Last Will and Testament
Timothy Carpenter
Town of Pittstown

Many thanks to Susan Elliott for submitting this information. When this will was written in 1787, Pittstown was in Albany County, NY; in 1791, Rensselaer County, NY was created from Albany County, NY, and thereafter, Pittstown was in Rensselaer County, NY.

Will of Timothy Carpenter

A copy of the last will & testament of Timothy CARPENTER deceased recorded February 15, 1806.

In the name of God Amen I Timothy CARPENTER of Pittstown in the county of Albany & State of New York being sensible of my own frailty & mortality, now being of sound mind & competent memory & understanding do make this my last will & testament

in first place I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it & my body to the dust to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named nothing doubting but at the resurrection at the last day I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God through Jesus Christ & touching such worldly estate as hath pleased God to bestow endow me with in this life I do give and dispose of it in the following manner & form after the payment of all my just debts together with funeral charges

I give & bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth CARPENTER one third part of my whole estate.

I give to my son Isaac CARPENTER five shillings.

I give to James CARPENTER five shillings.

I give to Phebe PURDY five shillings.

I give to Mahab STANTON five shillings.

I do appoint Elizabeth my wife & Josiah CARPENTER my son & Nehemiah WALLIS my son in law, these to be my executors of this my last will & testament.

I give to my son Josiah CARPENTER the following tract of land beginning at a white oak tree at red pines(?) marked on the south side with I & C then running south to a bare bush att the north west corner of the hollow willow thence east to a pine tree with I and C upon the north side thence east [sic] to a beech bush with stones about it thence east [sic] to a stake upon the east line which lot I of land of Abraham Jacobs(?) Lansing number(?) 166 all south and west I give to Josiah CARPENTER my son.

I give to my daughter Hannah the following tract of lands beginning at a stake upon the East line running west to a pine tree marked with I and C upon the north side thence north to a pine marked with J & C upon the southeast side that northwest quarter I give to Hannah my daughter & the heirs of [illegible] the above tract of land my will & pleasure is that Nehemiah WALLIS my son in law shall enjoy the above tract of land during his natural life.

I give to my [sic] Jeremiah CARPENTER all the rest of rest of [sic] my farm

as to my movables I give to my daughter Hannah a feather bed & furniture & greate iron kittle & chest. All the rest of my movebles I give to Josiah CARPENTER my son in trust

in any whereunto(?) I set my hand affixed my seal this fourth day of December in the year of our Lord 1787

signed sealed published pronounced & declared before said Timothy CARPENTER to be his last will & testament in presence of these witnesses.

Timothy Carpenter


Be it remembered that on the fifteenth day of February one thousand eight hundred & six personally appeared before me Jeremiah OSBORN Esquire surrogate of the said County, James BENEDICT one of the witnesses to the said will who being sworn on his oath declared that he saw Timothy CARPENTER late of Pittstown in the county of Rensselaer deceased sign & seal the instrument in writing (of which the annexed is a copy) shewed to him & heard him deliver it for the purpose therein mentioned & at the time thereof the said Timothy CARPENTER was of sound [illegible] mind & memory to the best of the knowledge & belief of the deponent & that his name & hand subscribed thereto is of his own proper hand & name & that he did see Thomas BENEDICT & Joseph BENEDICT, sign their names thereto as witnesses in the presence of the testator & that he did subscribe his own proper hand & name thereto as a witness in the presence of the testator & of each other.

[Alternative search values: Hannah Carpenter, Hannah Wallis, Phebe Carpenter, Mahab Carpenter, Abraham Lansing, Jacob Lansing.]

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