[Ontario Surrogate's Records] [Index to Book 1]


Ontario County Wills & Administrations

Book 1: 1795-1801


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The people of the State of New York by the Grace of God free and Independent to Salina Andrews Widow and Moses Atwater a friend of Sherlock Andrews late of the County of Ontario deceased send Greeting:

Whereas the said Sherlock Andrews as is alledged died Intestate having whilst living and at the time of his death goods chattels or credits within this State by means whereof the granting administration and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the account thereof doth appertain unto us; and we being desirous that the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased may be well and faithfully administered applied and disposed of do grant unto the said Salina Andrews and Moses Atwater full power by these presents to administer and faithfully dispose of all and singular the said goods chattels and credits to ask demand recover and receive the debts which unto the said deceased whilst living and at the time of his death did belong and to pay the debts which the said deceased did owe so far as such goods chattels and credits will thereto extend and the law requires. Hereby requiring you to make or cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to your hands possession or knowledge and the same so made to exhibit or cause to be exhibited unto the office of the Surrogate of the said County of Ontario at or before the expiration of six calendar Months from the date hereof And also to render a just and true account of administration when thereunto required. And we do by these presents depute constitute and appoint you the said Salina Andrews and Moses Atwater Administrators of all and singular the goods chattels and credits which were of the said Sherlock Andrews deceased. In Testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness Israel Chapin Esquire Surrogate of the said county at Canandaigua the twenty eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five and of our Independence the Twentieth.

Isrl. Chapin Surrogate

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To Eleazer Lindsley son of Eleazer Lindsley and Ezekiel Mumford son in law of Eleazer Lindsley late of the County of Ontario deceased; administration granted 3 November 1795 by Israel Chapin.

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To Mary Aldridge widow of William Aldridge deceased; appointed Administratrix 5 November 1795 by Israel Chapin.

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To Thomas Hathaway a son and Eliphalet Norris a son in law of Thomas Hathaway late of the county of Ontario deceased; appointed administrators 9 October 1795 by Israel Chapin.

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To Eliphalet Norris Friend to James Hathaway dec’d; appointed administrator 3 October 1796 by Amos Hall, Surrogate.

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Know all men by these presents that I David Wagener of the town of Jerusalem Ontario County in York State am in a low state of bodily health but sound mind & memory think it best to make my last will & testament.

First I commit my soul to God & to Jesus my redeemer and my body to be decently buried & all funeral charges and just debts to be paid.

Item then I give to my dear wife Rebecca all my dwelling house where now she liveth on with all the household furniture in it belonging to me together with out buildings and garden as also the lands belonging to them which I heretofore occupied both meadows & tillable land containing one half of the South East half of Lot Number thirty seven with all the Privileges thereto belonging. I also give unto her her riding mare and saddle and bridle the two best cows all the swine and all the sheep and all the poultry as also the use & profits of my new grist mills during her natural life or widowhood only.

Item I give unto my son Abraham all the remainder part of land held by me in lot Number thirty seven axcepting one acre I reserve for the use of a free universal friend’s school house to be taken off said lands in square lines on the west corner adjoining the cross roads and I also give unto him the free and uninterupted use of the sawmill and yard thereto belonging to him & his heirs and assigns forever.

Item I give to my son Melchior all my lands adjoin on the South East side of the mill stream together with the new grist [mill] which he shall occupy for the use of his mother aforesaid with the privilege of one equal half of the mill stream dividing the land to the middle of the stream. I also give unto him the equal south west half of lot Number Eighteen. All these mentioned lands lay in Town Number Seven in the first range of Towns to him & his heirs & assigns.

Item I give to my daughter Mary Castner all the lands & improvements where said Castner now liveth on and improveth held in two deeds (in part) the parts of lands that are adjoining each other containing about one hundred & Ten acres also two acres of land adjoining the old mill seat together with all the building and improvements thereto belonging beginning in the middle of the mill stream at the north East boundary of R. Smith millseat Lot thence along said line to the south East corner of said mill seat lot, thence East north & west to the place of beginning to contain two acres only to her & her heirs & assigns forever.

Item I give to my daughter Anna Henderson all the remainder parts of the aforesaid Lot lying northeast adjoining the same with the mill seat thereon and full privilege to build mills and the same as also all my other lands held by me laying in the garter strip containing about one hundred acres more or less to her and her heirs and assigns.

Item I give all my land held by me laying in the Lansing Location adjoining Richard Henderson and B. Robinsons lands containing one hundred acres to my daughter Lament more or less to her & her heirs & assigns.

Item I give to my daughter Rachel all my land held in one deed laying in the Carpenter Location containing two hundred acres of land to her & her heirs & assigns (note these two last devised come to my daughters Lament & Rachel at the age of Eighteen years).

