[Ontario Surrogate's Records] [Index to Book 2]


Ontario County Wills and Administrations

Book 2 (1802-1807)


Page 31

The People of the state of New-York, by the Grace of God Free and Independent.—To Christian Traver son in law of John Althiser late of Jerusalem in the County of Ontario Deceased:

Whereas the said John Althiser 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 Christian Traver 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 thereunto extend, and the Law require. 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 into the office of the Surrogate of the County of Ontario, at or before the expiration of six Calender 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 Christian Traver Administrator of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits which were of the said John Althiser deceased. In Testimony whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.

Witness Dudley Saltonstall Esquire, Surrogate of our said County, at Canandaigua the ninth day of November in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred & Two and of our Independence the Twenty seventh year.

Dudley Saltonstall

Page 35

To Keziah Sabin widow of Asa Sabin late of Jerusalem deceased; appointed Administratrix 22 November 1802 by Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate.

Page 47

To Joshua Brown second husband of Elizabeth late the widow of James Spenser Junior of Jerusalem; appointed Administrator 31 March 1803 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 79

To Jabez French friend of Jacob J. Dean late of Ontario County Deceased, whose widow has renounced the administration of the said Deceased’s estate in favor of the said Jabez French; administration granted 6 December 1803 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 99

To Joshua Abbey son of Aaron Abbey of Middletown deceased; appointed Administrator 2 October 1804 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 101

To Abigail Storey widow of Daniel H. Storey of Middletown deceased; appointed Administratrix 10 October 1804 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 111

To Jacob W. Hallet & Abraham Wagener friends of William Wall late of Vernon; appointed Administrators 6 November 1804 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 119

To Patty Whitney widow of Fisher Whitney late of Middletown deceased; appointed Administratrix 8 January 1805 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 141

To Mary Beaumont widow of James Beaumont late of Vernon deceased; appointed Administratrix 29 July 1805 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 147

To Olive Barden widow & Thomas Barden Jr, a brother of James Barden late of Seneca deceased; granted administration 5 September 1805 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 169

To Lucina Dunton widow of William Dunton & Edward Kibbe father in law of William Dunton late of Middletown deceased; appointed Administrators 6 May 1806 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 175

To Mrs. Meletiah Low widow of Mr. Edward Low late of Middletown deceased; appointed Administratrix 3 June 1806 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 203

To David Sutherland friend of John Van Wormer late of Augusta deceased; appointed Administrator 20 December 1806 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 205

To David Speelman son of David Speelman late of Vernon deceased; appointed Administrator 2 January 1807 by Dudley Saltonstall.

Page 217

To Abner Hall son of William Hall late of Augusta deceased; appointed Administrator 18 March 1807 by Dudley Saltonstall. Note: These letters were revoked in favor of executors.

Page 225

To Abraham Voak friend of Jesse Hall late of Augusta deceased; appointed Administrator 27 May 1807 by Dudley Saltonstall. Note: These Letters were revoked in favor of the executors of a will.

Page 249

Whereas at a Court held at the Surrogate’s Office in the Town of Canandaigua in said County before Dudley Saltonstall Surrogate of said County, Dolly Hobart administratrix of William Hobart late of the Town of Augusta in said County deceased, hath by her Petition presented to the said Surrogate set forth that the said deceased was at the time of his death seized of certain real estate within the State of New-York, and that the said Dolly Hobart hath made a just and true account of the personal estate and debts of the said deceased as far as she can discover the same, and delivered the said account to the said Surrogate, and requested his aid in the Premises: Whereupon, an order was made by the said Surrogate, directing all persons interested in the estate of the said deceased to appear before him on the first Monday of June 1803 at his office in Canandaigua to shew cause why so much of the real estate whereof the said deceased died seized as would be sufficient to pay his debts should not be sold; which order was published four weeks successively in two of the public newspapers printed in said State, one of which was the paper entitled “The Western Repository & Genesee Advertiser” published in said County; and the said Surrogate having, at the time and place specified in said order, heard and examined the allegations and proofs of the said Dolly Hobart and of all such other persons interested in said estate, as thought proper to make or offer any, and upon due examination, the said Surrogate having found that the personal estate of said deceased is not sufficient to pay his debts, but that it is necessary to sell so much of the real estate whereof the said deceased died seized as will be sufficient to raise the sum of six hundred & ninety two Dollars and sixty-six Cents in order to pay his debts.

