Wills - L


At a Surrogate's Court, held at the Village of Norwich in and for the County of Chenango, on the 18th day of Novr. 1862. Present, Dwight H. Clarke, Surrogate

On the day, and at the place aforesaid, Daniel B. St. John the Executor named in the last will and testament of the Said William F. Langworthy deceased, appeared before the said County Judge, acting as Surrogate, and the said Executor produced satisfactory oproof that the [illegible] and service, of Citation in this matter, requiring the widow, heirs at law and next of kin to the said deceased, to attend such proof and probate: had been waived by the widow and all the heirs at law and next of kin to the said deceased and consenting to immediate proofs.

And, thereupon, the said Executor offered the following proof of the execution of the said last will and testament, by the subscribing witnesses thereto, to wit:

CHENANGO COUNTY, ss: David B. St. John of the town of Edmestor, in the County of Otsego being duly sworn before Dwight H. Clarke County Judge of said County, acting as Surrogate thereof, deposes and says that he was well acquainted with William F. Langworthy, now deceased; that he was present as a witness, and saw the said William F. Langworthy subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing, now produced and shown to this deponent, bearing date the 12th day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety-two, purporting to be the last will and testament of the said William F. Langworthy, deceased; that the said William F. Langworthy at the time of making such subscription, declared the said instrument to be his last will and testament, and requested his name as a witness, at the end of the said instrument. This deponent further says, that the said William F. Langworthy at the time he so executed the said instrument, was a citizen of the United States, of full age, of sound mind and memory, in all respects competent to devise real estate, and not under any restraint, and that his deponent saw Arvilla Carpenter the other subscribing witness to said instrument, sign the said instrument at the end thereof, as a witness, in the presence of said William F. Langworthy, and at his request.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this
18th day of November 1862 [signature of] David B. St. John
[signature of] D. H. Clarke Surrogate.

CHENANGO COUNTY, ss:
Arvilla Carpenter of the town of Edmeston in the said County of Otsego, being duly sworn and examined before Dwight H. Clarke, County Judge of said County, acting as Surrogate thereof, deposes and says that she was well acquainted with William F. Langworthy now deceased; that she was present as a witness and saw the said William F. Langworthy subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing now produced and shown to this deponent, bearing the date the 12th day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty two purporting to be the last will and testament of the said William F. Langworthy, deceased; that the said William F. Langworthy at the time of making such subscription, declared the said instrument to be his last will and testament, and requested this deponent to sign her name as a witness thereto; that thereupon this deponent accordingly signed her name as a witness, at the end of the said instrument. This deponent further says, that the said William F. Langworthy at the time he so executed the said instrument, was a citizen of the United States, of full age, of sound mind and memory, in all respects competent to devise real estate, and not under any restraint, and that this deponent saw David B. St. John the other subscribing witness to said instrument, sign the said instrument at the end thereof as a witness, in the presence of the said William F. Langworthy, and at his request.

Subscribed and sworn to before me, this
18th day of November 1862 [signature of] Arvilla Carpenter
[signature of] D. H. Clarke Surrogate.

The foregoing Proofs and Examination were taken by and before me, the said County Judge, acting as Surrogate aforesaid at the County Clerks, in the town of Norwich, in the County of Chenango aforesaid, on the 18th day of November, A.D. 1862; and the depositions of said David B. St. John and Arvilla Carpenter the only subscribing witnesses to the said instrument, were by them respectively subscribed, after having been carefully read over to them; and I, the said County Judge, acting as Surrogate as aforesaid, being satisfied upon the proof taken before me, as aforesaid, that the [???] and service of Citation in this matter, to attend the proving of the said last will and testament, before me, has been waived by the widow and the heirs at law and next of kin to the said William F. Langworthy deceased; that the said will was duly executed; that the said testator, at the time of executing the same, was in all respects competent to devise real estate and personal estate, and not under restraint. And I, the said County Judge, acting as Surrogate as aforesaid, being satisfied of the genuineness and validity of such will, do adjudge and decree, by virtue of the power and authority in me invested by law, that the said last will and testament was duly executed, and is a valid will; and do further order and decree, that the said last will and testament, and the proofs and examinations taken in respect to the same, be recorded; and that the said last will and testament be, and the same hereby is, admitted to probate, and established as a will of real and personal estate.

