The last Will of Joseph Wells of the village of Greenwich (formerly of Easton),
Washington County and State of New York.
I, Joseph Wells, of the Village of Greenwich, Washington County, NY do make, publish,
and declare this my last Will and Testament as follows, to wit:
Item 1st . After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give, devise and bequest to
my daughter, Sarah R. Story the sum of Two hundred dollars ($200) also one of my best
beds with its bedding complete.
Item 2nd. I give and Bequest to my daughter, Martha M. Wells, the sum of four hundred
dollars ($400). Also, my sitting room stove, “Splendid” with appurtenances. Also, all the
dishes and cooking utensils and furniture and carpets and mirror now in the dwelling
houses now occupied by me on Academy Street in said Village of Greenwich, together
with all my silverware excepting, however, the two table spoons marked “M.C.W.” I
also give to my said daughter, Martha, the black walnut extension table, also my lounger,
her choice of the rocking chairs -all now in the dwelling house now occupied by my son,
Herbert, in said Easton.
Item 3rd. I give to my son, Joseph Herbert, the sum of one hundred dollars ($100). Also
my gold watch & its guard. Also the other property now in the dwelling now occupied
by him in Easton to wit: the bed used by him together with its bedding, the bed he used
for his hired man, the Desk usually called “Grandfather’s”, also my Gun.
Item 4th . I give to my son James J. Wells the sum of one hundred dollars ($100). Also
Item 5th . I give to my grandson, Frank N. Wells, the sum of Fifty dollars ($50).
Item 6th . I give and bequeath to my daughter-in-law, Flora, wife of said Herbert Wells
the carpet in the front room of the house now occupied by her in said Easton. Also the
Parlor wood stove and the Stevens Cook stove with their appurtenances. Also the carpet
& window shades in the sitting room I occupied in said Easton.
Item 7th . All the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate of every kind and description
whatsoever I give, devise, and bequest to my children, James J. Wells, Herbert Wells,
Sarah A. Story, and Martha M. Wells, and to their heirs and assigns forever, share and
I make, constitute and appoint my two sons, James J. Wells and Herbert Wells, to be
executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me
made. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the
17th day of September 1887.
Joseph Wells (L. S.)
The foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed, sealed, published, and declared
by the said Joseph Wells as and for his last Will & Testament in presence of us who at his
request and in his presence and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as
John C. Sherman of Greenwich, NY
John R. McDougall of Greenwich, NY
Surrogate’s Court. – Washington County
In the matter of proving the
Last Will and Testament
Of Joseph Wells, Deceased.
Washington County: SS
John C. Sherman and John A. McDougall of Greenwich, NY being duly sworn in
open court, severally, depose, and say that they were acquainted with the above named
Joseph Wells, in his life-time, and that they, and each of them, were present and saw him
subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing now produced & exhibited to
them, purporting to be the Last Will & Testament of the said deceased, bearing date the
seventeenth day of September, A. D. one thousand eight hundred and eighty seven.
That the said deceased at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid, published &
declared the said instrument to be his last Will and Testament, in the presence of these
deponents and each of them, & these deponents at the request of the said deceased & in
his presence & in the presence of each other subscribed their names respectively thereto
as witnesses to the execution thereof.
That at the time of the execution thereof, the said deceased was a citizen of the United
States above the age of twenty-one years, of sound disposing mind & memory, & not
under restraint, to the best of the knowledge, information, & belief of these deponents.
Subscribed & sworn to
Before me this 9th day of John C. Sherman
January A.D. 1888. John A. McDougall
H. D. W. C. Hall, Surrogate.