Last Will and Testament
David Defreest


Information on this page was obtained from Surrogate Court, Troy, Rensselaer Co., NY, will:56:559-561, file 144, and was submitted by Janet Derbyshire.

I David Defreest of the town of North Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York, farmer. For the purpose of disposing of the property that I shall own at the time of my death, Do make, publish and declare the following to be my last will & testament. that is to say__

First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Maria, the use, occupation, proceeds, profits and incomes of all my real Estate, for and during all her natural life time. I also give and bequeath the use and occupation of all my horses, stock of cattle of every description, and farming tools of all kinds to my said wife for and during all her natural lifetime. I also give and bequeath to my said wife all my household Furniture to be hers absolutely. The Legacies & privileges above given and bequeathed to my said wife, shall be in lieu of her lawful dower & thirds in all my Estate__

Second, I give, grant and devise to my son John Defreest, all that certain farm, piece or parcel of land, now occupied by him, situate, lying and being in the town of Poestenkill, Rensselaer County aforesaid containing Ninety Eight acres. To have and to hold the said farm with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto him my said son John his heirs and assigns, Forever, from and after the death of my wife as aforesaid Subject to the payment of one half of all my just debts by my said son John __

Third, I give, bequeath and devise unto my son Levi the Forty acres of land that I purchased of Moses Bloomingdale, Being a part of the farm whereon I now live & situate in the town of North Greenbush aforesaid. To have & to hold the said Forty icres of land, with every the appurtenancy thereunto appertaining unto him my said son Levi, his heirs and assigns forever from and after the death of my said wife as aforesaid. I also give and bequeath unto my son Levi the sum of thirteen hundred dollars in money out of a certain Mortgage Executed by one John Legget of Ghent, Columbia County, for lands in said County, to me and Garret Defreest & David Defreest to be paid to him in one year after the death of John Coon according to the terms of said mortgage or the Bond accompanying the same__

Fourth, I give, bequeath and devise to my son Heni the remainder of my farm whereon I now live, situate in the town of North Greenbush, containing about Sixty-six acres of land. To have and to hold the same sixty-six acres of land with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto my said son Henry, his heirs & assigns Forever, from and after the death of my said wife Subject to the payment by the said Henry of the other and remaining one half of my debts I also give and bequeath to my said son Henry all my horses, stock of Cattle, & farming tools of every description Being the same willed & bequeathed to the use of my wife as aforesaid. To have and to hold the same unto him my said son Henry from and after the death of my said Wife. I also give and bequeath to my said son Henry the balance of said Mortgages, being about Five hundred & twenty five dollars to he paid to him in one year after the death of John Coon according to the conditions of the Mortgage or the bond accompanying the same__

Fifth, I give, bequeath and devise to mv sons John, Levi and Henry my mountain wood lot containing about fifteen acres of land, situate, lying and being in the town of Poestenkill: To have and to hold said wood lot with the appurtenances thereunto belonging, unto my said sons, and the same to be divided equally between them share and share alike, subject to the use of my wife as aforesaid__

Sixth, Catherine Bloomingdale shall have a home at the dwelling house of my said Son John and be boarded by him so long as she shall remain single & unmarried__

Seventh, I hereby constitute and appoint my sons John, Levi & Henry joint Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former & other will or wills by me made__

In witness thereof I David Defreest have hereunto set my hand & seal this nineteenth day of November in the year 1857__

David Defreest LS

Signed, sealed, published and declared by David Defreest as and for his last will & testament in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of Each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto__

Burton A. Thomas of West Sandlake, Rens. Co., N. Y.
John J. Ostrander of West Sandlake, Rens. Co., N. Y.



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