[signature of] Dwight H. Clarke Surrogate.

The last will and testament of William F. Langworthy of Columbus in the County of Chenango and state of New York

I William F. Langworthy, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory )Blessed be Almighty God for the same), do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form follwing, that is to say:

1st I give and bequeath unto my son Follum Langworthy the farm on which I formerly lived in the town of Edmeston in the county of Otsego consisting of about one hundred and ten acres by his paying to my Executor the sum of seven hundred and seventy one dollars.

2 I give and bequeath unto my son Morgan Langworthy those two parcels of land situate in the town of Edmeston aforesaid known as the Pateman lot and and the Prosser lot containing in both parcels eighty seven acres by his paying to my Executor the sum of one hundred and eleven dollars.

3 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Carrie Langworthy the seventy five acres of land situate in the town of Edmeston aforesaid known as the Felton lot and sixe hundred and fifty four dollars in cash.

4 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Louisa A. huntington the use and occupancy of that sixety acres of land situate in the town of Edmeston aforesaid known as the Riley lot during her natural life and at her decease I give and bequeath the same to her heirs in fee. I also give and bequeath unto the said Louisa the sum of eighty four dollars exclusive of two hundred and forty five dollars which I have already paid her.

5 I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lucina D. Carr the use and occupancy of that sixety two acres of land situate in the town of Columbus aforesaid known as the Fletcher lot during her natural life and at her decease I give and bequeath the same in fee to her heirs. I also give and bequeath to the said Lucina the sum of three hundred and fifty nine dollars including one hundred and ninety five dollars which I have already paid her.

6 I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Desire A. Langworthy and to my son Irwin Langworthy that ninety two acres of land situated in the town of Columbus aforesaid known as the Crandall lot it being the lot on which I now reside.

7th The residue and remainder of my estate of every kind I give and bequeath unto my several children to be divided equally.

8th And lastly I hereby constitute and appoint David B. St. John of Edmeston in the County of Otsego sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

Witness my hand and seal this twelfth day of April 1862.

[signature & seal of] William F. Langworthy

The foregoing instrument was now here subscribed by William F. Langowrthy the testator in the presence of each of us and was at the same time declared by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses.

[signature of] David B. St. John of Edmeston Otsego County
[signature of] Arvilla Carpenter of Edmeston Otsego County

Chenango County, ss:
I hereby certify that the foregoing is a correct record of the last will and testament of William F. Langworthy deceased and of the proofs thereof; and the said will and proofs have been recorded this 18th day of November A.D. 1862

[signature of] Dwight H. Clarke Surrogate.


The Last Will and Testament of Abel Lewis 1867

In the name of God, Amen: I, Abel Lewis, of the Town of Pharsalia, County of Chenango, and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life, do therefore make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say:
FIRST - After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give, devise and bequeath, unto my son Theodore Lewis of Pharsalia, in said county, one fourth of all my property both real and personal, of whatever name or nature and wherever situated.
SECOND _ The rest, residue and remainder of my property, both real and personal, of whatever name or nature, and wherever situated. I do give, devise and bequeath unto my son Abel Leroy Lewis, of the City of Appleton, Wisconsin, and my daughter Martha Ball, wife of Thaddeus T. Ball of the City of St. Louis, Missouri, they to share and share alike in the lance.
THIRD - I do hereby authorize and empower my executor, hereinafter named, to dispose of and sell at public or private sale, at such time or times and upon such terms, and in such manner, as to him shall seem meet and bestfor the interests of my estate, for the use and benefit of my children aforesaid, all the real estate of which I may die seized, and to give a good and sufficient deed or deeds of conveyance therefor. Such power to be by my said Executor exercised, in case the devisers aforesaid, shall fail to make an amicable division or partition of the same, among themselves within one year after my decease: and to be exercised sooner by said Executor if requested by all of the devisees aforesaid.
LASTLY - I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my friend William R. Burdick of McDonough in said County of Chenango, the Executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made.

