Will of
Francis Brock of Grafton


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Will of Francis Brock

Rensselaer County, New York, Surrogate Records, 1794-1873
Volume 9, p. 130
Actual Letter of Testament
Rensselaer County
Letter of Testamentary granted on the Will of Francis Brock. Deceased. Recorded 5th March, 1825.

The people of the state of New York by the grace of God. Free and independent for all Whom on these presents shall come or may concern send greeting. Know ye that at the City of Troy in the County of Rensselaer on the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight before Phillip Viele Esquire Surrogate of our said County the last Will and Testament of Francis BROCK late of the town of Grafton in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York, Deceased, (A copy whereof is here unto annexed) was proved and is now appointed and allowed by us and the said deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death goods chattel and credits within this state (by means whereof the proving and registering of the said Will and the granting administration of all and singular the said goods, chattel, and credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging of the accounts thereof doth belong to us.) The administration of all and singular the goods, chattels, and credits of the said deceased and any way concerning his will is granted unto Daniel MILLS and Jonathon BROCK. The executors in the said Will named they being first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and to make and exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods, chattels, and credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required.

In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be here unto affixed. Witness Phillip Viele Esquire Surrogate of the said County at the City of Troy the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight.

Phillip Viele L.S.


In the name of God Amen. I, Francis BROCK of Grafton in the County of Rensselaer being well in body and of perfect mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die and afterwards come to judgement do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament viz:

Firstly, I bequeath my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the expense of my Executors. And my soul to God that gave it.

Secondly, I bequeath to my wife KATHARINE all my household goods and furniture for her use and benefit and to dispose of as she thinks proper and the use and control of my farm and real estate during the lease of the same.

Thirdly, I bequeath to the heirs of my son Ebenezer BROCK, Deceased, Twenty dollars each to be paid by John BROCK and Asa when the youngest of said heirs arrives to twenty one years old: the said heirs is Francis BROCK, Martin BROCK, and John BROCK.

Fourthly, I bequeath to my son Jonathan BROCK one dollar to be paid by John and Asa BROCK out of my estate.

Fifthly, I bequeath to my daughter Katharine WEST one dollar to be paid by John and Asa Brock out of my estate.

Sixthly, I bequeath to my son Nathan A. one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Seventhly, I bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth BECKHAM one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Eighthly, I bequeath to my son David BROCK one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Ninthly, I bequeath to my daughter Mary WEST one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Tenthly, I bequeath to my son Francis BROCK Jr. one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Eleventhly, I bequeath to my son Daniel M. BROCK one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Twelfthly, I bequeath to my sons John BROCK and Asa BROCK all my stock, wagon, cart, sleigh, and farming utensils. And all debt that may be due to me at my decease, After paying the several legacies herein contained to be for their use and benefit equally to each after the decease of my wife.

Thirteenthly, I bequeath to my daughter Esther SCRIVEN one dollar to be paid as aforesaid.

Fourteenthly, I bequeath to my son Nathan A. BROCK's daughters Katharine and Amy one heifer each, worth thirteen dollars each. And to the said Nathan A's son Michael West BROCK one yoke of steers worth fourteen dollars to be paid when they become lawfully of age by John and Asa BROCK as aforesaid.

And I hereby nominate and appoint Daniel MILLS, Jonathan BROCK, and Caleb NICHOLS Executors to this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in Grafton this twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord 1823.

Sealed and acknowledged by the testator to be his last Will and Testament who signed Francis BROCK L.S. The same in presence here unto who witnessed the same in presence of the testator and each other. John MILLS, Daniel MILLS, Benjamin MILLS with the addition to Executory 20th March 1828.


Rensselaer County, New York, Surrogate Records, 1794-1873
Volume 9, p. 131
Order Letter of Testament
State of New York.

Rensselaer County ss: Be it Remembered That on the fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight personally appeared before me Phillip Viele Esquire Surrogate of the said County of Rensselaer, John MILLS and Benjamin MILLS two of the subscribing witnesses of the Will of Francis BROCK late of the town of Grafton in said County, deceased. Who being duly sworn declared that they did see the said Francis BROCK seal and execute the annexed written Instrument purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said Francis BROCK bearing date the twenty third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three, and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament, that at the time thereof he the said Francis was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the Knowledge and belief of the said John Mills and Benjamin Mills, and that they the said John and Benjamin together with Daniel Mills the other witness to the said Will severally subscribed their hands and names to the said Will as witnesses thereto, in the presence of the testator and each other.

In testimony whereof, the said Surrogate half hereto set his hand and affixed the seal of his Office the day and year aforesaid.

Phillip Viele L.S.
Rensselaer County, New York, Surrogate Records, 1794-1873

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