JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK




WILL OF HONOR CHASE

Philadelphia, Jefferson Co., NY



In the matter of the estate of HONOR CHASE of Philadelphia, Jefferson Co., NY:

MUNSON COOK petitioned to open probate and stated that Honor Chase had deceased on 24 April 1882 and had made a will, and that he was one of the legatees named in the will. Petition dated 10 May 1882

Heirs/next of kin named in the petition to open probate:
JOSEPH PRATT JR. of Pompey, Onondaga Co., NY
EMILY PRATT
ELIZA PRATT
MARY HODGE
PHEBE R. PRATT
EDWARD J. PRATT
HOMER D. PRATT all of Pompey, NY
HENRY PRATT, residence unknown
MARCUS MANOAH PRATT of St. Louis, St. Louis Co., MO
OTHELLO PRATT of Pompey, NY
MARY SLOSSON of Pompey, NY
LEONIDAS PRATT of San Francisco, California
HELEN BEARD of Denver, Colorado
CARRIE PRATT of Pompey, NY
MUNSON COOK of Theresa, Jefferson Co., NY
FREELOVE COLE of Philadelphia, Jefferson Co. NY
JAMES C. COOK of Antwerp, Jefferson Co
MUNSON COOK JR. of Antwerp, NY
ALICE LAWTON, of Antwerp, infant under 14
EMOGENE LAWTON of Antwerp, infant under 14
ELIZABETH COOK of Antwerp, infant under 14
Deceased left no husband.

WILL OF HONOR CHASE

HONOR CHASE, widow of JOSEPH CHASE, late of Philadelphia, NY, deceased, named the following. Named her brother, MANOAH PRATT and after his death, money to go to his five children excluding ALONZO or LEANDER PRATT. To her niece, MARY HODGE, Fayetteville, NY. To her nephew, EUGENE PRATT, of Fayetteville; nephew, EDWIN PRATT; nephew JOSEPH PRATT JR.; nephew, GROVE HOWARD. To HENRY COOK of Antwerp. To JESSE P. MARTIN of Philadelphia, NY. To ELIZABETH COOK of Antwerp, NY. To MUNSON COOK of Theresa, NY. Part of the money which had gained interest to ELIZABETH (COOK), paid to her by HENRY COOK from time to time; residue to be given to Munson Cook. To niece, FREELOVE COLE. To nephew MUNSON COLE, cattle. Residue of her estate to nephew MUNSON COOK and niece, FREELOVE COLE. Named LOREN FULLER of Philadelphia NY as executor. Will dated 13 March 1879 /s/ HONOR X CHASE
Witnesses: D. BEARUP of Theresa, NY; OTIS S. HALE of Antwerp, NY and LOREN FULLER of Philadelphia
Will proved: 9 October 1882

Jefferson Co. Estate Papers, Box C5-8

NOTE: In a letter written to the Probate judge by SEABRED DODGE PRATT, he stated that he was the son of DANIEL PRATT, late of the Town of Pompey, NY now deceased. That Daniel Pratt was a brother of Honor Chase who was formerly Honor Pratt, which made him a nephew and entitled to distribution of her estate. Further, that Honor Pratt was married to her late husband, JOSEPH CHASE, deceased, many years ago and he died about the 25th day of December 1868, without issue. He left his widow, Honor, surviving. He estimated that Joseph Chase left an estate of about 60,000 dollars and in his will had left Honor the rents and profits from a large amount of real estate in lieu of dower. He disputes that the will filed for Honor was her last. That she was about 84 years of age, infirm in health and deaf and blind. She was taking opium daily which prevented her from making a valid will. At the end of the file within the statement of who received what and how much from the estate, Seabred D. Pratt received $200 from the estate per an agreement with Munson Cook. The excluded Leonidas Pratt also protested the will and the distribution that went to his father, Manoah Pratt. His deceased father left no one named Alonzo or Leander., just Leonidas E. Pratt. And, CARRIE D. PRATT was a minor child of Manoah Pratt, per another guardianship paper. A receipt of Helen C. Beard of Colorado revealed her father was Manoah Pratt. Before the probate was closed, Manoah Pratt had died and the money he received was supposed to be distributed among his five children, which complicated distribution of the estate with all of the petitions to bar the will from final probate.


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