WILLS & DEEDS BULLETIN BOARD, Part 2
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Abstracted names from the Herkimer County Surrogate's Court Will Index
contributed by Jo Dee Frasco
Index to Letters of Administration, Surrogate's Office, Herkimer County, N. Y.|
|First Name ||Surname ||Letters Granted ||To Whom Granted|
|Phineas|| Davis|| June 14, 1806|| Mary Davis|
|Barbara|| Davis|| Oct. 3, 1814|| Francis Perkins|
|Cornelius ||Davis|| Feb. 7, 1815|| James Page|
|John|| Davis|| Aug. 13, 1827|| William Pray|
|Caleb || Davidson|| Mar. 5, 1829|| Charles Lamberson, et al.|
|Demas|| Davis|| Apr. 8, 1833|| Elmira Davis|
|Thomas|| Davis|| Aug. 1, 1836|| Will annexed|
|Christopher|| Davis|| Oct. 17, 1839|| Harriet Davis, et al.|
|John|| Davis|| Apr. 18, 1848|| Mary Davis|
|David|| Davy|| July 3, 1871 || Mary E. Davy|
|Jeremiah|| Davis|| Sept. 1, 1874|| Mary J. Wright|
|Sarah A.|| Davis|| Nov. 19, 1874|| David G. Davis|
|Edwin || Davis|| Jan. 8, 1876 || Julia B. Davis|
|Jeremiah ||Davy || Jan. 10, 1876|| Mary E. Davy|
|Hannah|| Davis|| May 27, 1879|| John S. Davis|
|Content|| Davis|| Jan. 29, 1883 || William C. Davis|
|Benjamin E.|| Davis|| May 23, 1883 || Mary E. Davis, et al.|
|Thomas|| Davis|| Mar. 8, 1884|| William C. Davis|
|William T.|| Davies || June 5, 1885|| Harriet A. Davies|
|Ann|| Davis|| May 29, 1888|| David G. Davis|
|Emma J.|| Davis|| Jan. 23, 1889|| John Fitzgerald|
|James|| Davis|| July 18, 1889|| John T. Davis|
|John W.|| Davison|| Mar. 24, 1890|| Harriet Davison|
|George A.|| Davis|| Aug. 31, 1891|| David G. Davis|
|George A. ||Davis|| Jan. 26, 1892 || (De Bonis Non?)|
|Judson E. || Davis ||Nov. 10, 1892 || Seymour Holdridge|
|Almiron ||Davis || May 4, 1894 || William R. Davis|
|Emma || Davis || Dec. 6, 1894 || George T. Davis|
|Ruth || Davis || Apr. 1, 1895|| Sabra C. Tennant|
|Frederick H. || Davis || Oct. 1, 1896 || John E. Davis|
|Benjamin F.|| Davis || May 5, 1897 || Hiram R. Davis|
|J. L__x || Davenport|| Jan. 13, 1898|| E____ H. Dorn|
|Walter M. || Davison|| Mar. 4, 1901 || Mary A. Davison|
|Elizabeth M.|| Davis || Dec. 23, 1902 || Seward M. Davis|
|Mary || Davis|| Apr. 18, 1906|| Catherine Davis|
|Jennie || Davis|| June 12, 1906|| Henry W. Davis|
|Silas W. || Davis || Apr. 5, 1905|| (Probate of Heirship)|
|Eliza A. ||Davis || Jan. 13, 1908 || Frank C. Davis|
|John W.|| Davison ||Mar. 21, 1910|| (De Bonis Non?)|
|Howard V. ||Davis|| May 13, 1912|| Clara J. Davis|
|Hannah A.|| Davis ||Jan. 6, 1913 || Margaret M. Widrick|
|Elizabeth C.|| Davenport|| Nov. 11, 1913|| William Davenport|
|Charles C.|| Davis|| Nov. 17, 1913 || Kate E. Davis|
|Hiram R.|| Davis|| Nov. 5, 1914|| Elizabeth A. M___ (print too dark)|
|Mary Eliza ||Davis|| May 19, 1915|| (Will annexed)|
|George F.||Davis || Oct. 4, 1915|| G. Ray Davis|
|Lucy T.|| Davis|| Feb. 21, 1917 || (Will annexed)|
|Thomas S.|| Davis|| May 8, 1917|| Flora Davis|
|Michael|| Davin|| Apr. 15, 1918|| Ann Davin|
|Annie|| Davis|| Mar. 14, 1919|| Romain (sp?) Davis|
|Henry G. ||Davis|| Sept. 23, 1921|| William H. Davis|
|George || Davies|| Dec. 23, 1921|| Leon A. Davis and|
|William H.|| Davy|| May 24, 1923|| Frank D. Davy and|
|Thomas E. || Davis|| Nov. 7, 1923|| Frank D. Davy and|
|Clara G___|| Davis|| Dec. 15, 1924|| Roy N. Davis|
|John D.|| Davis|| Mar. 30, 1926 || Minnie Davis|
