Transcribed from SAMPUBCO photocopy by Lucina Hughes Verish
Washington County, New York Will Book Vol. B2, page 282
Surnames: Sampson, Stewart, Fenton, McFarland, Hoy, McArthur, Robertson
Ezekiel Sampson’s Will.
I Ezekiel Sampson of the town of Jackson in the County of Washington and State of New York, being of sound mind, memory & understanding, do make and publish this my last Will & Testament, in manner following, that is to say.
First, I order all my just debts, and funeral charges to be paid out of my estate at large.
Secondly. I order, direct and authorize my Executors herein after named, the survivor and survivors of them, and such as shall accept of their appointment, and join in taking the proper qualification for acting as Executors of this will, to sell, dispose of, and convey to such person and persons, as they may deem proper, on such terms as they shall deem most prudent, safe or productive, all and singular my real estate, wherever lying and being, and particularly the farm on which I now reside, and I hereby authorize and empower such Executors or Executor, so authorized to sell, to execute all legal & proper conveyances of said estate, such as may be necessary or suitable in the premises.
Third, Out of the avails of such sale, and other monies, if any arising from my personal estate, I give and bequeath as follows,
Fourthly, I give and bequeath to the Minister, Elders and deacons of the Protestant reformed Dutch Church in Jackson of which Mr. Stewart is now the minister; the sum of three hundred dollars. –
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to the Bible Society of the County of Washington aforesaid the sum of two hundred dollars.
Sixthly, I give and bequeath for the use of the school district in which I now live the sum of one hundred dollars in manner following, First my Executors to loan the same on bonded security for such terms as they shall think convenient, as long as they are willing and able, jointly or severally to do the same, and when no one of my Executors shall be any longer able or willing to do the same, then it is my will that the trustee of said district take charge of said one hundred dollars, and loan the same as aforesaid, and that the yearly interest of said money, be yearly paid by said trustees for the such part of the schooling or poor children in aid district as is not paid by the public money.
Seventhly, I give and bequeath to my step daughter Martha Fenton all my beds and bedding, also all the contents of a certain secretary, which is now at George McFarlands in Jackson aforesaid also my brass kettle.
Eighthly, After all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate shall be turned into money, and the payment of my just debts and funeral charges, and the expenses of settling my estate shall be defrayed, I direct what shall remain of my estate, to be divided into ten parts, or shares, and I give and bequeath two of said shares to each of my three brothers, Israel, Barzilla and Seth Sampson and one of said shares to each of my four Sisters, Mary, Sarah, Thirey and Hannah, and if at my decease, any of my said Brothers or Sisters shall be deceased, then the share of each of said deceased brothers or sisters to go to his or her legal representatives.
Ninthly, I make, constitute and appoint my friends and neighbours George McFarland, James Hoy and Peter McArthur Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.
In witness of all which I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this third day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty five
Ezekiel Sampson, L.S.,
Signed, sealed, published and declared, by the testator to be his last Will and Testament, in our presence, who at his request, in his presence & in the presence of each other have subscribed the same as witnesses
Catharine C. McFarland of Jackson aforesaid
Mary McFarland of Jackson aforesaid
Surrogate Court ss
I Alexander Robertson Surrogate of the said County do certify the forgoing to be a correct record of the last Will and Testament of Ezekiel Sampson late of Jackson deceased, and recorded this 27th day of June 1837
Washington Surrogate Court
In the matter of the estate of Ezekiel
Sampson, late of Jackson deceased
Mary McFarland of the town of Cambridge in said county being duly sworn in open court, deposeth & saith that she is a subscribing witness, to an instrument in writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said deceased, that the said deceased, did, in the presence of this deponent and in the presence of Catharine C. McFarland, now Catharine C. Robertson, the other subscribing witness, subscribe his name at the end of the said instrument which is now shown and exhibited to this deponent, and which bears date the 3rd day of June 1835, and that the said deceased at the time of subscribing his name aforesaid, published and declared the same, as and for his last Will and Testament and that this deponent and the said Catharine C. at the request and in the presence of the said deceased, and in the presence of each other, subscribe their names hereto as witnesses to the execution thereof, and that at the time aforesaid, he, the said deceased was of sound disposing mind and memory above the age of twenty one years, and under no restraint to the knowledge of belief of this deponent, and that the said will is in the same condition as it was when executed, with out any alternation therein, to the best of this deponents knowledge or belief
Sworn this 27th day of June 1837
A. Robertson Surrogate
Surrogate Court ss
I Alexander Robertson Surrogate of said county do certify the forgoing to be a correct record of the testimony taken, in admitting to probate the last will & Testament of Ezekiel Sampson late of Jackson, deceased, and recorded the 27th day of June 1837