Transcribed by Dean Hunter, September 20, 2002
Record of the Last Will and Testament of Henry A. Parsons, deceased.
Be it remembered, that heretofore, to wit: on the 23rd day of January in the year of our lord one thousand nine hundred and six, Willard Parsons, the Executor named in the Last Will and Testament of Henry A. Parsons, late of the Town of Franklin in the County of Delaware, deceased, appeared in open court before the surrogate of the County of Delaware, and made application to have the said Last Will and Testament which relates to Personal Estate, proved: and on such application the said Surrogate did ascertain by satisfactory evidence who were the heirs at law and next of kin of said testator and their respective residences, and said Surrogate did thereupon issue a citation in due form of law, directed to the heirs at law and next of kin by their respective names requiring them to appear before said Surrogate at his office in the Village of Delhi in said County, on the 12th day of March A.D. 1906, to attend the probate of said Will.
And afterwards, to wit: on the 12th day of March A.D. 1906, satisfactory evidence by affidavit was produced and presented to said Surrogate, of the due service of said Citation in the mode prescribed by law, and on that day the proponents having appeared in support of the probate of said Will, and no one appearing to oppose the probate of the same, such proceedings were thereupon had in said Court that the said Surrogate took the proofs of said Will hereinafter set forth upon this 12th day of March A.D. 1906, and he thereupon adjudged the said Will to be a valid Will of Personal Estate, and proof thereof to be sufficient, which said Last Will and Testament and proofs, are as follows, that is to say:
Last Will and Testament of Henry A. Parsons:
I, Henry A. Parsons of Salem, Connecticut, being of sound disposing mind and memory do make and order this my last Will and Testament in manor and form following, to wit:-
I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate, and a substantial stone be selected and placed at head of my grave by Executor hereinafter named. I give and bequeath to each of the following named nieces, Mrs. Hannah P. Sherwood, Elizabeth K. Young, Mary Billings, Emma Caulkins, Maria Peak, Kate Dewey, and Misses Hattie G. Kellam, Isabella E. Parsons, May E Parsons and Mrs Lizzie Beers Two hundred dollars ($200) and one of my oil paintings to be selected by my Executor.
To my niece Isabella E. Parsons I give my Piano and little things from abroad
To Gertrude Miner I give my watch marked L.M.S. Barrows 1868
To each of the following nephews and nieces, viz. Timothy Kellam, Milton Kellam, Jacob Kellam, Fred A Newbury, Samuel C Miner, Wm B. Parsons, Arthur Parsons, Willlard H Parsons, Fred Parsons, J. Porter Parsons, Leslie B Parsons, L. Idell Bragaw, Gertrude H. Weber, Bessie Rix, I bequeath one of my Oil Paintings and direct my executor to procure and give to each one dozen silver tea spoons.
To my brother Nathaniel E Miner, I give one hundred dollars $100, and one of my Oil Paintings.
To the First Congregational Church of Franklin, I bequeath the sum of Two hundred dollars ($200) for a permanent investment, the interest to be used for current expenses.
I give the silver tea-spoons that were Aunt Louisa's to my Grand Niece Louise Miner.
I give to my brother Willard the china that was mothers.
I give and bequeath the remainder of my property of every kind and description, to be divided equally among my surviving brothers.
I hereby constitute and appoint my Brother Willard Parsons executor of this my last Will and Testament.
I herby revoke any and all former Wills and codicils heretofore by me made. In witness whereof I have hereinto set my hand and seal at Franklin New York this 2nd day of March 1898.
Signed, sealed and published and pronounced by the said Henry A Parsons as and for his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who are present and in the presence of each other have hereinto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Witnesses William D. Ogden
J. C. Bush Jr