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Submitted by Lynda & B.J. Ozinga, August 8, 2001
(see also petition posted on this website August 5, 2005)

Last will & Testament of James Follett, Admitted to Probate as a will of Each & Personal Estate November 15, 1837:

the Last will and Testament of James Follett of the Town of Franklin in the County of Delaware and State of New York:

I James Follett considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of found and disposing mind & memory, blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and ordain and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form following that is to say:

First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Maria Ann Follett the use during her natural life of one cow, four sheep, tow beds, bedsteads, and bedding for the same, on looking glass, one table, eight Windsor chairs, one brass kettle together with all her wearing apparel, and other house hold furniture sufficient for the said Mary Ann Follett to use for herself in keeping house. First I give and bequeath unto my oldest son, Sluman Follett his heirs and assigns forever, the sum of one hundred dollars, to be paid by my executors in one year from my decease, and I do further give and bequeath to my said son Sluman Follett, such sum of money as shall be sufficient to defray one equal half of the expense of building a barn on his premises of the dimensions of 26 X 36 feet on the ground to be paid to him, or his heirs and assigns in one year from my decease, and it's also my will that my said son Sluman, his heirs and assigns, have the privilege of taking and using from my orchard as many apples in each fruitful year as would make eight barrels of cider until he shall have time to set out an orchard of his own, and cultivate the same so as to bear that quantity of fruit yearly.

I give and bequeath unto my second son, James Follett Jr, the sum of forty dollars to be paid to him in meat stock at the end of three years from my decease, or to his heirs and assigns.

I give and bequeath unto my third son Ralph Follett, his heirs and assigns, the sum of eighty dollars to be paid to him in meat stock at the end of four years from my decease.

I give and bequeath and devise unto my youngest son, Thomas A. Follett, his heirs and assigns forever, all my lands Tennant and herediturments situated in said Franklin, consisting of my home farm, excepting fifty acres of land taken off from there westerly end of the same, of this day deeded to said Thomas A. Follett, and also twenty five acres of land, being part and parcel of what is commonly called the White lot in _____________ Livingston patent. And I further give and bequeath to my said son Thomas A. Follett, his heirs and assigns, all my farming utensils belonging to said farm and all the cattle, horses, sheep, and other stock belonging to said farm at me decease.

I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Hannah Fitch, on good cow to be given to her, or her heirs and assigns at the end of two years from my decease.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Huldah Handford, her heirs and assigns, one good fair priced cow, to be delivered to her, her heirs and assigns, in three years from my decease.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Bethune Dewey, her heirs and assigns, one good fair priced cow, to be delivered to her, her heirs and assigns, in four years from my decease.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mehitable Hunt, one good fair priced cow, to be delivered to her, her heirs and assigns, in five years from my decease.

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Harriet Thompson, her heirs and assigns one good fair priced cow, to be delivered to her, her heirs and assigns, in six years from my decease.

And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my said sons Sluman Follett and Thomas A Follett executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all previous wills by me made.

Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the above named James Follett to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the Testator:

Beach Jennings of Franklin
Elijah Judd of Franklin

signed: James Follett (S.S.)
and it is my will that the use and ________ of my household stuff and furniture not hereby bequeathed to my said aid wife, Mary Ann, should be shared and shared alike amongst my daughter, Hannah Fitch, Huldah Handford, Bethune Dewey, Mehitable Hunt, and Harriet Thompson, to have and to hold the same to them of their heirs and assigns forever.



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