Now therefore the said Surrogate doth order and direct the said Dolly Hobart administratrix as aforesaid to sell so much of the real estate of said deceased now remaining unsold off of the west end of the farm whereon the said deceased lived at the time of his death as will be sufficient to raise the said sum of six hundred & ninety two Dollars & sixty six cents. In Witness whereof the said Surrogate hath hereunto set his hand & the seal of his said office the Fourteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & three, and of the Independence of the United States the twenty seventh year.

Dudley Saltonstall

Page 277

Whereas on 3 November 1807 Lucina Dunton and Edward Kibbe were appointed Administrators of William Dunton late of Middletown, and whereas they were ordered to appear on the 3rd Monday of December 1807 to show cause why the real estate of the said deceased should not be sold to pay his debts, and the same was advertised in “The Western Repository”, and whereas the Surrogate found that the personal estate of the deceased is not sufficient to pay his debts, and that it is necessary to sell so much of the real estate as will be sufficient to raise the sum of $527.65½, therefore the Surrogate now orders the said Administrators to sell enough real estate to raise the said sum, the land to be sold being the farm in said Middletown (being the land of the deceased) which lies adjoining to lands of the late Reuben Parrish Esquire deceased also so much of the residue of said Dunton deceased’s land in said Middletown as together with the first mentioned land will raise the said sum of money, which money when so raised is to be applied by the Administrators to the payment of said Dunton deceased’s debts according to Law. Signed by Dudley Saltonstall 13 July 1808.

Page 279

Whereas on 1 August 1803 Keziah Sabin was appointed Administratrix of Asa Sabin late of Jerusalem, and whereas all persons interested in the said estate were ordered to appear on the 1st Monday of October 1803 to show cause why the real estate of the said deceased should not be sold to pay his debts, and the same was advertised in “The Western Repository”, and whereas the Surrogate found that the personal estate of the deceased is not sufficient to pay his debts, and that it is necessary to sell so much of the real estate as will be sufficient to raise the sum of $300.00, therefore the Surrogate now orders the said Administratrix to sell enough real estate to raise the said sum, off of the North end of the farm occupied by the said Asa Sabin at & before his death for the best price that can be obtained and when sold to apply the said sum of Three hundred Dollars to the payment of said debts according to Law. Signed by Dudley Saltonstall 12 October 1803.

Page 303

The People of the State of New-York, by the Grace of God Free and Independent: To all to whom these Presents shall come or may concern, send Greeting: Know ye, that at the town of Canandaigua in the county of Ontario, on the sixth day of March A.D. 1800 before Dudley Saltonstall esquire, Surrogate of our said county, the last Will and Testament of Benjamin Brown deceased, (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved, and is now approved and allowed of by us; and the said deceased having whilst he lived, and at the time of his death, Goods, Chattels or Credits within this State, by means whereof the proving and registering the said Will, and the granting Administration of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, and also the auditing, allowing and final discharging the Account thereof, doth belong unto us; the Administration of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his Will is granted unto Joshua Brown & Rouse Perry with the will of the said Benjamin annexed, the administration thereof having been neglected and rejected by the Executors in the said Will named, [the] said Joshua & Rouse being first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same, and to make and exhibit a true and perfect inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, and also to render a just and true Account thereof when thereunto required.—

In Testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.

Witness Dudley Saltonstall esquire, Surrogate of the said county, at the town of Canandaigua aforesaid, the fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and of our Independence the twenty fifth year.

The words “said Joshua & Rouse” interlined before signing &c.

Be it Remembered that this first day of the Sixth month in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred & ninety three, I Benjamin Brown of Jerusalem in the County of Ontario State of New York being of sound mind & memory and calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to die, I make and ordain this my last will and testament viz:

First of all I commit my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the direction of my executor hereafter named and as to my earthly estate I dispose thereof in the following manner:

Imprimus my will is that my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my estate by my executor hereafter named.

Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Brown all the use and profits of all my estate both real and personal during her natural life.

And I give and bequeath to Catharine Fish to Sarah Potter to Benjamin and to Abigail Brown the sum of Ten shillings each to be paid by my executors and I give and bequeath to my other Children Frances, Desire, Elizabeth & Lydia all my estate real and personal after the death of their mother to be equally divided among the last four mentioned except Frances and it is my will that my said daughter Frances being Lame shall have and receive out of said Estate one fifth part more than any one of the last mentioned four children to have & to hold to them and to their heirs forever and

lastly I do constitute ordain and appoint my trusty friends William Carter & Abel Botsford or either of them executors to this my last will & testament and I do hereby revoke disannul and make void all wills heretofore by me made, ratifying & confirming this my last will and testament—

Benjamin Brown L.S.

