Tri-County Legal Documents
Bradford Co., Court House, Towanda, Pa.
Register's Docket, Book 3,
Page 355, 356 & 357,
Will and Testament 1976 of Jere Adams, late of Waverly, New York, ded.
The people of the State of New York to all to whom have m--nts shall come or may concern send G-uting know you that we having inspected the records of our surrogates court in and for the county of Tioga in the State aforesaid do find that on the Twenty fifth day of February AD 1867, the last Will and Testament of Jere Adams late of the town of Barton in said county deceased, was duly proved before Thomas Farrington Esquire county Judge and Surrogate of said county, as a will relating to both real and personal Estate and admitted to Probate and Record which said will and Testament and the proofs taken on the proof hereof are in the words and figures following: that is to say, be it remembered that heretofore to wit, on the 5th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven, Joel Adams one of the executors named in the Last Will and Testament of Jere Adams late of the Town of Barton in the County of Tioga deceased, appeared in open court before the surrogate of the county of Tioga and made application to have the said last will and testament, which relates to both real and personal estate proved and in such application the said surrogate did by satisfaction evidence, who were the widow, heirs at law and next of kin of the said testator and their respective residences and said surrogate did thereunto issue a citation in due form of the law, directed to the widow, heirs at law and next of kin of said deceased by their respective names stating their respective places of residence and requiring them to appear before said surrogate at his office in the village of Owego in said county on the 25th day of February AD 1867, to attend the probate of said will and afterward to wit: in the said 25th day of February AD 1867, satisfactory evidence by affidavit was produced and presented to said surrogate, of the due service of said citation in the mode prescribed by law and in that day, mo., appearing to approve the probate of such will such proceedings were hereupon had in said court afterwards, that the said surrogate took the proofs of said will hereinafter set forth upon this day of February AD 1867 and he therefore adjudged the said will to be a valid will of Real & Personal Estate. The proofs hereof to be sufficient which said last will & testament and proofs are as follow that is to say,
In the name of God Amen, I Jere Adams of the village of Waverly in the county of Tioga and State of New York, being of sound mind & memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do hereof make ordain publish & declare this to be my last will & Testament that is to say,
First. That all my lawful debts are paid & discharged.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Cynthia the use of the house & lot that I now own & occupy in the North side of Chemung street at the head of Fulton Street, together with all of the furniture that I own at my decease & all the provisions that I have on hand at the time of my decease, all the furniture to be divided equally between my lawful heirs after her decease & if they can not agree on the division of it, it is to be sold & the avails divided equally between them, and I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife Cynthia the use of five thousand ( 5000 ) dollars during her natural life, all of which is to be put into the hands of Trustees appointed by a legal officer for that purpose who are to give ample security for the faithful management of the same, which is to be divided between my lawful heirs after her decease equally.
Second. I give and bequeath to my great grandson Edward B. R. Perine four thousand dollars which is to draw interest in six months after my decease which he is to come in full possession of when he arrives at the age of twenty one years, but if he should die before he arrives at the age of twenty one years the said four thousand dollars is to be equally divided between my lawful heirs & it is to be put in the hands of Trustees appointed by a legal officer for his benefit who are to give ample security for the faithful management of the same,
Third. I give and bequeath to my son Nelson, one equal undivided half of the house & lot that he now occupies, in the village of Troy, Bradford County Pa. During his natural life & after his decease it is to fall to his lawful heirs, & I also give & bequeath to my said son Nelson one half of the property that remains after the prevision requests, one third of which is to come into his hands in six months after my decease & the two remaining thirds he is to come in possession of in three years after my decease and it is all to be put into the hands of of Trustees appointed by a legal officer for his benefit who are to give ample security for the faithful management of the same,
Fourth. I give and bequeath to my deceased daughter Lucinda's children, William B. Orwan & Florance Perine the remaining half of my property being the balance left after satisfying the three provision requests, which is to be put into the hands of of Trustees appointed by a legal officer for his benefit who are to give ample security for the faithful management of the same, one third which is to come into their possession in six months after my decease & the remaining two thirds to come into their possession in three years after my decease to be equally divided between them.
Fifth. I hereby direct my executors sell all the real estate that I own at the time of my decease in the State of New York except the house & lot that I bequeathed to my wife Cynthia in my first request & also all the real estate that I own in the State of Pennsylvania except the equal undivided half of my house in Troy Bradford County Pa. mentioned in my third request to my son Nelson and apply the avails to my legalies as indicated in the foregoing request of my executors should thinkso proper.
Sixth. I hereby appoint my brother Joel Adams of Lawrenceville, Tioga
Co., Pa., Eleazer Pomeroy of Troy, Pa., Trustees for the management of
the property mentioned in the foregoing requests or that they be appointed
by a legal officer of required by law. Likewise I make constitute &
appoint Joel Adams of Lawrenceville, Tioga County Pa., & Eleazer Pomeroy
of the village of Troy, Bradford County Pa. to be executors of this my
last will Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness
whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name & affixed my seal
this tenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred
and sixty seven.
(Signed) JERE ADAMS [Seal]
The above written instrument was subscribed by the said Jere Adams in
our presence and & acknowledged by him to each of us; and he at the
same time declared the above instrument so subscribed to be his last
will & Testament: and we at his request have signed our names as witnesses
herein & written appoint our names.
A. Jarvis, T.S. Walker, Waverly, NY.
Tioga County, s.s.
Alvah Jarvis and Thaddens S. Walker being first duly sworn in open court upon their several corporal oaths, each for himself doth dispose and say, that they are subscribing witnesses to the last will and Testament of Jere Adams late of the Town of Barton in the county of Tioga and the State of New York deceased, and his deponents do further say, that the said Jere Adams deceased did in presence of each of these deponents subscribe his name at the end of the instrument in writing which is now here shown to these deponents and which purports to be the last will and Testament of the said deceased and which bears date on the 10th day of January one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven that the said deceased did at the time of subscribing his name to the said instrument as aforesaid declare the same to be his last will and Testament; and these deponents did hereupon subscribe their own effective names at the and of said instrument as attesting witnesses to the execution thereof each at the request of said deceased and in his presence and of each other; that the said deceased at the time of so subscribing his name to said instrument as aforesaid and publishing said instrument as aforesaid was upwards of twenty one years of age and a citizen of the United States that he appeared to be, and deponents believe he was of sound mind, memory and understanding and not under ant restraint, and as deponents firmly believe in all respects competent to devise real Estate: that each of these deponents saw the other sign his name to the said instrument in the presence of said deceased.
Subscribed & sworn to this, 25th day of February 1867, before me,
Thos. Farrington, Surrogate.
Source: Bradford Co., Court House, Towanda, Pa.
Letters Of Administration,
Joel Adams and Eleazer Pomeroy, 1976, Executors of Jerre Adams.
Letters testamentary upon the estate of Jerre Adams dead duly granted in this Surrogate of the County of Tioga, State of New York, filed in the Registers office at Towanda, May 13, 1867.
And now to wit on motion of W.H. Peck Court appoint said Pomeroy & Adams trustees to manage the estate or bequeaths to growsorie of Jerre Adams & direct that they give bonds in the sum of 10,000. further fortified application of them made, x a. and from the item bond.
Signed by Daniel Pomeroy.