In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.

					Abel Lewis    --seal--

Revised Will of Abel Lewis 1868

Whereas, I Abel Lewis of Pharsalia, Chenango County, New York have made my last will and testament in writing, bearing date the eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven in and by which I gave, devised and bequeathed unto my son Theodore Lewis of Pharsalia aforesaid, one fourth of all my property both real and personal, and whereas my said son has since deceased, and I have become desirous of someone being in my will my daughter Amanda Jeanette: Now, therefore I do , by this my writing, which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said last will and testament, and to be taken as a part thereof, order and declare that my will is, that the sum of one thousand dollars be paid to my daughter Amanda Jeanette, lately the wife of E.R. Morgan, and that all the rest residue and remainder of my property pass under the residuary clause in said will to Abel Leroy Lewis and Martha Ball, as therein mentioned, and lastly it is my desire and will that this codicil be annexed to and made part of my last will and testament to all intent and purposes.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this ninth day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight.


					         Abel Lewis             ---seal---

Contributed by Bob Lewis - Jan. 2001


In the name of God Amen. I Calvin Lock of the town of Norwich in the County of Chenango and State of New York do hereby make, publish and declare my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First, I order and direct that my executor hereinafter named pay all my just debts and funeral charges as soon after my decease and conveniently may be.

Second, I give and devise unto my son Charles Lock five dollars to be paid him at the age of fourteen (“fourteen” struck out) twenty-one years by my executor or executrix.

Third, I give and devise unto my daughters Elenora and Mary the sum of five dollars each to be paid to them at the age of twenty one by my executor or executrix.

Fourth, I give devise and bequeath to my wife Eleanor Lock all the rest and residue of my Real and personal estate which I shall own or be possessed of at the time of my death.

Fifth, I do by my will dispose the custody and tuition of my children who shall be minors at and after my deceased (sic) during their minority to Eleanor Lock of the town of Norwich County of Chenango State of New York.

Sixth, I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Eleanor Lock Executrix of my last will and testament and hereby expressly revoke all and every former will by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the sixth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one. Calvin Lock L.S. (circled)

Signed, sealed published and recorded by the Testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses: Walter Elsbe of the town of Sherburne County of Chenango – State of New York Eli Elsbe of the town of Sherburne County of Chenango, State of New York

Chenango County Surrogate Court ss: At a Surrogate Court held for the County of Chenango at the office of the Surrogate in the village of Oxford in said County on the first day of March 1841 for the purpose of proving and recording the last will and testament of Calvin Lock late of the town of Norwich in said County of Chenango & now deceased as a will of Real Estate and personal estate under the provisions of the Revised Statutes of the State of New York altering and amending and the several acts of the Legislature of the State of New York altering and amending the same and particularly an act concerning the proof of wills, executors and administrators, guardians and wards and Surrogate County passed May 16 1837 on the application of Eleanor Lock the Executrix named in the said last will and testament before Samuel M. Koon Surrogate of said County.

On the day and at the place aforesaid the said Eleanor Lock the Executrix aforesaid appeared and offered the said last will and testament for proof and probate and Eli Elsbe (Elsbre?) the said guardian of Elenora Lock, Mary Lock and Charles Lock miner children by him at law of the said deceased also appeared and therefore the said Eleanor Lock produced our proof to affiant of the lawful service of the citation issued in the cause upon the heir at law next of kin of the said deceased Calvin Lock deceased viz. personal service upon Elis Elsbe special guardian of Elnora Lock, Mary Lock and Charles Lock minor heirs at law of the said Calvin Lock desceased on the 20th day of February 1841 the said minor heirs at law and next of kin as well as the said Special Guardian as being residents of the County of Chenango and the widow of the said deceased being the Executrix named in the said will.

