Last Will and Testament of Casper Clough
Copied from Greene County Will Liber T, pg. 452
Probated at Catskill, March 13, 1914
In the name of God, Amen, I, Casper Clough, of the Village and town of Coxsackie, in the County of Greene, and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish ordain and declare this to be my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say:
First: I direct that all my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid in full.
Second: I give and devise all of my real estate and property, wheresoever situate, unto my two daughters, Belle and Catharine, or to the survivor of them, subject to the right of dower of my wife, Rachel, to be theirs or the survivor of them, their or her or their or her heirs or assigns, forever, for the reasons hereinafter stated, but subject to the request or direction contained in the fifth clause hereof.
Third: I give and bequeath unto my said two daughters, Belle and Catharine, or to the survivor of them, all and singular my personal property, of whatsoever the same may consist, or where-so-ever situate, including my household furniture and effects, intending hereby to convey to them, or the survivor of them, everything of personal property owned or possessed by me at my decease.
Fourth: It is my will and desire, and I, expressly charge upon my estate, both real and personal, this condition: that my said two daughters, Belle and Catharine, or the survivor of them, maintain and support, in health and in sickness, during the term of her natural life, my said wife Rachel, their mother, and I make said care and maintenance and the proper burial of the body of my said wife, their mother, a a[sic] charge upon the real estate hereby devised to them.
Fifth: It is my will, direction and request; that upon the death of my said daughters Belle and Catharine, or either of them, leaving no issue of the body of them, or either of them, them surviving, that the remainder of my estate, hereby bequeathed and devised, be had and enjoyed by the survivor of my two said daughters during the natural life of said survivor and that whatever may exist of my said estate, real and personal, at the death of said survivor shall be devised and bequeathed by said survivor to my grandson and namesake: Casper Clough, son of my son Ezra Clough, to be his his heirs and assigns forever, and I hereby request my said daughters, Belle and Catherine, and each of them, or the survivor of them, to so arrange their affairs and estates as to carry out my request and direction in this regard.
Sixth: I desire to state that I make the disposition of my property, herein contained, from no want of affection for my other children, to wit: Ezra T. R. Clough, John N. Clough and Margaret A Renfrew; but only because the last named of my children are all settled in the ways of life and are doing well, and have property and have lived separate and apart from me and my wife for many years and that my two daughters, Belle and Catharine have devoted their lives to my wife, their mother and myself, and are in need of and entitled to all of my property and estate therefor, and for their sustenance and comfort after my decease.
Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said daughter, Belle Clough, and my friend Albert Parker, both of Coxsackie N. Y., to be the executrix and the executor of this my last will and testament, (no bonds to be required from them,) hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand and affixed my seal this Eleventh day of March in the year nineteen hundred and three (1903)
Casper Clough (Seal)
We whose names are hereto subscribed, do certify that on the eleventh day of March, 1903, Casper Clough, the testator, subscribed his name to this instrument in our presence and in the presence of each of us, and at the same time in our presence and hearing, declared the same to be his last will and testament, and requested us, and each of us, to sign our names thereto as witnesses to the execution thereof, which we hereby do in the presence of the testator and of each other, on said date and write opposite our names our respective places of residence.
Wellman R. Church residing at Coxsackie, Greene Co., N. Y.
Edwin C. Hallenbeck residing at Coxsackie, Greene Co., N. Y.