With many thanks to Ann Tracy
Marr for the donation of this will. She writes:
Note: the handwriting is very even, flows beautifully, and is hard to
read. Words run together, e's look like a's, the tops of letters like
f's are missing. Capitalized words in the transcription are educated
guesses. I apologize for any mistakes in the transcription, of which I
am sure there are some. Following the transcription, analysis of names
using information from Ancestry.com is presented.
Record of Esther Greene's Will
In the name of God, Amen: I Esther Greene of the town of Phelps in the
county of Ontario, and state of New York being of a sound and disposing
mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and -----
life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last
will and testament, that is to say
First: After all my lawful debts and funeral expenses are paid and a
suitable and appropriate monument in --- Stones placed at my grave and
the same settled and paid for: I give and dispose of all the residue
and remainder of my estate whether real or personal estate as follows:
to my children Samuel Greene John R. Greene Rebeccah E RUPERT Esther D
Sileston and Mary C Rice. I DECLARE that all of said rest residue
and remainder of my estate shall be equally divided between them share
and share alike.
Second: I do order and direct that a certain promissory note ---- sined
by me for the sum of Two Hundred Dollars dated January 16th, 1865 WROTE
by John S. Green and payable to Harvey Rice or bearer and payable in
only the first day of January 1866, with interest shall be taken from
the amount thereby this my Will GRANTED to John R. Green provided ---
shall be so much coming to said John R. Green at the final closing and
settling in of my estate.
Third: I do hereby make constitute and appoint PERRY P. HUNT of WATON
New York sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby
revoking all former Wills by me made. In witness whereof I the said
Esther Greene have hereunto affixed my seal and subscribed my name at
the Town of Phelps aforesaid this Twenty ninth day of August in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.
(in a triangle)
The foregoing written instrument was subscribed by said Esther Greene
in the presence and acknowledged by her to each of us; and she at the
same time published and declared the same instrument so subscribed by
her to be her last Will and Testament and --- at her request and
in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our
names as witnesses hereto and written ---- our names --- in places of
C W Shumway
Analysis using census records for Ontario County, New York:
John Green’s middle initial is R. – in the will it consistently appears
to be an F or T.
Rebeccah – if the surname is Rupert, her husband’s name may have been
Mary’s husband is Harvey Rice – it appears to be Harry in the will.
The spelling of Esther’s last name might be Salisbury.
I can find no one to match the executor – the first name might be Perly
or Percy, it looks like the middle initial is P, and the surname is
probably Hunt. The beginning matches Th and is followed by humps that
could be a’s, u’s, n’s etc. Looking at a map, I could not find a place
in Ontario County to match the letters, so could not search by town.
Witness surnamed Redfield was maybe Lysander Redfield.
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