Last Will and Testament
Peter Betts


Information on this page was obtained from Rensselaer Co., NY Surrogate Court, Will Book 33 pages 194-211 (the will itself is on pages 210-211), and was submitted by Lin Van Buren.

The last Will and Testament of PETER BETTS of the town of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer & State of New York considering the uncertainty of this Mortal life and being of Sound mind & memory (Blessed be Almighty God for the Same) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following that is to say:

First -- I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife BATHSHEBA BETTS and to her heirs and assigns forever, All and Singular one equal undivided third part of the land and buildings standing thereon being the farm whereon I now live situate lying & being in the town of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer & State of New York and being the farm I purchased from DAVID SCOTT and bounded as follows to wit - on the east by Lands owned by LUCAS DEFREEST & PHILIP DEFREEST on the south by Lands owned by PHILIP DEFREEST on the west by lands of STEPHEN VAN RENSSELAER & on the north by Land owned by MOSES BLOOMENDOL the whole farm containing about one hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less

Secondly I give devise & bequeath unto my said wife Bathsheba & to her heirs and assigns forever all and Singular the one equal undivided half of all my right title & interest in & to all that certain piece or parcel of Land with the buildings & Mill privileges on the same Situate lying & being in the town of Norwalk in the County of Fairfield & State of Connecticut and being the farm mills and premises formerly owned & occupied by my Father BURWILL BETTS deceased as by reference to the last Will and Testament of my said Father BURWELL BETTS will more fully and as large appear.

Thirdly I give & bequeath unto my said wife Bathsheba all my personal property Goods wares merchandize -- and Stock & chattels of every description name or nature, and also all monies Judgments Bills Bonds notes accounts & demands of any name & kind whatsoever & wheresoever they may be found due or owing to me

Fourthly I give devise and bequeath unto my adopted daughter POLLY BOLT wife of CHARLES BOLT of the town of Guilford County of Chenango & State of New York and to her heirs and assigns forever All & Singular the one equal undivided half part of all my right title & interest in & to all that certain piece or parcel of Land with the buildings on the Same and Mill privileges on the same Situate lying & being in the town of Norwalk County of Fairfield & State of Connecticut and being the Farm Mills & premises formerly owned and occupied by my father Burwill Betts deceased as by reference to the last Will and Testament of my said Father Burwell Betts will more fully and as large appear.

And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife Bathsheba Betts sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and hereby expressly revoke all and every former will by me made --

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty five

Peter Betts {L. S.}

Signed sealed published and declared by the testator}
to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of}
us who at his request & in his presence & in the}
presence of each other have subscribed our names}
as witnesses}
John Thomas of the City of Troy
Ambrose H. Sheldon of the City of Troy
Charles Bostwick of the City of Troy

Rensselaer County % I Cornelius L Tracy Surrogate of the County of Rensselaer do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true Record of the last Will and Testament of Peter Betts deceased with the proofs thereof both as a Will of Real and Personal Estate and that the same was duly Recorded as a Will of Real Estate this 10th day of October 1842

C. L. Tracy Surrogate

[from page 194]

In the matter of proving the last Will and}
Testament of Peter Betts deceased}

Be it remembered that hereafter that is to say at a Surrogate Court held for the County of Rensselaer at the City of Troy in said County on the 10th day of August 1842 before Cornelius L Tracy Surrogate of said County personally appeared Bathsheba Betts the Executrix named in the last will and Testament of Peter Betts late of the town of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer deceased and made application to said Surrogate to have the Will of the deceased proved and Recorded pursuant to the Statutes of the State of New York in Such Case made and provided. And thereupon presented a petition for the proof thereof both as a Will of Real and personal Estate verified by her oath setting forth that the said Peter Betts died a natural death at his residence in the town of Greenbush in said County of Rensselaer on or about the 2d day of March 1842 and that said Will relates to both real and personal Estate

And the said Bathsheba Betts Executrix as aforesaid then and there made due & satisfactory proof before said Surrogate of the names ages and places of residence of all the heirs at law and next of kin of the said Peter Betts deceased according to the form & the Statutes in Such case made and provided.

And it appearing from said proofs that Charlotte Betts, Mary Augusta Lockwood, Caroline Whitlock & Josephine Whitlock heirs at-Law and next of kin of the said Peter Betts are minors and have no general guardian in the State of New York Whereupon Charles Hooper of the City of Troy in the said County of Rensselaer was then and there duly appointed Special Guardian for Said minors by the said Surrogate for the purpose of appearing for and taking care of the interests of said minors, in the proceedings before said Surrogate to prove the will of the said Peter Betts deceased. And the said Charles Hooper did then & there give his written acceptance of said appointment and did agree to serve as such Special guardian according to the form of the Statutes in Such case made and provided

And thereupon said Surrogate did then and there issue a Citation to the heirs at Law and next of kin of the said Peter Betts deceased who are of full age & to the special guardian of said Minors requiring them to appear before the said Surrogate at his office in the City of Troy aforesaid to attend to the last Will and Testament of the said Peter Betts deceased in manner & form and in pursuance of the Statutes in such case made and provided

And thereupon afterwards that is to say at a Surrogates Court held for the County of Rensselaer at the City of Troy in Said County on the 10th day of October 1842 the said Bathsheba Betts Executrix as aforesaid again appeared before said Surrogate and returned the said Citations heretofore issued by him as aforesaid with the affidavits of the due and personal service thereof an [sic] in the words and figures following to wit --

The People of the State of New York by the Grace of God Free & Independent To George Gregory of Henrietta Monroe County Hannah Raymond, Eliza Du Mott Charlotte Dennis Azuba Ann Decker Nilson B Betts & Nathan Burwell Betts of the City of Troy Thomas Betts Joseph Betts Hiram Betts & Angeline Eddy of Brunswick also of the County of Rensselaer John Whitlock Edward Whitlock Benjamin Whitlock Betsy Lockwood George Lockwood & Elizabeth Lockwood of the city & County of Albany Polly Bolt of Bainbridge Chenango County Burwell Betts and Mary Wickes of Brooklyn Kings County Jane Ann Betts Eliza Peacock and Sarah Betts of Oyster Bay Queens County James Lockwood of Manakating Eliza Ann Lockwood Maria A. Lockwood Charles Lockwood and Caroline Lockwood of Fallsburgh Sullivan County and all of the State of New York, Burvill Gregory Esther Betts Nancy Bennet, Fanny Stevens of Norwalk George Westcott and Sally Westcott of Wilton all of the State of Connecticut Samuel Westcott of the State of Indianna the particular town or County not known Burwell Whitlock Lewis Whitlock & Charles Whitlock whose place of Residence is not known Samuel Lockwood of Bedford Bristol County Massachusetts George Betts and Franklin Betts of New Orleans in the State of Louisiana Charles Hooper of the City of Troy in the County of Rensselaer and State of New [sic] Special guardian of Charlotte Betts Mary Augusta Lockwood Caroline Whitlock and Josephine Whitlock who are minors. And the heirs unknown of James Betts late of Staten Island Richmond County New York heirs at law and next of kin of Peter Betts late of the town of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer deceased Greeting . . . .

[Alternative search values: BATHSHEBA WRIGHT, POLLY BETTS, MOSES BLOOMINGDALE.]



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