Last Will and Testament of Dorastus D. Dennis

Submitted by Carolyn Dennis Kress

Dorastus D. Dennis

I Dorastus D. Dennis of the town of Easton in the County of Washington and State of New York & considering the uncertainty of this mortal life & being weak in body but of a sound mind & memory for which favor I feel thankful. I do make & publish this my Will & Testament in the manner and form following to wit:  Item 1st. I give & bequeath unto my beloved niece Susan D. Pease of Lockport & State aforesaid, the daughter of Lloyd Smith late of same place deceased and wife of B. Pease six hundred dollars to be paid her or her heirs or assigns by my executrix therein after named for that purpose one year after my decease and to be paid in the town of Easton or County of Washington.  2nd I give & bequeath unto my beloved niece Jane E. Smith of the town of Easton aforesaid daughter of David Smith late of the same place one thousand dollars to be paid her by my said Executrix one year after my decease the same to be paid in said town or County.  3rd. I give and devise unto my beloved wife all and singular my real estate consisting of the house and lot with the appurtenances thereunto belonging on which I now reside her heirs assigns forever and hereby constitute & appoint my said wife Sarah W. Dennis my sole excutrix of this my last Will & Testament re? ? her my utmost confidence to perform each & every part herein requested ? To settle and pay all my just debts funeral charges & c. the words "her heirs & assigns forever" inter? before signed & sealed & c.  4th I give and bequeath unto my said Wife Sarah W. Dennis all and singular the residue of my property real & personel and the power to convey & sell the said real Estate and give as good a title as I could now do, if disposed to sell the same including the right to use the spring (which I now do) for water and the right to repair at any time along the line of pipe see reserve made in deed to David Smith by myself & wife Dorinda Dennis & c.  5th I hereby revoke all former wills and declare the above to be my last will & testament : In witness whereof I hereby set my hand and seal this ninteenth day of Oct. October In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred seventy. Signed sealed published declared by the above named Dorastus D. Dennis to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the testator and each other. 

Dorastus D. Dennis \{SS \}
George H. Deuel 
Dorastus D. Dennis \{SS \}
Valentine S. Fryer Surrogates Court \} Washington County \}

In the matter of Proving the \}\par Last will and testament  Dorustus D. Dennis Decd. Washington County. ss.  George H. Deuel and Valentine Fryer of the town of Easton in said County of Washington being duly sworn in open Court severally depose and say, that they were acquainted with the above named Dorustus D. Dennis 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 and exhibited to them, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said deceased, bearing date the ninteenth day of October A.D. one thousand eight hundred and seventy. 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 these deponents and each of them; and these deponents, at the request of the said deceased, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, subscribed their names respectively thereto as witness to 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 these deponents.

Subscribed and sworn to before me George H. Duel this 3rd day of July A.D. 1876 \} 
V.S. Fryer
L. Fraser Surrogate
Washington County
Surrogate's Office

I Louson Fraser surrogate of said County hereby certify the foregoing to be a true and correct record of the last Will and Testament of Dorastu s D. Dennis late of the town of Easton in said County deceased and of the testamony taken by and before me on proving said will as a will of Real and Personal Estate.\par Recorded July 3rd 1876

Louson Fraser

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