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The Will of George Waggoner
From "Johan Peter Wagner"
The will of George Wagner is herewith given. It is of interest especially to members of the families mentioned to whom his daughters were married, vix: Nancy, the wife of Peter Lampman; Caty, the wife of Charles Waggoner; Mary, the wife of Augustus Devendorf; Peggy, the wife of Benjamin Loucks. There four families therefore are direct descendants of the original Col. Peter Wagner the Revolutionary hero and patriot.
In the name of God, Amen, I George Waggoner of the town of Palatine, in the county of Montgomery and State of New York, being mindful of my mortality, do the twenty first day of April, one thousand eight hundred and nineteen, make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following -- First and principally I resign my soul to Almighty God, and hope for salvation through the merits of my blessed redeemer, Jesus Christ, and as for my body, I resign to the earth from whence it was taken, in hope of a joyful resurrection at the great and last day -- an as for my worldly property, wherewith God hath blessed me with, in this life, I give and bequeath as follows: First, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary all the income which may arise out of the house and lot and one half of the open shed, which is now occupied by John C. Lipe, during her life time, and it is also my desire and I do hereby direct that my said wife, Mary is to be decently supported and maintained during her lifetime, both in sickness and in health, suitable to her age, by my son George, and it is also my will and desire that she, my said wife, shall and may have all such property, as she brought into the family, and what she now owns, and do with it what she pleases, and not be disturbed by any of my children. Secondly I give and bequeath unto oldest son William or unto his heirs or assigns forever, over and above what I have heretofore deeded unto him, fifty acres of land, adjoining his farm on the east corner, which he now has partly in possession on condition that he shall pay the sum of three hundred dollars, three years after my decease unto my four daughter, namely Nancy, now the wife of Peter Lampman, Caty now the wife of Charles Waggoner, Mary now the wife of Augustus Devendorf and Peggy, now the wife of Benjamin Loucks, or unto their heirs or assigns, to be equally divided amongst them. Thirdly -- I give and bequeath unto my son Peter or unto his heirs or assigns two certain promissory notes not in my possession, amounting to five hundred dollars on interest, over and above what I have heretofore given to him, on condition that he for his heirs shall pay two hundred and fifty three dollars three years after my decease unto my four daughters, afore mentioned or unto their heirs and assigns, to be equally divided amongst them.
Fourthly -- I give and bequeath unto my son George, or unto his heirs or assigns forever, all my homestead farm together with everything thereunto belonging, containing about sixty acres of land, also fifty acres of land lying on the north west side of the farm now occupied by my son, Wm. which I heretofore occupied also fifty two acres of land, lying on what is commonly called sand flatts adjoining on to the Caroga Creek, which I heretofore bought of Samuel Vannetter reserving however all the privileges heretofore granted and bequeathed unto my wife, during her lifetime, and I also give and bequeath unto my said son George, his heirs or assigns, all my personal property, of whatever name or nature which is now on the premises aforesaid, on conditions that he pays all debts and charges which may remain against me after my decease, and also that he shall pay two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, three years after my decease, unto my four daughters above mentioned or unto their heirs or assigns, to be equally divided amongst them. Fifthly -- I give and bequeath unto my four daughters or unto their heirs or assigns namely unto Nancy, now the wife of Peter Lampman, Caty now the wife of Chas. Waggoner, Mary now the wife of Augustus Devendorf and Peggy now the wife of Benjn. Loucks, the sum of eight hundred dollars, to be equally divided amongst them and is to be paid to them by my three sons, namely William, Peter and George in the same proportion, manner and time as I have mentioned above. Lastly, I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my truly well beloved children and friends, William Waggoner, George Waggoner and Augustus Devendorf, as my executors to this my last Will and Testament hoping they will see the same executed according to the true intent and meaning thereof. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
George Waggoner, L. S.
John W. Ehle, Jno. G. Walrath, Jr., and Rudolph Devendorf, Witnesses.
Probated February 28, 1826.
Recorded in Volume 3 of Wills, pg. 555.
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