Will of Matthew C. Rider

Town of Litchfield
Herkimer County, New York




The will of Matthew C. Rider of Frankfort was graciously contributed by researcher Al White. This will has been slightly reformatted, with bolding added here and there, for ease of online reading. As it was also difficult to read in spots, areas where words couldn't be made out are noted by blanks.

Surrogate's Court - County of Herkimer
In the matter of proving the Last Will and Testament of

MATTHEW C. RIDER    Deceased

Herkimer County ss.:

H. L. HARRISON of the town of Litchfield in the county of Herkimer State of New York and D. L. EVANS of the town of Litchfield in the County of Herkimer State of New York being each duly sworn, do depose and say, the said H. L. HARRISON for himself that he is a subscribing witness to the Last Will and Testament of MATTHEW C. RIDER late of the town of Litchfield in said County of Herkimer, deceased; and the said D. L. EVANS for himself that he is a subscribing witness to the Last Will and Testament of said MATTHEW C. RIDER late of the said town of Litchfield in said County of Herkimer, deceased; and that the said deceased did on the 11th day of November 1902, in the presence of these deponents, subscribe his name at the end of the instrument which is now shown to these deponents, and which purports to be the Last Will and Testament of the said deceased, and which bears date on the 11th day of November 1902; that the said deceased did at the time of subscribing his name to said instrument as aforesaid, declare the same to be his Last Will and Testament; and these deponents did thereupon subscribe their own names at the end of said instrument as attesting witnesses to the execution thereof, at the request of said deceased, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other. That said deceased at the time of subscribing his name to said instrument as aforesaid, was upwards of twenty-one years of age; that he appeared to be sound mind and memory, and was not under restraint to the knowledge or belief of these deponents.

Sworn, examined and subscribed, before me, this 29th day of December 1902 H. L. HARRISON
D. L. EVANS

          IRVING R. DEVENDORF                Surrogate

At a Surrogate's Court, held at the Surrogate's Office in Herkimer, in and for the County of Herkimer, the 2nd Day of January 1903.
               Present, HON. IRVING R. DEVENDORF
                    Surrogate

Surrogate's Court-County of Herkimer
    In the Matter of Proving the Last Will and Testament of
MATTHEW C. RIDER    deceased

Satisfactory proof by affidavit having been made and filed of the due service of the citation heretofore issued in this matter, requiring the proper persons to appear in this Court on the 29th Day of December A.D., 1902, at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, and attend the Probate of the last Will and Testament of MATTHEW C. RIDER, late of the town of Litchfield in the County of Herkimer and State of New York, deceased, and a written instrument bearing date Nov 11, 1902 purporting to be the last Will and Testament of MATTHEW C. RIDER having been propounded for probate and waivers of issue and service of citation by GERTRUDE FISH and IRVING RIDER, heirs at law and next of kin having been duly filed and FRANCIS T. RIDER widow of deceased and petitioner in this proceeding having appeared in support of the proof of the said last Will and Testament, and after hearing the proofs and allegations of the said proponents, and the witnesses in support of the Probate of said Will, and the probate thereof not having been contested, and duly deliberating thereon, it is Adjudged and Decreed that the said last Will and Testament was duly executed, that the same is genuine and valid, and that the said MATTHEW C. RIDER, deceased, at the time of executing the same, was in all respects competent to make a last Will and Testament, and to devise real estate, and was not under any restraint, and this Court doth Further Order and Decree that the said last Will and Testament and the proofs and examinations taken in respect to the same be recorded, and that the said last Will and Testament be admitted to Probate, and that the same be, and hereby is, established as a Will of real and personal estate.
                         IRVING R. DEVENDORF Surrogate

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

I, MATTHEW C. RIDER of the Town of Litchfield in the County of Herkimer and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, in manner following, that is to say:

First, I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.

Second, I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, FRANCIS T. RIDER, all my personal property of every kind and description to have and hold absolute.

Lastly, I hereby appoint my wife FRANCIS R. RIDER executrix of this, my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name the Eleventh day of November, in the year one thousand nine hundred and two.

MATTHEW C. RIDER

We, whose names are hereto subscribed, do certify that on the 11th day of November 1902, MATTHEW C. RIDER, the testator, subscribed his name to this instrument in our presence and in the presence of each of us and at the same time in our presence and having declared the same to be his last Will and Testament, and requested in and each of us, to sign our names (next line unreadable) which we hereby do in the presence of the testator and of each other, on the said date and write opposite our names our respective places of residence.

H. L. HARRISON                    residing at Litchfield Herk. Co. NY
D. L. EVANS                         residing at Litchfield Herk. Co. NY

State of New York
Herkimer County Surrogate's Office

Be it remembered, That on the 2nd day of January A.D. 1903, the Last Will and Testament of MATTHEW C. RIDER late of the town of Litchfield in said County of Herkimer, deceased, bearing date the 11th day of November A.D., 1902 ___________________ (being the annexed written instrument), was duly proved before IRVING R. DEVENDORF, Surrogate of said County of Herkimer, according to law, as and for the Last Will and Testament __________ of the real and personal estate of said deceased; which said Last Will and Testament ________ and the proofs and examinations taken thereon, are recorded in this office in Book 30 of Wills, on page 265 and following.

In testimony whereof, I, IRVING R. DEVENDORF, Surrogate of said County, have (L.S.) herewith set my hand and seal of office, at the Surrogate's office, in the Village of Herkimer, this 2nd day of January A.D., 1903.                IRVING R. DEVENDORF
                    Surrogate
I, IRVING R. DEVENDORF, Surrogate of Herkimer County, do hereby certify the foregoing to be a true copy and record of the Last Will and Testament of MATTHEW C. RIDER late of the Town of Litchfield in said county, deceased, propounded for probate and duly proved before me, and also of the proofs and examinations taken before me, in relation thereto.

Witness my hand at Herkimer, in said county, this 2nd day of January A.D. 1903.
IRVING R. DEVENDORF
Surrogate

The Will of Matthew C. RIDER was transcribed by Allen L. White from documents received from SAMPUBCO.


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