Will of Joseph Wilder

In the name of God, amen:  I, Joseph Wilder of the town of Bristol in the county of Ontario and State of New York being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament as follows, viz.
1st  I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Charlotte Wilder the use and occupation of one equal third part (quantity and quality relatively considered) of all my real estate situated in the town of Bristol aforesaid, to hold to her the said Charlotte during the term of her natural life:  and I further give and bequeath to my said wife Charlotte, two hood cows, ten good sheep, and all the household furniture of which I may die possessed.
2d  To my sons Peter Wilder and James Wilder, and to my daughter Lucinda Ganyard, I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar each, to be paid to them by my executors within one year after my decease, out of any funds which may come into their hands.
3d  The residue of all my real and personal estate of whatever name or nature, I give devise and bequeath to my five children hereafter named, viz.  Collins Wilder, Joseph Calhoun Wilder, Roena Kellogg, Hannah Wilder and Nancy Wilder, to be divided among them as follows.  To each of my sons Collins Wilder, and Joseph Calhoun Wilder, one third part of the said residue of my estate, the other one third I would have equally divided among my three daughters, Roena, Hannah and Nancy, to be paid to them severally as they arrive at the age of twenty-one years, excepting Roena Kellogg’s share, which is to be paid within five years after my decease:  and Hannah Wilder’s share which it is my will shall be paid to my wife Charlotte Wilder, and applied by her at her discretion for the benefit of my said daughter, Hannah Wilder.
4th  In order to provide means for the payment of any debt which I may owe at the time of my decease, in the event that my personal property shall not be sufficient for the purpose, exclusive of the household furniture bequeathed to my wife Charlotte, I do hereby authorize and empower my executor hereinafter named, or the survivor of them, to sell at their discretion such part of the real estate of which I may die seized, as may be necessary for the purpose aforesaid, and on making such sale, to convey the land sold, to the purchaser or purchasers thereof, by a sufficient deed of conveyance.
5th  I hereby revoke all former wills made by me, and appoint my friends William T. Codding of the town of Bristol, and Ira Wilder of the town of Canandaigua executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of February, one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven.
Joseph Wilder (SEAL)
The above instrument was signed by Joseph Wilder the testator in our presence and was declared by him to be his last will and testament, and we at his request have signed our names hereto as witnesses.
Erastus H. Crow of Bristol, Ontario County.
William Bols of Bristol, Ontario County

From Ontario County, NY records “Wills and Letters”  Book B, p. 5

Many thanks to Lynne Holton for sharing this with us.

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