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Friday, August 18, 2017

Will of Stephen Arnold, 1810


Will of Stephen Arnold – son of Joseph Arnold & Hannah Douglas

A copy of the last will and testament of Stephen Arnold, deceased, with proof thereof Recorded April 4, 1810.

In the name of God amen, I Stephen Arnold often of Stephentown in the County of Rensselaer and in the 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) first I bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha Arnold, the right and use of all my personal estate after my funeral charges and just debts are paid during her natural life or during her remaining my widow at her decease or after her widowshood shall or may close I give and bequeath all my said personal estate in the following manner to be divided into four equal parts, one part I bequeath to my daughter Honor Carpenter the wife of Samuel Carpenter, one part I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Douglas, the wife of Benajah Douglas, one part I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Gardner, the wife of Robert Gardner, and the other part I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Martha Arnold the daughter of Beriah Arnold, Deceased. Further I give and devise to my beloved wife Martha Arnold the right use and improvement of all my real estate during her natural life or during her remaining my widow and at her decease or after her widowhood shall or ? cease I give and devise all my said real estate to be divided into four equal parts, one part I give and devise to my said daughter, Honor Carpenter, wife of said Samuel Carpenter, one part I give and devise to my said daughter Martha Douglas, wife of said Benajah Douglas, one part I give and devise to my said daughter Mary Gardner, wife of said Robert Gardner and one part I give and devise to granddaughter Martha Arnold, daughter of Beriah Arnold, decased. To hold to them the same Honor Carpenter, Martha Douglas, Mary Gardner and Martha Arnold their heirs and assigns forever. Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said beloved granddaughter, Martha Arnold as executrix and my Grandson Arnold (?) Executor 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 eight day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ten.

Signed Stephen X Arnold (seal)
His mark

A copy – signed by Asa Douglas

Signed sealed published and declared
By the above Stephen Arnold to be his last
Will and testament in the presence of us who
Have hereunto subscribed our names as
Witnesses in the presence of the Testator.

William Douglas, Jr.
Needham Northrup
Needham Northrup, Jr.

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