Last Will and Testament
Charles Earing


Information on this page was obtained from the Rensselaer County, NY Surrogate Court in Troy, from Will Book 41 page 125, and from file number 123. It was submitted to this website by Janet Derbyshire.

The Last Will and Testament of CHARLES EARING deceased with proofs thereof as a will of real and personal Estate record June 22 1850

I CHARLES EARING of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York being of sound mind and memory and in good health do make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following to wit.

First Should my present wife CATHARINE survive me then and in that case I give and bequeath unto her and to her heirs and assigns forever the sum of one thousand dollars in money to be paid to her by my SON PETER EARING as soon after my decease as it can be collected out of such personal property as I may leave unappropriated at my decease. I also give to her two cows and four Sheep her choice out of my cows and sheep and my SON PETER shall see to my wife in Sickness during her natural life provided she live on my farm. I also give to my wife during her natural life all my household furniture with all chests trunks beds bedsteds bedding curtains and moveable closets etc? And such part thereof as she may not want she may divide equally between my DAUGHTER SARAH AND THE LIVING CHILDREN OF MY DAUGHTER NELLY FORMER WIFE OF PETER REYNOLDS but who is now deceased said children of my daughter Nelly to take the equal one half of such furniture. And all such household furniture as may be left at the decease of my wife. I give to my DAUGHTER SARAH and to the living CHILDREN OF MY DAUGHTER NELLY said children shall have the equal one half of all such furniture __

Second I give devise and bequeath unto my son PETER EARING and to his heirs and assigns forever all the real estate I may own at my decease which real estate consists of about one hundred and Fifty Five acres of land being part and parcel of my FATHER'S farm called the HOMESTEAD FARM. I also give to him the said PETER all my Waggons, Sleys, Harness and all my Farming tools and implements of husbandry and all my Horses, Hogs, dunghill Fowls, plows and Harrows. I also give him the said PETER two thirds of all the produce of my farm which may be on hand either growing or harvested at my decease. I also give and bequeath unto him the said PETER all barrels, Meat tubs Meal chests and all lumber and boards and fencing stuff which I may own at my decease. But my said son PETER shall pay all the Legaices herein bequeathed and shall take care of my wife in sickness so long as she may live on my farm __

I also give and bequeath unto him the said PETER the sum of one thousand dollars out of my personal estate not herein otherwise disposed of to be paid to him by my executors as soon after my decease and after the payment of the Legacy to my wife and after the payment of the Legacy herein bequeathed to my daughter SARAH and after the payment of the Legacy herein bequeathed to my daughter NELLY'S CHILDREN as it can be collected out of such personal property as I may leave unappropriated __

I give and bequeath unto my daughter SARAH WIFE OF VOLKERT W. VANDENBURGH and to her heirs and assigns forever the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to her or to her heirs by my son PETER EARING out of such personal property as I may leave unappropriated as soon after my decease and after the payment of the Legacy to my wife as it can be collected. I also give and bequeath unto her the said SARAH an equal half of all the cows and sheep which I may own at my decease and not herein otherwise disposed of. Also at the decease of my wife I give her the said SARAH and her heirs and assigns the one half of such household furniture as my wife may leave . All which furniture shall be equally divided between my said daughter SARAH her heirs or assigns and the living CHILDREN OF MY DAUGHTER NELLY DECEASED said children taking the equal half of all such furniture. I give and bequeath unto the living children of my daughter NELLY now deceased but FORMER WIFE OF PETER REYNOLDS and to their heirs and assigns forever the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to the Guardians of said children by my son PETER EARING out of such of my personal property as is not here in otherwise disposed of and as soon after my decease and after the payment of the Legacy to my wife and after the payment of the Legacy to my daughter SARAH as it can be collected. This Legacy of one thousand dollars bequeathed to the living children of my daughter NELLY shall be equally divided between said living children __

I also give and bequeath unto the said living children of my said daughter NELLY and to their heirs and assigns an equal half of all the cows and sheep I may own at my decease and not herein otherwise disposed of. Also at the decease of my wife I give and bequeath unto the said living children of my said daughter NELLY and to their heirs and assigns the equal one half of all the house hold furniture which my wife may leave at her decease all which furniture shall be equally divided between my said daughter SARAH her heirs or assigns and the said living children of my daughter NELLY said children taking the equal half of all such furniture__

I hereby will order and direct that all the foregoing Legacies and bequests herein made and all my just debts and funeral expenses and the expense of executing this my will shall be paid by my SON PETER EARING out of my personal property and I hereby make the payment thereof a lien upon the real estate herein devised to my son PETER EARING and all the residue and remainder of my real and personal estate which may not be herein disposed of. I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my son PETER EARING and to his heirs and assigns forever__

I hereby nominate and appoint VOLKERT W. VANDENBURGH and PETER REYNOLDS and JOHN C. KERNER Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other will and wills by me made __

I further give and bequeath unto my wife the one third part of all the produce of my farm which at my decease maybe on hand either growing or harvested the other two thirds of such produce is herein bequeathed to my son PETER __

In witness wheereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the tenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and forty Six __

CHARLES EARING LS

Witnesses: James Dearstyne, Henry Dearstyne, Charles Lown.



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