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WILLS

VOLUME 1
1831-1842

Wills, Chautauqua County, vol. 1, 1830-1843, Family History Library microfilm 588096



p. 1, Pearson Crosby of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 19 May 1829, recorded 10 Feb 1830, court 22 Feb 1830.

All property including real estate to wife Hannah during her widowhood, then divided among children Nathaniel, Lorin, Pearson, Cynthia, and Betsey.

Executors: sons Nathaniel and Lorin

Witnesses: Justus Adams, Walter Cushing, Josiah Ward

 

p. 4, Raney (?) Sears (female) of Ellicott, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 3 Apr 1825, recorded 1 Nov 1830.

Money to son Sanford Holbrook, daughter Laura Foote wife of Doctor Samuel Foote, daughter Julia Allen wife of Elisha Allen. Money to grandchildren Calister Holbrook, Laura Anne Holbrook, Freman Holbrook, Elijah F. Holbrook, Sandford Holbrook Augustus F. Allen, Bascomb Allen, Adaline Allen, Nathaniel Allen, Abner Allen, Horace F. Foote, Larinda Smith, Alvira Smith, Sylvia Smith.  Household goods at Wardsboro, Vermont to daughters Julia Allen and Laura Foote and to son Sanford Holbrook.

Executor: son Sanford Holbrook

Witnesses: Joseph Wait, Abner Hazeltine, Laura Wade

 

p. 8, David Hall of Clymer, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 10 Nov 1829, recorded 29 Dec 1830, died of consumption 8 Dec 1830 in the town of French Creek, Chautauqua County, New York.

Household goods and twenty acres from 260-acre farm to wife Clarrissa Hall, land to be measured by Alexander Wilson Jr. and Isaiah Golding.  Remaining land to be divided equally among four oldest sons: eldest son Erastus C. Hall, second son George Hall, third son Leister Hall, and fourth son David Hall Jr. when each reaches age 22.  Four oldest sons to pay money and livestock to other children when they reach 22 or when they marry: eldest daughter Olive Hall, second daughter Elvira Hall, third daughter Christina Hall, and fifth son Oliver Hall.

Executrix: wife Clarrissa Hall as long as she remains a widow, then Isaiah Golding

Witnesses: Isaiah Golding, Simeon Higgins, William Hooker

           

p. 13, Robert Leech of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 27 Sep 1830, codicil signed 29 Sep 1830, recorded 14 Mar 1831.

One-third of real and personal estate to wife Mary M. D. Leech.  Money to daughter-in-law Mary Ann Gouldsbury.  All else to daughter  Sally Louisa Leech.  Stipulation added 29 Sep 1830 that in paying Mary Ann Gouldsbury, land is not to be sold for less than $16 an acre, witnessed by Calvin Barnes and Adam S. Campbell

Executors: David Eaton of Portland, Thomas B. Campbell of Westfield

Witnesses:  Calvin Barnes and Asa Andrews, both of Portland

           

p. 14, William Drake of Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 3 Feb 1831, recorded 28 Mar 1831.

One-third of yearly income from personal and real estate to be paid yearly to his wife (not named) during her widowhood.  Estate to be equally divided among his seven children Manerva, Caroline, Malinda, Nancy, Edwin, Mary, and Phebe.

Executors:  Joshua R. Babcock, Reuben Wright

Witnesses:  Nathaniel Lowry, Samuel Minegar, Nathaniel Martin, all of Westfield

 

p. 17, Jonathan Bugbee, signed 15 Oct 1829, recorded 21 Mar 1831.

One-third of real and personal estate to wife Harriet Bugbee.  Remainder to be divided among children Andrew P. Bugbee, Judge L. Bugbee, Charity Bugbee, Damaris Bugbee, Memory Bugbee, Jane Bugbee, Delight Bugbee.

Executrix:  wife Harriet Bugbee

Witnesses:  John Staley, Gilbert Traverse, Sylvanus L. Henderson

           

p. 19, Rachel Cary of town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, widow of Lazarus Cary, signed 27 Jun 1831, recorded 21 Nov 1831, court 26 Dec 1831.

Money to mother Elizabeth Scofield and to Barnabus Cary, relationship not given.  Money to Lazarus Bugbee “my sister’s son.”  Money and land in “lot number eleven in the third township and thirteenth range of the Holland land company’s land” to eldest brother Azariah Scofield, heirs of second brother Miles Scofield, brother Wilson Scofield, youngest brother Harry Scofield, sisters Hannah Ingerson and Rhoda Russel. 

Executor:  brother Wilson Scofield

Witnesses:  Alanson Bacon of Ellery, Theodorus Cook of Chautauqua

 

p. 22, Abel Thompson of town of Stockton, Chautauqua, New York, signed 8 Oct 1831, recorded 16 Jan 1832, died 12 Dec 1831 in town of Stockton, Chautauqua, New York.

Money to daughter Patty wife of Sylvanus Crissey.  Money and household goods of first wife now deceased to daughter Salina.  Household goods to sons Chester, Rufus, and Newell.  Money to Presbyterian Collumbian Society of town of Stockton.  All other real and personal property to be equally divided among four sons Horace, Chester, Rufus, and Newell.

Executors:  sons Horace and Chester

Witnesses:  Foster Mitchel, Wm F. Winchell and Melissa Mitchell of town of Stockton

           

p. 25, Levi Sherwin of Ellicott, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 22 Sep 1831, recorded 22 Feb 1832, died on or about 25 Oct 1831.

Executor directed to sell all personal and real estate “lots no. eight and nine on the western side of Fayette Street and directly south of Dan Rigby’s dwelling house.” in village of Jamestown, divide proceeds into 50 shares, with 20 shares to father Francis Sherwin, 10 shares to brother Francis Sherwin Jun., ten shares to sister Sabrina Sherwin, two shares to widow of Ebenzer [sic] Sherwin, two shares to Milton, two shares to Ivory, two shares to Nancy, two shares to Alvira Sherwin.

Executor :  friend Royal Keyes of Jamestown

Witnesses:  Samuel A. Brown, Laban Hazeltine, both of town of Ellicott

 

p. 28, John Demott of town of Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 30 Aug 1831, recorded 17 May 1832

Everything to wife Susannah Demott during her natural life, including several tracts of land purchased from the Holland land company in the eleventh and twelfth ranges of the third township of Joseph Ellicott’s survey.  One dollar each to eldest daughter Jane Love, eldest son Daniel Demott, daughter Sally Bugbee, daughter Roxy Love, daughter Mariah Scofield,  second son John Demott Jun., daughter Susan Lenox, daughter Amy Demott, son Lorenso Demott, daughter Larinda Demott.  All land to youngest son Lorenso Demott at wife’s death if he takes care of his mother and pays specified amounts to his siblings after his mother’s death.

Witnesses:  Freeman Cobb, Luther Emery, Hannah Emery, Levi Patterson

Letters of administration granted to Susannah Demott, “the guardian of the residuary legatee,” and to Elisha Tower

 

p. 31, Jared Nicholson of town of Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 23 Jan 1832, recorded 26 Apr 1832, court 31 May 1832

Everything including land to wife Hannah Nicholson during her widowhood.  Wife Hannah Nicholson also to act in his stead as executor of estate of son Francis Nicholson in behalf of granddaughter Sarah Matilda Nicholson.

Executrix:  wife Hannah Nicholson

Witnesses:  Elisha Tower, John Wicks, Abigail D. Wicks

           

p. 34, Job Tobey of Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 15 Jun 1832, recorded 3 Sep 1832, died on or about 16 Jun 1832 in Carroll, Chautauqua County.

Land to Elias Howard, relationship not given. Land to grandson Perry Hill to support his grandmother during her life. Items to Job Toby Jr., Samuel Tobey, Alden Tobey, wife Mary Tobey, Perry Hill, daughter Abigail Sears, daughter Reziah Rawson, daughter Deborah Catlin.  All else to Eliza Howard and Perry Hill.

Executor:  Job Tobey Jr.

Witnesses:  Elias Howard, James Parker, Isaac Eames

 

p. 36, Seth Spencer of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 18 Apr 1830.

All land and personal estate to wife Tirzy Spencer.

Executors:  Tirzy Spencer, Joseph Kenyon

Witnesses:  John Grey, Miller Bennett, Joseph Kenyon

 

p. 39, Selden Marvin late of town of Bryden, Tompkins County, now of Chautauqua County, signed 4 Sep 1832.

Executors directed to purchase “a small farm for a residence for my wife Betsey and the children by our marriage.”  On her decease, the farm was to be divided among Betsey’s children.  Money to daughter Sara ? and to sons Chauncy, Henry, Harrison and Westley.

Executors:  wife Betsy, son William

           

p. 42, Alexander Findley of the town of Mina, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 23 Sep 1832, recorded 1 Dec 1832, court 16 Mar 1833.

Money, household goods, and living arrangements for wife Nancy Findley.  Money and goods to oldest son William Findley.  Land in Mina and in Greenfield township, Erie County, Pennsylvania to second son Russel Findley.  Land in Mina to oldest daughter Margree Dinsmore, to be given to her eldest son Alexr Dinsmore after her death if he survives; otherwise to be divided among her surviving children.  Land in Mina to daughter Mary Leach and to her children after her death.  Land to daughter Jane Findley.  Money to granddaughters Betsy Benton and Jane Benton when they marry or reach age 21.  Money to brother William Findley.  Residue of estate to two youngest sons Hugh B. Findley and Carson Findley.

Executors:  sons Hugh B. Findley and Carson Findley

Witnesses:  George Collier, Jeremiah Knoles, Jesse Robertson

 

p. 47, Fenner Ward of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 12 Nov 1832, recorded 12 Mar 1833, court 8 Apr 1833, 13 Apr 1833.

Farm to son Warren B. Ward if he care for my infant daughter Catherine C. Ward and my infant son Fenner W. Ward.  Household items to wife Betsey Ward, mother of Catherine C. Ward and Fenner W. Ward.

Executor:  Abner Loomis of Pomfret

Witnesses:  Chauncey Tucker and George Pattison, both of Pomfret

 

p. 50, Lewis Evans, town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 25 July 1827, recorded 23 Apr 1833, court 25 May 1833, died in the town of Chautauqua about two years prior to recorded date.

Real and personal property to be divided equally between Susan Evans, wife of Benjamin Evans, and Alice Evans, infant daughter of Benjamin and Susan Evans.  Benjamin Evans appointed guardian of Alice Evans until she is of legal age.

Executors:  Benjamin Evans and Thomas A. Osborn, both of town of Chautauqua

Witnesses: Asahel Lyon, George McGunigle, Elisha Foster

 

p. 53, John Hall of town of Charlotte, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 9 Apr 1833, recorded 8 Jul 1833.

Household goods and Revolutionary War monies to son John Hall Jr.  Revolutionary War application filed by Chauncey Tucker, esq. as agent for John Hall.

