Christopher Snider
Last Will and Testament
Christopher Snider
Town of Pittstown

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The last will & testament of Christopher Snider deceased with the probate thereof. Recorded June 21st, 1815.

In the name of God, I CHRISTOPHER SNIDER of Pittstown in the county of Rensselaer and the 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 manner following,

First I give my soul to God and my body to the dust from whence it came.

Secondly I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife CATHARINE all my real and personal property during her natural life if she so long remain my widow but in case she marry she shall have none of the personal property and only one third of the real estate during her life. And to be subject to the direction hereafter given - And I direct my executors to take from the west end of the home farm thirty-five acres of wood land and have that appropriated for the use of the ROWLAND FARM.

I do further direct that the said executor shall rent to my sons JACOB & CHRISTOPHER the remainder of the home lot for a reasonable rent, but the rent from Jacob for this year shall not be exacted, and I do hereby authorise empower and require my executors, with the consent of my wife or in case of her death or marriage and in a reasonable time, to sell and convey the whole or a part of my real estate and give conveyance of the same, the land when for sale first to be offered to my sons, each about one third part if the whole is sold at once for thirty-two dollars and fifty cents an acre, and Jacob shall have the south part of the home farm offered to him in case of a sale, and in case they refuse, if the youngest is of age or his proportion reserved the best sale that can be made shall be effected -

And in case of my widow's death or marriage the infant children shall be educated and supported out of the estate before the dividend shall be made. Being moved by Paternal affection for my children I do authorize and require my Executors to make distribution of any property agreeable to the following bequests.

I give and bequeath to my sons JACOB, CHRISTOPHER and JOHN each one thousand dollars, and the remainder I give and bequeath unto my sons JACOB, CHRISTOPHER and JOHN and to my daughters CATHARINE, ELIZABETH, LANY, MARY ANN and HANNAH MARIAH to each share and share alike, and as those of my children which are married have already received part of their portion, I direct my executors to deduct from the following heirs the several funds they have received, viz
CATY five hundred dollars,
JACOB three hundred and thirty-six dollars,
CHRISTOPHER two hundred and Eighty-Eight dollars and
ELIZABETH three hundred and fifty dollars -

All such legacies shall be paid in proportion as they are respectively bequeathed as soon as the death of my widow shall take place or in case of her marriage such proportion of that property as shall come into their hands if the youngest child shall be of age.

And this will shall be so understood as to entitle my wife to all the rents and profits of my Estate real as well as personal during the time she remains my widow, holding her accountable to my executors for the personal property in case she marry.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my affectionate and well-beloved wife CATHARINE executrix and my son CHRISTOPHER and my friend SIMON WICOMB JNR executors of this my last will and testament.

Christopher + Snider

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above-named Christopher Snider to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the testator and of each other -

Peter Eycleshimer
Stephen K. Fletcher
John Eychleshymer

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