Topic: Wills

Miscellaneous Records from Mrs. Ulessus Kennedy’s Ledger

Records that occurred within or around the Allegany Reservation in New York, and were recorded in in an old ledger owned by Mrs. Ulessus Kennedy. Smith, Bertha Pierce, returned from Seattle Washington with two children June 5th, 1904. Smith, Bertha Pierce & Ed Smith, started today for his home, Junction City, Washington, Dec. 27, 1902. Pierce, Bertha, graduated at Gov. School, March 15, 1900. Smith, Ed, Warren & Edna, gone to their western home, Hadlock, July 23, 1907. Pierce, Hattie's house burned, July 16, 1907, about 2:30 am, occupied by Edwin Smith. Smith, Edna, surprise party, March 16 1906. Tallchief, Louisa & Carlina Hanson, gone to Boston, Aug. 19, 1895. Tallchief, Miss, returned from Boston, Aug. 23, 1896. Tallchief, Louisa, farewell party for, Aug. 26, 1896. Bee, Clearing at Skis today & a dance, Jan. 12, 1906. Williams, Spencer, gone to Carlisle, Dec. 8, 1902. Lay, Doug, gone traveling with show, Dec. 19, 1902. Ulyssus, went to Carlisle, March 12, 1900. Ulyssus, returned from Carlisle, March 17, 1900, fate $5.69. Pierce, Ely & to Tom Kennedy, appointed to go to Washington D.C. for the purpose Of urging the Ryan Bill. Feb. 6, 1901. Williams, Spencer, started for Wilmington, Del. Aug. 15, 1906. Bishop, Lester, wend to Washington D.C. on account of the Bill, took $13.20 sent $5.25 to him, Jan. 31, 1900 (went to Washington, Jan. 31, 1900). Tom...

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Remarks on Valentine Switzer

The foregoing will was admitted to probate in Hampshire County, Vir­ginia (now West Virginia) on 14 May 19, 1817. The testator, Valentine Switzer, is the same Valentine Switzer mentioned in the Stephen Hotzenbella will as son-in-law. The wife of the said Valentine Switzer, being Mary Hotzenbella (Hot­zenpillar), a daughter of said Stephen Hotzenbella. There can be no question but the above Valentine Switzer is the father of John Switzer, who owned lands in Little Levels, Bath County, Virginia (now Pocahontas County, West Virginia) from 1800 to 1807, at which time he sold same and moved to Gallia County, Ohio, where he purchased lands in 1807 from Phillip Switzer, his brother, who preceded him to Ohio. The oldest child of John Switzer, Mary Switzer, married George W. Livesay of near Frankford, Greenbrier County, Virginia, (now West Virginia) where she died leaving sons Allen, Joseph, John (Jack), William and daughters Malinda Rodgers and Mrs. Col. John Snyder. Copies of the foregoing wills were obtained by William Franklin Switzer of Gary, Indiana, in 1938. The Valentine Switzer will was found by him in a box containing wills at Romney, the county seat of Hampshire County, West Virginia, the record of such will having been destroyed by soldiers during the Civil War. He devoted much of his time during many years of his life in tracing his ancestry, but he was never able...

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Will of Nancy Austin

WILL-Nancy Austin: In the name of God, Amen. I, Nancy Austin of sound mind and disposing memory, but weak in body, do make and publish this as my last will and Testament. In the first place I give to my Grandsons, Fielding Jones and Isaac Vanmeter Jones, a negro girl of the name of Margaritte, and negro boy by the name of Solomon to be equally divided between them when the arrive at the age of 21 years or without lawful issue, then and in that case my will and desire is that the survivor have the aforesaid negroes with their increase and should both die without lawful issue, then and that case my will and desire is that the aforesaid negroes and their increase go to my three children and their lawful heirs. Secondly, I give to my daughter, Harriet Lapham, a negro girl of the name of Mahala, and a boy of the name of Washington, and girl of the name Julian. Thirdly, I give to my son, Daniel Vanmeter, a negro boy of the name of Alexander, and a negro woman of the name of Teresa, and the horses he claims being 3 in number, and 3 steers, and the hogs he claims, and one bed and furniture. Fourthly: I give to my daughter, Helen Jones, a negro girl of the name of Sarah, and a...

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Herbert Genealogical Notes

Many years ago my dear Mother 1Margaret Herbert (Mrs. Dewitt Clinton Mather) planned a history and genealogy of the Herbert family in America. After expending a great deal of effort and a considerable amount of time and money, she accumulated a certain amount of data, a lot of it just scattered information with no apparent relationship. She had circulars printed and forms that could be filled out with the least possible effort giving names, and dates if possible, of father, grandfather, and son as far back as one could go. As comparatively few answers came in, she gave up the ambitious idea of so comprehensive work and decided to concentrate on a history of the New Jersey Herberts. However, illness and death put an end to all this. That the result of so much energy should not be wasted, I offer it with some additional information that I have gathered from time to time in spasmodic attempts to continue her work. Every effort has been made to present facts as accurately as possible. Assumptions and traditions will be so indicated. To begin at the beginning, the first authentic ancestor of what is now known as the Herbert family emerges from the mists of south Wales as one Thomas ap Guilym ap Jenkins, which of course, means that his father was William and his grandfather was Jenkins, but that is...

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Abstracts of Wills on File in the City of New York Surrogate’s Office 1660-1680

Abstracts of wills on file in the surrogate’s office city of New York 1660-1680. From May 1787 to the present, county surrogate’s courts have recorded probates. However, the court of probates and court of chancery handled estates of deceased persons who died in one county but who owned property in another. An 1823 law mandated that all probates come under the jurisdiction of the county surrogate’s courts. Each surrogate’s court has a comprehensive index to all probate records, including the unrecorded probate packets. Interestingly enough, there are wills existing and on record at the Surrogate’s Office in New York City for the time-span of 1660-1680. Genealogical extracts of these wills have been provided below.

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Coosa County, Alabama Wills 1834 – 1861

The following dataset contains brief extracts of wills found in Coosa County, Alabama Probate Court minutes, books A + B. Wills can often provide the genealogist with concrete family clues, referencing family names and their relationships. The data we provide in this dataset contain only brief mentions of the actual will, and we highly suggest anyone finding a positive match in this dataset contact the Coosa County, Alabama probate court to obtain copies of these records.

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