Executors:  John Hall Junior and Jacob Hall

Witnesses:  Squire Woodburn and Jacob Hall, both of town of Charlotte

 

p. 55, Isaac Eddy of Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, undated but before 1 Apr 1833 , recorded 19 Aug 1833, died on or about 26 Jun 1833 at the village of Jamestown.

Income from house in Jamestown and land in Carroll for 4 years to executors.  Use of farm in Carroll to son-in-law Alvah Brown for 4 years.  Income, land (including purchase from Nathaniel Alexander), stock, household goods to wife Betsey.  Land to be conveyed to Loring Sherman for services as previously agreed.  Land purchased from Loring Sherman to son Nathaniel Eddy, which Nathaniel has contracted to convey to Abraham Winsor, Zacheus M. Palmer and Adolphus Fletcher.  Land purchased from Loring Sherman, part of the Jones place, to be sold to pay for delivery of 450 saw logs to James Prendergast.  Money to American Home Missionary Society.  Use of land purchased from Thomas J. ?  to daughter Eunice Brown and her husband Alvah Brown during her lifetime; land to be divided among her children after her death.  Watch to son Zacheriah. Land near Harvey Dewey’s to sons Safford and Hiram. Remaining estate and lands after 4 years to be divided among his children except for daughter Eunice Brown.

Executors:  son Isaac Eddy, son-in-law James Cary, friend Abner Haseltine

Witnesses: Abner Lewis of Jamestown and Levi Wellington of Ellicott

 

p. 60, Naham Parkhurst of town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, died 28 Aug 1833 in town of Chautauqua, signed 3 May 1832, recorded 6 Oct 1833, court 20 Oct 1833, 21 Nov 1833, 3 Dec 1833.

Household goods to wife Abigail and one third of real estate during her lifetime.  Money to two daughters Sophia wife of Lemual Cottrill and Amanda wife of Daniel Cheney.  Everything else divided equally between two sons James S. Parkhurst and Nahan A. Parkhurst, to be divided among their children after their deaths.

Executors:  wife Abigail and two sons James S. Parkhurst and Nathan A. Parkhurst

Witnesses:  Anselm Potter of Mayville, Spencer Cone, George Blackmun

 

p. 63, Reuben Taylor of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 20 Aug 1831

All personal property and use of one third of land during her lifetime to beloved wife (unnamed).  Farm and my share of sawmill on land belonging to Erastus Taylor to two sons Justin and Almon.  Land to son Reuben.

Executors:  sons Justin and Almon

Witnesses:  Abram Burton and David Eaton, both of town of Portland

 

p. 66, Abel Smith of town of Stockton, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 3 May 1833, recorded 16 Sep 1833, court 16 Dec 1833.

Daughters Charlotte, Sabra, and Amanda to support Dimaris Mosier “with whom I have lived for a number of years past.”  Land and personal property to daughters Charlotte Smith, Sabra Smith, and Amanda Smith.  Daughters Hannah Crandall and Sarah Wilbur have already been provided for.  A farm in Columbia County has already been deeded to son Nathan Smith.  Land to daughters Phebe Crandall, Chloe Palmer, and Robey Shelden.

Executor:  son-in-law John Shelden of Chautauqua County

Witnesses:  T. A. Osborn and Wm P. Tinkeom of Mayville

Court 17 Feb 1834:  executor John Shelden having renounced his right as executor, John T. Sha? claimed and was granted “in right of his wife letters of administration with the will of Abel Smith.”

 

p. 69, Samuel Lewis of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, died about 25 Oct 1833 at town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, signed 28 May 1833, recorded 2 Dec 1833, court 21 Mar 1834.

Use of all personal and real estate to wife Phebe Lewis during her widowhood until my two sons Dwight N. Lewis and Samuel B. Lewis are 21 years old.  Money to brother Elijah Lewis.  Support for mother in case she becomes unable to care for herself.

Executors:  Allen Tibbits and brother James Lewis

Witnesses:  Benjamin P. Hill, Isaac Bumpus, Joseph Van Vliet

 

p. 72, John Dodge of town of French Creek, Chautauqua County, New York, died 26 Sep 1833 at town of French Creek, signed 21 Sep 1833, recorded 21 Apr 1834, court 22/23 May 1834.

All property to wife Violet.  After her death, part to heirs of adopted son John Dodge, who are Harriett Dodge and Alphonzo Dodge, part to heirs of James Douglass, who are Juliett Douglass, Mary Douglass, Lemira Douglass, Merrill Douglass, and Sarah Douglass, and part to Eliza Stafford.

Executrix:  wife Violet

Witnesses:  Harvey A. Phinney of Clymer, Wm Hooker of French Creek

 

p. 74, Abel Griswold of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 6 Dec 1833.

All real and personal property including land in the towns of Pomfret and Arkwright to Lucretia G. Danforth daughter of James Danforth of Pomfret.

Executor:  James Danforth

Witnesses:  Jeremiah Gage of Stockton, Sylvester A. Danforth of Arkwright

 

p. 75, Thomson Cowden of town of Gerry, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 8 Mar 1834 at town of Gerry, signed 9 Dec 1833, recorded 31 May 1834, court 10 Jul 1834, 14 Jul 1834.

Land in Gerry to brother William Cowden.  Everything else to father David Cowden.  Living expenses and education for William Cobb until he reaches age 21 to be provided by Rowland Cobb from the income of the estate.

Executor:  Rowland Cobb

Witnesses:  John McCullough, James Alverson, Rowland Cobb

 

p. 77, Daniel Sherman, died on or about 11 Apr 1834 at Busti, signed 7 Apr 1834, recorded 8 Sep 1834.

Land to oldest son Henry C. Sherman on condition that he come home and take care of his mother and the rest of the family. ? to my oldest daughter Harriet and to my other daughters as dowry.

Executors appointed by court:  Henry C. Sherman and Isaac Sherman

Witnesses:  Isaac Sherman, Gideon Gifford, and Pardon Haseltine of Busti

 

p. 80, Daniel Baldwin of  LaPorte in the State of Indiana, signed 25 Jun 1834, recorded in LaPorte County, Indiana 15 Sep 1834, Indiana circuit court 23 Sep 1834, Chautauqua county court 17 Oct 1834.

Son Joel A. Baldwin appointed guardian of minor children.  Daughter Rader to have personal property of her mother, who is deceased.  Property in New York delivered to my wife is to remain her property.  Real and personal estate including land in Crawford County, Pennsylvania to be divided among my seven children.

Executors:  son-in-law Simon Burton and son Joel A. Baldwin

Witnesses:  Zenas Preston, Daniel Mulks, G. W. Barnes

 

p. 85, Hasachiah Stebbins of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 12 Nov 1834, recorded 19 Jan 1835.

Pay debt to brother Thomas Stebbins.  Household goods and money to daughter Asenath.  Land, stock, and rest of household goods to my wife Asenath.  Land to son Marcus and to daughters Angelina Brownell, Asenath Stebbins, and Candace.  Land to the children and heirs of my daughter Candace.

Executors:  brother Thomas Stebbins, friend Daniel B. Parsons

Witnesses:  Thomas Stebbins and Samuel Davis of Sheridan, William Nash of Hanover


p. 89, Joseph S. Pember of town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, died 17 Jan 1835 at Harmony, signed 13 Jan 1835, recorded 13 Apr 1835, court 14 May 1835.

One-third of real and personal estate to wife Mary Pember. Half of remaining estate to sons John B. Pember and Reuben J. Pember.  Remainder of estate to daughters Clarissa Pember, Mary Pember, and Lydia Pember.

Executors:  wife Mary Pember, Nathaniel Sessions

Witnesses:  Justus A. Durham, Elijah Button, both of Harmony

 

p. 91, William Bain of town of Carroll, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 24 Sep 1832, recorded 1 Jun 1835.

All household furniture to wife Hannah Bain.  Real estate and remaining personal property to sons John Bain and Abraham Bain.  Land already given to son William Bain Junior and son Henry Bain.  Household furniture to be given to daughters Elisabeth Bain and Hannah Bain at their marriages, just as I gave to daughters Nancy Noit and Catherine Sparks.  Sons John Bain and Abraham Bain to care for wife Hannah Bain in her widowhood. 

Executors:  wife Hannah Bain, John Bain

Witnesses:  Evans R. Hasard (moved to Indiana before the will was recorded), Alexander Ross, Mary Ross

 

p. 93, Levi Steadman of Stockton, Chautauqua County, New York, died 26 Oct 1834 at town of Stockton, signed 23 Oct 1833, recorded 2 Jun 1835.

Household furniture and use of farm in Stockton to wife Anna during her widowhood, afterward to be divided among my eight children: Sally Tyler, Anna Tansey? (Towsey?), Polly Avery, Betsey Kern?, Levi Steadman Jr., Lydia Atwood, Eleanor Todd,

 Elkanah P. Steadman

Executors:  wife Anna, sons Levi Steadman Jr and Elkanah P. Steadman

Witnesses:  Dominic L. Williams, Horace N. Tyler

 

p. 96, Joel Payne of Villenova, Chautauqua County, New York, died 11 Mar 1835 at town of Villenova, signed 12 Feb 1835, recorded 22 Jun 1835.

Household furniture and stock to wife Lucena Payne.  One dollar each to son Horace [sic] Payne and daughter Clarissa Mallory.  Land to son Augustus S. Payne.

Codicil:  Since I sold my farm, I give Orren [sic] 50 dollars more and Augustus 50 dollars less. 

Executors:  wife Lucena Payne, son Augustus S. Payne

Witnesses:  Isaac Bumpus, Aretus [sic] Smith, Joseph Skinner

Codicil witnesses:  Ira S. Frary, Joseph Skinner, Daniel Moon

 

p. 99, George McGunnigle of village of Mayville, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 27 Apr 1835, recorded 16 Jul 1835.

Everything to nephew John Dick of Meadville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Executor:  friend Reverend Rufus Murry of Mayville

Witnesses:  Thomas A. Osborne, Nelson Rowe, both of Mayville

 

p. 101, Rebecca White of town of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, died 12 Apr 1835 at town of Hanover, signed 13 Mar 1835, recorded 15 Sep 1835.

House and lot next to land of Laurence L. Lant and William Post  in town of Durham, Green County, New York to daughter Marcia Mack.  Land in LaGrange, town of Hanover, Chautauqua County next to land of Henry H. Hawkins and lumber next to saw mill of William Cole to Marcia Mack.  Remaining personal property to be divided between my daughter Phebe Southerland and Maria Meinhardt and my son John H. White.

Executor:  son John H. White

Witnesses:  Lucius Tyler, Luther Heaton, Solon Hall

 

p. 103, Gardner Bently of town of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, died 24 Dec 1834 in town of Ellington, signed 2 Dec 1834, recorded 4 Jan 1836.

