Transcribed by Susan Gomez, May 29, 2002
To the Surrogate of the County of Delaware:
The Petition of Mary Fuller of the town of Middletown in the county of Delaware, respectfully showeth:
That your petitioner is the widow of Orson A. Fuller late of the town of Middletown in the said county of Delaware, now deceased; that the said deceased died on or about the 19 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five that at, or immediately preceding the time of his death, he was an inhabitant of said county of Delaware; that he has left no Will, as far as your petitioner has been able to discover: That the said deceased left your petitioner his widow, and George, James, ___antha, Abel and Orson Fuller his children all under 14 and all residing in the town of Middletown
That in the opinion of your petitioner the whole amount of the personal property left by the said deceased, was about eight hundred Dollars.
Your petitioner therefore pray that letters of Administration upon the estate of the said deceased may be granted to your petitioner.
Delaware County, ss.:
The above petitioner being sworn, say that the facts set forth in said petition are true, to the best of her knowledge, information and belief.
Sworn before me this 20th }
Day of Sept. 1866. } Mary Fuller
W. Murray Jr. Surrogate.
Delaware County, ss.:
Mary Fuller Administratrix of the estate of Orson A. Fuller late of the town of Middletown in said county, being duly sworn, says that she will well, honestly and faithfully discharge the duty of such Administrator according to law.
Sworn before me, this 20th }
Day of Sept. 1866. }
W. Murray Jr. Surrogate Mary Fuller
Know all men by these Presents, that we Mary Fuller, James Blish and George W. Clark are held and firmly bound unto THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, in the sum of one thousand six hundred Dollars, lawful money of the United States of America, to be given to the said People, to which payment, well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our and each of our heirs, executors, and administrators, jointly and severally by these presents. Sealed with our seals.
Dated this 21 day of Sept. 1866
The Condition of the above obligation is such, That if the above bounden Mary Fuller shall faithfully fulfil the trust reposed in her as such Administratrix of all and singular the goods, chattels and credits, of Orson A. Fuller late of the town of Middletown Delaware County, deceased, intestate; and also obey all orders of the Surrogate of the County of Delaware, touching the administration of the estate committed to then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
Sealed and delivered }
In presence of } Mary Fuller
George W. Clark Security
For his above
STATE OF NEW YORK, }
COUNTY OF DELAWARE, } ss.
On this 21 day of Sept. in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six personally appeared before me Mary Fuller, James Blish, George W. Clark severally known to me to be the persons described in and who executed the above bond, and respectively acknowledged that they executed the same.
W. Murray Jr.
County of Delaware, ss.
__________________________________ above named, being duly sworn, doth depose and say, that _____ h ______ freeholder ___ residing __________________________ and worth the sum of _____________________________ dollars, over and above all __he __ just debts, liabilities and responsibilities, and property exempt from execution.
_____________________A.D. 186___ before me,
(LETTER OF ADMINISTRATION)
The People of the State of New York
BY THE GRACE OF GOD, FREE AND INDEPENDENT:
To Mary Fuller of Middletown Send Greeting:
Whereas Orson A. Fuller as is alleged, lately died intestate, having whilst living, at the time of his death, Goods, Chattels and Credits, within this State, by means whereof, the ordering and granting Administration of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, and also the auditing, allowing and final discharging the Account thereof, doth appertain unto us: And we being desirous that the Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, may be well and faithfully administered, applied and disposed of, do grant unto you the said Mary Fuller full power, by these Presents, to administer and faithfully to dispose of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits - to ask, demand, recover and receive the debts, which unto the said deceased, whilst living, at the time of his death, did belong, and to pay the debts which the said deceased did owe, so far as such Goods, Chattels and Credits will thereto extend, and the law require: HEREBY requiring you to make, or cause to be made, a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, which have or shall come into your hands, possession or knowledge, and the same so made, to exhibit, or cause to be exhibited, into the Office of the Surrogate of the said County of Delaware or before the expiration of six calendar months from the date hereof: AND ALSO, to render a just and true account of Administration when thereunto required. And we do, by these Presents, depute, constitute and appoint you, the said Mary Fuller Administratrix of all and singular the Goods, Chattels and Credits which were of the said Orson A. Fuller deceased.
In Testimony whereof, we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed.
Witness, W. Murray Jr. Esquire, Surrogate of the said County at DELHI, the 21st day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty six.
W. Murray Jr. Surrogate
NOTE: In some instances Surrogate Murray's name looks like M. Murray Jr. I could not read the one child's name. May being with either an L or S - could only make out the end.