|Hilda|| Davis|| June 29, 1926 || Charles Squires|
|Romaine || Davis|| July 30, 1926|| Willard R. Davis|
|Byron S.|| Davis|| Aug. 8, 1926|| Harriet Davis and |
|Josephine|| Davis|| Oct. 8, 1926|| Ida Bramian (handwriting difficult to read)|
|Mary M.|| Davis|| Mar. 17, 1927|| Mabel Wolf|
|John || Davies|| Apr. 19, 1927|| The Herkimer Co., Trust Co.|
|Mary C.|| Davy|| Mar. 20, 1931|| Charles E. Hayes|
|Mary|| Davy|| Apr. 22, 1931|| David A. Davy|
|John C.|| Davis|| Apr. 14, 1934|| Leon D. Davis|
|Hattie __|| Davis|| Mar. 27, 193?|| Leonard A. Davis and|
|Elmer|| Davy|| Dec. 11, 193? || Wells S. Davy|
|Sophie || Davies|| May 4, 1936|| Edwin A. Davies|
|Fred M.|| Davis || June 12, 1936|| Louise D. Thurston|
|John D.|| Davis|| June 22, 1936|| Chas N. Davis|
|Lewis A. || Davis|| Nov. 15, 1937 || Addie ? Davis|
|Mariette B. || Davis || Nov. 29, 1937|| Ilion Natl Bank & Trust Co.|
Herkimer Surrogate Court Record for the estate of William Harlow Roscoe
contributed by Kathy Schaefer
"Thought you may want to post the attached transcription of the Herkimer Surrogate Court Record for the estate of William Harlow Roscoe, my great-grandfather David Roscoe's brother. The family name changed from "Rusco" to "Roscoe" with David and William's generation. Their father's signature in this document shows his switching between signing as "Rusco" and signing as "Roscoe." Why they changed the spelling is still a mystery to those of us researching this line." Kathy Schaefer
Herkimer County Surrogate Court Record
for the Estate of
William Harlow Roscoe
[file no.] 06283
Herkimer County, Surrogate's Court, ss.
In the matter of the Personal Estate of
William H. Roscoe Deceased
Russel Roscoe of the town of Frankfort in the county of Herkimer being duly sworn, doth depose and say, That this deponent is the father of William H. Roscoe late of the town of Frankfort in the county of Herkimer deceased; that the said William H. Roscoe died in the town of Frankfort in the county of Herkimer on or about the twenty fifth day of August 1847 that at or immediately preceding the time of his death he was an inhabitant of the county of Herkimer and left goods, chattels or credits, in the county of Herkimer that said deceased has left no last will or testament
that said deceased left no widow but kindred entitled to his estate as follows, namely:--
your petitioner the father--the deceased being a single man and being unmarried And the deceased also left three brothers David, Daniel, Sherman Roscoe--the said David and Daniel reside in Frankfort Herkimer County and Sherman Roscoe resides in Aurora Erie County New York
that the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased do not, in the opinion of this deponent, exceed in value the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars
Sworn this 7th day of
September 1847 before me,
Russel Rosco (signature)
[transcriber's note: "Rosco" first written as "Rusco" then "o" closed to make "u"; no final "e"]
To the Surrogate of the County of Herkimer
I Russel Roscoe of the town of Frankfort and county of Herkimer pray that Letters of Administration of the estate of William H. Roscoe deceased, may be issued to your petitioner and I further consent and agree, that David Roscoe be joined with me in said Administration.