Five dollars each to daughter Marrilla Ann, daughter Lucy wife of Samuel R. Lane, and son Ellery Bently.  One dollar to son Anson? (Amon?) Bently.  Fifty dollars to son Benjamin Bently.  Land in Ellington to son William Bently and to son Turner Bently, along with the responsibility of supporting wife Amy Bently during her widowhood.  Remainder of estate to wife Amy Bently.

Executrix:  wife Amy Bently

Witnesses:  Thomas N. Northrup of Conewango, Cattaraugus County and Thomas N. Bently of Ellington, Chautauqua County

 

p. 106, Henry Barrett of town of Ellicott, Chautauqua County, New York, will undated, recorded 23 Feb 1836, court 25 Mar 1836.

Everything to wife Lucy S. and to minor children, two sons Henry Lauerance and Frederick Clay and two daughters Mary Ann Elizabeth and Carrisande Mower.  Niece Lucy M. Crosby may live in the household as she has before and receive money or furniture upon marriage.  Business of firm Barrett, Blake & Co. to continue as at present until 1836, when partnership shall be closed.

Executors:  wife Lucy S. Barrett, brother Samuel Barrett and friend Richard F. Fenton

Witnesses:  Abner Lewis, Wilford Barker, both of Jamestown

 

p. 110, John Cochran of town of Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 11 May 1835, no court dates.

One-third of estate to wife Sarah during her life.  Remainder of estate to unborn child.  If child dies without issue, then half of remaining estate to brother James and other half to brothers Alexander, Hugh, and Robert who now live in Great Britain if they come to this country; otherwise their share to brother James.

Executors:  Asa Hall of town of Westfield, uncle Hugh Cochran

Witnesses:  Tho? ?, Joel Loomis, William ?

 

p. 113, Rufus Scott of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 25 Jun 1834, signed 6 Jun 1834, recorded 21 Mar 1836, court 5 May 1836.

Everything to wife Olive Scott, along with custody of children during their minority.

Executors:  sons Christopher and Reuben

Witnesses:  Joseph C. Freman, Joel H. Foster, both of Pomfret

 

p. 115, Benjamin Roberts of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 1 Mar 1836 age about 50 years, signed 5 May 1825, recorded 12 Apr 1836, court 13 May 1836.

Everything including land in Pomfret next to John Walker and heirs of Hiram Roberts to wife Polly Roberts during her widowhood; thereafter to three youngest sons Benjamin Franklin Roberts, Eli Roberts, and Abner Roberts if they pay $150 to my youngest daughter Polly Roberts.  $15 to daughter Amy Deland. Ten sheep to the heir of my late daughter Arrec? (Aira?) Ma?s?  Ten sheep to daughter Dolly Babe?  Ten sheep to heirs of late son Hiram Roberts. $125 to son Titus Roberts, to be used in settling obligation with Marcus Simons.

Executors:  wife Polly Roberts, Elijah Deland

Witnesses:  John Walker, Joel Brigham (moved to Lodi, Ohio before will was recorded, signature verified by Ernest Mullette, Dunkirk resident for 8 years, who knew Benjamin Roberts and Joel Brigham), William Walker

 

p. 119, Josiah R. Reeder of town of Sherman, Chautauqua County, New York, died 17 Apr 1836 at town of Sherman, signed 15 Apr 1836, recorded 2 May 1836, court 2 Jun 1836.

Business to continue under direction of my brother Smith B. Reeder, until executors deem proper to discontinue the business.  Wife and family may continue to occupy present residence (house-hotel).  When business is discontinued, one-third of estate and $1000 to wife Cynthia Ann. Remainder of estate to be held in trust and divided to children as they arrive at age 21.

Executor:  brother Smith B. Reeder of town of Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut; wife Cynthia Ann Reeder, and Platt S. Osborne of Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York

Witnesses:  Simon C. Parks of Sherman, Salmon G. Reeder of Jamestown, Chas. E. Burrows of Mayville

 

p. 122, Amos Palmer, died on or about 23 Apr 1836 at town of Pomfret, signed 23 Apr 1836, recorded 23 May 1836, court 23 Jun 1836.

One-third of house and lot and all household goods to wife Dorcas.  Remainder to two sons Alonson and Thomas.  If either die without issue, his share to the survivor.  Three-fourths of blacksmith shop and all tools to Alonson, who is to support his brother Stephen until Stephen is admitted as an attorney in the Court of Common Pleas.  Remaining one-fourth to be divided between sons Alonson and Levi.

Executors:  son Alanson, friend General Leverette Barker

Witnesses:  Benjamin Walworth of Fredonia, Wm. W. Calkins

 

p. 125, Aaron Hull of Stockton, Chautauqua County, New York, died in Apr 1836 at town of Stockton, signed 23 Mar 1836, recorded 12 Oct 1836.

$2000 to son Zarelo Hull when he is age 21, which will be 12 Jan 1851.  $1000 each to three daughters Huldah Amelia Hull, Julia Elisa Hull, and Jennette Hull when they are age 21 or are married, Huldah Amelia on 7 Oct 1852, Hulia Elisa 8 Jul 1854, and Jennett 18 Jul 1856.  $1000 and all property to wife Ruth Hull.

Executrix:  Ruth Hull

Witnesses:  Festus Jones, Richard M. Place, Milo N. Miles

 

p. 128, Peter Barnhart Senior of town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 3 Aug 1836 at town of Chautauqua, signed 17 Feb 1835, recorded 17 Oct 1836, court 9 Nov 1836, 18 Nov 1836.

$100 each to oldest son John Barnhart and to Catherine wife of Jacob Shaver? (relationship not given), to pay any demands they may have against me. Land in Chautauqua to be sold and estate to be divided among all my children except son Henry Barnhart, who has had his share. 

Court 9 Nov 1836:  The will was kept by Anson Lette until the death of Peter Barnhart Senior.

Executors:  Peter Barnhart Junior, Lyman Hopson

Witnesses:  David Sherman, Alva Cotrill, both of Chautauqua

 

p. 132, John Day, son of Ambrose Day, Culpeper County, Virginia, died 16 Feb 1820 at his usual residence on the south side of the river Columbia in Oregon Territory, signed 15 Feb 1820, recorded 28 Oct 1836, court 2 Dec 1836, 3 Jan 1837.

Land granted by the Spanish governor formerly at St. Louis in Louisiana adjoining the land of ? Chauteau to Donald MacKensie.  All papers concerning the land are in the hands of Mr. James Miller, whose heirs are directed to deliver everything to Donald MacKensie.  My one-third part of salt peter caves at river Missouri to Donald MacKensie, requesting partners and friends Mr. Benjamin Cooper and Mr. John Foured ? to deliver one-third share of profits to Donald MacKensie.  Everything from former master John Jacob Astor, merchant of New York, to Miss Rachel MacKensie of Columbia River.

Court 28 Oct 1836, Donald MacKensie appeared in court, testifying that he now resides in Chautauqua County, also testifying to the validity of the signatures of testator and witnesses of the will, since witnesses reside out of state.

Executor:  Mr. Donald MacKensie

Witnesses:  William Rettson, James Birnie

 

p. 136, Benjamin Vallance of town of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 1 Apr 1834, no recorded date .

Everything to wife Phebe.

Executrix:  wife Phebe

Witnesses:  Niram Sackett, Saml Story, James Edmonds

 

p. 137, John Shipboy of town of Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 19 Dec 1836, recorded.

Use of entire estate to wife Nancy and daughter Sarah until the decease of wife Nancy, then to daughter Sarah until her decease or marriage.  After that, $10 to son Joseph W. Shipboy, $50 to grandson John Shipboy, remainder to be equally divided among my three daughters Mary D, Nancy, and Sarah or their heirs.

Executors:  James Montgomery, Jedediah Loomis

Witnesses:  Larril Nichols, Morris Dick, Joseph M. Riddel

 

p. 138, John I. Thorn of town of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, died in month of Oct 1836 at Lagrange, signed 6 Aug 1835, recorded 15 Feb 1837, court 25 Mar 1837.

Everything to wife Esther during her natural life.  After her decease, $1 each to eldest son Alonson, eldest daughter Ann Marrah wife of James R. Northrup, second daughter Catherine L. wife of Hiram Sacket, second son Gilbert, daughter Susan M.  After decease of wife Esther, remainder of estate to my two daughters Sarah Keys wife of Henry H. Hawkins and daughter Mary Elizabeth.  If son Gilbert does not present his note against me to the executors for payment, then he shall have an equal share with Sarah Keys and Mary Elizabeth.

Codicil 5 Oct 1836:  Second son Gilbert having gone to parts unknown and not having been heard of, if he dies without issue, then his portion to daughters Sarah Keys and Mary Elizabeth.

Witnesses to codicil:  Rufus L. Bonny, Cephas R. Leland, both of Lagrange

Executors:  wife Esther, son-in-law Henry H. Hawkins, daughter Mary Elizabeth if she be of lawful age.

Witnesses:  Rufus L. Bonney, Lucius Tyler, Wm Cole

 

p. 143, Mary Barnum of Gerry, Chautauqua County, New York, died 16 Jan 1837 at town of Gerry, signed by making her mark 15 Jan 1837, recorded 27 Feb 1837, court 30 Mar 1837.

Bury me privately in the churchyard at Charlotte near John Picket.  A note I hold against Stoddard Cannon of $160 to my son Joshua Barnum.  $6 to son Exum Barnum.  $1 each to  Eliacum Barnum, son Noah Barnum, son Daniel Barnum, granddaughters Abagal Picket, Mary Picket, Phebe Picket, and Havilah Picket and grandsons David Picket and John Picket Jr..  Everything else to daughter Hannah Strong, including $52 due from son Elicum Barnum which I let him have in a note against Joseph Arnold.

Executor:  Horrace Strong

Witnesses:  Horrace Strong, William Copp, both of Gerry

 

p. 145, John Farnsworth of town of French Creek, Chautauqua County, New York, died 28 Dec 1836, signed 23 Dec 1836, recorded 20 Mar 1837, court 28 Mar 1837, 4 May 1837.

Land in French Creek and everything else to son Oren O. Farnsworth, on condition that he support my wife Sarah Farnsworth and my daughter Elisa Farnsworth during their natural lives.

Executors:  Hiram Farnsworth, Titus B. Farnsworth

Witnesses:  Ephraim Dean, Charles Russel

 

p. 148, David Boyd of town of Busti, Chautauqua County, New York, died 4 Dec 1836 at town of Busti, signed 1 Dec 1836, recorded 10 Apr 1837, court 2 May 1837, 8 Jul 1837.

