Will of William White, Washington, Dutchess County, New York; Volume F, pages 239-241
Surnames: Angevine, Coffin, Duel [Deuel], Terry, Thorn [Thorne], White
Submited by Adrienne Condon ()
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Transcribed* by Adrienne Condon from a SAMPBUCO photocopy on May 2, 2007


This sixth day of ninth month one thousand eight hundred and eleven I William White of the town of Washington in Dutchess County and State of New York considering the shortness and uncertainty of time here and being favored with sound disposing mind and memory beleiving [sic.] it to be right and necessary to make a distribution of my outward estate that I am favored with, by will in the following manner: Imprimis. It is my will and I do hereby direct my Executors hereafter named in the first place to collect my money and pay all my just debts and funeral expenses

Item. I give and bequeath to my loving wife Ruth all the money she has at her command and all my household furniture as long as she remains my widow, then I give the remainder that she leaves to my two daughters Hannah & Ruth** and to my eight grandchildren the children of my daughter Ruth deceased. Viz. John, Silas, Ruth, Hannah, Eunice, Henry, Alfred & William Viz. two thirds to my two daughters and one third to my above named eight grandchildren to be equally divided between [sic.] them.

I further give to my said wife Ruth the use of my farm that I now live on; and one of my best cows, and six sheep during the time she remains my widow. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Silas, one hundred dollars to be paid to him out of the value of my farm, then I give the residue of my farm whereon I now live to my five sons Benjamin, William, David, Joshua & Silas, with all the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging to be equally divided between [sic.] them, shear [sic.] and shear [sic.] alike to them their heirs and assigns forever.

Item. I further give to my said sons Benjamin, William, David, Joshua & Silas, all my horses, cattle, and farming utensils to be equally divided between [sic.] them. Item. I further give to my son Silas one feather bed & bedding and my large Bible.*** Item. I give and bequeath to my two grandsons Stephen and Philip Angevine and to my three granddaughters Clarry, Eunice and Catherine Angevine the sum of fifty dollars to be equally divided between [sic.] them, and direct my executors hereafter named to pay the same as they arrive to lawful age. Item. I give and bequeath to my two daughters Hannah and Eunice and to my eight grandchildren the children of my daughter Ruth deceased Viz. John, Silas, Ruth, Hannah, Eunice, Henry, Alfred and William all the residue of my estate that is not given away. Viz. two thirds to my two daughters and one third to my above named eight grandchildren to be equally divided between [sic.] them. My will and meaning is [sic.] that if either of my above named children should decease before they receive their legacy, and leaving no lawful issue, that his or her shear [sic.] be equally divided between [sic.] the survivors of them.

It is also my will and meaning that if either of my above named grandchildren should decease before they receive their legacy and leaving no lawful issue, that his or her shear [sic.] be equally divided between [sic.] his or her brothers and sisters.

Item. I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my son Benjamin and my son in law Silas Duel [Deuel] my only and lawful executors to this my last will and testament hereby
disallowing and making void and former wills whatever whereof I do hereunto set my
hand and seal the date above written. The work "eight" between the eighth and ninth line
on this will was interlined before the ensealing [sic.] of these presents. Signed, sealed,
published, pronounced and declared by the said William White to be his last will and
testament in the presence of } Isaac Thorn (signature)                his
                         }        Robert Coffin (signature)        William X White L.S.
                         }        William Terry (signature) mark (Locus Sigilli,                                                                                          place of the seal)



*Because the clerk who entered this will into the county record tended to rest the tip of his pen on the document, it is very difficult to determine the exact punctuation. The clerk often randomly capitalizes nouns such as Brother(s), Daughter(s), Estate, Farm, Granddaughter, Grandson, Legacy, etc. and some adjectives such as Eight, etc. or does not capitalize words such as Bible, etc. I have normalized the capitalization to twenty-first century American Standard for ease of reading. I have not normalized spelling errors.

** The insertion of Ruth's name here appears to be an error as Ruth was already deceased; this daughter probably should have been Eunice. For further discussion of this point and subsequent events, see the contribution of Mrs. D. O. Cleghorn of Chadron, Nebraska to the Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record, Volume 4, July 1926, on pages 288 and 289. For internet availability, see http://www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/Journals/NMGR/Vol04/nmgrp006.html

*** One bequest with the wording "Item. I further give to my son Silas one feather bed & bedding and my large Bible." has been omitted from a transcription of this will which appeared in the Nebraska and Midwest Genealogical Record, Volume 4, July 1926, pp. 287-289, contributed by Mrs. D. O. Cleghorn of Chadron, Nebraska. A copy of this transcription is available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~neresour/OLLibrary/Journals/NMGR/Vol04/nmgrp006.html

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