Will of Benjamin Cahoon
Town of Fairfield
Herkimer County, New York
WILL OF BENJAMIN CAHOON - JUNE 19, 1830
Surrogates Court, Herkimer Co., New York
Volume E, pg. 131
Transcribed and Donated by Valerie McIntosh.
In the name of God, Amen. I Benjamin Cahoon of Fairfield being weak in body
but of sound mind and memory blessed by God considering the uncertainty of
this mortal life doe make, publish, and declare this my last will and
testament here revoking all former wills by me made. I do hereby appoint
Reynolds Cahoon and Benjamin Cahoon, Jr. executors of this my last will and testament.
1st I will and bequeath to my beloved wife, Polly Cahoon all things which
she may want to make her comfortable bothe food and clothing, medicine aid
and care during her natural life or while she remains my widow. 2nd second
I will and bequeath to my three sons viz. Reynolds Cahoon, Samuel A.
Cahoon, Benjamin Cahoon Jr. one hundred dollars each and I further will &
bequeth to my said sons Reynolds Cahoon Samuel A. Cahoon & Benjamin Cahoon
Jr. and my four daughters viz. Cynthia Fenner, Amy Dexter, Polly Nichols and
Ollive Schermerhorn each one equal seventh part of the remainder of my
property of whatever name or nature and it is my will further that my
executors above named shall retain in their hands the shares of property
which is hereby bequeathed to my four daughters for the use of themselves
and their heirs and assigns but to let them have the income of the land and
deal out the principle to them as they may stand in need of the same but in
case my said daughters husbands will give good and sufficient security to my
said executors that the said property hereby bequeathed to my said daughters
shall not be taken nor wasted away then and in that case my will is that my
said executors pay them their proportion of the property as above stated at
the time the division is made.
N.B.It is my will that the said executors above named see that my beloved
wife is provided for & taken care of as stated above out of my property and
collect and pay out all of my honest debts and funeral charges.
In witness whereof I herunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of
June one thousand eight hundred and thirty.
In presents of
Serrel Harris Benjamin X Cahoon
David Ford his mark
State of New York
Surrogates Office Be it remembered that on this 30th day of August in the
year of our Lord eighteen hundred & thirty the written last will and
testament of Benjamin Cahoon deceasedwas duly proved as a will of real and
personal property upon & by the oaths and evidence of Cordelia Cleveland
Serrel Harris and David Ford the subscribing witnesses thereunto and upon
such proof taken it appeared that the same was duly executed by said
deceased that the testator was at the time of executing the same in all
respects competent to devise real estate and not under restraint which will
& proofs and examinations taken provided in the surrogates office.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hands & affixed my seal of office
this 30th day of August 1830.
Benjamin Cahoon, my 3th great grandfather, and his wife Polly are buried in
Middleville Cemetery, Fairfield, Herkimer Co., New York. I would be happy
to share information.