In the matter of the estate of ELIZA PEARCE of Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY:
On 15 March 1851, ROBERT LANSING petitioned with ANSON RANNEY of Theresa to open probate as the executors.
Heirs/next of kin:
MARGARET MORIS VAN DEURSEN
WILLIAM WALTER VAN DEURSEN, both infants under 21 years.
MARIA HOFFMAN, wife of JOSEPH HOFFMAN
SUSAN VAN DEURSEN of Newburgh, Orange Co., NY
ANN VAN DEURSEN of Scotch Plains, New Jersey
CORNELIA OSBORN, wife of JONATHAN OSBORN of Wilna, NY
ELIZABETH NICHOLS of Brooklyn, NY
LUCY GROESBECK, wife of DAVID GROESBECK of Albany, NY
SARAH A. COOK of Watertown, NY
ABRAHAM S. W. VAN DEURSEN
ISAAC G. VAN DEURSEN of New York City.
PETER VAN DEURSEN of Richmond, Virginia
The heirs, if any, of CATHERINE JOHNSON, deceased; their names and places of residence are unknown.
DAVID W. GROESBECK
CORNELIUS W. GROESBECK
LUCRETIA GROESBECK of Albany, NY
CATHARINE FATON of Hackensack, Bergen Co., New Jersey
WILLIAM W. GROESBECK
ABRAHAM GROESBECK of New York City.
HESTER ANN HALE, wife of ____Hale, of Monroe, Michigan
The heirs of CATHARINE CHURCH
WILLIAM COLBRATH and ELIZA MERRITTS if any, whose names and places of residence are unknown and cannot be ascertained.
CATHARINE VAN DEURSEN WHITTLESEY
ELIZA L. O. HAVER, wife of JAMES K. O. HAVER of Carlisle, Sullivan Co., Indiana
ISAAC N. WHITTLESEY of Vincennes, Knox Co., Indiana
WILLIAM C. WHITTLESEY of the State of New Jersey, precise location cannot be ascertained.
LEWIS NICHOLS all of Brooklyn, New York
CORNELIA DAVIDSON of Schodack, Renselaer Co., NY
Heirs of POLLY SCHUYLER, deceased, if any but whose names and places of residence cannot be ascertained.
CHARLES FRANCIS of Middletown, Connecticut
ABRAHAM FRANCIS of the City of London, Great Britain
Heirs, if any of LUCRETIA FRANCIS, deceased, whose names and places of residence cannot be ascertained.
POLLY CONRAD, wife of PETER CONRAD
MAHALA CRAW, wife of LEWIS CRAW of Rensselearville, Albany Co., NY
BETSEY GARRISON, wife of MARTIN GARRISON of Prattsburgh, Steuben Co., NY
CAROLINE EDGELL, wife of WILLIAM EDGELL
HIRAM PEARCE all of Pultney, Steuben Co., NY
HENRY PEARCE of Durham, Green Co., NY
ALLEN PEARCE of Jerusalem, Gates Co., NY
PETER PEARCE of Tioga Co., NY
ELIZABETH BUTTERFIELD, wife of JUSTIN BUTTERFIELD of Washington City.
LYDIA KEYES, wife of P. G. KEYES
MARY HOLCOMB, wife of HIRAM HOLCOMB, all of Watertown, NY
REBECCA GREEN, wife of WILLIAM A. GREEN of Brooklyn, NY
ABRAHAM PEARCE of East Bloomfield, NY
ALLEN PEARCE then of California
SOPHIA HOLCOMB, wife of ALSON HOLCOMB
MARY PHELPS, wife of _____PHELPS of Champion, Jefferson, NY
ELIZA EVANS, wife of RICHARD EVANS
CORNELIA HASTINGS, wife of CYRUS HASTINGS, both of LeRay, NY
BARTON BECKER of Bradford, Canada West
DAVID BECKER or Rock Creek, Carroll Co., Illinois
JAMES PEARCE JR.
CHARLES PEARCE, an infant, all of Theresa, NY
WILLIAM PEARCE of Philadelphia City
GEORGE PEARCE of East Bloomfield, NY
ANTHONY TEN EYCK of Sandwich Islands
CATHARINE FOSTER, wife of JABEZ A. FOSTER of Island of St. Croix
LYDIA M. MULLIN, wife of JOSEPH MULLIN
EGBERT TEN EYCK, an infant, of Watertown, NY
ROBERT TEN EYCK of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
CATHARINE HERRICK, wife of WILLIAM W. HERRICK of Watertown, NY
JOHN PEARCE, whose place of residence cannot be ascertained.
GEORGE W. LITTLE
ANN LITTLE of Cherry Valley, NY
LAURA ANN DIXON, wife of AMOS DIXON of Honeyo Falls, NY
Heirs, if any, of LYDIA TICHNOR but whose names and places of residence cannot be ascertained.
WILL OF ELIZA PEARCE
ELIZABETH PEARCE, widow and relict of OLNEY PEARCE deceased, requested that executors procure a suitable grave stone to be paid for out of her estate and she was to be buried in Watertown next to her late husband. If she died outside of Watertown, she was to be transported to Watertown for the above burial location. Her tombstone was to be similar in every respect as to material and size to the stone of her late husband. Named SARAH ANN COOK of Watertown, widow of ANDREW B. COOK, deceased, late a surgeon in the Navy of the United States. Mentions her dwelling house on Arsenal Street in Watertown to Sarah Ann Cook. Named JAMES PEARCE, brother of her late husband, of Theresa. Named WILLIAM C. WHITTLESEY of the city of Washington in the District of Columbia and son of DOCTOR CHAUNCEY WHITTLESEY, deceased, formerly of Carlisle in the State of Indiana. Mentions the female children of her late brothers, ABRAHAM and PETER VAN DEURSEN, and of her late sisters, POLLY SHUYLER, CORNELIA NICHOLLS, SARAH WHITTLESEY, HESTER COLBRATH and CATHARINE GROESBECK, all deceased. Named WILLIAM VAN DEURSEN and MARGARET VAN DEURSEN, grandchildren of her brother, WILLIAM VAN DEURSEN late of Middletown, Connecticut. Named MUSY BADYER? Of Brooklyn, NY and her heirs. Named MARY ANN RANNEY, wife of ANSON RANNEY and her heirs. Named ANN ELIZA RANNEY and OLNEY PEARCE RANNEY, children of MARY ANN RANNEY. Named PETER VAN DEURSEN, her nephew of Richmond, Virginia and his heirs. Named SARAH PEARCE, daughter of JAMES PEARCE. Named ABRAHAM VAN DEURSEN of New York, son of her late BROTHER, PETER VAN DEURSEN. Balance of estate to the children living at the time of her death, of her brothers and sisters and to the children living of the brothers of her late husband and to the children living of the sisters of her late husband. Named WILLIAM J. COOK, son of SARAH ANN COOK and ANDREW B. COOK, who was to receive her portrait which was in her house in Watertown. Appointed her two friends, ROBERT LANSING a counselor of Watertown and ANSON RANNEY a merchant of Theresa, as executors. Will dated 30 December 1844. /s/ Eliza Pearce
Witnesses: RICHARD HUNT, attorney, of Theresa, NY and S. S. GEORGE, merchant of Theresa, NY
Will proved: 15 May 1851.
Jefferson Co., NY Wills, Vol. 1, pp. 416-421.
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