All household furnishings to wife Lucretia Boyd, along with use of all other personal property during her lifetime, and after her decease to son Martin Boyd.  Use of land and current residence in Busti to wife Lucretia Boyd during her life and for my two youngest children Olive Boyd and Alexander Boyd until they are settled in life.  After wife’s decease, land next to Charles Philips to son Martin Boyd and land next to Charles Philips and Nathan Riddel to be divided among my eldest son Hiram Boyd, second son Minot Boyd, third son Martin Boyd, fourth son David Boyd, daughter Olive Boyd, and youngest son Alexander Boyd.  Money to Olive Boyd and to Alexander Boyd when each  reaches age 21.  Son Martin Boyd to finish paying for land purchased from William Martin 10 Nov 1836 and to divide the land equally among the 6 children.

Executors:  wife Lucretia Boyd, son Martin Boyd

Witnesses:  Emery Davis of Busti, Ebenezer Davis of Carroll, Pearly Fairbanks of Busti

 

p. 152, Amy Bently of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 27 Nov 1836 at town of Ellington, signed 11 Nov 1836, recorded 24 Apr 1837, court 3 May 1837, 19 Jun 1837.

Everything to sister Abigail Sanders and her husband Abel Sanders.

Executor:  friend Abel Sanders

Witnesses:  James J. Strang, attorney and counselor at law, Clear Creek, and Levi Cheney, physician and surgeon, Chautauqua County, New York

 

p. 155, Jesse Sweet of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, age 34 years on 10 Aug 1835, died 31 Mar 1837 at Sheridan, signed 12 Jul 1836, recorded 12 May 1837, court 19 Jun 1837.

Everything to my 5 [sic] children Asa Augustus Margaret Martha Miranda John Henry and Jesse [sic], to be divided to them as they reach legal age.

Executors:  Jonathan N. Sweet, Alexander Edely, both of Sheridan

Witnesses:  John Cookson, Crosby Allen, both of Sheridan

 

p. 158, Daniel Pier of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 1 Apr 1837 at Pomfret, signed 29 Mar 1837, recorded 31 Jul 1837.

One-third to wife Candace Pier.  One cow apiece to each of my girls.  Remainder of estate to wife Candace Pier and son Franklin W. Pier to distribute to my children as they think best.

Executor:  Leverett Barker

Witnesses:  Squire White, Samuel Barker, both of Pomfret, Rufus Pier of Ellicott

Appeared in court:  widow Candace Pier, next of kin Almira L. Pier and Amelia Pier, and Squire White, guardian to Franklin W. Pier, Eveline H. Pier, and Louisa W. Pier who are under age 21 and next of kin to deceased.

 

p. 161, Abiram Orton of town of Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York, died 16 Mar 1837 at town of Arkwright, signed 17 Oct 1836, recorded 15 Jun 1837, court 7 Aug 1837.

Money, livestock, and income from land, including land deeded by Levi Clough and Betsey his wife to my wife Susan Orton during her widowhood.  Remainder of personal property to sister Lilly Danforth, wife of Daniel Danforth of Lafayette, Onondaga County, for taking care of my mother.  Money to Benjamin Griswold.  Remainder to be divided among these 5:  Charles Jackson Orton, Benjamin Griswold, Thomas Orton son of my late brother Thomas Orton, Thomas Orton son of brother James P. Orton, Abiram Orton son of Thomas and Hannah Orton and grandson of my brother Philo Orton.  If my wife has a child after my death, then this will is void.

Executor:  Charles Jackson Orton

Witnesses:  Ephraim Harrington, Harriet Harrington, both of Arkwright

 

p. 166, Jonas C. Holbrook of town of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, died 20 Jul 1837 at town of Hanover, signed 13 Apr 1837, recorded 12 Sep 1837.

Everything to wife Emily until daughter Sarah Eliza reaches age 18, at which time Sarah gets half of everything.  If wife and daughter die, then estate goes to my nephews Daniel Holbrook and Martin Holbrook when they reach age 21.

Executor:  Daniel Barber of Hanover, wife Emily

Witnesses:  Ellis S. Spencer, Eliza Holbrook, both of Hanover

 

p. 169, John C. Wilcox of town of Sherman, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 15 Aug 1837 at town of Sherman, signed 1 Aug 1837, recorded 26 Oct 1837, court 23 Oct 1837, 1 Dec 1837.

Land and all else to wife and son Lyman.  $100 each to sons John C. Wilcox Jun, Charles W. Wilcox, Hazard H. Wilcox.  $50 each to daughters Mary Stanton, Sally Bartram, Nancy Stutson.  Daughter Harriet Wilcox to have a home and support with wife and son Lyman and $50 at her marriage.  One cow to Dorcas Wilcox when she is of lawful age.  John C. Barnes to have a home and a good common school education from my wife and son Lyman, and $100 when he reaches age 21.  One cow to daughter Hannah Rogers, to be delivered to her daughter Susannah Champlain when she is of lawful age.  Mother Mary Harrington to have maintenance and a home with wife and son Lyman while she lives.

Court granted letters of administration to widow Dorcas Wilcox and son Lyman Wilcox.

Witnesses:  Jabez Spicer of Sherman, Royal S. Pierce of Mina

 

p. 173, Walker Lewis of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about the month of July 1826 in town of Portland, signed 6 Jul 182?, recorded 13 Nov 1837, court 1 Dec 1837.

Everything including land in Portland and Eagle Farm in Gerry to wife Sarah Lewis.  $2 to each of my 5 daughters over and above what I have already given them.  A brass kettle to my daughter Hannah Higgins.  Items to granddaughter Sally Underhill when she becomes of age or marries.  Wife Sarah Lewis and daughter Rebecca Lewis to pay $150 to Thomas Lewis Higgins. 

Executors:  wife Sarah Lewis, Daniel Ingalls

Witnesses:  Elijah Fay, David Farline? (Tarline?) (died before court proceedings), Rebecca Elliot (married Henry Smith before court proceedings)

 

p. 177, Samuel Anderson of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 20 Jun 1837 at town of Portland, signed 15 Jun 1837, recorded 11 Dec 1837.

Use of estate to wife Jerusha during her life. $12 to eldest daughter Jane wife of William A. Stetson.  $50 and cows from More Titus to second daughter Sally.  Mantel block from house to third daughter Nancy wife of John T. McIntyre.  $10 to fourth daughter Sophia wife of Philip Rane.  $100 to fifth and youngest daughter Betsey considering her unfortunate situation in life.  To only son Samuel, one-half of a promissory note I hold against him, value $50.  If John T. McIntyre is willing to purchase my real estate, he may do so at a price to be determined by Hiram Fish of Portland, David Eaton of Portland, and William Cowden of Westfield, with interest from proceeds to go to wife Jerusha.  After death of wife, divide the estate equally among my children.

Executors:  Hiram Fish, John T. McIntyre

Witnesses:  Perez Thayer, James Barnes, Jeremiah Burch, all of Portland

 

p. 182, Eli Chamberlain of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, died 22 Jan 1838 at town of Ripley, signed 18 Jan 1836, recorded 26 Feb 1838.

Use of estate to wife Caroline until my two sons Matt Chamberlain and  Merrick Chamberlain reach age 21.  $100 each to my two daughters Martha and Mariana? when they reach age 21 or when they marry, provided they do not marry until age 18.

Executors:  Daniel Parsons, Dennis Barnes, also to be guardians of children

Witnesses:  Isaac Bumpus, Henry H. Lamphier, Wm McClanathan Jr.

 

p. 186, Arba Blodget of town of Busti, Chautauqua County, New York, died 28 Nov 1837 at town of Busti, signed 19 Feb 1833, recorded 19 Feb 1838.

Girls Marian Blodget, Clarissa M. Blodget, Adeline Blodget, Sylvia Blodget, and Lois M. Blodget to receive the same amount in similar articles that Lucinda Langdon has received.  The boys Larin? Blodget and William Blodget to receive double the amount that the girls receive.  Portions are to be given to the boys when they reach age 21 and the girls when they reach age 18.  Remainder to my wife during her widowhood and afterward to children.  If executors cannot serve, then Wm Bullock should be executor.

Executors:  wife Babe Blodget, Cyrenus Blodget, Jonathan Bullock

Witnesses:  Barnabas Wellman Jr., Cornelius Basset

 

p. 189, Aaron Hall of town of Charlotte, Chautauqua County, New York, died 25 Jan 1838 at town of Charlotte, signed 17 Jan 1838, recorded 2 Apr 1838.

Money to daughters Dolly Hall and Polly Lord in addition to the things they have already received.  Daughters Eliza Foy and Hannah Plass? and son Jacob Hall have already received their portions. Items to unmarried daughters Peggy Jane Hall and Sarah Hall. Wife Helen Hall to be comfortably maintained.  Remainder of estate to son William Hall, including land, a deed of which is recorded in Liber eleven page 279. 

Executor:  son William Hall

Witnesses:  E. B. Forbush of Sinclearville, town of Charlotte, Alanson C. Straight of town of Charlotte, William Luce of town of Charlotte

 

p. 192, Oliver Taylor of town of Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 20 Apr 1837 at town of Arkwright, signed 1 Jul 1834, recorded 14 May 1838.

Everything including current place in Arkwright to wife Chloe Taylor.

Executor:  wife Chloe Taylor

Witnesses:  Joseph C. Freman of Pomfret, Alexander A. Sloan of Arkwright (left the state more than a year before the court date)

Testified at court:  Mehitable Carley, neighbor, confirming testimony of Joseph Freman, said Jenkins family also lived in the Taylor house for several months.

 

p. 198, John House of Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 10 Mar 1838 at town of Westfieldsigned 24 Feb 1838, recorded 14 May 1838.

My sons David and Daniel P. and their wives to have the use of some land during their lifetimes, after which it is to be divided among their children.  Land to the children of my 5 daughters, living and dead:  Polly, Theadocia, Ruth, Betsey, and Joanna.

Executors:  sons David and Daniel P.

Witnesses:  Silas Spencer, Daniel M. Farrington, David Felt

 

p. 202, Isaac L. Steves of town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 22 Feb 1838 at town of Harmony, signed 23 Dec 1837, recorded 7 May 1838, court 7 Jun 1838.

One-third of estate to wife Maria Steves during her widowhood.  One-half of remainder to eldest daughter Ernesta?, remainder to youngest daughter Mary.  Children to be educated and supported until they are of lawful age to manage their property.

Executors:  Vine Elderkin, Morris Norton, wife Maria

Witnesses:  Daniel Williams Jr., Joseph Hoyt

Letters testamentary to Mary Maria Steves, Vine Elderkin, and Morris Norton

 

p. 206, Jonathan Burch of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, died 24 Apr 1838 at town of Portland, signed 1 Dec 1830, recorded 30 Jul 1838.

Part of farm and personal property to son Chauncey Burch, who has agreed to support my wife Sally Burch.  One cow to daughter Pooly Taylor wife of Jared Taylor.  Rest of farm to son Stephen S. Burch.  Household furniture to wife Sally.  If she dies first, then household furniture to be equally divided among the heirs of my body.

