Tri-County Legal Documents
Registers Office Aug. 24, 1844
Last Will & Testament of Eli D. Abbott, deceased
Abigail Abbott & John Abbott Executors
Know all men by these present that I, Eli D. Abbott, of the Town of Deerfield, County of Tioga in State of Pennsylvania, being of sound mind before the Almighty God for the same yet weak in body considering the uncertainty of this mortal life Do make and ordain this is my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills.
First I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Abigail the sole and only use of all and singular my estate during her natural life both real and personal and that with and out of the same she provide for and maintain my miner children until they are of lawful age. Second that at and after the decease of my wife I give and bequeath all my real estate unto my two sons, John Abbott and Eli D. Abbott, in equal parts. 3 – that the residue and the remainder of my personal property if any there be, be divided among my daughters at the decease of my wife. 4 – I will that my beloved wife shall peoples my estate as above provided she remains my widow otherwise to have only one thing thereof after a second marriage and the other two things go to the children, the land to my sons and the personal Estate to my daughters. Lastly I appoint my beloved wife Abagail my sole administratrix together with John Abbott administrator to see to the settlement on the due Execution of this my Last will.
Signed & sealed this twenty second day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty one.
In presents of Charles Card.
This twenty-fourth day of August, A.D. 1841 before me Truman Wilson Register for the probate of Wills and granting Letters of Administration in and for said county of Tioga personally came Charles Card the subscribing witness to the foregoing will and being duly affirmed according to law did depose and say that he was present and saw and heard Eli D. Abbott the testator sign publish pronounce and declare the foregoing instrument of writing as and for his testament and last will and at the time of so doing he was of perfect and sound mind memory and understanding to the best of his knowledge observation and belief and this I affirm – Charles Card.
Affirmed & Subscribed before me the day and year above written.
Luman Wilson Register
And now to wit, August 24, 1841
Letters Testamentary were this day granted to Abigail Abbott & John Abbot on the estate of Eli D. Abbott deceased they having taken the oath presented by law.
Inventory Filed September 7 1841
Note: off to the side is written the following:
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March 28, 1864
As I have a few spare moments though iwould drop a few lines to you to let you know that iam well and hope that these few lines will find you the same. Mother weleft Elmira wensday and went to New York and then to Pilledelpha and then from thire to Balltimore and then to this place and we leave here next Friday fore the army of the potomack. Mother write often to me and will answer all the leters that you write to me. Mother shall send a lot of money home just as soon as iget where ican and iwant you to keep it. you may take enough to buy you what you need. Mother I don’t know whether you can read this or not but you must try to do it. i bought me awatch and gave $18 fore it and sold it for $28 and went and bought another fore $18 dolars and ishall sell that if ican get $30 dolars fore it. Mother thire is lots of fun down here: you may beter believe. Mother tell Frank Seely that icleaned thire buly out at Elmira barox and the sergent was again to give me a furlow to come up home but they called me out before it was made out. Tell father that he tried to gag me and ipute his fingers in my mouth and he hollered like agood feler. You bet. So good by fore the present.
John C. Abbott
(b. 1839 -- Killed at Spotsylvania Court House, VA on 12 May 1864)
86th Regt. New York Vol.
Petersburgh, Va. Dec. 28th 1864
Mr. John Abbott
Dr. Sir – I regret that I have delayed so long in sending you the package of which I wrote you.
I have been absent the most of this month for the purpose of accompanying to Albany & burying the Remains of Col. Stafford of our Regt.
But I have delayed chiefly in hopes of obtaining the watch which I had entrusted temporarily to the keeping of another. At that time, I had several watches which became quite an encumbrance as the only safe place of carrying them was on our persons.
This second party unwisely loaned it to a third, who has since left, with various sums of borrowed money.
I console myself for the loss from the fact that the watch was a cheap one of little intrinsic value – yet being his watch you would prize it highly. It may yet be recovered, though I think it doubtful. If found I shall send it at once to you.
Please send me a Recpt. for the amount sent - $32.
Henry J. Acker
Chaplain 86th NY
I sent the money by Adam’s Express and have their Recpt.—marked to Addison, Steuben Co., New York