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LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JACOB FRANCE, JR
Will of Jacob France, Jr. deceased
The last will and testament of Jacob France Jun. of the town of Cobleskill, County of Schoharie and State of New York.
I Jacob France Jun considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say.
I give and bequeath unto my son David DeWitt France one acre of land out of the old homestead lot from the center of the public highway along the easterly line of the lot of land granted to him by Jacob France deceased. To Have and to Hold to him the said David DeWitt France his heirs and assigns forever and also I hereby give and bequeath unto him my broad axe and musket.
I give and bequeath unto my two sons named Abraham France and Harvey France all my right to the interest and claim in and to the old homestead lot of land, being known and distinguished as lot No. 9 in a patent granted to Frederick Bouck and others and upon which I now reside including the four and a half acres of land situated above saw mill belonging to Christopher I. France next adjoining the line of David Barner, also a thirteen acre lot of land out of lot No. 10 in the patent aforesaid, also a small lot near the school house and said mill creek containing one with a half acre of land be the same more or less and also all my right title and interest in and to lot No. 15 in Franklin's patent, commonly called the hill lot containing eighty five acres land be the same more or less. To have and to hold all and every the said promises and hereditaments with the appenturances to them the said Abraham France and Henry France their heirs and assigns forever. Also I give and bequeath unto my said sons Abraham France and Harvey France my yoke of working oxen. And also my will and order is that my said sons Abraham France and Harvey France pay all my debts which are honestly and legally due from me out of the lands and estate hereby given and devised to them. And also my will and order is that my said sons Abraham France and Harvey France pay out namely,
To my daughter Nancy Mariah wife of Samuel N. Wilbur twenty five dollars one year after my decease.
To my daughter Florinda twenty five dollars at the time she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years, unless she be sooner married in which case they shall pay said sum at the time of her marriage.
To my son James France, one hundred dollars two years after my decease.
And to my son George L. France one hundred dollars three years after my decease. And also my will and order is that my son Harvey France give my daughter Florinda six months schooling.
And also I further give and bequeath unto my son Harvey France my cooking stove and furniture and pipe, also all the horses, three cows, all the swine, or stove hogs, wagons, sleighs, harnesses and all farming utensils and also my fowling piece with cap lock, also all grains on hand or on the ground growing at the time of my decease.
I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Barbary my weaving loom, during her life and after her decease unto my said son Harvey France. Also I give unto my beloved wife Barbary all my beds and bedding, brass kettle, six best chairs, rocking chair and all other house hold furniture not herein otherwise dispersed of and from and after her decease, unto my two daughters or their heirs and also the free use and privilege of the back room of the dwelling house together with the box stove and pipe therein belonging.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Florinda my beehives and bees.
Also I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Barbary my black cow and her choice of two out of the four yearling heifers, the remaining two I hereby give unto my sons Harvey France and George L. France. I give and bequeath unto my grand son Fredrick France one ewe sheep and lamb to be put on shares to the best advantages by his father David DeWitt France until he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years unless he shall sooner marry and be in need of them, also my will and order is that my said sons Abraham France and Harvey France keep two cows and eight sheep for the use and benefit of my beloved wife, Barbary. And also my order is that my said sons Abraham France and Harvey France shall out of the estate hereby given and devised to them pay unto my daughter Florinda an outsett in household furniture at the time she shall arrive at the age of eighteen years equal in value to that given to my daughter Nancy Maria at the time of her marriage.
I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons Abraham France and Harvey France as executors of this my last Will and Testament. And finally all the rest and residue and remainder of my flock of sheep I do hereby five and bequeath unto my beloved wife Barbary together with all my personal estate whatsoever and whensoever set herein before otherwise effectually disposed of.
I witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty one.
N.B. Ha.. title interlined Jacob France Jr. L.S.
the 2nd line in the 2nd pages, also
the word land second page 6th
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Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named Jacob France Jun, to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
John P. Bellinger of the town of Cobleskill, County of Schoharie State of N.Y
Joseph Kromer of the town of Cobleskill, County of Schoharie and state of NY
Benjamin Brown of the town of Cobleskill County of Schoharie and state of NY
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