Witnesses:  Robert R. Stetson of Westfield, Minor L. Bond of Chautauqua

Court granted letters testamentary to Oliver W. Burch, applicant and one of the heirs of the deceased

 

p. 209, Stephen Bentley/Bently of town of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, died 9 Jun 1838 at town of Ellington, signed 9 Sep 1837, recorded 27 Aug 1838.

Everything to wife Moriah/Mariah and her own children.  If she die leaving no children, then everything to William Popple, her natural brother.

Executrix:  wife Moriah

Witnesses: Robert P. McGlashon, Henry Day, both of Conewango, Cattaraugus County

Court:  Neighbor Eli D. Pendleton testified in support of the will and witnesses.

 

p. 214, Joy Handy of Chautauqua County, New York, died about the last of June 1838 in town of Pomfret, signed 20 Jun 1838, recorded 9 Oct 1838, court 12 Oct 1838, 4 Dec 1838

Everything to wife Polly M. Handy.  After her death, everything to be divided among my four children:  Jay Handy, Jennie? (Janie?) ??lfred Handy, Zebiah? B. Moreton, and Almeda Saxton

Executors:  Benjamin Walworth and son-in-law John Saxton

Witnesses:  John Crane, Henry Bosworth, both of Fredonia

 

p. 217, John T. Johnson of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 26 Jun 1838 at town of Sheridan, signed 4 Apr 1835, recorded 9 Oct 1838, court 12 Oct 1838.

Dower and all personal property to wife Elizabeth.  Land in Sheridan from Holland Land Company by deed dated 31 May 1824 to son Donald Johnson and Luke Johnson in trust for daughter Belinda wife of Andrew Dalrymple.  Land from same property has previously been given to son Donald.  Land in Sheridan to son Luke Johnson.  Land to daughter Catherine Johnson.  Land to sons Donald Johnson and Luke Johnson in trust for daughter Philena wife of Ira Wiren? Aure?

Executor:  wife Elizabeth

Witnesses:  Benjamin Walworth of Fredonia, Sylvester Andrus of Hanover

 

p. 221, Daniel Bartlette of Ellicott, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 5 Jan 1838 at town of Carroll, signed 14 Sep 1832, recorded 23 Sep 1838.

Land and stock to wife Rachel Bartlette.  Five dollars each to son Saul? (Sol? Scul?), son John, daughter Sally Babbit, daughter Harriet Staples, son Daniel.  Remainder of estate to wife Rachel Bartlette.

Executors:  wife Rachel Bartlette, Samuel Babbit

Witnesses:  Samuel Cowen, Benjamin Russell (died before court proceedings), Daniel Wheeler

 

p. 224, Eben B. Curtiss of town of Ellicott, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 1 Feb 1838 at town of Ellicott, signed 9 Mar 1837, recorded 17 Dec 1838.

Land in Ellicott to youngest son Stephen M. Curtiss.  Land to eldest son John M. Curtiss.  Land to Wm O. Babcock, Allen Babcock, and Martha Babcock, heirs of Matilda Babcock deceased, former wife of Lorin Babcock, to be divided among them when they are of lawful age.  Land to daughter Celestia Ferguson wife of Stephen A. Ferguson.  One cow to daughter Annis Moon wife of Jonathan Moon Jr. in addition to the portion of my estate which she has already received.  Remainder of estate to be divided among children.

Executor:  son John M. Curtiss and son-in-law Stephen A. Ferguson

Witnesses:  Edward Hollenbeck, Wm H. Atherly, both of Ellery

 

p. 227, Thomas Bourne of Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 31 Aug 1838, recorded 22 Jan 1839.

$20 to eldest son Joseph Bourne.  Everything else to wife Huldah Ann Bourne for herself and for the four youngest children.  She is appointed their guardian until they reach age 14.

Executrix:  wife Huldah Ann Bourne

Witnesses:  Benjamin Walworth, John Gilbert, J. Crane, all of Fredonia

 

p. 230, Arnold Douglass of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, died 6 Jul 1838 at town of Pomfret, signed 12? 20? Jun 1838, recorded 29 Jan 1839, court 11 Feb 1839, 23 Feb 1839.

Land deeded to me by my father Richard Douglass goes to wife Nancy Douglass.  The remainder of estate to my three children:  Sally Maria Douglass, Betsey Ann Douglass, George Baldwin Douglass.

Witnesses:  Royal Tefft, Titus Hurlburt

Court:  11 Feb 1839 John Sloan, disinterested person of Sheridan, appointed guardian for the 3 minor children to take care of their interests in the court proceedings.  Nancy Douglass testified that the will was reviewed in October by Mr. Benton of Dunkirk, one of the engineers of the New York and Erie railroad, and later by Richard Douglass, father of Arnold Douglass.

 

p. 233, Mathew Prendergast, Chautauqua County, New York, died Feb 1838 at town of Chautauqua, signed 29 Dec 1835, recorded 1 Feb 1839, court 18 Feb 1839

Household goods and support from estate to wife Anna during her life; after her decease to go to grandson Maurice Prendergast.  Everything else to grandson Maurice Prendergast.  If he die without children, then everything to the children of son William Prendergast 2nd and daughter Lillias wife of Jared Irwin.

Executors:  brother Col. William Prendergast, son William Prendergast 2nd, Alexander Prendergast son of my brother James, Stephen Prendergast son of my brother Thomas, and Cornelia Prendergast wife of my son James deceased

Witnesses:  William Prendergast, Thomas C. Cutler, Aaron B. Hiller, John Birdsall, all of town of Chautauqua

Court:  Thomas C. Cutler, disinterested person of town of Chautauqua, to take care of interests of Maurice D. Prendergast, minor son of James Prendergast deceased, during the court proceedings.

 

p. 237, Polly Anderson of Ellicott, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 1 Oct 1837, no recorded date.

To daughter Taimy? Tammy? two notes which I hold against her husband John C. Moon. $1 to daughter Alina?  $50 to daughter Polly.  $125 to daughter Harriett to buy land in Chautauqua County for her benefit and the benefit of her children, “also a note against Olive A. Swan and Olive Swan to mover her out to Chautauqua County.”  12 sheep to granddaughter Usly? Holdridge, to be left in charge of Daniel Hollenbeck until she is of age, with “the wool to be applied for the benefit of her father’s family.”  $185 to daughter Nancy to purchase a cow and to pay for her husband’s land.  Remainder of estate to daughter Phebe and Daniel Hollenbeck her husband. 

Executors:  Elias Rogers, Daniel Hollenbeck

Witnesses:  Benona H. Moon, William Hollenbeck, Harmon Covey, all of Ellicott

 

p. 240, Erastus Tarbox of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, died 1 Sep 1838 at town of Pomfret, signed 31 Aug 1838, recorded 25 Feb 1839, court 27 Feb 1839, 4 Mar 1839.

Land in Sheridan next to land of William Barker, Mr. Covill, Widow Golden, and Timothy Golden and everything else to wife Nancy Tarbox and my heirs.

Executors:  John Tarbox, George C. Rood

Witnesses:  George C. Baily of Pomfret, Levi Smith of Arkwright

Court:  Will was kept by Sylvester A. Danforth.  Nancy Tarbox is guardian of minor children.

 

p. 243, James Dunn of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, died 23 Oct 1838 at town of Portland, signed 10 May 1838, recorded 4 Mar 1839.

$1 and household items each to son William Dunn, son David Dunn, son John A. Dunn.  $1 and lot in Mayville to daughter Polly Page.  To daughter Jane Jones, lot in Mayville next to lot given to Polly Page and that part of farm on which I now reside bordered by land of Aaron Driggs.  To Johnson Foster, now living in my family, $100, house, and clothing when he is age 21.  Household furniture, stock, part of farm to wife Elizabeth.  All else to son George W. Dunn.

Executor:  George W. Dunn

Witnesses:  David Eaton, John Tower, both of Portland

 

p. 247, Wm W. Burwell, Chautauqua County, New York, died on or about 6 Feb 1839 at town of Ripley, signed 2 Feb 1839, admitted to probate 18 Apr 1839

Everything to be divided equally among my children, except daughter Lucy Mariah is to receive $50 less than everyone else.

Executors:  Anson R. Wyllys, Stephen A. Burwell

Witnesses:  Wm A. Robinson (moved to Pennsylvania before probate), Solomon V. Wells

Court:  Caleb J. Daughaday, disinterested person of the town of Ripley, appointed to take care of interests of minor children Nancy Burwell and Eunice Elisa Burwell during the court proceedings.  Copies of citation were sent 6 weeks before court proceedings to Henry Consklin? and wife Mariah who reside at Wayne township, Erie County, Pennsylvania and to Elijah Jones? (James?) and wife Sarah Matilda who reside at Laporte, Indiana, heirs and next of kin of deceased.   Copies of citation delivered to Welthy Ann Burwell and Almira Burwell at least 8 days before court proceedings.

 

p. 251, William Dunham of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 17 Jun 1836, court 6 Mar 1839, admitted to probate 13 May 1839.

Household goods, stock, and use of estate to wife Lucy during her lifetime.  $250 and one eights part of personal and real estate to Mathew P. Van Gaasbeck and Jesse Dunham in trust for heirs of my daughter Salome Martin after her death.  $50 to son William William Dunham Junr.  Remainder of estate to be divided among sons William Dunham Junr, Jesse Dunham, Charles Dunham, Samuel Dunham, and daughters Phebe Van Gaasbeck, Lucy Van Gaasbeck, and Alma Wilbur.

Executors:  Jesse Dunham, Mathew P. Van Gaasbeck

Witnesses:  David Eaton, Charles Stebins, both of Portland

Court:  Citations issued to:   Hannah Dunham, Daniel Dunham, Sylvia Dunham, children and heirs of William Dunham Junr, deceased, son of the testator; Abigail Martin, Charles Henry Martin, Annis Martin, Salome Martin, Lucy Ann Martin, minors and heirs by the will of the deceased.  Citations also to Lucy Dunham, widow; Charles Dunham, Samuel Dunham, Lucy Van Gaasbeck wife of Mathew P. Van Gaasbeck; Salome Martin wife of Hiram Martin who reside in town of Portland, Phebe Van Gaasbeck wife of Peter Van Gaasbeck who reside in the town of Munro?, Geauga County, Ohio, Alma Wilbur wife of John Wilbur Junior who reside in Branch County, Michigan; all over age 21.

 

p. 258, Sheldon Stanley “aged 49 years and upwards” of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, died Apr 1835, signed 2 Apr 1835, admitted to probate 12 Feb 1839.

All personal property to wife Charlotte during her widowhood.  After her marriage or death, everything to be divided equally among my four children: Almira, Eliza, Ziba, and Sally Ann.  If any of my children marry before the decease of my wife, she may advance to the child whatever she thinks appropriate.  Land in Sheridan to son Almerin when he is age 21.  Land in Sheridan to wife Charlotte, at her death to be divided among my 3 daughters Eliza, Ziba, and Sally Ann.  Remainder of land to be divided among my 3 daughters when they marry or reach age 21.

