Transcribed by Adrienne Condon
Will of Abel Jones
WILL: Abel Jones; Westford, Otsego co., NY surname: Jones, Manchester, Odle, Salsbery submitted by Adrienne Condon (acondon at cas.usf.edu) ************************************************ Copyright. All rights reserved. http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/ny/nyfiles.htm Submitted Date: November 11, 2005 This file has been created by a form at http://www.genrecords.org/nyfiles/ File size: 7.1 Kb ************************************************ Source: Sampubco: Co. Otsego co NY Vol C, Pp. 254-256 Written: October 3, 1811 Recorded: December 3, 1812 The Record of Abel Jones last Will & Testament In the name of God Amen I Abel Jones Farmer of the town of Westford county of Otsego and State of New York Considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory blesed [sic] be almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament that is to say First I give and bequeath to my Eldest Son Andrew B Jones five Dollars in Money I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Sabrina Wife of Simeon Odle five Dollars in money I give and bequeath to my Daughter Electa wife of Sylvester Salsbery five Dollars in Money I give and bequeath to my Daughter Delafeat wife of Leonard Manchester five Dollars in Money -- And I give and bequeath to Each of my Remaining Children whose names are as follows Moses J Jones Mercia Jones Loisiana Jones Luania Jones Morgan L Jones Orsamus Jones Clasena Jones five Dollars in Money And I give and bequeath to my wife Loicanana Jones all my remaining property whether in Money or otherwise including moneys [sic] due from others to me by Bonds notes or otherwise after deducting Funeral expenses therefrom I hereby appoint my wife Loicanna Jones of the town of Westford Executrix of this my last will and testament-- In witness whereoff [sic] I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eighthundred and Eleven Signed sealed and published by} the above named Abel Jones } to be his last will and } testament in the presence of } [signed] Abel Jones [Legal Seal Affixed] us who have hereunto subscri- } bed our names as witnesses } in presence of the testator } Joel Sayre Morris Hughs Andrew B Jones Otsego County ss Be it remembered that on the third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve personally appeared before me Ambrose Clark Surrogate of the County of Otsego aforesaid Joel Sayre Morris Hughes and Andrew B Jones of said County who being duly sworn testified and said that they saw Abel Jones sign and seal this Instrument in writing purporting to be the will of the said Abel Jones and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last will and testament that at the time thereof he the said Abel Jones was of sound disposing mind and memory to the best of the knowledge and belief of them the deponents and that their names subscribrd to the said will be of their own proper hands writing [sic] which they subscribed as witnesses thereunto in the testators presence and in the presence of each other Also be it Remembered that at the same time Loicanna Jones Executrix of the said will likewise appeared before me and was duly sworn to the true performance and execution of the same by taking the usual oath as executor [signed] Ambrose Clark Surrogate [Legal Seal] The people of the State of New York by the grace of God free and Independenit [sic] To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern send greeting Know ye that at Otsego on the third day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve before Ambrose Clark Esq Surrogate of said County the last will and testament of Abel Jones (a copy whereof is hereunto annexed) was proved and is now approved and allowed of by us and the said deceased having while he lived--and at the time of his death goods chattels or credits within this State by reason whereof the proving and registering the said will and the granting administration of all and singular the said goods chattels and credits and also the auditing allowing and final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto us the administration of all and singular the goods chattels and cretits of the said deceased and any way concerning his will is granted unto Loicanna Jones Executrix in the said will so named--She being first duly sworn with and faithfully to administer the same and to make and exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said goods chattels and credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when thereunto required In testimony whereof we have caused the seal of office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed Witness Ambrose Clark Esq Surrogate of the said County at Otsego aforesaid the third day of december in the year of our Independence the thirty Seventh [signed] Ambrose Clark Surrogate The preceding will of Abel Jones deceased with the certificate of the proof thereof and of the qualification of Loicanna Jones as Executrix and the letter testamentary thereon recorded the third day of December A1812 [signed] Ambrose Clark Surrogate Additional Comments: I have made no attempt to modernize the spelling, capitalization, or punctuation in this will except in the case of the "double s" construction. The clerk of Otsego County uses the characteristic eighteenth-century style "long s" which looks similar to a modern "f" when two "s's" are written together as in "witnefs" or "witnefses" and as in "fs" or modernized "ss" at the top of page 255. This "ss" is a legal term used in an affidavit to verify the location of the action. The "A 1812" at the end of the documents is an abbreviation for Anno 1812. Additionally, there are some questions as to the most likely spelling of at least three of the names mentioned in this will: 1. "Loicanna/Loisanna" Jones-- On my holograph copy of the will it is unclear as to whether the spelling for Abel Jones' wife's first name should be "Loicanna" or "Loisanna." To be conservative, I have used the former spelling as it can best be supported from my copy of the will; however, other records use alternative, and probably more accurate, spellings. Specifically, on her tombstone at the Westville Baptist Churchyard Cemetery in Middlefield, Otsego Co., NY, Mrs. Abel Jones' name is engraved as Louisanna Jones; her d.o.d. is 22 Aug. 1828. Additionally, on the death certificate of Morgan L. Jones, son of Abel and Louisanna, her name is given as Louisa Anna. The DAR gives Abel's wife as Louanna, but that spelling is not supported by any of the primary records that I have seen. 2. Sylvester and Electa Jones "Salsbery"-- In records posted on Family Search the spelling for "Salsbery" is given as Salisbury. 3. Moses "J" Jones--The middle initial here is definitely a "J" as supported by multiple Federal and New York State census records.