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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Letters testamentary granted in the Will of Hosea Moffit (dead) Recorded 15th Sept 1825


The people of the State of New York by the grace of God free & independent. To all whom it may concern (lend gravity?). Know ye that at the City of Troy in the County of Rensselaer on the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty five before Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of our said county the Last Will & testament of Hosea Moffit late of the town of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer & State of New York deceased (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved & allowed by us & the said deceased having whilst he lived & at the time of his death goods, chattels or credits within this state (by means whereof the proving & registering the said Will & the granting administration of all singular the said goods, chattels & credits & also the auditing allowing & final discharging the amount thereof doth belong to us ) the administration of all singular the goods, chattels & credits of the said deceased & any way concerning said Will is granted unto Elajah Graves, Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit Executor in the said Will named the being first duly sworn (well) & faithfully to administer the same & to make & exhibit a true & perfect inventory of all & singular the said goods, chattels, & credits & also to render a just & true accounting thereof when thereunto required. In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of the said county at the City of troy the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred twenty five. Thomas Clowes Surrogate ( signature) Will & Probate of Hosea Moffit deceased Recorded 15th September 1825 In the name of God Amen. I Hosea Moffit of the town of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer & state of New York being weak in body, but of strong & perfect mind & memory do recite & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner & forms following (that is to say) I surrender my soul to God who gave it & my body to the earth to be intered with a decent Christian burial & is concerning the worldly estate which it has pleased God to bless me with. I give & bequeath the same as follows to my dear & well beloved wife in lieu of her dower the two best rooms in the house I now occupy having her choice one half of the household furniture. One good cow to be kept free from her expense, sufficient fire wood furnished at the door of the house & cut to acceptable length for the fire & seventy-five dollars for every & each year during her natural life. I give & bequeath to Nancy King, the wife of Eber Moffit (my son) & to her children by the said Eber Moffit the lot of land on which the said Eber Moffit now lives & lately owned by Elisher Stinant / except two acres of said lot sold by me to Christopher Clifford/ to the children their heirs and assignees. To my son Claudius Moffit I give and bequeath two hundred dollars which sum of two hundred dollars is to be deducted out of notes or obligations I now hold against him. To Guy Moffit , Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit I give & bequeath all those two farms , the one of which I now occupy & the other of which is occupied by the said Guy Moffit & Benjamin F Bull. To them the said Guy, Jay & Ralph equally in quantity and quality also I give to the said Guy Jay & Ralph to share equally all my farming & carpenters tools on the two farms hereby given to Guy Moffit Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit I charge the bequest to my dear wife first named (orig. the keeping of a cow, firewood, & seventy-five dollars annually during her life to them their heirs & assignees forever. To Chloe Moffit the wife of Rueben Andress I give & bequeath three hundred dollars to be paid to her by my Executors two years after my demise. To Benjamin F Bull & to Myra Moffit his wife I give & bequeath the farm in the town of Napour, Rensselaer County formerly owned by Samuel B Wheeler & which I purchased at Griniffsdale them thur heirs & assignees on condition that he the said Benjamin F Bull pay to my executors the sum of four hundred & fifty dollars in equal payments of One two & three years after my demise that is to say one hundred fifty dollars each year for three years. To Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit I give & bequeath all my ???? cattle, sheep, horses, & hogs & the remaining half of my household furniture. All the remainder of my personal property after paying my just debts & funeral charges I give & bequeath to my dear & beloved wife. And I do hereby constitute & appoint Elijah Graves, Jay Moffit & Ralph Moffit as executors to this my last Will & Testament. Hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness where of I have hereto set my hand & seal this thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & twenty-five Hosea Moffit (LP) Signed, sealed & published & declared by the above named Hosea Moffit to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have herewith subscribe our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. Amos Pardee Caleb Chapman Calvin P Sackette State of New York Renesselaer (Be it remembered that on the fifteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred & twenty-five personally affirmed before me Thomas Clowes Esquire Surrogate of the said County of Renesselaer Amos Pardee, Caleb Chapman & Calvin P Sackette the subscribing witnesses of the Will of Hosea Moffit late of the town of Stephentown in said county deceased who being duly sworn declared that they did see the said Hosea seal & execute the annexed written instrument purporting to be the last last will and testament of the said Hosea bearing the date this thirty first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & twenty- five & heard him publish & declare the executors & for his last will & testament that at the time thereof he the said Hosea was of sound disposing mind & reasoning to the best of the knowledge & belief of the said Amos Caleb & Calvin & that they the said Amos, Caleb & Calvin severally subscribed their hand & names to the said will as witnesses thereto in the presence of the testator & each other. Thomas Clowes Surrogate Sent by Keith Moffitt (kdmcem@sbcglobal.net)

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