Executrix:  wife Charlotte

Witnesses:  John E. Griswold, Nathaniel Loomis, both of Sheridan

Court:  Almerin Stanley is over age 21.  John E. Griswold is guardian of minor heirs Elisa Stanley, Ziba Stanley, and Sally Ann Stanley.

 

p. 262, Bela Kingsley of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 20 Feb 1839, court 4 May 1839, admitted to probate 1 Jul 1839.

Use of one-third of estate to wife Eunice during her life, to be divided among children at her death.  Remainder to my sons Edward B. Kingsley, Thorton W. Kingsley, Hopkin Kingsley, and Joseph S. Kingsley and to my daughters Isabel C. May wife of Kingsbury May, Marianne Kingsley, and Lucy Kingsley.  $10 to daughter Pamela Bartlette, “believing her comfortably circumstanced.”  Son Joseph S. to receive his share when he reaches age 21.

Executors:  sons Edward B. Kingsley and Thorton W. Kingsley

Witnesses:  Joseph C. Freman, Nathan Hatch Jr, both of Pomfret

Court:  Citations sent to heirs, including Kingsbury May and wife Isabel C. May living in Chautauqua County and to Lewis Bartlet and Pamelia his wife and Lucy Kingsley residing in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts.

 

p. 267, Nathan Thompson of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 19 Mar 1834, admitted to probate 8 Jul 1839.

Household goods, stock, and one-third of estate to wife Electa.  Everything else to my wife’s son Buel Tolls, and he is to pay $200 to his brother Jaril Tolls, 1 cow to his sister Almira Tolls, yoke of steers to his brother Chester Tolls at age 21, let his sister Electa Tolls live with him and $50 to her when she leaves him, and take care of his mother Electa Thompson.  If Bud die single before his mother, she may dispose of the estate as she desires.

Codicil signed 30 Jan 1839:  Since wife Electa Thompson has died, everything to wife’s son Buel Tolls for taking care of me in my old age, except as previously given to other children.  Electa to have her sister Almira’s clothing and furniture.

Witnesses to codicil:  J. M. Alden, H. Crouch, William Ensign

Executors:  wife Electa Thompson, her son Bud Tolls

Witnesses:  John M. Alden, Rufus Smith, Horace Crouch

Court 16 May 1839:  Josiah Reed, disinterested person of town of Sheridan, appointed guardian for minor heirs Amos Reed and Nancy Reed during court proceedings.  Citations to heirs and next of kin Reuben Reed of Merts?, Cayuga County, Jason? Reed who resides at Skaneateles, Onandaga County, Esther Curtis of Malone, Franklin County, and to Benbow Thompson, Thompson Reed, Mary Reed, and Josiah Reed of Chautauqua County, and to Peter Thompson of Munson?, Geauga County, Ohio

 

p. 273, Oliver Stetson of town of Westfield, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 29 Jul 1839, admitted to probate 30/31 Oct 1839

Household furniture to daughter Olive.  Remainder to be divided among my children:  Children of my son Oliver deceased, children of my daughter Jennett? deceased wife of William M. Riddle, daughter Olive, son William A., son Robert P., son Moses C., son John.

Executors:  Larrel Nichols, William Bell, both of Westfield

Witnesses:  Chas Forsyth, Joseph Morse, David M. Leely

Court:  Heirs and next of kin are John A. Stetson, William A. Stetson, Robert P. Stetson, Olive M. Steves widow of Hugh C. Steves deceased, Moses Stetson, Betsy Asenath Stetson, Clara An Dick wife of Morris Dick, Joseph M. Riddle, Mary Jane Minegar wife of Orvill Minegar, all residents of Chautauqua County.  Also Moses C. Stetson who resides at Amanda, Fairfield County, Ohio.  Moses Stetson and John Taylor appointed guardians of minor heirs Jones O. Taylor, Rhoda Ann Taylor, Seymour? Taylor and George W. Taylor.  William Riddle appointed guardian of minor heirs William O. Riddle and Jennett Riddle.  Rhoda Stetson appointed guardian of minor heirs Robert M. Stetson, Edwin Stetson, Henry Stetson, Oliver Stetson.  All minor heirs of Chautauqua County.

 

p. 278, Samuel Townsend of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 31 Aug 1839, court 23 Dec 1839, admitted to probate 2 Jan 1840.

Wife Eliza Townsend to have management and control of the farm during minority of children.  If daughter Susan Adelia Townsend should marry during the minority of my youngest son, she is to have the same amount as my eldest daughter did at her marriage.  $1000 to wife Eliza, and my two sons are to care for her.  Money to sons Gilbert L. Townsend and George H. Townsend.  Remaining estate to be divided among children Hannah Maria Webster wife of Jason Webster, Susan Adelia Townsend, Gilbert L. Townsend, and George H. Townsend. 

Codicil signed 5 Oct 1839:  All household furniture to wife Eliza Townsend.

Witnesses to codicil:  Charles A. Marsh, David Eaton, both of Portland

Executors:  wife Eliza Townsend, respected neighbor William Clark

Witnesses:  Isaac Marsh, Charles A. Marsh, David Eaton, all of Portland

Court:  David Eaton appointed guardian of minor heirs Susan A. Townsend, Gilbert L. Townsend, and George H. Townsend to care for their interests during court proceedings.

 

p. 287, Claudius Fille?  Tille? Brown of Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 23 Oct 1835, 25 Jun 1839.

Estate including land in Arkwright to wife Electa Fille? Tille? Brown.  After her decease, everything to Babbit home missionary Society.

Executors:  Elder Isaac? Brown of Hanover, Ira Fuller of Sheridan

Witnesses:  Isaac Bumpus of Arkwright, Ebenezer Fuller of Sheridan

 

p. 290, Ebenezer Cross of town of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 25 Sep 1839, court 29 Nov 1839 and 30 Dec 1839, admitted to probate 11 Jan 1840.

$60 to son Levi, $5 to son Ebenezer, $5 to daughter Abigail, $5 to daughter Sasan?, $5 to daughter Sarah, $30 to son Aaron, $30 to son Daniel, $30 to son Hiram, $25 to daughter Claricey?, $25 to daughter Jane, $25 to daughter Elizabeth.  $400, furniture, crops, and stock to wife Elizabeth Cross.

Executors:  son Levi Cross, Laertes Sollace

Witnesses:  John Tousey, Hiram Wheeler , Laertes Sollace

Court:  Stephen R. Hall appointed guardian for minor heirs Sarah Cross, Louisa Cross, and Elisha Cross.  Citations issued to Stephen R. Hall and Abigail his wife of Cattaraugus County, Levi Handy and Sarah his wife of Schoharie County, Levi Cross, George Handy and Susan his wife.  Court examination showed that deceased wanted his 4 oldest children from his first wife to have $5 each, 3 youngest sons to have $30 each, 3 youngest daughters to have $25 each, with larger amount to son Levi.  Ebenezer Cross signed his will by making his mark.

 

p. 299, Levi Forbes of Townsend Township, Norfolk County, District of London in Upper Canada, died 21 Nov 1837 at Townsend, signed 21 Oct 1837, court 28 Dec 1839, admitted to probate 13 Jan 1840

Money to mother Abigail Forbes, sister Ann Forbes, brother Harvey Forbes.  One-third of remaining estate to wife Charlotte Content Forbes.  Remaining estate to 2 sons Charles Milton Forbes and Andrew I. Forbes.

Executors:  Benjamin Hazleton Sen of Townsend, Ransom Hazleton of Ingham County, Michigan, wife Charlotte Content Forbes

Witnesses:  Wm Walker, George McMichael, Henry Haght

Court:  Sister Ann Forbes and wife Charlotte Content Forbes appeared in court in Chautauqua County with their attorney James J. Strong.  Staunton L. Brown, disinterested person of Poland, Chautauqua County, appointed to see to the interests of sons Charles Milton Forbes and Andrew I. Forbes, both under age 21.  Ralph Leonard of Poland, Chautauqua County, testified that all 3 witnesses lived outside of New York State but that he could validate their signatures and the handwriting of the deceased.  Lydia Almira Grow testified to the validity of the signature of witness Henry Haght of Michigan and to the handwriting of Levi Forbes and that she had attended the funeral.

p. 308, Joel Harrington aged 71 years and about 8 months of town of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 23 Oct 1839, admitted to probate 9 Apr 1840.

Land adjoining Henry Willson’s shop, land deeded by me to Justus Harrington, land now occupied by Thornton W. Kingsley and Levi Willson to wife Olive during her life and thereafter to grandson Joel Harrington Jun, son of Justus Harrington.  Land adjoining land I deeded to Justus Harrington and land I deeded to Benjamin Griswold to wife Olive during her life and thereafter to daughters Polly Golding, Nabby Golding, Betsy Clough, Ruth Smith, Lucy Lyons, Mahala Griswold, and to granddaughter Emily H. Day.  Land, grist mill and saw mill in Rockport, Cuyahoga County to daughters and granddaughter listed above.  Son Justus Harrington to be guardian of minor grandchildren Joel Harrington Jun and Emily H. Day to handle the land they will receive in this will until they reach age 21.  Money to son Justus Harrington.

Executor:  son Justus Harrington

Witnesses:  Francis H. Ruggles of Fredonia, attorney, Charles Gillis of Pomfret.

 

p. 313, Isaac Saxton of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, signed 17 Apr 1840, admitted to probate 8 Jun 1840

All land in Pomfret to wife Lucy Saxton, subject to mortgage held by Jonathan Sprague of Pomfret, as long as she remain my widow.  Thereafter, everything to be divided as follows:  $200 to daughter to Louisa H. Budlong.  $200 to Lucy M. Holdridge for benefit of her and her children.  $500 to daughter Hellen C. Saxton, who may live with her mother until she is settled in life.  Remainder of estate to son Isaac A. Saxton.

Executors:  wife Lucy Saxton, son Isaac A. Saxton

Witnesses:  Landais Lathrop age 40 of Portland, Lyman P. Blakesley age 18 of  Hanover Center

Court:  Appeared Isaac A. Saxton, Lucy Saxton, who also appeared as guardian of Hellen C. Saxton to take care of her interests.  James J. Budlong husband of Louisa H. Budlong who has no children and Randall Holdridge husband of Lucy M. Holdridge with David Mann their council to contest the validity of the will.

 

p. 319, William Otis Miller of town of Shearman, Chautauqua County, New York, died 6 Oct 1839 in Summerfield, Monroe County, Michigan, signed 5 Oct 1839, admitted to probate 29 Sep 1840.

