Will of John Chapman, Rensselaer Co. NY

Following is the Will of John Chapman who died 9 October 1817. His
grave in the West Hoosick Cemetery is listed in the DAR Revolutionary
War Burial Index showing service in the Westchester County NY
Militia. John was married to Mary Nichols who died 9 September 1856. John
and Mary had 13 children and owned farms in Pittstown and Hoosick,
Rensselaer County NY.

THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN CHAPMAN deceased with the probate
thereof recorded November 17th, 1817.

Be it Remembered that I John Chapman of the Town of Hoosick in the
County of Rensselaer and State of New York being weak in body but of
Sound and perfect mind and memory helped by almighty God for the same
do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner and
form following, That is to say First I give and devise unto my two sons
Benjamin Chapman and John Chapman their heirs and assigns forever all
my real estate in the Towns of Hoosick and Pittstown in the County
and State aforesaid to be equally divided between them the said
Benjamin and John and further I give and bequeath unto the Said Benjamin and
John all my personal estate except my household stuffs and furniture
and one cow, one hog, six sheep and half the geese to be equally
divided between them, and further I will and order that if either of them
should died without heirs then the said property both real and
personal shall fall to and be possessed by the one living his heirs and
assigns.

I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Mary Chapman all my
household stuff and furniture, one cow, one hog, six sheep and half the
geese.

I also give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Chapman ninety five
dollars beside what he has had of my estate to be paid within ten months
after my decease.

I also give and bequeath unto my two youngest sons Asa Chapman and
Jonah Chapman the sum of one hundred and forty dollars each to be paid
at the time they become of age.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Chapman the sum of
forty seven dollars besides what she had had to be paid within two
years from my decease,

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Rocksannah (sic) Chapman
the sum of seventy four dollars to be paid within three years from my
decease.

And bequeath unto my daughter Matilda Chapman the sum of fifty four
dollars beside what she has had to be paid within three years and six
months from my decease,

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Chapman the sum of
seventy four dollars to be paid within four years from my decease.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Esther Chapman the sum of
seventy four dollars to be paid within five years from my decease.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Chapman the sum of
seventy four dollars to be paid when she becomes of the age of twenty
one years.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Waity Chapman the sum of
seventy four dollars to be paid when she becomes of the age of twenty
one years.

I also give and bequeath unto my daughter Aurilla Chapman the sum of
seventy four dollars to be paid when she becomes of the age of twenty
one years.

I also give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Chapman's son John the
sum of five dollars to be paid when he becomes of age.

I aslo give and bequeath unto my daughter Hannah Chapman for John C.
Herrington the sum of five dollars to be paid when he becomes of age.

And further I will and order that aforementioned Benjamin Chapman and
John Chapman shall pay each and every one of the several funds or
legacies to each and every of my several sons and daughters at the ages
and times appointed for each and every of them to be paid as
aforesaid.

I also will and order that the aforesaid Benjamin Chapman and John
Chapman shall take upon them the oversight, care, management and
expense of my children that are underage to bring up educate and tutor them
in a proper and reasonable manner; and I will and order that the said
children shall be obedient and faithful unto them the said Benjamin
Chapman and John Chapman as Law and reason and Justice require and
that the said Benjamin Chapman and John Chapman shall each bear his
equal part in the paying the aforesaid funds or legacies and bringing up
the aforesaid children; and I hereby appoint the aforesaid Benjamin
Chapman and (Sarah) Baker administrators of this my Last Will and
Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty
Ninth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
hundred and seventeen..

Signed sealed published and declared before the above named John
Chapman to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his
request etc.

John Chapman Signed.

--John Hills, Portland, Oregon


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