Last Will and Testament
Samuel Allen
Town of Hoosick

The following will was recorded in Rensselaer Co., NY Will Book Volume 5, Page 361. It was transcribed from a Sampubco copy and was submitted by Laurie Curtis.

The Last will and Testament of Samuel Allen deceased with the probate thereof. Recorded November 4, 1816

The Last will and testament of Samuel Allen of Hosack [sic - Hoosick] in the County of Rensselaer in the State of New York. I Samuel Allen considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same), Do make and publish this my last will and testament, in the manner following (that is to say)

First I give and devise to my son Jacob Allen his heirs and assigns that piece of land lying Southeast of the St Coicks(?) road and South (scribbled area) of the road leading to (Earl?) Hodges. Northwest of the land of Luke Carpenter and North East of the lands of Luke Carpenter, and on which the said Jacob no lives containing about forty acres be the same more or less upon this express condition that the said Jacob Allen makes and executes as full assignment all the right, title, interest, property claim on demands of the said Jacob of in and to a certain Lot of Lease Land in Pittstown now owned by the said Jacob, to my son William Allen and his heirs and assign and on the condition that the said Jacob does not assign in a manner of form for said to my said son William the Lease Lot aforesaid, then and in that case I give and devise unto my said son William Allen and his heirs and assigns the Land above conditionally devised to my son Jacob Allen in the same manner as above intended to be devised to my son said Jacob in case the said Jacob had complied with the above mentioned condition.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my sons Shepard Allen, Samuel Allen, John Allen, Abraham Allen, Peter Allen, and to my daughters Martha Tallman, Sally Rose, and Ruth Smith one Dollar in cash each.

Item. I give and bequeath to my son William Allen a team of oxen or horses worth Eighty Dollars.

Item. I give and devise unto my sons Isaac Allen, Henry Allen, and Ethan Allen and unto their heirs and assigns in equal portions all of the remainder of my real estate, mortgages or tenants with their apprentices, and all of my personal estate goods and chattels, of what kinds and nature so ever to be equally divided between them, subjecting the said to the support of my beloved wife Sarah and my daughter Phoebe Allen during their natural lives which I hereby direct my said sons Isaac Allen, Henry Allen, and Ethan Allen to yield and faithfully give them during their natural lives, the said above mentioned devise to them and the said Isaac, Henry, and Ethan being made to them subject to all the above conditions, and also to be the choice of my said Sarah and my daughter Phebe of the rooms in my new mansion house in which they will live during their natural lives. But incase either my said wife Sarah or m y said daughter Phebe shall elect to give up the above support or right to the room aforesaid, then in that case, I order and devise my said sons Isaac, Henry, and Ethan to pay unto the one so electing the sum of Three Hundred Dollars in Six equal annual payments or in case they both should or shall so elect, then the sum of Three Hundred Dollars each payable in six equal annual payments, in lieu of full discharge of the support above mentioned to the one or both so electing. And also with respect to my said wife Sarah, the above support or the money in lieu thereof is upon the express condition of her yielding up and discharging all claims of Dower or other claims whatsoever upon my said estate.

Lastly, I hereby order and direct my said sons Ethan Allen, Henry Allen, and Isaac Allen to pay out of the estate above bequeathed and devised unto them all bequests above mentioned I made within Six months after my said decease, and also out of the same Estate to pay all my Debts and funeral charges and expenses. Hereby appointing them Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Herby revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the thirty first day of August one thousand eight hundred and sixteen.

Samuel Allen { } (his mark) L. G.

Signed and sealed published and declared by the above named Samuel Allen, to be his last will and Testament, in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the presence of the Testator and of each other. The word "bequeath" erased and "devise" interlined before Executor.

George R. Davis
Asahel Morris
John Carpenter Jr.

State of New York
Rensselaer County. Be it remembered, that on the fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and Sixteen personally came before me William McManus, Esquire, Surrogate of the said County of Rensselaer. George R. Davis, one of the subscribing witnesses to the will of Samuel Allen, late of the town of Hosick in the said County, deceased, who being duly sworn declared that he did see the said Samuel Allen execute the written instrument (of which the annexed is a copy), purporting to be the last Will and Testament of the said Samuel Allen bearing the date of the thirty first of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred and Sixteen, and heard him publish and declare to same as his Last will and Testament, that at the time thereof he the said Samuel Allen was of sound disposing mind and memory, to the best of the knowledge and belief of the said, George R. Davis and that he the said George R. Davis together with Asahel Morris and John Carpenter Jr. as the other witnesses to the said will, severally subscribed their hands and names to the said will as witnesses thereto in the presence of the Testator and of each other.

William M McMannus

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