Russel Rosco (signature)
[transcriber's note: Surname written as "Rosco"; no final "e"]
Dated this seventh day of September 1847
(Transcribed by Kathy Schaefer, August 14, 1999)
Will of Thomas Rankins, September 26, 1832
Will of one Giles Sisson
The following query was posted on the NYHERKIM-L Mailing list on May 4, 1999 and is reprinted with the kind permission of the submitter Carol Sisson Regehr. Carol also posted a copy of the will to the list.
"I have a copy of a will by one Giles Sisson of Herkimer County. The information given in the will does not pinpoint which Giles Sisson this might be, which I am intensely interested in finding out. Here's the information:
The will was written Feb 6, 1811, and proved July 23, 1811. Giles leaves his property to his wife and children but does not give any names for any of them, including his wife. He does say that a maintenance should be given to his wife "as long as she remains my widow." He names as executors his friends Samuel Smith, Christopher P. Bellinger, and William Alexander. Witnesses are John Alexander, Thomas Smith, and Thomas Gould. Surrogate was Dan Chapman. I have found a couple of these people mentioned on the Herkimer County website and in the NYHERKIM-L archives.
Family speculation is that this is the will of Giles Sisson, born %7E1715 in Westerly, RI. His children had settled in the Unadilla area in the 1780s. His wife is known only as Elizabeth, some speculate her to be a great-granddaughter of Benedict Arnold I. A grave marker calling her "Elizabeth, beloved wife of Giles", is said to be located in Abraham, IN, with a date of July 23, 1811, but I have found no record of a settlement called Abraham, IN. Seems a little strange that a 96-year-old man would use a phrase like "as long as she remains my widow" for a first wife.
Martha asked me to submit the text of the will. Here it is. I typed it with line breaks where they are in the original, I hope it comes out that way here. Also I put in the page numbers of the book this came from. It's from Herkimer County will book B. "
WILL OF GILES SISSON
I Giles Sisson of the Town and County of Herkimer in the State of New York being of sound mind and composed memory do make publish and declaim this to be my last will & Testament. First, after my decease I will that my body be interred in a humble & decent manner as my Executors may think propper. Second, I will that all my just debts be paid which are not much having had my accounts generally adjusted and settled. Third I request a great and true Inventory be made of all my property at my [two words - can't read]. After the payment of my just debts out of my property I will the residue be equally divided between my children share and share alike and further to my wife I leave the management of my property for the benefit of my children so long as she continues my widow and so long she shall have her subsistance out of my property. and I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends Samuel Smith, Christ.r P. Bellinger and William Alexander my Executors in full and perfect confidence of their proving this my last will and Testament carried into full Efect. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal and published this to be my last will and Testament this sixth day of February one thousand eight hundred and eleven
Present Giles Sisson S.S.
Herkimer of the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and Testament of Giles Sisson deceased proved this 23rd day of July 1811 Thomas Smith and
D. Chapman Surrogate
Herkimer Co. Ss.
Be it remembered that on the 23d day of
July 1811 of our independence the thirty sixth personally appeared before me Dan Chapman Surrogate in & for the County of Herkimer Thomas Smith one of the subscribing witnesses of the foregoing Instrument purporting to be the last will & Testament of Giles Sisson late of the town of Herkimer in the said County Deceased who being by me first duly sworn deposeth & saith that he saw the Dec'd Giles Sisson sign seal & publish the foregoing instrument as his last will & testament That he the Said deceased was of a sound disposing mind & memory that he this deponent in presence of the Testator did subscribe his name as a witness thereunto. That he this deponent did see John Alexander & Thomas Gould subscribe the said Will as Witnesses in the presence of the testator and further saith not
Dan Chapman Surrogate
Herkimer County Ss.
Be it remembered that on the 23d of July 1811 and of our Independence the thirty sixth personally appeared before me Dan Chapman Surrogate for the County of Herkimer Samuel Smith, Christopher P. Bellinger & William Alexander executors of the aforesaid Will named of Giles Sisson Deceased and were duly sworn to the due execution of & performance of the same Will by taking the oath of executor as by Law required & therupon Letters Testamentary were granted.
Dan Chapman Surrogate
Herkimer County Ss.
