Will of John Chapman, Oswego Co. NY

Following is a will of John Chapman who died in Hannibal, Oswego Co.,
NY in 1854. John was a son of John Chapman and Mary Nichols Chapman
and was born 1801 in Hoosick Falls, Washington County, NY. He was
one of 11 children. John married Annis Wood in Hoosick. He was a
Deacon to the Hannibal Baptist Church.

Oswego Co Courthouse Surrogate Court Book E page 54 to 56

Such application, this Surrogate did ascertain by satisfactory proof
were the widow, heirs at law and next of kin of the said deceased and
their respective place of residence, some of whom appearing to be
minors having no personal guardian residing in this State, a special
guardian was therefore appointed by the Surrogate for the purpose of
taking care of the interest of said minors in the Matter of proving
said will by an order for that purpose duly entered by said Surrogate.
And the said Surrogate did thereupon issue a citation in the form of
law to the said widow, heirs at law and next of kin and special
guardian by their respective names stating their respective place of
residence requiring them to appear before the said Surrogate at his office
in the City of Oswego on the 20th day of March 1854 to attend the
probate of said will. And afterward to wit on the day and at the place
last aforesaid satisfactory evidence was produced and furnished to
said Surrogate of the Service of said Citation in the mode prescribed by law and on that day no one appearing to oppose the probate of said will such proceedings
were thereupon had that the Surrogate took the proof of said will
hereinafter set forth on this 20th day of March 1854 and he adjudge the
said will to be a valid will of real and personal property and the
proof thereof to be sufficient which said last will and testament and
the proofs are as follows that is to say:

I John Chapman of Hannibal in the County of Oswego and State of New
York being of sound mind and memory do make and declare this my Last
Will ad Testament in manner and form as follows:

First I do hereby devise and bequeath unto my wife Annis Chapman for
and during the term of her natural life my farm of land situated in
the town of Hannibal and now in my occupancy and my personal property
also that she shall own and control the said property during her
natural life. That I desire and will after the demise of the said Annis
Chapman my said wife that the said farm of land shall be equally
shared and divided unto my two sons Jonathan B. Chapman and Ira H.
Chapman. But in case of the death of Jonathan Chapman that one half of his
share of the said farm is to be held and owned by Antoinette the wife
of the said Jonathan and the other half of the said share of Jonathan
shall be equally divided with my other children.

And I appoint my wife Annis Chapman as executrix and Gardner Wood
and Jonathan Chapman as executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator
Signed John Chapman
as his Last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his
request in his presence and in the presence of each other
have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto this
tenth day of June 1848
Benj J. Gifford
S. E. Wood

--John Hills, Portland, Oregon

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