Estate consists of  personal estate in Chautauqua County and some real estate in Wayne County.  $200 to Missionary Society of Methodist Episcopal Church founded in City of New York in 1819.  All else to wife Jane Ann Miller and any heirs she may hereafter have by me.

Executrix:  Jane Ann Miller

Witnesses:  Azel Hooker, Oliver T. Rose, Walter Reynolds, all of Michigan.

Court:  Next of kin:  Polly Miller mother of deceased age 78, Elijah Miller age about 34, Esther Kip age about 39 wife of Benjamin H. Kip of Chautauqua County.  Joseph A. Miller age about 42 of Wayne County.  Elijah Miller guardian of James M. Kip age about 19 of Oswego County.  Nancy M. Fletcher age 23 wife of Stoughton A. Fletcher of Indianapolis, Indiana

 

p. 324, Joseph R. Worth of town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 9 Sep 1840, admitted to probate 14 Dec 1840.

Everything to wife Marian during her widowhood.  Thereafter, the remaining estate to be divided among my children Elizabeth, Jennet, Richard, Lydy, Jane, and Reuben.

Executrix:  wife Marian

Witnesses:  John E. Watts, Elisha Harman, Ara E. Sackett, all of Harmony

Letters testamentary granted to widow Mary Ann Worth

 

p. 326, Nathan Horton of the town of Stockton, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 20 Jun 1840, admitted to probate 11 Jan 1841.

Everything to wife Phebe Horton.

Executrix:  Wife Phebe Horton

Witnesses:  Ruggles King, Nathan Smith, Sawyer Phillips, all of Stockton

 

p. 328, David A. Whitford of town of Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 12 Dec 1840, admitted to probate 3 Feb 1841.

South half of my farm in Harmony bounded on the south by land of William Matteson, on the west by the township line, on the north by the Burrus farm and east by the lake to my son William Henry Whitford.  North half of the farm to my daughter Ellen Whitford.  Everything else to these two children, born of my wife Elisabeth Whitford, otherwise called Elisabeth Ely.  Use and profits of the estate to go to wife and children during their minority and to wife during her widowhood.

Witnesses:  M. Norton, Laurentius? Bly?, both of Harmony

Letters of administration granted to Elizabeth Whitford and Victor M. Mattison

 

p. 330, Samuel Munson of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 18 May 1839, admitted to probate 19 Apr 1841.

Use of estate to wife Martha during her natural life.  After her death, all household furniture to be divided among daughters Martha Granger, Clarissa McGregor, Hannah Ainsworth, and Betsy Colt.  After wife’s death, all real estate to be divided among sons David B. Munson, Lemuel Munson, Samuel C. Munson, and Chester Munson.

Executor:  Samuel C. Munson

Witnesses:  David Eaton, Zalmon L. Goodsell, both of Portland

 

p. 332, George Washington Dunn of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 24 Dec 1840, admitted to probate 26 Apr 1841.

$100, stock and clothing to Joshua Foster for his service if he continue to reside with the family until the end of February 1842.  Everything else to mother Elisabeth Dunn during her life.  After her decease, $300 and land adjoining land belonging to heirs of Samuel Townsend to nephew Page Dunn, Abram Bowdish to take charge of his interest during his minority.  After mother’s decease, everything else to sister Jane Jones.

Executor:  Lucius Jones

Witnesses:  Abram Bowdish, Lemi? Bartholomew, David Eaton, all of Portland

 

p. 335, Seth Snow of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 25 Mar 1837, admitted to probate 7 Jun 1841.

Profits of farm in Sheridan to wife Abigail during her life.  Stock, farming tools, and bordered by land of Jonathan S. Pattison, David Pattison, and Thomas Chapman to son Samuel Snow if he pay the following legacies.  Use and profits of 67 acres bordered by land of Thomas Chapman and Merrill and Wilson to William S. Snow during his life and after his death, the land to Seth Snow, grandson? of William S. Snow.  If I die before Seth comes of age, then Samuel Snow is to give some stock to Seth.  $250 each to William S. Snow, Reuben G. Snow, Mary G. Snow, Rhoda Snow.  $200 to George W. Snow.  $100 to Abigail Hubbart.  Household furniture to Mary Snow and Rhoda.  If Abigail outlives her mother, then she shall have her mother’s wearing apparel; otherwise to Mary and Rhoda.  My wearing apparel to George W. Snow.

Executor:  Samuel Snow

Witnesses:  Jonathan S. Pattison, Jonathan S. Pattison Jun, Lorin Gary, all of Sheridan

 

p. 338, Mary Marvin of Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 23 Apr 1841, admitted to probate 2 Aug 1841.

Everything to brother Elihu Marvin.  My real estate is principally in Pennsylvania and came from the estates of my brother Enoch Martin, late of Beaver, Pennsylvania, whose estate is not yet settled, and my sister Elizabeth Colt, late of Erie, Pennsylvania, whose estate has recently been settled.

Executor:  brother Elihu Marvin

Witnesses:  Samuel G. Orton, Elizur Webster Jr, both of Ripley

 

p. 341, Ira R. Bird of Ypsilante, Washtenaw County, Michigan, signed 24 Oct 1840, admitted to probate 13 Aug 1841.

All real and personal property to my heirs: wife Caroline, children Caroline, Franklin, Lon? and William.  Executors may sell my property to educate and provide for children.

Executors:  wife Caroline, friend Charles W. Lane of Ypsilanti, Daniel Rockwell of Westfield, Chautauqua County and Joseph Foster of Hamburgh, Erie County, New York

Witnesses:  Henry P. Powers, Parmenia Davis, B. F. Rath…?

 

p. 343, James Olmstead of Arkwright, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 10 Dec 1841, admitted to probate 23 Aug 1841.

Everything to Chauncey Webster of Arkwright.

Executor:  Chauncey Webster

Witnesses:  Benjamin F. Cook, Daniel Johnson, Justin Woods, all of Arkwright

 

p. 345, Arba Blodget, letters testamentary granted 19 Feb 1838 to Babe Blodget, Cyrenus Blodget, and Jonathan Bullock.  See will p. 186.

 

p. 346, Alonso Barnes of township of Pine Grove, Warren County, Pennsylvania, signed 11 Feb 1841, admitted to probate 20 Sep 1841.

Everything to wife.  If she is deceased, everything to be divided among my living children.  My friend Henry Gray to be guardian of the children during their minority if my wife dies.

Executor:  Henry G. Sargent

Witnesses:  Obed Edom, J. C. Newman, John Ditmars

Court:  William M. Harrison named administrator

 

p. 350, Stephen Bently, admitted to probate 27 Aug 1838, letters of administration granted to William Popple.  (See will p. 209.)

 

p. 351, Freeman Ellis of town of Charlotte, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 1 May 1841, admitted to probate 6 Sep 1841.

One-third of land in Sheridan to wife Abigail during her life, thereafter to be divided among my children.  Remainder to be divided among my children except Polly Pease.  One-eighth of real estate to children of my daughter Polly Pease.  One-eighth each to son Barzilla Ellis, son Freeman Ellis, son Lyman Ellis, daughter Lydia Ellis, son Lyvinas? Ellis, daughter Rachel Ellis, son Lewis Ellis, children of my daughter Polly Pease.  No division of real estate to be made until youngest son Lewis Ellis reaches age 21.  Executors to pay the mortgage held by Hinman? Holden.

Executors Curtis Clark, Orton Clark. 

Witnesses:  Peter P. Sanders, Ella Cowden, Orrin Hurt, all of Charlotte

 

p. 354, Silas Rider of town of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 9 Sep 1841, admitted to probate 7 Oct 1841.

Land and furniture to wife Lucy E. Rider.  Furniture to daughter Ellis Eliza when she is of age.  $1 each to sons David Rider and George Washington Rider.  Remainder of estate to son Alfred Rider, daughter Ellis Elisa Rider, and to my unborn child.  Any controversies to be settled by friends Geo. J. Phippany, Silas Wheeler, and David Eigenbroadt.

Executors:  Silas Wheeler, David Eigenbroadt

Witnesses:  Socrates Green, J. M. Wilcox, Almonson Hadley, all of Ellington

 

p. 357, Horace Crouch of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 14 Oct 1841.

$100 each to daughters Elizabeth A. Crouch and Ordelia A. Crouch.  Executor to give them a good education.  Everything else to wife Lora Crouch.

Executors:  Lora Crouch, John M. Alding

Witnesses:  Lemi Bartholomew, Abram Bowdish, Asahel Peck, all of Portland

 

p. 358, Joseph Becken of Chautauqua County, signed 1 Sep 1839, admitted to probate 29 Jun 1840.

Everything including real estate in Mina to sister Sarah, and after her decease to the heir in law.

Executrix:  Sister Sarah

Witnesses:  Jacob Orcutt, Eliza Harriet Mayborne, Sally Orcutt

Court:  Letters testamentary granted to Sarah Ralph, wife of George Ralph

 

p. 360, Esick Lyon of town of Busti, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 22 Mar 1841.

$1 each to father Alexander Lyon, brother James Lyon, sister Roxa L. Lyon, brother John Lyon, brother Benjamin Lyon, brother Ozro Lyon, sister Sophia W. Wescott, brother Charles Lyon, brother Alanson Lyon.  Farm in Busti and everything else to wife Maria Lyon.

Executrix:  Wife Maria Lyon

Witnesses:  Emry Davis of Busti, Ebenezar Davis of Carroll, Saml A. Markies of Busti.

 

p. 362, Albigence Cheney of Ellery, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 5 Apr 1831

Everything including land in Ellery that I got from my father Daniel Cheney, now occupied by, to nephew Dr. John Thompson of Cayuga County, formerly of Renssalier County, he to take care of my mother Troviah Cheney and my sister Polly Cheney

Executor:  John Thompson

Witnesses:  James Prendergast, Abner Hazeltine, both of Jamestown

 

p. 363, Stephen R. Villiams of town of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 16 Jul 1841

Household goods and stock to wife Almyra. Income from half the farm to wife Almyra during her widowhood.  South half of the farm to mother Polly Williams during her lifetime.  Use the proceeds of farm above maintenance of wife and mother to pay off the mortgage on the farm. After marriage or death of my wife and the death of my mother, all my estate to be divided among my sisters Prusia Brannan wife of William Brannan, Leurinsa? Seurenia? Jones wife of Henry Jones, Susan Colvin wife of Elijah Colvin, Hannah Williams, Aurelia Williams, Sylvia Blodget wife of Rufus Blodget.

Executrix:  Wife Almyra

Witnesses:  John Tausey, George Bebee, both of Perrysburgh, Cattaraugus County

 

p. 365, Samuel Osborne of town of Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York, signed with mark 21 Jul 1841.

