Will of Henry France, Jr

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Will of Henry France


In the name of God, Amen. I Henry France of the town of Cobleskill in the County of Schoharie and State of New York being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say; First. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eunice France, in lieu of dower the sole use and occupation during her natural life the South end rooms below and above of my dwelling house. The same that to my said wife now occupies & the use of the cellar, & the right of ingress & egress. Also all my household furniture of every name and kind during her natural life.


Second. It is my will and I give to my said wife during her natural life a full and ample support from my said estate in sickness and in health including medical attendance and all the necessaries of life suitable for a person in her station in life & her age to be furnished by my son William N France during the natural life of said Eunice.


Third. After the death of my said wife I give and devise the household furniture herein given to my wife, also my cutter, to my four daughters herein after named to divide equally between them share and share alike.


Fourth. I give and bequeath to my grand son Charles France son of Hamilton France three hundred dollars to be paid to him when he becomes fourteen years of age, or to his guardian, also my buggy waggon which he may have on my decease.


Fifth. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Shafer wife of Peter J. Shafer, Three Hundred dollars, to her heirs to be paid in one year after my decease.


Sixth. I give to my daughter, Sophia Shank, wife of Joseph Shank, Five Hundred dollars & to her heirs, to be paid within Five years of my decease.


Seventh. I give to my daughter Cornelia Shafer, wife of William Shafer, Two Hundred dollars & to her heirs, to be paid in two years of my decease.


Eighth. I give to my daughter Levina Hilts, wife of Peter Hilts, Two Hundred dollars & to her heirs, to be paid in three years of my decease.


Ninth. After the payment of my just debts and the above legacies and bequeaths, all the rest and residue of my property real and personal, I give and devise to my son William N. France except the burying ground which I hereby expressly reserve for a family burying ground.


Tenth. After my decease and the decease of my wife it is my will that William N France erect suitable and proper monuments or grave stones at each of our graves.


Eleventh. I hereby appoint my son William N. France the sole executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.


In witness whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this Eleventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy two.


Henry France L.S.


The foregoing instrument was at the date of the same signed sealed and declared by the said Henry France, to be his last will and testament in presence of us, who at his bequest and in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.


J. J. Dickinson of Cobleskill, New York

Watson Lamont of Cobleskill, New York


Schoharie County Surrogate Court


In the matter of proving the

will of Henry France late

of the town of Cobleskill, deceased. Schoharie County*

            John J Dickinson of Cobleskill in the County of Schoharie being duly sworn in open court do depose and say that they are the subscribing witness to the last Will and Testament of Henry France late of the town of Cobleskill in the County of Schoharie deceased. That the said Henry France did in the presence of these deponents subscribe his name at the end of the instrument which is now shown and exhibited to these deponents and which purports to be the last Will and Testament of the said Henry France deceased and which will bears date on the 11th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy two. Deponents further say that the said Henry France the said testator did at the same time of subscribing his name as aforesaid at the end of the said instrument declare the said instrument so subscribed and now exhibited to be his last Will and Testament and these deponents did hereupon subscrive their names at the end of the said will as attesting witnesses hereto at the request and in the presence of the said testator and of each other. Deponents jurther say that at the said time when the said testator subscribed his name to the said last will and aforesaid and at the tie of these deponents subscribing their names as attesting witnesses hereto as aforesaid, the said Henry France was of sound mind and memory of full afe to execute a will of real estate and was not under any restraint to the knowledge, information and belief of these deponsnts sworn and subscribed this 8th day

of July 1874 before me

                                                      J. J. Dickinson

Chas Holmes County Judge                              Watson Lamont


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