[Richard Smith of Jerusalem; granted administration of the will of Asa Richards, also of Jerusalem, 18 December 1793 by Samuel Mellish, Surrogate.]
Know all men by these presents to whom they concern,
That I, Asa Richards of Jerusalem Township Ontario county in the state of New York being of a sound and disposing mind and memory calling to mind the uncertainty of a mutable state and that it is appointed unto man once to die, I do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament—
First of all I do will my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.
And as touching such earthly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I dispose of in the following manner:
Inprimus my will is after my decease and I do order that first of all my just debts and funeral charges be paid out of my estate.
And after my just debts and funeral charges are paid I do give devise and bequeath unto my beloved friend Sarah Richards belonging and residing in the above said township county and state—
All my estate both real and personal as lands chattels and also my wearing apparel, and do make her my sole heir of every individual articule or thing belonging or that in any wise pertaineth unto me to be and remain to her to her heirs and assigns forever—
And lastly I do ordain and appoint my trusty friend Sarah Richards aforesaid my whole and sole executrix of this my last will and testament utterly revoking all former or other wills or testaments heretofore made Ratifying this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.
Signed sealed published pronounced and delivered to be my last will & Testament this twentyfirst day of the fourth month in the year of our lord one thousand Seven hundred and ninety two.
Witnesses} Noah Richards Asa Richards (Seal)
present} Abel Botsford
[Richard Smith appeared 24 August 1812 to swear that he saw Asa Richards sign and seal this will bearing the date 21 April 1792. The deponent swore Richards was of sound mind, and that he witnessed the will along with Abel Botsford and Noah Richards. Surrogate Reuben Hart certifies the foregoing is a true copy of the will and the certificate of its proof.]
In the name of God Amen.
I Moses Gage of the town of Benton county of Ontario and state of New York being week in boddy but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same, Do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
First of all I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my boddy I would recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent christian manner at the discretion of my Executors, and as touching my temporal estate,
I give and bequeath unto my son Reuben Gage all that part of my farm lying west of a line to begin at the corner of the field a few rods north of Trueman Spencers dwelling house and running with the road northerly to the northeast corner of my meddo, suposed to be one hundred rods or upwards, thence west untill it intersects a streem of water that runs threw said meddo thence a long said stream untill it strikes the north line of my farm (and him I make my executor)
2ndly and all the remainder of my land I give and bequeath unto my four sons Buckbee Gage, Reuben Gage, Aaron Gage & Isaac D. Gage to be equally divided between them
3rdly I give and bequeath unto my grandson Moses Gage son of Isaac D. Gage twenty dollars to be to him by my executor out of my moveable estate when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years and in case my daughter Mirien Hazard should come to want it is my will that she should have the use of one half of my dwelling house during her natural life and that she be supported out of my estate by her four brothers equally—
hereby revoking all former wills by me made—
in witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
Robert Havens Moses Gage (seal)
[7 September 1812
Benjamin Havens appears and swears to witnessing the will of Moses Gage, along with Robert Havens and David Hobert.
Reuben Hart, Surrogate]
Sarah Richards of Jerusalem in the County of Ontario State of New York being bles’d with my reason and senses, and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death at this time make this my last will and testament and I do by these presents revoke and make null all wills and testaments previous to this date made or executed
Imprimus: I recommend my soul to God through the unlimited merits of his blessed son Jesus Christ—
Item 2nd: It is my will that after my soul has left my body my remains may be decently intired at the discretion of my executors hereafter named—
Item 3rd: It is my will that my funeral charges and all my just debts are paid—
Item 4th: I give and bequeath to my dear and beloved daughter Eliza Richards all my property in Watertown Litchfield County in the State of Connecticut, all the lands deeded to me by Benedict Robinson accepting one thousand Acres of Land which I deed to Rachel Millen—also all the receits that I now hold for lands or the avails of them also as to personal property I give her one sorrel mare and colt, one pide cow and four sheep—
Item 6th [sic]: I give and bequeath to my Good and trusty friend Rachel Millen one thousand acres of land lyin and situate in number seven in the second Range of townships of the Massachusetts preemption in the County of Ontario and State of New York the said thousand acres to be taken off from the south end of the 2nd seven in the town deeded to me by Benedic Robinson also all that part of Land deeded me by Thomas Hathaway bearing Date the second day of the fifth month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety three—Witnessed by Wm Carter & Abel Botsford—
Also all the lands that has or may arise from Asa Richards Estate deceased.
