Town of Winfield
Herkimer County, New York

The Will of Benjamin Harrington of the Town of Winfield was graciously contributed by researcher Michael J. Miller.

"I wish to donate this transcription of one of my ancestors' wills."


The Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Harrington of Winfield in the County of Herkimer and State of New York

I Benjamin Harrington considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Betsey Harrington all my personal estate of any description and name nature whatsoever to be hers at my decease absolutely, and at my decease she shall have good right and full power to take immediate possession of said personal estate of every name and nature monies notes goods and chattels whatsoever and do with the same as she shall think fit and proper and it shall be utterly out of the power of any person or persons lawfully to hinder her from so taking possession of the said personal estate and using and disposing of the same as she shall think fit and proper and I hereby authorise her the said Betsey to collect all monies due me at my decease and all debts due me without being at the expense and trouble of desiring attest Authority
I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Betsey Harrington the use of my Real Estate during her life time without let or hindrance from any person or persons the same being the premises where I now live At the decease of my wife the said Betsey Harrington I give and bequeath the said Real Estate unto Truxton Harrington or his heirs the heirs of Nelson Harrington Almira Miller or her heirs and to Phineas Gates and Oliver Gates the sons of my daughter Susan.

The said Real Estate at the decease of the said Betsey to be equally divided among my above named children. One forth part to the heirs of Nelson Harrington One forth part to Truxton Harrington or his heirs. One forth part to Almira Miller or her heirs and one fourth part to my grandchildren Phineas Gates and Oliver Gates above named or their heirs And I do hereby appoint my wife Betsey Harrington Sole Executrix of this my last will and testament--hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty seventh day of May in the year of Our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and forty Eight. Benjamin Harrington {{LS}}

This above instrument of one sheet was at the date thereof declared by Benjamin Harrington to be his last will and testament and was now here subscribed by the testator in the presence of each of us and we at his request sign our names hereto as attesting witnesses

Samuel A Green of Winfield Herkimer County
Giles Alexander of Winfield Herkimer County
State of New York County of Herkimer Surrogates Office LS.

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