Last Will and Testament
Michael Earing


Information on this page was obtained from the Rensselaer County, NY Surrogate Court in Troy, Will Book 2 page 178, and from file number 213. It was submitted to this website by Janet Derbyshire.

A copy of the Last will and testament of MICHAEL EARING deceased, recorded July 10th 1804.

In the name of God amen I MICHAEL EARING of Schodack, in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York, being weak in health of body, but of perfect mind and memory, do constitute, ordain make and appoint this my last will and testament in the way and manner following that is to say, first I would recommend my soul to God that gave gave (repeated twice) it and my body that it may be buried in a decent manner to return to its native dust and as for the earthly matter? and blessings ultimate? which God hath been pleased to bestow on me I do give and dispose of in the way and manner following viz __

First I do give and bequeath unto my beloved WIFE ELIZABETH EARING after all my debts and funeral charges are all payed and discharged the sum of seven hundred and fifty dollars together with her note which is now against Frederick Cartner? and which was her former portion to the amount of two hundred and five dollars to be hers forever to dispose of as she shall at any time see fit, and also the one third part of the production of the farm that my two under? mentioned SONS, NAMELY CARL AND JOHN, shall after my decease occupy of the farm or farms that they shall thereafter occupy that shall or maybe purchased with the money assing? from the sale of the farm on which they now reside of every kind and also one cow and one three year old heffer which she is to chose out of the drove and the colt out of my young black mare, four sheep of her own chose out of the flock and the whole of the wool that shall be shared from the flock the present year two good fatting? swine yearly the whole to be her own disposal so long as she shall remain my widow.

And secondly I do give and bequeath unto my TWO SONS, namely CARL & JOHN the oldest of which namely? CARL? together with my wife ELIZABETH and my worthy friend William Jacobie I shall ordain and appoint my executors & executrix of this my last will and testament all my real property or land containing one hundred twenty seven and half acres of land to be divided equally between them & also all my farming utentils? each to have equal half of all but the horses which is my will that JOHN should have the three old horses & CARL the young black mare and also the two two? year old bulls each to share their equal half together with their equal divided or each their equal fifth of all the monies, notes, Bonds or accounts of which I shall die possessed, that is not otherwise or shall not otherwise thereafter be specified or mentioned also? it is further more my will that my two sons namely CARL & JOHN shall give unto my wife ELIZABETH THEIR MOTHER the equal one third part of all the production of the farm yearly and every year so long as she shall remain my widow both of grains? Hay & Flax and also to her Barn & stableroom sufficient for the reception of her produce and stock and to deliver them to her in this ? sam bee? Barn and or some other convenient place of deposit fit for market reserving to themselves yearly the equal third part of seeds out of her part.

And thirdly I do give and bequeath unto my eldest DAUGHTER NELLY the one equal fifth part of all monies notes, Bonds & accounts & sheep and also one equal third part of all the farmed? stock of which I shall die possessed that is not otherwise or that shall not otherwise hereafter be mentioned to be paid by my executors at or before the experation of one year from my decease.

Fourthly I do give and bequeath unto my SECOND DAUGHTER KATY the one equal fifth part of all of monies notes Bonds & accounts and sheep and also one equal third part of the honed? stock of which I shall die possessed that is not otherwise hereafter be mentioned and it is furthermore my will that that? my executors do not pay her the said Katy any of the aforesaid legacy sooner than her real necessities may call or more at a time than to satisfy her present necessities that she alone may receive? with her children the benefit it not being my will that JAMES WELDEN her husband should have the spending needlessly or soley what I have accumulated by my industry?

And fourthly? I do give and bequeath unto my THIRD DAUGHTER HANNAH the equal fifth part of all my moneys notes Bonds accounts & sheep and also the one equal third part of all the honed? stock of which I shall die possessed that is not otherwise approperated? to be paid by my executors at or before the expiration of one year after my decease__

And I do hereby declare all other wills & testaments by me made if any there to be null and void and of no effect. And that this is my last and only one which I desire maybe comply? fullfilled ?

Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred & four __

MICHAEL EARING
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Witnesses: Philip Bink, William Jacobie, Levi Lobdell.



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