Will of Bethel Benton


I Bethel Benton of the Town of Seneca County of Ontario and State of New
York being of sound mind and discretion and convinced of the uncertainty of
this mortal life do make this my last will and testament in the manner
following to wit:

First I give to my wife Mercy Benton all my goods and chattels lands and
tenements except what shall be hereafter excepted to hold for term of her
natural life or while she is my widow upon her paying out of the assets that
shall come to her hands all the charges that shall be against my estate at
the time of my decease.  This is my will in case she should survive me but
if she should not then it is my desire that the aforesaid charges should be
paid by Chester H. Benton --- I give to my eldest son Abner eighty dollars
in cash grain or stock at the option of my executors.  I give to my daughter
Esther one hundred and twenty Dollars in cash grain or stock at the option
of my executors.  I give to my son Chester H. Benton all my goods and
chattels lands and tenements in fee except what is hereinafter excepted
after the decease of myself and wife or the survivor
upon his paying the foregoing legacies as hereafter mentioned.

I give to the public for the use of a churchyard the land now occupied as
such upon my premises forever upon their maintaining a fence where the
present one now stands -- I would wish that the foregoing legacies to Abner,
Lucy, Oliver, Elijah and Esther should be paid as soon as convenient after
the estate shall come to the hands of Chester H. Benton
nevertheless I hereby give him ten years after the estate shall come to his
hands to pay the same if in his opinion he should need so long -- It is
further my will that these legacies shall draw no interest.  It is my
intention that my wife Mercy shall make use of or sell whatever she shall
see fit of my personal estate for her own convenience in case she should
survive me and remain my widow.  And it is my will that Elijah Wilder junior
and Chester H. Benton shall be the executors of this my last will and to
this my last will and testament I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal
this twenty eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty-five [28 Sep 1825]
his Signed and sealed in the
Bethel   Benton [Mark] in the presence of John McCleary, Jerah Sherwood,
Elijah Wilder jr.,
(Probated September 10, 1838 in Canandaigua, New York)

From photostat at Geneva Historical Society and Museum
 



Contributed by Bonnie Benton Harrison.  Many thanks, Bonnie.



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