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Charles Carroll (1767-1832)
Landed Gentry "Charles Carroll of Bell Vue"
Born in Carrollsburg, Maryland;
died in Town of Groveland, Livingston County, NY.
Established the "Hermitage" estate at Williamsburgh.
Wife: Ann. Children: Jane, Hannah, Ann, Elizabeth,
Henry, Charles, Daniel, William.
Repository: Livingston County Courthouse, Geneseo, NY.
Miscellaneous Records, Book 1, pgs 98-100; recorded 18 Sep 1824.
CARROLL, Charles -- Groveland; 14 Sep 1823,
at Geneseo, New York.
NOTE: The will says, "Charles Carroll of Belle Vue". This refers to his title
as an estate holder, rather than his place as residence.
Belle Vue was the name of his manorial estate near Hagerstown, Maryland. It
was his family's custom to attach the name of the estate to the lord of the estate
in order to distinquish one such name from another.
In this will, there is no provision for his eldest son, Henry Carroll.
Henry had been murdered by Richard Gentry, in Missouri while the family lived there briefly.
In the name of God amen. I Charles Carroll of Belle Vue do make this my last will
and testament hereby revoking all others by me heretofore make, First, I will
and devise that all my just debts be fully and speedily paid. I leave unto
my dearly beloved wife one third part of my Real Estate which may remain after my debts
are paid, during her life and all my personal Estate to dispose of as she sees
fit and proper. I also leave unto her Ten thousand Dollars to be paid as soon as my
esecutor hereafter named can raise the money by the sale of any part of my estate or that
amount of real estate at her option to be conveyed unto her in fee by my
executor. I leave unto my daughter Jane Maria Tabbs Four hundred acres of land
in Livingston County state of New York. Two hundred of which to be laid off at the place
she built on, the remaining Two hundred acres to be the average value of my
land in said county, the whole of which bequest I leave unto her heirs forever
and it is my will and desire that no account is to be taken of what I may have
heretofore given her. I also give unto my said daughter Jane Maria Tabbs one
seventh part of all the rest of my real and personal estate to her and her heirs
forever, making the Four hundred acres of land herein bequeathed a part of
one seventh part. To my daughters Hannah Lee Carroll, Ann Rebecca Lane,
and Elizabeth Barbara Carroll, I leave to them and their heirs, each one seventh
part of my real and personal estate. To my sons
Charles Holker Carroll, Daniel
Joseph Carroll and William Thomas Carroll I leave unto them and their
heirs each one seventh part of my real and personal estate. I further leave unto
my son Charles Holker Carroll and his heirs Ten thousand dollars to be raised
from the sales of my real estate or any part thereof he may think proper,
or he may have his choice of one thousand acres of land on the Hermitage
Tract for that amount to hold to him and his heirs forever. And this
is given him for the trouble he has had or may have in the settlement
of my affirs and to indemnify him for the loss he has sustained in his
profession. And I further declare that it is my will and intention that
the one seventh bequeathed to my children is not to be apportioned among them
untill this sum of Ten thousand dollars is taken out, as also the Ten
thousand dollars heretofore bequeathed to my dear wife Ann Carroll nor untill all
my just debts shall be provided for or paid out of said estate, and
then the residue to be divided as devised. It is further my express will
and desire that all the debts of any and every sort or kind which may be
due and oweing me at the time of my death shall be applied towards
the payments of any debts which I may at that time owe and to no other purpose
whatever. I do further nominate and appoint my son Charles Holker Carroll my
sole esecutor of this my Last Will and Testament with full power to sell
and dispose of any part or portion or the whole of my real estate
whereever situate the same may be and make deeds for the same which
shall convey all my right and title to the same and be conclusive
against my heirs or any person claiming by from or under me. And I
do hereby clothe him will full powers to sell or convey in fee
simple or to lease or mortgage any lands I own in any part of the
United States in order and for the purpose and none other
mentioned above, that is to say for the payment of the debts and legacies
aforesaid and for the equal division of the balance among my said
seven children should a sale for the latter purpose be deemed nescessary
and proper by my said executor. And I do further invest my said son
Charles Holker Carroll with full power in case of accident to him
to appoint another executor or executors with similar powers hereby
granted to him. And lastly I do hereby make publish and declare
this my Last Will and Testament, annulling and revoking all
other wills heretofore made by me. In willness whereof, I have
unto set my hand and seal this Fourteenth day of September in
the year of our Lord 1823.
Witnesses: Wm Fitzhugh, Henry Fitzhugh, Horatio Jones Jr, Richard P. Fitzhugh,
Contributors note: Both the Hermitage and the Village of Williamsburgh
have both vanished like dust in the wind.
All that remains, is an abscure historical marker
and a small, remote rural cemetery with gravestones that look out-of-place in an area
settled mostly by pioneer farmers. Only the Wadsworths of Geneseo, can give us a glimpse
of the granduer that once was, in the now extinct, Williamsburgh.
Charles Carroll is buried in
- Town of Groveland.
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