Deed & Wills
[Transcribed by Jane Wood, 17 January 2007]
Ruth Rand Ford
The last will and testament of Ruth Ford of the Town of Austerlitz, in the County of Columbia – Registered the 3rd day of January 1826.
In the name of God Amen: I Ruth Ford of the town of Austerlitz, County of Columbia and State of New York being well as to bodily health and of sound mind & memory blessed be God, therefore do this twenty second day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four make publish this my last will and testament in manner & form following that is to say – ITEM – I give & bequeath unto my grandson William Henry Folger five hundred dollars.
ITEM - I give & bequeath unto my daughter Polly Folger and to her husband all my household furniture being all that belonged to me at the time of my decease which is now in the possession of my present husband Jacob Ford Esq. –
ITEM – I give and bequeath unto my son Caleb M. Fitch one Dollar
ITEM – I give and bequeath unto Hannah Wilbor & Sally Sears my daughters what shall be due to them at my decease from the estate of their brother Gideon Fitch's estate deceased
ITEM – I give & bequeath unto my three daughters Hannah Wilbor, Polly Folger & Sally Sears all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between them –
ITEM – I give and bequeath unto my son George Fitch all the rest of my estate of every kind & name and it is my will & pleasure and I do hereby constitute and appoint my said son George W. Fitch the executor of this my last will testament – In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal the day & year first written –
Signed sealed published declared by the above named Ruth Ford to be her last will and testament in the presence of us who have here unto subscribed our names as witnessed in presence of the testator –
[Note - Ruth Rand Ford was the widow of Capt. Cyprian Fitch who married second Col. Jacob Ford of Austerlitz. Ruth Ford was born in 1757 at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and died 23 October 1825 in Austerlitz, Columbia county, New York.]