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State of New York, County of Ontario, Surrogates Court

In the matter of proving the Will of George Lefever, late of the town of Hopewell, deceased

At A Surrogates Court held at the Surrogates Office in the village of Canandaigua in the Count of Ontario on the 21st day of February AD 1851

Present Mark H Sibley Esq County Judge of the said County performing the duties of the Office of Surrogate therein.

Be it remembered that heretofore to wit on the 30th day of December AD 1850 Thomas Ottley and Peter Rees named in a certain instrument in writing bearing date the fifth day of December AD 1850 purporting to be the last will and testament of George Lefever late of the town of Hopewell in the county of Ontario and State of New York as the Executors thereof appeared in the Court before the said County Judge and made application ot have the said will proved as a will of real and personal estate and thereupon the court upon the petition of the said Thomas Ottley and Peter Rees duly verified and filed took cognizance of said application and proceeded as to ascertain that Anna Rees the wife of Peter Rees, Ann Stoutenburgh the wife of Isaac Stoutenburgh, Peter Rees, Elizabeth Jones, the wife of Thomas C Jones, George Derr, Anna Thatcher, the wife of Joseph Thatcher, Margaret Stephens, the wife of Ruleff Stephens, Elizabeth Cornell the wife of Aaron Cornell, Daniel Lefever, Daniel Lefever 2, Marquis De La Fayette C Lefever, Christian Price, Catharine Spangle, the wife of John Spangle, Philip Price, Betsey Archer the wife of Ephraim Archer and Mary Thompson the wife of George Thompson of the town of Hopewell in the County of Ontario; Christian Lefever, George Lefever and Mary Lefever of the town of Seneca in the said county, Susan Spear and Sally Van Buskirk, the wife of Abraham Van Buskirk of the town of Phelps in the said county; Esther Smith, Anna Lapp, the wife of Abraham Lapp and Catharine Lefever of the town of Clarence in the county of Erie, state of New York, John Derr of Shiawassee County, Mary Bush, the wife of Richard Bush and Anna Parshall the wife of Ezra Parshall of Genesee County; George Bowerman and Jasper Lefever of Macomb County; Elizabeth Ann Mellen the wife of ____ {Harvey} Mellen of St Clair County and Catherine Cough, the wife of Samuel Cough of Hillsdale County, state of Michigan; Samuel Derr of Portage County in the State of Ohio; George Lefever of Upillo County in the state of Iowa; Sally Lapp the wife of John Lapp of Haldeman County in the province of Upper Canada were the heirs at law and next of kin of the said deceased that the said George Lefever of Seneca, Daniel Lefever 2; Mary Lefever and Marquis De LaFayette C Lefever were infants under the age of twenty one years having no general guardian residing within the state of New York and this Court did thereupon appoint John C Sibley of Canandaigua, NY the special guardian of the said infants to appear for them and take care of their interests in the matter of proving the said will and would issue a citation in due form of law directed to the said heirs at law in next of kin and to the said special guardian citing them to appear in the court on the 20th day of February AD 1867 at 12 o'clock meridian and attend the probate of the said will and did order that a copy thereof should be published in the state paper for six weeks. On which said 20th day of February the said executors duly appeared in this court pursuant to said citation and moved that the further hearing in the premises be adjourned to the 21st day of February 1851 which was ordered by this court for good cause shown no one appearing to approve and now on the said 21st day of February the said executor having duly appeared in this matter and produced proof of the due personal service of the said citation on the said adult heirs at law residing within the state of New York and on the said special guardian and of the due publication thereof as aforesaid and no one having appeared pursuant to the said citation except the said special guardian, the proof of the due execution of the said will by the said testator made of his competency to devise real estate having been taken and the same being satisfactory it is ordered and adjudge (no one opposing) that the said will is a sealed will of the real and personal estate of the said George Lefever deceased and that the same be recorded as such together with the said proofs and the following is the record of the said will and proofs made by the court that is to say

 

Record of the will of George Lefever

 

The las will and testament of George Lefever of the town of Hopewell in the County of Ontario and State of New York.

I, George Lefever, aged seventy seven years, the fourteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty being desirous to discharge the duty which every man owes to his family and relatives by making such provision for the distribution of my property and shall be just equitable to make publish and declare this my last will and testament as follows.

First, I direct that the expenses of my last sickness and of my funeral shall be paid in preference to any device or legacy herein contained and the sum of twenty five dollars I direct my executors to be expended in procuring and a erecting a suiteable  (sic) stone at my grave.

Second, In respect to the residue of my personal estate not herein otherwise disposed of I give and bequeath to my nephews and nieces hereinafter named: Sally Lapp, the wife of John Lapp, Anna Stoutenburgh the wife of Isaac Stoutenburgh, Peter Reese, children of my sister Anna Reese; Samuel Derr, Elizabeth Jones the wife of Thomas C Jones, George Derr, John Derr, Mary Bush, the wife of Richard Bush, children of my sister, Mary Derr deceased; Anna Thatcher, the wife of Joseph Thatcher, Christian Lefever, George Lefever, children of Sally Bowerman deceased, Catherine Cough the wife of Samuel Cough, children of David Lefever deceased, Margaret Stephens the wife of Rulef Stephens, a child of Joseph Lefever deceased, Elizabeth Cornell the wife of Aaron Cornell, Daniel Lefever, children and grandchildren of my brother Daniel Lefever; Susan Spear, Christian Price, Catharine Spangle the wife of John Spangle, Sally Van Bushkirk the wife of Abraham Van Bushkirk, Philip Price, Anna Parshall the wife of Ezra Parshall, Betsey Archer the wife of Ephrim Archer, children of my sister Elizabeth Price deceased; Anna Lapp the wife of Abraham Lapp, Mary Thompson the wife of George Thompson who shall be living and to the descendants of such of them as shall have died either before or after the date of this will in equal portions that is such decendant to take the share to which their ancestor would have been entitled if living.

Third, I give and devise all the real property of which I shall be possessed or entitled to devise at the time of my death to my nephews and nieces before named who shall them be living (and to the decendants of such of them as before named) as shall have died either before or after the date of this will in equal portions that is such decendatns to take the share to which their ancestor would have been entitled to if living.

Lastly, I appoint my nephew Peter Reese and my friend Thomas Ottley executors of this my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this firth day of December AD 1580.

                        George Lefever (his mark)

The above instrument consisting of one sheet was submitted by George Lefever the Testator in our presence and was dictated by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request have signed our names hereto as witnesses.

Thomas Ottley residing in Seneca, Ontario County

William Buchan, residing in Hopewell Ontario County



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