Also one sorrel horse and all the rest of my stock—together with all the rest of my farming utensils
this signed sealed and delivered on the sixteenth day of the Eleventh Month in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety three—
Witnesses Sarah Richards (seal)
John Briggs I Sarah Richards do hereby constitute and authorize Rachel
Millen and Richard Smith of Jerusalem to be my lawful
executors of the above will and Testament this bearing the
Sarah Richards (seal)
[21 September 1812
John Briggs appeared and swore to witnessing the will along with Abel Botsford and David Wagener; proved by Reuben Hart, Surrogate.]
Jonathan Davis, friend of Jacob Uptegrove of the
Isabella Pow relict of Thomas Pow late of the
Dorcas Crafts and Levi Benton, respectively relict
and friend of Edward Crafts late of Gorham deceased;
The will of Joseph Southerland is presented; administration granted to David Southerland and Andrew Southerland, named as executors in the will.]
In the name of God amen.
I Joseph Southerland of the town of Seneca County of Ontario and State of New York being weak in body but of sound mind memory & understanding and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life and knowing it is appointed for all [men] to die and after this the Judgment do make and ordain This my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:
first I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a christian decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as touching what worldly estate God hath blessed me with I give bequeath and dispose of in manner following after my Just debts and funeral charges are paid
I give unto my two daughters Sarah & Amy Southerland all my money that is now due or owing to me and the Interest till they come of age to be equally divided between them when they or either of them shall arive to Lawfull age or marry.—
My farm I live on containing about one hundred and thirty acres I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Hannah Southerland and my son James Southerland to be equally divided between them when my son James shall arise to Lawfull age or marry equal in quantity and quality,
my farming utensils I give unto my son James,
my Stock of horses Cattle sheep hogs and household furniture I bequeath unto my two daughters my wife and son to be equally divided between them that is when either of my daughters shall arrive to lawfull age or marry they by my executors shall have their equal share set of or divided to them but if either my wife or children should happen to die before they come to Lawfull age or marry then my will is that the part hereby Divided be equally divided among the survivors.
My will further is that my wife and children continue to live on my now dwelling place and carry on the said farm for their support till my son James arrive to Lawfull age or marry and that no division of my estate be made till then except if either of my daughters arrive to age or marry then my will is they shall have the part hereby divised to them and
Lastly I hereby appoint my loving wife Hannah Southerland my father David Southerland and my brother Andrew Southerland Executors to this my last will hereby revoking all other and allowing this to be my only will and testament.
Signed sealed pronounced & declared
by the Testator as and for his last
will this thirteenth day of May in
the year of our Lord one thousand
Eight hundred and twelve in presence
of us who have hereunto set our hand
as witnesses thereto.
Joseph Southerland (seal)
Amos X Sigley
Hannah X Savage
John Runner personally appeared and swore to witnessing the will, along with Amos Sigley and Hannah Savage; proved by Reuben Hart, Surrogate.]
Jada Dyer, son of Jareb Dyer deceased, and Azel Ensworth and Henry Green, friends of the said deceased, appointed
administrators of his estate;
Mary Peirce, relict of Josiah Peirce late of said County deceased, and Job Peirce friend of the said deceased; appointed administrators
of his estate
Achilles Comstock, friend of Timothy Adams late of the
Michael Pearce, father of Asa Pearce late of the
The will of James Springtead deceased was exhibited and approved; Phebe Springstead and Isaac D. Gage are named as executors.]
In the name of God amen.
