Last Will and Testament
Karel Aring
Town of Greenbush

Information on this page was obtained from the Rensselaer County, NY Surrogate Court in Troy, Will Book 359 page 487, and from file number 1382. It was submitted to this website by the late Janet Derbyshire.

The last will & testament of KAREL ARING November 5, 1798, not probated.

In the name of God Amen __ I KAREL ARING of the Town of Greenbush in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York being of sound Mind Memory and understanding thanks be to God for the same do make and Publish this my last will and Testament in manner and form following to wit:

I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be duly satisfied and paid in some convenient time after my decease.

I give and bequeath to my BELOVED WIFE CATHERINE all her waring apparel, my Desk, one mulch cow and faw? sheep, the best of my Stock. And I also give to her during her natural life the one third part or Share of All the produce of the Farm on __ (The will badly torn & piece missing) __ household furniture and of that part of the dwelling house in which my SON SAMUEL and I now live, which is occupied by myself, and also of so much of my Barn as may be necessary to Stable the Stock, she may keep and contain the Hay and other fodder necessary for thesame.

I give, devise and bequeath to my SON SAMUEL and to his Heirs and assigns forever the dwelling House Barn and Farm of land whereon I now live situate in the Town of Greenbush (except the use of so much of the House and Barn as is herein willed to my wife CATHARINE during her natural life) On the express terms and conditions that he shall, will and truly pay to my said WIFE CATHERINE yearly and every year for and after my decease for and during the term of her natural life the full one-third part or share of all the produce of said farm except the grass which may grow as any meadow land which he may hereafter clear, she finding the one-third part of the seed grain and bearing one third part of the Rent due on the said farm annually.

And I also give to my said SON SAMUEL Two Hundred and Fifty dollars to be raised out of my personal Estate and paid to him by my Executor hereinafter named __ (piece missing) __ personal Estate not hereinbefore given or bequeathed I Give and Bequeath to my SONS JOHN, MICHAEL AND SAMUEL to be by them equally divided share and share alike.

And Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said BELOVED WIFE CATHERINE Executrix and my sons JOHN, MICHAEL AND SAMUEL Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby utterly revoking annulling and making void all former wills, legacies and Executors by me in otherwise before named willed & bequeathed ratifying allowing and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament.

In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of November, One thousand Seven hundred and ninety eight.

[X] his mark

Signed sealed, published pronounced and declared by the said Karel Aring as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us and presence of each other who in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

(N. B. the obliteration between the words (the) and (grass) in the ninth line of the second page before the ensealing)

Witnesses: Jonathan Ostrander, John G. Kerner, John E. Van Alen.

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