will and testament in presence of the witnesses named below. this twenty seventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty.
Isaac Jones L.S.
Signed. sealed. declared. and published by the said Isaac Jones as and for his last will and testament in
presence of us. who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other. have subscribed our
names as witnesses hereto.
Sylvester Judson of the town of Amsterdam
John Baird of the town of Amsterdam
James V. Jones of the town of Amsterdam