submitted by Gabriele Hammon, Seattle, WA, October 19, 1999
In the Matter of Proving the Last Will and Testament of
Alex Tweedie, Deceased
Filed July 10, 1918
Clerk to the Surrogate's Court
Delaware County, ss:
Christie Russell, Jennie E. George, Margaret Tweedie being duly sworn, say
they are the petitioners named in, and who subscribed the foregoing petition;
that they heard the same read, know the contents thereof and that the same is
true to their own knowledge, except as to the matters therein state to be
alleged on information and belief, and as to those matters they believes it
to be true.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, Signed: Chrissie B. Russell
This 15 day of June 1918 Jennie E. George
Arthur E. Patterson Margaret Tweedie
County of Delaware, ss.
I, Chrissie B. Russell, executor named in the last will of Alexander
Tweedie late of the town of Walton, Delaware County, deceased, do solemnly
sweat that I am a resident of Walton in the State of New York, and am over
twenty-one years of age, and that I will well, faithfully and honestly
discharge the duties of the office of execute of the said last will and
testament, according to the law.
Subscribed and sworn to before me Signed: Chrissie B. Russell
This 15 day of June 1918
Arthur E. Patterson
County of Delaware, ss.
I, Jennie E. George, executor named in the last will of Alexander Tweedie
late of the town of Walton, Delaware County, deceased, do solemnly sweat that
I am a resident of Walton in the State of New York, and am over twenty-one
years of age, and that I will well, faithfully and honestly discharge the
duties of the office of execute of the said last will and testament,
according to the law.
Subscribed and sworn to before me Signed: Jennie E. George
This 15 day of June 1918
Arthur E. Patterson
To the Surrogate's Court of the County of Delaware
The Petition of Margaret Tweedie, Chrissie B. Russell, and Jennie George
of the town on Walton, in the County of Delaware and State of New York,
respectfully shows: That Alexander Tweedie, late of the town of Walton, in
the County of Delaware, died on the 22 day of April, 1918, at Walton, in the
County of Delaware, State of New York, leaving a Last Will and Testament,
dated the (Blank) day of (Blank), 1918, which is signed at the end thereof
by the said testator and by W. D. Burns and W. B. Thompson as subscribing
That the said decedent was a citizen of the United States, and at the
time of his death was a resident of the town of Walton, County of Delaware
and State of New York.
That your petitioners are executors named in the said Will.
That the said Will related to both real and personal property; that the
value of the personal property does not exceed the sum of Eleven Thousand
dollars, and the value of the real property does not exceed the sum of three
thousand two hundred dollars as your petitioners informed and believe.
That the said decedent left his surviving his widow, Margaret Tweedie,
who resides at Walton, in the State of New York.
That as your petitioner informed and believe, the following named persons
are the only heirs-at-law and next of kin of said decedent:
Margaret Tweedie, a widow residing at Walton
Chrissie B. Russell, a daughter residing at Walton, NY
A. Maurice Tweedie, a son residing in Los Angeles, Cal
Jennie E. George, a daughter residing in Walton, NY
That the Executor or Executors, and Trustee or Trustees, named or described
Will, are as follows:
Margaret Tweedie residing at Walton, NY
Chrissie B. Russell residing at Walton, NY
Jennie E. George residing at Walton, NY
That your petitioners are informed and believe, all of the foregoing
named persons are of full age and sound mind, except the following, who are
infants, to wit: (Blank) years of age, residing with (Blank) at the address
a foresaid, and (Blank).
That personal service of a citation cannot, with due diligence, be made upon
the above named non-residents within the State of New York, as your
petitioner is informed and believes.
That no previous petition or application for the probate of said Will or
for the granting of Letters Testamentary or of administration of the personal
property of the said decedent has been filed with or presented to any Court,
to the knowledge or belief of your petitioner.
Wherefore your petitioners pray that the said Last Will and Testament may be
probed and Letters Testamentary granted thereon, in accordance with law, and
to that end, that the above named widow (or husband), heirs at law and next
of kin may be cited to attend the probate thereof, and that the said
Surrogate may make an order directing the service of said citation, without
the State or by publication, pursuant to sections 2522 and 2523 of the Code
of Civil Procedure, and for such further or other order decree as may be just
Dated June 15, 1918
Signed: Chrissie B. Russell
Jennie E. George
Record of the Last Will and Testament
Alexander Tweedie, Deceased
Be it Remembered, that heretofore, to sit: on the 10th day of July in the
year of our Lord one Thousand nine hundred and eighteen, Margaret Tweedie,
Chrissie B. Russell and Jennie E. George, the Executors named in the Last
Will and Testament of Alexander Tweedie, late of the Town on Walton 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 both Real and 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 the said testator and A. Maurice
Tweedie having filed an instrument in writing waiving the issue and service
of any citation herein and consenting that said will be admitted to probate
And on the 10th day of July, A.D. 1918 the proponent 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
10th day of July A.D. 1918, and he thereupon adjudged the said Will to be a
valid Will of Real and Personal Estate, and the proofs thereof to be
sufficient, which said Last Will and Testament and proofs, are as follows,
that is to day:
I, Alexander Tweedie of the town of Walton N.Y do make this my last will
and testament as follows. It is my will that all my just debts and funeral
expenses be paid by my executors hereinafter named and appointed as soon as
it can be conveniently done after my death out of my estate. I appoint and
constitute my Beloved wife Margaret Tweedie together with Christina B.
Russell and Jennie E. George my two daughters to be the Executors of my
estate with the aid and advice of my attorney A. G. Patterson. I bequeath to
my Beloved wife Margaret Tweedie the sole use of my estate real and personal
through her natural life or as much there as her maintenance and comfort
requites and after her death I desire my executors to pay all her just debts
and funeral expenses as soon as possible and that a suitable monument be
placed at our graves and our names and the names of James C. Tweedie and
Robert A. Tweedie together with Father and Mother be engraved thereon and the
gravestones that is now their be taken away, providing I have not placed a
monument their before my death if such is that case I direct my executors to
finish up the engraving on the monument and charge it to the estate. I
bequeath to Christina B. Russell the farm and home were she now resides with
her husband W.R. Russell in West Brook to be reckoned in dividing my estate
and the difference be adjusted as the obligations of W.R. Russell appears in
the settlement of the estate.
Also I bequeath and direct that my home in Walton where I now reside after
the death of my beloved wife will be part of Jennie E. George share of my
estate at the value of Thirty-two hundred dollars not including the household
goods. Having advanced to my son Arthur Maurice Tweedie his share in the
estate and a settlement made with him dated May 20th 1909 and is attached to
my will and is as follows: This is to certify that whatever disposal of
property owned by my father Alexander Tweedie of Walton, NY will be
satisfactory to me an not subject to contention. Further that for value
already received I assign all claims to any of said property excepting such
as he may of his own free will bequeath bestow or advance to me A.M. Tweedie.
I further bequeath to my son Arthur Maurice Tweedie my safe and calendar
clock and if his obligations to me since our settlement May 20th 1909 be paid
in full at the settlement of the sate, I bequeath to him further two hundred
dollars. I ask my executors to dispose of all my property that is not
disposed of to the best advantage and an even divide made between my
daughters Christina B. Russell and Jennie E. George, the balance of the
household good of whatever (sic) or nature is left for the disposal by my
Beloved wife at her death.
It is my request and desire that in the settlement of my estate the spirit of
love will guide you in all your actions ever remembering that you are the
children of God, Amen.
In witness whereof I the said Alexander Tweedie have hereunto set my hand
this 28 day of December 1909.
A test in presence of said testator and of each other.
W. D. Burns
W. B. Thompson