Item I give unto my daughter Rebecca all my lands held by me in the sixth Town in the first range of Towns laying in Lot No. forty six and sixty four containing one hundred acres more or less to her & her heirs & assigns forever to be given to her at the age of fourteen years. All these aforementioned legasies I order to be valued by two suitable impartial men to be chosen by my two Sons & two daughters Abraham Melchior Mary & Anna at a reasonable time after my decease and make an equal partition of the same share & share alike. Note I also give [ ] gratis to my son Melchior the sorrel horse colt my best saddle & bridle my waggon best slay & slead with all the horse tackling to them belonging also all the young stock now on the farm belonging to me as also all my utensils of Husbandry. And my other three children that have gone to housekeeping shall likewise not be charged for what they had of me when they went to & for themselves.

Item I give all my lands (as yet unsold) in the second seventh town for the use of the Universal friends Society for the use of building [a] meeting house for said society and all the remainder of my lands as yet not devised I order that they shall be valued at the time that my daughter Rebecca arrive to the age of fourteen years by equal valuation and partition share & share alike as aforesaid and if so be that my wife should die before my son Abraham then I give that part of land & improvement in the same manner aforesaid to him but if so be that Abraham should die before her then I give the same to my son Melchior if so be that he should survive them both and the increase & improvements made on the house farm & mills left for the use of my wife I order to be valued and divided as aforesaid share & share alike six months after the death of my wife and further I constitute & appoint my sons Abraham Wagener & Melchior Wagener to be the executors of this my last will and testament according to the true intent & meaning thereof.—

In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the ninth day of the seventh month in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety nine 1799.

David Wagener L.S. Witness present at signing Benjamin Willetts, Samuel Willetts Lewis Willets

The aforegoing is a true copy of David Wagener’s last will. Letters Testamentary granted Oct. 28th 1799. Probate made on the affirmation of Lewis Willetts. See the new book of printed forms.

D. Saltonstall Surrogate

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James Galloway a minor aged seventeen years the 11th of October 1800, appeared before the Surrogate 23 June 1801 and signified his choice of Guardian to be John Lewis of Seneca; Lewis accepted and was appointed the same day by Dudley Saltonstall.

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To William Hobart a creditor of Joseph Landers late of Jerusalem in the County of Ontario deceased; appointed Administrator 12 August 1800 by Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate.

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Ephraim Althiser a minor aged nineteen years the 25th of October 1802 of Jerusalem in the County of Ontario whose father hath been dead about seven years having made choice of Elisha Woodworth Esqr of the same place to be his guardian untill the said minor attains his age of 21 years and the said Woodworth having agreed to accept the said Trust, I Dudley Saltonstall Surrogate of the County aforesaid by virtue of the Statute in that case lately made & Provided do hereby appoint the said Woodworth guardian to the said minor untill he shall attain his age of Twenty one years. Done at Canandaigua the 3rd of November 1802. Dudley Saltonstall

I hereby accept the trust of guardian pursuant to the foregoing appointment.

Elisha Woodworth

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To Olive the widow [and] Relict of John Hooker late of Middletown in the County of Ontario Deceased; appointed Administratrix 25 October 1800 by Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate.

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To Dolly Hobart the widow of William Hobart late of Augusta in the County of Ontario Deceased; appointed Administratrix 25 February 1801 by Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate.

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To Daniel Whitney son of Thomas Whitney late of Middletown in Ontario County Deceased; appointed administrator 1 April 1801 by Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate.

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To William Watkins son of William Watkins late of Middletown in the County of Ontario Deceased; appointed Administrator 20 June 1801.

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[3 November 1796

The last will and testament of Amos Garnsey was presented to Amos Hall, Surrogate, at his residence in Bloomfield. Jonathan Dean and Isaac Nichols are named executors in the will, and swear to administer the same and make and exhibit an inventory, and render a just account.]

Amos Garnsey of the County of Ontario in the State of New York on the second day of the ninth month 1796, Being of a sound and Disposing mind and memory thanks be to the Lord for the same I calling to mind the mortallity of my body do in order to settle my worldly afairs before my departure comes make and ordain this my last will and Testament—

Principally and first of all I commit my soul to the Lord and my body to be buried in a decent manner by my executors hereafter named desiring to be had in everlasting remembrance before the Lord on high.

I will that all my just Debts together with my funeral charges be well truly and speedily paid by my executors hereafter named. Jerusalem the 2nd of the ninth month A.D. 1796.

I give and bequeath unto my son Amos Garnsey one hundred dollars of my estate which I had in Watertown – Also I give and bequeath unto my son Amos Garnsey my yoke of oxen.

And all the rest of my estate which I have here I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Clarissy Garnsey – I also make Jonathan Dean and Isaac Nichols my Executors – This being my last will and Testament in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety six.

Whereunto I have set my hand and seal.
In the presence of us and we his
in the presence of each other Amos X Garnsey L.S.
have printed our names: mark

John Briggs
Jonathan Botsford
Jesse Dains

The preceeding is a true coppy of the Original will of Amos Garnsey Deceased and of the letters Testamentary thereon and of the Certificate of the proof thereof –

Amos Hall Surrogate