John Colvin

Contributed by Dave Stott


Be it remembered that I, John Colvin of New Baltimore, in the State of New York being of sound mind and memory, but being well aware of the uncertainty of this life, do make this my last Will and Testament. 

After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses, I bequeath and devise as follows:

To my Wife, Margaret A. Miller, the use and income of the house where I now live together with the household furniture, contained therein during her lifetime, excepting the piano in said house, which is to go to my daughter Mary S. Colvin.

Also to my wife, the house and land owned by me, situated in the Southeast of the new road near Mrs. Readís barn and known as the Wigginís house.

Also the interest and income of all my personal property for her lifetime and I hereby direct my executor to place all of my interests in the properties in the pool, controlled by John Dewitt Peltz as fast as they as sold and paid for in the Albany Saving Bank to the credit of my estate and the interest thereon to be paid to my wife for her lifetime.

After death of my wife, the whole of my personal property is to be divided as follows:

To my son, Andrew Colvin, $1,000 and the balance to be divided equally between my two daughters, Libbie Colvin Beach and Mary S. Colvin.

The house where I now live adjoining William Nodine on the north, after the death of my wife, shall belong to my son, Andrew Colvin for his lifetime. After his death, to my 2 daughters , if living and if not living to their legal representatives.

The house on the new road Southside, known as the Wigginís house and all land owned by me at that place and after the death of my wife, shall belong to my two daughters, Libbie and Mary or their legal representatives.

The use, income and lease of all of my lands in what is known as Bronkís Island, to my son, Andrew Colvin for his lifetime and after his death to belong to my two daughters if living and if not living to their children.

The contract of the Tilly and Littlefield lease to buy at a stated price, the lands under the lease at anytime within the terms of the lease and should they avail themselves of the privilege to buy , then the money paid shall be deposited in the Savings Bank to the credit of my estate and the interest thereof to be paid to my son, Andrew Colvin for his lifetime and after his death, the principal and interest to belong to my two daughters equally, if they are living, if not living to my grandchildren equally, share and share alike.

The A. J. Vanderpool lease on the island should he avail himself of the privilege to buy under the terms of the lease. The proceeds received shall be disposed of the same as the proceeds of the Tilly and Littlefield lease.

The buildings and land, forty three acres more or less as for deeds, adjoining Ephraim P. Bronkís farm on the south and the Peter Bronkís farm now owned by me on the north. I will to my daughter Mary S. Colvin together with the lease of the river front and the income thereof for her lifetime and after her death to my grandchildren, equally, share and share alike.

To my daughter, Libbie Colvin, wife of John Staats Beach, all the farm and buildings thereon owned by me containing ninety three acres, more or less and known as the farm I bought of Edmund Southwick for her lifetime and after her death to her children equally, share and share alike, subject to the lease privileges.

I hereby appoint John S. Beach, Andrew Colvin and Mary S. Colvin to be the executors of this Will.

John Colvin

On the 13th day of November, 1899, John Colvin of New Baltimore, NY signed the foregoing instrument in our presence and declared it to be his last Will and as witnesses thereof we three do now at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other hereto subscribe our names

Byron Mansfield
William Gay
P. G. Walls

Filed in Greene county Surrogate office Sept 9, 1901


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