Profits of land in Ripley to wife Elanor during her lifetime, afterward to fourth son Samuel T.? J.?, fifth son Richard, and sixth son Noah.  $57 to first son James.  $80 to second son Thomas.  $100 to third son Gilbert, which he had before he reached age 21.  $100 to first daughter Mary Ann, which she had before she was 21.  $25  worth of bedding each to second daughter Sarah and to third daughter Eunice, which they already have.  All bedding and furniture after death of wife to fourth daughter Martha and fifth daughter Ann.

Witnesses:  G. H. Wattles, John Newberry, G. P. Wattles, all of Ripley

 

p. 367, Michael Baugher of town of Poland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 1 Nov 1841

Various notes against John D. Harris? Hamis? to son John Baugher, daughter Polly Stra?n (Sha?n), daughter Eliza Smith, daughter Sally Philips, son Samuel Baugher, son Henry Baugher, son Michael Baugher, daughter Ester Courtright, son Jacob Baugher, and trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church of Jamestown.  Notes against John D. Harris? Hamis? to be used to pay debt owed to Melankton W. Smith for land.  One note to Moses Courtright for supporting my wife Catharine.

Executors:  Melanklin W. Smith, Charles Taylor

Witnesses:  Asa R. Tyler, James Biggs, S. B. Winsor, all of Poland

 

p. 369, Ebenezer P. Upham of  Mayville, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 16 Apr 1842.

Use of estate to wife Hannah as long as she remain my widow and support my minor children.  Wife Hannah to be guardian of my minor children.  After her death or remarriage, the estate is to be divided among my children Electa, Ebenezer P. Jr., and Joseph Warren.

Executors:  William Smith, Omar Farwell

Witnesses:  G. A. Green, T. A. Osborne?, both of Mayville

 

p. 370, John Reed of Hanover, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 10 Apr 1840.

Everything including land in Hanover to wife Pamelia Reed.  After her death, everything to Baptist Missionary and Bible Societies.

Executors:  Pamelia Reed, James Bennett

Witnesses:  Thos. C. Hale, Orin Ransom

 

p. 371, Caleb Todd of town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 10 Nov 1837.

Furniture, stock, one-third of real estate to wife Hannah Todd.  $50 to eldest son Bila? Bela? Todd.  $200 to son Jefferson Todd.  $50 to son Gideon Todd.  $200 to eldest daughter Lovisa Tyler.  $10 to daughter Philenda.  Everything else to son Caleb Todd.  Codicil signed 12 Nov 1837:  All notes I hold against son Lewis Todd are given to him.

Executor:  Caleb Todd

Witnesses to will and codicil:  Abijah Clark of Ellery, Oscar Clark, Ichabod Clark

 

p. 373, Isaac Vandresen of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 18 Aug 1842.

$20 to daughter Nancy Knox wife of Isaac Knox.  Everything else to my son Milford Vandresen, with son Stephen Vandresen to be his guardian until he reach age 21.

Executor:  Stephen Vandresen

Witnesses:  Landais Lathrop of Portland, Ransom S. Morrison of Salem

 

p. 374, John Cookson of town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 11 Oct 1839.

One-third of real and personal estate to wife Olive Cookson.  Everything else to be divided among the children, with boys to have twice as much as the girls.  My sons are William Nash Cookson and John Zebulon Cookson.  My daughters are Mary Eliza Cookson, Emeline Cookson, and Elzina Melissa? Cookson.  Those children who are minors are to have their shares as soon as they reach age 21. 

Executor:  friend and neighbor William Ensign

Witnesses:  John M. Alden, Otis Ensign, both of  Sheridan

 

p. 376, Roswell Bradley of Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 18 Jun 1842.

Everything to wife Sarah Bradley during her lifetime.  After her death, everything to be divided among sons William Bradley and Ogden Bradley and my daughters Harriet Bacon and Cornelia Bradley.  If son William has not wholly abandoned his intemperance at that time, then my son George Bradley is to manage William’s share for him.

Executors:  wife Sarah Bradley, son George Bradley of Dunkirk

Witnesses:  Ernest Mullett, Henry Hasbrauck, Mary Bradley, all of Dunkirk

 

p. 379, Gideon Goodrich of Ripley, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 21 Nov 1840.

$100 per year to wife Sally during her lifetime.  Sufficient goods from estate to provide support and maintenance for sister-in-law Hannah Warner, and my sons Anson, George, Austin, Fredrick, and Grant Goodrich to continue to provide for her.  $150 to Almira daughter of my son Barzilla.  My patent for an apparatus for the improvement of reel and clump feet to sons Anson, George, Austin, Fredrick, and to John Spencer son of my daughter Harriet.  $250 to daughter Harriet.  $50 to son Barzilla.  Everything else to be divided among my five youngest sons Anson, George, Austin, Fredrick, and Grant.

Executors:  Son Fredrick Goodrich, Abram Dixon of Westfield.

Witnesses:  Barzilla Gates, Jeremiah Mann, both of Ripley

 

p. 383, Isaac Merrill of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 10 Oct 1842.

Everything including land in Sheridan to sons Joseph and William, who are to take care of my wife Elizabeth.  They are to pay the followng:  $150 to son Isaac, $100 to son George, $100 to son David, $150 to son Samuel, $150 to daughter Caroline, $150 and a good education to grandson Burrill? Merrill provided he remain with them until he reach age 21.

Executor:  Neighbor and friend John J. Eacker

Witnesses:  Ellis S. Spencer of Forestville, Elijah Cord of Sheridan

 

p. 384, Joseph Weeks of Sheridan, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 13 Feb 1838.

Land in Sheridan and all personal property to wife Abiah Weeks.  $200 to daughter Betsey Johnson. Remaining real estate to grandson Joseph V? N? Weeks.

Executrix:  wife Abiah Weeks

Witnesses:  J. E. Griswold, Jonathan N. Sweet, Lavonia Griswold

 

p. 385, Rebecca Eaton, formerly of Pomfret, Chautauqua County, New York, now of New York City, widow of Moses Rice Eaton, signed 24 Jan 1837, admitted to probate 25 Apr 1842.

Land in Sheridan deeded to me 1 Oct 1835 by John E. Griswold and his wife Lucia Ann to father Samuel Rogers of town of Sheridan during his lifetime.  After his death, the land to my daughter Angeline Rebecca Eaton.  My other tract of land in Sheridan deeded to me 1 Oct 1835 by Millin? Bennet and his wife Lucy M. to daughter Sarah Ellen Eaton and son Edward Rogers Eaton.  All personal estate to friend the Revd Absalom Peters for the support and education of my children Caroline Augusta Eaton, Angeline Rebecca Eaton, Sarah Ellen Eaton, and Edward Rogers Eaton.

Executor:  friend the Revd Absalom Peters

Witnesses:  Wm R. Peters, Mira P. Mason

 

p. 388, Anson Leet of town of Chautauqua, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 8 Jun 1843 [sic].

One-third of estate to wife Abigail during her lifetime and after her death to sons William Leet and Franklin Leet.  Everything else to sons William Leet and Franklin Leet.  They are to pay: $200 each to sons Jonathan D. Leet, Simon Leet, and Lewis Leet, and $50 each to my daughters Eliza Herick, Caroline Force, Maria Mason, and Mary Barnheart.  $100 to grandson Timothy Albert Leet when he is age 21.  $50 to granddaughter Martha Leet when she is age 18.

Executors:  Dexter Barnes, Levi Eddy

Witnesses:  Horatio N. Arnold, Seely Scofield, both of town of Chautauqua

 

p. 390, Martin Monfort of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 31 May 1842, recorded 19 Jun 1843 [sic].

Saddle horse to son Martin Edwin Martin when he is age 21.  $100 for her services to Corinna? Bartlett who resides in my family when she is 18 if she remain with the family.  Money to Baptist missionary and Baptist Bible societies from a legacy due to me from my father’s estate.  Everything else to son Martin Edwin when he is age 21.  If he is deceased, then everything to my brothers Hiram Monfort, Schenk Monfort, John B. Monfort, Garrett Monfort, Albert Monfort and to my sisters Margaret Monfort, Susan Talmadge, Catharine Monfort, and Mary Monfort.  Use of estate to wife Minerva during her widowhood.

Executors:  wife Minerva Monfort, David M. Farmington

Witnesses:  David Eaton, Ransom Pelton, both of Portland

 

p. 392, Warren Baker of town of Portland, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 15 Feb 1842, recorded 10 Jul 1843 [sic].

Use of one-third of real estate to wife Huldah during her lifetime.  Household goods to daughter Enfield Baker.  Everything else to be divided among my three sons Willis Baker, Silas Baker, and Edwin Baker and my two daughters Lydia Gould and Enfield Baker.  $60 to grandson Stephen Baker.  Silas Baker appointed guardian for grandson Stephen Baker.

Executors:  Willis Baker, Isaac Eaton

Witnesses:  Zerah Skidmore, Abell B. Skidmore, both of Portland

 

p. 393,  Moses Sleeper of Ellington, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 20 Sep 1842.

Use of one-third of estate to wife Polly Sleeper.  One-half of estate to son Ira L. Sleeper, the other half to son David K. Sleeper.  $100 each and half of household furniture to daughters Dorothy Sleeper and Loretta L. Sleeper.  Disputes to be settled by friends Silas Wheeler, George Shutlin?, and Russell Newton, all of Ellington.

Executors:  wife Polly Sleeper, son Ira L. Sleeper

Witnesses:  Russell Newton, George Shutlers, Silas Wheeler, all of Ellington

 

p. 395, Thomas Ford of Harmony, Chautauqua County, New York, signed 12 Sep 1842.

I have previously made provision for my wife Sybil but now give her in addition all household furniture so long as she live with Ambrose S. Shepherd.  Real estate to be divided among sons Ira Ford, Elihu Ford, and Thomas Ford and daughters Lydia Cornell? and Mary Ames?.  Personal estate to grandson Ambrose S. Shepherd if he pay his brother Herod Shepherd $50.

Executors:  Bigelow Cutter, Richard C. Whiting Jr.

Witnesses:  R. Whiting Jr., Isaac Wells, Ambrose S. Shepherd

 

p. 396, Jonathan Sloan of town of Fredonia, Chautauqua, New York, signed 1 Feb 1837.

Household furnishings to wife Martha Sloan.  Farm already deeded to son George W., and he is to provide for my wife during her lifetime.  Land also previously conveyed to son John.  Remaining land and everything else to be equally divided among my children John Sloan, George W. Sloan, Lucretia Lane wife of Augustus Lane, James Sloan, Jane Gould wife of Barzilla Gould, Martha Cowden wife of Levi Cowden.  Land to be appraised by and all disputes to be settled by Isaac Baldwin Jr., William Baldwin, William Barkwood?, David? Gould and Timothy Goulding. 

Executors:  son John Sloan, friend Isaac Baldwin Jr.

Witnesses:  John Samson, Edward Howard, John Crane, all of Fredonia

 

End of volume 1 of Chautauqua County wills



SOURCE:  Marsha King, 2007-8.