In the name of God, Amen I
STEPHEN WOOD being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of
this frail and transitory life do therefore make, ordain, publish, and declare
this to be may last Will and Testament; that is to say
First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath to ISIAC W. WOOD my son, the Home Farm where I now reside I direct the said ISIAC to pay the following requests, after the lapse of four years without intrest. Said ISIAC is to pay ELIZABATH ANN BECKWITH the sum of Nine Hundred Dollars to JOHN W WOOD the sum of one thousand dollars to SUSAN ELIZABATH CARPENTER the sum of Five Hundred Dollars & the said ISIAC is to keep the said five Hundred Dollars until the said SUSAN ELIZABATH shall be come of age Without intrest & if in the meantime she should die the Five Hundred Dollars is to remain as ISIACs. ELIZABETH & JOHN M WOOD to CEPHUS CARPENTER the sum of one hundred dollars To remain Without Intrest for four years, and any person who is disatisfied with thus my last Will & Testament. I direct also she or they may be cut of from the provisions of this Will & the property consisting their part shall be equally divided among the others.
Likewise I made constitute and appoint ISIAC W. WOOD my Son to be executor of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made In Witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the sixth day of November in the year of our one Thousand eight hundred and Seventy five my personal property is to be at the disposal of the executer. STEPHEN WOOD.
The above written instrument was subscribed by the said STEPHEN WOOD in our presence and acknowledged by us to each of us: and He at the some time declared the above instrument so subscribed to be His last Will & Testament and we at His request have signed our names as witnesses hereto and written opposite our names, our respective places of residence.
EDWIN W. HALL of Whitehall, Washington County, N.Y.
GEORGE A. HALL of Whitehall, Washington County, N.Y.
[Proof of Will]
EDWIN W. HALL of Whitehall in said county being duly sworn in open Court deposes and says that he was acquainted with the above named STEPHEN WOOD in his lifetime; and that this deponant and GEORGE A. HALL whose name also appears as a subscribing witness to this instrument hereinafter mentioned and each of them were present, and saw deceased subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing now provided and exhibited to this deponent purporting to be the last Will and testament of the saved deceased, bearing date the sixth day of Nov A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy five That the said deceased at the time of subscribing his name as aforesaid published and declared the said instrument to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of this deponent and of the said GEORGE A. HALL and of each of them; and this deponent and the said GEORGE A. HALL at the request of the said deceased and in his presence, and in the presence of each other subscribed their names respectively thereto as witnesses to the execution thereof, and this deponent further says that the said GEORGE A. HALL is not now a resident of this state but resides in the state of New Jersey.
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 and memory, and not under restraint to the best of the knowledge information and belief of this deponent.
Subscribed and sworn before me this 18th day of Aug. AD 1879, EDWARD W. HALL
L. Fraser, Surrogate.
[Washington Co., NY Surrogate Records, BK P, p. 477, FHL film 513871]