Signed sealed published & pronounced and declared by the said Benjamin Brown to be his last Will & Testament in presence of

Thomas Hathaway
William Carter
Marye Aldrich

Be it Remembered That on the sixth Day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred Personally appeared before me Dudley Saltonstall Esquire, Surrogate of the County of Ontario, Marcy Aldrich who being affirmed, did depose and say that she the Deponent saw Benjamin Brown late of the County of Ontario, deceased, Sign and Seal the written Instrument, then shown unto her of which the foregoing is a true Copy, purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of the said Benjamin Brown deceased, bearing date the first day of the sixth month in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety three. That at the time thereof, the said Benjamin Brown was of a sound disposing Mind and Memory, to the best of the knowledge and belief of her the Deponent and that she the Deponent and Thomas Hathaway & William Carter subscribed their names as Witnesses to the said Will, in the presence of each other and in the presence of the Testator.

Dudley Saltonstall

I certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the Letters testimentary granted on the Estate of Benjamin Brown Deceased and of the original Will of the said Benjamin and of the certificate of the Proof thereof.

Dudley Saltonstall
Surrogate

Page 319

[Will exhibited 29 June 1801 of Jonas Wyman deceased; administration granted to John Wyman son of the said Jonas. Proved 30 June 1801.]

In the name of God Amen. I Jonas Wyman of the Town of Augusta in the County of Ontario and the State of New York gentleman, being in good health of body and perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say:

Principally & first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty power of God

and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased god to bless me with in this life, I give devise and bequeath & dispose of the same in the following manner & form.—

First I give and bequeath to Hannah Wyman my dearly beloved wife one full third part of all my real and personal estate to be hers so long as she remains my widow and no longer.—

Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Brown twelve Dollars to be paid by my executor in one year from my decease.

Also I give and bequeath to my grandson Jonas Wyman Brown thirty Eight Dollars to be paid by my Executor }

Also I give and bequeath to my }
grand daughter Betsey Collins } in one year after my decease
twenty five Dollars to be paid }
by my executor— }

Also after my just Debts and funeral charges are paid I give and bequeath the residue of all my real & personal estate to my four youngest children namely Samuel Wyman, Sally Wyman, Jonas Wyman Junr & Stephen Wyman to be equally divided between them fully to be possessed & enjoyed by them as separate Interests.

Also I give and bequeath to my son John Wyman one Dollar whom I likewise constitute make and ordain the sole executor of this my last Will & Testament.

And I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests & executors by me in any wise before named willed & bequeathed, ratifying & [ --?-- ] this and no other to be my last will & testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety nine.

Jonas Wyman L.S.

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Jonas Wyman as his last will & Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.

William Hobart
Arnold Potter
Jesse Brown

[29 June 1801
Jesse Brown swears to witnessing the will along with Arnold Potter and William Hobart.
The Surrogate certifies that the foregoing is a true copy.
Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate]

Page 357

[22 November 1802
The will of Benajah Botsford is exhibited; administration is granted to Deborah Botsford, Elijah Malin having declined taking these Letters jointly with her, 22 April 1803.]

In the Name of God Amen this fourteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & Two. I Benajah Botsford of the Town of Jerusalem County of Ontario and State of New York being in sound mind memory and understanding but weak in body and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life and knowing its appointed for all men once to die, Do make constitute and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner & form following (to witt):

I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to be buried in a christian decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.

And as touching my worldly estate I give bequeath devise and dispose of in manner & form following:

1st I order my just debts & funeral charges to be paid.

2nd I give unto Elnathan Botsford thirty five acres of land being the land he now lives on to be laid off to him on the west side of the Creek and joining the line of the Town of Augusta so as to include the said thirty five acres.

3rd I give and bequeath unto Achilles Comstock twenty seven & half acres of land west of the aforesaid thirty five acres and joining the aforesaid line of the Town of Augusta so far as to include the said twenty seven & a half acres of land.

I give and bequeath unto my sister Lucia Botsford Ten acres of land to be laid off to her west of the last mentioned land.

Lastly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Deborah Botsford the residue and remainder of my lands to be laid off to her agreeable to agreement made verbally between my brother Elnathan Botsford and myself in presence of Joshua Brown & David Southerland Together with all & singular of my estate whether Real or personal to her her heirs & assigns forever.

Lastly I sppoint my loving wife Deborah Botsford and Elijah Malin executors of this my said will hereby revoking all other & former will or wills allowing this only to be my last will & Testament.

N.B. The words “of to him” together with the word “he” was Interlined before the Ensealing hereof.

