WILLS of VALENTINE & CATHERINE STEINMULLER
Town of Manheim
Herkimer County, New York
"These copies of wills were obtained from the Wills Division of the
Surrogate Court in Herkimer, NY. Valentine and Catherine Steinmuller are
my husband's great grandparents. They are typed exactly as written.
We have not been able to gather much information on this line of the
family. It is hoped that by posting these wills, someone searching
might find the names and contact us. We have located one other person out
west searching the Steinmuller name, but, she too only knows her great
grandparents names. Our brick walls do not allow us to connect.
In checking the census for Herkimer County they are not listed in any data."
WILL OF VALENTINE STEINMULLER
In the name of God Amen.
I, Valentine Steinmuller of the town of Manheim County of Herkimer and
State of New York being of sound mind and understanding and mindful of
the uncertainties of human life do make, publish and declare this to be
my last will and Testament in manner following that is to say:
First: After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses.
I give, devise and bequeath to my wife Catherine Steinmuller all my
real and personal estate to have and hold the same to use the rents and
profits thereof and the principal if necessary for her maintanance and
support, for her to dispose of the same by will or otherwise as she shall
deem best and proper.
Second: I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Catharine
Steinmuller the executor of this my last will and Testament and hereby authorize
and empower her the said Catharine Steinmuller to compound, compromise
and settle any claims or demand which may be against or in favor of my
In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my and and seal this 22nd
day of August 1900.
Signed; Valentine Steimuller
The above last will and testament consisting of a full sheet was by me
signed, published and declared by this said testator to be his last
will and Testament in the presence of us who have signed our names at his
request as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.
Warren H. Busver? (Note: can't read name), Dolgeville, NY
Harvey H. Ruder, Dolgeville, NY
WILL OF CATHERINE STEINMULLER -
I, Catherine Steinmuller, of the village of Dolgeville, Herkimer
County, and State of New York, being of sound mind and memory, do make
publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, in manner
following, that is to say:
I direct that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid
I give, devise and bequeath to my grandchildren who are living at
the time of my death, the sum of $100,00 each, for good use and which
amounts are to be held in trust for such grandchildren by the trustees
hereinafter named. When each one of said grandchildren shall have
arrived at the age of twenty-one years, the sum of $100,00 above devised to
said grandchild, with any accumulations thereon is to be turned over to
said grandchild or grandchildren.
In the event of the death of any of my grandchildren before they
arrive at the age of twenty-one years, then and in that event, I hereby
direct that the portion hereby devised to said grandchild, shall
descent to and be divided among the remaining grandchildren, share and share
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Mary E.
Goldthwaite, Lot No. 17 in Block No. 11 as laid down on a map of the village
of Dolgeville, N. Y., and which Lot borders on what is known as Spofford
Square and in said village of Dolgeville, and to me belonging, for her
use and benefit forever.
I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my daughter Mary E.
Goldthwaite, Lots Nos. 18 and l9 as laid down on a map of the village in Block
11 and which lots border on what is known as Spofford Square in said
village, for her use and benefit during the term of her natural life. I
hereby direct that at the time of the death of the said Mary E.
Goldthwaite, that said Lots shall descent to the children of the said Mary E.
Goldthwaite, share and share alike.
I do hereby appoint and constitute, Rev. James B. Gilloon,
of Dolgeville, N. Y., to be the sole executor of this, my Last Will and
Testament, without bonds. In the event of the inability of the said
Rev. James B. Gilloon, to act as such executor, by reason of death, or
for any other cause, then and in that event, or either of them, I do
hereby appoint and constitute my nephew, Emil Sellman, of the city of
Little Falls, N. Y., to be such executor in the place and stead of the said
Rev. James B. Gilloon, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed
my seal, this 3rd, day of September, 1907.
Signed: Catherine Steinmuller
We, whose names are hereto subscribed, Do Hereby Certify,
that on the 3rd day of September, 1907, Catherine Steinmuller, the
testator, subscribed her name to this instrument in our presence and in the
presence of each of us, and at the same time in our presence and hearing,
declared the same to be her Last Will and Testament, and requested us
and each of us to sign our names thereto as witnesses to the Execution
thereof, which we hereby do in the presence of each other and in the
presence of the testator, on the day of the date of said Last Will and
Testament, and write opposite our names our respective places of
Patrick H. Murphy, residing at Dolgeville, N. Y.
Francis P. Barrett, residing at Dolgeville, N. Y.
OTHER NAMES IN ASSORTED PAPERS WITH WILLS AS BENEFACTORS IN THE WILL
OF CATHERINE STEINMULLER:
Daughter: Catherine Emrich
Daughter: Mary E. Goldthwait
Grandson: Emil Goldthwait, Norwich, NY (Chenango County)
Grandson: Albert Goldthwait - age 10
Granddaughter: Florentine Goldthwait - age 12
Ann Cramer (cousin?)
Eva Emerich - 19 yrs (relationship unknown)