The People of the State of New York by
the grace of God free & Independent
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting. Know Ye that at Herkimer in the County of Herkimer on the 23d of July 1811 & of our Independence the thirty sixth before Dan. Chapman Esquire Surrogate of our Said County the last will & testament of
Giles Sisson late of said County deceased a true copy wherof is hereunto annexed was proved & now is approved & allowed of by us the deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death Goods chattles & Credits within this State by means whereof the proving & Bequesting of the said Will bind the granting administration of said goods chattles and credits and also the auditing allowing & final discharging the account thereof doth belong unto us the administration of the goods chattles & Credits of the said deceased and any way concerning the said will is granted unto Samuel Smith, Christopher P. Bellinger & William Alexander executors in the Said Will named, they being first duly sworn well and faithfully to adminster the same and to make & exhibit a true & perfect inventory of all and singular the said goods Chattles & Credits and also to render a just and true account thereof when required.
In testimony whereof we have caused
the seal of Office of Our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed
Witness Dan Chapman Esquire Surrogate of our said County
of Herkimer this 23 of July - one
Thousand eight hundred & eleven & of our Independence the thirty sixth
Dan Chapman Surrogate
Will of Frederik Gottman, April 7, 1788
Will of George Lighthall of the Town of Stark
The Letters of Administration for the estates of Demus Davis and Judson E. Davis
contributed by Jo Dee Frasco.
Herkimer County, Surrogate's Court, ss.
In the matter of the Personal Estate of DEMUS DAVIS, deceased.
Elmira Davis of the town of Schuyler in the county of Herkimer being duly sworn, doth depose and say, That this deponent is widow of Demus DAVIS late of the town of Schuyler, in the county of Herkimer deceased; that the said Demus DAVIS died in the town of Schuyler in the county of Herkimer on or about the 21st day of December 1832 that at or immediately preceding the time of his death he was an inhabitant of the county of Herkimer and left goods, chattels or credits, in the county of Herkimer that said deceased has left no last will or testament as this deponet has___ or ___ that said deceased left a widow X kindred entitled to his estate, as follows, namely: This deponent his widow and two infant children Seth? Franklin Davis and Demas Nehemiah Davis that the goods, chattels and credits of said deceased do not, in the opinion of this deponent, exceed in value the sum of seven hundred & fifty dollars. Elmira Davis
Sworn this 1st day of April 1833 before me, A. Loomis, Surrogate
Surrogates Court--County of Herkimer
In the Matter of the Application of Charles Davis for Letters of Administration of the goods, chattels and credits of Judson E. Davis, deceased.
To the Surrogates Court of the County of Herkimer:
The PETITION of Charles Davis of the town of Frankfort in the county of Herkimer, State of New York, respectfully shows:
That on or about the 12th day of July 1892, Judson E. Davis late of the town of Frankfort in the said County of Herkimer, departed this life at the residence of your petitioner in the town of Frankfort in said County of Herkimer, without leaving any last will and testament, to the best of your petitioners knowledge, information and belief, and that said deceased was at, or immediately preceding his death, a resident of said county of Herkimer.
That said deceased while living and at the time of his death, was possessed of personal property but no real estate and that as your petitioner is informed and verily believes, the value of the personal property of which the said deceased died possessed undiminished by debts does not exceed Six hundred dollars, and that the value of the real estate unencumbered by debts does not exceed nothing dollars.
That said deceased left no widow and no child or children or the descendants of any father or mother but left the following named persons his only heirs at law and next of kin, viz:
Charles Davis (your petitioner), brother of Frankfort, N.Y.
Morris Davis, brother of Frankfort, N.Y.
Merral Davis, brother of Frankfort, N.Y.
Henry Davis, brother of Albany, N.Y.
Melissa Thomas, sister of Lakeport, N.Y.
Milletta Tallman, sister of Lakeport, N.Y.
all of who are of full age and of sound mind. That your petitioner is a brother of said deceased, of full age, and as such is entitled to administration upon the estate of said deceased. Wherefore your petitioner pray for a decree awarding letters of administration upon the goods, chattels of the said Judson E. Davis deceased, to your petitioner Charles Davis of Frankfort, N.Y., and that JOHN ROSCOE of Frankfort, N.Y., a competant person may be joined with him as coadministrator Dated the 21st day of July 1892.