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Last Will and Testament of Joseph Hills


Submitted by John Hills, Portland, Oregon

The will was presented May 29, 1829 in the Revolutionary War Pension case S47276 where Obed Hills asked the Federal Department of War to require certain competing individuals to prove their rights to the Revolutionary War pension of Joseph Hills of Fabius, Onondaga County, NY.  The pension was for an amount of $12 per month for service as an artillery artificer.  Faced with this will,  the other individuals withdrew their claims.
In the name of god Amen- I Joseph Hills of the town of Fabius in the County of Onondaga & State of New York being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following 1. To Witt! First and principally I resign my soul with the utmost humility into the hands of Almighty God hoping for a blessed Immortality through the merits of our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ and my body I desire may be decently buried at the discretion of my Executor-- And as for such temporal estate as the lord in his great goodness and mercy hath entrusted me with, I give devise and dispose of the same in manner following 1Viz I give and bequeath all my estate both real and personal general and particular of every same and nature wheresoever it may be sitauted to my well beloved son Obed Hills.  And I hereby declare this only is to be my Last Will & Testament and I do hereby appoint my said son Obed Hills executor of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I the said Joseph Hills have hereunto set my hand and seal at Fabius this fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine.
Joseph Hills (signed) and a seal affixed.
Signed Sealed Published and Delivered by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the Presence of us who have subscribed our name as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said Testator.
Grant T Stockham (or Starkham)
Russel Hills
Elisha Sheldon
At the time Obed Hills presented this will he was resident of Cusswego, Crawford Co., Penn.  The Russel Hills listed as a witness was another son of this Joseph Hills.

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5 January 2005