Tri-County Legal Documents
This one took me forever to transcribe! I kept hoping for a comma or two. I did my best to make sure the peculiarities in spelling were the testators, not mine! Karyl
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF
ISAAC BALDWIN, Senior
I, Isaac Baldwin Senior, of the Town of Chemung, County of Tioga and State of New York Yeomann being weak in Body but of perfect mind, memory and understanding and knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following.
IMPRIMUS –I give and bequeath my soul into the hand of the Almighty God Whensoever it may please him to call me from this mortal to an immortal State–
AND My body to be interred at the Discretion of my executors nothing doubting but I shall receive it from my mercifull Redeemer at the Ressurection in whom I confide for an everlasting Redemption thro his Blood--------
AS for my worldly good I give and Bequeath in manner following, requesting my executors hereinafter named may most punctually and as much as in them lieth to perform, do, divide, distribute [----]and settle according to the Devise herein made and intended for the good benefit and Behoof as well as the peace of the Devisees here in mentioned.
I give and bequeath to my Dearly Beloved Wife Patience Baldwin all and singular my household furniture of every kind and the one Moiety of the house that remains to me wherein I now dwell in the said Town to her my said wife During the Natural life She remaining a widow in my name and after the determination of that estate to return and be with the one moiety of the Land thereto now belonging and one Moity of the mills now thereon standing to my three sons Henry Baldwin, Silas Baldwin, Icabod Baldwin-to them the said Henry Silas and Icabod their heirs and assigns forever–to be equally divided betwixt the said three as mentioned the one half of said house one of the nine Acres of Land one half of Mills and Mill furniture- as soon as may be after the Decease or sooner determination of the given premises to my said wife- for the more full and Clear explication of my mind and will herein (half a line not copied clearly) that my wife shall have, possess, occupy, demand and enjoy the full of two thirds of my one moiety of the house Land and Mills above with two acres of Land, two thirds of their profits and advantages arising from said Mills –excepting what is hereafter excepted during her natural Life she remaining a widow in my name for the sole purpose of her Comfort and for the upbringing of my two younger sons Silas Baldwin and Icabod Baldwin–and the advantages and appurtenances thereunto belonging or any ways appertaining. AND the other one third of my Moiety in said house land Mills and its emoluments and appurtenances I give bequeath and devise unto my son Henry Baldwin by him immediately after my Decease to be possessed and enjoy same and to continue to him & his heirs and assigns for ever suffering and abiding by the equal Division after the Decease or sooner determination of his Mother Patience Baldwin as before mentioned----ITEM I also give until my said wife two milch cows–one two year old heifer and nine sheep for her further comfort and support and for the upbringing of my aforesaid two sons Silas Baldwin and Icabod Baldwin and after her decease or sooner said (---------- ) to revert to the estate and be equaly divided between my following children herein after named but the household furniture to remain and be at her own disposal for ever.
ALSO I give and bequeath unto her, my said wife, the two thirds of all my Land Lying and being in said town know by Lot No. one hundred and twenty seven and Lot No. forty two, that is to say all the profits and advantages from thence arising and for her furtherance and support and or the support Clothing and education of my two sons Silas and Icabod during their minority – and when they come of full age they Silas and Icabod shall have possess and enjoy the said Lands and all and singular the appurtenances they and each of them paying unto their mother during her natural life and remaining a widow in my name, one third of the profits of such lands yearly and every year as she may direct, then such lands and oll and severally the appurtenances shall be unto them entire and unto their heirs and assigns for ever.
