Will of Margaret Risedorph
Last Will and Testament
Margaret Risedorph
Greenbush, NY

Information on this page is from photocopies of original will on file in Rensselaer Co. Will Book 4, pgs 181-182, and was transcribed by Wayne E. Weatherwax on 14 Apr 2014. Many thanks, Wayne!

Pg. 181:

A copy of the Last Will and testament of Margaret RISEDORPH deceased with the proof thereof. Recorded 10 November 1812. In the name of God amen. I Margaret RISEDORPH of the town of Greenbush county of Rensselaer & state of New York being weak in Body but of perfect mind & memory blessed be God for the same knowing it is ordained {?} for all to die, do therefore call to memory the worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased divine providence to bless me & Expose off it in the following manner.
First I give to my four daughters Caty wife of Andrew WITHERWAX and Margaret wife of Vincent VAN ALSTYNE, Elisabeth wife of Thomas WILBUR & Hannah wife of John P. VANVALKINBURGH all my money which I have after my dicease together with all bonds and notes with the principal & interest thereon equally to be divided between my aforesaid four daughters share and share alike & to their heirs forever.
Secondly I give my daughter Margaret my new curtains with the trimmings ther unto belonging & my Bleu chest & to her heirs forever.

Pg. 182:

for the trouble of supporting me. Thirdly I give to my four daughters Caty, Margaret, Elisabeth, Hannah & Laiunaugh wife of Cornelius PROMINDATE all my bedding & waring apparal & household furniture Equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to their Heirs forever Thereby allowing this to be my last Will & Testament and thereunto affixed my hand and seal & signed in the presence of the subscribing {?} of the witnesses in the presents of the said Margaret & in the presents of each other signed this sixth day of May in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and ten -N.B. I hereby nominate & appoint John P. VANVALKENBURGH & Matthew MANKHAN my Executors of this my last Will & testament.
The word wife underlined between the seventh & eighth line from the top - six words interlined between the fourthtenth & fiftenth line of words interlined between the twenty & twenty first line from the top before signing of these presents

Margaret "X" Risedorph [l.s.]

Harmonius Vandersee
Laurence Van Alstine
Storm T. Van Duzee
late of New York
Probate statement dated 10 November 1812 confirms and validates the Will.

NOTES FROM THE SUBMITTER: {?} indicate word/s not able to transcribe. All spelling is transcribed as it appears on the original document which was photocopied at Rensselaer Co. Surrogate Court.

Bio: She was Anna Margaret SARENBURGER, wife of Lorentz REISDORFF (1718-1813). Various spelling variations appear for REISDORFF such as RYSDORP, RISEDORPH, etc. The 1790 map of Greenbush, NY clearly show Lorentz's farm and farms of some of his sons. This was another early Palatine family arriving in NY colony in 1710. Lorentz's father was Johannes REISDORFF found on Hunters list as the head of family #593. See The Palatine Families of New York, 1710, by Hank Z. Jones for more on this family.

My research indicates the following marriages for her daughters: Caty (Catherine REISDORFF m. Andreas or Andrew WEATHERWAX
Margaretha m. Vincent VAN ALYSTINE
Elisabetha m. Thomas WHITBECK
Anna or Hannah m: John P. VAN VALKENBURG (one of her Executors)

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