Will of Robert Seaman of Fishkill, Dutchess County, NY
Transcribed by Patrick R. Webb of San Jose, CA.
Source: Robert Seaman, will, 12 September 1842, proved 9 July 1845, photocopies citing (1) Dutchess County probate file no. 3950, (2) Dutchess County Liber O, pp. 218-222, both from Surrogate's Court, Poughkeepsie, New York. Both obtained 24 July 2004 courtesy of Diane Koenig of Copake, NY.
Information in brackets added from other documents in the probate file.
Robert Seaman, of Fishkill, Dutchess County, New York, last will and testament, 12 September 1842, [d. 14 April 1845] gives first, eight hundred dollars to wife Nancy. Next, gives fifty dollars to son James [of Groton, Tompkins County, [NY]] and fifty dollars apiece to son James' two eldest sons [Isaac]. The remainder of his estate is divided equally between sons Sutton, Daniel, Robert Jr. [of Beekman], Abraham [of Beekman], Isaac [of Bergen, Genessee County, [NY]] and Jacob and daughters Phebe Griffin, wife of Eli W. Griffin [of Fishkill] and Fanny Blackman the wife of Elisha Blackman [of Middlebury, CT]. Executors: sons Sutton, Daniel [renounced responsibility 22 August 1845] and Jacob, all of Fishkill.
Witnesses: William Homan and John Z. Homan, both of Fishkill.
In the name of God amen The last will and Testament of Robert Seamons of the town of Fishkill in the county of Dutches and state of New York. I Robert Seamons 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 the manner and form following that is to say. First of all - I give and recommend my soul to the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I ["commit" is x'd out here] recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decect Christianlike Manner Secondly, It is my will and I do order my executors to sell and dispose of all my real estate or property that I may Dye Seized of in different Lots, or all together as my Executors may think proper, and to give a title to the purchases or purchasors thereof according to Law in such made and provided. And also it is my will and order that my Executors sell and dispose of all my personal property or Estate in the best way and Manner that they may judge best and proper for the purposes hereinafter particularly mentioned. First, it is my will and order that my Executors pay my funeral Expenses and all just and Lawful debts out of the avails or moneys arising from the property above ordered to be sold. Secondly, I give and beqeuath unto my beloved wife Nancy in lieu or right of her Dower Eight hundred Dollars Item I give and bequeath unto my son James Seamons Fifty dollars Item I give and bequeath unto the two Eldest sons of James Seamans my Grand children the sum of Fifty dollars Each. Item I give and bequeath unto my sons and
daughters Sutton Seamans Daniel Seamans Robert Seamans Jnr. Abraham Seamons Isaac Seamons and Jacob Seamans and Phebe Griffin the wife of Eli W. Griffin And Fanny Blackman the wife of Elisha Blackman all the residue or remainder of the moneys arising out of my Estate and all debts Notes and obligations which may be owing to me at the time of my deceased [sic] to be Equally divided between them I do hereby appoint Sutton Seamons Daniel Seamons and Jacob Seamons all of the town of Fishkill County of Dutches sole Executors of this my last will and Testament I do hereby Revoke all former Wills and Testaments by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and forty two
Robert Seamans LS
The above instrument consisting of one sheet of paper was now [?] subscribed By Robert Seamons the testator in 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 signed our names [?] as attesting Witnesses
William Homan Residing in Fishkill Dutches County LS
John Z. Homan Residing in Fishkill Dutches County LS
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