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The following is the will of Achsah (Williams) Stalker b. 6 Dec. 1761 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT daughter of John Williams, Sr. She is the widow of Peter Stalker who died in Claverack, Columbia county 28 July 1838. Childrenof Peter and Achsah: Jesse Morehouse b 18 Aug. 1784, Southport, Fairfield, CT.; Seth Stalker, b. 25 June 1786; Joseph B., b. 14 Nov. 1788, New York removed to Delaware county.; William D., b. 13 Feb. 1791; James b. 24 Oct. 1793; Elizabeth, b. 24 Dec. 1795; John, b. 1 July 1798; Mary (Polly), b. 4 April 1801; Hannah, b. before 1843 "Axa" Stalker died April 1850 in Meredith according to the 1850 census. This family surname was also spelled "Stocker.". --I

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The last Will and Testament of

Achsah Stalker, decd

Be it remembered that at a Surrogates Court held at Delhi in and for the County of Delaware the 24th day of September 1853, the last Will and Testament of Achsah Stalker late of said County deceased was duly proved before Wm Gleason Jr. Surrogate according to Law as and for the last Will and testament of the real and personal estate of said deceased – and was there upon declared & adjudged by said Surrogate to be well established and valid, & the same together with the proofs & examinations taken thereon, pursuant to the order of said Surrogate are here recorded – town.

“The last Will and Testament of Achsah Stalker of the town of Meredith of the County of Delaware and State of New York~

I Achsah Stalker considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last Will & Testament in [_____] and form following that is to say

First – I give and bequeath to Joseph Stalker my son, his heirs and assigns all my personal property except one bed—bedsted [sic], and bedding sufficient to furnish one bed, which I give and bequeath to my Seth Stalker, and further it is my design that one hundred & Ninety dollars or thereabouts should be paid to Salmon Jackson for a [page 359] piece of land lying near my son Joseph Stalkers, about the amount of a mortgage that I assigned to my son, Joseph Stalker ^ (and that the same money be applied for this payment of the said land and would be by my son Joseph Stalker) and further it is my design that my son Joseph Stalker shall take care and keep my son Seth Stalker and furnish him a house as long as there is money remaining in his hands, of my estate, and I hereby appoint my son Joseph Stalker executor of this my last Will and testament.

In Witness whereof I have herewith set my hand & seal this 4th day of March in the year 1845

Achsah [her mark] Stalker (L S)

The above Instrument of two sheets or a part of two sheets now here described by Achsah Stalker the testator in the presence of each of us, and was at the same time declared by her to be her last Will and Testament, and we on her request sign our seals thereto as attesting Witnesses

“John Fulford residing in Meredith Delaware County”

“Artemusia Fulford residing in Meredith Delaware County”

“Herman Treadwell residing in Franklin Delaware County”

Delaware County Surrogates Court }
In the matter of the probate of the last Will and }

Testament of Achsah Stalker late of said County }

deceased, } Delaware County

as a Will of Real and Personal Estate }

John Fulford

of the town of Meredith in the County of Delaware being duly sworn deposes that he saw the above named Achsah Stalker late of the town of Meredith in the County of Delaware deceased subscribe and execute the Instrument now shown him and which purports to be the last Will and Testament of the said Achsah Stalker and bears date the 4th day of March 1845 and that he heard the said Achsah Stalker declare the same to be her last Will and Testament and that he together with Artemusia Fulford and Herman Treadwell the other subscribing Witnesses, subscribed his name as Witness to said Instrument at her request, and at the time thereof the said Achsah Stalker was of sound mind and memory, of full age to make said Will and under any restraint

Sworn Subscribed before me }

The 24th day of September 1853 } John Fulford

Wm Gleason Junr Surrogate

Delaware County Surrogates Court }

In the matter of the Probate of the last } [page 360]

Will and Testament of Achsah Stalker late } Delaware County

Of said County deceased as a Will of real & }

Personal Estate }

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Artemusia Fulford of the town of Meredith in the County of Delaware being sworn deposes that she saw the above named Achsah Stalker late of the town of Meredith deceased subscribe to execute the Testament now shown her and which purports to be the last Will and Testament of said Achsah Stalker and bears date the 4th day of March 1845, and that she heard the said Achsah Stalker declare the same to be her last Will and Testament and that she this deponent together with John Fulford & Herman Treadwell the other subscribing witness, subscribe his names as a Witness to said Instrument at her request, and at the time thereof the said Achsah Stalker was of sound mind and memory, of full age to make said Will and not under any restrain,

Show Subscribed before me } Artemusia Fulford

The 24th day of Sept 1853 } Wm Gleason Junr Surrogate

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true & correct copy of the whole of the last Will and Testament of Achsah Stalker late of Meredith together with the proofs & examinations taken thereon & that in pursuance of an order of the undersigned Surrogate the same was here recorded by me this 24th day of September 1853—

[Signed] Wm Gleason junr Surrogate



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