WILL OF FREDERIC GETMAN
The people of the State of New York by the Grace of God, free and independent: To all to whom these presents shall come or may concern, send Greeting: Know ye that at Johnstown in the County of Montgomery before James Lansing Esq. Surrogate of our said County, the last Will and Testament of Frederick Getman deceased (a copy whereof is hereinto annexed), was proved, and is now approved and allowed of by us, and the said deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of his death, Goods, Chattels or Credits within this State, by means whereof the proving and registering the said Will and the granting Administration of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, and also the auditing, allowing and final discharging the Account thereof, doth belong unto us, the administration of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his Will is granted unto Charles Nukerk, Nathan Christy and Frederick Getman Inn? Executors in the said Will named they being first duly sworn will and faithfully to administer the same, and to make and exhibit a true and perfect Inventory of all and singular the said Goods, Chattels and Credits, and also to render a just and true account thereof, when thereunto required. In testimony whereof we have caused the Seal of Office of our said Surrogate to be hereunto affixed. Witness James Lansing Esquire Surrogate of the said County at Johnstown the sixteenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve, and of our Independence the thirty sixth.
Signature of James Lansing
In the name of God amen, I Frederic Getman ofManheim in the County of Montgomery and State of New York, do make & publish this my last Will & Testament in manner following viz. First I give & devise unto my Son Daniel & to his Heirs & Assigns forever all the real Estate of which I may die seized, excepting three hundred Acres of Land in the Town of Northampton in a patent granted to Daniel Gross & others which three hundred Acres of Land it is my will should be sold by my Executors herein after named and the proceeds thereof paid unto my three Daughters Elizabeth, Catherine and Delia their Heirs & Assigns forever in equal Shares. And it is my desire that my beloved Wife Eve, remain with my Son Daniel and that he maintain her in all things necessary and proper for a woman of her age. I also give and bequeath unto my Grandson Hiram one hundred Dollars. I also give & bequeath unto my said Son Daniel & to his Heirs and Assigns all my moveable & personal Estate of what kind so ever. Horses, Cattle, Waggons, Sleighs & as also my negro Man Tom and my negro Wench Mari, also Bonds, Notes, Bills, Judgments, Accounts, Debts & Demands, my just Debts and funeral charges to be first paid out of my said personal Estate. And whereas I did heretofore assign unto my Son Frederic a certain mortgage executed by Jacob Markell for securing the payment of two thousand & five Dollars and did at the same time receive of him a Bond to the same amount to assist in paying for the Farm I purchased of Schelluyne, now it is my will that my Son Frederic his Heirs & Assigns, have hold & enjoy the same or the avails arising from the said mortgage forever, fully exonerated & free & clear from the before mentioned Bond, which I hereby declare void. And I do hereby nominate constitute & appoint my good Friends Charles Nukerk, Nathan Christy and Frederic Getman Inn. Executors of this my last Will and Testament to see the same performed according to my true intent & meaning hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I hereto set my Hand & Seal this thirtieth Day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & nine.
Signature of Fred Gettman
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named testator
to be his last Will & Testament in the presence of us who have hereto
subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator. The words
"my Negro wench Mari" first interlined.
Hez Allen, Luther Pardee, Henry J. Lloyd
Be it remembered that on the sixteenth Day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve, personally appeared before me James Lansing, Surrogate of the County of Montgomery, Luther Pardee who being duly sworn deposeth and saith, that he saw Frederick Getman sign and seal and heard him publish and declare the within Instrument as and for his last Will and Testament. That the said Frederick Getman was at the time thereof (according to the best of the knowledge and belief of this Deponent) of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding. That the said Luther Pardee subscribed his name thereto and saw Hezekiah Allen and Henry J. Lloyd subscribe their names thereto as witnesses to the execution thereof, in the presence of the said Frederick Getman the Testator.
Signature of James Lansing
The preceding are true copies of the last Will and Testament of Frederick Getman deceased, of the Certificate of the proof thereof and of the Letters testamentary thereon. Registered the sixteenth Day of March 1812.
Signature of James Lansing Surrogate
Be it also remembered that on the said sixteenth Day of March last mentioned, personally appeared before me the said Surrogate Charles Nukerk, Nathan Christy and Frederick Getman Inn, Executors in the last Will and Testament of the said Frederick Getman deceased named and were duly sworn as Executors.
Signature of James Lansing.
Xeroxed from the actual ledger at the Fonda, NY Surrogates Office, Pages 125,126,127. Typed by P. Hacker November 2001. The executor listed as Frederick Getman Inn is rather peculiar. The handwriting looked as if the word "Inn" was the last part of the name.
I could not think of any other possibility to decipher it. In reality this is one of the better handwritten wills I have collected.
(Typist's note. The I and J in the old handwriting was made the same way. My guess is the word is "Jun". ajberry)
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