Last Will and Testament of Shadrach Dennis


Submitted by Carolyn Dennis Kress

Copy of the last will and testament of SHADRACH DENNIS late of the town of Cambridge in the County of Washington  deceased recorded June 20th 1820.

Be it remembered that I Shadrach Dennis of Cambridge in the County of Washington and State of New York an considering the uncertainly of this life and being at this time of sound mind and memory do make ordain and publish this as and for my last will and testament in ? and ? following that is to say:  In the first place I order all my just debts and funeral charges to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named and appointed out of my money and securities for money -- I also order the expence of procesing of my Will and taking an inventory of my estate to be paid out of the same.  I give and bequeath to my wife Abiel Dennis all my household goods and furniture and my one horse waggon and twenty dollars in money and all the rents and profits that shall be due to me for my farm at the time of my decease--all to be at her disposal Except my desk Clock and Cooking Stove which I give to my son John Dennis after her decease. I give and bequeath to my sons Arad Dennis and Aaron Dennis all my wearing apparel. I give and bequeath to my son Robart Dennis five dollars to be paid in one year after the decease of my wife. I give and bequeath to my two grandchildren Alexander Hamilton Dennis and Delia Maniah Dennis and to all the children of my son Jonathan Dennis one dollar each to be paid in one year after the decease of my wife if there of lawful age and if not then of lawful age to be paid when they are of lawful age. I give and bequeath to my son John Dennis my carpenter's tools and my weaver's loom with all the appenturances therefore belonging and all my farming utensils and livestock of every kind excepting and reserving three cows and my one horse ?. I give and bequeath to my three daughters Susanna Cornell Lyddia Thomas and Mary Cornell one good cow each to be delivered to them some time within one year after my decease when my executors shall think proper and I further give and bequeath to my three before mentioned daughters all my monies and securities for money to be equally divided among them share and share a like and to be delivered to them in six months after my decease they giving sufficient security to my wife Abiel to pay her the lawful interest of said money and securities annually during her natural life excepting and reserving as much of said money and securities in the hands of my executors as shall be sufficient to pay the legacy of twenty dollars that I have given to my wife and the legacies that I have given to my son Robart Dennis and my grandchildren. I give devise and bequeath to my wife Abiel Dennis for and during her natural life all my real estate consisting o f my homestead whereon I now life and the farm on which my son Arad Dennis lives. I give devise and bequeath to my two sons Aaron Dennis and John Dennis to them their heirs and assigns forever my homestead farm whereon I now live also two acres of swampland to be taken off the East end of the ash swamp in the farm where my son Arad Dennis now lives with the privilige to pass to and from said two acres across my said farm as occasion may require in the wet seasons with all priviliges and appurtances belonging to the above described premise and they to come into possession of the same immediately after the decease of my wife they paying to my son Elias Dennis one thousand dollars in five years after the decease of my wife that is to say the said Aaron Dennis shall pay the said Elias Dennis five hundred dollars in five years after the decease (the decease) of my wife and the said John Dennis shall pay to the said Elias Dennis five hundred dollars in five years after the decease of my wife--and further my will is that the above described premises that I have given to my two sons Aaron Dennis and John Dennis shall be equally divided between them share and share alike and that the said Aaron Dennis and John Dennis shall neither of them sell or convey their share without the consent of the other while they are both living. I give desire and bequeath to my son Arad Dennis to him his heirs and assigns forever all my farm where on he now lives it being the farm that I bought of John Leeben (or possibly Tecbin), excepting and reserving two acres of swamp land that I have herein given to my sons John Dennis and Aaron Dennis all the rest of said farm with the privileges and appurtenances there to belonging I give to him his heirs and assignes forever he paying to my son William Dennis one thousand dollars in eight years after the decease of my wife and also pay to my three daughters Susanna Cornell Lydia Thomas and Mary Cornell one hundred dollars each in four years after the decease of my wife and the said Arad Dennis is to come into possession of said farm immediately after the decease of my wife.  Lastly to this my last will and testament I nominate and ? my two sons Arad Dennis and John Dennis executors desiring them to see the same duly and truly fulfilled according to the therein text and meaning thereof and I hereby ratify and confirm (there to ) this with the two foregoing pages to be my last will and testament hereby disannulling all others by me ma de. 

In testimony where of I hereunto set my hand and seal the nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and nineteen.

Signed sealed published

Shadrach Dennis \{ss \}
and declared by the said
Shadrach Dennis as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have here to set our names as witnessesr to the same 

Jonathan Allen
Constant Sisson
Redford Dennis

 Washington County for be it remembered that on the twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty ? Calvin Smith Surrogate of the Count y of Washington personally came Redford Dennis one of the witnesses to the proceeding will who being by me duly sworn on his oath declares that he saw Shadrach Dennis the testor described in the said will sign and seal the will of which the preceeding is a copy and he and him publish and declare the same as and for his last will and testament and that at the time there of the said testator was of sound disposing mind and memory according to the best of the knowledge and belief of him the deponent. That his name thereto is of his own proper hand writing which he subscribed to the same as a witness in the presence of the testaor and that he saw Jonthan there and Constant Sisson the other two witnesses also subscribed their names to the same as witnesses also in the presence of the testator. And be it further remembered that on the said twentieth day of June in the year aforesaid John Dennis one of the executors in the said will named personally came before me the said Surrogate and w as duly qualified to the true and faithful execution of said will by taking the ?? an executor required by law.

Calvin Smith
Surrogate


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