Last Will & Testament
Emily Gillett Welch
This will was contributed to the site by Patti Young. She writes, "Emily is the daughter of Lemuel Gillett and Mary Mathews of Gloversville, Fulton Co. NY. She was married to Nathaniel William Welch. I got this Will from Probate records of the Fulton County Surrogate Court - microfilmed from original records at the Fulton County courthouses. The microfilm is located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah."
"Be it remembered, That heretofore, to wit: on the fourteenth day of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety three J. Gillette French one of the executors names in the last will and testament of Emily Welch, lately of Gloversville, Fulton Co. NY deceased, appeared in open court before the Surrogate of the County of Fulton, and made application to have the said last will and testament, which relates to both real and personal estate, proved; and on such application the Surrogate did ascertain by satisfactory evidence who were the heirs and nest of kin of the said testatrix and their respective residences being as follows:
Hulda French, sister, residing at Gloversville, NY. Ruth Ward, sister, residing at Cheshire, NY. Lemuel Gillette, Alonzo P. Gillette, William Gillette, Clarence Gillette, Arthur Gillette, Ella Gillette, Emily Gillette and Ida Gillette, nephews and nieces, all residing at Gloversville aforesaid.
And said Surrogate did thereupon issue a citation in due form of law, directed to said heirs and next of kin by their respective names, stating their respective places of residence, requiring them to appear in Surrogate's Court, before said Surrogate at his office, in the City of Gloversville in said county on the eighth day of September one thousand eight hundred and ninety three to attend the probate of the said will.
And afterwards, to wit, on the said eighth day of September 1893 satisfactory evidence by affidavit was produced and presented to said Surrogate of the services of the said citation in the mode prescribed by law, and on that day the said J. Gillette French and James M. Wood appeared in person and by their attorney N. H. Ambal and submitted said Will for probate and it appearing that Jessie French, Emily Welch Mills and Gracie Gillette were minors , Wm C Mills was appointed their special guardian and appeared for them herein and no one appearing to oppose the probate of said will and no objection being made or filed thereto and such proceedings were thereupon had afterwards, that the Surrogate took the proof of said will hereafter set forth upon this eighth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety three and be adjudged the said will to be a will valid to pass real and personal estate, and the proofs thereof to be sufficient; which said last will and testament and proofs are as follows that is to say:
I Emily Welch of the city of Gloversville in the County of Fulton and State of New York being of sound mind and memory, do make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament that is to say:
First - After all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, I give, devise and bequeath unto the First Methodist Episcopal church of Gloversville, NY the full and just sum of one thousand dollars. Also unto the North Main Street Methodist Episcopal Church of Gloversville, NY a like sum of one thousand dollars. Also unto the Home Missionary Society of the first Methodist Episcopal Church of Gloversville, NY a like sum of one thousand dollars, the last names bequest is to be invested and to be paid to said Home Missionary Society as follows: One hundred dollars annually together with the interest on the sum unpaid until the whole principal sum is fully paid. I also give and bequeath unto Mrs. Ruth Ward the full and just sum of Two Thousand dollars and unto her daughter Mary Estilla Brando the sum of One Thousand dollars. I give and bequeath unto Alice Chen the full and just sum of Two Thousand dollars. And unto William Selmse the sum of one thousand dollars and unto Mrs. Marion Plummer the sum of one thousand dollars on the express condition that before said sum is paid, her son Hildreth S. Plummer must give to my executors a legal waive of all demands against the estate of my late husband N. W. Welch or as against my estate and in case said waive is not given before my estate is finally settled, the aforesaid one thousand dollars will go to the residue of my estate. I give and bequeath unto my namesake Emily Welch Mills the sum of one thousand dollars to be used in her education as she may elect. I also do give and bequeath unto Catherine Gillett one thousand dollars. Also unto Ella Emily Gillett one thousand dollars. Also unto Ida Gillett a like sum of one thousand dollars. I also dive and bequeath unto Gracie Gillett, daughter of Lemuel Gillett the sum of Five Hundred dollars. Also unto Jessie French, daughter of Jay Gillett French the sum of Five Hundred dollars. I also give and bequeath unto Mary A Harmon one hundred dollars. Also unto her daughter Maggie Harmon one hundred dollars. Also unto Matilda J. Ward one hundred dollars. Also unto Hattie Bowen one hundred dollars. Also unto Mrs. Abbie Fox one hundred dollars. Also unto Lemuel Gillett one thousand dollars.
I herein stipulate, request and authorize the executors of my estate to sell and convert into money whenever they can do so without sacrifice of the value of same (and is not sold during my life) the McLaren farm situate on highway leading from Gloversville to Mayfield, NY and when sold and so converted into money, the said money shall be divided into tree equal parts and I herein give and bequeath unto Alonzo Potter Gillett of Geneva, NY one third of the avails of the sale of said farm. Also unto William Welch Gillett of Kingsboro, NY one third of the avails of the sale of said farm. Also unto Arthur Gillett of Kingsboro, NY one third of the avails of the sail of said farm. Also my executors are empowered and authorized to sell the house and lot situate on the east side of and known as No 54 Bleeker Street. Also the house and lot in rear of the barn belonging to No. 54 Bleeker Street. Also the block of stores on the south side of Church Street in Gloversville, NY as soon after my decease as in their judgement shall be for the best interest of the estate.
After the settlement of my estate according to the foregoing and after by debts and bequests are fully paid I give and bequeath unto my executors James M. Wood and Jay Gillett French all the residue of my estate on the express condition that they shall purchase a free(?) bed in the hospital to be established under the corporate name of the Gloversville Hospital Associations and the name of said bed shall be the Emily Welch bed and the said Jay Gillett French shall nominate a patient to said free bed during his life and in case there is not sufficient money in the said residue of my estate to pay for said bed then whatever amount there is remaining shall go for the benefit of said Hospital as my aforesaid executors may direct.
Likewise I make, constitute and appoint James M Wood and Jay Gillett French both of Gloversville in Fulton County and state of New York to be executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, the twenty third 23rd day of June in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety three.
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