Last Will and Testament
Samuel Earing


Information on this page was obtained from the Rensselaer County, NY Surrogate Court in Troy, from Will Book 22 page 203, and from file number 102. It was submitted by Janet Derbyshire.

I SAMUEL EARING of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York being in health and of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner following:

1st I direct my Executors to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of my Estate.

2nd Should my wife SARAH survive me I give and bequeath to her during her natural life, the one third part of all the produce of every description raised and on hand at my decease or which shall thereafter be annually raised during her life on the farm whereon I now live, known by the name of the HOMESTEAD FARM; and also on my farm whereon my son MICHAEL EARING now lives, known by the name of the VAN VALKENBERG PLACE. Which said produce shall be harvested and safely secured on the respective farms. The grain thrashed out and cleaned and the whole annually delivered to her in due season and in good order and fit for Market, by my Executors, & also to furnish and deliver to my wife yearly and every year during her live, one good fat hog killed and dressed, and one quarter of good feet beef. I also give to my wife one cow, four sheep, the choice of my flock and all her wearing apparel, and such of my household furniture as she may want or think proper to keep, and the use of one Room in my dwelling House, she to have her choice of the rooms, and the Kitchen together with three hundred Dollars in money to be paid to her out of my Estate by my Executors in six months after my decease, which bequeath I make to her in lieu of her dower.

3rd I give and devise to my son MICHAEL EARING and to his heirs and assigns forever, my farm whereon he now lives, situated in the town of Greenbush and is known by the name of the VAN VALKENBURGH FARM OR PLACE, and also all that part of the farm I now live on, cauled the HOMESTEAD FARM which lies south of the turnpike road which runs through said farm, also my house known by the name of the CLASS HOUSE [GLASS HOUSE?], also one hundred dollars of money to be paid out of my Estate.

4th I give and devise to my SON SAMUEL EARING JUNIOR and to his heirs and assigns forever, eighty acres of land out of the farm whereon I now live, cauled by the name of the HOMESTEAD FARM, and to have possession thereof immediately after my decease, he the SAMUEL EARING giving to my wife annually during her life the one third part of the produce raised thereon the residue or remainder of said farm or homestead. I allow my SON CHARLES EARING to use and occupy for his own benefit during all his natural life and should his WIFE CATY survive him, she is to have the use and benefit of it, during her natural life, but the said CHARLES AND CATY is not allowed to make any sty or waste of any fences, buildings, fruit trees, wood or timber, or any injering of the farm, or to cut or use any of the wood or timber growing, standing or lying on the ground of said farm, except a reasonable supply of firewood for family living upon said farm and for repairing and making the fences on said farm, maybe taken, but none to be carried off the farm, he the said CHARLES giving annually to MY WIFE during her life the one third part of the produce raised thereon, and after the decease of my said SON CHARLES EARING, AND HIS WIFE CATY I give and devise the said residue and remainder of said farm or homestead to the four following persons to wit: To my SON SAMUEL EARING JUNR; TO MY GRANDSON SAMUEL EARING, who is the SON OF MICHAEL EARING; TO MY GRANDSON PETER EARING who is the SON OF CHARLES EARING; and to my GRANDSON SAMUEL EARING who is the SON OF SAMUEL EARING JUNIOR, to be owned by them equally amd to their heirs and assigns.

5th I give and bequeath to my FOUR DAUGHTERS to wit: GERTRUDE WIFE OF JACOB G. SHARP, JANE WIFE OF ADAM BARRINGER, NELLY WIFE OF DAVID GOWEY AND NALEY WIFE OF LEONARD J. RYSDORPH all my cows, sheep, calves, young cattle and household furniture not otherwise disposed of, to be equally divided between them, I also give to each of them the sum of two hundred Dollars in money to be paid to them or their heirs in six months after my decease by my Executors, which said sum of eight hundred Dollars shall be a lien upon my Real Estate and paid out of it if there should be personal property sufficient to pay it.

6th I give and bequeath to my THREE SONS MICHAEL EARING, CHARLES EARING AND SAMUEL EARING JUNIOR all my oxen, horses, and farming materials together with the residue and remainder of my Real and Personal Estate not herein equally divided between them.

I hereby appoint my THREE SONS MICHAEL EARING, CHARLES EARING, AND SAMUEL EARING JUNIOR, Executors of my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

In witness where I have here set my hand and seal this twenty second day of December one thousand eight hundred and thirty two.

SAMUEL EARING
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