Will of Jane (Wilson) Bryan



The LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of Jane Bryan, widow of William Bryan, of the Village of Geneva, County of Ontario, and State of New York.

I, Jane Bryan, being of sound mind and memory, aware of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and desirous of making an equitable and proper disposition of my property at my decease, I do make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say:

First, after the payment of my lawful debts, my funeral charges and the expenses of administering my estate, I give devise and bequeath my property as follows: I give my piano to my daughters, Martha E. Beals and Mary Georginna Harvey.

Whereas I have heretofore advanced and paid to my son, John W. Bryan, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, I now direct that he shall not be required to pay the same and in consequence of such advancement, I give, devise and bequeath to my said son, John W. Bryan, the further sum of Three Hundred Dollars, to be paid to him as hereinafter set forth.

I give, devise and bequeath to my son, Thomas T. Bryan, the east house of the three houses now owned by me on the north side of Cortland Street in the Village of Geneva, New York, with the lot on which the house stands, said lot to be one-third of the whole premises now owned by me on Cortland Street, with the right-of-way over the alleyway between said house and the house next west of same and the right to use the well on the lot next west thereon; subject however, to a mortgage given by me to A. P. Rose to secure the payment of Five Hundred Dollars and interest, money borrowed by me to advance to my son, John W. Bryan, as above specified; and which mortgage is to be paid by my son, Thomas T. Bryan, subject also to the payment to my said son, John W., by my said son, Thomas T., of the sum of One Hundred Dollars to be paid to him within four years after my decease; and the payment of said sum of One Hundred Dollars is hereby made a lien on said house and lot.

I give, devise and bequeath to my daughters, Martha E. Beals and Mary Georginna Harvey, the middle house of the three houses now owned by me on the north side of Cortland Street in the Village of Geneva, New York, with the lot on which the house stands, said lot to be one-third of the whole premises now owned by me on Cortland Street, reserving to the owners of the lots adjoining said lot on the east and on the west the right to use the well on said lot and also reserving to the owner of the lot on the east of said lot the right-of-way over the alley way between said lots for teams, wagons, and carriages and c.

I give, devise and bequeath to my son, William Henry Bryan, and to my daughter, Sarah Jane Keyes, the west house of the three houses now owned by me on the north side of Cortland Street in the Village of Geneva, New York, with the lot on which the same stands, said lot to be one-third of the whole premises now owned by me on Cortland Street together with the right to use the well on the lot next east of said lot; subject however to the payment by my said son, William Henry Bryan, and my said daughter, Sarah Jane Keyes, to my son, John W. Bryan, of the sum of Two Hundred Dollars within two years after my decease and the payment of said sum of Two Hundred Dollars is hereby mad a lien on said house and lot.

The pier glass now in the parlor at my daughter Martha Beals' house, I give to my granddaughter, (can't read) Harvey

Likewise, I make, constitute and appoint my brother, John Wilson, of Geneva, New York, to be my executor of this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me made.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 22nd day of February in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty-nine. Jane Bryan X her mark SEAL

The foregoing instrument was at the date thereof subscribed by Jane Bryan, the testator therein named, in the presence of us and each of us. She at the time of making such subscription acknowledged that she executed the same, and declared the said instrument so subscribed by her to be her Last Will and Testament. Whereupon we, at her request, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, do here subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

G. W. Nicholas, residing at Geneva, New York
Mary Wilson, residing at Geneva, New York

I hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy of the Will of Jane Bryan proved before me. Recorded and compared this 20th day of June 1889. D. G. Lapham, Surrogate



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