AND whereas a Certain Lot of Land lying and being in the Town of Pitts commonly called Pittstown County of Luzerne State of Pennsylvania bounded on the north by the highway - easterly by a lot formerly belonging to Isaac Allen and Southerly by Isaac Allen, Junior, Westerly on the Sisqusnnoh River be it more or less I give and bequeath to my son Waterman Baldwin, Esq. To him and to his heirs and assigns forever. ITEM Whereas a certain lot of Land lying in the Town of Chemung known by Lot No. 21 Now undivided of which I have one fourth part– my son Thomas Baldwin Esq. having one half my son Isaac having one fourth and my self one fourth–the profits advantages and emluments of the two thirds of said lot I give unto my said wife for her sole use and discretion and management during the minority of my two sons Silas and Icabod and when they arive at full age of twenty one years they shall take use and possess and enjoy said lands and hold it unto themselves their heirs and assigns forever they paying and rendering unto their mother Patience Baldwin the one third of the profits thence arising as mentioned and set forth in the first sheet of this my last Will and Testament–She remaining a widow in my name and the other one third of said lot my part shall be taken possessed and remain from and immediately after my Decease and I give and bequeath it and all and singular the profits advantages and emoluments to Henry Baldwin to him his heirs and assigns for ever. AND Whereas the one third of my lands–that is Lot No. 127–and Lot No. 42 I give and bequeath unto my son Henry Baldwin by him immediately to be possessed after my Decease with all and singular the profits and advantages there unto belonging to him his heirs and assigns for ever–and I do hereby further will order and Devise the full Liberty prevelidge (sic) and opportunity of the Saw-Mill at all Times to my Son Thomas Baldwin and to my son William Baldwin within the space of three years (-----) the date hereof so that for their own private use and building they may saw to the amount of Six thousand feet each of them and that they do their proportions to the keeping the saw-mill in repair whilest so doing- and adjust the business so as peace and the common good of the family be maintained.
AND Whereas certain Lands belonging to me fund in a purchase made from John Jenkins bearing date the tenth Day of June one thousand seven hundred and Ninety my Will and meaning is that a due and timely sale be made at the discretion of my executors and that the monies from that (—)be applied to the Discharge of my Just Debts–and if there be not enough found to answer that purpose then let my movable estate–grain now growing, Book Debts and other Debts be there unto applied, and if there be yet a Want to make such discharge then I will that my fourth part of Lot #21 as above mentioned be thereunto applied–and if from the sale of these several articles above mentioned there be a surplus remaining after my Lawfull Debts is duly paid I will give and bequeath such surplussage with all and singular my Good and Chattels –not herein already devised to my sons Rufes Baldwin, Thomas Baldwin, Isaac Baldwin and William Baldwin to be equally divided between my said four sons to whom and to Waterman Baldwin as unto my Daughters Alfa Harden Ada Jenkins, Mary Low to each and every (one line not copied).....
AND I do hereby make constitute and appoint my Dearly Beloved wife, Patience Baldwin and my well-beloved son Isaac Baldwin executors to this my last will and Testament and do will that they take peculiar care of my two sons Silas Baldwin and Icabod Baldwin, and see to their bringing up and education and that all Division be by them made in peace. AND revoking all other and former bequests Will and Testaments I declare this to be my Las Will and Testament this
Twenty fifth day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety one.
Isaac Baldwin (his seal)
Signed sealed published
pronounced and declared
by the Testator, who in his
presence in the room where
he then was and in the presence
of each other and at his request
did hereunto set our hand as
Witnesses to the same that in
our presence he did Lawfully sign
seal and declare the same to be his
last will and Testament.
Henry Baldwin in this 2nd
Sheet acknowledged before sealing
Benjamin Baily Personally appeared before me, J.S Mersereau, Surrogate
for the County of Tioga and being duly sworn deposed and saith that he
the said Benjamin Baily die see the within named Isaac Baldwin sign seal
publish & declare the within writing to be his last will and Testament
and the he, the Testator was of sound mind and memory at that time and
that the subscriber witnesses Jacob Emons and Thomas White did also subscribe
their names as witnesses at the same time and in his presence
Sworn before me this twenty first day of Nov. 1791.
J.S. Mersereau, Surrogate
Personally came and appeard Jacob Emons Before me John Mersereau, Surrogate for the County of Tioga and being duly sworn Deposeth and saith that he the said Jacob Emons did see the withing named Isaac Baldwin sign seal publish and Declare the within writing to be his last will and Testament and that he the Testator was of sound mind and memory at that time and that the subscribing witnesses Thomas White and Benjamin Baily did also subscribe their names as witnesses at the same time in his presence. Jacob Emens
Sworn before me this twenty sixth day of November 1792.
J.S. Mersereau, Surrogate.
(The inventory of his personal possessions as submitted by Patience
and Isaac, Jr. on 29th of Nov. 1792 came to 433 pounds 13 shillings 2 pence.
That’s not counting the vast amount of real estate.)