Signed sealed published pronounced & declared by the testator in presence of us who have hereunto set our hands as witnesses to be his last will & Testament.—

Joshua Brown
Elizur Barnes {Witness} Benajah Botsford L.S.
David Southerland

[22 November 1802
Joshua Brown swears to witnessing the will along with Elizur Barnes and David Southerland.
Certified by Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate.]

Page 389

[3 January 1805
The will of George Oldfield late of Vernon is allowed; administration is granted to Temperance Oldfield widow of the deceased and Willis Pearce both of Vernon.]

In the name of God Amen.

I George Oldfield of the Town of Vernon and County of Ontario and State of New York being weak in body but of a sound mind and memory do make this my last will & Testament that my body be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my heirs & executors after named and my funeral expenses and just debts be paid and the remainder of my property to be disposed of as in the following manner:

I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly one bed and beding one cow one year old calf and three sheep and all the personal property I have after paying the above legacy I give and bequeath to my loving wife Temperance to be entirely at her use and disposal as long as she remains a widow in my name together with the use of the property and then to my son William and as for the rest of my children they have had their part in full.

My wife Temperance’s cloaths at her decease to be equally divided between her daughters and I do nominate constitute and appoint my loving wife Temperance and Willis Pearce executors to this my last will and Testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of December one thousand eight hundred and four.

George Oldfield

Witness present

Thomas Lee
Joshua Lee
Jonathan Pearce

[3 January 1805
Joshua Lee and Jonathan Pearce swear to witnessing the will along with Thomas Lee.
The Surrogate certifies the foregoing to be true copies.
Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate]

Page 397

[19 November 1804
The will of Jesse Squier is presented; administration granted to Seba Squier of Seneca, a son of the testator.]

In the name of God Amen.

I Jesse Squier of No. Nine in the District of Seneca County of Ontario and State of Newyork being weak in body but of sound memory (blessed be God) do this twenty third day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & one make & publish this my last will & Testament (after committing my body to the Dust & my soul to that God who gave it), In manner following (that is to say)

first I give to my wife Mary one half the house & half the farm whereon I now live with the Whole of the household furniture together with one yoke of oxen two Cows and a year old Colt to hold during her natural life.

Also I give and bequeath to our son Whitney the other half of the farm whereon I now live with half the house together with the whole I have gave to his mother after her decease providing he takes care of his mother to her satisfaction, if he does not then she is to have full liberty to sell the land or other property for her support.

Also I give and bequeath to my son David the south half of the Lot forty seven to hold for and during his natural life and after his decease to remain to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten.

I also give and bequeath to my son Jonathan the north half of the Lot No. Forty seven.

Also I give and bequeath to my son Aldin one hundred & twenty acres of the East side of the Lot he now lives on.

Also I give and bequeath to my son Seba and my daughter Lydia the remaining part of the Lot that my son Aldin has his share in, what remains due on the last mentioned Lot to be paid out of the Stock & the Debts due to my estate and the remainder to be divided as followeth viz

I give to my wife Mary Ten Sheep & I give further to my son Whitney one yoke of three year old steers and one cow and the residue of my personal estate. I give equal shares to each of my above named children and I make and ordain my son Seba sole executor of this my will in trust for the Intents and purposes in this my will contained to [-?-] the same performed according to my true intent and meaning and furthermore I appoint my son Seba Guardian for my son Whitney during his minority.

In Witness whereof I the said Jesse Squier have to this my last will & Testament set my hand and seal the day & year above written.

Signed sealed & delivered by the said Jesse Squier as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who were present at the signing & sealing thereof.

Noah Owen Jesse Squier L.S.
Samuel Latta
Benjamin Dickson

[19 November 1804
Samuel Latta appeared and swore to witnessing the will, along with Noah Owen and Benjamin Dickson; proved by Dudley Saltonstall.]

Page 429

[20 May 1807
The will of William Hall is exhibited; administration is granted to Eliphalet Hull and John Vout otherwise called John Voak of Augusta (the said Hull being of the town of Vernon) 27 May 1807.]

Know all men by these presents that I William Hall of Augusta Town in County of Ontario and State of New York being in mercy favored with a good degree of health and sound disposing mind & memory do make constitute and appoint this my last will & testament in manner & form following viz.:

Imprimis after all my just debts and funeral charges are paid I do hereby give and bequeath the whole of my lands and moveable estate to my two youngest sons Abner & Jesse to them their heirs executors and assigns forever. Abner to take his portion of lands on the east part of the farm where he now liveth being one hundred and twenty acres. Jesse’s portion on the west part where he now liveth being one hundred & sixty Eight acres.

