Will of Matthew Gathen

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Submitted by David Stott

Listed below is the transcribed record for the Will of Mathew Gathen, who lived in Middleburgh, NY where his will was filed. Earlier in his life he lived in Rensselaerville, NY, but he was born in Ireland. David Stott


I, Mathew Gathen of the town of Berne, County of Albany, New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament that is to say:

First, After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give, devise and bequeath to my son Mathew Harvey Gathen, my farm of one hundred and eighty acres (180) of land, more or less situate in town of Berne, Albany county, NY with all it's hereditaments and appurtenances now occupied by said Mathew Harvey Gathen and twenty acres (20) adjoining formerly occupied by Chauncey Fancher to the said Mathew Harvey Gathen during the time of his natural life and at his decease to his heirs at said forever.

Second, I give and bequeath to my daughter, Ellen Sholtis two hundred dollars ($200) and the use of my farm of one hundred and twenty five (125) acres in Middleburgh, Schoharie County, NY, until my grandson Peter Gathen shall arrive at the age of twenty one years. The above is for his services in caring for me.

Third, I give, devise, and bequeath to my grandson, Peter Gathen, the above said farm of one hundred twenty five acres (125) in Middleburgh, Schoharie county, NY after he shall arrive at the age of twenty one (21) years to have and to hold the same during the term of his natural life and at his decease to his heirs forever.

Fourth, I give and devise to Mathew Gathen, son of David Gathen, two acres of land in the village of Rensselaerville, Albany county, NY, his heirs and assign forever and four shares of stock in a blank wad in Albany county, NY.

Fifth, I give and bequeath to St. Mary's Catholic Church of the city of Albany, NY, One hundred dollars ($100) and to the Episcopal church in Rensselaerville, Albany county, NY, One hundred dollars ($100).

Sixth, I give and bequeath 
to Sarah Catherine Hess, Five hundred dollars ($500),
to Elizabeth Kenyon, Two hundred dollars ($200),
to Mary Scott, One hundred dollars ($100), 
to Martha Ball, Two hundred dollars ($200),
to Jane Hess, Two hundred dollars ($200),
to Christina Gathen, wife of Mathew Harvey Gathen, One hundred dollars ($100)

Seventh, I give and bequeath to my grandchildren named below, to be paid each on his or her arrival at the age of twenty one years as follows to with:
To Frank Ball, One hundred dollars ($100)
To Frank Hess, One hundred dollars ($100)
To Birdie Wilday, Fifty dollars ($50)
To Mary Wilday, Fifty dollars ($50)
To Morgan Wilday, Fifty dollars ($50)

Eighth, All the rest and residue of my estate of which I shall did seized in possession after paying the legacies above mentioned. I give and bequeath to the children of Mathew Harvey Gathen, share and share alike to be paid to each on his or her arrival at the age of twenty one years.

Ninth, my will is that my selections named below who hold the friends as trustee's or otherwise until the same is to be paid as specified in articles sworn in and eight above during the minority of the legalities named therin shall not be chargable to intrust on said funds while so held by them.

Tenth, I make constitute and appoint Albert Becker of Middleburgh, Schoharie county, NY and my son, Mathew Harvey Gathen to be executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by my words. In witness when I have hereunto let and solicited by my name and affixed my seal this twentieth day of June in the year of our lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty eight (1888).

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