Last Will & Testament
Christian Getman, (1772-1809)
Son of Christian Getman
This Will was kindly transcribed and contributed to the site by Clyde J. Getman, descendant of Christian Getman.
Source: Montgomery County Wills, Book 1, pages 495-496.
Last Will and Testament of Christian Getman (1772-1809)
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 Christian Gitman deceased, (a Copy whereof is hereunto 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 Goods, Chattels and Credits of the said deceased, and any way concerning his Will, is granted unto Jacob Gitman and Lodewick Rickert Executors in the said Will named, they being first duly sworn well 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 twenty seventh Day of September in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and nine, and of our Independence the thirty fourth.
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In the name of God amen, I Christian Gitman of the Town Palatine County of Montgomery & State of New Yok being very weak & sick of body but of perfect Mind and Memory thanks be given unto God calling unto Mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the Hand of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath to Mary my dearly beloved Wife the full command of my Estate while she shall remain my Widow Also I give to my well beloved Sones Abraham Peter and Josept thirty three Acres and a third of Land to each whereupon they are to give Christian, Jacob & Joshua common Education and put them to a Trade as soon as they become of a suitable age as they shall chuse and at the age of twenty one Years pay to each of them fifty Dollars. I likewise bequeath to my oldest Daughter Anne one Cow and one Sheep whenever she shall be married. I also bequeath to my Daughter Elizebeth one Cow and one Sheep to be given to her on the Day of her marriage, and good common Education. And I hereby constitute and appoint my Brother Jacob Gitman and Lodewick Record as my Executors to settle my Estate. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies and Bequests and Executors by me in any wise before named willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this nineteenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine.
His Christian (X) Gitman L. S. Mark
Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Christian Gitman as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in presence and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names.
Johan Jost Scholl, Abraham Smith, Moses Whitney.
Be it remembered that on the twenty seventh Day of September in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and nine, personally appeard before me James Lansing Surrogate of the County of Montgomery, Johan Jost Scholl and Moses Whitney, who being duly sworn, severally depose and say, that they saw Christian Giman sign and seal and heard him publish and declare the within Instrument, as and for his last Will and Testament: That the said Christian Gitman was at the time thereof (according to the best of the knowledge and Belief of these Deponents) of sound and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding: That the Names of these Deponents, subscribed thereto, are respectively their own proper writing: That they saw Abraham Smith subscribe his Name thereto; and that they together with the said Abraham Smith, subscribed their Names thereto as Witnesses to the execution thereof, in the presence of the Testator.
The preceding are true Copies of the last Will and testament of Christian Gitman deceased, of the Certificate of the proof thereof, and of the letters testamentary thereon.
Registered the 27th Day of September 1809
James Lansing Surrogate
Be it also remembered that on the said twenty seventh Day of September last mentioned, personally appeared before me the said Surrogate Jacob Gitman & Lodewick Rickert Executors in the last Will and Testament of the said Christian Gitman deceased named, and were duly sworn as Executors.
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