Likewise my moveable estate I give to Jesse.

I give and bequeath to my son Isaac ten pounds to be paid him by his brothers Abner & Jesse each of them five pounds.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friends Eliphalet Hull and John Vout to be my executors, hereby declaring them invested with full power to fulfil this my last will & testament according to the true intent and meaning thereof and furthermore I do hereby declare void and of none effect all other wills & testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof as well as all the above I have hereto set my hand & affixed my seal this second day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & have requested the persons underwritten to set their names hereto as witnesses:

William Hall L.S.

George Wheeler Jr.
Huldah Hull
Elipht. Hull

[20 May 1807
George Wheeler Jr and Eliphalet Hull swear to witnessing the will along with Huldah Hull.
Dudley Saltonstall, surrogate]

Page 433

[5 June 1807
The will of Peleg Briggs is exhibited; administration granted to Francis Briggs and Peleg Briggs of Augusta, 9 June 1807]

In the Name of God Amen.

I Peleg Briggs of Jerusalem in the County of Ontario & state of New York being weak in body but of sound & perfect mind & memory (blessed be God) do this twenty fourth day of September Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred & Two make and publish this my last will & testament in manner following viz.:

First I give and devise unto my son Francis Briggs and to my son Peleg Briggs all my right of Land which I have or had any claim for either in Law or equity situate near Lake Champlain in the gratuity made by the People of the State of New York to Benjamin Birdsall & his associates by an act passed the 4th day of February 1793—Also all my lands situate in Jerusalem aforesaid in the Tract commonly called the little Gore and forty acres of land situate in Township Number six in the first Range of Townships in Phelps & Gorhams purchase to hold to them their heirs & assigns forever as equal shares & shares alike.

Also I give and devise unto my son Francis Briggs all my right to undivided portion of land situate in Township No. nine in the second Range of townships in the County of Ontario aforesaid upon his cancelling a certain receipt or writing he holds against me for fifty Dollars worth of land & twelve acres of land situate in North Kingston in the County of Washington and State of Rhode Island upon his redeeming the same agreeably to the last will & testament of my honored father Francis Briggs to hold the above lands to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Also I give and devise unto my daughter Johanna Bates the north half of the west lot of farm Number seven in the second Range of farms in the Town of Augusta and County of Ontario aforesaid it being the North part of the lot on which George Bates now lives and is all my right & title to said Lot to hold unto her heirs & assigns forever. Also one cow and Ten Dollars to be paid unto her heirs or assigns within one year next after my decease.

Also I give and devise unto my daughter Sarah Briggs and to my daughter Mary Briggs all my right or undivided proportion of land in Lot No. five in the tract called the Gore in the Town of Jerusalem aforesaid and is part of the tract patented to James Parker William Potter Thomas Hathaway & their associates to hold to them their heirs and assigns forever as equal shares and shares alike also the sum of fifty Dollars & one Cow to be paid unto each of them respectively within one year next after my decease and the privilege of taking away such household furniture as were given them by their mother previous to her decease.

Also I give and divise unto my grand Son Robert Briggs all my right or undivided proportion of lands situate in the Gore aforesd. and is my proportion of Lot number nine in said Gore to hold to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Also I give and devise unto my grandson Peleg Briggs the south part of my home farm whereon I now live bounded as follows viz. Beginning at the south East corner of the meadow east of the house on the old preemption line where the brook crosses said Corner running thence a due west Course to the west line of said farm Also Ten acres of woodland in the north west corner of said farm to be set off in a square form to hold to him his heirs and assigns forever.

Also I give and devise unto my grandson Jacob Briggs all the remaining part of my said home farm to hold to him his heirs & assigns forever.

Also I give unto my grandsons Peleg Briggs and Jacob Briggs all my farming utensils to be equally divided between them. Also I give unto my grandson Peleg Briggs my best suit of cloaths my bed and bedding chest saddle & bridle.

Also I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid sons Francis Briggs and Peleg Briggs all the rest & residue of my estate both real and personal to be equally divided between them. And I make and ordain them my said sons my sole executors to this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year first above written.

Peleg Briggs L.S.

Signed sealed published
and declared by the said
Peleg Briggs testator as
his last will & testament
in our presence who are
present at the signing and
sealing thereof.—

Wyllys Dyer
Polly Dyer
Arnold Potter

[5 June 1807
Arnold Potter swears to witnessing the will along with Wyllys Dyer and Polly Dyer.
Dudley Saltonstall, Surrogate]