Copy of John Webster's Last Will and Testament as near as I can decipher the hand writing. --Larry Webster, February 12, 2003
The last will and testament of John Webster
Proved and Recorded March 20. 1833
I John Webster of the Town of Tompkins, County of Delaware and State of New York, being in feeble health and aware of the uncertainty of life but sound of mind and memory, blessed be God, do publish and declare this my last will and testament as follows, First, that my funeral charges be paid. Secondly, that my Executors herein after appointed, pay and discharge all my just and legal debts. Thirdle, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Charry and my children, Cynthia, Nimrod, John, Ashel, Mary B, Nathan B, Jonathan, Hezekiah T, Charry, Joseph and Dolly, all the rest & residue of my real & personal Estate to be divided between them, after the legal manner of disposing of the same- deducting first from the [unreadable word] [unreadable word, possibly shares] of Cynthia, Nimrod, John, & Ashel, the amount that has already been given them from my property and adding it to the shares of the other members of the family above named. Fourthly- I hereby appoint my son John Webster Jr. and my friend Darius Maples to be Executors of my Estate, with full power and authority to settle the same according to law. And I further authorize them sell and convey any real estate of which I am or may be [ unknown word] and own during my life or that may come into possession of them my Executors as executors, or into possession of my legal heirs after my decease. Also Authorize them to perfect the title of any lands which I have contracted to purchase or to dispose of and assign any such contracts for such sums and in such manner and whenever they shall deem it expedient so to do either for the benefit of my just creditors, or my legal heirs. Fifthly- I hereby revoke all former wills by me made declaring this to be my last will and testament for the purpose above mentioned. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the Sixteenth day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & thirty three.
Signed, published & declared John Webster S.S.
To the Surrogate of the County of Delaware, The Petition of Darius Maples and John Webster of the Town of Tompkins in the County of Delaware aforesaid [unknown word]
That John Webster, late of the Town of Tompkins aforesaid, died on or about the twenty third day of February last and was an inhabitant of said County, at the time of his death & left [unknown word] therein that he made his last will & testament and appointed your petitioner his executors of said will. That he left a widow named Charry Webster, and eleven children viz, Cynthia., married to Simeon Woodmanse (Woadmanse?), Nimrod, John, Ashel, Mary B, Nathan B, Jonathan, Hezekiah T, Charry, Joseph & Dolly, all of whom reside in the said Town of Tompkins.
That your petitioners are desirous that said will be admitted to probate, and pray that the same be done accordingly. Dated March 12, 1833
Delaware County, John Webster one of the Petitioners above named being duly sworn says that he has heard the foregoing Petition read & believes the facts set forth in the same are true
Sworn before me this 12th day of March 1833