Last Will and Testament
George Arnold of Stephentown


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Letter Testamentary Granted on the will of George Arnold, deceased.
Recorded June 6th, 1829

The People of the State of New York by the grace of God Free and Independent L.L.
To all whom these presents shall come or may concern [-?-] Greeting, Know Ye. That at the City of Troy in the County of Rensselaer, on the fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine before Philip Viele, Esquire, Surrogate of our said county, the last Will and Testament of George Arnolds late of the town of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed), was proved and is now approved and sealed by us; and the said deceased having whilst he lived and at time of his death, goods chattels and Credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the account 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 Simon Arnold and Elijah Arnold the Executors in the said Will named there. Being first duly sworn will end[eavour] 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 first and true account thereof when thereunto required.

In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of Office of our said Surrogate to Be hereunto affixed.

Witness Philip Viele, Esquire, Surrogate of the said county at the said City of Troy, the fifth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty nine.

Philip Viele


In the name of God Amen, I George Arnold of the town of Stephentown in the County of Renesslaer and State of New York considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind [and] memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say

First, I give unto my eldest son, GORTON ARNOLD, my menage or tenement situated lying and being in the town of West Greenwich in the County of Kent and State of Rhode Island Together with one hundred dollars to have and to hold the same to him his heirs and assigns forever.

I give unto my son, BENJAMIN ARNOLD, Five dollars.

I give unto by son, JOSEPH H. ARNOLD, five dollars.

I give unto my son, GEORGE ANSON ARNOLD, five Dollars.

I Give unto my sons, SIMON ARNOLD and ELIJAH ARNOLD equally all the rest and remainder of my real estate to them their heirs and assigns forever with all my personal estate except three beds the best and nine [-?-] the best also some ironware and the furniture in the north room and north bedrooms except the desk and a few [-?-] to my daughter MINERVA to be hereafter mentioned.

I give to my daughter TELPHA TAYLOR Fifty Dollars.

I give to my daughter FREELOVE THOMAS fifty dollars.

I give to my daughter MARY WHITMAN one hundred dollars.

I give to my daughter MIGHTY BRIGGS one hundred dollars.

I give my daughter ALSEY FORDS twenty five dollars.

I give to my daughter ELIZABETH REYNOLDS twenty five dollars.

To my daughter MINERVA REYNOLDS three [sic] the best beds and bedding furniture and the following named ironware: One pailful pot, two dish kittles, tea kittle and also one brass kittle the smallest and all the furniture in the north room and north bedroom except the desk and large chest and a privilege to live in the house during the time she is remaining single.

I give to by grandson, GEORGE A. TAYLOR, two hundred dollars.

Lastly as to all the rest and residence and remainder of my personal estate, chattels of what name or nature soever I give to my sons Simon and Elijah Arnold who I hereby order to pay all [-?-] given by this will all by honest debts and funeral charges and the legacies to be paid in one year after my decease. And to hereby appoint my sons Simon and Elijah Arnold the Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Stephentown, twelfth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six.

George Arnold, L.S. [signed by him]

Signed, Sealed Published and delivered by the abovenamed George Arnold to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereby subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of Testator.

Eldred Bentley,
John Moon,
Elijah Graves.



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