Will of Benjamin Duel of the Oblong, present day Pawling, Dutchess County, New York 1792
Surnames: Duel (Deuel, Davol, Devol, Devel), Bawdish, Shove, Soule
Submitted by Adrienne Condon ()
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Transcribed from SAMPUBCO photocopy on April 11, 2007
Date of transcription 4/11/2007
Dutchess County, New York State, Vol. A, page 302
To all Christian people to whom these presents shall come: know ye that I Benjamin Duel of the Oblong in the county of Dutchess and province of New York husbandman (farmer) being now in health of body and in memory but considering the mortality of mankind do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament. I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner and touching such worldly estate whereunto it hath pleased God in this life to bless me with I give and dispose of in manner and form as followeth that is to say, First, my will and desire is that my funeral charges and just debts be all first paid out of my money or estate at my decease by my three sons namely John, Benjamin and Jonathan and by them only.
Item I give and bequeath to Sarah my loving wife the use of the best room of my now dwelling house and the best bed in the house together with one third part of my household goods of what kind and nature soever.
Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah my wife five pounds New York money to be paid yearly by my three sons John, Benjamin and Jonathan equally.
Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah my wife eight bushels of Indian corn ground and brought to this house and five bushels of wheat ground and brought to this house and one hundred weight of good pork and one hundred weight of good beef yearly as long as she remains my widow and no longer.
Item I give and bequeath unto Sarah my wife six pounds of good wool and twelve pounds of good flax yearly and her firewood cut and brought to the door fit for the fire and her choice of one of my sows to be kept winter and summer, and a gentel [sic.] horse found her when she wants to ride and a privilege in the orchard as much as she hath occasion or want for her own use to be fulfilled and performed equally by my three sons John Benjamin and Jonathan as long as she remains my widow and no longer.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son George Duel or his heirs five pound [sic.] New York money and all my wearing apparel over and above what I have heretofore already given him.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Duel five shilling [sic.] New York money over and above what I have all ready given him.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Duel one third part of my homestead farm which is to be the middel [sic.] division as it is now run out to him and his hairs [sic.] forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin Duel one third part of my homestead farm which is the north division as it is now run out to him and his hairs [sic.] forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Jonathan Duel one third part of my homestead farm which is the south division and is now run out to him and his hairs [sic.] forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Basheba (Bathsheba) and her hairs [sic.] and assigns forever twenty pound [sic.] York money to be paid by my three sons equally John Benjamin and Jonathan.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah to her hairs [sic.] and assigns forever twenty five pound [sic.] New York money for which my son Joseph has given surety to be paid at my decease.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Abigail twenty pound [sic.] York money to be equally paid between my three sons John Benjamin and Jonathan.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah twenty pounds York money and one cow and a good bed and furniture and my riding beast to his and her hairs [sic.] forever and a privilege in my house as long as she remains single the forementioned money and cow is [sic.] to be paid by my three sons John Benjamin and Jonathan.
Item I give and bequeath unto my grandson Peter Duel the son of my son John Duel twenty pounds york [sic.] money and my gun.
Item I give and bequeath unto my four sons Joseph Duel John Duel Benjamin Duel and Jonathan Duel to their heirs and assigns forever all my stock of [illegible] of what sort and kind forever that I have not heretofore given away and all my farming tools to be equally divided between them.
Item I give and bequeath unto my four daughters namely Basheba (Bathsheba) Sarah Abigail and Hannah all my household good [sic.] and furniture besides what I have heretofore given away to be equally divided amongst them Furthermore it is my will and desire that my three sons John Benjamin and Jonathan equally pay all the above bequests within one year after my decease excepting twenty five pound [sic.] which Joseph Duel is to pay to Sarah Shove. An [sic.] for my executors I appoint my two sons John and Benjamin to be joint executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore maid [sic.] ratifying and conforming this and no other to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hearunto [sic.] set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of the third month and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight 1788. Signed sealed published and declared by the undersigned Benjamin Duel (his mark) LS (Locus Sigilli, place of seal) (Illegible, looks like Latham or Lattami) Soule Nathan Soule
I Benjamin Deuel [sic.] the above testator have thought fit since the signing and sealing of the above testament to make some alterations in this disposal of my worldly interest and being at this time sound in mind and memory although weak in body have thought fit to give to my daughter Hannah in addition to what is above given one hundred weight of pork and one hundred weight of beef all well dressed and salted or prepared as may best suit her. Also five bushels of wheat and eight bushels of indian [sic.] corn, twelve pounds of flax and six pounds of wool. The keeping of a sow and horse winter and summer and fire wood sufficient for one fire ready cut at the door suitable to put on the fire -- and as many apples as she may need both winter and summer--likewise the use of a certain bedroom in my house wholly to herself and a privilege in the other rooms of the house as much as she needs and also one half bushel of salt which I desire may be performed by my three sons John Benjamin and Jonathan Deuel [sic.] equally yearly and every year so long as she shall remain unmarried and no longer. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of January in the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety two. 1792 Benjamin (his mark) Deuel [sic.] Nathaniel Bawdish Junior Nathan Soule Edward Shove
The will of Benjamin Duel was presented to be proven (probated) at Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York on 19 May 1792 before Gilbert Livingston, Surrogate.
On 23 May 1792, John Duel and Benjamin Duel were appointed joint executors of their father's estate, and on 05 June 1792, Gilbert Livingston recorded that the probation of the estate was complete.
The marginal gloss on p. 303 reads, "Original will delivered to John Duel June 6th 1792. G. Livingston."
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