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Hi Joyce,

I am new to your site, and it truly is awesome.  I have some items to submit - starting with a transcription of the will of Elihu Andrus (also spelled 'Andrews') and related probate documents, attached.  Let me know if this is not the method you prefer for submitting information.  Elihu lived in Catharine NY, in the part that became Veteran, I believe (but I am still checking into this).  Some of his children settled in Bradford County, PA.  I will submit more items, such as deed extracts, as I get them transcribed.

Sylvia Cates

This is a transcription of the "Will of Elihu Andrus" of Catherine, Tioga  County, NY by Sylvia Cates
Will of Elihu Andrus
Catharine, New York
8 November 1816
Will Book B, Vol. 3, Pages 147-149, Tioga County, New York

The People of the State of New York by the grace of God free and independent.  To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern, greeting –

Know ye that at the Town of Elmira in the County of Tioga the twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen before Robert Lawrence Esquire surrogate of the County of Tioga aforesaid, the last will and testament of Elihu Andrews, late of the Town of Catharine in the said county deceased (a copy of which is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved by us, and the said deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death, goods, chattles, and credits within this state, by means whereof the proving and registering the said will and the granting administration of all and singular the goods, chattles and credits, and also the auditing all owing and the final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto us, the administration of all and singular the goods, chattles, and accounts of the said deceased any way concerning his will is granted unto Cyrus Andrews and Ruel Andrews, executors, in said will named the said Cyrus Andrews and Ruel Andrews being by me first duly sworn well and faithfully to administer the same and also to tender a just and true account of administration when thereunto legally required.

In testimony whereof we have hereunto caused the seal of office of our said surrogate to be hereunto affixed.   Witness Robert Lawrence Esquire surrogate of said county at Elmira in said county this twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and of the independence of the United States the Forty first.
      Robert Lawrence

In the name of God amen.  I Elihu Andrews of the Town of Catharine in the County of Tioga State of New York, Farmer being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God.  Calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say.  Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul at the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the direction of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in thy life I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.  First I will that Sarah my dearly beloved wife shall have her support as long as she shall live out of my estate.  Also I will that my four sons, Abijah, Cyrus, Elihu, Ruel, be made equal out of my property and I also will that my three daughters, Sarah, Orpha, Cloe have each one half as much as one son, and I also will that my daughter Asenath have Twelve dollars and fifty cents.  And I likewise contribute, make, and ordain that my two sons Cyrus and Ruel be Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any way before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.  Signed sealed and d—lased by the same Elihu Andrews as Elihu Andrews [seal].
His last will and testament
In the presence of
Augustus Lyon
Abind Sattin
Reuben Calkins

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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 27 July 2008
By Joyce M. Tice
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