I James Springsted of the town of Benton County of Ontario and State of New York being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god calling into mind the mortality of my body: and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to Die, do make and ordain this to be my Last will & testament that is to say
principally & first of all I give & recommend my soul to God that gave it: and my body Decently intered and my funeral charges paid and touching worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life I Give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner or form
first that my debts shall be paid
secondly I give and bequeath to Phebe my Dearly beloved wife my land or farm during her life then at her decease it must be sold and one hundred and fifty Dollars paid out of the same to my son William and also one Dollar each to my sons James & Jonathan also one dollar each to my Daughters Sarah, Mary, Martha & Phebe and the remainder to be equally divided and delivered to my two other sons Isaac & Jesse and I do further appoint Phebe my Dear beloved wife an Executrix and Isaac D. Gage Executor to this my Last will and testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth Day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirteen—
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James Springsted as his last will & testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereby subscribed our names –
Liman Tubbs his
James X Springsted (seal)
Ebenezer Pettit swears to witnessing the will, along with Stephen Wilcox and Lyman Tubbs. Proved by Reuben Hart, Surrogate.]
The will of John Craft is exhibited; Rouse Perry is named executor and is appointed administrator of the said estate.]
In the name of God amen.
I John Craft of the town of Middlesex in the County of Ontario and State of New York being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say
I bequeath unto my well beloved wife Abigail one third of the Lot of Land I live on during her lifetime the other two thirds to be divided equally among my children that is Eliot John William Charlotty & Benjamin
my moveable and personal property I bequeath unto my beloved wife Abigail
I bequeath the lot of Land that my brother Edward formerly lived on adjoining to this to the west unto my sister Dorcas my brother Edward Crafts widow one third of sd Lot during her life provided she pays seventy five dollars and the Interest to the state of New York and Clears my Estate from the debt I am bound to said state, for the other two thirds to my brother Edwards two daughters Sarah & Dorcas and the other third of sd Lot after my brothers widows decease to be divided Equally between the two sisters Sarah & Dorcas
and I do hereby appoint my trusty and well beloved friend Rouse Perry my sole Administrator of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirteen,
signed, sealed and published & Delivered by the above named John Craft to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the testator—
Hezekiah Wadsworth Jun John Craft (seal)
Hezekiah Wadsworth Jr swears to witnessing the will, along with Nathan Loomis and Truman Leonard; proved by Reuben Hart, Surrogate.]
Fredric Basom and Samuel Boots, friends of Peter
Basom deceased; appointed Administrators of the said
[The will of Pearley Gates of Gorham is exhibited;
administration granted to Orphy Scott now known by
the name of Orphy Gates, named executrix in said will,
In the name of God amen.
I, Perly Gates of the town of Gorham in the county of Ontario State of New York being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and judgment do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
I bequeath to my adopted son Parley W.G. Clark one hundred Dollars together with the avails of a certain note of one hundred Dollars signed by Elijah Clark and to have his bringing up and schooling till the age of twenty one and then to be well cloathed which sums is to be paid to him at the age of twenty one and provided he shall continue with the family as a stedy and faith full son
I further bequeath the remainder of my property after all my legal debts are paid to Orphey Scott and Sabra Gates Daughter of the said Orpha to be equally devided between them the said Orphe to pay John Prints so called fifty cents
also I do hereby appoint the said Orphe sole Executrix of this my last will and testament
in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth Day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirteen—
signed sealed published and delivered by the above named Perly Gates to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnessed in the presence of the testator.
Pearly Gates (seal)
the words signed by
Elijah Clark on the
eleventh line from the
top interlined before signed—
Mason Hatfield appeared and swore to witnessing the will, along with Lemuel Morse and Perry Easton; letters testamentary granted to Orpha Scott otherwise known by the name of Orpha Gates by Reuben Hart, Surrogate.]
Judith Torrey, widow and relict of Samuel H. Torrey
late of Gorham deceased; appointed administratrix
Ruth Cooper, widow and relict, and Asahel Stone,
Friend of Asa Cooper late of
Thomas Raplee and Stephen Raplee, friends of James Raplee
Eunice Clark, widow and relict, and Jeremiah S. Jenkins Jr., friend of John
Clark late of