Last Will and Testament
Samuel Scribner
Town of Hoosick

This will was transcribed from FHL Film No. 0549910, Probate Records 1791-1924, Rensselaer Co., NY V017 up to 1825. It was submitted by John Hills.

I, SAMUEL SCRIBNER of Hoosick in the County of Rensselaer and State of New York, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following that is to say

First I give and bequeath unto my wife LYDIA SCRIBNER one good horse, saddle and bridle and two cows and eight sheep, and two hogs and all my household stuff and furniture and all my provisions both meat and grain and all my grain on the ground and all my money and notes and obligations for money and my cooking stove (provided) that if I should outlive my wife Lydia Scribner then and in such case my will and desire is that all the above named articles should go to the heirs or representatives of the said Lydia Scribner. I also give unto her the said Lydia Scribner the use of the whole of my dwelling house during her lifetime.

I also give and bequeath unto my son JOHN SCRIBNER over and above the sum that I have given him in my lifetime the sum of two dollars and a certain note which he the said John signed to JIRAH BAKER which said note I paid and took up.

I also give and bequeath unto my son ANDREW SCRIBNER over and above the sum that I have given him in my lifetime the sum of two dollars.

I also give unto my daughter MERIBAH CASE the wife of AARON CASE JUNIOR the sum of ten dollars.

I also give as a bequeath unto the two children of my daughter JANE TAFT deceased the sum of five dollars each.

I also give and bequeath unto my son REUBEN SCRIBNER one wagon, one sleigh, one drag, my best plough, one [--?--] of pine, one gun and accoutrements and my best set of horse harness

and as to all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate both real and personal I will and devise the same unto my son REUBEN SCRIBNER and my daughter SUSANNA CHAPMAN, the wife of STEPHEN R. CHAPMAN, and to their heirs and assigns forever to be equally divided between them.

And lastly I hereby appoint my wife LYDIA SCRIBNER and JIRAH BAKER Executrix and Executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made ratifying this and this only to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the second of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty.

Samuel X Scribner SS

Signed Sealed Published & Declared by the above named Samuel Scribner to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the testator.

John Baker, John Baker Jr and James Brown

NOTE FROM THE SUBMITTER: Samuel Scribner died 19 August 1825 at the age of 79 years; he is listed in Daughters of the American Revolution Records (DAR #197360). His will was probated 1 September 1825. His children were Andrew Scribner, born in 1773; Meribah Scribner, born in 1775; John Scribner, born in 1777; Jane Scribner, born in 1782; Reuben Scribner, born in about 1785; Susanna Scribner, born in 1790; and Lydia Scribner, born in 1794. The testator's wife, nee Lydia Baker, was born in 1756 and died on 1 April 1835. She was the fifth child of Benjamin Baker and Mary Sherman Baker of South Kingston, Rhode Island. The Bakers and the Scribners are buried in West Hoosick Cemetery. Some researchers claim that Samuel Scribner is the son of the Abel Scribner who appears in the 1790 US Census for Pittstown and that he was a brother of the Abel Scribner Jr who also appears in the 1790 US Census. The Jirah Baker named in the will is a brother of Lydia Baker Scribner, widow of the testator. The testator's daughter, Susannah Scribner Chapman, is buried in Old Westbury Cemetery in Victory, Cayuga County, NY; her tombstone gives her date of birth as 27 Sept 1794 and her date of death as 21 Jan 1865 and identifies the decedent as the wife of S R Chapman. Stephen Chapman is buried next to her but died more than 20 years later. The submitter, John Hills writes, "I am willing to provide a copy of the handwritten will, which is surprisingly readable, and additional research on the Scribner, Baker and Chapman families."

[Alternative search values: Meribah Scribner, Jane Scribner Taft, Jane Scribner Tifft, Jane Scribner Tefft, Susannah Scribner Chapman, Stephen Chapman.]

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