And thereinfore the said Eleanor Lock the Executrix aforesaid produced Eli Elsbe and Walter Elsbe the only subscribing witnesses to the said will who were by the said Surrogate only sworn to prove the said will and testified as follows

Eli Elsbe of the town of Sherburne in the County of Chenango one of the subscribing witnesses to an instrument in witnessing which purports to be the last will and testament of Calvin Lock late of the town of Norwich in said County of Chenango now deceased being only sworn deposes and says that he was well acquainted with Calvin Lock late of the town of Norwich in the County of Chenango now deceased in his life time and that he saw the said Calvin Lock sign and seal the instrument in writing now produced in Court and shown to this deponent purporting to be last will and testament of the said Calvin Lock deceased and heard the said Calvin Lock publish and seal are the same to be his last will & testament that he this deponent set his name thereto as a subscribing witness at the same time at the request of the said Calvin Lock & in his presence and in the presence of Walter Elsbe the other subscribing witness to said instrument in ______ who also set his name thereto as a subscribing witness at the same time at the request of the said Calvin Lock and in his presence and in the presence of this deponent and this deponent further says that at the time of the execution thereof the said Calvin Lock was over twenty one years of age and that he was of sound mind, memory and understanding in the opinion of this deponent and that he executed the same freely and voluntarily as he verily believe and this deponent further says that the said instrument in writing after it was executed and had been signed by the subscribing witnesses, was deposited in the hand of this deponent at the request of the said Calvin Lock for safe keeping and this deponent further says that he has kept the said instrument in his possession ever since. Eli Elsbe Subscribed and sworn this first day of March 1841 before me Samuel M. Koon Surrogate

Walter Elsbe of the town of Sherburne in the County of Chenango one of the subscribing witnesses to an instrument in _____ which purports to be the last will and testament of Calvin Lock late of the town of Norwich in the County of Chenango now deceased being duly sworn deposes and says that he was well acquainted with Calvin Lock late of the town of Norwich in the County of Chenango now deceased in his life time and that he saw the said Calvin Lock sign and seal the instrument in writing now produced in court and shown to this deponent set his name thereto and subscribing witness at the same time at the request of the said Calvin Lock and in his presence and in the presence of Eli Elsbe the other subscribing witness to said instrument in writing who also set his name thereto as a subscribing witness at the same time at the request of the said Calvin Lock and in his presence and in the presence of this deponent and this deponent further says that the said Calvin Lock at the time of the execution thereof was over twenty one years of age and was of sound mind memory and understanding in the opinion of the deponent and that he executed the same freely and voluntarily as he verily believes and that deponent further says that he wrote the said instrument in writing at the request and according to the directions of the said Calvin Lock and that after the same was written this deponent read over the same in the presence and hearing of the said Calvin Lock and the said Calvin Lock said the same was written in conformity with his wishes and after that he executed the same and the deponent further says that after the same was executed by the said Calvin Lock and had been signed by the subscribing witnesses it was delivered to Eli Estre one of the subscribing witnesses thereto at the request of the said Calvin Lock for safe keeping and this deponent further says that he has this day read over the said will and that no alternation has been made in the contents thereof since its execution subscribed and sworn this 1 day of March 1841 before me. Walter Elsbe Samuel M. Koon Surrogate

The foregoing proofs and examinations were taken before me the surrogate aforesaid on the first day of March 1841 at my office in the village of Oxford in the County of Chenango and the depositions of Eli Elsbe and Walter Elsbe the only subscribing witnesses to the said will were by them respectively subscribed after having been first carefully read over to them and the said surrogate being satisfied upon the said proof before me taken as aforesaid that lawful service of the citation issued in this cause had been made upon the heir at law and next of kin of the said deceased Calvin Lock the testator ___ and that the said will was only executed and that the said testator at the time of executing the same was in all respects competent to _____ Real Estate and not under restraint I do therefore allow the said will proofs and the examinations to be recorded. Samuel M. Koon Surrogate

I certify that eh foregoing is a true Record of the Last Will & Testament of Calvin Lock deceased and of the proofs thereof said Will proofs and examination have been recorded this first day of March 1841 Samuel M. Koon Surrogate


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