Last Will & Testament
Harmon F. Van Buren,
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WILL OF HARMON F. VAN BUREN, MAYFIELD
In the name of God amen, I Harmon F. Van Buren of the town of Mayfield in the county of Fulton & State of New York of the age of eighty one years and being of sound mind & memory do make publish & declare this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say:
First. I give and bequeath all my household furniture including beds and bedding to my two daughters Lucinda Van Buren and Angelica, wife of Jacob Case to be equally divided between them except the parlor stove & bureau which are to be given to Lucinda.
Secondly. I give & bequeath all the rest of my personal property of whatever name or nature together with all my real estate which shall remain unsold at the time of my death to Charles Van Buren, Francis Van Buren, Oliver M Van Buren & Peter Van Buren the executors of this my last will & testament hereinafter named & appointed in trust for the payment of my just debts and the legacies herein specified with power to sell and dispose of the same at public or private sale at such time or times and upon such terms and in such manner as to them shall seem best.
Thirdly. My will is that whatever amount may be realized from the sale of my property after the payment of my lawful debts and funeral expenses together with putting a suitable stone at my grave similar to the one which is at the grave of my deceased wife be equally divided among my sons Charles Van Buren, Oliver M Van Buren and Peter Van Buren my daughters Lucinda Van Buren and Angelica wife of Jacob C Case and my daughter-in-law Eleanor wife of my son Francis Van Buren.
Fourthly. I hereby direct my executors to deduct from the amount bequeathed to my son Oliver M Van Buren two hundred & fifty dollars without interest it being the amount due me for money laid out & provided for his use and benefit.
I do also order and direct that that the same sum of two hundred & fifty dollars without interest be deducted from the amount bequeathed to my son Charles Van Buren it being the amount due me for moneys I provided for his use and benefit.
And I do further direct that my Executors shall cancel and give up to my son Charles a certain mortgage which I now hold against him provided said mortgage shall not have been canceled before the time of my death.
Lastly. I do hereby appoint my sons Charles Van Buren, Francis Van Buren, Oliver M Van Buren & Peter Van Buren the executors of this my last will & testament revoking all former wills made by me.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six.
Harmon F. Van Buren
Wit: Jeremiah Wood
Whereas I Harmon F Van Buren of the town of Mayfield in the county of Fulton & state of New York have made my last will and testament in writing bearing date the sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty six in and by which I have bequeathed to my daughter Lucinda an equal share with my other children particularly named in that will of my real estate and personal property which my directors are therein directed to sell. Now therefore I do by this my writing which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said last will and testament to be taken as a part thereof order & declare that my will is that my daughter Lucinda above named receive for her share of my property the house & lot in which I now live situated in the Village of Mayfield. This house & lot which I hereby bequeath to my daughter Lucinda is to be valued in the settlement of my estate at five hundred dollars, and if amount of my property which my executors are directed to sell should be more than sufficient (after paying my debts & meeting the other provisions of my will as heretofor made) to give to each of my children therein named an equal sum of five hundred dollars , my will is that an equal portion of the excess be given to my daughter Lucinda and if there should be a deficiency in that case she is to pay to each of them a sum sufficient to make them equal with herself.
27 July 1858
Probate - 14 Nov 1858
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