WILL OF JOHANNIS SCHAFFER
The Last Will and Testament of Johannis Scheffer, recorded 8 February 1788 in the Book of Wills, 1787-1791, Volume I, page 57, Surrogates Court, Albany County, NY:
In the name of God, Amen. I, Johannes Scheffer of Schoharry, in the county of Albany, being weak in body and of perfect disposing sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life and that all flesh must die and hereby revoking all former will or wills, Testament and Testaments, heretofore by me made and declared to be made, do, make, ordain, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, In manner and form following, first and principally being Penitent and heartily Sorrey (sic) for my sins, I commit my immortal soul after its departure out of this frail body into the merciful hands of Almighty God In Whom and by whose mercy I trust and assuredly believe to be saved, and my body I commit to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors and for the disposing of such temporal Estate which it hath pleased God to bless me within this life, I do give and dispose thereof in manner and form following.
Imprimes I do order that my just Debts and funeral expenses be thereout first be paid and satisfied;
Item I do give and bequeath to my oldest son, Johannes Scheffer my Rifle gun and all my wearing clothes both lining and Wooling of what kind of nature so ever for his birthright or primogeniture where with he is to be content and make no claim to any estate more than what hereafter is further bequeathed unto to him.
Item I do give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Elizabeth Kniskern, the wife of Hendrick Kniskern my feather bed with the Bedstead pillows bolster Sheets blankets Rug Curtains and all furniture belonging to it, and to her heirs Executors administrators or Assigns forever.
Item I do give and bequeath to my beloved son Jacob Scheffer and to his heirs Executors and Administrators the just full and Equal half part of four hundred and seventy one Acres of land lying and being at Cobus kill in the eighteen thousand acre patent and lays on each side of the old patent, to me belonging.
Item I do give and bequeath to my beloved son Martinus Scheffer and to his heirs Executors and Administrators all and singular my real estate Lands Schoharry to appurtenances Jack and also belonging to writings and bellows. measuages (sp.?) and Tenements lying and being at me belonging with their and every of their and also my sheep, horses and also my Negro man named my Wagon Slays Harrows Plough and all other material the farm and likewise my little trunk with all my my pepper mill and my lanthorn and likewise my Item I do give and bequeath unto my beloved grandson Johannes Scheffer and son to Martinus Scheffer my French Gun and my broad sword to him his heirs Executors or Administrators.
Item I do give and bequeath unto my beloved grandchildren Johannes Scheffer, Lambert Scheffer, Catharine Scheffer and Hendrick and to their heirs and Assigns forever to each and to each of their respective heirs or Assigns the one full fourth Part of one half part of four hundred and seventy one acres of Land lying and being at Cobus kill in the eighteen thousand acres patent to me belonging, share and share alike upon trust and Confidence t'ne one no more than the other, And also all my personally Estate of what kind or nature soever, except what I have here above given and bequeathed to be equally divided between my said Children, share and share alike to one no more than the other to wit my son my Johannes Scheffer or his heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns forever and to my son Jacob Scheffer or his heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns forever, and to my son Martinus Scheffer or his heirs Executors, Adminitrators or Assigns forever and to my son Adam Scheffer or to his heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns forever and to my daughter Elizabeth Kniskern, wife of. Hendrick Kniskern or to her heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns and Assigns and the sixth part or remainder sixth part thereof among all the children of my son Hendrick Scheffer deceased, Johannes, Lambert, Catharine and Hendrick Scheffer to their heirs and Assigns to each and to each of their respective heirs and Assigns the one full true and equal sixth part to be equally divided between them share and share alike the one no more than the other.
And it is my express order that my son Martinus Scheffer or his heirs, Executors or Administrators shall well and truly pay thereof unto all my four sons and Daughter to each of my four sons and my Daughter or their respective heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns the one full true and just fifth part of eighty pound lawful Money of New York in manner and form following that is to say sixteen pound to my son Johannes, his heirs, Executors, Administrators or Assigns, sixteen pound to my son Jacob his heirs Administrators or Assigns, sixteen pound to my son Adam Scheffer his heirs Executors, Administrators or Assigns. Sixteen pound to my Daughter Kniskern the wife of Henry Kniskern her heirs Executors Administrators or Assigns and remainder sixteen pound among my grandchildren Johannes, Lambert, Katherine and Hendrick Scheffer, children of my son Hendrick Scheffer deceased to their heirs or Assigns to each of their respective heirs or Assigns the just and full sum of sixteen pounds to be equally Divided between my said grandchildren share and share alike the one no more than the other.
And lastly I do nominate and appoint my two sons Jacob Scheffer and Mathinas Scheffer Executors of this last will and Testament.
In witness I the said Johannnes Scheffer have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and Seal this sixteenth day of July in the eleventh year of his majesty's Reign Anno Q Domina 16 July 1771.
Signed, sealed published and declared by the testator to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us whose Names are subscribed by and at the request of the testator and in his presence.
(Seal) County of Albany:
Be it remembered that on the first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eight-eight personally appeared before me, Abraham G. Lansing Surrogate of the County of Albany, Johannes Ingolt of Schohary in the County of Albany aforesaid Farmer and being duly sworn on his Oath declared that he did see Johannes Shaffer sign and Seal the Instrument wrote on this and the two sheets of paper hereto annexed purporting to be the Will of the said Johannes Shaffer and heard him publish and declare the same as and for his last Will and Testament that at the time thereof he the said Johannes Shaffer was of solund nnii -___ disposing mind and memory to the best knowledge and belief of this Deponent and that his Name subscribed to the said Will is of his own, proper handwriting and that he saw Joseph Bevin and John Van Vort the other witnesses to the same subscribe their Names as Witnesses thereto.
Abm. G. Lansing, Surrogate.
I certify the preceeding to be a true Copy of the Original Will of Johannis Schaffer deceased (except the word - three in the 20th Line in the first page of the original obliterated) and the word eiqhteen interlined - and the word t'nree in t'ne eighth Line of the original obliterated in the second page and the word eiqhteen underlined.
8 February 1788
Abm. Lansing Surrogate
Table of Contents, Schaffer
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