Deed & Wills
[Transcribed from SAMPUBCO COPY
by Bruce and Meredith Smith, 15 May 2006]
Will Book, Claverack Vol. S, page 254.
Record of the last will and testament of Hannah Smith, late of the Town of Claverack, Columbia County, NY, deceased, as a will valid to pass real and personal property together with the proof relating thereto, taken in the Surrogate court of the County of Columbia, N.Y., and the decree admitting said will to probate.
The last will and testament of Hanna Smith of the town of Claverack, County of Columbia and State of New York. First - I appoint my brother David E. Ayrault of Troy, N.Y. sole executor of this my will, and hereby revoke all other wills by me made. Second – I will and direct that as soon as reasonably may be after my decease, my said executor shall sell at public or private sale as he may deem best, all my property, real and personal, for which purpose and to which end, I do hereby invest him with full power and authority to make, execute, acknowledge and deliver, in his name as executor, all papers or instruments necessary and proper in law to effect and perfect such sale; and out of the avails of said sale or sales to pay first, all of my just debts and funeral expenses, and the remainder to divide equally among my four children, Annie E., Minnie B., Fannie A. and Maud, share and share alike.
Third all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate real and personal of which I may die seized or to which I may be entitled, I give, devise and bequeath to my said four children, share and share alike.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 27th day of April 1886.
Hannah Smith (L.S.)
The foregoing instrument consisting of one sheet was, at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by Hannah Smith the above named testatrix, as and for her last will and testament in our presence and we at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Edward C. Wheeler of Claverack, NY
Allen H, Reynolds of Claverack, NY
H. P. Horton of Claverack, NY